In between writing this week, I managed to get a few books read...
Cozy Mystery Review: Tonya Kappes' Strung Out to Die
Kappes’ Strung Out to Die (A Divorced Diva Mystery) is centered around Holly
Harper (and her pet pig Willow). Holly
owns the Beaded Dragonfly, a bead shop in a small town. Unfortunately, her cheating ex-husband Sean
also lives in Shawnee and is just waiting for the business to fail. When Doug Sloan is found murdered in the back
room of the shop, it isn’t looking too good for Holly. But not only is Holly a suspect, but so is
Sean. Holly decides it isn’t in her best
interest to just hope that the police figure out who the murderer is, and,
along with the other divorced divas, she plays detective. It is well-written and there are several
twists to the story line. I didn’t read
the Prequel, “Bead of Doubt”, but may pick it up to get a better feel for
Holly. This is only one of the series written by Tonya Kappes, so be sure to check them all out!
Cozy Mystery Review: Rae Davies' Cut Loose (Dusty Deals #2)
Cut Loose (Dusty Deals#2) is about ‘antique’ store
owner Lucy Matthews trying to make a go of it in Helena. Things should be looking up – she’s dating a
detective (Peter) and it’s rodeo time.
She even has a booth at the rodeo and great hopes that this will ensure
that she can pay the bills. The problem
is that the Detective’s trophy ex-wife and her Australian shepherd are also
getting ready for the rodeo and seem to be spending a lot of time with
Peter. In an effort to avoid running into
the two of them, Lucy ducks into the nearest trailer and stumbles on the body
of the dead rodeo queen. Add to that
some other evidence, and Lucy is first in the line of suspects, especially
since she is too embarrassed to explain why she was in the trailer. She clearly
needs an attorney but doesn’t have the money to handle that and other expenses. In the meantime, she agrees to let her
untrained dog Kishka be entered into the contest to please Peter’s son. Davies and Devoti have multiple conflicts and
complexities and spin the story to a somewhat unexpected ending.
Coming up: November 7th: Blog Book Tour Stop for Rachelle Ayella's Knowing Vera (Chance for Love #3) - a touch of romance between the mysteries...