Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Review: Murder at The Fortune Teller's Table by: Janet Finsilver


Title: Murder at The Fortune Teller's Table
Author: Janet Finsilver
Publisher: Kensington
Series: A Kelly Jackson Mystery #3
Pages: 200
Format: e-book ARC
Source: GEBT

Description:

Poisons, prophecies—and a peculiar past . . .

When a local woman begins searching for a couple she hasn’t seen since the 1960s, Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast manager Kelly Jackson and the crime-solving group, the “Silver Sentinels,” are quick to help out. They’re also quick to guess that they’re in over their heads after the woman is found dead beside the body of a Greek fortune teller—and a fellow Sentinel gets attackeds. As Kelly juggles work and her responsibilities at a food and wine festival in town, she and her sleuthing posse must confront a killer obsessed with old secrets . . . and solve a murder mystery more than fifty years in the making . . .

My Thoughts:

This book follows Kelly Jackson at the Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast. This story starts out with Kelly at a school benefit Kelly also goes and have her coffee grinds read.  To see what her future holds, while there a young girl implores the Silver Sentinels to help her with something by meeting together after the benefit to help her unable to find out anymore the Sentinels agree to meet with the young girl.  What could she possibly need from the Sentinels and could it be a matter of life or death?

The Silver Sentinels are givin a mission to locate two people that Summer wants found, the history behind it Summer won't say.  Which makes it all the more curious as to why these people and why?

When Auntie and Summer wind up dead Kelly and the Silver Sentinels start investigating to figure what had Summer so upset and why someone would kill Auntie the fortune teller and Summer.  Will they figure it out or will their good fortune come to a drastic end?

I love this series especially Kelly and the Senior Sentinels they are a fun group who love to investigate mysteries, especially and this one where Kelly and the seniors have to investigate people who have a big secret and determine if they want to help out or not.  I love going back to this series when a new book is written to see where Kelly and the Sentinels are up to now.  Can't wait to see what is next for Kelly and her friends and of course the Silver Sentinels are involved in next!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Book Spotlight: Single Malt Murder by: Melinda Mullet


Single Malt Murder by Melinda Mullet

Ballantine Group; Alibi | On Sale: March 21st, 2017 | ISBN: 9780399179051| 300 Pages | Price: $4.99
When Abi inherits her uncle’s quaint and storied single malt distillery, she finds herself immersed in a competitive high-stakes business that elicits deep passions and prejudices. An award-winning photojournalist, Abi has no trouble capturing the perfect shot—but making the perfect shot is another matter. When she starts to receive disturbing, anonymous threats, it’s clear that someone wants her out of the picture. But Abi’s never been one to back down from a fight.
Arriving on the scene with her whisky-loving best friend, Patrick, and an oversized wheaten terrier named Liam, Abi seems to put everyone in the bucolic village on edge—especially her dour but disturbingly attractive head distiller. Acts of sabotage and increasingly personal threats against Abi make it clear that she is not welcome. When one of Abi’s new employees is found floating facedown in a vat of whisky, Abi is determined to use her skills as an investigative journalist to identify the cold-blooded killer and dispense a dram of justice before he strikes again. But distilling truth from lies is tricky, especially when everyone seems to have something to hide.

Melinda Mullet was born in Dallas and attended school in Texas, Washington D.C., England, and Austria. She spent many years as a practicing attorney before pursuing a career as a writer. Author of the Whisky Business Mystery series, Mullet is a passionate supporter of childhood literacy. She works with numerous domestic and international charities striving to promote functional literacy for all children. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her family.

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Review: Single Malt Murder by: Melinda Mullet


Title: Single Malt Murder
Author: Melinda Mullet
Publisher: Alibi
Series: A Whiskey Business Mystery #1
Pages: 300
Format: e-book ARC
Source: GEBT

Description:

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

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

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

My Thoughts:

Abigail Logan is preparing for her uncle's funeral.  Her Uncle raised her for all of her life after her parent's died her Uncle stepped up to become mother and father.  Abi also inherited his single malt distillery and is already receiving threats against a woman owning a distillery. Uncle Ben really had a way with the people unlike Abi who finds herself in a bad situation where someone or someones is really trying to get Abi to sell the distillery.  Of course Abi wants to finish what Ben started.  With her is her good friend Patrick and her trusty dog Liam who is there and always been there thanks to Ben.  Who wants Abi out of the way and how far will they go to insure it?

This was a different story as it took place in Scotland.  Abi is a tough character and isn't about to back down.  I loved going into the small village in Scotland and seeing how Abi deals with the death of her Uncle Ben who raised her from a small child to the woman she is today.  Definitely a great book and can't wait to see what is next by this author.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Review: Pekoe Most Poison by: Laura Childs


Title: Pekoe Most Poison
Author: Laura Childs
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: A Tea Shop Mystery #18
Pages: 320
Format: e-book ARC
Souce: GEBT

Description:

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

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

But this party goes from odd to chaotic when a fire starts at one of the tables and Doreen’s entrepreneur husband suddenly goes into convulsions and drops dead. Has his favorite orange pekoe tea been poisoned? Theo smells a rat.

The distraught Doreen soon engages Theo to pursue a discreet inquiry into who might have murdered her husband. As Theo and her tea sommelier review the guest list for suspects, they soon find themselves drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse...

My Thoughts:

This book follows Theodosia as she is off to a Rat Tea event when they arrive they witness a fire and death and Theo is determined to find out who killed Doreen's husband Beau and why.  Theo is stunned that no one is warning her against investigating the death.  Who had it out for Beau and why?  Was it his wife or someone else? Or was it his business partner Reggie Huston whose been accused of embezzling money? Doesn't help that Reggie or Big Reggie how he is referred at the spa has a quick temper and loves to bilk the spa loosing money. Could it be Robert Steele who Beau invested money with and can't seem to reclaim the money he spent which was his wifes money.  Another thing Theo gets added to her life of things retrieve because well seven hundred thousand is a size able amount of money.  It could always be their neighbors who are trying to buy Beau and Doreen's house to expand their inn, is it enough to kill over?  Or is it someone else for another reason?

I enjoyed spending time with Theo, Drayton and those involved with the Rat Tea event.  I haven't read any of Laura Child's other books but will definitely look for them as it was wonderful being brought into this series where tea is the star along with some murder on the side. Everything I have read by Ms. Child's proves to be a masterpiece. Can't wait to see where this series goes next!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Review: Pressed to Death by: Kirsten Weiss


Title: Pressed to Death
Author: Kirsten Weiss
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Series: A Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery #2
Pages: 336
Format: e-book ARC
Source: GEBT

Description:

Perfectly pressed. Perfectly proper. Perfectly deadly. 

Paranormal museum owner Maddie Kosloski thinks she has the perfect paranormal exhibit for the harvest festival—a haunted grape press. But before she can open the exhibit, she’s accused of stealing the antique press. And when her accuser is found murdered, all eyes turn to Maddie.

Solving the crime is the last thing on Maddie’s mind, but her mother insists she investigate. Does her mother have a secret agenda? And why has the local charity, Ladies Aid, seemingly gone gangster?

In this light, cozy mystery, haunted houses, runaway wine barrels, and murder combine in a perfect storm of chaos. Facing down danger and her own over-active imagination, Maddie must unearth the killer before she becomes the next ghost to haunt her museum.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Maddie Kosloski as she is working at the harvest festival she has found the perfect exhibit artifact a grape wine press unfortunately the owner's ex-husband is adament that the press is stolen and filed a report file.  Before Maddie is able to get to the bottom of this stolen press Maddie finds Romeo dead in a wine stopping barrel.  Who killed Romeo and why?

While all this is going Maddie's mother is acting very strange and Maddie can't figure out why.  Add to this Maddie is involved in setting up a room at a halloween haunted house.  She definitely has her hands full trying to peice together who would want to kill Romeo, could it have been his son Leo, who wasn't happy with his father?  Or his ex-wife?  There are no shortage of possibilities.  It's up to Maddie to figure it out if her employee Leo is guilty or was it someone else?

I loved this book it brought so much with all various mysteries and reading Maddie get to the bottom them.  Ms. Weiss pulls you in and has you so glued into the book you won't want to put it down.  Definitely a great story with adventure and mystery!  I think anyone who likes Victoria Laurie mysteries will enjoy this series as well such a fabulous book!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Review: Beginner's Luck by: Corrinne Scott


Title: Beginner's Luck
Author: Corrinne Scott
Publisher: Camel Press
Series: The O'Brien's #1
Pages: 252
Format: e-book ARC
Source: GEBT

Description:

As eldest son, Eoin O Brien is expected to take over the management of his family pub, the Lion O Brien in the Bronx. Despite his da s disapproval, he has achieved his dream of becoming a police detective. He also longs to have a family, but his wife Vivian left him three years ago to pursue her own dreams of working in an art gallery. 

Now Vivian is back from California. When the gallery where she works is robbed and vandalized, their paths cross again. It turns out the attack on the gallery was personal. After Vivian is almost run down by a car, it is clear that she herself is the target, though she can t think of anyone who would wish her harm. Eoin and Vivian circle each other warily, each feeling the pull of the past and their still powerful attraction. But there will be no easy reconciliation. First she find a way back into the O Brien family s good graces. Eoin, in turn, sees that he is partly to blame for her flight. Like his father, he is too quick to anger, too domineering. He must learn to give the independent Vivian her space. But above all, he has sworn to protect her. And if he gives her too much space, she may end up dead. 
Book 1 in the O Brien series.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Eoin O'Brien who has just become police detective. His first case involves investigating a robbery at a local art gallery the woman who worked there is Vivian, Eoin's estranged wife.  Who is shocked when her husband shows up.  As the book progresses Vivian becomes the target of someone out to get her but Eoin can't figure out why?  Or why his father is being so hard on him for being a cop.  Liam the father of Eoin hoped his son would run the family pub instead of being a cop.  When Vivian shows up Liam is worried that Vivian is going to leave when the times get hard again.

This book was great full of adventure and angst of all sorts.  I loved the strongness of both Eoin and Vivian fighting for what they want without giving up themselves in the process and loved how the mystery to the crimes wasn't cut and dry it drew it out which made you want to see how it all played out in the end.  I also loved meeting the family and seeing who their friends and co-workers were.  Can't wait to see what is next for the O'Brien clan!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Review: No Way Home by: Annette Dashofy


Title: No Way Home
Author: Annette Dashofy
Publisher: Henery Press
Series: A Zoe Chambers Mystery #5
Pages: 256
Format: e-book arc
Source: GEBT

Description:

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

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

My Thoughts:

In this book Zoe Chambers is working with horses when she discovers a horse returns without it's rider when she and Allison her friend's daughter go looking they find the commissioner and he's very dead.  While this is going Pete Adams is called to the scene of a death of drugs resulting in a young girls death.  Can they figure out what is going on?  Or are drugs taking over Vance Township?  Add that to Zoe Chambers gets called away to New Mexico to help her friend find her son when his girlfriend winds up dead,  where is Logan and what is happening in New Mexico?

This book was great and lots of intrique reading it as we are brought back into Zoe's world and to see what is going on with Pete and Zoe and her friends in this one bodies are turning up and Pete and Zoe have their hands full figuring out what is going on especially when Zoe ends up in New Mexico finding out what happened to Zoe's friends son Logan and why he's not answering his cell phone.

I love going back and I think others will enjoy this book with it's mystery and adventure and seeing how it turns out.  This book is great as a stand alone or part of the series.  Definitely great read for cozy lovers!  Can't wait to see what is next for Zoe and her friends!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Review: A Ghostly Mortality by: Tonya Kappes


Title: A Ghostly Mortality
Author: Tonya Kappes
Publisher:  Witness Impulse
Series: Ghostly Southern Mysteries #6
Pages: 336
Format: e-book
Source: GEBT

Description:

That ghost sure looks . . . familiar

 Only a handful of people know that Emma Lee Raines, proprietor of a small-town Kentucky funeral home, is a “Betweener.” She helps ghosts stuck between here and the ever-after—murdered ghosts. Once Emma Lee gets them justice they can cross over to the great beyond.

 But Emma Lee’s own sister refuses to believe in her special ability. In fact, the Raines sisters have barely gotten along since Charlotte Rae left the family business for the competition. After a doozy of an argument, Emma Lee is relieved to see Charlotte Rae back home to make nice. Until she realizes her usually snorting, sarcastic, family-ditching sister is a . . . ghost.

 Charlotte Rae has no earthly idea who murdered her or why. With her heart in tatters, Emma Lee relies more than ever on her sexy beau, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross…because this time, catching a killer means the Raines sisters will have to make peace with each other first.

My Thoughts:

This book picks up where the last book ended where Granny and Emma Lee are trying to get Charlotte Rae to sign over her part of the business to Emma so that she isn't part of the family funeral home business but for some reason Charlotte won't sign the papers much to Emma's dismay.  Charlotte has moved on and part of funeral home/ any type of celebration you can think of.  Which shocks both Emma Lee and Granny.

Emma Lee is determined to find out what happened when her sister shows up before her and learns alot from Emma about the 'funeral trauma' and what it really is and how she can help Charlotte find out what happened to her.  Emma never had to deal with a death so close to home, but as crazy as her antics are she finds the clues and puts the pieces together.

This book was so great and sad at times there were times I wanted to reach into the book and tell Emma it would be ok.  It was a great mystery and adventure to go on.  I am so amazed by Mrs. Kappes ability to weave a story especially this one where so many people become unhindged over the death of Charlotte Rae.  Can't wait to see what Mrs. Kappes comes up with next!


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Review: Kneaded To Death by: Winnie Archer


Title: Kneaded to Death
Author: Winnie Archer
Publisher: Kensington
Series: Bread Shop Mystery #1
Pages: 352
Format: e-book ARC
Source: GEBT

Description:


Everyone swears by Yeast of Eden, the Mexican bread shop in town. But tonight, the only thing on the menu is la muerte . . .

Struggling photographer Ivy Culpepper has lots of soul-searching to do since returning to seaside Santa Linda, California. That is, until the thirty-one-year-old enters a bread making class at Yeast of Eden. Whether it’s the aroma of fresh conchas in the oven, or her instant connection with owner Olaya Dias and her sisters, Ivy just knows the missing ingredients in her life are hidden among the secrets of Olaya’s bakery . . .

But Ivy’s spirits crumble when a missing classmate is suddenly discovered dead in her car, riddled with stab wounds. Even more devastating, the prime suspects are the Dias sisters themselves. Doubting the women could commit such a crime, Ivy embarks on a murder investigation of her own to prove their innocence and seize the real killer. As she follows a deadly trail of crumbs around town, Ivy must trust her gut like never before—or someone else could be toast!

My Thoughts:

In this book we follow Ivy Culpepper who has recently moved back home after the death of her mother which she hasn't quite gotten over yet.  Ivy decides to take a bread class to learn about baking bread.  Early on a fellow classmate is found murdered at the bread class.  Who killed Jackie Makers?  And why was she murdered?   Ivy teams up with Ms. Branford who seems to know what is going on in the neighborhood where Jackie lived.  Did a neighbor have something to do with Jackie's death?  Could it have been Jackie's ex-husband?  Or someone totally unrelated?  Will Ivy figure out who killed Jackie and why?  Or will she end up baked herself?

I loved this book as you read it you find a connection to Ivy's mother.  As you read you can see how much Ivy is like her mother and the sorrow the whole family is going through now that she is gone.  Also meeting great friends and acquaintances that Ivy comes in contact with.  This book had so much going for it.  Ivy digging deep until she put all her clues together and came to her conclusion  which was a page turner I wasn't even expecting the ending it gave you.  Can't wait to see where Ms. Archer goes next with this series! Definitely a great cozy read for anyone who loves food with their mysteries!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Review;: Facials Can Be Fatal by: Nancy J. Cohen


Title: Facials Can Be Fatal
Author: Nancy J. Cohen
Publisher: Five Star Publishing
Series: Bad Hair Day Mystery #13
Pages: 286
Format: Kindle e-book
Source: GEBT

Description:

During the frenzy of the December holidays, the last thing salon owner Marla Vail needs is a dead body slathered in a green facial mask at her new day spa. The victim, Valerie Weston, was a major donor for Friends of Old Florida, a historic building preservation society. Marla’s stylists are scheduled to work backstage at their upcoming gala fashion show, but Val’s demise might put a crimp in their plans. Hoping to salvage her reputation, Marla determines to track down the suspects. As she learns more about Val, she realizes the benefactress might have stumbled onto secrets others would kill to keep. She’d better prepare for a body count that has nothing to do with hot stone massages and everything to do with murder.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Marla Vail when the dead body appears in the new day spa that Marla owns Marla is determined to figure out what happened.  Especially when the police seem to stuck on Marla's worker.  Marla is also worried how this will impact her business and working backstage at a fashion show the salon has been hired for.  Will Marla figure out what happened to Valerie Weston the victim?  Or will Marla wind up visiting the great spa in the sky? Did her death have anything to do with Friends of Old Florida the orginization that Valerie was passionate about?  Or was it a family member or friend?

I enjoyed this book reading about how Marla was alot more than facials, hair and nails.  How she goes about clearing her spa in the death of Valerie.  This book is great for cozy lovers of all sorts.  Can't wait to see what is next! 


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Review: Fatality By Firelight by: Lynn Cahoon


Title: Fatality by Firelight
Author: Lynn Cahoon
Publisher: Kensington
Series: Cat Latimer Mystery #2
Pages: 320
Format: e-book ARC
Source: GEBT & NetGalley

Description:

Cat Latimer’s Colorado bed-and-breakfast plays host to writers from all over. But murder is distinctly unwelcome . . .

To kick off a winter writing retreat, Cat and her handyman boyfriend, Seth, escort the aspiring authors to a nearby ski resort, hoping some fresh cold air will wake up their creative muses. But instead of hitting the slopes, they hit the bar—and before long, a tipsy romance novelist named Christina is keeping herself warm with a local ski bum who might have neglected to tell her about his upcoming wedding.

Next thing Cat knows, her uncle, the town sheriff, informs her that the young man’s been found dead in a hot tub—and Christina shows up crying and covered in blood. Now, between a murder mystery, the theft of a rare Hemingway edition, and the arrival of a black-clad stranger in snowy Aspen Hills, Cat’s afraid everything’s going downhill . . .

My Thoughts:

This is the second book in the Cat Latimer series in this one another writing retreat is happening, so we have to wait to learn more about what happened with Cat's ex-husband who died and in the last book we learned her may have been murdered.

In this one she is working with new authors taking them skiing hoping the side trip will awaking the writer in all of them what she didn't count is one of them hooking up with a local whose engaged to someone else.  When Cat tries to intervene the writer in question gets very upset with Cat.

The local college who Cat has contracted with has decided unless she can produce the contract and it's legal that the local college won't allow speakers to speak at the retreat unless she pays the speaker fee.  

When a local man winds up dead and one of Cat's retreaters is found to be the last one with him, it's up to Cat to find out what is going on.  Who wanted Tommy killed and why?  Was it his  fiancĂ©e he was going to marry or her father for making a fool of his daughter or could it have been the writer who he flirted with that wanted nothing to do with him once Tommy told her what he was really after?

I am such a huge fan of Lynn Cahoon's writing style I loved every book she's written so far and this one didn't disappoint.  It was full of ups and downs and wondering where Cat would wind up next and what she would learn whether it be about her ex-husband Michael or someone close to the current mystery going on.

I can't wait to see what is next for Ms. Cahoon her characters remind me of good friends you get to catch up with once the next book is out.  I look forward to reading all about Cat's latest adventures and mysteries she has to figure out!

Author Bio:

Lynn Cahoon is the author of the NYT and USA Today best-selling Tourist Trap cozy mystery series.
Guidebook to Murder, book 1 of the series won the Reader’s Crown for Mystery Fiction in 2015. She’s also pens the recently released, Cat Latimer series. A STORY TO KILL, book 1, came out in mass market paperback September 2016.She lives in a small town like the ones she loves to write about with her husband and two fur babies. Sign up for her newsletter at www.lynncahoon.com

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Marked Excerpt - Myka by Emerald Barnes


The Marked Excerpt—Myka
“So how long have you been an artist?” Milo asked. 
“I’m hardly an artist,” Myka said, “but I started drawing and painting seriously around fifteen.” 
“What were you working on the other day?” 
“Just the mountains behind the school.” 
“Could I see it sometime?” 
“It’s not good.” 
“That’s not what I asked.” His voice was light. 
“You can see it right now if you want,” she tried to shrug it off as nonchalant, but her stomach twisted in knots. 
“I do.” 
She grabbed her bag and pulled out her sketchbook. Opening it to the drawing, she handed it to him. 
He studied it and said, “It’s good.” 
He searched through the other pictures without asking and stopped at one before she could get it back. She turned her head away, staring at a painting of a brown coffee mug on an ivory background hanging on the wall of the coffee shop. She knew exactly which portrait he stopped at. She’d forgotten about that one. 
“Me?” he asked. 
“I’m sorry. I’ll throw it out.” Her stomach fluttered wildly. 
“Don’t.” 
“Why?” She faced him, confused. 
“Because I like it.” 
“I’m . . . glad?” She suddenly found the table interesting. 
Last night, Myka had been alone in her dorm room while Olivia was out with friends. She didn’t want to run into Preston again after the incident in the gym with Milo, so after she’d finished her homework, she pulled out her sketchbook and drew what was on her mind. Milo. In the picture, he didn’t look angry, but he wasn’t smiling either. He was more thoughtful and concerned; the same look he always wore. 
“Do you want it?” she asked. 
He raised his eyebrows. 
“The picture. You can have it.” 
He sat in silence for a moment. “I’d love it.” 
He handed the book back to her. 
“I’ll give it to you when we get back to school,” she said, slipping the sketchbook into her bag. She checked her phone while she had her hands in her bag. Preston had sent her a message, but she didn’t reply. 
“Is everything all right?” Milo asked. 
Putting on a smile, she said, “Everything’s fine.” 
“Is it Preston?” 
“Yeah.” 
“What did he say?” 
“He asked where I was.” 
“You didn’t reply?” 
“No.” 
Milo nodded, but his eyebrows knit together. 
“Don’t worry. I won’t tell him,” she said. 
“Thank you.” 
Myka wasn’t keeping this secret from Preston solely for Milo’s sake. She had a feeling it would be a lot better—and safer—to hide this from Preston. 
They fell into an awkward silence as her phone continued to sound in her purse. 
Milo said, “He’s relentless.” His eyebrows formed an even deeper line as they drew in together. Was he angry that he was texting her? She wasn’t sure why he would be unless he was jealous of Preston. But he had nothing to be jealous of. What should have made him angry, like it did her, was the fact that he was so possessive. 
“Yeah. He is.” 
She turned off her phone. He shouldn’t be so possessive of her. She didn’t like him acting that way, and it was beginning to anger her. 
“Maybe you should message him.” 
“And tell him what? You don’t want him knowing we’re out.” 
“You’re right.” 
“I’ll deal with him later.” She didn’t want to ruin a perfectly good evening with Milo simply because Preston was blowing up her phone. He could deal without talking to her for a while. It wasn’t even like they were dating. He didn’t own her. 
When Myka finished off her coffee and cinnamon roll, Milo asked, “Are you ready to go?” 
“I am.” They threw away their paper cups and plates then headed outside, turning left. Milo held out his arm for her, and Myka looped hers through his. They walked arm in arm down Main Street, looking into the store windows. 
“Can I ask you a question?” Myka said. 
“Sure.” 
“Won’t you get in trouble for jumping the wall at school, or since you’re in good with Headmaster Knight, can you get away with it?” Myka hoped her voice was light enough for him to figure out she was joking about the last part. She was still curious to know the answer, though. 
Milo laughed. “I don’t usually get caught.” 
“So why do you jump over the wall?” 
“To escape.” 
“Escape from what?” 
“Life.” 
Milo fell silent, a contemplative look overcame his face, and Myka wondered just what he was running from. But sometimes you didn’t need an excuse to run away and hide from life. She could relate. 
He was different than when she’d first met him. She thought he was this broody jerk, and although he was still broody, he wasn’t a jerk. She couldn’t explain it, but she might be able to relate to him more than she first thought. 
“Sometimes, I feel the same way. I would run outside at random and hide in the woods back home. There is this tree that has huge roots. I’d climb those roots and sit there for hours, watching the small creek run beneath it. It’s relaxing.” 
“Do you miss that?” he asked. 
“Yeah. Sometimes things feel overwhelming, like the walls are closing in on me. I think it’s claustrophobia, but I don’t know for sure.” 
“I understand that feeling well. It’s like the academy isn’t big enough for me, like I need to be somewhere else.” 
She nodded. “I can’t imagine that being raised there made it any easier on you.” 
“It didn’t.” 
He fell silent again, and Myka knew that was the end of the story. At least for now. 
When they arrived at the boutique shop, Myka asked, “Do you mind if we go in here?” 
“Of course. Anything you want to do.” 
He opened the door for her, and she walked inside. The cool air felt good on her skin, and an apple pie candle burned on the counter a young woman leaned against. 
“If you need any help, let me know,” she said in a heavy, Southern accent. 
“Thank you,” Myka answered. 
She supposed Milo would be bored with shopping, but she found the store quite charming. There were lots of brightly-colored clothes, purses, and big jewelry Olivia would love. She walked to the jewelry first and browsed through it. She could hear Milo’s quiet breathing behind her. “I didn’t figure you for a jewelry type of girl,” he said playfully. 
“I’m usually not,” she answered with a nervous laugh. 
She looked at the necklaces; one, in particular, caught her eye. A silver necklace with a large turquoise crescent moon charm hung on the shelf. Myka held the cool stone between her thumb and index finger, admiring it. 
“Do you like it?” Milo asked. 
“So much.” 
“It’s beautiful, fitting,” Milo said, inching closer to her. 
As he moved behind her, the heat of Milo’s body warmed her, along with the whisper of breath against her ear. Her stomach fluttered, and she took in a deep breath. He reached for the necklace, and his fingers brushed hers as he took it in his hand. She let her hand linger before she pulled it away. She turned to face him as he watched her every move. She leaned closer to him, and he inched closer to her. She wanted to kiss him, to feel his hands on her, and to taste his lips. 
She pulled away quickly and fumbled through, “I saw a cute purse. Over there.” 
Myka backed away and bumped into a rack of clothing. She turned around and walked across the store to the purses and looked through them, regretting not kissing Milo when she had the chance. Embarrassed didn’t even touch how she felt about what had just happened. There was no reason why she had pulled away from him. She wanted to kiss him, but when he was close to her, she freaked out. 
Milo walked up behind her, keeping his distance. She had just succeeded in pushing him away. 

Yep. She was an idiot.

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About The Marked: Knight’s Academy Book 1:
Myka Williams has never fit in with her peers, and although her adoptive parents are loving and supportive, she feels most at home alone in the woods.

When she's offered a full scholarship to Knight's Academy in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, she takes the opportunity for a fresh start. She soon learns that Knight’s Academy is more than just a school. Within the stone walls of the institution, humans and vampires are mixing, and their offspring are going unnoticed.

As Myka falls prey to the evil plan of the school, she makes a chilling discovery about her own heritage and realizes that she’s at the Academy for more than just an education. Myka must yield to her birthright at the risk of losing everyone she loves or succumb to the fate that Knight’s Academy has in store for her—a fate worse than death.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Review: Murder by The Book by: Devorah Fox


Title: Murder By The Book
Author:  Devorah Fox
Publisher: Mike Byrnes and Associates, Inc.
Pages: 27
Format: e-book ARC
Source: GEBT

Description:

An ordinary work day at the western Massachusetts Sugarloaf Inn turns more chilling than the winter weather when staff member Candy Wadsen makes a gruesome discovery. Her day goes from bad to worse when Candy realizes that Detective Sergeant Dan Petrowski suspects her of committing the crime.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Candy Wadsen who works at the Sugarloaf Inn.  When Candy goes into work she discovers her boss Mr. Sleink has been murdered with a letter opener that he collected.  The Sergeant Dan Petrowski is quick to place blame on Candy.  Candy knows from reading many mysteries that the suspect is always quick to assert their innocence regardless of the truth.  Did Candy really kill her boss and why?  Or was it someone Mr. Sleink upset in some way?  Will Candy find out the truth or will the Sergeant have her convicted before the real killer makes their presence known?

This was a cute novella and in it we meet Candy her boss and the Sergeant in charge of the case.  This book takes place in Massachusetts which is always fun to head to a New England town.  Then there is learning about Candy's co-workers and the possibility that one of them is the murderer.  There are no shortage of possibilities especially with all the co-workers pointing fingers at one another.  Will Detective Dan figure it out in time or will the murderer go free?  This book was a lot of fun can't wait to see what is next by this author.


Book Spotlight: Murder By The Book by: Devorah Fox



Murder by the Book by Devorah Fox


Print Length: 27 pages 
Publisher: Mike Byrnes and Associates, Inc. (February 27, 2016) 
Publication Date: February 27, 2016 
ASIN: B01CC3NJQO
An ordinary work day at the western Massachusetts Sugarloaf Inn turns more chilling than the winter weather when staff member Candy Wadsen makes a gruesome discovery. Her day goes from bad to worse when Candy realizes that Detective Sergeant Dan Petrowski suspects her of committing the crime.
"What if?" Those two words all too easily send Devorah Fox spinning into flights of fancy. Best-selling author of an award-winning literary historical fantasy series and several thrillers, she also penned Mystery Mini Short Reads and contributed short stories to popular fantasy anthologies. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she now lives on the Texas Gulf Coast with rescued tabby cats ... and a dragon named Inky. 

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Review: Stu Stories: The Adventure of Dirt Clod and His Sidekick Bird Bones by: Patrick Hueller


Title: Stu Stories: The Adventures of Dirt Clod and His Sidekick Bird Bones
Author: Patrick Hueller
Publisher: Cedar Fort
Pages: 160
Format: Pdf Arc
Source: Cedar Fort Book Tour

Description:

Stu Sanderson is no ordinary eighth-grader. Not only is he seven feet tall, but he also vanishes into thin air, duels knights and ninjas, lifts the downtrodden, and woos the best-calved girl in school. Become a middle-grade legend with Stu and his sidekick, Bird Bones, on the journey of a lifetime in “Stu Stories.”

My Thoughts:

This book follows Stu Sanderson and his best friend Bird Bones as they travel through 8th grade with their ups and downs that they travel together, anything from Stu missing in class to battling kidnppers in school and so on.

I loved this book it was cute and reminded me of so many books I read when I was a kid.  I think adults and kids alike with love the story along with the antics that went along with 8th grade. Definitely a great trip down the ins and outs of school and things kids will do.

Author Bio:

Patrick Hueller has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota. His fiction and humor have been published fairly widely (sometimes under the pen names “Paul Hoblin” or “P.W. Hueller”). Fun fact: he’s Cedar Fort author Andy Hueller’s identical twin brother. They like to do readings together whenever they can. He’s been a middle school teacher and is currently a college English professor at Hamline University.

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