Saturday, December 31, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: The Ghosts of Misty Hollow by Sue Ann Jaffarian

Title: The Ghosts of Misty Hollow
 Author: Sue Ann Jaffarian
 Series: Book 6 A Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for review from Publisher
 Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
 Reviewed by: Tina

Book Review

 The facet of this story that interested me the most before reading was there was a writer in the story because I never go into reading a book blind, who needed help with writing a story. That's when I knew I should try and read it. Gino Costello is a famous crime writer he like I said needs help with a resaearch in writing his current book.

 Gino wants a paranormal element to the story so he enlists Emma WhiteCastle who has a paranormal T.V. show and she also sees and comminicates with spirits of the dead. Her main companion besides her fiance Phil is the ghost of her humorous great-great-great Granny Apples, nicknamed for her great apple pie recipe.

 Gino is on a vacation writing retreat and an old farmhouse with a haunted history of the family that once lived there in the 1880's. Gino invites Emma who's daughter is also Best Friends with Gino's daughter and Phil to stay at the house.

There are ghosts in the house that talk to Emma about two of the families missing children and wonder if these children have been murdered.

 At the same time there is drama in the house in the present. The ghost family member that talks to Emma wants her to help the children cross over to the other side. The Ghosts of Misty Hollow was a sometimes sad but very much a cozy mystery and most everyone in the story had some how a paranormal connection and keep me turning pages. The main reason I loved this book was wanting to find out what happened to the children of the ghosts that inhabited this home and the fact there were once very much alive.


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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: Prose and Cons by Amanda Flower

 Title: Prose and Cons
 Author: Amanda Flower
 Series: Book 2 A Magical Bookshop Mystery
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
  Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for review from Publisher
 Rating: 4 out of 5
 Reviewed by: Marlene

Book Review

 Violet has now settled into her role as the caretaker and getting into her daily routine of minding the shop, the tree and teaching at the local college. She is also reconnecting with her old friend Lacey and trying to figure out what is to much and to little with her ex-boyfirend Nathan who is now mayor of their small village.

 If her plate weren't full enough it certainly starts to overflow when one of the fellow Red Inkers is found dead in the book shop. The Red Inkers are a close knit writing group that meets in the bookshop weekly after hours. It isn't long before the police settle in on a another Red Inker as a suspect.

 But that won't stop Violet from getting in between the handsome Chief Rainwater and her friend. She will go to great lengths to clear her name. In the meantime, Violet will also have to contemplate a series of issues in her personal life that revolve around multiple men. In the end it will leave her with more questions then answers and looking down the barrel of a gun.

 I enjoyed reading Violet's next stage in her role at the book shop and showing her strong willed character. Like all women she falters when it comes to men, but at least she is smart about it. There is a great cast of characters in this book, her Grandma Daisy, Sadie, Lanney and Chief Rainwater as well.

 It is a faced pace read, keeps your wanting to know what happens in the next chapter. Looking forward to Violet's next story.....

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Guest Post: Author Kate Carlisle talks DECK THE HALLWAYS & Recipe

DECK THE HALLWAYS is my twentieth book, but the first one that's set at Christmas—and I had an absolute blast writing it! Lighthouse Cove is the perfect setting for an idyllic Christmas.

 Imagine how it would feel like stepping back in time, to see those beautiful old homes decked out for Christmas. As DECK THE HALLWAYS begins, contractor Shannon Hammer is ready to take the lead on the largest project ever for the Holiday Homebuilders: they're going to convert a Victorian mansion into apartments for deserving families.

The only fly in the ointment is the irascible banker overseeing the project, a man so obnoxious that he has enemies all over town, including Shannon's dad. Dad came in closer and shoved Potter in the chest. The banker stumbled backward. “One more word against Shannon and I’ll make you sorry you were ever born.” He was as angry as I’d ever seen him and I felt a frisson of fear as I worried about his heart. “Oh, I’m so scared,” Potter whined sarcastically.

 But in typical coward style, he said it while backing toward the door. “You should be scared,” Dad said through clenched teeth. He was still carrying his sharp, new ax and he raised it up to make his point. “If I hear you talking trash about my daughter again, I’ll kill you with my bare hands.” Not long after this scene, Shannon has the bad luck to find another dead body—Potter's.

 The very man her dad threatened in front of dozens of volunteers. She planned for every contingency. . . except murder, her own father a prime suspect. Like many of us, Shannon is busier than ever during the holidays. (Though one hopes that most of us don't have to clear our father's name or track down a killer.)

 Here's a great potluck recipe for a busy person on the go. California Christmas Potatoes – aka California Thanksgiving Potatoes, if you use orange and yellow bell pepper instead of the red (The full recipe is written out at the end of the blog.)

 The ingredients:
 Preheat the oven to 350.

Peel the potatoes and cut into ½-inch chunks. Boil for 8-10 minutes, until tender. While the potatoes are boiling, cut the vegetables. From the bell pepper, cut five slices and set aside, then dice the rest of the pepper.

 From the poblano pepper, use kitchen shears to cut out ten leaves. Set the rest aside for another use. From the olives, set aside fifteen slices to use as the center of the flowers. Dice the rest of the olives, slice the green onions, and mince the cilantro. Mix together the sour cream, taco seasoning, and shredded cheese. Drain the potatoes. Stir together all ingredients except the vegetables set aside to make the flowers.
 Place the mixture in a greased 13x9-inch casserole dish. Form flowers on top. Bake until bubbly and golden brown, about 30 minutes. Enjoy! California Christmas

 Potatoes Ingredients:

6 large baking potatoes
 1 red bell pepper 1 poblano pepper
 16 oz sour cream
 8 oz shredded cheese (Cheddar, Jack, or a combination)
1 packet of taco seasoning
1 small can of sliced olives 4 green onions
 ½ Cup cilantro

 Preheat the oven to 350.
 Peel the potatoes and cut into ½-inch chunks. Boil for 8-10 minutes, until tender.
While the potatoes are boiling, cut the vegetables. From the bell pepper, cut five slices and set aside, then dice the rest of the pepper.
 From the poblano pepper, use kitchen shears to cut out ten leaves. Set the rest aside for another use. From the olives, set aside fifteen slices to use as the center of the flowers.
Dice the rest of the olives, slice the green onions, and mince the cilantro. Mix together the sour cream, taco seasoning, and shredded cheese. Drain the potatoes.





 Stir together all ingredients except the vegetables set aside to make the flowers. Place the mixture in a greased 13x9-inch casserole dish. Form flowers on top. Bake until bubbly and golden brown, about 30 minutes.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Guest Post: Author Ali Brandon :It's No Mystery Why I Write Mysteries

 Diane A.S. Stuckart/Ali Brandon
 Author of TWICE TOLD TAIL: Black Cat Bookshop Mystery #6
You can find Her and Hamlet at:
http://alibrandon.com/
http://www.dianestuckart.com/
https://www.facebook.com/BlackAndMysteriousPanterAndCats/?fref=ts




 IT'S NO MYSTERY WHY I WRITE MYSTERIES

 By the time one has lived a decent number of years on this earth, one’s brain tends to experience the occasional bout of data overload. It’s at that point that—to continue the computer analogy—a person has to de-frag and re-sort her memories, deleting the superfluous in the process.

 But, while that delete function is happening, that’s also when odd memories tend to pop up from the mental ether. We’ve all experienced this. Snippets of random conversations, flashbacks of forgotten vacation spots, recollections of childhood adventures…experiences, good and bad, that we’ve long since consigned to our brain’s recycle bin and haven’t thought of in decades.

 But we all know that in computer terms, recycled doesn’t mean permanently gone. Sometimes while doing a mental search for a pertinent memory, you run across one of these cast-off memories, instead. That’s how I recently came to recall the YA book that I realized helped cement my interest in the mystery genre.
 I’ll digress for a minute to explain that I didn’t begin my career as a mystery writer. Rather, I got my start in the publishing business in the 1980s writing historical romances, penning five books with settings ranging from the Regency era to the Old West. I’d followed the adage of writing what I knew, with what I knew being the historical romantic sagas that I’d spent my high school and college years reading.

 But I always claimed that the reason I transitioned to the mystery genre was because my romances were filled with action/adventure.
 Moreover, they featured dead bodies, hidden treasure, and secret identities all mixed in with the requisite sex scenes. But that’s not the only reason I leaned toward mystery writing.

 As I dig back through the mental archives, I see that many of the books I read during grade school and junior high were mystery novels of some sort. (Though, full confession here, I’m probably the only mystery writer you know who has never read Nancy Drew.)

 I cut my teeth on Encyclopedia Brown’s practically unsolvable puzzles, along with the Bobbsey Twins books, the modern editions of which usually featured a mystery of sorts along with the adventure. Once I hit sixth grade or so, I graduated to the Trixie Belden stories, followed by Phyllis A. Whitney’s young adult mysteries. Most avid readers from my era will recall all these series. But, going back to where we started in this blog post, I bet I can stump you with the vintage title that’s been floating about in my recycles.

 Show of hands -- how many of you remember The Timber Trail Riders series…and, specifically, the book entitled, The Mystery of the Hollywood Horse? Not too many of you, I see. I’m not surprised, since I can’t even recall how I came to own that book. But I remember it as a great pre-teen mystery read. There were no dead bodies, of course, but the storyline included the puzzling disappearance of a valuable equine along with a fun look at the movie-making biz.

 Here’s the plot rundown: Our teenaged protagonist, Peggy—a proficient young horsewoman who belongs to the Timber Trail Riders Club—is staying for the summer in California with her aunt and uncle. She helps coach a teenaged actress who is playing a young Alexander the Great in a film about that famous conqueror, and who needs help with the dangerous riding sequences.

 Not only does Peggy end up riding stunt double (guess back in the 60s, they didn’t worry much about child labor laws and insurance risk), she finds the missing horse, Cinder, who is one of the movie’s major stars. On top of that, she even manages a summertime romance. 

Sound like any cozy mysteries you’ve recently picked up? I don’t recall if I ever read a second book in the Timber Trail Riders series, but I do know that The Mystery of the Hollywood Horse stayed on my personal library shelf until I went off to college. And it still remains in my memory banks as a fun read that crystalized my interest in the mystery genre. The children’s classics are all well and good, but sometimes it’s the off-the-beaten-path books that have the greatest influence on we readers and writers.

 Now, excuse me while I go online to find myself another copy of that book! 

 BIO: ALI BRANDON is the New York Times bestselling author of the Black Cat Bookshop Mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime. This popular cozy series features Hamlet the cat and his transplanted-Texan caretaker, Darla Pettistone. Together, the pair work and sleuth out of Darla’s Brooklyn-based independent bookstore.

 Whenever a murderer is on the prowl, Hamlet and Darla are ready to pounce—and they always manage to collar the killer!

 The sixth book in the series, TWICE TOLD TAIL, hits the shelves on November 

A native Texan with a degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma, Ali now lives in South Florida with her hubby, four dogs, and four very spoiled cats. She’s a member of Mystery Writers of America, a former board member of the MWA Florida Chapter, and a member of the Cat Writers’ Association.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: Better Late Than Never by Jenn McKinlay

 Title: Better Late than Never
 Series: Book 7 A Library Lovers Mystery
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
 Format: Hardcover
 Source: Received for review from Publisher
 Rating: 5 out of 5
 Reviewed by: Tina

 Lindsey Norris, the director of Briar Creek Public Library still has not rid herself of her bittinsky ways. The library is having a book amnesty day much to librarian, Mrs.Cole aka "The lemon's" dismay. Lindsay discovers that someone has returned a book twenty years over due, "The Catcher in the Rye" that was checked out my a murdered high school teacher, Candice Whitley.

 Of coarse because of the returned library book, Lindsey investigates to try to find out who returned the book. Was it the killer? Or some random person. All the while there are home invasions and Emma the police chief needs to make that her number one prority. Candice was a well liked teacher and friend and who wanted her dead in this cold case will remain a mystery until Lindsey can find the murderer.

 Lindsey  still has mixed feelings about her relationship with boat captain, Mike"Sully"Sullivan, not wanting to jinx anything and British theater actor, Robbie Vine is still trying to win Lindsey's heart, but don't worry readers it ends well for this fun love triangle.

 The Crafternoon girls of the library are a close-knit group of friends that I am growing to love.Robbie Vine, the British actor brings life to the story but is a thorn in everyone's side. The killer turned out to be someone unexpected but not totally. It was fun trying to figure it out. Better Late than Never had it all, a library, books, great friendships and wouldn't be complete with out Lindsey getting in harms way to solve a murder.

 FTC Disclosure: Thank you to the publisher and/or author or Net Galley for providing us with a copy of this book for review.This did not influence our thoughts in any way. All the opinions of the book are our own.

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: Death at First Sight by Lena Gregory

Title: Death At First Sight
 Series: Book 1 A Bay Island Psychic Mystery
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for review from Publisher
 Rating: 3 out of 5
 Reviewed by: Marlene

Book Review

 Cas Donavan has had a rough year but deciding to move back to her small town home of Bay Island from new York seems to be the best option for her. Once she arrives she opens up her little shop Mystical Musings for the tourists as well as the locals. Believing she has an intuition to help guide people but not full blown psychic, she left her psychiatric practice behind for something more practical.

 She will soon find out how much impact her position in the community and the advice she gives can take a role in so many lives. Along with her childhood friend, Stephanie and a new friend, a very flamboyant, Bee they are in the midst of putting together a fashion show to showcase Bee's design's. But when one of the board members for the theatre is found dead and all fingers are pointing at Cass, it will take her and the support of her friends to get her out of this lime light and get the show back on.

 While Cass is trying to clear her name she comes up against the police chief, who she thought was a friend due to the history he had with her father but his hell bent she done it. She'll question herself rigorously since she can come up with plenty of suspects including - one of her own friends, a client's abusive husband and a southern stranger that will make her swoon and question her own sensibilities.

 In the end the real killer will astonish her and leave her in her own state of peril. I found the story very likable and the characters very favorable. The story line and plot twists were entertaining. As or characters, I really enjoyed Bee's outragesness and personality.

 FTC Disclosure: Thank you to the publisher and/or author or Net Galley for providing us with a copy of this book for review.This did not influence our thoughts in any way. All the opinions of the book are our own.

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: A likely Story By Jenn McKinlay

 Title: A likely Story
 Series: Book 6 A Library Lovers Mystery
 Author: Jenn McKinlay
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
 Format: paperback
 Source: Received for review from Publisher
 Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
 Reviewed by:Tina

Book Review

 I love libraries, I love being in one, I love sitting to observe and people watch, I go there to get away, a library is like a sancuary to me. I love to read and write there and just enjoy the quiet. That's why i'm such a big fan of Jenn Mckinlay's A library lovers Mysteries. A likely story has to be the best of the series so far.

 Lindsey Norris is the library director of the Briar Creek Public Library in Connecticut. Lindsey has heart and compassion for everyone that's one of the things I enjoy about her. Stewart Rosen is a library patron, along with his brother, Peter who Stewart takes care of they are strange, hermits and they live on an island

 Lindsey takes a water taxi driven by her ex-boyfriend, Mike "Sully" Sullivan to the island to deliver library books to him, Stewart is not there at the dock to meet Lindsey as usual and her and Mike wonder were he is, they venture into their cluttered home to discover they are hoarder. In the kitchen discover Stewart'
s brother, Peter dead and Stewart is missing.

 Could there be problems between the brothers? Could Stewart have killed him? Lindsey comes up with a plan to try to find Stewart by luring him to the library after hours but something goes wrong and all goes to hell in a hand basket. The banter and friendship between Lindsey and co-worker, children's librarian Beth had me in stitches this time around.

 Even, Librarian Mrs Cole and her sourly "Lemon" disposition is sweetening up, what a surprise. The killer was a total surprise, I was wondering who could have possibly wanted Peter dead. Lindsey is a determined woman who always wants to find the truth, just what's not to love about her. Her relationship with Sully is the icing on the cake. I can't wait to read and review the next book in the series, Better Late than Never, Friday November,25 .

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: Patroit's Passing by Summer Prescott

Title: Patroit's Passing
 Author : Summer Prescott
 Series: Book 1 A Hawg Heaven Cozy Culinary Mystery
 Publisher: Summer Prescott Books Prescott Books Publishing
 Format: e-book
 Source: Received for review from Author
 Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
 Reviewed by:Tina

 This was such a touching story, that tugged on my heart strings and they will tug on yours too. Rosalyn Channing's husband,Will was killed while on a mission in and along with thirteen year old son, Ryan they have to start life all over again. They head to Rosalyn's home town of North Carolina. On the way they discover a abandoned diner that is for sale.

 Rosalyn soon dreams of buying the diner, her and her supportive mother check it out. Rosalyn opens the diner, renovates and re-names it Hawg Heaven in honor of her late husband. Soon there's a murder in the back field of a young woman and the murder weapon is found in the diner's dumpsters. In this new home town that Rosalyn and Ryan moved to while working in the diner she comes across some tough looking men giving her trouble.

 With an impossible sheriff, Rosalyn gets help from an unlikely source who happens to be a suspect in the woman's death and with her employees having a connection to the murdered young woman Rosalyn remains true to herself till the end.

 I liked Rosalyn from the start, despite the pain and despair she's going through, she remained strong and spunky and dosen't take peoples bull&*!%, that's that I love about her. Tasty food descriptions made this the perfect culinary mystery. With a unique premise that was very refreshing to read. I look forward to reading and reviewing the next book in the series.

 FTC Disclosure: Thank you to the publisher and/or author or Net Galley for providing us with a copy of this book for review.This did not influence our thoughts in any way. All the opinions of the book are our own.

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: A Killer Kebab by Susannah Hardy

Title: A Killer Kebab
 Author : Susannah Hardy
 Series: Book 3 A Greek to Me Mystery
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for review from Publisher
 Rating: 5 out of 5
 Reviewed by:Tina

  Book Review 

 The kitchen is Gerogie Nicolopatos domain and weather she's searching out recipes, or finding the mystery of a Thousand Island dressing recipe or finding stolen fund from a old family trust or being torn between ailing friends and her mother. She is chef at her Greek ex-mother in law's Greek Restaurant, The Bonaparte House in New York.

 Georgie is in the process of getting The Bonaparte House renovated. Among the destruction and demolishion in the restaurants restroom, Georgie happens upon a dead body, covered in blood with a metal stick that looks to be a spit from the restaurant's kitchen jammed into the dead man's head.

 The man is Jim MacNamara, Georgie's divorce lawyer.A ladies man carrying on a extra marital affair with a certain construction worker's wife and he's into dirty dealings that Georgie has now found herself in the middle of and finding who was out for blood.

 A feisty, no-nonsense protagonist that I loved.A perfect restaurant setting and plot. Full of exciting and suspenseful subplots. A killer Kebab will have you screaming Opa! Lots of characters with secret's to keep. A thrilling read, a tearful end and plot twist's I didn't expect.

 FTC Disclosure: Thank you to the publisher and/or author or Net Galley for providing us with a copy of this book for review.This did not influence our thoughts in any way. All the opinions of the book are our own.

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: Masking For Trouble by Diane Vallere

Title: Masking For Trouble
 Series: Book 2 A Costume Shop Mystery
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for review from Publisher
 Rating: 4 out of 5
 Reviewed by: Marlene

 Book Review

 Trick or Treat......

 During the holiday season at the most important time of the year, no not Christmas but Halloween Proper City, Nevada pulls out all the stops with town-wide festivities. It is also the busiest time for new owner of Disguise DeLImit Costume shop, Margo Tamblyn to be taken away from her work.

 While she is busy taking care of her customers and making costumes for the annual Halloween Party held at the Alexandria Hotel, unknowingly to her she has been legally duped out of the festivities on part to an oversight on her and her staff's behalf. While trying to rectify this situation before her father becomes aware she may have ruined the family ran business, she will come up against some of the hardest decisions she has ever had to make.

 However, Margo intends to make good with her customers and even though she isn't fully aware she has been ostracized from the event she goes anyway. By the end of the night she will have regretted that decision when she is found standing next to a dead body. The man murdered none other than Paul Haverford, a developer that has targeted Proper City to evolve from its quaintness to a mini Las Vegas. With some of the city council and businesses on board this new path for the city has made a rift in between fellow citizens and business owners.

 When Margo feels she has become the sole suspect for this crime, being investigated by her secret suitor's ex-girlfriend she sets her sights on revealing the truth and proving her innocence. Along the way she must battle the affections of two men, come to terms with her father moving on from his life professionally and romantically from her mother, and juggling the ever revolving suspects that come into her preview while running the store during the busiest week of the year might do her in.

 But with the help of her friend Bobbie, her therapist Willow and her cat Soot she will find her way. Although her way will be into the hands of the killer himself.

The story was thoroughly enjoyable, Margo keeps the story constantly going with her stubbornness not to back down. Which I admire in a lead character. It was a fun read, did it in one day. I chose it because the story represents and celebrates my favorite holiday. Margo is quite an eccentric character as well but although she doubts herself she also knows herself. She is also supported by a group of strong characters, some that stand out are Ebony, Tak, Francine and Kirby her sidekick, I mean employee.

 Happy Halloween!!!

 FTC Disclosure: Thank you to the publisher and/or author or Net Galley for providing us with a copy of this book for review.This did not influence our thoughts in any way. All the opinions of the book are our own.

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway:The Witch and The Dead by Heather Blake

 Title: The Witch and The Dead
 Author: Heather Blake
 Series: Book 7 A Wishcraft Mystery
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for review from Publisher
 Rating: 5 out of 5
 Reviewed by: Tina

Book Review

Paranormal mysteries are just not my bag. But... I'm not just a fan of the A Wishcrafter Mysteries I love every single one I have read.  Wishcrafter and witch, Darcy Merriweather is moving house from her Aunt Ve's and home of "As You Wish" their personal concierge business.

Darcy, Aunt Ve are wishcrafters and live in an Enchanted Village in Salem,Massachuetts who grant wishes and live  among the mortals. Waiting for police chief, Nick Sawyer to propose to Darcy is more than Darcy and the village can bear but she is hoping he will soon.

While cleaning out Aunt Ve's garage of Darcy's belongings to move Darcy, Aunt Ve and Darcy's sister, Harper happen upon the skeletal remains of one of Aunt Ve's ex-husband's proven to be Mike Babbage. Known by Aunt Ve as a weasel,a wonderer also a haunted and tortured man but a man who was alluring to women but even his death remains a mystery.

Darcy is a craft investigator who investigates criminal cases involving magic and this one hits close to home when Aunt Ve becomes a suspect. Soon layers unravel and Miles has been romancing many witches in the Village. Suspects may be among them or someone with many secrets to hide.

A very character driven mystery, and I love them all. Thats why I love this series so much. I forget they are witches but Darcy being a witch granting wishes is not a bad thing. Excentric characters like Archie the mascaw bird and Pepe and Mrs P are mice and delightful and bring a sense of whimsy and comedic relief to The Witch and the Dead. Tears filled my eyes at the end. Gripping drama that had me turning pages I can't wait to read and review the next in the series.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: Crepe Factor by Laura Childs With Terrie Farley Moran

 Title: Crepe Factor
 Author: Laura Childs with Terrie Farley Moran
 Series: Book 14 A Scrapbooking Mystery
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Mysteries
 Format:Hardcover
 Source: Received for review from Publisher
 Rating: 5 stars

Book Review

The reason I picked up this book was because it had a foodie plot,that I thought would be a fun read. It was more than fun, the writing was hilarous, from the first chapter and I knew I would enjoy Crepe Factor.

Carmela Bertrand runs Memory Mine, A Scrapbooking Shop and her best friend, Ava are quite the pair, they so remind me of Tricia and Angelica from Lorna Barrett's Booktown mysteries, I loved them. The Winter Market has come to the French Quarter in New Orleans.

Among the vendors at the Market there were food vendors. Martin Lash writes on a food website called "Glutton for Punishment" Carmela and Ava among the crowd as they observe him gasping for air and lurching wildly with a huge serving fork protruding from him when he landed on the pavement heading for them, Splat !!!

Quigg is a restauranteur who once dated Carmela  got into a arguement with Lash moments before his death and he instantly becomes a suspect when Detective Babcock who is currently dating Carmella is clearly jealous and wants to lock him up and throw away the key but when Quigg asks Carmella for help to investigate she can't say now and with another murder Carmella may need Babcocks help after all.

Comical Characters made me a instant fan of the Scrapbooking Mysteries. I loved the drama between Babcock, Quigg and Carmella. Carmella was a relateable character and so reminded me of what I would do if I were in her romantic situation. I will surely be reading another book in this fast pased murder mystery.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

It's time for a little change at A Cozy Girl Reads

Friday, October 21 A Cozy Girl Reads is going through a few changes. I've been writing new release cozy mystery book  reviews about 3 years at At Cozy Girl Reads blog and we are revamping our blog with a new header, structure to the blog and a little addition to the A Cozy Girl Reads name.

I've got older and hopefully wiser and my priorities have changed. I want to release my dream of being a published cozy mystery author and in order to do that there might not be many reviews for the time being but I will still bring you exciting giveaways and guest posts and  some monthly reviews from myself and my other reviewer, Marlene and new features related to writing and cozy mysteries. I not only want to bring you the reviews I want to share with you  how these books came to be. I have so many ideas that I hope you will find great.

Friday, our blog will be under construction that I hope will all be finished in a few hours time. I hope you like the new blog and our new name. I consider this the blog is growing. I have a passion for writing and I want to share my passion with you like my Nanowrimo journey. I'm hoping for more new followers and a renewed love for this blog. 


It's now about my passion for reading and writing.







Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Coming Soon: A Nanowrimo Writer's Journal

Just had this crazy idea to blog about my #NaNoWriMo experience and writing advice by an inspiring writer every day in November at A Cozy Girl Reads since it is a cozy mystery blog and I am writing my first cozy mystery, I did announce this on our Facebook page yesterday, without much of a response. With being a wife and mom, and getting my reading and my reviews and blog stuff done and packing to move I'm up for a challenge. You wont catch me vlogging on youtube, I'm camera shy, Id rather write about it.

I'm also going to try since we have two weeks before Nanowrimo to post some prep stuff if I have time between reading, writing and promoting review/giveaways for you my readers, since i'am currently writing the story i'm writing for Nano I am only counting what I am writing in November for Nano and no it's not cheating, I checked, It would be cheating if I counted the words I have now and I will not do that.

I want to document this and I will be doing this on the blog also in April and July for Camp Nanowrimo and I want to be able to look back on my Writing Journals and i'm excited to share with you. I love to write, I love books and I love to write about writing and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do bringing it to you and giving me a forum to do so.

You can also comment  or ask questions about writing and and cozy mysteries you have, I am not a professional writer or published yet but I will do my best to answer any questions you might have. Are you an aspiring writer?  Join me on this crazy and rewarding journey Will you try writing 50,000 words in a month?.  Will you read my writing journals?  Have questions or comments,Comment below.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: Tangled up in Brew by Joyce Tremel

Title: Tangled up in Brew
 Author: Joyce Tremel
 Series: Book 2 A Brewing Trouble Mysteries
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Mysteries
 Format:Paperback
 Source: Received for review from Publisher
 Rating: 5 stars

 There is trouble brewing Tangled up in Brew. The Three Rivers Brew festival is coming to Pittsburg, there are prizes for the best beer and the best burgers. Max O’Hara is the proprietor of Allegheny Brew House and she is entering along with her chef boyfriend, Jake who is entering with a secret burger recipe that Max is dying to get out of him. The prize is a golden stein and one thousand dollars.

 There’s great comradery among the brewers all except one brewer, Dwayne. Max and Jake try not to let that bring them down. Reginald Mobley is a food and beverage critic who is known for giving bad reviews and driving restaurants out of business and it’s no surprise when Max’s Brew and Jakes Burger leaves a bad taste in his mouth, so bad the food critic keels over and dies.

 Jake is soon accused of murder and with Max’s dad being a detective and his partner set on locking Jake up and throwing away the key Max needs to brew up something fast to get Jake out of this predicament.

 Foodie competitions in mysteries I love them, it reminds me of watching reality t.v. Tangled up in Brew is less filling,reads great. It will make you in the mood for a cold one. Max and Jake made a great couple combined with a page-turning plot and a villian you couldnt wait to die. I loved the beer premise of A Brewing Trouble Series. I think men as well as women can enjoy.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Book Reviews/Giveaway : The Hammett Hex by Victoria Abbott



 Title:      The Hammett Hex
 Series:  Book 5 A Book Collector Mysteries
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Mysteries
 Format:Paperback
 Source:  Received for review from Publisher
 Ratings: Marlene:3 out of 5  Tina: 4 out of 5





Marlene's Review
After successfully negotiating herself a working vacation from her dominating employer Jordan is finally spending a week away in San Francisco. Vera's catch she must return with the rare signed first addition of Red Harvest. But she isn't alone, Officer Tyler "Smiley" Dekker is her travelling companion. Both are choosing to use this vacation to explore their turbulent relationship and focus on all the famous literary haunts San Francisco has to offer. And of course to indulge in Jordan's vintage shopping habit.


Once they arrive things seem to go haywire, from Tyler confessing part of the trip is to reconnect with his estranged grandmother to Jordan having to use unusual means to acquire the book. They will be chased, stalked, plundered and trapped. With to many pieces to the puzzle Jordan finds herself with to many suspects and not enough to go on but in an instance it is all set straight in her head and then the real work begins, providing the proof.


Along with San Francisco's hilly backdrop their relationship takes a detour as well. With Jordan being dragged along in the wake of one little white lie. A lie that will make her question her future.


It was a fun story with all the different intertwining story lines. Jordan was at her best. Loved the new character's introduced as well. I really enjoy reading stories with strong female leads, especially ones with attitude.

Tina's Review


 Disappearing book shops, murdered owners, break and entering of a senior’s home and hotel rampages in the heart of San Francisco are what awaited me when I read The Hemmett Hex. Jordan Bingham has a couchey job working for Vera Van Alst acquiring and purchasing rare mystery novels, currently she wants Jordan to fetch Dashiell Hammett’s “Red Harvest” which is a first edition.

 Hammett happens to have roots in San Francisco and Jordan, to the disdain of Vera, who reminds me of Cruella De Vil of 101 Dalmatians fame lets her go for a much needed romantic getaway with her boyfriend with cop with ambitions to be a detective, Tyler “Smiley”Dekker.

 Jordan starts finding herself in “accidents” all most being run down, their hotel room was ransacked and possible danger lurks for Tyler’s long lost “Gram” after he is reunited with her. Farley Tso who owns a bookshop sells Jordan A first edition copy of “Red Harvest” for Vera and soon vanishes and turns up murdered.

 Jordan has gone legit in a family of criminals but finds she might have to bend the rules to save the day.

 The Hammett Hex was not what I was expecting, unlike the first books in this series, this one didn't revolve around acquiring Vera's  precious rare mystery books that was kind of on the back burner which was a disappointment to me. The pace started out slow but was then steady to the end.

 “Gram” was a feisty new character that is very loveable and kept me turning the pages. Jordan's take charge and firey attitude are back in full form. I can’t wait to read and review the next book in the series.


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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: Killing Thyme by Leslie Budewitz

 Title: Killing Thyme
 Author: Leslie Budewitz
 Series: Book 3 A Spice Shop Mystery
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for Review from Publisher
 Star Rating: 5 out of 5
 Reviewed by: Tina

Pepper Reece has spice, a feisty amateur sleuth that will do anything to protect her family and friends from a killer. She's not just killing thyme,  she stop's at nothing, something that detectives Spencer and Tracy somehow cannot do even their names are a joke.

With all jokes aside, the first thing I love about The Spice Shop Mysteries is The spice shop, imagining the tempting aromas of the sweet and savory spices is enough having me wanting to venture the fictional shop and Pike Place Market, in the hustle and bustle. The second thing I love is Pepper mostly for what I explained about above.

Bonnie Clay is a Potter of sculptures and is a vendor in the market. Bonnie Clay came to town with a secret in her past and Lena, Pepper's mother is coming to visit but, they meet up and something is off when Lena thought Bonnie Aka Peggy Manning was dead and there's tension with the pair.

Pepper found Bonnie/Peggy dead in her artist's studio amid fragments of a think clay platter. Trauma to the head found to be her cause of death. With a not-so-nice foodie columnist visiting the spice shop for a review and the theft of Pepper's BFF's family heirloom necklace, it could possibly be a connection, when Pepper shakes up some suspects, it leaves her to wonder until the killer has a spicy taste in their mouth when Pepper sniffs him out.

I love Peppers savvy and energy. Her instincts make Killing Thyme a not to put down mystery. With her failing love life, and a killer to catch you think she won't be able to do it until she discovers not only who the killer is but she unlocks a missing link to her families past and ends up bringing them together. I can't wait to read and review the next book in the series.

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway:Murder,She Wrote: Hook,Line, and Murder by Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain & Renee Paley-Bain

Title: Murder,She Wrote: Hook, Line, and Murder
 Author: Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain & Renee Paley-Bain
 Series: Book 46 Murder,She Wrote
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
 Format: Hardcover
 Source: Received for Review from Publisher
 Star Rating: 4 out of 5
 Reviewed by: Tina

 Mystery writer and ameture sleuth, Jessica Fletcher is gone fishin' and wherever she goes murder seems to follow.Cabot Coves annual Derby Days is a flying fish competition. Jessica is spending a weeks vacation in a cabin alone in the woods at Moon Lake, looking for some solitude for reading and fishing in the competition.

 Jessica ends up spending the weekend of the derby with the sheriff's wife Maureen to fish together in the competition to teach her how to fish with a guide who is a ex-con who was a partner for a convicted murderer who made good on the outside. A Convicted Murderer,Darryl Jepson escapes from prison and attendance is down for the competition.

 Attorney at law, Wes Caruthers who just happens to be an lawyer for prison escapee, is found dead in a boat on the lake and Jessica's friends Maureen turns up missing. Its up to Jessica to finda a killerand find the sheriff's wife Maureen before she is swimming with the fishes.

 The theme and setting were not my first choice but still a action-packed,entering read. Jessica Fletcher is always my favorite sleuth and I love every edition of the Murder, She Wrote Series, Hook,Line and Murder is no exception.I look forard to reading and reviewing the next in this series.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway:Whispers Beyond the Veil by Jessica Estevao



 Title: Whispers Beyond the Veil
 Author: Jessica Estevao
 Series: Book 1 A Change of Fortune Mystery
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for Review from Publisher
 Star Rating: 4 out 5
 Reviewed by: Marlene

 Miss Ruby Proulx finds herself in a desperate situation when her father chooses to abandon her after a fatal accident with a colleague from a medicine show. In the middle of Canada in 1898 with no home, no money and no family she will seek out the only family she believes is left, her mother's sister in Maine. Unsure if she will be welcome or not she takes her chances, and the chance of being able to hide her dark past as well as her unnatural skills.

But she is happily mistaken when her aunt Honoria embraces not only her but her skills with open arms. Her aunt is the proud owner of a hotel in Old Orchard a booming tourist town on the ocean. A hotel that caters to the more open minded clientale, psychics, mediums, astrologers are all available for any guests needs. And with this also come the cynical, an investigator looking to debunk people with such abilities. He soon sets his sight on Ruby and those will be his last sight.

 Along with the murder investigation comes one of the only men in town Ruby fears, Officer Yancey a man that could dig out her skeletons and make her pay for them. As she strategically involves herself in the murder investigation to save her family's hotel she must also watch her every step not to be found out. With the investigation progressing another man is found dead and this all points toRuby. In the end she will truly know how far her long lost aunt will go to keep her safe.

 I loved the story,I especially love stories centered around the paranormal, psychics, ghosts, hauntings and such. It was beautifully crafted, the setting, the plot, and all the modern women. I can't stand the damsel in distress or weak woman always looking for a man to rescue her or fix things. These women are figuring it out for themselves especially in an age where that was not welcomed at all. Looking forward to seeing Ruby in the next stage of her life in Old Orchard.

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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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