Monday, August 29, 2011

Foul Play


Murder By The Slice

I had started reading this book before and gave up on it. But I decided to give it another try. It was ok, nothing super. It is set around Halloween, and I love Fall, so thats why I wanted to read it, but I just didn't get the cozy Fall feeling of the book. And Phyllis still annoys me. She just seems mean. And she and Sam just need to hook up and get it over and done with. In this book, the rude president of the PTO ends up dead, and since everyone hated her, everyone is a suspect. The PTO group asks Phyllis to solve the case of who killed her. And since retired women in their 60s have nothing better to do, she sticks her nose in everyone's business and solves the murder. Not my favorite book, but I do like some of the others, so I'll keep reading the series.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

A Peace of A Murder

I had started reading this book before. Not really sure why I stopped, but I decided to give it another try. Problem was that when I stopped reading it the first time I had skipped to the back to find out who the killer was, so that kind of ruined it this time around. But it was still interesting. Phyllis annoyed me, she seemed a little rude to Sam sometimes. And of course he just seems a little to nice. I was sad that she killed off the Mattie character. Little old ladies are cute. She kind of reminded me of the character Sophia from the show The Golden Girls.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

311 Pelican Court

This book was OK. I was really into at first, but then it just seemed like it went on and on. I was glad that Maryellen finally realized that Jon was cool and they got together. Ditto with Olivia and Jack. And Zach and Rosie work out their problems. Now she just needs to get Grace and Cliff together, which happens in a later book I think. But these books kind of makes me not want to get into a relationship. All these people do is fight. Jeez Debbie. There are some sane people out there in the world who don't always have an issue with someone they are smitten with.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

204 Rosewood Lane

I was really into this book in the beginning, but kind of zone out towards the end. It seemed a bit long. Olivia and Jack are really starting to annoy me. Its like the author can't decide if she wants them to be together or not. Make up your mind lady! And I don't know why Maryellen has such an issue with Jon. They are having a baby, and she's being a you know what to him, and he seems like a nice guy. Grace is still probably my favorite. To bad her hubby kills himself and her daughters suck. Oh well. Time to read the 3rd one.

Monday, August 15, 2011

16 Lighthouse Road

I've tried to read this book a few times before, but was never able to get through it, so this time I just stuck with it. It wasn't bad. Most of the characters are likable. Its great that Ian and Cecelia could work things out and stay married. I wasn't really a big fan of there's. I think I like Grace the most, but that might be because I'm in the middle of reading the second book which is more based on her. I was annoyed with how the author had Justine and Seth get married before they even dated. That's the thing that annoys me about her books, they just aren't very realistic when it comes to love. Who marries someone they are smitten with before they even date? Come on lady. Anyway, I'm gonna try and stick with the series.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Killer Crab Cakes

It was an OK book. About as good as the others in the series. This time Phyllis and her friends go to the Texas coast with her friends in tow to watch her cousins B&B, and of course someone dies and the guests want to leave. So Phyllis and Sam try to find out who really killed the guy so that her cousins business won't be damaged. I kind of suspected who the killer was because they seemed a little to friendly. And all the talk of crab cakes (even if they did kill someone) still sounded yummy.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Pumpkin Muffin Murder

What caught my eye about this book is that it takes place around Thanksgiving, which is my favorite, because I love turkey and mashed potatoes and I love Fall. So tired of the summer heat, so I decided that reading a book that takes place during the Fall would be a good idea. It just made me hungry. lol. In this book Phyllis and her friends are helping with the Harvest Festival when they find a dead body dressed as one of the scarecrows. Since they are friends with the woman who is being accused of murder, they decide to find out who really killed her husband. I figured out who had done it pretty early on. But it was still a good read. The pumpkin muffin recipe looks pretty easy, and I might try it someday.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

The Final Note

I probably would have given this book four stars if it wasn't so sad. And it wasn't the whole 'the wife might die' part that made me sad. It was the Grandpa part towards the end of the book, where he is telling the story of how he got Karl the guitar, which he gives to Ethan to play, so music plays a big part in this novel. It was a good book. Like I sad, a little to sad for my taste, but the writing was great, flowed well and could easily be read in a day. Ethan meets Anna while on a trip in Austria and they fall in love. When they get back to the states, he moves from Oregon to Idaho and they date and end up getting married. Then they start trying to have children, but she keeps having miscarriages. One day he gets a job in San Fran so they move and she gets pregnant again with twins, but only one of the little girls makes it. They are thrilled that after so many lost babies they have at least one. Then Ethan gets a promotion at work and starts working way to much, and one night he and Anna have a big fight and later that night she gets hit by a girl who was texting and driving (don't do it kids!) and ends up in a coma. Someone does die at the end, but it's probably not who you think it will be. I was very sad by who it was because I liked that character.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Pampered To Death

I hadn't been impressed with her other recent books, but this one was pretty good. Like always, the cat and the emails from the parents are still the best part. In this one, Jaine's friend Lance gives her a free week at a wonderful spa. Or so she thinks. Once she gets there (with her cat, who takes their cat with them to a spa?)she realizes that its actually a fat person spa where people can go to lose weight. Its also where some B-list celebs go to get away. One person is Mallory who ends up dead and of course she had found a way to make everyone around her hate her, so Jaine tries to find out who killed her so that the police will let her go home and away from Diet Hell. The storyline was a good idea and there wasn't a bunch of characters like in most mystery books.