Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Death at the Day Lily Cafe (Rosalie Hart #2) by Wendy Sand Eckel

I've found a fresh, engaging voice in cozies to share with you. Death at the Day Lily Cafe (Rosalie Hart #2) by Wendy Sand Eckel is the second part in a series that introduces Rose Hart, who is named so appropriately because she is such a heartfelt character.

From the back of the book:

Rosalie Hart has finally opened the café of her dreams. Decked out with ochre-tinted walls and stuffed with delicious organic fare, the Day Lily Café is everything Rosalie could have hoped for. But not five minutes into the grand opening, Doris Bird, a dear and trusted friend, cashes in on a favor--to help clear her little sister Lori of a first degree murder charge.

With the help of her best friend and head waiter Glenn, Rosalie is on the case. But it's not going to be easy. Unlikable and provocative, murder victim Carl James Fiddler seems to have insulted nearly everyone in town, and the suspect list grows daily. And when Rosalie's daughter Annie gets caught in the crossfire, the search for the killer becomes personal in this charming cozy perfect for fans of Diane Mott Davidson and Joanne Fluke.

My Thoughts:

This was my first read in this series and I was easily able to follow along, and in fact, fall in love with all of the characters. I even loved the sheriff, who was gruff and probably not supposed to be loved. There were so many dimensional characters that Rose bounced off of who not only gave her depth, but carried a depth of their own that made it feel like I was actually a part of the wonderful community.

The mystery was interesting and paced well. I did figure it out, not so much from clues, but a instant gut reaction. With that said there were other sub-plot mysteries intertwined that caught me off and made it very interesting. I loved the backstory with Rose's ex and her daughter, and cook. I really enjoyed the topics that were handled, making this feel deeper than most cozies. I will be looking forward to the next part, as well trying some of the delicious recipes in the back of the book.

Take some time to browse the other great mysteries and genres available from Macmillan. You can also connect with Wendy Sand Eckel on Facebook and Twitter as well. 

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Much Ado About Muffin (Merry Muffin Mystery #4) by Victoria Hamilton

I was so happy to see Much Ado About Muffin (Merry Muffin Mystery #4) by Victoria Hamilton, in my reading stack, signalling another visit to Wynter Castle was in store for me. I'm sure you recall my prior review of this series and I hope you are all caught up and ready for this part!

From the back of the book:

In this fresh mystery from the national bestselling author of Death of an English Muffin, baker Merry Wynter comes to the aid of an innocent woman accused of murder.

When muffin baker Merry Wynter sees an innocent woman accused of murder, it’s dough or die...

Opera singer Roma Toscano may have a crippling case of stage fright, but she certainly is stirring up drama in Autumn Vale, New York, as she prepares for an upcoming performance at Merry’s Wynter Castle. With her flamboyant style and flirtatious personality, Roma attracts fans as well as critics, including the town’s postmistress—and Merry’s bitter foe—Minnie Urqhart.

But Roma and Minnie’s heated rivalry goes cold after Merry discovers Minnie dead at the post office. While every clue seems to be another ingredient in the investigation of Roma, Merry thinks the case is half-baked, and she’s eager to get her mitts on the real killer.

My thoughts:

I love the setting in this story. Castles hold a special place in my heart and I have a beautiful vivid image as I read. As I said before, I love Minnie and Virgil. This time there was some exploration of secondary characters that I really enjoyed. I thought it was neat how there were several thing going on in the backdrop. Roma was perfectly written for her part and totally got under my skin!

The murder scene was so different and dark, yet the tone of the rest of the book kept this feeling light and cozy. The mystery had a mellow pace and was solvable. I figured it out pretty early and enjoyed the conclusion. In the back of the book you will find recipes. I hope you take the time to catch up with this fun series and get ready to share the fun when we talk about the next part.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Silk Stalkings (A Material Witness Mystery #3) by Diane Vallere

I always get so excited when I've been with a series since part one. It feels like a visit with dear friends and that is why I was so happy to see Silk Stalkings (A Material Witness Mystery #3) by Diane Vallere in the future releases. I have adored this series since the start.

From the back of the book:

Fabric shop owner Polyester Monroe can get tangled up in textiles, but it’s murder that really throws her for a loop in the latest mystery from the national bestselling author of Crushed Velvet.

The time has come for San Ladrón, California’s annual Miss Tangorli beauty pageant, and Poly has agreed to use Material Girl’s inventory of shimmery silks to create embellished gowns fit for a crown. But when millionaire Harvey Halliwell—the man who revived the city’s citrus trade with his imported tangorli tree—is found dead days before the pageant contestants are announced, something sour takes over the town.

To make matters worse, her friend, mechanic Charlie Brooks, is soon caught up in the crime, having been seen in the company of the case’s prime suspect. Now Poly’s on a mission to squeeze out the truth. But as she searches for a pattern, the killer seems intent on cutting up the evidence.

My thoughts:

This series has character, I mean it! There are so many secondary characters and subplots that I am fully invested in. I would feel torn to pick a favorite. Poly of course is, but of her supporting cast it would be hard. In this part I got to learn a lot more about Charlie, who I love. Then there was Vaughn, and he just melts my heart. I'm not sure how Poly can refrain from wrapping her arms around him- All. The. Time.

This mystery was really a fun one. I kind of figured it out, but I liked how it also revealed a lot about the town and several characters. The layering and depth are so enthralling. I didn't pace myself, I read it all, really quickly, and now I have to wait for the next part. You can start here if you like as it is stands alone, but then you would miss all the fabulous character development, I recommend you read them all. They are fabulous.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Man Who Fell from the Sky (Wind River Reservation #19) by Margaret Coel

I absolutely love when historical legends and fiction blend. The Man Who Fell from the Sky (Wind River Reservation #19) by Margaret Coel is the latest in a series I introduced you to a fair while back.There is a good reason it s so long lived - it is fabulous.

From the back of the book:

New York Times bestselling author Margaret Coel returns to Wind River with Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Father John O’Malley investigating a lethal link between legendary outlaw Butch Cassidy and a present-day murder…

When Robert Walking Bear’s body is found in the Wind River mountains, his death appears to be accidental—except for the fact that he had been hunting for Butch Cassidy’s buried loot with a map he had gotten from his grandfather, a map believed to have been drawn by the leader of the Hole in the Wall gang himself.

It isn’t long before rumors circulate that Robert was murdered by his own cousins to get the map and find the treasure themselves. Despite there being no evidence of foul play, the gossip gains credibility when both Vicky and Father John are contacted by an anonymous Arapaho claiming to have witnessed Robert’s killing.

When one of Robert’s cousins falls prey to another deadly accident, Vicky and Father John are convinced the victim is the witness who confided in them, and the hunt for the killer is on in earnest—before more die in search of Cassidy’s cache.

My thoughts:

The attention to detail makes every aspect of this read rich and immersive. I was so tickled to see that this part would involve Butch Cassidy. I love his story, and 'treasure from long ago' legends is always something I like to think about. I also love the way, as I mentioned before, that I get to learn about the native american Arapaho tribe as well. The modern day and historical aspects are perfectly blending, making two stories into one.

The main characters and even the secondary characters are developed well, adding to the richness of the experience. The story is fascinating and paced beautifully. This can be read alone without needing to read any of the other parts. I still have a few parts to find and I imagine after you read this part you will search for the rest too.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Malice at the Palace (Her Royal Spyness #9) by Rhys Bowen

Malice at the Palace (Her Royal Spyness #9) by Rhys Bowen, was a fun trip back in time. So far I have loved every single part in this series. I love the blend of history and fiction and this, ninth part, was just as exciting as the first.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Queen of Hearts comes another mystery for "fans of P.G. Wodehouse looking for laughs mingled with some amateur sleuthing." (Publishers Weekly)

Lady Georgiana Rannoch won’t deny that being thirty-fifth in line for the British throne has its advantages. Unfortunately, money isn’t one of them. And sometimes making ends meet requires her to investigate a little royal wrongdoing.

While my beau Darcy is off on a mysterious mission, I am once again caught between my high birth and empty purse. I am therefore relieved to receive a new assignment from the Queen—especially one that includes lodging. The King’s youngest son, George, is to wed Princess Marina of Greece, and I shall be her companion at the supposedly haunted Kensington Palace.

My duties are simple: help Marina acclimate to English life, show her the best of London and, above all, dispel any rumors about George’s libertine history. Perhaps that last bit isn’t so simple.

George is known for his many affairs with women as well as men—including the great songwriter Noel Coward. But things truly get complicated when I search the Palace for a supposed ghost only to encounter an actual dead person: a society beauty said to have been one of Prince George’s mistresses.

Nothing spoils a royal wedding more than murder, and the Queen wants the whole matter hushed. But as the investigation unfolds—and Darcy, as always, turns up in the most unlikely of places—the investigation brings us precariously close to the prince himself.

My thoughts:

It was so much to see my favorite characters and even to meet some of the new ones. This series, for me at least, is all about the characters. I absolutely love the romances and interactions they have with one another and love watching things deepen and change between them.

I really liked the ghost parts too, but I am a sucker for anything even remotely supernatural. The end was fabulous, and hints at some really exiting things in the future. I continue to enjoy the wit that is woven into the story and into many of the exchanges. I will be excited to see where things lead next time.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Spells and Scones (Magical Bakery Mystery #6) by Bailey Cates

Knowing me like you do, I imagine as soon as you saw the title of this post, you knew I was going to be giddy and sparkling. You would be right! I mean seriously, magic and food themes all mashed together with mystery, what could be more delicious? Spells and Scones (Magical Bakery Mystery #6) by Bailey Cates was such a magical read.

From the back of the book:

There's a body in the bookshop in this latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the Magical Bakery mysteries...

When the bookshop next to the Honeybee Bakery hosts a signing for a Savannah radio celebrity's new self-help book, magical baker Katie Lightfoot is happy to provide some delectable desserts. A big crowd has turned out for the event, curious about the book (and maybe to sample some goodies), but the final chapter comes too soon for the author when she is found dead at the event.

The prime suspect is Angie Kissel, a former witch whose familiar was once Katie’s own terrier, Mungo. Katie is at first hesitant to help, afraid of losing the little dog who has become so important to her. But after a little nudge from Mungo himself, Katie decides to try to conjure up the real killer—before Angie gets served.

My thoughts:

I adored this from start to finish. I do so love anything witchcraft. The setting was fabulous and the characters were enchanting. I loved that the victim was given attention. Often they can just be a body to trigger the mystery, but in this story I really felt I got to know her as the mystery unraveled, it was unique. I also found the familiar story to be a fantastic touch that added so much depth and charm. Little details like that make all the difference between a good read and a great read.

The mystery was solvable, I did it! I love when I figure things out in time, and it was paced wonderfully. I really love that in part six there is still such attention to detail and a beautiful balance between mystery and character development. I look forward to the next part.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Dressed to Kilt (Scottish Highlands #3) by Hannah Reed

Time to revisit a series we talked about this time last year. Dressed to Kilt (Scottish Highlands #3) by Hannah Reed, just landed on my reading stack. You may recall I was drawn to this one by the title of part two and the yarn connection. This part has no yarn connection, but it does have the same awesome characters as the past parts.

From the back of the book:

The national bestselling author of Hooked on Ewe is back with a mysterious murder that leaves the Scottish village of Glenkillen shaken and stirred...

Winter is leaving the residents of Glenkillen snowbound, but Eden isn’t about to let the weather dampen her spirits. With only a little time left in Scotland, she’s determined to make the most of it—starting with attending a fancy whisky tasting with local looker Leith Cameron. But her classy date turns into a major party foul after a woman is found drowned in one of the vats of alcohol.

Eden immediately steps in as a Special Constable to help solve the case, but her investigation turns sour when she realizes that the killer could be somehow connected to her own Scottish heritage. Now, in order to find the proof she needs to put the murderer behind bars, she’ll have to take a shot at unearthing her family’s past—before she herself winds up buried.

My thoughts:

It was a real joy to revisit these likable characters, I really did love Eden. If you haven't read any of the other parts you can easily pick up here. The setting is beautiful and has rich descriptions that make it like a little trip to Scotland. I loved how this part took a closer look at her heritage, it was deeply interesting.

The mystery was well paced and plotted and so easy to fall into. If not for the distracting dialect this would have been a one night read. I do hope in future parts we are trusted to know they speak with a dialect, as I find the misspelled words a distraction that pull me from the story. Even with that caveat I look forward to seeing the next installment and spending more time with Eden and the Constable. 

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