Pros & Cons: Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett

Hello there! I’m back with another review, but I thought I’d try something new this time around… While some books call for fangirling and in-depth analysis of characters, plot and other literary devices, there’s something refreshing about a simple pro/con list that gives an at-a-glance look at the book as a whole (and, let’s be honest, it can be easier to get your thoughts down this way sometimes). That said, I’ve whipped up a pro/con list of a book I read recently — MURDER IS BINDING.

These type of reviews are meant to be short & touch on a few key points that stood out to me — not delve into every single aspect of the book. Are you a fan of pro/con lists? Or do you prefer reviews that dig deep into the story? Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments!

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Hitchcock and Cookies

A thunderstorm rolled in tonight, making it the perfect evening to curl up on the couch and watch a murder-mystery. More specifically, a Hitchcock movie. So I closed the curtains and popped in “Rope,” a 1940s classic about two men who execute the perfect murder and then hold a party while hiding the deceased in plain sight to test if they can really can get away with the crime.

Like all Hitchcock films, it was thrilling, no doubt. Afterward, I needed something sweet to counteract the bitter taste of deranged murderers. Luckily, there was a plate of cookies in the kitchen that were calling my name. Macadamia nut. Mm, mm! One bite of those babies and my tongue was doing a happy dance like it had just won the lottery; cinnamon-laced, with just the right amount of nuts, and a hint of vanilla… Seriously, the best macadamia nut cookies I’ve ever had.

So what does all this have to do with romance books? Well, nothing. At least, not technically. But, the cookies and movie did remind me of a book that I recently added to my TBR list:  A Sheetcake Named Desire by Jacklyn Brady. A Sheetcake is book one in the Piece of Cake Mystery series and is about a pastry chef named Rita who inherits a bakery…and her ex’s dead body. Rita’s determined to get the shop back up and running, but before she can focus on cakes and pastries, she has to first find who killed her ex-husband.

Sounds intriguing, right? Unfortunately, it won’t be released until Aug. 2, which means I’ll be [not-so] patiently waiting for it to hit shelves! Until then, I suppose I’ll just have to bide my time with more cookies + murder-mysteries…