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Book Review: A Story to Kill by Lynn Cahoon

A Story to Kill (Cat Latimer Mystery 1) by Lynn Cahoon
My rating: 🌟🌟 (2 stars)
Publisher: Kensington

When the series title character of a cozy spends the majority of her time being served food, napping and having teenage angst with her former high school beau, there's a problem. When a dead body is found in the main character's writer's retreat B&B and that main character doesn't seem terribly interested in finding out what's happened for many chapters or worried that one of her guests is a murderer, you've got a crisis as mystery tellings go.

Book Review: You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4 stars)
Publisher:  St. Martin's Press

Four crazy-pants stars! I'm giving no spoilers as I think this one is best going in cold with just the book summary.

Book Review: Colony War by Tarah Benner

Colony War by Tarah Benner
My rating: 🌟🌟 (2 stars)
Publisher:  Blue Sky Studio

It's been a while since I posted reviews as my 2020 was crazy before Coronavirus so there's a bit of a backlog (because I kept reading just not posting here). Currently, I'm reading cozy mysteries so there's likely be a torrent of reviews of them after this backlog is posted. Now, let's get to Colony War!

This is one of those books in a series that you read and realize, you could have skipped entirely for all the forward momentum in plot that took place. The relevant bits could have been pared down and split between the first book and the third (heaven help me, I'm going to begin reading that one tonight).

Book Review: The Lost Ones by Sheena Kamal

The Lost Ones (Nora Watts #1) by Sheena Kamal
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4 stars)
Publisher: William Morrow

Nora Watts is not the sort you'd call when you need help. She's in desperate need of help herself. Still, when the parents of the baby she gave up for adoption come calling, she's the only one with enough tenacity and single-mindedness to find her.

Book Review: Colony One by Tarah Benner

Colony One (The Elderon Chronicles #1) by Tarah Benner
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4 stars)
Publisher: Blue Sky Studio

I was in the mood for a space station story so I decided to give this a read. It's been in my TBR pile for a while and one of my resolutions this year is to whittle away at that more than I have in the past.

Book Review: Property: Stories Between Two Novellas by Lionel Shriver

Property: Stories Between Two Novellas by Lionel Shriver
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4 stars)
Publisher: Harper

I've had this collection in my TBR pile for a while and am so glad I decided finally to read it. All are stories about the relationships people have with property. The property they own or don't, want or don't, inherit or bequeath, buy or sell, the list goes on. I found myself taking sides and also seeing opposing points of view with plenty of eye-rolling and laughter along the way.

Book Review: Negative Image by Vicki Delany

Negative Image (Constable Molly Smith #4) by Vicki Delany
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4 stars)
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press

This was a solid three-star for me until the last third of the book which catapulted to a four. What held the story back in my reading was that the murder mystery had Winters' wife at the center of the suspect list and she, in the three prior books is pretty much a blank of a character. Truth be told, by the end of this book, if I never read about her again, it won't really matter. As I write this review, I can't even recall her name (and it's been mentioned in all four books of the series!).