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A Midnight Puzzle, by Gigi Pandian

A Midnight Puzzle, by Gigi Pandian

A Midnight Puzzle is the third book in the Secret Staircase Mysteries, a delightful cozy mystery series featuring Tempest Raj, a stage magician/illusionist, and her family. The series gets its name from her father’s architecture-and-construction company, which specializes in secret rooms, hidden staircases, and other architectural puzzles. Tempest’s skills in creating and figuring out illusions come in very handy as she and her friends investigate several murders, each involving the Secret Staircase firm’s clients or jobsite in some way.

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Legends & Lattes, by Travis Baldree

Legends & Lattes, by Travis Baldree

Heartwarming cozy fantasy
What can I say about Legends & Lattes that hasn’t already been said? Baldree’s breakout, bestselling debut novel hits the sweet spot for me: low-stakes cozy fantasy, found family, believable (and likeable) main character, interesting secondary characters, and solid worldbuilding with a D&D feel. It’s a well-crafted novel with good pacing and just the right amount of description…enough to bring the scenes vividly to life without overwhelming the action or Viv’s emotional journey.

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The Lantern’s Dance, by Laurie R. King

The Lantern’s Dance, by Laurie R. King

I was very excited to read The Lantern’s Dance, the first new Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes mystery since 2021’s Castle Shade. Once started, I could hardly put it down, staying up until 2:30 in the morning to reach the denouement. Like The Murder of Mary Russell, the novel alternates between past and present narratives, slowly revealing hidden connections that surprised and enchanted me.

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Always Remember, by Mary Balogh

Always Remember, by Mary Balogh

Jennifer Arden, younger sister of the Duke of Whilby, was crippled after a childhood disease left her with a twisted, shortened leg and foot. Deeply loved by her family, she is nonetheless an outsider rather than a participant in the ton, forced by her disability to sit quietly on the sidelines. She has cultivated a cheerful acceptance of her fate, but in her heart, she longs for romance, marriage, children… or simply to walk and dance like other young women.

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The Night Island, by Jayne Ann Krentz (review & excerpt)

The Night Island, by Jayne Ann Krentz (review & excerpt)

Fast-paced, high-octane paranormal romantic suspense I’ve been a fan of Jayne Ann Krentz’s fast-paced, high-octane romantic suspense thrillers for years now, so I always look forward to the next one. The Night Island did not disappoint. In fact, the pacing is smoother than in the previous book in this series (Sleep No More), and the plot is easier to follow.

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Silver Lady, by Mary Jo Putney

Silver Lady, by Mary Jo Putney

Silver Lady by Mary Jo Putney Series: Dangerous Gifts #1 Published by Kensington on November 28, 2023 Genres: Historical Romance Pages: 368 Format: Kindle or ebook Source: the publisher Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Audible Add to Goodreads Also by this author: Sometimes a Rogue, Not Quite a… November 28, 2023 Book Reviews 1 ★★★½

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