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Notebook Mysteries ~ Decisions and Possibilities by Kimberly Mullins – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

Decisions and Possibilities (Notebook Mysteries #2)Decisions and Possibilities by Kimberly Mullins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It is the year 1883 and Emma Evans is getting ready for work while she reminisces about some of the cases she has worked in the last year as an amateur sleuth, as she checks that she has everything and looking at her split skirt, specifically designed so she can cycle around Chicago with ease, she thinks about the events which started her on this path in life. From the happy occasion of her sister getting married to the opposite of when she was attacked, she looks through the old notebooks she has written her case notes in and how they changed her life forever, as well as those around her.

This included finding out that her Mama was involved in a couple of the cases she was looking at, thefts and smuggling operations mainly and that someone she worked with was also the head of a criminal organisation with fingers in many pies in the city and she stopped some of them in their tracks, this made her a target, but they weren’t the only ones, she also witnessed an attack, which when she tried to stop it, was when she was attacked herself, but later on the culprit returned to try again, however, only succeeded up getting caught and sent down for their crimes. This did lead to Emma helping a local charitable organisation and making a friend for life in the process, while helping them to remain anonymous at the same time.

In the present day, Emma has a job agency after finishing her degree in Business School and is helping other to gain the same qualifications and jobs, as well as being a courier and typist during the day, as well as investigating multiple cases and bringing more specialists onto the team. These include a photographer and a master of disguise whom all extend her original team and help to bring her the professional recognition she deserves, however, her personal life is not as easy, she is struggling to define her feelings for two men she is close to and trying to work out if her past and present are going to collide and rip the team apart at the seams. This is a cozy mystery with clean romantic elements within where tangled threads are smoothed out, secrets revealed and crimes solved with a dash of humour and self discovery thrown in for good measure which will keep you hooked throughout.

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Notebook Mysteries ~ Decisions and Possibilities by Kimberly Mullins – Review by Ashley Hasting

Decisions and Possibilities (Notebook Mysteries #2)Decisions and Possibilities by Kimberly Mullins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Emma is such an intriguing individual with so much going on for her. It all started with her notebook and crimes. The Characters overall in this book are all exciting with their different personalities and how they all relate and help Emma achieve what it was hard for women to do in those times. As a woman, I praise the work that was done in this book and wish I was in that timeline helping where I could! It’s the stories you wish you were apart of that make the best readings. Her love, mysteries, drama, and friendships all link in with the story told. Kimberly, such a great series. Thank you for this creation! 🙂

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Notebook Mysteries ~ Decisions and Possibilities by Kimberly Mullins – Review by Sarah Devereaux

Decisions and Possibilities (Notebook Mysteries #2)Decisions and Possibilities by Kimberly Mullins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Decisions and Possibilities is book two in Kimberly Mullins Notebook Mysteries series.
I did not read book 1 and I feel like it should be read first to get a better understanding of the story. With that being said, I really enjoyed this book! I liked the main character Emma and how she pushed for opportunities for women who wouldn’t have normally had them in the 1800s due to it being a mainly male society in terms of working and going to school. I enjoyed the mysteries within the book and if you like historical fiction mixed with mystery then I highly recommend this book and series! I am looking forward to my next read by Kimberly Mullins!

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Notebook Mysteries ~ Decisions and Possibilities by Kimberly Mullins – Review by Dahnielle Hibbert

Decisions and Possibilities (Notebook Mysteries #2)Decisions and Possibilities by Kimberly Mullins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In this volume of the Notebook Mysteries we follow Emma once again, who is an 18-year-old graduate of business school and an entrepreneur. Emma is persistent, self-sufficient, vivacious, and wants to make lasting change. The case she takes on is much more perilous than the other ones as she is battered and warned away.

Emma Evans is a real Sherlock Holmes, using wit, keen observation skills and a vast amount of cleverness to solve injustices. She carries around a notebook with her at all times in order to set down all her perceptions of the things she takes the time to notice. This helps her do what she desires the most … solving crimes.

I thought the recipes were a wonderful addition and I feel I will truly enjoy making some of them. However I will say this you need to read the first book 1st, because a more detailed character description and a deeper background will give you a better understanding of Emma and everything else going on.

The characters were intricately flesh out and very detailed. I particularly like the historical details during that era that show Emma’s endorsement for women’s rights. Including stepping out of the box society forced her into and fighting for equal pay and equal opportunity for women in the work place. This novel is also socially conscious in that Emma helps women who are abused a fair bit.

If you are looking for a delightful, fun, read with many dramatic escapades all packed into a novel, with historical details look no further. This tale has a very Nancy Drew essence and will entertain the older and younger generations.

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Notebook Mysteries ~ Decisions and Possibilities by Kimberly Mullins – Review by Emily McCoy

Decisions and Possibilities (Notebook Mysteries #2)Decisions and Possibilities by Kimberly Mullins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Notebook Mysteries was added to my collection of Historical Mysteries! The detail in this book really added to the suspense of the cases, not to mention the way all the cases really feed into the plot of the book as well and don’t even get me started on the recipes! Oh, my goodness I am so excited about those. It really gave me a cool way to connect with the book in a way I had not imagined! Emma is easily one of my favorite characters, I love how she handles her cases, her personality, the way she is not afraid to challenge others when it comes to a “woman’s place”. This was the first one I have gotten the chance to read but I will be checking out her book before this one to see more on these characters I have already come to love. All in all I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes the Historical mysteries YA Genre!

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Notebook Mysteries ~ Decisions and Possibilities by Kimberly Mullins – Review by Samantha Bassett

Decisions and Possibilities (Notebook Mysteries #2)Decisions and Possibilities by Kimberly Mullins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Emma Evans is an eighteen-year-old who lives in Chicago in 1883. She gets into business school which is almost impossible for a woman at that time.
Emma and her brother-in-law work with the administrator at the business school to allow more women into the school. Emma also loves mysteries and always has her notebook with her to keep all of her notes.
She not only does she work with her business but she also works with Pinkerton Detective agency. with the help of an acquaintance. After graduation along with her brother-in-law’s help, Emma talks to the head of the business school to allow more women into the business school as men make more money in other jobs and new companies still need the administrative help. Along with her business mind, Emma likes solving mysteries. She is involved with the Pinkerton Detective agency, but she doesn’t work there full-time.
When a detective colleague investigates an old case Emma she becomes friends with a lady that she saved from a brutal beating a few years ago. With this lady’s connections, Emma and her family can take women away from the Chicago area where they have had abusive relationships and put them back in touch with family to begin their new chapters.
It really is a great read and I loved every moment.

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Notebook Mysteries ~ Decisions and Possibilities by Kimberly Mullins – Review by Shea Gilkerson

Decisions and Possibilities (Notebook Mysteries #2)Decisions and Possibilities by Kimberly Mullins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Decisions and Possibilities is a book that keeps things moving, with multiple team members and mysteries joining Emma’s story. Emma has turned 18 since the first book, and has a lot on her plate. With a business, solving mysteries, and a couple of men in her life, there is a lot happening for her!

It can be a bit tough to stay in the mode with the “Dear reader” and “narrator” asides at times, but this book is fast moving, drew a good visual of 1800’s era, while also having strong female leads with solid male support in their endeavors, which is a nice touch.

If you’re interested in a quick YA crime read, with an admirable female lead and twists and turns, you should check this out.

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Notebook Mysteries ~ Decisions and Possibilities by Kimberly Mullins – Review by Shea Gilkerson

Decisions and Possibilities (Notebook Mysteries #2)Decisions and Possibilities by Kimberly Mullins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Decisions and Possibilities is a book that keeps things moving, with multiple team members and mysteries joining Emma’s story. Emma has turned 18 since the first book, and has a lot on her plate. With a business, solving mysteries, and a couple of men in her life, there is a lot happening for her!

It can be a bit tough to stay in the mode with the “Dear reader” and “narrator” asides at times, but this book is fast moving, drew a good visual of 1800’s era, while also having strong female leads with solid male support in their endeavors, which is a nice touch.

If you’re interested in a quick YA crime read, with an admirable female lead and twists and turns, you should check this out.

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Notebook Mysteries ~ Decisions and Possibilities by Kimberly Mullins – Review by Barbara Stegall

Decisions and Possibilities (Notebook Mysteries #2)Decisions and Possibilities by Kimberly Mullins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Notebook Mysteries ~ Decisions and Possibilities by Kimberly Mullins – Review by Barbara Stegall
This is the 2nd book in this Historical series – I did not read the first one and feel like I would have enjoyed this one better had I read the first book. This was a well written book with great characters. Not only is the main character Emma is well developed but so are the supporting characters. I enjoyed that Emma solved a number of cases. Oh you can’t miss how she keeps her “case book”!

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Notebook Mysteries ~ Decisions and Possibilities by Kimberly Mullins – Review by Moriah Venable

Decisions and Possibilities (Notebook Mysteries #2)Decisions and Possibilities by Kimberly Mullins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Decisions and Possibilities is the second novel in the Notebook Mystery series by Kimberly Mullins.

In Chicago 1883, teen Emma Evans is more involved in case and her business than ever before. She gains recognition and a new member in her team.

But the case she is working on is far more dangerous than previous especially when she assaulted and threatened.

And her personal life is just as complex as her professional with her trying to define her feelings for two men in her life.

This was a very fun read. It reminded me alittle of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series.

I have not read the first novel in this series and I look forward to reading Emma’s journey but I really hope there will be a third novel for me to read.

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