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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Scheduled to Death by Mary Feliz

Scheduled to Death (A Maggie McDonald Mystery, #2)Professional organizer Maggie McDonald has a knack for cleaning up other people’s messes. So when the fiancée of her latest client turns up dead, it’s up to her to sort through the untidy list of suspects and identify the real killer.
Maggie McDonald is hoping to raise the profile of her new Orchard View organizing business via her first high-profile client. Professor Lincoln Sinclair may be up for a Nobel Prize, but he’s hopeless when it comes to organizing anything other than his thoughts. For an academic, he’s also amassed more than his share of enemies. When Sinclair’s fiancée is found dead on the floor of his home laboratory — electrocuted in a puddle of water—Maggie takes on the added task of finding the woman’s murderer. To do so, she’ll have to outmaneuver the suspicious, obnoxious police investigator she’s nicknamed “Detective Awful” before a shadowy figure can check off the first item on their personal to-do list — Kill Maggie McDonald.

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What I Thought:

The one word that I think of when describing this book is busy.  There was a lot going on.  When Maggie's client's fiancé is found dead from electrocution in his home, that she is helping to organize, of course she has to get involved.  During her endeavors of trying to find out who was responsible for killing Sarah and clearing Linc’s name, she meets many people, who could be possible suspects.  Of course, Maggie is a very nurturing person, so she moves Linc and his wolfhound Newton into her home while the investigation is going on.  Things start getting dangerous when Linc and Newton are hurt in a bicycle accident.  There are more accidents and of Maggie is right in the middle.  Then she moves some aged out foster children into her home and there is more danger.  Throw in having to deal with a tetchy police detective and it is almost too much for Maggie, but she is persistent and will not give up.  This was a well written book that flowed well and kept me entertained.  Like I said earlier, it was very busy with a lot going on. Of course the ending was a complete surprise and not what I was expecting at all.  I look forward to reading more in this series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Masked to Death

Masked to Death (A Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery)
5th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Henery Press (January 24, 2017)
Paperback: 238 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635111378
A Caribbean cruise is the perfect setting for a Roget wedding, and Faith meeting Ted’s family. She also hopes the vacation gets their stalled romance moving, but it doesn’t take long for that dream to capsize. Ted’s daughter hates her. The ex-wife is adored. Odessa Roget is surly. And the banned father of a groom, John Roget, requests Faith’s assistance in bringing down a jewel theft ring masterminded by his ex-wife.
Having had a man she loved accuse her of a crime, Faith won’t let Odessa travel down the same path and agrees to help. Faith sets her course on uncovering the true criminals—which might be a groom’s best friend. The romantic week turns disastrous as a wedding is interrupted, suspicious deaths point to murders, and Ted’s daughter schemes to reunite her parents. Instead of diamonds being a girl’s best friend, Faith finds they’re cruising toward Davy Jones’ Locker.

What I Thought:

This is the second Faith Hunter Scrape this Mystery that I have read and it was just as good as the other one.  In this installment, Faith is on a cruise to attend the wedding of her boyfriend Ted's brother, Bob and his lover, Garrison.  There are suspected jewel thieves on the boat, so Ted and Bob's estranged father, Jon is also on the ship and he enlists Faith's help.  Faith thinks she will get to spend some quality time with Ted, but his daughter is also on the ship and she doesn't like Faith because she wants her parents back together.  This one had me laughing out loud sometimes, but it also kept me guessing.  It was very well written and flowed well, making it a quick read. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book.


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The Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery series brings together Christina Freeburn’s love of mysteries, scrapbooking, and West Virginia. When not writing or reading, she can be found in her scrapbook room or at a crop. Alas, none of the real-life crops have had a sexy male prosecutor or a handsome police officer attending.
Christina served in the JAG Corps of the US Army and also worked as a paralegal, librarian, and church secretary. She lives in West Virginia with her husband, children, a dog, and a rarely seen cat except by those who are afraid or allergic to felines.
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Travel Journal

I love scrapbooking and our travel albums are my favorite books that I create. As I work on the layouts, I get to relive the trip and all the fun and family time that came along with it. I particularly enjoy coming across a photo I hadn’t realized was taken, or taken by one of my children (now all adults) where I see one activity of a trip through their eyes.

One of the issues I had was I often didn’t get around to creating the scrapbook until a few months, or even years, after the trip and I was relying on mine and my families memory of what happened. We could usually piece everything together, and some details (like names of museums, dates of vacation, etc) I could find out online or checking our reservations and brochures I kept, but some of the fun stories were missing as that one moment we all swore we’d never forget trickled out of our minds.

When my husband and I went on a cruise for our 25th anniversary, I brought along a travel journal. It’s a small book that I had written the days of our trip and any excursions or activities we preplanned so the pages were ready. At the end of the evening, I’d write about what we did that day, anything funny that happened, or bits and pieces of what we had said during the day. There were some days we were so busy with enjoying all the activities and amenities of the ship that we were too tired to write in the journal, so I’d write down a word or two to remind me of what we’d done to fill out in the morning before we started the day.

I haven’t been able to make our anniversary scrapbook yet so I’m happy I have the highlights of our day documented. We’ve been on two other trips this one, one with family, and without the brief snippets of those memories, there’s a chance I’d have forgotten some of the details. I also love how I can tell by my word choices and by how neat or messy my handwriting if it was a relaxing or on the go day.

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Blessed Event

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The Blessed Event (The Professor Molly Mysteries)
Publisher: Hawaiian Heritage Press (June 10, 2016)
Paperback: 344 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1943476251


"You may wonder what my least-favorite student was doing in my living room. In a twist of fate that might seem hilarious if it happened to someone else, he was now my stepson."

Professor Molly Barda is looking forward to a quiet summer in Mahina, Hawaii working on her research and adjusting to married life. But when a visit from her new husband's relatives coincides with a murder, Molly wonders what she's married into--and realizes she might have a killer under her roof.
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Like Molly Barda, Frankie Bow teaches at a public university. Unlike her protagonist, she is blessed with delightful students, sane colleagues, a loving family, and a perfectly nice office chair. She believes if life isn’t fair, at least it can be entertaining.
In addition to writing murder mysteries, she publishes in scholarly journals under her real name. Her experience with academic publishing has taught her to take nothing personally.
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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Curried Away


Curried Away
by Gail Oust

Curried Away: A Spice Shop Mystery
Publisher: Minotaur Books (December 13, 2016)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1250081254
E-Book ASIN: B01G1J80H8


Piper Prescott, proprietor of Spice It Up!, has persuaded Doug Winters, the mild-mannered vet she’s been dating, to demonstrate Indian cuisine at her shop. But before Doug’s presentation of classic chicken curry is completed, Ned Feeney, local handyman, bursts in with news of a murder.

Sandy Granger, the director of a local production of Steel Magnolias, was found strangled in the third-floor balcony of the Brandywine Creek Opera House. Sandy, it seems, had not endeared herself to cast or crew. Complaints about her ran the gamut from her management style to her lack of people skills. Everyone connected with the production falls under suspicion, including Piper Prescott’s BFF, Reba Mae Johnson, who made it well known how unhappy she is that she was cut from the cast.

When the spotlight for the dastardly deed shines on Reba Mae, Piper rushes to her friend’s defense. Who among Sandy’s detractors was angry enough to wrap a silk scarf around her neck—and pull tight? Will Piper succeed in solving the case before she becomes the killer’s encore performance? And will she ever learn just how to prepare the perfect curry? As delicious as it is charming, the latest entry in Gail Oust’s mouth-watering Spice Shop Mysteries is sure to delight both old fans and new.
What I Thought:

Gail has written another great addition to the Spice Shop Mystery Series.  I really enjoy reading this series and visiting the somewhat eccentric residents of Brandywine Creek.  It is always a treat to visit Piper and her friends.  This installment did not disappoint.  It had humor, a little romance, and of course, mystery.  There were twists and turns in this book that kept me guessing and I was totally surprised.  Of course the writing was superb and the plot was believable.  I look forward to more in this series.  If you haven't read any in this series, you definitely should.  This one can be read as a stand-alone, even though this is a series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.


About The Author

Friends often accuse Gail Oust of flunking retirement. While working as a nurse/vascular technologist, Gail penned nine historical romances under the pseudonym Elizabeth Turner for Avon, Pocket, Berkley, and Kensington. It wasn’t until she and her husband retired to South Carolina that inspiration struck for a mystery. Hearing the words, “maybe it’s a dead body,” while golfing with friends fired her imagination for the Bunco Babe Mystery series originally published by NAL. In conjunction with Beyond the Page Publishing, the Bunco Babe series has been republished in digital format as the Kate McCall Mysteries complete with new titles and a whole new look. Gail is currently writing the Spice Shop Mysteries for Minotaur/St. Martin’s. When she isn’t reading, writing, or sleeping, she can usually be found on the golf course or hanging out with friends.
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Telling Tales



Telling Tails (Second Chance Cat Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
Series: Second Chance Cat Mystery (Book 4)
Publisher: Berkley (January 3, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1101991206


The New York Times bestselling author of A Whisker of Trouble returns as secondhand shop owner Sarah Grayson and her rescue cat, Elvis, get caught up in a case of she said, she said….
When Sarah Grayson opened a secondhand shop in the quaint town of North Harbor, Maine, she was expecting peace and quiet. Then she was adopted by a rescue cat named Elvis and a kooky trio of senior sleuths known as Charlotte’s Angels. Now she has nine lives worth of excitement…
Sarah’s friend and employee Rose is delivering a customer’s purchase when the quick errand becomes a deadly escapade. Rose arrives just in time to see the customer murdered by his wife, but before she can call the police, she is knocked out cold. When she wakes up, no one believes her, especially after the woman claims her husband is very much alive and has left her for someone else—and has a text message and empty bank account to prove it.
Despite her convincing story, Sarah is sure something is fishy—and it’s not Elvis’s kitty treats. Sarah, Elvis, and the Angels are determined to unravel this mysterious yarn, before the feral killer pounces again…

What I Thought:

This is the first I have read in the Second Chance Cat Mystery Series, but it will not be my last.  I liked the characters, four senior sleuths are always fun to read about.  I really liked the plot of this mystery, it was different.  Rose thinks she saw someone dragging a dead body, but the police do not believe and even some of her fellow senior sleuths are skeptical.  Sarah is not sure, but she takes Rose's word for it and they investigate.  There are many twists and turns in this story that kept me turning pages till the very end.  Even though I had not read any others in this series, I was not lost, but I am definitely going to go back and read the rest of the series it is that interesting. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

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Sofie Ryan/Sofie Kelly is the pseudonym of author and mixed-media artist, Darlene Ryan. Sofie/Darlene lives on the east coast with her husband and daughter. In her spare time she practices Wu style tai chi and likes to prowl around thrift stores. And she admits to having a small crush on Matt Lauer.
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Friday, January 6, 2017

Custom Baked Murder



Custom Baked Murder (A Pawsitively Organic Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Kensington (December 27, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496700193
Kristan “Stan” Connor gladly turned tail on her high-flying job and moved to a quaint New England town to sell organic pet treats. But with her nose for solving murders, there’s no such thing as a quiet life…
Summer is winding down in Frog Ledge, Connecticut, but Stan’s love life and career are both heating up nicely. In between planning her new pet patisserie and café, Stan is settling into living-in-bliss with sexy pub owner Jake McGee. Love’s on the menu for Stan’s mom, Patricia, too, who’s engaged to Frog Ledge’s mayor, Tony Falco.
Mayor Falco’s dogged ambition isn’t popular among locals, but it’s his executive coach, Eleanor Chang, who’s inspired a dangerous grudge. When Eleanor is found dead, there’s a whole pack of suspects to choose from. Stan has first-hand experience of Eleanor’s unsavory business tactics. But finding out who forced her to take a fatal plunge off the corporate ladder means unearthing some shady secrets…and a killer who’s too close for comfort.
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What I Thought:

This was another great installment in the Pawsitively  Organic  Mystery series.  In this installment, Stan's mom is marrying the Mayor Tony Falco.  She invites a lot of Stan's old work colleagues to the engagement party including Stan's ex, Richard, and Eleanor Chang.  To make matters worse, Stan's sister, Caitlyn and her daughter have shown up to stay with Stan.  When Caitlyn needs to use the restroom at the party, the two find the body of Eleanor.  Stan just can't seem to keep from finding dead bodies, so of course, she has to get involved.  This was a well written cozy that flowed really well.  I was turning pages because I was so engrossed.  This one left me guessing to the very end. 

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About This Author

Liz Mugavero has been writing stories since she could hold a pen. Before that, she would tell them to anyone who would listen (not many at the time). After deciding early on she would write books for a living, she practiced by writing bad, angst-filled poems, short stories and even a storyline for a soap opera–all by age 15. She never wavered from her goals despite all the usual questions including, “So are you going to be an English teacher with that degree in English?” or, “That writing thing sounds nice, but how are you REALLY going to make a living?”
She went on to get a master’s in writing and publishing and spent time in journalism, PR, and presently, corporate communications. And she’s confident this writing thing IS the way to make a living.
Aside from writing, she loves animals (has a houseful), the beach, reading other writers’ masterpieces and Starbucks coffee.
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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Egg Drop Dead



Egg Drop Dead (A Cackleberry Club Mystery)
Series: A Cackleberry Club Mystery (Book 7)
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Berkley (December 6, 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-0425281703


In Laura Childs’s New York Times bestselling mystery series, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni—co-owners of the Cackleberry Club café—are back to track down another bad egg…
Maintaining good personal relationships with their suppliers is one of the secrets of the Cackleberry Club café’s success, so Suzanne doesn’t mind going out to Mike Mullen’s dairy farm to pick up some wheels of cheese. She’s looking forward to a nice visit with the mild-mannered farmer before heading back to their hectic kitchen.
But when she arrives, Mike’s nowhere to be found. The moaning of his cows leads her to look in the barn, where she discovers a bloodcurdling sight—the farmer’s dead body. Apparently not everyone was as fond of Mike Mullen as the Cackleberry Club.
Churning with grief and outrage, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni vow to find the farmer’s murderer—but as they get closer to the truth, the desperate killer gets whipped into a frenzy and plans to put the squeeze on them…

What I Thought:

I always enjoy visiting the Cackleberry Club.  Laura Childs has written another great installment of this series.  Suzanne stops at a local farmers to pick up some cheese for the Cackleberry Club and ends up finding the farmer dead.  Of course everyone thinks Suzanne needs to investigate.  It was nice to catch up with the residents of Kindred and the patrons of the Cackleberry Club.  As always, the writing was superb.  This one is set during Halloween, which is another plus. There were twists and turns in this one that kept it very interesting and I was left guessing to the very end.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

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About The Author
Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fund raising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.
Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:
The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.
The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!
The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.
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