Out of Play

Out of Play

By Joy Norstrom

4 out of 5 chickadees singing!

When I read the hilarious plot summary of this book, I knew I had to get it. Gillian is fed up with her husband, mainly because of his hobby of LARP (live action role play). Her husband, Ralph, dressed up in costumes with like-minded individuals and pretends to be a character like a banshee, knight, etc. Gillian starts seeing a therapist to get help for this issue and is shocked when she advises that Gillian go on a LARP’ing trip with her husband.

Gillian ends up not telling Ralph she’s going to come along and volunteers as a kitchen wench. She acts like she’s taking her therapist’s suggestion, but she can’t help spying on her husband. She gets herself into some crazy situations and meets some, um, interesting people.

This book was completely unpredictable, which I was not expecting. It was a welcome surprise. It was also very funny, with the characters and situations. Yet it somehow also managed to do justice to the serious topic of a relationship on the rocks. A good read.

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Jeopardy in July

Jeopardy in July

By Barbara Venkataraman

Genre: Cozy mystery

5 out of 5 chickadees singing! I was given this book and am voluntarily reviewing it. These Jamie Quinn books just keep on getting better! Jamie stumbles upon another mystery when her client’s painting turns out to be a fake, but with a legitimate letter of authenticity. She also gets a job at an assisted living facility to present seminars about wills. As the old people pull her into their drama, she gets closer to uncovering something big about the painting.

This mystery was really well-written and thought out. The foreshadowing and clues were well done. I liked the quirky characters, both old and new. The plot moved at a good pace and kept my interest the whole time. Jamie has a good heart and as a result, the books can have murder and still feel heartwarming. This book definitely left the series open to another adventure and I’m so happy about that! I’d recommend these books to anyone who likes cozy mysteries.

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