Sunday, December 24, 2017

Review: Thread The Halls by: Lea Wait

Title: Thread The Halls
Author: Lea Wait
Publisher: Kensington
Series: Mainely Needlepoint #6
Pages: 288
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley


Christmas in Haven Harbor, Maine, means family, trouble, and murder . . .

This Yuletide season, there's no time for Angie Curtis and Patrick West to linger under the mistletoe. Patrick's being needled by his mother--movie star Skye West--to set the stage for a perfect white Christmas as she brings her costar, screenwriters, and director home for the holidays. With his mother's long list of wishes, Patrick's becoming unraveled. To help, the Mainely Needlepointers offer to decorate Skye's Victorian mansion and create needlepoint pillows as gifts for the guests.

But not long after the celebrity celebrants invade Haven Harbor, an unscripted tragedy occurs. Then some questionable Christmas cookies make Patrick sick. Before Santa arrives at the town pier on a lobster boat, Angie and the Needlepointers need to trim down the naughty list, catch a cold-hearted killer, and wrap up the case . . .

My Thoughts:

Christmas is hitting Haven Harbor and the Mainely Needlepointers are helping Patrick West in setting up a perfect Maine Christmas for his mother Skye and her co-workers.  But someone has murder on their mind when one of the guests winds up dead, and Patrick ends up poisoned as well.  Someone is doing a good job of pointing the finger at Angie!  Whose the Grinch this year and will Angie figure it out in time?

 It's such an adventure to go back to Haven Harbor and see what everyone is up to and this book didn't disappoint.  The group had their ups and downs but that happens with any friends. I have loved this series since the first book and it grows every time I get a copy to read.  This one was full of holidays and good friends celebrating while also trying to figure out who is trying to do in Patrick and a guest of Skye's!   I don't want to spoil the ending but if you haven't read these books you are truly missing out!
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Review: Miracle at Christmas by: Debbie Mason

Title: Miracle At Christmas
Author: Debbie Maso
Publisher: Forever Yours
Series: Christmas, Colorado #7.5
Pages: 94
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley


Celebrate the holidays with USA Today bestselling author Debbie Mason's heartwarming novella about a town called Christmas.

Charlotte Bailey needs a miracle. She came to this sleepy little Colorado town to keep the local hospital afloat, but now her scrooge of a boss is demanding she close it down. Charlotte is going to need all the help she can get, even from Dr. McSexy--er, Dr. Matt Trainer--if she's to save Christmas before, well, Christmas!

All Matt wants for Christmas is for Charlotte to give it--and him--half a chance. But with the town looking to him to save the hospital and Charlotte itching to get back to New York in time to see the city decked out in lights, Matt doesn't have much time to make things right. But he's got faith--after all, miracles happen every day in Christmas.

My Thoughts:

In this book Charlotte Bailey is heading back to New York after her exile in Christmas Colorado.  She was sent there to appease her ex-husband and his new wife who want to take the family business away from Charlotte.  Charlotte is reduced in the end to cut the hospital and close it down which is the last thing she wants to do with the help of Ty and Matt and other people in town Charlotte is trying anything she can to keep the hospital running. Will she solve this issue in time?  Or will there be no Christmas Miracle?

I enjoyed this series granted I haven't read any of the others but think I may have too.  This book was a great insight into the town and people and dedication they have to their small town and each other.  Add to that one sexy doctor and Charlotte definitely has her work cut out for her.  The romance was great as well.  Who doesn't enjoy a romance at Christmastime!
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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Review: Once and For All by: Sarah Dessen

Title: Once and For All
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Viking Books For Young Readers
Pages: 358
Format: Hardcover
Source: Personal Purchase


As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen's thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine. 

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that's why she's cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm's length. But Ambrose isn't about to be discouraged, now that he's met the one girl he really wants. 

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.

My Thoughts: 

This book follows Louna and her mother Natalie Barrett who runs a wedding planning business with her best friend William all three have bee scorned by love and are very cynical about it.  As this book progresses they meet Ambrose who is happy about many things can challenges Louna who had shut the idea of relationships off after her last boyfriend Ethan.  This book goes back and forth from the present to what happened with Ethan. 

I was really impressed with this book and the love story of Ethan and Louna and the loss they suffered.  It was great that we saw Louna do things she wasn't perfectly comfortable.  It showed how imperfect people can be which is a great thing with books!  I think too much is spent with perfect characters and Ms. Dessen's book shows us the imperfections her characters have which make them greater characters for it! 
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Friday, December 22, 2017

Review: Lady Midnight by: Cassandra Clare

Title: Lady Midnight
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Series: The Dark Artifices #1
Pages: 720
Format: Paperback
Source: Gift


The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in this #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering who killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her battle partner Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.

My Thoughts:

This book takes place 5 years after City of Heavenly Fire and brings us to California where Emma is still trying to figure out who killed her parents and living with the Blackthorns who reside at the California institute.  In this book there is the high warlock of Los Angeles Malcolm Fade.  When the faeries approach the shadowhunters asking for help in findig someone whose murdering people using Mark Blackthorn as a  tool to get them to investigate the situation which leads them to various part of Los Angeles.  Will they figure out the murderer in time?  Or will more people die?

I love this series as like the others it takes you and shows you more of the shadowhunter world and you meet more people not all mundane either.  We also get to watch the relationship between Emma and Julian and how it develops ad we get to see old shadowhunters Jace and Clary and Tessa and Jem.  Can't wait to see how the next book in the series goes.  Having some major cliff hanger situations it will definitely be interesting to continue this amazing journey!
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Friday, December 15, 2017

Book Blast & Review Murder She Slopes by: Rachel Stapleton

Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series 
Release Date - November 26, 2017 
Print Length: 214 pages 
Sirens ring. Are you listening? Near Candy Cane Lane. A Body is glistening. A murderous sight. Trubble's investigating tonight. Walking through this winter wonderland.
It's the week before Christmas and Investigative Journalist Penelope Trubble has reluctantly agreed to investigate the death of a woman at the Sleighs & Slopes Adventure Resort in the hopes of exonerating her her husband—who just happens to be Penny’s ex. But with so many suspicious characters lurking in the trees, Penelope risks being strangled by clues, Christmas lights, conjecture, and catastrophe. It doesn’t help that Penny's still a little frosty with the man accused of icing his bride, and she must prove he's no cold-blooded killer. At least there’s candy-cane cocoa, a roaring fire, and the Laurentian Mountains to savor—not to mention the hunky detective dashing through the snow after her. Helping an ex is a slippery slope, and things are going downhill fast for Penelope Trubble.

My Thoughts:

Penelope Trubble is on vacation for the holidays when she gets a frantic call from her ex-boyfriend whose wife Holly is dead and it looks like her ex might be on the hook for it.  Now she finds herself heading to Sleigh & Slopes Adventure Resort to help find out who killed Holly! This book has it's fill of adventure and lots of possibilities. As the bodies start pilling up and the potential suspect could be anyone. 

I enjoyed reading this and following along with Penelope as she tries to figure out who killed Lucas blushing bride and why?  This book will keep you going until the last page is turned! Such a great adventure to go when the character Penelope only really knows a few people Eve, Cody, and Lucas she really has her work cut out for her.  Can't wait to see what is next!

About The Author

Rachael Stapleton lives in a Second Empire Victorian home with her husband and two children in Ontario, Canada and enjoys writing in the comforts of aged wood and arched dormers.
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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Review: Of Murder and Men by: Lynn Cahoon

Title: Of Murder and Men
Author: Lynn Cahoon
Publisher: Kensington
Series: Cat Latimer Mystery #3
Pages: 320
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley & GEBT


Love is in the air in Aspen Hills, and it’s making a terrible mess of Cat Latimer’s writers’ retreat—especially when blood stains the plot . . .

Ever since her business partner, Shauna, fell for a wealthy landowner in town, Cat has been working double time to keep her writers’ retreat running. And with the January session almost underway, that spells trouble. As if scheduling mishaps aren’t disastrous enough, Shauna skips out on kitchen duties one morning, forcing Cat to serve unsuspecting guests store-bought muffins . . .

But best laid plans really go awry when Shauna discovers her beau missing from their bed. When his body later turns up in the horse barn, they quickly find out the victim’s scandalous lifestyle left many dying for revenge. While balancing an eccentric group of aspiring writers and a suspect list for the record books, Cat soon finds herself on the heels of a killer—and authoring her most deadly conclusion yet .

My Thoughts:

Cat Latimer is back and hosting another retreat this one includes an ex-cop Shirley, who wants to help Cat solve her ex-husband Michael's murder.  What Cat seems to be having trouble with is Shauna who is dating a wealthy landowner and taking over Shauna's time making Cat wonder if Shauna will be able to keep up at the retreat.  When her boyfriend goes missing Uncle Pete is on the hunt for clues as to what happened to Shauna's boyfriend.  Where could he have gone and why not tell Shauna? Later that day word gets out that Shauna's boyfriend is dead who could have killed him and why?  Could it have been a bitter ex?  Or his business associate who seems to be looking to close Shauna out of everything?  Of course we are also left wondering what happened to Michael?  Was he into something that got him killed or was it a random killing?

I love this series since it began it's like nothing else I've read.  It follows a retreat runner who has such fun hosting these things minus the murders normally.  This murder seemed to hit closer as it was her friend's boyfriend and she is stuck watching her friend suffer such sadness.  Of course Cat is determined to help her friend and I love that about Cat her loyalty to her friends.  That and her working on her own books is also a great pleasure.  I just can't get enough of this series and look forward to reading what Cat is up to next!
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Interview with Laura Childs author of Egg Drop Dead

Interview with Laura Childs,
author of the just-released-in-paperback Egg Drop Dead

What genre do you write?

I’m in what’s called the “cozy” genre – and I write this way for a reason. I think many women are tired of thriller-killer-slasher-type books. These books focus on violence against women – and women simply don’t want that on their nighttime reading tables. They’re looking for a respite, a story where the female characters are smart, savvy, and caring. Cozies by nature are mysteries that feature a sort of “bloodless murder” and where the bad guy (or girl) is brought to justice in the end.

How did you come to write cozies?

Even though I was CEO of an advertising agency, I began writing fiction on evenings and weekends. Over the course of three years I turned out three screenplays and two thrillers. The screenplays all got looked at by Hollywood production companies that eventually passed, the novels never got published.  Then I took one more shot. I wrote a first chapter and a forty-page outline called Death by Darjeeling, what would be my first Tea Shop Mystery. That book not only got published, it hit big time – enough so that I could sell my ad agency and become a full time mystery writer. Now I’m thrilled to say that I’ve written more than forty novels with three more in the works!

What is your favorite character to write about?

I just adore Suzanne, the main character in my Cackleberry Club Mysteries. She’s a smart, savvy entrepreneur who lost her husband and then found love later in life. She’s also a clever lady who can step in and unravel a good murder mystery.

Do you have a favorite villain in any of your books?

I love all my villains. I always try to make them extremely duplicitous – definitely on the spectrum of being a sociopath. That way, they can play a role as a major character but are eventually unmasked and brought to justice in the end.

What inspires your books?

Absolute fear. Fear of not coming up with a good story. Fear of missing a publishing deadline.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I’m always writing. Besides the Cackleberry Club Mysteries, I write the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbooking Mysteries, and the Afton Tangler Thriller series.
Well, actually, when I have a bit of free time I like to travel and read. 

Do you have any new books coming out or books you want to share?

I sure do. Egg Drop Dead was just released in paperback, then I have Plum Tea Crazy (Tea Shop Mystery) coming out in March 2018, Glitter Bomb (Scrapbook Mystery) the following October, and Eggs on Ice (Cackleberry) in December.

Do you have a favorite drink?

Since I’m often writing about tea, I’m usually drinking it, too!
If you were stuck on a deserted island and could take three things with you, what would they be?

A toothbrush, fishing line, and a water purifying kit. Wait, that’s way too practical. How about lip gloss, a Chanel jacket, and diamond earrings?


Laura Childs is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, New Orleans Scrapbooking Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO of her own marketing firm, authored several screenplays, and produced a reality TV show. She is married to Dr. Bob, a professor of Chinese and Japanese art history, enjoys travel, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Reading Challenge Completed 2017

Here's my completed list for the Craving for Cozies book list:

1. The Temple of Indra
2. Telling Tails
3. A Fatal Twist
4. Color Me Dead
5. Fatality by Firelight
6. Bananna Cream Pie Murder
7. The Seven-Course Christmas Killer
8.  Facials Can Be Murder
9. Kneaded to Death
10. A Ghostly Mortality
11. No Way Home
12. Pressed to Death
13. Pekoe Most Poison
14. Murder at The Fortune Teller's Table
15. Cherry Cake and A Cadavar
16. Single Malt Murder
17. Murder by The Book
18. A Good Day to Buy
19.  Bed and Breakfast and Murder
20. Cat Got Your Cash
21. When The Grits Hit The Fan
22. Southern Fried
23. Dial P for Poison 
24. Silence of the Jams
25. Dying on the Vine
26. Called to Justice
27. Bad to the Bone
28. The Final Vow
29. Mrs. Odboddy Undercover Courier
30. Watching The Detectives
31. Hospitality and Homicide
32. Bearly Departed
33. Death on the West End
34. There was a Crooked Man
35. Detecting The Duchess
36. Killer Party
37. Twelve Angry Librarians
38. Olive and Let Die
39. A Ghostly Secret
40. Honeymoons can Be Murder
41. The Day Job is Murder
42. Vacation is Murder
43. Money is Murder
44. Politics is Murder
45. Family is Murder
46. Booked for Trouble
47. Shopping is Murder
48. Valentine's Day is Murder
49. Christmas is Murder
50. Coffee is Murder
51. Skiing is Murder
52. A Knit Before Dying
53. Iced Under
54. Dangeling by A Thread
55. Tightening by A Thread
56.  Ginger Snapped
57. All The Little Liars
58.  Death of A Christmas Caper
59. Death of A Cupcake Queen
60. Death of A Pumpkin Carver
61. Hair Brained
62. Midnight Mysteries
63. Eggnog Murder
64. Death of A Toy Solider
65. Murder on the Toy Express
66. Crepe Factor
67.Potrait of A Dead Guy
68. A Killer Kebab
69. Cold As Ice
70. 16 Millimeters
71. Sleep Like A Baby
72. A Final Collection
73. Lethal & Old Lace
74. The Specter of Seduction
75. Death at the Midnight Dragonfly
76. Etched in Tears
77. Death of A Honest Man
78. Fool Me Twice
79. The Professional
80. The Culinary Art of Murder
81. Honey-Baked Homicide

Cover Reveal: Battered Mind by: Sylvia Stein

Hello my name is Sylvia Stein and I am an Indie Author.   I have exciting news.  This week I am doing the cover reveal of my book which I hope will be released in late 2018.    I have been working with this book for awhile.  It is a story I have been doing extensive research one and because of the topic I am covering I want to be sure I do it justice.  It is a work of fiction and for today I will be revealing the book cover which was designed by the very talented and amazing Michael Dangremond  and his title of his art work the cost of love.   When I saw this portrait I immediately saw what I was looking for for my main character of Sadie Martin Carlyle.   The title of this my first thriller is Battered Mind and I hope you all enjoy the cover reveal.   I absolutely was blown away by it.  I hope you are too!  

Review: Honey-Baked Homicide by: Gayle Leeson

Title: Honey-Baked Homicide
Author: Gayle Leeson
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Down South Café Mystery #3
Pages: 288
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley & GEBT


The owner of a delightful Southern cafe tastes the sharp sting of suspicion in this delectable comfort food mystery . . .

It's fall in Winter Garden, Virginia, and business at Amy Flowers' Down South Cafe has never been better. So when struggling beekeeper Stuart Landon asks Amy to sell some of his honey, she's happy to help. The jars of honey are a sweet success, but their partnership is cut short when Amy discovers Landon's body outside the cafe early one morning. 
As Amy tries to figure out who could possibly have wanted to harm the unassuming beekeeper, she discovers an ever-expanding list of suspects--and they're all buzzing mad. She'll have to use all of her skills--and her Southern charm--to find her way out of this sticky situation...

My Thoughts:

This book follows Amy Flowers as she is featuring selling Stuart Landon's honey.  The honeys of course fly off the shelves and Amy goes back to Stu Landon's for more honey and find Stu upset about a neighbor hurting his bees.  When the following day arrives and Stu arrives at the Down South Cafe Amy can tell something is wrong and she stumbles upon a dead Stu!  Who killed him and why?  Was it because of a grudge held by a previous job?  Who is Stu Landon and why does he seem so mysterious?  Amy is determined to find out what she can!  But will she find herself in a bee's hive?

I like this series and how it brings Amy into learning more about people in Winter Garden.  I also love watching how Amy interacts with friends and family and her boyfriend!  This book leads you on one great ride.  Can't wait to see what is next!
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Monday, December 4, 2017

Review: The Culinary Art of Murder by: Heather Haven

Title: The Culinary Art of Murder
Author: Heather Haven
Publisher: The Wives of Bath Press
Series: The Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries #6
Pages: 281
Format: e-book ARC
Source: GEBT


Lee’s Uncle ‘Tío’ is smitten with a visiting chef at a Silicon Valley culinary arts institute. When the lady is arrested for two murders, a fellow chef and the dishwasher, Lee Alvarez, lead investigator for Discretionary Inquiries, Inc., the family owned detective agency, agrees to help find the real killer. But undercover work at the institute proves to be more difficult than whipping up a chocolate soufflé. The killer tries to get Lee out of the way and permanently. But just who is it? The lady chef? One of her two sons? Or one of the other inmates from a cooking school with secrets as plentiful as sauces? Can Lee find the real killer before her own goose is cooked? And if it turns out to be the ambitious southern belle chef, will Tío ever forgive Lee for sending his new lady love to jail?

My Thoughts:

This book follows Lee Alvarez as she is investigating when Tio's lady friend Patsy is in trouble for stabbing a chef who worked with Patsy's ex-husband.  Lee starts investigating and gets called into other situations as well.  Investigating a boyfriend for a co-worker. The more Lee investigates the more suspects appear!  The Institute at Lee has to go undercover in teaches kids to be chef's.  They have four chef's who teach children and a guest chef to teach the kids new things this time around it was Patsy as the guest chef.  Was the timing of Patsy being around used to kill Chef Jacques? Who hated Chef Jacques enough to kill him?  Was it Patsy or a student or another chef?

I have been such a huge fan of this series I love how the Alvarez's work together to get to the bottom of every situation they are handled.  This one didn't disappoint and also included Gurn as part of the mix. I also enjoyed seeing how far they would go to help Uncle Tio.  This was different as we learn that Tio has a lady fried that wasn't there before.  Patsy is such a different character then the family is.  Can't wait to see what is next in this series!
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Cover Reveal: Hummus and Homicide by: Tina Kashian

When Lucy Berberian quits her Philadelphia law firm and heads home to Ocean Crest, she knows what she’s getting—the scent of funnel cake, the sight of the wooden roller coaster, and the tastes of her family’s Mediterranean restaurant. But murder wasn’t on the menu . . .   Things are slow in the off-season in this Jersey Shore town, but Lucy doesn’t mind. She doesn’t even mind waitressing at the Kebab Kitchen. Her parents have put in a new hummus bar, with every flavor from lemon to roasted red pepper. It’s fun to see their calico cat again, and to catch up with her old BFF, who’s married to a cop now.
She could do without Heather Banks, though. The Gucci-toting ex-cheerleader is still as nasty as she was back in high school . . . and unfortunately, she’s just taken over as the local health inspector. Just minutes after eating at the Kebab Kitchen—where she’s tallied up a whole list of bogus violations—she falls down dead in the street. Word on the grapevine is it’s homicide, and Lucy’s the number one suspect . . .
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Monday, November 27, 2017

Review: The Professional by: Robert B. Parker

Title: The Professional
Author: Robert B. Parker
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Series: Spenser #37
Pages: 304
Format: kindle e-book
Source: Personal Purchase


A knock on Spenser's office door can mean only one thing: a new case. This time the visitor is a local lawyer with an interesting story. Elizabeth Shaw specializes in wills and trusts at the Boston law firm of Shaw & Cartwright, and over the years she's developed a friendship with wives of very wealthy men. These rich wives have a shared secret: they've all had an affair with a man named Gary Eisenhower—and now he's blackmailing them for money. Shaw hires Spenser to make Eisenhower "cease and desist," so to speak, but when women start turning up dead, Spenser's case goes from blackmail to murder.
As matters become more complicated, Spenser's longtime love, Susan, begins offering input on the case, analyzing Gary's behavior patterns in hopes of opening a new avenue of investigation. It turns out that not all of Gary's women are rich. So if he's not using them for blackmail, then what is his purpose? Spenser switches tactics to focus on the husbands, only to find that innocence and guilt may be two sides of the same coin.

My Thoughts: 

This book follows Spenser whose trying to figure out the man who seduces women and then blackmails them.  Which leads them to Gary Eisenhower who has fun with women and then profits off them.  Which leads Spenser to a situation of what to do now.  This leads all over the place with interesting people to say the least.  Some of them legal some questionable.  While this is wrapping up people are being murdered which leads Spenser to find out who had a grudge against some of the people related to the sex scheme.  Will Spenser be able to figure it out in time?

I enjoy reading Spenser books they never disappoint.  They bring you all over the place in Boston and to see what Spenser have to deal with next!  It's one of the first mystery books I've read when I picked up reading again.  It was such a great adventure and can't wait to see what is next!
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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Review: Fool Me Twice by: Michael Brandman & Robert B. Parker

Title: Fool Me Twice
Author: Michael Brandman & Robert B. Parker
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's & Sons
Series: Jesse Stone #11
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover
Source: Personal Purchase


Summer in Paradise, Massachusetts, is usually an idyllic season?—but not this time. A Hollywood movie company has come to town, and brought with it a huge cast, crew, and a troubled star. Marisol Hinton is very beautiful, reasonably talented, and scared out of her wits that her estranged husband's jealousy might take a dangerous turn. When she becomes the subject of a death threat, Jesse and the rest of the Paradise police department go on high alert. 

And when Jesse witnesses a horrifying collision caused by a distracted teenage driver, the political repercussions of her arrest bring him into conflict with the local selectment, the DA, and some people with very deep pockets. There's murder in the air, and it's Jesse's reputation as an uncompromising defender of the law—and his life—on the line.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Jesse Stone as he tries to help a troubled teen stay out of trouble and investigate a crime from the water company along with dealing with a movie being made in Paradise which brings all sorts of issues to the small town.  When Marisol Hinton shows up in town she unknowingly brings her ex-husband determined to rid himself of the actress by taking her out in order to claim her will and all the money she owns along with it.  What he doesn't count on is Jesse Stone and people Jesse knows helping find Marisol's ex-husband.

This book is in typical Jesse format trying to keep peace while helping out where he can with whatever he can assist with.  It's fast moving chapters and the story really pulls you in wanting to see what Jesse will do next!  I really like this series and feel like the author is the same caliber as Robert Parker was.  He writes with the same style and grace that Parker did.  Can't wait to see what is next for Jesse Stone! 
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Friday, November 24, 2017

Review: Death of An Honest Man by: M.C. Beaton

Title: Death of An Honest Man
Author: M.C. Beaton
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Series: Hamish MacBeth #33
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback ARC
Source: NetGalley


Sergeant Hamish Macbeth--Scotland's most quick-witted but unambitious policeman--returns in M.C. Beaton's new mystery in her New York Times bestselling series.


Nobody loves an honest man, or that was what police sergeant Hamish Macbeth tried to tell newcomer Paul English. Paul had moved to a house in Cnothan, a sour village on Hamish's beat.

He attended church in Lochdubh. He told the minister, Mr. Wellington, that his sermons were boring. He told tweedy Mrs. Wellington that she was too fat and in these days of increasing obesity it was her duty to show a good example. Angela Brody was told her detective stories were pap for the masses and it was time she wrote literature instead. He accused Hamish of having dyed his fiery red hair. He told Jessie Currie--who repeated all the last words of her twin sister--that she needed psychiatric help.

"I speak as I find," he bragged. Voices saying, "I could kill that man," could be heard from Lochdubh to Cnothan.

And someone did.

Now Hamish is faced with a bewildering array of suspects. And he's lost the services of his clumsy policeman, Charlie, who has resigned from the force after Detective Chief Inspector Blair berated Charlie one too many times, and the policeman threw Blair into the loch. Can Hamish find the killer on his own?

My Thoughts:

This book follows our beloved Police Sergeant Hamish MacBeth and his partner Charlie Carter who go and meet a newcomer in town Paul English whose done his best to tick everyone off.  When the man winds up dead Hamish and Charlie have to get to the bottom of the situation.  This crime leads to slow moving investigating but the heat turns up when Hamish's boss Detective Chief Inspector Blair ends up in all sorts of trouble and begs Hamish to find out the truth!  Who really killed Paul English and why?  What did the murderer hope to gain by killing Mr. English?

This book brought a lot of different cops to work with Hamish as he tried to figure out who killed English and why?  There were ups and downs as it looked like the murderer might get away with the crime we also got to see what happened to various characters that we have met like Charlie Carter as well as Detective Chief Inspector Blair and how far Blair would go to be rid of Hamish once and for all!  I loved going back to Lochdubh and seeing what people are up to especially when we get to see Detectives who have left the police force for other pursuits.  Can't wait to see what is next for Hamish and what he will detect next!
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Friday, November 17, 2017

Review: Anna & Elsa Memory and Magic by: Erica David

Title: Anna & Else Memory and Magic
Author: Erica David
Publisher: Random House Kids
Series: Anna & Elsa
Pages: 64
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchase


Princess Anna, Queen Elsa, Olaf the snowman, and all the stars from Disney Frozen are back in an all-new magical chapter book series. After years apart, Anna and Elsa are finally getting to know each other as sisters. But Anna still wishes she could remember the magical times they had together when they were younger--skating and making snowmen, even in the middle of summer! An eager young troll claims he can restore the memories that Pabbie removed, but Elsa's not so sure. Maybe it's time to make new memories! 

My Thoughts: 

This book starts out with Anna and Elsa trying different things for Anna that included eating pickled herring which she has never tried due to disliking the smell of it.  But Elsa loves it.  Then they do something Anna likes like ice hopping which Elsa dislikes and isn't about to do a second time.  Then Anna figures they should do something together that they both like but all Anna can remember from their childhood is them being happy and snow playing into it but she can't remember things they use to do.
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Review: Etched in Tears by: Cheryl Hollan

Title: Etched in Tears
Author: Cheryl Hollan
Publisher: Kensington
Series: The Webb's Glass Shop Mystery #4
Pages: 320
Format: e-book ARC
Source: GEBT & NetGalley


When a famous glass artist is murdered at his own exhibit, deadly secrets are put on display, and it's up to glass shop owner Savannah Webb to see through a killer's cover.

Celebrated glass artist Dennis Lansing is returning to St. Petersburg, Florida, for an exhibit at the world-renowned Salvador Dali Museum. His unique style of embedding document images in his art is at the vanguard of contemporary glasswork. But as Savannah's first boyfriend and a former apprentice to her father, Dennis's return home has her reflecting on the past--a trip down memory lane that takes a dark turn when Dennis is found murdered at the museum with an old reference letter from her father in his pocket. A search through her father's records sheds new light on Dennis's history, but it seems his present life wasn't so transparent either. Now, with a gallery of suspects to consider, it's up to Savannah to figure out who fits the mold of a murderer.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Savannah Webb who is attending an exhibit with her boyfriend local pub owner Edward at an art exhibit.  After barely meeting the artist who was Savannah's first boyfriend who kissed her.  She gets called into to consult with the police the next day!  When she arrives she sees it's her ex-boyfriend Dennis Lansing is dead and Savannah is called into assist as she has knowledge of Dennis and the connection the Webb Glass Shop!

Who killed Dennis and why?  Was it his wife, who seems more concerned with her inheritance, than the death of her husband?  Is it connected to Dennis's past with drugs and gangs? As Savannah and her group of friends and family investigate the answer seems to lay in the past back when Savannah was in high school and her father ran a program to help those who were headed down the wrong path. 

I love this series as it's not based on food and is about glass work which is always really interesting not something I could do but I applaud those who do it.  I especially love Jacob and what he offers to everyone.  He's come out of his shell with each book he's overcome so much and does so much to be part of Savannah's group!!
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Review: Death at the Midnight Dragonfly by: Susan Boles

Title: Death at the Midnight Dragonfly
Author: Susan Boles
Publisher: Argent Ocean Publishing
Series: Lily Gayle Lambert #3
Pages: 216
Format: e-book ARC
Source: GEBT


On the fourth day of Christmas,
In Mercy, Mississippi….

Four suspects lying,
Three sleuths a sleuthing
Two clues a hiding
And a very, very dead body.

It’s the Christmas season in Mercy, Mississippi. But things are far from jolly.

For Vlad Templeton the sleepy little town where he spent his childhood provides the perfect place to conduct his state funded sleep study. But when the local bank manager, who was participating in the study, is found dead on his doorstep, is it a set up…or is Vlad somehow involved?

But, when someone makes an attempt on Lily Gayle’s and Dixie’s life, the two realize they better move fast….or they might end up sleeping forever.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Lily Gayle as she is going to a Christmas party but she doesn't go in she finds her best friend Dixie arguing with her husband about a loan they couldn't get from the bank loan bank manager.  Next day Lily finds out the loan bank manager is dead and it looks like Dixie's husband Jack, might have done the deed it's up to Lily to find out the truth!

I loved this book it's always fun to see what Lily and her family and friends are up to and this one didn't disappoint in the least.  This one had a lot of mystery to make you love coming back each time.
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Review: The Specter of Seduction by: Carolyn Haines

Title: The Specter of Seduction
Author: Carolyn Haines
Publisher: KaliOka Press
Series: Pluto's Snitch #3
Pages: 338
Format: Paperback
Source: Author Request


Waverly Mansion, a unique and lovely antebellum home in northeast Mississippi, offers the most dangerous challenge yet to Raissa James and her partner in the Pluto’s Snitch private detective agency. They specialize in hauntings, possessions, and the occult. 

In the isolation of Waverley, Raissa’s special gift, her ability to see and communicate with the dead, puts a target on her back. The entity that resides at Waverley Mansion covets Raissa’s sensitivity. But Raissa is not the only one in danger. She and her partner Reginald Proctor must save eight-year-old Amanda Sheridan from the dark forces roaming the grounds of Waverley. 

The bitter past plays a major role in the nightmare of the present—and Raissa and Reginald must find the answers to who—or what--was Nora Bailey, a woman reputed to be not only a Union spy in the heart of the South, but also one whose promiscuity put the men who loved her at risk. 

Raissa and Reginald can trust no one—especially not the dead--because the dead lie.

My Thoughts:

In this book Raissa and Reginald are headed to Waverly Mansion where a young girl Amanda Sheridan is being haunted by a young spirit named Nan who can't rest until her story is told.  This takes some digging from Raissa and Reginald as Nan was from a long time ago and the duo have to search old records to find out what happened.  What they discover is that Nan was a unwanted child who spent her time observing people.  While investigating that mystery they discover Nora Bailey a Union Spy who caused the previous family nothing but death.  Was Nora connected to Nan?  Why is she haunting Waverly house?  Is there something more to this mystery?

I loved this book it was like The Conjuring circa 1920's.  I loved how Raissa and Reginald had to really search for the clues regarding what really happened way back when.  This book was one you definitely couldn't put down as there was so much mystery to it along with the history of the house and family. 

I loved watching how the duo work together and are really in-sync with each other and have each others back in this spooky tale.  It was great seeing how they pieced together what happened and worked towards solving the situation and not putting people in harm. 

Definitely a great book for those who enjoy a tale of ghost and mysterious houses that have deep mystery.  Also good for those who enjoy history and what people may have gone through back in the day.  I can't wait to see what is next for Raissa and Reginald!
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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Review: Lethal in Old Lace by: Duffy Brown

Title: Lethal in Old Lace
Author: Duffy Brown
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Series: Consignment Shop Mystery #5
Pages: 298
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley


Reagan Summerside returns in national bestselling author Duffy Brown’s fifth Consignment Shop mystery, now for the first time in hardcover.

There are two social functions in Savannah guaranteed to get people talking: weddings and funerals. And just as consignment shop owner Reagan Summerside agrees to marry the hunky Walker Boone, her neighbors, sisters Annie Fritz and Elsie Abbot, step up their business as professional mourners. They are so successful that the Sleepy Pines Retirement Center has hired them as a part of their retirement package. But the celebration over good business is cut short when the residents at Pines suddenly begin dying at an alarming rate. And the sisters are the first suspects.

Reagan has her doubts, however, and begins to look into the strange phenomenon. But then something even stranger happens: a body winds up in the sisters’ pink Caddy. The evidence begins to pile up and the suspicious case of Willie Fishbine, who swindled the sisters out of a fortune and coincidentally died prior to the Pines case, is reopened.

Not wanting Willie to be buried until they can find the killer responsible for the murders, Reagan must catch the culprit in time to walk down the aisle. Witty, fabulous, and full of charm, Lethal in Old Lace is perfect for fans of Ellery Adams and Jenn McKinlay.

My Thoughts:

This book follows our beloved Regan Summerside whose found herself newly engaged to Walker Boone.  While planning her wedding and enjoying her engagement she finds a body in her neighbor the Abbot sisters car.  Positive that the Abbot sisters wouldn't commit murder she wrangles Boone into helping her when they go back to the car the body and the car are missing.  Reagan is starting to wonder what is going on when she then finds the body in her shop and then as soon as she gets her Aunt Kiki to go with her the body disappears again only to actually turn up in the Abbot sister's garden.  The victim being connected to another recently deceased Willie Fishbine who has swindled many people out of money!  Reagan gets called to investigate Willie's death as his grandson saw Kiki swipe a candy bar off the deceased when Putter puts Kiki on a health craze.  With the pressure of a video tape being leaked social media wise Reagan inlists the help of her mother, Kiki, Boone and many others to get to the bottom!  Who killed these two and why?

I love this series one of my favorites.  Such a fun ride to go on with Reagan, BW, Mother, Kiki, Boone and Big Joey.  This book is definitely won't that won't disappoint and is long time coming waiting for the latest from this great group of friends and family.  With Boone being brought in as part of Reagan's family!  I felt like no time had passed and loved being back with this loveable great group!
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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Review: A Fatal Collection by: Mary Ellen Hughes

Title: A Fatal Collection
Author: Mary Ellen Hughes
Publication: Midnight Ink
Series: Keepsake Cove Mystery #1
Pages: 264
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley


Callie Reed makes a long overdue visit to her aunt Melodie, who lives in a fairy-tale cottage in quaint Keepsake Cove, home to a bevy of souvenir and collectible shops on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Just as they’re beginning to reconnect, Callie discovers her aunt’s body on the floor of her music box shop. Grief-stricken, Callie finds she can’t accept Melodie’s death being called accidental. How could her strong and healthy aunt take such a fatal fall? And why was she there in the middle of the night?

As Callie searches for the truth, signs seem to come from her late aunt through a favorite music box, urging Callie on. Or are they warnings? If Callie isn’t careful, she could meet a similar deadly fate amid Melodie’s collection.

My Thoughts: 

In this book Callie Reed needing a break from her boyfriend goes and visits her aunt Melodie her only connection to her father's family.  Melodie lives in quaint Keepsake Cove in a cottage where she sells in her shop music boxes inheriting her love of them from Callie's grandfather.  Including a music box he handed down to Melodie who will someday hand in down to Callie.  

Later the same night Callie finds Melodie dead and can't buy the cops theory of accidental death.  She doesn't buy that her aunt would slip and fall and that would be the end.  In a town where Callie doesn't really know anyone how can Callie determine who the real murderer is and why?  

Along the way Callie makes friends with the other shop owners in town like Brian the man who runs a cafe and finds Callie in their frequently.  Along with a lovely girl who becomes Callie's assistant as she decides to continue running her aunts store and moving her things to Keepsake Cove.  Determined this was the push she needed to make decisions in her life.  Delia who works in the shop next to Callie becomes a good friend to Callie and helps her where she can.  

This book was great and led to meeting so many shop owners.  Callie really has her work cut out for her and it was a great ride to go one.  I loved learning about each shop owner what they sold and how they came to sell said trinkets.  Callie definitely is in a learning process in this book which is great because Callie just didn't excel at everything she does makes her a more connectable character.  I can't wait to see what is next in this series!
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Interview: Mary Ellen Hughes author of A Fatal Collection

Interview with Mary Ellen Hughes author of A Fatal Collection

What genre do you write?

I write mysteries. The sub-genre is traditional or cozy.

How did you come to write mysteries?

First of all, I’ve always loved mysteries, so that was an automatic choice. But I’ve never been a cop, or a P.I., so writing from the perspective of an amateur detective seemed the way to go. Plus, I could add in the protagonist’s occupation, friends, a few recipes here and there, and so on, which appealed to me.

What is your favorite character to write about?

I enjoy writing the crabby kind of character, someone who agitates things and sometimes muddies the waters when the protagonist is trying to figure things out. 

Do you have a favorite villain in any of your books? One that stood out more than others?

Well, I won’t name villains, which might spoil things for some readers, so I’ll just say that my favorite kind of villain is the two-faced one, who comes across as lovable, or terribly helpful when in fact they were watching and waiting to do dastardly things. Having said that, I’ve occasionally created a villain who was so dislikeable that some readers automatically dismissed him or her as being too obvious.

Who inspires your books?

I’m inspired by many, many authors, who, after reading their work, make me want to run to my laptop and do my best. But my other inspiration comes from the readers who write to tell me what a particular book of mine meant to them—how it perhaps helped get them through a difficult time, or inspired them to let go of an old grudge, something that one of my villains couldn’t manage to do, and so on. That means so much to me and keeps me going.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

Since writing keeps me indoors so much, I love to get outside as much as I can. Gardening or just walking through a woodsy area is great. I also enjoy doubles tennis for the exercise and sociability.

Do you have any new books coming out or books you want to share here?

A Fatal Collection will be released very soon! It begins my new Keepsake Cove mystery series.

What was one of your dreams when you were a child?

One of my dreams was to be a competitive figure skater. I grew up in Wisconsin, where skating was very popular and available. It never happened, but maybe I’ll write about a figure skater someday.

Do you have a favorite drink?

Not really. Water, more than anything else.

If you were stuck on a deserted island and could take three things with you what would they be?

A manual on How to Survive on a Desert Island, an advice book on How to Be Rescued from a Desert Island, and a huge box of chocolate.

Thank you Mary Ellen for taking the time to be interviewed for my blog!
Thank you, Paula!

Cookie Recipe: Vicki Delany

Vicki recently gave me a recipe of hers to share which I thought was so sweet of her hopefully everyone will enjoy trying out this recipe:

Christmas in Christmas Town

It wouldn’t be Christmas without cookies.
The town of Rudolph,  New York is the setting for Vicki Delany’s Year Round Christmas mysteries. The third book Hark the Herald Angels Slay  will be released on November 28. 
Rudolph wants to be known as America’s Christmas Town and, in the first book in the series, Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen  to the delight of the townsfolk a reporter for a big European travel magazine is in town to write an article on them.  Excitement is high at the semi-annual (yes, they have two a year) post-Santa Claus parade reception in the town hall. The party is being catered by Vicky Casey, owner and chief baker of Victoria’s Bake Shoppe.  Vicky’s gingerbread is rapidly becoming a Rudolph institution as is her ginger cake and hot chocolate with ginger tonic.  Also prominent at the party are Vicky’s special Molasses Spice cookies.  
Too bad someone slipped poison into the special cookie Vicky made for the special guest. 
Vicki Delany’s Molasses spice cookies (poison not included)


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup (6 oz) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In a shallow bowl, place 1/2 cup sugar; set aside.

With an electric mixer, beat butter and remaining cup of sugar until combined. Beat in egg and then molasses until combined. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in dry ingredients, just until a dough forms.

Pinch off and roll dough into balls, each equal to 1 tablespoon. Roll balls in reserved sugar to coat.
Arrange balls on baking sheets, about 3 inches apart. Bake, one sheet at a time, until edges of cookies are just firm, 10 to 15 minutes (cookies can be baked two sheets at a time, but they will not crackle uniformly). Cool 1 minute on baking sheets; transfer to racks to cool completely.

Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than twenty-five books:  clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy.  She writes the Sherlokc Holmes Bookshop series and, under the name of Eva Gates, the Lighthouse Library cozy series. Her newest novel is Hark the Herald Angels Slay, the third  Year-Round Christmas Mystery from Penguin Random House.
Vicki lives and writes in bucolic Prince Edward County, Ontario. She is the past president of the Crime Writers of Canada.  Her work has been nominated for the Derringer, the Bony Blithe, the Ontario Library Association Golden Oak, and the Arthur Ellis Awards.
Find Vicki at Twitter @vickidelany or Facebook: evagatesauthor

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Interview: Vicki Delany author of Hark The Herald Angels Slay & The Cat of The Baskervilles

Interview with Vicki Delany author of Hark The Herald Angels Slay & The Cat of The Baskervilles

What genre do you write?

I write crime novels. In the past I have written historical mysteries, standalone psychological suspense, and police procedurals, but these days I’m pretty much just writing cozies. 

How did you come to write said cozies?

For the cozies, I was offered a chance to write a work-for-hire from Berkley for a very cozy series, the Lighthouse Library books (written under the name of Eva Gates). I found that I loved writing them, and got more contracts under my own name. Now I also write the Year Round Christmas series for Berkley and the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series for Crooked Lane. 

What is your favorite character to write about?  

I love all my cozy characters, but I guess I love Gemma Doyle from the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop the best.  She has a Sherlock-like mind, meaning she’s super intelligent, highly observant, has a very good memory. It also means she can be lacking in some of the finer points of social skills and can seem to be a scatterbrain at times. But she has a good heart and always tries to do the right thing. 

Do you have a favorite villain in any of your books?  One that stood out more than others?

Moriarty, the cat in the Sherlock Holmes books.  Being a house cat, he can’t get up to much trouble or do much damage, but he certainly wants to! 

Who inspires your books? 

I like to think any sort of good writing inspires me. Specifically, I got into cozies by reading people like Kate Carlisle, Jenn McKinlay, Victoria Abbott. 

What do you do when your not writing?

Not a whole lot! I write three books a year, sometimes more if I do an adult literacy novella as well. I enjoy my little house in the country. In the summer I have a garden and a pool. I like to travel: next up is London and Iceland, and in March it’s Malaysia. I am the co-organizer of the Women Killing It Festival held Labour Day weekend.  

Do you have any new books coming out or books you want to share here? 

Hark the Herald Angels Slay, the third Year Round Christmas mystery, will be released on Nov. 28. This time it’s Christmas in July and Santa comes to Rudolph, New York to have his summer vacation on the lake.  

What was one of your dreams when you were a child? 

To travel the world. And I’ve been lucky enough to do much of that. 

Do you have a favorite drink? 

I have been known to have a sip of Sauvignon Blanc on occasion. 

If you were stuck on a deserted island and could take three things with you what would they be?  

An electronic book reader loaded with hundreds of books. Plenty of sunscreen. A box of matches so I can cook all the fish I expect to catch.  

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Cover Reveal: Lethal and Old Lace by: Duffy Brown

Well my friends, and authors alike Duffy Brown is showing her cover of Lethal and Old Lace which is being published through Crooked Lane Books.  I think we are all missing Reagan and Walker Boone. After watching Reagan solve the crime that Walker Boone in hiding.  Can't wait to see what is next for the couple.

As for Duffy Brown she is working on her The Cycle Path mystery which hopefully we will hear more about when it's finished. What I have learned from Ms. Brown is that the next book will be called Tandem Demise and it should be out in January when I know more I will share it here first!

I love Duffy's books as well as her cover picture they are fabulous looking.  I feel like when I'm reading her books I'm right along with her characters trying to figure out what is going on!  So here we go with the cover reveal.  This book is coming out March 13, 2018!  Mark your calendars so you can get your copy!


Reagan Summerside returns in national bestselling author Duffy Brown’s fifth Consignment Shop mystery, now for the first time in hardcover.

There are two social functions in Savannah guaranteed to get people talking: weddings and funerals. And just as consignment shop owner Reagan Summerside agrees to marry the hunky Walker Boone, her neighbors, sisters Annie Fritz and Elsie Abbot, step up their business as professional mourners. They are so successful that the Sleepy Pines Retirement Center has hired them as a part of their retirement package. But the celebration over good business is cut short when the residents at Pines suddenly begin dying at an alarming rate. And the sisters are the first suspects.

Reagan has her doubts, however, and begins to look into the strange phenomenon. But then something even stranger happens: a body winds up in the sisters’ pink Caddy. The evidence begins to pile up and the suspicious case of Willie Fishbine, who swindled the sisters out of a fortune and coincidentally died prior to the Pines case, is reopened.

Not wanting Willie to be buried until they can find the killer responsible for the murders, Reagan must catch the culprit in time to walk down the aisle. Witty, fabulous, and full of charm, Lethal in Old Lace is perfect for fans of Ellery Adams and Jenn McKinlay. 

What do you think about this series? Are you as excited as I am to read the latest book in this incredible series?