Jul 8, 2020

A Charming Deception by Tonya Kappes

Hello my cozy friends, 

Today I am reviewing “A Charming Deception” the final instalment in the “Magical Cures Mystery” series by Tonya Kappes.  This was the first series I ever read by Tonya Kappes and I instantly fell in love with it and couldn’t read them fast enough.  It’s bittersweet that the series is ending but I know Tonya has some great new series ideas in the works.

Welcome to Whispering Fall where magic and mystery collide!Bubble...Bubble...June Heal and Oscar Park are beyond thrilled with the upcoming arrival of their baby.

Cures and Trouble...
June's pregnancy is turning out to more at risk than anticipated and she has to go to a specialist doctor outside of Whispering Falls where patients are nosey and hormones are raging, leaving the nurses and receptionist at their wits ends and bickering at each other.

Magic Stirs...
Poor June is put on limited activity. The baby is proving to a little mischievous and magic before it's even born and leaving the doctors a little miffed with all the different ultrasound shenanigans.

Trouble Doubles...
June's hormones have messed with her intuition and spiritual gifts, leaving her unsure of things going on around her. On one of her many doctor appointments, June arrives a little early and find the receptionist strangled to death. June can't help herself and decides to put her amateur and magical sleuthing skills to the test to try to bring the killer to justice...or are her hormones deceiving her?

I am sad that this series is ending, but I do love the way it ended As I am hoping maybe some of the characters can crossover and visit in one of the other series... maybe the new Magical Bakery series.

I found myself reading over several days, maybe cause I wanted prolong my stay in Whispering Falls.  It had become my wonderful escape when times were bleak, and made me into the fan I am for Tonya’s books.  


It was entertaining, funny, full of twists and turns as well as a few surprises. I usually can suspect the whodunnit but in this case the murderer and the reason for the murder were a huge surprise.

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


I requested and received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from the author. All thoughts and opinions are my OWN.

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Jul 1, 2020

Read or Alive by Nora Page

Hello my cozy friends,

Today I am reviewing 
“Read or Alive” by Nora Page the 3rd instalment in the Bookmobile Mystery series.  It was an entertaining read, with a wonderful cast of characters.



Two wrongful accusations has librarian Cleo Watkins and her loved ones booked for trouble.

It's springtime and septuagenarian librarian Cleo Watkins is celebrating new blooms and old books. To her delight, the Georgia Antiquarian Book Society has brought its annual fair to Catalpa Springs in honor of Cleo's gentleman friend, respected antiquarian bookseller and restorer, Henry Lafayette. But trouble rolls in with the fair when a flirtatious book scout makes the rounds, charming ladies of a certain age out of prized books.

Among the conned is Cleo's cousin, Dot, who relinquished a signed first edition of Gone With the Wind. With no proof the scout took it, Dot is at a loss. And when he's found dead the very next morning, without Dot's first edition or other valuable books reported missing in his belongings, Dot's freedom is on the line. Cleo is flummoxed in discovering too that the scout's body is found behind Henry's shop, and the murder weapon identified to be Henry's bookbinding hammer.

Although books are at the heart of the crimes, Cleo feels dizzyingly out of her depths. Someone is setting up the people she holds dearest and with the authorities on the wrong trail, Cleo has no choice but to catalog the evidence herself. Along with the help of her trusty bookmobile cat Rhett Butler, it will be up to Cleo to book the real killer for good.
 



I was happy to be visiting Catalpa Springs, Georgia again, I really like small town southern setting.  Cleo is an older protagonist but I like my cozies with older sleuths rather than always young.  Now who can resist Cleo’s cat, Rhett Butler, and Henry’s old pug, Mr. ChaucerI am a sucker for fur babies in my mysteries.

The mystery is interesting and well plotted, and I loved the characters which are well developed.  There were plenty of suspects from locals to visitors and twists and turn to keep you guessing on who dunit.

Includes a yummy cookie recipe too.

I highly recommend this series to all my cozy loving friends.
I requested and received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Crooked Lane Bookand NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my OWN.

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Jun 27, 2020

Tea & Treachery by Vicki Delany

Hello my cozy friends, 

Today I am reviewing “Tea & Treachery” by Vicki Delany the first instalment in the Tea by the Sea Mysteries. This was a great start to a new series and one that I will be adding to my favourites.  

In this charming new cozy mystery series from nationally bestselling author, Vicki Delany, a New York City expat-turned-Cape Cod tea shop owner must solve the murder of a local real estate developer to help her feisty grandmother out of a jam . . . 
As the proud proprietor and head pastry chef of Tea by the Sea, a traditional English tearoom on the picturesque bluffs of Cape Cod, Roberts has her hands full, often literally. But nothing keeps her busier than steering her sassy grandmother, Rose, away from trouble. Rose operates the grand old Victorian B & B adjacent to Lily's tea shop . . . for now. An aggressive real estate developer, Jack Ford, is pushing hard to rezone nearby land, with an eye toward building a sprawling golf resort, which would drive Rose and Lily out of business.

Tempers are already steaming, but things really get sticky when Ford is found dead at the foot of Rose's property and the police think she had something to do with his dramatic demise. Lily can't let her grandmother get burned by a false murder charge. So she starts her own investigation and discovers Ford's been brewing bad blood all over town, from his jilted lover to his trophy wife to his shady business partners. Now, it's down to Lily to stir up some clues, sift through the suspects, and uncover the real killer before Rose is left holding the tea bag. 

As my friends all know I love the sea and anything British so combining a seaside locale with and English B&B and a traditional English Tea Shoppe I knew I had to read this book.  I am so glad I did!

I found myself engrossed in the story and reading it in one go yesterday. It was entertaining, full of twists and turns as well as a few romantic sparks.  
I loved Robert the Bruce and Éclair. They are just so adorable! 

The mystery is interesting and well plotted, and I loved the main character of Lily.  Her Gran Rose could be a bit abrasive but I think over time we will see that in reality the people around her (staff) do in fact like her and know she does have a heart underneath.  Growing up with British patents my mums favorite line as she got older was I’m British get over it...  this was because to people who didn’t know her she could come across as opinionated, arrogant etc. even though it was furthest thing from the truth.  So with that said I just envisioned Rose as being an even stronger version of her.


Her BFF Bernie was very flighty and couldn’t seem to make her mind up about her goals but when it came to helping Rose she was steadfast and always there.  

I won’t go into detail about the mystery as the book blurb does a great job of it but I will say if you like a tea, the seaside, and a great mystery then this series is for you.  

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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A Charming Deception by Tonya Kappes

Hello my cozy friends,  Today I am reviewing “A Charming Deception” the final instalment in the “Magical Cures Mystery” series by Tonya Ka...