Sweet Southern Sleuths: Episode 2: Bag of Bones: Hope Callaghan

Loretta & Lacy Sweet are trying to settle in to their new surroundings. After receiving a substantial inheritance of a trailer park & home, they’ve divided the duties of running both. On their arrival in town, they had discovered a corpse in the bathtub. Not exactly a welcome how-do-you-do. But, apparently, the park has more secrets than they know.

When a trailer park resident leaves, a discovery is made on their lot. No one expected to find a bag full of skeletal remains. It seems that the ladies & Uncle Ichabod will have another case to crack. Ichabod wonders how much the find has to do with a local mobster who recently arrived back in town.

Along with Loretta’s new friend, Officer Gatlin, everyone is crossing their fingers that the trailer park has unearthed its last secret.

Book 2 in the series is as good as it’s predecessor. I’m still confused as to why the mystery starts off strong and then is put on the back burner. This installment also focuses on Loretta the most with Uncle Ichabod a close second. It’s good read, but I wanted a little more mystery in the plot.

As I did with the first, I give it 3 stars.

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Sweet Southern Sleuths: Episode 1: Teepees & Trailer Parks: Hope Callaghan

Twins, Loretta & Lacy Sweet, arrive in the little town of Misery to collect their inheritance. Aunt Tess has passed away & left them a little something to remember her by. Both girls think they’re getting a house. Instead, they receive a house, a trailer park, & some tepees. Of course, the tepees are part of a tourist attraction.

Unfortunately, the twins are also about two receive a few extras. First, the house comes with a stipulation. Uncle Ichabod is the stipulation. Thinking ahead, Aunt Tess added a clause that Lacy & Loretta must allow their Uncle to live out his life in the house. Neither twin had ever even heard of him. But, the bigger shock is surprise number two- a dead body in the bathtub.

Local bad boy, Delbert Rucker, is deceased & lying in the bathtub. Being new to the town, neither lady knows him let alone who might want to kill him. Uncle Ichabod senses a new purpose in life & decides he & Loretta will crack the case. Reluctant Lacy just wants to go home. Never having been close sisters, this development is just too much to handle. Can they get it together enough to solve a murder, run a trailer park, & handle their newly discovered uncle?

This is the first in the ‘Sweet Southern Sleuths Cozy Mystery Series’. I had to laugh as the only other Delbert I knew of worked at my very first job. He was, more or less, my mental picture of the deceased in our story.

Hope Callaghan has crafted a very clean cozy mystery. I was a bit surprised that her story started out as all about Mr. Rucker’s death then switching a more of a story about Loretta. She appeared to be the main character though both sisters were said to be the stars. Poor Mr. Rucker fell to the wayside. However, it’s a good cozy mystery & presented a strong start for the series. It’s 3 stars from me.

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The Beggar King: Oliver Potszch

1662: Jakob Kuisl, The Hangman of Schongau, is summoned to visit his little sister in Regensburg. According to the letter, she’s quite ill & needs her brother along with all his medicinal knowledge. Without a second’s hesitation, Jakob takes off for Regensburg where his sister & brother-in-law operate a bathhouse.

Meanwhile, in Schongau, Magdalena & Simon are being terribly persecuted. Because the Hangman & his family are considered cursed, they’re treated as outcasts. Likewise, Simon’s town standing has diminished due to his relationship with Magdalena. Desperate to protect her mother & siblings, Magdalene urges Simon to run off with her. Under the premise of starting a new life, they, also end up in Regensburg. However, Jakob initially has no idea they’re there too.

Soon, Jakob will be tremendously glad to see them! After his arrival, he discovers a murder has occurred & the powers-that-be are convinced Jakob’s done it. Now the tables have turned on the hangman as he has become the condemned. It’s up to Simon & Magdalena to save the day. No one was aware of the corruption & underhanded tactics swirling around Regensburg. Before it’s all said & done, Simon & Magdalena will get caught up in world of underground beggars, repercussions from The Great War, & shady dealings with the Bishop. But, can they save Jakob’s life?

‘The Beggar King’, apparently titled after a character who appears midway through the book, is definitely an unexpected turn in the series. Readers see a more in depth look at what took place during the Great War. Prior to Book 3, we have little info about Jakob the Mercenary. By far, this one is the most brutal to date. There is a lot of death & a ton of torture.

For the most part, the majority of the plot is cloak-and-dagger as Magdalena & Simon launch their rescue plan for Jakob. The cast of supporting characters is at time creepy & definitely a unique bunch. There a quite a few subplots, too, which adds to the original plot without overshadowing it. However, there wasn’t enough mention of him to justify the book’s title. I definitely could think of several more relevant titles.

As for the violence, there was probably a bit more included than was necessary for plot development. The series itself is violent to a point, but many of the details could’ve been reduced. Again, the novel is very lengthy. Perhaps leaving out some of the violent, torture descriptions would have shortened it a tad.

For the most part, if one ignores the gore, it’s a good plot continuation for the series. I definitely liked that the author included so much character development. It certainly takes skill to make a villain (The Hangman) into a hero. I give this one 4 stars.

 

 

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The Dark Monk: Oliver Potzsch

A Hangman’s Daughter Tale Book 2

January 1660 A.D.: Having survived their last escapade, Hangman, Jakob Kuisl, his daughter, Magdalena, & her love interest, Simon, have gone back to their normal everyday lives. When Simon is summoned to aid a sick, local priest, he assumes it’s a simple case.
He couldn’t be more wrong.
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