What I’m Reading: Maple Syrup Mysteries

Emily James writes the Maple Syrup Mysteries series, and there’s something she has done that I particularly appreciate. That is that she always makes a statement that her books are “clean reads, which is to say that she doesn’t have “swearing, gore, or steamy bedroom scenes.” I don’t need or like any of those, and often stop reading a book that includes them. Like that, they’re gone! I try to always support authors who do this… as long as they write good books.

The first book in the series is A Sticky Inheritance.

Sticky Inheritance

A Sticky Inheritance

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What I’m Reading: Aunt Bessie Mysteries

Aunt Bessie is a unique character. She’s never been married and has no children. She is of indeterminate age, being old enough to have a bus pass (60) and too young to get a telegram (a card) from the Queen (100). She’s never had a paying job, but she’s an enthusiastic volunteer, and for some reason, she seems to be constantly finding dead bodies. Since she loves to walk on the beach, that’s where she finds some of them. She’s called Aunt Bessie because she has provided biscuits and sympathy for most of the island’s teens over the years, while always checking with their parents and teaching them good manners. When visiting as adults, they still do the washing up.

Aunt Bessie Assumes is the first book of the series. I’m now reading the 14th book, and the 16th one is scheduled to be released soon.

Aunt Bessie

Aunt Bessie Assumes

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What I’m Reading: The Life We Bury

I’m so glad modern libraries lend out e-books, because if I want to read something by a best-selling author, it’s not always available in Kindle Unlimited. Sometimes I go onto the library website and just look for available mysteries or whatever, and try a new-to-me author. That’s how I found this wonderful book and read it (I hardly ever read print books any more….).

The Life We Bury is Allen Eskens‘ first novel, and it was nominated for several awards. It won for the Best Debut Novel of 2014 at the Left Coast Crime Conference, winning the Rosebud Award. It was also named a finalist for the Edgar Award, the Thriller Award, the Anthony Award for Best First Novel, the Barry Award for Best Paperback Original novel, and the Minnesota Book Award for Best Genre Fiction. That means it has to be good, right? It is.

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The Life We Bury

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What I’m Reading: Ravenwood Cove Cozy Mysteries

This is an entertaining cozy mystery series with, as the blurb says, a mild PG rating – “because hey, there’s a dead guy in it.” Amanda Graham is the heroine of this series, and she’s pretty much a murder magnet. She inherits a B&B that’s in dire need of renovation, and of course there’s a dead body in the garden.

The first of eight books in the series is Bed, Breakfast, & Bones. Sounds disgusting, but I still recommend it, especially if you’re a cozy fan like me. Plus I love pink, so…. there’s that.

Ravenwood

Bed, Breakfast, & Bones

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What I’m Reading: Exodus

Other than scripture or a check with my name on it, this book may be the best thing I’ve ever read. It is a masterpiece, and I recommend it to anyone and everyone. Aside from the great story, the amount of research this work must have required is staggering. The plot centers around the Jewish efforts to return to their homeland after World War II. In spite of resolutions and legalities, most nations were unwilling to help, and actively worked against the Jews. Sadly, the British and the Americans were among the worst perpetrators, putting their economic interests before the lives of an entire people. The tragedies and costs of war are highlighted, along with the indomitable spirits of the Israelis. In spite of having almost the whole world arrayed against them, they have survived and thrived.

Exodus

Exodus

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