Review of Decaffeinated Scandal


Decaffeinated Scandal

Killer Coffee, Book #5

Tonya Kappes

5 Stars


Maybe the killer drank decaffeinated.

Corn maze, apple bobbing, and pumpkin carvings are a few of the things tourists, who are visiting Honey Springs Halloween Extravaganza, are expecting to see. But when a dead body is discovered on the banks of the Honey Springs Lake and a masked murderer running away from the scene, there’s a realization this wasn’t part of the holiday fun!

Roxy doesn’t know what’s going. There’s been a murder and people are ordering decaffeinated coffee? She’s got to get to the bottom before the town gets too sleepy and falls into recession right before the winter months hit the cozy town.

If you like quaint, cozy, small towns with a tasty murder, you’re going to love the KILLER COFFEE MYSTERIES! Each book can be read as a stand alone! Start your adventure now and buy them today!  (Goodreads)




The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Roxy is a southern gal, through and through. And she loves owning the Bean Hive Coffee Shop and making everyone’s life better through coffee.  Her relationship with Patrick, the love of her life, is progressing better than she could have imagined. And she is looking forward to the town Halloween Festival.  So when a dead body turns up, she feels she has to figure out the killer so that the Festival can go on. I really enjoy getting to spend time with Roxy and her family and friends.  

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  The author has the southern setting and southern culture down pat and she makes both very humorous with her writing.  Some of the phrases that she uses had me laughing out loud. The mystery is well plotted and held my interest through the whole book.  The murder occured a little later in the book but that was fine with me because I wanted to catch up with Roxy and her friends and family.  

I would recommend this book, and series, to anyone who enjoys a well plotted cozy mystery.  I am already looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

I volunteered to review an ARC of this book and and I have given my honest opinion.    


New Releases For The Week Of September 23rd, 2018–Part 4

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of September 23rd, 2018. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so  very many of them for this week. Today 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.



The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller (Haunted Bookshop Mystery) by [Coyle, Cleo]Penelope Thornton-McClure and her bookshop’s ghost-in-residence Jack Shepard are back on a new case in this delightful paranormal mystery from New York Times bestselling author Cleo Coyle.

A big bestseller leads to small town trouble.

Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure didn’t believe in ghosts, until she was haunted by the hard-boiled spirit of 1940s private investigator Jack Shepard. Now Jack is back on the job, and Pen is eternally grateful…

After an elegant new customer has a breakdown in her shop, Penelope suspects there is something bogus behind the biggest bestseller of the year. This popular potboiler is so hot that folks in her tiny Rhode Island town are dying to read it–literally. First one customer turns up dead, followed by another mysterious fatality connected to the book, which Pen discovers is more than just fiction. Now, with the help of her gumshoe ghost, Pen must solve the real-life cold case behind the bogus bestseller before the killer closes the book on her.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook









Forever Fudge (A Candy-coated Mystery) by [Coco, Nancy]“Memorable characters, a charming locale, and a satisfying mystery.”—Barbara Allan

When a film crew comes to Mackinac Island, the last thing fudge shop owner Allie McMurphy expects to find is a murder victim . . .

It’s Labor Day weekend, the official end of tourist season, and the beginning of a whole batch of trouble. First, the island is invaded by a TV crew filming a murder mystery pilot, and handsome Hollywood heartthrob Dirk Benjamin needs Allie’s help to prep for his role as local cop Rex Manning. Then, Allie’s bichonpoo Mal sniffs out a real murder in the alley behind the Historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop, a man shot in the head—with a note challenging amateur sleuth Allie to catch the culprit. Like it or not, the fudge maker has to square off against a crazy killer—but this time she may have bitten off more than she can chew . . .

Praise for Nancy Coco and the Candy-Coated Mysteries
“It’s probably best not to read this while you’re too hungry, as the assorted fudge recipes may send you right to the kitchen.” 
The Oakland Tribune 
“The characters are fun and well-developed, the setting is quaint and beautiful.”
RT Book Reviews
“I really enjoyed this cozy mystery and look forward to reading more in this series.”
Fresh Fiction  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback










A Whisker in Time (A Whales and Tails Cozy Mystery Book 16) by [Daley, Kathi]It is Halloween on Madrona Island and the entire gang is knee deep in the annual festivities. When a body is found in the storage room of the bar Danny and Aiden recently purchased, Danny is considered to be a prime suspect in the woman’s death. When it looks as if Danny had both motive and opportunity, things go from Halloween eerie to down right terrifying.

Meanwhile, Cody and Cait get downright serious about their wedding plans, Michael and Maggie come to town, and a new cat named Mystic comes to the island, proving once and for all the magic has returned.

This book has a bonus short story – The Cat of New Orleans.

This novel will contain a bonus short story along with hearty fall recipes.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback











A Catered Cat Wedding (A Mystery With Recipes Book 14) by [Crawford, Isis]Sisters Bernie and Libby Simmons run a catering business in their upstate New York town, and they’re ready and willing to handle any wedding—even one where the bride and groom have tails . . .
Susie Katz is known as the crazy cat lady of Longely, New York, and goes out of her way to earn the title, right down to her cat T-shirts and porcelain Hello Kitties. She’s a fanatic for anything feline. Humans, not so much.

So when she decides to put up a tent on her property and hold an extravagant wedding ceremony for her two Russian blues, she makes sure to include a few two-legged guests—primarily to raise some hackles. All her favorite enemies will be there: her bird-loving neighbor, a rival cat breeder, a local animal rights activist, and the niece and nephew who stand to inherit her considerable fortune . . . if she doesn’t spend it all on cat tchotchkes first. Susie can’t wait for them all to watch as Boris and Natasha slink up the aisle in their very expensive diamond-studded collars, before everyone starts digging in to the poached salmon and caviar provided for the occasion by Bernie and Libby.

But chaos erupts when a wedding gift is unwrapped and a mischief of mice jump out of the box—followed by the disappearance of all the pampered partygoers. Just a few hours later, Susie is stabbed in the back while searching for her missing kitties near the now-empty tent—and it’s up to the Simmons sisters to sniff out the killer . . .

Includes Original Recipes for You to Try!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover










Downright Dead (A B&B Spirits Mystery) by [Kopfler, Pamela]Holly Davis never imagined having a haunted bed and breakfast would be the secret to her success—or that a secret might leave her B&B DOA . . .
After the syndicated TV show Inquiring Minds airs footage of their resident ghost at Holly Grove, a converted antebellum plantation house, it seems as if half the state of Louisiana wants to book a room. There’s only one small problem: the ghost of her not-so-dearly-departed husband Burl has . . . departed. For the sake of business, Holly’s willing to keep up the pretense of still being haunted. But after an outspoken debunker challenges the show’s credibility, the TV crew returns to Holly Grove to prove the ghost is real.

Following a disastrous séance, Holly is sure she’ll be exposed as a charlatan. Surprisingly, the debunker suddenly becomes a believer—after he’s pushed off the widow’s walk to his death and rises as a ghost. Now his inquiring mind wants to know: who murdered him? When he asks for Holly’s help, she can’t say no. But this time it’s her turn to watch her step, because if the killer gets spooked, the next ghost haunting the B&B may well be its owner . . .  (Amazon)





Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback






Assault and Beadery (A Cora Crafts Mystery) by [Cox Bryan, Mollie]All of Cora Chevalier’s dreams are coming true. Since moving to Indigo Gap, North Carolina, the busy crafting maven has been blessed with a great boyfriend, a lovely home, and a booming craft retreat business. But on the eve of her first Crafty Mom’s Escape Weekend, tragedy strikes again in Indigo Gap. This time, it’s curtains for Stan Herald, the disagreeable director of the local theater group, who’s murdered on the opening night of their new production. Worse, Cora’s friend Zee is accused of the crime.

Cora is determined to prove her friend’s innocence, but Zee’s mysterious past is making that difficult. And with a list of suspects longer than a double spool of satin cording, getting a bead on the real culprit won’t be easy. With her friends Jane and Ruby at her side, Cora must string together the clues and solve Stan’s murder before the killer gives an encore performance.
Includes crafting tips!
Praise for Mollie Cox Bryan’s mysteries
“A playful charmer!”
Woman’s World on No Charm Intended
“Scrapbookers and hobby cozy fans will enjoy this delightful holiday escape.”
Library Journal on A Crafty Christmas
“A font of ingenuity . . . superb entertainment.”
Mystery Scene magazine on Scrapbook of Secrets  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback







Witchin' Impossible (Witchin' Impossible Cozy Mysteries Book 1) by [George, Renee]Small town. Dead bodies. Horny familiar. Hot high school crush. Just another day in Paradise Falls.

When FBI agent and witch Hazel Kinsey and her familiar Tizzy the Squirrel left the paranormal town of Paradise Falls, she swore she’d never return. She didn’t want witch and Shifter politics to be a part of her adult life. Worse, she didn’t want to stick around and watch her high school crush, Bear Shifter Ford Baylor, carry out the white-picket-fence dream of marriage and family with somebody else.


She was never, ever stepping foot in Paradise Falls again… Until her best friend from high school calls and begs for help in solving a murder case getting colder by the minute.

Hazel reluctantly returns to her own personal hell only to deal with more murders, rusty witch powers, a familiar hell-bent on hooking up, and uncooperative citizens. Throw in werebear Ford, who’s surprisingly single and hunkilicious, and Hazel has her hands full.

Yeah. All she has to do is conquer her lust, corral her squirrel, save her best friend, and find a killer.

Author Note: This is a second edition of this story. It was originally published in Robyn Peterman’s Magic & Mayhem Kindleworld, but the world has been stripped from this book significant, additional content has been added.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle










Rival Secrets: A Whispering Pines Mystery, Book 5 by [McGuire, Shawn]What if your nemesis challenged you on your home turf?

A sense of community. Quaint surroundings. Deadly rivalries. Welcome to Whispering Pines.

As the weather turns crisp, Jayne O’Shea and the other villagers prepare for the last big tourist draw of the season: the autumn equinox festival. It’s a time to enjoy a bounty of food, the company of others, and the ever-popular cooking competition. Events in the baking division, however, turn from friendly to fatal when one of the contestants, a beloved nationally known chef, is found dead in the woods.

As all eyes turn to one of the villagers as the killer, Jayne knows that what’s seen on the surface isn’t always the truth, especially in Whispering Pines, and digs deep to clear the name of one of their own.

The Whispering Pines Mystery Series

Family Secrets: A Whispering Pines Mystery
Kept Secrets: A Whispering Pines Mystery, Book Two
Original Secrets: A Whispering Pines Mystery, Book Three
Hidden Secrets: A Whispering Pines Mystery, Book Four
Rival Secrets: A Whispering Pines Mystery, Book Five  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











Mocha Cake and Murder: A Libby Landry Mystery (Libby Landry Mystery Series Book 1) by [Willow, Angelica]Tracking down a murderer with her ex husband? Not how Libby imagined she would spend her weekend.

When Libby Landry reopens the Caffeinated Cakery after a devastating fire, she has high hopes she’ll recoup enough funds to keep the debt collectors off her back.

But when a handyman is found face down in her lobby with a knife between his shoulders, the shop is declared a crime scene and Libby is forced to shut the doors.

She is confident the police will catch the killer and she’ll be back to the grind in no time. That is, until her ex-husband, Inspector Dorsley, is assigned to the case.

With her business on the brink of bankruptcy, Libby refuses to sit by while the man who broke her heart holds her future in her hands.

Will she catch the killer? Or will she close up shop for good?

Mocha Cake and Murder is a light-hearted culinary cozy mystery set in a small mountain town. If you like mysteries with humor, quirky characters and a dash of romance, pick up your copy today! BONUS: Mocha cake recipe included!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback










Bury the Lead: A Joe Gunther Novel (Joe Gunther Series) by [Mayor, Archer]Joe Gunther and the VBI team are investigating a murder and an arson case—both potentially related to an outbreak of ebola.

When the body of a young woman is found near a trail at a popular ski mountain, the case falls to Joe Gunther and his team at the Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI). They quickly have a suspect, Mick Durocher, and a confession, but not everyone on the team is convinced. Despite Mick’s ready admission, investigators quickly sense there might be more going on than is immediately apparent.

At the same time, a large local business is being targeted with escalating acts of vandalism—a warehouse fire, a vandalized truck, a massive cooling system destroyed—resulting in loss of life. And either by coincidence, or not, Mick Durocher, the self-confessed murderer, was once employed by this very company.

These two puzzling cases—now possibly connected—are further complicated by the sidelining of a key member of VBI, Willy Kunkle, who undergoes surgery at a hospital that appears to be having an unlikely—and suspiciously timed—outbreak of Ebola.

Joe and his team pursue these cases, uncovering motives that might link them, while proving that trust betrayed can be a toxic virus, turning love into murderous loathing. Indeed, behind the mayhem and murder, Joe must uncover a tragic history before another victim dies.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover











Perjury Proof (The Donut Mysteries Book 38) by [Beck, Jessica]


Perjury Proof, Donut Mystery #38
From New York Times Bestselling Author, Jessica Beck.

A pie shop is opening up in April Springs, but the owner is as sour as her pies are sweet! When she’s murdered a few days before the grand opening, too many folks in April Springs had reasons to want to see the woman gone. Suzanne and Grace dive into the case, hopefully in time to save the next victim on the killer’s to-do list!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback
















Murder Aboard the Cruise to Nowhere: A Jack Ryder Crime Mystery by [Parr, Owen]On the first night of the Cruise to Nowhere, billionaire and family patriarch Gustav Inglenorth is found dead in his cabin, stabbed three times. This was supposed to be a private family cruise on the maiden voyage of The Majestic, a luxurious private yacht. Mr. Inglenorth was to reveal the content and distribution of the family trust to fifteen members of the family traveling aboard the yacht. Also, aboard the cruise is an author and sometimes consultant to the Miami Beach Police, Jack Ryder, MBPD Detective Logan Robert, and their dates for the cruise. Without a doubt, one of his family members is the murderer.
Forced to take refuge from a hurricane in the Port of Havana, Jack Ryder and Logan Robert must find the killer, among the fifteen members of the family, before the Cuban authorities interfere in their investigation and hold the family indefinitely.
Jack is a forty-year-old divorcee, and retired Wall Street Financial Analyst recently turned crime mystery writer. His new lifestyle does not include; – alarm clocks, suits, or ties – living carefree aboard a forty-four-foot yacht with his beagle – Max, enjoying life in Miami’s South Beach, the clubs and ladies that abound the area. His keen eye for detail in writing crime mysteries has made him an invaluable consultant to the Miami Beach Police Major Crimes Division.
Logan Robert, former Army Special Forces and now homicide detective for the Miami Beach Police Department, has relied on Jack’s deduction abilities to solve murder cases.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














Crumbled to Pieces (Cookies & Chance Mysteries Book 6) by [Bruns, Catherine]From USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bruns comes another tantalizingly tasty culinary mystery…

In need of some quick dough, full-time baker and sometime sleuth Sally Muccio decides to rent the vacant apartment over the bakery to a friend of her grandmother’s. Allegra Fiato is nothing like Sal’s darling Grandma Rosa, though. She’s mean, dishonest, and harboring a deadly secret.

When the elderly woman is mowed down in a hit and run, it quickly becomes obvious this was no accident. Grandma Rosa asks for Sal’s help to find the killer which involves a last minute trip to Vegas crashed by Sal’s crazy parents, stolen fortune cookies, and a mysterious missing
locket. To add more spice to the mix, a loved one makes a startling admission to Sal that shocks her to the very core. Suddenly, Sal’s world is in danger of crumbling around her. Can she put the pieces back together in time before the killer makes her the next victim?

*Recipes Included!*

The Cookies & Chance Mysteries:
Tastes Like Murder (book #1)
Baked to Death (book #2)
A Spot of Murder (short story in the “Killer Beach Reads” collection)
Burned to a Crisp (book #3)
Frosted With Revenge (book #4)
Silenced by Sugar (book #5)
A Drizzle Before Dying (short story in the “Pushing Up Daisies” collection)
Crumbled to Pieces (book #6)

What critics are saying:

“Catherine Bruns has whipped up another delicious treat with this delightful cozy. If you like your mysteries to taste sweet this one is a good choice.”
—Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick!

“I want to visit more with all of the quirky characters just to see what crazy and outrageous things they will do next!”
—Fresh Fiction  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback