Sep 28, 2019

Fudge Bites by Nancy Coco

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Today I am reviewing "Fudge Bites" by Nancy Coco is the 7th book in the "Candy-Coated Mystery" series.
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Kensington (Sept. 24 2019)


Fudge Bites by Nancy CoCo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I think I have only read about 3 of the previous books but I remember I really liked the series, this installment does not disappoint. I am glad I chose it and highly recommend to cozy fans.

Halloween on Mackinac Island is a season of fun tricks, but finding a corpse is no treat for fudge shop owner Allie McMurphy . . .

NIGHT OF THE REALLY DEAD

It’s late October, off-season for tourists, but locals are up and lurching for the annual zombie walk charity event. Though everyone’s living it up, trouble is just a few pawprints away. Allie follows the bloody tracks of her calico cat, Carmella, to a body in the alley behind the Historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop. Unlike the island’s other walking dead, this one’s flatlined for good. It seems that someone is using the zombie fest as the perfect backdrop for murder. Now amateur sleuth Allie and dreamboat officer Rex Manning must use every trick in their treat bag to unmask a killer in disguise.

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Sep 27, 2019

Valleys, Vehicles & Victims by Tonya Kappes

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Today's review is about one of my favorite series, Camper & Criminals mysteries by Tonya Kappes!

Valleys, Vehicles & Victims is the 9th installment in the Camper & Criminals mystery series . I am always anxiously awaiting the next book to come out as I Just LOVE this series! Once again we were transported to “Normal, Kentucky” and Happy Trails campground. I must say this might be the best installment yet!
Print Length: 195 pages
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Valleys, Vehicles & Victims by Tonya Kappes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a fantastic read, kept me guessing till the very end. Its full of personality, humour, non-stop action, and plot twists which keeps you interested till the very end. The quirky characters are as fabulous as usual, rallying to help each other. I liked how we had a glimpse into Mae’s childhood and hope we find out more in upcoming installments. These characters have become like family and i just wish I could actually visit Normal Kentucky and hang out with them for a day.

I cant wait for the 10th installment in this series, I highly recommend this to cozy lovers.

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Sep 23, 2019

Tide and Punishment by Bree Baker

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Today I am reviewing Tide and Punishment by Bree Baker.  For those that know me or see my Facebook feed you will know that I dream of living by the sea and that I also LOVE tea hot or cold. This has become one of my favourite series!   

Print Length: 384 pages

Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (Sept. 24 2019)
Genre: Cozy Mystery


 No one dreams of a killer Christmas...


It's Christmastime in Charm, North Carolina, and while Everly Swan would prefer to focus on decorating her iced tea shop for its first holiday season, Great-Aunt Fran has decided to run for mayor against her long-time nemesis. But when the other candidate turns up dead just before the first scheduled debate, all eyes turn to Fran as the suspect with the most obvious motive.
Everly knows her sweet, elderly Aunt Fran couldn't have murdered anyone, but as she struggles to find the real killer, it begins to seem like this may be the last merry Christmas her family may ever have.
Tide and Punishment is the third installment in the A Seaside Cafe Mystery Series by Bree Baker. I fall more in love with this series with each new book. This year the holidays are bringing murder and mayhem ...

I did suspect the killer a few times but then was like nah, as there were just enough red herrings and twists and turns to keep you guessing.  The story was wrapped up with a nice helping of hope, kindness and Christmas blessings! I also agree with another reviewer it's about time ~squeal~

I cannot recommend this series enough!

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Bree Baker is a mystery-loving daydreamer who got into the storytelling business at a very young age, much to the dismay of her parents and teachers. A few decades later, no one seems surprised that she's made a career of it. According to Bree's eternally patient husband and three saucy children, she's never short on words or imagination, and can't seem to use one without the other. Her favorite tales involve the sea, intrigue and honor, humor and heart. Bree Baker is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers and Romance Writers of America. You can learn more about Bree and her books at breebaker.com.

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Sep 19, 2019

A Purrfect Alibi by Leighann Dobbs

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Today I am discussing "
A Purrfect Alibi"  the third installment in the "The Oyster Cove Guesthouse Mystery Series" by Leighann  Dobbs and it is one of my favourite series!
Print Length: 223 pages
Publisher: Bookouture (September 18 2019)

Fortune tellers and mediums have descended on the Oyster Cove Guesthouse, determined to solve the mystery of local seafarer Jedediah Biddeford’s murder 300 years ago... especially if it leads them to the treasure he buried on the guesthouse grounds. New owner Josie Waters has suddenly got bigger problems than burning the breakfasts: she’s up to her elbows in tarot cards and tea leaves…

When one of the mediums is found dead with an ominous note nearby, everything points to Jedediah’s ghost being the culprit. Suddenly, Josie finds that the fate of her guesthouse depends on not one murder but two, and she’s not going to rely on a crystal ball for answers. Despite the fact that cookbooks and candlesticks keep mysteriously falling off tables, Josie is sure there’s no such thing as ghosts. But guesthouse cats Nero and Marlowe know better…

Aided by her mom and eccentric family friend Millie, Josie sets out to prove the identity of the killer without summoning any spirits. Luckily Nero and Marlowe know the truth about ghosts, ghouls and things that go bump in the night and they are on the case! Can they make Josie realize she is scratching up the wrong tree before the killer strikes again?
The protagonist Josie is a likable, fun main character, with quirky supporting characters her mother Rose, her BFF Millie (prior owner of guesthouse) the cats Nero and Marlowe. I enjoyed this installment the most I think as the ghost of Jed was introduced and several mysteries were tied up nicely.  I was drawn in from the get go.  I love cats most of all and ones that help solve the murder and you know their conversations so who wouldn’t love that.

The mystery was well written with plenty of twists and turns and had a steady pace. I didn’t figure out whodunit until it was revealed at the end; although I did suspect them of being shady in a previous book.  


I enjoyed this book and recommend to my friends and any fan of Leighann Dobbs.

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Sep 18, 2019

Carpet Diem by Misty Simon

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“Carpet Diem” is the 4th entry in the “Tallie Graver Mysteries” by Misty Simon. Even though this is the first book I have read in the series I was able to follow along easily so it can be read as a standalone. I really enjoyed it and practically read in one sitting and have since purchased the other books in the series.
Print Length: 304 pages
Publisher: Kensington Books (Sept. 24 2019)

Carpet Diem by Misty Simon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Live and let dust . . .

Now that Tallie Graver’s cleaning business is starting to shine, she’s ready to go squeegee to squeegee against Audra McNeal for a major contract at the Astercromb mansion. Tallie’s not afraid of a little friendly competition from the new cleaner in town. In fact, Tallie likes Audra, though she wonders how her glamorous rival manages to clean house and maintain her fancy manicure. Tallie has her rubber-gloves full staying one step ahead of her nemesis. Until she finds a well-polished hand poking out of a rolled-up carpet, rendering her competition . . . dead.

Though it lands Tallie the big job, there’s nothing tidy about Audra’s death. So
between polishing and scrubbing, Tallie’s determined to find the killer. Hopefully the police chief doesn’t mind her cluttering up his investigation with the filthy dealings she discovers. Turns out Audra was not as squeaky clean as she appeared. And confronting her killer could bring Tallie to a very foul end indeed . . .

The mystery is interesting and there are plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing. The story moves at a steady pace, and I had a hard time putting it down.

I recommend this book to all my cozy lover friends.


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Sep 16, 2019

Apple Cider Slaying

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Today I am reviewing a NEW cozy series called “A Cider Shop Mystery” by Julie Anne Lindsey. “Apple Cider Slaying” is the first installment set in Blossom Valley, WV and what a great start to a new series!   This will be another series in my favourite list.

Print Length: 320 pages

Publisher: Kensington Books (Nov. 1 2019)


Apple Cider Slaying by Julie Anne Lindsey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Apples are at the core of the family business run by Winona Mae Montgomery and her Granny Smythe. But this year’s crop is unseasonably ripe with murder . . .

ONE ROTTEN APPLE

Blossom Valley, West Virginia, is home to Smythe Orchards, Winnie and her Granny’s beloved twenty-five-acre farm and family business. But any way you slice it, it’s struggling. That’s why they’re trying to drum up business with the “First Annual Christmas at the Orchard,” a good old-fashioned holiday festival with enough delicious draw to satisfy apple-picking locals and cider-loving tourists alike—until the whole endeavor takes a sour turn when the body of Nadine Cooper, Granny’s long-time, grudge-holding nemesis, is found lodged in the apple press. Now, with Granny the number one suspect, Winnie is hard-pressed to prove her innocence before the real killer delivers another murder . . .

Protagonist Winnie Montgomery is relate-able, smart and very likable she lives with her grandmother (Granny Smythe) on Smythe Orchard. I loved the assortment of characters like Granny, Dot her bff and who can resist a couple of orange rescue kittens. I also loved the chemistry between Winnie and Colton.

The mystery is interesting and well plotted, and there are plenty of twists and turns in this story. Kept me guessing till the very end.

I highly recommend this book to all my cozy mystery loving friends!


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Sep 13, 2019

Tilling the Truth by Julia Henry

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Today I am reviewing "Tilling the Truth" the 2nd installment in the "Garden Squad Mystery" series by Julia Henry. I had not read the first book but had no trouble following along so yes it can be read as a standalone. I do recommend reading them in order, this way you really get to know Lilly, Tamara and the rest of the garden squad members. I enjoyed the change to older sleuths instead of the more common younger 20-30 something.


Tilling the Truth
by Julia Henry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s August in Goosebush, Massachusetts, and go-getter retiree Lilly Jayne and her youthful senior pals show no sign of slowing down during the lazy days of summer. But when murder mows over a pesky local, could a Garden Squad member be nurturing a deadly second act?

While Lilly digs into a town beautification project, her friend Tamara O’Connor has greater concerns than well-pruned geraniums. The real-estate firm owner hasn’t been shy about blaming perennial grouch Gladys Preston for thwarting her many attempts to sell off a beautiful beachside property. But accusations fly when Gladys is suddenly found dead—and Tamara is caught standing over the body with a bloody weapon in her hand . . .

As Tamara becomes the prime murder suspect, Lilly and the Garden Squad ladies set out to prove that someone planted the evidence. With a potpourri of alarming clues scattered around Goosebush, cracking this case means confronting a calculating culprit with a penchant for cutting down anyone who gets in the way . . .

I found the characters to be well rounded, fun and I liked the setting of Goosebush and its small town feel. The mystery was well plotted with plenty of clues and suspects to mull over.

It was an entertaining, easy read and I look forward to reading more about the "Garden Squad" .


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Sep 11, 2019

Jealousy Filled Donuts by Ginger Bolton

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Today I am reviewing "Jealousy Filled Donuts” is the third installment in the “Deputy Donut mystery” series by Ginger Bolton. This was the first book I had read in the series and could easily follow along. I must admit I did have trouble getting into the story, I found myself starting and stopping often. This could just of been me this past month and nothing to do with the story itself.
Print Length: 288 pages
Publisher: Kensington Books (Aug. 27 2019)


Jealousy Filled Donuts
by Ginger Bolton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When a firecracker becomes a murder weapon, Emily Westhill pursues a killer with a short fuse …

It is a truth universally acknowledged—cops and donuts go together. Exhibit A: Deputy Donut Café, owned and operated by detective's widow Emily Westhill and her father-in-law, the retired police chief of Fallingbrook, Wisconsin. Named after Emily's adored and adorable tabby, the donut shop is a favorite among cops, firemen, and EMTs, as well as tourists and townspeople. So when Fallingbrook needs donuts for their Fourth of July picnic, Emily's shop gets deputized.

But a twisted killer has found another use for Emily's treats. At the picnic, a firecracker is hidden in a stack of raspberry-filled donuts and aimed at the unwitting queen of the festivities. When it explodes, she is killed. Having her jelly donuts involved puts Emily in a sticky situation, and when a shady shutterbug tries to frame her with incriminating photos, she finds herself in quite a jam. To preserve her freedom and her shop's reputation, Emily needs to solve this case—before the fuse-lighting felon goes off again …

The protagonist Emily is a retired 911 operator, who was recently widowed and makes for a strong, intelligent sleuth who doesn’t jump into things willy nilly. I liked the small town setting of Fallingbrook, Wisconsin, and I loved the characters which are well developed. I also loved the inclusion of the cat, Deputy Donut (named after its donut like markings) into the story.

The mystery is interesting and well plotted, and there are plenty of twists and turns in this story.


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Sep 9, 2019

Fairy Science by Ashley Spires

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Today I am reviewing a great children's book "Fairy Science" by Ashley Spires is a a hilarious new picture book series, that introduces a charming, determined heroine as she learns about the world and celebrates the joys of curiosity and exploring science.


Fairy Science by Ashley Spires
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Esther is a fairy who does not believe in magic. She believes in Science. In fact she thinks fairy dust is just dandruff. She knows that she can convince the other fairies that science is real, it will just take the right experiment and test subjects.

I really loved this book and I will be buying a copy for my god-daughter. I liked how it showed, not everyone believes in science or scientific principle, but some do. (which is how it is in real life). I also loved it's adorable illustrations.

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Sep 8, 2019

Fatal Cajun Festival by Ellen Byron

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Today I am reviewing "
Fatal Cajun Festival" the 5th installment in the "A Cajun Country Mysteries" by Ellen Byron.   I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have now purchased the previous books.
Print Length: 298 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1643851292
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (Sept. 10 2019)


Louisiana B&B owner Maggie Crozat kicks up her heels at a country music festival--but she'll have one foot in the grave if she can't bring the killer of a diva's hanger-on to heel.

Grab your tickets for Cajun Country Live!, the pickers' and crooners' answer to the legendary New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Maggie Crozat, proprietor of the Crozat Plantation B&B, plans to be in the cheering section when her friend Gaynell Bourgeois takes the stage with her band, Gaynell and the Gator Girls.

The festival's headliner, native daughter Tammy Barker, rocketed to stardom on a TV singing competition. She has the voice of an angel...and the personality of a devilish diva. But Maggie learns that this tiny terror carries a grudge against Gaynell. She's already sabotaged the Gator Girls' JazzFest audition. When a member of Tammy's entourage is murdered at the festival, Tammy makes sure Gaynell is number one on the suspect list.

Gaynell has plenty of company on that list--including every one of Tammy's musicians. Posing as a groupie, Maggie infiltrates Tammy's band and will have to hit all the right notes to clear her friend's name.

Even though this is the first book I have read in the series I was able to follow along easily so it can be read as a stand alone.  I really enjoyed it and practically read in one sitting and have since purchased the other books in the series.

The protagonist Maggie is a strong, independent woman. The characters are well rounded and seem real as I could relate to each of them. I especially loved Maggie's family as they provide humor, quirkiness especially her feisty grand-mère.  The town of Pelican Cove, Louisiana is interesting too.

The mystery is interesting and well plotted, and t
here are plenty of twists and turns in this story, and I kept guessing and second-guessing myself on whodunnit right to the very end. The story moves at a steady pace, and I had a hard time putting it down.

I recommend this book to all my cozy lover friends.




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Sep 2, 2019

Death by Cafe Mocha by Alex Erickson

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Today I am reviewing "
Death by Cafe Mocha" the 7th book in the "Bookstore Cafe" mystery series by Alex Erickson. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have purchased the previous books.  I have not read any of the previous Bookstore Café mysteries, but I was able to follow along. I do recommend reading in order as the previous books you have the small town feel and all the quirky side characters.
Print Length: 304 pages

Publisher: Kensington Books (Aug. 27 2019)

Krissy Hancock and her pals are taking a coffee break--leaving their bookstore-cafe in Pine Hills, Ohio, and heading to a convention. But this road trip will be more dangerous than they expected ... 

Coffee lovers are gathering from far and wide at the hotel, and Krissy, Rita, and Vicki are excited. But some of the attendees may need to switch to decaf, as a public argument breaks out soon after they check in and then a flavor competition leads to bitter feelings. 

When the winner of the contest is beaned with a carafe full of cafe mocha, suspicions swirl--along with accusations of bribery. Was the dead man offering perks to the judges--or was something sinister going on in his personal life? This case is going to keep Krissy up all night long .

The mystery is interesting and well plotted, and I liked the characters which are well developed. There are plenty of twists and turns in this story and I kept guessing and second-guessing myself on whodunit right to the very end. The story moves at a steady pace, and I had a hard time putting it down.

I recommend this book to all my cozy lover friends, and plan on reading the previous books.
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Sep 1, 2019

Mulberry Mischief by Sharon Farrow

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Today I am reviewing "Mulberry Mischief" the 4th installment in the "A Berry Basket Mysteries" series by Sharon Farrow. I own the previous 3 books but had not read them at the time of reading. I really enjoyed this book and it can be read as a stand-alone but like always I recommend you read them in order.

Mulberry Mischief by Sharon Farrow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Autumn has arrived on the shores of Lake Michigan, but Marlee Jacob, proprietor of The Berry Basket, is feeling a chill for other reasons …

With the Harvest Health Fair in full swing, Marlee makes sure to stock up on elderberry products for cold and flu season. But this year there's also a run on mulberry when an eccentric customer wants to use the dried berries to ward off evil forces. True, it's almost Halloween, but something else seems to be spooking Leticia the Lake Lady, Oriole Point's oddest resident. She believes someone plans to kill her—and the ghost. Only mulberries can protect them. Marlee doesn't take her fears seriously until a man named Felix Bonaventure arrives in the village, asking questions about a mysterious woman.

The next day, Marlee finds Bonaventure dead on Leticia's property—shot through the heart with an arrow made of mulberry wood. And Leticia has disappeared. Marlee soon learns the Lake Lady has a deadly past that is connected to the famous Sable family who are in town for the health fair. A bunch of clues start to come together—and figuring out what's going on puts Marlee in a real jam …

Protagonist Marlee is a strong, educated woman, and the side characters are realistic, slightly quirky too like Atticus “Kit” Holt, Andrew and Old Man Bowman who hunts for Sasquatch.

I found myself engrossed in the story and reading it in one sitting. It was entertaining, full of twists and turns as well as a few surprises. I even learnt something about Mulberries and even better it includes Berry Recipes!

Highly recommended. A fabulous book for an author I will definitely follow in the future.

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An Intrigue of Witches A Secret Society Mystery by Esme Addison

Hello my cozy friends,  Today I am reviewing “An Intrigue of Witches” by Esme Addison the first instalment in A Secret Society Mystery .  Wh...