Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Book Review Club (March 2014)

Happy March Book Review Club Day! One of my favorite days of the month. And...Happy Multiple Personalities Day*. And I will wish you Happy Frozen Food Day* (March 6) and Happy Potato Chip Day* (March 14) in advance.  But mostly I hope you enjoy the wonderful book reviews we've put together for you.

DYED AND GONE by Beth Yarnall 
(adult mystery)

Yes, I know it's a shocker. I'm actually reviewing an adult book.

In a nutshell: To snap her out of a depression brought on by relationship woes, hairstylist Azalea March's friends drag her to Las Vegas for a weekend of fun and games and a huge hair show. What follows is a fast-paced, SUPER humorous, over-the-top cozy mystery. You can expect dead bodies, a cast of wacky characters and a lot of unexpected twists. I especially loved the discovery of that first body. So creative and ghoulish.

What I loved: THE HUMOR. There are lots of great, laugh-out-loud lines. I especially loved the references to hairdressing.  Here's an example: "I was sure he'd scared at least three years off my being a natural brunette." THE ATTITUDE. Azalea is beyond spunky. She's fun to read. THE ROMANCE. Romance for several characters was woven into the plot and enriched the book. THE ENDING. I did not figure it out. THE COVER. You have to admit it's very cute.

Beth Yarnall is one of our very own reviewers. And she used to be a hairdresser. So, you know all the hairdressing stuff is authentic.  Thanks for trusting me to review DYED AND GONE, Beth.

DYED AND GONE will be available  March 25. You can pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Okay, people. Below are links to everyone else's reviews. Please click through. It'll make your day!


Ellen Booraem of Freelance Ne'er-do-well: HOW I BECAUSE A GHOST by Tim Tingle (MG fantasy)

Sarah Laurence: THE TYRANT'S DAUGHTER by J.C. Carlson (YA Fiction/Middle Eastern Politics)

Stacy Nyikos: MIDWINTER BLOOD by Marcus Sedgwick (YA)

Jenn Jilks of Cottage Country: THE BROKEN CIRCLE TRILOGY by Cheryl Potter (YA, fantasy)


Alyssa Goodnight of the Writers' Road Less Traveled: THE ROSIE PROJECT by Graeme Simsion

Patti Abbott: GHOST TOWN by Ed Gorman


Prairie Rose of Prairie Rose's Garden: JUST ONE EVIL ACT by Elizabeth George (mystery)

Note to Reviewers: Any errors (broken link, missed review, etc), just shoot me an email or leave a comment. Thank you so much for your reviews!


Stacy Nyikos said...

This book sounds like so much fun!

Linda McLaughlin said...

Hi Barrie, the book club graphic didn't show up in my post, so I deleted it and have a "click here" message instead. The message was something about the graphic being moved at Photobucket?

Sarah Laurence said...

Congrats to Beth on her novel! It's sounds like a fun read from your review. Thanks for hosting!

Barrie said...

Hi Stacy! It was, indeed, fun. Heading over to read your review!

Barrie said...

Hi Linda! Thanks for the head's up re the graphic. I'm not sure what went wrong, but we'll what we can figure out. :) Good idea about posting a link!

Barrie said...

Sarah, you're very welcome. I may be emailing you about Linda's question re the book club graphic. :)

Lucy said...

The book sounds fun. I see this book in my TBR pile in the near future. :)

Beth Yarnall said...

Hi Barrie! Thanks so much for the lovely review. I'm so glad you enjoyed Dyed and Gone. I'm honored to be on the other side of the review couch for a change. :-)

Rose said...

I could use a good dose of humor after all the dark or depressing books I've read recently--sounds like a fun read!

Barrie said...

Hi Lucy! Thanks for stopping by. ;)

Barrie said...

My pleasure, Beth. Hope the writing's going well.

Barrie said...

That's exactly what happens to me, Rose. After several dark, heavier books, I need a break.

Unknown said...

This definitely sounds like a fun read! Thanks for the review, and for hosting, as always!


Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Thanks for hosting, Barrie. I'm behind on things, hubby still isn't well, but improving.
(ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

Barrie said...

I'm glad he's doing better, Jenn. Thanks for fitting us in.