Review of Fishing For Trouble

Synopsis:

Something fishy is going on at a local seafood processing plant, and Charlie Cooke is on the hook to solve the case in this new Alaskan Diner Mystery.

Summer has come to Elkview, Alaska, bringing twenty hours of sunlight every day, not to mention a surge of tourists and seasonal workers. Chef Charlie Cooke is eager for a busy yet relaxing season, but when a young man working a summer job at the local fish processing plant dies moments after walking into the Bear Claw Diner, she’s quickly swept into the investigation.

Soon, through her best friend Annie Jensen, Charlie learns that another student worker at J and M Processing has disappeared, leaving more questions and fewer answers. The near-endless sunlight gives plenty of time to search for clues, but Charlie will have to work with Annie and local reporter Chris Doucette to net the killer before anyone else gets hurt. (Goodreads)

Review:

The characters are well developed and well rounded. Charlie and Chris spend a lot of time together, trying to figure out who killed a young man working in the summer at the fish processing plant. They get along well and things may get a little more serious between them. Between Charlie, Chris and Annie, a friend, they may be able to helper Trooper solve the case. Benny, Charlie’s cat, was very involved in the book. I think we got too much description on how much Charlie missed Benny, but that is only my opinion and others may not agree with me.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through most of the book, I felt like I was right there in Elkview, Alaska, watching all of the action taking place and listening in in conversations. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The mystery was well plotted and I did not know who the culprit was until it was revealed at the end.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I wonder what’s next for Charlie and her friends?

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

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New Releases For The Week Of December 6th, 2020–Part 2

Waffles at the Wake: Cozy Mystery (MURDER IN THE MIX Book 29) by [Addison Moore]

A baker who sees the dead. One too many suitors.
And a killer. Living in Honey Hollow can be murder.

*A laugh out loud standalone cozy mystery by New York Times Bestseller Addison Moore* All books in the series can be read individually, so dive on in!.***Includes RECIPE***

My name is Lottie Lemon, and I see dead people. Okay, so I rarely see dead people, mostly I see furry creatures of the dearly departed variety, who have come back from the other side to warn me of their previous owner’s impending doom.

It’s the dead of winter in Honey Hollow, and I’ve got jury duty. As if that wasn’t terrible enough, Carlotta is stirring up trouble with the mob again, and soon enough a member of the family ends up biting the big one. And you will never guess which ghost comes back to help me solve the crime this time… Something like this has never happened before, and I’m hoping it will never happen again. It’s cold outside, and so is the heart of the killer.

Baker Lottie Lemon has a bakery to tend to, one too many suitors, and the supernatural ability to see the dead—which are always harbingers for ominous things to come. Throw in a string of murders, and her insatiable thirst for justice, and you’ll have more chaos than you know what to do with.

Living in Honey Hollow can be murder.
From the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author, Addison Moore— Cosmopolitan Magazinecalls Addison’s books, “…easy, frothy fun!” (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Ghostly Graves: A Harper Harlow and Maddie Graves Mystery by [Lily Harper Hart]

Maddie and Nick Winters are embarking on the biggest adventure of their lives: parenthood. They’re nervous, excited, and prepared to go shopping. That leads them to a special baby boutique in Whisper Cove, where they just happen to participate in a cemetery tour run by Michigan’s most famous ghost hunter.
Maddie and the tour guide Harper Harlow recognize each other for what they are right off the bat, although they don’t initially say anything. Everything spills out in the open, though, when a ghost leads Maddie to the body of a local plastic surgeon.
The dead doctor has an interesting reputation with the women around town, and Maddie recognizes him from her days of nursing. Before anybody realizes what’s happening, the two women have formed a crime-fighting team and they’re determined to uncover answers.
Nick would prefer Maddie shop and embrace their incoming baby but he knows when her inner detective can’t be silenced. While the men bond – and discuss loving a magical woman – the women (and Zander, of course) dig deep and uncover exactly how sordid the tale of an unethical doctor can be.
Get ready for some fun. Maddie, Harper, and Zander are ready for adventure … and they’re dragging absolutely everybody along for the ride. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Audiobook

Graves, Ghosts & Gunslingers: A Hannah Hickok, Rowan Gray, Harper Harlow and Maddie Graves Mystery Omnibus by [Lily Harper Hart]

Four women, four magical talents, four mysteries, and four chances at romance.
Spend some time with Hannah Hickok, Maddie Graves, Harper Harlow and Rowan Gray as they crossover in three different mysteries and stir up a whole host of trouble.
You’ll laugh, cry, and be amazed.

Note: This is NOT a separate title featuring Maddie Graves, Rowan Gray, Hannah Hickok and Harper Harlow. This is a three-book omnibus including the books Grave Seas, True Grit Spirit, and Ghostly Graves. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Vanity and Vampyres (Manners and Monsters Book 4) by [Tilly Wallace]

Being a reveller is such a drain…

Someone is supping upon young noblemen and it’s up to Hannah and Wycliff to investigate. If only they could agree on how the men are being drained of their life’s blood. Is it a vampyre, known for their impeccable fashion sense, nocturnal roaming, and dislike of rain, who lurks in the shadows of London? Or is some more earthly method at play, like an attack of leeches?

With her best friend’s wedding imminent, Hannah is determined that the event be untouched by murder or mayhem. To ensure a magical fairytale event they must catch the murderer before the big day. Wycliff must seek the assistance of a man who raises his hackles and Hannah struggles with her growing feelings toward her guarded husband.

This pursuit will unearth long buried secrets that could have fatal consequences for those dearest to Hannah. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

A Death, A Duke, And Miss Mifford (Regency Murder and Marriage Book 1) by [Claudia Stone]

After an unsuccessful season in London, Miss Mary Mifford has returned to the village of Plumpton determined to be the most upstanding spinster the Cotswolds have ever seen. Not even the arrival of the elusive Duke of Northcott can distract Mary from her plan; until the local rector is found bludgeoned to death and Mary is named as the prime suspect. When Northcott offers to assist Mary in finding the culprit, she does not think for a second that his motives have anything to do with marriage – but as the list of suspects grows longer, Mary and the duke grow closer and closer, and she begins to wonder if she is not such a determined spinster after all.

Henry William Lockheart, Sixth Duke of Northcott, has returned to his ducal seat, determined to attend to the estate he has neglected since his father’s death. Nothing shall distract him from his plan, he thinks, until something – or rather someone- does.
Miss Mary Mifford is hardly the ideal candidate to be his duchess – given her lack of wealth and connections, along with the bothersome fact that she is the prime suspect in a murder – but Henry is smitten. Determined to help the young lady, Henry throws himself into investigating the death of the rector, Mr Parsims, hoping to clear her name.

With a long list of suspects, Henry suspects that the task might be difficult; though it might prove easier to solve a murder than to convince an earnest spinster that she should be his bride…

A Death, A Duke, And Miss Mifford is the first book in the Regency Murder and Marriage Series, by Claudia Stone. A light, witty, and fun read this story is sure to delight fans of Regency Romance and Cozy Mysteries alike. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Reluctant Bumpkin (Country Cousin Mysteries Book 6) by [Sam Cheever]

She’s just a girl with a dog, a cat, and a pig. And since she’s been drafted into helping her boyfriend scare his younger brother straight, she’s a girl who’s suddenly glad she’s an only child.

Hal’s younger brother has been banished to Deer Hollow because of his proclivity for getting into trouble. Hal’s parents are hoping he’ll take the kid under his wing and straighten him out. But Asher Amity has a knack for finding trouble, and it doesn’t take him long to find it in Deer Hollow. When Asher steps into a steaming pile of murder and treachury, Hal and Joey are destined to get dragged into the mess with him. Who knew how dangerous babysitting could be? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Babbling Brook Naked Poker Club - Book Five (The Babbling Brook Naked Poker Club Series 5) by [Ann Warner]

Maddie Scott is a mystery. To herself as well as to the Babbling Brook Naked Poker Club bunch. Josephine and Norman met Maddie after they helped Agatha, Maddie’s adoptive mother, return stolen art worth over three hundred million dollars.

The return of the art generates publicity which poses a risk to Maddie from angry collectors her adoptive father scammed with fake paintings. Seeking safety, Maddie moves to Cincinnati, where, with Josephine’s help, she obtains a position as an art restorer at the Cincinnati Art Museum. She moves in with Devi and Mac who with their toddlers, Lily and Toby, are currently house-sitting a mini-mansion.

Maddie knows nothing about her past since Agatha refused to give her any hint of who her biological parents were, but then Maddie discovers a key that opens a safe deposit box containing a bracelet with a mysterious engraving.

As Maddie unravels the clues from the bracelet with the help of Oliver Gwynn, a colleague who specializes in antiquities, a mysterious man hovers in the background asking his own questions about Maddie. The rest of the Babbling Brook bunch play their parts in protecting Maddie and helping her to solve the mystery of her past, each contributing in their own unique way: Myrtle with her snooping and swoops of inspiration, Lillian with a hat, Devi and Mac with friendship and a home, and Josephine and Norman with unswerving support. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

A Dodgy Death: Kat McCoy Lake Country Cozy Mystery Series, Book 1 by [Jacqueline M.  Green]

“Kat, someone is trying to kill me!”
A dotty aunt. A death on the staircase. And valuable drawings that have disappeared.
With her aunt’s prophetic final phone call ringing in her ears, Kat McCoy’s visit to England takes a sharp turn. She learns her aunt discovered and subsequently hid four historical drawings reportedly worth thousands of British pounds – and Kat’s not the only one who knows about them. Did her elderly aunt die from an accidental fall or something more sinister?
With help from new friends, including the handsome village constable, Kat tries to settle the question of her aunt’s death, all the while knowing the killer is still out there. Can Kat unmask the killer, find the drawings and still make her flight home to the States? Or will the drawings – and the truth – be lost forever? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Aloe and Goodbye: A Southwestern Small Town Cozy Mystery (Ruby Shaw Mysteries Book 1) by [Janice Peacock]

After being placed in witness protection, Ruby Shaw and her daughter move to the former ghost town of Paradise, Arizona, which is nothing like its name implies. The US marshal handling their case has this advice: Fly under the radar—but that’s difficult to do after their neighbor is murdered.
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New Yorker Ruby Shaw arrives in a hillside town in Arizona with a brand-new name, a duffel bag on her shoulder, and her daughter, Allie, at her side. Before arriving, Ruby witnesses a murder that lands her in the witness protection program. That decision means she’s gone from being a successful artist to being a nobody in a postage-stamp-sized town called Paradise—a name that doesn’t fit the former ghost town. Even though their new digs are a little shabby, and there may be ghosts haunting the town, they are optimistic about their new lives, that is, until a neighbor turns up dead.

Having just arrived in town, living next door to the victim, and without an alibi, the community members are suspicious of Ruby. A local deputy befriends her, but the deputy still points to her as the culprit each time they find a new clue. If matters weren’t bad enough, Allie is having trouble fitting in at her new school, and Ruby can’t seem to hold down a job.

As they settle in, they meet the quirky inhabitants of Paradise: Bette—the chatterbox café owner, Flora—Allie’s eccentric babysitter, and Derek—who runs local history tours, which he jazzes up with ghost stories of questionable veracity.

Ruby’s life improves when she meets a handsome cook at the local café who is passionate about succulents and cacti, and may feel equally passionate about her. Even though Ruby and Allie want to stay in Paradise, a US marshal has other ideas, as he threatens to move them to a new town after Ruby gets mixed up in the murder investigation. Ruby must find the killer before she and Allie lose their new home or even worse—their lives.
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Purchase Aloe and Goodbye to find out what happens to Ruby and Allie who must hide their true identities as they face unexpected challenges—the murder of a local real estate maven, fake ghosts, and missing feral cats—in their newly-adopted town of Paradise. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Donn's Legacy (The Soul Searchers Mysteries Book 3) by [Caryn Larrinaga]

How do you catch a killer who moves like a ghost?

Mackenzie Clair is sure she’ll find answers in New Mexico. The mysteries around her mother’s past have haunted her for twenty years, and every sign points toward the truth lurking in her childhood home. But the Donn’s Hill Body Magnet should have known better than to expect a quiet trip. Everywhere Mac goes, ghosts follow.

All her life, Mac thought her mother’s death was just a tragic accident. But when a tourist dies under suspiciously similar circumstances, connections between Evelyn Clair and more recent victims start stacking up. There’s a serial killer on the prowl, and they’ve set their sights on Donn’s Hill.

Hard as she tries, Mac can’t convince the police the deaths are related. The murderer is like a ghost, moving through the living world in ways only a psychic can follow. It’s up to Mac to solve the case, but if she can’t sift through the clues from her past, she won’t live to see her future.

Donn’s Legacy is the thrilling conclusion to the Soul Searchers mystery series. If you like ghosts, psychics, and page-turning stories, you’ll love these spine-tingling whodunits by Caryn Larrinaga, featuring psychic Mac and her spirited tortoiseshell cat, Striker:

  • Donn’s Hill
  • Donn’s Shadow
  • Donn’s Legacy (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Killer Looks (Hartley Grace Featherstone Mysteries Book 2) by [Gemma Halliday]

From #1 Amazon, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Gemma Halliday comes a dead homecoming queen, a school-wide scandal, and a Twittercidal maniac on the loose…

When Hartley Grace Featherstone, newest reporter on the school newspaper, is assigned to cover the biggest cheating scandal to rock Herbert Hoover High, she’s a little nervous about letting her editor down. And not just because he’s super hot. Hartley is determined to get to the bottom of exactly how Sydney Sanders, frontrunner for Homecoming Queen, obtained stolen answers to their Precalculus midterm. Luckily, Sydney agrees to meet with Hartley. Unluckily, when Hartley arrives at Sydney’s home, Sydney is dead—drowned in her own swimming pool while in the act of tweeting!

Now it’s up to Hartley to find out who wanted Sydney silenced. Was it a jealous homecoming rival, a bitter boyfriend, the ex-best friend she got suspended? Or did the stolen test answers lead to Sydney’s Twittercide? Between dodging Mom and her new online dating habits, tailing shady suspects, and a little midnight breaking and entering, Hartley better watch her back… before the killer strikes again!

Note: This book was formerly published under the title Social Suicide

Hartley Grace Featherstone Mysteries:
Deadly Cool – book #1
Killer Looks – book #2
Wicked Games – book #3

“Irreverently funny voice… wicked pace… explosive conclusion!”
Booklist

“Halliday balances the comedy and suspense notes well, keeping her characters intriguing and her narrative bright. Suspenseful fun.”
Kirkus Reviews

“This fun and outrageous mystery is a perfect mix of humor and horror that will have readers laughing while they try to figure out ‘whodunit.'”
School Library Journal

“I absolutely adore this series and these characters… it’s smart, funny and full of heart.”
The Book Life

Rating: This book does not contain any scenes with graphic gore, violence, or sexual content. Its rating would be similar to a PG13 movie or Hallmark Channel mystery. Themes encountered by real teens are explored (including academic pressures and cheating on tests), while keeping the overall rating and content appropriate for younger- and pre-teens. Consequences are shown for behaviors, and negative actions are not glorified. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Frosty Blend (A Paramour Bay Cozy Paranormal Mystery Book 15) by [Kennedy Layne]

Someone is making a list and checking it twice in this festive holiday whodunit by USA Today Bestselling Author Kennedy Layne…

What better time for a wedding when the sleigh bells are ringing and the snow is glistening this frosty season in the quaint coastal town of Paramour Bay, Connecticut?

Raven Marigold has been busy putting the finishing touches on her mother’s wedding. Everything has been going according to plan, and there are only twelve hours left before the big ceremony. Raven doesn’t see the harm in taking a few minutes to herself to enjoy the merriment of the season and the special occasion, but her frolic through the town square’s winter wonderland has her stumbling headfirst into a snowman…and a brand-new mystery!

Someone doesn’t want Raven’s mother getting married, and the mysterious individual is going to great lengths to make sure that the ceremony never takes place—even resorting to attempted murder!

You’ll want to have a lump of coal on hand when you find out who makes the naughty list in this year’s frosty caper! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Becky Tibbs is getting married.

Becky plans the wedding of her dreams… “Lots of flowers and greenery. Lots of white. Everything everywhere is white. White bows. White flowers. White streamers along the wooden pews.”
Patrick plans their honeymoon in Fiji.

Wait! There is a “stay-safe stay-home” order issued in Asheville!

Will the Covid-19 Pandemic keep them from wedded bliss?
Find out now. Scoll up to get your copy now! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Ghost Witch: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Carolina Witch Cozy Mystery Book 5) by [January Daphne]

If one door closes and another door opens… your lodge is probably haunted. 

When an unruly poltergeist disrupts the annual Wolf Mountain pumpkin pie baking contest, Natalie Wilder decides it’s time to break out the séance candles and bust some ghosts! Things get complicated when Natalie stumbles upon a century old skeleton and a slew of spirits who just want to party like it’s 1863. 

With the help of her wise-cracking Rottweiler, her sweet, but cursed fiancé, her sassy baker BFF, and… her mom, Wolf Mountain’s favorite witch is determined to solve this old-timey murder mystery once and for all. Grab your tarot cards, pour yourself a mug of hot apple cider, and get ready for a ghost story that will keep you guessing right up until the end!

Ghost Witch is a story of spooky suspense, lots of snark, a touch of romance, and of course, tons of laugh-out-loud humor. 

If you love small town settings, fast-talking familiars, fun-loving werewolves, handsome vampires, and sassy female amateur sleuths, you’ll love January Daphne’s fifth book in this supernatural cozy mystery series, Ghost Witch: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery.

Order the fifth book in the Carolina Witch Cozy Mystery Series today!

And don’t miss out on the other stories in this Cozy Mystery series full of supernatural thrills and chills—best enjoyed in order.

Carolina Witch (Book One of the Carolina Witch Cozy Mystery Series)

Snow Witch (Book Two of the Carolina Witch Cozy Mystery Series)

Starstruck Witch (Book Three of the Carolina Witch Cozy Mystery Series)

Fairy Witch (Book Four of the Carolina Witch Cozy Mystery Series) (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

News and Noodles: A small town cozy mystery (Tri-Town Murders Book 4) by [Carly Winter]

What happens when an alligator crashes a wedding?

Tilly’s special day is ruined when not only does a gator make an appearance, but the sound system goes down, it rains, the caterer delivers the wrong meal… and is later found dead.

 Some of Tilly’s family were the last ones to see the woman alive, and law enforcement believes one of them is the murderer.

 As Tilly rifles through the clues to find the real killer, she comes to believe someone sabotaged her wedding on purpose. But are the killer and saboteur the same dangerous person, or does she have two mysteries to solve? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Mistletoe With a Pink Bow: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (A Witch's Cove Mystery Book 8) by [Vella Day]

A witchy time travel tale that could only happen to me–and on Christmas Eve no less.

Hi, I’m Glinda Goodall. I know I’m a witch, but I never expected to have my powers turn against me and send me and Jaxson back fifty years to a snowy winter wonderland. Who knew the seventies were so archaic? No computers, no cell phones, and TVs with small screens that weighed as much as a battleship. Okay, gas might have been $.36 a gallon, but that seemed to have been the only plus.

Experiencing what it was like way back then was fun for about one day, but wouldn’t you know it, a guest is murdered in the old Victorian B&B where we are staying. Surprise! Adding insult to injury, the only way we can return to sunny Witch’s Cove in the 21st century is to solve this murder case–or so says some psychic.

I’ll be honest, at first it kind of sounded fun, until I wondered how could we do that with no modern conveniences and no gossip queens? Even worse,, there was no email.

Please send all suggestions my way, though I have no idea if they will ever reach me. Oh, yeah. I’ll be the girl in the bell bottom jeans that aren’t even pink. Such indignities. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback