What I’m Reading: Key West Cozy Mysteries

As promised, more Summer Prescott books! It looks like this series was written in between the Frosted Love books, and there are 8 in the set. A few characters cross over from other series, notably “creepy neighbor” Tim.

The first book is A Lime to Kill.

Lime Kill

Lime Die

Book #8 is Live and Lime Die.

Of course the plots center around murder and Key Lime pie (one of my favorite pie flavors). The books are fun to read, and fill the daily cozy requirement. As usual, I like Summer’s books and recommend them, especially if you are 1.) a murder mystery fan, 2.) a cozy fan, or 3.) a pie fan.

Key Lime forever!

What I’m Reading: Beneath a Scarlet Sky

In describing this book, only superlatives come to mind: fascinating, amazing, affecting, wonderful, fabulous, incredible, beautiful, etc. You won’t truly understand, however, unless you read it yourself. The book is based on the true story of teenager Pino Lella, an Italian youth who comes of age in World War II Italy. It is the tale of a real forgotten hero.

Scarlet Sky

Beneath a Scarlet Sky

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What I’m Reading: The Shopkeeper

A few months ago, I struck gold. Not literally, but literarily. I like that word I just made up, because it applies to a series of western novels I started reading about a shopkeeper transplanted from New York City to the wild, wild west. This particular shopkeeper seems to run into the most wicked villains and make the best friends. He also falls in love with the wrong woman in this first book of the series. Not an ordinary shopkeeper!


The Shopkeeper

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What I’m Reading: Hannah Swensen Mysteries [with Recipes!]

I love cozy mysteries! What makes a mystery a cozy? Well, I’m not sure of the official definition, but the main character is usually a woman, and the plot always seems to involve food or B&Bs or magic. The stories are usually shortish, humorous, and light. Sometimes I read a cozy or two in one day. I think they are the best books for curling up with hot chocolate and an afghan, and they often include recipes. There’s one cozy author who is my favorite, so much so that I’ve collected all her cozy novels, plus her cookbook. Her name is Joanne Fluke, and at last count her Hannah Swensen books number more than twenty. She does write other mysteries, but these are my favorites. I’ve read all of them except her newest one, which I have on hold in Kindle format at my local library. It’s popular enough that they have 5 copies and I’m in line behind a bunch of other people.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder        Banana Cream Pie Murder

The oldest and newest of the Hannah Swensen mysteries.

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What I’m Reading: Dick Francis Books

I’ve had a lifelong love affair with (1) horses, and (2) books. Combine the two, and you get Dick Francis (1920-2010). I remember going to the elegant old library in Salt Lake City, Utah when I was pretty young, maybe 12, and finding one of Francis’ early publications. I don’t remember which one it was, but his first book was Dead Cert, so that may have been the one. I read it, and I was caught hook, line, and sinker. I found this set (below) on Amazon (where else?) of several of his earliest publications. I remember watching “Whip Hand,” which was made into a BBC “Mystery” feature. It was great! To see all the books available on Amazon, see the Dick Francis Author Page… actually 12 pages.

I think I’ve read all his books except for a few nonfiction ones. For an idea of how prolific he was, take a look at the Order of Books list for him. During his more recent period, his books changed and became more scientific (translation: even more interesting), and the ones from 2007 on were written with his son, Felix Francis. Felix continues to write very similar (in content and quality) books, for those of us who want more (me!).


Dick Francis Box Set

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