I always think to myself that I don’t read enough. Really. I look at these people on Goodreads who seem to be absorbing a book a day. How do they do that? I decided to compile a “Best of 2020” (Is this an oxymoron?) and list the books that I have either reviewed or featured on Books to the Ceiling this year.
Well, I’ll be. There’s forty of them. Use this as a directory, an appendix or somebody else’s list of reviews to find your next great read.
This week we are traveling back in time Regency England where Lady Lucy has found she is expecting her second child. What to do? Hire a nursery attendant–who is drop-dead gorgeous. Here is my review- Death Comes to the Nursery is a part of the Kurland St. Mary Mystery Series. Lady Lucy and Sir Robert … Continue reading
Time to head to snowy Maine to the wee town of Moosetookalook. I say “wee” because the mystery centers around the Scottish Emporium where you can find kilts in all colors and sizes. This is the 13th book in the Liss MacCrimmon Scottish Mystery Series and full of cute little dogs, mysteries from the past … Continue reading
Happy Valentine’s Day! I grew up in Loveland, Colorado, so you can bet Valentine’s Day was a pretty big deal. Hot air balloons, a Miss Valentine, and even a signature Valentine card each year that people all over the country ordered and sent through our post office to their loved ones. When I wrote my … Continue reading
Yum, doesn’t egg drop soup sound good?! This week I’m reviewing Egg Drop Dead, another mystery centering around the Ho-Lee Noodle House! Continue Reading
You have to know nothing good will come of a giant corporation named Plastisource in a little town, but that’s not all that’s going on in this cozy mystery. This week I’m reviewing one from the Writer’s Apprentice Series by Julia Buckley. Book Description: Lena is starting to feel like having it all may actually … Continue reading
One thing about maintaining social distance is that you can get as close as you want with all of the wonderful characters the world of fiction offers. Today I’m reviewing a Regency mystery that takes place in 1832. Wouldn’t it be fun to go to a party, and everyone gets an assigned role and a … Continue reading
If you are like me, you’ve been staring at those walls while social distancing and thinking. How can I make this place look better? Well, Grace Topping brings us the second book in her Laura Bishop Mystery Series: Staging Wars! Not only do you have a great mystery to solve, but she gives you tips on interior design. Continue Reading
Maggie Toussaint has a new series out and it’s all about seafood! Yum! And Murder! Yikes! Check out Seas the Day and don’t forget to scroll down and enter her giveaway. About Seas the Day Caterer River Holloway cooks like a dream and is known on Shell Island as a “finder” of things. … Continue reading
Ever had a friend start acting crazy for no reason? But there is a reason, isn’t there? That’s what happens in Pumpkin Spice Peril and the book I’m reviewing today. Continue Reading
Creative people have been known to be explosive and that includes chefs at diners. Think about that last argument you had which now seems harmless. It didn’t happen that way in Elizabeth Logan’s new mystery Mousse and Murder. Continue Reading
The Dutch House is still on the New York Times Best Seller list, and after listening to the audiobook, I can see why. Have you ever had a house that had a personality of its own? The house I presently live in was formerly owned by a NASA engineer, and there are some unusual DIY methods as well as a lovely cookbook holder built into a cabinet. Sometimes I look at my house and think of the scene in Apollo 13 where they had to make an air filter out of a sock. Yeah. The Dutch House is a historic home filled with incredible details left by the first family. You would think most people would love to live in this house, but you’d be wrong. Continue Reading
You know I love my Jessica and she’s back with a wedding party stuck in a blizzard. Brrrr and just as it’s starting to heat up in South Texas. Seth and Mort Metzger are back but Jessica spends most of her time solving this one with Seamus the ex-constable from Ireland. This one definitely has the “And Then There Were None” vibe to it. Continue Reading
Here we are in June and there is nothing like a great story about a wedding, more specifically a wedding dress. Not just any wedding dress, but a couture creation made in 1929, all sewn and beaded by hand. This dress was so special that the bride traveled from San Francisco to Paris to have it made. I can’t imagine putting that much time, expense, and effort into acquiring a dress, but I’ve never lived in a mansion on Knob Hill in San Francisco. Continue Reading
So, you dump your fiancé. What’s the worst that could happen? Lady Amy Lovell could answer that one for you! Today we have a historical mystery that centers around a mystery book club. I really enjoyed it, so scroll down and read my review! A mystery author is charged with murder–and the plot thickens faster … Continue reading
Read my review of The Green Dress, a true crime from the True Colors Series. Why are so many people from the same household dying?
Part 2 Tomorrow–Yes, there’s more!