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Author: Heather Graham

The 11th installment of the Krewe Hunters series is set near Nashville, Tennessee. Olivia is a therapist at a horse farm, which functions as a therapy center using horses.  The owner and founder is discovered dead.  Did he relapse and die from an overdose or was it murder?  His ghost speaks up.  Olivia contacts her cousin at the FBI, a member of the Krewe Hunters, and he sends a new operative to help.  As the plot thickens there are mysterious accidents, a closed room murder and even a blossoming romance.  I enjoyed the Civil War history that was sprinkled throughout the book.  The reader was pretty good, the first part of the story he seemed to have the sniffles but then he recovered!

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Author: Karen White

This is the 4th book in the Tradd Street series.  The story,  a mixture of mystery, romance,  humor and even ghosts, takes place in Charleston, South Carolina.  I found the historic background of the area very interesting.  You could almost picture the old mansions and the refurbishing they were attempting.

In this story the quirky Melanie Middleton is 40 years old, pregnant & single.  Melanie is single only because she turned down the proposal of Jack, the love of her life.  The on again & off again relationship of these two is quite entertaining, and the trials of Melanie being pregnant will bring a chuckle or two.  Before the birth of her baby, Melanie must solve the mystery of the remains of a baby that was found in her historic southern mansion along with the ghostly crying of a baby in her house.  Melanie is a ‘ghost whisper’; she has seen ghosts all here life & can even talk to some. 

I can recommend the full series.  They are fun to read—mystery and humor.

You can go home

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Author: Patience Griffin

Get out your tissues!  Patrience Griffin has created a well crafted wonderful tale in an enchanting village-- Gandiegow, Scotland. Caitriona Macleod  returns to her roots after the death of her husband.  She reconnects with people and the place she once called home.  You will laugh and cry and realize that these villagers are there for one another--one large extended famly.  Join Caitriona on her emotional journey.  The first in a new trilogy -- A Kilts and Quilts Novel -- is exciting and fast paced.  I look forward to the next installments.

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Author: Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts is one of my favorite writers. She rarly disappoints me.  Though I haven't read all of her work, the majority has a place on my bookshelves.  Shadow Spell, though similar to some of her previous work, brings the classic battle between good and evil into our lives through a small location in Ireland.  From friendship to lovers, this love story brings out the best in Connor and forces Meara to re-evaluate her past and what her friendships mean to her. Through the six major characters you see the strong friendships and committment they have developed.  A quick read, I enjoyed the bits of Ireland that float throughout the book.  Love, Romance, Falconry, Witches, and Ireland, what more could you ask for.

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Author: Debbie Macomber

A society page newspaper columnist looking to break out of the mold and get bigger news scoops takes on a challenge posed by her boss that is supposed to open up new doors for her. In taking the assignment, she travels to the Alaskan wilderness in search of a best selling author who would prefer to remain hidden from the public. The adventurous trip provides her with an opportunity to meet the elusive author and write the article. However, during the brief time spent with him in his small living quarters, she enjoys getting to know the man and begins to have feelings for him. When she returns to the states, she has second thoughts about doing the article as printing it would jeapardize her relationship with the author. The love story a bit "mush" at times, but an enjoyable light read with a feel good twist.

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Author: Nancy Atherton

Not your typical "who dunnit" mystery, this is a light read that contains a bit of mystery, drama, suspense, and romance to make it quite enjoyable. While Aunt Dimity holds a smaller role in this the cast of charecters is still quite enjoyable. This book is highly romantic, like the first novel in the Aund Dimity series, but I feel it would be enjoyable to see this full cast of characters return in later "Aunt Dimity" novels featuring Lori Shepherd.

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Author: Elizabeth Peters

Book 11 in the Amelia Peabod Series continues with David and Lia just married. This book is actually part of a triangle story of the relationships of the "children" that starts with The Ape who Guards the Balance and ends with He Shall Thunder in the Sky. Follow the exciting story back to Egypt as the group deals with not only the harrowing ups and downs of the world around them (including the usual dead bodies... and not just the ones in the tombs) but the ups and downs in their own relationships. It's exciting to follow this the story as everyone is growing older and going through the changes this brings.

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Author: Anita Higman

I rated this book 2 stars.

This is the first book I have ever read by Ms Higman. And probably my last.

Too sappy, too romancey, just too over the top. The story line was just too perfect. Flawed characters, and that was good, but I think they skirted the real guts of what the issues were by being too nicey-nicey with each other. I also could not see this situation ever happening in real life. I think that stories can be inspirational without being sappy.

Romance books are not my thing. I live in the real world where everything is not always nice, and neat and tidy. Realistically, people hurt other people's feelings without intending to, but then when you have such bitterness in your heart, the hurt can be intentional.

These people all had a lot of issues, I think that to reach a reconciliation with your heart and others, that there is waaaayyyyy more work involved, and relationships are not instantaneously repaired.

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Author: Sarah Jio

After being cheated on by her husband, best-selling author Emily asks for a divorce and heads to her aunt's house on Bainbridge Island to heal. In her nightstand drawer she finds a diary written in the 1940s that tells of a once-in-a-lifetime love that is challenged by bad timing. As Emily dives deeper into the story, she realizes that her family is harboring secrets and perhaps the diary can give her some answers.

The Violets of March is a real page-turner and one of the best books that I've read this year.

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Author: G. A. McKevett

Savannah Reid, Private Investigator, marries her long time boyfriend, Dirk Coulter, Los Angeles Detective.  Their honeymoon is on the picture perfect island, Santa Tesla, fifty miles northwest of L.A., off the coast of California. Shortly after there arrival, Savannah witnesses a murder.

Sounds good, right?  NOT.

When I read the description, I did not find reference to the "Southern Belle".  Oh my.  Not for me, at all.

I read about a third of the book, and just could not handle any more. I was so sick of y'all, ain't, darlin', and every other saccharin sweet word, I had to quit.  With Granny fixin' vittles, and later headin' up the Moonlight Magnolia Detective Agency, we are all set for a right fixin' meetin', sure as crawdads crawl.  And I couldn't believe that two people who lived in L.A. for years, could still speak so phonetically incorrect. (Sorry, but I just don't have a real believability factor that people who sound like they haven't cracked open an English book since grammar school, can have real credibility in the world of crime and private investigation, etc.  As soon as I hear someone talk like that I have a hard time believing that they are educated.)

I can honestly say I am glad I did not purchase this book as I won it in a book giveaway.

The library will benefit from the donation, as I am sure some other readers will love this.  I surely don't want it on my shelves!