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Monday, February 26, 2018

Death by a Whisker



Death by a Whisker: A Cat Rescue Mystery
by T. C. LoTempio

About the Book


Death by a Whisker: A Cat Rescue Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (February 13, 2018)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683314875
Digital ASIN: B072395VJN
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Getting used to life back home in Deer Park, North Carolina, Sydney McCall and her right-hand tabby, Toby, are helping her sister Kat run the local animal shelter. Syd and Kat are all excited about the prospect of the shelter’s newest fundraiser: shopping channel queen Ulla Townsend. Shelter admin Maggie Shayne vehemently refuses to have anything to do with the woman, but the fundraiser ensues as planned. That is, until Ulla turns up dead in the middle of the event.
The cause of death is determined to be an allergic reaction, but Syd and Toby are sniffing out something fishy. When Syd met Ulla, it was clear she was distasteful and rude. And right before the event, Syd spotted some behind-the-scenes drama between Ulla and her manager. As they begin to investigate, they realize there is no shortage of suspects, and Maggie is at the top of the list.
Now Syd and Toby must claw their way to the truth before everything goes paws up at their animal shelter in Death by a Whisker by national bestselling author T. C. LoTempio.

What I Thought:

This is the second in the A Cat Rescue Mystery Series.  I enjoyed visiting with Syd and all of her friends in their little town in North Carolina.  Syd helps her sister who runs a local animal shelter.  When a fundraiser for the shelter is planned bringing a shopping channel queen for a book signing.  Of course, she winds up dead, so of course Syd and her cat, Toby, have to investigate. There are many suspects in this story, which will leave you guessing to the very end.  I really like a cozy that totally throws you off so you have no idea who the read killer is and are totally surprised by the reveal.  This story did just that with its many twists and turns.  The writing was superb, which made flow well.  I look forward to more in this series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.


About the Author


While Toni Lotempio does not commit – or solve – murders in real life, she has no trouble doing it on paper. Her lifelong love of mysteries began early on when she was introduced to her first Nancy Drew mystery at age 10 – The Secret in the Old Attic. She (and ROCCO, albeit he’s uncredited) pen the Nick and Nora mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime – the first volume, MEOW IF ITS MURDER, debuted Dec. 2, 2014. Followed by #2, CLAWS FOR ALARM. #3, CRIME AND CATNIP, was released in December. She, Rocco and Maxx make their home in Clifton, New Jersey, just twenty minutes from the Big Apple – New York. Catch up with them at www.tclotempio.net and www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com
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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Class Reunions Are Murder


Class Reunions Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery)
by Libby Klein



Class Reunions Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Kensington (January 30, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496713032
E-Book ASIN: B072HS2JGM

For fortysomething Poppy McAllister, taking a stroll down memory lane in Cape May, New Jersey, isn’t just awkward—it’s deadly.
Newly widowed and stuck in a middle-aged funk, Poppy has been running on cookies, infomercials, and one-sided chats with her cat for months. There’s no way on earth she’s attending her twenty-five-year class reunion—especially after receiving a very bizarre letter from Barbie, the popular cheerleader who taunted her all through high school. At least, not until Poppy’s best friend practically drags her to the event . . .

Using the dreaded homecoming as an excuse to visit her eccentric Aunt Ginny, Poppy vows to leave Cape May with pride and Spanx intact. Too bad Barbie is still the queen of mean at the reunion. And worse, that her dead body is lying right in front of Poppy’s old locker. Singled out as the killer, it’s up to Poppy to confront her past and clear her name. But between protecting her aunt from disaster and tackling a gluten-free diet, can Poppy crack the case before she’s voted “Most Likely to Die” by the murderer?

Includes Seven Recipes from Poppy’s Kitchen!
What I Thought:

This was a great read from the very beginning.  First I totally related to Poppy because she is close to my age, my next High School reunion will be my 25th.  Most of the time, the protagonist is a lot younger than me, so it was refreshing to read about someone in their 40s.  Poppy is newly widowed and receives and invite to her 25th High School Reunion, so she uses it as an excuse to visit her eccentric aunt.  Of course the reunion is as awful as Poppy feared, especially when she finds the ex-head cheerleader dead.  Of course Poppy is the main suspect, so she has to prove her innocence.  This one kept my attention from the very beginning.  It was very well written, and had many laugh-out-loud moments.  The plot was well though out and believable.  I thought the characters were well developed and the setting was perfect.  I was totally shocked by the ending which is what I like in a cozy, to be left guessing till the very end. I look forward to more in this series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.



Libby Klein dabbles in the position of Vice President of a technology company which mostly involves bossing other people around, making spreadsheets, and taking out the trash. She writes culinary cozy mysteries from her Northern Virginia office while trying to keep her cat Figaro off her keyboard.
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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Biscuits and Slashed Browns


Biscuits and Slashed Browns (A Country Store Mystery)
by Maddie Day




Biscuits and Slashed Browns (A Country Store Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting - Indiana
Kensington (January 30, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 292 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496711212
E-Book ASIN: B071DZ1K5W

For country-store owner Robbie Jordan, the National Maple Syrup Festival is a sweet escape from late-winter in South Lick, Indiana—until murder saps the life out of the celebration . . .
As Robbie arranges a breakfast-themed cook-off at Pans ‘N Pancakes, visitors pour into Brown County for the annual maple extravaganza. Unfortunately, that includes Professor Connolly, a know-it-all academic from Boston who makes enemies everywhere he goes—and this time, bad manners prove deadly. Soon after clashing with several scientists at a maple tree panel, the professor is found dead outside a sugar shack, stabbed to death by a local restaurateur’s knife. When an innocent woman gets dragged into the investigation and a biologist mysteriously disappears, Robbie drops her winning maple biscuits to search for answers. But can she help police crack the case before another victim is caught in a sticky situation with a killer?

What I Thought:

I really enjoy the writing of Maddie Day/Edith Maxwell, and this installment in the Country Store Mystery Series did not disappoint me.  I like visiting the community of South Lick, IN and all of it's inhabitants.  Robbie is an exceptional protagonist and very well developed character.  She seems to always find trouble, even though this time, she was not the one to find the body of the murder victim.  The murder victim is an academic from Boston who is in town for the National Maple Syrup Festival and Robbie's best friend, Christina,  is the number one suspect.  So of course, Robbie has investigate and find out who the killer is.  There were several who could have been the killer, but the clues keep pointing to Christina, so Robbie has her hands full.  And not just with the murder, but also with arranging a breakfast-themed cook-off for the festival.  I thought this was a well written book, as are all of Maddie Day's books.  I was enthralled from the beginning and it kept my attention throughout.  I was surprised by the killer's motive in this one.  Even though this is part of a series, if this is he first that you read of the series you will not be lost.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.


Maddie Day is a talented amateur chef and holds a Ph.D. 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 writes 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 weekday 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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Saturday, February 3, 2018


Scone Cold Killer (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery)
by Lena Gregory




Scone Cold Killer (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Lyrical Underground (January 23, 2018)
Paperback: 192 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1516104659
E-Book ASIN: B06Y52XG4B

For Florida diner owner Gia Morelli, there’s no such thing as too much breakfast—unless it kills you . . .
When Gia Morelli’s marriage falls apart, she knows it’s time to get out of New York. Her husband was a scam artist who swindled half the millionaires in town, and she doesn’t want to be there when they decide to take revenge. On the spur of the moment, she follows her best friend to a small town in Central Florida, where she braves snakes, bears, and giant spiders to open a cheery little diner called the All-Day Breakfast Café. Owning a restaurant has been her lifelong dream, but it turns into a nightmare the morning she opens her dumpster and finds her ex-husband crammed inside. As the suspect du jour, Gia will have to scramble fast to prove her innocence before a killer orders another cup of murder . . .

What I Thought:

This is the first in a new series by Lena Gregory, The All-Day Breakfast Café Series, and it was a great start to the series.  In this one, Gia is a recently divorced New Yorker who moves to Florida to be near her best friend.  She opens and all-day breakfast café and one day, she finds her ex-husband's dead body stuffed in the dumpster.  She has to set out to prove her innocence.  This story flowed very well and was an easy read.  The friendship between Gia and Savannah is very strong.  It is a friendship most people long to have.  The mystery was very well thought out and the plot was very believable.  This was a well thought out mystery that left me guessing until the very end.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.







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.

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