Review of The Baby Plan

The Baby Plan

Tess and Tilly, Book #11 

Kathi Daley

5 Stars

Synopsis:

If you love small towns, endearing relationships, food, animals, and a touch of murder, you will love this mystery series set in the small town of White Eagle Montana.

In book 11 in the series, Tess fills in at the post office after the woman who took over her route broke her leg. While on route for the first time in a year she discovers that her father has left her brother Mike with a baby to hide and protect. Tess has never really been one to go all gooey over babies but when she discovers this particular little darling in need she enlists Tony’s help to make sure she is well hidden and to look for the babies mother.

Meanwhile Tess’s mother has a new boyfriend her father isn’t too happy about and Mike has a new murder to solve. (Goodreads)

Review:  

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Mike has received a big surprise from his father–a baby.  His father dropped off the baby and asked him to protect it.  The baby winds up with Tess and Tony and they are prepared to do everything they can to keep her safe.  And it gets Tilly thinking about having a child of their own.  I enjoyed seeing this side of Tess.

The writing style flows smoothly  and the book is an easy read.  The descriptions are very vivid and they added a lot to the story.  The mystery has numerous twists and turns that kept me engaged throughout the story.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I cannot wait to see what the next adventure is for Tess and Tony.

The Baby Plan: A Cozy Mystery (A Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery Book 11) by [Kathi Daley]

New Releases For The Week Of April 25th, 2021–Part 4

The Island Ran Red (Molly Hanson Mysteries Book 1) by [Michele Green, Ben Parris, Jay Fleming]

Meet zany Molly Hanson, part of a husband and wife commercial fisherman that’s mostly her husband. Still learning the ropes, she loves her idyllic watermen island village of Smithtown but her blundering courage and unsafe curiosity cannot be contained when she uncovers a female tattooed torso floating in the water. The mystery and cover-up in this innocent town she adopted is just intolerable, and minding her own business is way too boring. Much to the dismay of Walt, the local sheriff, and her husband, Hank, Molly’s meddling in police work leaves her dangerously entangled in investigating a crime ring where her shenanigan sleuthing lands her in the crosshairs of the killer. She’s fishing village-tough, but will it be enough?

From Ed Schaeffer, REVIEWER: In THE ISLAND RAN RED, author Michele Green writes of heroine Molly Hanson, in an exciting, humorous, and dangerous romp in her island home of Smithtown, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Molly, on a boat with her husband Hank, discovers a woman’s body floating in the water. This shocking discovery leads her through various experiences as she tries to identify the murderer.

Always with the natural wonder of the Eastern Shore highlighted in the background, local characters interact with Molly, mostly helping her in her quest, and sometimes offering danger.

To the reader, Molly displays all her personality, affectionate to her husband, but rough toward those who impede her progress.

Beneath the story runs a very capable writer with a knack for using just the right words to effectively summarize specific feelings and happenings.

First you begin loving Molly, then the author herself!

-Ed Schaeffer, Rattlesnake Hill (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Who Do You Think You're Kitten: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Midlife Magic & Mystery Book 3) by [Corrine Winters]

Any witch way you can…
Any witch way but loose.

Fortysomething Witch Ruby Rivers returns, and she’s bringing her perpetually mouthy and habitually snarky feline familiar, Rumpus. Ruby is still settling into her life in the cozy coastal town of Fiddler’s Cove, Connecticut–a task made easier by the handsome Merman Chief of Police, Jon Miller.

If only she could stop being embroiled in murder mysteries. Ruby’s apprentice Allegra discovers the body of a beloved local birdwatcher and inadvertently upends a can of worms that could shake Fiddler’s Cove to its core.

Every secret unlocks another suspect. Every clue leads to more questions. As if Ruby didn’t have her hands full already, perpetual thorn in her side Cotton Mather is up to his tricks—and this time he’s brought in the big guns: An aquatic demon god the size of the Empire State Building.

Can Ruby survive this latest evil plot? Will she solve the case? Will Rumpus ever shut up? The answers to these questions—and ones you never thought to ask—all unfold before your very eyes.

Quirky characters, twisty mysteries, magical shenanigans, and hilarious romance abound in Ruby’s latest adventure.

Remember, Hex over Forty is perfectly natural… (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Dial A for Aunties by [Jesse Q. Sutanto]

“Sutanto brilliantly infuses comedy and culture into the unpredictable rom-com/murder mystery mashup as Meddy navigates familial duty, possible arrest and a groomzilla. I laughed out loud and you will too.”—USA Today (four-star review)

“A hilarious, heartfelt romp of a novel about—what else?—accidental murder and the bond of family. This book had me laughing aloud within its first five pages… Utterly clever, deeply funny, and altogether charming, this book is sure to be one of the best of the year!”—Emily Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read

One of PopSugar’s “42 Books Everyone Will Be Talking About in 2021”!


What happens when you mix 1 (accidental) murder with 2 thousand wedding guests, and then toss in a possible curse on 3 generations of an immigrant Chinese-Indonesian family? 

You get 4 meddling Asian aunties coming to the rescue! 


When Meddelin Chan ends up accidentally killing her blind date, her meddlesome mother calls for her even more meddlesome aunties to help get rid of the body. Unfortunately, a dead body proves to be a lot more challenging to dispose of than one might anticipate, especially when it is inadvertently shipped in a cake cooler to the over-the-top billionaire wedding Meddy, her Ma, and aunties are working at an island resort on the California coastline. It’s the biggest job yet for the family wedding business—”Don’t leave your big day to chance, leave it to the Chans!”—and nothing, not even an unsavory corpse, will get in the way of her auntie’s perfect buttercream flowers.

But things go from inconvenient to downright torturous when Meddy’s great college love—and biggest heartbreak—makes a surprise appearance amid the wedding chaos. Is it possible to escape murder charges, charm her ex back into her life, and pull off a stunning wedding all in one weekend? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook

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Cupcakes, Corpses and Chaos: Lila Harrow: A Point Muse Cozy Paranormal Mystery by [Kelly Ethan]

Cupcakes, corpses and an underworld jailbreak. Let the mayhem begin.

Lila Harrow, baker witch extraordinaire stays away from Harrow-caused mayhem in the town of Point Muse, Maine. All her witchy gifts are poured into her baked goods and her bakery ‘Heart’s Delight.’

But now her cupcake-loving customers are turning up dead and minus a soul…

And Lila Harrow is the number one suspect.

Between a soul hunting Grim Reaper, bakery sabotage and a duo of demon prison escapees out for Lila’s blood, a baker witch can’t even ice a cupcake.

Lila has no choice but to investigate the murders and save her business.

A piece of cake for a witchy baker.

If you like snarky dialogue, murder and mayhem then you’ll love the first installment in Kelly Ethan’s new Point Muse Cozy Paranormal Mystery spin off series – Lila Harrow: A Point Muse Cozy Paranormal Mystery!

Unlock the mayhem of Cupcakes, Corpses and Chaos! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Dead Calm: A Humorous Beaver Island Mystery (The Beaver Island Mysteries Book 2) by [Maia Ross]

When a beloved local tennis pro is murdered, everyone in the Beaver Island community is a suspect. Was it one of his many paramours, another tennis pro trying to take his job, or some other hidden enemy?

After a tractor goes berserk at the groundbreaking for a controversial new construction site, the engineer in charge reaches out to Violet for help reverse-engineering the hacked equipment, but they miss their connection. And as Violet’s vacation steams ahead, she toys with learning to sail while Irma toys with going on a real date with a dangerous ex-nemesis. But when she realizes Violet can count cards, Irma enters her in a charity poker tournament on a luxurious yacht—although she might have signed them up for more than they bargained for.

Witnesses might be dropping like flies, but with her trusty canine sidekick Mr. Pugglesworth and intrepid (but nauseous) nerd Violet Blackheart, retired British intelligence agent Irma Abercrombie sets out to find a killer.

Irma’s trying to conquer the world.
Violet’s just trying to conquer her vertigo. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Only the Good Mages Die Young: Casino Witch Mysteries 7 by [Nikki Haverstock]

Three assumptions Ella has:
__She can never fall in love
__She can always save her friends
__She’ll never find out why she can have a dragon familiar
But you know what they say about assumptions.
When Ella and Vanessa investigate the murder of a prominent businessman they assume it will be like every other case. But an explosion at his funeral nearly kills several people in her circle and she has to question everything. Does she really knows those around her? She must solve the biggest case of her career while adsorbing some truths about her life. Nothing will ever be the same… if she can survive that long. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Ice Star: A Mika Chalmers Hockey Mystery (The Mika Chalmers Hockey Mystery Series Book 6) by [Heather C. Myers]

Mika Chalmers is experiencing a dry spell.

With no clients and Detective Beech on a last-minute, undercover assignment, Mika decides to help her father prepare for the upcoming AllStar game. This special annual event has never taken place at the Seven Seas Ice Arena before, and everyone in Irvine is bubbling with excitement.

Until a shooting breaks out the day before the weekend festivities begin.

Now, Mika is forced to go undercover with Irvine Buccaneers player – and her ex – Eric Foresburg as his wife in order to figure out who is targeting the AllStar game and why. And, most importantly, who is going to be next?

With the heated chemistry of Castle and the unpredictable twists and turns of Bones, hockey fans are devouring this new romantic mystery series by a USA Today Best Selling Author.

Scroll up and 1-click your copy today. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Bought the Farm Mysteries Books 1-3 (Bought-the-Farm Mystery) by [Ellen Riggs]

★★★★★ “Delightful. Fun easy read with quirky characters. Skilled writing leads you through the journey to find the killer managing to give you just enough to keep you guessing.” ~Amazon reviewer
★★★★★ “Suspenseful and full of surprises!! Ellen is as much fun as Jana Deleon!” ~ Amazon reviewer.

Rescuing a brilliant sheepdog nearly got this city girl killed. Now they’re a crime-solving duo in farm country.

Meet Ivy Galloway, human resources exec turned hobby farmer, in this boxed set containing three fast-paced and funny full-length Cozy Mysteries for animal lovers. You’ll get DOGCATCHER IN THE RYE, DARK SIDE OF THE MOO, and A STREAK OF BAD CLUCK. Join rookie sleuth, Ivy, and her doggy detective sidekick, Keats, as they dig up dangerous secrets in quaint Clover Grove. You’ll fall in love with one of the most remarkable dogs ever to hit the page in this trio of thrilling, twisty mysteries.

Dogcatcher in the Rye: Weeks before the inn launches at Runaway Farm, a body turns up in the rye field. Ivy was the last person to clash with the victim, putting her at the top of the suspect list for police chief Kellan Harper, AKA Chief Hottie, her high school sweetheart. Can newfound sleuthing skills help Ivy and Keats stop a killer when they’re targeted next?

Dark Side of the Moo: Ivy was glad to leave corporate life behind, but now her former HR team is holding a retreat at her hobby farm and inn. When a guest turns up dead in a cow stall, Ivy and Keats try to find the bad apple on the HR team before the killer strikes again and Ivy is downsized… for good.

A Streak of Bad Cluck: More trouble hatches when a prominent local gains heavenly wings near Runaway Farm during a bridge club getaway. With everyone in a flap, can Ivy & Keats fly under the radar long enough to catch the killer?  

Over 2,000 reviews on the individual books!

From Dogcatcher in the Rye, Book 1:

★★★★★ “Farm adventures. Animals running amuck. A great dog to keep things in order. Oh yes, a murder and a bunch of sheep herding gals looking for trouble. And recipes too! What’s not to love?” ~Amazon reviewer
★★★★★ “I started reading this book, this series because with all the dreariness and chaos in the world right now, I needed something to bring me joy, and brought-the-farm does just that.” ~Amazon reviewer
★★★★★ “Awesome from page one. I couldn’t put it down. The characters are fabulous and awesome. Loved the dog.” ~Amazon reviewer (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Treasure Most Deadly: Book 5 in the Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast amateur sleuth mysteries - a humorous cozy mystery (A Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery) by [Terry Ambrose]

Seaside Cove amateur sleuths Rick and Alexandra Atwood are back!

Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast owner Rick Atwood is again called on to assist his friend, Chief of Police Adam Cunningham, with a murder investigation. The case seems straightforward enough. Clive Crabbe, who has a quick temper and a strong jealous streak, was found hunched over the victim after the man made advances toward Clive’s ex-wife.

A murder investigation is the last thing Rick wants right now. The B&B is booked solid. The town is inundated with tourists and news reporters chasing stories about treasure thieves. And Rick’s wedding to Marquetta Weiss is just weeks away. As if that wasn’t enough, Rick’s eleven-year-old daughter Alex is not only itching to help the cops solve another murder, but she’s forming an unhealthy friendship with a B&B guest.

As the murder investigation progresses, Rick realizes Alex’s new friend could be at the center of everything. The worst part is that Alex may be the one person capable of cracking the case.

If you like funny cozy mystery books, you’ll love these other cozies:

A Treasure to Die For: “Right smack out of the gate this debut cozy is a winner.” — Laura Childs, New York Times Bestselling Author

Clues in the Sand: “If you enjoy reading Karen McInerney’s Gray Whale Inn Mysteries, you’ll love this second installment in the Seaside Cove Mysteries.” — Jess Lourey, Agatha, Anthony, and Lefty-nominated author

Secrets of the Treasure King: “…filled with small town charm, plot twists, and two amateur sleuths—a true delight for cozy fans!” — Muddy Rose Reviews

Why do I write funny cozies (amateur sleuth mysteries)?

We have plenty of stress in our lives and I think we all need a chance to unwind. Amateur sleuth mysteries let me help you do that. With a little drama and plenty of chances to laugh, they’re akin to those Hallmark movie moments we all love. I hope you’ll join me by getting cozy in Seaside Cove—a little town where murder meets the sea. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

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Betrayal at the Beach: A Cozy Christian Mystery (Dangerous Curves Book 1) by [K.L. Montgomery]

When tragedy strikes the Bryce Beach Public Library, the choice is clear for librarian Sunshine Baker: solve the mystery or lose her job.

Despite having no prior sleuthing experience, Sunshine feels uniquely qualified due to her ninja YA librarian skills and all those Nancy Drew books she read as a kid. With the help of children’s librarian Molly Simmons and cataloguer Evangeline Dupree, Sunshine and her colleagues scour Bryce Beach for suspects, clues, and the stolen treasure.

Can she and her squad recover the proceeds from the library’s annual fundraising gala and Bryce Beach’s most priceless historical artifact, the Bible with the town’s founding fathers’ signatures? 

But here’s the most vexing question of all: could one of Sunshine’s colleagues be a backstabbing traitor out to destroy the library? As Sunshine always says, “Jesus, take the wheel!”

Join Sunshine and her fellow librarians on their adventure to find the stolen treasure and save the Bryce Beach Public Library. Scroll up and one-click this cozy Christian mystery today!

Betrayal at the Beach is the first book in the Dangerous Curves cozy Christian mystery series, set in the fictional small town of Bryce Beach. YA librarian and amateur sleuth Sunshine Baker, who hates her name and can’t even bake an edible muffin, always manages to put the puzzle together just in time to avoid disaster! Join this curvy redheaded librarian on her quest to keep Bryce Beach safe…and well-read, of course. These cozy mysteries can be read in any order, but this is the preferred order:

Book 1: Betrayal at the Beach

Book 2: Mystery at the Marina

Book 3: Shooting at the Shore

Book 4: Poisoned at the Pier (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Body on the Boat: A Lemon Creek Mystery by [Kathleen Suzette]

With the heat of summer comes another murder case in Lemon Creek, Montana. Abby Crown didn’t expect to find this much excitement when she moved home to the small town she grew up in, but the excitement certainly has found her.

A friend of Abby’s niece is found dead at the lake, and Abby and her daughter are in search of the killer. What secrets are hiding at the local high school, and who murdered the former cheerleader? To find out, she’ll have to go against the local detective’s orders—the detective also happens to be her brother. Can she maintain peace in the family and still catch a killer? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Apparition In The Kitchen: A Paranormal Women's Fiction Cozy Mystery (Designer to the Dead Book 1) by [Katie O'Keene]

How do you solve a murder when the only witness is already dead?

A failed engagement forces 43-year-old Lindsey Dell back to her hometown, and back to her best friend, Cameron, one of the area’s top real estate agents. With her help, Lindsey’s interior design business is thriving in no time. And when Lindsey starts seeing spirits, she’s able to return the favor, clearing ghosts from haunted houses to make them easier for Cameron to sell.

Aided by her new friend, Rod, and her black cat, Jasmine, Lindsey makes the most of the growing paranormal activity in small-town Sparrowford. That changes when a ghost makes it clear she’s the victim of foul play…and the murderer is still out there. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Whistling Pirates (Whistling Pines Book 4) by [Dean L. Hovey]

Excitement runs high in the Whistling Pines Retirement community as the first annual Two Harbors Buccaneer Days celebration approaches. The city asks local fraternal clubs and city band to move their summer events to the weekend of the festival.

To entertain the expected throng of tourists, the city announces a Norwegian lutefisk toss, band concerts, food vendors, and a Lake Superior sailing regatta. Peter Rogers, the Whistling Pines recreation director, announces activities to mirror the town’s plans including a pirate costume contest and a sea shanty singalong. A shadow is cast over the celebration when one of the regatta competitors is found dead on his boat.

Peter is drawn into the murder investigation by the new police chief despite his wife’s advanced pregnancy and his struggle to quash rumors about a senior citizens naturist cruise, with half the residents anticipating a bird-watching outing and the rest expecting to sunbathe on a clothing-optional cruise.

Reviews
“Dean’s fourth book in the whistling series is the best! The characters are fun and a little crazy. The plots twist, turn, and intertwine to make this a can’t put down read. Bravo Dean!”

“Dean L Hovey returns to Two Harbors where he left off after Peter and Jenny’s wedding (which was EPIC)… These characters are so relatable, you won’t help yourself – you’ll want more. More of their humor, their humanity and their love of life. Once again, Hovey has drawn me in.”

“I laughed so hard I had to wipe the tears from my eyes.” (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

A Familiar Curse: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Oxford Magic Kitten Mysteries Book 2) by [Rosemary A  Johns]

Welcome to Oxford’s Magic Kitten Shelter for Familiars!

My name’s Astra, and I’m a witch. This morning, all I want is to take a hot bath without a demon frog familiar insisting that he’s a prince in disguise and to read my book without a unicorn nibbling it. Instead, when cursed relics go missing in my picturesque but enchanted village of Witch Hollow, my hot next-door-neighbour, Sheriff, and dragon shifter, Earl Sin, calls on me to become his supernatural Deputy.

Satan, my devilish kitten familiar, knows more than he’s telling. But then, what’s new?

When a cursed magic flying carpet lands in my attic, its Italian tiger passenger shifts into the handsomest man I’ve ever seen. All of a sudden, Sin thinks that he’s found his suspect, and sparks fly. But I protect familiars, even mysterious strangers with twinkly blue eyes and cheeky smiles.   

And all I truly wanted this morning was a hot bath…

One-Click now and decide which familiar you’ll adopt today!

A Familiar Curse is Book Two in the Oxford Magic Kitten Mysteries cozy mystery series. Start reading to escape into magic, mystery, and laugh-out loud fun! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Witchy Glitzy Glamour (A Witch Cozy Paranormal Mystery #6) (Hex Falls Paranormal Cozy Mystery Series) by [Ruby Rivers]

The stars are out in full force.
Hex Falls is hosting the Magical Movie Awards.
But all that glitters is not gold, when Murder Mansion lives up to its name.

Hollywood’s Horror ‘B’ Movie Scene divulges upon the tiny town of Hex Falls, to attended a glorious ghouls night awards gala, to be held at none other than, the newly restored and finally complete, Murder Mansion. It’s Violet’s big debut, as well as Sotherby’s, as it marks the official unveiling of her first-ever design. With a proud Sotherby hiding in the wings, nerves are running high, and for good reason.
Rumor has it, there is icon expected among the invited guests. Harmeena Carmichael, the queen of the 50’s scream era, and the daughter of monster movie icon Isadora Everhorror—the woman who started it all, by playing sidekick to Godzillia, back before talkies—is said to be attending the gala tonight. Violet doesn’t think things could get more exciting.
But is Harmeena really who she claims to be? Or is there an imposter in their midst—lying in wait for the perfect moment to pull off the perfect murder?

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Witchy, Glitchy, Glamour (Hex Falls Cozy Mystery Series, Book 6, the final book in the series) is a humorous full-length paranormal cozy mystery.


Hex Falls Cozy Mysteries:
Hopeless Pocus, Book 1
Bedknobs & BroomHilda Sticks, Book 2
Witchity, Glitchy, Boo, Book 3
Abracastabra, Book 4
In Charm’s Way, Book 5
Witchity, Glitchity, Glamour, Book 6
Pre Order Today.

For readers of Adele Abbott, Belinda White, Constance Barker, Amy Boyles and Annabel Chase. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Matilda's Wish (The Dun Roamin' Romantic Mysteries Book 3) by [Beth  Prentice]

The irresistible heart-warming novel from USA Today Best-selling author Beth Prentice

Keep your wishes close . . . and your secrets even closer

Tilly Lockhart is out of luck, out of money and up to her eyeballs in debt. But just when she thought that fate had it in for her, she inherits a farm from her great aunt Matilda—a woman she never knew existed. The only catch? She must spend one year on her aunt’s farm Dun Roamin’ before she can sell up and save her flailing business.
Faced with two thousand acres of land and a menagerie of neurotic animals, this city slicker must enlist the help of the farm’s sexy co-owner Noah in order to survive this new life and uncover why her aunt left it all to her.
But just when her heart is opening to small-town life, an unexpected fire uncovers Dun Roamin’s deadly mystery. As threads of past sins unravel, secrets are revealed, danger builds, and threats for Tilly to leave things alone and go home grow more deadly with every passing day.

With her newfound friends by her side, can Tilly learn the truth that great aunt Matilda was hiding? Can she find inner strength to protect what she’s grown to love? Or will she lose everything, including her life?

If you like lovable characters and heart-warming romance with a dollop of mystery, then you’ll love Matilda’s Wish. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback