Short Reviews

Title: Grace Under Pressure
Author: Julie Hyzy
Source: Publicist
Rating: 4 out of 5

Julie Hyzy’s Manor House Mystery series takes us Marshfield Manor, which is a home, a museum, and a hotel.  Grace Wheaton is the assistant curator of Marshfield Manor, who has to take over when the curator is murdered.  As part of her new position, Grace takes it upon herself to discover who murdered her mentor, Abe.  Grace Under Pressure is an appealing cozy mystery with a great main character. Grace is easy to like, and readers will enjoy her exploring her own family history while also trying to solve the murder. The mystery itself is well done, and the final outcome will likely surprise readers.  This is a great start to what looks to be a fun, well written series, and I can’t wait to read the second book which releases in June.

Title: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Author: Mary Roach
Source: Library
Rating: 4 out of 5

I listened to Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers on audio for two reasons:  first, I’d heard amazing things about the audio production (the narrator is Shelly Frasier, it runs 8 hours, and it’s unabridged).  Second, I didn’t think I could deal with the disgusting details that Roach was sure to revel in within the pages of a print book.  For me, audio was definitely the correct choice.  I found the entire book fascinating.  It was definitely difficult at times (I found I couldn’t listen to it while I was cooking, as I normally do), but Roach has such a humorous and curious way of looking at things that I couldn’t help but just go with it.  If you’re easily grossed out or have a sensitive stomach, steer clear of this one, but otherwise, you should consider giving it a chance.

Title: The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears in Paris at the World’s Most Famous Cooking School
Author: Kathleen Flinn
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5

In The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry, Kathleen Flinn puts her life on hold in order to pursue her dream:  attending Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris.  Flinn gives the reader a great taste of what it’s like to live in Paris, but most of the book is centered on the school.  She delivers wonderful descriptions of the chefs and her fellow students, and she doesn’t shy away from the more difficult part of the cooking courses.  Flinn also injects enough of herself into the narrative to give the book a personal warmth.  The best part of the book, though, is the food.  The food descriptions are wonderful, and it’s really interesting to see everything through the eyes of a Le Cordon Bleu student.  While I would have loved a more in depth look at Flinn’s life in Paris, this is a fun, easy memoir that foodies should definitely pick up.

Title: The Long Quiche Goodbye
Author: Avery Aames
Source: Publicist
Rating: 4 out of 5

The Long Quiche Goodbye is the first installment in the cheese shop cozy mystery series.  Charlotte Bessette has taken over her grandparents’ cheese shop and completely reorganized and redesigned it.  At her grand opening party, her landlord who has threatened to evict Charlotte is found murdered, and Charlotte’s grandmother is the prime suspect.  The Long Quiche Goodbye is a fun novel; the descriptions of cheese are mouthwatering and the town is full of an eccentric cast of characters.  Charlotte is a talented amateur sleuth, asking the right questions and talking to people the police wouldn’t necessarily consider.  This is a great start to a fun new series. 

Comments

  1. I loved Stiff!! Nice selection of books.

  2. I loved Stiff!! Nice selection of books.

  3. Stiff is one of those books I want to read but know I won’t get around to. Maybe the audio is the way for me to go. Thank you for the recommendation!

  4. Stiff is one of those books I want to read but know I won’t get around to. Maybe the audio is the way for me to go. Thank you for the recommendation!

  5. I really enjoyed The Sharper Your Knife the Less You Cry too. Definitely a mouth-watering read!

  6. I really enjoyed The Sharper Your Knife the Less You Cry too. Definitely a mouth-watering read!

  7. I loved Stiff and am reading Packing for Mars right now. I just love Roach and find her writing style so very intriguing. I also can’t wait to read The Sharper Your Knife the Less You Cry, since I have heard such wonderful things about it and really love foodie books. Great mini-reviews!

  8. I loved Stiff and am reading Packing for Mars right now. I just love Roach and find her writing style so very intriguing. I also can’t wait to read The Sharper Your Knife the Less You Cry, since I have heard such wonderful things about it and really love foodie books. Great mini-reviews!

  9. I’m glad you listened to Stiff! I read that with my bookclub a few years ago and it provided some great discussion.

    I think I need to check out the Sharper Your Knife!

  10. I’m glad you listened to Stiff! I read that with my bookclub a few years ago and it provided some great discussion.

    I think I need to check out the Sharper Your Knife!

  11. I’m a huge fan of Mary Roach but this would not be the best choice when eating or cooking!!!

  12. I’m a huge fan of Mary Roach but this would not be the best choice when eating or cooking!!!

  13. I’m glad you liked Stiff; it’s one of my favorite nonfiction reads!

  14. I’m glad you liked Stiff; it’s one of my favorite nonfiction reads!

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