To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. It also analyses reviews to verify trustworthiness.
I loved the first book in this series and was excited to read the second installment as soon as it came out. I love the characters in this series, and the mystery was good, but the incorrect use of Spanish in this book ruined my reading experience and has turned me off from reading further in the series. One of the main characters, a Cuban American, keeps saying "mi hijos" when referring to her children. It should be mis hijos. This character also calls the main character "corizon" which should be spelled "corazon" - literally meaning "heart" or in this case used as a term of endearment. It shouldn't be difficult to find a Spanish-speaking person to give the Spanish terms a quick once over. The editor of this book should have done a better job with this. I am not a native speaker, but I know basic Spanish, and these mistakes bugged the heck out of me.
It was good to finally return to Coral Cay after so long. I couldn't believe how long it'd been since I read the first book, and I wanted to be sure I'm up to date for the third book coming in April. This mystery was an older murder combined with the local pirate lore of Sir George Bly the gentleman pirate as the locals like to tell the story. There was also a really surprising twist toward the end.
I'm not sure if Kate and the new veterinarian Jack Scanlon will ever get together, since he wasn't in this story very much, but it seems like he'd be a good match. Another problem was trying to get her ex-husband Evan off her back from wanting to get back together. That had the ol' local gossip mill flying, and poor Kate was stuck in the middle of all the rumors. I just love her pal Maxi! That lady tells it like it is, and if you don't like it, too bad. She's an awesome and loyal friend to anyone lucky enough to know her. The canine companions grew by one this time, and now little Oliver pup has someone to play with.
I hadn't suspected any of what happened, but it was a really good mystery that ended up solving not just the mystery of the person Oliver dug up but another one as well. And the history mystery was revealed at the end which was pretty cool. I'm ready to move along to the third book now.
The 2nd book in the Cookie House series doesn't lose a step from the fabulous first novel. This is a well-blended cozy. Off-beat characters, lots of food, a couple of mysteries sewn throughout the story. Kate, the heroine, is never dumb. She's not happy with the presence of her ex-beau, Evan's arrival on Coral Cay. She breezes through all of his advances. Helping her best friend, Maxi, find out the identity of the dead body buried in Maxi's gorgeous new backyard is way more important. So is the Pirate Festival, an annual event on the island. The mysteries are satisfying. The dogs adorable. Ms. Calder is an excellent writer. Highly recommended!
Kate and Maxi are the main characters in this series that is set in a small seaside town in Florida. Kate is half owner of the Cookie Shop, and Maxi owns the flower shop next door. The mystery was very interesting, every chapter held my interest while also having many food references. I'm ordering the next installment as soon as this review is posted. Can't wait to read more about Kate's life, friends and predicaments!
It did pick up after a while but it didn’t grab me right away. I continued reading it because it was a quiet weekday evening and I didn’t feel like breaking out something else. I did finish it in the end and will probably read the next one in the series. The dog was really cute
I like the series, the setting and of course, Oliver. There are a couple of inconsistencies. As someone pointed our, the incorrect Spanish. And as someone married to a Cuban, I find Maxi's constant use of the same few words in Spanish somehow annoying. And Sunny the yoga teachescis said to be 80 something. However, her mother is not only still alive and living alone, but traveling by herself. Did she find the Fountain of Youth??
What a wonderful series! Eve did a marvelous job world building! Love that the heroine left an unhappy set of circumstances behind her and found strength, friendship and loving support from her new friends. The cookie baking descriptions are marvelous and I love her favorite cookie guessing ability!!! a definite auto buy book!!! p.s. I am a cat fan, but really adore Oliver the dog.