Thursday, May 28, 2020

No Filter by Heather Day Gilbert-Great Escapes Tour-Review



About the book 
Welcome to the Barks & Beans Cafe, a quaint place where folks pet shelter dogs while enjoying a cup of java…and where murder sometimes pays a visit.

Fed up with her go-nowhere job, newly single Macy Hatfield moves back to her small hometown in West Virginia. She joins forces with her brother Bo in his crazy new venture—the Barks & Beans Cafe, which caters to dog lovers and coffee drinkers alike.

When a golf instructor is murdered at the nearby spiritual center, Macy winds up adopting his Great Dane. Just after Macy finds a mysterious message sewn under the dog’s collar, her Dane is dognapped. She launches into a relentless search for her newfound canine friend, but along the way, she digs up a cruel and confident killer.

Join siblings Macy and Bo Hatfield as they sniff out crimes in their hometown…with plenty of dogs along for the ride! The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series features a small town, an amateur sleuth, and no swearing or graphic scenes.
The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series in order:
Book 1: No Filter
Book 2: Iced Over
And I thought
I loved it.  I loved Macy, Bo and of course Coal. 
Macy was fun and a bit quirky and a born sleuth.  She just can't give it up and let the police do thier work. 
Bo was the Bro everyone wants.  Ready and willing to do Macy's bidding, run interferance for her and get her out of trouble which 
happens quite frequently as she snoops first trying to find Coal when he's dognapped and then later trying to discover who took him and why and maybe solve a murder or two at the same time. 
The Barks & Beans series is just my kind of read.  I love the quain town and the coffee shop/doggie daycare.  It's just the kind of place I want to live although I'd have to have friends like Macy that can make sure if there are any bad guys around the she'll snoop them out. 
It is always fun to get into a new series and this one was a pleasure to start. 
It is a bit different I think than most cozies Bo has a hidden past that actually comes back to 'bite' him and Macy too and leads into the next book.  
I am sure each book is written as a stand a lone but the storyline follows through in the next one there's a kind of cliff hanger at the end.  
I am kind of looking forward to seeing if Bo and Macy end up with a little romance.  Maybe a double wedding?

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Murder In Wine Country by Janet Finsilver Great Escapes Tour

 This is another great mystery but as usual with this series, Kelly and the Silver Sentinels are my favorite part. Kelly is a clever sleuth who does what she needs to in order to track down the killer but is never too reckless. Her friends are all well-developed and unique, and they make a great team.
Murder in the Wine Country by Janet Finsilver is a smooth, easy read with charming characters and a picturesque setting. From exotic plant poaching to murder and everything in between, the mysteries in this cozy keep Kelly & the Sentinels busy and readers on their toes too.
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Murder in the Wine Country is a diverting cozy mystery with foraging for flora, wonderful wines, succulent stealers, valiant veterans, and a perplexing puzzle.
~The Avid Reader
What a great addition to this book wonderful cozy mystery series! . . . a fantastic blend of food, wine tasting, clues, and a variety of characters that create a story readers can really love. A must read for fans of cozy mysteries. I totally loved it so I give it 5/5 stars.Visit the tour at Great Escapes

Friday, May 22, 2020

1st Line Friday feat. No Filter by Heather Day Gilbert


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I read a good book the other day.  Here's a little about it . . . 

The first line
"My nail polish matched the dirt outside my patio."

And around page 56
Chapter 3
"I didn't have time to ponder the irony that a murdered man's dog had wound up in the shelter. 

About the book 
No Filter (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: WoodHaven Press (May 26, 2020)
Number of Pages: ~280 Pages
Digital ASIN: B085BX4N96
Welcome to the Barks & Beans Cafe, a quaint place where folks pet shelter dogs while enjoying a cup of java…and where murder sometimes pays a visit.

Fed up with her go-nowhere job, newly single Macy Hatfield moves back to her small hometown in West Virginia. She joins forces with her brother Bo in his crazy new venture—the Barks & Beans Cafe, which caters to dog lovers and coffee drinkers alike.

When a golf instructor is murdered at the nearby spiritual center, Macy winds up adopting his Great Dane. Just after Macy finds a mysterious message sewn under the dog’s collar, her Dane is dognapped. She launches into a relentless search for her newfound canine friend, but along the way, she digs up a cruel and confident killer.

Join siblings Macy and Bo Hatfield as they sniff out crimes in their hometown…with plenty of dogs along for the ride! The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series features a small town, an amateur sleuth, and no swearing or graphic scenes.
The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series in order:
Book 1: No Filter
Book 2: Iced Over

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Fireworks, Firecrackers and Foul Play by D.E. Haggerty-Great Escapes Tour-Review


About the book 
How do you plan the perfect July 4th wedding with the groom in jail for murder?
Anna is not about to find out. And no way is she getting married in the jail house. Not happening. Instead, she’s off to uncover the actual murderer, because there’s no way her fiancĂ© Logan would hurt anyone. Yeah, sure, he looks kind of intimidating, but he’s a cop. He fights crime. He doesn’t commit it!

Will the gals of Callie’s Cakes solve the mystery before Anna’s wedding is ruined?

Cupcakes not included, although recipes for all the delicious cupcakes Anna bakes are.
And I thought
I love this series.  I have had the chance to read each fun, funny and yummy read.  
Each book is written as a stand alone and each one gets better.  
No need to start with book 1 . . .  but I will warn you I had a bit of a time in the beginning keeping up with the girls and the guys.  And there are only 3 but they are all so funny and quirky but a bit a like. I couldn't keep straight which was which at first  But it is well worth taking the time to keep them all straight.  

I am looking forward to what new mystery the girls will get themselves into. 

The guys (the boyfriends are burly hunky men who fight crimes and fires) watch out for the girls sometimes from the background making sure the girls stay of out trouble.  Which is a bit hard to do when they start snooping into murders and crimes. 
If you love a good cozy try this series.  Each book is a fast read and will have you turning the pages at break neck speed to get to the end.  
I love the series and can't wait for the next one. 

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Book Spotlight-Nearly Departed by Lesley A. Diehl-Great Escapes Tour-Giveaway



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Tired of sitting surveillance on insurance fraud, apprentice PI Eve Appel Egret gets her first big case, one where the outcome is important and personal. Eve’s best friend Madeleine has few relatives, so her Uncle Shamus is special, but someone is determined to kill him and has tried several times. Eve is certain she can identify who is after him, but this time she may have taken on more than even our self-confident Eve can handle. Coping with a growing toddler and a teenager, devoting time to the consignment shop and finding someone who can go undercover in a sexual harassment case all vie for Eve’s attention. Eve knows she cannot fail Madeleine. This is more than her favorite uncle’s life. His death would mean devastating loss for Madeleine and call into question Eve’s commitment as a friend and her ability as a PI.

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Friday, May 8, 2020

A Great Escapes Book Blast-A Murderous Misconceptrion by Lorraine Bartlett & Gayle Leeson

a murderous misconception
a murderous misconception

About the book 
Katie Bonner loses her lunch—literally—when her social media account serves up a shocking announcement. Her boyfriend Andy’s assistant manager, Erikka, is pregnant, and apparently with his child. And when Erikka turns up dead, the Sheriff turns up the heat on Katie and Andy, certain that one of them is to blame. But Erikka wasn’t pregnant after all. Was Erikka’s misconception the only way she could conceive of stealing Andy from Katie?
When Katie finds planted evidence, it’s her friend and former detective, Ray, who insists on concealing it. Is it his growing affection for her that causes him to act against his training and code of ethics, or could he be responsible for Erikka’s death? Katie is afraid to find out.

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Lost Billionaire Heir by Sophia Summer Book Review





About the book
 man who doesn't know he's about to be a billionaire. A woman who is forced to marry well. 

The tall Texan ranch hand leaned back against the corral fencing as he waited for the ranch guests to gather by the stable. His cowboy hat was pulled down shading his eyes as he chewed on the end of a tall piece of grass. This was his time to get a good look at the guests before he saddled their horses and helped them into the saddle. Working at the exclusive Rio Lago Ranch gave him a birds-eye view of a class of people much different from those in his home town in Minnesota. Jacob could size up most of the guests just by watching them a few minutes. Some guests were more trouble than others. He had learned how to avoid the advances of the women who found him very similar in appearance to the cover models on the western romance novels they loved. He wasn't interested; the only woman he had ever loved he met on the run hiding floating down the Mississippi River years ago. What will happen when she shows up as a guest at the Rio Lago Ranch? 

Will his late grandfather's lawyers find him before she marries someone else?


And I thought
I jumped on the chance to read this one.  I love a good 
Cowboy romance and Sophia Summers always gives this reader a page turner that just makes you smile.

I have read another book in this series a few months ago and I was happy to revisit the Dude Ranch in Texas.

This is a great series and each book is written as a stand alone. 
Some characters  make appearances in more than one book. 

I enjoyed the main  characters Libby and Jacob.   Finding each other again after being separated as teenagers they reconnected and become reacquainted as adults.
There's a little drama and a little suspense between the pages when Libby breaks up with her fiance and he checks out of town but not before a few bad guys chase him down.
This is a great sweet romance.  
I have enjoyed this series. 

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