Thursday, May 25, 2017

Review: Lock & Key by: Sarah Dessen

Title: Lock & Key
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Speak
Pages: 422
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal Purchase

Description:

Unlock your heart and the rest will follow.

Ruby is used to taking care of herself.

But now that she's living with her sister, she's got her own room, she's going to a good school, and her future looks bright.

Plus there's an adorable boy next door.

Can Ruby learn to open her heart and let him in?

My Thoughts:

This book follows Ruby Cooper who has been abandoned by her mother during her senior year of high school.  Having done the best she could living in a beat up house, waiting hoping her mother would return she learns that her mother is gone.  Through social services Ruby gets sent to live with her sister Cora who Ruby assumes doesn't really want her ruining their lives.  What Ruby has to learn is her sister loves her and wants to help her.  Can Ruby build a life with her sister and her husband or is Ruby more like her mother and apt to run away?

This book really was a look that not all family lives aren't perfect and family became a big theme with this story as Ruby tries to figure out what she wants and whether she can achieve it and what is with the boy Nate Cross next door.  As we follow Ruby we see that's Nate's home life is very much like Cora and Ruby's can Ruby help him with what she knows. It was a great teen book that dealt with different things definitely great book for teens and even adults who can recall their teen years!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Review: Ashes by: Steven Manchester

Title: Ashes
Author: Steven Manchester
Publisher: The Story Plant
Pages: 272
Format: e-book ARC
Source: Author Request

Description:

Middle-aged brothers Jason and Tom Prendergast thought they were completely done with each other. Perceived betrayal had burned the bridge between them, tossing them into the icy river of estrangement. But life and death has a robust sense of irony, and when they learn that their cruel father has died and made his final request that they travel together across the country to spread his ashes, they have no choice but to spend a long, long car trip in each other s company. It s either that or lose out on the contents of the envelope he s left with his lawyer. The trip will be as gut-wrenching as each expects it to be . . . and revealing in ways neither of them is prepared for.

At turns humorous, biting, poignant, and surprisingly tender, ASHES puts a new spin on family and dysfunction with a story that is at once fresh and timelessly universal."

My Thoughts: 

This book follows brothers Jason and Tom who have suffered a very hard childhood with a dysfunctional father who has mentally and physically worn them down.  When they find out Stu their dad has died they head to the reading of the will.  This seems to be where Stu is getting the last laugh sending them on a driving trip across the country to scatter his ashes.  Will they survive the trip?  

I really enjoyed learning about Tom and Jason and the paths their lives have gone down and how they dealt with their childhood, and their estranged father.  I loved watching the brothers try to connect with each other in their own way.  It also showed the type of men these boys became due to their father.  

This is a great story for anyone who looking for a book that really has depth to it.  Definitely up there with some great writers out there Mr. Manchester offers so much when he writes his books and how he continues to come up with more and more!  Can't wait to see what he's offering next!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Review: Mrs. Odboddy: Undercover Courier by: Elaine Faber


Title: Mrs. Odboddy: Undercover Courier
Author: Elaine Faber
Publisher: Elkgrove Publications
Series: Mrs. Odboddy Mysteries Book #2
Pages: 199
Format: e-book ARC
Source: GEBT

Description:

Asked to accompany Mrs. Roosevelt on her Pacific Island tour, Agnes and Katherine travel by train to Washington, D.C. Agnes carries a package for Colonel Farthingworth to President Roosevelt.

Convinced the package contains secret war documents, Agnes expects Nazi spies to try and derail her mission.

She meets Irving, whose wife mysteriously disappears from the train; Nanny, the unfeeling caregiver to little Madeline; two soldiers bound for training as Tuskegee airmen; and Charles, the shell-shocked veteran, who lends an unexpected helping hand. Who will Agnes trust? Who is the Nazi spy?

When enemy forces make a final attempt to steal the package in Washington, D.C., Agnes must accept her own vulnerability as a warrior on the home front.

Can Agnes overcome multiple obstacles, deliver the package to the President, and still meet Mrs. Roosevelt’s plane before she leaves for the Pacific Islands?

Mrs. Odboddy: Undercover Courier is a hysterical frolic on a train across the United States during WWII, as Agnes embarks on this critical mission.

My Thoughts:

This book picks up not far from where the last one left off in this one Agnes gets asked to bring a package to the President Roosevelt when she goes on a Pacific Island Tour with her granddaughter.
The package is coming from her buddy Colonel Farthingworth.  But with Agnes anything is possible and usually backfires.  Katherine and Agnes meet alot of interesting people along the way.  Newlyweds fighting, a nanny delivering a child to her father a senator!  Two soldiers going to train to be fighter pilots and so much more!  With lots of ups and downs they manage to get to D.C with lots of adventures along the way!

I love going back to this era how people survived during the war.  In this one Agnes get sent to D.C with the package and learns how some people seem way to interested in this package.  I really enjoyed seeing what Agnes and Katherine and see what they are up to and dealing with.  I really think this is a great book for those who love mysteries that take place during wartimes.  Definitely keeps you laughing in some areas and following the adventure in others!  Can't wait to see what is next!

Review: The Final Vow by: Amanda Flower


Title: The Final Vow
Author: Amanda Flower
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Series: Living History Museum #3
Pages: 288
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley & GEBT

Description:

Summer weddings at Barton Farm's picturesque church were standard procedure for museum director Kelsey Cambridge-until the Cherry Foundation, which supports the museum, ordered Kelsey to host her ex-husband's wedding on Farm grounds.

Ambitious wedding planner Vianna Pine is determined to make the bride's Civil War-themed wedding perfect. But each time Vianna's vision threatens the integrity and safety of the Farm, Kelsey has to intervene. And when she finds Vianna's dead body at the foot of the church steps, everyone's plans fall apart. With both the wedding and Barton Farm at risk of being permanently shut down, Kelsey has to work hard to save her own happily ever after.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Kelsey Cambridge whose the museum director and is forced by the Cherry Foundation to host a wedding and in this instance it's her ex-husbands wedding to Krissie who is a very demanding person and is pushing Kelsey and her wedding planner Vianna Pine to the limit when Vianna winds up dead being throw out the church window it's up to Kelsey to figure this out so she can have her church back.  Who killed Vianna and why?  Could it have been Krissie the demanding bride?  Or was it Vianna's assistant?

I enjoyed reading this book and watching as Kelsey figures out who the murderer is?  And to find out what they are out for whether it be jealous, anger, etc.  This book is very addictive and kept me engaged until the end.  Definitely a great book for cozy readers.  Can't wait to see what is next for Kelsey and the whole town!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Review: Bad To The Bone by: Linda O, Johnston


Title: Bad To The Bone
Author: Linda O. Johnston
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Series: Barkery & Biscuits Mystery #3
Pages: 288
Format: e-book ARC
Source: GEBT & NetGalley

Description:

Veterinary technician Carrie Kennersly, owner of the Barkery & Biscuits bakery for dogs, is reluctant to sell her recipes to pet food manufacturer VimPets. Jack Loroco, a VimPets representative, assures Carrie that it would be a great opportunity to grow her business. His promising new relationship with Carrie's friend Billi Matlock doesn't hurt his cause.

But the budding romance takes a bad turn when Wanda Addler, another VimPets employee, sets her sights on Jack. After threatening to ruin Jack's career if he doesn't give her what she wants, Wanda is found dead. Jack and Billi are put at the top of the suspect list, and Carrie is doggone determined to rescue them from a life behind bars.

My Thoughts:

Carrie is working on deciding what recipes she will sell to VimPets and whether she will at all.  She gets invited to dinner by Jack the representative for VimPets so Carrie brings her boyfriend Reed, her brother Neal his girlfriend Janelle, and Jack's love interest Billi Matlock a local council member. Jack's plan for dinner was to introduce them to Wanda Addler who managed to introduce herself to everyone and upsetting Billi Matlock in the process.

As the days pass Wanda goes around upsetting more than just Billi, She even goes so far to set up a dinner with Billi, Jack and Carrie to throw around some more threats and warnings to the trio.  Before even 24 hours can pass Carrie hears from Jack that Wanda is dead.  Who killed Wanda and why? Was it Billi or Jack or has Wanda really upset someone else and they issued their own justice!  As we find out early on everyone seems to be warning Carrie not to get involved which seems to push Carrie more into finding out what is going on even more!

This book is so much fun visiting everyone and seeing what is going on in Knobcone Heights.  Each person adds something to the story.  Everything for the Dr's at the clinic to the people at the restaurant that Carrie and her friends frequent.  This book really has everything a dog fan could hope for.  Personally I think it would be great to have a Barkery around here somewhere you can bring your pet in to get a yummy treat for them.

Definitely kept me engaged until the mystery was solved which was great totally wasn't expecting who the murderer turned out to be or why.  Definitely a paw above the rest if you haven't checked out this series you really are missing a barking series!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Review: A Good Day to Buy by: Sherry Harris


Title: A Good Day To Buy
Author: Sherry Harris
Publisher: Kensington
Series: Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery #4
Pages: 311
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley & GEBT

Description:

HER BROTHER IS NO BARGAIN

When Sarah Winston s estranged brother Luke shows up on her doorstep, asking her not to tell anyone he s in town especially her ex, the chief of police the timing is strange, to say the least. Hours earlier, Sarah s latest garage sale was taped off as a crime scene following the discovery of a murdered Vietnam vet and his gravely injured wife her clients, the Spencers.

BUT IS HE A KILLER?

All Luke will tell Sarah is that he s undercover, investigating a story. Before she can learn more, he vanishes as suddenly as he appeared. Rummaging through his things for a clue to his whereabouts, Sarah comes upon a list of veterans and realizes that to find her brother, she ll have to figure out who killed Mr. Spencer. And all without telling her ex . . .

My Thoughts:

This book follows Sarah Winston who is hosting a garage sale for Mr and Mrs. Spencer who are planning on moving to Florida to be near their son.  When in the midst of the garage sale Mr. Spencer is found dead and Mrs. Spencer is gravely injured Sarah wonders who could have killed the couple?  Next thing Sarah finds is her estranged brother Luke showing up at Sarah's apartment.  Where has Luke been and what is he working on is anyone's guess.  Luke is very hush hush about everything.  Someone seems to be on the move of eliminating vets and no one knows why all Sarah knows is the murder suspect is non other than her brother.  Can Sarah get to the bottom before her brother is behind bars?

This book is a great continuation in the next installment of Sarah Winston's series.  This one shows a lot of flaws within Sarah's character especially where her brother is concerned.  She keeps secrets from everyone including CJ and the police.  This is definitely a great book for garage sale lovers and those who love a mystery this one was so good I couldn't put it down!  Can't wait to see what is next for CJ and Sarah!


Review: Bed and Breakfast and Murder by: Patti Larsen

Title: Bed and Breakfast and Murder
Author: Patti Larsen
Publisher: Patti Larsen Books
Series: Fiona Fleming #1
Pages: 232
Format: e-book ARC
Source: GEBT

Description:

A Poo Poo Kind of Morning 

I tried not to look down the mouth of hell staring back at me from inside the glaringly pristine outer ceramic shell of the white throne, my throat catching, stomach doing half flips and a rather impressive rollover routine that would have gotten at least a 9.5 even from the Russian judges. Instead, I forced myself to smile and swallow and remind myself the elbow length yellow rubber gloves grasping the handle of the standard issue plunger were all that stood between me and Pooageddon.

Suck it up, Fee. Big girl panties and adulting and all that.

"At what point," I waved the dripping plunger, wincing as droplets of yuck flew, "did I think owning a bed and breakfast was going to be glamorous and romantic?"

Fiona Fleming hasn't lived in Reading, Vermont in over a decade, her escape from small town living leading her to New York City and a life of adventure. An adventure that has left her with no career, an ex who cheated on her and zero plans for the future. Her grandmother's death grants her a new chance--inheriting Petunia's, Iris Fleming's bed and breakfast, seems like the ideal fresh start. But when Fee finds out ownership of the property Iris willed her might be in question, she's drawn into the seedy underbelly of the cutest town in America after being singled out as the main suspect in a murder.

My Thoughts:

Fiona is having a bad day that gets a whole lot worse.  First she finds herself fixing a toilet next she gets delivered to her a envelope from Pete a contractor who says he is going to take her grandmother's bed and breakfast away due to the will and him being the rightful heir Fiona's day seems to go down the toilet.  Finding a little solace at her parents house until she gives her father the envelope.  Next thing she finds is the contractor dead in her koi pond.  Who killed Pete and why?  Was it someone close to Fiona?  Of course the mayor won't let the chief of police just close down the bed and breakfast.  Someone seems to have it out for Fiona and she will have to put on her big girl panties to figure this one out.

I loved this book being small town and watching Fiona deal with everything that gets thrown her way.  She's definitely got her hands full with this story.  Definitely a great mystery that pulls you in and makes you want to finish this story to find out how it will end.  Anyone who loves cozy mysteries will definitely want to add Fiona to your list of sleuths to keep up with!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Book Blast: York The Shadow Cipher by: Laura Ruby



Synopsis 



It was 1798 when the Morningstarr twins arrived in New York with a vision for a magnificent city: towering skyscrapers, dazzling machines, and winding train lines, all running on technology no one had ever seen before. Fifty-seven years later, the enigmatic architects disappeared, leaving behind for the people of New York the Old York Cipher—a puzzle laid into the shining city they constructed, at the end of which was promised a treasure beyond all imagining. By the present day, however, the puzzle has never been solved, and the greatest mystery of the modern world is little more than a tourist attraction.

Tess and Theo Biedermann and their friend Jaime Cruz live in a Morningstarr apartment house—until a real estate developer announces that the city has agreed to sell him the five remaining Morningstarr buildings. Their likely destruction means the end of a dream long-held by the people of New York. And if Tess, Theo and Jaime want to save their home, they have to prove that the Old York Cipher is real. Which means they have to solve it.

From National Book Award Finalist Laura Ruby comes a visionary epic set in a New York City at once familiar and wholly unexpected.






ABOUT THE AUTHOR




Laura Ruby writes fiction for adults, teens and children. She is the author of the newly-released YA novel BONE GAP, as well as the Edgar-nominated children's mystery LILY'S GHOSTS, the ALA Quick Pick for teens GOOD GIRLS (2006), a collection of interconnected short stories about blended families for adults, I'M NOT JULIA ROBERTS (2007), and the forthcoming middle-grade trilogy YORK. She is on the faculty of Hamline University's Masters in Writing for Children Program. She makes her home in the Chicago area.








Thursday, April 27, 2017

Spotlight: Two Heads are Deader Than One by: Elena Hartwell


Two Heads Are Deader Than One by Elena Hartwell

Two Heads are Deader Than One (Eddie Shoes Mystery) Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series Camel Press (April 15, 2017) Paperback: 286 pages ISBN-13: 978-1603813136
Private Investigator Eddie Shoes is enjoying a rare period of calm. She's less lonely now that Chava, her card-counting mom from Vegas, is sharing her home. She also has a new companion, Franklin, a giant dog of curious ancestry.
Hoping for a lucrative new case, Eddie instead finds herself taking on a less promising client: her best friend from her childhood in Spokane. Dakota has turned up in Bellingham in jail, where she is being held on a weapons charge. Eddie reluctantly agrees not only to lend her friend money for bail but to also investigate who is stalking her. Soon after Dakota is freed, she disappears again, leaving Eddie to answer to the local cops, including her ex-boyfriend Chance Parker. Has Dakota been kidnapped? If not, why did she jump bail? What are Eddie's business cards doing on the bodies of two murder victims?

elenahartwellheadshotbAbout The Author

After twenty years in the theater, Elena Hartwell turned her dramatic skills to fiction. Her first novel, One Dead, Two to Go introduces Eddie Shoes, private eye. Called “the most fun detective since Richard Castle stumbled into the 12th precinct,” by author Peter Clines, I’DTale Magazine stated, “this quirky combination of a mother-daughter reunion turned crime-fighting duo will captivate readers.”
In addition to her work as a novelist, Elena teaches playwriting at Bellevue College and tours the country to lead writing workshops. When she’s not writing or teaching, her favorite place to be is at the farm with her horses, Jasper and Radar, or at her home, on the middle fork of the Snoqualmie River in North Bend, Washington, with her husband, their dog, Polar, and their trio of cats, Jackson, Coal Train, and Luna, aka, “the other cat upstairs.” Elena holds a B.A. from the University of San Diego, a M.Ed. from the University of Washington, Tacoma, and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Review: Cat Got Your Cash by: Juliet Chase


Title: Cat Got Your Cash
Author: Juliet Chase
Publisher: Crocked Lane Books
Series: Kitty Courture Mystery #2
Pages: 336
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley & GEBT

Description:

Lacy Marie Crocker’s whimsical pet couture has gained a following in New Orleans’s cozy Garden District, and word of mouth has traveled all the way to her favorite fashion designer, Annie Lane. Lacy’s thrilled when Annie schedules a private session at her home to discuss a companion line for her evening wear, but when Lacy arrives for the appointment, she enters the kitchen to two mewling Siamese cats--and one very dead Annie.

Lacy takes the kittens home to care for them until they can be properly claimed by Annie's family or friends, but after a busy day of work, she returns home to find them missing. And when Lacy learns the cats are set to inherit Annie's fortune, she begins to wonder if the killer was after the kittens all along. Now Lacy will stop at nothing to save the Siamese and find justice for Annie--if the killer doesn’t sink his claws into her first.

Luckily, Lacy has the help of handsome NOLA PD homicide detective Jack Oliver to help her catch the cat-napper before its too late in Cat Got Your Cash, the endearing second Kitty Couture mystery from Julie Chase.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Lacy Marie Crocker whose getting her clothing line ready to show the popular fashion designer Annie Lane.  When she arrives she's afraid Annie won't see because she's late but what Annie stumbles on is much worse.  A dead Annie Lane and mewing twin Siamese cats.  Annie is adament on taking care of the twins until they go to their family.  After she returns from work to put the cats in carriers to bring them back to work she finds the twins missing.  In a frantic and with the help of Jack Oliver homicide detective and Annie's lawyer they quickly locate the twins and return them to Lacy.  Annie also learns of the wealth associate with the twins.  Which makes the crime more curious.  Was it money related the kidnapping?  Or is it related to something Annie did?  Finally they are able to return the twins to Annie in tact.  Who killed Annie and why could be anyone's guess.  There are bloggers Annie upset along with a slew of other people!  You don't get to be a great fashion designer without breaking some catnip!

This book is a enjoyable story as Lacy figures out who killed Annie and why?  It leads from a blogger who hated her someone wearing a Cat mask scaring Lacy to a ex-husband demanding his kittens.  So many viable suspects so little time for Lacy to figure it out and get back her life some how!  I really enjoyed this story so much.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Review:The Last Chance Matinee by: Mariah Stewart

Title: The Last Chance Matinee
Author: Mariah Stewart
Publisher: Gallery Books
Series: The Hudson Sisters #1
Pages: 432
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley

Description:

From New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart comes the first novel in her all-new series, The Hudson Sisters, following a trio of reluctant sisters as they set out to fulfill their father’s dying wish. In the process, they find not only themselves, but the father they only thought they knew.

When celebrated and respected agent Fritz Hudson passes away, he leaves a trail of Hollywood glory in his wake—and two separate families who never knew the other existed. Allie and Des Hudson are products of Fritz’s first marriage to Honora, a beautiful but troubled starlet whose life ended in a tragic overdose. Meanwhile, Fritz was falling in love on the Delaware Bay with New Age hippie Susa Pratt—they had a daughter together, Cara, and while Fritz loved Susa with everything he had, he never quite managed to tell her or Cara about his West Coast family.

Now Fritz is gone, and the three sisters are brought together under strange circumstances: there’s a large inheritance to be had that could save Allie from her ever-deepening debt following a disastrous divorce, allow Des to open a rescue shelter for abused and wounded animals, and give Cara a fresh start after her husband left her for her best friend—but only if the sisters upend their lives and work together to restore an old, decrepit theater that was Fritz’s obsession growing up in his small hometown in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. Guided by Fritz’s closest friend and longtime attorney, Pete Wheeler, the sisters come together—whether they like it or not—to turn their father’s dream into a reality, and might just come away with far more than they bargained for.

My Thoughts:

This book follows three sisters who are very different but have one thing in common their father Allie and Des Hudson who are from their father's first marriage who lived in California, and then there is Cara who is part of his second marriage in New Jersey.  The girls no nothing about their step sister and she knows nothing about them. When their father Fritz dies he leaves a will that explains to the girls the truth which lead them all to wonder how much they really knew their father.  In order to inherit from the will the girls have to rebuild a theater in the town Fritz grew up in.  If they don't succeed or walk out then no one inherits from the ironclad will.  As Allie needs the inheritance to help her after her career has come to a halt.  With Allie's life falling apart she seems at odds with her sister and step-sister.  Cara is need of a break to hide out while her ex-husband has left her for her friend and everyone seems to have known except for Cara.

As the girls settle into Fritz's family hometown getting to know the locals and learning more about their father and his sister and his family.  Wondering why Fritz made his home life horrible just to learn the opposite was true.  Will the girls be able to form a relationship of sorts or is there too much damage inflicted by Fitz?  Allie seems to be the worst off she comes off like a spoiled brat whose itching to ditch this will idea and run out on the other two the only thing keeping her there is the iron clad will.  Slowly, Allie comes around not all at once but slow bits at a time and the others learn the thing hurting her the most is not being with her daughter Nikki.  Cara seems to get along with Des even though Cara grew up poor and Des grew up in California with a father who did extravagant things while Cara's mother wouldn't allow Cara to be spoiled.  Des has her own demons in the lieu of being a normal kid Des's mother Nora shoved Des infront of a camera until Des finally got away from it all.  She suffers from her own parental issues.  Allie seems to be jealous of the life Des led and can't believe her sister never wanted it.

I love watching the girls learn about their aunt and their father's family and the memories of the house and theater.  Definitely great book for people looking for history, and women's fiction.  You feel like you are following along with the girls and learning more about the 3 Hudson girls and the life they led.  They also learn about the Hudson family, and  learning about Hidden Falls The girls are so vastly different from one another which is great and helps you appreciate each one in their own way. The author really hit on something here which is a great story of women and families and how you can't always leave home even when you do home is still there to remind you of your roots.  Can't wait to see what is next for this author definitely a huge fan of this story!

About Mariah Stewart:
Mariah Stewart is an award-winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous novels as well as several novellas and short stories. She lives with her husband and two rambunctious rescue dogs amid the rolling hills of Chester County, Pennsylvania, where she savors county life and tends her gardens while she works on her next novel. Visit her at mariahstewart.com and follow her on Facebook.com/AuthorMariahStewart and on Instagram @mariah_stewart_books.


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Review: When The Grits Hits The Fan by: Maddie Day


Title: When The Grit Hits The Fan
Author: Maddie Day
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
Series: A Country Store Mystery #3
Pages: 304
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley & GEBT

Description:


Despite the bitter winter in South Lick, Indiana, business is still hot at Robbie Jordan’s restaurant. But when another murder rattles the small town, can Robbie defrost the motives of a cold-blooded killer?

Before she started hosting dinners for Indiana University’s Sociology Department at Pans ‘N Pancakes, Robbie never imagined scholarly meetings could be so hostile. It’s all due to Professor Charles Stilton, who seems to thrive on heated exchanges with his peers and underlings, and tensions flare one night after he disrespects Robbie’s friend, graduate student Lou. So when Robbie and Lou go snowshoeing the next morning and find the contentious academic frozen under ice, police suspect Lou might have killed him after their public tiff. To prove her friend’s innocence, Robbie is absorbing local gossip about Professor Stilton’s past and developing her own thesis on the homicide—even if that means stirring up terrible danger for herself along the way . . .

My Thoughts:

This book follows Robbie Jordan as she is running her restaurant and hosting meetings this one is with Indiana Universities Sociology Department and it seems people are getting very hostile with one another who knew Universities can fight so publicly! When Robbie and her friend Lou go snowshoeing they find the body of Charles Stilton frozen and very dead in the water under the ice.  Who killed the professor and why?  As the police investigate they seem to be drawn to Lou a friend of Robbie's as the murderer but in this story there seem to be no shortage of people who wanted Charles dead. Why the police are fixated on Lou is beyond me!

I love this book and these characters going back and visiting Robbie and her friends, coworkers and customers are great you get to see what everyone is up to.  Such a great adventure and I love watching Robbie as she tries to get to the bottom of it.  Can't wait to see what Maddie Day comes up with next for Robbie and company!!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Review: Southern Fried by: Tonya Kappes


Title: Southern Fried
Author: Tonya Kappes
Publisher: Henery Press
Series: Kenni Lowry Mystery #2
Pages: 300
Format: e-book ARC
Source: Author Requested

Description:

In the South, it’s better when the food is fried and the secrets kept buried… 

After the dead body of a beloved Cottonwood resident is found tangled up in an electric fence, Sheriff Kenni Lowry has a hunch that somethin’ ain’t right. Her investigation heats up with a fierce cook-off competition, a euchre game where the intel is sweeter than the brownies, and a decades old family recipe that may just be the proof in the pudding. 

The icing on the cake: Kenni is fighting an attraction to her recently sworn-in deputy sheriff, and election season is hot on her tail. When the killer comes after who she holds most dear, even her poppa’s ghostly guidance might not be enough to keep her and her own out of the frying pan.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Sheriff Kenni Lowry who is investigating the death of Owen Godbey who is found in Myrna's tomato patch. Who killed Own and why?  Kenni notifies the family and finds herself with more questions than answers as to what was up with Owen and who had a issue with him.  The investigation leads to a mysterious cookbook Owen inherited and a cook off competition that was getting heated.  Did it cause his death and if so why in the world would a cooking competition lead to death?

I love this mystery going back to Cottonwood and seeing what people are up to now, and reading the adventure and mystery that follows Kenni as she investigates this murder and where it leads.  Ms. Kappes is an incredible author who weaves fabulous stories through her eyes.  I feel honored to be part of her fans reading her stories and can't wait to see what she comes up next in this series!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Review: Dial P for Poison by: Zara Keane


Title: Dial P for Poison
Author: Zara Keane
Publisher: Beaverstone Publishing
Series: Movie Club Mysteries #1
Pages: 352
Format: e-book ARC
Source: GEBT

Description:

Movies. Muffins. Murder.

Maggie Doyle moved to Ireland to escape her cheating ex and crumbling career in the San Francisco PD. When the most hated woman on Whisper Island is poisoned at her aunt’s Movie Theater Café, Maggie and her rock-hard muffins are hurled into the investigation.

With the help of her UFO-enthusiast friend, a nun, and a feral puppy, Maggie is determined to clear her aunt’s name. Can she catch the murderer before they strike again? Or will her terrible baking skills burn down the café first?

My Thoughts:

This book follows Maggie Doyle who recently moved to Whisper Island after a failed career and divorce and is staying with her aunt as she recovers from surgery.  Maggie is trying to figure out where to go in her future.  During movie night the most hated woman on the island winds up dead and the police don't believe Maggie when she is adamant that the victim was killed.

It takes some friends of Maggies from when she use to spend summers on the island to prove that Sandra was murdered.  There are about 28 witnesses but whether or not they saw anything is another story.  Who killed Sandra and why?

This book was a great mixture of friends and past that brought Maggie to the island.  I also loved learning about the new people in this series.  We also get taken for a ride figuring out who killed Sandra and why?  Can't wait to see what is next in this great new series!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Review: Silence of The Jams by: Gayle Leeson


Title: Silence of The Jams
Author: Gayle Leeson
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: A Down South Cafe Mystery #2
Pages: 304
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley & GEBT

Description:

The new cozy mystery featuring Southern cooking from the author of "The Calamity Cafe." 
It's Independence Day in Winter Garden, Virginia, and the residents are gearing up for their annual celebration. The Down South Cafe is open and flourishing, and Amy Flowers is busy making pies and cakes for the holiday. The only thorn in her side is Chamber of Commerce director George Lincoln, who is trying to buy the cafe so he can tear it down and build a B&B on the site. 

When George collapses while eating at the Down South, everybody assumes it's a heart attack until the autopsy declares it to be poisoning. Now it s up to Amy to prove her innocence before her liberty is lost. 

Includes delicious Southern recipes!

My Thoughts:

This book is the second series in the Calamity Café in this one Amy is getting ready for Independence Day in her town of Winter Garden and making jams and pies and cakes.  When George keeps trying to buy the Down South Café from Amy to turn it into a Bed and Breakfast but Amy won't sell to him.  When George winds up collapsing in her café everyone involved thinks George had a heart attack.  That is except for Homer who starts digging around to see what is really going on. While all this is going on her mother's cousin has come back into town, and Amy can't help but wonder why she came back?  In previous times it's always she shows up stays then disappears again, in the past  she left her daughter with her mother.   Was George murdered or did he die of natural causes?

I love going back to Winter Garden and I especially am fond of Homer and how Amy interacts with him.  I love watching Amy get to the bottom of things to protect the wrongly accused.  It's a great fun series with great food and great friends.  Along the way a murder gets solved hopefully before someone gets the best of Amy.  This book also shows more of the family dynamic with Amy her mother, her aunts and her cousin Jackie.  Jackie's mother shows up and causes all sorts of issues for Jackie and her grandmother.  Such a great page turner with so many possible suspects.  Can't wait to see what is next in this series!



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