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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Pinot Red or Dead



Pinot Red or Dead?
(The Wine Trail Mysteries)
by J.C. Eaton


About the Book


Pinot Red or Dead? (The Wine Trail Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Lyrical Underground (March 26, 2019)
Paperback: 206 pages
ISBN-10: 1516108035
ISBN-13: 978-1516108039
Digital ASIN: B07F5XDH41

There’s a lot of noir surrounding this rare pinot.
As the vineyards in Seneca Lake, New York, prepare for the seasonal “Deck the Halls Around the Lake” festivities, someone is determined to keep pinot noir off the wine list. Hijacked trucks and sabotaged ingredients have made it a hard-to-acquire vintage for the six local wineries—including Norrie Ellington’s Two Witches Winery.
The case of the stolen and spoiled wines gets stranger when Arnold Mowen, owner of the company distributing the wine, is found dead, the apparent victim of a hunting accident. As Norrie tries to find the connections between the pinot’s problems and Arnold’s death, she uncovers a conspiracy among many locals whose hatred for the wine distributor was bottled up for far too long . . .

What I Thought:

This is the first book that I have read in this series, so far.  This was a fast paced story that grabbed my attention from the beginning.  Norrie is a screenwriter and "silent" partner in her family's Two Witches Winery business, but when her sister and brother-in-law go out of the country, Norrie has to take the reins.  When someone starts targeting Pinot Noir wines and when the owner of the company that distributes the wines is found murdered, Norrie has to put on her sleuth hat to figure out what is going on.  I enjoyed this mystery because there was more going on that just a murder.  I also enjoyed that it is set during the holiday season. The setting of the story was also charming and I liked the authors descriptions about the area.  Norrie was a great protagonist and a very persistent sleuth.  There were just enough twists and turns in this one to keep me guessing and turning the pages.  I look forward to more in this series and am definitely going to read the two I missed.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About the Authors



Ann I. Goldfarb
New York native Ann I. Goldfarb spent most of her life in education, first as a classroom teacher and later as a middle school principal and professional staff developer. Writing as J. C. Eaton, along with her husband, James Clapp, she has authored the Sophie Kimball Mysteries (Kensington) set for release in June 2017. In addition, Ann has nine published YA time travel mysteries under her own name. Visit the websites at www.jceatonauthor.com and www.timetravelmysteries.com
James E. Clapp
When James E. Clapp retired as the tasting room manager for a large upstate New York winery, he never imagined he’d be co-authoring cozy mysteries with his wife, Ann I. Goldfarb. His first novel, Booked 4 Murder (Kensington) is set for release in June 2017. Non-fiction in the form of informational brochures and workshop materials treating the winery industry were his forte along with an extensive background and experience in construction that started with his service in the U.S. Navy and included vocational school classroom teaching.
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Monday, March 18, 2019

Broken Bone China



Broken Bone China

(A Tea Shop Mystery) by Laura Childs



About the Book




Broken Bone China (A Tea Shop Mystery)

Cozy Mystery

20th in Series

Berkley (March 5, 2019)

Hardcover: 336 pages

ISBN-10: 0451489632

ISBN-13: 978-0451489630

Digital ASIN: B07DMZPLWY




Theodosia Browning serves tea and solves crimes in Charleston, a city steeped in tradition and treachery in the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs.

It is Sunday afternoon, and Theodosia and Drayton are catering a formal tea at a hot-air balloon rally. The view aloft is not only stunning, they are also surrounded by a dozen other colorful hot-air balloons. But as the sky turns gray and the clouds start to boil up, a strange object zooms out of nowhere. It is a drone, and it appears to be buzzing around the balloons, checking them out.

As Theodosia and Drayton watch, the drone, hovering like some angry, mechanized insect, deliberately crashes into the balloon next to them. An enormous, fiery explosion erupts, and everyone watches in horror as the balloon plummets to the earth, killing all three of its passengers.

Sirens scream, first responders arrive, and Theodosia is interviewed by the police. During the interview she learns that one of the downed occupants was Don Kingsley, the CEO of a local software company, SyncSoft. Not only do the police suspect Kingsley as the primary target, they learn that he possessed a rare Revolutionary War Union Jack flag that several people were rabidly bidding on.

Intrigued, Theodosia begins her own investigation. Was it the CEO's soon-to-be ex-wife, who is restoring an enormous mansion at no expense? The CEO's personal assistant, who

also functioned as curator of his prized collection of Americana? Two rival antiques' dealers known for dirty dealing? Or was the killer the fiancée of one of Theodosia's dear friends, who turns out to be an employee—and whistle-blower—at SyncSoft?

INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS!

What I Thought:

While I have not read all of the books in A Tea Shop Mystery Series, the ones that I have read have been really interesting and attention grabbing.  Broken Bone China was no exception.  It was nice to visit Charleston and the Indigo Tea Shop again, while most cozies take place in small towns, even though this series is set in Charleston, it is still quaint and coy.  In this one, Theo and Drayton are catering a formal teal at a hot air balloon.  A drone flies in and crashes into one of the balloons causing a fiery explosion and killing all three occupants of the balloon.  One of the occupants is the CEO of Synsoft and it is soon learned that he owned a Union Jack Flag from the Revolutionary period that has a hot bidding history.  Theo is interviewed by the police, but she soon becomes suspicious and starts her own investigation.  I really enjoyed the mystery in this one.  It was fast paced and kept my attention.  The characters all have great relationships and I enjoy how well the get along.  As always with Laura Childs, this one was well written and was easy to read and follow.  I liked that there were two mysteries, that of the murder and that of the missing Union Jack Flag.  I also thought it was interesting that the author left a loose end in this one involving a secret sipper from a magazine.  That makes me look forward to the next installment in this series to find out what happened to it. 

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 fundraising 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.

Laura’s Links:

Website – http://www.laurachilds.com/


Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/laura.childs.31


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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Final Exam


Final Exam (A Witch City Mystery)
by Carol J. Perry


About the Book


Final Exam (A Witch City Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Kensington (February 26, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
ISBN-10: 1496714601
ISBN-13: 978-1496714602
Kindle ASIN: B07DBQQRHF

A cold case update in Salem, Massachusetts . . .
Life at the house on Winter Street is abuzz with preparations for Aunt Ibby’s 45th high school reunion, and Lee Barrett is happy to pitch in, tracking down addresses and licking envelopes. But as a field reporter for Salem’s WICH-TV, her priority is to be on top of the town’s latest news before anyone else.
When the local police dredge up a vintage sports car containing human remains, Lee is thrilled to be the first reporter on the scene. Once she learns the car is connected to the cold case her boyfriend Pete happens to be working on, her powers of investigation are  
quickly alerted. But it’s her Aunt Ibby’s emotional reaction to Lee’s TV report that puts 
her on the case. With the help of O’Ryan, her psychic feline sidekick, she’ll have to unravel a tangled past of secrets and promises to stop a killer from making history again . .




What I Thought:


I have not read any in this series before, but I was hooked with this one.  I found the plot intriguing and the storyline very easy to follow.  Lee is the main character and it is her Aunt Ibby's 45th class reunion.  When Lee and her camera woman think the are onto a hot lead when they see the police at the local quarry.  They have found a mustang with human remains.  The remains are part of a cold case that Lee's boyfriend is working on.  I found this book hard to put down as I really wanted to find out what happened and what caused these remains to be in this car.  I thought the story was well written.  I enjoyed the characters and how well they got along.  I enjoyed the mystery the most though and was left guessing on this one. I will definitely be reading more in this series.


I received a complimentary copy of this book.
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bout the Author


Carol J. Perry knew as a child that she wanted to be a writer. A voracious reader, whose list for Santa consisted mostly of book titles, she never lost sight of that goal. While living in Florida, Carol was on assignment for Southern Travel Magazine, preparing an article on the world’s largest sand castle which was being built near her home. That combination of events inspired her first young adult novel, Sand Castle Summer. That book was soon followed by half a dozen more.
Carol has always been an avid reader of mysteries. Her debut mystery novel is set in Salem and involves O’Ryan, a most mysterious cat, several witches and some strange Halloween happenings. Appropriately enough, this Salem-born author celebrates her birthday on Halloween Eve! Carol and her husband Dan live in the Tampa Bay area of Florida with two cats and a Black Lab. Visit her at www.caroljperry.com.

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Restaurant Weeks are Murder


Restaurant Weeks Are Murder
(A Poppy McAllister Mystery)
by Libby Klein


About the Book


Restaurant Weeks Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Kensington (February 26, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496713079
ISBN-13: 978-1496713070
Digital ASIN: B07DBQBVYJ

Cape May, New Jersey, is the site of a big culinary competition—and the knives are out . . .
Poppy McAllister is happy about opening a Jersey Shore B&B—but working in a professional kitchen has always been her real dream. Now it’s coming true, at least briefly, as she teams up with her former fiancée, Tim—and his condescending partner, Gigi—during the high-profile Restaurant Week challenge. Poppy’s specialty is pastries, despite her devotion to a Paleo diet. But if anyone can make glorious gluten-free goodies, it’s Poppy.
Things get heated quickly—especially when some ingredients get switched and Tim’s accused of sabotage. Relatively harmless pranks soon escalate into real hazards, including an exploding deep fryer. And now one of the judges has died after taking a bite of Poppy’s cannoli—making her the chef suspect . . .
Includes Seven Recipes from Poppy’s Kitchen!


What I Thought:


This is the third in the Poppy McAllister Mystery Series and it is just as good as the other two.  I love Poppy, she is a girl after my own heart, and I can totally relate to her.  She moved back to Cape May after the death of her husband and to escape her demeaning mother-in-law.  She moved back in with her Aunt Ginny, who makes things very interesting.  In this book,  Poppy is helping her ex Tim with Restaurant  Week Challenge.  She never expected that chef's were so back-biting and conniving, and when a judge of the Challenge is murdered, Poppy has to get involved to find the real killer.  This one was another well written book by Libby Klein.  I lover her writing style because the stories flow so well and I feel like I actually know the characters.  I liked the relationship elements in this story and of course the mystery was superb, leaving me guessing till the very end.  This is fast becoming one of my favorite series.


I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About the Author


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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Saturday, March 9, 2019

One Feta in the Grave

One Feta in the Grave
(A Kebab Kitchen Mystery)
by Tina Kashian

About the Book


One Feta in the Grave (A Kebab Kitchen Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Kensington (February 26, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-10: 1496713516
ISBN-13: 978-1496713513
Digital ASIN: B07DBPQQFJ

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 …
Recipes included!


What I Thought:


This is the third installment in the Kebab Kitchen Mystery series, and the second in the series that I have read.  I am glad that I read the first book in the series as I would have been a little lost reading this one, but it can be a stand alone if the reader wishes, the author gives enough background that you are not that lost and can keep everything straight.  It just made me feel a closer connection to the characters having read the first in the series.  In this one, Lucy's bestie Katie is the main suspect in the killing of local businessman Archie Kincaid.  But Archie was not a very likable fella, so there are many suspects in this one.  I enjoyed revisiting the Kebab Kitchen, Ocean Crest, and its inhabitants.  I liked this one and the descriptions of the beach festival, it seemed like a lot of fun.  I like the author's writing style, and how the book flowed.  It was an interesting read that kept my attention from the very beginning.  I look forward to more in this series.


I received a complimentary copy of this book.



About the Author


Tina Kashian spent her childhood summers at the New Jersey shore, building sand castles, boogie boarding, and riding the boardwalk Ferris wheel. She also grew up in the restaurant business where her Armenian parents owned a restaurant for thirty years. She worked almost every job—rolling silverware and wiping down tables as a tween, to hosting and waitressing as a teenager.
After college, Tina worked as a NJ Deputy Attorney General, a patent attorney, and a mechanical engineer. Her law cases inspired an inquiring mind of crime, and since then, Tina has been hooked on mysteries. The Kebab Kitchen Cozy Mystery series launches with Hummus and Homicide, followed by Stabbed in the Baklava and One Feta in the Grave by Kensington Books. Tina still lives in New Jersey with her supportive husband and two young daughters. Please visit www.tinakashian.com and join her Newsletter to enter free contests to win books, get delicious recipes, and to learn when her books will be released.
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