Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Review: KITTY CONFIDENTIAL by Molly Fitz



I adore a snarky, self-aware, heroine and when she mixes in with a snarky, egotistical, elitist talking feline, so much the better! An office appliance accident resulting in a near-death experience makes first-person narrator Angie Russo not only an unhappy paralegal, but the world's first "Pet Whisperer" P. I.! First in a series, this is a delightful cozy mystery.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Review: FINDING MIRANDA by Iris Chacon



5 stars

FINDING MIRANDA is Book 1 of the MINOKEE MYSTERIES, set in Little Cypress Forest in North Central Florida, in a tiny insular community, Minokee. No real estate sales, just lifetime living and inheritance. No businesses. 

It's problematical not to love a novel featuring a dog, a librarian, a sweet-hearted blind guy, and lots of suspense leavened with gentle humour. Fortunately I really enjoyed the story, and am gleefully anticipating the next (THE MAMMOTH MURDERS, release Nov. 1).

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Review_ALONE by Scott Stuart



This charming children's picture book is a heartwarming tale of looking for friendship, starring Planet Earth. A lot of emotion here, but a welcome ending. Ideal for a bedtime tale.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Review: TIDE AND PUNISHMENT by Bree Baker



Murder isn't always spur of the moment; sometimes it's been long in the planning...

Christmastime in the quaint community of Charm, North Carolina, an island in the Outer Banks, has an unexpected blessing this year: 
Snow! And lots of it! But there's plenty of downside too, including a nasty murder and repeated attempts to frame Fran Swan, descendant of the founding family and aunt of protagonist Everley Swan, who operates the delightful Sun, Sand, and Tea shop. Everley refuses to leave the investigation to hunky police detective Grady Hayes, and her determination puts her and Aunts Fran and Clara smack in the killer's angry sights. 

Review_LAST PEN STANDING by Vivian Conroy



5 Stars!

LAST PEN STANDING (I adore that catchy title) is the most delightful first entry in author Vivian Conroy's new STATIONERY SHOP MYSTERY series, and a winning entry it is! Delta resigns from her graphic design career serendipitously to co-own a stationery shop with long-time best friend Hazel. A blessed opportunity for Delta's vision and art talent to be funneled into creative designs and comfy small-town friendships, her new career is conflicted by a local murder. Since Hazel is unfortunately drawn in, Delta speeds to cleverly investigate, companioned by a former police detective and his retired K-9, the enterprising Spud. LAST PEN STANDING delves deep, then leaves the reader feeling very satisfied.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Tour_HALLOWEEN IS MURDER (McKinley Mysteries #11)


McKinley Mysteries by Carolyn Arnold



McKinley Mysteries
by Carolyn Arnold

Vacation is Murder by Carolyn Arnold is a sweet, romantic, thrilling adventure through Cancun’s great resorts to the seedier side of town and out to the temples. It is a fabulous story.
~Baroness’ Book Trove
I was engaged in the story, interested in the dynamics between Sean and Sara, and empathetic to Sean’s regrets over the death of someone he knew.
~Sapphyria’s Books for The Day Job is Murder
Overall, I think Carolyn Arnold’s Money Is Murder is a fun and exciting read. I liked the financial aspect and how each book in the series comes with a theme.
~Nadaness In Motion
Sara and Sean McKinley are now married and are in Cancun having a nice and relaxing honeymoon . . . This was once again a short read, with mystery and a little romance.
~ebook addicts – for Vacation is Murder
Home from honeymoon Sara and Sean are now ready to check out the successful business they inherited . . . This was a good little mystery, one that I thought I had culprit figured out only to be proved wrong!
~~ebook addicts – for Money Is Murder
The mystery is well-written and contains just the right amount of suspense. I was engaged from the beginning and didn’t put the book down until the end.
~Sapphyria’s Books for Vacation is Murder
Series Information
Romance. Humor. Murder. Are you looking for a murder mystery without all the graphic violence and foul language? Something that you can enjoy in an afternoon and walk away feeling good about afterward? How about a dash of humor and romance? If so, meet former detectives Sean and Sara McKinley. When a billionaire leaves them all his money, they no longer have to work, but they find themselves sticking to what they’re good at—solving murders. Undercover, off the books, and around the world, they’ll get to the bottom of things…and romance it up along the way.
This is the perfect book series for fans of Hart to HartCastleColomboMonkRockford FilesPsych, and Magnum PI.
Book Overview (in published order)
  1. The Day Job is Murder (2014)
  2. Vacation is Murder (2014)
  3. Money is Murder (2014)
  4. Politics is Murder (2014)
  5. Family is Murder (2014)
  6. Shopping is Murder (2014)
  7. Christmas is Murder (2014)
  8. Valentine’s Day is Murder (2015)
  9. Coffee is Murder (2015)
  10. Skiing is Murder (2016)
  11. Halloween is Murder (2017) 

Beware of all that goes bump in the night…
Sean and Sara McKinley are excited about the haunted house they’ve set up as a Halloween charity fund-raiser, but things take a ghoulish turn when the reporter covering their story is found dead. With the media keeping mum about how she died, Sara’s curiosity is piqued, and she convinces Sean to take on the investigation through their PI firm.
But this case is not without its challenges. The police are actively investigating it, as well, and it’s not even clear that the woman was murdered. It will take a little cloak-and-dagger, dress-up, and finesse for the McKinleys to get to the bottom of it, but they aren’t the kind to give up.
As they troll for leads and work through the skeletons in the reporter’s closet, they unearth a few suspects, but they’ll need to carve out the whole truth if they’re going to find her killer. If they do so fast enough, there might even be time for a little trick-or-treating.
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Author Bio
CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.
Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.
Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.
She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada.
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My Review:



One of my favourite aspects of the McKinley Mystery series (HALLOWEEN IS MURDER is #11) is the fashion in which two disparate individuals can meld and cohese, both in their emotional relationship and in their business, private investigations. Sara and Sean McKinley are each other's Yang and Yin, Anima and Animus. Sara is emotional, empathetic, highly intuitive, and slightly impulsive. Sean is logical, pragmatic, and methodical. In some partnerships, this would mean a lot of (wasted) time butting heads; but Sean and Sara make their differences work in their favor, so there's a 360 degree approach to their investigations. This time the case is the seemingly inexplicable demise of a young local news reporter after filming a segment at the McKinleys' charity benefit Haunted House.


Tour Participants
August 1 – I’m All About Books – THE DAY JOB IS MURDER GUEST POST
August 1 – Baroness’ Book Trove – REVIEW – VACATION IS MURDER
August 2 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author – SPOTLIGHT – ALL BOOKS
August 3 – Readeropolis – VACATION IS MURDER GUEST POST
August 4 – Sapphyria’s Books – REVIEW – THE DAY JOB IS MURDER
August 5 – The Cozy Pages – COFFEE IS MURDER GUEST POST /SKIING IS MURDER EXCERPT
August 6 – Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my! – MONEY IS MURDER GUEST POST
August 7 – Lisa Ks Book Review – GENERAL AUTHOR INTERVIEW CHOICE
August 8 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT – ALL BOOKS
August 9 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT – ALL BOOKS
August 10 – Laura’s Interests – POLITICS IS MURDER GUEST POST
August 11 – Nadaness In Motion – REVIEW, EXCERPT – MONEY IS MURDER
August 12 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – REVIEW – COFFEE IS MURDER
August 13 – ebook addicts – REVIEW – VACATION IS MURDER, MONEY IS MURDER
August 14 – Sapphyria’s Books – REVIEW – VACATION IS MURDER
August 15 – Literary Gold – VACATION IS MURDER POST
August 16 – T’s Stuff – FAMILY IS MURDER GUEST POST
August 17 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SHOPPING IS MURDER POST  
August 18 – OFF
August 19 – A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – SKIING IS MURDER GUEST POST
August 20 – Sapphyria’s Books – REVIEW – MONEY IS MURDER
August 21 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT – ALL BOOKS
August 22 – My Devotional Thoughts – REVIEW – THE DAY JOB IS MURDER
August 23 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – SPOTLIGHT – ALL BOOKS
August 24 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – HALLOWEEN IS MURDER GUEST POST  #1
August 25 – OFF
August 26 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – REVIEW – HALLOWEEN IS MURDER
August 27 – OFF
August 28 – A Chick Who Reads – REVIEW – CHRISTMAS IS MURDER – COFFEE IS MURDER
August 29 – Mysteries with Character – HALLOWEEN IS MURDER GUEST POST #2
August 29 – Sapphyria’s Books – REVIEW – POLITICS IS MURDER
August 30 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT – ALL BOOKS
August 31 – LibriAmoriMiei – REVIEW – THE DAY JOB IS MURDER, VACATION IS MURDER, CHRISTMAS IS MURDER
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TWO BITES TOO MANY Book Blast

BOOK BLAST – Two Bites Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery) by Debra H. Goldstein


BOOK BLAST
Two Bites Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery)
by Debra H. Goldstein


About the Book


Two Bites Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Kensington (September 24, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-10: 1496719484
ISBN-13: 978-1496719485
Digital ASIN: B07MB4779P
Far from a domestic goddess, Sarah Blair would rather catch bad guys than slave over a hot stove. But when a dangerous murder boils over in Wheaton, Alabama, catching the killer means leaving her comfort zone . . .
Things are finally looking up for Sarah Blair following her unsavory divorce. Settled into a cozy carriage house with her sassy Siamese cat, RahRah, she has somehow managed to hang on to her modest law firm receptionist job and—if befriending flea-bitten strays at the local animal shelter counts—lead a thriving social life. For once, Sarah almost has it together more than her enterprising twin, Emily, a professional chef whose efforts to open a gourmet restaurant have hit a real dead end.
When the president of the town bank and city council is murdered after icing Emily’s business plans, all eyes are on the one person who left the scene with blood on her hands—the twins sharp-tongued mother, Maybelle. Determined to get her mom off the hook ASAP, Sarah must collect the ingredients of a deadly crime to bring the true culprit to justice. But as neighbors turn against her family, can she pare down the suspects before another victim lands on the chopping block?
Includes quick and easy recipes!

About Debra H. Goldstein 


Judge Debra H. Goldstein is the author of Two Bites Too Many, as well as One Taste Too Many, the first of Kensington’s new Sarah Blair cozy mystery series. She also wrote Should Have Played Poker and IPPY Award-winning Maze in Blue. Her short stories, including Anthony and Agatha nominated “The Night They Burned Ms. Dixie’s Place,” have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies including Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Black Cat Mystery Magazine, and Mystery Weekly. Debra serves on the national boards of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and is president of the Southeast Chapter of MWA and past president of SinC’s Guppy Chapter.
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Tour: THE GREAT JEWEL ROBBERY


The Great Jewel Robbery (A Front Page Mystery) by Elizabeth McKenna



The Great Jewel Robbery (A Front Page Mystery)
by Elizabeth McKenna

The Great Jewel Robbery by Elizabeth McKenna is a fantastic book. I loved it from the first page of the book until the end.
~Baroness’ Book Trove
A fun friendship book with an interesting cozy mystery and a hint of romance.
~Laura’s Interests
I liked this book. Emma and Grace are likable, well-developed characters . . . A great start to a new mystery series.
~Cassidy’s Bookshelves
I enjoyed this cozy mystery. It was a quick read and once I started the book, I didn’t want to stop until I figured out who the thief was. I definitely recommend this story to cozy mystery lovers . . .
~Carla Loves To Read

About the Book 


The Great Jewel Robbery (A Front Page Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Independently Published (June 3, 2019)
Paperback: 204 pages
ISBN-10: 0578503018
ISBN-13: 978-0578503011
Digital ASIN: B07SKB5YX7
Mystery with a splash of romance…
Chicago Tribune reporters Emma and Grace have been best friends since college despite coming from different worlds. When Grace is assigned to cover an annual charity ball and auction being held at a lakeside mansion and her boyfriend bails on her, she brings Emma as her plus one. The night is going smoothly until Emma finds the host’s brother unconscious in the study. Though at first it is thought he was tipsy and stumbled, it soon becomes clear more is afoot, as the wall safe is empty and a three-million-dollar diamond necklace is missing. With visions of becoming ace investigative journalists, Emma and Grace set out to solve the mystery, much to the chagrin of the handsome local detective.

About the Author

Elizabeth McKenna’s love of books reaches back to her childhood, where her tastes ranged from Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys to Stephen King’s horror stories. She had never read a romance novel until one Christmas when her sister gave her the latest bestseller by Nora Roberts. She was hooked from page one (actually, she admits it was the first love scene). She combined her love of history, romance, and a happy ending to write Cera’s Place and Venice in the Moonlight. Her contemporary romance novel, First Crush Last Love, is loosely based on her life during her teens and twenties. The Great Jewel Robbery is her debut cozy mystery, and she hopes readers will like it as much as they have enjoyed her romances.
Elizabeth lives in Wisconsin with her understanding husband, two beautiful daughters, and a sassy Labrador. When she isn’t writing, working, or being a mom, she’s sleeping.
Purchase Links –  Amazon  –   Barnes & Noble –   Kobo  – Scribd  –  Apple  
My Review: 
Investigative Journalism can be dangerous....
Especially to Amateur Sleuths.

Best friends since first year at University, Emma and Grace hail from disparate backgrounds but prove opposites attract. The product of wealth and society, Grace is a Life&Style reporter at the Chicago Tribune, where Emma also works. On a holiday weekend jaunt to a high-society event in Wisconsin, the two friends stumble upon robbery, danger, death, and romance.
TOUR PARTICIPANTS
August 4 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT  
August 4 – Baroness’ Book Trove – REVIEW
August 5 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
August 5 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW
August 6 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
August 6 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – REVIEW
August 7 – Carla Loves To Read – REVIEW
August 8 – Ascroft, eh? – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
August 9 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT
August 9 – A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – GUEST POST
August 10 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW
August 10 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW  
August 11 – T’s Stuff – SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE
August 12 – Books Direct – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT
August 12 – Reading Authors – REVIEW
August 13 – Here’s How It Happened – REVIEW
August 14 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – REVIEW
August 15 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW
August 15 – Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST
August 16 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
August 17 – The Book Decoder – REVIEW

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