Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Book Review: Gone with the Twins by Kylie Logan (League of Literary Ladies Mysteries #5)



Stars: 4 out of 5
Pros: Fun characters, fun story, just plain fun
Cons: Pacing a little off at times
The Bottom Line:
New book, fun series
Pages fly by once again
Love these characters




Twin Troubles on South Bass Island

Confession time – even though I’ve been a lifelong reader, I’ve never been part of a book group.  I realize I’ve probably missed some great books I wouldn’t pick up on my own that way, but I’m usually trying desperately to get through all the books I already know about I want to read.  Still, I love visiting the members of The League of Literary Ladies and seeing how the classic they’ve chosen for their next book discussion plays into the events happening on their island.  We get to do that again with Gone with the Twins.

It’s summer, and the current book the group is reading is Gone with the Wind.  It may have been inspired by The Twins.  Riva and Quentin are children of movie stars who have become even more famous after escaping from a harrowing kidnapping.  They’ve purchased property on South Bass Island and opened it as the bed and breakfast Tara, the southern mansion from the book.  Between their status and the theme of their bed and breakfast, it is really cutting into the business run by Bea Cartwright.  In fact, her own bed and breakfast has no guests or reservations at the moment.

Then there’s Vivien Frisk.  Her aunt, the best realtor on the island, has recently died, and Bea is hoping to buy a piece of furniture that her aunt owned.  When she arrives to make arrangements for the piece, she discovers Vivien’s dead body in the basement.  There are several people with motives, including Bea’s friend and neighbor Chandra.  Chandra has no alibi, won’t say where she was, and appears to be hiding something.  Can Bea get to the bottom of this latest mystery?

Whenever I pick up a book in this series, I know I am in for a fun ride.  This latest is no exception, and it had me turning pages until the end.  The pacing appeared to be a bit off in spots, but I didn’t really care because I was having so much fun.  The climax brings everything together in a very fun way.

The characters in this series are what makes everything so much fun.  The four ladies who make up the league are very different from each other, and they each add a nice touch to the book, complimenting each other perfectly.  Bea, as our main character, is a fantastic lead, and now that her secret is out to us, it provides some added fun to the narration.  The new characters are just as much fun, and they hold some secrets of their own that Bea needs to uncover before the book ends.

If you haven’t read this series yet, I highly recommend you read it in order.  I mentioned Bea’s secret already.  If you don’t know what it is, you’ll have to trust me that half the fun of the series is discovering it along the way.  Plus, there’s how secrets affect her love life.  And yes, long time readers will be glad to learn that Levi has another delicious secret up his sleeve.

You may have noticed that I used fun a lot in this review.  That was on purpose, and that’s because it really is the best word to describe the book and the series.  Fans of the series will love Gone with the Twins, and if you are new to the fun, start this series from the beginning today.

Need to back up?  Here are the League of Literary Ladies Mysteries in order.

NOTE: I received a copy of this book.

Giveaway!

Thanks to the publisher, I have one copy of this book to give away.  Because it is a physical book, the contest is limited to residence of the US.

Just leave me a comment with your e-mail address so I can get in touch with you if you win.  I will pick the winner next Tuesday, March 14th, so please leave your comment before 12:01AM Pacific Time on 3/14.  You will have until midnight on 3/19 to get back to me, or I will choose a new winner on 3/20.

31 comments:

  1. I love this series and have been to the island! Thanks for the chance to win! MarshaMysteryreader@yahoo.com

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  2. This looks like a great series! and thank you for listing the previous books so I can dive in! aut1063@gmail.com

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  3. This sounds like a series that I would enjoy. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. elainehroberson@gmail.com

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  4. Looking forward to this book - thanks for the review!
    Debbie.Erickson14@gmail.com

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  5. Thank you, Mark! So glad you enjoyed "Twins." I had great fun writing it!

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  6. And just so I don't confuse everyone . . . Casey Daniels is also Kylie Logan!

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  7. I would love a copy of this book mcknzbwl@aol.com

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  8. Thanks for chance and review. Janngrogan@yahoo.com

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  9. Ooh, yay, loved this review - Two things: I've never been in a book group either but always thought it would be fun! And secondly, supah happy to hear Levi is still around :D

    pissed.off.raptor at gmail.com

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  10. I think I'd better get busy catching up on this series. Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  11. I need to catch up on this fun series! Thanks for the chance to win a copy. chatcozy1 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  12. This would be a new series for me. It sounds like a fun one! Thank you!
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

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  13. This sounds so good i would love to read and review on goodreads and amazon and thanks again for the print offering ! ptclayton2@aol.com

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  14. As always I really enjoyed your review. Thanks for the giveaway, as I love this series. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. This is a new series for me! This sounds so awesome!!!would lover to win this!!

      Maryh_happygirl@yahoo.com

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    2. This is a new series for me! This sounds so awesome!!!would lover to win this!!

      Maryh_happygirl@yahoo.com

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  15. Yea! What a cute premise and title, as always! Thanks for the great info and chance to win!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. Thanks for having the contest! Excited to try this author.
    pattymarsh31@gmail.com

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  17. I've had my eye on this series to start it and I really enjoyed your review! Thank you for the chance to win the book. barbie17 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  18. Love this series says the crazy cozy mystery reader @ miss.mack@att.net

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  19. I enjoyed the description of the book. I haven't read this series yet, but I'm looking forward to reading the series and the latest book.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. Thanks for introducing me to a very interesting series. I have added the series to by TBR list. Fingers crossed. vlhcats@gmail.com

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  21. I enjoy this series and also the Casey Daniels one! I'd be delighted to win the copy of this latest book. rebarger@bellsouth.net

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  22. Super series and I need to catch up! Thanks, Mark.

    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  23. I have the first few in this series and have really been looking forward to reading them! I've been in a few bookclubs and I'm thinking that just sticking with one in a book is the way to go! Thanks for hosting the giveaway - katherine.e.pitts(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. Kylie is in my TBR. Guess I need to get moving - this one sounds interesting- need to add it. kckendler at gmail dot com

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  25. Sounds like a great read and I'd love to win a copy to be able to read to check it out for myself. :) Thanks for the chance! 2clowns@arkansas.net

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  26. This sounds just like what the doctor ordered for a crummy day- Thanks for the review!!
    Cheers~
    Kelly Braun
    Gaelicark(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  27. This is one of my favorite series. I've been looking forward to the release date of Gone With the Twins for some time now. Thank you for the chance to win. robbfan141729(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  28. I'm not familiar with this series, but it looks like fun. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the latest! mbradeen@yahoo.com

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