Saturday, September 24, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: Cancelled By Murder by Jean Flowers

 Title:Cancelled by Murder
 Author: Jean Flowers
 Series: Book 2 A Postmistress Mystery
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for Review from Publisher
 Star Rating: 4 out of 5
 Reviewed by:Tina

Who knew that working as a postmistress  working at a post office in North Ashcot Post Office could be so exciting?In this second in the A Postmistress Mysteries. There's a severe storm coming to the Berkshires of Western Mass with issued warnings telling everyone to take precautions. What was strange is Daisy's Fabrics a business that was open among all the stores that were closed due to the storm.

Daisy Harmon owns Daisy's fabrics where Postmistress, Cassie purchased her fabrics for her quilting hobby. Dead by being struck by branches of a big old maple tree or could it be something more sinister? Daisy was a vibrant young woman, a gifted teacher and generous business woman but she rubs some people the wrong way.

Daisy's husband, Cliff asks Cassie to help him in the murder investigation and Cassie just happens to be best friends with the Police Chief, Sunni Smargon. Cassie soon starts receiving threatening notes at the post office and Cassie needs to watch her back before she becomes the next one stamped out.

The Postmistress mysteries actually interested me because I wanted to be a postal worker once upon a time.

and I wondered how author Jean Flowers could bring murder to a post office. It was entertaining and and exciting and suspenceful read.
 An Endearing friendship between Cassie and Sunni kept me glued to the page. Not one person was off the suspect list yet the murderer turned out to be a total surprise. Cassie needs to find the murderer before she goes totally postal. I love the the picturesque setting of the post office.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

A Cozy Girl Reads News:

Marlene's review/giveaway on the blog of first in a series Whispers beyond the Veil by Jessica Estevao has been postponed until Friday September 30.




 The winner's of last weekends review/giveaways of Cheddar off Dead by Julia Buckley Mystery Novels and A Familiar Tail by Delia James will be announced today, sorry for the wait for those who entered, you can blame my husband, in charge of the giveaways.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Book Review/Giveway: By Familiar Means by Delia James




Title: By Familiar Means
 Author: Delia James
 Series: Book 2 A Witch's Cat Mystery
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Recieved for review from Publisher
 Star Rating: 4 out of 5
 Reviewed by: Marlene

Anna Britton is finally settling into her life in Portsmouth. She is establishing ties to the community for her work as a graphic artist, increasing in friends and taking lessons on her craft with the head of her coven, Julia. She has also bonded with Alistaire, her familiar a round grey cat that belonged to the previous owner of the cottage she is presiding in. While she is establishing a new job for a mural in her friend's new coffee shop they stumble across a body.

 While they thought they were on the hunt for a ghost making noises they stumbled upon something much worse and will put all their freedom's on the line due to a narrow-minded cop that has it out for the owners. Anna decides she must take their future into her own hands and with the help of her friends set out to clear their names. Along the way they will find ties to a hidden tunnel used during prohibition that leads to the Harbour's Rest Hotel.

 Joined with her Grandma B.B. visiting from out of town not only will the murder investigation send sparks flying but also the resonating drama she left behind with her coven, now Anna's and her disgruntled friends whom she left so long ago. Just when all the rumors, theories, and questions start mounting into an ashing volcano about tho erupt, Anna will once again have to put her life into Alistair's and her friend's hands.

 The story was very engaging and I enjoyed how fast paced it was. It gave the right level of personal drama as well. The way all the past and present families were linked together and the long time grudges being stirred up. The character's I mainly enjoyed is Anna, Julia, Grandma B.B. and Christine, I always love reading about strong independant women. We need more in reality. Although I see Kenisha as a strong independant women, I would like to see more of her in the story. I look forward to the next chapter in Anna's life.

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: Cheddar off Dead by Julia Buckley



 Title:Cheddar Off Dead
 Author: Julia Buckley
 Series: Book 2 An UnderCover Mystery
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for Review from Publisher
 Star Rating: 4 out of 5
 Reviewed by:Tina

I really needed to be in the Christmas spirit and Cheddar off Dead was just the book that made me feel all Christmasy inside if just for a brief time.
It's a surprising fact that people want credit for making food they didn't have or talent to make, well Pine Haven, Illinois is in luck, Caterer and "Undercover Dish" business owner, Lilah Drake is at their service.

Lilah is very busy with the Christmas season with everyone wanting "party food" for their Christmas parties and Lilah is busy cooking and baking on top of her catering job. "Santa" aka actor Brad Whitefield has been shot to death in an elementary school parking lot where Lilah is delivering an "undercover dish" to teacher and friend, Jenny.

Brad has a rep for being a "tool" and a "jerk" and a gambler who is in debt to the mob and he is a known for cheating on his wife. Jay Parker is a detective on the case but there's trouble when Lilah and Jay previously share a romantic kiss and Lilah is a witness to the murder but does not mean to be and Lilah sets off on a Christmas mission to find who could have done this to "Santa"

You could cut the drama between Lilah and Jay with a knife and it kept the story an engaging read that I loved and I would love to sink my teeth into Lilah's macaroni and cheese bake .
I love the premise, it's a foodie mystery but it's very different in a good way. "Mick" the dog now owns a piece of my heart. Thank you to Julia Buckley for getting me in the Christmas Spirit, and now craving macaroni and cheese but did you really have to kill off Santa even if he was a bad guy?

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: Dead to the Last Drop by Cleo Coyle



 Title: Dead to the Last Drop
 Author: Cleo Coyle
 Series: Book 15 Coffeehouse Mystery
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for  Review from Publisher
 Star Rating: 5 out of 5
 Reviewed by: Tina

Dead to the last drop made me regret not reading a book from the Coffeehouse Mysteries sooner. It had political secrets, being a fan of White House mysteries , it was reminiscent  of Julie Hyzy's White House Chef Mystery Series that I'm a fan of. Edge of your seat thrills, romance, murder and best of all coffee for the coffee fan, just because I don't drink coffee didn't sway my opinion in the least and food for the foodie among us.

Clare Cosi manages The Village Blend and JazzSpace, having moved to Washington DC. The president's daughter has a big secret she is singing under an assumed name at Jazzspace escaping the clutches of The Secret Service, a demanding mother, and a fiance who's political asperations are stronger than his love for his soon to be bride.

There are shady goings-on  with Chef Hopkins in The Village Blends kitchen. Claire soon becomes a "wanted woman" when there is a conspiracy to kidnap The Presidents Daughter when her identity is revealed and a State Department Employee turns up dead as finger prints put the heat on Claire.

NYPD Boyfriend, Mike Quinn helps Claire evade the police and goes along with her for the ride even though her partner at The Village Blend is her ex-husband and The owner is her ex-mother-in-law.

I could almost hear the President's daughter, Abby crooning jazz favorites, naming the selections she sang, it was a memorable part of the story. Lies, intrigue and family secrets, and scandal pulled me in from the first page. One of the best parts for me it was longer than a typical cozy mystery and brilliantly written. Dead to the Last Drop will make you wake up and smell the coffee.

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: Winter's Child by Margaret Coel

 Title: Winter's Child
 Author: Margaret Coel
 Series:  Book 20 A Wind River Mystery
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
 Format: Hardcover
 Source: Review from Publisher
 Star Rating: 4 out of  5
 Reviewed by: Marlene

 Vicky Holden finds herself in the middle of an adoption case of a white child that was abandoned on the reservation roughly five years ago. As soon as she is approached about assisting on the case the lead lawyer is killed in what's looks like an accident but Vicki isn't so sure. Although the lawyer wanted to bring her on he didn't leave any info as he kept everything locked in his own head. It will take Vicki every effort she has to see this through

 Although she now has this tremendous weight upon her to find a way to keep this child with the only parents she has ever known it will lead her on a dangerous path towards a ruthless couple with no scruples of getting their way and having everyone stay out of their way. Also, she is actively seeking out a client that has ducked out of a plea bargain for an attempted robbery, her client on the run and in hiding so he doesn't have to go to rehab has secrets all on his own.

 While all the turmoil of this adoption case is going on Father John has his niece come to visit, a history major who is doing her dissertation on a woman named Elizabeth Fletcher who was abducted by Cheyenne and found herself living as an Arapaho for the rest of her life. In the end all three stories will collide and Vicki will be left standing in the middle of it.

 I loved how the history of Elizabeth Fletcher was brought to light and used to mirror the modern day story of Mary Ann Little Shield. It was nice to have that piece of history intertwined although not all of it fictional. I do love Vicki's character driven and aware she needs more in her life but her duty is in the way. I also felt the stories gave a real dramatic aspect to the story that made it truly compelling.

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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: No Farm, No Foul by Peg Cochran

Title: No Farm, No Foul
Author:Peg Cochran
Series: Book 1 A Farmers Daughter Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Format: Paperback
Source: Received for Review from Publisher
Star Rating: Five Stars
Reviewed by: Tina



Dear Reader,

I really enjoyed the blog entries at the beginning of each chapter of the first in the Farmer's Daughter Mysteries by Peg Cochran. So I tried to think outside the box and include it in my review how Farmer and gardener of Love Blossom Farm and mom and new ameture sleuth, Shelby MacDonald did in No Farm, No Foul. And how the entries to Dear Reader snuck in to the story.

Shelby MacDonald is a farmer,gardener of Love Blossom Farm, blogger, chronicling her families life on the farm  and  a mom of Amelia, a budding teenager and Billy. She sells her fresh Yogurt Cheese Spread to Matt at the Lovett, Michigan General Store, everyone raves about it. St, Andrews Church that Shelby and her family attend are having a church potluck at Love Blossom Farm.  Dear Reader...You just know something is going to go down. 

Reverend Daniel just recently joined the congregation of the church from another fictional town, of Cranberry Cove that Peg Cochran readers should know well and his wife, Prudence who is found strangled by Shelby with her own slow cooker cord in she brought her contribution of meatballs in.Prudence has a mean streak underneath her hoity-toity exterior. Shelby's best friend, Kelly may know something about the murder.

Shelby wants to find the truth when a piece of evidence is found in her mudroom. But someone within the congregation may have a burning desire to want Prudence dead.Dear Reader...a possible affair, theft and a long lost son ...Possible motives for murder...could be? And with Shelbys cheese making class eager to talk about it instead of making cheese and someone coming after Shelby and her family she needs to find a killer.

Shelby MacDonald is a relatable  character,as a mom of a teenager, I feel like she does. A light, fun and entertaining mystery perfect for a foodie. Although this story is set in modern day it somehow reminded me of "Little House on the Prarie" a T.V show I treasured. Lovett, Michigan is a small farming town that has the setting of everything cozy from the farm to the food to the murder.

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