Reads like a textbook, which technically it is. A good addition to the Harry Potter collective read.
An interesting take on poetry/graphic art/biography, Reynolds spoke at the Cincinnati Books by the Banks and I had this book in the high school library for a while but didn't realize it was the same guy who wrote A Long Way Down.
A Wrench in the Works, Kate Carlisle’s sixth in the A Fixer- Upper Mystery series, is good to the last hammer swing. We all know television reality shows aren’t really realistic but this gives new meaning to the word imposter. We finally get to know Shannon’s sister Chloe who comes home to film a segment for her DIY show with Shannon on a Victorian fixer-upper. Unfortunately for Shannon, her sister also has the habit of finding dead bodies. This installment has all the trademarks of a great cozy including a small community, quaint shops, characters to despise, characters to root for, and, of course, murder.
Along with our usual favorite Lighthouse Cove characters like Shannon, her dad and uncle, Mac, Wade, and Eric we are introduced to some new characters. Bree the producer, her husband, and star of the show, Blake, Diego the lead carpenter and several others move into town to film the show. Shannon and some of her friends Emily, Jane, Lizzie, and Gus get in on all the Hollywood action. Even Robbie and Tiger get in on the action guarding the house. It is also great to see the sisterly relationship between Shannon and Chloe.
Settling into the series, Carlisle doesn’t rush the murders in this one. That’s the great thing about series. We learn where Shannon’s love for gardening originated and why Chloe left town ten years ago. We see Shannon’s red-headed attitude continue to get her into trouble. We hear about Niall, Emily’s brother arriving in town but we don’t actually meet him. I’m guessing we’ll meet him officially in the next book?
Carlisle has already shown us how Shannon’s community and friends support her and care for her. This installment allows us to see how fiercely Shannon supports her family. It is cozy and comforting. Whitney even stoops to a new low. Shocking. And as soon as we meet her cousin Richie we all can relate. We all know a Richie.
This is a great series to pair up with Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel because Hallmark movies and Carlisle like to set up a story with a great group of friends, a beautiful setting, add in interesting characters who just happen to fall in love, and solve all the murders in a few hours of film or pages.
#2 in the Coffeehouse Mystery series, this is the first time I listened on audio instead of reading and I enjoyed it. I have read about 5 in this series but went back to read in order after I realized I really like the series. It is a cozy mystery for sure, takes place in a small community/murder is downplayed and the text is humorous, and the storyline holds up as suspenseful and engaging.
Our student book club's November read, They Both Die at the End assumes a future where you are notified if you will be dying that day so you can live it to the fullest. Several characters, both dying and not, deal with this news of their own or their friends' fates for the day. The two main characters meet only on the day of their impending deaths. It is an interesting concept and the story races through the day to the ultimate ending while throwing some curveballs into the mix.
Our book club's November read, Varina helped me understand more about the American Civil War, Jefferson Davis, and how his wife managed to make it through this difficult time in America.
I started teaching English and Spanish at Blancester in 1996. After getting my masters in Library Science, I moved into the library and I've enjoyed connecting people to books ever since!