Killer Party ( A Tourist Trap Mystery #9) By Lynn Cahoon *RELEASE DAY*

Killer Party (A Tourist Trap Mystery, #9)

For a gang of old college buddies, the quaint resort town of South Cove, California, is the perfect spot for a no-holds-barred bachelor party. But for Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books and More—this stag party is going to be murder . . .

After a few months of living with her boyfriend Greg, Jill is still getting used to sharing such close quarters, but she’s got no hesitation about joining him for a weekend at South Cove’s most luxurious resort. While Greg and his college pals celebrate their buddy’s upcoming wedding, Jill intends to pamper herself in style. But when the groom is found floating facedown in the pool, Jill must find the killer fast, or she might not have a boyfriend to come home to any more . . .

This is the ninth book in Lynn’s Tourist Trap Series. With a weekend of luxury at The Castle, rented out by the groom, what more could a girl want? Especially when her hot cop boyfriend is part of the package.

On the first day Jill senses something is off with this group of Greg’s old high school buddies and their wives. So when the groom turns up facedown in the pool, even Greg is on the sidelines.

Jill’s suspect list is pretty long with everyone from the party as well as the new Russian Doll Shop owner. Who seems to know the bride-to-be.

Lynn’s characters have come a long way from the first book. They are well-developed and very loveable. They have become like good book friends. I love Deek and while Aunt Jackie wasn’t my favorite character, this time I really felt her presence and there was a secondary mystery going on with her.

Can’t wait for the next one, See you soon South Cove!

Death in D Minor A Gethsemane Brown Mystery by Alexia Gordon

Death in D Minor (Gethsemane Brown Mysteries, #2)
Gethsemane Brown, African-American classical musician and expatriate to an Irish village, solved a string of murders, led a school orchestra to victory in a major competition, and got used to living with a snarky ghost. She can rest easy over the Christmas holiday. Right? Wrong. The ghost has disappeared, her landlord’s about to sell her cottage to a hotel developer, and her brother-in-law is coming for a visit—with one day’s notice.

She scrambles to call her spectral roomie back from beyond and find a way to save the cottage from certain destruction. But real estate takes a backseat when her brother-in-law is accused of stealing a valuable antique. Gethsemane strikes a deal with a garda investigator to go undercover as a musician at a charity ball and snoop for evidence linking antiques to a forgery/theft ring in exchange for the investigator’s help clearing her brother-in-law. At the party, she accidentally conjures the ghost of an eighteenth-century sea-captain, then ends up the prime suspect in the party host’s murder. With the captain’s help, she races to untangle a web of phony art and stolen antiques to exonerate herself and her brother-in-law. Then the killer targets her. Will she save herself and bring a thief and murderer to justice, or will her encore investigation become her swan song?

Musician Gethsemane Brown is back!  The action again takes place in a small Irish village where Brown is teaching. She is a quirky protagonist, , and she has a lot of problems to look into in this one.

The old cottage where she lives is about to be sold to an obnoxious American real estate tycoon. The only way Brown can save it is to summon the ghost of the previous owner. He helped her solve a mystery in the last book, but he has disappeared and Brown is unable to find him. She even resorts to an old book of spells but somehow manages to conjure up a different troubled spirit.

At the same time, her brother-in-law is in town to purchase some priceless needlework for his art museum. Several murders take place, and an old art forgery case comes to light.

I really like the her, but the other character as well as the plot is a bit far-fetched even for me.

Netgalley/Henry Press.

THE TEA GIRL OF HUMMINGBIRD LANE BY LISA SEE (SCRIBNER)

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

 

A thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple.

Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate—the first automobile any of them have seen—and a stranger arrives.

In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people. In her biggest seller, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, See introduced the Yao people to her readers. Here she shares the customs of another Chinese ethnic minority, the Akha, whose world will soon change. Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence. When she has a baby outside of wedlock, rather than stand by tradition, she wraps her daughter in a blanket, with a tea cake hidden in her swaddling, and abandons her in the nearest city.

After mother and daughter have gone their separate ways, Li-yan slowly emerges from the security and insularity of her village to encounter modern life while Haley grows up a privileged and well-loved California girl. Despite Haley’s happy home life, she wonders about her origins; and Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. They both search for and find answers in the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for generations.

A powerful story about a family, separated by circumstances, culture, and distance, Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and celebrates the bond that connects mothers and daughters.

I found this book when looking for books on Pu’er Tea. And I am so glad I did! Everything I wanted to know about the tea, the locale, all the hows and whys and when s of Pu’er Tea I learned.

And the most wonderful part was that it came in an elegant story that at once broke my heart and made me laugh all the way to the end.

Li-yan knows she is different from the people in her village. She longs to go to school and leave this place and it’s superstitions. Li-yan is a very smart girl. Not just education smart, but she just knows things.

As we follow her through her first love, her acceptance into a city school, and her sorrow over the baby girl she will never forget. She misses her village but at the same time is happy with her life running a tea shop and making her own way. And this time when love comes to call, she is ready.

I had no idea what would happen next, but I can say this is one of the most beautifully written novels I have ever read.

Thank you Ms. See and I hope to see much more of you!

xx Books,Books and More Books     Patricia

LOST BOY by CHRISTINA HENRY

Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook

From the national bestselling author of Alice comes a familiar story with a dark hook—a tale about Peter Pan and the friend who became his nemesis, a nemesis who may not be the blackhearted villain Peter says he is…

There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. This is how it happened. How I went from being Peter Pan’s first—and favorite—lost boy to his greatest enemy.

Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter’s idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. Because it’s never been all fun and games on the island. Our neighbors are pirates and monsters. Our toys are knife and stick and rock—the kinds of playthings that bite.

Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever.

Peter lies. With just that one sentence I knew we were not going to be fed the Disney version of Peter Pan. More like the Grimm’s Fairytale version.

If you read Ms. Henry’s Alice, you know this isn’t going to a sweet, lovely tale. And it isn’t. It is dark and Peter is not a nice boy at all. The tale is told from the viewpoint of Jamie, Peter’s favorite playmate. And life is full of fighting pirates and each other and playing in the ocean. Until Jamie starts noticing things.

This Peter is cold, menacing and uncaring of his lost boys. Basically a narcissistic sociopath.  While Peter and Jamie are pretty well-developed as characters, the rest of the boys weren’t. We didn’t really know their stories and I wish we had, but this was more Jamie and Peter’s story, so I understand.

I’m sure this will do quite well overall.   Release Date is July 4, 2017.

The Tell-Tale Tarte by Maya Corrigan

Part of the A Five Ingredient Mystery Series

The Tell-Tale TarteIt’s a cold January in the Chesapeake Bay area, but Cool Down Cafe manager Val Deniston has plenty to sweat over–like catering a book club event, testing recipes for her Granddad’s cookbook, and catching the author of a deadly tale of murder. . .

The last thing Val needs in her life is an unsolved murder, especially when the victim, an actor famed for impersonating Edgar Allan Poe, happens to be dressed exactly like her Granddad. To keep an eye on Granddad, whose latest job takes him to the home of Rick Usher, a local author inspired by Poe, Val gets herself hired as a cook in Rick’s House of Usher. When she discovers the actor wasn’t the only one doing an impersonation, separating the innocent from the murderous becomes a real-life horror story. But Val must decipher a killer’s M.O. sooner rather than later . . . or she can forget about finding poetic justice.

When Val’s Grandfather suddenly changes his appearance and starts acting suspicious, Val knows he is up to something. And when she spies a man who looks just like him near the mall, she watches as he suddenly keels over dead.

When Val and her grandfather finally join forces to find out who wants who dead they make a pretty good team of investigators. The book is full of Poe facts and myths. Very interesting reading.

For a cozy mystery, her characters are not at all cliched! This is one series I’ll keep up with!

Grief Cottage by Gail Godwin

Grief Cottage

The haunting tale of a desolate cottage, and the hair-thin junction between this life and the next, from bestselling National Book Award finalist Gail Godwin.

I am sure there will be mixed reviews on this book. Is it a ghost story, a coming of age story, is it for YA readers or adults?  I am not sure which it is, but I really enjoyed the story.

Marcus our main character is suddenly left alone when his mother dies going out for pizza. Sent to his great Aunt Charlotte, a reclusive artist living on an island in South Carolina.

The story is told over a summer but also jumps back to the past a few times. Marcus fills his days tending the turtle egg mound and exploring the ramshackle cottage to the north. When he finds out the family who was living there had a son and they had all disappeared in Hurricane Hazel and were presumed dead he is convinced that he can see the ghost of the boy and goes every day to make contact with him.

On one hand I enjoyed the story and the language the author used and on the other hand, it was a bit disorienting when Marcus was ‘talking’ to people who weren’t there and I still don’t understand the Wheezer characters frequent appearances in Marcus’s head.

The last section lost me. After all of the build up the ending was just not what I expected.

Expected release date is June 06, 2017