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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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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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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Curfew by Jayne Cowie

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was one of my favorite reads of 2021! I loved the dystopian setting, the murder mystery, and the character POVs!

We are transported to a country where laws have been passed to keep women safe. Men are required to wear tracking devices on their ankles, and they have curfews. Being tracked or caught outside comes with jailtime. This means men cannot have jobs that would require them to be out after curfew. They can’t have long commutes, and many end up being the homemaker while the wife or girlfriend works. This law is only in one country, and so some people have chosen to move while so many choose to stay. I thought it was an interesting dynamic for the story to have an option to not live under the rules and regulations.

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The Brass Queen by Elizabeth Chatsworth

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This story is full of regency romance, mystery, and situations that will make you laugh!

Constance Haltwhistle is the heroine of this story, and she’s a delightful breath of fresh air. She is full of spunk and energy that just makes you want to know more about her! Constance is supporting her family estate by selling weapons through her “Brass Queen” moniker. When she meets Trusdale, a spy, she finds herself in a hunt for a dangerous scientist trying to create an invisible army.

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The Lobotomist’s Wife by Samantha Greene Woodruff

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

When I hear the word “lobotomy” my skin crawls a bit. I didn’t really know the history of the procedure, so I was really interested in reading this book! I felt that the research was amazing, and really gave me great insight into this history.

Ruth is a woman working in a man’s world, so already my attention was captured with this one. As she falls in love with Robert, we learn about the new procedure he thinks will revolutionize mental health. As time goes on though, Ruth begins to see concerning behavior and doubts the safety of his actions.

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Do I Know You? by Sarah Strohmeyer

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Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Wow, I really enjoyed this book! It was twisty and turny, and kept me guessing constantly! It has a great plot that had some unique things for a thriller.

We have our main character, Jane, who has a unique ability to recognize faces. She’s the epitome of the “I never forget a face” kind of person. Her job places her in an airport watching for known terrorists when she recognizes the face of the woman she thinks killed her sister. From there we are off on a crazy race to get to the bottom of what happened to Jane’s sister.

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