Review Of Goodbye Cruller World

36963970Synopsis:

Named after her beloved tabby, Deputy Donut, Emily Westhill’s donut shop in small-town Fallingbrook, Wisconsin, is doing so well, she’s expanding into catering weddings. But a killer is about to crash the reception . . .

Normally, Emily’s eyes tend to glaze over when prospective brides go on about their wedding plans. But when the owner of the clothing shop, Dressed to Kill, asks Emily to design a donut wall for her reception, she’s immediately sweet on the idea. With the help of her father-in-law and business partner–the former police chief of Fallingbrook–she hangs the treats from dowels on the wall so guests can help themselves.

But that night, when the groom ends up on the floor with signs of poisoning, Emily suspects someone has tampered with her treats. When the groom dies, there’s no way to sugarcoat it: she’s got a murder on her hands. Despite a list of suspects as long as the guest list, Emily vows to find out who created the killer confection to save her shop’s reputation and keep the bride out of handcuffs. She’ll have to move fast . . . before the poisoner takes a powder.  (Goodreads)

 

Review:

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Emily is not afraid of hard work and she is happy to spend her days working to make her donut shop successful,  So when she has the opportunity to create a donut wall for a wedding reception, she is happy to do it. Little does she know that her creation is going to be used for murder.  She knows that she is going to have to get involved in another killer investigation and figure out who the culprit is. With the help of some friends, she does just that.

The mystery was well plotted and moved along at a nice pace.  There were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider.  Throw in some red herrings and twists and turns and it is not very easily solved.   The fact that Emily was considered a suspect seemed a little off to me, she did not know him at all.   I guess the fact that the lead detective really dislikes Emily (I think she dislikes everyone) was the reason why she wanted to pin the murder on Emily.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

 

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New Releases For The Week Of August 19th, 2018–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of August 19th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so many of them for this week. Today is the third and final day of my list for this week.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

Cleaning is Murder (A Myrtle Clover Cozy Mystery Book 13) by [Craig, Elizabeth Spann]

 

 

When Myrtle’s housekeeper is a murder suspect, she swears to Myrtle that she’s squeaky clean.

It’s easy for fellow citizens to get on your nerves in sleepy Southern towns like Bradley, North Carolina. Particularly when one of the citizens is something of a cheapskate. Amos Subers isn’t one to tip waiters, pay back a loan, or behave generously with family. When it’s discovered that penny-pinching Amos was actually quite wealthy, it hardly engenders goodwill in the small town … in fact, he’s heartily disliked. Octogenarian sleuth Myrtle Clover’s housekeeper is certainly no fan of his: Amos owes Puddin money for cleaning his house

It’s not too surprising when Amos is later found, murdered, in his kitchen. Myrtle and her senior sidekick Miles resolve to track down the killer when Puddin becomes a prime suspect…and before the murderer strikes again.  (Amazon)

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I'm Your Venus: Sylvia Stryker Space Case #2 (Space Case Mysteries) by [Vallere, Diane]Sylvia Stryker is taking space by storm—and the galaxy is gearing up for adventure as national bestselling author Diane Vallere blasts Sylvia’s Moon Unit to Venus…

When Sylvia Stryker boards Moon Unit 6 as uniform lieutenant, it’s with an eye on the future. After space pirates destroyed her life, the trek to Venus provides a fresh start. But when the winner of the promotional contest designed to hype the trip is found dead outside the uniform ward, sleuthing takes top priority.

The amorous effect of Venus on the already frisky passengers threaten to compromise the investigation—not to mention the victim’s secret relationship with Sylvia’s boss. Forward thinking, back channels, and distractions on the side lead Sylvia on a pulse-pounding probe that exposes a murderer along with the surprising truth about her past.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Desolation Mountain: A Novel (Cork O'Connor Mystery Series Book 17) by [Krueger, William Kent]New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger delivers yet another “punch-to-the-gut blend of detective story and investigative fiction” (Booklist, starred review) as Cork O’Connor and his son Stephen work together to uncover the truth behind the tragic plane crash of a senator on Desolation Mountain and the mysterious disappearances of several first responders. This is a heart-pounding and devastating mystery the scope and consequences of which go far beyond what father or son could ever have imagined.

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

To Stephen O’Connor, Hamlet’s dour observation is more than just words. All his life, he has had visions of tragedies to come. When he experiences the vision of a great bird shot from the sky, he knows something terrible is about to happen. The crash of a private plane on Desolation Mountain in a remote part of the Iron Lake Reservation, which kills a United States senator and most of her family, confirms Stephen’s worst fears.

Stephen joins his father, Cork O’Connor and a few Ojibwe men from the nearby Iron Lake reservation to sift through the smoldering wreckage when the FBI arrives and quickly assumes control of the situation. What seems like the end of the O’Connors’ involvement is, however, only the beginning of a harrowing journey to understand the truth behind the Senator’s death. As he initiates his own probe, Cork O’Connor stumbles upon a familiar face in Bo Thorson, a private security consultant whose unnamed clients have hired him to look quietly into the cause of the crash. The men agree to join forces in their investigation, but soon Cork begins to wonder if Thorson’s loyalties lie elsewhere.

In that far north Minnesota County, which is overrun with agents of the FBI, NTSB, DoD, and even members of a rightwing militia, all of whom have their own agendas, Cork, Stephen, and Bo attempt to navigate a perilous course. Roadblocked by lies from the highest levels of government, uncertain who to trust, and facing growing threats the deeper they dig for answers, the three men finally understand that to get to the truth, they will have to face the great menace, a beast of true evil lurking in the woods—a beast with a murderous intent of unimaginable scale.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wedding Cake & Woe: A 2nd Chance Diner Cozy Mystery by [Byers, Beth]

 

 

Rose and Simon are finally getting married! The dress is bought, the guests are coming, and a body has been found where they’re supposed to say their vows!

It’s a race to solve the murder before their big day is ruined. Will their joy be forever altered by what has happened? Or will they be able to find both justice and their happily ever after?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rue The Day (Sage Wisdom Mysteries Book 3) by [MacLeod, Juliet]The corpse who died twice.

While visiting her father’s grave, Bryony Taylor stumbles upon the body of a woman left in an unlocked mausoleum in Saxon Lake’s local cemetery. Bryony is haunted for days by the oddly tranquil smile frozen on the dead woman’s face. Finally she decides she must know more about who this woman was.

When Bryony digs for more information, however, she makes a startling discovery: Charlotte Stone and her twin brother supposedly died twenty years ago! Now it’s up to Bryony to unearth what really happened to Charlotte during that faux family tragedy and who killed her now.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frustrated: A Cozy Mystery (The Witches of Hemlock Hotel Book 2) by [Darcy, Diane]What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay there.

Las Vegas psychic Lena DeVille has a boyfriend who thinks he’s a werewolf. They might have to break up.

However, when a new mystery crops up, she’s unable to resist. A young lady’s been kidnapped from The Hemlock Hotel (maybe) and Lena is starting to realize that things are not quite as they seem within the walls of the most popular resort in Vegas.

There’s a family on the verge of going wild (literally), witches hoping she’ll join their coven, and her own magic making an appearance. Not to mention local boys trying to make a buck, a little breaking and entering, and a reporter determined to uncover secrets.

Can Lena resist William, find the kidnapper, and rescue the girl before it’s too late? Or will their investigation have her becoming a target for a madman hiding in plain sight?

TWITTERPATED IS NEXT!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Other Woman: A Novel by [Jones, Sandie]The most twisty, addictive and gripping debut thriller you’ll read this year.

HE LOVES YOU: Adam adores Emily. Emily thinks Adam’s perfect, the man she thought she’d never meet.

BUT SHE LOVES YOU NOT: Lurking in the shadows is a rival, a woman who shares a deep bond with the man she loves.

AND SHE’LL STOP AT NOTHING: Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever.

THE OTHER WOMAN will have you questioning her on every page, in Sandie Jones’ chilling psychological thriller about a man, his new girlfriend, and the mother who will not let him go.

The Other Woman is an absorbing thriller with a great twist. A perfect beach read.”—Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Great Alone

“A twisty, deliciously fun read.”—Sarah Pekkanen, New York Times bestselling co-author of The Wife Between Us

“Fun and fiendishly clever with a twist you will not see coming. Make room in your beach bag for this one!” – Wendy Walker, bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten

“Thoroughly entertaining. Pammie is the mother-in-law from hell!” – Michelle Frances, #1 bestselling author of The Girlfriend

Compulsive, claustrophobic, it spoke to my deepest fears as a wife and mother, grabbing hold of me and not letting go. Definitely a must read!” – Emma Kavanagh author of Falling

Compulsive, superbly plotted, and all too believable! Earmark it now for your TBR pile.” – Michelle Davies, author of Gone Astray  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Releases For The Week Of August 19th, 2018–Part 2

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of August 19th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so many of them for this week. Today is the second day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

Murder at Hawthorn Cottage: An absolutely gripping cozy mystery (A Melissa Craig Mystery Book 1) by [Rowlands, Betty]Meet Melissa: cat lover, caring mother… daring detective? 

Melissa Craig is absolutely delighted with her new life in an old crumbling cottage, spending her days pruning the primroses and getting to know Binkie, the ginger cat next door. She only wishes she had made the move to the countryside sooner.

But when a knock at the door brings news of a shocking discovery, she suddenly finds herself thrown in to the middle of a baffling mystery: the bones of a young woman have been found in the woods just behind her new home.

Perhaps the little village of Upper Bembury is not as idyllic as it first seemed? 

Strange phone calls in the night convince Melissa that the police are barking up completely the wrong tree, so she can’t resist doing a little digging of her own. From the bingo hall to the beauty salon and beyond, her search ruffles a few feathers and uncovers many of the village’s most scandalous secrets, but gets her no closer to finding the culprit…

The discovery of a tatty old photograph in a drawer is the final piece of the puzzle she needs, but as a newcomer in this close-knit community, does Melissa have what it takes to get to the bottom of this extraordinary murder mystery alone? 

A joy to read! An absolutely unputdownable whodunnit for fans of Agatha Christie, P.D. James and Faith Martin.

This book was previously published as A Little Gentle Sleuthing.

What readers are saying about Murder at Hawthorn Cottage:

‘An entertaining book… fluently written… In the same league as Agatha Christie.’ B for Book Review

Captivated… very well-written… a terrific beginning to the series… a very quick read. I thoroughly enjoyed the danger and surprising twists in this story, as well as the unexpected humour.’ Robin Loves Reading

Absolutely charming!… A good old-fashioned who-dunnit with just the right amount of mystery, intrigue and humour. Would definitely recommend!’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

‘A gripping cozy mystery… encapsulated village life to a T!’ A Knight’s Reads

Absolutely perfect… very easy reading… Melissa Craig is such a good character… swept along for the ride… I am very much looking forward delving into the others – I can’t wait! Broadbean’s Books, 4 stars

I really liked this book… I could picture everything in my mind clearly. I enjoyed the storyline and it kept me intrigued. I loved the mystery and how we got to the end and I didn’t guess what was going to happen.’ Goodreads reviewer, 4 stars  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Berry The Dead: A Sequel Series To "A Murder In Milburn" (Return To Milburn Book 1) by [McGovern, Nancy]IF YOU LOVED “A MURDER IN MILBURN”, THEN THIS IS THE SERIES FOR YOU!

We first met Nora Newberry as a determined & talented young baker with a nose for sniffing out murderers in Death At A Diner, the first book in her original series, “A Murder In Milburn”. Now, after a twenty-five year hiatus, she is back! And there’s a lot to catch up on! So much so that we just had to “Return To Milburn”!

About Berry The Dead:
Busy planning for her 55th birthday celebration, Nora is thankful for the wonderful friends & family with whom she has been blessed. She’s also grateful for how long it has been since finding herself knee-deep in a murder mystery. For years, her days have been filled with delicious baking & fantastic times with loved ones. Life is good!

Then her housekeeper is found dead, poisoned by berries…

To make things worse, the new sheriff seems determined to brush her death off and move on. But Nora knows this wasn’t an accident. And, if she wants to see the killer brought to justice, she alsoknows it’s time for her to spring into action.

So, with the help of her friends, Tina & Simone, Nora jumps headlong back into the murder game. And this time she’s older, wiser and in more danger than ever!

Join Nora Newberry in this first book of her new series, “Return To Milburn”, and find out what we’ve all been missing since we saw her last!

NOTE: If you have not read Nora’s first series, “A Murder In Milburn”, you do not have to do so to enjoy this book/series! You can jump right in! But, if you’d like to catch up on the past, you can get ALL 12 BOOKS from the previous series in a big box set right here on Amazon! And for a hugely discounted price!

And please sign up for Nancy McGovern’s newsletter using the link inside this book! When you do, you’ll receive behind-the-scenes info about her (and Emma Lee’s) stories, updates on future releases and a FREE PREQUEL to “A Murder In Milburn” as a Thank You for joining the family! You’ll love it!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dancer Wore Opera Rose: Mysterious Devices 2 (Magnificent Devices Book 15) by [Adina, Shelley]Book two of the Mysterious Devices series of clockwork cozies set in the Magnificent Devices world!

Daisy Linden and her sister Frederica arrive by airship in Santa Fe, capital of the Texican Territories, determined to search for their missing father. But two surprises await them–the authorities’ baffling refusal to help, and a not-so-chance meeting with snake-oil salesman William Barnicott.

To their joy, the Lindens find that their father has indeed been seen in Santa Fe. To their horror, it was an assignation with a cancan dancer in the dead of night. Now the dancer is missing–and their father seems to be the only suspect. There is nothing for it–Daisy and Freddie must find the girl, for only she can clear his name, and tell them where he might be now.

But there are forces arrayed against them in Santa Fe … men in the shadows who have bet too much on a dancer’s disappearance to let two young ladies interfere and raise the stakes …

“Shelley Adina adds murder to her steampunk world for a mysteriously delicious brew! You’ll love watching her intrepid heroine (and unexpected friends) bring justice to the Wild West while pursuing a quest of her own.” —Victoria Thompson, bestselling author of Murder in the Bowery, on The Bride Wore Constant White  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Destiny's A Witch (Wicked Good Mystery Series Book 1) by [May, Lucy]Welcome to Charm Cove, Maine – where the Good are Wicked, and the Wicked are Good… or maybe not.

Nothing is ever as it seems, at least not in Charm Cove, Maine. Moira Wicked—yes, that’s actually her name—moves away in the hopes she can escape her fate, or destiny, or something along those lines. She yearns to lead a normal life.

A few years away teaches her one glaring lesson. It’s incredibly difficult to be normal when your first name means destiny, your last name is Wicked, and you actually do come from a family legendary for its witchy ways.

Trying to keep her powers under wraps in the real world is a tad tricky. A love spell gone sideways sets in motion her return to Charm Cove for a spell. As bad luck would have it, or fate if you’d rather, she’s home for one single day when a body turns up floating in the town fountain. The oh-so-charming Charm Cove is turned upside down. Meanwhile, tourists are crowding its picturesque streets, and magic is being bottled up and sold as health remedies.

Moira finds herself in the thick of the murder investigation, all the while trying to hold her nosy family and destiny at bay. Destiny comes in the form of Liam Good. A Wicked is fated to fall in love with a Good once every century. No pressure or anything.

Take a visit to Charm Cove, where Wicked meets Good and where you just might find there’s almost always more than meets the eye.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Armchair Detective Versus Stokeham United: Series Seven by [Shimwell, Ian]“Goal! A record-equalling goal!”

Watched by Margaret and Trench, ‘Strike’em in Staunton’ scores for the ninth game in a row, equalling Stokeham United’s all-time goal scoring record.
But then striker Staunton suffers from a series of suspicious mishaps. Could someone at the club be attempting to stop Staunton from breaking the goal record by using foul play?
Old Tom suggests delving deep into the club’s historical records, but soon realises that this footballing mystery is becoming more complicated than the off-side trap…  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Berry Baffling Businessman: A Humorous Cozy Mystery (Kylie Berry Mysteries Book 6) by [Winters, A.R.]Welcome to The Berry Home: where the food is to-die-for!

Life is looking sweeter than ever for Kylie Berry, owner-operator of The Berry Home café. She’s even booked a gig hosting a weekend-long conference for some major players in the East Coast shipping industry, with one minor snag: she has no idea how to cater such a big event all by herself.

“Winters will have you giggling into your book!”

When an old friend visits Kentucky, the stars align. Chef John Radde, head chef at the swanky Chicago-based Smoulder, graciously offers to cater the entire event using Kylie’s café kitchen. The up-and-coming culinary whiz Chef John can’t resist the free publicity—and Chef Plus Amateur Sleuth Kylie can’t resist the chance to learn a thing or two!

While Kylie runs the storefront and John manages the catering team in the kitchen, disaster strikes the small country town yet again. The dead body of packaging magnate Oliver “Ollie” Drysdale is discovered beneath a dumpster during the conference, and the police suspect murder most foul.

Who stood to benefit from the death of a powerful businessman with piles of cash and still more clout to wield in the business world? Was it his stunning young fiancée Lara Tiggs, who Kylie remembers from her years living in Chicago? Or Lara’s younger brother, Larry, who’s short on sense but loves his big sis to the point of doing anything she asks? Could it have been rival Robert Cornish, who stood toe-to-toe with Oliver in the packaging industry? Or was it his jet-setting youngest son Sebastian, who stood first-in-line to inherit his father’s massively successful business?

Complicating matters further, Kylie’s best friend Zoey rushes to defend Sebastian, who she met and schmoozed with a year ago at the same conference. Kylie has to juggle her business, yet another murder investigation, and brace for a firefight with her best friend when all fingers point straight to Zoey’s crush!

Praise for A.R. Winters:

“The perfect balance of being lighthearted, but still a serious page-turning mystery.” – Jaycie D, Amazon.com 

“A fun cozy mystery with engaging and entertaining characters” – lq, Amazon.com

“For fans of Janet Evanovich, Rhys Bowen and Jana DeLeon, this is a funny, clean mystery.” – Clara B, Amazon.com

A Berry Home Catastrophe is the sixth book in the Kylie Berry Mystery Series. Though it can be read as a standalone, it’s best read in series order.

This is a humorous cozy mystery featuring a strong female protagonist, some unusual friends and family, and a mystery that needs solving! It has no graphic gore, bad language or sex.  (Amazon)

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Cold Open (Caught Dead in Wyoming, Book 7) by [McLinn, Patricia]As spring beckons, winter chill remains …

In television, a cold open sometimes rolls before the opening credits, often a teaser to news or a feature to follow. For TV journalist Elizabeth Margaret “E.M.” Danniher, a nippy March and April are just a tease for spring after a long Wyoming winter. In her short time in Sherman, she’s learned that winter starts in October and might not end until June. Since last June, a series of murders have tested her and her KWMT-TV colleagues’ reporting – and amateur sleuth — skills. And the small town’s rumor mill is churning about her relationship with handsome sports reporter Mike Paycik – or is it rugged rancher Tom Burrell?

As winter winds down, Elizabeth is ready for spring and looking for a place of her own. Ah, a little peace and quiet as she begins to settle in Cottonwood County. That is, until she discovers homicide at her front door.

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Cold Open, Book 7 of USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn’s Caught Dead in Wyoming series, is a smart, surprising, fast-paced cozy mystery series with humor and a touch of romance that will entertain fans of Craig Johnson, Sue Grafton and J.D. Robb.

“Colorful characters, intriguing, intelligent mystery, plus the state of Wyoming leaping off every page.” — Emilie Richards, USA Today bestselling author

Don’t miss any of Elizabeth Danniher’s Caught Dead in Wyoming adventures:

Sign Off
Left Hanging
Shoot First
Last Ditch
Look Live
Back Story
Cold Open
Hot Roll, coming in 2019

What readers are saying about the Caught Dead in Wyoming series:

“E.M.’s internal monologues are sharp, snappy and often hilarious.”

“A terrific series with a western flair. . . . Great characters that you would want as your friends. Smart, funny, but not perfect.”

“Hoping this series lasts forever!”

“McLinn has created in E.M. a female protagonist who is flawed but likable, never silly or cartoonish, and definitely not made of cardboard.”

If you like mystery/suspense with a hint of romance, try also:

Ride the River: Rodeo Knights (which includes scenes in fictional Sherman, Wyoming, and cameos from Caught Dead in Wyoming characters)

Proof of Innocence (set in Virginia)
Price of Innocence, coming in 2019  (Amazon)

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“”A killer wants Lilly Echosby to roll over and play dead . . .

Lilly may be losing a husband but she’s gaining a toy poodle. That could be seen as a win-win, since her new adopted pooch Aggie (named after Agatha Christie) is cute and adorable, and Lilly’s dirty dog of a spouse is cheating on her with a blond bimboexcept for one problem: Albert Echosbys just been murdered, and Lilly is the number-one suspect.

With the cops barking up the wrong tree, it’s a good thing her best friend Scarlett “”””Dixie”””” Jefferson from Chattanooga, Tennessee, decided to take a break from the dog club circuit to pay a visit, along with her own prize pair of poodles. With help from Dixie, her defense attorney daughter, and a blue-eyed man in blue with a K-9 partner, Lilly is determined to collar the real killer. But when a second murder occurs, it’s clear they’re dealing with one sick puppy . . . “”  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Paperback

New Releases For The Week Of August 19th, 2018–Part 1

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of August 19th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so many of them for this week. Today is the first day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

Witching For A Cure (Emberdale Cozy Mystery Book 3) by [Harper, Kali]Things are going well for Astrid, including her date with Lance, but that’s all about to change.

When Lance runs out on their date, the last thing Astrid wants is to be thrown into the middle of another investigation, especially not one involving the entire town. But with wolves appearing all over Emberdale, Lance not answering his calls, and a man dead on the sidewalk, this could be her hardest case yet.

A newcomer makes matters even worse when he revels a part of Lance’s past the detective clearly wants hidden. Of course, this small discovery could be exactly what Astrid needs in order to get the town back to the way it was.

With the help of Kat, Sammy, and Ida, can Astrid break the spell, or is a town full of shifters their new reality?  (Amazon)

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Peril in Silver Nightshade: A small town police procedural set in the American Southwest (The Pegasus Quincy Mystery Series Book 4) by [Grace, Lakota]What do you do when an angry black-tailed rattlesnake is coiled on the trail in front of you?
Peg Quincy didn’t have a clue, but with a hungry redbone coonhound at home to feed, she’s about to find out!
When Peg Quincy takes on a rent-a-cop security job at Red Rock State Park near Sedona, Arizona, she assures herself it’s only temporary, until the sheriff’s budget can make her job as Family Liaison Officer full time again.

But then a dead body is discovered in the park. Is it suicide, or murder? To make matters worse, Peg gets mixed up with a lady con artist who claims both Peg’s boyfriend and her living room sofa. As Peg rushes to find the killer, her nemesis Chas Doon fights to take her off the case no matter what the cost!

Enjoy this fast-paced mystery, at times humorous and romantic, set in the rural Southwest.

Readers say this about the Pegasus Quincy mystery series:

Peg is a sassy rookie police woman working in a Southwest mining town with a personality all its own.”

“The atmosphere and settings are artfully portrayed, and the main character, Deputy Pegasus Quincy, is unforgettable.”

“The humor is wry, the mystery interesting, the twists clever.”

Every now and then I find a character I want to follow around on the adventures life throws her way. Rookie Detective Peg Quincy is one of them. I like her voice, the way she expresses her emotions and logic, and her grit when she’s faced with increasingly difficult choices.”

“A fast read with engaging characters in a historic setting. Copper Town is my kind of place and Peg reminds me of Stephanie Plum, independent and cheeky.”

“The story moves along well and keeps the reader engaged throughout. There are enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. I want more Peg Quincy!”
Peril in Silver Nightshade is Book 4 in the Pegasus Quincy mystery series.
Get your copy today!  (Amazon)

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A Bite of Blueberry: A Vampire & Baking Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Priscilla Pratt Mystery Book 2) by [Monroe, Melissa]This vampire can’t escape the bad blood.

Vampire Priscilla Pratt is the best baker in the quaint town of Bellmare, Massachusetts — and its best sleuth.

But the townspeople aren’t making life easy for Priscilla after her run-in with a murderer. So she agrees to cater a debutantes’ breakfast to get away from it all. But just her luck — she finds another body at the hall.

Priscilla is caught at the center of a murder investigation once again, and now her meddling fairy godmother has flown into town, too. And then there’s that pesky TV executive hounding her. And she’s not so sure about that mysterious magician.

The Fangs in Fondant bakery is stuck between a rock and a stale scone. Can Priscilla Pratt save her reputation and catch a murderer — twice?

☆ “A Bite of Blueberry” is a funny, gripping and cute paranormal cozy mystery that will have you flipping pages late into the night. Recipes included! ☆

This is book #2 in the Priscilla Pratt paranormal cozy mystery series:

The Priscilla Pratt Mystery Series
Book #0 – Fangs & Fairy Dust (FREE with purchase!)
Book #1 – Fangs and Fondant
Book #2 – A Bite of Blueberry
Book #3 – Blood in the Batter

Scroll up and click “Buy Now” to sink your teeth into this cozy mystery series!  (Amazon)

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Finders, Not Keepers (The Not So Reluctant Detectives Book 1) by [Haggerty, D.E.]What do you do with a diamond no one wants? You can’t keep it. Or can you?

While cleaning her ex-husband’s effects out of the attic, Terri finds an exquisite diamond pendant necklace. She’s determined to return the necklace to its proper owner, but the owner was brutally killed, a murder which remains unsolved, and her heirs want nothing to do with the diamond. Terri embarks upon a journey researching charities to which she can donate the diamond. When her research becomes dangerous, Terri contemplates solving the murder herself. Her best friend, Melanie, jumps feet first into investigating the murder, but her neighbor, Ryder, doesn’t want Terri exposed to any danger. Ryder, to Terri’s surprise, also wants to be more than neighbors with Terri. Luckily, he’s prepared to take any measure necessary to keep her safe because someone is determined to stop her inquiries.

Join Terri on her quest to find a home for the diamond, which may result in the unveiling of a murderer – if she survives long enough.   (Amazon)

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Blame it on Paris (Bennett Sisters Mysteries Book 7) by [McClendon, Lise]PARIS, SECOND CHANCES, CHERRY BLOSSOMS, AMERICANS ACTING BADLY– DID I MENTION PARIS?

When Francie Bennett, 4th in the line of lawyer/sisters, comes under serious allegations of wrongdoing at her law firm, she is mortified to learn she must take a leave of absence. Just a formality, they say, but she is sure this is the end of her reputation and her law career. Will she sit around her apartment and eat cheese, drink wine, and binge Netflix for weeks while hoping it gets worked out?

ZUT ALORS! NON! She is off to Paris on assignment by the mother of a student jailed for serious drug crimes in France. She stays with her sister Merle and her boyfriend, the debonair policier Pascal, in the Marais district while trying to navigate the murky waters of the French criminal system. Is the student an actual European drug kingpin? Or has he been framed by someone? He looks guilty as hell, but first impressions can be confusing, especially inside one of France’s worst medieval prisons.

But wait– a distraction from crime. A law school boyfriend that the flighty Francie kicked to the curb years before has surfaced. Instead of the boring lad she flicked away, Dylan Hardy is now sophisticated and suave– and speaks perfect French from working in an international law firm. And he’s single again, Merle discovers, eager to find her sister a real boyfriend after many rejects over the years.

IT’S SPRINGTIME IN PARIS– or would be if the rain would ever stop. In between visiting the student in prison, gumshoeing about his University, and witnessing drug stings gone wrong, Francie longs to find blooming cherry trees that make Paris the magical place she imagines it is. Will Dylan’s sudden re-appearance in her life be a good thing, or a repeat of her many romantic failures? Will she figure out what is going on with the drug dealer/student? Will she ever find her pink trees of legend?

Watch this space for the next Bennett Sisters Mystery. Francie, sister number four, has her own adventure in law, love, and France. Coming August 24. Preorder now!  (Amazon)

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Witch Me Luck (The Kilorian Sisters: A Witches of Shadow Lake Mystery Book 5) by [Emrick, K.J., Wells, S.J.]An Awards Ceremony… An Evil Witch… And Another Murder!

A special night out at an awards ceremony to honor her boyfriend, Lucian Knight, gives Addie Kilorian a chance to forget about being a witch for a while, and just be his loving girlfriend.

Of course, she should have known that it wasn’t going to be that easy. Nothing ever is for the Kilorian sisters.

During the course of the evening, a woman is found murdered and Addie and Lucian set out to investigate.

And if that isn’t enough to deal with Addie discovers that the evil witch Belladonna Nightshade is also in attendance.

What is she doing there? And what, if anything, does she have to do with the dead woman?

During their investigation, Lucian begins to act very strangely and help comes from an unexpected source.

Will Addie be able to get to the bottom of what is going on before things go from bad to worse? (Amazon)

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The Professor's Predicament: Midwest Cozy Mystery Series by [Harman, Dianne]When you’re the head of the Sex Therapy Department at a university, and you find out your husband has been having an affair, actually a lot of affairs, it’s not a good day.

Over 450,000 books sold by this USA Today Bestselling Author. This is the fourth book in the series.

How can you continue to counsel people about their marriage when you’ve missed all the red flags in your own?

That’s Professor Deborah White’s predicament. And the predicament becomes a crisis when a beautiful young coed is murdered. Deborah’s husband, Geoffrey White, an English professor at the university, had selected the coed to help him with “special assignments,” which were usually conducted in a sleazy motel room.

There’s no lack of suspects in the murder. Was it Deborah’s philandering husband? Or the coed’s boyfriend, Dylan? Or even a past lover of Geoffrey’s who was jealous because he was having an affair with the coed? And Deborah herself certainly has to be considered as a suspect, since the policy always suspect the spouse in cases like this. Each one has a very good motive for murdering the young woman, but which one did it?

As a favor to her friend Deborah, Kat Denham tries to identify and catch the killer. However, there’s one little problem.

There’s a good chance Kat will be murdered before she finds the killer.

This is the fourth book in the popular Midwest Cozy Mystery Series.  (Amazon)

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Coup de Glace (Auntie Clem's Bakery Book 6) by [Workman, P.D.]The trouble with solving murders in a little town like Bald Eagle Falls is that everybody knows about it, and then they expect you to solve their cases too. When Bella brings a new—or rather a cold—case to Erin, she protests that she is not a detective. But Bella really needs her; how could an old woman just have gone missing without anyone following up on it? How could they just accept Ezekiel’s assertion that his wife was fine and she was just off visiting. Eventually, that excuse must have worn out.

Meanwhile, a blast from Erin’s own past—a foster sister Erin would rather not see again—shows up, bringing with her another set of complications.  (Amazon)

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Review of In The Dog House

In The Dog House

Dog Club Mystery, Book #1

V.M. Burns

5+ Stars

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Recently divorced Lilly Echosby finds a community of new friends at a Tennessee dog club, never guessing she’d be groomed to solve a murder close to home . . .

Sure, Lilly Echosby’s husband dumped her after thirty years of marriage, but there’s an upside, too. She’s recharging her CPA career, trading brutal Michigan winters for the sunny south, and best of all, she can finally get a puppy. Enrolling her new toy poodle, Agatha Christie, at the Eastern Tennessee Dog Club also comes with a new best friend: club trainer and southern belle, Scarlet “Dixie” Jefferson. Unfortunately, not everything in Lilly’s life is quite so cuddly. Her neighbor, Bradley Hurston, is a cantankerous, growling, poodle-hating blowhard. For Lilly, snapping back at him in public wasn’t exactly the best revenge. The next day Bradley is murdered in the community pool and Lilly becomes number one suspect. Now the fur is really going to fly . . .

On the scent to find the real culprit, Lilly and Dixie discover that Bradley’s bad-neighbor policy was blocks long. So is the list of suspects. But is aggressive behavior a motive to kill? Lilly and Dixie think there’s more to Bradley’s past. Something more sinister. And they have every reason to fear that Bradley won’t be the last in the community to be put down. (Goodreads)

 

Review:

This is the first book in the Dog Club Mystery series and I thought it was excellent.  The characters were great, the mystery was well plotted and there was a lot of humor in this book.  

The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Lilly is a smart, strong caring woman who was betrayed by her husband in the worse way.  She is a mom with two grown children with whom she is very close to. And she has an old friend named Dixie that she is excited to reconnect with.  So when her husband is killed and she is the prime suspect, she has friends and family standing beside her. She knows she has to find the real killer before she is put away for life.

I really liked the fact that Lilly was an older protagonist with a family.  I also liked the fact that she did not stumble upon a dead body like in so many of the cozies that I read. Another thing that I liked was the fact that Lilly did not have any type of love connection with the detective working on the case.  I thought all of these things gave this cozy a unique perspective.

The writing style flows smoothly and defined the characters very clearly by their actions and words.  It was a quick easy book to read and kept me swiping pages as fast as I could. Her descriptive writing pulled me into the story right from the start and took me on a wonderful journey.  And there was plenty of humor that kept me laughing throughout the book.

The mystery was well plotted and fast paced.  There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through and was not easy to solve, which is how I like my mysteries.  

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy.  This is the first book in this series and I cannot wait to read the next book.  And I am going to have to check out this authors other series, she is very good at her craft.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

 

Review of Death Before Decaf

Death By Decaf

A Java Jive Mystery, Book #1

Caroline Fardig

Book #1

25300887Synopsis:

Perfect for fans of Janet Evanovich and Diane Mott Davidson, Caroline Fardig’s captivating new mystery novel takes readers behind the counter of a seemingly run-of-the-mill coffeehouse . . . where murder is brewing.

After her music career crashes and burns spectacularly, Juliet Langley is forced to turn to the only other business she knows: food service. Unfortunately, bad luck strikes yet again when her two-timing fiancé robs her blind and runs off with her best waitress. Flushing what’s left of her beloved café down the toilet with her failed engagement, Juliet packs up and moves back to her college stomping grounds in Nashville to manage an old friend’s coffeehouse. At first glance, it seems as though nothing’s changed at Java Jive. What could possibly go wrong? Only that the place is hemorrhaging money, the staff is in open revolt, and Juliet finds one unlucky employee dead in the dumpster out back before her first day is even over.

The corpse just so happens to belong to the cook who’d locked horns with Juliet over the finer points of the health code. Unimpressed with her management style, the other disgruntled employees are only too eager to spill the beans about her fiery temper to the detective on the case. Add to the mix a hunky stranger who’s asking way too many questions, and suddenly Juliet finds herself in some very hot water. If she can’t simmer down and sleuth her way to the real killer, she’s going to get burned. (Goodreads)

Review:

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Juliet is smart strong, and is not a pushover. She is also funny, loyal and caring.  When she finds herself as the manager of her friend’s coffeeshop, she realizes that it is not going to be an easy job.  The current employees greatly dislike her and the coffee shop is losing money hand over foot. And when one of the employees is found dead, Juliet finds herself a person of interest in the murder.  With the help of her best friend, Pete, she knows she has to figure out the murderer before she is sent away for good. I just love the relationship between Juliet and Pete. They are best friends and you know they would do anything for each other.  You can also tell that they should be together as a couple, but the timing is not right. But I am keeping my fingers crossed for their happily ever after. The secondary characters added a lot to the story and they all seemed realistic to me.

The writing style flows smoothly and it is a quick easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and that kept pulling me into the story more and more. Actually I was hooked from the first page and I could not swipe the pages fast enough. The mystery was well plotted and there were plenty of suspects to consider and clues to sift through.   I did not figure out the culprit until it was revealed at the end, which is how I like it.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I have read a couple of the other books in this series and I have loved them all.  The language is a little harsher than what is found in most cozies, but it was not offensive in any way.  If anything, I felt it made the book more realistic. Do yourself a favor and check this series out, you will be very happy that you did.

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–To Bead Or Not To Bead

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Janice Peacock  and her new release To Bead Or Not To Bead.   This is the fourth book in her Glass Bead Mystery Series.

 

To Bead or Not to Bead (Glass Bead Mystery Series)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Vetrai Press (June 29, 2018)
Print Length: 187 pages
Digital ASIN: B07CZ4B5Q7

Purchase Link

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When a wealthy theater owner is killed by a falling art glass chandelier, glass beadmaker Jax O’Connell’s boyfriend, Detective Zachary Grant, quickly determines it was no accident. Jax and her friend Tessa try to carry on with a charity fashion gala at the theater, but with only a few days before the big event, they have to scramble to keep things from falling apart. The emcee quits, and to make matters worse, Tessa’s daughters are suspects in the murder. As the chaos unfolds, Jax discovers new suspects at every turn, including an edgy glass blower, an agoraphobic socialite, and a hunky former-cop-turned-actor. Can Jax piece together the clues to find the killer and uncover the dark secrets behind the victim’s family or will it be curtains for her?

 

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Janice Peacock decided to write her first mystery novel after working in a glass studio full of colorful artists who didn’t always get along. They reminded her of the odd, and often humorous, characters in the murder mystery books she loved to read. Inspired by that experience, she combined her two passions and wrote High Strung: A Glass Bead Mystery, the first book in a new cozy mystery series featuring glass beadmaker Jax O’Connell.

When Janice Peacock isn’t writing about glass artists who are amateur detectives, she makes glass beads using a torch, designs one-of-a-kind jewelry and makes sculptures using hot glass. An award-winning artist, her work has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of several museums. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two cats, and seven chickens. She has a studio full of beads…lots and lots of beads.

Author Links

Webpage – www.janicepeacock.com,

Facebook – www.facebook.com/JanPeac,

GoodReads – www.goodreads.com/JanicePeacock,

@JanPeac on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest

 

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When did you know that you wanted to be an author?  What things, if any, influenced that decision?

I was never sure I wanted to be an author until I finished writing my first book.  I know that sounds strange, but I wrote my first book as an experiment and an intellectual challenge.  What would it be like to write a book? My sister-in-law had written a few books during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and so when November rolled around I decided to give it a try. Once I started writing, I was hooked.  I find writing very therapeutic—it keeps me out of trouble. Not that I’d get into any actual trouble, but it does help my brain by giving it a puzzle to work on every day.

 

With so many cozies being written today, what makes your books stand out from the crowd?

I think my books are a lot of fun.  There is a lot more humor in my Glass Bead Mystery Series than in most cozies.  Sometimes that doesn’t always come across in the books’ blurbs and that’s something I’m looking into addressing.  I think the other way that my books stand out is that the protagonist has a very unusual career as a glass beadmaker—what the heck is that?  Jax, the main character in the series, makes glass beads by melting glass in a high-powered torch and then sculpting the glass into shapes. I’m a glass beadmaker, too, so readers can be assured that they are learning about glass beadmaking from some who really knows what they are talking about.

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Do you work from an outline or plot or do you just see where the characters take you?

I’m what they call a “pantser,” which means I work by the seat of my pants, without an outline.  This has been a good way for me to write, though I find it is not very efficient. I think my “pantsing” process has served me well in terms of coming up with multi-layered plots.  However, since I only release a book a year using this ad hoc method, I’ve decided for my new series that I’ll work from a detailed outline. I’m hoping I can make this technique work and that it will increase my productivity and perhaps even the quality of my writing.

 

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Do you read your reviews?  Do you respond to them, good or bad?  Do you do anything special to get those reviews?

I try not to read my reviews, but I do, sort of peaking through my fingers like I might if I were watching a horror movie.  I love getting great reviews—who wouldn’t? When I get a great review it really helps reinforce why I write: to make a world that people want to visit and create characters that readers consider their friends.  And, yes, there are people who have left 1-star reviews. Fortunately, there have only been a couple. Some of the people who write reviews like that are simply trolls who enjoy writing horrible things in hopes of getting a reaction. The one thing I’ve learned is to never, ever feed the trolls by responding.  I just carry on. Now, if there is a review that points out something valid, then I do think it is important to learn from that feedback.

I don’t do anything special to get reviews, other than ask anyone and everyone to please leave a review because in the world of Amazon more reviews typically means more exposure to potential readers.

 

What advice would you give to your younger self?

I think I’d tell myself to say no to volunteering, also known as working for free.  I believe in community service, but I found that at few points in my past I let a volunteer job take over my life. It can be awfully difficult to extract oneself from those situations and very stressful.  I think the other advice I’d give myself is to allow for playtime. When I went to college in beautiful Santa Barbara, California, where the campus is literally on the cliffs above the glittering Pacific Ocean, I can count on one hand the number of times I went to the beach.  Why? Because I was busy getting a double major in Linguistics and Communication Studies, volunteering at a radio station, and generally working too hard. I wish I could return to that time and remember to relax and hit the beach now and then.

 

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Do you think that the cover plays an important part in someone buying your book(s)?   Who designs your book covers?

Yes!  I do think covers are very important.  Since I’m an artist, I’m a very visually-oriented person, so covers matter a great deal to me.  When someone is shopping on Amazon, for instance, they are scrolling past dozens of covers as they shop. I think a really good cover is what makes a potential reader stop and learn more about a book. My first two covers (High Strung and A Bead in the Hand) were designed by a graphic artist at my former publishing company, Booktrope. The third cover (Off the Beadin’ Path) was designed by a freelance designer after Booktrope went out of business.  The fourth cover (To Bead or Not to Bead) I created myself! I probably won’t do that again because it was pretty difficult, given my skills in Photoshop and InDesign are along the lines of  “I’ve never done this before, but can figure it out.”

 

Please give us an insight into your main characters.  What do you think makes them special?

I think Jax, the main character is my series, is an “every woman” in many ways.  What makes her special is that she was brave enough to leave her mediocre life behind and do what she really wanted to do—to be her authentic self.  For Jax, that meant moving to Seattle and becoming an artist. Things are not always perfect for Jax, but she has good, strong friendships that help her when she gets in trouble—as she often does.  You can’t be an amateur sleuth and not get into trouble now and then.

 

What have you learned about yourself since becoming an author?

I’ve learned I can really, actually write a successful book, or four. This is all very surprising to me.  When I finish and I’ve published a book and see it for the first time on Amazon, or when my box of books arrives from the printer, I’m a little startled.  I actually did this.  I’ve learned I’m much more tenacious than I give myself credit for. Writing is not easy, but somehow after many months, I make it to the finish line.  I’m also getting better at having a thick skin—you have to. When I finally release a book, it lives out in the world for everyone to see—and criticize. And that can be tough.  I’m getting much better at not letting the rejection and negative feedback bother me. Sure, it hurts a bit, but then I try and let it go. And no matter what, I keep writing.

 

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Do you write full-time or part-time?

I write full time. I also make glass bead full time.  So maybe that’s part-time for each? Or maybe I just work too hard.

 

What do your plans for future projects include?

The new project is sort of hush-hush right now but it has something to do with gardening…stay tuned.

 

What do you think the hardest part of writing is?  What is the easiest?

The hardest part is putting my butt in my ergonomic chair in front of my computer each morning and writing. There are so many other things that are there to distract me.  I sometimes have to turn Wi-Fi off so I’m not constantly interrupting myself to check email or various websites I frequent. So, keeping myself undistracted is the most difficult thing. The easiest? Writing. Undistracted writing. So, once I can clear away the distractions and focus, it is absolutely wonderful to simply write, explore, and create new characters and journeys.  It is magical.

 

What type of books do you like to read?  Who are some of your favorite authors?

I like to read mysteries, most of them are cozy.  I think Alan Bradley’s Flavia DeLuce Mysteries are terrific, as are Colin Coterril’s Dr. Siri Mysteries. One of my all time favorite books, which is not a cozy mystery, but is mysterious nonetheless, is Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold. When I’m in heavy-duty writing mode, I find it difficult to read fiction, so I read non-fiction—mostly books about becoming a better writer and books about marketing.

 

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What is the one thing you would like your readers to know about you?

I’ve been writing fiction for six years, though I wrote technical training documentation in the software industry for 30 years before that.  I have a husband and a grown daughter and live a pretty normal life. I love working from home, tending my garden and chickens, and sitting on my back deck on the warm evenings and having a glass of wine. I have two cats:  Sydney and Mr. Leo. Plus we have Flint, an extra cat right now, who belongs to my daughter. When I’m not writing, I’m in my glass studio playing with fire.

 

Do you have anything specific you would like to say to your readers?

I would like to thank my readers for making it possible for me to make a living writing books.  Writing has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve done in my life. Becoming an author has been a life-changing experience for me, and for that, I thank you for your support. Keep reading!

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How can readers discover more about you and your work?

    Website: www.janicepeacock.com

    Blog: blog.janicepeacock.com

    Facebook: facebook.com/janpeac

    Twitter:   twitter.com/janpeac

     Pinterest; pinterest.com/janpeac

     Amazon Author Page: amazon.com/author/janicepeacock

     Goodreads: goodreads.com/janicepeacock

 

 

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Review of The Halloween House

The Halloween House

A Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery, Book #4

Kathi Daley

5 Stars

40130993Synopsis:

Every town has one. The big old house which has stood empty for so long that no one really remembers anyone living there. The iconic subject of lore and folktales which hints at supernatural occurrences, tragedy, and family curses, that can be neither confirmed nor denied. For the town of White Eagle Montana the house that served as the subject of ghostly stories by the campfire was a huge old mansion built more than fifty years ago by a wealthy industrialist as a summer home for his wife and five children. The house, void of love and laughter, served as a sort of luxury prison far away from the hustle and bustle of Hartford Harrington’s full and busy life in San Francisco.

Structurally, Harrington House had weathered the long winters and hot summers of northern Montana. It had endured long after every one of those five children had been buried in the little family cemetery at the edge of the huge estate. I’m really not sure why the place was never sold, or even lived in, by whichever Harrington relation inherited the place, but after the summer Houston Harrington jumped from the third floor window to the concrete bricks of the veranda below, not a single Harrington or Harrington heir had set foot in the place.

Until now.

When Jordan Westlake inherits the house from his mother, he decides to break tradition and take up residence. He expected that the renovation on the old mansion would be an expensive and time consuming endeavor, what he didn’t expect to find was a skeleton in his closet. Literally. (Goodreads)

Review:

As is usual with this author, the characters are well developed and well rounded.  Tess loves to solve puzzles and mysteries and with the help of her friend, Tony, she is very good at doing just that.  I like Tess and Tony’s relationship and you can tell how much they care about each other. It is progressing along nicely and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for them.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and she creates settings that anyone would want to go visit and spend time in.  She is also great at creating mysteries that are not easy to solve and have a lot of twists and turns along the way.

I would recommend this book and series to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  You cannot go wrong reading a book by this author.

New Releases For The Week Of August 12th, 2018–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of August 12th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so many of them for this week. Today is the third and final day of my list for this week.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

Don't Eat Me (A Dr. Siri Paiboun Mystery) by [Cotterill, Colin]Between getting into a tangle with a corrupt local judge, and discovering a disturbing black-market business, Dr. Siri and his friend Inspector Phosy have their hands full in the thirteenth installment of Colin Cotterill’s quirky, critically acclaimed series.

Dr. Siri Paiboun, the 75-year-old ex-national coroner of Laos, may have more experience dissecting bodies than making art, but now that he’s managed to smuggle a fancy movie camera into the country, he devises a plan to shoot a Lao adaptation of War and Peace with his friend Civilai. The only problem? The Ministry of Culture must approve the script before they can get rolling. That, and they can’t figure out how to turn on the camera.

Meanwhile, the skeleton of a woman has appeared under the Anusawari Arch in the middle of the night. Siri puts his directorial debut on hold and assists his friend Phosy, the newly promoted Senior Police Inspector, with the ensuing investigation. Though the death of the unknown woman seems to be recent, the flesh on her corpse has been picked off in places as if something—or someone—has been gnawing on the bones. The plot Siri and his friends uncover involves much more than a single set of skeletal remains.  (Amazon)

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Murder at the Ice Ball (Lady Katherine Regency Mysteries Book 3) by [Dobbs, Leighann, Williams, Harmony]When a tragic accident turns out to be murder, Lady Katherine finds herself embroiled in an investigation tainted by lies and deception.

With conflicting witness testimony, mysterious neighbors who saw the impossible, and a secret someone would kill for, Katherine must dig into the dark side of polite London society to uncover the truth.

Naturally, she has help. Maybe too much help. Along with her loyal maid, Harriet, her pilfering pug, Emma, and her Bow Street Runner friend Lyle, Katherine is joined by budding investigator Pru Burwick and her eccentric Scottish fiancé, Lord Annandale. Katherine wouldn’t mind their help so much if Annandale didn’t keep bringing the insufferable Captain Wayland along.

When the investigation takes a disturbing turn, Katherine gets a lead that indicates someone close to her may not be telling the truth, and she must make a tough decision. Protecting her loved one means keeping a secret from her closest allies. Hopefully it does not also mean letting a killer go free.  (Amazon)

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Hop-tu-Naa and Homicide (An Isle of Man Ghostly Cozy Book 8) by [Xarissa, Diana]It’s Hop-tu-Naa time on the Isle of Man and Fenella Woods is excited to learn more about this uniquely Manx celebration.

When a day of fun at Cregneash village ends with Fenella finding a dead body, though, she finds herself tangled up in another murder investigation.

When the inspector in charge of the case calls on Daniel Robinson to help with the investigation, Fenella finds an uncomfortable distance has grown between herself and handsome Inspector Robinson. The distance is only reinforced by the ubiquitous presence of Tiffany Perkins, a pretty young police inspector who’d been on the same course as Daniel.

No one seems to have had a motive for killing young Phillip Pierce. He’d only been on the island for a short while. He was newly married and his beautiful widow seems suitably devastated.

Can Fenella work out why the man was killed? Will Daniel seek her help with this investigation or is he determined to keep her at arm’s length? And if he is keeping his distance, is Tiffany the reason or is there something else going on?
  (Amazon)

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Reunion and Revenge (The Mystery Sisters Book 1) by [Nortman, Karen Musser]

 

 

Maxine Berra and Lillian Garrett, sisters in their seventies, travel together to visit friends and relatives in Max’s 1950 red Studebaker with her Irish Setter, Rosie. Does that mean they are amicable companions? Not at all. But when, during a family reunion, the murder of a family friend throws suspicion on their shiftless younger brother, they put their heads together to try to save him.  (Amazon)

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Feared: A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel by [Scottoline, Lisa]In the new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline, Mary DiNunzio’s ruthless nemesis Nick Machiavelli is back…with a vengeance.

When three men announce that they are suing the Rosato & DiNunzio law firm for reverse sex discrimination—claiming that they were not hired because they were men—Mary DiNunzio and Bennie Rosato are outraged. To make matters worse, their one male employee, John Foxman, intends to resign, claiming that there is some truth to this case.

The plaintiffs’ lawyer is Nick Machiavelli, who has already lost to Mary once and is now back with a vengeance —determined not to not only win, but destroy the firm. It soon becomes clear that Machiavelli will do anything in his power to achieve his end…even after the case turns deadly. The stakes have never been higher for Mary and her associates as they try to keep Machiavelli at bay, solve a murder, and save the law firm they love…or they could lose everything they’ve worked for. Told with Scottoline’s trademark gift for twists, turns, heart, and humanity, this latest thriller asks the question: Is it better to be loved, or feared…

Feared, the sixth entry in the acclaimed Rosato & DiNunzio series, expertly explores what happens when we are tempted to give in to our own inner darkness.

Praise for the Rosato & DiNunzio series:

“Hit every mark… down to the last satisfying twist” Kirkus Review on Feared

Fast paced, heart-tugging…readers will enjoy seeing how it all plays out.” —Publishers Weekly on Exposed

The final curtain will find you cheering, and Scottoline will have earned every hurrah.” —Kirkus (starred review) on Exposed

“[The Rosato and DiNunzio stories] are always her best works and this newest is the best of the bestin this series.” —Huffington Post on Exposed  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deal Gone Dead: A Lily Sprayberry Realtor Cozy Mystery (The Lily Sprayberry Cozy Mystery Series Book 1) by [Ridder Aspenson, Carolyn]Meet Lily Sprayberry. Selling homes is her career. Solving murders, her calling.

There’s money buried somewhere on Myrtle Redbecker’s property, and people are dying to find out where.

Literally.

When Bramblett County, Georgia’s number one realtor Lily Sprayberry finds her cantankerous older client dead on the kitchen floor, she lands herself smack dab in the middle of a long-running property battle and a one-hundred-year-old rumor.

Lily made a promise to sell Myrtle’s land whether her client’s alive or not. But whoever wants that money doesn’t want the property to sell and will do whatever’s necessary to stop her.

Can Lily keep her promise, or will she wind up another victim in this deal gone dead?

Grab your copy now!   (Amazon)

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Cupcakes and Corpses (The Cupcake Capers Book 3) by [Harris, P.L. ]When it comes to design, death is in the details.

Cassidy McCorrson has worked hard to develop her reputation as a leading interior designer in her seaside town of Ashton Point. Since arriving home from visiting her parents in New York, her skills have been in high demand. Between juggling the design for her sister’s new cupcake shop and her private client, Cassidy barely has time to prepare for the upcoming Christmas celebrations.

Cassidy is excited at the prospect of delivering designs she can be proud of, but her world is turned upside down when the body of a local reporter is found murdered on location at her latest work site. What should have been a straightforward job turns out to be the worst decision of her life.

In order to clear her name and restore her reputation, Cassidy must find the real killer before she ends up redesigning the interior of a jail cell. Can she unearth the killer before time runs out?

This is Book 3 in The Cupcake Capers Series and may contain elements of humour, drama and danger. However, it will definitely not contain any of the following potentially lethal substances:
Swearing or profanity.
Gore or graphic scenes.
Cliff-hangers or unsolved endings.  (Amazon)

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Teaberry for Two (A Teaberry Farm Bed & Breakfast Cozy Book 6) by [Wallace, R. A.]

 

 

 

A Teaberry Farm Bed & Breakfast Cozy Book 6
Summer heats up when Megan and Dan discuss marriage. When a murder involves Caitlyn and her family, Megan is asked to search for the pieces to the puzzle. This cozy mystery offers a clean read with a female amateur sleuth and friends in a small-town setting.  (Amazon)

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Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Disappearing Diva (Marty Hudson Mysteries Book 2) by [Halliday, Gemma, Rey, Kelly]From #1 Kindle & New York Times bestselling author Gemma Halliday and USA Today bestselling author Kelly Rey comes a story about Sherlock Holmes, two savvy female detectives, and one chance to catch a killer and the hot Dr. Watson at the same time…

If there’s one thing Martha “Marty” Hudson can’t say no to, it’s her best friend Irene Adler. So when Irene’s little white lie about a fake detective named Sherlock Holmes turns into a real case from an actual paying client, Marty is all in. But their simple missing person case takes a deadly turn when the missing “person” ends up being a missing corpse. Rebecca Lowery was an opera singer in life and, according to her sister, who hires the famous detective to find her, a diva with capital D. When her body goes missing after a supposedly accidental fall, Marty & Irene can think of several people who might want the diva to disappear permanently—especially if her missing body is actually hiding evidence of her murder. Is it the boyfriend with a temper and a shady record, the jealous understudy who’s now stealing the show, the creepy undertaker with possible ties to the underworld, or the estranged sister herself who now inherits everything? Marty and Irene aim to find out, even while trying to keep cool around the hot ME, Dr. Watson, and dodging questions from the Irregulars blogger, Wiggins, about the mysterious man behind the name Sherlock Holmes. Will the ladies be able to pull this one off? Or are they in over their heads…and possibly about to take their own final bows?

The Marty Hudson Mysteries:
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Brash Blonde – book #1
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Disappearing Diva – book #3

What critics are saying about the Marty Hudson Mysteries:

“This is a terrific new series featuring modern updated Sherlock Holmes characters. I’ve been looking forward to reading this book as a fan of Sherlock Holmes and I was not disappointed.”
—A Cozy BookNook

“One of the most anticipated of the fall releases happens to be one of THE BEST of the fall releases! Halliday and Rey have joined forces to create a SUPERLATIVE new cozy mystery series that will leave readers clamoring for more.”
—Blogcritics, Diane Morasco

“This well-written book is loaded with fantastic, lovable characters. Marty’s story is full of humor, mystery and suspense.”
—BookLikes  (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of August 12th, 2018–Part 2

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of August 12th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so many of them for this week. Today is the second day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

Missing You (A Roxy Summers Mystery Book 3) by [Bacher, Katherine]When worlds collide, love can leave you cold.

Roxy Summers, Seattle magazine blogger and photographer, finds herself frozen in place, still stinging from the harsh rejection of mercurial Detective Charlie Bennett and chilled with guilt over turning down Seattle’s favorite hunky bachelor, Dylan Hunt. Life throws her a snowball when her ex, Aiden, disappears under suspicious circumstances.

Roxy is forced to confront her past while trapped in a blizzard-ridden remote town in Alaska. With the clock ticking down over Aiden’s survival, Roxy finds herself surrounded by volatile guests and evasive staff. She soon learns that it’s those closest to you who are capable of the darkest betrayal.  (Amazon)

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Hold Your Witches (Bless Your Witch Book 11) by [Boyles, Amy]Dylan and Roman are back!

When Dylan’s brand new detective business gets its first customer, she should be elated. Problem is, that customer is her grandmother. Milly Jones claims Polly Parrot is missing. She needs Dylan and Roman to find the magical bird before Polly is forced to divulge Milly’s deepest, darkest secrets.

Though Dylan thinks the whole situation is a stunt by her grandmothers to keep her busy, she grudgingly agrees to help.

But when a client appears on her doorstep with a missing persons case, Dylan plunges in head first—despite a warning from Roman. But when that case turns sinister and Dylan realizes a close member of her own family is entangled with the wrong group of people, she must act fast to save them. Can she do it? Will she lose a family member forever? And also—can Dylan find Polly Parrot?

Find out now!  (Amazon)

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Dying Breath (DI Kayli Bright Book 5) by [Comley, M A]Book five in the DI Kayli Bright series from NY Times bestselling author M A Comley with over 2 million copies sold worldwide.

She had everything…

Until she drew her dying breath.

DI Kayli Bright receives a disturbing call that she finds impossible to ignore. The case is an unusual one that forces her to dig deep to find the answers.

Was Jessica’s death a simple accident?

Or did she lose her life due to something far more sinister?

Can Kayli sift through the shocking deception she uncovers during the investigation to find the truth?

Grab this thriller today if you enjoy an intriguing mystery that will keep you turning the pages.

Ideal for fans of Joy Ellis and Faith Martin
 

Other books in this series are:
The Missing Children
Killer on the Run
Hidden Agenda
Murderous Betrayal
Dying Breath  (Amazon)

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The Secrets of Mystic Springs (Mystic Springs Paranormal Cozy Mystery Series Book 2) by [Marple, Mona]Welcome to Mystic Springs… where things definitely go bump in the night.

Connie Winters imagines that allowing all of the residents of Mystic Springs to see the spirits who live amongst them will let her live a quiet life.She couldn’t be more wrong.When a gypsy woman discovers a historic journal, the woman will pay the ultimate price for her treasure.Everyone knows that Mystic Springs was discovered, and founded, by a group of women. Or, at least, that’s what they’ve been told. This journal tells another story. A story that nobody wants to believe.But who would want the journal badly enough to kill for it?With the town’s new Sheriff distracted from the case, it falls to Connie and her dead sister to work alongside the dead former Sheriff to solve the case and discover the truth about Mystic Springs.This is a full-length paranormal cozy mystery. Spooky not scary. Lighthearted and fun.Second in series by Mona Marple, author of the Waterfell Tweed cozy mystery series.  (Amazon)

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Sweet Little Lies: A Novel by [Frear, Caz]In this gripping debut procedural, a young London policewoman must probe dark secrets buried deep in her own family’s past to solve a murder and a long-ago disappearance.

Your father is a liar. But is he a killer?
Even liars tell the truth . . . sometimes.

Twenty-six-year-old Cat Kinsella overcame a troubled childhood to become a Detective Constable with the Metropolitan Police Force, but she’s never been able to banish these ghosts. When she’s called to the scene of a murder in Islington, not far from the pub her estranged father still runs, she discovers that Alice Lapaine, a young housewife who didn’t get out much, has been found strangled.

Cat and her team immediately suspect Alice’s husband, until she receives a mysterious phone call that links the victim to Maryanne Doyle, a teenage girl who went missing in Ireland eighteen years earlier. The call raises uneasy memories for Cat—her family met Maryanne while on holiday, right before she vanished. Though she was only a child, Cat knew that her charming but dissolute father wasn’t telling the truth when he denied knowing anything about Maryanne or her disappearance. Did her father do something to the teenage girl all those years ago? Could he have harmed Alice now? And how can you trust a liar even if he might be telling the truth?

Determined to close the two cases, Cat rushes headlong into the investigation, crossing ethical lines and trampling professional codes. But in looking into the past, she might not like what she finds. . . .  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soulmated: A Cozy Mystery (The Witches of Hemlock Hotel Book 1) by [Darcy, Diane]It’s the wedding of the century … and the groom’s been stabbed.

When Las Vegas psychic, Lena DeVille, reluctantly allows her sister to sign her up for the dating web site, Soulmated, she isn’t expecting to get matched with a werewolf. Seriously, why can’t she catch a break where her love life is concerned?

William Murray, head of security for The Hemlock Hotel and Alpha of his werewolf pack, has waited seven hundred years for a mate to call his own, and he’s not letting Lena slip away.

Add in the death of the groom by wedding cake knife, and a close look at Lena’s ancestors, and a new and interesting world most people overlook, and things just keep getting more complicated.

FRUSTRATED IS NEXT!  (Amazon)

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Before the Wedding: A Lunch Lady Cozy Mystery (Lunch Lady Cozy Mysteries Book 1) by [Lentz, Sarah]A young, curious widow and her engaged friend.

A savage secret and advice that leads to murder.

And a quietly observant cop who knows a good thing when he sees it.

Livian Alder has been a widow for as long as she was married to her late husband, Kass. When she takes a job as a lunch lady and meets Rachel, she has no idea what it will lead to — and what it will cost.

 

Rachel Monroe is a sassy blond who seems oddly oblivious to her fiance — Gavin Blake’s — true character. When he crosses a line, though, Livian’s pre-wedding advice is the catalyst for a very public break-up.

Neither of them expect to see Gavin dead in the teacher’s lounge the next day, his head resting in a puddle of strawberry smoothie.

And neither Rachel nor Officer Declan McRae expect Livian to become the prime suspect. When Livian works to clear her name and Rachel’s by finding the real killer, she walks into a trap, and the chief weapon at her disposal is a wedding gift that keeps on giving. But will it be enough?

Click “Buy it now” to find out, and discover a new and unusual heroine, who has only begun to discover what she wants and what she’s capable of. Enjoy this first book in the Livian Alder series. Bet you can’t read just one.  (Amazon)

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The Man Who Couldn't Miss: A Stewart Hoag Mystery (Stewart Hoag Mysteries) by [Handler, David]In the next novel in David Handler’s Edgar award-winning series, Stewart “Hoagy” Hoag and his beloved basset hound, Lulu, investigate a murder in a fabled Connecticut summer playhouse

Hollywood ghostwriter Stewart “Hoagy” Hoag has chronicled the rise, fall, and triumphant return of many a celebrity. At last he’s enjoying his own, very welcome second act. After hitting a creative slump following the success of his debut novel, Hoagy has found inspiration again. Ensconced with his faithful but cowardly basset hound, Lulu, on a Connecticut farm belonging to his ex-wife, Oscar-winning actress Merilee Nash, he’s busy working on a new novel. He’s even holding out hope that he and Merilee might get together again. Life is simple and fulfilling—which of course means it’s time for complications to set in….

When the police call to ask if he knows the whereabouts of a man named R.J. Romero, Hoagy learns of a dark secret from his ex-wife’s past. It’s already a stressful time for Merilee, who’s directing a gala benefit production of Private Lives to rescue the famed but dilapidated Sherbourne Playhouse, where the likes of Katherine Hepburn, Marlon Brando and Merilee herself made their professional stage debuts. Her reputation, as well as the playhouse’s future, is at stake. The cast features three of Merilee’s equally famous Oscar-winning classmates from the Yale School of Drama. But it turns out that there’s more linking them to each other—and to their fellow Yale alum, R.J.—than their alma mater. When one of the cast is found murdered, it will take Hoagy’s sleuthing skills and Lulu’s infallible nose to sniff out the truth…before someone else faces the final curtain call. (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seventh Chapter (A Writer's Retreat Mystery Book 7) by [Daley, Kathi]Some say it was the spirt of one of the pirates that haunt the island that killed him. Others say the death was the result of greed and revenge. All that was known for certain, was that death did not come peacefully for the last inhabitant of a now deserted island.

The lighthouse on Skull Island is a mysterious place steeped in legend and folklore. The lighthouse which had stood tall for over a century was abandoned when the last lighthouse keeper died under mysterious circumstances. When a friend of George’s, a fellow author, disappears while researching the history and legend surrounding the now dilapidated structure, the Mystery Mastermind group pull together to find the missing writer and solve the mystery of the death of the lighthouse keeper once and for all.  (Amazon)

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