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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Mulberry Mischief

Mulberry Mischief

(A Berry Basket Mystery)

by Sharon Farrow

About the Book

Mulberry Mischief (A Berry Basket Mystery)

Cozy Mystery

4th in Series

Kensington (August 27, 2019)

Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages

ISBN-10: 1496722612

ISBN-13: 978-1496722614

Kindle ASIN: B07L2FVR11

Autumn has arrived on the shores of Lake Michigan, but Marlee Jacob, proprietor of The Berry Basket, is feeling a chill for other reasons …

With the Harvest Health Fair in full swing, Marlee makes sure to stock up on elderberry products for cold and flu season. But this year there's also a run on mulberry when an eccentric customer wants to use the dried berries to ward off evil forces. True, it's almost Halloween, but something else earns the Lake Lady has a deadly past that is connected to the famous Sable family who are in town for the health fair. A bunch of clues start to come together—and figuring out what's going on puts Marlee in a real jam …

Includes Berry Recipes!

What I Thought:

This is the fourth Berry Basket Mystery, and with this being one of my favorite series, this installment did not disappoint me.  It is Halloween in Oriole Point and Piper, the Mayor's wife is gearing up with a Harvest Health Fair in which she invites health gurus from all over to attend.  The Sable family is invited.  The mysterious Lake Lady asks Marlee to order her several pounds of mulberries to spread around her home to ward off evil. Everyone, including Piper, tells Marlee to stay away from the Lake Lady, but Marlee feels she has something to reveal and when she disappears and a the dead body of ghost writer turns up on her property, Marlee knows she has to help her.  I enjoyed this one as it is set during Halloween.  The plot was well thought out and well written.  I liked how elements from the past were introduced into the present, which made the story flow well and tied in all in together. I like how the author intertwines medicinal and other properties of berries into the stories.  There were many suspects in this story that will keep the reader guessing until the exciting conclusion in this one.  I look forward to reading more in this wonderful series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About Sharon Farrow

Sharon Farrow is the latest pen name of award-winning author Sharon Pisacreta. A freelance writer since her twenties, she has been published in mystery, fantasy, and romance. Sharon currently writes The Berry Basket cozy mystery series for Kensington. The series debuted in 2016 and is set along the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline where she now lives. She is also one half of the writing team D.E. Ireland, who co-author the Agatha nominated Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins mysteries.

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Purchase Links - Amazon - B&N - Kobo - Google Play - IndieBoundseems to be spooking Leticia the Lake Lady, Oriole Point's oddest resident. She believes someone plans to kill her—and the ghost. Only mulberries can protect them. Marlee doesn't take her fears seriously until a man named Felix Bonaventure arrives in the village, asking questions about a mysterious woman.
The next day, Marlee finds Bonaventure dead on Leticia's property—shot through the heart with an arrow made of mulberry wood. And Leticia has disappeared. Marlee soon a Rafflecopter giveaway

Silent Night, Deadly Night Guest Post

Silent Night, Deadly Night
(A Year-Round Christmas Mystery)
by Vicki Delany

About the Book

Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Berkley (August 27, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 0440000300

ISBN-13: 978-0440000303

Residents of Rudolph keep the spirit of Christmas alive year-round—but their joy is threatened when a group of grinches visits the town, in the charming fourth installment of the Year-Round Christmas series.
It’s the week before Thanksgiving, and Merry Wilkinson, owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, is preparing for a weekend reunion of her mother’s college friends. But when the group of women comes into Merry’s shop, Merry is met with frosty attitudes and cold hearts.
The women argue amongst themselves constantly, and the bickering only intensifies after one of the friends is poisoned. With her father’s role as Santa in danger due to his proximity to the crime, Merry will need to use all of her investigative gifts to wrap this mystery up and save Santa and her favorite holiday.
About the Author

Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than thirty books:  clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. She is currently writing four cozy mystery series: the Tea By The Sea mysteries, the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series, the Year Round Christmas mysteries and, as Eva Gates, the Lighthouse Library series.
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My Favorite Holiday
By Merry Wilkinson from the Year Round Christmas Mysteries by Vicki Delany
July 2019
I have to confess that Thanksgiving is my favourite holiday.
Why is that a confession, you ask? Plenty of people love Thanksgiving. What’s not to love – turkey, pumpkin pie, autumn woods, warm sweaters, roaring fires. Family, friends, food!
It’s just that I live in Rudolph, New York, America’s Year Round Christmas destination. In Rudolph everything is all Christmas, all the time. And we love it that way! Really, we do.
But, as the owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures located on Jingle Bell Lane, Christmas for me means work.  The frantic shopping season of November/December, getting my float ready for the semi-annual Santa Claus parade (yes, we have one in July also), the influx of tourists.  My best friend Vicky is so busy at her bakery and cafĂ©, Victoria’s Bake Shoppe, that I hardly see her, and my boyfriend Alan Anderson is a toy maker. You can imagine what he’s doing all season!
Then the post-holiday sales and trying to remember to have fun to celebrate the New Year. So by the time January rolls around I’m bushed.
Thanksgiving is my one last chance to relax before the influx of the season.  My mom and dad always put on a turkey dinner with all the trimmings for whichever of my siblings happen to be able to come that year, and invite any stray friends they can find. Mom was an internationally-known opera-singer in her youth and she collected a lot of nice things in her travels. It all comes out for Thanksgiving. I love it! Let me explain:
I love Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite holiday. Don’t tell anyone in Rudolph, but I love Thanksgiving even more than Christmas. My mom and dad always make turkey with all the fixings – walnut and sage stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, a squash casserole, two types of pie. It’s my chance to take one last long deep breath before plunging head first into the madness of the holiday season.
I love Christmas too - my dad is Santa Claus after all - but now that I own the store, when Christmas Day itself arrives I’m totally exhausted. That’s a day to sit back, feet up, mug of hot chocolate in hand, open a few gifts at my parents’ house, and then have a hearty brunch and go to bed early before opening the shop the next morning for the after-Christmas sales.
                                                `                                                               Silent Night Deadly Night by Vicki Delany
This year, my mom’s invited a group of her college friends for a reunion the weekend before Thanksgiving.  They seem a rather miserable bunch and they don’t get on very well, but I’m sure it will all go well and they’ll have gone home in time for us to celebrate the holiday in true Wilkinson style.
Find out if Merry gets the Thanksgiving she wants in SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT, coming August 27 from Berkley.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Crypt Suzette

Crypt Suzette

(A Five-Ingredient Mystery)

by Maya Corrigan

About the Book

Crypt Suzette (A Five-Ingredient Mystery)

Cozy Mystery

6th in Series

Kensington (August 27, 2019)

Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages

ISBN-10: 1496722426

ISBN-13: 978-1496722423

Digital ASIN: B07L2GDD8H

Val Deniston is catering the debut of Bayport’s newest bookstore—but the death of a customer is about to draw her into a real-life murder mystery …

Suzette Cripps has been occupying a spare bedroom at Val’s granddad’s house while she takes classes in this Maryland Eastern Shore town—but she’s always seemed a little secretive and fearful, and any talk about her past is a closed book.

After winning the costume contest at the Halloween-themed bookstore party, Suzette is mowed down by a hit-and-run driver—and Val and her grandfather start to wonder whether it was really an accident or if someone was after Suzette. Granddad is a little distracted by his new enterprise as a ghost-buster, but as Val talks to Suzette’s coworkers and fellow creative writing students, she grows more convinced that the dead woman’s demons weren’t imaginary—and that she needs to rip the mask off a killer …

Includes delicious five-ingredient recipes!

What I Thought:

This is the sixth installment in the Five Ingredients Mystery series by Maya Corrigan.  I have read a couple in this series and this one was just as good as the others that I have read.  In this one, Val's granddad, Don's new border Suzette, who is pretty mysterious, turns up dead from a hit-and-run the morning after a Halloween costume contest at the grand opening of the new bookstore in town.  The police are not sure if the hit-and-run is an accident or a crime, but Val is sure because of Suzette's mysterious ways that it is a murder.  This story was well written with a good plot. The author does not give a lot of information on the victim, Suzette while she is still alive in the story, but reveals more about the mysterious girl during Val's investigation into her death.  There are a lot of twists and turns in this story that kept me guessing. There are also many suspects allowing for many red herrings in this story.  The author did a great job intertwining the murder investigation into the towns Hallow festivities. This one kept my attention from the very beginning till the end.  I enjoyed this one immensely, as I usually enjoy a good cozy set during Halloween.  The author did a great job with this one.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About Maya Corrigan

Maya Corrigan blends her love of food and detective stories in her Five-Ingredient Mystery series set in a fictional historic town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The first book in the series, By Cook or by Crook, was published in 2014.

Before taking up a life of crime (on the page), she taught university courses in writing, detective fiction, American literature, and drama. She won the 2013 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Unpublished Mainstream Mystery / Suspense. Her short stories, written under the name of Mary Ann Corrigan, have been published in anthologies.

When not reading and writing, she enjoys theater, tennis, trivia, cooking, and crosswords. Her website features trivia about food and mysteries.

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