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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Southern Sass

Southern Sass and Killer Cravings
(Marygene Brown Mysteries)
by Kate Young


About the Book


Southern Sass and Killer Cravings (Marygene Brown Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Kensington (May 28, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
ISBN-10: 1496721454
ISBN-13: 978-1496721457
Digital ASIN: B07H1VWGBS

Life has always been sweet on Georgia’s Peach Cove Island, but a case of murder has Marygene Brown down in the pits . . .
For generations, the women of the Brown family on Peach Cove Island have been known for their Southern sass and sweet homemade desserts at their beloved Peach Diner. Since their mother's passing two years ago, Marygene has been stuck in Atlanta while her sister Jena Lynn has been running the family business. Now Marygene has left her husband and returned to her hometown, where she can almost feel Mama's presence.
But all is not peachy back home. Marygene has barely tied on an apron when a diner regular drops dead at the counter. When it turns out the old man's been poisoned, Jena Lynn is led away in handcuffs and the family eatery is closed. Now, to save her sister and the diner, Marygene must find the real killer. With some startling assistance from her Mama's spirit, Marygene will be serving up a special order of just desserts . . .
Includes Seven Recipes from Marygene’s Kitchen!

What I Thought:

I have wanted to read this book since I first saw it advertised, I find my self intrigued by stories set in the south and this one did not disappoint me.  Marygene has left her abusive husband and has moved back home to her island community of Peach Cove.  She hopes to work in the families Peach Diner, but when her sister, Jena Lynn, bakes a cake for a customer and he ends up dead, the diner is closed.  Marygene's estranged father is the sheriff, so that makes for some sticky situations as Marygene is trying to clear her sister's name.  This was a great mystery read that also had a great family dynamic to it.  It also touched on the subject of domestic abuse.  I really liked the protagonist and I liked the setting.  I thought the book was fast paced and well written and it kept me guessing till the very end.  I look forward to the next book in this series.

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About the Author



Kate Young writes humorous southern mystery novels. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Guppy Chapter. Kate lives in a small town in Georgia with her husband, three kids, and Shih Tzu. When she is not writing her own books, she's reading or cooking.

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

The Scent of Murder






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First in a new series from national bestselling author Kylie Logan, The Scent of Murder is a riveting mystery following Jazz Ramsey as she trains cadaver dogs.
The way Jazz Ramsey figures it, life is pretty good. She’s thirty-five years old and owns her own home in one of Cleveland’s most diverse, artsy, and interesting neighborhoods. She has a job she likes as an administrative assistant at an all-girls school, and a volunteer interest she’s passionate about—Jazz is a cadaver dog handler.
Jazz is working with Luther, a cadaver dog in training. Luther is still learning cadaver work, so Jazz is putting him through his paces at an abandoned building that will soon be turned into pricey condos. When Luther signals a find, Jazz is stunned to see the body of a young woman who is dressed in black and wearing the kind of make-up and jewelry that Jazz used to see on the Goth kids back in high school.
She’s even more shocked when she realizes that beneath the tattoos and the piercings and all that pale make up is a familiar face.
The lead detective on the case is an old lover, and the murdered woman is an old student. Jazz finds herself sucked into the case, obsessed with learning the truth.


Author Bio:
KYLIE LOGAN is the national bestselling author of The League of Literary Ladies Mysteries, the Button Box Mysteries, the Chili Cook-Off Mysteries, and the Ethnic Eats Mysteries. The Scent of Murder is the first in a new series.


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 What I Thought:

I thought this was an okay book.  It starts out with Jazz training a new cadaver dog, when the dog, Luther, stumbles upon a dead body.  The body belongs to a former student at the all-girls school where Jazz is an administrative assistant.  Of course Jazz is curious as to what happened to the girl, so she embarks on her own investigation to get to the bottom of the story.  I thought this story was well written and the premise was a little different than what I am used to reading.  There was some background information in this book that made me wonder if it will be brought to the forefront in a forthcoming book.  I thought the plot was well thought out and the story flowed well.  I will be looking forward to the next in this series.



 


 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 









 
 

 

 

 

 
 

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Shifting Through Clues


Sifting Through Clues
(A Cookbook Nook)
by Daryl Wood Gerber


About the Book


Sifting Through Clues (A Cookbook Nook Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Beyond the Page (April 23, 2019)
Print Length: 235 pages
ASIN: B07NQNFC45

The Agatha Award–winning author of Wreath Between the Lines returns to the Cookbook Nook, where culinary mysteries are giving everyone food for thought . . .
Book clubs from all over have descended on Crystal Cove to celebrate the library’s Book Club Bonanza week, and Jenna Hart has packed the Cookbook Nook with juicy reads and tasty cookbooks. But she’s most excited about spending an evening with the Mystery Mavens and their moveable feast, when they will go from house to house to share different culinary treats and discuss the whodunit they’re all reading. It’s all good food and fun for the savvy armchair detectives, until one of the members of the group is found murdered at the last stop on the tour.
As if that weren’t enough to spoil her appetite, Jenna discovers that all the evidence points to her friend Pepper as being the guilty party. And with Pepper’s chief-of-police daughter too close to the case to be impartial, Jenna knows she’ll have to step in to help clear her friend’s name before a bitter injustice sends her to jail. Sifting through the clues, Jenna unearths any number of possible culprits, but she’ll have to cook up a new way to catch the killer before Pepper’s goose is cooked . . .
Includes tasty sweet and savory recipes!


What I Thought:


This was another great installment in the Cookbook Nook Mystery series.  I enjoy visiting Jenna in mysterious Crystal Cove with all of it's charming inhabitants.  In this installment, book clubs have descended on Crystal Cove and the Mystery Mavens have their own club and are having a moveable feast where they discuss their latest book.  When one of the club members is found murdered on the last stop of the feast, Jenna has to step up to find the killer because her best friend, Pepper is the main suspect.  As always this was a well written story that flowed well and had me turning the pages.  I enjoy the setting and the plots of this series seem to get better and better.  I enjoy that the series delves a little into witchcraft but the author is very realistic in the elements of the craft.  I was left guessing until the end, which is what I love about a cozy mystery.


I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About the Author


Agatha Award-winning Daryl Wood Gerber writes the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries as well as the French Bistro Mysteries. As Avery Aames, she pens the popular Cheese Shop Mysteries. Daryl also writes stand-alone suspense. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote.” She loves to cook, and she has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky who keeps her in line!
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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The Hidden Corpse


The Hidden Corpse
(A Food Blogger Mystery)
by Debra Sennefelder

About the Book


The Hidden Corpse (A Food Blogger Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Kensington (March 26, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496715934
ISBN-13: 978-1496715937
Digital ASIN: B07F5YS5XR

Former reality TV baking show contestant and recent divorcĂ©e Hope Early is trying to find her recipe for success as a food blogger—but murder keeps getting in the mix . . .

When Hope’s elderly neighbor perishes in a home fire, she can't help but feel somewhat responsible. Only the day before, Peggy Olson had called her over, having burned a pot on the stove while she was sleeping and filling the house with smoke. In fact, she couldn't even remember cooking. Clearly, it was dangerous for the woman to live alone.

But it turns out she wasn't alone. When a second body is discovered in the basement of the burned house, suddenly what appeared to be a tragic accident is beginning to look like premeditated murder. As rumors spread like wildfire, Hope is determined to sort out the facts and smoke out a killer, but she might be jumping from the frying pan straight into the fire . . .

Includes Recipes from Hope’s Kitchen!

What I Thought:

This is the second in A Food Blogger Mystery series.  This installment of the series was just as good as the first installment.  In this one, Hope's elderly neighbor has, Peggy has perished in a house fire, and Hope feels a little responsible as Peggy told her about burning a pot on the stove the day before.  When a second body is found in Peggy's basement, it seems that the fires wasn't just a tragic accident but a premeditated murder.  Hope starts investigating and starts questioning some of the residents of town, making some angry with her.  I thought this book was well written, as was the first.  I enjoy reading about Hope and her job as a food blogger, that gets to be as interesting as the mystery.  The plot was very well thought out, and the story was fast paced. The author does a great job with describing the setting of this story, I actually felt like I was there.  There were twists and turns that left me guessing.

 I received a complimentary copy of this book.


About the Author

Debra Sennefelder, the author of the Food Blogger Mystery series and the Resale Boutique Mystery series, is an avid reader who reads across a range of genres, but mystery fiction is her obsession. Her interest in people and relationships is channeled into her novels against a backdrop of crime and mystery. When she’s not reading, she enjoys cooking and baking and as a former food blogger, she is constantly taking photographs of her food. Yeah, she’s that person.

Born and raised in New York City, she now lives and writes in Connecticut with her family. She’s worked in pre-hospital care, retail and publishing. Her writing companions are her adorable and slightly spoiled Shih-Tzus, Susie and Billy.

She is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, Women's Fiction Writers Association and Romance Writers of America.

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Designs on Murder


Designs On Murder:
A Ghostly Fashionista Mystery
by Gayle Leeson


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Designs On Murder: A Ghostly Fashionista Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Grace Abraham Publishing (March 26, 2019)
Print Length: 229 pages
ASIN: B07MYCQJHB

What if you discovered your lively new friend wasn't really...alive?

Amanda Tucker is excited about opening her fashion design studio in Shops On Main, a charming old building in historic Abingdon, Virginia. She didn't realize a ghost came with the property! But soon Maxine "Max" Englebright, a young woman who died in 1930, isn't the only dead person at the retail complex. Mark Tinsley, a web designer with a know-it-all attitude who also rented space at Shops On Main, is shot in his office.

Amanda is afraid that one of her new "friends" and fellow small business owners is his killer, and Max is encouraging her to solve Mark's murder a la Nancy Drew. Easy for Max to want to investigate--the ghostly fashionista can't end up the killer's next victim!

What I Thought:

As always, Gayle delivered another great story and series with this one.  After a job interview, Amanda wanders into a shop that is for rent in Shops on Main in Abingdon, VA.  There she meets Maxine Englebright, and she knows they will become fast and lifelong friends, only Max is a ghost who died in 1930.  Amanda decides to open a fashion boutique in the shop after some encouragement from her grandfather.  When another renter of a space at Shops on Main if found shot in his office, Amanda becomes involved after fearing one of her new friends and fellow business associates is the killer.  This book was well written with a lot of imagination.  I enjoy how Amanda and Max interact even though Max is a ghost.  The mystery was great and there were several suspects that made it hard to narrow down who the killer was.  The story flowed well making a quick and easy read. I am anxiously anticipating the next in this quirky series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About the Author

Gayle Leeson is a pseudonym for Gayle Trent. Gayle has also written as Amanda Lee and Gayle Trent. As Amanda Lee, she wrote the Embroidery Mystery series, and as Gayle Trent, she writes the Daphne Martin Cake Mystery series and the Myrtle Crumb Mystery series. Going forward, Gayle intends to keep her writing until the Gayle Leeson name. She has a series of women's fiction novellas set in a shopping mall that has been converted to include micro-apartments (the Kinsey Falls series) and has just begun this new cozy series, the Ghostly Fashionista Mystery series. Another Down South Cafe novel is slated for release in August with book two in the Ghostly Fashionista series scheduled for October.
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Monday, April 1, 2019

Death at the Dakota Blast





Marni Graff writes two award-winning mystery series: The Nora Tierney English Mysteries and The Trudy Genova Manhattan Mysteries. She teaches writing workshops and mentors the Writers Read program, and is Managing Editor of Bridle Path Press. 



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Nurse Trudy Genova is making plans to take her relationship to NYPD detective Ned O'Malley to the next level, when she lands a gig as medical consultant on a film shoot at the famed Dakota apartment building in Manhattan, which John Lennon once called home. Then star Monica Kiley goes missing, a cast member turns up dead, and it appears Trudy might be next. Meanwhile Ned tackles a mysterious murder case in which the victim is burned beyond recognition. When his investigations lead him back to the Dakota, Trudy finds herself wondering: how can she fall in love if she can't even survive?



Readers of Death Unscripted, the first book in the Trudy Genova Manhattan Mystery series, will find the same pleasures in this sequel: fast pacing, engaging characters, twists and turns on the way to a satisfying close. Once again M.K. Graff reveals her talents in crafting this delightful mix of amateur sleuth and police procedural.



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Part procedural, part cozy, Death at the Dakota is a well-crafted and highly entertaining mystery.- Bruce Robert Coffin, #1 bestselling author of the Detective Byron mysteries.   

I fell in love -- not only with co-protagonists, Trudy and Ned, the richly detailed and historic setting of The Dakota, and the unique cast of characters, but with the unusual plot of Death at the DakotaSherry Harris, Agatha Award nominated author of the Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mysteries


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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Pinot Red or Dead



Pinot Red or Dead?
(The Wine Trail Mysteries)
by J.C. Eaton


About the Book


Pinot Red or Dead? (The Wine Trail Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Lyrical Underground (March 26, 2019)
Paperback: 206 pages
ISBN-10: 1516108035
ISBN-13: 978-1516108039
Digital ASIN: B07F5XDH41

There’s a lot of noir surrounding this rare pinot.
As the vineyards in Seneca Lake, New York, prepare for the seasonal “Deck the Halls Around the Lake” festivities, someone is determined to keep pinot noir off the wine list. Hijacked trucks and sabotaged ingredients have made it a hard-to-acquire vintage for the six local wineries—including Norrie Ellington’s Two Witches Winery.
The case of the stolen and spoiled wines gets stranger when Arnold Mowen, owner of the company distributing the wine, is found dead, the apparent victim of a hunting accident. As Norrie tries to find the connections between the pinot’s problems and Arnold’s death, she uncovers a conspiracy among many locals whose hatred for the wine distributor was bottled up for far too long . . .

What I Thought:

This is the first book that I have read in this series, so far.  This was a fast paced story that grabbed my attention from the beginning.  Norrie is a screenwriter and "silent" partner in her family's Two Witches Winery business, but when her sister and brother-in-law go out of the country, Norrie has to take the reins.  When someone starts targeting Pinot Noir wines and when the owner of the company that distributes the wines is found murdered, Norrie has to put on her sleuth hat to figure out what is going on.  I enjoyed this mystery because there was more going on that just a murder.  I also enjoyed that it is set during the holiday season. The setting of the story was also charming and I liked the authors descriptions about the area.  Norrie was a great protagonist and a very persistent sleuth.  There were just enough twists and turns in this one to keep me guessing and turning the pages.  I look forward to more in this series and am definitely going to read the two I missed.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

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Ann I. Goldfarb
New York native Ann I. Goldfarb spent most of her life in education, first as a classroom teacher and later as a middle school principal and professional staff developer. Writing as J. C. Eaton, along with her husband, James Clapp, she has authored the Sophie Kimball Mysteries (Kensington) set for release in June 2017. In addition, Ann has nine published YA time travel mysteries under her own name. Visit the websites at www.jceatonauthor.com and www.timetravelmysteries.com
James E. Clapp
When James E. Clapp retired as the tasting room manager for a large upstate New York winery, he never imagined he’d be co-authoring cozy mysteries with his wife, Ann I. Goldfarb. His first novel, Booked 4 Murder (Kensington) is set for release in June 2017. Non-fiction in the form of informational brochures and workshop materials treating the winery industry were his forte along with an extensive background and experience in construction that started with his service in the U.S. Navy and included vocational school classroom teaching.
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