Monday, August 27, 2018

Tour_FLOWER POWER FATALITY by Sally Carpenter

Flower Power Fatality (The Psychedelic Spy Mysteries)
by Sally Carpenter

About the Book

Flower Power Fatality (The Psychedelic Spy Mysteries)

Cozy Mystery

1st in Series

Cozy Cat Press (April 22, 2018)

Paperback: 234 pages

ISBN-10: 1946063541

ISBN-13: 978-1946063540

Digital ASIN: B07DLJS6FF

The Cold War gets cozy in this retro-cozy spy caper set in 1967, a year of music, miniskirts—and murder! Actress Noelle McNabb works at the Country Christmas Family Fun Park in Yuletide, Indiana, but she longs for the bright lights of Hollywood.

Real-life drama comes her way when a stranger with a fatal gunshot wound stumbles across her doorstep. When she attempts to finds the man’s murderer, Noelle encounters a super-secret spy agency, SIAMESE (Special Intelligence Apparatus for Midwest Enemy Surveillance and Espionage). SIAMESE recruits Noelle on a quest to find missing microdots under the guidance of a street-wise agent, Destiny King. As Noelle goes undercover in a cheesy nightclub and faces the enemy in late-night chases, she uncovers family secrets and finds her moral values put to the test. Along with her pet cat, Ceebee, and the kooky residents of Yuletide, Noelle discovers it takes a village to catch a killer.

About the Author

Sally Carpenter has a master’s degree in theater from Indiana State University. While in school her plays “Star Collector” and “Common Ground” were finalists in the American College Theater Festival One-Act Playwrighting Competition. “Common Ground” also earned a college creative writing award and “Star Collector” was produced in New York City.

Carpenter also has a master’s degree in theology and a black belt in tae kwon do.

She’s worked as an actress, college writing instructor, theater critic, jail chaplain and tour guide/page for Paramount Pictures. She’s now employed at a community newspaper.

In her Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol series are: “The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper” (2012 Eureka! Award finalist for best first mystery novel), “The Sinister Sitcom Caper,” “The Cunning Cruise Ship Caper” and “The Quirky Quiz Show Caper.”

She has short stories in two anthologies: “Dark Nights at the Deluxe Drive-in” in “Last Exit to Murder” and “Faster Than a Speeding Bullet” in “Plan B: Omnibus.”

She penned chapter three of “Chasing the Codex,” a group mystery written by 24 authors with Cozy Cat Press, and writes the Roots of Faith column for the Acorn Newspapers.

She’s a member of Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles.

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Flower Power Fatality (The Psychedelic Spy mysteries Book 1)Flower Power Fatality by Sally Carpenter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review: FLOWER POWER FATALITY by Sally Carpenter
(The Psychedelic Spy Mysteries Book 1)

An essential aspect of historical fiction is fact. The author must research to ensure that the story's background is factually accurate. FLOWER POWER FATALITY is very true to the facts, and the spirit, of the 1960's, in this case, in a quiet, out-of-the-way Midwest community. In the town of Yuletide, Christmas is the driving force, with a tourist-attracting theme park, and businesses designed to reflect Winter and Christmas, and streets and roads appropriately named. Church attendance is a main theme for the community also. Yuletide is "stuck" in the 1940's-1950's, except for a few residents like Noelle, aspiring actress who plays the Wicked Witch at the Country Christmas Family Fun Park and dreams of stardom in Hollywood, and wears miniskirts to church. Noelle is an individual with a lot of heart and integrity, and when a dying young man falls at her door, she won't stop till she uncovers the cause and the killer.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Tour_DEATH ON THE MENU by Lucy Burdette

Death on the Menu: A Key West Food Critic Mystery
by Lucy Burdette


About the Book


Death on the Menu: A Key West Food Critic Mystery Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Crooked Lane Books (August 7, 2018)
Hardcover: 295 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683317463
Digital ASIN: B078MBKH95

When a killer strikes just before flan time, beloved food critic Hayley Snow is forced to sniff out the killer before someone else bites the dust.

Hayley Snow, fiery food critic for Key Zest magazine, has just landed a ticket to one of the most prestigious events in Key West: a high-brow three-day conference at the Harry Truman Little White House. Even though she’ll be working the event helping her mother’s fledgling catering business, there’s plenty of spicy gossip to go around. But just before her mother’s decadent flan is put to the test, Key West’s most prized possession, Hemingway’s Nobel prize gold medal for The Old Man and the Sea, is discovered stolen from its case.

Unsavory suspicions point to Gabriel, a family friend and one of the new busboys working the event, who mysteriously goes missing moments later. Anxious to clear his name, Gabriel’s family enlists Hayley to help find him, but right as they begin their search, his body is found stabbed to death in the storeroom.

Hayley has no shortage of suspects to interrogate and very little time before the killer adds another victim to the menu in national bestselling author Lucy Burdette’s delectable eighth Key West Food Critic mystery, Death on the Menu.

About the Author

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Clinical psychologist Lucy Burdette (aka Roberta Isleib) has published 16 mysteries, including the latest in the Key West food critic series, DEATH ON THE MENU (Crooked Lane Books, August 2018.) Her books and stories have been short-listed for Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. She's a member of Mystery Writers of America and a past president of Sisters in Crime. She blogs at Jungle Red Writers and shares her love for food with the culinary writers at Mystery Lovers Kitchen She lives in Madison CT and Key West FL. Read more at

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Death on the Menu (Key West Food Critic Mystery, #8)Death on the Menu by Lucy Burdette
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: DEATH ON THE MENU by Lucy Burdette
(Key West Food Critic #8)

One of the blessings of Cozy Mystery is learning about a new settling, a new craft, or in the case of this series, mouthwatering recipes-- both contemporary and traditional--and history of the setting. Hayley Snow, reporter and food critic for "Key Zest" ezine, is tasked to assist her mother's catering business with a weekend (Friday through Sunday) conference event at the Little White House, former President Harry S. Truman's working retreat in the 1940's. The event hosts dignitaries from Havana, in an attempt to improve relations between that city and Key West, a mere 90 miles distant. The food is superb, but quickly human nature raises its ugly head. Tragedy ensues, as well as political grievances, and the consequence is a "locked-room mystery" type of puzzle--too many suspects, but with what motive? Only a supremely curious, and bold, amateur supersleuth can keep on digging until the truth is finally uncovered.

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Monday, August 6, 2018

TOUR_S'MORE MURDER by Maya Corrigan

S'more Murders (A Five-Ingredient Mystery)

Cozy Mystery

5th in Series

Kensington (July 31, 2018)

Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages

ISBN-13: 978-1496709196

Digital ASIN: B0776HN51M

Managing a fitness club cafĂ© and collaborating on a cookbook with her grandfather are Val Deniston’s usual specialties, but she’s about to set sail into nearby Chesapeake Bay—straight into a murder case . . .

Since catering themed events is a good way to make extra cash, Val agrees to board the Titanic—or at least cater a re-creation of the doomed journey on a yacht. The owner of the yacht, who collects memorabilia related to the disaster, wants Val to serve the last meal the Titanic passengers ate . . . while his guests play a murder-mystery game. But it is the final feast for one passenger who disappears from the ship. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

Now Val has to reel in a killer before s’more murders go down . . .

Includes delicious five-ingredient recipes!

About the Author

Maya Corrigan blends her love of food and detective stories in her Five-Ingredient Mystery series set in a fictional historic town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The first book in the series, By Cook or by Crook, was published in 2014. It was followed by Scam Chowder in 2015, Final Fondue in 2016, and The Tell-Tale Tarte in 2017.

Before taking up a life of crime (on the page), she taught university courses in writing, detective fiction, American literature, and drama. She won the 2013 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Unpublished Mainstream Mystery / Suspense. Her short stories, written under the name of Mary Ann Corrigan, have been published in anthologies.

When not reading and writing, she enjoys theater, tennis, trivia, cooking, and crosswords. Her website features trivia about food and mysteries.

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Review: S'more Murders by Maya Corrigan
(A Five-Ingredient Mystery #5)

This engrossing Chesapeake Bay area cozy mystery contains more twists than a knotted-up python! The plot surely kept me guessing. Val Deniston operates a fitness cafe and caters for extra funds, so a request to cater a replica of the Titanic' s final Captain's Table dinner seems tasteless, but she and her grandfather need house repairs, soon. So better judgment aside, Val, Grandpa, and best friend Bethany cater the dinner, on a wealthy attorney's yacht, and he insists guests participate in a Titanic-themed murder mystery role-playing game. The object seems to be an opportunity for attorney Otto to reveal denigrating information about the guests; but then Otto disappears from the yacht. Not a dull moment is there, as everybody is suspect, then Val is endangered, and other dangers threaten. Val and Grandpa diligently research backgrounds of suspects and victims, and discover a manipulative killer hiding in plain sight.