Ya’ll… You know how I adore my cozy mysteries. They are some of my favorite reading. As I’ve been putting together this Spook-Tacular Month of posts, I began thinking about my cozy mysteries- and trying to remember some good Halloween ones. I found a few- just in case you like your mystery to be on the light side (and perhaps want to cook up some sweet treats for Halloween!) Continue reading
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Stirring The Plot
It’s Halloween time in Crystal Cove- and Jenna has The Cookbook Nook all ready for the most spook-tacular season! With Crystal Cove having many stores setting up Halloween displays and events- everyone is excited for the Halloween season. No one is more excited than the Winsome Witches, though, who host a major fundraiser each season. The Winsome Witches are a group of local women- and they always have a great time. Until……………. Continue reading
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Murder of a Needled Knitter
Finally, finally, finally Wally and Skye are married. After dating for what feels like forever- the wedding bells have rung and it’s now time for the honeymoon! Skye cannot wait- the cruise sounds amazing. Skye is picturing moonlit walks, having fun in the sun with Wally and all the other wonderful things that a cruise offers……. and then she sees something that may just make her honeymoon not quite the dream time she longed for. What (or shall I say who) could put a damper on a newlywed’s honeymoon? Continue reading
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Inherit the Word
It’s time for Grill Fest and the contestants are getting restless. Natalie and Lola are sparring back and forth- first over a chef, then over who will win the Grill Fest. Tempers are running high and the competition is fierce…… and deadly. When Natalie is found in the alley, all the people at Grill Fest wonder who killed her.
This is it. The 17th book in this series has broken my will to read another book in this series. The love triangle that will never end has killed my book loving soul.
Cozy mysteries are some of my favs to read- they are light, fluffy, dashes of romance and small-towns with interesting characters. They are series, so you, the reader, gets plenty of time to know the characters. That’s the good thing about cozy mysteries.
Cozy mysteries deal with s-e-x & romance in variously different ways. Some (Lucy Burdette’s KEY WEST FOOD CRITIC, for example,) the main character is looking for love. Others (Kate Collins’s FLOWER SHOP mysteries- the main character has found love and is married). Different ones have different ways to acknowledge the relationship between a man and woman- some do it with a “wink and nudge”, others are a teensy bit more in your face about it (but never to the point of a 50 Shades situation). Joanne, though, chooses not to acknowledge. At all. Her earlier books had a couple of mentions of some romance- but the past few, she has stalled. The love triangle between Hannah, the main character, and her 2 suitors have cooled considerably. Now it’s like they are all good friends and Hannah occasionally wonders which one is right for her.
Lots of readers like the “clean” aspect of Joanne Fluke’s stories and I have to say that is fine with me. But, after 17 books, 17 books in which she is “dating” both the single male characters in this series- it is time. Time to make a choice. Time to pick someone. This carrot of who she will pick has been dangled 1 too many times- and it’s time for an end.
Why did I read this last book? I want to see a resolution. I want to feel that my time spent with Hannah was worth something and not fruitless.
I’ve been a Hannah fan for some time (but I’ve always given out tough love when it comes to Hannah- see: Joanne Fluke, Hannah Swensen and the “love triangle that needs to end“.
After this last book, BLACKBERRY PIE MURDER, I’m just at the end of the rope. I’m convinced that Joanne Fluke has no intentions of ending the triangle and will continue to write about Hannah, Mike and Norman “dating” for the rest of their lives.
Joanne, wherever you are, I hope sincerely that you are reading the reviews of the book, that you are reading the Amazon reviews- not to have your feelings hurt- but to see that there are people out there who really have enjoyed this series in the past and wish that there would be some changes, some fresh air breathed back in the series. Most of us like Hannah and wish to see her grow as a character.
How many books do you think is too long for a love triangle? Share your thoughts by commenting!
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T
Today, Traveling With T is a stop on the DAYS OF WINE and ROQUEFORT by Avery Aames blog tour sponsored by Escape With Dollycas. This tour has multiple stops- guest posts & giveaways! There is a big, huge tour-wide giveaway happening (with a great prize- 4 Cheese Shop Mystery Books PLUS the 1st book in the Cookbook Nook series- written by Daryl Wood Gerber, who you know as Avery Aames!) Continue reading
Hayley Snow is a character that Lucy Burdette created. And I don’t like to play favorites- but Hayley is in my top 5 fav cozy mystery characters. Maybe it’s her food critic job, or the fact that she has been unlucky in love (and I can relate). Perhaps, it’s because she rides a scooter everywhere and I think that is so cool. But, maybe, just maybe- it’s Hayley and her love of having her tarot cards read. Continue reading