Review of Kicked The Bucket

Kicked The Bucket
Chelsea Lawson Cozy Mystery, Book #3
CeeCee James
5 Stars

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Chelsea’s family life is pretty complicated. For starters, the family photo that she’s been carrying for her whole life has been a mystery in itself!
Before she can dig into her past, the present has taken a shocking turn… Chelsea finds a dead body in the pond and sitting on the shore is a bucket of flowers.
The more she learns about the dead man, the more she realizes he’s tied up in the knotted web of her own past. As the clues start to surface, Chelsea wonders if she’s better off leaving this one to the police.
Then a letter arrives threatening everything she ever loved. When the flowers begin to arrive, she realizes she can’t stop now or someone close to her will pay the ultimate consequence. (Goodreads)


The characters are well rounded and well developed. I really enjoy the friendship between Chelsea and Tilly, you can tell that they really care about each. And Emma is very cute and adds some comic relief during the book. Chelsea has to figure who the dead man is, what connection he has to her and who killed him. She is afraid that it might involve her sister, that she has not even met yet.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I could picture the farm and all of the animals in my mind’s eye, and I liked what I saw. The mystery was well plotted and intriguing and there were enough suspects to make it interesting.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. This is a great series and one I really enjoy reading.

New Releases For The Week Of July 19th, 2020–Part 4

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of July 19th, 2020. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so 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.

Chocolates, Charms, and False Alarms (The Witches of Pinecroft Cove Book 4) by [Nicole St Claire]There’s a new witch in Summerhaven, but is her magic as dark as her chocolate?

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the new chocolate shop on Main Street couldn’t have opened at a better time. But when Tamsyn, Sybil, and Cass see what’s for sale there, they start to suspect there’s a new witch in town. One that might be up to no good.

Before they can figure out if the newcomer’s magic is as dark as her luscious truffles, the chocolate maker goes missing, leaving a bewitched and befuddled Noah as the prime suspect. When members of the magical community start dropping into trances and a mysterious shining disk appears above Pinecroft Cove, Tamsyn has to fit all the puzzle pieces together before it’s too late. She just wishes someone had at least shown her the picture on the box.

One thing is for sure, all the modern troubles have a single source: a madwoman from a century ago, who also happens to be Tamsyn’s great-great grandmother. A trip to the past may be the only way to fix the present and restore balance to Pinecroft Cove.

When faced with a new kind of magic, will the forces Tamsyn is up against be too strong for her to overcome?

Don’t miss the fourth book in the Witches of Pinecroft Cove series of paranormal cozy mysteries!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












His Father's Ghost (Mina Scarletti Mystery Book 5) by [Linda Stratmann]Join Mina Scarletti in another chilling ghostly mystery! Perfect for fans of Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie and Antonia Hodgson…

Can Mina solve one of her most complicated cases from the confines of her room…?

Brighton, 1872

Mina Scarletti has caught a nasty illness and is under strict instructions from her good friend, Dr Hamid, not to leave her bed.

But Mina’s lively mind cannot be entertained for long by pretty poems and dry sermons.

So when she catches wind of a local mystery, she is determined to find a way to get involved.

A Mrs Vardy has written to her, begging for help for her ailing son, who says he is visited by his father’s ghost.

Mina finds out there are rumours claiming the boy’s father may have faked his own death seven years ago.

But if that is true, then where has the man been all this time? And what is causing the boy’s disturbing visions?

Mina is determined to find a way to unravel the mystery without breaking her doctor’s orders…

HIS FATHER’S GHOST is the fifth cosy mystery in Linda Stratmann’s intriguing historical series, the Mina Scarletti investigations, a traditional British detective series with a feisty woman sleuth set in Victorian Brighton.

‘Linda Stratmann has provided an indomitable heroine in Mina Scarletti’ –

‘Linda Stratmann is happily feeding the unquenchable thirst for Victorian crime fiction’ –

Book One: Mr Scarletti’s Ghost
Book Two: The Royal Ghost
Book Three: An Unquiet Ghost
Book Four: The Ghost of Hollow House
Book Five: His Father’s Ghost  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













Juiced (A Charlie Cooper Mystery, Volume 7) by [Deany Ray]Over 200,000 Charlie Cooper books are now in the hands of mystery readers!

Fans of Stephanie Plum will get hooked on this quirky cast of characters and their mishaps.

It’s springtime in Charlie’s hometown and love is in the air. Finally.

While Charlie is enjoying her relationship with her hunky detective boyfriend, Marge tries out online dating. And what she gets is the mother of all dates. One that starts out in a too-good-to-be-true promising way and ends up in disaster. It really was too good to be true.

What’s left is a new murder case and a new client. Bad for Marge, good for business. It’s time for CMC Services to step in.

Charlie and the gang soon find themselves cruising the world of car dealerships, wreaking havoc in local pubs, dodging a mean Doberman that’s very into neon green beads, and sometimes—really, just sometimes, so it doesn’t really count—veering off the right side of the law.

With a suspect list longer than Celeste’s colored painted nails, Charlie’s mom and her newest creative endeavor, and a definitely-not-amused Alex about his girlfriend meddling with his case—as he would put it—it’s time for CMC to up their game and get their job done.

Juiced is a fast-paced, stress-free humorous mystery with a touch of romance and compelling twists and turns. A light read with no gore or foul language, this book is perfect to unwind at the end of the day.

Fans of Janet Evanovich, Jana DeLeon, Liliana Hart, Gina LaManna, Gretchen Archer, Gemma Halliday and JB Lynn will get hooked on this quirky cast of characters and their mishaps.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

















South of the Buttonwood Tree by [Heather Webber]USA Today bestselling author Heather Webber’s South of the Buttonwood Tree is a captivating blend of magical realism, heartwarming romance, and small-town Southern charm.

Blue Bishop has a knack for finding lost things. While growing up in charming small-town Buttonwood, Alabama, she’s happened across lost wallets, jewelry, pets, her wandering neighbor, and sometimes, trouble. No one is more surprised than Blue, however, when she comes across an abandoned newborn baby in the woods, just south of a very special buttonwood tree.

Sarah Grace Landreneau Fulton is at a crossroads. She has always tried so hard to do the right thing, but her own mother would disown her if she ever learned half of Sarah Grace’s secrets.

The unexpected discovery of the newborn baby girl will alter Blue’s and Sarah Grace’s lives forever. Both women must fight for what they truly want in life and for who they love. In doing so, they uncover long-held secrets that reveal exactly who they really are—and what they’re willing to sacrifice in the name of family.

At the Publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook











Stream: A Doyle Witch Cozy Mystery (The Witches of Doyle Book 9) by [Kirsten Weiss]Will murder cancel this Doyle Witch’s Christmas?

Certain holiday spirits are keeping Karin’s hands full. And the challenges of motherhood and a cursed spell book have already put a dent in her usual good cheer.

But when she discovers the body of a man in a mountain stream, she’s swept into a mystery that will take all her magic and mental powers to solve. Because the dead man’s mysterious colleagues have taken an interest in Karin’s children…

This Christmas holiday novella is a complete cozy mystery and wraps up the story of the cursed spell book once and for all. If you’re a fan of Charlaine Harris, Heather Blake, or Amanda M. Lee, don’t miss Stream, book 9 in The Witches of Doyle cozy mysteries.

Stream is a witch cozy mystery featuring true-to-life spells in the back of the book, a trio of witchy sisters, and a dash of romance. Stream can be read as a standalone.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













The Solace of Bay Leaves by [Leslie Budewitz]Pepper Reece never expected to find solace in bay leaves.

But when her life fell apart at forty and she bought the venerable-but-rundown Spice Shop in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, her days took a tasty turn. Now she’s savoring the prospect of a flavorful fall and a busy holiday cooking season, until danger bubbles to the surface . . .

Between managing her shop, worrying about her staff, and navigating a delicious new relationship, Pepper’s firing on all burners. But when her childhood friend Maddie is shot and gravely wounded, the incident is quickly tied to an unsolved murder that left another close friend a widow.

Convinced that the secret to both crimes lies in the history of a once-beloved building, Pepper uses her local-girl contacts and her talent for asking questions to unearth startling links between the past and present—links that suggest her childhood friend may not have been the Golden Girl she appeared to be. Pepper is forced to face her own regrets and unsavory emotions, if she wants to save Maddie’s life—and her own.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook















Quiche of Death (A Sugar & Spice Mystery Book 3) by [Mary Lee Ashford]When editor Sugar Calloway and baker Dixie Spicer went into business creating cookbooks, they found a sideline as amateur sleuths. Now a bitter family grudge could leave a fatal aftertaste…

At Sugar & Spice Community Cookbooks, the friends and business partners have secured a tasty new commission: producing a cookbook for the Arbor family. The Arbors have made their fortune in quiches, and Sugar and Spice have been invited to a weekend gathering where all the siblings, along with crusty matriarch Marta, will be in attendance. But it’s soon clear that this trip will come with a hefty slice of drama.

Theo, the only grandson, arrives with his flaky fiancée, Collette, who quickly stirs up trouble . . . and is found dead the next day. As the investigation unfolds, secrets—and recipes—are shared, and Sugar and Spice realize just how messy and murderous the situation may be. As another family member falls ill, can they solve the case without getting egg on their faces . . .and a target on their backs?

* Includes delicious recipes! *  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle. Paperback















The Black Cat Breaks a Mirror (A Bad Luck Cat Mystery Book 5) by [Kay Finch]Mystery novelist Sabrina Tate and her cat Hitchcock are headed to a country music show, but there’s a killer on the loose who plans to end the evening with a deadly Texas two-step . . .

As the summer tourist season draws to a close in Lavender, Texas, Sabrina has invited her brother and nephews for the highly anticipated concert of Colt Jamison, whose hit song “Broken Mirror” is rising to the top of the Nashville charts. But their stay begins on a sour note when one of the boys stumbles upon the dead body of Jamison’s former public relations manager—a man who’d long ago burned his bridges in town, leaving no shortage of suspects in the murder.

As Sabrina is reluctantly drawn into the investigation, she’s confronted with a country singer who may be harboring more than a few dark secrets, an overzealous fan club president who may be up to her ears in criminal activities, and someone leaving shards of broken mirrors scattered all over town. Just as Sabrina narrows the list of suspects and closes in on the culprit, she realizes that seven years of bad luck may be the least of her worries . . .

Includes mouthwatering dessert recipes!

Praise for the Bad Luck Cat Mysteries:

“I loved every page of Black Cat Crossing, and I can’t wait for a return visit to Lavender.”
—Miranda James, New York Times bestselling author

“Finch has, yet again, offered a great tale of female and feline that cozy readers will love.”
Suspense Magazine

“Hitchcock and Sabrina make a wonderful detective team, and I can’t wait to read about their next big case.”

“Don’t miss out on this humorous well-written cozy! You’ll be turning pages as fast as you can to find out whodunit!”

About the Author:

Kay Finch is the national bestselling author of the Bad Luck Cat Mysteries. She resides in a Houston, Texas, suburb with her husband and rescue pets. Visit her at  (Amazon

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback














Risky Whiskey (Bohemia Bartenders Mysteries Book 1) by [Lucy Lakestone]Stirring up trouble in New Orleans …

Eager to shake up her drinks and her life, mixologist Pepper Revelle jumps at an invitation to join the elite Bohemia Bartenders. Leader Neil thinks she’ll be the perfect advance gal for his team at a colorful cocktail convention in her hometown of New Orleans, but the job turns out to be more bananas than a drunk monkey. Setting up the key tasting for their distiller client, she and Neil discover their whiskey has gone dangerously bad. But how? And was this shocking poisoning more than an accident?

As Pepper and Neil try to figure out what happened, keep the drinks flowing and help distiller Dash Reynolds survive the weekend, they find themselves the target of increasingly scary attacks. Maybe it’s the danger, or maybe it’s the drinks, but Pepper also can’t help an inconvenient attraction to cocktail nerd Neil as they stir up trouble and try to figure out who’s out to get them — before they’re sliced and squeezed like a lemon twist in a Sazerac.

Risky Whiskey is the first book in the Bohemia Bartenders Mysteries, funny whodunits with a dash of romance set in a convivial collective of cocktail lovers, eccentrics and mixologists. These cozy culinary comedies contain a hint of heat, a splash of cursing and shots of laughter, served over hand-carved ice.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover














Skin Deep (Siobhan O'Brien Book 1) by [Sung J. Woo]Korean-American adoptee Siobhan O’Brien has spent much of her life explaining her name and her family to strangers, but a more pressing problem is whether to carry on the PI agency that her dead boss unexpectedly left to her. Easing into middle age, Siobhan would generally rather have a glazed donut than a romance, but when an old friend asks Siobhan to find her daughter who has disappeared from her dorm, the rookie private detective’s search begins at Llewellyn College.
A women’s institution of higher learning in upstate New York, Llewellyn, for the first time in its two-hundred-year history, has opened its doors to male students.  Fringe group The Womyn of Llewellyn are furious, but their ex-fashion-model president declares they have little choice due to financial shortfalls.  But if that’s true, where did she get the money to build a brand new science center, and why is it under 24/7 surveillance by the town cops?
As Siobhan delves deeper into the search for her friend’s daughter, she encounters politely dangerous men in white turtlenecks, vegan cooking that might kill her, possibly deadly yoga poses, and a woman named Cleopatra who’s got more issues than National Geographic. This first in a new series introduces an endearing P.I. heroine in the tradition of classic female detectives like Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone and Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski readers won’t be able to put down.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback












A Teacher in the Dumps (A Ms. Anderson Mystery Book 2) by [Monique Bird]Claire Anderson’s life is in the dumps—her romance with a handsome, fellow teacher is stalled, and her fluffy kitten keeps biting her. She loves teaching 7th grade science, but she can’t shake the feeling that something is missing. So when a body is found in the dumpster of the Fairview Diner, Claire is secretly excited.

Claire is even more thrilled when her friend asks her to investigate. The victim had plenty of enemies, which means plenty of adventure for Claire. Too bad one of the suspects is her friend’s husband and another is a student’s older sister. That’s the problem with murder in a small town; all of the suspects are people you know.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle