Day: January 2, 2017

Review of ‘Death by Bourbon’

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At the engagement party for her best friend, Matt, and the novelist, Meriah Caldwell, Josiah Reynolds sees socialite, Addison Dewitt, take a sip of bourbon, go into fits and then die. The police, and just about everyone else, call it a heart attack, but Josiah feels the whole situation is ‘icky.’ She can only get Lady June Elsmere and Meriah to believe her, so the three of them take it upon themselves to smoke the killer out.

While she’s dealing with this new mystery, Josiah also has to cope with strange behavior from Jake, who seems to be back in her life, partly, and the even stranger behavior of her daughter, Asa, who is up to something but keeping Josiah in the dark.

The fourth book in the Josiah Reynolds series by Abigail Keam, Death by Bourbon, has our Kentucky beekeeper again neck-deep in someone else’s business, business of the fatal kind. While not as tense as the earlier novels, and with a somewhat disappointing ending (I won’t spoil the book for you by revealing it), it is still as entertaining as ever. Josiah is developing as a character, and we learn more about Kentucky’s dark and bloody history in the snippets inserted, which, unlike most data dumps, actually relate to the action being described.

Josiah is not your usual heroine, but one you’ll find it impossible not to like.

I received this book as a gift.

I give Keam four stars for this one.

Happy New Year! Happy Reading!

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Welcome to 2017 – I would welcome the new year as well, but I’m holding off on that to see how it shapes up. My only New Year’s Resolution is to reduce the queue of books I have to read and review as much as possible, an almost impossible task with new books coming out that look tempting, and new review requests coming in almost every day.

I got a late start on the year, like most people, but for a different reason. I’d promised myself that I would be in bed well before midnight last night, but I got to reading, and before I knew it, it was 15 minutes past midnight. I’d read from 2016 to 2017 without realizing it. Yes, the book, The 30 Management Principles of the U.S. Marines, was that good. I’ll write a review of it eventually, but last night I was reading and taking notes for a book that I’m writing, Ethical Dilemmas and the Practice of Diplomacy, and this book has a few useful nuggets that I wanted to make sure I got down pat before I go back to my own manuscript.

Just a reminder to those who might have requested a review of their book. If I haven’t done it yet, and it’s been less than six months, please be patient; I’ll eventually get to it. The stack of print books I have to read is over 12 inches high, and my Kindle is full to capacity. If it’s been more than six months, I probably won’t review it for the reasons I gave a few weeks back in a blog post. If I don’t review it, please don’t ask me why. As much as I’d like to explain, with everything I have on my schedule for the coming year, I just don’t have the time.

Wishing all of my followers a happy, prosperous, and hopefully successful new year.