Book Of The Month – Southern Spirits (Angie Fox)

When out of work graphic designer Verity Long accidentally traps a ghost on her property, she’s saddled with more than a supernatural sidekick—she gains the ability to see spirits. It leads to an offer she can’t refuse from the town’s bad boy, the brother of her ex and the last man she should ever partner with.

Ellis Wydell is in possession of a stunning historic property haunted by some of Sugarland Tennessee’s finest former citizens. Only some of them are growing restless—and destructive. He hires Verity put an end to the disturbances. But soon Verity learns there’s more to the mysterious estate than floating specters, secret passageways, and hidden rooms. 

There’s a modern day mystery afoot, one that hinges on a decades-old murder. Verity isn’t above questioning the living, or the dead. But can she discover the truth before the killer finds her?

For memory, I got this as a free book on my kindle. It was was good, I brought more in the series to read and wasn’t disappointed by these either.

Angie Fox offers an excellent protagonist with Verity Long, someone who has strength as well as humour. Her accidental ghostly sidekick Frankie, also offers a new way of seeing the spirit world I haven’t seen in any other book before, by showing a luminescent view of the world, which is based on what the dominant ghost sees. Frankie also creates a nice character contrast to Verity.

Ellis Wydell and his brother Beau then also add both a romantic and small town component that makes Verity’s life rather interesting.

And if her life wasn’t interesting enough she also has a pet skunk.

A great read and I look forward to the next in the series.

Krystal xx

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Book Of The Month – Mind Your Own Beeswax (Hannah Reed)

This particular book of the month is not so much being featured because I loved it, but because I didn’t.

Hannah Reed has come up with a fantastic concept with this small time store owner and bee keeper solving mysteries. It has the potential to be comedic as well as unique and interesting. But it falls flat. In the first book Story Fischer is understandably focused on trying to save her bees and makes some stupid decisions in the pursuit of justice. Her penchant for stupid decisions and not speaking up when she should is not so understandable in the second one.

I grew very tired of hearing how she slipped and tripped because she wore flip flips everywhere (including while tending to bees) and how she reached into her lives without proper protective equipment.

I was also unimpressed with how the author handled phobia. In this novel Story’s cousin Carrie-Anne offers to look after a dog then dumps it on Story with no regard for Story’s fear of dogs. The author then makes it seem like Story looking after this dog cures her fear. Talk about unlikely. Story also behaves with similar disregard to her sister’s fear of bees.

The mother and the sister also need a swift kick for their behavior.

So what does this story have going for it? It has a quirky element, some interesting character dynamics and the potential to be a brilliant mystery series. But at this point in the series this is being stifled by characters not learning from their mistakes.

Krystal xx

Book Of The Month: Library Lovers Mysteries

When I think of the word silhouette, I think of that shadowing figure lurking in the mystery novels such as Sherlock Holmes. Although a little less shadowy than Sherlock Holmes, today’s post is the revival of Book Of The Month, starting with Jenn McKinlay’s Library Lovers Mysteries. This series is perhaps slightly less well known than her Cupcake Bakery Mysteries, but equally as charming.

fddb2fe9-539c-42bc-b546-76966ab16a3b_1-5f17b7532a339289a9534e6bb03180b4Library Director Lindsay Norris, is no cliché shabby librarian with glasses. She is more like a success business woman, trying to keep their small local library (Briar Creek Public Library) up with the times and is joined by a cast of entertaining characters that might her life more colourful, easier and harder in turn.

Briar Creek Public Library features her friend Beth who is the best and most costumed children’s librarian you will ever come across. Ms Cole however is a typical crusty old woman who make’s Lindsay’s life more challenging.

Outside the library there is of course the love interest Sully, who is naturally also just a lovely guy and his sister and her husband who run an excellent sounding restaurant. They are also joined by Lindsay’s landlady are her nephew, who add to the list of people that shape Lindsay’s Briar Creek family.

The series is a perfect cozy mystery without being in a eatery like many of them are. The characters are also engaging and entertaining. Several of the characters are also involved in a book club which reads a different book in each novel. The book includes a book club guide for each novel they read for any readers who may wish to also read these clubs in their book club.

The first in the series is Books Can Be Deceiving. The description is as follows…

Lindsey is getting into her groove as the director of the Briar Creek Public Library when a New York editor visits town, creating quite a buzz. Lindsey’s friend Beth wants to sell the editor her children’s book, but Beth’s boyfriend, a famous author, gets in the way. When they go to confront him, he’s found murdered-and Beth is the prime suspect. Lindsey has to act fast before they throw the book at the wrong person.

This book is a good start to the series, with Lindsay, Beth and Sully shining in particular as characters. The series then goes on to deepen these characters and their relationships, keeping the reader engaged in their lives.

Krystal xx

Silence in NYC: An Infrequent Event

Silence is a moment of stillness or quiet. In New York that is fairly hard to come by and treasured when it does. Here are some moments of silence in the city that really does never sleep.

Silence is a quiet frozen stillness, like on this pond in Central Park.

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Silence is a respectful pause of reflection, like here at the 9/11 Memorial.

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Silence is when you finally get out of the crowds and no one is around, like this little corner behind a wall by Fox.

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Silence for a moment is golden, silence for a lifetime is bleak.

Krystal xx

WPC: Names

When I read the Weekly Photo Challenge Names I immediately thought of signs that name locations, but are amusing or interest catching in some way.

To give a little context to a couple of these, C Beccaria is the name of a famous criminology theorist and the Broadway sign is in London.

Krystal xx