Saturday, July 31, 2021

New Releases That Caught My Eye


Knee Deep in Dough by Catherine Bruns (Cozy)

For once, baker Sally Muccio’s life isn’t a recipe for disaster. She’s happy to be out celebrating her wedding anniversary. . . that is until she spies her friend Officer Brian Jenkins with a gorgeous blonde who is not his newlywed wife. The woman’s name is Kelsey Sherman, and it turns out she once dated Brian. Which doesn’t make Sal feel any better about the situation, but she decides to mind her own business and enjoy her evening.

The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait by Cleo Coyle (Cozy)

While gathering a collection of vintage book cover paintings for a special event in her quaint Rhode Island bookshop, Penelope discovers a spooky portrait of a beautiful woman, one who supposedly went mad, according to town gossip. Seymour, the local mailman, falls in love with the haunting image and buys the picture, refusing to part with it, even as fatal accidents befall those around it. Is the canvas cursed?

Death of a Diva at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison (Cozy) *paperback release*

Spring is in the air . . . and so, too, is the sound of music as the residents of Honeychurch Hall are stunned to learn that the Dowager Countess Lady Edith Honeychurch has agreed to the staging of a production of The Merry Widow in the dilapidated grand ballroom.

Murder in the Mews by Celina Grace (Historical)

It is 1935. Back in London, servant sleuths Joan Hart and Verity Hunter are enjoying life in the capital again. Joan has entered a tentative ‘understanding’ with Detective Inspector Marks, whilst Verity begins acting classes hosted by her uncle, Tommy.

Robert B. Parker’s Payback by Mike Lupica (Private Investigation)

PI Sunny Randall has often relied on the help of her best friend Spike in times of need. When Spike’s restaurant is taken over under a predatory loan agreement, Sunny has a chance to return the favor. She begins digging into the life of the hedge fund manager who screwed Spike over – surely a guy that smarmy has a skeleton or two in his closet – and soon finds this new enemy may have the backing of even badder criminals.

Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala (Cozy) *new release*

When Lila Macapagal moves back home to recover from a horrible breakup, her life seems to be following all the typical rom-com tropes. She’s tasked with saving her Tita Rosie’s failing restaurant, and she has to deal with a group of matchmaking aunties who shower her with love and judgment. But when a notoriously nasty food critic (who happens to be her ex-boyfriend) drops dead moments after a confrontation with Lila, her life quickly swerves from a Nora Ephron romp to an Agatha Christie case.

For Batter or Worse by Jenn McKinlay (Cozy)

Life is sweet and business is booming at the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery–and the fact that Mel and Joe are getting married is the icing on the cake. Their reception will be held at the swanky resort where Oz works as the pastry chef. The wedding planning is all fun-fetti and games until Mel and Joe meet the head chef at the resort who has been making Oz’s life miserable. When the eccentric chef insults Mel’s bakery, Oz gets into a blowout argument with the culinary prima donna.

The Curse of the Cherry Pie by Amy Patricia Meade (Cozy)

When literary caterer Letitia ‘Tish’ Tarragon’s friend and star baker at Cookin’ the Books cafe, Celestine Rufus, pulls out of the prestigious Virginia Commonwealth Bake-Off, an anxious Tish reluctantly takes her place. Will her signature bake, a frangipane cherry pie, be up to the grade?

Mean and Shellfish by Tamar Myers (Cozy)

The annual Billy Goat Gruff Festival is the undisputed highlight of Hernia’s social calendar. But when Magdalena Yoder, village mayor and owner of the PennDutch Inn, had the brainwave four years ago, little did she realize that it would soon attract visitors from far and wide – even Australia, as the unexpected arrival of Gabe’s long-lost cousin, Miriam, at the inn confirms.

Penne Pyro by Nicolette Pierce (Cozy)

As Jade helps her family get the restaurant up and running, an arsonist wreaks havoc on the food world, putting all local restaurants in jeopardy. The next victim is already targeted: Piatto Perfetto. Time is running out for Jade and her family.

Mailbox Monday July Recap

Hello.  Welcome to the first ever

Mailbox Monday Recap. 

I began this feature July 1 and lined up some of my favorite authors 

It was super chatting with these gals as we chose pictures and excerpts from the Newsletters to include in my posts. 

In case you missed the chance to sign up here are the links!  

Jocie McKade

Jackie Layton

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Sharon Michaels

Go on over and sign up!  You'll get up to the news about new releases. 

And even before the releases news about what they are working on. 

What's going on in thier lives. 

Even a recipe on or two. 

And cool Giveaways.  I know y'all love Giveaways!  

Friday, July 30, 2021

A Nanny For Christmas by Lenora Worth

About the book 
A winter wonderland provides the perfect holiday setting—but only if they can find a way to unwrap their hearts.

When event planner Kara Benton walks into her latest client’s home and is mistaken for the new nanny, she impulsively says yes. Kara’s determined to elevate her career, and saving a high profile holiday party just weeks before Christmas is the perfect solution. Suddenly she’s saddled with two adorable kids, one excited dog, and a huge dilemma: can she pull off both jobs?

Widower Richard Westfield may be a whiz at designing top-of-the-line security technology, but he’s flummoxed as to how to protect his kids and his heart from taking another emotional hit. He strikes a deal with Kara: she’ll work her organizational magic if he’ll make an effort to find his footing as a father again.

But as they team up to return the Christmas spirit to his Colorado mountain chateau, sparks fly and Kara realizes she needs to let go of her own pain to embrace the love she's beginning to feel in her heart.

And I thought  
What a great read!  
A sweet love story with everything I love.  
No drama.  Great characters. And a cute dog stealing the show occasionally. 

Great Christmas traditions like Cookie baking and finding the perfect tree in the forest to replace the 12 foot one that couldn't be delivered because of the snow storm. 

An almost ball with a Cinderella gown.  

And a Happy Ending. 

I loved the characters.  Kara was just an amazing event planner and quite possibly an even better Nanny.  But she isn't meant to be a Nanny.  

I don't really need to give any spoilers it is easy to figure out this one ends Happily Ever After. 

But not until the kids Ricky and Maxie work out their feelings about loosing their 'real mommy'. 
In steps in Kara who also lost her mom and ended up helping her dad raise the younger siblings giving her an edge to deal with and help Ricky and Maxie.  And their brooding dad.  

Thank you Lenora Worth for providing me with an ARC copy. 

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

New Releases The Caught My Eye


Sharing Cozy Mysteries and Sweet Romance and Romantic Suspense

My favorite genres.

Featured in no particular order.

About the book 

Can unearthed bones solve a ten-year-old cold case?

Returning home isn’t easy for forensic anthropologist Laney Hamilton, especially when it means examining bones that could belong to her long-missing best friend—the sister of the man she once loved. But now someone wants Laney dead, and her ex-boyfriend, police sergeant Ryan Mitchell, must shield her. As the predator stalks them, can Laney and Ryan finally uncover the tragic truth about their past?  

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About the book 

Will Operation Dog Delivery

Become Operation Family Found?

Skylar Davis is grateful to have the dog her husband nursed back to health on his last deployment. But the struggling widow can barely keep her three daughters fed, much less a hungry canine. Kyle Mitchell’s soldier’s instincts won’t leave them behind—they’ll all come live at his ranch. Her husband was his best friend, after all. And Skylar? He’ll give her the love she deserves…if she’ll forgive him when his secrets are exposed.

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About the book 
It’s never too late for a second chance…

Tonight should be the best night of Lucy Higgins’s life. Tomorrow she’s finally marrying Owen Cooper. She’s been waiting to start a life of wedded bliss, like the happy marriage her parents have. Except…she just learned her parents are divorcing and she’s freaking out. Owen has been so distant lately, shutting her out. Suddenly this big wedding seems like a really bad idea. Packing up her car, Lucy bolts for Rendezvous Falls and finds work at a flower shop while she gets her life together. The last thing she expects is for Owen to show up, wanting her back.

Owen Cooper’s carefully planned out life is ready to begin. He’s home from the military to join the family business and marry the sweet girl who captured his heart…until Lucy runs out on him. That was not part of the plan. Armed with an article that promises to help him win her back, Owen heads to Rendezvous Falls. But from the moment he sees her again, she seems…different. Happier, more confident and at ease. Can he convince this new version of Lucy that he’s become the man she deserves? He might need a little help from the local book club to accomplish this mission…

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About the book 
ive years ago, her sister disappeared…
Now someone is coming for her.

Who would believe that Mara Castillo's sister—missing and presumed dead—suddenly sent a one-word text? Now Mara wants answers, even if it means stepping into a killer's sights with her brother's best friend, rancher Levi Duke, as her only protection. But with someone who has everything to lose after her, uncovering a long-buried secret could save her life…or claim it.

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About the book 
Autumn in Blossom Valley means pumpkin patches are ripe and Winona Mae Montgomery and her Granny Smythe’s cider shop is flourishing. But with this season comes . . .
The Fall Festival is in full swing. Civil War reenactors from three counties are partaking in Blossom Valley’s tribute to John Brown. Blue Ridge Mountain foliage is in full bloom. And best of all is Jacob Potter’s pumpkin farm where his hay rides, piglet races, pumpkin picking and corn maze are time-honored draws for locals and tourists alike. That’s why it’s such a shock when Mr. Potter is found dead, hidden under a tarp in the back of Winnie’s pickup truck. This certainly betrays Potter’s reputation as one of the town’s most popular citizens. Fortunately, when it comes to solving a murder, no one has a patch on Winnie. Now, all eyes are on her to do it. Unfortunately, that includes those of the killer who’ll do anything to keep an orchard full of secrets buried.

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About the book 
Lily has her work cut out for her when a visit from her grandmother Rose’s dear friend, Sandra McHenry, turns into an unexpected—and unpleasant—McHenry family reunion. The squabbling boils over and soon Tea by the Sea’s serene afternoon service resembles the proverbial tempest in a teapot. Somehow, Lily and her tearoom survive the storm, and Sandra’s bickering brethren finally retreat to Rose’s B&B. But later that evening, a member of their party—curmudgeonly Ed French—dies from an apparent poisoning and suddenly Tea by the Sea is both scene and suspect in a murder investigation!
Mercifully, none of the other guests fall ill. They all ate the same food, but Ed always insisted on bringing his own special blend of herbal teas. So it seems, amid the whining and dining, someone snuck up to one of Lily’s cherished teapots and fatally spiked Ed’s bespoke brew, but who? Was it Ed’s long-estranged sister-in-law? Did teenage troublemaker Tyler take a prank too far? Or perhaps the family’s feuds have been steeping for longer than anyone realizes? It’s up to Lily, Rose, and their friends to get to the bottom of the poisoned pot and bag the real culprit behind the kettle murder plot.

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About the book 
Can love find a home for a runaway cowboy and the Amish woman he left behind?
Noah Detweiler thought he’d left his Amish life forever. After years on the Albertan prairie as a cowboy, he’s finally found peace with God and purpose at Second Chance Ranch working with special needs children. But when he discovers time is running out for any hope of reconciliation with his father, Noah is forced to revisit his past and the woman he left behind.

Rachel Erb remains content with Amish life on Prince Edward Island by focusing on her faith and her job caring for animals—until Noah returns and the secret longings of her heart are exposed. But loving Noah is destined to break her heart again—no matter what she chooses.

A future together seems as far out of reach as it ever has been for Noah and Rachel. Their dreams won’t be realized without sacrifice. Only who will pay the cost?

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About the book
Some secrets are dangerous…

But uncovering the truth could be deadly.

Border patrol officer Madison Steele knows her sister Leah’s fatal car crash was no accident. Someone’s willing to kill to cover up a pharmaceutical company’s deadly crime of distributing tainted drugs. Now they are after Madison to tie off loose ends. But with her high school sweetheart, Canadian police constable Tucker Reed, at her side, can Madison expose the company’s deadly plan before she becomes the next victim?

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About the book
Mia Malone conjures up delicacies while casting about for clues in New York Times bestselling author Lynn Cahoon’s Two Wicked Desserts, continuing her Kitchen Witch Mystery series . . .
Magic Springs, Idaho, may be a small town, but Mia Malone is living an enchanted life running her own catering business and cooking school. And while she’s teaching the locals culinary craft, her grandmother is teaching her witchcraft for the day she inherits the family magical spells that have been passed down for generations. Unfortunately, all that knowledge is not helping Mia or her grandmother in removing the spirit of warlock Dorian Alexander from Mia’s cat Mr. Darcy.
But even though Dorian hasn’t yet left this earthly plane, his spells have already been transferred to his daughter Cindy’s grimoire. An actress looking for her big Hollywood break, Cindy is hoping there’s something in her father’s bag of tricks to make her a star. But playing with magic has only resulted in a trip to Idaho where Cindy finds herself the number one suspect in the murder of a hitman whose body was found in the garden of Mia’s Morsels. Now it’s up to Mia to conjure up a killer before everything she’s worked so hard for vanishes with a poof!
Includes Recipes!

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About the book 
The bestselling author of the Irish Village mysteries sets her new series in Galway County, where former New York interior designer Tara Meehan finds murder in the ruins. 

Former New Yorker and interior designer Tara Meehan is eagerly anticipating the grand opening of her architectural salvage shop Renewals in her newly adopted home of Galway. She's in the midst of preparations when heiress Veronica O'Farrell bursts in to announce she’s ready for some renewal of her own. To celebrate one year of sobriety, she’s invited seven people she wronged in her drinking days to historic Ballynahinch Castle Hotel in neighboring Connemara to make amends in style.
But perhaps one among them is not so eager to pardon her past misdeeds. Veronica is found lying in the ruins of manor house Clifden Castle with an antique Tara Brooch buried in her heart—the same brooch Tara Meehan admired in her shop the day before, posting a photo with the caption: #Killerbrooch. Now she’s a prime suspect, along with Veronica’s guests, all of whom had motives to stab the heiress. It’s up to Tara to pin down the guilty party . . .

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About the book 
He can’t resist a puzzle…

When Texas Ranger Brice McAllister spies a sexy woman in short shorts gardening in her backyard, he can’t help but flirt. She shuts him down hard, and Brice is astonished when he realizes this alluring woman is also the aloof and dowdy librarian—complete with thick-framed glasses and a shapeless dress—who helped him research land deeds earlier that day. He’s instantly intrigued and sets out to discover more—namely, why she’s clearly hiding herself.

She can’t attract attention...

After one side of her crime family is involved in her fiancĂ©’s death, Maria Giordano puts half a continent between herself and her L.A. home and family. She moves to Whiskey River and reinvents herself as “Mary,” a serious and plain librarian. Her only indulgence is her garden and cooking with her neighbor’s young daughter. And then she meets Brice.

Maria has every reason to avoid and resent a man with a badge, but when she needs protection, the last man she thinks she can trust is the first one she turns to.

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Releases Thursday 

About the book

The last thing Normal needs is Dottie Swagger or Mary Elizabeth Moberly as the Ms. Blossom Festival Queen.

I thought I had my hands full when Dottie Swaggert and Mary Elizabeth Moberly entered the Ms. Blossom Queen Beauty Pageant for seniors but when I witnessed a fight at the festival between Carrie Patillo and Jason Dresser, Carrie's daughter's accused killer, I knew Jason was wrongfully accused for the murder and set up.

How was I going to prove it before the trial started?

Easy. Gather the Laundry Club Ladies and use our unique sleuthing skills. Right?


After we uncovered some evidence of blackmail and head on over to tell Jason what we found out. . .we found out something alright. The true killer got to Jason first.

If that wasn't enough to deal with, Bobby Ray Bond found his real mama. With her impending arrival, we Laundry Club Ladies have our hands full with Blossoms, BBQ, & Blackmail.

Welcome to Normal where NOTHING is normal!

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Monday, July 26, 2021

Mailbox Monday Meet Author Sharon Michaels


I am an Amazon Bestselling Author. I’ve been writing and publishing non-fiction for over twenty years. It wasn’t until recently I gave myself permission to publish fiction. I guess I was too worried about my imaginary stories being judged. For a “recovering perfectionist” the potential of being judged has been a difficult hurdle to overcome.

Today I happily write in the cactus filled desert of the southwest United States. My extremely supportive husband and I love traveling and exploring the beauty of our country. As I travel I write fun and interesting things in my notebook so I can share these memories with you in stories and books. 

I have an exclusive reader’s group on Facebook – Chatting with Sharon where I post fun and interesting things daily.

Sharon Michaels 

Author and Coach

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Friday, July 23, 2021

Flashback Friday


Each of the books featured on Flashback Friday I read previously for a book tour or an ARC.

Picked this one up again for my weekend read. 

My review is over Here

I received complementary copies of each book. 

Monday, July 19, 2021

Sand Trapped by Joanna Campbell Slan Great Escapes Tour

About the book  

A Cozy Mystery That’s a Real Hit! 

First they warned Jocelyn Johnson. 

Then they ticketed Jocelyn Johnson. 

Then someone murdered Jocelyn Johnson. 

And Cara Mia Delgatto was looking for a lost ball when found Jocelyn “JJ” Johnson face down in a sand trap. Gave a whole new meaning to “take a drop.” 

It wasn’t a surprise. The neighbors hated JJ for the reckless way she drove her golf cart. Sure, she lived on the grounds of a swanky golf club, and yes, she had tons of money, but JJ ruined flowerbeds, terrorized grandkids, and made a nuisance of herself. 

Except…except…she’s quiet now. Lying there in the dirt at Hole #6. Someone bashed in JJ’s head. (Who would risk ruining an expensive Homna golf club like that?) 

Cara doesn’t want to get involved. But when Gerta Hunsickler is named the prime suspect, and Gerta’s husband is so angry at his wife that he’s starting divorce proceedings, Cara can’t sit on her hands. She knows what it’s like to be unfairly accused. So she promises to take a swing at it and see if she can hit a long drive down the fairway of justice! 

Meanwhile, back at The Treasure Chest, Cara’s friends are busy creating fabulous and fun Mother’s Day gifts. There are two brides-to-be working for Cara, and their two mothers-in-law-to-be have decided not to play nice. Can you say, “Mama’s boy” ten times really fast? I thought you could. 

If you love warm-hearted, clean books, that feature female amateur sleuths, fur babies, family, and friends, you’ll love this charming DIY/recycling/upcycling series set on the Southeast Coast of Florida.

And I thought 

What a fun read.  I really enjoyed my introduction to this series! 

I love coastal reads.  

I was intrigued with to coastal cover! 

I love the DIY/recycling/up cycling theme.

Mix in some fun characters and you have the makings of a great read! 

So we have a victim that probably more than one person would have liked to whack.  

J.J. (the victim)  just didn't get along with anyone. 

Then a sleuth that just doesn't want to get involved.  

And well a typical plot cuz said sleuths friend becomes the suspect of course our Heroine sleuth main character Cara has to solve the crime. 

But Author Joanna Campbell takes the typical to a whole new level and weaves a pleasantly Cozy Mystery that will have you turning the pages.  

Check it out for a great beach read or Cozy by the fire read. 

Many thanks to the Author and Great be Escapes Tour for introducing me to this fun series.

I can't be wait to read more! 

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Mailbox Monday feat. B.K. Stubblefield


Good Morning

Today (this week) I am sharing the spotlight with my friend and author B.K. Stubblefield 

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Friday, July 16, 2021

Celebrating Tina by Sara Blackard


About the book 

Product Description

A K-9 handler determined to prove she belongs. A detective with an unwavering plan. Can they overcome their painful pasts and accept the gift of love?

Tina West has spent her life feeling like she stood on the outside, but since taking a job at Stryker Security, life seems to be turning for the better.

Tina never imagined when she took a job as a nanny she’d end up training for search and rescue. Yet, when her boss shows up with a retired military dog and the opportunity to train with him, Tina snatches up the chance to help those who are lost. If she saves enough people, maybe she could find meaning in a life that left her with nothing but a bruised heart and a tarnished picture of family. As holiday festivities loom before her, she wonders if she’ll ever shuck the regrets that haunt her dreams and keep her from connecting with others.

Milo Bishop’s every move has been to take care of his mom and younger brother.

Since his father’s murder, Milo has worked hard to make sure his mom and brother were provided for. He joined the police force straight out of high school, took night classes so he could move up to investigator, and put his life on hold until his brother graduated from college. But when he is rescued on Thanksgiving Day by Tina West, his well-laid plans take a sharp detour.

When a series of kidnappings threaten to ruin the holidays, can Tina and Milo put aside their doubts and find the abducted children before it’s too late?

Can Tina trust her instincts when they’re put to the test or will children being harmed hit too close to her past for her to deal with? Will Milo put his desires above his family’s needs when a chance at love catches him by surprise?

If you like nail-biting adventure, fascinating characters, and engaging stories of triumph, you'll love Sara Blackard's riveting romantic suspense.

And I thought 

A series that I really like.  I was excited to get the chance to read Celebrating Tina. 

Because I enjoy Sara Blackard's stories, plots and characters the books in this series is are always a fast read for me. 

I love how many of the characters in the series make Cameo appearances in each book.  

The characters in the series are all part of Stryker Security. 

Each of the books in the series is a Romantic Suspense featuring one of the characters. 

Tina ends up joining the group as a Nanny for Eva who loves Princesses and thinks everyone is a Princess.  She has several Uncle's in the group that she wraps around her finger. 

Tina story is as fast paced as all the other books. 

The topic of missing children might give you pause but I will give one spoiler . . . 

There is a Happy Ending 

I enjoyed Celebrating Tina!  I look for ward to the chance to read the books I have missed and the next book in the series. 

I received a complimentary copy. 

Excerpts of my review will appear on Amazon and Good Reads. 

Thursday, July 15, 2021

70 Percent Dark Intentions by Amber Royer Great Escapes Tour


About the book 
Felicity Koerber’s bean to bar chocolate shop on Galveston’s historic Strand is bringing in plenty of customers – in part due to the notoriety of the recent murder of one of her assistants, which she managed to solve. Things seem to be taking a turn for the better. Her new assistant, Mateo, even gets along with Carmen, the shop’s barista turned pastry chef. Felicity thinks she’s learning to cope with change – right up until one of her friends gets engaged. Everyone’s expecting her to ask Logan, her former bodyguard, to be her plus one. But even the thought of asking out someone else still makes her feel disloyal to her late husband’s memory — so maybe she hasn’t moved on from her husband’s death as much as she thought. 

Felicity isn’t planning to contact Logan any time soon. Only, Felicity finds ANOTHER body right outside her shop – making it two murders at Greetings and Felicitations in as many months. That night, Mateo disappears, leaving Felicity to take care of his pet octopus. The police believe that Mateo committed the murder, but Felicity is convinced that, despite the mounting evidence, something more is going on, and Mateo may actually be in trouble.

When Logan assumes that he’s going to help Felicity investigate, she realizes she’s going to have to spend time with him – whether she’s ready to really talk to him or not. Can Felicity find out what happened to Mateo, unmask a killer, and throw an engagement party all at the same time?

And I thought
Up front I have to give my honest opinion.  
The cover didn't get me.  I probably would not pick this one up.  
If I noticed the author's name I probably would have done a double take and check it out.  
So.  Don't judge a book by its cover! 

I really enjoy this series.  I joined the Great Escapes Tour because I really liked the first book in the series. 

I liked the location when I read book one. 

I love the location now that I live on Galveston Island! 

And we'll on second thought the covers not so bad because the octopus on the cover turned out to be rather charming.  If octopus's can be charming.

Once again Amber Royer created a page turning mystery that keeps you guessing. 

Felicity is a fun character.  She can't help getting mixed up in trouble.  It kind of seems to follow her. 

And she seems to stumble into dead bodies.  Like right on her shops doorstep in this one. 

I really enjoyed this one and look forward to the next one.

I received a complimentary copy. 
My review is will appear on Good Reads and Retail sites.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

The Moonshine Shack Murder by Diane Kelly Great Escapes Tour Review


About the book 

In this intoxicating new cozy mystery series, the future for modern-day moonshiner Hattie Hayes looks bright–until death darkens the doorstep of her Moonshine Shack.

The Hayes family has made moonshine in Chattanooga since the days of Prohibition, and Hattie is happy to continue the tradition, serving up fun, fruity flavors in mason jars for locals and tourists alike. All signs indicate her new ‘shine shop will be a smashing success. What’s more, mounted police officer Marlon Landers has taken a shine to Hattie. For the first time ever, the stars seemed to have aligned in both her work and romantic life. But when a body ends up on her store’s doorstep alongside a broken jar of her Firefly Moonshine, it just might be lights out for her fledgling business.

The homicide detective can’t seem to identify the person who killed the owner of a nearby bar. The only witness is Hattie’s longhaired gray cat, and Smoky isn’t talking. When the detective learns that the victim and Hattie had a heated exchange shortly before his murder, she becomes her prime suspect.

Lest Hattie end up behind bars like her bootlegging great-grandfather a century before, she must distill the evidence herself and serve the killer a swift shot of justice.

And I thought . . .

Oh boy a new Cozy by a favorite author.  No bias here.  Well not much

I was so excited to to get the chance to be on The Great Escapes Tour and feature Diane Kelly"s new book. 

I wasn't too sure about the Moonshine theme but Moonshine is the  rage now and I knew this Author would give us a good 'ole mystery, and maybe a little suspense.  And best of all some charming characters and a charming town.  

The main character Hattie is a sweetie.   But she can stand up and dig up evidence when need be especially to keep herself out of jail. 

There's the beginnings of a little romance with the mounted police office Marlon. 

And then there's Hattie's grand daddy that comes over from the Senior home and hangs out at the Moonshine Shack entertaining this trader.  

I love to get into a new series. 

But the waiting for the next one leaves me anxious maybe in need of a little 'Shine to soothe the spirit. 

I received a Complimentary copy.

My review will appear on Good Reads and Retail sites. 

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Monday, July 12, 2021

New Releases That Caught My Eye


Sharing a few of the new Releases that I might check out. 

A few that I am kind of on the fence on but you might like. 

Don't listen to me.  I get so many offers to read that it's become necessary to be more discerning. 

Check these out for yourself.  All are available on Amazon.  I will add links as they are available. 

My criteria for reading is posted below . . . 

A Hex for Danger by Esme Addison (Cozy)

The small town of Bellamy Bay has its share of skeletons in its closet, but it isn’t used to bodies turning up in the local history museum. After all, this coastal North Carolina town is much like any other. . .except, of course, for the mermaids.

Midnight Spells Murder by Mary Angela (Cozy)

To celebrate Halloween at the Happy Camper, Zo schedules a talk by successful author and self-proclaimed witch Marianne Morgan. Although Marianne’s benign brand of witchcraft is more about feminine empowerment than black magic, her presence is still not welcomed by everyone. Then on a midnight stroll home, Zo spots what seems to be a new Halloween decoration propped up outside the Happy Camper.

Murder at the Lakeside Library by Holly Danvers (Cozy) *new series*

Rain Wilmot has just returned to her family’s waterfront log cabin in Lofty Pines, Wisconsin after the untimely death of her husband. The cabin is peaceful compared to Rain’s corporate job and comes with an informal library that Rain’s mother, Willow, used to run. But as Rain prepares for the re-opening of the library, all hopes for a peaceful life are shattered when she discovers the body of Thornton Hughes, a real estate buyer, on the premises.

A Spirit Seeks Asylum by Lena Gregory (Cozy)

The old abandoned buildings of the Twin Forks Lunatic Asylum have always fascinated and frightened clairvoyant Cass Donovan, but she never dreamed her psychic abilities would be put to the test there. Then the new owner of the site tells her he plans to renovate it and turn it into a boarding school, and he’ll pay Cass handsomely to determine whether the place is haunted!

Shooting Star by Sasscer Hill (Cozy)

Keeping Thoroughbreds safe from a director who doesn’t know a horse from a hamster is tricky. More difficult are the unresolved feelings between her and Will, especially when sexy, young movie star, Jamie Jackson, sets his sights on Nikki.

With Neighbors Like These by Linda Lovely (Cozy) *new series*

He championed shooting deer inside the HOA’s nature sanctuary. Now his corpse is posed curbside, cradling a trophy deer head. The theatrical murder panics residents, and Ted Welch asks Kylee Kane, retired Coast Guard investigator, to help his HOA management firm calm fears. Kylee agrees. Her own mother is getting death threats over her crusade to protect the deer.

Dogged by Death by Laura Scott (Cozy) *new series*

Ally Winter is going through a ruff patch. The thirty-something veterinarian lost her fiancĂ©, her clinic, and her savings in rapid succession. So when Ally’s grandfather undergoes hip replacement surgery, she moves back to Willow Bluff, Wisconsin, to care for him. She arrives home, tail between her legs, only to find sleazy lawyer Marty Shawlin murdered in his home office. And the only witness was Marty’s faithful boxer, Roxy.

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Dead as a Duck by Colleen Shogan (Cozy)

Congressional staffer Kit Marshall is looking forward to a much-deserved summer vacation in the Outer Banks. When the mayor of the beach town turns up dead, Kit and her friends need to put their fun on hold to help solve the crime. 

My criteria . . . 

I do like  some Thrillers and most Suspense. 

I don't care for Paranormal.

And I am a cover snob. 

I am super lucky about covers.

I suggest you ignore the cover.  Even though most if the time I don't which is my loss.