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Saturday, March 7, 2020

On the Lamb



On the Lamb (A Kebab Kitchen Mystery)

by Tina Kashian



About On The Lamb


On the Lamb (A Kebab Kitchen Mystery)

Cozy Mystery

4th in Series

Publisher: Kensington (February 25, 2020)

Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages

ISBN-10: 1496726057

ISBN-13: 978-1496726056

Kindle ASIN: B07R8WVPMX




Lucy Berberian is busy preparing her family’s Mediterranean restaurant for Easter on the Jersey Shore—but a batch of sweets is to die for . . .


Bikers are thundering into the seaside town of Ocean Crest for the annual Bikers on the Beach gathering that raises funds for injured veterans. It’s a big boost for the Kebab Kitchen, as well as for local businesses like Melanie Haven’s candy shop. But Melanie is about to find herself in a sticky situation.


When Melanie and Lucy attend a beach bonfire, a local landlord is found dead after apparently choking on a piece of salt water taffy. Melanie, who was known to have a contentious relationship with the victim, is quickly skewered as the prime suspect. But Lucy is determined to prove her friend’s innocence before the real killer coasts free . . .


Recipes included!

What I Thought:

This was another great installment in this series. I love author's writing style because I actually feel like I am at the Jersey Shore. Her descriptions are that great. In this one, it is time for the Biker's on the Beach Festival and Lucy's friend Michael invites her and her friends to a bonfire on the beach. When Lucy and Katie's friend Melanie's landlord is found dead on the beach, Melanie is the main suspect. Of course, since Lucy is a pro at solving crimes, Melanie begs her to help prove she is innocent. Lucy gets herself into some sticky situations while investigating. On top of all this, she is still trying to run the Kebab Kitchen and keep up her relationship with Azad. I thought this story flowed well and the plot was well thought out and well written. I found myself quickly turning pages because I could not wait to find out what happened next. There were several suspects and it took Lucy a little while to rule them all out. I did not figure out who the killer was until right before the reveal, which is what I like in a cozy. I really enjoy this series and look forward to reading more from this author.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.


About Tina Kashian




Tina Kashian is a bestselling author, an attorney, and a mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. Tina spent her childhood summers at the Jersey shore building sandcastles, boogie boarding, and riding the boardwalk Ferris wheel. She also grew up in the restaurant business, as her Armenian parents owned a restaurant for thirty years. Tina’s books have been Barnes & Noble top picks, and the first book in her Kebab Kitchen Mediterranean mystery series, Hummus and Homicide, spent six weeks on the B&N bestseller list. Please visit her website at www.tinakashian.com to join her newsletter, receive delicious recipes, enter contests, and more!

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Here Comes the Body

Here Comes the Body (A Catering Hall Mystery)

by Maria DiRico


About Here Comes the Body




Here Comes the Body (A Catering Hall Mystery)

Cozy Mystery

1st in Series

Publisher: Kensington (February 25, 2020)

Mass Market Paperback: 304 page

ISBN-10: 1496725344

ISBN-13: 978-1496725349

Digital ASIN: B07R8WYLSC




After her philandering husband’s boat went down, newly single Mia Carina went back to Astoria, the bustling Queens neighborhood of her youth. Living with her Nonna and her oversized cat, Doorstop, she’s got a whole new life—including some amateur sleuthing . . .


Mia is starting work at Belle View, her father’s catering hall, a popular spot for weddings, office parties, and more—despite the planes that occasionally roar overhead on their way to LaGuardia and rattle the crystal chandelier. Soon she’s planning a bachelor party for a less-than-gentlemanly groom. But it goes awry when the gigantic cake is wheeled in and a deadly surprise is revealed . . .


Since some of her family’s associates are on the shady side, the NYPD wastes no time in casting suspicion on Mia’s father. Now, Mia’s going to have to use all her street smarts to keep him out of Rikers Island . . .Italian recipes included!

What I Thought:

This was a great start to a new series. This cozy was also unlike most cozies that I normally read. Mia has moved back to Queens from Florida after the suspicious death of her husband. She come back to help run her families catering hall. I really enjoyed meeting this quirky cast of characters which are based on the author's own family, which made the story more authentic and real. When Mia helps plan and elaborate bachelor party, when the giant cake is wheeled out and the stripper does not pop out, but is found dead, Mia's father is the main suspect. Mia has to get busy proving that her father is innocent despite the fact that some of his associates are on the shady side. This story was so well written and I really enjoyed the setting and the plot. It was well thought out and the characters were really believable. I liked that there were some twists but that the book did not end in a cliffhanger, but still leaves you wanting to read more about Mia and her eccentric family. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book

About Maria DiRico


Maria DiRico

Maria DiRico was born in Queens, New York, and raised in Queens and Westchester County. She is a first-generation Italian-American on her mother’s side. On her father’s side, her grandfather was a low-level Jewish mobster who disappeared in 1933 under mysterious circumstances. She also writes the award-winning, bestselling Cajun Country Mystery series under the name Ellen Byron.

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Mia Carina, by Maria DiRico

Lemme tell you, running a catering hall with a mobster father who’s trying to go straight can get a little dicey.

Don’t get me wrong. I wake up every morning thanking the universe that I’m in Astoria, Queens, and not Palm Beach, Florida, where my cheating husband disappeared with his mistress. I live upstairs from my nonna – that’s Italian for “grandma” in the two-family house that she’s lived in for like, a bazillion years. Nonna basically a mom to me, especially since my own super self-involved mother lives in Italy with her deported second husband.

Once I get to work at Belle View Banquet Manor, with its lovely view of the Flushing Bay – and the LaGuardia Airport runway I tend to business and give tours that I hope make people wanna hold their weddings/Sweet Sixteens/anniversaries/Bar or Bat Mitzvahs/funeral luncheons at our oh-so-lovely establishment. On some days, I take a break and go visit my brother Positano “Posi” Carina at the Triborough Correctional Facility, a minimum-security prison where he’s finishing a sentence for stealing luxury sports cars. Posi is incredibly good-looking. I love my bro because he’s got a good heart, even if he spends half our time together admiring his own reflection in the visiting room windows.

When you run a catering hall, you spend a lot of nights there working parties, so I don’t have much of a personal life – yet. I’m back in touch with my old friend, Jamie Boldano. His dad Donny is my dad’s boss, but Jamie has zero interest in going into the “Family” business. You know, when your family’s in “the Life,” you end up with some interesting baggage. Jamie and I grew up together, so we share a bond that only kids who grew up like we did can relate to. We may or may not move out of the Friend Zone into a romantic relationship. Jamie’s got a girlfriend and I’m still skittish after my disastrous marriage.

Yeah, being home again, living with Nonna, working with Dad – it’s all good. All I have to do is keep Dad from getting into trouble, or make sure trouble doesn’t find him.

Wish me luck!





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 KateCollinsBooks.com.
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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

Digital ASIN: B07KDVCCZH




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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Don’t miss Caroline Fardig’s thrilling Java Jive mysteries, which can be read together or separately:

DEATH BEFORE DECAF | MUG SHOT | A WHOLE LATTE MURDER

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
ASIN: B07XFBJW3B

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

Digital ASIN: B07NCQPSVW




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 . . .

ONE ROTTEN APPLE

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