Day: October 14, 2018
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Merry Wilkinson left NYC about a year ago after a disastrous break-up and returned to her hometown of Rudolph in upstate NY. Rudolph is a town where it’s always Christmas. In this third caper of the ‘A Year-Round Christmas Mystery’ series by Vicki Delany, Merry’s ex-bf comes to tell her he wants her back, but then he ends up strangled to death in her office. Hark the Herald Angels Slay was a really fun read I devoured in about three hours, and it’s earned a solid four stars. I probably should have saved the read for closer to Christmas, but if it’s year-round, and I’m trying to catch up on all the series I love, why would I wait!? LOL
Delany always delivers whether it’s humor or characters standing out, fantastic settings or overall mystery, I am embroiled in her cozy plots. This one offered lots of suspects when the entire magazine crew where Merry used to work tags along with her ex-bf as part of a spotlight on Rudolph. There were also a few surprising connections to other folks who lived in Rudolph to the magazine which made for great red herrings and potential danger.
I like that it’s told in first-person because we can feel a stronger connection to Merry. Her parents are fun and quirky. The store / shop setting is very fun to have people in and out as good side stories that move the plot along and offer interesting moments where as readers we wonder ‘how might this connect to the story?’
I’m moving on next to another of Delany’s series about Sherlock Holmes bookshop!!!
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. The debut book, Academic Curveball, in my new mystery series, Braxton Campus Mysteries will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations. I read, write, and 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 –and multiple Readathons. 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.
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The voters have spoken… our winning book series to read in November 2018 is the Renaissance Faire cozy mysteries by Joyce and Jim Lavene. Many thanks to everyone who participated in the last month to choose the category for the readathon, the authors and books series to vote on, and the suggestions to make this as fun as it will be. Since there are 8 books in the series, we cannot easily read them all in one month. We probably could, but there are many of us with other ARCs or pre-scheduled reads, so I think we should do 50%… essentially the first 4 books. Below is our schedule and the books:
In order, they are:
Given how busy everyone is, let’s just focus on getting them all read and reviewed in the month of November 2018. Read 1, 2, 3, or 4 books — however much time you have available. Our tentative schedule to post each review is:
- Wicked Weaves – Due 11/9
- Ghastly Glass – Due 11/16
- Deadly Daggers – Due 11/23
- Harrowing Hats – Due 11/30
I’ll create the new pages and links throughout the next couple of weeks. For now, buy them or order them from your local library. If you have them already – awesome. I can’t wait to get started!
Based on last month’s poll, you voted to combine two of the options into a single approach for our November 2018 Readathon. The winner is: “Cozy Mystery Series.” Many thanks to all the voters and promoters for the readathon. I’m very excited to choose a series with 4 or 5 books that we can read all throughout November and post our reviews. Some of the suggestions may have more than 5, but we will only read the first 5. A few have less than 5, so we will just read 3 or 4 depending on what wins. I’ve also chosen authors I’ve never read before but have on my TBR.
You can choose your top 3 series to read. The poll is open today through 10/12 (one full week). On 10/13, I’ll announce the book series with the most votes. We’ll have three weeks to buy or borrow the books and set the reading and review schedule. Links to the Goodreads description of the fist book are below the poll to help you choose.
Descriptions of Books
Cindy Blackburn – Cue Ball
Betty Hechtman – Yarn Retreat
Nancy Atherton – Aunt Dimity
Ellery Adams – Book Retreat
Julia Buckley – A Writer’s Apprentice
Avery Ames – A Cheese Shop
Nancy Martin – Blackbird Sisters
Kate Carlisle – Fixer-Upper
Bailey Cates – Magical Bakery
Alice Kimberly – Haunted Bookshop
Heather Blake – Wishcraft
Jim & Joyce Lavene – Renaissance Faire
Lorna Barrett – Booktown
Jana DeLeon – Miss Fortune
Lea Wait – Mainely Needlepoint
Laura Childs – A Tea Shop
Krista Davis – Domestic Diva
Daryl Wood Gerber – Cookbook Nook
Eva Gates – Lighthouse Library
Betty Webb – Gunn Zoo
Leslie Budewitz – A Spice Shop
Kelly Lane – Olive Grove
Laura Childs – Scrapbooking