Review of Deja Diva

Deja Diva
Zoe Donovan Mystery, Book #34
Kathi Daley
5 Stars

53439091. sy475 Synopsis:

Amongst the frenzy of Halloween decorating and Haunted Hamlet planning, Zoe’s arch nemesis Claudia Lotherman is back intent on playing a game of cat and mouse with her favorite amateur sleuth.


It seems that it has been a long time since I have read a Zoe Donovan book. But as soon as I started reading it, I felt like I was catching up with an old friend. Getting to spend time with Zoe and her family and friends is a great way to spend an afternoon.

I thought that the mystery was really well plotted and I really liked the fact that Zoe was looking for not-Zoe. I thought that was a very clever twist and I really enjoyed it. The writing style flowed smoothly and the book was an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and her character development and I always enjoy finding out what they have been up to.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I cannot wait to see what will happen next.



New Releases For The Week Of August 9th, 2020–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of August 9th, 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.


Coffee Grounds and Ghostly Hounds: A Witch & Ghost Mystery (Welsh Witch Mysteries Book 4) by [Alyn Troy]A soldier’s spirit trapped in his decrepit manor house begs for help. A ghostly beast returns from the past to haunt the Dark Mire. Is death stalking Misty Valley?

April and her friends are called to a spooky mansion in the Dark Mire. A centuries-old murder has been simmering, waiting for someone to take the lid off the truth. A fortune is at stake, but forces neither April nor Punkin want to face are haunting the mire, looking for another victim.

In Misty Valley, real estate tycoons descend on the valley, eager to snatch land, and make deals. The upcoming Grand Prix is spurring development in the magical valley. An unexpected visitor from April’s past complicates her Fae heritage and the investigation into the ghostly hound prowling the mire.

Unfortunately, April discovers a twist in her magic training – one that may cause major, unintended destruction.

Can April, Elain, and their friends discover who killed the ghost of the mansion, and stop the murderer before it kills again? All with April’s magic severely limited as she faces another major crisis?

Coffee Grounds and Ghostly Hounds is the next installment in the delightful Welsh Witch cozy mystery series. If you like sassy heroines, colorful characters, and a side of spells with your cuppa joe, then you’ll love Alyn Troy’s otherworldly adventure.

Buy Coffee Grounds and Ghostly Hounds to explore the whodunnit fun today!   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Murder at the Estate Sale: A MOLLY & EMMA BOOKSELLER ADVENTURE (The Molly & Emma Booksellers Series Book 1) by [Lily Charles]




Based in Atlanta, Georgia the world of antiquarian and collectible bookselling is exposed as a hotbed of collectors and booksellers who will do almost anything to score that perfect collectible book. Emma and Molly find themselves in the middle of both a murder, and an occult cult, as they pursue their work and each other in a delightfully twisted, intriguing puzzle.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle
















Booked for Death: A Booklover's B&B Mystery (BOOKLOVER'S B&B MYSTERY, A Book 1) by [Victoria Gilbert]From the critically acclaimed author of SIBA Okra Pick A Murder for the Books, Victoria Gilbert embarks with a new series for perfect for fans of Kate Carlisle and Juliet Blackwell.

A book lover’s B&B in an idyllic waterfront village becomes the scene of a grisly murder–and a ruthless battle between treachery and the truth.

Nestled in the historic waterfront town of Beaufort, North Carolina, Chapters Bed-and-Breakfast is a reader’s paradise. Built in 1770, the newly renovated inn hosts a roster of special events celebrating books, genres, and authors. It’s the perfect literary retreat–until a rare book dealer turns up dead in the carriage house during a celebration of Golden Age mystery author Josephine Tey.

The victim’s daughter points the finger at forty-two-year-old widow and former schoolteacher Charlotte Reed, who inherited the B&B from her great-aunt Isabella. Charlotte is shocked to discover that the book dealer suspected Isabella of being a thief who founded Chapters on her ill-gotten gains. Charlotte has successfully learned the B&B business in a year, but nothing has prepared her to handle a death on the premises.

Armed with intelligence and courage and assisted by her vibrant older neighbor, a visiting author, and members of a local book club, Charlotte is determined to prove her innocence and to clear. r her great-aunt’s name. But the murderer is still at large, and equally determined to silence anyone who might discover the truth behind the book dealer’s death. Now, Charlotte must outwit an unknown killer–or end up writing her own final chapter.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover. Audiobook














The Hex Files: Wicked Twist of Fate (Mysteries from the Sixth Borough Book 6) by [Gina LaManna]If you love JD Robb, Janet Evanovich, K.F. Breene, and J.K. Rowling, this is a world you don’t want to miss.

Welcome to Wicked, the paranormal sixth borough of New York.

The end is near. Detective Danielle DeMarco is challenged with her most intense case yet, and along with it, she inherits a host of personal problems. When a sorcerer is found dead in The Emporium, a spell shop brimming with magical potions, elixirs, and tinctures, Dani and her new tagalong, Primrose, are on the case.

However, work turns personal when someone close to Dani is poisoned. To make matters worse, another of Detective DeMarco’s closest friends vanishes, her boyfriend is hiding something, and there is a new threat to the borough more dangerous than any in history.

For Dani, it’s no longer about simply wrapping up any single case. If she doesn’t find out what’s going on behind the scenes—and fast—there will be no more Wicked to defend.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Seashells and Murder (Barefoot Sleuth Cozy Mysteries ~ Book 2) by [H.Y. Hanna]Ellie can’t believe her luck: instead of a dreary English winter, she’s enjoying an unexpected vacation in sunny Florida… and things get even more exciting when she’s roped in to judge the annual Key Lime Pie Contest at her beach resort. The rivalry is fierce, the recipes are daring, but nobody expects the event to end in murder! Before long, Ellie is swapping comfy cabanas and sugar-white sand for some serious sleuthing. She soon discovers that everyone has something to hide. Are the contestants really as innocent as they say? Does the resort chef still hold a vindictive grudge? And what was the victim’s wife really doing on the night of the murder?
Meanwhile, Ellie finds that there are other dangers lurking at the resort, such as being robbed at beak-point by Hemingway the parrot! Then there’s her simmering chemistry with the hunky resort doctor–a distraction she doesn’t need. Help comes from Mojito the resort cat, who has a nose for clues, but it turns out that this mystery has more twists than a conch shell. If Ellie doesn’t solve the case soon, she’s going to find that Florida’s famous pie is really “to die for”…

Welcome to the deadliest beach resort in Florida – in USA Today bestselling author H.Y. Hanna’s fun new mystery series!

Clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language.
Genre: beach mystery, cat cozy mystery series, culinary cozy mysteries, women sleuth, amateur sleuth, humorous cozy mysteries

Flip-Flops and Murder (Book 1)
Seashells and Murder (Book 2)
Cocktails and Murder (Book 3)  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














Renovation Spell (A Magical Renovation Mystery Book Book 2) by [Amy  Boyles]Clem’s dog can talk? Is it possible for her life to get any more complicated? Of course it is.

Even though Clementine is dealing with upheavals in her life (encountering an evil wizard from her past, talking dog), she is determined to keep things normal–meaning, business as usual. But when a house cleansing goes terribly wrong and someone winds up murdered, keeping things normal seems to be a pipe dream. To make matters worse, Clementine is the only witness to the crime. And when the body disappears, no one believes that a murder was ever committed.

But Clementine is convinced that a crime took place and she is determined to catch the killer. To add on even more mayhem, Malene Fredericks wants her help spying on their neighbor, Clem’s dog can now talk, and Rufus Mayes is still hanging around looking for the memory spell that she has hidden. As Clem sorts out her feelings for Rufus and searches for a killer, she finds herself entangled in a darker mystery than she ever imagined. And when everything comes to a head, Clem finds herself face-to-face with danger. Will she escape, or will she become the next victim?

Find out now!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












The Diamond Deception (Tipperary Carriage Company Mystery Book 2) by [J A Whiting, Nell McCarthy]

This is book 2 in the Tipperary Carriage Company cozy mystery series by USA TODAY Bestselling Author J A Whiting and Nell McCarthy.
Mae Monahan owns a horse-drawn carriage business and she has a new horse named Copper to work with. The reddish-brown horse with a long white mane and tail has a sweet personality, but he’s a skittish handful when he is in harness and Mae worries that Copper won’t be ready for the Valentine’s Day job she has planned.
After taking a young couple out for a horse-drawn carriage ride and marriage proposal, Mae finds something under the floor mat in the carriage that alarms her and she turns to a police detective she knows for advice. One thing leads to another until Mae and her horse are drawn into a mystery of theft, deception, and worse.
With the help of her friend, Ross, the stable owner and retired lawman from Texas, will Mae be able to keep the criminals from harming them and her horses? Will she be able to figure out the diamond deception before it’s too late?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle















Granny Vigilante: Milk and Serial (Granny Vigilante Cozy Mystery Book 4) by [Susan Harper]You can never escape your past, especially when there’s a serial killer in it.

A mystery from International Bestselling Author Susan Harper

Ronnie is dealing with a new chief of police, Solomon is threatened by a killer from his past, and Debronco just wants to talk to his dead friend again. Things in Toronto are definitely on the weird side. Oh, and then there are the murders. Can they pull together and put a serial killer behind bars?

Milk and Serial is the fourth book in the dark, comedic Granny Vigilante Cozy Mystery series. If you like stories where the criminals get what’s coming to them, you’re going to enjoy watching the Granny Vigilante in action.

Download Milk and Serial and start solving your next mystery today!

Always FREE on Kindle Unlimited  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














Music, Murder, and Small Town Romance (A Katy Cross Cozy Mystery Book 2) by [K.C. Hart]Katy Cross, Skeeterville’s favorite home health nurse, cannot figure out how her little band, The Moonlighters, snagged a spot in the town’s yearly Battle of the Bands concert. But this mystery soon takes second fiddle when a body is found in the high school auditorium during practice for the competition.

After last year’s brush with death, Katy is determined to focus on her music and keep her nose out of the investigation. But when the town sweetheart is thrown in the slammer, her friends start singing a different tune. Can Katy weed through all the town gossip to find the real killer? Or will another one of SKeeterville’s citizens be taken home to glory?

Book two in the cozy mystery series from K.C. Hart follows the antics of amateur sleuth Katy Cross, along with her husband, her opinionated and very vocal elderly patients, and her band, The Moonlighters.

This humorous cozy mystery contains no foul language, no graphic gore or sex, but is full of lots of laughs, intrigue and Southern charm.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback














Autumn & Autopsies: A Clean Small Town Cozy Mystery with Coffee & Romance (Connie Cafe Mystery Series Book 3) by [Maisy  Marple]Autumn, Apples, and Murder

Autumn has always been one of Connie’s favorite times of the year.
And this year’s no different, with the annual Apple Festival in full swing.
With Connie’s Cafe celebrating its official opening, nothing is going to spoil this weekend…
Except, maybe, murder.

This is the third book in The Connie Cafe Mystery Series, a perfect series for lovers of clean small town mysteries that feature coffee and an amateur sleuth who’s in way over her head.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle
















Death Under the Bridge: A Viking Witch Cozy Mystery (The Viking Witch Cozy Mysteries Book 2) by [Cate Martin]


Ingrid Torfa lives between two worlds. In her life on the shore of Lake Superior she mingles with fishermen and farmers, quiet folk who keep to themselves. But her other life on a hilltop overlooking the lake she lives among the descendants of Vikings.
On top of all that, she trains day and night to master magic, to one day take her grandmother’s place maintaining the spells that hide the Viking village from modern eyes.
But life as a witch requires more than casting spells. As resident peacemaker and unofficial impartial judge, her grandmother arbitrates disputes. The residents of both worlds hold her in high regard.
Then a long simmering property dispute between two farming families comes to full boil: a murder. Now Ingrid must find the real culprit before the feuding families decide to mete out their own justice.
Her grandmother needs her. But what if she fails?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle