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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: Cream Puff Killer (Lexy Baker, #13) by Leighann Dobbs

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Cream Puff Killer (Lexy Baker, #13) by Leighann Dobbs opens with Lexy Baker needing a lift to deliver her pastries to a meeting. Nan and the rest of her gaggle offer Lexy a ride, but they have to get Ruth's Oldsmobile out of storage first. When their Uber driver drops them off, they find a dead body in the storage unit, which causes the police to open up a cold case from years ago.

Although I thoroughly enjoyed this installment of the Lexy Baker cozy mystery book series, the one thing that seemed a bit far fetched is that Lexy, Nans, Ruth, and the rest of their group would take an Uber to get Ruth's car instead of Lexy just taking an Uber by herself for her delivery. I know that this needed to happen for the plot to play out, but this was the one thing that really bothered me about the book.

I thought I knew who the killer was and what the motive was early on, but to my chagrin, I was off base. Once it was revealed who it was, I groaned to myself and put my head in the palm of my hand because I should have seen this from a mile away!

One of the things that made me more happy than it should have was that the main character wasn't making "yummy noises" as she sampled her baked goods. The author has overused this description in previous books in the series, which drove me nuts, so it was a nice change.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed Cream Puff Killer (Lexy Baker, #13) by Leighann Dobbs despite me accidentally reading Ain't Seen Muffin Yet (Lexy Baker, #15) before this book, and I really dislike reading books in a series out of order. I gave Cream Puff Killer five out five stars for being a fun, entertaining read, and it renewed my faith in this series. If you enjoyed this book, I recommend the High Heel Mysteries by Gemma Halliday.

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