Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Her Fear-Shelley Shepard Gray-Book Review

About the book 
Shelley Shepard Gray’s latest novel of suspense in her Amish of Hart County series, an EMT falls for a woman with ties to an Amish community where people are dying similar, suspicious deaths.
Sadie Detweiler never imagined she’d move to Kentucky, yet here she is: a pregnant, unmarried Amish girl banished by unforgiving parents to live with kin she barely knows. The men are gruff and her cousins are secretive. Worst of all, elderly matriarch Verba becomes mysteriously ill shortly after Sadie moves in. When EMT Noah Freeman arrives, Sadie immediately notices he’s unlike any other Amish man she’s met. Noah is warm, confident, and has an easy way with practically everyone in the community, both Amish and English. Though Sadie is drawn to him, she has little hope he will reciprocate her feelings once he learns she’s with child.
Noah can’t understand how a girl as sweet and lovely as Sadie ended up sleeping on a cot in Verba Stauffer’s kitchen. He also senses Sadie is terrified of something. Concerned, he checks up on her. Eventually they strike up a friendship and soon their attraction is undeniable. When Verba later dies at the hospital and her death is followed by two others, Noah’s boss wants him to dig around the Amish community for clues. He agrees—for Sadie’s sake—because only the truth will keep her safe and by his side.

And I thought 
This has been a great series to read.  I have had the chance to read each title and I have to say each one was better than the previous. 
And, this one was the best. 
The story/plot kept me interested and turning the pages.  I was 
finished in just a few hours. 
It really didn't take me long at all to figure it out but that didn't keep me from enjoying this great read. 
I think what I liked the best is a couple of the characters from previous books made cameo appearances.  I liked that and it brought their stories back to my memory. 
Gray does a great job of bringing some interesting topics to a place,locale and group of people that you wouldn't expect. 
No one really expects stalking, abuse, murder and things of that nature to happen around a community much less around an 
Amish community.  
The romance is always sweet and clean making this book and all the previous ones suitable for any audience.  Parents might be cautious though because some of the topics in the previous books and actually this one too (Sadie is pregnant out of wedlock) might be too adult for younger readers. 

I enjoyed this series and look forward to reading more books by 
Shelley Shepard Gray.

I received a complimentary copy.
My review will appear on Good Reads and Retail Sites.
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Cover thoughts
If your a regular visitor to my blog you'll notice ocassionally 
I share my thoughts on the cover of the book I am reviewing.
As with my reviews my thoughts on the covers are honest.  I share
what feelings I had when reading and how and if the cover of the book caught my attention. 
What has caught my attention about all the books in this series 
with the exception of  The Gift is that they all look the same. 
If I was considering purchasing any of these books I would really have to think about it.  
I know sometimes I'll grab a book just based on the cover.  Especially if it is an author I know.  
But with this series I would wonder have I read this one before?
To me the covers are so close to the same that it may be confusing. 
With that said.  I did love this series.  And I really enjoyed each book.  
Don't judge a book by it's cover.
Check them out!

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Monday, August 13, 2018

To Bead Or Not To Bed-Great Escapes Tour-Spotlight

About the book 
When a wealthy theater owner is killed by a falling art glass chandelier, glass beadmaker Jax O’Connell’s boyfriend, Detective Zachary Grant, quickly determines it was no accident. Jax and her friend Tessa try to carry on with a charity fashion gala at the theater, but with only a few days before the big event, they have to scramble to keep things from falling apart. The emcee quits, and to make matters worse, Tessa’s daughters are suspects in the murder. As the chaos unfolds, Jax discovers new suspects at every turn, including an edgy glass blower, an agoraphobic socialite, and a hunky former-cop-turned-actor. Can Jax piece together the clues to find the killer and uncover the dark secrets behind the victim’s family or will it be curtains for her?

And others are saying 
Jax and Tessa always have memorable adventures, and this is no exception . . . I was totally surprised at the identity of the killer, for sure.
~Book Babble
The book has a wonderful combination of humor and romance and danger and above all, mystery.
~Laura’s Interests
Delightful cozy mystery full of crafty bead details, a cute kitty, and a murder that will keep you guessing.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews
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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Death Over Easy by Maddie Day-Great Escapes Tour-Review-Giveaway

About the book
Restaurateur Robbie Jordan is ready for the boost in business a local music festival brings to South Lick, Indiana, but the beloved event strikes a sour note when one of the musicians is murdered . . .
June’s annual Brown County Bluegrass Festival at the Bill Monroe Music Park in neighboring Beanblossom is always a hit for Robbie’s country store and cafĂ©, Pans ‘N Pancakes. This year, Robbie is even more excited, because she’s launching a new bed and breakfast above her shop. A few festival musicians will be among Robbie’s first guests, along with her father, Roberto, and his wife, Maria. But the celebration is cut short when a performer is found choked to death by a banjo string. Now all the banjo players are featured in a different kind of lineup. To clear their names, Robbie must pair up with an unexpected partner to pick at the clues and find the plucky killer before he can conduct an encore performance . . .
Includes Recipes for You to Try!
And others are saying 
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and painted a clear picture of South Lick, Indiana and all of the town folk.
~MJB Reviewers
The interwoven storylines keep the story fresh, exciting, and engaging. If you are looking for a cozy mystery that is fast-paced (never a dull moment) and will keep you on the edge of your seat, I suggest you give Death Over Easy a try!
 ~Sapphyria’s Books
I enjoyed Robbie and seeing her parents show up was a nice surprise. A great read.
~Babs Book Bistro
Absolutely incredible cozy mystery novel!
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews
Death Over Easy is a charming cozy mystery that will have you eager for the next A Country Store Mystery.
~The Avid Reader
And I thought
Great series.  And they do keep getting better and better. 
Each one is fun and stands alone with just enough background to draw you right in and keep you turning the pages. 
Robbie is one busy girl with the feeding folks, and running a B&B
but she doesn't waste anytime when murder happens and friends become suspects.  
When it is found quickly that the victim had made quite a few people mad the suspect list gets bigger and the twists and turns
keep you guessing. 
I enjoy the recipes at the end too. 

I have enjoyed this series and look forward to reading more. 

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Death On The Menu by Lucy Burdette-Great Escapes Tours-Review

About the book 
When a killer strikes just before flan time, beloved food critic Hayley Snow is forced to sniff out the killer before someone else bites the dust.
Hayley Snow, fiery food critic for Key Zest magazine, has just landed a ticket to one of the most prestigious events in Key West: a high-brow three-day conference at the Harry Truman Little White House. Even though she’ll be working the event helping her mother’s fledgling catering business, there’s plenty of spicy gossip to go around. But just before her mother’s decadent flan is put to the test, Key West’s most prized possession, Hemingway’s Nobel prize gold medal for The Old Man and the Sea, is discovered stolen from its case.
Unsavory suspicions point to Gabriel, a family friend and one of the new busboys working the event, who mysteriously goes missing moments later. Anxious to clear his name, Gabriel’s family enlists Hayley to help find him, but right as they begin their search, his body is found stabbed to death in the storeroom.

Hayley has no shortage of suspects to interrogate and very little time before the killer adds another victim to the menu in national bestselling author Lucy Burdette’s delectable eighth Key West Food Critic mystery, Death on the Menu.
And others are saying 
What a great addition to this wonderful cozy mystery series. . . Just full of Key West history, a mystery, and characters to liven up the book as the investigation goes on in between the plot twists.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews
Death on the Menu contains good writing and engaging characters. Lucy Burdette does a wonderful job at world building.
~The Avid Reader

There is something in the book for any reader. The problems and crimes are definitely not simple to solve.
~Laura’s Interests
And I thought
8th in the series written as a stand alone.  This  was my first 
chance to read this series.  It was easy to get in at #8 even though 
I had not read any of the prior books. 
I was looking forward to reading this one since it was about a 
Food writer and the story revolved around a catering event.  I also 
usually enjoy the Florida locale.  

This one though fell a little flat for me.  Perhaps it was the historical/political aspect of the dealing of the U.S. and Cuba. 

Or perhaps it was the Hemingway references and locale of the historic buildings.  

Death On The Menu just seemed to be slow even though it took place in just a few days.  There didn't seem to be a fast paced ride. 

For me this one was just o.k. 

For you it might be the best so far! Death On The Menu is a Cozy mystery with no language or bedroom scenes.  Check it out and see for yourself.  

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Persuading Piper by Susan Boles-release Day-Review

Persuading Piper: Brotherhood Protectors World by [Boles, Susan]
About the book 
Piper McKenzie has a great life. She lives in a planation home that’s been in the family for generations with her overprotective father and Ham, the family guard dog. She dates, but keeps her broken heart under lock and key. Nobody will ever hurt her again like Ian Elliot did.

Ian “Hawkeye” Elliot lives his lifelong dream of being a Navy Fighter pilot until a busted eardrum clips his wings forever as a pilot. Brotherhood Protectors, Inc. throws him a lifeline working with other retired veterans offering valuable skills honed by military service. Until his latest assignment, nothing shakes him, but this job threatens not only the life of the woman he loves, but also his heart. 

Using a visit to his mother as cover, Hawkeye arrives back in town to provide bodyguard services to Piper’s father. His challenge is to keep his charge alive while avoiding the glares and hostility from the girl he left behind. Complicating his job is Ham-the-guard-dog, who hates him. 
The question is which is more deadly? Bullets, a mean dog, or emotions? Only time will tell.

And I thought 
It's always fun to get into a new series.   Susan Boles gives us a not only new characters to love but she spins a Romantic Suspense that will keep you turning the pages. 

You'll feel like your at home when you realize that this new one 
is a cross over to her fabulous Cozy Series!  

The locale takes place in the Lily Gayle town and a few characters join Piper and Ian making this a fun read. 

The romance is sweet and might make MaMa blush a little but she would be turning the pages all the way to the climatic ending 
that kind kept me on the seat with a little bit of a cliff hanger.

A cliff hanger that opens the door for the installment.  

If your a fan of Romantic Suspense and Cozy Mysteries you'll 
want to check out Susan Boles.  

I received a complimentary copy. 
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Monday, August 6, 2018

The Scent Of Waikiki by Terry Ambrose Great Escapes Tour

About the book 
Honolulu landlord Wilson McKenna can smell a scam from across the room. So when one of his tenants loses everything in a work-at-home scam involving a new perfume, he’s shocked. With his wedding just weeks away, McKenna has to make a tough decision. Does he evict a woman who’s down on her luck? Or take time out from wedding planning to help his tenant?
Turning the case over to his PI-in-training friend Chance Logan seems like the perfect solution—until Chance tells McKenna he needs a wingman for a visit to fragrance entrepreneur Skye Pilkington-Winchester. McKenna’s sure he can keep everyone happy by helping Chance this one time. But nothing is ever as easy as it seems, and soon McKenna’s up to his board shorts in hot water. His tenant’s simple fragrance scam might involve industrial espionage, Skye’s assistant is murdered, and McKenna’s bride-to-be accuses him of having cold feet.
As McKenna and Chance dig deeper, it seems so much of what they’re being told doesn’t pass the sniff test. And the only way to get his life back is to find the dead girl’s missing boyfriend, unmask a killer, and finish up in time for the wedding. Other than that, it’s just another day in paradise.
And I thought 
This is the first book I have read in the Trouble in Paradise Series.
Having read Clues In The Sand  from another series by the 
author I was expecting to really, really love this one and get involved in a new to me series.  

The Scent of Waikiki is book 9 in the series.  I didn't feel lost jumping in at book 9 but I was somewhat disappointed.  It is definitely written as a stand alone.  It was easy to get into the story but I felt there was very little backstory at all.  I was left wanting to know more about how McKenna and Chance got to where they are now.  

I liked McKenna and Chance. I liked their characters.  I enjoyed their camaraderie.  They worked well together yet they were kind of stumble bums.

They did solve the mystery(s) in the end but they ended up getting help from a couple of different sources.

I did not like McKenna's girlfriend Benni.  I might have a different 
feeling about her if I had read at the least the previous book which centered around a murder with a suspect being one of her family members.  What I didn't like was she just kept jerking McKenna's chain.  First telling him not to get involved in another 'case'.  Then
telling him get involved.  Then whining because she wasn't involved.  She expected him to tell her everything he was doing and keep her posted on his progress on solving the mystery
She threatened to 'Take a break' and leave for a few days changes her mind and then goes off with Chance's girlfriend and starts playing sleuth and then won't give McKenna any idea what is going on when he texts only sending him texts with crude emojies. 

I did enjoy  some of the sub-characters.  Steward the elderly man that was the retired owner of the delivery service was a hoot.  He 
suffered from confusion at times from serving in the military.  He would get confused and think they involved in a military operation. 
But when he was lucid he was quite charming and actually helped with McKenna and Chances investigation. 

The other characters the witnesses and just people involved with what was going on were well developed and added to the story. 

The story and plot were well written and thought out.  For this 
reader The Scent of Waikiki was a fair read.  
Was it great?
Actually not. 
 But I liked McKenna and Chance enough to want to read more. 

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Midnight Snacks Are Murder by Libby Klein- Great Escapes Tour-Review/Giveaway

About the book 
When her sleepwalking aunt is accused of committing murder, Poppy McAllister finds out there’s no rest for the weary . . .
Between trying to get her gluten-free baking business off the ground and helping her aunt remodel her old Victorian into the Butterfly House Bed and Breakfast in Cape May, New Jersey, Poppy is ready to call, “Mayday!” And now Aunt Ginny—who’s a handful wide-awake—is sleepwalking on her new sleeping pill prescription and helping herself to neighbors’ snacks and knickknacks.
Even more alarming, a local humanitarian who worked with troubled teens is found murdered, and the police suspect the “Snack Bandit.” Other than a bad case of midnight munchies and some mild knickknack kleptomania, Aunt Ginny is harmless. Someone’s trying to frame her. Poppy will need to work tirelessly to uncover the killer and put the case to rest—before Aunt Ginny has to trade in her B & B for a bunk bed behind bars . . .
Includes Seven Recipes from Poppy’s Kitchen!
And others are saying 
This book has a lot of humor along with the mystery. I had a hard time putting the book down . . .
~Storeybook Reviews
Midnight Snacks are Murder will have you laughing the whole way through with Aunt Ginny and Georgina’s antics.
~The Avid Reader
A tightly-written narrative, strong supporting cast, and tons of humor combine to make Midnight Snacks Are Murder a thoroughly entertaining read.
~The Power of Words
And I thought
Do you love a good Cozy?  Do you need a chuckle?  
Midnight Snacks Are Murder by Libby Klein gives you a 
great Cozy.  And way more than just a little chuckle.  You might
just be cracking up while you ride along with Poppy as she tries to rein in  her eccentric Aunt Ginny. 

In this installment Poppy is up to her eyeballs with Ginny's escapades.  When Ginny ends up with a little medical condition that needs some medication that happens to cause sleep walking things get more than crazy.  

As poor Ginny unknown to herself and everyone begins visiting the neighbors in the wee hours and helping herself to a few snacks and a few trinkets the word get outs and someone decides to do a Copy Cat and commit murder.  Leaving everyone suspecting Aunt Ginny.

When the police end up charging Aunt Ginny and putting her on house arrest Poppy doesn't waste a moment to investigate and clear Aunt Ginny and solve the crime.   

Seriously this is a fun and funny Cozy read.   

Not only is murder a foot Poppy and Ginny are trying to restore Ginnys old Victorian and turn it into a B&B they are sabotaged by Poppys ex-mother in law. 

If you love a good Cozy filled with great characters and some twists and turns you'll want to read Midnight Snacks Are Murder
I enjoyed the yummy recipes at the end!

I am looking forward to the next one in this series!

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