Book Review: Time, Tide, & Trouble by Carolyn Dean

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Author Carolyn L. Dean created the Ravenwood Cove Cozy mystery series just a few years ago and has been publishing 2 or 3 books each year. I enjoy the setting, characters, and lighthearted romance and mystery stories. I am trying to catch up over the next month so I’m current on the series. In this fifth book, Time, Tide, and Trouble, main character Amanda Graham, owner of an Oregon bed and breakfast inn, takes a step forward in her relationship with local cop, James. Two reasons I enjoy these stories… the handsome cop and I share a name, and Amanda’s last name is one of my own family names (and the name in my second book) just spelled differently (mine is Graeme).


These books are shorter than the typical cozy by about 15% and focus both on the romance and mystery angles of the story. In some ways, they’re less about the plot and more about what’s going on in the life of some cool characters you enjoy getting to know. It took me about 90 minutes to read last night, curled up in bed just before going to sleep. I like the evolution of the inn and how the backstories come out on the characters throughout the novel — not just in the beginning to setup the crime. The crime is often less important in these books, but still helps push the overall story along. In this one, Amanda makes stronger connections to a few people in the town and learns how to build roots in her new home. I look forward to picking up the next few books to read in April. I can easily picture everyone in my head as I’m reading, but there’s not an overwhelming amount of detail – a good balance. Between 3.5 and 4 stars… rounded up to 4 as I would recommend the series.

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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.
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9 thoughts on “Book Review: Time, Tide, & Trouble by Carolyn Dean

    AJ said:
    March 22, 2018 at 11:06 AM

    Sounds perfect for me!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 22, 2018 at 11:47 AM

      It’s light, but such a cute town… still developing, I think there’s 9 in the series. And the author is on Facebook chatting a bunch, too.

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    Ethan S. said:
    March 22, 2018 at 11:39 AM

    Sometimes a short, cozy mystery is just what the doctor ordered!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 22, 2018 at 11:46 AM

      Hey Ethan! Exactly… I’ve got 7 or 8 more in my queue over the next few months. Always good to be in the cozy world.


    thebookwormdrinketh said:
    March 22, 2018 at 12:35 PM

    I love the cozy mysteries that you recommend! I’m pretty sure I have a bit of a stock pile of them at this point for one of those rainy… Or snowy (hopefully not anymore??) afternoons! This one sounds like it has some great character development even if it isn’t so much about the mystery! Lol!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 22, 2018 at 1:06 PM

      Yes! No more snow / rain… maybe April showers will stay away this year. I do love mysteries… I have a few more reviews coming up next week, so be prepared. I’m back today checking out blogs, too. Hope you are well.

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    Sometimes short and sweet is perfect, especially when life gets crazy. I have a feeling I may need some reads like this for the next few weeks, so I’m definitely checking these out. Thanks for this wonderful review Jay.😊

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 22, 2018 at 1:09 PM

      You’re welcome. It’s good mind relief for a bit without worrying about paying attention to every detail.

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