Mini Reviews ~Two Mysteries and a Horror

January 28, 2020 Audiobook Reviews, Book Reviews 7

Akismet Anti-SpamGetting caught up on some reviews the quick and easy way! The first month isn’t over and I am already behind…lol.

A funeral, a ghost, a murder . . . It’s all in a day’s work for emma lee raines . . .

Bopped on the head from a falling plastic Santa, local undertaker Emma Lee Raines is told she’s suffering from “funeral trauma.” It’s trauma all right, because the not-so-dearly departed keep talking to her. Take Ruthie Sue Payne—innkeeper, gossip queen, and arch-nemesis of Emma Lee’s granny—she’s adamant that she didn’t just fall down those stairs. She was pushed.

Ruthie has no idea who wanted her pushing up daisies. All she knows is that she can’t cross over until the matter is laid to eternal rest. In the land of the living, Emma Lee’s high-school crush, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, isn’t ready to rule out foul play. Granny Raines, the widow of Ruthie’s ex-husband and co-owner of the Sleepy Hollow Inn, is the prime suspect. Now Emma Lee is stuck playing detective or risk being haunted forever.

I am a big fan of this author and I have been wanting to try this series so I was excited when I seen that Tantor Audio was going to have this one for review!

This was a lot of fun! I love a good southern cozy and I have a feeling that I am going to really enjoy this series once I get into and get to know the characters more. Emma Lee can see the dead and everyone thinks she has “funeral trauma” because nobody would believe she can actually see dead people. Not sure if she is in the right business since she is an undertaker or if it’s the perfect business!

When Ruthie Sue dies she pops up where Emma Lee can see her and won’t go away until she finds out who killed her, the only bad thing being that one of the suspects is Emma Lee’s own grandmother, but there are a few others that have a reason for wanting her dead.

I really like d the Sheriff Jack Henry who had lots of southern charm and didn’t mind Emma Lee helping since he knew she could see Ruthie and kind of used her to help him solve things. Though he also has other reason to want to keep her close by as he really likes her.

It had a great mystery that I had a bit of a time figuring out and I would totally recommend it to cozy mystery lovers!

Tiffany Morgan does a great job as the narrator!

4 stars

Hearts are broken,” Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. “Sweet relationships are dead.”

But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow’s garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara’s solo show at the famed Musée in Montréal. Chief Inspector Gamache, the head of homicide at the Sûreté du Québec, is called to the tiny Québec village and there he finds the art world gathered, and with it a world of shading and nuance, a world of shadow and light. Where nothing is as it seems. Behind every smile there lurks a sneer. Inside every sweet relationship there hides a broken heart. And even when facts are slowly exposed, it is no longer clear to Gamache and his team if what they’ve found is the truth, or simply a trick of the light.

One of my goals is to get caught up on this series so I am well on my way! I am glad to have already finished one and I really enjoyed this one.

Clara Morrow is finally getting the recognition she deserves for her art work but the fun is dashed when her and Peter find a dead body in their garden. It happens to be someone Clara new from her younger days and they had been friends but then weren’t friends anymore. It all has to do with art so of course Clara is a suspect.

Chief Inspector Gamache really doesn’t want to think that Clara would have done this and sets out to find out what happens and finds that Lillian rubbed a lot of people the wrong way in the art world and it could be anyone.

One of the things I like about this series is the police politics, as I don’t think I have read many which such things going on. There are some who want Gamache gone and some things happened in previous books that he is dealing with and it’s all very interesting.

Since it’s about Clara we get a lot about her and her husband Peter and how their relationship has been altered a bit by what happened. Not just the murder but because Clara had an art show and Peter hasn’t. I think maybe two artist shouldn’t get together. 🙂

Another thing I really like about this series is the author is really good at making me think I have things solved and then throwing my whole theory out the window because it ends up being someone I totally didn’t even think about! Great crime mystery series!

Highly recommend but start with book one!

Though it took awhile for me to warm up to him I am really starting to like Ralph Cosham’s narration.

4 stars

Jaunty the Clown just wants to entertain families with lighthearted slapstick antics, but people think of clowns as terrifying, nightmarish creatures who hide in closets or under beds. When Jaunty, along with his fellow performers Guffaw, Wagon, Reginald The Pleasant Clown, and Bluehead are fired from the circus, they’re told that the world just doesn’t like clowns anymore.

Still, clowns have to eat. And since these clowns don’t eat children, to make ends meet they’re eventually forced to take a job in a popular haunted attraction, the Mountain of Terror. Instead of charming entertainers, they’re now scary clowns. A zombie clown. A demon clown. A creepy doll clown.

But the town is about to discover something more frightening than clowns. Because on opening night, millions of oversized spiders emerge from a cave and begin their deadly invasion…

From Bram Stoker Award-nominated author Jeff Strand comes an insane mix of shameless silliness and grisly creepy-crawly horror. Clowns Vs. Spiders. Who will win?

This is my first book from this author and I wanted something really cool but it just didn’t deliver!

It’s about a group of down and out clowns who need a job so they decide to work in a haunted house as scary clowns even though they don’t like the idea as it goes against clown code.

We learn about some large spiders who have made their way to town by the way of a boat that was infected by them and now they are wreaking havoc all over and are headed for the haunted attraction, the Mountain of Terror! Some of the clowns don’t do so well as  scary clowns and one ends up fired (can’t remember which one), but he is one of the first to see the spiders and tries to help. Some people think the spiders are part of the horror attraction but soon find out that is not true as they go splat when you kill them.

Okay so this could have been so fun and I was hoping for something spooky and gory but all I got was a boring not scary not even very funny story. All the things that the clowns did sort of made me roll my eyes. I think if this wasn’t an audiobook I would probably have just gave up before finishing it. It just didn’t work for me. Honestly, it’s been a couple weeks since reading this and I can’t really remember much so it didn’t stick.

I did enjoy the narrator Joe Hempel.

2 stars


7 Responses to “Mini Reviews ~Two Mysteries and a Horror”

  1. Carole's Random Life in Books

    The first two books sound like ones that I would really like. I have had the Louise Penny series forever. I might need to check out the audiobooks and actually get started with it. I think I will skip the last book.

    • Stormi

      Oh you should try the Louise Penny series! 🙂 I feel it takes a few books in that series to really get going on it but now I am hooked.

  2. Laura Thomas

    The first two sound good. Too bad the clowns didn’t work out. What a creepy cover. And I don’t like clowns or spiders but I sure love scary books about them. LOL

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