Sunday, October 31, 2021

Trouble Brewing by Heather Day Gilbert Great Escapes Book Tour Review




About the book 

Convinced that the elderly lady in her care didn’t die of natural causes, Macy’s friend Della determines to look into the broken relationships surrounding the woman. She books a Halloween-themed getaway at a local inn and talks Macy into coming along with her to spy on her prime suspect.

 

As they join a ghost tour of the candlelit town, Macy and Della feel their guide is a little too fanatical as he shares his spooky tales. He tells the story of the Greenbrier ghost, a newlywed who supposedly came back from the grave to tell her family that her husband murdered her. 

When a disturbing apparition makes its presence known, guests at the inn become apprehensive…and for good reason, because soon after, a young bride turns up dead. Although everything points to a copycat killer replicating the historical Greenbrier murder, Macy has her doubts. She’s discovered that the inn harbors secrets of its own, and when she pokes into one darkened corner too many, she might not stand a ghost of a chance. 

Join siblings Macy and Bo Hatfield as they sniff out crimes in their hometown…with plenty of dogs along for the ride! The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series features a small town, an amateur sleuth, and no swearing or graphic scenes.

The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series in order:
Book 1: No Filter
Book 2: Iced Over
Book 3: Fair Trade
Book 4: Spilled Milk
Book 5: Trouble Brewing

And others are saying  

. . the best thing about Trouble Brewing is the mystery! There are lots of clues for us to follow through many lead to dead ends. Quite literally on occasion. I didn’t know who the culprit was until almost the very end! It’ll keep you guessing.
~Christy’s Cozy Corners

I really enjoyed this book! I have not read any of the Barks and Beans series prior to this and it did not affect my read of this book. In some cases, it can be difficult to jump in mid-series, but I did not find that to be the case with this book.
~Nellie’s Book Nook

Smart and loving characters make you care and a tightly woven, keenly plotted story keep you engrossed in this fifth Barks and Beans Cafe Mystery. TROUBLE BREWING is a spooky Halloween treat with a chilling legend, a diabolical killer, and no calories!
~Cozy Up With Kathy

The author does an admirable job of blending everyday activities, special events, and stellar mysteries together for a well-rounded read . . . Wonderful characters, lively mysteries, and a big Great Dane that had me from the moment he entered the scene keep me coming back for more.
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

. . . it was well written and entertaining, complete with ghostly sightings and spooky tours. A particularly good choice for reading around Halloween.
~Cassidy’s Bookshelves

A fun cover, along with a cute title and series name, Trouble Brewing by Heather Day Gilbert, drew me in from the first page to the last.
~JoAnne for Novels Alive

Delightful and entertaining, this mystery is not one to miss!
~Reading Is My SuperPower

And I thought . . . 

The Bark & Beans Cafe series is one of my favorites  in Cozy land! 

I was lucky enough to make the tour for the first book and have followed  Macy and Bo ever sense.    

The characters  are great! Macy is a dog loving  amazing sleuth.

And then  there's  Bo you couldn't  ask for a better  brother.  He gave up a high power job to learn about Coffee and even set up a Coffee Shop for Macy. 

But Bo's got a little  something  up his sleeve about his background.  He seems to have a kind of working relationship  with a federal agent  and lots of ties.  Making this reader wonder exactly  what he's up to.

And the federal  guy always steps in and helps Macy out. 

I love the theme of Bark and Beans.  I wish it was a real place. 

The covers  always get me.

I liked the title Trouble  Brewing kind of sets up the Halloween vibe of Witches Brew and spooky ghosts.  

Even  though clues are dropped I am always surprised at the endings.  And love it. 

If you love a good cozy check put the series. 

Each can be read stand alone they are that well written! 

The print versions  are on my  Christmas  wish list! 

I received a complimentary copy.  

My review will appear on Amazon and Good Reads.  


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Monday, October 25, 2021

Christmas Book Link Party

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Opening for the week.  I had a glitch with the link. 

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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

 



Stay Hidden 
 by Julie Ann Lindsey 

She wants to disappear

He’s determined not to let her

Expectant mother Gina Ricci needs an exit plan—pronto! Her ex is out of control, and private investigator Cruz Winchester insists justice—not hiding—is the only way to keep her baby safe. But even as Cruz and his law enforcement family unite in her defense, Gina’s attraction to her handsome protector grows undeniable. Unstoppable. Then her family is targeted and the stakes couldn't be higher…

From Harlequin Intrigue: Seek thrills. Solve crimes. Justice served.

Discover more action-packed stories in the Heartland Heroes series. All books are stand-alone with uplifting endings but were published in the following order:

Book 1: SVU Surveillance
Book 2: Protecting His Witness
Book 3: Kentucky Crime Ring
Book 4: Stay Hidden

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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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