Thursday, September 29, 2016

A Catered Tea Party

I received a copy of A Catered Tea Party by Isis Crawford from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Everyone in Longely is talking about Blue House, an art complex that will bring the town a theater, an art gallery, and even a restaurant and coffee bar. But they're less than enthusiastic about Ludvoc “Zeb” Zalinsky, the self-made billionaire who's funding the complex—and rubbing everyone the wrong way. Bernie and Libby reluctantly agree to cater the Alice in Wonderland themed tea party he's planned, but it quickly becomes clear that Zeb is madder than the hatter he'll be dressed as . . .
 The night of the benefit arrives and Westchester's finest show up in droves, having paid $500 apiece to attend Zeb's meticulously-orchestrated tea party. But just when it seems the production is going according to plan, Zeb lifts an electric tea kettle, clutches his chest, and falls to the floor in fittingly dramatic fashion. The kettle shorted out and his pacemaker malfunctioned—but it doesn't take long for police to decide that this seemingly random accident was actually cold-blooded murder . . .
 As Bernie and Libby set out to find the culprit, they realize Zeb might have had more enemies than money. With so many possible culprits to sort through, only one thing is clear: Zeb was poured a steaming cup of revenge—and a second serving may be on the menu…

This was a different book with an English vibe.  Ludvoc Zalinsky is a pain to everyone in town.  He opens Blue House an art complex that will have a theater, art gallery and restaurant.  Twins Bernie and Libby agree to cater the first play in Blue House, Alice in Wonderland, a tea party.  Things go from bad to worse when Zalinsky turns up dead.  The main suspect is the producer of Alice in Wonderland but can Bernie and Libby find the real killer in time?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fixing Perfect

I received a copy of Fixing Perfect by Theresa M. Travis from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
In the community of Avalon on Catalina Island, a psychopath is kidnapping children and perfectly posing and painting the bodies of adult victims to resemble disabled artist, Robin Ingram. Robin struggles with feelings of imperfection, and knowing some madman has a macabre agenda—which includes fixing her—is unsettling. She's relieved when paramedic Sam Albrecht steps up to help. Sam believes he knows the identity of the killer, and he wants nothing more than to prove it in order to keep Robin out of danger. Then Sam is arrested as a suspect for the crimes, and Robin's life is thrown into a fresh whirlwind. She may not know who the real killer is, but she does know Sam is innocent--and she will find the proof to set him free, or she'll die trying.

This was a really good book.  Robin Ingram is disabled but that doesn't stop her from living life to the fullest.  Each Saturday she plays softball with a group of other disabled people from the community of Avalon on Catalina Island.  When a madman starts kidnapping children and posing them to resemble her she and everyone in the community is on edge.  A good friend, and Robin's crush, Sam Albrecht helps in the search of the killer.  When Sam finds one of the children in a building that had already been searched he becomes the prime suspect.  Can Robin help the police find the real killer before it's too late?

Friday, September 2, 2016

Wedding Bell Blues

I received a copy of Wedding Bell Blues by Ruth Moose from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Beth McKenzie, owner of the Dixie Dew Bed and Breakfast, is enjoying an exciting affair with her new love, Scott. Meanwhile, the town of Littleboro, North Carolina is abuzz with gossip about Crazy Reba's upcoming nuptials. Most brides go crazy at some point, but Littleboro's resident homeless lady has had a head start: she's beloved, indulged, and most of all, eccentric. But at almost 60—or thereabouts—her marriage seems a little peculiar. Sure, she's sporting a diamond big enough to choke a horse, but no one can tell if it's real, or just a Cracker Jack prize she pilfered from a yard sale.
Crazy Reba's wedding plans go confirmedly awry when the bride-to-be is arrested for her fiancé's murder. Beth, determined to clear Reba's name, gets in over her head when a lady wrestler who threatened to kill her books a room at the Dixie Dew, and Robert Redford, her neighbor's white rabbit, disappears.
This was a hard book for me to get into.  Beth owns the Dixie Dew a bed and breakfast in Littleboro North Carolina.  The police chief in town sees Beth as always in the wrong place at the wrong time.  There has already been one death in the Dixie Dew and Beth is going to do her best to make sure there aren't any more.  Crazy Reba is the towns resident homeless lady that everyone keeps an eye on.  When she starts talking about getting married to God the women in town do everything to make the day one Reba won't ever forget.  Will there be a wedding in June?