New Releases For The Week Of February 26th, 2017 -Part 3

 

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of February 26th, 2017.  Since there were so many this week, this is day three of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

31287352World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham’s middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret: she has taken a job at Bletchley Park, the British code-breaking facility.

As Ben follows a trail of spies and traitors, which may include another member of Pamela’s family, he discovers that some within the realm have an appalling, history-altering agenda. Can he, with Pamela’s help, stop them before England falls?

Inspired by the events and people of World War II, writer Rhys Bowen crafts a sweeping and riveting saga of class, family, love, and betrayal.  (Goodreads)

30324863Cat Latimer’s Colorado bed-and-breakfast plays host to writers from all over. But murder is distinctly unwelcome . . .

To kick off a winter writing retreat, Cat and her handyman boyfriend, Seth, escort the aspiring authors to a nearby ski resort, hoping some fresh cold air will wake up their creative muses. But instead of hitting the slopes, they hit the bar—and before long, a tipsy romance novelist named Christina is keeping herself warm with a local ski bum who might have neglected to tell her about his upcoming wedding.

Next thing Cat knows, her uncle, the town sheriff, informs her that the young man’s been found dead in a hot tub—and Christina shows up crying and covered in blood. Now, between a murder mystery, the theft of a rare Hemingway edition, and the arrival of a black-clad stranger in snowy Aspen Hills, Cat’s afraid everything’s going downhill . . . (Goodreads)

31328222A new case for the ladies of the WISE enquiries agency . . .
Henry Devereaux Twyst, eighteenth Duke of Chellingworth, is terribly worried about some water damage to the priceless books in his lower library, so retains the services of a local book restorer to tackle much-needed repairs. The antiquarian also runs the Crooks and Cooks bookshop with his daughter – local TV celebrity chef, The Curious Cook. When the book restorer mentions some strange shenanigans going on at the book shop, Dowager Duchess Althea brings the case to her colleagues at the WISE Enquiries Agency.
As the WISE women try to unravel one puzzle from their base at stately Chellingworth Hall, they then get embroiled in another when they come across a valuable book of miniatures which seems to be the work of a local famous artist, murdered by her own brother. Are the cases linked and why do both mysteries lead to a nearby old folks’ home? The WISE women are on the case – and nothing will get in their way . . . Or will it?
 (Goodreads)

Stanton Parva - Murder by Hanging: A Cozy Mystery from Norfolk by [Lockwood, Nigel]Who Killed Ethan?

Ethan Baldwin hangs from a tree in Woods just outside the quiet Norfolk village of Stanton Parva. The police think the respected church warden committed suicide. Ant and Lyn are certain someone murdered Ethan and set out to bring his ruthless killer to justice. Suspects include a greedy land developer, a vicar in turmoil and a businessman about to lose everything.

Stanton Parva short reads offer a modern take on the traditional crime serial novel and feature two lead characters from opposite ends of the social spectrum.

Anthony Stanton is an army intelligence officer with PTSD on extended sick leave. He’s also a viscount and sole heir to the Stanton Hall estate. Lyn Blackthorn is head teacher of the local primary school and a product of divorced parents who still live in the village. One brought up in ‘the big house’, the other in a small thatched cottage, Ant and Lyn formed an unlikely childhood friendship. Recently reunited, they investigate a series of baffling mysteries and in the process help each other with their demons.

Published bi-monthly, the books pay homage to Father Brown, Midsomer Murders, Death in Paradise and Poirot.

Each complete cosy mystery takes place in and around the quintessential Norfolk village of Stanton Parva. Embraced on one side by the beautiful Broads and held captive by the North Sea to the east, everyone knows each other. With an ancient green, pond and butter cross dating back to medieval times, Stanton Parva’s higgledy-piggledy layout of narrow lanes lined with thatched cottages seems idyllic. But things aren’t always what they seem, are they?  (Amazon)

Deadly Ransom: A Matt Davis Mystery (The Matt Davis Mystery Series Book 5) by [Perrone Jr., Joe]
Ralph Gilly, the owner of a fishing resort in Montana where Chris and Matt vacationed together years ago has a neighbor in trouble, and he’s reached out to Matt and Chris for help. Clint Davidson’s prize bull has been slaughtered and his foreman, Shorty McMann, has been kidnapped and is being held for ransom. The cattleman has been warned that any involvement by the FBI or other law enforcement agencies will result in the death of his ranch hand. Desperate, the ranch owner offers to pay all expenses if Matt and Chris can fly out together to help. Reluctantly, Roscoe mayor Harold Swenson agrees to let Matt go, with dire consequences promised if he isn’t back on time, and he and Chris head West.
Meanwhile, back home in Roscoe, Rick Dawley becomes acting chief, and he, Bobcat Walker, and Pete Richards have their hands full with an crazed arsonist who is setting local barns on fire.  (Amazon)

Cursed on the Second Date (Cursed Coven Cozies Book 2) by [Kilgrave, J.C. ]Welcome to the witchy town of Cat’s Cradle, where curses are almost as troublesome as family.

When lifelong bachelorette Aunt Tilly returns to town with a fiancé she’s only known for two weeks, the rest of the Norwood family sense foul play. Has their eccentric aunt fallen prey to a love spell and-if so- for what reason?

Meanwhile, Malady is still coming to grips with what she saw in her dream and what that might mean for her future with Daniel Price.

When the body of one of Daniel’s old college buddies turns up at Cat’s Cradle’s annual Under the Stars Charity Ball, it’s up to Daniel and Suzie Q herself to get to the bottom of it and figure out how this is all connected to Aunt Tilly’s mysterious new beau.

So, pull up a seat, settle in, and get Cursed on the Second Date!  (Amazon)

33787859After returning home from her father’s funeral to find her boyfriend in bed with another woman, Mackenzie Clair is looking for a fresh start. She thinks she’ll find it in her favorite childhood vacation spot, but returning to Donn’s Hill awakens more than nostalgia. Mac regains a lost psychic ability to talk to the dead, and the poltergeist haunting her apartment is desperate to make her use that gift to find his killer.

Aided by her new roommate—a spirited Tortoiseshell cat named Striker—and the ghost-hunting crew of the nationally televised show Soul Searchers, Mac struggles to learn how to use her powers. But she’d better get a handle on them fast, because someone in town is hiding a deadly secret. If Mac can’t somehow divine the truth, Donn’s Hill will never be the same.  (Goodreads)

32795204Town of Shearwater
-Established in 1835-
Population: 700 — give or take a dead body . . .Abigail Carrier is a witch with an itch for a normal life. Living on the Eastern Shore in the town of Shearwater, Maryland, all she wants is to run her bed-n-breakfast with her sister, Evalynn, while focusing on anything but her lackluster love life.
One night, treachery strikes at a Town Hall meeting, and its Abigail who discovers the dead body first. With a long list of suspects who aren’t short on motive, and with the help of her “witchy-gifts” she discovers that there are more secrets than solutions in her sleepy, small town.
When a handsome new resident shows up intent on getting to know her better, Abigail is surprised to find that their connection may be just the thing she needs to put the sparkle back into her eyes and a killer behind bars.
First in a new series of cozy mysteries that includes a cast of characters, recipes, and bird tips/crafts, Chirp No More of The Shearwater Mysteries is filled with mayhem, murder, and magic!  (Goodreads)


The Mystery of Schroon Lake Inn: the Chronicle of a Lady Detective (Chronicles of a Lady Detective Book 2) by [Owen, K.B. ]Missing jewels…a haunted inn…a long-held secret…
Penelope Hamilton Wynch, one of the few female operatives employed at the Pinkerton Agency in 1886, is sent to the Adirondacks to investigate the mysterious happenings at Schroon Lake Inn, newly renovated to cater to New York City’s upper crust on summer holiday. Rumors of ghosts are bad enough, but when expensive jewelry disappears, the owner’s livelihood is at stake. A woman’s touch is needed.
Pen’s boss, William Pinkerton, thinks he has given her the perfect cover. She is to play the part of an eccentric spirit medium, eager to experience the purported ghostly manifestations.
Unfortunately, her cover will not remain intact for long, and there are those watching who do not want the inn’s secrets disturbed.  (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of February 26th, 2017 -Part 2

 

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of February 26th, 2017.  Since there were so many this week, I am going to divide them between three days.  This is day two.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

33977059Sometimes in life, you just want to yell “Take two!”

When a Polar Plunge goes terribly wrong and someone dies in the icy water, former TV detective Joey Darling wants nothing to do with subsequent investigation. But when her picture is found in the dead man’s wallet and witnesses place her as the last person seen with the man, she realizes she’s been cast in a role she never wanted: suspect.

Joey makes the dramatic mistake of challenging the killer on camera, and now it’s a race to find the bad guy before he finds her. Danger abounds and suspects are harder to find than the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island. But when Joey finds a connection with this case and the disappearance of her father, she knows there’s no backing out.

As hard as Joey tries to be like her super detective alter ego, the more things go wrong. Will Joey figure this one out? Or will her reign of error continue?  (Goodreads)

 

 

34117069*****Final Installment for Witchy Women of Coven Grove*****

Everything that has occurred in the previous books has led Bailey, Aiden, Avery, Piper, Chloe and the coven and crones to this final battle. A battle of good versus evil. But with all battles, sacrifices must be made.

They have all made sacrifices in their own way leading up to this point. However, more must be given before peace is fully restored. Discover the heights and the devastating lows in this last book and final installment of this best selling saga.

Book One: The Witching on the Wall
Book Two: A Witching Well of Magic
Book Three: Witching the Night Away
Book Four: Witching There’s Another Way
Book Five: Witching Your Life Away
Book Six: Witching You Wouldn’t Go
Book Seven: Witching for a Miracle   (Goodreads)

 

 

33873864From USA Today bestselling author Jennifer L. Hart comes a boxed set of three deliciously deadly mysteries featuring restaurateur Andy Buckland and her hilarious zany Italian family. This boxed set includes the first three, full length novels—and tasty recipes!—in the #1 bestselling Southern Pasta Shop Mysteries series, including:

Murder Al Dente
Pretty please with spaghetti on top?
Andy Buckland has always dreamed of being a chef. But after a live studio audience is stricken with food poisoning during her debut cooking show, she finds herself blacklisted in the culinary community. The only job open to her is working in her family’s southern pasta shop, and, to make matters worse, her first assignment is serving baked ziti to her former lover and his spoiled bride-to-be at their engagement party! But a broken heart and a bruised ego are the least of Andy’s troubles when she discovers a dead body at the party with the words “welcome home” written in flour next to it. Is it a warning? A threat? Or a frame-up job? Andy is determined to find out. With the help of her over-the-top Italian family, Andy will prove that she has what it takes to not only cook the best dish in town but also catch a killer, too!

Murder À La Flambé
If you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen…
Andy Buckland isn’t thrilled when sexpot celebrity chef Lacy L’Amour decides to open a competing ethnic restaurant in small-town Beaverton…right across the street from Andy’s pasta shop, the Bowtie Angel. And matters heat up when L’Amour sets her sights on both Andy’s customers and her man, Malcolm Jones, who has been acting strange lately. But all of that pales in comparison when Andy’s long lost daughter is suspected of arson. Suddenly the town’s outrage reaches a rapid boil, and the future of the Buckland-Rosetti clan is about to go up in flames. Can Andy beat the competition, keep her man, and catch an arsonist before her hard won reputation is reduced to cinders?

Murder Al Fresco
Redemption never tasted so sweet…
Andy Buckland is no stranger to TV. The worst moment of her career happened when a live studio audience got food poisoning from one of her dishes. But when the pasta guru is given a slot in the televised cooking competition Diced Showdown, she sees her chance at redemption. In exchange for the shot at vindication Andy and her fiancé, Malcolm Jones, are tasked to find the identity of a mysterious blogger who has a nasty habit of revealing detrimental secrets of the show’s top celebrity chefs. A little undercover sleuthing is one thing, but when her hometown is taken over by the show’s production and one of the judges winds up dead, Andy’s afraid she’s bitten off more than she can chew, and she might just choke on a dish best served cold.

Southern Pasta Shop Mysteries:
Murder Al Dente – book #1
Christmas Al Dente – holiday short story
Murder A La Flambé – book #2
Murder Al Fresco – book #3   (Goodreads)

 

 

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A Sweet Alaska Romance with a Chewy Mystery Center

Laura’s long-awaited summer in Alaska almost ends in tragedy when a bear strongly objects to sharing a berry patch. Clay, a plant expert, comes to Laura’s rescue. She returns the favor when Clay is accused of poisoning his ex-wife, risking her job to stay and prove his innocence. Failure could cost Clay his freedom. Flushing the real killer might cost Laura her life.  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

Grime and Punishment: A Clean Cozy Mystery (Dirty Secrets Book 1) by [Selfman, Sylvia, Selfman, Leigh]

 

 

When Livy Adler discovers a body in the house she’s cleaning, things get messy fast. If only handsome, cocky Detective Cooper would listen to her, she might be able to help solve the mystery and tidy up all the loose ends.  (Amazon)

 

 

 

Murder Sucks (The Vampire Mysteries Book 2) by [Barnett, Lyra]

 

Getting ready for the grand opening of her sweet shop, the last thing Felicity Twyst needs is a dead body turning up. Corpses in the confectionery soon becomes the least of her problems as her love life gets more complicated and it appears that behind every shop window in the small town of Stumpwell, there’s a secret. (Amazon)

 

 

 

 

 

Moving On (A Polvellan Cornish Mystery Book 6) by [Ennis, Rachel]When investigator of historical mysteries Jess Trevanion is presented with a painting of a beautiful woman, and asked to identify who it depicts, she jumps at the chance to take her mind off things. Her relationship with Tom Peters isn’t all smooth sailing at the moment – and the painting’s handsome owner, Captain Harry Carveth, is a welcome distraction himself.  The painting has been hidden in the Carveth family home for over a hundred years – but why? Jess’s research takes her back to the tumult of nineteenth-century Europe…

 

Meanwhile, Jess’s friend Mor is gearing up for her wedding to partner Ben – a happy occasion for the village of Polvellan. But just when things might be on the up, one of Jess’s loved ones is rushed into hospital…  (Amazon)

 

 

30324949Deputy coroner Mattie Winston is starting to feel like she’s in way over her head . . .

As the single mom of an energetic toddler and an investigator working for the medical examiner’s office in small-town Sorenson, Wisconsin, Mattie is used to her life being a juggling act. But now that she’s moved in with Detective Steve Hurley and his teenaged daughter Emily, and has started planning their wedding, her home life is looking more like a three-ring circus. And with her boss and friend, Izzy, suddenly having a health crisis, she could not be more grateful for the newest staff member in the ME’s office, Hal Dawson.

All too quickly her gratitude turns to shock when a floating body found trapped against a dam turns out to be Hal, but the cause of death isn’t drowning—his throat’s been slashed. Hal was supposed to be fishing on his day off with his girlfriend. And when their empty boat is found in a nearby lake, the whereabouts of the woman becomes an even more urgent question.

To find out what really happened to her coworker, Mattie may need to rock the boat. But a killer is just as determined to keep the truth from ever surfacing, even if that means making Mattie the next one to go under. (Goodreads)

New Releases For The Week Of February 26th, 2017 -Part 1

 

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of February 26th, 2017.  Since there were so many this week, I am going to divide them between the next three days.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

30346650A romantic seven-day cruise is the perfect start to bakery owner Hannah Swensen’s marriage. However, with a murder mystery heating up in Lake Eden, Minnesota, it seems the newlywed’s homecoming won’t be as sweet as she anticipated . . .

After an extravagant honeymoon, Hannah’s eager to settle down in Lake Eden and turn domestic daydreams into reality. But when her mother’s neighbor is discovered murdered in the condo downstairs, reality becomes a nightmarish investigation. Victoria Bascomb, once a renowned stage actress, was active in the theater community during her brief appearance in town . . . and made throngs of enemies along the way. Did a random intruder murder the woman as police claim, or was a deadlier scheme at play? As Hannah peels through countless suspects and some new troubles of her own, solving this crime—and living to tell about it—might prove trickier than mixing up the ultimate banana cream pie . . . (Goodreads)

 

 

 

30324914Pet sitter Daphne Templeton has a soft spot for every stray and misfit who wanders into the quaint, lakeside village of Sylvan Creek. But even Daphne doesn’t like arrogant, womanizing Steve Beamus, the controversial owner of Blue Ribbon K-9 Academy. When Steve turns up dead during a dog agility trial, Daphne can think of a long list of people with motives for homicide, and so can the police. Unfortunately, at the top of the list is Daphne’s sister, Piper—Steve’s latest wronged girlfriend.

Certain that Piper is innocent, in spite of mounting evidence to the contrary, Daphne sets out to clear her sister’s name—and find Axis, Steve’s prize-winning chocolate Labrador, who went missing the night of Steve’s death. Aided by Socrates, her taciturn basset hound, and a hyperactive one-eared Chihuahua named Artie, Daphne quickly runs afoul of Detective Jonathan Black, a handsome and enigmatic newcomer to town, who has no appreciation for Daphne’s unorthodox sleuthing.

Can a free-spirited pet sitter, armed only with a Ph.D. in Philosophy and her two incompatible dogs, find the real killer before she becomes the next victim? (Goodreads)

 

 

 

30324816Everyone swears by Yeast of Eden, the Mexican bread shop in town. But tonight, the only thing on the menu is la muerte . . .

Struggling photographer Ivy Culpepper has lots of soul-searching to do since returning to seaside Santa Linda, California. That is, until the thirty-one-year-old enters a bread making class at Yeast of Eden. Whether it’s the aroma of fresh conchas in the oven, or her instant connection with owner Olaya Dias and her sisters, Ivy just knows the missing ingredients in her life are hidden among the secrets of Olaya’s bakery . . .

But Ivy’s spirits crumble when a missing classmate is suddenly discovered dead in her car, riddled with stab wounds. Even more devastating, the prime suspects are the Dias sisters themselves. Doubting the women could commit such a crime, Ivy embarks on a murder investigation of her own to prove their innocence and seize the real killer. As she follows a deadly trail of crumbs around town, Ivy must trust her gut like never before—or someone else could be toast! (Goodreads)

 

 

 

30363087That ghost sure looks . . . familiar

Only a handful of people know that Emma Lee Raines, proprietor of a small-town Kentucky funeral home, is a “Betweener.” She helps ghosts stuck between here and the ever-after—murdered ghosts. Once Emma Lee gets them justice they can cross over to the great beyond.

But Emma Lee’s own sister refuses to believe in her special ability. In fact, the Raines sisters have barely gotten along since Charlotte Rae left the family business for the competition. After a doozy of an argument, Emma Lee is relieved to see Charlotte Rae back home to make nice. Until she realizes her usually snorting, sarcastic, family-ditching sister is a . . . ghost.

Charlotte Rae has no earthly idea who murdered her or why. With her heart in tatters, Emma Lee relies more than ever on her sexy beau, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross…because this time, catching a killer means the Raines sisters will have to make peace with each other first. (Goodreads)

 

 

 

30618554The O Sullivan clan of County Cork, Ireland, are thrilled to be catering the matrimonial affairs of a celebrity couple until a cunning killer turns an Irish wedding into an Irish wake . . .
“Any wedding is a big deal in the small village of Kilbane even more so when the bride is a famous fashion model. It s also good for business. Not only has customer traffic picked up at Naomi s Bistro, Siobhan O Sullivan and her five siblings have a full plate catering for the three-day affair. And Siobhan s own beau, local garda Macdara Flannery, gladly steps in as best man after the groom s first choice makes a drunken arse out of himself.
Even if he hadn t been disinvited to the wedding, the original best man wouldn t have been able to show. He s been found murdered in the woods, casting a pall over the nuptials. And when a second member of the wedding party is poisoned by a champagne flute engraved with Macdara s name, the garda goes from being best man to prime suspect.
With a killer at large and a string of robberies plaguing Kilbane, Siobhan feels more than a little protective of her village. She vows to clear Macdara s name, but the suspect list is as long as the guest list. Like the bride walking down the aisle, Siobhan needs to watch her step. For as she gets closer to unveiling the truth, the murderer is planning a very chilly reception for her . . . (Goodreads)

 

 

 

33287793When Professor Lila Maclean is sent to interview celebrated author and notorious cad Damon Von Tussel, he disappears before her very eyes. The English department is thrown into chaos by the news, as Damon is supposed to headline Stonedale University’s upcoming Arts Week.

The chancellor makes it clear that he expects Lila to locate the writer and set events back on track immediately. But someone appears to have a different plan: strange warnings are received, valuable items go missing, and a series of dangerous incidents threaten the lives of Stonedale’s guests. After her beloved mother, who happens to be Damon’s ex, rushes onto campus and into harm’s way, Lila has even more reason to bring the culprit to light before anything—or anyone—else vanishes.

Related subjects include: women sleuths, cozy mysteries, amateur sleuth books, murder mysteries, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), academic mysteries, book club recommendations. (Goodreads)

 

 

 

34015769When Silver Hollow witch Adele Brundage curses the town with a plague of toads until her killer is found, Isolde Quinn and her cousins find themselves thrown into a dangerous world where someone will go to any lengths to keep a decades-old secret. Armed with their witchy powers and unconventional pet familiars, the Quinns set out on an investigation that puts them in the path of a dangerous killer who will stop at nothing to keep their secrets buried.

And when that path intersects with hunky FBI agent Dex Nolan, it’s a blessing and a curse. Issy has feelings for Dex, but can a lawman sworn to prosecute paranormals ever truly fall for a witch?

With the body count piling up—not to mention the toads—Issy has to take drastic action to expose the identity of the killer before they claim another victim.  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

33948804Mei Yamagawa’s bad luck is almost at an end. Her tea shop is a week away from opening, she and Yasahiro have planned a trip away, and the future is looking bright and hopeful. But when Yasahiro’s ex-fiancée, Amanda, shows up unexpectedly, demanding his time and presence, all of their plans dissolve. Amanda is tough and drives Mei up the wall, so it’s no surprise when Mei tells her to get lost, only for Amanda to be murdered a few hours later. Yasahiro becomes the prime suspect, and Mei must put everything on hold to help free him.

Following Amanda’s past through her digital footprint, Mei uncovers secret lovers, shady business deals, and the biggest secret of all, why Amanda and Yasahiro broke up in the first place. With everyone turning against her and the case under media scrutiny, tracking down the killer becomes an obsession Mei can’t give up. There’s no turning back, though, because solving the murder means getting her life back. Not solving it means losing everything forever. (Goodreads)

Review of Encouraging Thoughts For Women: Comfort

 

Encouraging Thoughts For Women:Comfort

Shanna D. Gregor

5 Stars

29633326Synopsis:

Every woman can use some encouragement and a little comfort in her day. Here, in a brand-new book, are simple, heartfelt devotions that will speak to women of all ages. Overflowing with thoughtful devotions, prayers, memorable quotations, and Bible promises, you’ll find the blessings, encouragement, joy, and comfort your heart truly desires.

Review:

This book is filled with encouraging words, scripture and quotes to help you when things are not going exactly right.  Who could not use some encouragement to help you get through life?  It cover such topics as perspective, wisdom, healing and gratitude, to name just a few.  I found the short sections dedicated to different topics helpful and I could read whichever pertained to me on any given day.   I can go back and reread this book when I need extra encouragement.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for inspirational readings that you can read everyday.  I found this book very helpful in my everyday life.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Barbour Publishing Inc. for the opportunity to read and review this book.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Encouraging-Thoughts-Women-Shanna-Gregor/dp/1634099583/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1486151953&sr=1-1&keywords=Encouraging+thoughts+for+women%3A+comfort

Review of Death by Chocolate Lab

 

Death By Chocolate Lab

Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery, Book #1

Bethany Blake

5+ Stars

30324914Synopsis:

Pet sitter Daphne Templeton has a soft spot for every stray and misfit who wanders into the quaint, lakeside village of Sylvan Creek. But even Daphne doesn’t like arrogant, womanizing Steve Beamus, the controversial owner of Blue Ribbon K-9 Academy. When Steve turns up dead during a dog agility trial, Daphne can think of a long list of people with motives for homicide, and so can the police. Unfortunately, at the top of the list is Daphne’s sister, Piper—Steve’s latest wronged girlfriend.

Certain that Piper is innocent, in spite of mounting evidence to the contrary, Daphne sets out to clear her sister’s name—and find Axis, Steve’s prize-winning chocolate Labrador, who went missing the night of Steve’s death. Aided by Socrates, her taciturn basset hound, and a hyperactive one-eared Chihuahua named Artie, Daphne quickly runs afoul of Detective Jonathan Black, a handsome and enigmatic newcomer to town, who has no appreciation for Daphne’s unorthodox sleuthing.

Can a free-spirited pet sitter, armed only with a Ph.D. in Philosophy and her two incompatible dogs, find the real killer before she becomes the next victim? (Goodreads)

Review:

I really enjoyed this book a lot.  It had everything I look for in a cozy: great characters, a realistic setting, adorable dogs  and a intriguing mystery.

The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional.  I loved Daphne, she was spunky and full of life.    She was willing to do anything to prove her sister’s innocence. I enjoyed the bickering and banter between her and Detective Jonathan Black.  I really enjoyed her sarcastic comments and thoughts and I was laughing out loud a lot when I was reading this book.

I loved the fact that all of the dogs had their own distinct personalities.  Socrates, the basset hound, is above the normal doggie behaviors, he is much too sophisticated.  He does laugh at some of the things that Daphne does but he is always prim and proper.  Artie is a bundle of energy and doggie exuberance. Artie has not been blessed with good look, with him missing an ear and his protruding tongue.  But what he lacks in looks he more than makes up for in his behavior and antics.  I loved the way Daphne was always talking to them and asking their opinions.  They were as real of characters to me as the people were.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I felt like I was right there, watching all the action take place.  I could picture all of the animals in my mind, watching them in action.  The mystery was well crafted and there were enough twists and turns to keep me guessing until the reveal at the end.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  And if you love animals, you definitely need to read this book.  I am really looking forward to reading more adventures with Daphne and her lovable dogs.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.

 

Review of Dead In the Water

 

Dead In The Water

Mattie Winston Mysteries, Book #8

Annelise Ryan

5 Stars

30324949Synopsis:

Deputy coroner Mattie Winston is starting to feel like she’s in way over her head . . .

As the single mom of an energetic toddler and an investigator working for the medical examiner’s office in small-town Sorenson, Wisconsin, Mattie is used to her life being a juggling act. But now that she’s moved in with Detective Steve Hurley and his teenaged daughter Emily, and has started planning their wedding, her home life is looking more like a three-ring circus. And with her boss and friend, Izzy, suddenly having a health crisis, she could not be more grateful for the newest staff member in the ME’s office, Hal Dawson.

All too quickly her gratitude turns to shock when a floating body found trapped against a dam turns out to be Hal, but the cause of death isn’t drowning—his throat’s been slashed. Hal was supposed to be fishing on his day off with his girlfriend. And when their empty boat is found in a nearby lake, the whereabouts of the woman becomes an even more urgent question.

To find out what really happened to her coworker, Mattie may need to rock the boat. But a killer is just as determined to keep the truth from ever surfacing, even if that means making Mattie the next one to go under. (Goodreads)

Review:

The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional.  Mattie is smart, sarcastic, loyal and a hard worker.  I enjoyed reading about her struggles to juggle her home life, professional life and romantic life.  She seemed like a genuine character to me, having flaws like everyone else.  She loves her family fiercely and will do anything to keep them safe.  Steve Hurley, Mattie’s boyfriend and father of her child, is a detective who will stop at nothing to be sure justice is served.  Working together with Mattie, they are willing to delve into any mysteries that they encounter.  Matthew, their toddler son, added much humor to the story and I loved reading about him throughout the book.  The secondary characters were also well developed and added a lot to the story.

The author is very talented in building suspense with the written word and throughout the book the tension just kept building, page after page.  I was swiping pages as fast as I could, wanting to see what was going to happen next, but afraid to find out.  There are a few mysteries to solve in this book, which the author weaved together expertly.  

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author combines suspense, tension, humor and family love into a really great story.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted mystery with great characters, a great storyline and plenty of suspense.  I have read most of the books in this series and I have really enjoyed them all.  This is a must read series.  

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.

 

 

Review of Kneaded To Death

 

30324816Synopsis:

Everyone swears by Yeast of Eden, the Mexican bread shop in town. But tonight, the only thing on the menu is la muerte . . .

Struggling photographer Ivy Culpepper has lots of soul-searching to do since returning to seaside Santa Linda, California. That is, until the thirty-one-year-old enters a bread making class at Yeast of Eden. Whether it’s the aroma of fresh conchas in the oven, or her instant connection with owner Olaya Dias and her sisters, Ivy just knows the missing ingredients in her life are hidden among the secrets of Olaya’s bakery . . .

But Ivy’s spirits crumble when a missing classmate is suddenly discovered dead in her car, riddled with stab wounds. Even more devastating, the prime suspects are the Dias sisters themselves. Doubting the women could commit such a crime, Ivy embarks on a murder investigation of her own to prove their innocence and seize the real killer. As she follows a deadly trail of crumbs around town, Ivy must trust her gut like never before—or someone else could be toast! (Goodreads)

Review:

The characters are well developed and well rounded.  I really enjoyed getting to know Ivy.  She is heartbroken over losing her mom in a car accident.  I could really feel her pain and her struggle to get back to living her life.  I liked Olaya and her sisters, but at times I thought their personalities were a little overwhelming.  That is only my opinion and other readers might have loved them.

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 around me.  With her description of the bakery and the breads, I could almost smell the delicious aromas and taste the bread.  I will say that her descriptions pulled me right into the pages of the story, which was great.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The mystery is well thought out and there were enough suspects, clues and twists and turns to keep me guessing until the culprit was revealed at the end.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  If you enjoy reading food related cozy, this is one you should not miss.  It was a good debut for the series and I will be interested in reading other books that are released.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.

 

 

Review of Ghostly Paws

 

21456951Synopsis:

Middle age can be murder …

At least that’s how it seems to former crime journalist, Wilhelmina Chance, whose near-fatal accident has given her a strange side effect … she sees ghosts.

After a messy divorce sends her fleeing back to her hometown of Mystic Notch, nestled in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Willa finds herself haunted by the tenacious ghost of the town librarian who insists Willa solve her murder.

Luckily, she has lots of help, including a quirky cast of small-town characters, the cat she’s inherited from her grandmother, and her best friend, Pepper, who claims her herbal teas can work magic.

But just when Willa thinks she’s discovered who the killer is, she finds out that things are not what they seem in Mystic Notch, and the case takes a strange turn that has Willa adding even some of her long-time friends to her suspect list.

Can Willa find the real killer in time to keep the magical balance in Mystic Notch on the side of good, or will evil prevail? (Goodreads)

Review:

The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Willa is someone who is not afraid of hard work.  Although she is older than most protagonists in cozy mysteries, much of the time she did not act like she was older.  She really did not appear to have much experience with men.  And although she was a crime journalist at one time in her career, she did not quickly pick up on clues.  She did not even think to look for the murder weapon.  She just did not seem that realistic to me.  I liked her but I really did not believe her.  

I enjoyed the paranormal aspects to this book.  I really like ghost cozy and this one was pretty good.  I just wish that there were more interactions between Willa and Lavinia, the ghost that has asked Willa for help.  I did enjoy all of the mystical cats and how they worked together to help Willa solve the mystery.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and  through much of the book, I felt like I was right there, watching the activity going on around me.  I enjoyed the enchanting setting of Mystic Notch and would love to go and visit sometime.  The mystery was carried on well throughout the book and I did not figure out the killer until it was revealed at the end.

I would recommend this book to those readers who enjoy paranormal cozies.  If you like mystical cats and a mystical setting, then give this book a try.  I will definitely read the other books in the series.

New Releases For The Week Of February 19th 2017 -Part 2

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of February 19th, 2017.  Since there were so many this week, I divided them between yesterday and today.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

33894530Gypsies, vamps, and weres…these are just some of the people powerful witch Claudia Crestwood and her friends protect. In the city of Hartford, Connecticut—years before Salem, there were witch trials. Now the paranormal coexist with humans, more or less. With the help of her hippie aunt and cousins, her gypsy uncle, and other paranormal friends, Claudia stands on the line between humans and paras—helping to keep the peace.

When a human customer dies after an incident at the coffee shop, Claudia must dig into the case to protect the cafe and the coven. Threats have been made and what’s worse, she’s harboring a hunter wanted by the police in her basement. A hot and powerful wizard starts showing up in the shop when Claudia needs help and is at her worst. Intriguing and annoying… She isn’t sure she can trust him and his reclusive family but it’s time for her to dig deeper into the magical world.  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

33008428From USA Today bestselling author Kelly Rey comes the next hilarious Jamie Winters Mystery …

Legal secretary and sometimes-sleuth Jamie Winters thought she’d seen it all… until now.

When Oxnard Thorpe, the Adult Diaper King of New Jersey and one of Parker, Dennis’s most important clients, is found dead in the swimming pool of his sprawling mansion on his wedding night, his bride gives Jamie and her teenaged sidekick, Maizy, the green light to find the killer. Could it be the faded society maven, the bridesmaid for hire, the harried housekeeper, Oxnard’s embittered twin siblings, the surly wedding planner, the groom’s sketchy colleague, or even the not-so-blushing bride herself? Just when it seems things couldn’t possibly get more confusing, they get an assist from Eunice Kublinski, the firm’s timid new attorney with a morbid fear of public speaking—which makes things much, much worse! If Jamie doesn’t unravel the truth quickly, she may just be next on the killer’s list!

Jamie Winters Mysteries:
Motion for Murder – book #1
Motion for Mistletoe – holiday short story
Motion for Malice – book #2
Motion for Misfits (short story in the “Killer Beach Reads” collection)
Motion for Madness – book #3
Motion for Mischief – book #4     (Goodreads)

 

 

 

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When a magical amulet gives marine biologist Naomi Twain the power to see through glamours it plunges her into a world of danger and intrigue. Fantastical creatures are everywhere, but hidden, on Catalina Island—and someone is hunting them, putting at risk a unique, magical ecosystem.

Corey Madrigal is bathing a behemi, a flying miniature pig, when Naomi crashes into his life. With a natural talent for seeing through glamours, he feels a responsibility to the creatures of his island home, creatures who were the friends of his childhood. Now, he’s a Hollywood special effects artist, and he’s going to be an amazing ally for Naomi in her quest to capture the hunters of the island’s fantastical creatures.

But the hunters have their own agenda.

And then, there’s the ghost…

Intense danger, wild storms, and passionate loyalties put to the test. Fantastical Island is a stand-alone adventure in the Old School series.   (Goodreads)

 

 

 


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Samantha Cooper is missing and her boyfriend is desperate to find her. Desperate enough to hire Gertrude, Gumshoe. Thrilled to have her first real client, Gertrude gets right to work. But is she really ready for a real case? Can she catch a kidnapper without getting herself kidnapped?  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Though she was certainly born with all the traits of a world-class private detective, blogger Jade Blackwell believed she would do nothing more than solve the murders in her latest favorite cozy mystery book.

Set in mountainous south-eastern Wyoming, Jade Blackwell lives in a log home in the quaint village of Aspen Falls with her husband, Christian and daughter Penelope (Ellie). She left her life as a tenured college English professor at the University of Wyoming four years ago, sick of the bureaucracy, mounds of essays to grade and apathetic students. She turns to blogging and ghostwriting as her new career.

Jade’s promising career as a blogger halts abruptly when she learns of a hacker who is controlling her friend and fellow blogger Liz Collin’s business remotely. When the hacker is found dead in her home, Liz is thrown in jail.

Determined to help her friend regain her life and livelihood, Jade teams up with Liz’s reluctant lawyer, Gabriel Langdon, to get Liz off the hook and out of jail. What she learns will break the case wide open, while unraveling her faith in humanity and the safety she feels living in the Rocky Mountain hamlet she calls home.

An exciting thrill ride from the first page, to the last. Read Gilian Baker’s Blogging is Murder, the first book in the Jade Blackwell cozy mystery series!

Learn more at www.GilianBaker.com  (Goodreads)

 

 

33145423The Lost Savannah is the second novella in the Lost and Found Pets series. Alexandra Prescott opened Lost and Found Pets because she loves animals. Reuniting pet and owner is more than just a job.

Alex is hired to find a lost Savannah, a rare and expensive cat breed. She quickly learns the cat isn’t just missing. The cat was stolen. The main suspect is the next door neighbor who is obsessed with Savannahs and the game of golf.

Soon Alex discovers a black market ring in the world of fanatic Savannah cat breeders. She has to dust off her rusty investigative skills to solve the mystery of the lost Savannah.  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

33810000California University mathematics instructor Pat O’Shea is horrified to learn that a fellow faculty member is responsible for the theft of a valuable piece of lab equipment. But biology professor Everett Adams hasn’t just turned thief; he’s also become a stark raving madman. After a confrontation, Adams leaves his accuser for dead, badly beaten on the outside of town. Now, no one has seen either man in days.

When O’Shea awakens in a dilapidated old bungalow on a deserted stretch of nowhere, he’s not in the hands of a rescuer, but rather at the mercy of a captor. The watchful old woman is demented, homicidal, and taking wicked delight in keeping a hostage. Her killer hound stands guard, and if all goes according to plan, the gravely injured O’Shea will never be allowed to leave.

Frustrated by the ineffective work of the authorities, O’Shea’s wife, Anabel, is committed to conducting her own investigation into her husband’s disappearance. Amassing a trail of evidence, she follows a strange path of baffling clues, family skeletons, and fatal secrets. One by one, they will lead Anabel to a house on the dark side of a dead-end road. (Goodreads)

 

 

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It is 1875 and former stagecoach shotgun Jack Craft, the newest member of the just formed Denver Police, discovers a horrific murder unlike any he has ever seen. Was it random? Or revenge? With little to go on, Jack carefully untangles the thread of mystery surrounding the death of the woman without a face.  (Goodreads)

New Releases For The Week Of February 19th, 2017 -Part 1

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of February 19th, 2017.  Since there were so many this week, I am going to divide them between today and tomorrow.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

30134911There are many ruined castles in Scotland. One such lies outside the village of Drim. Hamish begins to hear reports that this castle is haunted and lights have been seen there at night, but he assumes it’s some children or maybe the local lads going there to smoke pot, or, worse, inject themselves with drugs. Hamish says to his policeman, Charlie ‘Clumsy’ Carson, that they will both spend a night there.

The keening wind explains the ghostly noises, but when Charlie falls through the floor, Hamish finds the body of a dead man propped up in a corner of the cellar. After Charlie is airlifted to the hospital, Chief Detective Inspector Blair arrives to investigate the body, but there is none to be found. Dismissed as a drunk making up stories, Hamish has to find and identify the body and its killer before the “ghost” can strike again. (Goodreads)

 

 

 

30212037The “New York Times” bestselling author of “No Cats Allowed “and “Arsenic and Old Books” is back with more Southern charm and beguiling mystery as Charlie and Diesel must find a killer in a room full of librarians…
Light-hearted librarian Charlie Harris is known around his hometown of Athena, Mississippi, for walking his cat, a rescued Maine Coon named Diesel. But he may soon be taken for a walk himself in handcuffs…
Charlie is stressed out. The Southern Academic Libraries Association is holding this year s annual meeting at Athena College. Since Charlie is the interim library director, he must deliver the welcome speech to all the visiting librarians. And as if that weren t bad enough, the keynote address will be delivered by Charlie s old nemesis from library school.
It s been thirty years since Charlie has seen Gavin Fong, and he s still an insufferable know-it-all capable of getting under everyone s skin. In his keynote, Gavin puts forth a most unpopular opinion: that degreed librarians will be obsolete in the academic libraries of the future. So, when Gavin is found dead, no one seems too upset…
But Charlie, who was seen having a heated argument with Gavin after the speech, has jumped to the top of the suspect list. Now Charlie and Diesel must check out every clue to refine their search for the real killer among them before the next book Charlie reads comes from a prison library…”
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What happens when an old spook loses his mind? Does the Service have a retirement home for those who know too many secrets but don’t remember they’re secret? Or does someone take care of the senile spy for good? These are the questions River Cartwright must ask when his grandfather, a Cold War–era operative, starts to forget to wear pants and begins to suspect everyone in his life has been sent by the Service to watch him.

But River has other things to worry about. A bomb goes off in the middle of a busy shopping center and kills forty innocent civilians. The agents of Slough House have to figure out who is behind this act of terror before the situation escalates.  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

25747142M. C. Beaton’s New York Times bestselling Hamish Macbeth series continues with a new mystery featuring Scotland’s most quick-witted but unambitious policeman.
James Harrison has recently moved to a restored hunting lodge in Sutherland with his gorgeous private nurse Gloria Dainty. When Hamish visits Mr. Harrison to welcome him to the neighborhood, the old man treats him very rudely. Gloria apologizes for her employer’s behavior, and Hamish takes the plunge and invites her out for dinner. On the appointed evening, Hamish waits for Gloria at the restaurant. And waits. Gloria never shows up. Four days later, Gloria’s body washes up on the beach near Braikie. Now without a date and without his former policeman Dick Fraser (who left the force to buy a bakery), Hamish must find out who killed the beautiful new resident of Sutherland, and why, before the murderer strikes again….
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When a group of international activists arrive on the Faroe Islands, intent on stopping the traditional whale hunts, tensions between islanders and protestors run high. And when a woman is found viciously murdered only hours after a violent confrontation, the circumstances seem purposely designed to increase animosity between the two sides.
As English DI Jan Reyna and local detective Hjalti Hentze investigate, it becomes increasingly clear that the murder has other, more sinister aspects to it, and that crucial evidence is being hidden. Neither policeman knows who to trust, or how far some people might go to defend their beliefs.
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28532423During the frenzy of the December holidays, the last thing salon owner Marla Vail needs is a dead body slathered in a green facial mask at her new day spa. The victim, Valerie Weston, was a major donor for Friends of Old Florida, a historic building preservation society. Marla’s stylists are scheduled to work backstage at their upcoming gala fashion show, but Val’s demise might put a crimp in their plans. Hoping to salvage her reputation, Marla determines to track down the suspects. As she learns more about Val, she realizes the benefactress might have stumbled onto secrets others would kill to keep. She’d better prepare for a body count that has nothing to do with hot stone massages and everything to do with murder.

“Take a twisty mystery, and add a cast of amiable characters, a dash of family drama, and a pinch of South Florida during the holiday season—they all add up to the recipe for a delightful cozy!” —Lucy Burdette, bestselling author of the Key West Food Critic Mysteries (Goodreads)

 

 

34329133The year is 1940 and the British have their backs to the wall. Everyone is preparing for the battle that, as Winston Churchill said, would see the “whole fury and might of the enemy turned upon us.” Everyone including the young Miss Emily Seeton, London art teacher, who finds her strangely prophetic sketches do not go unnoticed by the secret services.

At first suspected of being a fifth columnist, she soon finds herself recruited by the dashing Major Gerry Haynes and sent to carry out a very special observance task at a rural Spitfire factory.

Faced with bombs, sabotage and murder, Miss Seeton must summon all her courage – it is after all her nature to Keep Calm and Carry On! (Goodreads)