Catching up

It’s been a bit of a sad time so I’ve gone to earth in my pile of books. Many were familiar tales – like Ann George’s Southern Sisters series, but two were new:
Pasta Mortem by Ellery Adams and Rosemary Stevens and A Dark and Twisting Path by Julia Buckley.

Pasta Mortem is the new offering in Ellery Adams’ Supper Club series and she’s joined in writing it by Rosemary Stevens, which makes it a book by two of my favorite authors.

The Flab Five are once again stymied in their attempts to lose weight, and some of their lives aren’t going so well either, so the reunion of the cast of an old TV show is a good distraction – until it isn’t. There are secrets, jealousies, and murder. Once again, despite distractions, the supper club members manage to pull together and solve the crime.

One of the things that made me love this series from the start is that none of the characters are the typical perky young heroine who moans about how fat she is wearing a size 12. These feel like real people with real struggles. I hope the series continues and that Adams and Stevens remain a team. For those who have read the books, the characters grow (and not just in girth) so it’s best to start with the first book, Carbs and Cadavers. It’s available on Amazon now; click on the book titles in this review.

A Dark and Twisting Path is the third in Julia Buckley’s A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery series.

Lena London thinks life is good. She is not only friends with her favorite author but working and living with the writer as well. Her boyfriend Sam’s ex-wife is back and he is exonerated of suspicion in her murder but spends perhaps a little too much time comforting his ex over the kidnapping of her daughter by the child’s father. And, while Lena doesn’t stumble over a body, her friend Allison does and suddenly there is a murder to solve as well.

I liked this book but it had just a little too much of a thriller aspect to it for me to find it a cozy read. Those who like a bit more excitement and intrigue in their mysteries will love it and can preorder it here; it’s scheduled for release on Amazon on July 31.

Required disclaimer: I was provided an advance reader’s Kindle copy of the book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, which is what this is. If you are interested in reading the book and you click on the title link in this blog, I may get a few pennies to help fund my reading habit. #PastaMortem #ADarkAndTwistingPath #NetGalley

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