Sunday, September 8, 2019

Review: Harvest of Secrets by: Ellen Crosby

Title: Harvest of Secrets
Author: Ellen Crosby
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Series: Wine Country Mysteries #9
Pages: 352
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley

Description:

The search for the killer of an aristocratic French winemaker who was Lucie Montgomery's first crush and the discovery of dark family secrets put Lucie on a collision course with a murderer.

It's harvest season at Montgomery Estate Vineyard--the busiest time of year for winemakers in Atoka, Virginia. A skull is unearthed near Lucie Montgomery's family cemetery, and the discovery of the bones coincides with the arrival of handsome, wealthy aristocrat Jean-Claude de Marignac. He's come to be the head winemaker at neighboring La Vigne Cellars, but he's no stranger to Lucie--he was her first crush twenty years ago when she spent a summer in France.

Not long after his arrival, Jean-Claude is found dead, and while there is no shortage of suspects who are angry or jealous of his ego and overbearing ways, suspicion falls on Miguel Otero, an immigrant worker at La Vigne, who recently quarreled with Jean-Claude. When Miguel disappears, Lucie receives an ultimatum from her own employees: prove Miguel's innocence or none of the immigrant community will work for her during the harvest. As Lucie hunts for Jean-Claude's killer and continues to search for the identity of the skeleton abandoned in the cemetery, she is blindsided by a decades-old secret that shatters everything she thought she knew about her family. Now facing a wrenching emotional choice, Lucie must decide whether it's finally time to tell the truth and hurt those she loves the most, or keep silent and let past secrets remain dead and buried.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Lucie Montgomery and her friends and family as they are getting ready for storm approaching when an old crush of Lucie's comes back into town working at another vineyard.  Jean-Claude approaches Lucie about someone out to kill him.  Lucie dismisses the drama as she has more to deal with the impending storm than the drama of Jean-Claude.  When he ends up dead and the heat is on Lucie's cousin she knows she has to get to the bottom of it.  Add that murder to a skeleton showing up on Lucie's property and a family secret come to light.  With so much going on will Lucie figure it out or will she wind up the next victim?

I love this series.  The writing pulls you in and won't let you go wondering how Lucie will piece it all together in time or won't she?  I especially like when a crime from the past is involved to because you are more determined to piece it all together and learn more about the Montgomery's. Can't wait to see what is next for Lucie and her friends and family!

Monday, September 2, 2019

Review: Lark! The Herald Angels Sing by: Donna Andrews

Title: Lark! The Herald Angels Sing
Author: Donna Andrews
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Series: Meg Langslow #24
Pages: 279
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

Description:

Away in a manger, asleep on the hay, Meg Langslow finds a little gift.

For four previous Christmases, New York Times bestselling author Donna Andrews has delighted readers with holiday mysteries, full of Christmas cheer and starring her quirky characters. Now she gives us another hilarious new adventure in her award-winning Meg Langslow series with Lark! The Herald Angels Sing.

It’s Christmastime in Caerphilly and Meg, full of holiday spirit, is helping out with the town's festivities. While directing a nativity pageant and herding the children participating in it, she finds a surprise in the manger: a live baby.

A note from the mother, attached to the baby girl’s clothes, says that it’s time for her father to take care of her―and implicates Meg’s brother, Rob, as the father. And while a DNA test can reveal whether there's any truth to the accusation, Rob's afraid the mere suspicion could derail his plan to propose to the woman he loves. Meg quickly realizes it's up to her to find the baby's real identity.

She soon discovers that the baby―named Lark according to the fateful note―may be connected to something much bigger. Something that eventually puts a growing number of Meg’s friends and family in danger. And before long, Meg realizes she can’t fix things single-handedly. Meanwhile, a war is brewing between Caerphilly and its arch-rival Clay County―and it's not a snowball fight. Can Meg bring everyone together in time for the holidays?

My Thoughts: 

In this book Meg is working with the kids in town on a Christmas pageant when they discover a baby girl left at the church with a note implying Meg's brother Rob is the father.  Did Rob really have a baby with someone other than his current girlfriend?  

Something fishy is going on in Clay County and the baby's family needs the help of all the residents in town to save one family so they get to have a Merry Christmas.  When the men in town get themselves in legal trouble it's up to the women to straighten things out but will it work in time?

I love this series and the things they go through some of it is just way lol moments.  They pull you in for a totally dysfunctional bumpy ride that won't let go until the story is told!  I will definitely be checking out other books in this series as they are a recipe for complete success!

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Review: Relatively Dead by: Sheila Connolly

Title: Relatively Dead
Author: Sheila Connolly
Publisher: Beyond The Page
Series: Relatively Dead #1
Page: 211
Format: e-book
Source: Purchase

Description:

Abby Kimball has just moved to New England with her boyfriend and is trying to settle in, but the experience is proving to be quite unsettling, to say the least. While on a tour of local historic homes, Abby witnesses a family scene that leaves her gasping for breath—because the family has been dead for nearly a century. Another haunting episode follows, and another, until it seems to Abby that everything she touches is drawing her in, calling to her from the past.

Abby would doubt her sanity if it weren’t for Ned Newhall, the kind and knowledgeable guide on that disturbing house tour. Rather than telling her she’s hallucinating, Ned takes an interest in Abby’s strange encounters and encourages her to figure out what’s going on, starting with investigating the story of the family she saw . . . and exploring her own past. 

My Thoughts: 

Abby Kimball is new to New England moving with her boyfriend for his work and finds herself without something to do so she decides to investigate the area with different house tours.  When she feels connected to a house local resident Ned Newhall he believes in her and helps her learn about her family and past.

Abby finds herself questioning her relationship with her boyfriend and finally decides enough is enough and moves on from him.  She secures a job and town and spends more time with Ned and feels like she's learning more and more about her gift and her family history.

It was a great adventure and interesting to read how Abby deals with it.  Was definitely worth it and will be a great read for anyone who loves paranormal gifts or psychics.  I know I loved it!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Review: Delivering The Truth by: Edith Maxwell

Title: Delivering The Truth
Author: Edith Maxwell
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Series: Quaker Midwife Mystery #1
Pages: 297
Format: e-book
Source: Personal Purchase

Description:

Quaker midwife Rose Carroll hears secrets and keeps confidences as she attends births of the rich and poor alike in an 1888 Massachusetts mill town. When the town’s world-famed carriage industry is threatened by the work of an arsonist, and a carriage factory owner’s adult son is stabbed to death with Rose's own knitting needle, she is drawn into solving the mystery. Things get dicey after the same owner’s mistress is also murdered, leaving her one-week-old baby without a mother. The Quaker poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier helps Rose by lending words of advice and support. While struggling with being less than the perfect Friend, Rose draws on her strengths as a counselor and problem solver to bring two murderers to justice before they destroy the town’s carriage industry and the people who run it. 

My Thoughts:

This book follows Rose Carroll whose a midwife in Massachusetts back in 1880 where you see all sorts of things with pregnant women.  When a fire burns down a local factory everyone is upset about it in their own way.  When a young mother winds up dead it's up to Rose to figure out what happened and why?

This book was a great introduction into Rose Carroll and her life in 1880's along with her beau meeting the residents and watching as Rose sniffs out the clues to figure out who had the most to gain in the death of the young mother!  Can't wait to see what is the next in this thrilling series!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Review: Eagle & Crane by: Suzanne Rindell

Title: Eagle & Crane
Author: Suzanne Rindell
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Pages: 434
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

Description:

Two young daredevil flyers confront ugly truths and family secrets during the U.S. internment of Japanese citizens during World War II, from the author of The Other Typist and Three-Martini Lunch.

Louis Thorn and Haruto "Harry" Yamada -- Eagle and Crane -- are the star attractions of Earl Shaw's Flying Circus, a daredevil (and not exactly legal) flying act that traverses Depression-era California. The young men have a complicated relationship, thanks to the Thorn family's belief that the Yamadas -- Japanese immigrants -- stole land that should have stayed in the Thorn family. 

When Louis and Harry become aerial stuntmen, performing death-defying tricks high above audiences, they're both drawn to Shaw's smart and appealing stepdaughter, Ava Brooks. When the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor and one of Shaw's planes mysteriously crashes and two charred bodies are discovered in it, authorities conclude that the victims were Harry and his father, Kenichi, who had escaped from a Japanese internment camp they had been sent to by the federal government. To the local sheriff, the situation is open and shut. But to the lone FBI agent assigned to the case, the details don't add up.

Thus begins an investigation into what really happened to cause the plane crash, who was in the plane when it fell from the sky, and why no one involved seems willing to tell the truth. By turns an absorbing mystery and a fascinating exploration of race, family and loyalty, Eagle and Crane is that rare novel that tells a gripping story as it explores a terrible era of American history.

My Thoughts: 

This book follows dare devils Louis and Harry who've decided to join a flying group going around to towns doing air shows.  While there the two fall in love with the same girl.  As the story progresses we also learn about the history between the two families who have been rivaling for years even though Harry's family isn't totally sure why.  When two burned bodies show up the assumption is that it was Harry and his father but the question is who helped them?

This book also spans during the Japanese camps in California during World War II.  Conditions weren't great by a long shot and it was a captivating story that span years.  It brought you right in with Harry and Louis and wondering how the story would end.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and would read it again!

Monday, August 26, 2019

Review: Murder's No Votive Confidence by: Christin Brecher

Title: Murder's No Votive Confidence
Author: Christin Brecher
Publisher: Kensington
Series: Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery #1
Pages: 285
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley

Description:

Nantucket candle store owner Stella Wright specializes in creating unique candles for every occasion. But someone sets the stage for murder when a Memorial Day celebration becomes a wedding to die for . . . 

Jessica Sterling’s candlelight-themed nuptial promises to be the perfect kick-off to the summer’s first official holiday weekend. Stella’s thrilled to have been chosen to provide the decorative centerpiece for the wedding ceremony: a two-foot, tall scented unity candle—a symbol of the happy couple’s love. But it looks like the bride-to-be’s uncle won’t be walking his niece down the aisle after he’s found dead. The murder weapon is Stella’s seemingly indestructible candle, now split in two. 

When a beloved local bartender is arrested, Stella’s sure a visiting police Captain running the case made a rush to justice. With superstitious brides-to-be cancelling orders and sales waxing and waning at her store, the Wick & Flame owner decides to do some sleuthing of her own. Abetted by a charming reporter and challenged by the town’s sexiest cop, Stella’s determined to shine a light on the truth and uncover a killer who’s snuffing out her own flame.

My Thoughts: 

This book follows Stella Wright whose owning a candle store hoping to branch out into weddings and other decorations for her friend Jessica's wedding.  When Jessica's uncle winds up dead and the candle is in sight, Stella wonders if her business is ruined?  A local bartender is arrested and Stella finds out what his story is she is more determined to get to the bottom of the real story.  Everyone in Nantucket seems to be hiding something now it's up to Stella to figure who really killed Jessica Sterling's uncle and why!

This is a cute cozy mystery than centers around candles and the Sterling Wedding.  You find yourself meeting all sorts of people wondering which one of them was up to no good and why?  The author has you chasing along with Stella to find out what is going and who has the most to gain by the death!  

Definitely a great book that I couldn't put down until I was finished it pulled me along on a wonderfully bumpy ride that I'd love to go on again and again!

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Review: American Pop by: Snowden Wright

Title: American Pop
Author: Snowden Wright
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

Description:

The story of a family. The story of an empire. The story of a nation.

Moving from Mississippi to Paris to New York and back again, a saga of family, ambition, passion, and tragedy that brings to life one unforgettable Southern dynasty—the Forsters, founders of the world’s first major soft-drink company—against the backdrop of more than a century of American cultural history.

The child of immigrants, Houghton Forster has always wanted more—from his time as a young boy in Mississippi, working twelve-hour days at his father’s drugstore; to the moment he first laid eyes on his future wife, Annabelle Teague, a true Southern belle of aristocratic lineage; to his invention of the delicious fizzy drink that would transform him from tiller boy into the founder of an empire, the Panola Cola Company, and entice a youthful, enterprising nation entering a hopeful new age.

Now the heads of a preeminent American family spoken about in the same breath as the Hearsts and the Rockefellers, Houghton and Annabelle raise their four children with the expectation they’ll one day become world leaders. The burden of greatness falls early on eldest son Montgomery, a handsome and successful politician who has never recovered from the horrors and heartbreak of the Great War. His younger siblings Ramsey and Lance, known as the “infernal twins,” are rivals not only in wit and beauty, but in their utter carelessness with the lives and hearts of others. Their brother Harold, as gentle and caring as the twins can be cruel, is slowed by a mental disability—and later generations seem equally plagued by misfortune, forcing Houghton to seriously consider who should control the company after he’s gone.

An irresistible tour de force of original storytelling, American Pop blends fact and fiction, the mundane and the mythical, and utilizes techniques of historical reportage to capture how, in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s words, “families are always rising and falling in America,” and to explore the many ways in which nostalgia can manipulate cultural memory—and the stories we choose to tell about ourselves.

My Thoughts: 

This book follows the Panola Cola Company Forster family.  They have developed a soda pop that sells and goes worldwide.  What goes on within the family is all sorts of drama.  Will the Forster's reign for years or will they fail?

This book was great and read like Dallas or Dynasty.  There are secrets and big ones at that.  The siblings all have their own issues.  They want to succeed but success isn't always easy.  Their father has his hands full trying to figure out who will run the company when he no longer can.  Each child of his thinks it will be them but in the end it's someone else entirely.  

I loved the writing of historical events mixed in with fiction and reminds me of books like Gone with the Wind, or Saving CeeCee Honeycutt.  It's definitely worth checking out and can't wait to see what Mr. Wright pens next!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Book Tour: Jackson by: Emily March


Title: Jackson
Author: Emily March
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperback
Series: Eternity Springs: The McBrides of Texas Trilogy #1, Eternity Springs #16
Pages: 320
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley

Description:

From New York Times bestselling author Emily March comes Jackson, the newest novel in the critically acclaimed Eternity Springs series. 

Sometimes it takes a new beginning 
Caroline Carruthers thinks she buried her dreams along with the love of her life…until a stranger named Celeste dares her to chase a dream all on her own. Moving to Redemption, Texas, is chapter one in Caroline’s new life story. Opening a bookstore is the next. Finding love is the last thing on her mind as she settles into this new place called home. But when she meets a handsome, soulful man who’s also starting over, all bets are off. 

to reach a happily-ever-after 

Jackson McBride came to Redemption looking only to find himself, not someone to love. Ever since his marriage ended, he’s been bitter. Sure, he used to believe in love—he even has the old song lyrics to prove it—but the Jackson of today is all business. That is, until a beautiful young widow who’s moved to town inspires a change of heart. Could it be that the myth of Redemption’s healing magic is true…and Jackson and Caroline can find a second chance at a happy ending after all?

“A brilliant writer you’ll love creates a world you’ll never want to leave.”—Susan Mallery, New York Times bestselling author 

My Thoughts:

This book follows Jackson and Caroline who seem to be at a crossroads in life.  Jackson helping rebuild a family property after a messy divorce and custody situation.  The last thing he's looking for is love.  Caroline is dealing with her husband whose got severe medical issues and is dying.  When he dies it's up to Caroline to figure out what she wants in life which seems to lead her to Redemption, Texas. 

When these two meet the sparks are there if the two can get past their issues.  What starts out as harmless flirting soon really heats up.  It seems Redemption is good for the soul.  Even when emergencies lead Jackson to Las Vegas and he has to decide when he gets back what he really wants and how to achieve it!

I really enjoy this series watching as Caroline and Jackson go around each other as they decide where their life will lead.  It was totally worth reading this series.  The author really knows how to spin a tale on second choices and moving on.  Can't wait to see what is next in the series!

GIVEAWAY:

I have one copy to giveaway to lucky USA resident I just need you to comment below what your favorite chic lit authors are?  Also be sure to include your email address.  You don't need to put dot and at just put jsmith@email.com.  Good luck to everyone who enters!

1.  You wrote a book! That’s pretty awesome. Why don’t you tell us a bit about what inspired Jackson and the rest of the books in the Eternity Springs world? 

The saying “Write what you know” says it all in my case. I’m a small-town girl and my family and friendships are center to my world. I write about love and family and friendships. I have roots in both the Colorado Rockies and the Texas Hill Country, so it was natural for me to set Eternity Springs and Redemption there. The idea for JACKSON grew out of my interest in the music currently being written and performed in Texas. I’ve always thought singer/songwriters are romantic figures so I was excited to create a hero with this background. Unfortunately, I’m not a musician and I’m definitely not a singer, but I am creative so it was fun for me to explore that aspect of a character. 

2.  Introduce us to your main character! 

Okay. Well, Americana singer/songwriter Jackson McBride is a bit damaged when the book begins. His famous, talented and wealthy ex has won a custody battle that severely limits his access to his six-year-old daughter, so Jackson goes home to the Texas Hill Country to nurse his broken heart. He finds solace in Enchanted Canyon hiking the trails with the dog he rescues and working to bring a historic dance hall back to life. The last thing he expects is to find love again with a woman whose heart is as battered as his own.

3.  Walk us through a day in the life of Emily March.

Ready to be bored? Now that my daughter’s and niece’s weddings are behind me—they consumed me for months—I’m boring and happy about it. I split my time between Fort Worth where we have a condo downtown in a 1930’s passenger train station and our lake house in the Texas Hill Country. I recently gave up my office in town because I’m spending more and more time at the lake. My husband also offices out of our condo, so on days when we are both working in town, I’ve started riding the new TexRail train that runs from our building to DFW airport. It’s quiet and comfortable and I don’t have Internet to distract me. And at $5 a day, it’s much cheaper than office rent. :) When I’m at the lake I’m either working or doing yard work. My new favorite toy is my power washer. 

4. Lots of aspiring authors out there. Any advice for them?

I’ve always thought that one of the most important things you can do for your writing is to read. And read. And read some more. Read across genres. You absorb so much about pacing and plotting and character development when you read. Plus, you get to READ! :)

5. How is the Jackson trilogy different than your other series? 

I don’t think it’s necessarily different from the rest of the Eternity Springs series. I write about love and family and friendship—that doesn’t change. Readers will still see old friends from Eternity Springs and a few scenes in JACKSON are set in Colorado. What’s new is we get to spend some time in the Texas Hill Country and meet a few new characters—Celeste’s cousin, Angelica, for example. 

6.  I know asking someone’s all-time favorite book is a loaded question so what’s your current favorite read?

I’m a big fan of Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson series and I’m reading her latest right now, STORM CURSED.

7. Alright, the ultimate question: why should we read your book? 

My goals as a writer are to touch a reader’s heart, to entertain her and make her laugh, to maybe cry a little and sigh with satisfaction upon reaching the end. With JACKSON, I believe I’ve achieved those goals.

8. Describe yourself in 3 words. 

Family. Family. Family. :)

9. What is your most embarrassing memory? 

Walking out of the junior high school cafeteria in seventh grade, not realizing that my very short dress—it was the 70’s—had gotten hung up in my underwear and I inadvertently flashed my rear end to the entire cafeteria—including the tables where the football players sat. Thinking about it even today gives me the hives.

10. Favorite quote or scene you wrote in JACKSON? 

I love the ending.  Jackson is a songwriter who has lost his music and when he finds it again…the song he sings to Caroline…just makes me melt.

11. What is one piece of advice you would tell everyone?

Call your mother.

12.  What inspired you to become a writer? 

I’ve always loved to read, so that is part of it, but my father was my primary inspiration. He was a fabulous storyteller. I grew up sitting at his feet and listening to him tell stories about his youth and his experiences in Europe during World War II. Listening to him tell his stories was my favorite thing to do. I didn’t inherit his talent for verbal storytelling, but I think I learned from him how to tell a good story on the page.

13. Do you have any interesting writing quirks or habits?

Like I mentioned before, I’m pretty boring. My perks and habits are always evolving. The train writing thing is new for me. I usually write on a laptop and edit on a desktop. I listen to movie soundtracks when I write and always finish a book with The Last of the Mohicans.

14. What has been one of the most surprising things you’ve learned as a published author?

I’m always a little surprised and honored that readers are excited to meet me. Like I said…I’m a boring person.

15. What is your favorite state to visit? 

Colorado, of course, because I must keep returning to Eternity Springs. :)

16. What are hobbies or interests do you have? 

We are lake people, so I love waterskiing and boating and fishing. As I write this we’ve just finished Memorial Day weekend at the lake, so I sort of feel like chief cook and sheet-and-towel washer, too. I love, love, love hosting big holiday gatherings of family and friends at the lake house, but I will admit I do tire of the mountain of laundry in the aftermath. 

17. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next after this for you writing wise? 

I’m writing Tucker’s story. Fun fact for this—as part of my research I attended a survivalist training school for a weekend. I searched long and hard to find one where I could return to town to spend the night in a comfy hotel rather than sleep on the ground—I’m only willing to go so far for my art. I did learn to start a friction fire, though, something I’me VERY proud of. :)

18. How can readers connect with you online?

My website is www.emilymarch.com. I’m active on Facebook. My Facebook page is www.facebook.com/emilymarchbooks. You can also reach me by email at emily@emilymarch.com.


Sunday, June 16, 2019

Review: The Diva Sweetens The Pie by: Krista Davis

Title: The Diva Sweetens The Pie
Author: Krista Davis
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Domestic Diva #12
Format: Audiobook
Length: 8 hours 51 minutes
Source: Library

Description:

In New York Times bestselling author Krista Davis’s new Domestic Diva mystery, Old Town’s annual Pie Festival crumbles into chaos after a celebrity judge is murdered, leaving it up to entertaining maven and sometime-sleuth Sophie Winston to dole out justice . . .

Nothing heats up Old Town quite like the annual Pie Festival, and this year is no exception, especially since Sophie’s professional rival, Natasha Smith, is barred from participating. Sophie, meanwhile, has been asked to oversee the pie eating contest. But the drama really rolls out when celebrity judge, Patsy Lee Presley, host of television’s most popular cooking show, bites the crust during the competition, and Sophie’s friends are suspected of the crime. 

As the folks of Old Town dish, the tough truth about Patsy’s meteoric rise to domestic stardom begins to leak. It turns out that Patsy’s sweet exterior hid a secret sour side, which alienated many of her closest allies, including a jilted ex-husband, a bitter ex-mentor, and a jaded ex-best friend. With the festival falling apart, and her friends in danger of being boxed up for murder, Sophie must cobble together the clues and stop a flakey fiend from serving up any more deadly desserts.

Includes delicious recipes and entertaining tips!

My Thoughts: 

This book follows Sophie Winston and her friends as the get ready for a pie contest.  During the competition a famous cooking show star Patsy Lee Presley winds up falling into a table holding pie's for a competition.  Who killed Patsy Lee and why?  Was it an ex-mentor or ex-husband or an angry friend?  Or someone else entirely?

When a young, child Aly Stokes contacts Sophie and Nina asking for help for her mom whose sitting in jail convicted of a murder.  Did she kill her boss or was it someone else and why?   Will Sophie and Nina be able to save the young girl's mother or is it too late?

When all attention gets brought to Sophie her firends circle her trying to help figure out who killed Patsy Lee and when Alex gets beaten up badly the pressure is on them to prove that Sophie didn't commit any crime.  Will they unflake the murderer or will Sophie wind up in the slammer?

I love the Domestic Diva series.  Ms. Davis really hits on something with her Old Town.  You feel like your with everyone.  The book captures your attention and won't let go until the story is solved!

Friday, June 14, 2019

Review: Deco Dames, Demon Rum and Death by: Ellen Mansoor Collier

Title: Deco Dames, Demon Run and Death
Author: Ellen Mansoor Collier
Publisher: Decodame Press
Series: A Jazz Age Mystery #5
Pages: 251
Format: e-book

Purchase Links:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble 





 Description:

When Galveston Gazette society reporter Jazz Cross hears rumors of grave robbers at the Broadway Cemetery, she and photographer Nathan Blaine investigate, hoping to land a scoop. The ambitious young newshawks witness meetings held by clandestine gangs and enlist her beau, Prohibition Agent James Burton, to help capture the hoods red-handed.

Meanwhile, the supernatural craze takes Galveston by storm, and Jazz is assigned to profile the society set’s favorite fortune teller, Madame Farushka. Sightings of a ghost bride haunting the Hotel Galvez intrigue Jazz, who sets up a Ouija board reading and séance with the spiritualist. Did the bride-to-be drown herself—or was she murdered?

Luckily, Sammy Cook, her black-sheep half-brother, has escaped the Downtown Gang and works at the Hollywood Dinner Club, owned by rival Beach Gang leaders. During a booze bust, the Downtown Gang's mob boss, Johnny Jack Nounes, is caught and Jazz worries: will Sammy be forced to testify? 

Worse, when a trial witness is killed, Sammy is framed and Jazz must solve the murder to help clear his name. As the turf war between rival gangs rages on, Jazz relies on her wits and moxie to rescue her brother and pals before the Downtown Gang exacts its revenge.

My Thoughts: 

I love this series it offers so much a look at Galveston's history and how dangerous it was back then.  In this book Jazz and her photographer friend Nathan are found investigating cemetery's trying to find out whose grave robbing.  Which leads to more questions than actual answers.

Also she is looking into a ghost bride haunting the Hotel Galvez.  Lily a guest at the hotel has called on Jazz to investigate the ghost bride and find out what she wants.  Which leads Jazz to a fortune teller.  After seeing her once Jazz is far from sold on the whole fortune telling.  

When a witness is murdered Jazz tries to tell her beau Agent Burton about what is going on but with no corpse it's hard to investigate.  Who killed the witness and why?  Was it a gang over something he might spill or was it a cop whoever it was definitely was hiding something.The big question being what?

This series is great but I think to truly enjoy it you have to back to the first book in the series.  Jazz and Sammie and even Agent Burton have come a long way.  These books bring you back to an era where things were totally different then they are today! 

We also get to see some relationships grow and mature.  Which was nice to see the various couples and what they are up to.  I know if I ever need to go back to Galveston this series will be waiting for me!  Ms. Collier has really hit on something great and is definitely the bees knees for all those who love the 1920's and great mysteries!

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Book Spotlight: The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by: Susan Mallery

Title: The Summer of Sunshine and Margot
Author: Susan Mallery
Publisher: HQN
Pages: 368

Purchase Links:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GooglePlay

Description:

The Baxter sisters come from a long line of women with disastrous luck in love. But this summer, Sunshine and Margot will turn disasters into destiny…

As an etiquette coach, Margot teaches her clients to fit in. But she’s never faced a client like Bianca, an aging movie star who gained fame—and notoriety—through a campaign of shock and awe. Schooling Bianca on the fine art of behaving like a proper diplomat’s wife requires intensive lessons, forcing Margot to move into the monastery turned mansion owned by the actress’s intensely private son. Like his incredible home, Alec’s stony exterior hides secret depths Margot would love to explore. But will he trust her enough to let her in?

Sunshine has always been the good-time sister, abandoning jobs to chase after guys who used her, then threw her away. No more. She refuses to be “that girl” again. This time, she’ll finish college, dedicate herself to her job as a nanny, and she 100 percent will not screw up her life again by falling for the wrong guy. Especially not the tempting single dad who also happens to be her boss.

Master storyteller Susan Mallery weaves threads of family drama, humor, romance and a wish-you-were-there setting into one of the most satisfying books of the year!


Book Spotlight: The Summer on Mirror Lake by: JoAnn Ross

Title The Summer on Mirror Lake
Author: JoAnn Ross
Publisher: HQN Books
Series: Honeymoon Harbor #3
Pages: 384

Purchase Links:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GooglePlay

Description:

Summertime is the best time to lose yourself in the romance of Honeymoon Harbor…

When he lands in the emergency room after collapsing at the funeral of a colleague and friend, Wall Street hotshot Gabriel Mannion initially rejects the diagnosis of an anxiety attack. But when warned that if he doesn’t change his adrenaline-fueled, workaholic lifestyle he could end up like his friend, Gabe reluctantly returns to his hometown of Honeymoon Harbor to regroup.

As he adjusts to the sight of mountains instead of skyscrapers, Gabe discovers advantages to this small Pacific Northwest town he once couldn’t wait to escape. But it’s irresistible librarian Chelsea Prescott who, along with the two foster children she’s taken under her wing, makes slowing down seem like the best prescription ever.

Over the course of their summer romance, Gabe gets a taste of the life he might have had if he’d taken a different path. But with his return to New York City looming on the horizon, he’ll have to choose between the success he’s worked tirelessly for and a ready-made family who offers a very different, richly rewarding future…if he’ll only take the risk.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Book Spotlight: Killer Focus by: Victoria L.K. Williams

Title: Killer Focus
Author: Victoria L.K. Williams
Publisher: Sun, Sand & Stories Publishing LLC
Series: Mrs. Avery's Adventures, #1
Pages: 122

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Description:

When Piper was taking photos in town and noticed a small argument occurring she decided to take a picture of it just in case. Little did she know this decision would be what sets her on the path to try and find this man's murderer.

Author Bio:
Cozy Mysteries with a Tropical Twist

Victoria writes what she likes to call Cozy Mysteries with a Tropical Twist. Her series are set in small south Florida towns, with fun characters and a dog/cat or two. She also has one series that is paranormal cozy and the plans for a second. 

Victoria can often be found writing from her south Florida home, looking into her garden, watching the birds and squirrels fight over their next meal, while she writes. Her two cats, Miss Marple, and Fletch, often join her at the desk and each has their assigned spot. Victoria's not sure they are there to supervise her writing or watch the birds.

Victoria and her husband of 35 years share a love of gardening, and together they have written a gardening handbook for Florida gardeners.

The Williams are now empty-nesters, giving  Victoria plenty of time to dream up the next story.
Until then, you can read any of her current titles in the Citrus Beach Mystery series, Sister Station series and Storm Voices series. And Mrs. Avery's Adventures series.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Review: Murder She Wrote: Murder in Red by: Jessica Fletcher & Jon Land

Title: Murder She Wrote: Murder in Red
Author: Jessica Fletcher & Jon Land
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Murder She Wrote #49
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley

Description:

In the latest entry in this USA Today bestselling series, Jessica loses a loved one to unnatural causes and sets her sights on the mysterious local hospital before more people wind up dead on arrival...

Jessica Fletcher's favorite gin rummy partner, Mimi Van Dorn, checks into the brand-new Clifton Care Partners, a private hospital that's just opened up shop in town, for a simple procedure--one that leads tragically, and inexplicably, to her death. Seeking justice in her inimitable fashion, Jessica decides to pursue her own investigation on the hospital and its shadowy business dealings.

On the trail of what initially appears to be medical malpractice, Jessica digs deeper and learns her friend was actually a victim of something far more sinister. Death is bad for business, but murder is even worse, and Jessica will find plenty of both as she races to bring down Clifton Care Partners before someone else flatlines...

My Thoughts: 

Jessica is back in Cabot Cove attending a funeral of the librarian who died.  When her friend Mimi is almost run over Jessica rushes to save her only to have her friend fall into a coma.  While at the funeral it is revealed that many of Seth's patients have been using a new company called Clifton Care Partners.  Which has Seth despondent and contemplating retiring.  When Mimi winds up dead the next day, Jessica has trouble buying what happened!

It isn't long before Jessica learns that George is in town seeking medical treatment from the same clinic.  Last time we saw George it was a Thanksgiving at Jessica's.  Jessica is still back to her tricks of sneaking around trying to find out who killed Mimi and why?  Could it have been an ex-husband or someone out to silence her for another reason?  

As Jessica digs in she finds she knows little about her friend.  She wonders if she ever knew Mimi.  The secrets Mimi holds are deep and shock Jessica and take her from Cabot Cove to Washington D.C. to Rhode Island.  What I love about this series is the various people we see.  Anyone from George to Seth to Harry McGraw it was such fun to go on a ride with Jessica and see where it ends up and we get to learn more about Frank and how he died.  Can't wait to see what the future holds for Jessica!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Book Spotlight: The Book Supremacy by: Kate Carlisle

Title: The Book Supremacy
Author: Kate Carlisle
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Bibliophile Mystery #13
Pages: 288

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Description:

 In the latest in this New York Times bestselling series, San Francisco book-restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright investigates a mysterious spy novel linked to a string of murders...

Newlyweds Brooklyn and Derek are enjoying the final days of their honeymoon in Paris. As they're browsing the book stalls along the Seine, Brooklyn finds the perfect gift for Derek, a first edition James Bond novel, The Spy Who Loved Me. When they bump into Ned, an old friend from Derek’s spy days, Brooklyn shows him her latest treasure.

Once they're back home in San Francisco, they visit a spy shop Ned mentioned. The owner begs them to let him display the book Brooklyn found in Paris as part of the shop's first anniversary celebration. Before they agree, Derek makes sure the security is up to snuff—turns out, the unassuming book is worth a great deal more than sentimental value.

Soon after, Derek is dismayed when he receives a mysterious letter from Paris announcing Ned’s death. Then late one night, someone is killed inside the spy shop. Are the murders connected to Brooklyn's rare, pricey book? Is there something even more sinister afoot? Brooklyn and the spy who loves her will have to delve into the darkest parts of Derek's past to unmask an enemy who's been waiting for the chance to destroy everything they hold dear. 

Book Spotlight: Whiskers in the Dark by: Rita Mae Brown

Title: Whiskers in the Dark
Author: Rita Mae Brown
Publisher: Bantam Books
Series: Mrs. Murphy #28
Pages: 288

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Description:

Death stalks the Blue Ridge Mountains as a centuries-old mystery resurfaces and murder mars the lead-up to an annual beagle competition, in a thrilling new tale from Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown. 

"As feline collaborators go, you couldn't ask for better than Sneaky Pie Brown."--The New York Times Book Review

A massive nor'easter has hit northern Virginia, where Mary Minor "Harry" Harristeen joins groundskeeping efforts at the National Beagle Club at Aldie as the date for its springtime Hounds for Heroes veterans' benefit approaches. Harry's fellow volunteers, including her oldest friend, Susan Tucker, comprise a spirited group of hunting enthusiasts, some former service members themselves. But things take a sinister turn when, after a routine tree cleanup along the Club's hunting trails, retired foreign services officer Jason Holzknect is found dead, throat slit from ear to ear. Soon enough, another murder in their midst jolts the preparations, convincing Harry that the killer is familiar with the Club--and must be close by, masked in plain sight.

The intrigue extends to the grounds of Harry's beloved local church, where the identity of an eighteenth-century skeleton wearing precious pearls remains a mystery. The anonymous woman's neck had been snapped, and marks on the grave where her body was secreted indicate that someone recently tried to remove it, leading Harry to question how well she really knows those around her.

As always, Harry's crime-solving cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and Tee Tucker the Corgi share her determination to sniff out the foes among friends, even those long buried. Harry will need her four-legged companions' help more than ever: a ghostly beagle only they can see may hold the key to the culprit. 

Book Spotlight: Murder at Royale Court by: G.P. Gardner

Title: Murder at Royale Court
Author: G.P. Gardner
Publisher: Lyrical Underground
Series: Cleo Mack #2
Pages: 278

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Description:

Harbor Village is a vivacious retirement paradise known for its beachy locale and active senior scene. But ever since murder moved in, the idyllic coastal community is becoming a little less lively . . .

With the first annual antique car show cruising into the tranquil bayside oasis of Fairhope, Alabama, there are bumpy roads ahead for Harbor Village director Cleo Mack. As an automobile-themed lecture series gets off to a rough start, she finds herself balancing one too many responsibilities—and dodging advances from a shady event sponsor. It’s enough to make Cleo feel twice her age. But the festivities reach a real dead end when she discovers a body at the Royale Court shopping center . . .

When an innocent man lands in the hot seat for murder, Harbor Village residents look to Cleo to crack the case. Aided by an eclectic group of energetic seniors, Cleo races to identify the true culprit from a growing list of harmless Sunday drivers—before a killer revs up for another hit and run! 

Book Spotlight: Barefoot Beach by:Debbie Mason

Title: Barefoot Beach
Author: Debbie Mason
Publisher: Forever
Series: Harmony Harbor #8
Pages: 356

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Description:

Can a summer of love make up for a lifetime of secrets?

Wedding fever has taken over Harmony Harbor this summer, and the local matchmakers have set their sights on Theia Lawson, a former navy pilot who's in town for a stay at Greystone Manor. And while Theia's got her reasons to put this small town behind her as fast as she can, there's a certain tall, dark, and irresistible man that she can't seem to get off her mind. 

Firefighter Marco DiRossi wants to beat the matchmakers at their own game so he conspires with Theia to pretend they've already fallen in love. It's only for the summer. What could go wrong? Yet as the beach season draws to a close, Marco and Theia find their pretend relationship has led to very real attraction. But when a secret from the past is revealed, jeopardizing everything they hold dear, can this unlikely couple find their way to a happily-ever-after?

Monday, June 3, 2019

Review: Sconed to Death by: Lynn Cahoon

Title: Sconed to Death
Author: Lynn Cahoon
Publisher: Kensington
Series: Cat Latimer Mystery #5
Pages: 288
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley

Description:

Cat Latimer pursues a scone-cold killer who iced a top chef in a local bakery . . . 

Cat has a full plate at her Aspen Hills Warm Springs Resort, as a group of aspiring cozy mystery authors arrives for a writers retreat. So when baker Dee Dee Meyer stirs up trouble by filing a false complaint with the health inspector against the B&B--all because she insists Cat's best friend Shauna stole her recipes--Cat marches into the shop to confront her.

But Dee Dee's about to have her own batch of trouble. Greyson Finn--a celebrity chef and, until today, one of Denver's most eligible bachelors--has been found dead in her bakery. Cat's uncle Pete, who happens to be the chief of police, warns her not to engage in any half-baked sleuthing. But as her curiosity rises, Cat's determined to discover who served the chef his just desserts--before the killer takes a powder . . .

My Thoughts: 

Aspen Hills Warm Springs retreat is open again and before they can even open the doors Dee Dee Meyer has come to level accusations at Shauna for some of Shauna's recipes she is working on for a cookbook.  Threatening Shauna with trouble if she uses Dee Dee's recipes.  Cat tries to defuse the situation which only makes it worse.  

Not long after Cat talks to Dee Dee to find some sort of resolution a dead body is found in the bakery owned by Dee Dee.  Who killed Greyson Finn who was a famous chef and looking into opening a restaurant in Aspen Hills?  Could it be Dee Dee hating competition?  Or a family member he was rumored to be tumbling in the sheets with?  Or a girlfriend who was getting fed up with the fellow?

This retreat group was great they are cozy mystery authors which was such a kick to see how they come up with story ideas and how they are all from Chicago and got along great with each other even including the local college kid with them.  

This book doesn't disappoint in the least.  We see the relationship between Shauna, Cat and Seth.  Along with guests staying for the retreat.  They also get to help a guest whose having relationship issues which was great to read about.  Can't wait to see what is next for the writing retreat!


Friday, May 31, 2019

Book Spotlight: Crêpe Expectations by: Sarah Fox

Title: Crepe Expectations
Author: Sarah Fox
Publisher: Kensington
Series: A Pancake House Mystery Book 5
Pages: 276

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Description:

When a murder case from the past heats up again, it’s up to Marley McKinney to sort through a tall stack of suspects in the latest Pancake House Mystery . . . 

Although it’s a soggy start to spring in Wildwood Cove, the weather clears up just in time for the town to host an amateur chef competition. Marley McKinney, owner of the Flip Side pancake house, already signed up to volunteer, and chef Ivan Kaminski is one of the judges. But when Marley visits her landscaper boyfriend Brett at the site of the Victorian mansion that’s being restored as the Wildwood Inn, she discovers something else pushing up daisies: human remains.  

The skeleton on the riverbank washed out by the early-spring floodwaters belonged to  
eighteen-year-old Demetra Kozani, who vanished a decade earlier. While the cold case is reopened, Marley must step in when some of the cook-off contestants fall suspiciously ill. Stuck in a syrupy mess of sabotage and blackmail, it falls to Marley to stop a killer from crêping up on another victim . . . 

Includes pancake recipes right from The Flip Side menu!

Book Spotlight: Murder at Morrington Hall by: Clara McKenna

Title: Murder At Morrington Hall
Author: Clara McKenna
Publisher: Kensington
Series: A Stella and Lyndy Mystery #1
Pages: 304

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Description:

Stella Kendrick is an all-American heiress who can't be tamed. But when the lively aspiring equine trainer tangles with British aristocracy, she meets her match--and a murderer . . . 

Spring, 1905: Free-spirited like the Thoroughbreds she rides across the Kentucky countryside, Stella takes adventure by the reins when she's asked to attend a mysterious wedding in rural England. But once she arrives at the lush Morrington Hall estate, her cold and ambitious father confesses that he won't only give away his best racehorses as gifts--he has also arranged to give away his daughter as bride to the Earl of Atherly's financially strapped son . . .

Stella refuses to be sold off like a prized pony. Yet despite a rough start, there's something intriguing about her groom-to-be, the roguish Viscount "Lyndy" Lyndhurst. The unlikely pair could actually be on the right track with each other . . . until they find the vicar who was to marry them dead in the library.

With culture clashes mounting between families, a scandalous murder case hangs over Morrington Hall. Now, Stella and Lyndy must go from future spouses to amateur sleuths as they team up to search for the truth--and prevent an unbridled criminal from destroying their new life together right out of the gate . . . 

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Review: The Pawful Truth by: Miranda James

Title: The Pawful Truth
Author: Miranda James
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Cat in The Stacks #11
Pages: 288
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley

Description:

When Charlie Harris decides to go back to school, he and his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, find themselves entangled in a deadly lovers quarrel on campus in the latest installment of the New York Times bestselling series.

 In addition to his library duties and his role as doting grandad, Charlie has enrolled in  an early medieval history course offered by young, charismatic professor Carey Warriner. Charlie feels a bit out of place- his fellow classmates are half his age- except for Dixie Bell Compton, another ‘mature’ student. When Charlie hears an angry exchange between her and their professor, his interest in piqued. He’s even more intrigued when she shows up at his office asking for a study partner. Charlie turns her down and is saddened to learn just a few days later that Dixie has been killed.

 Charlie wonders if Professor Warriner had anything to do with Dixie’s death. Warriner is married to a fellow professor who happens to be a successful author. There are rumors on campus that their marriage was on the rocks. Was Dixie's death the result of a lovers’ triangle gone bad? Charlie soon discovers that the professor’s wife may have some secrets of her own and his suspect list is only getting longer. 
  
As he and Diesel step further into the tangled web of relationships, someone else is viciously killed. Whose jealousy finally erupted into murderous rage? Was it a crime of passion or is there another  more sinister motive? Charlie  races to unravel this mystery: and to draw out the culprit, he may just have to put his own life on the line… 

My Thoughts:

Charlie Harris is going back to school not actually as a student but to audit the class. When he witnesses a heated discussion with his professor and another student he wonders what is up with college life?  When the student Dixie Belle, comes to Charlie for a study buddy Charlie is reluctant to work with her.  Charlie also winds up with a new tenant in his house a writer Dan whose house is being remodeled.  Not a long a death occurs which rocks the college Dixie Belle the student from Charlie's class is dead.  Who killed Dixie and why?  Was it the Professor she was having a heated discussion with?  A jilted lover?  Or someone else entirely?

As the investigation heats up Charlie's professor is found dead.  Who killed Dr. Carey Warriner?  Was it his wife?  Or someone who wanted Carey's wife?  There are a few people but like most books who knows?

I love Diesel, Ramses, and Charlie along with their friends and family.  Diesel took the cake in this book.  I have been with Miranda James since this adventure began with the first book and will be there when the last one is done.  There are few great cozy male authors but this one takes the cake!!

Book Spotlight: Murder, She Uncovered by: Peg Cochran

Title: Murder, She Uncovered
Author: Peg Cochran
Publisher: Alibi
Series: Murder, She Reported #2
Pages: 231

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Description:

An intrepid 1930s Manhattan socialite uncovers deadly secrets during an assignment to the Hamptons in this riveting historical cozy mystery for readers of Victoria Thompson, Anne Perry, and Rhys Bowen.

Westhampton, 1938. To the dismay of her well-to-do family, Elizabeth “Biz” Adams is quickly establishing herself as a seasoned photographer over at the Daily Trumpet. Growing more confident in her decision to pursue a career, Elizabeth is thrilled when she and her reporter sidekick, Ralph Kaminsky, are sent to Long Island to cover the story of a young maid found dead in one of the glamourous summer homes in the devastating aftermath of the Great New England Hurricane—also known as the Long Island Express.  

At first it’s assumed that the young woman was caught in the terrible storm, but when a suspicious wound is found on the side of her head, the police suspect murder. The maid’s death becomes even more tragic when it’s discovered she was pregnant, and with Elizabeth and Kaminsky at the scene of the crime, the Daily Trumpet scoops all the other papers in town.

The young woman’s boyfriend emerges as the likeliest suspect. But as Elizabeth follows the story, she begins to wonder whether someone in the household of the maid’s employers might be responsible—someone who’ll stop at nothing to keep the truth about the baby’s paternity hidden. . . .

Book Spotlight: A Daughter's Truth by: Laura Bradford

Title: A Daughter's Truth
Author: Laura Bradford
Publisher: Kensington
Pages: 288

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Description:

Emma Lapp tries to be the perfect daughter, to earn the loving embrace of her family and her Amish community in Pennsylvania. Yet she can't quite win her mother's smile--or her forgiveness for a transgression Emma can't quite place . . .

Emma knows she's a reminder of her mother's greatest sorrow, having been born on the same day Mamm lost her beloved sister. The one bright spot has been the odd trinkets anonymously left at her aunt's grave each year on Emma's birthday--gifts Emma secretly hides because they upset her parents. But the day she turns 22, a locket bears a surprise that sends her on an unexpected journey . . .

Searching for answers, Emma travels to the English world and finds a kinship as intriguing as it is forbidden. But is this newfound connection enough to leave behind the future she'd expected? The answers are as mysterious, and as devastating, as the truth that divides Emma from the only family, and the only life, she's ever known . . . 

Book Spotlight: Seeing Red by: Dana Dratch

Title: Seeing Red
Author: Dana Dratch
Publisher: Kensington
Series: A Red Herring Mystery #2
Pages: 352

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Description:

If it wasn't for art thieves, spies, and killers, Alex Vlodnachek's life would be bliss. 

Her freelance career is catching fire. Her relationship with B&B owner Ian Sterling is flirty and fun. Just like the glittering cocktail parties he throws at his sprawling Victorian inn. 

But the ex-reporter discovers that something's off at the Cotswolds House -- and it's not the canapes. When Ian’s father vanishes, the enigmatic innkeeper asks for her assistance. And her discretion. 

Meanwhile, Alex is having the opposite problem at her tiny bungalow: People keep showing up uninvited. Including a mysterious intruder found sleeping in her kitchen. 

After the intrepid redhead discovers a body in the B&B’s basement and a “reproduction” Renoir in the library, she begins to suspect that Ian is more than just a simple hotel owner. 

With editor pal Trip, brother Nick, feisty grandmother Baba, and rescue-pup Lucy riding shotgun, Alex scrambles to stay one step ahead of disaster—and some very nasty characters. 

Can she find the missing man before it’s too late? Or will Alex be the next one to disappear?

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Book Spotlight: Something Borrowed, Something Mewed by: Bethany Blake

Title: Something Borrowed, Something Mewed
Author: Bethany Blake
Publisher: Kensington
Series: Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery #5
Pages: 336

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Description:

Daphne Templeton's sister Piper is getting married--and their mother is getting carried away. She insists on hiring Sylvan Creek's top event planner, Abigail Sinclair, who proposes an Independence Day theme complete with Statue of Liberty-inspired bridesmaid dresses. With all the bickering among the families, Daphne's glad her only duty right now is pet-sitting for Abby's cat, Ms. Peebles. But there are some fireworks coming that aren't part of the ceremony. The Poconos will never be the same . . .

At a tension-filled dress fitting, the abrasive wedding planner is found strangled by a garter--a weapon both borrowed and blue. Now Daphne's services are required not just for organizing the big day, but for figuring out whether one of the in-laws is an outlaw . . .

Includes recipes for homemade pet treats!

Book Spotlight: Sconed to Death by: Lynn Cahoon

Title: Sconed To Death
Author: Lynn Cahoon
Publisher: Kensington
Series: Cat Latimer Mystery #5
Pages: 288

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Description:

Cat Latimer pursues a scone-cold killer who iced a top chef in a local bakery . . . 

Cat has a full plate at her Aspen Hills Warm Springs Resort, as a group of aspiring cozy mystery authors arrives for a writers retreat. So when baker Dee Dee Meyer stirs up trouble by filing a false complaint with the health inspector against the B&B--all because she insists Cat's best friend Shauna stole her recipes--Cat marches into the shop to confront her.

But Dee Dee's about to have her own batch of trouble. Greyson Finn--a celebrity chef and, until today, one of Denver's most eligible bachelors--has been found dead in her bakery. Cat's uncle Pete, who happens to be the chief of police, warns her not to engage in any half-baked sleuthing. But as her curiosity rises, Cat's determined to discover who served the chef his just desserts--before the killer takes a powder . . .