Sunday, February 28, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: Whisker of Trouble by Sofie Ryan

 Title: Whisker of Trouble
 Author: Sofie Ryan
 Series: Book 3 A Second Chance Cat Mystery
 Publisher: Obsidian Mystery
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for review from Publisher
 Star Rating: 4 out of 5
 Reviewed by: Marlene

 It certainly is busy at Second Chance, Sarah Grayson's shop for repurposed items. Recently hired by Edison Hall's sister Stella to clear his cluttered house after his death. Her and her group of employees will find more then stuffed rooms of boxes when they arrive on their first morning to work and find a body in the kitchen. With the job put on hold and Stella wanting to move forward with the estate sale, she hires Charlotte's Angels a small group of seniors with the knack for solving murder's. Due to working out of the back of Sarah's shop she soon gets sucked into the investigation and learns her proactive role can put her in a deadly situation.

 Once the victim is identified as wine expert Ronan Quinn a series of events is set in motion to uncover a scam involving selling worthless wine to seniors as an investment for future inheritance to their off spring. With the Angel's investigation leading them towards the scam artists and potential murderers they will band together and prove any of those around them that have doubts they can get the job done and as efficiently as anyone half their age.

 I liked the story very much, it brings to light something that is happening all over the place the taking advantage of those in need of direction. It was written very well although I sometimes had trouble figuring out who was who in the beginning of the book (I haven't read this series before) as I read along I got a handle on all the characters. I loved how the shop's employees and Charlotte's Angels and the characters were all connected beyond an employer/employee relationship, they are truly family whether blood is involved or not.

 As for the character's I always love a strong female lead with few a few doubts and the fact that she struggles in the kitchen helped, I know I do and have been teased a great deal for it as well. Loved Elvis, he is purrfect. The author writes wonderful characters, I especially liked Rose and Alfred for being strong willed, Avery for not being the typical teen, and for Mac, Liam and Nick for being what men should be.

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: Scene of the Brine by Mary Ellen Hughes

 Title: Scene of the Brine
 Author: Mary Ellen Hughes
 Series: Book 3 A Pickled and Preserved Mystery
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for review from publisher
 Rating: 4 stars
 Reviewed by: Tina

 I relished the idea of reading the latest book in the A Pickled and Preserved mysteries, Scene of the Brine and it did not leave me with a sour taste in my mouth. Piper owns and runs "Piper's Picklings" a shop where she brine's and pickles fresh fruits and vegetables. Sugar Heywood is a friend of Pipers and a caterer set to cater Realtor and whom just happens to be dating Sugar, Jeremy Porter who with his mother and sister just moved in to the town of Cloverdale's business dinner.

 The dinner does not exactly go off without a hitch when Dirk an accountant and asscociate of Jeremy happens to humiliate Sugar at the dinner. He is not well liked around town and wants to influence everyone around him including Jeremy , his mother and sister and and warning everyone away from Piper's friend Stan who also happens to be a realtor and sold Piper's Picklings to her and Stan turned down Jeremy's buy out offer and derailing of a landscaping prospect for Marguerite who runs a greenhouse in Cloverdale.

 As a party is going on at Piper's Picklings for the installing of a custom made door for Piper's door, sirens are heard and soon the town knows of Dirk's poisoning and murder. There's a laundry list of suspects and soon Caterer Sugar's son,Zack becomes the number one suspect but Piper believes he is innocent and when some one tampers with Pipers "brandied cherries" by adding the poison to one of the jars putting one of her friends life in danger by eating them. With Pipers business now suffering she now can focus on helping the police find a killer before another person dies and and Piper's business hits a sour note.

 I questioned some of the characters true actions like Zack who was not truthful with his mother on certain things, having a teenager I can relate to that and that bothered me it aroused my suspicions if he could really be the killer because of it. Kind of hitting home for me. It's always a joy reading about Piper and her Picklings. Very endearing characters. Piper is a very likable and someone I would like to call friend. The killer turned out to sort of being a surprise but considering this persons attitude throughout the book it was the right choice from writer Mary Ellen Hughes even though it left me wondering why I couldn't really understand it. I eager to read and review the next book in this series.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Audio Book Review: Berried Secrets by Peg Cochran

 Title: Berried Secrets
 Author: Peg Cochran
 Series: Book 1 Cranberry Cove
 Narrator: Romy Nordlinger
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime/Tandor Audio
 Format: Audio CD
 Source: Received from Hoopla Digital/Windsor  Public Library
 Rating:5 stars
 Reviewed by: Tina


 To be honest I waited a little to long to write this review after I listened to the book, which I know I shouldn't do because I have forgotten some of the things I wanted to write in this review but I will do my best.

 I love reading about Cranberry Cove, I've had this book on my TBR list since I first heard about it. I am starting to become a big fan of farm themed cozy mysteries. I think its the feeling they give me, if there's animals, harvesting of fruit and vegetables, reading about the farm life and Monica's recipes is a comfort to me and farm's being in the country it's a refreshing change from a cozy mysteries set in a small town, so that's a comfort to me and Berried Secrets fit that bill

 I liked Monica Albertson, the protagonist right off the bat. She is coming back to Michigan to help out her brother run his cranberry farm and she is starting to feel like she's at home when she's helping out her brother in the cranberry bog she comes across the bloated body of one, Sam Culbert. Sam is a not so good guy or so it seems, He previously helped out Monica's brother,Jeff run the farm after Jeff is deployed overseas but when Monica does the books and discover a discrepancy and finds out someone has been embezzling  money, Jeff is shocked.

 Naturally Jeff becomes the number one suspect in Sam's death. Between the embezzlement, the running of the farm and her as feisty as ever step-mother, Monica has a list of suspects on her radar and needs to find the killer so she can save her brother and the Cranberry farm. I can't wait to read the next book in this series. This was a tasty and brilliant beginning to what I know will be a great series from author Peg Cochran.

 Cranberry cove feels like a home away from home. A fine cast of characters, with a suspenceful plot and Did I mention I liked Monica? It could be because she cooks and Monica's salsa had me wanting to sample a taste, I loved her spunk and her determination to help her brother and his farm. This was a highly enjoyable and entertaining reading from the narrator too, she brought the characters and the story to life.

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: A Turn for the Bad by Sheila Connolly

 Title: A Turn For the Bad
 Author: Sheila Connolly
 Series: Book 4 A County Cork Mystery
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for review from author
 Star Rating: 4.5 out 5
 Reviewed by: Marlene

 Maura Donavan has spent the past seven months learning her way around the small village of Leap and learning how to run the pub she enherited from distant relative, Old Mick and the customs of living in such a small Community in Ireland. She believes she can make a life and a go of it in this small community something she was not used to living in Boston.

 Nevertheless when a dairy farmer goes missing while on a walk with his young son, Maura will find herself wondering if she really knows anything about the community she has been learning about for the past seven months. Soon she will find herself in the middle of some risky business. While John Tully, the dairy farmer that is missing, a another man washes up on the shores of Ireland. Speculation if the bodies are linked start to form all kinds of theories amongst Maura and her small band of friends. With the help of some unlikely strangers Maura launches a plan that may land everyone on the wrong side of the law. Or worse....

 All the while Maura is still trying to find her place between Sean and Mick, how to heat her cottage correctly, helping out a friend in need, learning who to trust beyond her staff of Mick, Jimmy and Rose. She will also find her way into caring as much for someone she never met then she ever has before. But will it all work out in the end and with everyone safe and sound, no one quite knows.

 The story is packed with a lot of drama and although I usually find drama slow this drama keeps you reading, the author did a great job with streaming the balance between the mystery and the everyday what. It certainly shows even though there is a tragedy life goes on and no matter what you need to find a balance. As for the characters, she has written Maura so well. I feel like I know her and have empathy for her past and present situation. Loved the return of Mick and Old Billy. I would love to see a story centered around Old Billy's past.

 Looking forward to the next one....... FTC Disclosure Thank you to the publisher and/or author 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 and review are honest and our own.

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: The Grim Steeper by Amanda Cooper

 Title: The Grim Steeper
 Author: Amanda Cooper
 Series: Book 3 Teapost Collector Mysteries
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for review from publisher
 Star Rating: 5 stars
 Reviewed by: Tina

 The Grim Steeper is definitely my cup of tea. Ameture Sleuth and chef, Sophie Taylor is a strong woman but you don't know how strong until she gets in hot water and willing to fight tooth and nail for the ones she loves. She works helping out her grandmother at Auntie Rose's Victoria Tea house and also with her Godmother, Laverne. The annual Fall Fling Town side Tea Party is the talk of Gracious Grove.

 There's a tea-stroll and everyone including the staff, and professors  of Cruickshank College,a collage where Sophie's friend and love interest, Jason is employed as a English professor walks along the street where there's tea tasting and one of the stops happens to be at Auntie Rose's Victoria Tea house. When there's a grading scandal at the college and Jason is accused of changing all star basketball champ, Mac's grade to a A from a failing grade all is not good and not even a cup of tea could solve his problems when he is suspected of murdering The Dean of the college in cold blood subjected to a poisoning and a stab wound to the neck right on Auntie Rose's Victoria Tea house's doorstep.

 From the Dean's wife to many staff at Cruiskshank college, Sophie uncovers many suspects who could have done the Dean in. Also looking for a possible connection between the grade changer and the murderer, maybe they are one in the same. Sophie, enlists the help from her grandmother who she affectionately  calls "nana" and the friends known as the Silver Spouts, who includes, Thelma Mae Earnshaw who owns the tea house next door who has a love-hate relationship with Rose and who's lovely disposition is as funny as "salted tea".

 Good things happen over tea and a Teapot Collector Mystery and The Grim Steeper made me tea taste just a little bit better. A witty and charming edition to the series. I also would be remiss if I didn't mention Thelma Mae Earnshaw, I love her so much, she makes me laugh with her grumpy attitude and her sunny disposition and there's "nana", Sophie's grandmother with a heart of gold they make this series what it is and always look forward to what scheme Thelma wants to inflict  on Rose. Steeped with charm, lovely tea and murder. A well written plot that had me hooked from the first page. I am in anticipation  for the next book in this engaging series with a excellent cast of characters.

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: For Cheddar or Worse by Avery Aames

 Title: For Cheddar or Worse
 Author: Avery Aames
 Series: Book 7 A Cheese Shop Mystery
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for review from publisher
 Star Rating: 5 stars
 Reviewed by: Tina

I love this series even though I haven't read many books in it...yet. The books I did read I remembered loving so when I found out this was the last one in the series I knew I needed to read it.

There's a cheese festival aka as a brain trust for cheese makers in Providence,Ohio. Charlotte Bessette is very busy at her chesse shop,Fromagerie Bessette  gearing up for it. It will be taking place at Charlotte's friend, Erin's cheese farm that makes award winning cheese.

Included are many guests that have occupations in the cheese world that will be attending but when Lara Berry shows up surprising everyone in the group or so they thought. Lara is a concieted, arrogant cheese expert and she's not shy to let everyone know it especially as she rants and raves at everyone at the brain trust telling them how she really feels.


As a reader, It was no surprise but to Charlotte it is always shocking when when Lara is found dead in her room at Erin's inn on her farm, smothered to death. It seems that everyone at the brain trust has a motive to want Lara dead. Charlotte soon takes it upon herself to find the person that really had it in for Lara after her friend, Erin becomes the number one suspect but could she have done it?. It seems Lara has a history with everyone there and a history filled with betrayal and distrust. Charlotte must find the killer to save her friend, her future and the Cheese festival.

The most delicious A Cheese Shop Mystery ever. An enticing and ooey and gooey plot.  So sorry this will be the last book in the series but very happy there"s books I need to catch up on.  Author Avery Aames must do her home work because the cheeses she mentions are good enough to eat and described beautifully. For Cheddar or Worse is the perfect end to a savory and entertaining mystery series.


Food,romance, mystery what's not to savor? !!!

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Book Review/Book Giveaway: A Familiar Tail By Delia James




 Title: A Familiar Tail
 Author: Delia James
 Series: Book 1 A Witch's Cat Mystery
 Publisher: Obsidian Mystery
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for review from publisher
 Star Rating: 4.5 out 5
 Reviewed by: Marlene

 Annabelle Britton is a young successful Graphic Artist who hasn't found her spot in the world yet. But when she goes to visit her friend, Martine in the town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire she finds more than her spot. She will find out her family's true legacy along with a long standing feud and a chaotic mystery surrounded by one of her grandmother's long lost friend, Dorothy Hawthorne and her exceptional cat, Alistair.

 Anna will soon surround herself with Dorothy's friends a coven of good witches who are seeking the truth but reluctant at the same time. Once Anna meets Dorothy's nephew Frank, who runs the local paper and strikes up a deal to find out the truth about his aunt while staying in the deceased's home. She will find out that she herself comes from a long line of witches and that being able to sense what's happen in a particular place is part of her witch heritage.

 Once on her path for truth she finds herself in the middle of old and new family affairs tangled amongst the town folk of this small community. Not knowing which way to turn and only relying on Aalstair for guidance she finds herself in grave dangers. She must choose sides before they are chosen for her.

 I loved the story, it was fast pace and kept me reading wondering what Anna was going to do next or what she was thinking. It was very well written and it kept me in the dark about who done it. I like when a book keeps me guessing or if I can't guess at all. Ms. James writes great characters, even minor ones. Loved Anna, Martine, Julia and of course we can't forget Alastair (he was a character himself).

I liked she wrote an independent female that was head strong on what she was doing and set out to do. Meaning Anna didn't eventually fall into the damsel in distress where a man comes and helps saves the day. Actually it was a group of women that helped save the day. Looking forward to the next one in the series.

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: Town in a Cinnamon Toast by B.B. Haywood

 Title: Town in A Cinnamon Toast
 Author: B.B. Haywood
 Series: Book 7 A Candy Holliday Mystery
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
  Format: Paperback
 Source: Received For Review From Publisher
 Rating: 3 stars
 Reviewed by: Tina

 It's the social event of the season in the Village of Cape Willington. Wedding bells are ringing for a local, Maggie Tremont and baker, Herr Georg Wolfsburger. It's the pre-wedding party and Maggie and Georg's loved ones all gather together to celebrate. But there's someone missing from the party--the best man. Growing concerned, Maggie's maid of Honor, Candy and local farmer at her father, Doc's blueberry farm volunteer to try to find the best man, Julius.

 She finds him in the archive rooms at the local Lighthouse and Museum. But what was he researching? Julian is a historian researching the history of the founding families of Cape Willington but all is not good when Candy walks into the room to find him hit over the head with a bottle of champangue, specially orders by the groom for his wedding and he's dead.

 Candy is famous for solving murders in Cape Willington and this murder is no different. Candy soon diserns a game of greed and trickery and land deeds become the object of someones desire. Finding a murderer is the most important thing to Candy so her friends could have the wedding they dreamed of and their town can be safe once again.

This story was kind of lacking and very slow paced, The plot for me was not very interesting, what I didn't really find interesting was the town's history even though it was essential to the story, I just found it so-so. I did love discovering the hidden secrets and it was fun to read of Candy's adventures within the town to find the killer.

 I think I was hoping for more about life on the farm because I love cozies that gear more toward the theme and the murder. Although there were captivating characters and a picturesque setting that is true to the cozy mystery that I enjoyed. I couldn't really relate to Candy that much and found her to be a little bland and that is a very important thing to me if I were to continue reading a series.

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Audio Book Review: The Marsh Madness by Victoria Abbott

Title: The Marsh Madness
 Author: Victoria Abbott
Narrator: Carla Mercer-Meyer
 Series: Book 4 A Book Collector Mystery
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Mystery/Tantor Audio
 Format: Audio CD
 Source: Received from Hoopla Digital/Windsor Public Library
 Rating: 5 Stars
 Reviewed by: Tina

 Imagine your getting on a roller coaster, your buckled in the seat. Your heart is pounding with anticipation, your palms are sweaty as you grip on to the handles. Your head starts to w when the roller coaster starts up. You feel suspense building, then your off. Twists and turns and suddenly your upside down. And suddenly your afraid. Then slowly you come down again and everything is calm and your happy and excited and want to do it all over again. That's how listening to The March Madness by Victoria Abbott made me feel.

 Jordan Bingham works for aging spinster, Vera Van Alst. She researches where to find the rarest first editions of mystery novels from some of the greatest mystery writers. Jordan enjoys her life and her job. She lives in a cozy attic in Vera's house and has delicious Italian meals cooked for her by the Italian Singnora. Vera, Jordan and Jordan's uncle, Kev who is no stranger to the wrong side of the law are invited to Chadwick Kauffman's home, Summerlea his estate, a home that Jordan just loves. Chadwick is the heir to the Kauffman fortune.

 Chadwick wants to sell off his deceased stepfathers, Ngaio March first editions and Vera is the first person he called. So they head to Summerlea and are treated to a delicious lunch from the wait staff and Vera purchases the Marsh first editions with not to much fan fare. The very next day, shock fills the Van Elst household when they learn that Chadwick has fallen down the grand staircase at Summerlea.
But soon is  proven that Chadwick and everyone at the lunch at Summerlea is not who they said they were and just as suddenly, Vera, Jordan and uncle Kev are the number one suspects in Chadwick's murder. Jordan is determined to prove they are innocent and find out who could want to frame them.

 Suspenseful, fast-paced, on the edge of your seat. Like being on a roller coaster of thrills. These are my most favorite characters in any cozy mystery series. I even love Vera because "all she cares for are the books". a lot like me if I do say so. The narration by Carla Mercer-Mayer was very entertaining and fun to listen to as she impersonated each character making them come to life in my mind like the action was being played out right in front of me.

 Victoria Abbott make a incredible mother-daughter writing team. The plot and the writing were amazing and finding out who the murderer was left me dumbfounded and for me highly not expected but not surprising. I can't wait for the next one. If I could give this book more that five stars, the stars would be endless.

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: Off the Books by Lucy Arlington

 Title: Off the Books
 Author: Lucy Arlington
 Series: Book 5 A Novel Idea Mysteries
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for Review from Publisher
 Rating: Five Stars
 Reviewed by: Tina

 Literary agent, Lila Wilkins needs some inspiration where she resides in her home of Inspiration Valley, North Carolina. She works at her dream job at The Novel Idea Literary Agency where she represents mystery authors. Novel Idea is featuring some of their best authors at a bridal expo and Lila is so excited hoping for ideas for her own upcoming nuptials with police detective, Sean.

 Wedded bliss is in the air, with women clamoring to get the authors autographs, hear them reading from their books and get in a crazy line up to get a physic reading from Lila's mama and bridal fashion show  also checking out the various wedding theme vendors along the way. But will the wedded bliss turn into wedding jitters for Lila along with these women's dreams of a perfect wedding when Lila finds a dead Mr.Fix it covered in wedding cake frosting in the kitchen of the Arts Centre.

 Soon the truth about the dead Mr. Fix it comes out and it's not as beautiful as  brides walking down the isle when Lila discovers a connection between one of her authors Lynn and him, and more of Novel Idea's authors become tangled up and suspects in the murder. Lila's business driven and over confident boss, Bentley along with the rest of the Novel Idea Literary Agency decide to put their thinking caps on to brainstorm who the real killer could be, it's either that or one of there owns dreams of being a published writer could come to an end.

 I always have to mention when a series is my favorite and this is surely one of them. I love author Lucy Arlington's imagination and endearing characters like her son,Trey and her ecentric physic medium mama. They along with Lila and the rest of the Novel Idea agents and even her boss, Bentley make it a worth while read with every new addition to the series and Off the books didn't disappoint.

Along with a great mystery it touched on a difficult and sensitive issue for women all over the world. Making it even hard for me to hate this killer. Off the books will leave you with a few tears sheded and truly a part of The Novel Idea Literary Agency family. A enjoyable mystery, with a scooter riding, determined mom, daughter, literary agent and ameture sleuth. A perfect read for book lovers.

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: No Cats Allowed by Miranda James

 Title: No Cats Allowed
 Author: Miranda James
 Series: Book 7 A Cat in the Stacks Mystery
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
 Format: Hardcover
 Source: Received for review from Publisher
 Rating: Five Stars
 Reviewed by: Tina





 Some students say that Charlie Harris is a eccentric man because he walks his pet cat, a large Maine Coon, Diesel on a leash and brings him to work. Charlie is a librarian that catalogues rare books and maintains the archives at Athena College in Mississippi. When a new library director is brought in after the previous director's sudden departure, Oscar Reilly, he is not met with the warmest welcome.

 Oscar soon starts throwing his weight around and targets Charlie and wanting to cut costs in the rare books and archives and Reilly files a complaint he is allergic to Diesel and he is no longer able to bring him to to work. Reilly also sets his sights on Charlie's friend Melba who works in the office with Charlie. The whole office starts feeling Oscar Rielly's wrath. When he is discovered in the library dead under a book shelf. Charlie's friend and co-worker, Melba becomes the main suspect in his death.

Charlie knows that Melba couldn't have possibly killed the man no matter how much he was hated. Possibly all the staff and students of Athena College could have had a motive for killing him and suspicious things start happening around campus but when a mysterious stanger is seen by Melba outside the college, things start getting more suspicious and Charlie is determined to find the killer so the police can throw the book at him.

This is one of my favorite series that I am always anxious to read. I love heading back to this southern town in Mississippi to visit Charlie and Diesel to see what murder mystery they will get themselves caught up in next. No Cats Allowed is a comfort and cozy read with a hateful murder victum that no one missed, including me. Diesel will tug on your heart strings and the characters have no shortage of southern charm.

 Libraries, books and a big, lovable cat is just purrfect perfection. Author Miranda James weaves out an excellent plot that leaves you hooked until the end. I can't wait to read and review the next in the series.

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