Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–The Wrong Boy

 

 

 

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Cathy Ace and her new release The Wrong Boy.   

The Wrong Boy
Suspense/Thriller
Four Tails Publishing Ltd. (January 9, 2019)
Print Length: 307 pages
ASIN: B07KRNGV3R

 

 Purchase Links – Amazon – Kobo

 

 

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Perched on a Welsh clifftop, the ancient, picturesque hamlet of Rhosddraig has its peaceful façade ripped apart when human remains are discovered under a pile of stones. The village pub, The Dragon’s Head, run by three generations of women, becomes the focal point for those interested in the grisly find, and it’s where layers of deceit are peeled away to expose old secrets, and deep wounds. The police need to establish who died, how, and why, but DI Evan Glover knows he can’t be involved in the investigation, because he’s just two days away from retirement. However, as the case develops in unexpected ways, it becomes irrevocably woven into his life, and the lives of local families, leading to disturbing revelations – and deadly consequences . . .

 

 

 

Born and raised in Wales, now-Canadian Cathy Ace is the author of the Cait Morgan Mysteries, featuring her Welsh Canadian criminology professor sleuth who travels the world tripping over corpses, and The WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries, featuring a quartet of female PIs, working from a Welsh stately home. Both series are traditional, entertaining, and have been well reviewed.

Author Links:    Website    Facebook     Twitter: @AceCathy    GoodReads

 

 

 

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

I knew I wanted to be a writer at a young age, and growing up in Swansea I always had the role model of Dylan Thomas to show me that people could earn a living as a poet…so why not as an author? I studied English at university because I wanted to write, but dropped it in favor of studying psychology…realizing I didn’t want to critique how others had written about the human condition as much as I wanted to study the human condition itself.

 

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

My Cait Morgan Mysteries are what I would call “true traditionals” in that they follow the traditional Christie pattern of a closed-circle murder mystery being solved by a sleuth who is far from amateur…Cait Morgan is a professor of criminal psychology, so she uses her skills when she encounters murders in her “real life” vs her “academic life”.

The cozy element is heightened in my WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries, which feature four female private investigators who run their business out of a Welsh stately home – and are “helped” by the dowager duchess.

So – one series is truly traditional whilst the other is cozier and truly British…and, yes, I do think books set in Britain are different when they are written by someone who is, in fact, British.

 

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

I develop a plot, I write an outline, then I write chapter outlines too. My novels have to reveal WHY a character has done something, so I always have to layer in the right psychology from the outset – which means I need outlines.

 

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

I don’t read reviews on amazon or Goodreads, though I do read blogger or national/international press reviews.  I never respond to any reviews. To gain reviews from bloggers or professional reviewers (for mainstream press etc.) I have to offer (or my publisher has to offer) pre-publication access to titles.

 

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What advice would you give to your younger self?

To my younger writing-self: “Don’t read reviews on amazon and Goodreads! The one-star review because the layout is poor (over which the author has no control) or the glowing review followed by three stars will cripple your soul and make you cry for hours.” (See above!)

 

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

As a reader I find covers critical – in attracting my attention, in inviting me in and – with reference to back cover notes – in getting me to open the book and read the beginning. Cover design is a real art: my Cait Morgan Mysteries covers are designed by the publisher, with me being allowed to hunt down the photograph I’d like to be used, then the designer working with that. For my WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries the publisher shows me the finished cover. For Four Tails Publishing, they are done in-house too; it’s tough to design a cover for a collection of short stories or novellas which have no connection with each other, but I like the way text-only was used for them, and I LOVE the cover of THE WRONG BOY…which I feel captures the mood of the book perfectly, and uses a photograph of the actual place where the book is set (though I have changed the name of the setting to protect the innocent!).

 

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

Here I’d like to focus on THE WRONG BOY. When I began this book I wanted to present a character I already knew from two previous novellas – DI Evan Glover of the West Glamorgan Police Service – with a dilemma, but that I did not want to write a police procedural.  Thus, two days after the book opens, Evan retires and he and his psychologist wife, Betty, begin to focus on how their new life together is going to work. Unfortunately, the final case he was involved with (which Evan grudgingly accepts was never really “his”) hangs over his head, and niggles away at him.

In Evan and Betty Glover I want readers to get to know a loving couple, never blessed with children but blessed with an understanding of each other’s careers, shortcomings and challenges, who have to work through a new life-pattern, and get the chance to work together (outside the police service) on a puzzling criminal case that’s badly affecting a village not far from where Evan’s mother was born. I hope readers grow to like these characters – but it’s hard for me to talk about how the book impacts their lives, because the worst thing you can do when a book is a psychological suspense thriller is give anything away! Suffice to say they live real lives in today’s real Wales, and both know how to follow a lead, understand a suspect, and the critical role of confidentiality.

 

What have you learned about yourselves since becoming an author?

Without a deadline I will not begin. With a deadline I like to play a dangerous game and leave everything until the last minute…then go for weeks with very little sleep just to make sure I actually meet said deadline.

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Do you write full-time or part-time?

I am a professional author, in that I have no other job, but I still wouldn’t say I write “full-time” insofar as I don’t write fiction every day, but I am always writing something, researching something, plotting or outlining something.

 

What do your plans for future projects include?

After the launch of THE WRONG BOY I have to get down to outlining a novel…about which I can tell you nothing. Sorry! But trust me when I say it’s a cracker!

 

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

Easiest and most fun is writing a first draft, the hardest is editing that draft into an actual book.

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

Upon reflection it’s clear most of the authors I most enjoy reading are British: Martina Cole, Lee Child, Anne Cleeves, Ian Rankin, Craig Robertson, Catriona McPherson, Martin Edwards. I adore the work of Yrsa Sigurdardóttir, Jeffrey Siger, Hallie Ephron and Jim Ziskin. I’ll always enjoy a Dick and/or Felix Francis book, love the twists and turns of a Jane Corry, and also find myself drawn to both series written by Barbara Nadel. MC Beaton’s Hamish MacBeth and Agatha Raisin make me laugh, as does Catriona McPherson’s Dandy Gilver.

 

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

I am fallible, and so are my characters.

 

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

To those who’ve already spent time with Bud and Cait, or the WISE woman – thank you…and please give THE WRONG BOY a try. To those who have yet to try any of my books – maybe use the “Look inside” facility on amazon (even if you choose to borrow my books from your local library, or purchase them at a local bookstore) where you’ll get a feel for my writing. I try to create RELATABLE characters, rather than likeable ones, so I hope that works for you.

 

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Each of my novels can be found at my website, and each one has a BOOK CLUB discussion sheet to accompany it – if you’d like me to visit your book club by Skype, I do that for clubs all across Canada, the USA and even in the UK! You’ll find my email address at my website.

    

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Website: http://www.cathyace.com/

 

I blog at:

 

7 Criminal Minds: http://7criminalminds.blogspot.com/

 

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Killer Characters: http://www.killercharacters.com/

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cathy-Ace-Author-318388861616661/

 

Twitter:  @AceCathy

 

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Cathy-Ace/e/B001HCYOWU/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1544207181&sr=8-1

 

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS

January 8 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW

January 8 – Reading Authors – SPOTLIGHT

January 9 – The Power of Words – REVIEW

January 9 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

January 10 – MJB Reviewers – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

January 10 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

January 11 – Ruff Drafts – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

January 11 – The Book Decoder – REVIEW

January 12 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

January 12 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

January 13 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

January 13 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

January 14 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – REVIEW

January 14 – Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

January 15 – That’s What She’s Reading – REVIEW

January 15 – Cozy Up With Kathy – SPOTLIGHT

January 16 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

January 17 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

January 17 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT

 

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Review of Mind Your Manors

Mind Your Manors
A Flamingo Realty Mystery, Book #1
CeeCee James
5 Stars

Mind Your Manors (A Flamingo Realty Mystery Book 1) by [James, CeeCee]

Synopsis:

Meet Stella O’Neil, retired FBI agent Oscar O’Neil’s granddaughter. She’s got a lot on her plate, trying to figure out her crazy, stubborn family, the hidden secrets that caused her grandfather’s estrangement from her dad, and starting out as a real estate agent. Throw in a dead body found in what used to be the town’s “royalty” family manor, and she’s neck deep in a mystery.

She may be sweet, but she’s pretty stubborn herself.

As Stella’s curiosity leads her from one town resident to the next, a dramatic tale of family secrets starts to appear, but is she getting too close to the truth? A scary car chase in the dark has her nerves on edge, but she won’t give up until she finds out who the skeleton once was. She’s so close… but someone… maybe more than one person… will do anything to stop her. (Goodreads)

 

 

Review:

This is a new-to-me author and I thought she wrote a very good first-in-the series book. The characters were well developed and well rounded and I liked getting to know Stella. She is a hard working, down-to earth woman who is starting a new career in real estate. Between staging houses, holding open houses and getting up the nerve to see her grandpa, she has a busy life. When see finds a skeleton in the house she is trying to sell, her life just got much more complicated.  I like the relationship between Stella and her dad, you can tell how much they love each other, even if they do not see eye-to-eye on everything.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I thought I was going on an open house tour of the Valentine manor. I could see the furniture and the rooms in my mind’s eye. The mystery was well plotted and there were enough clues and suspects to keep me guessing until the end.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I am looking forward to reading book two.

 

New Releases For The Week Of January 6th, 2019–Part3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of January 6th, 2019.  I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so very many of them for this week. Today is the third and final day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

Bones Behind the Wheel: A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery (Haunted Guesthouse Mysteries) by [E. J. Copperman]Barry Award-winning author E. J. Copperman is back with the tenth hilarious installment in his national bestselling Haunted Guesthouse mysteries.

Haunted Guesthouse proprietress Alison Kerby and her ghostly guest detective, Paul, “auto” know better than to dig into the case of a long-buried sedan and its now-skeletal driver. 

Innkeeper Alison Kerby is determined to keep her mind, body, and soul focused on bringing high-spirited hospitality to her lodgers at the Haunted Guesthouse. She simply has no time for any more murder investigations, no matter what Paul Harrison, her resident ghost detective, says.

But this time, the mystery comes looking for Alison. Workers unearth a 1977 Lincoln Continental buried in the sand behind Alison’s guesthouse—and they discover a skeleton still belted in behind the steering wheel.

Paul, of course, is on the cold case—to the extent that a ghostly gumshoe can be—but Alison is still determined not to do the incorporeal investigator’s legwork. Not this time. But her new husband Josh is intrigued, and he offers to help Paul poke into the case of the cold Continental. Uh-oh…has Josh caught the investigation bug? It’s a harsh wake-up call for a harried businesswoman who’d thought she’d told the detective life to hit the road.

What can go wrong? How about everything? As Alison dodges stray bullets, discovers a gun in the guesthouse, and reluctantly probes a decades-old murder that turns out to be shockingly relevant even today, her specter inspector tries to keep her spirits up. But as she searches for the key to unlock the case, is Alison headed for her final check-out? Make a reservation to find out in Bones Behind the Wheel, the tenth fun-filled Haunted Guesthouse mystery from national bestselling author E. J. Copperman.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seven Deadly Zins: A Sonoma Wine Country Mystery by [Nancy J. Parra]The second in Nancy J. Parra’s Sonoma Wine Country mysteries is sure to make fans of Ellen Crosby heady with delight.

Which suspect drowned an inspector in the Zinfandel? Sonoma tour guide Taylor O’Brian uncorks another intoxicating Sonoma Wine Country mystery.

Taylor O’Brian, founder of “Off the Beaten Path”, takes small groups on wine country tours of romantic Sonoma County. Friends are everything in the tour business, so Taylor is happy to guide investors to the winery owned by her friend Tim Slade. But vintage turns to vinegar when an FDA inspector is found floating face down in one of Tim’s vats of squished grapes.

Tim is arrested on suspicion of murder, and Taylor and her friends rally to prove his innocence. But it’s not an easy task, especially since the winery proprietor’s acidic sense of humor tends to reap a harvest of sour grapes. Taylor’s investigation is withering on the vine until she discovers that Tim’s girlfriend, Mandy, is having an affair with a self-help guru. But before she has a chance to confront Mandy, Taylor finds Tim standing over the body of the dead guru.

This tart turn of events sends a bottle shock through Sonoma. Might Taylor’s friend really be a Zin-ful killer? If so, could Taylor be the next victim? The tour guide and her friends come to realize that the true murderer’s scent is obscured by an unsavory bouquet of red herrings.

A complex mystery designed to delight the palate of wine and cozy mystery enthusiasts alike, Seven Deadly Zins is the second quirky installment in Nancy J. Parra’s Sonoma Wine Country mysteries.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A beautiful house nestles in an orchard, where a blackbird sings at dawn each morning from a branch laden with rosy fruit… but underneath the trees a body lies too still to be asleep.

Melissa Craig is struggling with her new novel, so when the invitation arrives to visit a nearby country house for some writing time, she decides a bit of peace and quiet is just what she needs. The house is everything she could have hoped for, even if the staff do seem rather unsettled…

She has barely unpacked when the owner of the house persuades Melissa to investigate some threatening notes he has received. But before she can do any digging, he is found murdered in his own orchard.

As she starts to probe further, Melissa realises that the dead man was universally disliked. Controlling, tight with money and nasty, he certainly made some enemies. But who could have hated him enough to resort to murder? His seemingly timid wife, the secretary with whom he previously had an affair or perhaps the gardener with an old secret? 

With the police looking for an outsider, Melissa is sure the murderer is close at hand. But can she prove it? And can she unmask the killer before they strike again?

A completely unputdownable mystery for fans of Faith Martin, Joy Ellis and P.D. James that will have you totally hooked. 

This book was previously published as Malice Poetic.

What readers are saying about Betty Rowlands:

Hooked from the first pages… wonderful… fascinating, full of twists and turns kept me guessing till the end.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Brilliant I read this book in one sitting and could not put it down. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars

An absolutely addictive, wonderful story. Loved it from start to finish. Great pace and a delightful setting, colourful characters and thrilling mystery. This was a brilliant story and I cannot wait for more!‘ Renita D’Silva, author of The Forgotten Daughter5 stars  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York Cheesecake Chaos (MURDER IN THE MIX Book 8) by [Moore, Addison]*A laugh out loud standalone cozy mystery by New York Times Bestseller Addison Moore* All books in the series can be read individually but are best enjoyed in order.
My name is Lottie Lemon and I see dead pets. On occasion I see a once-upon a human too but mostly it’s just cute little furry beasts who have come back from the other side to warn me of their previous owners impending doom. 
My ex has landed in Honey Hollow all the way from New York where I last saw his sorry mug. As if that wasn’t bad enough, he’s brought along his girlfriend whom he has no problem disregarding as he does his best to woo me back. To make matters worse, a famous author has come to town to do a signing at the library and I have the unfortunate luck of stumbling upon yet another body. And this time, I have a couple of suspects from New York that I’d rather let off the hook than investigate. Someone just might get away with murder.ottie Lemon has a brand new bakery to tend to, a budding romance with perhaps one too many suitors, and she has the supernatural ability to see dead pets—which are always harbingers for ominous things to come. Throw in the occasional ghost of the human variety, a string of murders, and her insatiable thirst for justice, and you’ll have more chaos than you know what to do with.

Living in the small town of Honey Hollow can be murder.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lost Traveller: A County Cork Mystery (County Cork Mysteries) by [Sheila Connolly]Danger comes to Cork in the seventh County Cork mystery from New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly, and it’s up to Maura Donovan to find a way to protect all she’s worked for.

Pub owner Maura Donovan is settling into a charmed life in Ireland—until a mutilated body on her property ends her lucky streak. 

Boston expat Maura Donovan came to Ireland to honor her grandmother’s last wish, but she never expected to stay in provincial County Cork—much less to inherit a house and a pub, Sullivan’s, in the small village of Leap. After a year-long struggle to stay in the black, Sullivan’s is finally thriving, and Maura has even brought back traditional Irish music to the pub. With a crop of new friends and a budding relationship with handsome Mick Nolan, Maura’s life seems rosier than ever—but even in Ireland, you can’t always trust your luck.

It begins with Maura’s discovery of a body in the ravine behind the pub. And then, the Irish gardaí reveal that the victim’s face has been battered beyond recognition. Who is the faceless victim? Who wanted him dead? And why was his body dumped in the backyard of Sullivan’s Pub? Even after the dead man is finally given a name, nobody admits to knowing him. In the tight-knit world of Leap, no one is talking—and now it’s up to Maura to uncover the dark secrets that lurk beneath the seemingly quiet town.

Laced with warm Irish charm, a delightful small-town setting, and a colorful cast of characters, New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly’s seventh County Cork mystery, The Lost Traveller, conspires to delight.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Festival Murder: A Small Town Minnesota Cozy Mystery by [West, Linnea]The small Minnesota town of Shady Lake is hosting the annual Below Zero Festival and this year, the medallion hunt has upped the prize money. Tessa Schmidt isn’t sure why, but that $500 has people going crazy. Even worse, every year Gerald Pinkerton wins the medallion hunt and almost everyone thinks he has been cheating, but they just can’t prove it.

And then, Gerald winds up dead at the bottom of the sled hill and the medallion is missing from where it had been hidden. Accusations are flying, and they are especially flying at Trevor, her best friend Mandy’s long time boyfriend. Tessa doesn’t even like Trevor, but she has to help when her best friend asks Tessa to clear Trevor’s name. Amongst all of the murder and mayhem, she gets guilt tripped into entering a snow sculpture competition with Clark after making Max upset at her. As she tries to keep her love life together, she is also wading through clues.

Tessa wants to prove that Trevor didn’t do it and get back to only worrying about her love life, but can she find out who killed Gerald before the blizzard hits?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Validated by Valentine's (A Sweet Little Holiday Romance Book 2) by [Schultz, Joynell]Ivory has the perfect man, from his microchip processor to his flesh-like exterior.

Ivory hated that she loved her Christmas gift this year. Her sister gave her the perfect humanoid companion, but there’s just one problem: he’ll never be able to say he loves her, no matter how much Ivory falls in love with him.

Was her dream man a present or a curse? 

But when Ethan (Ivory’s Dream Droid) looks at her with those sweet blue eyes and secretly earns enough money to enter her in the city-wide bake-off, she realizes she doesn’t care. He’s hers. And that’s the best gift of all.

Ivory’s perfect world falls apart the closer she gets to the bake-off. It starts with a lost entry and Ethan having a few programming malfunctions, then she discovers someone’s deliberately sabotaging her. What started out to be a dream Valentine’s day, begins to turn into a nightmare. A large supportive family, a caring artificial companion, and the best cupcake recipe in the world might not be enough to uncover who’s setting Ivory up to fail.

Scroll up and grab your copy of this sweet little holiday romance and help Ivory solve her Valentine’s Day cozy mystery today!
This story will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy (and baking a batch of cupcakes!)

Books in this series:
Created for Christmas (A Sweet Little Holiday Romance, Book 1)
Validated by Valentine’s (A Sweet Little Holiday Romance, Book 2)  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rogues to Riches (Rutledge Historical Society Cozy Mystery Book 4) by [Lincoln, Jerri Kay]

This is the fourth book in the Rutledge Historical Society Cozy Mystery series.

A large group of people enters the Rutledge Historical Society to see the new and much anticipated 1950s murder exhibit. After viewing the display, the group exits the building leaving two people behind. A few minutes later, one of the two is shot dead in front of the exhibit and the other one rushes out the back door and escapes. Was the perpetrator one of the group or was it the old woman’s daughter who has only a very weak (and stinky) alibi? Or could it have been someone else? Lorry, convinced the new murder is connected to the old one, decides to look into the past to find the culprit. But with a wedding to plan, who has time to find a murderer? Sassy, irreverent Lorry Lockharte, that’s who.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ILily's Homecoming Under Fire Calla Lily Mystery #1 (Calla Lily Mystery Series) by [Burke, Anna Celeste]n California’s wine country, someone wants Lily dead.

When Lily Callahan returns home to California’s wine country, sparks fly amid a hail of bullets as she and U.S. Marshall Austin Jennings take cover.

Money, fame, and love all come into play as motives when Lily and Austin try to find out who sent hired guns to kill Lily. The trouble begins soon after her beloved Aunt Lettie dies and leaves her estate to Lily–is it about the money?

Or, is life imitating art? Lily’s trouble-making character in a long-running TV soap was recently killed by a paid hitman. Is a crazed fan trying to end Lily’s life as well as her acting career? Did her agent borrow a page from the script after Lily dismissed him?

Lily’s surprised to find an old flame waiting for her when she returns home. Has he reached the point that if he can’t have her, nobody can? If it’s about an old love that’s become dangerous, the new one that propels Lily and Austin into each other’s arms won’t help.

Life in small-town California wine country is a tangled vine of mystery, suspense, and intrigue.

Grab your copy of the first book in the Calla Lily Mystery Series by USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author, Anna Celeste Burke to find out what happens to Lily and Austin.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Releases For The Week of January 6th, 2019–Part 2

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of January 6th, 2019.  I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so very many of them for this week. Today is the second day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

Teaberry Total Eclipse (A Teaberry Farm Bed & Breakfast Cozy Book 14) by [Wallace, R. A.]

 

 

 

A Teaberry Farm Bed & Breakfast Cozy Book 14
A murder during a total lunar eclipse leaves police in the dark. After bringing home their purchases from a large estate sale, Teaberry residents are plunged into danger. Can Megan tie the two events together and unravel the mystery before the killer strikes again? This mild cozy mystery offers a clean read with a female amateur sleuth and friends in a small-town setting. Main characters in the series are multigenerational.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lipstick Voodoo: The Kincaid Strange Series, Book Two (Kincaid Strange Series, The 2) by [Charish, Kristi]Kincaid Strange, not your average voodoo practitioner, is back in the freshly imagined and hugely entertaining second installment of Kristi Charish’s urban fantasy series.

Kincaid Strange cannot catch a break. After dealing with a spate of paranormal murders, there’s barely time to recuperate–let alone sleep in–before there’s a new problem in Kincaid’s world of paranormal activity. When her roommate, Nathan Cade–the ghost of a grunge-rocker with a pathological lack of self-control–comes home bound to a dead body, it’s up to Kincaid to figure out how to free him. Ideally before her new mentor, Gideon, a powerful sorcerer’s ghost, discovers that Nate is trapped in the body he’d coveted for himself.
When Aaron, a Seattle cop on the afterlife beat–and Kincaid’s ex–calls her in to help out with a cold case, she takes the chance to mend fences with the police department. The problem: they want to interview Nate’s ghost, which she can’t produce. Then people from Nate’s past start showing up dead, and what’s killing them doesn’t seem to be human. And the way it’s killing them is especially brutal.
Nate’s hiding something, but he’s Kincaid’s friend and she wants to help him. But she also wants to stay alive….  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murder in Arles (Maggie Newberry Mysteries Book 13) by [Kiernan-Lewis, Susan]Once an arena for gladiators and wild beasts, the Arles Amphitheatre today is a popular tourist attraction—except when it is a setting for murder

When an afternoon flea market held in the Roman ruin spells mortal ruin for one poor soul the police have good reason not to care who killed him. But because Maggie’s small son was nearby when the murder occurred, Maggie can’t let it go—even if it means following and unraveling the tangle of lies and secrets to find the truth–and forever upsetting the happy balance of life at Domaine St-Buvard in the process.

This book is a clean read: no graphic violence, sex or strong language
Genre: light culinary cozy mystery, women amateur sleuth, cozy animal (dog)
(Bonus: Laurent’s favorite paella recipe is at the end of the book.)  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Literal Mess (An Allie Cobb Mystery Book 1) by [Kenney, J.C.]The first book in a new series featuring Allie Cobb brings the New York literary agent back to her Hoosier home town where a mysterious death keeps everyone on spoiler alert . . .
 
Allie Cobb left home for the literary circles of Manhattan to make her name out from under the shadow of her legendary father. Now his death brings her and her rescue cat Ursula back to the southern Indiana town of Rushing Creek, population: 3,216. But a tragic new chapter hits the presses when the body of her father’s hard-drinking, #1 bestselling client is found under the historic town bridge. The local police suspect foul play and their prime candidate for murder is the author’s daughter—Allie’s longtime friend.

Determined to clear her bestie, Allie goes into fact-checking amateur detective mode while trying to ignore the usual rumormongers. Those with means, motive, and opportunity include the vic’s ex-wife, his rejected girlfriend, the mayor, and a rival agent trying to mooch clients. With a rugged genealogist distracting her and the imminent Fall Festival about to send tourists descending on their once-peaceful hamlet, Allie needs to stay alive long enough to get a read on a killer ready to close the book on a new victim: Allie . . .  (Amazon)

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Candy Apple Killer (Apple Orchard Cozy Mystery Book 3) by [Thomas, Chelsea]Poisoned apples. Secret motives. A past that’s too dark to hide.

Candy Apple Season is huge on the orchard. Essential, even.

So when a dead body turns up on the farm, Chelsea and May have to find the killer, or the business could go under.

Worst of all? Hunky Detective Wayne Hudson has turned against Chelsea, so she and Miss May have to solve this murder on their own.

Will the girls solve the mystery before it’s too late?

Will the hundred year old orchard have to close for good?

Will things continue to heat up between Chelsea and Wayne?

Read to find out.

You’ll love this cozy because the story has plenty of twists, the sleuths are more determined than ever, and the romance flirty and cute.

Candy Apple Killer is Book 3 in the Apple Orchard Cozy Mystery Series, but the books can be read in any order. Read FREE on Kindle Unlimited today.

This book does not contain bad language or graphic violence. But it does include a cute tiny horse named See-Saw!

Get Your Copy Now.  (Amazon)

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MURDER?: A Swedish Crime Novel (Stockholm Sleuth Series Book 3) by [Tholin, Christer]Christina’s idyllic existence with her husband Patrik comes to an abrupt end when Patrik suddenly vanishes from their suburban home in Stockholm. Christina is precipitated into a hellishly desperate and anguished search for Patrik – which after six weeks turns up nary a trace of him.

At her wits end, she contacts local sleuths Lars and Elin, who, after a brief investigation, reach the conclusion that Patrik simply decided to abandon his cushy existence to embark on a new life –without Christina.

Lars and Elin ultimately trace Patrik’s movements to the wooded wilds of northern Sweden, but too late – he’s found dead. The police rule his death an accident, but Christina thinks otherwise – and so she asks Lars and Elin to do a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding Patrik’s demise. Was his death really accidental, or was foul play involved? And was the mysterious Natalia somehow implicated?

Unfortunately, none of the countless leads that Lars and Elin follow up gets them any closer to solving the mystery of Patrik’s death. But then they get a startling break that results in Christina having to make a tricky and extremely consequential decision that plunges our three protagonists into a life or death struggle.

MURDER? is the third, standalone book from Christer Tholin’s Stockholm Sleuth Series.
If you like fast-paced action and surprising twists and turns, then you will love Christer Tholin’s sleuth series.

Buy MURDER? to see how this suspenseful case is solved!  (Amazon)

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Running from Arrows (A Running Store Mystery Book 2) by [Wescott, T.C.]One of Lacy’s beaus has a bow. Unlike Cupid, his arrows kill. There’s more than romance in the air this Valentine’s Day!

Running from Arrows is the fun, twist-filled, romantic cozy mystery romp you’ve been waiting for!

Valentine’s Day is coming up and Lacy is single. If that’s not bad enough, she has a secret admirer. Is it the compassionate,haunted detective, the ruggedly handsome businessman, the suave maître de, the guy in her running group who likes to stare, or maybe someone who’s not on her radar? She’ll find out soon enough because he’s invited her to dinner. Now the question isn’t how long Lacy will remain single but how long she’ll remain alive.

During the Sweetheart Run through the town of Cedar Mill a fellow runner is murdered and a notorious burglar called the Black Cat is found dead with an arrow sticking out of him. Somehow these strange murders are connected to the ladies of Run For It – Lacy the divorcee, Stax the quirky bookseller, and Ruby the old-time mystery novelist. They’re back in a race against time to catch an invisible killer and exonerate an innocent man!

If you love a delicious mystery dripping with romance, humor, and chills – and a Valentine’s Day dinner no reader will ever forget – then buy Running from Arrows now and run it right to the top of your TBR pile!

You’ll want to tell all your friends about Running from Arrows, but whatever you do, DON’T TELL THE SECRET OF THE SECRET ADMIRER. 

Running from Arrows is part two in a series but can be read as a stand-alone.  (Amazon)

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Rest In Split Peas: A Death du Jour Mystery #2 by [Avis, Hillary]Bethany Bradstreet is boiling mad.

Business at Bethany’s little soup kiosk in the train station is simmering along, but a competitor has the nerve to open up right next door!

Worse than stealing her customers—they’re stealing her recipes!

It’s not all bad for Bethany. The fresh rivalry draws the attention of a certain handsome local food critic, and she’s definitely not mad about that.

But when her competitor is not-so-accidentally hit by a train, Bethany is the prime suspect in an investigation that will throw Newbridge—and Bethany’s tight circle of quirky friends—into a stew of suspicion.

Rest In Split Peas is the second book in the Death du Jour series. If you like cozy mysteries full of soup and suspense by the sea, this is the book for you.

Books in the Death du Jour series:

Risky Bisqueness (short story)
Crime Chowder (Book One)
Rest In Split Peas (Book Two)
Chili con Carnage (Book Three)
Lentil Death Do Us Part (Book Four)  (Amazon)

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Murder Likes It Hot (A Downward Dog Mystery Book 6) by [Weber, Tracy]Yogini and amateur sleuth Kate Davidson will need more than Warrior Pose to solve a murder and help homeless teens

Newly married yoga instructor Kate Davidson feels stuck in low-energy limbo, despite her high-energy life. She’s trying to conceive a child, keep her studio afloat now that the ultra-cheap Some Like It Hot Yoga studio has opened across the street, and start a yoga program at a local resource center for homeless youth.

When a center employee is found dead, Kate sets aside her fertility and financial woes to delve into the world of teenage homelessness. While digging for clues with her German shepherd Bella, Kate discovers that family can be formed by bonds stronger than shared DNA, and she must defend it at all costs.

Praise:

“Gripping … Those who like their cozies with a dark edge will be rewarded.”—Publishers Weekly  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

New Releases For The Week of January 6th, 2019–Part 1

 

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of January 6th, 2019.  I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so very many of them for this week. Today is the first day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

The Alchemist's Illusion (An Accidental Alchemist Mystery Book 4) by [Pandian, Gigi]“Surprising plot twists, several cliffhangers, and vivid magical imagery will keep fans of paranormal cozies turning the pages.”—Publishers Weekly

The latest alchemical adventure from Gigi Pandian, USA Today bestselling author and winner of the Agatha Award

Centuries-old alchemist Zoe Faust is tired of running from her past. She’s finally got her life on track in Portland, Oregon, gardening and cooking in her fixer-upper house with her mischievous best friend, Dorian the gargoyle chef. It seems like the perfect life for Zoe, until she discovers that her old mentor Nicolas Flamel, who she thought had abandoned her, has been imprisoned.

A local artist holds the secret that could lead Zoe to her mentor, but the artist is murdered and the painting containing the hidden clue is stolen. To rescue Nicolas, Zoe and Dorian must explore art forgery, a transformative process that has much in common with alchemy and cooking—but one that proves far more dangerous.

Includes delicious vegan recipes!

Praise:

“Sparkles most when it stays true to the wonder of its magical subject.”—Foreword Reviews  (Amazon)

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Marriage Vow Murder (Merry Wrath Mysteries Book 9) by [Langtry, Leslie]From USA Today bestselling author, Leslie Langtry comes one former assassin turned suburbanite, a wedding in hilarious peril, and a very dead body…

Wedding Traditions as good as gold…Let’s start out with Something Old…

When this creepy message is found with an elderly, murdered florist in the first pew of a church the day before Merry Wrath’s wedding, her hopes wilt like day old, discount flowers. And when the groom, Rex, vanishes into thin air, she can only assume the worst—and she’s not talking about the ugly, Vegas showgirl-like flower girl dresses her Girl Scout troop have picked out.

Weddings make a family of two…Let’s add in Something New…

The clues come with diabolically difficult puzzles, so Merry enlists the help of her former 4th grade teacher—a champion puzzler—while she turns the town upside down, in a frantic search for her fiancé. Once a surprising past is revealed, it doesn’t take long for the investigation to spin out of control faster than ten fourth-graders high on Pixy Stix on a merry-go-round.

With many suspects, few leads, and the clock ticking, will Merry find her groom in time for a happily ever after?

Merry Wrath Mysteries:
Merit Badge Murder – book #1
Mint Cookie Murder – book #2
Scout Camp Mystery – short story in the “Killer Beach Reads” collection
Marshmallow S’More Murder – book #3
Movie Night Murder – book #4
Mud Run Murder – book #5
Fishing Badge Murder – short story in the “Pushing Up Daisies” collection
Motto for Murder – book #6
Map Skills Murder – book #7
Mean Girl Murder – book #8
Marriage Vow Murder – book #9
Mystery Night Murder – book #10

What critics are saying about Leslie Langtry’s books:

“I laughed so hard I cried on multiple occasions while reading MARSHMALLOW S’MORE MURDER! Girl Scouts, the CIA, and the Yakuza… what could possibly go wrong?”
~ Fresh Fiction

“Darkly funny and wildly over the top, this mystery answers the burning question, ‘Do assassin skills and Girl Scout merit badges mix…”
~ RT BOOKreviews

“Mixing a deadly sense of humor and plenty of sexy sizzle, Leslie Langtry creates a brilliantly original, laughter-rich mix of contemporary romance and suspense.”
~ Chicago Tribune

“Langtry gets the fun started from page one with a myriad of clever details.”
~ Publisher’s Weekly  (Amazon)

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Death By Stalking: A Josiah Reynolds Mystery 12 (A humorous cozy with quirky characters and Southern angst) by [Keam, Abigail]If you like female sleuths who are snarky, brassy, and fun, you’ll love Josiah solving murder mysteries along with her quirky friends in the glamorous Bluegrass where Thoroughbreds race, bourbon is oak-cured, and antebellum mansions keep their secrets well.

Josiah, Baby, her mastiff, and Lady Elsmere rush to the rescue of their neighbor, Rosie, who is being harassed by Gage Cagle, a mean, old stump of a man.

Lady Elsmere confronts Gage and has him thrown in jail for trying to extort money from Rosie. Glad to be rid of this loathsome man, Lady Elsmere, Josiah, and Rosie attend the Bluegrass Antique Auction and Ball. To their surprise, Gage shows up and boldly threatens Josiah, Rosie, and even Baby.

Dismissing Gage as nothing more than a loudmouth fussbucket, Josiah enjoys the ball until she stumbles upon Rosie covered in blood and standing over Gage’s near lifeless body. “I didn’t do this,” Rosie swears before fleeing, leaving Josiah trying to save the life of a man they both detest. While Josiah attempts to staunch Gage’s bleeding, she can’t help but wonder, if Rosie didn’t assault Gage, then who?  (Amazon)

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Desginer Sales and Secrets: Wedding Bells and Magic Spells by [Winters, A.R.]It should’ve been the sale of a lifetime…

Bridal boutique owner (and secret witch) Aria Whitmore has hit the jackpot: dress designer to the rich and famous, Zola Cates, will be holding her first ever sample sale… at Aria’s store!

“Winters will have you giggling into your book!”

Aria prepares tirelessly for the showing, with the help of her assistant Sarah, and her wise-cracking parrot Kiwi. (Ok, so maybe Kiwi’s “help” isn’t quite so helpful…)

However, when the day of the sale arrives, Aria discovers a nightmare in her normally glamorous store: the shop wrecked, the sale items destroyed, and the dead body of one Carrie Mallory!

Who could benefit from the death of bride-to-be Carrie? The dark witch of the woods, Hazel Crane, whom Aria never quite trusted? Carrie’s former best friend, Brittany, whose wedding Carrie vowed to ruin? Or Brittany’s mother, who defends her daughter at absolutely any cost? Or did Zola sabotage the sample sale herself…?

When her handsome kinda-sorta-boyfriend Detective Jack Bowers can’t break the case, Aria and her cute pal Kiwi take matters into the own hands to save the reputation of Blue Moon Bridal!

Praise for A.R. Winters:

“The perfect balance of being lighthearted, but still a serious page-turning mystery.” – Jaycie D, Amazon.com 

“A fun cozy mystery with engaging and entertaining characters” – lq, Amazon.com

“For fans of Janet Evanovich, Rhys Bowen and Jana DeLeon, this is a funny, clean mystery.” – Clara B, Amazon.com

Designer Sales and Secrets is the second book in the Wedding Bells and Magic Spells Mystery Series. Though it can be read as a standalone, it’s best read in series order.

This is a humorous cozy mystery featuring a strong female protagonist, some unusual friends and family, and a mystery that needs solving! It has no graphic gore, bad language or sex.  (Amazon)

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A Howling Good Time (Wicked Witches of Destiny Cove Book 3) by [Bourgeois, Sara]Awoooooo!!!!

Ginger has always wanted a big, burly shifter man all her own. But, when a werewolf offers her the chance to become a shifter too, the timing couldn’t be worse.

On the night of Ginger’s first experience in human form, a dead body turns up in the woods where she and her new wolf beau were cavorting with nature.

The suspicious townsfolk of Destiny Cove want to put her and her wolfly boyfriend down. Zoe has to solve the crime and clear her familiar’s name. But, is she walking into a killer’s trap?
A Howling Good Time is book three in the Wicked Witches of Destiny Cove cozy mystery series.  (Amazon)

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Let Sleeping Cats Lie (The 9 Lives Cozy Mystery Series, Book 4): Cozy Animal Mysteries by [Clark, Louise]“These cat themed mysteries will prove to be enduringly popular . . . unreservedly recommended . . .” ~Midwest Book Review

When a Prominent Canadian Politician Dies Mysteriously, Stormy the Cat and Christy Jamieson Discover the Cause in LET SLEEPING CATS LIE, a Cozy Mystery by Louise Clark

–Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada–

When prominent Canadian politician, Fred Jarvis, dies mysteriously, Detective Patterson solicits the help of Christy Jamieson to investigate the family and friends of the deceased. The police suspect a politically motivated murder but Christy soon finds reason to disagree.

Now working at odds with the police, Christy must rely on Stormy the Cat to discover the truth or risk seeing the man she loves convicted unjustly of murder.

Publisher Note: The 9 Lives Cozy Mysteries, while containing some mild profanity, will be enjoyed by mature readers of cozy mysteries. Cat lovers and those fond of all things feline, as well as readers of Amanda Lee, Denise Grover Swank, Rita Mae Brown’s Sneaky Pie Brown Mysteries and Shirley Rousseau Murphy’s Joe Grey Mysteries will not want to miss this series.

The 9 Lives Cozy Mysteries
The Cat Came Back
The Cat’s Paw
Cat Got Your Tongue
Let Sleeping Cats Lie
Cat Among the Fishes

About The Author: Louise Clark has been the adopted mom of a number of cats with big personalities. The feline who inspired Stormy, the cat in the 9 Lives books, dominated her household for twenty loving years. During that time, he created a family pecking order that left Louise on top and her youngest child on the bottom (just below the guinea pig), regularly tried to eat all his sister’s food (he was a very large cat), and learned the joys of travel through a cross continent road trip.

The 9 Lives Cozy Mystery Series—as well as the single title mystery, A Recipe For Trouble, are all set in her hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia.  (Amazon)

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The Secret of Willow Inn (Willow Falls Series Book 1) by [Nichols, Pat]Two women fighting for their dreams—one who’s long lost hers—are united by tragedy and a long-held secret.

Pregnant with her first child, Emily Hayes is eager to help her mother finish transforming an estate into the Willow Inn and write a novel about Willow Falls’ colorful history. A tragic event threatens her parents’ plans to refurbish an abandoned hotel and transform the obscure Georgia setting into a tourist destination.

Sadie Lyles left Willow Falls a murderer who’d killed the town hero. She returns as a despised felon and seeks solace in the town’s café. Emily struggles to unite the close-knit community and becomes Sadie’s biggest advocate. She strives to uncover the truth about the crime and save her town from dying.

To appease her father, Rachel, a VP in his Atlanta real-estate-development firm, relegates her acting dream to secret performances for imaginary audiences. After meeting charming, flirtatious Charlie Bricker, manager for Willow Falls’ future vineyard, she vows to break free from her father’s control.

The tragedy and Willow Inn’s secret past launch Emily and Rachel on a collision course with destiny and truth.

General Content (G) (I): Contains little or no; sexual dialogue or situations, violence, or strong language. May also contain content of an inspirational/religious nature.  (Amazon)

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Arizona Guy: Drummed Out: A Ted White Mystery by [Spitzer, Raymond]

A drug gang is operating in Ajo, Arizona, supplying school kids with contraband. In a weak moment, one of Ted White’s band students becomes a customer, leading to the gang targeting Ted himself.

Thugs chase him, lie in wait for him, and Ted doesn’t know why. He hasn’t done anything! He is friends with Detective Sandy Sandino, but so what? This is the United States of America! Drug cartels don’t run amok here.

Ted teams up with Sandy and the good people of Ajo, along with every law enforcement agency in southwest Arizona to learn why a high school band director is in the crosshairs.
With lizards, camels, rattlesnakes, and tarantula hawks thrown in, get ready for another Arizona Guy rollicking ride, this time to bring a drug gang to justice.  (Amazon)

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A Cunning Death (A Rose Beckingham Murder Mystery Book 3) by [Baker, Blythe]

 

Deceit and death in the country…

When Rose Beckingham receives a threatening message from a shadowy figure of the criminal underworld, she’s forced to face her greatest fear–the exposure of all her secrets.

Forced to do the bidding of the man who calls himself the Chess Master, Rose accompanies Lord and Lady Ashton to their country estate and tries to thwart a murder before it happens.

With the Chess Master watching her every move and the brilliant French detective, Achilles Prideaux, dragging the deeds of her past out of the shadows, can Rose capture a killer in time to protect everyone she loves? Or will a weekend at Ridgewick Hall end the same way it began – with bloodshed?  (Amazon)

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A Dead Market (A Flamingo Realty Mystery Book 2) by [James, CeeCee]Stella O’Neil finally has her first listing! A cute cabin with a gorgeous lake on eighty acres of breathtaking land. There’s just one tiny problem: the body floating in the lake.

If that weren’t unsettling enough, her phone rings off the hook with hundreds of potential buyers. In fact, the property is overrun with them! Stella digs out the truth that the lake is the obscure clue in an old legend that has been solved on the Internet.

But only if her troubles stopped there. She runs into one buyer who won’t take no for an answer. He seems to have way too much personal information about Stella herself, but the police refuse to take him seriously. As things continue to develop, she is certain that she being hunted by someone with some sort of grudge against her.
Stella has to solve the murder and figure out the riddle so she can untangle herself from this legal and personal mess… before things go too far.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

Review of Murder Likes It Hot

Murder Likes It Hot

Downward Dog Mystery, Book #6

Tracy Weber

5+ Stars

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Yogini and amateur sleuth Kate Davidson will need more than Warrior Pose to solve a murder and help homeless teens

Newly married yoga instructor Kate Davidson feels stuck in low-energy limbo, despite her high-energy life. She’s trying to conceive a child, keep her studio afloat now that the ultra-cheap Some Like It Hot Yoga studio has opened across the street, and start a yoga program at a local resource center for homeless youth.

When a center employee is found dead, Kate sets aside her fertility and financial woes to delve into the world of teenage homelessness. While digging for clues with her German shepherd Bella, Kate discovers that family can be formed by bonds stronger than shared DNA, and she must defend it at all costs.

Praise:

“Gripping … Those who like their cozies with a dark edge will be rewarded.”–Publishers Weekly   (Goodreads)

 

Review:

I have to say, right from the start, that this is one of my favorite series to read.  From the first book, I was hooked. The storylines are intriguing, the details are plentiful, without being overwhelming and the characters are top-notch.  I know when I read one of these book, I am in for a great read.

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Kate is not perfect, she has her phobias (think beard), she has a temper and she is nosy. But I think those things are what makes Kate seem so real to me.   She is also smart, hardworking and spunky. Her personal relationships are not always perfect, either. She fights with her husband (don’t we all) and has disagreements with her best friend, Rene. But in the end, she will be there for them in any way she can. In real life, I would like to be friends with her. And of course, Bella is adorable and I love reading about her antics.

The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly by their actions and words.  The author takes a very serious social situation, teenage homelessness, and builds the storyline around it.  She does not sugarcoat it, I think she tells it like it is. She places it in the spotlight, which is a good thing.  

The mystery was well written and carried on throughout the entire book.   The author is very talented in creating suspense with the written word and I found myself swiping pages as fast as I could to see what was going to happen next.  

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  There is nothing that I would change about this book, it was perfect just the way it was.

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

Series Spotlight–A Flamingo Realty Mystery Cozies

 

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Today on my blog I have a Series Spotlight for A Flamingo Realty Mystery cozies by CeeCee James.  I am looking forward to reading and reviewing both of these books, they sound great.

Book One

 

Mind Your Manors (A Flamingo Realty Mystery Book 1) by [James, CeeCee]Meet Stella O’Neil, retired FBI agent Oscar O’Neil’s granddaughter. She’s got a lot on her plate, trying to figure out her crazy, stubborn family, the hidden secrets that caused her grandfather’s estrangement from her dad, and starting out as a real estate agent. Throw in a dead body found in what used to be the town’s “royalty” family manor, and she’s neck deep in a mystery.

She may be sweet, but she’s pretty stubborn herself.

As Stella’s curiosity leads her from one town resident to the next, a dramatic tale of family secrets starts to appear, but is she getting too close to the truth? A scary car chase in the dark has her nerves on edge, but she won’t give up until she finds out who the skeleton once was. She’s so close… but someone… maybe more than one person… will do anything to stop her.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:   Kindle      Available Now

 

 

 

 

Book 2

 

A Dead Market (A Flamingo Realty Mystery Book 2) by [James, CeeCee]Stella O’Neil finally has her first listing! A cute cabin with a gorgeous lake on eighty acres of breathtaking land. There’s just one tiny problem: the body floating in the lake.

If that weren’t unsettling enough, her phone rings off the hook with hundreds of potential buyers. In fact, the property is overrun with them! Stella digs out the truth that the lake is the obscure clue in an old legend that has been solved on the Internet.

But only if her troubles stopped there. She runs into one buyer who won’t take no for an answer. He seems to have way too much personal information about Stella herself, but the police refuse to take him seriously. As things continue to develop, she is certain that she being hunted by someone with some sort of grudge against her.
Stella has to solve the murder and figure out the riddle so she can untangle herself from this legal and personal mess… before things go too far.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle      Available January 10th, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

CeeCee James

CeeCee James is a USA Today best selling writer who got her story-telling feet wet with the many bedtime stories she told her children through the years. Some of her mystery series include- the Baker Street Mysteries, Angel Lake Cozy Mysteries, and the Oceanside Hotel mysteries. She’s known for writing flawed sleuths with a good sense of humor and an added dash of romance.

CeeCee James is a wife, mom of four rambunctious kids and pet mom to two mini-dashchunds. She’s always loved to read and always had her nose in a book– getting her into trouble at school when she’d sneak it in her text books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review of Unbridled Murder

 

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Synopsis:

-A winner right out of the gate!- –Fern Michaels, #1 New York Times bestselling author

After horse trainer and rancher Annie Carson visits a feedlot in eastern Washington, she is determined to save as many horses from slaughter as possible before hightailing it back home–until she discovers the sleazy owner seemingly trampled in his corral. With the fate of the feedlot herd in her hands, Annie must navigate unfamiliar territory while trying to track down a killer and solve an increasingly tangled mystery. But unfortunately for Annie, returning to the Olympic Peninsula alive will be trickier than she ever imagined. (Goodreads)

 

 

 

Review:

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Annie is no-nonsense type of woman and you know where you stand with her.  She knows a lot about horses, she loves horses and she is an advocate for horses.  I enjoyed getting to spend more time with Annie and find out what is going on in her life.  The secondary characters added a lot to the story.

The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly by their actions and words.  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.  You can tell that the author has a lot of knowledge of horses, it come through in the pages that she writes.

The mystery was well plotted and not easily solved.  There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through with a few twists and turns and red herrings thrown in to keep you on your toes.

The subject matter of this book was a little difficult to read about.  It was heartbreaking at times to read about how the animals were treated.  This was a grittier cozy than most, and at times I found it difficult to read about.  I am sure this a real problem and something needs to be done about it, but I just was not expecting the cruelness to show up in my reading.  That is only my opinion and others may not feel the same way.

I would recommend this book to any one who enjoys a well crafted mystery.  I have read the other books in this series and enjoyed them and I will definitely read the next book when it is released.  I just hope the subject matter is a little lighter.

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

 

Review of Claws For Celebration

Claws For Celebration
Cat Lady Mysteries, Book #3
Linda Reilly
5 Stars

Claws for Celebration (A Cat Lady Mystery Book 3) by [Reilly, Linda]Synopsis:

Feline deadly this Christmas . . .

Whisker Jog, New Hampshire, celebrates all things Christmas, and few things are more beloved than the town’s annual holiday cookie competition. Lara Caphart, who runs the High Cliff Shelter for Cats with her Aunt Fran, is waiting for the green light for a brand-new category: pet-friendly cookies. But when the woman filling in as a last-minute judge dies after sampling someone’s Santa-themed treat, Lara’s recipe for healthy cat snacks will have to be put on the back burner.

The victim, Gladys Plouffe, was the town’s roundly despised former home economics teacher. The chief suspect is the mother of Lara’s best friend, who was hellbent on walking away with the bake-off’s cash prize. Cryptic clues from beyond the grave only deepen the mystery, pointing to a cat with striking blue eyes—a cat who bears an uncanny resemblance to Lara’s mysterious Ragdoll. As Lara begins a dangerous game of cat and mouse, not even her significant other may be able to stop a perfectly clawful killer from getting away with the purr-fect crime . . .

Praise for Linda Reilly’s Mysteries

“I was kept guessing until the final chapter. . . . A perfect cozy mystery.”
—Susan Furlong, author of the Georgia Peach Mysteries, on Escape Claws

“I thoroughly enjoyed this puzzler of a mystery. Reilly cooks up a perfect recipe of murder and mayhem in this charming cozy.”
—Jenn McKinlay, New York Times bestselling author of the Hat Shop Mysteries, on
Fillet of Murder

“Smart, sassy, and a little bit scary. Everything a good cozy should be!” —Laura Childs, New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, on Fillet of Murder (Goodreads)

 

Review:

The characters are well developed and well rounded. Lara is a hardworking smart woman who is not afraid of very much. She loves her Aunt Fran and I enjoy reading about the relationship between them. They make a great team and they are doing good things, and even though they do not always see eye to eye on everything, they never stop loving each other. All of the cats have distinct personalities and I love reading about all of their antics.

The writing style flows smoothly and it defined the characters very clearly through their actions and words. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I was pulled right into the story because of this. I enjoyed the fact that there were a couple of mysteries to solve in this book, and both were well plotted and well paced.

I would highly recommend this book, and series, to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy. Each book just keeps getting better and I am already looking forward to the next one.

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