Cliffhanger (The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries #1) by Amy Saunders

Making her grand re-entry into Portside, Rhode Island, Belinda Kittridge expected fun, sun, and sugar cookies.

Instead, she gets one jilted lover braced for round two, an old rival on the hunt, and the murder of a former classmate and friend. Even worse, Belinda must return to the events surrounding a tragic sailing accident to set things right.

But new possibilities emerge in the form of security expert Bennett Tate. Between her connections and his know-how, they’re bound to catch the killer – and kick the skeletons out of the closet for good.




Favorite Quotes:

“We could buy them an ice pick.” “And you’re complaining that nobody uses a bread maker?” “Hey, there is more than one use for an ice pick.” Victoria grinned. “Could come in handy past the honeymoon period.” “Yes, let’s buy the happy couple their future murder weapon.”

Bennett Tate was unfolding like origami. Deceptively simple on the surface. 




3 stars

Eh, this one was only okay for me.  I kept feeling like I was missing something while reading it.  Like things were getting skipped over and I had to keep going back saying, “Wait, how did we get here?”

The MC was a too breezy, I couldn’t really take her seriously.  Her manner was almost melodramatic.  And the near misses and the stalking were a bit over the top.  Also, I kept getting confused between Belinda and Bennett’s names.  They were too similar and it threw me out of the story.  So I was already half out of it by the time I got to the climax.

It just seemed that something that happened ten years ago wouldn’t take so much head space for so many people.  I guess I couldn’t suspend my belief on this one.

And the love interest was underwhelming for me. It lacked spark for me, there was smoke, but no fire.  So I was left wanting in that department and that makes for a cranky Carla.  Grrrr.

All in all, it was ok.  I don’t think I will be reading anymore of this series but I might try another my this author.

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A Cutthroat Business (A Savannah Martin Mystery #1) by Jenna Bennett

a-cutthrat-businessBlurb: Everyone has warned new-minted realtor Savannah Martin that real estate is a cutthroat business. But Savannah doesn’t think she’s supposed to take the warning literally … until an early morning phone call sends her to an empty house on the ‘bad’ side of town, where she finds herself standing over the butchered body of a competitor, face to face with the boy her mother always warned her about.

Rafe Collier is six feet three inches of testosterone and trouble; tall, dark, and dangerous, with a murky past and no future—not the kind of guy a perfect Southern Belle should want to tangle with. In any way. But wherever Savannah turns, there he is, and making no bones about what he wants from her.

Now Savannah must figure out who killed real estate queen Brenda Puckett, make a success of her new career, and avoid getting killed—or kissed—by Rafe, all before the money in her savings account runs out and she has to go back to selling make-up at the mall.

book bingo



4 Stars

This blurb is misleading for me.  For instance, the  “making no bones about what he wants from her.” is wrong.  Maybe I’m dense but it didn’t seem he wanted anything from her. Actually it seemed he was indifferent to her.   And she made it very clear from the beginning that she wasn’t into him.  They both seemed very cordial to each other, I never felt any goosebumps from their interactions and she was dating someone else during their meetings anyway.  So that knocked a star off right away since its classified as a romance.

Other than that, this book was a pretty quick read for me.  A clean NA Mystery that was very fun to read and solve.  OK, so I never figured out the whodunit, having to wait till the end and see.  But its the journey my friends, the journey!

I really enjoyed how flawlessly Savannah was able to get info out of people.  It didn’t seem forced or awkward. Her southern belle charm was so over the top as to be funny to me. She was so ridiculously polite and very demure, but it was intentional.  Therefore her going out of her comfort and investigating this murder on her own was pretty neat to experience with her.

Rafe was no one special to me, I actually got annoyed with him pretty early on. His flirtations were half hearted and incomplete to me.  It was like he was just doing it for the attention.  Trying to get under her skin for the sake of getting under her skin.  Which turns me right off.  He did take helping her seriously, which I appreciated.

All in all, I wouldn’t classify this as a romance in the slightest, but its a great mystery.

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