As usual, Staab hits it out of the ballpark with her third installment in the Mind for Murder Mystery series. Although, I am not a huge sports fan of any kind, I found that this book kept my interest quite well regardless. The writing was solid, the characters were well developed, and the mystery was fascinating. I also enjoy the spark of the spiritual and occult, which always teaches me something that I did not know. In addition, there is always great chemistry and humorous dialogue between the main characters. I have really enjoyed this entire series, and hope that the author will continue with it.
I have never read any of Simses’ work before, but I have to say that I was a bit disappointed by the slow pacing of the story and the lack of character development. The protagonist was a one-dimensional character that was difficult to pin down, as many of her personality traits were conflicted. Like others, I wanted to know more about mystery of Ellen’s grandmother, but that never materialized. I found this book to be very predictable, and difficult to get through. The plot was the age-old rehash of a typical romance premise, and the ending was exactly as expected. The book was turned into a movie for the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel, but I must say that it was just as boring, if not more, as the novel.
As an avid reader of Leanne Sweeney’s Cats in Trouble Mystery Series, I thought I would also try her Yellow Rose Mystery Series. I am glad I did. I loved the characters, and could actually picture them in my mind. The story kept me engaged throughout, and offered a satisfying surprise ending. I am moving on to the second book in the series with gusto!