Viscous Valentines, nosy mothers who refuse to stay dead, a grave mistake, and a predictable literary darling

I’m realizing more and more that some characters just piss me off due to my own personal life story.

Woohoo! I actually got a lot read this past week which rather surprised me considering that I’m no in NaNoWriMo. Let’s dive into them!

Sweet Tooth & Claw, the third in the Gingerbread hag mystery book series by K.M. Miltamore

Romantic woes and danger from the past, could turn this Valentine’s Day blood red for everyone Hedy loves. Revenge is a dish best served cold, but will a fiery temper hellbent on retribution send everyone at the Gingerbread Hag bakery to its breaking point?

The third in the Gingerbread Hag mystery series.

High Priestess A Solstice Coven Novel by Wendy Hewlett

Detective Constable Raven Bowen’s life seems to be falling apart. her relationship with her lesbian lover, Riley Gallagher, which ended rather abruptly and Raven only has herself to blame.

Her Wiccan mother, Ena Bowen, recently passed to spirit and now is speaking to her from beyond the grave. Can she solve two murders which both have personal ties?

My second book that I’ve read by Hewlett. Another well-written book by this author with a strong female character in the detective or Raven Bowen. The mystery here is very interesting and the story compelling.

What was less interesting to me was, again, the male characters. Especially the old friend and the father figure. Both were characters (like the brother in Ailey of Skye) I would personally have put a boot up their backsides. The cop partner crossed so many personal boundaries, I’m surprised Raven didn’t shoot her – I would have.

I also didn’t buy the mother character at all. There is definitely more to the story of their mother-daughter relationship. I think this could have been developed further.

To Catch a Marlin by T.K. Toppin

At the end of the 24th Century, Special Inspector Michael Pedroni pursues Jax Marlin, a beautiful and elusive vigilante. It’s a wild cat and mouse chase that will take him from Earth to the Bacchus Dome and beyond.

If you took To Catch a Thief, Catwoman, James Bond, and The Fifth Element and they all had a baby, that would be To Catch a Marlin. A fast, fun and futuristic catch-a-criminal story that fans of these genres will certainly enjoy.

Steele Secrets: a young adult ghost story by Andi Cumbo-Floyd

Mary Steele is your typical teenage bookworm. Until today, she had told her mom everything, but after she meets Moses, the ghost of enslaved man, she suddenly has a secret. She’s not the only one.

An interesting take of a coming-of-age story of a young girl who becomes an activist. In this day and age of DNA research and how the past is not all that it seems, this story is very relevant.

Good writing but does have some formatting mistakes with the ebook that, while irritating, did not hamper the reading of the story.

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

Fifteen-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita, Kansas, to study with the prestigious Denishawn School of Dancing in New York but to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone. Cora Carlisle has her own reasons for making a trip which will change both of their lives forever.

A predictable story, but interesting from a historical viewpoint. Those who liked Fried Green Tomatoes will see the similarities. I did finish the book but the story lost steam when they returned to Kansas and became SO predictable it was a bit hard to push through to the end.

Each week, I’ll be posting my current. If you want to be on my review list, I prioritize those that personally interest me.

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