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Friday, July 20, 2018

Shelved Under Murder





Shelved Under Murder: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery

by Victoria Gilbert


About the Book




Shelved Under Murder: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery

Cozy Mystery

2nd in Series

Crooked Lane Books (July 10, 2018)

Hardcover: 300 pages

ISBN-13: 978-1683315957

Digital: ASIN: B075QJHPR9




Autumn leaves aren’t the only things falling in the historic Virginia village of Taylorsford—so are some cherished memories, and a few bodies.

October in Taylorsford, Virginia means it’s leaf peeping season, with bright colorful foliage and a delightful fresh crew of tourists attending the annual Heritage Festival which celebrates local history and arts and crafts. Library director Amy Webber, though, is slightly dreading having to spend two days running a yard sale fundraiser for her library. But during these preparations, when she and her assistant Sunny stumble across a dead body, Amy finds a real reason to be worried.

The body belonged to a renowned artist who was murdered with her own pallet knife. A search of the artist’s studio uncovers a cache of forged paintings, and when the sheriff’s chief deputy Brad Tucker realizes Amy is skilled in art history research, she’s recruited to aid the investigation. It doesn’t seem to be an easy task, but when the state’s art expert uncovers a possible connection between Amy’s deceased uncle and the murder case, Amy must champion her Aunt Lydia to clear her late husband’s name.

That’s when another killing shakes the quiet town, and danger sweeps in like an autumn wind. Now, with her swoon-inducing neighbor Richard Muir, Amy must scour their resources to once again close the books on murder.

What I Thought:

This is the second book in the Blue Ridge Library mystery series and this series just got a little better.  It is the time of year for the Heritage Festival and when a renowned artist is killed with her own pallet knife, the Sheriff's department recruit's Amy to help investigate. Another murder shakes the town of Taylorsford to the core and leaves everyone on the edge, so Amy has to work fast to solve the crimes. This book was very well written and flowed really well.  I enjoyed reading about this town as I live close to the Blue Ridge Mountains of VA.  I thought the plot was well thought out and very believable.  There were enough suspects to keep the story interesting but not too many to make the story overwhelming.  I look forward to visiting Amy and Taylorsford again soon.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About the Author



Victoria Gilbert, raised in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, turned her early obsession with reading into a dual career as an author and librarian. She has worked as a reference librarian, research librarian, and library director.

When not writing or reading, Victoria likes to spend her time watching films, gardening, or traveling. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers, and is represented by Frances Black at Literary Council, NY, NY.

Victoria lives in North Carolina with her husband and some very spoiled cats. This is her first Blue Ridge Library mystery.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Souffle of Suspicion





A Soufflé of Suspicion: A French Bistro Mystery

by Daryl Wood Gerber


About the Book




A Soufflé of Suspicion: A French Bistro Mystery

Cozy Mystery

2nd in Series

Crooked Lane Books (July 10, 2018)

Hardcover 296 Pages

ISBN-13: 978-1683315865

Digital ASIN: B075QMR44B




The buoyant mood at Bistro Rousseau deflates when Chef Camille’s sister, Renee, turns up dead in the chef’s kitchen, and Mimi Rousseau must tease the real killer out of a mélange of menacing characters.

Crush Week in Nouvelle Vie is a madhouse—in a good way. Tourists pour into town for the pressing of the Napa Valley’s world-renowned grapes and all the town’s businesses get a nice lift, including Bistro and Maison Rousseau. Mimi is raising the ante this year with a Sweet Treats Festival, a wonderland of croissants, cakes, tarts, and soufflés crafted with expert care by the area’s top talents.

Chef Camille’s sister Renee is managing the festival with a cast-iron fist, upsetting everyone, including her sister. Which is bad for Camille when Renee turns up dead in the chef’s kitchen. Mimi is still building her business, so her first course of action is to whip up answers and catch the unsavory perpetrator before Camille takes a dusting and gets burned.
What I Thought:


 This is the second in A French Bistro Mystery and it was just as good or better than the first.  Like in the first novel, there were a lot of characters to try to keep straight, therefore, making for a lot of suspects.  It is the time of year for the pressing of Napa Valley's grapes and Mimi has decided to have a Sweet Treats Festival which is being managed by Renee, Mimi's chef, Camille's sister.  Renee makes some enemies and turns up dead in the kitchen of the Bistro.  This was a fast-paced read that kept my attention from the beginning.  Like I mentioned, there were a lot of characters to keep straight, therefore making it hard to pinpoint who the killer was.  The writing was superb and the plot well thought out.  I enjoyed revisiting the town and characters of this well-written series and I look forward to more in this series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About the Author


Agatha Award-winning Daryl Wood Gerber is best known for her nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries and CHEESE SHOP MYSTERIES, which she pens as Avery Aames. She will soon debut the new French Bistro Mysteries. Daryl also writes stand-alone suspense: DAYS OF SECRETS and GIRL ON THE RUN. 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, July 3, 2018

Murder Made to Order





Murder Made to Order (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery)

by Lena Gregory


About the Book




Murder Made to Order (All-Day Breakfast Cafe

Mystery)


Cozy Mystery

2nd in Series

Lyrical Underground (June 19, 2018)

Paperback: 196 pages

ISBN-13: 978-1516104666

Digital ASIN: B075WBZH6L



To save her cozy Florida diner, Gia Morelli must choke down a heaping helping of murder . . .


New York native Gia Morelli is just getting used to life in Florida when she gets word that the town government wants to shut down her pride and joy: the charming little diner known as the All-Day Breakfast Café. A forgotten zoning regulation means that the café was opened illegally, and hardboiled council president Marcia Steers refuses to budge. Gia is considering hanging up her apron and going back to New York, but before she gives up on her dream, she discovers something shocking in the local swamp: Marcia Steers, dead in the water. There’s a secret buried in the books at town hall, and someone killed to keep it hidden. To save her café and bring a killer to justice, Gia and her friends will have to figure out a killer’s recipe for murder . . .

What I Thought:

The was the second installment in the All-day Breakfast Cafe Mystery Series and it was just as good as the first in the series.  It was nice visiting with Gia and her friends again.  In this one, Gia is out for a walk and stumbles upon the body of a woman who wanted to talk to her the day before about a zoning regulation.  So Gia has to prove that she did not kill the council president and also find out what secrets are at the Town Hall.  I really enjoyed the read the writing was superb and made the story flow very well.  The plot was very well thought-out and believable and I was left guessing up to the very end.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

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.


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Saturday, June 23, 2018

The Spook in the Stacks





The Spook in the Stacks: A Lighthouse Library Mystery

by Eva Gates



About the Book




The Spook in the Stacks: A Lighthouse Library Mystery

Cozy Mystery

4th in Series

Crooked Lane Books (June 12, 2018)

Hardcover: 250 Pages

ISBN-13: 978-1683315803

Digital ASIN: B075QJ59PX




Halloween in North Carolina’s Outer Banks becomes seriously tricky when librarian Lucy Richardson stumbles across something extra unusual in the rare books section: a dead body.

Wealthy businessman Jay Ruddle is considering donating his extensive collection of North Carolina historical documents to the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library, but the competition for the collection is fierce. Unfortunately, while the library is hosting a lecture on ghostly legends, Jay becomes one of the dearly departed in the rare books section. Now, it’s up to Lucy Richardson and her fellow librarians to bone up on their detective skills and discover who is responsible for this wicked Halloween homicide.

Meanwhile, very strange things are happening at the library―haunted horses are materializing in the marsh, the lights seem to have an eerie life of their own, and the tiny crew of a model ship appears to move around when no one is watching. Is Lucy at her wit’s end? Or can it be that the Bodie Island Lighthouse really is haunted?
With The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on everyone’s minds and ghoulish gossip on everyone’s lips, Lucy will need to separate the clues from the boos if she wants to crack this case without losing her head in The Spook in the Stacks, the delightful fourth in national bestseller Eva Gates’ Lighthouse Library mysteries.

What I Thought:

This is the fourth book in the Lighthouse Library mystery series and the second of the series I have read.    I have read the first book in the series and really enjoyed it so I knew I would enjoy this one, and I did.  It had similarities to the first book, but was is it's own unique story.  Halloween has come to the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library and Lucy and the staff are getting ready with spooky book club selections and also with spooky talks.  Wealthy businessman, Jay Ruddle, is preparing to find a new home for some of his historical North Carolina History papers and the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library is a possible choice.  During a talk by Louise Jane, Mr. Ruddle is found dead in the rare books room.  Lucy and the staff have to, once again, put on their sleuth hats to solve the mystery.  I thought this book was well written and flowed really well.  I loved how the author incorporated Halloween themes into the book.  There were a lot of twists and turns that kept me guessing.  I look forward to more in this series. 

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

About the Author




Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than twenty-five books: clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. She is currently writing three cozy mystery series: the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series for Crooked Lane, the Year Round Christmas mysteries for Penguin Random House and, under the pen name of Eva Gates, the Lighthouse Library series, for Crooked Lane Books.

Vicki lives and writes in bucolic Prince Edward County, Ontario. She is the past president of the Crime Writers of Canada. Her work has been nominated for the Derringer, the Bony Blithe, the Ontario Library Association Golden Oak, and the Arthur Ellis Awards.




Visit Vicki at www.vickidelany.com. On Facebook at www.facebook.com/evagatesauthor. Twitter @vickidelany @evagatesauthor


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Guest Post:

Charles the Library Cat
By Eva Gates,
May 2018


Allow me to introduce myself. I am Charles, the resident cat at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library and star of the Lighthouse Library mysteries by Eva Gates.

I was named for Mr. Charles Dickens, a great man of letters, as I am a great cat of books. I don’t actually read books mind, but I find they are very comfortable to settle down on when left open on a table top.

I currently live with Lucy in our apartment on the fourth floor of the Lighthouse, which Lucy calls her Lighthouse Aerie. Before Lucy arrived, I lived on the ground floor. I love the library at night, but it can be a bit lonely after everyone has gone home at the end of the day. So, when Lucy got the job of assistant librarian at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library, which came with an apartment on the fourth floor, I naturally decided that Lucy needed me to move into the apartment with her. So now I am a library cat by day and a house cat by night.

I am kept hopping all day. My duties are to greet patrons when they arrive, join the children for children’s activities, allow lonely old women to fuss over me, keep mice out of the cupboards, and advise Lucy NOT to wear that hideous dress for her date with Connor. Or is it Butch this time? I get confused.

Right now, we’re particularly busy at the library getting ready for Halloween. I don’t know why humans think it’s fun to be frightened. I certainly do not. But the decorations are up, the parties are planned.

Nothing I love more than a party at the library. All those laps to curl up in and all that food, waiting to be snatched up.

I just hope no one gets killed this time. I try to help Lucy when she has a mystery to solve. I can tell her who can be trusted and who cannot. But does she pay any mind to me? No. Humans, they think they know it all.

But I… oh, wait, is that a mouse I see? Excuse me.



Wednesday, June 20, 2018

As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles








As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles (A Food Lovers' Village Mystery)

by Leslie Budewitz


About the Book




As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles (A Food Lovers' Village Mystery)

Cozy Mystery

5th in Series

Midnight Ink (June 8, 2018)

Paperback: 288 pages

ISBN-13: 978-0738752419

Digital ASIN: B075W25FNF




Erin is one smart cookie, but can she keep the holiday spirit—and herself—alive till Christmas?

In Jewel Bay, all is merry and bright. At Murphy's Mercantile, AKA the Merc, manager Erin Murphy is ringing in the holiday season with food, drink, and a new friend: Merrily Thornton. A local girl gone wrong, Merrily has turned her life around. But her parents have publicly shunned her, and they nurse a bitterness that chills Erin.

When Merrily goes missing and her boss discovers he's been robbed, fingers point to Merrily—until she's found dead, a string of lights around her neck. The clues and danger snowball from there. Can Erin nab the killer—and keep herself in one piece—in time for a special Christmas Eve?

Includes delicious recipes!

What I Thought:

This is my second visit to Jewel Bay and the Merc and this visit was even better than my first visit.  This story captured my attention from the beginning and kept it throughout, maybe because it was about Christmas.  This book was very well written with great dialogue and banter between the characters.  The setting was great, and because it is set during Christmas, even though it is June, that made the book even better.  Erin is getting ready to marry the man of her dreams when bad girl turned good, Merrily comes to town.  She has been shunned by her parents and is suspected of stealing from her boss, but she is found dead with a string of lights around her neck.  Erin has to solve he murder to save the Christmas holiday and also because her wedding nuptials are coming up.  I look forward to reading more in this series, and am definitely going to go back and read the others in the series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.



About the Author




Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries—and the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. She lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician, and doctor of natural

medicine, and their cat Ruff, a cover model, and avid bird-watcher.

Connect with her on her website, http://www.LeslieBudewitz.com, on Facebook, or on Twitter.


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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

A Deadly Eclair





A Deadly Éclair: A French Bistro Mystery

by Daryl Wood Gerber


About the Book




A Deadly Éclair: A French Bistro Mystery

Cozy Mystery

New Series

Crooked Lane Books (June 12, 2018)

Paperback: 368 pages

ISBN-13: 978-1683316046

Kindle ASIN: B06XWDWRLF




It’s always been Mimi Rousseau’s dream to open her own bistro, but it seems beyond her grasp since she’s been chased back home to Nouvelle Vie in Napa Valley by her late husband’s tremendous debt. Until her best friend Jorianne James introduces her to entrepreneur Bryan Baker who invests in promising prospects. Now, working the bistro and inn until she’s able to pay it off and call it her own, Mimi is throwing the inn’s first wedding ever.

The wedding will be the talk of the town, as famous talk show host Angelica Edmonton, daughter of Bryan’s half-brother, Edison, has chosen the inn as her perfect venue. Anxious, Mimi is sure things are going to turn south, especially when Edison gets drunk and rowdy at the out-of-towners’ dinner, but by the evening, things begin to look up again. That is until six AM rolls around, and Bryan is found dead at the bistro with an éclair stuffed in his mouth. And the fingers point at Mimi, whose entire loan is forgiven in Bryan’s will.

Now it’s up to Mimi to clear her name and get to the bottom of things before the killer turns up the heat again in A Deadly Éclair, the scrumptious series debut by Agatha Award-winning author Daryl Wood Gerber.

What I Thought:

I really thought I was going to love this book, and I did like it, but not really as much as I thought I would. It is the first book in the French Bistro Mystery Series, and there were a lot of characters introduced at once and I got a little confused at first.  The premise is a french bistro in the wine country of Napa Valley, and the benefactor to the owner has booked a wedding weekend for his niece at the Bistro.  This is where we meet the many characters.  Mimi is the owner of the Bistro and Bryan is her benefactor.  Bryan ends up murdered with an eclair in his mouth, and of course, Mimi is the main suspect.  I thought the writing was superb, which helped this book flow well.  Once I got all the characters down pat, the book ended up being a very quick and entertaining read.  Of course with all the characters there were many suspects and Mimi has a time clearing her name.  I do look forward to reading the next in this series as it was a great setting with a great plot.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.



About the Author

Agatha Award-winning Daryl Wood Gerber is best known for her nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries and CHEESE SHOP MYSTERIES, which she pens as Avery Aames. She will soon debut the new French Bistro Mysteries. Daryl also writes stand-alone suspense: DAYS OF SECRETS and GIRL ON THE RUN. 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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Monday, June 4, 2018

Bear Witness to Murder







Bear Witness to Murder (A Teddy Bear Mystery)

by Meg Macy


About the Book




Bear Witness to Murder (A Teddy Bear Mystery)

Cozy Mystery

2nd in Series

Kensington (May 29, 2018)

Paperback: 288 pages

ISBN-13: 978-1496709653

Digital ASIN: B075C38DMD




As autumn air settles into the quaint small town of Silver Hollow, there’s nothing more popular than Sasha’s teddy bears—and murder in cold blood . . .

Silver Bear Shop and Factory manager Sasha Silverman is cozying up to the fall season by hosting Silver Hollow’s Cranbeary Tea Party, the opening event of the village’s Oktobear Fest—a too-cute celebration themed around teddy bears. She barely has a moment to agonize over the return of her former high school rival, Holly Parker, whose new toy and bookstore in town could spell big trouble for the Silver Bear Shop and her cousin’s small bookstore . . .

But when Sasha discovers Holly’s shop assistant dead with a knife plunged in her body, the unpleasant woman suddenly looks like a real backstabber. So does Sasha’s ex-husband, rumored to have rekindled the fiery extramarital affair he once had with the victim. Now, before a gruesome homicide case takes the fun out of both the Fest and her personal life, Sasha must identify the true culprit from a daunting suspect list—or risk becoming as lifeless as one of her stuffed bears . . .


What I Thought:

This is the second installment in the Teddy Bear Mystery Series and it was as good as the first one.  This installment again returns to the town of Silver Hollow, MI, where Sasha and her sister, Maddie run the local teddy bear factory and shop.  To kick off the Oktobear Festival, they help host a Cranbeary tea.  There they run into an old High School nemesis of Sasha's , Holly and her assistant.  When Sasha finds Holly stabbed the next morning, she becomes a suspect so she has to find the real killer to clear her name.  This book was well written with an intriguing plot that kept my attention from the beginning.  There were some twists and turns that kept me guessing up until the very end.  I am looking forward to visiting Silver Hollow again, not only because Ms Macy is such a talented writer, but because I love teddy bears as much as I love cozy mysteries.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.


Award-winning mystery author Meg Macy lives in Southeast Michigan, close to Ann Arbor, Chelsea, and Dexter — the area she chose for the setting of her new “Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear” cozy mystery series for Kensington. She is also one-half of the writing team of D.E. Ireland for the Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins Mystery series; two books have been named Agatha Award finalists. Meg’s first published book, Double Crossing, won the 2012 Best First Novel Spur Award from Western Writers of America. She’s a graduate of Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction program. Meg loves reading mysteries, historical, and other genre fiction, and also enjoys gardening, crafts, and watercolor painting.

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