I always enjoy Amy Patricia Meade’s books but this
one crept up on me. Patty, thanks for the heads up!

Pirate Patty Reviews

From Ladle to Grave

A Tish Tarragon Mystery #5

Could a body found in a graveyard be linked to a tragic murder twenty-five years ago? Tish Tarragon is plunged into a new case when a fundraising dinner in the local church hall leads to a dark discovery.

Tish is back with another interesting catering event. Heroines of Literature. A fundraiser for St. Jude’s Episcopal Church. Things are humming along well when she notices a woman staring at her. Odd. But soon forgotten in the cleanup.

Walking home through the graveyard to lock up the hall, she literally stumbles over a body. A dead one.

The deceased has a fatal head wound and is lying on top of the Honeycutt plot. Daisy Honeycutt was murdered 25 years ago in a sensational case that shocked everyone.

The hunky Sheriff Reade is back and officially makes Tish a consultant! So off they go to solve a murder…

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Review of Come Out and Play by Amber Lynn Natusch (earc)

I hadn’t heard of this series before but Kristi’s review
has prompted me to go look for all three books 😀

Confessions of a YA Reader


Come Out and Play by Amber Lyann Natusch


For Kylene Danners, there’s only one fate worse than death: entering a beauty pageant. So when her friends (and a shot at a twenty-thousand dollar college scholarship) push her into one, she assumes she’s found hell on earth—until girls start dropping out under suspicious circumstances, and Ky finds herself smack dab in the middle of another dangerous mystery—a twisted web of duplicity and deceit far more deadly than she expected.

COME OUT AND PLAY, the third young adult mystery novel in the Hometown Antihero series by Amber Lynn Natusch.

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Review of Dead As A Doornail

Terrific review—and I already love Tonya’s books 😄


Dead As A Doornail
Kenni Lowry, Book #5
Tonya Kappes
5 Stars


Beauty is skin deep, but ugly goes clear to the bone. And doesn’t our Sheriff Kenni Lowry know that? Well, she knows a lot of things.

Lucy Lowell takes great pride in writing negative reviews in the local newspaper for anything that does not go her way. When Lucy is found dead, it appears to be from natural causes.

But Sheriff Kenni Lowry knows there is more to it because the ghost of her grandfather, the ex-sheriff, is standing over the body.

His presence can only mean one thing: Murder!

Since Kenni’s relationship with Deputy Finn Vincent has heated up, Kenni is having trouble conducting the investigation without Finn questioning her every move.

Can Kenni unravel the mystery on her own or will she have to tell Finn the real reason she knows it was murder—the ghost…

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Review of The Grimrose Girls by Laura Pohl (earc)

Stories set in boarding schools really float my boat,
not to mention how much I enjoy fairy tale retellings
AND this one has a major mystery. Be still my heart…
and thank you, Kristi, for the heads up!

Confessions of a YA Reader



The Grimrose Girls by Laura Pohl

The Descendants meets Pretty little liars.

Four troubled friends, One murdered girl… and a dark fate that may leave them all doomed.

After the mysterious death of their best friend, Ella, Yuki, and Rory are the talk of their elite school, Grimrose Académie. The police ruled it a suicide, but the trio are determined to find out what really happened.

When Nani Eszes arrives as their newest roommate, it sets into motion a series of events they couldn’t have imagined. As the girls retrace their friend’s last steps, they uncover dark secrets about themselves and their destinies, discovering they’re all cursed to repeat the brutal and gruesome endings to their stories until they can break the cycle.

This contemporary take on classic fairytales reimagines heroines as friends attending the same school. While investigating the murder of their best friend, they uncover…

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When Ghosts Come Home by Wiley Cash

It’s that ghostly time of year and, if Brenda and
her pooch, Penny, recommend this newest
Wiley Cash, who am I to resist?

Penny For Our Thoughts

Hot Dang!!! Wiley Cash is one fantastic storyteller, and I have loved all his books. He has changed things up a bit by adding a crime and mystery with When Ghosts Come Home and delivers us a gem of a tender, compassionate heart-tugging story about family, love, loss, community, duty, justice, and racial divides.

What I loved

The sense of time and place created in the story
A rare hero with 63- year-old Sheriff Winston Barnes who is trying to find out who abandoned a cargo plane at a local airfield and killed a man whose body is found nearby.
Easy to read, compelling, suspenseful story with many layers to it
The memorable and shocking ending I am sure no one would see coming and left me questioning whether I like what happened or not.

I highly recommend it!!

I received a copy from the publisher on EW.

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Book Review: Unheard: The Story of Anna Winslow

I’d rather listen to an audiobook than read in any other way so you’d think podcasts about crime, fictional or not, would be right up my alley. Truth is, I’ve avoided podcasts mainly because I prefer having access to the entire book, not one episode at a time. Now, thanks to this review, I know I can actually try a podcast all in one audiobook—best of both worlds! Thank you, Christine 😄

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Unheard: The Story of Anna Winslow by Anthony Del Col is an eight part podcast produced by a student for a college course, the topic chosen solely based on one vague voicemail message and the questions it raised.

Melissa Lopez is studying linguistics and journalism and has decided that the voicemail left on her phone is in fact from missing student, Anna Winslow. Missing turns into a case of murder when Anna’s body is found in the woods. Each session of Melissa’s podcast has clips of the actual voice messages Anna has left her and a few fellow students. But no one really knew Anna, so why the voicemails and why is she dead? Melissa wants to find out and becomes so entangled in the story she actually becomes a suspect herself, asking questions that no one that never knew Anna should even care about, unless they killed her and…

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The Family Plot. A mini review.

Thanks to Kristi’s review, I have to say this
sounds just weird enough to be right up my alley😄

Hidden Staircase

The Family Plot

By Megan Collins

Rating: 4/5 Stairs

Which starts like this:

My parents named me Dahlia, after the Black Dahlia- that actress whose body was cleaved in half, left in grass as sharp as scalpels, a permanent smile sliced onto her face – and when I first learned her story at four years old, I assumed a knife would one day carve me up. My namesake was part of me, my future doomed by her violent death. That meant my oldest brother, Charlie, who had escaped the Lindbergh baby’s fate by living past age two, would still be abducted someday. My sister, Tate, would follow in her own namesake’s footsteps, become a movie star, then become a body in a pool of blood. And my twin brother, Andy, named for Lizzie Borden’s father – I was sure his head was destined for the ax.

The Family Plot


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