Sunday, May 28, 2017

Book Review/Giveaway: Ghostal Living by Kathleen Bridge

Title: Ghostal Living
 Series: Book 3 Hamptons Home and Garden Mysteries
 Author: Kathleen Bridge
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
 Format: paperback
 Source: Received for review from Publisher
 Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
 Reviewed by Marlene



The first Sag Harbor Antiquarian Book and Ephemera Fair is right around the corner, and interior designer Meg Barrett has her hands full decorating rooms at the Bibliophile Bed & Breakfast for wealthy rare book collector Franklin Hollingsworth.
 Rumor has it Hollingsworth is in possession of an unpublished manuscript written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. When the Fitzgerald manuscript's authenticator is found dead at the bottom of a cliff, Meg suspects a killer is on the loose. 
Rare books start disappearing from the B & B and Meg sees a connection between the stolen books and the deceased authenticator. With the fair looming, she finds herself caught up in catching a killer and thief before another victim is booked for death.
 

My Review

 I found this chapter in Meg's life quite chaotic but then again that lends itsself to reality doesn't it. There was a good balance between her personal drama and the drama of the setting and characters she was surrounded by. I found by including som many characters, some shady and some not so shady, it lended a hand to covering who the real perpetrator was.

Meg as always fascinates me, she is a courageous person that doesn't let her fears or deafness define her (well to much). I am interested to see how she grows in future stories.

The only thing I missed out of the book is I wish there was more about the history of the Hollingsworth family, there is quite a bit but it didn't quite quench my appetite.

Still looking forward to Meg's next story.
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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Book Review: The Art of Murder by Elaine Viets

Title: The Art of Murder
 Series:Book 15 A Dead-End Job Mystery
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
  Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for review from Publisher 
 Rating: 5 out of 5
 Reviewed by: Tina
  

The art world is a happening place--but a brush with death shouldn't be in the picture. Unfortunately, that's just what happens to Helen Hawthorne and her friend Margery. While touring gorgeous Bonnet House, a mansion turned museum, they note an up-and-coming artist in a painting class.

 When they later see her deadly end, Helen is hired to canvas the crime scene--undercover, of course. Sketchy suspects lurk in the victim's past. Was the promising painter killed by her jealous husband? Her best friend? A rival using her artful wiles? With her husband, Phil, busy setting a trap for a gold thief, it's up to Helen to paint this killer into a corner...

My Review

Author Elaine Viets penned a mystery that came alive in my mind. I'm a big fan of art. The history and aptsmophere for the historic Bonnet House with the art class with a possible killer lurking was very inspiring. Helen, Margery and Phil were very likeable and hilarous characters.

The thrills and suspense had me not wanting to put this book down. The Art of Murder was very fast paced with a most gruesome murder.This is a new favorite cozy mystery for me and the best I have read this year so far.

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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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