Sunday, January 5, 2020

Back from vacay and got a few books read

Although I spent the time between 12/29 and 1/3 at Universal Studios Orlando, I did manage to get a bit of reading in while there.  I managed to start and finish 2 cozies while there, thus completing 2 books on the Cruising through cozies challenge.  I also began reading the Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff which is definitely keeping my interest.  I will certainly finish it in the next day or so.

The first book of 2020 I read was Eggs on Ice by Laura Childs.  This is the most recent addition to her Cackleberry Club series.  It is set at Christmas time and centers around the small town activities  of at Christmas such as the local actors' production of a Christmas Carol and the Cafe's Christmas Tea.  As always there were several twists and suspicions cast on various parties.  The guilty party was pretty much a surprise to me, although when revealed it is a very logical party, just not one you had any real clue was the murderer.

Eggs on Ice (Cackleberry Club, #8)Eggs on Ice by Laura Childs  (Cackleberry Club #8)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Always a fun and quick read to hear about the events at the Cackleberry Cafe. This one had some fun twists and turns based around the Christmas happenings in Kindred, TN. Lots of old characters return in the storyline. The guilty party was a bit of a surprise. Enjoyable light read as always

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The second book which I read in a single day thanks to a flight home from Orlando was Three Widows and a Corpse by Debra Sennefelder.  This is the 3rd installment in her food blogger mysteries about Hope Early.  You can find my full review of the book here on Good reads.

Three Widows and a CorpseThree Widows and a Corpse by Debra Sennefelder  (Food Blogger #3)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It is always enjoyable to read about Hope Early and her adventures in Jefferson, CT. I enjoy the relationships she has with the different generations of characters from her older friend, Jane, to her relationship with her sister, Clare. The developing story line with her frenemy Meg and her new friendship with Kitty are always interesting to read as well. I did figure out who was the guilty party but Ms. Sennefelder did a good job of keeping the reader guessing through most of the story throwing lots of possible suspects into the mix.

The story had several twists and turns and it is always fun to read the descriptions of her blogging and food photography. The included recipes always sound yummy, even if I will probably never try them.

All in all a fun cozy mystery.

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Challenges covered:  

All  of these books are Library borrows so that gets me started off quite well on my Library Love challenge as well.  Be sure to check out my Challenge tracker tab at the top of the page to see how I am doing on my different challenges.

  1. Cravings for a Cozy and Cloak and  Dagger: Books 1 and 2 
  2. Cruising through cozies -  Eggs ( Culinary)  Three Widows (Career)
  3. Medical Examiner-  2 Toe Tag for Eggs and 1 for Widows
  4. Six Shooter-  1 shot for Laura Childs and 1 for Debra Sennefelder
  5. Finishing the Series-  Both books catch me up on the series as of Jan 2020
  6. Literary Escapes-  TN-  Eggs on Ice;  CT- Three Widows and a Corpse
  7. Library Love-  Books 1 and 2
  8. TBR Book #1  #Backlistreader ; #MountTBR2020; #StartOnYourShelfathon Books 1 and 4
  9. Alphabet soup Author- #AlphabetSoupAuthorChallenge C (Laura Childs) and D (Debra Sennefelder)
  10. AtoZ and Alphabet soup challenge #AlphabetSoupChallenge  E and T
  11. Monthly Keyword#MonthlyKeyWordChallenge  Jan word Water (Eggs on Ice)
  12. Popsugar-  
    • Eggs On Ice- #23  Bird on the Cover 
    • Three Widows and a Corpse  #29 about social media
  13. What's in a Name-  Eggs on Ice #6  One of the 4 natural elements:  water, air, fire, earth
  14. Calendar of Crime-  
    • April #9  Church member plays major role-  Eggs on Ice
    • Aug #3 Three Widows and a Corpse  Action takes place in this month
  15. Wizarding World Tour-  
    • Durmstrang-  related to the cold   Eggs on Ice
    • Ilvermorny-  Set in NorthEast USA  Three Widows and a Corpse (CT)
  16. Around the Year in 52 Books-  
    • #1   A book with a title that doesn't contain the letters A, T or Y-  Eggs on Ice
    • #9  A book that can be read in a day Three Widows and a Corpse
  17. Mystery Bingo:  
    • Weapons card :  Rope and Knife-  Eggs on Ice;   Gun- Three Widows and a Corpse
    • Crime scene card:  Restaurant- Three Widows and a Corpse
    • Red Herrings card:  Lights go Out-Eggs on Ice;  Secret Marriage-  Three Widows and a Corpse
  18. 52 books in 52 weeks-  
    • Eggs on Ice  #4 Set in Winter
    • Three Widows and a Corpse  #1 A book with "W" in title
  19. BooklistQueen:
    • Eggs on Ice  #32 The Next Book in a Series
    • Three Widows and a Corpse  #8 Title with Five or More Words
  20. NJM Book Challenge  #NJMBookChallenge2020  #12 a book you can read in a single day

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