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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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

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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)

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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)

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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


Review of The Wedding Plan

The Wedding Plan
Tess and Tilly, Book #10
Kathi Daley
5 Stars

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If you love small towns, endearing relationships, food, animals, and a touch of murder, you will love this mystery series set in the small town of White Eagle Montana.

In book 10 in the series, Tess and Tony plan a secret wedding ceremony, Nona plans a visit, and Tess and Mike plan a face to face meeting with their father. Of course you know what they say about the best laid plans.

Meanwhile, Tess starts her new job, Tess and Tony welcome a new member to their family, the partial remains of two different men are found during a search and rescue mission, and Mike and Bree are faced with an important decision. (Goodreads)


The characters are well developed and well rounded. Tess and Tony are perfect for each other and I enjoy getting to spend time with them. Mike and Bree are having trouble starting a family, and Tess wants to be there for them and help them as much as she can.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning. The mystery was intriguing and kept me engaged throughout the entire book.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. There is so much going on for Tess and Tony and do not want to miss out.


New Releases For The Week Of July 19th, 2020–Part 3

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 third day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


Bloody Wicked (Wicked Ways Book 4) by [Audrey Brice]


Some treasure should be left buried.

Klaus, the new King of the Northrop vampires, has lost a sacred relic. Something the vampires treasure. The vampire council is breathing down Klaus’s neck. Being the most visible witch in a fifty-witch town means Klaus has come to me, Elise Marybell Marple, owner of the magic shop Wicked Ways, and my vampire best friend, Shelly, to help him find it before he’s dethroned by the council. 

Have I mentioned that angry, ancient vampires creep me out?    (Amazon)

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Cash Up Front (Dev Haskell - Private Investigator Book 25) by [Mike Faricy]Mike Faricy is the winner of the

Crime Master’s of America Poison Cup Award.


Dev Haskell takes his ‘friend with benefits’ Heidi, out to dinner. His late night plans are suddenly put on hold when failed criminal, Tommy Benedetti shows up and forces Heidi into a stretch limo. Benedetti gives Heidi $200,000. Gee, $200,000 in cash, what could possibly go wrong?

There’s only one thing to do and Dev sets out to build a ‘working relationship’with FBI agent Candi Mangle

Another incredibly bizarre Dev Haskell read… Multiple tales wrapped into one crazy adventure

A great Dev Haskell tale.

Sit back, relax, enjoy, and realize your life isn’t as bad as you thought.…

Fortunately, Dev still has Morton, his Golden Retriever.

”Faricy is America’s hottest new mystery writer… and Dev Haskell is one of the looniest and most enjoyable characters inhabiting the world of fictional private investigators out there today”


The Dirty Lowdown 


If you like Carl Hiaasen, Tim Dorsey Janet DeLeon, Laurence Shames, and Janet Evanovich- make room for one more!  (Amazon)

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Just two weeks to go before the Cherringham Charity Christmas Concert. Choir rehearsals are in full swing. Then the worst thing happens: Kirsty Kimball, one of the singers, is found dead from a severe allergic reaction to one of the home-made rehearsal cakes. Jack is pulled in to help bolster the depleted choir – and soon he’s convinced that Kirsty’s death was no accident. Sarah agrees, and the two of them are soon immersed in the jealousies, rivalries, and passions of Cherringham’s Rotary Club choir…

About the series

Set in the sleepy English village of Cherringham, the detective series brings together an unlikely sleuthing duo: English web designer Sarah and American ex-cop Jack. Thrilling and deadly – but with a spot of tea – it’s like Rosamunde Pilcher meets Inspector Barnaby. Each of the self-contained episodes is a quick read for the morning commute, while waiting for the doctor, or when curling up with a hot cuppa.  (Amazon)

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Poisoned Primrose (Motts Cold Case Mystery Book 1) by [Dahlia Donovan, BookSmith Design, Hot Tree Editing]

Autistic, asexual, and almost forty, Pineapple “Motts” Mottley flees London with her cat and turtle to a quaint cottage in Cornwall. She craves the peace of life in a small village. The dead body buried in her garden isn’t quite what she had in mind, though.

Unable to resist her curiosity, she falls directly into a mess of trouble and runs head-first into the attractive detective inspector, Teo Herceg. She tries to balance her business with the investigation, but as the killer focuses on her, staying alive becomes trickier than advanced origami.

Will Motts survive the onslaught of murderously bad luck?

Can she solve the mystery before it all spins out of control and off a cliff?  (Amazon)

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Mist By The Lighthouse (A Beach House Mystery Book 3) by [Victoria LK Williams]Can a sea witch be trusted? Morgan Seaver is about to find out!

There is an evil poison coming ashore on Pearl Island, more powerful than Cora, the sea witch.  Drugs are being dropped offshore by the drug smugglers and they are damaging the precious coral reefs.  And then there is a murder of an innocent diver.

Cora and Morgan agree to an uneasy truce, with conditions, to put a stop to this new menace. But that’s not the end of Morgan’s troubles. Someone on the island wants to change the peaceful way of life, starting with the elimination of the resident peacocks. 

And if all this isn’t enough, Cordelia comes to live with Dr. Wright and his wife. The child is fascinated with Morgan and the legends of Pearl Island and isn’t shy about finding out more. 

When things escalate, Cora makes an ultimate, and now Morgan must find a killer and stop the drug smugglers, before Cora’s wrath strikes at the island.

Pick up your copy and find out more about the Legend of the Mermaids of Pearl Island with Morgan.  (Amazon)

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The Walters Case (A Markham Sisters Cozy Mystery Novella Book 23) by [Diana Xarissa]With the big event only a few days away, some special guests are arriving in Doveby Dale. Bessie Cubbon has come from the Isle of Man for the special celebration. When she accompanies the sisters on a last planning session at the event venue, all three women are surprised to learn that money has been stolen from the place.

When Edward Bennett arrives the next day, he’s eager to help the local police constable, Robert Parsons, with his investigation. Janet finds herself at a stranger’s birthday party, quizzing staff members about their movements.

When a second venue suffers from a nearly identical theft, Janet ends up working as a waitress at a wedding as part of the investigation.

Can she and Edward work out who’s been stealing from the venues? More importantly, can they solve the case before Joan’s big day?  (Amazon)

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Beast of Eden (Agatha Bright Mysteries Book 4) by [Elise Sax]Beast of Eden is the Fourth book in the Agatha Bright Mysteries. More about this book to come!
Agatha Bright Mysteries…Agatha Bright has a delicious recipe for murder.
Agatha Bright Mysteries are funny small-town mysteries with a dose of witchcraft.
“Elise Sax will win your heart.”—New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis
“Sax will make you laugh. Her larger-than-life characters jump off the page and make crazy seem like a fun place to hang out.”—New York Times bestselling author Christie Craig
“With quirky characters reminiscent of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series and a small-town heroine redolent of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse” –RT Book Reviews

“Fans of laugh-out-loud romantic suspense will enjoy this new author as she joins the ranks of Janet Evanovich, Katie MacAllister, and Jennifer Crusie.”—Booklist, on An Affair to Dismember
“A lighthearted and amusing caper with a sexy side order of romance . . . Gladie is an endearing mess of a character, and the book is fast-paced and amusing, with a large cast of quirky, small-town characters.”—Kirkus Reviews, on Matchpoint
“There’s plenty for fans to enjoy in Sax’s third Matchmaker installment, complete with energetic narration, zany humor and a mystery that’s as engaging as the details of Gladie’s love life.”—RT Book Reviews, on Love Game  (Amazon)

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The Demise of Tom Hendry (A Wild Cove Mystery Book 2) by [Laura Greene]“Maybe I am here to confront whatever haunts the darkness around Wild Cove, whether killer, stalker, or something even worse.”

Tom Hendry was a New York Times bestselling author, thrilling millions of people around the world with his detective fiction. Now, he is dead; the victim of a bizarre murder straight out of one of his novels. As sheriff Jane Scott investigates the case, in part two of A Wild Cove Mystery series, Tom Hendry’s very own son, the dashing Charles Hendry, is now being stalked by his father’s killer.

As Jane attempts to reveal the identity of the murderer, she grows close to Charles. Too close. Not only is Charles’ life in danger, but Jane’s relationship with her boyfriend, Jack Macready, is now in jeopardy. Turning to local preacher Pastor Callaghan for guidance, Jane is now on a roller coaster of emotional turmoil as Tom Hendry’s killer closes in on his next victim.

From international bestselling author Laura Greene comes The Demise of Tom Hendry, part of A Wild Cove Mystery, a collection of suspenseful short stories about a by-the-book officer, new to a mysterious town that she must now save. Follow her in each thrilling story which can be read in one sitting.  (Amazon)

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Speaking of Murder (A Lauren Rousseau Mystery Book 1) by [Edith Maxwell]In this suspenseful mystery by Agatha Award-winning author Edith Maxwell, a startling murder exposes dark dealings in a quiet New England town . . .

When a talented student asks her to endorse his controversial thesis on race and language, linguistics professor Lauren Rousseau cautiously agrees to take up the cause—so long as no one at their small New England college finds out about the romantic bonds they’ve formed. But just days later she discovers the student’s been murdered following an acrimonious meeting with the department chair, and Lauren’s concerns go from academic to criminal as she’s thrust into a search for the killer.

A determined Quaker with an ear for accents, Lauren won’t be deterred by the escalating danger surrounding her, and she’s soon confronted with alarming small-town bigotry, academic blackmail, and a trail of clues that all lead to a community center for underserved youth. And when her investigation reveals a web of shadowy connections deeply entrenched in her small community, she uncovers a motive and a murderer far more menacing than she had ever imagined . . .

This book was originally published under the name Tace Baker.

Praise for Speaking of Murder:

“Entertaining, innovative and suspenseful . . . just the ticket for those relishing a contemporary puzzler.” —Julia Spencer-Fleming, New York Times bestselling author of Hid from Our Eyes: A Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Mystery

“Clever, compelling and terrifically smart, [Maxwell’s] intelligent writing—and wryly wonderful sleuth—gives a hip, contemporary twist to this traditional mystery.” —Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha-, Anthony-, and Macavity-winning author of The Murder List

“[Maxwell] combines convincing, diverse characters, a vividly described setting, and a plot that picks up speed until it reaches a surprisingly intense confrontation.” —Sheila Connolly, New York Times bestselling author of the Orchard Mysteries, the Museum Mysteries, and the County Cork Mysteries

About the Author:

Agatha Award-winning author Edith Maxwell writes the Amesbury-based Quaker Midwife historical mysteries, the Lauren Rousseau Mysteries, the Local Foods Mysteries, and short crime fiction. As Maddie Day she writes the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. Read about all her personalities and her work at  (Amazon)

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The Case of the Texas Ranger (The J.D. Pierson Mystery Series Book 3) by [C.H. Sessums]A Texas Ranger—a virtual relic from the past–walks into a bar… but it isn’t funny when he gets shot down on the street the moment he walks out…

Just like the doctors warned, Dad has made lots of promises about staying off the bottle. That doesn’t stop me from being disappointed to find him at a local speakeasy one night when he’s supposed to be working a case. The leathery, stout man at his table is unmistakable: Templeton Gorham, former Texas Ranger. The governor shut down the Rangers years ago, but before that, Templeton was virtually a legend in his profession. He and JD are laughing over drinks like old friends, but later, when the three of us walk out into the night, gunshots pierce the darkness. Templeton is left lying in a pool of blood, and I’m left with a brand-new case on my hands.

When the victim won’t speak, can I find the answers to keep a killer from finishing the job he started?  (Amazon)

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The Devil's Bones: A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery by [Carolyn Haines]The Devil’s Bones is the latest novel in the series from Carolyn Haines that Kirkus Reviews characterizes as “Stephanie Plum meets the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” featuring sassy Southern private investigator Sarah Booth Delaney.

As Sarah Booth sees it, Easter weekend is a time to celebrate life in all its many forms. So when the newly-pregnant Tinkie invites her and Cece on a girls’ trip to Lucedale, Mississippi to celebrate that spring has officially sprung, Sarah Booth can’t resist. Plans include facials, food, and a trip to the incredible Garden of Bones—a miniature Holy Land with recreations of all parts of the Middle East—for their Sunrise Easter Services led by biblical scholar, gardener, and creator of the Gardens Daniel Reynolds.

Unfortunately for Sarah Booth and the gang, someone doesn’t seem appreciate this season of new life. Easter morning has just dawned when the trio find themselves at the Mount of Olives—with a dead body at their feet.

Reynolds identifies the dead man as local lawyer Perry Slay, who was well known for his sly and underhanded dealings. Perry had rubbed plenty of people the wrong way, and now it looks like someone has rubbed him out…

Because being a PI apparently means never being on vacation, Sarah Booth and her friends must now find a way to resurrect the truth from a list of suspects as long as the River Jordan, reveal the devil in disguise, and—if they’re lucky—find a moment to enjoy a few chocolate bunnies before more bodies pile up like pillars of salt.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

Review of A Walk Along The Beach

A Walk Along The Beach
Debbie Macomber
5 Stars

52491135. sy475 Synopsis:

Two sisters must learn from each other’s strengths and trust in the redeeming power of love in a touching new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber.

The Lakey sisters are perfect opposites. After their mother died and their father was lost in grief, Willa had no choice but to raise her sister, Harper, and their brother, Lucas. Then, as an adult, she put her own life on hold to nurse Harper through a terrifying illness. Now that Harper is better and the sisters are living as roommates, Willa has realized her dream of running her own bakery and coffee shop, bringing her special brand of caretaking to the whole Oceanside community.

Harper, on the other hand, is always on the go. Overcoming a terrible illness has given her a new lease on life, and she does not intend to waste it. When Harper announces her plan to summit Mount Rainier, Willa fears she may be pushing herself too far. Harper, for her part, urges Willa to stop worrying and do something outside of her comfort zone—like taking a chance on love with a handsome new customer.

Sean O’Malley is as charming as he is intriguing—a freelance photographer whose assignments take him to the ends of the earth. Soon Willa’s falling for him in a way that is both exciting and terrifying. But life has taught Willa to hedge her bets, and she wonders whether the potential heartache is worth the risk.

Life has more challenges in store for them all. But both sisters will discover that even in the darkest moments, family is everything. (Goodreads)


Willa has been a mother to her sister, Harper, ever since their mother died. Her dad fell apart and started drinking, so Willa picked up the responsibility for her sister. She has gotten Harper through cancer, and it seems like things might be working out. But Willa cannot help but being worried about Harper and prays that everything will be good from here on out.

Willa owns her own bakery/coffee shop and it is working out well. She has met Sean, a customer, that seems to be interested in her. She is definitely interested in him and they start hanging out together. But his job takes him away a lot and she has a hard time adjusting to that, and does not know if it will work out.

When tragic and traumatic events start happening, it will take all of Willa’s strength and faith to get through it. It will not only effect
Willa but all of the characters in the book.

This book made me laugh, cry and appreciate all of my loved ones. This book is very emotional and very well written. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written women’s contemporary book. I know when I get a book from this author I am in for a good read.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Random House Publishing Group-Ballantine, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.


New Releases For The Week Of July 19th,2020–Part 2

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 second day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


Bound by Fate: Celestial Academy: The Witch Book 2 by [Tegan Maher]My name’s Shelby Flynn, witch, college student, and hot-tempered redhead, and I’m in way over my head.

I never set out to save the world, but it seems that’s the course Destiny set for me when an angel gifted me with magical powers beyond anything I could have ever imagined. Not that I mind being able to control the elements or blow things up with my mind, but a heads up about my future would have been fantastic. Instead, I fell through a magical doorway straight into the library of a secret academy ran by a fae and guarded by a three-headed hellhound and a talking, fire-breathing monkey named Stu. I realize how far out it sounds, but trust me – I couldn’t make it up if I tried.

Now, a coven of dark witches bent on destroying the source of white magic has stolen the Scepter of Life, and I only have six days to recover the remaining components or else they’ll succeed. I’m not one to walk away from a fight, but this time, it’s not about saving myself or even my family – the fate of the entire world lies squarely on my shoulders.

My task comes with a heavy price tag. Not only do I have to save the people I care about, I have to lie to them while I do it because secrecy is the Celestial Academy’s biggest advantage. My long-term boyfriend suspects I’m cheating, and my best friend is stuck in the middle, trying to keep my “real” life from falling apart while I’m off fighting demons, evil witches, and whatever else goes bump in the night.

Am I up for it? I’m not sure, but I have no choice. The elements are mine to control, and I have an ancient Fae and a powerful – and hot – wizard by my side. That will have to be enough.

After all, I’m a Flynn witch, and nobody messes with me or mine.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Hearth And Bone: A Naomi & Winston Mystery (Naomi & Winston Mysteries Book 2) by [Maddie Sutton]


When Naomi’s uncle is arrested for the death of a gallery owner, can she find the gallery owner’s killer and get her shop ready for business or is she barking up the wrong tree?

The second book in the cozy mystery series Naomi & Winston Mysteries, Hearth and Bone contains no adult situations or gore, only fun and high jinks as the heroine solves mysteries and chases around behind her perpetually confused and endearingly curious Chihuahua.  (Amazon)

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The House Party: A gripping heart-stopping new psychological thriller for 2020 by [Mary Grand]Someone is about to die… Someone is about to lie…

At the intimate house-warming party for her glorious ‘grand design’, Kathleen confides in her best friend Beth that she is terrified of one of their close friends, but daren’t reveal which one. The guests are a tight-knit group, but Kathleen is convinced one of them is dangerous.

The next day Kathleen’s body is found at the foot of a cliff and Beth must face the sickening truth that she may have been killed by one of their trusted friends. With little help from the police, Beth’s decides to seek answers.

All the friends have secrets they are desperate to hide, but only one of them is ready to kill to keep theirs safe…

The House Party is set on the Isle of Wight – insular,claustrophobic, and with nowhere to run. Mary Grand has written a heart-stopping novel of secretsbetrayal and desire, perfect for fans of Louise Candlish and Lucy Foley.

What readers are saying about The House Party:

‘Truly a great puzzler with a superb ending! I HIGHLY Recommend!!!’

‘Wow I’m so so impressed it had me gripped start to finish and I couldn’t put it down. I completed within 1 night and such a page turner’

‘All the suspense and twists and turns’

‘This is a real page turner, that kept me guessing until the end!’

‘A gripping read.’

‘A brilliantly clever read and one to remember.’

‘So many twists and turns to keep the reader guessing to the very end. An excellent read.’

‘This is a book that will leave the reader guessing all the way.’

‘With its ability to draw the reader in, this is great for a day when you don’t want to do anything but curl up with a good story and while away the day.’

‘The House Party is a fantastic read for anyone who likes twisty, witty thriller reads.’

‘I highly recommend this book – you won’t want to put it down.’

‘This is a great book that sucks you in right from the start. Plenty of twists and turns and suspense. Unexpected ending that I didn’t see coming.’

‘Brilliant if you love psychological thrillers like me.’

‘This was an excellent novel, combining the elements of drama and thriller.’

‘A sinister “whodunit” that is not your typical police procedural.’  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook














Camellia Hawkes: The Reluctant PI (A Hawkes Family Mystery Book 1) by [Phoenix Crawford]



Pre-Order Price of $0.99 through July 19.
Regular Price $3.99.

Private Investigator, Camellia Hawkes, is hoping for some normalcy after her husband, Paul, has been released from prison following a false allegation.
It isn’t happening.
Instead, she is forced deal with new problems—this time without help. Well, unless you count her birth family and her pets.
The first book in the Hawkes Family Mystery Series.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle















Hobb's Henge: A Medieval Cosy Mystery (The Rookery Book 3) by [B G Denvil]




Rosie had hoped things would be a little more settled at The Rookery, but the plague has struck a nearby village and she feels responsible for keeping her neighbours safe.
But problems do seem to prefer company. The red power is creating havoc and it’s not long before once again Rosie and friends are dealing with yet more mystery and ever such lot of rats!
A visit to Stone Henge is suggested and things start coming together piece by piece. But with Viking ghosts, Troilus bugs and rats in their thousand’s, life is anything but settled.  (Amazon)

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Paris Is Always a Good Idea by [Jenn McKinlay]One of Popsugar’s Best New Books for Summer 2020

A thirty-year-old woman retraces her gap year through Ireland, France, and Italy to find love—and herself—in this hilarious and heartfelt novel.

It’s been seven years since Chelsea Martin embarked on her yearlong postcollege European adventure. Since then, she’s lost her mother to cancer and watched her sister marry twice, while Chelsea’s thrown herself into work, becoming one of the most talented fundraisers for the American Cancer Coalition, and with the exception of one annoyingly competent coworker, Jason Knightley, her status as most successful moneymaker is unquestioned.

When her introverted mathematician father announces he’s getting remarried, Chelsea is forced to acknowledge that her life stopped after her mother died and that the last time she can remember being happy, in love, or enjoying her life was on her year abroad. Inspired to retrace her steps—to find Colin in Ireland, Jean Claude in France, and Marcelino in Italy—Chelsea hopes that one of these three men who stole her heart so many years ago can help her find it again. 

From the start of her journey nothing goes as planned, but as Chelsea reconnects with her old self, she also finds love in the very last place she expected.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook













Where the Milkweed Grows (Sweetfern Harbor Mystery Book 19) by [Wendy Meadows]When Sarah’s lifeless body is discovered in a remote pasture where milkweed grows, Brenda vows to find her killer. Will her determination lead her to viable clues that lead to the murderer?

Brenda Rivers and her staff are preparing for the bi-annual meeting and luncheon of the local Scribble Society at Sheffield Bed and Breakfast. Its President, Sarah Perch has her hands full. She is particular about everything running smoothly. Besides the luncheon-meeting, her son Professor Jack Perch is due to arrive for the weekend from Kansas. Guests begin to arrive, and Allie Williams gets everyone checked in while Brenda meets with Mrs. Perch to discuss last minute details. The local Authors are looking forward to presenting their works in progress for the usual critiquing, the main purpose of the club.

Everything is running smoothly until pompous Duncan Griffen, who specializes in writing poetry, reads several stanzas he has added to an ongoing poem. He resents anyone who criticizes his writings which intimidates the others from speaking up with honesty. All except Sarah Perch, that is. She graciously tells him his latest style does not match the rest of the poem. He is heartsick over her criticism. He has been in love with the local Librarian for years but has never had the courage to make his move. Sarah determined long ago to never remarry after her husband’s unexpected death.

One of the guests at Sheffield Bed and Breakfast has her eye out for Sarah’s handsome son Jack. He pays little attention to Hilda Picard which does not set well with her. Sarah obviously disapproves of the exotic young woman’s mannerisms who is obnoxious trying to attract Jack.

Cole Barnes has a deep secret to hide from everyone he meets. He befriends Jack for a morning of fishing on the Atlantic. When Sarah Perch goes missing sometime in her walk from the bed and breakfast to her cottage, Cole attempts to distract Jack from his worry about his missing mother.

Brenda is determined to find the beloved Librarian. Detective Mac Rivers organizes the people of Sweetfern Harbor who are determined to find her. When Sarah’s lifeless body is discovered in a remote pasture where milkweed grows, Brenda vows to find her killer. Will her determination lead her to viable clues that lead to the murderer?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













Blind Vigilance (A Sydney Rye Mystery, Book #13) by [Emily Kimelman]


I can’t escape the vulnerability of motherhood.

The rage fueling me since my brother’s murder is no longer powerful enough to carry me forward. I want to create a simple life in the Spanish countryside and prepare for motherhood. For the sake of the life growing inside me, I must forge ahead without Robert’s help, Mulberry’s devotion, or my own anger determining my path.

The criminal cartel seeking to destroy Joyful Justice plans to crumble the foundation of the vigilante network by killing me.

But I’m dangerous prey—more deadly than ever.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle















A Crime of Fashion (The Wedding Bell Mysteries Book 2) by [Nancy Robards Thompson]When a murder mystery-themed fashion show is struck by a real murder, there are enough suspects to line the runway

Bridal boutique owner and cozy mystery writer Maddie Bell and her daughter, Jenna, are hard at work planning Hemlock, North Carolina’s, annual 4th of July charity fashion show. When the show’s hometown star, bestselling mystery author Kellen Corsi, turns up dead, the mother-daughter pair find themselves playing detective…again.

Kellen’s death, which has been staged to mimic a murder from the book that launched her career, leaves the whole town reeling. The violence feels shockingly personal—Kellen was a founding member of the local writing group, Hemlock Homicide Heroines, before success swept her away to the big city.

Soon, it becomes clear not everyone was thrilled with Kellen’s success. As suspects multiply faster than designer knockoffs, Maddie and Jenna are determined to figure out who was resentful enough to kill over it.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Resting Witch Face (Widow's Bay Book 1) by [Rebecca Regnier]Paranormal Women’s Fiction, because they say menopause can turn you into a real witch. What if they’re right?

Between her cheating husband and her on-air meltdown, Marzie Nowak is going through a bit of a bad spell and a heck of a midlife crisis. Her kids have flown the coop to college and her husband has opted to trade her in for a younger model. With nowhere else to turn, the ex-big-city journalist crawls back to her superstitious hometown of Widow’s Bay just in time for their annual pagan festival. Her new, much less glamorous gig has her reporting for a local news website. It doesn’t take long for her to realize the legends surrounding Widow’s Bay may be more practical magic than fanciful myth.

Soon Marzie is forced to contend with an invasion of flirty furry tourists, a sun-shy billionaire, and her suddenly chatty cat’s fashion advice. When an unsolved murder sparks her own mystical powers Marzie comes face to face with the fact menopause is a real witch and so is she!

With a killer on the loose and magical mysteries around every corner, can Marzie crack the case before her next meltdown? Or hot flash? Because in Widow’s Bay a hot flash means your magic is just getting warmed up!

Resting Witch Face is the first book in a spellbinding paranormal cozy mystery series. If you like clever heroines, snarky humor, and supernatural small towns, then you’ll love Rebecca Regnier’s bewitching mystery. Paranormal women’s fiction fans will want to move to Widow’s Bay. (Just make sure to bring your snow boots.) Join this coven of empty nest witches today!

Buy Resting Witch Face to fall under the spell of a witty, whimsical mystery!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook












Death on the Half Shell (Shipwreck Cafe Mysteries Book 3) by [Donna Walo Clancy]

Winter on Anchor Point is quiet. Most of the businesses are closed in the cold winter months, so when Jay organizes a Saint Patrick’s Day party at the Shipwreck Café most of the locals jump at the chance to attend.
The party is going great when it is brought to Jay’s attention that his brother, Robbie, has disappeared. The celebration is shut down a short while later when Phil Cook, the local jeweler, drops dead on the floor in front of the bar.
Days pass and there is still no sign of Robbie. Can Jay find his brother while also saving his café from financial disaster? Old enemies reappear and new clues are discovered in the search for Roland’s treasure.
Come visit Anchor Point where ghosts roam freely and family is everything.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle


New Releases for The Week Of July 19th, 2020–Part 1

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 first day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


Witch in Troubled Waters (Blackwood Bay Witches Paranormal Cozy Mystery Book 7) by [Misty Bane]


All aboard for murder!

In attempt to quell his boredom after an early retirement, my dad has partnered with a friend to offer Blackwood Bay a murder mystery dinner cruise. Cruisin’ for Murder’s maiden voyage is about to take place, so a few of my coven members and I buy up the remaining tickets in a show of support. But what starts as a fun evening quickly takes a dark turn when a body is found that is not part of the evening’s event. There’s also the small problem of a vicious storm suddenly headed our way.
Now, we’re stuck on board with a killer … and it looks like he’s got a taste for blood.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle
















A Traitor at Poppyridge Cove: Seaside Inn Mystery, book 2 by [Rimmy London]When Chase is awarded a major psychiatric achievement, he and Abby head off for a sudden getaway, leaving Emily in charge. But there was no way to know everything that would go wrong while they were away…

This exciting novel can be read as a standalone, or as a delightful glimpse into the life of Chase and Abby, and an entirely new adventure with Emily and Ryan — an unlikely pair who will have readers rooting for their happy ending.

Preorder NOW and continue the anthology that delivers mystery, sweet romance, and happily ever afters.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

















Killing in the Caribbean: a romantic beach read mystery by [Jennifer Fischetto]From USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Fischetto comes a beach read full of romance, mystery, and a vacation turned deadly in the sunny Caribbean!

Welcome to Voyage Cruise Line: where a sunny day is always just a trip away!
At least, that’s the official motto Zibby Foster learned when she was hired as the ship’s dance instructor. And she’s starting to believe it—sailing to tropical ports all over the world that have almost been enough to leave the cares of her former life behind. So, when the ship docks in Barbados, Zibby and her new best friend, Cady Hart, plan to soak up the sun, see the sights, and sip the island’s infamous rum at Cady’s boyfriend Aiden’s local bar.

Only their plans go terribly awry when a group of American tourists enter the scene, and one of them dies right in front of Zibby after sipping one of Aiden’s cocktails! With the police suspecting foul play, suddenly Aiden’s livelihood is on the line, a murderer is on the loose, and it’s up to Zibby and Cady to figure out just what killed the vacationing victim. With a little help from the ship’s sexy doctor, Zibby finds herself getting closer to the truth as she gets closer to the deceased’s circle of friends…maybe too close as the danger mounts, time runs out, and the killer sets his sights on Zibby as his second victim.

“If you like your cozy mysteries on the humorous side, then look no further!”
Fresh Fiction

“Jennifer Fishetto serves up a delicious cozy mystery. If you are a fan of the genre this is a fun read that will leave you with a smile.”
Night Owl Reviews  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback











Handbook for Homicide (A Booktown Mystery 14) by [Lorna Barrett]Tricia Miles must swim against the tide to catch a killer when Haven’t Got A Clue’s assistant manager is accused of murder in the latest entry to Lorna Barrett’s New York Times bestselling Booktown series.

Haven’t Got A Clue bookshop owner Tricia Miles’s relationship is on the rocks. After a not-so-fun vacation with her on-again-off-again lover, Marshall Cambridge, Tricia’s hoping for smooth sailing back in Stoneham. Unfortunately Booktown greets her not with blue skies but with another body.

When Tricia’s assistant manager, Pixie, finds homeless vet Susan Morris’s body behind Haven’t Got A Clue, Pixie’s checkered past makes her the prime suspect. Tricia sets out to clear Pixie’s name armed with only an anchor insignia earring found at the scene of the crime.

As Tricia digs deeper she discovers Susan was involved in a scandal right before retiring from the Navy—but since nobody in the village knows Susan, even Tricia’s one lead is in danger of drying up. With family drama brewing in the background and all of Stoneham convinced her manager is a murderer, Tricia knows she has to get to the bottom of the case soon before Pixie’s life is sunk.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover















Lineage Most Lethal: An Ancestry Detective Mystery by [S. C. Perkins]

In S. C. Perkins’s Lineage Most Lethal, the captivating second mystery in the Ancestry Detective series, Texas genealogist Lucy Lancaster grapples with a mystery rooted in World War II and espionage.

It’s the week before New Year’s Eve and genealogist Lucy Lancaster is ready to mix work and play at the beautiful Hotel Sutton, enjoying herself while finalizing the presentation for her latest client, hotel heiress Pippa Sutton.

Freshly arrived at the hotel—and determined not to think about Special Agent Ben Turner, who went radio silent on her after one date—Lucy is stopped in her tracks when a strange man comes staggering toward her. She barely has time to notice his weak, sweaty appearance before he presses a classic Montblanc pen onto her hand, gasps, “Keep them safe,” and collapses at her feet, dead.

When Lucy shows the fountain pen to her grandfather, an avid collector and World War II veteran, she’s in for another shock. Not only does Grandpa recognize the Montblanc, he also reveals a secret: he was an Allied spy during the war and the pen is both a message regarding one of his wartime missions and the key to reading a microdot left by the dead man.

On the microdot is a series of ciphers, some decrypted to form names. Could they be the descendants of Grandpa’s fellow spies? When two from the list end up murdered—including the chef at the Hotel Sutton—and Grandpa’s life is put in jeopardy, Lucy’s sure she’s right. And with Lucy’s and Pippa’s names possibly on the list, too, she’s got to uncover the past to protect those in the present.

With a secret Allied mission, old grievances, and traitors hiding behind every corner, Lucy must use her research skills to trace the list’s World War II ancestors and connect the dots to find a killer in their midst—a killer who’s determined to make sure some lineages end once and for all.  (Amazon)

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Taken: The addictive new 2020 crime thriller from the internationally bestselling author by [Lisa Stone]A gripping new thriller from internationally bestselling author Lisa Stone

Have you seen Leila?

8-year-old Leila Smith has seen and heard things that no child should ever have to. On the Hawthorn Estate, where she lives, she often stays out after dark to avoid going home.

But what Leila doesn’t know is that someone has been watching her in the playground. One day, she disappears without a trace…

The police start a nationwide search but it’s as if Leila has vanished into thin air. Who kidnapped her? What do they want? Will she return home safely or is she lost forever?

A thriller with a difference!

Praise for Lisa Stone

‘Couldn’t put it down, it was so addictive!’ Amazon reviewer

‘I was so hooked on this book I was up all night reading it into the next day’ Amazon reviewer

‘The written style keeps the reader enthralled’ Amazon reviewer

‘If you like a book that keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish this book is for you’ Amazon reviewer

‘This is a cracking good read that had me hooked from the beginning until the end’ Amazon reviewer

Fantastic book, couldn’t turn the pages quickly enough!’ Amazon reviewer

‘A well-written and extremely addictive novel that will stick in your head long after putting it down’ Amazon reviewer  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle















Brooms and Brains (A Hocus Pocus Cozy Witch Mystery Series Book 5) by [Constance Barker, J. D. Sullivan]


When the owner of a local diner is accused of Hemlock poisoning, will her true identity be revealed? Jody has owned the local diner for years. She normally keeps to herself, but now she’s thrust into the spotlight. Is her new cook looking to take over? Does the new eatery in town not want any competition? Or is magic the culprit? Can Celestial figure out the who and the why before Jody goes ‘downtown?’  (Amazon)

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Shock: The Truth - A Gripping Mystery Suspense Medical Thriller (Book 2 of 5) by [Marc Timms]


After Katie learns that her brother was killed in an ambush while heading to Moss Creek, she begins to realize that a copycat killer is on the loose. She doesn’t have time to think about who might have taken her brother’s place as the Shock Killer, or taken her brother’s life before she receives a packet of newspaper clippings from the prison where her brother had resided.
The packet refers directly to third victim of the Shock Killer. As Katie and the team of law enforcement officers dig deeper to learn what went on, a killer is determined to make sure they don’t find out the clue that Robert wanted his sister to learn.  (Amazon)

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The Puccini Connection (A Milkwood Murder Book 1) by [Sam Bond]An idyllic English village, a lovable heroine, and a Puccini-inspired murder. Who knew opera could be so deadly?

British expat, Josie Monroe, returns to the idyllic village of Milkwood and finds herself chief suspect in a family murder. Surrounded by cricket greens, duck ponds and lies, Josie must discover the culprit if she wishes to return to the US and Lady Belle DeCorcy is just the pal to help her.

Josie is a down-to-earth, classical music-loving pianist. Belle is a flighty, beautiful and slightly unhinged debutante, making the two amateur sleuths an unlikely and comically inept, team. As if Josie doesn’t have enough problems, she is also dealing with the “Witches of Milkwood,” an elderly trio convinced that Josie is the murderer and that Belle is one sandwich short of a picnic.

Living with a cantankerous cat named Elgar and her aunt’s handsome, but seemingly untrustworthy, lodger, Josie is also coming to terms with resurging feelings for her childhood sweetheart, Detective Inspector Adam Ward. Luckily, tea and tenacity will see her through, even if every time Josie hears Puccini she risks discovering another body.

The Puccini Connection is a cozy English murder mystery with a classical music-loving amateur female sleuth in a picturesque English village with quirky, lovable characters and an extremely grumpy cat. No cliffhangers, gore, graphic violence, sex or overtly strong language.  (Amazon)

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The Lost Haven Cozy Mysteries by [Penny Plume]On the surface, the artsy little Lake Michigan town of Lost Haven seems to be the perfect spot to smell the lilacs in the spring, shop for driftwood crafts in the summer, sip hot cider on the fall hayrides, and photograph the ice-covered lighthouses in wintertime.

And no matter what time of year it is, people travel to Lost Haven to enjoy local wines, microbrews, and savory coffee blends while they search for Sanctuary, the legendary ghost town buried beneath the shifting Lake Michigan dunes. The first person most visitors see when they come to town is Jenna Hooper, owner of The Welcome Shoppe and unofficial Lost Haven town historian, and Jenna does her best to let folks know they’ve come to the right place for all of those wonderful year-round activities.

But beneath the quaint surface of Lost Haven are dark secrets—held by residents and the very town itself—and some people will resort to murder to keep them from coming to light. Whenever that happens, Jenna and her crew of Main Street shop owners take it upon themselves to solve the crimes and save their beloved little town. But they never know if they’ll find the killer before things really get out of hand—like getting murdered themselves, or cancelling the Christmas Chocolate Festival!

The Lost Haven Cozy Mysteries includes: The Last Resort in Lost Haven and A Grave Halloween in Lost Haven.  (Amazon)

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Dances With Ghosts (Murder By Design Book 7) by [Erin McCarthy]Spring has sprung in Cleveland and home stager (and lousy spiritual medium) Bailey Burke is facing all kinds of major life changes. Both her grandmother and her boyfriend Jake Marner have moved in with her, she is contemplating a career change, and Marner’s mother needs her help planning a thirtieth birthday party for him.

Party plans include dance lessons for Bailey and Jake. Which would be fun, except their instructor appears to have tangoed with the wrong partner. She’s found dead on the dance floor, a butchered ballroom teacher with multiple stab wounds.

It’s a classic case of overkill, but there are no suspects and no ghosts hanging around to offer any insight. It’s time to call on Bailey’s old friend, Ryan, who happens to be a dead detective with a rude sense of humor.

Can Bailey and her two favorite guys solve the case of the killer Cha Cha?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle


Review of Dogcatcher in the Rye

Dogcatcher In The Rye
Bought-the-FarmMystery, Book #1
Ellen Riggs
5 Stars

52726453. sy475 Synopsis:

*Turning a hobby farm into a quaint country inn is a piece of cake compared to solving a murder.*

Ivy Galloway may not know an alpaca from a llama, but nothing’s going to stop her from pursuing her dream of opening a farm-themed inn in her hometown of Clover Grove. Not after what she went through to rescue Keats, her brilliant border collie, and flee the big city.

When Keats finds a body pushing up daisies in her rye field, however, the murder puts a blight on Ivy’s plans to welcome her first official guests in just three weeks. The police chief refuses to rush his investigation. Does he really believe she’s a suspect or is he just holding a grudge over what happened in high school?

To clear her name, Ivy starts digging up clues. The former HR exec is no stranger to interviewing, and Keats is a dog who loves a job. As she juggles sleuthing with getting the inn ready to launch, she almost reaches the end of her tether. With her beloved farm’s very future on the line can she solve the case before the killer comes after her next?

Dogcatcher in the Rye is perfect for animal-lovers, and anyone who likes curling up with a fun, fast-paced cozy mystery. (Goodreads)


The characters are well rounded and well developed. Ivy is a hard working smart lady who is so excited to be running a farm themed inn, and she will do anything she can to be sure that it is a success. Even if that includes finding a killer. Between her and her dog, Keats, she is determined to find that killer and bring him to justice.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions kept me engaged throughout the entire book. The mystery was well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider. I was not completely sure who the killer was until the reveal.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I really like this series and I cannot wait to read the next one in the series.

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Calling For The Money




I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Cathy Perkins and her new book Calling For The Money.  This is the 5th book in her A  Holly Price Mystery.   

Calling for the Money (A Holly Price Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Publisher: Red Mountain Publishing (June 25, 2020)
Number of Pages ~280


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Calling for the Money (A Holly Price Mystery)
by Cathy Perkins

Calling for the Money is a quick, light read for anyone who likes a little romance with their amateur sleuthing.
~Author Elena Taylor

The characters are beautifully written, and the mystery was plotted well. Therefore I am rating Calling for the Money by Cathy Perkins five stars.
~Baroness’ Book Trove



Holly Price has it all—or does she?

Holly finally has the dream job at the top of her field, the money and prestige she’s worked so hard to attain. But when a friend disappears while Holly is working a make-or-break career assignment, she’s drawn into another criminal investigation. A ruthless con ring will stop at nothing to extort its victims and her friends are directly in their cross-hairs.


While she’s searching for her missing friend, behind the scenes she’s wrestling with a backstabbing boss, a hurtful family situation, and the devastating worry she’s made a massive life choices mistake. When the gangsters target Holly, however, facing certain death has a way of making her reevaluate her life.


Now Holly must confront her painful past in order to redefine her future…and hope she lives long enough to see it.





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An award-winning author of financial mysteries, Cathy Perkins writes twisting dark suspense and light amateur sleuth stories. When not writing, she does battle with the beavers over the pond height or heads out on another travel adventure. She lives in Washington with her husband, children, several dogs, and the resident deer herd. To learn more about Cathy, please visit her website ( ) or follow her at BookBub (

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Review of The Finders

The Finders
Mace Reid K-9 Mysteries, Book #1
Jeffrey B Burton
5 Stars

51163725. sx318 sy475 Synopsis:

What happens when the hunter becomes the hunted?

Jeffrey B. Burton’s The Finders marks the beginning of a fast-paced new mystery series featuring a heroic golden retriever cadaver dog named Vira and her handler, Mason Reid.

Mason “Mace” Reid lives on the outskirts of Chicago and specializes in human remains detection. He trains dogs to hunt for the dead. Reid’s coming off a taxing year—mourning the death of a beloved springer spaniel as well as the dissolution of his marriage. He adopts a rescue dog with a mysterious past—a golden retriever named Vira. And when Reid begins training Vira as a cadaver dog, he comes to realize just how special the newest addition to his family truly is…

Suddenly, Reid and his prize pupil find themselves hurled into a taxing murder case, which will push them to their very limits. Paired with determined Chicago Police Officer Kippy Gimm, Mace must put all his trust in Vira’s abilities to thwart a serial killer who has now set his sights on Mace himself. (Goodreads)


The characters are well rounded and well developed. Mace trains dogs for all sorts of jobs, but his specialty is training dogs to hunt for dead bodies. He has adopted a new dog named Vira and she has an uncanny ability and is very good at her job. He has other dogs too and they all have distinct personalities and have jobs to do. I enjoyed reading about all of the dogs and how they all got along. Mace teams up with Chicago police officer Kippy Gimm to figure out the serial killer that has been creating havoc.

The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly through their actions and words. The author’s descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning and pulled me along at a breakneck speed. There was plenty of suspense contained in this book and I found myself hesitating to keep reading at times because I was afraid what would happen. I was very surprised who the killer ended up being, and that was great.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. And if you love animals you will definitely want to read this one. I am looking forward to reading the next book when it is released.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.