I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Vampire Knitting Club by Nancy Warren
Length: 6 hours and 6 minutes
Published by Ambleside Publishing Pages: 219
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Sarah Zimmerman
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Vampires who knit A troublemaking witch Who killed Granny — and is she really dead?
At a crossroads between a cringe-worthy past (Todd the Toad) and an uncertain future (she's not exactly homeless, but it's close), Lucy Swift travels to Oxford to visit her grandmother. With Gran's undying love to count on and Cardinal Woolsey's, Gran's knitting shop, to keep her busy, Lucy can catch her breath and figure out what she's going to do.
Except it turns out that Gran is the undying. Or at least, the undead. But there's a death certificate. And a will, leaving the knitting shop to Lucy. And a lot of people going in and out who never use the door—including Gran, who is just as loving as ever, and prone to knitting sweaters at warp speed, late at night. What exactly is going on?
When Lucy discovers that Gran did not die peacefully in her sleep, but was murdered, she has to bring the killer to justice without tipping off the law that there's no body in the grave. Between a hot 600-year-old vampire and a dishy detective inspector, both of whom always seem to be there for her, Lucy finds her life getting more complicated than a triple cable cardigan. The only one who seems to know what's going on is her cat ... or is it ... her familiar?
I must admit that the title of this book is one of the reasons I decided to give it a try…lol. I was curious about knitting vampires and since it’s a cozy I figured what the hey.
Lucy travels to Oxford to take care of some things as her grandmother has passed away. At least that is what she thought till she finds out her grandmother is the undead. Yep, she was turned into a vampire and it seems she was murdered but is kind of foggy on what happened.
Lucy tries to figure out what happened to her grandmother while dealing with the fact that her grandmother is a vampire and she has a knitting club full of vampires to deal with as well.
So this was kind of cute but I can’t say that it was very memorable for a cozy mystery. It has a decent mystery and the characters are okay but it just lacked something. I normally like paranormal type cozies but this one sort of made me roll my eyes, maybe it’s the knitting vampires lol.
I am willing to try book two and see if I enjoy it more.
I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Dark and Twisting Path by Julia Buckley
Length: 9 hours and 39 minutes
Published by Berkley Books Pages: 273
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Ann Marie Lee
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Also by this author: Death in Dark Blue
Writer's apprentice Lena London is happily working on a new collaboration with her idol and bestselling suspense novelist and friend Camilla Graham, but her joy is short-lived when a dark cloud descends upon the quaint town of Blue Lake, Indiana...
Lena's best friend, Allison, is in a panic. On a walk in the woods by her home, Allison discovers the body of her mail carrier, an argumentative man who recently had a falling out with Allison's husband. Lena quickly realizes that Allison has nothing to worry about as the murder weapon points to a different suspect altogether: Lena's embattled boyfriend, Sam West.
Sam was cleared of his wife's murder when she was found alive, and now someone is trying to make him look guilty again. Surveillance video of a break-in at his house shows a shadowy figure trying to incriminate him by stealing the weapon from his desk. Lena and Camilla work on a suspect list, but a threatening note and a violent intrusion at Graham House prove that the devious killer has decided to write them into the plot.
A Dark and Twisting Path is the third book in the Writer’s Apprentice mystery and it seems like maybe things have quieted down a little bit even though events from the last book are kind of looming over their heads. (This is the first cozy series I have ever read where I feel like I can’t mention things cause it could ruin the other books…lol)
Things don’t stay quiet long when Lena’s best friend calls her frantic because she has found a dead body in their backyard. To make matters worse it’s their mailman and her husband was seen arguing with him earlier. Lena along with her policeman friend as well as others try and figure out what happened. It seems that once again though Sam her boyfriend has someone trying to frame him for murder (okay after three books that is getting old). It’s like the poor guy can catch a break but it does all connect with the other two books in the end.
I am enjoying this series and I do really like the characters but the continuing storyline in this one that started in the first one and I hope that with what happens at the end of this one that is sort of over. It’s not that it’s horrible but it’s just different for a cozy I guess and I feel so bad for poor Sam I just want him to have a book where people are thinking he is a killer when he is a very sweet guy! I do love the characters in this series and will be getting to the next book soon so I will be caught up on another cozy series soon. (A personal goal for this year)Small Favor by Jim Butcher
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Roc Pages: 420
Narrator: James Marster
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Also by this author: Storm Front, Jim Butcher's Dresden Files: Down Town, Shadowed Souls, Blood Rites, Proven Guilty , White Night , Turn Coat , Changes , Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files
THE New York Times Bestseller
Harry Dresden's life finally seems to be calming down -- until a shadow from the past returns. Mab, monarch of the Sidhe Winter Court, calls in an old favor from Harry -- one small favor that will trap him between a nightmarish foe and an equally deadly ally, and that will strain his skills -- and loyalties -- to their very limits.
Small Favors is #11 in the Dresden Files and just as fun and full of action as the others! I just love this series!
It seems like this are finally calming down for Harry Dresden when Mab, the winter court monarch comes a calling. She comes to call in on a favor that Harry owes her, just one small favor. Right!!! Nothing is ever small or simple when it comes to things that Mab wants.
Mobster kingpin Marcone has been kidnapped by some supernaturals and Mabs wants him found, but it’s not that simple. He ends up having to enlist his friends, Murphy, Molly, Thomas and even the Knights of the Cross. You know things are not going to go well! As with any of these books there is always way more at stake then what is stated at the beginning. Someone want the Archive (which is a person) so they must keep her from harm as well! Just loads of humor and action!
This series just gets better and better and I love it and I have already started Turn Coats!
James Marster is the narrator and he is just so good with everything and I love it when it does the voice for the little pixie Toot!! It cracks me up everytime!
If you haven’t tried this series and you like Urban Fantasy then what are you waiting for DO IT! 🙂