Crepes of Wrath by Sarah Fox
Alibi , Random House , Reviews , Women Sleuths / December 8, 2016

Title: Crepes of Wrath Series: A Pancake House Mystery Author: Sarah Fox Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Alibi Pages: 257 Description USA TODAY BESTSELLER • In the debut of a delightful cozy mystery series, Sarah Fox introduces a charming new heroine who finds herself in a sticky situation: stacking pancakes, pouring coffee, and investigating murder. Bonus content: includes original recipes inspired by the Flip Side Pancake House menu! When Marley McKinney’s aging cousin, Jimmy, is hospitalized with pneumonia, she agrees to help run his pancake house while he recovers. With its rustic interior and syrupy scent, the Flip Side Pancake House is just as she pictured it—and the surly chef is a wizard with crêpes. Marley expects to spend a leisurely week or two in Wildwood Cove, the quaint, coastal community where she used to spend her summers, but then Cousin Jimmy is found murdered, sprawled on the rocks beneath a nearby cliff. After she stumbles across evidence of stolen goods in Jimmy’s workshop, Marley is determined to find out what’s really going on in the not-so-quiet town of Wildwood Cove. With help from her childhood crush and her adopted cat, Flapjack, Marley sinks her teeth into the investigation….

Book Review: It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again by Julia Cameron, Emma Lively

Book Review: It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again by Julia Cameron, Emma Lively Review by Dawn Thomas 295 Pages Publisher: Penguin Random House LLC Self-Help, Personal Health, Aging The secondary title of the book is “Discovering Creativity and Meaning at Midlife and Beyond.” I have read several of Ms. Cameron’s books and thought this one was timed perfectly for me. At 54, I was wondering what I should do with myself since graduating from the University of Florida in 2014. Her advice that it is never too late to begin again gave me the confidence I needed to pursue other creative projects. The book is designed to be read over the course of twelve weeks. Each week is dedicated to reigniting a sense of something. There are several tasks to be completed during each week that continue throughout the course. These are Morning Pages, Memoir, Artist Dates, and Walking. The description for Morning Pages is to write three pages as soon as you wake up in the morning. There are no instructions or directions. She just recommends writing whatever pops into your head. I found this idea intriguing. When I first wake up I usually wonder what the day…

Book Review: Empty Nest by Marty Wingate

Book Review: Empty Nest by Marty Wingate Review by Dawn Thomas 284 Pages Publisher: Alibi / Random House LLC Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Cozy, British Detectives, Women Sleuths Julia Lanchester is in charge of the community tourist office in the town of Smeaton-under-Lyme. When her cottage develops toxic black mold, she moves into Fotheringhill Hall, the manor house at the insistence of Sir Linus Fotheringhill. Walking to work one day, Julia discovers a bunch of dead sparrowhawks. When she looks at them closely, she believes they have been poisoned. This is an illegal bait trap and she begins investigating to see who may have poisoned the birds. Julia contacts her father, Rupert Lanchester, a well-known ornithologist with his own television show on the BBC. He comes to Fotheringhill, along with Julia’s love interest, Michael, to investigate the poisoning. Linus’s son, Cecil, returns home with a friend, Freddy Peacock. When Julia smells smoke and finds Freddy dead in his room, everyone is a suspect. Julia begins investigating but someone is not happy about that. She begins to fear for her life after several attempts on her life are made. This is the second book in the series and I really enjoy books…

Book Review The Witches of Cambridge by Menna van Praag

Book Review The Witches of Cambridge by Menna van Praag Review by Dawn Thomas 322 Pages Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine Books Women’s Fiction, Witches, Magic, Fantasy The book follows the lives of several women and a man who are witches. Amandine feels her husband has become distant and fears he is having an affair. Her mother, Heloise, is still grieving for her husband who passed away two years ago. Cosima is a baker whose husband just told her he was having an affair and his girlfriend is pregnant. Cosima is devastated because she wants to have a child but her blood condition makes that next to impossible. Her own mother died giving birth to her. Kat, Cosima’s older sister, has feelings for George but he does not seem to feel the same way. Noa is a student with a strange power – she can see a person’s secret. Unfortunately, she does not have the ability to keep the information to herself. She does not have any friends and tries to keep to herself so she cannot expose other’s secrets. One night, she stumbles upon the witches’ book club and blurts out each of their secrets. Amandine asks…

Book Review The Skeleton Garden by Marty Wingate

Book Review The Skeleton Garden by Marty Wingate Review by Dawn Thomas 294 Pages Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Alibi Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Cozy, British Detective, Gardening, WWII During WWII, two men were talking when one pushed the other and he fell to his death. Flash to the present. Pru Parke and her brother Simon, estranged as children, are getting to know each other. While working on a garden, they uncover a Nazi airplane. Apparently, a previous owner buried the plane after it crashed into the property. News crews covering the story camped out while the plane is excavated. During the evacuation, a body is found. No one knows who this could be or how he got there. Pru and Simon have their sibling moments where they have disagreements and hurtful remarks. Their relationship is still tender and feelings get hurt easily. Pru’s husband, Christopher, is a police man. He is working on the investigation of the death of a local man found in the garden. He is trying to piece other criminal activities together to see how they fit. Can they all be related to each other along with the body found with the plane? Pru tries to…

Book Review For Dead Men Only: An Alexandra Gladsone Mystery by Paula Paul

Book Review For Dead Men Only: An Alexandra Gladsone Mystery by Paula Paul Review by Dawn Thomas Pages Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Alibi Mystery, Suspense, Historical, British Detectives, Women Sleuths Alexandra Gladstone is a doctor and travels to her see her patients on her mare, Lady and with her dog, Zack. Several men die under mysterious conditions in Newton_upon_Sea. They were all wearing a white Freemason apron with a smear of blood. It is Alex’s job to determine the cause of death and their connection to each other. Everything seems to revolve around the Freemason temple, The Temple of the Ninth Daughter. After one evening visit, she fears someone is following her. She tries to run away and falls into a ravine. It is up to Nancy, her maid, the two young stable boys and Lord Dunsford to find her. The story takes place during Victorian times when a woman doctor is unable to perform some duties her male counterparts can do. This is the fifth book in the Alexandra Gladstone mystery series. The author’s writing style flows very well and the suspense keeps the reader’s attention. The characters each have their own personality and they interact well…

Book Review Medium Dead An Alexandra Gladstone Mystery by Paula Paul

Book Review Medium Dead An Alexandra Gladstone Mystery by Paula Paul Review by Dawn Thomas 178 Pages Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Alibi Mystery, Suspense, Historical, British Detectives, Women Sleuths Alvina Elwold is a medium with a reputation. Queen Victoria hears of her and travels to Newton-upon-Sea for a séance. Before the séance can be conducted, Alvina is found murdered in the cemetery. Lady Forsythe, along with the rest of the household, is under a lot of stress having the Queen as a guest. Alexandra has her hands full with patients. Lord Nicholas Dunford asks Doctor Alexandra Gladstone to see his mother, Lady Forsythe, . He fears she is having a heart attack. When Alexandra examines his mother, she determines it is not a heart attack but a severe case of shingles. Young Beaty believes he murdered Alvina. His wife, Wilma, does not believe him and asks Alexandra to see Constable Snow to have Young Beaty released. There are twists and turns in this story, which leave you wondering who killed Alvina. This is the second book in the Alexandra Gladstone mystery series. If you enjoy cozy mysteries, you will enjoy this series.

Book Review Mug Shot by Caroline Fardig

Book Review Mug Shot by Caroline Fardig Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Alibi Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Women Sleuths Juliet Langley is the manager of Java Jive, a coffeehouse. Her best friend and boss, Pete Bennett, is arrested when his girlfriend, Cecilia Hollingsworth, is found murdered. Juliet cannot help but get involved. She enlists the help of some friends to help investigate the murder. While undercover, she encounters the angry husband and brother-in-law of the victim. He punches Juliet in the face and breaks one of her fingers. Juliet is devastated when Pete is sent back to jail for a parole violation. With the possibility of losing the coffeehouse, Juliet works harder to clear Pete’s name. Her on again, off again boyfriend Detective Ryder Hamilton loses his temper towards Juliet and pleads with her to stop investigating. Of course, she does not listen and gets in over her head. This is the second book in the series.  The author did a great job with the suspense and the characters each have their own personality. I love how Juliet says what she means. The book is full of surprises and I did not know who the murder…

Book Review Death Before Decaf by Caroline Fardig

Book Review Death Before Decaf by Caroline Fardig Review by Dawn Thomas 289 Pages Random House Publishing Group – Alibi Mystery & Thrillers, Suspense, Women Sleuths Juliet Langley had a café and a fiancé in Indiana until the day he took all her money and ran. She moves back to Nashville and takes a job as the manager of Java Jive coffeehouse. Her first day does not go well for her and she goes for a walk to clear her head after yelling at employees, she. Later when she is taking out the trash, she finds her cook dead in the dumpster. The police come to investigate and Juliet is the prime suspect. This is not what she planned for her 30th birthday. While cleaning the grease and grime in the kitchen, she finds a box in the refrigerator with credit card offers. Unfortunately, none of the mail belongs to the employees. Juliet begins investigating the murder so she can give the police a better suspect. One of the regulars at the café is a sexy professor at Vanderbilt University. Juliet does not know much about him except she is attracted to him. Since she has no plans to get…

Book Review Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon

Book Review Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon Review by Dawn Thomas 368 Pages Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine Books Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Fiction (Adult), Contemporary Women Alex Dale, a freelance journalist, is a functioning alcoholic. After seeing her career plummet, she now writes articles about health. She is interviewing a doctor and his staff at a hospital about the care of brain injury patients. The doctor describes a way to test for brain activity that is different from traditional tests. He asks the patient a few questions and then directs the patient to pretend to play tennis as a way to answer the question. One patient is Amy Stevenson. When Amy was 15 years old, she was brutally attacked and left for dead. Now fifteen years later, it is a cold case and the police never identified a suspect in Amy’s attack. Alex felt a connection with Amy since they were the same age and grew up near each other. She feels bad about Amy’s case being forgotten. Alex decides to look into the story and asks her ex-husband, a police officer, for help. During her research, she discovers one of the patient sitters knows…