Thursday, September 22, 2016

Book Spotlight: Midnight Mysteries by: Rita Ames, Morgana Best, Carolyn Haines, LynDee Walker, Connie Shelton and more :)

by Ritter Ames, Morgana Best, Karen Cantwell, Carolyn Haines, Eleanor Cawood Jones, Larissa Reinhart, Connie Shelton, Maria Grazia Swan, and LynDee Walker

Nine cozy mysteries with a fall and Halloween theme by nine bestselling mystery authors

Ritter Ames – “Organized for Masked Motives” (from the Organized Mysteries series) Kate McKenzie never dreamed when she started her business, Stacked in Your Favor, that she’d spend nearly as much time crime solving as organizing. But with Halloween approaching, and too many items on the to-do list, she and Meg Berman find themselves in another puzzling dilemma—where every answer leads to another question.

Morgana Best – “No Time to Witch” (from The Kitchen Witch mystery series) Offering both a historical mystery and a paranormal flair, in this story Thelma Spelled must discover the mystery around a murder that entangles her and her husband. The tale is also a prequel to the novel Miss Spelled, and reveals more about the magic of the house, as well as about Australia in the early 20th century.

Karen Cantwell – “It Takes a Ghost” (tie-in to the Sophie Rhodes mystery series) Newly promoted detective Brenna Sage wants to be taken seriously in her new position, but that’s difficult when she can’t solve a series of robberies in Stephens City. Until she gains a partner in the guise of Marmaduke Dodsworth. While Marmaduke might be better versed in decorum and refinement than forensics and interrogation, he has one decidedly clear advantage: He can walk through walls.
Carolyn Haines – “Clacking Bones” (from the Sarah Booth Delaney series) When Jitty’s husband, Coker, goes missing from the Great Beyond, Sarah Booth Delaney, Tinkie, and all the animals sign on to find out why the spirit is AWOL. Sarah Booth has to dig deep into the past to find the answer to this puzzling mystery.

Eleanor Cawood Jones – “Salad Days, Halloween Nights” (from the author of A Baker’s Dozen) A vegetable-loving chef finds he’s cooked his way into trouble when a Halloween treat leads to murder. If he wants a happy future, he must first make sure the police don’t have him down as the main ingredient in a recipe for a prison sentence.

Larissa Reinhart – “The Vigilante Vignette” (from the Cherry Tucker Mystery series) Cherry Tucker can get herself into the worst predicaments without even trying. This time, a mercy call on a neighbor gets her roped into a quid pro quo deal—if Cherry recovers a stolen family heirloom that is both somewhat embarrassing and due to be discovered missing very shortly, the neighbor will use his family clout to help her with some zoning issues. But if she fails, the expression “someone’s got her goat” will take on a whole new meaning for Cherry. And when she discovers a thievery ring, illegal auctions, and some green-eyed emotions after spotting Luke where she doesn’t expect him—well, it’s just another hilarious day in Halo, Georgia.

Connie Shelton – “Spellbound Sweets” (from the Samantha Sweets Magical Cozy Mystery series) It’s Halloween, one of the busiest seasons of the year for Samantha Sweet and the crew at her pastry shop, Sweet’s Sweets. The gang looks forward to a gala costume party at the neighborhood bookstore, but the evening takes a different turn when a guest is murdered, a rare book vanishes, and Sam finds herself in the midst of another mystery.

Maria Grazia Swan – “Weeping Moon” (from the Lella York Mysteries series) Lella York has a way of getting herself into trouble, even when she’s doing volunteer work. Who is the mysterious storyteller, and what is going on at the senior living center? And will Lella find out before it’s too late?

LynDee Walker – “Frightening Features” (from the Nichelle Clarke Mystery series) Nichelle Clarke is not a patient recovery patient. While she’s waiting for an injury to heal, all she really wants is a story to write and research—hard news to get her mind occupied, even if she can only work one-armed. Instead, her boss gives her a fluff piece. Not her idea of fun. But with Nichelle snooping around, it’s not surprising her soft story takes a decidedly hard turn

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The Vigilante Vignette by Larissa Reinhart in MIDNIGHT MYSTERIES

This Halloween Cherry Tucker's got more tricks than treats. She's stalking costume parties to catch a vixen Catwoman and steal back a priceless heirloom. Then there's the homewrecker and a town council trying to close her business. And that goat in the backyard.

Longline: This Halloween, Cherry risks her life and a broken heart.

Knowing her reputation for sleuthing, Cherry Tucker's neighbor wants a quid pro quo. Find his priceless family heirloom stolen by a masked minx. In return, he'll use his family name to polish Cherry's tarnished reputation with Halo's town board. No deal and he'll sink her business and turn in her newest house guest to animal control.

When Cherry's investigation uncovers more than a cat burglar, she finds Halo’s family's jewels aren’t the only thing in jeopardy. The Catwoman's sharp claws might've dug into Cherry's man. This Halloween, Cherry risks her life...and a broken heart.


A 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Best Mystery finalist, Larissa writes the Cherry Tucker Mystery and Maizie Albright Star Detective series. The first in the Cherry Tucker series, Portrait of a Dead Guy, is a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, 2012 The Emily finalist, and 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. The sixth mystery, A Composition in Murder, releases November 15th. The first Maizie Albright Mystery, 15 Minutes, releases Winter 2017. Her family and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit, now live in Nagoya, Japan, but they still call Georgia home. Visit her website, find her chatting on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Goodreads, or join her Facebook street team, The Mystery Minions.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Book Blast: Dandelion Dead by: Chrystle Fiedler

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Dandelion Dead by Chrystle Fiedler

Dandelion Dead: A Natural Remedies Mystery Cozy Mystery Pocket Books (September 27, 2016) Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages ISBN-13: 978-1476748931 E-Book ASIN: B00WRBQP22 goodreads-badge-add-plus


In a cozy mystery filled with natural cures and edible plants that you will love, an organic winery becomes the backdrop for murder! Fortunately, solving crimes comes naturally to charmingly unconventional amateur sleuth and holistic doctor, Willow McQuade, as she looks for clues that will reveal a killer’s true vintage.
Business is blooming at Nature’s Way Market & CafĂ©, and shop owner, holistic doctor, and amateur sleuth, Willow McQuade has never been happier. Her new medicinal herb garden is a hit, so is her new book, she’s in love with ex-cop and animal rescuer Jackson Spade, and enjoying teaching seminars about edible plants and natural remedies.
But everything changes when Willow’s old boyfriend and TV producer, Simon Lewis, winemaker David Farmer, and his wife Ivy, ask her to cater a party at Pure, their new organic vineyard, to kick off North Fork’s Uncorked! week and the competition for Wine Lovers magazine’s $200,000 prize. Pure’s entry, Falling Leaves, is the favorite to win, and the wine flows freely until after Simon’s toast when smiles give way to looks of horror. Ivy’s twin sister, Amy has been murdered! Turns out, the poison that killed her was actually meant for David. But who wants him dead? A rival vintner? Or someone closer to home? This time the truth may be a bitter vintage to swallow.

About the Author

CHRYSTLE FIEDLER is a freelance journalist specializing in natural remedies, alternative medicine and holistic health and healing, and is the author of the Natural Remedies Mysteries series. Her many consumer magazine articles have appeared in USA Today’s Green Living, Natural Health, Remedy, Mother Earth Living, Spirituality & Health, and Prevention. She is also the author/co-author of seven non-fiction health titles including the Country Almanac of Home Remedies with herbalist Brigitte Mars, and The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty with Vegan Beauty Review founder, Sunny Subramanian. Chrystle lives on the East End of Long Island, NY in a cozy cottage by the sea. Visit
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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Review: Death Among The Dollies by: Mollie Cox Bryan

Title: Death Among The Doilies
Author: Mollie Cox Bryan
Publisher: Kensington
Series: Cora Crafts Mystery #1
Pages: 320
Format: NetGalley e-book ARC
Source: GEBT & Kensington


For thirty-something blogger Cora Chevalier, small-town Indigo Gap, North Carolina, seems like the perfect place to reinvent her life. Shedding a stressful past as a counselor for a women’s shelter, Cora is pouring all her talents—and most of her savings—into a craft retreat business, with help from close pal and resident potter Jane Starr. Between transforming her Victorian estate into a crafter’s paradise and babysitting Jane’s daughter, the new entrepreneur has no time for distractions. Especially rumors about the murder of a local school librarian . . .

But when Jane’s fingerprints match those found at the grisly crime scene, Cora not only worries about her friend, but her own reputation. With angry townsfolk eager for justice and both Jane’s innocence and the retreat at risk, she must rely on her creative chops to unlace the truth behind the beloved librarian’s disturbing demise. Because if the killer’s patterns aren’t pinned, Cora’s handiwork could end up in stitches . . .

My Thoughts:

Cora Chevalier lives in small town Indigo Gap, working on setting up a retreat for crafters, not long into this her roommate Jane Starr who winds up in deep trouble when a librarian winds up dead two weeks prior and Jane's prints are at the scene now Jane has to defend herself, will the town boycott her or believe her?  Will Jane's past with her husband Neil be a problem that keeps haunting Jane or will Jane be stuck in her past forever? It doesn't take long before the town finds out Jane is a person of interest but what is her connection to the school librarian?

This book was full of so much you learn in this what Jane had gone through with her ex-husband and the choices she made along with learning about the librarian Sarah Waters and her family and their issues.  With so much going on and that to the retreat going on and Cora and Jane re-evaluating the type of people they allow at the retreat.  I really enjoyed it and found it a different change from the food themed cozies out there I often find the ones pertaining to crafts, sewing etc are so much fun as you learn about the characters passions and who prefers what type of craft.  Can't wait to see what is next for Cora, Ruby, Jane and Landon Jane's young daughter!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Interview with Cassidy Salem author Dying For Data

What genre do you write?
I write cozy mysteries with elements of romantic suspense.

How did you come to write (said) genre?
I enjoy all kinds of crime fiction, including traditional mysteries, police procedurals, and cozies. Cozies are fun and usually entertaining. I enjoy trying to follow the plots set forth by other writers in hopes of identifying the culprit. And they are typically light and enjoyable reads.  Because I enjoy reading them, I decided to try my hand at creating my own.

Who is your favorite character to write about?
At this point in the series, I’d have to say Adina Donati. Adina is smart and talented, and kind. She has an independent spirit, but is willing to accept help from others.

Who inspires your books?
No one in particular, though this series does draw a bit on my personal experiences. I knew I wanted to write a cozy mystery and that I wanted it to be in a “new” setting. After graduating from college, I worked in two different think tanks, one of them in D.C. When I decided to try my hand at writing, I wanted to create a mystery centered around a character that I could identify with, in a setting and job that would hopefully ring true.

What do you do when you’re not writing?
Phew. Finally, an easy question.  I love music, almost all kinds of music. And I love to sing and go dancing with my husband regularly.

If you were stuck on a deserted island what three things would you take?
1.    A wonderful man who knows how to make and fix things - my husband.
2.    My Kindle, filled to maximum capacity with great books.

3.    A self-renewing supply of chocolate. (I know there’s no such thing but there should be!)

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Review: The Champagne Conspiracy by: Ellen Crosby

Title: The Champagne Conspiracy
Author: Ellen Crosby
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Series: Wine Country Mysteries #7
Pages: 368
Format: NetGalley e-book
Source: NetGalley


Winter has come to the Montgomery Estate Vineyard in Atoka, Virginia. Lucie Montgomery and winemaker Quinn Santori have decided to make champagne, a first for the vineyard.

But then Gino Tomassi, Quinn’s uncle, turns up on their doorstep one afternoon, demanding help in solving the mystery of what happened to Zara Tomassi, the first wife of his grandfather, who died in a San Francisco hotel in 1923 under suspicious circumstances. And it seems there’s no coincidence that her death came the day after President Warren Harding passed away in that same hotel. Gino needs answers before his blackmailer takes him for all he’s worth―or exposes an explosive family secret.

Lucie searches for what happened almost a hundred years ago as she delves into Prohibition-era Washington, D.C.―a town of bootlegging and duplicity, jazz clubs and speakeasies. But then the investigation turns deadly, threatening Lucie, her relationship with Quinn, and the vineyard, as they realize someone is still out there nearly a century later who will go to any lengths to keep the truth about Zara’s death a buried secret.

My Thoughts:

This book all begins with a dress found by Lucie Montgomery in her attic from the era of the roaring twenties.  After trying on the dress and finding it fit perfectly an idea is formed to have a roaring twenties themed party called "Anything Goes" much like the parties held by Jay Gatsby in the Great Gatsby.

The next morning Quinn and Lucie get a visit from a cousin of Quinn's whose being blackmailed about a long held secret within the Tomassi family whose know for having a vineyard in California and supplying wine to the White House during prohibition.  Gino Tomassi asks Quinn and Lucie to look into who is blackmailing him and find out if Zara Tomassi his grandfather's first wife who died mysteriously had her child or lost it and what really happened?  Was Zara murdered and what happened to the baby?

This book brought in all sorts of people within the town and also showed alot of history with the roaring twenties, even involving President Warren Harding and some of it before he was the President.  I really enjoyed this book learning the history of Lucie's family and Zara and what happened it was incredible that the author was able to tell the story so clearly that you thought you were there during that time frame!  I really loved the wine series can't wait to see what is next!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Review: Tagged For Death by: Sherry Harris

Title: Tagged For Death
Author: Sherry Harris
Publisher: Kensington
Series: Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery #1
Pages: 304
Format: Kindle e-book
Source: Personal Purchase


Starting your life over at age thirty-eight isn't easy, but that's what Sarah Winston finds herself facing when her husband CJ runs off with a 19-year-old temptress named Tiffany. Sarah's self-prescribed therapy happily involves hitting all the garage and tag sales in and around her small town of Ellington, Massachusetts. If only she could turn her love for bargain hunting into a full-time career.

One man's junk is another man's treasure

But after returning from a particularly successful day searching for yard sale treasures, Sarah finds a grisly surprise in one of her bags: a freshly bloodied shirt…that undoubtedly belongs to her ex, CJ, who now happens to be Ellington's chief of police. If that's not bad enough, it seems Tiffany has gone missing. Now it's up to Sarah to prove that her cold-hearted ex is not a cold-blooded killer…

But finding that treasure can be murder.

 My Thoughts: 

This book follows Sarah Winston whose trying to move on after her husband had an affair with a young girl Tiffany.  Sarah finds in hard to move on when she gets dragged back into CJ's world when the girl he slept with disappeared and Sarah finds bloody clothes in a bag in her car.  CJ seems to be in a world of trouble but did he have anything to do with what is happening to Tiffany?

I enjoyed this book so much I loved what Sarah's career turned into helping people set up yard sales and tag items.  Then the fact that Sarah keeps getting brought to CJ's world where people have drawn lines in the sand on who they supported during the divorce.  The biggest question everyone seems to ask is when is Sarah leaving  permanently?  This book just keeps bring you in and wondering if CJ or Sarah is guilty of something sinister!  Next up in the series is: 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Book Spotlight: Hapy Homicides 4: Fall Into Crime

Happy Homicides 4: Fall Into Crime

by Joanna Campbell Slan, Linda Gordon Hengerer, Carole W. Price,
Lesley A. Diehl, Nancy Jill Thames, Teresa Trent, Maggie Toussaint,
Anna Celeste Burke, Randy Rawls, Nancy J. Cohen,
Terry Ambrose, and Deborah Sharp

Happy Homicides 4: Fall Into Crime


Joanna Campbell Slan / Vendetta: A Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery – The House of Refuge on Gilbert’s Bar is known for its 150-year history as a way station for shipwrecked sailors. But when Cara Mia visits, the museum becomes the scene of a crime.
Linda Gordon Hengerer / Dying for School Tea: A Beach Tea Shop Novella – Chelsea Powell and her sisters are providing treats for Citrus Beach High School’s freshman orientation. Can they solve the murder of the beloved softball coach before someone else dies?
Carole W. Price / The Glass Birdhouse – Glass artist Bella hopes to find clues about her student’s death in the woman’s unfinished glass birdhouse.
Lesley A. Diehl / Bobbing for Murder – A visit from Darcie’s family is always chaotic, and this time the relatives bamboozle Darcie into having a Halloween party. It’s a decision that definitely comes back to haunt her.
Nancy Jill Thames / Raven House – When a reporter is murdered after a fundraiser at the historic Raven House, the police call on Jillian and her Yorkie Teddy to help them investigate.
Teresa Trent / Falling for Murder – Helpful hints columnist Betsy Livingston is an expert at household organization but her skills are put to the test when she’s called upon to conduct an efficiency review for a haunted house.
Maggie Toussaint / Dead Men Tell Tales – In this third installment of the Lindsey & Ike romantic mystery novella series, things don’t add up after a suspicious hunting accident. The more Sheriff Ike Harper and newspaper editor Lindsey McKay dig, the more questions they find.
Anna Celeste Burke / All Hallow’s Eve Heist – Date night for Georgie Shaw and handsome detective Jack Wheeler goes terribly wrong. A botched heist at Marvelous Marley World has everyone scrambling as trigger-happy bad guys head for the Halloween celebration in Arcadia Park.
Randy Rawls / Accident, Suicide, or Murder – Retired policeman Jonathan Boykin’s primary interest is improving his golf, but a grieving father’s request to investigate his son’s suspicious death is an entirely different ballgame.
Nancy J. Cohen / Haunted Hair Nights – As a new stepmother, hairstylist Marla Vail hopes to win brownie points by helping her daughter with a school haunted house project. Marla has her work cut out for her when she stumbles over a corpse on the spooky estate grounds.
Terry Ambrose / Spirit in the Rock – An invitation to a museum’s grand opening turns into a showdown with the spirit world for amateur sleuth Wilson McKenna.
Deborah Sharp / Haunting in Himmarshee – When a ghost comes to call, Mace must sort out the haunted from the homicidal in Himmarshee, Florida.
Bonus Story—
Joanna Campbell Slan/Kiki Lowenstein and the Doodoo – A fun family outings turns into a fearful fright, but Kiki Lowenstein is good at sniffing out bad guys.

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Great Escapes Book Tour – August 29 – September 11, 2016 

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Tour Participants
August 29 – Reading Is My SuperPower – SPOTLIGHT
August 30 – Cozy Up With Kathy – GUEST POST
August 31 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – SPOTLIGHT
August 31 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT
September 1 – A Holland Reads – GUEST POST
September 1 – fuonlyknew – SPOTLIGHT
September 2 – The Girl with Book Lungs – SPOTLIGHT
September 2 – My Funny View of Life – SPOTLIGHT
September 3 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW, INTERVIEW
September 3 – LibriAmoriMiei – REVIEW
September 4 – Book Babble – SPOTLIGHT
September 4 – Sleuth Cafe – GUEST POST
September 5 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW
September 6 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST
September 6 – Victoria’s Pages of Romance – SPOTLIGHT
September 7 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW
September 8 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW 
September 8 – Queen of All She Reads – GUEST POST
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September 10 – Island Confidential – INTERVIEW
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