Review of Valleys, Vehicles and Victims

Valleys, Vehicles and Victims
A Camper & Criminals Cozy Mystery, Book #9
Tonya Kappes
5 Stars

46674187. sx318 Synopsis:

Welcome to Normal, Kentucky where nothing is normal!

The Daniel Boone National Forest is gorgeous in the fall. The leaves have painted the sides of the mountains with yellow, oranges, reds and browns you won’t see anywhere else. That’s why it’s such a popular destination for weddings!

When a wedding party show up at Happy Trails Campground, Mae West is thrilled. She’s all things girly and excited to assist the bride in all things southern, which is what the bride is hankering for.

Mae recognizes the parents of the bride when they arrive. They are from her past. The past she’s been desperately trying to escape…especially since it was the time she was married to Paul West. This just isn’t any couple, it’s the owners of the famous Moonbucks Coffee Company.

Determined to get the happy couple married off and on their way, hoping to see some of her past drive off forever, Mae volunteers herself and the Laundry Club ladies to become the wedding coordinators.

The wedding is set to take place in the beautiful wedding barn at the Old Train Station Motel, only Gert Hobson, the owner of Trails Coffee Shop and providing the coffee for the happy couple, has decided there’s no way she’s going to help out with Tom Moon’s daughter’s wedding since she claims how years ago Tom Moon STOLE her coffee blend recipe known today as the special Moonbucks blend.

A public fight between Gert and Tom leaves Gert a prime suspect after a member of the wedding party is found dead at the wedding venue. There might not be a happily ever after for the bride to be or Gert Hobson if Mae West and the Laundry Club ladies don’t solve the murder before the wedding party’s RV rolls out of town. (Goodreads)

Review:

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

The author is also very talented in developing her characters. The Laundry Club ladies are a force to be reckoned with. They are strong southern women who know how to handle themselves in any situation. You really do not want to get on their bad side because they will cut you down to size really quick.

The mystery was well plotted and carried on well throughout the book. I was not sure who the culprit was until the reveal, which is fine with me. I had a few people in mind as the culprit but I was wrong (and that is okay).

I would recommend this book and series to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery, especially if you like Southern charm in your cozy.

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

 

New Releases For The Week Of September 29th, 2019–Part 1

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of September 29th, 2019. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for the week. Today is the first day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

Mumbo Gumbo Murder (A Scrapbooking Mystery Book 16) by [Childs, Laura, Moran, Terrie Farley]A shocking murder strikes a sour note during Jazz Fest in the latest New Orleans Scrapbooking Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs.

It’s Jazz Fest in New Orleans, and the giant puppets from the Beastmaster Puppet Theatre are parading through the French Quarter. Some are very spooky and veiled, others are tall and gangly, like strange aliens.

As the parade proceeds, Carmela Bertrand and her best friend, Ava, follow behind, down Royal Street and past the food booths. Suddenly, they hear a terrible crash from Devon Dowling’s antiques shop. They rush inside to find Devon collapsed with blood streaming down the side of his face. Has he been shot? Stabbed? 911 is hastily called, and the police and EMTs show up. After the police examine Devon’s body, they tell Carmela and Ava that their friend was murdered with an icepick. They’re shocked beyond belief—and now Mimi, Devon’s little pug, is left homeless.

Carmela and Ava are determined to catch the murderer, but the list of suspects is long. How long do they have before they find themselves on the killer’s list?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Jane by [Sallis, James]A spare, sparkling tour de force about one woman’s journey to becoming a cop, by master of noir James Sallis, author of Drive.

Sarah Jane Pullman is a good cop with a complicated past. From her small-town chicken-farming roots through her runaway adolescence, court-ordered Army stint, ill-advised marriage and years slinging scrambled eggs over greasy spoon griddles, Sarah Jane unfolds her life story, a parable about memory, atonement, and finding shape in chaos. Her life takes an unexpected turn when she is named the de facto sheriff of a rural town, investigating the mysterious disappearance of the sheriff whose shoes she’s filling—and the even more mysterious realities of the life he was hiding from his own colleagues and closest friends. This kaleidoscopic character study sparkles in every dark and bright detail—a virtuoso work by a master of both the noir and the tender aspects of human nature.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fields' Guide to Fog (The Poppy Fields Adventures Book 4) by [Mulhern, Julie]

It isn’t easy having Hollywood’s biggest, brightest star for a mother—especially when her Russian oligarch boyfriend has been kidnapped. When Poppy Fields flies to London to be with her mother, she finds nothing but fog, danger, and phenomenal shopping.

Too bad half the city wants Poppy dead, and she has no idea why.

The odds against her are high, the menace is real, and if she doesn’t find answers quickly, a dirty bomb will send global financial markets plummeting. Poppy will need charm, smarts, and a killer Chihuahua if she wants to save the world (and snag those boots she spotted at Harrods).

“Tons of action and suspense and an almost reality television vibe. Just excellent all around. UNPUTDOWNABLE!” ~ Goodreads reviewer

“Poppy Fields is my new hero!” ~ Goodreads reviewer

If you like action and adventure colored with humor, you won’t be able to put down the Poppy Fields series.

The Poppy Fields Adventures
Fields’ Guide to Abduction (Book 1)
Fields’ Guide to Assassins (Book 2)
Fields’ Guide to Voodoo (Book 3)
Fields’ Guide to Fog (Book 4)  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Galliano Gold (Franki Amato Mysteries Book 5) by [Andrighetti, Traci]

It’s Mardi Gras season in New Orleans, but PI Franki Amato has too many problems to celebrate. A proven Sicilian lemon tradition hasn’t landed her a proposal, so her nonna has amped up the meddling to get her married, and pronto. Franki’s also under pressure to solve the strange murder of a family friend’s nephew, Nick Pescatore, who was found on a Mississippi River steamboat rumored to be haunted. When the sinister old boat sets sail on an overnight gambling cruise, Franki goes undercover with a motley crew, including a Mark Twainophile captain with a murderous past and a slimy galley chef with a mobster brother, not to mention an ex-stripper landlady with a newfound career as a memoir writer and all-too public speaker. Franki has to figure out what missing Civil War gold, a playing card, and a mysterious woman on roller skates have to do with Nick’s death. If she doesn’t, it’s anchors aweigh for Franki—down to Davy Jones’ locker.

Franki Amato Mysteries:
Limoncello Yellow (book #1)
Prosecco Pink (book #2)
Rosolio Red (holiday short story)
Amaretto Amber (book #3)
Fragolino Fuchsia (Rome short story)
Prugnolino Purple (spring short story)
Campari Crimson (book #4)
Cannellino Caramel (holiday short story)
Galliano Gold (book #5)

“Andrighetti’s dialogue is genuine yet uproarious, and her glowing characters animatedly leap off the page. Her sparkling wit keeps the hijinks brimming with merriment.”
—Long Island Book Reviews

“Traci Andrighetti’s Franki Amato Mysteries have me tickled pink! Her smart, sassy heroine, wacky cast of characters, and vividly original settings had me glued to the page. I can’t wait to read more from this author!”
—Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling author

“Traci’s writing is sharp and funny; the world she paints leaps off the page and makes the reader laugh out loud…. A thoroughly enjoyable voice in fiction!”
—Kristin Harmel, Internationally bestselling novelist (The Sweetness of Forgetting)  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Southern Wishes (Sweet Tea Witch Mysteries Book 14) by [Boyles, Amy]Pepper Dunn’s life couldn’t be more perfect. In a few short weeks she’s set to marry the man of her dreams, Axel Reign. All she has to do is tick a few more boxes and the wedding will be on.

When her cousin Cordelia introduces Pepper to a wishing stone that can alter reality, Pepper doesn’t think much of it. But when she and her cousins each make a wish out of frustration, they are thrown quite literally into a very different Magnolia Cove.

In this Magnolia Cove, Pepper’s life is completely different. Everything she knows to be true is false, and her world is upside down. Now she and her cousins must find a way to return to their lives—and Pepper’s true love—before they’re trapped forever in a Magnolia Cove they don’t recognize, living lives that aren’t theirs.

Can they do it? Or will they be trapped forever?

Find out now!   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vanilla Whip and Murder (Holly Holmes Cozy Culinary Mystery Series Book 3) by [O'Connor, K.E.]A seven-layer cake. A body found in the castle. A big change for Holly.

Holly Holmes is enjoying working in the kitchen at Audley Castle when a crisis hits an upcoming party, and she is dragged from her bed in the middle of the night to get baking the cake of her life.

With the crisis averted, it’s time to relax and enjoy a few of her own yummy treats. The chance of that is ruined when Lady Philippa predicts a death will take place in the castle.

Holly is determined to warn the victim, but Blaine Masters refuses to believe her caution. In fact, he’s downright rude to her and her amazing desserts. Then he’s found dead at the bottom of a set of stone steps, and Holly swiftly discovers it was no accident.

Even though she wasn’t a fan of Blaine, no one deserves to be found murdered in their underpants. Justice must be served, along with a side order of delicious cake.

With some prodding from her sidekick, Princess Alice, she questions suspects and learns there were lots of people who hated Blaine. But who is hiding the truth about just how far they’d go to get rid of him?

Holly must find out, even though she risks butting heads with the castle’s security team and putting her own safety at risk to find a killer.

Throw in a trip to mermaid school, a possible new love interest, and a job opportunity Holly may not be able to refuse, and you’re in for a fun cozy ride. And, of course, oodles of delicious cake.

Vanilla Whip and Murder is book three in the Holly Holmes cozy culinary mystery series. It features a cast of quirky royals, an adorable dog, and a twisty plot that will leave you guessing until the very end.

More books in the series:

Book 1 – Cream Caramel and Murder
Book 2 – Chocolate Swirls and Murder
Book 3 – Vanilla Whip and Murder  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Prune Pit Murder (A Barkside of the Moon Cozy Mystery Book 5) by [George, Renee]

Werecougar Lily Mason has sworn off investigating crimes in Moonrise, Missouri. No more bodies, no more intrigue, and more importantly, no more murderers. But her plans for an easy-breezy drama and danger-free life is put on hold when a friend asks for her help in investigating a suspicious death.

When elderly Opal Dixon breaks a hip and must recuperate in a nursing home, she spends all her time complaining about her annoying roommate, her idiot doctor, and the laundry service that keeps losing her clothes to anyone who will listen. So, Lily is less than convinced when Opal insists a nursing home suicide is really foul play.

Still, to ease her friend’s fears, Lily agrees to look into the situation. With her loyal dog Smooshie at her side while she delves into the case, Lily soon learns that it’s not all bingo and low-sodium diets at Moonrise Manor.

And when Opal’s suspicions make her the next target, Lily realizes she’s running out of time to save her friend…and stop a sadistic killer.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IA Merry Murder (A Special Pennyfoot Hotel Myst Book 10) by [Kingsbury, Kate]t is an Edwardian Christmas, and the Pennyfoot Hotel is all dressed up. But when one of the guests turns up dead, owner Cecily Sinclair Baxter realizes it is not only the Pennyfoot that is back in business—the hotel’s Christmas curse is, too…

The Pennyfoot halls are decked with boughs of holly, a magnificently decorated tree graces the lobby, and the hotel’s bookings are finally looking up. Owner of the Pennyfoot, Cecily Sinclair Baxter is in high holiday spirits until disaster strikes, threatening to ruin yet another Yuletide. Her chief housemaid Gertie McBride has found a man’s body in the hotel laundry room—with a woman’s scarf wrapped around his neck and a note in his pocket from the hotel’s new maid.

Cecily is determined to track down the culprit, but with multiple suspects icing her out of crucial clues, she realizes this killer may be more slippery than most. With Christmas right around the corner, it is up to Cecily to prevent this holiday season at the Pennyfoot from turning out more fatal than festive.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Puddin' on the Blitz (A Pennsylvania-Dutch mystery Book 21) by [Myers, Tamar]The success of Magdalena Yoder’s new Amish-Asian restaurant is threatened by murder in the deliciously quirky new Pennsylvania-Dutch mystery.

Although the culinary fare at Magdalena Yoder’s new restaurant, Asian Sensations – a unique combination of Asian and Amish cuisine – is not to everyone’s taste, the good citizens of Hernia are unanimously agreed that the desserts concocted by the restaurant chef, Barbara Hostetler, are to die for.

Not literally however. When a guest at the PennDutch Inn drops dead shortly after consuming a slice of Barbara’s delicious Blitz torte, Magdalena finds herself arrested for murder. Did someone deliberately set her up? In order to clear her name and protect her nearest and dearest, Magdalena must identify a ruthless killer – before they strike again.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Spell of Murder: A completely addictive witch cozy mystery (A Lost Maidens Loch Mystery Book 1) by [Kerr, Kennedy]I LOVED IT! An intoxicating mixture of bewitching characters and intriguing clues… be prepared to be enchanted by this story!’ USA Today bestselling author Leighann Dobbs ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

In the sleepy town of Lost Maidens Loch, people sometimes disappear… Down a quiet lane in town sits a little shop full of oddities you’d probably miss if you weren’t looking for it. This is Love’s Curiosities Inc., and its owner, Temerity Love, is sought by experts all over the world for her rare and magical gift: the ability to find lost things and learn their stories.

When Lost Maidens’ pretty local school teacher is found murdered by a poisoned cup of tea, a strange antique hand mirror is discovered nearby. Temerity – with the help of witchy sister Tilda, their cats Scylla and Charybdis and the lovingly eccentric local townspeople – is determined to divine the story behind the mirror and its part in Miss Molly Bayliss’ untimely death.

If only grumpy out-of-towner Angus Harley of Lost Maidens Police wasn’t on the scene. Temerity can’t solve the crime without him, but he’s distracting, and in more ways than one. Can this unconventional duo solve the most mysterious murder ever to blight Lost Maidens Loch before the killer strikes again?

A magical and unputdownable whodunnit, perfect for fans of Adele Abbott, Amanda M. Lee and Leighann Dobbs.

What readers are saying about Kennedy Kerr:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐‘Absolutely fantastic, had me gripped! Loved it! Can’t wait for more from this author. Storyline was great, characters were easy to connect with.’ Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I absolutely adored this book. What a rollercoaster of emotions. It kept you guessing from start to finish. I loved it! Kennedy Kerr has a way of making you feel like a part of the story. It played on your emotions relating to all the different characters. I hope this is a series. I can’t wait to read more about the characters more in depth.’ Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐‘I really enjoyed this book. I liked the mystery – it really kept me guessingThe mystery had a number of twists and turns. I will enjoy getting to know the characters and the town.’ Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐‘A book of murder and romance set in a village in modern day Scotland involving the Laird, police, and two modern witches. It’s an extremely good story written by someone who understands how witchcraft has evolved in the 21st century… Loved it!’ Goodreads reviewer

If you like your mysteries with a touch of witchcraft and romance this is for you. I really enjoyed this, I think Temerity, Tilda and their wonderful pets are great characters and I hope this is just the start of a long series… I predict a great future for the sisters, Lost Maidens Loch and Kennedy Kerr!’ NetGalley reviewer

This was a nifty mystery involving magic! I really liked the characters of Temerity and TildaI really enjoyed this mystery!‘ Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐‘The author does a great job of developing Temerity’s character and the descriptive prose helped transport me to the small town of Lost Maidens Loch and its gossipy, idiosyncratic townspeople…If you enjoy cozy mysteries with a bit of magic and a potential for romance, then you may well like this novel as much as I did.’ Goodreads reviewer

A good start to a new seriesThe characters are interesting. The setting is one of my favorites. The plot was full of action and twists. The supernatural aspects are not the typical stuff we have seen over and over again in the genre. I will definitely be reading the next book.’ Goodreads reviewer  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Borderlands: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 14) by [Ross, LJ]FROM THE #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF HOLY ISLAND AND PENSHAW

 

When the gods made man, they made a weapon…

 

After uncovering a fresh wave of corruption within the ranks of Northumbria CID, Detective Chief Inspector Ryan was looking forward to an uneventful summer. But, when a young woman is shot dead on the remote army ranges of the Northumberland National Park, Ryan is called in to investigate.

 

Meanwhile, violent crimes are being committed across sites of historic importance in the North East, the perpetrator leaving only a graffitied symbol as their calling card. As the body count rises, Ryan and his team must unravel the mystery behind its meaning – before it’s too late…

 

Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.

 

“LJ Ross keeps company with the best mystery writers” – The Times

 

“A literary phenomenon” – Evening Chronicle

 

“LJ Ross is the Queen of Kindle” – Sunday Telegraph  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snow Laughing Matter (Alaska Cozy Mystery Book 12) by [Meadows, Wendy]Will Sarah fall victim to a deadly killer set on destroying her life? Or will she force herself to use her cop instincts to outsmart the riddles of a clown who turns laughter into screams?

While Conrad is away helping a friend in New York, Sarah and Amanda go see a circus that is visiting the small town of Snow Falls. Even though Sarah is sad because her attempts to become pregnant have yet to bear fruit, she decides to enjoy the circus show. After the show, Sarah and Amanda find a pie in Sarah’s jeep, and another one waiting at Sarah’s cabin door. Suddenly the fun night turns mysterious and dangerous. A killer has left a deadly message for Sarah to find.

Events turn worse when a circus worker is murdered. The killer’s style of murder tells Sarah exactly who he is. Sarah is torn, caught between the desire to walk away from being a cop and the need to catch a killer. The hunger to become a mother blocks her skill to think clearly. But after having a talk with Pete, Sarah gets back on track and begins to track down the killer. Only the killer has a new face and a completely new identity—along with a secret trick up his sleeve.

This cozy mystery is a clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language.

Read all the Alaska cozy mysteries:

1. The Snowman Killer
2. Deep in the Snow
3. Snow Happens
4. Snow is Not the Time
5. Spring into Murder
6. Chasing Shadows
7. Snowy Misery
8. Hot Springs Murder
9. Danger in the Snow
10. Snow Ordinary Family
11. Snow Mercy
12. Snow Laughing Matter  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haunted House Ghost: Death At The Fall Festival (Braxton Campus Mysteries Book 5) by [Cudney, James J.]

It’s Halloween, and excitement is brewing in Braxton to carve jack-o’-lanterns, go on haunted hayrides, and race through the spooky corn maze at the Fall Festival.
Despite the former occupant’s warnings, Kellan renovates and moves into a mysterious old house. When a ruthless ghost promises retribution, our fearless professor turns to the eccentric town historian and an eerie psychic to communicate with the apparition. Meanwhile, construction workers discover a fifty-year-old skeleton after breaking ground on the new Memorial Library wing.
While Kellan and April dance around the chemistry sparking between them, a suspicious accident occurs at the Fall Festival. Soon, Kellan discovers the true history and dastardly connections of the Grey family. But can he capture the elusive killer – and placate the revenge-seeking ghost.

Praise:
★★★★★ – “There’s also Cudney’s charming humor that makes you laugh out loud and now has me wondering which Halloween socks to wear! This series just keeps getting better and better so now I’m awaiting #6!

★★★★★ – “The character development is superb. As these books progress, the characters come alive… If this book were made into a Halloween movie or TV show, I would enjoy seeing Kellan’s responses to various things.”  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback