Twice the Trouble by Ash Clifton
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by Lesa Holstine
1d ago
Despite my best intentions, I found myself rooting for PI Noland Twice to succeed in Ash Clifton’s Twice the Trouble. The antihero is likable, although he doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty in order to make money and handle a case for his client. He’s an incurable romantic, who falls for every woman who crosses his path, but he’s doomed to be a loner, except for a few Russian friends. Twice knows defense attorney Faith Carlton’s latest case is dirty. Her client, Frank Bisby, CEO of Selbrius Construction, is accused of embezzling all of the company’s offshore accounts, along with one of the ..read more
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April Treasures in My Closet
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by Lesa Holstine
3d ago
I have some terrific events happening in March, one musical and two concerts, so I”m not rushing through that month to April. However, there are some good books coming out in April. I hope you’re ready to check out a few Treasures in My Closet for that month. I have a number of books listed this month, but I hope you let me know what I missed. I don’t get everything to pile up in my closet!! Let’s start with Claire Booth’s sixth Sheriff Hank Worth mystery, Home Fires.. The story begins with a bang that affects everyone in Boone County when a fireworks warehouse explodes. Although fire departm ..read more
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What Are You Reading?
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by Lesa Holstine
3d ago
What a crazy week here. I already mentioned my Mom and sisters were here on Monday. We had a terrific lunch at Delaney’s Diner in Groveport, followed by a visit to Wagnalls Memorial, a library in Lithopolis. The library was founded by Mabel Wagnalls, daughter of Adam Wagnalls, co-founder of Funk & Wagnalls. Both of Mabel’s parents were born in log cabins in Lithopolis. Just a couple pictures of Wagnalls (not my photos, so not seasonal pictures). When my friend, Donna, visits in April, we’ll have to take the guided tour. Tonight, my sisster, Linda and I are off to see “The Producers”. Mom ..read more
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A Peek Ahead
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by Lesa Holstine
4d ago
It’s been a busy week. As I said, my family was here on Monday, and I’m currently working on a big Treasures in My Closet post for Friday. That takes time from reading. So, I’m going to give you a peek, quite a far ahead. M.S. Greene’s There’s No Murder Like Show Murder is a July release that I just finished for review. It’s a terrific launch to a new cozy series set behind the scenes at a regional theater in Connecticut. Behind the scenes because the amateur sleuth, Tasha Weaver, is head of the costume shop. If you love live theater, you might want to watch for this one. I’ll remind you close ..read more
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Kevin’s Corner Annex – Under Investigation by Jeffrey Marks
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by Lesa Holstine
5d ago
Thanks to Kevin Tipple for sending more reviews. I really was out playing yesterday. My Mom and sisters were all here. We went to lunch at a diner, and then to a library. A library! Who would ever think that four women who worked in libraries would go visit one on a gorgeous, sunny day? Anyways, all the more reason to post one of Kevin’s reviews. He said, ” I am not one for historicals, but I very much enjoyed this short story collection when I read/reviewed back in 2012.” Jeffrey Marks’ Under Investigation is currently available through Amazon for Kindle or audiobook. Under Investigatio ..read more
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Roses are Red, But Can Make You Dead by Heather Graham
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by Lesa Holstine
6d ago
Once in a while, Heather Graham, author of the Krewe of Hunters books, and so many others, writes a novella for a holiday. I received a notice about her 2024 Valentine’s Day one. A little late, but it’s worth catching up with a couple of my favorite characters in Roses are Red, But Can Make You Dead. And, it’s currently free for KindleUnlimited, or available for purchase from Amazon for .99. Teresa Grant is a divorcee, still a little in love with her husband. They share a five-year-old daughter, Emma. But, after two years, Teresa has moved on, and has a new man in her life. When she receives ..read more
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Happy Anniversary, Crippen & Landru
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by Lesa Holstine
1w ago
When Jeff Marks asked if I’d like to help in the observation of Crippen & Landru’s 30th anniversary, I was on board. All I had to do was review one of the books they had published in the last thirty years. Here’s the background, according to Crippen & Landru’s website, https://bit.ly/4bPhXu7. Crippen & Landru was incorporated in 1994 by Douglas Greene. Greene retired in 2018 as Publisher, but continues as Senior Editor. Jeffrey Marks assumed the role of Publisher in that same year. Crippen & Landru is a small publisher of high-quality fiction collections. One of those collecti ..read more
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Kevin’s Corner Annex – A Nice Place to Die by J. Woollcott
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by Lesa Holstine
1w ago
It’s time to thank Kevin Tipple for another one of his reviews. I’m finishing one book as I post this, with another one waiting, but neither are ready for review. Thank you, Kevin, for the review of J. Woollcott’s A Nice Place to Die. A Nice Place To Die: A DS Ryan McBride Novel by J. Woollcott begins with a body in late October. Detective Sergeant Ryan McBride, his partner, DS Billy Lamont, and others are at the river scene where a woman has been found dead. A body is always tough. In this case, even more so far DS Ryan as he knows the victim and had recently been intimate with her. If he te ..read more
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What Are You Reading?
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by Lesa Holstine
1w ago
I finished all the books I was reading for deadline this week, and then I moved on to working on my taxes. So, I don’t have much to discuss this week. I hope you can all pick up the slack. I won’t be running a contest tomorrow since I don’t have any more January or February books to give away. Here are the winners of the last contest. Pattie T. from Saint Charles, MO won Murder on the Orient Express. Robert R. from San Antonio, TX will receive Dead of Night. I’ll run another contest whenever I have books to give away. In between mysteries for review, I picked up Sarah Morgan’s The Book Club H ..read more
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Murder in Masquerade by Mary Winters
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by Lesa Holstine
1w ago
I’d call Mary Winters’ second Lady of Letters mystery, Murder in Masquerade, a historical cozy. Fans of Dianne Freeman’s Countess of Harleigh series would probably enjoy enjoy the lighthearted mysteries featuring Amelia, Countess of Amesbury, as she responds to agony letters in a penny newspaper. The emphasis in the story is on Victorian society as much as it is on the mystery itself. The Marquis of Bainbridge’s younger sister, Marielle, wrote a letter to Lady Agony, saying her family doesn’t approve of her love interest, so she might elope to Gretna Green. Although Amelia warns her not to do ..read more
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