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California Capers by Dana Mentink


Cover art: California Capers Reviewer: Wendy Rucci
Title: California Capers
Author: Dana Mentink
Publisher: Barbour
ISBN-13: 978-1-60260-417-9
Release Date: June 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, California
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None/Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Miniam
Dana's Website/Blog: www.danamentink.com

Trouble Up Finny’s Nose- Ruth Budge finds her life turned upside down when she discovers a body in the town fountain and her deceased husbands secret novel; a book she knew nothing about. While trying to understand why her husband was writing this novel instead of his memoir, and why all the strange things have been happening in her quiet town, Ruth also tries to fight her attraction to Monk, a man she swears she’s not ready to become involved with.

This first story was fast paced and delightful and I enjoyed the little hint of romance between Ruth and Monk.

In Fog Over Finny’s Nose, Ruth and her friends in Finny find a human toe, deal with the Finny Fog Festival, environmentalists, a kidnapping and another murder. If that isn’t enough to keep Ruth busy, she has a new husband and another shocking but pleasant surprise.

Fog Over Finny’s Nose, while an enjoyable read was the slowest moving of the three stories. Because it started out with Ruth and Monk already married, I missed there being a little romance leading up to the marriage.

In Treasure Under Finny’s Nose, Ruth, pregnant at forty eight tries to help solve another murder in Finny. However she waylaid but the sudden appearance of her estranged son Bryce whose wife has left him. Soon, Bryce is attacked and Ruth has a lot more to deal with than just morning sickness, which seems to last all day. Ruth’s husband Monk’s niece, Bobby sparks an interest in widower detective Jack making for an interesting side story.

Treasure Under Finny’s Nose was an entertaining quick read. I found myself rooting for the romance between Bobby and Jack, a romance that made this novel more pleasant.

I really enjoyed California Capers, particularly Fog Over Finny’s Nose and Treasure Under Finny’s Nose. Overall, this is a worthy read, especially if you are looking for a tame romance with a touch of mystery. This is a good book for someone who may be turned off by too much sex, language or violence.


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