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Friday, April 21, 2017

Blast--Occult and Battery

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Title:
OCCULT AND BATTERY
Author: Lena Gregory
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 304
Genre: Cozy Mystery
A murder mystery weekend becomes a
little too real in the latest Bay Island Psychic Mystery from the author of Death
at First Sight—




Cass Donovan uses her skills as a former psychiatrist to get away with pretending
to be psychic, but she’s not about to let anyone get away with murder...




The outlook is not so good for Cass’s psychic shop, Mystical Musings. With
winter winds discouraging tourists from riding the ferry from Long
Island to Bay Island,
Cass hopes to draw in more customers by hosting a murder mystery weekend,
complete with a séance, in a supposedly haunted mansion.



But Cass begins to lose her spirit when her ex-husband shows up, along with his
fiancée—Cass’s ex-best friend. Then, after one of the guests is found dead, a
blizzard blows in, trapping everyone inside with a murderer. Now Cass must
divine who did the deed before her reputation and her livelihood fade away.

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Book Excerpt:






“Stop
the car!”
Bee
Maxwell slammed on the brakes, skidding to a stop on the sand-covered shoulder.
Without loosening his white-knuckled grip on the steering wheel, he turned a
glare on Cass. “Are you crazy? What’s the matter?”
Cass
released her hold on the dashboard and shot him a grin. “We’re here.”
A
hand the size of a baseball mitt fluttered to Bee’s chest, with all the drama
of a true diva. “You nearly gave me a heart attack because we’ve arrived at our
secret destination?” Gritting his teeth, he shifted gently into park. No way
would he jam the shifter into gear, even though she could tell he badly wanted
to. The black Trans Am was his baby, always to be treated tenderly. Cass, on
the other hand, was a different story. Bee looked about ready to throttle her.
“Wouldn’t it have been easier to just tell me where we were going?”
Stephanie
Lawrence poked her head between the seats to stare at Cass. “Not that I want to
agree with Bee, but really, Cass, you could have just told him where to go.
Then maybe this maniac wouldn’t have nearly put us through the windshield.”
She
shrugged. “I didn’t think he’d agree to take me if I told him where we were
going.”
Bee
waved a hand in dismissal and glanced out the window, as if realizing for the
first time where they were.
The
old, supposedly haunted Madison Estate perched in the center of the highest
ground on the island, amid dried-up beach grass, trees long since devoid of
leaves, and garbage from whatever kids were brave—or stupid—enough to ignore
their parents’ warnings. Thick, grey clouds gathered overhead, lending credence
to the haunted stories Cass had heard since childhood.
A
dainty shiver ran through Bee’s bulky frame. “Well, if your destination has
anything to do with that house, you can just count me out.”
“But
it’s perfect.” She opened the door and shot him a quick grin over her shoulder.
“Hey.
Where are you going?”
Ignoring
Bee’s protests, Cass climbed from the car. She closed the door behind her,
effectively cutting off any further arguments. Bee happened to be deathly
afraid of ghosts. Not that he believed in them.




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.
Her
latest book is the cozy mystery, Occult and Battery.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Cat Got Your Cash













Cat Got Your Cash: A Kitty Couture Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (April 11, 2017)
Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683311089
E-Book ASIN: B01MR48G5L

Synopsis

Lacy Marie Crocker’s whimsical pet couture has gained a following in New Orleans’s cozy Garden District, and word of mouth has traveled all the way to her favorite fashion designer, Annie Lane. Lacy’s thrilled when Annie schedules a private session at her home to discuss a companion line for her evening wear, but when Lacy arrives for the appointment, she enters the kitchen to two mewling Siamese cats–and one very dead Annie.
Lacy takes the kittens home to care for them until they can be properly claimed by Annie’s family or friends, but after a busy day of work, she returns home to find them missing. And when Lacy learns the cats are set to inherit Annie’s fortune, she begins to wonder if the killer was after the kittens all along. Now Lacy will stop at nothing to save the Siamese and find justice for Annie–if the killer doesn’t sink his claws into her first.
Luckily, Lacy has the help of handsome NOLA PD homicide detective Jack Oliver to help her catch the cat-napper before its too late in Cat Got Your Cash, the endearing second Kitty Couture mystery from Julie Chase.

What I Thought:

The cover of this book is what really caught my eye, and I am glad it did, because this was a very good read.  Lacy has opened a pet couture shop and things have been going pretty well for her.  When a client who hires her to discuss so options for her kittens, Lacy finds the client dead and the two kittens alone.  She decides to take the kittens in and later learns the kittens inherit the estate of her dead client. The kittens and then catnapped and Lacy has to figure who catnapped the kittens and who killed their owner.  This was a very entertaining read with a good bit of humor in it.  It was well written and fast-paced, making it an easy read.  I look forward to more in this series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.








About The Author

Julie Chase is a mystery-loving pet enthusiast who hopes to make readers smile. She lives in rural Ohio with her husband and three spunky children. Julie is a member of the International Thriller Writers (ITW) and Sisters in Crime (SinC). She is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyons Literary Agency.
Julie also writes as Julie Anne Lindsey. Learn more about Julie at http://juliechasebooks.com/
Webpage: http://juliechasebooks.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JulieChaseAuthor/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14957369.Julie_Chase
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JulieALindsey
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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Occult and Battery


Occult and Battery
by Lena Gregory


Occult and Battery (A Bay Island Psychic Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Berkley (April 4, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425282762
E-Book ASIN: B01J2STXD0

Synopsis

A murder mystery weekend becomes a little too real in the latest Bay Island Psychic Mystery from the author of Death at First Sight
Cass Donovan uses her skills as a former psychiatrist to get away with pretending to be psychic, but she’s not about to let anyone get away with murder...
The outlook is not so good for Cass’s psychic shop, Mystical Musings. With winter winds discouraging tourists from riding the ferry from Long Island to Bay Island, Cass hopes to draw in more customers by hosting a murder mystery weekend, complete with a séance, in a supposedly haunted mansion.
But Cass begins to lose her spirit when her ex-husband shows up, along with his fiancée—Cass’s ex-best friend. Then, after one of the guests is found dead, a blizzard blows in, trapping everyone inside with a murderer. Now Cass must divine who did the deed before her reputation and her livelihood fade away.


What I Thought:

This was a very interesting read.  I really enjoyed reading about Cass and her friends, Stephanie, a Bee, their friendship is spectacular and Bee with Beast, who is Cass' dog made things really entertaining, sometimes laugh-out-loud.  You know Bee has to really think a lot of Cass when he agrees to help her with a mystic weekend at a supposedly haunted mansion.  When the body of one of the owners is found hanging in the cupola, Cass suspects he did not do himself in.  Of course Cass also has to deal with her ex-husband and ex-best friend, who was found in a compromising positon with her ex-husband, over this weekend.  This was a well written book that had a great plot and kept me interested.  I am not sure if I believe in fortune-telling and séances, but it was fun to read about them. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book.



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About The Author

Lena 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.
Author Links:
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Silence of the Jams








 
Silence of the Jams (A Down South Café Mystery) 
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Berkley (April 4, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1101990803
E-Book ASIN: B01IAUG44C

Synopsis

In the latest Southern cozy from the author of The Calamity Café, small-town chef Amy Flowers can’t take her freedom for granted when she’s served up as a murder suspect… 
It’s Independence Day in Winter Garden, Virginia, and the residents are gearing up for their annual celebration. The Down South Café is open and flourishing, and Amy Flowers is busy making pies and cakes for the holiday. The only thorn in her side is Chamber of Commerce director George Lincoln, who is trying to buy the café so he can tear it down and build a B&B on the site.
When George collapses while eating at the Down South, everybody assumes it’s a heart attack—until the autopsy declares it to be poisoning. Now, it’s up to Amy to prove her innocence before her liberty is lost.
Includes delicious Southern recipes!

What I Thought:

This was another great read in the Down South Café Mysteries.  I really enjoy visiting Amy and the rest of the inhabitants of the small town of Winter Garden, VA.  In this installment George Lincoln falls dead in the Down South Café.  Amy is not suspected because it is thought to be from natural causes.  But George had a lot of enemies, so there is no shortage of suspects in this mystery.  Amy tires not get herself too embroiled into finding out who the killer is, but somehow, she ends up right in the middle of the investigation.  Of course her boyfriend, Ryan is helping to investigate.  Amy has a lot going on in this story, what with the victim dying in her café, her wild and reckless aunt showing up unannounced, and injuring herself at the café.  This one kept me entertained and turning the pages till the very end.  I kind of had the killer pegged part ways through the book, but then I was not really sure, so there are some twists and turns to keep a person guessing.  I look forward to more in this series.

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


Gayle&Cooper
About The Author –
Gayle Leeson is a pseudonym for Gayle Trent. I also write as Amanda Lee. As Gayle Trent, I write the Daphne Martin Cake Mystery series and the Myrtle Crumb Mystery series. As Amanda Lee, I write the Embroidery Mystery series. I live in Virginia with my family, which includes her own “Angus” who is not an Irish wolfhound but a Great Pyrenees who provides plenty of inspiration for the character of Mr. O’Ruff. I’m having a blast writing this new series!
Authors Links:
Webpage – http://www.gayleleeson.com
Gayle Trent Webpage – http://www.gayletrent.com
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/GayleTrentandAmandaLee/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/GayleTrent
GoodReads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/426208.Gayle_Trent
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The Ghost of Café Past

Gayle Leeson

I’m not so sure that The Ghost of Café Past is the best title for this post, but it rolls off the tongue a little better than The Ghost of Lunch Counter Past. But please bear with me.

When I was a little girl, my grandmother used to take me to Clark’s Drugstore. To me, it was one of the most exciting places ever. (She also took me to the post office where she’d let me turn the tiny knob right and left to the corresponding numbers and then take her mail out of the narrow slot. Grandmother knew all the happening places to take a seven-year-old.)

Clark’s Drugstore was a magical place—part pharmacy, part general store, part diner. It had glossy magazines, greeting cards, candies, toiletries, makeup, pantyhose, over-the-counter and prescription medications. In addition, there was a lunch counter along the wall to the left of the store. Along the counter, there were orange stools where a little girl could sit and spin until she was dizzy. And no one would tell her to stop.

It seemed to me that the same woman always took our order at the lunch counter. I can’t remember her name, but I know she had gray hair—big gray hair. She was warm, friendly, and always smiling. She served up the best cheeseburgers and French fries. I’d get my cheeseburger with mustard, mayonnaise, and pickle, and that flavor combination always takes me back to sitting beside Grandmother in that small-town drugstore that was part of a strip mall on Main Street.

There were some strange characters who also frequented the drugstore. Some seemed harmless. Some not so much. One man would try to touch me when I strayed too far from the safety of Grandmother’s side. I was terrified of that man and can still remember what he looked like. Fortunately, most of the characters who hung out in that Main Street strip mall were harmless. There was the man who walked the streets either whistling or singing, had a friendly nod for everyone, and who poured his coffee into a saucer to let it cool before slurping it up. And there was the guy everyone thought was “a little off” because he walked around all the time holding a transistor radio up to his ear. Looking back, maybe he was just a trail-blazer. How many people do you see walking around these days without an iPod or phone up to their ear?

In Silence of the Jams, the Down South Café exemplifies that small-town feeling. The café is in a rural part of town. There aren’t a lot of businesses nearby. And there are several eccentric characters who patronize the café. The owner/operator, Amy Flowers, tries to incorporate the best of the old with the new. She continues to serve her customers their favorite comfort foods while encouraging them to step beyond the tried and true and to expand their palates.

While there aren’t any café regulars portrayed by the creepy man from my childhood, there are villains. In Silence of the Jams, Amy realizes life isn’t as idyllic as it seems when a man is murdered in her café. Now she must try to determine which of the new people who’ve come into her life are trustworthy and which one is a killer.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Called to Justice


Called to Justice
by Edith Maxwell


Called to Justice (A Quaker Midwife Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Midnight Ink (April 8, 2017)
Paperback: 312 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738750323
Kindle ASIN: B01FOR0YRW

Quaker midwife Rose Carroll is enjoying the 1888 Independence Day evening fireworks with her beau when a teenaged Quaker mill girl is found shot dead. After a former slave and fellow Quaker is accused of the murder, Rose delves into the crime, convinced of the man’s innocence. An ill-mannered mill manager, an Irish immigrant, and the victim’s young boyfriend come under suspicion even as Rose’s future with her handsome doctor suitor becomes unsure. Rose continues to deliver babies and listen to secrets, finally figuring out one criminal – only to be threatened by the murderer, with three lives at stake. Can she rescue herself, a baby, and her elderly midwifery teacher in time?
Praise for Delivering the Truth
by Edith Maxwell (Book 1 in this series)

Ms. Maxwell weaves a sturdy cloth from the stories of the various characters in Delivering the Truth.
~Back Porchervations

I enjoyed every minute of this book...
~Shelley's Book Case

This was a very entertaining read. I really enjoy reading Edith Maxwell's writing as it flows so well.
~Melina's Book Blog

...a different type of historical cozy...I enjoyed reading a book where the protagonist is a midwife and of the Quaker faith...
~Storeybook Reviews

Rose is a smart character and the history of the story is done well.
~A Chick Who Reads

The author takes us into Rose's life, making us feel as though we are right there with her in every situation. The mystery is well-developed and leaves the reader guessing right to the end.
~Book Babble

What I Thought:

Edith Maxwell has written another great installment to the Quaker Midwife Mystery Series.  In this installment, Rose is approached by mill girl Hannah that she is pregnant, later that night as some mean are shooting guns, Hannah is found shot.  There are many suspects in this story and Rose has her work cut out for her trying to find the real killer.  Along with trying to find the killer, Rose has her hands full delivering babies.  This was a very well written book that flowed well and was a very good read.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. 

Maxwell

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Agatha-nominated and Amazon best-selling author Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries and the Local Foods Mysteries, the Country Store Mysteries (as Maddie Day), and the Lauren Rousseau Mysteries (as Tace Baker), as well as award-winning short crime fiction. Maxwell lives north of Boston with her beau and three cats, and blogs with the other Wicked Cozy Authors. You can find her on Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, and at www.edithmaxwell.com.

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

When the Grits Hit the Fan







When the Grits Hit the Fan (A Country Store Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Kensington (March 28, 2017)
ISBN-13: 978-1617739293
E-Book ASIN: B01GBAIXGK

Synopsis

Despite the bitter winter in South Lick, Indiana, business is still hot at Robbie Jordan’s restaurant. But when another murder rattles the small town, can Robbie defrost the motives of a cold-blooded killer?
Before she started hosting dinners for Indiana University’s Sociology Department at Pans ‘N Pancakes, Robbie never imagined scholarly meetings could be so hostile. It’s all due to Professor Charles Stilton, who seems to thrive on heated exchanges with his peers and underlings, and tensions flare one night after he disrespects Robbie’s friend, graduate student Lou. So when Robbie and Lou go snowshoeing the next morning and find the contentious academic frozen under ice, police suspect Lou might have killed him after their public tiff. To prove her friend’s innocence, Robbie is absorbing local gossip about Professor Stilton’s past and developing her own thesis on the homicide—even if that means stirring up terrible danger for herself along the way . . .

What I Thought:

This was another great installment to the Country Store Mystery Series.  Robbie has only been running her restaurant for a couple of months and has encountered a couple murders and murderers already.  In this installment, her and her friend Lou are out on a snowshoe walk when they find the body of a local professor in the lake.  Of course, Lou is a major suspect because she had a public argument with the professor at Robbie's restaurant the night before.  So, of course, Robbie has to investigate and gets herself into some scraps to prove her friend Lou is innocent. There a many twists and turns in this book and the writing is superb.  I was left guessing till the very end because there is not a shortage of suspects to choose from.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.


About The Author

Maddie Day is a talented amateur chef and holds a PhD in linguistics from Indiana University. An Agatha Award-nominated author, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and also writes award-winning short crime fiction. She lives with her beau and three cats in Massachusetts.
As Edith Maxwell, she write the Local Foods Mysteries (Kensington Publishing) and the Quaker Midwife Mysteries (Midnight Ink).
You can find all Maddie’s/Edith’s identities at www.edithmaxwell.com. She blogs every week day with the other Wicked Cozy Authors at wickedcozyauthors.com. Look for her as Edith M. Maxwell and Maddie Day on Facebook and @edithmaxwell and @maddiedayauthor on Twitter.
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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Season of Hope

 

 

 

Book Details:

 

Book Title Season of Hope by Sara Jane Jacobs
Category:  Adult fiction,  186 pages
Genre:  Inspirational Romance
Publisher:  Clean Reads
Release date:  March 28, 2017
Tour dates:  March 27 to April 14, 2017
Content Rating:   PG + M for physical abuse scene (husband and wife) and three kissing scenes (two of those between husband and wife) The rest of the book aligns with the G rating.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Book Description:
When Amanda Jarvis prays that a special friend will move into the vacant house near her isolated mountain home, she isn’t upset when God sends a boy instead of a girl. But Amanda’s not the only one receiving unexpected answers to her prayers. After fleeing with his mother from an abusive father, Tyler Armstrong finds much-needed love and acceptance with Amanda’s family over the next ten years.
As high school graduation nears, Tyler is shocked when one carefree afternoon with Amanda churns up an inner turmoil he would have never imagined; he’s crushing on his best friend. And for the first time in his life he’s hiding a secret from Amanda. Convinced the timing is all wrong, Tyler pushes his feelings aside as he and Amanda prepare for the future. He will soon begin training to pursue his dream of becoming a Navy Seal, while Amanda makes plans to spend the summer in Manhattan with her aunt and then return home to the community college.
When Amanda’s summer job catapults her into a modeling career, she readily accepts the much-needed distraction. Tyler’s impending deployment is turning her world upside down. Along with the fact that she’s falling for her best friend. And, for the first time in her relationship with Tyler, she’s hiding a secret, too.
Phoebe Garrison, Amanda’s controlling aunt, is thrilled when she is given the power to act on behalf of her underage niece. Bored with her Fortune 500 advertising agency, becoming Amanda’s manager is just what she’s been looking for to rekindle her aspirations. But as Tyler becomes aware of Phoebe’s obsession to push Amanda into supermodel status, tensions rise. As the three of them become entangled in a mass of concealed ambition and desire, each will make decisions that will send ripples of turbulence across their futures.
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Author’s Bio:
I began writing as a hobby while raising my two children. In 2015, I dusted off my stories and my dreams to see if I could turn my hobby into a career. My first story, Season of Hope, was inspired by summer vacations which always included a trip to Franklin, North Carolina, to visit family and explore The Smoky Mountains.
When I’m not writing, I enjoy spending time with family and most anything that involves being outdoors, especially camping and hiking. I currently live along the Emerald Coast of Florida and never complain about the hot, humid summers, because that’s exactly how I like them!
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