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Original Essays | April 11, 2014

Paul Laudiero: IMG Shit Rough Draft

I was sitting in a British and Irish romantic drama class my last semester in college when the idea for Shit Rough Drafts hit me. I was working... Continue »
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Some Like It Hot (Cat DeLuca Mysteries) by K. J. Larsen
Some Like It Hot (Cat DeLuca Mysteries)

Kaye, March 14, 2014

The owner of Pants On Fire Detective Agency, Cat DeLuca, knows a train wreck when she sees one, and seeing her old friend, Billy Bonham, in a Santa suit being chased from a bar she knows she's watching one. When she finds out Billy has taken the correspondence course on how to become a PI and has purchased a trench coat, she reluctantly gets involved. Billy is in way over his head with a case involving murder and a stolen pair of Marilyn Monroe's earrings, not to mention a client who has the potential to get everyone killed. When Billy is gunned down on the street, Cat takes over and finds herself dodging bullets and knee-deep in trouble.

Third in the Cat DeLuca Mystery series does not disappoint. With her sexy FBI boyfriend, ex-spies, her family of Chicago cops, and her mother, it makes for laugh-out-loud reading. I really enjoyed this book and enjoyed the characters. If I ever need a PI, I'd like to hire Cat.
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Murder Unmentionable (Sweet Nothings) by Meg London
Murder Unmentionable (Sweet Nothings)

Kaye, March 14, 2014

Emma Taylor returns to her hometown of Paris, Tennessee from her big-city life in New York, to help her aunt Arabella to update and renovate her lingerie boutique, Sweet Nothings. She doesn't plan on settling down in Paris, but looks at the experience as temporary. Her idea is to renovate the shop, and re-create Sweet Nothings into a vintage lingerie boutique. While she's busy reuniting with old friends and making some new ones, her philandering French ex-boyfriend breezes into town and promptly gets murdered, inside the shop. Well, of course that makes Emma the prime suspect.

I loved this book. Emma and her aunt were fun characters, however the cigarette-smoking, oxygen breathing, Sylvia stole the show. With gallons of sweet tea, vintage lingerie, delayed armoires, and murder,this book was fun to read.
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Little Shop of Homicide (Devereaux's Dime Store Mysteries) by Denise Swanson
Little Shop of Homicide (Devereaux's Dime Store Mysteries)

Kaye, March 12, 2014

Devereaux Sinclair quit her job in the city and moved back to her home town in Missouri and bought the old fashioned five-and-dime. There she not only has merchandise, but an old-fashioned lunch counter/soda fountain, and puts baskets together for special occasions. However, when her ex-boyfriend's girlfriend is found murdered with a champagne bottle from the gift basket Dev had put together, she finds herself the prime suspect.

I really liked this book. The characters, Dev and her friends were very likeable, and the plot moved along nicely. I'm going to read the next book in the series.
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Jump the Gun by Zoe Burke
Jump the Gun

Kaye, February 12, 2014

Annabelle Starkey is at a book convention as part of her job, and she meets an interesting man, Mickey Paxton, he invites her to go with him to Las Vegas. On a whim she takes him up on it. She loves movies, and her life just hasn't been matching up. One delightfully, slightly sinful weekend in Las Vegas, what could possibly go wrong?

Almost from the time they arrive in Sin City, things become complicated to say the least. Annabelle and Mickey find themselves running from, who? Definitely running for their very lives, but have no idea what is going on. Then when her BFF is murdered in Annabelle's San Francisco apartment, things become even more mystifying. They spend their time running from bad guys, bad cops, and don't know who to trust or why this is happening.

I really liked this book. The characters were fun, there were lots of movie references. It was a quick read, in places funny, in places sweet. I'm looking forward to Annabelle's next adventure.
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Dead Sister Talking Mysteries #01: Heard It Through the Grapevine by Lizbeth Lipperman
Dead Sister Talking Mysteries #01: Heard It Through the Grapevine

Kaye, January 20, 2014

Lainey Garcia is a successful television personality, with an important job interview coming up, but she puts everything on hold to return to Texas when her sister Tessa dies. Lainey and Tessa have quite the past, Lainey left town when Tessa married the man she loved. So, after Tessa's house exploded, and it was ruled murder, the last thing Lainey expects to see is Tessa, as a ghost. Lainey is the only one who can see and hear her, but Tessa asks the sisters to find out who murdered her. Tessa had made a lot of enemies, leaving a long list of suspects, some of whom don't think anyone should be snooping into this situation.

I loved this book. Tessa was a hoot, smart-mouthed, wisecracking, knows the dirt on everyone in town. It was funny, original, and I loved the story. This is not a cozy due to some steamy scenes, and some language, but I did love it. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
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