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Review: Potions and Pastries

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Potions and Pastries by Bailey Cates
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

***NetGalley Review***

Katie is out on the town with her her boyfriend, Declan and her Aunt and Uncle when they run into Orla on the boardwalk. Orla is a fortune teller from an Irish Traveler family. Irish Travelers are similar to the Romani (Gypsies). Orla happens to be a customer at their bakery where they sell baked good with a touch of magic added to them.
When Katie and her Aunt run into Orla the next day, something bad happens. Orla is struck by a car and killed. What made Orla step in front of it? Katie, Declan, her Aunt and Uncle, and the rest of the witchy coven help her figure out if she was under a spell or was it something else that compelled her.
During all this one of the coven members is a real estate agent trying to show Katie and Declan a house for them to move into but Katie doesn't want to leave the home she is in now. There isn't room for them both. Orla had told her she was going to hav…

Review: Turkey Trot Murder

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Turkey Trot Murder by Leslie Meier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

***NetGalley Review***

It's November and Lucy is training to run in the Turkey Trot 5K. She is running early one morning with her dog when she stumbles across a dead young lady that she happens to know. Alison's a college friend of her youngest daughter, Zoe. Everyone is saying the Alison is a drug addict and that's why she was found frozen in a pond. But the few people that really knew her say that she had kicked her pain pill addiction and was clean & sober. Her stepmother is very pregnant and her mother is a little crazy. There is also trouble brewing in town. A famous Chef wants to put in one of his restaurants in Tinker Cove. That shouldn't be a problem. But unfortunately, since he is Hispanic there are people who want to keep him from doing it. The main person racist is the victim's father, Ed Franklin. Her husband, Bill, is trying to help remodel the building the restaurant will go in …

Review: Sleep Like a Baby

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Sleep Like a Baby by Charlaine Harris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

***NetGalley Review***

Aurora Teagarden has finally become a mother. She and Robin are the proud parents of a beautiful daughter named Sophie. After a couple months they are finally getting their life into a routine.
Robin has been nominated for an award for one of his books and he is going to the ceremony to see if he's won. Aurora stays home to be with their newborn. On the morning that he's set to leave Aurora wakes up feeling sick. She makes Robin go anyway but he calls in a woman that had helped them with Sophie when she was first born. It turns out Aurora has the flu. Virgina is doing a good job at first. With the help of Aurora's brother, Phillip they got her covered. Then one night Aurora wakes up to hear Sophie crying and Virgina is missing. When she goes to look outside for her she instead finds another woman dead in her backyard.
Aurora has another murder mystery to solve. But she has the f…

Review: The Unquiet Grave

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The Unquiet Grave by Sharyn McCrumb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

***NetGalley Review***

The book starts off in 1930 in an asylum for the insane. The lawyer, who helped defend a husband who was accused of murdering his wife back in 1897, has been institutionalized for attempting suicide. He begins his tale of the case to his doctor. Through him and others that were part of the case, we see what happens in 1897. The murdered daughter's mother tells the story of how Zona lead her life before she met her husband, how she met her husband, and the little bit of life she had after their marriage.
Her mother claims that Zona's ghost came to her to tell her that her husband murdered her. So the mother decides to get the law involved. For some reason, I think they didn't believe in her ghost story as much as they thought the husband was acting strangely. So Zona's body is exhumed. The autopsy proved she had been murdered. And so thus begins the trial of the Greenbriar ghos…