Sunday, August 17, 2014

Book/Mug Giveaway Winner: Haunted Hamlet By: Kathi Daley

Congrats to the winner of the Book/Mug Giveaway winner of Haunted Hamlet by Kathi Daley and the winner is KEEPMELAFFN. I will send your email to Kathi and she will contact you so you can claim your book and mug prize. Enjoy !!!! Thank you Keepmelaffn and everyone for entering.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Feature/Book & Mug Giveaway: Haunted Hamlet by Kathi Daley

The book feature and book/mug giveaway is Haunted Hamlet by Kathi Daley, Book 9 in the Zoe Donovan Mysteries.

When a ghost hunter is found dead in a haunted house just days before Halloween, it looks like the killer may be living impaired. Zoe must juggle the annual Zoe Donovan Spooktacular with zombies on the run, the annual pumpkin carving contest, a haunted hayride, a relationship in crisis, and a little behind the scenes investigation. When she finds that the death of three camp counselors in the same house thirteen years earlier may be linked to the ghost hunters death, she works to reveal a web of secrets and lies which could make her the next victim of Hezekiah Henderson’s House of Horrors. 

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 Giveaway ends on August 17th at 12:00 AM EST and winner will be announced at 10:00 AM EST

 Good luck to all who enter and thank you for liking and following A Cozy Girl Reads.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Book Review: Book Fair & Foul by Erika Chase

Title: Book Fair & Foul
Author: Erika Chase
Series:  Book 4 Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Format: Paperback
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: Received for Review from Publisher
Reviewed by: Tina

Molly Matthews is the brand new owner the Bookstore, A Novel Plot and along with the members of the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society, they are preparing for The first annual Mystery Book Fair. Lizzie Turner, a member of the Mystery Readers is stunned when she finds an old college friend and rival Ashley Dixon surprisingly shows up in town for the book fair. She is a publicist for the authors that will be taking part in the book fair, Caroline Cummings, A.J. Pruitt, Margaret Farrow and Gigi Briggs.

Ashley is found dead and stashed in a coffin outside the local funeral home, when all eyes turn to Lizzie as the prime suspect because of a fiery conversation they had at the book fair and with Lizzie's cell phone found at the scene of the crime, Lizzie  can't help but wonder how her cell phone got there and who could possibly try to frame her for a murder she didn't commit. The Members of the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws society then band together to try to save Lizzie before the book gets thrown at her.

This is another first book in this series I have read and I have to say it has become a favorite and now I want to go back and read this series from the beginning, Book Fair and Foul has  book lovers with Southern Charm. A great cozy for fans of books about books. A favorite for me is the mystery book quotes at the beginning of each chapter and the book name dropping within the book. A Cozy mystery series about cozy mysteries will keep me coming back for more. A must read for any cozy mystery fans. I can't wait to read and review the next in this series.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Book Review: Death by Devil's Breath by Kylie Logan

Title: Death By Devil's Breath
Author: Kylie Logan
Series: Book 2 A Chili Cook Off Mystery
Publisher:  Berkley Prime Crime
Format: Paperback
Source: Received for Review from Publisher
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Reviewed by: Tina

Las Vegas is the mecca for anything weird and wacky and when Maxie Pierce and the Chili Showdown ride into town things get weirder and wackier. There is of coarse a chili contest for the hottest chili, Devil's Breath with the judges being preformer's in the casino where the contest is taking place. Maxie is all about everything chili with running her missing father, Jack's Texas Jack Pierce's Hot-Cha Chili Seasoning Palace and organizing the contest.

When lowbrow comedian, Dickie Dunkin dies while tasting a contestant's Devil's Breath chili during the contest, the heat is on for Maxie to track down a killer with worry over her missing father, a annoying half sister and a smokin hot, head of security, Nick she has alot to deal with. Maxie not only has to pick out chili's and spices for the customers she needs to pick out a killer before someone else gets burned.

Maxie is a chili chick with a attitude, a woman sleuth with a lot to prove. She's sassy and in your face. She is what I loved about Death By Devil's Breath. Great writing that kept me hooked into the story into the late hours of the night. I could relate  too Maxie in the sense that she tries to hide her feelings well but will soon discover she does have a heart that she hates to admit she has. I love a cozy mystery even more when I could relate to a character and love the writing, like I did reading Death by Devil's Breath.  I can't wait to read and review the next in this series. Now I'm craving chili.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Book Review: Murder in the Mystery Suite By Ellery Adams

Title: Murder In the Mystery Suite
Author: Ellery Adams
Series: Book 1: A Book Retreat Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Format: Paperback
Source: Received for Review from Publisher
Reviewed By: Tina.

This is one of these unforgettable book adventures you will go on when you open the pages and start reading book one of Murder in the Mystery Suite, It takes place in Storyton Hall, in idyllic,Virginia, it's a book resort catering to everything  for the book lover, there's a chef, a chauffeur, butler and a librarian, who will find you any book a book lover desires.

Jane Steward, the manager at Storyton Hall,  is soon to discover just how serious her job really is when she decides to host a Murder and Mayhem Week, where there is too be a scavenger hunt, trivia games and a costume ball. Felix Hampton wins the scavenger hunt and wins a really valuable book prize. Someone within the walls of Storyton hall wants the book just as badly to themselves and resorts to murder to get it when Felix is found murdered in the Mystery Suite.

Jane will do anything to protect the honor and reputation of Storyton Hall so she decides to seek out a murderer among all the mystery guests and fictitious detectives, unbeknowst to everyone, she will stop at nothing to protect Storyton Hall and the Steward family and it's book legacy.

 I am instantly captivated by the world within this book, it's beautiful and a real treasure, it's is filled with intrigue and wonder. Ellery Adams transforms and taps into the book lovers soul. I'm a great fan of books about books and reading. The characters are so enchanting and I have to say that Aunt Octavia is one of my favorites. There's more than meets the eye and more to discover inside Storyton hall and I just can't wait to continue my visit there with the next book in the series.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Book and Swag Giveaway Winner: Well Read, Then Dead by Terri Farley Moran

The Winner of the Book and Swag Giveaway of Well Read, Then Dead by Terrie Farley Moran is DJ, I will be sending your email to Terri so she can contact you and claim your awesome prize. Thank you for entering and following A Cozy Girl Reads.

Book Review: Well Read, Then Dead by Terrie Farley Moran

Title: Well Read, Then Dead
Author: Terrie Farley Moran
Series:  Book 1 A Read 'Em and Eat Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Format: Paperback
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: Received for Review from Pubisher
Reviewed by: Tina

Every character in this debut cozy mystery are so quirky and charming well except maybe the killer but that's another tale for another day. Read 'Em and Eat is a quaint little bookstore/cafe run by Florida's own, Sassy Cabot and Bridget Mayfield. The bookstore being a dream of Sassy's and and the cafe being a dream of Bridget's. The book meetings are in full swing at Read 'Em and Eat and many Florida's resident book lovers attend. Delia Baton is a regular of the meetings along with her best friend Augusta Maddox but Delia is a shy somewhat recluse.

To the shock of all at Read 'Em and Eat including Sassy and Bridget they find out that Delia was murdered. Sassy and Bridget rally to comfort her best friend Augusta in her time of grief. Augusta wants to know who  murdered her best friend and asks Sassy to help her and Sassy gladly accepts but realizing she needs to protect everyone she loves before it's too late.

I was so in love with the bookstore/cafe Read 'Em and Eat. Fighting for and protecting a friend had me hooked from the start. A touch of a long lost romance too a only true romantic could love. Books and food are always make the best cozies in my book and in this book it makes it even better but murder is never far behind, and Well Read, Then Dead kept me reading. It had everything you could want in a cozy even a lovable cat and what cat and animal lover would not love that? Not me that's for sure. I can't wait to read and review the next in the series.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Book Review: The Big Tiny : A Build it myself Memoir by: Dee Williams

 Title: The Big Tiny: A Built It Myself Memoir
 Author: Dee Williams
 Publisher: Blue Rider Press
 Format: Hard cover
 Source: Library
 Genre: Non Fiction
 Reviewed by: Marlene

Dee Williams invites you into her own personal story of being diagnosed with a heart condition to living in a tiny house of 84 square feet. A tiny house on wheels with limited electricity and no running water. It may sound small and simple but through reading this she makes it sound big. The journey she takes you on is uplifting, humble and adventorous ride in which she battles her health, her own stubborness and building her own home.

 Ms. Williams also explores the meaning of home, work life balance and togetherness. I personally picked up this book because I was curious about tiny homes being built on trailers. Something I saw on youtube. I'll tell you they are no ordinary RVs. I didn't realize how heartfelt and touching it was going to be and the similarities I found between myself and the author. I have also read other books by Tammy Strobel and Gregory Johnson. They also live in small homes and believe their lives have improved and they have become happier.

These tiny houses have become a movement around the USA (Haven't found much regarding it in Canada) but it certainly peeked my interest of what I feel is home, how much stuff and space I need. I recently moved into a 645 square foot one bedroom one bath with a large storage room because I felt one person needed it. I am now finding I don't use half of this space at all. It is empty or closets crammed with junk (which I am purging slowly).

 In part of the book she mentions the many types of places she has lived. I can relate to that I have moved a around quite a bit and not found my place. Now not saying I could live in 84 square feet ( Probably) but I am still spoiled I don't think I couldn't live with out running water. I just personally believe getting back to a simpler time and togetherness would help this planet tremendously. Maybe not worrying so much about buying, bigger is better and social networks would be a good first step.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Cozy Mystery Book and Swag Giveaway: Well Read, Then Dead by Terri Farley Moran

 A Cozy Girl Reads is in need of more followers so please follow A Cozy Girl Reads blog on the right hand side of your screen to enter to win a copy of Well Read, Then Dead by Terri Farley Moran, Book 1 in A Read 'Em and Eat Mystery, A August New Release along with some exciting bookish swag.

The book and the swag includes, a postcard with Well Read, then dead book cover, a beach tote, a sticky pad, magnets, a keychain with the cover embedded. Pencil case with flip flop design, pencils with flip flop design and assorted sea creatures

So following the blog is a great incentive to win Well Read, Then Dead and some great bookish prizes.


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Book Review: The Cat, The Vagabond and the Victim by: Leann Sweeney

Title: The Cat, The Vagabond, and the Victim
Author: Leeann Sweeney
Series: Book 6: A Cats in Trouble Mystery
Publisher: Signet
Format: Paperback
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: Received for Review From Author
Reviewed by: Tina

I love a good cozy mystery about cats and this one didn't disappoint. A determined cat named Clyde takes a treck of two hundred miles back to his home to his owner , Norm Jeffrey to find him dead. This adventurous cat then is a becomes a overnight TV star. Clyde then finds himself in the local shelter in Mercy, South Carolina but not for long when cat quilter and lover and owner of three cats, Jillian Hart takes him into her home with her brood of felines to foster until a suitable caregiver turns up.

 Clyde is becoming more famous by the day with is antics and with the media it's difficult to keep Clyde's location under wraps. Jillian finding out the real truth behind Norm Jeffrey's death, a man who's health is declining, a elderly man who was murdered. Clyde then makes another great escape back to his and Norm's home to find yet another dead body. Together with the police Jillian wants to figure out who could possibly have commited these murders. Jillian figures out the true motive of these murders and discovers that Clyde's life is also hanging in the balance. Being a lover of cat's Julian can't help but want to attain justice for all involved especially Clyde.

This was a heartwarming, tear jerking cozy centering around amazing cats. Being a cat lover and owner myself I couldn't turn down reading this book. It was like going on an adventure with this amazing cat named Clyde who through adversity comes out the hero in the end and if your a cat lover you won't be able not to love Clyde and his story. This was the first book in this series I have read but after reading this one it won't be my last, I can't wait to read and review the next in the series which is called The Cat, The Sneak and the Secret and will be out in August of 2015.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Tomorrow At A Cozy Girl Reads

A lot going on tomorrow on the blog. My review of The Cat, The Vagabond and the Victim by LeAnn Sweeney and a awesome book and swag giveaway of first in a series Well Read, Then Dead by Terrie Farley Moran starting at 9:00 AM EST and ending Monday 9:00 am EST.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Guest Cozy Mystery Author Post: Terri Farley Moran

How I got From Here to There

Hi All, my name is Terrie Farley Moran and I am the author of Well Read, Then Dead, the first book in the Read Em and Eat mystery series. I am delighted to visit A Cozy Girl Reads today because—I am a cozy girl like our good friend Tina and, dare I say, like you. I may have, on occasion, read my share of thrillers, romantic suspense, historicals, etc. but I am happiest with a heartfelt cozy mystery and a glass of sweet tea.
There is much to be said for enjoying a book that doesn’t drown the reader in blood or violence or bad language or gratuitous sex and yet has an entertaining cast of characters, a remarkable setting and a mystery that must be solved. And that describes cozy mysteries to a tea, er, I mean a T. Some time ago I wrote an extensive blog post on the kind of book I think falls into the cozy category. If you like, you can read it here.

When I decided to write mysteries, it came as no surprise that I would want to write a cozy mystery that met all of the above standards and was fun to read. Where to start? Well, personally, I love settings. I think that every setting has a story of its own to tell. Is the area unspoiled and natural? How was it able to remain that way? Is an area a high density hustle-bustle big city? How did it get that way? Why has it stayed that way? I wanted my cozy mystery to be set in a warm, inviting locale. Maybe a beach community. My daughter lives in south Florida and helped me discover Fort Myers Beach, a warm, friendly town of full time residents and lots of vacationers. Twelve months a year the weather is mostly summer and the atmosphere is laid-back and appealing.

 Once I found the setting, I went trolling in my imagination for characters.  I wanted the protagonist and her side-kick to come from a very different  place and to be fairly new to the community because I wanted the  reader to see Fort Myers Beach through their eyes. So a few years before the story starts, Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield have moved from Brooklyn, New York to Fort Myers beach to open a bookstore and cafe named Read 'Em and Eat. Sassy and Bridgy still feel the difference in  lifestyle in little ways every day.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Then I thought about book club members. Well, take a group of people, any group of people, and you may find a Happy, a Grumpy, even a Bashful. Stir gently. And then assorted characters wander in to the Read ’Em and Eat. And over time they led me to a plot. Someone gets killed. Handsome sheriff’s deputies and a sweet, endearing newspaper reporter are on the case, but Sassy has a special request from the cousin of the victim to find out what really happened and she tries to honor the request. So that’s a little bit of the why and the how Well Read, Then Dead came into being. I hope that you’ll get a chance to read it and I hope that you enjoy hanging with the folks at the Read ’Em and Eat.

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

August 15th- Haunted Hamlet by Kathi Daley Book & Mug Giveaway

Look Where the Haunted Hamlet Book 9 in the Zoe Donovan Mystery by Kathi Daley Book & Mug Giveaway will be on August 15th, and you my lovely followers will have a chance to win.

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