Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Bark If It’s Murder



I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author V.M. Burns and her new book Bark If It’s Murder.  This is the third book in her A Dog Club Mystery Series.  I have read all three and really enjoyed them.


Bark If It’s Murder (A Dog Club Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Lyrical Underground (August 27, 2019)
Paperback: 162 pages
ISBN-10: 1516107926
ISBN-13: 978-1516107926
Digital ASIN: B07L2G3DJ1


Purchase Links – Amazon –  Barnes & Noble  – Kobo



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Lilly Echosby just witnessed a murder on a pet cam. Or did she?

When a last-minute opportunity arises to accompany her boss to an art auction in Atlanta, Lilly throws some money at the problem of where to board her toy poodle Aggie (short for Agatha Christie). Posh Pet Haven offers the most luxurious canine accommodations in all of Chattanooga, Tennessee. The place even provides pet cams so anxious owners can check in on their pampered pooches.

But when Lilly tries to take a peek at her poodle, she gets a terrible shock—she witnesses what she’s sure is a murder. She thinks the victim may be the wealthy co-owner of Pet Haven. The police follow her lead but find no body, no evidence of a crime, and no video record. Starting to feel like the dog owner who cried wolf, Lilly decides to go undercover to catch a killer who may be hiding in plain sight






The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly by their actions and words.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning and took me on a great adventure.

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Lilly and Dixie are two of my favorite friendships in all of cozy books that I read.   You can tell how much they love each other and would do anything for each other. Some of their interactions had me laughing out loud.  And all of the animals are just the icing on the cake for me.

The mystery was well plotted and had enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider.  There was enough intrigue to keep me engaged and the mystery was not easily solved. That’s my kind of mystery.

I would highly recommend this book, and series, to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  Do yourself a favor and grab this book, you will enjoy it.

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



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V.M. Burns was born in Northwestern Indiana and spent many years in Southwestern Michigan on the Lake Michigan shoreline. She is a lover of dogs, British historic cozies, and scones with clotted cream. After many years in the Midwest, she went in search of milder winters and currently lives in Eastern Tennessee with her poodles. Her debut novel, The Plot is Murder was nominated for a 2017 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Valerie is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and a lifetime member of  Sisters in Crime. Readers can learn more by visiting her website at

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Review of Murder At First Pitch

Murder At First Pitch
Nicole Asselin
5 Stars

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32-year-old Madeline Boucher’s Grandfather instilled a love in the Boston Red Sox into her from an early age and increased that love by purchasing a local Independent League Baseball team, the Abington Armadillos.

After losing her corporate job in Boston, Madeline realizes her best option is to join the family baseball business. As the new “Social Media Director” for the team, Madeline attends her first business function and witnesses an argument between her brother Ben, and a strange man.

A few days later when walking the ballpark during her early morning hours, she finds the body of a man beaten to death with a baseball bat in the Visitor’s Dugout. It was the man her brother was arguing with at the party. Madeline is concerned that her brother would be considered a suspect. Through the local Detectives and Davis – the head of security for the ballpark she learns the victim is Christopher Dailey, a local baseball scout and prior felon.

When her brother is arrested and taken to the police station, she realizes she needs to figure out who the real culprit is, so her brother doesn’t take the fall for something she knows he didn’t do. (Goodreads)


The characters are well rounded and well developed. I really enjoyed the family love and support that Madeline and her family had for each other. Working at a family business can cause strain on a family, but that was not the case for the Boucher’s.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and those descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning. I loved the fact that the setting was a baseball field. I enjoyed getting to learn a little more about my favorite sport, and some of the things it takes to be a team owner. I thought this was a unique concept and brought more enjoyment to me. You can tell that the author has a special place in her heart for baseball, it shone through.

The mystery was well plotted and not easily solved. There were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider, and there were a few red herrings thrown in, just for fun.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. If you like baseball, (I sure do), this is a must read book. I hope this is the beginning of a series.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book and provided my honest review.


Review of Hounded In Christmas River

Hounded In Christmas River
Christmas River Cozy Mystery Novellas, Book #4
Meg Muldoon
5 Stars

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Cinnamon Peters returns in a heartwarming pooch-themed mystery!

It’s Labor Day Weekend in Christmas River, and the cozy mountain town is abuzz with excitement as it gears up for the first-ever Pooch Parade Fundraiser.

But not all is as it appears in Christmas River this September. After being on the receiving end of several terrifying and mysterious threats, the organizer of the dog parade begs pie baker Cinnamon Peters for help finding the person responsible.

Will Cin and her Sheriff husband track down the mystery menace before it’s too late? Or will the first-ever pooch parade end in a dog-gone disaster? (Goodreads)




Whenever I read a Christmas River cozy, I feel like I am visiting old friends that I am catching up on and finding out what is going on in their lives. The characters are well rounded and well developed and the relationship between Cin and Daniel is very heartfelt and loving. And as usual, Warren, Cin’s grandpa, is my favorite and I love the relationship between them.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and those descriptions pulled me into the story right from the beginning.

I would highly recommend this book (and series) to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. If you want engaging characters, an inviting setting and a well plotted mystery, you really want to give this series a try.


New Releases For The Week Of August 25th, 2019–Part 5

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of August 25th, 2019. I am going to divide the list into 5 days because there are so very very many of them for the week. Today is the fifth and final day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


Chihuahua Conspiracy (Pet Whisperer P.I. Book 6) by [Fitz, Molly, Bay, Blueberry]My crazy old Nan loves making decisions on a whim. Last week, she took up flamenco dancing. This week, she’s adopted a trouble-making Chihuahua named Paisley. This wouldn’t be much of a problem, were it not for the very crabby tabby who also lives with us.

Man, I never thought I’d miss hearing Octo-Cat’s voice, but his silent protest is becoming too much to bear, especially since we just opened our new P.I. business together.

Things go from bad to worse, of course, when Nan and I discover that someone has been embezzling funds from the local animal shelter. If we can’t find the culprit soon, the shelter may not be able to keep its lights on and those poor homeless pets won’t have anywhere to go.

Okay, so I just need to find the thief, rescue the animals, and save the day—all while trying to find a way for Octo-Cat and Paisley to set aside their differences and work together as a team. Yeah, wish me luck…


“I just finished KITTY CONFIDENTIAL last night… and wow, what a ride! I fell in love with Molly Fitz’s fresh, zany voice on the first page… A delightfully fun ride. I’ve already started the second book in the series!” ~ Karen MacInerney, author of the Gray Whale Inn Mysteries

“Need a quick pick me up with an adorable talking cat who helps solve crimes? It’s here! Molly Fitz does not disappoint in this cute start to a brand new series. I’m already hooked and picking up the next book. Do yourself a favor and spend some time in Blueberry Bay. It’s so fun and cute you’ll wish you had a talking cat of your own.” ~ New York Times Bestselling Author, Addison Moore

“Molly Fitz’s debut novel, KITTY CONFIDENTIAL, is a fantastic start to a new series. Molly has not only provided a fun, fast-paced mystery, she’s also brought great characters to life. I enjoyed spending time in her world, and I look forward to future books in the series!” ~ Misty Bane, Author of the Blackwood Bay Witches Cozy Mysteries

“KITTY CONFIDENTIAL is such a fun escape that leaves the reader completely satisfied but craving more. I couldn’t help but fall in love with Octo-Cat, and I look forward to Angie’s next curious adventure… A must-read for cozy lovers and mystery lovers alike!” ~ Poppy Bolton, Author of the Katie Chance Cozy Mysteries

“Molly Fitz hits her first cozy mystery out of the park. KITTY CONFIDENTIAL is a great read – fast and fun and is the promising first book in what should be a terrific series.” ~ Ronnie Roberts, Author of The Complete Bootcamp for Fiction Writers

“Oh, my whiskers. This was. So. Much. Fun!!! I am a big fan of cozy mysteries, especially quirky ones with pets. And this one was a gooood one! I doted on Octo-Cat! I adored Angie! The book has a very light-hearted tone that I loved. I loveloveloved it!” ~ Nadine V

“Amazing cozy mystery! I would give it six stars if I could! I absolutely loved this book… and I loved the voice of Octo-Cat! I’m not sure I really want to know what cats think, but I am pretty sure they would say things like Octo-Cat!” ~ Candace  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












The Zombie Ball: (An Eli Marks Mystery Book 6) (The Eli Marks Mysteries) by [Gaspard, John]A Blast From the Past

Eli’s asked to perform his magic act at a swanky charity gala, The Zombie Ball– a former zombie pub crawl which has grown into an annual high-class social event. What begins as a typical stage show for Eli turns deadly when two of the evening’s sponsors are found murdered under truly unusual circumstances. Compounding this drama is the presence of Eli’s ex-wife and her new husband, Homicide Detective Fred Hutton. Under pressure to solve the crime before the 800 guests depart, Eli and his detective nemesis go head-to-head to uncover the bizarre clues that will unravel this macabre mystery.

Praise for the Eli Marks Mystery Series

“An intriguing cross between noir and cozy, with fascinating details about magic tricks and plenty of quirky characters. An easy, enjoyable read for mystery buffs seeking a bit of an escape from the usual crime fiction fare.”

– Library Journal

“A finely-tuned, diabolical, sneaky, smart, stylish mix of magic and mayhem that plunges our hero Eli through a tangled web of danger and deceit that’ll keep you guessing.”

– Steve Spill, Magician and Author of I Lie For Money

“With twists and turns, flurries of romance, and a cast of characters that seem to be the unholy spawn of The Maltese Falcon and The Third ManThe Miser’s Dream keeps the pages turning and the reader delighted from start to finish.”

– Jeffrey Hatcher, Screenwriter, Mr. Holmes

“I loved this book. From beginning to end I was hooked. The story is fantastic and the cast leaves you wanting to know more. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.”

– Bookschellves

“This is an instant classic, in a league with Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and Arthur Conan Doyle.”

– Rosebud Book Reviews

“Has as many tricks up its sleeve as its likeable magician-hero. As the body count rises, so does the reading pleasure.”

– Dennis Palumbo, Author of the Daniel Rinaldi Mystery Series

“A wonderfully engaging, delightfully tricky bit of mystery. Fans of magic will delight in John Gaspard’s artful use of the world of magicians, onstage and offstage. It’s a great story and great fun!”

– Jim Steinmeyer, Author of Hiding the Elephant: How Magicians Invented the Impossible and Learned to Disappear

“A real winner of magical proportions. Filled with snappy, delightful dialogue and plenty of sleight-of-hand humor, Gaspard’s latest mystery in the Eli Marks series does not disappoint.”

– Jessie Chandler, Author of the Shay O’Hanlon Series

“The author does a fantastic job juggling the separate plots and keeping readers’ minds thoroughly engaged…and the pure entertainment of the industry will leave all readers hoping that there will be a ‘number three’ very soon.”

– Suspense Magazine

The Ambitious Card is intelligently written and…entirely engrossing.”

– Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine

“The deftly-plotted mystery is enriched by Eli’s relationships with his ex-wife, her new husband, his old-school stage magician Uncle Harry, and an interesting collection of people and places in and around St. Paul…This stylish novel is filled with interesting details, snappy dialogue, and appealing characters.”

– More Than a Review

“This story is very well-written and fun to read. I would definitely read another Eli Marks Mystery.”

– A Simple Taste for Reading  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













The Curse of the Golden Touch: A Greystone Manor Mystery by [Mckay, G.M.]All Jilly Harrington has ever wanted is an ordinary life. She certainly doesn’t want to believe in magic or ghosts or get dragged into another reckless adventure by her careless cousin Xan.

But when Xan is summoned to the estate of a cantankerous, reclusive old Aunt, Jilly has no choice but to go along for the ride. With her best friend Gil at her side, along with furry side-kicks Bally and Morris, Jilly is caught up in a life-changing adventure that she will never forget…as long as she can stay alive to tell the tale.

The Curse of the Golden Touch is the first book of the Greystone Manor Mysteries; where horses, ghosts and a dash of murder are combined in an exciting, clean cozy mystery series the whole family can enjoy.
This series is set in Canada so is written in Canadian English and you might notice slight differences in spelling and grammar.
Happy Reading!
G.M. Mckay  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













Cambria Clyne Mysteries Boxed Set (Books 1-3) by [Huss, Erin]From bestselling cozy mystery author Erin Huss comes a laugh-out-loud set of the first 3, full-length Cambria Clyne Mysteries, including:

French Vanilla & Felonies (book #1)
When Cambria Clyne, an out-of-work single mom, takes the job of an apartment manager at an LA complex, she hopes her run of bad luck is finally coming to an end. But it takes a bad turn again when a dead body turns up, a crime spree takes over the community, and Cambria finds her complex squarely at the center of it all!

Rocky Road & Revenge (book #2)
When Cambira Clyne’s best friend lands a role on the TV drama Ghost Confidential, she’s ecstatic… that is until real dead bodies start show up. When the killer tries to pin the murders on Cambria’s best friend, it’s up to her to track down the truth—all the while juggling single motherhood, the crazy antics of her apartment residents, and the two hot men in her life!

Double Fudge & Danger (book #3)
Since taking the job of an on-site apartment manager, single-mom Cambria Clyne’s life has been one wild ride. But when the manager of the apartment building next door goes missing, Cambria wades through a shady pizza delivery guy, the stressed property owners, the drunken rooftop walker, the mysterious Clint Eastwood look-alike lurking around, and a slew of angry residents to find the truth!

Cambria Clyne Mysteries:
Strawberry Swirl & Suspicion (prequel short story in the Pushing Up Daisies collection)
French Vanilla & Felonies (book #1)
Rocky Road & Revenge (book #2)
Double Fudge & Danger (book #3)

“You cannot help but fall in love with Cambria!”
—Cozy Mystery Book Reviews  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













Murder at Rendsburg Resort: A Jill Pemberton Mystery - book 1 (Jill Pemberton Mysteries) by [Wells, C. L.]


When a small band of vacationers arrives at the exclusive “unplugged and remote” mountaintop estate, no one expects what will happen next. But soon a guest is murdered, and the only means of communicating with the outside world is destroyed. Trapped in a remote resort with a killer is not what mystery writer Jill Pemberton had in mind when she booked her vacation. With the body count piling up and no one else to save them, can she help find the killer before they claim their next victim? A murder mystery that Agatha Christie fans will love, Murder at Rendsburg Resort provides plenty of engaging characters and satisfying twists right up to the final page.  (Amazon)

Editions available:  Kindle. Paperback















Dotty Dishes the Dirt: A Dotty Drinkwater Mystery Series prequel by [Ezzard, Diane]Discover this new series of murder and mayhem.
This charming cozy mystery will leave you scratching your head with its twists and turns.
Be enthralled by Dotty and her friends’ laugh out loud adventures.

Out of work Dotty starts up a gardening business. She unearths more than she bargains for in the shape of human bones.
Who is the body in the garden?
Can Dotty and her friends get to the bottom of the mystery?
Together, they expose secrets and lies that rock the close-knit community.
Everyone’s peace is about to be shattered.

This is the prequel to the Dotty Drinkwater Mystery Series.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle
















Molded 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery Book 5) by [Eaton, J.C.]A view to a kiln …
Sophie “Phee” Kimball enjoys working as a bookkeeper for a private investigator. If only her mother Harriet could enjoy her retirement at Sun City West in Arizona—instead of constantly getting involved with retirees being prematurely put out to pasture. This time Quentin Dussler, a prominent member of the clay sculpting club, was found dead, clutching a piece of paper scrawled with Phee’s mother’s name.

Terrified she’s been targeted by assassins, Harriet begs Phee to investigate. What Phee uncovers is a complicated scheme that only the most diabolical of murderers would ever devise. And as she chisels away at confusing clues and potential suspects, Phee unearths something far more precious and valuable than she could imagine. Eager for answers, she takes a bold step—placing herself in the crosshairs of a stonefaced killer …

Praise for the Sophie Kimball Mysteries

“A witty adventure that will leave you laughing out loud.”
—Stephanie Blackmoore, author of the Wedding Planner Mystery Series, on Booked 4 Murder

  “Fun characters, a touch of humor, and a great mystery, the perfect combination for a cozy.”
—Lena Gregory, author of the Bay Island Psychic Mysteries, on Ditched 4 Murder  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback













Treats, Tarot, and Trouble (Cowan Bay Witches Cozy Mystery Book 4) by [Lancaster, Jessica]BOOK FOUR in the Cowan Bay Witches Cozy Mystery series.

When Wendy Tulip receives death letters, she leaves her home for the first time in ten years. But matters are made worse when dead ravens fall from the sky and demonic insignias are burnt into her garden.

An evil is settling in Cowan Bay, and Detective Hodge is running scared, blaming the witches for all the bad luck occurring in the village.

It’s up to Gwen and her coven to find out who’s behind the dark magic before someone ends up dead—or worse, undead.

A paranormal cozy mystery set in a coastal English village. An amateur female sleuth, a coven of witches, and an anxious pet cat. Written in British English. No swearing or gore.

1: Muffins, Magic, and Murder – SOON
2: Cupcakes, Crystals, and Chaos – JULY 10
3: Pies, Palmistry, and Poison – JULY 24
4: Treats, Tarot, and Trouble – AUG 21  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













IPoker Chips and Poison (A Slivermoon Retirement Village Cozy Book 1) by [Strong, Rodney]t’s murder, but who’s going to believe a 96 year old?
Alice Atkinson should be comfortably living out her days at the Silvermoon Retirement Village. But she’s bored. A lifetime of living in the grey area between right and wrong means that winning money off her friends at poker just isn’t doing it for her.
Then her friend is murdered, and she’s the only one who thinks it’s foul play. And even she has her doubts.
With the help of her occasionally reluctant sidekick, Alice is determined to find out the truth.
If old age doesn’t get her, the murderer will.

Grab your copy of Poker Chips and Poison now to see how age means nothing when it comes to investigating murder.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle
















Death by Jack-o'-Lantern (An Abby McCree Mystery Book 2) by [Morgan, Alexis]

Overcommitted committee member Abby McCree gets in a patch of trouble trying to solve the murder of a pumpkin farmer …

The small town of Snowberry Creek, Washington, is gearing up for the Halloween Festival, and naturally Abby is on the planning committee. As part of her duties, she’s picking up a pumpkin order from ornery farmer Ronald Minter. But what she finds instead is the farmer in the middle of his corn maze with a knife in his back.

The police suspect a homeless veteran named Kevin Montgomery, who was seen arguing with Minter when the farmer accused him of trespassing and stealing pumpkins. Abby’s tenant Tripp Blackston, a veteran himself who’s been helping Kevin, is sure he’s innocent. Together, Abby and Tripp follow the twists and turns of the case to corner the corn maze killer—before someone else meets a dead end …  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback



New Releases For The Week Of August 25th, 2019–Part 4

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of August 25th, 2019. I am going to divide the list into 5 days because there are so very very many of them for the week. Today is the fourth day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


Blazing Trouble (A Trinity Falls Series Book 1) by [St. James, Jenna]A Reluctant Most-Eligible Bachelor

A Reporter In Need Of A Story

A Pact More Than They Bargained For

What happens when a gang of elderly men and women at the local senior center decide to interfere in their grandkids’ love life? Find out in the hilarious new series by Jenna St. James.

When Trinity Falls’ Most Eligible Bachelor, fireman Caleb Travers, strikes a bargain with reporter Katherine “Kat” O’Malley, neither one is prepared for the sparks that fly. Now if only they could convince their grandmothers–long-time rivals–to butt out of their fake relationship.

Between two black eyes, a gang shootout with real weapons, and a jealous ex-girlfriend, Katherine O’Malley sets out to prove she’s badass enough to nab Trinity Falls’ Most Eligible Bachelor. Not like he’s going to need much convincing…pact or no pact. But when Kat is faced with having to risk her heart and go all-in with Caleb, will she be able to take that leap of faith? Or will she decide, instead, to walk away and let her heart crash and burn?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













Murder in the Cellar (The April Barnes Mysteries Book 1) by [Carmichael, Ainsley]April Barnes is a former city high flyer who had a breakdown, and now, at the age of 48 and with a therapy dog Joseph, still has to resist the urge to overachieve.

True to form, she buys a rundown house in California wine country, to convert and sell for a huge profit. What she didn’t bank on was…

…meeting a handsome, sensitive watercolor artist who takes her breath away, and
…finding a body in the basement of her new property

The police are lackluster. She receives threatening notes. Rumors swirl about whether her new love interest is so kind and sensitive after all. Perhaps that’s all a front for his murderous intent.

What else can she do but investigate?  (Amazon)

Editions available:  Kindle
















A Witch Too Bright (A Crystal Springs Cozy Witch Mystery Book 3) by [Lester, Paula, Harmon, M.E.]Death left a surprise on her doorstep . . .

Cascade Lorne, newly blossomed witch, thinks the dust is finally settling. The hottie next door is her official sweetie, her magical powers are no longer threatening to burn her from the inside out, and Cas’ passion project—renovating a boutique hotel—lights her up with joy.

But even before the grand opening, a killer strikes and death leaves a gruesome surprise on Cascade’s doorstep. There’s a stream of possible suspects, especially the odd guest whose eyes shine like a wolf’s in the light of the moon.

Cascade’s fresh start is put in jeopardy as she’s thrust into a new mystery with fanatics desperate to hide their secrets—including someone near and dear to her heart.

Will Cas be able to shine light on the truth or will a homicidal felon remain camouflaged and prepped to kill again?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













Eugeena Patterson Mysteries, Books 1-3 (Volume 1) by [Moody, Tyora]Grab this box set for just 99c for a limited time before it increases to the regular price $7.98!

Meet amateur sleuth and retired grandmother Eugeena Patterson in this three books-in-one cozy mysteries series


Widowed and officially retired, EUGEENA PATTERSON throws herself into organizing the neighborhood association. This presents a great opportunity to re-connect with old friends and get to know new neighbors like recently widowed Amos Jones, that is until Eugeena stumbles upon her estranged neighbor’s dead body. Eugeena’s daughter is fingered as a prime suspect, but where is she? Determined to find her missing daughter, Eugeena and Amos sort through a list of neighbors with shady or unknown backgrounds. The more she searches, the more Eugeena becomes unsure about this neighborhood association idea. Someone closer than Eugeena thinks, wants to keep it that way.


EUGEENA PATTERSON is not happy about her next-door neighbor, Louise Hopkins, being sent to live in a nursing home. Without her fellow neighborhood watch buddy, Sugar Creek isn’t the same anymore. When a stranger reveals a stunning secret about Louise’ past, Eugeena questions if the young woman’s claim is for real or if she is a con artist? Roping in her neighbor, retired detective Amos Jones, for help, Eugeena digs up a few skeletons from her elderly friend’s closet. When Eugeena stumbles upon a long forgotten murder case, she realizes the layers of a long dormant secret still have the potential to be deadly.


Retiree EUGEENA PATTERSON has picked up some new activities which include volunteering at an afterschool program and helping her future daughter-in-law plan a wedding. Eugeena is more than thrilled to see her son, Dr. Cedric Patterson, a longtime bachelor soon wed his girlfriend, Carmen Alpine. During wedding planning errands, Eugeena notices a man is tailing her and Carmen. When Eugeena finds out the man is Carmen’s ex-husband, this lessens her enthusiasm for the upcoming nuptials, especially since Carmen had failed to share this information about her past. Later, when that man is found dead, Carmen becomes a suspect. As Eugeena begins to investigate Carmen’s past, she’s wondering if this wedding will ever happen.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Jealousy Filled Donuts (A Deputy Donut Mystery Book 3) by [Bolton, Ginger]When a firecracker becomes a murder weapon, Emily Westhill pursues a killer with a short fuse …
It is a truth universally acknowledged—cops and donuts go together. Exhibit A: Deputy Donut Café, owned and operated by detective’s widow Emily Westhill and her father-in-law, the retired police chief of Fallingbrook, Wisconsin. Named after Emily’s adored and adorable tabby, the donut shop is a favorite among cops, firemen, and EMTs, as well as tourists and townspeople. So when Fallingbrook needs donuts for their Fourth of July picnic, Emily’s shop gets deputized.

But a twisted killer has found another use for Emily’s treats. At the picnic, a firecracker is hidden in a stack of raspberry-filled donuts and aimed at the unwitting queen of the festivities. When it explodes, she is killed. Having her jelly donuts involved puts Emily in a sticky situation, and when a shady shutterbug tries to frame her with incriminating photos, she finds herself in quite a jam. To preserve her freedom and her shop’s reputation, Emily needs to solve this case—before the fuse-lighting felon goes off again …

Praise for Goodbye Cruller World

“Food scenes tantalize with description of single-origin coffee as well as classic and trendy donuts—solid recipes included.”
Publishers Weekly  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook













Of Potions and Portents: Sister Witches of Raven Falls Cozy Mysteries Series, Book 1 (Sister Witches of Raven Falls Cozy Mystery Series) by [Halliwell, Nyx]Of Potions and Portents is the first book in the Sister Witches of Raven Falls Cozy Mystery Series. Join a set of magickal sisters as they solve paranormal mysteries that fans of Charmed, Hocus Pocus, and The Good Witch will love. ***Bonus recipes and craft instructions in every book!

I’ll be honest—I long for love and a “normal” social life, just like everyone else. Finding the time—not to mention the right guy—however, is a lost cause. My days are spent cooking up products for the Lotions, Potions, and Herbs line for Conjure, the metaphysical shop I run with my sisters, and my specialty blend—Sex Magick—is helping everyone else in Raven Falls find romance, while I’m working my broomstick off preparing for the upcoming Beltane celebration.

That is until Tristan McGregor, the sexy chief of police, threatens to shut down my kitchen and accuses me of murder. Two people have died, entangled in—ahem—a compromising position, and covered in Sex Magick.

On top of that, I discover an unsettling portent about the chief in his tea leaves, and when he steals a kiss after catching me at the crime scene, I try to convince myself it’s only because he’s under the influence of the Sex Magick enchantment.

But is he?

With my cursed mockingbird familiar, Hoax, my sassy sister witches, and a whole lot of peppermint tea, I have to solve the mystery before Tristan puts me behind bars. Even so, as the fires of Beltane nip at my heels, introducing the chief to the world of magick could send my chances at love up in smoke.

Clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language.
Genre: paranormal cozy mystery series / witch cozy mystery / women amateur sleuth / cozy crafts and hobbies mysteries / amateur sleuth mysteries / psychic thrillers / ghost thrillers / small town cozy mysteries

Sister Witches of Raven Falls Cozy Mysteries Series
Of Potions and Portents (Book 1)
Of Curses and Charms (Book 2)
Of Stars and Spells (Book 3)
Of Spirits and Superstition (Book 4)  (Amazon)

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Detective Trigger and the Ruby Collar: Book One by [Owens, M.A.]Special launch price, for a limited time only! Get it before it returns to full price on September 5th!


Trigger is a talented private detective down on his luck… and he’s also a one-eyed brown Chihuahua. In fact, everyone in Arc City is a dog or cat — from Lily the pretty white Chihuahua, to Rico the infamous yet benevolent thief, to Patches the straight-laced police officer trying to survive within a corrupt police force — they’re all part of Trigger’s adventure.

When Lily needs to track down the missing collar left to her by her late mother, it’s Trigger who hunts for the thief’s scent. But there’s a bigger problem out there. Namely, Mr. B, all around mean cat and the most feared criminal mastermind in the city. He controls most of the police, politicians, and business leaders, and he’s not going to stop anytime soon. And when Trigger enlists the help of Rico and Patches, what starts as a missing ruby collar becomes the case of Trigger’s career.

The Ruby Collar is the first book in the Detective Trigger series. Join Trigger and his pals as they make Arc City safer for dogs and cats alike. Because it’s a dog’s life… and every dog has its day.  (Amazon)

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Eating Cupcakes in a Cemetery by [Siddall, Shelley Dawn]

Bev is short, loud and drunk most of the time. She woke up this morning next to a dead guy and does the most logical thing in the world; grabs some packages of dry noodles and drives for hours to surprise her sister. Her sober and shocked sister Belinda.
Together the sisters take sibling bickering to new heights as they try to determine what Bev did the preceding twenty-four hours. Bev would like to know what she did the previous month, as well as the current, but heah, at least she has a place to live.
And she has a place to be lonely. She goes to the cemetery and invents stories about the people buried there. She finds it oddly soothing. Bev also does her version of community service by stealing flowers from graves and re-planting them on random graves. It kind of freaks out the mourners who return the next day, but Bev is oblivious, because, you know, she’s probably drunk.
Her older sister Belinda has her own secret vices and needs to get the truth from Bev and her spotty memory. Like why are people shooting at Bev? Where did the money come from? Why is that FBI agent following her? Did Bev really kidnap the missing woman? And why does her twin sister have a gun and the dead man’s shoes in the trunk of her car?
Bev would like to know the answers to these questions too; but right now she could really use a drink.  (Amazon)

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Death by Café Mocha (A Bookstore Cafe Mystery Book 7) by [Erickson, Alex]


Hancock and her pals are taking a coffee break—leaving their bookstore-café in Pine Hills, Ohio, and heading to a convention. But this road trip will be more dangerous than they expected …

Coffee lovers are gathering from far and wide at the hotel, and Krissy, Rita, and Vicki are excited. But some of the attendees may need to switch to decaf, as a public argument breaks out soon after they check in and then a flavor competition leads to bitter feelings.

When the winner of the contest is beaned with a carafe full of café mocha, suspicions swirl—along with accusations of bribery. Was the dead man offering perks to the judges—or was something sinister going on in his personal life? This case is going to keep Krissy up all night long … (Amazon)

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Assailants, Asphalt & Alibis: A Camper & Criminals Cozy Mystery Series Book 8 by [Kappes, Tonya]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!

The legend of John Swift Silver Mine has been a tale tell around the Daniel Boone National Park for over 400 years. This year the treasure hunters have descended upon Normal and staying in Happy Trails Campground before they head out on their yearly expedition to find the treasure.

Once again, Mae and the Laundry Club ladies, along with Mary Elizabeth, find themselves doing things they never thought they’d never do. Go on a treasure hunt! They pile into Mae’s RV and join the treasure hunters so they too can try their luck at striking it rich.

Telling stories around a campfire about the curse of the John Swift Silver Mine is a fun story….until one of the treasure hunters is found dead…was it the curse or was it murder?

Mae discovers an unheeded warning that will bring the tall tale to life if she can’t end the story for good before the killer strikes again with or without finding the John Swift Silver mine.  (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of August 25th, 2019–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of August 25th, 2019. I am going to divide the list into 5 days because there are so very very many of them for the 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.


Reservation with Death: A Park Hotel Mystery (The Park Hotel Mysteries Book 1) by [Capri, Diane]A new cozy mystery series COMPLETE IN FOUR NOVELS from New York Times and USA Today best-selling Author Diane Capri.

Follow former lawyer turned concierge and amateur sleuth Andi Steele and her lovable cats (and dogs) as they catch murderers and solve crimes on historic Frontenac Island, Michigan.

Dead bodies. Hunky men. A never-ending parade of demanding hotel guests, quirky villagers, cats, dogs, and maybe a ghost.

Andi Steele loved her career as a lawyer, until she got caught in the fallout when her boss embezzled millions from clients. With no good options open to her, Andi accepted the only job she could get, filling in as the concierge at The Park Hotel on scenic Frontenac Island.

She meets the devilishly handsome Mayor Daniel Evans, but she’s in no position to be thinking about romance.

Now all she wants to do is lie low while she waits for the scandal to blow over so she can get her life back on track again.

But lying low isn’t an option when she stumbles across a dead body in the hotel swimming pool closet, a dead body that didn’t get that way naturally.

The local sheriff isn’t handling the investigation to Andi’s satisfaction, so the former legal eagle wades in to add her expertise.

But when the killer has Andi in the line of fire, getting her old life back is no longer a priority. If she doesn’t look out, she might lose the only life she’s got. Permanently.

If you love traditional cozy mystery with a side of romance and a splash of suspense, you’ll love Andi Steele and The Park Hotel Mysteries.

Get it now!  (Amazon)

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Cast the First Stone: (A Reverend Margot Quade Cozy Mystery Novella #3) (Reverend Margot Quade Cozy Mysteries) by [Biglow, Sarah]Can she forgive the sins of the past?

When a casual jog turns into a missing persons discovery, Reverend Margot iQuade s thrown off her game. Turns out, the wounded woman she found begging her for help is her high school best friend Olivia Van Ness, a woman presumed dead for over fifteen years.

The disappearance of Olivia and her twin sister Penelope has always haunted Margot, and now she refuses to sit idly by as Sam searches for answers. Margot is definitely on the case, even as Olivia is hesitant to give over information about her captivity and what really happened to her sister.

Sleuthing leads Margot to a ready made suspect, Penelope’s high-school boyfriend, but even that clue is not all it appears to be. Nothing about this case makes sense on the surface. That means Margot has to go deep. And that means danger.

As Margot tries to unravel the truth, reaching out to people she thought she could trust, she finds herself in the literal crosshairs, a target marked for death. But struggling Margot wonders if even she is without sin in this case. When details from their past start to emerge, no one is spared in the harsh light of truth.

Can Margot take off the blinders of her youth and get to the bottom of the case before someone who wants them all dead finishes what they started?

Don’t miss out on the final installment of the Reverend Margot Quade cozy mystery series in CAST THE FIRST STONE.

Scroll up and one-click to see why this series has fans of Allison Golden and Mindy Quigley raving!  (Amazon)

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The Girls Dressed for Murder: An Izzy Walsh Mystery by [McPherson, Lynn]When Izzy gets a killer dress for her birthday, she isn’t expecting to accessorize it with murder…

It’s 1958 in the cozy coastal town of Twin Oaks and amateur sleuth Isabelle Walsh is armed with a fresh perspective, two years after tragedy strikes. The first stop on her journey back to joy is the best little dress shop in town—introduced to her by best friend and fashion fiend, Ava Russell.

Izzy falls in love with the store and its style. So, when the boutique is marred by murder, Izzy wants to help. But with more suspects to choose from than a spring collection, she isn’t sure where to start.

Can Izzy unravel the twisted truth or will she become the victim of a deadly trend? Find out in the third book in the Izzy Walsh Mystery Series!  (Amazon)

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A Hillcrest Witch Mystery Collection (Books 6-9): Hillcrest Witch Cozy Mystery by [Anderson, Amorette]No one said learning magic would be easy!

Penny Banks is an amateur sleuth with a lot on her plate! Learning magic is a struggle, to say the least.

Add a hot vampire, a few werewolves, and a ghost or two to the mix, and that spells trouble! When she’s not learning magic, she’s attempting to solve crimes. Thank goodness she has the help of her knitting circle and fury friends!

This boxset includes four Hillcrest Witch Cozy Mysteries:

Book #6: The Case of the Voice Spell
Book #7: The Case of the Earth Spell
Book #8: The Case of the Water Spell
Book #9: The Case of the Air Spell  (Amazon)

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Cardiac Arrest (A Mercy Mares Cozy Mystery Series Book 11) by [Mallory, Ava ]Mercy can’t handle change.

For a traveling nurse, that’s a bad problem to have. An even worse problem is waking up from a catnap to find her homebound client, the country’s #1 true-crime podcaster, is missing… along with all her worldly possessions.

As the only person who has had any face-to-face contact with the victim in the last decade and the only one with access to her belongings, Mercy knows she’s in a world of trouble.

With stacks of investigative notes, hundreds of audio files full of interviews with suspects from the cold cases the victim investigated, and no clue where to begin, Mercy will have to sift through years of disturbing details and contend with angry fans, nosy neighbors, and a sheriff who wants this case closed now.

Can she find the answers she needs before fans of the podcast and the local sheriff pin the crime on her or is she in way over her head?

Cardiac Arrest is the eleventh novel in the Mercy Mares Cozy Mystery Series. Each book can be read as a standalone.  (Amazon)

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Death at the Mariners Hotel: A totally addictive British cozy mystery (A Sukey Reynolds Mystery Book 8) by [Rowlands, Betty]At the stately Mariners Hotel, a breathless man rushes into the lobby and dashes upstairs to see a dapper guest. But moments later he discovers that his friend has been murdered… 

When Sukey Reynolds receives news of a death at the elegant Mariners Hotel, she is intrigued. Who could possibly have wanted to hurt Dr Whistler, a shy and retiring archaeology professor? The dusty documents he was carrying couldn’t possibly be of value, could they?

You would never expect this sophisticated establishment to be home to murder. What secrets are hiding inside the charming Mariners Hotel? 

Sukey’s superiors are convinced that Dr Whistler’s visitor is his killer, but Sukey isn’t so sure and decides to do a little side-sleuthing. Someone in the hotel has a secret, but who is it? The bewildered bellboy, the meddlesome manager or the reclusive receptionist?

A mysterious phone call leads Sukey to the truth, but as the rookie in the team, will anyone believe she has what it takes to solve this baffling mystery?

Do you love cozy mysteries by Agatha Christie, Faith Martin and Joy Ellis? If so, make this twisty and absolutely page-turning whodunnit your next read! 

This book was previously published as Alpha, Beta, Gamma… Dead.

What readers are saying about Betty Rowlands:

Rivetingcan’t put it down! I love this story… a wonderfully twisted tale of a crime that has more twists than I thought possible… fantastic.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars 

OMG I loved this book! A proper whodunnit with great characters and a fabulous plot. This reminded me of the Agatha Christie mysteries I used to read as a child… Excited for the next in the series!’ Mrs Roadley Reads5 stars

BRILLIANT!… Having read and enjoyed the Melissa Craig series as well, I find the Sukey Reynolds even more engaging and I can’t wait to read more in this series!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Betty Rowlands is the mistress of cozy whodunits… I simply cannot wait for the next book in the series to be released… A fantastic series.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘It was unwise of me to begin this book in late afternoon because it held me to the pages until I finished it!… diabolical twists and red herrings… addictive!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Yay, a new series by Betty Rowlands and a new heroine to cheer for in Sukey Reynolds. I am a huge fan of this author’s books and this one with all its twists and turns is another delicious book and series to follow.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars

‘I really enjoyed this book – it has a great plot, excellent main characters and is a real page-turner. I would highly recommend this book.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars

‘I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Sukey… a jolly good murder mystery with a satisfying number of clues and twists. I would not hesitate to recommend this book and I will be reading more of this author’s work.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘An amazing start to a series that gives us an honest and relatable character… Intriguing, gripping, suspenseful to the end.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘If you have read and enjoyed Betty Rowlands’ Melissa Craig series, then I think that it’s highly likely that you will enjoy these too… Sukey herself is an interesting and engaging character… I have to admit that I didn’t solve the mystery this time… a great start to a series and I’m looking forward to reading more about Sukey soon.’ Goodreads Reviewer  (Amazon)

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Crypt Suzette (A Five-Ingredient Mystery Book 6) by [Corrigan, Maya]Val Deniston is catering the debut of Bayport’s newest bookstore—but the death of a customer is about to draw her into a real-life murder mystery …

Suzette Cripps has been occupying a spare bedroom at Val’s granddad’s house while she takes classes in this Maryland Eastern Shore town—but she’s always seemed a little secretive and fearful, and any talk about her past is a closed book.

After winning the costume contest at the Halloween-themed bookstore party, Suzette is mowed down by a hit-and-run driver—and Val and her grandfather start to wonder whether it was really an accident or if someone was after Suzette. Granddad is a little distracted by his new enterprise as a ghost-buster, but as Val talks to Suzette’s coworkers and fellow creative writing students, she grows more convinced that the dead woman’s demons weren’t imaginary—and that she needs to rip the mask off a killer 

Includes delicious five-ingredient recipes!  (Amazon)

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The Pearl Dagger (An Art Deco Mystery Book 3) by [Chandlar, L.A.]As the Great Depression loosens its grip on New York City, Mayor La Guardia and his team meet their greatest foe in the fight against organized crime …

Lane Sanders and her fiery boss, Mayor Fiorello “Fio” La Guardia have managed to contain the explosive underground conspiracies of New York’s most sinister schemers. But after a seemingly harmless pinball racket claims the life of a trusted ally, a new ringleader signals the rebirth of an all-too-familiar crime network at home and across the pond …

Spurred on by the possibility of a violent syndicate spreading like wildfire through Europe, Lane sets sail for London—the city where her parents began the undercover work that led to their tragic undoing. And this time, she won’t chase down childhood nightmares without Finn Brodie, who vows to dispel his own difficult secrets abroad …

While Finn confronts a devious sibling’s plot that echoes Orson Welles’s Voodoo Macbeth, Lane discovers that a dazzling pearl dagger may wield the ultimate clue to guide their hunt for justice on two sides of the ocean. With terrors from the past and present converging, Lane can’t save herself unless she starts believing that, like her weapon of choice, she also has the power to be both beautiful and dangerous.  (Amazon)

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Praying for Peace: A Chantilly Adair Psychic Medium Cozy Mystery (The Chantilly Adair Psychic Medium Cozy Mystery Book 3) by [Ridder Aspenson, Carolyn]Ghost talking can be murder…

Castleberry Historical society manager Chantilly Adair is excited to finalize the proposal plans for the old Baptist church just outside of town, officially marking it as a registered historic property.

But that excitement turns to confusion when she finds a dead body hidden in a janitor’s closet in the basement, and the former pastor’s spirit hovering nearby.

Impeded by the cantankerous spirit Chantilly knows is hiding something, she must pick her way through the mystery of a long-ago fire and the dead guy stuffed inside the closet.

Can Chantilly discover how the two crimes are connected, and will she find out who the killer is before she becomes the next victim?

If you like Southern paranormal cozy mysteries, you’ll love this stand-alone story!  (Amazon)

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Great and Small in Dog Town: (Dog Town #7) by [Rideout, Sandy]An elegant heiress. A rundown hobby farm. A rescue that captures the heart of a nation.

Hannah Pemberton is ready to leave big-city life behind for bucolic Dorset Hills. It’s time to settle down and find the dog of her dreams. Adopting dilapidated Runaway Farm is definitely not part of her plan. But when she learns that the property, with its quirky collection of abandoned pets, is at risk of being swallowed up by Dog Town’s relentless expansion, she decides to step out of her heels and into a pair of work boots.

Mayor Bradshaw welcomes Hannah’s fortune back to her hometown … until he realizes she’s protecting land that’s targeted for development. Political bullets start flying as Hannah tries to shelter a motley menagerie that includes a territorial terrier, a pugnacious pig and an eccentric alpaca. The city girl who doesn’t even know how to drive a car gets a crash course in animal husbandry after the City turns against her.

With the farm under siege, Hannah has second thoughts about rural life. But with so many creatures depending on her—and so many friends determined to help—she decides to ride it out. When it becomes clear that the mayor isn’t the only one who wants to wreck Runaway Farm, a daring ploy with a twist of romance may be the only way to tackle this hairy challenge.

Get your paws on Great and Small in Dog Town now!

More about Dog Town

Dorset Hills is famous for being the most dog-friendly place in all of North America. People come from near and far to enjoy its beautiful landscape and unique charms. When so many dogs and dog-lovers unite in one town, mischief, mayhem and mystery abound. Every visit to Dog Town is a heartwarming, hilarious romp with a glorious happily-ever-after.

The Dog Town series celebrates what long-time author Sandy Rideout loves most in the world: adorable dogs, quirky families, devoted friends, compelling stories and true love. These standalone titles can be read in any order. If you want to travel the seasons with the residents of Dorset Hills, however, here’s the list:

◦ Bitter and Sweet in Dog Town (Labor Day)

‣ A Match Made in Dog Town (Thanksgiving)

◦ Lost and Found in Dog Town (Christmas)

‣ Calm and Bright in Dog Town (Christmas)

◦ Tried and True in Dog Town (New Year’s)

‣ Yours and Mine in Dog Town (Valentine’s Day)

◦ Nine Lives in Dog Town (Easter)

‣ Great and Small in Dog Town (Memorial Day)

◦ The Dog Town Collection (Books 1-3 Boxed Set)

‣ The Dog Town Collection (Books 4-6 Boxed Set)  (Amazon)

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Bark If It’s Murder (A Dog Club Mystery) by [Burns, V.M.]Lilly Echosby just witnessed a murder on a pet cam. Or did she?

When a last-minute opportunity arises to accompany her boss to an art auction in Atlanta, Lilly throws some money at the problem of where to board her toy poodle Aggie (short for Agatha Christie). Posh Pet Haven offers the most luxurious canine accommodations in all of Chattanooga, Tennessee. The place even provides pet cams so anxious owners can check in on their pampered pooches.

But when Lilly tries to take a peek at her poodle, she gets a terrible shock—she witnesses what she’s sure is a murder. She thinks the victim may be the wealthy co-owner of Pet Haven. The police follow her lead but find no body, no evidence of a crime, and no video record. Starting to feel like the dog owner who cried wolf, Lilly decides to go undercover to catch a killer who may be hiding in plain sight …  (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of August 25th, 2019–Part 2

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of August 25th, 2019. I am going to divide the list into 5 days because there are so very very many of them for the week. Today is the second day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


Wonton Terror: A Noodle Shop Mystery by [Chien, Vivien]In the fourth in Vivien Chien’s Noodle Shop delicious mystery series, Ho-Lee Noodle House is ready to take the Cleveland night market by storm—until a brand-new food venue literally explodes onto the scene.

Lana Lee is all smiles when the first evening of Cleveland’s Asian Night Market kicks off the summer. The weekly festival is always good for business, packed with locals and tourists, and this year, some stiff new food-truck competition. Wonton on Wheels, run by old friends of Lana’s parents, promises to have customers lining up for their delicately wrapped delights—until the truck blows up at evening’s end.

Lana’s boyfriend, Detective Adam Trudeau, had been planning a birthday getaway for the two of them but, lo and behold, Lana must assume the role of amateur sleuth yet again. With one proprietor of Wonton on Wheels dead, it’s beginning to look more like murder and less like an unfortunate accident. And as they begin to unwrap layers of disturbing secrets, Lana’s own family erupts into new drama. Will Lana be able to solve this crime—or has she jumped from the wok right into the fire?

“Thoroughly entertaining…fun and delicious.”—RT Book Reviews  (Amazon)

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The Royal Baths Murder (A Yorkshire Murder Mystery Book 4) by [Ellis, J. R.]A murdered crime writer. An idyllic Yorkshire town. Can DCI Oldroyd separate fact from fiction?

A famous writer is found murdered at the Victorian baths in the Yorkshire town of Harrogate. In a crime worthy of one of his novels, Damian Penrose, who was appearing at the town’s crime writing festival, has been ruthlessly strangled. But with no trace of the murderer and no apparent means of escape, how did the killer simply vanish from the scene of the crime?

There’s only one mind capable of unlocking this mystery: DCI Jim Oldroyd. But as he and his team quickly discover, while Penrose was popular with the reading public, he had made plenty of enemies. Feuds over money, accusations of plagiarism, a string of affairs…His route to the top left a trail of embittered rivals—and suspects. But which of them was willing to commit murder?

When Penrose’s shocking death proves to be just the first of many, it becomes clear to Oldroyd that he is dealing with a calculating criminal hell-bent on revenge. He must find and bring them to justice. Before the truth becomes more chilling than fiction…  (Amazon)

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Dog Days of Teaberry (A Teaberry Farm Bed & Breakfast Cozy Book 24) by [Wallace, R. A.]




A Teaberry Farm Bed & Breakfast Cozy Book 24
When extreme heat and competition stacked with seeds of doubt cause tempers to flare, murder is soon to follow. Megan tracks down the clues to solve this puzzle. This mild cozy mystery offers a clean read with a female amateur sleuth and friends in a small-town setting. Main characters in the series are multigenerational.  (Amazon)

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Long Gone (Paul Cullen Mysteries Book 1) by [Pilkington, Paul]The brand new mystery series from the author of the bestselling Emma Holden Trilogy and Kindle Number One Someone to Save You…

A missing girl…

Natalie Long is missing. About to board a high speed train from London’s Paddington station, she has vanished without a trace.

Just two days earlier, things were so different. One of eight candidates staying at an exclusive West London property, Natalie was competing for the chance of a lifetime – a career at one of the world’s most dynamic and mysterious companies, Brand New.

A determined detective…

For Detective Chief Inspector Paul Cullen of the British Transport Police, the case is personal. Natalie is good friends with his daughter, Amy, who is certain Natalie is in great danger.

A life on the line… 

Something terrible did happen that weekend. And the time for answers is running out. But can DCI Cullen uncover the truth, before it is too late?  (Amazon)

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Relatively Familiar (Accidental Familiar Book 2) by [White, Belinda]A man is innocent until proven guilty. Why isn’t that true for witches and their familiars too?

Arc kept his end of our bargain and helped me with my family’s problem. Now it was time to return the favor.

He’s been on the run ever since waking up next to his dead on again/off again girlfriend. He swears he didn’t kill her. I believe him.

He also says she wasn’t in his bed when he went to sleep. That’s a harder pill to swallow. Arc is a very powerful witch in his own right. And from what I’ve seen, when he sets a ward, it sticks.

So how did the killer not only get through his wards, but plant poor Sonya’s body right next to him without him knowing it?

If that’s the way it really went down, then some top-level witches must be involved. Possibly even council witches. The very thought scares the crap out of me. Council witches are scary. I should know. My aunt Opal is one of them

And, yes, she scares me too. On pretty much a daily basis.

Unfortunately, that isn’t where the bad news ended. Arc and I had another shock in store for us when we reached out to his family for help.

This one would change our lives forever.

Relatively Familiar is Book Two in the Accidental Familiar Series. It is highly recommended to read this series in order as there are major spoilers in the later books.

This is a full-length, Paranormal Cozy Mystery featuring the Gemstone Coven witches… and their familiars.  (Amazon)

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Dive Bar Detective: An "Olive or Twist" Mystery ("Olive or Twist" Mystery Series Book 2) by [Hay, Archer]Rum and vodka aren’t the only spirits in this dive bar!

Bartender, Brandy Alexander, can’t catch a break. When an anonymous critic starts a smear campaign against dive bar, Olive or Twist, Brandy tries her best to make sure the customers keep running a tab instead of running away. But when she discovers the bar might be haunted, she worries the rumors might be true.

It is up to Brandy and the die-hard support of her loyal regulars to defend the bar’s honor and uncover who might be trying to shut it down–and why. But when a mysterious urban legend surfaces, it threatens the bar’s reputation even further and Brandy has to make some hard decisions. Will it be “last call” for Olive or Twist? Or will that urban legend be just the piece she needs in order to solve the puzzle and save the business?

With Brandy’s faithful dog and bar bouncer, Hairy Pawter, by her side, they will unearth a long-buried mystery that leaves everyone both shaken and stirred.  (Amazon)

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Flour in the Attic (A Bread Shop Mystery Book 4) by [Archer, Winnie]Ivy Culpepper keeps the ovens hot at Yeast of Eden, a Northern California bakery that specializes in traditional breads. But now she has to deal with a stone-cold killer . . .

Just as Ivy’s brother Billy is about to get engaged to his beloved, a tragedy interrupts the happy moment. The body of longtime Santa Sofia resident Marisol Ruiz washes up on the beach—and it’s even more heartbreaking since Marisol’s father also recently died. But Marisol was a strong competitive swimmer. It seems unlikely there’s even a grain of truth to the theory that she accidentally drowned.

As Ivy gets to work helping her mentor, Olaya Solis, with the catering for Marisol’s funeral, she also teams up with her partners in detection—because if they want to prevent someone from getting away with murder, there’s no time for loafing . . .  (Amazon)

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A Better Man: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by [Penny, Louise]Catastrophic spring flooding, blistering attacks in the media, and a mysterious disappearance greet Chief Inspector Armand Gamache as he returns to the Sûreté du Québec in the latest novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny.

It’s Gamache’s first day back as head of the homicide department, a job he temporarily shares with his previous second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir. Flood waters are rising across the province. In the middle of the turmoil a father approaches Gamache, pleading for help in finding his daughter.

As crisis piles upon crisis, Gamache tries to hold off the encroaching chaos, and realizes the search for Vivienne Godin should be abandoned. But with a daughter of his own, he finds himself developing a profound, and perhaps unwise, empathy for her distraught father.

Increasingly hounded by the question, how would you feel…, he resumes the search.

As the rivers rise, and the social media onslaught against Gamache becomes crueler, a body is discovered. And in the tumult, mistakes are made.

In the next novel in this “constantly surprising series that deepens and darkens as it evolves” (New York Times Book Review), Gamache must face a horrific possibility, and a burning question.

What would you do if your child’s killer walked free?  (Amazon)

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Eye of Danger: Tiger's Eye Mysteries by [Day, Alyssa]Kindle version
He’s a PI who turns into a tiger.
She can see how you’ll die.
The bad guys never stood a chance.

EYE OF DANGER: The longest and most twisty installment of the Tiger’s Eye mysteries yet!

5 Stars: I laughed so hard I almost peed a little. (reader review on Tiger’s Eye mysteries)
5 Stars: I fell out of bed laughing… (reader review on Tiger’s Eye mysteries)

5 STARS: Fans of Charlaine Harris and Janet Evanovich will enjoy Dead Eye. Alyssa Day has done it again! She’s written a story that’s so much fun to read that you don’t want to put it down. (Reader review on Tiger’s Eye mysteries)

When Tess Callahan’s long-lost and presumed-dead father comes back to town, running from the mob, she’s not sure how to feel. But when she finds out the bad guys are really after her, to use her “gift” as a weapon, she knows exactly who to turn to.

When Jack Shepherd must confront mob bigwigs, a rogue vampire, and Tess’s dad all in the same day, he realizes that small towns can be every bit as deadly as the rebellion he led when he was a soldier. Tess is in trouble, and there’s no way Jack will let anything happen to her—they haven’t even gone on their first date!
Welcome to Dead End, Florida, where the pawnshop never, ever deals in vampire teeth. And welcome to the Tiger’s Eye Mysteries!
Beware! This novel contains: magic, shape shifters, humor, vampires, a taxidermied alligator, mob bosses, assassins, a missing father, in-law jokes, gunshots, bad singing, delicious baked goods, terrible parking, the FBI, swamp commandos, tigers, special agents, flirting, belly laughs, comedy, humor, and a pawn shop.   (Amazon)

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Street Justice (True Blue Detective Book 4) by [Zuppardo, Vito]Detective Mario DeLuca continues his police work in New Orleans in this fourth book in the True Blue Detective series. In charge of the Homicide Division in the Eighth District, he sees more than his share of murders, robberies, and crime.

When his life is threatened by the cartel, unless he returns $12 million, he asks Howard Blitz, a friend and undercover cop with a shady background, to help him. First, a neighbor is killed, and then his second in command is killed. Mario and Howard are targeted to be the next murders.

These cops don’t always follow all the rules. They’ve learned that sometimes “street justice” is a better way to handle crime and the people who are responsible for their evil deeds.

Mario reveals himself as a smart, canny, and thoughtful police officer. His years of experience and training help him consider options to solve the mysteries surrounding the crimes he’s confronted with. But Mario is also filled with a big heart and kind thoughtfulness, helping some of the criminals he confronts and wondering when he might marry and have a family.

He also cares for the victims of crimes, including his coworker, Olivia, and his old friend, Zack Nelson, who are both victims of a cybercrime, when money is stolen from their online bank accounts. Helping to return the money and also seeing that the computer hacker gets some street justice is a rewarding part of his job.

Street Justice is a story filled with action, drama, mystery, relationships, and crime. It’s also a front-row seat to see New Orleans from a cop’s perspective: cruising the streets, dealing with injustice, while also visiting local restaurants, parks, and homes to interact with the interesting people in this unique, historic city.   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback











Silent Night, Deadly Night (A Year-Round Christmas Mystery Book 4) by [Delany, Vicki]


Residents of Rudolph keep the spirit of Christmas alive year-round—but their joy is threatened when a group of grinches visits the town, in the charming fourth installment of the Year-Round Christmas series.

It’s the week before Thanksgiving, and Merry Wilkinson, owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, is preparing for a weekend reunion of her mother’s college friends. But when the group of women comes into Merry’s shop, Merry is met with frosty attitudes and cold hearts.

The women argue amongst themselves constantly, and the bickering only intensifies after one of the friends is poisoned. With her father’s role as Santa in danger due to his proximity to the crime, Merry will need to use all of her investigative gifts to wrap this mystery up and save Santa and her favorite holiday.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback


New Releases For The Week Of August 25th, 2019–Part 1

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of August 25th, 2019. I am going to divide the list into 5 days because there are so very very many of them for the week. Today is the first day of my list for the week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


Minions and Magic (Accidental Witches Book 5) by [Dunbar, Debra]Glenda’s magic might be in healing, but she’s more proud of her non-witch talents. When it comes to crafting culinary delights, everyone inside and outside of Accident knows that Glenda is the best.

So when Xavier, a sexy crossroads demon, challenges her to a contest, Glenda doesn’t think twice before accepting. But fun and flirty goes straight to hell in a picnic hamper when her catering clients become horribly sick and Xavier is the only one who had the opportunity to tamper with the food.

Can Glenda win against Xavier, or will she lose and forfeit her body and soul to the demon who already has her heart?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

















A Flair for Flip-Flops (The Sadie Kramer Flair Mysteries Book 5) by [Garner, Deborah]A vacation on the Southern California coast promises rest and relaxation for flamboyant senior sleuth Sadie Kramer and her mischievous Yorkie, Coco. But when the body of a heartthrob celebrity washes up on the beach outside her luxury hotel suite, Sadie’s fun-in-the-sun soon turns into sleuthing-with-the-stars.

The resort’s wine and appetizer gatherings, suspicious guest behavior, and casual strolls along the beach boardwalk may provide clues, but will they be enough to discover who the killer is? Or will mystery and mayhem leave a Hollywood scandal unsolved?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle


















The Breakfast Burger Murder (A Burger Bar Mystery Book 4) by [Point, Rosie A.]Name a worse mix: breakfast and murder.

The last thing Christie Watson, failed homicide detective, expected to wake up to was murder. She would prefer one of her best friend’s delicious burgers instead. But murder is on the menu again in Sleepy Creek.

One of Christie’s good friends has been attacked, and her mother murdered. The case hits a little too close to home for Christie’s liking. If she solves the mystery this time around, she might get more than the truth.

Can Christie solve the murder, before the murderer targets another of her friends?

Pick up this juicy murder mystery today! One-click now to get your copy.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle















Sweet Additions (A Sweet Cove Mystery Book 17) by [Whiting, J A]This is book 17 in the Sweet Cove Mystery series by USA TODAY Bestselling Author J. A. Whiting.

It is deep winter in Sweet Cove and Angie and Jenna Roseland are expecting their babies in a few weeks, but before the new additions arrive, Chief Martin needs their help. A well-regarded non-profit in the nearby town of Silver Cove has been broken into and the security tapes show something unusual.

When the office is broken into a second time, the intruder leaves a menacing message behind.

Will the sisters, Mr. Finch, and their two fine felines be able to help Chief Martin find the person responsible for terrorizing some of the employees before someone loses her life?

A cozy mystery with recipes !
This story has some mild paranormal elements.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle















Bunburry - Murder in High Places: A Cosy Mystery Series (Countryside Mysteries: A Cosy Shorts Series Book 6) by [Marchmont, Helena]Miss Marple meets Oscar Wilde in this new series of cosy mysteries set in the picturesque Cotswolds village of Bunburry.

In “Murder in High Places”, the sixth Bunburry book, Oscar will brave the Cotswolds for the first time! Alfie has tried for months to convince his best friend to visit him – but when a glamorous High Society Party in honour of celebrated actor Dorian Stevens is announced, Oscar just can’t resist. He is – after all – Dorian’s greatest fan and can’t wait to meet his hero. But the evening at the lovely Saville mansion takes a murderous turn …

Helena Marchmont is a pseudonym of Olga Wojtas, who was born and brought up in Edinburgh. She was encouraged to write by an inspirational English teacher, Iona M. Cameron. Olga won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2015, has had more than 30 short stories published in magazines and anthologies and recently published her first mystery Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Golden Samovar.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle















The Ghost and the Halloween Haunt (Haunting Danielle Book 22) by [Holmes, Bobbi, McIntyre, Anna J]


Turning the one-time seaside B & B into a Halloween haunted house for a local fundraiser seems like a good idea. After all, Eva and Marie’s ghosts are willing to help.

However, the two spirit friends of Marlow House are not the only ghosts to stop by. Danielle and her friends are about to learn there might be something to that old legend that says on Halloween night the barrier between the living and dead becomes blurred and the spirits of the dead visit earth. Maybe not all of earth—but at least Marlow House.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle


















Murder at Corgi Country Club (Wagging Tail Cozy Mystery Book 5) by [Bell, Cindy]An animal-loving sleuth. A puzzling murder. Nikki, Sonia and their lovable pooches must find the murderer before the wrong person gets collared for the crime.

Nikki Green loves volunteering at the local animal shelter. When the shelter is in dire need of funds, she is on a mission to do everything she can to ensure the doors are kept open, and the pets are taken care of. Luckily, her good friend Sonia Whitter has just the solution. A charity auction at the local country club.

But the auction comes to a grinding halt when an acquaintance of Sonia’s is murdered. Nikki and Sonia put on their detective hats and decide to help the investigation along. But Nikki’s hunky boyfriend, Detective Quinn Grant, would prefer they stop sniffing around.

Nikki, Sonia and their adorable, furry companions, dig up a pile of clues, secrets and enemies. Will they save the shelter and find the murderer before the evidence is buried?

Buy Murder at Corgi Country Club to unleash a twisty mystery today!

Join Nikki, Sonia and their canine companions for a heartwarming, page-turning cozy mystery that will keep you guessing till the end.  (Amazon)

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Murder by the Sea: A Violet Carlyle Cozy Historical Mystery (The Violet Carlyle Mysteries Book 14) by [Byers, Beth]September 1925. 

After a slew of cases for Jack, a new book and a series of business meetings for Vi, and an excess of Violet’s stepmother for them both, Vi and Jack determine to flee to the shore. A little sea air, a ramble or two, afternoon naps, lingering mornings over a cup of Turkish coffee and perhaps all will be aright again.

Only one morning walk ends with a body and yet again, Violet, Jack and their friends find themselves involved in a mysterious death.

Book FOURTEEN in the Violet Carlyle Mysteries. Are you ready for the roaring twenties? You’ll love Vi, her patient husband Jack, her indulgent twin Vic, and their friends. For fans of Carola Dunn, Jacqueline Winspear, Georgette Heyer, and Lee Strauss. A light, cozy mystery with a fun peek into life in the life of a bright young thing. No swearing, graphic scenes, or cliffhangers.

The Violet Carlyle Mysteries
1- Murder & The Heir
2- Kennington House Murder
3- Murder at the Folly
4- A Merry Little Murder*
5- Murder Among the Roses
6- Murder in the Shallows
7- Gin & Murder
8- Obsidian Murder
9- Murder at the Ladies Club
10- Wedding Vows & Murder
11- A Jazzy Little Murder
12- Murder by Chocolate
13- A Friendly Little Murder
14- Murder by the Sea
15- Murder on All Hallows

*There are two short stories that fall between A Merry Little Murder and Murder Among the Roses. They are: New Year’s Madness and Valentine’s Madness.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













Sussex, England, 1929.

Mydworth is a sleepy English market town just 50 miles from London. But things are about to liven up there considerably, when young Sir Harry Mortimer returns home from his government posting in Cairo, with his unconventional American wife – Kat Reilly.

No sooner have the two arrived, when a jewel robbery occurs at Harry’s aunt’s home – Mydworth Manor – ending in one of the thieves being shot…and killed.

The local police are baffled by the case. But Harry and Kat have an edge in the hunt for the second thief: not only do they have certain useful “skills” they’ve both picked up in service of King, President and Country, they also have access to parts of English high society that your average bobby can’t reach.

Because this Shot in the Dark…could have come from anywhere.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Paperback















Mulberry Mischief (A Berry Basket Mystery Book 4) by [Farrow, Sharon]Autumn has arrived on the shores of Lake Michigan, but Marlee Jacob, proprietor of The Berry Basket, is feeling a chill for other reasons …

With the Harvest Health Fair in full swing, Marlee makes sure to stock up on elderberry products for cold and flu season. But this year there’s also a run on mulberry when an eccentric customer wants to use the dried berries to ward off evil forces. True, it’s almost Halloween, but something else seems to be spooking Leticia the Lake Lady, Oriole Point’s oddest resident. She believes someone plans to kill her—and the ghost. Only mulberries can protect them. Marlee doesn’t take her fears seriously until a man named Felix Bonaventure arrives in the village, asking questions about a mysterious woman.

The next day, Marlee finds Bonaventure dead on Leticia’s property—shot through the heart with an arrow made of mulberry wood. And Leticia has disappeared. Marlee soon learns the Lake Lady has a deadly past that is connected to the famous Sable family who are in town for the health fair. A bunch of clues start to come together—and figuring out what’s going on puts Marlee in a real jam …

Includes Berry Recipes!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback














Tilling the Truth (A Garden Squad Mystery Book 2) by [Henry, Julia]It’s August in Goosebush, Massachusetts, and go-getter retiree Lilly Jayne and her youthful senior pals show no sign of slowing down during the lazy days of summer. But when murder mows over a pesky local, could a Garden Squad member be nurturing a deadly second act? 
While Lilly digs into a town beautification project, her friend Tamara O’Connor has greater concerns than well-pruned geraniums. The real-estate firm owner hasn’t been shy about blaming perennial grouch Gladys Preston for thwarting her many attempts to sell off a beautiful beachside property. But accusations fly when Gladys is suddenly found dead—and Tamara is caught standing over the body with a bloody weapon in her hand . . .

As Tamara becomes the prime murder suspect, Lilly and the Garden Squad ladies set out to prove that someone planted the evidence. With a potpourri of alarming clues scattered around Goosebush, cracking this case means confronting a calculating culprit with a penchant for cutting down anyone who gets in the way . . .  (Amazon)

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Cookies and Clairvoyance (A Magical Bakery Mystery Book 8) by [Cates, Bailey]


Baker Katie Lightfoot serves up enchanted delicacies and tracks down a malicious murderer in the newest installment of this New York Times bestselling series…

Hedgewitch Katie Lightfoot is juggling wedding preparations, a visit from her father, and home renovations on top of her long hours at the Honeybee Bakery, where she and her aunt Lucy imbue their yummy cookies and pastries with beneficial magic. But when firefighter Randy Post is accused of murdering a collector of rarities, and his prints are on the statue that was used to kill the man, Katie steps in.

Randy is not only Katie’s fiancé’s coworker, but also the boyfriend of fellow spellbook club member and witch Bianca Devereaux. Bianca and Declan are both sure Randy is innocent, and so is Katie. However, to prove it she’ll have to work with ornery detective Peter Quinn again—and this time around he knows she’s more than your everyday baker.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback





Review of Assailants, Asphalt and Alibis

Assailants, Asphalt & Alibis
A Camper And Criminals Cozy Mystery, Book #8
Tonya Kappes
5 Stars

46261124. sx318 Synopsis:

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!

Telling stories around a campfire at Happy Trails Campground is very entertaining to The Laundry Club women until one of the story teller’s tall tale about murder and alibis comes true, leaving the story teller MURDERED!

Once again, Mae and the Laundry Club ladies find themselves doing things they never thought they’d do while trying to get clues to who or why someone murdered the tourist.

Mae discovers an unheeded warning that will bring the tall tale to life if she can’t end the story for good before the killer strikes again. (Goodreads)



The characters are well developed and well rounded. Mae and the Laundry Club gals are sweet as sugar, as long as you do not cross them.  If you do, you will get a glimpse of southern backbone and it may not be pretty. Time spent with Mae and her friends is time well spent.

The mystery was well plotted and had enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through to keep the reader engaged. I found it a little unusual that the murder did not take place until about half way through the book, but that was fine with me. I enjoyed hanging out with Mae and the gang.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. If you like southern settings, then grab a copy of this book.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book and provided my honest review.


Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Death By Design

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I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Paula Darnell and her new book Death By Design.  This is the second book in her A DYI Diva Mystery Series.

Death by Design: A DIY Diva Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Cozy Cat Press (June 20, 2019)
Print Length: 184 pages


Purchase Links – Amazon


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DIY Diva Laurel McMillan rejoices when her student Jennifer’s peacock pillow wins a design contest; that is, until Jennifer’s husband Matt is smothered with the very same pillow. When the police confiscate her prize-winning pillow, Jennifer freaks out, and Laurel fears that Jennifer may be more upset about losing the pillow than about Matt’s death. But the police arrest disgraced nurse Edna Elkins, not Jennifer. Begging Laurel to find the real killer, Edna insists she’s innocent, but Laurel’s not so sure, and when Laurel encounters Jennifer while walking her lovable Labrador retriever, Bear, she’s left with more questions than answers. Should the crafty DIY Diva play DIY Detective or does Edna really belong in jail?

Includes recipes and pillow project instructions.



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An instructor at five colleges over the years, Paula Darnell most often taught the dreaded first-year English composition classes, but she’s also been happy to teach some fun classes, such as fashion design, sewing, and jewelry making. Paula has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and a Master’s degree in English from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Like Laurel, the main character in Death by Association, Paula enjoys all kinds of arts and crafts. Some of her memorable projects include making a hat and a cape to wear to Royal Ascot, sewing wedding gowns for both her daughters, exhibiting her textile and mixed-media artwork in juried art shows, and having one of her jewelry projects accepted for inclusion in Leather Jewelry, published by Lark Books. She sells some of her jewelry and hair accessories in her Etsy shop:

Paula’s interest in DIY craft projects and fashion led to her writing hundreds of articles for print and online national publications.

Living in a guard-gated community governed by a homeowners’ association gave Paula the idea for the setting of Death by Association. She finds that residing in an HOA community can be both a blessing and a curse. A Happy-New-Year greeting from her community association called on residents to “start the new year by reviewing your Rules and Regulations booklet,” something unlikely to top anyone’s list of New Year’s resolutions.

Paula lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, with her husband Gary and their 110-pound dog Rocky, whose favorite pastime is lurking in the kitchen, hoping for a handout

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