Review of Dark Side Of The Moo

Dark Side Of The Moo
A Bought-The-Farm Mystery, Book #2
Ellen Riggs
5 Stars

53204491. sy475 Synopsis:

Sweet life on the farm turns sour when a guest mooves on to greener pastures. Permanently.

Ivy was happy to put her old life at Flordale Corporation behind her, but with a recent murder tarnishing her new inn’s reputation she can’t afford to be choosy about paying guests. So when her former teammates from HR ask to hold their retreat at Runaway Farm and Inn, she throws down the welcome mat.

When a guest turns up dead in the cow stall, it’s a terrible shock. The cows are initially on the hook for the crime, but Ivy knows her girls too well to buy that. But if the cows aren’t to blame, it means the killer is continuing to enjoy Ivy’s hospitality and everything bucolic Clover Grove has to offer.

At first Ivy agrees to stay out of the investigation at the police chief’s request. When a family member becomes a suspect, however, she jumps into action with Keats, her know-it-all border collie, and Jilly, her best friend.

Will they be able to find the bad apple on the Flordale HR team before the killer strikes again and Ivy is downsized… for good? (Amazon)


The characters are well developed and well rounded. I really enjoy the relationship between Ivy and Jilly. You can tell that they are good friends and that they will do anything for each other. When someone is killed in the barn, Ivy knows she has to figure out the killer before her bed and breakfast suffers a loss she cannot recover from. Between her and Jilly and her dog, Keats, they will do what it takes to nail the culprit.

The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly through their actions and words. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions brought the book alive in my mind’s eye. The mystery was well plotted and kept me guessing until the very end. I had a few suspects in my mind that were the culprit but I did not know who it was for sure.

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


New Releases For The Week Of September 13th, 2020–Part 2

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of September 13th, 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.



For Better or Curse (A Paranormal Party Planner Cozy Mystery Book 1) by [Misty Bane]Blissful Events might be the top wedding planning company in the magical world, but owner and operator, Bailey Bliss, knows that no matter how much wit, whimsy, and white witchcraft she pumps into the biggest day of every siren and sorceress’ life—when it comes to weddings, everything that can go wrong, will.

Luckily, Bailey is a pro. There’s no trick or treachery she hasn’t seen in her time as a wedding planner, and her Coco Cha-Spell bag of enchanted treats holds a solution for every one of them.
Groom with cold feet? A little Heat of the Moment powder sprinkled in his shoes will take care of that.
Overbearing mother of the bride? Nothing a few drops of Deception of Perfection potion in her champagne glass won’t fix.
Blabbering best man? Switch his bow tie out for a tongue tie—that’ll keep him quiet.

But when an ancient family curse dooms a banshee bride’s beau to an early grave—on the day of the wedding, no less—Bailey might have finally stumbled into a situation even she can’t fix. She’s a witch, not a necromancer.

Just when she’s about to hang up her hat and call it a night, she notices one devilish little detail that she can’t quite shake—the groom’s death doesn’t look like an accident. It looks like murder.

For Better or Curse is the first book in the Paranormal Party Planner series. It is a full-length, humorous cozy mystery novel.

Other series by Misty Bane:
Blackwood Bay Witches
Witches of Shadow Lane
Wicked Hollow Fairies  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













Better Gnomes and Gardens (A Paranormal Party Planner Mystery Book 2) by [Misty Bane]


Full description coming soon!

The town is buzzing with excitement over its annual garden show, and Bailey Bliss is no exception. For most it’s a pleasant, idyllic festival. The winner doesn’t receive anything more than a small prize and bragging rights, but that doesn’t stop this year’s competitors from fighting tooth and nail.
With tensions running high, Bailey is afraid this friendly competition might get dirty… or deadly.

This is the second book in the Paranormal Party Planner series. It is a full-length, humorous paranormal cozy mystery novel  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle 















Gored of the Rings (Matchmaker Marriage Mysteries Book 1) by [Elise Sax]“Fans of laugh-out-loud romantic suspense will enjoy this author as she joins the ranks of Janet Evanovich, Katie MacAllister, and Jennifer Crusie.”—Booklist
“Elise Sax will win your heart.”—New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis
It’s been three years since Gladie married Spencer and settled down as a full-time matchmaker. The three years have been quiet, filled with marital bliss and absolutely no murder. Without a mystery to solve, Gladie has grown bored, even as she has exceled as a matchmaker with more than a little psychic ability. Now, her Grandma Zelda has decided to expand the family business to wedding planning, and Gladie is going to be in charge of it.
Her first customer wants a wedding with all the trimmings, including an axe-throwing room, a tractor parade, and a longhorn bull instead of a limo to the ceremony. When one of the wedding party winds up dead, a freak accident is blamed. But Gladie’s murder antennae are up, and she’s determined to prove that it’s murder and bring the killer to justice.
Gored of the Rings is the first book in the Matchmaker Marriage Mysteries, the continuing adventures of Gladie Burger with all of the regular characters from the Matchmaker Mysteries. It’s perfect for fans of Miss Fortune, Stephanie Plum, and small-town, funny mysteries.
Matchmaker Marriage Mysteries…sometimes love comes with a few dead ends.
“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  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














The Xanders Case (A Markham Sisters Cozy Mystery Novella Book 24) by [Diana Xarissa]Janet has Doveby House, the bed and breakfast she owns with her sister, Joan, all to herself for a few weeks, and she’s enjoying the solitude. When sirens in the middle of the night wake her, however, things get complicated.

Stuart and Mary Long have lived across the road from Doveby House for years. Now their half of the semi-detached property has burned to the ground and Stuart was lucky to escape the blaze with his life. When the police determine that the fire was started deliberately, Janet can’t help but get involved in the investigation.

Having never cared for Mary, Janet immediately puts the woman at the top of her list of suspects, but the more she learns about both Mary and Stuart, the longer the list becomes. Meanwhile, Janet has found another source for information about Alberta Montgomery, the woman who used to live in Doveby House. Janet is convinced that Alberta’s ghost is haunting her bedroom, but Annie Saylor, who actually knew Alberta, just laughs at the idea.

Can Janet work out who started the fire at the Long’s house? Can she find out more about Alberta or will Annie continue to keep her long-held secrets? And can Janet look after herself and her kitten, Aggie, for three whole weeks while Joan is away?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













Bottle Blonde (Mercy Watts Mysteries Book 11) by [A.W.  Hartoin]

Take one kidnapping. Add a haunted hamlet. Mix in a secret that’s lasted forty years and you’ve got a recipe for trouble.

Reluctant detective Mercy Watts’ life is changing and she’s ready for it with a new apartment, a new career, and new clues to an old family mystery. She has no desire to go back to haunted St. Sebastian anytime soon, but a man in Germany has other plans.

After an audacious attack, Mercy finds herself a victim and when answers aren’t forthcoming, she joins forces with the suspect’s family to find out why the unthinkable happened. So it’s back to St. Sebastian and the town is not at all happy to see the detective that put them on the map in a bad way. It’s going to be a rough ride with old crimes bringing new pain, but with Aaron feeding her till she’s fit to burst, and Fats Licata armed to the teeth, at least she’ll be well fed and safe…or will she?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback
















Ozzy and Merlin, two penguins at the Minnesota Zoo, have been kidnapped! All eyes are meant to be on the precious, pregnant Bengal tiger, but it’s impossible to overshadow kidnapped penguins. Attendance is already low, and if the zoo is going to make it to the end of summer, the penguins must be found before the new investors arrive. To make matters worse, dolphin ethologist Dr. Loren has gotten himself roped into a bleak misunderstanding with some unsavory types. Now his career and the entire zoo’s safety are at risk. All hopes rest with a sarcastic clinician, an over-eager zoologist, and a giant from the gift shop.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Paperback
















The Killings at Kingfisher Hill: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries Book 4) by [Sophie Hannah]

“I was thrilled to see Poirot in such very, very good hands.”— Gillian Flynn, New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl

The world’s greatest detective, Hercule Poirot—legendary star of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile—returns to solve a delectably twisty mystery

Hercule Poirot is traveling by luxury passenger coach from London to the exclusive Kingfisher Hill estate. Richard Devonport has summoned the renowned detective to prove that his fiancée, Helen, is innocent of the murder of his brother, Frank. Poirot will have only days to investigate before Helen is hanged, but there is one strange condition attached: he must conceal his true reason for being there from the rest of the Devonport family.

The coach is forced to stop when a distressed woman demands to get off, insisting that if she stays in her seat, she will be murdered. Although the rest of the journey passes without anyone being harmed, Poirot’s curiosity is aroused, and his fears are later confirmed when a body is discovered with a macabre note attached . . .

Could this new murder and the peculiar incident on the coach be clues to solving the mystery of who killed Frank Devonport? And if Helen is innocent, can Poirot find the true culprit in time to save her from the gallows?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook














Was Harold Dumphy killed to cover up something at the nuclear power plant where he was the head of security?

This is what Harold’s widow asks Goff Langdon, private detective, to find out. Langdon is a laid back, slacker detective, happy with his work, friends, and way of life in the town of Brunswick, Maine. To compliment his income in small town Maine’s scarce private detective market, Langdon also owns and operates a mystery bookstore named after his trusted companion, Coffee Dog.

Does Langdon stand a chance against corrupt cops, crooked politicians, greedy millionaires, radical environmentalists, and a deadly assassin named Shakespeare?

With the help of Bart, the bear of a cop; Jimmy 4 by Four, the hippie lawyer; the immigrants Jewell and Richam; and his true desire and employee, Chabal-Langdon sets out to do just that. And then he is framed for not one, but two murders, and events become very complicated.

Follow Langdon and his band of friends as they attempt to untangle the web of intrigue and return Brunswick to “the way life should be.”  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback















Old Sins Never Die: An Emmeline Kirby & Gregory Longdon Mystery (Emmeline Kirby & Gregory Longdon Mysteries) by [Daniella Bernett]

While in the Lake District, journalist Emmeline Kirby and jewel thief/insurance investigator Gregory Longdon overhear a man attempting to hire international assassin Hugh Carstairs, a MI5 agent who went rogue. They race back to London to warn Philip Acheson of the Foreign Office and Superintendent Oliver Burnell. But it’s a devil of problem to prevent a vicious killing, if the target is a mystery.
More trouble brews as Emmeline pursues a story about shipping magnate Noel Rallis, who is on trial for murder. Rallis is desperate to keep the negative publicity from exposing his illicit schemes, especially something sinister called Poseidon. Lord Desmond Starrett, whose dark past made him easy prey for blackmail, is getting cold feet about their dubious partnership. Hovering in the shadows of this ugly secret world is a Russian mole buried inside MI5. Scorned prima ballerina Anastasia Tarasova makes the fatal mistake of threatening to reveal all she knows. The hunt for the answers takes Emmeline and Gregory up to Scotland, where they learn that the truth has lethal consequences.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback















The Greyt Escape (Mystic's End Mysteries Book 5) by [Leanne Leeds]A champion greyhound gone.
A sleazy detective out to get her student.
Can Fortuna find the hound before the inept Mystic’s End Police hound an innocent teen straight into prison?

When Mystic’s End Racetrack asks Fortuna to paint a portrait of their champion racing greyhound before he’s sold and sent off, she doesn’t realize the controversy that swirls around the friendly dog. His owner recently died under mysterious circumstances amid a family feud fueled by intolerance—and now the champ’s ownership is hotly debated. The drama lands the witch at ground zero of a simmering fury that’s been years in the making.

When the dog disappears after his sitting, the Mystic’s End Police Department turn their sights on Fortuna’s young art student assistant, Azalea Cotton, after discovering her membership in an animal rights group. When Mystic’s End Police lock Azalea up for refusing to reveal where the dog is, Fortuna and Pepper must race to find the dog and clear the teenager’s name.

Can Fortuna find the greyhound in time? Or will the Mystic’s End Police Department finally lock up someone for a crime—even though they’re innocent?

The Greyt Escape (Mystic’s End Mysteries, Book 5) is a funny full-length paranormal cozy mystery.

Mystic’s End Mysteries:
Mystic Guests, Book 1
Angel in Demise, Book 2
Sketchy Charms, Book 3
The Art of Scrying, Book 4
The Greyt Escape, Book 5
Boozehounds and Ball Drops, Book 6
Scry Harder, Book 7

Fortuna Delphi originally appeared in Leanne Leeds’ Magical Midway Paranormal Cozy Series. There are more Mystic’s End stories to come!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle. Paperback














Dream House (Dev Haskell - Private Investigator Book 26) by [Mike Faricy]

Mike Faricy is the winner of the

2019 Crime Master’s of America Poison Cup Award.

He is the winner of the 2020

Crime Master’s of America Poison Cup Award

for the Best Selling series.

He has been nominated for the 2018, 2019, & 2020 Silver Falchion Award.


P.I. Dev Haskell is minding his own business, looking out the window, when a pink Mercedes convertible pulls to the curb. His old flame, Barbie Dahl, a surgically enhanced Barbie Doll look alike, gets out of the car. Barbie Dahl, the same woman who dumped Dev on a trip to Las Vegas. Now, she’s back in town and needs Dev’s help. Apparently her extensive Barbie collection is missing, along with Arnold Wazinski, AKA Ken Carson, Barbie Doll’s significant other…

Fortunately, Dev comes up with a plan. But then Barbie gets involved and decides ‘Ken’ is going to pay, BIG TIME!


Another hilariously delightful Dev Haskell tale.

Sit back, enjoy, and realize things in life could be worse… A lot worse!

Morton, Dev’s Golden Retriever, provides a dose of sanity.

”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)

Editions Available:  Kindle















Solving Llamageddon and the Alpacalypse (Friendship Harbor Mysteries Book 3) by [Erin  McCarthy , Kathy  Love ]Missing: One 350lb llama. White, loves peppermint candies and answers to the name Jack Kerouac.

When Sophie LaFleur left Hollywood and her acting career for the quaint, coastal town of Friendship Harbor, Maine, she expected ocean breezes, friendly neighbors and a relaxing way of life. What she didn’t expect was the theft of her beloved, pet llama–but then again, she never expected quite so much murder either. And L.A. was supposed to be dangerous.

Fortunately, her llama is found alive and well–stolen by a competitive 4-H Club mom, who wants her daughter to win a blue ribbon in the local fair’s animal competitions. But Sophie soon discovers its a world with a dark underbelly, full of stolen farm animals, pay offs and even murder.

And when she stumbles upon a body, the victim apparently killed in the pursuit of a coveted college scholarship, she realizes she is up to her neck in more than manure. She’s got a murderer on the loose.

And they say acting is competitive.   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














Faith: A Folly Beach Christmas Mystery: A Folly Beach Mystery by [Bill Noel]Christmas on South Carolina’s Folly Beach is a time for festivities, families, friendship, fellowship, and reflection. When a fire ruled intentionally set leaves residents of five apartments homeless days before the holiday, retired bureaucrat Chris Landrum and his friend Charles Fowler take it upon themselves to not only make sure the displaced residents have somewhere to live but are determined to learn who was responsible for the massive conflagration.

The burned-out residents include an aspiring novelist, two people who’d recently been accused of killing a bookie, and Police Chief Cindy LaMond’s sister and nephew, family members Cindy’s closest friends didn’t know existed. Finding who set the fire is compounded when Chris discovers each resident knows one or more people who may’ve had reason to torch the building. And, who’s to say one of the residents didn’t set it.

With more suspects than days until Christmas, can Chris and his cadre of quirky friends restore the Christmas spirit to the small barrier island?  (Amazon)

Editions available:  Kindle, Paperback














Diamonds and Daggers: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Vampire Knitting Club Book 11) by [Nancy Warren]Missing jewels, a witch’s dagger and murder…
Just a regular day at Cardinal Woolsey’s Knitting and Yarn shop in Oxford.

When glamorous vampire Sylvia discovers a movie company is remaking one of her most famous silent films, she’s determined to get some creative input and decides to make knitting shop owner Lucy the beneficiary of her estate. Lucy will front for Sylvia in dealing with the movie executives who want to recreate the priceless Cartier jewels made specially for the original movie and still owned by Sylvia.
Meanwhile, Lucy’s moving along in her witch’s training. It’s time to choose her own athame, a dagger that she’ll use for spells.
With all that going on she’s barely got time to run a knitting shop, never mind solve another murder.
This is book 11 in the Vampire Knitting Club. From a USA Today bestselling author, these stories are cozy, clean, with quirky characters, a too-smart cat, and lots of magic and mayhem. Each can be read alone.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














Christmas Alley Murder (A Sullivan Sisters Mystery Book 8) by [Jenna  St. James]A Nosy Gossip Reporter…

Citizens with Secrets…

A Killer on the Naughty List…

With Christmas only weeks away, Jaycee and Jax are gearing up for the holiday rush in Traveler’s Bay. When Jaycee stumbles over the body of the most hated woman in town, Ginger Sager, there’s no lack of suspects. Now Jaycee must juggle her job at the bookstore/bar while figuring out who might have killed Ginger, discover author Andrew TIpton’s big secret he is keeping from everyone, and train a new bulldog pup to sleuth…all while decorating for Christmas, brushing up on her belly dancing, and staying one step ahead of her fiance, Detective Mike Connors. It’s a lot for a girl to do on her own, good thing she has plenty of sidekicks who are willing to help her out! But when things take a turn for the worse, can Jaycee keep her wits about her and soldier on? Or will this Christmas go down as the worst in history?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle