A few very few of these stories were worth reading These shorts were a real disappointment They ranged from sappy, predictable romance tales to mysteries that kept you on the edge of boredom The editing was poor which didn t help the writing caliber of many of these stories Killer Beach Reads killed my desire to keep turning its pages on the beach or anywhere. Heaven can be described as lying on the beach with the hot sun warming the sand, sprawled out on a beach blanket, listening to the ocean, feeling the sea breeze, hearing the seagulls, and reading a great book filled with lots of cozy short stories Well, heaven can be described like that to many but not to me I can do without the sand and sea and especially the sun All I need is the book filled with short stories and I m happy.Heaven to me is Killer Beach Reads This is a book filled with 22 summer stories by some of my favorite authors, like Anna Snow and Catherine Bruns and some authors who are now on my favorite list, like Leslie Langtry.All 22 of the short stories here are set in the hot summer time with loads of protagonists that have lots of different jobs, none of which is being a private investigator but they all end up becoming one by investigating a murder.The first story pulled me into the book right away In Scout Camp Murder I was introduced to my new favorite cozy author, Leslie Langtry Ms Langtry s main character is Merry Wrath a former spy who was thrown out of the CIA, moved back to her hometown, and became a Girl Scout Leader of 14 little girls Is it really her fault that some of the foreign agents from her spy days are out to get her No But with the help of her best friend, who is also her co leader, and the 14 little scouts and their parents, Merry always gets out of trouble even though she finds dead bodies in many places including her Girl Scout camp.I enjoyed this story so much I immediately read two books in the Merry Wrath series to see if a full book would be as good as a short story They were.In A Killing in the Market Danger Cove Mysteries by Gin Jones Elizabeth Ashby a financial planner returns to her hometown and finds herself in the middle of a murder A pepper farmer, who is allergic to red, green, and yellow peppers, is killed when one of his home grown peppers is forced in his mouth The financial planner helps find the murderer and makes a love connection while she s at it A Spot of Murder by one of my favorite authors, Catherine Bruns, follows the main characters in her Cookies Chance Mystery Series Here fans of the series learn a little background information on the bakers Once again the women also get involved in a murder and help find the killer Great little side story to the very good Cookies Chance Mystery Series Killer Beach Reads also has some romance stories included Usually I m not a real fan of romance stories I mean how can you believe all that love at first glance stuff Reading about a former spy who s now a Girl Scout Leader, now I can definitely wrap my mind around Actually, I did like the romance stories in the book The stories were basically cozies with hunky men filling in the story line Okay, every so often you need man to round things out.The best part of a book of short stories is that it gives you a chance to sample some authors you ve never read before You might even find a new favorite series.Summer is here, the ocean is inviting, and the sand is, er, sandy Grab your sunglasses, a beach blanket, a bottle of cold water, and a copy of Killer Beach Reads and enjoy this big book of cozies It has over 600 pages with plenty of stories to chose from No need to read them in order, I didn t.Pick up a copy of Killer Beach Reads you ll definitely have a good time reading the 22 stories in this wonderful book as you laze about in the summer sun. Read it The best thing about anthologies is that you get an introduction to series characters and an author s style Or if it s a known character , you get a backstory on the main character or one of the sidekicks It s been the impetus to further explore. Too many boring stories in there. Summer Themed Short Stories By Bestselling Mystery And Romance Authors Enjoy Mystery, Romance, And Lots Of Laughter Under The Sun With Shorts From Some Of Your Favorite Series The Perfect Quick Reads For Vacation Lounging Or Sipping Frosty Drinks Poolside Recipes Included Stories Include One Red Cent Miranda Vaughn Mysteries By Ellie Ashe Brunettes Just Wanna Have Fun Gilda Wright Mysteries By Diane Bator A Spot Of Murder Cookies Chance Mysteries By Catherine Bruns Queenie Baby On Location Queenie Baby Mysteries By Christina A Burke Done In The Sun By Mary Jo Burke Hard To Control Hard Targets By Wendy Byrne Lesson In Fear Schooled In Murder Series By Tracy D Comstock Ice Cream Bombes Stolen Thongs Poppy Peters Mysteries By A Gardner Barbecue Bad Juju Culinary Competition Mysteries By Janel Gradowski A Killing In The Market Danger Cove Mysteries By Gin Jones Elizabeth Ashby Dashed To Death Misty Newman Mysteries By Gina LaManna Scout Camp Murder Merry Wrath Mysteries By Leslie Langtry Heating Up The Night Heroes Of The Night By Nicole Leiren Killer Conch Shell Health Nut Mysteries By Patrice Lyle The Pen Is Mightier Proverbial Crime Mysteries By Dane McCaslin Backyard Bar Be Feud Working Stiff Mysteries By Kerri Nelson Mr Montana By Ellyn Oaksmith Motion For Misfits Jamie Winters Mysteries By Kelly Rey Mystic Mojo Mystic Isle Mysteries By Sally J Smith Jean Steffens Blondes Night Out Barb Jackson Mysteries By Anna Snow Caper At Castle Rock Amelia Grace Rock N Roll Mysteries By Anne Marie Stoddard Hours In New York By Stacey Wiedower I kept saying, Just one because I couldn t stop reading This collection of mystery and romance short stories is a gold mine of great reading While I usually shy away from short stories, these are long enough to make you feel like you aren t being rushed through a Cliff Notes version of a real story The authors chosen are sensational ALL of them but especially you G and their works in this collection make me want to read and reread other books they have written To say this is a bargain at the price is an understatement Any one of the stories would be worth the price you pay for all 22 stories So what are you waiting for Grab your copy and run to your favorite reading spot You won t be able to stop reading A good collection.Here is a group of short stories that makes you want to go from one story to the next However you can set it aside at any point you wish. Motion for Misfits 4 stars As curt would say Only Jamie Only Jamie can find a dead body on a vacation, and somehow know it I liked how involved and supportive Curt was Also I have to say in this series, I have noticed, Jamie is never the one to SOLVE the mystery She usually gets lucky or unlucky, based on your perspective The one thing that really frustrated me is we are a good ways in with, literally, no progress in Curt and Jamie s relationship Seriously, this is just ridiculous. Some Good, Some OKThis book is a lite read of little mysteries The book started out with some good little stories but as it progressed, the short stories seemed to become trite and predictable I had a 3 Star rating in mind, and then I came to the final story, 48 Hours in New York, by Stacy Wiedower A great read and a bump up to 4 stars 48 Hours in New York is intriguing and a bit mysterious, though not really a mystery but is a cleverly composed, charming, quirky, heartwarming and fun story about a chance romance in NYC I loved it Great read This was such a great selection of stories, I was hooked It was so nice to read some of my favorite characters in a different way They were all familiar stories yet different
Leslie Langtry is a USA Today Bestselling Author of the Merry Wrath Mysteries and the Bombay Family of Assassins Greatest Hits series She lives in the Midwest with her family and is an active Girl Scout volunteer Her dream is to someday invent calorie free cake.
- Killer Beach Reads
- Leslie Langtry
- 13 July 2017 Leslie Langtry