Month: February 2019

Book Review: The Whispered Word by Ellery Adams

“The Whispered Word” by Ellery Adams is an absolutely wonderful second installment in one of my favorite cozy mystery series! The story is centered upon Nora, a woman with scars both physical and emotional. Nora runs a bookshop and often helps customers heal from emotional trauma by suggesting just the right mix of books. In this course of her life in this book, she encounters a mysterious visitor and (or course) murder.

The mystery is well-plotted, with enough clues and information provided to the reader to keep things interesting, but never enough to make the answer obvious. Nora thinks things through and takes logical steps to solve the mystery, instead of bumbling around and occasionally coming across a clue (like so many cozy heroines are prone to do). This time around, she has the ear (and possible interest) of Detective McCabe, which makes her search for the truth somewhat easier.

The book also shines in the area of characters and their relationships with one another. Nora’s friendships within her inner circle are growing and strengthening, and I enjoy learning more about each woman’s life and story. I especially love the way that these personal journeys are woven into the mystery plotline, and look forward to watching the friendships deepen even more as the group goes on to solve future crimes (which will undoubtedly occur in their cozy town). Nora’s relationship with Jed is explored in more depth this time around, with some wonderful sweet scenes (and one implied steamy one).

Honestly, I can’t say enough good things about “The Whispered Word”. It includes everything a cozy should (including a crew of very oddly-behaving cats), but brings so much more to the table. This is one of those rare cozy series that I would happily read without the mystery. I would enjoy simply reading more about the lives of the characters, and the daily non-murder-related happenings in Nora’s business and town.

Overall, five out of five slices of delectable provolone!

Book Review: The Tiger’s Tale by Kelle Z. Riley

“The Tiger’s Tale” by Kelle Z. Riley is an excellent addition to the series! I loved the first two books, and this one adds a tiger cub and college football to an already winning combination…what more could a reader ask for?

The primary reason this book is so enjoyable is intelligence, both on the part of the author and the main character, Dr. Bree Watson-Mayfield. Both author and character are PhD scientists, as well as smart, witty, women. Bree is able to hold down a serious, demanding job that is actually a front for some undercover spy work, and apply her common sense and research capabilities to solving the murder that takes place while she is working a temporary staffing assignment.

The story itself is interesting and well-paced, with plenty of action interspersed with scenes of Bree actually trying to solve the crime in question using her brain, both alone and with her support team. Unlike many cozy heroines (who often simply go about their lives, ask a few questions here and there, and sometimes stumble over actual clues) Bree tackles her investigation head-on, with a great deal of thought, planning, and organization. She also pro-actively works with the police, comparing notes and discussing theories, which is a welcome change of pace from the typical cozy.

Bree’s spy boss/potential love interest is out of town for most of this book, which causes her to spend more time with (and consider more seriously) her second love interest, Detective James O’Neill. Bree’s dynamic with both men is interesting, and she is attracted to each for different, but valid, reasons. I find this one of the more interesting cozy triangles I’ve come across, as I honestly cannot pick a favorite!

All in all, I really enjoyed the book. I liked all the standard cozy tropes, but appreciated the more intense and serious nature of this mystery. Bree is an entertaining and likable character, and I look forward to her next adventure.

5 out of 5 chunks of the most delectable gouda!