Sunday, August 21, 2016

Review: Murder at the Mansion by: Janet Finsilver


Title: Murder at the Mansion
Author: Janet Finsilver
Publisher: Kensington
Series: A Kelly Jackson Mystery #2
Pages: 190
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley & GEBT

Description:

Fortunes, fineries, and foul play . . .

It’s whale-watching season in Redwood Cove, and B&B manager Kelly Jackson’s battening down the hatches for the tourist rush at Redwood Heights—a Victorian-style estate owned by her boss. And due to recent jewelry thefts, her duties include keeping track of the many dust-covered artifacts spread throughout the property. But when Kelly finds Sylvia Porter’s lifeless body, menial tasks don’t seem so terrible. Enlisting the help of a ragtag group of brainy retirees, aka the “Silver Sentinels,” Kelly’s on the hunt for clues hidden behind the mansion’s glamorous fa├žade. . .and for a killer who may want to make history of her next!

My Thoughts:

Kelly Jackson is back at Redwood Cove to run the B&B but while the B&B is finishing up she's helping out at Redwood Heights a mansion owned by her boss.  While there a woman Sylvia Porter,  has an accident on the stairs and Kelly investigates to see what is going on which proves to be nothing or is it?  Next thing Kelly knows within 24 hours Sylvia Porter is dead and no one knows who did it.  Who had the most to gain by killing Sylvia?  Was it the staff or a guest?  So many questions.  Add to that when Kelly goes to a birthday party one of the Silver Sentinels is mugged for something and Kelly's car is broken into and Kelly begins to wonder what is really going on?, and is it enough to steal for?

I loved spending time with Redwood Cove and their townsfolk and people that work with Kelly and was very intrigued by this mystery.  In it you have a woman who gets murdered one of the Silver Sentinels gets mugged Kelly gets her car attacked and gets into some touchy situations for a mystery that began a long time ago, and the rumors that fly about the family who owned that mansion was great.  I loved the period stuff Kelly was taking inventory on and the lawsuit that she learned about.  It was such a pleasure to read and can't wait to see what is up next for Kelly and the Silver Sentinels!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Review: Random Acts by: J.A. Jance

Title: Random Acts
Author: J.A. Jance
Publisher: Witness Impulse
Series: Joanna Brady # 16.6, # Ali Reynolds # 11.5
Pages: 112
Format: Kindle e-book
Source: Publisher Request

Description:

From New York Times bestselling author

J. A. JANCE 

comes an all- new novella, 

in which Sheriff Joanna Brady and investigator 

Ali Reynolds join forces to solve a crime that 

has hit dangerously close to home 


Sheriff Joanna Brady has a lot on her plate—she is up for re-election as sheriff, pregnant with her third child, and her eldest is packing up to leave for college. Then Joanna is woken in the middle of the night by a call reporting a motor vehicle accident. Her mother and stepfather’s RV ran off the road at high speed and hit the pillar of an overpass.


Something about the accident seems suspicious, though, and when Joanna gets a call from Ali Reynolds, a journalist turned investigator, she accepts her offer to help. They come up with a plan to find out who was responsible…even if that person is not the villain they’d expected.

 My Review: 

As Sheriff Joanna Brady is getting ready to send her daughter to college and win her re-election to be Sheriff again she finds herself dealing with alot quickly.  A call in the middle of the night shakes Joanna and their family when they hear Joanna's mother Eleanor and Step-father George have been in automobile accident they fear the worst as Joanna and her husband rush to Phoenix.  There she learns more about the accident and her mother gives her clue to looking into the accident.  One of the people that reach out to her is Ali Reynolds who is another character from J.A. Jance's world.  

With the help of Ali and their surveillance systems Joanna and Ali find out who hurt Joanna's family.  What they find is not what they expected.  I really enjoyed this look into the lives of both Joanna and Ali.  I have been kicking myself for months for not experiencing these two strong women before and will definitely be flowing them more closely!  Can't wait to see what is next for both Ali Reynolds and Joanna Brady!

Next up for Joanna Brady is: 



Next up for Ali Reynolds is:


Friday, August 19, 2016

Spotlight: Sidney Sheldon's Reckless

SIDNEY SHELDON’S RECKLESS
A TRACY WHITNEY NOVEL
TILLY BAGSHAWE

Now in mass market!

“Bagshawe expertly channels Sheldon’s lurid, feverish prose.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Bagshawe seems made for continuing the late Sheldon’s stories, and this will likely strike gold.
   — Library Journal praise for Sidney Sheldon’s After the Darkness

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sidney Sheldon’s most popular and enduring heroine—Tracy Whitney of If Tomorrow Comes and Sidney Sheldon’s Chasing Tomorrow—is back with another story of heart-stopping twists and jaw-dropping action.  In RECKLESS (On sale July 26, 2016; $7.99; ISBN: 9780062304063) admired heroine Tracy Whitney returns for another unpredictable, pulse pounding adventure, rendered by the sharp pen of  writer Tilly Bagshawe.

In her past, Tracy Whitney was a genius criminal mastermind, but she’s had a baby—a son who is the love of her life—and has left her days as a renowned con artist and jewel thief behind her for a quiet life of parenting in the Colorado mountains.  When tragedy strikes, culminating in the realization of her most wretched nightmare, Tracy suddenly finds herself back in the game and more lethal than ever before.

Group 99 is the world’s greatest terror threat.  A diverse crew of global hackers, this gang of cyber warriors are intent on destroying the world economy, punishing the 1%, and establishing a New World Order.
At the center of the cell is Althea, the CIA’s chief public enemy.  With Althea at the helm, the group steps up its violent escapades, kidnapping an American journalist and shooting a British hostage, leaving only one person, equally deft at evasion, who can lead authorities to Althea—Tracy Whitney.

Narrowing down her list of enemies, it quickly becomes clear that Althea is behind the tragedy that has shattered Tracy’s life.  Armed with her unique skill set and a deadly determination, Tracy is intent on revenge, but the truth, and the shadowy characters surrounding Althea are as difficult to penetrate as the most complex computer code.  Her experience and expertise tells Tracy that the answers are right in front of her—if only she can look at the clues in the right way.
An addictive tale of espionage, mystery, passion, greed, betrayal, and vengeance that takes you from the beautiful Rocky Mountains to Europe’s oldest and grandest cities, filled with a cast of intriguing characters both new and familiar, SIDNEY SHELDON’S RECKLESS is a glamorous thrill ride that will leave you breathless until its shocking end.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

The late novelist and screenwriter Sidney Sheldon remains one of the world’s top bestselling authors, having sold more than 300 million copies of his books. Are You Afraid of the Dark? is his most recent in a long line of huge bestsellers. He is also the only writer to have won an Oscar, a Tony, and an Edgar. The Guinness Book of World Records heralds him as the most translated author in the world.

Tilly Bagshawe is a New York Times bestselling author whose books include Sidney Sheldon’s Chasing Tomorrow, Sidney Sheldon’s Angel of the Dark, Sidney Sheldon’s After the Darkness, and Sidney Sheldon’s Mistress of the Game. She lives in Los Angeles, California, and London with her husband and children.

SIDNEY SHELDON’S RECKLESS
By Tilly Bagshawe
On sale July 26, 2016
$7.99 | PP: 432
ISBN: 9780062304063

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Review: Death of A Wolfman by: Susan Boles


Title: Death of A Wolfman
Author: Susan Boles
Publisher: Argent Ocean Publishing
Series: Lily Gayle Lambert #1
Pages: 198
Formaqt: e-book
Source: GEBT

Description:

The first book in the Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery series. Quicker than she can stitch together the threads of a genealogy project she's just signed on to research, Lily Gayle Lambert finds herself embroiled in investigating the murder of a stranger who suffers from 'wolfman syndrome’. And, when a member of a prominent family turns up dead soon after the 'wolfman', Lily Gayle must find the link between the two and solve the mystery before she becomes the next target. Escaping from a trailer in the woods owned by two good ole boys and a confrontation with the eldest son of the town's wealthiest family have Lily Gayle hot on the trail of the killer…much to the consternation of her cousin. Who just happens to be the County Sheriff. With the help of her lifelong best friend, Dixie, and town busybody, Miss Edna, she pieces together the clues leading to a conclusion that shocks the entire town.

 My Thoughts: 

This book follows Lily Gayle Lambert whose cousin is the Chief of Police and before she meets him for dinner Lisbeth Mitchell shows up at her house to hire her to look into her genealogy which Lily thinks will be incredible as no one knows much about the Mitchell's.  After her dinner with her cousin she goes with him to a police call not realizing it's a murder scene and Lily recognizes something from a CSI episode in the victim.  Who killed the wolfman and how does it apply to the Mitchell family?

I loved reading this book and meeting Ben, Lily, Lily's best friend Dixie and Miss Edna who seems to know what is going on in town and wont be shut down by the young people around her.  It was great to read and enjoy the adventure this book takes you on.  I think many people will find themselves pulled in wanting to know what happened.  Can't wait to be at Dixie's next time a murder happens.  They seem like an incredible group of people!

Review: Die, Die Birdie by: J.R. Ripley


Title: Die, Die Birdie
Author: J.R. Ripley
Publisher: Lyrical Underground
Series: A Bird Lover's Mystery #1
Pages: 302
Format: e-book ARC
Source: GEBT & NetGalley

Description:



For Amy Simms, hatching a birding shop in her hometown of Ruby Lake, North Carolina, hasn't exactly been a breeze. But could a deadly discovery clip her wings for good? 

It's just days before Amy plans to open Birds & Bees on the first floor of her creaky Victorian house, but delayed seed shipments have prevented the fledging owner from stocking her shelves. And it doesn't help that Amy's best friend and business partner is out of town indefinitely. With locals skeptical about the niche shop taking flight, the last thing Amy needs now is a dead man in her storeroom—or for a crotchety tenant to catch her holding a bloody birdfeeder hook over his body . . .
Pigeonholed as a leading murder suspect by police and lacking a solid alibi, Amy's delving into the victim's ugly past and buzzing around Ruby Lake for clues on his killer . . . before she ends up like so many of her beloved feathery friends—trapped behind bars!

My Thoughts: 

Amy Sims is working hard at getting her new bird shop in town open with doing it alone while her friend and partner Kim is in Florida taking care of her ailing mother.  When Amy finds the lights out in her store, she discovers a body in her store room closet of course her crotchety renter is quick to blame Amy for the murder and of course the police have no problem hauling Amy off to the police station.  Where Amy finds herself being questioned and her mother hires her a lawyer Derek Harlan and his father Ben Harlan.  Amy also finds her friend Kim stuck in the middle of the murder investigation from long ago.  Who killed Matt Kowalski the victim from the closet.  Who killed Matt and why?  Why did they kill him in Birds and Bees?

While Kim and Amy are trying to figure out who killed Matt and why Amy keeps finding really weird things like that someone was squatting in her attic, and the Mayor roaming around her house and the realtor and an car dealer discussing something on the street!  Why is the realtor so eager to get the property back what does she hope to accomplish with the property? What does a car dealer have to do with anything going on?

I totally enjoyed this story and didn't realize I was at the end so quickly I loved learning about the people in this small town as Amy and Kim work on opening their store and meet all sorts of people some honest some not so honest.  I loved how we got to know people and things weren't left hanging too much in the end.  I was surprised to learn who the murderer was and why.  It really kept me wondering as Kim and Amy narrowed down the suspect poll down until they were stuck at square one with Amy and Kim on the hook.  Definitely a great book for bird lovers who love a great mystery.   Can't wait to see what is next with Amy and Kim!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Review: Until Summer Ends by: Elana Johnson

Title: Until Summer Ends
Author: Elana Johnson
Publisher: Cleis Press
Series: Redwood Bay #1
Pages: 312
Format: e-book 
Source: Book Tour

About UNTIL SUMMER ENDS: 

Sophie Newton is determined to prove herself to her father, who insists she could never run a successful business. She opens a beachside taco stand called The Sandy Tortilla and plans to make her own way, one burrito at a time.

When she loses her summer help, Sophie rushes to find somebody to help take orders. She finds that somebody in Montgomery Winters, a struggling actor from LA. Mont takes the job; the money's useful, though he finds that his curvy boss is what really keeps him around.

As Sophie and Mont work together, they discover an intense attraction between them. But when Mont's agent calls him about a career-making audition, he decides he must pursue the opportunity, even though he can't get Sophie out of his head. Now, Sophie must choose between chasing after the man she's falling in love with and the business she's fought so hard to build.

My Review: 

This book follows Sophie Newton whose running The Sandy Tortilla and finds herself in need of a assistant when her current worker breaks a leg and she searches the beach to find a handsome guy blowing up balloons and begs him to work for her offering ridiculous amounts of money to do so.  Montgomery Winters the handsome balloon blower is taking a break from LA and waiting tables only to get lured into assisting Sophie who he finds an attraction to.  Sophie and Montgomery both have deep secrets and aren't willing to let them go so quickly but they find something in each other.

I enjoyed watching as both Sophie and Mont grew within themselves and each other and didn't let past relationships deem their current relationship.  Mont who was betrayed by his ex-girlfriend Amber who seemed more content hooking up with an old buddy of Mont's to Sophie dealing with her ex-fiance Clint who made Sophie feel she wasn't good enough cause she loved her taco stand.

Definitely a great book for those who love a good clean romance.  This one kept me hoping these two would find their way to each other without loosing sight of what they wanted in life.  Can't wait to see what is next in this series!

Buy Links:

Paperback comes out on May 9, 2017.


About Elana Johnson: Elana's work includes the young adult dystopian romance series Possession
, Surrender, Abandon, and Regret, published by Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster). Her popular ebook, From the Query to the Call, is also available, as well as a young adult dystopian short story in the Possession world, Resist.
  
Her newest release is the beginning of a new adult fantasy series. ECHOES OF SILENCE came out with Amazon Publishing on May 3, 2016. See all of her books here.
  
Elana also writes inspirational western romances under the pen name Liz Isaacson. Check out all 5 books in the Amazon #1 Bestselling Three Rivers Ranch Romance series, and get ready for the rest of the series by the end of 2016.

Her newest release is UNTIL SUMMER ENDS, a contemporary romance novel from Cleis Press/Start Media.

Find her online:
Join her romance-only newsletter: http://eepurl.com/b9f1vv (get a free novella when you do!)


Giveaway for the blog tour: Kindle Paperwhite. http://elanajohnson.com/giveaways/paperwhite 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Review: Maple Frosted Murder by: Susan Gillard

Title: Maple Frosted Murder
Author: Susan Gillard
Publisher: Guardian Publishing
Series: A Donut Hole Cozy Mystery #2
Pages: 218
Format: Kindle e-book
Source: Personal Purchase

Description:


A professional and very public rivalry with the owner of the corporate cookie cutter donut shop owner, leaves Heather as the prime suspect in his murder, when his body is discovered. 

Health inspectors, shady business practices and a tangled web of intrigue unfold as Heather dives headfirst into the case, determined to clear her name and uncover who is the cold storage killer. 

My Thoughts:

This book picks up not long after the first book in this book Heather is dealing with another donut shop who is trying to taint people's opinions of her donuts.  While Heather is trying to deal with the rival owner she finds the following day he's been killed.  There are no shortage of suspects.  There is his wife who doesn't seem too broken hearted over his death to his business assistant who is not pleased with him or his accountant who he's alienated as well.  Who had the most to see him dead and why?

I enjoy this series so far each book adds more to the characters and the mystery they involved.  They are just enough to pull you in and want you reading more to find out what is next from Heather, Amy and Det. Shepard.  Can't wait to see where they will go next.  Next in the series is:

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Review: Strawberry Cream Murder by: Susan Gillard

Title: Strawberry Cream Murder
Author: Susan Gillard
Publisher: Guardian Publishing
Series: A Donut Hole Cozy Mystery #1
Pages: 218
Format: Kindle e-book
Source: Author Request

Description:


Donuts, deceit and the potential murder of a former assistant find Heather Janke at the center of a mystery in which she is a potential suspect and possibly the only one capable of discerning the truth. 

Was her former assistant Christa murdered and if so, why? 

Follow Heather as she searches for clues to get to the bottom of this sweet caper. 

My Review: 

This book follows Heather Janke as she owns a donut shop and finds out her former assistant Christa was murdered.  Heather finds herself wanting to find out what happened to Christa.  Was it Christa's brother who was cut out of his father will recently due his drug abuse?  Her mother who seems to side with Christa's brother about his innocence of drug issues recently?  Or her former boyfriend who lied about his connection to Christa?  About all Heather knows is that Christa took off with recipes that Heather gave her to open a donut shop of her own.  Who would kill her and why?

I loved this series and how we got to meet Heather and her friends and people who frequent her shop, along with her good friend Amy who helps Heather make sense of the murder and who had the most to gain.  It reminded me of Jessica Beck's Donut series I really loved it so much can't wait to see what's next for Heather and her friends!

Next in the series is:

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Title: Spell Booked by: Jim & Joyce Lavene

Title: Spell Booked
Author: Jim & Joyce Lavene
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Retired Witches Mystery #1
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal Purchase

Description:


Once upon a time in Wilmington, North Carolina, three witches ran a curio shop named Smuggler’s Arcane. But as the years passed, their magical powers started to fade—leaving them no choice but to conjure up a retirement package…  

Before they could blink their eyes or twitch their noses, Molly, Elsie, and Olivia somehow became eligible for AARP. But they can’t fly off to Boca Raton just yet. First they must give up their magic, recruit and train three new witches, and pass on their cherished spellbook.
They’ve barely begun to consider potential practitioners when Olivia winds up dead and their spellbook is stolen. To honor their friend and reclaim their spells, Molly and Elsie are about to go wand-to-wand with a dangerous young witch more powerful than the trio was in their prime. And this time they’re going to need more than magic up their sleeves…

My Thoughts: 

This book was bittersweet I bought the book when I heard Jim had died, technically I've bought it twice I had it on iBooks but then saw it at Barnes & Noble and had to have a physical copy of it.  If for nothing else then to remember them in my own way.  Now on to my review :)

I enjoyed this book which follows Molly, Elsie and Olivia who need to retire as their magic is dwindling and the accidents they are creating with there magic are getting silly. They are spying on a local librarian Dorothy Lane who they think has magical abilities and wound make a great young witch.  

When Olivia winds up dead having last been seen with Brian a local college guy.  Molly and Elsie are adamant that this man did something to her.  After futile attempts to find out why he did it and where their spellbook is they discover that there is a rogue witch whose dying running around stealing magical things and killing witches for their powers.

They team up with Brian whose also a witch and Dorothy to find the rogue witch and get their book back what they find is so much more than they bargained for!  Will they escape in time or find themselves under the bad witches power or worse yet death??

I loved this book and was glad to be able to get it and read it.  While it was sad because I'm not sure what will happen with this series I can totally see Jim and Joyce working on this together.  I enjoyed the suspense and was really at a loss when the witch was revealed!  I also managed to get the second book in the series so I can't wait to start that one!


Friday, July 29, 2016

Review: By Book or by Crook by: Eva Gates

Title: By Book or By Crook
Author: Eva Gates
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Lighthouse Library Mystery #1
Pages: 325
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal Purchase

Description:

Get bound up in murder in the first Lighthouse Library mystery!

For ten years Lucy has enjoyed her job poring over rare tomes of literature for the Harvard Library, but she has not enjoyed the demands of her family’s social whorl or her sort-of-engagement to the staid son of her father’s law partner. But when her ten-year relationship implodes, Lucy realizes that the plot of her life is in need of a serious rewrite.

Calling on her aunt Ellen, Lucy hopes that a little fun in the Outer Banks sun—and some confections from her cousin Josie’s bakery—will help clear her head. But her retreat quickly turns into an unexpected opportunity when Aunt Ellen gets her involved in the lighthouse library tucked away on Bodie Island.

Lucy is thrilled to land a librarian job in her favorite place in the world. But when a priceless first edition Jane Austen novel is stolen and the chair of the library board is murdered, Lucy suddenly finds herself ensnared in a real-life mystery—and she’s not so sure there’s going to be a happy ending....
 

My Thoughts:

In this book we meet Lucy who has recently changed jobs and is working in the Outer Banks at a local lighthouse library where they featuring books written by Jane Austen. When Lucy meets the chair of the library board Mr. Uppiton makes no bones about wanting to terminate Lucy's employment, when Jonathan Uppiton is found murdered all directions point to either Lucy or her boss Bertie?  Then the Austen novels go missing one by one who had the most to gain by stealing these precious novels?

I loved this book going on a wonderful adventure with Lucy full of all sorts of great characters.  Ms. Gates is a superb storyteller.  Drawing you into Lucy's world were you meet fellow library goers and people who work in town and some of them  are out to run Lucy out of town and blame all the crimes and murders on Lucy or her boss Bertie to get  back to the way things were.

Someone seems determined to frame Lucy for the murder and missing books!  Lucy is trying to figure out who wants her gone and why?  Whether it be the library board or someone else with a grudge against Lucy and her new job.  This book really drags you in and won't let go!  I enjoyed this book and everything it entailed.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Review: Address To Die For by: Mary Feliz


Title: Address To Die For
Author: Mary Feliz
Publisher: Lyrical Underground
Series: A Maggie McDonald Mystery #1
Pages: 320
Format: e-book
Source: GEBT & NetGalley

Description:


For professional organizer Maggie McDonald, moving her family into a new home should be the perfect organizational challenge. But murder was definitely not on the to-do list . . . 
 
Maggie McDonald has a penchant for order that isn’t confined to her clients’ closets, kitchens, and sock drawers. As she lays out her plan to transfer her family to the hundred-year-old house her husband, Max, has inherited in the hills above Silicon Valley, she has every expectation for their new life to fall neatly into place. But as the family bounces up the driveway of their new home, she’s shocked to discover the house’s dilapidated condition. When her husband finds the caretaker face-down in their new basement, it’s the detectives who end up moving in. What a mess! While the investigation unravels and the family camps out in a barn, a killer remains at large—exactly the sort of loose end Maggie can’t help but clean up . . . 

My Thoughts: 

In this series we follow Maggie McDonald and her family as they move to Max's aunts old house he inherited from his aunt, unfortunately they didn't quite expect the disaster the house would be in.  Add that to finding a dead body well that doesn't help matters either and from Max and Maggie can figure out the caretaker was calling in police reports in the beginning but that ended up stopping as someone was adamant to destroy the house.  Will Maggie sniff out the killer in time?

This was a great cozy mysteries and fans of many other cozy series will find themselves enjoying this series as well.  I enjoyed reading about Maggie and her family as they move into the new house to them, and try to figure out who was killed in the house and why?  Definitely a fabulous addition to the cozy series!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Review: Short & Tale Tales: Moose County Legends by: Lilian Jackson Braun

Title: Short & Tale Tales: Moose County Legends
Author: Lilian Jackson Braun
Publisher: Putnam
Series: The Cat Who Series
Format: Hardcover
Source: Private Purchase

Description:

"Good news for fans of the best-selling Cat who... mysteries--fictional columnist James Qwilleran has finally finished his book showcasing the colorful stories related to him by residents of Moose County, that famous region four hundred miles north of everywhere."

My Thoughts: 

I recently picked up a copy of this book and found it to be just what I expected, although I have found others anticipated a mystery book it's anything but mystery it's chock full of little stories people have told James Qwilleran when they ran in to him in Moose County.  I found them delightful and love how people came up to him on the street or at his residence with another story from long ago.  I think people need to remember that James always said one day he'd write a book about all these little stories that have been sent his way over time.  I thoroughly enjoyed the stories definitely some quarky ones to say the least.

I have been a fan of Lilian Jackson Braun since I was a teenager and my aunt handed me one of her books to try out and see if I would like it which I did so during my summers she would get me caught up on the recent cat who books, such a joy to read and go back to that time when I didn't even know what a cozy was much less had a genre for it.  It all started with the cat who saw red and the rest they say is history!

For those who love the Cat who books which ones is your favorite?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Review: Murder on the Mother Road by: Glenn Nilson


Title: Murder on the Mother Road
Author: Glenn Nilson
Publisher: Creekside Publishing
Pages: 318
Format: e-book
Source: GEBT

Description:

Bobby Navarro rides his Harley into another adventure when he discovers the body of a young woman in the trunk of a parked car in Williams, Arizona, on old Route 66. Who would leave a car, with a body in it, parked on the main street of town? And, who told the police Bobby had been the driver of the car, because they soon take him to the police station to conduct an "interview." Then, to make matters worse, Bobby realizes one of the police officers is a woman he had a crush on in high school. And, that's just his first night in town. Next morning, Bobby has breakfast at a local diner, where everyone is talking about the murder and the arrest of one of the diner's cooks. The staff don't think the suspect is guilty of the crime, and one of the locals, Daryl King, lets slip to Bobby that he knows who the guilty party really is. Trouble is, Daryl won't tell the police whatever it is he knows. In fact, Daryl has trouble talking with anyone. The fact that he made an exception in Bobby's case, leads to Bobby agreeing to work with the police to find out if Daryl does know who the killer is. Bobby's part in the investigation takes him to the Holiness Pentecostal Church of the Brethren, a church run by an ex-biker and two of his former gang members. There, he discovers a host of suspects, leaving Bobby to wonder whether he will have to "get religion" in order to help solve this Murder on the Mother Road. 

My Review:

This book follows Bobby Navarro who travels around on his motorcycle and helps out when he can, when he witnesses a hit and run and tries to do the right thing he finds himself knee deep in a murder investigation when a young girl is found dead in a car at a local hotel.  Who the girl is and what she is doing dead in the car is anyone guess?  Bobby finds himself helping the police trying to find out what happened.  It also leads Bobby to meet with a man Daryl who claims to know who did it in the girl, which leads to a local church and some biker gang members.  How far will Bobby to go to assist the police?


This was a great cozy mysteries that is very different from the typical ones you read, in this one we have a biker riding around trying to solve a murder which is very different then the typical ones you read.  Bobby seems like a likable character who wants to help where he can.  I definitely loved being on route 66 that was great and brought a lot of great characters with it.  Definitely a series I could read again.  Can't wait to see what is next for this series!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Review: Thread and Gone by: Lea Wait

Title: Thread and Gone
Author: Lea Wait
Publisher: Kensington
Series: Mainely Needlepoint #3
Pages: 290
Format: Kindle e-book
Source: Personal Purchase

Description:

When a priceless antique is stolen, murder unravels the peaceful seaside town of Haven Harbor, Maine. . .Angie Curtis and her fellow Mainely Needlepointers know how to enjoy their holidays. But nothing grabs their attention like tying up loose threads. So when Mary Clough drops in on the group's Fourth of July supper with a question about an antique needlepoint she's discovered in her family attic, Angie and her ravelers are happy to look into the matter.

Angie's best guess is that the mystery piece may have been stitched by Mary, Queen of Scots, famous not just for losing her head, but also for her needlepointing. If Angie's right, the piece would be extremely valuable. For safekeeping, Angie turns the piece over to her family lawyer, who places it in a safe in her office. But when the lawyer is found dead with the safe open and ransacked, the real mystery begins. . .


My Thoughts:

This book follows Angie Curtis and the Mainely Needlepointers as they are set to discover the history of a young Mary Clough who brings to them an antique needlepoint wondering it's value and mystery behind she has been cleaning up her house after her parents died and is deciding what to sell and what not to sell.  Along with the needlepoint is a letter written in French.

Angie and fellow Needlepointers set out to research the antique but Angie decides for safe keeping to leave the needlepoint with a local lawyer for safe keeping when  the lawyer winds up dead, and the needlepoint goes missing along with Lenore's jewelery it's up to Angie to find out what happened and try to reclaim the needlepoint for Mary.

From there the group finds out that it could be attached to Mary Queen of Scots, and multiple other Mary's.  The bigger question though is who killed the lawyer and what happened to the needlepoint?

I enjoyed this book but I get people complaining because of the lack of needlepoint being done but I definitely can see alot of people enjoying the aspect of history especially Marie Antoinette and Mary Queen of Scots.  I can't wait to see what is next with the Mainely Needlepoints!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Review: The Diva Serves High Tea by: Krista Davis

Title: The Diva Serves High Tea
Author: Krista Davis
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Domestic Diva #10
Pages: 304
Format: Nook e-book
Source: Purchase

Description:


The New York Times bestselling author of The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss serves up a new mystery steeped in murder…


When The Parlour opens up in town, domestic diva Sophie Winston finally has a place to satisfy her cravings for all things tea and crumpet related. And the shop serves as the perfect place for the ladies of the town to gather and gossip, especially since it’s conveniently located right across the street from the new antique store run by the handsome and charming Robert Johnson.
But speculation around Robert really boils over when he’s found dead—a victim of poisoning after attending a literacy fundraiser at The Parlour the night before. What Sophie learns about the man leaves a bitter taste in her mouth, and she’ll have to strain out a killer from a strange brew of suspects…

My Thoughts: 

In this book we find the usual gang going to a local and new tea parlor where Natasha is hosting an auction.  There you meet all sorts of new people.  First we find Sophie saving Natasha from an intruder when Natasha is attacked.  

Then things move to all things tea related with the new tea shop called The Parlour in town the auction is being held by Robert Johnson, who owns the antique store and is auctioning off things for kids literacy.  There Sophie sees her boyfriend Alex with a woman who seems to act like Alex is her property even though he's dating Sophie of course Alex seems oblivious to this.

Sophie finds herself having a new kid show up at her house repeatedly when his mother is off shoomazing with Alex.  And of course with all things Sophie related she finds a dead body it's Robert Johnson with his last words being 'Rosie' what it means no one knows and Sophie vows to stay out of it but with all things relating to Domestic Diva books Sophie gets multiple requests to get involved.  Who killed Robert Johnson and why?  What does the word 'Rosie' have to do with any of it?

I love this series it was my first adult reading series of cozy books as an adult.  I got drawn in and have named my laptop hard drive Domestic Diva I think everyone has a little Diva in them.  I love how we got to see more about the characters relationships and such it wasn't just about the mystery which was great a mystery with alot of history behind it.  I love those types of mysteries where you learn history on the people like when Sophie discovered Wolf's wife and that whole mystery.  Ms. Davis really knows how to turn out a fabulous mystery that keeps you entertained for a long time after the book is done.

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