Book Review: Finlay Donovan Rolls The Dice (Finlay Donovan, #4) by Elle Cosimano

Finlay Donovan Rolls The Dice (Finlay Donovan, #4)  by Elle Cosimano opens with Finlay Donovan and her nanny, Vero, planning a trip to Atlantic City to pay off some debts, find Javi, and retrieve a stolen car.  But first, they come up with a cover story that backfires miserably.  Finlay and Vero have to be clever and sneaky to accomplish what they set out to do, but will they have to come clean? Thank you, NetGalley, for the Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) of Finlay Donovan Rolls The Dice (Finlay Donovan, #4) by Elle Cosimano.  This is one of the books I was most excited about being able to read before it was in stores.  I received the eBook for free in exchange for my honest review. The fourth installment picks up where the last book ended and ties up the loose ends from Finlay Donovan Knocks Them Dead (Finlay Donovan, #3)  . . . so much so that I thought that this was going to be the last book in the series.  However, Finlay Donovan Rolls The Dice ends up having a couple of cliffhangers,

Book Review: Irish Coffee Murder by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, and Barbara Ross

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Irish Coffee Murder by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, and Barbara Ross is a collection of three novellas featuring the Lucy Stone series, Haley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery series, and Maine Clambake Mystery series.  Each story takes place in Maine and has a theme of St. Patrick's Day.

I'd like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the Advanced Readers Copy of Irish Coffee Murder.  I'm a huge fan of Leslie Meier and Lee Hollis, so I was thrilled to be approved to receive it for free in exchange for my honest review.  I am now a fan of Barbara Ross.

Irish Coffee Murder (Lucy Stone, #28.5) by Leslie Meier opens with Lucy being tasked to cover an Irish Step Dancing School and their upcoming regional competition called a feis.  When one of the dance moms is found dead, rumors start to spread about the ex-husband being the murderer.  I loved this novella particularly because I used to be an Irish Step Dancer and competed in a couple of feis.  I had my suspicions of who actually was the killer, and I was correct in who I thought it was.  The only complaint I had is that wigs aren't a requirement at a feis . . . at least, not the ones I competed in.  Five out of five stars.

Death of an Irish Coffee Drinker (Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails, #15.5) by Lee Hollis opens with Hayley Powell agreeing to cater an after party for comedian Jefferson O'Keefe.  When Jefferson collapses after drinking an Irish coffee, Hayley knows she must find out who poisoned him.  I enjoyed this novella because I had no idea who the murderer was and was led astray by all the red herrings.  I also really liked the characters in this story. Five out of five stars.

Perked Up (Maine Clambake, #10.5) by Barbara Ross opens with Julia Snowden and her friend Zoey settling in for the night to watch a movie and drink some Irish Coffees when the power goes out due a snowstorm.  Neighbors and family decide to gather at the Snowden home and tell ghost stories to pass the time.  Everyone gets into a disagreement about the story told about a founding family and who murdered the husband.  Julia decides to investigate this ghost story that is really based on a cold case from 150 years ago and finds out who the killer was and what happened to the rest of the family.  There are so many reasons why I loved this novella, but the biggest reason is I love that the characters were telling ghost stories and delved into a cold case.  All the characters had good reason to believe a particular person was the killer, so I had no idea what to believe and loved the conclusion that brought closure to the case and revealed who the killer was.  Now, I can't wait to go read the other books in the series.  Five out of five stars.

I gave each and every novella in this collection, Irish Coffee Murder by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, and Barbara Ross, five out of five stars and highly recommend it to people who love cozy mysteries.  These authors are the best of the best.

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