Review of Shattered Sanctuary


Shattered Sanctuary

Cold Springs Mysteries, Book #1

Sara Caudell

5 Stars


No good deed goes unpunished.

In a remote Colorado ranching community, a horse trainer and a rancher provide women with sanctuary. All is well — until the center for abused women headquartered in Texas is burglarized and a powerful legislator starts looking for his wayward daughter. But this is only the beginning of the problems.  (Goodreads)



There was a list of characters at the beginning of the book and it was very helpful in allowing me to keep the characters straight in my mind.  The characters were well developed and well rounded.  

They are all tough people with a strong sense of right and wrong.  They will go above and beyond to protect those that need protecting.  

The author took a very serious topic and wrote about it with a sense of hope.  The fact that there are people to help the abused, offering them a way out, providing shelter, counseling, medical care and even relocation, if needed, shows that there are still good people in the world.  

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.  She is also very good at creating suspense with just the written word.  I found myself swiping pages as fast as I could, wanting to see what would happen next.   

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys suspense cozies.  This is the first book in the series, which means there are more books in the series to enjoy.


New Releases For The Week Of June 18th, 2017–Part 3


Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of June 18th, 2017.  Since there were so many books this week, I am going to divide them between three days. Here is the third and final day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


32075859The acclaimed, award-winning, bestselling author of The Cartel—voted one of the Best Books of the Year by more than sixty publications, including the New York Times—makes his William Morrow debut with a cinematic epic as explosive, powerful, and unforgettable as Mystic River and The Wire.

Our ends know our beginnings, but the reverse isn’t true . . .

All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop.

He is “the King of Manhattan North,” a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of “Da Force.” Malone and his crew are the smartest, the toughest, the quickest, the bravest, and the baddest, an elite special unit given carte blanche to fight gangs, drugs, and guns. Every day and every night for the eighteen years he’s spent on the Job, Malone has served on the front lines, witnessing the hurt, the dead, the victims, the perps. He’s done whatever it takes to serve and protect in a city built by ambition and corruption, where no one is clean—including Malone himself.

What only a few know is that Denny Malone is dirty: he and his partners have stolen millions of dollars in drugs and cash in the wake of the biggest heroin bust in the city’s history. Now Malone is caught in a trap and being squeezed by the Feds, and he must walk the thin line between betraying his brothers and partners, the Job, his family, and the woman he loves, trying to survive, body and soul, while the city teeters on the brink of a racial conflagration that could destroy them all.

This is the great cop novel of our time and a book only Don Winslow could write: a haunting story of greed and violence, inequality and race, crime and injustice, retribution and redemption that reveals the seemingly insurmountable tensions between the police and the diverse citizens they serve. A searing portrait of a city on the edge and of a courageous, heroic, and deeply flawed man who stands at the edge of its abyss, The Force is a masterpiece of urban realism full of shocking and surprising twists, leavened by flashes of dark humor, a morally complex and utterly riveting dissection of modern American society and the controversial issues confronting us today.  (Goodreads)





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)

A Walk on the Dead Side (Secret Seal Isle Mysteries Book 3) by [Quinn, Lucy]All Cookie James wanted was a romantic island picnic with her sexy handyman, Dylan Creed. What she got was a lobster trap full of drugs. As an ex-FBI agent, Cookie’s determined to hand the evidence off to local authorities and stay out of the fray. But when a package arrives with a gory warning, she has no choice but to call in her former partner, Hunter O’Neil and investigate the case.
Hunter’s arrival brings more than crime fighting expertise. He’d like his connection to Cookie to finally be more than professional. There’s no denying the sparks between them. Except with Dylan in the picture, Cookie’s realizing someone else might be lighting her fire. Unfortunately, her love life is going to have to wait. Between kidnappings, attempted murder, and stolen kisses, Cookie James has a case to solve.  (Amazon)

35153490“I confess: the whole mess was my fault—I never smelled her coming.”

Lord Tyee has the best nose in the business. It’s no mystery to him when five of his K9 pals disappear from a dog-walker’s van and it’s dead easy to sniff out the perp who fired that gun. But how to tell his partner, Pielle? She’s only human, with all that entails. What’s worse, she’s about to take a dangerous bull by the horns, venturing into the dark underbelly of the law courts without Lord Tyee at her side. That can’t happen–but can a lone wolf outwit his would-be captors in time to do battle at the side of his beloved Pack Leader?

Hot Dogs is the first in the Lord Tyee Mysteries, written by wolf-hybrid Lord Tyee & ably assisted by his amanuensis and producer, Kaimana Wolff.  (Goodreads)

It’s Halloween in Nithercott and it seems the villagers are either ‘undead’ – or soon to be dead…
Tara Trott’s Bed and Breakfast business venture is proving to be deadly. Tara arranges a murder mystery meal for her first official guests but before the meal is digested, the ‘Death by chocolate’ pudding claims the first victim. The murderer seems to be sticking to the script – and Tara wrote it.
Tara soon finds herself in grave danger – will she be found in time?  (Goodreads)

Justice is Served: 4 Exciting Short Reads (Hunt for Justice Series) by [Capri, Diane]Exciting Short Read Collection! Judge Willa Carson returns in these chilling, clever stories from New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Diane Capri!

“Full of thrills and tension – but smart and human too.”
Lee Child, #1 World Wide Bestselling Author of Jack Reacher Thrillers


“Intricate and Ingenious. Make some coffee. You’ll read all night.” — Lee Child

Includes the USA Today Bestselling Cold Justice!

THIS COLLECTION CONTAINS 4 #1 Bestselling Short Reads and Bonuses:

Cold Justice
False Justice
Fair Justice
True Justice
Bonuses: Two Diane Capri Essays about the Hunt for Justice Series

Cold Justice – Everyone needs a vacation, even hardworking, crime-fighting Federal Judges. Looking forward to a quiet week of stunning winter scenery, roaring fires, and warm companionship, Judge Willa Carson and her husband George head north to Pleasant Harbor, Michigan – and slam into murder. A car stranded in the road. A corpse slumped in the front seat. A gunshot wound to left temple. The scene is surreal, the execution ruthless, the victim far from innocent. Local authorities want this case put away fast because it’s bad for their tourism business. Willa sees what the cops don’t, and she is not about to play along to get along.

False Justice – Judge Willa Carson’s friend Ursula Westfield is living the good life. Her career as a broadcast journalist is on fire, she finally found a good man to come home to, and her new Manhattan apartment is the stuff of dreams. When a stranger sends her a chilling but cryptic email about a newly nominated Judge in her hometown, she knows she should ignore it. Secret sources armed with conspiracy theories were nothing but trouble. Still, she can’t seem to shake the feeling that there’s something amiss about Judge Aaron Michaels. Driven by an insatiable quest for truth and a desire to do the right thing, she heads back to Tampa and comes face-to-face with a killer.

Fair Justice – When a young reporter assigned to cover Judge Willa Carson’s courtroom for the local television station is sent on a fact-finding mission, he never expects to find a body. Residents of a small Florida town are suffering from a strange, debilitating illness. A whistleblower claims the local carpet mill is engaged in dumping toxic chemicals into the water supply. Uncovering the truth may cost the reporter his life, unless Willa Carson can save him.

True Justice – Ginny Richards has a great new job working for wickedly smart Federal Judge Willa Carson, and she couldn’t be happier. After a rough patch and an ugly break up, she’s finally making new friends and her career in on the upswing. But when she invites her new workmates to see her moonlighting as a jazz singer at a local club, she never expects that a night of music and merriment will end in murder.

US and UK Author Diane Capri:
New York Times Bestseller
USA Today Bestseller
#1 Thriller
#1 Mystery
#1 Hard-boiled Mystery
#1 Police Procedural
#1 Vigilante Justice
#1 Conspiracy Thriller
#1 Women Sleuth’s Mystery
#1 Legal Thriller
#1 Anthology
and more!

Grab your copy now and start reading today!  ( (Amazon)

31522138The irrepressibly charming duo of Emerson Knight and Riley Moon returns in another gripping mystery by #1 New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich.

Buddhist monk Wayan Bagus lost his island of solitude and wants to get it back. The island was about two hundred miles northeast of Samoa. It had a mountain, beaches, a rain forest, and a volcano. And now it’s gone. Poof! Vanished without a trace.

Brilliant and boyishly charming Emerson Knight likes nothing better than solving an unsolvable, improbable mystery. And finding a missing island is better than Christmas morning in the Knight household. When clues lead to a dark and sinister secret that is being guarded by the National Park Service, Emerson will need to assemble a crack team for help. Since a crack team isn’t available, he enlists Riley Moon and his cousin Vernon. Riley Moon has a Harvard business degree and can shoot the eyes out of a grasshopper at fifty feet, but she can’t figure out how to escape the vortex of Emerson Knight’s odd life. Vernon has been Emerson’s loyal and enthusiastic partner in crime since childhood. He now lives in an RV behind Emerson’s house.

Together, this ragtag, mismatched trio will embark on a worldwide investigation that will expose a conspiracy one hundred years in the making. (Goodreads)


New Releases For The Week Of June 18th, 2017–Part 2


Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of June 18th, 2017.  Since there were so many books this week, I am going to divide them between three days. Here is the second day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


Rabbit and the Mysteriously Missing Daughter (Rabbit Stories Book 2) by [Cutter, Leah ]When a master thief hires Rabbit to first write, then illegally file his will, Rabbit believes he understands all the tricky parts of this latest case.

Until the thief insists on Rabbit’s help to actually find the missing daughter.

Besides avoiding all the street guards, as well as breaking into the census bureau, what else could possibly go wrong?

This mystery takes place during the Tang dynasty, in China. It was first published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.

If you love light mysteries with a lot of character and voice, you’ll love all the Rabbit stories!

Be sure to read the other Rabbit stories:

The Curious Case of Rabbit and the Temple Goddess
The Strange Mystery of Rabbit and the Stolen Song
Rabbit, The Dastardly Thief, and the Disappearing Dragon  (Amazon)

35441530Mimi Goldman is back—on a missing-persons case that becomes the third page-turning Chautauqua murder mystery novel from award-winning New York Post headline writer Deb Pines.

This time, the lovable Chautauquan Daily reporter, NYC expat and single mom is asked to find Jenny Van Alstine, a beautiful feminist artist, who has disappeared from Chautauqua.

Instead, Mimi finds a surprising number of Jenn-emies: haters, lovers, secret-keepers—and one killer determined to stop Mimi before she stops them.

BESIDE STILL WATERS, the 2017 addition to an Agatha Christie-like mystery series, offers page-turning suspense. Romance. And the unforgettable setting of Chautauqua, NY, a quirky churchy historic lakeside summer arts community that in 1874 launched an adult-education movement Teddy Roosevelt called the “most American thing in America.”

Praise for Pines’ 2013 debut IN THE SHADOW OF DEATH:
“If you enjoy an old-fashioned whodunit, it’s perfect.”
Jamestown (N.Y.) Post-Journal

Praise for Pines’ 2015 DELIVER US FROM EVIL:

“An enjoyable, agreeably paced reading experience with solid character development and numerous plot twists” from a “mystery author whose pleasure in her characters remains evident and welcome.”
Kirkus Reviews   (Goodreads)

With Christmas a few weeks away and happy these last few months had been quiet, Jarvis Mann decides to take on an interesting case. A homeless veteran knocks on his door with a story of how several of his homeless companions have been bribed and taxied away never to return. Taking pause to the man’s story at first, Jarvis digs deeper learning of plans to clear out the homeless. When the man is attacked, and seriously injured, Jarvis goes undercover, learning more about life on the streets than he ever knew, becoming one of the Invisible Souls in search of an answer.  (Goodreads)
Who killed Horace Q. Ogilvie, owner of Elmwood’s radio station and the most hated man in town? Crystal Cropper, editor of the Elmwood Gazette, needs to solve the mystery—pronto! Horace turned up dead just moments before he planned to ruin yet another Elmwood luminary with a vindictive radio editorial. The good news? Horace left a list of future VIP targets, so the police have plenty of suspects. The bad news? Crystal’s name is at the top!  (Goodreads)



35075309From USA Today bestselling authors Gin Jones and Elizabeth Ashby comes a brand new mystery…

It’s Independence Day weekend, and Maria Dolores, the descendant of Danger Cove’s first lighthouse keeper, is the new manager of the Lighthouse Farmers’ Market. While she may be a bit uncertain about her career change—trading financial planning for flower stalls and farm fresh produce—she’s still determined to get the market into shape and onto one of the region’s “best of” lists.

From the very beginning, though, events conspire against her. Her mentor and attractive local farmer, Merle Curtis, fails to show up to introduce her to the vendors, the stalls are all in the wrong place, and an earthquake shakes up everyone in the market! In its aftermath, Maria realizes the flower vendor is more than shaken up… she’s dead. Maria suddenly finds herself embroiled in a small town mystery that’s got everyone on edge. Will it all lead to the end of Maria’s new career? Or worse yet… her life?

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 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)

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!  (Goodreads)







34203415Following a string of successful performances, the Moscardi Circus is traveling by train to Newcastle for their next show. Yet a collision on the track with a couple of sleepers causes pandemonium: passengers thrown about and animals escaping into the night. When the body of a woman is discovered in nearby woodland, Inspector Colbeck is desperate to lend assistance, believing the two incidents might be connected. Who is the nameless woman and who is targeting the Moscardi’s Magnificent Circus?  (Goodreads)











35385679In the brand-new Vintage Kitchen Mystery from the author of White Colander Crime, someone with an old grudge decides it’s time to bury the hatchet . . .

“Smartly written and successfully plotted, the debut of this new cozy series . . . exudes authenticity.” —Library Journal on A Deadly Grind

Vintage cookware and cookbook collector Jaymie Leighton has agreed to help her sister clear out the house of a deceased older neighbor, and she’s thrilled at the prospect of discovering antique kitchenware and other treasures—until she opens a vintage trunk in the cellar and finds the remains of a teenage girl with a cleaver buried in her skull. When the body of a second girl is found just days later in a nearby river, the clues all indicate that the crimes are connected—and that the culprit’s motives are hidden in the past.

Jaymie just wants to cut and run, but the victims were both high school classmates of her sister when they disappeared, and that makes Jaymie the perfect person to help the local police investigate the killings. As she dredges up old memories and even older rivalries and jealousies, her list of suspects grows. But Jaymie knows she’ll have to whittle it down to just one, and fast, because someone has decided to cut their ties to Jaymie—in the most fatal of ways . . .

Includes a vintage recipe!

Praise for the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries:

“All the right ingredients . . . Small-town setting, kitchen antiques . . . and a bowlful of mystery. A perfect recipe.” —New York Times bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert

“[A] charming new series.” —New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly

“A chilling whodunit.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Well-plotted with several unexpected twists and more developed characters.” —The Mystery Reader

“Jaymie is a great character . . . She is inquisitive and full of surprises!” —Debbie’s Book Bag

About the Author:

Victoria Hamilton is the pseudonym of nationally bestselling romance author Donna Lea Simpson. In addition to the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series, she also writes the Merry Muffin Mystery series and blogs at Killer Characters. Visit her website at  (Goodreads)



Beach Reads

                  Welcome to the Three Amigos Summer Reading Club.




For the first week we choose “Books By The Beach” as our theme.   My pick for this week is Murder Hooks A Mermaid by Christy Fifield.  This is the second book in this awesome series.  I have read the whole series and I have loved all of them.

Nestled in Keyhole Bay, Florida, Glory Martine’s souvenir shop, Southern Treasures, is supposed to trap tourists—not ghosts. But a possessed parrot may be just what Glory needs to solve a murder…

Inheriting her great-uncle Louis’s bayside souvenir shop should have been a breeze for Glory. Instead it’s been one headache after another—with a lot of them generated by Bluebeard, a parrot with a mouth like a sailor and a personality a lot like her late great-uncle. But Glory’s troubles pale in comparison to those of her best friend Karen, whose ex may still have the personalized key chain to her heart, but whose brother-in-law is about to get locked up.

A diver has been found with a gaff hook in his chest, and Karen turns to Glory to help get her brother-in-law off the hook for his murder. But casting the net for the real killer won’t be easy. Glory and Bluebeard are about to find out that the secrets in Keyhole Bay run deeper than anyone ever imagined… (Goodreads)



So grab something to drink and eat, grab a copy of this book, relax and enjoy you’re beach time, even if it’s in your easy chair at home.


Okay, enough about me.  Let’s check out what books my two amigos have picked for this weeks theme.



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To find out what book Karen chose, head over to her blog by following this link:



And to see what book Lisa chose, head over to her blog by following this link:




While you’re at their blogs, leave a comment and let us know what you think of our Summer Reading Club.  We would all love to hear from you.



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New Releases For The Week Of June 18th, 2017–Part 1


Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of June 18th, 2017.  Since there were so many books this week, I am going to divide them between three days. Here is the first day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


35176072The 6th book in the BESTSELLING Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery series!

When a coffee shop opens in the village, Julia is surprised when her customers flock to the new business, leaving her café almost empty. A failed protest against the corporate chain store leaves Julia wondering if her café can survive, but she suddenly has bigger fish to fry when the owner of the coffee shop is poisoned, and she is framed for his murder.

As Julia attempts to clear her name, she is stopped in her tracks when an unwanted familiar face arrives in Peridale. Her past and present crash together, threatening to jeopardise her blossoming relationship with Barker. Julia’s history is back to haunt her, and she is forced to deal with the consequences of her actions before it is too late. Somebody is trying to frame Julia for her rival’s murder, but can she juggle her most challenging case yet with her complicated love life before she loses more than just her café?

Book 6 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 and 48,000 words long. No cliffhanger, swearing, gore or graphic scenes!  (Goodreads)





35156269When a body washes up on the shores of Willow Bay, Jason and Angela find themselves as the main suspects. After all, they did have a confrontation with the victim just the night before.

Deciding that she’s not going to sit around and wait to be arrested, Angela decides to take matters into her own hands and investigate the death herself. After all, it turns out she has a bit of a knack at investigation.

But with a myriad of suspects, Angela quickly finds that finding the murderer is far from easy. Add to that an investigation into animal smuggling, and Bee trying to stop Angela from adopting out the growing kittens, and Angela quickly finds that she’s got her hands full.

Will Angela be able to keep it together for long enough to find the murderer without ending up as the next victim?

Sleeping with the Fishes is the sixth book in the Willow Bay Witches series of paranormal cozy mysteries. It’s a full-length novel full of funny and sarcastic best friends, a touch of magic, a snarky talking cat and a little bit of romance.  (Goodreads)




An Unconventional Mr. Peadlebody by [Gardner, D.L.]Rockford Peadlebody dies in a train wreck while traveling with his family, (a rather dysfunctional lot of half-blood vampires) after a flood in Mississippi washes their home away. Once his brother Gerald, his wife Ginger, and son Raymond reach grandpa’s estate in Ohio, they are surprised by the news that grandaddy Benjamin Peadlebody has also died. They are now heirs to the infamous Peadlebody manor and all its peculiarities, including the butler, a reserved, tattooed, muscle-man named Richard Cottlebone,

It seems fishy to Gerald that two untimely deaths in the family happened within a week. Yes, Rockford’s demise was of his own doing, but Benjamin’s? Perhaps the butler, knows more than he’s letting on?

To prove himself worthy, since he failed to live up to old Benjamin’s standards when he was alive, Gerald goes about to unravel the thread of Papa’s death. No help comes from Ginger. She’s too busy trying to un-vampire herself. And Raymond is in love, but not with his relatives. Gerald soon discovers solving a murder mystery meets with a stone cold reception.  (Amazon)




NOTE: This is a Novella-Length Installment of the popular series.

It’s time for the town of Milburn’s annual gala and Nora is honored to have been asked to cater the event.  But, while she certainly expected an exciting time, the last thing she anticipated was for the evening to end in murder!  Ironically, it’s the local psychic, Rosemary Worth, who’s been killed…despite not having seen any sign of the impending danger.

Shockingly, the killer appears to be Nora’s sweet, old landlady, Mrs. Mullally.  And, after being found at the scene of the crime with blood on her hands, it seems to be an open & shut case against her.  But, despite the mounting evidence against her, Nora is convinced she’s innocent and will do everything in her power to find the real culprit before he or she strikes again…

Can Mrs. Mullally actually be the murderer?  If so, why would she want to kill the psychic?  If it wasn’t her, who was it?  And is anyone else in danger?

Find out in Death Of A Psychic, a special novella-length installment of Nancy McGovern’s popular series, “A Murder In Milburn”!

Don’t forget to check out the rest of Nancy McGovern’s books & series on her Amazon Author Page (AuthorNancyMcG)!  Follow her there for updates on her future releases and be sure to join her mailing list to receive a FREE PREQUEL to the “Murder In Milburn” series!  You can sign up using the link inside any of her books!  (Goodreads)

Beyond the Pale (A Della Arthur 1940s Murder Mystery Book 2) by [Parrott, Gwen]


A young girl goes missing from home, and a woman is found murdered. Are the two connected?

1947. Della Arthur is shocked when someone she trusts is accused of murder. Can she prove his innocence before it is too late? Della gets help from a surprising quarter, as she uncovers the lies, jealousies and secret scandals of a small Welsh community.

A gripping murder mystery in the tradition of the golden age of crime fiction. With a fascinating cast of characters and an evocative atmosphere, Beyond the Pale paints a vivid picture of post-war life.


31390702Las Vegas cocktail waitress Violetta Graves sees ghosts, whether she wants to or not. After accidentally solving a cold case that helped homicide detective (AKA her boyfriend), Matt Stone, arrest a serial killer, Vie wants a break from otherworldly woes. Besides, her younger sister, Dee, needs Vie’s support as she navigates through a painful divorce.

Matt offers a welcome distraction: He invites the women to participate in a mystery murder dinner. Vie practically drags Dee to the event determined to keep her sister’s mind off her asshat husband. But what’s supposed to be a fun night of solving of a fake murder turns into a real homicide case. And of course, Vie sees the dead guy who—big surprise—asks for her help.







A murder, a wedding, and a teenager in danger, all collide in this fast paced mystery set on magical Madrona Island. Cait is in a terrible accident resulting in a temporary loss of memory. She can remember the events leading up to the accident but cannot remember what occurred or how she came to be on a remote part of the island in the middle of the night. When she finds a dead body on the road which is there one minute and the gone the next she decides she must be losing her mind. Cait sets out to piece together the events surrounding the accident while Cody agrees to watch out for a teenager on the run in this fast paced cozy mystery.  (Goodreads)


Review of Mocha and Murder


Mocha and Murder

A Killer Coffee Mystery Series, Book #2

Tonya Kappes

5 Stars


Roxy becomes entangled in another murder as she puts her sleuthing skills to work in order to prove that Louise Carlton didn’t kill Fred Hill over a pet adoption gone wrong. After all, if Louise goes to jail, who is going to find all the animals at Pet Palace a home.  (Goodreads)



The characters are well rounded and three dimensional.  Roxy is quirky, funny and full of energy.  I really enjoyed getting to spend more time with her, and her boyfriend Patrick. I am glad that Roxy wants to date him for a while and their relationship is moving a little slower, it made it more realistic.  I also enjoyed spending time with Aunt Maxi and getting to know Roxy’s mom a little better.  And the other characters, such as her employees, added a lot to the story.

The author is very talented in developing a small town setting that is warm and inviting.  The neighbors care about each other but they are also willing to gossip whenever they can.  She is also very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all the action take place.

One of my favorite parts about this series is the Pet Palace, a shelter for animals.  I really enjoyed reading about the animals and adoptions, even a hen.  Adoption is such a big need and I like the way this series shines a light on that need.

The mystery was carried on well throughout the book and it was difficult to solve.  There were enough suspects and clues to sift through that even the most experienced armchair detective would have trouble solving the mystery.  I was surprised with who the culprit turned out to be, and that is a great thing.

I would recommend this book (and series) to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy (actually I would recommend all of her series).  I will be looking forward to reading the next one.








Review of Alibi High

Alibi High

A Moose River Mystery, Book #3

Jeff Shelby

5 Stars


Daisy Savage has one goal when she signs up to volunteer at her daughter’s high school: get her hours done and go home. But that’s before she discovers the school’s computer lab has been robbed over the weekend, leaving a shell-shocked staff and a computerless student body. What starts out as a week of helping around the school’s office quickly turns into Daisy scrambling to put together a last-minute fundraiser to buy new equipment.

As she struggles to get the event off the ground, she’s sidelined by the discovery of some strange going-ons at the school. Why do so many staff members seem to have access to the school on the weekends when it’s been declared off-limits by the school president? Why is the leader of the PTA so interested in purchasing new computers? And why does the computer teacher seem happy that the computers have vanished?

The pressure mounts for Daisy to pull the fundraiser together just as Jake, her easygoing husband, attempts to put the brakes on her amateur sleuthing. To make matters worse, she has to contend with an angst-filled teenager who refuses to be seen with her at school, three other kids who miss her at home, and her best friend’s husband, who is eager to help crack the case by putting his pseudo-detective skills to the test.

Will Daisy discover the truth about what happened to the school’s computers? More importantly, can her family survive another mystery with Daisy firmly planted in the thick of things? (Goodreads)


The characters are well rounded and well developed.  I just love spending time with Daisy and Jake.  The bickering and bantering between the two is so funny and seems so real.  I love the interaction with their children and they are portrayed as a believable family.  I find it refreshing that this cozy series revolves around the family, instead of a female protagonist and their buddies.  I would like to be friends with them in real life.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in his descriptive writing and through much of the book, I felt like I was write there, watching all the action taking place around me.  I felt like I was back in school, waiting for the bell to ring.  The mystery is carried on well throughout the entire book.  I like that the main mystery revolved around a theft, instead of a murder.  

I would recommend this book (and series) to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.   There is mystery, suspense, likable characters and lots of humor.  What more could you ask for?








Review of Twice Baked Murder


Twice Baked Murder

Ritsa Reincarnated, Book #1

Daphne DeWitt

5 Stars


Rita never thought much about how she was going to die.

…turns out that might have been a problem.

Two months prior to her wedding, pie maker extraordinaire and sheriff’s daughter Rita Clarke is rudely pushed down a flight of stairs by an unseen man with a burly voice and meaty hands. And that was the last thing that ever happened to her.

Until now.

Two years after her untimely demise, Rita returns to her small town of Second Springs with a brand new body, a dusty red pickup truck, a guardian angel named Charlie, an aloof Irish setter that used to be the mayor, and a mission to solve a string of murders (including her own) before she can move on.

But things in Second Springs aren’t what they used to be. Rita’s fiancé is now engaged to her former best friend, her father has been outed as town sheriff, and his replacement is irritatingly cocky and sure that Rita is hiding something.

When a young man is murdered on Rita’s first night back, she finds a wrench at the scene of the crime; the same thing she saw before her own murder.

Now Rita must try to work through the craziness of her new life, coexist with her ex friend and fiancé, and dodge the ever encroaching eye of the new sheriff if she’s going to stand a chance of catching the person responsible and moving on.

And you thought death was the end of all the fun!   (Goodreads)



Rita is a bright and spunky woman who just happens to be dead due to murder.  Not only is she dead, but she has been reincarnated into a new person, body and all.  She has returned from the dead to finish some unfinished business.  Only problem is that she does not know what the unfinished business is.  And she cannot tell anyone what happened to her, and she cannot let others know that she knows the town, and she cannot let anyone know that she already knows them.  And right after she shows up in town, someone is murdered and the sheriff likes her for the crime.  She is in a real predicament and does not quite know what to do about it.  

The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Rita is one strong woman and she can handle just about anything.  Which is a good thing for her, seeing as how she finds herself in a situation that defies logic.  I enjoyed getting to know Rita and learning more about her.  I enjoyed her interactions with all the citizens of Second Springs, including her best friend Peggy and her fiance Aiden.  And I also greatly enjoyed the bickering and banter between Darrin, the new sheriff, and her.

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 all the action taking place and listening in on conversations.  She really nailed the small town setting and all the gossiping and nosiness that goes along with it.

The mysteries were carried on well throughout the entire book.  There were actually three different mysteries to solve, two from the past and one in the present.  There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through that it was nearly impossible to figure out the culprit.

I would highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy.  This book has everything I look for in a cozy: great characters, small town setting, humor, suspense and mystery.  And as an added bonus, paranormal.  Do yourself a favor and pick up this book to read.  I cannot wait for the next book in the series.






Review of Bad Housekeeping




When 28-year-old Agnes Blythe, the contented bifocals-wearing half of an academic power couple, is jilted by her professor boyfriend for the town Pilates instructor, her future is suddenly less than certain. So when her glamorous, eccentric Great Aunt Effie arrives in town and offers a job helping to salvage the condemned Stagecoach Inn, what does Agnes have to lose? But work at the inn has barely begun when the unlikely duo find the body of manipulative Kathleen Todd, with whom Agnes and Effie both have recently had words. Words strong enough to land them at the top of the suspect list.

The pair have clearly been framed, but no one else seems interested in finding the real murderer and Agnes and Effie’s sleuthing expertise is not exactly slick. Nevertheless, they’re soon investigating a suspect list with laundry dirtier than a middle school soccer team’s and navigating threats, car chases, shotgun blasts, and awkward strolls down memory lane.

In Bad Housekeeping, the first novel in the Agnes & Effie cozy mystery series by Maia Chance, danger mounts, deadlines loom, ancient knob-and-tube wiring is explored, and the ladies learn a thing or two about the awful, wonderful mistake that is going back home.  (Goodreads)



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 enjoyed the small town feel and all the gossiping that goes along with that.  The mystery was carried on well throughout the book and there were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through, that it was not an easy mystery to solve.  

I felt that the characters could have been developed a little bit more.  I did not really feel like I connected that well with them, and I do not know why.  I got really tired of reading about Agnes being overweight, it was mentioned numerous times.  That is only my opinion and other readers may not agree with me.  I did find some of the situations and dialogue quite funny and there a few times that I laughed out loud.  

There were many things that I did enjoy about the book and I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a cozy mystery.  I will read the next book when it is released.

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