Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–A Cold Brew Killing


I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Lena Gregory and her new release A Cold Brew Killing.   This is the third book in her An All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mysteries Series.  I read all the books in this series and they are awesome.

A Cold Brew Killing (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Lyrical Underground (November 6, 2018)
Print Length Approximately 250 Pages
Digital ASIN: B079R5Y14L



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When an ice cream vendor discovers a frozen stiff, Florida diner owner Gia Morelli has to serve up some just desserts . . .

Gia has become good friends with Trevor, a fun, flirtatious bachelor who owns the ice cream parlor down the street from her popular All-Day Breakfast Café. Trevor has the scoop on all sorts of local attractions and activities. But when he bursts into her diner, trembling and paler than a pint of French Vanilla, she can tell something’s very wrong. Trevor points her toward his shop then passes out cold. When Gia runs down to his shop, she discovers a chilling sight—a dead body in the open freezer. But the ice cream man’s troubles are just beginning. The police suspect him of this murder a la mode, especially when details of his questionable past surface. Gia believes in her friend and is determined to clear his name and find the real cold-blooded killer before someone else gets put on ice . . .



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The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Although Gia does not have a conventional family, she has a family of friends and co-workers who mean so much to her.  I love the relationship between Gia and Savannah, it seems so warm and sincere. All of her relationships feel that way.  

The writing style flows smoothly and the book was an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and drew me into the story from the very beginning.  Boggy Creek and all of the shops and restaurants came to life in my mind and it is a place I would like to visit.

The mystery was well plotted and moved along at a nice pace.  There were plenty of twists and turns and red herrings thrown in and it was a difficult mystery to solve, which is fine with me.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  It has humor, personable characters, loving friendships and an intriguing mystery.  I have read all the books in this series and they just keep getting better.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.





Lena Gregory lives in a small town on the south shore of eastern Long Island with her husband and three children.

When she was growing up, she spent many lazy afternoons on the beach, in the yard, anywhere she could find to curl up with a good book. She loves reading as much now as she did then, but she now enjoys the added pleasure of creating her own stories.

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When did you know that you wanted to be an author?  What things, if any, influenced that decision?  

I’ve always loved reading, and I loved curling up in bed with my kids at night and making up stories for them, but it wasn’t until my youngest son was born, and didn’t sleep through the night, that I decided to try writing my own novel. I mentioned it to my husband and then to my best friend, and they were both so supportive I figured it couldn’t hurt to try.

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With so many cozies being written today, what makes your books stand out from the crowd?  

I like to think my characters stand out. I love introducing back stories for all of my characters, even some of the less prominent ones, and bringing their past histories into current situations. I also like a bit of suspense in my cozies, so my heroines often find themselves in dangerous situations.


Do you work from an outline or plot or do you just see where the characters take you?  

I used to just wing it and write whatever came to mind as I went along, but now I tend to work from an outline. Since my books now tend to be contracted before they are written, I have to follow the outline I turned in. But I will admit, my characters sometimes get stubborn and outright refuse to follow my guidelines.

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Do you read your reviews?  Do you respond to them, good or bad?  Do you do anything special to get those reviews?

I do actually read my reviews, but I only comment on them if the reviewers are part of a blog tour I’m doing. Then I thank the reviewer for taking the time to read and review, regardless of whether the reviews are positive or negative. Other than that, I don’t do anything special to get reviews, but I am very appreciative any time someone takes the time to write a review for one of my books.


What advice would you give to your younger self?

Follow your dreams! When I was in fifth grade, I wrote a story for a spelling class. The teacher insisted I didn’t write the story. In hindsight, I guess I should have felt flattered, but instead, I felt like she was accusing me of cheating. I never let anyone else read my writing after that, other than class assignments. If I could go back to that day, I’d tell my younger self to be more secure and confident, to keep on writing and never to give up on a dream no matter what.

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Do you think that the cover plays an important part in someone buying your book(s)?   Who designs your book covers?

Absolutely!  I think the cover plays a huge role in selling books. Since I’m contracted with publishers, they have a cover artist design the covers, but I do get input. I love when they include my ideas and create the perfect cover, better than I could have done for sure.


Please give us an insight into your main characters.  What do you think makes them special?

Gia Morelli, the main character in the All-Day Breakfast Café Mysteries, is an emotional mess. She’s been through more than she thinks she can handle. When she finally escapes her past in New York City and ends up in the small town of Boggy Creek, Florida, she thinks hard times are a thing of the past. She couldn’t be more wrong. I think what makes her special is that she keeps on going no matter what life throws at her. Even if she’s on the verge of giving up, she digs deep and finds a way to tough it out.


Cass Donovan, the main character in the Bay Island Psychic Mysteries, was a psychologist until a tough year forced her to return home to Bay Island. Even though she’s been through a few life changing experiences, she still wants to dedicate herself to helping people, and she pursues her life-long dream of opening a psychic shop on the boardwalk, despite the fact that she’s not really psychic—or so she thinks. I think one of the things that makes Cass special is her ability to read people, to know what’s in their minds and their hearts and to want to help them.


What have you learned about yourself since becoming an author?  

I have learned that I am not a patient person. Lol. I never really realized that I am terrible at waiting, and this is not the career for someone who has no patience. So, I’ve learned to adapt, sort of. I don’t think I’m any more patient than I was, but now I can at least focus on another project while the previous one is out on submission. And I only check my email about a hundred times a day, which is better than I used to do.

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Do you write full-time or part-time?

I still work a day job, so I am only able to write part-time, but I still sometimes spend forty to sixty hours a week writing if I am on a tight deadline.


What do your plans for future projects include?

I am currently writing book four, A Haunted Medium, in the Bay Island Psychic Mystery series and outlining book four in the All-Day Breakfast Café series. I’m also starting a new series about a house cleaner in the Hamptons, which I’m very excited about.


What do you think the hardest part of writing is?  What is the easiest?

For me the hardest part of writing is getting the first rough draft done, especially the first half of the book. The easiest part is the first round of edits. Once the story is down, I love going through and fleshing it out and making my characters come to life.

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What type of books do you like to read?  Who are some of your favorite authors?  

In addition to cozy mysteries, I also love to read suspense, fantasy, and YA. Some of my all-time favorite authors include JRR Tolkien, Margaret Mitchell, JK Rowling, Kay Hooper, Allison Brennan, Nora Roberts (JD Robb), and Janet Evanovich.


What is the one thing you would like your readers to know about you?

I am an insomniac, and I love chatting, so I can often be found on facebook late at night. I am also an admin of the Cozy Mystery Crew on Facebook. We chat about cozies, real life, pretty much everything, so if you love cozy mysteries and you’d like to join, we’d love to have you.

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Do you have anything specific you would like to say to your readers?

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Every time someone reaches out to let me know they enjoyed one of my stories, whether on social media, by email, or through a kind review, it makes me so happy.

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Thank you so much for having me! I’ve enjoyed visiting.



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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Reason To Doubt

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Nancy Cole Silverman  and her new release Reason To Doubt.   This is the fifth book in her A Carol Childs Mysteries Series.


Reason To Doubt (A Carol Childs Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Henery Press (November 6, 2018)
Hardcover: 256 pages
ISBN-10: 163511425X
ISBN-13: 978-1635114256
Paperback: 256 pages
ISBN-10: 1635114225
ISBN-13: 978-1635114225
Digital ASIN: B07G9MCWWZ



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Carol Childs is in the middle of one of the biggest stories of her life. Her daughter Cate has returned from college with a boyfriend in tow. A photographer who police suspect to be The Model Slayer, responsible for the murder of three young women.

Not since the Hillside Strangler has Los Angeles been so on edge.

And when the police arrest Cate’s boyfriend, Carol’s personal life and professional worlds collide. A tattooed cocktail waitress calls the radio station and asks to speak with Carol off the record. She knows the true identity of the real Model Slayer because she says she killed him.

Tensions mount as the clock ticks. The police are convinced they have the right man. Mother and daughter aren’t talking. Carol can’t reveal to investigators all she knows, and unless Carol can find the real killer before the trial begins, an innocent man may spend the rest of his life in prison or be executed for a crime he didn’t commit.






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Nancy Cole Silverman credits her twenty-five years in radio for helping her to develop an ear for storytelling. In 2001, Silverman retired from news and copywriting to write fiction full time. In 2014, Silverman signed with Henery Press for her new mystery series, The Carol Childs’ Mysteries. The first of the series, Shadow of Doubt, debuted in December 2014 and the second, Beyond a Doubt, was July 2015. The third, Without A Doubtwas released May 24, 2016Room for Doubt was released on July 18, 2017, Reason to Doubt hits stores November 6.  For more information visit


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When did you know that you wanted to be an author?  What things, if any, influenced that decision?

I’m not certain one decides one will be an author. Rather I think stories pick the writer and if we’re receptive things work out, books get written and, if we’re lucky, we get published and somewhere along the way we start to think of ourselves as writers. Or maybe slaves to the craft that has seduced us.

For me, I knew from the age if seven I wanted to write. I think there is something magical about that age. It was then I knew I was most at home by myself with my ideas and a blank piece of paper in front of me. The possibilities were endless. I could go anywhere. Be anybody and invent so many interesting worlds and people.


With so many cozies being written today, what makes your books stand out from the crowd?

I like to think it’s my characters and the settings. The Carol Childs Mysteries take place inside a radio station. I worked in talk radio for twenty-five years, and the idea of listening and talking intimately with someone you cannot see and wouldn’t recognize if you met them in person is full of intrigue. Ob more than one occasion I heard a listener say to the on-air host, “I wouldn’t tell the cops, but I’d tell you…” It made me think, radio of all mediums is perfect for mystery. As for Carol, she’s witty, smart and conflicted. A single, 39-year-old working mom, with a twenty-something-year-old, whizkid for a boss who refers to her as the Worlds Oldest Cub Reporter.


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Do you work from an outline or plot or do you just see where the characters take you?

More and more I work from an outline. It helps with deadlines looming to know where I’m going.


Do you read your reviews?  Do you respond to them, good or bad?  Do you do anything special to get those reviews?

I confess I do peak at reviews, but I never respond to them. As for doing anything to get them? No. I’m always amazed when they come in, and very appreciative.


What advice would you give to your younger self?

Worry less about what others think and more about what you think.

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Do you think that the cover plays an important part in someone buying your book(s)?   Who designs your book covers?

I do think a good book cover helps to sell books, and I’ve been very appreciative of the covers my publisher does for me.


Please give us an insight into your main characters.  What do you think makes them special?

Carol, my protagonist, wants very much to prove herself worthy of her new position with the radio station as an investigative reporter. This is a midlife career change for her, and her money and reputation are on the line. Not helping her, or should I say, skeptical of her abilities is her boss, Tyler Hunt, who would have preferred to have a younger, less middle-aged mom-type for the role. Conflicts arise and Carol, despite the poor assignments Tyler gives her, proves her nose for news is exactly what Tyler needs to keep the station and the newsroom competitive in the market.


What have you learned about yourself since becoming an author?

Aside from learning what works best for me when it comes to the craft of writing, I’ve also learned writing is like peeling an onion, there is always another layer beneath. So much of writing is about uncovering things about yourself and those around you and how they affect you. Learning how important that dynamic is and how to best bring it to life on the page can be both challenging and rewarding.

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Do you write full-time or part-time?

Full-time. I write three to four, sometimes five or six hours a day. And even when in not writing in running the story in the B-reel in the back of my mind.


What do your plans for future projects include?

I’m working on a new series I hope will be out next year. Aside from that I’m always working short stories. Remember that comment I made about writers being slaves to our craft? That’s the way it works. Writers write. And then write some more.


What do you think the hardest part of writing is?  What is the easiest?

Plowing through when things aren’t mixing. Often I’ve got a good idea for a climax scene and an ending and trying to find the bridge to bring them together logically can be a brain teaser.

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What type of books do you like to read?  Who are some of your favorite authors?

I like a variety of books from non-fiction to fiction. But for fiction I like Agatha Christie, Sue Grafton, Janet Evanovich, Stephen King, Michael Connelly…the list goes in.


What is the one thing you would like your readers to know about you?

I can think of more things I’d like for them not to know about me, But if there is one thing I’d like to share it would be to slow down and enjoy the journey. All the money in the world won’t buy back tomorrow.


Do you have anything specific you would like to say to your readers?

I’d like to thank them.

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–The Skeleton Makes A Friend


I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Leigh Perry and her new book The Skeleton Makes A Friend.  This is the fifth book in her A Family Skeleton Mystery series.  I have really enjoyed the books that I read in this series and I loved getting to spend time with Sid again.


The Skeleton Makes a Friend (A Family Skeleton Mystery)
Diversion Books (November 6, 2018)
Paperback: 280 pages
ISBN-10: 1635764440
ISBN-13: 978-1635764444
Digital ASIN: B07GT39K2X


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The Skeleton Makes a Friend is a humorous cozy mystery with delightful characters. Sid is one of those characters that you cannot help but love. He is a skeleton with a quirky personality and a zest for life.
~The Avid Reader

Georgia Thackery is feeling pretty good about her summer job teaching at prestigious Overfeld College, and she’s renting a rustic cabin right by a lake for herself, her daughter, Madison, and her best friend, Sid the Skeleton. Together again, the trio are enjoying the quiet when a teenager named Jen shows up looking for her friend. Georgia doesn’t recognize the name, but she learns that the person Jen was looking for is actually Sid.

Sid reveals that he and Jen are part of a regular online gaming group that formed locally, and one of their members has gone missing. Sid admits that he might have bragged about his investigative prowess, enough so that Jen wants him to find their missing player. Given that Sid doesn’t have many friends offline—none, really, unless you count the Thackery family—Georgia agrees to help him search. They manage to discreetly enlist Jen, who lives in town, and follow the clues to… a dead buddy.

Now they’ve got a killer on their hands. Probing the life of Sid’s friend, they realize a lot is wrong both on campus and in the seemingly quaint town, and someone doesn’t want them looking deeper.



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Sid unzipped the rest of the way, pulled himself out of the suitcase and back together, and tried to turn the knob. “It’s locked.”

“Can you open it?”

“Easy peasy,” he said, pulling a set of lock picks from inside the suitcase. My locksmith sister Deborah probably hadn’t realized that teaching my daughter Madison how to pick locks was tantamount to teaching Sid. Madison had shared everything she’d learned with him, and he’d promptly ordered his own picks online. “You really should learn to do this, Georgia. It’s not that hard.”

Despite his assurance, it seemed to take an awful long time to get the door open. Or maybe it just seemed like a long time because I kept looking down the stairs, worried that somebody would hear us and come to see what was going on.

Finally there was a loud click, and Sid said, “Nailed it!” He opened the door, and cold air streamed out.

“Brr!” I said. “Wouldn’t you know that a department with everybody on vacation would be the one with overachieving air conditioners?” The window unit in my classroom had gone out twice. “Not to mention the waste of electricity.”

“You can complain about it later,” Sid said. “Come on.”

I followed him into the human resources department, pulling the empty suitcase along.

There were four more closed doors: three offices labeled with names and one marked File Room.

“Here we go,” Sid said, using his picks on one of the office doors.

This lock was easier to deal with, which was a relief, but unfortunately, the smell seemed to be coming from that office. “I’m going in.”

“Remember what I said. Get in, look around fast, get out.”

“Got it.” He stepped inside.

Between the cold, the horrid stink, and the fear of being caught, I was hoping that Sid would be swift, but I was surprised when he came out in under two minutes. “That was fast. Did you find something?”

“Don’t go in there.”

“I wasn’t going to—”

Then I looked at him.

He shouldn’t have been able to look like anything but bone-colored, but somehow he seemed paler than usual, and his bones were so loose he was nearly falling apart. “What’s wrong?”

“He’s in there. At least I think it’s him.”

“Did he see you?” I said stupidly.

He slowly shook his skull, and only then did I realize what it was we’d been smelling.





I have read quite a few books in this series, and they have been great.  The premise is unique, the books are entertaining and the characters are one of a kind.  When I received this ARC, I was so happy to be able to spend time with Sid, the skeleton, again.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and this description helped pull me into the story and took me on a enjoyable ride.  The mystery was well plotted and not easily solved, which is a plus in my book.

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  While reading the book, in my mind I never saw Sid as anything but a real character. I really enjoyed the interactions between Georgia, her daughter, Madison, and Sid. You can tell they all love each other and care about each other–they are a family.  I also really liked their bone-naming swearing, it made me laugh.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  It is funny, entertaining, and at at times heartwarming. I am look forward to reading the next book, when it is published.

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



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Leigh Perry is the author of the Family Skeleton Series: A Skeleton in the FamilyThe Skeleton Takes a BowThe Skeleton Haunts a House, and The Skeleton Paints a Picture.

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New Releases For The Week Of November 11th, 2018–Part 4

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of November 11th, 2018. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for this week. Today is the fourth day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.



A Scandal in Scarlet: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery by [Vicki Delany]Sherlockians will delight at the latest charming installment of national bestselling author Vicki Delany’s fourth Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery.

Gemma and Jayne donate their time to raise money for the rebuilding of a burned out museum—but a killer wants a piece of the auction.

Walking her dog Violet late one night, Gemma Doyle, owner of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop, acts quickly when she smells smoke outside the West London Museum. Fortunately no one is inside, but it’s too late to save the museum’s priceless collection of furniture, and damage to the historic house is extensive. Baker Street’s shop owners come together to hold an afternoon auction tea to raise funds to rebuild, and Great Uncle Arthur Doyle offers a signed first edition of The Valley of Fear.

Cape Cod’s cognoscenti files into Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room, owned by Gemma’s best friend, Jayne Wilson. Excitement fills the air (along with the aromas of Jayne’s delightful scones, of course). But the auction never happens. Before the gavel can fall, museum board chair Kathy Lamb is found dead in the back room. Wrapped tightly around her neck is a long rope of decorative knotted tea cups—a gift item that Jayne sells at Mrs. Hudson’s. Gemma’s boyfriend in blue, Ryan Ashburton, arrives on the scene with Detective Louise Estrada. But the suspect list is long, and the case far from elementary. Does Kathy’s killing have any relation to a mysterious death of seven years ago?

Gemma has no intention of getting involved in the investigation, but when fellow shopkeeper Maureen finds herself the prime suspect she begs Gemma for her help. Ryan knows Gemma’s methods and he isn’t happy when she gets entangled in another mystery. But with so many suspects and so few clues, her deductive prowess will prove invaluable in A Scandal in Scarlet, Vicki Delany’s shrewdly plotted fourth Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery.  (Amazon)

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Nobody's Sweetheart Now: The First Lady Adelaide Mystery (Lady Adelaide Mysteries Book 1) by [Robinson, Maggie]A delightful English cozy series begins in August 1924. Lady Adelaide Compton has recently (and satisfactorily) interred her husband, Major Rupert Charles Cressleigh Compton, hero of the Somme, in the family vault in the village churchyard.


Rupert died by smashing his Hispano-Suiza on a Cotswold country road while carrying a French mademoiselle in the passenger seat. With the house now Addie’s, needed improvements in hand, and a weekend house party underway, how inconvenient of Rupert to turn up! Not in the flesh, but in – actually, as a – spirit. Rupert has to perform a few good deeds before becoming welcomed to heaven – or, more likely, thinks Addie, to hell.


Before Addie can convince herself she’s not completely lost her mind, a murder disrupts her careful seating arrangement. Which of her twelve houseguests is a killer? Her mother, the formidable Dowager Marchioness of Broughton? Her sister Cecilia, the born-again vegetarian? Her childhood friend and potential lover, Lord Lucas Waring? Rupert has a solid alibi as a ghost and an urge to detect.


Enter Inspector Devenand Hunter from the Yard, an Anglo-Indian who is not going to let some barmy society beauty witnessed talking to herself derail his investigation. Something very peculiar is afoot at Compton Court and he’s going to get to the bottom of it – or go as mad as its mistress trying.  (Amazon)

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Martini Shot (An Eddie Collins Mystery Book 4) by [Rosengren, Clive]Eddie Collins, private eye and part-time Hollywood actor, is hired by ageing actor, Sam Roth, to locate his disowned son, Jack Callahan. Roth hopes to reconcile their relationship before his “Martini Shot” last scene of the day, as he is in his 90s.

While working the Roth case, Eddie receives a letter from his daughter’s adoptive parents, that she would like to meet him and find out more about her mom. In spite of his uncertainty, Eddie agrees to meet her. What will this relationship lead to in the future and what will all parties make of it? Only time will tell.

Eddie locates Callahan, leading to a father and son meeting. However, he later gets a call from Roth, informing him that his son has been found, bludgeoned to death. Sam asks Eddie to find out what has happened to Jack. Eddie investigates Jack’s life, hoping to find clues to the murder. Little does he know that upon discovering the murderer, his own life will hang in the balance.

Book 4 of the Eddie Collins Mystery Series.  (Amazon)

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Hamiltons return in a Christmas vacation they’ll never forget.

While some may try, no one ruins a Hamilton family Christmas.

From Romantic Suspense BEST-SELLING and AWARD-WINNING Author – What happens when a family comes together for Christmas but upon arrival their vacation takes a deadly turn? In Sheila Kell’s novel of intrigue and the love of one family, three generations of Hamiltons work to solve a mystery that impacts one of their own.

A HAMILTON CHRISTMAS is the final stand-alone novel in the HIS series. This novel steps out of the romantic suspense mold of the series and revolves around a family vacation where relaxation is tossed in the snow. re is NO new love interest in this novel.

A year has passed since the Hamiltons celebrated a holiday as one family. Blake Hamilton–the family patriarch–invited his growing family to a remote Colorado lodge for more reasons than enjoying Christmas. He should’ve known that with his sons and daughter, trouble would find them. The important news he has to share takes a back seat when one problem after another hits them.

At ten years old, Reagan Hamilton knows she’ll lead HIS when she’s old enough. In the meantime, she trains with her uncles because she wants to show everyone she will be a good agent. When she arrives at the lodge, a man catches her attention so she decides she has a mystery to solve that involves him. When a crime happens, she sneaks away while dragging her cousins to help their parents find the criminal trying to set up her cousin.

When the allegations are proved wrong, but a criminal is on the loose while the weather is working against them, can the Hamiltons protect their family, and the guests relying on them, before events are out of their control?


Hamilton Investigation & Security: HIS series
Books do not have to be read in order, but you’ll get the whole picture if you do!
His Desire (Jesse & Kate) FREE
His Choice (AJ & Megan)
His Return (Jake & Emily)
His Chance (Devon & Rylee)
His Destiny (Trent & Kelly)
His Family (Blake & Elizabeth) Novella (subscribe and read for free: http: //
His Heart 
(Matt & Caitlyn)
His Fantasy (Brad & Madison)
A Hamilton Christmas  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Paperback






A Merry Little Murder: A Violet Carlyle Cozy Historical Mystery (The Violet Carlyle Mysteries Book 4) by [Byers, Beth]

Christmas 1923.

It’s the first Christmas without Aunt Agatha and Violet is having a hard time finding the will to be bright or young. Her brother, Victor, is determined to cheer her up , so he arranges a party between friends to brighten their holidays.

When a body is discovered, Detective Inspector Jack Wakefield is on hand. Their romance may be a off-kilter, but he knows them well enough to be sure neither twin killed the victim. So just who killed this person and why? In finding the killer, will Jack and Violet also discover just what the future holds for them?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













Invitations and Investigations (An Isle of Man Ghostly Cozy Book 9) by [Xarissa, Diana]Fenella Woods is pleased when police inspector Daniel Robinson asks for her help with another cold case. It isn’t the first time he’s asked her to share her thoughts on an old case, but things have been difficult between the pair since Daniel returned from a lengthy course in the UK.

Ronald Sherman disappeared nearly seven years ago. It seems everyone who knew the man has a different idea as to why. Fenella and her friend, Shelly Quirk, find themselves talking to a number of different people about the missing man.

As if helping Daniel isn’t enough to keep Fenella busy, she’s planning a banquet for her first Thanksgiving on the island. Sending invitations and sharing recipes with the chef at the restaurant she’s chosen seems to take up a lot of her time.

Can Fenella and Shelly work out what actually happened to Ronald? Is Daniel hoping to rekindle his romance with Fenella over witness statements? Will Fenella’s Thanksgiving feast be a success or is it a disaster waiting to happen?

Editions Available:  Kindle












Long Road to Mercy (Atlee Pine) by [Baldacci, David]Introducing a remarkable new character from #1 New York Times bestselling writer David Baldacci: Atlee Pine, an FBI agent with special skills assigned to the remote wilds of the southwestern United States who must confront a new threat . . . and an old nightmare.

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe. Catch a tiger by its toe.

It’s seared into Atlee Pine’s memory: the kidnapper’s chilling rhyme as he chose between six-year-old Atlee and her twin sister, Mercy. Mercy was taken. Atlee was spared.

She never saw Mercy again.

Three decades after that terrifying night, Atlee Pine works for the FBI. She’s the lone agent assigned to the Shattered Rock, Arizona resident agency, which is responsible for protecting the Grand Canyon.

So when one of the Grand Canyon’s mules is found stabbed to death at the bottom of the canyon-and its rider missing-Pine is called in to investigate. It soon seems clear the lost tourist had something more clandestine than sightseeing in mind. But just as Pine begins to put together clues pointing to a terrifying plot, she’s abruptly called off the case.

If she disobeys direct orders by continuing to search for the missing man, it will mean the end of her career. But unless Pine keeps working the case and discovers the truth, it could spell the very end of democracy in America as we know it…
“Love it!” –Lisa Gardner
“Atlee Pine is unforgettable.” –James Patterson
“David Baldacci’s best yet.” –Lisa Scottoline
“Heart-poundingly suspenseful.” –Scott Turow
“A stunning debut.” –Douglas Preston
“A perfect blend of action, secrets, and conspiracies.” –Steve Berry
“Baldacci is at the top of his game.” –Kathy Reichs  (Amazon)
Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook











Apple Pie Homicide - A Cozy Mystery: Sunny Shores Mysteries Book 4 by [Rivers, Cassie ]One bad apple spoils the bunch…especially when they’re rotten to the core.

The busy summer tourist season is winding down in Sunny Shores. However, life is as busy as it’s ever been for Kara Summers. Not only is business booming for the Burger She Wrote food truck, but she’s been tasked with planning the annual Orange festival.

If things weren’t complicated enough, a dead body washes up on the beach at Grove Park. Although the police ask Kara to back down, she can’t help herself. With her late father being a detective, the apple never fell too far from the tree.

While investigating the case, Kara discovers information that uncovers a deeper plot. This larger net of deception covers much more than originally thought. Will this finally lead her to solving the mystery that’s eluded her this entire time? The identity of the murder of her father.

Apple Pie Homicide is Book 4 in the Sunny Shores mystery series that is set in the fictional town of Sunny Shores, Florida. Each book in the series is a light-hearted cozy stand-alone story with no cliffhangers. All ages can enjoy the stories because they have no swearing, naughty content, or graphic violence.

So, what are you waiting for?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














Murder: Up on the Rooftop (THE 12 MYSTERIES OF CHRISTMAS Book 4) by [York, Lilly]

Nikole (Nik) Saynnt had always longed for the Christmases of post cards: snow topped roofs, chopping down a Christmas tree and mistletoe hanging in the doorway. Growing up in the city, she often settled for black sedans instead of horse drawn sleighs and sleek drinks in tall glasses rather than hot chocolate topped with whipped cream.
After a short career at a posh boutique hotel in New York City, Nik finds herself the proprietor of the Mistletoe Bed & Breakfast Lodge. She sets about proving herself to the folks of Christmas Tyme, Colorado—as well as to herself—in throwing the best old-fashioned Christmas Eve party the town has ever seen. She’s made a list and checked it twice so everything should go as planned. Unfortunately for Nik, something has gone awry up on the rooftop!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle















Springtime for Murder (Sophie Sayers Village Mysteries Book 5) by [Young, Debbie]When Bunny Carter, the old lady from the Manor House, is discovered in an open grave, Sophie Sayers is sure it’s a case of foul play. But when it comes to suspects, she’s spoiled for choice.

One of Bunny’s squabbling siblings from three different husbands?

Petunia Lot from the Cats Prevention charity, always angling for a legacy?

All these and more had motive and opportunity.

But which is to blame? And can Sophie and her boyfriend, village bookseller Hector Munro, stop them before they strike again?

A lively array of eccentrics joins the regular cast in this compelling story of family, friendship, love and loss.

While the story includes plenty of Debbie Young’s renowned wit and British humour, it’s also thoughtful and poignant, reflecting Sophie’s growing wisdom, self-reliance and skill as self-appointed amateur village sleuth.

The fifth in a series which spans a Cotswold village year from one summer to the next.

Springtime for Murder may also be read as a standalone novel.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle






The Dream Horse Mysteries Boxed Set by [Carrabus, Candace]Jump in the saddle for a fun but bumpy ride!

Few will hire competitive rider, Viola Parker, since the famous jumper, Wastrel, crashed to his death with her aboard. Not only that, her attitude just landed her out of work…again. She can barely afford her whipped-cream-in-a-can addiction.

Now, before she’s thirty, she must keep a job for one year and receive a glowing letter of recommendation to get a surprise trust fund set up by her absentee parents. A trust fund that could represent freedom and independence—or might be worth nothing.

Vi accepts a position and moves from Long Island to Missouri thinking that keeping her mouth shut and her head down for one year will be easy.

But when Wastrel begins haunting her dreams and dead bodies start piling up, the question isn’t whether she can earn a reference from her hunky boss, Malcolm, but whether she’ll live long enough to get it.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle


How the Ghost Stole Christmas (Murder By Design Book 4) by [McCarthy, Erin]All Bailey Burke wants for Christmas is to stop seeing dead people. A reluctant spiritual medium, she craves a stress-free holiday with no ghosts popping in and out of her house.

But when Bailey does the décor for a huge fundraising party featuring a replica slide from A Christmas Story, no one expects to find Santa’s dead body. In the slide. From three years ago.

With the current Santa-for-hire and the dead Santa’s ghost harassing her, there isn’t enough eggnog in Cleveland to save Bailey’s night.

Solving St. Nick’s murder is the only way to get back to cozy nights by the fire with her cop boyfriend Marner in time for some Christmas mistletoe…  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

















Review of The Catsgiving Feast

The Catsgiving Feast
Whales and Tails, Book # 17
Kathi Daley
5 Stars




A murder, a wedding, and a holiday feast converge in this warm and memorable Thanksgiving Mystery. (Goodreads)


As is usual for this author, the characters are engaging, the setting is welcoming, the mystery is intriguing and family is everything.

The characters are well developed and well rounded. Cait, her family and friends are so caring and giving. They make sure that everyone has a place to go to celebrate Thanksgiving, even when Cait is planning a wedding. When someone is killed and Cody’s mom is the primary suspects, they also have to find a killer. Can the gang get all of that accomplished in time? Hopefully, Cait will have the help of another mystical cat to solve this mystery.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author knows how to craft a mystery that keeps you engaged and wanting to swipe as fast as you can to see what was going to happen next. There are always twists and turns and lots of clues to sift through.

Not only is this a great cozy mystery, it is also a feel good story that will warm your heart and make you smile. I would recommend this book and series (and all of this author’s series) to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.


New Releases For The Week Of November 11th, 2018

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of November 11th, 2018. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for this week. Today is the third day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.



Nobody's Sweetheart Now: The First Lady Adelaide Mystery (Lady Adelaide Mysteries Book 1) by [Robinson, Maggie]A delightful English cozy series begins in August 1924. Lady Adelaide Compton has recently (and satisfactorily) interred her husband, Major Rupert Charles Cressleigh Compton, hero of the Somme, in the family vault in the village churchyard.

Rupert died by smashing his Hispano-Suiza on a Cotswold country road while carrying a French mademoiselle in the passenger seat. With the house now Addie’s, needed improvements in hand, and a weekend house party underway, how inconvenient of Rupert to turn up! Not in the flesh, but in – actually, as a – spirit. Rupert has to perform a few good deeds before becoming welcomed to heaven – or, more likely, thinks Addie, to hell.

Before Addie can convince herself she’s not completely lost her mind, a murder disrupts her careful seating arrangement. Which of her twelve houseguests is a killer? Her mother, the formidable Dowager Marchioness of Broughton? Her sister Cecilia, the born-again vegetarian? Her childhood friend and potential lover, Lord Lucas Waring? Rupert has a solid alibi as a ghost and an urge to detect.

Enter Inspector Devenand Hunter from the Yard, an Anglo-Indian who is not going to let some barmy society beauty witnessed talking to herself derail his investigation. Something very peculiar is afoot at Compton Court and he’s going to get to the bottom of it – or go as mad as its mistress trying.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback










Charm School: A Witches Three Cozy Mystery (The Witches Three Cozy Mysteries Book 1) by [Martin, Cate]Amanda Clarke thinks of herself as perfectly ordinary in every way. Just a small-town girl who serves breakfast all day in a little diner nestled next to the highway, nothing but dairy farms for miles around. She fits in there.
But then an old woman she never met dies, and Amanda was named in her will. Now Amanda packs a bag and heads to the big city, to Miss Zenobia Weekes’ Charm School for Exceptional Young Ladies. And it’s not in just any neighborhood. No, she finds herself on Summit Avenue in St. Paul, a street lined with gorgeous old houses, the former homes of lumber barons, railroad millionaires, even the writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. Why, Amanda can practically hear the jazz music still playing across the decades.
Scratch that. The music really, literally, still plays in the backyard of the charm school. Because the house stretches across time itself. Without a witch to protect this tear in the fabric of the world, anything can spill over. Like music.
Or like murder.
“Charm School”, Book 1 in the Witches Three Cozy Mystery series. If you’re a fan of Amanda M. Lee, N.M. Howell, or Amy Boyles, this mélange of magic and murder mystery is sure to charm you.  (Amazon)
Editions Available:   Kindle













City of Secrets (A Counterfeit Lady Novel Book 2) by [Thompson, Victoria]An exciting new book in the series featuring woman-on-the-run Elizabeth Miles–from the beloved national bestselling author of the Gaslight Mysteries.

Elizabeth Miles knows that honesty is not always the best policy when it comes to finding justice.

Elizabeth has discovered that navigating the rules of high society is the biggest con of all. She knows she can play the game, but so far, her only success is Priscilla Knight, a dedicated young suffragist recently widowed for the second time. Her beloved first husband died in a tragic accident and left her with two young daughters–and a sizable fortune. While she was lost in grief, Priscilla’s pastor convinced her she needed a man to look after her and engineered a whirlwind courtship and hasty marriage to fellow parishioner Endicott Knight. Now, about nine months later, Endicott is dead in what appears to be another terrible accident.

Everyone is whispering, but that is the least of Priscilla’s troubles. She had believed Endicott was wealthy, too, but her banker tells her she has no money left and her house has been mortgaged. He also hints at a terrible scandal and refuses to help.

Priscilla stands to lose everything, and Elizabeth is determined not to let that happen. But, as always, Elizabeth walks a fine line between using her unusual talents and revealing her own scandalous past. Elizabeth soon discovers that Endicott’s death was anything but accidental, and revealing the truth could threaten much more than Priscilla’s finances. To save her new friend’s future–and possibly her own–Elizabeth, along with her honest-to-a-fault beau, Gideon, delve into the sinister secrets someone would kill to keep.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook












Created for Christmas (A Sweet Little Holiday Romance Book 1) by [Schultz, Joynell]Need the perfect man? No problem—simply create him!

Ivy wanted nothing more for Christmas than to have someone to come home to…to have a companion to chat about her day with, and someone to show off at her family holiday celebrations.

This Christmas, she’s not going to be alone! Ivy decides to create her perfect companion at Dream Droids, the premier robotics company specializing in sentient humanoids. Ivy spends weeks with Dr. Pierce, creating her dream man, from his appearance, personality, and even his knowledge of her life.

There’s just a few problems: when a special gift she purchased for her father goes missing, and Dr. Pierce agrees to help her find it, she finds herself falling for him. After getting her heart stomped on by her ex-fiancé, there’s no way she can open it up again…besides, she just created the perfect man.

Scroll up and grab your copy of this sweet little holiday romance and help Ivy solve her Christmas cozy mystery today!
The story will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy and get you in the holiday spirit.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback











Valleys, Vittles, and Vanishings (Smoky Mountain Witch Cozy Mysteries Book 2) by [Eden, Samantha]For Izzy Lockheart, there’s nothing like being home again.

Settling back into life at her magical hometown of Spell Creek Mountain, witch and budding entrepreneur Izzy Lockheart can’t wait to open up her new restaurant and really grab life with both hands. When a member of the Mangrove coven, a family the Lockhearts have been feuding with for generations, disappears after a meeting with Izzy, though, she’ll have more to worry about than napkin holders and menu fonts.

When a magical ticking clock is placed over Izzy’s head that ensures someone she loves will disappear if she doesn’t get to the bottom of this, the witch and her old flame, Deputy Riley Davis, have to dive deep into worlds more dangerous and kooky than they’ve ever been before.

Can Izzy get through this, or will her family be forced to pay the price for a crime she didn’t commit?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












The Twelve Dice of Christmas (A Kate McCall Mystery Book 4) by [Oust, Gail]Welcome to Serenity Cove, a peaceful Southern community where the residents like to play dice, play golf and, when foul play moves in, play detective.

With Christmas fast approaching, Kate McCall and her dice-playing friends get into the holiday spirit by agreeing to help the elderly Eula Mae Snow decorate her home, even when it means sorting through a veritable blizzard of the older woman’s knickknacks. Intent on doing a good deed and digging up a bright collection of seasonal decorations, Kate is stopped dead in her tracks when instead she discovers the skeleton of a man showing clear signs of foul play.

Many in Serenity Cove thought that Waylon Snow had run off and left town—and Eula Mae—more than two decades earlier. But with the appearance of his skeleton and a whole host of clues pointing to Eula Mae as the murderer, Kate will have to put her sleuthing skills to work to figure out who could have committed the evil deed. Determined to clear Eula Mae’s name, Kate knows she’ll have to solve the coldest of cold cases to track down the culprit before the holidays really go south . . .

Includes tasty holiday recipes!

About the Author:

Friends often accuse Gail Oust of flunking retirement. While working as a nurse/vascular technologist, Gail penned nine historical romances under the pseudonym Elizabeth Turner for Avon, Pocket, Berkley, and Kensington. It wasn’t until after she and her husband retired to South Carolina that inspiration struck for a mystery. Hearing the words “maybe it’s a dead body” while golfing with friends fired her imagination for this series. Gail is also the author of the Spice Shop Mysteries. When she isn’t reading, writing, or sleeping, she can usually be found on the golf course or hanging out with friends.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle










A Sweet Death (A Stoneybrook Mystery Book 3) by [Scott, Eryn]Murder can’t be sugar-coated…

When a local teen goes missing, the town of Stoneybrook fears the worst.

Hadley is sure Miranda’s disappearance has nothing to do with the drug dealer who was found dead in Cascade Ridge. The charming, candy shop cashier is entirely too sweet to get involved in any of that. But when the clues pile up, Hadley can’t help but draw parallels.

Suddenly autumn isn’t feeling like the cozy season Hadley loves, and the clock is ticking faster than the leaves are falling.

Every moment counts in a missing persons case, but whom do you suspect when the victim is beloved by all? Or is she?

Recipes from Food in Jars creator, Marisa McClellan, included: apple rosemary jam and spiced pear chutney!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













The Housewife Assassin's Horrorscope (Housewife Assassin Series Book 18) by [Brown, Josie]


Donna Stone Craig, her mission leader Jack, and their covert ops team must decipher horoscope tips that contain clues to the names of twelve US-born traitors whose individual acts are the catalyst to treason at highest level.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

















Jingled (A Charlie Cooper Christmas Short Story) (Charlie Cooper Mystery) by [Ray, Deany]Note: This is a holiday SHORT story, but long enough for you to enjoy it with a glass of eggnog…or two glasses…*wink*

The holiday season has arrived in Springston…and at the Coopers’ house. Soft snow outside, creamy eggnog inside – it’s the perfect Christmas Eve for Charlie Cooper, the town’s most clumsy undercover detective.

Not to mention the yummy turkey, ham, sweet potato casserole, thick gravy and all the other delicious dishes made by Charlie’s mom for the whole family and Charlie’s two best friends and crime fighting partners, Marge and Celeste.

With such a perfect Christmastime in sight, nothing could really go wrong. Or could it? Well, there’s nothing like being held at gunpoint on Christmas Eve to bring joy into your heart.

When the food gets mysteriously ruined, the Christmas tree almost wrecked and apparently having a nice holiday feast just isn’t about to happen, Charlie wonders about that so-called Christmas spirit.

One thing is for sure: Charlie will always remember this year’s holiday as “barely surviving Christmas at the Coopers’ house”.

The Charlie Cooper series so far:

JAMMED – book #1
PICKLED – book #2
DICED – book #3
GLAZED – book #4

You can also visit Would be happy if you stop by.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Breaking the Mould (A Vintage Kitchen Mystery Book 8) by [Hamilton, Victoria]In the new Vintage Kitchen Mystery from the author of No Grater Danger, when the town’s resident Scrooge is found dead, Jaymie says Bah humbug! to murder . . .

“I have loved this series from the first book . . . it’s like returning to a favorite nook for a cup of tea. It will delight, entice, and drive a reader to want to solve the murder.” —Goodreads on No Grater Danger

Now that Thanksgiving’s behind her, vintage cookware enthusiast Jaymie Leighton Müller is excitedly making plans for the upcoming Dickens Days festival—the town’s month-long celebration leading up to Christmas. With a hot cider booth on the village green to warm the hearts and bodies of the townsfolk and a diorama featuring a scene from A Christmas Carol, things are shaping up for a festive season—until the town’s local Scrooge is found murdered, a vintage pudding mould covering his cracked skull.

Nearly everyone had a reason to dislike Evan Nezer—either for his bullying ways or his obnoxious arrogance—but with his body being found in Jaymie’s diorama, she’ll have to figure out who hated him enough to see him dead. With many suspects and even more secrets coming to the surface as she investigates, Jaymie feels buried by a blizzard of clues. But with Dickens Days on hold until the police can nab the killer, she’s determined to catch the culprit so the ghost of Evan Nezer doesn’t cast a pall over the whole Christmas season.

Includes a vintage recipe!

Praise for the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries:

“All the right ingredients . . . Small-town setting, kitchen antiques . . . and a bowlful of mystery. A perfect recipe.” —New York Times bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert

“[A] charming new series.” —New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly

“A chilling whodunit.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Well-plotted with several unexpected twists and more developed characters.” —The Mystery Reader

“Jaymie is a great character . . . She is inquisitive and full of surprises!” —Debbie’s Book Bag

About the Author:

Victoria Hamilton is the pseudonym of nationally bestselling romance author Donna Lea Simpson. In addition to the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series, she also writes the Merry Muffin Mystery series and blogs at Killer Characters. Visit her website at  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











Naughty on Ice: A Mystery (Discreet Retrieval Agency Mysteries Book 4) by [Chance, Maia]Naughty on Ice is the latest in Maia Chance’s dazzlingly fun Prohibition-era caper series featuring society matron Lola Woodby and her stalwart Swedish cook, Berta.

The Discreet Retrieval Agency is doing a brisk holiday business of retrieving lost parcels, grandmas, and stolen wreaths. But with their main squeezes Ralph and Jimmy once more on the back burner, both Lola and Berta pine for a holiday out of New York City. So when they receive a mysterious Christmas card requesting that they retrieve an antique ring at a family gathering in Maple Hill, Vermont, they jump at the chance. Sure, the card is signed Anonymous and it’s vaguely threatening, but it’s Vermont.

In Maple Hill, several estranged members of the wealthy Goddard family gather. And no sooner do Lola and Berta recover the ring—from Great-Aunt Cressida Goddard’s arthritic finger—than Mrs. Goddard goes toes-up, poisoned by her Negroni cocktail on ice. When the police arrive, Lola and Berta are caught-red-handed with the ring, and it becomes clear that they were in fact hired not for their cracker-jack retrieving abilities, but to be scapegoats for murder.

With no choice but to unmask the killer or be thrown in the slammer, Lola and Berta’s investigations lead them deep into the secrets of Maple Hill. In a breathless pursuit along a snowy ridge, with a lovelorn Norwegian ski instructor and country bumpkin hooch smugglers hot on their heels, Lola and Berta must find out once and for all who’s nice…and who’s naughty.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover










Look Alive Twenty-Five: A Stephanie Plum Novel by [Evanovich, Janet]



Stephanie Plum faces the toughest puzzle of her career in the twenty-fifth entry in Janet Evanovich’s #1 New York Times-bestselling series. 

There’s nothing like a good deli, and the Red River Deli in Trenton is one of the best. World-famous for its pastrami, cole slaw, and for its disappearing managers. Over the last month, three have vanished from the face of the earth, and the only clue in each case is one shoe that’s been left behind. The police are baffled. Lula is convinced that it’s a case of alien abduction. Whatever it is, they’d better figure out what’s going on before they lose their new manager, Ms. Stephanie Plum.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook













The Worst Noel (The Juniper Junction Holiday Mystery Series Book 1) by [Reade, Amy M.]Christmas is supposed to be a time of peace, love, and joy, but for Lilly Carlsen, this Christmas is murder.

As a single mom, small business owner, and president of the local Chamber of Commerce, the last thing she needs is to find a dead body on the floor of her jewelry shop on the busiest shopping day of the year. And as if that isn’t enough, Lilly has to deal with a deadbeat ex-husband, a mother with declining mental health, and two teenagers.

But when a second body turns up, Lilly finds herself squarely in the crosshairs of suspicion. Can she figure out who killed the victims before she becomes one herself? And will her family’s Christmas be merry…or scary?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback














Murder With All The Trimmings (A Red Carpet Catering Mystery Book 6) by [Simmons, Shawn Reilly]Christmas in the Big Apple and Penelope Sutherland is home for the holidays!

She’s looking forward to spending quality time with her loved ones. She’s also catering her first documentary, a history of the Vitrine Theater and the Big Apple Dancers, who put on the world-famous Christmas Extravaganza. Her best friend, Arlena, is the director and granddaughter of one of the show’s famous Snow Queens.

But not everyone is in the holiday spirit. When one of the dancers mysteriously disappears then turns up dead right before opening night, it looks like Christmas might be cancelled.

The police are at a loss to uncover who has it out for the theater company, so it’s up to Penelope to cook up a plan to find out if the Vitrine is cursed or haunted by its past before the killer can strike again.

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MURDER WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS by Shawn Reilly Simmons | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback


2019 Alphabet Soup Challenge


Introducing the Alphabet Soup – Author Edition Reading Challenge!

Participants in the Book Title Alphabet Soup Challenge have asked for an Author Challenge so here you go! 

Start keeping track of your authors and by December 31, 2019
your bowls must be filled by one author for each letter of the Alphabet.
Be sure to include the book title too!



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Each Letter Counts As 1 Spoonful


This challenge will run from January 1st, 2019 until December 31st, 2019.

You can join anytime. You do not have to post a review of the book. Books can come from any genre.

You do not need to link up each spoonful.

Make a page or a post or a GoodReads shelf where you will keep track of your spoonfuls. 

Crossovers to other challenges are allowed and encouraged!

It’s an alphabet challenge!!! The challenge is to read one book that has a title starting with every letter of the alphabet.

You can drop the A’s and The’s from the book titles as shown below.

The First Main Word Needs To Be
The Letter You Are Counting 

Except For those pesky Q, X, AND Z titles then the word that starts with the challenge letter can be anywhere in the title.


The Alphabet Soup Challenge means that by December 31, 2019
your bowls must be filled by one book for each letter of the Alphabet.


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New Releases For The Week Of November 11th, 2018–Part 2

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of November 11th, 2018. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for this week. Today is the second day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


Death and Daisies: A Magic Garden Mystery by [Amanda Flower]National bestselling author Amanda Flower returns with her second floral Magic Garden mystery, perfect for readers of Paige Shelton and Sheila Connolly.

Florist Fiona Knox left behind her gloomy life for a magical garden in Scotland, but a murder on her shop’s opening day spells doom.

Fiona Knox thought she was pulling her life back together when she inherited her godfather’s cottage in Duncreigan, Scotland—complete with a magical walled garden. But the erstwhile Tennessee flower shop owner promptly found herself puddle boot-deep in danger when she found a dead body among the glimmering blossoms. One police investigation later (made a trifle less unpleasant by the presence of handsome Chief Inspector Neil Craig), and Fiona’s life is getting back on a steady, though bewitched, track. Her sister Isla has just moved in with her, and the grand opening of her new spellbound venture, the Climbing Rose Flower Shop in Aberdeenshire, is imminent.

But dark, ensorcelled clouds are gathering to douse Fiona’s newly sunny outlook. First, imperious parish minister Quaid MacCullen makes it undeniably clear that he would be happy to send Fiona back to Tennessee. Then, a horrific lightning storm, rife with terribly omen, threatens to tear apart the elderly cottage and sends Fi and Isla cowering under their beds. The storm passes, but then, Fi is called away from the Climbing Rose’s opening soiree when Kipling, the tiny village’s weak-kneed volunteer police chief, finds a dead body on the beach.

The body proves difficult to identify, but Kipling is certain it’s that of the parish minister. Which makes Fiona, MacCullen’s new nemesis, a suspect. And what’s worse, Isla has seemed bewitched as of late…did she do something unspeakable to protect her sister? The last thing Fiona wanted to do was play detective again. But now, the rosy future she’d envisioned is going to seed, and if she and Craig can’t clear her name, her idyllic life will wilt away in Death and Daisies, national bestselling author Amanda Flower’s second enchanting Magic Garden mystery.  (Amazon)

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A Choice Cocktail of Death (A Foodie Files Mystery Book 2) by [Thomas, Christine Zane]A new flame. A recipe. Another murder.

When food blogger and restaurant reviewer, Allie Treadwell, is invited to the grand opening of Lanai’s newest attraction, a murder mystery dinner party, she expects a night of fun, good food, and mystery. What she didn’t expect is an actual murder.

What seems an open and shut case is anything but as Allie uncovers clues that lead to a conspiracy.

With an innocent man framed, Allie can’t just sit by and watch. She uses the only power she has to help set the story straight, her words.

But the real killer is out to silence the loudmouth foodie for good.

Can Allie set the story straight before she becomes the headline? Find out by pre-ordering now!  (Amazon)

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Death over Divorce (A Rutledge Historical Society Cozy Mystery Book 2) by [Lincoln, Jerri Kay]

This is the second book in the Rutledge Historical Society Cozy Mystery Series.

When a dead man that she knows falls out of Lorry Lockharte’s new car right in front of the sheriff, it doesn’t look good. Still, being hauled into the sheriff’s station isn’t what Lorry had expected. After a lawyer comes out of nowhere to get her released, Lorry struggles to prove her innocence and find the real killer.  (Amazon)

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Witch on Trial (A Blair Wilkes Mystery Book 5) by [Adams, Elle]


Blair’s life is starting to look up. Life is back to normal, she’s found a clue about her family history, and her relationship with Nathan might finally be getting somewhere.

Naturally, that’s when a dead body shows up in her boss’s office.

With the paranormal hunters in town, one mistake might lead to catastrophe. And what’s she to do when the person she suspects of committing the murder is already behind bars?

Can Blair get to the truth, or will she be the one to end up on trial?  (Amazon)

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Hot Chocolate and Cold Bodies (Sandy Bay Cozy Mystery Book 8) by [Crewes, Amber]The eighth book in the BESTSELLING Sandy Bay Cozy Mystery series!

I loved the book. Great characters. I can’t wait to read more of her books.

The end of year Sandy Bay festival is an opportunity for the town to display its history, promote local businesses and attract visitors to the best kept secret in the Pacific Northwest. There’s just one problem. It’s always associated with an increase in crime. This year, a stranger with an unknown identity is found dead during the fireworks display.

Some of the town’s residents have had enough of the annual hassle. Others would rather die than see an end to this popular festival. Meghan Truman, a new resident in Sandy Bay with a successful bakery, is torn between either supporting an event that shines a light on all the good things about her adopted hometown or showing allegiance to a dear friend who is leading the cause to ban the festival.

With the town on the brink of a riot, no forthcoming clues to help Detective Jack Irvin in his murder investigation, Meghan must retain the hot passion that has seen her business and relationships prosper thus far while she confronts cold bodies all around.

The clock is ticking…

A murder investigation is growing cold…

Will Meghan provide the spark that unlocks this murder mystery?

Book 8 in the Bestselling Sandy Bay Cozy Mystery series, which can be read in one to two hours! Perfect for a lunchtime read or on a commute to/from work. If you want to enjoy a quick light-hearted read, with an amateur female sleuth, mouth-watering culinary desserts and a gripping murder mystery with a touch of romance, then you’ll love Meghan Truman and all the quirky characters in Sandy Bay.

No cliffhanger, swearing or graphic scenes!

Buy Hot Chocolate and Cold Bodies to find out how this cozy mystery is solved.  (Amazon)

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Elemental Eight: A Cozy Mystery (Teas and Temptations Book 8) by [Stark, Cindy]




Elemental Eight, Book 8 in the Teas and Temptations witch cozy mystery series coming soon!  (Amazon)

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Dark Corner: A Witch Cat Mystery, Book 2 by [Vass, Vicki]Evil has awoken in Asheville, North Carolina, and Terra Rowan must prepare the Ladies of the Biltmore Society for battle. With her familiar, Pixel, a crooked leg fluffy orange cat, and her apprentice Abigail Oakhaven, a stubborn teenage girl with a bloodline dating back to the beginning of time, she begins their journey. The witch hunters have come to the Appalachian Mountains in search of the last witch of Salem. The magic of the mountains can no longer protect her and her coven. She must travel to the one place on earth that holds the secret to save mankind – Dark Corner.
Combining elements from different cultures, Appalachian folklore, Celtic legends, Native American mysticism, Dark Corner continues its new witch mythology while staying true to the realm of cozy mystery.
Terra Rowan is a witch trapped between worlds and lost in time.  (Amazon)

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Decadent Demise: Spirited Sweets Paranormal Cozy Mystery Book 2 by [Damore, Stephanie]Death doesn’t take a rest just because it’s the holidays.

Claire London is busy baking up a storm, but that’s not the only one brewing in Bleu Clair Bay. When a rich real-estate developer set his eyes on the coastal village it threatens to pull the whole community asunder.

That is until the man’s death, which was no accident.

Claire’s ready to sit this one out, but when the investigation zeros in on her friends, she needs to make sure the real killer is caught. Unfortunately that task will be anything but a piece of cake—even with the help of a frisky feline and her dearly departed as a side kick.  (Amazon)

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JA Killer Christmas Party: A Jill Andrews Cozy Mystery #6 by [Ellis, Nicole]ill is deep into preparations for Christmas parties at the Boathouse Event Center when a trip to the local retirement home with her son’s preschool class turns up a deadly surprise. For once, Jill has no tie to the murder victim, until a surprise connection to a family member is revealed. With the chaos of the Christmas season intensifying, will she be able to discover the real murderer in time to have a Merry Christmas with her family?  (Amazon)

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Mourning Express: A Good Clean Fun Cozy Mystery (The Funeral Fakers Book 3) by [Waller, K.M., Press, Sweet Promise]Restrained Crying: $50
Banshee Wailing: $100
Crying & Rolling on the Ground: $150
Threatening to Jump in the Grave: $250
Uncovering a Murder Mystery: PRICELESS

C-list actress Rosie Collins’ name is making headlines… unfortunately it’s only with the tabloids. Now, with a freshly minted reputation for being a troublemaker, not even the local Dollar General store will hire her to twirl their sign.

Problem is the job offers stop, but the bills don’t. Rosie needs cash fast, like, express-lane fast. Might Professional Mourning be the answer? Sure, yeah, whatever.

Never one to mince words, her first job is to deliver the eulogy for the most hated man in all of Asheville. Now she’s got a new problem. Namely, that the newly deceased’s slip-and-fall accident seems like it may have been more of a push-and-fall murder.

Will Rosie find a way to solve this deadly mystery, or will her next role be as Harold’s replacement in the coffin? Find out whodunit in this hilarious mystery series filled with fake tears and a very real body count… Order your copy and start reading today!

Mourning Express is book three in The Funeral Fakers series. Each book stands completely on its own, but you’ll have more fun if you read them all together!  (Amazon)

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Cold-Brewed Murder (Coffee Cup Mysteries Book 2) by [Young, Neila]

Blake Harper only wants to run her business and focus on her love life. But while she’s setting up for Mystery Cup Café’s big Halloween bash, she sees a clown stab a masked man in the chest.

Blake calls her sister, the town’s lead detective, but when the police arrive, there is no killer… and no body. While everyone blows the whole thing off as a prank, Blake knows the truth. When the clown later makes an appearance at the party, she realizes the killer may be out to eliminate any witnesses.

Blake must figure out not only who the killer is, but also who the victim was. Will she be able to solve the murder when she’s faced with a town full of people who don’t even believe a crime happened? And can she unmask the killer before he stops her once and for all?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

Magic & Mini Skirts: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Designer Witch Mystery Book 2) by [Sanders, Beverly]If looks could kill, Ginni Black would be in trouble.

After setting up shop with her best friend, Babbs McGhee, in the very coveted area of Buckhead Luxe, witch and up-and-coming fashion mogul Ginni Black thinks her troubles are behind her. She’s opening a new store, her relationship with her werewolf boyfriend, Nicco, is better than ever, and her judgmental warlock father is finally starting to give her some credit.

But when her friend and silent business partner ends up dead and Nicco is fingered for the crime, it’s back at it when Ginni and Babbs are forced to dive deeper into werewolf country than any smart witch should ever go.

Buckle up for the second installment of the most fashion-forward witch mystery anyone has ever seen.   (Amazon)

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Three's a Coven: (A Paranormal Cozy Mystery) (Western Woods Mystery Book 3) by [Silver, Samantha]Third time’s the charm…

When another body shows up in Western Woods, Tina is very happy to leave this investigation to Chief Inspector King. There’s only one problem: no one knows where she is.

With the law enforcement head missing, and the victim a local witch, the coven of Jupiter is extremely upset. Tina and her friends immediately take action, deciding to solve the murder on their own, and hoping that Chief Enforcer King shows up again sooner rather than later.

But the deeper they get into the investigation, the more the disappearance and the murder seem linked, and the more dangerous things get for the four witches. And Tina might be imagining it, but she’s pretty sure Kyran is avoiding her.

Will Tina and her friends get to the bottom of these mysterious happenings before it’s too late?

Three’s a Coven is the third book in the Western Woods mystery series of full-length, humorous paranormal cozy mystery novels.  (Amazon)

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In Peppermint Peril: A Tea and a Read Mystery by [Joy Avon]Joy Avon’s festive series debut featuring a book-themed tea party organizer will be tons of fun this Christmas for Lorna Barrett and Jenn McKinlay fans.

In the run-up to Christmas Eve, organizer of book-themed tea parties Callie Aspen and her lovable Boston terrier will have to conquer threefold trouble—a mysterious will, a missing heirloom and a dead body—to restore the festive spirit to their small town.

This Christmas, Callie Aspen returns to her childhood hideout Heart’s Harbor, Maine where her great aunt runs Book Tea, a vintage tearoom where every sweet treat contains a bookish clue. Upon arrival in the fairy-tale snowy town, Callie is drawn into the preparations for a special tea party at Haywood Hall, the rambling house of Heart’s Harbor’s oldest resident, rich but lonely widow Dorothea Finster, who invited her estranged relatives, old friends and the elite of the town to make a mysterious announcement about her will.

Believing they can touch a part of her fortune, everybody is determined to come, despite not liking each other or even their hostess. And Callie’s old friend Sheila complicates things by using the tea party to announce her daughter’s engagement, even though her daughter isn’t sure she’s in love with the young lawyer her mother thinks so perfect for her.

Catering to people who each have their own agenda isn’t easy for the Book Tea crew, especially once the valuable engagement ring goes missing and a dead body turns up in the conservatory. Can Callie and her great aunt use their love of clues to dig into the crimes and show their unhappy hostess and squabbling guests the true Christmas spirit? (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of November 11th, 2018–Part 1

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of November 11th, 2018. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for this week. Today is the first day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


The Riddles of Hillgate (Z & C Mysteries Book 1) by [Kane, Zoey, Kane, Claire]Hidden deep within trees, haunted Hillgate Manor waits for the mysteries locked inside its walls to be discovered.

Fashionable real estate agent and risk-taker, Zoey Kane, can’t pass up a good deal, even if it reeks of a graveyard. Along with her daughter Claire, the two business women spruce up the abandoned estate in hopes of turning it into a popular hotel.

After the discovery of buried bones, along with a series of riddles and threats,  Zoey learns the hard way why she was the only person who had bid on the property.

Now, the only chance at saving their scary investment, along with their lives, is for mom and daughter to solve the riddles of Hillgate… and thus the mystery of what happened to its long-gone residents.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

A Birder's Guide to Murder (A Bird Lover's Mystery Book 8) by [Ripley, J.R.]A flying visit to the City of Brotherly Love takes a murderous turn for Amy Simms, owner of Birds & Bees.

Amy and her bird-loving crew are ducking out of Ruby Lake, North Carolina to attend the annual American Birding Expo in Philadelphia. The event will generate publicity for Birds & Bees, though assistant manager Esther is strangely reluctant to attend. Before she’s even set up their booth, Amy manages to insult JJ Fuller, famed bird photographer and the expo’s guest of honor. An inauspicious beginning, made worse when JJ is found dead as a dodo, his head caved in by a pair of binoculars.

The police suspect Esther is mixed up in murder, and her mysterious past starts coming to light. Amy isn’t sure what to believe. JJ boasted that he would be the first to locate a near-extinct woodpecker. Did a rival decide to beat him—literally—to the punch? With a ZombieFest convention taking place in the exhibit hall next door, there’s all kinds of creepiness to contend with. And somewhere among the birders and the walking dead there’s a killer hoping to fly the coop before justice is served . . .  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback


The Christmas Heist: A Cottage Grove Mystery Novella (Cottage Grove Mysteries Book 3) by [Carobini, Julie]A Christmas wedding … what could go wrong?

Soon-to-be married Tasha McHenry discovers that her special locket is, quite suddenly, missing. A Christmas wedding sounded like such a good idea, but with her matron of honor busy planning the town’s annual holiday party, and her fiancé swamped with work, Tasha may be in over her head.

Has her missing accessory simply been misplaced? Or is something more sinister going down, once again this Christmas, in the small, rustic town of Cottage Grove?

All 3 books in the Cottage Grove Mystery Series:
1 – The Christmas Thief
2 – All Was Calm
3 – The Christmas Heist (New!)

“A heartwarming Christmas mystery … a perfect holiday season escape.” ~ Amanda Flower, USA Today Bestselling Author (The Christmas Thief)  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle


Murder at Harbor Village by [Gardner, GP]Young retiree Cleo Mack is trading in academia for a second act in Harbor Village, a community for active seniors in coastal Alabama. But someone in this picture-perfect coastal town is burning the candle at both ends . . .  

It’s love at first sight when Cleo arrives in Fairhope, Alabama, after taking early retirement from her longtime position as professor of social work. Touted as “the nicest town in the world,” Fairhope is home to an eclectic community of retirees. Harbor Village boasts classes in painting, pottery, and photography, not to mention being a buyer’s market for husbands. It seems an ideal place to make new friends and rediscover life. Until a dead body is found in the pool.

When the victim turns out to be the unpopular director of senior living, Cleo is named acting director. Now she must rely on her well-honed people skills to uncover a killer in a place where short-term memory isn’t what it used to be, and age is just a number. And if Cleo keeps snooping around, her number may soon be up . . .  (Amazon)

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Irrelephant Omens (Magical Midway Paranormal Cozy Mysteries Book 5) by [Leeds, Leanne]Another poisoned ringmaster.
Colliding portents.
As dark forces gather, one witch must break the circus free of fate before destiny destroys them all.

Charlotte is at the end of her tether. With her best friend lecturing her about the past, a mysterious old woman demanding she comply with the future, and signs everywhere pointing in opposite directions, she’s not sure how her argumentative band of misfit carnies will be able to defeat the Witches’ Council.

When her boyfriend’s father, the only other magical Ringmaster, is found unconscious, Charlotte determines that she must unravel the mystery, protect the rival circus and save the cantankerous man–only to be told that to do so would defy the omens that say his death must take place.

Will Charlotte rebel and save the dying Ringmaster? Or will she let the rival circus fall and her boyfriend’s father die?

Irrelephant Omens is the fifth book in the spellbinding Magical Midway paranormal cozy mystery series. If you like colorful characters, supernatural circuses, and twisty mysteries, then you’ll love Leanne Leeds’ show-stopping magical mystery.


The Magical Midway Paranormal series contains an overarching paranormal plot that builds from one book to the next. While each book’s mystery can be read and appreciated as a stand-alone, the series should be read in order to be fully enjoyed.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle








Devilish Shorts: Three Devil Springs Short Stories-Grudges, Gratitude, and Regret by [Bramseth, Jennifer]


What do grudges, gratitude, and regret have in common? They all tie together in the Devil Springs Series, with Greer Galloway as the common thread. These three short stories take place during A Devilish Punishment (Devil Springs Book 1) and transition the series into the next book, A Devilish Election (Devil Springs Book 2).  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle



Teaberry Three Part Harmony (A Teaberry Farm Bed & Breakfast Cozy Book 11) by [Wallace, R. A.]




A Teaberry Farm Bed & Breakfast Cozy Book 11
Murder sets the tone for a Teaberry vocal competition. A local tradition of selecting the best harmony group to represent Teaberry for the upcoming winter holidays hits a sour note when one of the competitors is murdered. This mild cozy mystery offers a clean read with a female amateur sleuth and friends in a small-town setting. Main characters in the series are multigenerational.  (Amazon)

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Dog Knows (Golden Retriever Mysteries Book 9) by [Plakcy, Neil S.]When semi-reformed computer hacker Steve Levitan learns that a girl who was kind to him in high school is accused of three murders, he and his clue-sniffing golden retriever Rochester are on the case. Could sweet, ambitious Peggy Doyle be guilty of killing three husbands? Or is someone out to make it look that way?

As teens, Steve admired Peggy because of the way she fought back from a difficult childhood to travel to France and aspire to a college degree and a career as a lawyer. When he discovers she’s been addicted to drugs, danced at a strip club, and married a biker, he’s surprised. How could the girl he knew grow up to be the woman the media are calling “The Black Widow of Birch Valley?”

Can he and Rochester dig up the clues that might acquit Peggy, while avoiding the slippery slope of hacking that could cause him to lose everything he cares for? Trust Rochester to keep Steve on the straight and narrow, and bring the real killer to justice.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle



Shear Magic (Silver Hollow Paranormal Cozy Mystery Series Book 5) by [Dobbs, Leighann, Douglass, Traci]

When wizard detective Eric Naill is found stabbed to death behind the salon of hunky witch hair stylist Graeme “Gray” Quinn, it doesn’t bode well for the Quinn clan. Especially when Gray’s favorite golden shears appear to be the murder weapon.

With both the Council of Wizards and the police after him, Gray must prove his innocence before he and his cousins lose everything. But when his investigation reveals a link between Eric’s death and a decades-old secret, things get complicated. The only way to get to the bottom of it is to seek the help of the one woman Gray is forbidden to get close to — Starla Knight.

Meeting with Starla could spark a feud that might change Silver Hollow forever. Only it’s Gray’s heart that may be the worst casualty.

Editions Available:  Kindle



A CORPSE IN CORNWALL: A World Travel Cozy Mystery (book 2) by [Dean, Carolyn L.]Spending Fall in Cornwall wasn’t what Jennifer was expecting, but then, neither was a centuries-old mystery and a present-day killer.

A fortune in jewels. A little girl with a mysterious past. Townspeople who could be friends or could be foes.

When Jennifer agreed to discreetly snoop for details on properties and antiques for her globe-trotting boss, Gable Landon, she didn’t realize that she may have bitten off more than she could chew. A simple job undercover suddenly turns deadly when her presence digs up things better left dead and buried.

Clean language, and only rated PG because hey, there’s a murderer running around in this book.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle



Murder at the Church: Cottonwood Springs Cozy Mystery Series by [Harman, Dianne]A troubled woman. A prayer. A murder in a church. An orphaned daughter.

When she moved back to Cottonwood Springs after a divorce and the publishing company she was working for went bankrupt, Brigid never thought she’d have a ready-made teen-age daughter, a huge Newfoundland dog, and a hunky neighbor who wants to get to know her better, a lot better.

But first she has to solve Maggie’s murder. When a woman has stolen money and someone else’s husband, finding her murderer is not everyone’s top priority.

An inspirational cozy mystery from a two-time USA Today Bestselling Author that will leave you with a smile on your face and a tear on your cheek.  (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle




Killalot (An Ivy Meadows Mystery Book 6) by [Brown, Cindy]A jouster, a playwright, and a detective walk into a faire…but it’s no joke when one ends up dead.

Actress and part-time PI Ivy Meadows is thrilled when she learns that the famous playwright behind Hello Dolly Madison is in Arizona. Not so much when she realizes he’s a suspect in the murder of a Renaissance faire jouster.

As is her friend Riley. And about a thousand other people, all disguised in Renaissance costume during the fatal jousting match.

When Ivy is hired to investigate the killing, she goes undercover as a Cockney belly dancer at the faire and finagles her way into the playwright’s Kennedy-inspired version of Camelot—as Marilyn Monroe, no less.

Then, in the midst of her toughest case ever, Ivy has to solve another dilemma: Will she follow her lifelong dream of being an actor or settle down with the love of her life?

The murder investigation, the play, and real life come together in a twist that begs the question: Is there a happily-ever-after for anyone?

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KILLALOT by Cindy Brown | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover. Paperback




'Twas the Knife Before Christmas: A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery (Christmas Tree Farm Mysteries) by [Jacqueline Frost]A Christmas delight, ’Twas the Knife Before Christmas will charm the stockings off readers of Joanne Fluke and Leslie Meier.

It’s out of the cupcake tin, into the fire for Holly White’s best friend, Caroline. Can Holly clear Caroline’s name in time to go caroling?

When a body turns up in a larger-than-life candy bowl filled with peppermints on the town square, Holly White is horrified to learn her best friend Caroline is the main suspect. Everyone in town, including Mistletoe, Maine’s sheriff, saw Caroline fighting with the victim on the night of his death. Worse, a custom kitchen knife, engraved with Caroline’s initials was found with him.

Now, just ten days before Christmas, Holly’s up to her jingle bells in holiday shenanigans and in desperate need of a miracle. Juggling extra shifts at her family’s Christmas tree farm and making enough gingerbread jewelry to satisfy the crowd is already more than she can handle―and now she has to find time to clear her best friend of murder. Add in her budding relationship with the sheriff, and a personal stalker dressed as Santa Claus, and Holly’s ready to fly south until springtime.

But her Sherpa-lined mittens come off when Caroline is taken into custody. Can Holly wrap up the case in time for Christmas…even after she gains the true killer’s attention? Find out in ‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas, Jacqueline Frost’s second pine-scented Christmas Tree Farm mystery.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook


Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–A Vintage Death

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Mary Ellen Hughes and her new release A Vintage Death.   This is the second book in her A Keepsake Cove Mysteries Series.  I have read this book and thought it was quite good.

A Vintage Death (A Keepsake Cove Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Midnight Ink (November 8, 2018)
Paperback: 264 pages
ISBN-10: 0738752274
ISBN-13: 978-0738752273



Purchase Links – Amazon    B&N  Midnight Ink


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As the new music box store owner and resident of Keepsake Cove, a quaint town full of collectible shops on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Callie Reed is eager to get more involved in her community. She volunteers to plan the Fall street decorations and welcome a visiting author who’s come for a special book signing. But the celebratory mood is cut short when the local B&B owner is found dead, killed by a pair of vintage scissors.

Suspicion is cast on the victim’s estranged wife, Dorothy, who owns Keepsake Cove’s vintage sewing shop. Callie is sure Dorothy is innocent, and the visiting author agrees. Together, they begin their own investigation, only to discover that many people in Keepsake Cove have secrets. Secrets that are worth killing to keep quiet.





The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Callie is a smart, caring, loyal woman. When one of her friends is wrongly accused of murder, she does not hesitate to jump in with both feet to find the real culprit.  I liked that fact that this time she had the help of a visiting thriller/horror author. That added another level to the mystery solving and I enjoyed that. I really liked finding out what character, Tabitha, Callie shop assistant, was going to be dressed as each day.  She is a quirky character and has unusual fashion sense, which was great. And I even felt that Aunt Melody, Callie’s deceased aunt was part of the characters through the magical music box, which I loved.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The descriptive writing of the author pulled me into the story from the very beginning and pulled me along for a great read.    The music box store came to life in my mind and I would love to stop by and check it out.

The mystery was well plotted and carried on well throughout the book.  The were plenty of suspects to consider and clues to sift through and the mystery was not easily solved.  I kept changing my mind as to who the killer was.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  With great characters, a whimsical music box store and an intriguing mystery, what’s not to like.  

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Midnight Ink, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.




Mary Ellen Hughes is the bestselling author of the Pickled and Preserved Mysteries (Penguin), the Craft Corner Mysteries, and the Maggie Olenski Mysteries, along with several short stories. A Fatal Collection is her debut with Midnight Ink. A Wisconsin native, she has lived most of her adult life in Maryland, where she’s set many of her stories. Visit her at

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When did you know that you wanted to be an author?  What things, if any, influenced that decision?

The idea probably crept up on me, as I read more and more books and started to wonder if I could do that, too. Taking a fiction writing class and getting good feedback on my writing motivated me to really work at it.


With so many cozies being written today, what makes your books stand out from the crowd?

I don’t know about any other cozy that has a music box that might be haunted. In my Keepsake Cove mysteries, Callie Reed’s late aunt seems to communicate through her favorite music box, which suddenly plays on its own at strategic times.


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Do you work from an outline or plot or do you just see where the characters take you?

I make a loose outline that helps to keep me on track. But if new and better ideas come up as I write, I’m willing to take a few turns.


Do you read your reviews?  Do you respond to them, good or bad?  Do you do anything special to get those reviews?

I do read my reviews but don’t respond to them, except sometimes thanking a professional critic. My publisher sends out Advance Reader Copies for reviews, and I might occasionally suggest to readers that writing a customer review can be very helpful. But ultimately it’s up to them.

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What advice would you give to your younger self?

Start writing much sooner! Think of all the books I might have written if I’d started years earlier.


Do you think that the cover plays an important part in someone buying your book(s)?   Who designs your book covers?

I think the cover can play a very big part in a book’s sales. It gives the reader an instant idea of the kind of book it is—funny, serious, historical, etc.

My publishers have designed all the book covers, or rather, their illustrators have. I’m asked for input, but they’ve always come up with great ones.


Please give us an insight into your main characters.  What do you think makes them special?

In A Vintage Death, Callie Reed has inherited her aunt’s music box shop in Keepsake Cove, a town filled with various keepsake and collectible shops. She’s settled in and come to know her fellow shopkeepers. When one of them, the owner of a vintage sewing shop is suspected of the murder of her estranged husband, Callie jumps in to help the older woman.

Since poking into a murder investigation puts her in real  danger from the actual murderer—who is watching her every move—Callie’s willingness to do that because of her concern for an innocent, vulnerable woman makes her pretty special.

She’s also smart enough to ultimately bring the real murderer out of hiding, someone who might have gotten away with a terrible crime.


What have you learned about yourself since becoming an author?

That if I persevere, I can get through the occasional, dreaded writer’s block and come up with a darned good story.

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Do you write full-time or part-time?

My actual writing is part time, probably four hours a day. The other side of writing—promoting and such—can easily fill the rest of the day.

What do your plans for future projects include?

The third book of the Keepsake Cove series – A Curio Killing—is in the works and should be coming out in November, 2019.


What do you think the hardest part of writing is?  What is the easiest?

For me, the hardest part of writing a book is the beginning. Exactly where to start is a tough decision. On the other side, I love the endings, where you tie up all the clues you’ve been dropping along the way. It’s like the end of a roller coaster, rushing down the track, and just as much fun.

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What type of books do you like to read?  Who are some of your favorite authors?

I read all over the place, according to what I can get my hands on that looks interesting. My favorites include classics like Jane Austen (how I wish she’d been able to write more!) all the way to Stephen King (love his later mysteries.). I also enjoy biographies and history.


What is the one thing you would like your readers to know about you?

That I’m trying my best to produce a book that they’ll really enjoy.


Do you have anything specific you would like to say to your readers?

Thank you so much for reading my books and for sometimes commenting on them. Your feedback and online reviews mean a lot and help me become a better writer.

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How can readers discover more about you and your work?





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