Friday, December 7, 2018

NC-17-By Larissa Reinhart-Great Escapes Tour-Spotlight

About the book 
As an ex-star of a hit teen detective show, Maizie Albright gets the youth demographic. Or so she thought. Now that she’s adulting, today’s kids make Maizie feel out of date. At least the youth she meets while doing community service at Black Pine’s exclusive healing resort, the Wellspring Center. When these teens aren’t vlogging their attempts to track down Big Foot, they’re trying to prove the Center is up to no good. Starting with the disappearance and possible murder of their not-as-young commander. A murder the police find as likely as Big Foot.
Maizie has her own suspicions about the new celebrity retreat. Particularly when she learns her ex-fiancé has been hired to run the Center. Kind of an issue when she thought Oliver was in prison. Kind of an issue when Nash, the man of her dreams, is out of commission.
Wait, not man of her dreams.
Boss of her fantasies. Professionally speaking, of course.
While Maizie’s helping adolescent Youtubers detect a disappearance, she’s wrangling her mother’s wedding, assuaging an overzealous probation officer, and struggling to keep Nash Security Solutions solvent. Conspiracy theories collide with real-life catastrophes beginning with murder and possibly ending with Maizie’s life.
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Thursday, December 6, 2018

One Taste Too Many by Debra H. Goldstein-Great Escapes Tour Spotlight

This is a spotlight post I am still turning the pages . . .
Stick a 'fork in me I'm done'.  I finished reading this one albeit a little.  My apologies to Debra Goldstein for the late finish.  As slow as I was getting to it I hope it's worth the wait.  
Best Wishes on the tour!
And now on with the review. 

About the book 
For culinary challenged Sarah Blair, there’s only one thing scarier than cooking from scratch—murder!
Married at eighteen, divorced at twenty‑eight, Sarah Blair reluctantly swaps her luxury lifestyle for a cramped studio apartment and a law firm receptionist job in the tired hometown she never left. With nothing much to show for the last decade but her feisty Siamese cat, RahRah, and some clumsy domestic skills, she’s the polar opposite of her bubbly twin, Emily—an ambitious chef determined to take her culinary ambitions to the top at a local gourmet restaurant . . .
Sarah knew starting over would be messy. But things fall apart completely when her ex drops dead, seemingly poisoned by Emily’s award-winning rhubarb crisp. Now, with RahRah wanted by the woman who broke up her marriage and Emily wanted by the police for murder, Sarah needs to figure out the right recipe to crack the case before time runs out. Unfortunately, for a gal whose idea of good china is floral paper plates, catching the real killer and living to tell about it could mean facing a fate worse than death—being in the kitchen!
Includes quick and easy recipes!
And I thought
It's always fun to get into book 1 of a new series.  
One Taste Too Many left me waiting for the next one.  
I enjoyed the 'twins' characters and at first had a hard time keeping them straight.  Which actually I think was good because isn't that the way it really is with twins.  
The covering for each other or the pretending to be each other. 
So I'll late it for you

Sarah is the one that works for a lawyer and is getting over a divorce and has a cat given to her by his ex when his mom died. 
And btw Sarah can't cook. 

Emily is the sis that is making her way in the culinary world. 
And kind of ends up stumbling over dead bodies.  

Got it straight?

Yes there are a few bodies in the mix and with each the sista's become the suspects.   

Adding to the mix a cop that is well.  I won't give anymore away but he just seems more interested in the sisters (as suspects or something else?) instead of discovering the real killer. 

This one was a fun ride.  A few twists that will keep you turning the pages maybe a little slower to keep up.  

I loved the end.  

I did wish to have found a few more recipes.  Maybe next time?

I received a complimentary copy. 
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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Attorney at Paw by Diane Wing-Beck Valley Tour-Review/Giveaway

About the book 
Autumn Clarke survived the car crash that killed her parents. To help her cope with PTSD, she adopts Chrissy, a Shih Tzu with a remarkable secret. Chrissy is also the only witness to the mysterious death of her pet parent. Autumn vows to find the truth behind his death with the help of Chrissy, the neighbors and an attractive detective. Can Autumn unravel the clues while trying to heal Chrissy's trauma and overcome her own devastating emotional wounds in the midst of a dangerous murder investigation? 

And others are saying 
Chrissy the Shih Tzu may be the cutest sleuth on the job, but don't let that button nose fool you—it's perfectly able to sniff out a killer with a little help from her human friends. Great start to a fun new series!” ~ Sheila Webster Boneham, Author of the award-winning Animals in Focus Mysteries 

“Diane Wing does an excellent job of showing readers just how animals can communicate with us through images and actions when we are tuned into their frequency. Through the relationship between Autumn and Chrissy, Wing also shows the importance of therapy animals and how much they can help those who need them. Add in a sweet romance to the intrigue of the mystery and you've got a book that you won't want to put down.” ~ Melissa Alvarez, Intuitive, animal communicator and author of Animal Frequency and Llewellyn's Little Book of Spirit Animals 

“Diane Wing has created a wonderfully endearing little character in Chrissy the Shih Tzu. It really shines through that the author is an animal and dog lover. I can see these books quickly becoming a cherished addition to the cozy mystery genre.” ~ J. New, author of The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mysteries

And I thought
I was pleasantly surprised.  I enjoyed Attorney at Paw  more than I expected I would.  

Based on the cover I thought I would be reading a cute little story with a little mystery thrown in. 

I got way more.  Attorney at Paw was very well written.  A great story/plot.  And some great characters.  And with all that there is a touch on PTSD and on animal rescue and how therapy dogs can be used.   And there is a bit of romance too. 

We get a mystery in who did in Chrissy's (the dog) original owner. 
Was it his sister who sent Chrissy to a shelter?  And received the inheritance?   Or was it his business partner?  Then again it could have been the chick that had the hots for him.  Or maybe even his girlfriend.  There are no shortage of suspects. 

There are no shortage of suspects and no shortage of  likeable characters making this one a great read and start to a great new series.  

I give Chrissy 5 paws.  I can't wait to read more. 

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A Midwinter's Tail by Bethany Blake-Great Escapes Tour-Review/Giveaway

A Midwinter’s Tail (Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Kensington (November 27, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496717333
ISBN-13: 978-1496717337
Digital ASIN: B07B7C8XQY

About the book 
To bark or not to bark . . .
Professional pet sitter Daphne Templeton loves the holidays in Sylvan Creek, Pennsylvania. And nothing gets her into the spirit more than the town’s annual Bark the Halls Ball. The whole community will be there to wag their tails, especially this year’s special guest—Celeste “CeeCee” French, founder of a national chain of pet care franchises, who’s returning home to announce plans for a bright new flagship store.
But not everyone’s celebrating CeeCee’s homecoming. Daphne’s friend Moxie Bloom, owner of Spa and Paw, a unique salon for people and their pets, has plenty to growl about. So when CeeCee is found face down under Sylvan Creek’s town Christmas tree, stabbed with a distinctive pair of professional-grade pet shears, suspicion lands squarely on Moxie. Despite Daphne’s promises to Detective Jonathan Black, she quickly reprises her role as amateur sleuth. Ably assisted by her basset hound sidekick, Socrates, she must hurry to prove her friend’s innocence before a killer barks again . . .
Includes recipes for homemade pet treats!
Character Guest post
Daphne Templeton’s Holiday Letter

Daphne Templeton is a peacenik who doesn’t want to keep getting mixed up in murders. But somehow, she seems to stumble across bodies on a regular basis. And, as she points out in her first-ever holiday letter, her year has been eventful in other ways, too!

Merry Christmas!
This is actually the first time I’ve been organized enough to send a holiday letter, which still doesn’t seem like a good idea, as I’m writing it. However, my mother insists that this note is “an important tool for communicating with various constituencies,” which I believe means it’s meant more for clients than friends.
To be honest, I’ll probably rip this up, or lose it on the floor of my van before I can mail it, but for now, here are a few highlights from the past year:
  • Socrates saved me from a walk-in freezer with a faulty lock. I always knew he was a hero, just waiting for his moment!
  • It’s been weeks since Tinkleston has launched himself at anyone, including Mom, from the top of my ice box. Another small victory!
  • Plum Cottage is snug as ever, the old Lucky Paws VW still runs most of the time, and my new bakery for pets, Flour Power, is doing great.
  • Piper is practically giddy with love, which is almost unnerving.
  • Oh, and I found another body under the Sylvan Creek Christmas tree, right before Jonathan Black asked me a question that I nearly forgot about, in all the excitement.
So, that’s the year-end wrap up. I’m wishing, as always, for peace on Earth — and that my best friend, Moxie, will beat a murder rap. The same things I wish for every year, right?
Stay safe — and adopt, don’t shop!
Daphne, Socrates and Tinks

And I thought 
The Lucky Paws Pet Sitting Mystery Series has quickly become one of my favorite series.  

I was delighted to get the opportunity to read book 4.  I have enjoyed each of the previous 3.  Each book is written as a stand alone and this series is easy to get into. 

Many of  the old characters human and K-9 are back and a few more are added in this installment.    

The K-9 characters kind of make this series.  First there is 
Daphne's dog Socrates.  He is pictured on the covers with a new friend in each installment.  

This one introduced a new dog named Tiny Tim that was a bit of a mystery at first much to Daphne's chagrin she seemed the only one that could see him.  He was fast on his feet and disappeared before anyone else caught sight of him.  He becomes a big help to Daphne as she investigates  not only one but 2 murders and they are both Daphne's high school class mates.     

And then a new character that promises to be a huge part is the prissy poodle Snowdrop who is just too prissy and sometimes mean to like.  But you have to give her some patience because it is her mistress that gets the axe.  Well it's acutally not an axe but a pair of scissors and it's discovered that they belong to none other than 
Moxie.  Yes Daphne's bestie is a prime suspect.  

As usual in this series Daphne is cautioned about investigating not only by her mother that is appalled that her daughter seems to always be finding dead bodies which almost makes her a disgrace. 

The handsome and elusive Detective Black is none to happy about the sleuthing but he seems in this installment to be a bit more accepting of Daphne's penchant for investigating. 

Now if we could get the two on a 'real date' and maybe standing under the mistletoe then everything would just be all tidy!

This is a good cozy mystery.  No foul language.  No bedroom scenes not even a kiss (maybe next tine)and the crime although the main part of the plot is down key and not graphic.  

If you enjoy a good fun Cozy mystery you'll enjoy Bethany Blakes 

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Tandem Demise by Duffy Brown-Great Escapes Book Blast-Review

About the book 
Smugglers on the hunt, a police chief on the run, lost loot and a dead wedding planner have the Mackinac Island regulars riding in circles
After solving two murders, bike shop owner Evie Bloomfield thought life on Mackinac Island would settle into boredom until she finds out Nate Sutter, island police chief and once-upon-a-time under cover cop is on the run. Some badass guys from Nate’s Detroit days think he stole money from them in a champagne smuggling operation and now they’re headed to the island to get their loot. Evie is determined to help Nate because he’s a good cop, Nate is determined to keep interfering Evie and island locals out of harms way, and the crooks are determined to get their money.
To add to the island’s problems there’s a dead guy on the dock and the new wedding planner is more interested in playing bedroom bingo than ordering bridal bouquets.
With the help of Fiona, Evie’s BFF and local newspaper editor, Evie is determined to prove Nate innocent, figure out how champagne smuggling, bodies on the dock and a bad wedding planner are tied together and not wind up taking a long walk off a short pier herself.
And I thought 
Well I loved it.  I have no idea where I've been off on the wrong path I suspect but I've missed the previous ones in this great series. 
My thanks to author Duffy Brown for setting up this Book Blast tour with Great Escapes. 
And now why I loved it . . . 
From page one Evie and Fiona had me cracking up.  Their antics provided this reader with many laughs and giggles.  From the beginning when they stumble onto a body and then they can't call the police because there is random cell service on their lovely little island.  They actually break into a building by breaking a window to set off the alarm so the police will come. 
The police that comes is none other than the local Chief who is smitten with Evie but keeping that to himself.  (you know this I am sure if you've read the previous books...I only suspected.)  The two 
have a kind of friendship but when Evie goes into sleuth mode she
tends to cross the line. 
Even if Evie can't ride a bicycle for squat she has other talents like breaking and entering.  And does so efficient because she has her own set of lock picks.  Purple paper clips.  When these don't work though she has a back up by calling on her mothers suitor an ex
mobster who knows the ropes. 
The series is filled with colorful characters that make a fun read even if it is a murder mystery. 
In Tandem Demise Evie is determined to find the truth when Nate the Police Chief and hunk that makes Evie swoon (if she thinks about it).  Everyone in town knows there some kind of sizzle but 
Nate and Evie are running from love or at least in hiding.  

I really enjoyed my chance to get into this series and I'll be buying the previous books.  

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