Sunday, March 29, 2015

Book Spotlight: Iced Chiffon by: Duffy Brown

Title: Iced Chiffon
Author: Duffy Brown
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Consignment Shop Mystery #1
Purchase Links:
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There’s always something to gossip about in Savannah, Georgia, and Reagan Summerside always seems to be in the middle of it. She’s busy enough running her consignment shop, The Prissy Fox, with her vivacious Auntie KiKi, but now the gossip—and the sales—are about to pick up after a gruesome discovery…
Reagan’s messy divorce has left her with nothing but a run-down Victorian and a bunch of designer clothes. Strapped for cash, Reagan makes use of the two things she has left, turning the first floor of her home into a consignment shop and filling it with the remnants of her rich-wife wardrobe.

Thanks to his cunning lawyer Walker Boone, her ex got everything else, including the Lexus—not to mention a young blond cupcake. When Reagan finds the cupcake dead in the Lexus, she’s determined to beat Boone to finding the murderer. As it turns out, the gossip fiends flooding Reagan’s shop will give her a lot more than just their unwanted clothes—they have information more precious than a vintage Louis Vuitton…

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Review: Think Murder by: Cassidy Salem

Title: Think Murder
Author: Cassidy Salem
Publisher: Createspace
Series: Adina Donati Mystery Series
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 206
Format: e-book
Source: Great Escapes Book Tours


Discovering the body of a friend and colleague was not what Adina Donati had in mind when she moved to Washington D.C. in search of excitement. An administrative assistant at a prestigious think tank, Adina is drawn into the middle of the murder investigation. The police don’t seem to be making much progress until Adina stumbles onto important clues and discovers just how dangerous life in the nation’s capitol can be.

My Thoughts:

What starts out as drinks with a her friend Hillary ends in tragedy for Adina Donati when her friend is found dead in the bathroom an apparent suicide but everything is not what it seems in D.C. Adina seems to be in the middle of something big and someone wanted to kill her friend but who did it remains to be seen.

As Adina tries to help her friend's boss with a project Hillary was working on she starts to notice things aren't right, and quickly alerts the attention of someone.  Whether it be for good or bad remains to be seen.  With every action being watched by someone Adina relies on the police more and that seems to be upsetting someone who wants to make sure Adina suffers the same fate as Hillary.

I really enjoyed this book as it dealt with D.C. and was different then other cozy mysteries I have read this one focused on think tank type jobs, volunteering at a pet rescue place and Adina's apartment rather normal cozies which either focus on cooking, books, or things like that.  I really enjoyed this journey you take with Adina.  Definitely a great author I hope to read more by her.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Review: Granny Snows A Sneak by: Julie Seedorf

Title: Granny Snows A Sneak
Author: Julie Seedorf
Publisher: Cozy Cat Press
Series: Fuchsia Minnesota Series # 3
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 257
Format: e-book ARC
Source: Great Escapes Book Tour


Granny may be retired as Fuchsia, Minnesota’s one-woman undercover sleuth for the Fuchsia Police Department, but that doesn’t mean she still doesn’t need a trusty weapon. Her weapon of choice? A pink snow shovel. When Granny runs over a dead body with her snowmobile, she unwittingly sets off a chain of events that involves mislabeled corpses, empty graves, and stolen money—lots of it! Who’s at the bottom of this years-old crime? Granny has an idea, but she has little time to investigate, when in just days she’s scheduled to marry the love of her life, Franklin Gatsby, in a post-Christmas ceremony. So, Granny decides to enlist the help of her friends and neighbors. Add in Christmas Holiday excitement and the arrival of Granny’s family, who are all there for her wedding, and mayhem ensues. Of course, Granny can always count on her many furry friends to provide her with moral support, but it’s quite possible that Granny—that is, Hermiony Vidalia Criony Fiddlestadt—has a secret or two of her own, which may very well be revealed as Granny Snows A Sneak.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Granny as she has been put out of business and is now looking forward to getting married and watching her son Thor marry his girlfriend Heather.  But someone has been messing around at the cemetery and bodies aren't in the graves they are suppose to be.  When one of the bodies winds up on Granny's property she sets out to figure out what is going on in this small Minnesota town.

I love reading about Granny and her friends and loved ones.  This book didn't disappoint.  It had all the usually antics that go on in the granny series.  I loved watching her relationship between her and Franklin and the new neighbor Silas.  I don't think the trio are done going down the road that seems to be very mysterious.

This book also ended on a cliffhanger which I'm dying to see what happens next in this series.  I loved this book and i'm sure others will too, as it offers such a great amateur mystery team.  Can't wait to see what this author crooks up next!
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Monday, March 23, 2015

Cover Reveal: My Heart is Yours by: Amanda Leigh

Samantha Marie Ramsden has three brothers. Craig, John and Matt. When tragedy strikes their family, Craig takes on the task of becoming his siblings legal guardian. It’s hard enough being someone’s guardian, but when you’ve only recently entered adulthood yourself it’s almost impossible to know where to draw the line between sibling and ‘parent’. This is made even harder on him when Sam starts to get close to a long time friend, Jason. It looks like their friendship could turn into something more. An idea that Craig has never been too happy with. Spanning six years, My Heart is Yours explores family, friendship, love and much more. As well as asking the question: Would you defy family for love?

Amanda Leigh graduated with a BA in English and Communications and a double minor in Psychology and Creative Writing. During college, she worked on the literary magazine and loved every minute of it. She adores cats and has one named Sawyer - named after one of her favorite characters in Lost. Amanda enjoys reading, writing avidly in a journal, writing poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction, cooking and art - particularly photography. Amanda is a bit of a chocoholic and is slightly obsessed with office supplies. She has many ideas for stories so keep an eye out for more work from her.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

A Special Note To Lori Caswell and Her Family

Recently Lori (Great Escapes Book Tours) and her family have suffered a huge loss when Lori's son died.  In lieu of flowers they are asking people to donate to help Natalie her son's daughter.  As Lori is dealing with this emotional time I thought I would share the donation page with my followers so that word can get out to those who may not know.

Lori has been such a great blessing with book tours that when I heard I had to send my condolences  about the situation. Even offering prayers during this sad time I think will help the family get through this rough patch.

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We at Community Bookstop offer out sympathy and prayers to the Caswell family and hope they are able to find peace in this sad situation.  Feel free to leave comments for the Caswell family below and I will be sure to pass on the messages!

While Kris maybe dead, I don't think he can ever be forgotten as a son, father, uncle, co-worker, and friend.  May he rest in peace.

Review: Icing on The Corpse Author: Liz Mugavero

Title: Icing on The Corpse
Author: Liz Mugavero
Publisher: Kensington
Series: Pawsitively Organic Mystery #3
Pages: 304
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Format: NetGalley e-book
Source: Great Escapes Book Tour


Kristan "Stan" Connor is thrilled to be invited to the Groundhog Day festivities in quirky Frog Ledge, Connecticut. Her organic, home-baked pet treats are a big hit at the annual celebration, though an important guest is curiously absent . . . 

When Helga Oliver, the town's elderly historian, is found crumpled in the basement of the Historical Museum, the close-knit town is devastated. But after some tenacious digging, Stan discovers Helga was pushed down the stairs--and that this picture-perfect New England town may hide some dark secrets . . . 

Stan's dogged determination reveals Helga's ties to an unsolved death in 1948 . . . but how does that connect to Adrian Fox, who's just arrived in town to shoot an episode of Celebrity Ghost Hunters? Stan is going to have to be very careful in chasing down the killer--if she wants to live to see another winter…

My Thoughts:

This book starts out with a Groundhog Day festival in the quaint town of Frog Ledge.  Kristan known to everyone as Stan is presenting a gift to the groundhog when Helga Oliver the local historian winds up dead, Stan's curiosity is getting the best of her wondering what happened. Who would want Helga dead and why at the beginning of the Groundhog Day festival?

I enjoyed this book a lot and loved the aspect of the pets and pet recipes that Stan comes up with also I enjoyed learning about other characters that are in this small town.  I think anyone who loves small town mystery and pets in their stories.  Such a great mystery had me guessing until the end!

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Review: A Ghostly Grave by: Tonya Kappes

Title: A Ghostly Grave
Author: Tonya Kappes
Publisher: Witness
Series: Ghostly Southern Mysteries #2
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback ARC
Source: Harper Collins


There's a ghost on the loose—and a fox in the henhouse

Four years ago, the Eternal Slumber Funeral Home put Chicken Teater in the ground. Now undertaker Emma Lee Raines is digging him back up. The whole scene is bad for business, especially with her granny running for mayor and a big festival setting up in town. But ever since Emma Lee started seeing ghosts, Chicken's been pestering her to figure out who killed him.

With her handsome boyfriend, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, busy getting new forensics on the old corpse, Emma Lee has time to look into her first suspect. Chicken's widow may be a former Miss Kentucky, but the love of his life was another beauty queen: Lady Cluckington, his prize-winning hen. Was Mrs. Teater the jealous type? Chicken seems to think so. Something's definitely rotten in Sleepy Hollow—and Emma Lee just prays it's not her luck.

My Thoughts:

This book picks up where the previous left off Emma Lee is over seeing the exhumation of Chicken Teater who died four years earlier but his ghost is appearing to Emma adamant that he was killed and didn't die of pneumonia like the hospital claimed.

Emma and Chicken are out to figure out what happened to him and how he wound up dead whether it was his wife who was jealous of his prized hen Lady Cluckington?  Or was it a jealous man out to steal Chicken's wife?

Meanwhile Sleepy Hollow is having their own issues with two people running for Mayor Emma Lee's grandmother and the competition Mr. O'Dell Burns who runs a funeral home of his own.  With Chicken being dug up people are running crazy thinking their loved ones are all gonna get dug up and O'Dell Burn's platform is his clients stay in the ground.

I love this series it has everything you can think of romance between Emma Lee and her sheriff Jack Ross, it has great characters that add something to the story.  This book flew fast for me I found I was finished it and wanting more.  I can't wait to read the next book it really is addicting.  I especially love everyone referring to Emma Lee's funeral trauma as an excuse for Emma acting weird or odd.  Tonya Kappes has really hit on something with this book!  I am a huge fan of her work.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Review: Wanted: Dead or In Love by: Kym Brunner

Title: Wanted: Dead or In Love
Author: Kym Brunner
Publisher: Merit Press
Pages: 283
Format: Hardcover
Source: Merit Press


Impulsive high school senior Monroe Baker is on probation for a recent crime, but strives to stay out of trouble by working as a flapper at her father's Roaring 20's dinner show theater. When she cuts herself on one of the spent bullets from her father's gangster memorabilia collection, she unwittingly awakens Bonnie Parker's spirit, who begins speaking to Monroe from inside her head.

Later that evening, Monroe shows the slugs to Jack, a boy she meets at a party. He unknowingly becomes infected by Clyde, who soon commits a crime using Jack's body. The teens learn that they have less than twenty-four hours to ditch the criminals or they'll share their bodies with the deadly outlaws indefinitely. 

My Thoughts:

This book was crazy from the get go we meet Monroe Baker who is trying to keep her nose clean so she can go to NYU and move on with her life and spends her time working in her father's roaring 20's dinner show theater.

Upon touching some bullets from the days of Bonnie and Clyde she shows the other bullet to a guy named Jack who gets infected with Clyde while Monroe is infected with Bonnie.  Bonnie and Clyde are back and don't want to die again.  They are determined to do everything in their power to keep their bodies they inhabit.  Monroe and Jack want to get rid of these gangsters and move on with their lives without getting into anymore trouble.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Review: Big Fat Disaster by: Beth Fehlbaum

Title: Big Fat Disaster
Author: Beth Fehlbaum
Publisher: Merit Press
Pages: 286
Format: Hardcover
Source: Merit Press


Insecure, shy, and way overweight, Colby hates the limelight as much as her pageant-pretty mom and sisters love it. It's her life: Dad's a superstar, running for office on a family values platform. Then suddenly, he ditches his marriage for a younger woman and gets caught stealing money from the campaign. Everyone hates Colby for finding out and blowing the whistle on him. From a mansion, they end up in a poor relative's trailer, where her mom's contempt swells right along with Colby's supersized jeans. Then, a cruel video of Colby half-dressed, made by her cousin Ryan, finds its way onto the internet. Colby plans her own death. A tragic family accident intervenes, and Colby's role in it seems to paint her as a hero, but she's only a fraud. Finally, threatened with exposure, Colby must face facts about her selfish mother and her own shame. Harrowing and hopeful, proof that the truth that saves us can come with a fierce and terrible price, Big Fat Disaster is that rare thing, a story that is authentically new.

My Thoughts: 

This book follows the life of Colby Denton whose life is completely falling apart.  Her family comes crashing down around her when her father has left his marriage and campaigning to hook up with his mistress which going through legal issues. 

Colby is not your typical girl she is overweight and has poor self esteem which has been added to by her mother and sisters.  Colby tries had to adapt to her new living arrangements but finds herself feeling worse and worse and contemplates suicide!

This book was incredible following one teens life as she deals with betrayal, divorce, moving, bullies etc.  We get to watch Colby deal with so much while trying to find her voice and share what she thinks and how she feels and how in the end she dealt with everything handed to her.
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Interview with Marie Moore author of Side Trip to Kathmandu

Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Marie Moore author of Sidney Marsh Mysteries.  She is going
to be releasing her third book soon.  So I had a chance to sit down and talk with her.

1. What Genre do you write? 

I write a travel mystery series featuring Sidney Marsh, an amateur sleuth, and her colleague, Jay Wilson

2. Can you tell us what brought you to writing mystery? 

I have always loved mysteries, from Nancy Drew forward. After I sold my travel business and had the time to do it, I decided to give mystery writing a try.  I enjoy writing mysteries.  It’s fun, sort of like playing dolls. My books are travel mysteries because that’s what I know.  After 15 years as a travel agent I’ve pretty much been all over the world and I kept good notes and took good photos on those trips. 

3. Who influences your writing? 

Do you have Favorite authors? I have many favorite authors in many different genres, for I absolutely love to read. As a kid, I got in trouble with my mom for reading under the covers with a flashlight after lights-out and reading books at school when I was supposed to be doing math (Yuck! Never was good at math!) Some of my favorite authors in my genre are Lawrence Block, Carolyn Hart, Michael Connolly, Randy Wayne White, Michael Stanley, Annamaria Alfieri and the late greats John D. McDonald, Rex Stout and Dame Agatha Christie.

4. What type of books do you like to read? 

I read mysteries, of course, but not when I’m writing because I can’t risk subconsciously picking up someone else’s ideas.  I also read a lot of history and biography and I have read most of the classics. 
5. If you were stranded on an island and only allowed to bring three things what would they be? A zodiac and two tanks of gas.  Sorry, couldn’t resist!  I would likely choose my family’s photographs, my Bible, and matches.

6. What do you do when you aren't writing? 

Take care of the aforesaid family, cook, garden, and travel as often as I can, for wanderlust never leaves you.  Sometimes I paint. I like to fish, love the beach, the ocean, but don’t get there as often as I’d like.

 7. Being a Travel Agent what are your favorite places you've been?

Certain cities have special charm for me, like Buenos Aires, Paris, Hong Kong, Salzburg and Venice. I love Scotland and Poland, and India, South Africa, and Egypt. It is difficult to say what my favorite place is, for they are all different and I have many favorites. There are so many interesting places in the world, so many interesting people. That is why I chose to become a travel agent in the first place, so I go to places I could not otherwise afford to visit.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Review: Cookie's Case by: Andy Siegel

Title: Cookie's Case
Author: Andy Siegel
Publisher: Open Road Media
Series: A Tug Wyler Mystery
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 287
Format: Paperback ARC
Source: FSB Media


Tug Wyler finds himself embroiled in the mysterious malady of a sexy stripper who slipped on a banana peel during her signature act Cookie, an angel in stiletto heels, is by far the most popular performer at Jingles Dance Bonanza. To her devoted audience, she's a friend, therapist, and shoulder to cry on. When Tug meets an old pal at the club, he doesn't expect to pick up a new client, but he quickly realizes that the noble Cookie--dancing in a neck brace, each kick potentially her last--is in need of a committed champion.Righting a wrong is never a simple task for Tug, a sharp-witted and unorthodox trial lawyer who repeatedly finds himself in the middle of unusual cases and causes. But that doesn't stop him from trying. Believing that Cookie is the victim of a spine surgeon with a sloppy touch, Tug takes her case. But as he seeks both medical remedy and a fair shake for Cookie, he realizes a tad too late that sinister sights are trained on him. In" Cookie's Case," this offbeat lawyer will go further than he ever has for justice.

My Thoughts:

This book finds lawyer Tug Wyler defending himself against a former client.  Next up for him is a new client Cookie who works in strip club and has injury due to spinal surgery.  Also Tug meets Robert Killroy who is a mentally ill young man who had a car accident and lives with his Grandmother who is trying to get her grandson justice he needs.

The bigger issue in this book is Cookie and what she needs and whether she will ever get justice for what happened to her.  It seems the deeper Tug digs into this case the more confused he's getting. Just who had the most to gain from Cookie's Case?

This book had everything from a candy crush junkie of a wife, to children changing their names to Dirk and Summer, to one of her clients trying to collect on a dry-cleaning bill.  Which seems to be the running gag and reminds me of Better Off Dead where the paperboy is always trying to collect his $2.00.

I can't wait to see what this author has next in his Tug Wyler series!
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Monday, March 9, 2015

Review: A Ghostly Undertaking by: Tonya Kappes & Giveaway

Title: A Ghostly Undertaking
Author: Tonya Kappes
Publisher: Witness
Series: Ghostly Southern Mysteries #1
Pages: 298
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Source: Great Escapes Tour & Harper Collins


Another day. Another funeral. Another ghost. Another average day in the life of young funeral home director, Emma Lee Raines. After a perilous run-in with a plastic Santa Claus, Emma Lee, co-owner of Eternal Slumber Funeral Home in Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky, sees the ghost of town gossip Ruthie Sue Payne, who is proving to be a real pain, more so in death than while living. Recently deceased, Ruthie reveals to Emma Lee that her demise wasn't caused by accidentally falling down the steps at the Sleepy Hollow Inn as everyone believes—she was pushed...murdered. In order for the ghost to cross over—and for Emma Lee to be rid of Ruthie for good—she must find a desperate killer...or risk being haunted forever.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Emma Lee Raines a funeral director who is inflicted with funeral trauma or what we would call talking to the dead and seeing them.  When she is visited by Ruthie Sue Payne her step-grandfather's first wife who is adamant she has been murdered it is up to Emma to find out what really happened all this while trying to act not too crazy talking to Ruthie. 

Ruthie seems to have upset someone in the small town of Sleepy Hollow which could be anyone from Emma's grandmother, to the Mayor in this small town, who had the most to gain by silencing Ruthie?  This new series includes mystery, adventure along with small town flair.

I loved this story, between the lively characters to the mystery brought into this story.  I also loved watching the relationship between Emma and the small town Sheriff Jack Henry Ross and what happened between them years ago.  Tonya Kappes is one of my favorite authors to read she adds humor into her mystery when you least expect it.  Can't wait to read more by her.  Next in this series is:

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Cover Reveal: Side Trip to Kathmandu by: Marie Moore

Woohoo Marie Moore has a great new book out for everyone to check out.  She told me after dealing with some personal matters, she has gotten back to writing and is releasing her new book.  Which I can't wait to read this book I'm sure a fan of Jay and Sidney!

Here's the new cover of the book feel free to share what you think of it personally I love it.  She has such awesome cover pictures!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Review: Flamenco, Flan and Fatalities by: Mary McHugh

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Flamenco, Flan, and Fatalities
(A Happy Hoofers Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Kensington (February 24, 2015)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1617733611
Murder is nothing to tap at. . . The high-kicking Happy Hoofers--Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary Louise, and Gini--have been booked to flaunt their fabulous flamenco footwork on a luxury train ride through northern Spain. But when a blowhard talk show host is found deader than four-day-old flan--with Gini as suspect numero uno--the feisty friends waste no time stepping into their sleuthing shoes to protect one of their own. The dynamite dancers will have to step up their game before a clever killer brings the curtain down on one of them . . . for good!  
Includes Photo Tips And Tasty Recipes

My Thoughts:

In this book we follow the Happy Hoofers as they are on a trip around Spain unfortunately the guy they are traveling with a talk show host who is a real jerk winds up dead and before he's dead he's made quite a few enemies including Gini a Happy Hoffer.  Who had the most to kill the talk show host was it a disgruntle worker who had been blacklisted due to him?  Or was it a Happy Hoofer who had finally had enough and snapped?  Or was it an obsessed fan?  Maybe even a female he was dating who had enough of being his girlfriend and wanted more?

I loved this book and reading about the great recipes included in the story.  This book was full of adventure and mystery and had pulled me in and wouldn't let go!
bookstorephoto About This Author:

Mary McHugh graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, with a B.A. in English Literature and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. She is the author of nineteen nonfiction books and two novels. She was a contributing editor for Cosmopolitan, an articles editor at Woman’s World, Travel Holiday, and Bridal Guide, and has written articles for The New York Times, Good Housekeeping and Family Circle.
She loves to tap dance and to travel -two passions that inspired her to write the Happy Hoofers series.
She lives in the New York area.

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