Book Review: There Are No Dragons In This Book by Donna Lambo-Weidner

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There Are No Dragons In This Book by Donna Lambo-Weidner is a children's book where kids look to make sure there are no dragons in the book.  The expected publication date is March 5, 2024.  I'd like to thank NetGalley for the Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) of this book. I have to say that I was a bit disappointed in this picture book.  I didn't care for the story, and it's not something I would likely read to a child.  I also didn't like that the story actually did have dragons in it only because I feel like a child might be upset that they were mislead.  However, I'm not the target audience, so kids may love it. On a positive note, I did enjoy the colorful illustrations.  It definitely gives the reader a lot to look at.  Three out of five stars is what I gave There Are No Dragons In This Book by Donna Lambo-Weidner. Follow Us On Social Media

Book Review: Clammed Up (Maine Clambake Mystery, #1) by Barbara Ross

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Clammed Up (Maine Clambake Mystery, #1) by Barbara Ross is the first book in a series about a family owned clambake business on an island in Maine.  When Julia Snowden returns home to Busman's Harbor to help her mother, sister, and brother-in-law to help with the family business, she finds a corpse hanging from the banister of their family summer home, which causes the local police detectives the shut the business down.  Who murdered the victim?  Will the Snowden Clambake be able to withstand being closed during the investigation?

Barbara Ross is a phenomenal story teller and weaves such an extraordinary tale that I was completely sucked into Clammed Up (Maine Clambake Mystery, #1). Time seemed inconsequential, and the story played like a movie in my mind.  I have absolutely fallen in love with the Maine Clambake Mystery series.

There were twists and turns aplenty, and I wasn't exactly who the culprit was going to be.  With that being said, I did know that some of the suspects were innocent because they appeared in a later book in the series.  Without a doubt, I was completely shocked at who ended up being the culprit.  The backstories of the characters were interesting and not boring in the least.  I loved the way the small town of Busman's Harbor was painted . . . a very close knit community that is suspicious of outsiders.  This is something I've found to be true when visiting smaller towns around my home state.  The author has painted such a lovely picture of Maine that I now would like to visit the state, especially the coastal areas.

Five out of five stars is what I give Clammed Up (Maine Clambake Mystery, #1) by Barbara Ross.  I am very fond of this cozy mystery series.   It's one of the best in the genre, in my humble opinion.

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