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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Monday, December 5, 2016

Prose and Cons (A Magical Bookshop Mystery #2) by Amanda Flower

It's time for, Prose and Cons (A Magical Bookshop Mystery #2) by Amanda Flower. Well, tomorrow it's time! I was so excited to get an early peek at this. As with the first part I simply adored the story. How could I not? It combines my two favorite themes: magic and books. 

From the back of the book:

Magic, books, and cats collide in a village near Niagara Falls in the latest mystery from the author of Crime and Poetry...

In Cascade Springs, New York, Violet Waverly and her grandma, Daisy, are the proprietors of Charming Books, where the power of the written word is positively enchanting...

October in Cascade Springs means tourists are pouring in for the annual Food and Wine Festival, and Daisy hopes to draw those crowds to the store. She asks Violet and the local writing group, the Red Inkers, to give a reading of the works of Edgar Allan Poe on the shop’s front porch to entertain the revelers. Everyone eagerly agrees.

Yet their enthusiasm is soon extinguished when Violet discovers one of the writers dead in the shop moments before the event. After the shop magically tells Violet she’ll need to rely on Poe’s works to solve the murder, she enlists the help of her trusty tuxedo cat, Emerson, and the shop’s crow, Faulkner. But they must act fast before someone else’s heart beats nevermore.

My thoughts:

It was great to be back with Violet and Daisy in their wonderful bookstore where you don't pick your book, but it picks you. That idea makes my heart smile.I loved the inclusion of Poe's works to help with the mystery, as he is one of my favorites. The sheriff is still stunning and still one of my favorites. Of course I should also mention the cat, Emerson, who I adore.

The descriptions make it easy to immerse into the story and I loved the tone. At points I was amused, even though it is a mystery there were some giggle out loud parts, which is always great. Like with the first part, I was surprised by who it was and I even liked them. Well, as before I liked them when I didn't know they were a killer. This was a beautifully written story and I can't wait to read the next part. Don't hesitate to get your copy tomorrow.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Frosty the Dead Man (Snow Globe Shop Mystery #3) by Christine Husom

This time last year I told you about a most adorable series based in a quaint curiosity shop. I am so happy to say it's time for the next part, Frosty the Dead Man (Snow Globe Shop Mystery #3) by Christine Husom. I hope you took to the time get caught up because this one was just as much fun.

From the back of the book:

A snow globe becomes a murder weapon in the latest cozy mystery from the national bestselling author of Snow Way Out and The Iced Princess.

Mayor Lewis Frost has always been known as Frosty to his friends—not that he has many these days. Controversies swirling around the city council have members wondering if Frosty is trying to snow them. After one councilman storms off in a huff, the mayor turns to curio shop manager Camryn Brooks and asks her to consider taking a seat on the council.

Later, when Cami goes to his office to discuss the proposal, her blood runs cold. She finds Frosty dead, and the very snow globe she sold him earlier that day lies in sparkling shards on his carpet—along with a large diamond. Does the snow globe—which features a peculiar tableau of an armed man and three menacing bears—hold a clue to Frosty’s demise? One way or another, it’s up to Cami to shake things up before the killer’s trail goes cold...

My thoughts:

It was great to be back with Cami and Pinky, and Mark, and Clint. Those are my favorites, but the entire cast is extremely sweet. Well, most of them, there was obviously a killer and few people who were a little frosty as well. I really also like Clint for Cami, he is a well written romance interest with enough quirks to make him endearing.

The mystery was clue based and I solved it! I love when that happens. There was a bit more to it than just a murder and that helped me to figure it out actually. What is really neat is that in the back there is a craft to make a snow globe! I love snow globes and will be making it this holiday season. This will be available December 6th so you still have time to grab the other parts and get caught up if need be.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Dead, Bath, and Beyond (Victoria Square #4) by Lorraine Bartlett

It always excites me to find a new author and series I can jump into. I'm not sure how I missed Lorraine Bartlett for so long, but I sure am glad I had the chance to read, Dead, Bath, and Beyond (Victoria Square #4) by Lorraine Bartlett. 

From the back of the book:

The New York Times bestselling series is back, as Katie Bonner—owner of Artisans Alley in the quaint shopping district of Victoria Square—attempts to solve a murder at a nearby B & B.

Katie Bonner feels like nothing can spoil her perfect day off, sailing Lake Ontario with her good friend, lawyer Seth Lander. Then she runs into her ex-boss Jake on the dock. It was never smooth sailing with Jake, and Katie is only too happy to get away from him as he makes a scene.

Unfortunately, the next day her unpleasant former employer is found drowned in a bathtub at a bed and breakfast in Victoria Square. Who would pull the plug on Jake? When an autopsy reveals lake water—not bath water—in his lungs, Katie quickly finds herself in over her head. She’ll need to race to find the killer before her business and her freedom both go down the drain.

My thoughts:

This was my first visit to Victoria Square and I easily feel into the story and felt like I was with friends. Katie is a fun sleuth and the people surrounding her are so sweet and fun to read. I didn't have any problems starting right here and connecting with them.

There were a lot of suspects because Jake wasn't so nice and there was some other reasons that I will leave you to read. I did like the layers and the reveal was intense. I mean, wow, talk about having a bad night. I don't want to spoil the fun because I never saw that sort of high intensity ending coming. I'm glad Katie was okay, I was worried about her for a minute.

In the back you will find some yummy recipes. I enjoyed this part enough that I have to go back and read the rest while I hope the next one is in the works.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Crime and Catnip (Nick and Nora Mysteries #3) by T.C. LoTempio

I am so happy to bring you back for another visit with Nick and Nora, the most usual mystery sleuthing duo. Crime and Catnip (Nick and Nora Mysteries #3) by T.C. LoTempio is the third part in a most endearing series that has a spunky heroine and feline hero. He is sure to wrap his furry tail around your heart. 

From the back of the book:

Nick and Nora aren’t just pussyfooting around this time as they deal with a missing person’s case and murder.

While catering a gala for the Cruz Museum, Nora Charles agrees to look into the disappearance of director Violet Crenshaw’s niece, a case previously undertaken by her frisky feline friend Nick’s former owner, a private eye whose whereabouts are also currently unknown.

As Nora and her curious cat Nick pull at the string of clues, they begin to unravel a twisted tale of coded messages, theft, false identities, murder, and international espionage. Nora dares to hope that the labyrinth of leads will not only help them locate the missing young woman, but also solve the disappearance of the detective. That’s if Nora can stay alive long enough to find him.

My thoughts:

As with the other parts, it really is all about Nick for me. I believe I said it before that without Nick, no mystery would get solved. This has the same humor as the other parts and the same love triangle that is still trying to work itself out. No, not Nick, if it were, he'd win paws down. Nora is filled with her usual willful spunk and thankfully Nick is there to bail her out when she gets in over her head. We all need a cat like that. I don't think my Sam would brave killers like Nick does.

The mystery in this one had several layers. There was a theft and a murder and the continuing mystery of where Nick's original owner owner, Nick, is. I did like that they got some answers on that one this time and they were really awesome answers. I figured out the thief, not the motive, and not the murder, so I feel pretty good. We can't all be as smart as the cat.

This releases December 6th so if you read as fast me you have ample time to catch up! Did I mention a tasty sandwich recipe is in the back.

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Monday, November 7, 2016

A Likely Story (Library Lover's Mystery #6) by Jenn McKinlay

Last week saw the paperback release of A Likely Story (Library Lover's Mystery #6) by Jenn McKinlay. I jumped into this series late, and was so happy with it that I went back read not only all the parts to it, but to the other series available from Jenn McKinlay. As you might imagine, I was tickled to read this latest part and devoured it in a night.

From the back of the book:

A new hardcover in the Library Lover's mystery series from the New York Times bestselling author of On Borrowed Time. Small-town librarian Lindsey Norris must solve a murder and a missing person's case involving two reclusive brothers.

NOT HIS BROTHER'S KEEPER

Delivering books to the housebound residents of the Thumb Islands, just a short boat ride from the town of Briar Creek, library director Lindsey Norris has befriended two elderly brothers, Stewart and Peter Rosen. She enjoys visiting them in their treasure-filled, ramshackle Victorian on Star Island until she discovers that Peter has been killed and Stewart is missing. Now she's determined to solve a murder and find Stewart before he suffers his brother's fate.

My thoughts:

Since I went back and got caught up, I can really appreciate all the character nuances and see their growth. That said you may jump into this series at any point. All of the cast are a lot of fun. I even enjoy Ms. Cole. I missed seeing Robbie for most of the book and I'm still on the fence about Sully, since, well, he isn't Robbie.

The mystery was fun, I especially liked the hoarding aspect and the collectors. There was good attention to detail that made it easy to visualize that part of the story. The traps made a interest touch as well.Plus the story added some to the history of the people in the town, or on the islands. I had some of the mystery figured out, but it didn't play exactly as I thought, so I'll say I almost solved it.

In the back of the book there were the usual fun notes, crafts, and delicious recipes, plus a surprise bonus story. I loved the extra peek into what may be coming. Speaking of what may be coming, there was an excerpt of the next part which also just released, this one in hard back, so you can grab that too, after you read and loved this part! I look forward to my next visit with Lindsey.

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