Saturday, June 24, 2017

Review_MURDER AT THE INN by Penelope Sotheby

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: MURDER AT THE INN by Penelope Sotheby

Delightfully cosy, generously warm-hearted, this mystery novella has a lovely setting and empathetic characters. The beautiful setting at South Bay on Graham Island, off the Canadian West Coast, of the inn owned and operated by retirees Maureen and Daniel is dimmed when a guest is discovered dead. Maureen had inherited the property from her uncle, and the couple provides a pleasant venture, until this unforeseen and regrettable event. Readers who love cozy mysteries with twists, as for example Agatha Christie's Miss Marple village mysteries, will be attracted to MURDER AT THE INN.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

HONEY MOON DOG DAZE by Sofi Benitez_Review

Honey Moon Dog DazeHoney Moon Dog Daze by Sofi Benitez
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: HONEY MOON DOG DAZE by Sofia Benitez

HONEY MOON DOG DAZE is the newest in the series created by Mark Andrew Poe featuring siblings Harry Moon and Honey Moon, who live in the small and odd community of Sleepy Hollow. Once upon a time, the town was like other small towns, till a new mayor decided to connect the community to the dark side. Now "every day is Halloween night" and even July air smells like autumn. Harry possesses magic; Honey is ready to help whenever and wherever needed. Both youngsters have a well-developed discernment of right and wrong, strong intuition, and moral integrity. In this story, Honey senses a stray lost dog, and in caring for it, creates a summer business, makes new friends, and as always, helps out.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

DEATH BY PUMPKIN by N. Granger_Review

Death by Pumpkin: The Rhe Brewster MysteriesDeath by Pumpkin: The Rhe Brewster Mysteries by N.A. Granger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review of DEATH BY PUMPKIN
by N. Granger

An entertaining and highly intriguing Maine cozy, DEATH BY PUMPKIN is third in a series. Imaginative in premise, this mystery begins with a bang and strongly hooks the reader, and enwraps us with the characters and storyline. Rhe Brewster is an ER nurse, mother of an ADHD son, widow, and sister-in-law of the police chief of her community. She is also a part-time police consultant. The author warmly endears the characters, as murder rears its very ugly head (even though it's performed creatively), and emotions run high (and for some, even higher). DEATH BY PUMPKIN is a mystery delineating the adage “Keep your friends close, and your enemies even closer.” I'll definitely be looking to review other mysteries in the Rhe Brewster series.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

MISS FEESENSCHNEEZEN IS ILL by David Parmelee_Review

Miss Feesenschneezen Is IllMiss Feesenschneezen Is Ill by David Parmelee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review of MISS FEESSENSCHNEEZEN IS ILL by David Parmelee

Designed for middle grade readers, but a delightful read for adults who need a humour injection, this story is narrated by a member of a “troubled class,” a class of “misfits” perhaps, who nevertheless admire and respect their beloved teacher, Miss Feessenschneezen. A take-no-nonsense teacher who gives respect and expects respect, she is unexpectedly taken ill, and misses several days of school while physicians and specialists demand expensive testing of what is probably simple bronchitis. Her students' admiration of her doesn't extend to substitutes, who must be summoned from outside the school system, as no enrolled subs will agree to teach this class! In the end, the conclusion is delightful and heartwarming. Even troubled readers ought to warm to this story.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

DINING WITH THE DEAD by Carrie Marsh_Review

Cozy Mystery: Dining With The Dead (A Millerfield Village Cozy Murder Mysteries Series)Cozy Mystery: Dining With The Dead by Carrie Marsh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review of DINING WITH THE DEAD by Carrie Marsh
(Millerfield Village Cozy Mysteries)

A delightfully tenderhearted “sweet cozy,” DINING WITH THE DEAD is part of the Millerfield Village Cozy Mysteries Series, but functions well on its own, so you needn't have read others in the series to enjoy this. Laura Howcroft had left Cambridge to work as restaurant manager at a village hotel, where she is popularly considered a “foreigner,” an outsider, and mistrusted, especially after another “foreigner,” a hotel visitor, is discovered in the very early morning, deceased in the restaurant Laura manages. Intrepid Laura puts aside her hurt feelings and becomes an anonymous amateur investigator. On the technical side she is aided by Dr. Lucas; she also has her cat Monty, with whom she communicates (an especially pleasant aspect of this story!). As Laura discovers, greed can make a murderer, and her life is on the line as well when she unravels the facts behind the death.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

HOLA! LET'S LEARN SPANISH by Judy Martialay_Review

¡hola! Let's Learn Spanish POD: Visit New Places and Make New Friends¡hola! Let's Learn Spanish POD: Visit New Places and Make New Friends by Judy Martialay
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review of Hola! Let's Learn Spanish
by Judy Martialay

This is exactly the style and content that I would wish for teaching young children a language. This book guides young learners into Spanish, and a similar guide to learning French is planned. Enclosing Spanish vocabulary in a cute story arc, children (and I think adults too!) absorb the Spanish vocabulary by seeing it in context. Additionally, the author provides exercises, music, and a cultural corner, so the book is a neat total experience. I look forward to further language study books from this publisher, Polyglot Kidz Press.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Review: TALIA: AND THE CAPTURE OF WRATH by C. J. Quinn

Talia: And The Capture Of WrathTalia: And The Capture Of Wrath by C.J. Quinn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review: TALIA: AND THE CAPTURE OF WRATH
By C. J. Quinn

How I wish every family everywhere could be happy and well-adjusted as the Tobiah family! How I wish there was a land of love and light such as Talia, a blest land whose inhabitants are like angels, watching over humankind. (Or like Fae, if Fae were good-hearted)

Four brothers have been raised well by their father, an environmental scientist, since their mother in childbirth. While adventuring in a long-abandoned but still intact country home, all four are mind-boggled when their late mother appears in an ornate mirror, and then transports the brothers to a new, magical, land, the land of Talia. Wyatt, the youngest, is tasked with a quest, involving the Tree of Knowledge, and the adventure ensues.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Review_MURDER AT THE MOONSHINE INN by Maggie King

Murder at the Moonshine Inn: A Hazel Rose Book Group MysteryMurder at the Moonshine Inn: A Hazel Rose Book Group Mystery by Maggie King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: MURDER AT THE MOONSHINE INN by Maggie King

A well-written and fascinating cozy mystery, MURDER AT THE MOONSHINE INN chronicles the second investigative outing of middle-aged baby boomer romance writer Hazel Rose, wife of a true crime author. Hazel successfully uncovered the killer of a member of her book group, eight years earlier. Since then Hazel has contented herself with authoring her novels, meeting fans, and learning the power of an effective "no." Until--Hazel is challenged to privately investigate the murder of a half-cousin's spouse. Somehow, "No" just isn't an optimal stance.

A little edgier than many cozies, with a sensual undercurrent, MURDER AT THE MOONSHINE INN will keep readers turning those pages!

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Tour: A KILLER CLOSET by Paula Paul

A Killer Closet: A MysteryA Killer Closet: A Mystery by Paula Paul
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: A KILLER CLOSET: A MYSTERY by Paula Paul

Set delightfully in Santa Fe, a beautiful city with literally centuries of history-a patchwork of cultures-a community that breathes history-, A KILLER CLOSET is a cozy mystery with a sharp and poignant emotional edge. Irene Seligman, Santa Fe native with both Colonial Spanish and New Mexico Jewish ancestry, has carved a niche for herself: a Manhattan Assistant District Attorney, tiny Brooklyn apartment, on her own--as emotionally she has been all her life, with a Narcissistic, multiply-married mother. When her mother manipulates Irene's abrupt return to her native city, Irene moves back into her childhood home, and leases a historic building to open a shop selling "gently used" vintage haute couture. Her discovery on opening day, of one of her mother's friends, newly dead in the shop closet, causes scandal and first Irene, then her mother, become "persons of interest. "

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Review_PUTTING ON THE WITCH by Joyce and Jim Lavene

Putting on the Witch (Retired Witches Mystery #3)Putting on the Witch by Joyce Lavene
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: PUTTING ON THE WITCH by Joyce and Jim Lavene
[Retired Witches Mystery #3]

Don't be alarmed, if like me, you are new to this series. Just jump right in and enjoy! The authors gently interweave backstory throughout, so readers fit right in. This tale of a coven of (mostly) older witches, who had given up practice of magic, then taken it up again, is endearing, delightful, and as we expect from the Lavenes, excellent. Warm up to this wonderful group of women who must fit their magical lives around non-magic using spouses and offspring. Dorothy, a younger witch, had not been trained in youth, and has to cope with her Mother's death and ghostly input, and her allegedly evil, thousand year old father's arrival. Elsie dates a werewolf; Dorothy's fiance's grandfather is head of the very strict Grand Council. Add all this to the scenic backdrop of Wilmington, North Carolina; stir to taste, and enjoy.


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

HOW THREE BROTHERS SAVED THE NAVY by Charles A. Salter_Review

How Three Brothers Saved the Navy: The Kare Kids Adventures #3How Three Brothers Saved the Navy: The Kare Kids Adventures #3 by Charles a Salter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: HOW THREE BROTHERS SAVED THE NAVY by Charles A. Salter [KARE KIDS ADVENTURES #3]

I really enjoy the KARE KIDS ADVENTURES series. The stories are both realistic and very imaginative. Each presents one child or multiple children in a scenario that holds danger and adventure. These are neither wimpy nor conformist kids, but individuals who have been taught by intelligent parents the essential importance of independent thinking, analysis, and using one's intellect. In HOW THREE BROTHERS SAVED THE NAVY, three enterprising youngsters, sons of a Navy officer, discover a gang's plot to attack an aircraft carrier--the very ship their father is on. The three well-trained and patriotic boys know they must pass the intel straight to their dad.


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Monday, October 3, 2016

Tour_THE BOOK CLUB MURDERS by Leslie Nagel

The Book Club MurdersThe Book Club Murders by Leslie Nagel


Review: THE BOOK CLUB MURDERS by Leslie Nagel

What could be more entertaining than reading? Reading about books, of course. Tuck into this well-written and endearing cozy murder mystery, set in an upper-class suburban community where the veneer of civility is thin and verbal encounters are often knife-edged. Class warfare is alive and well, and so is homicide. Protagonist Charlie, a town native, operates a vintage shop, living her dream, and is a member of The Agathas, a specialized society book club reading only mysteries with female sleuths. When murder strikes close, Charlie and best friend Francesca mobilize to seek out clues. Romantic suspense abounds.

Monday, September 26, 2016

DANDELION DEAD_Review

Dandelion Dead (A Natural Remedies Mystery #4)Dandelion Dead by Chrystle Fiedler


Review: DANDELION DEAD by Chrystle Fiedler

Reading for entertainment is extra beneficial when it is also educational. I love this aspect of cozies, and DANDELION DEAD and its series, NATURAL REMEDIES MYSTERIES, is both educational and entertaining, teaching readers while delivering a compelling and engrossing mystery. Characters are well-fleshed out, and quickly seem realistic and true-to-life. Although this is #4 in the series, the author weaves in sufficient backstory to bring the history of her characters to readers. I loved learning about herbs, homeopathy, and wine-making.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Tour_PUMPKINS IN PARADISE by Kathi Dailey

Pumpkins in Paradise by Kathi Daley … everything about fall in it all wrapped up with a mystery … Its a quick read too, but a very enjoyable one. ~A Chick Who Reads The mystery was very well plotted and truly was puzzling. I love the way the hidden clues were found and were not easy to solve. ~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book I loved this book for several reasons…The characters are well done and easy to relate to, the setting in a small town with a resort by a mountain lake. You can’t ask for anything better. ~Sleuth Cafe The characters are fun and the author keeps you held into the story from the very first page. ~Shelley’s Book Case I enjoyed the setting and the characters and solving puzzles which occur throughout the book. ~Laura’s Interests This is a wonderful story. you really get to know all of the people in this town. You go through a gamut of emotions with the happy times and the sad times. ~T’s Stuff I absolutely loved this fun cozy mystery. ~Brooke Blogs If you have not read a book from this author, you are really missing out on great stories that captivate an audience with words that dance across the pages with adventure. ~Texas Book-aholic This book was a great and interesting adventure … ~Community Bookstop Pumpkins in Paradise put me in the mood for fall – especially the cooler weather and change of colors. Kathi Daley sets a beautiful scene and fills it with warm characters that are a delight for readers to get to know. ~The Girl with Book Lungs PUMPKINS-IN-PARADISE-by-Kathi-Daley Pumpkins in Paradise (A Tj Jensen Mystery Book 1) Paperback: 268 pages Publisher: Henery Press; Second edition (September 6, 2016) ISBN-13: 978-1635110890 E-Book ASIN: B01GQPYU8U goodreads-badge-add-plus Synopsis Between volunteering for the annual pumpkin festival and coaching her girls to the state soccer finals, high school teacher Tj Jensen finds her good friend Zachary Collins dead in his favorite chair. When the handsome new deputy closes the case without so much as a “why” or “how,” Tj turns her attention from chili cook-offs and pumpkin carving to complex puzzles, prophetic riddles, and a decades-old secret she seems destined to unravel. Henery Press is releasing the 1st 6 books in this series on September 6, 2016 Snowmen in Paradise (A Tj Jensen Mystery Book 2) Winter Carnival comes to Serenity, and with it Tj finds her schedule busier than ever. Not only is her ski and snowboard team heavily involved in demonstrations and local competitions, but her ragtag choir is about to debut in their first live performance. To make matters even more complicated, someone has killed Travis Davidson, a town favorite son, world-class snowboarder, and Olympic hopeful. Tj is determined not to get involved in the subsequent investigation until she learns the prime suspect is Chelsea Hanson, high-school boyfriend Hunter Hanson’s sister. Although there’s no shortage of Sereninites with a grudge against the hometown hero, even Tj has to admit there’s good cause to suspect Chelsea of the murder. Balancing bridesmaid duties, Winter Carnival obligations, show choir duty, and after-hours investigation, Tj sets out to prove Chelsea innocent. Bikinis in Paradise (A Tj Jensen Mystery Book 3) When the Tropical Tan Corporation descends on Maggie’s Hideaway, the lakeside resort where Tj Jensen lives, she must juggle a bikini contest, a BBQ cook-off, a missing model, and a dead chaperone while her father is out of town. Lead Deputy Dylan Caine is on vacation while his sister is visiting, leaving Assistant Deputy Roy Fisher in charge. When Roy asks Tj for her help they find there may be more going on than anyone realized. With Kyle and Jenna’s help, they dig into the lives of those involved, only to find a mystery more complex than anything they could ever have imagined. Christmas in Paradise (A Tj Jensen Mystery Book 4) Christmas in Serenity is a magical time of year Tj has always looked forward to with happy anticipation. This year her holiday spirit is marred by the impending arrival of two new men in her life. When one of them ends up dead, Tj must juggle community plays, Christmas tree cuttings, sleigh rides, and holiday shopping with a complex murder investigation. As the facts begin to unravel, she realizes she may have to risk everything to save someone she loves. Puppies in Paradise (A Tj Jensen Mystery Book 5) When a friend of Tj’s is injured in a car accident during a blizzard, Tj takes responsibility for the litter of puppies left behind. Meanwhile, she works with Kyle, Jenna, and the gang to catch the person responsible for the death of a close family friend. When it turns out that the main suspects are also close to the Jensens, Tj must deal with one of the most difficult decisions she’s ever had to make. Halloween in Paradise (A Tj Jensen Mystery Book 6) In the midst of the annual Halloween frenzy, Tj finds herself pulled into a series of events at the high school where she works. Not only must she help one of the girls on her team deal with a case of cyberbullying, but she must help a student who has recently suffered a personal tragedy. And as if Tj wasn’t busy enough, in walks Samantha Colton, a reporter for Second Look, a television series that takes a look back at unsolved murders. This time the case is the death of a popular student after the homecoming dance ten years before. To make matters even worse—or maybe more convenient—the graduating class of the victim is in town for their ten-year reunion and all the suspects just happen to have converged on Serenity for the weekend. When Samantha turns up dead, Tj must track down someone who seems willing to kill again to keep their secret. • TREASURE IN PARADISE (#7) April 2017 *Just click on Covers to order from Amazon KathiDaley About the Author Author of the Zoe Donovan cozy Mystery Series, Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mystery series, Whales and Tails Cozy Mystery Series, Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mysteries, and Seacliff High Teen Cozy Mystery Series. Come for the murder, stay for the romance. Kathi lives in the beautiful alpine community of Lake Tahoe with her husband Ken and dog Echo. When she’s not writing she enjoys hanging out on the beach with her children and grandchildren. During the summer she enjoys hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, wakeboarding, and sunset cruises on the lake. During the winter she enjoys cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and curling up by a fire with a good book. Kathi uses her mountain home as inspiration for her books, all which include appearances by the wildlife she shares her life with. Visit Kathi Daley: Blog – http://kathidaleyblog.com Facebook at Kathi Daley Books, www.facebook.com/kathidaleybooks Kathi Daley Teen – www.facebook.com/kathidaleyteen Kathi Daley Books Group Page – https://www.facebook.com/groups/569578823146850/ Kathi Daley Books Birthday Club- get a book on your birthday – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1040638412628912/ Kathi Daley Recipe Exchange – https://www.facebook.com/groups/752806778126428/ Webpage – www.kathidaley.com Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7278377.Kathi_Daley Twitter at Kathi Daley@kathidaley – https://twitter.com/kathidaley Tumblr – http://kathidaleybooks.tumblr.com/ Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/kathidaley/ PURCHASE LINKS – Amazon Books in the Tj Jensen Mystery Series: • PUMPKINS IN PARADISE (#1) • SNOWMEN IN PARADISE (#2) • BIKINIS IN PARADISE (#3) • CHRISTMAS IN PARADISE (#4) • PUPPIES IN PARADISE (#5) • HALLOWEEN IN PARADISE (#6) • TREASURE IN PARADISE (#7) April 2017 Barnes and Noble Books in the Tj Jensen Mystery Series: • PUMPKINS IN PARADISE (#1) • SNOWMEN IN PARADISE (#2) • BIKINIS IN PARADISE (#3) link not up yet • CHRISTMAS IN PARADISE (#4) link not up yet • PUPPIES IN PARADISE (#5) • HALLOWEEN IN PARADISE (#6) • TREASURE IN PARADISE (#7) April 2017 Tour Participants August 31 – A Chick Who Reads – REVIEW August 31 – Island Confidential – INTERVIEW September 1 – Queen of All She Reads – GUEST POST September 1 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW September 2 – Sleuth Cafe – REVIEW September 2 – Shelley’s Book Case – REVIEW September 3 – Author Annette Drake’s Blog – INTERVIEW September 3 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW September 4 – Ashleyz Wonderland – REVIEW September 4 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT September 5 – T’s Stuff – REVIEW September 5 – Christa Reads and Writes – GUEST POST September 5 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT September 6 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW September 6 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW September 7 – The Girl with Book Lungs – REVIEW September 7 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW September 8 – A Holland Reads – GUEST POST September 8 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT September 9 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – REVIEW, GUEST POST September 9 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – REVIEW Count Down to Paradise Launch Event - https://www.facebook.com/events/848072505336998/ Pumpkins in Paradise Book Club - https://www.facebook.com/events/1408072279209347/ Pumpkins in Paradise (Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mystery, #1)Pumpkins in Paradise by Kathi Daley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review of PUMPKINS IN PARADISE by Kathi Daley (TJ Jensen Mystery #1

What a winner! I love cozy mysteries, and this start of a new cozy series is just great! I'm reminded of an Agatha Christie village mystery, had Agatha set it in Nevada's mountain beauty, beside a picturesque lake. TJ Jensen is a great lady, a great friend, and a wonderful choice for heroine. In tiny Serenity, Nevada, she is part of a close-knit family which owns and operates "Maggie's Hideaway," a lakeside resort. When a very good friend passes without notice or expectation, a reclusive individual TJ befriended as a child--a man who taught her to exercise her mind and to love numbers and logic puzzles--TJ is not only distraught, but convinced someone had a hand in an untimely death. Fall is nearing, and this is the perfect time to settle in with a fall-themed mystery-puzzle set in one of the most beautiful locales I can imagine. Author Kathi Daley writes with flair and grace, and I can't wait to acquire future mysteries in this wonderfully endearing, quality series.

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