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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Statue of Limitations

Statue of Limitations (A Goddess of Greene St. Mystery)
by Kate Collins

About Statue of Limitations

Statue of Limitations (A Goddess of Greene St. Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Kensington (January 28, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 149672433X
ISBN-13: 978-1496724335
Digital ASIN: B07R8QWPTN

In this delightful new series by the New York Times bestselling author of the Flower Shop Mysteries, Athena Spencer comes back home to work with her crazy big Greek family at their garden center. But she never expected a return to her roots would mean protecting her family from murder . . .

After her divorce, Athena has returned to coastal Michigan to work in her family’s garden center and raise her son, while also caring for a mischievous wild raccoon and fending off her family’s annoying talent for nagging. Working alone at the garden center one night, Athena is startled by a handsome stranger who claims to be the rightful owner of a valuable statue her grandfather purchased at a recent estate sale.

But she has even bigger problems on her plate. The powerful Talbot family from whom her pappo├║s bought the statue is threatening to raze the shops on Greene Street’s “Little Greece” to make way for a condo. The recent death of the family’s patriarch already seemed suspicious, but now it’s clear that a murderer is in their midst. Athena will have to live up to her warrior goddess namesake to protect her family from a killer and save their community from ruin . . .

What I Thought:

I have not read Kate's other series, so this was my first with her, and I was not disappointed. From the great setting of the story to the unconventional Greek family in the story, there was just so much to like about this book. Athena has moved back to the coastal Michigan town of Sequoia to help run her family's garden shop. One night, she finds a stranger kneeling near the families statue of Athena, the man claims the statue belongs to him. Athena's grandfather, pappous, bought the statue off the recently deceased patriarch of the Talbot family. The Talbot family had recently threatened to raze Greene Street, which is home to many Greek shops. Grayson Talbot, Sr, decided not to go through with the plan, so Athena feels his death is suspicious. When his assistant mysteriously dies, Athena's suspicions go on high alert. This book was fast paced and kept me turning the pages. The family reminded me a lot of the family in My Big Fat Green Wedding. They really kept it interesting. I like a cozy that keeps you guessing, this one really didn't keep me guessing, but it was still a great cozy. It had great characters and the plot was well thought out and believable. I look forward to more in this series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About Kate Collins

Kate Collins is the New York Times bestselling author of the Flower Shop Mystery series. After publishing numerous historical romances, Kate penned the long-running mystery series, three books of which were made into Hallmark movies starring Brooke Shields. An Indiana native, Kate graduated from Purdue University with a master's degree in education. When not growing roots at her computer, Kate loves to garden. Other passions include yoga, reading, spending time with family and friends, sampling great wines and fine dark chocolate, and enjoying every moment of life. Kate lives in Northwest Indiana and Key West, Florida. Visit her online at
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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Dead in Dublin

Dead in Dublin (The Dublin Driver Mysteries)
by Catie Murphy

About Dead in Dublin

Dead in Dublin (The Dublin Driver Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Kensington (December 31, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496724186
ISBN-13: 978-1496724182
Digital ASIN: B07Q3NPNFB

In Dublin’s fair city, where the girls are so pretty, murder occurs at the feet of sweet Molly Malone . . .
Ferrying tourists around Dublin for the Leprechaun Limo Service makes quite a change after years in the military. Still, Megan Malone is enjoying her life in Ireland. She likes the scenery, the easy pace, the quirky, quick-witted locals. Everything—except having one of her clients drop dead at the statue of fabled fishmonger, Molly Malone.
Most restaurant critics notch up their share of enemies. Elizabeth Darr, however, was a well-loved international star. She and her husband, Simon, had just had dinner when Elizabeth collapsed, and spoiled seafood is the first suspect. The restaurant’s owner, worried her business is doomed, begs Megan to look into it. Between her irate boss and a handsome Garda who’s both amused and annoyed by her persistence, Megan has her hands full even before she’s cajoled into taking care of two adorable Jack Russell puppies (which she is almost definitely not keeping). But if cockles and mussels aren’t to blame, can Megan find the real culprit . . .before another fishy death occurs?

What I Thought:

This one started out kind of slow for me, and I was really excited to read it because it is set in Ireland and that is the one place I would one day love to visit.  But it did start out slow, once I got started though, I started enjoying the story more. Megan Malone is ex-military who moved to Dublin after her service to her own country.  She works for Leprechaun Limo Service as a driver and when one of her clients, food blogger Elizabeth Darr drops dead outside of her friend Fionnuala's restaurant. Meg tries helping Simon, Elizabeth's widower, and of course Fionnuala so she gets immersed in the mystery. Meg has her hands full when she keeps uncovering startling information on Elizabeth. She also has to deal with her irritable boss and the local Garda, Bourke, with whom she has strong chemistry. On top of that, she takes on the care of two rambunctious Jack Russell's. Once I got into this book, it picked up and I started enjoying it.  I thought the plot was well thought out and the writing was excellent.  It was a little darker than some of the cozies I am used to. Meg dug up a lot of dirt on the victim and I found her a refreshing and strong protagonist. I was totally surprised by the reveal of the killer in this one. I look forward to more in this series and find this series enjoyable as it is different from other cozies as it is set in Ireland, which is a great setting.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About Catie Murphy

Catie Murphy, who has written numerous award-winning fantasy and Sci-fi books under the pseudonym C. E. Murphy, began writing around age six, when she submitted three poems to a school publication. The teacher producing the magazine selected (inevitably) the one she thought was by far the worst, but also told her—a six-year-old kid—to keep writing, which she has. She has also held the usual grab-bag of jobs often seen in an authorial biography, including public library volunteer (at ages 9 and 10; it’s clear she was doomed to a career involving books), archival assistant, cannery worker, and web designer. Writing books is better. She was born and raised in Alaska, and now lives with her family in her ancestral homeland of Ireland.
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Friday, December 20, 2019

Southern Harm

Southern Harm: A Southern B&B Mystery

by Caroline Fardig

About Southern Harm

Southern Harm: A Southern B&B Mystery

Cozy Mystery

2nd in Series

Publisher: Alibi (November 12, 2019)

Print Length: 263 pages


A little Southern charm never killed anybody—until now—in an enchanting cozy mystery from the USA Today bestselling author of Southern Discomfort and the Java Jive novels.

After solving a murder at a local restaurant, Quinn Bellandini just wants to get back to her comfortable life running her grandfather’s B&B in Savannah, Georgia, with her sister, Delilah. But those plans get buried when Quinn and her new boyfriend, Tucker Heyward, dig up an old skeleton while doing some landscaping in his aunt Lela’s backyard. Before long, Lela becomes the prime suspect in the thirty-three-year-old unsolved murder of a high school homecoming queen.

Tucker is devastated. But Quinn’s conscience won’t let her risk an elderly woman spending her twilight years in jail for a crime she didn’t commit. And Delilah, bored by the quiet B&B biz, has been itching to do some more investigating of her own.

Soon they’re questioning a growing list of suspects, from nosy neighbors and snooty Savannah socialites to mild-mannered teachers and old high-school friends of the victim—including Quinn and Delilah’s own parents. But no one is safe from a killer who’s totally old school.
What I Thought:

This is the second in Southern B & B Mystery Series. In this installment, Quinn and her boyfriend Tucker are digging a fire pit in Tucker's Aunt Lela's backyard when they discover human remains.  The remains turn out the be those of former Homecoming Queen, Esther Sinclair, who disappeared 33 years ago.  After Lela's relationship with Esther all those years ago is uncovered, she becomes the main suspect and is arrested.  That means Quinn and her sister Delilah, along with Tucker, have to step in to figure our what really happened to Esther.  This was a well written cozy that grabbed my attention from the start and kept it throughout the entire story.  I enjoyed the setting of the story, Savannah, Ga, and that the story was set during the Christmas season.  The author is a very talented storyteller, and there were many twists and turns that kept me guessing till the very end.  I really enjoy this series, and I look forward to the next installment in this series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About the Author

CAROLINE FARDIG is the USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR of the Java Jive Mysteries series and the Lizzie Hart Mysteries series. Fardig’s BAD MEDICINE was named one of the “Best Books of 2015” by Suspense Magazine. She worked as a schoolteacher, church organist, insurance agent, funeral parlor associate, and stay-at-home mom before she realized that she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Born and raised in a small town in Indiana, Fardig still lives in that same town with an understanding husband, two sweet kids, two energetic dogs, and one malevolent cat.

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Death by Library

Death By Library (Pismawallops PTA Mysteries)
by Rebecca M. Douglass

About Death by Library

Death By Library (Pismawallops PTA Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Independently Published (December 6, 2019
Number of Pages — ~280

The library can save your life… can it kill you, too?

JJ has a new job at the library, which ought to make her happy. But with all those books to shelve, the PTA to run, and a 16-year-old son to raise, there’s never enough time to spend with her sweetheart, police chief Ron Karlson. That’s especially true with Thanksgiving on the horizon and her mother coming to visit, not to mention the PTA’s Holiday Bazaar looming ahead.

When things turn deadly in the library stacks, JJ needs some answers fast, before she loses her job—or her life. She’s determined to learn everything about the victim, and for once the library doesn’t hold all the answers. JJ and Kitty may have to face the ultimate peril: a visit to Mrs. Halsey, the oldest—and crankiest—person on the island.

What I Thought:

This is the fourth installment in the Pismawallops PTA Mystery series and is set on the Pismawallop island in Puget sound. JJ has just started a new job as a librarian and she is trying to raise her 16 year-old son as a single mother. She is also on the PTA and they are trying to get a much needed new swimming pool and one of the members wants a new football field. Also the PTA Holiday Bazaar is looming so this leaves little time for JJ to pursue her romance with Ron Karlson, the police chief. When the body of a a member of the PTA, who opposes the swimming pool is found in the rubble of an earthquake, suspicions arise.  Ron warns JJ not to get involved, but she does not listen.  This book was a fast read that kept my attention throughout.  Even though I have not read the other books in the series, I was not lost. There were a lot of twists in this book and I was not sure who the killer was till the very end.  I enjoyed the setting of this story and I enjoyed that it was set close to Thanksgiving.  Even though I have not read others in this series, I am going to go back and read them as I thoroughly enjoyed this story.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About Rebecca M. Douglass

After a lifetime of reading, and a decade or more of slinging books at the library and herding cats with the PTA, Rebecca began to turn her experiences into books of her own, publishing her first in 2012. That failed to quiet the voices in her head, but seemed to entertain a number of readers, so she wrote some more, which generated still more voices. Despite the unlimited distractions provided by raising sons to the point of leaving home (and preparing to move without forwarding address if necessary to retain that empty nest), not to mention the mountains that keep calling (very hard to resist the urging of something the size of the Sierra Nevada), she has managed to pen a total of 9 books so far.
For those who enjoy murder and mayhem with a sense of humor, Rebecca’s Pismawallops PTA mysteries (Death By Ice Cream and Death By Trombone, Death By Adverb, and Death By Library) provide insights into what PTA moms are really like. If you prefer tall tales and even less of a grip on reality, visit Skunk Corners in The Ninja Librarian and the sequels Return to Skunk Corners and The Problem of Peggy. For those who’ve always thought that fantasy was a bit too high-minded, a stumble through rescues and escapes with Halitor the Hero, possibly the most hapless hero to ever run in fear from any and all fair maidens, should set you straight.
Why does Rebecca write so many different kinds of books (there’s even an alphabet picture book in the mix!)? We could argue that it’s because she has a rich lifetime of experience that requires expression in—squirrel!
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Friday, November 8, 2019

Apple Cider Slaying

Apple Cider Slaying (A Cider Shop Mystery)

by Julie Anne Lindsey

About Apple Cider Slaying

Apple Cider Slaying (A Cider Shop Mystery)

Cozy Mystery

1st in Series

Kensington (October 29, 2019)

Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages

ISBN-10: 1496723473

ISBN-13: 978-1496723475


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 . . .


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 . .

Includes Recipes!

What I Thought:

I was really excited to read this series, as it is set in my home state of West Virginia, and I was not disappointed.  While I was a little confused about the location of the story, northern West Virginia, and mention of the New River, which is in southern West Virginia, that really did not detract from the incredible story and I will chalk it up to it being a fictional tale and giving the author creative license.  I really did enjoy this story and once I started it, I could hardly put it down.  It was very enthralling and kept me turning the pages.  Once the mystery was introduced, I was at a loss as to who the killer could be and what the actual motive for the murder really was.  I thought the author did a great job with describing the relationships in the book, and I can honestly say, this is how most folks in WV are, very helpful and ready to step up to lend a neighbor a hand.  Like I said, I did not know who the killer could be, nor the motive and I was totally floored by the reveal.  I am anxiously awaiting the next installment in this series.

About Julie Anne Lindsey

Julie Anne Lindsey is a multi-genre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. When she's not creating new worlds and organizing the epic adventures of fictional characters, Julie can be found carpooling her three kids around Northeastern Ohio and plotting with her shamelessly enabling friends. Today, she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world. Julie is a member of the International Thriller Writers, Romance Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime.

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Five Things About Being A Writer
That I’m Most Thankful For
By Julie Anne Lindsey

Believe it or not, being a full time writer isn’t an easy job. It requires a lot of time management skills, juggling multiple characters, worlds, manuscripts and publishers. Add to that the chaos of family, friends, housework and attempting to succeed in an industry that never sleeps, and a writer’s life can get a little bananas. I’ve honest to goodness left the house wearing two different shoes, driven off with my coffee on the roof of my car and fed my children cereal for dinner more nights than I will ever admit. But the thing is that I wouldn’t trade my cuckoo life for anything. And while it might look like I’m a crazy cat lady, more often than not, I am, in fact, living my dream.
I could tell more tales of the absent-minded things I’ve done while lost in a story, but I think it will be more fun to share my top five favorite things about being a cozy mystery author.
5. The Research –Ive taken some pretty amazing adventures in the name of research. Normally, I gather information from my desk, but sometimes I get to go out into the big wide world and learn. I’ve been everywhere from Honolulu and New Orleans to Nashville and New York City all in the name of research. I’ve toured historic theaters, abandoned malls, watched rescue dogs train and taken a LOT of ghost walks. I’ve even met federal agents and the local coroner, but inevitably I recall I’m a painful introvert and head home.
4. Staying Home – I get to work from home! And it’s fantastic. I never have to leave the nest I’ve feathered perfectly just for me. I don’t have to call-off when I’m sick or tired. I can begin and end my shift whenever I want. And there is No dress code!

3. Wearing PJs – I can wear pajamas to the office! And I do! Everyday! In fact, I frequently change from my sleep-pajamas to my work-pajamas when it’s time to start my day. Why, yes, there is a difference. My sleep pajamas look like they were hit with a dump truck forty-years-ago and I found them on the road afterward, but my work pajamas are relatively clean and new, just in case I have to answer the door for take-out or a package delivery.
2. Reading is Encouraged! – That’s right. Read that one again. Reading is Encouraged at my office! How many people get to read at work? Cause I do! In fact, I’m SUPPOSED to! The more the better! Why? Because reading helps me hone my craft, it gives me new ideas and keeps my brain sharp. Plus, reading is my favorite thing EVER. And as a writer, I get to read anytime I want and as much as possible. Added bonus: I can write off any books purchased as enrichment on my taxes!
1. My readers - I saved the best for last, and I’m looking at you. My readers are now and will always be my favorite part of being a cozy mystery author. The cozy community is like no other. Y’all are warm and welcoming. Kind and encouraging. And you make me want to write a better book every time. Just to keep you smiling, guessing and reading!
And that’s it! These are the top five reasons I adore spending my days plotting fictional schemes. It’s exactly the life I’ve always wanted, and on behalf of all the other writers out there in the world, I’d like to extend a huge thanks to You, dear reader, for making our dreams possible

About Julie
Julie Anne Lindsey is an award-winning and national bestselling author of mystery and romantic suspense. She’s published more than twenty-five novels since her debut in 2013 and currently writes series as herself, as well as under multiple pen names, for Harlequin, Kensington, Sourcebooks and Crooked Lane Books. When she's not writing the stories that keep her up at night, Julie stays busy in Ohio with her extremely patient husband and three amazing kids. Today she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world. Learn more about Julie and her books at

Friday, October 25, 2019

Better Watch Out

Better Watch Out (A Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery)

by Christina Freeburn

About Better Watch Out

Better Watch Out (A Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery)

Cozy Mystery

2nd in Series

Henery Press (October 15, 2019)

Hardcover: 252 pages

ISBN-10: 1635115108

ISBN-13: 978-1635115109

Paperback: 252 pages

ISBN-10: 1635115078

ISBN-13: 978-1635115079

Digital ASIN: B07VQST5YT

Making a list. Merry’s life is Christmas chaos. Her divorce is still in question. She’s behind on crafting orders. Ebenezer is an escape artist. And with one day left, she hasn’t completed the line-up for the annual Christmas parade, thanks to one grinch. Once Merry knows the Christmas secret, she realizes Santa isn’t what’s coming to town.

Checking it twice. Santa’s naughty list, courtesy of Jenna Wilcox, will roll down Main Street with names of residents who deserve a lump of coal in their stocking. Saving the parade won’t be easy, but Merry is up to task. Or so she thinks until she discovers Jenna’s body stashed in Santa’s sack.

Going to find out. As facts are unwrapped, Merry finds the line blurred between who’s naughty and nice. As threats are aimed at her and those she loves, Merry dashes for the truth before the murderer puts her on the naughty list and crosses her off for good.
What I Thought:

This is the second installment in the Merry and Bright Handcrafted Mystery Series, and I enjoyed this one as much as I did the first.  In this one, Merry is in charge of Season's Greetings Christmas Parade and when Jenna Wilcox is found dead after she has threatened to reveal a naughty list on her float, Merry has her hands full trying to find the killer.  I found this book well written and I enjoyed the the plot which made for a quick read.  I am glad that I had read the first in the series, or I may have been lost in this one.  I enjoy Christmas cozies and Ms. Freeburn did a good job with describing the details of the towns Christmas celebration.  I of course, love Ebenezzer as I have a guinea pig of my own, and I loved reading about his antics.  There were many twists and turns in this on to keep me guessing and turning the page.  It was also enjoyed because in takes place in my home state of West Virginia and the author is actually from my husband's hometown in West Virginia.  I am anxiously awaiting the next book in this series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About Christina Freeburn

Christina Freeburn has always loved books. There was nothing better than picking up a story and being transported to another place. The love of reading evolved into the love of writing and she's been writing since her teenage years. Her first novel was a 2003 Library of Virginia Literary Award nominee. Her mysteries series, Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery and Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mysteries, are a mix of crafty and crime and feature heroines whose crafting time is interrupted by crime solving.

Christina served in the US Army and has also worked as a paralegal, librarian, church secretary, and golf shop pro. She lives in West Virginia with her husband, dog, and a rarely seen cat except by those who are afraid and allergic to felines.

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Have Yourself a Beary Little Murder

Have Yourself a Beary Little Murder
(A Teddy Bear Mystery)
by Meg Macy


Cozy Mystery3rd in Series
Setting – Michigan
Kensington (September 24, 2019)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-10: 1496722655
ISBN-13: 978-1496722652
Digital ASIN: B07MRC5KZG

This holiday season, teddy bear shop manager Sasha Silverman must solve the slaying of Santa Bear . . .
Sasha and her sister Maddie are thrilled that the Silver Bear Shop and Factory has won the Teddy Bear Keepsake Contest, which means they get to produce a holiday specialty toy, a wizard bear named “Beary Potter.” Promising to be just as magical is Silver Hollow’s annual tree-lighting ceremony and village parade. Only one hitch: the parade’s mascot, Santa Bear—played by Mayor Cal Bloom—is missing.
After a frantic search among the floats, Bloom is found dead. When the outfit is removed, it’s clear the mayor’s been electrocuted. Who zapped hizzoner and then stuffed him into his Santa Bear suit? While the police investigate the grisly crime, Sasha attempts to track down the murderer herself, with some help from the Guilty Pleasures Gossip Club. Can they wrap up this case in time for Christmas—or will Sasha meet her own shocking end?
What I Thought:
This is the third installment in the Teddy Bear Mystery series.  The holiday season has descended on Silver Hollow and the sisters of the Silver Bear Shop and Factory are excited because they have won a contest to produce a specialty toy, a wizard bear named "Beary Potter".  The only thing that can dull the sisters excitement is that the mascot for the village tree-lighting and parade has gone missing.  Santa Bear is always played by Mayor Cal, and unfortunately, Mayor Cal has been found electrocuted and stuffed into his costume.  Of course, after some persuasion from her mother, Sasha is on the case to find out who the killer is.  I really enjoyed this installment as I love teddy bears and love to read cozies set during the holiday season.  I loved the authors descriptions of all the holiday events in the town, it made me want to really be there.  The mystery in this story was great because it kept me guessing and there were a lot of twists and turns, so I was not sure who the killer was till the reveal.  I love this authors writing style because it makes the story flow well.  I look forward to more in this series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book.
About Meg Macy

Meg Macy is an award-winning author and artist, and lives in Southeastern Michigan, the setting of her Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear cozy mysteries for Kensington. Her first published book, Double Crossing, won the 2012 Spur Award for Best First Novel from Western Writers of America. Meg is also one-half of the writing team of D.E. Ireland, authors of the Eliza and Henry Higgins Mystery series—of which two titles have been Agatha Award finalists. Meg love gardening, watercolor painting, and reading books of various genres.
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