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Book Review: Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice

Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice is a young adult horror novel originally published in April 1997.  Marnie and her cousin Peter drive up to the mansion that Marnie's father rented for the summer ahead of her father.  When the cousins arrive at the mansion called Stonycraig and settle in, Marnie is nervous because she thought she saw a shadow in one of the windows.  Then, she starts hearing a woman crying late at night.  Are the stories about Stonycraig being haunted true? This is a book I originally read as a teenager, and I remember being impressed by the storyline and writing.  I recently decided to reread it as an adult to see if it was as good as I remembered.  I have to say it was phenomenal.  Well-written and unputdownable.   Even though there were parts that came back to me as I made my way through Music From The Dead , I still found it to be perfectly eerie and creepy.  There was even a little bit of romance but nothing inappropriate for a tween or teen.  The only com

Book Review: The St. Valentine's Day Cookie Massacre by Elisabeth Crabtree

book review of St Valentines Day Cookie Massacre  Elisabeth Crabtree

The St. Valentine's Day Cookie Massacre (Hatter's Cove Gazette Mystery, #1) by Elisabeth Crabtree opens with Kat Archer being assigned to cover the grand opening of Miss Dolly's Cookie Jar and Sweets Emporium  by the Hatter's Cove Gazette in Hatter's Cove, Florida. What is supposed to be an ordinary assignment, turns into a treacherous investigation when one of the employees at the 'Cookie Jar' is found dead.

What's not to like about this first book in a series? I absolutely fell in love with The St. Valentine's Day Cookie Massacre, and I can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series. Although, it's considered a cozy mystery, it has a bit of everything in the story, including a bit of humor. It was such an enjoyable read and one that I could see turned into a television series. One can hope, right?

For such a quick read, I was pleasantly surprised that the characters were as developed as they were. The writing was done in such a way that it played like a movie in my mind, and I felt like I was right there with the characters. The only negative thing I can say about The St. Valentine's Day Cookie Massacre was that I was able to figure out who the killer was easily, but it didn't detract from the story.

Five out of five stars is what I gave The St. Valentine's Day Cookie Massacre (Hatter's Cove Gazette Mystery, #1) by Elisabeth Crabtree. I can't wait to see what the next book has in store for me. If you liked this book, the I recommend reading Spying in High Heels (High Heels, #1) by Gemma Halliday.

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