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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: Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #27) by Joanne Fluke

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With Easter fast approaching, Hannah Swensen is overwhelmed with all the catering orders coming into her bakery and all the dinner parties she's attending. To make matters worse, her sister, Andrea, gets into a fight with Mayor Bascomb, who is found murdered later that night. Will Hannah be able to clear Andrea as the prime suspect in Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #27) by Joanne Fluke?

Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #27) by Joanne Fluke is the first book I've read by this particular author. I received the ebook for free from Goodreads.com in exchange for my honest review, and I was excited to give this series a try as I've heard good things about it.

Overall, I enjoyed the book and thought the concept was a great one. Of course, Andrea is going to be the prime suspect in the murder of the mayor since she was last seen fighting with him, but I knew that she wouldn't end up being the murderer. As the book progressed, there were a couple of clues that were dropped that made me suspect one particular character, and I was correct in who it was. There were a couple of other suspects, but I didn't really think that they committed the crime. And, I can't wait to try out some of the recipes within the book!

There are only a couple of complaints that I have. Since I haven't read any of the other books in the series, it was difficult for me to keep up with how people were related to each other. However, I don't think this would have been an issue if I had read the series in order. Another complaint I had was the number of new recipes that Hannah was making and was going to sell them without trying them. How many new types of cookies, cupcakes, pies, and cakes can there really be? And, why wouldn't she try them to make sure they tasted okay before selling them? Something that bothered me, but really isn't a complaint, is the way the conversations were written. They seemed a little repetitive. As a side note, when Hannah made the statement that the hot chocolate from the Keurig was just as good or better than homemade hot chocolate is, I was dumbfounded as I have to disagree with that statement.

I gave Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #27) by Joanne Fluke four out of five stars, and I will give several of her other books in this series a chance. If you enjoyed this particular book, I'd recommend Cream Puff Killer (Lexy Baker, #13) by Leighann Dobbs.

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