I have fallen out of habit with doing my monthly recaps but now that June is over I want to share the books I’ve read for the last 3 months.

 

APRIL 

#13 Pearls & Poison by Duffy Brown (#3 in the Consignment Shop series) ebook

Excellent book!  Aunt Kiki and Reagan kept me laughing throughout the whole book, even Reagan’s mama was more present in this book and she’s a hoot too! There are several scenes that are absolutely hysterical.  I hope there is a 4th book in the works for this series!

#14 Carnal Curiosity by Stuart Woods (#29 in the Stone Barrington series) ebook

I liked the book…but I think I’m getting tired of these 300 page books that take place over a week or two. I’d rather have a book that spans a longer time frame or more time between published books.  Each book continues from where the last book left off but is it necessary to have so many books in one year? The third book for this year comes out in July. That’s $10.99 I’m paying per book and I’m not getting a whole lot of content.  I may switch back to getting the hardcovers from the library. This is one of my favorite series but it’s getting too expensive to keep up with!

#15 Beautiful Day by Elin Hildebrand – ebook

I always love Ms. Hildebrand’s book.  The settings are beautiful and I enjoy the characters.

 

MAY

#16 Dakota Born by Debbie Macomber (#1 in the Dakota series) paperback

This is a really old series that I own but don’t recall ever reading.  I love Debbie’s books and enjoyed the start to this series of hers.

#17 You Cannoli Die Once by Shelley Costa (#1 in the Italian Restaurant mystery series) ebook

I started this book in April for a group read in a Yahoo cozy mystery group, it took me weeks to really get into the book. The characters grew on me about halfway through the book so I’m glad I kept reading it.  I think many areas of the book can improve so I’m looking forward to book #2 to see how the series grows.

#18 Sugar and Iced by Jenn McKinlay (#6 in the Cupcake Bakery mystery series) ebook

I loved everything about this book. Murder, romance, character development. Great settings. The ending was shocking and I cannot wait until the next book is released!

#19 Sweet Suspects by Jessica Beck (#12 in the Donut Shop mystery series) ebook

#20 Deep Fried Homicide by Jessica Beck (#13 in the Donut Shop mystery series) ebook

#21 Custard Crime by Jessica Beck (#14 in the Donut Shop mystery series) ebook

I read all three of the Donut Shop books pretty quickly.  I was happy when Ms. Beck decided to shorten the chapters a bit but it’s already worn thin…each book only covers maybe a few weeks to a month and I think it’s just a ploy to keep people buying books…makes sense for the author but it’s a disservice to the reader. I know I complained up above about the Stone Barrington series but overall I like the characters in those books much better.  The premise of each book in the Donut Shop books seems to drag out and I honestly don’t care what happens next. I actually find Suzanne’s mother and the Chief much more interesting that Suzanne and Grace. Unless I can get these books at the library from now on, I think I’m done with this series.

JUNE

#22 Bran New Murder by Victoria Hamilton (#1 in the Merry Muffin mystery series) ebook

I adored the setting and the cast of characters. The town was so charming and I thought the mystery aspect was well done. I’m interested to see if Merry continues to build a new life in Autumn Vale.

#23 Bloom and Doom by Beverly Allen (#1 in the Bridal Bouquet Shop mystery series) ebook

Loved this book and I’m so sad that I have to wait until January of next year to read the next one. I love books that have to do with weddings.  The characters were great and I liked learning about the different meanings of flowers.

#24 Yarn Over Murder by Maggie Sefton (#12 in the Knitting mystery series) hardcover borrowed from library

This book was okay.  The story was based on the wildfires in Colorado a few summers ago.  I liked the premise of the book but I think I’m tiring of some of the characters. There isn’t a lot of advancement there, in other series it doesn’t seem to bother me but I’m getting a bit bored with Kelly and her friends.

 

Have a great day! I’ll hopefully be back tonight with something crafty to share!

~Kristie