Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Rugged and Relentless by Kelly EIleen Hake

Book 1 of the Husbands for Hire series

What a twist!  I have read a number of books with Mail-order brides, by husbands? Nope.. that is a new one and so clever.  3 women find themselves in charge of a dying town after gold-mine goes under. Determined to not loose all they have.. to make bring back the town.. they determine what they need are husbands.  After all, unmarried women cannot own property. So they set out to find husbands in a very businesslike manner.. they place an advertisement in various newspapers.  They expect to be met with replies.. letters.. when they arrive in Hope Falls.  What they find are suitors.. more than they bargained for.. all anxious to be "the one".

Jacob Granger is in Hope Falls, but not to find a wife.. to find a killer.  The women's scheme provides cover for his investigation, but he soon finds himself drawn in... protecting "those fool women" from themselves and the men vying for their attention.

Rugged and Relentless delivers a wild ride in the old West with laughter and love and a bit of danger thrown in.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Where the Truth Lies by Elizabeth Ludwig & Janelle Mowery

I am addicted to cozy mysteries and this was one of the coziest!  Book one in the Massachusetts Mayhem Mysteries, Where the Truth lies is a delightful read that pulls the reader in from the first word and holds on until the end. Casey is devastated at the death of her beloved Aunt and certain that the authorities are wrong in their suicide ruling. If they won't investigate, she will.  After all, thanks to fictional sleuth Brandy Purcell, Casey is an expert in how a murder investigation should go.

As Casey continues to dig, she finds herself in danger and Luke Kerrigan feels the need to step in and protect. Casey does not need anyone's protection.. especially Luke's. He is, after all, on the top of her suspect list!

Casey continues to dig unearthing secrets long thought buried.. secrets that will shake the peacefulness of Pine Valley and hurt those Casey holds dearest.  But the truth has to be known.

Looking forward to book 2!