Hearse and Buggy (Amish Mystery, Bk 1) by Laura Bradford aka Elizabeth Lynn Casey (library copy ... I purchased a copy at LitFest, but figured why not read the library copy since it was here?) -
Claire has moved to Heavenly, Pennsylvania where the "English" and Amish worlds meet. The setting was interesting (I've done the tourist thing in a place like that, though more Midwest). The detective had a particularly interesting backstory. I wasn't so drawn to Benjamin as Claire seemed to be, though. While he seemed like a nice guy, I kept thinking, "What's she thinking? It's an impossible - or at least incredibly difficult - scenario." Regarding the mystery, it was interesting. I guessed the murderer, but some surrounding mysterious going ons." Anyway, I enjoyed the introduction to Claire and gang and look forward to getting to know them better in book 2, Assaulted Pretzel (due out March 2013).
Corpse in the Crystal Ball (Fortune Teller Mystery, Bk 2) by Kari Lee Townsend (library copy) -
The first book in this series, Tempest in the Tea Leaves, left a good impression on me due to lack of preaching (and apparently despite some other things that I didn't remember until re-reading my comments just now), so I was pretty eager to read this addition to the series. Sunny jumped to a couple conclusions that I wouldn't have been so quick about, but otherwise the story went well. I guessed the murderer but nothing to do with motivation or surrounding events. Regarding characters, I'm still fairly hesitant about the detective. Sunny's parents are still annoying, though scarce. And Sunny's Granny is a fun addition to the story. We'll see what happens next in Trouble in the Tarot, also due out March 2013.
Brownies and Broomsticks (Magical Bakery Mystery, Bk 1) by Bailey Cates aka Cricket McRae (library copy) -
First, I have to say the cover is great. Despite being über pink-and-purple I'm drawn to it every time I see it. Anyway... on to the actual contents of the book. I liked the story. While I liked Katie she seemed a bit more, um, meek than I might have expected. I'm sure that's not entirely true since she wasn't meek about seeking answers regarding the murder. Maybe it was a nick in her self-confidence that I was sensing. Whatever the case, I did find the setting and characters interesting. Regarding the love interest triangle (because there almost always is anymore. Both the above books also have one), I got the feeling she was more into Declan over Steve. Just thought I'd mention is was the opposite for me. Guess I'll have to read the next book, Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti (due out December 2012), to learn more.