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the saturday six.

• So, Hanson is back with a new song and it’s SUPER catchy. Totally a summery, windows down, kind of feel and I’m loving it!

• These photos of gorillas are stunning.

• Mister Rogers is very special to Pittsburgh and I can barely get through a sentence about him before I start sobbing. He was too good for this world. Someone recently compiled a graphic of every color cardigan he wore and I think it’s so cool.

• In more Pittsburgh news, there was a casting call for a new Lifetime movie! They’ll be filming in June, so heads up – I’m sure roads/areas will be closed (though when are they not lol #constructionseason).

• Thank you, science. Why flamingos stand on one leg.

• Did you see Nasa’s new photo of Jupiter??

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The Party by Robyn Harding

The Party by Robyn Harding
Pub. Date: June 6, 2017
Source: e-ARC via netgalley (Thank you, Gallery!)
Summary: One invitation. A lifetime of regrets.

Sweet sixteen. It’s an exciting coming of age, a milestone, and a rite of passage. Jeff and Kim Sanders plan on throwing a party for their daughter, Hannah—a sweet girl with good grades and nice friends. Rather than an extravagant, indulgent affair, they invite four girls over for pizza, cake, movies, and a sleepover. What could possibly go wrong?

But things do go wrong, horrifically so. After a tragic accident occurs, Jeff and Kim’s flawless life in a wealthy San Francisco suburb suddenly begins to come apart. In the ugly aftermath, friends become enemies, dark secrets are revealed in the Sanders’ marriage, and the truth about their perfect daughter, Hannah, is exposed.
Genre: Adult, Mystery, Contemporary

While most girls in her affluent San Francisco neighborhood have an elaborate and over-the-top Sweet Sixteen, Hannah is perfectly happy having a quiet night in with a pizza and a few friends. While she’s not exactly gung-ho about the idea of sneaking booze and drugs into the basement, Hannah craves popularity more than anything – and now that Lauren, the single most popular girl in their entire school, has acknowledged her existence (and agreed to come to the party), Hannah is more than willing to bend her parents’ rules a little. …or maybe a lot. The girls have plans for sneaking some boys in (another no-no), including Noah, Hannah’s boyfriend. She knows he won’t be content with just kissing for much longer, but the thought of going further terrifies her (though she’d never admit that, she doesn’t want to look like a prude).

What should have been a fun (okay, and maybe a little boring and childish – would Lauren really consider Hannah to be cool if they spend their entire night watching PG movies?) sleepover quickly takes a turn for the worse as the girls pass around the bottles of alcohol and handfuls of pills they grabbed from their parents’ cabinets. Blood, a basement that’s been turned into a crime scene, a race to the hospital as one girl’s life hangs in the balance.

It’s no secret I love thrillers, but I have to admit they usually come off as feeling a little farfetched with premises I can’t imagine ever experiencing (chasing down serial killers, stumbling across dead bodies, discovering Matt has been living a secret double-life this entire time ha!), but The Party can so easily happen. Four teens have a bit too much to drink (despite the parents forbidding alcohol – and when do teens ever listen?) and a tragedy occurs. It has happened before, it will happen again.

Hannah’s parents were already suffering a rocky relationship (after Jeff accepted a small vial of LSD recently while away at a work conference); the sudden trip to the hospital and ensuing lawsuit throws their lives into a tailspin. Jeff begins working out a little more, staying out a little longer and putting off his return home as long as possible. Kim strikes up a flirtation with a co-worker, eager for some sort of adult connection. Though the girl does survive, she ultimately loses an eye and as her mother sues Jeff and Kim for millions, secrets begin to emerge.

I don’t want to give too much away, but the main reason I tore through The Party so fast (I read it in a single sitting) was because I wanted to see how the lawsuit would play out, if Lisa would win. The rest of the book (high school bullies, the whole Lauren thing, Kim’s potential affair) just didn’t interest me as much. It felt like the book was trying too hard to ramp up the drama but I really didn’t care and only kept reading to see how it would all end.

Though The Party is by no means a bad book (or a badly-written one, for that matter), I couldn’t help but feel let down. I wanted more from this book than I got and expected something a little more thrilling from the amount of buzz it’s been getting. It’s an incredibly fast read, so it certainly has that going for it, but I’ve read much better thrillers. Still, for a lazy afternoon read, you could do far worse.

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May mini-review round up!

Antisocial by Jillian Blake
Pub. Date: May 16, 2017
Source: Finished hardback via publisher (Thank you, Delacorte Press!)
Summary: Senior spring at Alexandria Prep was supposed to be for sleeping through class and partying with friends. But for Anna Soler, it’s going to be a lonely road. She’s just been dumped by her gorgeous basketball star boyfriend—with no explanation. Anna’s closest friends, the real ones she abandoned while dating him, are ignoring her. The endearing boy she’s always had a complicated friendship with is almost too sympathetic.

But suddenly Anna isn’t the only one whose life has been upended. Someone is determined to knock the kings and queens of the school off their thrones: one by one, their phones get hacked and their personal messages and photos are leaked. At first it’s funny—people love watching the dirty private lives of those they envy become all too public.

Then the hacks escalate. Dark secrets are exposed, and lives are shattered. Chaos erupts at school. As Anna tries to save those she cares about most and to protect her own secrets, she begins to understand the reality of our always-connected lives:

Sometimes we share too much.
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Mystery

I love YA mysteries. They’re always super fun without feeling heavy: total brainfluff. Antisocial fell into my life (or, rather, onto my welcome mat) at the perfect time. Nothing says brainfluff quite like a gorgeous, lazy afternoon and I completely gobbled this one up in a single sitting.

Unfortunately, with mindless entertainment, there’s typically very little to retain and though I read this one just over a week ago, I’m admittedly having an extremely hard time remembering details. Anna was recently dumped by her basketball star boyfriend, demoted once more to the less-than-cool table. Sadly for Anna, she practically abandoned her besties for a boy and now that Palmer is out of the picture, her friends (former friends?) really aren’t all that interested in welcoming her back.

As if being outcasted by your closest friends wasn’t bad enough, someone has begun hacking Alexandria Prep’s personal app – an app every student has on their phone. Suddenly their darkest secrets are being made public…it’s only a matter of time before Anna’s innermost thoughts are revealed.

There really isn’t much to say here other than Antisocial was quick and easy and enjoyable. A little cliched and over-dramatic at times, but I was willing to look past that for an afternoon of scandalous teen secrets.

It Happens in the Hamptons by Holly Peterson
Pub. Date: May 9, 2017
Source: Finished trade paperback via publisher (Thank you, William Morrow!)
Summary: When a spur of the moment decision catapults Katie Doyle from her lakeside Oregon town to spend the summer in the Hamptons, she is hoping for summer employment, new friends for her young son, and a chance to explore a new love affair with a dazzling colleague. What she finds is a strange cocktail of classes, where society’s one-percenters vacation alongside local people who’ve lived in the Hamptons for generations. Though she’s looking forward to their move, Katie can’t help but feel a little nervous and wonder if she will be accepted by her new boyfriend’s circles and granted entry into the East Coast elite. But as she soon discovers, Southampton isn’t all that it seems to be on the surface—and neither are the people who live there.
Genre: Adult, Contemporary

This book was terrible and the more I think about it, the angrier I get. I went in expecting an easy breezy read about the ‘normal folk’ mingling with the uber elite 1%-ers…and that’s not at all what I got. Katie just upended her life in Portland for a suave and crazy attractive East Coaster. A business conference led to a weekend in a hotel suite and now she’s moving out to Southampton with her little boy. I mean, George did say no strings attached and that she’s welcome to stay in one of his family’s cottages (don’t worry, they have another) for the entire summer. When Katie touches down, however, she discovers George is away on business more often than he’s home, leaving her to share elaborate home-cooked meals with an 8-year-old. When she enrolls Huck in a local swim camp (run by super good-looking Luke), Katie begins to wonder if George is really the one for her.

Okay, if that’s all this book was about, I’d be thoroughly okay. Total beach read and that’s perfectly fine by me. HOWEVER, Peterson attempted to throw way too many storylines into this one, making an already long book (nearly 400 pages) feel ten times longer. The story firmly rests on discovering the identity of a pedophile – many of the chapters are from his perspective, graphically detailing his excursions with underage girls. There’s also a paternity shocker thrown in, namedropping like you wouldn’t believe (along with prices for how much that bag costs or what so-and-so paid for that car, those sunglasses, this necklace, etc).

What really got me, though, was Peterson’s absurd fixation on describing how strong and powerful women’s thighs/butts are. I actually began highlighting passages and phrases because it cropped up so often: “firm and fleshy,” “…she loved that she could feel her large butt move with force in that same direction and then jiggle back into position” (that was one describing a 16-year-old), “”big bulbous butt” (same child). My favorite was when a character was thinking about his dead mother: “Luke and Frank never found out how his mother and her strong girlfriend perished that day.” HAHAHA WHAT. The mom and her friend has drowned when their kayak overturned. He’s really thinking about how strong the friend was?? It reached the point where I began picturing the American Gladiators cast as these characters.

I’m definitely in the minority here, but It Happens in the Hamptons was NOT the book for me.

Unmentionable by Therese Oneill
Pub. Date: November 24, 2016
Source: Audiobook via library
Summary: Have you ever wished you could live in an earlier, more romantic era?

Ladies, welcome to the 19th century, where there’s arsenic in your face cream, a pot of cold pee sits under your bed, and all of your underwear is crotchless. (Why? Shush, dear. A lady doesn’t question.)

UNMENTIONABLE is your hilarious, illustrated, scandalously honest (yet never crass) guide to the secrets of Victorian womanhood, giving you detailed advice on:

~ What to wear
~ Where to relieve yourself
~ How to conceal your loathsome addiction to menstruating
~ What to expect on your wedding night
~ How to be the perfect Victorian wife
~ Why masturbating will kill you
~ And more

Genre: Non-fiction, History

Months ago, a group of friends and I started a book club and Unmentionable was our first book. Unfortunately, it was still new enough to where there were a ridiculous number of holds at the library so we switched books last-minute, but I was still very interested in checking it out. Recently I was browsing my library’s catalog and saw it was available and wasted no time grabbing it!

There are some books that just seem to work better in a certain format and I think Unmentionable is one of them. I’m weird in that I love reading reviews for books I’m currently in the middle of and while I was going through reviews for this one I saw a LOT of people complain about the tone. So, you, the reader, are essentially a time-traveler, dropped into a Victorian (ish) setting while the author plays your Virgil-esque guide. The book is VERY casual and snarky, feeling more like a chat with a girlfriend than a non-fiction work. I can see why it didn’t work for some readers, but I thought it was GREAT on audio!

As for the book itself, I’m a total history nerd. While I’m not as familiar with Victorian England, I have read enough historical romance novels to have a decent idea of things. Unmentionable got down to the nitty-gritty (try wearing ‘modern’ underwear underneath 40 pounds of clothing PLUS a cage specifically designed to help hold up the skirts). The topics were fun and funny and I learned a LOT – this one is definitely recommended!

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
Pub. Date: May 3, 2016
Source: Audiobook via library
Summary: Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple life. He gets out of bed at precisely 7:30 a.m., just as he did when his wife, Miriam, was alive. He dresses in the same gray slacks and mustard sweater vest, waters his fern, Frederica, and heads out to his garden.

But on the one-year anniversary of Miriam’s death, something changes. Sorting through Miriam’s possessions, Arthur finds an exquisite gold charm bracelet he’s never seen before. What follows is a surprising and unforgettable odyssey that takes Arthur from London to Paris and as far as India in an epic quest to find out the truth about his wife’s secret life before they met–a journey that leads him to find hope, healing and self-discovery in the most unexpected places.
Genre: British, Contemporary, Feel-Good

Here’s the thing: I don’t do sad. I refuse to keep a copy of The Giving Tree in my house. I’ve only seen The Fox & the Hound once and I will never watch it again. I do NOT handle emotional, tug-at-your-heartstrings stories well, so I was absolutely baffled when I decided to borrow an audiobook about an elderly man who recently lost his wife and just discovered a charm bracelet while he was clearing out her closet. I was even more baffled when I loved it.

Arthur Pepper is nearly 70, wakes up at precisely the same time every morning, always remembers to water his fern, and has a fondness for mustard yellow sweater vests. He’s content with his quiet life as a newly widowed man, but when he finds a bracelet hidden among Miriam’s belongings, he sets out for an adventure unlike any he’s ever had.

Miriam’s charm bracelet opens Arthur’s eyes to a world (and woman) he hadn’t known as he jetsets to India, Paris, London, tracking down each charm’s origins and, in doing so, uncovering glimpses of the girl Miriam was before she met Arthur.

Really, this book was so lovely and I don’t feel the need to say much more than that. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper was sweet and charming with a FANTASTIC group of characters. Just a few chapters in I was so hooked that I wanted to see what other novels the author had. It turns out this is her debut, but she JUST put out a new book…one that’s currently waiting for me at the library. I put a request in for it the second I saw it was on order and this morning received word it arrived, yay!

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Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
Pub. Date: April 4, 2017
Source: e-ARC via netgalley (Thank you, Bloomsbury Childrens!)
Summary: Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.
Genre: Contemporary, YA

I fell hard for Brigid’s Elemental series, but was admittedly disappointed with her standalone, Thicker than Water. Was it just a fluke or had she lost her touch? I’m beyond thrilled to say Brigid is back and better than ever!

Juliet recently lost her award-winning photojournalist mother. Not to a bombing or gunfire, the kind of destruction she captured with her camera. No, instead she was killed during a hit-and-run on her way home from the airport – a few days early as a surprise. Grief still looms heavy over Juliet and she’s taken to spending hours in the cemetery leaving letters on her mother’s tombstone. She had assumed they would remain private, tossed out with all the dead flowers when the maintenance workers come through. She never imagined someone was actually reading them…until the day she got a reply.

Declan Murphy is your stereotypical go-nowhere kid. As if his reputation wasn’t enough to keep others away, he’s currently doing some court-appointed community service after he drunkenly crashed a car into a building and spent a few nights in jail. Honestly, mowing the grass at the cemetery a few nights a week isn’t the worst thing in the world, but he certainly didn’t expect to become entangled in a secret correspondence with someone who, for the very first time in his life, truly gets him and understands what he’s going through.

Told in alternating chapters, Letters to the Lost is a crazy fast read (I tore through it in a single sitting while our new puppy napped) with a surprisingly light tone for a book with such heavy topics as death, abuse, and alcoholism. Naturally Juliet is furious when she realizes someone has been reading her letters and lets him have it. For Declan’s part, he knows what he did was wrong, but doesn’t back down. Over time, their letters turn into e-mails (anonymous addresses created specifically for this one purpose) as Cemetery Girl and The Dark begin to open up without any fear of judgement. They tell each other things they haven’t even mentioned to their best friends, things they don’t even want to admit to themselves. All the while they remain under the guise of their e-mail handles, though they have learned a few things about the other’s identity: they’re both 17 (or so they claim) and go to the same school.

One major trope in YA is the absent parent. I’m pleased to say that’s not the case here. While Letters to the Lost might not feature ideal parents, there are fantastic examples of adults, from the maintenance manager at the cemetery to an English teacher. Declan’s best friend is adopted and Rev’s parents were just great. Genuinely nice (I especially loved one particular scene where Rev’s parents mistakenly thought Declan was asking their son to a school dance) and open their arms and home to those in need – not just Declan, but they foster children. The stand-ins for less than wonderful parents (or those who are legitimately out of the picture: Juliet’s mom, Declan’s incarcerated father) were all so wonderful and that aspect was just really well done.

Over the course of the novel, Juliet, Declan, and their respective best friends try to piece together who their mystery e-mailer could be. Juliet and Declan have crossed paths before in school and, well, their meetings have been spectacularly awful. It never even crossed their minds that the person they dread running into could actually be the same person they’ve been telling all their secrets to (and, for that matter, secretly falling for).

While there are some overwhelmingly heavy topics behind this book (death, abuse, suicidal thoughts), Letters to the Lost doesn’t come off as a tragic tale. Bad things have happened to these characters, but in the end, they come out on top. It did seem as though every major character was dealing with at least one hard-hitting demon, and I could have done with at least one happy person. That said, Brigid Kemmerer absolutely shines here and I’m so excited that her next release will delve deeper into one of my favorite characters! Also, instalove naysayers, have no fear: there’s no romance until literally the final paragraphs – talk about a slow burn!

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weekly wrap-up 5/21

• Eek! This wrap-up is coming WAY late in the day, but I have a snuggly and wiggly excuse: we brought home another puppy! This little guy is a 9-week-old Boston Terrier and oh man, he’s awesome. We were unsure about how Bay would react, but so far (we brought him home last night), they’ve gotten along great. The only thing we really need to work on is reminding Bay that she has to be gentle when playing! :) It was so cute and I wish I had caught it on video – earlier this afternoon she had one of his squeaky toys and started doing circles around the dining table so that he would chase after her ♥

• Our plans for the day were originally to head up to my hometown to do some serious flea market browsing…and then it started storming. So instead we ended up doing some quick grocery store runs and had a cookout (and of course there was much oohing and ahhing over the new pup!)

• As of yesterday I am in vacation mode. Matt and I had initially planned on getting a cabin for a long weekend but the other couple we were going to go with backed out. It worked out for the best though! This pup was seriously one of those right place, right time moments.

MISSED SOMETHING THIS WEEK? Yeah, not a lot happened and I’m totally blaming the pup for that! This week was all about prepping the house for his arrival (and I’m positive Amazon thinks we’re having a baby – we ordered about a million baby gates, teething rings, the whole works loool.)

I love Michelle Gable. She’s a lovely person (we nabbed her for a #HistoricalFix guest!) and she definitely knows how to write a book. Her newest, The Book of Summer is basically a check-list of everything I love in books: dual-era narrative, WWII, a family saga, diary entries. Nantucket’s coast is eroding at a rapid pace, taking many of the grand old houses with it. Cissy’s property is getting smaller by the day, but she refuses to budge. The book follows her story (and her adult daughter who’s going through problems of her own) along with her mother’s, a newlywed in WWII.

We all know I love cozy mysteries, right? Murderous Mayhem at Honeychurch Hall is Hannah Dennison’s latest in her Honeychurch Hall series. A discovered skeleton leads to some pretty startling revelations. The cast of characters (both new and old) is great – though one made me extremely angry. I adore this series and can’t wait for the next!

This week’s the saturday six. includes a WWII love letter, a vegan pulled pork recipe, Roald Dahl, and more!

Elsie Mae Has Something to Say by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
When a shipping company plans to build a canal through the Okefenokee Swamp, Elsie Mae is determined to do something. Her plan? Write a letter to President Roosevelt! I love Middle Grade. I love historical fiction. Middle Grade AND historical fiction?? MY HEART!! Thank you, Soucebooks Jabberwocky!

Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly
Holy smokes, a 2018 ARC?! I had no idea they existed already! Another MG title, this one being fantasy. Emmeline has always had an ability to control shadows, only for the unthinkable to happen: a noble family visits her home and offers to ‘cure’ Emmeline. Terrified by the thought of losing her gift, Emmeline accepts a proposal from her own shadow: she’ll help Dar become flesh once more and in return, Dar will sway the minds of the noble family. Unfortunately for Emmeline, the following morning, she wakes to news of a mysterious tragedy – and an even more mysterious culprit. Thank you, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky!

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the saturday six.

Yep. James Patterson knows what he’s talking about – I agree 100%! My absolute favorite part of being a bookseller was when a kid could come in who clearly would have rather been anywhere else. The only books they ever read were ones required in school, you know the type. I would seriously make it my personal mission to really crack their brain and find the PERFECT book.

• OH. EM. GEE. These vegan pulled pork sandwiches look amazing.

• VERY interesting: the secret history of the girl detective!

• I miiiight have shrieked when I saw this: Roald Dahl was voted as the greatest storyteller of all time. OF ALL TIME. Take that, Shakespeare!

• So we all know about my not-so-secret obsession with bugs, right? Um, yeah, this is awesome. Scientists used high-speed cameras to see how ladybugs unfold their wings. There’s a video!

• ♥ 72-year-old love letter returned to WWII sailor

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Murderous Mayhem at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison

Murderous Mayhem at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison
Pub. Date: May 2, 2017
Source: ARC via publisher (Thank you, Minotaur Books!)
Summary: When the only copy of Ravished, Iris Stanford’s new manuscript, never arrives at her London publisher’s office, her daughter Kat investigates the tiny local village post office, where it appears the package never left the building. Iris is on tenterhooks–not only is her novel gone with the wind, but she’s deathly afraid that Muriel Jarvis, the postmistress and notorious busybody, will expose her secret identity as the bestselling romance writer Krystalle Storm. Meanwhile, Muriel has her own problems with the sudden death of her husband Fred, which has left her heavily in debt. In the spine-tingling climax, both past and present collide as Kat fights for her life and those she holds most dear, dancing once again with the dark forces lurking behind the grandeur of Honeychurch Hall.
Genre: Cozy Mystery

I’m a huge fan of this series (get caught up with my double-review for books 1 and 2 and my thoughts on book 3) and was thrilled to receive an early copy of the fourth installment, Murderous Mayhem at Honeychurch Hall! I couldn’t wait to dive back into the Honeychurch estate and reunite with this great group of characters, not to mention see whatever trouble Kat happened to find herself in!

Kat Stanford was once the host of Fakes & Treasures, an Antiques Roadshow-esque program until a failed relationship left her moving to a cottage on a country estate with her mother – who had been keeping up a secret identity all these years: Iris is actually Krystalle Storm, the wildly popular romance author. Kat had always wanted to open her own antiques shop and she’s finally making that dream a reality with Kat’s Collectibles. Unfortunately, she runs into several problems along the way, like a string of thefts in the village, a flock of tourists as the estate hosts their annual reenactment of the English Civil War, and a recently unearthed skeleton.

Though the first three novels can easily be read as standalones, I felt that Murderous Mayhem at Honeychurch Hall was very much a part of the series and required previous knowledge. There was very little in the way of recapping past events or character explanation and a newcomer to the series would have a hard time connecting the dots and understanding who’s who and how they tie together.

While the reenactment, or Skirmish as it’s locally known, seems to be the backbone of the book, it really only serves as a conversation topic. By the time the preparations and setting up are complete and the tourists descend on the town, the book is in its final chapters and quickly provides a rundown of what happened. Instead the main focus is on the characters, particularly some new faces, and one in particular made me extremely angry. Piers is Lord Rupert Honeychurch’s brother and by far the wilder of the pair. He also has something of a playboy reputation, which whatever, that’s fine with me, but it’s his love of pranks that left me seeing red. Shortly after he first meets Kat, he insists they go out for drinks. Later he shows up at her house and, instead of heading to the village pub, he blindsides her by taking her to the newest restaurant – one where the wait list is a mile long and reservations are practically impossible to come by. What does Piers do? He pretends he’s some famous restaurant critic for a French magazine in order to get them a table – AND a free seven-course meal (including multiple bottles of wine). Naturally Kat is horrified, especially when some of the fellow diners recognize her. At the end of their meal, Piers rushes outside, leaving Kat alone to take photos with the patrons and staff. The following morning, the truth is revealed and it’s her photo that graces the morning papers. It’s her reputation that’s now in tatters. She’s rightfully angry, but by the end of the book, she readily agrees to accompany Piers on a Parisian getaway. NO. This entire relationship/love interest/storyline made me so enraged, especially when there’s already a potential romance brewing between Kat and another character. The way Piers played the whole thing off as some hilarious joke was disgusting and I really do not want to see more of him in future novels.

As for the rest of the story, it was fun! I really enjoyed digging into the mystery – and history – of the skeleton’s origins and wouldn’t have minded if that had been the book’s focus. I wouldn’t say Murderous Mayhem at Honeychurch Hall is the strongest book in the series, but it was certainly an entertaining read, though I definitely would not recommend it for newcomers due to the lack of character introductions of recaps of the previous novels. That said, I really do love this series and cannot wait for the next!