cozy mystery

Cozy Mystery with “Paw Enforcement”

18404165Paw Enforcement by Diane Kelly
St. Martin’s Paperback: June 3, 2014
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: Free From Library

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Diane Kelly’s Paw Enforcement series came on my radar because of something I read on a blog. Said blog mentioned the fourth book in the series. Me being me, I couldn’t simply start with book four, no, a true dedicated readers starts with the first book in the series, always.

Paw Enforcement introduces readers to Megan Luz, a rookie cop with anger issues working in the Fort Worth area of Texas. Megan’s got herself into a spot of trouble after tasering her offensive partner. As a result Megan finds herself with a new partner…of the canine persuasion. Brigit is a big dog and Megan drives a smart cart and lives in a tiny apartment. How this partnership is going to flourish is anyone’s guess; yet, Brigit’s skill in taking down criminals does seem to impress Megan.

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Revenge is a dish best served…sweet???

9562557Sweet Revenge by Andrea Penrose
Signet: April 5, 2011 (Historical Mystery)

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Lady Arianna Hadley has been exiled in the Caribbean for years due to her father’s disgrace. When he father is murdered Arianna vows to get revenge. Years later Arianna is finally in the position to exact her revenge and disguises herself as a male chef in an English household. However, when the Prince Regent falls ill after eating from her table, Arianna finds herself under suspicion, bringing her plans for revenge to a halt.

The half-Spanish Earl of Saybrook, Alessandro De Quincy, is called in to investigate the apparent poisoning by chocolate of the Prince Regent due to Saybrook’s his eccentric interest in all things chocolate. Saybrook not only discovers that the accused chef is a woman, but also that she has a target on her back. These reluctant partners have to work together if they hope to discover who truly has it out for the Prince Regent, and it just might coincide with Arianna’s revenge. (more…)

Crime Classic: “A Share in Death”

9212204A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #1)
Avon, August 26, 2003 (Mystery)

My rating: Beach Vacation (3/5)

Deborah Crombie is an author I’ve heard about and recommended often, but I have to admit that I’d never picked up one of her books. It was time.

A Share in Death marks the beginning of Crombie’s popular series featuring Scotland Yard superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his sergeant, Gemma James. Book one opens with Kincaid taking a much needed vacation, unfortunately this turns into a working holiday when someone is murdered and Kincaid finds himself up against the local coppers in his search to find justice.

I was surprised reading this book at how much of a “cozy” quality there was. I was expecting violence and suspense, something a little more grittier, but I didn’t get that here. There was a lot of description of the details surrounding Kincaid and it lent a participatory quality to the mystery. If you paid close enough attention, you were sure to determine the guilty party. (more…)