Saturday, May 25, 2019


Caught Up in It (Blu Carraway Mystery) by David Burnsworth


Caught Up in It

(Blu Carraway Mystery)

by David Burnsworth

About the Book

Hard-Boiled Mystery
3rd in Series
Henery Press (April 23, 2019)
Hardcover: 286 pages
ISBN-10: 1635114780
ISBN-13: 978-1635114782
Digital ASIN: B07N7LW9WS
The award-winning diva, C, has got a big problem: someone wants her dead. A team of mercenaries attempts to gun her down in Kuala Lumpur. Lucky for her, Lowcountry Private Investigator, Blu Carraway, is already on the job there for a different client.
Double-lucky for C, they make their move when she’s chit-chatting with him in a bar. Unlucky for the mercenaries, four of them end up dead.
The hunt is on now for the mega-pop star. Where does she go to hide out? The sleepy islands around Charleston, South Carolina—Blu’s backyard. He’s already proven himself once, so C hires the Blu Carraway Investigation Agency to protect her for real.
The job takes Blu halfway around the world and several cities in between. The search for the truth reveals what could drive a person to want someone else dead.
And Blu Carraway ends up right in the way.

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. He is the author of both the Brack Pelton and the Blu Carraway Mystery Series. 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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My Review: 5 Stars
Although as Noir mystery I couldn't term the Blu Carraway Investigations Series "light-hearted," I can call them entertaining, spirit-lifting, and a delight to read. Yes, there is violence; but the author delineates his characters so deeply, explores their backstories and their potential future timelines. He also sets up a really puzzling mystery that the protagonists and associates and friends must work at diligently to solve while they remain alive, because they are all definitely in danger here. The characters also demonstrate a depth of feeling that is not often encountered in Noir, I don't think, and this make for a well-rounded mystery with plenty of depth and breadth.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Tour: THE CODEBOOK MURDERS by Leslie Nagel

The Codebook Murders: The Oakwood Book Club Mystery Series by Leslie Nagel


The Codebook Murders:

The Oakwood Book Club Mystery Series

by Leslie Nagel

About the Book

Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Alibi (May 21, 2019)
Print Length: 250 pages
Amateur sleuth Charley Carpenter discovers a coded journal that could crack her small town’s most infamous cold case wide open in this charming cozy mystery from the USA Today bestselling author of The Book Club Murders.
As the owner of Old Hat Vintage Fashions, Charley Carpenter supplies retro apparel to the residents of Oakwood, Ohio, but she’s been known to set business aside to play detective when a mystery rears its head. And there’s no bigger mystery in Oakwood than the murder of Regan Fletcher—a case that’s haunted the town for decades.
Regan’s boyfriend, Carter, did time for the crime—until another man’s confession freed him. But did the “real killer” really do it? Or did Carter walk away with blood on his hands? When Charley stumbles on an old journal written in code, it only complicates the case by revealing a blackmail scheme that targeted dozens of Oakwood’s citizens, giving them all a motive for murder.
Now, with a spate of new suspects to pursue, plus a fresh murder and the abduction of her sleuthing partner, Charley must dig deeper still into the past—even as she risks being buried by her shadowy prey. Joining forces with Detective Marcus Trenault and the newly formed Oakwood Mystery Book Club, Charley turns to a classic whodunit for clues on catching a killer—before more lives are lost, and the truth dies with them.
Leslie Nagel’s delightful Oakwood Mystery novels can be enjoyed together or separately:

About the Author

About The Author

Leslie Nagel is a writer and teacher of writing at a local community college. Her debut novel, “The Book Club Murders”, is the first in the Oakwood Mystery Series. Leslie lives in the all too real city of Oakwood, Ohio, where murders are rare but great stories lie thick on the ground. After the written word, her passions include her husband, her son, and daughter, hiking, tennis and strong black coffee, not necessarily in that order.Author Links
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My Review: 5 Stars:

THE OAKWOOD BOOK CLUB MYSTERIES is one of my absolutely favourite cozy mystery series. I can't help but love characters who adore books, and this series features several strong-in-integrity female characters, along with several male series characters who are respectful, supportive, and loving (even protective). The books are well-written and compelling, examining the characters in great depth, and providing puzzling mysteries to be solved.

In THE CODEBOOK MURDERS protagonist Charley Carpenter and her Oakwood Book Club (which reads and discusses only mysteries by female authors) stumble upon a 40-year-old local mystery, and how it resonates with their current book club selection, Agatha Christie's DEATH ON THE NILE (which made me want to reread it!). The case is so cold, but a killer still lurks,  active and determined to keep the original murder forever unsolved, no matter who has to die or be ruined.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Review: LENTIL DO US PART by Hilary Avis

Lentil Death Do Us Part: A Death du Jour Mystery #4Lentil Death Do Us Part: A Death du Jour Mystery #4 by Hillary Avis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bethany's Railway Cafe is capably in hand, but Kimmy's wedding plans are endangered by a flooded venue. Ryan's contemporary compassion and inspiration for the new art museum in a former lavish estate may result in his father disowning him. Even worse, Bethany discovers a corpse at the new venue. Oh dear: what's a chef to do to help her best friend achieve the wedding of her dreams?

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Tour_FAIR GAME by Annette Dashofy

Fair Game (A Zoe Chambers Mystery) by Annette Dashofy

Fair Game

(A Zoe Chambers Mystery)

by Annette Dashofy

About the Book 

Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Henery Press (May 14, 2019)
Hardcover: 286 pages
ISBN-10: 1635115027
ISBN-13: 978-1635115024
Paperback: 286 pages
ISBN-10: 1635114993
ISBN-13: 978-1635114997
Paramedic Zoe Chambers hoped a week at the Monongahela County Fair, showing her horse and manning the ambulance, would provide a much-needed diversion from recent events that continue to haunt her.
An old friend, a bossy nemesis, and a teenage crush from her 4-H days fail to offer the distraction she had in mind. But ever the caregiver, she soon bonds with a troubled teen and a grieving father.
Back in Vance Township, a missing woman turns up dead, leading Police Chief Pete Adams into a journey through her mysterious final hours. With each new clue, the tragic circumstances of her death grow increasingly muddied.
A cryptic phone call leads Pete to join Zoe for an evening at the fairgrounds where the annual school bus demolition derby concludes with a gruesome discovery and a new case that may or may not be connected to the first.
Pete’s quest for the motive behind two homicides—and Zoe’s stubborn determination to reunite a family—thrust them both onto a collision course with a violent and desperate felon.

About The Author

Annette Dashofy is the USA Today best-selling author of the Zoe Chambers mystery series about a paramedic and deputy coroner in rural Pennsylvania’s tight-knit Vance Township. CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE was a finalist for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel of 2014 and BRIDGES BURNEDwas nominated for the 2015 Agatha for Best Contemporary Novel.
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Twitter– @Annette_Dashofy 
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My Review:
One of the great aspects of this endearing cozy mystery series is that a reader can jump in and just be entertained even if one hasn't read the series in order. FAIR GAME is #8 in the series, and Zoe with her cousin Patsy are participating in the County Fair horse show, while Zoe is also on call with the new county ambulance. Feeling pressured about whether or not to marry Chief of Police Pete, she gains a new worry when she meets a contemptuous and arrogant candidate for County Coroner, who threatens Zoe's position as coroner's assistant and investigator. 

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