Friday, September 26, 2014

Mary Anne Edwards Giveaway Winner



I'm looking for Gram who won the book giveaway for Mary Anne Edwards yesterday, I am in need of your email because you did not provide it, I know you are aware that you won. Please share your email in the comments or if you do not want to do that send me your email to acozygirlreads@gmail.com. I really want to find you so you can claim your prize because it's a great one. I will give you a few more hours to claim it. Thank you and thanks for entering.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Book Giveaway Winners of Brilliant Disguise & A Good Girl By Mary Anne Edwards

The giveaway winners of:
1 Ebook of Brilliant Disguise
1 Ebook A Good Girl
1 Paperback Brilliant Disguise (US Entrants only)
1 Paperback A Good Girl (US Entrants only)

Are:

Barbara T
Michelle F
Traveler
Gram

All your emails will be sent directly to Mary Anne and you will be able to claim your book prize, Thank you for entering and following A Cozy Girl Reads


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Brilliant Disguise & A Good Girl By Mary Anne Edwards Giveaway

 There are four chances to win the first two books in the Charlie McClung Mysteries by Mary Anne Edwards. To enter, comment and tell us your email and where you are from. The winners will be announced Thursday  Sept 25th at 10:00 AM EST

1 Ebook of Brilliant Disguise
1 Ebook of A Good Girl
1 signed copy of Brilliant Disguise (US Entrants only)
1 signed copy of A Good Girl (US Entrants only)

Brilliant Disguise



 “Brilliant Disguise” “This is a story of a cop and a widow, real people, flawed and relatable, living day to day as best they can, who find love despite being thrown into the middle of a juicy murder mystery. I say that's my kind of story.” ~Tracy Rud~ Author of SEA BEGGAR.

 “Brilliant Disguise is first-rate mystery that harkens you back to the days of Agatha Christie. You’ll feel a sense of nostalgia as you immerse yourself in the story, investigating alongside Det. McClung and eagerly awaiting clues at every turn. It’s an edge-of-your-seat whodunit!” ~Monique Michelle Mason ~Author of Moving at the Speed of Single

 What People are Saying about Brilliant Disguise

 Ayla says "Brilliant Disguise was a wonderful book. Although not typically a mystery book reader this book has just the right amount of Romance, too. Mary Anne Edwards is a terrific writer. I love all the details that she puts into the book it makes it seem like I were right there helping look for the clues. I am so happy to have read a book with older characters and adored Marian and Charlie falling in love. The suspense, mystery and love made this a 5 star review for me. I cannot wait for the next book."

A Good Girl




“Is there anything more fun to read than a book that’s equal parts captivating mystery and charming romance? A GOOD GIRL will keep you on the edge of your seat guessing and will warm you to your bones as Marian and Charlie, meant for each other, race to the end. I couldn’t put it down.” ~ Gretchen Archer ~ USA Today Bestselling author of the Davis Way Crime Capers
 “This fast-paced mystery is so captivating and well written it draws you in from the beginning! Strong, vibrant characters and a gripping plot, will keep you wanting more and reading until the very end. I’m eagerly awaiting the next book in this terrific series.” ~ Shelley’s Book Case

 “A heart –tugging thriller laced with suspense, mystery and romance all packed into one. Edwards masterfully entwines a murder mystery in a remote small town. With its chilling tale of surprising twist, turns and loads of humor that will delight you to the end. A real page-turner, this book was hard to put down.” ~ Tabitha Jones ~ A Closet Full of Books

 “A Good Girl should go at the top of your reading list. An intriguing whodunit with a warm romance running through it, A Good Girl features memorable characters and a charming setting, with enough clues to keep you guessing until the end. Get to know Detective Charlie McClung, his Irish clan, and Marion, his true love – you’ll be happy to make their acquaintance.” ~ Tina Whittle ~ Author of the Tai Randolph/Trey Seaver Mysteries

 “A Good Girl is the element of an Irish treasure trove. The Charlie McClung Mystery series, is a twist of romance, mystery, suspenseful "whodunit" pot of gold.” ~ Marie Nicoll ~ Destinys Book

Book Review: A Good Girl By Mary Anne Edwards

  Title: A Good Girl
 Author: Mary Anne Edwards
 Series: A Charlie McClung Mystery
 Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
 Format: PDF
 Source: Received for review from author
 Reviewed by: Marlene

A Good Girl is the second book in The Charlie McClung Mysteries series, this book continues the story of Charlie and Marian's advancing relationship.

 In this story Charlie brings Mariam home to meet his vast Irish family in the small city of Mercy, upon arrival it is over shadowed with a death at his family's Antique Shop. Charlie's brother in law Luke quickly ropes him in to help with the investigation. From there they go on quite a chase to catch the killer of Darla Jean Rogers a 22 year old college graduate who was going into the sisterhood to teach. But throught he investigation Charlie and Luke find many secrets and it turns out everyone could be a likely suspect.

 As Charlie aids in the murder investigation his relationship with Mariam evolves quickly and rapidly into an engagement with a wedding just around the corner. But Mariam and Charlie's Ma, Mary Kathleen has everything under control on that front. Mariam also goes through a transformation of being accepted wholey into Charlie's family and finding a sense of belonging she has been without for years since her first love Lee was alive.

I loved this book just as much as the first. I connected with so many of the characters (a big thing for me when I read) and the story also touched me because this time I related to the killer as well, that doesn't happen to often. And the story also kept me going I read it in one sitting. Can't wait for the third book.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Book Review: The Wolfe Widow by Victoria Abbott

Title: The Wolfe Widow
Author: Victoria Abbott
Series: Book 3 A Book Collector Mystery
Publisher: Berkley
Format: Paperback
Source: Received for Review From Publisher
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Reviewed By: Tina

Jordan Bingham has her dream job working to acquire books for the infamous, Vera Van Alst for her valuable book collection. When the mysterious, Muriel Delgado suddenly appears at Vera's front door and forces her way into Vera's estate and just as suddenly Jordan finds herself fired and thrown out of the home where she has lived with Vera leaving Jordan bewildered as to what happened.

Vera has a passion for Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe mysteries and so does Jordan, in true Nero Wolfe fashion Jordan is determined to find out what hold Muriel has over Vera with Muriel now moved into the house and alienating Vera from her employees and support systems. Jordan's uncle Kev also works for Vera as a handyman and makes it a point to report to Jordan all the goings on in the house and how Muriel is taking over.

Jordan soon fears for Vera's life and wants to find out whats going on and she soon finds out just how dangerous Muriel can be when Jordan is hit by a truck that she suspects that Muriel has has a hand in collaborating. The selling of Vera's beloved books also sends Jordan into a tailspin. Jordan needs to find the missing link between Vera and Muriel to unlock their hidden secrets and find the truth before Muriel tries to close the book on them for good.

 Victoria Abbott has a talent for writing dazzling characters that come off the page, I am a big fan of Jordan and her not so law abiding uncles. Vera who at first I loathed by the end of the book I had grown to have compassion for. Muriel was the ultimate villan in The Wolfe Widow and even I had a crippling fear of what she was about to do next. An engaging plot. A great whodunit for book lovers and old fashioned mysteries. I can't wait to read and review the next in the series.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Book Giveaway Winner: Beyond Belief By Helen Smith

And the winner of your choice of a paperback or kindle copy of Beyond Belief Book 2 in the Emily Castles Mysteries by Helen Smith is WANDA DOWNS, Congratulations, I will send your email to Helen to contact you to claim your book prize. Enjoy and happy reading and thank you for entering and following A Cozy Girl Reads.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Book Review: Death is like A Box of Chocolates by Kathy Aarons

Title: Death is like a box of Chocolates
Author: Kathy Aarons
Series:  Book 1 A Chocolate Covered Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Format: Paperback
Source: Received for review from Publisher
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Reviewed by: Tina


Who could resist books and chocolate, especially if you are a book and chocolate lover. Imagine a cozy mystery that brilliantly combines the the two like first in a series Death is like a box of Chocolates. Michelle Serrano and Erica Russell run Chapters and Chocolate, a bookstore and chocolate shop. Every one including Chocolates and Chapters and their neighboring business, a photography studio run by Denise Coburns is excited for the Great Fudge Cook-Off as Chocolates and Chapters is hosting.

Denise has a lot to look forward to as some of her photographs will be featured in an art gallery in Washington D.C.and before her meeting with the gallery owner, Michelle finds Denise dead in her shop from eating one of Michelle's Chocolates that was found out later by the police to be poisoned. Michelle soon realizes that her business can come crashing down around her when she is stopped from the police from producing any more chocolates for her business to sell. With help from her business partner, Erica and their many friends they need to find Denise's killer so Michelle and Erica's business can once again return to being a chocolate lovers dream.

Combining both chocolate, books and murder, you really want to savor and sink your teeth into this first in a series. Any cozy mystery with a food contest like the Great Fudge Cook-Off is top notch for me and the many different characters made Death is like a box of Chocolates intriguing. Just when you think you know who the killer is the plot twists and turns but as they say the killer is always some one you least suspect as it is with this one. I look forward to reading and reviewing the next in the series.

Book Giveaway: Beyond Belief by Helen Smith

Beyond Belief is Book 2 in The Emily Castles Mysteries by Helen Smith.

Enter with your comment and email below (so I can send to the author) for a chance to win your choice of a kindle or paperback copy.

Winner will be announced on Sunday September 14th at 10:00 AM EST


BEYOND BELIEF is a humorous British mystery featuring twenty-six-year-old amateur sleuth Emily Castles. When famous psychic Perspicacious Peg predicts that someone will be murdered at the Belief and Beyond conference in the seaside town of Torquay, the organizers recruit Emily to investigate. The suspected victim is controversial illusionist Edmund Zenon, who plans to perform a daring stunt that weekend.

Emily meets a colorful cast of characters at the conference: fortune-teller Madame Nova; kindly Bobby Blue Suit and his three psychic dachshunds; devastated parents Sarah and Tim Taylor, mourning their late son; and religious cult members Hilary, Trina, and the Colonel. Tensions rise as believers in science, the supernatural, and the spiritual clash with one another. But once a body count begins, Emily must excuse herself from the séances and positivity circles, and use old-fashioned detective work to find the killer.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Book Review: Murder, She Wrote: Close Up on Murder by Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain

Title: Murder, She Wrote: Close Up on Murder
 Author: Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain
 Series: Book 40 Murder She Wrote
 Genre: Cozy Mystery
 Publisher: Obsidian Mystery
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for Review from Publisher
 Reviewed by: Tina

 Hollywood is making a movie adaptation of one of mystery writer, Jessica Fletcher's novels. They are shooting on location in Jessica's Home town of Cabot Cove, Maine the novel is based on the fictional story based on true life events took place years ago about A woman judge that was shot while walking her dog and the prime suspect was a enraged husband whom the judge ruled against in a custody case but then the case took a turn and the finger was pointed at the judge's own husband and then to the judge's husband's mistress for doing the deed.
Every one on the movie set had big egos including the the lead actress Vera Stockdale is no acception. She is a has been actress coming out of retirement to rekindle her dreams of becoming a movie sensation and big time movie star once again. Life starts to imitate art when Vera is found shot while on the movie set and some one on the set is stalking Jessica.

 The cast and crew may have possible motives for murder as no one has any kind recollections of Vera as a person. Sheriff Mort Metzger is having trouble keeping up with the murder and the inconvience that making the movie has caused to the town of Cabot Cove. Jessica is hoping that none of the cast and crew are aware of her past exploit's of being involved in murder investigations and solving them as she tries to pin down a murderer before the someone else on the set is found dead on the cutting room floor.

 As I read this book I am reminded of watching Murder She Wrote on TV with my grandmother when I was young. A true cozy mystery in every sense of the word, it brought me back to that time, a treasured memory I will always have of me and her. The familiarity of all of the characters that were in the TV show were also in this edition of the book based on the series like , Eve Simpson, Sheriff Mort Metzger, Seth Hazlitt, and Loretta Spiegal, and regular clients and coworkers from Loretta's beauty parlor made reading the book a true comfort.

 This is one of my favorite TV shows and now favorite book series of all time. Close up on murder is about basing a movie and murders on one of Jessica's books was a engaging story line, great for movie buffs and mystery book lovers. I will be reviewing the next book in this series, Death of A Blue Blood coming out in October and will also try to read and review previous books in this series. Reading these books can do something that no other books I read  could do if only bring back my grandmother for just a brief period of time.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Book Review: The Wedding Soup Murder by Rosie Genova

Title: The Wedding Soup Murder
Author: Rosie Genova
Series: Book 2 An Italian Kitchen Mystery
Publisher: Signet
Format: Paperback
Genre: cozy Mystery
Source: Received for Review From Author
Reviewed By: Tina

Mystery writer, Vic is back at home on the Jersey Shore and working in her Nonna's Italian Restaurant, Casa Lido and she wants to learn the business, she's also trying to learn the business along side her ex-lover, Tim who also works in the kitchen.With permission from her grandmother, she gets to prepare the meatballs for the family Italian wedding soup, that any Italian would savor, Vic and Tim are to cater for a wedding reception at the Belmont Beach Country Club.

Once at the country club Vic gets more than she bargained for when she has to deal with the demanding bride, and some arrogant chefs in the kitchen. The President of the Belmont Country Club, Elizabeth is then found dead on the beach and Vic soon discovers that, there was more to President Elizabeth than met the eye with a growing list of suspects, and with Vic and Casa Lido soon mixed up in Elizabeth's murder. Vic along with her mystery writer's know how and a pad and pen with her fiesty sister-in-law, Sofia try to put their sleuthing skills to work to find Elizabeth's killer.

This  mystery is reminiscent of Murder She Wrote, with Vic being a mystery writer solving murders, finding killers and that is what I loved about The Wedding Soup murder. Being a fan of Murder She Wrote I know I will love this series, With her trusty pad and pen, and her spunky sister-in-law Sofia, they were a match that can't be beat, great characters that make you want to keep reading, they have a chemistry. The Wedding Soup Murder had me hungry for more and I can't wait to read and review the next in the series.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Book Review: Groomed for Murder By Annie Knox

Title: Groomed For Murder
Author: Annie Knox
Series: Book 2 A Pet Boutique Mystery
Publisher: OBSIDIAN
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Format: Paperback
Source: Received for Review from Publisher
Reviewed By: Tina

Trendy Tails Pet Boutique is all the rage for pet parents of dogs and cats who want to dress their animals in the latest pet fashions. Izzy McHale is hard at work planning two weddings to take place there for her friend and owner of Trendy Tails, Ingrid and Harvey and and two delighful pooches.

A mysterious  writer named Daniel Colona is renting out the upper floor of Trendy Tails to the bewilderment of the Trendy Tails crew trying to wonder what strange story has brought him to their town of Merryville, Minnesota.

In a twist of fate Daniel suddenly comes tumbling down the stairs right in the middle of Ingrid and Harvey's wedding and to the alarm of Izzy and all the wedding guests they discover that Daniel is dead and at the top of the stairs stands Izzy's wacky aunt, Dolly. Izzy and everyone at Trendy Tails including Izzy's pets Packer and Jinx and Daniel's sweet dog, Daisy try to sniff out a killer before Izzy's aunt Dolly ends up in the dog house for good.

Irresistible for pet lovers this cozy mystery is a fun read.  A Light hearted story with likable characters. Also with a few lessons about love we could all afford to take. I loved getting to know Izzy and all of the lovely animals that made this story come to life and any story with a writer in it has me hooked. I do have the first in this series, Paws for Murder, on my bookshelf and I'm very excited to read it. I can't wait to read and review the next in the series Collared for Murder, out in Summer 2015






Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Book Review: Fat Cat at large by Janet Cantrell

Title: Fat Cat At Large
Author: Janet Cantrell
Series:  Book 1 A Fat Cat Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Format: Paperback
Source: Received for Review from Publisher
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Reviewed by: Tina

Quincy is one determined fat cat that hasn't met a meal that he did not like and he will stop at nothing to get the all yummy goodies that his owner, Chase Oliver sells at Bar None a shop that specializes in Dessert Bars, even if it means escaping from his owner's clutches.Chase takes Quincy to the vet only to find out that the handsome vet, Dr. Mike Ramos is putting him on a strict diet of low calorie cat food. Her business is in dire staits with her coworkers in full out brawls and to top it all off she has a confrontation with a business rival, Gabe Naughtly, that wants her business.

To top all that off, Quincy once again makes a great escape to a neighbor's kitchen, where he is eventually found by Chase chowing down on their meatloaf dinner and then to Chase's horror she discovers Gabe's dead body lying on the kitchen floor and becomes the main suspect. Her co workers/slash need to come together to come together to help Chase out because a life behind bars would not be as sweet.

You can't help but love this fun loving cat, Quincy with a heart of gold and a appetite  to match. This is a quirky and clever cozy mystery, that leaves your mouth watering if you have a sweet tooth. Characters that are coming right off the page. An irresistible first in a series with delicious sweet treats. With a little bit of romance in the mix. Quincy has a keen eye for finding food and dead bodies that you can't help but love. I can't wait to go on another great escape with Quincy with the next book in this winning series.

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