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 and her blog

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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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

  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.

  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.


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

Mary Miley is a historian and writer with 14 nonfiction books and 5 mystery novels to her credit.


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lunedì 22 aprile 2019

Cover Reveal&Giveaway: DIRTY POOL by Bethany-Kris


by Bethany-Kris 
Publication Date: May 6, 2019 
Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime. Erotic Romance, Standalone

Cover Reveal Credits: London Miller


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To get what he wants, he’ll have to play a game of dirty pool.
Michel Marcello never wanted to be a mafioso like every other man in his family—he wanted to be more. That doesn’t mean he’s unfamiliar with the life, or that he can’t hold his own against other made men.
They forgot where he came from …
His chance encounter with the fiery and beautiful daughter of Detroit’s most notorious Irish mob boss stokes flames beyond the ones that ignite between Michel and Gabbie Casey. Rivals shouldn’t mix, but these opposites have never been more attracted, either.
The lines between family loyalty, their duties, and responsibility begin to blur.
Love ruins all.
But these two aren’t the only ones playing this game, and it just became far more dangerous to get out alive.
Dirty Pool is a standalone romantic suspense.



“What good would it do me to tell you to stay away from the lad, hmm?” her father demanded sharply. “I think I have said more than enough over the last several months since you’ve run around with the prick that it’s clear I don’t approve. But whatever it is, you’re determined to see it through, so I might as well let you get it out of your system now before reality comes to wake you up.”
“What does that even mean?”
Charles scrubbed a hand down his face. “You’ll learn in time. As I intend.”
“And as for that Italian fecker,” her father continued, “he needs to pick a side, Gabbie. If he wants to entertain the Italians in the daytime, and then shift with my daughter in the shadows when no one is looking, then the man can’t be trusted, can he? A lad like that … his mind is too sharp, lass. They had to know what he was doing, and then he can decide what he really wants to do. I know where he comes from, and you have to watch him like it, too. I need him to know that I am aware of his choices, and he has others to consider now.”
“Are you giving him the ultimatum, then? Them, or us?”
Charles arched a brow. “It isn’t that complicated, sweetheart. You don’t have to understand when all I want you to do is follow along.”
Wasn’t it that complicated?
She thought so.
“Follow along with what?”
Charles waved a hand at her, and she knew what that meant without him telling her. A dismissal. He was done with their discussion, and she was quite aware how that worked with her father. Once he was done, he was finished. No amount of her prodding or pressing would get more from him.
“I have men to deal with,” he told her. “And you haven’t checked your sugars since this afternoon. Go do that now.”
“My sugars are fine!”
Do it.”
She wasn’t a child.
She still felt like it sometimes.
Charles gestured at the group of lads that had attended the meeting, too, and were now waiting in the hallway just beyond Gabbie. Without waiting for her to really move out of their way, they pressed past her in the tight quarters, not even bothering to excuse themselves or pass her a second glance.
She wasn’t important.
“Go, but not too far because I expect to speak with you again later,” her father ordered one last time. Then, to the men in the office, he added, “They never intended to settle, lads. That much is clear. We won’t act … yet. We’ll wait and see what they do first, aye, and then we’ll make the hard choices.”
Charles shut the door in Gabbie’s face, essentially leaving her alone in the hallway. It was amazing to her how she could feel so many things all at once. Anger warred with her disbelief and astonishment. Panic swelled in her heart, swirling with anxiety and sadness.
Did it really have to be like this?
What did that mean for her?
For Michel?
For them?
She didn’t know, and she didn’t like it.


Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.
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domenica 21 aprile 2019

Review & Giveaway: Connect the Dots by Barbara Barrett

Connect the Dots 

(Mah Jongg Mysteries) 

by Barbara Barrett


About the Book

Cozy Mystery 
3rd in Series
Bowker (February 2, 2019) 
Paperback: 278 pages 
ISBN-10: 194853214X 
ISBN-13: 978-1948532143 
Digital ASIN: B07NCB5199

How could a thirty-something man fall to his death from a fourth-floor balcony he knows is defective? That’s the question freelance writer Micki Demetrius is asked to answer by the man’s grieving mother, Clarissa White, who refuses to believe his death was an unfortunate accident. But when the authorities determine it was homicide, Micki is shut out of her investigative efforts.
Giving up is easier said than done for Micki. She can’t resist a mystery, and suspicious characters won’t leave Clarissa alone, from the woman claiming a stake in the victim’s life to a cagey character who wants his business. As the threat to Clarissa grows, Micki feels compelled to help her in spite of the danger.
Micki’s three mah jongg pals—Sydney Bonner, Marianne Putnam and Katrina, Kat, Faulkner—are drawn into the mystery, but the retirees have their own challenges. Syd and husband Trip do grandparent duty while their daughter deals with marital issues. Marianne “finds herself” by writing a one-act play. And Kat must decide how public to go with her growing friendship with the sheriff. Together, they must connect the dots in a nefarious web of greed, neglect, secrecy and murder.
It is a great book in which in addition to the mystery to be solved, the protagonist is friendship, it was very fun to read the adventures of Micki and her formidable group of friends.
Micki is a freelance with considerable investigative skills. Clarissa, one of the Mah Jongg players, asks for her help. She has just bought a new apartment but it  has several structural defects. She asks Micki to investigate and the situation gets worse when Clarissa's son dies falling right from the house's crumbling balcony.
It's the third book in the series but I did not need to read books one and two to have an understanding of the story.
this book is a fun and entertaining mystery that I enjoyed from beginning to end. It's filled with interesting, realistic characters and a plot that will keep you turning pages all the way to the  reveal at the end.
It was very interesting to watch some Mah Jongg games I always played online  I didn't know that you could play physically too
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a riveting story.

About the Author

Barbara Barrett started reading mysteries when she was pregnant with her first child to keep her mind off things like her changing body and food cravings. When she’d devoured as many Agatha Christies as she could find, she branched out to English village cozies and Ellery Queen.
Later, to avoid a midlife crisis, she began writing fiction at night when she wasn’t at her day job as a human resources analyst for Iowa State Government. After releasing eleven full-length romance novels and one novella, she returned to the cozy mystery genre, using one of her retirement pastimes, the game of mah jongg, as her inspiration. Not only has it been a great social outlet, it has also helped keep her mind active when not writing.
Bamboozled, the second book in her “Mah Jongg Mystery” series, features four friends who play mah jongg together and share otherwise in each other’s lives. None of the four is based on an actual person. Each is an amalgamation of several mah jongg friends with a lot of Barbara’s imagination thrown in for good measure. The four will continue to appear in future books in the series.
Anticipating the day when she would write her first mystery, she has been a member of the Mystery/Romantic Suspense chapter of Romance Writers of America for over a decade. She credits them with helping her hone her craft.
Barbara is married to the man she met her senior year of college. They have two grown children and eight grandchildren.

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mercoledì 17 aprile 2019

Review & Giveaway: Bat Wings, Rings & Apron Strings by Erin Johnson

Bat Wings, Rings & Apron Strings: A Cozy Witch Mystery (Spells & Caramels) by Erin Johnson

About the Book

Cozy Mystery 
10th in Series 
Self-Published (April 6, 2019) 
Print Length: 299 pages 
Digital ASIN: B07PR5SZWD

A delicious wedding. A sour and supernatural curse. Will this baker's next bite be her last? With her wedding to Hank fast approaching, Imogen Banks has come a long way from the magical contest that brought her to Bijou Mer. But when conspirators seek to sabotage the witch's big day, she fears her latest recipe for happiness will end in disaster. And after the prince falls horribly ill, Imogen and her friends must solve one more dark mystery before her love and kingdom perish.
Speeding through a menu of suspects as long as the guest list, Imogen clashes with a vengeful monarch and a calculating assassin. But as the minutes tick down to seconds, saving her home and her fiancé may require walking away from everything she loves.
Can Imogen create one final concoction to stop a war and marry her soul mate?
Bat Wings, Rings and Apron Strings is the magical conclusion to the Spells and Caramels cozy witch mystery series. If you like witty characters, mystical intrigue and a dash of romance, then you’ll love Erin Johnson’s tasty whodunit.
                                                                  My Review

It was a delightful and engaging read, a perfect mix of magic and mystery with a touch of romance.
Imogen has discovered a little over a year of being a witch and since then her life has completely changed. She has known some fantastic people and some really evil ones, she  has visited enchanted and wonderful worlds and has known her great love. Preparations are underway for her marriage with Hank, they receive many gifts, some of them really exhilarating. But after the stag dinner Hank feels bad and Imogen will have to face a very long journey and overcome many obstacles to save him.
The characters are really adorable and amazing. Hank is a polite prince, very noble. Imogen is the perfect heroine, brave, intelligent, acute and very very ironic, her lines are
wonderful. Iggy is my favorite character, unique and funny.
This was a great read that left me turning the pages, eager to know what was going to happen next, I read it in one day. There is humor, twists, adventure, magic, romance, a complete story written in an excellent way, the author has created unique worlds that would really want to visit them.
It is the tenth and last book of the Spells & Caramels series and I suggest to better understand the story of reading it in order.
Highly recommended.

About the Author

Erin Johnson is a native of Tempe, Arizona, Erin spends her time crafting mysterious, magical, romance-filled stories that’ll hopefully make you laugh. In between, she’s traveling, napping with her dogs, eating with her friends and family, and teaching Pilates (to allow her to eat more).
Website: Facebook: Twitter:@EJohnsonWrites
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