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Eclectic fan of magical realism, cozy mysteries, tarot and spiritual/mystical works, Faery tales, sci-fi classics, and tons more. Anti-dystopian, really cannot handle violence, despair, or horror. (There's quite enough of that IRL, thank you).

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Dorothy Gilman: The amazing Mrs. Pollifax (1988, Fawcett Crest) 4 stars

Emily Pollifax is bored with her usual volunteering and her garden club meetings. So she …

Review of 'The amazing Mrs. Pollifax' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Another improbable yet exciting and very fun adventure with the unsinkable Emily Pollifax. This was super fun because I traced her travels across TΓΌrkiye with Google Maps, including some sightseeing with the photos included.

Loved the little twist at the end, although the ending did seem a little rushed. Did Gilman have a deadline pending? Oh, well, it was loads of fun. Beware: These are obviously addictive!

Ashley Poston: Dead Romantics (2022, Penguin Publishing Group) 4 stars

Review of 'Dead Romantics' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

A fun rom-com, with a supernatural twist that Ms. Poston managed to make as natural as the wind in the trees. Very enjoyable and even some important ruminations about what "normal" is, what it means to be flawed, impossible humans, and of course death.

A couple of small hiccups in grammar, and occasional clarity (I am very picky), but otherwise deftly paced, and the characters and circumstances were quite believable.

Dorothy Gilman: Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax (1988, Fawcett Crest) 4 stars

Review of 'Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Oh what a delight! Where have you been all my life, Dorothy Gilman & Mrs. Pollifax? Oh, I know the answer to that... I would never have imagined reading a "spy novel." Just not a genre that interests me.

But I am so glad I stumbled across this! Because I love reading about older women breaking out of the mold (especially difficult in the 1960s), and having an adventure or two. Enterprising, somewhat prim, yet steel nerves when it comes to it. She is wonderful, the writing is droll and the plot is mesmerizing. Could not put it down after the first half.

Such fun! Bring on the next one!

Sangu Mandanna: The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches (Paperback, 2022, Berkley) 4 stars

As one of the few witches in Britain, Mika Moon knows she has to hide …

Review of 'The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

If you need a fresh, delicious rom-com with a magical twist, look no further.

This is a gem, with some important things to say about being a Witch, being different, and finding, not just love, but family. Especially when your childhood has been a painful dysfunctional mess.

Worth the long wait on the library's list. A cozy, well plotted, funny and addictive treat.

Review of 'The Vicious Vet (Agatha Raisin Mysteries)' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Oh my goodness! What a romp! Thank you Ms. Beaton, for an Agatha Raisin that rings true, and is so different than the TV series (even though I like it VERY much, too). Clever writing, dry humor, and endearingly flawed people that I want to read more and more about!

Victoria Gilbert: Reserved for Murder (Hardcover, 2021, Crooked Lane Books) 4 stars

Review of 'Reserved for Murder' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I have liked her Blue Ridge librarian mystery series pretty well, so when I ran across this, I picked it up.

Maybe it's because I didn't realize until I was into it that I'd missed the first of the series. But, alas, I was not super impressed.

She does a good job of filling in the backstory necessities I presume were in Book 1, but I never really felt connected to the protagonist, Charlotte. I loved the setting -- was just at Emerald Isle and Beaufort in November. So that was very well done. But something just seemed .. missing somehow. I felt like I knew the details of the B&B's decor more than why I should care about the protagonist or the other characters, really.

However, it was a well-paced, satisfyingly twisty plot, with a few insights into darker side of the competitive world of fan fiction.

Review of 'The Arthurian book of days' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Mid-July update: I am faithfully reading this nearly every day, having begun Jan. 1, 2022. And when I don't, I quickly catch up.. plus I admit I also HAVE to read ahead sometimes.

This is a TREASURE!!! Stories of knights of the Roundtable that I've never ever heard (not that I am all that knowledgeable to begin with), and best of all, powerful stimulus for ancestral awakenings and inspiration. Thank you FOREVER, John and CaitlΓ­n, for all you have given us, including this gorgeous wellspring of story and magic.

Final Update:
Oh how I hated to say goodbye on the afternoon of Dec. 31 (yesterday). What an absolutely mesmerizing daily practice this ended up being. I know that the Matthews wrote this decades ago, but of course that's nothing in comparison to centuries of lore and stories. And for me, it was a revelation -- filled with tales I'd never …

Review of 'The Quiche of Death (Agatha Raisin Mysteries)' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

What a treat! I love the Acorn TV series, so I never got around to reading Ms. Beaton until now. Boy have I ever missed out! I gobbled this down despite holiday activities and other interruptions (lol).

So droll, so intelligent, so hilarious, just brilliantly done. Can't wait to go plowing my way through ALL of them!

Heather Webber: Undeniably Yours (Paperback, 2014, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Createspace Independent Publishing Platform) 3 stars

Review of 'Undeniably Yours' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Okay, I guess. I had to keep stopping and thinking who all the characters were.. starting to lose track. It was more complicated than usual, and increasingly grim circumstances. So I hesitate to call it cozy, but it's Heather Webber and so not overly graphic. Plus there is, as always, love in the air.

As long as I am complaining, I want to say I am pretty tired of her people "crutching" around. Lucy has been on crutches for two books now, PLUS one of the main characters of In the Middle of Hickory Lane was hobbling around on crutches and also wearing a boot, like Lucy's.

Okay, well, it was fun, and I am now ready for a break (but not a broken leg or ankle or foot, thank you ha ha ha!)...