lunedì 20 maggio 2019

Review: Southern Sass and Killer Cravings by Kate Young

Southern Sass and Killer Cravings 

(Marygene Brown Mysteries)

by Kate Young

 

About the Book


Cozy Mystery 
1st in Series 
Kensington (May 28, 2019) 
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
ISBN-10: 1496721454
ISBN-13: 978-1496721457
Digital ASIN: B07H1VWGBS

Life has always been sweet on Georgia’s Peach Cove Island, but a case of murder has Marygene Brown down in the pits . . .
For generations, the women of the Brown family on Peach Cove Island have been known for their Southern sass and sweet homemade desserts at their beloved Peach Diner. Since their mother's passing two years ago, Marygene has been stuck in Atlanta while her sister Jena Lynn has been running the family business. Now Marygene has left her husband and returned to her hometown, where she can almost feel Mama's presence.
But all is not peachy back home. Marygene has barely tied on an apron when a diner regular drops dead at the counter. When it turns out the old man's been poisoned, Jena Lynn is led away in handcuffs and the family eatery is closed. Now, to save her sister and the diner, Marygene must find the real killer. With some startling assistance from her Mama's spirit, Marygene will be serving up a special order of just desserts . . .
Includes Seven Recipes from Marygene’s Kitchen!

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My Review

In choosing this book I was fascinated by the colorful summer cover, cheerful, warm and I was not disappointed, I loved every page of this mystery.
Marygene returns home by escaping from a violent husband and hopes to be able to work in her family's restaurant. One of their clients, however, dies after eating a cake that her sister had prepared just for him. Despite he father being Sheriff, Marygene has to improvise as an investigator to save her sister and her beloved work. The help of her ghost mother and her dear friend Betsy will be very important.
The characters are very realistic, Marygene is lovable, intelligent, a great cook but she also has flaws, she chose the wrong person to share her life with. The setting is very charming, this small and cozy island on the Georgia coast.
It was a really funny mystery, with a fast pace and twists, humor, a bit of paranormal but also deep themes like domestic violence. If we add the atmosphere of a small southern town and tasty recipes it becomes a truly amazing read. By the way I am very curious to try the included recipes. Great debut for this new series, I can't wait to meet these amazing characters again.
A must read for all lovers of cozy mysteries


About the Author

Kate Young writes humorous southern mystery novels. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Guppy Chapter. Kate lives in a small town in Georgia with her husband, three kids, and Shih Tzu. When she is not writing her own books, she's reading or cooking.

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lunedì 13 maggio 2019

Review: A Deadly Feast by Lucy Burdette

A Deadly Feast:
A Key West Food Critic Mystery
by Lucy Burdette


About the Book


A Deadly Feast: A Key West Food Critic Mystery
Cozy Mystery
9th in Series
Crooked Lane Books (May 7, 2019)
Hardcover: 272 pages
ISBN-10: 1683319699
ISBN-13: 978-1683319696
Digital ASIN: B07HM9NCJQ
National bestselling author Lucy Burdette’s intrepid food critic Hayley Snow must sniff out a killer in the ninth Key West Food Critic mystery.
Key West food critic Hayley Snow scents-es something fishy when a customer falls stone-crab cold dead on a seafood tasting tour.
Thanksgiving is nearly here, and Key West food critic Hayley Snow has just one more assignment to put to bed for Key Zest magazine before she gets to celebrate with her family and her police officer fiancé, Nathan Bransford. Then, just days later, wedding bells will ring—if death doesn’t toll first.
The sweet potatoes and stuffing will have to wait when Hayley picks up a distraught phone call from her friend, Analise Smith. On the last stop of a seafood tasting tour run by Analise, one of the customers collapsed—dead. With the police on the verge of shutting down the tour—and ruining Analise’s business—Hayley can hardly refuse her friend’s entreaties to investigate.
As if wedding jitters and family strife weren’t enough for Hayley to worry about, there’s crusty pastry chef Martha Hubbard, whose key lime pie may have been the murder weapon—but did she poison her own pie or was she framed? As the hours to Turkey Day tick away, the pressure cooker is on for Hayley to serve up the culprit on a silver platter in A Deadly Feast, national bestselling author Lucy Burdette’s taste-tempting ninth Key West Food Critic mystery.
My Review

It was a fun and delightful read, not to be read on an empty stomach, there are so many delicious foods that your mouth is constantly watering.
Hayley Snow is a food critic and is about to marry Detective Nathan Bransford. They need a place to live to wait while they finish the work in their future home, she has to manage the preparations for the wedding and also she is in charge of investigating a strange death occurred at a seafood tasting in which she has participated.
All the characters are well developed. Hayley is an intelligent person, very helpful and generous, always helping everyone, she can't say no.
I love Key West and its restaurants, its descriptions are so vivid that it feels like being there.
Even if it is the ninth book of the series, all the information necessary to read it as a standalone is provided.
A pleasant reading with many subplots, an enchanting setting and appreciable final recipes.
Highly recommended for those who love cozy mysteries


About the Author


Courtesy Carol Tedesco
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 Writersand 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 www.lucyburdette.com.
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sabato 4 maggio 2019

Review & Giveaway: Hide Not Seek by D.E. Haggerty



Hide Not Seek

(The Not So Reluctant Detectives) 

by D.E. Haggerty

 

About the Book

 
Cozy Mystery/Romance/Humor 
3rd in Series 
Independently Published (April 18, 2019) 
Print Length: 183 pages 
ASIN: B07NYSCT6W 

I know who you really are.
Pru has a secret, which she has no plans to reveal - ever. But after a woman is murdered and all clues point to her, she has no choice but to disclose her true identity. When her revelations help thwart the killer's plan to frame Pru for the murder, the killer begins stalking her. With each note he sends, he gets closer. The police are stumped. Pru wants to run away. She really, really wants to run, but Ajax has found the woman of his dreams and he's not letting her go anywhere. He can be patient. In the meantime, he'll protect her with his life. Pru isn't feeling very patient, and her friends, Mel and Terri, are definitely not willing to wait until the police uncover who the stalker is. The three friends take matters into their own hands and jump headfirst into the investigation.
Will Pru and her friends uncover her stalker before he turns his violence on Pru?

My Review
This book is very funny and addictive, full of twists and humor, I really loved this particular trio of investigators.
The three protagonists are adorable, I would like to be part of their group. Pru is the most quiet and reserved, Mel is the most enterprising but very protective and then there is Terry the most mature and wise. All three work in the same school and are both engaged to men who carry out investigations for work (a detective, a private investigator) while Pru is very much courted by Alex, a teacher. Pru had to move after reporting a stalker. Now the man she reported is free again and she receives threatening letters. After a woman whom Pru was to meet is found dead, she and her group of friends must solve the case before gets in trouble.
Another interesting aspect of the book are the quotations at the beginning of the chapter and the various books cited by Pru during the story.
It was a fast, pleasant, interesting read with a perfect mix of mystery and romance.
Highly recommended



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.

Hide Not Seek is my fifteenth novel.

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Review: Wed, Read & Dead by V.M. Burns



Wed, Read & Dead

(Mystery Bookshop) 

by V.M. Burns

 

About the Book

Cozy Mystery 
4th in Series 
Kensington (April 30, 2019) 
Paperback: 272 pages
ISBN-10: 1496718291 
ISBN-13: 978-1496718297 
Digital ASIN: B07G6RDBRV

Bookstore owner Samantha Washington sells and solves mysteries in North Harbor, Michigan—including the murder of her mother's wedding planner . . .
Sam's mother can't wait to wed her wealthy beau, Harold Robertson. The big mystery is how they're going to pull off a lavish wedding in three weeks. Harold's snobby sister-in-law proposes a solution: engage flamboyant wedding planner Lydia Lighthouse. But their beacon of hope quickly sends everyone into a blind rage, most of all the groom-to-be. So when the maddening micromanager is strangled with her own scarf, it's a shock, but not a surprise.
It’s a case of art imitating life as Sam pens her next historical mystery set in England between the wars. Lady Daphne Marsh insists on marrying Lord James Browning on Christmas Eve, three weeks hence. But when the fop planning their wedding ends up with a knife in his back, she vows to nab the backstabber before she walks down the aisle.
Meanwhile, when she’s not writing, Sam and her beloved and boisterous Nana Jo rush to shine a light on Lydia's killer—so her mother's new husband won't spend his honeymoon behind bars . . .
My Review

The thing that I loved this book is that the protagonist is writing a historical detective story so it's like reading two mysteries in one.
Samantha owns a bookstore and is also a mystery writer. While she is very busy at the store for Christmas shopping is also busy with the preparations for her mother's marriage. Unfortunately the wedding planner hired to help them makes everyone crazy. The situation gets even worse when she is found dead and the main suspect is the future groom for a fight they had had earlier. Sam and her weird group of friends will try to solve the case before the wedding. 
Although it is the fourth book in the series you can read it as a standalone, I can't wait to read the previous ones too.
This author is really good, her style is brilliant, engaging, the plot is well developed and intertwined, the characters are adorable, the places are impeccably described that really seem to be there.
Highly recommended



About the Author


V.M. Burns was born in Northwestern Indiana and spent many years in Southwestern Michigan on the Lake Michigan shoreline. She is a lover of dogs, British historic cozies, and scones with clotted cream. After many years in the Midwest, she went in search of milder winters and currently lives in Eastern Tennessee with her poodles. Her debut novel, The Plot is Murder was nominated for a 2017 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Valerie is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and a lifetime member of Sisters in Crime. Readers can learn more by visiting her website at vmburns.com

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giovedì 25 aprile 2019

Review: The Body in the Wetlands by Judi Lynn



The Body in the Wetlands 

(A Jazzi Zanders Mystery) 

by Judi Lynn

 

About the Book

 
Cozy Mystery 
2nd in Series 
Lyrical Underground (April 23, 2019) 
Paperback: 208 pages 
ISBN-10: 151610840X 
ISBN-13: 978-1516108404 
Digital ASIN: B07FZN7CVT

High summer in River Bluffs, Indiana, is always sweltering and sweet. But the heat is really on when a decidedly dead body turns up in the neighborhood.
When established house flippers Jazzi Zanders and her cousin Jerod donate a week’s worth of remodeling work to Jazzi’s sister Olivia, they’re expecting nothing more than back-breaking roofing work and cold beers at the end of each long, hot day. With Jazzi’s live-in boyfriend and partner Ansel on the team, it promises to be a quick break before starting their next big project—until Leo, an elderly neighbor of Olivia’s, unexpectedly goes missing . . .
When the friendly senior’s dog tugs Jazzi and the guys toward the wetlands beyond Olivia’s neighborhood, they stumble across a decomposing corpse—and a lot of questions. With Jazzi’s pal Detective Gaff along to investigate, Jazzi finds her hands full of a whole new mystery instead of the usual hammer and nails. And this time it will take some sophisticated sleuthing to track down the culprit of the deadly crime—before the killer turns on her next . . .

My Review

It was a very pleasant read with lots of mystery, likeable characters, lovely animals and a bit of romance.
Jazzi with Jerod and Ansel is helping her sister Olivia and her husband restore the house they just bought. She makes friends with Leo, a neighbor of her sister and they talk about the disappearance of a boy with some mental problems. Then Leo also disappears. During the searches together with the detective they find a corpse. Shortly after they find another body of a woman. The case gets complicated.
This is the second book in this series although I haven't read book 1, it in no way disrupted my enjoyment of this book.
The story is very well written, with a fast pace and so many twists that make it difficult to guess until the end. The characters are funny and believable, I really loved the Sunday dinner at Jazzi's house with the whole family. The only flaw is a little unlikely the help that the detective asks Jazzi it is impossible for a policeman to ask a civilian to deal with the family but it is always fiction.
Recommended for those who love mystery





About the Author


Judi Lynn received a Master’s Degree from Indiana University as an elementary school teacher after attending the IPFW campus. She taught 1st, 2nd, and 4th grades for six years before having her two daughters. She loves gardening, cooking and trying new recipes.

Readers can visit her website at www.judithpostswritingmusings.com and her blog writingmusings.com.

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Review: Deadly Southern Charm (Cozy Mystery Anthology) by Sisters in Crime



Deadly Southern Charm (Cozy Mystery Anthology)
 by Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia

Frances Aylor, Mollie Cox Bryan, Lynn Cahoon, J.A. Chalkley, Stacie Giles, Barb Goffman, Libby Hall, Bradley Harper, Sherry Harris, Maggie King, Kristin Kisska, Samantha McGraw, K.L. Murphy, Genilee Swope Parente, Deb Rolfe, Rod Sterling, S.E. Warwick, Heather Weidner 
Editors: Mary Burton and Mary Miley

About the Book

 
Cozy Mystery 
Wildside Press (March 27, 2019) 
Paperback: 173 pages 
ISBN-10: 1479448397 
ISBN-13: 978-1479448395

My Review

Being able to read in a single book some of my favorite cozy mystery writers, this collection was a must for me. Eighteen interesting short funny stories with unexpected twists and impeccably written. They are so engaging that as soon as one is over you have to read another and another, is almost impossible to put it down. The element that unites all the stories is the South: they are set in a Southern state with strong intelligent women who have great investigative skills.
I really recommend it


About the Authors

Frances Aylor, CFA combines her investing experience and love of travel in her financial thrillers. MONEY GRAB is the first in the series. www.francesaylor.com

Mollie Cox Bryan is the author of cookbooks, articles, essays, poetry, and fiction. An Agatha Award nominee, she lives in Central Virginia. www.molliecoxbryan.com


Lynn Cahoon is the NYT and USA Today author of the best-selling Tourist Trap, Cat Latimer and Farm-to-Fork mystery series. www.lynncahoon.com

A. Chalkley is a native Virginian. She is a writer, retired public safety communications officer, and a member of Sisters in Crime.

   Stacie Giles lived many places before settling in Virginia where she is returning to ancestral Southern roots, including a grandfather who was a Memphis policeman.

  Barb Goffman has won the Agatha, Macavity, and Silver Falchion awards for her short stories, and is a two-time finalist for US crime-writing awards.www.Barbgoffman.com


Libby Hall is a communication analyst with a consulting firm in Richmond, Virginia. She is also a blogger, freelance writer, wife, and mother of two.

  Bradley Harper is a retired Army pathologist. Library Journal named his debut novel, A KNIFE IN THE FOG, Debut of the Month for October 2018. www.bharperauthor.com

Sherry Harris is the Agatha Award-nominated author of the Sarah Winston Garage Sale mystery series and is the president of Sisters in Crime.www.sherryharrisauthor.com

Maggie King penned the Hazel Rose Book Group mysteries. Her short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries and 50 Shades of Cabernet anthologies. www.maggieking.com

Kristin Kisska is a member of International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime, and programs chair of the Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia chapter. www.kristinkisska.com

Samantha McGraw has a love of mysteries and afternoon tea. She lives in Richmond with her husband and blogs at Tea Cottage Mysteries.www.samanthamcgraw.com

K.L. Murphy is a freelance writer and the author of the Detective Cancini Mysteries. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband, four children, and two dogs.www.Kellielarsenmurphy.com

  Genilee Swope Parente has written the romantic mystery The Fate Series with her mother F. Sharon Swope. The two also have several collections of short stories. www.swopeparente.com

  Deb Rolfe primarily writes mystery novels. This is her first published short story. She and her husband enjoy life in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  

  Ronald Sterling is the author of six books and draws upon his colorful and varied life experience as a U.S. Airman, saloonkeeper, private detective, realtor, and New Jersey mayor.

  S.A. Warwick, in the last century earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies. Ever since, she has been trying to decipher the American enigma.

  Heather Weidner is the author of the Delanie Fitzgerald Mysteries. She has short stories in the Virginia is for Mysteries series, 50 SHADES OF CABERNET and TO FETCH A THIEF. She lives in Central Virginia with her husband and Jack Russell terriers. www.heatherweidner.com

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Mary Burton is a New York Times, USA Today and Kindle best-selling author. She is currently working on her latest suspense. www.maryburton.com

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May 1 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT
May 2 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW
May 2 – Literary Gold - SPOTLIGHT
May 3 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE
May 4 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT
May 5 – Here's How It Happened – SPOTLIGHT


                                                      
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