Review: A Scandal in Scarlet by Vicki Delany

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Walking her dog Violet late one night, Gemma Doyle, owner of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop, acts quickly when she smells smoke outside the West London Museum. Fortunately no one is inside, but it’s too late to save the museum’s priceless collection of furniture, and damage to the historic house is extensive. Baker Street’s shop owners come together to hold an afternoon auction tea to raise funds to rebuild, and Great Uncle Arthur Doyle offers a signed first edition of The Valley of Fear. Continue reading “Review: A Scandal in Scarlet by Vicki Delany”

Review: In Peppermint Peril by Joy Avon

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This Christmas, Callie Aspen returns to her childhood hideout Heart’s Harbor, Maine where her great aunt runs Book Tea, a vintage tearoom where every sweet treat contains a bookish clue. Upon arrival in the fairy-tale snowy town, Callie is drawn into the preparations for a special tea party at Haywood Hall, the rambling house of Heart’s Harbor’s oldest resident, rich but lonely widow Dorothea Finster, who invited her estranged relatives, old friends and the elite of the town to make a mysterious announcement about her will.

Believing they can touch a part of her fortune, everybody is determined to come, despite not liking each other or even their hostess. And Callie’s old friend Sheila complicates things by using the tea party to announce her daughter’s engagement, even though her daughter isn’t sure she’s in love with the young lawyer her mother thinks so perfect for her. Continue reading “Review: In Peppermint Peril by Joy Avon”

Review: A Crafter Knits a Clue by Holly Quinn

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I fell in love with mysteries by accident.  A co-worker left a stack of paperbacks on my desk one morning and, among them, were two Alex Cross novels written by James Patterson.  I was hooked after that.

Then I discovered cozies and a whole new love was born.

There’s something about the small-town life you see in a cozy mystery that draws me in.  It fascinates me to think that you can live in this close knit group of people, grow up together and know everything about everyone and still be so in the dark about someone.  That’s probably the biggest draw for me when it comes to cozy mysteries. Continue reading “Review: A Crafter Knits a Clue by Holly Quinn”