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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Show Time


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SHOW TIME
Show Time (A Dodie O’Dell Mystery)
Lyrical Underground (July 19, 2016)
Paperback: 228 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1601837202
E-Book ASIN: B0174PKHFG
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The tide has turned for Dodie O’Dell since a hurricane upended her life on the Jersey Shore. Now she’s further up the coast in sleepy Etonville, managing a restaurant that dishes dinners themed around the community theater’s latest productions. But Dodie just never imagined she’d land the starring role in a case of bloody homicide . . .
Intrigued by rumors of vanishing box office money, Dodie has agreed to help oversee the casting of Romeo and Juliet at the modest Etonville Little Theater. If nothing else, it’s a welcome escape from the thirty-something’s usual going-to-bed-with-a-mystery-novel routine. But when Jerome Angleton, a well-respected member of the theater company, is inexplicably found murdered on the loading dock, deadly drama transcends the stage—and the page. As a crime wave crashes over the small town, the spotlight is on Dodie to orchestrate her own investigation behind the scenes . . . before someone has a chance at a killer encore.

What I Thought:

This one started out a little slow and it took me a little bit to get into, but when I did, I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I enjoyed the sitting and the characters.  I thought it had a good plot and it was well written.  Dodie is helping to cast for the local production of Romeo and Juliet, when one of the actors is murdered, of course she has to get involved.  This one kept me guessing and there were many twists and turns.  This was a great first in a series and I look forward to more.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

Suzanne Trauth, Harvard Studio, Montclair, NJ. 06/27/2014 Photo by Steve Hockstein/HarvardStudio.com

Suzanne Trauth, Harvard Studio, Montclair, NJ. 06/27/2014 Photo by Steve Hockstein/HarvardStudio.com

About The Author

Suzanne Trauth is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and a former university theatre professor. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the Dramatists Guild. When she is not writing, Suzanne coaches actors and serves as a celebrant performing wedding ceremonies. She lives in Woodland Park, New Jersey. Readers can visit her website at www.suzannetrauth.com.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Somethings Knot Kosher


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SOMETHINGS NOT KOSHER

Something’s Knot Kosher
(A Quilting Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Kensington (June 28, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496701800
E-Book ASIN: B0165HUVWS
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Funerals can be patchy affairs for Martha Rose and her close-knit circle of friends–especially in the case of a missing body. . .
When Birdie Watson’s husband Russell is killed during a bank robbery, Martha just wants to support her grieving friend. But en route to the burial plot in Oregon, Martha makes a harrowing discovery about the casket’s contents–instead of Russell, she finds an unidentified man. Now Martha and her quilting klatch can’t rest in peace until they unspool the truth behind the macabre mix up. . .




What I Thought:

Each installment of this series just gets better and better.  In this installment the, Martha and her friends are comforting Birdie, whose husband was killed in a bank robbery, but Martha makes a grizzly discovery and changes the whole story.  There are mores twist in this book than on a country road.  If you are looking for a fast paced read that will keep you turning pages and guessing till the very end, then this is the book for you.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review. 

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About the Author
Born and raised in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, Mary Marks earned a B.A. in Anthropology from UCLA and an M.A. in Public Administration from the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. In 2004 she enrolled in the UCLA Extension Writers Program. Her first novel, Forget Me Knot, was a finalist in a national writing competition in 2011. She is currently a reviewer of cozy mysteries for The New York Journal of Books at www.nyjournalofbooks.com.
Readers can visit her at www.marymarksmysteries.com and https://www.facebook.com/mmarks2013
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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Caught Bread Handed




Welcome to my tour stop for Caught Bread Handed by Ellie Alexander! This is the fourth book in the Bakeshop Mystery series and released June 28 by St. Martin's Press. The tour will have reviews and excerpts as well as a fabulous giveaway! You can find more information and the tour schedule on the tour page.



About the Book:

Welcome to Torte—a friendly, small-town family bakeshop where the oven is heating up as high as the body count…



Jules Capshaw is still chewing over her husband Carlos’s return to Ashland, Oregon. Could there be too many cooks in the kitchen? Whatever is stirring between those two will have to wait. Despite the Oregon Shakespeare Festival being dark for the winter, the bakeshop is bustling, the dough is rolling, and there’s no rest for the weary… especially when murder is thrown into the mix.



When Mindy Nolan, the owner of a new restaurant in town, turns up dead, the batter at hand thickens. Jules knows that there was bad blood between Mindy and others in town, and tracking the killer could prove to be an unwelcome treat. And to top it all off, there’s Carlos, who is pleading—with those delicious dark eyes and sexy Spanish accent—for Jules to take him back. Is home where the heart is or will she make a fresh start… and risk getting burned?




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What I Thought:

This is such a great series and this was another great installment in that series.  Torte would be a great place to visit, and Jules is such a cool character, but she always seems to get herself in a mess.  On top of a murder to solve, her estranged husband Carlos is in town.  Boy Jules sure does have a lot of problems.  As with all the other books in this series, this one was well written and flowed really well.  It is a fast read that will keep you entertained throughout.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.



About the Author:

Ellie Alexander is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she’s not coated in flour, you’ll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter to learn more.




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Signed copies of all 4 books in the Bakeshop Mysteries, Cupcake tea towel and pot holder, Love cake topper, Bakeshop page flags, Assortment of gourmet lemonade and Triple Chocolate Chunk cookie mix. 
US only.
Ends July 20th
Must be 13 or older to enter and have parental permission if under 18. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary to win.


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Friday, July 8, 2016

Final Fondue by Maya Corrigan

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FINAL FONDUE
Final Fondue (A Five-Ingredient Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher: Kensington (June 28, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1617731426
E-Book ASIN: B0165HVIPM
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Val Deniston certainly has her plate full running a café, dabbling with recipes, and helping her grandfather prepare for the town’s upcoming tri-centennial celebration, but she’s grown fond of her new life in the Chesapeake Bay town of Bayport. . .
So when Val is asked to reclaim her old position as a cookbook publicist in New York City, she puts off her decision in order to help her grandfather perfect his chocolate fondue for the weekend festivity’s dessert cook-off. But after the opening ceremonies, Val finds a houseguest strangled to death in her grandfather’s backyard. She suspects a classic case of mistaken identity, especially when another guest nearly bids her life a fondue farewell. Now it’s up to Val to keep the killer from making another stab at murder . . .
Includes 6 five-ingredient recipes!

What I Thought:

This one grabbed me from the start and sucked me right in, I was hooked from the beginning.  I enjoyed the plot of this story, the characters in this story, and the setting of this story.  There is so much going on, that there is no way to get bored when reading this story.  Val is not sure who the killer was trying to kill, so of course her and her grandfather have to do some investigating, after all, he has to put his new Private Investigator license to use.  This is a page turner that kept me guessing to the very end.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

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About This Author

Maya Corrigan lives near Washington, D.C., within easy driving distance of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the setting for this series. She has taught courses in writing, detective fiction, and American literature at Georgetown University and NOVA community college. A winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense, she has published essays on drama and short stories under her full name of Mary Ann Corrigan.

Author Links
WebPage: mayacorrigan.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maya-CorriganBooks/305167769636032

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Maya Corrigan, Final Fondue



Five-Ingredient Murders



Where did your idea for a mystery series originate? Why five ingredients? Why not four or six? I often hear those questions about my Five-Ingredient Mystery series. When I decided to write a culinary mysteries, I analyzed popular culinary series. Many of them had cooking professionals as sleuths—chefs, caterers, bakers. I was none of those things, nor did I have experience as a food writer, restaurant worker, or seller of culinary products. I’m just a home cook, but people who come to dinner often ask me for my recipes. 

Decades ago, as a Mom with two jobs and two preschoolers, I began collecting recipes with few ingredients for dishes that didn’t take long to cook. After the kids were older, I had the time to make more elaborate meals, but I rarely found complicated recipes with dozens of ingredients worth the time and effort.

My large collection of recipes with few ingredients gave me the theme for my series. I went with five instead of four or six ingredients because it works well with the classic mystery setup, which often involves five suspects. Incorporating five suspects allows writers to explore a variety of motives without requiring the reader to keep track of too many people. In traditional mysteries, five is often the number of suspects that remain when the detective summons everyone to expose the culprit. You’ll find that scenario in many Agatha Christie books, including my favorite one, Five Little Pigs, a perfect example of the classic whodunit.

As long as I had five suspects, I figured why not also have five clues to help the armchair detective solve the mystery. A reviewer of the first book in my series, By Cook or by Crook, said she found five red herrings. That wasn’t intentional, but I must have fallen into a groove. The pattern is holding for the series itself. Final Fondue is the third book in the series. Two more are in the works. As of now, there will be five five-ingredient mysteries.

My sleuth, Val Denniston, left a stressful job Manhattan and now lives with her widowed grandfather in a historic town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Val runs a café and solves murders, which she, like other sleuths in cozy mysteries, encounters with amazing frequency. While she investigates, Granddad takes up cooking and pares down her recipes to five ingredients. Each book in the series contains Granddad’s five-ingredient recipes.

In Final Fondue Val and Granddad are preparing for the town’s Tricentennial festivities. He reminisces about the fondue parties of the 1970s and makes chocolate fondue to greet houseguests, weekend visitors to the town’s festival. Chocolate fondue requires only chocolate and cream. Flavorings like vanilla, orange juice, or liqueurs are optional. For a change, Granddad has to add, not subtract, ingredients to get to his magic number of five. The guests are decidedly icy to each other as they sit around the table dipping fruit and cake into the warm chocolate. Later, one of them is murdered while indulging in a private fondue party. Though Val and her grandfather disagree about which of five suspects is guilty, they agree on one thing: the police are wrong about who did it. It’s up to Val and Granddad to keep the culprit from making another stab at murder.









Thursday, July 7, 2016

Read to Death by Terrie Farley Moran





Read to Death(Read Em and Eat Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (July 5, 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-0425270301
E-Book ASIN: B016JPTN5W
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Synopsis

The national bestselling author of Caught Read-Handed revisits Fort Myers Beach, Florida, where the proprietors of a local bookstore café occasionally take a stab at solving murder…
At their seaside Read ‘Em and Eat bookstore café, Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield offer fresh scones, great books, and excellent detective work…
With their book club season wrapping up with The Florida Life of Thomas Edison, Sassy and Bridgy decide to take their group on a day trip to the beautiful Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Hiring driver Oscar Frieland, who’s known for his colorful stories and love of the café’s Robert Frost fruit tartlets, the bibliophiles set off for a day of sunshine and history.
After a lovely excursion, the club returns to the café for lunch and a book discussion, but the group falls silent after Oscar is found dead in his van. The sheriff’s deputies have some questions of their own for the group, and if the ladies don’t find some answers soon, the next book they read might be from a prison library.

What I Thought:

This was another great installment in the Read Em and Eat Mystery Series.  Sassy and Bridgy seem to always get themselves embroiled in a murder somehow.  This time, the driver who took them to the Edison and Ford Winter Estates is the one who is found murdered, and Bridgy is the main suspect because she is the one who found Oscar.  Of course, Sassy takes it upon herself to investigate so she can prove her best friend is innocent.  On top of all that, Sassy's and Bridgy's moms make a visit.  Of course Emelia, Bridgy's mom, and Ophie do not get along at all, so that is more drama for Sassy and Bridgy to have to deal with.  Sassy is bound and determined to solve this mystery.This is a fast paced story that will have you turing pages and it kept me guessing till the very end..

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

About This Author

Short-listed twice for The Best American Mystery Stories, Terrie Farley Moran is delighted to introduce mystery fans to the Read ’Em and Eat café and bookstore, which debuted with Well Read, Then Dead. The only thing Terrie enjoys more than wrangling mystery plots into submission is playing games and reading stories with any or all of her grandchildren.
Author Links:
Webpage – http://terriefarleymoran.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/terrie.moran.9
Blog:  www.womenofmystery.net
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/23186092-terrie-moran
Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/1terriemoran/
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Guest Post:


Read to Death is the third book in the nationally best-selling Read ’Em and Eat cozy series. Imagine a gorgeous spring day in the island community of Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Perhaps you would want to picnic on Lovers Key, go charter fishing off San Carlos Island or go shelling on the beach.

The Cool Reads/Warm Climate Book Club meets monthly at the Read ’Em and Eat Café and Bookstore and on this particular spring day they have opted for an outing to the mainland to visit the Edison and Ford Winter Estates, where Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and their families wintered a century ago. A glorious day for all until their van driver is murdered in the parking lot of the Read ’Em and Eat.

When Bridgy Mayfield discovers Oscar Frieland sprawled across a seat with a pair of scissors stuck in his neck, she becomes the prime witness, if not the prime suspect. What’s a girl to do when she is in major trouble? She calls her mom! Bridgy’s mother, Emelia, flies down from Brooklyn. While she is a great comfort to Bridgy, Emelia is also the very buttoned down sister of the flamboyant Aunt Ophie. Just watch those sparks fly.

Oh and a surprise guest arrives with Emelia, a highly entertaining, although occasionally troublesome guest. Fun to watch!

The book clubs are reading (and disagreeing over) some really interesting choices. (I really liked the Anna Quindlen book) And the Teen Book Club brings their usual spunk and some colorful additions to their meeting.

All the while Sassy and Bridgy are trying to find Oscar’s murderer before Bridgy is carted off to jail.

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Maggie Dove

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MAGGIE DOVE


Maggie Dove: A Mystery
Publisher: Alibi (June 14, 2016)
ASIN: B018CHA26O
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Synopsis

Susan Breen introduces a charming new series heroine in this poignant and absorbing cozy mystery with a bite. Maggie Dove thinks everyone in her small Westchester County community knows everyone else’s secrets. Then murder comes to town.
When Sunday School teacher Maggie Dove finds her hateful next-door neighbor Marcus Bender lying dead under her beloved oak tree—the one he demanded she cut down—she figures the man dropped dead of a mean heart. But Marcus was murdered, and the prime suspect is a young man Maggie loves like a son. Peter Nelson was the worst of Maggie’s Sunday School students; he was also her late daughter’s fiancé, and he’s been a devoted friend to Maggie in the years since her daughter’s death.
Maggie can’t lose Peter, too. So she sets out to find the real murderer. To do that, she must move past the grief that has immobilized her all these years. She must probe the hidden corners of her little village on the Hudson River. And, when another death strikes even closer to home, Maggie must find the courage to defend the people and the town she loves—even if it kills her.

What I Thought:

This was a well written book with a great plot that kept my attention.  Maggie is a likable character who used to write mystery novels and is a Sunday School Teacher.  Her neighbor demands that she cut down a beloved oak tree and he is later found dead under that same oak tree.  Of course, Maggie is a suspect, she must investigate.  Things get a little dicey and there is another murder, but Maggie is tenacious.  This book flowed well and was a quick read.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

About The Author –

Susan Breen is the author of The Fiction Class, her debut novel that won the Washington Irving Book Award. Her stories and articles have appeared in many magazines, among them The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Compose, Writer’s Digest, and The Writer. She teaches at Gotham Writers in Manhattan; is on the faculty of the New York Pitch Conference, South Carolina Writers Workshop, and the Women’s National Book Association; and is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters-in-Crime. Breen lives in a small village on the Hudson River with her husband, two dogs, and one cat. Her three children are flourishing elsewhere.
Webpagehttp://www.susanjbreen.com/about.htm
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Friday, June 17, 2016

The Calamity Cafe by Gayle Leeson


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The Calamity Cafe
The Calamity Café: A Down South Café Mystery
BRAND NEW SERIES
Cozy Mystery
Series: A Down South Café Mystery (Book 1)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: NAL (June 7, 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-1101990780
ASIN: B015DLUS8E
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First in a new cozy mystery series featuring Southern cooking that is to die for.
Aspiring chef and small-town Virginia native Amy Flowers is ready to open her own café offering old-fashioned Southern food. But her dream may go up in smoke when someone kills the competition…
Tired of waiting tables at Lou’s Joint, Amy Flowers doesn’t just quit—she offers to buy the place from her bully of a boss, so she can finally open the café of her dreams. Amy can’t wait to serve the kind of Southern, down-home treats and dishes that her grandmother always loved to the kooky cast of regulars at the restaurant. She knows her comfort food will be the talk of the sweet, small town of Winter Garden, Virginia.
At first Lou Lou refuses to sell, but when she seems ready to make a deal, she tells Amy to come see her.  Showing up at the eatery ready to negotiate, Amy is shocked to find her former employer murdered. As the prime suspect, Amy will have to clear her name by serving up the real killer—and with Lou Lou’s stack of enemies, that’s a tall order.

Includes delicious Southern recipes

What I Thought:

This was one of the best books that I have read in a while. It caught my attention from the beginning and kept it till the very end.  I really liked the plot of this story and the characters.  I thought it was a great mystery and it kept me guessing till the very end.  There was more going on in this story than just the murder of Lou Lou, there is also a decades old mystery involving a bank robbery.  I enjoyed getting to know the residents of Winter Garden, VA.  Amy is a strong protagonist and she was bound and determined to figure out who killed Lou Lou so she could clear her name.  I am so looking forward to the next installment in this series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

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About The Author –
Gayle Leeson is a pseudonym for Gayle Trent. I also write as Amanda Lee. As Gayle Trent, I write the Daphne Martin Cake Mystery series and the Myrtle Crumb Mystery series. As Amanda Lee, I write the Embroidery Mystery series. I live in Virginia with my family, which includes her own “Angus” who is not an Irish wolfhound but a Great Pyrenees who provides plenty of inspiration for the character of Mr. O’Ruff. I’m having a blast writing this new series!
Authors Links:
Webpage – http://www.gayleleeson.com
Gayle Trent Webpage – http://www.gayletrent.com
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/GayleTrentandAmandaLee/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/GayleTrent
GoodReads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/426208.Gayle_Trent
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