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!

Happy Reading!

13/100 Dyeing Wishes by Molly MacRae

Not all sheep are created equal, and when they don’t come running to be fed then you can bet there is something wrong. Join us as we learn more about Granny, the Ghost, and dyeing wool all in one great book. There are a couple of murders, budding romance, and some intrigue along the way.

This is a riotously funny book that drags us along on a wonderful journey of friendship and murder with a few paranormal elements along the way. The ghost that has joined our little troupe, along with the unnamed cat, both add a wonderfully interesting element. Not really for Kat though, who is still trying to get the hang of talking with the ghost, or ignoring her when she can, while out in public around a lot of people that cannot see the ghost. Poor Kat, people are starting to think that she’s losing her mind. I sort of wish her Granny had left her more instructions than just her recipe book, that Kat cannot find.

For a fast paced book full of amazingly funny and warm characters with a dash of paranormal and mystery thrown in this is a great read. Start with the first, but then devour the rest of the series along the way.

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12/100 Last Wool and Testament by Molly MacRae

This crafty mystery with a paranormal element hits all of the high spots for my interests.  MacRae has a book that starts off with a tragedy but the book builds into a wonderfully funny mystery with plenty of interesting characters.  Between building a wonderful town full of quirky characters there are enough craft references to warm the soul.  I love how the main character is beginning to know more about her, now dead, granny than she ever thought she would have.

Granny was suspected of murder, by one of the sheriffs department at least.  The man did die under unusual circumstances, so to clear her granny’s name Kat has to solve the mystery.  She manages to gather a Posse consisting of her granny’s Friday Night Knitting Group.  Let the wacky hi-jinks ensue.

If you are looking for a crafty mystery novel, light on the romance, heavy on the paranormal, then this is the book for you.  I really enjoyed listening to this quick, but not really fast, paced novel.  The characters are interesting and I am able to get an idea of what they are about without a lot of overly detailed descriptions.  If you don’t know a lot about crafts you might want to google some terms while you’re reading.  Other than that, this is a great cozy mystery for anyone to read!

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11/100 Judgement in Death by J. D. Robb

This is a re-read for me and the 11th book in the In Death Series out of 46, the 47th is coming out this September.  Both of our hero characters, Eve Dallas and Roarke have shady pasts and murky backgrounds.  They are both filled with death and despair, yet somehow the characters have overcome their backgrounds and learned how to deal with their present, mostly.  Sometimes that background comes up from behind and bites you where it hurts when you least expect it, such is the case with a dead cop and an man named Max Ricker.  To say too much more about this suspense filled addition to this series will give away the game but if you’re looking for a fast paced, heart wrenching story that will tick you off and amuse you in turns then this is the book for you.  I love how Robb doesn’t let Roarke and Dallas become ‘Mary Sue’ characters but shows off their tempers and stubborn natures.

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10/100 The Vampire’s Werewolf Bodyguard by Liv Rider

If you ignore the two or three graphic sex scenes then this is a decent gay werewolf/vampire romance.  A werewolf bodyguard is having trouble keeping control of his instincts so he is laid off of his security job for a month.  A vampire drank blood that was tainted in an effort to poison him so his sire decided he needed a bodyguard.  Vampire and werewolf meet, the attraction is instant.  So on, so forth, there is a great twist to the mystery, and the standard ending.  It really wasn’t bad, the world building was there but sort of skimmed over.  I would like to know more about the world that they are in, but I’m not invested enough to actually read another book by this author.  Decent, not great.  This is a very fast paced book with a couple of very graphic sex scenes.  So if you are looking for a light read with some steamy gay bits in there then this is the book for you.

Happy reading!

9/100 Dark in Death by J.D. Robb

This was a decent addition to the In Death Series by Robb.  The story about an author whose writings are being turned into murders was, unfortunately, a little..um…trite and overdone.  I saw an episode of Castle where his mysteries were being played out, I think, I know I saw an NCIS episode where that happened.

I have never really understood why the Robb books come out November and February.  At least if it was May we wouldn’t have another 9 months to wait for the next installment.  (That’s a little off topic since I am sure they are written months in advance, especially considering all of the different books she manages to write.)

Speaking of different, am I the only person getting a little concerned about Nora Roberts?  Considering 2 of her most recent releases, Year 1 and Shelter in Place, I am a bit worried about her.  It is possible that she is hoping to be taken more seriously as a writer rather than just as a romance author.  It is possible that she is just reacting to the world around her, trying to incorporate some of our more brutal realities into her writing.  I hope that there is not a more personal tragedy, or depression, at work here.  I do know that she wrote Come Sundown as well, and though that is a murder mystery she has written those before even as Roberts rather than Robb.

Enough of the rant.  This is a decent addition to the series.  Though the overarching premise is a bit overdone, the murders and the mysteries themselves are fascinating.  I always love listening in to Dallas’s thought process.  It was enjoyable learning about Nadine’s main squeeze, I hope he shows up more often, and the characters are always fascinating.  If you are a die hard Robb fan like me then certainly read this addition, just go with the flow.  If  you are just getting into the series, then why are you reading this book?  There are 40+ that you need to read before this one, go on.  Get reading, they are well worth it.

Happy Reading!