Review of Drawing Blood

 

26404112Synopsis:

CeCe Prentice returns with her band of Dumpster-diving pals in this fast-paced mystery that puts the eco-friendly heroine back on top–of a pile of trash.

When Big Bob, manager of the town dump, goes missing, CeCe is worried about more than where she’ll score her next salvaged car. First at the scene when Bob’s body is recovered from under the weekly recycling haul, CeCe is quick to identify potential witnesses and provide crucial scene sketches. But when CeCe is uncharacteristically startled by an unidentified woman at Bob’s abandoned house, her artistic talents are challenged, and her drawings, much to her frustration, come up short.

With CeCe’s observational talents on the fritz, Detective Frank DeRosa, CeCe, and her network of Freegans are forced to recreate Big Bob’s life from the garbage up. The team is soon thrust into the underworld of recycling where what appears to be junk could actually be the clue that saves a life. (Goodreads)

Review:

The characters are well developed and well rounded.  CeCe is a character that had to grow on me, but she did eventually.  Given her background, I am surprised that she turned out as normal as she did.  I have to say that CeCe’s life history is so convoluted that it was was not very realistic.  Her dumpster diving friends added a lot to the story.  I was fascinated by the “Freegan” lifestyle.  I could not live like that but it was interesting reading about it.

The mystery is carried on well throughout the whole book.  There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through to make solving this nearly impossible.   Throw in a few red herrings and  even the most experienced armchair detective would have trouble with.    There were a lot of twists and turns that added to the suspense.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  It is not your typical cozy, but that is not a bad thing.

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

 

Review of The Semi-Sweet Hereafter

 

28439436Synopsis:

As an authority on all things chocolate, Hayden Mundy Moore is traveling across the pond to lend her expertise to the owner of a posh London chocolaterie-pâtisserie. From coconut truffles to chocolate flapjacks, Hayden’s mouthwatering creations quickly impress her client. But her knowledge doesn’t end there. The detective constable is taken by surprise when she identifies an exotic murder weapon: a stone metlapil, used to grind cacao beans—and apparently to bludgeon someone to death—in Hayden’s own lodgings, no less…

The victim is a sexy celebrity chef who just happens to be the ex-husband of Hayden’s client. Now, amid the terraced town houses and local pubs, a killer is lurking—and the police have an assortment of suspects: a culinary rival, an ambitious agent, a recently-sacked assistant, and unfortunately, Hayden herself. The talented chocolate whisperer will have to find out what sort of nutter clobbered the famous cook—or her career may come to a bitter end… (Goodreads)

Review:

The mystery was well plotted and there were enough suspects to consider to keep this reader guessing throughout the book.  Add in a slew of clues and some red herrings thrown in just for fun and I was not completely sure of the killer until it was revealed at the end.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book, I felt like I was right there watching all the action taking place around me.  Sometimes I felt that there was too much information given, especially when it came to chocolate.  I appreciate that the author has so much knowledge about chocolate, but sometimes I felt overwhelmed.  That is only my opinion and other readers may not agree with me.

I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy a well crafted cozy mystery.  If you like learning about chocolate or London, you should really enjoy this book.

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.

New Releases For The Week Of February 5th 2017 -Part 2

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of Februaury 5th, 2017.  Since there were so many this week, I divided them between yesterday and today.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

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The aristocratic Charles Bromley arrives at 221B Baker Street to beg SHERLOCK HOLMES for his help. Bromley believes that his wife is in danger, as she has refused an offer to sell the Moonstone, a fabulous diamond that has been in her family for generations but which is said to be cursed. When a jeweller is found murdered, it seems as if the Moonstone deserves its reputation. Then the diamond is stolen, and Holmes must try to unravel a mystery centuries in the making. (Goodreads)
26220101A murder most foul
When the landlord of a Yorkshire tavern is killed in plain sight, Freda Simonson, the only witness to the crime, becomes plagued with guilt, believing the wrong man has been convicted. Following her death, it seems that the truth will never be uncovered in the peaceful village of Langcliffe . . .
A village of secrets
But it just so happens that Freda’s nephew is courting the renowned amateur sleuth Kate Shackleton, who decides to holiday in Langcliffe with her indomitable teenage niece, Harriet. When Harriet strikes up a friendship with a local girl whose young brother is missing, the search leads Kate to uncover another suspicious death, not to mention an illicit affair.
The case of a lifetime
As the present mysteries merge with the past’s mistakes, Kate is thrust into the secrets that Freda left behind and realises that this courageous woman has entrusted her with solving a murder from beyond the grave. It soon becomes clear to her that nothing in Langcliffe is quite as it appears, and with a murderer on the loose and an ever-growing roster of suspects, this isn’t the holiday Kate was expecting . . .
 (Goodreads)
33216593
Some long-dead secrets are best kept buried.
It was meant to be just a small remodeling project to Amanda’s historic bed and breakfast, like so many she’d done before. This time, though, she hadn’t counted that a mysterious discovery could lead to her small Oregon beach town buzzing with gossip and innuendo, and someone just in the shadows who will stop at almost nothing to keep the past as silent as the grave.
 (Goodreads)

33853575When a sleeping dwarf is found entombed in a glass coffin and remedial witch Sophie is blamed, Emma Hart must defend her friend while trying to get to the bottom of the enchantment. The investigation lands Emma smack dab in the middle of Spellbound’s matchmaking scene, where plenty of the town’s residents are eager to find her an appropriate suitor.

Emma knows it’s time to kick her witchy skills up a notch if she expects to survive Thursday night speed dating and keep sweet Sophie from a life in paranormal prison.

Spell’s Bells is the third book in the Spellbound paranormal cozy mystery series.

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

Books in the series include:
Curse the Day, Book 1
Doom and Broom, Book 2
Spell’s Bells, Book 3    (Goodreads)

33832708Secrets don’t stay buried forever…

Verity Hawkes’ new life as Leafy Hollow’s accidental landscaper would be almost tranquil… if only her missing aunt would turn up. After receiving a mysterious message, Verity decides to step up the search.

The villagers are helpful—until an outsider questions their tale of long-lost treasure. When his corpse becomes the unintended highlight of a village event, suspicion lands on Verity’s newfound friends.

Verity wants nothing more than to disappear into her former shut-in ways. But her new life is on the line. To clear her friends of murder, she enlists the aid of a feral-cat fancier, a hard-of-hearing vicar, and a hunky local lawman. Can they help her unearth a killer? (Goodreads)

33651618Voodoo? Who do? You do.

The fun never ends in Winterfield, and by fun, we mean murder.

When a Voodoo priest passing through Winterfield turns up dead, his queen shows up looking for answers. She’ll turn the town upside down if the murder isn’t solved so she can get back to New Orleans in time for Mardi Gras. She’ll also make the curse she put on Ben and Belladonna’s relationship permanent.

The Nightshade coven has met their match as they try to solve the crime and help the hexed lovers stop hating each other in time for their big day. (Goodreads)

33133480 Woods is excited to be taking the ferry across the Irish Sea to England so that she can begin her research. When she finds a dead body in her cabin, she has to change her plans.

The police seem convinced that the killer is one of the other passengers who had a cabin reserved for the journey. Fenella meets a group of suspects that includes a wealthy couple, an older man and his much younger wife, and a retired and incredibly nosy woman.

Finding herself caught up in the middle of another murder investigation isn’t pleasant for Fenella. This time Fenella is determined not to take any advice from her dead aunt who continues to occupy the luxury apartment that used to be her home. Her kitten, Katie, isn’t much help either, as she seems determined to cause as much mischief as she possibly can.

While Fenella wants to help Inspector Robinson find the killer before he or she strikes again, things certainly aren’t going the way she’d expected when she started her new life on the Isle of Man. (Goodreads)

F33008427rom USA Today bestselling author A. Gardner comes the next to-die-for Poppy Peters mystery…

Poppy Peters, accidental sleuth and unemployed pastry chef, is back in Europe attending a friend’s wedding. But when a parking valet for the big event turns up dead in the front seat of an antique car, Poppy learns that the little English village of Woodbury isn’t all scones and clotted cream. Determined to help the bride and groom, she follows the killer’s trail which leads her from the local bakery to a grand estate owned by the town’s infamous Lord Chutney. Poppy quickly discovers that the village is keeping a deadly secret. Between a disgruntled shopkeeper, spiteful townsfolk, and a missing bridesmaid, Poppy is convinced that the murderer is living just a cottage away. And may have his sights on her as the next victim.
**Recipes included!**

Poppy Peters Mysteries:
Southern Peach Pie & A Dead Guy (book #1)
Chocolate Macaroons and a Dead Groom (book #2)
Ice Cream Bombes and Stolen Thongs (short story in the “Killer Beach Reads” collection)
Bananas Foster and a Dead Mobster (book #3)
Strawberry Tartlets and a Dead Starlet (book #4)
Wedding Soufflé and a Dead Valet (book #5)   (Goodreads)

34196512
A haunted house at the church’s Halloween carnival is a likely place to trip over a body. Unfortunately, this one is dead. In her new role as investigator for a defense attorney, Deena Sharpe must prove their client is innocent. But when clues point to the pastor, his wife, and his secretary, Deena is stuck in the middle of an unholy murder case.
If you like a fast-paced, puzzling mystery, check out Sharpe Point today!

33976353Druida Stone? Dead? In the library?

Shame that Hattie had to have a blazing row with her. Just the day before Gless Inlet’s obnoxious librarian’s death, no less.
More of a shame that Hattie winds up a suspect in the case, though. Does Hattie let that get in the way of her investigating? Hell, no!

The strange facts that arise from Druida’s past are puzzling to the say the least. Why had the zany witch been installed on Glessie as part of a witness protection program? What secrets had Druida been guarding all these years, and could they have anything to do with the fact that she was now a corpse? The Infiniti have some opinions on this, of course.

But, there’s something else at play. Some menacing undercurrent, some threat, that seems to be raising everyone’s guard. The Coven Isles, once a peaceful, idyllic spread of islands now seems to be in the grip of some lurking fear.
Will Hattie and her cats be clear-headed enough to work through this sense of impending doom, and find Druida’s murderer?
Magic might be needed, so see how Hattie handles her inner witch in this tense third instalment.

Part three of an eight-part series: Hattie Jenkins & The Infiniti Chronicles. (Goodreads)

 

New Releases For The Week Of February 12th, 2017 -Part 1

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

34105824After a crossbow killing at a cheap roadside motel, Ozarks police chief Arly Hanks finds herself investigating her first murder case.

Her marriage over and career gone bust, Arly Hanks flees Manhattan for her hometown: Maggody, Arkansas. In a town this size, nothing much ever happens, so Arly figures she’s safe as the town’s first female chief of police — until the husband of one of the local barmaids escapes from state prison and heads for town. And that’s not all. An EPA official with ties to polluting the local fishing hole has suddenly vanished off the face of the earth.

As if two manhunts aren’t enough to contend with, a body has been discovered at the pay-by-the-hour Flamingo Motel, shot clean through the neck with an arrow. For some reason, Maggody’s residents — all 755 of them — have gone tight-lipped, stonewalling Arly’s investigations, and Arly hasn’t a soul to trust but her half-wit deputy. Now, as Maggody’s finest, she’ll have to show a little muscle and a lot of cunning to curtail the inhospitable mountain malice that’s overtaken her town. And she’ll have to watch her own back every step of the way.

From Agatha Award–winning author Joan Hess, Malice in Maggody is the novel that introduced police chief Arly Hanks — the indomitable sleuth of the popular and long-running Maggody series.

Malice in Maggody is the 1st book in the Arly Hanks Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order. (Goodreads)

34221470When a woman is shot in a cannabis patch, Arly Hanks must restore order to her Ozarks community, in this sharp-witted mystery by an Agatha Award–winning author.

When small-town police chief Arly Hanks returns to Maggody, Arkansas, after vacation, she finds the population has risen to a booming 802. Among the newbies: Madame Celeste, the psychic who’s holding locals in thrall with her predictions of doom; a handsome new high school guidance counselor; and a gaggle of mantra-chanting hippies who have turned the old general store into the source for cosmic harmony. Unfortunately, life in Maggody is anything but harmonious.

Robin Buchanon—a member of Maggody’s most abundant family—has been murdered. The moonshiner, prostitute, and mother of four foul-mouthed little bad seeds was found shot to death in a booby-trapped marijuana field. Assuming the weed harvesters are sending a message to trespassers, Arly decides to hold vigil and set her own trap. But when another, seemingly unrelated, murder catches Arly off-guard, even Madame Celeste can’t predict where this case is headed.

An Agatha Award finalist, Mischief in Maggody is just the kind of “bawdy, cheerful entertainment” that has brought countless fans to Joan Hess’s quirky, long-running Maggody series (Kirkus Reviews).

Mischief in Maggody is the 2nd book in the Arly Hanks Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order. (Goodreads)

32978338When Poppy Parker turns 21, the popular TV witch detective discovers she has supernatural powers off the set as well as on. The show gets canceled and she returns home to figure out how to harness the magic brewing inside her.

Freaked out by these recent paranormal gifts, Poppy just wants to fit in, so when she’s asked to serve as a judge for the annual Bloomin’ Belles youth beauty competition she readily agrees.

But when the pageant’s snooty director drops dead and Poppy’s friend is arrested,
the former TV sleuth sets out to uncover the real killer, only to find…

the business of beauty can be deadly.  (Goodreads)

33853215Sure, Ingrid and Emily knew that they were fleeing responsibility and stupid things like real life when they decide to go on an epic vacation. But no shame there, right?

Except, Ingrid is finding that she misses pieces of her life. Mostly Gabe. And Emily is finding that she might be ready to start growing as a witch. Mostly because, yet again, they stumble across yet another murder.

The truth is–the Paris Catacombs would be spooky regardless but add a fresh body, and the two worst witches of Sage Island are well and truly terrified. But now, they have to uncover and escape whoever is murdering people in the catacombs. All without falling victim themselves. They probably shouldn’t have so much fun stumbling around so many bodies, but they do!(Goodreads)

34219784
Time for another vacation for Zoey and her daughter Claire. This go-around it’s off to a retreat deep in the mountains, nicknamed The Howliday Inn. Nothing, however, can ever be a true vacation for the Kanes, especially when welcomed by a crazy man chasing down their car—howling. A cult convinced they’re wolves is bent on keeping tourists—especially a couple of savvy sleuths—away from their nearby campsite. Seems harmless enough, until evidence suddenly points to outsiders being killed by a beast of the night. (Goodreads)

34220108It is Memorial Day weekend, and everyone is eagerly awaiting the opening of C’s, the restaurant Suzy and Josie are starting with Chef Claire. And on opening night, Suzy and Josie are surprised to find out that Suzy’s mother has invited the mobster Jimmy Calducci and his entourage to have dinner with them. When Suzy and Josie find Calducci’s dead body on his houseboat the following day, along with his dog, a gorgeous Norwegian Elkhound with some serious health issues, Suzy and Josie embark on a mission to save the dog’s life as well as figure out how the mobster died.

Along the way, they are forced to deal with a dangerous and unusual group of possible suspects including Fatal Franny, a contract killer who worked for Calducci, and the mysterious Rocco, a former criminal who has entered their lives in a rather suspicious way. And when the mayor of Clay Bay disappears, events take another strange turn, and the question of who killed Calducci becomes even more nuanced and layered.

The Thousand Islands Doggy Inn Mysteries features two of the smartest and funniest lead female protagonists to hit the cozy mystery scene in a very long time, and Suzy and Josie’s affection for food and their boundless love and devotion to their dogs puts this new series in the don’t miss category. The Case of the Eccentric Elkhound is the latest installment in this fast-paced and funny series that affectionately focuses on dogs, food, and the natural beauty of the Thousand Islands region. (Goodreads)

33236307Clove Winchester is feeling lucky at life, and that’s before a mysterious stranger drops into her magic store and gifts her with a special coin. Suddenly things can’t go wrong for Clove, and she’s the center of attention in the Winchesters’ world – especially because Aunt Tillie wants that coin.
When a near-death experience rocks Clove and her boyfriend Sam, Clove takes a closer look at the coin and realizes there’s a lot she can do with her new luck streak. Unfortunately for Aunt Tillie, Clove is determined to keep the benefits to herself.
When a brazen armed robber hits Hemlock Cove and goes after Bay, all of the Winchester witches band together to solve the crime and save the day. Of course, they may need a little luck to do it.Note: This is a 28,000-word short in the Wicked Witches of the Midwest world. It is set after The Trouble With Witches in the timeline.(Goodreads)

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A penny saved is…
Everything is going just great for Jill Gooder. Whoops! Spoke too soon. What’s in the black box?
…a penny towards my next custard cream.  (Goodreads)
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Three secrets, first revealed in Grimm’s Furry Tail, A Tale of Two Tabbies, and The Cat of Christmas Present, collide in a single horrific moment that leaves one person dead and one fighting for their life. This fast paced cozy mystery will have you glued to the page as Cait and Cody join forces with a cat named Moirai in a race against time to track down a killer.  (Goodreads)

 

Kathi Daley’s Books Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt

 

 

Welcome to Kathi Daley Books Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt. 

The clues will be provided February 8 – 13 and 

the grand prize winner will be announced on February 14.

Here are the rules:

Visit the following Facebook pages and look 

for the photo below.

On the date given find the clues for that day. There are two clues each day so visit both sites.

Take notes as you go as each clue will only be posted for 1 day and then it will be removed. You will need all the clues to solve the mystery.

There will be a rafflecopter posted to this page on February 13. You will enter your answer there. 

There will be one grand prize winner drawn from all of those with correct answers to receive a 

$50 Amazon Gift Card.

There will be 5 second place winners who will each receive a Kathi Daley ebook of their choice.

:

Twelve couples have been invited to a Valentine’s Day Ball. At the stroke of midnight one of the guests is found dead. Follow the clues provided on the Cozy Mystery Facebook pages listed below to identify the killer and the victim.

Here are the guests and the dances

Women:
Anne
Beth
Carrie
Dawn
Emily
Faith
Grace
Hillary
Irma
Jane
Karen
Lisa

Men:
Mike
Norm
Oliver
Paul
Quinten
Ray
Steve
Tom
Vince
Walt
Yance
Zak

Dances:
Cha Cha
Waltz
Rumba
Fox trot
Jive
Lindy Hop
Mambo
Quick Step
Samba
Tango
Bolero
Merengue

Here are the Facebook pages which 

will host the clues. 

First up is Cozy Up With Kathy and Brooke Blogs on February 8. Next up will be Book Babble and Booth Talks Books on February 9. And so on.

8th-Cozy Up With Kathy – https://www.facebook.com/CozyUpWithKathy/ ? Clue 1

8th-Brooke Blogs – https://www.facebook.com/BrookeBlogs/ ? Clue 2

9th-Book Babble – https://www.facebook.com/teresasbookbabble/ ? Clue 3

9th-Booth Talks Books – https://www.facebook.com/BoothTalksBooks/ ? Clue 4

10th-Chatting About Cozies – https://www.facebook.com/chatcozy/ ? Clue 5

10th-Christy’s Cozy Corners – https://www.facebook.com/ChristysCozyCorners/ ? Clue 6

11th-Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder – https://www.facebook.com/Cinnamon-Sugar-and-a-Little-Bit-o…/ ? Clue 7

11th-Bibliophile Reviews – https://www.facebook.com/BibliophileReviews/ ? Clue 8

12th-Lisa Ks Book Reviews – https://www.facebook.com/lisaksbookreview/ ? Clue 10

13th-Girl With Book Lungs – https://www.facebook.com/girlwithbooklungs/ ? Clue 11

13th-A Cup Of Tea and a Cozy Mystery – https://www.facebook.com/acupofteaandacozymystery/ ? Clue 12

Remember to look for the photo below on each Facebook page. 

It will lead you to the clue!

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

 

Review of Queen of the Cookbooks

 

30229505Synopsis:

In the quirky Southern town of Cherico, Mississippi, a new library means an exciting new chapter for librarian Maura Beth McShay—and for the friends and book lovers known as the Cherry Cola Book Club…

The construction of Cherico’s cutting-edge library has been an epic struggle worthy of War and Peace. But the Grand Opening Ceremony is scheduled at last—for the Fourth of July no less—featuring lakeside fireworks and a concert by country singer Waddell Mack. Maura Beth has even devised a cooking contest among area chefs and aspiring Julia Childs to crown the Queen of the Cookbooks. Yet even Maura Beth’s careful plotting can’t prevent some glitches…

Between a furniture fiasco that requires some creative problem-solving, and front-desk clerk Renette’s major crush on Waddell Mack, there’s equal parts drama and comic relief. Once the ribbon has been cut and the delicious recipes are judged, the Queen of the Cookbooks will take her crown, and the Cherry Cola Book Club, along with Maura Beth and her staff, will have the library of their dreams. But it’ll take luck, loyal friendships, and the shared love of a powerful story to make this a truly happy beginning… (Goodreads)

Review:

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Maura Beth is a hard worker and she is determined to make the library grand opening successful.  I liked the fact that she did not let hard work and problems stop her.  I also liked the fact that the other members of the book club stood by her side and were very willing to help her.  I really liked that this plot revolved around a library.  There were so many things that went wrong but some of them were rather humorous and unusual.  I also liked the fact that recipes were included, which sounded delicious.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written humorous women’s fiction.  This is the first book that I have read in the series and I did not have any trouble following along.  But I wish I had read the other books so I could see the growth of the characters.

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

 

Review of The Ex Who Wouldn’t Die

 

The Ex Who Wouldn’t Die

Charley’s Ghost, Book #1

Sally Berneathy

5+ Stars

14761465Synopsis:

When Amanda’s lying, cheating, scam-artist husband, Charley, saves her life in a near-fatal motorcycle accident, she can almost forgive him for dragging his feet on their divorce. Then she discovers he’d been dead for several hours at the time she thought he rescued her. And not just dead…murdered.

On the good side, at least they are no longer married.

But she’s the primary suspect in Charley’s murder and, as if that isn’t bad enough, Charley’s ghost shows up in her apartment. He was rejected, kicked back, not allowed to go into the light. The situation was bad enough when he was alive and trying to charm his way back into her life, but now he claims to be unable to go more than a few yards away from her. She can’t even be certain he isn’t peeking when she undresses for bed.

Even death did not them part.

As Amanda puts her life in danger in an effort to bring Charley’s murderer to justice and send him into the light or the dark or anywhere away from her, she learns her knowledge of Charley’s misdeeds is only the tip of a toxic iceberg. Charley blackmailed his murderer, blackmailed Amanda’s father, lied about his family being dead when he is actually related to half the town of Silver Creek, Texas, and, with his treachery, has stirred up secrets that will change Amanda’s life. (Goodreads)

Review:

The characters were well developed, well rounded and three dimensional.  I loved both Amanda and Charley. Amanda was a feisty, tough and independent woman who did not like to take any grief from anyone.  She has a snarky personality, which I loved.  The comments that she made at times were great.   She does not really get along that well with her family,  They think she is too much of a rebel and she thinks they are too straight laced.  That made for some tension filled family dinners.   Charley is a two bit con but he is so likable that you do not even care.  And he really wants to protect Amanda and be sure that she is safe.  I loved all the bickering and banter between the two of them, I was laughing out loud through much of the book.  And Charley’s mom, Irene, was so warmhearted and such a nice person that I wish she was someone I knew in real life.  

Although I knew early on who the killer was, that did not take anything away from my enjoyment.  I was caught up in how Amanda was going to clear her name and point the finger at the real culprit.  There was still plenty of suspense and tension surrounding the fact that the killer was after Amanda and not knowing if he was going to succeed in causing her bodily harm.  

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book, I felt like I was right there, watching all the action taking place around me.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  

Ghostly cozy paranormals are one of my favorite genres to read, and this one was as good as any that I have read.  I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well plotted cozy with great characters, lots of humor, suspense and plenty of heartfelt moments.  This author has a new fan in me and I cannot wait to read this rest of the books in the series.  If I could, I would rate this book higher than five stars.

Review of Beauty And The Wiener

 

29875913Synopsis:

Addison Turner has scripted a perfect future for herself, complete with a fairytale ending. She will become the name in doggie fashion design and live happily ever after with the husband of her dreams—and her dachshund, Princess, by her side. Just when her plan is on track and she’s gaining recognition at the local dog show, Addison is hit with some Oscar-worthy drama. A group of prize-winning show dogs are stolen from under her nose, and she’s stuck asking for help from Felix Vaughn, an infuriatingly hot bartender who is the exact opposite of Prince Charming.

When more dogs go missing—and Felix becomes a suspect—the two team up to clear their names. Although Felix and Addison fight like cats and dogs, there’s an undeniable spark between them. And as the trail to the missing dogs heats up, so does their red-hot chemistry. Can Addison be persuaded to throw away her script to find an ending that just might be better than she ever expected?  (Goodreads)

Review:

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  I liked Addison but I felt like she really was not realistic in her pursuit of Mr. Right.  I felt like she had some unrealistic goals that she was determined to reach.  I liked Felix more than Addison.  He seemed down to earth and a normal person.  I really liked the bickering and banter between Felix and Addison.  It made for some very humorous reading.  Of course all of the animals added a lot to the story and was my favorite part of the book.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  I thought that the mystery was carried on well throughout the book and with so many suspects to consider, it was not easy to solve.  I did like that the mystery revolved around the dog shows, I thought this was a unique perspective.  There was enough suspense to keep my turning the pages well into the night.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written suspenseful romantic comedy.  I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

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

 

 

Review of Scene Of The Grind

Scene Of The Grind

A Killer Coffee Mystery, Book #1

Tonya Kappes

5 Stars

32930152Synopsis:

After a bitter divorce, Roxanne Davis (her friends, though few call her Roxie) has moved back home to Honey Springs, Kentucky where she’s opened the tourist lakefront town’s first coffee house, The Beanhive.

With the excitement of the Beanhive opening and rush of business, Roxie is moving on with her life until she finds that one of her best customers was found dead after eating one of Roxie’s best-selling doughnuts.

Gossip in Honey Springs is as hot at the coffee served at the Beanhive and Roxie has to uncover who is behind the murder not only to save her shop, but her life. (Goodreads)

Review:

The characters are well developed and well rounded.  I enjoyed meeting and getting to know Roxie.  She is a hard worker and willing to do whatever it takes to make her coffee shop successful.  She is funny, quirky and full of spunk.  She has had heartache in her past but that does not stop her from pursuing her dreams.  Patrick is one person who broke her heart when she was younger, but they have both grown up now.  Can they put the past behind them and become friends once again?  I enjoyed the fact that throughout the book there were references to pet adoption because that is something very important.  I fell in love with Pepper and  Sassy, and they added to my reading enjoyment.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book, I felt like I was right there, watching all the action take place and listening to conversations going on around me.  She is also very talented in developing the settings in her books.  I loved the small town feel of Honey Springs, Kentucky.  There was everything I would expect from a small town: neighbors who know everybody else’s business, neighbors helping others in time of need, and small town gossip.  I would like to visit Honey Springs sometime.

The mystery is carried on well throughout the book.  There were enough suspects to consider and enough clues to sift through to make even the most seasoned armchair detective have trouble solving it.  Add in a few red herrings and you have a real who dunnit that is not easy to solve.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I am very happy that this author started a brand new series and I look forward to reading more of this series.

 

Review of Death In Advertising and All About Laura Bradford

 

Death In Advertising

A Tobi Tobias Mystery, Book #1

Laura Bradford

5+ Stars

31385926Synopsis:

When Tobi Tobias decided to open her own ad agency, having to moonlight in a pet shop wasn’t part of her vision . . . of course, neither was murder.

Sometimes when opportunity knocks, the door you open leads to a closet. That’s certainly the case for Tobi, whose weekends spent cleaning cages in her best friend’s pet shop may soon be over. She’s just landed her first big break—Zander Closet Company needs a catchy campaign slogan ASAP, and Tobi thinks she’s got the right hook to knock ’em dead: “When we’re done, even your skeletons will have a place.”

But when a real dead body topples out of a showcase closet, she’s about to discover there is such a thing as bad publicity. To save her fledgling business and not get killed by the competition, Tobi takes on a new pet project: solving the murder. But with a stressed-out parrot as the only witness to the crime, Tobi will really have to wing it to put the cagey killer behind bars. (Goodreads)

Review:

The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional.  I thought Tobi was funny and I really enjoyed getting to know her.  She is a hard worker and really wants to make her advertising agency a success.  She is very clever, witty and funny.  I loved when she got caught dancing in her car.  That was something I could really picture happening.   And I also liked the secondary characters, such as Sam and Mary Fran.  I loved the fact that they were such animal lovers and wanted to help animals in any way that they can.    And who would not like her grandfather, Stu.  He was funny, he loves solving mysteries and you could tell how much he loved Tobi.  I almost felt like I was getting a glimpse of a special relationship the author had with someone and this made them seem more real to me.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  The mystery was carried on well throughout the whole book and there were enough suspects and clues to keep this reader guessing until the end.  One thing I really liked and appreciated in this book is that when Tobi figured out the killer, she did not confront him or put herself in danger.  That made everything more believable to me.  

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book, I felt like I was right there, watching all the action taking place and listening to conversations going on around me.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  This author, who has a few other successful series, has another winner on her hands.  I cannot wait to read the next book in this series.  

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.

 

About The Author:

Laura BradfordAka Elizabeth Lynn Casey.

While spending a rainy afternoon at a friend’s house nearly forty years ago, Laura Bradford fell in love with writing over a stack of blank paper, a box of crayons, and a freshly sharpened number two pencil.

Those early attempts at the craft had her writing and illustrating stories for young children. Wise beyond her years, Laura saved her first writing attempt in a hand decorated shoe box (complete with sparkly stickers) and moved on to her next idea. Her second book—O’Casey’s Wish—was so utterly brilliant, she sent it off to a well-known New York publishing house at the tender age of ten, confident she was on the verge of becoming the next Don Freeman (Corduroy) or Shel Silverstein (Giving Tree).

Months later, she received her first form letter rejection.

While she wasn’t of the mindset to save that first crushing blow for posterity, Laura did save the original copy of this particular literary masterpiece in the event the letter was a mistake.

Desperate to prove her flexibility as a writer, Laura soon found herself dabbling in jokes (for her Girl Scout troop’s newsletter), stories of angst (a somewhat autobiographical look at her teenage years), movie reviews (for the Xavier University Newswire), and countless news and feature articles (for newspapers in CT, SC, TN, and MO).

It wasn’t until Laura was home raising children of her own though, that she was finally able to dust off that rainy day dream and bring it back to its original form—writing fiction. Today, she is a bestselling mystery author with Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin Publishing), and an award winning romance author with Harlequin American. She lives in New York with her family.

Oh, and if you meet Laura at a book event in the future, ask her about O’Casey’s Wish. It tends to travel with her everywhere she goes.  (Goodreads)

 

Other series by Laura Bradford:

An Amish Mystery:

 

Hearse and Buggy

Assaulted Pretzel

Shunned and Dangerous

Suspendered  Sentence

A Christmas Mourning

A Churn For The Worse

 

Jenkins and Burns Mystery

Jury Of One

Forecast Of Evil

Marked By Fate

Deadly Ambition

 

An Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery

Eclair and Present Danger

Silence of the Flan