Review | Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble by M.C. Beaton

Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble

Title:Β Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble
Author:Β M.C. Beaton
Genre: Fiction, Short Story, Mystery
Publishing date: 6th December, 2012
Published by: Robinson
Pages: 33

My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

 

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Synopsis:

The bossy, vain and irresistible Agatha is back in this latest short story.

Agatha is spending Christmas at home in the Cotswolds – and in a fit of goodwill towards all men (and women) she invites six of Carsley’s oldest residents to come around and share Christmas lunch with her.

Christmas jollity soon turns to disaster as Agatha accidentally kills one of her guests with a gruesome homemade Christmas pudding… so will it be Christmas in the cells for Agatha? Or can she fix an escape out of this particular festive mess!


My Take:

I liked reading this short story.

Agatha is spending the holidays alone so she decides to hold a dinner party for six of the other lonely elders who would otherwise have been spending the holidays alone. She refers to them as ‘crumblies.’

She is a dysfunctional cook who shouldn’t be actually cooking but does that stop her from cooking for others, that to for a dinner party. Nope. πŸ˜› Her dinner preparations are hilarious to read about.

Image result for a cooking mess gifIf it wasn’t for the fact that this book falls under the mystery category, I would’ve liked the book more. Considering how small the book is, there isn’t much time to build up the mystery.

Given the length of the book, the author does a good job.


Why would I pick it up?

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For the quick read.

 

Blog Tour | Review | Mistletoe Medium by Elizabeth Delisi

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Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for the book β€œMistletoe Medium” by Elizabeth Delisi , hosted by Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours.

Let’s get on with the review, shall we? πŸ™‚Β 


 

Mistletoe Medium

 

Title: Mistletoe Medium
Author: Elizabeth Delisi
Genre: Mystery
Publishing date: 4th November , 2015
Published by: Smashwords Editions
Pages: 120

My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

 

 


Summary:

No sooner does psychic Lottie Baldwin pull up stakes and move to Cheyenne, North Dakota, than she finds herself up to her neck in a series of mysterious robberies. Can Lottie and the handsome new man in her life, deputy sheriff Harlan Erikson, solve the crime spree before Lottie becomes the next victim?


 

My Take:

This novella was a quick, easy, and fun read. πŸ˜€

The writing was catchy, it held my attention and I didn’t have to pay much attention because of the short length of the book and because of how fast the mystery unfolded. I kind of found everything quite rushed; the romance between the lead pair, the mystery, the climax and how Lottie’s best friend just disappeared from the story. More pages would have done the story more justice. I think that a good story got somewhat muffled in the hurry to have the end. I would’ve liked it more if things were a little more descriptive and the mystery was built a tidbit more.

Lottie’s physic visions made the book interesting, tarot cards helped for sure. πŸ˜‰ The visions gave out the clues to the mystery but again you don’t get enough time to ponder over the clues because as soon as you register one thing, something else happens.

The only problem I seem to have with the book is that it jumped from one situation to another just like that. I would definitely have liked this book longer. πŸ˜€


 

Why would I pick it up?

For a quick read! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰


 

Author’s Bio:

Elizabeth Delisi is an award-winning author of mystery, romance and paranormal stories. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband-hero, dog and bird. Elizabeth loves hearing from her readers at elizabethdelisi.blogspot.com , facebook.com/edelisi , and twitter.com/delisi .

 

Blog Tour | Review | Pale Highway by Nicholas Conley

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Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for the book β€œPale Highway” by Nicholas Conley Β , hosted by Sage’s Blog Tours.

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Pale Highway

 

Title: Pale Highway
Author: Nicholas Conley
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Publishing date: 20th October , 2015
Published by: Β Red Adept Publishing
Pages: 400

My Rating: 5/5 stars

 

 

 


Summary:

Gabriel Schist is spending his remaining years at Bright New Day, a nursing home. He once won the Nobel Prize for inventing a vaccine for AIDS. But now, he has Alzheimer’s, and his mind is slowly slipping away.

When one of the residents comes down with a horrific virus, Gabriel realizes that he is the only one who can find a cure. Encouraged by Victor, an odd stranger, he convinces the administrator to allow him to study the virus.Β  Soon, reality begins to shift, and Gabriel’s hallucinations interfere with his work.

As the death count mounts, Gabriel is in a race against the clock and his own mind. Can he find a cure before his brain deteriorates past the point of no return?


My Take:

What a book this is! ❀ Everything was so well presented: The story, setting, characters, twists, mystery, and even the dialogs that I couldn’t find anything that would stop me from giving it 5 stars. πŸ˜€

By now, you guys know how I love to share quotes that drew my attention but, well, you are going to get a lot of examples here. Some 15-16 sets of lines- that I wanted to include. After finishing the book did I realize that I have highlighted so much. You’ll see. πŸ˜›

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The explanation of immune system in this book is tremendous. Seeing Gabriel’s enthusiasm when he talked about the immune system was something that could boost people around him. But as that never happens in reality the same happened in the book. Apart from Father Gareth and Yvonne, no one appreciated him or even believed him for a long time. But then after facing a whole lot of problems he created a vaccine for AIDS- The Schist Vaccine but when he neared 70 years of age he suffered a stroke and was hit with Alzheimer’s which had him admitted in the Bright New Day nursing home. There he sees slugs who inform him that a new epidemic outbreak is on the brink but Gabriel shrugs the event as a result of his degenerating brain disease.

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Then, when the slug’s warning turns out to be the reality. Gabriel starts his investigation of the new Black Virus and then agrees to meet the slugs’ leader, Michael.

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Victor, who is the death, motivates Gabriel when he starts losing faith in himself. I think, what he says applies to all the situations in real life.Screenshot_2015-11-30-21-26-49-1

He figures out what the Black Virus is, what causes it and creates a vaccine which is more of a poison for it.Β Screenshot_2015-11-30-21-28-25-1
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In the end, the climax actually, Gabriel makes a deal with the Schistling, the Black Virus. Every line in the book was worth reading. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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This book is Gabriel’s race against time. He has to find a cure for the virus before all his faculties leave him entirely. The novel switches swiftly from the flashbacks from the past to the situations in the present, giving more insight in Gabriel’s life.

The main concept of the immune system rebelling against the human intervention in making it stronger is interesting enough but the book covered a lot of real life aspects. I love a book that doesn’t ignore these little things in our life that hold a lot of significance in the pretense of telling a story. Here are the examples of problems that usually a human faces-

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Gabriel explaining his reason for drinking

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Gabriel explaining how him being an alcoholic helped him fit in

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Yvonne and Gabriel trying to save their marriage for the last timeΒ 

 

 

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The inner turmoil Gabriel faced while Yvonne threatened to leave

 

 

 

 

 

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Gabriel’s anger with God

 

 

 

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“Childless parents of parentless children” People living in nursing homes

 

 

 

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…on getting old

 

 

 

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Some of us might relate to this!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gabriel claims this in the start but in the end all he wants is to die

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Why would I pick it up?

The writing style is engaging at its best and the story itself is too good to pass. πŸ˜€


Author’s Bio:

Nicholas ConleyOriginally from California, Nicholas Conley has currently made his home in the colder temperatures of New Hampshire. He considers himself to be a uniquely alien creature with mysterious literary ambitions, a passion for fiction, and a whole slew of terrific stories he’d like to share with others.

When not busy writing, Nicholas is an obsessive reader, a truth seeker, a sarcastic idealist, a traveler, and β€” like many writers β€” a coffee addict.

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Blog Tour | Review | Welcome Back, Jack by Liam Sweeny

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Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for the book β€œWelcome Back, Jack” by Liam Sweeny, hosted by Sage’s Blog Tours.

Let’s get on with the review, shall we? πŸ™‚Β 


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Title: Welcome Back, Jack ( A Jack LeClere Thriller, Book 1)
Author: Liam Sweeny
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Publishing date: 29th July , 2013
Published by: American Apocrypha
Pages: 302

My Rating: 4/5 stars

 

 


 

Summary:

When Jack was six years old, his parents were brutally slain by a serial killer. The policeΒ later found drifter Clyde Colsen driving a stolen car, his clothes soaked in blood. He was
tried, convicted and executed. Jack grew up knowing that they got the guy.

Now, Jack, a decorated homicide detective in New Rhodes, arrives at the third crime scene of the β€œSouth End Killer” murders and finds his name. He will soon find out something else:

Thirty years ago, they got the wrong guy. And now the right guy’s come back to pay JackΒ and New Rhodes his bloody respects. As Jack struggles to stay on the case, his cat-and-mouse with the killer makes him wonder if he’s the cat or the mouse. His family, and everyone in his life is fair game. As the killer escalates and threatens the entire city, Jack has a question he must answer in his desperation; can he stop the monster without becoming one?


My Take:

I like a good summary. I summary that actually summarizes the story of the book instead of being just a selling pitch, and this surely does it’s job. πŸ™‚

Mystery is something that I have always enjoyed. This was a good one, a really good one. πŸ˜‰

The opening crime scene is so disturbing, horifying, and disgusting that it makes you wonder what kind of a sick person can do that. You want to shake that man out of whatever trance he is in. Most serial killers can’t be shook out of the trance because it is who they are or rather who they have become. The people who kill without remorse are the most dangerous kind because there’s nothing to hold them back not even their own conscience.

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Jack is dealing with exactly the kind of serial killer.

Jack and his best buddy, Gamble, who is also his partner, do most of the researches to catch the killer. Gamble is good with the laptop, he digs up all the information they can use. Jack has a supportive life while Gamble’s wife wants him to quit and work for some computer firm.

After they find out or rather guess how the killer might have killed without being seen. Jack investigates the crime scene and that is when he realizes that this person is who killed his parents 30 years ago.

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The killer goes on length to make sure that Jack stays on the case when the police department, which is actually the FBI, local police, Special Agents and… (well, I am never good with remembering technicalities. πŸ˜› You get my point though :P) working together, who don’t want him to stay because of the case being too personal to Jack. When Jack finally goes back to homicide, the killer drops his usual rituals and hits close to home. He shoots 2 people, one of which is jack’s close friend and this comes in as a case for the homicide and Jack is again dragged back.

The good side of the nightmare that Jack faced at the age of six was his family, friends, and job. The sweet couple who adopted him, his wife who was the daughter of the detective working on his parent’s case, his understanding son, his job, and the people associated with it. All this are in danger, as the killer wants to ruin Jack completely, to maybe finish the task he couldn’t 30 years ago.

This is a quite good cat-mouse chase. The ending is as thought through as the whole book. All in all it really is a good read. πŸ™‚


 

Why would I pick it up?

A good mystery, a sick killer, and a supportive family for the main protagonist. Well, sounds like a plan. πŸ˜‰


 

Author’s Bio:

LiamLiam Sweeny has worn many hats in his life. In addition to being a writer for ten years, he has been an artist, musician, grassroots campaign staffer and spent four years in disaster response, both in leadership and in the field.

It was in the field in New Orleans that Sweeny got his start as a writer. Hurricane Katrina, and his role in the relief effort, fueled his early writing, where he began in sci-fi/fantasy before transitioning into crime, mystery and noir.

As a crime writer, Sweeny’s work has appeared in many publications, such as Thuglit, All Due Respect, Near to the Knuckle, Shotgun Honey and others. You can find out more at http://www.liamsweeny.com

Meet the author: |Β WebsiteΒ |Β FacebookΒ |Β GoodreadsΒ |Β TwitterΒ |

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Blog Tour| Review| Uncharted Territory by Carolyn Ridder Aspenson

 

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Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for the book β€œUncharted Territory” by Carolyn Ridder Aspenson, hosted by Sage’s Blog Tours.

Let’s get on with the review, shall we? πŸ™‚


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Title: Uncharted Territory (Angela Panther #3)
Author: Carolyn Ridder Aspenson
Genre: Mystery
Publishing date: 6th February , 2015
Published by: Booktrope
Pages: 298

My Rating: 5/5 stars

 

 

 


Synopsis:

Suburban housewife Angela Panther didn’t want to communicate with the dead, but the universe had other plans…

When an unidentified fourteen-year-old boy takes a dive off an interstate overpass, to solve the case, Atlanta area detective Aaron Banner calls on some unlikely help–from psychic medium Angela Panther. Banner knows she’s legit, and knows she’ll get to the truth about his junior John Doe–was the boy’s death suicide, or murder? The problem is, the spirit can’t remember who he was or the night he died, and to make matters worse, he doesn’t care.

Instead, he convinces Angela to focus on another spirit, one different from Angela’s usual, garden-variety ghost.
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To complicate matters, Angela’s best friend Mel, newly single and on the prowl, has her sights set on the sexy Detective Banner, and Angela’s mother drives her even more crazy dead than alive.

To solve the dead duo’s dilemmas, armed with little more than their double lattΓ©s and a tiny pink bottle of wannabe pepper spray, Angela and her sex-starved sidekick Mel must venture into the dark underbelly of Atlanta and come face-to-face with a gang of saggy-pantsed hoodlums ready to take them out. Will they make it out alive, or end up pushing up daisies alongside the spirits they’re trying to help?

In UNCHARTED TERRITORY, AN ANGELA PANTHER MYSTERY, Carolyn Ridder Aspenson’s witty dialog between psychic medium Angela Panther and her best friend, Mel will keep you laughing out loud, while the tear-jerking scenes between the living and dead will leave you hoping the connection with those we love is never lost.


My Take:

This book is fantastic! πŸ˜€ Like really, really good and I will tell you why. πŸ™‚

First off, I love Β a good mystery and good mystery it was. πŸ™‚ The writing is wonderful, it is one of the rare books that you wish was a result of your brilliant mind. πŸ˜› After a long time I have come across a book that was actually unputdownable.

Mix mystery with wits and humor and this book is what you get. The synopsis is so well written that all I have to say is already in it. So, I will rather point out the things that I loved in particular, and mind you that’s almost everything. πŸ˜›

A psychic medium, seeing ghosts, helping them… awesome! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜›

Angela is a damn smart character and her character growth in accepting her gift of seeing the dead is really nice and feels real. Her mom Fran is hilarious, cool, and quirky. I loved her. ❀ Her best friend, Mel, ahh… she is as cool as Fran. I think Fran and Mel play a huge part in making the book hilarious with their oh-so-witty dialogs. πŸ˜›

Here are some examples that support my statements. Enjoy! πŸ˜‰

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A conversation between Angela and her son, Josh.

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A conversation between Angela and her daughter,Emily.

 

 

 

 

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Continued… (the next screenshot.) πŸ˜›

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A conversation between Angela and Detective Aaron. This conversation was too good to pass on. πŸ˜›

 

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Mel to Angela

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Fran about some random character

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How could I not have loved this book. It is a perfect mix of mystery, humor and great characters, not to forget the interesting storyline and engaging writing style. πŸ˜€

I now want to read the earlier two books in the series and am damn excited for the next book because damn, the ending of the book just gave my heart a tug for the next story. A hint of it, that was all I needed. πŸ˜€


Why would I pick it up?

Haven’t I given you reason enough? πŸ˜›

Can we swoon over the cover? Oh my God! It’s so damn beautiful, all the colours and the design make it really attractive and makes it stand out. πŸ˜€ All my favourite colours on the book, cool! πŸ˜›


Author’s bio:

Carolyn Ridder Aspenson is a freelance writer and the Amazon and Barnes & Noble best-selling author of Unfinished Business, An Angela Panther Novel, Unbreakable Bonds, An
Angela Panther Novel, Uncharted Territory, An Angela Panther Novel, the contemporary romance novella The Inn At Laurel Creek and Santa’s Gift, a Cumming Christmas Novella.

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You can find Carolyn at carolynridderaspenson.com, on Facebook at Carolyn Ridder Aspenson, Author, and on Twitter @awritingwoman. Carolyn is published through Booktrope Editions.

Meet the author: |Β WebsiteΒ |Β FacebookΒ |Β TwitterΒ |

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ARC Review | Pane and Suffering (A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery #1) by Cheryl Hollon

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Title: Pane and Suffering (A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery #1)
Author: Cheryl Hollon
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Crafts & Hobbies
Publishing date: 29th September , 2015
Published by: Kensington
Pages: 320

My Rating: 4/5 stars Β 

*ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

To solve her father’s murder and save the family-owned glass shop, Savannah Webb must shatter a killer’s carefully constructed faΓ§ade. . .

After Savannah’s father dies unexpectedly of a heart attack, she drops everything to return home to St. Petersburg, Florida, to settle his affairs–including the fate of the beloved, family-owned glass shop. Savannah intends to hand over ownership to her father’s trusted assistant and fellow glass expert, Hugh Trevor, but soon discovers the master craftsman also dead of an apparent heart attack.

As if the coincidence of the two deaths wasn’t suspicious enough, Savannah discovers a note her father left for her in his shop, warning her that she is in danger. With the local police unconvinced, it’s up to Savannah to piece together the encoded clues left behind by her father. And when her father’s apprentice is accused of the murders, Savannah is more desperate than ever to crack the case before the killer seizes a window of opportunity to cut her out of the picture. . .


 

My Take:

Mystery with a chance to learn something new, why not? πŸ˜€

This book is very well-written and the way the mystery is solved is more interesting than the mystery itself. Savannah, who comes back to Florida when her father dies of heart attack, and finds his dad’s partner to be dead with a heart attack too after her father’s funeral, becomes suspicious of foul play. She finds a letter addresed to her by her dad. This is where the stuff gets interesting. I had a subject last year that dealt with Computer Security and learnt about the different encryption methods. I loved the ciphers very much and when this book started showing interest in ciphers too, I couldn’t put the book down. πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

I was aware of the first cipher that was used in the beginning of the book but not the last one at the almost end. (I might google it later, to learn it properly. πŸ˜› ) Puzzles have always had my undivided attention. The answers to the mystery to deaths was a puzzle that Savannah’s dad hid with puzzles and geocaching. (Another new concept learnt. πŸ˜€ Well, I wasn’t aware of this earlier. πŸ˜› )

I present you with the wikipedia explanation- πŸ˜›

Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiveror mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world.

A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook (with a pen or pencil). The geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name. After signing the log, the cache must be placed back exactly where the person found it. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (Tupperware or similar) or ammunition boxes can also contain items for trading, such as toys or trinkets, usually of more sentimental worth than financial. Geocaching shares many aspects withΒ benchmarking, trigpointing, orienteering, treasure-hunting, letterboxing, and waymarking.

There is so much well explained information on working with glass, it blends well with the story and doesn’t look forced at all. It also provides with relevant information at the end of the book to understand the terms better. That was good. πŸ˜€ (Ahh… the things you learn while reading. πŸ™‚ )

So, on with the book. I loved the simplicity of the characters. There was Officer Boulli who made we want to smack him right across the face to help him realize that he was an idiot. The other characters shared the sentiments- πŸ˜›

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Here’s what Savannah was thinking when Officer Boulli asked her to describe things in her own words. I totally agree with her. πŸ˜›

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The list of suspects was clear to Savannah. It had to be one of the two people who were too eager to buy Webb’s Glass Shop. Frank- who used to work at Webb’s and now owned his own business and Smythe- who was there to buy the properties so that his company could demolish the area and have new build-ups. When Jacob, her dad’s apprentice was arrested, she knew she had to something to prove that he was innocent.The answer however was nothing she ever expected.

Finally when the mystery was solved, Savannah brushed off Frank and Smythe and decided to stay back home in Florida with her new friends and the glass shop. πŸ™‚

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Finally, if any of you guys read the book then I would like to get my doubt cleared. Savannah had only talked to Officer Parker, who was assigned to work on Savannah’s case and was Officer Boulli’s senior, over the phone. So, how did Savannah recognize that it was Detective Parker who came to save her when she was practically seeing him for the first time? (Did I miss something? :/ )Screenshot_2015-09-30-21-00-09-1


 

Why would I pick it up?

It’s a cool puzzle mystery. If you are interested in solving puzzles then this might be the book for you. πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚