Monday, November 15, 2010

Dru's Cozy Report: November Reading List

Welcome to Dru's Cozy Report. I will be sharing, on a monthly basis, my views on current cozy mysteries. This month, I'm skating around rare books and fundraising.

The Lies That Bind by Kate Carlisle is the third book in the “Bibliophile” mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian (Penguin), November 2010

When it comes to rare books and antiquities, Brooklyn Wainwright is a master. Which is why she's returned home to San Francisco to teach a bookbinding class at Bay Area Book Arts. Unfortunately, BABA director Layla Fontaine is a horrendous host who pitches fits and lords over her subordinates. With the help of her beau, British security officer Derek Stone, Brooklyn manages to put up a brave face and endure. Unfortunately, someone else is not so forgiving. Layla is found dead of a gunshot wound, and Brooklyn is bound and determined to investigate. But when Layla's past ends up intertwined with Derek's, Brooklyn realizes that the case is much more personal than she thought—and that the killer might want to close the book on her for good.
This time Brooklyn is back in San Francisco and the living isn’t easy, especially when friends are injured and she finds, not again, a dead body. But guess who’s in town, none other than Derek Stone, the sexy security specialist who has stolen her heart. Finding time to solve the crime is easy but finding time alone is nerve-whacking and fun. This was the best book yet in this series. As Brooklyn gathers clues, we are taken on a tour of San Francisco, the wine country and we get a peek inside the world of rare books and bookbinding. You can’t help but be glued to the pages as you search out the killer along with Brooklyn. The characters, the dialogue, and the humorous anecdotes make this an entertaining and engaging story.

Visit Kate Carlisle's website at

FTC Full Disclosure - I bought my copy of "Lies That Bind"

Skating Around The Law by Joelle Charbonneau is the first book in the new "Rebecca Robbins" mystery series. Publisher: Minotaur Books, September 2010

Rebecca Robbins is a woman on a mission—to sell the roller rink she inherited from her mother and get back to Chicago. Fast. However, when she discovers the dead body of the town’s handyman headfirst in a rink toilet, potential buyers are scared off. Now Rebecca is stuck in a small town where her former neighbors think she doesn’t belong, living with her scarily frisky grandfather, Pop, and relying on a police department that’s better at gardening than solving crimes. Eager to move forward with her life, Rebecca begins investigating the murder herself, reluctantly accepting help from Pop and his extensive social network, which includes a handsome veterinarian and a former circus camel named Elwood. Nevertheless, someone isn’t happy she’s looking into the case, and their threats will have her questioning whether playing sleuth was such a good idea after all.
We meet Rebecca who is in her hometown long enough to sell the skating rink but when she finds the dead body of the local handyman, her dream of leaving fades. With the sheriff more concerned about his garden, Rebecca takes it upon herself to search for the killer and enlists help from her rambunctious grandfather, his friends and the sexy veterinarian to put the killer on hold. What a great debut novel. This is a story filled with clever dialogue and wonderful characters. You are so involved in following Rebecca around as she assembles clues, that you don’t see the killer until it’s too late. This was a delightful and enjoyable story that will charm you out of your skates.

Visit Joelle Charbonneau's website at

FTC Full Disclosure - I borrowed "Skating Around The Law" from the public library

Fundraising The Dead by Sheila Connolly is the first book in the new "Museum" mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, October 2010

At the museum, a few missing documents could be a major embarrassment. When a collection of George Washington's letters is lost on the day of the Society's grand gala, heads will certainly roll...but no one expects an archivist to be found dead. Fundraiser Nell Pratt is frustrated when the Society president—whom she also happens to be dating—doesn't seem to be pushing for an investigation. And when Nell goes digging for answers herself, she just may uncover a long, rich history of crime.
When a board member asks Nell to look into missing documents, she immediately seeks help from the museum's archivist. Later, when Nell stumbles upon his body and finds his notes, Nell concludes that something is amiss with the archivist’s death and instead of one mystery; there are two mysteries to unravel. This book starts out slow, but once the murder mystery comes into play, the story kept my attention and I couldn’t put the book down. A betrayal of trust leads Nell and Marty to ply their knowledge of the inner workings of the museum and set in motion a plan to solve both crimes. With the FBI looking into one aspect of the crime and the women engaging in tactical support, you’ll have a fun time watching them bring this case to a close with some unsuspecting twists. This is a good start to a new series.

Visit Sheila Connolly's website at

FTC Full Disclosure - I bought my copy of "Fundraising The Dead"

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Brandy said...

Very good recommendations! The Skating Around the Law book is going on my TBR list! Thanks Dru!

Merry Lu said...

Thank you, Dru, these all sound exciting. I'm having a hard time getting any work done because of all the great mystery books I keep finding.

Tonya Kappes said...

Great reads Dru!! I haven't seen the Fundraiser series. NOW I MUST GET IT!

Heather Webber said...

Wow! These look like some amazing books. I need more time to read (whine, whine!).

Mary Kennedy said...

Dru, I love these choices. I reviewed the first of the Bibliophile Mysteries when I was writing for the Examiner and I received an ARC of Joelle's wonderful book. Sheila's terrific book is on my TBR list...a great line0up!

Mason Canyon said...

Always enjoy your reviews. I have two of these great books in my TBR stack. Now I'll have to add another. :)

Thoughts in Progress

Janet C said...

I think we may be "separated at birth" or, at the very least, our reading lists are. Read the same books and felt the same way.

Debra said...

I am definitely getting the Kindle version of a couple of these books - the bibliophile and fundraising ones. Thanks.

Leann Sweeney said...

Dru, I just love your cozy reports. Thank you for supporting my habit! :-)

Vickie said...

Excellent! One is on the nightstand, one is on the WWBL and the third is going on ASAP! Thanks!

Cecile Smutty Hussy said...

Hey my friend! Popping in to say hi to you over here!!!! Hope all is well! Hugs!

Mare F said...

Outstanding. I have all of them on my shelf right now. I'm looking forward to a peaceful, book-filled Thanksgiving and now I know which books I'm going to read first. Thanks.