Thursday, July 10, 2014

Mystery Review - Jenn McKinlay Trio!

Today I'm review three cozy mysteries, Books Can Be Deceiving (Library Lovers #1), Cloche and Dagger (Hat Shop #1), and Sprinkle with Murder (Cupcake Bakery #1) all by Jenn McKinlay.

More after the jump!
Summary from Goodreads: Lindsey is getting into her groove as the director of the Briar Creek Public Library when a New York editor visits town, creating quite a buzz. Lindsey's friend Beth wants to sell the editor her children's book, but Beth's boyfriend, a famous author, gets in the way. When they go to confront him, he's found murdered-and Beth is the prime suspect. Lindsey has to act fast before they throw the book at the wrong person.

Review: I love libraries, I'm in library school, and I enjoy cozy mysteries. So this book was a no brainer when I saw it at the bookstore. It did live up to my expectations, the setting was quaint and adorable, the characters were interesting and likable. However, for me the ending and resolution came a little suddenly after quite a build up. Also, I felt like there was a missed opportunity for Ms. Cole to have a larger, more villainous role. I mean, WHY was she in the library at the end? Did they ever explain that? I feel like they could have caught the killer but still have a larger overall mystery to solve that she could be tied to. But maybe that will be explained in future books? I hope so! Recommend.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads: Not only is Scarlett Parker’s love life in the loo—as her British cousin Vivian Tremont would say—it’s also gone viral with an embarrassing video. So when Viv suggests Scarlett leave Florida to lay low in London, she hops on the next plane across the pond. Viv is the proprietor of Mims’s Whims, a ladies’ hat shop on Portobello Road bequeathed to both cousins by their beloved grandmother, and she wants Scarlett to finally join her in the millinery business.

But a few surprises await Scarlett in London. First, she is met at the airport not by Viv, but by her handsome business manager, Harrison Wentworth. Second, Viv—who has some whims of her own—seems to be missing. No one is too concerned about the unpredictable Viv until one of her posh clients is found dead wearing the cloche hat Viv made for her—and nothing else. Is Scarlett’s cousin in trouble? Or is she in hiding?

Review: This book left me with a need to go to London and buy my very own fancy fascinator! It was snappy, and I loved Harrison he was fabulously droll. Again, like with Books Can Be Deceiving, I thought the story wrapped up a little to quickly and I was disappointed that Viv's disappearance turned out to be something so trivial. However, overall the story was a great read.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads: Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are finally living out their dream as the proud owners of the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. But their first big client is a nightmare. She's a bridezilla who wants 500 custom cupcakes for her wedding.

When Mel stumbles upon the bride-to-be dead-by-cupcake, she becomes the prime suspect. To save themselves and their business, the ladies need to find the real murderer, before the cupcake killer ices someone else.

Review: Cupcakes + Mystery = WIN. Also, cupcake recipes in the back of the book? YES, PLZ, scales be damned! So, cupcake excitement aside, this is another great cozy mystery, by McKinlay. Mel, Angie, and Tate were well written, and Bridezilla was delightfully bitchy. I would definitely add this to your beach read collection if you're looking for a fun, mystery read this summer.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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