Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Tour_NOT A CREATURE WAS STIRRING by Christina Freeburn

Not a Creature Was Stirring (Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery)

Cozy Mystery

1st in Series

Henery Press (January 22, 2019)

ISBN-10: 1635114373

ISBN-13: 978-1635114379

Digital ASIN: B07K1MFQ7T

Empty nester Merry Winters loves three things: Christmas, crafting and her family. To regain purpose and joy, Merry hits the road to a Christmas vendor event with her furry sidekick Ebenezer in her new mobile crafting sleigh, aka an RV.

But it soon turns into the nightmare before Christmas when Merry unwraps her Scrooge of an ex-husband’s body in one of the RV’s compartments. Add to that his missing winning lottery ticket believed to be stashed somewhere in the RV, leading the homicide detective and Merry’s stepdaughter to believe Merry is the one whodunit.

With visions of prison dancing in her head, will Merry be able to solve this Christmas calamity before she’s locked away?

About the Author

Christina Freeburn has always loved books. There was nothing better than picking up a story and being transported to another place. The love of reading evolved into the love of writing and she's been writing since her teenage years. Her first novel was a 2003 Library of Virginia Literary Award nominee. Her mysteries series, Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery and Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mysteries, are a mix of crafty and crime and feature heroines whose crafting time is interrupted by crime solving.

Christina served in the US Army and has also worked as a paralegal, librarian, church secretary, and golf shop pro. She lives in West Virginia with her husband, dog, and a rarely seen cat except by those who are afraid and allergic to felines.

Author Links

Webpage: www.christinafreeburn.com

Blog: www.theselfrescueprincess.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChristinaFreeburnCraftyandCrimeAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChristinaFreeb1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/ChristinaFreeburn

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Not A Creature Was Stirring (A Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery #1)Not A Creature Was Stirring by Christina Freeburn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Merry Winters is a Feckless Heroine indeed. A woman who sees the best in everybody, believes everybody should follow their dreams, and thinks Truth wins over all, Merry is an admirable character but unfortunately an individual whom some predators and manipulators will delight to target. At home in Seasons Greetings, West Virginia, a quiet community to which Merry moved after her folks retired there, Merry has recently divorced for the second time from an abbreviated marriage to a master manipulator. Endeavouring to make her co-owned crafts business a thriving concern, Merry drives her newly purchased RV to Morgantown for a big Crafts venue. Unfortunately, "newly purchased" means the day before, from her 18-year-old former stepdaughter. Really unfortunately means the RV is emitting a terrible stench, and it's not caused by Ebenezer the pet hamster. When the source is uncovered, Merry soon finds herself under suspicion of murder by a Morgantown police detective[ and her first ex-husband, a high-powered attorney in DC, rides to the rescue to take the case and clear her name.

What made this cozy mystery delightful for me was the settings, of course (all that snow!) but mainly the character of Merry Winters. Here is an individual we ought to all admire: a genuinely GOOD person, ready to think the best of everybody and to exert the effort to help and comfort anyone in need. Yet it is that very integrity she possesses that makes her a target. She is slow to recognize emotional and financial predators; she didn't recognize the truth about her second husband until his money-grubbing grasp threatened to affect her Alzheimer's suffering mother. She sees good in everyone and overlooks the negative, sometimes till it's too late. Yet I still cheered her on; because really, our world needs many more like Merry.

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Tour_BROKEN HEART ATTACK by James J. Cudney

Broken Heart Attack (Braxton Campus Mysteries) by James J. Cudney

About the Book

Broken Heart Attack (Braxton Campus Mysteries)

Cozy Mystery

2nd in Series

Independently Published (November 25, 2018)

Paperback: 270 pages

ISBN-10: 1731310501

ISBN-13: 978-1731310507

Digital ASIN: B07KGGJX1T

When an extra ticket becomes available to see the dress rehearsal of King Lear, Kellan tags along with Nana D and her buddies.

When one of them dies of an apparent heart attack in the middle of second act, Nana D raises her suspicions and asks Kellan to investigate the death. With family members suddenly in debt and a secret rendezvous between an unlikely pair, Kellan learns that the Paddingtons might not be as clean-cut as everyone thinks.

But can Kellan find the killer, or will he get caught up his own stage fright?

About the Author

James is my given name, but most folks call me Jay. I live in New York City, grew up on Long Island, and graduated from Moravian College with a degree in English literature. I spent fifteen years building a technology career in the retail, sports, media, and entertainment industries. I enjoyed my job, but a passion for books and stories had been missing for far too long. I’m a voracious reader in my favorite genres (thriller, suspense, contemporary, mystery, and historical fiction), as books transport me to a different world where I can immerse myself in so many fantastic cultures and places. I’m an avid genealogist who hopes to visit all the German, Scottish, Irish, and British villages my ancestors emigrated from in the 18th and 19th centuries. I frequently blog and publish book reviews on everything I read at ThisIsMyTruthNow via WordPress.

Writing has been a part of my life as much as my heart, my mind, and my body. I decided to pursue my passion by dusting off the creativity inside my head and drafting outlines for several novels. I quickly realized I was back in my element growing happier and more excited with life each day. My goal in writing is to connect with readers who want to be part of great stories and who enjoy interacting with authors. To get a strong picture of who I am, check out my author website or my blog. It’s full of humor and eccentricity, sharing connections with everyone I follow—all in the hope of building a network of friends across the world.

When I completed the first book, Watching Glass Shatter, I knew I’d stumbled upon my passion again, suddenly dreaming up characters, plots, and settings all day long. I chose my second novel, Father Figure, through a poll on my blog where I let everyone vote for their favorite plot and character summaries. It is with my third book, Academic Curveball,, the first in the Braxton Campus Mysteries, where I immersed myself in a college campus full of so much activity, I could hardly stop thinking about new murder scenes or character relationships to finish writing the current story. Come join in the fun!

  List of Books & Blog

Watching Glass Shatter (October 2017) Father Figure (April 2018) Braxton Campus Mysteries

Academic Curveball - #1 (October 2018)

Broken Heart Attack - #2 (November 2018)

Flower Power Trip - #3 (Early 2019)

  Websites & Blog

Website: https://jamesjcudney.com

Blog: https://thisismytruthnow.com

  Social Media Links

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Broken Heart Attack (Braxton Campus Mysteries #2)Broken Heart Attack by James J. Cudney
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Likable Kellan Ayrwick, widowed single father of a lovely young daughter, once again plays Feckless Hero and demonstrates his proclivity for wrong place, wrong time, allowing author James J. Cudney to showcase his talent at deft and delightful characterization. Since his first excursion in ACADEMIC CURVEBALL, Kellan has forsaken the mean streets and wild lifestyle of L.A. for his home community of Wharton County, Pennsylvania. Now on a one-year teaching contract at his alma mater, Braxton College, Kellan fills his days with teaching, avoiding an Evil Boss, and raising daughter Emma, while simultaneously grappling with the revelations about the death of his late wife Francesca, scion of a Mob family. One member of his adorable feisty grandmother's Septuagenarian Club passes away during a King Lear rehearsal, and who but Kellan would be at her side? She had revealed inadvertently that she had stopped trusting her family members, and her health had precipitously declined. Now she is gone, and nobody but her septuagenarian friends seem to care--except for our Hero, of course. Now if he can just figure out to hunt for clues, relieve the pressure Nana D is placing on him, and avoid the County Sheriff, maybe he can get to the truth of the situation. Maybe.

Mr. Cudney's cozies are immediately enjoyable and entertaining. I hope Kellan Ayrwick, daughter Emma, Nana D and friends enjoy a remarkably long shelf life. It's always a pleasure to encounter them.

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Tour_MOON GAMES by Shelly Frome

Moon Games by Shelly Frome

 

About the Book

Moon Games

Cozy Mystery/Amateur Sleuth

Milford House Press (August 6, 2018)

Paperback: 264 pages

ISBN-10: 1620061848

ISBN-13: 978-1620061848

Digital ASIN: B07G6LN41H

At the outset, Miranda Davis has nothing much going for her. The tourists are long gone by October in the quaint Carolina town of Black Mountain, her realty business is at a standstill, and her weekend stint managing the local tavern offers little to pull her out of the doldrums. When prominent church lady Cloris Raintree offers a stipend to look into the whereabouts of a missing girl hiker on the Q.T, Miranda, along with her partner Harry (an unemployed features writer) agree.

But then it all backfires. A burly figure shambles down a mountain slope with a semi-conscious girl draped over his shoulder. Miranda’s attempts to uncover Cloris Raintree’s true motives become near impossible as she puts up one smokescreen after another, including a slip of the tongue regarding an incident in Havana. The local police keep stonewalling and Harry is of little help.

Tarot cards left on Cloris’ doorstep and arcane prompts on her e-mail only exacerbate the situation. Growing more desperate over the captive girl’s fate, Miranda comes across a link to a cold case of arson and murder. With the advent of the dark of the moon, she is summoned to “Tower Time” as this twisty tale continues to run its course.

About the Author

Shelly Frome is a member of Mystery Writers of America, a professor of dramatic arts emeritus at the University of Connecticut, a former professional actor, a writer of crime novels and books on theater and film. He is also a features writer for Gannett Media’s Black Mountain News. His fiction includes Sun Dance for Andy Horn, Lilac Moon, Twilight of the Drifter, Tinseltown Riff, Murder Run, and The Secluded Village Murders.  Among his works of non-fiction are The Actors Studio and texts on the art and craft of screenwriting and writing for the stage. Moon Games is his latest foray into the world of crime and the amateur sleuth. He lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

Author Links

Website - http://www.shellyfrome.com

Facebook—https://www.facebook.com/shellyfrome

Twitter-- @shellyfrome

  GoodReads --https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1358660.Shelly_Frome

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Moon GamesMoon Games by Shelly Frome
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There's not much I love more than a Feckless Hero. However, in MOON GAMES, I was utterly delighted to discover a Feckless Heroine in protagonist Miranda Davis. This woman in her thirties is so peripatetic, so constantly off-the-track of her life purpose, I'm surprised she manages to run a business (realty) and be employed (part-time at The Tavern), and it's probably no wonder why she finds relationship issues dismaying. However, I did like her and I even empathised with her, thanks to author Shelly Frome's talented treatment. He also kept the suspense turned up high, the tension on the front burner, and the puzzles constantly intriguing, as I continually pondered: "What? What? What? Who? Why? What does each new revelation signify?" I empathized with Feckless Miranda because I was pretty much out at sea too, and that kept me turning those pages, totally intrigued and delighted.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Review_HEMLOCK AND HEDGE by Ruby Loren (WITCHES OF WORMWOOD Prequel)

hemlock and hedgehemlock and hedge by Ruby Loren
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"You can't go home again," orated Thomas Wolfe. If this were a literary novel, the protagonist would return home and take up the family legacy. If horror, the protagonist would return to his/her hometown and confront the Ancient Evil. Well, it's neither: instead this is another delightful relaxing cosy mystery from prolific author Ruby Loren, and the prequel to the WITCHES OF WORMWOOD Series. Snarky and stubborn, Hazel Salem is the last scion of the family: the last of the family period. She only returns to Wormwood because her mother passed and bequeathed Hazel the family house and apothecary business. So here she is, astounded that her mother was ailing, amazed at how little income the apothecary has yielded, and wondering why on Earth she returned to this odd town. She doesn't believe in magic, witchcraft, or black cats. But that doesn't mean none of those disbelieve in her. Ride along for a delightful shift in perception and an intriguing mystery in this lovely little magical community.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Tour_MURDER OF RAVENS BY Paty Jager (Gabriel Hawke #1)

About the Book

Murder of Ravens (Gabriel Hawke) Mystery

1st in Series

Windtree Press (January 20, 2019)

Paperback: 302 pages

ISBN-10: 1947983822

ISBN-13: 978-1947983823Digital ASIN: B07KZ612BY

The ancient Indian art of tracking is his greatest strength... And also his biggest weakness. Fish and Wildlife State Trooper Gabriel Hawke believes he’s chasing poachers. However, he comes upon a wildlife biologist standing over a body that is wearing a wolf tracking collar. He uses master tracker skills taught to him by his Nez Perce grandfather to follow clues on the mountain. Paper trails and the whisper of rumors in the rural community where he works, draws Hawke to a conclusion that he finds bitter. Arresting his brother-in-law ended his marriage, could solving this murder ruin a friendship?
 

About the Author

Paty Jager is an award-winning author of 35 novels, 8 novellas, and numerous anthologies of murder mystery and western romance. All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Her Shandra Higheagle mystery series has been a runner-up in the RONE Award Mystery category, and a finalist in the Daphne du Maurier.

Author Links

Website: http://www.patyjager.net Blog: http://www.patyjager.blogspot.com FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/PatyJagerAuthor/ Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Paty-Jager/e/B002I7M0VK Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/patyjag/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/patyjag Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1005334.Paty_Jager Newsletter- Mystery: https://bit.ly/2IhmWcm Bookbub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/paty-jager Purchase Links - Amazon a Rafflecopter giveaway

Murder of Ravens: Gabriel Hawke NovelMurder of Ravens: Gabriel Hawke Novel by Paty Jager
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

MURDER OF RAVENS is an intriguing mystery set in Eastern Oregon, in the mountains, along the rivers, and in small close-knit communities (read, everybody knows everybody else's business). Gabriel Hawke is a Fish and Wildlife State Trooper, of Native American descent, who loves the mountains and land, his dog, horse, and pack mule. At 52, he is long divorced, happy living alone with his animals, tracking, and solving puzzles that arise in the course of his job. Such a bizarre puzzle occurs while he is tracking what he thinks are poachers, and finds a corpse wearing a wolf-tracking collar, and standing over him, a biologist who studies the wolf population. As he investigates, Hawke learns that no one is really surprised that the man, a restaurant owner, is dead; and that there are far too many potential suspects to easily sort. But Hawke is a determined tracker, and he will find his man--or woman--before long. No crime goes unpunished, and even if the victim was unethical and immoral, murder is still a crime.

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Tour_THE WRONG BOY by Cathy Ace

The Wrong Boy by Cathy Ace

 

About the Book

The Wrong Boy

Suspense/Thriller

Four Tails Publishing Ltd. (January 9, 2019)

Print Length: 307 pages

ASIN: B07KRNGV3R

Perched on a Welsh clifftop, the ancient, picturesque hamlet of Rhosddraig has its peaceful fa├žade ripped apart when human remains are discovered under a pile of stones. The village pub, The Dragon's Head, run by three generations of women, becomes the focal point for those interested in the grisly find, and it’s where layers of deceit are peeled away to expose old secrets, and deep wounds. The police need to establish who died, how, and why, but DI Evan Glover knows he can’t be involved in the investigation, because he's just two days away from retirement. However, as the case develops in unexpected ways, it becomes irrevocably woven into his life, and the lives of local families, leading to disturbing revelations – and deadly consequences . . .

About the Author

Born and raised in Wales, now-Canadian Cathy Ace is the author of the Cait Morgan Mysteries, featuring her Welsh Canadian criminology professor sleuth who travels the world tripping over corpses, and The WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries, featuring a quartet of female PIs, working from a Welsh stately home. Both series are traditional, entertaining, and have been well reviewed.

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The Wrong BoyThe Wrong Boy by Cathy Ace
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The best part of a psychological thriller for me is watching the unfolding revelations of the characters, especially when the protagonist or another character is an unreliable narrator, and either unaware of her/his shortcomings and failings and motives, or simply not confiding in the reader (or both are true). So I delighted in the twisty ways that THE WRONG BOY played out; the reader goes along thinking one version is true, then smack! another version (as interpreted by unreliable narrator), then yet another, another, and so forth. Quite satisfying to read through, holding on to one perception only to find it upended, and this continued throughout the novel. It is said that eyewitnesses are notoriously unreliable; and so it is in THE WRONG BOY, the characters who are eyewitnesses of their own lives (presumably) still fail to perceive truth, and they certainly fail to pass that truth on to others, even their own family members; so that generation upon generation upon generation holds concealed secrets and psychological dysfunction.

THE WRONG BOY is an excellent psychological suspense thriller, set in a stunning location with eons of history, ingrown characters, and a background on which play out the "normal" human emotions and motives, and quite a few not so "normal."

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Tour_ACADEMIC CURVEBALL by James J. Cudney



Academic Curveball (Braxton Campus Mysteries) by James J. Cudney

About the Book

Academic Curveball (Braxton Campus Mysteries)

Cozy Mystery

1st in Series

Independently Published (October 14, 2018)

Paperback: 281 pages

ISBN-10: 172877876X

ISBN-13: 978-1728778761

Digital ASIN: B07HMYSQFH

When Kellan Ayrwick returns home for his father’s retirement, he finds a dead body in Diamond Hall’s stairwell.

Unfortunately, Kellan has a connection to the victim, and so do several members of his family. Soon after, the college's athletic program receives mysterious donations, a nasty blog denounces his father and someone attempts to change students' grades.

Someone is playing games on campus, but none of the facts add up.

With the help of his eccentric and trouble-making nana, Kellan tries to stay out of the sheriff’s way. But who is behind the murder?

About the Author

James is my given name, but most folks call me Jay. I live in New York City, grew up on Long Island, and graduated from Moravian College with a degree in English literature. I spent fifteen years building a technology career in the retail, sports, media, and entertainment industries. I enjoyed my job, but a passion for books and stories had been missing for far too long. I’m a voracious reader in my favorite genres (thriller, suspense, contemporary, mystery, and historical fiction), as books transport me to a different world where I can immerse myself in so many fantastic cultures and places. I’m an avid genealogist who hopes to visit all the German, Scottish, Irish, and British villages my ancestors emigrated from in the 18th and 19th centuries. I frequently blog and publish book reviews on everything I read at ThisIsMyTruthNow via WordPress.

Writing has been a part of my life as much as my heart, my mind, and my body. I decided to pursue my passion by dusting off the creativity inside my head and drafting outlines for several novels. I quickly realized I was back in my element growing happier and more excited with life each day. My goal in writing is to connect with readers who want to be part of great stories and who enjoy interacting with authors. To get a strong picture of who I am, check out my author website or my blog. It’s full of humor and eccentricity, sharing connections with everyone I follow—all in the hope of building a network of friends across the world.

When I completed the first book, Watching Glass Shatter, I knew I’d stumbled upon my passion again, suddenly dreaming up characters, plots, and settings all day long. I chose my second novel, Father Figure, through a poll on my blog where I let everyone vote for their favorite plot and character summaries. It is with my third book, Academic Curveball,, the first in the Braxton Campus Mysteries, where I immersed myself in a college campus full of so much activity, I could hardly stop thinking about new murder scenes or character relationships to finish writing the current story. Come join in the fun!

  List of Books & Blog

Watching Glass Shatter (October 2017)

Father Figure (April 2018)

Braxton Campus Mysteries

Academic Curveball - #1 (October 2018)

Broken Heart Attack - #2 (November 2018) Flower Power Trip - #3 (Early 2019)

  Websites & Blog

Website: https://jamesjcudney.com

Blog: https://thisismytruthnow.com

  Social Media Links

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/James-J.-Cudney/e/B076B6PB3M/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

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Academic Curveball (Braxton Campus Mysteries Book 1)Academic Curveball by James J. Cudney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A cozy mystery with a "feckless hero"! Narrator-protagonist Kellan Ayrwick works for a dictatorial producer in L.A., researching documentary material on the outre. Single father of a six-year-old daughter, widowed, Kellan's relationship with his parents and siblings in Pennsylvania is, to say the least, problematical. His father, president of prestigious Braxton College, is set for retirement, so Kellan returns for a weekend to attend his retirement dinner. Seems simple and easy, but it's not. He and his father are at loggerheads as usual, his mother has become scatterbrained, and Kellan discovers his father acting strangely. Then the individual who insists they meet after the retirement event--a woman who is to provide research material for the program for which Kellan works, but insists she is busy investigating wrongdoing at the college--is found dead in a classroom/office building on campus, the building where his father, the college president, has temporary offices during a renovation. It's all very suspicious, and the mystery deepens.

ACADEMIC CURVEBALL is author James Cudney's fourth novel and the first in his Braxton Campus Mysteries Series.

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Tour_THE CHA CHA BABES OF PELICAN WAY

The Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Way by Frances Metzman

About the Book

The Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Way Cozy Mystery

Wild River Consulting & Publishing, LLC (June 21, 2018)

Paperback: 506 pages

ISBN-10: 9781941948064

ISBN-13: 978-1941948064

Digital ASIN: B07CV2GP9Z

Would you move a dead body for the sake of your best friend? Ask cha-cha babe Celia Ewing, a sixty-five-year-old widow who has just settled into Boca Pelicano Palms, the Florida retirement community of her dreams. When Celia’s best friend Marcy calls her and their friend Deb for help in the middle of the night, they find a naked Marcy trapped under the body of her beau, the community’s board president, Melvin. And he’s dead. The three friends secretly move Melvin back to his apartment setting off a chain of events that will threaten to tear their community apart and send them to jail. Melvin is one of a number of residents who are dying under suspicious circumstances; and soon Celia becomes an amateur sleuth in an attempt to identify what she suspects is a serial murderer.

Filled with humorous, witty observations about retirement communities, the realities of getting older, and the promise of new love, the Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Way celebrates the deep bonds of female friendships, the desire for companionship at any age, and shows us that it’s never too late to learn how to cha-cha through life.

About the Author

Frances Metzman, a graduate of Moore College of Art and a Masters degree from the University of Pennsylvania, co-authored a novel, Ugly Cookies, by Pella Press. Her short story collection, The Hungry Heart: Stories, was published by Wilderness House Press, February 1, 2012. In 2009 she won a nomination for a Dzanc Books award, “Best of the Web.” In addition to publishing numerous (25) short stories in various literary journals, she has a novel published by Wild River Books, 2018, The Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Way. Her teaching credits include Adjunct professor at Rosemont College to graduate school, Temple University at OLLI (creative writing and memoir). Other writing workshops, memoir/creative writing, have been given at universities and colleges such as Bryn Mawr, Penn State, Delaware, University of Pennsylvania, Widener, etc. As fiction editor for a literary journal, Schuylkill Valley Journal, she selects and edits the submissions. Many articles, essays, and stories she writes deal with aspects of society that influences relationships for all ages, including the mature set (sometimes tongue in cheek). Many articles are dedicated to improving attitudes toward the mature folks and address myths about “age appropriate” thinking.

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GoodReads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5871334.Frances_Metzman

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The Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican WayThe Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Way by Frances Metzman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This heartwarming cozy mystery is surprising uplifting; it certainly raised my spirits. The trio of seniors starring in this novel are so unafraid to expose their vulnerabilities to each other, so honest, yet so persevering. They have to deal with bullying and intimidation and slander, just as much as do schoolkids or adults in their 20's or 30's. Apparently the drive to bully and intimidate doesn't recede with advancing age. Marcy, Celia, and Deb are far from perfect, of course, but they are each vibrantly human, and are each aspects of contemporary female life. Deb, who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, was dumped by her controlling husband; Celia, who has suffered from depression, was shunted aside from her daughter Allison by her controlling late husband, who left her scarcely provided for; and Marcy, who once left her family for a guru, finds love in all the wrong places, even at age sixty-five. What draws them together are not only similar pasts, but emotional authenticity, and a shared love for cha-cha. These ladies are truly inspiring. See if this novel doesn't lift your spirits, while you puzzle out the mystery of too many demises in one small retirement community, along with these three women who are thrust into sleuthing in order to clear their reputations.

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