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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Some July Mystery reviews

Get ready for a great month of Mystery Romance releases! This month has a lot of fabulous reads that will get you through the last hot days of summer into fall. Here are a big chunk of reviews for July from publishers Obsidian and Berkley.

Obsidian releases for July 2012:

LETHAL OUTLOOK  A Psychic Eye Mystery by Victoria Laurie. ISBN: 978-0-451-23695-1 July 2012.  When a mysterious client approaches Abby with a crypic message about a young mother who has gone missing, Abby is more than willing to get involved. She and her business partner, Candice, meet with the parents of the missing woman but they refuse to allow a psychic to get involved. But Abby continues on with her eyes wide open.

LETHAL OUTLOOK is a wonderfully written mystery story with surprises, twists, turns, and just the right amount of psychic activity. I love this series in that it builds on itself, but a reader can jump in on any book in the series and catch right on. This one was one of my favorites. The characters were witty and smart, the story line was strong and I was totally taken in by the ending. A definite pick up for this summer.

Reviewed by: Kathy Fisher
Rating: 4 1/2

IN A WITCH'S WARDROBE A Witchcraft Mystery by Juliet Blackwell. ISBN: 978-0-451-23747-7 July 2012. Taking a night off from running her clothing store, Lily attends a local Art Deco ball, where vintage fashions steal the show. But when a young woman at the event ends up under a mysterious sleeping sickness, Lily senses a curse. Before she can solve the woman's magical ailment, she is asked to assist in investigating a string of poisonings in the Bay Area witchcraft community. Soon she suspects someone is not being so well intentioned.

IN A WITCH'S WARDROBE will capture your attention right off the bat. This series has just the right mixture of paranormal involvement with downright common sense. Lily is a strong heroine that keeps the reader hooked on her willingness to go the extra mile to figure out what is occuring. Another great addition to the Witchcraft Mystery series.

Reviewed by: Kathy Fisher
Rating: 4.0

PLOTTING AT THE PTA by Laura Alden. ISBN: 978-0-451-23749-1 July 2012
Beth is excited about the PTA's spring Senior Story Project, which pairs elderly residents with Tarver Elementary students to produce a book that the PTA can sell as a fundraiser. But when she discovers that Amy Jacobson, one of her regular customers at her bookstore, died from bee stings, she is derailed and determined to find out who sent killer bees to kill her friend.

PLOTTING AT THE PTA is a good solid read. It is predictible but is interesting in that the death of Beth's friend triggers the unearthing of an old murder. Following both paths of past and current is interesting and the ending wraps up some pretty nasty business. A nice read to take to the beach, far away from school.

Reviewed by: Kathy Fisher
Rating: 3.0

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