Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Telling Tails (Second Chance Cat Mystery #4) by Sofie Ryan

Released today! Happy book birthday to part four in a series that I always enjoy. Telling Tails (Second Chance Cat Mystery #4) by Sofie Ryan. I always look forward to seeing what Elvis gets up to. Grab your copy today and fall in love with Elvis and his human Sarah.

From the back of the book:

The New York Times bestselling author of A Whisker of Trouble returns as secondhand shop owner Sarah Grayson and her rescue cat, Elvis, get caught up in a case of she said, she said....

When Sarah Grayson opened a secondhand shop in the quaint town of North Harbor, Maine, she was expecting peace and quiet. Then she was adopted by a rescue cat named Elvis and a kooky trio of senior sleuths known as Charlotte’s Angels. Now she has nine lives worth of excitement…

Sarah’s friend and employee Rose is delivering a customer’s purchase when the quick errand becomes a deadly escapade. Rose arrives just in time to see the customer murdered by his wife, but before she can call the police, she is knocked out cold. When she wakes up, no one believes her, especially after the woman claims her husband is very much alive and has left her for someone else—and has a text message and empty bank account to prove it.

Despite her convincing story, Sarah is sure something is fishy—and it’s not Elvis’s kitty treats. Sarah, Elvis, and the Angels are determined to unravel this mysterious yarn, before the feral killer pounces again..

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Pop Goes the Murder (Popcorn Shop Mystery #2) by Kristi Abbott

Realesing January 3rd, the latest part in a fun, foodie cozy series. Pop Goes the Murder (Popcorn Shop Mystery #2) by Kristi Abbott, is sure to please your palate for fun and food. Includes popcorn related recipes too!

From the back of the book:

Gourmet popcorn entrepreneur Rebecca Anderson and her poodle, Sprocket, are back on the case, in the second Popcorn Shop Mystery from the author of Kernel of Truth.

Despite Rebecca Anderson’s best efforts to distance herself from her ex-husband, the guy keeps popping up. When Antoine offers to feature her breakfast bars and popcorn fudge on his popular cooking show, she suspects he’s once again trying to butter her up—but the TV exposure for her gourmet popcorn shop, POPS, is too good to turn down.

Things take a shocking turn when the crew comes to Grand Lake to film in her shop, and Rebecca discovers Antoine’s assistant electrocuted in a hotel bathtub. Now the police want Antoine to come clean. Her ex may be a pain, but he’s no killer. So Rebecca decides to bag the real culprit. If she isn’t careful, however, she may be the next one getting burned.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Assault & Beret (Hat Shop Mystery #5) by Jenn McKinlay

Jenn McKinlay remains one of my very favorite cozy authors. I have never been disappointed by her, and I have read every single book by her as soon as it was avaliable. When, Assault & Beret (Hat Shop Mystery #5) by Jenn McKinlay, hit my reading stack it didn't even sit there a whole day.

From the back of the book:

Allons-y to Paris for more hats and homicide from the New York Times bestselling author of Copy Cap Murder!

London milliner Vivian Tremont and her American cousin and partner, Scarlett Parker, tip their caps to their beloved shop on Portobello Road in Notting Hill and set off for Paris, where Viv can’t wait to teach a hat-making class. But she has another reason to travel to the City of Light: to find the man she impulsively eloped with years ago and have their marriage annulled.

William Graham is not only handsome and charming, but he also has a glamorous job as an insurance investigator who works with priceless pieces of art, most recently a small Renoir that has been discovered in a junk shop. But when both Will and the masterpiece suddenly disappear, it’s up to the ladies from London to follow the trail of clues. They’ll need to hold on to their chapeaux, however, because someone is a master in the art of deception.

My thoughts:

I had a blast with Vivian and Scarlett as they ventured to Paris. I told you last time how much I related to Scarlett and that was still true. It was like seeing an old friend, and this time we got to go to a new place. Jenn McKinlay has a way of creating characters that I care about and that amuse me. Even the secondary characters here were awesome. I really had fun with Harry.

They mysteries were fun and paced perfectly. As usual I loved the tone. There is a natural wit to this author's voice that lightens in the right places and lets up in tense places. She has a very deft pen. The reveal as usual was gripping and surprising. I will be keeping my eyes out for the next part. Grab this one and any you see by Jenn McKinlay, you really can't go wrong with her.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Third Time's a Crime (A Love Or Money Mystery #3) by Diana Orgain

I think I mentioned the last time I talked about this series that I love reality TV! The TV show set up in, Third Time's a Crime (A Love Or Money Mystery #3) by Diana Orgain, sounded like a show I would have watched actually.

From the back of the book:

After two hit reality TV shows brought ex-detective Georgia Thornton into America’s living rooms, audiences can’t get enough of her quest for love and justice. Now producers have come up with an all-new show set in a haunted castle in Golden, California. Georgia and nine other contestants will need to solve the mystery of a teenage girl who disappeared at the castle in 1960.

Except there’s one rather substantial problem waiting for everyone when they arrive: one of the contestants is found drowned at the bottom of the castle’s empty pool. Now Georgia and the other contestants will need to work together, because there’s a different sort of game afoot—and it’s not one they can afford to lose.

My thoughts:

As with the last part there was a hardcore show must go on feeling here. Poor Georgia is a trooper! She had some things happen that would have sent most contestants packing. Speaking of Georgia, it was great to see her and Scott again. I love the them together and won't give any spoilers as to what happens there. I know last time I loved another romantic interest, but he had an accent, and I can be flighty. 

There was a whole lot of mystery to solve, I didn't, but I had fun trying. There was the cold case premise of the show as well as some fresh cases that were tossed their way that only Georgia seemed interested in solving, plus some strange goings on in the castle. I had a lot of fun reading this and really look forward to the next one.

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Better Off Thread (An Embroidery Mystery #10) by Amanda Lee

I love a holiday themed themed book this time of year, especially when it is part a series I already adore. Better Off Thread (An Embroidery Mystery #10) by Amanda Lee, is the newest part in a charming series that I always enjoying visiting.

From the back of the book:

Santa finds himself in a stitch of trouble in the tenth in the series from the national bestselling author of The Stitching Hour...

Marcy is busy helping her customers make hand-crafted ornaments at her embroidery shop, the Seven-Year Stitch. But despite the yuletide bustle, when her friend Captain Moe asks for her help, she can’t refuse—especially when the favor is to play the elf to his Santa for sick children at a local hospital. Despite the ridiculous outfit, Marcy finds herself enjoying spreading cheer—until the hospital’s administrator is found murdered.

Although the deceased had plenty of people willing to fill her stocking with coal, evidence pins the crime on Moe. Now it’s up to Marcy, with the help of her police officer boyfriend Ted and her Irish Wolfhound Angus, to stitch together the clues to clear Moe’s name—before someone else winds up crossed off Santa’s list for good.

My thoughts:

You may recall I started this series at part eight and fell instantly in love with the characters and storytelling. I have caught up now with back parts, though if you want to start here that would work, as each part holds it's own full mystery with a start and finish. Now that I have been back and watched all of the characters grow and evolve I love them even more. Marcy is awesome and seeing her playing an elf in this part made me giggle.

You know I am a crafter, so the broader theme and setting is a plus, and I loved hearing about the projects her and her customers were working on. I did figure out the mystery, there were a lot of reasonable suspects and it was very well written and paced. Even the odd characters, and suspects were written with humor and added a lot to the story. This made a great weekend read.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Spouse on Haunted Hill (A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery #8) by E.J. Copperman

You may remember last year when I started this series at part seven. I have been lucky enough to find the rest of the parts and was totally caught up and ready for the newest, Spouse on Haunted Hill (A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery #8) by E.J. Copperman.

From the back of the book:

Alison’s shady ex needs to use her haunted guesthouse as a hideout in the latest from the national bestselling author of Ghost in the Wind.

Where Alison Kerby’s ex-husband goes, trouble follows. This time, unfortunately, he’s brought that trouble right to her doorstep. On the run from a business deal gone bad, Steven, aka “the Swine,” owes some scary people a staggering sum of money. No need to panic, though. He has a plan: sell Alison’s Jersey Shore guesthouse to pay them off.

Before Alison has a chance to read Steven the riot act, he disappears—after a mysterious man trailing him ends up full of bullet holes. Now the police are next to darken her doorway. For all his faults, Steven is still the father of Alison’s daughter, so with the help of ghosts Maxie and Paul, Alison sets out to find her ex and clear him of the murder. But if the bad guys get to him first, he may not have a ghost of a chance.

My thoughts:

It was much fun to be back at the guesthouse with the living as well as the ghost guests. Now having been caught up with all the prior parts, I had an even stronger bond with Alison and Melissa, as well the ghosts, especially Dad. It was even interesting to get to see The Swine some more. I love that the relationships are real and not perfect.

I loved the way the mystery helped to explore the past with the ex and there were enough possibilities to keep me guessing. I didn't solve this before the reveal, but I think that was because I was so drawn into the story that I wasn't puzzling over it too much. I had a lot of fun and can't wait for the next part.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Ghosts of Misty Hollow: A Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery (A Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery #6) by Sue Ann Jaffarian

As much as I love paranormal cozies I'm surprised that The Ghosts of Misty Hollow: A Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery (A Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery #6) by Sue Ann Jaffarian was my first in this series. I am however happy to say it was fantastic.

From the back of the book:

The author of Ghost in the Guacamole returns as a spiritual medium and her spectral sidekick encounter murder and mystery in a Massachusetts farmhouse—

Mysterious plots abound when spiritual medium Emma Whitecastle offers aid to a famous novelist, but her spectral sidekick Granny Apples will help her write all the wrongs...

Bestselling crime writer Gino Costello is working on his next book in a historic farmhouse in the heart of Massachusetts. His story features some paranormal elements so he’s invited family friend Emma to provide her input as a medium. But as soon as Emma arrives—with her boyfriend, Phil, and Granny Apples in tow—that’s when the real trouble begins.

Emma is immediately contacted by the Browns, a family of ghosts who originally owned the house in the early nineteenth century. They need Emma to help them locate the spirits of their two children who disappeared. Meanwhile, a dead body appears at the house. Now Emma, Granny, and Phil must read between the lines to find answers before a killer books it...

My thoughts:

Since this was the first part I read in this series I can say with full confidence it is stand alone and you don't need to read any others to enjoy it. I would like to go back and spend more time with the characters and see their development though, because there several that I really loved. Emma and Phil especially. Gino was also a joy and I'd love to see him again.

The ghosts, Granny in particular, add something interesting to mystery solving. The family of ghosts gave Emma a bit more than a murder to deal with as she tried to figure out what happened to the two missing children. The real time murder was interesting and I wasn't able to pin it down too far in advance, only just before the reveal did I settle on the right name. I will be looking forward to more parts and in the meantime reading the prior parts.

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