Review of Raisin The Dead

 

Raisin The Dead

Bread & Batter Mystery, Book #2

Karoline Barrett

5 Stars

 

Synopsis:

28384223The author of Bun for Your Life returns to Destiny, New York, where bakery owners and amateur sleuths Molly Tyler and Olivia Williams never crumble under pressure…

While the rest of Destiny is focused on the arrival of an upper crust perfume mogul, Molly is more concerned about what’s on the front page of the newspaper: her mother. Library director Anne Tyler was photographed at the most romantic restaurant in town having a cozy dinner with library advisory board member Philip Baldeli. But there’s more for Molly to worry about after Philip is found dead a few days later.

When Detective Sean Corsino zeroes in on Anne as a person of interest in the case, it turns down the heat on his budding romance with Molly. But after he’s injured during the course of his investigation, Molly and Olivia must step in to sift through the clues and clear Anne’s name. (Goodreads)

Review:

Molly and Olivia are best friends who share the dream of running a successful bakery. They are doing a good job of realizing that dream, until someone is murdered.  And when Molly’s mom becomes a person of interest, Molly has to devote her time trying to find the real killer and clear her mom’s name.

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  I enjoyed the relationship between Molly and Olivia, they are great friends and business partners.  Sean, Molly’s boyfriend and a detective, is a good guy, even if he did bring Molly’s mom in for questioning.  That made for a few awkward moments between Molly and Sean.  The co-workers for the bakery added a lot to the story and I enjoyed getting to know them better.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I felt like I was right there, in Destiny, watching all the action take place.  

The mystery was carried on well throughout the book.  There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through that I did not have it completely figured out until it was revealed at the end.  

I would recommend this book (and series) to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I am already looking forward to the next book in the series.      

Author Spotlight–T. C. LoTempio

Today’s Author Spotlight is T. C. LoTempio, author of Purr M For Murder.  I read this book and thought it was really good.  In addition to that book, she has another cozy series, Nick and Nora Mysteries.   Learn a little bit about her and her great cozy mysteries.  Happy Reading!

 

About The Author

T.C. LoTempioBorn in New York City, T. C. LoTempio is the national bestselling author of Meow If It’s Murder, the first in the Nick and Nora Mystery series.

She has been a staff reporter at the young adult magazine Susabella Passengers and Friends for more than a decade.

While Toni LoTempio does not commit – or solve – murders in real life, she has no trouble doing it on paper.

Her lifelong love of mysteries began early on when she was introduced to her first Nancy Drew mystery at age 10 – The Secret in the Old Attic. She lists among her favorite mystery/suspense writers Erle Stanley Gardner, Mary Higgins Clark and James Patterson, as well as EJ Copperman, Steve Hockensmith, Victoria Laurie, Ali Brandon, Rita Mae Brown, Miranda James and Sofie Kelly to name only a few!

Toni is also passionate about her love for animals, as demonstrated with her four cats: Trixie, Princess, Maxx and, of course, ROCCO, who not only provided the inspiration for the character of Nick the cat in the Nick and Nora mystery series, but who also writes his own blog and does charity work for Nathan Fillion’s charity, Kids Need to Read!

Toni’s also devoted to miniseries like The Thorn Birds, Dancing with the Stars, reruns of Murder She Wrote and Castle (of course!).

She (and ROCCO, albeit he’s uncredited) pen the Nick and Nora mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime.

She, Rocco and company make their home in Clifton, New Jersey, just twenty minutes from the Big Apple – New York  (Goodreads)

 

A Cat Rescue Mystery Series:

 

31213684Sydney McCall left behind an ex-fiancé and a New York advertising job to return home to Deer Park, North Carolina and help her sister, Kat, run the local animal shelter, Friendly Paws. Determined to save the shelter from financial trouble, Sydney and Kat organize a cat café fundraising event at a local coffee shop. Things are looking up until their landlord, Trowbridge Littleton, threatens to shut down the event. When Sydney drops by his art gallery to make peace, she finds Kat–along with Littleton’s dead body.

Local homicide detective Will Worthington–who just happens to be Sydney’s old high school crush–is highly suspicious of the sisters’ involvement. Desperate to clear their names from the suspect list, Sydney pounces on the investigation. With the help of one of the shelter cats, a savvy orange tabby named Toby, Sydney begins poking her nose into other local businesses whose owners may have benefited from Littleton’s death–until the killer notices she’s pawing a little too closely at the truth.

Delightfully clever and charming, Purr M for Murder, the first in a new series from nationally bestselling author T. C. LoTempio, will leave readers clawing for more. (Goodreads)

 

My Review:

Purr M For Murder

A Cat Rescue Mystery, Book #1

  1. C. LoTempio

5+ Stars
Synopsis:

Sydney McCall left behind an ex-fiancé and a New York advertising job to return home to Deer Park, North Carolina and help her sister, Kat, run the local animal shelter, Friendly Paws. Determined to save the shelter from financial trouble, Sydney and Kat organize a cat café fundraising event at a local coffee shop. Things are looking up until their landlord, Trowbridge Littleton, threatens to shut down the event. When Sydney drops by his art gallery to make peace, she finds Kat–along with Littleton’s dead body.

Local homicide detective Will Worthington–who just happens to be Sydney’s old high school crush–is highly suspicious of the sisters’ involvement. Desperate to clear their names from the suspect list, Sydney pounces on the investigation. With the help of one of the shelter cats, a savvy orange tabby named Toby, Sydney begins poking her nose into other local businesses whose owners may have benefited from Littleton’s death–until the killer notices she’s pawing a little too closely at the truth.

Delightfully clever and charming, Purr M for Murder, the first in a new series from nationally bestselling author T. C. LoTempio, will leave readers clawing for more. (Goodreads)

 

Review:

The characters are well developed, well rounded, and three dimensional.  Sydney loves her sister, Kat, and is willing to work very hard to help make Kat’s animal shelter a huge success.  And when a dead body is discovered and Kat is a person of interest, she is willing to do whatever it takes to clear Kat’s name.  She does not think twice about jumping into the investigation, trying to find the real killer.  Even if snooping puts her in harm’s way, she is determined to find the culprit before Kat is put behind bars.  She does have some help from her sister, from Will, one of the homicide detectives assigned to the case, (who happens to be an old crush from high school), and from the rescue cat that Sydney

has adopted, Toby.  Toby is the most helpful of all, and I personally think he is a mystical cat.  Although this is the first book in the series, I felt like I have known these characters for a long time.  I really enjoyed getting to spend time with all of them.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book, I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place and eavesdropping on conversations.  She created a small town setting that seemed realistic and was a place I would like to visit.  The mystery was carried on well throughout the entire book.  There were enough suspects to consider and enough clues and red herrings to make it hard to figure out the real killer.  

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  I found myself reading this book whenever I could and reading it well into the night, when I should have been sleeping.  But it was worth losing sleep over, it was that good.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  It has everything I look for in a cozy: great mystery, great small town setting, great characters and plenty of cats.  This is the first book that I have read by this author but I guarantee it will not be my last.  I cannot wait to read the next one in this series and I plan on reading her other series.  She is one of my new favorite authors.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the opportunity to read and review this great book.

Nick and Nora Mystery Series:

21911690First in a new series!

Nora Charles doesn’t believe in fate, even if she is a crime reporter who shares a name with a character from The Thin Man. In fact, she’s moving back to Cruz, California, to have a quieter life. But after finding an online magazine eager for material, and a stray cat named Nick with a talent for detection, Nora’s not just reporting crimes again. She’s uncovering them…

Back in her hometown, Nora reconnects with old friends and makes some new ones, like Nick, the charming feline who seems determined to be her cat. But not everything about Cruz is friendly. Writing for a local online magazine, Nora investigates the curious death of socialite Lola Grainger. Though it was deemed an accident, Nora suspects foul play. And it seems that her cat does too.

Apparently, Nick used to belong to a P.I. who disappeared while investigating Lola Grainger’s death. The coincidence is spooky, but not as spooky as the clues Nick spells out for her with Scrabble letters—clues that lead her down an increasingly dangerous path. Whether fate put her on this case or not, solving it will take all of Nora’s wits, and maybe a few of Nick’s nine lives.   (Goodreads)

 

 

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Sandwich shop owner Nora Charles continues her quest to find her cat Nick’s previous owner. But her investigation is put on hold when her sister, Lacey, is arrested for murder. The victim, an esteemed art collector and Lacey’s bullying professor, was stabbed in the heart. Apparently, all over a lousy grade. Luckily Nora still has a few sleuthing tricks up her sleeve. And Nick, whose previous owner was a Private Investigator, knows a thing or two about crime as well (he’s a dab paw at spelling out clues with scrabble letters). (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

Crime and Catnip (A Nick and Nora Mystery) by [LoTempio, T.C.]Nick and Nora aren’t just pussyfooting around this time as they deal with a missing person’s case and murder.

While catering a gala for the Cruz Museum, Nora Charles agrees to look into the disappearance of director Violet Crenshaw’s niece, a case previously undertaken by her frisky feline friend Nick’s former owner, a private eye whose whereabouts are also currently unknown.

As Nora and her curious cat Nick pull at the string of clues, they begin to unravel a twisted tale of coded messages, theft, false identities, murder, and international espionage. Nora dares to hope that the labyrinth of leads will not only help them locate the missing young woman, but also solve the disappearance of the detective. That’s if Nora can stay alive long enough to find him…  (Amazon)

 
INCLUDES DELICIOUS SANDWICH RECIPES

 


New Releases For the Week Of March 19th, 2017–Part 3

 

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of March 19th, 2017.  Since there were so many this week, I divided it up among three days.  This is day three of my list. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

Sherlock Holmes and the Legend of Loch Logarth: Classic Scripts (The Holmes and Watson Series Book 3) by [Shimwell, Ian]
With Holmes incapacitated, Watson reluctantly agrees to let the argumentative Inspector Lestrade accompany him on a Scottish fishing holiday.
But soon after arriving at Ye Clootie’s Claw Inn, Watson and Lestrade discover the fearsome Legend of Loch Logarth seems to be very much on the prowl…
Is the Clootie creature terrorising the village of Logarth? And will Watson and Lestrade ever agree on anything?
As the creature claims its first victim, Watson realises he may have seen terrible wounds like this before…
(Amazon)

The Book Review of Death: a classic murder mystery (The Book Shop Mysteries) by [King, Richard]Murder, mystery and books. For fans of Agatha Christie and M.C.Beaton, The Book Review of Death is the final book in The Bookshop Mysteries, a captivating cosy crime series by Richard King.

If there’s a mystery to solve in Montreal, Sam Wiseman will always find himself right in the middle of it . . .

When a book reviewer, infamous for writing scathing reviews and ruining authors’ careers, is found dead in his office, every author in the city becomes a suspect. Including Sam Wiseman’s best friend, Ben.

Determined to solve the case and prove his friend’s innocence, the bookseller and wannabe sleuth teams up once again with Detective Gaston Lemieux in what may be their most curious case yet…

(Amazon)

33632753Abigail Logan never expected to inherit a whisky distillery in the Scottish Highlands. But in the first novel of an engaging new series blending fine spirits with chilling mystery, Abi finds that there are secrets lurking in the misty glens that some will go to any lengths to protect . . . even murder.

When Abi inherits her uncle’s quaint and storied single malt distillery, she finds herself immersed in a competitive high-stakes business that elicits deep passions and prejudices. An award-winning photojournalist, Abi has no trouble capturing the perfect shot—but making the perfect shot is another matter.When she starts to receive disturbing, anonymous threats, it’s clear that someone wants her out of the picture. But Abi’s never been one to back down from a fight.

Arriving on the scene with her whisky-loving best friend, Patrick, and an oversized wheaten terrier named Liam, Abi seems to put everyone in the bucolic village on edge—especially her dour but disturbingly attractive head distiller. Acts of sabotage and increasingly personal threats against Abi make it clear that she is not welcome. When one of Abi’s new employees is found floating facedown in a vat of whisky, Abi is determined to use her skills as an investigative journalist to identify the cold-blooded killer and dispense a dram of justice before he strikes again. But distilling truth from lies is tricky, especially when everyone seems to have something to hide. (Goodreads)

Sunken Secrets (Curiosity Club Mystery Series Book 3) by [McFerrin, Sara]Frosty January weather in Alabama prompts members of the Southern Ladies’ Curiosity Club to seek refuge on the sunny shores of Panama City, Florida. While Bessie, Cora, Margene, and Mabel enjoy warm breezes and sandy beaches, they strongly suspect that there’s something fishy about Ernest DeMilly’s unfortunate demise aboard a shrimp boat. The investigation lands them in the middle of a kidnapping, an encounter with the Panhandle Mafia, and a scare from a shark named Leo.

Hold your breath and dive for adventure as our 1950s Southern ladies―on board a mysterious freighter anchored in the Gulf of Mexico―do a bit of oceanic research, solve a murder, and expose sunken secrets.

(Amazon)
The 7-10 Split by [Detrie, Janice]

Vlad Chomsky has a comfortable life. He is a professor of archaeology at a small Midwestern university. He has three children and a lovely wife, Maria. Yes, everything in Vlad’s life is a comfortable routine—until the day his wife tells him she is leaving him for her bowling team manager.

Feeling like a “used husband” who has been returned to the store as defective, Vlad begins a new life. On the way, he meets a cast of characters who help him discover that even something as impossible to make as a seven ten split really is possible.

There is his new landlady, a 90-something former burlesque queen, and her tiny Toy Poodle, Gaston. There is her un-handyman, Norm, librarian Beatrice Krup, who has a crush on him. And of course, Britney, his new love and student activist.

This motley cast of characters somehow manages to draw him into a terrorist plot, and Vlad and Gaston must save the town from a crazed saboteur.  (Amazon)

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Luke and Lani once again recruit the senior sleuthing brigade to help them track down a killer when the owner of the new food truck in town is found dead at Turtle Cove.
 (Goodreads)

Another New Release For Week Of March 12th 2017

Here is another book that was released last week on March 17th.  Check it out and happy reading!!

 

34613882The only thing worse than a noisy bookstore is patrons literally dying to get out.

Elise Pepper has landed her dream job at the Capture The Magic book store. Peace and quiet and thousands of books to herself – including a $2m first edition of Alice in Wonderland. What more could she ask for?

It can’t last of course. Her blissful solitude is rudely interrupted when someone turns the second floor of the building into a Down the Rabbit Hole-themed escape room.

But the noise is the least of her worries – what’s worse is the dead bank executive upstairs and the missing first edition. Now Elise is suspected of both theft and murder, even as the killer taunts her with Alice in Wonderland clues. Can she find out who did it before she takes the fall for the crime?  (Goodreads)

New Releases For The Week of March 19th, 2017–Part 2

 

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of March 19th, 2017.  Since there were so many this week, I am going to divide them between three days.  This is day two of the three.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

33963273“Will no doubt delight fans and new readers alike.”—RT Book Reviews
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Gladie is back with the fifth installment of the hilarious Matchmaker Mysteries series.
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It’s still up in the air whether Gladie really has her psychic grandmother’s “gift,” but she’s determined to finally give matchmaking her best shot. She’s also determined to give her new relationship with hottie Police Chief Spencer Bolton a shot…that is, if she can find him.
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Despite her good intentions, Gladie is being sued by a matchmaking client, but even with bankruptcy around the corner, that’s not her biggest problem. There seems to be a rash of dead senior citizens popping up at the tea shop owner’s family home. Gladie is recruited to find the murderer, but this time she may have met her match—and if she’s not careful, it could be her last.
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Perfect for fans of Janet Evanovich, Jennifer Crusie, and Katie MacAlister, Elise Sax’s wickedly funny Matchmaker Mysteries series proves that the road to love comes with a few dead ends.   (Goodreads)

34613753From USA Today bestselling author Jennifer L. Hart comes the next nail-biting adventure of the hilarious mother-daughter Mackenzie & Mackenzie PI team!

Another day, another secret.

Novice PI Mackenzie Taylor is going stir crazy. Deep in the throes of a classic New England winter, the endless hours of following cheating spouses have left her feeling jaded and restless. Not to mention the emotional tug of war when the father of her teenage child suddenly starts hanging around and putting a major crimp in Mackenzie’s fledgling relationship with the hot Detective Hunter Black. So when she’s asked to help find a missing bride, Mackenzie jumps at the chance to do some good.

Juggling the missing persons case, two headstrong men, being a new landlord of a rundown building, and a sixteen-year-old daughter/ BFF actually acting her age for once and crushing on a much older man has Mackenzie’s contemplating the upside of running away from home. Instead she throws herself into work. But the more dirt she digs up on the missing bride, the murkier the investigation becomes. Was it a simple case of post wedding jitters or did the missing woman make a fatal mistake? And is Mackenzie about to follow her footsteps right into the clutches of a killer?  (Goodreads)

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Someone’s cursed Deanna Oscar. Bad things keep happening: a spider bite, a stripper, a doc who looks like Death…and more.

An awesome Super Bowl party is ruined when someone takes a shot at her in her own club. Her powers go on the fritz. A creepy demon—or maybe a zombie?—seems to be stalking her. Three young girls go missing and De can’t find them.

She needs to find the source of the curse and ditch the zombie—or maybe a demon? But first—those three girls…   (Goodreads)

34521660A delightful historical mystery, backed-up with first-rate research.
“It was the sight of that knife which was my undoing, sir. Even now, I scarcely know what came over me”Eighteenth-century Norwich bookseller and dandy, Ashmole Foxe, is asked by the local bellringers to look into the death of their Tower Captain, who has been found in the ringing chamber with his throat cut. Since the victim had a foul temper, as well as being a notorious miser, killjoy and recluse, there’s no shortage of suspects. Yet with everyone lying about themselves and their relationships with the dead man, Foxe knows it will take even more cunning than usual to dig out the truth. When, on top of all that, he discovers nothing about the victim is what it seems, he realises he must dig into the man’s past as well as his present. Can he ever separate truth from pretence and the genuine from the fake?

On the track of the killer, Foxe encounters many of his city’s 18th-century inhabitants along the way, including a sharp young whore, several frightened tradesmen, a reclusive miser, an unlucky attorney, a desperate Ship’s Mate and a woman who gets the better of him nearly every time they meet. Bit by bit, Mr Foxe reveals a tale of greed, bitter family strife and unexpected love. A tale that ended in the church tower in an explosion of anger and death. (Goodreads)

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Can a girls’ weekend at The Painted Lady Inn with backstabbing sorority sisters ever end well? Add in a murder mystery game complete with costumes, a demanding diva, and a mysterious midnight visitor.

Strained relationships, lurkers in the dark, open windows in the dead of winter and séance gone wrong is only the beginning. Too bad, the help has gone south leaving Donna dependent on her overzealous mother and a questionable fan.

It’s enough to kill a person.   (Goodreads)

34334654Jeremy Hallett leaves a flourishing law career in Boston to return to his hometown of Anchor Point on Cape Cod. He secretly purchases the local lighthouse and surrounding property to open The Shipwreck Café.
Rich in history, the lighthouse is rumored to be haunted by multiple ghosts and hiding a buried treasure worth millions.
Robbie, Jay’s younger brother, surfs by day and bar tends at the café by night. He doesn’t like ghosts, but it’s okay, because they don’t like him either.
Stormy, an abandoned golden retriever, who has been living at the lighthouse is adopted by Jay. Together, they move in to the keeper’s cottage.
Two murders in as many weeks, transpire in Anchor Point. The town is thrown into a state of distrust. Who is killing the locals and why?
Jay, Robbie, and Roland Knowles, the ghost keeper of the lighthouse must work together to bring answers and peace back to Anchor Point. Will the murders be connected to the treasure that may or may not have been found in the last one hundred years? Only Roland knows.  (Goodreads)
29739107Members of The Southern Ladies’ Curiosity Club mostly reminisced and caught up on the latest gossip at their monthly meetings. That was until Jeb Trahauser started receiving mail, although he’d been dead for years.
The search is on for Jeb’s sister Mildred to find answers. However, they discover that there is more than one Mildred ~ all in a heap o’ trouble. Add to the mix Yankees in town, Picasso paintings casting a spell on expectant mothers, a new baby born into the Campbell family, and last but not least, Margene’s dilemma as to whether she should go against her mother’s wishes and marry a man thirty years her senior. Join Bessie, Cora, Margene, and Mabel, in their search for Mildred that leads them from Nashville to Birmingham.   (Goodreads)

 

New Releases For The Week Of March 19th, 2017 –Part 1

 

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of March 12th, 2017.  Since there were so many this week, I am going to divide them between the next three days.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

33970687USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR

“Fans of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum will absolutely adore Davis Way and her many mishaps.” – RT Book Reviews

On behalf of USA TODAY bestselling author Gretchen Archer and the entire Henery Press crew, welcome aboard flight DOUBLE UP. Fasten your seatbelts for non-stop action as stiff competition blows into town and the resulting turbulence threatens to take down the Bellissimo Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Super Secret Spy Davis Way Cole, who lives on the twenty-ninth floor of the hotel with her CEO husband and newborn twins, takes it hard. If the casino goes belly up, she won’t be a stay-at-home mom because she won’t have a home. Not to mention her husband won’t have a job.

Davis can’t find a way to stop the inevitable end of the Bellissimo life she loves until her ex-ex-mother-in-law shows up, unexpected and definitely uninvited. Davis makes the best of a bad Bea Crawford situation and recruits her for a little corporate espionage work, which would’ve been great, had Bea not turned out to be the world’s worst spy.

Ever.

Seatbacks and tray tables in their upright positions as we prepare for a bumpy ride with babies, bankruptcies, besties, and shrimp. (Shrimp?)

Enjoy your flight.

Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), humorous murder mysteries, book club recommendations, private investigator mystery series, amateur sleuth books, Southern humor, Southern living, romantic comedy, rom com, chick lit.

Books in the Davis Way Crime Caper Mystery Series:

• DOUBLE WHAMMY (#1)
• DOUBLE DIP (#2)
• DOUBLE STRIKE (#3)
• DOUBLE MINT (#4)
• DOUBLE KNOT (#5)
• DOUBLE UP (#6)

Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you’ll probably like them all…  *Goodreads)

 

 

 

30408332An emotionally stirring novel that shows how obstacles can be overcome, differences can be strengths, and sometimes a choice can seem wrong even though it s absolutely right

If not for her loving but controlling parents, Beth Prudhomme might never have taken charge of her life and moved from her native Chicago to Portland, Oregon, where she s reconnected with her spirited Aunt Sunshine and found a job as a high school music teacher. If not for her friend Nichole, Beth would never have met Sam Carney, although first impressions have left Beth with serious doubts. Sam is everything Beth is not and her parents worst nightmare: a tattooed auto mechanic who s rough around the edges. Reserved and smart as a whip, Beth isn t exactly Sam s usual beer-drinking, pool-playing type of woman, either.

But if not for an awkward setup one evening, Beth might never have left early and been involved in a car crash. And if not for Sam who witnessed the terrifying ordeal, rushed to her aid, and stayed with her until help arrived Beth might have been all alone, or worse. Yet as events play out, Sam feels compelled to check on Beth almost daily at the hospital even bringing his guitar to play songs to lift her spirits. Soon their unlikely friendship evolves into an intense attraction that surprises them both.

Before long, Beth’s strong-willed mother, Ellie, blows into town spouting harsh opinions, especially about Sam, and reopening old wounds with Sunshine. When shocking secrets from Sam s past are revealed, Beth struggles to reconcile her feelings. But when Beth goes a step too far, she risks losing the man and the life she s come to love.  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

As A Shield by [Pelfrey, Danny, Pelfrey, Wanda]

 

A STORY OF SUSPENSE ABOUT FINDING CONFIDENCE IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY!

Threats, a kidnapping, attempted murder, grief, a crash-landing, and a vicious madman all come together to teach Davis Morgan there is a sufficient shield for all the trials of life.  (Amazon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31944808“Who knew obituaries could be this much fun?”
— Gretchen Archer, USA TODAY–bestselling author of the Davis Way Crime Capers

Meet Riley Ellison, a quirky young library assistant who has become known in her hometown of Tuttle Corner, Virginia, as Riley Bless-Her-Heart. Riley’s odd habit of living vicariously through people she reads about in the obituary pages hits a little too close to home when she is asked to write one for her childhood best friend, Jordan James. Jordan’s unexpected suicide has left Riley desperate to understand why a young woman with so much to live for would suddenly opt out, so she steps out of her comfort zone and into the role of obituary writer.

Things get messy, however, when Jordan’s co-worker, a paranoid reporter with a penchant for conspiracy theories, convinces Riley that Jordan’s death was no suicide. He leads her down a dangerous path toward organized crime, secret lovers, and suspicious taco trucks. Eventually, Riley’s serpentine hunt for the truth leads to a discovery that puts everything she holds dear—her job, the people she loves, and even her life—in danger. Will writing this obituary be the death of her?  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

T34507059wo sisters-in-law, a mountain cabin in North Carolina, burglaries, and the murder of one of the residents in the cabin community–can Edna and Klara Pidgeon work out their pastry recipe and return home to Texas without being arrested for murder or becoming murder victims themselves?
When Klara meets handsome Gerald Thomas, thoughts of returning to her dull, daily life become replaced by dreams of the future with the handsome Cary Grant look-alike. Edgar Farley arrives from Texas to the surprise of Edna and continues his low-key wooing, much to Edna’s chagrin.
Edna and Klara become embroiled in solving the murder and break-ins but figuring out why a young boy, David, seems to be running around the area of the cabins without his parents’ supervision.
Will Edna and Klara ever be able to perfect their KEPS recipe and return to a normal life?
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Absence makes the…
Cometh the hour, cometh a stranger with a story which Jill doesn’t want to hear.
…custard cream taste even better.  (Goodreads)

34537130Josiah Reynolds opened her front door to find her neighbor, Sandy Skaggs, clutching her poodle mutt, Georgie. “Hi Josiah. Sorry to bother you. Can you keep my dog for a couple of days while I check on my mother? She’s ill and needs help.”

Josiah reluctantly said yes, not because she didn’t want to take care of the animal. She had room for a little dog like Georgie. She was reluctant because Sandy Skaggs’s mother couldn’t be ill. She was, in fact, dead. Josiah knew this as she had attended the woman’s funeral.

What would cause Sandy to tell such a lie? And a stupid one at that. Was she trying to signal that she was in distress and needed help? Our sleuth was trying to sort out a possible reason when Sandy handed the dog over, smiled, and waved farewell, jogging to her minivan.

Josiah returned Sandy’s wave and Georgie barked goodbye, neither one having a clue if they would ever see Sandy Skaggs again. In eight hours, Sandy would disappear from the face of the earth, and no one, not ever Josiah, would be able to find her. (Goodreads)

Review of Silence Of The Flans

 

Silence Of The Flans

Emergency Dessert Squad, Book #2

Laura Bradford

5+ Stars

30687915Synopsis:

The second delectable Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery from the national bestselling author of Eclair and Present Danger.

Baker Winnie Johnson does her best work when the heat is on. As owner of the Emergency Dessert Squad, she has a deft touch in the kitchen and a soft spot for lost causes. So when her business professor beau, Jay Morgan, expresses misgivings over having to fail one of his fourth-year students, Winnie cooks up a sweet solution.

She’ll offer an extra credit opportunity in exchange for a little help with her growing business. But when her protege’s first dessert delivery poisons a student journalist, the publicity threatens to burn Winnie’s business to a crisp. Now the entrepreneur-turned-detective must uncover the ingredients behind a recipe for murder before she crumbles under pressure…

RECIPES INCLUDED  (Goodreads)
Review:

Winnie is a hard worker who loves her business, the Emergency Dessert Squad.  She cannot imagine doing anything else with her life.  But when a college student dies after eating one of her desserts, she may lose not only her business but her freedom as well.  She is a suspect in the murder, and she knows she has to uncover the real killer before she lose it all.

The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional. I loved getting to spend time with Winnie and her best friend, Renee.  I also really like the fact that Winnie enjoys spending time with elderly people.  By far my favorite character is Mr. Nelson, Winnie’s elderly neighbor.  He is feisty, caring, funny, quirky and he loves Winnie like a daughter.  

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through the entire book I felt like I was right there, being a part of the action.  I felt like I could smell and taste the delicious desserts and  listen in on all of the conversations.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book was an easy read.  I really enjoyed all of the clever names of the desserts that they were serving, it made me smile.

The murder was carried on well throughout the book and there were enough suspects to consider, and enough clues and red herrings thrown in, that it was impossible for me to figure out the killer until it was revealed at the end.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted, cleverly written cozy.  If you enjoy great characters, a great setting and a great mystery to solve, then this book is for you.  I would suggest reading the first book in the series, to, because they are both excellent.

 

 

St. Patrick’s Day Books

Here is a list of some St. Patrick’s Day books.  Hope you find something that catches your eye.  Happy reading.

 

Love, Luck, and Little Green Men by [Kelly, Diane]A life-affirming tale of fantasy, fate, and love.

Single mom Erin Flaherty is down on her luck. Not only is she fighting romantic feelings for Father Brendan O’Donnell, St. Anthony’s brown-eyed and broad-shouldered priest, but she also faces a heartbreaking choice. After the vet diagnoses her son’s Irish Setter with a life-threatening illness, Erin must find a way to raise the funds for the surgery that could save him. Unfortunately, the income from her shoe repair business and Irish step-dancing lessons barely put food on the table.

What’s a woman to do?

When an odd little man appears in Erin’s life, her entire belief system is challenged. Can she keep her faith in the luck ‘o the Irish and the power of love? (Amazon)

 

 

St. Patrick's Day Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery Series Book 14) by [Meier, Leslie]Not many people in Tinker’s Cove, Maine, knew Old Dan Malone. The grizzled barkeep’s social circle was limited to the rough-hewn lobstermen and other assorted toughs that frequented his bar. But when his body is found bobbing in the town’s icy harbor, Lucy Stone makes getting to know more about Old Dan a priority.

Local musician Dave Reilly insists Old Dan conned a winning lottery ticket worth five grand from him. Handyman Brian Donohue claims that Old Dan stiffed him for repair work he’d done at the bar. The confusion surrounding the death is only compounded by the arrival of actor Dylan Malone, Old Dan’s brother and a prominent, if fading, attraction of the Dublin stage. Dylan has come to direct the production of “Finian’s Rainbow,” the featured event at Our Lady of Hope’s annual St. Patrick’s Day extravaganza.

Was Old Dan killed by someone he’d cheated or someone he’d loved? While Lucy can’t be sure, one thing is abundantly clear–the stage is set for a murder mystery with a killer ending!

“Warm and homespun characters, plenty of seaside ambience and a fast-moving plot make this perfect winter cozy.” —Publishers Weekly  (Amazon)

 

 

St. Patrick's Day Murder (Christine Bennett Mysteries Book 4) by [Harris, Lee]

 

An off-duty police officer is shot and ex-nun Chris Bennett and her police-detective boyfriend find this motiveless murder puzzling. Praying for a break, Chris pursues a killer along strange paths: a pilgrimage that takes her from a suburban convent to a Brooklyn fruit market, and deep into the sacrosanct world of the NYPD–and ultimately back to the deadly place where it all began.  (Amazon)

From the Paperback edition.

 

 

 

 

Although she’s taken an interest in Irish embroidery, Marcy Singer can’t help but abandon her needlecraft when handsome local brewer Todd finds himself accused of murder. Both Todd and his friend Blake’s fingerprints are on the murder weapon, and neither is talking about what happened. Marcy is determined to stitch together some luck from more than a few four-leaf clovers and prove that the culprit was someone else…  (Amazon)

 

 

 

 

 

The Sham (Chloe Boston Cozy Mysteries Book 14) by [Jackson, Melanie]The fourteenth installment in Melanie Jackson’s bestselling Chloe Boston Cozy Mystery Series is a 9k word short story.

“Melanie Jackson is a talent to watch.”
–WritersWrite.com

It’s Saint Patrick’s Day in Hope Falls and the citizens are celebrating by having the mayor of their sister city in Ireland over to join in the festivities. Unfortunately, things go from bad to worse as rivers run red, drinking of Guinness takes its toll, and a criminal pursuit by Officer Bill is required. This is a fast paced short story with plenty of laughs as Saint Patty’s becomes a day to remember not for the things that go right, but rather for the sheer number of things that go wrong.

If you are a fan of Nancy Pickard or Susan Conant you are going to love the cozy hometown feel of Moving Violation.  (Amazon)

 

 

Stephanie Plum has a way of attracting danger, lunatics, oddballs, bad luck…and mystery men. And no one is more mysterious than the unmentionable Diesel. He’s back and hot on the trail of a little man in green pants who’s lost a giant bag of money. Problem is, the money isn’t exactly lost. Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur has found it, and like any good Jersey senior citizen, she’s hightailed it in a Winnebago to Atlantic City to hit the slots. With Lula and Connie in tow, Stephanie attempts to bring Grandma home, but the luck of the Irish is rubbing off on everyone: Lula’s found a job modeling plus-size lingerie. Connie’s found a guy. Diesel’s found Stephanie. And Stephanie has found herself over her head with a caper involving thrice-stolen money, a racehorse, a car chase, and a bad case of the hives.  (Amazon)

 

 

Irish Eyes: A Callahan Garrity Mystery (Callahan Garrity Mysteries Book 8) by [Andrews, Mary Kay]Ex-cop Callahan Garrity was more than happy to leave the Atlanta P.D. behind her to start her own business — the House Mouse cleaning service — and to indulge in a bit of freelance private investigation on the side. However, she owes too much to her former partner, Bucky Deavers, to refuse his request that she accompany him to the department’s annual St. Patrick’s Day bash. But the celebrating ends abruptly — and badly — when Bucky is shot during an apparent liquor store robbery while they’re on the way home.

Callahan is devastated — and the talk that perhaps Bucky was “dirty” only intensifies her pain. Now, with the help of her feisty “Mice,” she’s determined to find the culprit and clear her friend’s name, even if it means piercing the veil of secrecy surrounding an Irish fraternal police organization that might be brewing up something far more lethally potent than green beer.  (Amazon)

 

 

Duffel Bags and Drownings (A Haley Randolph Mystery) (Haley Randolph Mystery Series Book 8) by [Howell, Dorothy]Fashionista and event planner to the stars Haley Randolph is staging a St. Patrick’s Day bash for one of Hollywood’s biggest couples. When she visits the catering company to check on preparations, it looks like the green ice sculptures will be the hit of the party — until Haley finds a server floating face down in the water tank.

Haley becomes the prime suspect in the murder. With a killer — and a giant leprechaun — on the loose, she must do some fast sleuthing to find the pot of gold at the end of this rainbow. Will she kiss the Blarney Stone — or the hot new detective on the case?

Haley will need the luck of the Irish to find the killer — and the hottest handbag of the season!  (Amazon)

 

 

 

Lucky Stuff (Jane Wheel Mysteries) by [Fiffer, Sharon]Officially divorced, antiques picker and private investigator Jane Wheel finally faces the reality that she needs to sell her house, which means clearing out her extensive—and beloved—antique collection. While it’s a daunting task, the preemptive move proves worthwhile when her house sells in one day. Finding herself suddenly homeless, Jane heads to her hometown, Kankakee, Illinois, to find that it, too, has been turned upside down.

Lucky Miller, a little-known comedian, is staging what he calls a comeback. It’s all part of his plan to break into showbiz by making it seem like he’s always been a big name. Suspicious of what Lucky’s trying to prove and why he’s chosen to prove it in Kankakee, Jane’s mother, Nellie, hires Jane to investigate. But why does Nellie care? Lucky would sure like to know, so he, too, calls on Jane to find out. Still, Nellie may be the least of his problems when a driver on his crew turns up dead hours after claiming that Lucky tried to kill him.

With the charming and dogged Jane Wheel at the center of another clever puzzle, Lucky Stuff is an outstanding addition to Sharon Fiffer’s popular series.  (Amazon)

 

 

A Great Day for the Deadly (The Gregor Demarkian Holiday Mysteries Book 5) by [Haddam, Jane]Winter is thawing, but in a small-town convent there lurks an ice-cold killer
Her childhood friends wanted careers, but Brigit Ann Reilly spent her youth looking forward to her wedding—her wedding to God. When she finally gets to don the habit, her new order sends her to Maryville, where a former sister is poised to become Rome’s first Irish-American saint. Brigit has no time to worry about Vatican politics. She’s about to become a martyr herself.
Brigit is found dead in the basement of her local library, her corpse swarming with ten poisonous water moccasins. When ex-FBI investigator Gregor Demarkian hears of her death, he is puzzled by two things: Water moccasins are not native to upstate New York, and Brigit died of hemlock poisoning, not the snakes’ venom. As Maryville whips itself into a pious frenzy in search of evidence for its hometown hero’s sainthood, Demarkian will attempt his own miracle by finding justice for the murdered young nun.

 

 

 

 

Review of Cherry Cake and a Cadaver

 

Cherry Cake and a Cadaver

Lily Gayle Lambert, Book #2

Susan Boles

5 Stars

34520267Synopsis:

Lily Gayle and the gang set out to find a killer after local baker Luxen Natolovich is found dead hours before the grand opening weekend at the new Bed and Breakfast in town, Midnight Dragonfly.

As Lily Gayle deciphers the clues around Luxen’s death she uncovers a conspiracy of lies and half truths that could very well be tied to a refugee camp in Mississippi during World War II.

The deeper Lily Gayle digs the deeper the conspiracy runs and the closer she comes to being the killer’s next victim. (Goodreads)

Review:

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Lily Gayle is smart, sassy and a well bred Southern woman.  She also is as curious as a cat and cannot help getting into trouble with her snooping.  So when the local baker is killed, she knows what she has to do.  Never mind that her cousin, Ben, who happens to be the County Sheriff, does not want her anywhere near his investigation.  Since she is used to arguing with her cousin she does not let that deter her and she begins investigating his murder.  With the reluctant help of her friend, Dixie, she is determined to solve the case.  Lily Gayle and Dixie’s friendship is so funny and so heartwarming.  They remind me of Thelma and Louise without the crime spree.  I think that their relationship is one of my favorites in all of cozyville.  

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing.  The small town southern setting was described perfectly and I could hear the gossip grapevine in my mind.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.

There were actually two mysteries in this book: who killed the baker and what happened to one member of the community.  The murder mystery was carried on well throughout the entire book.  There were enough suspects and twists and turns that it made figuring out the mystery a very difficult task.  I did not fully figure out who the killer was until it was revealed at the end.  And the disappearance added another level to the book, trying to figure out if the two are related and where the person is.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  This is a great series and I cannot wait to read more books.  

 

 

 

  

Author Spotlight–Annette Dashoffy

Today’s Spotlight Author is Annette Dashofy, bestselling author of the Zoe Chambers Mystery series.  I can tell you that I have read all five books and they are excellent (book two is my favorite because of one of the characters) and I would recommend reading all of them.

 

Annette DashofyAbout The Author:

USA Today bestselling author Annette Dashofy has been nominated for the Agatha for Best Contemporary Novel for Bridges Burned! She has spent her entire life in rural Pennsylvania surrounded by cattle and horses. When she wasn’t roaming the family’s farm or playing in the barn, she could be found reading or writing. After high school, she spent five years as an EMT on the local ambulance service, dealing with everything from drunks passing out on the sidewalk to mangled bodies in car accidents. These days, she, her husband, and their spoiled cat, Kensi, live on property that was once part of her grandfather’s dairy.

Her Zoe Chambers mystery series includes Circle of Influence (nominated for the Agatha for Best First Novel and the David Award for Best Mystery of 2014), Lost Legacy, Bridges Burned and the forthcoming With a Vengeance.  (Goodreads)

 

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Zoe Chambers, paramedic and deputy coroner in rural Pennsylvania’s tight-knit Vance Township, has been privy to a number of local secrets over the years, some of them her own. But secrets become explosive when a dead body is found in the Township Board President’s abandoned car. As a January blizzard rages, Zoe and Police Chief Pete Adams launch a desperate search for the killer, even if it means uncovering secrets that could not only destroy Zoe and Pete, but also those closest to them. (Goodreads)

22393568On a sultry summer afternoon, Paramedic Zoe Chambers responds to a call and finds a farmer’s body hanging from the rafters of his hay barn. What first appears to be a suicide quickly becomes something sinister when Zoe links the victim to a pair of deaths forty-five years earlier. Her attempts to wheedle information from her mother and stepfather hit a brick wall of deception, one that brings into question everything Zoe knows about her late father, who died in a car crash when she was eight. Or did he?

Police Chief Pete Adams fears Zoe’s inquiries are setting her up for deeper heartbreak and putting her in danger. As Zoe and Pete inch closer to the truth, they discover that a missing gun links the crimes which span more than four decades. But the killer isn’t done. Two more Vance Township residents fall victim to the same gun, and when tragedy strikes too close to home, Zoe realizes her family is in the crosshairs. (Goodreads)

23510160Agatha Award Nominee for Best Contemporary Novel of 2015!

Paramedic Zoe Chambers is used to saving lives, but when she stops a man from running into a raging inferno in a futile attempt to rescue his wife, Zoe finds herself drawn to him, and even more so to his ten-year-old daughter. She invites them both to live at the farm while the grieving widower picks up the pieces of his life.

Vance Township Police Chief Pete Adams, of course, is not happy with this setup, especially when he finds evidence implicating Zoe’s new houseguest in murder times two. When Zoe ignores Pete’s dire warnings, she runs the very real chance of burning one too many bridges, losing everything–and everyone–she holds dear. (Goodreads)

28650107Paramedic Zoe Chambers and the rest of rural Monongahela County’s EMS and fire personnel are used to wading into the middle of trouble to rescue the sick and the injured. But when someone with an ax to grind seeks retribution by staging accident scenes and gunning down the first responders, Zoe finds herself forced to not only treat her own brethren of the front lines, but also, in her role as deputy coroner, seek out whoever is killing her friends.

At the same time, Vance Township Police Chief Pete Adams races to track down a gun, a mysterious all-terrain vehicle, and the sniper before Zoe goes back on duty, placing herself—and Pete—firmly in the gunman’s crosshairs.   (Goodreads)

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A relaxing trail ride turns tragic when Paramedic and Deputy Coroner Zoe Chambers discovers the body of a popular county commissioner in her Pennsylvania woods. Inconsistencies surround the horrible “accident,” but before she can investigate further, she’s pried away by a plea for help from her best friend whose son has been deemed a person of interest in a homicide over a thousand miles away. When he vanishes without a trace, his mother begs Zoe to help clear him and bring him safely home. The task takes Zoe out of her comfort zone in a frantic trip to the desolate canyons and bluffs of New Mexico where she joins forces with the missing boy’s sister and a mysterious young Navajo.

Back at home, Vance Township’s Chief of Police Pete Adams must deal not only with the commissioner’s homicide, but with an influx of meth and a subsequent rash of drug overdoses in his rural community. Bodies keep turning up while suspects keep disappearing. However little else matters when he learns that half a continent away, a brutal killer has Zoe in his sights.

My Review:

No Way Home

Zoe Chambers Mysteries, Book #5

Annette Dashoffy

5+ Stars

Synopsis:

USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR

A relaxing trail ride turns tragic when Paramedic and Deputy Coroner Zoe Chambers discovers the body of a popular county commissioner in her Pennsylvania woods. Inconsistencies surround the horrible “accident,” but before she can investigate further, she’s pried away by a plea for help from her best friend whose son has been deemed a person of interest in a homicide over a thousand miles away. When he vanishes without a trace, his mother begs Zoe to help clear him and bring him safely home. The task takes Zoe out of her comfort zone in a frantic trip to the desolate canyons and bluffs of New Mexico where she joins forces with the missing boy’s sister and a mysterious young Navajo.

Back at home, Vance Township’s Chief of Police Pete Adams must deal not only with the commissioner’s homicide, but with an influx of meth and a subsequent rash of drug overdoses in his rural community. Bodies keep turning up while suspects keep disappearing. However little else matters when he learns that half a continent away, a brutal killer has Zoe in his sights.

Books in the Zoe Chambers Mystery Series:

CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE (#1)

LOST LEGACY (#2)

BRIDGES BURNED (#3)

WITH A VENGEANCE (#4)

NO WAY HOME (#5)

 

Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you’ll probably like them all… (Goodreads)

Review:

The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional.  Zoe is brave, smart and caring.  She is willing to go the extra mile to help those in need, especially if it is for one of her friends.  Sometimes she leaps before she looks and finds herself in some dangerous situations.  It is a good thing that Pete, the Chief of Police, is always watching out for her.  Pete is tough, honest and willing to do most anything to make sure that the bad guys are put away.  And when it comes to Zoe, he will move mountains to keep her safe and by his side.  He loves Zoe and cannot imagine his life without her.  Their relationship has grown so much since the first book in the series and I have to say that they are one of my all-time favorite couples.  That is what I look for when reading a series, the characters growing and evolving.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  The author is very talented in creating suspense and tension with the written word.  There are a couple of mysteries to solve in this book and they were both carried on well throughout the entire book.  There are enough suspects to consider and enough twists and turns that even the most seasoned armchair detective will have trouble solving the cases.  I was not sure that I was going to like the fact that Zoe and Pete were in different parts of the country, each working on separate cases.  But the way it was written it worked and it did not bother me at all.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery with great characters, well plotted mysteries and twists and turns galore.  You could read this as a stand alone book but I would strongly suggest that you start at the first book and read the whole series.  That way you can enjoy them all as much as I have.

I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Henery Press for the opportunity to read and review this book.