Oct 17, 2021

In Hot Water by Kate Kingsbury

Hello my cozy friends,

Today I am reviewing "In Hot Water” the first instalment in 
A Misty Bay Tea Room Mystery series by Kate Kingsbury set in the town of Misty Bay, Oregon.  A good start to a new series, I did have trouble getting into it at first but do recommend going past the 20% mark as it does pick up.
In bestselling author Kate Kingsbury's Misty Bay Tea Room series debut, the proprietress of a British-style tea shop must draw on her love for mystery novels to sleuth a murder.

Vivian Wainwright is living her dream. The middle-aged widow owns the Misty Bay Tearoom, a quaint, English-accented shop on the Oregon coast. But on the eve of the tearoom's second anniversary, the dream turns nightmarish when a man falls to his death from a hotel balcony.

The body belongs to Dean Ramsey, ex-husband of Vivian's assistant, Jenna. Detective Tony Messina quickly zeroes in on Jenna as prime suspect, since she was seen leaving the hotel shortly before the body was found.

Vivian and her other assistant, Gracie, set out to help clear Jenna's name, using their wit and a bit of criminology know-how Vivian picked up from her late attorney husband. Detective Messina is on board, but he's starting to develop feelings for his number one suspect. Puzzling questions persist--chief among them, whose clothes was Dean wearing when he landed on the rocky shore?

To complicate matters, Vivian's friend, pet shop owner Hal Douglass, seems to know some secrets about the hotel that could add a long list of names to the suspect list...including Hal's own. Vivian must work quickly because if she can't, Jenna faces a murder rap...or worse.

I enjoyed this story, and it has made me want to give book 2 a try. I liked how it was centred around an older protagonist and a tea room. Vivian, Jenna and Gracie are all from different age groups so we see the different perspectives, I also like the banter between Jenna and Gracie almost like sisters.  We also get the perspective of detective Tony which was kind of neat to see how his mind was working.

There are two possible romances forming which I look forward to seeing how they develop in the next book.  Close to the end we have an addition of a furbaby named Felix which I always enjoy. 

The mystery is interesting and well plotted, and I liked the characters.  I kept guessing and second-guessing myself on whodunnit but in the end I was correct. 

I recommend this book to all my cozy lover friends.
I requested and received an Advanced Readers Copy from Crooked Lane and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Oct 14, 2021

Danger at Sandpiper Bay by Traci Hall and Patrice Wilton

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Today I am reviewing Danger at Sandpiper Bay the 2nd instalment in the “A Riley Harper Mystery” by Traci Hall and Patrice Wilton.  What a great follow up to book one!  

Officer Riley Harper faces danger of an unusual kind in Sandpiper Bay. A nor’easter off the coast of Maine is set to slam into their little island, cutting off all communication and putting the residents at risk. During the storm a killer strikes. Stranded, Riley and her partner race the clock to track the villain before the thaw, and possible escape.
I was hooked after book one and this one didn’t disappoint.  This time it’s winter and a storm is brewing, which is exactly how I would picture Maine in winter.  Riley, Kyra and San are experiencing their first winter storm and taking us along for the ride.  I have a feeling these 3 strong willed women will handle anything thrown their way.

I love the setting of Sandpiper Bay a small island off the coast of Maine and the locals all seem like a great bunch of side characters.  I really like Riley’s partner Matty and bar owner Coby.   I can’t wait to learn more about each of them over the course of the series. 

The mystery is interesting and well plotted, with lots of red herrings to keep you guessing. In fact I was second-guessing myself on whodunnit right to the very end.   Only problem with reading in one day is the long wait till book 3 releases!

I highly recommend this book to all my cozy lover friends.




I requested and received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Oct 13, 2021

Mistletoe Cake Murder by Lena Gregory

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Today I am reviewing "Mistletoe Cake Murder" the 6th instalment in the "All Day Breakfast Cafe" Mystery series by Lena Gregory.   I love this series!
Tis the season for celebrating when Gia Morelli's holidays include both a wedding and yuletide festivities. Until someone naughty delivers a most unwanted Christmas gift—murder. . .

For a native New Yorker, palm trees and warm temperatures don't equal winter, much less Christmastime. Nevertheless, Gia Morelli's friends have decked the halls and trimmed the trees to truly welcome her into their “family" with an old-fashioned Boggy Creek, Florida holiday season. Even more joyous, Savannah Mills is getting married on Christmas Eve—the greatest gift Gia could ever wish for her best friend.

But when Gia and Savannah stop by the caterer for a final tasting a week before the wedding, they overhear another bride arguing with her son about her husband-to-be. Moments later, the woman is sampling a piece of wedding cake—gorgeously decorated with mistletoe frosting—then suddenly dies.

Now Gia's caterer friends are the prime suspects in what appears to be murder by poisoning. To clear their names and ensure Savannah has a merry matrimony will require Gia to conjure up a Christmas miracle . . .

Includes recipes from the All-Day Breakfast Café!

Each book seems better than the last, I enjoy the relationship between Trevor, Gia and Savannah they are almost like siblings.  It’s great to see how everyone cares for each other and pulls together to make sure Savannah’s wedding is pulled off without a hitch.  I’m also happy that Gia is starting to open up to the idea of love again.  

The story pulled me in straight away and held my attention till the very end. There were plenty of twists and turns, and enough intrigue to keep you reading throughout and per usual with this series I read in one sitting.  Plus the surprise ending!  I can’t wait for the next instalment to arrive.

I recommend this book to all my cozy lover 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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In Hot Water by Kate Kingsbury

Hello my cozy friends, Today I am reviewing "In Hot Water” the first instalment in  A Misty Bay Tea Room Mystery  series by Kate Kingsb...