Book Review: Winter’s Mourning by Janice J. Richardson

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Winter’s Mourning  (Spencer Funeral Home Niagara Cozy Mystery, #2)Winter’s Mourning by Janice J. Richardson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Spencer Funeral Home Niagara Cozy Mystery series is a warm, comforting, and multi-dimensional set of books. Although I’ve only read two of the four, I know it’s one of those that will remain in your head for a long time. Janice Richardson’s second book, Winter’s Mourning, is the latest read in my queue, and I highly recommend it for a variety of fans. Whether you like a light mystery, a cozy set of consistent characters, or the ability to learn about a job you’ll probably never have… this is something to take a chance on.

Jennifer is your typical girl next door, except she runs a funeral home. Well… now two of them because her competition is retiring and has extended an offer Jennifer can’t refuse. Thankfully, she’s made a few good hires (inherited a couple of bad ones too), and together, they can get both places ready to operate smoothly. Both fell into her lap unexpectedly, but the fun and pain that ensue have been a wonderful focal point for us readers. The story continues from the first book, so you probably should read them in order to get the most benefit. In this one, there are multiple ties to everything we learned in the previous tale, so be prepared for some suspense, shock, and good old-fashioned heartwarming and heartbreaking emotions.

While not a classic whodunit or major suspense series, this is the kind of book that should appeal to a wide audience. Readers get to know how a funeral home operates, share their emotions with characters who grieve and laugh during services (mistakes sometimes do happen!), and worry when a villain tries to remove Jennifer from the picture. Seeing how Jennifer reacts, along with her newfound friendships with the cops and local businesses, brings a smile to my face. It’s the kind of book where you just lose yourself, uncaring in which direction it goes, because you love the characters so much.

I find myself rooting for Jennifer no matter the situation but I also want to throttle her a few times when she pushes herself too much to help others. Few people are like her in real life, but I happen to know some generous, caring souls. We all need someone like Jennifer in our lives… and part of me wonder how much she’s based on the real life author, Janice Richardson. Although I don’t know her personally, we’ve shared a comment or two when reviewing similar books, and I get the impression she’s just as great. You won’t know until you check the books out, so give them a chance. It’s a perfect afternoon to relax and read, knowing all along, you’ll end up even happier… now I need to get my hands on book number three!

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About Me
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. My new book series, Braxton Campus Mysteries, will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations but with a twist. There are four books: Academic CurveballBroken Heart Attack, Flower Power Trip, and Mistaken Identity Crisis. I read, write, and blog A LOT on this site where 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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9 thoughts on “Book Review: Winter’s Mourning by Janice J. Richardson

    Lisa@LismorePaper said:
    July 14, 2019 at 7:30 AM

    This is another series on my list to read. Once winter arrives, I will catch back up. Great review. I especially look forward to the 5 star rated books.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 14, 2019 at 7:57 AM

      It’s so good! It’s calm and relaxing, easy to read, but full of learning and a wonderful protagonist. I can’t wait to see/hear what you think.

      Liked by 1 person

    J. Richardson said:
    July 14, 2019 at 12:56 PM

    Thank you so much, James. I’m delighted you are enjoying the series.

    Liked by 1 person

    dgkaye said:
    July 15, 2019 at 7:48 PM

    Thanks for this intriguing review. I shall have a peek over at Amazon. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    lghiggins said:
    July 17, 2019 at 12:01 AM

    When Betty first reviewed these, I just didn’t see the appeal, but with a little time and perspective I think they sound pretty good.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 17, 2019 at 7:18 AM

      It’s definitely a different type of cozy mystery, in a good way. Light, not focused on the mystery only… it’s a read that helps you learn a lot too. I think that’s why it works for me, but definitely over time, it probably sounds a lot better too.

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