No Way Home Zoe Chambers Mysteries, Book #5 Annette Dashoffy 5+ Stars
USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR
A relaxing trail ride turns tragic when Paramedic and Deputy Coroner Zoe Chambers discovers the body of a popular county commissioner in her Pennsylvania woods. Inconsistencies surround the horrible “accident,” but before she can investigate further, she’s pried away by a plea for help from her best friend whose son has been deemed a person of interest in a homicide over a thousand miles away. When he vanishes without a trace, his mother begs Zoe to help clear him and bring him safely home. The task takes Zoe out of her comfort zone in a frantic trip to the desolate canyons and bluffs of New Mexico where she joins forces with the missing boy’s sister and a mysterious young Navajo.
Back at home, Vance Township’s Chief of Police Pete Adams must deal not only with the commissioner’s homicide, but with an influx of meth and a subsequent rash of drug overdoses in his rural community. Bodies keep turning up while suspects keep disappearing. However little else matters when he learns that half a continent away, a brutal killer has Zoe in his sights.
Books in the Zoe Chambers Mystery Series: CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE (#1) LOST LEGACY (#2) BRIDGES BURNED (#3) WITH A VENGEANCE (#4) NO WAY HOME (#5)
Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you’ll probably like them all… (Goodreads)
The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional. Zoe is brave, smart and caring. She is willing to go the extra mile to help those in need, especially if it is for one of her friends. Sometimes she leaps before she looks and finds herself in some dangerous situations. It is a good thing that Pete, the Chief of Police, is always watching out for her. Pete is tough, honest and willing to do most anything to make sure that the bad guys are put away. And when it comes to Zoe, he will move mountains to keep her safe and by his side. He loves Zoe and cannot imagine his life without her. Their relationship has grown so much since the first book in the series and I have to say that they are one of my all-time favorite couples. That is what I look for when reading a series, the characters growing and evolving.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read. The author is very talented in creating suspense and tension with the written word. There are a couple of mysteries to solve in this book and they were both carried on well throughout the entire book. There are enough suspects to consider and enough twists and turns that even the most seasoned armchair detective will have trouble solving the cases. I was not sure that I was going to like the fact that Zoe and Pete were in different parts of the country, each working on separate cases. But the way it was written it worked and it did not bother me at all.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery with great characters, well plotted mysteries and twists and turns galore. You could read this as a stand alone book but I would strongly suggest that you start at the first book and read the whole series. That way you can enjoy them all as much as I have.
I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Henery Press for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Angie Turner’s Idaho restaurant, the County Seat, is the perfect site for a picturesque country wedding, but the party planning skids to a halt when the groom-to-be is implicated in a murder investigation…
When Angie’s best friend and business partner, Felicia Williams, picks the County Seat to host her upcoming nuptials, Angie wants it to feel like a family affair–especially since Felicia is set to marry the farm-to-fork restaurant’s talented sous chef, Estebe Blackstone. Unfortunately, the bride’s actual family is far less enthusiastic about the union. They’re pulling out all the stops to cancel the couple’s wedding, even arranging for a surprise visit from Felicia’s ex-fiancé (and her father’s current lackey). But when her ex is killed days before the ceremony and Estebe is framed for the crime, Angie and the County Seat crew must scramble to solve the murder and save the wedding . . .(Amazon)
The characters are well developed and well rounded. Everyone one at the County Seat is very excited about the upcoming wedding between Felicia and Estebe. But Felicia’s family is not too thrilled and will do what they can to keep it from happening. They even have Felicity’s ex-fiance try to talk her out of it. When he is killed, Estebe is a person of interest. Angie and Felicia have to find the killer before the groom is put behind bars. Angie, Felicia and the Scooby gang have their work cut out for them.
The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly by their action and words. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning. The mystery is well plotted and there were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. Read this book and find out if there is going ti be a wedding or not.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.
When a dead body turns up on a race route, Abby McCree hits the ground running to catch a killer . . .
Overcommitted Abby has once again been drafted to use her organizing superpowers—this time for a 5k charity run that’s part of the Founder’s Day Celebration in Snowberry Creek, Washington. At least she has help, albeit from an unlikely source: Gil Pratt, a member of her handsome tenant Tripp Blackston’s veterans group and co-owner of a motorcycle repair shop with his brother. Abby and Gil may seem like an odd couple, but they work great together.
The event seems to be running smoothly—until city council member James DiSalvo is found murdered in a ravine along the race route. Unfortunately, Gil’s brother Gary had a very public argument with DiSalvo minutes before the race, making him the prime suspect. Now the two race organizers must again team up to prove Gary’s innocence—before the real killer makes a run for it. But one wrong step and Abby may be the next one to come in dead last . . .(Amazon)
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When someone tries to kill her sister, it’s time for Julie Cavallo to don her sleuthing cap!
The Provence sweet shop owner rushes to the home of her twin sister in Paris. Julie’s main question is: Who would want Cat, a professional medium, dead? Unfortunately, Cat doesn’t have a clue. But since when has the absence of clues deterred Julie?
Soon enough, she uncovers a suspicious death, unsolved disappearances, and a spiritual community with a dark secret to protect. By the time Julie realizes she opened a big can of worms, she’s in too deep. And her life is in danger.
Cue the handsome captain Gabriel Adinian, Julie’s longtime crush. Why is he in Paris? Probably on assignment for the Gendarmerie Nationale. Or maybe a private matter unrelated to Julie. But what if he’s taken leave to watch over her? Then, Julie hopes he’ll do a little more than watch—professionally and… otherwise.
Can Julie, with the help of her friends, solve the far-reaching case and cheat death once again?
“The Perils of Paris” is the fifth Julie Cavallo cozy mystery, but you can also enjoy it as a standalone. (Amazon)
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Jane Darrowfield is using her retirement years to work as a professional busybody, with most of her business coming from her West Cambridge, Massachusetts, community. This time her client is right next door . . .
JANE DARROWFIELD AND THE MADWOMAN NEXT DOOR
Megan, who’s purchased the house next to Jane’s, needs some help from her snooping neighbor. Megan’s been having blackouts, hearing voices—and feeling like someone’s following her. Are these symptoms of an illness—or signs that she’s in danger?
Considering the extensive security system in Megan’s house, it seems like she should be safe—yet she soon vanishes into thin air. Some think she’s run away, but would this ambitious young lawyer on the partner track really miss a meeting with an important client? And where’s Megan’s cat?
The mystery is about to deepen when the cat is finally located in a hidden panic room—and as Jane and the police look into Megan’s friends, family, and past, it may be time to sound the alarm . . .(Amazon)
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I thought having to throw out the first pitch of the minor league championship was my biggest worry, but sabotage may have cost the Tampa Tigers a victory. The only one who saw the crime take place? Their mascot, Timmy. A real tiger. When Persephone and I are called in to solve the case, things get complicated in a hurry. Timmy thinks Persephone is his long-lost kitten, and a team superfan is competing with me to find the culprit. I’m learning more about baseball than I ever bargained for, and Persephone and I will have to work fast to save the careers of the legendary players involved…as well as my own. (Amazon)
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Meditation leads to peace and tranquility—or deadly visions if you’re psychic Sunshine Meadows…
Sunny’s parents and Granny couldn’t be happier—or more overbearing—with the news of their first grandchild on the way, and Sunny’s new husband Detective Mitch Stone couldn’t be more terrified—or overprotective. Even her biggest ally Morty the cat has turned against her and partnered up with her husband, which is something she never thought she’d see in this lifetime. All because trouble has a way of seeking her out. When Sunny becomes over stressed, her doctor orders her to meditate. Not an easy task with a psychic convention in town. Sunny’s visions are not of pink and blue; she’s seeing red as meditation leads to murder and the head psychic winds up dead. With no prime suspects, Sunny has no choice but to seek out trouble and use her clairvoyant abilities to solve this case if she is ever going to be free to focus on being a mother. That is if the real killer doesn’t make her lose her mind first… (Amazon)
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A mysterious tragedy from years ago remains unsolved until a stranger arrives in town seeking vengeance.
April May is intrigued by the fog-shrouded lighthouse where a troubled woman lost her life a decade earlier. When the woman’s sister chooses to re-examine the past, secrets are revealed that threaten the peaceful town and its residents.
Meanwhile, the long-dead French chef who haunts April’s kitchen has a heartbreaking secret of his own that may change everything for one family.
Can April help her ghost find peace while also solving a murder and preventing another? (Amazon)
Ellie Alexander’s Bake, Borrow, and Steal, the most delicious installment yet in the Bakeshop Series set in Ashland, Oregon!
As the autumnal hues of November fall over the Shakespearean hamlet of Ashland, Oregon, Jules and her team at Torte are working on their biggest event ever. They’ve been invited to create chocolate showpieces for the gala opening of a new exhibit, Shakespeare’s Lost Pages at SOMA. The museum, located on the campus of Southern Oregon University, is getting ready to unveil the Bard’s lost manuscript, Double Falsehood, which is being touted as the greatest artistic discovery of modern times. In addition to molding luscious, silky chocolate into magnificent structures, Torte will be serving an authentic Elizabethan feast straight from the pages of a sixteenth century cookbook featuring Lardy cakes, Frangipane tarts, and jellies with chestnut cream.
Jules has underestimated the amount of work required to pull off such a culinary feat. She finds herself in the strange position of feeling frazzled and stressed as the day of the gala approaches. However, her team rallies around her and once the massive works of chocolate art are safely installed at the museum, she can finally let out a sigh of relief and revel in the excitement of the grand celebration. But her relief is short-lived. Right before the unveiling, news quickly begins to spread that Shakespeare’s lost manuscript is missing. Not only that, but the security guard tasked with keeping the priceless artifact safe has been killed. Is this a case of a heist gone terribly wrong? Or could it be that a killer is lurking in the museum archives? (Amazon)
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Murder in an English Village. An empty nester longing for a quiet life. What could possibly go wrong? It’s summer in Bliss Bay. Ladybirds have descended upon the village, and event organiser Megan Fallon has a diary as clear as the sky. Although her wedding to American fiancé Jack Windsor is a year away, excitement surrounding the biggest event of her life (after the birth of her daughter Evie, of course) is already building, and she’s determined that nothing will take the edge off it. However, when a visitor to the village is found dead in suspicious circumstances—alone in his rented cottage with all the doors and windows locked from the inside—the police are left scratching their heads. And when Megan’s ex-husband and her arch rival find themselves in a situation that leaves them desperate, will she be prepared to forget the past and help them out of a fix? Put on your sleuthing hat, pull up a comfortable chair, grab a cuppa, and join the fun as the hunt for a killer begins in another Bliss Bay Village Mystery. Note: This book is written using British English. (Amazon)
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The only thing more exciting than an author and a famous actress staying at the bed and breakfast is a real murder mystery.
A cozy mystery from International Bestselling Author Danielle Collins
The Keys Bed and Breakfast is hosting a reclusive author and a famous actress who are working together on a new memoir. It soon becomes apparent that not everything is as it seems. And then the dead bodies start showing up. Can Eva and the Murder Mystery Book Club sort fact from fiction and solve another deadly mystery?
A Memoir of Mystery is the fifth story in the Florida Keys Bed & Breakfast Cozy Mystery series. If you like fast-paced mysteries with interesting characters, a talkative bird, and unexpected twists, you’re going to love the Florida Keys Bed & Breakfast Cozy Mystery series.
Download A Memoir of Mystery and get started on your next murder mystery adventure today!
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A night at the opera ends in murder. Lady Marjorie will need to be at her razor-sharp best…
Lady Marjorie Snellthorpe reluctantly agrees to accompany her irritating cousin-in-law, Edna Parkinton on an organised tour, starting in Romania.Looking for rest and relaxation after their last trip ended up as a murder investigation, things don’t quite go to plan. Edna is pleased when they encounter Horace Tyler from their previous holiday and Marjorie believes she will have a new friend in Frederick Mackworth.
Their peace is shattered when they meet with an argumentative and annoying sextet, including a petulant diva. The whole party is detained in Cluj-Napoca after a body is found at the end of their night at the opera.
The death of one among their company raises questions about who might have wanted to kill the seemingly unpopular diva, Dolores Hagman. With a plethora of suspects, Marjorie and Edna lock horns while trying to discover who was responsible.
It appears the dead woman’s friends and family are more interested on continuing with their holiday than finding a killer. With each harbouring secrets they would rather remain untold, Marjorie and her pensioner pals have their work cut out.
Can Marjorie get to the bottom of a troubling murder without killing her cousin-in-law and ending up in a Romanian jail?
Murder at the Opera House is the first in a rollicking new series. Don’t be fooled by the ages of this quartet. They mean business…
If you like determined sleuths, jaw-dropping surprises, and detailed investigative work, you’ll love this humorous group of pensioners.
Buy Murder at the Opera House to weed out the culprit today! (Amazon)
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Double, double toil and trouble, A witch’s life is quite a muddle.
The Full Moon crystal shop in North Harbor, Connecticut, offers healing stones for all sorts of ailments. Unfortunately, there’s nothing among the gems that can help owner Violet Mooney learn how to wield the magick she inherited from both sides of her family—the legendary Ravenstar and Moonstone clans. As if being an apprentice witch weren’t difficult enough, Violet’s tutors are her estranged mother Fiona, a sister she never knew she had named Zoe, and a familiar in the form of a black cat, Xander.
Between learning spells, Violet is being investigated by the Magickal Council. A reporter out to debunk spiritualists was “genied”—her soul imprisoned inside a bottle—in Violet’s shop, and she can’t prove she didn’t do it. Meanwhile, her non-magickal life has become complicated when one of her crystal shop customers, Nicole St. James, goes missing and turns up dead, a victim of murder.
Determined to solve both crimes, Violet taps into powers she doesn’t understand, much less control—and finds herself conjuring up both supernatural and mortal enemies. . .
Praise for Witch Hunt
“Zippy and fun, with an otherworldly hook that’s further enhanced by characters with a little magic of their own.” —Kirkus Reviews (Amazon)
To make ends meet, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her lady’s maid, Eva Huntford, have decided to open up Foxwood Hall to guided public tours. Not everyone is pleased about it—even to the point of committing murder . . .
The lean times following the Great War continue to require creative solutions for England’s noble class. But Lady Phoebe’s proposal to open up the Renshaw estate to guided tours for additional income strikes many in the family as a “vulgar enterprise.” Phoebe’s grandfather, the Earl of Wroxly, however, reluctantly concedes the necessity.
Their first tour group consists of members of the Historical Society, a magazine writer, and a flock of students. It’s a large group for Phoebe, her sister Amelia, and Eva to manage, and when the widow Arvina Bell goes missing, Eva goes in search of her—only to find her in the library, strangled with a silken drapery cord.
The schoolchildren are promptly sent home, but the members of the Historical Society—many of whom also wandered off at times—remain for interrogation. There is also, curiously, a framed photo missing from the library. As the police hastily zero in on a suspect, Phoebe and Eva weigh the clues. Does the crime have to do with rumors of hidden treasure at Foxwood Hall? But they must make haste to solve the widow’s murder—before someone else becomes history . . . (Amazon)
Paramedic Zoe Chambers and the rest of rural Monongahela County’s EMS and fire personnel are used to wading into the middle of trouble to rescue the sick and the injured. But when someone with an ax to grind seeks retribution by staging accident scenes and gunning down the first responders, Zoe finds herself forced to not only treat her own brethren of the front lines, but also, in her role as deputy coroner, seek out whoever is killing her friends.
At the same time, Vance Township Police Chief Pete Adams races to track down a gun, a mysterious all-terrain vehicle, and the sniper before Zoe goes back on duty, placing herself—and Pete—firmly in the gunman’s crosshairs. (Goodreads)
When first responders are ambushed at the scene of an accident, the remaining emergency personnel become worried. When it happens a second time, they become panicked. They are afraid to go out on calls because they do not know what will be waiting for them when they arrive. Zoe Chambers, a paramedic, is among those who are very concerned. Her coworkers and friends are being put in extra danger, and she knows she could be the next one attacked. Pete Adams, the Chief of Police, is also very troubled with what has been going on. He is extra concerned because he does not want anything happening to Zoe, who he is in love with. He knows he needs to find the killer sooner rather than late, before someone else is attacked.
The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional. Zoe is one of my favorite characters: she is tough, smart, brave, loyal and caring. She will do anything she can to help those in need and she tries to do the right thing at all times. But sometimes her curiosity gets the better of her and she cannot help herself from snooping where she should not be snooping. She also has a vulnerable side and has some commitment issues. Pete is tough, fearless, honest and dedicated to upholding the law and making sure that justice is served. He demands a lot out of his officers, but no more than he is willing to give himself. I think they make the perfect couple and it was nice to see their relationship moving in the right direction. I have read all four of the books in this series and have seen Zoe and Pete each grow individually as well as a couple. That is what I want to see in any series that I read and the author has done this expertly.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in creating suspense and tension with the written word. I found myself having to read “just a couple more pages” and then realize I stayed up a lot later than I should have. The mystery is carried on throughout the entire book and there are many suspects to consider. There are many twists and turns and the suspense just keeps building until the dramatic ending. I was pretty sure I knew who the killer was (and I was right) but I did not know the reason why. So I had some of the questions answered but not all, which was alright with me.
I would recommend this book, and series, to anyone who enjoys a well crafted suspense mystery. All the elements that I look for in this type of book: suspense, great characters, small town feel and twists and turns, are all perfectly blended to create a great book. Do yourself a favor and read this book, as well as the other books in the series and enjoy. If I could, I would rate Annette Dashofy’s books more than five stars.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Henery Press for the opportunity to read and review this book.
When Bell Towers decides to build their newest boutique hotel in Wharton County, Braxton establishes a hospitality program as part of their university expansion. Despite the Ingram and Lynch family ties to prominent citizens, a dispute over the proposed landsite pits citizens against each other. One takes matters into their own hands and slays the hotel magnate during the campus holiday party. As the list of suspects increases, long-lost family members are anxious to keep their secrets from being revealed, complicating Sheriff Montague’s ability to determine the murderer’s true motive. Even Kellan’s forced to cast doubt on his friends and colleagues when it becomes obvious someone he knows committed the ultimate crime.
April and Kellan are also celebrating their first Christmas and Hanukkah together, exchanging gifts based on the classic Twelve Days of Christmas song. While they trim the tree, light the menorah, and experience all the traditional holiday festivities with the kids, Nana D delivers her sarcastic brand of humor and endlessly tortures the town. Among Eleanor’s surprise news, Augie’s new girlfriend, and Myriam’s hilarious demands, Kellan’s dealing with unexpected holiday drama. The poor guy simply wants to spend the merry season with his family before he’s forced to trek to Scotland to fulfill his promise to the late Constance Garibaldi. What kind of quest has the psychic sent him on now? (Goodreads)
About The Author:
James is my given name; most call me Jay. I grew up on Long Island and currently live in New York City, but I’ve traveled all across the US and various parts of the world. After college, I accepted roles working in technology, program management, and business operations in the retail, sports, entertainment, and media industries. Although I enjoy my career, I began to focus on other passions in 2016: telling stories and connecting people through words. My debut novel is ‘Watching Glass Shatter,’ a contemporary fiction family drama with elements of mystery, suspense, humor, and romance. From there, I’ve written other family dramas and an eight-book mystery series. To see samples or receive news from my current and upcoming books, please subscribe with your email address at my website: https://jamesjcudney.com
I’m an avid genealogist (discovered 2K family members going back about 250 years) and cook (I find it so hard to follow a recipe). I love to read; between Goodreads and my blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, I have over 1K book reviews which will give you a full flavor for my voice and style. On my blog, I started the 365 Daily Challenge, where I post a word each day that has some meaning to me, then converse with everyone about life. There is humor, tears, love, friendship, advice, and bloopers. Lots of bloopers where I poke fun at myself all the time. Even my dogs have segments where they complain about me. All these things make up who I am; none of them are very fancy or magnanimous, but they are real and show how I live every day.
A bit of humor: Everything doubles as something else when you live in NYC. For me, it’s the dining room, my favorite space in the apartment, where more than just my cooking is on display! As I look out the windows onto a 12th floor terrace, various parts of nature (trees, bushes, flowers, bugs & animals) inspire me to write. How else can you pen the best story possible without these things by your side?
Are there some mysteries only a clever cat can solve?
There’s a handsome new guy at Runaway Farm and Keats isn’t happy about the competition. The bossy border collie wants to be Ivy’s one-and-only partner in crime-solving. Cats are unwelcome here.
When a curmudgeonly cat-sitter targets Ivy with slanderous claims, however, a curious cat may be exactly what’s needed to help sort out the truth from the lies. And when a Clover Grove resident gets their final cut in her family’s new salon, Ivy needs all hands—and paws—on deck to defend the Galloway name.
The ginger feline won’t take no for an answer anyway. Not from Ivy, not from Keats. He’s determined to join the murder investigation and it turns out there are people to see and places to go that elude even the most ambitious canine. Can the furry rivals make peace in time to save Ivy from another stinking murderer in farm country?
Till the Cat Lady Sings is purrrfect for animal cozy mystery readers who love face-paced adventure, laugh-out-loud humor and characters who feel like family. (Goodreads)
The characters are well rounded and well developed. Ivy and Jilly are really good friends and they would do anything for each other. And Ivy’s family is a well hoot. When her mom and sister have their opening of their salon, Bloomers, things get a little sticky for Ivy. And when someone is murdered, Ivy and Jilly will have to figure out who is responsible. With the help of her brother, Asher, and Kellan, Ivy’s boyfriend, that is what they plan to do. Keats, Ivy’s dog, and Percy, her cat, will also get in the action.
The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions kept me engaged throughout the book. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The mystery was well plotted and there were enough clues to sift and enough suspects to consider. I was not completely sure 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 am looking forward to reading the next book in the series and see what trouble Ivy and Jilly get into next.
Robert Farley is now a bonafide duke, and solicitors from the Duchy of Brynelleth have come to negotiate his marriage contract to Mona Moon. When the three solicitors demand that Mona relinquish Moon Enterprises and live in England full time, she threatens to give Robert back his engagement ring and call off the wedding.
She says quite frankly, “I’m not going to give up one of the largest mining conglomerates in the world just so I can host dinner parties at Brynelleth for your snotty friends.”
Robert, caught between the responsibilities demanded by Brynelleth and his deep love for Mona, is furious with his solicitors for not being more diplomatic. However, the matter resolves itself when the three English solicitors are caught visiting the notorious bawdy house of Belle Brezing, the most famous madam in the South. Ooops! Events are made worse when one of them turns up dead in the bed of a lady-of-the-evening.
Now Mona and Robert must find the culprit before their reputations are torn to shreds by their enemies. Fast-moving events threaten to turn Mona’s world upside-down as she is confronted with seemingly impossible decisions to make. Should she marry Robert Farley or not? (Amazon)
About Abigail Keam
Award-winning author Abigail Keam writes the Mona Moon Mystery Series—a rags-to-riches 1930s mystery series which includes real people and events into the story line. The series is about a cartographer who is broke and counting her pennies when there is a knock at her door. A lawyer, representing her deceased uncle, announces Mona has inherited her uncle’s fortune and a horse farm in the Bluegrass. Mona can’t believe it. She is now one of the richest women in the country and in the middle of the Great Depression!
Abigail Keam is an award-winning and Amazon best-selling author who writes the Josiah Reynolds Mystery Series about a Southern beekeeper turned amateur female sleuth. The Last Chance For Love Series tells of strangers who come from all walks of life to the magical Last Chance Motel in Key Largo and get a second chance at rebuilding their lives, and The Princess Maura Fantasy Series.
One thing Miss Abigail loves to do as an author is to write real people and events into her stories. “I am a student of history and love to insert historical information into my mysteries. My goal is to entertain my readers, but if they learn a little something along the way—well, then we are both happy. I certainly learn a lot from my research, and I hope my readers come away with a new appreciation of beekeeping from my Josiah Reynolds Mysteries.”
2010 Gold Medal Award from Readers’ Favorite for Death By A HoneyBee
2011 Gold Medal Award from Readers’ Favorite for Death By Drowning
2011 USA BOOK NEWS-Best Books List of 2011 as a Finalist for Death By Drowning
2011 USA BOOK NEWS-Best Books List of 2011 as a Finalist for Death By A HoneyBee
2017 Finalist from Readers’ Favorite for Death By Design
2019 Honorable Mention from Readers’ Favorite for Death By Stalking
2019 Murder Under A Blue Moon voted top ten mystery reads by Kings River Life Magazine
2020 Finalist from Readers’ Favorite for Murder Under A Blue Moon
2020 Imadjinn Award for Best Mystery for Death By Stalking
Besides loving history, Kentucky bourbon and chocolate, Abigail loves honeybees and for many years made her living by selling honey at a farmers’ market. She is an award-winning beekeeper who has won 16 honey awards at the Kentucky State Fair including the Barbara Horn Award, which is given to beekeepers who rate a perfect 100 in a honey competition.
A strong supporter of farmers’ markets and local food economy, Miss Abigail has taken her knowledge of beekeeping to create a fictional beekeeping protagonist, Josiah Reynolds, who solves mysteries in the Bluegrass. While Miss Abigail’s novels are for enjoyment, she discusses the importance of a local sustainable food economy and land management for honeybees and other creatures.
She currently lives on the Kentucky River in a metal house with her husband and various critters. She still has honeybees.
Miss Abigail would love to hear from you!
*******************Murder Under A New Moon will be released on December 25th, 2021******************
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Sure, Honey Springs, Kentucky is a destination for summer time visitors but our annual Christmas Festival, which includes a PAW-rade (mmhmmm for furry friends) is giving the summer tourist season a run for its money quickly becoming a tourist favorite!
Aunt Maxi is hosting a progressive supper for the community to raise funds for Pet Palace, our local SPCA. You’d think it would be GREAT for the tourists and it is but when Aunt Maxi literally has a hissy fit with a tail on it after she finds out Loretta Bebe’s involvement…things turn south.
A dead body appears during the appetizers, Aunt Maxi and Loretta are suspects, and it’s all she wrote from there.
Lordy bee…let’s hope this thing’s wrapped up in a nice little package with a bow on top so Santa doesn’t have to make a stop at the local jail! (Amazon)
The characters are well rounded and well developed. All of the usual characters are in this book and I felt like I was visiting with old friends. I love their Southern charms and the way they all stick together. And when a body is found and Aunt Maxi is a person of interest, they will all have to work together to find the real killer.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and she knows how to make the reader believe in all of the Southern goodness and quirkiness. The mystery was well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider. I was surprised at who the culprit was.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. Grab this book and enjoy the read.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book and provided my honest review.