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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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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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.

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6/100 Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

This is a fairly fast paced murder mystery with an extreme magical bent.  Andrews creates a very fascinating world.  Her world-building tends to be subtle, sort of getting the gist of things as we go along and the plot unfurls.  Honestly, this is the kind of world building that I appreciate.  While I rushed through this trying to figure out who the murderer was, I was able to get the gist of what Andrews world involves.  While some extra information about how the world became what it is in Andrews time, there are enough hints to get the shape of what happened.  I presume that if I continue reading the series I will get more background as things develop.

If you are looking for a Kick Butt female lead, Kate Daniels, that admits to her own insecurities, then this is a good book for you.  A powerful magic user loses her last connection to the past, her family, and Daniels needs to find out who killed him.  Daniels dances between shifters, necromancers that control vampires, and the governing body.  She manages to attract and piss them all off, and seems very tired doing so.

A fast paced, kick butt, novel that leaves a lot more questions than answers.  The initial mystery is solved at the end of the book, but there are a lot of questions left about Kate Daniels as well as the world in which she lives.  I really did like this book and I look forward to reading more.

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Life sometimes interferes with reading.  Sometimes it just interferes with Blogging about reading, LOL.  I had a minor flood in my finished basement, surprisingly this has left me little time in recent weeks to think about blogging my reading.  Fortunately, with my current obsession with audio books, I have had time to listen to books.  Though it is often the same book over and over.  Here is my accounting of my current audio book obsessions:

The Mane Squeeze by Shelly Laurenston

Judgement in Death by J. D. Robb

Bite Me; The Mane Attraction; Bear Meets Girl; Beast Behaving Badly; Hunting Season; and The Mane Event by Shelly Laurenston

Celebrity in Death by J. D. Robb

and Finally, Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich.

I have listened to each of these books several times.  Hardcore Twenty-Four is the only New book in the sequence, but I have listened to it at least three times.  Previously Diesel has only made an appearance in the Between the Plums novels as well as his own series.  Once more Evanovich has brought Diesel into the Stephanie Plum world.  Not really to anyone’s benefit from what I can tell.  I usually really enjoy Stephanie, alright she has been getting a little trite these past few years…but really…I don’t like where she is headed.  *SPOILERS* Previously Stephanie had some ‘Catholic Guilt’ about her attraction to and the ability to attract so many handsome men…this novel she just kind of shrugs and goes with it.  I did not really like this book, every aspect seemed so forced, and Diesel was brought back into the series like an old friend instead of an awkward stranger.  Hopefully next year’s will be better.

I suppose we could consider me up to 77 books this year, if we are counting re-reads.  Might as well, really.  I don’t think I’ll make my goal this year other things seem to have been given priority.  I’ll try again next year and see how things go!

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67/100 Ink Witch by Lindsey Fairleigh

This book seems to have it’s own mythos that spin off of the Egyptian pantheon. I believe that they allude to a series that came before this one, but it seems to be comprehensible on its own. If things like assassinations, off-spring of Egyptian Deities, and magic in general offend you, then this is probably not a good fit for you. If these things don’t bother you too much, and you enjoy mystery, betrayal, and a bit of magic thrown in, then this might be a series for you.
There is a bit of “loose morals” but if you choose to think of them as a different culture whose moral beliefs you should respect, then it isn’t too bad. It helps that they in no way consider themselves Human.
Really, this was a decent read. I got through it quickly, though I do not believe I will worry about getting any others in the series. For a dramatic, mythos heavy, book, this is one of the decent ones.

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