Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Read to Death (A Read 'Em and Eat Mystery #3) by Terrie Farley Moran

I think we are all book lovers here, and as such I adore a book themed cozy series. Read to Death (A Read 'Em and Eat Mystery #3) by Terrie Farley Moran, is the newest in a series I have shared with you before. I hope you hang around and join me in reading this fun series.

From The back of the book:

The national bestselling author of Caught Read-Handed revisits Fort Myers Beach, Florida, where the proprietors of a local bookstore café occasionally take a stab at solving murder...

At their seaside Read ‘Em and Eat bookstore café, Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield offer fresh scones, great books, and excellent detective work…

With their book club season wrapping up with The Florida Life of Thomas Edison, Sassy and Bridgy decide to take their group on a day trip to the beautiful Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Hiring driver Oscar Frieland, who’s known for his colorful stories  and love of the café’s Robert Frost fruit tartlets, the bibliophiles set off for a day of sunshine and history.

After a lovely excursion, the club returns to the café for lunch and a book discussion, but the group falls silent after Oscar is found dead in his van. The sheriff’s deputies have some questions of their own for the group, and if the ladies don’t find some answers soon, the next book they read might be from a prison library.

My thoughts:

I mentioned this was book themed, but I wanted to touch on that again because the theme is so much fun. The book club that the characters are a part of in addition to having regular book club activities, also has foods at the cafe that are book themed, I adore that. The names of the dishes and even drinks are so creative. The characters are like friends, each with their own quirky personality that I look forward to. In this installment the romance was played down, which made me a little sad, as you remember I was looking forward to seeing where that went, but you all know I am a romantic at heart.

The mystery this time was hard to solve, well not hard, but I didn't get it right. I was pretty wrapped up in the club and the mothers coming to visit so I might have missed important clues. Isn't it great when you get so absorbed in characters that you become lost in the story? I love that. I really do look forward to the next part and recommend you jump on now while there are only a few parts to catch up on. Plus there is a fun recipe in the back of the book.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Take the Monkey and Run (Call of the Wilde #4)

With my love for animals and all things mystic, and the fact I read between ten to twenty books a month it is a real mystery how I missed the Call of the Wilde series for so long! Take the Monkey and Run (Call of the Wilde #4) was as much fun as the cover indicates.

From the back of the book:

Grace Wilde must use her psychic abilities to track down a pesky primate in the latest Call of the Wilde Mystery.

Grace Wilde is excited to head to New Orleans for her first “real” case as an animal telepath. She intends to help a woman find her missing sister, but when she attempts to communicate with her client’s cat, Coco, Grace gets distracted by the presence of a much wilder animal.

Coco confirms that a mysterious monkey has been swinging around the Big Easy. Grace thinks she might be able to help corral the cheeky Capuchin in addition to solving her case. But things get complicated when she receives a cryptic warning that her client isn’t what she seems. Now it’s up to Grace to separate the truth from the monkey business.

My thoughts:

This was my first time reading this series and I wanted to mention that if you want you can easily dive in right here at part four. Even though there are a lot of characters, I assume with wonderful pasts, I didn't have a problem gathering who was who and what to whom. Speaking of characters, wow, just wow, to have so many and for each of them to be so rich and colorful was a lot of fun. I was totally in love with them all, even those who I can safely assume were new to the story line. In facet I think Bethany was my favorite, I hope we see more her fabulous self! 

Theme wise this was just too much fun and totally original. The setting was one my favorites. I've been and could smell the atmosphere, feel the excitement of the time of year and the slight chill in the air. I liked that the mystery wasn't set up as the traditional trips on a dead body but had a few layers, and in fact started as a missing person, with a dash of monkey on the loose. I did solve it pretty early on, but the level of fun doing so had me flipping pages to make this a fast read. There is everything to love here, every little thing. 

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Toasting Up Trouble (Dinner Club Mystery #1) by Linda Wiken

I've just finished the first part in a brand new series. I get a craving for a food themed mystery and this sated my hunger perfectly. Toasting Up Trouble (Dinner Club Mystery #1) by Linda Wiken, was a fun look at how the other side lives, and celebrates. I've never thrown an event that needed a planner, but had I, I'd trust it to J.J..
From the back of the book:

A delicious new cozy mystery series featuring the Culinary Capers Dinner Club—who are fearless when it comes to cooking up new dishes and putting the lid on crime...

Event planner Jennifer “J.J.” Tanner has a full plate, but that’s the way she likes it. First, it’s her turn to choose the recipe for the next meeting of the Culinary Capers Dinner Club, a gathering of foodie friends who experiment with entrées for their creative and gastronomical pleasure. Second, she’s organizing an Italian princess party for the twenty-one-year-old daughter of a high-tech millionaire.

But one thing J.J. didn’t plan on is that the caterer for the event—hotshot chef Antonio Marcotti—would end up murdered the night of the party. Or that she’d end up being a prime suspect after having had a heated argument with the unscrupulous chef. Now it’s up to J.J.—with help from her fellow Club members and a handsome if mysterious private eye—to turn the tables on the real killer.

My thoughts:

I want to mention before I forget what I found very unique is that this had two themes and they blended seamlessly together. It had a clear event planning element, and a scrumptious foodie element in the dinner club. That worked because the characters involved in both had a tangible passion for them which came across in the reading. I enjoyed that the detail gave, even the secondary players unique identities. I was able to get a clear picture of where I was.

The mystery was was a good one with layers that made it hard to figure out. I did not. The resolution was satisfying and heartbreaking. I was really glad there were some playful and romantic elements to offset the sadness, which I expect when dealing with murder. I am really looking forward to seeing where this series goes next. Also you will find some delicious recipes in the back of the book.

Take some time to browse the other great mysteries available from Berkley Prime Crime. While you are there, you can sign up for the newsletter so you never miss a new release. I must warn you though, after browsing my wish list is longer than I could probably read. You can also connect with them on Twitter where you can happen across a fun giveaway as well. 

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Gone with the Wool (Yarn Retreat Mystery #4) by Betty Hechtman

I shouldn't have to remind you, who started my cozy mystery journey. With my love for all things yarn, it was no mystery why I was drawn to read Betty Hechtman. I started with her crochet series, but I have devoured every single book she has written since. I'm happy to say her latest, Gone with the Wool (Yarn Retreat Mystery #4) due out July 5, is just as fabulous as the rest.

From the back of the book:

The national bestselling author of Wound Up in Murder spins a deadly yarn of knitting bees, butterflies, and beauty queens.

Every October, thousands of monarch butterflies flock to California’s Monterey Peninsula to spend the winter there. To welcome their colorful guests, Cadbury by the Sea holds a weeklong festival complete with a butterfly queen and her court.

Eager to show some town spirit, Casey Feldstein finds herself fluttering back and forth between setting up a yarn retreat, baking and helping out at the festival. But when a former butterfly queen is found dead with a knife in her back after a Bless the Butterflies service, Casey must set her loom aside to hook a killer with a score to settle.

My thoughts:

Every time I read this series it makes me wish there was a retreat anywhere near me. I'd totally go. Of course I wouldn't want any dead bodies showing up. I would however want Casey showing up, she really feels like an old friend. I was so glad to see her again, as well as everyone else. There was some deepening of the romantic elements too, which is always nice. 

I liked that they did loom knitting this time. It reminded me that I have a loom I need to learn how to use still. The butterflies made a nice touch too, we don't get them in any great amount here, but I do love the ones that show up in the yard. I was so lost in the story and setting that I didn't figure this one out, but I so thoroughly enjoyed it. I read this in one sitting, as usual. Betty Hechtman writes so beautifully, and it is so immersive that I really struggle to put it down once I start. I even walk and read, seriously! I have stubbed toes to prove it.

As always in the back of the book are recipes and patterns. You can start the series here, but  recommend you read them all, I recommend you read everything by Betty Hechtman.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Caught Bread Handed: A Bakeshop Mystery (A Bakeshop Mystery #4) by Ellie Alexander

Time to revisit one of my favorite places, Torte! Caught Bread Handed: A Bakeshop Mystery (A Bakeshop Mystery #4) by Ellie Alexander is available in paperback on June 28. I've been loving the series, and telling you about it, since the very first part. I'll tell you again, you don't want to miss this series.

From the back of the book:

Welcome to Torte—a friendly, small-town family bake shop where the oven is heating up as high as the body count…

Jules Capshaw is still chewing over her husband Carlos’s return to Ashland, Oregon. Could there be too many cooks in the kitchen? Whatever is stirring between those two will have to wait. Despite the Oregon Shakespeare Festival being dark for the winter, the bakeshop is bustling, the dough is rolling, and there’s no rest for the weary…especially when murder is thrown into the mix.

When Mindy Nolan, the owner of a new restaurant in town, turns up dead, the batter at hand thickens. Jules knows that there was bad blood between Mindy and others in town, and tracking down the killer could prove to be an unwelcome treat. And to top it all off, there’s Carlos, who is pleading—with those delicious dark eyes and sexy Spanish accent—for Jules to take him back. Is home where the heart is or will she make a fresh start…and risk getting burned?

My thoughts:

I'm sure I have said this before, but I will again, the characters really make this something special. I adore Jules, and in this part her husband really started to grow on me. He's always been sexy, but I also have a weak spot for Thomas, so, but this time Carlos was spot on romantic. I still have a weak spot for Thomas. The triangle aside, mom and the professor, as well as the staff at Torte all had some growth in his part. They all feel like friends.

The setting was as quaint as always, which leads to the mystery. I was so wrapped up in Torte affairs, I didn't figure it out, but I still loved every second. The climax really had me so worried. I'm anxiously awaiting the next part, because Jules has so much on her plate, I have to know what she decides! 

As before, I am giving this a total thumbs up, you really must read this part and go back and read the whole series. It's funny, charming, cozy, and has a wonderful amount of tension. 

Also, make sure you check the back of the book! There are a lot of really awesome recipes there. I mean really awesome! Plus, there is a teaser for the next part. 

You can keep up with this series on the website or on Facebook so you never miss a tasty release. 


Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, June 20, 2016

A Dark and Stormy Murder (A Writer's Apprentice Mystery #1) by Julia Buckley

You all know I am always so excited when I see a new series to try. July 7th you can get your hands on a brand new series! A Dark and Stormy Murder (A Writer's Apprentice Mystery #1) by Julia Buckley is a charming start to a promising series with a fun theme. 

From the back of the book:

An aspiring suspense novelist lands in the middle of a real crime, in the first in a captivating new series by the author of the Undercover Dish Mysteries.

Lena London's literary dreams are coming true—as long as she can avoid any real-life villains...

Camilla Graham’s bestselling suspense novels inspired Lena London to become a writer, so when she lands a job as Camilla’s new assistant, she can’t believe her luck. Not only will she help her idol craft an enchanting new mystery, she’ll get to live rent-free in Camilla’s gorgeous Victorian home in the quaint town of Blue Lake, Indiana.

But Lena’s fortune soon changes for the worse. First, she lands in the center of small town gossip for befriending the local recluse. Then, she stumbles across one thing that a Camilla Graham novel is never without—a dead body, found on her new boss’s lakefront property.

Now Lena must take a page out of one of Camilla’s books to hunt down clues in a real crime that seems to be connected to the novelist’s mysterious estate—before the killer writes them both out of the story for good.

My thoughts:

I knew I was going to enjoy this from the premise. I've never herd of writers working together in such an intimate way. I really loved the dynamic between the two women. It was charming and has such room for deepening. Of course there were some romantic interests as well, I love that aspect of cozies. Sam won my heart almost instantly, even when he was being gruff. The setting was quaint and so rich in detail I could imagine being there. I especially loved the house.

The mystery was fabulous and had depth. I did guess who it might be, and say might because I still hadn't settled but was considering the right person. I'll take that as a win. I think it is solvable if you have good intuition. I also liked that there is another mystery in the series ones that seems like it will unfold more slowly as things move along. I can't wait to read more and find out what adventures await for these wonderful characters. I know we are going to be best friends.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Loot Crate - May 2016

It's that special geeky time of the month again where looters everywhere stalk their mailbox in anticipation. For any newcomers, or generally forgetful people, Loot Crate is quite possibly the most awesome subscription box out there. For only $13.95 a month, you can get one of these epic boxes for yourself. They also offer different boxes now, like Anime, Gaming and Pets. They even have apparel subscriptions and Limited Edition boxes! If you haven't checked out the Loot Crate website lately, you should. You won't be disappointed!

This month's theme is Power and it is all about some of our favorite strong characters! Before I get into the items, I just want to quickly mention that the included oven mitt has been recalled and will not be included in this review. That being said, the first item up is this Dragon Ball Z Shenron Plush Keychain from Surreal Entertainment. I know absolutely nothing about DBZ but my boyfriend had a little fit over this keychain; He loves it!

A Hulk Q-Fig from QMx is also included. This little figure is super detailed and super awesome. He is now hanging out with the rest of my figurines on my desk! The last item is a Warcraft t-shirt from Legendary. I don't play Warcraft but, nonetheless, I will definitely be seeing the movie, which looks awesome!

Loot Crate, as usual, was awesome this month! I know you are dying to have your own Loot Crates coming to your door so remember: All you have to do is sign up and for $13.95 you can have your very own. Sign up today though because boxes are limited and with stuff this epic, demand is high. You can also stay up to date with fun extras and specials by following Loot Crate on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.