Review of Firework Fiasco

Fireworks Fiasco

Zoe Donovan Cozy Mystery, Book #29

Kathi Daley

5 Stars





Summer has come to Ashton Falls and with it a focus on the beach, the lake, and family time outdoors. School is out so Zak is holding down the fort at home, and Zoe and Charlie are working full time at the Zoo, while Tiffany is on her honeymoon and Jeremy is out on maternity leave. Life, it seems, is just about perfect. Or is it?  (Goodreads)







The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Any time spent with Zoe and the gang is time that I greatly enjoy.  And in this book, we got to spend time with Zak’s grandma, Nona. She is a real quirky woman who enjoys life to the fullest.  She may have enjoyed it a little too much this time and she finds herself in a real predicament. Fortunately, Zoe is there to help her out.  I like how everyone in Zoe’s family helps each other, pitching in without even having to be asked. And all of the animals are a real hit.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author excels in her character development, in creating small town settings and her descriptive writing.  I am drawn right into the story and taken along on a wonderful journey. The mystery was well developed and had enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through.  Solving it was not an easy task.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. And you can be sure that any book you pick up from this author will be great.


Review of Murder With A Cherry On Top


Murder With A Cherry On Top

A Lickety Splits Mystery, Book #1

Cynthia Baxter

5 Stars


Kate McKay had doubts about swapping her high-powered life in Manhattan for Wolfert’s Roost, the quaint Hudson Valley village where she grew up. But when she moves back to care for her ailing grandmother, Kate decides to start fresh and indulge her dream of running an ice cream shop. All goes smoothly–until she’s reunited with old acquaintances nuttier than a vat of rocky road . . .

Kate should be thrilled about opening Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe in the heart of town. Instead her spirits melt like soft serve in the summer when she learns that her childhood frenemy, Ashley Winthrop, has started selling frozen treats in the bakery across the street. Turns out, Ashley hasn’t sweetened since high school. And, once again, she’s game for some very unfriendly competition . . .

But before Ashley can kill Kate’s new business, someone kills Ashley–stabbing her to death inside the bakery. Worse, the murder occurs right after the two rivals drew crowds with a heated argument, leaving half of Wolfert’s Roost speculating that Kate was finally pushed over the edge . . .

With rumors swirling and her reputation in serious trouble, Kate is determined to get the real scoop on the crime–even if it means joining forces with a former flame. As she pieces together clues to a chilling scandal, Kate soon realizes that she’ll need way more than a sprinkle of wit if she wants to expose the killer and live to see another sundae . . .

Includes mouthwatering ice cream recipes from the Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe! (Goodreads)




The characters are well rounded and well developed.  I really enjoyed getting to meet Kate, her grandma and her niece, Emma.  Kate is a hard working woman who knows what she wants and is not afraid to go for it.  Opening her own ice cream shop is a dream come true for her since she is obsessed with everything ice cream.  And when her rival is found murdered and she is a person of interest, she will become obsessed with finding the culprit, before she’s put into the deep freeze for life.  

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there watching all of the action taking place.  I almost felt like I could taste all of the wonderful ice cream concoctions that she was serving at Lickety Splits.  I really liked the interesting facts and tidbits that the author included at the beginning of each chapter, as well as the recipes found at the end.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The mystery was fast paced and kept me entertained.  There were enough characters to consider and clues to sift through.  Throw in some red herrings along the way and it was not an easy mystery to solve.  I really liked how Kate methodically went through all of the clues and did her snooping without putting herself in very much danger.  The culprit was a surprise to me and I like when I am surprised.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I really liked the premise of an ice cream shop owner being the protagonist.  Who does not like ice cream?  I am looking forward to reading more books in the delectable series.

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

New Releases For The Week Of June 17th, 2018–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of June 17th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so many of them 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.


A Meditation on Murder (A Death in Paradise Mystery Book 1) by [Thorogood, Robert]The first instalment of the Death in Paradise Mysteries, perfect for fans of Caroline Graham and Agatha Christie

DI Richard Poole has been seconded from London to the beautiful Caribbean island of Saint Marie. More comfortable in woollen suits than short-sleeved shirts, he’s struggling to adapt to his new home. But this paradise is about to get deadly.
When self-appointed guru Aslan Kennedy gets murdered in his spiritual retreat for wealthy holidaymakers, it’s down to DI Poole to find the killer. The murder took place in a locked room with five other people inside, and when someone confesses, it seems an open and shut case. But DI Poole knows the facts just don’t add up, and there is more to the mystery than meets the eye….

A Meditation on Murder is the first in the Death in Paradise Mysteries, from the creator of the hit TV series, Death in Paradise.

‘I love Robert Thorogood’s writing’ Peter James

‘Fans of Agatha Christie style BBC drama Death in Paradise will enjoy this book from the show’s creator’ Mail On Sunday

‘An utter delight’ Heat

A Death in Paradise Mystery

  1. Meditation on Murder
  2. Killing of Polly Carter
  3. Death Knocks Twice  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback









The Killing of Polly Carter (A Death in Paradise Mystery Book 2) by [Thorogood, Robert]


DI Pool must solve the killing of a supermodel in the second Death in Paradise Mystery, perfect for fans of James Runcie and Agatha Christie

When supermodel Polly Carter is found dead at the foot of a cliff, it looks like suicide, but DI Richard Poole is not convinced. Famous for her looks and wild party-girl lifestyle, her friends are adamant she would never have killed herself.
Seconded from London to the Caribbean island of Saint Marie, DI Poole is already at his wit’s end with the blinding heat. Unpicking the conflicting motives of a number of suspects and their stream of alibis is infuriating enough; a visit from his mother is the cherry on the cake.
The Killing of Polly Carter, the second book in the Death in Paradise Mysteries, is perfect for fans of Midsomer Murders and Agatha Christie.
‘Very funny and dark with great pace. I love Robert Thorogood’s writing’ Peter James
‘This second Death in Paradise novel is a gem’ Daily Express

‘This brilliantly crafted, hugely enjoyable and suitably goosbump-inducing novel is an utter delight from start to finish’ Heat

A Death in Paradise Mystery

  1. Meditation on Murder
  2. Killing of Polly Carter
  3. Death Knocks Twice  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback











Death Knocks Twice (A Death in Paradise Mystery Book 3) by [Thorogood, Robert]The third murderous instalment of the Death in Paradise Mysteries is perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and Midsomer Murders

Seconded from rainy London to the sweltering heat of the Caribbean island of Saint Marie, DI Richard Poole would rather be having a pint at his local pub.
But when a body is discovered at the Beaumont plantation, DI Poole must put aside his woes and solve the murder. Despite the fact the victim was found in a locked room holding a smoking gun, Poole is convinced this is not a suicide. When another body turns up the hunt is on for the killer, and the evasive Beaumont family are – rather suspiciously – no help at all…

The third novel in the Death in Paradise Mysteries is perfect for fans of TE KinseyHeron Carvic and Caroline Graham.

‘Death in Paradise feels like a ray of sunshine’ Mirror

‘Plenty of red herrings and twists to keep readers guessing’ Daily Express

‘A treat’ Radio Times

A Death in Paradise Mystery

  1. Meditation on Murder
  2. Killing of Polly Carter
  3. Death Knocks Twice  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback










A Box Full of Trouble: 5 Black Cat Detective Novels from the Familiar Legacy series by [Haines, Carolyn, Barrett, Rebecca, Matturro, Claire, Tanner, Susan Y., Benedict, Laura]FIVE times the Trouble — When Trouble the black cat detective is on the case, mystery, mayhem, and a little romance are only a whisker away. Sleek, black and sometimes snarky, Trouble is the son of Familiar, another famous black cat detective, and fancies himself a feline Sherlock Holmes (the Benedict Cumberbatch version).

Trouble thinks with a slight British accent—and has one big attitude. He’s far smarter than the bipeds he helps with solving mysteries involving art thieves, arsonists, and murderers. And he’s more than astute in the ways of the humanoid heart.

Discover Trouble in this boxed collection of the first five books in the series.

Join writers Carolyn Haines, Rebecca Barret, Claire Matturro, Susan Y. Tanner, and Laura Benedict for five complete mysteries—and a lot of fun with a wise-cracking kitty. To meet Trouble is to love him…unless you’re the villain.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













Dead Firefly (A Loon Lake Mystery Book 18) by [Houston, Victoria]Murder She Wrote meets Fargo in the eighteenth installment of Victoria Houston’s “engaging” (Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine) and critically acclaimed mystery series set in the northwoods of Wisconsin.

“My wife and Gordon Maxwell tried to kill me this morning.”

Doc Osborne is startled by the unexpected words tumbling out of the mouth of his friend and fellow AA member Chuck Pelletier, the recently remarried lead accountant for a planned luxury fly-fishing lodge preserve under construction in the area.

Alarmed, Doc tries to alert Police Chief Lew Ferris, but she is tied up with law enforcement teams across the state. They’re searching for thieves who have been cutting down and stealing hundreds of thousands of precious birch trees from public and private property across northern Wisconsin.

But it’s too late. Pelletier is found dead not two hours later. Doc is shocked, saddened, and determined to get to the bottom of the murder.

With one man dead, evidence of lakeshore properties being stolen from elderly owners, and an attempted sexual assault, short-handed Chief Ferris deputizes Doc and his skilled tracker neighbor to help with the investigation. Then, just as they seem to be getting somewhere, things grow even more complicated.

Just another summer in Loon Lake.  (Amazon)

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Scones & Scandal: A 2nd Chance Diner Cozy Mystery by [Byers, Beth]Rosemary Baldwin is requested to put together a special event to honor the Zee’s mother. Straight from Great Britain, you’d never think Zee’s mama would be so proper. Only as Zee’s family gathers, Zee’s one-time love falls dead. Her family is the main suspect and this time Zee doesn’t have to drag Rose into the investigation. Will they be able to find the murderer before it’s too late?

Book 8 in the 2nd Chance Diner Mystery series! For fans of Carolyn Dean, Angela Blackmoore, and Agatha Frost. A light, cozy mystery with a snarky sidekick, a handsome detective, and fun friendships. No swearing, graphic scenes, or cliffhangers.

The 2nd Chance Diner Cozy Mysteries
Book 1: Spaghetti, Meatballs, & Murder
Book 2: Cookies & Catastrophe
Book 3: Poison & Pie
Book 4: Double Mocha Murder
Book 5: Cinnamon Rolls & Cyanide
Book 6: Tea & Temptation
Book 7: Donuts & Danger
Book 8: Scones & Scandal
Book 9: Lemonade & Loathing (Coming soon)  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Never Enough Thyme (Sage Wisdom Mysteries Book 1) by [MacLeod, Juliet]From lemonade to murder…
The heat isn’t the only thing that’s killer at Saxon Lake’s annual Summer Fest.

Herbalist and mini-farmer Bryony Taylor knew she couldn’t pick a better place than this small Colorado town to open her shop, Sage Wisdom, and care for her menagerie of goats, chickens, and a cat named Beryl. She just never expected to add “small-town sleuth” to her list of titles.

When the town’s beloved lawyer suddenly drops dead at the summer’s biggest event, the local gossip mill kicks into high gear. They say Barry was being blackmailed, but by who? The handsome county sheriff seems at a loss for answers and reluctantly enlists Bryony’s help.

Bryony suddenly finds herself inheriting more than Barry’s cat. She never could resist a good mystery, but can she unravel this tangled case before more bodies turn up?  (Amazon)

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Fugitive From The Grave (The Bow Street Rivals) by [Marston, Edward]


1817. Upon receiving a letter from an old family friend, Catherine Van Emden returns from Holland to find her father dead. She refuses to believe the middle-aged man died of natural causes, and the suspicious circumstances of his life during the past few months compel her to ask Peter and Paul Skillen for help. When his body is revealed missing from the casket, the twins embark on a chase of funerary agents, barmaids and body snatchers, trying to solve the mystery of his alleged death before their Bow Street rivals.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook













THE BLACKFRIAR MYSTERIES: SERIES THREE: THE NEXT THREE STORIES by [MOORECROFT, M'LISSA]This volume contains the latest three stories in The Blackfriar Mystery Series

Book Eight: COPYCAT

Blackmail. Murder. Repeat.

George Beardsley was a successful businessman and a lousy blackmailer.

He was also nearly murdered. He was discovered, minutes from dying, in a construction shed. They saved him.

Suspicion fell on Robert Pelosi, the handsome, wealthy man George had tried to blackmail a few months earlier.

Then somebody tried to blackmail Robert again, and somebody tried to kill George again.

Police Chief Ian MacFarlane almost believed there was a curse on The Blackfriar Apartments where Robert lived, a curse that created a vortex drawing blackmail, murder and mayhem. Wishful thinking – he knew it was human greed that was responsible, and it was his job to find out which human was so greedy.


Blackfriar Apartments. Skullduggery Afoot. Not Blackmail this time.

As usual, some of the residents and visitors to The Blackfriar Apartment Building were not what they seem to be…
New tenant Stanley Blume wasn’t the stuffy accountant he presented himself to be. He’d left Las Vegas in a hurry for a very good reason and he needed lots of money – fast. Green wasn’t just the color of money, Going Green could bring Stanley cold, hard, cash.
Jerome and Jeff were dating the girls in Apartment 4, and they weren’t simply linemen for Sonoma Clean Energy. They had a secret mandate and Mr. Blume’s activities interested them a great deal.
And then there was Robert Pelosi. He wasn’t a man to cross. More and more, Police Chief Ian McFarland was wondering about the veracity of those rumors Tatiana Zhukov had started.


A Blow to her head. Robbery? Or Attempted Murder?

Janine Dennis was happier than she’d been for a long time. She was enjoying her job, involvement with The Black Rock Little Theater Group, and her boyfriend, Chaz Walker. The long time tenant of The Blackfriar Apartment Building had been through the mill and deserved happiness, but somebody thought otherwise.

When Janine got the note, she figured it was going to be another blackmail attempt, but no, it was telling her to get out of town…

Who wanted Janine gone, dead or alive, and why?

If you like your mysteries well paced with good characters. You’re going to enjoy the latest three stories in M’Lissa Moorecroft’s mystery series.

Download it now and experience life when you live in The Blackfriar Apartments.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











Murder Made to Order (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery) by [Gregory, Lena]To save her cozy Florida diner, Gia Morelli must choke down a heaping helping of murder . . . 
New York native Gia Morelli is just getting used to life in Florida when she gets word that the town government wants to shut down her pride and joy: the charming little diner known as the All-Day Breakfast Café. A forgotten zoning regulation means that the café was opened illegally, and hardboiled council president Marcia Steers refuses to budge. Gia is considering hanging up her apron and going back to New York, but before she gives up on her dream, she discovers something shocking in the local swamp: Marcia Steers, dead in the water. There’s a secret buried in the books at town hall, and someone killed to keep it hidden. To save her café and bring a killer to justice, Gia and her friends will have to figure out a killer’s recipe for murder . . .

Praise for Lena Gregory
“Hold on to your plates for this fast-paced mystery that will leave you hungering for more!”J.C. Eaton, author of the Sophie Kimball Mysteries, on Scone Cold Killer
“Family secrets, old mansions, and a growing list of murder victims—these elements and more blend together to make an intriguing as well as entertaining cozy mystery.”—RT Book Reviews on Occult and Battery
“As breezy and salty as a gust of wind off the chilly bay waters.”—Juliet Blackwell, New York Times bestselling author of the Witchcraft Mysteries on Death at First Sight
“An intriguing opening to a fun new series.”—E. J. Copperman, national bestselling author of the Haunted Guesthouse Mysteries on Death at First Sight  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle



New Releases For The Week Of June 17th, 2018–Part 2

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of June 17th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so many of them this week. Today is the second day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.



Cold Water Burning (A Cecil Younger Investigation) by [Straley, John]After years on the job as a private investigator in Sitka, Alaska, Cecil Younger doesn’t claim to have learned much about humanity as a whole, but he does know this: truth is a slippery thing.  

When the wife of a former client asks Cecil to find her husband, Cecil agrees. After all, helping to get Richard exonerated during a tragic murder trial three years ago was one of the biggest successes of Cecil’s career. But why, if Richard’s name was cleared, is he MIA now? Patricia, Richard’s steadfast wife, has one guess: someone is after him. It’s no secret that Richard has a long list of enemies, not least of which are the family members of the dead. But things soon get complicated when Patricia is killed, sending Cecil on a desperate trip to sea to chase down the twisted truth.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback













Tequila Trouble: a Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery (Danger Cove Mysteries Book 20) by [Leiren, Nicole, Ashby, Elizabeth]From USA Today bestselling authors Nicole Leiren and Elizabeth Ashby comes a double shot of trouble…

Lilly Waters found the perfect life at the Smugglers’ Tavern—a job she loves, friends she adores, and a hot boyfriend to warm up her cool coastal nights. But before she can even begin to enjoy the good life, trouble finds her in the sleepy town of Danger Cove.

A famous chef makes an unexpected visit to the tavern with an offer that threatens all of Lilly’s future plans, her boyfriend starts to complicate their relationship, and—just when she thought things couldn’t get any worse—a friend’s husband is found dead under suspicious circumstances. The police are pointing their fingers directly at Lilly’s friend, so the bartender once again finds herself at the center of a murder investigation. With danger lurking around every corner, Lilly must figure out if her friend is being set up to take the fall for her husband’s death…or if there are skeletons hiding in her closet. With more than enough motives for murder to go around, Lilly worries she’s being served up a deadly double shot of trouble.

The Danger Cove books:
Secret of the Painted Lady (a Danger Cove Renovation Mystery)
Murder and Mai Tais (a Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery)
Death by Scones (a Danger Cove Bakery Mystery)
Four-Patch of Trouble (a Danger Cove Quilting Mystery)
Deadly Dye and a Soy Chai (a Danger Cove Hair Salon Mystery)
Killer Closet Case (a Danger Cove B&B Mystery)
Tree of Life and Death (a Danger Cove Quilting Mystery)
A Killing in the Market (a Danger Cove Farmers’ Market short story in the “Killer Beach Reads” collection)
Killer Colada (a Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery)
Passion, Poison & Puppy Dogs (a Danger Cove Pet Sitter Mystery)
A Novel Death (a Danger Cove Bookshop Mystery)
Robbing Peter to Kill Paul (a Danger Cove Quilting Mystery)
Sinister Snickerdoodles (a Danger Cove Bakery Mystery)
Hurricanes and Heroes (a Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery)
A Death in the Flower Garden (a Danger Cove Famers’ Market Mystery)
Divas, Diamonds & Death (a Danger Cove Pet Sitter Mystery)
A Slaying in the Orchard (a Danger Cove Famers’ Market Mystery)
A Secret in the Pumpkin Patch (a Danger Cove Famers’ Market Mystery)
Deadly Dirty Martinis (a Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery)
A Poison Manicure and Peach Liqueur (a Danger Cove Hair Salon Mystery)
Tequila Trouble (a Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery)

About Danger Cove:
Danger Cove is a sleepy little town in the Pacific Northwest and home to renowned mystery novelist, Elizabeth Ashby. While Elizabeth swears the stories she writes are fiction, you can find the inspiration for her murderous tales all over Danger Cove…from the intriguing cast of local characters to the places to eat, play, and explore in Danger Cove. Don’t let our name fool you—we’re the friendliest (even if deadliest) town in the Pacific Northwest!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback











Life on the Lion (Magical Midway Paranormal Cozy Series Book 2) by [Leeds, Leanne]A missing mentalist.

A magical ultimatum.

To save the family business, one witch must pull something spectacular out of her hat.

For newly-minted witch Charlotte, moving from the human realm to life in the magical circus is still a tightrope walk. But when the crooked Witches’ Council passes a law that gives her a week to hand over two of her friends, she wonders if she’s in for a big fall. To make matters worse, one of the humans in question goes missing before she can even think up a plan.

As she sorts through the clues, she fights off her feelings for the kind and handsome Gunther. With time running out, she can’t ignore the possibility that her crush could somehow be involved in the plot against her family. To protect her business and her life, she’ll have to find the carny, guard her heart, and hold off the Council before it’s far too late.

Life on the Lion is the second book in the hypnotizing Magical Midway paranormal cozy mystery series. If you like eccentric characters, show-stopping magic, and twisty mysteries, then you’ll love Leanne Leeds’ crowd-pleasing whodunit.

Buy Life on the Lion to step under the big top for a captivating supernatural mystery today!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback










The Mountain Man's Badge (The Mountain Man Mysteries Book 3) by [Corbin, Gary]Lehigh Carter never wanted to be sheriff. And he sure never wanted to arrest his new father-in-law for murder.

Mountain Man Lehigh Carter got talked into serving the unexpired term of disgraced long-time Mt. Hood County sheriff Buck Winters, hoping for a quiet nine months in office before the voters selected a new, permanent office-holder. But a few months into the job, poachers discover the body of Everett Downey, a sleazy local businessman, and the evidence points to Lehigh’s brand-new father-in-law, the once-powerful senator George McBride. To his chagrin and his new bride’s fury, Lehigh is forced to arrest George for the murder, and suddenly his happy marriage is on the rocks. Soon he’s living in a tent with only his two dogs for companionship.

While most people in Mt. Hood County appreciate Lehigh’s honesty and his willingness to fight the cronyism and corruption that have plagued Mt. Hood County law enforcement for decades, his desire for reform ruffles some important feathers. Lehigh finds himself fighting unseen enemies, determined to portray him as inept and even more corrupt than his predecessor–even at the cost of protecting the integrity of the murder investigation. Even his own deputies seem intent on bringing back the old guard, and a series of evidence leaks put Lehigh’s reputation and ability to serve as sheriff in jeopardy.

Lehigh’s not a quitter, though, and with dogged persistence, begins to chip away at the investigation, discovering facts that don’t add up…and leads him to suspect why some of those most intent on removing him from office have reasons far more sinister than Lehigh’s rustic demeanor.  (Amazon)

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Copycat Murders: A Cozy Cat and Witch Mystery (Cozy Conundrums Book 3) by [Hunter, T.H.]After notorious sorcerer and serial killer Vincent Wycliffe dies in prison, a series of murders bearing his signature haunts the magical community once again. Has he risen up from the dead?

Amidst rumours of copycats and resurrections, Val, Amy, and Barry must seek answers at Warklesby’s, one of the most prestigious schools of magic in England. With Barry gleefully acting as guest lecturer to cloak their detective work, they soon discover that there is a lot more to the murders than meets the eye.

But when their cover is blown, things go from bad to worse as the mysterious killer marks them out as his next target.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













Blood Feud (University Mystery Series Book 6) by [Donelan, Brenda]When an unexpected teaching assignment whisks Marlee McCabe off to New Delhi, India, she lands right in the middle of an ongoing family dispute and an academic firestorm. Before long, Marlee is faced with the most difficult decisions of her life, causing her to choose between her life back home and a new life in India. Without the familiarity of the Midwest, she’s dependent upon the good graces of strangers. But are these new acquaintances really who they pretend to be? Sacrificing her career and her own safety, Marlee struggles to unravel the mystery of who murdered her only friend in India. Can she unmask the killer before she becomes the next victim?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback















Pride and Premeditation: A Cozy Mystery (Magical Bookshop Mystery Book 5) by [Silver, Samantha]Pride comes before the fall…

When one of Alice’s best customers at the bookshop is murdered, she swears she’s going to get to the bottom of it.

But between the new murder, her deepening relationship with Chase – and her guilt over not being able to tell him about her magical powers – and Grandma Cee moving into town to help get rid of the Others once and for all, has Alice finally bitten off more than she can chew?

One thing is for certain: things are definitely getting pretty intense in the normally-sleepy mountain town of Sapphire Village.

Pride and Premeditation is a full-length novel and the fifth book in the Magical Bookshop Mystery series of paranormal cozy mysteries.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Ice Cream and Incidents (Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery Book 13) by [Frost, Agatha]The 13th book in the BESTSELLING Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery Series!

A free holiday to a seaside B&B run by drag queens sounds like the perfect way to spend a relaxing week away from Peridale, or so Julia South thought. When she arrives at the quirky B&B with her family, she’s determined to have a fun break, but she quickly finds herself in the middle of another puzzling mystery when a lighting rig falls on the star drag performer, Simone Phoenix.

Was it an accident, or something more sinister? Julia quickly befriends the owner, Russell, and learns that the seemingly tight-knit drag family working at Sparkles are not without their problems. With secrets and lies revolving around love, money, and revenge, each of them appears to have a motive for wanting Simone out of the way. Can Julia resist the lure of cracking yet another case for the sake of having a peaceful family holiday by the sea, or will the urge to uncover the truth take over once again?

Book 13 in the Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery series! Can be read as a standalone but will be enjoyed more as part of the series. A light, cozy mystery read with a cat loving and cafe-owning amateur female sleuth, in a small village setting with quirky characters. Written in British English. No cliffhanger, swearing, gore or graphic scenes!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle










Murder at the Marina (A Mollie McGhie Cozy Sailing Mystery Book 1) by [Jacobson, Ellen]A dilapidated sailboat for your anniversary—not very romantic. A dead body on board—even worse.

Mollie McGhie is hoping for diamonds for her tenth wedding anniversary. Instead, her husband presents her with a dilapidated sailboat. Just one problem—she doesn’t know anything about boats, nor does she want to.

When Mollie discovers someone murdered on board, she hopes it will convince her husband that owning a boat is a bad idea. Unfortunately, he’s more determined than ever to fix the boat up and set out to sea.

Mollie finds herself drawn into the tight-knit community living at Palm Tree Marina in Coconut Cove, a small town on the Florida coast. She uncovers a crime ring dealing in stolen marine equipment, investigates an alien abduction, eats way too many chocolate bars, adopts a cat, and learns far more about sailing than she ever wanted to.

Can Mollie discover who the murderer is before her nosiness gets her killed?

A Mollie McGhie Cozy Sailing Mystery – #1  (Amazon)

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A Recipe to Die (Have Gnome Will Travel Book 1) by [Mathews, Marly]Take a holiday, they said. It will be fun, they said. No one will drop dead, they said.
Life in the Cornish villages of Port Merlin and Pendeen is going by at its somewhat leisurely pace, with no corpses in sight. When Gwen Dyer is given an all-expense paid trip to a luxury hotel and spa that caters exclusively to the magical set, she’s overjoyed. With Millie Collins, Alfie Peabody and Paul Evans in tow, they fly off to the magical isle of St. Pellinore.
Everything is going according to plan, until the first body drops. It seems that Gwen and her friends can’t even take a vacation without someone popping their clogs. Now, it’s time for them to solve the whodunits at The Moonstone Hotel and Spa before they become the murderer’s next victims.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Shadow Dancing (The Country Club Murders Book 7) by [Mulhern, Julie]Visiting a psychic is outside the norm for Ellison Russell. Finding bodies is not. Unfortunately, the psychic’s crystal ball says she’ll soon be surrounded by death. Again.


Now there’s a corpse in the front drive, a witchy neighbor ready to turn Ellison and her (not so) little dog into toadstools, and a stripper named Starry Knight occupying the guest room.

How did 1975 go so wrong so quickly?

Ellison must handle Mother (who’s found a body of her own), make up with a certain handsome detective, and catch a killer, or the death surrounding her might be her own.

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SHADOW DANCING by Julie Mulhern | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all. (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of June 17th, 2018–Part 1

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of June 17th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so many of them this week. Today is the first day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


No Grater Danger (A Vintage Kitchen Mystery Book 7) by [Hamilton, Victoria]In the brand-new Vintage Kitchen Mystery from the author of Leave It to Cleaver, someone out to spice up their life means to crush a helpless victim . . .

“Delightfully entertaining, well-written, and an interesting and exciting plot. Literally keeps you guessing right to the end.” —Goodreads on Leave It to Cleaver

Vintage cookware enthusiast Jaymie Leighton is thrilled at the prospect of meeting an elderly descendant of her town’s founding father, not least because she’s known to possess an enviably large collection of antique spice graters. But the curmudgeonly woman also has substantial real estate holdings, and at the moment she’s engaged in a fierce battle with a property developer who wants her to sell off her old buildings in the name of progress. When Jaymie goes to visit the woman and discovers that there’s been an attempt on her life, she polishes up her sleuthing skills to find out who was behind the foul deed.

Her first instinct is to suspect the developer, but as she digs deeper into the case she learns that her older new friend has purportedly been the victim of numerous criminal acts—all of which point to different suspects. Unsure if the stories are true or simply the confused ramblings of a senior citizen, Jaymie sifts through the clues hoping to expose the culprit, but she knows that if she keeps stirring up trouble, she’ll be next on the would-be killer’s list . . .

Includes a vintage recipe!  (Amazon)

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Spell or High Water by [Welling, ReGina, Daley, Kathi, Hamilton, Heather, Lynn, Erin, Milligan, Molly, Best, Morgana, Aasheim, April, Maher, Tegan, Elle Adams, Danielle Garrett, Heather Horrocks, Samantha Silver , A. Gardner]Beat the heat with a little summer magic!

Witches, werewolves, vamps and more. When they clash with bewitching creatures from the big blue, magical hi-jinx are sure to follow!

A group of your favorite paranormal cozy writers have teamed up to bring you mystery-filled tales of summer fun.

Authors include: Kathi Daley, Heather Hamilton, Molly Milligan, Morgana Best, April Aasheim, Tegan Maher, Elle Adams, Heather Horrocks, Danielle Garrett, Samantha Silver, A. Gardner, ReGina Welling and Erin Lynn  (Amazon)

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Foxes and Fatal Attraction: Mystery (Madigan Amos Zoo Mysteries Book 9) by [Loren, Ruby]A body in the bedroom.

An animal thief.

And a mysterious intruder at the zoo.

Madi takes a break from running The Lucky Zoo to go house-hunting with Tiff, but when they find a body in the bedroom, their house-hunt turns into a horror show. Detective Gregory is on the case, but the killer has meticulously planned the murder. The only possible mistake? The killer believed the victim would stay missing for much, much longer…

A spate of animal thefts are also worrying Madi. The stolen animals are all valuable pedigree dogs and prestigious horses. Who’s taking them? Where are the animals now? And who is the thief’s next target?

Auryn is struggling with his own mystery at the zoo. An intruder is breaking in at night and targeting Avery Zoo’s fowl collection. Does the zoo have a rather wily fox on its hands, or is the real culprit larger and walks on two legs?

Once more, Madi finds herself too close to murder…. and the body count is about to rise. 

Pick up this page-turning zoo mystery today and see if you can figure out ‘whodunnit’!  (Amazon)

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Killing With Kings (Georgia Coast Cozy Mysteries Book 4) by [Lavrisa, Lois]It was supposed to be a friendly poker game. But when one of the players drops dead, Sergeant José Rodriguez of the Savannah Police Department suspects someone at the table stacked the deck against the victim.

But José faces resistance from the department as he pursues a chain of clues and growing number of angry suspects. Making matters worse, a rookie from his elite bomb squad demands to join his unauthorized investigation. Now, José must catch the killer and keep the brash young woman safe—all while protecting a secret he’s held since joining the force.

The Georgia Coast Cozy Mystery Series combines mystery, suspense, humor, and southern charm. Each book is a standalone novel.  (Amazon)

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Stirring Up Murder (Auntie Clem's Bakery Book 4) by [Workman, P.D.]With Davis behind bars and Alton Summers chased away once more, everything is back to normal in sleepy Bald Eagle Falls. Erin is making her delicious gluten-free goods at Auntie Clem’s Bakery and things couldn’t be going better. The only sleuthing Erin is doing this time is to track down the half sister she never knew she had. But when that sister turns out to be not quite who Erin expected, and there is yet another body, Erin has some choices to make.

Will Erin stand by her sister and try to uncover the truth or will she go back to her cookbooks and pans and let the chips fall where they may?

Was there ever really any question?  (Amazon)

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Cedar Bay Cozy Mysteries Superseries #2 by [Harman, Dianne]USA Today Bestselling Author and seven time Amazon All Star with the second boxed set of six standalone books in the popular Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series.

Italy, Cuba and the Northwest – Travel with Kelly, Sheriff Mike, and their dogs as they search for murderers and the perfect meal. Along the way you’ll meet plenty of quirky characters, dogs, and cats. Discover why all of the page-turning books in this series have been designated as best sellers by Amazon. Not to mention that each book has mouth-watering recipes! Free with Kindle Unlimited.  (Amazon)

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Death In The Woods (A West-Country Crime Mystery Book 1) by [Steadman, Bernie]Do you love twisty murder mysteries? Meet Detective Inspector Dan Hellier – a man who needs to redeem his career and catch a killer.  Perfect for fans of Joy Ellis, Faith Martin and LJ Ross.

 Soon after DI Hellier returns home to Exeter under a cloud, the body of a talented young singer is found in the woods.

When her death reveals links to the boss of a recording studio, a predatory gang and a

school music teacher, Hellier knows he has his work cut out.

Before any more innocent people are put in danger, Hellier will need to untangle the web

of lies and work out which of many suspects are guilty of murder.

But will he solve the case in time?

 What everyone is saying about Death In The Woods:

“an action-packed mystery that deals almost with any crime you can imagine” Helle Brown – Reviewer 

“complex enough to keep the reader turning pages and wanting more” Alyson Read – Reviewer

“a fast paced, action packed procedural which held my attention from start to finish”  Elaine Tomasso – Reviewer

“hard to believe that this is a debut novel” Joyce Fox – Reviewer


*** Please note this is a revised edition of a book previously published as Death And Deception by B.A. Steadman.***

Also available in the West Country Crime Mysteries:

Death on Dartmoor

Coming Soon:

Death On The Coast  (Amazon)

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Murder with a Side of Lies (Curvy Soul Mysteries Book 1) by [Kane, Zoey, Kane, Claire]Gia Rizzo has a lot on her plate. (Double bacon cheeseburger not included.) She and her furry companion, Petey, set out to start fresh in the food-loving town of Greenville. Gia is excited to introduce the readers of her food blog to the town’s delicious creations. But when a young woman is murdered at a local burger joint, Gia must sacrifice all she has planned to accomplish to prevent a person from her past from being wrongly accused of the woman’s death. And things start to heat up when the killer sets his sights on Gia. Will she be able to enjoy Greenville’s belly-rubbing cuisines and begin a new chapter in her life? Or will the killer cut Gia’s dreams short and make sure that basket of onion rings are her last?

*Authors’ note: This is a legally modified version of Book One in the bestselling Josie Rizzo mysteries, with more in the series coming!*  (Amazon)

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A Cornish Ransom: The Loveday Mysteries by [George, Rena]A man’s body is pulled from the river in Inverness as the cathedral bells ring in a new year.
The last thing Loveday and Sam want is for a murder to spoil their holiday in Scotland. But fate takes a hand. The man is Cornish, and events pursue them back to Cornwall where a major search is taking place to find a prominent missing businessman.
When Sam realises the two could be connected, he and Loveday are plunged into a mystery that grows more complicated by the hour.
The riddle deepens when suspicion grows over a previous death initially thought to have been an accident.
If you like a fast action murder mystery that will keep you guessing till the end you’ll love A Cornish Ransom. Buy it now!  (Amazon)

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Demeter West and the Ghost Town Glitch (Mystic Match Mysteries Book 1) by [Ferguson, Marta]The Mystic Match Mysteries are a cozy series about Casper, a college town haunted by ghostly apparitions that its scientists and psychics agree are manifestations of parallel universes.

In this first book, Demeter West and the Ghost Town Glitch, local matchmaker and PI Demeter West gets called in to investigate some interdimensional turbulence in the basement of the local library. Over the course of the investigation, Demeter learns some new approaches to tarot work, some local history, some new information about Casper’s situation within the multiverse, and some things she didn’t know about her husband and daughter. The first book also holds a barbeque scene that will make your mouth water (see the blog for vegan and traditional recipes), dogs who will entertain you with their antics, and teenagers with their own agendas where you least expect them.

Regarding the rest of the series, the local culture is progressively pagan, the narrative tone colorful and upbeat. Each book features a romance between a couple of Demeter’s clients and each one focuses on some new unfolding of the great mystery that is life in Casper. For more information, check out the Mystic Match Messenger blog (….  (Amazon)

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Airships, Crypts & Chocolate Chips: A Cozy Witch Mystery (Spells & Caramels Book 6) by [Johnson, Erin ]A bewitched prison. A brother with a deadly request. Can a magical baker launch a jailbreak and still keep her prince in the process?

Imogen’s magical bakery is thriving and she loves the company of the Water Kingdom’s dashing prince. But she’s not so enamored with the time she’s forced to spend with his awful Royal Family. She also can’t help but worry that the increased media scrutiny could reveal her secret contact with the Royal Family’s sworn enemy: her own brother.

When her sibling shows up and demands Imogen spring his cronies out of jail, she flat out refuses. But when he threatens to hurt the ones she loves the most, she balances her allegiance to the prince with her plan for a covert prison break. Can Imogen keep up family appearances and avoid betraying the kingdom or will her pie-in-the-sky scheme become a recipe for disaster?

Airships, Crypts & Chocolate Chips is the sixth standalone book in a clever paranormal cozy mystery series. If you like crafty witches, charming romances, and fabulous French settings, then you’ll love Erin Johnson’s enchanting adventure.

Buy Airships, Crypts & Chocolate Chips to scramble from the slammer today!  (Amazon)

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Review of Till Death Do Us Bark


Till Death Do Us Bark

Happy Tails Dog Walking Mysteries, Book #2

Stella St. Claire

5 Stars


Something borrowed, something blue, Olivia’s a bridezilla, and Andrew’s pretty scared too…

Olivia is on the warpath of wedding planning. She’s ticking off her tasks rapid fire: flowers, food, and fireworks; all are checked off just in time for Andrew to get hit writing a big check of his own. He’s beginning to get suspicious of her motives, since his blushing bride has gone from dragging her feet on a proposal, to suddenly running down the aisle.

Olivia doesn’t want to admit that she’s trying to get hitched before her cold feet get the best of her. Instead she leans heavily on her super strict wedding planner, Lacy McBride, to keep her eye on the prize. But when Olivia stumbles upon Lacy dead in the middle of a mock reception table, cake fork in hand, she feels her safety net evaporating.

Now, Olivia must shift her attention from planning the event to solving the crime to clear her name. Not because she’s a suspect, but because of “The Bride’s Curse”—an old jinx that dooms any bride not marrying for love, and their planner! No wedding planner in Lexingburg will work with Olivia until the crime’s origins are clear. However, the deeper she falls into Lacy’s mystery the more Olivia sees that wedding planning can be murder… (Goodreads)


The characters are well rounded and well developed.  I enjoyed getting to spend time with Olivia, her sister Janelle and her good friend Jackie.  The three are very funny together and they come up with some wild ideas. You can tell they really care about each other and are willing to help each other out whenever they can.  Andrew, Olivia’s fiance, is still a saint but it looks like he might be reaching his limit. We shall see what happens.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick and easy read.  It defines the characters very clearly by their actions and words. The mystery was well plotted and not an easy one to solve.  The book also has a lot of humor and I was smiling and laughing throughout much of the book.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I am reading my way through the entire series and I cannot wait to read the next one.

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Murder Gone Missing


I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Lida Sideris and her new release Murder Gone Missing.  This is the second book in her A Southern California Mystery series.


Murder Gone Missing: A Southern California Mystery
Cozy Mystery/Soft Boiled Mystery
2nd in Series
Level Best Books (April 10, 2018)
Paperback: 262 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1947915046
Digital ASIN: B07BHCBX51


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Newly minted lawyer Corrie Locke has taken a vow of abstinence. From PI work, that is. Until her best friend Michael finds his bully of a boss stabbed in the back after confronting him earlier that day. Michael panics, accidentally tampering with the crime scene…which could lead the cops to Michael instead of the real culprit. He turns to Corrie to track down the killer. She doesn’t need much coaxing. Her late great PI dad taught her the ropes…and left her his cache of illegal weaponry.

They return to the scene of the crime, but the body’s missing. Racing against time, Corrie dredges a prestigious Los Angeles college in pursuit of clues. All she finds are false leads. Armed with attitude and romantic feelings toward Michael, Corrie dives into a school of suspects to find the slippery fugitive. Will she clear Michael’s name before he’s arrested for murder?


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The characters are well rounded and well developed.  I thought Corrie was so funny and I laughed a lot while reading this book.  She is smart, feisty and caring. She will do anything for her friends, even break the law.  Michael, her best friend, is also a great character. He is not as gutsy as Corrie, and he tries very hard to stay on the straight and narrow.  The two of them are very opposite and that made for some very funny situations. The secondary characters added a lot to the story and I am glad I got to meet them all.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The plot is more dialogue driven (that is not to say that there is not a lot of action because there is) and in my opinion, that adds a lot of enjoyment when reading.  The mystery is well plotted and there are so many clues to sift through that it seems like an impossible task. The twists and turns just keep on coming, I was afraid I might get whiplash reading this book.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well plotted cozy mystery.  If you like funny characters, hilarious situations and some laugh out loud moments, then this book is for you.

I received an ARC of this book prior to publication and I voluntarily reviewed it and the opinions are my own.


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Lida Sideris is an author, lawyer and all around book enthusiast. She was one of two national recipients of the Helen McCloy Mystery Writers of America scholarship for her first novel, MURDER AND OTHER UNNATURAL DISASTERSMURDER GONE MISSING is the second book in the Corrie Locke series. Like her heroine, Lida worked as an entertainment attorney in a movie studio. Unlike her heroine, she keeps her distance from homicides. To learn more about Lida, please visit her website:

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

I realized I wanted to write after I read WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE in kindergarten. I loved it! All life stopped existing around me, and I was completely drawn into Max’s make-believe forest. I longed to write a book into which readers could escape and leave everyday life behind.

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

In my series, no one takes my heroine seriously, as in most cozies. But she’s a little more than just an amateur sleuth, meaning she has a unique skillset and the weaponry to match. Also, she knows her way around a crime scene and is fearless when it comes to catching bad guys and girls. The setting isn’t exactly cozy-like. Does Southern California fall into the small town category?  🙂

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

I fly by the seat of my pants (even though I’m not fond of heights). For the most part, I find it more fun to let the characters lead the way.


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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’m very grateful to readers who take the time to read my books and then follow-up with a review. I’m so grateful to even have books out there, that I don’t mind bad reviews…too much. They do have a little bit of a sting to them, but again, I remind myself that I’m a published author and, as much as I’d like to, I just can’t write to satisfy everyone’s reading pleasure. If I have an email address for the reviewer, I like to respond to good reviews because, not surprisingly, they make me happy! I don’t do anything special to get reviews, other than putting my novels out there.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Don’t worry so much, and make it a priority to do the things you’re passionate about doing. They are the most enjoyable!


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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?

I do think covers play a big role. I wanted a cartoonish type of cover (it’s a light-hearted mystery, after all). My publisher has a cover design artist, but the artist was kind enough to ask for my feedback, which I very much appreciated.

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

My heroine, Corrie, is a newly minted lawyer whose gene for caution is a recessive one. That darn gene keeps getting her into trouble. But she’s also a brave and loyal friend.

Her best pal since childhood is Michael. Michael’s ever ready to help Corrie, even though he has an aversion to weaponry and geriatric driving skills. Somehow the two of them, together with Corrie’s assistant, Veera, and Michael’s other best friend, Assistant District Attorney James, get the job done. Meaning they always catch the culprit.

What have you learned about yourselves since becoming an author?

I’ve learned that I’m not the introvert I thought I was. I’d always shied away from public speaking because it’s scary! Since books are my passion, it’s become so enjoyable to speak about writing that I forget to be shy! Plus, I love inspiring others to follow their dreams.


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Do you write full-time or part-time?

I work full-time, which means I write around my day job. It’s a balancing act!

What do your plans for future projects include?

I’m currently working on Book Three in the series.

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

The hardest part for me is getting started. The easiest is typing, “The End”.


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

These days I don’t have as much time as I’d like to read, but I do love mysteries and classic books. Right now, I’m re-reading the original Nancy Drew series and discovering why I enjoyed them so much in the first place. I have too many favorites to name, but I’ve read nearly all the Stephanie Plum and No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series.  

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

When I write, I just want to have fun. I want my heroine to do things I’d never do, and to have skills I’ll never have (at least not in the near future).

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

One of the greatest parts, if not the greatest part, of being an author is meeting and connecting with readers. It means so much, and all I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you!


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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Tail Of The Dragon


I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Connie di Marco and her new release Tail of the Dragon.  This is the third book in her A Zodiac Mystery series.


Tail of the Dragon (A Zodiac Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Midnight Ink (August 8, 2018)
Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738751061
Digital ASIN: B075W42GWP



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Amazon   B&N    Indie Bound    Goodreads    Mysterious Galaxy   BookBub


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San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti never thought murder would be part of her practice, but when her former boss and current client asks for help she agrees to go undercover at his law firm. Three people have received death threats and the only common denominator between them is a case long settled–the infamous Bank of San Francisco fire. Julia’s astrological expertise provides clues but no one wants to listen. Before she can solve the mystery, two people are dead and her own life is in danger. Julia must unmask the killer before he, or she, takes another life.


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The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Julia is a smart, hardworking and caring woman. She has a lot on her plate but she is willing to help out her old boss when he asks her to.  That leads to murder and mayhem that she must try to get under control. It will not be easy and she finds herself in some dangerous situations.  Will she be able to solve the mysteries and keep herself safe, or will she become a victim?

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  It is written in a such a way that the reader cannot help but be pulled into the story.  I found myself reading much later into the night than I had planned. The author’s story telling and descriptive writing made me feel like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place and eavesdropping on conversations.  

The mystery was well plotted and not easy to solve.  There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through.  With the twists and turns and red herrings thrown in, you have to be on top of your game if you hope to solve it.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  The subject of astrology is not the usual occupation of cozy protagonists and that made the book even better.

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





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Connie di Marco is the author of the Zodiac Mysteries from Midnight Ink, featuring San Francisco astrologer, Julia Bonatti.  Tail of the Dragon, third in the series, will be released on August 8, 2018.

Writing as Connie Archer, she is also the national bestselling author of the Soup Lover’s Mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime.  Some of her favorite recipes can be found in The Cozy Cookbook and The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook.  Connie is a member of International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

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Review of A Deadly Delivery

A Deadly Delivery

A Psychic Cafe Mystery, Book #1

April Fernsby

5 Stars


Karis Booth has had psychic abilities for as long as she can remember. But this is the first time she’s used them to solve a murder.

Things are changing rapidly for Karis. As well as filing for divorce from her unfaithful husband, she decides it’s time to make peace with her estranged sister, Erin. With trepidation, Karis visits the café which Erin owns. To her great relief, Erin welcomes Karis back into her life with open arms.

During their reconciliation, a young woman, Carmel, calls into the café with a bread delivery. As Karis watches Carmel, she experiences a strong psychic vision. She sees two shadows following Carmel. Only one of the shadows belongs to Carmel — the other belongs to the person who is going to murder her later that day.

With help from her sister and an old neighbour, Karis does all that she can to find out who murdered Carmel. It doesn’t help that the investigating officer is an ex-boyfriend who broke up with Karis because he couldn’t cope with her psychic abilities. Despite this, Karis won’t rest until she finds the killer.   (Goodreads)



The characters are well developed and well rounded.  I really enjoyed getting to know Karis and her sister Erin.  You can tell they care about each other and they support each other as only sisters can do.  Karis is a strong woman who has had psychic visions for as long as she can remember. Sometimes she thinks of these visions as a curse and sometimes as a blessing.  When she foresees the death of a young woman she feels compelled to try and figure out the killer. With the help of Peggy, her mom’s elderly neighbor, that is what she sets out to do.  

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  I really liked the character portrayals and I really felt that Karis is a special woman.  She is caring and enjoys spending time with the elderly and tries to help them whenever she can.  I would like to know her in real life. The mystery was well written and there were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  Psychic books are among my favorite and this one did not disappoint. I will definitely be reading the other books in this series.

New Releases For The Week Of June 10th, 2018–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of June 10th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so many of them 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.


A Taste for Vengeance: A Bruno, Chief of Police novel (Bruno, Chief of Police Series) by [Walker, Martin]A missing woman, a shocking pregnancy, a dash of international intrigue, and a bottle or two of good Bergerac: it’s another case for Bruno, Chief of Police.

When a British tourist fails to turn up for a luxurious cooking vacation in Bruno’s usually idyllic Dordogne village of St. Denis, the worried hostess is quick to call on Bruno for help. Monica Felder is nowhere to be found, and her husband, a retired British major, is unreachable. And not long after Bruno discovers that Monica was traveling with a mysterious Irishman (her lover?), the two turn up dead. The Irishman’s background in intelligence and his connection to Monica’s husband only raise more questions for Bruno. Was she running away? How much does her husband really know? What’s the real story behind a scandal buried in the threesome’s military past? Meanwhile, the star of the girls’ rugby team, a favorite of Bruno’s, is pregnant, putting at risk her chances of being named to the French national squad. Bruno’s search for the truth in both cases leads him to places he hadn’t intended to go–but, as ever, he and his friends take time to savor the natural delights of the Dordogne.Santé!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook










After the craziness of August, the end of summer is supposed to bring peace and tranquility to the posh seaside enclave of East Hampton, New York. Antonia Bingham, chef and proprietor of the town’s prestigious Windmill Inn, has been lining up new recipes to try in the quiet, golden days of September, and looks forward to putting murder and mayhem behind her so she can focus on herself and her business. But when a Labor Day visit by two slick Wall Streeters ends with their gruesome deaths in a summer rental house, Antonia is pulled back to the dark side. With mysterious guests (and possible suspects) popping in and out of the inn, Antonia has no choice but to put back on her sleuthing cap and try to decipher who butchered these men. Wading through social media, the local nightclub scene, share houses, and other unfamiliar haunts of the young and glamorous is an eye-opener for Antonia—and a major time commitment. And the timing couldn’t be worse, because Nick Darrow, Antonia’s movie star crush, is back in town, available and ready for a commitment…while Antonia’s sinister ex-husband is making his presence known in her life again, too. The high season may be over but Antonia has never been busier, juggling work and crime—and fighting for her own life, too.  (Amazon)
Editions Available:  Paperback




Murder at the Gearhart: A Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery by [Harman, Dianne]Dead chefs can’t cook!

From a USA Today and Amazon #1 Chart Bestselling Author comes the fourteenth book in the popular Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery series. Free with Kindle Unlimited.

When Kelly finds the murdered body of Chef Jessup in the walk-in refrigerator at the historic Gearhart Hotel, she has no choice but to fill in as the head chef for the prestigious James Beard Dinner honoring the legendary champion of American cuisine. She was only planning on being the sous-chef.

But who would have a motive for killing the renowned chef? The well-known food critic of The Oregonian? The owner of the Rotunda Hotel who owed money to men in Las Vegas? The masseur who was having an affair with the hotel owner’s wife? The chef’s ex-husband, who resented her success? The San Francisco chef who wanted the recipes she’d been given by James Beard’s protégé? Or the man who decided he was the reincarnation of James Beard?

Join Kelly, Sheriff Mike, and their dog, Rebel, on a vacation that turns into a hunt for a killer.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle. Paperback










Tulips Too Late: A Flower Shop Mystery Novella by [Collins, Kate]It’s springtime in New Chapel, Indiana, but as the weather heats up, so too does the drama, in this thrilling new Flower Shop mystery novella from New York Times Bestselling Author, Kate Collins.

After arriving late for a tulip delivery, Bloomers Flower Shop owner Abby Knight Salvare stumbles upon a homicide in action. When her long-time friend, Sgt. Sean Reilly accidentally releases information to the press, he is forced to step away from the case, and even his position. Having nowhere else to turn, and armed with a list of evidence that the detectives refuse to investigate, Sgt. Reilly enlists the help of Team Salvare, Abby and Marco, to solve this case and set things right.

Abby will not only struggle with the case, but also with her own body as she and Marco engage in a rigorous healthy regimen, making sure they are in shape for a family cruise taking place in three short weeks. Abby’s emphatic cousin Jillian makes it a point to help Abby shed those extra pounds, promising that no one will ever call Abby by her former high school nickname ever again.

In order to solve this mystery, Abby and Marco must defy strict orders from a powerful old foe – a bull-headed corrupt detective – who promises that one wrong move will have them wrapped up in legal fees, courtroom battles, and possibly even worse.

Abby’s passion for truth and unquenchable thirst for justice drives her forward even while the odds stack up against her. This will not only be Abby’s greatest challenge but also her greatest redemption, believing she may have been able to save someone’s life, had she not delivered those tulips…too late.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











Knockout: A What Doesn't Kill You World Romantic Mystery (Ava Book 3) by [Hutchins, Pamela Fagan]A controversial tourist resort. An unsolved beachside murder. Does she have the pipes to blow the whistle on a deadly conspiracy?

Everyone wants a piece of Ava’s skyrocketing star power… including her serious boyfriend and her deadbeat baby daddy. But when she visits the future site of a controversial resort and stumbles upon a dead body, Ava thinks she’s finally found a worthy cause for her newfound celebrity. Determined to catch the killer and stop the construction of the eco-unfriendly tourist trap, she plans to put her sex symbol status to good use.

Infiltrating the resort chain gala’s celebrity guest list, she teams up with a heavyweight boxer to dig up dirt on the investors. But her investigation takes a critical hit when her ex sues for full custody. Faced with the possibility of losing her daughter, she may have to give up the flirty persona she’s put to good use in wheeling out secrets from under the noses of corrupt investors.

To solve the murder and save her career, Ava must find a new way to take down the multi-million-dollar nest of corruption before her dead body joins the construction heap.

Knockout is the third book in Ava’s trilogy within the What Doesn’t Kill You romantic mystery saga. If you like strong single mothers, glamorous celebrity lifestyles, and hard-hitting whodunits, then you’ll love Pamela Fagan Hutchins’ award-winning series.

Buy Knockout to step into the spotlight for a star-studded mystery today!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback











Island of the Mad: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes by [King, Laurie R.]Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are back in Laurie R. King’s New York Times bestselling series—“the most sustained feat of imagination in mystery fiction today” (Lee Child).

With Mrs. Hudson gone from their lives and domestic chaos building, the last thing Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, need is to help an old friend with her mad and missing aunt.

Lady Vivian Beaconsfield has spent most of her adult life in one asylum after another, since the loss of her brother and father in the Great War. And although her mental state seemed to be improving, she’s now disappeared after an outing from Bethlem Royal Hospital . . . better known as Bedlam.

Russell wants nothing to do with the case—but she can’t say no. And at least it will get her away from the challenges of housework and back to the familiar business of investigation. To track down the vanished woman, she brings to the fore her deductive instincts and talent for subterfuge—and of course enlists her husband’s legendary prowess. Together, Russell and Holmes travel from the grim confines of Bedlam to the winding canals and sun-drenched Lido cabarets of Venice—only to find the foreboding shadow of Benito Mussolini darkening the fate of a city, an era, and a tormented English lady of privilege.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook











Cusp of Night (A Hode's Hill Novel) by [Clair, Mae]The truth hides in dark places . . .

Recently settled in Hode’s Hill, Pennsylvania, Maya Sinclair is enthralled by the town’s folklore, especially the legend about a centuries-old monster. A devil-like creature with uncanny abilities responsible for several horrific murders, the Fiend has evolved into the stuff of urban myth. But the past lives again when Maya witnesses an assault during the annual “Fiend Fest.” The victim is developer Leland Hode, patriarch of the town’s most powerful family, and he was attacked by someone dressed like the Fiend.

Compelled to discover who is behind the attack and why, Maya uncovers a shortlist of enemies of the Hode clan. The mystery deepens when she finds the journal of a late nineteenth-century spiritualist who once lived in Maya’s house—a woman whose ghost may still linger. Known as the Blue Lady of Hode’s Hill due to a genetic condition, Lucinda Glass vanished without a trace and was believed to be one of the Fiend’s tragic victims. The disappearance of a young couple, combined with more sightings of the monster, trigger Maya to join forces with Leland’s son Collin. But the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she comes to a hidden world of twisted secrets, insanity, and evil that refuses to die . . .  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback










Death Comes to Dogwood Manor (A Missy DuBois Mystery) by [Bretting, Sandra]Making Southern brides beautiful is top priority for hat designer Missy DuBois, but sometimes her Louisiana studio moonlights as a crime-solving headquarters . . .

While driving to her hat shop, Crowning Glory, Missy accidentally sideswipes a car parked in front of Dogwood Manor, an antebellum mansion being converted into a high-end hotel by the much-reviled property developer Herbert Solomon. Of course, the car is his Rolls Royce. But Solomon is too busy berating his contractor and interior designer to worry about a little fender bender. When Missy returns to check out the mansion’s chapel where her latest client will be married, she finds the developer dead on his property. After an autopsy finds poison in his body, Missy’s shop is then flooded right before it’s supposed to be featured in an article about wedding-veil trends. Now before everything becomes sheer disaster, she’ll have to train her sights on finding a killer . . .  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle





Firework Fiasco (Zoe Donovan Cozy Mystery Book 29) by [Daley, Kathi]
Summer has come to Ashton Falls and with it a focus on the beach, the lake, and family time outdoors. School is out so Zak is holding down the fort at home, and Zoe and Charlie are working full time at the Zoo, while Tiffany is on her honeymoon and Jeremy is out on maternity leave. Life, it seems, is just about perfect. Or is it?  (Amazon)
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