Category Archives: Cozy Mystery

Murder by the Slice by Mary Maxwell

Murder by the Slice by Mary Maxwell

This book is one of the most poorly edited books I’ve ever read. It was revealed that one character was not who he presented himself to be and was using an assumed name and then the author seemed to forget that whole part and had the main character google (with no luck) the name and position as he had given it. There were many editing errors, both missing words and extra words. They were usually small ones like in and the, but it made it annoying to read.

The characters were very flat and they were pretty much all rather stupid. The main character is supposed to be really smart and a great PI, but she missed pretty much every clue and while investigating she left things to much later instead of actually trying to figure things out. For example, if I got a thumb drive from my dead boss – who inexplicably sent it to a previous address requiring the post office to forward it twice – I wouldn’t just copy the files to my computer, I’d figure out the passwords right away and open the files. Speaking of the thumb drive, why were the files password protected using passwords her dead boss used but he apparently was given the thumb drive by someone else and sent it to her the day before he died just in case? She seemed shocked that a knife used in a murder a few miles away could possibly also be planted at her home as a warning to her, though she had made the connection about that earlier (the author made sure to mention it was totally her excellent PI skills figuring that out of course). Over and over how tired she was and how little sleep she was getting was mentioned, to the point it got downright irritating.

When her fingerprints were found all over the knife – because it was HER knife someone had stolen – the police acted like that meant she killed the guy. Nevermind it was her knife that she used all the time so of course her prints would be on it.

The whole book was incredibly predictable which made it quite boring. I found myself finding every reason not to read it and ended up taking almost two weeks to read a book the length of one I’d typically read in a couple days. Usually I like cozy mysteries, but Murder by the Slice is one to skip.

1 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 76
Pages Read in 2022: 27,497
Graphic Novels: 1

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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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