Thursday, January 31, 2019

Tour_THE GUN ALSO RISES by Sherry Harris

The Gun Also Rises (A Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery) by Sherry Harris


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The Gun Also Rises (A Sarah W. Garage Sale Mystery)

Cozy Mystery

6th in Series

Kensington (January 29, 2019)

Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages

ISBN-10: 1496716965

ISBN-13: 978-1496716965

Digital ASIN: B07CWF942Q


A wealthy widow has asked Sarah Winston to sell her massive collection of mysteries through her garage sale business. While sorting through piles of books stashed in the woman's attic, Sarah is amazed to discover a case of lost Hemingway stories, stolen from a train in Paris back in 1922. How did they end up in Belle Winthrop Granville's attic in Ellington, Massachusetts, almost one hundred years later?


Before Sarah can get any answers, Belle is assaulted, the case is stolen, a maid is killed, and Sarah herself is dodging bullets. And when rumors spread that Belle has a limited edition of The Sun Also Rises in her house, Sarah is soon mixed up with a mobster, the fanatical League of Literary Treasure Hunters, and a hard-to-read rare book dealer. With someone willing to kill for the Hemingway, Sarah has to race to catch the culprit—or the bell may toll for her . . .

About the Author

  Agatha Award-nominated author, Sherry Harris, started bargain hunting in second grade at her best friend’s yard sale. She honed her bartering skills as she moved around the country while her husband served in the Air Force. Sherry uses her love of garage sales, her life as a military spouse, and her time living in Massachusetts as inspiration for the Sarah Winston Garage Sale series.

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The Gun Also Rises (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery #6)The Gun Also Rises by Sherry Harris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

THE GUN ALSO RISES is an engrossing and twisty cozy mystery set in Western Massachusetts (with excursions to Boston), with a lot of background on the lives and cares of military spouses. Especially exciting for me is the plot, which starts with protagonist Sarah Winston being asked by a wealthy former Southern Belle to price the lady's mysteries collection, for a charity sale to benefit the local library. The lady's much-beloved late husband was the scion of an upscale Boston family, and left an enormous collection of rare books and first editions, but Sarah is not dealing with those; or so she thinks. When Sarah discovers in the attic the Hemingway short story manuscripts, missing since 1922 in France, a train of events is set in motion that will plunge Sarah, Miss Belle, and a rare book dealer into danger (and distress and stalking by reporters and literary treasure hunters.) There's not a moment's down time till Sarah figures it out. The characters are wonderfully drawn, and the backstory is intriguing and elicits empathy.


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Saturday, January 26, 2019

Tour_PICTURE NOT PERFECT by D. E. Haggerty

Picture Not Perfect (The Not So Reluctant Detectives) by D.E. Haggerty


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Picture Not Perfect (The Not So Reluctant Detectives)

Cozy Mystery/Romance/Humor

2nd in Series

Self Published (January 21, 2019)

Print Length: 230 pages


A picture tells a story. But is it the truth?

When the police find pictures of Melanie hanging up at her murdered colleague’s house, they’re convinced he was stalking her. Maybe she even killed him. Melanie was not being stalked! And she certainly didn’t kill her supposed stalker – as if. But Mel – always up for a bit of drama – jumps at the chance to go search for the real killer. When Mel’s ex-boyfriend, Owen, discovers her plans, he pulls out all the stops to ensure she’s safe and to win her back. No matter what happens with the murder investigation, he’s not letting her go. With the police setting their sights on Mel, he may need to jeopardize his own career on the police force to protect her.

Will Mel find the real killer before the detectives arrest her for murder?

About the Author

I grew up reading everything I could get my grubby hands on, from my mom's Harlequin romances to Nancy Drew, to Little Women. When I wasn't flipping pages in a library book, I was penning horrendous poems, writing songs no one should ever sing, or drafting stories which have thankfully been destroyed. College and a stint in the U.S. Army came along, robbing me of free time to write and read, although on the odd occasion I did manage to sneak a book into my rucksack between rolled up socks, MRIs, t-shirts, and cold weather gear. After surviving the army experience, I went back to school and got my law degree. I jumped ship and joined the hubby in the Netherlands before the graduation ceremony could even begin. A few years into my legal career, I was exhausted, fed up, and just plain done. I quit my job and sat down to write a manuscript, which I promptly hid in the attic before returning to the law. But practicing law really wasn’t my thing, so I quit (again!) and went off to Germany to start a B&B. Turns out running a B&B wasn’t my thing either. I polished off that manuscript languishing in the attic before following the husband to Istanbul where I decided to give the whole writer-thing a go. But ten years was too many to stay away from my adopted home. I packed up again and moved to The Hague where, in between tennis matches and failing to save the world, I’m currently working on my next book. I hope I’ll always be working on my next book.

Picture Not Perfect is my fourteenth novel.

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Picture Not Perfect (The Not So Reluctant Detectives, #2)Picture Not Perfect by D.E. Haggerty
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

PICTURE NOT PERFECT is Book 2 of the delightful cozy mystery series NOT SO RELUCTANT DETECTIVE. Book 1 focused mainly on Terri but co-starred her best friend Melanie, school guidance counselor and hyper-active energy-ridden amateur sleuth. PICTURE NOT PERFECT focuses in on Melanie (and Book 3 will take up Pru, new English lit teacher at the high school where Terri is school librarian and Mel is guidance counselor). I re and poalize cozy mysteries are expected to be gentle and subtle, but Ms. Haggerty's are particularly apropos and poignant, it seems to me. PICTURE NOT PERFECT was twisty, angst-ridden for Melanie (and reader), with some hot topic contemporary big issues (stalking and instances of inappopriate or overbearing police behaviour), and I was kept turning the pages rapidly, too engrossed to stop reading.

A teacher at Mel's school dies, and for some inexplicable reasons the detective pair who caught the case are tunnel-visioned on her as the culprit. Sure, the teacher several times asked her out; but he sure wasn't "stalking," she insists, and he never crossed any lines (other than the line of annoyance). No real harm done. But now somebody has committed grievous bodily harm on the teacher, and Mel seems to be the only suspect in the detective's sights. What is a girl going to do?


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Friday, January 25, 2019


Murder Wears a Little Black Dress (A Resale Boutique Mystery) by Debra Sennefelder


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Murder Wears a Little Black Dress (A Resale Boutique Mystery)

Cozy Mystery

1st in Series

Lyrical Underground (January 22, 2019)

Paperback: 200 pages

ISBN-10: 1516108965

ISBN-13: 978-1516108961

Digital ASIN: B07CR2CG63

Manhattan fashionista Kelly Quinn thought she’d left her upstate New York town far behind . . . until the Seventh Avenue expat returns home to revamp her grandmother’s consignment shop into an upscale boutique—and unwittingly sets a trend for murder . . .

After her rising career as a Manhattan buyer is derailed, Kelly has mixed feelings about relocating back to Lucky Cove, in spite of her big plans for the soon-to-be-renamed Curated by Kelly Resale Boutique. What’s left of her luck starts running out when a customer puts on a black lace dress that triggers visions of someone being murdered. As if the haunted “Murder Dress” isn’t enough to kill business, the psychic’s doppelganger cousin has just been found bludgeoned to death.

Was Maxine LeMoyne the real target or was it a case of mistaken murder? With some creepy pre-Halloween bargain hunters walking the night and Kelly suddenly a person of interest, a second murder rocks the close-knit town. Now Kelly could be the one who ends up talking to dead people when she’s stalked by a killer determined to take her out in high style . . .

About the Author

Debra Sennefelder, the author of the Food Blogger Mystery series and the Resale Boutique Mystery series, is an avid reader who reads across a range of genres, but mystery fiction is her obsession. Her interest in people and relationships is channeled into her novels against a backdrop of crime and mystery. When she’s not reading, she enjoys cooking and baking and as a former food blogger, she is constantly taking photographs of her food. Yeah, she’s that person

. Born and raised in New York City, she now lives and writes in Connecticut with her family. She’s worked in pre-hospital care, retail and publishing. Her writing companions are her adorable and slightly spoiled Shih-Tzus, Susie and Billy.

She is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, Women's Fiction Writers Association and Romance Writers of America.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This very delightful and intriguing cozy mystery is the first in a brand-new series, Resale Boutique Mystery #1, with likable charcters (even the villains are comprehensible) and a puzzling mystery, plus accusations of the paranormal. Protagonist Kelly never intends to be the Feckless Heroine, but she practically can't avoid it. Returning to her Long Island hometown, Lucky Cove, after she is unjustly fired from her department store assistant buyer position in New York City, and her beloved grandmother passes, bequeathing Kelly her consignment shop in the small friendly town. Kelly has firm plans for rejuvenating the store, but all may be for naught when the town psychic tries on a lovely little black dress--and sees a vision. Now known among the gossiping populace as "the Murder Dress," and the shop as "haunted," Kelly's dreams may all turn to ash, if she can't discover the identity of a murderer, and preserve herself from danger.

I enjoyed this cozy mystery so much it was a one-sitting read, and anticipate the next in this series.


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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Tour_NOT A CREATURE WAS STIRRING by Christina Freeburn

Not a Creature Was Stirring (Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery)

Cozy Mystery

1st in Series

Henery Press (January 22, 2019)

ISBN-10: 1635114373

ISBN-13: 978-1635114379

Digital ASIN: B07K1MFQ7T

Empty nester Merry Winters loves three things: Christmas, crafting and her family. To regain purpose and joy, Merry hits the road to a Christmas vendor event with her furry sidekick Ebenezer in her new mobile crafting sleigh, aka an RV.

But it soon turns into the nightmare before Christmas when Merry unwraps her Scrooge of an ex-husband’s body in one of the RV’s compartments. Add to that his missing winning lottery ticket believed to be stashed somewhere in the RV, leading the homicide detective and Merry’s stepdaughter to believe Merry is the one whodunit.

With visions of prison dancing in her head, will Merry be able to solve this Christmas calamity before she’s locked away?

About the Author

Christina Freeburn has always loved books. There was nothing better than picking up a story and being transported to another place. The love of reading evolved into the love of writing and she's been writing since her teenage years. Her first novel was a 2003 Library of Virginia Literary Award nominee. Her mysteries series, Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery and Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mysteries, are a mix of crafty and crime and feature heroines whose crafting time is interrupted by crime solving.

Christina served in the US Army and has also worked as a paralegal, librarian, church secretary, and golf shop pro. She lives in West Virginia with her husband, dog, and a rarely seen cat except by those who are afraid and allergic to felines.

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Not A Creature Was Stirring (A Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery #1)Not A Creature Was Stirring by Christina Freeburn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Merry Winters is a Feckless Heroine indeed. A woman who sees the best in everybody, believes everybody should follow their dreams, and thinks Truth wins over all, Merry is an admirable character but unfortunately an individual whom some predators and manipulators will delight to target. At home in Seasons Greetings, West Virginia, a quiet community to which Merry moved after her folks retired there, Merry has recently divorced for the second time from an abbreviated marriage to a master manipulator. Endeavouring to make her co-owned crafts business a thriving concern, Merry drives her newly purchased RV to Morgantown for a big Crafts venue. Unfortunately, "newly purchased" means the day before, from her 18-year-old former stepdaughter. Really unfortunately means the RV is emitting a terrible stench, and it's not caused by Ebenezer the pet hamster. When the source is uncovered, Merry soon finds herself under suspicion of murder by a Morgantown police detective[ and her first ex-husband, a high-powered attorney in DC, rides to the rescue to take the case and clear her name.

What made this cozy mystery delightful for me was the settings, of course (all that snow!) but mainly the character of Merry Winters. Here is an individual we ought to all admire: a genuinely GOOD person, ready to think the best of everybody and to exert the effort to help and comfort anyone in need. Yet it is that very integrity she possesses that makes her a target. She is slow to recognize emotional and financial predators; she didn't recognize the truth about her second husband until his money-grubbing grasp threatened to affect her Alzheimer's suffering mother. She sees good in everyone and overlooks the negative, sometimes till it's too late. Yet I still cheered her on; because really, our world needs many more like Merry.


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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Tour_BROKEN HEART ATTACK by James J. Cudney

Broken Heart Attack (Braxton Campus Mysteries) by James J. Cudney

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Broken Heart Attack (Braxton Campus Mysteries)

Cozy Mystery

2nd in Series

Independently Published (November 25, 2018)

Paperback: 270 pages

ISBN-10: 1731310501

ISBN-13: 978-1731310507

Digital ASIN: B07KGGJX1T

When an extra ticket becomes available to see the dress rehearsal of King Lear, Kellan tags along with Nana D and her buddies.

When one of them dies of an apparent heart attack in the middle of second act, Nana D raises her suspicions and asks Kellan to investigate the death. With family members suddenly in debt and a secret rendezvous between an unlikely pair, Kellan learns that the Paddingtons might not be as clean-cut as everyone thinks.

But can Kellan find the killer, or will he get caught up his own stage fright?

About the Author

James is my given name, but most folks call me Jay. I live in New York City, grew up on Long Island, and graduated from Moravian College with a degree in English literature. I spent fifteen years building a technology career in the retail, sports, media, and entertainment industries. I enjoyed my job, but a passion for books and stories had been missing for far too long. I’m a voracious reader in my favorite genres (thriller, suspense, contemporary, mystery, and historical fiction), as books transport me to a different world where I can immerse myself in so many fantastic cultures and places. I’m an avid genealogist who hopes to visit all the German, Scottish, Irish, and British villages my ancestors emigrated from in the 18th and 19th centuries. I frequently blog and publish book reviews on everything I read at ThisIsMyTruthNow via WordPress.

Writing has been a part of my life as much as my heart, my mind, and my body. I decided to pursue my passion by dusting off the creativity inside my head and drafting outlines for several novels. I quickly realized I was back in my element growing happier and more excited with life each day. My goal in writing is to connect with readers who want to be part of great stories and who enjoy interacting with authors. To get a strong picture of who I am, check out my author website or my blog. It’s full of humor and eccentricity, sharing connections with everyone I follow—all in the hope of building a network of friends across the world.

When I completed the first book, Watching Glass Shatter, I knew I’d stumbled upon my passion again, suddenly dreaming up characters, plots, and settings all day long. I chose my second novel, Father Figure, through a poll on my blog where I let everyone vote for their favorite plot and character summaries. It is with my third book, Academic Curveball,, the first in the Braxton Campus Mysteries, where I immersed myself in a college campus full of so much activity, I could hardly stop thinking about new murder scenes or character relationships to finish writing the current story. Come join in the fun!

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Broken Heart Attack (Braxton Campus Mysteries #2)Broken Heart Attack by James J. Cudney
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Likable Kellan Ayrwick, widowed single father of a lovely young daughter, once again plays Feckless Hero and demonstrates his proclivity for wrong place, wrong time, allowing author James J. Cudney to showcase his talent at deft and delightful characterization. Since his first excursion in ACADEMIC CURVEBALL, Kellan has forsaken the mean streets and wild lifestyle of L.A. for his home community of Wharton County, Pennsylvania. Now on a one-year teaching contract at his alma mater, Braxton College, Kellan fills his days with teaching, avoiding an Evil Boss, and raising daughter Emma, while simultaneously grappling with the revelations about the death of his late wife Francesca, scion of a Mob family. One member of his adorable feisty grandmother's Septuagenarian Club passes away during a King Lear rehearsal, and who but Kellan would be at her side? She had revealed inadvertently that she had stopped trusting her family members, and her health had precipitously declined. Now she is gone, and nobody but her septuagenarian friends seem to care--except for our Hero, of course. Now if he can just figure out to hunt for clues, relieve the pressure Nana D is placing on him, and avoid the County Sheriff, maybe he can get to the truth of the situation. Maybe.

Mr. Cudney's cozies are immediately enjoyable and entertaining. I hope Kellan Ayrwick, daughter Emma, Nana D and friends enjoy a remarkably long shelf life. It's always a pleasure to encounter them.

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

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Moon Games by Shelly Frome


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Moon Games

Cozy Mystery/Amateur Sleuth

Milford House Press (August 6, 2018)

Paperback: 264 pages

ISBN-10: 1620061848

ISBN-13: 978-1620061848

Digital ASIN: B07G6LN41H

At the outset, Miranda Davis has nothing much going for her. The tourists are long gone by October in the quaint Carolina town of Black Mountain, her realty business is at a standstill, and her weekend stint managing the local tavern offers little to pull her out of the doldrums. When prominent church lady Cloris Raintree offers a stipend to look into the whereabouts of a missing girl hiker on the Q.T, Miranda, along with her partner Harry (an unemployed features writer) agree.

But then it all backfires. A burly figure shambles down a mountain slope with a semi-conscious girl draped over his shoulder. Miranda’s attempts to uncover Cloris Raintree’s true motives become near impossible as she puts up one smokescreen after another, including a slip of the tongue regarding an incident in Havana. The local police keep stonewalling and Harry is of little help.

Tarot cards left on Cloris’ doorstep and arcane prompts on her e-mail only exacerbate the situation. Growing more desperate over the captive girl’s fate, Miranda comes across a link to a cold case of arson and murder. With the advent of the dark of the moon, she is summoned to “Tower Time” as this twisty tale continues to run its course.

About the Author

Shelly Frome is a member of Mystery Writers of America, a professor of dramatic arts emeritus at the University of Connecticut, a former professional actor, a writer of crime novels and books on theater and film. He is also a features writer for Gannett Media’s Black Mountain News. His fiction includes Sun Dance for Andy Horn, Lilac Moon, Twilight of the Drifter, Tinseltown Riff, Murder Run, and The Secluded Village Murders.  Among his works of non-fiction are The Actors Studio and texts on the art and craft of screenwriting and writing for the stage. Moon Games is his latest foray into the world of crime and the amateur sleuth. He lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There's not much I love more than a Feckless Hero. However, in MOON GAMES, I was utterly delighted to discover a Feckless Heroine in protagonist Miranda Davis. This woman in her thirties is so peripatetic, so constantly off-the-track of her life purpose, I'm surprised she manages to run a business (realty) and be employed (part-time at The Tavern), and it's probably no wonder why she finds relationship issues dismaying. However, I did like her and I even empathised with her, thanks to author Shelly Frome's talented treatment. He also kept the suspense turned up high, the tension on the front burner, and the puzzles constantly intriguing, as I continually pondered: "What? What? What? Who? Why? What does each new revelation signify?" I empathized with Feckless Miranda because I was pretty much out at sea too, and that kept me turning those pages, totally intrigued and delighted.


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Friday, January 18, 2019


hemlock and hedgehemlock and hedge by Ruby Loren
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"You can't go home again," orated Thomas Wolfe. If this were a literary novel, the protagonist would return home and take up the family legacy. If horror, the protagonist would return to his/her hometown and confront the Ancient Evil. Well, it's neither: instead this is another delightful relaxing cosy mystery from prolific author Ruby Loren, and the prequel to the WITCHES OF WORMWOOD Series. Snarky and stubborn, Hazel Salem is the last scion of the family: the last of the family period. She only returns to Wormwood because her mother passed and bequeathed Hazel the family house and apothecary business. So here she is, astounded that her mother was ailing, amazed at how little income the apothecary has yielded, and wondering why on Earth she returned to this odd town. She doesn't believe in magic, witchcraft, or black cats. But that doesn't mean none of those disbelieve in her. Ride along for a delightful shift in perception and an intriguing mystery in this lovely little magical community.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Tour_MURDER OF RAVENS BY Paty Jager (Gabriel Hawke #1)

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Murder of Ravens (Gabriel Hawke) Mystery

1st in Series

Windtree Press (January 20, 2019)

Paperback: 302 pages

ISBN-10: 1947983822

ISBN-13: 978-1947983823Digital ASIN: B07KZ612BY

The ancient Indian art of tracking is his greatest strength... And also his biggest weakness. Fish and Wildlife State Trooper Gabriel Hawke believes he’s chasing poachers. However, he comes upon a wildlife biologist standing over a body that is wearing a wolf tracking collar. He uses master tracker skills taught to him by his Nez Perce grandfather to follow clues on the mountain. Paper trails and the whisper of rumors in the rural community where he works, draws Hawke to a conclusion that he finds bitter. Arresting his brother-in-law ended his marriage, could solving this murder ruin a friendship?

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Paty Jager is an award-winning author of 35 novels, 8 novellas, and numerous anthologies of murder mystery and western romance. All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Her Shandra Higheagle mystery series has been a runner-up in the RONE Award Mystery category, and a finalist in the Daphne du Maurier.

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Murder of Ravens: Gabriel Hawke NovelMurder of Ravens: Gabriel Hawke Novel by Paty Jager
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

MURDER OF RAVENS is an intriguing mystery set in Eastern Oregon, in the mountains, along the rivers, and in small close-knit communities (read, everybody knows everybody else's business). Gabriel Hawke is a Fish and Wildlife State Trooper, of Native American descent, who loves the mountains and land, his dog, horse, and pack mule. At 52, he is long divorced, happy living alone with his animals, tracking, and solving puzzles that arise in the course of his job. Such a bizarre puzzle occurs while he is tracking what he thinks are poachers, and finds a corpse wearing a wolf-tracking collar, and standing over him, a biologist who studies the wolf population. As he investigates, Hawke learns that no one is really surprised that the man, a restaurant owner, is dead; and that there are far too many potential suspects to easily sort. But Hawke is a determined tracker, and he will find his man--or woman--before long. No crime goes unpunished, and even if the victim was unethical and immoral, murder is still a crime.


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