20/100 A Hidden Witch by Debora Geary

Original Review:

This is a wonderful addition to the series. I enjoy how the characters and interactions build to create a completely unique world. The people are not perfect, are always willing to learn, and let their inner child out to play (safely). This tale about how innermost dreams do not always come true in the way you think they will is certainly worth another look.

New review:

*This is a tale of how the old world can collide with the new, and just because gifts don’t come in the package that you think they should doesn’t mean that they are not exactly what you wanted. From the joy of discovery to the sorrow of potential loss, life, death, and magic collide to create a whole new normal. If you are looking for a book steeped in magic and technology, and more than a little heartache along the way, then this is the read for you. *

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19/100 Portrait in Death by J. D. Robb

Once in a while there is a book that is heart wrenching, heartening, and deeply disturbing all rolled into one. This is one of Robb’s finest additions to this series. Admittedly, since she has 46 books out already, this is ‘relatively’ early in the series. The vast majority of her In Death books are fantastic but here, early in the series, we really begin to understand the depth of feelings involved in these characters. These feelings and understanding evolve over the series, but here we really see how Eve feels for her division, how hard she is trying to be a good wife, how much Feeney supports her, and overall there are a lot of ‘feels’ in this book. I love this series, and this is one of the reasons why! For a book that has everything and fantastic characters to boot, check this out!

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18/100 Knot the Usual Suspects by Molly MacRae

I love the yarn bombing!
The characters are still quirky and wonderfully enjoyable. The murder came at the half-way point of the book, it almost seemed forced. The solving of the murder was interesting but sort of rushed and forced feeling. It is unfortunate, but probably for the best, that MacRae stopped writing this series for a while. Hopefully she can come back to it with some fresh, new ideas. If you are looking for a fun read, involving a bit of murder and a lot of yarn, then this is the book for you. I will admit I love how the book focused more on the yarn bombing than on the murder, it made for a very fun listen.

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17/100 A Modern Witch by Debora Geary

This was a fantastic book, recommended by a wonderful relative. I had purchased this book when it was on sale at Amazon, and never gave it another thought. At my family reunion a relative mentioned it, and I went looking to see if I owned it. I finished this book last night, and promptly began reading the next in the series. Even though this series is rated as a romance book, I find that the plot and characters really take the main focus, with romance as a backdrop. I really like the modern twists to the traditional magic plots. Tradition is not ignored, but technology is incorporated. The author admits that people can make mistakes, and not everyone really desires to be different. If I start thinking about it, I am sure that I can discover depths to the books, as it stands I really just like the plot and characters.

16/100 Plagued by Quilt by Molly MacRae

This was an adorable addition to the series, also full of wonder, whimsy, and ghosts.  Well, a ghost and her many adventures.  Kath is going to be spending some time teaching interested teens how to quilt.  Well, okay, she is going to give the history lesson while other members of her Thank Goodness it’s Fiber (TGIF) group teach the teens how to quilt.  Of course, Kath cannot go anywhere without a body being found. So join us while we spend time with fibers and fiber fiends, solve a mystery, and explore the resident ghost.  I love this series and hate that she has only written one more in it.  After the next book I’ll have to find a new obsession!

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15/100 The Winter Courtship Rituals of Fur Bearing Mammals by Amy Lane

Original Review: This is the only series that I have found that incorporates a wool mill into the books in a meaningful way. Given that, it is a gay romance with some touching and heartbreaking scenes. This book is not m/m to the exclusion or derision of other types of couples, if anything the orientation is just taken as fact and treated as any other couple. That is not to say that this book does not include any graphic sex, they all seem to.
This is the start of a decent series, if you don’t mind M/M romance. The characters are a little odd, but I love that it is set in a wool mill with very accurate (to my knowledge) explanations of the processes involved.

Slight Update:

I have found several books that involve wool and various processes related to them incorporated in a fictional series.  Often they are under the Cozy Mystery genre, but the details are wonderful anyway.  This book, and the series, do contain a lot of graphic gay sex, which is not really to my taste.  I do still find the characters, what you see of them outside of the sex haze, to be likable and easy to relate to.

If you don’t like graphic sex, or have issues with M/M romance, then stay away from this series, and probably this author.

14/100 Spinning in Her Grave by Molly MacRae

I am really enjoying this series. Once in a while there is a small portion that drags, and I am quite sad that there are only five books to this series. In this installment we open with a man wanting to shoot at people from the upper windows of The Weaver’s Cat. Okay, so he is planning on using blanks and it is a part of a reenactment skit, but still the thought is fairly appalling. Of course Kat refuses, but things never end there. Pretty soon we have spinners, tourists, and a body on the ground. This convoluted, and fun, addition to the series is a great way to while away a few hours with some great friends. For a fun and funny mystery with a lot of crafting check out this book!

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