Review of A Deadly Brew

A Deadly Brew
A Tourist Trap Mystery, Book #9.5
Lynn Cahoon
5 Stars



As Halloween approaches South Cove, California, four couples get into the spirit of the holiday by conjuring up spirits. . .

The house has sat empty for fifteen years, taking up prime real estate along the picturesque coastline. Built by one of the founders of South Cove, its last known owner, Maryanne Demerit, vanished without a trace. Now her home will be demolished for a condo development, but until then, it’s the perfect spot for a Halloween haunted house.

Jill Gardner, owner of Coffee, Books, and More, her boyfriend, and three other couples are spending the weekend in the Demerit home. But what begins as an all-in-good-fun fright fest turns into a mystery begging to be solved as Jill is contacted by the ghost of Maryanne . . . (Goodreads)






The characters are well rounded and well developed and I feel like they are old friends. Any time I get to spend with Jill and her friends is time well spent.

The writing style flows smoothly and this novella is a quick easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I felt like I was right there with them in the haunted house. There is a mystery in this book, but it does not revolve around a dead body that someone stumbled upon. I find that very refreshing.
I would recommend this novella (and series) to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. This a a great series.

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


New Releases For The Week Of September 9th, 2018–Part 2

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of September 9th, 2018. I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so  many of them for this week. Today is the second day of my list. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading




Burning Ridge: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery by [Margaret Mizushima]Featuring Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo, Burning Ridge by critically acclaimed author Margaret Mizushima is just the treat for fans of Alex Kava.

On a rugged Colorado mountain ridge, Mattie Cobb and her police dog partner Robo make a grisly discovery—and become the targets of a ruthless killer.

Colorado’s Redstone Ridge is a place of extraordinary beauty, but this rugged mountain wilderness harbors a horrifying secret. When a charred body is discovered in a shallow grave on the ridge, officer Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo are called in to spearhead the investigation. But this is no ordinary crime—and it soon becomes clear that Mattie has a close personal connection to the dead man.

Joined by local veterinarian Cole Walker, the pair scours the mountaintop for evidence and makes another gruesome discovery: the skeletonized remains of two adults and a child. And then, the unthinkable happens. Could Mattie become the next victim in the murderer’s deadly game?

A deranged killer torments Mattie with a litany of dark secrets that call into question her very identity. As a towering blaze races across the ridge, Cole and Robo search desperately for her—but time is running out in Margaret Mizushima’s fourth spine-tingling Timber Creek K-9 mystery, Burning Ridge.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook












The Case of Italian Indigestion: A Josie and Chef Claire Sojourn #1 (The Thousand Islands Doggy Inn Mysteries Book 20) by [Snow, B.R.]Josie and Chef Claire are at La Bella Vita, a villa in Northern Italy near Lake Garda where they’re attending a cooking school run by Marco and Rosa Columbo, the couple she studied under at culinary school. Also attending are an Italian couple thinking about opening their own restaurant, a trust-fund, surfer-dude who is considering a career as a chef just to get his parents off his back, a retired Russian spy they know from Las Vegas, and a Canadian woman who has spent a lot of time at C’s, their restaurant in Clay Bay. But it’s Georgio Russo, an inventor with a reputation as a ladies-man and a sketchy past, who has everyone on edge.

What begins as a relaxing week soon turns deadly when Bronwyn, the wife of industrialist, Emerson Kingsley, is found dead right after dinner. Without any visible wounds or blood, everyone, including the local cops, initially wonder if the woman died of natural causes or from a case of severe food poisoning. But things change when the local police learn she was poisoned by an unknown, deadly substance. And the heat gets turned up even further a few days later when the industrialist is found dead on the golf course.

Josie and Chef Claire, now caught up in the mystery reach out to Suzy, who offers some assistance from the comfort of home. They also turn to Agent Tompkins, an FBI agent they’ve crossed paths with in the past. Soon, it becomes clear that both the dead industrialist and the mad inventor have been on the FBI’s radar for a long time. And when Marco divulges to Chef Claire his financial difficulties as well as the fact that Georgio is one of his major investors, she is left wondering if her mentors might somehow be involved in a situation with major international implications.

The Case of Italian Indigestion is the first installment in the spinoff series of B.R. Snow’s popular Thousand Islands Doggy Inn mysteries. Readers can expect a lot of the same elements from the Doggy Inn series but with the additional bonus of several recipes highlighting Italian cuisine. Food, friendship, and dogs, wrapped in humor and a great mystery, continue to be central themes, and by the time The Case of Italian Indigestion wraps up, readers will be satiated as well as jonesing for some Italian food. (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Spellbound Seven: A Cozy Mystery (Teas and Temptations Book 7) by [Stark, Cindy]Hair, Hounds, and Horseshoes

The coven doesn’t approve of Hazel’s recent engagement, leaving her alone to battle Stonebridge’s ban on witches. To fulfill her quest, Hazel must discover what the librarian is hiding, but she’s struck by some serious bad luck.

There’s no time to lose. The town’s hairstylist has been murdered, and her dogs are running wild. Hazel has her eye on several suspects, and they’re all acting as guilty as sin. When she starts nosing about, several surprise her by fighting back.

Omens, prophecies, and a mad dash of doggies keeps Hazel on her toes while she and Peter run a murderer to the ground.

Spellbound Seven is the seventh book in the Teas and Temptations Cozy Mystery series. If you like lighthearted paranormal mysteries with a fun romance like those written by Angela Pepper and Natalie Summers, then you’ll love Cindy Stark’s mystical adventures!


Get your copy of Spellbound Seven today!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













The Body in the Beach House (Getaway Bay Cozy Mystery Series Book 2) by [York, Grace]Running a writer’s retreat is Addison’s new retirement plan.

Until one of the writers ends up dead.

After deciding a bed and breakfast full of demanding guests is too much work, Addison Lake turns her newly refurbished home in Getaway Bay into a boarding house for struggling writers and artists. She has a full house in no time, and quickly comes to regard her young boarders as family. But her newfound happiness doesn’t last.

There’s a body in the beach house.

Is one of her creative guests responsible?

As Addison and Detective Wilcox investigate, the mystery becomes more baffling. Was it suicide, or murder? If it was murder, how did the killer get out of the locked room?

And with all her house guests on the suspect list, who can Addison trust?

The Getaway Bay cozy mysteries have everything you love – suspense to keep you guessing, twists you don’t see coming, and characters you want to have a cup of tea with – plus an added dose of Aussie flavour.

Get your copy and join the Getaway Bay family now.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











Flirting With Death (Book 1 Zara Romano Mystery Series) by [Grasso, Patricia]Zara Romano sees dead people. New England’s best mortician, Zara and two of her older brothers own Romano Funeral Home in Salem, Massachusetts. Zara is a mingling of two nationalities, Irish and Italian. She’s Irish on the outside, complete with red hair, blue eyes and freckles, but she’s Italian on the inside, with a temper to match.

The youngest sibling of seven and the only female, Zara loves her brothers but thinks they’re too bossy. Two of her brothers serve on the Salem Police Force, one is police chief and the other a detective. Zara’s two widowed nanas live next door. She can always rely on a home-cooked meal, unless her nanas are trolling funerals for new boyfriends.

Another bossy man in her life is Zara’s ex-boyfriend, Marcello Ponti. A sinfully gorgeous police detective, Marcello makes a habit of appearing on her doorstep unannounced even though they broke up two years earlier when he wanted to “date” other women. Zara refuses to be a member of the Marcello Dating Club. Good thing she has her beloved dog Smooches to keep her company. Thankfully, Smooches is with her the night she finds the mayor hanging from a tree at a local park. Definitely a homicide, the mayor’s blood was drained via two puncture wounds on his neck. When she discovers two more bodies in the same condition, Zara’s own investigative instincts kick in, and she searches for the link between the three victims.
Does Salem have a vampire in its midst or a serial killer with a fetish for fang marks? More importantly is Zara marked as the murderer’s next victim or is she merely flirting with death?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











Dead on Doughnuts (Coffee Shop Mysteries Book 1) by [Weldon, Sarah Jane]


Miranda and her best friend Skye are working at a coffee shop in a ski resort in Austria, saving up for uni. Both are nervous but excited as this is their first time away from home and both are looking forward to the adventure.

When a customer dies at their coffee shop after tasting one of Skye’s concoctions – Bloody Doughnut – Miranda and Skye are thrust into a mystery that they must solve themselves. The good-looking detective thinks they’re somehow involved, the charming ski instructor has a motive for murder, and their boss is on the verge of firing them before their second week has even begun.

Miranda and Skye must clear their names or they’ll be forced to head home penniless.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














The Minnesotan Witch: a novella by ["DZA" Marie, Christina]“Join the DFMC, they said. It’ll be fun, they said. They left out the part where I get impaled by unicorns, shot by wannabe witches, and buried under twenty feet of snow.”

Nate Johnson is the rookie agent at the Department of Fae and Magical Creatures (DFMC), an underground agency dedicated to keeping the Fae world and the mortal world separate.

After almost getting killed and eaten alive by a unicorn (“I didn’t realize that I technically counted as a virgin, okay?!”), Nate and his legendary partner Agent Arnold Grant are sent to Minnesota. Half a dozen people have gone missing, and the suspect is the mysterious, reclusive Black Witch. But not all as is it appears, and by the time Nate manages to dig himself out of the Minnesota snow, everything he thought he knew about the two worlds will be turned upside-down.

Join Nate on his adventure with “The Minnesotan Witch!”  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













Voodoo Hoodoo Is Complete Doodoo (Diva Delaney Mysteries Book 2) by [Jayde, Anni]Diva Delaney finds herself embroiled in a new mystery when she is asked to search for a missing witch. She is a psychic medium, not a private investigator, but she agrees as a favor to her Aunt Isabel. She soon discovers that more than one witch has been kidnapped from the nearby town of Verity Falls.

With the aid of some local ghosts, Diva needs to get to the bottom of this latest puzzle. She will need to call on magical assistance from her cousins and even one of her enemies. Haydn Creighton has been her secret obsession since she was a kid. Even though he’s engaged to a snooty and slightly unstable British witch, Diva can’t get him out of her mind. She already owes him a favor for accepting his help. After this latest mess, she could be digging herself in too deep to extricate herself.

Just to complicate things, Diva’s cousin, Courtney, has decided she wants to marry Drew McTavish. The sheriff has no idea the lengths magical folk will go to in order to get what they want. He still firmly believes the supernatural isn’t real and he isn’t at all prepared for what will soon be coming.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













Sandy Day Mysteries: Knight Library Murder #1 by [O'Donnell, Candy]Libraries can be Murder!

College life isn’t what Sandy Day expected. She attends classes all day and practically lives at the library all night. Psychology is harder than she previously thought it would be. At least her best friend, Rena is right across the hall from her so she isn’t all alone. While at the library studying one night, the peculiar sight of a young man fleeing the library catches Sandy’s eye. When she discovers Pauline’s body soon afterward, she dives head first into her first into her first murder mystery.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle
















If the Coffin Fits: A Funeral Parlor Mystery by [Lillian Bell]Perfect for fans of Carolyn Haines and Donna Andrews, Lillian Bell makes the return with her second Funeral Parlor mystery featuring funeral director Desiree Turner.

When an unnatural cause of death finds one of her clients, Desiree must get to the bottom of the murder before she’s fitted for a coffin, herself.

Funeral director Desiree Turner deals with death by natural causes all the time. Death by unnatural causes? Not so much. Yet, she and her boyfriend Nate have heard some not-so-dear things about the recently departed. A suspicious remark by the late Frank Fiore’s daughters sparks some concern. And when Violet Daugherty faints behind the wheel of her car, Desiree suspects she’s got a front seat to murder.

Desiree can’t help but look into Violet’s untimely end, but soon after, rumors begin to spread that she’s accusing her clients of murder, which quickly spurs a mass cancellation and Desiree is on the verge of going out of business. What began as an effort to do due diligence for her client turns into a wild goose chase for Violet’s murderer. Desiree must find her proof before everything she works for is lost. But that’s easier said than done, because while everyone else in town is looking to take their business elsewhere, the killer sets sights directly upon Desiree.

Now it’s up to Desiree to find the murderer before she becomes the next body her funeral parlor serves in If the Coffin Fits, Lillian Bell’s second charming Funeral Parlor mystery.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover











PERILS IN PROVENCE: A World Travel Cozy Mystery (book 1) by [Dean, Carolyn L.]It’s not easy to go from peach pies to Provence.

A dangerous past life. A new mysterious boss. An old chateau with some very suspicious characters.

Jennifer was happy working as a baker at the Ravenwood Inn, but when fate comes calling in the form of Gable Landon, she’s ready to jump at the new career he offers. Soon she’s globetrotting from Oregon to Bruges, then on to Provence to assess a rundown property her boss might want to buy. The charm of southern France and its food and landscape is almost intoxicating, and it doesn’t hurt that she’s made a new friend, a French bulldog named Orly. What Jennifer hadn’t expected, though, was stone cold murder.

Clean language, and only rated PG because hey, there’s a murderer running around in this book.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














Death said the Gypsy Queen: A Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery Book 4 by [Boles, Susan]“Beware the sign of the vampire blood,” said the fortune teller. “It brings madness and turmoil.”

Lily Gayle knows what that means, but, for the life of her, can’t figure out how the fortune teller does.

A quick road trip with Dixie. An unplanned stop at a roadside park. And, an hour later a dead body. Lily

Gayle, Dixie and Miss Edna find themselves knee deep in another homicide investigation when the local vet assistant turns up dead behind an outbuilding at the farmers market.

Lily Gayle believes the words of the fortune teller will have a major impact on the investigation but can’t bring herself to tell the other ladies.

To reveal what she believes the words mean might bring trouble to another old friend. And would betray a trust. Only Ben knows and he, as usual, advises Lily Gayle to stay out of his investigation – which she isn’t about to do.

When the secret is revealed, the townspeople go mad and the fortune tellers words come true. Can Lily Gayle, Dixie and Miss Edna solve the murder before more people are harmed?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle