Thursday, June 13

Book Review: Beagles Love Cupcake Crimes by CA Phipps

Author: CA Phipps
Title: Beagles Love Cupcake Crimes
Series: The Beagle Diner Cozy Mysteries #1
Genre: Cozy mystery, contemporary
Format: ebook
Pages: 278
Published: September 11, 2021
Where I Got It: My shelf (Amazon)

Is this Murder, She Baked?

Cooking is all celebrity chef Lyra St. Claire ever wanted to do. Plucked from school and being thrown into the limelight was not the plan. When everything goes wrong, she yearns for her hometown and a simpler life. Where people aren’t pretending to be your friend.

But first, she must find a murderer. Sure, it isn't the wisest thing to do, but since the police have no leads, and Cinnamon the beagle agrees, it's time to sniff out who dislikes Lyra and her friends enough to ruin their lives.

Crimes and clues aside, what could be the motive?

Beagle Diner Cozy Mysteries features one clever beagle who owns a celebrity chef and together they discover a talent for the amateur sleuth business.

Puppies, cupcakes, and crime? Sign me up! Plus it was free ;)

Here we follow celebrity chef Lyra and her sidekick Cinnamon. She loves cooking, but being thrown  into the limelight was not the plan and not everything it cracked up to be. She wants to go back home, but first....there is a murder that needs solving. The police has no leads and nothing is being done. Who hates Lyra and her friends so much to commit murder?? 

Okay. Maybe I need a break from the genre. This is the 3rd one in a row that I have been left feeling super, duper meh. Maybe it's me? Maybe I'm the problem!?!?!?!?

Nothing was necessarily wrong with this. I liked the characters. Loved the puppy. The murder was a decent whodunnit....but I just couldn't care. I only stuck around to see who did the crimes. I felt zero connection with anything or anything MINUS the puppy. I have a soft spot for cute ass animals and Cinnamon was a puppy that stole my heart. 

But yes...this didn't hit the mark, but this is the 3rd one in a row of this genre so I will step away for a bit. Cleanse the palate if you will. 

2 stars from me. Cinnamon gets a whole star!

ONE WORD SUMMARY: Disappointing

- Cloak and Dagger - #13

Wednesday, June 12

Book Review: Haunted Jerome by Patricia Jacobson

Author: Patricia Jacobson
Title: Haunted Jerome
Genre: Nonfiction
Format: Paperback 
Pages: 131
Published: August 26, 2019
Where I Got It: My shelf (birthday gift)

Jerome was once home to the largest copper mine in Northern Arizona, built on the steep terrain of Cleopatra Hill. The small town, population fifteen thousand at its peak, was shockingly nefarious. Diversions for the hardworking miners came by way of saloons, gambling and ladies of the evening. Shootouts and murders, violent accidents in the mines and smelters and fires and diseases scourged its denizens. Life was tough on the mountain--death came too soon for many. When the copper mine closed in 1953, Jerome was rendered a ghost town, and its spirits still lurk among the living. The stories in this book will convince you they are here for a reason.

This was a gift from a friend because 1) love ghost stories, 2) love history, and 3) the name of the town is my hubby's first name. 

The city of Jerome was once the largest copper mine in Northern Arizona. This small town has one heck of history. Tragic in many ways and the town became a ghost town in more than one way in the 1950s. There are few people who have stayed and their neighbors are spirits who are stuck here. 

This was very interesting. I knew a little bit about Jerome, but not too much. I believe one of my Ghost shows went to a place in that town, but I can't be too sure (it's been so long and I watch too much to remember every episode lol). Apparently the city of Jerome is extremely haunted. Which this book does go over some stories, but also the history. With the history that town had I can def see a few hauntings. Lots of deaths. Lots of tragedy. 

Loved the pictures shown of buildings and the town. That was nice. 

I do feel some places were a bit long-winded. 

All-in-all, this was very interesting. Lots of town stories and ghost stories. If you need something interesting, but easy to read...this is good. :) 

4 stars from me. 


Monday, June 10

Blodeuedd's Monday Review: Even Better Than the Real Thing by Melanie Summers

Narrated by: Aria Holland, Dan Calley

Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins

Release date: 05-28-24 by Tantor Audio

Contemporary romance/to review

I had some issues with the premise, because it seemed rather ridiculous. Not the whole fake wife thing, nope, totally behind that. But the whole, "your father died, if you are not married within a week you loose the title." Wow, hold up. He needs to be married to gain the title and the land? That is stupid, his dad could have died when he was 10! Also why the F does everyone get their panties in a twist when he does get married!? He HAS TO. These people drag him to the house of Lords for his fake marriage. HELLO! No one said the marriage had to be real. Also even if he is not the right one, his right should pass to his kid. Like what is this.


So he gives up the title in the end to save her, which just means everyone thinks she is a gold digger. Also why is the press so after her? Who gives an f? I would sue that guy for slander. Second he gave it up and they lived happily ever after. No no. Screw that. Make his family hurt.

Right, rant over.  Man needs a fake wife, she needs to study paintings. They begin a fake marriage, they fall in love, duh. He does not believe in marriage or kids so they have to work through that. And an evil gossip guy writing horrid pieces about her.

Her family is pretty horrid too. No idea why she even likes them. I do not.

Her friend seemed solid, as did his. Some good people in this world.

Good narration.

He's the heir to a fortune. He’s my aloof, intimidating, insanely handsome boss. And he just asked me to marry him.
Hayden Stuart is the quintessential English lord. He went to the most exclusive private schools. He hangs out with royals and other richy rich A-listers. His summer home is a castle.

Whereas I grew up on a peanut farm in Georgia.

When the spit hits the fan for Hayden, he asks me to be his wife. He makes it very clear to me that this is all for show.

Totally temporary.

Business only.

This is not a fake husband with benefits situation.

Of course I say yes.

Who wouldn’t want to live in a castle and have a staff take care of your every need? This is Beauty and the Beast, complete with the freaking library. Only Hayden’s crazy hot and knows how to eat soup without slurping it all over the place.

The problem is, the more time I spend pretending to be Hayden’s wife, the more desperate I feel to believe the lie.

And it’s not just about the castle.

It’s about the man.

Sunday, June 9

2nd DNF Second Chance Announcement

The votes are in for our 2nd DNF Second Chance! And we had a clear winner this time around!

I will try and get started on this in before the end of summer (maybe a July read)! are my self-imposed rules: 

- The book must be sitting on the DNF shelf for over a year. Time heals wounds...right?

- Honor the poll choice

- Read at LEAST 125 pages before giving up. 

- Be completely and utterly honest

- If it is a physical book on my shelf and I DNF it again, I MUST rehome it.

If you want to do this idea for yourself, please feel free. It might become a thing going forward. We'll see how book 1 goes ;)