Friday, May 27, 2016

Dead End Street (Museum #7) by Sheila Connolly

You may recall me telling you about the Museum mystery series, and hopefully you've been reading and are ready for Dead End Street (Museum #7) by Sheila Connolly. I've managed to get caught up myself and was tickled to see Dead End Street on my reading stack. It will be available to add to yours on June 7th.

From the back of the book:

The New York Times bestselling author of Privy to the Dead returns to Philadelphia for more history—and a chilling mystery . . .

When the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society discovers it owns some unique real estate, a deadly plot unfolds . . .

Society president Nell Pratt believes life is finally going her way. Everything’s running smoothly at work, and her love life is thriving. Then some unexpected news rocks her foundation. Two members of a local neighborhood rescue program, Tyrone Blakeney and Cherisse Chapman, inform Nell that her society owns an abandoned row house in a rundown area of Philadelphia and they insist on taking her to see the property before its date with the wrecking ball.

But soon after they arrive at the house, Cherisse is fatally shot and Tyrone is badly injured. The police believe it’s just random violence in a bad neighborhood, but Nell thinks there’s more to it and is determined to find answers before someone else becomes history.

My thoughts:

I always love the feeling of visiting an old friend when I pick up a long lived series. The relationships in this one grow naturally and add a deep insight in to characters as they do. Nell is such a smart, a thoughtful lady. The rich details about her day made me feel like I was actually joining her at work, and home. 

The mystery here was really different to a typical cozy in that Nell was present when it took place and the resolution was pretty unique as well. There was a lot of time spend on the story behind the locations which was so interesting and gave me a glimpse of the area like I'd never seen before. This is a smart series that reads smoothly and is well paced. I look forward to future installments.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Black Cat Knocks on Wood (A Bad Luck Cat Mystery #2) by Kay Finch

One of my favorite cats is back! The Black Cat Knocks on Wood (A Bad Luck Cat Mystery #2) by Kay Finch, is a book I have been eagerly awaiting ever since Hitchcock meowed his way into my heart. I hope you took my advice and read part one, because on June 7th part two will be here, and it was fabulous.

From the back of the book:

The author of Black Cat Crossing is back as mystery novelist Sabrina Tate and her cat Hitchcock find themselves roped into another dangerous murder case...

Sabrina finds it difficult to work on her latest suspense novel when her Aunt Rowe’s antics keep tying up her thoughts. This time Rowe and her fun-loving friends have decided to compete in the upcoming Texas Hill Country Senior Pro Rodeo. The problem is these women have little to no experience with lassos, bulls, or even horseback riding.

Before Sabrina can keep the stubborn seniors from mounting their steeds, she’s sidetracked by a bigger problem. An uppity local business owner is found dead in an accident—right after a black cat was seen in her office. While the townsfolk think the bad luck cat has struck again, Sabrina suspects there might be something more murderous afoot. With a twisted killer on the loose, she’ll have to round up clues quickly before she or her aunt are steered straight into the path of danger.

My thoughts:

I may have mentioned last time Hitchcock is a star. I love the subtle ways he helps with the clues. I also have a weak spot for black cats, who I have always found to be sweethearts. I really enjoyed getting to see Sabrina again, as well as Aunt Rowe, who's antics were just as much fun this time as they were last time. I also liked watching the romantic relationship deepen.

The clues were there to solve this one, at least to have the suspect shortlisted as I did. For me the motive was a surprise, and sad. If you didn't read the first part, you can jump in here without getting lost, but really I recommend you start at the start, which was so wonderfully written too. I was happy to see the added bonus in the back of recipes as well. I do love recipes. I look forward to the next part or anything from Kay Finch, she knows how to do cozy right.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Purl Up and Die (A Knitting Mystery #13) by Maggie Sefton

I don't have to tell you I love to knit, I shouldn't have to tell you that. Pretty much anything related to yarn I love. That love was what originally pulled me to my first cozy mystery. Since then, I have found so many wonderful yarn-ish books to read. Purl Up and Die (A Knitting Mystery #13) by Maggie Sefton is the latest in my yarn reading adventures, and is available in paperback on June 7th.

From the back of the book:

In the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Yarn Over Murder, Kelly Flynn and the Lambspun Knitters must unravel the truth from the lies to clear a friend’s son suspected of murder…

Kelly Flynn’s summer in Fort Connor, Colorado, is off to a great start with romantic celebrations with her boyfriend, Steve, and enjoyable—albeit challenging—knitting classes taught by her friend Barb at the House of Lambspun. But while Barb’s advanced stitches are giving Kelly the slip, a more deadly problem soon has her friend coming apart at the seams.

A young woman has accused Barb’s son, Tommy—a young doctor doing his residency—of assaulting her. The yarns spun by the local rumor mill are bad enough, but when the young woman is found dead in her ransacked apartment, Tommy becomes the number one suspect.

The police are ready to close the case, but Kelly is convinced that there are a few more likely suspects. Now she has to knit together the clues herself to uncover a killer who doesn’t seem to drop a stitch.

My thoughts:

I've been with this series from the start, we've had some growing pains and here we are at lucky number thirteen. All of the characters I have grown with are back, with a few new faces and of course a new mystery to solve. If you are new to the series you can probably follow along as there is sufficient backstory given, though there are a lot of characters and it would help you to understand motivations if you start a bit earlier on.

The mystery was pretty easy to figure out, but this series has really always been more about the characters. There was a lot of fun attention to detail that yarn enthusiasts, like myself, will appreciate.

As always, in the back of the book you will find easy to follow knitting patterns and recipes. And there is even a teaser for the next part! Knit to be Tied, which is currently available in hardcover.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Sense of Deception (Psychic Eye Mystery #13) by Victoria Laurie

Another lucky number thirteen releasing June 7th in paperback, Sense of Deception (Psychic Eye Mystery #13) by Victoria Laurie, had me totally excited. As soon as it hit my reading stack it drifted magically to the top. Seriously. Floated ahead of everything else. 

From the back of the book:

In New York Times bestselling author Victoria Laurie’s newest Psychic Eye Mystery, Abby Cooper senses a convicted killer is innocent, but she’ll need hard evidence to save the woman before it’s too late…

A ticked-off judge has tossed Abby in the slammer for contempt of court, and during her brief but unpleasant stay she learns the story of a condemned woman who is facing a far more serious sentence. Skylar Miller has been found guilty of murder and faces the death penalty. Everyone believes she’s guilty, including her own family and her ex-husband—everyone, that is, except Abby, whose finely honed intuition tells her this woman doesn’t belong behind bars.

With the help of her husband Dutch and her friend Candice, Abby launches into her own investigation to clear Skylar and find the real killer. But after a final appeal is denied and Skylar’s attorney scrambles for a stay of execution, time is running short—and the list of suspects keeps growing. There’s no margin for error as the life of an innocent woman hangs in the balance.

My thoughts:

This series is one that I always look forward too for its fun tone. I know all cozies tend to have that, but this one really nails the fun aspect. Of course that said this is edgier than most cozies and that suits me just fine. It still falls into cozy and is still, well, cozy! It has the paranormal aspect that adds so much to the story, and I always adore anything paranormal.

All of my favorite characters are back and I thought there was a bit more depth to them this time, which is fabulous, especially considering they weren't lacking before and it just added to how wonderful the series is. The mystery here was a pretty easy one to solve, but even so there were a few twists that had me wondering about my guess, which was ultimately right.

I have been with series a while, but you can start here without any issues. I think you will love it, like I did and want to read them all though. Get your copy in paperback on June 7th.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Éclair and Present Danger (Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery #1) by Laura Bradford

I have to admit while I always love a new series, when I saw who the author of Éclair and Present Danger (Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery #1) by Laura Bradford was, I was delighted. I absolutely love her writing style and was so exited to start a new journey with her.

From the back of the book:

The first book in the delicious new Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery series from national bestselling author Laura Bradford.

With her rent rising faster than her pie crust, bakery owner Winnie Johnson had hoped to be rescued by an inheritance from her wealthy friend and neighbor Gertrude Redenbacher. Instead all she inherits is the widow’s hostile hissing tabby, Lovey, and a vintage ambulance, restored by Gertrude’s late husband. As her dream crumbles, Winnie makes her final delivery—a peach pie to an elderly widower. But she finds Bart Wagner lying on his kitchen floor, smothered by a pillow.

To comfort her frightened and grieving neighbors, Winnie comes to the rescue with her baked goods—and an idea is born: dessert delivery via her ambulance and a new business called the Emergency Dessert Squad. When she’s not speeding to the scenes of dessert emergencies, Winnie is also racing to track down Bart’s killer—before she needs to call a real ambulance for the next victim.

My thoughts:

First, the creativity of the setting was beyond what you usually get in a cozy. The business idea was so unique and clever. I could imagine it being a smashing success for real. Past that bit of creative genius, what propelled this story above and beyond for me were characters that I wish I had written. These are some seriously well drawn people, who I could fully see and feel the emotion from. Winnie is so easy to relate to, I wrapped myself around her and her friends, oh and Jay, well he just stole my heart. I think if I ran into him I would have melted too. I can't wait to see how they all progress as this series grows.

But you are here for a mystery right? You will get one, there is a nice clip that things move along at, which made this a one to two night read at most. It was hard to put down. The clues where there if you were able to take your eyes off Jay and Greg to look for them. I suspected the guilty party, but was surprised as the motivation unfolded (that was just before the reveal but well played). Overall for me this was so perfectly executed that I am giving you my highest, put down what you are reading, and pre-order this now, recommendation! June 7th is just around the corner.

Did I mention the cat? Ha! I loved, Lovey. Plus, recipes, oh my the tasty goodness. 

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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, May 16, 2016

Loot Crate - April 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!

Alright guys, sorry my review is late this month but I had a little bit of a "Loot Scare". My poor crate got lost in the mail but, as you can see, it finally arrived safe and sound! This month the theme is Quest and there are some definite winners in here! First up is a pair of Harry Potter Socks from HYP Hosiery. My friend, who is a die-hard Harry Potter fan will love these! The second item is a D20 Ice Mold from Loot Crate Labs! The Magic fan in me LOVES this!


An Uncharted 4: A Thief's End poster from Sony was the third item and I passed it to my friend who promptly hung in it in room with all of his other gaming posters! A Vikings Drinking Horn from Chronicle Collectibles is the fourth item this month and it made my boyfriend very happy! He loves the show and anything Norse related so he definitely got a kick out of this. The Loot Pin this month was awesome as well!


The fifth, and best item in my opinion, is the Labyrinth T-Shirt from Ripple Junction. I knew from the released spoiler that there was a Labyrinth wearable in this crate so when my box was lost, I was legitimately sad. I love Labyrinth so much that I would have been happy with just this shirt alone! This movie holds such a special place in my heart and reminds me of being young and singing along with my mom, even when we were nowhere near a television. The shirt itself is wonderfully detailed and everytime I look at it, I find a new character or detail I hadn't noticed before! 

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.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Newlywed Dead (Perfect Proposals Mystery #3) by Nancy J. Parra

Newlywed Dead (Perfect Proposals Mystery #3) by Nancy J. Parra, is my second read in this series and was just as much fun as the part before it. Before starting this series, I really had no idea what a proposal planner would do, but Pepper never has a dull moment.

From the back of the book

In the new Perfect Proposals mystery from the author of Bodice of Evidence and Engaged in Murder, a country club wedding reception becomes the scene of a baffling crime.

The wedding for Pepper Pomeroy’s sister Felicity starts with dearly beloved but it ends with dearly departed when Ashley, the bartender Pepper befriended earlier in the evening, drops dead from a lethal nightcap. Authorities think it’s just a tragic accident. After all, who’d want to kill a virtual stranger at a country club wedding reception? That’s what Pepper wants to know.

A search into Ashley’s past reveals a twisty path of secret sororities, well-connected enemies, and an unsolved slaying still shadowing members of high society—including a filthy-rich battle-ax whose demands for the services of Pepper’s Perfect Proposals are starting to sound more like veiled threats. Pepper’s business may be booming but continued success means outsmarting a mysterious culprit who’s still wedded to the idea of murder.

My thoughts:

Since this isn't my first in the series, I already knew that Nancy J. Parra could build fabulous characters. It still caught me off guard how much I connected with the walk-ons. Every character in this story was interesting and engaging; I even felt a deep attachment to the victim. The setting was, as always, a joy. The business is totally unique and fun. 

I found the pace of the mystery fabulous and read it in just a few short sittings, riveted. I did guess the killer by following the clues, which was exciting. Well, they were in my top pick of two but that still counts as solved to me. There was a sadness at the reveal that added some more depth to the story and characters. It was all beautifully done and I look forward to seeing where the next part takes us. 

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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.