Friday, September 21, 2018

Book Spotlight: Past and Present by: Judy Penz Sheluk

Past & Present: A Marketville Mystery by Judy Penz Sheluk

About the Book

Past & Present: A Marketville Mystery Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series Superior Shores Press (September 21, 2018) Paperback: 232 pages ISBN-10: 0995000735 ISBN-13: 978-0995000735 Digital ASIN: B07FYZ6HPF
Sometimes the past reaches out to the present...
It’s been thirteen months since Calamity (Callie) Barnstable inherited a house in Marketville under the condition that she search for the person who murdered her mother thirty years earlier. She solves the mystery, but what next? Unemployment? Another nine-to-five job in Toronto?
Callie decides to set down roots in Marketville, take the skills and knowledge she acquired over the past year, and start her own business: Past & Present Investigations.
It’s not long before Callie and her new business partner, best friend Chantelle Marchand, get their first client: a woman who wants to find out everything she can about her grandmother, Anneliese Prei, and how she came to a “bad end” in 1956. It sounds like a perfect first assignment. Except for one thing: Anneliese’s past winds its way into Callie’s present, and not in a manner anyone—least of all Callie—could have predicted.

About the Author

Judy Penz Sheluk is the author of two mystery series: The Glass Dolphin Mysteries (THE HANGED MAN’S NOOSE and A HOLE IN ONE) and The Marketville Mysteries (SKELETONS IN THE ATTIC). Judy’s short crime fiction appears is several collections. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Crime Writers of Canada, where she currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Regional Representative for Toronto/Southern Ontario. Find Judy on her website/blog at, where she interviews and showcases the works of other authors and blogs about the writing life.
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Review: Merry and Bright by: Debbie Macomber

Title: Merry and Bright
Author: Debbie Macomber
Publisher: Ballantine
Pages: 224
Format: e-book
Source: Hardcover


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Christmas is the season of the heart, and #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber is here to warm yours with a delightful holiday novel of first impressions and second chances.

Merry Knight is pretty busy these days. She’s taking care of her family, baking cookies, decorating for the holidays, and hoping to stay out of the crosshairs of her stressed and by-the-book boss at the consulting firm where she temps. Her own social life is the last thing she has in mind, much less a man. Without her knowledge, Merry’s well-meaning mom and brother create an online dating profile for her—minus her photo—and the matches start rolling in. Initially, Merry is incredulous, but she reluctantly decides to give it a whirl.

Soon Merry finds herself chatting with a charming stranger, a man with similar interests and an unmistakably kind soul. Their online exchanges become the brightest part of her day. But meeting face-to-face is altogether different, and her special friend is the last person Merry expects—or desires. Still, sometimes hearts can see what our eyes cannot. In this satisfying seasonal tale, unanticipated love is only a click away.

My Thoughts:

Merry Knight has a busy schedule helping her family with their needs plus working at a firm where the boss is a stickler for all sorts of details.  She does her best to avoid him but that isn't always the case and it gets worse with her family when they sign her up for a dating site  There she meets a man and gets to know him and when she finally goes to meet him she's is shocked by who shows up.  Unable to deal with seeing the mystery man she takes off.

This was such a cute romance at Christmas time.  As we watch Merry and her boss Jay work around each other and get to know one another. Definitely a book you can read time and again especially at the holidays!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Review: Die Like An Eagle by: Donna Andrews

Title: Die Like An Eagle
Author: Donna Andrews
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Series: Meg Langslow #30
Pages: 293
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library


Meg is Team Mom and Michael is coach of their twin sons' youth baseball team, the Caerphilly Eagles. Meg tangles with Biff Brown, the petty, vindictive league head. On opening day, Biff's lookalike brother is found dead in the porta-potty at the ball field. So many people think Biff's scum that it would be easy to blame him, but he has an alibi--and Meg suspects he may actually have been the intended victim.

With Die Like an Eagle, readers can look forward to another zany Meg Langslow mystery--this one filled with the spirit of America's pastime and Donna's eagle eye.

Like Meg Langslow, the blacksmith heroine of her series, Donna Andrews was born and raised in Yorktown, Virginia. She introduced Meg to readers in her Malice Domestic Contest-winning first mystery, Murder with Peacocks, and readers are still laughing. This novel swept up the Agatha, Anthony, Barry, and a Romantic Times award for best first novel, and a Lefty for funniest mystery.

My Thoughts:

Baseball season has hit and Meg is definitely a Team Mom doing everything she can to help the Eagles have a successful season!  With Michael coaching the team including their twins it's bound to be fun.  The only wrinkle in the baseball season is Biff Brown who is a real pill.  He's the president of the summerball league and won't take anyone's suggestions to improve the league.  In fact usually just the opposite!

When Meg finds what she thinks is Biff dead in a porta potty on Opening Day she quickly learns that's his half brother Shep who is a dead ringer for his brother so it begs the question was someone trying to kill Biff or Shep and why?

Biff has no shortage of enemies from parent's he's ticked off by crappy field to play in or lack of equipment or rules against having practices at one another's house.  Or was it work related due to shotty work or unfilled contracts?

Of course this brings Meg into the fold as she is trying to get a meeting with Biff to see where he's coming on the town square restoration work.  Biff is avoiding Meg like the plague.  Why is he being so mysterious?  Of course Meg being Meg dig deep to get the bottom of things.

I really enjoy this series it's fun, and has tons of adventure and a small town that is starting to rival Cabot Cove with the murder rates.  But I still love it anyway especially with all the quirky residents who really keep you on your toes!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Book Spotlight: In Cold Chocolate by: Dorothy St. James

In Cold Chocolate: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery by Dorothy St. James


About the Book

Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series 
Crooked Lane Books (September 11, 2018) 
Hardcover: 350 Pages 
ISBN-10: 1683317432 
ISBN-13: 978-1683317432 
Digital ASIN: B078M3N9TC 
In Dorothy St. James’s third delectable Southern Chocolate Shop mystery, a new batch of chocolate and troubles of the heart cause a string of disasters for the Chocolate Box’s new owner, Charity Penn.
The vintage seaside town of Camellia Beach, South Carolina seems like the perfect place for romance with its quiet beach and its decadent chocolate shop that serves the world’s richest dark chocolates. The Chocolate Box’s owner, Charity Penn, falls even further under the island’s moonlit spell as she joins Althea Bays and the rest of the turtle watch team to witness a new generation of baby sea turtles hatch and make their way into the wide ocean.
Before the babies arrive, gunshots ring out in the night. Cassidy Jones, the local Casanova, is found dead in the sand with his lover Jody Dalton—the same woman who has vowed to destroy the Chocolate Box—holding the gun. It’s an obvious crime of passion, or so everyone believes. But when Jody’s young son pleads with Penn to bring his mother back to him, she can’t say no. She dives headfirst into a chocolate swirl of truth and lies, and must pick through an assortment of likely (and sometimes unsavory) suspects before it’s too late for Penn and for those she loves in Dorothy St. James’s third rich installment of the Southern Chocolate Shop mysteries, In Cold Chocolate.

About the Author

Mystery author Dorothy St. James was raised in South Carolina. She makes her home on the outskirts of Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, a neurotic dog, and a fluffy cat. Though writing has always been a passion for her, she pursued an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology and a graduate degree in Public Administration and Urban Planning. She put her educational experience to use, having worked in all branches and all levels of government including local, regional, state, and federal. She even spent time during college working for a non-profit environmental watchdog organization.
Switching from government service and community planning to fiction writing wasn't as big of a change as some might think. Her government work was all about the stories of the people and the places where they live. As an urban planner, Dorothy loved telling the stories of the people she met. And from that, her desire to tell the tales that were so alive in her heart grew until she could not ignore it any longer. In 2001, she took a leap of faith and pursued her dream of writing fiction full-time.
* Dorothy St. James is the alter-ego of award-winning multi-published author, Dorothy McFalls. She enjoys writing in several different genres. Her works have been nominated for many awards including Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, Reviewers International Organization Award, National Reader's Choice Award, CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Award, and The Romance Reviews Today Perfect 10! Award. Reviewers have called her work: "amazing", "perfect", "filled with emotion", and "lined with danger."

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Book Spotlight: Death said The Gypsy Queen by: Susan Boles

Death said the Gypsy Queen by Susan Boles

About the Book

Death said the Gypsy Queen: A Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery 
Cozy Mystery 4th in Series 
Argent Ocean Publishing 
Number of Pages - 210 
"Beware the sign of the vampire blood," said the fortune teller. "It brings madness and turmoil."
Lily Gayle knows what that means, but, for the life of her, can't figure out how the fortune teller does. A quick road trip with Dixie. An unplanned stop at a roadside park. And, an hour later a dead body. Lily Gayle, Dixie and Miss Edna find themselves knee deep in another homicide investigation when the local vet assistant turns up dead behind an outbuilding at the farmers market.
Lily Gayle believes the words of the fortune teller will have a major impact on the investigation but can't bring herself to tell the other ladies. To reveal what she believes the words mean might bring trouble to another old friend. And would betray a trust. Only Ben knows and he, as usual, advises Lily Gayle to stay out of his investigation – which she isn't about to do.
When the secret is revealed, the townspeople go mad and the fortune tellers words come true. Can Lily Gayle, Dixie and Miss Edna solve the murder before more people are harmed?

About the Author

 Susan is the award-winning author of the Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery Series and a contributing author to the Brotherhood Protectors World. A lifelong long love of all things mysterious led Susan to write cozy mysteries. Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden were the first to show her that girls can be crime solvers. Agatha Christie showed her that even small towns have big secrets. And Phryne Fisher showed her lady detectives can be outrageously individual. She lives in Mississippi with her rescue mini dachshund, Lucy, and her rescue cat of no particular breed, Zimba. She currently writes the Lily Gayle Lambert mystery series set in the fictional town of Mercy, Mississippi featuring a multi-generational cast of female sleuths and romantic suspense in the Brotherhood Protectors Kindle World. Susan writes mysteries and set in the big city of Memphis, TN and the fictional small town of Mercy, Mississippi. CONTACT SUSAN: Susan loves to hear from readers and book lovers! 
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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Book Blast: A Crafter Knits A Clue by: Holly Quinn

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A Crafter Knits a Clue: A Handcrafted Mystery by Holly Quinn

About the Book

Crooked Lane Books (October 9, 2018) Hardcover 
ISBN-10: 1683317718 ISBN-13: 978-1683317715 
Digital ASIN: B078LZ5ZM5 
For fans of Betty Hechtman and Maggie Sefton, the latest craft frenzy is Holly Quinn’s Handcrafted series debut.
Sammy Kane just moved back to her hometown to run a craft store. But when the owner of a nearby yarn shop is murdered, Sammy will needle little help finding the killer.
When a heartbroken Samantha “Sammy” Kane returns to her hometown of Heartsford, WI, for her best friend Kate’s funeral, she learns that Kate’s much-loved craft store is in danger of perishing with its owner. Confounding all her expectations of the life she would live, Sammy moves back home with her golden retriever and takes over Community Craft. A few doors down Main Street, fellow new arrival Ingrid Wilson has just opened the Yarn Barn, a real “purl” of a shop. But when Sammy strolls over to see if Ingrid could use a little help, she finds Ingrid’s dead body—with a green aluminum knitting needle lodged in her throat.
Detective Liam Nash is thrown for a loop as every single citizen of Heartsford seems to have a theory about Ingrid’s murder. And nearly everyone in town seems to be a suspect. But the last time Sammy did any sleuthing was as a little moppet. And this is not fun and games. Sammy is eager to help the handsome Liam—who seems to be endlessly inventive in finding reasons to talk with her—and when Liam arrests affable woodworker Miles Danbury, Sammy puts everything on the line to help clear Miles.
As the case comes dangerously close to unraveling, Sammy must stitch the clues together. But the killer has other plans—and if Sammy’s not careful, she may wind up in a perilous knot in A Crafter Knits a Clue, the first warm and woolly yarn of Holly Quinn’s new Handcrafted mysteries.

About the Author

Holly Quinn is both an avid reader and crafter. Holly sells her artistic creations locally and dreamed of one day opening a gift shop to sell local artist’s handiwork. Instead, she began writing about it and thus her journey of the Handcrafted Mystery series was born.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Review: Flower Power Fatality by: Sally Carpenter

Title: Flower Power Fatality
Author: Sally Carpenter
Publisher: Cozy Cat Press
Series: A Psychedelic Spy Mystery
Pages: 236
Format: e-book
Source: GEBT


The Cold War gets cozy in this retro-cozy spy caper set in 1967, a year of music, miniskirts-and murder! Actress Noelle McNabb works at the Country Christmas Family Fun Park in Yuletide, Indiana, but she longs for the bright lights of Hollywood. Real-life drama comes her way when a stranger with a fatal gunshot wound stumbles across her doorstep. When she attempts to finds the man's murderer, Noelle encounters a super-secret spy agency, SIAMESE (Special Intelligence Apparatus for Midwest Enemy Surveillance and Espionage). SIAMESE recruits Noelle on a quest to find missing microdots under the guidance of a street-wise agent, Destiny King. As Noelle goes undercover in a cheesy nightclub and faces the enemy in late-night chases, she uncovers family secrets and finds her moral values put to the test. Along with her pet cat, Ceebee, and the kooky residents of Yuletide, Noelle discovers it takes a village to catch a killer.

My Thoughts:

Noelle has big dreams of making it as an actress right now it is only working at a Fun Park as a wicked Witch.  That night at home she has a mysterious stranger show up and collapses in her house from a gun shot wound.  Next thing Noelle knows she is being contacted by Dash who works for the mysterious company Siamese and needs her help with some undercover work.  This talent utilizes all the actress skills Noelle has in her pocket.  Who killed the mysterious man and why?  Will Noelle figure it out or will she be snuffed out?

I loved this book with it's trip down the lane of the 60's with hippies, war veterans and people who avoid the draft.  Noelle is a quirky character trying to help where she can even if she has no idea what she is doing and the only thing she goes by is what she has seen on Mission Impossible.  I also love her younger brother and his Star Trek obsession it was hilarious at parts.

Definitely a great mystery that went by faster than the Enterprise can fly I couldn't put it down at all!  Can't wait to see what is next for Noelle and where she will wind up!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Title: Rough Weather by: Robert B. Parker

Title: Rough Weather
Author: Robert B. Parker
Publisher: G.P Putnam's Sons
Series: Spenser #36
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library


Hired as a bodyguard at an exclusive society wedding, Spenser witnesses an unexpected crime: the kidnapping of the young bride, which opens the door for murder, family secrets, and the reappearance of an old nemesis.

My Thoughts: 

Our intrepid hero is off to his next case which leads to Heidi Bradshaw inviting Spenser to be her bodyguard at her daughter's upcoming wedding.  He brings his beloved Susan Silverman with him.  Of course when they get there they meet the Gray man whom Spenser as gone up against before.  Not long the priest and groom are killed and Spenser is fighting for his life and to rescue Susan.  Once back in Boston Spenser begins trying to figure out what the hell happened and where is the bride?

This book was typical Spenser fashion he's ticked everybody off until people started showing they knew more than they implied they knew.  It led to many ex-husbands and an episode of the bride in the hospital 5 years ago.

I love Spenser he's great he's got wit, charm and everything in-between definitely a James Bond of Boston, along with his trusty sidekick Hawk they always get the job done!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Review: Sixkill by: Robert B. Parker

Title: Sixkill
Author: Robert B. Parker
Publisher: G. P Putnam's Sons
Series: Spenser #39
Pages: 293
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library


In location in Boston, bad-boy actor Jumbo Nelson is accused of the rape and murder of a young woman. From the start the case seems fishy, so the Boston PD calls on Spenser to investigate. Things don't look so good for Jumbo, whose appetites for food, booze, and sex are as outsized as his name. He was the studio's biggest star, but he's become its biggest liability. 

In the course of the investigation, Spenser encounters Jumbo's bodyguard: a young, former football-playing Native American named Zebulon Sixkill. He acts tough, but Spenser sees something more within the young man. Despite the odd circumstances, the two forge an unlikely alliance, with Spenser serving as mentor for Sixkill. As the case grows darker and secrets about both Jumbo and the dead woman come to light, it's Spenser-with Sixkill at his side-who must put things right.

My Thoughts: 

In this book Spenser gets hired from the Boston PD to look into Jumbo Nelson who is being accused of rape and murder.  Of course Jumbo ain't talkin' so Spenser has his work cut out for him.  He has to decide if Jumbo did the deed.  Of course that puts Spenser in direct contact with Zebulon Sixkill who is Jumbo's body guard.  After failing to protect Jumbo against Spenser he takes Z under his care to see what he can do for the kid.

Alot of people have a lot to gain on this murder case as Spenser digs deeper he finds himself meeting up with some unsavory characters!

This book was fun to read Spenser helping a new kid and helping him find his way while also investigating the crime.  It was weird to have Hawk gone but Z brought a new spin on the story as we learn about Z's rise and fall and how Spenser helps him see the way to be something better than he was!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Review: Silent Night by: Robert B. Parker

Title: Silent Night
Author: Robert B. Parker
Publisher: G. P Putnam's Sons
Series: Spenser #41.5
Pages: 229
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library


It’s December in Boston, and Spenser is busy planning the menu for Christmas dinner when he’s confronted in his office by a young boy named Slide.  Homeless and alone, Slide has found refuge with an organization named Street Business, which gives shelter and seeks job opportunities for the homeless and lost.  Slide’s mentor, Jackie Alvarez, is being threatened, and Street Business is in danger of losing its tenuous foothold in the community, turning Slide and many others like him back on the street.  But it’s not a simple case of intimidation. Spenser, aided by Hawk, finds a trail that leads to a dangerous drug kingpin, whose hold on the at-risk community Street Business serves threatens not just the boys’ safety and security, but their lives as well. 

Unfinished at the time of his death, Silent Night was completed by Parker’s longtime agent, whose decades-long association with Parker’s work gives her unique insight and perspective to his voice and storytelling style.  Her contribution also speaks volumes about their enduring friendship.

My Thoughts: 

Christmas is hitting Boston and Spenser has a new client  a young boy named Slide whose friend Jackie needs help.  Someone is trying to put Street Business out of business.  So Jackie hires Spenser to find out what is going on and why

This leads Hawk and Spenser to vicious drug dealer who wants to make the shelter go away and Jackie to do something else besides the pipe dream of a shelter for kids.  Jackie's brothers girlfriend is also deep in this and she needs Spenser to get her out without getting her killed!

I love Spenser his books are great to read and really have funny parts to it.  You get to see what Spenser is up to and how he spends his holiday season!  His books have everything humor, adventure.  and the charm that is Spenser it was also bittersweet as it was the last book he didn't get to finish but you'd never know it!

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Review: The Stonekeeper by: Kazu Kibuishi

Title: The Stonekeeper
Author: Kazu Kibuishi
Publisher: Graphix
Series: Amulet #1
Pages: 192
Format: Paperback
Source: Library


Graphic novel star Kazu Kibuishi creates a world of terrible, man-eating demons, a mechanical rabbit, a giant robot---and two ordinary children on a life-or-death mission.

After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids' mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals.

Eventually, they enlist the help of a small mechanical rabbit named Miskit. Together with Miskit, they face the most terrifying monster of all, and Em finally has the chance to save someone she loves.

My Thoughts: 

This was a great book about a female stone keeper who has to save her family from monsters I can see why it's people like this book so much.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Review: Turkey Trot Murder by: Leslie Meier

Title: Turkey Trot Murder
Author: Leslie Meier
Publisher: Kensington
Series: Lucy Stone #24
Pages: 247
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library


It's late autumn in Tinker's Cove, Maine, and the last surviving flowers on Lucy Stone's porch have fallen victim to the first frost of the season. But as the part-time reporter learns, this cold November morning will claim more than potted plants . . .

Besides the annual Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving Day, Lucy expects the approaching holiday to be a relatively uneventful one--until she finds beautiful Alison Franklin dead and frozen in Blueberry Pond. No one knows much about Alison, except that she was the daughter of wealthy investor Ed Franklin and struggled quietly with drug addiction. Police blame her death on an accidental overdose, but Lucy can't understand what terrible forces could lead a privileged woman to watery ruin . . .

Alison's funeral service is just as puzzling. Many believe Ed's young--and very pregnant--new wife, Mireille, divided the family, leaving Alison to wither on the vine. Did Mireille truly adore her stepchild as Ed claims, or did she pit father against daughter for personal gain? 

As a state of unrest descends on Tinker's Cove, Lucy is thrown into a full-scale investigation. Now, in a race against time, Lucy must beat the killer to the finish line--or she can forget about stuffing and cranberry sauce . . .

My Thoughts:

Lucy Stone has her work cut out for her in the latest mystery in this one she is preparing for a Turkey Trot 5k run on Thanksgiving.  While practicing she discovers the dead body of Allison Franklin who has drowned.  While everyone is quick to dismiss the death as drug overdose Lucy can't help but wonder if it is something else.

When Allison's father gets the town in an uproar over immigrants and misconceptions about a new family starting a business his prejudice misjudges the family in question.  He accuses them of being immigrants when they are as american as apple pie.  When her father Ed Franklin winds up dead loyalties are torn and divided.  Who killed the father and daughter and why?  Will Lucy figure it out in time or will her time run out?

I love Lucy and her knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  She finds herself torn about the whole thing.  Wanting to believe that it's not a race issue.  Or a drug issue.  But could it be?  Will her town ever be the same again.  Definitely a series I love to read when I come across it!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Review: Patterns in The Sand by: Sally Goldenbaum

Title: Patterns in The Sand
Author: Sally Goldenbaum
Publisher: Obsidian
Series: A Seaside Knitters Mystery #2
Pages: 294
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library


The follow-up to Death by Cashmere: next in the new mystery series set in a tight-knit seaside community. 

When young fiber artist Willow Adams visits Izzy Chambers's knitting studio, she's immediately embraced by the Seaside knitters, and they see the monthly arts event at Canary Cove as a perfect place to showcase Willow's work. But the idyllic summer in Sea Harbor turns somber when the body of Nick Peabody-owner of a popular gallery-is found in a community garden. Soon all Nick's secrets begin to surface, and the residents of Sea Harbor realize they didn't know him at all. And when Nick's will reveals that his entire estate has been left to Willow, the knitters find that Willow has some dark secrets of her own...

My Thoughts: 

This book follows newest person to show up at Canary Cove Willow Adams.  Willow Adams winds up sleeping at Izzy's studio.  When the women find her they are determined to help her and really wonder why she is there.  When Aiden a gallery owner dies the assumption is made that Willow killed Aiden.  Did Willow kill him or did someone else and why?

Nell, Izzy, Ben and everyone else in town has their work cut out for them trying to figure out who killed Aiden and why?

I enjoy this serious thoroughly.  It's such great fun to go back and see what everyone is up to and this one didn't disappoint.  l would love to be a friend to spend Friday nights at Nell's and see what everyone has been up to or to solve the latest mystery!  Can't wait to see what is next for the Seaside Knitters!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Review: The Body in The Casket by: Katherine Hall Paige

Title: The Body in The Casket
Author: Katherine Hall Page
Publisher: William Morrow
Series: Faith Fairchild #24
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library


The inimitable Faith Fairchild returns in a chilling New England whodunit, inspired by the best Agatha Christie mysteries and with hints of the timeless board game Clue

For most of her adult life, resourceful caterer Faith Fairchild has called the sleepy Massachusetts village of Aleford home. While the native New Yorker has come to know the region well, she isn’t familiar with Havencrest, a privileged enclave, until the owner of Rowan House, a secluded sprawling Arts & Crafts mansion, calls her about catering a weekend house party.

Producer/director of a string of hit musicals, Max Dane—a Broadway legend—is throwing a lavish party to celebrate his seventieth birthday. At the house as they discuss the event, Faith’s client makes a startling confession. “I didn’t hire you for your cooking skills, fine as they may be; but for your sleuthing ability. You see, one of the guests wants to kill me.”

Faith’s only clue is an ominous birthday gift the man received the week before—an empty casket sent anonymously containing a 20-year-old Playbill from Max’s last, and only failed, production—Heaven Or Hell. Consequently, Max has drawn his guest list for the party from the cast and crew. As the guests begin to arrive one by one, and an ice storm brews overhead, Faith must keep one eye on the menu and the other on her host to prevent his birthday bash from becoming his final curtain.

Full of delectable recipes, brooding atmosphere, and Faith’s signature biting wit, The Body in The Casket is a delightful thriller that echoes the beloved mysteries of Agatha Christie and classic films such as Murder by Death and Deathtrap.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Faith Fairchild as she is hired to work for Max Dane a big time Broadway legend.  Max is hosting a special birthday party and is adamant someone is trying to kill him.  When he receives a casket at his secured house he's more determined to find out who wants to kill him.  Samantha Miller is back her mother Pix works for Faith the two wonder why Samantha is back what happened to her job and her boyfriend.  With so much going on you know it will never be dull with Faith.

I like this series alot as Faith is the wife of a minister in small town Massachusetts.  We also see how Faith's kids are doing along with other people in town.  This one also brought alot from the off Broadway play of Heaven and Hell and what the people involved in it are up to now.  Which held all sorts of mystery.  Especially when the cousin of Max's winds up dead with a poisonous snake in a draw as the weapon.

Faith pulls alot from Clue to figure it out and get the murderer before they can strike again.  I really enjoy her stories as they pull you in to other things going on as well!  Can't wait to see what is next for Faith!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Review A Summer in Sonoma by: Robyn Carr

Title: A Summer in Sonoma
Author: Robyn Carr
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 368
Fomrat: Paperback
Source: Personal Purchase


They've been best friends since seventh grade. But this summer, teetering on the threshold of thirty, four women are going to need each other more than ever.

Cassie has sworn off men after yet another bad date though, deep down, she's still looking for Mr. Right. A long-haired, tattooed biker is definitely not him, so there's no harm in a few Harley rides through Sonoma. Right?

 Julie married her high school sweetheart too young and now wonders how her life became all about leaky faucets and checkbook balances. Maybe love isn't enough to sustain the perfect couple.

Marty's firefighter husband takes her for granted, and with her marriage on the rocks, an old flame begins to look mighty tempting. She's seriously thinking of crossing that line. 

Beth is a busy doctor trapped in a body that's betrayed her yet again and she's becoming a difficult patient and a secretive friend. She's fighting for her life. Life can change in an instant...or a summer. As these four friends deal with life's challenges, the strength of their bond will see them through.

No one delves into the complexities of female friendship better than #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr. 

My Thoughts: 

This book follows four girls who've been friends since grade school.  They have had their ups and downs and they have relied on each other through it all.  This summer seems to really test their friendship in so many ways.

Cassie who has had her last bad date and winds up being saved by someone she would never have guessed a biker who looks so bad could he really be good for her?  Cassie swears she sworn of men but could the right one be right in front of her?

Julie feels like she is drowning with debt and her husband Billy and his happy go lucky attitude isn't helping much.  When she finds herself lashing out and making tough decisions it really shows how much Julie and Billy need to communicate so he can understand what is going on at home.

Marty is so ready to throw her husband to a wall to get it through his head that he use to care more about her and himself now he's seems destined to drive her insane and almost into another's arms.  Can Joe and Marty get past their issues or is it too late for them?  Only time will tell.

Beth who has survived Cancer once before has found herself on a nasty Cancer receiving line.  She's determined to keep her friends away from the Cancer as the first time around it didn't play out very well.  What she really finds out is sometimes you need your friends whether you want to admit it or not!

I really enjoy this book it was such fun to read the woman and see where they are headed in life.  Sometimes having life long girlfriends is the best you can have!  I always look forward to her books whenever I see them available!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Review: Poisoned Pages by: Lorna Barrett

Title: Poisoned Pages
Author: Lorna Barrett
Publisher: Berkeley Prime Crime
Series: A Booktown Mystery  #12
Pages: 320
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley


Mystery bookstore owner Tricia Miles learns that nothing kills a good party like a murder in the latest entry in the New York Times bestselling Booktown Mysteries.

Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, throws a housewarming cocktail party in her new apartment and has cooked all the food by herself--quite a feat for someone who previously couldn't boil water. Then one of her guests is poisoned and dies. Tricia's left to wonder if her cooking is to blame or if there's something much more sinister at play. Either way, Tricia's once again in hot water with her ex-lover, Chief Baker.

Meanwhile the charming town of Stoneham is being disrupted by a vandalism crime wave. It's the hot topic in the race for Chamber of Commerce president which sees Tricia pitted against two bitter rivals. With all that's going on can she find the killer before she's the next item on the menu?

My Thoughts:

This book follows Tricia Miles who has finally having her cocktail party at her newly fixed up apartment.  All sorts of residents from town show up.  When the guests are departing a gentleman friend of Frannie's winds up choking and dying.  The town is wondering what killed him and why at Tricia's party. 

Angelica's having her own issues as someone is demanding money or else all her secrets will be made public will Angelica pay or is she finally tired of the secrets in town?  When Tricia tries to advise her Angelica shuts down her sister. Deeming to handle it her own way.

Someone else is running around town vandalizing things.  Tricia wonders if it is because there is an election for the Chamber president and Tricia thrown in her name as well as Russ Smith who is doing it to spite Tricia along with Chauncey who has bad blood with Tricia.  Could it be one of them?  Or is someone else out to hurt people?

I love this book it's such fun especially seeing Mr. E and Pixie Poe come into their own and help out where they can.  I also loved the out come of the story.  Mr. E has his work cut out when he and Grace adopt a cat named Charlie whose at the end of his life/  How much time he has left is anyone's guess but they'd rather have a cat die before they would.  The relationships have come so far between the three and they form a great band together! 

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Review: A Just Clause by: Lorna Barrett

Title: A Just Clause
Author: Lorna Barrett
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Booktown Mystery #11
Pages: 320
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley


Just when things are getting back to normal in Booktown, Tricia and Angelica have their lives turned upside down by a shocking visitor from their past in this latest entry in Lorna Barrett’s New York Times bestselling series. 

Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, is in for a surprise when her ne’er-do-well father, John, comes to town—and promptly becomes a prime suspect in the murder of a woman with her own scandalous past. Even Tricia’s faith in the old man is shaken when the Stoneham police break the news that her father is a known con man who has done jail time.  

But what about bestselling thriller author Steven Richardson? Is it a coincidence that he arrived for a book signing just before the crime or that the victim was found with a signed copy of his latest bestseller?  

From merlot to murder, Tricia is determined to clear the family name before another body shows up and ruins Stoneham’s first—and highly anticipated—wine and jazz festival.

My Thoughts:

Tricia, Angelica and friends are back for their next adventure this one starts with a book signing of an author Tricia met on her cruise Steven Richardson.  When Tricia's father John shows up in town surprising both his daughters they have to wonder what John is up to now?  When Carol a darts opponent of Tricia's ends up slapping both Steven Richards and her father John Tricia wonders what they did to upset Carol?  When Carol winds up dead Tricia wonders who killed her and why?  Will Tricia figure it out in time or will her luck run out?

I love this series it's such fun with it's different people who help Tricia and especially learning more about their family and how it's all a mess.  The one thing Tricia seems to have longed for is some sort of relationship with her mother and it was intriguing to read about how it played out in this book.  Also watching how the girls deal with their father being in town and what his agenda is.  Can't wait to read the next adventure!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Review: Six Cats A Slayin' by: Miranda James

Title: Six Cats A Slayin'
Author: Miranda James
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Cat in The Stacks #10
Pages: 288
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley


Charlie Harris and his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, are busy decking the halls for the holidays when an unexpected delivery and a shocking murder conspire to shake up the season in this all new installment of the New York Times bestselling series.

December twenty-fifth is right around the corner, and Charlie is making his list and checking it twice. He is doing his best to show some peace and goodwill toward his nosy neighbor Gerry Arbitron, a real estate agent who seems to have designs on his house (and maybe on him, as well), while preparing for a very important role, indeed--his first Christmas as a grandfather.

The last thing Charlie expects is to gain several new additions to his family. Charlie finds a box on his doorstep with five kittens inside and a note begging him to keep them safe. With Diesel's help, Charlie welcomes the tiny felines into the Harris household just as Gerry decides it is time to throw a lavish holiday party.

Determined to make her mark on Athena, Gerry instead winds up dead at her very own party. Though attempts to dig into her past come up empty, Charlie and his girlfriend, Helen Louise, witness two heated exchanges involving Gerry before her death: one with a leading citizen and another with the wife of a good friend. Will one of these ladies wind up on the sheriff's naughty list? Charlie and Diesel have to wrap up the case before the special season is ruined by a sinister scrooge.

My Thoughts: 

This book follows beloved Athenian Charlie and Diesel Harris who have landed themselves 5 kittens.  Charlie takes them determined to find out who the owner is and why they have been left there with a cryptic note.  Charlie also meets a new neighbor who seems very mysterious Gerry Arbitron.  Gerry seems to be very flirtatious towards Charlie which raises more questions of whom she really is?

Charlie and others around Athena have been invited to a part at Gerry's house and everyone is curious to learn more about the party goers and the one whose throwing the party.  Charlie and Helen Louise over hear a very vocal argument between Gerry and another resident Mrs. Thompson what could they possibly be arguing about?  When Gerry winds up dead and all party goers are questioned and released it's up to Charlie to figure out who killed Gerry and why?

In between Charlie's two mysteries he's also watching the effects of a baby on a new mom  Alex has been having a heck of time with baby Rosie.  Alex is starting to think she's a bad mom for even thinking of help but sometimes you need help and it's not great defeat to ask for it.  Sean steps in and makes the hard decisions when the time comes.  

I love Charlie and Diesel, Laura, Frank, Sean and Alex and all their friends and loved ones they come together it's so beautiful to see how far Charlie has come since the beginning.  He has opened himself up to so many people and we get to see where they go every time.  One of my go to books whenever I see one available.  I read it one day and that really makes it all the more wonderful!

Review: Set The Night On Fire by: Laura Trentham

Title: Set The Night On Fire
Author: Laura Trentham
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Series: Cottonbloom #6
Pages: 336
Format: e-book ARC
Source: Book Tour


Cottonbloom is the perfect place for starting over, finding your way back home--and falling head over heels. . .

Ella Boudreaux has a lot to prove to her family, friends, and foes--and to herself. So when her marriage ends she decides to invest her energy and money into a place that brings back some of Ella's happiest memories: the Abbott brothers' garage. Maybe, if she puts her mind to it, she can teach skeptical, stubborn Mack Abbott how to make the business a true success. Which would be a lot easier if the hunky mechanic didn't make her motor run quite so fast...and hot.

Mack was furious when his brother, Ford, sold his share of the business. He's in no rush to team up with a wealthy divorcee who shows up to the garage in stilettos--and the longest, sexiest legs he's seen in forever. But Ella's grit and determination won't quit...and soon Mack can see that she's been down a few rough roads herself. Neither Mack nor Ella can deny the fierce attraction that's revving up between them. Could it be that true love has been in the backseat all along...and they've finally found the key?

My Thoughts: 

This book follows Mack Abbott who owns Abbott brother's garage and is having a heck of time since learning that his brother Ford sold his share of the company to Ella Boudreaux.  What he didn't count was her showing up at his garage so frequently and actually enjoy being there.

Ella Boudreaux sees potential in the garage even if she has to deal with good looking cranky Mack to help them.  Ella is moving on in life after leaving her train wreck of a marriage.  What she didn't count on was her ex's wife showing up hiding from him.  Ella recognizes all the signs she went through in the marriage and tries to help her make a decision of her own.

The heat in this book sparks quickly and pulls you in wanting to see how it will all play out.  In this case both Ella and Mack have a lot to overcome to get to the happy place they want to be.  I love going on this journey with them.  It has funny parts along with the seriousness of certain situations.  I can't wait to see what comes next in this series!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Book Blitz: Set The Night On Fire by: Laura Trentham

Happy book birthday to @LauraTrentham and Set the Night on Fire, a novel about starting over, finding your way back home—and falling head over heels. . . #Cottonbloom #smalltownromance #newrelease #romance 

Set the Night on Fire Cottonbloom, Book 6 by Laura Trentham 

From award winning author Laura Trentham comes Set the Night on Fire, a novel about starting over, finding your way back home—and falling head over heels. . . Ella Boudreaux has a lot to prove to her family, friends, and foes—and to herself. So when her marriage ends she decides to invest her energy and money into a place that brings back some of Ella’s happiest memories: the Abbott brothers’ garage. Maybe, if she puts her mind to it, she can teach skeptical, stubborn Mack Abbott how to make the business a true success. Which would be a lot easier if the hunky mechanic didn’t make her motor run quite so fast…and hot. Mack was furious when his brother, Ford, sold his share of the business. He’s in no rush to team up with a wealthy divorcĂ©e who shows up to the garage in stilettos—and the longest, sexiest legs he’s seen in forever. But Ella’s grit and determination won’t quit…and soon Mack can see that she’s been down a few rough roads herself. Neither Mack nor Ella can deny the fierce attraction that’s revving up between them. Could it be that true love has been in the backseat all along…and they’ve finally found the key?


 Author Info: An award-winning author, Laura Trentham was born and raised in a small town in
Tennessee. Although, she loved English and reading in high school, she was convinced an English degree equated to starvation. She chose the next most logical major—Chemical Engineering—and worked in a hard hat and steel toed boots for several years. She writes sexy, small town contemporaries and smoking hot Regency historicals. KISS ME THAT WAY, Cottonbloom Book 1, won the Stiletto Contest for Best Long Contemporary and finaled in the National Readers Choice Award. THEN HE KISSED ME, Cottonbloom Book 2, was named an Amazon Best Romance of 2016 and was a finalist for the National Excellence for Romance Fiction. TILL I KISSED YOU, Cottonbloom Book 3, is a finalist in the Maggie contest. LEAVE THE NIGHT ON, the latest Cottonbloom book, was named an iBooks Best Book of the Month and a Recommended Read from NPR. When not lost in a cozy Southern town or Regency England, she's shuttling kids to soccer, helping with homework, and avoiding the Mt. Everest-sized pile of laundry that is almost as big as the to-be-read pile of books on her nightstand.

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 Giveaway: The first five (5) books in the Cottonbloom series!
Kiss Me That Way, Book 1
Then He Kissed Me, Book 2
Till I Kissed You, Book 3
Leave the Night On, Book 4
When the Stars Come Out, Book 5
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