martedì 17 settembre 2019

Review& Giveaway: The Garden Club Murder by Amy Patricia Meade

The Garden Club Murder 

(A Tish Tarragon Mystery) 

by Amy Patricia Meade

About The Garden Club Murder

Cozy Mystery 
2nd in Series 
Severn House Publishers (September 1, 2019) 
Hardcover: 208 pages 
ISBN-10: 0727889443 
ISBN-13: 978-0727889447 

Literary caterer Letitia ‘Tish’ Tarragon is preparing her English Secret Garden-themed luncheon for Coleton Creek’s annual garden club awards, but when she is taken on a tour of some of the top contenders with the garden club’s president, Jim Ainsley, Tish is surprised at how seriously the residents take the awards – and how desperate they are to win.
Wealthy, retired businessman Sloane Shackleford has won the coveted best garden category five years in a row, but he and his Bichon Frise, Biscuit, are universally despised. When Sloane’s bludgeoned body is discovered in his pristine garden, Tish soon learns that he was disliked for reasons that go beyond his green fingers. Have the hotly contested awards brought out a competitive and murderous streak in one of the residents?
My Review
I really liked The Garden Club Murder, it's so addictive and suspenseful that it's really hard to put it down. I especially loved the setting and the descriptions of the gardens, really fascinating and welcoming, ideal for spending relaxing afternoons reading a book.
Tish is preparing a garden-themed lunch at the annual competition for the best garden, everyone wants to beat the award-winning and hateful Sloane Shackleford. When he is found killed no one is so sorry and the main suspects are his rivals. Tish with her friend Jules will try to help solve the mystery.
I loved the character of Tish, she is a person who knows how to listen and inspires confidence so everyone confides their secrets to her that she refers to the sheriff to help him solve the case.
A mystery that combines gardens, cuisine and books is impossible not to love. The plot is well developed, there are many clever clues and lots of twists. The author's style is very descriptive and full of humor, really a pleasure to read
It can be read as standalone even though it is the second book in the series.

Highly recommended

About Amy Patricia Meade

Author of the critically acclaimed Marjorie McClelland Mysteries, Amy Patricia Meade is a native of Long Island, NY where she cut her teeth on classic films and books featuring Nancy Drew and Encyclopedia Brown.
After stints as an Operations Manager for a document imaging company and a freelance technical writer, Amy left the bright lights of New York City and headed north to pursue her creative writing career amidst the idyllic beauty of Vermont’s Green Mountains.
Now residing in Bristol, England, Amy spends her time writing mysteries with a humorous or historical bent. When not writing, Amy enjoys traveling, testing out new recipes, classic films, and exploring her new home.
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domenica 15 settembre 2019

Review: Who Shot the Serif? by Jessa Archer

Who Shot the Serif? 

(Hand Lettering Mystery)

by Jessa Archer


About Who Shot the Serif?

Cozy Mystery 
1st in Series 
Independently Published (July 7, 2019) 
Paperback: 218 pages 
ISBN-10: 1079134891 
ISBN-13: 978-1079134896 
Digital ASIN: B07TBL3TTV 

When Jamie Lang finds one of her hand lettered quotes on the window of her shop, Flourish, with a hole shot through a serif, she knows someone's trying to drive her business into red ink. Jamie confronts Earleen Culp, the ruthless owner of the local stationery shop, in front of the most popular breakfast spot in the small town of Cedar Valley. Of course, Earleen professes shock and innocence, so when she’s found dead in front of Jamie's home the next morning, Jamie becomes the prime suspect.
Jamie's one cross-stroke short of acquittal, and even her best friend has her doubts. But Jamie's not the only one in town with a motive for wanting Earleen silenced for good. To clear her name, Jamie's going to need every last drop of ink in her quill.
With the hot police chief Ridge, and her makeup artist friend Nora on her side, she’s prepared to go out with a flourish if that's what it takes to catch the real murderer. She’s desperate to save her hand lettering business, but will her quest lead her right into a killer’s snare?

My Review
A few months ago I discovered the hand lettering and I was very fascinated, I am practicing every day but I am still far behind. So as soon as I saw the cover and read the plot I couldn't wait to read it and I wasn't disappointed.
Jamie loves making others happy and to do this she has created her shop Florish, a real treat. She always has a fair quote for everyone, enriched by her splendid calligraphy. After a disagreement with her rival, she is found killed and of course Jamie is the main suspect. She will try to find the real culprit and save her business: for everyone she is a murderer and her business is going bad.
The characters are a bit bizarre but very realistic they make life in Cedar Valley as stimulating and enjoyable as friends and clients of Jamie and Ridge, the police chief. But there are also terrible, gossipy and arrogant people. Jamie doesn't like to wake up early and needs a strong dose of coffee before being active and above all sociable. But she is a great artist and a great friend and it was a real pleasure to read the story told by her.
The Cedar Valley map is really nice and the attached hand lettering exercise is very useful.
It was a fast and fun read, the mystery was brilliant and intriguing, there is the right amount of suspense and romance and several twists that keep the reader's attention high.

Splendid debut for this series I look forward to the next episode

About Jessa Archer

Jessa Archer writes sweet, funny, warm-hearted cozy mysteries because she loves a good puzzle and can't stand the sight of blood. Her characters are witty, adventurous, and crafty in the nicest way. You'll find her sleuths hand lettering inspirational quotes, trying to lower golf handicaps, enjoying a scone at a favorite teashop, knitting a sweater, or showing off a dramatic side in local theater.
Jessa's done many things in her long career, including a stint as a journalist and practicing law. But her favorite job is spinning mysteries. She loves playing small town sleuth and transporting readers to a world where the scones are delicious, wine pairs with hand lettering, and justice always prevails.
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mercoledì 11 settembre 2019

Release Blast &Giveaway: Helix by Mary Ting

by Mary Ting
Series: Book 2 in the ISAN series. 
Genre: YA dystopian/science fiction
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Release date: September 10, 2019


With her memory still fragmented, Ava returns to the International Sensory Assassin Network (ISAN) to find the twin sister she never knew she had.

But as Ava hunts for information, she finds herself tangled in a web of yet more lies and conspiracy. The Helix serum may not be required to access her superpowers, and the number of male assassins—previously considered too volatile to tolerate Helix—is growing in every territory.

The more Ava uncovers, the more of a threat she becomes to ISAN. Her only salvation may be to join the rebels ... if she isn't killed first.


Helix is the second book in the award-winning International Sensory Assassin Network Novel series. 




     I twisted at the waist to dodge the first pellet. Then I ducked and somersaulted when two more fired my way. I flattened to the ground, rolled to my right, and then jolted up when more whizzed by, one after another in rapid succession. After shifting awkwardly to my left and right, I arched my back, and one missed me by a hair.
     Drew stopped firing, his features a mask of confusion. He looked at his Taser, most likely wondering if he should even bother with it, and then watched me walk toward him to close the gap between us.
     “How?” His chest heaved and anger seethed in his eyes.
     I swaggered the last few steps with a smirk. “I guess Helix likes me better. You’ve got the wrong briefcase, as you know … and this is personal. You messed with the wrong team.”
     I slammed the heel of my palm into his chest. The unforgivable blow caused Drew to fly off the roof to likely splat on the ground.
     Oops. My bad.
     I placed the right suitcase on the platform of the sub-glider. It whooshed and clanked open.
A welcoming, wonderful sound.



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sabato 7 settembre 2019

Review& Giveaway: Mulberry Mischief by Sharon Farrow

Mulberry Mischief

(A Berry Basket Mystery)

by Sharon Farrow


About the Book

Cozy Mystery 
4th in Series 
Kensington (August 27, 2019) 
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages 
ISBN-10: 1496722612 
ISBN-13: 978-1496722614 
Kindle ASIN: B07L2FVR11 
Autumn has arrived on the shores of Lake Michigan, but Marlee Jacob, proprietor of The Berry Basket, is feeling a chill for other reasons …
With the Harvest Health Fair in full swing, Marlee makes sure to stock up on elderberry products for cold and flu season. But this year there's also a run on mulberry when an eccentric customer wants to use the dried berries to ward off evil forces. True, it's almost Halloween, but something else seems to be spooking Leticia the Lake Lady, Oriole Point's oddest resident. She believes someone plans to kill her—and the ghost. Only mulberries can protect them. Marlee doesn't take her fears seriously until a man named Felix Bonaventure arrives in the village, asking questions about a mysterious woman.
The next day, Marlee finds Bonaventure dead on Leticia's property—shot through the heart with an arrow made of mulberry wood. And Leticia has disappeared. Marlee soon learns the Lake Lady has a deadly past that is connected to the famous Sable family who are in town for the health fair. A bunch of clues start to come together—and figuring out what's going on puts Marlee in a real jam …
Includes Berry Recipes!
My Review

It was a pleasant read, the mystery was intriguing and caught my attention throughout the story. There are many suspicions and so many intelligent clues, it is difficult to find the culprit before the end. I really enjoyed visiting this small lake town in Michigan, it's really charming and welcoming with its little shops and its colorful inhabitants. Marlee is a sweet and generous woman, who likes to take care of others and help in the various events taking place in the city. Leticia is truly extraordinary with her crazy ideas and her very flashy clothing.
Marlee is the owner of the Berry Basket. One of her clients, Leticia, makes a very bizarre order, she is afraid that someone will hurt her and wants a lot of mulberry berries. When Marlee goes to her property to deliver, she has disappeared and finds a dead man. Marlee must investigate to find her and exonerate her from the accusation of murder.
It is the fourth book of the series, even if the previous books have not been read, the fundamental background for understanding the story is provided.
The plot is well developed, the author was very good at alternating the development of the mystery and everyday life in this small town. Interesting Berry recipes included.
Highly recommended.

About Sharon Farrow

Sharon Farrow is the latest pen name of award-winning author Sharon Pisacreta. A freelance writer since her twenties, she has been published in mystery, fantasy, and romance. Sharon currently writes The Berry Basket cozy mystery series for Kensington. The series debuted in 2016 and is set along the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline where she now lives. She is also one half of the writing team D.E. Ireland, who co-author the Agatha nominated Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins mysteries.
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mercoledì 4 settembre 2019

Review&Giveaway: Number's Up by Annabelle Hunter

Number's Up 

(Barrow Bay Mysteries) 

by Annabelle Hunter

About Number's Up

Cozy Mystery 
1st in Series 
Independently Published (August 13, 2019) 
Print Length: TBD 

Jennifer Ward’s To Do List: 1) Turn in my business partner and his lying, cheating, law-breaking client to the SEC for insider trading. 2)Cooperate with the FBI. Do not kiss - scratch that. Do not yell at Special Agent Nicholas Kelly, the FBI agent leading said investigation. 3) Discover a dead body...
Jennifer Ward, MBA, CPA, and business consultant, likes a nice, orderly lifestyle. Schedules and To Do Lists are what gets her through the day. So when the by-the-numbers fashionista finds her business partner was breaking the law, she turned him in to the SEC. Which brought the FBI to her door, and her ordered world to an end.
But that was three weeks ago. Things couldn’t possibly get worse. Right?
Until Jen discovers her business partner dead in his hotel room. With Nic the handsome FBI agent dogging her every step, Jen must use her skills to discover the truth. Who killed Henry? And will she be next?
My Review 
It was a really enjoyable read, there are some hilarious scenes, like the meeting with the drag queen.
The protagonist is Jen, Lark's best friend (the protagonist of the Lark Davis Series). She discovered insider trading in the company she owns jointly and soon finds her partner dead. She has to investigate and this leads her to confront Nic, FBI agent in charge of finding out what happened.
All the characters are bizarre and funny, I really loved Jen and Nic, the chemistry between them is really strong and their dialogues are very amusing. The setting is a very particular and extravagant town, I'd love to visit it if it really existed.
This book is a spin-off of the Lark Davis Series but can be read as stand alone, for a better understanding of the story I recommend reading at least one book from this series.
The story flows pleasantly, it's short and engaging with lots of humor and a bit of romance.
To read for those who love funnny and  romantic mystery

About Annabelle Hunter

Annabelle Hunter is a stay-at-home mom and an avid fan of classic mystery shows and dressage. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two children, and too many animals.
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domenica 1 settembre 2019

Review : McKinley Mysteries by Carolyn Arnold (The Day Job is Murder, Vacation is MurderChristmas is Murder)

McKinley Mysteries by Carolyn Arnold

Series Information Romance. Humor. Murder. Are you looking for a murder mystery without all the graphic violence and foul language? Something that you can enjoy in an afternoon and walk away feeling good about afterward? How about a dash of humor and romance? If so, meet former detectives Sean and Sara McKinley. When a billionaire leaves them all his money, they no longer have to work, but they find themselves sticking to what they’re good at—solving murders. Undercover, off the books, and around the world, they’ll get to the bottom of things…and romance it up along the way. This is the perfect book series for fans of Hart to Hart, Castle, Colombo, Monk, Rockford Files, Psych, and Magnum PI. Book Overview (in published order)
  1. The Day Job is Murder (2014)
  2. Vacation is Murder (2014)
  3. Money is Murder (2014)
  4. Politics is Murder (2014)
  5. Family is Murder (2014)
  6. Shopping is Murder (2014)
  7. Christmas is Murder (2014)
  8. Valentine’s Day is Murder (2015)
  9. Coffee is Murder (2015)
  10. Skiing is Murder (2016)
  11. Halloween is Murder (2017)
The Day Job is Murder
The bad guys aren’t the only ones on his radar…
For Albany PD homicide detective Sean McKinley, catching killers is the easy part of his job. Working next to his beautiful partner, Sara Cain, is what’s difficult. It might have something to do with the fact that he’s fallen in love with her, though. Fortunately, she feels the same way about him. But she’s convinced they should just be friends.
If only there was some way to change her mind…

My Review
If you are looking for a fast, fun mystery with a bit of romance this is the perfect book for you.
A few years ago I read Valentine's Day is murder, I liked it so much that I read all the subsequent books, I couldn't wait to read the first book too. And it didn't disappoint me.
Sean and Sara have a great complicity, they are a perfect couple in work and in life. Only that Sara wants to be just a friend, even though her feelings are much stronger. While Sean tries to convince her to give in to love, he also has to face some bad memories of his debut as a policeman.
It reads all in one breath, the pace is fast, with suspense especially during the robbery.

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  Vacation is Murder
This wasn’t in the travel brochure…
There’s only so much relaxation two former detectives can handle—even if they’re on their honeymoon. With their recent fall into money, Sean and Sara McKinley should be living it up, enjoying the sun and beaches of Cancun. But heading into their third week they’ve had just about enough lying around.
When the husband of a couple they’ve befriended is kidnapped and held for ransom, it has the McKinleys putting their experience to use. As they set out in the unfamiliar landscape of paradise, the investigation will have them risking their lives to stop a killer.
My Review
These cozy mystery are short but very exciting.
On a stroke of luck, Sara and Sean have quit their job and are now on their honeymoon, hoping to relax and do lots of fun activities like swimming with dolphins. But a kidnapping will blow up their plans.
It's a simple book with a fast pace and a really fascinating setting, Cancun: enchanting beaches, sparkling sea and lots of sun.
For those who love the sea, the Caribbean and the mystery is a must read

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  Money is Murder
It’s in the fine print…
Old Man Quinn left Sean more than his billions–he left him a murder to solve.
Inside the chest given to him from the executor of Quinn’s Will, Sean finds a key and implicit instruction that the contents are for his eyes only. After Sean discovers where the key fits, he finds another letter–Quinn wants a closed case reopened, and Sean is shocked to learn who the victim was.
As Sean and his wife, Sara, uncover clues, it leads them from the back rooms of Quinn’s corporation to the streets of New York City, but they will stop at nothing to get to the truth.
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  Politics is Murder
There’s no time for a debate…
Sean and Sara’s popularity as a murder-solving duo has gained momentum. But it’s not until it comes time for a local television interview that they meet Reanne Mable and end up finding themselves involved with a high-profile investigation.
Reanne is the sister-in-law of Albany’s Mayor Davenport and his daughter, Halie, has gone missing from her university campus. With a desire to keep the matter out of the media spotlight, Davenport turns to Sean and Sara to find her. But with the police already investigating the matter, taking this case would pit them against their friends from the police department, including their former sergeant Jimmy Voigt.
As time moves on, though, the fate of the girl is not up for a vote, and the McKinleys set out to find out what really happened. With the mayor taking the heat for a recently passed zoning bylaw, is an enraged small business owner behind Halie’s disappearance? Or did she simply grow tired of living in her father’s limelight and run away?
To get the answers, Sean and Sara will need to use all the resources at their disposal and may have to call upon their good friend Jimmy for help, after all.
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  Family is Murder
If only there were someone to clean up this mess…
Sean and Sara McKinley put out an ad for a maid, but they never expected Sara’s birth mother to apply—or at least that’s who the woman is claiming she is. While Sean is suspicious of her true identity and motive, Sara opens her heart to the woman. But when a dead body turns up soon after Sara’s supposed mother takes off without so much as a good-bye, they both start to question the truth.
Could they have welcomed a killer into their home and not even known it?
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  Shopping is Murder
They find more than a bargain…
Black Friday should be all about shopping and discounts, but when Sean and Sara only have a few more items left to buy, screams fill the mall—and for good reason. A man has fallen to his death from the second level.
But what exactly happened isn’t that straightforward, and normally, Sean and Sara would leave this matter to the police, but the widow was a childhood friend of Sara’s. While the police are leaning toward the belief the man intentionally took the leap, the widow is adamant her husband would never jump and asks Sara for her help.
Despite the fact there is an unresolved past between the friends—in which Sara feels she let her down—Sara can’t turn her back on her now. Fueled by guilt and the need to find answers, Sara convinces Sean they should look into the man’s death.
But the answers aren’t all coming quickly. Mall security has dropped the ball and there’s no seeming motive for murder. To find out the truth will take unconventional means, a little undercover work, and the help of their friend Jimmy. And if it all comes together, they just might have this case wrapped up in time for the holidays. Maybe even with a pretty little bow.
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  Christmas is Murder
Mistletoe and mischief…
Albany’s the perfect image of a winter wonderland, and Sean and Sara’s friend Jimmy is going to be Santa Claus for the upcoming Christmas parade. The trees and decorations have been selected and the gifts have been purchased. The season has truly cast its magical spell–until Sean and Sara’s neighbors die in a horrible house fire.
While the fire department ruled holiday-related hazards as the cause, Sara suspects there’s more to it. Her determination to find the truth has her and Sean toeing the line between what’s legal and what’s not.
As they sort out fact from fiction, the McKinleys make the final decision about whether or not they should open a private investigation firm.

My Review
It's a fast paced mystery with twists and a lovable Christmas atmosphere
It's Christmas, their first married Christmas. Sara and Sean are choosing their Christmas tree together with her adoptive parents. Sara is the happiest woman in the world: she has a man who loves her and loves him, two splendid adoptive parents who love her as if she were their real daughter, the home of her dreams and lots of money. But a bad fire ruins this wonderful Christmas atmosphere.
The plot kept me on edge from start to finish. I was excited each time I got to turn the page.
It can be read as standalone even if it is the seventh book in the series
To read for those who love fast, fun and cozy Christmas mysteries

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Valentine’s Day is Murder
Cupid’s arrow may have missed its mark…
Jimmy finally takes a vacation–and a chance on love–only to be abducted. His female companion originally thinks he had cold feet about their relationship, but Sean and Sara know there’s more to it. Jimmy isn’t the type to just up and disappear, let alone leave a lady stranded.
Setting out on their private jet, Sean and Sara reach the tropical paradise of Ocho Rios, Jamaica with sightseeing as the last thing on their minds.
With a gold coin being their initial tie to Jimmy’s kidnapper, Sean and Sara even speculate about the involvement of pirates. Yet as the hours pass, and there’s no word from Jimmy’s captors, Sean and Sara will need to figure out the real motive before it’s too late.
With help from their friend, Adam, back in Albany, the pieces come together and not a moment too soon.
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  Coffee is Murder
A cup a day won’t kill you, but a few might.
Their first case as private investigators have Sean, Sara, and Jimmy neck-deep in coffee beans trying to find a killer. With their client certain that her mother was poisoned through her coffee of the month club, it has them setting out to Williamsburg, Virginia. But instead of approaching matters from the traditional standpoint, Sean and Sara brew a robust plot and stir Jimmy into the blend, all to get close to their top suspect and grind out the truth.
Going undercover at Tasty Beans, the coffee company, the three of them work to expose the culprit before anyone else dies.
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  Skiing is Murder
They’re ready to hit the slopes when things go downhill…
Sean and Sara are supposed to have a relaxing vacation in Vail, but it all goes up in a puff of powder when there’s a suspicious death on the mountain. And the deceased is not just anyone; it’s Adrian Blackwell, a two-time Olympic skiing gold medalist.
Rumor has it Adrian died in a skiing accident, but he was too skilled for Sara to accept that as fact. But she doesn’t want to disappoint Sean by ruining his ski trip, even though she’s convinced Adrian was murdered and she’s itching to find the killer.
Sean has never been able to say no to Sara, but this time he plans to. However, all it takes is a call from their PI firm back in Albany to change his mind. A job’s come in to investigate Adrian’s death, and his agent is the one footing the bill, leaving Sean with more questions than answers.
Yet one major problem remains: their New York State PI licenses hold no legal authority in Colorado. They still can’t help but look into Adrian’s death on the sly, though. This case will definitely involve some underhanded tactics, all while trying to dodge the local police over the course of the investigation.
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Beware of all that goes bump in the night…
Sean and Sara McKinley are excited about the haunted house they’ve set up as a Halloween charity fund-raiser, but things take a ghoulish turn when the reporter covering their story is found dead. With the media keeping mum about how she died, Sara’s curiosity is piqued, and she convinces Sean to take on the investigation through their PI firm. But this case is not without its challenges. The police are actively investigating it, as well, and it’s not even clear that the woman was murdered. It will take a little cloak-and-dagger, dress-up, and finesse for the McKinleys to get to the bottom of it, but they aren’t the kind to give up. As they troll for leads and work through the skeletons in the reporter’s closet, they unearth a few suspects, but they’ll need to carve out the whole truth if they’re going to find her killer. If they do so fast enough, there might even be time for a little trick-or-treating.
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  Author Bio CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures. Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™. Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower. She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada. Connect with CAROLYN ARNOLD
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giovedì 29 agosto 2019

Review &Giveaway:Christmas Trifle by Heather Haven

Christmas Trifle

(A Snow Lake Romantic Suspense Mystery)

by Heather Haven

About the Book

Romantic Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Wives of Bath Press (September 1, 2019)
• Number of Pages - 322

  When chefs Charly and Cliff Harding divorce, she gets custody of their upscale restaurant and its namesake, Felix, the cat. He gets custody of their dog, Oscar. What they both still have custody of is each other’s heart. But they seem to be the only two people in the small ski resort town of Snow Lake, Nevada, that don’t know it. When Cliff opens his own restaurant in direct competition with Charly, bad things start to happen. Death threats, accidents, and murder are now on the menu. Their ‘if-you-can’t-take-the-heat-then-get-out-of-the-kitchen’ battles are backfiring, and regrets consume the two of them. But can they find their way back to each other? Or is it too late? Because they just might spend the rest of their lives in prison unjustly accused of killing someone. Or can love triumph over even murder?
My Review

The author is very good at capturing the reader's attention from the first few pages: the narrative point of view changes with each chapter, there is a lot of suspense and romance.
Charly and her husband Cliff are two excellent chefs, they run a  restaurant Felix named  as their cat and he also does a TV show. But Charly has decided to divorce. She got the complete management of their local and the entrusting of their cat while Oscar, the dog is entrusted to him. But love between them is still alive, they just have to find a way to make it resurface. In the meantime they are engaged in a war to be the best Snow Lake's chef and manage the consequences of all this.
I loved all the characters. Charly is sunny, patient, generous and with a strong sense of humor but also a little insecure. She loves cooking, cats and dogs. Cliff is a charming but very egocentric and demanding man. Secondary characters like Bernie and Julia, Cliff's sister, are also well developed and important.
An intriguing and well-developed storyline, a fast pace thanks to very short sentences, brilliant dialogues, complex characters and a really welcoming and fascinating setting, how can you not love this book?
I'm really curious to read Charly's upcoming adventures.

About Heather Haven

Heather Haven, in the midst of writing her fourteenth novel, has also written short stories, comedy acts, television treatments, ad copy, commercials, and plays. She has won numerous awards for her Silicon Valley-based Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries; Manhattan-based WWII Persephone Cole Vintage Mysteries; Ringling Brothers’ Circus mystery noir, Death of a Clown; and Corliss and Other Award-Winning Stories. She has two romantic suspense series: Love Can be Murder Mystery Novellas with Lee Alvarez and Gurn Hanson, the Nick and Nora Charles of Silicon Valley, and the new Snow Lake Romantic Suspense Novels, of which Christmas Trifle is Book One.
She and her husband of thirty-four years are allowed to live with their two cats, Ellie and Yulie, in the foothills of San Jose, California.
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