Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Jokers Wild by Barbara Barrett-Great Escapes Tour-Review


About the book
“The show must go on.” That applies even to playwright Marianne Putnam, when the director of her one-act play, “Jokers Wild,” fails to show for curtains up on opening night at the community theater in Serendipity Springs, Florida. When the director’s wife begs Marianne to accompany her to their home to check on him, they find the man floating in his pool. Dead.
Though not known for his pleasant disposition—her relationship with him had been tense since nearly ramming into his car in a parking lot, but after all, he was the director—who would have wanted to murder him? Surely no one in the production crew, cast or the staff of the community center where the play was to be staged. Maybe it was the wife, who Marianne had overheard arguing with him. Or perhaps someone from his theater connections back in the Big Apple.
Since she was there when the body was discovered, Marianne is considered a suspect. That doesn’t mean she can’t help her three Mah Jongg friends—Syd, Micki and Kat—assist the sheriff with the investigation. But who’s there to help her when her path crosses the murderer’s.

And I thought 
Another great read in a fun Cozy series.  I have read several in this series and have enjoyed the antics of Syd and her friends. 
I felt in Jokers Wild that the author seemed to develop each of the main characters more.  At least that is what struck me. 
Each book seems to develop the relationships and the characters more and more.  
In Jokers Wild the husbands/boyfriends began to do more real sleuthing on their own.  In the previous book they had taken to getting into the sleuthing to protect the woman and keep an 'eye' on them.   But in this one they were more into helping prove that Marianne had nothing to do with the murder. 
If isn't hard to discover a list of suspects from disgruntled co-workers/associates, to ex-lovers that the wives turned a blind eye to or did she?  
This group of amateur sleuths is a lively group of retiree's that let no stone go un-turned to solve the mystery and keep each other out of trouble. 
I liked that the relationships have developed with the Sheriff with the sleuths and with Kat (Katrina). 
This one ended with an excerpt of the next book which is on my 
TBR list.   
If you like a good cozy with some fun and sometimes kooky sleuths you'll love this series. 

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Monday, September 14, 2020

Dough Or Die by Winnie Archer-Great Escapes Book Tour-Review/Gveaway

About the book 
Known for its mouthwatering traditional breads, the Yeast of Eden bakery has gained fame across Northern California’s coast. Now the shop is bound for Reality TV—but a murder may kill its reputation . . .

People come to the beach town of Santa Sofia as much for the healing properties of Yeast of Eden’s breads as for a vacation getaway. And now a cable food channel has selected the bakery as a featured culinary delight for a new show. Baking apprentice Ivy Culpepper is excted as the crew arrives, ready to capture all the ins and outs of the renowned bread shop. But instead they capture something much harder to stomach: the attempted murdered of the show’s cameraman just outside Yeast of Eden . . .

With no motive and no clues, and the town craving answers, it will be up to Ivy to sift through the evidence to find the truth. But she’ll have to move quickly before someone else is targeted or the wrong person gets the heat—and the business collapses like a deflated soufflĂ©, right before her eyes.

And others are saying
This is a well told mystery that has plenty of clues, suspects, and red herrings to keep you guessing. What I really loved about it though were the people in the story.
~The Book’s the Thing
Winnie Archer has written another book that pulls you into the story until you can feel yourself right there in the midst of the action!
~A Wytch’s Book Review Blog
It may be a murder mystery, but DOUGH OR DIE is a feel good novel that intelligently looks at today’s society. It’s also a complex mystery that I thoroughly enjoyed, even though it left me craving a loaf of Olaya’s rosemary bread.
~Cozy Up with Kathy
Dough or Die is a bread lover’s delight, and you’ll find yourself drooling over the delicious recipes that are whipped up at Yeast of Eden & by Ivy’s chef boyfriend.
~Reading is My SuperPower
And I thought 
I've enjoyed this series and I think I can safely say this one was my favorite.
There is a bit of a large cast of characters including the baking group the main character Ivy, the bakery owner and workers, Ivy's boyfriend and then all the crew from the reality show filming.  Then there are witnesses and suspects and well there are just a bunch of people involved in this one.  
But Winnie Archer does a great job of developing characters and describing them.  Even the lesser characters that are only in a few scenes are well developed. 
There are lot of clues and a few suspects but even mystery to keep you involved and turning the pages. 
I especially like how the author introduced the method of Key Hole gardening when Ivy volunteered at the women's shelter to investigate a lead.  I had never heard of Key Hole gardening and it was interesting.  
I like the relationship of Ivy and her boyfriend he jumped right in and helped her even though he couldn't actually go in the shelter he was the delivery boy.  What a guy!
And the bread.  My mouth was watering.  There were alot of ethnic breads baked and mentioned.
If you like a good Cozy with a great story and some great characters check out the series. 

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Little Bookshop of Murder by Maggie Blackburn-Great Escapes Tour-Review/Giveaway

About the book 
A Shakespearean scholar inherits a beachside bookshop–and a murder mystery–in this delightful new cozy series for fans of Kate Carlisle and Ellery Adams.

Summer Merriweather’s career as a Shakespeare professor hangs by a bookbinder’s thread. Academic life at her Virginia university is a viper’s pit, so Summer spends her summer in England, researching a scholarly paper that, with any luck, will finally get her published, impress the Dean, and save her job. But her English idyll ends when her mother, Hildy, shuffles off her mortal coil from an apparent heart attack.
Returning to Brigid’s Island, NC, for the funeral, Summer is impatient to settle the estate, sell her mom’s embarrassingly romance-themed bookstore, Beach Reads, and go home. But as she drops by Beach Reads, Summer finds threatening notes addressed to Hildy: “Sell the bookstore or die.”

Clearly, something is rotten on Brigid’s Island. What method is behind the madness? Was Hildy murdered? The police insist there’s not enough evidence to launch a murder investigation. Instead, Summer and her Aunt Agatha screw their courage to the sticking place and start sleuthing, with the help of Hildy’s beloved book club. But there are more suspects on Brigid’s Island than are dreamt of in the Bard’s darkest philosophizing. And if Summer can’t find the villain, the town will be littered with a Shakespearean tragedy’s worth of corpses–including her own.

And I thought 
I enjoyed this new cozy read there are few quirky characters to get to know the main character summer it was an interesting person determined to find out what was going on and what happened to her mother I couldn't help but wonder if the author intended for the reader to figure out who did it cuz it was just it was so easy for me to figure out but what I couldn't figure out was why the police chief what's stonewalling on investigating why which is a bit of a little little mystery in itself making this reader wonder whether in future installments we might learn a little more about the chief I did enjoy all of the main characters summer and her aunt her cousin and her niece or just a fun group a family that sticks together I do wish that the author would have been cleared at those cinnamon rolls that they talked about throughout the book in the recipes at the end of the book I enjoyed the ending and how everything came together I felt that the author could have left a bit of a cliffhanger but it was refreshing to see that everything  came together in the end and I look forward to reading more in this series

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Friday, September 11, 2020

Checked Out For Murder by Allison Brook -Great Escapes Tour-Review/Giveaway

About the book 
Carrie Singleton and Evelyn the ghost sleuth the slayings of a starlet and a star-crossed psychic in Agatha Award nominee Allison Brook’s fourth Haunted Library mystery.

Daphne Marriott strolls into Clover Ridge and informs librarian Carrie Singleton that she’s a psychic. But had she foreseen what fate awaited her, Daphne would have steered clear of the quaint Connecticut town. Evelyn, the library ghost, tells Carrie that there’s more to Daphne than she lets on.

The mysterious woman grew up in Clover Ridge with her no-good dad, who apparently met his end at the hands of Daphne’s brother, Billy. Still, Daphne proves a welcome distraction when Carrie’s overbearing mother hits town. Mom’s much younger husband, Tom, is in a movie that’s that’s lensing locally, and she’s there to keep an eye on him: Tom’s costar, sultry Ilana Reingold, is also his ex-fiancĂ©e, and there’s no denying the chemistry is still there. Soon after mingling with the moviemakers at a meet-and-greet, Daphne is found dead.

Carrie and Evelyn investigate, assisted by bushy-tailed library cat Smoky Joe. But the suspect list could overflow the library shelves. Has Billy killed another relative? Is their long-missing mother involved? Or Daphne’s mean ex-husband? Carrie’s sure she knows who committed the crime, but can she bind together the clues before the culprit Dewey-decimates the town? 

And I thought
Sometimes covers beckon you to take a chance and turn the pages.  Checked Out For Murder was one that captured my attention.  The cover with Smokey Joe the resident library cat beckoned this reader to turn the pages. 
This was a good read filled with a bit of drama and murder.  I enjoy Carrie and the resident ghost Evelyn.  
When 1 murder leads to another Carrie has her hands full trying to get the answers while juggling her romantic life and her moms and her relationship with said mom that is well 
strained (?).
I love the small town setting and I really enjoy the library setting.  This is a great series.  Each book is written as a standalone. 

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Dog-Gone Dead by Jackie Layton-Great Escapes Tour-Review/Giveaway

About the book
Who’d have thought mulch could cause such a stink?

Low Country dog walker Andi Grace Scott is happy to score some free mulch from one of her brother’s landscaping jobs—until she discovers the dead body buried beneath the bark.

Worse, her brother’s landscaping tools were used to commit the murder. Once the police arrest her brother and seem happy to have “caught their man,” Andi Grace has no choice but to track down the real killer. She’ll risk everything to prove her brother’s innocence. Even if it means turning over every rock in town.

If you love small-town coastal life, dogs, and strong heroines, you’ll love Dog-Gone Dead.
And I thought
What a delightful refreshing  and charming cozy mystery if you can use the words delightful and charming for a cozy.  Dog-Gone Dead is one!

Dog Gone Dead  was just dog gone good! I didn't have the privilege of getting to read book 1 and really the only reason I knew that this one wasn't book one that's because I read the
 info for the tour.
 It was easy to pick up and get into the characters and the plot there was a little reference to the plantation that Angie Grace inherited in the previous book  but it just made me want to go back and read book 1 so that I can get all the background info. 

 I loved the concept of turning the plantation into a bed-and-breakfast and Adventure Park for dogs for boarding and day

The mystery Who Dun It kept me guessing! Was it the wife? 
The jilted lover?  The lover of the lover?  Or the boss? 
The were a bunch of suspects that keeps the reader guessing along with Angie Grace who is determined to find the answers and prove her brother had nothing to do with the crime. Since Angie was guessing too I didn't feel too bad I didn't sleuth out the answers!

The cover was kind of cartoonish but it beckons the reader to dig in and turn the pages.

This one was a super clean read.  The main characters speak about their faith.  And I enjoyed that.  

I look forward to many more in this series and purchasing book 1. 

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Mystery Follows Her -A Collection of Cozy Mysteries by Mutiple Authors -Great Escapes Tour-Review/Giveaway

About the book
MYSTERY FOLLOWS HER through dangerous city streets, quaint villages, and locales across the globe. Uncover the clues with feisty female sleuths of various ages in this multi-author cozy mystery collection of short stories.

Catch a mugger in THANKSGIVING AND THEFT by Dianne Ascroft
Dig up hidden treasure in BURIED BY THE BEACHby Ellen Jacobson
Open up a case in CLOSED OUT by Tamara Woods
Pray for justice in TREASURES IN HEAVEN by Sarah Biglow
Escape the blame in RING GONE ‘ROUND THE ROSES by Aubrey Elle
Try on some clues in THE MYSTERY OF THE STOLEN RING by Beate Boeker
Search for the suspect in WHEN THE CLOCK CHIMES TWO by Adriana Licio
Catch the culprit in HIJINKS IN AJIJIC by Vikki Walton
Locate the missing loot in VENDORS AND VILLAINS by Angela K. Ryan
You’ll love this collection of intriguing and light-hearted stories from award-winning and best-selling authors from across the globe.

And I thought 
Very fun.  Mystery Follows Her was a charming and cozy chance to meet a few new authors.  A few were familiar but many in this group were new to me. 
I enjoyed the short mysteries.  They seemed to be just the right length for quiet evening read.   Each one is well written and a lot of them are prequels to series so the reader gets an introduction to the series.
I loved the cover and I felt that it depicted the collection well and intrigued me to turn the pages.

Can I pick a favorite? 
 That is hard for me so I'll just say I enjoyed every story and every moment of reading.
I do have several new additions to my TBR pile.

If you love good cozy mysteries buy this one or put on your wish list. 
This collection is a great gift for a Cozy reader or someone you want to introduce to the world of Cozy.

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and ison my 2020 Christmas picks list.

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