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The Diane Dimbleby Murder Collection By Penelope Sotheby

 

A Diane Dimbleby Cozy Mystery Collection

Volume No. 1

The Diane Dimbleby Murder Collection
The Diane Dimbleby Murder Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A collection of three Diane Dimbleby Murder books, I choose to review Murder On The Village Green. 

 

STORY-LINE THE DIANE DIMBLEBY MURDER COLLECTION:  MURDER ON THE VILLAGE GREEN BY PENELOPE SOTHEBY:

Diane Dimbleby, a retired school teacher, has a talent for solving crime.  She carries her own set of booties and gloves because you never know when a crime will occur.  Diane sees a man sitting on the village green which appears to be reading.  On closer inspection, she discovers he’s dead.  Although Inspector Darrell Crothers is on the case, Diane immediately starts her investigation.  After all, she has helped him in the past, and she is ready, willing, and able, to help with this investigation.  Diane will come face to face with evil and a crime organization willing to do anything to safeguard its enterprise.  However, they did not count on Diane’s smarts and Inspector Crothers’ determination. My book reviews of The Diane Dimbleby Murder Collection:  Murder On The Village Green follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

As everyone who subscribes to my blog or reads my book reviews is aware, I love the cozy mystery genre.  If you have never read a cozy mystery, you are missing out on fantastic entertainment.  Cozies have main characters who are usually strong independent women.  Also, a cozy mystery does not contain the graphic nature of a full-blown mystery.  Without a doubt, Murder On The Village Green is a true representative of this genre.

Murder On The Village Green features retired teacher Diane Dimbleby.  After retirement, Diane discovered she has a talent for solving crime.  I love Diane’s character.  Far from a retired little old lady, Sotheby developed Diane into an aspiring novelist and crime fighter.   Although living in a small country village of Apple Mews, Diane finds murder outside her door;  or more correctly, across the road on the village green.

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Halloween is Murder By Carolyn Arnold

 

(McKinley Mysteries Book 11)

Halloween Is Murder
Halloween Is Murder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE HALLOWEEN IS MURDER BY CAROLYN ARNOLD:

In Halloween Is Murder, Sean and Sara McKinley, wishing to support charities for children, have set up a Halloween house.  Getting a television interview by Chloe Parson, they did not expect Chloe to turn up dead the same day.  Owner’s of Pay It Forward Investigations, Sara has a “feeling” Chloe has been the victim of murder.  After heartfelt pleas to investigate, Sara persuades Sean to take the case;  they set off to find if murder‘s the cause. 

The police are still investigating the case;  which means Sean and Sara must be careful proceeding.  Through twists and turns, the McKinley’s, dare I say,  tiptoe through their investigation.  What will they find?  Was Chloe murdered?  If so, who did it, friend or foe?  My book review of Halloween Is Murder follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Once again author Carolyn Arnold created a fantastic murder mystery.  Filled with twists and turns, well-developed character, and an intriguing story-line, this book holds the reader‘s attention.  I love Sean and Sara.  Arnold filled Sean with love for Sara.  He’s willing to do almost anything to make her happy.  Sara’s a determined, strong woman;  yet, she has issues of insecurity.  With hunches, feelings, and intuition, she makes a great investigator and partner for Sean.  She uses her talents, and he uses methodical investigation and reason;  he wants evidence in his cases, she goes by her gut.  They compliment each other;  they each have a technique of crime solving. 

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Driven To Death By Elleby Harper

 

Driven To Death
Driven To Death

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE DRIVEN TO DEATH BY ELLEBY HARPER:

In Driven To Death, Bex Wynter’s life in New York had gone off the rails.  Losing her soul mate in an auto crash, almost destroyed her.  Needing to recoup and start in a new place, she accepts a position at the London Met.  Her first case will almost do her in when she finds herself heading up a new team investigating an auto crash.  Was it murder or an accident?  She and her team must ferret out the facts and determine the true cause of the death of two young people.  One an ordinary rebellious teenager, the other the son of a wealthy man in high places of government.  Evie Butterworth, watched as Bon’s car mowed down and killed her daughter, Clara.  Called a Saint because she immediately tried to save the driver, Evie’s seen by millions on YouTube.

Come along with Bex as she and her team learn there’s more to the story than first appeared.  My mystery suspense book review of Driven To Death follows

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

In Driven To Death, author Elleby Harper created a novel filled with mystery, suspense, and police proceduralHarper hooked me from the first pages of her book.  As she skillfully build the suspense and mystery, I could not read fast enough to satisfy my need to know.  With a multi-layered plot and well-developed characters of varying personalities, this book is a first- rate crime story.

Elleby Harper created differing outlooks, manner of dress, personalities, and investigative techniques, for Bex’s team members.  I found Quinn a riot;  I didn’t know whether to hate him or love him.  Jealous of the American placed in a position he thought he should have received, his snarks and snips at Bex will make you laugh and then, make you want to shake him.  I loved the nerdy personality of Reuben, a former real estate salesman, who suddenly finds himself a trainee DC on the Youth Crimes Team under command of Bex.  The wrinkled seasoned warrior Eli, and stylish Idris, round out the team.

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Murder In The Mansion By Penelope Sotheby

 

A Daniel Swift Mystery

Murder In The Mansion
Murder In The Mansion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE MURDER IN THE MANSION BY PENELOPE SOTHEBY:

In Murder In The Mansion, we find cheating husband Todd Nelson, on the phone with his lover, Tiffany.  Knowing something’s going on, his wife wealthy Jillian Wilmington Nelson, listens on an extension.  The fight which follows, between Todd and Jillian, leaves her paralyzed and bed ridden after she tumbles down the stairs.  Knowing Todd’s only after her money, she contacts her cousin, Rachel, to come and help her.  Locking herself in her bedroom, changing the locks, refusing Todd admittance, she wants to make him pay for his attempt to kill her.  Rachel takes over the reins of Jillian’s care.  Hiring a nurse, Clare Wharton and maid, Peggy Talbot, they and Rachel care for Jillian.

When Jillian suspiciously dies, the fur hits the fan.  Clare finds herself charged with murder and Daniel Swift, attorney, finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation and trial.  Why did a healthy woman died so suddenly?  She should have lived into old age even though paralyzed. The nurse denies responsibility, yet, strangely some of Jillian’s jewelery’s found in her room.  Will Daniel find the real killer or will he find  Nurse Clare’s the killer?  My mystery book review of Murder In The Mansion follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Murder In The Mansion, full of twists and turns, mystery, and varied suspects, will grab your attention immediately.  As you know, mysteries are one of my favorite genre;  this book hit the spot.  Sotheby skillfully leads the reader through this investigation and trial.  Surprises are in store in this fast paced mystery.

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The Mystery of Her By Patricia Catacalos

 

The Zane Brothers Detective Series Book 1

The Mystery Of Her
The Mystery Of Her

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE THE MYSTERY OF HER BY PATRICIA CATACALOS:

There are killers loose in Patricia Catacalos latest novel, the Mystery of Her.  Set in London 1888,  someone’s killing prostitutes in White Chapel and in the wealthy bedrooms of the Ton.  Lady Kiera Everett believes the nurse caring for her father murdered him; a nurse he left a substantial amount in a newly amended will.  Contacting the Zane Brothers Detective Agency, she hires them to investigate her father’s death.  Kiera’s determined to take part in the investigation.  Zachary Zane’s determined she won’t; Kiera determined she will.  Who will win this battle of wills?

During the investigation the Zane’s discover Kiera’s father’s not the only wealthy man to unexpectedly die leaving money to the same nurse.  Things are looking suspiciously like murderDanger, murder, and of course, romance follow Kiera and the Zane brothers. My Victorian Era historical book review of The Mystery of Her follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

A historical Victorian Era mystery romance novel with mystery, murder of the wealthy, the White Chapel murders, and a variety of characters, make an entertaining intriguing read.  With everyone’s avid interest in Jack The Ripper, Catacalos, vividly and skillfully included these “Ripper like murdersas part of her story-line; the Torso Killer and Leather Apron.  Set in London of 1888, the setting was perfect for inclusion.

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Conjesero By Carl Alves

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Conjesero, Cover

 

 

A Monster is Loose

Can One Man Stop Him?

 

 

 

CONJESERO, STORY LINE:

In Conjesero, Kevin Russell, homicide detective with the San Francisco Police Department, has caught the most infamous serial killer since Manson, the Hail Mary rapist. It was an arduous investigation but he gets his second wind when he receives a call from his best friend Paul Richardson.  Paul has a flat tire and needs Kevin to come to his aid.  Before Kevin can reach Paul, a monster out of deep and dark nightmares, almost kills him.  Rushed to the hospital and treated by Dr. Wendy Davis, his injuries will heal physically, however emotional healing will take time.  Telling Kevin what attacked him, leaves Kevin wondering about his

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