Saturday, October 31, 2015

Book Review/Giveaway: Trick or Deadly Treat by Livia J. Washburn

Title: Trick or Deadly Treat
Author: Livia J. Washburn
Series: Book 9 A Fresh-Baked Mystery
Publisher: Obsidian Mystery

Source: Received for Review From Publisher
Format: Paperback
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed By: Tina

 Get ready for a mystery with an endearing senior crime fighting duo with a small town setting that will have you wanting to read the next book or if your like me wanting to go back and read the previous ones too !!!

Friends, Phyllis,Carolyn Sam and Eve are retired teachers who live together in a lovely house in Weatherford, Texas. Phyllis has a knack for baking and solving the town's murders.

Phyllis and Carolyn are gearing up for a recipe contest that turns out to be a friendly competition between the two, they each need to submit and prepare recipes for  Taste of Texas Magazine.

While that is going on Sam adopts a dog he has always wanted from the shelter, a Dalmatian he names Buck who was hit by a car before arriving to the shelter.

Sam and Phyllis take Buck to the local vet, Hank Baxter who is in trouble of his own when he is arrested for the murder of his wife while at his Animal Clinic's Halloween Party for the animals he treats and kids to dress up in their cutest and spookiest costumes. With doggie treats and cookies made and provided by Phyllis and Carolyn.

Sam being convinced Dr. Baxter is innocent sets out to find who really murdered Hank's wife after only knowing him for a week but he comes across a few stumbling blocks and a few suspects along the way when Sam and Hank's lawyer enlist Phyllis to help them sniff out a killer with Buck faithfully by their side.

A lighthearted mystery in the spirit of Halloween with a surprising twist when the killer is revealed. A perfect blend of cute animals and food makes Trick or Deadly Treat a winner.

I loved getting to know Phyllis with her love for all things culinary and her keen murder solving skills and Sam with his Southern drawl. In my mind I pictured him as a tall, handsome man with salt and pepper hair.

Happy Halloween !!!

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Book Review/Giveaway: Ghost of a Potion by Heather Blake

 Title: Ghost of a Potion
 Author: Heather Blake
 Series: Book 3 A Magic Potion Mystery
 Publisher: Obsidian Mystery
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for review from Publisher
 Star Rating: 4 out 5
 Reviewed by: Marlene

 Carly Bell Hartwell of Hitching Post, Alabama comes from a long line of witches with healing powers that she sells in her potion shop. Along with her shop every year from Halloween to All Soul's Day on November 2nd she tries to hide away from the world, the ghost world. For those three days ghosts can come and seek her help to cross over or be sentenced for another year in their graves. Unlike her cousin Delia who embraces this time, Carly experienced a bad ghost and no longer wants to put herself through the hardship she went through before.


 But this year her mama has different plans she must attend a masquerade ball in support of her father's nomination to a prestige committee in their community. For Carly if it isn't the chance of being caught by a ghost it is having to come face to face with her boyfriend's witch (but not her kind of witch) mother. Patrica Davis Jackson is one of the most prestigious women in the area and despises Carly's involvement with her son, Dylan.

 While at the masquerade Carly comes to face her worse fear she has been spotted by a ghost and is now obliged to help him. And he is not just any ghost but the ghost of the man that Patrica Davis Jackson has just been accused of killing and is at the center of a blackmailing scheme.

 As Carly, her cousin Delia and her boyfriend Dylan try to clear his mother's name they find that everyone has secrets hidden away and are willing to pay to keep them that way. Carly and Delia will also have to help two additional ghosts a poor woman that wants to see her grandchild before crossing and a man who wants to know what happened to his beloved dog, Louella but beloved only by him.

 I loved this story it had lots of twists and turns and you really felt for the characters. Everyone has secrets and this story proves sometimes secrets binds you will others can effect the ones around you without even knowing. As for the characters, I loved them all. Even Patricia Davis Jackson. I especially related to Delia and Hyacinth. Looking forward to reading about Carly in her next story. Happy Halloween!

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A Cozy Girl Reads Halloween Book Review & Giveaway Weekend

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Book Review/Giveaway: Floral Depravity by Beverly Allen

 

Title: Floral Depravity
 Author: Beverly Allen
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
 Mystery Series: Book 3 A Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for Review from Publisher
 Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
 Reviewed by: Tina

 Someone never fails to push up some daisies in the A Bridal Bouquet Shop Mysteries and it's always fun to figure out who that someone is going to be and how the co-owner of the Rose in Bloom flower shop, Audrey Bloom will be connected to someone involved and how she gets caught up in yet another mystery .

 The daughter of a local historian is getting married and Audrey and the staff at Roses in Bloom, including Audrey's very pregnant cousin, Liv are providing the flowers for their medieval-themed wedding at a encampment in their town of Ramble.

 At the wedding Audrey spots someone from her past that she thought disappeared from her life forever and she wonders how it will affect her life. When the father of the groom is found dead by poisoning from the deadly monkshood plant found in the forest surrounding the encampment it is proven that the father of the groom and owner of a pharmaceutial company, Barry Brooks was indeed murdered.

 Audrey has enough on her plate with getting flowers ready for the wedding in this not so typical medieval setting , the someone from her past and with two potential love interests, Audrey suddenly finds herself in the middle of it all with a growing suspect list. She needs to weed out all the guests to find the killer with a hidden secret.

 You will love learning about the meaning and the language of flowers as I did. It is a great premise to this series. I came to love Audrey and wanting to know what she will be caught up in next had me wanting to pick up and read Floral Depravity. I was not really care for the medieval theme but I loved all the twists, turns, and secrets some of these characters and the story held.

 Coming to know more about Audrey and her past was a turning point for her character, I thought that author, Beverly Allen beautifully brought to the forefront. I really did not agree with how Audrey dealt with the someone from her past and I felt myself relating to her because I lost the same person she had but I  still love Audrey. A Sweet smelling flower filled thrill ride of a mystery made Floral Depravity like a flower in full bloom.

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Book Review/Giveaway: Just Killing Time by Julianne Holmes




Title: Just Killing Time
 Author: Julianne Holmes
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
 Series: Book 1 A Clock Shop Mystery
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for review from Author
 Rating: Five Stars
 Reviewed by: Tina


 Being a fan of clocks, watches and timepieces and always having a OCD need to know what time it is, I wanted to give this first book in the A Clock Shop Mysteries a try and I wasn't disappointed. Author Julianne Holmes transported me into the world of the Cog & Sprocket Clock shop and I found myself not wanting the book to end.

 Ruth Clagan deeply regrets not being there for her Grandfather Thom, whom Ruth affectionately calls G.T. after her grandmother's death. G.T. is a clockmaker who runs the Cog & Sprocket Clock shop and Ruth also is a clockmaker who has a passion for the craft.

G.T. is soon found murdered in his shop after a break and enter and Ruth inherits the Cog & Sprocket but not only does she inherit that but something else that’s a part of the town of Orchard that G.T loved so much. Ruth is busily trying to rush to finish repairs to unfinished clocks and the task seems endless.

 Ruth is trying to come to terms with having a step-grandmother, the shop cat, Bezel and living in the not so functional upstairs quarters of the shop. G.T. shop was loved and he was a respected member of the community but a close-knit community like Orchard, Massachusetts as Ruth comes to find out has people with hidden lies and deep dark secrets worth killing for. Ruth needs to find the truth and who killed her grandfather before her time runs out.

 Your time will be well spent reading this first book in the A Clock Shop Mysteries. I could feel the love Ruth felt for her grandfather through the page. I found myself crying at the end. Very emotional story that will tug on your heart strings and I found myself feeling a deep connection with Ruth and her step-grandmother. A unique premise to this cozy mystery series that will catch your attention like it did mine and will have you after reading  waiting to read the next book  in this series.

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Book Review/Giveaway: The Big Chili by Julia Buckley

Title: The Big Chili
 Author: Julia Buckley
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
 Series: Book 1 An Undercover Dish Mystery
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for Review From Publisher
 Rating: 5 Stars
 Reviewed by: Tina


 Lilah Drake has a passion for cooking and dreams of owning her own catering business. She always has a song in her head and a song in her heart. She is cooking her famous covered dishes on the "down low" because her clients that she cooks for need to take credit for Lilah's tasty covered dishes.

 Alison Dixon is the president of the Pine Haven, Iliniois St.Barts Altar and Rosary Guild. As she announces the big jackpot on the church's bingo night she suddenly drops dead while tasting Pet's chili, a client of Lilah who is a member of the church.

 With another death of Pine Haven's librarian due to another poisoning. Lilah, the secret chef must uncover the truth before a murderer stirs up more trouble for Lilah, her covered dishes and her secret clientele.

 I know this series will be a new favorite when the protagonist has a passion for cooking,like me and also always has a song in her head also like me. Lilah was also very relatable and down to earth, which drew me into the story even more and made the book hard to put down. Julia Buckley's The Big Chili was very well written and kept me entertained until the murderer was revealed and also a very tantalizing beginning to a promising new culinary mystery series.



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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Book Review/Giveaway: Murder She Wrote: The Ghost and Mrs.Fletcher by Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain, Renee Paley-Bain



 Title: Murder She Wrote: The Ghost and Mrs. Fletcher
 Author: Jessica Fletcher,Donald Bain, Renee Paley-Bain
 Publisher: Obsidian
 Series: Book 44, Murder She Wrote
 Format: Hardcover
 Source: Received For Review from Publisher
 Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
 Reviewed by: Tina

 Maybe I'm a little biased because this is my most favorite series.It's such an honor that I get to read the Murder she Wrote books before they are released. Also the fact that Jessica Fletcher is my all time favorite amateur sleuth.

 Cliff Cooper is in the hospital claiming he is on his death bed, but his doctor, Dr, Hazlitt thinks he may recover if only Cliff would listen and take his medication. Cliff, being convinced he is on deaths door- step talks to his friend and mystery writer, Jessica Fletcher to have Eve Simpson, Cabot Coves star real estate agent to sell his house that is in questionable condition and filled to the brim with bookshelves filled with books. One aspect I truly loved so he can give the proceeds to the grandson he raised after his death and there were also rumors of the house being haunted.

 When Cliff is found dead in his hospital bed, Dr Hazlitt with the help of Jessica starts to doubt how he really died and with the discovery of another dead body within the house's walls. Jessica's observations and sleuthing may lead her to trouble this time.

 Flawless and suspenseful. A perfect edition to the Murder She Wrote series. Secrets, A haunted house, flawed characters and a book lover as a murder victim.Surprising twists and turns will have you wondering how and why. I'm very much anticipating the next book in this book in this series and after forty-four books, this series will stand the test of time.

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