Book Review: Goblin Monday (Goosebumps House of Shivers, #2) by R.L. Stine

Goblin Monday (Goosebumps House of Shivers, #2)  by R.L. Stine opens with Mario Galagos vacationing with his friends and their parents in Vermont.  When Mario finds an ugly stone statue and brings it into the house, he unknowingly starts a war with goblins. Thank you, NetGalley, for the Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) of this book.  I received it for free in exchange for my honest opinion. Growing up, I was a huge fan of R.L. Stine and his Fear Street series.  Having read the first book in this new series and enjoying it, I wanted to see if the second installment was as good as it's predecessor.  Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed and underwhelmed with Goblin Monday . Although the age range for this book is for children aged eight to twelve years old, I actually think it's more appropriate for kids aged six to eight years old.  As the story develops, I kept expecting something scary or suspenseful to happen, but neither of those things happen until the reader has read approxim

Book Review: The Murderous Type (The Bookstore Mystery, #2) by Sue Minix

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The Murderous Type (The Bookstore Mystery, #2) by Sue Minix was published on May 25, 2023 and is about a crime writer named Jen, who has taken over her friend's bookstore.  When the mayor and a local restaurateur die, Eric, a local police officer, becomes a suspect.  Jen knows she has to prove his innocence.

A huge thank you goes out to NetGalley and Avon Books UK for approving me for an Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) of The Murderous Type (The Bookstore Mystery, #2) by Sue Minix.  I love Minix's first book in the series so much, I knew I had to read the sequel.  I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

Where has Sue Minix been hiding?  She is an amazing author, and I have just fallen in love with her mystery series.  I could just gush about her talent as a writer.  This sequel virtually picks up where the first book left off.  With that being said, it can be read as a stand alone novel, and the reader won't feel like they missed anything because the author does such a good job of giving the backstory of each pertinent character without giving away too much of the first book in the series.

Of course, Jen being the main character is my favorite in the series, but I really like the fact that she is an author.  There are times throughout the story that I wonder if the some of the details of her are autobiographical of Minix.  Other characters I like are Jen's friends, Brittany and Eric.  Brittany is a librarian and a bit of a mother hen but in a good way.  At one point in my life, I wanted to become a librarian.  Eric is the perfect guy pal, and I think the reason I like him so much is that he is a runner.  (I enjoy running, and the author seems to know how runners think, so I think she may be one.)

Throughout The Murderous Type, I kept trying to figure out who the bad guy or guys were.  At one point, I thought it was a particular person, but I was wrong.  With that being said, that particular character was involved, but not in the way you'd think.  There were plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing.

Five out of five stars is what I give The Murderous Type (The Bookstore Mystery, #2) by Sue Minix.  Run . . . don't walk to your nearest bookstore to buy this book.  I was entertained by this book, and I can't wait for the next book in the series.

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