Friday, January 23, 2015

Book Review: Twisted Threads by Lea Wait

Title: Twisted Threads
Series: Book 1  Mainely Needlepoint
Author: Lea Wait
Publisher: Kensington Books
Source: Received for review from Pubisher through Netgalley
Format: ebook
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Rating; five stars
Reviewed by: Tina Diamond


Losing your mother at  a tender age should not happen to any child especially in a brutal way like Angie had to endure. No child should have to go through. When her mother's body is found in a storage locker in the freezer of the the town of Haven Harbor, Maine. Angie comes back to her hometown of Maine after a call from her grandmother. After working for a Private Investigator Angie wants to track down her mother's killer and bring him to justice.

Angie soon discovers nothing in her little hometown is the same including her grandmother with her running her Mainely Needlepoint business where she and a few friends make needlepoint pieces. Angie struggles to fit in to her hometown again if she ever did in the first place. At the same time Angie's gram has issues with a named Jacques Lattimore. After scamming Mainely Needlepoint  out of a substantial amount of money after he took over business operations Gram asks Angie to try to find Lattimore to try to get their money back.

Angie finds Lattimore and brings him back to Maine, while meeting with Gram and the rest of the Mainely Needlepointers after Lattimore gives them part of the money he owed he suddenly falls ill and dies in Grams bathroom. When the police reveal to Angie and Gram that it was in fact murder, Angie takes it upon herself to try to find the reason he died and the person who did it along with her mother's murderer after nineteen years.

A tender, heartwarming mystery. You can help but feel for Angie and her sorrows of her past. I found myself rooting for Angie to find her mother's and Lattimore's killer to bring her some closure. I felt Angie's pain through the author Lea Wait's words.  Powerful, unforgettable Characters. Angie and her Gram are the picture of survival through ther break and betrayal. This book left me soul searching about how short life is and how much I treasure my mother. You don't have to be a fan of needlepoint to enjoy this character driven story but I did enjoy learning more about needlepoint and Gram's business. I can't wait to see what's in store for Angie and Gram in THREAD OF EVIDENCE, the next in the series.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Book Giveaway Winner: Romeow and Juliet by Kathi Daley

The Winner of Romeow and Juliet by Kathi Daley is Alicia, Conrats to you. You will be notified by email by the author, Kathi Daley.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Review/Giveaway Romeow and Juliet by Kathi Daley

Title: Romeow and Juliet
Author: Kathi Daley
Series: Book 1 Whales and Tails Mystery
Publisher: Kathi Daley Books
Format: ebook
Source: Received for Review from Author
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Tina



Caitlin Hart loves animals, She and her aunt Maggie live on Madrona Island off the coast of Washington State. She owns a lovable dog named Max and helps her aunt run a Cat Sanctuary on her property where they foster feral and lost cats until they are able to go to forever homes. Cait and her best friend, Tara go to the bank to try to acquire a loan to open "Coffee Cat Books "A coffee/book shop and Cait also has ideas on putting the cat sanctuary cats on display for adoption.

While going to check out what was once the islands "Cannery" and the new home of "Coffee Cat Book" Cait and Tara stumble upon the body of a member of the island council. With a proposal of new homes on the island needing to be voted on the whole island is on pins and needles with people for and against the project. It is revealed that the council member is murdered.

On top of all this a cat named Romeo has followed Cait home, she welcomes the cat into the cat sanctuary but worries about her neighbor, Francine. Francine owns a show cat, Juliet (how ironic is that name?) and does not want any of the cat sanctuary cats wandering onto her property. But being the sneaky cat he is Romeo finds his way to Juliet and mayhem between neighbours ensues. Aunt Maggie has not been well for some time and ventures off to Seattle to the doctor, with that and wanting to help solve the murder Cait has alot more that cat food on her plate.

Kathi Daley's characters are real, down to earth and you always want to be their friend. Cait like Zoe in her Zoe Donovan Mysteries was no exception. There's a real sense of Community on Madrona Island, Kathi's writing makes you want to visit where she intends to take you with her writing style she fully captures the picturesque scenes as the play out in my mind while I was reading. Being a cat lover I knew this book and this series was for me but you don't need to be a animal fan to enjoy it. Cait's impulsive and often nervousness around a certain man who works at the bank was comical and he interactions with her neighbor Francine in dealing with the cats put a smile on my face. Great start to a brand new series.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Book Giveaway Winner: For Whom The Bluebell Tolls By Beverly Allen

The winner of For Whom the Bluebell Tolls by Beverly Allen Book 2 in the Bridal Bouquet Mysteries is  NORA A.
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Book Review/Giveaway For Whom the Bluebell Tolls by Beverly Allen

 Title: For Whom The Bluebell Tolls
 Author: Beverly Allen
 Series: Book 2 A Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
 Source: Received for Review from Publisher
 Format: Paperback
 Genre: Cozy Mystery
 Rating: five stars
 Reviewed by: Tina



 You don't have to have a green thumb to enjoy For Whom the Bluebell Tolls. It's up to you to dig up the clues and suspects and there are many that abound to be unearthed in this cozy mystery. Audrey Bloom is the owner of Rose in Bloom, A Bridal Bouquet Shop in Ramble,Virginia and a wedding themed reality show is in town called, Fix My Wedding to film a show. To make matters complicated Audrey's ex Brad works with the show and volunteers Rose in Bloom to do the flowers for the wedding.

Thinking that doing the flowers for Fix my Wedding, will bring the shop publicity Audrey agrees to do it. With the brides fascination with all things bells, It is ironic that the one of the shows host's, Gary is found hung from  within the bell tower of the church while testing the church bell. It is soon discovered that Gary was murdered and mayhem ensues. Things start going wrong from the dress being tampered with and the flowers also.

Audrey must try to let the police handle this one but wants to clear her ex's name when he becomes a number one suspect and she just can't stand by and watch. So she takes it upon herself with the trusty help of her friends and fellow employees from Rose in Bloom. Audrey continues to wonder who within the cast and crew  and who ever else can want to stop this wedding so badly that they would result to murder. Things are not coming up roses for whom ever it may be.

Riveting from the first page. . Audrey is a true rose among all the thorns of wacky,yet fun loving  characters. Sweet smelling as a bouquet of bloom's. You will become a fan of this series from the get go. Many twists and turns and just when I thought I knew who the murderer was another suspect and clue would surface that have you hooked. An addicting series with engaging writing. A entertaining read.



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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Book Giveaway Winner: All The President's Menus by Julie Hyzy

The winner of All The President's Menus by Julie Hyzy, Book 8 in the White House Chef Mysteries is PEARL.R.MEAKER
                                                             
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Book Review: Books,Cooks and Crooks By Lucy Arlington

 Title: Books, Cooks, and Crooks
 Author: Lucy Arlington
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
 Series: Book 3 Novel Idea Mysteries
 Source: Amazon
 Format: ebook
 Genre:Cozy Mystery
 Rating: five stars
 Reviewed By: Tina Diamond


Excitement is in the air at the Novel Idea Literary Agency. Lila and her co workers invited world famous TV chefs to Inspiration Valley to be a part of the Taste of the Town Festival filled with many book and food related events. The chefs are not all that they seem when their egos clash and get in the way. When an explosion in the kitchen oven suddenly kills chef Joel Lang and it soon comes to light that Joel's death was no accident, Lila along with her policeman boyfriend,Sean need to find the killer that damaged the Arts Centre and could possibly destroy the Taste of The Town Festival.

Chef Klara Patrick is a chef that has a lot to hide. She is not well liked by her employees and all of the other chefs seem to have in  for her like a certain chefs had it in for Chef Joel.She puts on a show for all to see but behind her facade lies a deceitful person. Drinking a coffee from Lila's best friend, Makayla's "Expresso Yourself" Coffee Shop, she unknowingly drinks a coffee laced with arsonic and dies. With another death of a chef looming over the Novel Idea Literary Agency and The Taste of the Town Festival, Lila turns to her policeman boyfriend and some surprising characters to help her solve this murder and save The Novel Idea Literary Agency and the Taste of The Town Festival.

Perfect mystery for foodies. Food descriptions that have your mouth watering. The chefs were very dynamic and dramatic characters and kept this story alive wanting to know if any of them could have killed their fellow chefs in such brutal ways. As always the killer was someone you least expected but I had feelings of sorrow and heartbreak for. Romance is also in the air for a certain someone in Inspiration Valley and it had me literally in tears . This book was on my to be read list for awhile but so glad I finally took the time to read it, It is also a favorite series of mine so I'm working on reading them all so make it yours too.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Book Review/Giveaway All the President's Menus by Julie Hyzy

Title: All the President's Menus
Author: Julie Hyzy
Series: Book 8 A White House Chef Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: Received for Review from Publisher
Format: Paperback
Reviewed by: Tina



There's never a dull moment in the White House with Chef Olivia Paras as executive chef in the White House Kitchen.  There's a sequester going on at the White House so entertaining, planning and excuteing White House dinners has been cut short for the time being.

 When a canditate for President from the country of Saardisca, A woman who is running for President and four top chefs from that country are  to be guests at the White House for a dinner and the chefs will be guests in the White House Kitchen. The kitchen is now on high alert.

The chefs are to stay for two weeks working with Chef Olivia and the White House Kitchen Staff . Tensions are high in the kitchen but Olivia and her staff try their best to work with the chefs. Olivia starts to have suspicions of wrong doing when Pastry Chef, Marcel suddenly passes out and then later claimed to have been drugged.

Preparations for a dinner with the Saardisca Presidential Canditate are underway. Then one of the Saardisian Chef's suddenly collapses and dies in the White House kitchen. Dinner with the presidents can come at a high cost if the murder plot cannot be solved. Olivia makes it her mission to find the truth or her well prepared and exquisite dinner with the two president's will be in the weeds.

 Tenasious and passionate, Chef Olivia Paras never disappoints. I love the inner working of the White House kitchen and how beautifully conveyed Author Julie Hyzy writes Olivia's character and in describing the food they prepare. It is no secret this is a favorite series of mine and I find it hard to find the words to describe how much I love it. From beginning to end action like usual for this series for yet another savory trip to the White house Kitchen and of Chef Olivia Paras and all the intriguing characters. Like me, You will never want this series to end. I highly anticipate reading and reviewing the next one.



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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Book Review: No Ghouls Allowed by Victoria Laurie


 Title: No Ghouls Allowed
 Author: Victoria Laurie
 Series: Book 9 A Ghost Hunter Mystery
 Publisher: Obsidian Mystery
 Format: Paper back
 Genre: Cozy Mystery
 Source: Received for review from Publisher
 Reviewed by: Marlene

 Mary Jane Holliday along with her boyfriend, Heath and best friend Gil(ley) hunt ghosts for a living. They have a successful reality tv show and have battled spooks all over the U.S. and Europe.

 When Mary Jane comes home to Valdosta, Georgia for her father's wedding to Christine, she'll have more then just spooks to deal with. She will come to face her own demons as well as the ones haunting her new step-mother's pride and joy Porter Manor. As the death toll starts to climb and MJ comes face to face with some hard truths, she will also contemplate if she has met her match.

 Mary Jane and Heath work alongside Deputy Breslow to not only face the supernatural forces wreaking havoc but also try to solve the forty five year old murder of Evert Sellers. He was a cousin to the Porter family, who one su mmer went missing off their property. Through their investigation they soon come to find out the dark secrets lingering within the walls of the Porter House and not all of them are dead or still living.

 I loved the story, it has so many layers and twists. Mary Jane is a great female lead too. The characters are great, I loved Gill, his mom Mrs. G and Sarah Porter the most.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Book Review: Ghost in the Guacamole by Sue Ann Jaffarian

Title: Ghost in the Guacamole
Author: Sue Ann Jaffarian
Publisher:  Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Book 5 A Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery
Source: Received for Review From Publisher
Format: Paperback
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Reviewed by: Tina


Emma Whitecastle is a famous TV medium that can communicate with ghosts, with the ghost of her great great great grandmother, Granny Apples following her around, Granny has become a fixture in Emma's and her boyfriend Phil's life. Emma is asked for help in contacting restaurateur, Ricarda and Lucinda Ricardo's also known as, Lucy and Rikki's dead father, Felix. Lucy needs her father's advice whether or not to sell the family Restaurant and commercial  food factory, Roble Foods.

Rikki is against selling the restaurant and Lucy wants to sell to the highest bidder but in a surprising turn of events the dead spirit of their father tells Emma to tell Rikki to sell before she ends up dead like him. She wanted to contact her father with Emma's help to help convince Lucy not to sell.

It's an all out brawl between the sisters, fighting to the death but when their father Felix reveals that his death was not an accident, Emma and Granny Apples along with Phil make it their mission to help Rikki to unlock the mystery behind her father's death and to possibly help save the Ricardo family.

Granny Apples had me in stitches, a witty and fun loving ghost. A hilarious and fast passed fun time. This culinary paranormal mystery made this a addicting for me being a fan of the genre, one of the reasons I picked this book up. I am a newly converted paranormal cozy mystery fan and I will definitely pick up the next book in this series just to see what shenanigans Emma and Granny Apples Get into next.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Book Review/Giveaway Winner Feta Attraction by Susannah Hardy

The winner of the Giveaway of Feta Attraction by Susannah Hardy Book 1 in the Greek to Me Mysteries is DEBBIE S.  Congrats, you will be notified by email and you have 48 hours within this announcement to respond with your mailing address or another entry will be picked at that time. Congrats again and thank you for entering and following A Cozy Girl Reads.

Book Review: Snoop to Nuts by Elizabeth Lee

Title: Snoop to Nuts
Author: Elizabeth Lee
Series: Book 2 A Nut House Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Format: Paperback
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: Received for Review from Publisher
Reviewed by: Tina


Rating: 4 stars


The Ag Fair is Riverville, Texas is all set for the Pecan Contest.  Amelia Blanchard is a shoe in to win with her Heavenly Texas Pecan Caviar that could possibly win a blue ribbon. Granddaughter, Lindy is busy on the family pecan farm and also helps out at her Amelia "Meemaw's"  store the "Nut House" serving up delicious treats.

The contest is soon under way and the judges are tasting each and every dish but when one judge, Pastor Jenkins tastes Amelia's  Pecan Caviar he is soon struck with  a bitter taste in his mouth and falls to the floor, it is soon discovered that he was poisoned by Amelia's Pecan Caviar and dies. The town of Riverville is rallying around Amelia in support of her believing she would never intentionally hurt anyone.

Lindy wants to clear her grandmother and the Blanchard family name and she soon discovers there's trouble and a few someones in Riverville are nuttier than "Meemaw's" Pecan Caviar.

Sweet southern charm with characters nuttier than Amelia's treats from the Nut house. Loved the church ladies and the "Most Original Pecan Treat"   Competition. Very well written with a feeling you were right there in Texas along with Lindy trying to track down a killer.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Book Review/Giveaway Feta Attraction by Susannah Hardy

Title: Feta Attraction
Author: Susannah Hardy
Series: Book 1 A Greek to me Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Format: Paperback
Source: Received for Review From Publisher
Reviewed by: Tina


Rating: 5 stars


"When you marry a gay man, it shouldn't come as a surprise when he leaves you" . The first  line from Feta Attraction had me hooked until the end and I knew I would love this book. I was right because I could not put it down. I read it at every opportunity.

The Bonaparte House is a Greek restaurant and a beautiful, notable, and historic home to the Nikolopatos family where Georgie, wife to Spiro runs and manages the place. I would be remiss not to mention Sophie, Spiro's mother who is the owner and matriarch of the family and quite a spunky Greek old woman.

Spirio has ventured out yet again on another one of his romps leaving Georgie to run the restaurant. With Gerogie being used to being left alone she thinks nothing of it until her husband is gone longer than usual. She begins to worry, but now having to deal with a reality TV show, Ghost Squad coming in to investigate supposed paranormal activity in the house by her husband.

Georgie takes a scenic boat ride with friend, Keith Morgan but along the way Georgie spots the body of rival restaurant owner Domenic "Big Dom" DiTomasso floating in the water, she tries to save him but realizes it's too late.

With Spiro missing and "Big Dom's" discovery of being murdered. Georgie literally has a lot on her plate and with her being suspect number one she is determined to find her husband and a killer but she soon finds out it's all connected.

Twists and turns abound in this first in a series called Feta Attraction. You cannot but help but love Georgie and her quirky mother-in-law, Sophie. The restaurant setting and the unconventional marriage of Georgie and Spiro have you wanting to say "opa" more than once. On the edge of your seat, Georgie never stopped and with never a dull moment. You feel like your right in the middle of the action, fast pased , It had me wanting and waiting for a second book in this adventurous new series and wanting to find out what's in store for all these dynamic characters.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy 1st Birthday A Cozy Girl Reads !!!

Happy Birthday to us. My Blog A Cozy Girl Reads is a year old today and we are celebrating with January New Release Cozy Mystery Book Reviews and Giveaways all Month Long:

 Feta Attraction by Susannah Hardy January 5th (New Series)
 All The President's Menu's by Julie Hyzy January 12th
 For Whom the Blue Bell Tolls by Beverly Allen January 14th
 Romeow & Juliet by Kathi Daley January 16th (New Series)


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