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Date Posted: 1/31/2021 6:20 PM ET
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I read them. I like the length; too many cozies seem like there is extra filler because the authors have a page goal. 
not as much character growth as in some series.

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I am not sure if we consider this a cozy but I will post anyways

The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Bk 1) :: Laurie R. King 3 stars out of 5.  This book is first in the series and written in 1996. I think if I read it then I would have rated it higher. There are so many Sherlock Holmes book out now the concept gets a bit repetative. It it is very well written. All of our favorite characters show up Dr. Watson, Mrs.Hudson and Mycroft. Sherlock Holmes has retired from his former life so he bit softer character. Set in 1915 we have the background of WWI inching to the story. Sherlock takes a young Mary Russell on as an apprentice. You still get lots of Sherlock's logic.  Pleasant read overall.

Has anyone read more of these how our future books? I think there is close to 20 in the series now.

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Date Posted: 2/11/2021 11:46 AM ET
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I started a new series by a new author to me:   Triple Dipped Murder (Sundae Afternoon, Bk 1) Gretchen Allen   It's a very short book, quick and easy to read but the ice cream descriptions yummy!   I have books 4 and 6, now to wait on 2, 3, and 5 before I can continue.

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Alice, I'm up to the 11th book in the Russell/Holmes series.  They definitely get better.  Actually, the 10th book (The God of the Hive) is by far my favorite, so far.

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This is crazy!  Books 2 and 3 of the series I mentioned above are available on thriftbooks....one is $38.89 and the other one is $80 plus!!!-   No way!!



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I am reading Better Off Read by Nora Page. Set in Georgia about a librarian in her 70's trying to get the library restored. Good so far. I see there are 3 books in the series. Has anyone else read them?

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I read them Alice and thought they were pretty good.

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I really like that series, too.

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Alice, I believe I'll start that series soon........just saying......I was looking for a couple Georgia books to tie a Georgia book into my train.......

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Finished this book starting a new series:  

Matchmaking Can Be Murder (Amish Matchmaker, Bk 1) Amanda Flower   Love it!   I've enjoyed the Amish Candy Shop series by the same author.  This is a spin off of that series......

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Date Posted: 2/19/2021 11:08 AM ET
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I am loving those books too!

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I changed my pick category of the challenge from I have a sweet tooth to I Love Donuts.  As I'm trying to plow through all the Jessica Beck Donut series books I have finally found missing links to, I've already read five this year.  So my choice challenge is now I LOVE DONUTS!

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I finished this book yesterday.   Murder at the PTA (Maya & Sandra, Bk 1) Lee Hollis  I loved it and looked for more in the series.  I found none.  Does anyone know if this is a one and done for this series?

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Date Posted: 2/25/2021 2:37 PM ET
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I read MurderAt the PTA last year and loved it. I do believe #2 is scheduled to be released sometime later this year. Fingers crossed!

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I am reading Sealed Off by Barbara Ross. I really enjoy this series set in coastal Maine.  I have been to clambakes so I understand what they are talking about and love the setting. Great characters too.

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SANDY, I found Lee Hollis facebook page and messaged them.  Got the title of the second of the series and was able to add it to my WL.  They said it's only available for now thru Barnes and Nobles but will be released elsewhere later this year.  And more of the series planned for 2022 and 2023.  Why so long?  Do they not know how entertaining this first book was?  Maybe it's just me.

Murder at the Bake Sale :: Lee Hollis
ISBN-13: 9781496730916 - ISBN-10: 1496730917 - Book Type: Paperback
Wish Date: 2/27/2021 - Your position: 3 of 3 - Last Posted: 01/04/2021 - Estimate: N/A

ALICE,  I love that series also.  I had a SIL from Maine who has passed and always think about her when I read about Maine.

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I've caught up reading all my Donut Shop series except I'm missing books 36 thur 41 before I can read book 42 that's on my TBR.

I used most of them for my I Love Donuts category I chose in the challenge but moved some to next in line and I need a Drink (Coffee and other beverages are sold in donut shops to wash the donuts down).  I can always switch them back if I get more for these categories.

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I just finished Death comes to the Rectory by Catherine Lloyd. Set in 1826 England. Last book of the series. Well written great characters and descriptions. Highly recommed but start with book 1. 

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For those who enjoy paranormal cozy mysteries I finished The Vampire Book club by Nancy Warren set in Ireland. I really enjoyed it. First in the series. Can't wait for book 2.

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I just got done with No Lathering Matter by S.E. Babin.  The MC owns a soap shop and she has an skeleton that's her sidekick. (He's different than Sid, the skeleton in the Leigh Perry series.) She has two sisters who, along with herself, have magical abilities. When bones are found dissolved with lye, naturally, she becomes the number one suspect. A very enjoyable start to a new series.

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Mary, how is this skeleton different than.Sid?   

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Lynn, Harry speaks with a British accent, is more uptight, could be a trapped spirit or soul, and has many secrets.

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Sounds interesting

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I have a question that I hope is not too stupid....if you read a book that fits more than one category, do select one catagory to use it for, or do you use it in multiple categories? Thank you ...

Linda

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I usually use each book in one category.  

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