Monday, June 9, 2014

Book Review: Cinnamon Girl By Valerie Horowitz

Title: Cinnamon Girl
Author: Valerie Horowitz
Series: Book 1 A Village Cooks Mystery
Publisher: Annabel Publishing
Format: Paperpack
Genre: Mystery
Source: Received for Review from Author
Reviewed by: Tina

Village Cooks, a cookware and cookbook store is the place to be for chefs and cooks alike, Proprietor Bonnie Emerson is gearing up for her annual cooking contest and author book signing, Cookbookoberfest, that has her really excited. Her world as she knows it crashes around her when she finds, a body of a woman on her property. Soon Bonnie finds that the killer is out to get her, trying to send her messages, he thinks that she knows and saw what happened and Bonnie wonders why she is being targeted. Bonnie, being the daughter of a former President of the United States her father hires a security company to protect Bonnie and her family

Bonnie doubts her ability as a good mother, and blames herself for all the turmoil going on and fears that the authors agent will cancel the authors appearance at Cookbookoberfest. A murder is out there and Bonnie needs and wants her annual event at Village Cooks to go down without a hitch, so together with her many friends its up they decide to try to track down a killer.

What I loved about this story was the theme, A store where I would love to be being a cookbook and cooking fan myself. I couldn't put this one down, until it was finished, it really had me glued to my seat. I felt for Bonnie about doubting her mothering ablility, I also felt for the daughter of the murder victim. I also loved all the chef characters and how the cookbooks and food were beautifully integrated into the story . You could cut the tension with a knife in this story, I really hope to read and review the next in this series and I wish this book alot of success.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Book Review: Hot Fudge Frame up by Christine DeSmet/Recipe: Cinderella Pink Fairy Tale Fudge (With Diamonds)

Title: Hot Fudge Frame-Up
Author: Christine DeSmet
Series: Book 2, A Fudge Shop Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Signet
Format: Paperback
Source: Received for review by Publisher
Reviewed By: Tina

It's the first annual fudge contest in Fishers Harbor, a tourist town in Door County, Wisconsin at Oosterlings' Live Bait, Bobbers & Belgian Fudge & Beer, try saying that five times fast. Ava Oosterling loves making fudge at the shop she runs with her grandfather, Gil whom Ava affectionately calls, Gilpa. Ava asks two celebrity chefs to compete with her in the contest and everyone in Fishers Harbor is gearing up for the much anticipated contest but when Ava asks Lloyd, a prominate citizen in Fishers Harbor to be one of the judges and is soon found murdered, the police then wonder if Ava could be a suspect.

Ava soon finds out that Lloyd had been grumbling among residents that Ava's fudge was no good, Ava starts to suspect Lloyd was alot more sinister because of  his strange real estate dealings meaning the end of Ava and her fudge and bait shop. I actually thought I knew who the killer was from the beginning but the author threw me for a loop when the true murderer surprised me. I could very easily imagine Fishers Harbor in my head as I was reading, feeling like I was transported there, I thought it was the perfect setting for a vacation and a murder where you least expect a murderer would be lurking.

Very suspenseful read, riveting and loveable characters, as a bonus I am also adding a recipe from the book for Ava's Cinderella Pink Fairy Tale Fudge (with diamonds), I'm a big fan of fudge I had the best fudge I ever tasted at a fudge shop in Niagara Falls, Ontario. This book brought back those memories for me.

Cinderella Pink Fairy Tale Fudge (with diamonds)

This easy, microwave recipe for a cherry-vanilla fudge is a favorite with my friends and coworkers. They like the “diamonds” they find in the fudge. (Leave out the diamonds if you don’t like the crunchy texture.) Before you cook: Prepare an 8x8-inch pan by lining it with wax paper so that the wax paper comes over the edges. Spray the paper lightly with nonstick vegetable cooking spray. 3 cups white chocolate chips (Use 2 cups if you like softer fudge.) 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup dried cherries (or can used canned whole tart cherries, chopped) Red food coloring ½ cup edible white or clear glitter (large size) for “diamonds” (optional) Pink or white luster dust (optional)

 Special note for Mystery Lovers Kitchen readers: This recipe can be mixed either on the stovetop in a heavy pan or in the microwave in a glass dish. The sugar crystals love to be “handled” by the cook, so I prefer whipping all the ingredients together at once in a pan on the stove and then constantly beating the mixture from the moment the chocolate starts melting until its glassy and ready to pour into the pan.

Microwave method: Mix the chips and milk together and melt at medium power in the microwave for about 5 minutes. Stir and return to the microwave until fully melted. Stir in the vanilla and four or five (or more) drops of red food coloring to turn it pink. Just before pouring it into the pan, blend in 1/4 cup of the glitter if you want diamonds inside the fudge. Then pour it into the pan. Sprinkle the top of the fudge with the rest of the “diamond” glitter.

 Optional: Before you sprinkle on the diamond glitter, first brush on luster dust, which is a very fine glittery edible powder you can buy in various colors. It’s best to apply luster dust with a small artist’s brush so that you don’t waste it; don’t try to shake it directly from its container onto your fudge or use your fingers. Sprinkle the rest of the “diamond” glitter on top of the luster dust. Let your fudge sit for a few hours or overnight. When ready to cut, transfer it from its pan to a cutting board. Peel off the wax paper completely. Use a knife with a smooth blade or a fudge cutter. Cut into one-inch squares or any size you prefer.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Giveaway Winner of Deadly Decor by Karen Rose Smith

My husband and I decided to draw and announce the winner early of our giveaway of an ebook copy of Deadly Decor by Karen Rose Smith since I had time and I couldn't take the suspense anymore...So with out further ado....drum roll please........the winner is RAQUEL MUNIZ, thank you for entering and Congratulations from A Cozy Girl Reads, I will send your email address to the author and she will send you your book prize.

Book Review: Tempest in a Teapot by Amanda Cooper

Title: Tempest in a Teapot
Author: Amanda Cooper
Series: Book 1 A Teapot Collector Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Format: Paperback
Source: Received for review from Author
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Reviewed by: Tina

After Sophie Taylor's trendy restaurant closes, she leaves Manhattan in search of a sense of herself, she wants to find it in a sleepy little town called Gracious Grove where Sophie's grandmother runs a tearoom, Auntie Rose's Victorian Tea house, As a child Sophie spend many summers there with her grandmother and soon Sophie gets reacquainted with her childhood friends but she quickly finds out that nothing in Gracious Grove is the same. Sophie finds peace of mind in her grandmothers tea room and she helps her grandmother with running the tearoom and agrees to help with holding her childhood friend, Cissy's bridal shower at the Auntie Roses .

Cissy's grandmother, Thelma who is a rival and holds a grudge against Sophie's grandmother, Rose and also runs a competing tearoom across the street, La Belle Epoque is not happy with Cissy's choice of venue for the bridal shower. With the Cissy's bridal shower in full swing, while feasting on a delicious, hard to resist cucpake, Cissy's mother-in-law, the wealthy Vivienne Whitaker  suddenly collapses and dies and it is soon revealed that the cupcake was poisoned and it is declared a murder by the police, Sophie takes it upon herself to help her friend Cissy out to find a murderer before someone else gets steeped.

In this debut series I had to have a tea while reading and you can't help but crave tea while reading, Tempest in a Teapot. A Page turner for all tea lovers, I could not put down, It has deliciously steeped characters. This was one cozy mystery that had me guessing right until the end. I knew I had to read this book when I read the synopsis  and I love debut series and cannot turn one down and this one was great with beautiful writing and attention to detail. I look forward to reading and reviewing the next in this charming series.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Book Review: The Diva Wraps It Up by Krista Davis

Title: The Diva Wraps It Up
Author: Krista Davis
Series: Book 8: A Domestic Diva Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Format: Paperback
Source: Received for review from Publisher
Reviewed By: Tina

It's Christmas time in Old Town, Domestic Diva, Sophie's most wonderful time of year but murder and mayhem soon befalls on Old Town when Horace Scroggins falls from a balcony during his office Christmas party. Then, a neighbor of Sophie's Baxter Babineaux falls off of his ladder decorating his house for the Annual Christmas lighting Contest. At the annual Christmas Cookie Swap hosted by Gwen Babineaux, tempers flare when Gwen snaps unflattering pictures of Natasha, Sophie's rival domestic diva and girl friend of Sophie's ex husband Mars.

After the cookie Swap, Gwen was found murdered by Sophie and her dog, Daisy, Wrapped up like A Christmas Present complete with a bow in Natasha's garage/work room. Neighbors wonder if Natasha, Domestic Diva could really be a cold blooded killer but it is soon discovered that many had it in for Gwen after she wrote a Christmas letter claiming some goings on that could be held true or untrue. Now it's up to Sophie and her friends to seek out the real killer before someone else's night becomes silent.

It's like visiting old friends when I pick up Krista Davis's A Domestic Diva Mystery. I'm always eager to see how the the relationship between Sophie and Natasha will play out and the descriptions of food and the combination of food and murder are the best. What I look forward to most when reading this series is the characters I will get to know. Always leaves me wanting more, a delightful addition to the series.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Giveaway: Deadly Decor by Karen Rose Smith

Comment on this blog post to enter to win a ebook copy of Deadly Decor by Karen Rose Smith, Book 2 in the Caprice De Luca Mystery, the giveaway is open to USA/Canada. You have until Wednesday 12:00 am EST to enter and  one winner will be drawn and announced on Thursday, June 5th at 11:00 am EST. Please don't forget to follow A Cozy Girl Reads blog, and Like our Facebook page. Please leave your email address so we can contact you if you win.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

New Cozy Mystery Giveaway Announcement on New Book Tuesday June 3rd

 To all my bookish followers: So excited to bring you an announcement of a brand spanking new cozy mystery giveaway on New Book Tuesday the 3rd of June at A Cozy Girl Reads of a New Release, so please help spread the word and tell every cozy mystery and book lover to follow A Cozy Girl Reads blog.
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