Review of First Class Killer

First Class Killer
A Mail Carrier Cozy Mystery, Book #5
Tonya Kappes
5 Stars

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Synopsis:

Discover the southern life of Bernadette Butler, along with the eccentric and lovable citizens, along with all the fur babies, who live in Sugar Creek Gap in this southern cozy mystery series by USA TODAY Bestselling Author Tonya Kappes. Don’t miss out on the good RECIPES at the end of the book!

Mail Carrier Bernadette Butler just can’t stop delivering clues when the clerk of the new bookstore turns up dead in Sugar Creek Gap, Kentucky, after the town is already shocked over a tell all “fiction” romance novel that hit the shelves filled secrets that were brush under the rug and now left hung out to dry.

This is the 5th book in the Mail Carrie Cozy Mystery Series.

 


Review:

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning. Whether I was sitting on the porch with the Front Porch Ladies or spending time with Iris, my mind’s eye could clearly see it.

The characters are well rounded and well developed. Bernie and Iris are once again trying to figure out a murder mystery because this time Iris is a suspect. It will take all of their sleuthing skills, and then some, to solve this one.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I cannot wait to see what new predicament Bernie and her friends get into next.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book and provided my honest review.

 

New Releases For The Week Of September 27th, 2020–Part 2

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of September 27th, 2020. I am going to divide the list into 5 days because there are so very 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.

Broomsticks and Board Games (A Spooky Games Club Mystery Book 1) by [Amy McNulty]

Dahlia Poplar is a genuine witch, an unofficial gofer, and Luna Lane’s only cursed resident.



With a werewolf best friend, a vampire ex-boyfriend, and a ghost for a hanger-on, Dahlia is far from the most unusual dweller of her sleepy small town, but she’s the only one unable to leave. Dahlia has to perform at least one good deed per day—or she’s one step closer to turning to stone.

Fortunately, the residents of Luna Lane have plenty of tasks for Dahlia to complete to avert the curse until Cable Woodward, fetching professor and nephew of her elderly neighbor, stops by for the semester on sabbatical. Attempting to help Cable’s uncle work through the trauma of losing his wife, Dahlia uncovers the man’s collection of board games, which leads to him reminiscing about the long-forgotten Luna Lane Games Club.


Dahlia reestablishes Games Club, only to find evidence of a number of horrible demises connected to the original group. While trying to uncover the truth about the deaths, Dahlia has to fight off her curse, protect her elderly neighbor from becoming the next victim, and most vexing of all, keep Cable from figuring out Luna Lane’s supernatural secrets. Only with eerie board games like these, there may not be a loser—or even a winner—who survives.

Luna Lane’s witches, werewolves, and vampires welcome you to the Spooky Games Club—in which even the winners could find themselves six feet under. This cozy paranormal mystery is perfect for fans of Adele Abbott, Amanda M. Lee, Nancy Warren, Angie Fox, and Sara Bourgeois. With a witch’s broom that acts like a pet and a focus on games, Spooky Games Club Mysteries also weaves in themes familiar to cozy pet mystery and cozy craft & hobby mystery readers.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Caterer's Guide to Love & Murder by [Jessica Thompson]A wedding caterer, a florist…and a dash of poison.

“Wow, this dough is sexy!”

As their wedded bliss starts to show signs of serious strain, Violet and her new husband, Jake, put their feelings aside to focus on catering a wedding that could make or break her career.

When murder ruins the rehearsal dinner, and her sister, Greta, the florist, becomes the prime suspect, Violet risks everything to clear her – and still deliver the beautiful wedding her new friend deserves.

But will she be in time before the killer dishes out seconds?

A Caterer’s Guide to Love & Murder takes you on a culinary journey you won’t forget!  (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle. Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written to Death: An Animal Lovers Cozy Mystery (A Sandie James Cozy Mystery Series Book 4) by [Tessa Kelly]

 

When a famous writer is found dead at a writing workshop the police has no shortage of suspects.

Sandie has come up with a plan to save her sister’s beloved bakery. It involves a competition with a substantial cash prize and a writing workshop that brings in a slew of new and interesting friends. Until everything goes horribly awry, resulting in not one but two bodies dropping dead.  

Add to that a Dad who is suddenly MIA, an irate cat lady who’s taken up residence at his house, and a boyfriend who is convinced that his and Sandie’s relationship is at that “it’s time to meet the parents” stage. All in all, Sandie’s got her work cut out for her.

Can Sandie untangle the mess she and her sister have landed in, find the murderer and win the competition before all their dreams come crushing down around them?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frozen In Time (Behind The Crime Book 4) by [Laura Greene]“You look like you’ve seen a ghost, Jessy. Are you okay?”

New Orleans is a beautiful place. Jessy is fond of the people and the city’s architecture, and she is trying desperately to lead a mundane life that will keep her marriage together. But when a sinister meeting at a museum leads her once more into Harlan’s case files in part four of this thrilling series, she makes an unsettling discovery.

A map made by Harlan reveals the location of three clues across the city; each one is a missing piece of a greater whole. As she promised her husband that she would leave Harlan’s cases alone, Jessy must now operate with fragile secrecy. Following Harlan’s map meticulously, Jessy forges ahead straight into her most dangerous case yet, hoping to finally find the answers she needs.

From international bestselling crime fiction author Laura Greene comes Frozen In Time, part of Behind The Crime, a collection of suspenseful short stories about an ordinary businesswoman turned mystery sleuth, who is determined to find justice for murder victims. Follow her in each thrilling story which can be read in one sitting.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

O Witchy Town of Whittlecombe: A Wonky Inn Christmas Cozy Mystery by [Jeannie Wycherley]While mortals sleep …

Yippee! It’s Yuletide! Wonky inn proprietor, Alfhild Daemonne, is looking forward to partying with her guests … but Whittlecombe has fallen eerily silent.

Sleet descends as the residents sink into a deep and dreamless sleep.

All except for Alf.

She recognises a horrible hex when she sees one. But who has cursed the village and why?

And what will it take to undo it?

Can our Alfie wake her friends? Will anybody wake up in time to prepare figgy pudding? Will there ever be a crisis free and merry Christmas at Whittle Inn?

Probably not. That’s what makes life wonky after all!

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O Witchy Town of Whittlecombe is a standalone Christmas cozy mystery that complements the Wonky Inn series as a whole.

You’ll love this crazy paranormal cast of witches, wizards, ghosts and pantomime villains.

And not forgetting Mr Hoo, of course!

This latest Wonky Inn Christmas mystery adventure is best served with a glass of your favourite tipple and a heart full of love.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Fortune Teller (A Claire Rollins Mystery Book 9) by [J A  Whiting]

 

This is book 9 in the Claire Rollins mystery series by USA TODAY Bestselling Author J.A. Whiting. It is September and Claire, Nicole, and Robby have just begun shooting the new cooking show for their local television station. Each episode showcases a location around Massachusetts and highlights a recipe related to the location. They are in the seaside town of Hamlet scouting attractions there when Nicole sees a psychic’s shop and decides she’d like to have her fortune told. Claire is against it, but goes along with her friend. During the reading, the psychic tells the young women something unexpected and cuts the session short, hurrying Claire and Nicole from the shop. Later in the day, when they’re walking around the main street, they see police investigators and an ambulance right outside the psychic’s shop.
Will Claire and her friends be able to figure out what’s going on before someone else loses their life?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Cupcake Murder: A Festive & Delicious Christmas Cozy Mystery (A Hannah Swensen Mystery) by [Joanne Fluke]Featuring over a dozen cookie and dessert recipes from The Cookie Jar—Hannah Swensen’s famous bakery, this festive new Christmas mystery from the Queen of Culinary Cozies is just the holiday treat you need this season!
 
“Don’t miss this charming mystery, which will also satisfy your sweet tooth.”
Booklist STARRED REVIEW

 
As December turns Lake Eden into the North Pole, the heat is on in Hannah Swensen’s kitchen to honor two Christmas promises: baking irresistible holiday cupcakes and preventing murder!
 
While Hannah speeds through a lengthy holiday checklist, drama in town grows like Santa’s waistline on Christmas Eve. Her sister Andrea wants to stave off the blues by helping out at The Cookie Jar, Michele’s love life is becoming complicated, Lisa needs Hannah’s advice, and Delores has a Christmas secret she’s not willing to share. But nothing dampens the holiday mood more than the chilling mystery surrounding the man found near death in an abandoned storefront two doors down from Hannah’s bakery . . .
 
The befuddled John Doe can’t recall a thing about himself—except for his unusual knowledge of restoring antique furniture. With a smattering of clues and barely enough time to frost Christmas cookies, Hannah must solve a deadly puzzle that could leave her dashing through the snow for her life!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deadly Travel: A World War II Mystery (The Deadly Series Book 5) by [Kate Parker]Travel to Berlin in 1939 is treacherous. Carrying out two clandestine missions in the enemy capital could prove deadly.

When a Quaker Kindertransport chaperone is murdered in the East End of London, Britain’s counterintelligence spymaster tasks Olivia Denis to join the group rescuing children from Nazi Germany. Olivia must find not only a killer, but a traitor relaying sensitive material to the enemy.

Once they reach Berlin, Olivia discovers she must rescue the family of an imprisoned British spy before she leaves the next day. An attack convinces Olivia the family’s two young sons are in grave danger, but where to hide them?

Can she protect the boys before they become the traitor’s next victims?

Deadly Travel, Book Five of the Deadly series, is for fans of World War II era spy thrillers and classical cozy mysteries, of intrepid lady sleuths with spunk and smarts. No explicit cursing, sex, or violence.


Continue your journey today into Olivia’s world of intrigue in London in the days leading up to war.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Death, Dismay and Rosé (The Wine Trail Mysteries Book 6) by [J. C. Eaton]When a local historian is found dead, Norrie Ellington has to dig through the clues to prove the cause was not a centuries-old curse but coldblooded murder . . .

It’s rare that the summer solstice and a full moon fall on the same night, but winery manager Norrie Ellington is all too familiar with the curse that supposedly accompanies the event: the death by suffocation of someone in the area. She’s inclined to write the whole thing off as folktale nonsense―until the president of the local historical society is found smothered on that very night. Local law enforcement aren’t quite so superstitious, however, and they’ve pegged a close friend of Norrie’s for the murder.

Determined to discredit the curse and get her friend off the hook, Norrie begins digging into the background of the victim, only to discover that he had no shortage of enemies. And as evidence emerges of his questionable connections and shady dealings, Norrie follows a trail of clues that leads her smack into the racing world at Watkins Glen. She’ll have to shift into overdrive to save her friend, because curse or not, there’s a flesh-and-blood killer dead set on making Norrie the next victim . . .

Praise for the Books of J. C. Eaton:

“A sparkling addition to the Wine Trail Mystery series. A toast to protagonist Norrie and Two Witches Winery, where the characters shine and the mystery flows. This novel is a perfect blend of suspense and fun!” ―Carlene O’Neil, author of the Cypress Cove Mysteries, on Chardonnayed to Rest

“A thoroughly entertaining series debut, with enjoyable yet realistic characters and enough plot twists―and dead ends―to appeal from beginning to end.” ―Booklist, starred review, on Booked 4 Murder

“Filled with clues that make you go ‘Huh?’ and a list of potential subjects that range from the charming to the witty to the intense. Readers root for Phee as she goes up against a killer who may not stop until Phee is taken out well before her time. Enjoy this laugh-out-loud funny mystery that will make you scream for the authors to get busy on the next one.” ―Suspense Magazine on Molded 4 Murder


About the Author:

J. C. Eaton is the pen name of husband-and-wife writing team Ann I. Goldfarb and James E. Clapp. They are the authors of the Wine Trail Mysteries, the Sophie Kimball Mysteries, and the Marcie Rayner Mysteries. In addition, Ann has published nine YA time travel mysteries under her own name. You can learn more about Ann and Jim at jceatonmysteries.com, jceatonauthor.com, facebook.com/JCEatonauthor, and timetravelmysteries.com.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fatal Fudge (Cursed Candy Mysteries Book 3) by [Cate Lawley]Magical mind control

Lina accidentally gave a batch of her fudge an extra wallop. Anyone who eats it becomes suggestable. Very suggestable.

Is it mind control?

First a nun robs a liquor store, then a kindergarten teacher punches a pedestrian. The International Criminal Witch Police are certain Lina’s fudge is to blame. When a third crime demonstrates an escalating pattern of violence, Lina is terrified a fourth offense will end with murder.

Does the mastermind behind the crimes have a twisted sense of humor, or is there a more sinister connection behind the crimes?

Join Lina as she cleans up the last (she hopes!) of her cursed candy messes and tracks down a potential killer.  (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murder on the Edge by [Lesley Cookman]‘With fascinating characters and an intriguing plot, this is a real page turner’ Katie Fforde

Super-sleuth Libby Sarjeant is back with her most puzzling case yet . . . a mysterious death at the local cliffs.

Colin Hardcastle has arranged for two men to meet and discuss the sale of a house. But when Nick Nash – the owner of the property – doesn’t show, Colin cannot begin to imagine the events he has set in motion.

Perplexed, Colin tells his friends in Steeple Martin, piquing the interest of Libby Sarjeant – and the Reverend Patti Pearson, who finds Nash’s name strangely familiar . . .

Despite her burgeoning reputation as a super-sleuth, Libby is somewhat loath to investigate what seems to be a tragic accident. But when two of Patti’s parishioners ask for her help, Libby very quickly finds herself caught up in the mystery. Then Nash’s body is found, and things take a darker turn.

As the case unravels, biting deeper into the local community, Nash’s shocking past is unearthed and it’s up to Libby and her friend Fran Wolfe to help solve the case before it’s too late…

This is an addictive and unputdownable crime mystery novel perfect for fans of Faith Martin, J.R. Ellis and LJ Ross.

Readers adore the much-loved Libby Sarjeant series:

‘I have read all the books in this series and love them all’ ***** GoodReads review

‘Just can’t get enough of reading about Libby and her friends’ ***** GoodReads review

‘The characters are so likeable. I would love to visit the mythical Steeple Martin!’ ***** GoodReads review  (Amazon)

Editions Available:   Kindle, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deadly Miscalculation (Deadly Miss Book 3) by [R. J.  Amos]

It just doesn’t add up …

When Alicia’s lab mate dies, there’s something about the official story that doesn’t make sense. She doesn’t have time to look into it though, she has only two weeks to finish a paper, prepare a seminar, and ace a job interview.
But her questions about the death are bugging her, and her concentration isn’t helped by her new friend Martha doing a bit of ‘Miss Marpling’.
And then Alicia herself comes under suspicion.

Enjoy the twists and turns of this new cosy mystery set in the beautiful sandstone buildings of Sydney University.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murdered Mogul: A High Desert Cozy Mystery (High Desert Cozy Mystery Series Book 12) by [Dianne Harman]Joe was born in poverty,
But he married well.
And he was smart.
Smart enough to become the darling of Wall Street.
But something was missing,
And the Desert Ashram, a spiritual refuge, provided it for him.
Too bad his wife didn’t agree.
Too bad his brother didn’t agree.
Too bad his father-in-law didn’t agree.
Too bad Joe was murdered.
Was it out of greed, revenge, or just plain jealousy?

Lots of players. Lots of suspects. And it’s up to Detective Jeff, with a little help from his wife, Marty, and their psychic dog, Patron, to figure it all out.

This is the 12th book in the High Desert Cozy Mystery Series by a USA Today Bestselling Author and Amazon All-Star.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kitchen Magic (Witches Academy Series Book 5) by [Anna Celeste Burke, Witches Coven]Book 5 of 8 of the Witches Academy Series

Muriel Bright, America’s latest foodie channel sweetheart, is a real charmer who’s always discovering new uses for her magic outside the kitchen.

Muriel has plenty of experience using her skills as a healer, cooking up comfort and well-being one delicious treat at a time. When there’s a murder behind the scenes at her top-rated cooking show, Muriel has no choice but to draw on her other extraordinary talents. As Muriel takes up sleuthing, she finds that her abilities are quickly put to the test.

Despite what the detective assigned to the case may believe, this is no ordinary murder. Powerful forces are at work, and Muriel is determined to oppose them. As a graduate of the Witches Academy, Muriel is a force to be reckoned with, and it’s her calling to keep the darkness at bay. After getting to know the attractive detective better, Muriel would also like to keep him alive. In order to do that, Muriel gives a whole new meaning to the use of smoke and mirrors as she relies on them to deceive some and reveal the truth to others. Can she solve the murder and stop the killing without tipping her hand to the police?

A waitress attending night school at the academy discovers, along with the gift of magic, she has royal blood flowing through her veins. America’s latest foodie channel sweetheart is a real charmer, who discovers not all the magic happens in the kitchen. Clair struggles with taking control of her magical powers until she meets a guy who really needs her help. A beautiful witch, empowered with the gift of creating strong magic spells since childhood, now refuses to use them––until her friend’s murder changes everything. An investigative reporter’s strange visions force her to really use her powers. When a rival tries to mess with her magic a witch must find a way to rekindle her flame.

What do eight enchanted witches have in common? They’ve all attended the Witches Academy of Sorcery in the Big Easy, the foremost school of magic in the world. From coast to coast, each of these bewitched women will work at becoming who they are meant to be, using their powers to the fullest capacity.

Jen Talty – The New Order
Natalie Ann – Passionate Vision
Judith Lucci- Seer of Justice
Suzanne Jenkins – Secret Royalty
Anna Celeste Burke – Kitchen Magic
S. R. Mallery – Endangered Spells
Margaret A. Daly – Wickless
Tamara Ferguson – Enchantress  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winner Cake All (Chef-to-Go Mysteries Book 3) by [Denise Swanson]Next in New York Times bestselling author Denise Swanson’s chef mystery books, Dani Sloan will have to solve the murder of a bride to clear her crush’s name. Once again, it looks like Dani will get a slice of the action…

This yummy series is:

  • Perfect for Fans of Kate Carlisle and Gayle Leeson
  • For readers of culinary cozy mysteries and small-town cozy mysteries

In the small town of Normalton, IL, there aren’t a lot of opportunities for small business owner Dani Sloan to cater big-ticket events. But that’s about to change—a client named Yvette Joubert is marrying Franklin Whittaker, the richest guy around, and they want Dani to cater their engagement party! The swanky event is the perfect opportunity to put Dani on the map for wealthier clients.

But when a storm hits the party after guests arrive, it becomes clear that more than the dinner is ruined: Yvette is found dead beneath the marquee. Is her death a tragic accident, or a perfectly orchestrated murder? Then the case gets even juicier—it turns out that Yvette’s ex-husband is Spencer Drake, Dani’s almost-boyfriend, and the police start circling. Now Dani must follow an unending list of clues to save her business, her better half, and catch a criminal. Let’s just hope they get their just desserts!

The third installment of the Chef-To-Go series, Winner Cake All, is full of small-town charm, delicious desserts, and an exciting investigation. Denise Swanson’s bestselling mysteries will keep you guessing until the end!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback