The Lover’s Knot

I’ve reserved the  next few books in the Martha’s Vineyard series I am reading and I am patiently waiting for them to come in via the  interloan service our library provides.  Meanwhile, I was browsing through the new books at the library, I came across a new quilting mystery.  It was book #3 in a series.  I read so many books that I sometimes forget if I’ve read a particular author or series.  That was the case with this series.  It sounded familiar, but I just wasn’t sure if I read this one or not.  So, when in doubt re-read!  I picked up all three books in the series.  What series you ask – it is the Someday Quilts Mystery series by Clare O’Donohue .  The first book in the series is The Lover’s Knot

I am certain I read this book a while ago when it first came out in 2008.  The series is about a young woman, Nell, who is about to get married when she is dumped by her fiance.  She takes some time to gather her thoughts and heal her broken heart at her grandmother’s.  Her grandmother owns a quilt shop in a small town.  When her grandmother falls down a flight of stairs, breaking her leg, Nell decides to stay a while longer and help out her grandmother.  Nell then finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation when she discovers the body of her grandmother’s handyman in the quilt shop.  The book is a fun cozy read that I enjoyed just as much the second time around.  I am off to read the 2nd book in the series, A Drunkard’s Path.  Happy Reading.  Kathryn

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Vineyard Deceit

Vineyard Deceit is the 3rd book in the Martha’s Vineyard Mystery series by Philip R. Craig.  The series is about J. W. Jackson, a retired police officer, who now is a full-time resident of Martha’s Vineyard. He spends most of his day fishing for whatever is biting, In this book Jeff is asked to take a temporary position on the local police force to be part of a security team when a middle eastern potentate and his entourage come to the island to reclaim an emerald necklace stolen from his nation a long time ago.

Thinking this will be an easy job where he can make a few quick bucks, he takes the job. He has his mind on a boat that he wants to purchase. Unfortunately, it turns out not to be such a laid back job after all.  His girlfriend, Zee, is kidnapped, the necklace is stolen and a man is found dead. Jeff goes into detective mode in search of girlfriend and the necklace. He is then hired by a man to find out who killed the man’s friend. Are these incidents all connected in some way or what?

I really enjoy this series.  As I have mentioned before, it is an interesting, quick read.  I don’t know “who done it” until the end, which is nice.  I hate it when the plot is so obvious.  The people in the book are real everyday people who you can relate to.  If you are looking for a good series that isn’t full of gory details, this is it.  Happy Reading.  Kathryn

Cliff Hanger

Cliff Hanger APA Vineyard Fear, written by Philip R. Craig is the 4th book in the J. W. Jackson, Martha’s Vineyard series.  In this book while J.W.’s girlfriend, Zee,  is off to a medical conference,  J.W. finds himself in the middle of a domestic dispute that lands both the victim and the attacker in the hospital with serious injuries.  If that isn’t enough, J.W. also believes someone is trying to kill him.  Who, he has no idea and why, is even more puzzling.  And, because I hate to give out too much information, I will let you read the book to find out all the answers. 

I am really enjoying this author and the series.  The series is not laden with explicit sex and graphic violence, but rather a well-written mystery with characters that you might possible know.  I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series, Off Season, which was written in 1994.  Happy Reading!  Kathryn

Gingerbread Cookie Murder

While I was at the library I noticed a book in the new section I hadn’t read yet and brought it home.  The title is Gingerbread Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke.  After reading 1/3 of the book the story ended.  I was so surprised.  Then, I realized there were three books within this one book.  How silly I felt.  I never looked passed the large print! 

I have now read all three books.  The first was Gingerbread Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke, the 2nd was The Dangers of Gingerbread Cookies by Laura Levine, and the 3rd was Gingerbread Cookies and Gunshots by Leslie Meier.  I have read all of Joanne Flukes other books as well as all of Leslie Meier’s.  This was the first Laura Levine book for me.  I know it isn’t Christmas yet, but the books were all good and worth the read.  My favorite of the three is the one by Leslie Meier.  I really enjoy her as an author. So, when it gets a little closer to Christmas and you are looking for a quick, light, fun read – this is it.  Enjoy!  Happy Reading.  Kathryn

The Woman Who Walked into the Sea

As you all know, I love to read and when I find a good author and an interesting series it is hard to put the book down.  This is the 2nd Jeff Jackson-Martha’s Vineyard Mystery by Philip R. Craig, The Woman Who Walked into the Sea, it was later published as Death in Vineyard Waters, which I recently read. 

In this book J. W. Jackson is introduced to an elderly professor and a few of her colleagues who are spending some of their summer on Martha’s Vineyard.  Marjorie and her much younger colleague, Dr. Ian McGregor are working on scholarly paper together.  Marjorie Summerharp maybe a respected academic and in her 80’s, but she is also a woman who speaks her mind, which is often hurtful to others.  It is also well-known that Marjorie loves to swim alone every morning at 6 a.m.  When her body is found caught in a fisherman’s net, the death is ruled accidental by drowning.  But after giving the matter some thought, Jeff finds himself disagreeing with the official report and decides to look into it himself. 

This cozy mystery was a quick, good read.   I’m off to find the next book in the series The Double-Minded Men, APA Vineyard Deceit.  Happy Reading.  Kathryn

A Beautiful Place to Die

I’ve found a new author and new series.  This series is set on Martha’s Vineyard where fishing, food, tourists, and the wealthy abound. A Beautiful Place to Die is Philip R. Craig’s first book in the series revolving around retired cop Jeff Jackson. Jeff who spends his day’s fishing, gardening and cooking is asked by the young teen daughter of one of his friends to look into the sinking of her fathers boat which resulted in a death and injured her brother. Susie doesn’t believe it was an accident and she may be right. This book was written in 1989. I believe there are 22 books in this series, so I will be happily reading for a while.

The book was well written and I would put it in the cozy mystery category as there wasn’t the detailed gore you find in some books.  I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series The Woman Who Walked in the Sea.

The Refuge

I just finished another book in Sue Henry’s Maxie McNabb series.  This third book, The Refuge, takes place in Hawaii where 64 year old Maxie goes to help out someone she has known a very long time. Even though Maxie would rather be at home in Homer, Alaska relaxing with her dog Stretch, Maxie can’t say no to the pleading phone call she gets from Karen.  Karen is a widow who was injured in an accident and is using a cane to get around.  She has asked Maxie to come and help her pack up her belongings so that she can move back to Alaska where she grew up. 

When Maxie arrives strange things start to happen.  Maxie overhears part of a phone conversation Karen is having, which Karen abruptly ends when she is aware Maxie has returned.  This phone conversation stays in the back of Maxie’s mind, as she is sure it has something to do with everything else that seems to be happening around them. 

Maxie also meets a very nice young man who is in need of a place to stay and work.  Maxie offers this lad a job helping her pack up Karen for the move and a mattress to sleep on.  This is against Karen’s wishes and that of Karen’s landlord. 

I really enjoy these cozy mysteries by Sue Henry.  I am off now to start the last book of this series, The End of the Road.  Happy Reading!