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Murder by Death

I read cozy and historical mysteries, a bit of Paranormal/UF, and to mix it up, I read science and gardening books on occasion.

If Onions Could Spring Leeks (Country Cooking School, #5)

If Onions Could Spring Leeks  - Paige Shelton

Not her best effort.  Ms. Shelton can plot a good mystery as well as a very interesting romantic situation, but the dialogue is average and oftentimes shaky - the characters just don't speak naturally, in my opinion.

 

But with each book I become more and more intrigued by Betts' relationship with her boyfriend the detective, and Jerome, the ghost.  It's an angle that isn't going to work for everyone, but I am fascinated and I hope she'll continue to explore the possibilities.  I'm also really enjoying how Betts interacts with the ghosts; I frankly prefer those story lines much more than the present day murder mysteries.  In fact, I probably would have guessed the murderer sooner had I been paying much attention to it, but I was too caught up in the mystery from the past.  I still don't like her grandma much.

 

This book was dedicated to a trauma centre and in the acknowledgments, the author made a vague reference to having a very bad year, so perhaps this weaker fifth book in an otherwise solid series had to take a back seat to more pressing life events.  Either way, I'm going to continue anticipating the next one, if only to see what happens with Betts and Jerome and Cliff.