A June 2012 Berkley release is HOT BUTTON, A Button Box Mystery, by Kylie Logan (ISBN: 978-0-425-25135-5). Many of us have attended conferences either for fun or for work and button collector Josie Giancola is the chair for an international conference for button collectors. She has planned for everything but murder. When her key note speaker winds up dead in the hotel's linen room, all eyes are on Josie. This is when the real ride begins. Intertwining histories, old grudges, and surprise suspects will keep the reader entranced until the very end. An excellent summer time read that includes antique button collecting tips if this is an interest of yours. I give it a rating of 4.0.
Three Obsidian June releases are:
DEAD MAN WALTZING, A Ballroom Dance Mystery, by Ella Barrick (ISBN: 978-0-451-23734-7). This series is quick witted and clever. The main character, Stacy Graysin, is down to earth and gorgeous. When she finds out her ballroom instructor, Maurice, is a prime suspect in the death of Corinne Blakely, a grande dame of international ballroom dancing, and Maurice's ex wife, the whole dance world is in an uproar. In order to clear Maurice's name and protect her dance studio from further negative reviews, Stacy need to kick it up into overdrive. But with her tenacity and loyalty, no one will remain standing. Although I figured out who done it early on in the story line, it was still a charming story and the ending will leave you waiting for the next book to see what is going to ultimately unfold!
QUILT OR INNOCENCE, A Southern Quilting Mystery, by Elizabeth Craig (ISBN: 978-0-451-23733-0). This is a first release of a new series. Retired folk art curator Beatrice Coleman knows everything there is about quilts except how to make them. She has moved to Dappled Hills, NC, to be closer to her daughter and has been asked to join a quilters club. But when she finds herself in the midst of a store closing and the landlord, Judith, dead, she may have bitten off more than she could chew. But her new townmates are depending on her expert eye for detail to help unweave the path of evil that has come over them all. But can she do it before her own life is on the line? This is a great debut for a new series about mystery and friendship. I look forward to the new release to see what this group of quilting women will get into next. The quilting tips are a huge bonus as well! Rating: 3.0
MONK: MR. MONK IS A MESS, An Original Mystery Novel, by Lee Goldberg (ISBN: 978-0-451-23687-6). Mr. Monk is a Mess is another great addition to the Monk series. When Monk and Natalie, his assistant, return to San Francisco, Natalie finds someone has been sleeping in her bed. And then got herself killed in her bathtub. And left stolen federal money under her mattress. Natalie needs Monk to help her out, but he is having trouble of his own. His brother's girlfriend is missing and wants Monk to help find her, since he cannot leave his house. As the body count continues to rise, it is clear that Yuki's disappearance is tied to the deaths, but they need to find out how, and fast. Thankfully, that is how Monk solves murders. Quickly. This is a typical Monk read with one surprising twist near the end. You won't want to miss it! Rating: 4.0
Stay tuned for some more great summertime mystery reads!