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Monday, March 18, 2019

Broken Bone China



Broken Bone China

(A Tea Shop Mystery) by Laura Childs



About the Book




Broken Bone China (A Tea Shop Mystery)

Cozy Mystery

20th in Series

Berkley (March 5, 2019)

Hardcover: 336 pages

ISBN-10: 0451489632

ISBN-13: 978-0451489630

Digital ASIN: B07DMZPLWY




Theodosia Browning serves tea and solves crimes in Charleston, a city steeped in tradition and treachery in the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs.

It is Sunday afternoon, and Theodosia and Drayton are catering a formal tea at a hot-air balloon rally. The view aloft is not only stunning, they are also surrounded by a dozen other colorful hot-air balloons. But as the sky turns gray and the clouds start to boil up, a strange object zooms out of nowhere. It is a drone, and it appears to be buzzing around the balloons, checking them out.

As Theodosia and Drayton watch, the drone, hovering like some angry, mechanized insect, deliberately crashes into the balloon next to them. An enormous, fiery explosion erupts, and everyone watches in horror as the balloon plummets to the earth, killing all three of its passengers.

Sirens scream, first responders arrive, and Theodosia is interviewed by the police. During the interview she learns that one of the downed occupants was Don Kingsley, the CEO of a local software company, SyncSoft. Not only do the police suspect Kingsley as the primary target, they learn that he possessed a rare Revolutionary War Union Jack flag that several people were rabidly bidding on.

Intrigued, Theodosia begins her own investigation. Was it the CEO's soon-to-be ex-wife, who is restoring an enormous mansion at no expense? The CEO's personal assistant, who

also functioned as curator of his prized collection of Americana? Two rival antiques' dealers known for dirty dealing? Or was the killer the fiancée of one of Theodosia's dear friends, who turns out to be an employee—and whistle-blower—at SyncSoft?

INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS!

What I Thought:

While I have not read all of the books in A Tea Shop Mystery Series, the ones that I have read have been really interesting and attention grabbing.  Broken Bone China was no exception.  It was nice to visit Charleston and the Indigo Tea Shop again, while most cozies take place in small towns, even though this series is set in Charleston, it is still quaint and coy.  In this one, Theo and Drayton are catering a formal teal at a hot air balloon.  A drone flies in and crashes into one of the balloons causing a fiery explosion and killing all three occupants of the balloon.  One of the occupants is the CEO of Synsoft and it is soon learned that he owned a Union Jack Flag from the Revolutionary period that has a hot bidding history.  Theo is interviewed by the police, but she soon becomes suspicious and starts her own investigation.  I really enjoyed the mystery in this one.  It was fast paced and kept my attention.  The characters all have great relationships and I enjoy how well the get along.  As always with Laura Childs, this one was well written and was easy to read and follow.  I liked that there were two mysteries, that of the murder and that of the missing Union Jack Flag.  I also thought it was interesting that the author left a loose end in this one involving a secret sipper from a magazine.  That makes me look forward to the next installment in this series to find out what happened to it. 

About the Author



Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fundraising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:

The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.

Laura’s Links:

Website – http://www.laurachilds.com/


Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/laura.childs.31


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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Final Exam


Final Exam (A Witch City Mystery)
by Carol J. Perry


About the Book


Final Exam (A Witch City Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Kensington (February 26, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
ISBN-10: 1496714601
ISBN-13: 978-1496714602
Kindle ASIN: B07DBQQRHF

A cold case update in Salem, Massachusetts . . .
Life at the house on Winter Street is abuzz with preparations for Aunt Ibby’s 45th high school reunion, and Lee Barrett is happy to pitch in, tracking down addresses and licking envelopes. But as a field reporter for Salem’s WICH-TV, her priority is to be on top of the town’s latest news before anyone else.
When the local police dredge up a vintage sports car containing human remains, Lee is thrilled to be the first reporter on the scene. Once she learns the car is connected to the cold case her boyfriend Pete happens to be working on, her powers of investigation are  
quickly alerted. But it’s her Aunt Ibby’s emotional reaction to Lee’s TV report that puts 
her on the case. With the help of O’Ryan, her psychic feline sidekick, she’ll have to unravel a tangled past of secrets and promises to stop a killer from making history again . .




What I Thought:


I have not read any in this series before, but I was hooked with this one.  I found the plot intriguing and the storyline very easy to follow.  Lee is the main character and it is her Aunt Ibby's 45th class reunion.  When Lee and her camera woman think the are onto a hot lead when they see the police at the local quarry.  They have found a mustang with human remains.  The remains are part of a cold case that Lee's boyfriend is working on.  I found this book hard to put down as I really wanted to find out what happened and what caused these remains to be in this car.  I thought the story was well written.  I enjoyed the characters and how well they got along.  I enjoyed the mystery the most though and was left guessing on this one. I will definitely be reading more in this series.


I received a complimentary copy of this book.
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bout the Author


Carol J. Perry knew as a child that she wanted to be a writer. A voracious reader, whose list for Santa consisted mostly of book titles, she never lost sight of that goal. While living in Florida, Carol was on assignment for Southern Travel Magazine, preparing an article on the world’s largest sand castle which was being built near her home. That combination of events inspired her first young adult novel, Sand Castle Summer. That book was soon followed by half a dozen more.
Carol has always been an avid reader of mysteries. Her debut mystery novel is set in Salem and involves O’Ryan, a most mysterious cat, several witches and some strange Halloween happenings. Appropriately enough, this Salem-born author celebrates her birthday on Halloween Eve! Carol and her husband Dan live in the Tampa Bay area of Florida with two cats and a Black Lab. Visit her at www.caroljperry.com.

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Restaurant Weeks are Murder


Restaurant Weeks Are Murder
(A Poppy McAllister Mystery)
by Libby Klein


About the Book


Restaurant Weeks Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Kensington (February 26, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496713079
ISBN-13: 978-1496713070
Digital ASIN: B07DBQBVYJ

Cape May, New Jersey, is the site of a big culinary competition—and the knives are out . . .
Poppy McAllister is happy about opening a Jersey Shore B&B—but working in a professional kitchen has always been her real dream. Now it’s coming true, at least briefly, as she teams up with her former fiancée, Tim—and his condescending partner, Gigi—during the high-profile Restaurant Week challenge. Poppy’s specialty is pastries, despite her devotion to a Paleo diet. But if anyone can make glorious gluten-free goodies, it’s Poppy.
Things get heated quickly—especially when some ingredients get switched and Tim’s accused of sabotage. Relatively harmless pranks soon escalate into real hazards, including an exploding deep fryer. And now one of the judges has died after taking a bite of Poppy’s cannoli—making her the chef suspect . . .
Includes Seven Recipes from Poppy’s Kitchen!


What I Thought:


This is the third in the Poppy McAllister Mystery Series and it is just as good as the other two.  I love Poppy, she is a girl after my own heart, and I can totally relate to her.  She moved back to Cape May after the death of her husband and to escape her demeaning mother-in-law.  She moved back in with her Aunt Ginny, who makes things very interesting.  In this book,  Poppy is helping her ex Tim with Restaurant  Week Challenge.  She never expected that chef's were so back-biting and conniving, and when a judge of the Challenge is murdered, Poppy has to get involved to find the real killer.  This one was another well written book by Libby Klein.  I lover her writing style because the stories flow so well and I feel like I actually know the characters.  I liked the relationship elements in this story and of course the mystery was superb, leaving me guessing till the very end.  This is fast becoming one of my favorite series.


I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About the Author


Libby Klein dabbles in the position of Vice President of a technology company which mostly involves bossing other people around, making spreadsheets, and taking out the trash. She writes culinary cozy mysteries from her Northern Virginia office while trying to keep her cat Figaro off her keyboard.
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Saturday, March 9, 2019

One Feta in the Grave

One Feta in the Grave
(A Kebab Kitchen Mystery)
by Tina Kashian

About the Book


One Feta in the Grave (A Kebab Kitchen Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Kensington (February 26, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-10: 1496713516
ISBN-13: 978-1496713513
Digital ASIN: B07DBPQQFJ

As summer comes to an end in her Jersey Shore town, Lucy Berberian continues to manage her family’s Mediterranean restaurant. The Kebab Kitchen also has a food tent at this year’s beach festival. But now a local businessman is under the boardwalk—dead by the sea …
With a sand castle contest and live music, Ocean Crest bids a bittersweet farewell to tourist season. Summer will return next year … but Archie Kincaid won’t. The full-of-himself store owner has been fatally shot, soon after a screaming match with Lucy’s best friend. Katie’s far from the only suspect, though, since Archie had some bitter rivals—as well as some relationships no one knew about. It’s up to Lucy to look into some seedy characters and solve the case before the wrong person gets skewered …
Recipes included!


What I Thought:


This is the third installment in the Kebab Kitchen Mystery series, and the second in the series that I have read.  I am glad that I read the first book in the series as I would have been a little lost reading this one, but it can be a stand alone if the reader wishes, the author gives enough background that you are not that lost and can keep everything straight.  It just made me feel a closer connection to the characters having read the first in the series.  In this one, Lucy's bestie Katie is the main suspect in the killing of local businessman Archie Kincaid.  But Archie was not a very likable fella, so there are many suspects in this one.  I enjoyed revisiting the Kebab Kitchen, Ocean Crest, and its inhabitants.  I liked this one and the descriptions of the beach festival, it seemed like a lot of fun.  I like the author's writing style, and how the book flowed.  It was an interesting read that kept my attention from the very beginning.  I look forward to more in this series.


I received a complimentary copy of this book.



About the Author


Tina Kashian spent her childhood summers at the New Jersey shore, building sand castles, boogie boarding, and riding the boardwalk Ferris wheel. She also grew up in the restaurant business where her Armenian parents owned a restaurant for thirty years. She worked almost every job—rolling silverware and wiping down tables as a tween, to hosting and waitressing as a teenager.
After college, Tina worked as a NJ Deputy Attorney General, a patent attorney, and a mechanical engineer. Her law cases inspired an inquiring mind of crime, and since then, Tina has been hooked on mysteries. The Kebab Kitchen Cozy Mystery series launches with Hummus and Homicide, followed by Stabbed in the Baklava and One Feta in the Grave by Kensington Books. Tina still lives in New Jersey with her supportive husband and two young daughters. Please visit www.tinakashian.com and join her Newsletter to enter free contests to win books, get delicious recipes, and to learn when her books will be released.
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Sunday, February 24, 2019

The Puppy Who Knew Too Much

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(A Dog Club Mystery)

by V.M. Burns


About the Book




The Puppy Who Knew Too Much (A Dog Club Mystery)

Cozy Mystery

2nd in Series

Lyrical Underground (February 12, 2019)

Paperback: 190 pages

ISBN-10: 1516107918

ISBN-13: 978-1516107919

Digital ASIN: B07D233MVK




Lilly Echosby and her toy poodle Aggie find a fresh start in Chattanooga, Tennessee, spoiled by the scent of murder . . .

Having solved the shooting death of her cheating husband, Lilly's left behind the drama of Lighthouse Dunes, Indiana, to start over in the hometown of her best friend, Scarlett "Dixie" Jefferson. As she gets settled in her new rented house, Lilly gives Aggie, short for Agatha Christie, her own fresh start by enrolling her in the Eastern Tennessee Dog Club, where Dixie is a trainer.

But drama seems to hound Lilly like a persistent stray. Her cranky new neighbor appears unfamiliar with Southern hospitality and complains that Aggie barks too much and digs up his prized tulips. But what the poodle actually unearths is the buried body of a mysterious man who claimed ownership of the lost golden retriever Lilly recently rescued. Now it's up to Lilly and Dixie to try to muzzle another murderer . . .

What I Thought:

This is the second in A Dog Club Mystery Series and the first book of the series I have read.  While I wish that I would have read the first book, I really did enjoy this book and did not feel as if I were too lost while reading it.  In this book, Lilly has left Lighthouse Dunes, IN to move where her best friend Dixie lives in TN.  She moves into a rental home and her dog Aggie is a pain to her next door, who says Aggie digs up his flowers.  When Aggie digs up the body of a fella who claimed to be the owner of a golden retriever Lilly recently rescued, Lilly becomes a suspect in the murder.  She has to enlist the help of Dixie to prove she is not the killer.  This was a well written story that had a great mystery, good humor, and good relationship elements in it.  I enjoyed the setting very much and Lilly and Dixie were very likable characters.  I love dogs, so of course I loved all the great animals in this book as well.  I was left guessing till the end, which is what I really love in a good cozy. I will definitely read the first in this series, and I look forward to more from this series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About the Author




V.M. Burns was born in Northwestern Indiana and spent many years in Southwestern Michigan on the Lake Michigan shoreline. She is a lover of dogs, British historic cozies, and scones with clotted cream. After many years in the Midwest, she went in search of milder winters and currently lives in Eastern Tennessee with her poodles. Her debut novel, The Plot is Murder was nominated for a 2017 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Valerie is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and a lifetime member of Sisters in Crime. Readers can learn more by visiting her website at vmburns.com

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vmburnsbooks/


Twitter: @vmburns


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Friday, February 22, 2019

Past Due for Murder


Past Due for Murder:
A Blue Ridge Library Mystery
by Victoria Gilbert


About the Book


Past Due for Murder: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (February 12, 2019)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1683318749
ISBN-13: 978-1683318743
Digital ASIN: B07D2GYM25

Has a curse fallen on the small town of Taylorsford, Virginia? After a young woman goes missing during a spring bonfire, library director Amy Webber must wade through the web of lies only to find a truth that she may not want to untangle.
Spring has sprung in quaint Taylorsford, Virginia, and the mayor has revived the town’s long-defunct May Day celebration to boost tourism. As part of the festivities, library director Amy Webber is helping to organize a research project and presentation by a local folklore expert. All seems well at first—but spring takes on a sudden chill when a university student inexplicably vanishes during a bonfire.
The local police cast a wide net to find the missing woman, but in a shocking turn of events, Amy’s swoon-worthy neighbor Richard Muir becomes a person of interest in the case. Not only is Richard the woman’s dance instructor, he also doesn’t have an alibi for the night the student vanished—or at least not one he’ll divulge, even to Amy.
When the missing student is finally discovered lost in the mountains, with no memory of recent events—and a dead body lying nearby—an already disturbing mystery takes on a sinister new hue. Blessed with her innate curiosity and a librarian’s gift for research, Amy may be the only one who can learn the truth in Past Due for Murder, Victoria Gilbert’s third charming Blue Ridge Library mystery.


What I Thought:


It was a delight to return to Taylorsford, VA.  I have read the first book in this series and was completely taken in by it, so when given the opportunity to read this one, I jumped at the chance.  In this story, the mayor of Taylorsford has decided to revive the May Day Celebration.  Amy is helping to organize a research project and presentation by a local folklore artist.  During the bonfire, a local college student goes missing.  When Amy's possible lover interest, Richard Muir becomes the prime suspect, Amy has to put on her sleuth's hat to prove he is innocent, even though he is not very forthcoming, even with her, as to his alibi for the night. I really enjoy all the characters in this series as they seem like real people to me.  I also like the sitting because I live in West Virginia close to the Virginia state line and the Blue Ridge Mountains.  I thought this book was well written and flowed well like the other book in the series I have read.  Even though this could be a stand alone, I was glad that I had read at least one of the other books in the series as it helped a little with backstory.  The mystery in this one was great as there were several suspects and the conclusion was well devised and took me totally by surprise.  I look forward to more in this series.


I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About the Author


Raised in a historic small town in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Victoria Gilbert turned her early obsession with books into a dual career as an author and librarian.
Victoria’s first cozy mystery series, the Blue Ridge Library Mystery series, garnered her a three-book deal with Crooked Lane Books, which has since been expanded to five books. The first two books in the series have been optioned by Sony Pictures Television, and the first three were or will be produced in audiobook by Tantor Media.
Victoria also just inked a 2-book deal with Crooked Lane for a new cozy series, the Booklovers B & B series, set in historic Beaufort, NC.
A member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and Sisters in Crime, Victoria is represented by Frances Black at Literary Counsel.
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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Death By Committee


Death by Committee (An Abby McCree Mystery)
by Alexis Morgan


About the Book


Death by Committee (An Abby McCree Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Kensington (January 29, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496719530
ISBN-13: 978-1496719539
Digital ASIN: B07CWF6QBL

When Abby McCree suddenly inherits her favorite relative’s property in small town Snowberry Creek, Washington, she soon realizes that the ramshackle home comes with strings attached—one of which is tied to a dead body!

After a rough divorce, Abby McCree only wants to stitch up her life and move on. But other loose ends appear after her elderly Aunt Sybil passes away, leaving Abby to tend to a rundown estate, complete with a slobbery Mastiff of questionable pedigree and a sexy tenant who growls more than the dog. As Abby gets drawn into a tight-knit quilting guild, she makes a twisted discovery—Aunt Sybil’s only known rival is buried in her backyard!

Despite what local detectives say, Abby refuses to accept that her beloved aunt had anything to do with the murder. While navigating a busy social calendar and rediscovering the art of quilting, she launches an investigation of her own to clear Aunt Sybil’s name and catch the true culprit. The incriminating clues roll in, yet Abby can’t help but wonder—can she survive her new responsibilities in Snowberry Creek and still manage to patch together a killer’s deadly pattern without becoming the next victim?

What I Thought:

I was really looking forward to reading this book, and at first I was a little disappointed, but the story soon picked up and kept me turning the pages.  Recently divorced, Abby moves to Snowberry after she inherits her aunts home, and also some of her aunts committee responsibilities.  While she is having her tenant, Tripp, help her get ready for a garage sale for the quilting guild, the two stumble upon the dead body of Abby's aunt's arch rival.  Of course the police zero in on Aunt Sybil as the main suspect, and Abby knows her aunt could never have killed anyone.  Abby sets out to find out who the real killer is even though she has a full schedule taking over her aunt's various jobs.  I enjoyed this story and really liked the characters.  Abby was a great protagonist, but she was sometimes a push over because she never liked to tell anyone no.  The story flowed well, the setting was okay, as the author did not really go into a lot of detail about the town the story takes place in.  There were not really a lot of suspects to choose from, but I was surprised by the ending. I look forward to more in this series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About the Author


USA Today Best-selling author Alexis Morgan has always loved reading and now spends her days imagining worlds filled with strong alpha heroes and gutsy heroines. She is the author of over forty-five novels, novellas, and short stories that span a variety of genres: American West historicals (as Pat Pritchard); paranormal and fantasy romances; and contemporary romances. She is excited to say that next year will also see the release of her first cozy mystery series. Alexis has been nominated for several industry awards, including the RITA, the top award in the romance genre.
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