New Release Book Review: An A-List for Death by Pamela Hart

I really enjoyed catching up with Poppy again, she was lots of fun in Digging Up Dirt and not much has changed, she is still managing to get herself involved in multiple mysteries and crimes and taking it upon herself to help investigate. When Poppy’s aunt’s best friend is found bleeding and unconscious by Poppy, she is drawn into family secrets and plots and is determined to help work out what happened and who is out to get her, if anyone even actually is. Poppy is easy to like and the people around her all seem to trust her, she also likes to think the best of people even when they don’t deserve it.

She is in a relationship with Tol who she got together with during the previous book and I really like him, he was excellent support for Poppy when things spin out of control even when he becomes a suspect in the case. I hope they can make their relationship last.

There was once again a whole cast of characters from Poppy’s coworkers and her family, the police and the many suspects in what turns into several mysteries and murder attempts. I didn’t like two police officers who once again investigated the crimes, Detective Chloe Prudhomme blew too hot and cold for me, she was also hostile one minute and friendly the next, I really found her unpleasant and didn’t understand why Poppy seemed to like her.

There were plenty of threads to tie together in An A-List for Death and plenty of suspects and twists and turns while uncovering who was who and who did what. There was humour and some romance and plenty going on to keep me entertained.

I look forward to more Poppy McGowan cosy mysteries because there is no way I can see Poppy staying out of trouble in the future.

New Release Book Review: Tidal Wave by Beth Prentice

Tidal Wave by Beth Prentice

The fourth book in the Samantha Reynolds Mysteries was another enjoyable read where Sam once again takes it upon herself to hunt down the true killer. Sam’s wedding is thrown into chaos when her caterer is found murdered face down in her beautiful wedding cake. Considering this is Sam, it’s not surprising that things don’t go smoothly for her and that she then steps on toes trying to uncover the true murderer.

Casey has his family over from the UK and the wedding was supposed to be a surprise. I have to say I didn’t like Casey’s mum, from the information we get from Sam she is dead against Casey marrying her and just wants him to give up his life on Aloha Lagoon and return to the UK with them when they go home. Casey disappointed me a bit in this book, I think it would have been better if we’d got to see him behind the scenes and not relied on Sam’s take on what was going on, but since we only get Sam’s perspective I found him lacking in understanding about how his family, especially his mum was making Sam feel.

Casey isn’t happy about Sam investigating, and who can blame him after how things nearly turned out last time. Really he should have known Sam wouldn’t be able to help herself, in this instance I’d have liked Sam to be a bit more upfront with him, knowing how he’d feel, rather than sneaking around behind his back.

Sam’s BFF Alani always has her back despite her misgivings and I enjoyed her role in Sam’s investigations. She is definitely someone you can always count on.

There were plenty of twists and I was kept guessing right to the end who the real murderer was and why they did it. Sam and Alani had plenty of suppositions as they sneak around, questioning their suspects and upsetting the bad guys once again.

I look forward to seeing what Sam gets up to next time because surely she won’t be able to keep her promise to Casey and stay out of trouble for too long.

New Release Book Review: Til Daph Do Us Part by Phillipa Nefri Clark

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Caravaning around the country with her husband, taking jobs as a marriage celebrant along the way sounds like a lovely way to live, I know part of me would love to be able to do that. But for Daphne and her husband John, their current stop is not looking like a very relaxing stay.

When Daph meets the bride and groom and their family, she is not too excited about working with them, but she will do her very best to give them a wedding they will remember. And it certainly is that, when not minutes after the ceremony, the new husband is found murdered in the pool.

From here on Daph and her husband become embroiled in finding out who killed the groom and why, as they uncover secrets from the families past, they find themselves in danger too. But nothing will stop Daph from finding out the truth. There were plenty of twists and turns along the way to discovering the culprit.

This was a fun read, I think if I were getting married, I’d want Daph to be my celebrant as she puts a lot of work into finding the perfect thing to say. And if anything were to go wrong, Daph would be sure to sniff out the mystery. I hope their next stop is less exciting. This is the first book in the Daphne Jones Mysteries, so I imagine Daph will have plenty of more crimes to solve.

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New Release Book Review: Digging Up Dirt by Pamela Hart

IMG_20210606_201243.jpgI thoroughly enjoyed this cosy mystery type novel, not a genre I read a lot of, I have a few favourite authors in this genre, so it was nice to add a new one to that list.

I enjoyed Poppy McGowan’s character, I liked that she didn’t have it all together and wasn’t perfect, I loved that she felt strongly about different topics and wasn’t afraid to stand up for those beliefs.

Poppy was a fun character who most people liked, but she wasn’t bothered if they didn’t, she was who she was even when being investigated for murder by the police.

There was a full cast of characters in this novel, Poppy and her crew from the ABC, her friend Annie and her ex-coworkers from the museum, including Julieanne who is found dead in her house, the members of the Australian Family Party (a party I wouldn’t vote for if you paid me, and I’m glad Poppy felt the same way), and the members of the Radiant Joy Church, (another group of people I’d have no time for), who overlap with those from the political party, (I think religion should never play a part in politics, but that will never happen).

There was plenty of humour, a dash of romance and plenty of mystery once Julieanne’s body is found in Poppy’s house. I felt for Poppy when first some old bones put her renovation of hold and then Julieanne’s death compounds that, but I liked how even though she was unhappy, she took it pretty much in her stride while doing her best to help track down the murderer and managing to get some insider scoops for the ABC on her way.

This was a fun read, which kept me completely engaged, I had my suspicions about who the murderer was, but I wasn’t 100% correct. There are a few topical issues raised along the way and I appreciated Poppy’s thought’s on these. I look forward to more Poppy McGowan mysteries in the future.

Thanks to Harlequin Australia for a copy of this novel in return for an honest review.