Thursday, October 29, 2020

Broadcast 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton-Great Escapes Tour-Review/Giveaway

 



About the book 


All of Arizona’s Sun City West heard Sophie “Phee” Kimball’s mom scream bloody murder, but it’s up to the reluctant sleuth to find the killer . . .

 

Phee’s mother Harriet is going to be a star! At least, that’s how the Sun City West retiree describes her chance to host a live radio program of her book club’s Booked 4 Murder Mystery Hour on Arizona’s KSCW. But instead of chatting about charming cozies, Harriet ends up screaming bloody murder over the airwaves after discovering the body of Howard Buell, the station’s programming director, in a closet—with a pair of sewing shears shoved into his chest.

 

The number one suspect is Howard’s ex-girlfriend Sylvia Strattlemeyer who believed she was going to host a sewing talk show before Harriet was offered the spot. But not only do the fingerprints found on the scissors not match Sylvia’s, they belong to a woman who passed away twenty years ago at the age of ninety-seven. Now, with the whole town on pins and needles, it’s up to Phee to stitch together enough clues from the past to uncover the identity of a killer in the present . . .


And I thought

Another great cozy read by and amazing husband and wife đź’• team!  

I have read a couple of the books from this series and have just loved them!


The characters are quirky and fun loving and kind if steak your heart!  It is easy to begin to love them all! 

I always enjoy the covers in this series.  The comical sprit speaks to what you'll find inside.

There's plenty of chuckles and mystery too that will keep you turning the pages.

This is a fun series with each book well written as a standalone that will intrigue you to check out the others.

I read book 5 and loved it. My review is over Here.

If you enjoy Cozy Mysteries check out this series!

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Monday, October 26, 2020

Main Character Monday feat Shaw Wilder - Jungle Fire by Dana Mentink

Welcome to Main Character Monday the day I feature a character in a book that stood out to me.  

Today let me introduce to you Shaw Wilder the male lead in Jungle Fire by author Dana Mintink.

Dana  was gracious enough to share a few thoughts with us . . . Shaw Wilder is an expatriate living in Guatemala with his only real friend, his dog. He blames a missionary for leading his sister into danger which resulted in her death. He’s angry at God, preferring a hard bitten life in the jungle instead of facing his raw grief. When he saves Nina Truman from a burning bus, he has no intention of sticking around, until he realizes she will not last long without him.


This book was very interesting to write because it gave me a chance to chat with my mother about her experiences living in Guatemala. My uncle also contributed to the story as well as a friend who served as a missionary in that country. I hope you will enjoy this jungle adventure as well!

Why I chose Shaw . . . 

I like to switch things up.  Most of the time readers and reviewers focus on the 'Main' character.  Alot of times secondary characters or in this case the Male lead are intriguing and I just like to give them the chance to share their stories.  

Such is the case with Shaw first of all he just oozes big strong and very nice to look at.  Nina is attracted to begin with because of his brooding countenance.  As they grow closer Nina see's how hurt and disillusioned he is.  

Shaw is determined.  He fights his own demons; fights to keep Nina safe and get them both out of the jungle in one piece.


The first line . . .

Nina never imagined her life would end on a school bus.  Not a dilapidated bus filled to groaning, departing the soggy Guatemalan town of Solitar, three hours from the Mexican border.


And on page 56

Shaw speaking to Otto (plantation owner who hired Shaw to find bombs buried on his property) . . . 'Oh he agreed alright.  Nina was a magnet for trouble since he'd pulled her from the wreck.



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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Trending Topic #Murder by Sarah E. Burr-Great Escapes Tour/Review

 

 About the book 

 

Meet 28-year-old celebrity blogger Coco Cline, who has started her own social media consulting company in her hometown of Central Shores, Delaware. Her new clients, Peter and Olivia Chen, are ten days away from the grand opening of their specialty consignment shop when Coco finds their store clerk Stacy dead behind the register.

 

Worried that a cloud of suspicion will ruin their chances of a successful business launch, the Chens ask Coco to work alongside the inexperienced, small-town police force to speed up the investigation. Using her celebrity status and social media savviness, Coco realizes Stacy’s seemingly ordinary life was all an act. Following a trail of cryptic online posts and muddied gossip, Coco and her friends discover Stacy’s questionable relationships just might be the reason for her untimely demise.

 

And I thought . . .

I enjoyed the refreshing new theme of this book.  The author gives us a younger main character that isn't broke and not recently widowed or divorced which seems to be the 'thing' for cozy mysteries.

I enjoyed everything about this new series and I look forward to reading the next one.

CoCo is a smart savvy bizness woman that turns into a pretty good sleuth when she has to clear her clients as murder suspects.

I can't say that I was interested in this book because of the cover.  Honestly if I was  shopping I would not have even picked it up which is a mistake.  

Trending Topic #Murder was good fun read.  It was easy to like CoCo  (her nickname she dosen't like her real name) and her besties Jasper whom she's known since childhood  and  she became close friends after returning home from the city. With their help and connections CoCo solves the clues.

Sarah Burr gives the reader a great story with fun and sometimes funny characters.  

I was engaged and turning the pages withe feelings wanting to finish the book and also hating for it to end.

I received a complimentary copy.

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Killer Deadline Audio Version by Lauren Carr-I Read Book Tours-Review/Giveaway

Killer Deadline by Lauren Carr

About the book 
Folks in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, claim that where Nikki Bryant goes, trouble is not far behind. Her refusal to back down from a challenge has made Nikki Bryant a top investigative journalist.

When an online friend nudges her to join him in a pact to reconnect with their first loves, Nikki and her boxer dog Elmo leave the bright lights of Las Vegas for the charming town of Pine Grove. There, she must face the biggest challenges in her career and life—the first love she had left behind and her father’s unsolved murder.

But before she has time to unpack her car, Nikki stumbles upon the dead body of local news anchor, Ashleigh Addison, her childhood rival. Could Ashleigh’s death be connected to an explosive news story that she had teased about airing live? Did that explosive story have anything to do with the murder of Nikki’s father?

With the clues in her father’s cold case hot again, Nikki intends to chase down the story of her life until she catches his killer—no matter what it takes.

And I thought 
I am always a fan of Lauren Carr.  I have enjoyed each book and each series that she has produced.  Some of the other series have a bit of a Cozy theme goin' on but they really aren't and now she's done it with Killer Deadline.  
I enjoyed this new character Nikki she's a true cozy character with a history, a dog and a mystery to solve. And just maybe rekindling a romance. 
But first she need to get to the truth about her fathers death. 
I enjoy reading Killer Deadline when it was first released earlier this year. 
I was fun to go back and now listen to it.  The audio version brought the story to life and I enjoyed this chance to have someone else read the story to me.  
Audio books are not my first choice but by accepting the invitation to be on this tour I think I have developed a new interest. 
I now enjoy listening to a book while doing other jobs and tasks especially if you have not time to read. 
If you enjoy a good Cozy Mystery check out Killer Deadline

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

A Sew Deadly Cruise by Lois Winston-Great Escapes Tour-Review

About the book
Life is looking up for magazine crafts editor Anastasia Pollack. Newly engaged, she and photojournalist fiancĂ© Zack Barnes are on a winter cruise with her family, compliments of a Christmas gift from her half-brother-in-law. Son Alex’s girlfriend and her father have also joined them. Shortly after boarding the ship, Anastasia is approached by a man with an unusual interest in her engagement ring. When she tells Zack of her encounter, he suggests the man might be a jewel thief scouting for his next mark. But before Anastasia can point the man out to Zack, the would-be thief approaches him, revealing his true motivation. Long-buried secrets now threaten the well-being of everyone Anastasia holds dear. And that’s before the first dead body turns up.

Craft projects included.
And I thought 
Sometimes covers 'GetMe' and this one did.  For main characters Anastasia and her fiancee Zack they are expecting a little romance. I mean who doesn't on a cruise.  Going on a cruise with the family might put a kink in the romance for Anastasia and Zack but her mom wastes no time hitting the gaming tables and finding a possible new "Daddy"  I lost count what # Momma is on. She tends to 'Out Live' her husband's. 
And then there are few dead bodies but Anastasia is kind of used to having to solve murders. 
It gets a little 'Hairy' being stuck on a cruise ship while a murderer is in the midst 
Anastasia and Zack get to work together to figure just what is up and solve the crimes and get everyone back safely home.
I have read a few books in this series and enjoyed each one. 
A new reader will enjoy each page and become a new fan.

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Sunday, October 11, 2020

The Killer Outdoors by Jodi Linton-Great Escapes Tours-Review/Giveaway

 



About the book Tourist season has hit Bushwhack and Andie Sullivan–owner of Sullivan’s Adventure Company–is ready for her town to fill up with city slickers, snotty teens, and the dollars she needs to keep her business afloat after her messy divorce from Bucky Gunn–local celebrity rafting guide and Sullivan’s main competition. With all her guided tours booked, it finally seems lady luck is on her side.

 

But then Bucky is found dead. Not great.

 

And she’s the prime murder suspect. Double not great.

 

Being framed for murder sucks worse than a rabid chipmunk bite. Andie’s determined to clear her name, and this time her survival training skills won’t be used to fetch an ice pack. But how long can she stay one step ahead of a killer before she becomes the final victim? 




And I thought 

Author Jodi Linto had me intrigued with a town called

Bushwack and a main character that runs an Adventure Company.  I liked the idea and I could sense we would be getting something new.  Not the same 'ole settings that seem to be going around the Cozy world.

Cozy isn't going around much for main character Andie at least not since her ex  Bucky gets 'Whacked' in Bushwask.


I suspected we might find a little humor thrown in and a giggle or two and I wasn't disappointed.   A good mystery to solve, lot's of questions to be answered and a bit of Romance.

I loved the cover on this one (I don't always like Cozy covers that are corny).  The illustrator gave a few clues without making the cover silly.

I enjoyed the characters and the fast paced ride that kept me interested and turning the pages.

The Killer Outdoors is a great start to a new series.  I can't wait to read the next one.   BTW I'm rootin' for the Sheriff but I'm giving nothing away you'll have to read this one yourself.

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Friday, October 9, 2020

A Waffle Lot Of Murder by Lena Gregory-Great Escapes Tour-Review


About the book 
For diner owner Gia Morelli, her seasonal fall menu calls for two main ingredients—maple syrup and murder . . .

While the first hints of autumn grace Boggy Creek, Florida, Gia misses the colorful harvest traditions she left behind in New York. On a scramble to make new fall memories—and promote her irresistible pumpkin spice waffles—things take a dark turn when she gets roped into the Haunted Town Festival, a spooky celebration held on deserted farmlands. The desolate area conjures plenty of eerie vibes at night, but Gia and her best friend, Savannah, are nearly frightened to death upon the discovery of the event organizer’s body buried in the nearby woods. More alarming, the local rumor mill says the woman’s shady dealings may have egged someone into sending her to an early grave. Now, there’s no shortage of creepy clues to feast on as Gia and her pals try to stop a killer with a very scary appetite . . .
Includes recipes from the All-Day Breakfast Café!
And I thought
I have read a few of the books in this series and have enjoyed each one.
I like the Diner feel and the recipes at the end.  It is easy to
get attached to the regular Diners as Gia does.   
Even though this one is set around Halloween it is still a Good 'Ole Cozy Mystery.
Gia and her Bestie Savannah are always stumbling onto murder victims.  And then the circumstances cause Gia to sleuth out the answers.
The cover beckons the readere to check it out and turn the pages.
The story takes place at Halloween but this one is a Cozy Mystery that if you love cozies you want to add this one to your TBR list.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Canidate For Murder Audio Version Review I Read Book Tours

 





About the book . . .It’s election time in Spencer, Maryland, and the race for mayor is not a pretty one. In recent years, the small resort town has become divided between the year-round residents who enjoy their rural way of life and the city dwellers who are moving into mansions, taking over the town council, and proceeding to turn Deep Creek Lake into a closed-gate community—complete with a host of regulations for everything from speed limits to clotheslines. When the political parties force-feed two unsavory mayoral nominees to the town’s residents, David O’Callaghan, the chief of police, decides to make a statement—by nominating Gnarly, Mac Faraday’s German shepherd, to run for mayor of Spencer! What starts out as a joke turns into a  disaster when overnight, Gnarly becomes the front-runner, and his political opponents proceed to dig into the canine’s past. When one of the mayoral candidates ends up dead, it becomes apparent that slinging mud is not enough for someone with a stake in this election. With murder on the ballot, Mac Faraday and the gang—including old friends from past cases—dive in to clear Gnarly’s name, catch a killer, and save Spencer


And I thought 
The audio version brought back memories that I enjoyed!  I 
had read the original print version of It's Murder, My Son a few 
years ago and I was glad to get the opportunity to revisit on the Audio tour.  
It was fun sitting in my crafting space working on projects and listening to this story all over again. 

It's funny hearing the story seems to bring it to life.  

Going back to the beginning and being reminded about not only how Mac met Archie and Gnarly I kind of remembered that part but revisiting how Mac ended up being the heir of Robin Spencer's fortune put a few things in perspective.  And how 
Robin searched him out and found him was interesting and a bit sad when you realize that he never got to meet his mom. 

It was also interesting to see how Mac and David met and how their brother relationship has developed through the series in the book.  

And then well these Gnarly.  What can I say about Gnarly.  He's just one special character.  

If you love a good mystery.  You won't find one here.  You find a 
Great mystery. 
If you enjoy a bit of a chuckle.  You will more than likely find a belly rolling laugh.  

And you'll find some great characters.  And lot's of mystery!

I love the Mac Faraday series and I can't wait for the next one!

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Mistletoe Tina Kashian Great Escape Tour

 
About the book 
Not even her impending nuptials can keep Lucy Berberian, manager of her family-owned Kebab Kitchen, from the Jersey Shore’s annual Polar Bear Plunge. But her dive into the icy ocean is especially chilling when she finds a fellow swimmer doing the dead man’s float—for real . . .

Who would kill a man in cold blood during Ocean Crest, New Jersey’s most popular winter event? When Lucy learns the victim is Deacon Spooner, the reception hall owner who turned up his nose—and his price—at her wedding plans, she can’t help wondering who wouldn’t kill the pompous caterer . . .
Perhaps the culprit is the wedding cake baker whose career Deacon nearly destroyed? Or the angry bride whose reception he ruined? With her maid of honor, Katie, busily planning Lucy’s wedding without her, Lucy will have to get to the bottom of this cold-hearted business in time for Kebab Kitchen’s mouthwatering Christmas celebration—and before her hometown’s holiday spirit washes out to sea . . .

Recipes included!

And I thought 
Another good read in a fun series.  I have read a couple of this series and enjoyed them.
The author develops all the characters so well that even though there are alot them it is easy to keep track of everyone.
The main character Lucy as most main characters can't keep from sleuthing.  Lucy and her bestie Katie Watson who is referred to as Lucy's 'Watson' to her Sherlock is always up to helping Lucy investigate.  Katie is good at finding ways and reasons to interview suspects and towns people.
Katie is married to Bill a detective that has very little luck keeping the girls out of trouble and minding their business instead of 'helping' with investigations.
Lucy is luckier in that her fiance is a little more agreeable to the sleuthing maybe because he is trying to get Lucy to the alter.  
I did kind of figure out what was going on and why the victim met his maker but I didn't pick up on who did the deed.
The author gives the reader a few clues and Lucy and Katie stir  the pot and find the suspects to check out.
I was intrigued with the cover and enjoyed how Gaddo the cat made it into the story.
The recipes at the end sound interesting and I am thinking of trying a couple!

If you enjoy a good cozy with fun and likeable characters you'll enjoy the escapdes of Lucy and Katie.

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Monday, October 5, 2020

On Borrowed Crime by Kate Young- Great Escapes Tour






About the book
Young’s new Georgia-set, sweet tea filled, Jane Doe Book Club mysteries.
The Jane Doe book club enjoys guessing whodunit, but when murder happens in their midst, they discover solving crimes isn’t fun and games…
Lyla Moody loves her sleepy little town of Sweet Mountain, Georgia. She likes her job as receptionist for her uncle’s private investigative firm, her fellow true crime obsessed Jane Doe members are the friends she’s always wanted, and her parents just celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary. But recently, with her best friend Melanie on vacation, and her ex-boyfriend and horrible cousin becoming an item and moving in next door to her, her idyllic life is on the fritz. The cherry on top of it all is finding Carol, a member of the club, dead and shoved into a suitcase, left at Lyla’s front door.
Unusual circumstances notwithstanding, with Carol’s heart condition, the coroner rules Carol’s death undetermined. But when they discover the suitcase belongs to Melanie, who had returned from her vacation the following morning, Sweet Mountain police begin to suspect Lyla’s best friend. Determined that police are following the wrong trail, to clear her friend’s name, and to not allow Carol become one of the club’s studied cold cases, Lyla begins to seek out the real killer. That is, until she becomes the one sought after. Now, finding the truth could turn her into the killer’s next plot twist, unless she wins the game of cat and mouse

And I thought 
I just really, really liked this one!  It had me speeding through my day till I could sit down and turn the pages!  

I think alot of what I liked was the Southern Charm.  I loved
Lyla and her friends and family.  Even though MaMa was a bit alot (!) over the top. I  liked her Grandma she was a 'stinker' and helped Lyla with investigating because she snoops.  Grandma made me giggle. 

To me this one was a little more Crime/Murder Mystery thme only because the plot was based around an old unsolved murder cases.  

Even though the Cold Case is the impetus which seemed to have caused Carol's demise On Borrowed Crime is indeed a really, really good Cozy.

There are a lot of characters besides Lyla and her family including all the book club members and local law and the Cold Case Investigator seems to be on his way to important character in the series.  Giving nothing away here you'll have to read this one it is a great read and I am anxiously awaiting for the next one.

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Hollyberry Homicide by Sharon Farrow-Great Escapes Tour-Review




About the book 
A cold wind is blowing off Lake Michigan, and murder is scaring the dickens out of everyone . . .

Considering her name, Marlee Jacob is an obvious choice for the role of Jacob Marley in Oriole Point’s production of A Christmas Carol. It’s just sad that the role has opened up because of the death of the elderly actor who’d originally been cast.
But Marlee, the proprietor of The Berry Basket, will do her best to keep spirits high—that is, until clues start mounting that there’s danger behind the scenes. There are accidents on set, the tree in the village square topples over, and worst of all, a body is found with a sprig of holly draped over it. If Marlee can’t wrap up the case, she may not have a berry merry Christmas . . .
Includes Berry Recipes!

And I thought
I was intrigued by the synopsis.  I loved the quaint quiet town and I wanted to visit the Berry Basket Shop. 
The first few pages lured me in. The author wasted no time setting the scene with the victim seemingly just dieing of old age.  But I knew better.  The cookies at the death scene were a giveaway.  I knew they would play a part  in the investigation!
I have to admit I did get bogged down with all the theatrical stuff revolved around the Dickens Play.  Sorry I am not a fan of theatre much less Dickens.  I know Gasp.  For me it just drug on.  I was a bit like Marlee although she stepped up to the plate and made sure the murder was solved and the Show went on.
The characters were charming.  I even enjoyed Marlee's Russian houseguest.  Even though she was a bit of a pain in the ___ and everyone kept asking Marlee why she put up with her.  In the end she there for Marlee helping her when things got dicey.
I am not sure if it was the authors intention to make the myster so easy to figure out.  But it was fun discorvering how the clues in the beginning played out to solve the mystery.

I enjoyed Hollyberry Homicide I've added this series to my favorites list.

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