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  • great sample

    This is a great little compilation of several samples of upcoming books. It really got my interest for most of these books and I am anxious now to read the full version of these books when they come out.

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  • Six Cozy Mysteries You Can Sample

    Thank you to the publisher, Minotaur Books, for providing me with a Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) via NetGalley. Readers may opt to buy this sampler to taste the work of each of the six authors. The six samples contain about three chapters each, so the reader isn’t purchasing six entire novels, just the first portions. A sampler such as this allows readers to select books more carefully for eventual purchase. Death of a Showman, by Mariah Fredericks This sample begins with a first-person narrator who has a grown grandson, Leo, and a great granddaughter, Amy. It’s modern day, and together they attend the musical “Cats” on Broadway. After this brief introduction, the story flashes back to the past... It’s the summer of 1914, and Jane Prescott, lady’s maid to young society matron Louise Tyler, is the one telling this story. the author paraphrases entire conversations, a style that creates a bit of distance from the reader. You don’t feel you’re “living” the novel, but hearing about things secondhand. To credit the author, by the end of the sample, I did find myself wanting to “turn the page” and find out what will happen next. Deadly Editions, by Paige Shelton I was hooked right away by the arrival of a mysterious letter asking Delaney Nichols, bookshop owner, to a meeting that afternoon to discuss Shelagh O’Connor’s priceless book collection, presumably for sale. But Rosie cautions Delaney that Ms. O’Connor was once suspected of murder, although never arrested. Bodies and Bows, by Elizabeth Penney Will Bella and Alan give their marriage another try? If this seems a rather bland start to a murder mystery, readers know that beneath the surface of ordinary life, turbulent emotions simmer, just waiting to explode. The publisher’s blurb promises as much, as Bella’s latest fling, Lance Pederson, is killed in a hit-and-run, and evidence points to Bella. Murder with a View, by Diane Kelly Whitney Whitaker wakes up to her head-butting cat and sets off to the Nashville courthouse for a tax auction with her cousin Buck. They want to buy an abandoned one-story motel and renovate it. Their competitor is Thad Gentry, a villainous sort and the owner of Gentry Real Estate. Chilled to the Cone, by Ellie Alexander In Ashland, Oregon, Jules and her estranged husband Carlos try to figure out what they want from their relationship. Carolos has taken extended leave from his work as head chef on a cruise ship, where Jules also once worked. Jules now bakes in her family bakeshop. My mouth watered at the lengthy description of Jules’ signature French toast casserole made with brioche. Fatal Fried Rice, by Vivien Chien This one is my favorite, because I really enjoyed the author’s voice and style. I love that the first-person narrator, Lana Lee, has a black pug dog named Kikkoman. The youngest daughter and manager of the family restaurant, Ho-Lee Noodle House, Lana is taking a Chinese cooking class on the sly. Right! She never learned to cook! I’m smiling already.

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  • Cozy reads

    This was a charming set of samples. All the mystery started easily described the setting and introduced the crime in an intriguing way. I loved the different time periods a few samples brought, especially when they used the dialects of that time when the character communicate. I thought that was a lovely addition. Overall these were all great and they all definitely cozy reads.

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  • Great sampler book

    I enjoyed this sampler and was particularly interested in the second story by Paige Shelton. What a great way to try a few different stories and to see which ones you connect with. Now I'm off to find some Scottish Bookshop Mystery books. I need to find out what happens!

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  • Great way to sample cozies

    As this states, this is a sampler of Cozy Mysteries. Each story leads you down the path of where the story is going and then ends. With each story you read, the more you want to continue on reading to find out what happens. I would have to say the Paige Shelton was my favorite and I wanted to much to be able to read more. I will definitely be picking up each of these stories as they left me hanging and wanting for me. Brilliant job in selling these stories as each one was intriguing with where you left off.

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