Saturday, June 25, 2016

Interview: Monica Knightley author of Come, Bitter Poison

Recently I took the time out for reviewing and reading books to sit down and talk with Monica Knightley who wrote Come, Bitter Poison.  Thank you Monica for taking the time to talk with me at Community Bookstop! 

What genre do you write?

I write in a few different genres. I’ve written paranormal/historical romances, young adult contemporary, and mystery.

How did you come to write the various genres?

I’ve always been an eclectic reader and now I’m writing eclectically. Mysteries of all sorts, from cozies to police procedurals, have always been a favorite of mine so it was natural for me to want to try my hand at the genre. I’ve discovered I love writing cozy mysteries and think I’ll be writing in this genre for a long time to come.

Who is your favorite character to write about?

When I created the characters for this series I knew I’d be spending a substantial amount of time with them so I made sure they were all people I’d enjoy in one way or another. My protagonist, Maggie O’Flynn, is one of my all time favorite characters to write. As a steamy romance writer and tea room owner who used to be a nun, Maggie offers unlimited possibilities for character development. But I also have to give a shout out for Maggie’s partner in crime (solving), Gina Mattucci. She’s a hoot to write, as she’s a loud, brash spitfire. They complement one another very well.

Who inspires your books?

I’m inspired both by the people in my life and the writers I’ve read throughout my life. As for writers who have inspired me I’d have to include Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, Daphne du Maurier, Diana Gabaldon, and Stephanie Perkins.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I recently became a grandma for the first time and my favorite thing now is spending time with my adorable granddaughter! I love to travel and experience new places and cultures. I think travel is the best inspiration for writing. I live in an area of the country that boasts many, many wineries, and my husband and I enjoy wine tasting with friends. And of course I go into DT’s if I don’t have a book or two or three that I’m reading.

If you were stuck on a deserted island what three things would you take?
I’m going to assume that this island is like Gilligan’s island and I can pack plenty of my three items, ala the Howells’ and Ginger’s packing. Of course I’d have a large stack of books. There would have to be boxes of tea, strong bold English breakfast teas as well as some good Darjeeling. And finally, a case or two of Oregon Pinot Noir.
Synopsis of Come, Bitter Poison:

Sexy film star. Long-held secrets. Murder by poison.
When international stage and film star Miles Elliot comes to Stratford Upon Avondale to play Macbeth, Maggie O’Flynn is thrilled. He’s been her actor crush for years. But when Miles ends up at the center of a murder investigation Maggie finds herself slipping back into the role of amateur sleuth. Before long many of her friends become suspects in not just one murder, but two. Maggie must discover who’s poisoning people associated with the Shakespeare Festival before one of her friends gets slapped with a murder charge. And she must do so while dodging paparazzi that are stalking her due to a supposed love affair she’s having with Miles Elliot.
With a bit of Shakespeare, copious amounts of tea, and a faux-English setting to rival anything the real England has to offer, COME, BITTER POISON is the second book in THE STRATFORD UPON AVONDALE mystery series. Though part of a series, COME, BITTER POISON can be read and enjoyed as a standalone. Lovers of cozy mysteries will find a cozy home in Stratford Upon Avondale.
Author Biography:

Monica Knightley began creating compelling characters and stories at the age of three, when she had a plethora of imaginary friends, all with complete backstories. Today any characters that come knocking on the door of her imagination find themselves in one of her mysteries, young adult novels, or paranormal romances.
When not fueling her reading addiction or writing her next book, Monica loves to travel with her husband—especially to England. A bit of England seems to make its way into most of her books. Must haves include a perfectly steeped cup of tea, and a good, bold red wine. She lives in Portland, Oregon where the frequent rainy weather is perfect for curling up with a good book and a cup of tea.
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Friday, June 24, 2016

Review: Sharpe Shooter by: Lisa B. Thomas

Title: Sharpe Shooter
Author: Lisa B. Thomas
Publisher: Self Published
Series: Cozy Suburbs Mystery Series Book #1
Pages: 202
Format: e-book
Source: GEBT


Burned-out high school teacher Deena Sharpe is ready for a change. She has no idea a fifty-year-old murder case is about to turn her life upside down.
The Perry County Sheriff’s office has found a skeleton in the closet…literally. When they identify the man’s body fifty years after his disappearance, his family turns to Deena to uncover the truth about his murder. The clock begins ticking when she discovers a mysterious writer is about to implicate the victim in his latest conspiracy theory book. She must channel her inner super-sleuth to solve the puzzle and protect her family name. With the help of her off-beat brother and others from the cozy town of Maycroft, Texas, Deena takes on a quest that leads to more questions than answers.
Sharpe Shooter is the first book in the Cozy Suburbs Mystery Series. With antique shopping, car chases, and ghosts in the night, the story will keep you guessing as you follow Deena on her quest for the truth.

My Thoughts:

This book follows the story of Deena Sharpe who recently left teaching high school kids.  After not bowing to what the principal wanted.  Looking to do something different she attempts writing for a newspaper, but instead gets pushed into freelance work until something opens up for her.  The other story going on in this book is Perry County Sheriff's Office has stumbled across an old case that had never been solved and an old skeleton.  Who killed this mysterious person in 1964?  And what did the killer have to gain by killing the victim?  Deena finds herself in the middle of this cold case, Will Deena solve the case in time or will she find herself on the road to getting caught?

We find out in this story that the skelton is that of Mathew Meade who diseappeared after over 50 years ago, and Deena has heard various stories about her 'uncle Mathew' finally the family is able to rest the what happened to Mathew?  It's bittersweet as the family wants to know why he was shot.  She gets asked by her aunt to solve the crime.

This book was very interesting as this one is written from the prospective of the victim's family looking for answers and what those answers lead to.  I thoroughly enjoyed this especially considering lately I have found myself enjoying stories that go back in time.  Such great story telling can't wait to see what is next for Deena.

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June 22 – Babs Book Bistro – CHARACTER GUEST POST
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June 27 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – REVIEW
June 28 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW, INTERVIEW
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Review: Murder on the Menu by: Zanna MacKenzie

Title: Murder on The Menu
Author: Zanna MacKenzie
Series: A Celebrity Mystery Book #1
Pages: 266
Format: e-book
Source: GEBT


Lizzie Carter desperately needed to escape from the disaster of her old life but her new one is shaping up to be even worse! 

After Lizzie's new boss, celebrity chef Armand, is stabbed in his own kitchen, Lizzie finds herself at the top of the suspect list. 

Determined to clear her name she’s forced to enlist the services of her new neighbour, Celebrity Crimes Investigation Agency (CCIA) special agent Jack Mathis, who’s been suspended from his duties for reasons unknown. 

Given his reputation, Lizzie figures it’s best not to ask too many questions of him; she only needs the rogue agent to help her catch Armand’s real killer. The fact that Jack is a good-looking guy is not lost on her, but he’s clearly also trouble. And Lizzie’s got more than enough of that in her life already. 

Can Lizzie save herself from getting arrested and manage to resist her special agent sidekick’s considerable charms and gorgeous smile? Will they solve the culinary murder mystery or will her new life land her in a prison cell? 

My Thoughts:

This book follows Lizzie Carter as she trying to piece back her life since leaving London.  Her new boss Armand after flirting with Lizzie the night before Lizzie finds him dead and she winds up as a suspect she inlists the help of Jack Mathis whose visiting his brother and offers to clear Lizzie's name. Will Jack be able to clear Lizzie's name before she finds herself in a prison cell?

Lizzie and Jack are investigating on their own trying to clear Lizzie's name and figure out who killed her boss and why?  Whether it was someone he was too handsy with or someone set on revenge?  There are no shortage of possibilities.  I enjoyed this book and getting to know Jack, Lizzie and the other people in town.  Definitely a great book for those who love british cozy mysteries!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Book Spotlight: Buttered and Scrambled with Murder by: J R Pearson

Title: Buttered and Scrambled with Murder
Author: J R Pearson
Publisher: Pearson Publishing
Series: Josie Rizzo Cozy Mystery #4

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Murder & Maple syrup... 

Josie and Tony are back for another savory mystery! 

This time, with a stack of pancakes on the side. 

Since having their relationship outed—much to Josie's dislike—the couple has been summoned by Mama Rizzo to the family's breakfast diner for a Sunday morning brunch. 

A mouthwatering spread is expected from Josie's culinary-genius parents, but serve up a rebellious older brother, a furry bacon thief, and a wealthy businessman bludgeoned to death, makes for a very unappetizing event. 

Josie soon learns that before the wealthy stranger's demise, his plans of rebuilding the town into a flashy money-grabbing hotspot would've affected the town's hardworking locals. Which leaves quite the list of suspects of who may have wanted him dead. 

Unfortunately, Josie's parents are on the police's radar for the crime. 

Backed by an army of Rizzo brothers, she, Tony, and best friend Brad set out to uncover the truth in the beachy town of JewelCove, where a killer lurks deeper in the shadows than french toast sticks do in a bowl of maple syrup… 

Author Biography:

J R Pearson lives with her crazy but loving family in southern Maryland. She enjoys weekend excursions, Saturday night movies, and warm home-cooked meals. For years, J R Pearson has loved reading--especially cozy mysteries,and was inspired to write her own. Introducing funny characters, yummy foods, cozy small town life, and a feisty female protagonist.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Review: Fixin' To Die by: Tonya Kappes & Giveaway

Title: Fixin' To Die
Author: Tonya Kappes
Publisher: Henery Press
Pages: 250
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley & GEBT


Kenni Lowry likes to think the zero crime rate in Cottonwood, Kentucky is due to her being sheriff, but she quickly discovers the ghost of her grandfather, the town’s previous sheriff, has been scaring off any would-be criminals since she was elected. When the town’s most beloved doctor is found murdered on the very same day as a jewelry store robbery, and a mysterious symbol ties the crime scenes together, Kenni must satisfy her hankerin’ for justice by nabbing the culprits. 

With the help of her Poppa, a lone deputy, and an annoyingly cute, too-big-for-his-britches State Reserve officer, Kenni must solve both cases and prove to the whole town, and herself, that she’s worth her salt before time runs out. 

My Thoughts:

Kenni Lowry is the local Sheriff in Cottonwood and like having now crime when the local doctor is killed and on the same day there is a robbery in a local jewelry store Kenni is trying to figure out if there connected of course doesn't help that the locals are trying to see what the police know.  Will Kenni be able to solve the crimes or is she never going to make it as the town Sheriff?

This book was full of adventure and mystery trying to figure out the connection to the two crimes along with motive and the whole who did it?  I love Tonya's writing style of drawing you in until the mystery is solved and wanting more.  I can't wait to see what is next for Mrs. Kappes.  She has such an amazing storytelling to offer us I can only imagine the stories she will come up with next for the town's folk of Cottonwood, Kentucky!


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Friday, June 17, 2016

Review: Mrs Odboddy, Hometown Patriot by: Elaine Faber

Title: Mrs. Odboddy, Hometown Patriot
Author: Elaine Faber
Publisher: Grove Publications
Series: Mrs. Odboddy Mysteries #1
Pages: 258
Format: Kindle e-book
Source: GBET


Since the onset of WWII, Agnes Agatha Odboddy, hometown patriot and self-appointed scourge of the underworld, suspects conspiracies around every corner…stolen ration books, German spies running amuck, and a possible Japanese invasion off the California coast. This seventy-year-old, model citizen would set the world aright if she could get Chief Waddlemucker to pay attention to the town's nefarious deeds on any given Meatless Monday.

Mrs. Odboddy vows to bring the villians, both foreign and domestic, to justice, all while keeping chickens in her bathroom, working at the Ration Stamp Office, and knitting argyles for the boys on the front lines.

Imagine the chaos when Agnes’s long-lost WWI lover returns, hoping to find a million dollars in missing Hawaiian money and rekindle their ancient romance. In the thrilling conclusion, Agnes’s predictions become all too real when Mrs. Roosevelt unexpectedly comes to town to attend a funeral and Agnes must prove that she is, indeed, a warrior on the home front.

My Thoughts: 

This follows Agnes Agatha Odboddy who is volunteering all her services on the homefront for the boys fighting the war.  Of course Agnes suspects everyone of something devious.  Getting the Chief of Police to pay attention is another story.  

I loved this story it was great full of funny situations that make you laugh along with mystery and adventure and even Mrs. Roosevelt makes an appearance.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down.  I followed Agnes with her ups and downs trying to figure out if she was on to something or loosing her mind.  I can't wait to see what is next for our Hometown Patriot!  

I also enjoyed the fact that her granddaughter Katherine Odboddy was featured in this book as well and alternated chapters with her grandmother.  Katherine spends her time doing hair and trying to move past her own demons in her life.  It was great to see Katherine move on through the book!

Book Spotlight: Heated and Spiced With Murder by: J R Pearson

Title: Heated and Spiced with Murder
Author: J R Pearson
Publisher: Pearson Publishing
Series: Josie Rizzo Cozy Mystery #3
Pages: 101

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The heat is on, in more ways than one! 

It's date night for Josie and Tony, and what promises to be a very spicy evening is snuffed out when Tony's close friend, chef Manny Epstein, is arrested for the murder of rival restaurant owner, Marco Gonzales. 
Tony is certain police have arrested the wrong man and by all means, he is determined to find the truth. 
Unfortunately, he and Josie are up against a couple of dirty cops to uncover who the real killer is. Tagging along for the investigation, Josie's tech-savvy twin brothers are there to help prevent Manny from being thrown behind bars for a crime he didn't commit. 

All the while, Josie and Tony's relationship starts to heat up and Josie soon learns why her brother, Reese, isn't a fan of the new happy couple. 

Grab a napkin! This one tasty mystery you don't want to miss! 

Author Biography:

J R Pearson lives with her crazy but loving family in southern Maryland. She enjoys weekend excursions, Saturday night movies, and warm home-cooked meals. For years, J R Pearson has loved reading--especially cozy mysteries,and was inspired to write her own. Introducing funny characters, yummy foods, cozy small town life, and a feisty female protagonist.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Review: The Time Key by: Melanie Bateman

Title: The Time Key
Author: Melanie Bateman
Publisher: Sweetwater Books
Pages: 320
Format: e-book ARC
Source: Book Tour


When Stanley saves a man, he's given a mysterious device that allows him to travel through time. But he soon learns that changing his past doesn't necessary lead to a better future. Traveling over 100 years into the future may be the only way Stanley can change his fate and save his family.

My Thoughts: 

This book starts out with a very depressed Stanley wanting to die and be with his wife and daughter who died a few years prior and unable to get the gun to shoot him, he stumbles upon a mugging and helps a stranger who leaves something with him unbeknownst to Stanley.  What does this mysterious item do?  Will it help Stanley get over the death of his loved ones?  Will he finally be able to leave earth to be with them?

Not long you find out the mysterious tranger Stanley helped is Luis and he comes back and retrieves something out of the time piece a vial and leaves Stanley again.  Stanley finds himself with more questions than answers.

This book was a great adventure with twists and turns and I found I couldn't put it down.  The book is written back in time and the details she includes are definitely accurate to what we know of the time period.  I enjoyed being with Stanley to see how he deals with The Time Key.  Definitely a great book for those who love time travel!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Book Spotlight: Sliced and Toasted With Murder by: J R Pearson

Title: Sliced and Toasted with Murder
Author: J R Pearson
Publisher: Pearson Publishing
Series: Josie Rizzo Cozy Mystery #2
Pages: 285

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Small container of pickle spears......$2.99

Hot corned beef sandwich................$6.99

Large antipasto platter ..................$10.99
*Green olives included*

One cold dead body......(Prices may vary)

Josie and her best friend, Brad, are next in line at Greenville's famous pastrami-sandwich-producing hotspot--Danny's Deli. Their highly anticipated lunch break turns stale when employee Gordy Fitzgerald's body is found in the freezer.

Word soon surfaces that Gordy had been stabbed shortly before being found--and the weapon is missing. Locals are devastated by the discovery, and the amount of speculation on the killer's identity is far greater than the holes on a block of Swiss cheese.

Who killed the beloved sandwich wizard?

Josie's untamed curiosity is determined to answer just that.

Along the way, she has a few tasks at hand: maintaining a blog, coming to terms with her feelings for Tony, and keeping up with the shenanigans of her corgi, Petey.

All this, and finding a killer.

Shouldn't be too hard. Living in a small town like Greenville, there's no place anyone can hide.

Not even a murderer...right?

Author Biography: 

J R Pearson lives with her crazy but loving family in southern Maryland. She enjoys weekend excursions, Saturday night movies, and warm home-cooked meals. For years, J R Pearson has loved reading--especially cozy mysteries,and was inspired to write her own. Introducing funny characters, yummy foods, cozy small town life, and a feisty female protagonist.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Review: Tea Cups and Carnage by: Lynn Cahoon

Title: Tea Cups and Carnage
Author: Lynn Cahoon
Publisher: Kensington
Series: A Tourist Trap Mystery #7
Pages: 192
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley & GEBT


The kettle’s about to boil over . . . 

The quaint coastal town of South Cove, California, is all abuzz about the opening of a new specialty shop, Tea Hee. But as Coffee, Books, and More owner Jill Gardner is about to find out, there’s nothing cozy about murder . . .

Shop owner Kathi Corbin says she came to South Cove to get away from her estranged family. But is she telling the truth? And did a sinister someone from her past follow her to South Cove? When a woman claiming to be Kathi’s sister starts making waves and a dead body is found in a local motel, Jill must step in to clear Kathi’s name—without getting herself in hot water.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Jill Gardner, as she welcomes a new store owner into South Cove, Kathi Corbin a recent transplant from Texas has decided to make a run of a tea shop.  When Kathi's sister Ivy shows up Kathi is rattled and Jill can't figure out why.  To make matters worse someone is trying to run down the residents of South Cove and when a relative of Kathi and Ivy's winds up dead Jill finds herself wanting to find out what is going on in their small town.

Lynn Cahoon has this great ability to write mystery that really pulls you in and won't let you go.  You find yourself traveling along with Jill and the other residents in town trying to unravel the mystery and to what degree someone is trying to frame someone else.  I found myself pulled in and was pleasantly surprised  by this great adventure.  I can't wait to see what is next for the South Cove residents!

Book Spotlight: Delivered by Angels by: Emerald Barnes

Delivered by Angels, Emerald Barnes's highly anticipated sequel to her Entertaining Angels series is finally available. And she's running a 99cent sale on all of the books in the series up to date! That's 3 books for $3!

About the Book

Determined to escape her abusive father and drunken mother, Lexi Johnson turns to the blade to numb her pain, but it isn’t enough to end her misery. She’s convinced that not even God could save her now. Roxy Taylor is the new girl in town, and Lexi doesn’t trust her, especially when she teams up with DJ Tucker to try and break down the barriers that Lexi has put in place. Little does Lexi know, there are greater forces battling for her life, and as Lexi begins to open up to both Roxy and DJ, she’ll see that she isn’t alone in this world. In the heart-pounding sequel to Entertaining Angels, everyone’s favorite angel, Zach Taylor, is back, and he’s there to make sure that Madison and Chase Sanders are on the path that God has chosen for them, a path that could deliver Lexi from the demons who want her soul.
**Delivered by Angels is a Christian fiction novel that deals with depression, suicide, and self-harm. It's meant to show people that they aren't alone. If they're feeling this suicidal, there is help. You can always call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or you can reach out to local pastors for help. You can even submit a prayer request to Emerald. You are not alone. About Emerald: Emerald Barnes graduated with a B.A. in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women. She resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it. She’s an auntie to three beautiful nieces and three handsome nephews. She’s a Whovian, a little bit of a nerd, a reader, a writer, and a family-oriented person. God is number one in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Book Spotlight: Grilled and Seasoned with Murder by: J. R Pearson

Title: Grilled  and Seasoned with Murder
Author: J R Pearson
Publisher: Pearson Publishing
Series: A Josie Rizzo Cozy Mystery #1
Pages: 230

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Josie Rizzo has a lot on her plate. 
(Double bacon cheeseburger not included) 

She and her furry companion, Petey, set out to start fresh in the food loving town of Greenville. Josie is excited to introduce the readers of her food blog to the town's delicious creations. 
But when a young woman is murdered at a local burger joint, Josie must sacrifice all she has planned to accomplish to prevent a person from her past from being wrongly accused of the woman's death. 
And things start to heat up when the killer sets his sights on Josie. 
Will she be able to enjoy Greenville's belly-rubbing cuisines and begin a new chapter in her life? Or will the killer cut Josie's dreams short and make sure that basket of onion rings are her last? 

Author Biography:

J R Pearson lives with her crazy but loving family in southern Maryland. She enjoys weekend
excursions, Saturday night movies, and warm home-cooked meals. 

For years, J R Pearson has loved reading--especially cozy mysteries,and was inspired to write her own. Introducing funny characters, yummy foods, cozy small town life, and a feisty female protagonist.

Review: Maggie Dove: A Mystery by: Susan Breen

Title: Maggie Dove: A Mystery
Author: Susan Breen
Publisher: Random House Alibi
Pages: 236
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley & GEBT


Susan Breen introduces a charming new series heroine in this poignant and absorbing cozy mystery with a bite. Maggie Dove thinks everyone in her small Westchester County community knows everyone else’s secrets. Then murder comes to town.

When Sunday School teacher Maggie Dove finds her hateful next-door neighbor Marcus Bender lying dead under her beloved oak tree—the one he demanded she cut down—she figures the man dropped dead of a mean heart. But Marcus was murdered, and the prime suspect is a young man Maggie loves like a son. Peter Nelson was the worst of Maggie’s Sunday School students; he was also her late daughter’s fiancé, and he’s been a devoted friend to Maggie in the years since her daughter’s death.

Maggie can’t lose Peter, too. So she sets out to find the real murderer. To do that, she must move past the grief that has immobilized her all these years. She must probe the hidden corners of her little village on the Hudson River. And, when another death strikes even closer to home, Maggie must find the courage to defend the people and the town she loves—even if it kills her.

My Thoughts: 

This book follows Sunday School teacher Maggie Dove who loves her house her oak tree which reminds her of her daughter who died along time ago.  Her neighbor Marcus Bender wants the tree gone and even goes so far to offer Maggie money to have the tree removed but she refuses.  When Marcus Bender winds up dead in front of the tree Maggie wonders what he was doing there?  Was he trying to tell her something or was he up to do doing something sinister with her oak tree?  When Peter becomes a prime suspect it's up to Maggie to figure out what really happened?  Was it Marcus's wife who wants the tree gone as much as Marcus?  Was it someone else Marcus had upset?  It's up to Maggie but what price will it cost?  Can Maggie set aside her own grief of her daughter that has crippled her all these years later?

I enjoyed this book mainly because I lived in that area about 7 years ago so I can imagine where Maggie lives.  I loved the small town aspect and reading how Maggie went about finding out what happened to Marcus.  The story telling the author gives us really makes you feel like your right next to Maggie Dove wanting to help out when you can.  Can't wait to see what is next for Maggie Dove!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Review: The Calamity Cafe by: Gayle Leeson

Title: The Calamity Cafe
Author: Gayle Leeson
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Down South Cafe Mystery #1
Pages: 304
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley &GEBT


First in a new cozy mystery series featuring Southern cooking that is to die for.

Aspiring chef and small-town Virginia native Amy Flowers is ready to open her own café offering old-fashioned Southern food. But her dream may go up in smoke when someone kills the competition...

Tired of waiting tables at Lou’s Joint, Amy Flowers doesn’t just quit—she offers to buy the place from her bully of a boss, so she can finally open the café of her dreams. Amy can't wait to serve the kind of Southern, down-home treats and dishes that her grandmother always loved to the kooky cast of regulars at the restaurant. She knows her comfort food will be the talk of the sweet, small town of Winter Garden, Virginia.

At first Lou Lou refuses to sell, but when she seems ready to make a deal, she tells Amy to come see her.  Showing up at the eatery ready to negotiate, Amy is shocked to find her former employer murdered. As the prime suspect, Amy will have to clear her name by serving up the real killer—and with Lou Lou’s stack of enemies, that’s a tall order.

My Thoughts: 

This book follows Amy Flowers who wants to start a cafe and goes to her previous boss Lou Lou to buy her joint which has all sorts of issues but Lou Lou isn't interested in selling so Amy decides to give up getting her joint and look for a place to build hers or buy another building to use.  When Pete Lou Lou son's shows up to Amy and tells him his mother has changed her mind but they have to act fast setting up a meeting for later that night.  Amy shows up only to find Lou Lou slouched over her desk dead!  Amy finds herself in trouble as a suspect so she finds herself determined to find out who killed her previous boss and why?

This book was great it had southern charm mixed in with old history and crime and alot of different people you get to meet and find out more about who they are and their connection to Lou Lou and the Holmans.  I loved it can't wait to see what is next in this fabulous series!


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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Review: Éclair and Present Danger by: Laura Bradford

Title: Éclair and Present Danger
Author: Laura Bradford
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery #1
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback ARC
Source: GEBT & NetGalley


The first book in the delicious new Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery series from national bestselling author Laura Bradford.

With her rent rising faster than her pie crust, bakery owner Winnie Johnson had hoped to be rescued by an inheritance from her wealthy friend and neighbor Gertrude Redenbacher. Instead all she inherits is the widow’s hostile hissing tabby, Lovey, and a vintage ambulance, restored by Gertrude’s late husband. As her dream crumbles, Winnie makes her final delivery—a peach pie to an elderly widower. But she finds Bart Wagner lying on his kitchen floor, smothered by a pillow.

To comfort her frightened and grieving neighbors, Winnie comes to the rescue with her baked goods—and an idea is born: dessert delivery via her ambulance and a new business called the Emergency Dessert Squad. When she’s not speeding to the scenes of dessert emergencies, Winnie is also racing to track down Bart’s killer—before she needs to call a real ambulance for the next victim...

My Thoughts:

This book is the first in the Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery series in this one Winnie Johnson finds herself in a lawyer's office listening to a reading of the will for her friend and neighbor Gertrude Redenbacher who has left Winnie her cat Lovey who seems to not like Winnie much and a restored ambulance restored by Gertrude's late husband.  Winnie is slightly disappointed as she thought she would be able to keep her business but sometimes when one door closes another opens.  Winnie honoring a promise to deliver pies on Tuesday to an elderly widower Bart when she arrives to deliver the pie she finds Bart dead.  Who is out to kill the elderly man?  The other big question being why aren't the police doing a thorough investigation?  With Winnie out of work she decides she is going to find out what happened to Bart and make sure it doesn't happen to anymore of her friends.  Can she solve the murder in time or is she next on the ride to the great beyond?

I love how Winnie doesn't give up and takes what she is handed and makes masterpieces with it.  I also liked how she fights when she thinks her friend was murdered and doesn't just accept that he died due to being old.  I enjoy the people Winnie interacts with Mr. Nelson, Bridget who works on a local paper.  I people at the local college and of course who worker Renee.  Such a great mystery you wonder if she will ever figure out who killed him.  Can't wait to see what is next from the Emergency Dessert Squad!

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