Summer Reading Recommendation: Mission To Murder

July 31, 2014

Mission to Murder
Lynn Calhoun
238 Pages

Jill Gardner, proprietor of Coffee, Books, and More, has discovered that the old stone wall on her property might be a centuries-old mission worthy of being declared a landmark. But Craig Thomas, the obnoxious owner of South Cove's most popular tourist spot, The Castle, makes it his business to contest her claim. When Thomas is found murdered at The Castle shortly after a heated argument with Jill, even her detective boyfriend has to ask her for an alibi. Jill decides she must find the real murderer to clear her name. But when the killer comes for her, she'll need to jump from historic preservation to self-preservation.-- publisher

Summer has arrived! And while I am late with my own summer reading recommendations, I present you with a great one to start off! Mission to Murder will have you glued to your beach chair as you read on to see how everything unfolds. 

Mission to Murder is book 2 in Lynn Calhoun's Tourist Trap Mystery Series. I loved the first one, and was excited to rejoin my beloved characters to pick up where Guidebook to Murder left off. In this installment, Jill Gardner not only battles to prove her newly discovered wall is a historical relic, but also has to battle against one guy who is willing to play dirty so he doesn't have to share money. As you read, you will see just how far greed can drive a person. And in the case of Craig Thomas, is drove him far. However, after 2 unfortunate (but well deserved) shouting matches between Jill and Craig, he is found dead. Now Jill has to prove she shouldn't be suspect #1 on top of proving the authenticity of her wall.

It was fun to see the sparks still  flying between Jill and her boyfriend, detective Greg King. I love their relationship and the dynamic between them. Readers will get to see best friend, Amy, embark on two relationships. One will a character you can't wait to be rid of. The other, you can't wait to read more about. 

I hope you enjoy reading Mission to Murder as much as I do. I am anxiously awaiting the next book's release. If The Shoe Kills releases on Nov. 10, 2014) 

Real Murder (A Lovers in Crime Mystery) by Lauren Carr

July 29, 2014

This was my 4th (or maybe 5th?) book I've read by Lauren Carr and she never fails to disappoint! I thoroughly love to read her mysteries and how each story plays out throughout the book!

While there are many characters throughout this book, the main two are Joshua Thorton and Cameron Gates.

Spanning several decades are murders which occurred and mysteries left unsolved. This book has everything you need: a little romance, many suspects, ice cream, dead bodies, humor, and of course: people trying to cover up their past. Joshua and Cameron are determined to find the killer as well as uncover the truth behind the story! Will they be able to solve the mystery before someone else gets hurt!?

I really enjoyed reading Real Murder and I look forward to reading more of Lauren Carr's stories! The plot of the story was detailed, yet not confusing, with a great ending. Lauren has developed an amazing read that will leave the readers satisfied! If you love mysteries, I highly suggest you pick up a copy!

Never Say Goodbye bye Susan Lewis

July 25, 2014

This was my first book I read by Susan, and although it took me some time to finish it, it was an amazing read! I found myself laughing while getting emotional at times. The characters were very likable, realistic, and characters you can really connect with.

There are 2 main story lines in this book - Josie and Bel.

Josie and her husband, who have a son (in jail) and a daughter (engaged), are currently struggling to make ends meet. At this critical point in their lives, Josie discovers some heartbreaking news: she has cancer. This condition leads her to connect with a younger woman named Bel, and their friendship continues to grow from there. Bel becomes more like family to Josie! Bel on the other hand, is a woman of wealth and had a sister who passed away from cancer. After the death, she became more active in watching her niece and nephew to help out her brother-in-law. Although the book was absolutely heartbreaking to read at points, the friendship that bonds these two women together was truly extraordinary. Even with a slow beginning, I began to see myself racing through the story line to see what happens next!

As the story evolves, we learn more about each of of the characters. The writing was well-done and very easy to connect with, especially with it being a serious topic. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a beautifully written story about the healing powers of friendship, I look forward to reading more by this author.

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