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Book Review: Kale to the Queen (A Kensington Palace Chef Mystery #1) by Nell Hampton

Kale to the Queen (A Kensington Palace Chef Mystery #1) by Nell Hampton
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐ stars (3 stars)
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books

I finished two cozy mystery series lately (or at least their last books feel like finales) and so of course, I had to jump right into a new series. Kale to the Queen had one of those cozy covers that I love and a blurb that also charmed so this went right on my TBR last year before it came out.

Book Review: A Cast of Vultures (Sam Clair #3) by Judith Flanders

A Cast of Vultures (Sam Clair #3) 
by Judith Flanders
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟  (4 stars)
Publisher: Allison & Busby

Another entry into the series (and I'm hoping not the last) sees Sam Clair, getting pulled into a murder and arson in her neighborhood between some new trials at her publishing house.

Book Review: Liar's Candle by August Thomas

Liar's Candle by August Thomas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publisher: Scribner (April 17)

As soon as I saw the summary for this one, I had to read it. I don't run into very many books that give a glimpse into the life of Foreign Service Officers or the diplomatic intern life, so I had to read it. I'm so glad that I did as it was quite a page turner.

Book Review: The Assistants by Camille Perri

The Assistants by Camille Perri
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Publisher: G.P. Putnam & Sons

I'm trying to get my TBR backlog dealt with as it's striking me that I've acquired quite a lot of them in my digital library (after paring down my physical library). This was one of those that I bought when it came out because it sounded just like something I'd enjoy. Alas, it was just okay for me. I'm a bit sad to say that I already found it dated and a bit trite.

Book Review: The Peyti Crisis (Retrieval Artist #12) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

The Peyti Crisis by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publisher: WMG Publishing Inc.

After the massive attack on the Moon perpetrated by clones Noelle DeRicci, Miles Flint & Detective Nyquist are all in on the investigation of who is responsible and foiling another, bigger attack, in this installment. This one moved around to various points of view quite a lot, including the attorneys who are taking the case of the clones on.There are lots of discussions of ownership, personhood and rights, this is an interesting aspect to the story, that I enjoyed. While a lot of conversations happen and information is being gathered, there's not a lot that actually happens in this installment. It felt very much like setting the pieces up on the board for a big showdown. I'm really ready for the showdown. I'll definitely finish the series because I have to know who put this big plan into motion, what they want & the takedown should be epic. Recommended for readers of the series.

Book Review: Depth by Lev A.C. Rosen

Depth by Lev A.C. Rosen
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Publisher:  Regan Arts

I've had this on my TBR list for quite some time so I am glad to have finally got around to reading it. That said, it's a short book that took me far longer than it should have because I just didn't find the mystery all that compelling (something that surprised me because the summary really sounded promising). My favorite thing about this was the setting which I still want to know more about. I don't know if I'd recommend this one for mystery fans as it's pretty bland on that level. I would read another by Rosen as I think he's got interesting ideas and a good take on climate fiction settings & world-building. Points also for the book cover. It made me want to pick it up.

Book Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publisher: Atria Books

After jury duty and a serious flu bout, I'm back to reviewing books. A word about the flu, it's awful and I knew I was in trouble when I couldn't summon the will to read. Flu shots, people.Get them. And get your daily probiotics and stay up on your vitamins. Now on to this book...

Evelyn Hugo is a piece of work. She's one of my favorite types of characters, not the sort I'd want to know IRL but is damned interesting. She's been there, done that and burned the bridge when she was finished while wearing couture. She went through eight marriages, had one child and outlived them all. She even picked up some Academy awards and lots of financial compensation along the way. She lived a life.