Saturday, December 15, 2012

Dru's Cozy Report: December 2012

Welcome to Dru's Cozy Report. A slight departure, but this month we have books that I’ve read this past week.

The Light Keeper's Legacy by Kathleen Ernst is the third book in the "Chloe Ellefson" mystery series. Publisher: Midnight Ink, October 2012
Solitude at last! Museum curator Chloe Ellefson leaps at the opportunity to be a consultant for the historic lighthouse restoration project on Rock Island, a state park in Wisconsin’s scenic Door County. Hoping to leave her personal and professional problems at home, Chloe’s tranquility is suddenly spoiled when a dead woman washes ashore. Determined to find answers behind the mystery, Chloe dives into research about the island’s history and discovers the amazing, resilient women who once lived there. But will the link between the past and present turn out to be a beacon of hope or a portent of doom?
I love how the author blends the past and present into a wonderfully written whodunit that captured my attention in this intriguing page-turner that I could not put down. When I open a book by Ms. Ernst, I know that the story is going to take me back to a period long time ago giving me insights in the past on a collision course with the present that will have Chloe searching for clues to a present day crime, and bonus is I get a little history lesson at the same time. This was very enjoyable read with a mystery that was fun to unravel along with Chloe and I look forward to the next book in this terrific series. Visit Kathleen at
FTC Full Disclosure - I bought my copy of The Light Keeper's Legacy

Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich is the 19th book in the "Stephanie Plum" mystery series. Publisher: Bantam, November 2012
After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie’s bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton’s premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it’s on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape . . . or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive. Since the hospital staff’s lips seem to be tighter than the security, and it’s hard for Stephanie to blend in to assisted living, Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur goes in undercover. But when a second felon goes missing from the same hospital, Stephanie is forced into working side by side with Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, in order to crack the case.

The real problem is, no Cubbin also means no way to pay the rent. Desperate for money—or maybe just desperate—Stephanie accepts a secondary job guarding her secretive and mouthwatering mentor Ranger from a deadly Special Forces adversary. While Stephanie is notorious for finding trouble, she may have found a little more than she bargained for this time around. Then again—a little food poisoning, some threatening notes, and a bridesmaid’s dress with an excess of taffeta never killed anyone . . . or did they? If Stephanie Plum wants to bring in a paycheck, she’ll have to remember: No guts, no glory. . . .
This was a very entertaining read as Stephanie is on a trail of a missing hospital patient as she deals with threats coming from Ranger’s past, all to bring some money home. Stephanie, in her most usual way, handles it as she normally does with a few bumps along the way. I know I’m in for some good laughs while Stephanie and the gang are out pursuing their prey, from Lula’s quest for a meal, grandma’s desire to shoot off her gun, and from the two men in Stephanie’s life. This was a fun read and I can’t wait for the next book in this amusing series. Visit Janet at
FTC Full Disclosure - I bought my copy of Notorious Nineteen

Collared by L. A. Kornetsky is the first book in the new "Gin & Tonic" mystery series. Publisher: Gallery Books, November 2012
Ginny Mallard and her shar-pei, Georgie, are about to run out of kibble and cash, unless she digs up another client for her private concierge business. So she heads to her neighborhood Seattle bar, Mary’s, to sniff out an opportunity. Or a gimlet or two. The bartender, Teddy Tonica, is usually good for a round of challenging banter, and Georgie is oddly fond of his bar cat, Mistress Penny. Before she can say “bottoms up,” Ginny lands a job tracking down some important business papers that have gone missing—along with the customer’s uncle. If Ginny hopes to track him down, she’ll need more than her research skills: she’ll need a partner with people skills—like Tonica. This is one dangerous case that’s about to go to the dogs—unless man, woman, cat, and canine can work together as one very unconventional crime-solving team.
This was very enjoyable. An evenly paced drama that explodes with suspenseful tension as to what's going on and will they be able to find a resolution. A chance job brings a new crime solving duo into the cozy genre and I like it, and I especially like the "human owners" element in this story. The banter among the duos was fun and the chance to see the protectiveness of Miss Penny and Georgie was very nice. Gin and Tonic make a great team and I can't wait to see what new job they tackle in this charmingly likable series. Visit L. A. aka Laura Anne Gilman at
FTC Full Disclosure - I bought my copy of Collared

1 comment:

Brandy said...

Sorry I missed your post earlier. Looks like a bunch of really good reads. I love reading your reviews- I get such good ideas for my TBR list!