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Monday, July 24, 2017

Welcome to week 6 of the
with Bloggers Mary Brown, Karen M. Owen, and yours truly!

Every Monday from now through August 28,
Mary, Karen, and I
will recommend some of our favorite cozy mystery titles in eleven (11) different categories!

Today our theme is 
Lighthouse Cozies!
We're recommending 3 books that feature a
Bed & Breakfast that really stands out to each of us.

My pick for favorite cozy with a Lighthouse is
#1 in the Shipwreck Cafe Mysteries
by Donna Walo Clancy

Jeremy Hallett leaves a flourishing law career in Boston to return to his hometown of Anchor Point on Cape Cod. He secretly purchases the local lighthouse and surrounding property to open The Shipwreck Café.

Rich in history, the lighthouse is rumored to be haunted by multiple ghosts and hiding a buried treasure worth millions. 

Robbie, Jay’s younger brother, surfs by day and bar tends at the café by night. He doesn’t like ghosts, but it’s okay, because they don’t like him either.

Stormy, an abandoned golden retriever, who has been living at the lighthouse is adopted by Jay. Together, they move in to the keeper’s cottage.

Two murders in as many weeks, transpire in Anchor Point. The town is thrown into a state of distrust. Who is killing the locals and why?

Jay, Robbie, and Roland Knowles, the ghost keeper of the lighthouse must work together to bring answers and peace back to Anchor Point. Will the murders be connected to the treasure that may or may not have been found in the last one hundred years? Only Roland knows.

I loved this book with the very first page.
Does it get much better than a light house with a beach?
Yes! Yes, it does get better! The handsome man that bought the property turned the lighthouse into a restaurant!

You get to sit in the lighthouse, eat a great meal, all with a view of the ocean! Seriously, I want to go there right now! 

Oh, one more thing . . . There are ghosts. Plural. More than one. And they haunt the property. All of it. My favorite is the lighthouse keeper. I have a bit of a crush on him. But the other spirits roaming around made me a little nervous.

DEATH BY CHOWDAH has a little of something for everyone. Great writing, wonderful characters, and a beautiful setting.

I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series. The waiting is so hard!


A spirited start to the Shipwreck Café Mysteries!

I was curious about DEATH BY CHOWDAH for several reasons, but the main one was the male protagonist Jeremy “Jay” Hallett. As readers of cozy mysteries know, male leads are few and far between. However, if they were more like Jay, I think we’d see more of them for sure. I truly enjoyed the freshness of having a guy be the one to turn his back on his big city career, and come back home to roost.

I loved everything about this book. The characters . . . Jay and his dog Stormy, Jay’s Mom, and brother, and all the folks who make up the cast of regulars for this series. The setting . . . The beautiful lighthouse and the surrounding grounds made me long to be stay by the water, and finding a place The Shipwreck Café. The ghosts . . . Roland Knowles is the ghost of the former lighthouse keeper. Now, I’m not one to go out of my way to fins a para-cozy to read, but I am happy I happened upon DEATH BY CHOWDAH. There are several ghost roaming the grounds of the lighthouse, but Roland is the main one, at least for now. Just between you and me, I have a bit of a crush on Roland. ;-)

The mystery itself was very well done. Readers will pretty much know the why of what’s going on, but the who, with each new occurrence I changed my mind about who was causing all the trouble.  Author Donna Walo Clancy gave us plenty of clues and suspects, and had me fooled until just about the end of the story, and I think you will be too.

The one thing about the story that readers may question is the easy acceptance the characters had of the ghosts. I did too at first. But then I realized that for years, decades, the residents of Anchor Point have all thought the lighthouse and grounds to be haunted. Some had even scene things in the past. So, even though it may seem to us that it should be a bit more unnerving, to the residents it was really just validation of what they already expected.

DEATH BY CHOWDAH was such an enjoyable read to me. Fast paced, easy reading, turning each page was a pleasure. I was so bummed when I finished it because there isn’t a second in the series yet. Please hurry with the next one, Ms. Walo-Clancy!

I almost forgot! There are some delicious recipes included! There are a couple I have got to try!

My Amigos Mary and Karen have also picked their favorite lighthouse cozies. 
Please head over to their blogs and check them out!

Mary Brown's blog


Karen Owen's blog

Make sure to check back next Monday for suggestions on a new cozy mystery theme!

Keep all of our great titles in mind for
Buy A Friend A Book Day 
August 29!

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Kathi Daley 
has a new book!

You know what that means don't you? 


Kathi is celebrating the release of 
Book 25 in the Zoe Donovan Cozy Mysteries

Zoe struggles with a secret as the Zimmerman clan sets out for a week of fun in the sun at Camp Carter, where they find the cook dead in the pantry on the very first day of their family vacation. Not only was Zoe the only person other than the victim in a blocked room, but when the police arrive she is standing over the body with a bloody knife in her hand. Zoe sets out to find the real killer with Zak's help. At first it seems like an easy task since the number of people at the camp at the time of the cooks death was limited, but as Zoe begins to dig deeper, she finds a history of unexplained accidents dating back years, that she begins to suspect weren't accidents at all.


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Saturday, July 22, 2017


I'm thrilled to be a stop on the 
book tour for 
Colleen J. Shogan
and her new book
Book 3 in the Washington Whodunit Mysteries

The Mayflower Society is about to hold its annual meeting at Washington D.C.’s swanky gathering place for the elite, the Continental Club. That means Kit Marshall’s upper-crust future in-laws, Buffy and Winston Hollingsworth, are coming for a visit. Annoyed that Kit has not set a date to marry Doug, Buffy wants her to commit to a high society wedding at the club. Kit, though chief of staff for a congresswoman, feels uncomfortable with Buffy and Winston’s crowd. Kit receives an unexpected reprieve in the form of murder. En route to her morning jog, she encounters the corpse of the leader of the Mayflower Society, conservative multimedia tycoon Grayson Bancroft. On the security cameras, no one was seen entering or leaving the club, which means the culprit had to be an overnight guest. Little love was lost on Bancroft, but the police have their prime suspect: Doug’s father. Buffy and Winston, formerly disdainful of Kit’s sleuthing, urge her to investigate. With her future in-laws’ freedom and reputations at stake, Kit sets out once again to solve a murder mystery, this time aided by her fiancé Doug in addition to her friends Meg and Trevor and her dog Clarence. Her search for clues will take her from the club to the Smithsonian Museum, the National Archives, and Mount Vernon.



Winner will be chosen after July 28
at the end of the tour

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I’ve heard it said, things happen in threes. This third book in the Washington Whodunit Mysteries proves that those three things can be good. But if author Colleen J. Shogan keeps writing them like this, three will only be the beginning!

I’m not sure anymore if this series falls under “cozy” mystery or not, but I the only fiction I read is in the cozy mystery genre. Yes, this series takes place in Washington DC, but it has a small town vibe when reading it. Let’s going with calling it a tradition mystery.

As with the first two books in this series, CALAMITY AT THE CONTINENTAL CLUB is a brilliant mystery. Author Shogan knows how to hold her readers’ attention that’s for certain. Each chapter brought with it more questions, intrigue, and twists and turns. With protagonist Kit Marshall becoming braver with each book, she took some chances that had me holding my breath. This fast moving, from cover to cover read, leads to a great reveal and a very satisfying conclusion.

I’m already looking forward to book four!


Colleen Shogan has been reading mysteries since the age of six. A political scientist by training, Colleen has taught American politics at Yale, George Mason, Georgetown, and Penn. She previously worked in the United States Senate and for the Congressional Research Service. She’s currently a senior executive at the Library of Congress, working on great outreach initiatives such as the National Book Festival. She lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband Rob Raffety and their beagle mutt, Conan.

Author Links Webpage – www.colleenshogan.com 

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Cozy Food Friday

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!

Today I'm featuring 
Book 9 in the Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mysteries
by Lee Hollis

Food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell is off on a girls’ getaway with her two best friends. But soon they’ll have to get away from a killer...

The quaint fishing village of Salmon Cove, Maine, seems like the ideal location for a girls’ weekend with Hayley’s gal pals, Liddy and Mona. Liddy’s on the rebound from a breakup, but when she meets a handsome tourist, it looks like a little romance might liven things up.

Unfortunately, Liddy’s new sweetheart is found dead on the beach the next morning at the town’s Lobster Bake, next to an overturned cooking pot. The liberated lobsters may be scrambling back to the sea, but Hayley’s not about to let a murderer escape so easily. To crack the case, she’ll need to blow the lid off some serious undercover activity—or risk becoming ensnared in a killer’s trap...

Includes seven delectable recipes from Hayley’s kitchen!


I’m at my happiest when I’m lost in the pages of a good cozy mystery. The Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mysteries by Lee Hollis makes me deliriously ecstatic! No . . . really! They do!

When I first read that DEATH OF A LOBSTER LOVER would have protagonist Hayley Powell and her BFFs, Liddy and Mona going on a girl’s weekend, I knew that I was in for a hysterical read. I was right! LOL I don’t know how they have been friends so long without Liddy and Mona trying to kill each other!

Things go from bad to worse for the ladies. As if having Hayley’s friends at each other’s throats wasn’t enough drama for their weekend, romance creeps into the group. Oh yeah . . . they also find a dead body. It may have been bad for the ladies, but it’s great for the readers!

There was never a dull moment. Energetic, and fast moving, I flew through the pages of this book, drinking in every word. DEATH OF A LOBSTER LOVER had me laughing very hard (and loud) during some parts, and holding my breath, or biting my nails during others. There were scenes that took me by surprise, and more than one mystery to keep me guessing. Add to all of that Hayley’s wonderful column, and the fantastic recipes, I didn’t come up for air until the book was done. 

On to the recipe!



All food images are borrowed from and the rights of Google Images and it's contributors.


16-ounce box of pasta shells (or your favorite pasta)
¼ cup flour
3 cups milk
1 cup shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
1 cup shredded Fontina cheese
1 teaspoon each: salt, ground black pepper, garlic powder
2 cups crushed Ritz crackers


   Cook your pasta to almost al dente according to the directions on the box.
   Drain and set aside.
   While your pasta is cooking, melt 3 tablespoons of the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour, then slowly add your milk. Whisk until it begins to thicken a bit, add your cheeses, and keep stirring until they are melted. Remove from heat and add your salt, pepper, and garlic.

   In a large bowl add your pasta, chopped lobster, and cheese sauce. Stir to combine, making sure all the pasta is evenly coated in the cheese sauce. Pour into a greased 13 x 9 baking dish. 

   In a small saucepan melt the remaining three tablespoons butter and mix with the cracker crumbs. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the lobster and pasta. 

   Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes until hot and bubbly and cracker crumbs are golden brown. Remove from oven and let the dish sit for at least 10 minutes before digging in!

Bon appetit!

Did I just hear Mmm mmm mmm?
Oh, maybe that was coming from me. ;-)


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