Review of Hightail It To Kinsey Falls

Hightail It To Kinsey Falls

Kinsey Falls, Book #1

Gayle Leeson

5 Stars

Hightail It to Kinsey Falls (Kinsey Falls Series Book 1) by [Leeson, Gayle]Synopsis:

Jade Burt can do without her grandmother’s meddling in her love life. But when Millie finds an abandoned baby possum, it leads her to Caleb Young. Caleb would be perfect for Jade! When Jade meets Caleb, it’s hard to argue with her grandmother’s choice. Still, Jade is determined to push Caleb away, but his friendship with Millie concerns her. What if he’s a slick con man trying to take advantage of a sweet old lady? Jade needs to figure Caleb out before he breaks her grandmother’s heart…and Jade’s too! (Goodreads)



The characters were well rounded and well developed.  I liked all of the characters that I met and am looking forward to spending more time with them in future books.  I really enjoyed the fact that the characters were a mixture of ages: some were senior citizens and some were millennials.  It was kind of heartwarming to see the younger people caring for and being concerned with the welfare of the older ones.

The author did a great job in creating the setting: an assisted living retail community of the Kinsey Falls.  I was really intrigued by this concept and thought it was a great idea. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through most of the book I felt like I was right there, walking in the knitting shop and seeing all the beautiful colors and textures.  It pulled me into the story right from the beginning.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted women’s fiction. This was a feel good story and I am looking forward to reading the next one in the series.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Grace Abraham Publishing, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

New Releases For The Week Of May 27th, 2018–Part 4

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of May 27th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very very many of them this week. Today is the fourth and final day of my list of new releases for this week.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.




Probable Claws: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery by [Brown, Rita Mae]Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown return to Albemarle County, Virgina, as tangled mysteries past and present converge in the bestselling Mrs. Murphy series.

“As feline collaborators go, you couldn’t ask for better than Sneaky Pie Brown.”—The New York Times Book Review

With the New Year just around the corner, winter has transformed the cozy Blue Ridge Mountain community of Crozet, Virginia, into a living snow globe. It’s the perfect setting for Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen to build a new work shed designed by her dear friend, local architect Gary Gardner. But the natural serenity is shattered when out of the blue, right in front of Harry and Deputy Cynthia Cooper, and in broad daylight, Gary is shot to death by a masked motorcyclist.

Outraged by the brazen murder, Harry begins to burrow into her friend’s past—and unearths a pattern of destructive greed reaching far back into Virginia’s post-Revolutionary history. When Harry finds incriminating evidence, the killer strikes again.

Heedless of her own safety, Harry follows a trail of clues to a construction site in Richmond, where the discovery of mysterious remains has recently halted work. Aided as always by her loyal, if opinionated, companions, crime-solving cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and Tee Tucker the Corgi, Harry hunts for a link between the decades-old dead, the recently violently deceased—and ancient secrets that underlie everything. And while other deaths are narrowly averted in a flurry of fur, the killer remains at large—ever more desperate and dangerous. The deep-rooted legacy of corruption that’s been exposed can never be buried again. But if Harry keeps pursuing the terrible truth, she may be digging her own grave.  (Amazon)

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Confessions of a Red Herring (A Red Herring Mystery) by [Dratch, Dana]As a reporter, she’s used to covering the news.
Now she’s the headline.
Alex Vlodnachek has been a reporter for 12 years, a P.R. rep for three months, and a murder suspect for all of 24 hours. When her agency’s double-dealing CEO is stabbed, scheming co-workers cast the new redhead as a compelling red herring. The story is media catnip—especially her salacious nickname: Vlod the Impaler.

Even Alex has to admit she looks guilty.

Out of a job and under suspicion, Alex is running low on cash, when she’s visited by a second disaster: her family. Soon her tiny bungalow is bursting with her nearest and not-so-dearest. To keep herself out of jail—and save what’s left of her sanity—Alex returns to her reporting roots. She goes undercover to reclaim her life, break the story, and unmask a murderer. Pretty much in that order.

What she doesn’t know: The killer also has a to-do list.
And Alex is on it.   (Amazon)

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Too Many Crooks Spoil the Plot (A Ditie Brown Mystery) by [Osborne, Sarah]Pediatrician Mabel Aphrodite Brown adores kids. So when a childhood friend asks Ditie to babysit her kids for a few days, she jumps at the chance. She never imagined she’d be solving a murder too . . .
Despite growing up together, Ditie hasn’t seen Ellie Winston in two years, and she didn’t even know Ellie was living in Atlanta. But when Ellie asks her to take care of Lucie and Jason for the weekend, she thinks nothing of it. They’ll bake cookies together, play with her dog—it’ll be fun! Until the police call with terrible news . . .

Ellie may not have been the best friend, but who would want her dead? Could it have something to do with the vague get-rich-quick scheme she mentioned to Ditie? Or the men in a black truck following her and breaking into her home? Not sure who to trust other than her best friend, Lurleen, Ditie’s buried maternal instincts kick in to protect the kids and find their mother’s killer—before they’re orphaned again . . .

Includes Family-Friendly Recipes!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback












Fields' Guide to Abduction: A Poppy Fields Adventure Book 1 (The Poppy Fields Adventures) by [Mulhern, Julie]Poppy Fields, Hollywood IT girl extraordinaire, agreed to a week at the newest, most luxurious resort in Cabo. After all, what’s better than the beach when a girl is feeling blue? When Poppy is abducted, she’ll need all her smarts, all her charm, and a killer Chihuahua, to save herself in this new series from the USA TODAY bestselling author of The Country Club Murders.

Dead body #1 found in bed, with me. That was a shock.
Dead body #2 found in bed, not with me. That was a relief.
Dead body #3 died telling me I’m a lousy actress. I already knew that.
Dead body #4 died trying to kill me.
Dead body #5 died kidnapping me.
Dead body #6 died guarding me.
Dead body #7 was a really bad man.
Dead body #8 was an even worse man.

That’s a lot of dead bodies for a girl looking for a week’s relaxation in Cabo. And, I’m probably leaving a few out—math isn’t my thing. Unless I can escape the cartel, I might be the next dead body.

“Poppy Fields is in a tough spot. People are dying at a statistically significant rate after interacting with her, starting with her ex-boyfriend. Now a drug cartel is chasing her, the police have taken her passport, and that beach vacation where she was supposed to chill out has turned into a nightmare. Action, humor, great characters, and an intriguing mystery, Mulhern has packed a lot into this excellent mystery. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy!” ~ Julie Moffett, USA TODAY bestselling author of the Lexi Carmichael Mysteries

“The best book I’ve read this year!” ~ Gretchen Archer, USA TODAY bestselling author of the Davis Way Crime Capers  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Murder at St. George's Church: a cozy historical mystery (A Ginger Gold Mystery Book 7) by [Strauss, Lee]“Clever and entertaining, you’ll love this charming Golden Age mystery series. And the fashion is to die for!” – Molly C. Quinn, actress, Castle

Weddings can be murder

Romance is in the air for the delightful Reverend Oliver Hill. Unfortunately, the choir rehearsal for the wedding ends abruptly with the sudden and disturbing appearance of a body.

War widow fashionista Ginger Gold is determined to find the killer even if it means working with the dashing, yet exasperating Chief Inspector Basil Reed, but only in her professional capacity as a private investigator. Like they say: once burnt, twice shy.

Basil has his work cut out for him if he wants to solve this case and win back Ginger’s heart.

He’s up for the challenge.  (Amazon)

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A SMALL SPRINKLE OF SUSPICION: A Brightwater Bay Cozy Mystery (Brightwater Bay Cozy Mysteries Book 4) by [Dean, Carolyn L. ]What happens when the secrets long-hidden in a sweet little beach town come to light in a horrible way? 

When one of the most well-loved folks in Brightwater Bay can’t explain why her favorite hiding place is suddenly the scene of a crime, even her long-time supporters are having trouble believing her claims of innocence. As more shocking clues are revealed it starts to lead Claire down a path that is more dangerous than ever before, but the possibility of learning the truth makes it all worth it.

Rated PG because there’s a dead body in it, but no bad language or sensual scenes.  (Amazon)

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Three Times Charmed: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Teas and Temptations Book 3) by [Stark, Cindy]Look out!

Karma is behind the wheel of the bus, headed straight through town.

When a senator’s niece is found dead in Stonebridge, the whole town gets tipped on its head. Many think she got what she deserved, but Peter must still bring the killer to justice. Hazel wants to help, but with the feds involved, Peter has to push her away.

It’s not Hazel’s fault that people confide in her, but keeping their secrets will strain her relationship with Peter…and the law. She’ll have to put on her striped stockings and learn some scary new spells in order to get out of this one.

Three Times Charmed is the third book in the Teas and Temptations Cozy Mystery series. If you like lighthearted paranormal mysteries with a fun romance like those written by Amanda M. Lee and Leighann Dobbs, then you’ll love Cindy Stark’s mystical adventures!

Buy Three Times Charmed today!  (Amazon)

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The Diva Cooks up a Storm (Domestic Diva) by [Davis, Krista]When a trendy, underground dinner club leaves some guests six-feet-under the table, entertaining professional and amateur sleuth Sophie Winston hopes she has all the right ingredients to put a murderer on ice in New York Times bestselling author Krista Davis’s new Domestic Diva mystery . . .

Domestic diva Sophie Winston can whip up an elaborate event in her sleep, but as the hippest hostess she rarely gets to enjoy the full guest treatment. Which is why her best friend Nina Reid Norwood loops her in to the latest culinary craze: a pop-up gourmet dinner party. The celebrity chef, the epicurean menu, and the high-profile attendees are all a surprise, turning the decadent dining experience into the hottest ticket in Old Town. But Sophie’s just pleased as punch that she finally has an opportunity to join her fellow foodies in some fun.

The posh party proves to be a recipe for disaster when Hollis Haberman sours spirits by bringing his own hot new dish—his young trophy wife. With Hollis’s son and ex-wife in attendance, there may be more heat at the table than in the kitchen. But the next morning, Sophie discovers Hollis swallowing his last bits of air, and she must scramble to stop a killer before anyone else eats their last meal.

Includes delicious recipes and entertaining tips!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook






New Releases For The Week Of May 27th, 2018–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of May 27th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very very many of them this week. Today is the third day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


Murder with Cinnamon Scones (A Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery) by [Smith, Karen Rose]Daisy Swanson and her Aunt Iris run a delightful shop in Pennsylvania’s Amish country with an emphasis on tasty teas and treats—but murder is not so sweet . . .

As local merchants unite to attract tourists for a much anticipated weekend quilting event, business is sure to spill over into eateries like Daisy’s Tea Garden. Gorgeous craftwork is hanging everywhere—but among the quilts, potholders, and placemats, one gallery owner is wrapped up in some dangerous affairs . . .

Reese Masemer had been dating one of Daisy’s employees, Tessa, an artist, though their last interaction was as strained as a cup of loose leaf tea. Now Reese has been found dead near a covered bridge where Tessa’s been practicing her sketches. She’s the obvious suspect, but Daisy’s learning that there were some major secrets in Reese’s background, and several of his relationships were infused with resentment. To save Tessa, she’ll have to find out who’s tainted this quaint little town with murder . . .

Includes delicious recipes!  (Amazon)

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A Deadly Development (Hang Ten Australian Cozy Mystery Book 2) by [Alabaster, Stacey]Big business can mean big trouble for a small oceanside town.

A fast paced cozy mystery from USA Today Bestselling Author Stacey Alabaster

Alyson and Claire are settling into their new friendship in the small beach community of Eden Bay? When a big company starts a building project, the community takes a stand to keep the new development off the beach. After a protester turns up dead, all signs point to corporate greed. Can Alyson and Claire put their personal feelings aside and find the true killer…even if it means clearing the way for the dreaded development?

A Deadly Development is the first book in the Hang Ten Australian Cozy Mystery series, a fast paced cozy mystery with an authentic Australian flaire. If you quirky characters and unexpected twists, you’re going to love the Alyson and Claire.

Get A Deadly Development and start solving your next mystery today!

Always FREE on Kindle Unlimited  (Amazon)

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Don't Believe It by [Donlea, Charlie]From acclaimed author Charlie Donlea comes a twisting, impossible-to-put-down novel of suspense in which a filmmaker helps clear a woman convicted of murder—only to find she may be a puppet in a sinister game.

The Girl of Sugar Beach is the most watched documentary in television history—a riveting, true-life mystery that unfolds over twelve weeks and centers on a fascinating question: Did Grace Sebold murder her boyfriend, Julian, while on a Spring Break vacation, or is she a victim of circumstance and poor police work? Grace has spent the last ten years in a St. Lucian prison, and reaches out to filmmaker Sidney Ryan in a last, desperate attempt to prove her innocence.

As Sidney begins researching, she uncovers startling evidence, additional suspects, and timeline issues that were all overlooked during the original investigation. Before the series even finishes filming, public outcry leads officials to reopen the case. But as the show surges towards its final episodes, Sidney receives a letter saying that she got it badly, terribly wrong.

Sidney has just convinced the world that Grace is innocent. Now she wonders if she has helped to free a ruthless killer. Delving into Grace’s past, she peels away layer after layer of deception. But as Sidney edges closer to the real heart of the story, she must decide if finding the truth is worth risking her newfound fame, her career . . . even her life.  (Amazon)

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Tickle the Dragon's Tail: A Vegan Vamp World Mystery (Night Shift Witch Book 3) by [Lawley, Cate]Death by dragon fire.

An influential vampire’s been fried. Who’s to blame when the corpse turns up crispy? Naturally, the only dragon in town. Marge is a giant puppy of a reptile and not at all the murderous type, but she’s the prime suspect. When Star finds out that the vampire horde is out for Marge’s blood, she has to act fast to prove her scaly friend’s innocence.

Join Star and Ben as they hunt down the true murderer in this humorous tale with a flirtatious dragon, a cranky feline, and a horde of fiendish vampires.  (Amazon)

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When a wealthy Iraqi couple disappear following a concert at Sherebury Cathedral, American Anglophile Dorothy Martin investigates.

When Dorothy Martin and her husband Alan meet the wealthy Ahmad family, they are charmed by their courtesy, their perfect English, their delightful children and their commitment to peace. Following a concert at Sherebury Cathedral, the Ahmads offer to host a party afterwards at the Rose and Crown pub.

But Mr and Mrs Ahmad don’t show up. Their children are asleep upstairs at the inn, but the parents are nowhere to be found . . .

With suspicions of kidnap and even murder being raised, Dorothy and Alan feel compelled to assist the police and MI5 in their efforts to find their new friends, a search that will take them to London and the murky world of big business, politics and even terrorism . . .  (Amazon)

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Lowcountry Bookshop (A Liz Talbot Mystery Book 7) by [Boyer, Susan M.]Lowcountry PI Liz Talbot returns to the streets of Charleston in the seventh installment of Susan M. Boyer’s USA TODAY bestselling mystery series.

Between an epic downpour and a King Tide, those historic streets are flooded—and dangerous. A late night tragic accident along the Lower Battery leads Liz Talbot straight to her next case.

Who’s the client? Well, now, therein lies the first puzzle. When the police arrive at the scene of the accident, Poppy Oliver claims she’s only trying to help.

But the dent on the front of her Subaru and the victim’s injuries provoke a certain Charleston police detective’s suspicious nature. A wealthy, anonymous benefactor hires Liz and her partner Nate Andrews to prove Poppy Oliver’s innocence.

What exactly was Poppy Oliver up to? Is she a random good Samaritan who happens upon the accident scene? Or perhaps this tragedy wasn’t an accident. She just might be his abused wife’s accomplice.

Why does everyone involved in this case have a sudden burning urge for reading material, leading them to the same charming bookshop along the waterfront?

From a risqué, exclusive club in an old plantation to an upscale resale shop in the historic King Street shopping district to a downtown graveyard crawling with ghosts, Liz tracks a group of women who band together to help victims of domestic violence.

In her most challenging case yet, Liz fears she may find a killer, but justice may prove elusive.

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LOWCOUNTRY BOOKSHOP by Susan M. Boyer | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.  (Amazon)

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The Deadly Daiquiri: An Enchanted Coast Magical Mystery (Enchanted Coast Magical Mystery Series Book 1) by [Maher, Tegan]What’s a witch to do when her boss turns up poisoned right after she’d wished him dead?

Witch Destiny Maganti loves working at a tiki bar on the Enchanted Coast, a beach getaway for paranormals. Between delivering drinks to mermaids and serving rare steaks to werewolves, she meets all sorts of interesting people. Plus, as a water witch, she’s right at home on the ocean.

The only downside is dealing with her boss, a disgraced angel who thinks the world owes him a living just because of his ancestry. An hour after he publicly humiliates her, he ends up dead. Though her friends know she’s innocent, all the evidence points to her.

Can she clear her name before she’s kicked off the Enchanted Coast forever?  (Amazon)

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Northwest Cozy Mysteries Super Series by [Harman, Dianne]DeeDee may be divorced, have a new business and a new relationship, but solving murders was never part of her midlife plan! She doesn’t find them, they find her!

The first six books in the popular Northwest Cozy Mystery series in a boxed by a USA Today Bestselling Author who has been named seven times as an Amazon All-Star. Free with Kindle Unlimited.

An amateur sleuth, her new boyfriend, Jake, who is a private investigator, and her husky dog Balto, find themselves solving murders on Bainbridge Island, in Seattle, and in Whistler, British Columbia. They even start one in Provence, France! Join them in these six stand-alone page-turning books.  (Amazon)

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The Angel Makers (A Constance Piper Mystery) by [Harris, Tessa]In Victorian England, flower seller Constance Piper goes searching for the truth behind a new rash of murders in London’s East End . . .
In November 1888, the specter of Jack the Ripper instills fear in every woman who makes her living on the streets of London. But there are other monsters at large, those who shun fame and secretly claim their victims from among the city’s most vulnerable . . .

Options are few for unmarried mothers in Victorian England. To avoid stigma, many find lodging with “baby farmers”—women who agree to care for the infant, or find an adoptive family, in exchange for a fee. Constance Piper, a flower seller gifted with clairvoyance, has become aware of one such baby farmer, Mother Delaney, who promises to help desperate young mothers and place their babies in loving homes. She suspects the truth is infinitely darker.

Guided by the spirit of her late friend, Emily Tindall, Constance gathers evidence about what really goes on behind the walls of Mother Delaney’s Poplar house. It’s not only innocent children who are at risk. A young prostitute’s body is found in mysterious circumstances. With the aid of Detective Constable Hawkins, newly promoted thanks to Constance’s help with his last case, Constance links the death to Mother Delaney’s vile trade. But the horror is edging closer to home, and even the hangman’s noose may not be enough to put this evil to rest . . .(Amazon)

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Finding Answers (A Rescue Alaska Mystery Book 2) by [Daley, Kathi]He watched the boy skipping rocks across the clear, still, water. From the cover of dense forest he listened to the childish squeals of delight as the flat hard surface of the stone met the firm unyielding force of the lake. Each hop resulted in an ever widening web of rings, each ring, larger, yet less intense than that which came before. Life, he mused, was like those rings. The further you traveled from the point of origin, the wider your reach, but the less intense the effect. He’d spent a lifetime struggling to make his mark in the larger rings, but now, he’d decided, was time to avenge the iniquities of his past, and claim the inner ring as his own.

Rescue Alaska is the eighth series by USA Today Bestselling Author Kathi Daley. It is a fast moving mystery series with a paranormal twist.

Rescue Alaska is a small town in northern Alaska where visitors come to hike and ski. Harmony Carson is a lifelong resident who volunteers as a member of the local search and rescue team. Harmony has a unique gift which she often considers a curse. She is able to ‘see’ the individuals she is meant to help rescue, and more often than not she can feel their fear and their pain as well. When she isn’t aiding in a rescue, Harmony works at Neverland – the bar owned by her brother in law Jake, and volunteers at the local animal shelter. Harmony lives in a rustic cabin with six dogs, four cats, six kittens, eight rabbits, and a blind mule named Homer.

In the second book in the series, Jake and Harmony are in the process of training a new search and rescue dog when they get a call that a four year old boy has gone missing from the cabin his family rented while on vacation. They join the search and rescue team, along with the local police, in the hope of finding the child before it is too late. Along the way they discover the freshly dumped body of an important member of the community. The police are stumped as to why this popular town resident would have been murdered, until a second community member goes missing and a disturbing pattern begins to emerge.  (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of May 27th, 2018–Part 2

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of May 27th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very very many of them this week. Today is the second day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


No 1 Ladies Detective Agency meets The Durrells in 1950s Devon `There you have it-‘ Miss Dimont smiled and, lifting her dark glasses, turned to face the trainee reporter `-in a nutshell. A mystery death. Needs looking into, wouldn’t you say?’ Death stalks the beaches of Devon With its pale, aquamarine waters and golden sands, the shoreline at Temple Regis was a sight to behold. But when an unidentifiable body is found there one morning, the most beautiful beach in Devon is turned into a crime scene. For Miss Dimont – ferocious defender of free speech, champion of the truth and ace newspaperwoman for The Riviera Express – this is a case of paramount interest, and the perfect introduction for her young new recruit Valentine Waterford. Even if their meddling is to the immense irritation of local copper Inspector Topham… Soon Miss Dimont and Valentine are deep in investigation – why can nobody identify the body, and why does Topham suspect murder? And when a second death occurs, can the two possibly be connected?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Hardcover, Paperback









A Berry Cunning Conman: A Laugh-Out-Loud Cozy Mystery (Kylie Berry Mysteries Book 4) by [Winters, A.R.]Welcome to Sarah’s Eatery, where the food is to-die-for!

Armed with zero cooking skills but infinite tenacity, Kylie Berry fights tirelessly to learn the ins and outs of operating a restaurant—but when her cook Brenda takes a leave of absence, she’s left to manage the café kitchen alone.

“Winters will have you giggling into your book!”

Kylie pulls 12-hour shifts at Sarah’s Eatery and struggles to find time to eat, sleep, and most importantly, keep at her culinary studies. Café regulars and potential suitors Joel and Brad lend a hand, but when Joel finds himself embroiled in a murder investigation, it’s his turn to ask amateur mystery hound Kylie for help.

All the police can find of tipster Morgan Bleur is his hand—clutching a torn piece of Joel’s shirt! As Joel, Kylie, and her fiercely protective best friend Zoey Jin investigate the life and death of Morgan, they find a trail of romanced retirees and a man who lived to collect secrets for his own benefit.

Who stood to benefit from Morgan’s death? One of the many lonely blue-haired ladies he wrung for their clandestine gossip—and possibly for their pensions as well? Or one of the many whose lives were ruined by the tips he sold to the press for big bucks?

While Kylie hunts to clear Joel’s good name and shine a light on the truth, she’s still got a kitchen to run! Will she make it through the ordeal alive, or will exhaustion—or something more sinister—shut her eyes for good?

Praise for A.R. Winters:

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

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

“A cute light read with a final twist at the end.” – Stacey Puleio,  (Amazon)

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Shallow Graves (Blackwood UK Book 3) by [Noble, Elise]To plant a garden is to believe in the future, that’s what Dove Hallam’s grandmother always told her. But at twenty-two, Dove has neither. Stuck in a dead-end relationship and a job she hates, her life is going nowhere until she meets Marlene Grande.

Although Marlene is in her seventies, her appetite for hot men and spending money knows no bounds, even if her matchmaking skills leave a bit to be desired. But as Dove embraces her new life, someone isn’t so keen on her having fun.

Marlene’s solution? Hire a private investigator with a nice ass. Now Dove has two problems to deal with—the monster wreaking havoc on the Arndale estate and Zander Graves, a smart-mouthed womaniser she really doesn’t want to like.

Will there be anything left of her heart by the time they’ve finished with it?

Shallow Graves is a standalone romantic suspense novel in the Blackwood UK series – no cliffhanger! (Amazon)

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A Passion for Haunted Fashion (A Haunted Vintage Mystery) by [Pressey, Rose]When Cookie Chanel moonlights as a costume designer for a local theater, murder takes center stage . . .

Folks say the Sugar Creek Theater is haunted. But that doesn’t scare off Cookie Chanel, owner of Georgia’s chicest vintage clothing store, It’s Vintage Y’All—especially since Cookie talks to the ghost of her grandmother every day through her cat Wind Song. Still, after she agrees to be in charge of costumes for a production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, she’s surprised to find the specter of a young woman in the theater, keeping watch over a trunk of 1950s dresses. And when Cookie’s best friend Heather is found standing over a stabbed actor, she has two mysteries to solve. This is not a dress rehearsal. A desperate killer is waiting in the wings. If Cookie doesn’t tread the boards lightly, it’ll be curtains for her as well . . .

Don’t Miss Cookie Chanel’s Shopping Tips
Praise for the Haunted Vintage Mysteries

“Rose Pressey’s books are fun!”—Janet Evanovich
Chic and quirky heroine Cookie Chanel and a supporting cast of small-town Southern characters are sure to charm lovers of high fashion and murderous hi-jinks alike. “—Jennie Bentley
“A delightful protagonist, intriguing twists, and a fashionista ghost combine in a hauntingly fun tale.”—Carolyn Hart   (Amazon)

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Crime & Punctuation (Deadly Edits) by [Dunnett, Kaitlyn]After splurging to buy her childhood home in the Catskills, recently widowed Mikki Lincoln emerges from retirement as a freelance editor. With her ability to spot details that others fail to see, it’s not long before Mikki earns clients—and realizes that the village of Lenape Hollow isn’t the thriving tourist destination it was decades ago. Not with a murderer on the loose . . .
When perky novice writer Tiffany Scott knocks at her door holding a towering manuscript, Mikki expects another debut novel plagued by typos and sloppy prose. Instead, she finds a murder mystery ripped from the headlines of Lenape Hollow’s not-too-distant past. The opening scene is a graphic page-turner, but it sends a real chill down Mikki’s spine after the young author turns up dead just like the victim in her story . . .

Mikki refuses to believe that Tiffany’s death was accidental, and suspicions of foul play solidify as she uncovers a strange inconsistency in the manuscript and a possible motive in the notes. Then there’s Tiffany’s grandmother and husband, who aren’t exactly on friendly terms over the local area’s planned rejuvenation efforts . . .

Unable to convince police that they are focused on the wrong suspect, Mikki must rely on her keen eyes to catch the truth hidden in Lenape Hollow. As she gets closer to cracking the case, only one person takes Mikki’s investigation seriously—the cunning killer who will do anything to make this chapter of her life come to a very abrupt ending . . .  (Amazon)

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Sweet Tea & Spells (A Southern Charms Cozy Mystery Book 3) by [Falls, Bella]Magic & Mystery are only part of the Southern Charms of Honeysuckle Hollow…

A prank war has erupted in Honeysuckle, and spells are flying everywhere. All’s fair in spells and sport, but when one goes terribly wrong and someone ends up dead, it’s up to Charli Goodwin to figure out who’s to blame.

At the same time, she’s also on a mission to learn more about her past and do her best to harness her growing magical powers. Will she be able to pull herself together in time to stop things before more lives are at stake in the magical small Southern town?

Grab some good eats and find out now in Sweet Tea & Spells: A Southern Charms Cozy Mystery Book 3!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle









Cloistered to Death: A Jamie Brodie Mystery (Jamie Brodie Mysteries Book 16) by [Perry, Meg]Jamie Brodie is on deadline. The proposal for his second book is due, and he desperately needs uninterrupted writing time. At the suggestion of patron, friend, and former monk Clinton Kenneally – and over the protests of Pete Ferguson, Jamie’s husband – Jamie schedules a week-long writing retreat at a local monastery. But the monastery is not exactly what Jamie expected…which might explain the flicker of disquiet in Clinton’s eyes.
Meanwhile, Kevin Brodie and Jon Eckhoff are dealing with a dead drug dealer, doggie diarrhea, and a camera crew from the reality TV show Two Days to Solve. The camera loves Jon, and vice versa. Kevin’s just trying to refrain from swearing on TV. But when the victim turns out to be someone from Kevin’s past, the case gets a whole lot more interesting.
And there’s no way it’ll be solved in two days.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











Claws for Alarm (Gray Whale Inn Mysteries Book 8) by [MacInerney, Karen]The eighth Gray Whale Inn mystery is almost here!

It’s summertime on Cranberry Island, and things are heating up for innkeeper Natalie Barnes. She may be hosting a yoga retreat, but things at the Gray Whale Inn are anything but Zen. Between juggling dietary restrictions and managing flaring tempers, Natalie’s about ready for a retreat of her own… far away from the inn’s fit but finicky guests.

Unfortunately, there’s no reprieve on the island. The lobster co-op and pier are under threat once again, this time by a new arrival whose vision for Cranberry Island looks more like a spread in Coastal Living than a quaint Maine fishing village. When the instigator turns up dead next to the co-op and the police start fishing for suspects, Natalie’s dear friend Claudette is the one they haul up.

Will Natalie trap the killer in time? Or will she be next?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle









Bear Witness to Murder (A Teddy Bear Mystery) by [Macy, Meg]“Cute and cuddly on the outside, murder and mayhem on the inside . . . Totally adorable.”
—Duffy Brown on Bearly Departed
As autumn air settles into the quaint small town of Silver Hollow, there’s nothing more popular than Sasha’s teddy bears—and murder in cold blood . . . 

Silver Bear Shop and Factory manager Sasha Silverman is cozying up to the fall season by hosting Silver Hollow’s Cranbeary Tea Party, the opening event of the village’s Oktobear Fest—a too-cute celebration themed around teddy bears. She barely has a moment to agonize over the return of her former high school rival, Holly Parker, whose new toy and bookstore in town could spell big trouble for the Silver Bear Shop and her cousin’s small bookstore . . .

But when Sasha discovers Holly’s shop assistant dead with a knife plunged in her body, the unpleasant woman suddenly looks like a real backstabber. So does Sasha’s ex-husband, rumored to have rekindled the fiery extramarital affair he once had with the victim. Now, before a gruesome homicide case takes the fun out of both the Fest and her personal life, Sasha must identify the true culprit from a daunting suspect list—or risk becoming as lifeless as one of her stuffed bears . . .
“You’ll fall in love with this delightful debut mystery.”
—Victoria Thompson, bestselling author of Murder in Morningside Heights
“The first in a new series features a complex plot awash in red herrings, a perky heroine . . . and everything you ever wanted to know about teddy bears.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The appealing, impulsive amateur sleuth, dedicated to the family business, will appeal to fans of character-driven cozies.” —Library Journal
“Entertaining . . . inhabited by quirky, fully developed characters and good dogs and cats.” —Publishers Weekly  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback





Review of The Fur-tive Wedding Fiend

The Fur-tive Wedding Fiend

Beatrice Young Cozy Cat Mystery, Book #14

Alannah Rogers

5 Stars

The Fur-tive Wedding Fiend (Beatrice Young Cozy Cat Mystery Book 14) by [Rogers, Alannah]Synopsis:

It’s supposed to be the happiest time in 64-year-old Beatrice Young’s life—she’s finally planning a wedding to marry the man of her dreams. But when a shocking surprise shows up at her bridal shower, she knows a heinous villain is determined to ruin everything.

As the amateur sleuth scrambles to send out invitations, choose the perfect dress, and design the menu, her enemy is one step behind, spoiling every single moment in the most fiendish ways possible. Thankfully, Beatrice’s best friend the sheriff is hot on the case as well as maid of honor-zilla Zoe, who won’t let ANYTHING stand in the way of the bride’s happiness.

In the end, the stalker’s fatal weakness might be the perfect opportunity for Beatrice’s four crime-fighting cats to save the day and turn a nuptial nightmare into wedding bliss.

This is the fourteenth book in the Beatrice Young cozy cat mystery series. It can be read as a standalone but is extra delightful when enjoyed in sequence. This novella is a clean mystery with no graphic violence, sex, or swearing.  (Amazon)



The characters are well developed and well rounded.  I liked the fact that Beatrice was an older protagonist, more mature and sensible. That did not prevent her from getting involved in trouble but she handled that trouble more level-headed.  I enjoyed getting to spend time with her and her friends. And you have to love her cats and their crime solving activities.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and drew me into the story right from the beginning. The mystery is well plotted and not easily solved, which is fine with me.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  And if you are a cat lover, then you really should check it out.

New Releases For The Week Of May 27th, 2018–Part 1

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of May 27th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very very many of them this week. Today is the first day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


Cupcakes and Cyanide (The Cupcake Capers Book 1) by [Harris, P.L.]Welcome to Ashton Point. One sweet taste could be her last.

Charlotte McCorrson has spent her entire life building her business, CC’s Simply Cupcakes. The town of Ashton Point is her home and she’s garnered a reputation of stellar service and delightful pastries, one nibble at a time. But everything isn’t as sweet in the sleepy, coastal town as Charlotte would like to think. She is in for a rude awakening and no amount of sugar will make this medicine go down any smoother.

After a catering a large town-wide event, Ashton Point’s morning newspaper fills Charlotte McCorrson with an icy sense of dread. The headlines scream Cupcake Killer! and put the blame squarely on CC’s Simply Cupcakes. When bodies begin to pile up behind her confectionary goodies, Charlotte must prove that while her cupcakes are delicious, they aren’t literally to die for—before she ends up in jail for a crime she didn’t commit.

This is Book 1 in The Cupcake Capers Series and may contain elements of humour, drama and danger. However, it will definitely not contain any of the following potentially lethal substances:
Swearing or profanity.
Gore or graphic scenes.
Cliff-hangers or unsolved endings.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback









The Case of the Reliable Russian Spaniels (The Thousand Islands Doggy Inn Mysteries Book 18) by [Snow, B.R.]Suzy and the gang are in Vegas for a pre-wedding girls’ getaway
but things quickly get out of hand. And the fun is temporarily put
on hold when a Russian businessman, the owner of a famous vodka
bar and two gorgeous Russian spaniels, is found dead inside the home
of a thirteen-foot long Komodo Dragon. What follows threatens to put
a serious damper on the weekend as Suzy, with the assistance of a
reluctant Russian spy, embarks on a mission to identify the killer and
uncover the mystery behind a gold key while doing everything in her
power to keep the party rolling. And when another Russian does a
header off a 22nd floor balcony, events threaten to spiral out of control.

With a list of suspects that include a Russian oligarch with close ties to
the Kremlin, a couple of overly-friendly aerialists who might also be
Russian intelligence officers, the supposed girlfriend of both victims,
several other henchmen lurking in the shadows, and, just maybe, the
same spy who’s working with Suzy to solve the case, The Case of the
Reliable Russian Spaniels rolls through Vegas like a steamroller.

Throw in some late-night antics that include clubbing, an incredible
hot streak at the craps table, pole dancing and hot-tub cannonballs,
a few personal injuries, and an emergency surgery and readers will
soon realize that they’re in for a wild ride as the latest installment in
B.R. Snow’s popular Thousand Islands Doggy Inn Mysteries begins to
unfold. And before events can play themselves out, Suzy and the gang
are left worn-out, hungover, and on the local cops’ list of people to
watch out for.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle








Pineapple Disco: A Pineapple Port Mystery: Book Six (Pineapple Port Mysteries 6) by [Vansant, Amy]SECRETS OF THE PAST ARE UNRAVELING IN PINEAPPLE PORT…

“Amy is one of my favorite authors. I highly recommend all of her books. No matter what genre she writes in, she manages to create books that demand that the pages be immediately turned to find out what happened,because you really care about the characters.” – Dianne Harman, USA Today and Amazon Chart #1 Bestselling Author

Humor, thrills and mystery abound in the SIXTH Pineapple Port Mystery. Charlotte, the 55+ community’s young female sleuth is thrust into a thrilling struggle to survive when her friend Jackie’s underground “mature” disco is infiltrated by violent criminals intent on claiming the club as their own.

Even more frightening — the ridiculously vengeful Gloria is back and on the warpath after a playful suitor goes missing.

Charlotte must search for the connection between the two cases with the help of Declan, whose own secret past with crazy, serial killer-spawn Stephanie is beginning to show…

Fans of female-sleuth authors like Jana Deleon, Lilian Jackson Braun, Gina Lamanna and Janet Evanovich will love the Pineapple Port series’ abundant humor and clever plots — as well as Charlotte’s sharp intellect and the love and loyalty she holds for the wacky 55+ community who raised her.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback










Dying for a Deal (Laurel McKay Mysteries Book 7) by [Sample, Cindy]Laurel McKay Hunter is thrilled to partner with new husband, Tom, in their budding detective agency, Gold Country Investigations. With her past experience solving crimes, even Tom admits she’s a natural. And Laurel’s first case is perfect for her financial skills, extricating a friend of her zany grandmother from a Lake Tahoe timeshare scam.

When the timeshare salesman is found dead, with Gran’s fingerprints on the murder weapon, Laurel’s case jumps from money to mayhem to murder.

A second murder takes Laurel to the snow-capped summit of Heavenly Ski Resort, a boat race across Lake Tahoe, and a close encounter with a black bear. Soon the only thing certain is that someone is dead set on making Laurel’s first case her last.

“Don’t miss the Laurel McKay books. Like me, you’ll be ‘dying’ to read the next one.”
Brenda Novak, N. Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

“Dying for a Deal, Book Seven of the Laurel McKay Mysteries, is another worthy addition to this crackerjack whodunit series. Known for their humorous dialog, fast pacing, and intriguing plots, this go-round author Cindy Sample offers the reader even more, highlighting Laurel’s growth as a woman and sleuth. It is a total and complete delight.
Heather Haven, IPPY Award-Winning Author

“Sample’s sleuth is an endearing character readers will adore.”
RT Book Reviews

“Dying for a Deal showcases author Cindy Sample’s talent at dealing readers a mystery from a trick deck of cards complete with Jokers. Laughs, surprises, and danger mingle when Laurel McKay Hunter joins the PI agency formed by her detective husband and stepfather. Laurel’s first cases prove to be real killers as she takes on a shady Lake Tahoe timeshare resale company preying on old folks and attempts to shadow the fiancé of her former boss to determine if he’s cheating. The heroine’s whole lovable but wacky cast of friends and relatives add to the fun.”
Linda Lovely, Author of the Brie Hooker Mystery series  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback










Fatal Assignment (Gainfully Employed Mystery Book 2) by [Cheever, Sam]Backstabbing, infidelity, greed and power. There’s nothing more dangerous than office intrigue.

Blaise Runa quickly learns that wrangling a proposal team to end of project is nearly impossible, but keeping everyone alive might just be the hardest thing she’ll ever do.

With the help of her sexy fiancé, Dolfe Honeybun, Blaise is determined to get to the bottom of the body in the elevator. Problem is, with a cast of suspects longer than her To Do list, Blaise is up to her perfectly plucked eyebrows in possible killers. And she might not know who the killer is, but he knows everything there is to know about Blaise.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle








A Touch of Shabby: A Shabby Hearts Paranormal Cozy Mystery by [Bullock, M.L.]Arcadia Shabeaux can’t believe her luck.

Aunt Mavis hands her the keys to the family business, the Shabby Hearts Trailer Park and Campground, but there’s a catch. It’s only two weeks before tourist season begins and the place is in major disrepair. Lake Dennis isn’t the hottest spot on the “Redneck Riviera” but Arcadia has plans to change all that. That is, if she can keep her dysfunctional family, a nosy Bigfoot and an overbearing television reporter in check. Add to the madness her ability to become intoxicatingly attractive during a full moon and you’ve got a sure-fire recipe for disaster–and fun!

When Pierre Ledbetter, the owner of the Happy Hooker Bait Shop disappears, the residents of Shabby Hearts naturally blame it on the legendary cryptid. Everyone except the sheriff who believes a Shabeaux has to be responsible. The tension rises when a resident of the trailer park dies mysteriously and the Lake Dennis community erupts into chaos. Arcadia isn’t sure how it will all play out, but she is determined to uncover the truth as quickly as possible.

Immerse yourself in a humorous, small-town trailer park cozy mystery with a side order of the paranormal.

This is the first book in the Shabby Hearts Paranormal Cozy Mystery series by ML Bullock.

Get shabby with Arcadia Shabeaux! Grab your copy now!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle









The Hotel Detective (A Hotel Detective Mystery Book 1) by [Russell, Alan]“Cleverly crafted and enormously enjoyable.”—Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

When the security director of the posh Hotel California abruptly departs, assistant manager Am Caulfield steps into the role. The newbie hotel detective is quickly overwhelmed when a murder-mystery weekend descends on the hotel at the same time as a Bob Johnson convention (yes, the attendees are all named Bob Johnson)—and that’s before a bra thief strikes, a contractor leaps to his death, and two more dead bodies turn up.

Mayhem has checked in to the Hotel California. So, as it turns out, has a murderer. Like the little Dutch boy, Am must try and plug one leak after another. Will he be able to get the job done before yet another hotel guest checks out forever?

Revised and updated edition
New paperback edition coming soon  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback









False Accusations: Nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide... (Willowgrove Village Mystery Book 1) by [Harrison, Cora]A new crime series with a shocking twist. Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Elly Griffiths and Leigh Russell.

There is nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide …

The Summer of 1991

Nothing unusual ever happens in the sleepy village of Willowgrove.

Which is why everyone is shocked to their core when a local woman – Mrs Trevor – is murdered.

Her daughter, Rosie confesses to the crime.

But Rosie has learning difficulties, and Flora Morgan – a former headteacher trained to help those who can’t represent themselves – is called in to assist.

Flora has known Rosie for years. And Rosie wouldn’t hurt a fly.

So what made her confess? Why would she lie?And if she didn’t kill Mrs Trevor, who did…?

Flora must get to the heart of the mystery before innocence is proven guilty …

FALSE ACCUSATIONS is the first in a new cozy mystery series by acclaimed author Cora Harrison – a private investigation featuring a woman sleuth set in a traditional British rural village.

BOOK ONE: False Accusations

Books Two & Three Coming Soon  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle










The Sleuth's Miscalculation (The Librarian Sleuth Book 1) by [Johnson, Kimberly Rose]Two strong-willed sleuths team up to solve a mystery. Can they work together, or will their differences pull them apart?

Librarian Nancy Daley loves a good mystery and enjoys moonlighting as a consultant for the sheriff’s department. When license plates go missing in Tipton County, she’s on the case. This time things are different—she’s been partnered with the new deputy, and he’s not interested in her help. To make matters worse, she’s angered the wrong person and is now being threatened.

Sheriff Deputy Carter Malone expects Tipton, Oregon to be a sleepy small-town, but he miscalculated. He’d come to town for a fresh start with his nephew—one without the issues big cities deal with. Had he made a mistake? To complicate matters, he’s told he must consult with the sheriff’s daughter, who is not in law enforcement. When the minor case they are working morphs into something more, things quickly go from harmless to scary.

Can they solve the mystery before it’s too late, and more importantly, what will they do about their growing attraction?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback









The Lobster Trap (A Cassie Wynn Mystery Book 4) by [Richards, Laurel]


After their honeymoon, private investigators Mitch and Cassie take on a new case on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Rudy Cannelli was run over by a boat while diving for a giant lobster, and now he’s convinced someone is trying to kill him. He hires Chase Investigations to track down his would-be killer, but unfortunately, everyone from his ex-wife to his lawn man has a reason to want him dead. Can Cassie and Mitch identify the culprit in time to save their client? Will they get a nice dinner out of the bargain, or is the promise of lobster a trap to get them to take this case? Join Cassie and Mitch as they expand their PI business into new territory and try to find justice for a victim who isn’t dead…yet.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle









Grounds for Remorse (A Tallie Graver Mystery) by [Simon, Misty]No more cheating . . .
Best friends Tallie Graver and Gina Laudermilch both seem to spend a lot of time around urns. For Tallie, they’re part and parcel of the family business, Graver’s Funeral Home. Even though she’s traded ashes for dusting with her own cleaning business, she still works part-time for her folks and lives above the funeral parlor. For Gina, they’re the vessels that contain her heavenly brew at her coffee shop, Bean There, Done That. And both women are learning that owning a business can make finding time for romance challenging.

But when Gina’s new beau turns out to have a wife, who barges into the coffee shop to take him home, she can’t contain her bitterness and loudly threatens to poison his cup or boil him in a vat of coffee. So when Mr. Wrong turns up dead at the bottom of a staircase inside Gina’s locked home, she finds herself at the top of the police’s suspect list. Tallie needs to sweep in to save her friend. But she’ll need to watch her step, or she may go from being a funeral home employee to becoming their next client . . .  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback







Review of Beaches, Bungalows and Burglaries

Beaches, Bungalows, and Burglaries

A Camper and Criminals Cozy Mystery, Book #1

Tonya Kappes

5 Stars


Welcome to Normal, Kentucky~ where nothing is normal. A Campers and Criminal Mystery Series is another brainchild of USA Today Bestselling Author Tonya Kappes. If you love her quirky southern characters and small town charm with a mystery to solve, you’re going to love her new cozy mystery series!

Mae West, a far cry from the Hollywood actress, has been thrown for a loop. Her plush lifestyle in the big city of New York comes to a screeching halt after the FBI raids her mansion and arrests her husband, Paul West, for a Ponzi scheme that rips people out of millions of dollars.

Mae finds herself homeless, friendless, and penniless. All hope isn’t lost. . .the only thing Mae got to keep that the government didn’t seize is a tourist camp ground, Happy Trails, in Normal, Kentucky and an RV to live in. One problem, Mae’s idea of camping has room service.

By the look of the brochure, Happy Trails has plush Kentucky Bluegrass, a crystal clear lake, a beach chair with her name on it and thoughts of how much money it could bring her after she sells it. Mae figures she’ll take a couple weeks vacation with her toes dipped in the lake. Things aren’t always as they appear. The Kentucky Bluegrass is nothing but dirt and the crystal clue lake is murky with green slime on top.

Mae quickly find out that Happy Trails and the citizens of Normal were also victims of Paul’s schemes, making her lower than tha lake scum in the residents’ eyes. Mae doesn’t think things could get much worse, but as luck would have it, Paul West has escaped from prison and is found dead, murdered, floating in the Happy Trails mucky green lake.

Mae is the number one suspect on Detective Hank Sharp’s short list. After all, Mae has the perfect motive as a kept wife who has been scorned to ashes, embarrassed to death, and seeking revenge.

Time is running out for Mae to prove that she’s innocent and nothing like her husband. If only she could get someone to believe her and talk Detective Sharp into looking at other residents who’ve lost all their savings to Paul’s Ponzie scheme before the curtain is closed on this Hollywood namesake. (Goodreads)


The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional.  Although Mae led a pampered life before her husband’s crimes came to light, she is made of strong stuff.  She may be down but she is not out. She is willing to do whatever it takes to make things right with the people that her husband scammed.  I really enjoyed getting to know the Laundry Club girls, especially Queenie. They were all quirky characters and were very funny. And there is even a potential romantic interest for Mae.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and while I was reading I could picture in my mind the campground in all of it’s disrepair.  Her descriptions and characters pulled me in right from the beginning and took me on a great ride.

The mystery was well plotted and moved along at a steady pace.  There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through and I was surprised at who the culprit was. I like when that happens.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  In fact, all of the series that I have read by this author I have greatly enjoyed.  I am looking forward to reading the next book when it is published.

Great Escapes Virtual Tour–39 Winks



I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Kathleen Valenti and her new release 39 Winks.  This is the second book in her Maggie O’Malley Mystery series.


39 Winks (A Maggie O’Malley Mystery)

Medical Mystery/Thriller
2nd in Series 
Henery Press (May 22, 2018)
Print Length 298 Pages
Digital ASIN: B07B9M3VZ7


Purchase Links

Amazon   B&N  Kobo BookBub


No adult scenes, but a bit of language, although not much. The most objectionable may be “feck,” which my main character uses.
(Although my Irish friends tell me this isn’t really cursing!) I’d say it’s PG 13.

It can be read as a standalone.


Former pharmaceutical researcher Maggie O’Malley is losing sleep. Her boyfriend Constantine’s aunt is a multitasking sleepwalker who, in addition to wandering her stately home, prepares meals, folds laundry and, one winter night, stumbles across her husband with his throat slit.

It’s a rude and gruesome awakening that’s upsetting to Aunt Polly. And interesting to the police.

Maggie and Constantine work to uncover who killed the cosmetic surgery mogul and why. As they dig into the lives of those who knew him best, they discover that the truth is only skin deep and doctoring perception is a treatment with deadly side effects.

A gripping page-turner with more twists than a surgeon’s suture, 39 Winks is a tale of lies, betrayals and greed that will keep you up at night. And looking over your shoulder.


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In short, my kind of read! 39 Winks is another prime example of Valenti’s skill in weaving together complex threads into an entertaining and fully engaging story.
~Reading is My SuperPower

Twists and turns kept me guessing and I was surprised by the amazing ending. This book would make a wonderful television movie.
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book




When Kathleen Valenti isn’t writing page-turning mysteries that combine humor and suspense, she works as a nationally award-winning advertising copywriter. 39 Winks is the second of the Maggie O’Malley mystery series and follows her debut mystery, Protocol. Kathleen lives in Oregon with her family where she pretends to enjoy running.

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

I wanted to be an author as soon as I learned how to read. My goal was to replicate the experiences I had as a reader. It wasn’t until I began to write for a living that I had the courage to pursue that dream. I felt that I could use the writer’s tools I had accumulated over the years to write the kind of books that I love to read: those that are entertaining, engaging and keep me turning the page.

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

My books actually aren’t cozies. They are traditional mysteries with thriller elements. Because the Maggie O’Malley Mysteries deal with the world of pharmaceuticals and feature unique premises, witty characters and page-turning plots, they tend to stand out. In fact, my debut mystery, Protocol, was nominated for both an Agatha and Lefty for best first novel.


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

I’m a dyed-in-the-wool plotter. I need to map everything in out in order to clearly see where I’m headed. However, I’m always open to my characters’ free will and am willing to follow where they lead me, even if it’s down a rabbit hole.


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

I occasionally read reviews, but rarely respond to them. I believe that after my book has been released, it belongs to the readers. I go on a few blog tours, but mostly let reviews accumulate organically.  


What advice would you give to your younger self?

I would tell my younger self to be more fearless, to see “what if” as an invitation rather than a warning.


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

I think book covers are immensely important. People do judge books by their covers, and it makes good sense. Covers offer a glimpse of what lies beneath. My wonderful publisher, Henery Press, designs my covers, and I love them!


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

Maggie O’Malley is perfectly imperfect. Although smart and driven, she’s shy, awkward and doesn’t know her own strength until she’s forced to test it. I think this not only makes her real, but also relatable. I think many of us have a little Maggie inside of us.  


What have you learned about yourselves since becoming an author?

I’ve learned that I can multitask in a way I never imagined. I’ve become quite the juggler, promoting my first book, finalizing my second, writing my third, all while working and caring for my family. It’s an incredible challenge for which I’m very grateful.

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Do you write full-time or part-time?

I write full-time, but only part-time as a novelist. 🙂 When I’m not writing mysteries, I work as an advertising copywriter. I guess you could say that when I’m not writing, I’m writing!


What do your plans for future projects include?

I’m currently working on the next Maggie O’Malley Mystery, and I love where it’s going. I can’t wait to share it with the world!


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

I think the most difficult part of writing is navigating through the middle of the book. I have a clear idea of where I’ve come from and where I’m going, but it can be a challenge to keep the momentum up between the big moments that bookend a novel. On the other hand, character development and dialogue come easily for me.


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

I love mysteries and thrillers of all kinds. Some of my favorite authors include Harlan Coben, Lisa Gardner, Karin Slaughter and Tana French.

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

I would like to tell readers, “I write for you.” I’m a huge reader and have the utmost respect for my audience!


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

If you’ve read my books, thank you so much! There are so many wonderful authors out there, and your support means the world to me.



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How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Please come say hello to me here!






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Great Escapes Tour–Full Moon


I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Erin Johnson and her new release Full Moons, Dunes & Macaroons.  This is the fifth book in her Spells & Caramels Mystery series.

Full Moons, Dunes & Macaroons: A Cozy Witch Mystery (Spells & Caramels)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Self Published
Print Length – 248 Pages

Purchase Link – Amazon 




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The story is lighthearted with just the right touch of humor. There is friendship, family, intrigue, love, fire, monsters, mystery and magic . . . Full Moons, Dunes, and Macaroons will have you riveted to see how the group’s latest adventure will play out.
~The Avid Reader

The plotline was wonderful. It was complex, well thought out, and there were plenty of red herrings as far as whodunit.
~Valerie’s Musings

I really loved this story, it was time to see some closure in Imogen’s love life and discovering a little bit more about her brother, be prepared for a few twists!


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Seashells, Spells & Caramels (Spells & Caramels #1) 

Black Arts, Tarts & Gypsy Carts (Spells & Caramels, #2) 

Mermaid Fins, Winds & Rolling Pins (Spells & Caramels, #3) 

Cookie Dough, Snow & Wands Aglow (Spells & Caramels Book 4) 

Full Moons, Dunes & Macaroons: A Cozy Witch Mystery (Spells & Caramels Book 5) 





The big day has finally arrived, and Imogen, Iggy and the bakers head to the Fire Kingdom for Hank and Shaday’s wedding. Imogen is totally fine with it—or so she keeps telling herself.

Even the murder of a famous wedding guest can’t stop the impending nuptials. So when Imogen’s repressed feelings magically ruin her baking and she’s banned from the kitchen, she sets herself to finding the killer.

Her search leads her through the desert kingdom’s bustling marketplaces and the maze-like raid, to discover underground movements, shady characters, and more secrets about the people around her than she thought possible. Could the killer be the clever journalist or the rebellious palace maid? Perhaps it’s a member of the royal family.

With the Fire Kingdom’s people churning for change, a mysterious artifact missing from the museum, and a dastardly plot brewing, Imogen begins to feel the heat. When Horace contacts her and makes her a tempting offer, she struggles to choose between him and her new friends.

Imogen’s choice will have enormous consequences over a deadly plot that threatens the people she loves. Will she stop a killer and find a happy ending in the process? Or will an ancient legend come to life and destroy them all?



About the Author






Erin Johnson is a native of Tempe, Arizona, Erin spends her time crafting mysterious, magical, romance-filled stories that’ll hopefully make you laugh. In between, she’s traveling, napping with her dogs, eating with her friends and family, and teaching Pilates (to allow her to eat more).









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

When I was four I had this Dr. Seuss book, “My Book About Me,” where you answered a ton of questions about yourself. And in it I wrote that I wanted to be an author (author was spelled incorrectly). So pretty much since I can remember it’s what I’ve wanted to do. So I’m very excited to finally be doing it!

My Book About Me

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

Seashells, Spells & Caramels has a strong fantasy element, with a magical world I’ve spent a lot of time imagining, so I hope the reader’s really able to get lost in it, and just enjoy the adventure. Besides the murder mystery plot, there’s also an important overarching storyline that develops each book and holds a lot of surprises. And I think both the plots and the characters aren’t the ones you typically see. For example, Francis isn’t your typical vampire, and I think a lot of unexpected events happen.


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

I definitely do a detailed plot. I think this is one of the things that’s helped me finish books. I have several drafts of other stories I’d written previously, but without having outlined them first, they kind of petered out, or I would get stuck and give up. For me, plotting has been really helpful for seeing my books through to the end. But every single book, the characters do surprise me and things change.

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

I read some of them, but honestly not all of them. I don’t respond because I don’t want anyone to feel like I’m hovering, but if anyone emails me or contacts me via social media, then I definitely thank them.  I’m always happy to hear from readers. I’ve been really fortunate to get a lot of great feedback and support.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

I’d tell my younger self that though I had some natural talent, the key to really succeeding at my dream was just persistence. Trying different things, working on skills, reading and just practicing by actually writing. I would also tell myself not to stress so much.

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

Definitely! It gives the reader an idea of the genre and what to expect. I actually design the covers for this series myself, and it’s been really fun. I’m not sure if I’ll continue to for my next series though.

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

I think Imogen’s great because she’s funny and gets funnier when stressed or scared. She’s also generally really positive and adapts to her magical surroundings quickly.

What have you learned about yourselves since becoming an author?

I think the biggest thing is just the confidence I’ve gained. I think publishing my first book was a real hang-up for me for a long time. I’d put a lot of pressure and expectation on it, and after I got it done it was like this weight lifted. And I realized how much I enjoy the whole writing process, even the business side of things. I don’t think there’s anything else in the world I’d be willing to spend so much time and effort on, and still keep coming back for more.

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Do you write full-time or part-time?

I still have a part-time job teaching Pilates.


What do your plans for future projects include?

I’ll write another book (maybe 2) in this series and then start another. It’ll be another cozy witch mystery and I have a couple of ideas floating around. I definitely want to do one that’s a little spookier.

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

Honestly, I think motivating and being accountable to myself. I need to get better at staying on top of not only writing tasks, but those related to running a business. While I wouldn’t say any of it’s easy, I really enjoy putting the finishing touches on the book and hitting “publish”.

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

I love anything fantasy. Sarah J. Maas is one of my favorites who’s writing right now.


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

Just that I’m so honored and grateful to anyone who reads my books and always love to hear from them!


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

Just, thank you! This really has been a lifelong dream. To be writing books that people read and enjoy, still kind of blows my mind. ☺
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How can readers discover more about you and your work?






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Hightail It to Kinsey Falls (Kinsey Falls Series)
Women’s Fiction
1st in Series
Grace Abraham Publishing (May 22, 2018)
Print Length: 139 pages
Kindle ASIN: B07C46H3WH

All work and no play make Jade a dull girl.

Jade Burt can do without her grandmother’s meddling in her love life. But when Millie finds an abandoned baby possum, it leads her to Caleb Young. Caleb would be perfect for Jade! When Jade meets Caleb, it’s hard to argue with her grandmother’s choice. Still, Jade is determined to push Caleb away, but his friendship with Millie concerns her. What if he’s a slick con man trying to take advantage of a sweet old lady? Jade needs to figure Caleb out before he breaks her grandmother’s heart…and Jade’s too!


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Gayle Leeson is a pseudonym for Gayle Trent. I also write as Amanda Lee. As Gayle Trent, I write the Daphne Martin Cake Mystery series and the Myrtle Crumb Mystery series. As Amanda Lee, I write the Embroidery Mystery series.

I live in Virginia with my family, which includes my own “Angus” who is not an Irish wolfhound but a Great Pyrenees who provides plenty of inspiration for the character of Mr. O’Ruff. I’m having a blast writing this new series! But, never fear, I’m also working on a new cozy mystery series as well.









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