Archive for November, 2008

Dangerous Curves

11/30/2008

Dangerous Curves
Pamela Britton
Romance
362 pages
copyright: 2005
isbn: 0-373-77035-9

Special Agent Lea Blackwell is smart, savvy and knows her way around a race car.

Heading up a team to investigate the murder of a NASCAR driver is right up her alley. The only problem is NASCAR star Blain Sanders, the man who requested her. Blain is well-heeled, well connected and drop-dead gorgeous-and he knew Lea when she was a drag-racing tomboy with grease under her nails.

But Lea has grown up since then, in all the right places. And while catching the killer is her main objective, she’s not above making the man who ignored her as a teenager squirm a little.

Two people on a surefire collison course. But Lea and Blain are about to discover that the sweetest victory does not always come from winning. . .

Miss Julia Throws A Wedding

11/30/2008

Miss Julia Throws A Wedding
Ann B. Ross
Fiction
Audio Book
isbn: 0-7366-8692-4
copyright: 2002

Readers love Miss Julia, the proper lady of a certain age with a backbone of iron and perfect Steel Magnolia poise, not to mention the sharpest tongue south of the Mason-Dixon Line. In Miss Julia Throws a Wedding, we find her feeling a little wistful when Hazel Marie, once her late husband’s paramour and now her best friend, prepares to move out and live in sin with that marriage-shy Mr. Pickens. Suddenly, to Miss Julia’s delight, a wedding is in the offing: Handsome Deputy Coleman Bates and attorney Binkie Enloe announce their plans to run down to the courthouse and tie the knot. But Miss Julia insists they have a real wedding ceremony and vows to make it happen. When a missing preacher, a crowd of uninvited guests, and a queasy bride threaten the happy event, Miss Julia is there to restore order, confirming her undying motto: if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself!

Miss Julia’s School Of Beauty

11/26/2008

Miss Julia’s School Of Beauty
Ann B. Ross
Fiction
Audio Book
copyright: 2005
isbn: 1-4193-2906-5

In Miss Julia’s School of Beauty, Hazel Marie is organizing a beauty pageant to raise money for the sheriff’s department and enlists Miss Julia’s help in teaching the contestants etiquette and poise. Between settling into a new, unfamiliar home and refereeing the squabbles between Sam’s housekeeper, James, and her beloved Lillian, Miss Julia could use a distraction. But when Hazel Marie and Little Lloyd—who are still in residence at her old homestead—have a dangerous domestic mishap that only she can set right, Miss Julia packs up and moves back home, Sam in tow.

Just when everything seems to have returned to almost normal, the town erupts with rumors about a marriage mill that may be performing fraudulent ceremonies. What would the town think if they found out Sam and Miss Julia might be living in sin?

French Pressed

11/25/2008

French Pressed
Cleo Coyle
Mystery
270 pages
copyright: 2008
isbn: 978-0-425-22049-8

Murder takes the plunge in the sixth book in the Coffeehouse mystery series.

Clare Cosi’s daughter, Joy, is interning-and falling- for a top New York chef when his kitchen turns cutthroat, and Joy becomes a murder suspect. Clare knows she must catch the real killer-even if it lands her in the hottest water of her life.

A Spoonful Of Poision

11/24/2008

A Spoonful Of Poision
M.C Beaton
Mystery
276 pages
copyright: 2008
isbn: 0-312-34912-2

Cranky but lovable sleuth Agatha Raisin’s detective agency has become so successful that she wants nothing more than to take quality time for rest and relaxation. But as soon as she begins closing the agency on weekends, she remembers that when she has plenty of quality time, she doesn’t know what to do with it. So it doesn’t take much for the vicar of a nearby village to persuade her to help publicize the church fete—especially when the fair’s organizer, George Selby, turns out to be a gorgeous widower.

Agatha brings out the crowds for the fete, all right, but there’s more going on than innocent village fun. Several of the offerings in the jam-tasting booth turn out to be poisoned, and the festive family event becomes the scene of two murders.

Along with her young and (much to her dismay) pretty sidekick, Toni, Agatha must uncover the truth behind the jam tampering, keep the church funds safe from theft, and expose the nasty secrets lurking in the village—all while falling for handsome George, who may have secrets of his own.

Miss Julia Strikes Back

11/24/2008

Miss Julia Strikes Back
Ann B. Ross
Fiction
Audio Book
copyright: 2007
isbn: 978-1-4281-4779-9

The irresistible, indefatigable Miss Julia is back, turning the tables on a thief who chose the wrong belle to burgle

Having earned a devoted following for her rollicking antics and unshakable poise, Miss Julia’s eighth outing begins with an unfortunate discovery. Her cherished engagement ring-an exact replica of Princess Di’s-turns up missing after a party, making her the latest target of a Florida- based gang who, according to Sergeant Coleman Bates, has been denuding Dixie of its jewelry. Incensed, Miss Julia packs Little Lloyd into the car and heads south to claim what is rightfully hers-and to show the feds that there’s more than one way to do reconnaissance: selling the Good Book!

The Accidental Mother

11/21/2008

The Accidental Mother
Rowan Coleman
Fiction
392 pages
copyright: 2006
isbn: 1-4165-3270-6

Sophie and Carrie were childhood best friends, but in the last few years they’ve lost touch. While Carrie chose motherhood in a small town, Sophie is powering up the London career track. she’s a corporate manager poised for her next promotion. Sure, she doesn’t have much time for men, but she has a great shoe collection and a cat who’s never going to let her down.

And than Sophie is told that Carrie has died, with nobody left to care for her two daughters, Bella and Izzy, aged six adn three. Their father, who left before Carrie’s death, is nowhere to be found; their grandmother is moving into assisted living. Sophie once promised Carrie she would take care of her children if the worst ever happened…and now that day has come.

A Rose From The Dead

11/19/2008

A Rose From The Dead
Kate Collins
Mystery
283 pages
copyright: 2007
isbn: 978-0-451-22241-1

Who knew death could be so much fun?

Abby is amused by the black humor of the usually somber “death professionals” who are attending the Midwestern Funeral Directors Association’s regional convention. Even organizer Sybil Blount–known for her cutthroat business practices and the signature rose she wears in her wig–isn’t what Abby expects…especially when her corpse is found in a casket. When Abby’s friend Deliah Dove becomes a suspect, Abby shifts into full investigation mode and learns that Sybil’s enemies included the prankster sons of a big-time funeral director, an eco-friendly purveyor of “green burials,” and a strange Goth girl who captures the “music” of departing souls on her tape recorder. It’s up to Abby and her boyfriend, Marco, to look beyond the trappings of death and find out who really loved Sybil–and who loved her not.

My review: I have read a bunch of books by this author, and I absolutly love her books. They are such fast reads, and I never want to put the books down. I always look forward to reading her books.

The Mercenary’s Kiss

11/18/2008

The Mercenary’s Kiss
Pam Crooks
Historical Western
298 pages
copyright: 2004
isbn: 0-373-29318-6

A Solider of fortune, Jeb Carson was a law unto himself, only championing the causes he liked–and he liked Elena Malone just fine. A woman of true grit, driven to reclaim her child, the soul-searched beauty made him hunger for a lifetime of perfect love….

When she’d been attacked, Elena Malone swore nothing could ever be as terrible. But an ironic fate proved that a lie, for her baby boy had been kidnapped. Now her only hope for his rescue lay with Jeb Carson, a dangerous man who lived–and loved–by a code all his own….

Nail Biter

11/17/2008

Nail Biter
Sarah Graves
Suspense
Audio Book
copyright: 2006
isbn: 1-57270-503-5

Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree took the dangerous plunge from Wall Street power broker–to homeowner! Now the do-it-yourself enthusiast is about to discover that her own dream house is built on a foundation of murder.

Buying a beachfront fixer-upper to lease out to Eastport, Maine’s, burgeoning tourist crowd seems like a good idea to Jake Tiptree and her best friend, Ellie White. But working double-time as landladies to a coven of wannabe witches isn’t what they had in mind. And it only gets worse when Jake is called out one stormy night to make a repair–and stumbles on a dead body in the utility shed.

A small-time thief and street preacher with a particularly violent message, the deceased was no favorite of Jake’s–nor of anyone else in Eastport. But what’s he doing shot to death on Jake’s property? Jake’s bewitching tenants–including an ex-cop, a con man, and a mute teenage girl–claim to have been too busy conjuring spells to have heard or seen a thing. Then a member of the coven disappears without a trace and Jake doesn’t think it’s a case of witchcraft–but a kidnapping…or worse.

Scandal, secrets, and a mysterious box buried deep in the foundation of her own home are just the beginning of a mystery that threatens to bring Jake’s house–and life–crashing down. Now she and Ellie are racing to find a missing girl who may be the key to it all…or lead them to a killer holding the final nails to their coffins.