Review of Fur Boys


Fur Boys

Lia Anderson Dog Park Mysteries, Book #6

C. A. Newsome

5 Stars



When a Machiavellian voice professor has his school in a stranglehold, Who doesn’t want to silence him?

Meet Buddy, Dasher, and Rory, three adoring fur boys often in the care of Hannah, the ever-efficient admin at Hopewell Music Academy, site of Lia’s latest mural commission. Hannah can juggle anything the academy tosses at her, except the voice professor who owns the fur boys and whose demoralizing and career-crushing ways are the dark underbelly of the prestigious academy.

When Lia and Peter trip over the the professor’s corpse, it’s impossible to find someone who doesn‘t want him dead. Good thing it’s not Peter’s case. Or it wouldn’t be, if not for a mysterious informant determined to drag him in. With Peter hamstrung by departmental politics, it’s time for Lia and the dog park gang step in.  (Goodreads)

(about 73,000 words)



The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Lia is a smart spunky woman and she is not afraid to stick her nose into trouble, especially if it is to helps solve a murder. With Peter’s help, (her boyfriend) that is exactly what she does.  I enjoyed getting to know them, as well as Cynth and Brent.  I also enjoyed spending time with the people from the dog park and all of their animals.  All the characters in the book are people you would want to be friends.

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 listening in on conversations.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  

The mystery was carried on well throughout the entire book and well plotted.  With a lot of suspects to consider, numerous clues to sift through and a few red herrings thrown in, it was difficult to figure out who the real culprit was.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery, and if you like dogs in your cozy, you’ll enjoy it even more.  I read the first couple books of this series a while ago, I now have some catching up to do.




Review of Lethal Licorice


Lethal Licorice

Amish Candy Shop mystery, Book #2

Amanda Flower

5 Stars


Too many sweets spoil the murder . . .

Harvest, Ohio, is a long way from New York City, where Bailey King left a coveted job as a head chocolatier to take over Swissmen Sweets, her Amish grandparents’ candy shop. Now, while caring for her recently widowed grandmother, she plans to honor her grandfather’s memory by entering the annual Amish Confectionery Competition. But between lavender blueberry fudge and chocolate cherry ganache truffles, Bailey may have bitten off more than she can chew when the search for a missing pot-bellied pig turns up a body suffering from sugar overload—the fatal kind . . .

A candy maker from a neighboring town who wanted Englischer Bailey disqualified for being an outsider, Josephine Weaver died from an allergy to an essential licorice ingredient. The suspects include: Josephine’s niece, a young woman going through her rumspringa, or running around time, and Bailey herself. Now it falls to Bailey, who’s sweet on the local sheriff’s deputy, to clear their names and entice a killer with a cast-iron stomach for cold-blooded murder . . .

Recipe Included! (Goodreads)



The characters are well rounded and well developed.  I really enjoy spending time with Bailey.  She is so genuine, honest and loyal.  She is a hard worker and a little nosey, which is perfect for solving mysteries.  I like the relationship between Bailey and her grandmother, Maami.  You can just feel how much love there is between them and how much they love Bailey recently deceased grandfather, Daadi.   I felt the secondary characters also added a lot to the story.  Bailey found out that she had relatives that she did not even know about, and there is a possible love interest for Bailey, if she is willing to take a chance.  I was a little disappointed that Bailey’s friend, Cass was not in the book more.  I will hope that she is in the next book more.

I thought that community that was created was absolutely charming and is a place I would like to visit.  I really enjoy reading about the Amish lifestyle and all of their traditions and beliefs.  This has always fascinated me and this book includes many of those things, which I think added another level to the story.  

The writing style flows smoothly and this book is a quick easy ready.  The mystery is well plotted had enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through.  The culprit surprised me, which was great.  

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

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.

Author Spotlight–Susan Bernhardt


Today on my blog I have an Author Spotlight for Susan Bernhardt, author of the Kay Driscoll Mystery Series and The Irina Curtius Mystery series.  You can learn a little bit about Susan and the wonderful series that she writes.  I have also included excerpts from some of her reviews on each book in The Word On The Street.










Author of The Ginseng Conspiracy

Susan’s town in northern Wisconsin was an inspiration for the quaint setting of her Kay Driscoll novels. Like Kay Driscoll in her cozy mysteries, The Ginseng Conspiracy, Murder Under the Tree, Murder by Fireworks, and Paradise Can Be Murder, Susan is a retired nurse who volunteers at her local free clinic. She also writes the Irina Curtius mysteries. A Manhattan Murder Mystery being the first. She lives with her husband, William, and has two sons, Peter and David.

An avid reader of mysteries, she is a member of Sisters in Crime, Inc. and the Wisconsin Writers Association. Her published works include: A Manhattan Murder Mystery: An Irina Curtius Mystery, The Ginseng Conspiracy (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 1), Murder Under the Tree (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 2), Murder by Fireworks (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 3), Paradise Can Be Murder (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 4). “October 31st”, “Midsummer”, and “John and Madeline.”

When not writing, Susan loves to travel, bicycle, kayak, and create culinary magic in her kitchen. She works in stained-glass, daydreams in her organic garden, stays up late reading mysteries, and eats lots of chocolate.  (Amazon)

Susan’s blog is at (Goodreads)


Kay Driscoll Mystery Series:

31812701On her way to attend a Halloween Ball, Kay Driscoll, a newcomer to town, witnesses the murder of a local professor. When the official coroner’s report rules the cause of death to be accidental and the community accepts the judgement, Kay decides to uncover the truth for herself. Through her personal investigations, Kay exposes a complex conspiracy, woven deep within the thriving local ginseng industry, that involves some of the more prominent figures and families of Sudbury Falls. With her new friends, the free-spirited herbalist Deirdre and the untamed modern woman Elizabeth, Kay discusses new clues over tea and pastries at Sweet Marissa’s Patisserie, their crime-fighting headquarters. As Kay gets closer to the heart of the conspiracy, additional murders happen in quick succession. Before long, Kay learns that the villains are gunning for her, too. Phil, her musically talented but preoccupied husband, determined to keep her safe, withholds from her the one thing she needs most: the truth. (Goodreads)






The Ginseng Conspiracy (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 1) –

Bernhardt has a way of grabbing your interest, holding it, and not letting it go until the very end! And of course, there are the characters! We keep coming back to a series is to find out what’s happening with the characters.”

A great read! The characters are fresh and come off the page. What I like best is how the author layers the tension… building it and building it, until you’re flipping the pages as fast as you can.”

All of Bernhardt’s characters are well formed, none of them are caricatures, even though Kay’s best friends are definitely on the eccentric side. But Bernhardt writes with such understanding and depth that everyone and everything that happens feels real. Which only adds to the suspense.”











33216524While Kay attends a Christmas tea at Hawthorne Hills Retirement Home, a beloved caretaker dies from an allergic reaction to peanuts. When the official coroner’s report rules the cause of death to be accidental, a small group of residents suspect foul play and call upon Kay to investigate. Kay uncovers sinister plots of fraud, revenge, and corruption at the Home. During this season of peace on earth, good will to men, additional murders occur. Despite multiple attempts on her life, and with the support once again of her best friends, Elizabeth and Deirdre, Kay continues her quest for bringing justice for the victims. Kay’s first Christmas in Sudbury Falls is an unforgettable one, with equal amounts of celebration and danger. Tis the season to be sleuthing! (Goodreads)

Murder Under the Tree (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 2)

I love Kay and her two friends, love the town, and love the way the author puts it all together to create a fast-paced mystery where you just can’t wait to see what happens on the next page. Have some fun and read this series. Highly recommended!”

As soon as I started this book I felt I was once again among friends. Bernhardt has a talent for drawing likeable characters, ones you want to sit down with and have a cup of coffee/tea and a pastry (no doubt from Marissa’s). The dialogue is smart, the descriptions lyrical, and few words are wasted.”

The story sparkles with the joy of the holiday season and the efforts of the ladies to get to the bottom of things and solve the mystery. Another enjoyable read with all the hallmarks of the things that make stories enjoyable: excellent setting, engaging characters, good dialog that moves the story along, and just plain entertainment. Do yourselves a favor and read Bernhardt’s books.”

27682305Wedding bells are in the air, and so is murder.

Kay Driscoll’s son’s wedding reception for two hundred guests is in her backyard. As if that wasn’t enough, a precocious and troubled twelve-year-old is foisted on her two days before the wedding. When the happy day arrives, one of the guests disrupts the event and is asked to leave: a womanizing member of Kay’s book club.

A few days later, after a Fourth of July fireworks show, he is found dead on the beach. Kay and her ever-present friends, Elizabeth and Deirdre, investigate the death, which at first is declared a suicide. They believe this is a cover-up and go about to prove their theory, an arduous task because the potential suspects are many, and few (if any) will regret the victim’s death. (Goodreads)

MURDER BY FIREWORKS (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 3) –

A breezy and smart read that is continuously engaging. I enjoyed the mix of celebrations and intrigue, and of course the comfortable intimacy of Sudbury Falls and Kay Driscoll’s circle. Susan Bernhardt has brought out the unpredictability of life (and plot) nicely in this addition to her truly cozy series. Recommended read.”

The plot of this story was flawlessly thought out by author Bernhardt. She has created a tale of mystery, intrigue, and humor, with twists and turns to keep the reader guessing.”

I love the way Ms. Bernhardt spins her tale through detailed description of events that occurred in the story, placing the reader right in the scene.”

36369236Kay, Phil, and friends are looking forward to taking their first vacation together on a Caribbean cruise. Visits to exotic islands, sailing through turquoise waters, luxurious dining, and great entertainment await them. But Paradise Can Be Murder when one of the guests on board dies an unnatural death.

With their innate curiosity, Kay and company find themselves in the heart of the investigation. Will they find justice for the victim, amidst secrets and deceit, before the cruise comes to an end and the murderer leaves the ship? Time is ticking away.

Meanwhile, a racially charged hate crime back home shakes the community of Sudbury Falls. (Goodreads)



PARADISE CAN BE MURDER (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 4)

Kay Driscoll and her husband, Phil, are going on a cruise with friends. There’s murder and mayhem, along with other tense events happening throughout. Kay’s got her work cut out and not just with playing detective. She’s immersed in following threads to spool together the truth for more than a murder.I adore Ms. Bernhardt’s eye for detail and her palate for good food. It’s a real trip walking in Kay’s shoes. There’s a lot going on in the story, some relationships are tested, while others are resilient and steadfast.Kay’s mysteries are entertaining and fun reads. I highly recommend this series for those who love cozy mysteries and deep friendships.

I Love Susan Bernhardt Cozies They are like chocolate to me: sweet, charming and addictive. This time Kay and her friends deal with an unusual murder on a Caribbean cruise and a hometown scandal. The way Bernhardt details the interactions between characters drew me right into the story and I couldn’t put it down. I love the interaction between Kay and her husband, especially when he’s been a bit naughty. I also love her suspense. She has a lot of that in this book. It’s a great read.”

Irina Curtius Mystery Series:

32273780Irina Curtius, a retired ballet dancer living on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, runs a ballet studio for young children. Recently, she has been watching her younger and otherwise healthy neighbor, Stephen Kramer, become ill over time. When Stephen travels for business, his health always seems to improve dramatically after he has been away, but only temporarily. Within days of returning home, his health begins to deteriorate again. On top of that, Stephen has added stress due to problems he is having with his wife and his irate live-in sister-in-law. Sadly, Stephen’s last bout with his mysterious illness has proven to be fatal. Unsatisfied with the official explanation and in order to deliver justice for her friend and neighbor, Irina sets out to uncover the truth and prove that Stephen was indeed murdered.

It won’t be easy, though. A former lover from Irina’s college days at NYU has suddenly reinserted himself into her life, wanting to pick up where they left off. Additionally, a mysterious newcomer arrives in Irina’s neighborhood and he now seems to be shadowing Irina, appearing everywhere she goes. The story that unfolds, interwoven in the everyday lives of Irina and her social circle, highlights the unpredictability of life, the best and worst of humanity, and the powerful bonds that drive people together (and apart). (Goodreads)

A MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY (An Irina Curtius Mystery) –

While reading this book, I felt like I was watching a classic murder mystery movie. All of the plot lines are expertly woven together and so detailed. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted, well plotted, character and action driven cozy mystery. Bernhardt is an author not to be missed.”

I love the Irina Curtius series. Complicated yet easy to relate to characters, vibrant yet cozy setting of New York City (how did you do that Susan!) and a mystery that draws you in and keeps you guessing! The book reminds me of a classic mystery…a strong main character, lush descriptions of her surroundings and layers of intrigue that keep you reading, long after you said, “Just one more chapter!”



Hope you enjoyed learning more about Susan and her great books.  And I hope you give her books a try, you will be so happy that you did.

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

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



The latest installment of Alexander McCall Smith’s perennially popular and irresistibly charming 44 Scotland Street series.

When Pat accepts her narcissistic ex-boyfriend Bruce’s invitation for coffee, she has no idea of the complications in her romantic and professional life that will follow. Meanwhile, Matthew, her boss at the art gallery, attracts the attention of the police after a misunderstanding at the local bookstore.

Whether caused by small things such as a cup of coffee and a book, or major events such as Stuart’s application for promotion and his wife Irene’s decision to pursue a PhD in Aberdeen, change is coming to Scotland Street. But for three seven-year-old boys–Bertie Pollock, Ranald, and Big Lou’s foster son, Finlay–it also means getting a glimpse of perfect happiness.

Alexander McCall Smith’s delightfully witty, wise and sometimes surreal comedy spirals out in surprising ways in this new installment, but its heart remains where it has always been, at the center of life in Edinburgh’s New Town.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook













Survive the Night (Rocky Mountain K9 Unit) by [Ruggle, Katie]“Vivid and charming.” —CHARLAINE HARRIS, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

He’s always been a haven:
For the lost. The sick. The injured.
But when a hunted woman takes shelter in his arms, this gentle giant swears he’ll do more than heal her battered spirit—he’ll defend her with his life.

K9 Officer Otto Gunnersen always had a soft spot for anyone in need. As Monroe’s very own Dr. Doolittle, he dedicates himself to rehabilitating the injured souls that cross his path—but for all his big heart, he’s never been in love.

Until he meets Sarah Clifton’s haunted eyes. Until he realizes he’ll do anything to save her.

All Sarah wants is to escape a life caught between ambitious crime families, but there’s no outrunning her past. Her power-mad brother would hunt her to the ends of the earth…but he’d never expect Sarah to fight back. With Otto and the whole of Monroe, Colorado by her side, Sarah’s finally ready to face whatever comes her way.

It’s time to take a stand.

“Gripping suspense, unique heroines, sexy heroes.” —CHRISTINE FEEHAN, #1 New York TimesBestselling Author

Rocky Mountain K-9 Unit Series: 
Run to Ground (Book 1)
On the Chase (Book 2)
Survive the Night (Book 3)
Through the Fire (Book 4)

What People Are Saying About Katie Ruggle: 
“I love Ruggle’s characters. They’re sharply drawn, and vividly alive. I’m happy when they find each other. These are wonderful escapist books.” —CHARLAINE HARRIS, #1 New York Times Bestselling author
“Sexy and suspenseful, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.” —JULIE ANN WALKER, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author for Hold Your Breath 
“Chills and thrills and a sexy slow-burning romance from a terrific new voice.” —D.D. AYRES, author of the K-9 Rescue Series for Hold Your Breath  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback














Magic & Mercy (Starry Hollow Witches Book 5) by [Chase, Annabel]

Welcome to Starry Hollow, where spells were made to be broken.

Ember Rose has her work cut out for her when a butler is murdered at the annual Paranormal Estate Managers Association conference. The former New Jersey resident and descendant of the One True Witch must keep Aunt Hyacinth from marching on the war path in defense of Simon, her butler and right hand. Once again, Ember must work closely with Sheriff Granger Nash to solve the murder, which results in getting more involved with the werewolf on a personal level when she attends the Nash pack picnic. Add broomstick flying lessons and a paranormal history class on top of everything else, and Ember would like nothing more than a long nap.

Did the butler do it or can Ember keep Simon from trading a life behind Aunt Hyacinth’s bar for a life behind bars?

Magic & Mercy is the fifth book in the Starry Hollow Witches paranormal cozy mystery series.

This is a full-length, humorous cozy mystery novel.

Books in the series include:
Magic & Murder, Book 1
Magic & Mystery, Book 2
Magic & Mischief, Book 3
Magic & Mayhem, Book 4
Magic & Mercy, Book 5
Magic & Madness, Book 6

Annabel Chase is also the author of the Spellbound Paranormal Cozy Mystery series. Check out Curse the Day, Book 1 in that series.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle
No Enemies Here (From the Tales of Dan Coast Book 9) by [Riesel, Rodney]
When one brother disappears is the other brother to blame? No Enemies Here is the 9th book in The Tales of Dan Coast series. In this latest chapter join Dan and Red as they protect a marked man while they search for mob boss, Joey Pantucco’s, missing nephew.  (Amazon)
Editions Available:   Kindle
Grave Danger (A Maddie Graves Mystery Book 12) by [Hart, Lily Harper]Maddie Graves went from an unhappy life in the city to her version of the perfect life in Blackstone Bay. Now she’s going back … and danger is stalking her every move.
When Maddie gets a call from a police officer she knows in Detroit, she can’t turn her back on his plea. It seems girls are going missing in the city and some of them have turned up dead in an abandoned city lot.
Nick Winters wants to focus on his upcoming wedding to Maddie, not danger in a city he’s uncomfortable visiting. Maddie puts her foot down, though, and it’s either let her go alone or tag along for the ultimate ride. There’s only one option.
Maddie may be familiar with the landscape – especially when their investigation takes her to the hospital where she used to work – but Nick is a fish out of water and their investigative techniques don’t mesh.
Detroit is a gritty city and there’s danger afoot. A predator lurks in the shadows and it just might be someone from Maddie’s past.
It’s going to take everyone working together to solve this one, and even then death might come calling. Nick is determined to make sure Maddie isn’t the grim reaper’s next victim but he’s not necessarily safe himself.
Trouble is here again … and nobody is safe.  (Amazon)
Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback
Grave Desire: A Maddie Graves Mystery Books 10-12 by [Hart, Lily Harper] Maddie Graves is psychic, able to talk to ghosts and unlucky when it comes to avoiding trouble.
Nick Winters is dedicated to his job as a police officer … and hopelessly in love with Maddie.
Together they make a terrifying crime-fighting twosome, and they’re always in search of a new adventure.
This omnibus includes books ten through twelve in the Maddie Graves mystery series. Included titles are: Grave Haunting, Grave Paths and Grave Danger. (Amazon)
Editions Available:  Kindle
 Dog Rough by [Minx, John]Spy Versus Pooch!

When a disgraced secret agent goes under the knife at a secret research facility, he’s as surprised as anybody to wake up on four legs instead of two. But barely has the shock registered before a scientist is trying to stick a needle in his canine butt and put him out of his newfound misery.
Still, escaping from the lab is only the first hurdle that Tony Dodds will have to scamper over if he’s to clear his name and reclaim his manhood. And after being adopted by a young couple, and developing strong feelings for his new mistress, all hell start to break loose . . .
Spanning cozy mystery, romantic comedy, and thrilling adventure, Dog Rough is a feel-good story about friendship, espionage, and the tail that wags the dog.  (Amazon0

Editions Available:  Kindle
















Witch is Back (Witches of Graveton County Book 1) by [Moran, Stacy A]Tabitha Ashworth is a lot of things, a daughter, a writer, and a reluctant witch. She was also a runner, not a grab your tennis shoes, let’s take on a marathon kind of runner.

No, she has been running from her past and her heritage her entire life. She’s avoided her hometown for nearly a decade but after a cryptic call from her mother, she is summoned back home.

From the moment she arrived back in Graveton County she was flooded with her past and realization her running days are over.

Welcome to Graveton County where the haunted town is make believe but the witches are real.  (Amazon)


Editions Available:  Kindle













The Gate Keeper: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries) by [Todd, Charles]On a deserted road, late at night, Scotland Yard’s Ian Rutledge encounters a frightened woman standing over a body, launching an inquiry that leads him into the lair of a stealthy killer and the dangerous recesses of his own memories in this twentieth installment of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling series.

Hours after his sister’s wedding, a restless Ian Rutledge drives aimlessly, haunted by the past, and narrowly misses a motorcar stopped in the middle of a desolate road. Standing beside the vehicle is a woman with blood on her hands and a dead man at her feet.

She swears she didn’t kill Stephen Wentworth. A stranger stepped out in front of their motorcar, and without warning, fired a single shot before vanishing into the night. But there is no trace of him. And the shaken woman insists it all happened so quickly, she never saw the man’s face.

Although he is a witness after the fact, Rutledge persuades the Yard to give him the inquiry, since he’s on the scene. But is he seeking justice—or fleeing painful memories in London?

Wentworth was well-liked, yet his bitter family paint a malevolent portrait, calling him a murderer. But who did Wentworth kill? Is his death retribution? Or has his companion lied? Wolf Pit, his village, has a notorious history: in Medieval times, the last wolf in England was killed there. When a second suspicious death occurs, the evidence suggests that a dangerous predator is on the loose, and that death is closer than Rutledge knows.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook










A haunting vision reveals a ghostly grave in the latest Bay Island Psychic Mystery from the author of Occult and Battery.

Whoever said that dead men tell no tales has never met Cass Donnovan…

Cass has always relied on her abilities to guide her, but after communications with a ghost land her in the middle of a murder investigation, she has to wonder if her gifts are really more a curse.

Cass knows she is meant to help track down the killer–much to the chagrin of local law enforcement–when the apparition leads her to a dead body on the beach near her psychic shop, Mystical Musings. But the police are not the only ones who wish Cass would stick to reading palms. Someone is trying to scare her off, and it will take all her powers of premonition to catch the killer before Cass herself becomes the next victim…  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle. Paperback



Review of Murder As Sticky As Jam





Come for the cozy, stay for the thrill of it The first in a brand new series: A Gluten Free Mystery Mona Reilly is preparing for the grand opening of Jammin’ Honey, a local Jam and Honey shop, in the small town of Magnolia Falls. Her best friend, Vicki, supplies the shop with honey and homemade lotions, candles and royal jelly. While Mona and Vicki are off taste testing the gluten-free catering the shop mysterious burns down. When a body is recovered from the fire, Vicki’s brother, incidentally the most handsome cop Mona has ever laid eyes on, is assigned to the case. Everyone in town has a motive and it’s up to Mona to solve this sticky situation. (Goodreads)







The characters are well rounded and well developed.  I enjoyed getting to know Mona and her best friend Vicki.  Mona is a hardworking smart woman who has poured everything into her new shop, Jammin’ Honey.  When things do not work out as planned and the shop has a fire, Mona will have to rely on strength she did not even know she possessed to get her life back on track.  I enjoyed the friendship between Mona and Vicki, you could tell they cared deeply for each other.  Mona was strong about everything that was happening in her life.   That is, everything besides Leo, Vicki’s brother and Mona’s forever crush.  Then she turned into a high school girl, with all of the insecurities that go along with that.

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 of the action taking place.  She is also very talented in creating small town settings and all of the nosiness and politics that go along with it.  The mystery was well plotted and carried on well throughout the story.  There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through and I did not figure out who the killer was until it was revealed at the end.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  It is a good start to a new series and I am looking forward to reading future books.  

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion, and that is what this review is.



New Releases For The Week Of February 4th, 2018–Part 3

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


The Royal Ghost (Mina Scarletti Mystery Book 2) by [Stratmann, Linda]A Victorian mystery with a haunting twist! Perfect for fans of Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie and Antonia Hodgson…

A scandalous rumour is sweeping through Brighton. But is everything really as it seems …? 


Brighton, 1871

Forty-one years after his death, King George IV is said to be haunting the Royal Pavilion. The story of the ghostly encounter has been published anonymously, and it is sweeping through the town.

Mina Scarletti, an author herself, immediately suspects the story to be false. And when she inspects the Pavilion, she is certain her suspicions are correct.

But as she prepares to expose the false claims, her past begins to catch up with her. Blackmailed and threatened by those with an ulterior motive, Mina finds herself caught in a trap.

Can Mina prove that the Royal Ghost is a fake? Will she escape from the threat hanging over her? 

Or will she find herself in grave danger …?

THE ROYAL GHOST is the second cosy mystery in Linda Stratmann’s intriguing historical series, the Mina Scarletti investigations, a traditional British detective series with a feisty woman sleuth set in Victorian Brighton.

“I found this tale totally different from the usual Victorian melodramas, as it was firmly based on fact and the beliefs of the time. The pace is good, the characters believable and the style of writing suits the time in which it is set without going over the top. I enjoyed it very much.” Historical Novel Society

“This beautifully written mystery tale could be glibly summed up as Jane Austen meets a female Perry Mason. The historical background is evocative and brings middle class Victorian Brighton, with all its gullibility, gossip, backbiting, social climbing and pretensions, to life, often with a wry sense of humour. Mina is a more than believable protagonist, pragmatic and resourceful and while realising her limitations, determined not to let her disability stop her doing things she wants to. The supporting characters are also well-rounded and contribute effectively to the whole.” John Cleal, Crime Review

“The Royal Ghost benefits from a nicely evoked setting in Victorian Brighton, and casts entertaining light on an era when ghosts and psychic phenomena were all the rage.” Martin Edwards

“If you enjoy the Frances Doughty mysteries then you’ll find this book right down your street.” Crime Fiction Lover  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle. Paperback










Murder Lifts the Spirits: a paranormal cozy msytery (Petra Paranormal Mysteries Book 2) by [Morse, Margaret C.]Attorney Petra Rakowtiz thought her courtroom skills were magical… that is until this newbie witch realized what real magic was.

For the past two months Petra has made the Disclaimer Ranch her home, undergoing treatment and training for her fledgling powers. She’s focused on learning to be a good witch—no more accidental arsons. But when a fellow Ranch resident and wizard dies while arguing with Petra, the other program residents accuse her of murder by magic, and Petra must use all of her legal know-how to defend herself!

With a slew of suspects ranging from a convicted killer to a wanna-be Watson making wild accusations, Petra has her hands full. Not to mention the murder victim who returns in ghostly form, demanding that Petra find his killer. The clock is ticking as the other residents become targets and Petra finds herself going toe to toe with a murderer intent on not-so-magically making her disappear…for good!

Petra Paranormal Mysteries:
Murder Casts Its Spell (book #1)
Murder Lifts the Spirits (book #2)

“Absolutely delightful cozy mystery with solid dose of the paranormal. And oh, the world building! Margaret C. Morse does a marvelous job at introducing us to the challenges—as well as the benefits—of having magical powers. ”
—Fresh Fiction

“Margaret C. Morse creates a world full of magical and mundane things with this unique mystery.”
—Night Owl Reviews  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback


Death & the Viking's Daughter (An Auction Block Mystery) by [Ross, Loretta]Next on Wren and Death’s Appraisal List:

Item #1: An Old Family Feud.

Item #2: A Missing Woman.

Item #3: A Body in the Rosebushes of their Dream House

Auctioneer Wren Morgan and her private eye fiancé Death (pronounced “Deeth”) Bogart are ready to meet each other’s parents and settle down together. But their sleuthing days are far from over. While Death and Wren are helping prepare auction items at an old supper club, a Viking reenactor nearly dies at the historical settlement next door. The cause? Seeing the ghost of his daughter, who went missing twenty years ago.

As Wren looks into what happened to the Viking’s daughter, Death is hired to investigate the theft of historical items that have high sentimental value. When their respective investigations turn out to be connected, the couple gets caught in a deadly conflict.

Praise for the Auction Block Mysteries:

Death & the Gravedigger’s Angel

“Ross’s sleuthing pair again faces a present-day murder steeped in historical detail.”—Kirkus Reviews

Death &the Brewmaster’s Widow

“There are fewer auctions in this second series entry, but readers won’t mind as the twisty, Hitchcock-style plot unfolds.”—Booklist

“Lively.”—Publishers Weekly

“The second case for Death and Wren uses an intriguing premise to flesh out the charming detective duo.”—Kirkus Reviews

Death & the Redheaded Woman

“[A] winning debut.”—Publishers Weekly

“The witty sarcastic banter between the lead characters was charming and endearing.”—RT Book Reviews

“Ross’s debut features a likeable pair of sleuths, some local Missouri history, and a nice little mystery.”—Kirkus Reviews  (Amazon)

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Roses Are Red Violet is Dead (A Penny Preston Mystery Book 3) by [Owens, Wendy]Trouble seems to follow Penny Preston wherever she goes, but as usual when life gives her lemons, she makes lemon bars. Her trusty sidekick, Linda, has convinced her they need their Private Investigators licenses. The only problem is she can’t figure out how to tell the overprotective Deputy Hanson, now that they are dating, that she’s going all in on this mystery business.

Penny’s new adventure takes a back seat when the local baker, Violet, turns up missing. With the baker’s ex-fiancé mysteriously returning to town it seems like the police may have a viable suspect, that is until another towns-person goes missing. Penny decides she can’t sit back and do nothing. She must try to find her missing friend before it’s too late for the pastry princess, but can she do it before any more Wyoming, Ohio locals go missing?  (Amazon)

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Not a Mermaid (Jake & Boo Book 2) by [Kirby, Madeline]It’s July in Houston, and when heat waves and storm warnings finally give way to flooding rains, Jake Hillebrand’s strange dreams take a sinister turn. When the flood waters recede, the body of a young woman is found on the banks of Buffalo Bayou – a young woman whose life overlaps with that of Detective Victoria Perez.

With Perez on the sidelines, maybe she and Jake can finally come to an understanding. Or not.

Petreski’s working with a new partner, Jake’s declared a major, Jennifer Katz is moving on with her life, and Don has no idea that the new cat hanging around his apartment is not what she appears.

Contains even more carbs than “Not a Werewolf”, plus all you can eat shrimp!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

Spirits, Diamonds, and a Drive-thru Daiquiri Stand (Pyper Rayne Book 4) by [Chase, Deanna]Pyper and Julius are getting married. There’s a wedding to plan, dresses to order, and daiquiris to consume. But when an old curse rears its ugly head and ends in a murder, Pyper’s younger brother Bo is suddenly in danger of being charged with a crime he didn’t commit.

Now Pyper and her friends are racing against time to clear Bo’s name and neutralize the curse before it claims another life. With a little help from the ghosts of New Orleans, Pyper’s determined to save the day… and still find her perfect wedding dress.  (Amazon)


Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback
A Valentine's Kill: Waterfell Tweed Cozy Mystery Series: Book Three by [Marple, Mona]The third book in the Waterfell Tweed Cozy Mystery series!
As Valentine’ Day approaches, the cozy village of Waterfell Tweed is rocked by the unwelcome return of a familiar face.Sandy Shaw doesn’t believe that Dick Jacobs, the Health and Safety Officer, is as bad as people say. But within hours, he’s closed down one village business and has a list of other targets – including Books and Bakes!When Sandy discovers Dick’s lifeless body, she vows to find his killer. But her investigation soon points in a direction she doesn’t want to believe could be true.Can Sandy solve the case?And will life ever be the same if she does?A Valentine’s Kill is a novella of around 35,000 words. Light and cozy, the book follows our female amateur sleuth, the village of Waterfell Tweed, and a whole host of quirky characters! Each book in this series can be read as a standalone (but is better enjoyed if read in order), and is free from swearing, sex, violence and cliffhangers.  (Amazon)Editions Available:  Kindle











The Roads to Damascus: A Mystery Novel (Appalachian Mountain Mysteries Book 2) by [McDaniel, Lynda]Abit Bradshaw is back! Four years after that fateful summer in A Life for a Life, Abit Bradshaw faces the biggest challenge of his life. When a family of con artists fleeces his school and casts suspicion on him, Abit, with the support of his friends Della Kincaid and Alex Covington, sets out to find them. Along the way, he encounters a slew of characters—from sinners to saints—who help him discover his rightful place in the world.

Praise for A Life for a Life

“Lynda McDaniel can write. This is one fine read. ‘A Life for a Life’ is outstanding, great character development, real and believable. A good mystery that reads like a literary piece. Della Kincaid is a wonderful. READ THIS ONE.”—Wooley, Amazon Vine Voice Reviewer

“A homey southern mystery whose characters were as intriguing as the mystery. Lynda McDaniel has that wonderfully appealing way of weaving a story, much in the manner of Fannie Flagg. … It’s a real treat to read and made me anticipate meeting the characters in yet another installment.” — Deb, AMAZON HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER  (Amazon)

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Dead in Bed (The Senior Sleuths Mysteries Book 1) by [Rosen, M. Glenda]Like Nick and Nora Charles from “The Thin Man” series, Dick and Dora Zimmerman in “The Senior Sleuths” solve crimes, especially murders. Along with Zero the Bookie fashioned after the author’s father) and a fascinating cast of other characters (such as Frankie Socks, fresh out of the Witness Protection Program), the Zimmermans, known as The Zimms, have the time, the money, the smarts and the chutzpah, to get involved in murder and mayhem, even when warned by police and criminals to stay away…or else!

In these modern noir stories, the hard-boiled detectives are soft-boiled sleuths whose inner shell is softer and gentler, although their outer shell is still tough. Of course, it doesn’t matter, hard-boiled or soft-boiled, they can still be nearly beaten by the bad guys. But it is the puzzle of the mystery and putting the pieces together to solve it that matters.  (Amazon)

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Murder as Sticky as Jam (A humorous cozy mystery) (A Gluten Free Mystery Book 1) by [Orgain, Diana ]Come for the cozy, stay for the thrill of it

The first in a brand new series: A Gluten Free Mystery

Mona Reilly is preparing for the grand opening of Jammin’ Honey, a local Jam and Honey shop, in the small town of Magnolia Falls. Her best friend, Vicki, supplies the shop with honey and homemade lotions, candles and royal jelly. While Mona and Vicki are off taste testing the gluten-free catering the shop mysterious burns down. When a body is recovered from the fire, Vicki’s brother, incidentally the most handsome cop Mona has ever laid eyes on, is assigned to the case. Everyone in town has a motive and it’s up to Mona to solve this sticky situation.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle



New Releases For The Week Of February 4th, 2018–Part 2


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


Now in paperback, the exciting new mystery from the New York Times bestselling author, in which China Bayles fears for her husband’s life as an escaped convict targets him…

A killer McQuaid put away years ago has busted out of Huntsville Prison and appears to be headed for Pecan Springs. China wants to stay by her husband’s side and keep him from harm, but McQuaid insists that she get out of town and go to the Last Chance Olive Ranch, where she’s agreed to teach a workshop on herbs.

The owner, Maddie Haskell, has her own troubles. She inherited the ranch and olive oil business from the late matriarch, Eliza Butler, but Eliza’s nephew is contesting the will. While China throws herself into helping Maddie, McQuaid’s plan to stop the convict backfires. And now McQuaid’s life is not the only one at stake–and this time may really be his last chance…  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook








Murder on Mokulua Drive (Natalie Seachrist Hawaiian Mystery Book 2) by [Burrows-Johnson, Jeanne]Journalist Natalie Seachrist sometimes experiences visions. After envisioning a child escaping by boat from Denmark in a murky predawn, she has no idea how scenes from a World War II movie will impact her twenty-first century life in Hawai’i. Soon, she and boyfriend, private investigator Keoni Hewitt, move into the Lanikai cottage she recently inherited. The warm welcome they receive from Miriam Didión, a widowed human rights activist, sets an ideal tone for life in the seaside neighborhood. Unfortunately, their expectations are soon shattered. By the time Natalie throws Keoni a birthday party, she has become close to Miriam and her housemates Joanne and Issy. Even Natalie’s feline companion Miss Una embraces the women by keeping watch over their property at night.

Abruptly, everyone’s life changes when a body is found at Miriam’s home. Eerily, the murder parallels Natalie’s vision of a scuba diver garroting a woman by moonlight. Again, she must reveal a murderous vision to Keoni’s former partner, Honolulu Police Detective John Dias. Hoping her unusual gifts will prove useful, John asks Natalie to read the victim’s journals. The commentary is fascinating, but Natalie finds no clues. Discovery of a nefarious suspect’s body on Diamond Head Beach indicates resolution of the crime. Believing their lives are back on track, Natalie and her new friends schedule a tour of historic Kawai Nui Marsh. Too soon, the day of playing tourist devolves and Natalie and her friends are suddenly in the cross hairs of a dangerous adversary. Does resolution of the gruesome crime lie buried in the deceased’s transnational past? Or does it lie in the visible present among innocuous seeming companions?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover



Lying, Cheating, and Occasionally Murder (Sam Lagarde Mystery Series Book 3) by [Fite, Ginny]When it comes to murder, even brilliant scientists aren’t immune…

The night Harold Munson is shot dead in his car, the primary suspect is the man’s brainiac wife. But Charlotte, who has a passion for science and sex with strangers, swears all she wants is a Nobel Prize for curing brain cancer, even if that requires fudging her research and a few dead patients along the way.

When the next body drops, all signs point to Charlotte, but Detective Sam Lagarde doggedly follows the clues until he has his own Eureka moment.  (Amazon)

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No Cat Is An Island (Cozy Conundrums Book 2) by [Hunter, T.H.]What could possibly go wrong when trying to catch a murderous sorcerer on a remote island?

In their second case, Val, Barry, and Amanda are called to a lonely lighthouse off the west coast of Scotland. Amidst the lively meetings of the Royal Committee for the Preservation and Restoration of Lighthouses, they find that not all is well and harmonious on the island. As a storm gathers and the body count grows, the trio discovers that the murders are connected to the lighthouse’s chilling past. Soon, it’s a race against time before the storm subsides and the guilty party can escape unpunished.

“No Cat Is An Island”:

– is the second novel in the BRAND NEW Cozy Conundrums series.
– classic whodunit setting on a remote Scottish island
– paranormal cozy mystery with loads of twists
– has no graphic scenes or language, though lots of suspense
– is self-contained with a full story arc (no artificial cliffhangers)

No Cat Is An Island is perfect for fans of the bestselling paranormal cozies by Annabelle Chase, Tegan Maher, Adele Abbott, Zoe Arden, Emma Watts, Morgana Best, Amy Boyles, Angela Pepper, and Iris Kincaid.  (Amazon)

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The House on Somers Point: A Tilton Chartwell Mystery (Tilton Chartwell Mysteries Book 4) by [Kelleher, Anne]


Have you met Tilton Chartwell? She’s a psychic medium and a mom trying to get her life in order after a messy divorce who keeps getting dragged into situations with which she’s barely prepared to deal. Now Tilton finds herself in the land of the Jersey Devil, hunting down the ghosts of the house on Somers Point. Will Tilton find the answers before something – or someone – gets hurt?  (Amazon)

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Deadly Devices (Rose Hollow Mysteries Book 4) by [Pennington, E.Z.]Relaxation, a little quiet contemplation…what could go wrong?

Becky was finally doing the one thing that made her the happiest: painting. She had started on a painting that was just missing something, much like her life was missing a little excitement. Though she was now taking care of both her store and teaching a painting class, things had become dull in her life. That was until Summer, the Cookie Queen, was discovered murdered just a few blocks away from her store.

Becky knows that she can’t return to a peaceful life of painting and running her shop until Summer’s murderer is found. But the closer Becky gets to the truth, the more dangerous things become. 

This Cozy Mystery Novel is packed with quirky characters, rousing romps and a whodunnit that wraps up cleanly. No cliffhangers, no curse words and no obscenity.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle








Coconuts and Crooks: A Clean Funny Mystery (Mom and Christy's Cozy Mysteries Book 5) by [Murphy, Christy]More romance! More mystery! More Mom!

Mom and Christy head to the Philippines to solve a mystery over a decade old—the death of Mom’s sister, Lalaine.
Mom vows to find out what happened, and Christy promises her new beau she won’t be away for long. But when Mom’s prime suspect Judge Hernandez winds up dead, the entire island thinks Mom killed him. Justice moves slow on a small island and Christy’s new relationship and Mom’s freedom hang in the balance.With the help of old and new friends, Mom and Christy must battle bumbling bureaucrats, crashing coconuts, and a cadre of crooks to find the truth. The stakes are higher than ever. But has our favorite mom and daughter amateur sleuthing team finally found a case they can’t crack? Find out in Book 5 of Mom and Christy’s Cozy Mysteries. Hit the order button to get your copy.  (Amazon)

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The MISPER Mystery (A Natural Detective Book 8) by [Salkeld, J J]Sergeant Kathy Stone has a troubling MISPER (missing person) case to deal with, so the last thing she needs is someone digging holes in a field next to Owen Irvine’s farm. Who is making the mysterious holes, and what are they looking for? Meanwhile DS Ian Mann has made a snap decision to make an arrest while off duty, and it’s one that he might soon come to bitterly regret.

In the eighth novella in J J Salkeld’s best-selling detective series, featuring Lake District shepherd-detective Owen Irvine, other members of the cast take centre stage, even as DI Andy Hall is having to face up to the inevitable consequences of further budget cuts. Can he really rely on a group of paedophile hunters, working with police approval, to bring a guilty man to justice?

Featuring hard-hitting contemporary issues, but handled in a non-violent way, Salkeld’s books continue to be thought-provoking, amusing, and intriguing. Readers come for the crime, but they stay for the lovely Lake District settings and the refreshingly diverse cast of characters.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle









Craks in a Marriage (Mah Jongg Mysteries Book 1) by [Barrett, Barbara]When Sydney Bonner overhears a fellow mah jongg player arguing on the phone with her husband, she realizes the couple’s “perfect marriage” isn’t all it appears to be. A few days later, the husband is found dead, his head bashed in. Fearing she’ll be considered the most likely suspect, the widow prevails upon Sydney and her three friends—Marianne, Kat and Micki—to find out who really killed him.

Though none of these four fun-loving, take-charge retirees has any training as detectives, the women agree to launch a secret investigation. As they dig under the happy veneer of their community’s social life, they find more than enough suspects, from shady ladies to resentful golf buddies, to keep them looking over their shoulders.

Could the murderer be lurking among the talent in a chaotic production put on by Sydney’s husband, who will do anything to keep busy in retirement? Could the sheriff, who may have more than a professional interest in chanteuse Kat, end up pinning the crime on the women instead? Each discovery during their investigations and their weekly mah jongg game keeps them running as they close in on the killer—but the killer may also be closing in on them.

This cozy mystery, the first in the Mah Jongg Mystery series, features four retired amateur sleuths who live in the small Florida town of Serendipity Springs, all female and all friends who play the game of mah jongg together. Though they don’t set out to investigate murder, after their first experience in this story, others start looking to them to help investigate subsequent homicides and questionable accidents. In this first book, Sydney Bonner takes the lead, although she turns to her three friends for help. Though this series features four protagonists, the others will take the lead in subsequent stories. Two are married, one is divorced and the fourth, who has been single all her life while she tended to her ailing mother, now finds herself the object of the sheriff’s attention in this series.

The four don’t seek out murder; somehow the circumstances and those affected drag them in. Meanwhile, as they attempt to gather information, life goes on in their community in such activities as a women’s club, a social group for those over 50, real estate transactions, numerous stops at the local coffeehouse, and even a shopping trip to Naples. Sydney’s husband, Trip, and her friend Marianne Putnam’s husband, Beau, are golf buddies who spend many a day on the course. When not there, Trip is busy seeking to build a new post retirement life, and Beau is often prevailed upon to join in Trip’s latest activity, which in this first book is a town follies. Kat Faulkner has lived a frugal life until winning big in a lottery shortly after her mother’s death; suddenly, Kat has money and doesn’t know how to spend it. But her divorced friend and freelance writer, Micki Demetrius, does, even if it’s to guide Kat through a makeover and wardrobe change for her lounge act.

This cozy mystery is the first book in the Mah Jongg Mystery series. Barbara Barrett is already published in contemporary romance. She is a member of the Mystery/Romantic Suspense chapter of Romance Writers of America. Like her protagonists, she is retired and is a resident of Florida, although she spends her summers in her home state of Iowa. She spent over three decades as a human resource management analyst with Iowa state government. She can be contacted at Check her website at   (Amazon)


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Murder on the Rocks (A Red Carpet Catering Mystery Book 5) by [Simmons, Shawn Reilly]Shawn Reilly Simmons has cooked up something rocky this time, and it’s going to be a delicious read.

After surviving a brazen attack at one of her favorite local cafes, Penelope Sutherland is ready to escape the big city and head to her next film set. She and her Red Carpet Catering crew set up their kitchen on location in the tranquil mountains of Vermont.

But peace and quiet aren’t on the menu.

It starts to get hot when a series of accidents befall the celebrity tennis pro consulting on the film. Then mix in an uptight director, an isolated location, and a quirky bunch of locals with secrets of their own and that’s a recipe for disaster.

Penelope soon suspects a connection between the cafe attack and the incidents on set, and you know what comes next. She must uncover the truth before her goose gets cooked.

This page-turner is serving up the coziest of entertainment, and you do not want to miss it.

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

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback




Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Biscuits and Slashed Browns




I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Maddie Day and her new book Biscuits and Slashed Browns, Book #4 in her Country Store Mystery series.  I have read all of the books in this series and they have all been great.









For country-store owner Robbie Jordan, the National Maple Syrup Festival is a sweet escape from late-winter in South Lick, Indiana–until murder saps the life out of the celebration . . .

As Robbie arranges a breakfast-themed cook-off at Pans ‘N Pancakes, visitors pour into Brown County for the annual maple extravaganza. Unfortunately, that includes Professor Connolly, a know-it-all academic from Boston who makes enemies everywhere he goes–and this time, bad manners prove deadly. Soon after clashing with several scientists at a maple tree panel, the professor is found dead outside a sugar shack, stabbed to death by a local restaurateur’s knife. When an innocent woman gets dragged into the investigation and a biologist mysteriously disappears, Robbie drops her winning maple biscuits to search for answers. But can she help police crack the case before another victim is caught in a sticky situation with a killer? (Goodreads)




The characters are well wounded and well developed.  I enjoyed getting to spend time with Robbie, her aunt Adele and her friends.  Robbie works hard to keep her cafe/store successful and her friends are always ready to help her in any way they can.  I found the sayings and southern ways endearing and they really made me feel like I was in a quaint southern town.  The nosiness of the citizens and the helpfulness of them also added to this feeling.

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, visiting Pans ‘N Pancakes, and it made my hungry.  The mystery was well paced and had enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through that it was not an easy one to solve.  I had the culprit narrowed down to two and I was right with one of them.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  This is a relaxing read with lots of southern charm and a series definitely worth reading.  

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.   




Maddie Day is a talented amateur chef and holds a PhD in linguistics from Indiana University. An Agatha Award-nominated author, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and also writes award-winning short crime fiction. She lives with her beau and three cats in Massachusetts.

As Edith Maxwell, she write the Local Foods Mysteries (Kensington Publishing) and the Quaker Midwife Mysteries (Midnight Ink).

You can find all Maddie’s/Edith’s identities at She blogs every week day with the other Wicked Cozy Authors at Look for her as Edith M. Maxwell and Maddie Day on Facebook and @edithmaxwell and @maddiedayauthor on Twitter.  (Amazon)


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January 29 – The Ninja Librarian – REVIEW, GUEST POST

January 29 – The Power of Words – REVIEW

January 30 – A Holland Reads – CHARACTER GUEST POST

January 30 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW

January 31 – Sapphyria’s Books – REVIEW

February 1 – Readeropolis – INTERVIEW

February 1 –Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

February 2 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW

February 2 – Book Babble – REVIEW

February 3 – Queen of All She Reads – REVIEW

February 3 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

February 4 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW

February 5 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

February 5 – Read Your Writes Book Reviews – REVIEW, GUEST POST

February 6 – Teresa Trent Author Blog – SPOTLIGHT

February 6 – A Blue Million Books – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

February 7 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW, INTERVIEW

February 7 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW  

February 8 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – INTERVIEW

February 8 – Carstairs Considers – REVIEW

February 9 – Varietats – REVIEW, GUEST POST

February 9 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW

February 10 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW  

February 10 – Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST

February 11 – Island Confidential – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

February 11 – The Montana Bookaholic – REVIEW

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New Releases For The Week Of February 4th, 2018–Part 1


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




In this reprint of New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs’s latest Tea Shop Mystery, Theodosia Browning attends a “Rat Tea,” where the mice will play…at murder.

When Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is invited by Doreen Briggs, one of Charleston’s most prominent hostesses, to a “Rat Tea,” she is understandably intrigued. As servers dressed in rodent costumes and wearing white gloves offer elegant finger sandwiches and fine teas, Theo learns these parties date back to early twentieth-century Charleston to promote better public health.

But this party goes from odd to chaotic when a fire starts at one of the tables and Doreen’s entrepreneur husband suddenly goes into convulsions and drops dead. Has his favorite orange pekoe tea been poisoned? Theo smells a rat. And as she reviews the guest list for suspects, she soon finds herself drawn into in a dangerous game of cat and mouse…  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook








“A thoroughly engaging read for anyone, whether new to the series or not.” – Booklist

Only a few months have passed since the day Kester Lanner forced an angry ghost through the spirit door, but business prospects  for Dr. Ribero’s supernatural agency haven’t improved. Things are looking grim when the agency lands a contract which they must share with a rival agency headed by Dr Ribero’s sworn enemy, Larry Higgins. Desperate for the job, the team accepts and begins to investigate the seaside town of Lyme Regis, where elderly victims are dying.

The same mysterious clue links the horrendous deaths: the victims all see a double of themselves before dying. The teams wonder if they are dealing with a rogue doppelgänger, one that isn’t content just predicting deaths, but carrying them out as well. The victims’ connection to an ancient grave site leads to speculation that they may have disturbed a spirit more powerful than the two agencies can handle.

One thing is certain, the won’t stop unless Kester and the others can overcome their rivalry and stop this deadly spirit.  (Amazon)
Editions Available:  Paperback









Del’s great-aunt, Kitty, has retired from a life of crime and embarked on a new venture, the B-Team. Although Del works at an animal shelter by day, by night she, her great-aunt and their cohorts, Dino and Ritz, use their criminal skills to right wrongs. In this fun book, the modern-day Robin Hoods set out to return a necklace to its rightful owner but along the way discover they’ve been duped by an imposter who also wants to get her hands on the necklace. The problem is, criminals can’t go to the police, even if they are on the side of the good. Del comes up with a new plan, and the B-Team saves the day. Not without a few detours along the way.  (Amazon)
Editions Available:  Paperback

Murdered at the Courthouse: A Midwest Cozy Mystery by [Harman, Dianne]Some experts say the honeymoon phase of a marriage lasts for about six months, but they didn’t take murder into account!

When the county judge is murdered and Kat’s District Attorney husband of far less than six months, is not only a suspect, but now the lead attorney in another murder case, Kat has to find the killer to clear his name.

Who knew the judge was addicted to watching computer porn? But was that the reason he was murdered?
Was the killer the judge’s “unusual” wife who spent millions building a castle in the middle of Kansas and then filling the moat around the castle with alligators? Or the head of Mothers Against Pornography Addiction? Could it have been the woman who was having an affair with the judge? Or her husband? After all, he did attend Rageaholics meetings. Or even the young sorority girl who was making a lot of money appearing on porn sites?

Sometimes a guard dog is just as important as a former Green Beret, and Kat was grateful to both of them when they saved her life!

Another fast-paced cozy murder mystery with food, dogs, and recipes from a USA Today and Amazon Chart #1 Bestselling Author.  (Amazon)


Editions Available:  Kindle

Killer Cravings (A Humorous Cozy Mystery) (A Maternal Instincts Mystery Book 6) by [Orgain, Diana]Bringing up baby–Bringing down a killer

An over the top, good-time cozy mystery

While staking out a cheating husband, Kate can’t help but to indulge the cravings from her newest pregnancy. Little does she know the owner of the bakery has her eyes on Jim, Kate’s beloved husband. Things turn deadly as Kate’s cravings take over. It’s up to Kate to keep her Family Life on track while solving another deadly whodunit!  (Amazon)


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Hometown Hero (Locust Point Mystery Book 4) by [Howard, Libby]July 4th is a big deal in Locust Point — the parade, the fireworks, and the eagerly anticipated annual River Regatta. And this year local celebrity Holt Dupree will be in town, riding high on his recent draft pick for an NFL team.

But not everyone loves football, and not everyone is a fan of Holt Dupree.

Now the hometown hero is dead, and it seems the auto accident that killed him was no accident. Suddenly there are more suspects than anyone could imagine, and Kay Carrera is elbows-deep in the mystery.  (Amazon)


Editions Available:  Kindle

Furred Lines (Peculiar Mysteries Book 7) by [George, Renee]Wereraccoon Nicole Taylor, a recent Quantico graduate, is eager to prove herself. She’s been assigned to work with oh-so-yummy field agent and werebear Dominic Tartan to catch a therianthrope serial killer.

Dom doesn’t know what to make of the sexy new agent he’s been tasked to train. Half the time he wants to ditch her, the other half of the time he wants to kiss her. Nicole struggles with the urge to sock him one, or jump his bones.

Doomsday preppers, a dead body, and a crate full of stolen guns make the case even more Peculiar. Can Nicole and Dom find the killer in the chaos? Or will someone close to Nicole be the psycho’s next target?

Peculiar Mysteries series from USA Today bestselling author Renee George are laugh-out-loud, grip the edge of your seat, and swoon as you fall in love tales of mystery, humor, and romance that take place in the small (fictional) Ozark shifter town of Peculiar, Missouri.  (Amazon)


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The Missing Groom: A Jane Carter Historical Cozy (Book Three) (Jane Carter Historical Cozy Mysteries 3) by [Simpson, Alice]Jane Carter attends a society wedding where the groom goes missing. Is it a simple case of cold feet, or is something far more sinister afoot?

About the Jane Carter Historical Cozy Mystery Series:

This quirky historical cozy mystery series is set in the fictional American city of Greenville during the 1920s and features Jane Carter, a young widow who returns home to live with her father after the tragic death of her journalist husband.

Jane’s father owns a local newspaper and wants Jane to take it over someday, but Jane is adamant that she has no desire to be a reporter. Instead, she turns her talent for writing to concocting melodramatic romances for fly-by-night rags who almost never pay on time.

Jane claims that she’s holding out for a millionaire before she marries again, but the only man who makes her heart beat faster is Jack, a reporter on her father’s staff. Not only has Jane vowed she will never be a newspaperman herself, she’s doubly insistent on never again marrying one.

While trying to turn out enough column inches of overwrought romantic bilge to keep her old car on the road, and herself in shoes, Jane runs into the most extraordinary circumstances. In Jane’s madcap world, it’s a constant round of kidnappings, curses, stolen jewels, counterfeit paintings, and hidden stashes of gold. There’s plenty of crime to go around, but nary a murder.

Accompanying Jane on her adventures is her best friend, Florence. Jane and Flo may get into one perilous situation after another, but they are never damsels in distress, because, as Jane puts it, “A real lady always carries her own pocket knife.”

All this getting into harm’s way alarms her father’s housekeeper, Mrs. Timms. Mrs. Timms believes it’s her mission in life to turn motherless Jane into a proper lady, but seeing as Jane has just turned twenty-four, Mrs. Timms considerable efforts appear to have been in vain. However, the housekeeper won’t give up trying, just as Jane won’t give up on seeing Mrs. Timms and her father center-aisling it to the altar and saying, “I do.”

This series is adapted from Mildrid Wirt’s Penny Parker mysteries, which have fallen out of copyright. The author has made extensive alterations and additions to both the characters and plots of the original novels, but readers familiar with Ms. Wirt’s stories will notice similarities.

These are murderless mysteries. Despite a constant crime wave, there seem to be no murders in the city of Greenville. There may be plenty of peril in the form of kidnappings, heists, and the occasional assault, but nobody ever dies, and justice is always served.

If you like light-hearted historical mysteries with quirky characters and a bit of zany humor, this may be the series for you!

This series may be of interest to fans of: Lee Strauss (Ginger Gold Mysteries), Jaqueline Winspear (Masie Dobbs Mysteries), Patricia Wentworth (Miss Silver Mysteries), Jessica Ellicot (Berl and Edwina Mysteries Series), Clara Benson, L. B. Hathaway (Posie Parker Mysteries), Leighann Dobbs (Hazel Martin Mysteries), T. E. Kinsey (Lady Hardcastle Mysteries), Margarete Addison (Rose Simpson Mysteries), Emily Organ (Penny Green Mysteries), and the Phryne Fisher Mystery Series. Readers who enjoy the works of Alexander McCall Smith, Tarquin Hall, Ashley Weaver, Frances Brody, Maia Chance, Radha Vatsal, Shea MacLeod, Alyssa Maxwell, Sabrina Flynn, Vivian Conroy, and Anita Davison may also enjoy this series of gentle mystery stories set in the roaring twenties.  (Amazon)

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Ben Time, a locomotive engineer pulls thousands of tons of miscellaneous freight from Indianapolis to Saint Louis day and night. He and his conductor find themselves held out of the St. Louis rail yard for an unusually long time. The delay involves the death of the train master. Ben finds that in order to absolve a fellow engineer of murder he needs to look into the facts. Complicating the matter is the fact that the engineer, he believes innocent of the crime, is an engineer who continually derides Ben for his faith.  (Amazon)
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Sarah Grayson and her trusty companion, Elvis, race to tail the right suspects in the fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Second Chance Cat Mysteries.

Sarah Grayson owns Second Chance, a shop that sells lovingly refurbished items, in the charming town of North Harbor, Maine. But she couldn’t run the store without the help of her right-hand man, Mac–or her dashing rescue cat, Elvis.

Mac’s life before North Harbor has always been a little bit mysterious, but it becomes a lot more intriguing when a woman from his past shows up in town, and then turns up dead. Suspicion falls on Mac, but Sarah–and Elvis–know he can’t be the killer, and they hope they can prove his innocence quick as a whisker.  (Amazon)

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Review of The Spirit Of Grace


The Spirit Of Grace

Sarah Bennett Mysteries, Book #1

Terry Lynn Thomas

5 Stars





Sarah Bennett doesn’t remember the night her mother tumbled down the stairs at Bennett House, despite allegedly witnessing the fatal fall. There was talk of foul play, dark whispers, and sidelong glances, all aimed at Sarah, prompting her family to send her to The Laurels, an exclusive asylum in San Francisco, under a cloud of suspicion. Now, on the one-year anniversary of her mother’s murder, Sarah has been summoned home. Convinced of her innocence, she returns to Bennett House, hoping to put the broken pieces of her life back together. But when another murder occurs shortly after her arrival, Sarah once again finds herself a suspect, as she is drawn into a web of suspicion and lies. In order to clear her name, Sarah must remember what happened the fateful night her mother died. But as she works to regain her memory, the real murderer watches, ready to kill again to protect a dark family secret. (Goodreads)





Sarah Bennett has no recollection of the night her mother died.  She does not know how her mother ended up at the bottom of the stairs: did she just fall, did Sarah herself push her or was there someone else there that night?  Her father sent her away to The Laurels, a high class asylum.  She is brought home when the one year anniversary of her mother’s death is approaching.  She still does not know what happened that night.  She hopes going home will bring back some of her memories.  When someone else dies, Sarah is again under suspicion.  Will she ever get her memory back and prove she was not responsible for her mother’s death, as well as this new murder?

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Sarah is a strong woman and she will need all of that strength to figure out what happened that night.  As the story progresses, she gets stronger and more sure of herself.  Anca, the housekeeper, is on Sarah’s side and wants to help her as much as she can.  Zeke, her father’s writing assistant, is kind to her and she begins to enjoy being around him.  Grace, her stepmother, does not like Sarah at all and is suspicious of her.  I enjoyed reading about all of these relationships and they all added a lot to the story.  

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 of the action taking place.  There was an authenticity to the place and time that this story took place.  The mystery was well plotted and carried on well throughout the entire book.  The setting helped add suspense to the book.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written Gothic mystery with a little bit of paranormal thrown in.  I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.