Dying for Devil’s Food by Jenn McKinlay

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“Melanie Cooper has zero interest in catering her fifteen-year high school reunion. But Angie, her childhood friend and business partner, insists it’s only right that they bask in the success of Fairy Tale Cupcakes — and Mel’s engagement to the delicious Joe DeLaura is the cherry on top! Everything is going better than expected until Cassidy Havers, resident mean girl and Mel’s high school nemesis, picks a fight. No longer willing to put up with Cassidy’s bullying, Mel is ready to tell the former homecoming queen to shut her piehole and call it a night. But as Mel and Joe prepare to depart, Cassidy is found dead in the girl’s bathroom, next to a note written in lipstick that points right to Mel — making her the prime suspect. Now, Mel must follow the clues to find the real killer and keep her reputation from being frosted for a crime she didn’t commit.”  ~Berkley Prime Crime

When I started reading this cozy mystery, I didn’t think I was going to like it. Cassidy never grew up! After so many years, she was still bullying people. She was one mean girl! Insufferable! The former class mates were getting together for their fifteen year class reunion and Cassidy and her cohorts were still acting like they were juveniles! I wasn’t surprised when Cassidy’s body was discovered dead. Well! I kept reading. And! I really liked this cozy. The story is well-written. The plot is good and Melanie and her friends are so likable. There were so many suspects, I didn’t solve the mystery. This was number eleven in the Cupcake Bake Mystery and I highly recommend it. 5 ***** stars!

A BIG thanks to Berkley Prime Crime!

Announcing the winner of the giveaway!!!

Carole Lynn Jones! CONGRATULATOINS!

You can find Carole’s blog at ~

https://carolelynnjones.wordpress.com/

Happy Reading!

The Day the Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker

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Hello Peoples! I did read this book last week, but I hesitated writing a review because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to say about the story. It’s the first book in a series. I did read the second book, The Edge of Over There, first because I didn’t know it was a series. Anyway, The Day the Angels Fell, is good for all ages. Samuel’s mother dies and Samuel misses her desperately. He hears of a tree that will restore her to life and he decides to find this tree and use it to bring his dear mother back to him. Samuel’s dad doesn’t know of his plans. His best friend, Abra, is against bringing his beloved mother back to life and the two argue. And so the story goes.

The story seemed slow going for a long time. There is a battle of good against evil and the ending is very good. I gave the book 4 **** stars because the ending was so interesting. I thought the legend of the Amarok was fascinating. The Amarok is a large wolf in Inuit mythology. I had never heard of an Amarok. It’s amazing what one learns in literature!  🙂

Firefly Summer by Nan Rossiter

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Good morning Peoples! It’s a beautiful morning. I purchased Firefly Summer at a used book sale last summer. It’s amazing the gems one finds at used book sales!  🙂  This is the story of a family, a fun family. Specifically the book is about the sisters, Birdie, Remy, Sailor and Piper.

When Mom and Dad were newly married, they purchased a Cape Cod style home and Dad named the house, Whit’s End! I love that name. What a great name for a house, especially a house with children. At the beginning of the story, the author gives the reader a great look into the lives of a fun family. The children are young and energetic. Mom is in the kitchen, feeling harried. Dad arrives home ~ to the rescue. That night, a tragic accident happens and the sisters loose their only brother, Easton. Years later, the sisters continue to reel from the death of their brother, especially Birdie.

I laughed, I cried, I shook my head. I experienced so many emotions while I read this book. And! In the beginning, as I read through the chapters, I didn’t think I was going to like it. I continued on. As I got to know each one of the sisters, I loved them more and more. There wasn’t one sister I favored more than the rest. They were not only sisters, but friends. They stood by one another during the good times and the bad. And! There is a definite process of healing that takes place in all the sisters, especially Birdie. It has a good ending. 4 **** stars!

This book is for adults. There are brief adult conversations in the story. The story is human and honest with personal issues revealed.

Classic Movie Friday!

Lana Turner in David Lowell's MADAME X ('66)

Madame X (1966)

Lana Turner   John Forsythe   Ricardo Montalban

Keir Dullea   Burgess Meredith   Virginia Grey

Holly Parker (Lana Turner) marries a wealthy man (John Forsythe) pursuing a career in politics.  They have a son (Teddy Quinn). Holly’s husband is gone frequently and for long periods of time. Holly becomes involved with another man (Ricardo Montalban). One night, as she is ending the relationship with her lover, he accidentally falls to his death. Holly’s mother-in-law learns of the affair and the death of Holly’s lover and convinces Holly to leave for the sake of her husband’s career and their son. Holly reluctantly agrees and agrees to fake her own death. She is heartbroken and misses her son and husband. She travels to Europe and Mexico where her life deteriorates rapidly. Years later, she returns to the United States with a man (Burgess Meredith) who tries to blackmail her. She shoots him and kills him. Ironically, her now grown son (Keir Dullea) defends her at her trial.

This is such a tragic story. It is a good film though.

 

Giveaway! Dying for Devil’s Food by Jenn McKinlay

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Hello Peoples! Berkley Prime Crime is giving away one copy of Dying for Devil’s Food by Jenn McKinlay! It’s A Cupcake Bakery Mystery.  🙂  

If you would like to be included in the drawing to win this cozy mystery, just leave a comment below informing me you would like to be entered. I will then enter your name in the drawing. The winner will be announced on this blog, along with my review, on May 7, 2019.

This drawing is for U.S.A. residents only. You must have a valid U.S.A. address to win. Don’t be shy.

Happy Reading!

Much love ~

Kathy