Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year From A Cozy Girl Reads

We would like to wish our followers a very Happy New Year...we love and appreciate each and every one of you. Here's to ringing in 2015 reading and hears to all the new cozy mysteries that will be coming out and to all the cozy mysteries we all will be reading in 2015.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from A Cozy Girl Reads

We want to wish you, all our followers a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, how ever or where every you celebrate. We are truly grateful to you all for following our blog. Here's to hoping you all receive some cozy mysteries at your holiday celebration . This is our message to you.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Book Giveaway Winner: Alaskan Alliance by Kathi Daley

Our winner of Alaskan Alliance by Kathi Daley book 12 in the Zoe Donovan Mysteries is Marilyn. Congrats and thank you for entering the giveaway and following A Cozy Girl Reads. You will be notified by email. Thank you to all who entered.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Book Review/Giveaway Alaskan Alliance By Kathi Daley

Title: Alaskan Alliance
Series: Book 12 Zoe Donovan Mystery
Publisher: Kathi Daley Books
Author: Kathi Daley
Format: kindle Ebook
Source: Recieved for review from Author
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Reviewed By: Tina

Rating: 5 Stars

I've always had a dream of going to Alaska, being a big fan of snow, winter and darkness,  Zoe and her fiance Zak and all her fun loving friends is what made me want to read Alaskan Alliance. I was ready once again to emerse myself into Zoe's world. Zoe and her fiance Zak venture off to Moosehead, Alaska to deliver a rescue dog to a rescue team that resides there.

The setting in Moosehead is picturesque and it made me feel like curling up in from of a fire with a tea while reading. There were no words to describe the warm feelings I felt. Zoe's friends, Ellie and Levi meanwhile are back in  their hometown of Ashton Falls recovering from a near fatal car accident caused by a hit and run driver. It angers Levi and he feels to blame for the accident and he is determined to find answers.

In Moosehead Zoe stumbles upon a dead body of a mysterious man staying at the inn they are staying. Torn between whats going on with her friends in Ashon Falls and helping to find a murderer in Moosehead Zoe is set on helping her best friends Ellie and Levi and her new friends she has made with the search and rescue team find answers, murderers and justice.

The search and ultimate rescue of a child had me on the edge of my seat having a young child myself, that was my favorite part of the story. The bravery and courage of Zoe trying to find justice for her old and new friends and the search and rescue team had me in tears. This series I'm happy to say has become one of my favorites. The cozy descriptions of Alaska and the snow also made this book a jewel to me and a new favorite cozy mystery. It really made me want to escape into the story to be there in Moosehead along side Zoe and Zak. They make a great team.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Book Review: Keeper of the Castle by Juliet Blackwell

 Title: Keeper of the Castle
 Author: Juliet Blackwell
 Series: Book 5 A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery
 Publisher: The Penguin Group
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for review from Publisher
 Reviewed by: Marlene

 Mel Turner of Turner Construction is an experienced renovator of historical homes in the San Francisco area and one who can communicate with ghosts, oh, and a woman as well. After reluctantly taking on another project where ghosts may be present and a project that may be out of her league, the restoration of a Scottish castle.

 She soon comes face to face with a hated building inspector, a charming motivational speaker, a very hungry woman, a Scottish man in a kilt, another with a sword and a woman with no past. And only two of those are ghosts. Mel must navigate her work duties, family, her own investigation into a murder and an attempted murder on the job site as well as trying to find out how to help the two ghosts trapped within the unfinished castle. While one ghost is searching for their room the other is protecting an unattainable love.

 I loved Mel and her dog. She is a woman that is in control of her life even though I don't know if she is 100% sure of that. There is quite the cast of characters in the book. I like them all till the end. Even the killer. Even though I haven't read the previous in the series from the background given is perfect for you to able to understand the relationships between Mel and her friends and her past.

 It was a great story!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Book Review: Death with all the Trimmings by Lucy Burdette

Title: Death with all the Trimmings
Author: Lucy Burdette
Series: Book 5 Key West Food Critic Mystery
Publisher: Signet
Source: Received for Review from Publisher
Format: Paperback
Genre: Cozy  Mystery
Reviewed by: Tina

It's the perfect time of year to savor and dig in to Death with all the Trimmings as it is Christmas time in Key West. Hayley,  Key West's resident food critic for Key Zest Magazine is set to interview Edel Waugh, the chef/owner of a new restaurant, Bistro on the Bight. Edel is worried that someone is tampering with ingredients in her kitchen and it's sending Edel into a tailspin, with the appending opening of her restaurant and Edel knowing the  credibility of Hayley in helping solve past investigations Edel  asks her to help out.

Edel Waugh relocated to Key West to prove herself as a chef, open her restaurant and start a new life but when the restaurant is set on fire and a body is found in the charred wreckage Edel realizes that someone is out to get her and her restaurant. When Hayley discovers Edel is keeping secrets and she discovered who the arson victim is she is shocked but is still determined to find this killer and firestarter to save this fiery chefs reputation.

Chefs, food, restaurants and murder make for a perfect well crafted mystery. Food descriptions that jump right off the page. You can feel Hayley's love for her job as a food critic and her love of food. . My favorite part of the book would have to be when Hayley is dining with the New York Times food Critic, I wanted to eat all the food they were eating. Lucy does a great job at making you feel like you can taste the beautiful food she is describing as you are reading, that's what I love about the Key West Food Critic mysteries. I love reuniting with the characters, Hayley's family and friends. Hayley's passion for food, finding justice, and solving murders is what makes her one of my very favorite characters on the written page.

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Death With All the Trimmings by Lucy Burdette

Friday, December 5, 2014

Book Review: Meow if it's Murder by T.C. LoTempio

Title: Meow if it's Murder
Author: T.C. LoTempio
Series: Book 1 Nick & Nora Mystery
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Received for Review From Publisher
Format: Paperback
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Reviewed by: Tina

Rating: 4 stars

It seems that crime reporting is in Nora Charles blood because she can't seem to get it out of her system. She moves back to her hometown of Cruz, California after her mother passes away to run Hot Bread, her mothers sandwich shop and leave Chicago and crime reporting behind. Soon a cat finds Nora and she names him, Nick. He has designs on being her affectionate and fun loving animal.

Along with running the sandwich shop, Nora writes for a local online magazine, Noir. Nora is determined to get her boss at Noir to approve of her writing an article on the death of socialite, Lola Grainger. He is reluctant because it was deemed a open and shut case but Nora suspects otherwise.

It's like fate that Nick previously belonged to a PI also named Nick and he disappeared while also investigating Lola's death. Nick the cat is beginning to show signs and clues that he also knows more about the case and works with Nora to try to help solve the case of the mysterious death of Lola Grainger.

 I fell in love with Nick the cat, not only because he shares my husband and son's name so I had to pick up this book about a cat named Nick to see what he was all about but because he is a  smart and handsome fellow. Nick and Nora are a match made in heaven, one of the best cat sleuths since  Diesel from Miranda James' s Cat in the stacks mysteries. What I like about Nora is she is a no nonsense  type of gal and the fact that she is a crime writer had me wanting to pick up this book. A great cozy mystery  could not be complete with out food, running her mother's sandwich shop brought a great spin to the story  with me being a culinary mystery fan. I can't wait to go on another crime fighting adventure with Nick and  Nora in the next book.

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Meow If It's Murder By T.C. LoTempio

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Book Review: The Ghost and Mrs.Mewer by Krista Davis

Title: The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer
Author: Krista Davis
Series: Book 2 Paws and Claws Mystery
Publisher: Berkley
Format: Paperback
Source: Received For Review from Publisher
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Reviewed by: Tina

Rating:  5 Stars

Holly Miller is settling in fine at The Sugar Maple Inn in the picture perfect Wagtail Mountians. She is helping her "Oma" German for Grandmother out running the pet friendly hotel that not not only welcomes people but our four legged pets. There's a new reality TV show crew coming with dreams of developing a reality TV show called " Apparition Apprehenders" . They come just in time to help celebrate the "Howloween" festivities in Wagtail with activities revolving around Halloween.

The Apparition Apprehenders are a ghost team of several people that investigate paranormal phenomenon and Holly is working hard to make them feel welcome in Wagstail. The ghost hunters are investigating strange goings on at the Wagtail Springs Hotel. Holly is then shocked to discover along with her loyal and sweet companions her Jack Russell, Trixie and calico kitten, Twinkletoes
A woman, Mallory who claims to have written a book with one of the ghost hunters floating in the shallow water of the Wagtails Springs Hotel gazebo.

The crime scene is reminiscent to a spooky legend in Wagtail of a past murder. Holly is one hundred percent certain that Mallory's death is no accident and she will go to hell or high water to catch a killer before another beloved resident of the cozy, pet loving Wagtail becomes another victim.

The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer converted me to a paranormal cozy mystery lover. I'm not a big fan of ghosts, goblins or spirits, I could identify with Holly being a non believer but I was at the ready with the ghost hunters to discover the ghostly hauntings at the hotel.  .With the coziness and picturesque setting and Holly's constant companions of the four legged variety being a part of the story with Oma and all the characters made it feel like visiting old friends. Krista transports you into the world of her books and I am completely captivated. She makes her fictional towns spring to life that adds another cozy element and her charming characters that her books are never without.

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The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer By Krista Davis

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving to all A Cozy Girl Reads Followers

Happy Thanksgiving to our American Followers. I'm Canadian so my Thanksgiving is over but today I am still thankful for all of you, our followers of our Facebook Page and our blog for reading our reviews and entering our giveaways and I am thankful for the cozy mysteries I get to read and review and share with you and to all the authors that write them. Thank you for following and liking A Cozy Girl Reads.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Book Giveaway Winner: Christmas Cozy By Kathi Daley

The book giveaway winner of a paperback or kindle copy of Christmas Cozy book 11 in the Zoe Donovan Mysteries by Kathi Daley is MARIA LEWIN, she is one of our email winners. I will send your email off to the author Kathi and she will contact you about claiming your book prize. Thank you to Maria and everyone who entered and for following A Cozy Girl Reads

Friday, November 14, 2014

Book Giveaway: Christmas Cozy by Kathi Daley.

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At a Cozy Girl Reads we love nothing better than a Christmas themed mystery. Good luck to all who enter and thank you for following A Cozy Girl Reads.

Christmas in Ashton Falls is always a magical time of year. The first big snow has arrived, the tree in the town square has been decorated, the window displays completed, and Hometown Christmas is just around the corner. Zoe finds herself knee deep in holiday shopping and Children’s wishes as she and Zak play host to nine year old Scooter Sherwood and his friend Alex. Although a bit hectic, the magic of Christmas is in full bloom and things couldn’t be more perfect until Zoe finds the body of history teacher Holly Jolly in the Ashton Falls High School Christmas Tree lot. When best friend Levi Denton ends up as the primary suspect, Zoe is pulled into a dangerous holiday investigation.

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Book Review: On Borrowed Time by Jenn McKinlay

Title: On Borrowed Time
Author: Jenn McKinlay
Series: Book 5 Library Lovers' Mystery
Publisher: Berkley
Format: Paperback
Source: Received for Review from Publisher
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Reviewed by: Tina

There is nothing like the unbreakable bond between brother and sister and it's brought to the forefront in On Borrowed time. Library Director Lindsay Norris  loves the holidays and she is preparing the library for the onslaught when her brother, Jack surprises her and makes an appearance at the Briar Creek library, Lindsay allows him to rest in the room reserved for her "Crafternoon" women's group.

When she returns she finds him missing and a dead man sprawled out on the floor. Between two men Captain Mike "Sully" Sullivan and actor Robbie Vine vying for her affections, the library, the dead man and now a missing brother she has a lot to deal with. It comes to light with Jack being a consultant for a coffee company that he has many secrets he is hiding and keeping secrets seems to run in the family as Lindsay is not being so forthcoming with the police by not telling them about her brother because of fear of him being killed by the kidnappers.

Lindsay enlists her "crafternoon" friends to help her find Jack and search for the truth and find a killer before Lindsay becomes the next victim.

Very fast paced, hard to put down mystery. It really had me on the edge of my seat as to what was going to happen next. It was a well crafted and well thought out story. The love triangle between Lindsay, Sully and Robbie and they are two men who  certainly care for Lindsay and stop at nothing to try to get her attention. I was  in antisipation about who she was going to chose to be with. 

I could feel the unbreakable bond and relationship between brother and sister, Lindsay and Jack like it was coming through the pages that's how strong it was and how well written and expressed through words it was by the author and i'm sure that's how the author wants us as readers to feel. Lindsay, between her love life and trying to find a killer and save her brother is one extraordinary character and I can't wait to continue to get a glimpse into Lindsay's life in the next book in this series.

Guest Post: Cozy Mystery Author Jenn McKinlay


 Nov 4th is a very special day for me. Yes, it’s election day, but no I’m not running for office, rather I am celebrating the publication of my twentieth mystery ON BORROWED TIME. When I began this journey I had no idea that I had twenty novels inside me, in fact, I was surprised I even had one! My first mystery came out in 2009. It was the first mystery in a short lived series that I wrote under the name Lucy Lawrence. I loved that series set in a paper store in Massachusetts, not only because it was my first but also because I learned so much about writing a series during its creation.

 Because that series didn’t last, I was convinced my writing career was doomed. I began pitching more and more ideas until I had three series under my own name Jenn McKinlay; the library lover’s series, the cupcake bakery series, and the London hat shop series. You’d think that would be enough, but no. I also took on another series under the name Josie Belle about a group of bargain hunters. When people see the amount of books I write, about four a year, they often ask me how. I wish there was a simple answer but writing is such a unique experience that one size most definitely does not fit all. I have author friends who tell me that every single word is excruciating.

 I know others who tell me they have to think about the book for months before they can write a word. And then there are the crazy ones who write three books at the same time and never get mixed up. Incredible, I know. For me, writing is a lot like falling down a rabbit hole. I don’t think about it too much, in fact, it’s sort of an out of body experience where the story is unfolding in front of me and I am just dutifully taking down notes. Frequently, when I go back over the book before turning it in, I literally have no recall of writing a particular scene or conversation, which is a little unnerving.

 Then again, I fall asleep at the computer so often it could be that I’ve trained myself to write in my sleep and just don’t know it. In any case, the one thing that I have learned is that for me the cupboard never seems to be bare. It’s actually the opposite. The more I write the more ideas I get and the more stories I want to tell. Not all of them are worthy. Sometimes it’s just a snippet that goes nowhere, like a puff of smoke when a candle is blown out, but other times the idea sinks its fangs so deeply into me I know I won’t shake it loose until I write it.

 ON BORROWED TIME was like that, and I got absolutely no peace until the book was done. Here’s a brief description of the twentieth book to give you an idea of the story that demanded to be told: Holiday cheer fills the air in the town of Briar Creek, making even the grumpiest public servant almost chipper. Things take a somber turn; however, when Lindsey finds her brother Jack hiding in one of the library’s meeting rooms. He tells her that he’s on the run from someone who wants to kill him and that he’ll explain later.

 When later comes, Lindsey opens the door to the meeting room to find her brother missing, leaving a dead body in his place. Now Lindsey is in on borrowed time, trying to find her brother before the police or the killer do. I hope you enjoy reading ON BORROWED TIME as much as I enjoyed writing it. Here’s to twenty more mysteries or more! For more information about me or my books, you can go to my website or find me on Facebook or Twitter.

 Happy reading! Jenn

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Guest Post: Author Kate Carlisle: Writing What she Doesn't Know

Kate Carlisle’s Writing What She Doesn’t Know

 From the time I was a little girl, I’ve loved books. More than just the content—the stories, the language, the knowledge—I loved the book itself as an object. I always volunteered to hang Dad’s dry cleaning so I could lay claim to the thin, white cardboard sheets tucked inside his dress shirts. I used them to make my own little books, beautifully decorated but blank inside.

 I moved on to take book arts classes at the local library and then at book arts centers. Writing the Bibliophile Mysteries with bookbinder protagonist Brooklyn Wainwright was a natural extension of a hobby I’ve enjoyed all my life.

 The Fixer-Upper Mysteries? Not so much.

 Shannon Hammer, heroine of A High-End Finish (November 4) and This Old Homicide (January 27), lovingly restores Victorian homes in the quaint town of Lighthouse Cove, California. While my father was a contractor and my brother painted Victorian buildings in San Francisco, I personally have no hands-on experience in that field. No, I have never restored a Victorian home. Or any home, for that matter. I had my kitchen remodeled a couple years ago, but I didn’t do the work; I just complained about how long it took.

 With the Fixer-Upper Mysteries, I’m writing about something I don’t know—for the sheer pleasure of doing the research. And I’m having so much fun, I almost feel guilty!

 Through Shannon, we get to explore every nook and cranny of the fascinating Victorian homes of Lighthouse Cove, from the grande dames to the crackerboxes. When most people think Victorian, they think of Queen Anne style, but there are many styles of Victorian architecture. In the books, readers will have the pleasure of traipsing through strangers’ homes and through the history in each, all wrapped up in a quirky whodunit.


 It’s unfortunate for Shannon that in A High-End Finish, she literally stumbles upon a dead body in the basement of one of her projects. And even more unfortunate that the victim turns out to be a creep she went on a blind date with the night before, a date that ended badly… and publicly.

 I grabbed my purse and jacket and started to dash off—until I felt cold air hit my skin. I looked down to see my teal blouse rippling in the breeze. Jerry had torn it off my shoulder!

 I turned back and yelled, “You big jerk!” I was so angry. He’d ripped my clothing! What a Neanderthal! I knew it was wrong, knew I had to shake off this negative energy, but I wanted to give him a swift smack across his big stupid head. Just walk away, I thought.

 I started to move, but stopped when I heard another sound.


 Looking up at the pier, I saw two men rushing down the stairs toward me. The rest of the people standing at the railing were clapping and laughing and whistling. I even recognized a few of them when they waved at me. What did they think was going on here?

 Jerry raised his head and glared at me. “You’ll be sorry for that.”

 “Oh yeah?” I felt safer now that we were about to have company, so instead of slapping at him like I wanted to, I reached inside my purse and pulled out the only weapon I had on me. My pink needle-nose pliers. I leaned over and snipped them in front of his face a few times.

 He recoiled. “Get that thing away from me!” “Just a warning,” I said with deadly calm, furious with myself for ever believing that he might’ve been a nice guy. So who do you think is the prime suspect when Jerry is found murdered the very next day? Especially when he’s murdered on one of Shannon’s job sites… and the likely murder weapon is one of the pink tools for which she’s known.

 A High-End Finish is available now, so you have the chance to get in on the Fixer-Upper Mystery series right from the very beginning. I hope you’ll enjoy the stories and that you’ll love learning fascinating little tidbits about restoring beautiful Victorian homes. Read more about the Fixer-Upper Mysteries at

Book Review: A High- End Finish by Kate Carlisle

 Title: A High-End Finish
 Author: Kate Carlisle
 Genre: Cozy Mystery
 Series: A Fixer-Upper Mystery, Book 1
 Publisher: Obsidian/Published by The Penguin Group
 Format: paperback ARC
 Source: Received for review from Publisher
 Reviewed by: Marlene

 Shannon Hammer is a woman with a great construction business, great friends, great home and a great town. Being one of few female contractors of restoring beautiful Victorian homes in the area it looks like she has it made but when she is falsely accused of murdering a man she recently went on a blind date with he life spirals downward and out of control. As soon as she is cleared of that murder another lands on her doorstep or more literally her driveway. Both men are locally hated and there is no lack of would be suspects. Except all the evidence points to Shannon and her pretty pink tools.

 As she progresses on her own investigation of the the recent murders she is helped by her friends and all the gossips a small town could possibly handle. The police chief must constantly warn her to stay away and the newest resident of Lighthouse Cove, a famous writer, seems to be motivated by her current events to write his book and maybe spark a bit of a mystery himself. Shannon ends up facing her own assaults from the murderer and everywhere she turns she sees suspects and starts doubting people she's known all her life. Some have given her reason to and some just have ample motive.

 I really loved Shannon, I could relate to her struggles to be independent  and her dating past. Each of her friends seem to represent one I have in my own life as well. I found myself giggling at some of her thoughts, situations and conversations between friends, the friendships between the women were written well, even the ones that are her nemeses.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Book Review: The Chocolate Book Bandit by Joanna Carl

Title: The Chocolate Book Bandit
Author: Joanna Carl
Series: Book 13 A Chocoholic Mystery
Publisher: Signet
Format: Paperback
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: Received for review from publisher
Reviewed by: Tina

There's  nothing I love more than books and chocolate and when I discovered this series I knew I had to read it. When I found this edition of the series combining books, libraries and  chocolate I couldn't resist taking a taste test.  Lee Woodyard works at TenHuis Chocolade and she is asked to serve on the library board so she decided to try it out by attending a meeting.

Once everyone is gathered they all become aware of terrified screams, Abigal VanRoostock is found dead at the bottom of the libraries basement stairs, she is the woman who is retiring from the board and Lee was to replace.

It is soon discovered that Abigail was murdered and the new library director Henry "Butch" Cassidy and Lee  and everyone at the meeting become suspects. Lee has to unlock the clues to find the murderer before the book gets thrown her.

Lee seems to be a real character to me and I found myself really identifying with her as a person. There is was a real connection between Lee and I and that's what kept me reading. The love triangles are intriguing and makes this book a real page turner. What left a lot to be desired were Lee's "tongue twisters" to be honest they were annoying but that was part of Lee's personality that I did see past once the story went on. Very Interesting characters. Loved the ins and outs of the library board and it's members and being like a fly on the wall as a reader. Now to find my hot chocolate.

Guest Post: Ideas Anyone? By Joanne Carl


 By JoAnna Carl

 Some writers hate being asked that classic question, “Where do you get your ideas?” I don’t mind being asked; I just hope the questioner doesn’t expect a sensible answer.
 I was once on a panel where everyone answered that question. One writer said she got hers “From the Bible and Shakespeare, as anyone who’s read my books should know.” Another said she ordered hers from a warehouse in Wisconsin. If I answered honestly, I probably said ideas litter the ground. I stumble over them all the time, bend down, and pick one up.

 Recently, I was coerced into selling soft drinks to benefit the Friends of the Library at a local festival. (Yes, writers have real lives and have to do civic chores like everybody else.) As soon as I got to the drinks booth, the other person on duty said, “I have this recurring idea for a mystery novel, and I’d like to tell it to you.” “Tell away,” I said. And her idea was tricky, I admit. There’s nothing wrong with it at all. But it doesn’t appeal to me, and I can’t imagine ever using it. And that illustrates a truth that’s almost universal: Other people’s ideas rarely grab you.

 Only once has such a donated idea worked for me, and that turned into a short story. Well, a donated idea worked twice, if you count the time Earlene Fowler, out of a clear blue sky, said, “No one has ever written a series and put the word ‘Chocolate’ in the title of every book.” She said this the same day I had the idea of writing about chocolate, but before I’d mentioned it to anyone. I’ve always counted that as Divine Intervention, rather than trading ideas, especially when Earlene added, “You can do it; I’m not going to.” I did thank Earlene in one of the Chocoholic books.

 As for the ideas that inspired my most recent books – well, neither idea was too exciting to start with. And both had a lot to do with the books’ titles. THE CHOCOLATE BOOK BANDIT came about because I have a son who’s a librarian. I’ve written nearly fifteen books in the Chocoholic series, drawing on the expertise of his two sisters – one who used to work for a chocolate company and one who is a CPA. My son has never complained because his sisters got all the fictional attention, but I thought I might as well exploit him the way I’ve exploited his sisters.

 So I offered my heroine/detective Lee Woodyard a spot on the local library board. And naturally a body turned up at her first meeting. This also brought Lee into contact with an interesting and attractive man who was a librarian. I wanted to get away from the idea of crabby old ladies glaring from behind the circulation desk and hissing, “Shh!” I’ve hung around in libraries all my life, and I’ve only met one librarian who acted like that.

 Then I had a terrible time thinking of a title. BOOK BANDIT was finally suggested by a friend at church. THE CHOCOLATE CLOWN CORPSE, on the other hand, had its title before it had any characters or plot. Since the Chocoholic titles fit a rigid pattern (“The Chocolate Something-or-other Crime.” And I like alliteration) I occasionally make lists of suitable titles. I started with THE CHOCOLATE CLOWN CLUE, but my editor suggested substituting Corpse for Clue, and she was, as usual, right.

 It sounds much more mysterious. I often come up with characters by a method I call “casting against type.” This led me to create a clown who wasn’t either funny or nice and a stepmother who was downtrodden rather than wicked. My doctor suggested the kidnapping plan used in the book and is given due credit in the acknowledgements. I’m not sure Medicare covers that service, but I sure appreciated her work, and she hasn’t yet sent me a bill.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Book Review: Deadlines: A Written to Death Mystery by E.Hepner

  Title: Deadlines: A Written to Death Mystery
  Author: E. Hepner
  Genre: Cozy Mystery
  Series: A Wriiten to Death Mystery, Book 1
  Publisher: Smashwords Edition
  Format: PDF
  Source: Received for review from author
  Reviewed by: Marlene

 Every small town has their secrets and their gossip and faithful townies to keep the cycle going. Ainsley Moss is returning to Aurora Falls after finishing college to her granparents home. Soon after moving home, her grandparents and mother conspire to find her a job, the local papers new obituary writer and a place to live, renting a room off of a school yard boyfriend. If that isn't enough in one day she is also attacked by her once friend turned enemy, Juliet, that later turns up murdered and she is immediately the prime suspect.

 Ainsley must scrammble to write the perfect obit for her predecessor, her old enemy, dodging advances from the charming Gage and solving the murder she was accused of. As she follow the clues, the circumstances around Juliet's life and murder open up more and more lies and secrets. Secrets that lead back to her past and present activities with men and family.

 I loved the characters in this book, Ainsley is awesome and a perfect example you can't judge a book by their cover. Gage is the perfect modern gentlemen, we need those in reality. The story itsself has a lot of heart asides from it's twists and turns. And I loved how it included the obituaries Ainsley wrote.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Book Review: Halloween Hijinks Anniversary Edition by Kathi Daley

Title: Halloween Hijinks Anniversary Edition
Author: Kathi Daley
Series: Zoe Donovan Mystery Book 1
Publisher: CreateSpace
Format: PDF
Source: Received for Review from Author
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Reviewed by: Tina

Halloween Hijinks Anniversary Edition is the first book in the Zoe Donovan Mystery series with a short story included, I will be reviewing Halloween Hijinks and the short story, Zoe's Treasure Hunt.

Zoe Donovan is a animal control officer with a heart of gold who has a passion for finding homes for lost animals and she loves spending time with her trained therapy dog, Charlie. It's Halloween In Ashton Falls. Zoe had a few friends that keep her grounded, Levi and Ellie. Zoe takes it upon herself to set up some neighborhood festivities for the Halloween Hamlet event. Levi is also busy with the high school football team to make sure that the opposing teams hijinks don't get out of hand.

Zoe is out on a call to rescue a howling dog in a creepy haunted house, she creeps into the basement to find the football coach of the opposing team murdered. Levi ,who is coach of Ashton Falls team is soon pinned as the prime suspect in the murder. Zoe makes it her goal to find the killer bring him to justice and set Levi free.

What I love most about reading is relating to characters in a story and I could relate to Zoe and her history. I love her passion and love for animals and her friends and her fellow man. Very character driven cozy mystery and enjoyable especially when the murderer is revealed and justice is truly prevailed. If you are a dog and mystery lover this book is perfect for you. I found while reading, recalling my love for my dog when I owned one bringing back memories of my own. I look forward to getting to know Zoe on her future adventures in this series. I can't wait to read and review another book in this winning series.

Zoe’s Treasure Hunt. A short story

 Zoe and her trained therapy dog, Charlie venture to the hospital to visit patients. Charlie had a special knack for helping patients in need by providing comfort and support during illness or to the dying. First she and Charlie Visit a boy named Tommy and found that he started to be doing better. Dr Ryder Westlake then recommends that Zoe and Charlie look in on another Patient named Burton Ozward, nicknamed Oz, who had a mild heart attack, not being a doctor’s dream patient he wants to leave the hospital.

 It’s takes awhile for for Oz to open up to Zoe and Charlie but then he finally does and tells her a tale of fearing his remaining time on Earth was short and the real reason he came to Ashton Falls was to claim his inheritance from his dead grandfather, the inheritance being a bag of gold and clues on how to find it, like a treasure hunt.

 Oz wishes the bag of gold to go to his granddaughter who has dreams of going to medical school that he would not have been able to finance otherwise. Zoe happily offers to help Oz on his quest to track down the hidden treasure his and his granddaughters sake. Zoe then enlists the help of her pappy and his friends to help in the search for the treasure because they are of advanced age and know the history of Ashton Falls. Being able to find the treasure is now Zoe’s mission before it’s too late.

 I really enjoyed this story after reading Halloween Hijinks, it was a refreshing look into Zoe and Charlie’s kind hearts and Zoe’s compassion for animals and people. I also enjoyed that there was no murder involved and how sometimes one meeting one person can change someone’s perspective and views on life and love.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Book Review: Murder with Ganache by Lucy Burdette

Title: Murder with Ganache
Author: Lucy Burdette
Series: A Key West Food Critic Mystery Book 4
Publisher: NAL
Format: Kindle Editon
Source: Amazon
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Reviewed by: Tina

There was nothing better to lift my spirits than a trip to Key West Florida on another adventure with Key West food critic writer, Hayley and her friends and family. In what was supposed to be a joyous occasion with Hayley's best friend, Connie marrying her one true love Ray and with Hayley preparing to make two hundred scrumptious Lime Cupcakes with Lime Cream Cheese Frosting. Hayley's family also flies out to vacation and to celebrate the only glitch is Rory, Hayley's teenage step  brother who wants nothing better than to not be at the wedding.

So with approval of Hayley and her Step mom, Allison. Rory heads out to explore Key West alone or so Hayley and her family thinks. When he does not return by his curfew Hayley sets out to find Rory on Duval street. As the hours pass and she is unable to find him her fears for him escalate and she then tells her father and Allison. They find Rory half concious on a boat then with a little investigating from Hayley she finds out that Rory did indeed have friends in Key West and then that friend is found murdered in the mangroves and Rory soon from his hospital bed becomes the prime suspect and with Connie cancelling the wedding at the last minute, it's up to Hayley to save her brother and find his friend's murderer and  possibly save a marriage.

This is one of my very favorite culinary cozy mystery series. Murder with Ganache is foodie mystery lovers dream. Hayley's true love first and foremost is food and bringing her readers delicious reviews of some of Key West's restaurants but in Murder with Ganache her family came first and that is what I loved about it . I have come to love Hayley and her entire family and friends throughout this series, and after reading you will come to love them too. Murder with Ganache left me with happy tears. I can't wait to read and review Death with all the trimmings the next in the series released in December of this year.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Facebook 1000 + likes Giveaway: Murder with Ganache By Lucy Burdette

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Friday, October 24, 2014

900 + like giveaway winner: Iced to Death by Peg Cochran

Congratulations to VONNIE LONGWOOD CLARK. You have won a signed paperback copy of Iced to Death by Peg Cochran  Book 3 in the Gourmet De- Lite mysteries. I will send you a private message via Facebook, I will need your email address to send to Peg so she can send you your winning book. Thank you, Vonnie and to all that entered. Vonnie, you need to respond within 24 hours or another winner will be drawn.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Facebook 900 + likes Giveaway: Iced to Death by Peg Cochran

It's our 900 + Facebook Giveaway time and this time we are giving away a copy of Iced to Death Book 3 in the Gourmet De-Lite mysteries by Peg Cochran. So please head over to our Facebook Page found right here on the blog and like us and enter to win. The winner will be announced Friday October 24 th at 9:00 AM EST Here is the synposis:

Gigi Fitzgerald, owner of Gigi’s Gourmet De-Lite, knows how to put her clients’ cravings on ice. But catching a slippery killer is more of a challenge…

 Gigi’s business may be hot, but her home life is leaving her cold. Her sister, Pia, has dropped in for an unannounced visit and, much to Gigi’s chagrin, has immediately fallen for handsome bar owner Declan McQuaid. So when Declan asks Gigi to help him prep for a big engagement party, she’s not only dealing with the heat of the kitchen and her own feelings for Declan, but Pia’s jealousy.

 However, Gigi’s rising temperature quickly chills when the host of the party is found stabbed to death with an ice pick in back of the pub. Now, as Gigi’s beau, Detective Mertz, hones in on Declan as a possible murderer, Gigi will have to shave down the growing list of suspects quickly, before Pia’s newfound love interest finds himself locked in the cooler….


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Book Review: A Midwinter's Tail by Sofie Kelly

Title: A Midwinter's Tail
Author: Sofie Kelly
Series:  Book 6 Magical Cats
Publisher: Signet
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: Received for Review from Publisher
Format: Paperback
Reviewed by: Tina

Known though out the town as "The Cat Whisperer" Kathleen Paulson has an ability to communicate with cats and it seems that her cute and cuddly felines Owen and Hercules have special ways they express themselves, shall we say. Kathleen works at the local library of Mayville Heights and is putting together a program at the library called "Reading Buddies" that promotes literacy for children.

Brutus Chapman is a man with a shady past that haunts him. His ex wife, Dayna shows up back in town after a twenty year absence and after eating a chocolate at the fundraiser for Reading Buddies, collapses and falls to her death. When it is revealed that Dayna was murdered by the chocolate Brutus then goes to Kathleen for help along with her detective boyfriend, Marcus knowing that Kathleen has helped solve past murders and Owen and Hercules are also keen on getting in on the sleuthing to find a killer.

The way that Kathleen interacted with Owen and Hercules reminded me how I sometimes talk to my cats and if your a pet owner I don't care who you are we are all guilty of it. I loved it. There were a great cast of characters. The cat duo make this mystery a joy to read with a touch of magic. A Librarian cat owner, a winning combination for a great cozy mystery like A Midwinter's Tail.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Book Review: Bless Her Dead Little Heart by Miranda James

Title: Bless Her Dead Little Heart
Author: Miranda James
Series: A Southern Ladies Mystery Book 1
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: Received for Review from Publisher
Format: Paperback ARC
Publisher: Berkley
Reviewed By: Tina

The Ducote Sisters, Miss An'gel and Miss Dickce exemplify sweet  southern charm and true manners. Their southern upbringing and manners  are really put to the test in this first of the A Southern Ladies Mystery.  We first come to know the the Ducote sisters in Miranda James's Out of Circulation, the fourth book in the Cat in the stacks Mysteries. The sisters are cat sitting Diesel, Charlie Harris's Maine Coon Cat also from that series

The sisters former sorority sister, Rosabelle shows up at their door out of the blue. She explains to them that she fears that one of her family members is trying to kill her. The sisters boil it down to Rosabelle's always wanting to be the center of attention and her self absorbed ways. Rosabelle then explains examples of how she thinks her family has tried to harm her, so being the true southern ladies they are let her stay.

Then just as suddenly and Rosabelle shows up so does her family members one by one. Their behavior is deplorable but the sisters show their true manners and self restraint by letting the family stay in the home to see if they can discover if what Rosabelle is saying is really true. Then one of the family members comes tumbling down the stairs to her impending death then deputy Kanesha Berry from the Athena Police department and The Cat in the Stacks Series is soon investigating the murder and soon another family member is murdered.

These sleuthing sisters all the while keeping to their true southern roots and charm made these sisters a true match made in heaven and their poking in and meddling look exemplary to the suspects and there were many in this deranged family. I loved all the familiar characters from the Cat in the stacks series especially Diesel the cat who was along for the ride and deputy Kanesha Berry,  made reading this book a true cozy comfort. This first in a  spin off to the Cat in the Stacks series was a true delight to read. I can't wait to meet up with these charming ladies again in the next in the series.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Book Review: Fatal Fortune By: Victoria Laurie

 Title: Fatal Fortune
 Author: Victoria Laurie
 Series: A Psychic Eye Mystery Book 12
 Publisher: Obsidian, Published by The Penguin Group
 Genre: Cozy Mystery
 Format: Hard cover
 Source: Received for review from Publisher
 Reviewed by: Marlene

 Abby Cooper, psychic and long time PI partner and friend to Candice Fusco will be taking on her most challenging case yet. And alone because it is to clear Candice's name of murder.

 In the middle of the night Abby receives a desperate voice mail from Candice requesting some help. Which sets off a series of events from dodging her FBI husband and his and her's boss, also Candice's husband to the seedy casinos of Las Vegas. As well as Candice's seedy ex husband. While Abby is trying to untangle Candice's web of deceptions, she finds herself and her radar doing the same.

 With only her radar to guide her Abby will need to overcome her own doubts and those of everyone around her to find out the truth.

 Loved this book. So many twists and turns and then twists. It was beautifully written to keep you engaged in the story and the constant emotional attachment Abby has for her friend. I loved the characters too. Abby is great, loved how she kept the FBI husband's on the side lines and took the reigns. She is a very strong female lead that I can have continued respect for.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Book Review: The Christie Curse by Victoria Abbott

 Title: The Christie Curse
 Author: Victoria Abbott
 Series: A Book Collector Mystery Book 1
 Publisher: The Berkley Publishing Group
 Genre: Cozy Mystery
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for review from Author
 Reviewed by: Marlene

 Jordan Bingham a recent college graduate finds herself retreating back to her home town of Harrison Falls. Due to lack of employment and the fact her ex has maxed out her credit cards. Now she is living with her uncle's above their could be, could be not so on the level antique shop. Luckily she lands what she believes will be a great job after some resistance from her new employer Miss Van Alst, one of the town's most hated resident's. Jordan has been set to hunt down a possible unpublished play by Agatha Christie written during her eleven day disappearance in 1926.

 But soon enough Jordan is faced with the fact that the last employee of Miss Van Alst died under suspicious circumstances, a stalker cop, grieving parent's/fiance, multiple attacks on the contacts she has made to try and find the manuscript and her employer's Dr. Jehkyl/Mr.Hyde cat. With only the lessons learned by her band of uncles to keep going and learn the truth will she find out who is behind all this tragedy and find the manuscript too.

 I loved the story of Jordan tracking down this supposed lost manuscript and all the twists and turns. And it is a great take on what Agatha Christie could have done with her disappearance. I look forward to reading the next one.

Book Review: Stirring The Plot by Daryl Wood Gerber

 Title: Stirring the Plot
 Author: Daryl Wood Gerber
 Series: Book 3, A Cookbook Nook Mystery
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for Review From Publisher
 Genre: Cozy Mystery
 Reviewed by: Tina

 Dorothy and The Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz, Fortune Tellers, Physics and Witches and shall I say a floral delivery man, it can only mean one thing, it's Halloween in Crystal Cove, CA at The Cookbook Nook, a culinary bookstore. All of The Cookbook Nook and the town of Crystal Cove is anticipating the annual Winsome Witches Faire for literacy. Proprietor Jenna and her Aunt Vera are once again in the thick of things. The Winsome Witches are not real witches or so they claim but a group of fundraising, fun loving women and the High Priestess of the Winsome Witches, a admired therapist, Pearl is found dead and it is soon discovered that she was murdered.

 It comes to light that many of Pearl's patient's have many hidden secrets, One of them may possibly have a dark secret enough to kill over or could someone else emerge from the shadows as the guilty party. Aunt Vera with the murder of her beloved friend, Pearl is understandably distraught and is unable to unlock her powers of perception which is frustrating for her wanting to help find out who killed her friend so Jenna takes it upon herself to help once again to solve another crime in Crystal Cove with a few tricks up her sleeve, of coarse.

 If you love Halloween, Witches and dressing up and don't forget scrumptious and ghoulish treats made by The Cookbook Nook Chef, Katie and novice cook Jenna with recipes included and don't forget, The Cookbook Nook would not be complete without a murder, Stirring the Plot is a perfect read for you. The delicious food descriptions made my mouth water with enchanting characters like Jenna and Aunt Vera I knew I would be captivated from the first page. This is a favorite series of mine and I wish it all success. I look forward to reading and reviewing the next in this delectable series.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Book Review: Off Kilter by Hannah Reed

 Title: Off Kilter
 Author: Hannah Reed
 Series: A Scottish Highlands Mystery
 Publisher: The Berkley Publishing Group
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for review from Publisher
 Reviewed by: Marlene

 Eden Elliot has just had one of the worst years of her life, losing her mother and her marriage. Being pressured by her best friend to go spend the next few months in the highlands of Scotland to get away and emerse herself in scottish culture to aid her in writing her very first novel. And to maybe emerse herself in a man as well.

 Once there she finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation, a family fued, an accusation of arson and the possible sparks of an attraction to a man that is spoken for. Eden struggles to clear her name as well as her friend's name of all the wrong doings around town and soon becomes the target. She then has to race against the clock to make sure everything is set right.

   This story for me was a cross between Murder She Wrote (not that Eden was writing about the murder) and Eat Pray Love. Eden reminds me of Julia Robert's character going to go find herself and finally going to take of her herself and herself alone but then the murder hits and she takes it on like Angela Lansbury's character with a sense of determination and pride.

I also loved how Scotland was depicted and infused to the story, it sounds like a beautiful place I would like to travel to one day. The cuisine of Scotland also make some appearances and although I don't believe haggis or blood pudding would be my dishes of choice there is one dish I have never heard of and would like to try is Scottish eggs. They sound yummy.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Book Review: Literally Murder by Ali Brandon

Title: Literally Murder
Author: Ali Brandon
Series: Book 4 A Black Cat Bookshop Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
Format: Paperback
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: Received for review from Publisher
Reviewed by: Tina

My favorite crime fighting cat, Hamlet is back and I couldn't be more excited. Along with his owner and mystery bookstore owner Darla Pettistone. Darla and Hamlet gained some notoriety when a video of Darla and Hamlet with the black cat Hamlet mimicking Darla in a karate tournament that goes viral on the internet and forever dubbs Hamlet the "Karate Kitty".

Hamlet is then invited to to be a guest of honor at a championship cat show in Fort Lauderdale, Flordia. Darla readily agrees as there is a renovation going on at her bookstore with a addition of a coffee shop and Hamlet would be better off away from the construction and soaking in the Florida sun.

Darla and Hamlet and Darla's friend, Jake in toe make it to the show to discover animal activists reeking havoc. Then a so called cat breeder, Ted when he tries to pass off a new breed, Minx, half sphnyx, half manx and does not win the competition  then to the horror of Darla and with Jake being Hamlet's security guard for the show Hamlet is catnapped and he is found by Darla and Jake in the hotel room of the Judge of the competition beside the dead body of Ted. Now its up to Hamlet with the help of Darla and Jake to sniff out a killer before someone else takes a permanent cat nap.

Hamlet, the black bookshop cat is the star in this series along with some other charming and zany characters. Jake's mom, Nattie had me completely in stitches through out the book. Very character driven and well written, never a dull moment in this series yet. Along with the comforting Florida landscape beautifully laid out made me want to jump right into the book to help solve the murder right along with Hamlet, Darla and all their friends, while reading I was envisioning myself being there.That to me being the very best thing about reading. I can't wait to read and review the next in this delightful series.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Book Review Murder She Wrote : Death of A Blue Blood by Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain

Title: Murder She Wrote : Death of A Blue Blood
Author: Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain
Series: Book 42: Murder, She Wrote
Publisher:  NAL Hardcover
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: Received for Review from Publisher
Reviewed by: Tina

In this newest edition of the Murder She Wrote series we ring in the new year with mystery writer Jessica Fletcher and her close friend a detective inspector of Scotland Yard, George Sutherland. They are invited to Castorbrook Castle with her British publisher by the Lord and Lady Norrance .

Just as suddenly as Jessica settles into her room where she is to stay for the duration of her time at the castle, she looks out the window to discover a woman lying on the ground, she ventures out of her room to investigate and finds her dead. Being a typical British Royal family they are closed mouthed and perfectly poised regarding the death, when the identity of the woman is discovered, that she is no other than the Lady's maid and the children on the castle's previous caretaker, Flavia Beckwith .

There is to be a costume ball to be held at the castle to ring in the new year and the Earl wants to make a toast to the new year but before he gets a chance and without warning he collapses and dies apparently of a poisoning from caviar. Soon after it is discovered that there are many grudges and suspects emerging against the Lord of the Castle and family secrets start rising to the surface. With Jessica's knack for solving crimes and as a writer of mystery novels with her expertise  along with her detective friend, George, find a murderer.

It was so refreshing to see a relationship blossoming between Jessica and George, The murder she wrote series is a comfort to the soul with murder always at the helm keeping me wanting more and more of this series. I love how Jessica always finds a way to weave herself into every situation to help solve a crime. With a mix of endearing and vicious characters makes this edition of the Murder she Wrote series a must read. I can't wait to read and review the next in the series.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Book Review: The Cavanaugh House by Elizabeth Meyette

 Title: The Cavanaugh House
 Author: Elizabeth Meyette
 Publisher: Elizabeth Meyette
 Genre: Cozy Mystery
 Format: PDF
 Source: Received for review from author
 Reviewed by: Marlene

 The Cavanaugh house which has sit vacant for the last twenty-eight years finally has someone brave enough to take up residency. A house that has been labelled haunted and abandoned, except by a million mice, will come to life again once more. Jesse Graham coming off a bad break up from her fiance has decided to trade in the high life for a more simple life in upstate New York. Jesse inherited the house from her long deceased aunt.

 Attempting to battle the house's decay and prepare herself to start teaching at the local school she comes face to face with the ghost of her aunt. Sensing the love and need to find peace from her Aunt Helen's ghost sets Jesse on a frantic chase to find her aunt's killer. Finding along the way the support from her long time friend Maggie and new acquanitainces Susan (Helen's best friend), her son Joe and local police officer Marty. As Jesse reveals more facts and questions about what happened to Helen so long ago she is also hit with some hard truths regarding her past and future.

 I loved this story, it had the right amount of drama and action to keep you going. I could completely emerse myself in the characters of Jesse and Maggie. Jesse was a great female lead. And even though Women's lib was before my time (This story was set in the late 60s) I thank those women for helping us to where we are today. But I still don't understand the downside of being called a lady instead of a women. Personally either is fine with me.

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Anxious to acquire some killer deals for her on-line resale business, Pippi O'Brien enlists the help of her long-time shopping buddy, Shep Jones. However, they get more than they bargain for when the owner of a local consignment store, The Classy Closet, turns up murdered and Shep becomes the number one suspect.

 When Shep asks for Pippi's help to clear his name, she is only too eager to take on the case. Before long, she's searching for suspects with the same enthusiasm that she uses to scour clearance racks for good deals. Only, she quickly finds out that it's difficult to maintain a booming resale business while playing detective.

 Adding to the stress, Pippi is recruited as a stand-in maid of honor for her cousin's pending nuptials and soon finds herself stretched tighter than her poor-fitting bridesmaid dress. To make matters worse, wedding bells are also chiming for ex-boyfriend, Detective Sean Panelli, and the uber-possessive Sarah Maloney. Will Pippi be able to keep her cool, nab a killer and perhaps even reclaim her man? Or, will she find herself next on the list of bargains to die for?

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Book Review: Murder off The Beaten Path by M.L. Rowland

  Title: Murder off the Beaten Path
 Author: M.L. Rowland
 Series: Book 2 A Search and Rescue Mystery
 Publisher: The Berkely Publishing Group
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for review from author
 Reviewed by: Marlene

The story starts of with Gracie Kinkaid being part of the failed search of a teenage girl in the California mountains. Gracie herself is part of a search and rescue team while balancing her day job as a director at a church owned camp. Soon after the failed search she is faced with another call for a rescue that ends with finding her friend, Jett dead at the bottom of a canyon area. She then proceeds to uncover what really happened to her friend.

 While Gracie is investigating her friends death and uncovering secrets involving the family that runs the camp. She is also fighting some of her own personal inadequacies and juggling multiple romantic offers from men. At one point she sets herself on a mission also decides to take on her sickening excuse of a neighbour. As the book continues the more she finds out, the more she needs to seek justice for the wrong doings.

I found this story extremely engaging and possibly most of it could be the work of non-fiction. The events depicted in this book are issues faced in society today. I loved how Ms. Rowland writes Gracie, I felt like I was in her head and figureing it out along with her. This book is now on my favourites list. I look forward to the next one. And also, reading Ms. Rowland's previous novel - Zero-Degree Murder.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Book Review: Scene of the Climb by Kate Dyer-Seeley

 Title: Scene of the Climb
 Author: Kate Dyer - Seeley
 Series: Book 1 A Pacific Northwest Mystery
 Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for review from author
 Genre: Cozy Mystery
 Reviewed by: Marlene

 Recent college graduate Meg Reed has had her life swept from beneath her dealing with the death of her father, no job opportunities and living on a friend's couch. But a chance encounter with the owner of an outdoor enthusiasts magazine sends her into the world of rock climbing, reality tv and murder.

 Soon Meg finds herself wrapped up in a murder that she can't just leave up to the local authorities to take care of. She needs her story, she needs to know and she needs to watch her every step. Along with help and increasing warnings from her friends, boss and local sherrif, she keeps digging deeper and deeper until she has no where to go.

 I enjoyed the story Meg took me on, trying to find her way in the world of journalism and rock climbing. It is two worlds I would never have to ventured into in my life. The depiction of Oregon was beautiful, the mountains and forests and rivers. And I love Meg's Adventure Tips at the back of the book, they were great.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Mary Anne Edwards Giveaway Winner

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

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