Matrimony, Mayhem, and Murder by C.S. McDonald

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"Mystery" Genre card with dark woods and light in the distance

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I was so excited to see this next story in the Fiona Quinn series! Finally…FINALLY…we get to see Fiona and Nathan tie the knot…hopefully!

I thought this was a wonderful story, and I loved all the twists and turns! Fiona’s wedding is filled with every possible thing that can go wrong, including the death of the wedding planner!

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A Letter to Three Witches by Elizabeth Bass

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a super fun story of magic, but while it’s categorized as a rom-com, I really think this one almost falls into a cozy mystery! While there are quite a few relationships that are followed, I didn’t feel like those were truly the main story. We are really trying to figure out what the main character’s adopted sister is up to.

Gwen comes from a long line of witches, but they aren’t allowed to practice magic. Gwen’s great-great-grandfather accidently started the Dustbowl after casting a spell, and the Grand Council of Witches doled out a punishment for him and his descendants for years and years. Gwen and her parents follow the rules set by the council, but Tannith, Gwen’s adopted sister, maybe not so much. When Tannith sends a letter to Gwen and her two cousins stating that she’s put a magical spell on one of their significant others, the three cousins work together to try to figure out which special someone Tannith is trying to take.

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Mambo and Murder by C.S. McDonald

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"Mystery" Genre card with dark woods and light in the distance

Rating: 4 out of 5.

It’s another fun Fiona Quinn Mystery! This one takes us to a ballroom dancing competition and 40-year-old murders. Somehow Fiona and Nathan end up in the competition and it’s hilarious!

I listened to the audio of this one, and I really enjoyed it. The narrator does a great job of bringing the story to life. She does a great job with the different voices!

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A Fiona Quinn Quick Mystery by C.S. McDonald

Crystal Clear Confusion by C.S. McDonald

This was a fun, quick mystery that brought Fiona’s neighbor, Astrid, into the story. Astrid offers to help Fiona figure out where her nightmare is coming from using a crystal ball. Of course, this story involves some silly moments that made me smile and had a good mystery!

About the Book:
Yikes! Fiona’s been having a recurring nightmare and it’s driving her to distraction—so much so that she’s allowed her kooky neighbor, Astrid Dingle, to search for the answer through her crystal ball. What could be the cause of the dream, and what lengths will Fiona go to get to the crux of it all? You’ll be chasing dreams with Fiona, Detective Landry and Astrid in this fun quick mystery!  

Where to Find This Book:

Amazon ~ Audible

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Girl with a Gun by Kari Bovee

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

What a fun story this was! Set in the wild west, this follows a young Annie Oakley as she takes a job in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. A murder soon takes place, and Annie has to work to find out what happened.

I really enjoyed that this was a lighter story, really fitting into the cozy mystery genre. It was a fast read that grabbed my attention immediately. The historical setting was described well and gave details that really brought the story to life!

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The Lizard Who Loves a Blizzard by Shelley Larkin and Michael John Sullivan

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Larry the Lizard lives in Australia, but dreams of a day when it will snow and he can do all the things that critters do in that fluffy stuff! His friends all try to support him, but also know that this dream of his is so unlikely to come true…but then it does! We get to see Larry enjoy the lovely weather and do all the things he’s been dreaming of!

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Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I cannot begin to express how incredibly amazing this story was. Colleen Hoover creates characters that are absolutely true to life. They are messy and complicated and full of emotion. She takes those people and places them in impossible situations and creates this beautiful story that you literally cannot put down.

Kenna has just been released from prison and then a transitional housing place, and is now moving back to the town she used to live in. With no family or friends, she feels alone in the world, and her focus is on getting the chance to meet the daughter she gave birth to and then immediately lost custody of due to her long incarceration. There are roadblocks for Kenna at every turn. She’s in a town that hasn’t forgotten the terrible thing she did, and the parents of her boyfriend that died have custody of her child. Can she find forgiveness for herself and from others?

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Must Love Books by Shauna Robinson

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was such a beautiful story! There’s some romance in this, but it’s really about a young woman trying to figure out what she wants her life’s path to be like. I really enjoyed watching her navigate the frustrations of a downsizing company and how she tries to solve for her pay cut.

The romance felt real to me. I liked the chemistry between the two characters, and I enjoyed the entire arc of their relationship.

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To Love and Be Loved by Amanda Prowse

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Amanda Prowse has a beautiful way of bringing life to her books with emotion, real characters, and stories that I get invested in!

After a wedding day that didn’t go as planned, Merry leaves her small hometown and family to restart in a bigger city. But like many stories go, her hometown draws her back. She is forced to face her fears of how people will react to her and her situation. The story explores the emotional journey after a traumatic experience, and it brings the reader into the intimate moments of Merry’s life. This is a slow-burn that will wrap you up in its words and refuse to let go until the end!

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Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead by Elle Cosimano

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"Mystery" Genre card with dark woods and light in the distance

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Well, it’s another great addition to the Finlay Donovan story! In this story, Finlay is trying to stop a hit on her husband. She has to juggle her parent’s, her cop-sister, her cop love interest, her lawyer love interest, her book agent, oh yeah…and the mob. It’s an awful lot for her, but she’s a kick-ass heroine, and she can do it!

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Sometimes When I’m Sad by Deborah Serani

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Emotions are hard for adults to handle, and for children, it definitely not any easier. I am always looking for books that can help my kids learn about why they feel the things they feel and how they can handle those emotions.

Sometimes When I’m Sad is a children’s book that focuses on feeling sad. I think that every child can benefit from this book. It helps kids understand that feeling sad is okay, and that it’s okay to talk to others about those feelings.

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Deconstructed by Liz Talley

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This story was so fun. I was captivated by the hilarious plot and the heartwarming characters!

Cricket owns an antique store filled with fabulous knickknacks, furniture, and vintage apparel. When she overhears two gossips discussing her husband’s cheating ways, she’s devastated. She needs to find proof of this on her own, and she enlists the help of her employee, Ruby. The two take off on a hilarious journey that includes revenge, friendship, and self-discovery.

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