Thursday, June 28, 2018

Tour_BAMBOOZLED by Barbara Barrett

Bamboozled (The Mah Jongg Mysteries) by Barbara Barrett

About the Book

Bamboozled (The Mah Jongg Mysteries)

Cozy Mysteries

2nd in Series

Self Published (April 3, 2018)

Paperback: 272 pages

ISBN-13: 978-1948532037

Digital ASIN: B07C9CLL4R

Essential oils distributor Dorcas Wiley is the boss everyone loves to hate. So when she turns up dead, killed by her own trophy, disgruntled saleswoman Cathy Broderick is the obvious suspect in her murder. Despite opportunity, motive and incriminating evidence, Cathy declares her innocence and enlists her mah jongg pals—Sydney Bonner and her cronies Marianne, Micki and Kat—to help save her from the death penalty.

Hot off a recent and nearly deadly investigation, the women are cautious about putting themselves in peril again. Syd’s spouse isn’t thrilled about another mystery in their lives, either, but he can’t resist the plea of Cathy’s husband. Soon, Syd is leading the way as they tangle with grumpy salespeople, the victim’s estranged husband and boyfriend, a mysterious housekeeper, a litigious customer, an annoyed sheriff and Cathy’s own arrogant lawyer.

The women have their own issues to deal with in their central Florida town of Serendipity Springs. Kat faces a health challenge, Micki fields a mysterious inquiry from her ex, Marianne has a chaotic anniversary and Syd wrestles with her husband over who’s really in charge. But nothing puts everyday life into perspective like the moment when their investigation brings them face to face with danger.

About the Author

Barbara Barrett started reading mysteries when she was pregnant with her first child to keep her mind off things like her changing body and food cravings. When she’d devoured as many Agatha Christies as she could find, she branched out to English village cozies and Ellery Queen.

Later, to avoid a midlife crisis, she began writing fiction at night when she wasn’t at her day job as a human resources analyst for Iowa State Government. After releasing eleven full-length romance novels and one novella, she returned to the cozy mystery genre, using one of her retirement pastimes, the game of mah jongg, as her inspiration. Not only has it been a great social outlet, it has also helped keep her mind active when not writing.

Bamboozled, the second book in her “Mah Jongg Mystery” series, features four friends who play mah jongg together and share otherwise in each other’s lives. None of the four is based on an actual person. Each is an amalgamation of several mah jongg friends with a lot of Barbara’s imagination thrown in for good measure. The four will continue to appear in future books in the series.

Anticipating the day when she would write her first mystery, she has been a member of the Mystery/Romantic Suspense chapter of Romance Writers of America for over a decade. She credits them with helping her hone her craft.

Barbara is married to the man she met her senior year of college. They have two grown children and eight grandchildren.

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BamboozledBamboozled by Barbara Barrett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: BAMBOOZLED by Barbara Barrett
(Mah Jongg Mystery #2)

This cozy mystery series finds its setting in Central Florida, among a group of friends in retirement. In the first novel, the women become amateur sleuths, dangerously but successfully. This time, emotions run high as one of the group develops a health issue, another is arrested for murder, and a third is contacted by her ex-husband after years of silence. Of course the friends leap into investigate, this time including one of the spouses. The author offers sufficient suspects to keep readers guessing, and heartwarming emotional involvement with the characters.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Tour_BAD TIME TO BE IN IT by David Burnsworth

Bad Time To Be In It (A Blu Carraway Mystery) by David Burnsworth

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Bad Time To Be In It (A Blu Carraway Mystery)


2nd in Series

Henery Press (July 10, 2018)

Paperback 254 Pages

ISBN 9781635113587

The past is never past. Sometimes it repeats itself. And sometimes it comes back to pay a visit. Blu Carraway, flush with cash and back in business, never had it so good. Or so he thought. The reality is his love life is in shambles, his business partner is spending too much time with women half his age and not enough time on the job, and someone close goes missing. Blu’s business partner goes off the rails, his friends show their true colors, and he realizes that getting closure sometimes means walking away from everything. With a case from the past gone wrong twice, a loved one in trouble, and an unanswered marriage proposal, it’s a bad time to be in it for Blu Carraway Investigations.

About the Author

David Burnsworth became fascinated with the Deep South at a young age. After a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and fifteen years in the corporate world, he made the decision to write a novel. In It For The Money is his fourth mystery. Having lived in Charleston on Sullivan’s Island for five years, the setting was a foregone conclusion. He and his wife call South Carolina home.

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Murder Made to Order (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery) by Lena Gregory

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Murder Made to Order (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Lyrical Underground (June 19, 2018)
Paperback: 196 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1516104666
Digital ASIN: B075WBZH6L

To save her cozy Florida diner, Gia Morelli must choke down a heaping helping of murder . . .

New York native Gia Morelli is just getting used to life in Florida when she gets word that the town government wants to shut down her pride and joy: the charming little diner known as the All-Day Breakfast Café. A forgotten zoning regulation means that the café was opened illegally, and hardboiled council president Marcia Steers refuses to budge. Gia is considering hanging up her apron and going back to New York, but before she gives up on her dream, she discovers something shocking in the local swamp: Marcia Steers, dead in the water. There’s a secret buried in the books at town hall, and someone killed to keep it hidden. To save her café and bring a killer to justice, Gia and her friends will have to figure out a killer’s recipe for murder . . .

About the Author

Lena Gregory lives in a small town on the south shore of eastern Long Island with her husband and three children.

When she was growing up, she spent many lazy afternoons on the beach, in the yard, anywhere she could find to curl up with a good book. She loves reading as much now as she did then, but she now enjoys the added pleasure of creating her own stories.

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Murder Made to Order (All-Day Breakfast Café Mystery #2)Murder Made to Order by Lena Gregory
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: MURDER MADE TO ORDER by Lena Gregory

A heartwarming cozy mystery set in a tiny Florida community, at its heart MURDER MADE TO ORDER is as much about "finding home" as it is about murder and mystery. Gia Morelli, a New York City native, lost her mother early and was discarded by her father the day of her graduation. Befriending a Florida transplant, Savannah Mills, an aspiring dancer, Gia lucks into a lifelong supportive friendship. Escaping a disastrous ugly marriage, Gia moves to Boggy Creek, Florida, Savannah' s home community. Opening a diner, she absorbs herself into the community, but an attempt by the city council to close her diner (supposedly a violation of zoning restrictions) forces Gia to consider the nature of Home. Is it NYC, her birthplace? Or is it her adopted community, Boggy Creek, among friends and a possible romantic venture, with her beloved dog Thor?

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Tour: SHADOW DANCING by Julie Mulhern

Shadow Dancing (The Country Club Murders) by Julie Mulhern


About the Book

Shadow Dancing (The Country Club Murders)

Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Henery Press (June 19, 2018)
Print Length: 210 pages
Digital ASIN: B07BMJM89K


Visiting a psychic is outside the norm for Ellison Russell. Finding bodies is not. Unfortunately, the psychic’s crystal ball says she’ll soon be surrounded by death. Again.


Now there’s a corpse in the front drive, a witchy neighbor ready to turn Ellison and her (not so) little dog into toadstools, and a stripper named Starry Knight occupying the guest room.

How did 1975 go so wrong so quickly?

Ellison must handle Mother (who’s found a body of her own), make up with a certain handsome detective, and catch a killer, or the death surrounding her might be her own.

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– Julie Mulhern is the USA Today bestselling author of The Country Club Murders. She is a Kansas City native who grew up on a steady diet of Agatha Christie. She spends her spare time whipping up gourmet meals for her family, working out at the gym and finding new ways to keep her house spotlessly clean–and she’s got an active imagination. Truth is–she’s an expert at calling for take-out, she grumbles about walking the dog and the dust bunnies under the bed have grown into dust lions.

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  “Ellison!” Mother’s voice was a mix of relief and exasperation.
“Where have you been?”
Tell Mother I’d visited a medium? I’d rather hammer shims under my fingernails or wander around outside without my coat.

“I need you.”

Time stopped. Mother never needed me.

“What’s wrong?”

“I need you.”

Apparently that was the only explanation I was getting.

“Can you come over? Please?”

Please? What had happened?

“Of course, I’ll come. Are you okay?”


She hung up.

Aggie appeared in the doorway, a steaming mug of all-things-good in her hand.

“Would you please put that in a travel mug?” I asked.

“Of course. Problem?”

“She won’t tell me what’s wrong.”

Mother was not given to crying wolf. Whatever the issue was, it was big. A trickle of dread chilled my blood.

“The ambiance committee is meeting here at three. I’ll be back before then.”

“I’ll have everything ready.” Aggie was indispensable. How we’d ever gotten along without her was a mystery. With her sproingy red hair, vivid kaftans, and outspoken ways, Aggie was not Mother’s idea of a perfect housekeeper. Mother’s opinion didn’t matter. I thought Aggie was the best thing since sliced bread.

A moment later I was back in the car, snug in a fox jacket with matching hat. I settled the plastic travel mug filled with coffee between my thighs and wished I hadn’t. The plastic was hot. I turned the key and ELO’s “Can’t Get It Out of My Head” nearly deafened me. I sympathized. Even with hitting a pedestrian and Mother’s crisis, there was a man I couldn’t get out of my head. I turned off the radio and motored down the drive.

Mother’s door opened as soon as I pulled up in front of her house.

I took a quick gulp of coffee then hurried up the front walk. “What’s wrong?”

Mother looked from left to right as if her neighbors were hanging around in the cold, waiting to eavesdrop. “Come in.”

With the door safely closed behind me, Mother sighed.

“What? What’s happened?”

The color had leeched from her skin and the perfect helmet of her hair was mussed. “I found a body.”

Mother? A body? It was about time someone in this family besides me found a body.


Mallory Heart's Cozies' Review:

Shadow Dancing (The Country Club Murders Book 7)Shadow Dancing by Julie Mulhern
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: SHADOW DANCING by Julie Mulhern
(Country Club Mystery)

Although almost all the characters in this series are "a cut above," actually several socioeconomic levels above me, the author's wry humour, use of irony, and judicious eliciting of empathy, make the series endearing, despite the cultural disparity. The twisted convolutions of the mystery provided, and protagonist Ellison's "flair" (or fate) for stumbling over corpses, keep the reader in suspense, and Ellison' s rocky "relationship" with Detective Anarchy Jones warms our hearts, as does her protective love for her sixteen-year-old daughter Grace.

Ellison and Grace are drawn into a morass of crime, including underage prostitution and strip clubs, venues Ellison is fiercely determined to keep far, far away from Grace. But murder has a way of striking much too close to home.


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Saturday, June 9, 2018


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The Spook in the Stacks: A Lighthouse Library Mystery
by Eva Gates

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The Spook in the Stacks: A Lighthouse Library Mystery
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Crooked Lane Books (June 12, 2018)
Hardcover: 250 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683315803
Digital ASIN: B075QJ59PX

Halloween in North Carolina’s Outer Banks becomes seriously tricky when librarian Lucy Richardson stumbles across something extra unusual in the rare books section: a dead body.

Wealthy businessman Jay Ruddle is considering donating his extensive collection of North Carolina historical documents to the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library, but the competition for the collection is fierce. Unfortunately, while the library is hosting a lecture on ghostly legends, Jay becomes one of the dearly departed in the rare books section. Now, it’s up to Lucy Richardson and her fellow librarians to bone up on their detective skills and discover who is responsible for this wicked Halloween homicide.

Meanwhile, very strange things are happening at the library―haunted horses are materializing in the marsh, the lights seem to have an eerie life of their own, and the tiny crew of a model ship appears to move around when no one is watching. Is Lucy at her wit’s end? Or can it be that the Bodie Island Lighthouse really is haunted?

With The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on everyone’s minds and ghoulish gossip on everyone’s lips, Lucy will need to separate the clues from the boos if she wants to crack this case without losing her head in The Spook in the Stacks, the delightful fourth in national bestseller Eva Gates’ Lighthouse Library mysteries.

About the Author

Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than twenty-five books:  clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. She is currently writing three cozy mystery series: the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series for Crooked Lane, the Year Round Christmas mysteries for Penguin Random House and, under the pen name of Eva Gates, the Lighthouse Library series, for Crooked Lane Books.

Vicki lives and writes in bucolic Prince Edward County, Ontario. She is the past president of the Crime Writers of Canada.  Her work has been nominated for the Derringer, the Bony Blithe, the Ontario Library Association Golden Oak, and the Arthur Ellis Awards.


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  My Review: The Spook in the Stacks (Lighthouse Library Mystery #4)The Spook in the Stacks by Eva Gates
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: THE SPOOK IN THE STACKS by Eva Gates

I admire lighthouses, and I adore libraries, so the combination of these is a delight. Lucy, our protagonist, is a librarian at the lovely Bodie Island Lighthouse Library at Nag' s Head, North Carolina, in the Outer Banks, following some years at the Harvard Libraries. Near Halloween, a wealthy expatriate determines to gift his extensive collection of nautical North Carolina historical records and documents, and seems to have designated the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library as his recipient--but during a lecture presentation, he is murdered in the Library's rare book department. Lucy and her colleagues are dedicated to finding the truth and winning the collection for their Library, as the owner had wished.

Lots of spooky happenings plus some emotional crises and uproars interweave with history to provide page-turning intrigue.