Tuesday, January 7, 2020

ROCCO's January Reivews!

Ma-Row! Starting out with a favorite series!

CARELESS WHISKERS
ACAT IN THE STACKS MYSTERY
MIRANDA JAMES
BERKLEY, JAN 21ST HARDCOVER
FIVE STARS


Charlie Harris has sworn off investigating murder and mayhem after a recent close call. Instead, he's delighted to cheer on his daughter, Laura, who's starring in a production of Careless Whispers. The theater department at Athena College is debuting the play written by a fledgling playwright with local connections and Charlie's son-in-law, Frank Salisbury, will be calling the directorial shots.  

Laura is upset to learn that Luke Lombardi, an overbearing actor she knew from her time in Hollywood will also be taking part in the production as a guest artist. Lombardi arrives with an entourage in tow and promptly proceeds to annoy everyone involved with the production. When he collapses and dies on stage, after drinking from a glass Laura handed him, she becomes the chief suspect in his murder.  

Charlie knows his daughter is innocent, and  he’s not going to let anyone railroad his little girl. So,  despite his intentions to put his amateur sleuthing days behind him, Charlie has to take center stage, and with Diesel’s help, shine a  spotlight on the real killer.

We all knew Charlie Harris and Diesel would not swear off solivng mysteries and we are glad they did not!  Another entertaining entry in this fine series that should please fans old and new alike.  Five paws!

MURDER INK
VICTORIA SQUARE MYSTERY
LORRAINE BARTLETT AND GAYLE LEESON
BERKLEY, DEC 31, MM PAPERBACK
FOURSTARS




The charm of Victoria Square may prove to be only skin deep when murder follows the arrival of a tattoo parlor in town in this latest installment of the New York Times bestselling series.

A tattoo parlor on Victoria Square? Some of the merchants get hot under the collar at the proposal, but could they be driven to kill to stop it? That's what the sheriff's office and Katie Bonner want to know when the building's owner is electrocuted with his own saw.

Meanwhile, tensions rise when a hot chef takes over the square's tea shop. Will Katie have three men vying for her affections, or will her rival take the tea cake?



THERE'S A MURDER AFOOT
VICKI DELANEY
SHERLOCK HOLMES BOOKSHOP MYSTERIES
CROOKED LANE
JANUARY 7
FOUR AN A HALF PAWS

Just in time for Sherlock Holmes's 166th birthday, the fifth installment in national bestselling author Vicki Delany's Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery takes Sherlockania to the max with a Holmes convention and historic 221 Baker Street.

Gemma Doyle and her friends travel to London for a Sherlock Holmes convention--but will Gemma's father take the fall for a felonious forger's fatality?

The 6th of January is Sherlock Holmes's birthday, and lucky for Gemma Doyle, January is also the slowest time of the year at both the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium, and Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room. It's a good time for Gemma and her friends to travel to England for a Holmes Convention. For Gemma, the trip provides an opportunity to visit her parents, Jayne Wilson is excited about seeing all the sites London has to offer, and Ryan Ashburton just wants to spend some time with Gemma. But the trip is immediately derailed when Gemma's father Henry recognizes his brother-in-law Randolph Denhaugh, who disappeared more than thirty years ago on the night he stole a valuable painting from his own parents.

Henry, a retired detective with Scotland Yard, has been keeping tabs on the man's career as a forger of Old Masters and he warns Randy to stay away from his family. It's up to Gemma, with the help of her friends, to plunge into the "lowest and vilest alleys" of London to save her father from prison.

Another good entry in this series!  (and did you notice Sherlock Holmes and Elvis have the same birthdy?


CLAW ENFORCEMENT
SOFIE RYAN
BERKLEY, JANUARY 7 2020
SECOND CHANCE CAT MSYTERY
FOUR AND A HALF PAWS




Sarah Grayson and her feline ally, Elvis, are hot on the tail of a crafty killer in the newest installment of the New York Times bestselling Second Chance Cat mysteries.

Sarah Grayson owns a delightful secondhand shop in the small town of North Harbor, Maine, where she and her rescue cat, Elvis, are always finding themselves up to their whiskers in trouble. With the help of a quirky group of senior citizens—who call themselves Charlotte’s Angels and work out of the store—they solve crimes both new and vintage.

Local squabbles about property development have the town in quite a state of drama—and it seems like someone may even be upset enough to kill. When a local man involved in the real estate quagmire falls over dead at a reception to celebrate the harbor front’s redevelopment, Sarah gets roped in to investigate by her own IT expert, Mr. P., who has long known the victim’s stepfather. Between Sarah, Elvis and Charlotte’s Angels, the killer is sure to have claws for concern

Another good entryin this series. Four and a half paws!!!!!

BURIED TO THE BRIM
HAT SHOP MYSTERY
JENN  MCKINLAY
JANUARY 28, 2020
FOUR PAWS





New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay's beloved Hat Shop duo Scarlett Parker and Vivian Tremont return to don their sleuthing caps and solve a murder that's death in show.

London's most refined canines and their humans are gearing up for the Pets and Wellness Society's annual dog show--and Betty Wentworth, favorite aunt to Scarlett's fiancé Harrison and proud owner of corgi front-runner Freddy, knows that this could be their year with the right edge. Never one to turn away a corgi in need, Scarlett convinces her milliner cousin, Vivian, to design matching hats for dream team Betty and Freddy as they compete for Best in Show.

It's a tail wagging good time until the dog-food sponsor of the event is found dead and Betty is the prime suspect. Vivian and Scarlett agree to enter the competition in Betty's place and help Harrison catch the real killer before Betty is collared for a crime she didn't commit.




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15 comments:

  1. As, always, a fantastic list. It really is true - so many books, so little time. Thanks again for the giveaway
    Sally Schmidt
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  2. Great reviews as always, Rocco! Thanks for the recommendations!
    Autumn Trapani
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  3. All these books would make me happy to claim as my own. Thanks for the chance to enter. Robin L. Coxon, robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  4. Thanks, Rocco. A nice collection to add to my TBR pile(s)!

    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  5. Thanks for your reviews, Rocco! Lots of great books coming in 2020. Looking forward to reading all of them.
    Dianne Casey. diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. Enjoyed your reviews & thanks for the giveaway!
    Jana - turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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  7. All four of these books look and sound good!! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. Thanks for the chance!
    Jess
    maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  9. Please enter me I would love to read and review on a few sites. I love the reviews that Rocco wrote.peggy clayton ptclayton2@aol.com

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  11. Thank you for the reviews and the chance, ROCCO! Marla: mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  13. I own books by lots of these authors. I'm reading a Sofie Ryan book now.

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  14. These are terrific choices!
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