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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Southern Sass

Southern Sass and Killer Cravings
(Marygene Brown Mysteries)
by Kate Young

About the Book

Southern Sass and Killer Cravings (Marygene Brown Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Kensington (May 28, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
ISBN-10: 1496721454
ISBN-13: 978-1496721457
Digital ASIN: B07H1VWGBS

Life has always been sweet on Georgia’s Peach Cove Island, but a case of murder has Marygene Brown down in the pits . . .
For generations, the women of the Brown family on Peach Cove Island have been known for their Southern sass and sweet homemade desserts at their beloved Peach Diner. Since their mother's passing two years ago, Marygene has been stuck in Atlanta while her sister Jena Lynn has been running the family business. Now Marygene has left her husband and returned to her hometown, where she can almost feel Mama's presence.
But all is not peachy back home. Marygene has barely tied on an apron when a diner regular drops dead at the counter. When it turns out the old man's been poisoned, Jena Lynn is led away in handcuffs and the family eatery is closed. Now, to save her sister and the diner, Marygene must find the real killer. With some startling assistance from her Mama's spirit, Marygene will be serving up a special order of just desserts . . .
Includes Seven Recipes from Marygene’s Kitchen!

What I Thought:

I have wanted to read this book since I first saw it advertised, I find my self intrigued by stories set in the south and this one did not disappoint me.  Marygene has left her abusive husband and has moved back home to her island community of Peach Cove.  She hopes to work in the families Peach Diner, but when her sister, Jena Lynn, bakes a cake for a customer and he ends up dead, the diner is closed.  Marygene's estranged father is the sheriff, so that makes for some sticky situations as Marygene is trying to clear her sister's name.  This was a great mystery read that also had a great family dynamic to it.  It also touched on the subject of domestic abuse.  I really liked the protagonist and I liked the setting.  I thought the book was fast paced and well written and it kept me guessing till the very end.  I look forward to the next book in this series.

The author is hosting a pre-order giveaway!

About the Author

Kate Young writes humorous southern mystery novels. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Guppy Chapter. Kate lives in a small town in Georgia with her husband, three kids, and Shih Tzu. When she is not writing her own books, she's reading or cooking.

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

The Scent of Murder

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First in a new series from national bestselling author Kylie Logan, The Scent of Murder is a riveting mystery following Jazz Ramsey as she trains cadaver dogs.
The way Jazz Ramsey figures it, life is pretty good. She’s thirty-five years old and owns her own home in one of Cleveland’s most diverse, artsy, and interesting neighborhoods. She has a job she likes as an administrative assistant at an all-girls school, and a volunteer interest she’s passionate about—Jazz is a cadaver dog handler.
Jazz is working with Luther, a cadaver dog in training. Luther is still learning cadaver work, so Jazz is putting him through his paces at an abandoned building that will soon be turned into pricey condos. When Luther signals a find, Jazz is stunned to see the body of a young woman who is dressed in black and wearing the kind of make-up and jewelry that Jazz used to see on the Goth kids back in high school.
She’s even more shocked when she realizes that beneath the tattoos and the piercings and all that pale make up is a familiar face.
The lead detective on the case is an old lover, and the murdered woman is an old student. Jazz finds herself sucked into the case, obsessed with learning the truth.

Author Bio:
KYLIE LOGAN is the national bestselling author of The League of Literary Ladies Mysteries, the Button Box Mysteries, the Chili Cook-Off Mysteries, and the Ethnic Eats Mysteries. The Scent of Murder is the first in a new series.

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 What I Thought:

I thought this was an okay book.  It starts out with Jazz training a new cadaver dog, when the dog, Luther, stumbles upon a dead body.  The body belongs to a former student at the all-girls school where Jazz is an administrative assistant.  Of course Jazz is curious as to what happened to the girl, so she embarks on her own investigation to get to the bottom of the story.  I thought this story was well written and the premise was a little different than what I am used to reading.  There was some background information in this book that made me wonder if it will be brought to the forefront in a forthcoming book.  I thought the plot was well thought out and the story flowed well.  I will be looking forward to the next in this series.