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My Musing ~ To The Last Drop by Sandra Balzo

To The Last Drop by Sandra Balzo is the ninth book in the “Maggy Thorsen” mystery series. Publisher: Severn House Publishers, November 2016

to-the-last-dropMaggy Thorsen returns in this brand-new coffeehouse mystery, where the death of her ex-husband’s colleague leads to events that hit Maggy close to home – in more ways than one . . .

Maggy Thorsen’s shock at finding her ex-husband Ted in a fight with William Swopes, an oral surgeon at Ted’s dental practice, outside Uncommon Grounds, the Wisconsin gourmet coffeehouse she co-owns, is soon usurped by the horror of discovering a dead body outside Thorsen Dental’s office block the next morning. Did he jump from the tenth-floor office window, or was he pushed?

It’s not long before Maggy is uncovering disturbing family secrets, lies and betrayal.
As Maggy tries to piece together the clues, her beau, Jake Pavlik, hits her with another bombshell. Can she keep her emotions in check and find out the truth about a possible murder?

I so enjoyed this book when Maggy, once again, finds herself involved in a murder investigation when Ted’s partner is found lying outside their office. This was a well-written, evenly paced drama that had everything I love when reading a mystery. There was a dead body. There was a good number of potential suspects. There was Sarah, the sidekick, always there with a word or two or three to propel Maggy onward. Then there was trying to decipher all the clues presented to figure out who did murdered the doctor.

From the first page, this story immediately grabbed my attention and quickly became a page turner as I had to know what happened next. I liked how the stage was set with the introduction of the Swopes’ family and how they became immersed in the various situations with Maggy and her desire to uncover the truth. The author did a great job in delivering a mystery that kept me intrigued in all that was happening, from Ted’s outburst, to Maggy nosing around and to Jake’s shocker. The narrative was nicely done, putting me in the middle of all the action. Everyone had a role to play that was pivotal to the outcome and boy was I surprised when the killer’s identity was reveal. Good job, as I didn’t see that one coming. Boasting a wonderful cast of character, engaging dialogue and a nice backdrop of a small town, this was a terrific read and one of the best book in this enjoyable series and I can’t wait to see where we go next with Maggy, Jake and their friends in Brookhills, WI.

My Musing ~ Curtains for Miss Plym by Kathleen Delaney

Curtains for Miss Plym by Kathleen Delaney is the second book in the “Mary McGill” mystery series. Publisher: Severn House Publishers, April 2016

Curtains for Miss PlymPreparations for Santa Louisa’s annual spring rummage sale are thrown into chaos when organizer Mary McGill and her devoted cocker spaniel Millie come across a dead body on the premises. Still wearing her pink nightdress and slippers, what on earth was Miss Emilie Plym doing in a locked church hall in the dead of night? And who on earth would want to harm a sweet-natured but confused elderly lady who wouldn’t hurt a fly? As Mary questions the victim’s nearest and dearest, she discovers that not everyone had Miss Plym’s best interests at heart, and that at least one of those who should have been caring for her is hiding a shocking secret.

I love the comfortable tone and the evenly paced flow in this story that kept me engross in all the action from beginning to end. The mystery was executed in a style that had me hunkering down to see what happens next. The author did a good job on the narrative, the dialogue, and setting up the suspects with multiple direction changes that prolong the telling of this drama, making me more curiouser as to how this will all play out. I like the cast and the small town atmosphere and how it all meshed together in a delightful and easy read.

My Musing ~ The Ninth Life by Clea Simon

The Ninth Life by Clea Simon is the first book in the NEW “Blackie and Care Cat” mystery series. Publisher: Severn House Publishers, March 2016

The Ninth LifeIntroducing Blackie, an unusual feline hero, and his companion Care in the first of this dark new mystery series.”

Three figures, shadowy against the light. That s all I remember from my past life, as I am dragged, dripping and half-drowned, from the flood. My saviour, a strange, pink-haired girl, is little help. She can barely care for herself, let alone the boy she loves. And although she has sworn to avenge the murder of her mentor, she must first escape the clutches of drug dealers, murderers and thieves. I would repay her kindness if I could. But we are alone in this blighted city and I am a cat.

The past is an enigma to Blackie, the voice of Clea Simon s dark new mystery. Combining elements of feline fantasy and cozy whodunit, The Ninth Life introduces this unusual hero and his companion, Care: two small creatures in a nightmarish urban landscape, fighting for their lives, and for the lives and memories of those they love.

This was interesting drama told from a different perspective, that of a cat and unlike those that I normally read. This is not a cozy so I was somewhat prepared for what was between the pages and I must say the author had a compelling way of telling a story that draws you in and maintains that level of intrigue that kept me pushing forward as I had to know how this was going to end. Blackie and Care are an unlikely duo and I liked how all the pieces, one by one, fell into places, of course with some misdirection that deepened the overall mission of this narrative.