Jinx & Tonic book review

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It’s 7:12 pm as I am beginning to write this review.  Clearly, this means it’s the best part of the day.  The socially acceptable drinking part of the day!  In other words, this post is brought to you by a glass of syrah. I just finished reading Jinx & Tonic the third Magic & Mixology Mystery series book. Full disclosure, I received the book as an advanced reader copy.  However, double full disclosure, I love Gina Lamanna the author of the Magic & Mixology Mystery series and the Lacey Luzzi Mafia Mysteries, among other things. I read her books before I was a book blogger, and will continue to read them if I ever stop being a book blogger.  In other words, you should read her stories. So, on to the review. Jinx & Tonic book review As mentioned previously, this is the third book in the series. Want to know what I think about the other two books? Great. Here are links to my reviews Hex on the Beach and Witchy Sour. Ready to just move on to book 3? Great. For those who don’t already know, a quick synopsis to bring you up to speed. Lily grew up like any one […]

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Any Witch Way You Can book review

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In the spirit of holiday reading, I’d like to share another Halloween themed book.  Again, this is not a ‘scary’ Halloween book, but it is about witches, so that counts for the theme.   I know I’ve said it before, but I love theme reading. I always like holiday associated books around whatever season.  Heck, I love getting totally absorbed in a holiday.  When I was in high school and college I worked at a Bath and Body Works store in the mall.  I loved that job because of how seasonal everything was all the time. Now, I still love throwing myself into the seasons with reading, baking, and activities.  I do not do nearly the decorating I would like, but maybe some day I’ll get my act together more. Probably not, but we all need goals, right? Any Witch Way You Can book review This Sunday, I want to share with you the book Any Witch Way You Can by Amanda M. Lee.  Now, I’d like to share that I was skeptical of this book to begin.  I don’t mind fantasy stories, but this story centers around more Wicca style witches.  To each their own, but I like my witches with a […]

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Grim Tidings book review

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This Sunday, I want to talk about the Grim Reaper. Halloween is definitely in the air. Here in Jersey City, people are decorating their homes. There are Halloween specials on TV. And in the book blogosphere, scary books are all the rage. Therefore, I’d like to share with you my review of Grim Tidings by Amanda M Lee. Grim Tidings book review Grim Tidings is the first story featuring Aisling Grimlock, a Grim Reaper in training. See, all of Aisling’s family are ‘reapers.’ As many women, in all male families, do – Aisling tried to escape. She tried to forge her own path. However, fate dragged Aisling back to the reaping business kicking and screaming. She’s not going to take it lying down though. Aisling decides to fight back from the inside. While her brothers may just go and collect souls, Aisling takes to talking to the ghosts of the souls she is there to collect. This obviously leads her to both hilarity and headaches. Not to mention, leading Aisling to hunky detective Taylor who is torn between wanting her and wanting to arrest her. I started the Grim Tidings book after having read Amanda M Lee’s, Wicked Witches of […]

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The Tourist book review

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Normally, I post book reviews on Sundays.  This Sunday, I hoped to post a review of The Tourist by Olen Steinhauer.  However, for some ‘life’ reasons I was not able to get the post written and posted in time. I’m ready to return to my normally sort of scheduled programming. Therefore, instead of my normal pre-amble on a review post, I’ll get right down to business. The Tourist book review This is a book for people who love stories about spies.  Milo Weaver is an American spy.  We join him later on in his career, where he isn’t so commonly going out into the field to spy, he has more of a desk job these days.  However, an investigation of one of his old friends pulls him out from behind the desk to fall back on his old trade skills. I picked this book because I love the Showtime series Homeland.  (PS I cannot wait for the next season!) If you like Carrie, Saul, Quinn, and co., you’ll love this book. Milo is not exactly a loveable character.  Even after the end of this first book, I don’t feel like I am really pulling for him.  Nor is the story […]

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‘Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy book review

'Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy book cover

Turns out, I love books about assassins / spies.  I started with the typical action thrillers like Tom Clancy, James Rollins, and Jack Higgins.  Recently, I’ve told you about reading “Game Changer” by Douglas E. Richards and I’m currently reading “The Tourist” by Olen Steinhauer. I really enjoy these books.  The plots are always fast paced and drama is terrific.  However, I don’t relate much to the (often) middle aged, ex-military, man  who is the protagonist. Well, more and more we are seeing a new brand of female kick-ass females in these roles.  The books usually take a lighter tone.  Frequently, there is more humor, more family, and more character development (and dependency) then in the male lead books.  All things I like in a book. I shared my thoughts on “Louisiana Longshot“: A Miss Fortune Mystery by Jana DeLeon the other week.  And today, I’m going to review a similar series that I also really enjoy The Greatest Hits Mysteries Books by Leslie Langtry.  ‘Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy book review The first book in The Greatest Hits Mysteries Books is “‘Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy.”  This book is about Gin Bombay, a single mom, PTA member, concerned sister, and assassin.  Her […]

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Book review: Things a Little Bird Told Me


I have not been in love, or all that intrigued, but any of the books I read recently.  I am not really into posting negative reviews or reviews for things that I don’t think you should bother with reading. So, I dug through other things I’ve read over the last few months and thought I’d share a review about “Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mind” the Biz Stone autobiography. Oh, you know Biz Stone, the Twitter guy.  Yes, yes, that Biz Stone.  He wrote a book.  It’s good.  It is not the sort of thing I would typically read, however my old boss and I went to see him speak in London.  He was an engaging speaker.  One of those people who really make you feel inspired to do better in your own life. Review “Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mind” is a reflective piece on how Biz Stone got to be a successful tech entrepreneur.  Normally, I would find a book like this hard to relate to and might not give it the time of day.  His life seems so alien to me. However, he makes his story so […]

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Suckered (Lacey Luzzi Mafia Mystery) book review

Suckered a Lacey Luzzi book review

In this Sunday’s post, I review the new Lacey Luzzi Mafia Mystery book, Suckered. This weekend was my grandmother’s 90th birthday.  We had a big party for her with family and friends from all over.  She is an amazing lady.  She still walks faster than I do, she can still beat me in scrabble, and she is one of the most no-nonsense people I’ve ever met. Coincidentally, I received an advanced reader copy of the new Lacey Luzzi Mafia Mystery, “Suckered“.  Lacey Luzzi books often feature mysteries where Lacey is looking into her family and her past.  In the beginning, Lacey connects with  her grandparents and learns to be part of their family.  Lacey’s background could not be further from my own. Review If you haven’t read the Lacey Luzzi Mafia mystery books, I highly recommend you start at the beginning with “Scooped” or Sprinkled.  The progress of the novels helps you appreciate the character and plot development. In “Suckered”, we find Lacey heading to Italy.  She is on a job as part of her new independent protection/crime solving services.  Additionally, she also makes time to find out more about her family roots while in Italy. As I mentioned, much of Lacey’s journey […]

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Wreckage book review

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This post is a book review of Wreckage by Emily Bleeker. After finishing Robert Galbraith’s (aka JK Rowlings) Cormoran Strike books the other week.  I felt like I needed a break from book series.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love a book series.  However, sometimes I feel like you just get a bit too invested in the characters with a series.  So, I was looking for a book without too much commitment. Therefore, I started perusing around the trending list of Kindle Unlimited books the other day.  After reading a few synopsis, I landed on Wreckage. Wreckage Review Wreckage is a very apt title for the book.  It is the story of survivors of a plane crash who lived on a remote island for years before being rescued.  Additionally, the story describes the emotional pain the survivors go through both on the island and acclimating to their lives.   The structure of the story is well done.  It is told in a current time perspective, as the survivors are separately doing a TV interview about the ordeal.  This is interspliced with flashbacks to the true story of what happened on the island.  The structure allows for a stark juxtaposition of the truth […]

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Louisiana Longshot book review

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As you know, I turned 30 this week.  I was texting with my friend that 30 seems like a pretty good time to figure out what I’m going to be when I grow up.  Maybe now is the time to really evaluate every decision I have ever made. I mean, heck, I’m 30.  I should have this all figured out, right? So, my friend, let’s call her Anne, texts back.   Anne- Do you have any skills? Me – I can walk really fast and I make good cookie bars. Anne- I see. Maybe you could be an assassin? Me – Because I could poison cookie bars and then walk away quickly after delivery? Anne- Yea, go with that. Otherwise, it’s the more obvious, you have no skills and I felt like if I said stripper you’d be upset. Well, life crisis aside, this reminded me of the terrific series of Miss Fortune Mysteries written by Jana DeLeon.   Review The Miss Fortune Mysteries center on the (mis)adventures of Fortune Redding, a CIA assassin who is undercover in Sinful, Louisiana.  She is hiding out in a small town after her cover was blown on a mission.   In the first […]

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Cuckoo’s Calling book review

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I am in the midst of reading the Cormoran Strike books by Robert Galbraith.  Today, I’d like to talk to you about the first book in the series, “Cuckoo’s Calling.”   I started reading these books after a trip to the beach last week.  Everywhere I looked, people were reading “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”  As I told you before, I am a little unsure about reading another HP book.   All of the social proof at the beach wasn’t enough to push me into the camp of reading the new play (yet).  However, it did make me think about how amazing JK Rowling is at everything. Well, as I was catching up on Twitter.  I saw this Tweet by Sharanya at Inkstined I forgot that Rowling wrote books under a pseudonym.  For some illogical reason, I thought reading the Cormoran Strike books would make me feel included in the JK Rowling party.  (It didn’t work, but really it’s a HP party going on isn’t it? Not JK. ) Review I started the books without knowing anything about the genre, plot, or characters.  Turns out the books are detective stories.  There is no trace of Harry Potter, fantasy, children’s themes, or magic. […]

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