[Reviews] Death of a Perfect WifeThe cozy doesn't get much cozier than this delightful mystery. I think I've fallen in love with this series...
[Reviews] Death of an OutsiderLochdubh gets left behind while Hamish Macbeth investigates a mystery that's just as satisfying as I have come to expect.
A strong start to a series that I expect I will wind up enjoying very much indeed.
Sometimes, the local department store can point me toward great books I might never have read if they weren't offered as part of a terrific sales promotion. Such was the case with "Death of a Gossip," the first book in a long-running series of novels by M. C. Beaton. I had never heard of the author, but I took a chance on her work and found that I quite enjoyed myself.
Improves on its predecessor, to offer another generally satisfying book in a comfortable, familiar series.
To me, funny things feel like an accomplishment. One of my most recent "accomplishments" is that I've finished reading Faye Kellerman's series of novels about Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus, at least up to the point she has currently written. I finished up with her 23rd and most recent installment, The Theory of Death.
A fun cozy mystery, set in a pleasant environment with simple but lively characters you'll likely want to get to know better.
Life as a book lover in 2016 is just plain strange. Recently, at the local department store, I found a paperback sale in progress. I was able to buy two books at cover price and snag a third one free. So I picked up a few of them, including the first book I ever decided to try reading by Carolyn Hart, titled "Laughed 'Til He Died."
A reasonably interesting read that had some promise before that ending came along and made a mess of everything.
Murder 101 had the potential to serve as a fresh start for a series that desperately needed one, as recent volumes have made abundantly clear, and in some ways the book succeeds. A new setting introduces unfamiliar characters and situations and those changes lead to a story that feels rather different from the norm. Unfortunately, it isn't told with Kellerman's usual competence.
                                                            
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