Monday, October 23, 2017

Review: Cold As Ice by: Julie Mulhern

Title: Cold As Ice
Author: Julie Mulhern
Publisher: Henery Press
Series: The Country Club Murders #6
Pages: 268
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley


Ellison Russell’s life resembles a rollercoaster ride. And rollercoasters make her ill. Her daughter Grace has a crush on a boy Ellison doesn’t trust and she’s taken to hosting wild parties when Ellison goes out for the evening. Worse, the bank which represents Grace’s inheritance from her father may be in trouble.

When a meeting with the chef at the country club leads to the discovery of a body, Ellison can’t afford cold feet. She must save the bank, find the killer, and convince Grace (and herself) that powerful women don’t need men to rescue them.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Ellison Russell who has the bad habit of finding dead bodies.  This one starts out as Ellison is going to a party and her daughter is off to the movies with her boyfriend Trip.  Not long into the party the ladies nails are flying as there are fights about adultery,  This brings up memories of her own husband and his cheating ways.  

Then Ellison learns the bank is bad trouble and Ellison wants to know why even going so far as to hire Taft to find out what is going on.  Which leads them to the bank and Sherman Westcott who has a lot of explaining to do.

All the while victims of a murder are adding up first Tom's wife winds up dead in a freezer at the country club whose husband was screwing over the bank royally.  The bank being Grace's inheritance and Ellison will do whatever she can to protect the bank from loosing money.  To a young girl who winds up dead at Tom's mother's apartment complex.  Ellison gets dragged into the mess to try to figure out what is going on and who will show up at Thanksgiving.  All this while determined that women can survive without men but will it cost her something big?

I love this series along with it's 70's references seeing how Ellison will deal with everything she is hit with from her ex-sister-in-law to her teenage daughter and all that entails.  You never know with Ellison what she is going to have to deal with and whether she will come out of it unscathed.  This one definitely didn't disappoint.  I can't wait to see what is next for Ellison, Grace their family and friends!

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Review: A Killer Kebab by: Susannah Hardy

Title: A Killer Kebab
Author: Susannah Hardy
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Greek To Me #3
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
Source: Author Request


The Bonaparte House is closed for the season, and Georgie Nikolopatos looks forward to fixing up the Greek restaurant and historic landmark—until her renovation plans hit a fatal snag.

With her divorce underway, her mother-in-law returning to Greece, and the tourists gone, Georgie finally has life under control—and the Bonaparte House to herself. She quickly hires a contractor for some much-needed renovations to reopen in time for a special Greek-style Thanksgiving meal. Georgie is suspicious though when former dishwasher Russ Riley arrives with the construction crew. He still has an ax to grind with the Nikolopatos family—but is it sharp enough to kill?

When Georgie finds the body of her divorce lawyer amid the construction debris and Russ is quickly arrested for murder, something about the case doesn’t add up. While Georgie is no fan of Russ, even a bad egg deserves a crack at justice.

Includes delicious Greek recipes!

My Thoughts: 

This book follows Georgie Nikolopatos whose looking forward to fix somethings at the Bonaparte House while her mother-in-law Sophie is in Greece what Georgie didn't count on was her lawyer winding up skewered to death!  Who killed Jim and why?  Also Georgie is dealing with a sick mother and her mother's assistant Caitlyn is also ill.  

This book was different as it didn't have some of the characters in it as much.  No Sophie and running around mad at the restaurant.  Georgie's ex was minimal at best.  Even Georgie's family is very mild in this book.  We learned more about other characters.  Dolly,  Georgie's chef was in this book granted another person sick.  But we got to see Dolly at her own place.  Also Franco the pizzeria owner was in this book as well as Brenda a local to the area who spends lots of time collecting cans played a more pivotal role to Georgie.  Brenda has no qualms about getting dirty with Georgie after seeing what happened to Franco.

I love this Greek series it's incredible especially this one that dealt with the receipe Thousand Island Dressing and all the hoopla with it.  You never consider where you will be educated about a dressing!  Can't wait to see what Ms. Hardy comes up with next!  

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Review: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

Title: The Truth About Forever
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Speak
Pages: 374
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal Purchase


With her sixth novel, award-winning author Sarah Dessen offers up another generous helping of finely crafted storytelling about real teens dealing with real life.

In The Truth About Forever, when asked how she is coping with her father's death, invariably seventeen year old Macy Queen's answer is "fine," when nothing could be further from the truth. In actuality, she is drowning in grief while maintaining a flawless fa├žade of good grades and unblemished behavior. Though she feels lost when her boyfriend heads to "Brain Camp" for the summer, she finds herself a job with the quirky Wish Catering crew, and meets "sa-woon"-worthy Wes, whose chaotic lifestyle is in direct opposition to her own.

As the two share their stories over the summer, Macy realizes she can no longer keep her feelings on ice. Though it feels like her future ended with her dad's death, Macy's learns that forever is all about beginnings.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Macy Queen whose trying to move on from the death of her father.  She finds this difficult as her mother hasn't come to terms with his death either.  What adds to it is that her boyfriend Jason is going to brain camp and has Macy working at the library for him.  The girls at the library treat Macy like she's an idiot.  When Macy comes across Wish Catering Crew whihc add some fun for Macy has hectic as they are there is real bonding going on with them!

I liked this book alot it showed how a young girl deals with the death of her father and finding what she likes and doesn't and standing up for what she loves most.  Add to that Wes who is very sawoonable but is he interested in Macy or is it just friendship?  Sarah has a way of bringing you back to the teen years and in a good way and some situations remind us what we went through as teenagers.  Can't wait to see what is next for Sarah Dessen!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Book Blast: 16 Milimeters by Larissa Reinhart


16 Millimeters: A Maizie Albright Humorous Mystery by Larissa Reinhart

October 10 & 11, 2017

Release Date - October 17, 2017

16 Millimeters: A Maizie Albright Humorous Mystery Cozy Mystery/Romance 2nd in Series Past Perfect Press Print Length: 320 pages Kindle ASIN: B074TW9MZ8
#StillAWannabeDetective In continuing her career-makeover quest as a for-real detective, ex-teen and reality star Maizie Albright has a big learning curve to overcome. A sleuthing background starring in a TV show— Julia Pinkerton, Teen Detective—does not cut the real life mustard. It doesn’t even buy her lunch, let alone extra condiments. Her chosen mentor, Wyatt Nash of Nash Security Solutions, is not a willing teacher. He’d rather stick Maizie with a safe desk job and handle the security solution-ing himself. But Maizie’s got other plans to help Nash. First, win Nash’s trust. Second, his heart.
Wait, not his heart. His respect. His hearty respect.
So when a major movie producer needs a babysitter for his hot mess starlet, Maizie eagerly takes the job. But when her starlet appears dead, and then not dead, Maizie’s got more than an actress to watch and a missing corpse to find. Body doubles, dead bodies, and hot bodies abound when the big screen, small screen, and silent screams collide. Maizie’s on the job, on the skids, and on thin ice, hunting a killer who may be a celebrity stalker. And Maizie just might be the next celebrity who gets snuffed.

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Larissa is a 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Best Mystery finalist, 2014 finalist for the Silver Falchion and Georgia Author of the Year, 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, 2012 The Emily finalist, and 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. Her family and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit, have been living in Nagoya, Japan, but once again call Georgia home. See them on HGTV’s House Hunters International “Living for the Weekend in Nagoya” episode. Visit her website,, find her chatting on Facebook, Instagram, and Goodreads, or join her Facebook street team, The Mystery Minions.
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Review: Portrait of A Dead Guy by: Larissa Reinhart

Title: Portrait of A Dead Guy
Author: Larissa Reinhart
Publisher: Past Perfect Press
Series: A Cherry Tucker Mystery #1
Pages: 240
Format: Paperback
Source: Author


In Halo, Georgia, folks know Cherry Tucker as big in mouth, small in stature, and able to sketch a portrait faster than buckshot rips from a ten gauge — but commissions are scarce. So when the well-heeled Branson family wants to memorialize their murdered son in a coffin portrait, Cherry scrambles to win their patronage from her small town rival. 

As the clock ticks toward the deadline, Cherry faces more trouble than just a controversial subject. Between ex-boyfriends, her flaky family, an illegal gambling ring, and outwitting a killer on a spree, Cherry finds herself painted into a corner she’ll be lucky to survive.

My Thoughts: 

This book follows Cherry Tucker whose trying to make money with her paintings.  Of course she never counted on painting someone in the casket and that is just what the Branson family wants.  Cherry is also under stiff competition with Shawna Branson who wants Cherry to climb back into the hole she came out of.  Cherry isn't going down without a fight.  The person she has to paint was murdered and someone seems to have unfinished business with Dustin.  Of course Dustin had his dark side and wasn't above getting into trouble but was it enough to kill him?

As Cherry works on the painting she didn't count on the yummy Luke Harper coming back to Halo.  Cherry has lots of issues with Luke.  Can Cherry really put Luke on the back burner?  Or is she destined to give into her feelings for him?

As Cherry sifts through the possible suspects she knows she has to be turning up the heat on someone but who is the big question.  Is it Mr. Max the mysterious history buff who holds poker games?  Is it someone at the dealership when Dustin's father worked?  Or could it be Luke Harper who was saddled with Dustin when his mother married into the Bransons?  Will Cherry figure it out in time or she in over her head?

I love love love this series.  Cherry is a spunky no nonsense girl who won't go down without a fight.  She is also one to speak her mind.  Watching as Cherry shows you her life the good and the bad, and watching as she maneuvers around Luke.  Cherry makes you feel like you are right there with her traveling the road with her trying to figure out who stole her car, her daddy's gun, and killed Dustin and why!  Can't wait to see what is next for this spunky painter who loves her family and her friends and will do what she can to help them!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Book Spotlight: Murder At The River Bend Retirement Resort by: Stan Schatt

Murder at the River Bend Retirement Resort by Stan Schatt

Murder at the River Bend Retirement Resort by Stan Schatt 
Cozy Mystery 1st in Series Self Published
Publication Date: July 12, 2017
Paperback: 238 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1548656195 E-Book 
When a very disagreeable resident of the exclusive River Bend Retirement Resort is murdered, bestselling mystery writer Miriam Lipsky has to find the real killer to save her dear friend from prison. She finds the retirement home seethes with intrigue, passion, and jealousy. To make matters worse, it's hard to distinguish what residents actually saw from what they imagined.
Miriam finds she has to search for the killer while juggling an autistic grandson, a divorced daughter with a tendency to choose the wrong man, her best friend's overly friendly husband, and a stalker who who leaves her more and more threatening notes. To make matters worse, her rabbi who won't take no for an answer when it comes to fixing her up.
Miriam, a widow after a disastrous marriage, has given up on love. Just when she is sure that part of her life is over, someone new appears from a very unexpected place.
Murder at the River Bend Retirement Resort is a cozy mystery with a sleuth who has to learn on the job. Despite her best intentions, Miriam makes mistake after mistake and yet moves ever closer to discovering a cold blooded killer who has no remorse.
About the Author Stan is the author of over 40 books including the Frankie and Josh mysteries. He has published books on career changing, technology, and writers that include Michael Connelly and Daniel Silva.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Review: Crepe Factor by: Laura Childs and Terrie Moran

Title: Crepe Factor
Author: Laura Childs and Terrie Moran
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: A Scrapbooking Mystery #14
Pages: 310
Format: e-book ARC
Source: GEBT & NetGalley


The Winter Market in the French Quarter is in full swing, but murder isn’t taking a holiday in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Parchment and Old Lace...
The holidays are a busy time for scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand—but not so hectic that she doesn’t have time to enjoy browsing the booths at the Winter Market with her best friend Ava. The last thing the ladies expect to see is a thrashing man stabbed by a serving fork, dying in front of them.

The victim is loathed restaurant critic Martin Lash, who posted his scathing reviews on the Glutton for Punishment website. And the prime suspect is New Orleans restauranteur Quigg Brevard—who was seen giving the critic a tongue-lashing minutes before someone stuck a fork in him. An old flame of Carmela, Quigg asks for her help, which does not please her current beau, Detective Edgar Babcock, to say the least.

Before her relationship is the next victim, Carmela needs to find a murderer who had no reservations about punishing the culinary curmudgeon...

My Thoughts:

This book follows Carmela and Ava who are visiting the booths at the Winter Market and encounter a fight between Quigg and Martin Lash a local reviewer who seems to always write bad reviews of restaurants when Martin Lash winds up dead being forked to death!  Quigg begs Carmela to figure out what is going on and who murdered Martiner Lash.

Carmela investigates and it leads her all over New Orleans and Bayou.  It leads to meeting the new owner of the paper and the hold Martin had over her.  It also shows his side things he was involved with protecting the bayou.  Then as the heat is on Carmela has to search for the truth no matter where it leads!

I love the friendship between Carmela and Ava they are great together.  I also love how the girls worked with Moony and Squirrel as well.  Such a great team of friends.  Can’t wait to see what the girls are up to next!

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Review: Murder on the Toy Town Express by: Barbara Early

Title: Murder on the Toy Town Express
Author: Barbara Early
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Series: Vintage Toy Shop Mystery #2
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley


Liz McCall has come to love running her father’s vintage toyshop back home in East Aurora, NY, so when the Train and Toy Show comes to town, she’s all aboard for a fun toy-filled weekend. The only hitch is that her childhood bully Craig McFadden, now local business rival, has set up a booth next to hers. But the fun and games are over when Craig falls from the ceiling in a publicity stunt gone wrong.

What was initially thought to be a fatal accident proves much more sinister. Pulled into the case by her feelings for both Ken, the police chief, and Jack, her high school sweetheart whose brother is one the prime suspects, Liz dives headfirst into the investigation. But as she digs deeper, she’s shocked to learn her father may have been the intended target.

The trouble train is barreling down and Liz may have just bought herself a first class ticket in Murder on the Toy Town Express, Barbara Early’s delightful second installment in her Vintage Toyshop mysteries.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Liz and her father Hank as they are spending time at the Train and Toy Show.  When funny things begin happening like Craig an old nemesis of Liz's winds up taking a leap into  a train track.  As Liz and Hank try to put the pieces together which lead to more questions instead of answers!  Who killed Craig and why?

This book had so much going on.  There were so many puzzles and searching out the clues was a lot of fun.  I really found myself following along with Liz wondering where it would lead.  Can't wait to see what the author comes up with next!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Title: Death of A Toy Solider by: Barbara Early

Title: Death of A Toy Solider
Author: Barbara Early
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Series: Vintage Toy Shop Mystery #1
Pages: 304
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley


Liz McCall grew up in a playful winter wonderland but it was never her dream to manage her father’s vintage toyshop. However, after he sank his entire police pension into the business, someone needed to help him turn his dreams into reality—and keep him from sneaking off to patrol the not-so-mean streets of East Aurora, NY.

The mood goes from nice to naughty when a nervous man, who was trying to have his antique toys appraised, is found in the shop with a lawn dart through his chest. Suddenly, Liz’s business plan is plunged into deep freeze, while she and her father find themselves toying with a cold-blooded killer who’s playing for keeps.

Now, it looks like Christmas might be cancelled for the neighborhood kids if Liz can't wrap up the case in Barbara Early's delightful debut Death of a Toy Soldier.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Liz McCall and her dad Hank who use to be the cheif of police and likes to on very bad days go patrolling looking for bad guys.  In this book a man stops by to drop of a box of old toys to get pricing on their value.  He hands Liz a card and leaves.  Later that night Liz finds the body of the man with the toys and her dad in her shop one is dead one is knocked out.  Who was the toy man and what did he want in the shop that late?  Why didn't the alarm go off?, and what is her father up to now?

This was a fabulous new series which led you to a small toy store and Liz and Hank and all they go through interviewing people to get to the bottom of the murder.  Who had the most to gain and was it related to another recent death?  It was such fun with the puns and the father daughter relationship.  I wish I could go to this toy shop and be friends with Liz and follow them around as the search out clues along the way.  Great for the toy lover in all of us!

Book Spotlight: Christmas In Peril by: J.A. Hennrikus

A Christmas Peril (A Theater Cop Mystery) by J. A. Hennrikus

Cozy Mystery 1st in Series Midnight Ink (September 8, 2017) 
Paperback: 288 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-0738754154
When Edwina “Sully” Sullivan’s life imploded, she left behind her job on the police force and her unfaithful husband to start a new life as the general manager of her hometown theater, the Cliffside Theater Company. For five years, she focused on budgets instead of crimes and kept the Cliffside running alongside its mercurial artistic director.
But when her best friend is arrested for killing his father, the rich and powerful Peter Whitehall, no one is looking for another suspect. So, in between keeping A Christmas Carol on budget and Scrooge sober, Sully dusts off her investigative skills to find a killer. Her two lives collide when her ex-husband gets on the suspect list and she’s forced to confront her past in order to save her present.

About The Author

J. A. Hennrikus is the author of the Theater Cop Mystery series. As Julianne Holmes, she writes the Agatha-nominated Clock Shop Mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime. Hennrikus blogs with the Wicked Cozy Authors, is on the board of Sisters in Crime, and is a member of Mystery Writers of America. She is also an arts administrator who lives in Massachusetts. Visit her online at

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I also blog on Live to Write/Write to Live, and I blog on Killer Characters on the 20th of each month.
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Review: Eggnog Murder by: Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis & Barbara Ross

Title: Eggnog Murder
Author: Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis & Barbara Ross
Publisher: Kensington
Series: Lucy Stone #23.5
Pages: 320
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley


With the fireplace crackling, the tree twinkling, and the carols humming, few things in life are as picture perfect as Christmas in Maine—until murder dampens the holiday spirit. It must be something in the eggnog . . .

When a gift-wrapped bottle of eggnog—allegedly from the Real Beard Santa Club—proves to be a killer concoction for a Tinker’s Cove local, all Lucy Stone wants for Christmas is to find the murdering mixologist who’s stirring up trouble.

Food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell has never cared much for Bar Harbor’s grouchy town librarian, Agatha Farnsworth. But after the Scroogy senior has a fatal—and suspicious—allergic reaction to supposedly non-dairy eggnog, it’s up to Hayley to ladle out some justice.

Julia Snowden’s tenant Imogen Geinkes seems to be jinxed. First, her poorly named “Killer Eggnog” gives all her co-workers food poisoning at the holiday party, then her boyfriend’s body shows up in Julia’s moving truck as she’s headed back to Busman’s Harbor. Now Julia has to get moving to catch the cold-hearted culprit. 

Cozy up with a glass of eggnog and enjoy the spirit of murder and mystery in a Yultide treat perfect for those winter holidays . .

My Thoughts:

This book was a great three stories for those who love Christmas themed books all three women are fabulous Lucy Stone. Hayley Powell, and Julia Snowden are all looking forward to Christmas baring they can each solve their own Christmas mystery.  In some cases like Hayley and Julia that proves to be more challenging.  Definitely great stories and if you haven't read these ladies yet you are truly missing something great.  I love these women and what they accomplish even with Christmas on the way!  

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Review: Midnight Mysteries: Nine Cozy Tales by Nine Bestselling Authors

Title: Midnight Mysteries: Nine Cozy Tales by Nine Bestselling Authors
Authors: Rita Ames, Morgana Best, Karen Cantwell, Carolyn Haines, Eleanor Cawood Jones, Larissa Reinhart, Connie Shelton, Maria Grazia Swan, LynDee Walker
Publisher: Kindle
Series: Orgainized Mysteries, The Kitchen Witch Mysteries, Sophie Rhodes mystery, Sarah Booth Delaney, Cherry Tucker Mysteries, Samantha Sweets Magical Cozy Mysteries, Lella York Mysteries, Nichelle Clarke Mysteries,
Pages: 377
Format: Kindle e-book
Source: Personal Purchase


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

Morgana Best – “No Time to Witch” (The Kitchen Witch mystery series)
In a historical mystery prequel to the novel MISS SPELLED, Thelma Spelled must discover the mystery around a murder that entangles her and her husband. The paranormal tale reveals more about the magic of the house and early 20th century Australia.

Karen Cantwell – “It Takes a Ghost” (tie-in to the Sophie Rhodes mystery series)
New detective Brenna Sage can’t solve a series of robberies—until she gains a partner in the guise of Marmaduke Dodsworth. While Marmaduke is better versed in decorum and refinement than forensics and interrogation, he has one decidedly clear advantage: He can walk through walls.

Carolyn Haines – “Clacking Bones” (Sarah Booth Delaney series)
When Jitty’s husband, Coker, goes missing from the Great Beyond, Sarah Booth Delaney, Tinkie, and all the animals sign on to find out why the spirit is AWOL. Sarah Booth has to dig deep into the past to find the answer to this puzzling mystery.

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

Larissa Reinhart – “The Vigilante Vignette” (Cherry Tucker Mystery series)
When Cherry pays a mercy call on a neighbor, she’s roped into a quid pro quo deal—if she recovers a stolen family heirloom both somewhat embarrassing and due to be discovered missing very shortly, the neighbor will use family clout to help her with zoning issues. But if she fails, the expression “someone’s got her goat” takes on a whole new meaning. And when she discovers a thievery ring, illegal auctions, and green-eyed emotions after spotting Luke where he’s not expected—it’s another hilarious day in Halo, Georgia.

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

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

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

My Thoughts:

This great novella compilation covers so many great authors from LynDee Walker we get Nichelle Clarke whose writing a story while her leg heals and stumbles upon a mystery to solve.  All the way to Clacking Bones by Carolyn Haines Sarah Booth has her hands full finding out where Jitty's husband goes missing from the great beyond and Sarah has to figure out why.

This set of stories is great if your looking into various authors but want to learn more about them in these little novellas you get a taste of the adventure you could go on.  You also may find yourself seeking out a series after reading some of these stories I know I did and couldn't be happier with some of them.  One of the new authors I stumbled upon with this was Connie Shelton with Spellbound Sweets you meet everyone is Samantha Sweets world and it was great.  Some were authors I read before and was pleasantly surprised to revisit them again.

Definitely great series for Halloween lovers and cozy mystery lovers who want a break from a full novel and can enjoy the short stories and one to definitely keep around.

Friday, September 15, 2017

BOMT: September Portrait of A Dead Guy by: Larissa Reinhart

Title: Portrait of A Dead Guy
Author: Larissa Reinhart
Publisher: Past Perfect Press
Series; A Cherry Tucker Mystery #1
Pages: 280
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Laugh-out-loud funny and as Southern as sweet tea and cheese grits

***A Daphne Du Maurier finalist, The Emily finalist, Dixie Kane Memorial Winner, and Night Owl Review top pick***

“Reinhart is a truly talented author and this book was one of the best cozy mysteries we reviewed this year…We highly recommend this book to all lovers of mystery books.” – Mystery Tribune

In Halo, Georgia, folks know Cherry Tucker as big in mouth, small in stature, and able to sketch a portrait faster than buckshot rips from a ten gauge — but commissions are scarce. So when the well-heeled Branson family wants to memorialize their murdered son in a coffin portrait, Cherry scrambles to win their patronage from her small town rival. 

As the clock ticks toward the deadline, Cherry faces more trouble than just a controversial subject. Between ex-boyfriends, her flaky family, an illegal gambling ring, and outwitting a killer on a spree, Cherry finds herself painted into a corner she’ll be lucky to survive.

“An entertaining mystery full of quirky characters and solid plotting...Highly recommended for anyone who likes their mysteries strong and their mint juleps stronger!” – Jennie Bentley, New York Times Bestselling Author of Flipped Out

“The tone of this marvelously cracked book is not unlike Sophie Littlefield’s brilliant A Bad Day for Sorry, as author Reinhart dishes out shovelfuls of ribald humor and mayhem. It takes a rare talent to successfully portray a beer-and-hormone-addled artist as a sympathetic and worthy heroine, but Reinhart pulls it off with tongue-in-cheek panache.” – Mystery Scene Magazine

“Don’t miss Portrait of a Dead Guy by Larissa Reinhart! Portrait is pure enjoyment, a laugh out loud mystery with some Southern romance thrown in. Five stars.” — Lynn Farris, National Mystery Review Examiner at

“Laugh-out-loud funny and as Southern as sweet tea and cheese grits, Larissa Reinhart’s masterfully crafted whodunit, Portrait of a Dead Guy, provides high-octane action with quirky, down-home characters and a trouble-magnet heroine who’ll steal readers’ hearts.” – Debby Giusti, Author of The Captain’s Mission and The Colonel’s Daughter

“A sweet, southern stroke of brilliance…Action, humor, mystery and a dash of romance all packed into one quirky creation. Trust me when I tell you—don’t miss this one.” — The Book Boost

“Reinhart’s debut sparkles with wit. A fun, fast-paced read and a rollicking start to her Cherry Tucker Mystery Series. If you like your stories southern-fried with a side of romance, this book’s for you!” — Leslie Tentler, Author of Midnight Caller 

Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), humorous murder mysteries, book club recommendations, amateur sleuth books, small town humor, Southern humor, comic (humorous) crime and mystery, small town and rural.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Review: The Chesapeake Bride by: Mariah Stewart

11th in The Chesapeake Diaries series
Mariah Stewart
Pocket Books
August 29, 2017
ISBN 9781501154355


Architect Cassidy Logan has sworn off good-looking adventurers. Newly divorced, she’s focused on building ecologically friendly, historically accurate homes on the Chesapeake Bay for her father’s construction company. Traveling to Cannonball Island—where there has been no new construction in nearly one hundred years—Cass is sensitive to the heritage of the island, and has come up with plans so perfect she’s determined to buy a home for herself. Even the fact that Owen Parker—a local who she dismisses as a lightweight and a player—seems to be everywhere isn’t enough to deter her from building her dream house.

Owen Parker is and always has been sinfully handsome and wickedly clever, a magnet for mischief as well as girls. He’s a rolling stone, going and doing whatever appeals to him, from flying a mail plane in Alaska, to working on a cattle ranch in Australia, a shrimp boat in Louisiana, and surfing and diving in Costa Rica. When an old friend offers him a job salvaging a sunken ship on the Chesapeake Bay, Owen gladly accepts. Something’s been telling him it was time to head home to Cannonball Island, and a job is as good an excuse as any. And he’s totally smitten by the pretty architect on the scene, but it seems he’s finally met a woman who’s immune to his charms. Sooner or later, Owen will have to face the reason why he always runs, because this time, leaving just might be harder than staying.

My Thoughts: 

I loved this book it followed Owen Parker whose back in Chesapeake Bay helping out his old friend with a ship that sunk under water.  When he meets Cassie Logan whose developing old houses into better houses for people who want a small cottage to get away for the weekend or live there permanently.   When the two collide Cassie is very wary of putting her heart out there again especially to someone she deems a player.  Overtime she learns he's not a player.  Will the two learn to love one another or is it too late?

Also mixed into this is a big old mystery that haunts Owen and he will have to decide what to do and how to handle his past coming back to haunt him!  Will he be able to figure it all out or will he find himself in over his head without a way out?

Such fabulous writing and characters that really hold your attention.  These two really keep you reeling waiting to see what they deal with next!  

Praise for The Chesapeake Bride, Book 11 in The Chesapeake Diaries:
“Stewart succeeds in giving both Owen and Cass a smooth blend of strength and vulnerability, and the setting of this heartwarming romance will draw readers in with its island-life charm.”
—Publishers Weekly

Strengths: Noteworthy historical content; Engaging characters; Strong Romance; HEA…Measure of Love: Teaspoon…Mood: Poignant and lighthearted…Why You Should Read this: Definitely will appeal to readers wanting a strong romance. And the genealogy and historical aspects are a perfect addition to a pleasing story!”
Heroes and Heartbreakers Women’s Fiction Best Bet for August 2017

“The Chesapeake Bride is a small-town romance which will leave readers wanting more of the charming characters and unforgettable story. I enjoyed this book so much that I am still running some of the scenes through my head, which shows how fantastic the story is. Another great read by an outstanding author. A Recommended Read!”
—Romance Junkies, Five Heart Review

“The romance is slow and sweet…the lack of unnecessary melodrama, angst, and over-the-top gestures makes this a refreshing contemporary romance between two adults who act as such.”
—Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Driftwood Point, Book 10 in The Chesapeake Diaries:
“This second-chance-at-love romance is gentle and sweet…The colorful friendship between the family matriarchs…charms. Stewart seamlessly checks in with former series protagonists and introduces future romantic pairings without stealing attention from Lisbeth and Alec.”
—RT Book Reviews

Praise for That Chesapeake Summer, Book 9 in The Chesapeake Diaries:
“[That Chesapeake Summer] deftly uses the tools of the genre to explore issues of identity, truth, and small town kinship…Stewart offers a strong statement on the power of love and trust, a fitting theme for this big-hearted small town romance.”
—Publishers Weekly

“A touching story of self-discovery and homecoming that is sure to warm readers’ hearts…fans are sure to feel right at home in Stewart’s idyllic seaside setting and follow this emotional journey with avid interest.”
RT Book Reviews

Praise for The Last Chance Matinee, Book One in The Hudson Sisters Series:
“The popcorn, the red velvet seats, the glittering Hollywood stars on-screen…I’ve enjoyed all aspects of going to the movies since I was a kid…so when I saw a vintage theater on the cover of this book, I quickly swiped it up…The tale was a sweet reminder of the importance of family. I can’t wait for the next book in this series!”
—First for Women magazine, July 2017

“[This] lively, warmhearted series starter will have readers eagerly awaiting the second installment.”

“A good read, with a nice blend of mystery, family drama, and romance.”
—Library Journal

New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart returns to the cherished Maryland shores of St. Dennis with THE CHESAPEAKE BRIDE (Pocket Books; August 29, 2017; $7.99), the charming story of a jaded architect who meets the one man who could finally melt her heart—if she’s willing to let him in.

Cassidy Logan has sworn off good-looking adventurers, having just divorced the one she’d married. Now working with her father’s construction company to build ecologically friendly, historically accurate homes on the Chesapeake Bay, she’s designing them for Cannonball Island. Knowing there’s been no new construction on the island in almost one hundred years, Cass is sensitive to the heritage and history of the sparsely populated island, and has come up with plans so perfect she’s determined to buy one for herself to live in. Even the fact that Owen Parker—whom she dismisses as a lightweight and a player— seems to be everywhere she goes isn’t enough to deter her from building her dream house.

Owen is and always has been sinfully handsome and wickedly clever, a magnet for mischief as well as the girls in St. Dennis. He’s also a rolling stone, going and doing whatever appeals to him, from flying a mail plane in Alaska to working on a cattle ranch in Australia and a shrimp boat in Louisiana, to surfing and diving in Costa Rica. When an old friend offers him a job salvaging a sunken ship in the Chesapeake, Owen gladly accepts. Something’s been telling him it’s about time to head home to Cannonball Island, and a job is as good an excuse as any. He’s totally smitten with the pretty architect, but it seems he’s finally met a woman who’s immune to his charms. Sooner or later, Owen will have to face the reason why he always runs, because this time, leaving just might be harder than staying.

Mariah Stewart is the award-winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous novels and several novellas and short stories.  A native of Hightstown, New Jersey, she lives with her husband and two rambunctious rescue dogs amid the rolling hills of Chester County, Pennsylvania, where she savors country life and tends her gardens.  Visit her website at, like her on Facebook at AuthorMariahStewart, and follow her on Instagram at mariah_stewart_books.

We’re celebrating The Chesapeake Bride and Summer 2017 with one giveaway for Driftwood Point, 10th  in The Chesapeake Diaries Series by Mariah Stewart! The last day for entries will be Friday, September 22nd (the official last day of summer!) The winner will receive one copy of Driftwood Point. U.S. only, please. You can enter at the participating blogs listed below – but you can only win once!
















Review: Hair Brained by: Nancy J. Cohen

Title: Hair Brained
Author: Nancy J. Cohen
Publisher: Orange Grove Press
Series: Bad Hair Day Mystery #14
Pages: 342
Format: e-book ARC
Source: GEBT


When hairstylist Marla Vail’s best friend is hurt in a suspicious car accident, Marla assumes guardianship of her infant son. No sooner does Marla say, “Baby want a bottle?” than she’s embroiled in another murder investigation. Her husband, Detective Dalton Vail, determines the crash may not have been an accident after all. But then, who would want Tally—or Ken in the car with her—out of the way? As Marla digs deeper into her friends’ lives, she realizes she didn’t know them as well as she’d thought. Nonetheless, it’s her duty as their son’s guardian to ensure his safety, even if it means putting her own life at risk. Can she protect the baby and find the culprit before someone else ends up as roadkill?

My Thoughts:

This book follows Marla Vail and her husband Dalton as they are celebrating New Years they hear news that Marla's best friend Tally and Ken are missing.  Not sure where they are or what has happened Marla assumes responsibility for Tally's baby Luke.  Within 24 hours they find out Tally and Ken were in a car accident and Ken didn't make it as the clock ticks and they await knowing the fate of Tally.  Marla digs deeper into finding out what happened to her best friend and her husband. Who wanted Tally or Ken out of the picture and why?

As Marla digs deeper she wonders if the accident was work related or personal?  There seems to be tension at work for Ken and his staff which makes Marla wonder what was going?  Then finding out Tally was into somethings Marla knew nothing about, makes her wonder if her relationship with Tally was very one sided.  Time is running out and Marla needs to get to the bottom before someone else ends up getting into another accident.

This series is so great as Marla struggles to raise Luke, find out what happened with Tally and Ken and pray that Tally wakes up.  Tally doesn't offer up much in this book as she is struggling to stay alive so the pressure is on Dalton and Marla to figure it out regardless of where the road turns.  It also gives Marla insight into her theory of not having kids.

I really enjoyed this book and anyone who does hair dressing or just loves a great cozy mystery will love this one!  This one had me pulled in and I couldn't let it go until I found out like Marla what happened that night and why!  Definitely a page turner which kept me turning the pages very late at night!