Review of Lost And Found

Lost And Found

Resort At Castaway Bay

Kathi Daley

5 Stars

Synopsis:

Sydney Whitmore, a forensic psychologist living in San Francisco, moves home to Shipwreck Island, and the resort owned and operated by her family, after tragedy strikes leaving her struggling for a way to make sense of things. After finding out about the assault of an old friend, which has left him comatose, she renews her relationship with Ezra Reinhold, a reclusive billionaire who enjoys poking around in cold cases and has the means to hire the best people to find the answers no one else has been able to.

In book 2 in the series Syd is asked to help a man regain his memories after showing up a decade after he went missing with no memory of where he’d been since disappearing from his home when he was eight. Meanwhile, she continues to look for answers relating to Riley’s attack, which seems an impossible task, until Kelly invites her to a meeting with Ezra’s group who all pitch in to offer insight.

Bonus Material: Text and photos for Emily by the Sea and Emily’s Kitchen contributed by Christy Turner  (Goodreads)

Review:  

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Sydney is enjoying spending time with her family and having a working vacation.  She has to try and help a teenage boy remember what happened to him ten years ago and where he has been this whole time.  And she is also trying to figure out what happened to her friend, Riley, that led to him getting attacked and being in a coma.  And she wants to spend time with her sister and have some fun.  She will be very busy.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and took me on a great journey.  I really enjoyed the fact that although there are mysteries involved, Sydney did not go chasing after any bad guys and did not take unnecessary chances. This is unlike most of the cozies I read.  

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written cozy mystery.  I am looking forward to spending more time with Sydney and her family.

Resort at Castaway Bay: Lost and Found by [Kathi Daley]

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

A Speck of Sorcery (The French Quarter Witch Mystery Series Book 4) by [Constance Barker, Corrine Winters]

Murder at a Costume Party and Why Is Miss Hallie Making Nice With Georgie’s Nemesis

Miss Bougie Frisee is putting on a costume party in the Big Easy. Georgie and crew are invited but get more than they bargained for when a premiere Chef is murdered during the festivities. A number of people wouldn’t mind seeing the chef belly up including an ex-wife who hated him and an apprentice slash witch who was berated at every turn. Jealousy could have reared its ugly head in the form of a rival chef as well. Or maybe a spurned lover had it in for him?

Georgie is at a loss when she finds Miss Hallie and Xavier cozying up to one another. Why would Miss Hallie betray her? Is Xavier using Miss H to get to Georgie, or is there something much deeper going on? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Murder Most Wicked (Dog Detective - The Beagle Mysteries Book 15) by [Rosie Sams, Agatha Parker]

PI Hannah and her dog detective Mazie are ready to take things easy and plan a beautiful wedding, but things are never quiet in Blairstown for very long.
FREE with Kindle Unlimited.

Hannah and her fiancé Colin are happy to share the news of their engagement. While they dream of a small intimate wedding their friends think they should have a grand wedding and even suggest a wedding planner.

The happy couple along with Mazie the beagle, attend a party for successful venture capitalists Andrea and Ray to evaluate a possible wedding venue. Hannah believes the country club is beautiful and would love to have her wedding there until Lisa Ralston, the woman who runs the place is horrible to her staff.

When the woman collapses in the middle of the party, Hannah must figure out who hated Lisa enough to murder her. Is it someone from her beaten down staff or perhaps something more sinister is going on?

Find out if Hannah and her super-sleuthing beagle Mazie can figure out who the culprit is before someone else pays the ultimate price in Murder Most Wicked (Amazon)

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Sugar, Spice, and Murder: A Pumpkin Hollow Mystery by [Kathleen Suzette]

It’s summer in Pumpkin Hollow, and I can hardly wait for Pumpkin Hollow Days to begin. My new husband and I will be enjoying the warm weather, seeing the tourists return, and a hayride or two. It’s that dead body that’s spoiling the mood around here.

Pumpkin Hollow Days means a parade, a craft fair, costumes, and moonlit hayrides. Unfortunately, it also means murder. Mia and her sister Christy are on another case in Pumpkin Hollow. Can they catch the killer and unravel a mystery without getting themselves into too much trouble?

Halloween is celebrated all year long in Pumpkin Hollow. There are no paranormal elements, just good clean fun! And a murder, of course. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Pawsitively Purrfect: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Midlife Magic & Mystery Book 5) by [Corrine Winters]

Another murder in town is just…APAWLING!

Just when Ruby finally gets her boyfriend Chief Jon Miller back, and utters the dreaded “L” word, a bank robbery steals away his chance to reply.

Ruby handles the situation in her usual, inimitable style, only to find yet another distraction: Murder.

It’s ‘Fame Over’ when a reality TV starlet turns up dead in a dumpster.

Ruby has her hands full trying to juggle the many suspects and twisty clues, let alone getting Jon to ‘fess up about his feelings.

Of course, Ruby doesn’t have to charge into the mystery alone. Her trusted feline familiar, the perpetually snarky and habitually mouthy Rumpus is on the case as well.

Ruby tangles with mobsters, celebrities, hardened criminals, hitmen, and—perhaps the most dreaded of all—the modern publishing industry as she juggles the investigation, her relationship with Jon, and the stress of being a fledgling mystery writer.

Return to Fiddler’s Cove with Ruby Diamond and her cast of characters, where a cat-tastrophe is waiting around every corner and magic and mystery make for a wonderful cozy mystery series.

Because navigating middle age has never been so much fun…or so dangerous. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Peach Prisoner (A Juiced Around The Corner Cozy Mystery Book 5) by [Gretchen Allen]

Murder is Juiced Around the Corner…

When a murder occurs in the town over, Marley Bloom thinks she’s finally free of getting involved. She’s eager to take some much needed time off from work and enjoy the small-town art festival that everyone has been telling her so much about.

Things at the festival go terribly wrong, and what was supposed to be a relaxing weekend ends up being a whirlwind of theft, drama, and troublesome strangers who appear to have more on their agenda than selling their wares.

It isn’t until Marley’s livelihood is threatened that she realizes it’s time to step in and start looking for the answers everyone is so desperate to find. More involved than ever, she’s ready to get to the bottom of this twisty mystery before her temporary vacation becomes permanent. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Bad Witch Makes a Blunder: A Bad Witch Cozy Mystery (A Bad Witch Mystery Book 2) by [K.M. Waller]

Does a bad witch deserve a fresh start?

Lola has a plan. Ignore the talking raven, make some fast cash, and hightail it out of Burberry before the Spring Solstice. You know, in case the bad witch buried in her lost memories wakes up and wreaks havoc on the small town.

But when a coworker’s no good, ex-con ex-husband blows into town, he sets his sights on adding Lola to his crew of degenerates for a heist. After a firm no thanks, and a quick spell to seal the deal, Lola thinks she’s rid herself of the problem.

Then the problem turns up dead! And that’s only half the drama.

With a side-kick like mean girl Dara Henry, the Lost Souls ParaAgency watching her every move, and that darn talking raven, will Lola be able to stop the heist, find a killer, and make it out of Burberry alive by the solstice?

Find out in Book 2 of the Bad Witch Mystery series!

Prequel–O Come, All Ye Witches (A Lost Souls ParaAgency/Bad Witch Mysteries Crossover)
Book 1–Bad Witch Takes a Case

The Bad Witch Mysteries are a part of the Lost Souls ParaAgency universe:
Lost Souls ParaAgency and the Three Witches of Burberry
Lost Souls ParaAgency and the Ghostly Reunion
Lost Souls ParaAgency and the Illusion of a Vampire
Lost Souls ParaAgency and the Mysterious Bag of Bones
Lost Souls ParaAgency and the Creature of White Oak Swamp
Or just grab the Lost Souls ParaAgency Bundle Books 1 – 5 (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Picture-Perfect Poison (Pet Potions Mystery, 4) by [Ami Diane]

One person’s trash is another person’s treasure… that goes haywire and defies the laws of physics.

While Libby and Marge are in Oregon uncovering answers about Libby’s mother’s death, Marge gets a call from a friend at the local chapter of the Potion Masters Society. They’re organizing an annual rummage sale but are short a couple potionists. They need volunteers to help run it, and who better to ask than a newbie potionist and an apothecary? A duo who attract trouble like Marge’s hair growing potion allures bald men.

Soon after, strange occurrences begin cropping up all over the city as people start behaving oddly. A woman can’t stop dancing, even to the point of exhaustion. A man mysteriously ages, seemingly overnight. A child starts sprouting porcupine quills from his skin like a pincushion.

It isn’t long before Libby and Marge realize those afflicted were customers at the rummage sale. Libby suspects a rogue potionist might be sabotaging the Potion Masters Society. To get to the bottom of the mystery, she and Marge do what they do best: uncover answers while using whatever whacky potion they have at their disposal and leaving a trail of mayhem in their wake.

This is book four in the laugh-out-loud Pet Potions cozy mystery series. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Dead in the Water by [S.C. Merritt]

They say opposites attract. The only thing these two unlikely friends seem to be a magnet for is murder.

When Maisie Mitchell sold her restaurant and retired to sunny Florida, she couldn’t wait to get out of the kitchen and do absolutely nothing except enjoy lazy days by the pool.

Thirty-five years with the Chicago Police Department was enough for detective Donna “Dot” Pinetta. She was ready to escape the daily stress of big city crime and retire under a palm tree with a tall glass of something cold and a little paper umbrella.

But, as these two friends soon find out, retirement can get a little, shall we say, tiring? Sometimes you just need a vacation from your vacation. Maisie and Dot concoct an exciting plan of hitting all the destinations on their bucket lists, but when the dead body of handsome recreation director, Mason Jacobs is discovered floating in their own little piece of paradise, chaos ensues. Maisie and Dot’s plan for adventure gets shoved to the back burner when a good friend tops the suspect list and Dot jumps back into detective mode dragging Maisie along with her.

With a millionaire, an aging beauty queen and a jealous husband among the long list of suspects, can they expose the real killer and clear their friend’s name? Or will their first road trip be to the prison on visitor’s day?

Dead in the Water is the first book in a brand, new series by cozy author, S.C. Merritt. Join Maisie and Dot on their travels in the Bucket List Mysteries. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Accidental Familiar Complete Box Set: Books 1 - 5 Plus Prequel by [Belinda White]

The Complete Accidental Familiar Series (including the prequel) all between two virtual covers!

Join Amethyst and the Ravenswind clan as they discover exactly what the Goddess has planned for them. Here’s a little hint: It’s gonna be a wild journey.

Strong women. Strong magic. Strong family. Meet the Gemstone Coven in the flagship series that started them all.
Dive on in… the magic is waiting.

The Accidental Familiar Complete Box Set includes Books One through Five as well as the series prequel. Grab a chair, a tall glass of soda, and the cat. It’s time for a Paranormal Cozy Mystery binge read. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

A Djinn and Tonic: Antiques & Mystic Uniques Caravan, A Paranormal Psychic Cozy Mystery, Fantasy Romance and Suspense Novella - Book 5 (The Fortune-Telling Twins Mysteries) by [Bettina M. Johnson]

A drunken genie. A murder spree. And a budding romance between a witch and her vampire. What more could happen?

What could be worse than releasing an ancient genie on an unsuspecting populace? How about releasing one with an alcohol problem and a roving eye! Bella inadvertently opens the door to trouble when she rubbed an old lamp she traded for at their last stop. Now the Mystic Antiques and Uniques Caravan has someone going through their drawers and causing the kind of mischief…and he comes complete with a sob story that has the paranormal team of monsters-hunters trying to figure out just what to do.

Half of the team thinks he’s evil and trying to trick them into believe he’s benign, while the other half, led by Ellie and Bella, think he’s a mostly harmless soul that needs to go to paranormal AA meetings to get his life back on track. What will Maggie do when a minister for The Order of Origin who came to interview the genie winds up dead instead? Anyone in there right mind would suspect the genie, but what if he is as innocent as he professes and its a setup of epic proportions?

Maggie is determined to get to the bottom of this and return order from the chaos that is their life…and do it before one of her team members winds up in jail for aiding and abetting the suspect! And she’s juggling genie duty with men trouble when she confronts her recalcitrant vampire about his petty attitude as of late. Tempers flare, and you know what they say about love and hate, right? That fine line makes for some interesting moments! Will Maggie again control, or is all hope lost?

The Fortune-Telling Twins Book 5 (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Double Chocolate Deception (Cupid's Catering Company Book 3) by [M K  Scott]

Bakers by day, sleuths by night, Della and her mother Mabel, are pulled into a tightly woven web of deception when scammers descend upon their tightknit community and prey on unsuspecting citizens.

To unmask these brazen identity thieves, Della and Mabel must comb through clues that lead to nowhere, underhanded tactics, and sleight-of-hand trickery to find the scammers before they fleece everyone in town.

Will they find the culprits before they cause any more damage?

Find out in Double Chocolate Deception! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Birds of a Feather: a Bennett Sisters Mystery (Bennett Sisters Mysteries boxsets series Book 8) by [Lise McClendon]

A wintry Welsh evening. A house full of relatives, hangers-on, and malcontents. A British/French family hosts Elise Bennett, and gets the extra benefit of two of her sisters. Will Twelfth Night ever arrive for these revelers? A holiday to remember… and forget.

When Elise Bennett, youngest of the five sisters, is invited to spend the long holiday break with her new boyfriend, Conor (from ‘Lost in Lavender’) she is thrilled. Who wouldn’t be? A remote Welsh manor house, a chance to mix with the clan, long walks on the snowy hillsides– but things are not so simple in the countryside. Not with this family.

Conor’s brother, Duncan, misbehaves toward Elise, causing two of her sisters to rush in with emotional reinforcements. Then an undesirable French relative arrives, with an entourage. A house that already feels crowded is now bursting with intrigue, day-drinking, bird shoots, and so much cooking. And whining about cooking. When a death breaks the monotony in the kitchen, no one is relieved. Becausel, at this point, they are all suspects.

BIRDS OF A FEATHER was originally published in three parts: Swan & Peacock, Crazy as a Loon, and Fly the Nest. Read it as one novel in this compilation, or listen to the audiobook now available. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

The Ghost Camper's Tall Tales: Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series Book 3 by [Elizabeth Pantley]

A magic mirror. An enchanted world. A mysterious story-telling ghost. A hilarious, perpetually annoyed witch. A smart, sassy cat. And a mystery of finding a dead body . . . of someone who was already dead. Visit Destiny Falls and escape to a great time.

…A mysterious old man keeps popping up to tell Hayden a series of tall tales. Who is he? And is he actually glowing? Are his stories fiction, or is he telling her the history of her family, the enchanted islands, and the witch? And why did a dead body show up . . . of someone who was already dead? Can Hayden and her quirky sidekick, Latifa unscramble this mystery?

Hayden’s adventures in the magical world of Destiny Falls continue in this gripping story that answers your questions about the mysterious world she entered through a mirror in book one, Falling into Magic. We learn more about her missing mother, whose story begins in book two, The Disappearance of Emily.

“I. Can’t. Even! Elizabeth Pantley amazingly, magically, has outdone herself once again! The mystery, magic, and carefully woven story and history held me captive!” ~ Georgeanne, Goodreads

“I absolutely LOVE this series! An intriguing story… So many new twists and turns!” ~ Linda, Goodreads

Reviews for The Destiny Falls Series:

“A captivating read! I couldn’t put it down.” ~ Goodreads

“My favorite series in the whole wide world.” ~ Elza Reads

“Will blow you away!” ~ Cozy Mystery Book Reviews

“A mix of unique characters, romance, mystery, and magic.” ~ Goodreads

“Just when I thought I knew who the killer was, BAM, a twist.” ~ Leslie, Storeybook Reviews

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Elizabeth Pantley is the international bestselling author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution and twelve other books for parents. Her books are published in over twenty languages. She is also the author of the popular Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic series. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and is the mother of four and Nana to one. She hopes you have as much fun reading the Destiny Falls books as she has writing them. Visit her & sign up for her mailing list at nocrysolution.com (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Poisoning the Well: Witch's Kitchen Book 6 by [Sharon Hudson, Eugene Hudson]

Maggie Corey’s marriage and professional life have imploded and she’s ready to start her life over.

She’s come to Hope’s Crossing to manage her aunt’s herb shop, that she took over after her murder. The apparent death of a terrible foe provides relief and the hope that she can start her life anew with her boyfriend, Carl, and his daughter, Nellie. After securing a place to call home, things are starting to look up.

Nellie is enjoying fifth grade by day and lessons in herbs and witchcraft by night. While Maggie is clearly a good witch, they know that Hope’s Crossing isn’t kind to witches so they must teach Nellie to be responsible and discreet with her powers. Finding time for lessons is hard with sales at the herb store picking up—the shop has become more popular.

A strange series of suicides springs up and someone dear to Carl is the latest victim. Maggie’s cat, Bramble[AT4] , detects dark magic surrounding the victim’s possessions, and Maggie must step in to avoid another incident like what happened last summer. They discover that the killer is being influenced by magic that compels him to take violent action and they fear for Nellie’s safety.

All that’s clear is that people are dying and Maggie can’t seem to help. She must find who has been possessed banish the hex before it goes too far—she must do it to keep her new family and her new home safe. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Mystical and Magical: Bailey Bay Cozy Mystery (Bailey Bay Cozy Mysteries Book 3) by [Catherine Waltan]

Rosalind is confused about the presence of the Corps d’elite in Dreynenn, she stays hidden and orders Shadow, her cat on a mission of stealth to find out what they wanted.

Shadow returns to tell her that they wanted access to her father’s grimoires; all his research and experiments. Everything that she held onto in his absence.

Her friend Cole tries to intervene but an invisible wall of air keeps him immobile.

Can Rosalind and Shadow save her family and Cole from the evil that awaits? (Amazon)

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