Review of Easter Escapade

 

Easter Escapade

Zoe Donovan Mystery, Book #24

Kathi Daley

5 Stars

34267254Synopsis:

In the first ever crossover episode, Zak and Zoe join forces with Hawaiian visitors Luke and Lani, to find out who killed a historian visiting Ashton Falls in order to find a treasure map left by his grandfather a hundred years earlier. Meanwhile, Ellie and Levi move in with Zak and Zoe while the boathouse is being renovated and Alex helps Ellie prepare the nursery for baby Eli who is due to be born any day. Throw in some humor and Easter fun and you have a Zak and Zoe crossover mystery.  (Goodreads)

Review:

The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional.  The author is very talented in her character development and I love spending time with them.   I really enjoyed the fact that four of my favorite characters were all together, solving a mystery and getting to know each other.  I could picture all of them being friends in real life and hanging out together.  I was glad to get to spend a little time with Ellie and Levi and I look forward to spending more time with them and their new baby in future books.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  Through much of the book, I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place around me.  The mystery is carried on well throughout the entire book and it was not easy to solve.  

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. The characters, the small town setting and the skillfully constructed mystery all combined to make this a book well worth reading.  Any fan of this author will greatly enjoy this book.  And if you have not read any of her books, what are you waiting for?

 

 

Review of Frosted With Revenge

 

Frosted With Revenge

Cookies & Chance Mysteries, Book #4

Catherine Bruns

5+ Stars

34888429Synopsis:

From USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bruns comes the next dangerously delicious Cookies Chance Mystery…

Sally Muccio’s walk down the aisle might be her last.

The some-time amateur sleuth and full-time bakery owner is finally marrying the man of her dreams. But during a last minute taste testing of their wedding cake, Sally and her fiancé are witnesses—and almost victims!—of a random shooting. At least they think it’s random, until an original fortune cookie message proves otherwise. Is someone after Sally? And why does the mysterious shooter want to ice the baker? Sal tries to proceed with caution, but when someone close to her is attacked, all bets are off. She’ll do whatever it takes to bring this monster to justice, even if it means sacrificing herself in the process.

Can Sal make it to the church on time…and alive?

*Recipes Included!**

The Cookies Chance Mysteries:

Tastes Like Murder (book #1)

Baked to Death (book #2)

A Spot of Murder (short story in the “Killer Beach Reads” collection)

Burned to a Crisp (book #3)

Frosted With Revenge (book #4)

 

What critics are saying:

 

“Catherine Bruns has whipped up another delicious treat with this delightful cozy. If you like your mysteries to taste sweet this one is a good choice.”

—Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick!

 

“I want to visit more with all of the quirky characters just to see what crazy and outrageous things they will do next!”

—Fresh Fiction

 

“The delightful whodunit kept me guessing until the end, and the tasty treats had my mouthwatering from start to finish! A fantastic culinary mystery in the vein of Joanne Fluke and Diane Mott Davidson!”

—Gemma Halliday, New York Times USA Today bestselling mystery author (Goodreads)

 

Review:

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the story I felt like I was right there, watching all the action take place and listening in on all the conversations (yes, I was eavesdropping).   The mystery was carried on well throughout the entire book.  This mystery was a little different because there were either no suspects to consider or too many suspects to consider, depending on how you look at it.  Sally has no idea who may want to harm her but if she does not figure it out, she may not be long for this world. There were a lot of twists and turns and red herrings thrown in that it was nearly impossible to figure out who the culprit was before it was revealed at the end.

The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional.  Sally’s parents are crazy, funny and unpredictable.  I was laughing out loud through some sections of the book because of them.  Sally and Josie are best friends and they definitely have each other’s back and would even take a bullet for each other.  I so enjoyed reading about the two of them and spending time with them.  I really enjoy reading about Sally’s grandmother and her elderly neighbor.  They also provided some humor to the book.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  With top notch characters, a top notch mystery, a great setting and humor galore, what’s not to love.  This is one of my favorite series to read.  Try it for yourself and you will see what I mean.

 

Review of Sweet Tea and Spirits

 

Sweet Tea and Spirits

Southern Ghost Hunter, Book #5

Angie Fox

5 Stars

S34624615ynopsis:

The latest in the USA Today bestselling Southern Ghost Hunter series!

Southern girl Verity Long is about as high society as her pet skunk. Which is why she’s surprised as anyone when the new head of the Sugarland social set invites her to join the “it” girls. But this is no social call. Verity’s new client needs her to go in undercover and investigate strange happenings at the group’s historic headquarters.

But while spirits are whispering hints of murder, the socialites are more focused on Verity’s 1978, avocado-green Cadillac. And when Verity stumbles upon a fresh body, she’s going to need the long-dead citizens of Sugarland to help her solve the crime. Good thing she has the handsome deputy sheriff Ellis Wydell on hand, as well as her ghostly sidekick Frankie. The bad thing is, the ghosts are now whispering about the end of a certain ghost hunter. (Goodreads)
Review:  

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all the ghostly action around me and listening in on conversations.  The mystery carried on well throughout the entire book.  There was plenty of action and suspense that kept me turning pages to find out what was going to happen next.  With all the twists and turns and red herrings tossed in, I did not figure out the killer until it was revealed at the end.

The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional.  Verity is a smart, brave and determined woman and she wants to make sure her ghost hunting business is a success.  With Frankie, her resident ghost, helping her, she is sure she can do it.  But Frankie has his own set of problems to deal with, and he is not always available to help Verity.  Ellis, her boyfriend, helps her whenever he can.  And she has some otherworldly acquaintances that help her out when she needs it most.  And what can I say about Lucy, Verity’s pet skunk, except that I love her.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy.  If you enjoy paranormal ghostly cozies, you will want to read this entire series.  This is a must read series (and author) for me.  The books just keep getting better and better.

I received a complimentary advance copy of this book and chose voluntarily to leave this honest review.

 

 

 

New Releases For The Week of April 23rd, 2017–Part 3

 

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of April 23rd, 2017.  Since there were so many books this week, I am going to divide them between the next three days. Here is day three of that list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

31349508HER BROTHER IS NO BARGAIN
When Sarah Winston s estranged brother Luke shows up on her doorstep, asking her not to tell anyone he s in town especially her ex, the chief of police the timing is strange, to say the least. Hours earlier, Sarah s latest garage sale was taped off as a crime scene following the discovery of a murdered Vietnam vet and his gravely injured wife her clients, the Spencers.
BUT IS HE A KILLER?
All Luke will tell Sarah is that he s undercover, investigating a story. Before she can learn more, he vanishes as suddenly as he appeared. Rummaging through his things for a clue to his whereabouts, Sarah comes upon a list of veterans and realizes that to find her brother, she ll have to figure out who killed Mr. Spencer. And all without telling her ex . . .
Praise for the Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mysteries
There s a lot going on in this charming mystery, and it all works . . . Well written and executed, this is a definite winner. Bargain-hunting has never been so much fun! “RT Book Reviews, ” 4 Stars on “All Murders Final!”
Full of garage-sale tips . . . amusing. A solid choice for fans of Jane K. Cleland s Josie Prescott Antique Mystery series. “Library Journal “on “Tagged for Death””
 (Goodreads)

31451260When 92-year-old poet/sleuth Victoria Trumbull takes her city-bred tenant Zack Zeller on a nature walk on one of Martha’s Vineyard’s conservation areas and shows him a mushroom she calls black trumpet of death, he’s sure he’s found the way to rid himself of his troublesome girlfriend, Samantha. But the mushrooms he’s given Samantha end up on her daddy’s dinner table, and Zack, one of the invited guests, is sure he’s doomed the diners to an untimely death.

Meanwhile, dead bodies are cropping up on the Island. The police have questions about the identity of the culprit and call upon Victoria Trumbull, who knows the Island and its inhabitants intimately. Will she be able to find the truth and clear the name of someone close to her before the murderer finds its next victim?

In addition to giving us more of the eccentric cast of characters and quirky plot we love, Trumpet of Death, the 13th book in Cynthia Riggs’ Martha’s Vineyard mystery series, describes in loving detail little-known parts of the Island that visitors seldom see. (Goodreads)

31349506-The perfect weekend getaway: crafting, food, and a murder or two!- —New York Times bestselling author Lynn Cahoon
Settling into her new life and career in small-town Indigo Gap, North Carolina, Cora Chevalier is preparing to host a -wildcrafting- retreat at her Victorian home. But a specter hangs over the venture when beloved local nanny Gracie Wyke goes missing. Amidst leading their guests in nature hikes, rock painting and making clay charms, Cora and her business partner, Jane, team up with Gracie’s boyfriend, Paul, to launch their own investigation into her disappearance when the local police prove unhelpful.
Cora and her crafters take Paul in, believing he is in danger and not the suspect police have made him out to be. However as they uncover new clues and a body turns up at a local abandoned amusement park, Cora and Jane begin to question their decision. With more questions than answers arising, is Cora crafty enough to untangle a knot that could put an innocent in jail–and permanently destroy her reputation?
Praise for Mollie Cox Bryan’s Mysteries
-Scrapbookers and hobby cozy fans will enjoy this delightful holiday escape.- —Library Journal on A Crafty Christmas
-Light and full of positive solutions… A great entry in a fun series.- –RT Book Reviews on Death of an Irish Diva
-A font of ingenuity…superb entertainment.- —Mystery Scene Magazine on Scrapbook of Secrets
Includes crafting tips!
 (Goodreads)
~34908268~ON SALE AT THE PRE-ORDER PRICE FOR A LIMITED TIME~~
When Ricki is invited to appear on a new regional talk show to promote her latest book, she declines, of course. After coming face-to-face with a killer while working on her first case, all she wants is to go back to living a normal life, and that doesn’t include public appearances. But her agent and publisher have other plans and insist that she does the interview.On the day of the show, the host turns up missing. Once again, Ricki finds herself investigating a murder. This time, things are personal. Old friends and lovers come back into her life. A saboteur lurks in shadow, wreaking havoc on Ricki’s career by leaking embarrassing details of her private life. What’s more, she was the last person to see the victim alive. Things look bad for Ricki unless she can find the real murderer before she’s accused of a crime she didn’t commit.

(Goodreads)

34832547A simple request opens up a savory mystery.

Hannah never imagined her high school service project with the elderly would draw her into another mystery. Mrs. Tedesco, a lonely widow who loves to bake, has just one request — that the teen retrieve her cookbook from her old house. Easier said than done. The house has been ransacked and the coveted cookbook is nowhere to be found. Eager to help the woman, Hannah and her sister, Tamar, are driven to locate the cookbook and uncover its secrets. But the teens aren’t the only ones seeking the cookbook’s hidden treasures, and the other side is playing for keeps. (Goodreads)

 

 

The Mandrake Chronicles: An Armchair Detective Special Edition (Kindle Special Editions Book 3) by [Shimwell, Ian]I am Mandrake.

I have vowed to inflict a creeping retribution on my old friend and colleague, Thomas.
I wager you believe that I am in the wrong. I only ask that you carefully study these five transcripts before passing judgement.
Perhaps ‘old’ Thomas had it coming to him – you decide…

Featuring a foreword by the man himself – Mandrake!

(Amazon)

 

 

 

 

 

34624615The latest in the USA Today bestselling Southern Ghost Hunter series!

Southern girl Verity Long is about as high society as her pet skunk. Which is why she’s surprised as anyone when the new head of the Sugarland social set invites her to join the “it” girls. But this is no social call. Verity’s new client needs her to go in undercover and investigate strange happenings at the group’s historic headquarters.

But while spirits are whispering hints of murder, the socialites are more focused on Verity’s 1978, avocado-green Cadillac. And when Verity stumbles upon a fresh body, she’s going to need the long-dead citizens of Sugarland to help her solve the crime. Good thing she has the handsome deputy sheriff Ellis Wydell on hand, as well as her ghostly sidekick Frankie. The bad thing is, the ghosts are now whispering about the end of a certain ghost hunter. (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Releases For The Week Of April 23rd, 2017–Part 2

 

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of April 23rd, 2017.  Since there were so many books this week, I am going to divide them between the next three days. Here is day two of that list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

The Lock by [Turbeville, Edward]

“You have to help me. She’s going to kill my father.”

Perry reluctantly gets embroiled in a murder investigation when a young girl begs him for help. But Rose is not the only one seeking his legendary lockpicking skills.

Shadowy characters from his past also have a bargain for him: will Perry accept their terms for Rose’s sake?

Set in Oxford, The Lock is a traditional British cosy murder mystery in the style of classic detective stories.  (Amazon)
31395277Nonstop humor as well as a tangled mystery. “RT Book Reviews”
With their reality TV series, “Antiques Sleuths,” Brandy Borne and her quaintly kooky mother, Vivian, have a real hit on their hands. But another hit enters the picture, after a rival bidder becomes a one-woman show at their televised auctions and it s the estranged wife of Brandy s police-chief beau, Tony! Soon the fine art of murder colors the scene, fitting Brandy for an ornately elaborate frame.
But when you re inside a frame, it s difficult to make out the picture. That s why Brandy s mom her daughter now wearing basic jailhouse orange must sort through a rogue s gallery of suspects including a too-friendly farmer s wife, a ratings-happy TV producer, a questionable husband-and-wife auctioneer team, and even the chief of police himself.
Brandy and Vivian race to determine how an empty antique frame can hold a deadly portrait, a picture worth a thousand dangerous words. Aided only by Sushi, their loyal shih tzu, and police dog Rocky, the wacky mother-and-daughter sleuthing team must learn the killer s identity before they become the subjects of another masterpiece of murder.
Don t miss Brandy Borne s tips on investing in antiques! PRAISE FOR BARBARA ALLAN S TRASH N TREASURES MYSTERIES!
ANTIQUES FATE
Well-drawn characters . . . fun to read. “Booklist”
ANTIQUES CON
This fun, fast mystery shows Allan at the top of her game. “RT Book Reviews,” 41/2 stars
“”
ANTIQUESSWAP
Brandy and Vivian are engaging characters, and their first-person narration is fun to read. Quirky secondary characters add to the appeal of this humorous cozy mystery. “Booklist”
ANTIQUES KNOCK-OFF
Scenes of Midwestern small-town life, informative tidbits about the antiques business, and clever dialog make this essential for those who like unusual amateur sleuths. “Library Journal”
ANTIQUES BIZARRE
Genuinely funny . . . The Trash n Treasures books have to be the funniest mystery series going.” “Somebody Dies”
ANTIQUES FLEE MARKET
Lively . . . this bubbly tongue-in-cheek cozy also includes flea market shopping tips and a recipe. “Publishers Weekly””
 (Goodreads)

34114286“Burnsworth nails the voice of new Southern noir. This talented author will win you over with his engaging and multi-faceted hero, then keep you turning pages with his suspense, Southern-voiced wit and sharp insight into the not-so-pleasant side of a fascinating city.” – Hank Phillippi Ryan, Mary Higgins Clark Award-Winning Author of Say No More

Lowcountry bar owner and ex-Marine Brack Pelton heads to Atlanta in the wake of a panicked 3 AM phone call. A woman is missing and Brack’s friend Mutt is in danger. Brack’s old flame, investigative news correspondent Darcy Wells, now lives there and is set to marry another man. If Brack was honest with himself, and he usually wasn’t, he’d realize that the missing woman isn’t the reason for his visit. His Semper Fi buddy Mutt can handle himself just fine.

When Brack and Mutt team up to find the woman, the Atlanta underworld revolts, the two biggest players target them, and people start dying. Most people would size up the situation, call it impossible, and walk away. But most people are not Brack Pelton. Impossible situations are his specialty. He made it through Afghanistan and when the military commanders mistook suicidal tendencies for leadership qualities they promoted him. Can Brack succeed at finding the woman, protecting his friend, and winning the girl without destroying the Capital of the South? Not since Sherman’s march across Georgia has the city of Atlanta been in this much danger.

“Hop on board for a hard-edged debut that’s fully loaded with car chases (particularly Mustangs), war veterans, old grudges, and abundant greed. A choppy start belies a well-executed plotline enhanced by the atmospheric Palmetto State setting.” – Library Journal (on Southern Heat)

“This second case for Brack is marked by a challenging mystery, quirky characters, and nonstop action.” ―Kirkus Reviews (on Burning Heat)

“In Brack Pelton, Burnsworth introduces a jaded yet empathetic character I hope to visit again and again.” – Susan M. Boyer, Agatha Award-Winning Author of Lowcountry Book Club

“What could be more fun than sitting down with a David Burnsworth novel about Brack Pelton and his colorful life in Charleston?…Burnsworth is outstanding as he brings out the heat, the smells, the colors, and the history of Charleston during Pelton’s mission to bring the killer to justice.” – John Carenen, Author of A Far Gone Night

“If you have always suspected that there is more to Charleston than quaint Southern charm and ghost stories, then David Burnsworth’s noir series, featuring ex-soldier, tiki bar owner, and part time beach bum, Brack Pelton may just be the antidote to a surfeit of sweet tea.” – Michael Sears, Shamus Award-Winning Author of Black Fridays

Related subjects include: Private investigator books, suspense, whodunit mysteries whodunnit, murder mystery series, Southern fiction.

Books in the Brack Pelton Mystery Series:

SOUTHERN HEAT (#1)
BURNING HEAT (#2)
BIG CITY HEAT (#3)

Books in the Blu Carraway Mystery Series:

BLU HEAT (Prequel Novella)
IN IT FOR THE MONEY (#1)

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

A Party to Murder by [Torrance, David]Shona Green is fed up with her life as a pole dancer and wants to use her hands to make a new career for herself as a chef instead.

Local journalist Michael Black is trying to help her succeed.

Someone else, however, doesn’t want Shona to become a high-flier in the business world and is doing all they can to stop her from being successful and ruin her life.

DCI Graham Laws and his team, with the help of CIA agent Joseph Johnson, are trying to solve the many crimes suddenly taking place withing a short space of time in and around Worcester.

The West Mercia police force is used to dealing with incidents of drugs, sex, and violence every week. Does it now have to add murder and terrorism to this list?

Set against the backdrop of the Malvern Hills, this is a fast-paced story with many twists and turns and an exciting conclusion.  (Amazon)

 

 

 

 

 

The Last Witnesses (Freddie and Kathy Book 3) by [Bannnon, Anne Louise]

It’s back to the 1920s with socialite author Freddie Little and his editor and not-so-blushing bride Kathy Briscow. In fact, Freddie and Kathy are happily enjoying their newly-married bliss when Freddie’s sister, Honoria, finds a dead body in her apartment. Honoria had taken the young woman in as a favor to a friend but it soon becomes clear that the favor caught up. Honoria goes into hiding and Freddie and Kathy take up a chase that will lead all three of them across the country and into a conspiracy that, no matter how unbelievable, could get them all killed.  (Amazon)

34205956From USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bruns comes the next dangerously delicious Cookies Chance Mystery…

Sally Muccio’s walk down the aisle might be her last.
The some-time amateur sleuth and full-time bakery owner is finally marrying the man of her dreams. But during a last minute taste testing of their wedding cake, Sally and her fiancé are witnesses—and almost victims!—of a random shooting. At least they think it’s random, until an original fortune cookie message proves otherwise. Is someone after Sally? And why does the mysterious shooter want to ice the baker? Sal tries to proceed with caution, but when someone close to her is attacked, all bets are off. She’ll do whatever it takes to bring this monster to justice, even if it means sacrificing herself in the process.
Can Sal make it to the church on time…and alive?

**Recipes Included!**

The Cookies Chance Mysteries:
Tastes Like Murder (book #1)
Baked to Death (book #2)
A Spot of Murder (short story in the “Killer Beach Reads” collection)
Burned to a Crisp (book #3)
Frosted With Revenge (book #4)

What critics are saying:

“Catherine Bruns has whipped up another delicious treat with this delightful cozy. If you like your mysteries to taste sweet this one is a good choice.”
—Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick!

“I want to visit more with all of the quirky characters just to see what crazy and outrageous things they will do next!”
—Fresh Fiction

“The delightful whodunit kept me guessing until the end, and the tasty treats had my mouthwatering from start to finish! A fantastic culinary mystery in the vein of Joanne Fluke and Diane Mott Davidson!”
—Gemma Halliday, New York Times USA Today bestselling mystery author  (Goodreads)

New Releases For The Week Of April 23rd, 2017–Part 1

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of April 23rd, 2017.  Since there were so many books this week, I am going to divide them between the next three days. Here is day one of that list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

34674228For their eighth mystery, Isabel and Alma Trumbo, the retired sister sleuths living in Quiet Anchorage, Virginia, undertake solving yet another murder mystery. Uncle Jimbo who runs the town antique shop discovers the dead body of Angelo Conti, the town EMT and firefighter. Sheriff Roscoe Fox launches his investigation while Isabel and Alma don their sleuth hats. The first suspect is Eloise Starr, a schoolteacher whose fourteen-year-old daughter Bunny drowned in the Coronet River, and Angelo was unable to revive on the scene, angering Eloise. The second suspect is Twyla Coolidge, a wealthy socialite who recently moved to town. Isabel and Alma call on their young helper Sammi Jo Garner and their elderly gentlemen friends known as the Three Musketeers for their able assistance. Meantime, Isabel and Alma give Sammi Jo an old cameo broach, a family heirloom with reputed strange magical powers. Heirloom is a clean read and a traditional whodunit set in a charming small town. Join Isabel and Alma when they set off on solving their latest mystery that is as fun and challenging for them as it is for the reader. (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

31409238Plus-sized P.I. Savannah Reid has no problem mixing business with pleasure especially if that means a free trip while on the job. But when a gruesome murder rocks the boat, Savannah may finally be in over her head ”
Nothing satisfies Savannah s soul like nabbing bad guys except maybe indulging in a juicy novel. So when famed mystery writer Natasha Van Cleef invites the Moonlight Magnolia Detective Agency on an Alaskan cruise in exchange for some personal protection, Savannah is instantly onboard with the idea. The voyage goes smoothly at least, until Natasha and her husband flee the ship without explanation and get killed in a suspiciously explosive crash . . .
Awash in regret, Savannah and the MM crew won t return home to San Carmelita until they expose whoever caused the fatal accident. But Savannah and her team have their work cut out for them when they discover that Natasha s life was far more dramatic than any of her bestsellers. Not only was her marriage and literary career splattered with bad blood, but the author also had a crazed fan tracking her every move. With suspects and clues flooding in by the boatful, it s all hands on deck as Savannah rushes to seize the murderer before she lands herself in hot water next . . .
PRAISE FOR G.A. MCKEVETT AND THE SAVANNAH REID MYSTERIES
KILLER REUNION
Series fans will gobble this up. “Publishers Weekly”
KILLER PHYSIQUE
The mystery is intriguing. “Booklist”
BURIED IN BUTTERCREAM
A wonderful edition to the series. “Suspense Magazine”
A DECADENT WAY TO DIE
Superb. “Publishers Weekly” (Starred Review)
CORPSE SUZETTE
Savannah s as feisty as ever. “Kirkus Reviews”
MURDER A LA MODE
Added to a well-plotted mystery, the very funny depiction of a different side of reality television makes “Murder a la Mode” a delight. “Mystery Scene”
PEACHES AND SCREAMS
A luscious heroine, humor, and down-home characters. “Library Journal”
 (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

34737793The 4th book in the BESTSELLING Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery series is 28th April 2017!

A funeral wreath is delivered to Barker’s cottage. Is it a prank, or a grim warning? Julia’s fears that somebody is trying to kill Barker are confirmed when a dead body with a striking resemblance to him is found on his doorstep the very next day, just as their romance is deepening. Barker might be on temporary suspension from his role as Detective Inspector at the village police station, but that doesn’t mean he’s short of enemies in Peridale, especially when a dark face from his past arrives in the small village to stir up painful memories. With an unclear list of suspects and motives, Julia vows to keep Barker safe, but can they figure out the puzzle as they work outside of the law in a race against time to stop Barker paying the ultimate price? (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

Till Dirt Do Us Part (Pecan Bayou Book 7) by [Trent, Teresa]Not everything stays buried. When Betsy, a notorious brown thumb gets roped into a gardening contest sponsored by the Pecan Bayou Gazette, she finds herself digging up more than weeds. She is ridiculed by the garden club ladies, and now her heart breaks for a newly single mom whose world has just collapsed. The Happy Hinter is back so take some time to revisit the cozy little town Pecan Bayou, Texas. Grab a glass of sweet tea before you turn the dirt in the garden and sit a spell with all your favorite characters who dole out heartfelt caring and compassion with a side of humor. Till Dirt Do Us Part includes bonus recipes and helpful hints from Betsy’s column!  (Amazon)

34186554Shiny, sparkly…deadly?

The gems from a necklace owned long ago by a notorious woman are killing people in the here-and-now. But where has the necklace been for the last several hundred years? Why has it surfaced now? And most importantly, who would disassemble such a gorgeous work of art? Mallory certainly wants to know. But it’s not until yet another corpse surfaces that her sleuthing team hops on board to help.
Click to find out how a stunning piece of jewelry becomes an implement of death – and who’s behind it’s reappearance! (Goodreads)

Meddling and Murder: An Aunty Lee Mystery by [Yu, Ovidia]A delightfully warm and witty mystery from one of Singapore’s best-known and most acclaimed writers, perfect for fans of Alexander McCall Smith’s NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY.

Aunty Lee is on the case!

There is nothing Rosie ‘Aunty’ Lee, amateur sleuth and proprietor of Singapore’s best-loved restaurant, loves more than solving other people’s problems. So when Beth Kwuan, an ambitious businesswoman, tells Aunty Lee her maid has disappeared, Aunty Lee is happy to let her own maid, Nina, help.

Only as the weeks go by, little clues make Aunty Lee worry. And as she digs into what is really going on behind the closed doors of Beth’s grand house, she starts to wonder—did Beth’s maid just run away, or did she meet a darker fate?

Now the race is on for Aunty Lee to get to the bottom of the mystery…and save Nina before it’s too late!  (Amazon)

 

 

 

 

31349052Nashville’s perkiest private eye—coffeehouse manager Juliet Langley—goes undercover in the party-planning industry to solve a suspicious death in this thrilling cozy mystery from USA Today bestselling author Caroline Fardig.
 
Inspired by her past sleuthing successes, Juliet Langley has officially joined the ranks of Nashville’s licensed private investigators. Her best friend, Pete Bennett, doesn’t worry that her detective work might interfere with her full-time job running his coffeehouse, Java Jive. He just wishes she would spend her free time rejoining the local music scene instead of tailing cheating spouses. But when one of Java Jive’s baristas, Shane, asks Juliet to look into the suspicious death of his fiancée, Pete encourages her to plow full steam ahead.Since his fiancée died on the job, Shane suspects that her party-planning colleagues are up to something criminal—and will do anything to keep it quiet. After Juliet recruits Pete to go undercover with her at a wedding showcase, she discovers that white lace and black satin have a way of hiding big, fat secrets.

If that weren’t enough to fill her plate, her latest P.I. job has her crossing paths with her ex, Detective Ryder Hamilton. They’re barely on speaking terms, but to solve the case, they might have to cooperate. No matter where Juliet goes, she’s brewing up trouble.

Don’t miss any of Caroline Fardig’s thrilling Java Jive mysteries:
DEATH BEFORE DECAF | MUG SHOT | A WHOLE LATTE MURDER | BREW OR DIE
 
“I was hooked from the first page. I loved it!”—Dorothy Cannell, award-winning author of the Ellie Haskell mysteries, on Death Before Decaf
 
“This author comes up with some very interesting ways to kill someone, and her injection of humor at just the right time is perfect. On its own, Mug Shot is a really good read, but if you follow the series, it will be even better.”—Linda Thompson, host of The Authors Show

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Review Of No Charm Intended

 

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-The perfect weekend getaway: crafting, food, and a murder or two!- —New York Times bestselling author Lynn Cahoon

Settling into her new life and career in small-town Indigo Gap, North Carolina, Cora Chevalier is preparing to host a -wildcrafting- retreat at her Victorian home. But a specter hangs over the venture when beloved local nanny Gracie Wyke goes missing. Amidst leading their guests in nature hikes, rock painting and making clay charms, Cora and her business partner, Jane, team up with Gracie’s boyfriend, Paul, to launch their own investigation into her disappearance when the local police prove unhelpful.

Cora and her crafters take Paul in, believing he is in danger and not the suspect police have made him out to be. However as they uncover new clues and a body turns up at a local abandoned amusement park, Cora and Jane begin to question their decision. With more questions than answers arising, is Cora crafty enough to untangle a knot that could put an innocent in jail–and permanently destroy her reputation?

Praise for Mollie Cox Bryan’s Mysteries

-Scrapbookers and hobby cozy fans will enjoy this delightful holiday escape.- —Library Journal on A Crafty Christmas

-Light and full of positive solutions… A great entry in a fun series.- –RT Book Reviews on Death of an Irish Diva

-A font of ingenuity…superb entertainment.- —Mystery Scene Magazine on Scrapbook of Secrets

Includes crafting tips!   (Goodreads)

 

Review:

The characters are well developed and well rounded.  I thought that the two main characters, Cora and Jane, were smart caring women but at times, I thought they were both a little wishy-washy.  That is only my opinion and other readers may not feel the same way.  At time I got confused keeping all of the characters straight in my mind.  With all of the teachers and crafters I felt like there were maybe too many characters.  While having crafters come to the retreats allows the author to introduce more characters, it can also be a bit overwhelming.  Again, that is only my opinion and others may not agree.

What I did really like about this book was the mystery of what happened to Gracie?  This book had a little edgier feeling than most cozy mysteries that I read.  I found the idea of an online game murder mystery quite clever and it really held my interest.  I could not help but turn the pages faster as I got more into the mystery.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book, I felt like I was right there, watching all the action taking place around me.  That to me is a real plus.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery with a little bit of an edge to it.  

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

 

Review of Ladle To The Grave

Ladle to The Grave

Soup Lover’s Mystery, Book #4

Connie Archer

5 Stars
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By the Spoonful is Snowflake, Vermont’s most popular soup shop, but owner Lucky Jamieson doesn’t have any time to enjoy her success—she’s too busy trying to keep a lid on false accusations against her loved ones…

It’s almost May, and some of the local ladies have organized a pagan celebration in the woods to welcome spring. But the evening goes terribly wrong when one of the attendees winds up dead, apparently poisoned by an herbal concoction prepared by Lucky’s grandfather, Jack.

Lucky’s sure her grandfather could not have made such a tragic mistake. But before she can clear him of suspicion, her best friend, Sophie, is diverted from planning her wedding to By the Spoonful chef Sage DuBois when she finds a dead man floating in the creek on her property. Now it’s up to Lucky to get both Sophie and Jack out of hot water before a killer stirs up more trouble…

Recipes included!   (Goodreads)

 
Review:

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I felt like I was inside of the soup shop, watching the action and listening in on people’s conversations through much of the book.  The writing styles flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The mysteries are carried on well throughout the entire book.  There are a lot of suspects to consider and there are enough clues, twists and turns that this reader did not figure out the killer until it was revealed at the end of the book.

The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional.   I really enjoy reading about the relationship between Lucky and her grandfather, Jack.   You can tell they care about each other greatly and this is the type of relationship everyone should have with their grandfather.  This book centered around Sophie and it was nice to learn a little more of her story.  I enjoyed getting to spend more time with all of the characters in this book.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written cozy.  I have read the first four books in the series and I have enjoyed them all.  I am sure you will too.

 

 

Review of Brew Or Die

 

Brew Or Die

A Java Jive Mystery

Caroline Fardig

5+ Stars

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Nashville’s perkiest private eye—coffeehouse manager Juliet Langley—goes undercover in the party-planning industry to solve a suspicious death in this thrilling cozy mystery from USA Today bestselling author Caroline Fardig.

Inspired by her past sleuthing successes, Juliet Langley has officially joined the ranks of Nashville’s licensed private investigators. Her best friend, Pete Bennett, doesn’t worry that her detective work might interfere with her full-time job running his coffeehouse, Java Jive. He just wishes she would spend her free time rejoining the local music scene instead of tailing cheating spouses. But when one of Java Jive’s baristas, Shane, asks Juliet to look into the suspicious death of his fiancée, Pete encourages her to plow full steam ahead.

Since his fiancée died on the job, Shane suspects that her party-planning colleagues are up to something criminal—and will do anything to keep it quiet. After Juliet recruits Pete to go undercover with her at a wedding showcase, she discovers that white lace and black satin have a way of hiding big, fat secrets.

If that weren’t enough to fill her plate, her latest P.I. job has her crossing paths with her ex, Detective Ryder Hamilton. They’re barely on speaking terms, but to solve the case, they might have to cooperate. No matter where Juliet goes, she’s brewing up trouble.

Don’t miss any of Caroline Fardig’s thrilling Java Jive mysteries:

DEATH BEFORE DECAF | MUG SHOT | A WHOLE LATTE MURDER | BREW OR DIE (Goodreads)

Review:

The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional.   I absolutely love Juliet.  She is feisty, nosy, opinionated, loyal and funny.   She has a temper but she is trying very hold to control it.  She is not very lucky in the romance department but she does have her best friend, Pete.  Their relationship and interactions are so funny to read about.  The things she says (and thinks) had me laughing out loud while I was reading the book.  

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book, I felt like I was right there, watching the action take place and listening in on many conversations.  This book is a bit more edgier and meatier than most of the cozies that I read, and I think that is why I loved this book so much.

The mystery is carried on well throughout the entire book.  There are a few different cases that the newly appointed PI, Julia, is involved in.  There were enough suspects, twists and turns and red herrings thrown in throughout the story that made it nearly impossible to solve.  I really did not figure everything out until all was revealed at the end. The book was very well plotted and I enjoyed the way the story lines were cleverly woven together.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy that has a little bit more substance to it.  I really enjoyed this book and I cannot wait to spend more time with Juliet and Pete.  If I could, I would give this book more than 5 stars, that is how much I loved it.

I received a free copy of this excellent book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group-Alibi for the opportunity to read and review this book.

 

 

 

 

 

Author Spotlight–Karoline Barrett

 

Today’s Author Spotlight is Karoline Barrett, author of the Bread and Butter Mystery Series.  I have read both books in the series and I have loved them both.  There are also two other books written by this author.  Learn a little bit about the author and her books and then enjoy reading them.

 

Karoline BarrettAbout The Author:

After having several short stories published, I decided to tackle novel writing a few years ago. My first book, The Art of Being Rebekkah is women’s fiction. Since the genre I love is mystery, my agent suggested I write one. I’m so glad she did! The first book in my Bread & Batter cozy mystery series, Bun For Your Life is coming November 2015, and the 2nd book, Raisin The Dead is coming April 2016. Both from Penguin/Intermix.

I’ve live in lots of different places during my life. At the moment, I’m in a small Connecticut town with my husband. When I’m not writing, I’m either reading, spending time by the water, traveling, indulging in social media, accompanying above-mentioned husband to New York Yankees games, or doing anything that does not involve math.

I hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them!   (Goodreads)

 

Bread and Batter Mystery Series:

 

25381504Two bakery owners get mixed up with murder in the first adventure in the all-new Bread and Batter Mystery series…

As the co-owners of Bread and Batter Bakery in Destiny, New York, Molly Tyler and Olivia Williams have plenty on their plates. Molly is recently divorced and looking for a place to live, but they’re also both preparing for Destiny’s annual Apple Harvest Fair. The bakery has a booth where they’ll be selling not only delicious cupcakes and cider doughnuts, but also tote bags and t-shirts emblazoned with the bakery’s logo.

Tensions rise at the fair when local orchard owner Calista Danforth discovers organizers have assigned her usual booth to Bread and Batter. Although a heated argument ensues between her and Molly, the bakery manages to rake in lots of dough. But when Calista is found strangled to death with one of their t-shirts, Molly is named the prime suspect. Now these two friends must whip up some answers quickly before the future of their business crumbles… (Goodreads)

 

 

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)

 

Other Books By Karoline Barrett:

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Killed in a freak accident, Madelyn Douglas has been given a task to complete before she can move on. She must save her ex-fiance, Brian Rossi. Thinking Brian is mixed up with the mob, Maddie does her best to convince him to walk the straight and narrow. But somewhere along the way she falls in love with him again. Is it possible for a ghost to have a happy-ever-after?  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

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When talented Jewish artist, Rebekkah Gelles finds out her husband has a frightening dark side, she wants out of her marriage; but her life gets complicated when she moves back to her parents’ home in Park Slope, Brooklyn and falls for the charming Italian detective who’s investigating her estranged husband. Convinced he’s all wrong for her—he’s not Jewish for one thing—Rebekkah struggles with love, faith, family, and a surprise pregnancy. (Goodreads)