Review of Cottage on Gooseberry Bay: Halloween Moon

Cottage on Gooseberry Bay: Halloween Moon
Cottage on Gooseberry Bay, Book #1
Kathi Daley
5 Stars

54260385. sy475 Synopsis:

A new series by USA Today Bestselling author Kathi Daley.

Ainsley Holloway had come to Gooseberry Bay to find answers about her past. She’d come to find an explanation for the dreams that haunted her after the death of the cop who’d both rescued and raised her. And she’d come to identify the family she couldn’t remember but knew in her heart she’d once belonged to.

Ainsley hoped that by finding these answers, she’d also find healing. She hoped that once she’d resurrected the memories buried deep in her mind, she’d find peace.

The Cottage at Gooseberry Bay is a series about, not only finding answers, but finding hope.
It’s a series about family and friendship.
It’s a series about shared holidays, festivals, and celebrations.
It’s a series about shared heartbreak and hardship.
And it’s a series about the bond that can be forged amongst strangers when tragedy binds two or more individuals with a common goal.

In book 1 in the series, Ainsley arrives in Gooseberry Bay only to find there will be no easy answers as she’d so naively hoped. Unwilling to leave before she gets what she came for, she rents a cottage on the sea where she and her dogs, Kai and Kallie, can settle in and wait.

Her first night in town she meets a young woman who is later found dead. The local sheriff has labeled the death of this young woman a suicide based on a text message she’d sent before she died. But Ainsley, who’d spoken to the victim only hours before the text was sent, isn’t quite as sure of the easy answer the sheriff would like everyone to believe.
An investigative journalist by trade and cops daughter by upbringing, Ainsley never had been the sort to walk away from unanswered questions, so with the help of new friends she meets along the way, she initiates a parallel investigation which seems to indicate the sheriff’s real motivation in trying to sell the suicide angle to the community is to protect the interests of a very rich and very powerful man. (Amazon)


This is a new series written by this author and it was a good one. It has all of the things that I look for in a cozy book-great characters, an inviting setting and a good mystery.

The characters are well developed and well rounded. Although Ainsley is new to Gooseberry Bay, she is making friends and beginning to feel like part of the community. She soon makes friends with Parker, Josie and Jemma. The four of them are very willing to do what it takes to find the killer of a girl they know.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and it pulled me into the story right from the beginning. Through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action in Gooseberry Bay taking place.

As is usual with this author, there are a couple of mysteries taking place in this book. One is who killed the young woman, and the other is what really happened when Ainsley was adopted. That one will take some more work from Ainsley to get to the truth.

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


New Releases For The Week Of September 13th, 2020–Part 4

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



Splintered Cart: A Trevor Murdock Mystery by [P.K. Granger]

Trevor Murdock, a clandestine agent placed on leave, holds a few too many secrets. He plans to disappear into idleness along with his somewhat adopted son. Then one favor and a few days at one of Portland, Oregon’s famous food carts forces Trevor to set aside his plans in order to keep the police out his life.

This story is a a one to two hour read. The setting of this fast moving mystery provides insight into Portland’s famous food hubs or pods. Ten percent of the proceeds from this story are donated to a hunger relief not for profit organization.  (Amazon)

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All My Exes Live in Texas (Birdwell, Texas Mysteries Book 2) by [Aimee Gilchrist]

Helen Harding never meant to end up in the small town of Birdwell, Texas. It was just supposed to be a quick detour on the journey to her new life. Helen tells herself that she just wants to sell her newly inherited house so she can donate the money and get out of town without a heap of guilt. And when Crowe Appliances comes to town looking to build a factory, Helen has a prime opportunity to sell them her house as well as see them create jobs for hundreds of down on their luck Birdwellians.

That is until the head of Crowe Appliances ends up dead.

Worse, the body is found in a classic convertible owned by Aodhagan MacFarley—sheriff, answer man, mayor, and Helen’s sometimes partner-in-crime solving. Now the police have their eye on Aodhagen, Helen is once again stuck in town, and a murderer is on the loose. Now it’s up to Helen to find out the truth while trying to keep Aodhagan out of prison… before the killer decides to take Helen out of Birdwell permanently!

What critics are saying about Aimee’s books:

“Great characters and witty dialogue. There are enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end. I look forward to reading more.”
A Cozy Booknook

“An awesome, fun and funny read. Highly recommended for mystery readers, cozy readers…chick-lit, humor. Highly recommended!”
Bear Mountain Books

Birdwell, Texas Mysteries:
Digging Up Bones – book #1
All My Exes Live in Texas – book #2  (Amazon)

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The Secret Tomb (Digging Up Secrets Book 2) by [J A  Whiting, Amanda  Diamond]

This is book 2 in the Digging Up Secrets cozy mystery series by USA TODAY Bestselling Author
J A Whiting and Amanda Diamond.
Archaeologist, Dr. Kara Wolfe, is invited to lunch with her former graduate student mentor, Dr. Garrett Tindale. Due to a falling out between them, they haven’t seen each other in years. Intrigued by the invitation, Kara agrees to meet him at the New York City restaurant. Tindale surprises Kara when he tells her he has discovered the location of a long sought-after, historical tomb and asks her to go on the expedition with him. Despite some reluctance, she agrees and enlists her boyfriend and her best friend and business partner to go along. Soon after arriving in Peru, strange things begin to happen. Will Kara use her skills and her special gift of “sight” to solve the mystery of the secret tomb before someone loses their life?
This story has some mild paranormal elements.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback















Saving Irene: A Culinary Mystery by [Judy Alter]


Irene Foxglove wishes she were a French chef. Henrietta James, her assistant, knows she is nothing more than a small-time TV chef on a local Chicago channel. And yet when Irene is threatened, Henny tries desperately to save her, wishing always that “Madame” would tell her the truth–about her marriage, her spoiled daughter, her days in France, the man who threatens her. Henny’s best friend, the gay guy who lives next door, teases her, encourages her, and shares meals with her, even as she wishes for more. Murder, kidnapping, and some French gossip complicate this mystery, set in Chicago and redolent with the aroma of fine food.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle


















See Her Die (Bree Taggert Book 2) by [Melinda Leigh]Sheriff Bree Taggert is both hunter and hunted in #1 Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh’s blood-freezing thriller of murder, rage, and revenge.

New sheriff Bree Taggert is called to a shooting in a campground shuttered for the winter. But she arrives to find a perplexing crime. There is no shooter, no victim, and no blood. No one but Bree believes the sole witness, Alyssa, a homeless teenager who insists she saw her friend shot.

Bree calls in former deputy Matt Flynn and his K-9 to track the killer and search for Alyssa’s friend. They discover the battered corpse of a missing university student under the ice in Grey Lake—but it’s not the victim they were looking for.

When two more students go missing and additional bodies turn up, Bree must find the link between the victims. She knows only one thing for certain: the murders are fueled by rage. When Alyssa disappears, Bree must race against time to find her before her witness becomes another victim.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook
















The Beaufort Scales Cozy Mysteries (with Dragons) Collection: Books 1 - 4 (A Beaufort Scales Mystery) by [Kim M. Watt]

“I confess, this series is laugh-out-loud funny! Completely creative, and with recipes!” – Amazon reviewer

A picture-perfect Yorkshire village.

You know the sort.

Village greens. Dry-stone walls. Summer bake sales.

A surprisingly high body count.

Dragons …

Toot Hansell nestles in the fells of the Yorkshire Dales, peaceful, river-girt, and ruled (in a subtle yet oddly irresistible manner) by the ladies of the Women’s Institute. It’s the sort of village where one might expect the greatest drama of the year would be someone getting a burnt scone at the summer fete.


Toot Hansell is also home to dragons. Dragons with a fondness for barbecues, tea, mince pies, and investigations.

Because Toot Hansell also has a surprisingly high crime rate, and neither the Women’s Institute nor the dragons are going to stand for that sort of thing. They’ve been watching Poirot. And one can’t wait on the police to do everything …

Grab a cuppa and settle in with the first four books in the Beaufort Scales cozy mystery (with dragons) series.

And mind the cat. I think they may be up to something…

• • •

Baking Bad

“Baking Bad is a total romp that any dragon-lover not stuck in the smaug (see what I did there?) will love. Get your talons on this book now and enjoy.” – Amazon reviewer

A tranquil village. A poisoned cupcake. A murdered vicar.

A simple case – or it should be. But all clues point to the local Women’s Institute, and Detective Inspector Adams is about to discover there’s much more to Toot Hansell than bake sales and jam making.

There’s the dragons, for a start …

Yule Be Sorry

“… another warm and funny caper in the Yorkshire Dales, a celebration of friendship, and a joy to read.” – Amazon reviewer

A festive tale of kidnappings, explosions, and stolen turkeys.

One should never meddle in the affairs of dragons, but someone has been doing just that. They’ve been making dragon scale baubles that are nothing short of lethal, and kidnapping delivery drivers all over the Yorkshire Dales. And while the Women’s Institute might not need to get involved, there’s a limit to what the police can do when they don’t believe in dragons …

A Manor of Life & Death

“Hilarious, engaging, exciting and touching by turns (and sometimes all at once) and of course bolstered by oodles of tea and cake.” – Amazon reviewer

Warring staff. “Accidental” poisonings. Topiary of dubious intent.

Throw in the full complement of the Toot Hansell Women’s Institute and dragons doing yoga on the terrace, and DI Adams is starting to wonder if she might have made a small misjudgement signing up for this particular spa weekend in the country.

And that’s before the dead body in the sauna and the storm that cuts them off from the rest of the world …

Game of Scones

“Each installment of the Beaufort Scales series just gets better and better.” – Amazon reviewer

Bribery. Corruption. Murder. Who said local politics were boring?

Suspicious deaths on the Skipton city council don’t sound as though they should have anything at all to do with the Toot Hansell Women’s Institute, and they certainly shouldn’t involve dragons. Or not in the mind of DI Adams, anyway.

The Women’s Institute and dragons may have different ideas, of course …  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














The Pushing in the Pond (Bakers and Bulldogs Mysteries Book 19) by [Rosie Sams]Free with Kindle Unlimited
When Melody and French Bulldog Smudge attend a graduation party it should be all fun? But a miserable graduate, a body in the pond, and a confused bulldog all boil down to a mystery that needs solving.

Graduation season is always busy and Melody and her partners at the Decadently Delicious Bakery are hot on the case of some delicious treats. One particular party has Melody a little worried. Rumors of cheating and dastardly deeds threaten to bring the party down, but Melody won’t allow idle gossip.

However, when her Frenchie, Smudge finds a body in the pond, Melody has to admit that something is going on. Will the crime-fighting team find the murderer or has Smudge sniffed out more than she can cope with? Find out in this delightful cozy mystery with the most intrepid dog detective in all of Port Warren.

Also from Rosie Samms:
Cupcakes and Crimes volume 1 – Books 1 to 6 in the Bakers & Bulldog Mysteries
Cupcakes and Crimes volume 1 – Books 7 to 12 in the Bakers & Bulldog Mysteries  (Amazon)

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FIVE!: FIVE FIRST-IN SERIES COZY MYSTERIES by [M'Lissa Moorecroft, Chrissy Chase, Lizzie Josephson]




Five full cozy mysteries! Each one is the first book in a series so if you like the characters, you’ll be able to keep reading about them!  (Amazon)

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A Murder at Morlock: A St. Clair Mystery by [L.C. Warman]The gloomy Morlock estate is on the cusp of a sale—but the house inspection goes far from smoothly. As more and more visitors, planned and unplanned, arrive, it becomes increasingly clear: everyone is hiding something. And one of those secrets is deadly.


Widower Daniel Bauer has a secret—one that he won’t need to keep much longer, if only he can get through the house inspection that day.

Real estate agent Suzy Chung is desperate to manage her unruly client Daniel. He refuses to leave the house for the inspection, for reasons she can’t identify. Daniel is her first client—if the listing falls through, her fresh start in the well-to-do town of St. Clair will be compromised…and Suzy cannot afford to let that happen.

Antonia and George Butters are an irascible middle-aged married couple set on buying Daniel’s house. But the arrival of a second family, the Haynes, claiming they set up a showing that day through Suzy, sets them on edge. It doesn’t help that the Butters’ real estate agent, Jack Randall, has been acting fishy ever since he arrived, or that the young house inspector named Teddy grows jumpier the more people show up. Not to mention the sudden arrival of two contractors, claiming they’re supposed to give Antonia Butters a quote, even though a quote seems like the last thing on their minds.

A tornado warning sends the group fleeing to the basement. When the lights go off, tensions grow high and trees tumble down, trapping the group inside.

And when the lights come on, someone among them has been murdered.

A MURDER AT MORLOCK is a standalone St. Clair mystery novel. Other St. Clair mysteries include:

Praise for L.C. Warman’s works:

“Captivating” -Kirkus Reviews

“An intriguing blend of realism and reflection, unsettling discoveries and natural consequences” -Foreword Reviews

L.C. Warman is the author of the St. Clair mystery series. She grew up in New England, in a town where real estate contracts stipulated that you couldn’t back out if you discovered your new place was haunted. She currently lives in a Michigan lakeside town with her husband and two dogs.  (Amazon)

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Pharaoh's Forgery: Karina Goes on Vacation (Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 4) by [Ellen Butler]

International bestselling and award-winning author Ellen Butler presents book four in the Karina Cardinal mystery series! Fans of Melinda Leigh, J.D. Robb, and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum will adore this gripping mystery adventure.

Margaritas, mayhem, and murder. Too bad her only defense is a cocktail umbrella.

After some of Karina Cardinal’s recent adventures—her lover Mike Finnegan would call them scrapes, jams, or pickles—she’s more than ready to blow this D.C. pop stand for a short girls’ trip to Mexico. Until Jillian’s roller skate wreck blows their plan out of the water. With Jilly injured and Mike working, her fellow lobbyist Rodrigo volunteers to share some sun, sand, and margaritas in Cancun. It’s tough to relax, though, knowing what’s in her suitcase. A package she promised to hand off to Mrs. Thundermuffin in Mexico.

Mrs. T’s evasive maneuvers around Karina’s questions wave more red flags than a bullfighter, leaving Karina no choice but to take a peek. Okay, so it’s not a kilo of something illegal. It’s an Egyptian death mask that turns out to be a magnet for crooks, conmen, kidnappers, and outright killers.

When the situation explodes into chaos, Karina and Rodrigo are lucky to have friends in the right place—at their backs. But they’re in one hell of a jam. And they could be going home in something tackier than a souvenir t-shirt—more like a body bag.  (Amazon)

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Bookmarked for Death: Psychic Sleuths and Talking Dogs (A Jaz and Luffy Cozy Mystery Book 3) by [Max Parrott]A puzzling murder and not a suspect in sight…


After a dead body is discovered in the dusty stacks of the old library, the quiet seaside town of Blackwood Cove is once again plunged into a seemingly unsolvable case.

College student Jasmine Moore wanted nothing more than to relax with a good book after a stressful and tumultuous semester. But it seems like fate has other plans. Surrounded by familiar faces and accompanied by her trusted dog Luffy, this amateur sleuth must once again put her wits to the test against a baffling murder with not a suspect in sight.

If Jasmine wants to fight her way to the bottom of this mystery, she’ll need more than just luck this time. With a sea of conflicting clues and contradictory information, it seems like Jasmine and Luffy are up against their toughest case yet. Only a few subtle connections hold the secret to finding the killer – if she’s quick-thinking enough to spot them…

If you love head-scratching paranormal mysteries steeped in strange occurrences and conflicting clues, then you won’t want to miss Bookmarked for Death. Jasmine’s last cases are about to look like footnotes in comparison. Grab your copy today!  (Amazon)

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Holly and Holidays, Another Murder (A Sheridan Hendley Mystery Book 4) by [Christa Nardi]Everyone’s dancin’ and prancin’ at the Pets & Paws Holiday Gala, that is, until chaos breaks out.

A festive fundraiser to help the dog rescue turns sinister when somebody salts the tempting spread with something toxic. Although Maddie and most of the other guests are quick to recover, Davis Elder is not so lucky. When it appears that the food poisoning was intended to mask his murder, Elder’s daughter, Rachel, asks Sheridan to help find his killer. As Sheridan and Rachel investigate the prominent accountant’s records, a possible motive emerges and the game is on – with a happy ending for all, except the killer.

Join Sheridan and her family and friends for this holiday cozy mystery novella with a dose of holiday cheer and a favorite biscotti recipe.  (Amazon)

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Bichon Frise Near the Body: A Humorous Cozy Mystery for Animal Lovers (Pets Reporter Cozy Mystery Book 2) by [Kyla Colby]When a celebrity chef is found dead, who is the real victim?

It’s only been a few months since Samantha Hodges put crime reporting behind her to write about the pets in her cozy hometown.

But crime keeps following her, or so it seems.

When Sam is paired up with the newspaper’s food critic for a Halloween assignment, she doesn’t expect they’ll find a celebrity chef dead in his own pumpkin soup.

The uptight food critic is convinced the chef was murdered — and Sam gets mixed up in an amateur murder investigation again.

Can Sam find the murderer in time — or will the next body be hers?

Sam’s sidekick, a greyhound named Pumpernickel, returns in this cute cozy series along with a new friend, a bichon frise!

Pets Reporter Series
#0 Catnip & Culprits (download free at
#1 Greyhound at the Gravesite
#2 Bichon Frise Near the Body
#3 Pot-Bellied Pig in Peril (Coming in October)

Scroll up and click Buy Now!  (Amazon)

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Meowing for Murder (A Clever Cat Detective Series Novel Book 1) by [Sandra Baublitz]


“Murder!” he meowed.
Elderly amateur sleuth Lillian Hardcastle and her clever cat, Saber, are visiting Lillian’s sister to help her after an accident. It’s what sisters do.
Lillian knew they’d argue like they always did. But murder?
She’s shocked to find a dead neighbor in the middle of her sister’s living room. Why did the woman break in? And who killed her?
It’s time for Lillian to pick up her spyglass and Saber to prowl for clues. A killer is on the loose.
It will take one clever cat and one canny older woman to solve the purr-fect murder.  (Amazon)

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Death by Chocolate (Addie Foster Mysteries Book 5) by [Kimberley O'Malley]


Spring has returned to Ocean Grove, NC, bringing warmer days and more customers to Smiling Dog Books. Life for Addie seemed so normal, no disturbing dreams, no threatening notes from her stalker. And she couldn’t be happier. All she had to do was survive a French cooking class. How hard could it be? Little did she know the chef would end up dead! Was it the Chocolate Mousse?

As if solving the chef’s murder wasn’t enough, Addie’s prophetic dreams have returned, scarier than ever and hitting too close to home. Her stalker is now back and more determined than ever to get to her. And who is the new mystery man in her life? Friend? Foe? Something else altogether? Can Addie, Jonah, and her BFF Grey solve the murder and identify her stalker before it’s too late?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle