Finally getting a chance to catch up on my blogging! Here are the books I read last month including April 1st since that was the last day of the TBR Double Dog Dare challenge to read only TBR books from my stacks of books.

 

Cake on a Hot Tin Roof by Jacklyn Brady (e-book)

This is the 2nd book in the cake shop mystery series.  I thought it was a great book!  Loved learning more about the characters and enjoy watching Rita grow more comfortable in her surroundings.  The murder wasn’t all that spectacular but moved some stories along and explained back story for Rita’s aunt & uncle.  I’m looking forward to the next book to see where the romances head between Rita & Detective Sullivan and Rita & Gabriel.  I think she’s ready to move on from Phillipe but won’t allow herself to just yet.

 

A Crafty Killing by Lorraine Bartlett (e-book)

This is the 1st book in the Victoria Square mystery series.  I wasn’t sure if I would like this series or not but I’m happy to report that I loved it and already purchased the 2nd book.  The setting was different for me since I’ve never shopped in an artisan’s market before but learning the ins and outs and about all the characters in the market and in the Square was interesting.  I am looking forward to reading #2 soon to see how the relationship develops between Katie and the merchants and see if she can turn the business around.  For me the mystery aspect of “who dun it” was almost secondary to Katie’s story of getting back on her feet after losing her husband.

 

The Next Always by Nora Roberts (paperback)

O…M…G!!  It’s been awhile since I’ve read a Nora book and let me tell you she didn’t disappoint with the first entry in the Inn Boonsboro series! I enjoyed the setting and the characters.  Watching the hotel be built and seeing how the other shopkeepers around the hotel reacted to it coming to life.  Loved getting to know all the main characters and I can’t wait to read #2 to see what happens when the hotel actually opens and how the relationships develop between some of the characters.

 

Friends Forever by Danielle Steel (hardcover)

It has been several years since I have read a Danielle Steel book, I own almost all of them but since I end up reading them so fast I like to save them for a bit before diving in.  A few weeks ago I decided to take Friends Forever off the shelf.  Now I know a lot of people criticize DS for writing books so fast and they say they are all the same plotlines, etc. but let me tell you – I beg to differ on this book.  I’m not sure what I expected when I started reading it but wow, oh wow, did I ever bawl my eyes out every few chapters!!  The book is about 5 friends that meet in Kindergarten, their families become friends and they stay friends all through college.  I don’t want to give anything away!  While I thought it would be a happy, happy book it turned out to be mostly sad, even a bit depressing at times.  It was well written and one of her best books.

 

A Catered Birthday Party by Isis Crawford (e-book)

This was my slowest read of the month and my least liked book.  I don’t know what it is about this series – location, characters, plot lines?  I have a hard time getting into them and finishing them.  Why did do I continue to read the series? Because I bought some of them in paperback a long time ago and some in ebooks when I first got my Kindle so I feel obligated.  The sisters that are the main characters bicker too much, their business seems like its something to keep them busy in between sleuthing.  The only thing good I can say is that at least they don’t seem to put themselves in constant danger like many of the “heroines” in newer series.

 

Up next for April:

74 Seaside Avenue by Debbie Macomber

Going, Going Ganache by Jenn McKinlay