Title: Beaches, Bungalows, and Burglaries
Series: A Camper & Criminals Cozy #1
Author: Tonya Kappes
Release Date: May 25th 2018
Pages: 286 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Welcome to Normal, Kentucky~ where nothing is normal. A Campers and Criminal Mystery Series is another brainchild of USA Today Bestselling Author Tonya Kappes. If you love her quirky southern characters and small town charm with a mystery to solve, you’re going to love her new cozy mystery series!
Mae West, a far cry from the Hollywood actress, has been thrown for a loop. Her plush lifestyle in the big city of New York comes to a screeching halt after the FBI raids her mansion and arrests her husband, Paul West, for a Ponzi scheme that rips people out of millions of dollars.
Mae finds herself homeless, friendless, and penniless. All hope isn’t lost. . .the only thing Mae got to keep that the government didn’t seize is a tourist camp ground, Happy Trails, in Normal, Kentucky and an RV to live in. One problem, Mae’s idea of camping has room service.
By the look of the brochure, Happy Trails has plush Kentucky Bluegrass, a crystal clear lake, a beach chair with her name on it and thoughts of how much money it could bring her after she sells it. Mae figures she’ll take a couple weeks vacation with her toes dipped in the lake. Things aren’t always as they appear. The Kentucky Bluegrass is nothing but dirt and the crystal clue lake is murky with green slime on top.
Mae quickly find out that Happy Trails and the citizens of Normal were also victims of Paul’s schemes, making her lower than tha lake scum in the residents’ eyes. Mae doesn’t think things could get much worse, but as luck would have it, Paul West has escaped from prison and is found dead, murdered, floating in the Happy Trails mucky green lake.
Mae is the number one suspect on Detective Hank Sharp’s short list. After all, Mae has the perfect motive as a kept wife who has been scorned to ashes, embarrassed to death, and seeking revenge.
Time is running out for Mae to prove that she’s innocent and nothing like her husband. If only she could get someone to believe her and talk Detective Sharp into looking at other residents who’ve lost all their savings to Paul’s Ponzie scheme before the curtain is closed on this Hollywood namesake.
Mae’s life was good until her husband Paul’s Ponzie scheme came out and she was left with empty hands. When she met with their lawyer she learns that the only thing she was left is an RV and a campground Happy Trails located in Normal, Kentucky. She decides to go to Normal and think how to go on, but the reality doesn’t match with the pictures of the brochure. While trying to make the campground more presentable, she learns that her ex husband took money from a lot of people in Normal too and she decides to make it up for them as much as she can. In the middle of it all it turns out that her husband run away from prison and when he is found dead in the lake, it’s important to find out who did it.
It’s my first Tonya Kappes’s book, but as I enjoyed the first book I continued with the second book and will read the rest of the series. I liked the friendships and the campground Happy Trails very much. The mystery was well written and the story flowed smoothly. I’d recommend this series to anyone who likes cozy mysteries or even for people, who don’t usually read cozies.
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Title:The Earl’s Runaway Governess
Author: Catherine Tinley
Release Date: April 1st 2019
Genre: Historical Romance, Harlequin Historical
Who knew living with an earl…
…would lead to such temptation?
Marianne Grant’s new identity as a governess is meant to keep her safe. But then she meets her new employer, Ash, Earl of Kingswood, and she immediately knows his handsome good looks are a danger of their own! Brusque on first meeting, Ash quickly shows his compassionate side. Yet Marianne doesn’t dare reveal the truth! Unless Ash really could be the safe haven she’s been looking for…
Marianne’s world fell apart, when her parents died and she was left at the mercy of her stepbrother. Marianne didn’t feel safe and decided to flee. Luckily she found a job as a governess; having a new identity and a new place to live, she felt safe. Her new job as a governess for a new Earl of Kingswood is becoming more than a regular job as the Earl is really handsome and they seem to enjoy their time together. Marianne wanted to keep her identity a secret, but but happens, when secrets start to crumble before her eyes?
It was my first book by the author, but definitely won’t be the last as I really enjoyed it. Marianne was a bold and strong female protagonist and Ash was a handsome, smart and determined male protagonist. The lovestory between Marianne and Ash was very well written and I enjoyed every part of it. Well written book that I’d definitely recommend.
WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World Of Words, where you have to answer these questions:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
I’m currently reading Her Christmas Protector by Geri Krotow and Broken Prince by Erin Watt. I’ve just started both books, so I don’t have an opinion on them yet.
I finished Paper Princess by Erin Watt and what I can say is-it’s addictive! I also finished Sleigh Ride with the Single Dad by Alison Roberts and it was a solid start to the series.
I am not sure what I’m going to read next, but I might choose between The Italian’s Christmas Housekeeper by Sharon Kendrick, Cowboy Christmas Blues by Maisey Yates and Twisted Palace by Erin Watt.
Title: Sleigh Ride with the Single Dad
Series: Christmas in Manhattan #1
Author: Alison Roberts
Release Date: October 1st 2017
Genre: Harlequin Medical Romance, Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance
Her secret Christmas wish
Dr. Grace Forbes’s dramatic first day in Manhattan Mercy ER is unforgettable—especially when she runs into her old flame, ER chief Charles Davenport, again!
That spark is still there between them but they’re different people now—after losing his wife, Charles is a single dad to adorable twin boys, while Grace has survived cancer but lost her dream of having children. Yet, as the weather gets colder, she is drawn into the warmth of his family—could he make her Christmas wish come true?
Grace and Charles met years ago, when they were both studying medicine. After spending a night together their life went separate ways due to certain circumstances. When Grace started her new job, her first day in Manhattan Mercy ER was a very challenging day and in addition to that she also ran into Charles. They still have the spark between them, but so many years later, they both have a difficult past to overcome.
It’s the first book in Christmas in Manhattan and it was a solid start to the series. I like the setting in New York and also the second chance romance and the adorable twin boys. It was a great book about finding happiness even if life has thrown difficult hardships on your path. It was a heartwarming and heartbreaking book at the same time.
Other books in the series:
Title: Mistletoe & Mystery
Series: The Paradise Cookery School #3
Author: Daisy James
Release Date: September 10th 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Fresh off the successful opening of the Paradise Cookery School in St Lucia, Millie Harper is headed to the Cotswolds for Christmas!
Co-presenting Claudia Croft’s famous Festive Feast cookery course at Stonelea Manor is a dream come true for Millie…as is reuniting with gorgeous estate manager Zach Barker.
But arriving in a winter wonderland Millie learns the manor is under a mysterious threat. It’ll take a holiday miracle, but Millie is determined to save the school and get Zach under the mistletoe to finally finish what they started in the Caribbean!
Millie was invited to co-present Claudia Croft’s famous Festive Feast cookery course at Stonelea Manor. It gives Millie a great opportunity work-wise, but she also gets to meet with Zach, whom she previously met in the Caribbean. The feelings are still there and seeing Zach once again in Cotswolds, will there be a future for the two of them?
It’s the first book I read in the The Paradise Cookery School series and even though it can be read as a standalone, I wish I had read the two previous books as well, just to have more background on the characters as this was a wonderful Christmassy story. I found the main characters as much as the secondary characters wonderful and the setting was fantastic too. It’s a great book full of romance, friendship and culinary delights. I’d gladly recommend this book for the holiday season.
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