Monday, March 31, 2008

48. Who Creamed Peaches, Anyway by Stevi Mittman

About the book

Teddi usually ignored Drew Scoones's warnings to stay out of his cases
After all, who in her right mind would give up steamy post-arrest debriefing sessions with Detective "Swoons"? But when Drew's partner is accused of murdering Peaches Lipschitzaka the "Hooker Housewife"the department promptly takes Drew off the case. Now he's looking at a major lifestyle change and finally doing the one thing that really rattles Teddi proposing marriage!
So "Long Island's Most Dangerous Decorator" is doing the impossible: "breaking up" with Drew to investigate on her own and making her snobbish mother happy for the first time ever. And she's finding that slipping Drew clues undercover is as hot and dangerous as revealing Peaches' secret clientele. But Drew isn't going to stay sidelined for long or let one irresistible interior decorator get away scot-free.

This is the last book in the series...It took awhile but Teddi finally grew on me..I found the books to me all over the place at times, but I did end up liking them. Or maybe I just like that fact that I finished all of them...I will have to give this some thought.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

47. Stalked by Brian Freeman

About the book
Lieutenant Jonathan Stride knows his partner Maggie Bei is in trouble when she reports a deadly crime on a bitter winter night. She’s obviously hiding a terrible secret, and her silence only feeds suspicion. Maggie isn’t the only one keeping secrets in Duluth. A seductive young woman has disappeared, leaving behind a stash of lurid fantasies and a cryptic message: I know who it is. Following a twisted trail, Stride uncovers a sordid web of violence and voyeurism that someone is willing to kill to keep hidden. Stride isn’t alone. His lover Serena Dial – a homicide cop turned private investigator – is chasing a blackmailer who knows all the city’s dirty secrets. Even Maggie’s. But as Stride and Serena hunt for a killer, a predator with a vicious past is hunting them – with a terrifying plan for revenge. Now every step they take to expose the truth brings them closer to a showdown amid the howling winds of a winter storm. Where survival in the blinding snow is measured in seconds. Where crimes can be buried forever.

Another very satisfying book by Mr Freeman. He never lets me down. I can't wait for the next one. I really hope he is working on it.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

46. Scene of The Grime by Suzanne Price

About the book

This first of a new series introduces newly widowed Sky Taylor, who leaves the big city for Pigeon Cove, a hamlet off the Massachusetts coast, to write a newspaper column on creative cleaning. When she discovers a patron of the Millwood Inn has permanently checked-out, Skys juggling the police chiefs questions with advances from the newest crime reporter in town.

It took awhile for me to get into this book...but I think that was my fault not the books. I ended up liking it Dirty Deeds the second book in the series comes out in July and I know I will read it.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

45. The Secret Between Us by Barbara Delinsky

About the book

Nothing will break this mother-daughter bond. Not even the truth.

Deborah Monroe and her daughter, Grace, are driving home from a party when their car hits a man running in the dark. Grace was at the wheel, but Deborah sends her home before the police arrive, determined to shoulder the blame for the accident. Her decision then turns into a deception that takes on a life of its own and threatens the special bond between mother and daughter.

"The Secret Between Us" is an unforgettable story about making bad choices for the right reasons and the terrible consequences of a lie gone wrong.

I had heard both good and bad about this book. I truly enjoyed reading this one.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

44. A Hole In Juan by Gillian Roberts

About the book

No matter the season, the Philadelphia private school where Amanda Pepper teaches English is never a center of tranquility. But with Halloween and the annual Mischief Night party only days away, the hope is that nothing more than old-fashioned vandalism and pranks will take place.

No such luck. Trouble erupts long before the witching hour, as the school is plagued by a series of mishaps ranging from the trivial to the potentially deadly–and most of which seem to center on a group of popular seniors.

This was probably my least favorite of the series. Maybe I should not have read so many of this series back to back. I am looking forward to reading the last book in the series.

43. Till The End Of Tom by Gillian Roberts

About the book
Shortly after Amanda Pepper slips out of the headmaster's annual address to the student body in Anthony Award–winner Roberts's assured 12th novel (after 2003's Claire and Present Danger) to feature the Philly Prep English teacher, Amanda finds her mind on Steinbeck and her foot on the hand of a comatose man at the bottom of the school's marble staircase. The victim, who later dies at the hospital, turns out to be Tomas Severin, of the Severins, one of Philadelphia's finest old families. Apparently, he drank a cup of tea laced with a date-rape drug before his fatal fall. Amanda and her fiancĂ©, C.K. Mackenzie, a retired cop now a full-time graduate student in criminology, investigate and discover any number of suspects who might have wished Tomas dead. Meanwhile, Amanda's sister, mother and future mother-in-law plague her about wedding plans. Amanda displays a sensitivity to her students that reflects a new maturity. Amusing secondary characters help further the story line rather than confuse it as in less skillfully plotted cozies.

Overall I enjoyed this one.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

42. Whose Number Is Up, Anyway by Stevi Mittman

About the book

Literally, he's had it for every hour of the day for as long as Teddi's known him. So it's no coincidence that minutes after Teddi stumbles accidentally on a corpse in the deep freeze at King Kullen, Detective Dreamboat is back on the scene. Her supermarket snob (among other things) of a mother will never let her hear the end of it.
Nor will Drew, who has told Teddi time and again she's got to stop messing with murder scenes. Until Teddi goes from material witness to potential next victim...
But the woman whose smarmy ex dubbed her "Long Island's Most Dangerous Decorator" isn't going down without a fight. Or going down alone. Not when she's got an oh-so-irritating, way-too-irresistible cop watching her every move...

Ok so now that I only have one book left to read the series is starting to grow on me. As much as I want to read the next installment..I have decided it needs to wait a bit. I think that this book was funnier than the others.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

41. Alibi In High Heels by Gemma Halliday

About the book

In her fourth mystery, shoe designer Maddie Springer jets off to Paris looking forward to her own fashion show and a special French connection with sexy Detective Jack Ramirez. However, Maddie is sure someone is trying to frame her after a top runway model is found dead.

I loved this book and can't wait for the next one to find out what happens.

Monday, March 10, 2008

40. Summer Dreams by Stevi Mittman, KAte Austin and Jennifer Greene

About the book

Three short storys that were not bad. Granted I read this book mainly for the Stevi Mittman story. I am on a mission to finish her books. I am still undecided if the books are humerous or just corny..but I also feel this way about Evanovich. So maybe it is just me. I have two books left. I guess it is up in the air wether there will be anymore since these are Next books and they cancelled the Next line

39. Why Is Murder on The Menu, Anyway by Stevi Mittman

About the Book

What is it with you and murder victims?"
When Drew Scoones asks the questions, Teddi Bayer listens. Her latest decorating job for a restaurant spoiled by a murder, Ms. Bayer might just have to submit to the detective's line of interrogation. After all, her life depends on it.
With a mafia don who's a little too interested in our crazed housewife, it seems as if everyone's got their eye on the Long Island spitfire. Observe the Botoxed mother who can still wound at thirty feet with just a look and a daughter whose bat mitzvah is a disaster in the making.
If Teddi can't save herself, then the dreamy detective slowly putting the screws to her is the next best thing. But she's got questions of her own. Like, where are the handcuffs, anyway?

The latest installment in Teddi's crazy life. I think this series is beginning to grow on me.

Friday, March 7, 2008

38. Demons Are A Ghoul's Best Friend By Victoria Laurie

About the book

Northelm Boarding School on Lake Placid has the worst bully of all-a demon by the name of Hatchet Jack. M.J. Holliday, along with her partners Gilley and the handsome Dr. Steven Sable, are ready to send him back to the portal from whence he came. The school's summer construction, an uncooperative dean, and the very tempting Dr. Delicious are all trying to distract M.J. from her ghost hunting. But with a demonic disturbance as great as Hatchet Jack, she must focus and show no mercyto send him to detention for an eternity-in hell.

I love her other series. This one I am still undecided about. This series seems corny at times..but I did enjoy the book. I am sure I will read the next one when it comes out in 2009

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

37. What Lies In Shadow by Tina Wainscott

About the book
Her blog is one of the hottest on the Web—a place where she can be herself and talk anonymously about her most private needs and desires. Not even her wealthy new husband knows about her online persona. And when Jonna Karakosta learns that he may be cheating on her, she needs her online community more than ever…
Enter “Dominic,” a frequent guest on Jonna’s blog who seems to understand her like no one else. She finally agrees to meet him face-to-face, and he turns out to be better—and more attractive—than she could have imagined. But when Jonna has a change of heart and decides to fight to save her marriage, Dominic refuses to take “no” for an answer.

Very interesting book. I was sucked in from the beginning and had to keep reading to found out what happened.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

36. Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella

About the book.
After taking a nasty bump on the head, Lexi Smart awakens in a hospital convinced that it's 2004 and that she's just missed her father's funeral. It's actually three years later, and she no longer has crooked teeth, frizzy hair and a loser boyfriend.

I really enjoyed this book. Lexi is not Becky but she won me over.

35. The Angel Cravel Lobster by Shirley Jump

About the book

Boston is just the change small-town Indiana girl Meredith Shordon is seeking. Her cousin needs help, so she packs her bags, hoping to shed her country persona. Her first priority is losing her virginity, and at a local bar she believes she has found the perfect candidate: Travis Campbell. Travis has been an avowed swinging bachelor, but after forgetting one date too many, he decides to give up alcohol and women for 30 days. Meredith wants sex with no strings attached. Travis is unwilling to give it to her, choosing to introduce her to seafood instead. He admires her small-town values and tries to show her she really wants something more; then, a side agenda to use her as a test subject for his company backfires.

I enjoyed this series/book. Some wonderful recipes inside.

Chunkster Challenge

1. Almost Dead By Lisa Jackson 419p
2. The Collectors by David Baldacci 436p

Buried In Books A-z Challenge

Almost Dead by Lisa Jackson
Blood Dreams by Kay Hooper
Claire and Present Danger by Gillian Roberts
Wash and Die by Barbara Colley
Death of a Garage Sale Newbie by Sharon Dunn