Review of Dog Dish Of Doom

 

Dog Dish Of Doom

An Agent To The Paws, Book #1

E.J. Copperman

5 Stars

31450560Synopsis:

Cozy fans and animal lovers alike won’t be able to keep their paws off Dog Dish of Doom. Laugh-out-loud funny, E.J. Copperman’s series debut is “lots of fun” (Library Journal, starred).

Kay Powell wants to find that break-out client who will become a star. And she thinks she’s found him: His name is Bruno, and he has to be walked three times a day.

Kay is the Agent to the Paws, representing showbiz clients who aren’t exactly people. In fact: they’re dogs. Bruno’s humans, Trent and Louise, are pains in the you-know-what, and Les McMaster, the famous director mounting a revival of Annie, might not hire Bruno just because he can’t stand them.

This becomes less of an issue when Trent is discovered face down in Bruno’s water dish, with a kitchen knife in his back. Kay’s perfectly fine to let the NYPD handle the murder, but when the whole plot seems to center on Bruno, her protective instincts come into play. You can kill any people you want, but you’d better leave Kay’s clients alone. (Goodreads)

Review:

I really like the premise of this book, Kay being a talent agent for animals.  What a great job that would be.  This book has everything I look for in a cozy: great characters, a great mystery, humor and animals.  What more could you ask for when reading a book?

The characters were well rounded and well developed.  Kay is a hardworking woman who own a business and she will do whatever she has to do to be sure her business succeeds.  She loves the animals she represents and is willing to do anything to keep them safe and happy.  I really enjoyed the relationship between Kay and her parents. Much of the time Kay seemed to be the parent and her parents the children.  Her parents were quirky and crazy but I enjoyed them anyway.  I loved meeting Steve and Eydie, Kay’s dogs.  They were funny and adorable and acted just like dogs should act.  And Bruno stole the show (or play or commercial or whatever he would star in thanks to Kay’s negotiations)!   

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 around me and listening in on conversations.  The mystery was carried on well throughout the book and there were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through that it was difficult to determine the culprit before it was revealed at the end.  One thing I found refreshing was that the detective was a woman and was not in the least romantically interested in Kay.  In so many of the cozies I read, the protagonist and the lead detective fall in love.  This was a nice change from the normal.

I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I have read other books (in other series) by this author and I can tell that she is great author.  I cannot wait to read more books in this series.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange of a honest review.  I would like to thank Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read and review this book.

New Releases For The Week Of August 20th, 2017–Part 2

 

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of August 20th, 2017.  Today is the second day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

32503204A Terrible Secret Hides in the Bulrushes

Amish bishop Henry Lapp eagerly awaits the annual arrival of 20,000 sandhill cranes to the San Luis Valley of Colorado. But his visit to the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge reveals more than just a miracle of God’s creation. Hidden among the bulrushes and cattails is the deceased body of a young woman.

As the local authorities attempt to unravel the mystery, Henry feels God’s calling to use his extraordinary talent to aid in the investigation. His ability to draw from memory in photographic detail could help solve this puzzling case.

Henry’s closest friend, Emma Fisher, has always urged him to embrace his gift. As their relationship deepens, Henry realizes his involvement could put him and those he loves in the direct path of a killer, one who is willing to do anything to cover up a brutal crime, including framing the bishop.

When the Bishop Needs an Alibi is a compelling story of faith, friendship, and finding courage only God can provide.  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

32216866In 1360 a deputation from Cambridge ventures to the Suffolk town of Clare in the hope that the wealthy Elizabeth de Burgh has left a legacy to Michaelhouse. Yet when they arrive they discover that the report of her death is false and that the college seems destined for bankruptcy.

Determined to see if some of its well-heeled citizens can be persuaded to sponsor Michaelhouse, Matthew Bartholomew, Brother Michael and Master Langelee become enmeshed in the town’s politics. They quickly discover that a great many other people in Clare have recently met untimely deaths. These killings, combined with the arrogance Lady de Burgh has shown over the refurbishment of the church and the grotesque behaviour of some of her entourage, have created a dangerous restlessness in the town: an atmosphere intensified when yet more murders occur.

One of the victims is a fellow traveller of the Michaelhouse contingent, and Matthew Bartholomew and Brother Michael feel honour-bound to identify his killer. It is a hunt which takes them deep into Clare’s murky foundations and which threatens their own survival as well as that of their beloved college. (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

Witch Is Why The Owl Returned (A Witch P.I. Mystery Book 21) by [Abbott, Adele]

 

 

 

A picture is worth…
The clock is ticking. A dark shadow descends over Candlefield, and everyone looks to Jill for help. But where is she?
…precisely no custard creams.  (Amazon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31116293The darkest and most disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone, Y is for Yesterday begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a fourteen-year-old classmate—and film the attack. Not long after, the tape goes missing and the suspected thief, a fellow classmate, is murdered. In the investigation that follows, one boy turns state’s evidence and two of his peers are convicted. But the ringleader escapes without a trace.

Now, it’s 1989 and one of the perpetrators, Fritz McCabe, has been released from prison. Moody, unrepentant, and angry, he is a virtual prisoner of his ever-watchful parents—until a copy of the missing tape arrives with a ransom demand. That’s when the McCabes call Kinsey Millhone for help. As she is drawn into their family drama, she keeps a watchful eye on Fritz. But he’s not the only one being haunted by the past. A vicious sociopath with a grudge against Millhone may be leaving traces of himself for her to find… (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

35402051From USA Today bestselling authors Gin Jones and Elizabeth Ashby comes “fresh” new mystery…

Labor Day weekend starts with a bang in Danger Cove when a dead body is found in the orchard of Maria Dolores’ mentor and maybe-boyfriend, Merle! While it’s clear the murder took place long ago, the police are still keeping Merle tied up, leaving Maria on her own to run the local farmers’ market. She’s prepared for the petty squabbles, disorganized vendors, and even a rowdy group of costumed pirates—it comes with the territory. But she isn’t prepared for the fresh body found in an isolated corner of the market!

Maria would like to leave the investigation to the local homicide detective, but he’s stretched thin with two separate murders, and her nemesis—the farmer who lost out to her for the manager’s job—is demanding quick answers or else. With a nearly endless array of suspects, since the victim had upset just about everyone at the market, Maria has her work cut out for her! Can she prevent another murder in the market… or will she end up the next victim?

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)
Divas, Diamonds Death (a Danger Cove Pet Sitter 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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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When the strange new vicar arrives in Wendlebury Barrow, his ban on Halloween not only upsets the whole village, it also threatens to scupper Sophie Sayers’ fledgling romance with charismatic bookseller Hector Munro. What is the dark secret that the vicar is keeping about Hector, and whose is that body buried at the bottom of the vicarage bonfire on Guy Fawkes Night? Sophie is determined to find out… (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

32920259On the Fourth of July, just as fireworks are about to go off in Aurora, Minnesota, Cork O’Connor and his new bride Rainy Bisonette listen to a desperate voicemail left by Rainy’s son, Peter. The message is garbled and full of static, but they hear Peter confess to the murder of someone named Rodriguez. When they try to contact him, they discover that his phone has gone dead.

The following morning, Cork and Rainy fly to Coronado County in southern Arizona, where Peter has been working as a counselor in a well-known drug rehab center. When they arrive, they learn that Peter was fired six months earlier and hasn’t been heard from since. So they head to the little desert town of Sulfur Springs where Peter has been receiving his mail. But no one in Sulfur Springs seems to know him. They do, however, recognize the name Rodriguez. Carlos Rodriguez is the head of a cartel that controls everything illegal crossing the border from Mexico into Coronado County.

As they gather scraps of information about Peter, Cork and Rainy are warned that there is a war going on along the border. “Trust no one in Coronado County,” is a refrain they hear again and again. And to Cork, Arizona is alien country. The relentless heat and absence of water, tall trees, and cool forests feel nightmarish to him, as does his growing sense that Rainy might know more about what’s going on than she’s willing to admit. And if he can’t trust Rainy, who can he trust? (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

33975177It may be easier to patch up an old home than a broken heart. But along the Louisiana bayou, where beauty and danger mingle all too seamlessly, thoughts of romance may have to simmer on the back burner . . .

Twin sisters and fellow divorcees Sunny Taylor and Eve Vaughn have established their home repair and remodeling business with an eye toward quality and personal attention. So when they’re approached by hunky Dave Price to fix up his bayou fishing camp, they’re more than happy to take the job—especially since they both secretly think he may prove to be more than just another satisfied customer . . .

The ramshackle campsite could certainly use a woman’s touch. What it does not need is a dead body—but that’s what the trio stumble across. Clearly, the poor soul was murdered—and once the town tongue-waggers get going, Sunny, Eve, and Dave come under suspicion of the police, not to mention potential clients . . .

Now, with their futures on the line, their brewing love triangle will have to wait. Helped—and harried—by the twins’ mother and her retirement home’s cadre of amateur sleuths, the trio starts snooping on their own. But when another dead body turns up, they’ll have to get their hands dirtier than a swamp-bottom snake if they hope to clear their names . . . (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cozy Case Files: A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Volume 3 by [Alexander, Ellie, Andrews, Donna, Beaton, M. C.]Looking for a new cozy mystery author to love? Dive in to this collection of excerpts from the Minotaur Books/St. Martin’s Press Fall 2017 season (books published from September to October). The Cozy Case Files collection includes:

The Essence of Malice by Ashley Weaver
Death at the Seaside by Frances Brody
The Witches’ Tree by M.C. Beaton
How the Finch Stole Christmas! by Donna Andrews
Gin and Panic by Maia Chance
Cat Among the Pumpkins by Mandy Morton
The Ghost of Christmas Past by Rhys Bowen
Vineyard Victims by Ellen Crosby
Ginger Snapped by Gail Oust
Sleep Like a Baby by Charlaine Harris
Death on Tap by Ellie Alexander  (Amazon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Escape from Sunset Grove (Lavender Ladies Detective Agency Book 2) by [Lindgren, Minna]It’s not easy sharing a flat. Especially when you’re 95 years old.

Change is afoot at Sunset Grove retirement home, and its residents aren’t impressed.

Under threat from falling masonry, best friends Irma and Siiri are forced out of their home to negotiate twenty-first-century living in the centre of Helsinki. Their new surroundings throw up an endless number of daily challenges, from caring for the ailing Anna-Lisa to the mystery of which of the many remotes controls the TV.

The pair are joined by growing numbers of friends in their flat-share, and their new close-quarters living raises some unexpected questions. As the Lavender Ladies begin to dig a little deeper, they find themselves following a trail of corruption, deceit and intimidation that might just lead them to their own front door . . .

The Lavender Ladies must steel themselves for what is set to be their most dangerous case yet.

Escape from Sunset Grove is the second hilarious and heartwarming crime caper in Minna Lindgren’s Lavender Ladies trilogy   (Amazon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

36050747All Olivia Faulkner wanted when she left Chicago and returned to her childhood home in Grand Arbor was a fresh start and a safer life for her daughter, Vi. But when a professor is murdered with a poisoned maple bacon pastry from her family café, Olivia Faulkner must dive deep into a murder investigation and solve the mystery.
With the help of her daughter, an old flame, and the nosy old ladies who stitch and gossip at the café, can she catch the real killer before gossip spreads through tiny Grand Arbor and her business is ruined?

OLIVIA FAULKNER MYSTERIES
A Pie To Vie For (Book 0.5)
Maple Syrup And Murder (Book 1)
Dead As A Donut (Book 2)
Raspberry Tart Revenge (Book 3)
Tea Time Treachery (Book 4)
more titles to be announced soon!   (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Amigos Summer Reading Club– Book Stores

 

                              Welcome to the Three Amigos Summer Reading Club.

 

 

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This week’s theme for our Summer Reading Club is Book Stores.  My pick for this week is  Guidebook To Murder by Lynn Cahoon.  It is the first book in her Tourist Trap Mystery Series.  I have read all the books in this series and it is really good.

 

 

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In the gentle coastal town of South Cove, California, all Jill Gardner wants is to keep her store–Coffee, Books, and More–open and running. So why is she caught up in the business of murder? When Jill’s elderly friend, Miss Emily, calls in a fit of pique, she already knows the city council is trying to force Emily to sell her dilapidated old house. But Emily’s gumption goes for naught when she dies unexpectedly and leaves the house to Jill–along with all of her problems. . .and her enemies. Convinced her friend was murdered, Jill is finding the list of suspects longer than the list of repairs needed on the house. But Jill is determined to uncover the culprit–especially if it gets her closer to South Cove’s finest, Detective Greg King. Problem is, the killer knows she’s on the case–and is determined to close the book on Jill permanently. . .” (Goodreads)

 

My Review:

Guidebook To Murder by Lynn Cahoon is a great start to a new cozy mystery series. Jill is the owner of a bookstore/ coffee shop who’s elderly friend is murdered. She inherits her friends house and the problems that go along with that. The mayor and council are threatening to destroy the house unless it’s brought up to meet regulations. Jill only has a month to accomplish this. And if that isn’t enough to handle, her best friend is missing. With all these problems to handle and worry about, she enlists the help of her aunt to run the shop while she deals with her other issues. What follows is a clever cozy who-done- it that was very enjoyable.

The writing style flows easily and this book is an easy read. The characters and small town setting are descriptive and realistic. The town of South Cove is a place that you would like to visit, with all the quirkiness that only small towns can deliver. The characters are people I would like to meet and know better.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes cozies and mysteries. This book delivers on both. I can’t wait to read more of the series.

 

 

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So be sure to make your TBR pile grow by grabbing a copy of this book, reading it and enjoying it.  And then stop by my two amigos and see what their selections are, and add them to your pile .

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

So Many Books, To Little Time!

 

 

And to see what book Lisa chose, head over to her blog by following this link:
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While you’re at their blogs, leave a comment and let us know what you think of our Summer Reading Club.  And of course, please leave a comment at my blog.  We would all love to hear from you.

 

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New Releases For The Week Of August, 20th, 2017–Part 1

 

 

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of August 20th, 2017.  Today is the first day of that list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

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Once again, famous associates of the Great Detective – clients, colleagues and, of course, villains – tell their own stories in this collection of brand-new adventures. Meet Lucy Hebron years after Holmes’s only ever failed deduction; follow your nose down the streets of London with Toby the Dog; join Mrs Hudson on her first ever case; greet an ambassador from Mars alongside Lord Holdhurst; and confess your sins to your cellmate, Professor James Moriarty… (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

35993381Success has always come easy to socialite MaryBeth Gilland. Following her father’s death, however, she needs some cash, quick.

As head of an in-house detective agency owned by her father, Gray Wheeler has had it cushy as well. Suddenly, he’s got to turn a profit to stay in business. But when MaryBeth sashays in looking for a job with adventure, he hires her on the spot. Now he really needs to produce.

Enter a client who claims her sister is being murdered, even as they speak. The victim is in a coma, but it’s only a matter of time. The client insists her brother-in-law Leland “Jack” Sprat is to blame, and she’ll pay big money to see him behind bars. Time for MaryBeth to show she’s more than just a pretty face and Wheeler to prove he can actually investigate. If they don’t kill each other first.   (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

35678055Kay Carrera sees ghosts. And when the dead turn to her for help, she just can’t say no.

Mr. Peter has lived across the street long before Kay moved into her house, and over the decades the collection of old washing machines, lawn mowers, and refrigerators in his front and back yard has reached the point where it’s nearly impossible to find the front door. The man is an eccentric recluse, but how can anyone dislike a kindly person who loves old pottery and dinnerware, and slips Taco, the cat, chicken sandwiches every chance he gets?

Evidently someone disliked him—disliked him enough to kill him.

Was the killer one of the frustrated neighbors? Mr. Peter’s nephew? The delivery man? Or someone else? Mr. Peter’s ghost won’t rest until his murderer is brought to justice, and neither will Kay.   (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thea Slocombe, nee Osborne, is trying to settle into normal, domestic life with Drew and his two children in Broad Campden. But in the course of an attempt to make friends locally, she finds the body of a close neighbour and suddenly feels much less settled and secure. No longer a house-sitter, she has no choice but to stay in the village and deal with whatever happens next. And doing this risks damage to her marriage.  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mischief in St. Tropez (Dory Sparks Mysteries Book 2) by [Oster, C.G.]In the bright sunshine and glorious landscapes of the Cote D’Azur, the enclave of British high society worry about the impending war. So much so that when the body of a Hungarian noble is found at Lady Tonbridge’s soiree, a haphazard investigation finds no culprit. Miss Dory Sparks, the companion to Lady Pettifer, finds herself drawn into investigating when no one else seems pay this murder its due attention.
The handsome Baron Domenik Drecsay had never been a saint and his interest in the heiresses along the coast was known by all. Miss Livinia Fellingworth had certainly been falling for his charms. Even so, Dory struggles to find a motive for his murder, and she is running out of time as the worsening situation in France threatens the decorum lives of the foreign societies along the sparkling coast.  (Amazon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simply to Die For: A Black Horse Canyon Cozy Mystery Novel (A Black Horse Canyon Novel Book 1) by [Douglas, Maxine]

 

Leaving one life behind to begin anew, Kandi returns to her home town to open up a candy store. Unfortunately, circumstances pulls her back to the old ways, forcing her to track the trail of a serial porn star killer…

Jimmy, a reporter, discovers the woman he’s fantasized about is on the “porn star” killer’s hit list. Can he find the killer before the killer finds Kandi?  (Amazon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

35817302Cookie James thought she was going to make things right with the island’s hottest handyman when she approached Dylan Creed at his favorite fishing hole. But her attempt at a peace offering doesn’t go so well when it leads to the discovery of a dead body. Even worse, it requires a phone call to the reason Dylan is so aloof with Cookie–FBI agent Hunter O’Neil.

When Hunter arrives, he’s quick to enlist Cookie’s help as he takes the helm of another murder mystery on Secret Seal Isle. And soon enough, sparks fly, making it clear the case isn’t the only thing Hunter’s interested in. But when Cookie’s meddling mother and her concerned best friend interrupt Hunter’s plans for an evening tryst, Cookie turns to the one thing she does best–solving the crime. (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cait and Tara are holding a book club meeting at Coffee Cat Books the week before Halloween. There are twelve participants reading Frankenstein as a storm rolls in. The storm intensifies and the lights go out thrusting the store into darkness. By the time the electricity is restored one of the book club members will be found dead.  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Series Spotlight–A Liv and Di In Dixie Mystery

 

 

Today’s Series Spotlight is A Liv and Di In Dixie Mystery series by Vickie Fee.  I have read all three of the books currently in this series and I have loved them all.  Check them out, you will not be disappointed.

 

 

A Liv and Di In Dixie Mystery Series:

Book One

In the quirky, close-knit town of Dixie, Tennessee, party planner Liv McKay has a knack for throwing Southern-style soirées, from diamonds-and-denim to black tie affairs, and her best friend Di Souther mixes a mean daiquiri. While planning a Moonshine and Magnolias bash for high maintenance clients, Liv inconveniently discovers a corpse in the freezer and turns her attention from fabulous fêtes to finding a murderer. Together, Liv and Di follow a trail of sinister secrets in their sweet little town that leads them from drug smugglers to a Civil War battlefield, and just when they think they’re whistling Dixie, Liv and Di will find themselves squarely in the crosshairs of the least likely killer of all. . . (Goodreads)

 

 

 

Book Two

Between a riverboat gambler-theme engagement party and a murder mystery dinner for charity, Dixie, Tennessee, party planner Liv McKay is far too frenzied to feel festive. Add to the mix her duties at the annual businesswomen’s retreat and the antics of a celebrity ghost-hunting diva, and Liv’s schedule is turning out to be the scariest thing about this Halloween—especially when the ladies stumble across a dead body in a cemetery…

Morgan Robison was a party girl with a penchant for married men and stirring up a cauldron of drama. Any number of scorned wives or frightened philanderers could be behind her death. As Liv and her best friend, Di, set out to dig up the truth, they’ll face the unexpected and find their efforts hampered by a killer with one seriously haunting vendetta…

“Refreshing as a tall glass of sweet tea, Vickie Fee has crafted a series that celebrates the deadly traditions of Southern hospitality.” —Cheryl Hollon, author of Cracked to Death (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

Book Three

Party planner Liv McKay has outdone herself this time. She s put together an unforgettable Fourth of July celebration for the town of Dixie, Tennessee including breathtaking fireworks and an exciting Miss Dixie Beauty Pageant. Maybe a little too exciting.
As the party is winding down, Liv s sense of triumph fizzles when the body of town councilman Bubba Rowland is discovered on the festival grounds. And now the prime suspect in his murder is Liv s mother s fiance, Earl, who had a flare-up recently with Bubba. To clear Earl s name, Liv and her best friend Di burst into action to smoke out the real killer before another life is extinguished . . .
A small Southern town with charm as well as bodies provides a terrific backdrop for two appealing sleuths. Down home and delightful. Carolyn Hart”
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Book Four  

This book will be released in March of 2018 but you can pre-order it now.

Las Vegas knows how to party, and for once, event planner Liv McKay won’t be entirely behind the scenes. The Dixie gang is in Sin City to celebrate Mama and Earl’s rockin’ Elvis-themed wedding. And between juggling the botched bachelorette party and a problem-plagued soirée back home, Liv’s ready to double down on some fun.

Mama & Earl’s happily-ever-after seems like a sure thing, but all bets (and nuptials) are off when they get to the Burning Love Wedding Chapel. Their Elvis-impersonating minister has left the building . . . permanently. And even worse, Liv’s cousin, Little Junior, is suspected of his murder.

With Mama’s happy ending on the table and Little Junior about to lose it all, the stakes are higher than ever. Liv and her best friend, Di, must hit the Strip to find the real killer before he finally plays his ace… (Goodreads)

 

 

 

About The Author:

Vickie FeeVickie Fee is the author of the Liv and Di in Dixie mystery series, published by Kensington. The first entry, Death Crashes the Party, releases December 29, 2015. Vickie grew up in Memphis on a steady diet of Nancy Drew, daydreams and sweet tea. She now lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with her husband. If she cranes her neck slightly, she can see Lake Superior from her office/guest room, where she is hard at work on her next novel. Visit her at www.vickiefee.com and www.Facebook.com/VickieFeeAuthor.

Review of Third Strike

 

Third Strike

Writer’s Retreat Mystery, Book ##

Kathi Daley

5 Stars

35330563Synopsis:

In this third book in the Writer’s Retreat Mystery Series set on fictional Gull Island, a sports related death is explored when Trey Alderman, Gull Island’s most important claim to sport fame, is murdered. Trey was the starting pitcher for the Gull Island Seagulls who went on to stand out nationally amongst college players while attending The University of South Carolina. It was assumed by most that he would be a top draft pick a year and a half ago and it seemed at the time that the sky was the limit in terms of his career. Trey came home for spring break during his senior year and while on the island he agreed to play in a charity event held in Charleston. The game, which featured other draft hopefuls, was a one run game. It was the bottom of the ninth, tying run on third, bases loaded, two outs, full count, and the tension was high. The pitch was thrown, everyone in the crowd held their breath. Trey lined up with the pitcher and swung the bat with all his might before falling to the ground. He was pronounced dead at the scene. It was later determined that he died of a heart attack. He was twenty-two, healthy, and, as far as anyone knew, he had no preexisting heart condition. It was later determined that he had a drug mixture in his system that could lead to a heart attack when combined with extreme stress. The local investigator determined that he had most likely engaged in recreational drug use at the party he attended the previous evening.

Alex Cole, a twenty-eight-year-old, fun and flirty millennial who made his first million writing science fiction when he was just twenty-two decided to write a book about Trey’s life and death so he brought the mystery of Trey’s death to the Mystery Mastermind group who live and work at the Gull Island Writers Retreat. The eight members of the colony have all agreed to dig into the facts surrounding the death and help Alex find the answers he seeks. (Goodreads)

 

Review:

I really love the premise of this series, solving cold cases.  I have always enjoyed cold case shows and this series reminds me of those shows.  

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  I always enjoy spending time with these characters and seeing how clever and smart they are.  I love how their friendships are growing and some relationships are developing.  The author always creates characters that you can like and care about, I think it is one of her strongest talents.  I like that she includes a list of characters at the beginning of the book, it helps to keep everyone straight in my mind.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, being privy to all of the discussions and fact sharing that was taking place.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  As usual, the mystery was well developed and complex and not easily solved.  The reader will have to be at the top of their game to solve this one.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  If you have not read this series (or any of the author’s other series), what are you waiting for?

Review of Twice Dipped Murder

 

Twice Dipped Murder

Rita Reincarnated, Book #3

Daphne DeWitt

5 Stars

35575574Synopsis:

When Second Springs wins a bid to hold the nation’s fifth largest dog show, the town goes into full blown K-9 fever. But when a prominent shower falls to his death during the preliminaries, it’s up to Rita to get to the bottom of this dog related death.

Did he fall? Or was he pushed? Was it an unfortunate accident? Or was this a calculated murder?

Rita’s on the case and the only way to investigate is from the inside. But how will Mayor McConnell take to being primped, polished, and forced to participate in a show that goes against his very prickly nature? Spoiler Alert: Not well!

Can Rita Redoux catch a killer? What connection does it have to the night she fell down the stairs? What’s going on with Peggy and Aiden’s relationship? Who is that Rita’s dad has been kissing on his front porch? Will she go on that date with Sammie and, if so, how will Darrin take it?

All these questions and more will be answered when Rita, Reincarnated solves a delicious doggie dilemma in TWICE DIPPED!  (Goodreads)

 

Review:

The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Rita is a strong woman and she has never met a mystery she did not want to try and solve.  Her interactions with her dad are special, heartwarming and sad.  And I also really enjoyed reading about the relationship between Rita and the new sheriff, Darren.  They continue to argue quite a bit but he is showing that he trusts Rita’s instincts more so that is a good thing.

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 eavesdropping in on conversations.  I could feel the excitement of the dog show and feel Rita’s frustration in how the investigation was unfolding.  The mystery was well plotted and carried on well throughout the book.  There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through that solving it was not easy at all.

I would highly recommend this book (and series) to anyone who enjoys a well crafted paranormal cozy.  I have read all three books in the series and I have loved them all.  I cannot wait until the next one is published.

 

 

 

 

 

Cursed At First Sight

Cursed Coven, Book #1

Daphne DeWitt

5 Stars

35618667Synopsis:

Malady Norwood’s curse is starting to become a real witch

All of the Norwood witches in the mountain town of Cat’s Cradle are cursed and they have been ever since anyone could remember. Of all the curses in her twisted family tree though, Malady’s had to be the worst. Stricken so that any happiness she feels will bring disaster to herself and those she cares about, Malady has spent her life walking a tightrope between what she wants and what she knows her family needs.

After her latest ill-fated attempt a normal life leaves her ex fiance hating the sight of her and her Aunt Misty’s leg broken in three places, Malady decides to head back to her southern home to, put her law degree to use, and help her beleaguered aunt run the family’s small law firm.

Things take a tumultuous turn when Malady’s high school nemesis turns up dead and her old boyfriend is fingered for the murder. Now it’s up to Malady to clear his name and find the real killer. That is, if she can navigate through the world’s wackiest witch family, keep out the dead girl’s ghost (who’s whispering mean nothings into her ear), and keep her aunt’s law firm out of the aggravating- and infuriatingly charming- hands of her new hunk of a business partner. Oh yeah, and then there’s that pesky curse to deal with.

Curses take all shapes for the witches of Cat’s Cradle. So come, sit a spell, and get Cursed at First Sight!

Please Note, this book was previously published under the JC Kilgrave name. It has since been re-edited and over 20%

new content has been added. (Goodreads)

 

Review:

The characters are well developed and well rounded.  I so enjoyed getting to meet the Norwood’s and getting to spend some time with them.  They are a family of witches who happened to be cursed.  Each member of the family has their own personal curse and each one thinks theirs is the worst.  From turning into a bird to being not being able to fall in love without disaster striking and so much more, they each try to handle their curses as best they can.  All of the characters were quirky and crazy and I loved it.  Spending time with the family was a delight and very funny.  In fact, from the first page there was so much humor contained in this book.  

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The mystery is well plotted and it was very difficult for Malady (and me) to figure out who the culprit was.  Whenever she thought she had it figured out, she ran into a dead end.  But that did not stop her from pursuing any lead and question every suspect.  She is nothing if not persistent.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy paranormal.  With great characters, plenty of humor and a difficult murder to solve you could not ask for anything more.  I am looking forward to having the next book released, I cannot wait to read it.

 

New releases For The Week Of August 13th, 2017–Part 4

 

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of August 13th, 2017.  I am going to divide the list into four days because there are so very many.   Here is the fourth and final day of my list for this week.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 35624341HARLAN COBEN calls it “One of my all-time favorite series!…David Handler is so good at writing one smart, funny page-turner after another that he makes it look easy.”

Fans of JANET EVANOVICH and CARL HIAASEN, get ready. If you haven’t yet discovered wisecracking sleuth Stewart “Hoagy” Hoag and his faithful basset hound Lulu, you’re in for a sharp, hilarious treat.

Once upon a time, Hoagy had it all: a hugely successful debut novel, a gorgeous celebrity wife, the glamorous world of New York City at his feet. These days, he scrapes by as a celebrity ghostwriter. A celebrity ghostwriter who finds himself investigating murders more often than he’d like.

And once upon a time, Richard Aintree was the most famous writer in America — high school students across the country read his one and only novel, a modern classic on par with The Catcher in the Rye. But after his wife’s death, Richard went into mourning… and then into hiding. No one has heard from him in twenty years.

Until now. Richard Aintree — or someone pretending to be Richard Aintree — has at last reached out to his two estranged daughters. Monette is a lifestyle queen à la Martha Stewart whose empire is crumbling; and once upon a time, Reggie was the love of Hoagy’s life. Both sisters have received mysterious typewritten letters from their father.

Hoagy is already on the case, having been hired to ghostwrite a tell-all book about the troubled Aintree family. But no sooner does he set up shop in the pool house of Monette’s Los Angeles mansion than murder strikes. With Lulu at his side — or more often cowering in his shadow — it’s up to Hoagy to unravel the mystery, catch the killer, and pour himself that perfect single-malt Scotch… before it’s too late.  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

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A BATTLE FOR JUSTICE PITS PARTNER AGAINST PARTNER…

Mary DiNunzio wants to represent her old friend Simon Pensiera, a sales rep who was wrongly fired by his company, but her partner Bennie Rosato represents the parent company. When she confronts Mary, explaining this is a conflict of interest, an epic battle of wills and legal strategy between the two ensues―ripping the law firm apart, forcing everyone to take sides and turning friend against friend.

SOMETIMES LOYALTY CAN BE LETHAL.   (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Stretch (Savannah Martin Mysteries Book 15) by [Bennett, Jenna]The end is near.

The end of Savannah’s pregnancy, that is. Less than a month to go, and she’ll be the mother of what will surely be the most adorable baby boy or baby girl in the world.

But before that, there’s Thanksgiving with the Martins to get through. Not to mention a little spot of murder at the group home where Mrs. Jenkins, Savannah’s grandmother-in-law, lives.

A spot of murder that leaves Mrs. Jenkins covered in blood, and with no memory of who else might have hurt night nurse Julia Poole.

With Savannah’s friend, homicide detective Tamara Grimaldi, investigating, and Savannah’s husband Rafe insisting that the detective can’t find out about Mrs. Jenkins’s involvement, in case she doesn’t share his rock-solid belief that Mrs. Jenkins would never kill anyone, Savannah’s caught between a rock and a hard place.

Can she help Mrs. Jenkins figure out the truth before Detective Grimaldi throws them both in prison… or before the real murderer comes back to finish the job? (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

32894830In the twenty-ninth novel in the New York Times bestselling Karp-Ciampi series featuring the best fictional prosecuting attorney in literature (Mark Lane, #1 New York Times bestselling author), Butch Karp and his wife Marlene Ciampi must stop a radical organization of armed militants bent on the cold-blooded murder of uniformed on-duty police officers.
When a cop shoots down the son of a respected inner-city Baptist preacher, the community rises up in anger and demands to have the officer prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. But there s something more than a call for justice at work here: a plot to bring down the city s police force through a conspiracy so vast and malicious only Butch Karp and his band of truth-seekers can untangle it.
Full of Tanenbaum s signature page turning intense action and heart pounding suspense from one hell of a writer (New York Post), Without Fear or Favor will keep you guessing until the final scene.”
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MURDER in the BVI (Caribbean Adventure Series Book 3) by [Lehrer, Dee]

 

Retired teacher Captain Denny is saved by charming Daphne as they sail to sun-kissed Caribbean beaches, happy, peaceful and content.
Upon arrival in the British Virgin Islands, Denny finds more than beaches — intrigue, deception, and murder and wonders if his first Caribbean sail may be his last.  (Amazon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

35624735OLD MONEY AND FRESH MURDER — Trouble, a savvy black cat with a penchant for sleuthing, has landed in the cream of Savannah society. So has a murderer and art thief.

Julia Hampton comes from old family, old money, and old society, but her job as an art insurance investigator puts her at odds with her background–and with the killer. Julia is determined to stop him.

U. S. Deputy Marshal Deputy Mitch Lawson knows more than he’s willing to let on. One thing is clear: Julia is in danger–because of secrets he won’t share.

But have no fear, Trouble the black cat detective is on the job and while Julia and Mitch are distracted by their attraction to each other, he is about to get his man. (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McKinley Mysteries Box Set One: Books 1-3 by [Arnold, Carolyn]Romance. Humor. Murder. It’s all here!

Meet Sean McKinley and Sara Cain, homicide detectives with the Albany PD. In The Day Job is Murder, however, the partners find their lives changing for the better when they fall in love, get married, and retire from the force. But the McKinleys have quite the talent for attracting death investigations wherever they go—and who are they to refuse satisfying their hunger for justice? In fact, whether getting to the truth means going undercover, off the books, or around the world, they’ll get to the bottom of things…and romance it up along the way.

In this box set, enjoy the first three installments in the McKinley Mysteries novella series and get hooked from the beginning.

The Day Job is Murder (A Short Story) (McKinley Mysteries #1)

“The perfect beginning to what will certainly be a wonderful series.”
–Marianne Spitzer, Bestselling author

The bad guys aren’t the only ones on his radar…

For Albany PD homicide detective Sean McKinley, catching killers is the easy part of his job. Working next to his beautiful partner, Sara Cain, is what’s difficult. It might have something to do with the fact that he’s fallen in love with her. But while she feels the same way about him, she’s convinced they should just be friends.

If only there was some way to change her mind…

Vacation is Murder (McKinley Mysteries #2)

“There’s action and romance… The story line is quick and light—perfect for beach reading! It was my first introduction to [Arnold’s] work, and I’m looking forward to seeing how Sean and Sara continue in the next phase of their life… It’s definitely a book for those who love the cozy mystery set. I’ll be reading more!”
–Stephanie Pitcher, Bestselling author

This wasn’t in the travel brochure…

There’s only so much relaxation two former detectives can handle—even if they’re on their honeymoon. With their recent fall into money, Sean and Sara McKinley should be living it up, enjoying the sun and beaches of Cancun. But heading into their third week, they’ve had just about enough lying around.

When the husband of a couple they’ve befriended is kidnapped and held for ransom, it has the McKinleys putting their experience to good use. As they set out in the unfamiliar landscape of this Mexican paradise, the investigation will have them risking their lives to stop a killer.

Money is Murder (McKinley Mysteries #3)

“The McKinleys find the villain again… This is a cozy thriller that will definitely entertain you. It’s excellently written and the characters are well defined.”
–My Book Reviews

It’s in the fine print…

Old Man Quinn left Sean more than his billions—he left him a murder to solve.

Inside the chest given to him from the executor of Quinn’s will, Sean finds a key and explicit instructions that the contents are for his eyes only. Once Sean discovers where the key fits, he finds another letter, this one stating that Quinn wants a closed case reopened. And when Sean looks into the case, he is shocked by who the victim was.

As Sean and his wife, Sara, uncover the clues, they are led from the back rooms of Quinn’s corporation to the streets of New York City, but they will stop at nothing to get to the truth.  (Amazon)

 

 

 

 

 

Sage It Out: a psychic mystery romance by [Vedam, Shereen]Police line, do not cross.

Rose Devlin is a fun friend with a good heart. Sage Tanton is her BFF with a psychic sense for trouble.
Protective of her family and friends, Rose is confident she can handle any situation without Sage’s supernatural intervention. But then the unthinkable happens. Rose’s action triggers one of Sage’s visions about a child in danger. And once again, her life is turned upside down.

Getting the police involved throws Rose an unexpected romantic curveball. So, she does what she does best – jumps in feet first and finds herself out of the proverbial herbal teapot and into the flames.

Liar, liar, pants on fire, Detective Nathan Bryant knows that gorgeous woman he just met is not only deceitful but could be entirely insane. Now he can’t stop lusting after her. Can a determined police detective help Rose achieve her long sought-after redemption or will they both retreat behind their yellow tape and lose out on love? Trust is a gift either has yet to give.  (Amazon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

35624735OLD MONEY AND FRESH MURDER — Trouble, a savvy black cat with a penchant for sleuthing, has landed in the cream of Savannah society. So has a murderer and art thief.

Julia Hampton comes from old family, old money, and old society, but her job as an art insurance investigator puts her at odds with her background–and with the killer. Julia is determined to stop him.

U. S. Deputy Marshal Deputy Mitch Lawson knows more than he’s willing to let on. One thing is clear: Julia is in danger–because of secrets he won’t share.

But have no fear, Trouble the black cat detective is on the job and while Julia and Mitch are distracted by their attraction to each other, he is about to get his man. (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Releases For The Week Of August 13th, 2017–Part 3

 

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of August 13th, 2017.  I am going to divide the list into four days because there are so very many.   Here is the third day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

35908577Start with an unlucky number. Throw in a romantic location. Include a dashing Frenchman and an uncompromising professor. And you have all the ingredients for a passport to murder. This semester, it seems that Professor Prather’s dreams are about to come true. Ever since she was a young girl, she’s imagined going to France, and her French colleague, André Duman, has finally made that trip possible. Over spring break, she and André are to lead a group of students and faculty to Paris to explore the City of Light. But before she can utter her first bonjour, a professor dies, and they are stuck in Minneapolis. She returns to Copper Bluff with an unstamped passport and a mystery to solve. When André becomes the prime suspect, Emmeline puts her research skills to good use, determined to find out who really killed the professor and spoiled their spring break plans. With thirteen travelers assembled, the possibilities are varied and villainous. Luckily, her dear friend and sidekick, Lenny Jenkins, is close by. Together, they will sort through the conflicting clues even if it costs them time, trouble, or tenure. Book 2 in the Professor Prather Mystery series.   (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

35901599Welcome to Starry Hollow, where spells were made to be broken. 

Ember Rose, descendant of the One True Witch and New Jersey transplant, is settling into her new life in Starry Hollow, along with her precocious daughter. It doesn’t take long before Ember finds herself smack dab in the middle of another mystery. Someone is turning the town’s most eligible bachelors into frogs, starting with her cousin Florian. Aunt Hyacinth insists that the newspaper investigate alongside Sheriff Nash because ‘everybody knows werewolves track meat, not suspects.’

Can Ember manage to catch the culprit or will these young princes of Starry Hollow be trapped as frogs forever?

Magic & Mystery is the second book in the Starry Hollow Witchesparanormal cozy mystery series.

This is a full-length, humorous cozy mystery novel.

Books in the series include:
Magic & Murder, Book 1
Magic & Mystery, Book 2
Magic & Mischief, Book 3   (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

35827921Julia was in a search of a way out…a way back to herself. The passing of her favorite aunt sends her to the small artist town of Grand Marais, nestled along the northern coast of Lake Superior. There she starts to weave the tattered threads of a new life, rediscovering her love of sketching, while running the antique shop, Past Imperfect. Everything is finally going right. Until a mysterious package arrives, tucked inside is an ornate Victorian silver letter opener bearing the initials E.C. along with an even more mysterious note. Julia’s natural curiosity peaked, but before she can discover who sent the letter opener, it’s found embedded in Tom Peterson’s chest. The tapestry of her new life begins to unravel as she is named a prime suspect. Now, left with few clues and a past not willing to let her go, Julia works to solve the mystery and the murder.

Infidelity through time and a curse that only she can break – once she figures out how. (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

33154766MICHAEL CONNELLY calls Peter Robinson “an author with amazing empathy, a snare-trap ear for dialogue, and a clear eye for the telling detail.”

See why in Sleeping in the Ground, the gripping new novel starring Alan Banks  featuring an opening scene you’ll never forget, and a finale you won’t see coming.

At the doors of a charming country church, an unspeakable act destroys a wedding party. A huge manhunt ensues. The culprit is captured. The story is over.

Except it isn’t. For Alan Banks, still struggling with a tragic loss of his own, there’s something wrong about this case — something unresolved. Reteaming with profiler Jenny Fuller, the relentless detective deeper into the crime… deep enough to unearth long-buried secrets that reshape everything Banks thought he knew about the events outside that chapel.

And when at last the shocking truth becomes clear, it’s almost too late.

Packed with twists and turns, heart and soul, this is another triumph from an author “at the top of his game” (LOUISE PENNY).  (Goodreads)

 

 

The Riddle Key by [Drager, Jane]Antiques expert Marina Cavanaugh is offered an exorbitant salary to appraise a dead man’s estate. For a chance at easy money, she accepts the job but soon discovers hidden cameras in the darkest, gloomiest house she’s ever seen.

Jonathan Blandish, who hired her, wants to know why his murdered brother left a series of cryptic messages implicating Marina. Even a layman can see the house contains only rummage-sale junk. But his brother’s forty-million-dollar fortune is missing, and Marina is the key.

From the second they meet, Marina and Jonathan are at odds. He’s too bossy and reminds her of her abusive father. She’s too independent…and too beautiful for him to ignore. A second murder and Marina’s disappearance raises the danger level. Convinced she was captured for the clues in the riddles, Jonathan races against time to find her before the killer realizes she knows nothing at all.  (Amazon)

 

 

 

 

 

35834708A murder mystery vacation with your favorite French pastry making super sleuth
A new cozy mystery from #1 Best Selling author Danielle Collins

Margot is excited about leaving her bakery behind for a weekend vacation at the Blue Ridge Mountain Resort. When she arrives, she learns of mysterious threats to her friend. After finding a dead body on a mountain trail, the mystery turns deadly. Determined to enjoy her vacation anyway, Margot lets the local police handle the investigation…until they declare it an accident. Sure there is more to the story than an accidental mishap, she sets her vacation aside and goes on the hunt for a killer. Margot must be at her sleuthing best if she is going to bring this killer to justice and protect her friend…and herself.

Vacations and Violence is part of the Margot Durand Cozy Mystery series. If you like fun cozy mysteries, you are going to love Margot Durand Cozy Mysteries.

Buy Vacations and Violence and start solving your next mystery today!

Always FREE on Kindle Unlimited   (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

Jack of Hearts: Detective Jack Stratton Mystery Thriller Series by [Greyson, Christopher]This top-rated mystery-thriller series is on sale for a limited time to introduce you to the wildly popular Detective Jack Stratton Series from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Christopher Greyson. We hope you enjoy!

Jack Stratton is heading south for some fun in the sun. Already nervous about introducing his girlfriend, Alice, to his parents, the last thing Jack needed was for the dog-sitter to cancel, forcing him to bring Lady, their one-hundred-and-twenty-pound King Shepherd, on the plane with them. The dog holds Jack responsible and wants payback. On top of everything, Jack is still waiting for Alice’s answer to his marriage proposal.

When his mother and the members of her neighborhood book club ask him to catch the “Orange Blossom Cove Bandit,” a small-time thief who’s stealing garden gnomes and peace of mind from their quiet retirement community, how can Jack refuse?

The peculiar mystery proves to be more than it appears, and things take a deadly turn. Now, Jack finds it’s up to him to stop a crazed killer, save his parents, and win the hand of the girl he loves—but if he survives, will it be Jack who ends up with a broken heart?

Jack of Hearts is part of the Detective Jack Stratton Mystery Series which has more than 5,000 five-star reviews and over a million readers and counting. If you love a page-turning thriller with mystery, humor, and a dash of romance, pick up Jack of Hearts today.

This stand-alone novel features leading man Jack Stratton. Look for other mystery thriller books featuring Jack Stratton, including And Then She Was Gone, Girl Jacked, Jack Knifed, Jacks are Wild, Jack and the Giant Killer, Data Jack and now Jack of Hearts. They can be read in any order.

Christopher Greyson’s novel weaves a tale full of mystery and action with humor and suspense. His unique stories and no-nonsense style of writing will take you on a page-turning roller coaster ride of emotions right up to the end.   (Amazon)

 

 

 

 

 

32600752The stakes are higher and more personal than ever for feline investigator Joe Grey when death comes to his beloved coastal California town in this twentieth installment of the enchanting cat mystery series.

While new father Joe Grey is overjoyed to teach his three young kittens about the world, he misses his cop work — secretly helping solve crimes alongside his human friends at Molena Point P. D. But when beautician Barbara Conley and one of her customers are found dead in the salon, Joe makes an exception, he heads for the crime scene. He has no idea that the kittens are following him, or how they will complicate the investigation.

But this is not the only danger to the kittens. A stranger is lurking around the home of Joe’s tabby lady, Dulcie, where the kittens were born. Both parents’ backs are up and their claws out, ready to protect their babies and to protect Wilma Getz, Dulcie’s human housemate.

As the death of the beautician becomes entangled with a gang of thieves working the village, Joe, Dulcie, Kit and Pan are all into the investigation; and they are led to unexpected connections, to the building of the new cat shelter and to a neighbor who becomes suddenly an unexpected part of the tangle.

Joe Grey fans will relish this latest installment following their favorite feline detective and his growing group of friends.  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

31450560Cozy fans and animal lovers alike won’t be able to keep their paws off Dog Dish of DoomLaugh-out-loud funny, E.J. Copperman’s series debut is “lots of fun” (Library Journal, starred). 

Kay Powell wants to find that break-out client who will become a star. And she thinks she’s found him: His name is Bruno, and he has to be walked three times a day.

Kay is the Agent to the Paws, representing showbiz clients who aren’t exactly people. In fact: they’re dogs. Bruno’s humans, Trent and Louise, are pains in the you-know-what, and Les McMaster, the famous director mounting a revival of Annie, might not hire Bruno just because he can’t stand them.

This becomes less of an issue when Trent is discovered face down in Bruno’s water dish, with a kitchen knife in his back. Kay’s perfectly fine to let the NYPD handle the murder, but when the whole plot seems to center on Bruno, her protective instincts come into play. You can kill any people you want, but you’d better leave Kay’s clients alone.  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Amigos Summer Reading Club–Summer Foods

 

                       Welcome to the Three Amigos Summer Reading Club.

 

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This week’s theme for our Summer Reading Club is Summer Food. My pick for this week is Mayhem In Christmas River by Meg Muldoon.  It is the second book in her Christmas River Cozy series.  It is a series with great characters, a wonderful small town setting and mysteries that are top notch.  I absolutely love this series and adore this author.

 

 

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It’s July in Christmas River, and the temperature isn’t the only thing flaring out of control.

After a fire destroys her best friend’s ornament shop, pie baker extraordinaire Cinnamon Peters soon discovers that the blaze was no accident.

Just days before the annual Christmas River in July Parade and Play, it becomes clear that a maniac is roaming the tourist-packed streets of Christmas River.

And he’s got a flair for the dramatic.

Will Cinnamon and her sheriff’s deputy boyfriend find out who’s behind the blaze before the rest of the town goes up in flames?  (Goodreads)

 

 

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So be sure to grab a copy of this book and enjoy reading it while chowing down on your barbecue.  And be sure you save a little for The Three Amigos!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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