Friday, March 31, 2017

Book Review/Giveaway: Pekoe Most Poison by Laura Childs

Title: Pekoe Most Poison
 Series: Book 18 A Tea Shop Mysteries
 Author: Laura Childs
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
 Format: HardCover
 Source: Received for review from Publisher
 Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
 Reviewed by: Tina

Synopsis from Goodreads.com

When Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is invited by Doreen Briggs, one of Charleston's most prominent hostesses, to a -Rat Tea, - she is understandably intrigued. As servers dressed in rodent costumes and wearing white gloves offer elegant finger sandwiches and fine teas, Theo learns these parties date back to early twentieth-century Charleston, where the cream of society would sponsor so-called rat to promote city rodent control and better public health. 
But this party goes from odd to chaotic when a fire starts at one of the tables and Doreen's entrepreneur husband suddenly goes into convulsions and drops dead. Has his favorite orange pekoe tea been poisoned? Theo smells a rat. 
The distraught Doreen soon engages Theo to pursue a discreet inquiry into who might have murdered her husband. As Theo and her tea sommelier review the guest list for suspects, they soon find themselves drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse... 
INCLUDES RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS



Tina's Review

The history of  the "rat tea" was fasinating but left me a little squimish as the servers at the tea that Theodosia and Drayton attended were dressed as rats. I was not fond of the way Theodosia was protrayed in the beginning of the book with her perfectly waxed eye brows, it made her seem like a unrelatable character.

She redeems herself quite nicely along with the employees of the Indigo Tea Shop, Drayton, the tea sommenier  and Hailey the chef and when she teams up with Drayton to solve the murder of Beau Briggs.

Revenge, intrigue along with a unique method of the murder. Charleston's high society characters that you come to expect from Laura Child's Tea Shop Mysteries and the tea time and delicious tea time fare. 




                                                                     
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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Review/Giveaway: Gone with the Twins by Kylie Logan

 Title: Gone with the Twins
 Series: Book 5 League of Literary Ladies
 Author: Kylie Logan
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for review from Publisher
 Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
 Reviewed by: Marlene


Synopsis From Goodreads.com




The League of Literary Ladies is currently enjoying Margaret Mitchell's saga of the South, Gone with the Wind. But there's one situation on South Bass Island that they wish would simply blow over. Kidnapped as teenagers, the children of a famous movie star are now media darlings after a miraculous escape. What's next for the celebrity twins? They're opening an over-the-top B and B called Tara on South Bass Island, and frankly, they don't give a damn about the competition--including Bea Cartwright's own beloved inn. The other members of the League--Chandra, Kate, and Luella--are turning scarlet. But when local realtor Vivian Frisk is found murdered, and the suspects include Chandra, who lost her beau to the frisky Vivian, the Ladies rally to her defense. They may have to skim a few chapters of the Civil War soap opera and focus on bringing justice to the island they call home...


Marlene's Review


The story certainly was engaging, the description of the island and architecture of the buildings are wonderful. I love how the author has a group of strong willed women interweaving themselves throughout the book and supporting the main character Bea. It was delightful read about fame, murder, deceit and perserverance.

 As for the characters they are certainly entertaining. Bea with her secrets and her imagination. Chandra, I call her the wold one, she certainly was a good supporting lead in this chapter of the series.

 She fueled Bea's desire to solve the murder even with her opposing behavior. Kate and Luella are great foundation roles for bea's friendship. I love the doddling sherriff as well. And there is Levi, the rocky love interest. What can I say he sounds perfect on paper.


Giveaway


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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Book Spotlight: Cold Pressed Murder by Kelly Lane

Title: Cold Pressed Murder
Author: Kelly Lane
Series: Book 2 An Olive Grove Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime


This is a March new Release



Synopsis From Goodreads


Eva Knox and her quirky Southern family are back in the second in the “intriguing”* culinary mystery series.

 It’s the pits for the attendees of the annual Farm Family Fare in Abundance, Georgia, when olive oil farmer Eva Knox finds herself in the middle of a murder case... Eva and the residents of Knox Plantation are oozing with excitement over the activities planned for the Farm Family Fare.

The weekend event consists of two days of tours, exhibitions, music, tastings, and, most importantly, cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs from the Chow Network. The enthusiasm, however, begins to dribble away after one of the star chefs goes missing—and is later found dead in the back of a refrigerated truck.

 The scandal gets messier after the police discover that Eva’s sister Daphne spent the night with the victim right before he died, making her the prime suspect for his murder. It’s up to Eva, with the help of her other sister, Pep, and her best friend, Precious, to track down the real killer before Daphne finds herself squeezed into handcuffs...

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Write a Book, Rewrite your life Writing Contest

Hello to all my followers,


This is my entry for the Write A Book,Rewrite your life contest and I win $100, Could you please click the link, read my letter to my future writer self and like below my entry, the most likes I win Thank you all.

 I know I can count on all my followers and the great thing all you writers out there can enter too until April 4.

https://womenwellnessretreats.com/news/2017/3/22/contest-entry-tina-diamond-dear-future-mystery-author


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Blog and Writing Update

I'm wanting to finish my book for Nanowrimo which is fast approaching. There will be less review/giveaways (we are still having a few) and more spotlights and guest posts and Writing Wednesdays featuring my journey with Nanowrimo for April.

 Right now, finishing my first in a series mystery is first on my priority list since my end goal is to self-publish and you, my followers can purchase and leave a great review on amazon (Just kidding) Please be as honest as you can if you do purchase and I will be giving away free copies for honest review's also. (More about that when the time comes)

 Thank you for understanding.

 If your a writer, comment below if you are participating in Camp Nanowrimo (you can pick your own word goal and there's other options also). Here's a link to the website to Check it out and sign up

https://campnanowrimo.org/sign_in

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Book Review/Giveaway: Silence of the Flans by Laura Bradford

 Title: Silence of the Flans
 Series:  Book 2 An Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery
 Author: Laura Bradford
 Publisher: Berkley
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for review from Publisher
 Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
 Reviewed by: Tina



Synopsis from Goodreads.com




The second delectable Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery from the national bestselling author of Eclair and Present Danger. Baker Winnie Johnson does her best work when the heat is on. As owner of the Emergency Dessert Squad, she has a deft touch in the kitchen and a soft spot for lost causes. So when her business professor beau, Jay Morgan, expresses misgivings over having to fail one of his fourth-year students, Winnie cooks up a sweet solution. She'll offer an extra credit opportunity in exchange for a little help with her growing business. But when her protege's first dessert delivery poisons a student journalist, the publicity threatens to burn Winnie's business to a crisp. Now the entrepreneur-turned-detective must uncover the ingredients behind a recipe for murder before she crumbles under pressure... RECIPES INCLUDED


My Review

Silence of The Flans has a unique premise any foodie with a insashable sweet tooh won't be able to put down. The dessert ambulance and Winnie, the ameture  sleuth "rescuing" customers with life's problems with delicious desserts she bakes.

There's Winnie's charming elderly friends besides some insufferable characters. A precious love/hate relationship with her cat,Lovey who likes to tag along on Dessert Squad Deliveries. It was a interesting and heartwarming plot and a sweet romance or should I say romances

The Dessert names with the puns were fun and Winnie baking were my favorite parts of the story. Winnie proved to be a very determined character and what I love about most was her fighting for her dream and it came with a very flavourfull and delicious ending.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Book Review/Giveaway: Purr M for Murder by T.C. LoTempio

. Title: Purr M For Murder
 Author: T.C. LoTempio
 Publisher: Crooked Lane
 Format: ebook
 Source: Received for review from  Netgalley
 Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
 Reviewed by: Tina

Synopsis From Goodreads.Com

Sydney McCall left behind an ex-fiancé and a New York advertising job to return home to Deer Park, North Carolina and help her sister, Kat, run the local animal shelter, Friendly Paws. Determined to save the shelter from financial trouble, Sydney and Kat organize a cat café fundraising event at a local coffee shop. Things are looking up until their landlord, Trowbridge Littleton, threatens to shut down the event. When Sydney drops by his art gallery to make peace, she finds Kat--along with Littleton's dead body.

Local homicide detective Will Worthington--who just happens to be Sydney's old high school crush--is highly suspicious of the sisters' involvement. Desperate to clear their names from the suspect list, Sydney pounces on the investigation. With the help of one of the shelter cats, a savvy orange tabby named Toby, Sydney begins poking her nose into other local businesses whose owners may have benefited from Littleton's death--until the killer notices she's pawing a little too closely at the truth.



Tina's Review


Purr M for Murder was heartwarming, suspenseful and the best part was the cats. I would have loved to have rescued them all myself.
The most heartwarming for me was a orange tabby named  Toby, a rescue cat searching for the perfect human to make his
Life complete, How he basically shunned everyone that tried to get close to him to adopt him until he met Sydney who along with her sister Kat, runs the animal shelter and they together catch a killer of their landlord who wants to put the shelter down for good.


Sisters, friends a hunky detective from Sydney’s Past  and Toby and the shelter made this a real enjoyable read. Very likable characters and would love to have been friends with Sydney and Kat and to be a character working in the shelter along with them and it was actually how this story made me feel like I was right there along with them, a part of the mystery, that’s the best thing about reading a cozy mystery . I could tell that the author T.C. LoTempio really loves cats but you don’t have to be a cat person to enjoy this mystery. Purr M for Murder really had me questioning who the killer was. I mystery I couldn’t put down.

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