Friday, January 19, 2018

Review: Lilac Lane by: Sherryl Woods

Title: Lilac Lane
Author: Sherryl Woods
Publisher: Harlequin
Series: Chesapeake Shores #14
Pages: 352
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley


No one writes about friends, family and home better than Sherryl Woods. Told with warmth and humor, Lilac Lane is a brand-new story in her beloved Chesapeake Shores series, one readers all over the world have waited two years to read!

At the heart of Lilac Lane is Keira Malone, who raised her three children alone after her first marriage broke apart, and who, after years of guarding her heart, finally finds love again. But that love is short-lived when her fiancĂ© suffers a fatal heart attack. Grieving and unsure of what’s next, Keira agrees to move from Dublin to Chesapeake Shores, Maryland, to spend time with her daughter, Moira, and her new granddaughter, Kate, as well as to help her son-in-law, Luke, with his Irish pub, O’Briens

Not wanting to live underfoot, she rents a charming cottage on Lilac Lane, replete with views of the ocean and her neighbor’s thriving garden—not to mention views of the neighbor himself. The neighbor is none other than Bryan Laramie, the brusque and moody chef at the pub, with whom Keira is constantly butting heads. But things get real when Bryan’s long-lost daughter, whom he hasn’t seen since she was a baby, shows up out of the blue. As Bryan and Keira each delve into their pasts, reopening wounds, the rest of the town is gearing up for the Fall Festival Irish Stew cook-off, and making no bones about whose side they’re on. It’s Kitchen Wars meets This is Your Life—a recipe for disaster…or a new take on love?

You won’t want to miss this epic return to Chesapeake Shores, a place we’re betting you’ll want to stay forever.

My Thoughts:

In this book Keira Malone who has been living in Ireland is dealing with a failed marriage, and then death of her fiance Peter when her daughter Moira calls her to convince her to come to Chesapeake Shores for a much needed break.  Instead of wallowing and closing herself off to everyone.  Keira decides this is what she needs maybe it will help awaken herself.  What she didn't count on was butting heads with the pub chef Bryan Laramie.  Can she find her happily ever after or will she go home to Ireland?

Bryan Laramie has been doing everything he can to locate his lost wife and daughter who left so long ago, when all is lost he finds himself dealing with Keira who has a knack for getting under his skin regardless of what he really wants.  As he tries to broker some kind of peace with her sparks begin to fly all over the place and the O'Brien's see it as a new project to work on.

I love this series it's great granted I came in midway and still have to read earlier books it's such a blessing to go back to the shore and see what everyone is up too.  This one didn't disappoint in the least.  It pulls you in and before you know the last page is flipped and the story is told.  I would love to see Ms. Woods come back and write more but only time will tell!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Review: Willow Brook Road by: Sherryl Woods

Title: Willow Brook Road
Author:Sherryl Woods
Publisher: Mira a division of Harlequin
Series: A Chesapeake Shores #13
Pages: 379
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal Purchase


#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods sweeps readers away with the story of a beloved member of the O'Brien family as she claims the life she's always dreamed of...

Spirited, spontaneous Carrie Winters has grown up under the watchful eyes of not only her grandfather Mick O'Brien, but the entire town of Chesapeake Shores.

Now that she's home from Europe, a glamorous fashion career behind her and her heart broken, there seem to be far too many people watching to see if she'll live up to the expectations her family has for her.

As if that weren't enough pressure, Carrie finds herself drawn to sexy, grief-stricken Sam Winslow, who is yearning for someone to help him raise the nephew who's unexpectedly come into his life after a tragedy.

With her own life in turmoil, is Carrie really ready to take on a new career and a new man? Or is Sam exactly what she needs to create the strong, loving family she's always wanted?

My Thoughts:

In this book we follow Carrie as she comes home to Chesapeake Shores to figure out what to do now that she has given up the fashion life.  Unsure of where to go she flutters from thing to thing her grandfather Mick drags her too.  While visiting the local Irish Pub she has an encounter with Sam Winslow who has recently inherited his nephew after his sister and her husband died. 

As the two go through various stages of their relationship between Sam trying not to depend on people to help with his nephew which proves to be harder that it looks.  While Carrie is trying to figure out what to do with her life which leads her down the path of daycare's.

Both Carrie and Sam have a lot to get through to get where they want to be but can they move forward or are they too set in their ways?

I love the O'Brien's they are great, funny and nosy as all get out but their intentions are good even if they go about things a tad dysfunctional.  This one didn't disappoint in the slightest.  It was great watching Sam and Carrie dance around each other and watching it all played out was great to see, as well as seeing what other family members are up too.  Including Susie and Mack who are having a difficult time adopting a baby.

I can't wait to see what is next for the O'Brien's they are a great group and I am curious to see where they wind up next!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Review: Survival of The Fritters by: Ginger Bolton

Title: Survival of The Fritters
Author: Ginger Bolton
Publisher: Kensington
Series: A Deputy Donut Mystery #1
Pages: 256
Format: e-book ARC
Source: GEBT & NetGalley


Emily Westhill runs the best donut shop in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin, alongside her retired police chief father-in-law and her tabby Deputy Donut. But after murder claims a favorite customer, Emily can’t rely on a sidekick to solve the crime—or stay alive.

If Emily has learned anything from her past as a 911 operator, it’s to stay calm during stressful situations. But that’s a tall order when one of her regulars, Georgia Treetor, goes missing. Georgia never skips morning cappuccinos with her knitting circle. Her pals fear the worst—especially Lois, a close friend who recently moved to town. As evening creeps in, Emily and the ladies search for Georgia at home. And they find her—murdered among a scattering of stale donuts . . .

Disturbingly, Georgia’s demise coincides with the five-year anniversary of her son’s murder, a case Emily’s late detective husband failed to solve before his own sudden death. With Lois hiding secrets and an innocent man’s life at stake, Emily’s forced to revisit painful memories on her quest for answers. Though someone’s alibi is full of holes, only a sprinkling of clues have been left behind. And if Emily can’t trace them back to a killer in time, her donut shop will end up permanently closed for business . . .

My Thoughts:

This book follows Emily who works at a Donut Shop with her father-in-law.  While working at the Donut shop she notices that a knitter Georgia is missing and no one seems to know why and not long until the knitting girls decide to visit her house to find out what is going on.  A newcomer to the shop shows up Lois who is a friend of Georgia's and is really worried about her friend being missing.  What the knitter's find next is shocking to all of them.  Georgia dead in her kitchen with a box of Emily's donuts around her.  Who killed Georgia and why?

As Emily and Lois wonder what happened someone attacks Lois who lives next door to Emily.  Which leads Emily and Lois into trying to figure out what is going on and the connection between now and 5 years ago when Georgia's son was murdered.  Emily's husband Alec was the investigator on that case and it was never solved could Lois and Emily solve it now?

I like this story and how we learn quite a bit about Emily and Alec, how Emily left her career after her husband died and still hasn't moved on past him.  Also seeing the people Emily interacts with them.  Especially as the pressure is on to solve the crime or someone is determined to point the finger at Randy Lois's great nephew.  Even Emily has trouble believing Randy committed this horrible crime! Such a fabulous story.  Can't wait to see where it leads next! 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Review: The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer by: Krista Davis

Title: The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer
Author: Krista Davis
Publisher: Berkley
Series: Paws and Claws Mystery #2
Pages: 320
Format: Nook e-book
Source: Purchase


Wagtail, Virginia, the top pet-friendly getaway in the United States, is gearing up for a howling good Halloween—until a spooky murder shakes the town to its core . . .

Holly Miller doesn’t believe in spirits, but the Sugar Maple Inn is filled with guests who do. The TV series in development, Apparition Apprehenders, has descended on Wagtail’s annual Halloween festivities to investigate supernatural local legends, and Holly has her hands full showing the ghost hunters a scary-fun time.

But the frights turn real when Holly’s Jack Russell, Trixie, and kitten, Twinkletoes, find a young woman drowned in the Wagtail Springs Hotel’s bathhouse—the spot of the town’s most infamous haunting. The crime scene is eerily similar to the creepy legend, convincing Holly that the death wasn’t just accidental. Now she’ll have to race to catch a flesh-and-blood killer—before someone else in town gives up the ghost . . .

My Thoughts:

In Wagtail people are gearing up for Halloween included are a group of ghost hunters who are going to film their show in Wagtail.  Holly Miller doesn't believe in ghosts and things that go bump in the night.  What she doesn't count on is Wagtail having their own murder mystery.  When one of the members of the ghost hunting group Mallory winds up drowning in a Hotel Bath House she could sit up in Holly wonders what really happened?  There are no shortage of possibilities in this situation! As Holly tries to find out what happened the town seems very divided in their opinions of what happened to Mallory who wanted her out of the way and why?

I loved going to Wagtail meeting people and seeing what Holly is up too. It was also great learning more history and how it plays in this mystery!  I really enjoyed learning about the history of Wagtail and some residents who lived there.  Definitely a great book to read during Halloween season. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Review: Claws for Concern by: Miranda James

Title: Claws for Concern
Author: Miranda James
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Cat in the Stacks #9
Pages: 288
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley


Charlie Harris and his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, are embroiled in a new mystery when a cold case suddenly heats up in the latest installment of the New York Times bestselling series.

Charlie Harris is busy enjoying his new grandson when a mysterious man with a connection to Charlie's family starts visiting the library, bringing with him troubling questions about an unsolved murder...

Charlie may be a proud new grandfather, but he and Diesel still have work to do at Athena College and the small Mississippi town's public library. He's too busy to deal with true-crime writer Jack Pemberton, who wants Charlie as the subject of his latest book--and who won't take no for an answer. 

A more appealing proposition for Charlie is spending time helping a kind, elderly man navigate the library's genealogical database. But he's shocked when he learns that the visitor's search is focused on a member of his own family: his late aunt's husband.

Charlie befriends the man and considers inviting him to stay in his home, but he's soon given reason to question that notion. Jack is certain that Charlie's new houseguest was involved in a shocking homicide that took place years ago in a small town near Athena. As this cold case heats up, Charlie and Diesel have to uncover a killer who may already be too close to home...

My Thoughts:

This book follows our beloved Charlie Harris and his cat Diesel.  While working at the library they meet a man who has interest in Charlie's family.  Also Charlie is being contacted by Jack Pemberton a true crime writer who seems fascinated by Charlie's solving murders.  Charlie is hesitant to work with Jack until his long lost relative Bill Delaney ends up almost killed in a car accident.  After Laura and her husband witness the accident Charlie becomes determined to help Bill whether he wants it or not.  This case leads back to a 20 year old crime that happened.  With Jack determined to find out who killed a family that Bill was the prime suspect for could Bill be the killer or was it someone else?

I love Cat in the Stacks.  I have been such a fan since I picked up the first book and these books never disappoint.  It's like going back to Athena to see all sorts of people that we've come to know and love and see Diesel and Charlie and see what they are involved with now.  I can't wait to see where the next journey will lead and hopefully with a new baby whose very due soon! 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Review: Ginger Snapped by: Gail Oust

Title: Ginger Snapped
Author: Gail Oust
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Series: Spice Shop Mystery #5
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley


Piper Prescott and Police Chief Wyatt McBride might have gotten off on the wrong foot but, over the past year, their interactions have evolved into a friendship of sorts. And when the body of Shirley Randolph is found floating in a fishing hole, their relationship reaches entirely new territory.

Shirley, the town's Realtor of the Year, was also Wyatt's suspected romantic interest, and now the residents of Brandywine Creek are speculating that Wyatt is responsible for her death. As the town council moves to suspend the handsome lawman, Piper springs into action to save his reputation and possibly his freedom. She enlists the aid of her BFF, Reba Mae Johnson, along with Wyatt himself, to help solve the puzzle and find Shirley’s real killer.

Pointing them toward high-powered real estate tactics and possible affairs, the investigation soon becomes personal when Piper's shop, Spice It Up!, is burglarized, and she’s forced off the road late one night, narrowly escaping serious injury. Realizing that she must be close to uncovering the truth, and that the evidence against Wyatt is no longer circumstantial, Piper resorts to drastic measures to prevent a grave miscarriage of justice.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Piper Prescott as she is getting ready for Melly her ex's mother get married on the day of the wedding the police are called to Chief Wyatt McBride's house where a naked woman is found in his fishing hole.  The victim is none other than real estate agent Shirley Randolph.  Who killed Shirley and why?  And of course why would someone put her in McBride's fishing hole?

As Piper is determined to clear the chief someone seems to think Piper has something that ties to Shirley's death!  Will Piper figure it out or become a new victim?

This book is great mix of friends and family and watching as Piper weeds through the suspects along with her BFF Reba Mae and even Wyatt himself helping along the way.  As the murder case points to Wyatt things also heat up between Piper and Wyatt which I loved reading about.  Can't wait to see where this series goes next, especially with Piper's daughter going off to college.  

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Review: Bless Her Heart by: Debby Mayne

Title: Bless Her Heart
Author: Debby Mayne
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Series: Class Reunion #2
Pages: 331
Format: Paperback ARC
Source: Book Tour


As Priscilla Slater s 15-year class reunion approaches, she decides to attend out of curiosity and to flaunt her latest achievement taking her business to a national level with the possibility of a TV show. As if getting ready for the event and putting up with the pranks of her former classmates isn t enough, Priscilla s hometown visit is further complicated by her parents separation. With the once-solid sanctuary of her home broken at the foundation, there s only one thing Priscilla s parents can agree on: no matter what sort of accolades their daughter receives as a hair stylist, she s not living up to her potential. Eager to escape the painful reality of her childhood home, Priscilla bolts as soon as a call from New York brings good news: her offer to purchase one of the best salons in the country is likely to come through. But returning to New York means returning to Tim, Priscilla s best friend and business pal who has been impatiently suggesting their relationship should be more than a friendship. Despite her recent achievements, will Priscilla learn that success doesn't always result in popularity or love?

My Thoughts: 

This book follows fellow graduates of high school Priscilla, Laura, Celeste, and Trudy along with Tim.  We see how things lead up to the reunion and how everyone has been doing the past 5 years and where everyone is at.  Of course things don't always go as planned but I think that is what makes this book such an interesting take.  You get to see people adjust to things around them and see where they are going from where they were.  I really enjoy this series and find it easy to go back and see what this group of people are up to next!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Review: Stowed Away by: Barbara Ross

Title: Stowed Away
Author: Barbara Ross
Publisher: Kensington
Series: A Maine Clambake Mystery #6
Pages: 280
Format: e-book ARC
Source: GEBT & NetGalley


It’s June in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, and Julia Snowden and her family are working hard to get their authentic Maine clambake business ready for summer. Preparations must be put on hold, however, when a mysterious yacht drops anchor in the harbor—and delivers an unexpected dose of murder . . .

When Julia’s old prep school rival Wyatt Jayne invites her to dinner on board her billionaire fiancĂ©’s decked-out yacht, Julia arrives to find a sumptuous table set for two—and the yachtsman dead in his chair. Suspicion quickly falls on Wyatt, and Julia’s quest to dredge up the truth leads her into the murky private world of a mega-rich recluse who may not have been all that he seemed . . .

My Thoughts:

This picks up with June hitting Busman's Harbor Maine and Julia and her family are working getting their clambake business underway.  When Julia's mother wants to fix up the house on the Island.  What Julia didn't count on was who they were meeting with one of the mean girls Julia went to school with.  After the meeting Julia, Chris and Quentin are invited to Wyatt Jayne's boyfriend's yacht.  They meet the mysterious boyfriend but it isn't long before Wyatt's boyfriend winds up dead and Julia wonders if it is connected to Busman's harbor or just convenient!

I love this series to go back to Busman's Harbor see what everyone is up to and meeting new characters all the time.  This one showed more of Julia's past which was great to see even if it wasn't the best memories.  We also learn more about Chris's family and why he's not big on discussing them as well as learning more about Quentin.  So much going on while getting ready for the summer business to begin!

This book was so full of mysterious people and the secrets they hold including Chris and Quentin who have their own secrets they haven't told Julia and I think confiding in her helped build the relationships.  As well as finding out the future of the house on the island and what will come of it.  I can't wait to see what comes next in this series!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Review: Thread The Halls by: Lea Wait

Title: Thread The Halls
Author: Lea Wait
Publisher: Kensington
Series: Mainely Needlepoint #6
Pages: 288
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley


Christmas in Haven Harbor, Maine, means family, trouble, and murder . . .

This Yuletide season, there's no time for Angie Curtis and Patrick West to linger under the mistletoe. Patrick's being needled by his mother--movie star Skye West--to set the stage for a perfect white Christmas as she brings her costar, screenwriters, and director home for the holidays. With his mother's long list of wishes, Patrick's becoming unraveled. To help, the Mainely Needlepointers offer to decorate Skye's Victorian mansion and create needlepoint pillows as gifts for the guests.

But not long after the celebrity celebrants invade Haven Harbor, an unscripted tragedy occurs. Then some questionable Christmas cookies make Patrick sick. Before Santa arrives at the town pier on a lobster boat, Angie and the Needlepointers need to trim down the naughty list, catch a cold-hearted killer, and wrap up the case . . .

My Thoughts:

Christmas is hitting Haven Harbor and the Mainely Needlepointers are helping Patrick West in setting up a perfect Maine Christmas for his mother Skye and her co-workers.  But someone has murder on their mind when one of the guests winds up dead, and Patrick ends up poisoned as well.  Someone is doing a good job of pointing the finger at Angie!  Whose the Grinch this year and will Angie figure it out in time?

 It's such an adventure to go back to Haven Harbor and see what everyone is up to and this book didn't disappoint.  The group had their ups and downs but that happens with any friends. I have loved this series since the first book and it grows every time I get a copy to read.  This one was full of holidays and good friends celebrating while also trying to figure out who is trying to do in Patrick and a guest of Skye's!   I don't want to spoil the ending but if you haven't read these books you are truly missing out!

Review: Miracle at Christmas by: Debbie Mason

Title: Miracle At Christmas
Author: Debbie Maso
Publisher: Forever Yours
Series: Christmas, Colorado #7.5
Pages: 94
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley


Celebrate the holidays with USA Today bestselling author Debbie Mason's heartwarming novella about a town called Christmas.

Charlotte Bailey needs a miracle. She came to this sleepy little Colorado town to keep the local hospital afloat, but now her scrooge of a boss is demanding she close it down. Charlotte is going to need all the help she can get, even from Dr. McSexy--er, Dr. Matt Trainer--if she's to save Christmas before, well, Christmas!

All Matt wants for Christmas is for Charlotte to give it--and him--half a chance. But with the town looking to him to save the hospital and Charlotte itching to get back to New York in time to see the city decked out in lights, Matt doesn't have much time to make things right. But he's got faith--after all, miracles happen every day in Christmas.

My Thoughts:

In this book Charlotte Bailey is heading back to New York after her exile in Christmas Colorado.  She was sent there to appease her ex-husband and his new wife who want to take the family business away from Charlotte.  Charlotte is reduced in the end to cut the hospital and close it down which is the last thing she wants to do with the help of Ty and Matt and other people in town Charlotte is trying anything she can to keep the hospital running. Will she solve this issue in time?  Or will there be no Christmas Miracle?

I enjoyed this series granted I haven't read any of the others but think I may have too.  This book was a great insight into the town and people and dedication they have to their small town and each other.  Add to that one sexy doctor and Charlotte definitely has her work cut out for her.  The romance was great as well.  Who doesn't enjoy a romance at Christmastime!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Review: Once and For All by: Sarah Dessen

Title: Once and For All
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Viking Books For Young Readers
Pages: 358
Format: Hardcover
Source: Personal Purchase


As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen's thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine. 

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that's why she's cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm's length. But Ambrose isn't about to be discouraged, now that he's met the one girl he really wants. 

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.

My Thoughts: 

This book follows Louna and her mother Natalie Barrett who runs a wedding planning business with her best friend William all three have bee scorned by love and are very cynical about it.  As this book progresses they meet Ambrose who is happy about many things can challenges Louna who had shut the idea of relationships off after her last boyfriend Ethan.  This book goes back and forth from the present to what happened with Ethan. 

I was really impressed with this book and the love story of Ethan and Louna and the loss they suffered.  It was great that we saw Louna do things she wasn't perfectly comfortable.  It showed how imperfect people can be which is a great thing with books!  I think too much is spent with perfect characters and Ms. Dessen's book shows us the imperfections her characters have which make them greater characters for it! 

Friday, December 22, 2017

Review: Lady Midnight by: Cassandra Clare

Title: Lady Midnight
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Series: The Dark Artifices #1
Pages: 720
Format: Paperback
Source: Gift


The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in this #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering who killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her battle partner Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.

My Thoughts:

This book takes place 5 years after City of Heavenly Fire and brings us to California where Emma is still trying to figure out who killed her parents and living with the Blackthorns who reside at the California institute.  In this book there is the high warlock of Los Angeles Malcolm Fade.  When the faeries approach the shadowhunters asking for help in findig someone whose murdering people using Mark Blackthorn as a  tool to get them to investigate the situation which leads them to various part of Los Angeles.  Will they figure out the murderer in time?  Or will more people die?

I love this series as like the others it takes you and shows you more of the shadowhunter world and you meet more people not all mundane either.  We also get to watch the relationship between Emma and Julian and how it develops ad we get to see old shadowhunters Jace and Clary and Tessa and Jem.  Can't wait to see how the next book in the series goes.  Having some major cliff hanger situations it will definitely be interesting to continue this amazing journey!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Book Blast & Review Murder She Slopes by: Rachel Stapleton

Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series 
Release Date - November 26, 2017 
Print Length: 214 pages 
Sirens ring. Are you listening? Near Candy Cane Lane. A Body is glistening. A murderous sight. Trubble's investigating tonight. Walking through this winter wonderland.
It's the week before Christmas and Investigative Journalist Penelope Trubble has reluctantly agreed to investigate the death of a woman at the Sleighs & Slopes Adventure Resort in the hopes of exonerating her her husband—who just happens to be Penny’s ex. But with so many suspicious characters lurking in the trees, Penelope risks being strangled by clues, Christmas lights, conjecture, and catastrophe. It doesn’t help that Penny's still a little frosty with the man accused of icing his bride, and she must prove he's no cold-blooded killer. At least there’s candy-cane cocoa, a roaring fire, and the Laurentian Mountains to savor—not to mention the hunky detective dashing through the snow after her. Helping an ex is a slippery slope, and things are going downhill fast for Penelope Trubble.

My Thoughts:

Penelope Trubble is on vacation for the holidays when she gets a frantic call from her ex-boyfriend whose wife Holly is dead and it looks like her ex might be on the hook for it.  Now she finds herself heading to Sleigh & Slopes Adventure Resort to help find out who killed Holly! This book has it's fill of adventure and lots of possibilities. As the bodies start pilling up and the potential suspect could be anyone. 

I enjoyed reading this and following along with Penelope as she tries to figure out who killed Lucas blushing bride and why?  This book will keep you going until the last page is turned! Such a great adventure to go when the character Penelope only really knows a few people Eve, Cody, and Lucas she really has her work cut out for her.  Can't wait to see what is next!

About The Author

Rachael Stapleton lives in a Second Empire Victorian home with her husband and two children in Ontario, Canada and enjoys writing in the comforts of aged wood and arched dormers.
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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Review: Of Murder and Men by: Lynn Cahoon

Title: Of Murder and Men
Author: Lynn Cahoon
Publisher: Kensington
Series: Cat Latimer Mystery #3
Pages: 320
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley & GEBT


Love is in the air in Aspen Hills, and it’s making a terrible mess of Cat Latimer’s writers’ retreat—especially when blood stains the plot . . .

Ever since her business partner, Shauna, fell for a wealthy landowner in town, Cat has been working double time to keep her writers’ retreat running. And with the January session almost underway, that spells trouble. As if scheduling mishaps aren’t disastrous enough, Shauna skips out on kitchen duties one morning, forcing Cat to serve unsuspecting guests store-bought muffins . . .

But best laid plans really go awry when Shauna discovers her beau missing from their bed. When his body later turns up in the horse barn, they quickly find out the victim’s scandalous lifestyle left many dying for revenge. While balancing an eccentric group of aspiring writers and a suspect list for the record books, Cat soon finds herself on the heels of a killer—and authoring her most deadly conclusion yet .

My Thoughts:

Cat Latimer is back and hosting another retreat this one includes an ex-cop Shirley, who wants to help Cat solve her ex-husband Michael's murder.  What Cat seems to be having trouble with is Shauna who is dating a wealthy landowner and taking over Shauna's time making Cat wonder if Shauna will be able to keep up at the retreat.  When her boyfriend goes missing Uncle Pete is on the hunt for clues as to what happened to Shauna's boyfriend.  Where could he have gone and why not tell Shauna? Later that day word gets out that Shauna's boyfriend is dead who could have killed him and why?  Could it have been a bitter ex?  Or his business associate who seems to be looking to close Shauna out of everything?  Of course we are also left wondering what happened to Michael?  Was he into something that got him killed or was it a random killing?

I love this series since it began it's like nothing else I've read.  It follows a retreat runner who has such fun hosting these things minus the murders normally.  This murder seemed to hit closer as it was her friend's boyfriend and she is stuck watching her friend suffer such sadness.  Of course Cat is determined to help her friend and I love that about Cat her loyalty to her friends.  That and her working on her own books is also a great pleasure.  I just can't get enough of this series and look forward to reading what Cat is up to next!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Interview with Laura Childs author of Egg Drop Dead

Interview with Laura Childs,
author of the just-released-in-paperback Egg Drop Dead

What genre do you write?

I’m in what’s called the “cozy” genre – and I write this way for a reason. I think many women are tired of thriller-killer-slasher-type books. These books focus on violence against women – and women simply don’t want that on their nighttime reading tables. They’re looking for a respite, a story where the female characters are smart, savvy, and caring. Cozies by nature are mysteries that feature a sort of “bloodless murder” and where the bad guy (or girl) is brought to justice in the end.

How did you come to write cozies?

Even though I was CEO of an advertising agency, I began writing fiction on evenings and weekends. Over the course of three years I turned out three screenplays and two thrillers. The screenplays all got looked at by Hollywood production companies that eventually passed, the novels never got published.  Then I took one more shot. I wrote a first chapter and a forty-page outline called Death by Darjeeling, what would be my first Tea Shop Mystery. That book not only got published, it hit big time – enough so that I could sell my ad agency and become a full time mystery writer. Now I’m thrilled to say that I’ve written more than forty novels with three more in the works!

What is your favorite character to write about?

I just adore Suzanne, the main character in my Cackleberry Club Mysteries. She’s a smart, savvy entrepreneur who lost her husband and then found love later in life. She’s also a clever lady who can step in and unravel a good murder mystery.

Do you have a favorite villain in any of your books?

I love all my villains. I always try to make them extremely duplicitous – definitely on the spectrum of being a sociopath. That way, they can play a role as a major character but are eventually unmasked and brought to justice in the end.

What inspires your books?

Absolute fear. Fear of not coming up with a good story. Fear of missing a publishing deadline.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I’m always writing. Besides the Cackleberry Club Mysteries, I write the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbooking Mysteries, and the Afton Tangler Thriller series.
Well, actually, when I have a bit of free time I like to travel and read. 

Do you have any new books coming out or books you want to share?

I sure do. Egg Drop Dead was just released in paperback, then I have Plum Tea Crazy (Tea Shop Mystery) coming out in March 2018, Glitter Bomb (Scrapbook Mystery) the following October, and Eggs on Ice (Cackleberry) in December.

Do you have a favorite drink?

Since I’m often writing about tea, I’m usually drinking it, too!
If you were stuck on a deserted island and could take three things with you, what would they be?

A toothbrush, fishing line, and a water purifying kit. Wait, that’s way too practical. How about lip gloss, a Chanel jacket, and diamond earrings?


Laura Childs is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, New Orleans Scrapbooking Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO of her own marketing firm, authored several screenplays, and produced a reality TV show. She is married to Dr. Bob, a professor of Chinese and Japanese art history, enjoys travel, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

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