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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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Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Fur-tive Wedding Fiend Giveaway

Beatrice is busy planning her wedding to the man of her dreamsex-husband, best friend, and handsome-as-heck Matthew.

But when a scary surprise interrupts her bridal shower, the 64-year-old amateur sleuth knows that this wedding planning business is going to be anything but dreamy. A horrid villain has decided he's going to turn her happiest time into a nuptial nightmare.

In the end, Bee's four crime-fighting felines might be the only ones to exploit this treacherous fiend's only weakness ... and save the day.


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Friday, May 18, 2018

Little Teashop of Horrors

Little Teashop of Horrors

Secrets, lies, carrot cake and an owl called Skrillex!

Amy Knowles has always been the plain sidekick to her pretty best friend Jules. And whilst the tearoom they both work in on the Monkpark Hall estate in Yorkshire is not exactly awash with eligible bachelors, it's obvious where the male attention is concentrated - and it's not just on the cakes!

There is one man who notices Amy. Joshua Wilson also works at Monkpark, where he flies his birds of prey for visitor entertainment. He lives a lonely existence but he has reasons for choosing isolation - and, in Amy, he may have found somebody who understands.

Then a management change brings slick and well-spoken Edmund Evershott to Monkpark. He's interested in Amy too, but for what reason? Josh suspects the new manager is up to no good - but will Amy? Because Edmund could leave her with much worse than a broken heart...

What I Thought:
This was the first book by Jane Lovering  that I have read and it was nice break from my usual cozy mysteries.  I am not a romance book reading, but this one was a breath of fresh air.  Amy works at the tearoom at Monkpark and Josh, who works with the birds of prey at Monkpark, is interested in her.  When a change brings Edmund to Monkpark, he too is interested in Amy.  This was a well developed storyline with characters that I got to see grow throughout the story.  It was nice that the romances advanced slowly and respectfully.  Amy and Josh both have baggage and it was enjoyable seeing them work through it and heal from it. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

Author Bio –

Jane was born in Devon and now lives in Yorkshire. She has five children, three cats and two dogs! Jane is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and has a first-class honours degree in creative writing. Jane writes comedies which are often described as ‘quirky’. Her debut Please Don’t Stop the Music won the 2012 Romantic Novel of the Year and the Best Romantic Comedy Novel award from the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Her Christmas novella, Christmas at the Little Village School, was the winner of the RONA Rose Award from the Romantic Novelists’ Association in 2018.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Cake and Punishment

Cake and Punishment: A Southern Cake Baker Mystery
by Maymee Bell

About the Book

Cake and Punishment: A Southern Cake Baker Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting - Kentucky
Crooked Lane Books (May 8, 2018)
Hardcover 257 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683315711
Digital ASIN: B075QJM2W8

In the first of a delectable new Southern-set baking cozy series, Sophia Cummings, pastry chef extraordinaire, must craft the perfect cake for an old friend’s wedding while sifting through the suspects in a murder.

Bucolic Rumford, Kentucky has glowing fields of bluegrass, a fine selection of bourbons, and now a professional pastry chef. Broken-hearted Sophia Cummings has come home from New York City. She’s not there a minute before she’s charmed into making her high school friend Charlotte’s wedding cake. The kitchen at the Rumford Country Club seems perfect until Chef Emile’s body is discovered, sprawled near the stove, a cast iron skillet on the floor close by.

With one look at the shiny, new frying pan, Sophia knows it’s not Emile’s. She offers her knowledge to Sheriff Carter and her talents to Evelyn, the manager, who needs an interim chef. The mood in the country club is grim: Emile’s peppery personality had burned members and staff alike. Sophia wonders which one of them burned him?

What I Thought:

When I started reading this, I thought oh no I am not going to like this, BUT boy was I wrong!!! I loved this book.  It had a great plot and I loved the small town setting.  Sophia, a pastry chef,  has come home to the small Kentucky town where she grew up to recover from the heartbreak of finding her long-time chef boyfriend  cheating on her.  She agrees to bake the wedding cake of her best friend Charlotte after her baker backs out.  They then find the chef of the local country club bludgeoned to death with an iron skillet.  Sophia needs to prove that the manager of the country club is not the killer so her best friend's wedding can go off without a hitch.  There are a handful of suspects in this one that keeps throwing Sophia off as to who could be the killer.  Not only is Sophia's life threatened, but the there is major chemistry between her and the local sheriff.  Sophia has a lot on her plate, making her friends wedding cake, making birthday cake for her other friend, and many members of the community asking her to cater their events.  Not only is Sophia solving a murder, she is also deciding if she should go back to New York or stay in Rumford.  Her ex shows up and that cause Sophia to make a decision.  The reveal of the killer was a total surprise and something did not see coming.  I am anxiously awaiting the next book in this series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About the Author

Maymee Bell is the pen name of USA Today Bestselling author Tonya Kappes. She lives in Kentucky with her family and her two schnauzers. She likes strong coffee, slow-country days, and fresh-baked cookies - but she like telling stores best of all. This is her first SOUTHERN BAKER MYSTERY.

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Cover Reveal for Tina Kashian


The 3rd Book in the Kebab Kitchen Mystery Series

As summer comes to an end in her Jersey Shore town, Lucy Berberian continues to manage her family’s Mediterranean restaurant. The Kebab Kitchen also has a food tent at this year’s beach festival. But now a local businessman is under the boardwalk—dead by the sea . . .
With a sand castle contest and live music, Ocean Crest bids a bittersweet farewell to tourist season. Summer will return next year . . . but Archie Kincaid won’t. The full-of-himself store owner has been fatally shot, soon after a screaming match with Lucy’s best friend. Katie’s far from the only suspect, though, since Archie had some bitter rivals—as well as some relationships no one knew about. It’s up to Lucy to look into some seedy characters and solve the case before the wrong person gets skewered . . .
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Book 1 - Hummus and Homicide is Available Now

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About the Author

Tina Kashian is an attorney and a former 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 still lives in New Jersey with her supportive husband and two young daughters. Please visit her website at to join her newsletter, receive delicious recipes, enter contests, and more!
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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Chicken Culprit

Chicken Culprit: Backyard Farming Mystery Series
by Vikki Walton

About the Book

Chicken Culprit: Backyard Farming Mystery Series
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting - Colorado
Morewellson, LTD
Print Length: 251 pages
Digital ASIN: B079SS1C4S

Finally healing after her heart-breaking divorce, Anne Freemont is ready to put the painful past behind her.

Discovering an old Victorian for sale in the small mountain town of Carolan Springs may be just what she needs. The beauty of Colorado beckons, so Anne heads west to start her new life.

Yet, before Anne'scompletely settled in, her neighbor is found dead in his compost pile. What’s worse is that Anne’s quirky young neighbor, Kandi Jenkins, could be the killer. When Kandi begs for her help, Anne feels she has no choice but to help the young woman.

However, she finds herself quickly at odds with the local sheriff. And while she uncovers more of the community's secrets, she's also exploring her awakening feelings for Sam Powers, the town's deputy coroner.

Once Anne starts looking at who could be the real killer, the suspect list keeps getting longer and longer. It seems that Carolan Springs is a place of many secrets. But who would want to murder Ralph and who’s willing to kill again to keep their secret?

What I Thought:

This was a good book with a good storyline.  It was a little different than most of the mysteries I read, but was still enjoyable, as I felt it was also a relationship type novel.  The main character was well developed, relatable, and likable.  She kind of reminded me of myself as I too am facing middle age. Anne has just moved to the town of Carolan Springs, CO and when she hears raised voice she investigates to find two of her neighbors arguing over a chicken in the others garden.  A few weeks later, one neighbor is found murdered and the other neighbor is the prime suspect.  Kandi, the suspected neighbor, asks Anne to help prove her innocence.  The plot of the story was well thought and the story flowed well.  I enjoyed meeting the inhabitants of Carolan Springs.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About the Author

Vikki Walton is a suburban homesteader aka the Havensteader. She has chickens, gardens, and bees and is a certified permaculture designer. She’s also the author of nonfiction books. She loves to travel, is a global house and pet sitter and when not out in the garden or hiking in beautiful Colorado, is plotting her next mystery.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

A Home at Honeysuckle Farm

A Home at Honeysuckle Farm
A family secret
One shocking argument and ten-year-old Alice Parker’s world was turned upside down. Her peaceful life at Honeysuckle Farm in the quiet rural village of Brook Bridge swapped for the bustling metropolis of New York City. Alice’s life was changed forever…
A second chance
Now, thirteen years later, Alice’s American dream is over. With her life in tatters, there is only one place Alice wants to be… home at Honeysuckle Farm. So, when Alice learns her beloved Grandie is ill, she knows this is her last chance to heal the family rift.
A forever home?
But secrets still swirl in Brook Bridge, and Alice is no closer to discovering the truth. And for some reason her new friendship with local heartthrob Sam Reid seems to be making the locals tense.
Sick of the lies Alice knows it’s time to lay the past to rest once and for all. But could the truth ruin her hopes of ever calling Honeysuckle Farm home again?

About Christie Barlow
Christie Barlow is the author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, The Misadventures of a Playground Mother, Kitty's Countryside Dream, Lizzie's Christmas Escape, Evie's Year of Taking Chances, The Cosy Canal Boat Dream and A Home at Honeysuckle Farm. Her writing career came as somewhat a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. The book she wrote to prove a point is now a #1 bestseller in the UK, USA & Australia. 

Christie is an ambassador for @ZuriProject raising money/awareness and engaging with impoverished people in Uganda through organisations to improve their well-being as well as Literary Editor for bringing you all the latest news and reviews from the book world. 

She loves to hear from her readers and you can get in touch via her website Twitter @ChristieJBarlow and Facebook page 

What I Thought:

This was a charming story that had me enthralled. Christie Barlow really described the sitting of Honeysuckle Farm so well, that I actually felt like I was there. The plot line was very well developed and believable. Alice is returning to Honeysuckle Farm after she had to leave it 13 years ago because her Grandie is not doing well and she wants to see him possibly for the last time. This was a story of second chances and it was wonderful to see how Alice developed throughout the story. This was my first Christie Barlow book, but I hope it is not the last.

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