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Monday, February 29, 2016


Author 
Kathi Daley 
has a new book out! 

You know what that means don't you? 

!!!GIVEAWAY!!! 

Kathi is giving away one copy of her new book
A TALE OF TWO TABBIES
Book 7 in the Whales and Tails Mysteries!


Whales and Tails is a cozy mystery series set on Madrona Island, a fictional island within the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington State. As a fourth generation islander Caitlin Hart is struggling to make her way as the economy and culture of the island evolves toward a tourism based industry. Cait lives in a cabin on her aunt's oceanfront estate where she helps her aunt run Harthaven Cat Sanctuary. When she isn't working with the cats, she helps best friend Tara, operate the coffee bar/bookstore/cat lounge they own, named Coffee Cat Books. In the 7th book in the series, Cait finds a cat locked in the confessional at Saint Patrick's Catholic Church, which leads to the discovery of a body locked in the trunk of a car. Cody is dealing with a life changing decision of his own, and Finn has multiple crimes to deal with, so Cait enlists Tara's help to track down a killer.

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Sunday, February 28, 2016


AND THEN THERE WERE NUNS by Kylie Logan
BETWEEN A BOOK AND A HARD PLACE by Denise Swanson

AND THE THERE WERE NUNS
Book 4 in the League of Literary Ladies Mysteries 
by Kylie Logan 


The national bestselling author of The Legend of Sleepy Harlow returns to South Bass Island, where the League of Literary Ladies has to find out who’s killing off nuns.

B and B owner Bea Cartwright has taken on the responsibility of taking meals to ten visiting nuns, who are on retreat at the Water’s Edge Center for Spirit and Renewal on picturesque South Bass Island on Lake Erie. But the peace of the retreat is shattered when one of the nuns is found at the water’s edge—murdered. And when a second nun is killed, Bea and the other members of the League of Literary Ladies—Chandra, Kate, and Luella—start to wonder about eerie parallels with the Agatha Christie mystery classic, And Then There Were None.
 
Since Bea has the trust of the sisters, the local chief of police asks her and the other Literary Ladies to interview each of them. Expecting a confession may be asking for a miracle, but Bea hopes she can at least find the killer before another nun gets crossed off the guest list...

MY REVIEW


There is nun-thing readers won’t love about this book!

It was fun being back with Bea and the other members of the League of Literary Ladies. Goodness, they had their hands full this time! Lucky for us readers, author Kylie Logan knows how to handle them.

Without reading the acknowledgments I would still have easily seen that Ms. Logan’s knowledge of nuns was learned firsthand rather than from research. She did a marvelous job in her portrayal of each one.

As is always the case with a book written by this author, AND THEN THERE WERE NUNS had a fantastic plot, written with skill. Every page flowed perfectly into the next, setting a great reading pace to enjoy this excellent mystery. 

For anyone in a book club (by choice or not J), you’re going to love not only this book, but the entire series.

Take a look at the back of the book for a sneak peek of, IRISH STEWED, book one in Kylie Logan’s Ethic Eats Mysteries!

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BETWEEN A BOOK AND A HARD PLACE
Book 5 in the Devereaux's Dime Store Mysteries
by Denise Swanson


The New York Times bestselling author of Dying for a Cupcake returns with a new mystery filled with lost family, hidden treasure, and long-buried secrets...
 
Five-and-dime store owner Devereaux “Dev” Sinclair moved to Shadow Bend for her family. But when her long-lost mother shows up in town, she realizes too much kin can be killer...
 
Shadow Bend’s library closed years ago because of budgetary problems, so when a wealthy benefactor offers to reopen it, everyone, including Dev, is thrilled. But Dev’s excitement wanes when she realizes the mysterious donor is actually her runaway mother Yvette’s latest husband, Jett Benedict.
 
Dev suspects that Yvette and Jett’s intentions aren’t as noble as they appear, but before she can discover what they’re really up to, Jett turns up dead—and all clues point to Yvette as the prime suspect.
 
Even though Dev has no loyalty to Yvette, she’s in a bind. Setting the record straight could prove her mother is a killer. But doing nothing might get her mother booked for a crime she didn’t commit...

MY REVIEW


Another great installment to the Devereaux’s Dime Store Mystery series!

Author Denise Swanson once again pens a mystery that will delight her fans. She knows exactly they want, and she delivers.

My favorite part of this series is time spent with Dev in her store. I really enjoy reading about the gift baskets she puts together.

Skilled writing, and a love of her craft are very apparent in Ms. Swanson’s books. BETWEEN A BOOK AND A HARD PLACE was a wonderfully paced story with just the right amount of mystery and suspense to keep the reader quickly turning the pages from the beginning, straight through to the exciting reveal.  

Rather you’re new to this series, or a returning fan, BETWEEN A BOOK AND A HARD PLACE will make the mystery reader in you extremely happy.

At the back of the book you’ll find a sneak peek of Denise Swanson’s newest Scumble River Mystery, MURDER OF A CRANKY CATNAPPER!

Both great titles release March 1. 
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Saturday, February 27, 2016


The newest installment if author 
Linda Reilly's 
Deep Fried Mystery series, 
OUT OF THE DYING PAN 
releases March 1 
and is available for pre-order now!


Revenge is set to sizzle in the tasty new Deep Fried Mystery from the author of Fillet of Murder.
 
For Talia Marby, the sweet smell of success is a lot like the pungent aroma of fried fish and vinegar. Her new business, Fry Me a Sliver, is rapidly expanding beyond fish and chips to become one of the best eateries in the Berkshires. But the nasty owner of a neighboring boutique is making a stink, baiting Talia in a very public fight at a community center fundraiser and nursing an inexplicable grudge.
 
When the boutique owner is found strangled with Talia’s scarf knotted around her neck, our favorite fish fryer finds herself in hot oil. Needing to clear her name, and fast, Talia’s investigation soon yields some shocking surprises as well as a sizzling suspicion: someone had good reason to want the victim dead—and it’s frying Talia’s nerves...


Includes delicious recipes!

Linda wants to celebrate this second installment of her Deep Fried Mystery series with a 

*****!!!GIVEAWAY!!!*****

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OUT OF THE DYING PAN
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MY REVIEW


Author Linda Reilly has fried up another delicious treat!

When I read the first book in this series, FILLET OF MURDER, I was in deep fried mystery heaven. Guess what? You can go back again…I sure did with, OUT OF THE DYING PAN!

It was so delightful to be back in Wrensdale in the Berkshires. I simply adore the characters and the settings author Reilly has created with this series. I’d spend a lot of time in a place like Fry Me A Sliver. I know this because just reading about it made my stomach growl. J

Besides featuring fantastic sounding food, OUT OF THE DYING PAN was a superbly written mystery that flowed at a perfect pace. I loved every word from the first page on. Through the entire investigation I kept trying to guess the killer. I thought I had it figured out until I read the reveal. Wow…talk about a surprise! Outstanding! You really got me on this one Ms. Reilly.  

Fans of the first book are going to love this installment, and those new to the series, you can read it without feeling lost, but since it’s only book two, I suggest you pick up book one, FILLET OF MURDER as well and read them back to back. You won’t regret it!

Make sure to check out the back of the book for some yummy deep fried recipes!

Available March 1
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Friday, February 26, 2016


The newest installment if author 
Laura Bradford's 
Amish Mystery series, 
A CHURN FOR THE WORSE 
releases March 1 
and is available for pre-order now!


The national bestselling author of Suspendered Sentence returns to  Heavenly, Pennsylvania, where shop owner Claire Weatherly and Detective Jakob Fisher must put on their thinking kapps to solve a string of robberies and a murder in the Amish community...

When an Amish farmer is found dead in his barn, his family accepts his death as God’s will. But Detective Jakob Fisher knows the farmer didn’t hit himself in the head with the shovel lying beside his body. And when it comes to light that a stranger appeared at the farmer’s home and now money is missing from their milk can, Fisher suspects robbery as the motive—especially when another Amish family is victimized.
 
Getting to the truth proves difficult, however, since Fisher has two strikes against him in the eyes of the Amish—his chosen career, and the Amish roots he left behind. Desperate to stop a murderous thief, Fisher turns to Heavenly Treasures shop owner Claire Weatherly for help. The trust she’s earned from the Amish community enables her to go where the detective cannot—straight into the path of a killer...

Laura wants to celebrate this fifth installment of her national bestselling Amish Mystery series with a 

*****!!!GIVEAWAY!!!*****

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A CHURN FOR THE WORSE
Open to USA and CANADA

MY REVIEW


This is the best installment of this series so far! You’ll have to put on your best thinking kapp to solve this one!

Laura Bradford is a phenomenal author. A magnificent storyteller. And while I adore all series written by her (She also writes as Elizabeth Lynn Casey), the Amish mystery series to me, is the biggest and brightest gem in her crown of work.

Truth be told, A CHURN FOR THE WORSE is THE best mystery I have read, not only this year, but in the last couple of years. The Amish Mystery series is in my top three favorite series. Each time I read a new book in this series, I feel like I am home again.

To say the characters in this series are wonderful would be a vast understatement. From the English (what the Amish call us), Claire, her Aunt Diane, and Jakob Fisher (once Amish), to the Amish characters Benjamin Miller, and Ester and Eli Fisher, just to name a few, Ms. Bradford has created characters, no, people with amazing depth and layers. Each book in this series brings out more about these lovely folks. Watching them develop and grow has been one of the best parts of reading this series.

As for the mystery, author Bradford has outdone herself! Bringing the victim into the story fairly early, the mystery surrounding the death, and investigation for the truth, spread throughout the entire story. There is also a secondary mystery happening in this book, ensuring every page will be filled with exciting reading. So, with my thoughts churning away, I didn’t put this book down until it was done. Wow! Ms. Bradford once again blew me away with her clever reveal. I never saw it coming.

If you’re looking for a great read, go no further than A CHURN FOR THE WORSE.

Make sure to check out the back of the book for a sneak peek of book one in Laura Bradford’s new Emergency Dessert Squad mysteries series, ÉCLAIR AND PRESENT DANGER!


Available March 1!

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Please keep reading and check out my 
installments of 
Book Beginnings on Fridays
and
The Friday 56

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My Book Beginnings and Friday 56
 for this week are from
A CHURN FOR THE WORSE
Book 5 in the Amish Mysteries 
by Laura Bradford


Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader
Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading.

My Book Beginnings...

"Penny for your thoughts?"

Claire Weatherly lifted her cheek from its resting spot against Jakob Fisher's chest and smiled up at the handsome detective. "If I was thinking something, I'd tell you for free. Really, I'm just enjoying sitting here with you and looking out at that---" 

The Friday 56 is a meme hosted by Freda's Voice
Rules: *Grab a book, any book. *Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that's okay.) *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you. *Post it.

My Friday 56...

More than anything, Claire hoped he was right---for himself as much as for her.


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Thursday, February 25, 2016


MURDER SHE WROTE
KILLER IN THE KITCHEN
Book 43 in the Murder She Wrote Mysteries 
by Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain


In the latest mystery in the USA Today bestselling series, there’s a battle brewing between two eateries, and Jessica Fletcher will have to get cooking to find a killer...

A BEEF WITH LEBOEUF
 
Jessica loves the Fin & Claw restaurant, owned by young Cabot Cove couple Brad and Marcie. The eatery is the couple’s dream come true, but it’s quickly turning into a nightmare.
 
Famed chef Gérard Leboeuf has decided to open his brand of bistro right next to theirs. Given the competition, the charming chef’s manner soon turns sour. Tensions rise hot and fast until they boil over, leading to a nasty confrontation between Leboeuf and Brad.
 
So when one chef is found with a knife planted in his chest, the other becomes the prime suspect. But there’s a long list of those who had a motive to kill in this kitchen war, and it’s up to Jessica to uncover who really added murder to the menu.

MY REVIEW

NOTE: This review is from the hardcover edition I reviewed in 2015. I left the review as written then. I have since read other Murder, She Wrote books.


I’ve never read a Murder, She Wrote book and doubt I would have if I hadn’t been sent this one to review. My reason for not reading one? When I was a little girl I saw a movie called Bedknobs & Broomsticks with Angela Lansbury and she scared me to pieces! LOL So, I never watched the Murder, She Wrote TV show and never read the books. That being said, my apologies to Angela Lansbury, I’m sure she’s is a wonderful woman, and to Donald Bain, it was nothing personal to him.

On to my review.
                 
I really liked this book!

KILLER IN THE KITCHEN is #43 in the series, and if the first 42 were anywhere as enjoyable, I have indeed been missing out.

The story was so well written. While reading, I was taken back to the times I “listened” to my parents watch Murder, She Wrote. Author Donald Bain does an incredible job of keeping the voice of the show alive.

The mystery was very compelling. I found myself turning page after page needing to see what would happen next. The next thing I knew, I was at the end of the book and telling myself, this may have been my first Murder, She Wrote, but it won’t be my last.

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