Time to get some cozy mysteries into my system. The first being from a series that was new to me and which positively surprised me, the last being part of a series which, so far, I very much enjoyed, but which, I'm afraid to say, I now find on the slightly annoying side.
Button Holed (Kylie Logan)
Thoughts. It can't be good finding a dead Hollywood star in your button shop, though finding a button where it doesn't belong ignites Josie's investigative skill. As far as themes go, this is as quirky as it can get. A fresh and fun narrative plus a likable cast will make me watch out for more of this series.
Random quote. "And I promise not to talk about buttons," I told him. "If you promise not to talk about murder."
"Oh, I don't know!" Nevin put a hand on my shoulder to usher me down the street. "When it comes to murder ... Josie, I think we finally found something we have in common."
Verdict. Enjoyable light cozy not just for buttoned up readers!
Roast Mortem (Cleo Coyle)
Thoughts. A coffeehouse goes up in flames, so naturally it couldn't have been a mere accident, not with Clare Cosi around. I liked learning more about Mike's family background, but the coffee-talk is getting out of hand, the plot felt too contrived, and somehow the persistent sleuthing just plain annoyed me.
Random quote. I continued forcing myself to drink the vending machine coffee. About a hundred years ago cowboys used to heat ground coffee in a sock placed in a pot of simmering water. When their campfire coffee was ready, they'd pour it into a tin cup. I'd never tasted boiled cowboy sock coffee, but I was absolutely sure it tasted better than this.
Verdict. Not the best brew of one of my favorite cozies!