Sunday, October 24, 2021

Smokey Mountain Ambush by Karen Kirst


About the book 

 Someone’s hunting her in the mountains…

An unknown enemy’s dead set on killing Lindsey Snow by Christmas—and she doesn’t know why. And the only person she can trust to shield her is the man she betrayed, mounted police officer Silver Williams. Now there's nowhere to hide…from danger or their feelings. But can they find the killer before this holiday season becomes Lindsey's last?

From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.

Smoky Mountain Defenders 

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New Releases October 25


Down The Hatch

 by M. C. Beaton with R.W. Green 

Private detective Agatha Raisin, having recently taken up power-walking, is striding along a path in Mircester Park during her lunch break when she hears a cry for help. Rushing over, she finds an elderly couple, Mr. and Mrs. Swinburn, in the middle of the green―with the body of an old man lying at their feet. 

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Hypnosis Is for Hacks 

by Tamara Berry 

Though Eleanor is delighted that her brother, Liam, is visiting her in England, she must reluctantly agree that her quiet village lacks something when it comes to sightseeing—namely: sights. True, there’s nearby Castle Hartford, belonging to the family of Ellie’s boyfriend, Nicholas. But even Nicholas’s mother is eager to ditch sleepy, sweltering Sussex for a vacation in Brighton, taking Ellie and a relieved Liam with her. Yet hopes of a breezy seaside holiday quickly turn stormy, in every sense.

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Deck The Donut

 by Ginger Bolton 

It’s Christmastime again in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin. Emily has truly decked the halls of her donut shop and decorated her donuts with festive designs from green and red frosting to snowflake sprinkles. For the annual Ice and Lights Festival, she’s commissioned a sculpture with three ice-carved donut shapes to form a holey snowman, Frosty the Donut. 

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The Enemy You Gnocchi

 by Catherine Bruns 

With snow dusting the ground and sauce sizzling on the stove, local chef Tessa Esposito is ready to serve up some holiday cheer. And with the annual Festival of Lights underway, it seems nothing can dim her spirits. Not even Mario Russo, the newest scrooge in town whose espresso bar has been quickly disrupting businesses and stealing customers from Harvest Park’s favorite coffeehouse. 

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Have a Holly, Haunted Christmas

 by Lynn Cahoon 

For all its merriment, Christmas can also bring melancholy—and in Magic Springs, Idaho, Mia finds that the season has brought her an unhappy ghost who’s pulling poltergeist-style pranks to get her attention. When she demands an explanation, the ghost just sends a message: Ask Mary Alice—that is, Mia’s beloved Grans, who’s been training her to develop her witchy talents. If anyone can figure this out, it’s Grans . . . even if she still hasn’t managed to free Mia’s cat from a previous spell that she cast. 

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Murder at Mallowan Hall 

by Colleen Cambridge (Historical)  

Tucked away among Devon’s rolling green hills, Mallowan Hall combines the best of English tradition with the modern conveniences of 1930. Housekeeper Phyllida Bright, as efficient as she is personable, manages the large household with an iron fist in her very elegant glove. In one respect, however, Mallowan Hall stands far apart from other picturesque country houses . . . 

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Strangers on a Skein 

 by Anne Canadeo (Cozy)

Phoebe Meyers, Black Sheep Knitting Shop’s assistant manager, finally comes out from behind the counter to sell her own creations—Socks by Phoebe—at the Plum Harbor Farmers’ and Crafts Market, a lively, colorful venue that draws shoppers from miles around. But her excitement cools when she learns the previous tenant of her booth, farmer Jimmy Hooper, committed suicide.   

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Needled to Death 

by Elizabeth Craig (Cozy)

Dappled Hills is a lovely mountain village that regularly attracts retirees. The latest transplant tempted by the town is Flossie Powell. At first, Flossie seems to fit in very well among the townsfolk. As a retired quilt show judge, the quilt guilds in Dappled Hills are delighted to welcome her and her expertise. But it soon becomes apparent that Flossie has a sharp tongue and isn’t afraid to use it.  

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Enter a Wizard, Stage Left 

by Connie Di Marco (Cozy)

Julia Bonatti wasn’t always a crime-solving San Francisco astrologer. She was a young woman, engaged to the love of her life, preparing for a teaching career when tragedy struck. Her fiancĂ© was killed in a hit and run accident. As Julia struggles with her loss and attempts to find meaning in her life again, she takes refuge with her grandmother Gloria. But there’s little time for grief or rest because Gloria, a retired seamstress, needs Julia’s help. 

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder 

by Maria DiRico (Cozy)

Mia’s busy with a full schedule of events at the family business—among them an over-the-top Nativity-themed first birthday party and a Sweet Sixteen for a teen drama queen. But her personal life is even more challenging. Her estranged mother has returned—and her lifelong friend Jamie has discovered a shocking secret about his past. He’s so angry that he starts hanging out with Lorenzo, who claims to be his long-lost brother—even after it becomes clear that Lorenzo’s story is as fake as a plastic Christmas tree. 

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Murder in an English Glade 

by Jessica Ellicott (Historical)

When a member of the Walmsley Parva upper crust, Constance Maitland, seeks to hire Beryl and Edwina for a sham investigation into an alleged dalliance by her sister-in-law Ursula to quell potentially scandalous accusations by an unstable cousin, it is with mixed feelings that they agree to pose as guests at her home, Maitland Park. Edwina is uncomfortable with the ruse, but Beryl is eager to escape tension with their feisty housekeeper and hobnob with bohemians as the Maitland family hosts an artists colony.

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To the Tome of Murder

 by Lauren Elliott (Cozy)

Addie’s determined to turn a seemingly ordinary November in coastal Greyborne Harbor into one for the books. The windows of her shop display carefully curated works by American writers, including a rare selection of traditional holiday recipes from the influential 19th-century publication Godey’s Ladies Magazine. And then there’s the town’s Civil War-era themed cooking and baking competition, with a hefty cash prize and free publicity going to the winning dish… 

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Death by Hot Apple Cider

 by Alex Erickson (Cozy)

With autumn in full swing and Thanksgiving on the way, Krissy’s supplying cider and her staff is manning the apple-bobbing booth at a town event. But then a patron dunks his head in—and doesn’t come back up. It soon becomes clear that Krissy’s brew wasn’t to blame. But with her policeman boyfriend looking to make detective, she can’t help being drawn into the investigation. 

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Christmas Dessert Murder

 by Joanne Fluke (Cozy)

The perfect stocking stuffer for fans of culinary capers, this holiday omnibus from New York Times bestselling author Joanne Fluke featuring two classic mysteries set in Hannah Swensen’s Cookie Jar bakery in Lake Eden, Minnesota: Christmas Caramel Murder and Christmas Cake Murder.  

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Getaway With Murder

 by Diane Kelly (Cozy) 

As if hitting the half-century mark wasn’t enough, Misty Murphy celebrated her landmark birthday by amicably ending her marriage and investing her settlement in a dilapidated mountain lodge at the top of the Blue Ridge Mountains. With the old inn teetering on both a bluff and bankruptcy, she must have lost her ever-loving mind. 

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Grave Reservations 

by Cherie Priest (Cozy)

Meet Leda Foley: devoted friend, struggling travel agent, and inconsistent psychic. When Leda, sole proprietor of Foley’s Flights of Fancy, impulsively re-books Seattle PD detective Grady Merritt’s flight, her life changes in ways she couldn’t have predicted. After watching his original plane blow up from the safety of the airport, Grady realizes that Leda’s special abilities could help him with a cold case he just can’t crack. 

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Punkin Strudel Mayhem

 by Jodi Rath (Cozy)

It is a Spooktacular time for Jolie and Ava as they have their hands’ full catering Leavensport’s annual Halloween Pumpkin Bash. When Ava convinces Jolie to get their fortunes told by a visiting psychic, they receive an ominous prediction. “Masks–literal and figurative, chaos, deceit, betrayal, death. The cards have spoken.” Madame Esme Emerald’s fortunes are looking more like premonitions of doom. It seems that someone in Leavensport received a reading that did not sit well because Madame Emerald is found dead, and it looks like her crystal ball is the murder weapon—or is something more supernatural going on?

The Pickwick Murders

 by Heather Redmond (Historical)

London, January 1836: Just weeks before the release of his first book, Charles is intrigued by an invitation to join the exclusive Lightning Club. But his initiation in a basement maze takes a wicked turn when he stumbles upon the corpse of Samuel Pickwick, the club’s president. With the victim’s blood literally on his hands, Charles is locked away in notorious Newgate Prison.  

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Fahrenheit 501

 by Diane Vallere (Cozy)

When Samantha Kidd is invited to fill a vacated spot in a secret society, she jumps at the chance. The group’s mission is to preserve famous fashion patterns through memorization and pass them down to future generations, but Samantha’s dreams of Chanel jackets and Halston dresses are dashed when she’s assigned the 501 jean. And when the retiring denim expert turns up dead, she fears there’s more than fashion history at stake.

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Friday, October 22, 2021

Character Guest by Gia Morelli and Review


My Hectic Schedule 

By Gia Morelli

Okay, full disclosure, my life is not usually nearly as hectic and out of control as it is right at this moment. Not only am I try to get ready for the holidays while working full-time running the All-Day Breakfast CafĂ©, but I’m also helping Trevor plan my best friend, Savannah’s, wedding, which will be held in his mansion on Christmas Eve. Less than a week from now, she’s supposed to walk down the aisle with the love of her life and say “I do.”

At the top of my to-do list was a last-minute tasting so she could decide once and for all what dishes she’s going to have at the wedding. I’m pretty sure she must be driving the caterer crazy, even though Alyssa’s been wonderfully patient, but she’s still having a tough time deciding.

Actually, she’s been kind of on edge about everything since she was kidnapped a few months ago. Making decisions used to come easy for her, but now, well, not so much. One of the decisions she’s been avoiding like the plague is where she’s going to live once she and Leo get married. She’s been bunking with me, even though she didn’t officially move out of her dad’s house because she knew it would break his heart, but it’s time for her and Leo to find a place of their own, unfortunately, since I’m going to miss her terribly. But, those are problems for another time.

At the moment, I have a bigger problem. When Savannah and I arrived at the caterer for the final tasting, another bridal party was there. Their petty arguing and constant bickering ended with the death of the bride, after she was poisoned by the very cake Savannah was planning to serve her guests, the same cake she sampled while we were there. Now, with the caterers high on the suspect list, everything is falling apart, and if I can’t find Robin’s killer, Savannah’s wedding may not take place at all. Since there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for Savannah, finding a killer just shot to the top of my to-do list! 

And others are saying 

The story moves at a good pace, with tension, twists, and turns. The characters are wonderful, with a few exceptions, and the mystery unfolds to a logical conclusion . . .
~Christa Reads and Writes

The mystery is well paced with plenty of clues and interesting people popping into the story to provide them. There are wonderful wrong directions to look in and plenty of suspects, most of whom I would vote for locking up, just to make the world a nicer place whether they are the murderer or not.
~I Read What You Write!

This was a really quick read for me because it kept me turning the pages with interest. I still love the Boggy Creek, Florida setting, though I do think I’d briefly miss snow at Christmas . . . The family atmosphere in the cafe and among the friends definitely adds to the coziness of this book.
~Christy’s Cozy Corners

MISTLETOE CAKE MURDER delightfully blends the Christmas holiday, a beautiful wedding, and all of the feels to create a wonderful mystery.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

The characters are well developed and well rounded. Gia and Savanna are the best of friends, as close as sisters. I really enjoy spending time with them, they are so much fun.

. . . a fabulously fun read that makes you feel at home. A wonderful addition to what has become one of fave series! A total must read. I totally loved it so I give it 5/5 stars.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

I found the characters in this book to be well-developed, likable, and believable. The pacing of the story was good throughout.
~Nellie’s Book Nook

And I thought . . . 

The cake was just too pretty to to be the murder weapon. 

I love good covers.  And this one has one!  I conjure up how the cover depicts the plot and if the cover  artist has given us clues.  I sure hoped the cute dog didn't eat any of the cake!  

I really enjoy the All-Day Cafe series.  I have read several and they just keep getting better as the characters become more and more real to me.

The main cast of characters are charming and easy to like. 

The other characters that end up being suspects are well I wouldn't accept their 'friend request'! 

I love the All-Day Cafe.  It is charming and offers lots of yummy food.  I enjoy that the author teases the reader with a few recipes.  

If you are looking for a holiday book get yourself to a copy.  This one will please.  

And put the series on your wish list. 

I received a complimentary copy. 

My review will be appear on retail sites and Good Reads. 

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Once Upon a Seaside Murder by Maggie Blackburn

October 21 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW

About the book 
As the holidays approach, bookstore owner Summer Merriwether learns a dark secret in this second volume of Maggie Blackburn’s Beach Reads mystery series.


There’s no place like home for the holidays, even if home is sleepy, beachside Brigid’s Island, NC. During this season for giving, the town wakes up to a welcome throng of shoppers–and Beach Reads is no exception. But bookseller Summer Merriwether’s Christmas cheer turns to cringing fear when she uncovers a deadly secret about her late mother–a secret someone will kill to keep.


When the local library hosts a cozy mystery panel discussion, Summer learns that one of the authors on the panel based her book on an actual murder that shook Brigid’s Island thirty-five years before. Worse, she soon learns that her dearly missed mother, Hildy, took a disturbingly deep interest in the case, going so far as to collect clippings and keep a journal of the dark doings. This doesn’t jibe with Summer’s memories of her usually cheery mother at all.


Tidings get worse when Summer learns of her long-lost biological family’s involvement in the crime…and still worse when the life of the book’s author is threatened. With the help of Hildy’s plucky book club, Summer puts her scholarly smarts to work on protecting the cozy author and solving the decades-old murder.


But this ghost from Christmas past may still be deadly in the present, and if she can’t find the killer, Summer’s future will be brief.

And I thought  
A fun page turner.  A little  spookiness adds to the cold case that beckons to be solved.  

 I loved the book shop and the sleuthing book club. 

As journaler I liked that the author used Journaling and keepsakes and saved moments to offer  clues from the past. 

The cover was one that got my attention  and drew me.  

Once Upon a Seaside Murder was a great cozy read. 

I received  a complimentary copy. 

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Tea With Author Vicki Delaney and a Giveaway

 Hello today we are visiting with author Vicki Delaney. 

Vicki is sharing her special Tea Party memories  with us today and a special Giveaway 

Vicki and daughter Alexandra taking tea at National Portrait Gallery, London

Full afternoon tea as served at Prince of Wales Hotel, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Vicki taking tea at Prince of Wales Hotel, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

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And coming July 2022 . . .
     Murder Spills the Tea 

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The Giveaway

For your chance to win just leave a comment.  And visit the posts at My Journey  Back and Facebook.  
Visit each daily post and comment. An email must be in your comment. The Giveaway ends Saturday at noon. Winners will be notified via email by 5:00 pm. 

The magazine will mailed to the winner by the author in December. 

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