Mini Reviews #7

July 12, 2018 Book Reviews 4

I have started to enjoy doing these mini reviews as it’s a great way to catch up when I get behind which I am now! 🙂

Hurricane Season (Florida Panhandle Mysteries #1)

Sticky, sultry Palmetto had seen its share of hurricanes and evil. But it was an ill wind that blew through the Gulf-coast Florida town in the summer of ’52.

Diana Landis, well-known in every barroom, and more than a few bedrooms in town, was found beneath the dock, afloat in a fishing net. Her lover, Bo Calhoun, had already seen his family’s moonshine still set ablaze by arsonists. Congressman Robert “Snapper” Landis seemed more interested in his tough reelection campaign with Gospel Roy McInnes than in his daughter’s murder. And Wesley Stafford, a young seminarian more familiar with salvation than seduction, was in jail when, it seemed, he confessed to the killing.

All that was before storekeeper Lily Trulock left her neglecting husband to his beekeeping and ran her skiff to the island of St. Elmo, where an even bigger wind threatened to blow the lid off the whole county!

It doesn’t have very often that I find a cozy that I just don’t really care much for but this is one of them. It didn’t stick with me either so I can’t remember much about what happened. I wasn’t a fan of the format either and felt it had to much going on.

Diana Landis is pretty much a drunk who doesn’t seem to mind who she goes home with or whether they are married or not, so it’s not hard to find a lot of suspects when she turns up dead. The way she is found leads them to believe her latest lover, Bo is the suspect but he has his hands full enough with his illegal moonshine operation. There is also her father who is campaigning and having an embarrassing daughter doesn’t help gain votes.

Lily, takes her boat her boat out and ends up on one of the islands where she not only encounters a huge storm but has run into the moonshining business and it could get her into a lot of trouble. Lily also doesn’t believe the person they have in custody actually did it and putting things together from the few she talks to will also get her in a lot of trouble.

I just had a lot of trouble getting into this one and thought there was a lot of things going on and just didn’t flow like most cozies I am use too. I do have the next one so I might give it a try but right now I am not real sure. The one thing this book as going for it is that Vanessa Daniels was the narrator. 

Dead Beat 

Paranormal investigations are Harry Dresden’s business and Chicago is his beat, as he tries to bring law and order to a world of wizards and monsters that exists alongside everyday life. And though most inhabitants of the Windy City don’t believe in magic, the Special Investigations Department of the Chicago PD knows better.

Karrin Murphy is the head of S. I. and Harry’s good friend. So when a killer vampire threatens to destroy Murphy’s reputation unless Harry does her bidding, he has no choice. The vampire wants the Word of Kemmler (whatever that is) and all the power that comes with it. Now, Harry is in a race against time—and six merciless necromancers—to find the Word before Chicago experiences a Halloween night to wake the dead… 

As always this was a fun book to listen too with a great narrator!

This time around Harry is contacted by a villainess vampire who threatens Murphy’s career if Harry doesn’t do what she wants him too. She wants the World of Kemmler and even though Harry is not sure what it is he will do whatever it takes to protect Murphy. Even if that means going up against a lot of necromancers and others who seem to want the same thing. There was lots of good action and it was very fast paced.

I love how loyal Harry is to Murphy as he just about gets himself killed going up against all of these different people trying to get what he has all to make sure her career is protected from things they have had to do in the past. He is just one of my favorite characters ever! I did miss Murphy as she was only in the beginning as she went off on vacation. I so love Mouse the giant dog!

I can’t wait to get the next one! 

Rocket Dead Glare

As sunny South Cove, California, gears up for their annual Fourth of July celebrations, a local murder threatens to kill the fireworks . . .

South Cove’s local businesses are up in arms after volunteer fire chief Barry Gleason threatens to shut down anyone who doesn’t comply with the fire code. But when Barry schedules a training burn in an old abandoned barn, he is the only one who doesn’t come out alive. Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More—smells murder in the ashes. She’ll have to work quickly to nab a killer with a short fuse—or else everyone’s holiday will end with a fizzle . . .

This is a novella in my favorite cozy mystery series and very fitting for this time of year. South Cove is getting ready for the fourth of July but Barry is threatening to shut down anyone not up to code. He even hints to Jill that he could overlook things for certain favors…ewww. When he ends up dead Jill goes to solving things even when her boyfriend, the detective of the town, tells her not too.

I enjoyed this but it was a little confusing because it seems like it should have been a long time ago since it has a character that is no longer in it but once I seen that it’s suppose to be 3.25, then it makes sense. 🙂 Up around book 3 it fits in just fine.

I love all the characters in this series, even the grumpy ones! It’s just a overall fun series that I would recommend to anyone who loves cozies! 


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