Friday, November 17, 2017

That Olde White Magick by Sharon Pape - #review #giveaway


It’s time to work her crime-solving magic again . . .

Kailyn Wilde enjoys running her shop, Abracadabra, in the quaint New York hamlet of New Camel, where she lives with her six cats. Her family’s been here for centuries, and she’d like to keep up the tradition. But the place may never be the same if a big hotel gets built, so she does her civic duty and attends a town meeting along with her aunt Tilly . . . and Merlin. Yes, that Merlin—though he gets introduced to folks as her “distant English cousin.” The wizard is pretty grumpy about being transported here, but there are things about the modern world he doesn’t mind—like pizza.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Murder by the Barrel by Lesley Cookman - #review #giveaway


A new title in the popular cosy crime series by bestselling author Lesley Cookman

When the sleepy village of Steeple Martin announces its first beer festival, the locals are excited. Beer, sun and music, what could possibly go wrong?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

My 2018 Monthly Keyword Reading Challenge Sign-Up


The popular Monthly Keyword Reading Challenge has a new host this year..., Bev at My Reader's Block!  Click on the banner for the sign-up details on her blog.  She also hosts a number of other reading challenges, so be sure to check them out!

Below is a chart of the possible keywords for the month.  Sorry, I tried to make it bigger, but it wasn't happening for me...the letters got so blurry it was practically unreadable.  So maybe it will have one of those 'click the image to make it larger' abilities when it posts or you can go to the challenge HQ to see a better copy:


January - A White Hell by Remington Kane  (WHITE)
February - Sweets and a Stabbing (Pink Cupcake Mysteries #1) by Harper Lin  (PINK)
March - Limelight (Penny Green #1) by Emily Organ (GREEN)
April - When the Smoke Clears by Lynette Eason (CLEAR)
May - Fortune's Flower by Anthea Lawson (FLOWER)
June - The Solemn Bell by Allyson Jeleyne (BELL)
July - Ice Blue (Lord & Lady Hethridge #1) by Emma Jameson (BLUE)
August - Yellow Ribbon (Dev Haskell #11) by Mike Faricy (YELLOW)
September - There's Always a Catch (Christmas Key #1) by Stephanie Taylor (ALWAYS)
October - When Danger Calls (Blackthorne Inc #1) by Terry O'Dell (BLACK)
November - Brownies and Betrayal (Sweet Bites #1) by Heather Justesen (BROWN)
December - The Red Door Inn (PEI #1) by Liz Johnson (RED)

Note:  Historically I have an abysmal record at reading challenges.  Not with the reading, I get plenty of that, but with the record-keeping end of things.  But hope springs eternal (someone said), so I'm trying again this year and tweaking things a little by choosing my books first (where possible).

As I finish and review the books, the Goodreads links above will switch to a link for the review.

Oh, and if you have any tips for keeping up with the dotting the i's and crossing the t's on these challenges, please leave a tip below! 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Death at the Emerald by R. J. Koreto - #review #giveaway


One-named stunning actress Helen mysteriously vanished 30 years ago. An elderly family friend is unable to bear not knowing any longer and commissions Lady Frances Ffolkes to track her down. Taking on the role of Lady Sherlock, with her loyal maid Mallow drafted as her Watson, Frances finds herself immersed in the glamorous world of Edwardian theater and London’s latest craze—motion pictures.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

A Fatal Collection by Mary Ellen Hughes - #review


Callie Reed makes a long overdue visit to her aunt Melodie, who lives in a fairy-tale cottage in quaint Keepsake Cove, home to a bevy of unique collectible shops on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Just as they’re beginning to reconnect, Callie discovers her aunt’s body on the floor of her music box shop. Grief-stricken, Callie finds she can’t accept Melodie’s death being called accidental. How could her strong and healthy aunt take such a fatal fall? And why was she there in the middle of the night?

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Tarkington Treasure by Evelyn Cullett - #review #giveaway


“In the world of logic, it’s always our assumptions that lead us astray.”

A spooky old house, rumors of a hidden Civil War treasure, a neighbor’s murder, and an ex-fiancé falling unconscious at her feet—Charlotte Ross has her hands full when she’s invited to stay at her friend, Jane Marshall’s home while her apartment is being renovated.

Jane and her new fiancé have sold everything to move to the large estate she’d just inherited near the small town in Illinois, where she grew up. She’s always loved the house, but the cost of living in, and fixing up, a deteriorating old mansion is more than both their incomes combined. If she can’t come up with the money for the next property tax payment, she’ll be forced to give it up.

Charlotte is intent on winning back her ex, but her efforts are stymied when he’s suspected of murder.

The two couples soon discover the rambling old house holds more than one secret when they join forces to find the real killer—and the elusive, Tarkington treasure.


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MY REVIEW

Forget the Civil War-era valuables, this book is a treasure all on its own!  It's like I had a little reading angel on one shoulder and a little reading devil on the other.  The angel said, "You should get some rest."  The devil countered, "NOT until you are done.  Now get cracking!"

We've all had those 'just one more chapter' kinds of books.  The Tarkington Treasure by Evelyn Cullet pulled me in with the first word and would not let go.  And I certainly didn't want it to!

Charlotte's apartment is being renovated and her friend Jane (who happens to be engaged to Charlotte's cousin) invites her to stay with them while the construction is taking place.  Kenny (the fiance) doesn't seem to be there when Jane and Charlotte arrive.  Then Jane gets a last-minute call to meet her lawyer.   Hmmm....curious.  Both known residents not there.  Oh well, Jane tells Charlotte to go on in and they'll meet up with her later.

But Charlotte is not alone in the house.  Not only is the place reputed to be haunted by the recently-deceased former owner, but Charlotte had some flesh-and-blood company that didn't want any company for their own nefarious purposes.

Well, the house has a rumored treasure from the time of the Civil War.  And you know how people get when there is treasure about.  (How many treasure hunter reality shows are there now? *lol*)

And the love story casserole is a great extra.  Let me explain.  Charlotte used to be engaged to Brett, but they had a bad break-up.  Jane is Kenny's fiance.  Kenny is Charlotte's cousin.  Jane used to be involved with the sheriff (Todd) conducting the investigation.  Brett, former FBI, has become a PI, and has been hired to find the man who becomes the murder victim.  His former FBI partner has become his business and would like to take their merger to the next level, and she shows up.  Jane invites Todd to supper to try and fix him up with Charlotte.  When Todd arrives, he brings a 'date' (actually a woman he rescued from a flash flood).

All these relationships could end up getting very messy or 'soap-operish'.  But the author, Evelyn Cullet makes it work, and work well.  Parts of me wish I would have read the previous installment(s) to better understand the backstory between Charlotte and Brett, but the book read very well nonetheless.  In any case, I will be reading the previous Charlotte Ross Mysteries (Love, Lies and Murder, Masterpiece of Murder and Once Upon a Crime) to be followed by re-reading of this book anyway, so it's all good. 

Definitely add this one to your TBR's!

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MEET THE AUTHOR



Evelyn Cullet has been an author since high school when she wrote short stories. She began her first novel while attending college later in life and while working in the offices of a major soft drink company. Now, with early retirement, she can finally write full time. As a life-long mystery buff, she was a former member of the Agatha Christie Society, and is a current member of the National Chapter of Sisters In Crime. She writes cozy mysteries with warm romance and a little humor. When she’s not writing mysteries, reading them or reviewing them, she hosts other authors and their work on her writer’s blog. She also plays the piano, is an amateur lapidary, and an organic gardener.

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Deadly Eclair by Daryl Wood Gerber - #review #recipe #giveaways


It’s always been Mimi Rousseau’s dream to open her own bistro, but it seems beyond her grasp since she’s been chased back home to Nouvelle Vie in Napa Valley by her late husband’s tremendous debt. Until her best friend Jorianne James introduces her to entrepreneur Bryan Baker who invests in promising prospects. Now, working the bistro and inn until she’s able to pay it off and call it her own, Mimi is throwing the inn’s first wedding ever.

Monday, November 6, 2017

King Harald's Snow Job by Richard Audry - #review #giveaway


It’s early December and Andy Skyberg is itching to blow town for a weekend of holiday cheer with old friends—including a date with an attractive divorcée who thinks he’s hot.

But first, Aunt Bev needs a teensy bit of help. She’s managing the Girls’ Weekend Out event at the Beaver Tail Resort and could use some extra muscle. Andy figures he can spare a few hours before hitting the road.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Seashells, Spells & Caramels by Erin Johnson - #review


Imogen’s spent her twenties in Seattle, saving every penny and missing every party, to follow her dream of opening her own bakery.

When that dream goes up in flames, she accepts a spot in a mysterious baking contest—one she doesn’t remember entering. She travels to a bustling, medieval village off the coast of France and discovers an enchanting world of magic and mystery, and learns that she, too, possesses powers.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

A Sea of Sorrow: A Novel of Odysseus - #review #giveaway


Odysseus, infamous trickster of Troy, vaunted hero of the Greeks, left behind a wake of chaos and despair during his decade long journey home to Ithaca. Lovers and enemies, witches and monsters–no one who tangled with Odysseus emerged unscathed. Some prayed for his return, others, for his destruction. These are their stories…

Monday, October 30, 2017

Sleuthing Women II (Anthology) - #review #giveaway


Sleuthing Women II: 10 Mystery Novellas is a collection of ten mysteries featuring murder and assorted mayhem by ten critically acclaimed, award-winning, and bestselling authors. Each novella is a tie-in to an established multi-book series—a total of over 800 pages of reading pleasure for lovers of amateur sleuth, caper, cozy, and female P.I. mysteries.

Murder Over Mochas by Caroline Fardig - #review


A blast from the past gets Nashville PI and coffeehouse manager Juliet Langley in hot water in this explosive mystery from the USA Today bestselling author of Death Before Decaf.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Murderer's Maid by Erika Mailman - #review #giveaway


Bram Stoker Award finalist Erika Mailman brings the true story of the brutal murder of Lizzie Borden’s father and stepmother into new focus by adding a riveting contemporary narrative.

The Murderer’s Maid interweaves the stories of two women: one, the servant of infamous Lizzie Borden, and the other a modern-day barista fleeing from an attempt on her life.

Monday, October 23, 2017

In It For the Money by David Burnsworth - #review #giveaway


Lowcountry Private Investigator Blu Carraway needs a new client. He’s broke and the tax man is coming for his little slice of paradise. But not everyone appreciates his skills. Some call him a loose cannon. Others say he’s a liability. All the ex-Desert Storm Ranger knows is his phone hasn’t rung in quite a while. Of course, that could be because it was cut off due to delinquent payments.

Best Laid Plants by Marty Wingate - #review #giveaway


A trip to the English countryside turns into a brush with death for Pru Parke, the only gardener whose holiday wouldn’t be complete without a murder to solve.

Room for Doubt by Nancy Cole Silverman - #review #giveaway


When radio reporter Carol Childs is called to a crime scene in the Hollywood Hills at five thirty in the morning, she’s convinced it must be a publicity stunt to promote a new movie. That is, until she sees the body hanging from the center of the Hollywood sign. The police are quick to rule it a suicide, but something doesn’t add up for Carol. Particularly after a mysterious caller named Mustang Sally confesses to the murder on the air and threatens to kill again.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Death Overdue by Allison Brooke - #review #giveaway


Carrie Singleton is just about done with Clover Ridge, Connecticut until she’s offered a job as the head of programs and events at the spooky local library, complete with its own librarian ghost. Her first major event is a program presented by a retired homicide detective, Al Buckley, who claims he knows who murdered Laura Foster, a much-loved part-time library aide who was bludgeoned to death fifteen years earlier. As he invites members of the audience to share stories about Laura, he suddenly keels over and dies.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Trail of Defects by Sara Caudell - #review


This modern day mystery contains unpredictable elements, reminiscent of earlier days in the Wild West. Crime waves in a small town can be confusing but it is especially daunting for Sheriff Hobson. It is unclear which side of the law his townspeople are on. Starting with an armed robbery of Kelly’s Lounge, elder abuse, and a runaway child, strange happenings pileup.


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MY REVIEW

Wow, trail is right!  It's all going on in Cold Springs.  There's an armed robbery in the first five minutes (on the first page).  Who says nothing every happens in small towns, eh?

And other things happen here that people associate more with the 'big city'.  Elder abuse, to name one, and a runaway, for another.  Such are the social issues facing the citizens of this small mountain community.  Now, I'm sure they're used to young people leaving town to find excitement or better opportunities, but having a runaway is not the norm.  And seniors are neglected far too often in big cities, but here in Cold Springs, a relative is supposed to be looking after this person, and is rather taking advantage of them.

The story in Trail of Defects hits the ground running and just keeps on going!  There is anxiety over the crimes, action in tracking down the 'bad guys', and once in a while, if you look up at the mountains, you might get to catch your breath!  And besides the fact that all these things are happening, they all seem to be intertwined with each other.

This is my first read by Sara Caudell, and there are four books in the series, this being the latest.  More stories to go back and catch up on! *whew*  But if Trail is any indication, I'll be in for a heckuva ride!

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MEET THE AUTHOR



I grew up in a small ranching community in Colorado where I learned to judge beef on the hoof and under wrap. After moving around the country for my husband’s career and catching college courses as I could, I finally found myself in one place long enough to finish my degree. I was an artist (acrylic), raised three children, managed offices, and started my own genealogy resource business before weaving my stories and experiences into novels. I now live in central Texas with my patient husband and four cats. In my spare time I do genealogy and historical research and nurses orphan kittens back to health for the local animal shelter.


Cold as Ice by Julie Mulhern - #review #giveaway



Ellison Russell’s life resembles a rollercoaster ride. And rollercoasters make her ill. Her daughter Grace has a crush on a boy Ellison doesn’t trust and she’s taken to hosting wild parties when Ellison goes out for the evening. Worse, the bank which represents Grace’s inheritance from her father may be in trouble.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Mining for Justice by Kathleen Ernst - #review #giveaway


Chloe Ellefson is excited to be learning about Wisconsin’s Cornish immigrants and mining history while on temporary assignment at Pendarvis, a historic site in charming Mineral Point. But when her boyfriend, police officer Roelke McKenna, discovers long-buried human remains in the root cellar of an old Cornish cottage, Chloe reluctantly agrees to mine the historical record for answers.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

16 Millimeters by Larissa Reinhart - #bookblast

 

16 Millimeters: A Maizie Albright Humorous Mystery by Larissa Reinhart

October 10 & 11, 2017

Release Date - October 17, 2017

Cozy Mystery/Romance 2nd in Series 
Past Perfect Press 
Print Length: 320 pages 
Kindle ASIN: B074TW9MZ8
#StillAWannabeDetective
In continuing her career-makeover quest as a for-real detective, ex-teen and reality star Maizie Albright has a big learning curve to overcome. A sleuthing background starring in a TV show— Julia Pinkerton, Teen Detective—does not cut the real life mustard. It doesn’t even buy her lunch, let alone extra condiments. Her chosen mentor, Wyatt Nash of Nash Security Solutions, is not a willing teacher. He’d rather stick Maizie with a safe desk job and handle the security solution-ing himself. But Maizie’s got other plans to help Nash. First, win Nash’s trust. Second, his heart.
Wait, not his heart. His respect. His hearty respect.
So when a major movie producer needs a babysitter for his hot mess starlet, Maizie eagerly takes the job. But when her starlet appears dead, and then not dead, Maizie’s got more than an actress to watch and a missing corpse to find. Body doubles, dead bodies, and hot bodies abound when the big screen, small screen, and silent screams collide. Maizie’s on the job, on the skids, and on thin ice, hunting a killer who may be a celebrity stalker. And Maizie just might be the next celebrity who gets snuffed.

Pre-Order Links:  Amazon  B&N

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Larissa is a 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Best Mystery finalist, 2014 finalist for the Silver Falchion and Georgia Author of the Year, 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, 2012 The Emily finalist, and 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. Her family and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit, have been living in Nagoya, Japan, but once again call Georgia home. See them on HGTV’s House Hunters International “Living for the Weekend in Nagoya” episode. Visit her website, LarissaReinhart.com, find her chatting on FacebookInstagram, and Goodreads,  or join her Facebook street team, The Mystery Minions.



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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A Room with a Brew by Joyce Tremel - #review #giveaway


It’s Oktoberfest in Pittsburgh, and brewpub owner Maxine “Max” O’Hara is prepping for a busy month at the Allegheny Brew House. To create the perfect atmosphere for the boozy celebration, Max hires an oompah band. But when one of the members from the band turns up dead, it’s up to Max to solve the murder before the festivities are ruined.

Another Man's Poison by Jo-Ann Lamon Recoppa - #review #giveaway


Crime reporter Colleen Caruso has an appetite for romance…and trouble. When someone tries to poison Ken Rhodes (her handsome boss and boyfriend), Colleen vows to hunt down the culprit and serve them up to the police. She’s whisked away into the scrumptious world of restaurants and gourmet food as she tangles with four culinary divas from Ken’s past.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A Tale of Two Kitties by Sofie Kelly - #review #giveaway


In this charming mystery from the bestselling author of Paws and Effect, two magical cats have powers of detection that prove indispensable to librarian Kathleen Paulson…

With a well-placed paw on a keyboard or a pointed stare, Kathleen’s two cats, Hercules and Owen, have helped her to solve cases in the past—so she has learned to trust their instincts. But she will need to rely on them more than ever when a twenty-year-old scandal leads to murder…

Monday, October 9, 2017

Halloween is Murder by Carolyn Arnold - #review #giveaway


Beware of all that goes bump in the night…

Sean and Sara McKinley are excited about the haunted house they’ve set up as a Halloween charity fund-raiser, but things take a ghoulish turn when the reporter covering their story is found dead. With the media keeping mum about how she died, Sara’s curiosity is piqued, and she convinces Sean to take on the investigation through their PI firm.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Crepe Factor by Laura Childs with Terrie Farley Moran - #review


The Winter Market in the French Quarter is in full swing, but murder isn’t taking a holiday in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Parchment and Old Lace

The holidays are a busy time for scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand—but not so hectic that she doesn’t have time to enjoy browsing the booths at the Winter Market with her best friend Ava. The last thing the ladies expect to see is a lurching man stabbed by a serving fork, dying in front of them.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb - #review


August 1914. England is at war. As Evie Elliott watches her brother, Will, and his best friend, Thomas Harding, depart for the front, she believes—as everyone does—that it will be over by Christmas, when the trio plan to celebrate the holiday among the romantic cafes of Paris.

But as history tells us, it all happened so differently…

Fireworks in Paradise by Kathi Daley - #review #giveaway


While on vacation in South Carolina, Tj Jensen receives a call that her father has been left in a coma after a devastating car crash. Back home in Paradise Lake, Tj learns the accident that killed family friend Judge Harper and left her father clinging to life wasn’t an accident at all—someone cut their brake lines. To make matters worse, her friend and police contact, Deputy Roy Fisher, is working with a new partner who has no intention of letting Tj anywhere near the case. Facing an investigation more explosive than the annual fireworks show, Tj enlists the help of her best friends to unravel the mystery, all the while navigating a new romance and the thought her father may never wake up.

The Ninja's Illusion by Gigi Pandian - #review #giveaway


A fabled illusion performed by a stage magician who claims to possess real supernatural powers. A treasure from the colonial era in India when international supremacies vied for power. A phantom trading ship lost over 200 years ago. And a ninja whose murderous intentions in present-day Japan connect the deeds of a long-dead trader who was much more than he seemed…


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Witches' Tree by MC Beaton - #review


The Witches’ Tree continues the tradition in M. C. Beaton's beloved Agatha Raisin mystery series―now a hit T.V. show.

Cotswolds inhabitants are used to inclement weather, but the night sky is especially foggy as Rory and Molly Devere, the new vicar and his wife, drive slowly home from a dinner party in their village of Sumpton Harcourt. They strain to see the road ahead―and then suddenly brake, screeching to a halt. Right in front of them, aglow in the headlights, a body hangs from a gnarled tree at the edge of town. Margaret Darby, an elderly spinster, has been murdered―and the villagers are bewildered as to who would commit such a crime.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Divinely Yours by Karin Gillespie - #review


Skye Sebring is a hospitality greeter inside the pearly gates of an unorthodox Heaven, where carefree and lusty angels get tipsy in the Live A Little Lounge, practice cloud art, and are guided by a brassy female deity who sounds and looks like Bette Midler. During the course of her duties, Skye meets lawyer Ryan Blaine, who has a brush with death due to a motorcycle accident.