Kass’s Reviews of Three Summer Reads (Plus a New Release)

by Kassandra Lamb ~ Three great books for your summer reading pleasure! Plus a reminder to preorder my new release…Goes live this Saturday! (Note: These summer reads reviews are shorter versions; for my full reviews, click HERE.)

Sugar and Vice, A Cupcake Truck Mystery #1, by Emily James ~ Free on KU or $2.99

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Isabel Addington is hiding from an abusive husband and trying to make a living selling cupcakes from a food truck. But both her living and her life are in jeopardy when the old man whose 100th birthday party she’s catering drops dead.

This is one of my favorite authors, but I wasn’t completely enthralled with Isabel at first. However, I really liked the unusual premise of a cozy’s protagonist escaping abuse.

As the story unfolded, I liked her better, as does the handsome detective who is trying to decide if she is a killer.

The Medium of Branden Bay, A Ghost Cozy Mystery, by Kelly Mason – $2.99, Free on KU

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Can’t say that I’m crazy about this cover; it makes the story seem more fluffy than it is.

I’m not a huge paranormal fan but I do love a good ghost story, and this one is very good indeed.

Set in a lovely seaside town in England, it has a touch of humor, some quirky characters, a likeable protagonist and the requisite cat.

And a house full of ghosts—which, the protagonist discovers to her dismay, she can see.

With some interesting twists, this fun mystery left me wanting to read more about Becky and Brandon Bay.

Murder In the Meadow, A Never Too Late Mystery #1, by DonnaRae Menard ~ $5.99 (I think it’s worth it)

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Not crazy about this cover either

Grandmothers and inheritances seem to be a theme this month. Only in this book, the main character Katelyn Took has inherited a dilapidated farm, seventeen cats, and an addled old woman Kate has never met before.

All Kate wants is to sell the place and get back to her own life, which is definitely not in the hometown she fled ten years ago. But there are a few obstacles, the main one being that Gram’s death in the meadow may not have been an accident!

The plot is interesting, but the best thing about this story is the characters. Some of them are quite quirky (especially the four-legged ones), but mostly they are very real.

(You can also order the paperback HERE and support your local bookstore!)

That’s it for today, folks! Hope you enjoy these summer reads! (Again, for somewhat more detailed reviews, check them out on my website HERE.)

And here’s my New Release…

To Bark or Not To Bark, A Marcia Banks and Buddy Mystery, #12

Just because you’re paranoid…

Service dog trainer Marcia Banks-Haines tackles a locked room mystery in a haunted house, while training the recipient of her latest dog.

The border collie, Dolly has been trained to clear rooms for an agoraphobic Marine who was ambushed in a bombed-out building in Syria. But the phantom attackers in his psyche turn out to be the least of his troubles when Marcia finds his ex-wife’s corpse in his master bedroom, with the door bolted from the inside.

Was it suicide or murder? Marcia can’t see her client as a killer, but the local sheriff can.

Then the Marine reports hearing his ex calling for him to join her on the other side of the grave. Is his house really haunted, or is he hallucinating?

Marcia has lost a client to suicide before. She’s not going to lose another!


Posted by Kassandra Lamb. Kassandra is a retired psychotherapist turned mystery writer. She is the author of the Kate Huntington psychological mysteries, set in her native Maryland, and the Marcia Banks and Buddy cozy mysteries, set in Central Florida. Plus she has started a new police procedural series, also set in Florida—The C.o.P. on the Scene mysteries. And she writes romantic suspense under the pen name of Jessica Dale.

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