Review of Ghosts, Alibis, and Apple Pies

Ghosts, Alibis. And Apple Pies

Michelle Bishop Paranormal Cozy Mysteries, Book #1

J A Holder

5+ Stars

Synopsis:

Michelle Bishop has spent most of her life hating her nemesis, Georgia Beauregard. When the town beauty queen herself suddenly dies, Michelle is the only one who isn’t mourning. But Michelle has just discovered there is something far worse than a living, breathing bully. Try being haunted by a dead one.

As Michelle and Georgia try to figure out their newfound supernatural connection, a murder rocks the peaceful community of Carder Bluff, Arkansas. Now, the ghost of the victim is also appearing to Michelle. It seems she and Georgia are the only ones who can help send this poor, annoying soul on his way. Can these two enemies learn to put aside their differences to solve a murder in their hometown?

Ghosts, Alibis, and Apple Pies is the first book in a new paranormal cozy mystery series by J.A Holder. If you enjoy Southern cozy mysteries with humor, heart, and a supernatural twist, you will love this series.

Review:

Sometimes when you read a book something just clicks with you.  That is what happened when I read this book.  I enjoyed it so much and I was sad when the book ended.  But this is only the beginning of the series so that makes me happy.

The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Michelle is a likable character and she has an adorable cat.  Michelle learns that she has been in a serious accident but has no memory of it.  She learns that she was not alone in the car.  Georgia, someone who bullied her every chance she got, was also in the car, and she was killed.  When Georgia appears to Michelle as a ghost, Michelle must find a way to get rid of her.  Reading about their bickering and banter is very funny.   When a person is killed, Michelle and Georgia have to combine forces and try to figure out who the culprit is.

The author is very talented in his descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the beginning.  The story flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.   The mystery is well plotted and not easily solved.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  And if you enjoy a ghost story as much as I do, give the book a try and find out for yourself how good it is.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book and provided my honest review.

Review of Matchmaking Can Be Murder

Matchmaking Can Be Murder
An Amaish Matchmaker, Book #1
Amanda Flower
5 Stars

Synopsis:

Matchmaking can be murder . . .

When widowed Millie Fisher moves back to her childhood home of Harvest, Ohio, she notices one thing right away—the young Amish are bungling their courtships and marrying the wrong people! A quiltmaker by trade, Millie has nevertheless stitched together a few lives in her time, with truly romantic results. Her first mission? Her own niece, widowed gardener Edith Hochstetler, recently engaged to rude, greedy Zeke Miller. Anyone can see he’s not right for such a gentle young woman—except Edith herself.

Pleased when she convinces the bride-to-be to leave her betrothed before the wedding, Millie is later panicked to find Zeke in Edith’s greenhouse—as dead as a tulip in the middle of winter. To keep her niece out of prison—and to protect her own reputation—Millie will have to piece together a patchwork of clues to find a killer, before she becomes the next name on his list . . .

Praise for Amanda Flower and her Amish cozies

“As it turns out, Amanda Flower may have just written the first Amish rom com.”
— USA Today

“Flower has hit it out of the ballpark . . . and continues to amaze with her knowledge of the Amish way of life.”
— RT Book Reviews

“At turns playful and engaging . . . a satisfyingly complex cozy.”
— Library Journal (Amazon)

Review:

This book is a great beginning in a new series by this author. It is a spinoff from her Amish Candy Shop mystery series, and I enjoyed seeing some of my friends from that series in this book. I like the fact that this series has an Amish protagonist, it gives it a unique perspective.

The characters are well developed and well rounded. I enjoyed getting to know Millie, an Amish matchmaker, of sorts. I like the fact that she is older and has more life experience than most of the other cozy protagonists that I read about. As luck would have it, her best friend from childhood, Lois, has moved back and the two reconnect. She is an Englischer and she is a hoot. The difference between the two is like night and day, but they also compliment each other well. And Millie’s goats added so much humor to the book, and also provided a clue to the mystery.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and that pulled me into the story right from the beginning. The mystery was well plotted and moved along at a steady pace. There were enough clues to sift through, suspects to consider and red herrings to examine, and it was not easily solved.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I am excited about this new series, and now I have even more books to look forward to reading.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

Review of Blowin’ Up A Murder

Blowin’ Up a Murder

Kenni Lowry, Book #8

Tonya Kappes

5 Stars

Synopsis:

Love and marriage go together like grits and gravy…or do they?

Welcome to the little town of Cottonwood, Kentucky, a charming town with fun business names like Tiny Tina’s Hair Salon and Cowboy’s Catfish.

Sheriff Lowry becomes public enemy number one when she shuts down a wedding reception when one of the catering waiters ends up dead impaled with a wedding umbrella. The bride is not happy and proceeds to beat Sheriff Lowry with her bridal bouquet!

Kenni and Poppa are on the case! How lucky that Kenni is already there to start her investigation! She’s got a bratty bride, a crass groomsman and dead waiter! If the murder at the wedding was not enough, she’s got to get to solve this so that her friends business isn’t ruined!  (Amazon)  

Review:

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Kenni and Poppa have a special relationship that even death cannot ruin.  Kenni has her hands full when a waiter is killed at a wedding reception.  The bride and her parents are not happy that Kenni ruined the reception.  And her own momma is a suspect.  It is a good thing that Poppa is there to help her.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and it pulled me into the story right from the start.  She is also quite good at telling a southern tale, which I am very happy about.  The mystery is well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider.

I cannot tell you how happy I was to get to spend time with Kenni and Poppa. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written cozy mystery.  I cannot wait for the next one.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book and provided my honest review.

New Releases For The Week of May 15th, 2022–Part 3

When her mother disappears, professional organizer Charlotte Adams will have to take off on a very disorganized trip across Europe to save her life . . .

It’s not unusual for Esme Adams to dash off overseas with no warning, but when weeks pass and Charlotte still hasn’t heard from her, she begins to worry that her mother’s in danger and has gone into hiding. Before she can even begin to guess where to start looking, though, Charlotte finds her own home ransacked and then set ablaze. Determined to escape a more serious attack while the police investigate, she sets off for Europe, hoping to track down her mother at one of her secluded getaway spots.

As Charlotte follows a winding trail of clues through Paris, Lisbon, Milan and beyond—narrowly missing her mother in each city, and just as narrowly eluding her pursuers—secrets begin to emerge about her mother’s shadowy past. A history of ties to criminal organizations, an infamous bank heist, and a gentleman thief who may have been her one true love all raise questions about her mother’s true identity and the peril she faces. As Charlotte processes the dizzying implications about her mother, her own childhood memories, and the father she never knew, she’ll have to work fast to catch up with her mother, before her mother’s past catches up with them all . . .

Travel Organizing Tips Included!

Praise forthe Books of Mary Jane Maffini:

“A comedic, murderous romp . . . Maffini is a relaxed, accomplished, and wickedly funny writer.” —The Montreal Gazette

“Mary Jane Maffini provides a first-rate, well-organized whodunit . . . A new series that is fun to read.” —Midwest Book Review

“Maffini’s new series . . . is off to a brilliant start with this fast-paced mystery!” —Romantic Times

“Deserves top marks for creating an entertaining, fast-paced thriller filled with witty one-liners, snappy dialogue and crackling suspense.” —The Strand Magazine

“I’ll look forward to a long life for this series.” —Deadly Pleasures

“Plenty of twists and turns that kept me turning the pages until the last sentence.” —Dru’s Book Musings


About the Author:

Agatha and RT Award winner Mary Jane Maffini is the author of three and a half mystery series and two dozen short stories. Along with the Charlotte Adams professional organizer mysteries, she’s the author of the Camilla MacPhee Mysteries and the Fiona Silk comic capers. As Victoria Abbott, she collaborated on five collector mysteries with her daughter, Victoria. Mary Jane lives and plots in Manotick, Ontario, with a cluster of mischievous dachshunds at her feet. You can read more about her books and sign up for her newsletter at maryjanemaffini.com. (Amazon)

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Jessica Fletcher’s sunny beach vacation with her nephew’s family takes a dark turn in this new installment in the USA Today bestselling series.

Jessica is delighted when her nephew Grady invites her to spend a few days with his family in an oceanside New York bungalow. She packs her bags and heads down to the city, ready to spend some quality time with Grady, his wife, Donna, and their young son, Frank. 
 
But the morning after Jessica’s arrival, Donna finds her boss dead on a tennis court, and Jessica’s dreams of a relaxing visit are quashed. Everyone in the small beachside community is a suspect, and the local authorities—headed by an old colleague of Cabot Cove sheriff Mort Metzger—have asked that no one leave town. Will Jessica be able find a killer and salvage the rest of her trip? (Amazon)

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Lovelace Manor has a famous past… but when a historian becomes history at its annual open day, amateur sleuth Eve Mallow is on the case!

Everyone in Saxford St Peter flocks to Lovelace Sunday, the festival celebrating the romantic history of beautiful Lovelace Manor. This year will be even more exciting, as famous TV historian Cammie Harington is planning a spectacular stunt with a hot-air balloon for her new show.

Eve Mallow jumps at the chance to volunteer – it’s a great people-watching opportunity. But she soon realises there is no love lost between Cammie and the family who owns the manor… so why did Cammie agree to come?

When Cammie’s hot-air balloon tumbles from the sky, Eve feels sure this is no accident. Alongside dachshund Gus, she sets to work investigating the mystery, piecing together all the odd things she’s seen and heard.

Could the killer be discreet Diana, lady of the manor, who fell out with Cammie years ago? Or Diana’s dashing brother Sebastian, whose dark secret Cammie knew? Why was the loyal gardener following Cammie around? And had Cammie uncovered something explosive about the manor’s past, as she claimed?

When someone breaks into Cammie’s cottage and a priceless Lovelace heirloom goes missing, Eve is sure she’s on the right track… but can she solve the case, before the killer brings her crashing down?

A completely gripping English cozy mystery, perfect for fans of Frances Evesham, J.R. Ellis and Betty Rowlands.

See what everyone is saying about the Eve Mallow series:

Stunning Loved the story and the pacing and just everything about it… A great story that I couldn’t put down.’ Crossroad Reviews

I loved this book…Everything an old-fashioned sleuthing ought to be… I flew through the pages’ Shalini’s Books & Reviews, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Utterly delightful!… The perfect cosy murder mystery… Keeps you on your toes!… I highly recommend this to the armchair detectives of the world!’ The Two Quills

‘A totally addictive page-turner that will have you racing through the pages and reeling at the twists.’ NetGalley reviewer

‘A fantastic read… Had me guessing till the last page.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Plenty of plot twists, red herrings, and misdirection. Kept me in suspense. I loved it!’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Drags the reader right into the plot from day one. She writes so vividly… I can almost imagine I’m on the dunes walking Gus, an inspiration of a dog that steals the show… A Marplesque amateur sleuth.’ Jenny O’Brien, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Delightful and charming… I absolutely adore this series.’ Once Upon a Time Book Blog, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Stepping into the pages of a new Eve Mallow mystery is like stepping into your favourite well-worn comfy slippers… Deliciously moreish… If you haven’t already discovered this series then what are you waiting for???’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Amazon)

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Owner of Meowkins Cat Café, Daisy Summers is always up for solving a mystery. Or so, she’d thought.

When she and Gideon are lured into a dark forest and end up discovering an unhallowed grave, they unknowingly dig up the past along with human bones. It certainly seems like a mystery worth solving, until everyone in town who might know something suddenly comes down with a mysterious case of memory loss.

The coven’s mid-season harvest feast should be a happy time for all, but how can Daisy celebrate when each bit of truth she uncovers could hurt her mother in more ways than one?

Gideon has Daisy’s back, and he’s willing to sacrifice so that she can find the answers she seeks. But will it be enough, or will he need to take things in a direction that might send Daisy running?

Such is Midlife is the sixth book in the Sweet Mountain Witches Paranormal Women’s Fiction Cozy Mystery series. If you like the thrill of solving a murder, enjoy a sweet romance, and believe that life begins at forty, you’ll love this series.

Grab your copy today!

Note: Does not contain gore, swearing, or adult-situations. (Amazon)

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When the celebrated crime writer Agatha Crispy engages Hettie and Tilly in the search for a stolen manuscript, our feline detective duo is plunged into a world of Dickensian thieves and murderers.

Does the ghost of Jake the Nipper prowl the London Streets of Kitzrovia? Will Madame Two Paws’s exhibition wax or wane? And will the secrets in the crypt of the church of St Mavis and Cucumber finally be revealed?

Join Hettie and Tilly as they attempt to unravel yet another darkly humorous case for The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency. (Amazon)

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Family secrets are revealed in Book four of the Medium with a Heart series.

Over the past year, Joanna has formed an unexpected friendship with the local mob boss, Hank the Hammer Hammersley. He has come to her rescue a number of times and has been one of her biggest supporters. Yet she hasn’t been able to reciprocate with the one thing he wants most; to reconnect with his mother.

That day has finally come.

However, it may not be the happy reunion Hank had hoped for when he learns about a long-buried family secret, two potential murders, and that he may be the heir to a vast fortune.

Joanna’s hands are tied, and she can’t investigate the claims as she’s promised her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Clint Hartley that she would stay out of danger. Especially now that his job is in jeopardy.

But can she help it if the prime suspects keep coming to her? (Amazon)

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A baker who sees the dead. One too many suitors.And a killer. Living in Honey Hollow can be murder.*A laugh out loud standalone cozy mystery by New York Times Bestseller Addison Moore* All books in the series can be read individually, so dive on in!.***Includes RECIPE***My name is Lottie Lemon, and I see dead people. Okay, so I rarely see dead people, mostly I see furry creatures of the dearly departed variety, who have come back from the other side to warn me of their previous owner’s impending doom.The Easter bunny isn’t the only one hopping into town, a killer has hopped on over too. A home renovation show is taping in town and the big reveal might just turn out to be lethal. Not only does Lottie stumble upon a double homicide but another body turns up as well and leaves Detective Noah Fox wondering if he has a serial killer on his hands.Everett is holding a secret close to the vest, and as if holding his own deadly secret wasn’t enough, he’s holding one for Evie too.It’s springtime in Honey Hollow. A dangerous killer is on the loose, and Lottie Lemon is in way over her head. And as much as she loves flowers at this time of year, she hopes she won’t be pushing up daisies any time soon.Lottie Lemon has a brand new bakery to tend to, a budding romance with perhaps one too many suitors, and she has the supernatural ability to see the dead—which are always harbingers for ominous things to come. Throw in a string of murders, and her insatiable thirst for justice, and you’ll have more chaos than you know what to do with.Living in Honey Hollow can be murder.From the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author, Addison Moore— Cosmopolitan Magazine calls Addison’s books, “…easy, frothy fun!” (Amazon)

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Steve and Rochester seek the truth about a neighbor’s murder

There’s a new dog in town – a golden retriever named Luke, in training to be a seeing-eye dog. He and Rochester immediately bond, but there’s something odd about Luke’s human, Ben Ji. How can someone so young afford an expensive townhouse on Sarajevo Way? When Ben is shot, Steve begins to discover the lies he has been telling.

Steve’s also forced to tell the truth about his past, when he deals with a student plagiarist at Eastern College, a professor locked in the stone age, a climate activist with dangerous habits, an angry bartender—and a rifle-wielding assassin.
Will he and Rochester be able to dig up the clues to all these mysteries? Or will a deadly killer go unpunished? (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of May 15th, 2022–Part 2

A chatty feline and a tragic murder. Can this loyal wife solve a heartbreaking crime?

Maggie Romano happily gave up everything to elope to California with the town heartthrob. Though when the ambitious actor’s pursuit of Hollywood stardom falters and he needs his mentor’s advice, she reluctantly agrees to head back to their old beachside haunts. But she’s shaken to her core when on a solo seaside stroll, she stumbles upon her spouse’s dead body.

Shocked that she’s the prime suspect, the grieving widow sets out to clear her name before she’s arrested for a crime she didn’t commit. But with the small-town paper sensationalizing the homicide and her husband’s dark secrets coming to light, even teaming up with a talking cat may not keep Maggie from jail… or worse, becoming the killer’s next victim.

Can she and her new furry friend crack the case before she’s slammed behind bars?

Boardwalk Betrayal is the quirky first tale in The Maggie and Pepper Mysteries. If you like charismatic characters, coastal conundrums, and talkative pets, then you’ll love Wendy Ledger’s memorable whodunit.

Buy Boardwalk Betrayal to roll the credits on the truth today! (Amazon)

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A terrible heat wave has fallen over Firefly Junction and tempers are flaring. With triple digit temperatures and humidity thick enough you can cut it with a knife, a chili cook-off is the last place journalist Sunni Taylor wants to be but Prudence Mortimer, the owner of the Junction Times wants her to cover the event. When one of the competitors is stabbed to death in the parking lot the cook-off really heats up. Sunni is no longer covering recipes and pepper eating contests. She has a murder to solve, and the triple digit temperatures aren’t going to stop her.

Book 14 of the Firefly Junction Cozy Mystery series

More in the series:
1. Death in the Park
2. Killer Bridal Party
3. Murder at the Inn
4. A Humbug Holiday
5. Calamity at the Carnival
6. Double Trouble
7. Havoc at Wildwood Manor
8. Fatal Feud
9. Trick or Trouble
10. A Crafty Killing
11. Death at the Museum
12. Murder at the Pumpkin Patch
13. Founders’ Day Fiasco
14. Heat Wave Homicide
15. Terror at Thornbridge Hotel (Amazon)

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Love and marriage go together like grits and gravy…or do they?

Welcome to the little town of Cottonwood, Kentucky, a charming town with fun business names like Tiny Tina’s Hair Salon and Cowboy’s Catfish.

Sheriff Lowry becomes public enemy number one when she shuts down a wedding reception when one of the catering waiters ends up dead impaled with a wedding umbrella. The bride is not happy and proceeds to beat Sheriff Lowry with her bridal bouquet!

Kenni and Poppa are on the case! How lucky that Kenni is already there to start her investigation! She’s got a bratty bride, a crass groomsman and dead waiter! If the murder at the wedding was not enough, she’s got to get to solve this so that her friends business isn’t ruined! (Amazon)

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There’s a killer on the loose, and they look exactly like Aly.
 
When Aly gets a vision of herself murdering the town’s beloved yet crotchety baker, she’s baffled. Obviously, that never happened. But then police arrive at her house with a warrant. If she didn’t kill Tony, why does she have his baker’s hat?
 
Then Tony turns up alive, and things go from strange to supernatural. Where did that vision come from? Aly’s never seen the future before—only the past. At first she thinks the vision was a trick, sent as a distraction by the same person who killed her sister-in-law. But as she works to stop them, Aly fears that her vision of Tony might not have been a lie so much as a premonition. (Amazon)

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Fateful Plateful

Was Pa poisoned?

Everything is just fine in Bald Eagle Falls. Auntie Clem’s Bakery is stable and making good money.

It seems like ages since anyone was murdered or kidnapped. And it seems like just yesterday.

But things are not so rosy in Moose River. When Vic gets the news that her father is on his deathbed, she isn’t sure what to do. Erin takes the trip with her and it soon becomes clear to both of them that all is not right with the Jackson family.

Something dark and dangerous is going on in Moose River, and Erin Price is about to get her fill.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Like baking mysteries? Cats, dogs, and other pets? Award-winning and USA Today Bestselling Author P.D. Workman brings readers back to small town Bald Eagle Falls for another culinary cozy mystery to be solved by gluten-free baker Erin Price and her friends.

Have your gluten-free cake and eat it too. Sink your teeth into this sweet treat now! (Amazon)

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Charley Scott is thrilled to be running a summer pop-up gallery in cottage country. Returning to the lakeside village, not on vacation but as an artist, she’s determined to turn her hobby into a career.

But, beneath the surface of this peaceful town, darkness lurks. There’s a history.

Local chocolatier, Matt Thorn, is struggling with his father’s death and his legacy of deception. As Matt plans to expose his father’s secrets, a local is found dead, the result of eating Matt’s chocolates.

Luckily, art is all about perspective and Charley’s always had a keen eye. Can she see past the obvious and find the killer? (Amazon)

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Fall in love with Robyn and her band of sidekicks in the sweet and witty The Double Exposure Murder, the charming debut of the Robyn Cavanagh mysteries.

Robyn Cavanagh enjoys a thriving second career as a portrait photographer in her beloved suburban hometown of Garland, New York. Having built a large portfolio of high school senior photos and family portraits, Robyn is thrilled when math teacher Brooke Gibson hires her to take photos of a different subject: 16 Clover Lane, the house Brooke has recently inherited from her late great-aunt. Brooke will soon put the home on the market and wants Robyn to take the photos for the real estate listing. Robyn thinks the cozy house will attract prospective buyers—until she finds bride-to-be Brooke’s battered body in the garden shed. (Amazon)

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Sheriff Bree Taggert’s downfall is part of a killer’s cunning design in #1 Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh’s novel of murder, lies, and revenge.

Called to an isolated farm to check on an elderly widow, Sheriff Bree Taggert finds a brutal double homicide. One of the victims is Eugene Oscar, the bitter and corrupt former deputy she recently forced out of the department.

Working with criminal investigator Matt Flynn, Bree discovers that she isn’t the only one who had a troubling history with Eugene. But someone doesn’t want Bree digging up the past. She becomes the target of a stranger’s sick and devious campaign calculated to destroy her reputation, career, family, and new relationship with Matt. To make matters worse, she’s the prime suspect in Eugene’s murder.

When her chief deputy goes missing while investigating the case, Bree refuses to back down. She won’t let him become the next victim. His life and her future depend on finding a killer nursing a vengeful rage. (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of May !5th, 2022–Part 1

The wedding of Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast owner Rick Atwood and Marquetta Weiss is only days away and the B&B is abuzz with excitement. But the mood changes when Rick’s daughter Alex does a little snooping. She overhears Henry Nicholas on his cellphone with his wife, and it’s not Tara, the woman who checked in as Mrs. Nicholas.

When Alex outs Henry at breakfast, Tara explodes. She demands Henry leave immediately. He checks into the town’s motel. But the next morning, Henry is found dead in his room. Rick and Police Chief Adam Cunningham investigate the death, focusing on Tara, who was seen outside the room at the time of the murder.

Alex is convinced Tara is innocent and starts investigating. The trail leads her to a rocky bluff over the ocean and a deadly showdown with a sociopath. There, the truth, and Alex’s life, hang in the balance. (Amazon)

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Jamie Forest, ex-New Yorker is on her way to her cabin to prepare for her first Thanksgiving in the Northwoods of Minnesota when she sees through the swirl of snow a ghostly apparition. It turns out not to be a ghost, but a young woman in labor. Not only is she about to deliver, but she doesn’t speak English. Jamie can’t ask her what she is doing in a lowland bog in the middle of a snowstorm. With the snow falling, she becomes an accidental midwife delivering a healthy baby girl in the backseat of her car. In the aftermath, it’s clear the new mother is afraid someone will take her baby. Three days later a young woman is found drowned in Black Crow Pond. Is she Jamie’s new mother? As she seeks answers, Jamie learns that winter in the Northwoods can be both beautiful and deadly. (Amazon)

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Vi and friends have traveled to a nearby village to see the flowers. These aren’t just any spring bulbs. They are fields of flowers planted as a living love poem. People who know of their existence travel from miles around to witness the beauty.

If only they could be surprised when they discover a mystery along with the blossoms. Vi and friends are also not surprised when, once again, they can’t leave things alone. This time they’re intrigued by the very person the flowers were planted for, and the one who planted them.

As the case progresses, they wonder if it’s a romance or a horror story. Violet uncovers clues and chases down secrets, delving into the darkness amidst the beauty. Only as they draw closer to the killer, they discover that maybe they don’t want to know what happened after all. (Amazon)

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A boyfriend who’s missing. Or was. . . Or is. . . A boat full of old bones. A community ice cream social. A friend in trouble, a spiteful witch, and an angry villain. The mysteries and fun abound in Destiny Falls. Hayden, Latifa, and their family and friends are up for the excitement and adventure.

Old Bones and Ice Cream Cones follows the series format of combining two stories that blend into one. A murder mystery and the island mystery.

The Island Mystery: Hayden’s boyfriend Han is missing. But she swears she saw him zoom by in his car. She’d thought it was a surprise, and that he was home early from his secret service case. She was wrong. The surprise is that his signal isn’t pinging, and no one knows where he is. There appears to be black magic behind his disappearance. Can they learn who’s responsible and bring Han safely home?

The Murder Mystery: A pile of old bones is found in an ancient fishing boat. They could be tied to the disappearance of two young women years ago, back when many of the Destiny Falls people where in high school. Many of the citizens had bad history with the missing students. Do the bones belong to them, and what happened? Were the they murdered? And could the murderer be living among them?

Hayden and Latifa’s many adventures in Destiny Falls will keep you guessing with each book in this fun and intriguing series.

“Intriguing and totally unput-downable!” ~ Goodreads

“You cannot get enough of this series!” ~ Cozy Mystery Book Reviews

“One of the most creative series I’ve ever read.” ~ Kara, Goodreads

“So. Darn. Clever. It’ll keep you on your toes until the final pages.” ~ Pages & Paws

“Just when I think the series cannot get any better, it does. It’s absolutely magical.” ~ Goodreads (Amazon)

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A blackmailer targeting wealthy members of “Sister” Jane Arnold’s club has turned the hunters into the hunted in this thrilling mystery from New York Times bestselling author Rita Mae Brown.
 
“Cunning foxes, sensible hounds, and sweet-tempered horses are among the sparkling conversationalists in this charming series.”—The New York Times Book Review

It’s the start of fox-hunting season and Sister is training a new generation of hounds in eager anticipation of Opening Hunt. But before they make it to that exciting day, several members of the hunt club receive ominous videos in which they appear to be doing scandalous, career-ending deeds. The videos are doctored, but does it matter? The unknown blackmailer promises to publish the clips if they don’t get paid, and even the most upstanding citizen can be brought down by the court of public opinion.
 
While Sister and her friends try to unmask the dastardly mind behind the videos, mysteries abound in their beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain town home. Two men die, apparently by suicide, shocking a community that never saw their deaths coming. And rumors abound that Old Paradise, the estate being lovingly restored by Crawford Howard, houses a secret stash of gold from its original owner. Does someone want the treasure badly enough to kill for?
 
Sister and her fellow Jefferson Hunt Club members, including friends both two- and four-legged, are on the case—and with any luck, they’ll catch the criminals before the first horn sounds on opening day. (Amazon)

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When private banker Stefanie Adams takes a much-needed vacation to the Greek isles, vowing to embrace opportunities as they come, instead of finding romance and adventure she is suspected of murdering a bride who accused her deceased father of artifact theft. Unfortunately, the newlywed’s accusation also ties Stefanie, a former archaeology student, to the robbery of a newly discovered Minoan statue, the golden Akrotiri Snake Goddess.

With two high-profile crimes to solve, Greek police are under pressure, and both crimes lead straight to Stefanie. To avoid Greek prison and maintain her career, Stefanie must identify which of her fellow travelers is the real killer.


Between the light-fingered backpacker with an eye on the bride’s jewelry, the travel blogger whose career the dead woman ruined, a flirtatious German tourist who is after more than romance, and the long-suffering bridegroom, Stefanie’s task won’t be easy. Everyone, it seems, had a motive for wanting to see the last of Emma Keller.

Stefanie’s investigation entangles her in a web of danger and intrigue, international crime and long-buried secrets. When she herself becomes a target, Stefanie doesn’t know who to trust. As charming Thomas Burkhardt warns, Where Greed Leads, Murder Follows… (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

If you love small towns, endearing relationships, food, animals, and a touch of murder, you will love this mystery series set in the small town of White Eagle Montana.

Tess and Tony are busy preparing for the annual Spring Fling, an event designed to both ring in the tourism season and welcome the end of cold temperatures and drifting snow, when a man with a mission sends Tess a letter detailing an odd but intriguing request. It seems that years ago, Simon Baldwin, one of twelve members of a secret society, identified fifteen cold case murders which they then took it upon themselves to solve them. They chronicled the investigation of each murder in a journal they titled: The Murder Chronicles. Of the fifteen murders, fourteen had been successfully closed by the group. One case remained unsolved and Simon, the only surviving member of the original group of twelve, is determined to solve the case before his death. Simon is a Montana native who’d heard about Tess and her success tackling this very sort of thing, so he sent her the journal and asked for her help in solving the last unsolved murder. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Sweet peaches, family secrets… and a farm-fresh murder.

A struggling peach orchard, a tangled love triangle, and a suspicious death have farmer Lucy Resnick’s reporter instincts on high alert in the latest Dewberry Farm mystery. Add in old bones, a decades-old disappearance, and loads of delicious peach recipes for a juicy story you won’t want to put down!

Praise for the Dewberry Farm mysteries…

“Now that I’ve gotten to know the residents of Buttercup, I can’t wait to visit them again. Killer Jam is filled with a good mystery, delightful characters, and a fun setting that will bring cozy readers back for many more visits.” —Carstairs Considers…

“I’m excited to see more from Karen MacInerney…I look forward to reading more about Lucy and her escapades in Buttercup, Texas, and hope we see a lot more of a certain fine lookin’ veterinarian!” —Bubble Bath Books

“Killer Jam is a great first book in the new Dewberry Farm series. Highly recommend! Looking forward to the second one already!” —MysteriesEtc

“I give Killer Jam 5 out of 5 stars. I liked the characters and the humor in the book. I also loved the paranormal element (or the possibility of a ghost)! I look forward to the next book in this series.” —The Avid Reader

“This is a great story; it will quickly grab your attention and keep you turning the pages. There are several laugh out loud moments, particularly a few involving the cow and her antics…I think this is going to be another great series!” —A Cozy Booknook (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Review of The Ghost Is Clear

The Ghost Is Clear

Ghost Detective, Book #3

Jane Hinchey

5 Stars

Synopsis:

Amateur sleuth, PI in training, ghost whisperer.

That’s me. Audrey Fitzgerald, ghost detective. I’m finally coming to terms with the fact that I can not only communicate with ghosts, but animals too. Well, one in particular, my big gray teddy bear of a cat, Thor. What I haven’t worked out yet is how to keep my newfound abilities a secret from the townsfolk of Firefly Bay.

When I’m hired by the president of the local historical society to find a missing necklace, I figured I finally had a case that didn’t require ghostly interference. After all, how hard could it be to find a missing piece of jewelry? Things turn complicated real fast when the necklace turns up in the most unexpected of places and my client turns up dead.

Now I’m up to my neck in ghostly chatter, I have a murder to solve, my PI exams are looming, I’m worried I may have to put Thor on a diet, and I think I’ve accidentally fallen for Captain Cowboy Hot Pants—aka, Detective Kade Galloway. But worst of all? What on earth do I put on my business card without scaring off the townsfolk? Amateur sleuth, PI in training, ghost whisperer, or ghost detective?

Join Audrey Fitzgerald in the Ghost Detective series, a paranormal cozy mystery featuring a cat, a ghost, and a murder to solve.   (Goodreads)

Review:

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Audrey, Ben, Kade and Audrey’s family are quite a cast of characters and I enjoy getting to spend time with them.  Audrey has a lot on her plate, getting ready to take her Private Investigators exam.  She has a client who wants Audrey to find a missing necklace and ends up with a dead client.  Audrey will just have the add finding the killer on her to-do list.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning.  The mystery was well plotted and I was surprised who the culprit was.  That is a good thing in my book.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a cozy mystery.  And if you like ghosts with your mystery, even better.

Review of The Ginseng Conspiracy

The Ginseng Conspiracy

A Kay Driscoll Mystery, Book #1

Susan Bernhardt

5 Stars

Synopsis:

On her way to attend a Halloween Ball, Kay Driscoll, a newcomer to town, witnesses the murder of a local professor. When the official coroner’s report rules the cause of death to be accidental and the community accepts the judgement, Kay decides to uncover the truth for herself. Through her personal investigations, Kay exposes a complex conspiracy, woven deep within the thriving local ginseng industry, that involves some of the more prominent figures and families of Sudbury Falls. 

With her new friends, the free-spirited herbalist Deirdre and the untamed modern woman Elizabeth, Kay discusses new clues over tea and pastries at Sweet Marissa’s Patisserie, their crime-fighting headquarters. As Kay gets closer to the heart of the conspiracy, additional murders happen in quick succession. Before long, Kay learns that the villains are gunning for her, too. Phil, her musically talented but preoccupied husband, determined to keep her safe, withholds from her the one thing she needs most: the truth. (Goodreads)

Review:

When Kay Driscoll is heading to The Halloween Ball, she notices some people wearing hooded robes and wonders why they are wearing them.  She decides to follow them into an abandoned building, wondering if they are having a pre-Ball party.  What she sees makes her realize that the only type of party this may be is a “killer” party.  When she is almost discovered,  she runs away and narrowly escapes getting caught.  She does not know what to make of what she witnessed, and after she finds a dead body with her two best friends, she knows there is a murder to be solved.  The death is ruled an accidental drowning, but Kay knows better.  Kay and her two friends, Deirdre and Elizabeth, begin their own investigation into the murder.  When more dead bodies turn up, they know that they must be very careful before they end up deceased as well.

There is so much that I like about this book.  I think that the characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional.  I really enjoy the fact that Kay is an older woman with a family.  So many of the cozies I read have younger main characters and many do not have families.  Although the characters in these books are still relatable to me, Kay and her friends seem even more realistic and very engaging.  Her friends have quirky personalities and the three of them together meshed perfectly.  Kay’s husband seemed a little clueless most of the time but you could tell that he loves Kay.  I feel like they are friends I have known for a long time and I was catching up on their lives.  I think the author did a great job with these characters, especially since this is the first book in the series and I just met them.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I felt like I was right there watching all the action, instead of just reading about it.  The descriptions of the food, the Masquerade Ball and the setting in general are well done and never became repetitive or boring.

The mystery is carried on well throughout the book.  There are enough twists and turns to keep Kay and the reader guessing the whole time.  There is plenty of suspense and tension and I could not turn the pages fast enough.  There are a few times where my jaw dropped open while reading and I did not want to turn the page because I was worried about what was about to happen.  I think the ending is much more realistic than many other cozies I have read.  A lot of the times, the protagonist puts herself in grave danger at the end and someone else needs to rescue her.  That was not necessarily the case with this book.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well plotted cozy mystery.  The second book, Murder Under The Tree, has already been released.  Do yourself a favor and grab both of these books and enjoy.  You will be happy that you did.

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Shadow Of The Gypsy

Shadow of the Gypsy
A Novel
Crime – Thriller – Love Story
Setting – The Blue Ridge, The Litchfield Hills, and Waterbury, CT
BQB Publishing (May 3, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 340 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1952782570
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1952782572
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09HST8WP5
Print length ‏ : ‎ 280 pages

Purchase Links – Amazon 

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Shelly Frome and his new book Shadow of The Gypsy. Check it out.

Josh Bartlett had figured all the angles, changed his name, holed up as a small-town features writer in the seclusion of the Blue Ridge. Only a few weeks more and he’d begin anew, return to the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut and Molly (if she’d have him) and, at long last, live a normal life.

 

After all, it was a matter of record that Zharko had been deported well over a year ago. The shadowy form John had glimpsed yesterday at the lake was only that — a hazy shadow under the eaves of the activities building. It stood to reason his old nemesis was still ensconced overseas in Bucharest or thereabouts well out of the way.

 

And no matter where he was, he wouldn’t travel south over eight hundred miles to track Josh down. Surely that couldn’t be, not now, not after all this.

Shelly Frome is a member of Mystery Writers of America, a professor of dramatic arts emeritus at UConn, a former professional actor, and a writer of crime novels and books on theater and film. He also is a features writer for Gannett Publications. His fiction includes Sun Dance for Andy Horn, Lilac Moon, Twilight of the Drifter, Tinseltown Riff, Murder Run, Moon Games and The Secluded Village Murders. Among his works of non-fiction are The Actors Studio: A History and a guide to playwriting and one on screenwriting, Miranda and the D-Day Caper is his latest foray into the world of crime and the amateur sleuth. He lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

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New Releases For The Week Of May 8th, 2022–Part 4

To be clear: Beatrice, Duchess of Kesgrave, does not think every dead person in London is the victim of a sinister plot. The city is large, after all, and some of its inhabitants had to have died from innocent causes. Like Peter Huzza, who was killed in a horrifying steam engine accident. It is shocking, yes, the way his body was torn apart by the explosion of his very own machine, but not entirely surprising. High-pressure steam is notoriously dangerous to harness.

There is no reason to suspect foul play.

Nope, none at all.

And yet there is that disquiet Bea feels when she pictures the decimation caused by the blast. It just doesn’t seem quite decimated enough. But the alternative makes even less sense, for how could she have noticed something that one hundred other spectators missed? Believing the inventor was murdered right before their eyes—it is a wildly implausible theory.

No doubt it is. But when has Beatrice Hyde-Clare ever let the impossibility of a theory stop her? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Twenty years after the disappearance of the treasurer of Stonecroft Resort, an article appears in the Ontario Times, “Whatever Happened to Harold Ramsey?” reigniting Sackets Harbor with whispers, rumors, and gossip.

The townsfolk believe Ramsey embezzled funds and left town with Kate Darby. Blair Ramsey believes her husband is dead. Miss Ada Whittaker believes Felix Zohlar knows more than he’s telling, and Felix Zohlar believes wealth and influence, like blood applied to Hebrew doorposts, will cause the hand of justice to pass over. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

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Something’s coming if Ruby doesn’t stop it in time…

Florida’s Gulf Coast, 2009. A body is found dead on a local retirement community’s golf course. Police chalked it up to natural causes, but several West Vista del Boca residents are convinced it was murder.

Enter Ruby and The Melody Street Players, in town to perform West Side Story at the local theater. Ruby’s grandparents are divided over whether or not Ruby should investigate the decade-old murder. And her grandparents aren’t the only ones divided in West Vista del Boca. Two rival factions are battling for control of the community council.

Could the ongoing war between the Golfers and Palmers explain what happened on the golf course all those years ago? Can Ruby unravel the clues in time to save this community’s version of Tony and Maria, or will she find herself the latest victim of the rival gangs’ rift?

The Musical Murder Mystery series follows plus-size chorus girl, Ruby Ecco, as she and her traveling theatre troupe visit cities all over the world to stage musicals. The problem? Everywhere the troupe goes, murder and mayhem seem to follow. Ruby might not be leading lady material, but she’s shaping up to be quite the amateur sleuth!

Here’s the suggested reading order:

Prequel: Panic at the Playhouse (Dangerous Curves Series #8)

Book 1: The Sound of Murder

Book 2: West Side Murder

Book 3: Little Shop of Murder

Book 4: Once Upon a Murder (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

From the award-winning author of the acclaimed Myrtle Beach Mystery Series comes a prequel short-story to Death on the Boardwalk – from a different perspective.

A discovery in a Grand Strand consignment store sends Mark and Peggy Whitman, two tourists celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary while staying at the OceanScapes Resort on an adventure. Mark is aging, unmotivated, and hasn’t been the same since a heart attack. Peggy has tried to boost Mark’s spirits, but failed.

That starts to change when they find an item tucked inside a purchase, igniting an unexpected journey that explores the Grand Strand, a secret romance, and rekindles their love for one another. But to find the secret, Peggy needs Mark to find the drive to help before they have to check out.

Along the way, they will encounter faces familiar to the series, and meet some that have not been seen before, all in the day before Clark Thomas finds a body on his bookstore doorstep.

Filled with Wygal’s characteristic humor and fast, fun writing style, The Brass Key is a delightful entry to the Myrtle Beach Mystery Series.

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The Brass Key is a prequel short story (all other books in the series are full length novels). (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Can Presley save her friend’s wedding day and catch a killer?

Even though Presley thinks her best friend, Katy, is making a huge mistake, Presley goes home to Hunter’s Hollow to help her plan her wedding to Chris.

When she finds realtor Bethany Granville dead in Katy’s salon, wedding plans suddenly aren’t the most pressing concern. Katy didn’t even know Bethany, and the ever-curious Presley wants to solve the murder before it affects Katy’s business.
As Presley investigates, she finds more questions than answers. How did Katy’s fiancé know Bethany? Why was her body in Katy’s salon?

Things get even more precarious when their ex-friend, Dirt, escapes from prison. Is he on his way to their small town to finally get his revenge?

Presley’s quest to find the answers just might hurt the one person who is innocent in all of this – Katy.

Previously published by Laina Turner. This new edition is reworked with new characters and even more cozy fun. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle