Jun 22, 2022

Twisted Tea Christmas by Laura Childs

Hello my cozy friends,

Today I am reviewing Twisted Tea Christmas the 23rd instalment in the ”A Tea Shop Mystery” series by Laura Childs. I love this series and I enjoy reading about Theo, Drayton, Haley and Earl Grey.

An attack on the host of a fancy tea party sends Theodosia Browning looking for answers in the latest entry in the New York Times bestselling series. 

Tea maven Theodosia Browning and her tea sommelier, Drayton Conneley, are catering a Victorian Christmas party at a swanky mansion in downtown Charleston. Drucilla Heyward, the hostess, is one of the wealthiest women in town. 

As the champagne flows and the tea steeps, Drucilla is so pleased with the reception by her partygoers that she reveals her secret plan to Theodosia. The Grande Dame has brought the cream of Charleston society together to reveal that she is planning to give her wealth away to various charitable organizations. However, before she can make the announcement, Theodosia finds her crumpled unconscious in the hallway. It looks like the excitement has gotten to the elderly woman--except that there is a syringe sticking out of her neck. 

INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS!
What a great Christmas cozy mystery, don’t get me started on the descriptions of the decorations and all the fancy teas Theo, Drayton and Haley were putting on.  I would love to visit the Indigo Tea Shop and Charleston during the week leading up to Christmas.  The story had me wrapped up in trying to solve who killed Miss Drucilla from the get go. 

There were lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing and I didn’t know who the killer was till just before Theo did.

We not only had a White Christmas tea and a Nutcracker tea in this story we also had a Victorian Illumination Tea. I’m always craving a scone with Devonshire cream and jam while reading as the descriptions Haley’s menus sound so yummy.  Good thing there are recipes from the tea shop at the end of the book.

If you are looking for a light, fun read then this series fits the bill. Highly recommend to all my cozy mystery loving friends.


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Jun 13, 2022

A Hint of Mischief by Daryl Wood Gerber

Hello my cozy friends, 

Today I am reviewing “A Hint of Mischief ” by 
Daryl Wood Gerber  the 3rd instalment in “A Fairy Garden Mystery" series.  I think this was my favourite so far, I love catching up with Courtney, Fiona her righteous fairy, Joss and Meagan and Pixie. Plus I love all the recipes at the back of the book! 
From Agatha Award-winning author Daryl Wood Gerber, the third in an enchantingly whimsical series featuring Courtney Kelly, the owner of a fairy-gardening and tea shop in Carmel, California. It’s a special place brimming with good vibes and the kind of magical assistance its proprietor will need to prepare for an old sorority sister’s birthday bash awhile solving a puzzling murder!

Courtney has thrown a few fairy garden parties—for kids. But if a local socialite is willing to dip into her trust fund for an old sorority sister’s fortieth birthday bash, Courtney will be there with bells on. To make the job even more appealing, a famous actress, Farrah Lawson, is flying in for the occasion, and there’s nothing like a celebrity cameo to raise a business’s profile.

Now Courtney has less than two weeks to paint a mural, hang up tinkling windchimes, plan party games, and conjure up all the details. While she works her magic, the hostess and her girlfriends head off for an indulgent spa day—which leads to a fateful facial for Farrah, followed by her mysterious death. Could the kindhearted eyebrow waxer who Farrah berated in public really be the killer, as the police suspect? Courtney thinks otherwise, and with the help of her imaginative sleuth fairy, sets out to dig up the truth behind this puzzling murder . . .

I found the story to be very entertaining as well as full of twists to keep you guessing till the very end. I’m also liking where things are going between Courtney and Brady …

I’m anxiously awaiting for the next instalment as I want to know if Fiona gets her wings as well as learn more about the other fairies as it seems lots of people have them even if they can’t see them.

I highly recommend this series to all my cozy loving friends.


I requested and received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Kensington Books and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my OWN.

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Jun 8, 2022

Donut Disturb by Ellie Alexander

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Today I am reviewing "Donut Disturb" the 13th instalment in the A Bakeshop Mystery series by Ellie Alexander. It releases on June 28, 2022.
The filling is looking grim for pastry chef and amateur sleuth Juliet Capshaw in Donut Disturb, the next in Ellie Alexander's beloved Bakeshop Series.

Love is in bloom in Ashland, Oregon. The Shakespearean hamlet is bursting with fresh spring energy. Fragrant lilacs and the sweet aroma of vanilla cake fill the air as everyone in town gathers at Lithia Park for the celebration of the year—Thomas and Kerry’s wedding.

It’s a picture perfect day. Guests gather on picnic blankets in front of the bandshell to watch Kerry walk down the aisle and wed Ashland’s favorite detective in training, Thomas. Jules and her team at Torte have been tasked with catering the outdoor reception and everything is going according to plan, until a wedding crasher shows up.

The uninvited guest isn’t just someone looking to score a free glass of champagne. It’s Kerry’s estranged father who is supposed to be behind bars. Kerry is distraught. Jules vows to do everything she can to make sure that there are no other surprises on her friend’s big day. But when the bassist for Heart Strings, the wedding band, is found stabbed with the blunt end of his instrument Jules’s promise takes on new meaning. Now she’ll have to slice through the five tiered cake and a bevy of potential suspects in order to track down a killer before they turn the knife on her.
I really enjoyed this story, with the wedding, graduation and summer approaching in Ashland but then to throw in a Murder the morning of the wedding! 

Visiting Torte and Ashland is like coming home to old friends and family lots of fun with a bit of chaos thrown in for good measure.  Jules and Carlos have found their place, home and family of friends and now is it time to expand their family...  Needless to say I cant wait for the next book. 

The mystery is interesting and well plotted, and there were just enough twists and turns to keep you guessing.   Don’t get me started on the descriptions of all the desserts, drinks and food, I think I gain weight every time I read one of Ellie’s books. I like that recipes are included in back of the book too 

I recommend this book to all my cozy lover friends.

I requested and received an advance reader copy of this book from St. Martin's Press and Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Twisted Tea Christmas by Laura Childs

Hello my cozy friends, Today I am reviewing Twisted Tea Christmas  the 23rd instalment in the ”A Tea Shop Mystery” series by Laura Childs. I...