Sunday, July 27, 2014

My August Berkley Prime Crime New Release Book Reviews

I have some amazing New Release Berkley Prime Crime Cozy Mystery Book Reviews...There are alot of great ones so stay clued in.

Here's what cozy I will be reviewing and when:
Review August 8th
Review August 11th
               
                               
Review August 12t
Review August 13th

                       
Review August 14th

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Cozy Girl Reads Facebook 500 like Book Giveaway: Derby Divas by Kathi Daley

We are having a celebration on our Facebook page, We have reached the 500 Like Milestone. Like A Cozy Girl Reads on Facebook, if you haven't already and enter to win Derby Divas, Book 8 in the Zoe Donovan Mystery by Kathi Daley. Just find our Derby Divas Giveaway post and enter. The giveaway closes at 9 AM EST on Wednesday and the winner will be announced on A Cozy Girl Reads on Facebook at 10:00 AM EST Wednesday Like us on the right hand side of the blog and click on the A Cozy Girl reads text and it will take you directly to our Facebook page.  PLEASE NO ENTRIES ON THE BLOG  THIS TIME, THIS IS A GIVEAWAY ON OUR A COZY GIRL READS FACEBOOK PAGE.




Read an excerpt from Derby Divas:

I don’t know what I was thinking, agreeing to meet Boomer and Pandora at 5:30 in the morning. Not only was it much too early to be out of my nice warm bed but it was much too cold to be wandering around on the summit. Summer in the mountains is not like summer in the valley, where the nighttime temperatures rival the daytime ones.
 Most summer days see a forty-degree swing between the high temperature and the low. If I had to guess, I’d say the current temperature was hovering around forty degrees. I snuggled into my sweatshirt and stifled a yawn. I really should have thought to bring a thermos of coffee with me rather than just a travel mug. The last twenty-four hours had been really hectic. Not only had Zak arrived with Scooter yesterday afternoon, creating quite a bit of chaos, but I’d had my big double date with Ellie as well. I took a long sip of my coffee and waited for Pandora to arrive.
 It was 5:35 and she’d yet to make an appearance. “Looks like we’re all dressed up for a party, but the guest of honor is a no-show,” Levi commented as he walked up behind me, sipping from his own travel mug filled with liquid adrenaline. “I’m sure she’ll be here.” Actually, I wasn’t, but I didn’t want to admit quite yet that I’d dragged Levi out so early for nothing. “If she isn’t here in five minutes, she forfeits and we win,” a large man with a deep voice who I recognized as Boomer’s friend Masher declared.

I was preparing to call it a forfeit when Pandora’s street car, which was the exact same light pink shade as her derby car, rolled up. Talk about making an entrance. Pandora hadn’t even gotten out of the car. She’d come prepared to race dressed in her signature pink racing suit and pink helmet and pulled right up to the starting line. Boomer pulled on his helmet and jumped into his tricked-out Mustang. Jugs, Boomer, Zelda, and I were instructed to make our way down to the finish line, while the other representatives from both the men’s and women’s groups stayed at the starting line with Levi to ensure a fair start. I have to admit that my pulse was racing with anticipation at the race that would be concluded within seconds. There was something about the smell of exhaust and the roar of the engines that sent my nerve endings into hyperdrive.

The whole exciting, terrifying, tragic event took less time than it would take me to retell the story. The cars shot from the starting point, bumper to bumper until Pandora pulled away at the last second. The crowd roared with cheers of victory until the moment we realized that Pandora hadn’t stopped after crossing the finish line but had continued on toward the sharp curve and the rocky cliff that plummeted a quarter mile to the valley below. I held my breath as Pandora skidded into the curve, appearing to make the adjustment needed to make the turn at the last minute. As she slid around the bend, it looked like she had all but stopped.

I had just released my breath when I heard the sound of an explosion after the car plunged over the side and burst into flames upon impact with the valley floor. “Oh my God,” I screamed as I ran toward the place where the car had knocked out the barrier. I can’t say I remember exactly what happened after that. Flames shot into the air as everyone screamed and cried while Levi, Boomer, and a couple of his guys, tried to make their way down the steep embankment. I vaguely remember calling 911. The sound of sirens and the image of flashing lights as rescue workers arrived at the scene still resides in a corner of my mind. And I don’t think I’ll ever forget the smell of fuel as the fire department showed up to try to contain the blaze.

Kathi Daley on the Web: http://www.kathidaley.com/
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Our Facebook 500 like milestone: Like A Cozy Girl Reads on Facebook

Our Facebook page has reached the 500 like milestone, so very exciting. If you are on Facebook please join us and like the page then share the page with all your book and cozy mystery loving Facebook friends. There is a direct link to it right here on the blog on the right hand side, just click like and in celebration we will be having another book giveaway coming soon.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Giveaway Winner: Pies and Peril (A Culinary Competition Mystery) By: Janel Gradowski


Our giveaway winner for Pies and Peril (A Culinary Competition Mystery) By Janel Gradowski, is FISH CREW, Congatulations to you I will be sending your email to the author and they will  send you your ebook prize of Pies and Peril.  Thank you for entering.

Book Review: Tailing A Tabby By: Laurie Cass

Title: Tailing A Tabby
Author: Laurie Cass
Series: Book 2: A Bookmobile Cat Mystery
Publisher: Signet
Format: paperback
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: Received for review from Publisher
Reviewed By: Tina


Just when librarian, Minnie Hamilton thought it was going to be just another typical day on the bookmobile, along with her and her assistant,Thessie and the ever lovable and almost human like bookmobile cat, Eddie. Minnie can't help but notice a woman trying to flag them down driving down the bookmobile route. With her giving nature Minnie stops the bookmobile and asks the woman what her trouble is, she explains that her husband just had a stroke, so Minnie along with the man's wife, Barb,  then proceed with the help of Barb lift Barb's husband into the back of the bookmobile and they race to the hospital.

To Minnie's surprise, she finds out that the man she helped save his life and escort to the hospital is none other than famous artist, Russell, "Cade" McCade. When Minnie gets a phone call from Barb asking her for help again when Cade is about to be arrested for the murder of a woman named, Carissa.  Cade was suspiciously found bent over her, Cade asks Minnie for help to find the real killer so Minnie takes it upon herself to seek out a murderer before someone else is hurt or dead.

Just like the first book in this series, Lending A Paw,Librarian, Minnie and her fun loving and affectionate bookmobile cat, Eddie are the stars of the show, they are a top crime fighting duo in this hard to put down cozy mystery. There are many animated characters, with a really charming setting on Minnie's house boat and the quaint little town of Chilson, Michigan with a murderer lurking. Books about books and cats are cozy mystery combination that can't be beat. I look forward to read and review the next in this series.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Giveaway: Pies and Peril (A Culinary Competition Mystery) By : Janel Gradowski

Leave a comment and your email on this post to enter to win an ebook of Pies and Peril (A Culinary Competition Mystery) By Janel Gradowski the #1 Bestselling Cozy Culinary Mystery, we will announce the winner on Saturday at 10:00 am EST here on the blog. A word from Janel, the author, good luck to all that enter.

Excerpt from Pies & Peril:

 Amy shifted her basket so that it was directly in front of her, both hands on the leather handles, in battle position. Ahead of her a knot of people clustered around the booth selling miniature pies and tarts. A couple teen girls, dressed in black nylon smocks that signified they were enrolled in the downtown beauty college, scowled as Amy wriggled through the throng. She should've picked the small gap between two older gentlemen to squeeze through. Coming between women and sugar fixes was always a bad idea. People had poured out of the downtown businesses to find a meal at one of the many prepared food stands or food trucks set up around the perimeter of the park. The farmer's market was one of her favorite parts of summer, but during peak hours the crowd was often so thick it felt like hand to hand combat as people jostled each other to select the perfect size of summer squash or the most beautiful wildflower bouquet. Being short didn't help, especially on hot days, since she was pretty much at the armpit level of most normal-sized people. It felt and smelled like she was a sardine being packed in a tin. Ugh.

The crowd thinned a bit once she got past the pie-hungry mob. Ahead, the last booth she wanted to visit was surrounded by customers. Amy channeled her inner miniature basketball player and made a break for it. Her petite stature, for once, worked to her advantage as she darted around a couple women standing in the aisle having a conversation about removing stains from cloth diapers, and slipped into a crack in the human barricade. The vendor's offerings were a sight to behold, like Mother Nature and the Easter Bunny had gotten together and made tomato babies. The table was filled with baskets full of heirloom tomatoes in a range of colors from acid green to chocolate brown. Some were as large as softballs while others truly looked like eggs. Amy had been making salads with the lovely tomatoes for over a month, but she'd had an idea while making the casseroles for Kevin earlier in the day. Tomato pie.

She chose a basket with a nice variety of medium-sized tomatoes and paid for them. Luckily she had brought a hard-sided wicker basket with her, to protect the delicate cargo from bony hips and giant zucchinis protruding from shopping bags like vegetal clubs. She tilted her head from side to side like a prize fighter before a match as she steeled herself for the last push through the mass of hungry humanity. There was only about 20 feet left in the vending area. Then she could break free and make a dash to her car. As she turned she caught a glimpse of Elliot Maxson's unmistakable helmet-like black hair.

Janel Gradowski on the web: http://www.janelgradowski.com/
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

On early Giveaway entries for Pies and Peril (A Culinary Competition Mystery) by Janel Gradowski


I see I have some early entries for our giveaway starting at 12:00 am EST of Pies and Peril (A culinary competition mystery) by Janel Gradowski. We will be having a giveaway post tomorrow so please if you have already entered, please enter again on tomorrow's post. I'm a nice person so I will count your entries if you enter again LOL and thank you.

Giveaway Tomorrow: Pies and Peril (A Culinary Competition Mystery) by Janel Gradowski

Starting at 12:00 am EST, comment and leave your email on the blog and enter for a chance to win Pies and Peril ( A Culinary Competition Mystery) by Janel Gradowski. We will be drawing a winner Saturday morning at 10:00 am EST and announcing the winner on the blog. 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Book Review: Book Clubbed By Lorna Barrett

Title: Book Clubbed
Author: Lorna Barrett
Series: Book 8, The Booktown Mysteries
Publisher:  Berkley Prime Crime
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Format: Paperback
Source: Received for Review from Publisher
Reviewed By: Tina

Oh, how I love Stoneham, New Hampshire, AKA Booktown, It has a picturesque setting and has some quirky and charming characters and with and another murderer lurking in the town, no one is safe. Chamber of Commerce receptionist, Betsy Dittmeyer keeps to herself and has some deep, dark secrets to hide, she was not very well liked with some of the residents in Booktown either. It is really no shock that she is found suddenly crushed by a falling bookshelf. Could her secrets be the reason why someone wanted her dead?

Angelica owns many businesses in Booktown and wears many hats, her latest hat she is the newly elected Chamber of Commerce President and also as Betsy's boss she and her sister, Tricia, Owner of Haven't Got A Clue, a vintage mystery bookstore in Booktown feel obligated to help solve the murder. If that isn't enough Trisha is rocked to the core after hearing a family secret of her own and also with her ex-husband and the police chief, Baker competing for her undying love and affections but her priority lies in finding Betsy's murderer.

This is the very first cozy mystery series I have ever read and it's very near and dear to my heart and it will always be a favorite. Since then I have never turned back from reading cozy mysteries. The characters are very endearing and I love  revisiting them year after year. Book Clubbed is filled with surprises and a few tears, and you can never forget the murder and mayhem. This  is the one book in the series you will never forget and i'm happy to say i'm caught up on this one. If your starting out reading cozy mysteries or if you haven't already done so I highly recommend this series as I always have to everyone, Can't wait until the next in the series !!!


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Book Review: Cookies and Scream By Virginia Lowell

Title: Cookies and Scream
Author: Virginia Lowell
Series: A Cookie Cutter Shop Mystery, Book 5
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Format: Paperback
Source: Received for review from Publisher
Reviewed by: Tina

Olivia is the proprietor of The Gingerbread house, a store that specializes in cookie cutters and baking delicious cookies, Olivia returns home from a vacation to find the safe at her store crammed to the brim with unusual cookie cutters that Olivia has never seen before. When Greta Oskarson decides to move back to Chatterly Heights she asks Olivia's friend, Constance to store her vintage collection of cookie cutters, so It is decided to store them in The Gingerbread House's safe until Olivia's return.

Greta has quite the checkered past with several husbands dying under mysterious circumstances. Greta really wants to sell off her cookie cutter collection to fund her retirement. Soon Olivia gets a strange call from Greta, Greta is having difficulty breathing and is in desperate need of help, so Olivia then calls 911 and Greta is taken to the hospital and dies shortly due to a heart attack but Olivia is not so sure. So Olivia and friend Maddie, The Gingerbread House's baker extraordinaire start looking into Greta's so checkered past to discover many suspects with many reasons for wanting her dead and soon discover a killer cookie lover.

This is the first book in this series I have read. Maddie was a favorite, with her baking obsession, constantly in The Gingerbread House's kitchen baking cookies, Learning the history of cookie cutters was fascinating and fun to read. I could imagine tasting all the scrumptious cookies. Enjoyable and down to Earth Characters  made it along with the cookies and murder a really great read, I can't wait for my next adventure with Olivia and Maddie in The Gingerbread House.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Happy Canada Day From A Cozy Girl Reads


Book Review: Crime Rib By Leslie Budewitz

Title: Crime Rib
Author: Leslie Budewitz
Series: Book 2 A food lovers' Village Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Format: Paperback
Source: Received for review by author
Reviewed By: Tina

Food lovers village, in Jewel Bay, Montana is an idyllic foodie town and that is not lost on Gourmet food market owner, Erin Murphy, she runs what is affectionately known as the The Merc, specializing in gourmet and local food and food and The Merc are her passion. She invites Gib Knox and his hit EAT-TV show, Food Preneurs, to Montana for the Jewel Bay Summer Food and Art fair to film and feature the food and the fair for an episode of his show. Little does Erin know that while she is planning all of this someone else is planning to commit a murder...

Erin plans to set up a steak cooking competition, featuring some of Jewel Bay's best chefs, Drew Baker, Amber Stone. Then in a hit and run accident kills, Stacia Duval, Food Preneurs, producer her death may not be an accident but a murder in disguise. As if Erin has enough to worry about with running the competition and redecorating the courtyard at The Merc to make a dining area, soon after one of the competing chefs, Drew is found murdered. Erin cares for her town and wants to restore its possibly soon to be tarnished reputation that can occur from two murders before Food lovers village goes down in flames.

A Cozy Mystery for foodie lovers, Crime Rib, has delicious food and a few delectable murders. A strong food loving sleuth. Food is cleverly protrayed into the plot and leaves you wanting more. Any food and culinary cozy lover will love this one, with twisting plots and dynamic characters, they jump right off the page. It's interesting that I knew I wanted to read this series because it was named Food Lovers' Village Mysteies

Working at The Merc would be a dream for me to be surrounded by food all day, may or may not be a good thing for me but escaping to Jewel Bay and into the Food Lovers' Village is the perfect thing for this food and cozy mystery lover. I really can't wait to venture once again into Jewel Bay, the food lovers' village to savor the food and another murder mystery.


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