Day: March 26, 2018

Book Review: Copy Cap Murder by Jenn McKinlay

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Jenn McKinlay is quickly becoming one of my favorite cozy mystery authors. I received Copy Cap Murder, the 4th book in her Hat Shop Mystery series, for Christmas and wanted to catch up on Scarlett’s capers. She’s an American transplant in London who’s inherited her grandmother’s hat shop and co-runs it with her cousin, Viv. She’s socializing with a former childhood friend, Harrison, whom she’s fallen head over heels for, but after a disastrous break-up before leaving the U.S., she’s sworn off dating for a year. In this book, it’s only been 8 months when she attends a Guy Fawkes holiday bonfire at Harrison’s supervisor’s house, so she won’t let herself sneak anything other than a brief kiss. When a rival to Harrison is found strangled after hitting on Scarlett, they are both suspects. Throw in some potential underhanded dealings and an entire cast of colleagues who hated the deceased, you’re in for a real crime-solving mystery full of jealousy, masks, and innocent espionage.

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McKinlay has really rounded at this cast. I can’t decide if I like this series or her other one based in a Briar Cliff library in the U.S. New England region. There’s even a cross-over mention of Scarlett’s parents visiting the library, which makes for a fun read this time around. I love the banter between all the British friends she’s met, especially how she incorrectly learns the jargon of a new language. On the rare occasion she gets it correct, it’s always a fun adventure. Of course the poor girl almost gets killed again… what’s a cozy without a trip to the police and/or hospital for the main detective, right?

I enjoy learning about the hat-making business. Harrison’s just fine! And there’s even a hint of a ghostly presence when we sometimes hear their late grandmother’s voice. It makes for a really enjoyable and quick read. At ~275 pages, it can be devoured in about three hours… and always makes for a fun, cozy time. I’ve got the 5th book on my shelf and will pick it up next month. Kudos to McKinlay for fearlessly delivering a fantastic series that should definitely be on any cozy reader’s TBR wish list.

About Me
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 https://thisismytruthnow.com, 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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Book Review: Read and Gone by Allison Brook

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Even though I promised myself I wouldn’t go on NetGalley, I did… then I requested a few books… then I was awarded said books… and now my ‘ready to read on the shelf’ TBR is back around 25! So… I started with NetGalley reads this weekend, choosing a new author and a book series I’d not read before: The Haunted Library Mysteries by Allison Brook. I even read the second book, Read and Gone, before the debut of the series since I don’t have that one in my possession. I can safely say that I will go back to read the first book and continue reading the whole series.

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In this cozy caper, Carrie Singleton is celebrating Christmas with her family and new boyfriend, Dylan. After everyone leaves, Carrie’s thief father shows up asking for help. Before she knows it, a frustrated and angry Carrie agrees to help him in between her duties running one of the departments in the local library. As the story unfolds, her father Jim’s former partner is found murdered, and Carrie is stuck trying to prove her father isn’t a killer. Add in a few more bodies, and a second mystery at the local senior care facility, and Carrie is quite busy. It’s all connected, but she’s not sure how. In the end, she solves the crime and figures out how to move forward.

At first, the story felt a little too stiff and formulaic, but by 10% it settled in with a really positive and engaging flow. The ghost of a friend’s dead aunt watches over the place, but really doesn’t provide many clues thus far — it’s just an other-worldly presence for some humor. Carrie also struggles in her relationship with Dylan, whose job forces him to play on opposite sides for part of the story. There are lots of suspects, several side-stories, and a welcome amount of refreshing honesty about private citizens acting as detectives. Carrie pushes the limit, but she’s also clearly showing us why she has to. It’s believable.

All in all, I’m glad I downloaded this one, and it only took 3 hours to get thru… a strong start for me in the series pushing me to go back and read more.

About Me
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 https://thisismytruthnow.com, 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.
Follow my blog with Bloglovin.