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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.

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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


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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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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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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