Book Review: Crown Court Killer

crown court killer_frontcover300Dannel and Osian have a beautiful relationship, and it almost doesn’t matter what they’re doing— planning a wedding while suffering through dealing with overly enthusiastic family members, making a true crime podcast, having dinner, solving a murder— it’s still enjoyable just to watch them interact. Their story here could stand alone, but it’s definitely worth reading the previous books (more time spent with these characters would be reason enough) as well. I love how well they fit together and how they care for and about each other, and I also love (most) of the web of supporting characters who move through their lives. This is a cozy mystery where the focus is on the characters and the chance to see them go about their lives, and somehow solve crimes along the way, and I’m absolutely here for it— I hope these guys have many more adventures to come as well.

~ Four stars, Coffee on Amazon

Four Days of Silence

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I took four days off social media a few weeks ago. I was finding myself completely overwhelmed. Something I’ve always struggled with, but since 2020 it’s only gotten worse. So I gave myself permission to take a break.

I thought I’d share a few things that I learned in those four days.

  1. I check Social Media, Twitter especially, far too often.
  2. I have no need for social media apps on my phone. And I’ve removed them.
  3. A constant deluge of ‘news’ is terrible for my mental health.
  4. The world didn’t end because I wasn’t immediately informed of things happening.
  5. I am in control of my social media timeline. There’s nothing wrong with muting/blocking people and tags. Boundaries are healthy.

The biggest takeaway for me was that I need to be giving myself a break from social media more often. I never realized how often I was just doomscrolling for no reason at all. So I’m trying to learn to set boundaries.

Do you struggle with too much time online?

Book Review: Crown Court Killer

crown court killer_frontcover300“I love this series. Dannel and Osian have a wonderful relationship and I enjoy their interactions with friends and family too. The mystery, as with others in the series, has several twists and turns, and isn’t easily solved. “

~ Five Stars, Anne Barwell

A few of Motts’ favourite things.

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(not counting her cat, turtle, and friends lol.)

More specifically, here’s a few of Motts’s favourite Christmas things.

  1. Mince Pies (also, my favourite holiday thing)
  2. Making Gifts
  3. Faery lights, mostly the non-flashing variety
  4. Holiday cardigans
  5. Walking with her Granddad on Christmas Eve
  6. Her nan’s special treats
  7. Vlogmas from her favourite YouTube channels

Her least favourite things:

  1. Carolling.

Really, that’s it. Carolling. A nightmare for Motts.

What are your favourite holiday things?

Book Review: Crown Court Killer

crown court killer_frontcover300Dannel and Osian continue to be the perfect couple for this series of cozy m/m mysteries. Here, their friend Wayne is accused of murder and the more they investigate, the clearer it becomes that there are powerful forces who do not want the truth to come out. The mystery is nicely offset by the wedding these two are trying to plan despite meddling from their families and it’s lovely to see an established couple investigating together. Long may this series continue.

~ Five stars, Susie Umphers on Amazon

The Purloined Poinsettia Playlist

  1. Faith’s Song – Amy Wadge
  2. O Come, All Ye Faithful – Pentatonix
  3. Better Days – Dermot Kennedy
  4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  5. Love You Right – Walk Off The Earth
  6. Deck The Halls – Pentatonix
  7. The First Noel – Pentatonix
  8. White Winter Hymnal – Pentatonix
  9. 12 Days of Christmas – Pentatonix
  10. Happy Now – Pentatonix