Category Archives: Cozy Mystery

Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett

Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett

Hollywood Homicide is a fun cozy mystery. Day gets the murderer wrong so many times it’s just hilarious. There’s a lot of humor and a side story I want to know how it turns out that clearly will continue in the subsequent books in the series. It’s a quick read and a great little mind vacation. I recommend it to anyone who likes cozy mysteries.

4 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 22
Pages Read in 2022: 7864
Graphic Novels: 1

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The Case of the Not-So-Fair Trader by Jim Stevens

The Case of the Not-So-Fair Trader by Jim Stevens

This book is kind of forgettable and mindless. Perfect for when your brain doesn’t have enough bandwidth for a more complicated book. The sum-up was pretty much perfection and reminded me of Shawn on Psych (in fact I read it in Shawn’s voice in my head). If you want an easy crime novel, The Case of the Not-So-Fair Trader is a good choice.

3 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 9
Pages Read in 2022: 3065

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The Curse of the Holy Pail by Sue Ann Jaffarian

The Curse of the Holy Pail by Sue Ann Jaffarian

The Curse of the Holy Pail is a great mind vacation sort of book. It’s kind of silly, lots of fun, and had a little bump (not quite a twist) at the end that I did not see coming. I enjoyed reading it very much. It’s the second book in The Odelia Gray Mysteries series and while I have not read the first book that did not matter at all. Odelia is a big woman who is very secure in taking up space in the world. I recommend this book to adults who enjoy cozy mysteries.

4 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2021: 85
Pages Read in 2021: 27,521

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Murder by the Book by Lauren Elliott

Murder by the Book by Lauren Elliott

While slow to get started, Murder by the Book is full of unexpected twists and turns I mostly did not see coming. By the middle I was sucked in and had no idea where it was going to go. The wrap up was a bit confusing just because so many characters were involved, but the explanation ultimately made sense and while highly unlikely, it was still totally plausible. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries, especially ones centered around books.

4 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2021: 23
Pages Read in 2021: 6298

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Murder in Christmas River by Meg Muldoon

I found Murder in Christmas River to be entertaining but also very predictable. The end dragged on. I felt like it could have been wrapped up much quicker. There were quite a few minor typos throughout the book. As far as a mind vacation, like most cozy mysteries, it was very pleasant. If you really want a Christmas-themed cozy mystery, this one is good enough.

3 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2020: 56
Pages Read in 2020: 15,565
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Pasta, Pinot & Murder by Jamie Lee Scott

There are a lot of spelling errors in Pasta, Pinot & Murder. The author went out of her way to include red herrings. So much out of her way that they were rather obvious. The resolution kind of came out of left field like she really, really wanted the murderer to not be obvious. The writing is decent enough. I don’t particularly recommend reading it, though. There are plenty of much better cozy mysteries out there waiting to be read.

2 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2020: 15
Pages Read in 2020: 3991
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