Happy and Merry: Seven Heartwarming Holiday Essays by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella

I admit it – I judged this one based on the cover. It was cute and Christmassy and the library had the audio available for download, so I picked it up. I thought it’d be a fun, light short listen. It was short, but I think I just must not …

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

Career of Evil is good, let me say that first off. The mystery, even with its limited suspect pool is engrossing and the episodes from the killer’s point of view are disturbing. The characters are well-drawn and I am invested in their personal stories, in addition to the crime-solving aspect, …

Morning the Burned House by Margaret Atwood

I’ve read several of Atwood’s books over the years, but that’s not why I picked this one up, even though I do enjoy the short pieces of hers I’ve read. When we heard Louise Penny speak, she said that several pieces of the poetry in her Gamache series come from …

Gingerbread Kisses by Beate Boeker

  Michelle’s Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge doesn’t start until November 23, but I’m already in the mood for Christmas stories. Gingerbread Kisses is a novella in the Sweet Christmas Kisses 2 collection. Carol is baking cookies for her sister’s wedding in a beautiful hotel in Italy. She practically raised her …

Untimely Death by Elizabeth J. Duncan

Untimely Death was my last read for R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril this year. I do enjoy this event. Thanks goes to the Estella Society for hosting this year. Untimely Death started out a little rough for me. Foreshadowing’s all well and good, but phrases like  “but this year was going to be different; …

Wicked Charms by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton

Wicked Charms is silly and funny and cute. It’s an adventure story/ treasure hunt, but it’s all over the top. Lizzie is pretty sane, but she is surrounded by oddballs, like a young man who tends to talk like a pirate and her friend who tries out spells with varying …