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    Enjoyable

    I have to admit that this is the first book that I have read in this series and although it is a happily standalone story I feel that I should have read the others first to get the maximum enjoyment. I have however read many of Dale Mayer's books and I love the fact that she has such an eclectic collection. This is a lovely gentle story but with serious elements. Doreen is an ever so slightly eccentric amateur sleuth who shares her home with Thaddeus, a talking parrot, Muggs the dog and Goliath the cat, she is recently divorced and has moved into her Nan's house. Nan is a real sweety who has moved into a retirement home but still has all her faculties, her quick mind and her sense of fun. Doreen's house is bursting at the seams with priceless antiques that Nan has collected over the years, her plan was that Doreen could sell them and use the money to re start her life. A cold case grabs Doreen's attention, it is the disappearance 8 years ago of an eight year old girl, Doreen's time is divided between trying to keep her antiques safe until she can sell them and using her talent for solving mysteries to find out what happened to the missing girl ( much to the annoyance and sometimes amusement of Mack, the local police officer). There is definitely a chemistry between Doreen and Mack but if you are looking for a hot romance then this is not the book for you. This is not my usual genre of book but I did enjoy reading it, it has mystery, it has fun and a hint of romance. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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    Footprints, Furniture, and Family

    I’m not sure which of this book’s parallel plots (Footprints in the Ferns AND Furniture under the Floorboards) held more interest for me (loved them both!), but it seems the common theme here is family. As Doreen walks down Nan’s memory lane with all the memorabilia she comes across in clearing out Nan’s antiques for a major auction house event, she is filled with love for her sweet-yet-still-sassy grandmother whose investment in the many valuable pieces of furniture, books, and art was always intended to provide Doreen's financial support for an independent life. The memories she finds date back even to Nan’s Nan, who would leave treats and trinkets in secret drawers and compartments for her own granddaughter to find. Doreen’s excitement as she continued to discover things in places she didn’t even know existed in the old house was incredibly exciting for me as well. Of course, between sessions with the antiques experts, Doreen cannot clear her mind of the footprints recently found at what looked like a foiled child abduction that were a match for the footprints found outside the scene of an unsolved disappearance of a young girl ten years ago. In this storyline, we see a couple of examples that show the definition of family that transcends traditional genealogy. When Mack is almost run off the road, the family known as Goliath, Mugs, and Thaddeus are the ones who convince Doreen that something bad has happened to Mack. No spoilers here, so as you read about solving the connection between the matching footprints, see whether you can spot the family theme there as well. Good luck and good reading! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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    Footprints in the Ferns

    As long as you read the stories in sequence they are a real treat. All of this series are complex enough to keep a reader going because of their comedy as their unusualness.
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    Love Doreen and her menagerie

    The adventures continue for our Doreen, Thaddeus, Mugs and Goliath and we must not forget Mack. As Doreen organises her house and get the antiques out of the house, intruders, threats, cooking lessons and a new but old case to solve. As Doreen and her pets continue their escapades into a case, it’s not all it seems by the end and the animals come to her rescue again. I absolutely love Doreen and her animals and I really hope that something happens between her and Mack. They seem so suited for each other. A fabulous read and I can’t wait to see what she gets upto next.
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    Doreen and her quirky furry friends back in action

    I really really love Doreen and her quirky furry friends, these adorable squad back in action again, this time with an eight years old girl kidnapping cold case with only footprints in the ferns as a major clue, although most of the story is about Doreen and all her antique furnitures and her journey to get settled financially than the real cold case, I still enjoying it nonetheless, I love how clueless she is about everything and I love how she's growing to be an independent woman and when the cold case kicks in, everything got more interesting and there's no way to stop reading because my head keeps spinning all the theories. So yes, I love this book. If you love cozy mystery read, you don't want to miss this one.
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