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Notebook Mysteries ~ Emma (Notebook Mysteries Book 1) by Kimberly Mullins – Review by Deborah White

Emma (Notebook Mysteries, #1)Emma by Kimberly Mullins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book starts off with the fictional retelling of the Chicago fire of 1871 and quickly introduces the main character Emma. The story follows Emma as she grows and matures into a wonderful character full of intrigue and strength. I enjoyed how the author incorporated the use of historical events to lend credibility to the book. I am looking forward to the next book and the further development of the characters and their adventures.

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Notebook Mysteries ~ Emma (Notebook Mysteries Book 1) by Kimberly Mullins – Review by Devon Pulliam

Emma (Notebook Mysteries, #1)Emma by Kimberly Mullins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My heart hurt for Emma learning exactly how and why her mom died. You can tell this family is tight knit and that they’d do anything for each other. I love the happy ending to her last case she was involved in. With Emma and Dora both finding closeness again with that case bringing them together. Even Tim and Tony being such a huge part of their lives and becoming family in the process.

Finding the newspaper articles from her mom, I knew something fishy was going on when the writer pushed her out of his office without giving her anything.

I was relieved when the “watcher ” was revealed and it was someone who was protecting her from the same people that hurt her mom. She is very aware of everything and I loved how she made and left baskets of food for her “watcher”. Like he thought he was all sneaky and not being seen.

Since I did read these out of order I am glad this book gave some back story that I was missing out on from reading a later book first.

This is such a great series to read to suck you into the mysteries of Emma’s life. I also loved on this one how the “narrator and Dear One” chime in with some input to give more back story when needed.

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Notebook Mysteries ~ Emma (Notebook Mysteries Book 1) by Kimberly Mullins – Review by Ashley Westerman

Emma (Notebook Mysteries, #1)Emma by Kimberly Mullins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this series. I read the other books and didn’t realize I was missing book 1. So thankfully I was able to get it. Although I had read the others before this, I never felt like I was missing anything. I loved every minute of this book. The character development was excellent, and the story line kept me hooked the entire time. I can’t wait to see what else is next!

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Notebook Mysteries ~ Emma (Notebook Mysteries Book 1) by Kimberly Mullins – Review by Gillian Fawell

Emma (Notebook Mysteries, #1)Emma by Kimberly Mullins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I haven’t read much about 19th Century Chicago before but this book had it all. Hidden, mysterious happenings, a great female protagonist and a great cast of characters! It was wonderful to see a female heroine being taken seriously in this time period and Emma is not without a few tricks up her sleeve which definitely kept me amused and reading long into the night. Highly recommended!

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Notebook Mysteries ~ Emma (Notebook Mysteries Book 1) by Kimberly Mullins – Review by Amy Brennan

Emma (Notebook Mysteries, #1)Emma by Kimberly Mullins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is what I am talking about! I have read a couple other installments in this series, and was blown away by the authors ability to teach the reader a thing or two of the history of Chicago, New York, and a few other places and things throughout the creative stories of Emma, Dora, Tony, Tim, and Papa of course. I love the narrative in which their stories and the novel is told, and because of all this, I find this series to be a very healthy addiction, to say the least.

Now that I know the true beginnings of this family, and what occurred to have Emma develop within the other installments, it makes me want to read the entirety of the series over again, as I am thoroughly enjoying her character, am able to relate to their family, the character development and world building is very well done, as always, and it makes me want more. I look forward to spending more time cuddled up in blankets learning, and aching for these folks over and over again. Will be recommending to those looking for a solid historical mystery!

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Notebook Mysteries ~ Emma (Notebook Mysteries Book 1) by Kimberly Mullins – Review by Tara Johnson Barnes

Notebook Mysteries ~ EmmaNotebook Mysteries ~ Emma by Kimberly Mullins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Emma is the first book in the Notebook Mysteries Series. The book is set in 1881 Chicago, and centers around the rebuilding of Chicago after the fire of 1871. Sixteen-year-old Emma spends most days working early mornings at her family’s bakery. She has a thirst for adventure and is determined to explore the City of Chicago beyond the usual areas of her home and her family’s bakery. She decides to approach her Papa with the idea of helping the delivery boys who work for her family bakery with their deliveries on the days she does not work at the bakery.

Although Papa is reluctant, he knows that Emma is a strong and determined girl who can take care of herself. This was something he made certain of after Emma was kidnapped and brutally beaten at the tender age of six years old. From that day forward, Emma was determined to never become a victim again and learned to defend herself. With the help of her Papa, who enlisted the help of several experts through the years, Emma learned self-defense skills such as knife throwing. With those skills, Emma felt prepared to venture out into Chicago and learn more about the city she lived in.

With her little black notebook in hand, Emma sets off on a series of adventures while helping with deliveries through various Chicago neighborhoods. What started out as an adventure and a way to explore different areas of Chicago soon turned into a series of mysteries that needed to be solved. With her keen sense of observation and trusty notebook Emma soon realized there was some odd goings-on within some of the neighborhoods. The more she observed and took note of, the farther she delved into the dark side of the criminal underworld. Before long, the mystery came full circle and brought her back to her own family and the death of her mother during the Chicago Fire of 1871.

I loved this book and thoroughly enjoyed following Emma on her adventures through Chicago. The character of Emma is well written, and the reader cannot help but admire her strength, courage, determination, and zest for life. Emma is a girl who knows what she wants and does not allow anyone to stand in her way. She has a sense of fashion that is well ahead of her time and is not afraid to flaunt her bold style, regardless of what others might think or say about it. She does not allow anyone’s opinions or judgement to change who she is. These are all qualities you cannot help but admire in young Emma. I absolutely loved the author’s writing style in this book. It was unique and interesting to have Dear One pop into the story every so often as the Narrator told Emma’s story. It was a style of writing that added interest to the story and was unlike anything that I have ever read. Bravo to the author for thinking outside the box and adding this unique writing style to the story!

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Notebook Mysteries ~ Emma (Notebook Mysteries Book 1) by Kimberly Mullins – Review by Kerry Carr

Emma (Notebook Mysteries, #1)Emma by Kimberly Mullins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book in the Notebook Mysteries series. It’s a great introduction to the character of Emma.
This is Emma’s story of how she went from being a small girl, to the loss of her mother, working in the bakery her mother ran, and eventually finding her own feet in a career that most didn’t think was a woman’s place. However Emma is amazing at solving Mysteries and her amazing observational skills and note taking make her a great detective.
This story is a rollercoast of emotions from happiness to sadness, its full of adventure, danger and intrigue which keeps the reader guessing and reading wanting to know more.
I especially loved the touch the author does with the recipes along the way. It’s a nice little twist you don’t see very often in a fiction story.

This book is a really good read and i can’t wait to see what other Mysteries and dangers Emma will face as she continues to follow her dreams of being an investigator and what Mysteries will come her way.

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Notebook Mysteries ~ Emma (Notebook Mysteries Book 1) by Kimberly Mullins – Review by Sheri Schrader

Emma (Notebook Mysteries, #1)Emma by Kimberly Mullins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Notebook Mysteries: Emma is the first book in the Notebook Mysteries series. I have read other books in this series and was glad to pick this one up. Set in 1881 Chicago, we meet Emma a teen who works in her family’s bakery. She wants to do more than work in the bakery and finds herself on quite an adventure. I really enjoyed this series, and this book did not disappoint. I enjoyed getting to know the characters especially since I know where the series goes in the later books. This is a great series for young adult and/or cozy mysteries book readers. I look forward to reading more books in this series or from this author.

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Notebook Mysteries ~ Emma (Notebook Mysteries Book 1) by Kimberly Mullins – Review by Paula R Sayers

Notebook Mysteries ~ EmmaNotebook Mysteries ~ Emma by Kimberly Mullins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An amazing read to begin this series. In this book, we meet Emma who is a sixteen year old girl like none other. Emma has been trained how to protect herself and finds herself constantly solving mysteries. Emma carries her black notebook everywhere she goes. Emma is constantly taking notes and discovering things that others miss.

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Notebook Mysteries ~ Emma (Notebook Mysteries Book 1) by Kimberly Mullins – Review by Dawn Daughenbaugh

Emma (Notebook Mysteries, #1)Emma by Kimberly Mullins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Stars
Notebook Mysteries ~ Emma (Notebook Mysteries Book 1) by Kimberly Mullins

Notebook Mysteries ~Emma is the first book in the Notebook Mysteries Series. I’m a huge fan of Historical Cozy Mystery and this author knocked it out of the park. I was pulled in from the beginning and found myself lost in the pages of this wonderfully written mystery. Emma is a young woman who works at the family bakery but what she really wants is something more adventurous. When a opportunity presents for her to help the boys on the delivery wagons she takes it. Emma finds herself being pulled into case after case each one seems more complicated than the last. What will happen when her family gets pulled in? I highly recommend reading this book to find out what happens next. I look forward to reading many more books by this author.

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