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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Bad to the Bone


Bad To The Bone
by Linda O. Johnston


Bad to the Bone (A Barkery & Biscuits Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Midnight Ink (May 8, 2017)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738746289
E-Book ASIN: B01M0SXJTR

Synopsis

Veterinary technician Carrie Kennersly, owner of the Barkery & Biscuits bakery for dogs, is reluctant to sell her recipes to pet food manufacturer VimPets. Jack Loroco, a VimPets representative, assures Carrie that it would be a great opportunity to grow her business. His promising new relationship with Carrie’s friend, Billi Matlock, doesn’t hurt his cause. But the budding romance takes a bad turn when Wanda Addler, another VimPets employee, sets her sights on Jack.

After threatening to ruin Jack’s career if he doesn’t give her what she wants, Wanda is found dead. Jack and Billi are put at the top of the suspect list, and Carrie is doggone determined to rescue them from a life behind bars.
What I Thought:

This was another great installment in the Barkery and Biscuits series.  If you are a dog lover, then this series is for you.  Carrie Kennersly and all the inhabitants of Knobcone Heights are back,and so is Jack Loroco who wants to buy a recipe for VimPets. When a friend of Carrie's friend, Billi becomes interested in Jack, it raises the ire of one of Jack's co-workers, Wanda. Of course, Wanda is found murdered, so Carrie has to get involved to help out her friend.  There were many twists and turns in this book that kept it really interesting, and since I am a dog lover, reading about all the wonderful dogs was a huge plus.  Linda Johnston is an excellent writer and I found myself engrossed in this one fairly quickly.  I look forward to more in this series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

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About The Author –

Linda O. Johnston’s first published fiction appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for Best First Mystery Short Story of the year. Since then, Linda, a former lawyer who is now a full-time writer, has published more short stories, novellas, and 38 romance and mystery novels, including the Pet Rescue Mystery Series, a spinoff from her Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime, and Harlequin Romantic Suspense as well as the Alpha Force paranormal romance miniseries for Harlequin Nocturne. She additionally writes the Superstition Mysteries for Midnight Ink. Her latest cozy mystery series, the Barkery and Biscuits Mysteries are also from Midnight Ink.


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Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Final Vow


The Final Vow
by Amanda Flower




The Final Vow (A Living History Museum Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Midnight Ink (May 8, 2017)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738745923
E-Book ASIN: B01LWKJTY7

Synopsis

Summer weddings in Barton Farm's picturesque church are standard procedure for museum director Kelsey Cambridge. At least they were until the Cherry Foundation, which supports the museum, orders Kelsey to host her ex-husband's wedding on Farm grounds.
Ambitious wedding planner Vianna Pine is determined to make the bride's Civil War-themed wedding perfect. But each time Vianna's vision threatens the integrity and safety of the Farm, Kelsey has to intervene.
When Kelsey finds Vianna's dead body at the foot of the church steps, everyone's plans fall apart. With both the wedding and Barton Farm at risk of being permanently shut down, Kelsey has to work hard to save her own happily ever after.
What I Thought:

This is one of my favorite series and this installment was just as good as the other two in this series.  Even though this is a series, the titles can be read as stand alones because Amanda Flower does such a good job of explaining the background in each book.  In this installment,  Krissie, who is Kelsey's ex-husband's fiancé wants to get married at the chapel on Barton Farm.  Kelsey thinks it is a bad idea for several reasons, but Krissie's father makes it happen.  When the wedding planner is found dead, of course Kelsey has to get involved to help her beloved Barton Farm.  This was well written and flowed well.  There were many twists and turns to keep me guessing, which is what I like in a cozy mystery. The ending came as a total surprise.  I have come to care about these characters in this series, and I can not wait to read more about them.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.



About This Author

Amanda Flower, a two-time Agatha Award-nominated mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. She also writes mysteries as national bestselling author Isabella Alan. In addition to being an author, Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland.
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

A Good Day to Buy


































A Good Day to Buy (A Sarah W. Garage Sale Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Kensington (April 25, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496707512
E-Book ASIN: B01JEJCA4G

Synopsis

HER BROTHER IS NO BARGAIN
When Sarah Winston’s estranged brother Luke shows up on her doorstep, asking her not to tell anyone he’s in town—especially her ex, the chief of police—the timing is strange, to say the least. Hours earlier, Sarah’s latest garage sale was taped off as a crime scene following the discovery of a murdered Vietnam vet and his gravely injured wife—her clients, the Spencers.
BUT IS HE A KILLER?
All Luke will tell Sarah is that he’s undercover, investigating a story. Before she can learn more, he vanishes as suddenly as he appeared. Rummaging through his things for a clue to his whereabouts, Sarah comes upon a list of veterans and realizes that to find her brother, she’ll have to figure out who killed Mr. Spencer. And all without telling her ex . . .


What I Thought:


This was another great installment in the Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery Series.  Sarah is still working to get her garage sale business off the ground, deal with her ex-husband who is police chief, and on top of all that, her brother shows up unexpectedly.  When her latest garage sale client ends up dead, her brother is the main suspect.  This one had a lot of twists and turns in it.  Sarah just keeps developing more and more making for a very likable character.  The plot was great in this one as have been all the books in this series.  I look forward to more in this series.


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About The Author

Agatha award nominated author, Sherry Harris, started bargain hunting in second grade at her best friend’s yard sale. She honed her bartering skills as she moved around the country while her husband served in the Air Force. Sherry uses her love of garage sales, her life as a military spouse, and her time living in Massachusetts as inspiration for the Sarah Winston Garage Sale series.
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A Question of Devotion

Question of Devotion by Anita Kulina      Question of Devotion by Anita Kulina
Publisher:  Brandt Street Press (November 8, 2016)
Category: Cozy Mystery, Women Sleuths
Tour Date: March & April, 2017
ISBN: 978-0974260761
Available in: Print & ebook,  256 Pages
A Question Of Devotion
Then she saw it – a sheet of paper in the mailbox, underneath the mail. It was white with large black letters and said LEAVE IT ALONE.
Mrs. B has a quiet life, and she likes it that way. Morning pinochle games at St. Mary’s Senior Center. Afternoon lunches with Myrtle, Anne and Rose. Peaceful evenings with a cup of coffee and the classic movie channel.
But one day she wakes to a phone call, which leads to consequences she could never have foreseen. Secrets snowball and threaten to change the neighborhood of Burchfield forever. Someone has to make things right. It’s up to Mrs. B.


What I Thought:

This was a book that reminded me a little of Jessica Fletcher in Murder She Wrote.  Mrs. B. is a very charming character and I found this an endearing book.  It was well written and flowed well and the plot was very believable.  Mrs. B has a pretty ordinary life for a senior citizen.  But when there becomes a mystery to solve, Mrs. B shows she is no ordinary senior citizen, she in tenacious in solving the mystery. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

Praise for Question of Devotion by Anita Kulina

“If you can picture Columbo when he’s retired, and spending more time in church and the kitchen, and Polish, and wearing a babushka, you have a sense of the down-home detective that Anita Kulina has created. I love Mrs. B!”-Brian O’Neill, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist and author of The Paris of Appalachia
“A Question of Devotion is a comforting snapshot of an aging population, where the way of life is still bound by churches, neighborhoods, and countries of origin. Its heroine, Mrs. B, is not just an old woman living out her twilight years at the senior center, but an able detective engaged in solving a mystery as cozy as cocoa and afghans on a cold Western Pennsylvania day.”-Kathryn Miller Haines, author of the Rosie Winter Mysteries and the Iris Anderson Mysteries

About Anita KulinaQuestion of Devotion by Anita Kulina

Like most people who love to write, Anita Kulina has been telling stories since she was old enough to hold a pen. Her first publication was in the letters-to-the-editor column of Adventure Comics #341. Nowadays, much of her work centers on the rich and colorful lives of Pittsburgh’s working poor. Since Anita spent much of her life in those ranks, it’s a subject dear to her heart.
Her book Millhunks and Renegades won her the Achievement in Literature award from the community of Hazelwood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is currently at work on the next two Mrs. B books.
Website http://www.brandtstreetpress.com/books/mrsb1.html
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There’s nothing I love more than an old lady detective.

My first, and this won’t surprise you, was Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple. At home in sweet little murderous St. Mary Mead, Miss Marple ran circles around the constable du jour from her cozy seat in the victim’s parlor. There was something about this woman that grabbed me. She knew so much, not because she’d been to college or had traveled the world (though she occasionally went on a vacation funded by her nephew Raymond). No, she could solve the crime because she had lived a long life and she had paid attention.

Jessica Fletcher, Angela Lansbury’s character on Murder She Wrote, was another favorite. We all joke that we’d never want to visit Cabot Cove, which was apparently the most deadly town in the world. But we all wanted to meet Jessica. We all wanted to be friends with this woman who didn’t let advancing age get to her, who kept writing and traveling and still had enough energy to solve crimes in her spare time.

I love Simon Brett’s Fethering Mysteries, but Carol Seddon and Jude Nichols, though retired, are comparatively young, and not as much fun for me as his quirky Mrs. Pargeter, who isn’t afraid to ask her late husband’s criminal friends to help her out of a pickle every now and then.

I suppose this is why, when I decided to write a mystery, I created Mrs. B.  

Mrs. B combines a lot of these characteristics, but she’s definitely her own person. Like Jessica Fletcher, Mrs. B is a widow. Like Miss Marple, Mrs. B leads a fairly quiet life. Like Mrs. Pargeter, Mrs. B has people in her world who have been involved in criminal activity. Like Carol Seddon and Jude Nichols, Mrs. B isn’t afraid to enjoy her senior years.

But Burchfield is nothing like St. Mary Mead or Cabot Cove or Fethering. Burchfield is a poor neighborhood in a big city, though it feels like a small town to its residents, most of whom have lived there all their lives. Everyone in Burchfield seems to know everyone else, and knows everything about them, the good and the bad.

In Burchfield people are judged by their friendship and loyalty, not by their car or their clothes. Life is a struggle sometimes, but when you’re surrounded by people who know you and care about you, struggle is always surmountable.

So Mrs. B still lives in the little house she and her late husband Albert bought before their kids were born. She plays pinochle in the morning at the senior center in the basement of St. Mary’s Church, and has lunch every day with her best friends, Myrtle, Anne and Rose. She looks forward to letters from her daughter. She used to have dinner watching the classic movie channel, but new neighbors moved in across the street, and they’re slowly becoming a part of Mrs. B’s life.

And when Myrtle comes to Mrs. B for help, of course Mrs. B says “yes.” That’s what friends are for.



Friday, April 21, 2017

Blast--Occult and Battery

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Title:
OCCULT AND BATTERY
Author: Lena Gregory
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 304
Genre: Cozy Mystery
A murder mystery weekend becomes a
little too real in the latest Bay Island Psychic Mystery from the author of Death
at First Sight—




Cass Donovan uses her skills as a former psychiatrist to get away with pretending
to be psychic, but she’s not about to let anyone get away with murder...




The outlook is not so good for Cass’s psychic shop, Mystical Musings. With
winter winds discouraging tourists from riding the ferry from Long
Island to Bay Island,
Cass hopes to draw in more customers by hosting a murder mystery weekend,
complete with a séance, in a supposedly haunted mansion.



But Cass begins to lose her spirit when her ex-husband shows up, along with his
fiancée—Cass’s ex-best friend. Then, after one of the guests is found dead, a
blizzard blows in, trapping everyone inside with a murderer. Now Cass must
divine who did the deed before her reputation and her livelihood fade away.

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“Stop
the car!”
Bee
Maxwell slammed on the brakes, skidding to a stop on the sand-covered shoulder.
Without loosening his white-knuckled grip on the steering wheel, he turned a
glare on Cass. “Are you crazy? What’s the matter?”
Cass
released her hold on the dashboard and shot him a grin. “We’re here.”
A
hand the size of a baseball mitt fluttered to Bee’s chest, with all the drama
of a true diva. “You nearly gave me a heart attack because we’ve arrived at our
secret destination?” Gritting his teeth, he shifted gently into park. No way
would he jam the shifter into gear, even though she could tell he badly wanted
to. The black Trans Am was his baby, always to be treated tenderly. Cass, on
the other hand, was a different story. Bee looked about ready to throttle her.
“Wouldn’t it have been easier to just tell me where we were going?”
Stephanie
Lawrence poked her head between the seats to stare at Cass. “Not that I want to
agree with Bee, but really, Cass, you could have just told him where to go.
Then maybe this maniac wouldn’t have nearly put us through the windshield.”
She
shrugged. “I didn’t think he’d agree to take me if I told him where we were
going.”
Bee
waved a hand in dismissal and glanced out the window, as if realizing for the
first time where they were.
The
old, supposedly haunted Madison Estate perched in the center of the highest
ground on the island, amid dried-up beach grass, trees long since devoid of
leaves, and garbage from whatever kids were brave—or stupid—enough to ignore
their parents’ warnings. Thick, grey clouds gathered overhead, lending credence
to the haunted stories Cass had heard since childhood.
A
dainty shiver ran through Bee’s bulky frame. “Well, if your destination has
anything to do with that house, you can just count me out.”
“But
it’s perfect.” She opened the door and shot him a quick grin over her shoulder.
“Hey.
Where are you going?”
Ignoring
Bee’s protests, Cass climbed from the car. She closed the door behind her,
effectively cutting off any further arguments. Bee happened to be deathly
afraid of ghosts. Not that he believed in them.




About the Author

Lena
Gregory lives in a small town on the south shore of eastern
Long Island with her husband and
three children. When she was growing up, she spent many lazy afternoons on the
beach, in the yard, anywhere she could find to curl up with a good book. She
loves reading as much now as she did then, but she now enjoys the added
pleasure of creating her own stories.
Her
latest book is the cozy mystery, Occult and Battery.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Cat Got Your Cash













Cat Got Your Cash: A Kitty Couture Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (April 11, 2017)
Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683311089
E-Book ASIN: B01MR48G5L

Synopsis

Lacy Marie Crocker’s whimsical pet couture has gained a following in New Orleans’s cozy Garden District, and word of mouth has traveled all the way to her favorite fashion designer, Annie Lane. Lacy’s thrilled when Annie schedules a private session at her home to discuss a companion line for her evening wear, but when Lacy arrives for the appointment, she enters the kitchen to two mewling Siamese cats–and one very dead Annie.
Lacy takes the kittens home to care for them until they can be properly claimed by Annie’s family or friends, but after a busy day of work, she returns home to find them missing. And when Lacy learns the cats are set to inherit Annie’s fortune, she begins to wonder if the killer was after the kittens all along. Now Lacy will stop at nothing to save the Siamese and find justice for Annie–if the killer doesn’t sink his claws into her first.
Luckily, Lacy has the help of handsome NOLA PD homicide detective Jack Oliver to help her catch the cat-napper before its too late in Cat Got Your Cash, the endearing second Kitty Couture mystery from Julie Chase.

What I Thought:

The cover of this book is what really caught my eye, and I am glad it did, because this was a very good read.  Lacy has opened a pet couture shop and things have been going pretty well for her.  When a client who hires her to discuss so options for her kittens, Lacy finds the client dead and the two kittens alone.  She decides to take the kittens in and later learns the kittens inherit the estate of her dead client. The kittens and then catnapped and Lacy has to figure who catnapped the kittens and who killed their owner.  This was a very entertaining read with a good bit of humor in it.  It was well written and fast-paced, making it an easy read.  I look forward to more in this series.

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About The Author

Julie Chase is a mystery-loving pet enthusiast who hopes to make readers smile. She lives in rural Ohio with her husband and three spunky children. Julie is a member of the International Thriller Writers (ITW) and Sisters in Crime (SinC). She is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyons Literary Agency.
Julie also writes as Julie Anne Lindsey. Learn more about Julie at http://juliechasebooks.com/
Webpage: http://juliechasebooks.com/
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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Occult and Battery


Occult and Battery
by Lena Gregory


Occult and Battery (A Bay Island Psychic Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Berkley (April 4, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425282762
E-Book ASIN: B01J2STXD0

Synopsis

A murder mystery weekend becomes a little too real in the latest Bay Island Psychic Mystery from the author of Death at First Sight
Cass Donovan uses her skills as a former psychiatrist to get away with pretending to be psychic, but she’s not about to let anyone get away with murder...
The outlook is not so good for Cass’s psychic shop, Mystical Musings. With winter winds discouraging tourists from riding the ferry from Long Island to Bay Island, Cass hopes to draw in more customers by hosting a murder mystery weekend, complete with a séance, in a supposedly haunted mansion.
But Cass begins to lose her spirit when her ex-husband shows up, along with his fiancée—Cass’s ex-best friend. Then, after one of the guests is found dead, a blizzard blows in, trapping everyone inside with a murderer. Now Cass must divine who did the deed before her reputation and her livelihood fade away.


What I Thought:

This was a very interesting read.  I really enjoyed reading about Cass and her friends, Stephanie, a Bee, their friendship is spectacular and Bee with Beast, who is Cass' dog made things really entertaining, sometimes laugh-out-loud.  You know Bee has to really think a lot of Cass when he agrees to help her with a mystic weekend at a supposedly haunted mansion.  When the body of one of the owners is found hanging in the cupola, Cass suspects he did not do himself in.  Of course Cass also has to deal with her ex-husband and ex-best friend, who was found in a compromising positon with her ex-husband, over this weekend.  This was a well written book that had a great plot and kept me interested.  I am not sure if I believe in fortune-telling and séances, but it was fun to read about them. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book.



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About The Author

Lena lives in a small town on the south shore of eastern Long Island with her husband and three children.
When she was growing up, she spent many lazy afternoons on the beach, in the yard, anywhere she could find to curl up with a good book. She loves reading as much now as she did then, but she now enjoys the added pleasure of creating her own stories.
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