Review of Who Murdered Uncle Ebenezer?

Who Murders Uncle Ebenezer?

Bene Girls, Book #1

Faith Nightingale, S. F. Nightingale

5 Stars



When you thought being a Christian was safe…

If you like clean, wholesome cozy mysteries that keeps you guessing until the very end, you MUST read this book!

When a menacing storm is upon Kingsvale, New Hampshire, little does Reverend Devin Grant suspect that there’s anything more menacing than the ruthless winds and blinding snowflakes when he arrives at Ebenezer Spencer’s estate for final preparations for his friend, Ken’s wedding.

But as evening turns into sinful night, a dead body is found… and the murderer is likely to be in the house. A house no one can leave because of the storm…

Can Reverend Grant get to the bottom of this mysterious death before the snowstorm ends or will evil get away with murder on Uncle Ebenezer’s estate?

This is a standalone short story in this fun cozy mystery series with no cliffhangers

Read it now for FREE with Kindle Unlimited!

Bonus recipe and chapter included!  (Goodreads)


This short story was very good and I enjoyed reading it.  The characters were engaging and I really enjoyed getting to know Reverend Devin.  He was very caring and kind and he acted just like I would expect a Reverend to act.  

The writing style flowed smoothly.  The mystery was well plotted and reminded me of an Agatha Christie type plot.  There were enough suspects to consider and I was not sure who the culprit was.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a quick cozy mystery.   I will read the next one in the series.



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New Releases For The Week Of February 24th, 2019–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of February 24th, 2019.  I am going to divide the list into 5 days because there are so very many of them for this week. Today is the third day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


Pie Hard (A Pie Town Mystery Book 3) by [Weiss, Kirsten]Will Val pie hard on national TV?

Business at the bakery may have slowed down, but Val Harris isn’t about to eat humble pie—not until a reality cooking show decides to whip the struggling Pie Town into shape. If Val can tolerate criticism from an abrasive pastry chef during filming, the free publicity might turn the unusual opportunity into the sweetest deal she didn’t know she needed.

Except no one in San Nicholas has an appetite for dessert once murder steals the spotlight. When the show’s bossy producer gets pushed to her death, Val and her flaky, septuagenarian pie crust expert, Charlene, follow crumbs in hopes of finding the killer. But with cameras still rolling and the shocking identity of the victim’s replacement a guaranteed recipe for disaster, Val needs to stay cool long enough to solve the crime and keep Pie Town from falling apart—or else she just might go up in smoke before she ever graces the small screen.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook













THE CASTLE MYSTERY an absolutely gripping whodunit from a million-selling author by [MARTIN, FAITH]Discover a new series of whodunits by million-selling author Faith Martin. These charming mysteries will have you scratching your head to work out who the murderer is.

Meet Jenny Starling: travelling cook and reluctant amateur detective. 

Please note this book was first published as “AN INVISIBLE MURDER” under Faith Martin’s pen name JOYCE CATO.

Jenny Starling has her dream job cooking for Lord and Lady Avonsleigh in a genuine castle.

Then one of the castle’s treasures, a fabulously jewelled dagger, is used to murder a staff member. The victim is found stabbed through the heart in the conservatory.

Lady Avonsleigh insists that Jenny help the police find the murderer.

But how can Jenny solve this case when the murder was committed in front of several reliable witnesses, none of whom saw a thing?

This is the fourth of a series of enjoyable murder mysteries with a great cast of characters and baffling crimes which will keep you in suspense to the final page.

Perfect for fans of classic whodunits by authors like Agatha Christie, LJ Ross, TE Kinsey, and J.R. Ellis.

In her late twenties, Jenny Starling is an impressive woman. Physically, she stands at 6ft 1inch, and has shoulder-length black hair and blue eyes. Curvaceous and sexy, she’s a modern single woman, living the lifestyle that suits her – that of a travelling cook. Her famous (and now very rich) father, is a ‘celebrity’ cook, divorced from Jenny’s mother. Jenny drives a disreputable cherry-red van, and is happy travelling the country catering events and cooking great food. She is on a one-woman crusade to bring back ‘real’ food. And definitely doesn’t like having to divert her attention from achieving the perfect Dundee cake or creating a new sauce recipe by having to solve a murder. She finds crime very distracting, especially when there is chocolate to temper or pike to poach. Nevertheless, she is very good at reading people, and with a quick and agile brain, becomes very good at unmasking killers. And her always-undaunted sense of humour goes a long way in keeping her sane when all around her people are dropping like flies.

FAITH MARTIN is the best-selling author of the DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE mysteries, which have sold over 1 million copies globally in just over a year.

More JENNY STARLING mysteries coming soon. Join the Joffe Books mailing list to be the first to hear about the next in the series.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











A Problem in Paxton Park (A Paxton Park Mystery Book 5) by [Whiting, J A]

This is book 5 in the Paxton Park Mystery series by USA Today Bestselling Author J A Whiting.

Early on a May morning, Shelly Taylor and her friend, Juliet, are completing their three-mile run over the mountain paths when they leave the trail and enter a large park near the center of town. Shelly notices something on the grass next to the tree line that necessitates an emergency call to the police.

Will Shelly’s unusual dreams of her twin sister point to clues and offer hints that will help the police find the person responsible for the alarm and fear spreading through Paxton Park?

This story has some mild paranormal elements.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














Bidding War Break-In: A Lily Sprayberry Realtor Cozy Mystery (The Lily Sprayberry Realtor Cozy Mystery Series Book 4) by [Ridder Aspenson, Carolyn]IN A SMALL TOWN, EVERYONE IS IN YOUR BUSINESS

When Bramblett County Realtor Lily Sprayberry puts her deceased client’s townhome, the last in a sought after mixed-use development community, on the market, she winds up in the throes of a bidding war.

Knowing a portion of the money will go to a scholarship in her client’s name, Lily schedules a realtor only open house to raise the bids even higher. But on the day of the event, she discovers the home’s been vandalized, and every potential offer is taken off the table.

Someone is out to stop the sale, and ruin Lily in the process.

With her reputation hanging by a thread and the community up in arms, Lily sets out to fix things, and lands right in the middle of a hot mess of vandalism, lies, theft, and cheating. Lily soon discovers that some people don’t want their secrets known, and they’ll do whatever it takes to keep them under wraps.   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














Baa'd to the Bone: An Animal Cozy Mystery Series, Book 1 by [Weldon, Sarah Jane]A sheepdog in training. A flock under threat. Can he find a killer before the case unravels?

Beau dreams of being a champion sheepdog just like his aunt. With the help of new livestock friends and a kind-hearted farmer, he vows to lead the herd proudly through the lush valleys of South Wales. But when one of the sheep goes missing, Beau never expected a woolly crime scene…

While his aunt warns him not to get too friendly with the flock, his connection with the sheep gets him both respect and a target on his back. As the brave pup frantically sniffs for clues, he’s got one chance to solve the mystery before the farm starts counting sheep for all the wrong reasons.

Will Beau learn the ropes in time to protect his friends from a flock fatality?

Baa’d to the Bone is the first book in an animal-themed cozy mystery series. If you like plucky creatures, authentic Welsh settings, and home-baked suspense, then you’ll love Sarah Jane Weldon’s shaggy dog tale.

Buy Baa’d to the Bone to sniff out the sheep-stealing culprit today!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













The Mystery of the Marsh Malaise: Wonky Inn Book 5 by [Wycherley, Jeannie]Water, water everywhere … but not a drop to drink.

Alfhild Daemonne’s beloved Speckled Wood is dying.

Worse, Mr Hoo is sick!

In fact, several Whittlecombe villagers are seriously ill, and the problem appears to be with the water.

Alf must appeal to the magickal Keeper of the Marsh, an ancient tree named Vance for help. But he’s not happy about being poisoned and she’s going to have to mollify him.

Which won’t be easy.

The villagers are blaming her too, but the wonky inn owner knows full well her bitter arch-rivals The Mori are out to do serious harm to her reputation, her business, and the land she cherishes. Alf’s had enough. A showdown with The Mori is on the cards.

It’s time for ‘nice’ Alf, to become ‘nasty’ Alf.

Is she up to it? Can Alf become a lean, mean, witchy-fighting machine?

Only if she stops eating cake.

Find out what Alf does next in this action-packed instalment of the wonky inn series, full to bursting with the ghosts, witches, wizards, warlocks and weirdness you’ve come to adore.

Clean and cozy witch mystery with subtle hints of darkness.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











TTom Wasp and the Seven Deadly Sins by [Myers, Amy]om Wasp scrapes a living as a chimney sweep, aided by his young assistant, Ned. While the gap between rich and poor is unmistakable in Victorian London, Tom carves out a happy enough life and has plenty of friends, including Clara, the comely landlady of Dolly’s Chop House.

So when one of Clara’s patrons is found murdered on her premises, Tom is quick to help, calling on his connections in the police force. Soon it becomes clear that Mr Harcourt’s murder is not merely due to his philandering ways, but is part of something much more literary…

Who are the Tarton Ordinaries and how are they linked to the death at Dolly’s? Who really owns the mystery manuscript? And why are Tom’s friend Phineas and Clara’s beautiful daughter Hetty involved?

It is up to Tom to find out what links an obscure Elizabethan actor with a slew of nineteenth century deaths in this absorbing and whimsical whodunit.

‘Tom Wasp is one of the most engaging characters I’ve encountered in years’ – Ellen Keith, Historical Novels Review

Amy Myers was born in Kent, where she lives near the North Downs. For many years a director of a London publishing company, she is now a full-time writer. Married to an American, she lived for some years in Paris, where, surrounded by food, she first dreamed up her Victorian chef detective series starring Auguste Didier. He was followed by two contemporary series, before she returned to the Victorian age with her chimney sweep Tom Wasp novels. She is also currently writing a 1920s series featuring another chef Nell Drury, and is the author of historical romance and suspense novels. Tom Wasp and her other sleuths also appear in short stories.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











Time After Time (A Witch in Time Book 3) by [St. James, Jenna]“Would you travel in the past to right a wrong?

Solve a cold case?

Catch a killer?

Meet the 5 witches who will!”

Lexi Catherine Sanders seemed like your average twenty-five-year-old witch. She worked a job she liked during the day, and she was even dating a nice, non-supernatural guy. However, Lexi’s charmed life isn’t as normal as it looks on the outside. You see, Lexi is a cold-case solving, time-traveling witch.

When Lexi learned she had to travel back to 1988 to solve her next case, she strapped on her Z. Cavaricci jeans and grabbed her bottle of Aqua Net hairspray and 80s mixed tape. After all, this isn’t her first rodeo. How hard could it be? But when she’s relocated to an old insane asylum–now turned private nursing home–to track down the killer, Lexi has to admit her nerves are a little rattled. With her familiar, Rex the Rat, by her side, an 80s wanna-be superstar, and a gaggle of older ladies who like to dirty dance, Lexi tackles the job of finding out who killed two people in cold blood.

Can she rely on her wits, magic, and sidekicks to outsmart the killer? Or will it be like the lyrics say and Lexi’s drum beats out of time…time after time.

Each book stands on its own, but you’ll have more fun if you read them all together!   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle










A finger in a wedding cake is only the beginning in this deliciously shocking mystery featuring Flavia de Luce, “the world’s greatest adolescent British chemist/busybody/sleuth” (The Seattle Times).

Although it is autumn in the small English town of Bishop’s Lacey, the chapel is decked with exotic flowers. Yes, Flavia de Luce’s sister Ophelia is at last getting hitched, like a mule to a wagon. “A church is a wonderful place for a wedding,” muses Flavia, “surrounded as it is by the legions of the dead, whose listening bones bear silent witness to every promise made at the altar.” Flavia is not your normal twelve-year-old girl. An expert in the chemical nature of poisons, she has solved many mysteries, sharpening her considerable detection skills to the point where she had little choice but to turn professional. So Flavia and dependable Dogger, estate gardener and sounding board extraordinaire, set up shop at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, eager to serve–not so simple an endeavor with her odious little moon-faced cousin, Undine, constantly underfoot. But Flavia and Dogger persevere. Little does she know that their first case will be extremely close to home, beginning with an unwelcome discovery in Ophelia’s wedding cake: a human finger.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Audiobook











Criminally Cocoa (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery) by [Flower, Amanda]A taste for trouble . . .   

As if being in New York City for Easter isn’t exciting enough, Charlotte Weaver has another reason to be thrilled. She’s helping her cousin, Bailey, on the set of her first cable TV show, Bailey’s Amish Sweets. Bailey will even be re-creating the delectable hand-woven chocolate Easter baskets she once crafted for the city’s world-famous JP Chocolates. But once things start rolling, Charlotte starts to notice odd things
happening—things that seem intended to make Bailey look bad . . .

With Bailey feeling extra nervous about being on camera, Charlotte decides to keep her suspicion of sabotage to herself. But she knows that among Bailey’s fans at the Gourmet Television network lurks a dangerously jealous rival. Now Charlotte will have to find out who that person is—before sour grapes turns one of the sweetest times of the year fatally bitter . . .

Recipe Included!
Praise for Amanda Flower and her Amish cozies
“As it turns out, Amanda Flower may have just written the first Amish rom com.”USA Today 
“Flower has hit it out of the ballpark . . . and continues to amaze with her knowledge of the Amish way of life.”RT Book Reviews
“At turns playful and engaging . . . a satisfyingly complex cozy.”Library Journal  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle