Brief thoughts about books that for one reason or another I just couldn’t make myself finish. Some of these just weren’t for me…others I think were just bad timing. We all know how we go through different reading moods at different times. Despite not finishing them…I did want to share a few of my thoughts about each. Please don’t let my thoughts discourage you from reading or further researching these books. Remember mine is just one person’s humble opinion 🙂
Two cozy mysteries (both the first in a new series) set in the United Kingdom! One involving a bookshop! These sounded like they should have been home runs for me. Sadly they were not.
Plaid and Plagiarism (Highland Bookshop Mystery #1)
Title: Plaid and Plagiarism
by Molly MacRae
Series: Highland Bookshop Mystery #1
Author: Molly MacRae
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: December 6th 2016
Find It: Goodreads
A murder in a garden turns the four new owners of Yon Bonnie Books into amateur detectives, in a captivating new cozy mystery novel from Molly MacRae.
Set in the weeks before the annual Inversgail Literature Festival in Scotland, Plaid and Plagiarism begins on a morning shortly after the four women take possession of their bookshop in the Highlands. Unfortunately, the move to Inversgail hasn’t gone as smoothly as they’d planned.
First, Janet Marsh is told she’ll have to wait before moving into her new home. Then she finds out the house has been vandalized. Again. The chief suspect? Una Graham, an advice columnist for the local paper—who’s trying to make a name for herself as an investigative reporter. When Janet and her business partners go looking for clues at the house, they find a body—it’s Una, in the garden shed, with a sickle in her neck. Janet never did like that garden shed.
Who wanted Una dead? After discovering a cache of nasty letters, Janet and her friends are beginning to wonder who didn’t, including Janet’s ex-husband. Surrounded by a cast of characters with whom readers will fall in love, the new owners of Yon Bonnie Books set out to solve Una’s murder so they can get back to business.
A delightful and deadly new novel about recognizing one’s strengths and weakness—while also trying to open a new book shop—Plaid and Plagiarism is the start of an entertaining new Scottish mystery series.
I wanted to love this one so much! Scotland! American transplants opening a bookshop! Did I mention Scotland?? Sadly this just did not capture my interest at all. The pacing was remarkably slow and the lead up to the mystery just seemed so ridiculous that I couldn’t even continue. This went beyond cozy to silly.
Murder in an Irish Village (Irish Village Mystery #1)
Title: Murder in an Irish Village
by Carlene O’Connor
Series: Irish Village Mystery #1
Author: Carlene O’Connor
Publication date: February 23rd 2016
Find It: Goodreads
A little slice of Heaven on the Emerald Isle…
In the small village of Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland, Naomi’s Bistro has always been a warm and welcoming spot to visit with neighbors, enjoy some brown bread and tea, and get the local gossip. Nowadays twenty-two-year-old Siobhán O’Sullivan runs the family bistro named for her mother, along with her five siblings, after the death of their parents in a car crash almost a year ago.
It’s been a rough year for the O’Sullivans, but it’s about to get rougher. One morning, as they’re opening the bistro, they discover a man seated at a table, dressed in a suit as if for his own funeral, a pair of hot pink barber scissors protruding from his chest.
With the local garda suspecting the O’Sullivans, and their business in danger of being shunned—murder tends to spoil the appetite—it’s up to feisty redheaded Siobhán to solve the crime and save her beloved brood.
Unfortunately this book just wasn’t for me. It didn’t feel like a cozy despite the attempt at a charming Irish village. And the pacing was just too slow. The dialogue was awkward and overall it just felt as if the author was trying too hard.
- Have you DNFed any books recently?
- How far do you go before giving up on a book?
- How many books do you DNF in a year? I used to average 2 per year but this year I hit 5!! I think I just have less patience the older I get!