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Jan 16 2017

Dead Cold Brew by Cleo Coyle – Review + Giveaway

Dead Cold Brew by Cleo Coyle – Review + Giveaway

Dead Cold Brew by Cleo Coyle

is the 16th book in A Coffeehouse Mystery series. I am about 1/3 of the way through the book and will update soon with my full review. I am behind due to an unexpected death in the family. My apologies for not having my review totally finished. I can say that I’m really enjoying the intrigue in this installment. Their are two different mysteries intersecting, one taking place sixty years ago and one taking place in present day. It makes for a really exciting story, and I am hoping to finish it this week.

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Jan 13 2017

Curried Away by Gail Oust

Curried Away by Gail Oust

-Gail Oust

Or, maybe for whom the clock ticks, would be more appropriate when discussing the dreaded “D” word. Every writer dreams of having a book contract, but with every contract comes a deadline. I tend to believe that the “dead” part of deadline is significant. Deadlines are sneaky devils. They lull you into a false sense of complacency when they’re six, nine, or twelve months away. You think you have all the time in the world to whip your story into submission. While in this state of bliss, you take occasional days off to have a little fun, entertain out of town guests, or just goof off. You might agree to speaking engagements, attend a writers conference or two, or even volunteer to moderate a panel. No worry, you tell yourself, you have plenty of time. You have everything under control.

Bam! Then it hits you. A closer look at the calendar reveals the deadline you thought tame …

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Jan 05 2017

Say Goodbye for Now by Catherine Ryan Hyde – Review

Say Goodbye for Now by Catherine Ryan Hyde – Review

I’m really excited that I’ve finished my first book of the year for 2017. 🙂 Read on for my review.

Say Goodbye for Now by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Lake Union Publishing
December 13, 2016

On an isolated Texas ranch, Dr. Lucy cares for abandoned animals. The solitude allows her to avoid the people and places that remind her of the past. Not that any of the townsfolk care. In 1959, no one is interested in a woman doctor. Nor are they welcoming Calvin and Justin Bell, a newly arrived African American father and son.

When Pete Solomon, a neglected twelve-year-old boy, and Justin bring a wounded wolf-dog hybrid to Dr. Lucy, the outcasts soon find refuge in one another. Lucy never thought she’d make connections again, never mind fall in love. Pete never imagined he’d find friends as loyal as Justin and the dog. But these four people aren’t allowed to be friends, much less a family, when the whole town turns violently against them.

With heavy hearts, Dr. Lucy and Pete say goodbye to Calvin and Justin. But through the years they keep hope …

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Dec 31 2016

Eggs Benedict Arnold by Laura Childs – Review

Eggs Benedict Arnold by Laura Childs – Review

Eggs Benedict Arnold by Laura Childs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Eggs Benedict Arnold by Laura Childs is the second book in the Cackleberry Club mystery series, featuring Suzanne, Petra & Toni. In this installment, Suzanne discovers the body of a local funeral director. After being attacked with chloroform, Suzanne finds that Ozzie was murdered. With her friend Missy a suspect, Suzanne reluctantly agrees to have a look around.

This book was just about as busy as the first, with several intersecting plot points, but it was much easier to follow along. I was familiar with the characters and the settings. There were some new characters introduced and some familiar characters were better developed. I enjoyed this book a bit more than the first. I honestly had no idea who the killer was until very close to the end of the book…then a few little hints helped me figure …

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Dec 31 2016

Feliz Navidead by Ann Myers – Guest Post + Review

Feliz Navidead by Ann Myers – Guest Post + Review

Feliz Navidead
by Ann Myers
on Tour November 20 – December 31, 2016


Holly, jolly, and downright deadly—the third Santa Fe Café mystery unwraps surprises both naughty and nice… It’s the most picturesque time of the year in Santa Fe, and Chef Rita Lafitte of Tres Amigas Café hopes the twinkling lights and tasty holiday treats will charm her visiting mom. Rita is also planning fun activities, such as watching her teenage daughter, Celia, perform in an outdoor Christmas play.

What she doesn’t plan for is murder.

Rita discovers a dead actor during the premier performance but vows to keep clear of the case. Sleuthing would upset her mom. Besides, there’s already a prime suspect, caught red-handed in his bloodied Santa suit. However, when the accused Santa’s wife begs for assistance—and points out that Celia and other performers could be in danger—Rita can’t say no. With the help of her elderly boss, Flori, and her coterie of rogue knitters, Rita strives to salvage her mother’s vacation, unmask a murderer, and stop this festive season from turning even more fatal.

Book Details:

Genre: Cozy Mystery, Christmas
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Dec 18 2016

Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen by Vicki Delany – Review

Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen by Vicki Delany – Review

As this is a busy time of year, I’m sharing short/sweet reviews and ratings.

Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen by Vicki Delany

is the first book in the new cozy mystery series, A Year-Round Christmas Mystery. This is a great holiday cozy mystery. Merry is such a fun character and I loved sleuthing along with her. The town of Rudolph sounds absolutely delightful. I adore Christmas and think I would love living in “Christmas Town”.

Several events have Merry thinking that someone is trying to sabotage Christmas. This culminates in the murder of an out-of-town reporter. Merry doesn’t mean to get involved, but she knows that if her shop, and the others in Rudolph are going to succeed this Christmas season, then the murderer must be caught.

With an enjoyable cast of characters and a picture-perfect setting, Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen creates a cozy world that I did not want to leave. I was glad I could immediately read book two in the series. This series is added to my must-buy list. I hope to follow along with Merry and the residents of …

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Nov 13 2016

Death at First Sight by Lena Gregory – Guest Post, Review + Giveaway

Death at First Sight by Lena Gregory – Guest Post, Review + Giveaway

How Mystical Musings Came To Be
by Cass Donovan

Hi. I’m Cass Donovan, owner of Mystical Musings, a small psychic shop on Bay Island. My shop sits in the perfect location. The front door faces the boardwalk, and the back door faces the beach. I love sitting on the back porch and looking out over the bay, watching the boats headed to Long Island, the kids playing on the beach, and tourists flocking to the lighthouse that overlooks it all. It brings back such fond memories from my childhood.

Though I grew up on Bay Island, I left seventeen years ago to go to college and only returned last year after my psychiatric practice and my marriage both failed. But that’s another story.
I opened Mystical Musings last year, but the idea of the shop on the boardwalk actually originated when I was trying to save money for college. When I was in high school, my friends and I used to spend hours sitting on the beach, and what better way to pass the time than people …

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Oct 31 2016

The Elf by Max Dune – Book Review

My Thoughts
The Elf by Max Dune

I made a few mistakes last night:

1) I went to bed at 10:00 PM.
2) I took my Kindle to bed, thinking I would ‘start’ a book.
3) I started reading ‘The Elf‘ by Max Dune.

Now, those things might not seem like mistakes…except…I had to work the next morning. And…The Elf is unputdownable (I’m going to say that’s a word). There is so much I love about this story. From the unique plot to amazing characters, I was pulled in from the start. It is so engaging that you won’t want to stop reading it once you start. Lucian might just be my favorite character of 2016. He is smart, strong and loyal. He is willing to risk it all to fight for what he believes in. This book is a fast-paced adventure that you won’t want to end.

Seriously…buy this book! You won’t regret it. I cannot wait to read more from author Max Dune!

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Oct 26 2016

White Chicken Chili from 100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous by Lisa Leake #100DaysFastandFab

White Chicken Chili from 100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous by Lisa Leake #100DaysFastandFab

As a cookbook ambassador, I received an early copy of this book for free. I voluntarily read the book and I am sharing my honest review here.

100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous

In her first cookbook, 100 Days of Real Food, Lisa Leake revealed how simple it is to think out of the box in the kitchen by replacing unhealthy prepackaged and processed foods with “real food”—mouthwatering meals made with wholesome and familiar ingredients. Now, Lisa is back with 100 quick-and-easy recipes and simple cheat sheets that will work with every family’s busy lifestyle.

100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous gives Lisa’s devoted fans and newcomers exactly what they want, quick and tasty favorites for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and even snacks that are a snap to make. Inside you’ll find recipes sure to please everyone, from Cinnamon Raisin Scones, Couscous and Tomato Salad, and Corn Muffins to Citrus Salad With Crispy Quinoa, Honeydew Green Smoothie, and Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup to Easy Fish Tacos, Parmesan Crusted Chicken, and Chocolate Banana Pops. While some dishes are …

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Oct 24 2016

On the Chopping Block by Jenny Kales #Giveaway @Jenny_Kales

On the Chopping Block by Jenny Kales #Giveaway @Jenny_Kales

On the Chopping Block

On the Chopping Block is the first book in the Callie’s Kitchen Mystery series. I was so excited to have the chance to read this cozy mystery. The description drew me in and once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down.

Calliope “Callie” Costas is meeting fellow chef, for a romantic dinner. However, the evening does not go as planned. She finds herself discovering a body rather than having a date. What’s even worse: she winds up on the suspect list. Though Callie is innocent, it appears she has lots of motives: romance, opportunity, and money.

Callie knows that to save herself and her restaurant, she has to track down a killer. She is clever and intuitive. I love that she is a woman who takes charge of her life and isn’t going to just sit down and accept that she is a suspect. On the Chopping Block is a satisfying cozy mystery with enough plot twists to …

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