Jul 31, 2021

Partners in Lime by Bree Baker

Hello my cozy friends,

Today I am reviewing Partners in Lime the 6th instalment in the A Seaside Cafe Mystery Series by Bree Baker. Oh my goodness! I need to know more, can’t wait for next book to come out!
I loved this instalment so much, it had just the right amount of intrigue, suspense and even romance. I am so sad that the series ends soon. I wish the publishers would change their minds.


Everly will have to go against the tide to crack this case!

It all seems to be smooth sailing for Everly Swan. The island of Charm, North Carolina is hosting tons of fun summer events, her iced tea shop is a hit, and best of all, she's finally dating the handsome Detective Grady Hays. But their romantic bubble bursts when tragedy strikes: a surf-pro is found murdered on the beach, killed with a theater prop.

Grady follows the evidence, all of which points to Matt, Everly's friend and one-time fling. As Grady does his job, so does Everly—her unofficial chef-turned-sleuth-job, that is. She's determined to clear her friend's name but the arrival of a fancy new teashop and The Town Charmer, a gossip blog determined to rock the boat, complicates things. As Everly tries to keep rumors at bay and investigate the murder (and her new tea rival), the killer leaves a message in the sand...

Partners in Lime, the sixth book in Bree Baker's critically acclaimed Seaside Café Mystery series, is sure to make waves among fans of cozy mysteries!


As I have said before one of my favourite things about the books is the sense of family, friendship and how the community comes together. This time was no different , Everly tries to clear Matt of Murder by asking questions which land her in hot water with Grady. I just love all the characters and could totally see them in a hallmark mystery on tv.

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


I requested and received an Advanced Readers Copy from Poison Pen Press and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Jul 30, 2021

Much A’Broom About Nothing by Erin Johnson

Hello my cozy friends,

Today I am reviewing "Much A’Broom About Nothing" the first instalment in Erin Johnson's new Paranormal Magical Renaissance Faire Mysteries

Trapped in a magical Renaissance Faire and accused of murder. Huzzah!

When Adelaide “Laidey” Ryan dragged herself off the couch for a date at the Renaissance Faire, she didn’t expect to run into her cheating ex-fiancé. The day only gets better when she winds up trapped on the magical grounds and discovers she’s a witch. And the best part? She’s charged with a homicide she didn’t commit.

With the “help” of a snarky talking cat, this former Pilates teacher will have to wade through a turkey-leg sized list of suspects to find the real killer, all while juggling her new job as a broom maker’s apprentice. Despite her troubles, there’s a dashingly handsome pirate captain who has her heart aflutter. But time is running out on her sleuthing, and the lazy sheriff is eager to march her to the gallows.

Can Laidey catch the murderer, or will her snooping make her Faire game for the killer?

Much A’Broom About Nothing is the first book in the humorous paranormal cozy series, Magical Renaissance Faire Mysteries. If you like snarky heroines, twisty mysteries, and a hint of romance, you’ll love curling up with Erin Johnson’s charming whodunit.
I loved this first instalment, set in a cursed Renaissance Faire, I found it to be super fun, humorous and Adelaide "Laidey" and her talking cat Mort are delightful and I loved Tom. Like I have said with respect to her other books Erin is very talented in her descriptive writing and because of this your pulled into the story right away. I read in about 4 hours.

There were plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing on who the culprit was. Overall this was a great paranormal cozy and I hope there will be plenty more to come.

I highly recommend this series to all my friends.


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Jul 25, 2021

Blossoms, Barbeque, & Blackmail By Tonya Kappes

Hello my cozy friends,

Today I am reviewing “Blossoms, Barbecue & Blackmail” the 20th instalment in the "Camper & Criminals “ Mystery series by Tonya Kappes.  I absolutely love this series, and can’t get enough of Mae West.
The last thing Normal needs is Dottie Swagger or Mary Elizabeth Moberly as the Ms. Blossom Festival Queen. 

I thought I had my hands full when Dottie Swaggert and Mary Elizabeth Moberly entered the Ms. Blossom Queen Beauty Pageant for seniors but when I witnessed a fight at the festival between Carrie Patillo and Jason Dresser, Carrie’s daughter’s accused killer, I knew Jason was wrongfully accused for the murder and set up. 

How was I going to prove it before the trial started?

Easy. Gather the Laundry Club Ladies and use our unique sleuthing skills. Right?

Wrong!

After we uncovered some evidence of blackmail and head on over to tell Jason what we found out. . .we found out something alright. The true killer got to Jason first.

If that wasn’t enough to deal with, Bobby Ray Bond found his real mama. With her impending arrival, we Laundry Club Ladies have our hands full with Blossoms, BBQ, & Blackmail.

Welcome to Normal where NOTHING is normal
The mystery was good, super entertaining and full of twists.  We got to see how Ranger Tucker fits in with the whole sleuthing thing that the ladies do..

We also get to learn a little bit more background with respect to Bobby Ray and his foster mum Mary Elizabeth Mosley.

I’m full of anticipation/excitement for Book 21 as I want to know more about what’s in store for Normal KY! 

I highly recommend you read this series from the beginning and enjoy the escapism as much as I do.

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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Jul 24, 2021

The Secret Staircase By Sheila Connolly

Hello my cozy friends,

Today I am reviewing  "The Secret Staircase" the third instalment in the “A Victorian Village Mystery” by Sheila Connolly. Sadly this will be the last book in the series as the author has passed away.

From New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly, The Secret Staircase is the third Victorian Village Mystery, which finds Kate Hamilton discovering a long-dead body in a hidden staircase.

Kate Hamilton is feeling good about her plans to recreate Asheboro, Maryland as the Victorian village it once was. The town is finally on her side, and the finances are coming together.

Kate's first goal is to renovate the Barton Mansion on the outskirts of town. Luckily, it's been well maintained in the century since the wealthy Henry Barton lived and died there. The only substantial change she's planning is to update the original kitchen so that it can be used to cater events in the building. But when the contractor gets started, he discovers a hidden staircase that had been walled in years earlier. And as Kate's luck would have it, in the stairwell is a body.

After her initial shock wears off, Kate is relieved when the autopsy reveals that the man had died around 1880. Unfortunately, it also reveals that his was not a natural death—he was murdered. And serious questions remain: who was he and what was he doing there?

Kate begins a hunt to identify the man and figure out what he was doing at the Barton Mansion. But when a second body is found—this time from the present day—Kate realizes that real dangers lie in digging up the past...
This is a story of past and present generations, and family that Kate and Carroll unravel, much comes to light when they find Mary’s diaries.

The setting of Asheboro, Maryland and the Barton mansion is detailed and I could picture it in my mind. I love the history in Ms. Connolly’s books.

The mystery is interesting and well plotted, with enough twists to keep you interested.  I kept guessing and second-guessing myself on whodunnit right to the very end.   I recommend this book to all my cozy lover friends.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves mysteries.


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

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Jul 22, 2021

Dead Over Heels By Lily Webb

Hello my cozy friends,

Today I am reviewing "Dead Over Heels” the 6th instalment in Lily Webb's new Paranormal Cozy Mystery series. I can’t say this enough Lily’s books have become one of my favourite paranormal cozies!  This time Zoe from the Moon Grove series visits Starfall Valley.


Put your best foot forward...Psychic innkeeper Selena has never had a famous guest check into the Kindred Spirits Inn — until the leader of another magical community arrives. The only problem? She wants Selena's help to solve the murder of a colleague. 

When one of Selena's visions reveals a crucial new clue, she realizes she can't drag her feet on the case — and that she'll have to step on a few toes. But the killer is still pounding the pavement, and despite her prophetic powers, Selena can't help feeling like the other shoe is about to drop. 

Will Selena stamp out the suspect? Or will they carry her out feet first?

Dead Over Heels is the sixth book in the Visions and Victims series of paranormal cozy mysteries. If superstar spellcasters, conjuring crossovers, and witchy whodunits get your wand waving, then you’re sure to fall under the spell of this exciting crossover with Lily Webb's Magic and Mystery series. Buy Dead Over Heels to continue conversing with the spirits of Starfall Valley today!


I loved this instalment, Selena joins forces with Zoe from Moon Grove to figure out who killed her friend and private investigator.   I really liked them teaming up and hope it happens again maybe in Moon Grove this time.

The mystery is interesting and well plotted, and had plenty of twists to keep you engrossed till the end.

Overall this was a great paranormal cozy and I can’t wait to read book 7!

I highly recommend this series to all my friends.


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Jul 18, 2021

To Fetch a Killer by Chelsea Thomas

Hello my cozy friends, 

Today I am reviewing “To Fetch a Killer” by Chelsea Thomas, the 3rd instalment in the Dog Groomer Mystery series. 


Murder. It’s a doggone shame.

When Amy moved back home and opened a cute little pet salon, she never expected her work to be interrupted by death. It’s especially odd when the victim is a nurse… 

Aren’t medical professionals supposed to know how to stay alive?

The big clues suggest this rowdy nurse drank a little too much and then never woke up. But that doesn’t sit well with Amy, and it’s not long before she’s poking her nose where it’s not wanted.

Not surprisingly, it’s not long before Amy uncovers evidence that suggests the death of the nurse was murder — and she and Granny set off to catch the killer before there’s another murder in town. 

But this killer was smart, they covered their tracks, and Amy suspects the key evidence is in a briefcase that’s under lock and key. 

Is she right?

The closer Amy and Granny get to catching the killer, the more danger they find, and the angrier the local cops become.

With threats mounting, and more secrets than the ladies can count, Amy knows this case has to be solved before another victim turns up.

Will Amy solve the murder or will the killer claim another victim?


The main characters are funny, have good banter with each other which had me laughing a couple times.  I definitely enjoyed this book more than the last one. 

I enjoy hearing fluffy the cat tell his story every other chapter. This time it was a mini mystery of what was happening with the neighbors cat. I think Fluffy had a bit of a crush.

The plot is very good it pulled me in right away and moves at a steady pace.  I thought I had identified the killer early in the book but as I read on there were a few twists that made me second guess. 

I highly recommend this series to all my fellow cozy mystery lovers. 

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Jul 15, 2021

Bookmarked for Murder by V.M. Burns

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Today I am reviewing "Bookmarked for Murder” by V.M. Burns the 5th instalment in the Mystery Bookshop series  The poodles featured in the story remind me of my friends brown poodle. 
Amateur sleuth Samantha Washington’s shopping trip to Chicago takes a deadly detour when a man is murdered on her bus . . . 
 
After some post-Christmas retail therapy in the Windy City, mystery bookshop owner and historical whodunit novelist Sam Washington is returning home to North Harbor, Michigan, on a chartered bus. With Nana Jo and her gal pals Irma, Dorothy, and Ruby Mae from Shady Acres Retirement Village along for the ride, it's a lively trip. But one passenger is not so lively—a gentleman Irma befriended is found dead in his seat after an unscheduled stop. The ladies immediately shift gears to find out who punched his ticket, while Sam slips into the driver's seat to make sure Nana Jo and her crew steer clear of fatal conclusions . . .
I have only read one previous book but was able to follow along with no trouble.  The story grabbed my attention right away and I read it in a day.

I love the characters they are well-developed and very likeable. The plot had just enough twists and turns that I was guessing who might have done it till the very end. 

Overall I found this to be an enjoyable read and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store for Nana Jo and her gal pals Irma, Dorothy, and Ruby Mae from Shady Acres Retirement Village.

I highly recommend this cozy mystery to all my friends and fellow cozy lovers.


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Jul 14, 2021

Midnight Spells Murder by Mary Angela

Hello my cozy friends, 

Today I am reviewing Midnight Spells Murder by Mary Angela book 2 in the “A Happy Camper Mystery” series.  What a great follow up to book one, I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Spirit Canyon's annual Spirit Spooktacular weekend is on, and for local amateur sleuth Zo Jones, it's boomtime for business at her Happy Camper gift shop . . . until a murderer drops in for a browse.

To celebrate Halloween at the Happy Camper, Zo schedules a talk by successful author and self-proclaimed witch Marianne Morgan. Although Marianne's benign brand of witchcraft is more about feminine empowerment than black magic, her presence is still not welcomed by everyone. Then on a midnight stroll home, Zo spots what seems to be a new Halloween decoration propped up outside the Happy Camper. What she finds is not a mannequin but a dead Marianne, her lifeless body dressed in traditional witch's garb. But why would someone send this good witch back to the spirit world permanently?

Soon Zo realizes that plenty of folks have motives for murdering Marianne. What's worse, nosy TV newsman Justin Castle plans to broadcast a report associating Marianne's murder with the Happy Camper. Zo calls on her partner in sleuthing, local forest ranger Max Harrington, to help her find the culprit before Justin's report airs. Otherwise Zo's business just might go bust. But to catch this killer, Zo will have to risk much more than just her reputation . . .

The story pulled me in right away, I was so engrossed in it that I read in one day.  I found myself becoming invested in what happened to Zo and Max as they are likeable characters that work well together plus the budding romance between them you can’t help but be happy.  Plus who doesn't love a grumpy Maine Coon cat named "George”

I like how there were several stories woven into this mystery but they flowed seamlessly together. We learned a bit more about Zo’s past when she finds a clue about who her mother might have been. I love this side story about Zo’s parents and can’t wait to see where it goes next. 

The mystery itself was well plotted, entertaining, full of twists and turns as well as a few surprises at the end.

I cant wait for the second instalment in this series, I highly recommend this to cozy lovers.

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

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Jul 11, 2021

A Scone of Contention A Key West Food Critic Mystery by Lucy Burdette

Hello my cozy friends,

Today I am reviewing "A Scone of Contention" the 11th instalment in the "A Key West Food Critic" Mystery series by Lucy Burdette. This is becoming one of my favourite foodie cozy mystery series.
A murderer's out to spoil Hayley's honeymoon in national bestselling author Lucy Burdette's eleventh Key West Food Critic Mystery.

Key Zest food critic Hayley Snow and her groom, police detective Nathan Bransford, chose Scotland for their long-delayed honeymoon, hoping to sightsee and enjoy some prize-winning scones. But their romantic duo swells to a crowd when they're joined by Nathan's family as well as octogenarian Miss Gloria. 

Nathan's sister Vera takes the women on a whirlwind tour of some of Scotland's iconic mystic places as research for a looming book project. But the trip takes a deadly tartan turn when a dinner party guest falls ill and claims she was poisoned. And then the group watches in horror as a mysterious tourist tumbles to his death from the famous Falkirk Wheel, high above the Forth & Clyde canal. 

Vera and her friends deny knowing the dead man, but after observing their reactions to the fall, Hayley is not convinced. With one person dead, a second possibly poisoned, and the tension among Vera's friends as thick as farmhouse cheese, Hayley fears her long-awaited honeymoon might end with another murder. 

Far away from home, surrounded by unfamiliar faces, eccentric characters, and a forbiddingly gorgeous setting, Hayley must call on all her savvy to keep a killer from striking again and then escaping Scot free.

I really enjoyed this story which was set in St. Andrews, Scotland this time. Miss Gloria and Haley’s mother in law join her a Nathan on their honeymoon to Scotland! I must say I really love octogenarian Miss Gloria and can only hope to have as much spunk as her when I’m that old.

The mystery is interesting and well plotted, and I liked trying to figure out what was behind her sister-in-law Vera’s jumpiness and what happened with her friends when they were at Uni. I found Nathan’s sister Vera to be interesting and I hope she appears again in the series.  The descriptions of the Scottish food was mouth watering especially the scones!

I kept second-guessing myself on whodunnit right to the very end.   I recommend this book to all my cozy lover friends.


I requested and received an advance reader copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books and Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Jul 10, 2021

Cajun Kiss of Death (A Cajun Country Mystery) by Ellen Byron

Hello my cozy friends, 

Today I am reviewing Cajun Kiss of Death by Ellen Byron the 7th instalment in the "A Cajun Country Mystery" series. I really enjoy this series and after reading the epilogue, I am saddened that this is the last book.  The author does a great job though of tying up the series.  I look forward to what comes next from this fabulous author.

The next shot from Cupid's bow may be fatal in USA Today bestselling, Agatha Award-winning author Ellen Byron's hearty and delightful seventh Cajun Country mystery.

In Pelican, Louisiana, Valentine's Day has a way of warming the heart, despite the February chill. But the air at Crozat Plantation B&B turns decidedly frigid when celebrity chef Phillippe Chanson checks in. And when the arrogant Phillippe--in town to open his newest Cajun-themed restaurant--perishes in a fiery boat crash, Maggie Crozat's dear friend JJ lands in very cold water.

Did JJ, proprietor of Junie's Oyster Bar and Dance Hall, murder Phillippe because he feared the competition? Might Maggie's mother, Ninette, have bumped off the chef for stealing one of her cherished recipes? Or was the culprit a local seafood vendor, miffed because Phillippe was somehow able to sell oysters for a remarkably reasonable price, despite an oyster shortage?

Maggie had planned to devote her February to art lessons in New Orleans, a present from her sweetheart, Bo. But now she has to focus on helping her friend and her mother cross a murder charge off the menu. Meanwhile, Maggie receives a series of anonymous gifts that begin as charming but grow increasingly disturbing. Does Maggie have an admirer--or a stalker? And are these mysterious gifts somehow related to Phillippe's murder?

Blood may be thicker than water, but this case is thicker than gumbo. And solving it will determine whether Maggie gets hearts and roses--or hearse and lilies--this Valentine's Day.
This book can be read as a stand alone but I highly recommend reading in order. I really enjoyed this instalment set during Valentine’s Day and practically read in one sitting.  

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.  I especially love how the author includes local food, history, and community in her stories. The town of Pelican Cove, Louisiana sounds like a great place to visit too! I need to go to Junie’s for some Cajun cooking.

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 highly recommend this book to all my cozy loving friends.

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


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Murder at the Pumpkin Pageant by Darci Hannah

Hello my cozy friends,  Today I am reviewing “Murder at the Pumpkin Pageant” by Darci Hannah the 4th instalment in the "A Beacon Bakesh...