Saturday, May 20, 2017

Book Review/Giveaway: Killer Characters by Ellery Adams

 Title: Killer Characters
 Series:Book 8 Books by the Bay Mystery
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for review from Publisher
 Rating: 5 out of 5
 Reviewed by: Tina

 Synopsis from https://www.goodreads.com/

Restaurant owner and aspiring novelist Olivia Limoges is happily enjoying her new marriage. Sadly, the same doesn’t hold true for Laurel, a fellow Bayside Book Writer. While struggling with a demanding job, twin boys, and a terminally ill mother-in-law, Laurel learns that her perfect marriage is mostly fictional.

 When she catches her husband fooling around with his mother’s hospice nurse, she issues impassioned threats that will later come back to haunt her. After the nurse meets a deadly denouement, Chief Rawlings is forced to take Laurel into custody.

 While Olivia protests the arrest, the rest of the Bayside Book Writers become a group divided, with Rawlings and Harris on one side and Olivia and Millay on the other. Now the women must race against the clock to prove that Laurel’s not the sort for murder before her story ends in tragedy…


My Review

Killer Characters had me hooked from the first chapter. Ellery pens relatable, real-life characters that make you care. The plot was outstanding and filled with drama for this last book in this series. 

This was the first book I read in the series and it being the last I don't regret reading it. It was heart felt and suspenseful. Get some tissues handy you will need them.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

A Q and A with author Peg Cochran (Author of Dead and Berried)

A Cozy Girl Reads is celebrating the new May release of Dead and Berried, Book 3 in the Cranberry Cove Mysteries From Berkley Prime Crime. The book is defineately on my TBR list. Be sure to click our amazon link below to purchase.

 Where do you get your ideas?
 The truth is, I don’t know! I start with the smallest grain of an idea and it snowballs from there and by the time I start writing the book, I’ve forgotten what part of it was the original spark for the story. I do remember the spark for the Cranberry Cove series though—I had this sudden vision of a body floating up in a flooded cranberry bog and it took off from there.

 Do you have any writing rituals?
 Short answer: no. I don’t have to light a special candle or play special music. As a matter of fact, I prefer no music at all. I have a full-time day job and need to use whatever spare time I can scrounge up to meet my deadlines so I’ve learned to write whenever/wherever!

 What kind of research did you do for your Cranberry Cove series?
 There is a cranberry farm in South Haven, Michigan, about an hour from us. I was able to watch a harvest. It was a beautiful day and the blue sky combined with the brilliant red of the cranberries made a gorgeous picture. The owner was very helpful in answering my questions except for one. He had no idea what to say when I asked him what they’d do if a body floated up when they flooded the bog!

 Regular books or ebooks?
 Both. I prefer to read non-fiction in book format because I often skip around and don’t read chapters in order. And if it’s a book on writing, I might want to reread bits or underline them. Fiction I read almost exclusively on my Kindle because it’s easier for me to see—I can make the type bigger and my case has a built-in book light. Of course I could put a brighter bulb in the lamp by the sofa where I like to sit (okay, lie down) and read! That would probably help a lot.

 What are you reading right now?
 I’m about one third of the way through Behind Her Eyes (and will probably be finished by the time you read this) and I just finished The Girl Before. And before that it was a woman’s fiction book Silver Girl.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Book Review/Giveaway: Death in Dark Blue by Julia Buckley

Title: Death in Dark Blue
 Series:Book 2 A Writers Apprentice Mystery
  Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
 Format: Paperback
Source: Received for review from Publisher
 Rating: 3 out of 5
 Reviewed by: Tina



 Synopsis from https://www.goodreads.com/


In the quaint town of Blue Lake, Indiana, Lena London is settling into her dream job, but someone is making her life a nightmare… Things are beginning to go right for Lena. She’s got a new job assisting suspense novelist and friend, Camilla Graham. She lives rent-free in Camilla’s beautiful, Gothic house.

 She even has a handsome new boyfriend, Sam West. After being under attack by the media and his neighbors, Sam has recently been cleared of suspicion for murder. Journalists and townsfolk alike are remorseful, and one blogger would even like to apologize to him in person. But when she’s found dead behind Sam’s house, Lena must dodge paparazzi as she unravels the many mysteries that threaten to darken the skies of her little town and her newfound love with Sam.


My Review

Death in Dark Blue was filled heartfelt romance and love. Lena's love of writing shines through when recieving Advanced Reader Copies of her' and Camilla's first book the Salsburg Train but   the writing theme was written as an afterthought to me unlike the first book in the series which I missed.

 Author Julia Buckley captured Crime, intrigue and suspense with every page. The plot was slow-moving but steady and the plot twist at the end of this story has me wanting to read the next book in the series.  

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