MOTHER’S DAY MAYHEM by LYNN CAHOON ( A Tourist Trap Novella)

Mother's Day Mayhem (A Tourist Trap Mystery #10.5)

Back in South Cove! This time Mother’s Day is coming and so is Greg’s mother!

Jill is in a bit of a tizzy with Mother’s Day around the corner and Greg’s mother is coming for lunch! So instead of fixating on her fears, she is helping Kyle from next door find out where the mother who left him as a child with his grandmother is living and why she doesn’t want a relationship with Kyle.

I am loving these little novellas that Ms. Cahoon is giving us. We no longer have to wait a year for a new mystery! We have wonderful little updates on all of our favorite characters on the holidays. I find this style fresh and a great way to keep us wanting more.

Well Done!

NetGalley/April 2nd 2019 by Lyrical Press

 

 

 

 

 

The Loch Ness Papers by Paige Shelton

The Loch Ness Papers (Scottish Bookshop Mystery #4)

A Scottish Bookshop Mystery #4

Our main character, Delaney Nichols, is still loving her job at The Cracked Spine in Scotland, and is trying to plan a wedding to the oh so lovely pub owner, Tom Shannon with the long distance help of her family in Kansas.

Everything seems to be hectic but going well until they suddenly have no minister. On her way to meet with a new reverend, Delaney runs into the eccentric Norval Fraser just across the street. Norval has long believed that Nessie aka The Loch Ness Monster, is not only alive and well, but speaks to him and is somehow responsible for his father’s death.

The description of his cottage sounds like an episode of Hoarders, with anything and everything Nessie stacked inside. He is extremely paranoid and would never sell his research but desperately wants Delaney to have it and to keep searching when he is gone. When his nephew warns her not to believe anything he says and then later is found dead, Norval is the only person of interest to the police.

But there are other things that aren’t adding up and Delaney and her boss are determined to squeeze in a murder investigation as her family descends on Scotland.

With suspicious people all around, it will be a tough job and may have her missing her own wedding!

Who doesn’t love the Loch Ness Monster? Weaving a murder mystery around what could be the find of a lifetime was brilliant. The setting was beautifully described, the characters all had flaws and were relatable to us all. I can’t wait for the next book to come out and what other secrets The Cracked Spine is hiding in its warehouse!

Netgalley/ April 2nd 2019 by Minotaur Books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LITTLE LOVELY THINGS by MAUREEN JOYCE CONNOLLY

Little Lovely Things

This one had me at the first page. When we first meet Claire Rawlings, her husband Dan and their two precious little girls, Lucy, just a baby and Andrea, who is four, they are in the middle of another hectic day of getting everyone ready and out the door on time. Dan to his teaching position and Claire, a medical resident, to the hospital with the girls in tow.

But what Claire doesn’t realize until it’s too late is that she is having a severe allergic reaction to a required vaccination and by pulling into the back of a gas station, she has put in motion events that will shatter them as a family.

Told through several voices we hear what their motivations are and how eventually they will all intersect with each other in a stunning mix of hope, magic and the consequences of our every action, no matter how small.

I absolutely loved this story. I felt deeply for every character and I will probably read it again!

Well Done!

Netgalley/  April 2nd 2019 by Sourcebooks Landmark

 

 

 

 

 

A BIDDER END by ELLERY ADAMS and PARKER RIGGS

A Bidder End (Antiques & Collectibles Mysteries Book 7) by [Adams, Ellery, Riggs, Parker]

A brand-new book in the Antiques & Collectibles Mystery Series by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ellery Adams and Parker Riggs.

In the world of antiques and collectibles, it helps to have a sharp eye for quality, a good ear for gossip, and a nose for murder.

Molly Appleby is back at work writing for the Collector’s Weekly. Up first, an auction of antiques from a retired actor whose young new wife doesn’t want to live with old things in her house, well except for said rich husband.

Molly is thrilled her friend was chosen to host the auction. It would really boost his name recognition and hopefully make a boatload of money for his business. And it doesn’t hurt that he is dating the actors secretary.

As Molly covers the auction she is taking in not only the antiques but some pretty odd behavior from some of the players.

Molly has a nose for antiques and odd behavior and when her friend turns up dead even the police know she is going to dig as deep as she has to in order to prove it was murder.

There were so many shady characters hiding in plain sight in this first of a new series. It was hard to narrow down who had the best motive. And the more she digs the more she finds out her friend wasn’t the nice guy she thought. When the killer begins targeting Molly she digs her feet in harder. But who would want Molly dead? Or is someone playing cat and mouse with her?

I am thrilled to see this new series. The characters were smart and believable, the plot could have been pulled from the headlines and it all came together perfectly. As a good cozy should!

NetGalley Beyond The Page Publishing

 

 

 

 

 

BOOKS FOR THE WEEKEND

It’s shaping up to be a lovely weekend outside but alas, allergies. These are the three books I’ll be reading this weekend. I just finished Michelle Campbells A STRANGER ON THE BEACH and that was a wild ride! What’s everyone reading?

Allie Garvey is heading home to the funeral of a childhood friend. Allie is not only grief-stricken, she’s full of dread. Because going home means seeing the other two people with whom she shares an unbearable secret.

Twenty years earlier, a horrific incident shattered the lives of five teenagers, including Allie. Drinking and partying in the woods, they played a dangerous prank that went tragically wrong, turning deadly. The teenagers kept what happened a secret, believing that getting caught would be the worst thing that could happen. But time has taught Allie otherwise. Not getting caught was far worse.

Allie has been haunted for two decades by what she and the others did, and by the fact that she never told a soul. The dark secret has eaten away at her, distancing her from everyone she loves, including her husband. Because she wasn’t punished by the law, Allie has punished herself, and it’s a life sentence.

Now, Allie stands on the precipice of losing everything. She’s ready for a reckoning, determined to learn how the prank went so horribly wrong. She digs to unearth the truth, but reaches a shocking conclusion that she never saw coming–and neither will the reader.

A deeply emotional examination of family, marriage, and the true nature of justice, Someone Knows is Lisa Scottoline’s most powerful novel to date. Startling, page-turning, and with an ending that’s impossible to forget, this is a tour de force by a beloved author at the top of her game.

Abbie awakens in a daze with no memory of who she is or how she landed in this unsettling condition. The man by her side claims to be her husband. He’s a titan of the tech world, the founder of one of Silicon Valley’s most innovative start-ups. He tells Abbie that she is a gifted artist, an avid surfer, a loving mother to their young son, and the perfect wife. He says she had a terrible accident five years ago and that, through a huge technological breakthrough, she has been brought back from the abyss.

She is a miracle of science.

But as Abbie pieces together memories of her marriage, she begins questioning her husband’s motives—and his version of events. Can she trust him when he says he wants them to be together forever? And what really happened to Abbie half a decade ago?

Beware the man who calls you . . .

THE PERFECT WIFE

Drue Campbell’s life is adrift. Out of a job and down on her luck, life doesn’t seem to be getting any better when her estranged father, Brice Campbell, a flamboyant personal injury attorney, shows up at her mother’s funeral after a twenty-year absence. Worse, he’s remarried – to Drue’s eighth grade frenemy, Wendy, now his office manager. And they’re offering her a job.

It seems like the job from hell, but the offer is sweetened by the news of her inheritance – her grandparents’ beach bungalow in the sleepy town of Sunset Beach, a charming but storm-damaged eyesore now surrounded by waterfront McMansions.

With no other prospects, Drue begrudgingly joins the firm, spending her days screening out the grifters whose phone calls flood the law office. Working with Wendy is no picnic either. But when a suspicious death at an exclusive beach resort nearby exposes possible corruption at her father’s firm, she goes from unwilling cubicle rat to unwitting investigator, and is drawn into a case that may – or may not – involve her father. With an office romance building, a decades-old missing persons case re-opened, and a cottage in rehab, one thing is for sure at Sunset Beach: there’s a storm on the horizon.

Sunset Beach is a compelling ride, full of Mary Kay Andrews’ signature wit, heart, and charm.

Murder Served Cold by Eric Brown

Murder Served Cold (Langham & Dupré Mystery, #6)

A Langham & Dupre’ Mystery #6

Crime writer and Private Investigator Donald Langham and wife Maria Dupre’ are back in another puzzling crime. Along with his partner Ralph Ryland.

It’s the Fall of 1956 when an old friend of Don’s literary agent, Charles, comes to them with a need for their services. It seems as though Lord Elsmere’s Gainsborough painting has been stolen off the wall of his library! Even worse, the police do not believe it was a break in which means someone living in the house must have done it. But how? It was much too large to just pop out the window with.

Not helping matters is the fact that Elsmere recently bumped up the insurance on the painting while at the same time suffering from real money issues.

When the team gets to the manor, they find an odd assortment of characters renting rooms and any of them could have done the deed.

This had multiple smaller stories inside the mystery. Every character had a secret and someone was willing to kill for theirs. But who?

This series just keeps getting better. The characters are so quirky and imperfect you can’t help but fall in love with them all!

Well Done!

Netgalley/Severn House April 1st 2019

 

 

THE LIBRARY of LOST and FOUND by Phaedra Patrick

The Library of Lost and Found

A librarian’s discovery of a mysterious book sparks the journey of a lifetime in the delightful new novel from the international bestselling author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper 

Martha Storm is a book lover and works at the library. Not in the position she wants, but she has come to terms with not getting what she wants. She is what I would call a doormat. Everyone uses her and she just lets them. 

She is also a bit depressed it seems. Her joy for life never found after the loss of her beloved best friend and grandmother. To this day she isn’t sure what happened to Zelda except her mother telling her she died.

And a lie is a lie until it isn’t. When the universe conspires to right the wrongs And that is what happens to mousey Martha. One day a book shows up on her doorstep and suddenly she isn’t sure if her grandmother is dead or not. In the book are all of the stories they made up and the date in the inscription doesn’t match what she knows of when her grandmother died.

For me this was when things got interesting. I was a little peeved at Martha for being such a little mouse but I am glad I stuck with her because it was a fun ride. I cried for her and her grandmother. A poignant and moving story of families and love.

So many secrets in a family just fester and darken over time and when Martha finds out all the truths, it is truly a beautiful thing to behold!


NetGalley/ March 26th 2019 by Park Row

 

Murder with Collard Greens and Hot Sauce by A.L.Herbert

Murder with Collard Greens and Hot Sauce (Mahalia Watkins Soul Food Mystery #3)

A Mahalia Watkins Soul Food Mystery

Halia and Wavonne are back! Serving the best soul food in the area at Mahlia’s restaurant, Sweet Tea. Between laughing at Wavonne and drooling over the delicious food Halia turns out I was thoroughly entertained!

While getting their hair done, a local girl who made it in the big time of hair care pops in with her video crew to shoot one of her top-selling salons. Everyone is excited to meet Monique Dupree and before they know it the ladies are being invited to the big Hair Expo.

Inviting them all back to her restaurant for a good dinner, Mahalia is getting some negative vibes coming off a few of Monique’s friends and husband. She’s also getting some nice vibes from their personal chef.

But when Monique is found shot to death  in her own home, everyone is looking to Mahalia to look into things. And there was plenty to look into! Every last one of them is hiding some nasty secret and Monique it turns out was hiding some of her own. One that could rock her empire.

This is one cozy series that I really like. The characters are real and aren’t perfect, but that is why we love them, they are just like us.

Well Done!

Netgalley/March 26th 2019 by Kensington
 

 

 

 

 

The Last Second (A Brit in the FBI #6) By Catherine Coulter and J.T.Ellison

The Last Second (A Brit in the FBI, #6)

From New York Times bestselling authors Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison comes a riveting thriller pitting special agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine against a private French space agency that has the power to end the world as we know it.

Former NASA astronaut, Dr. Nevaeh Patel, was grounded when on a spacewalk off the ISS, her tether snapped and she made contact with the Numen, an alien race that wants her to tell the earth about them. So she does and is grounded for good with a psychiatric report that will keep her grounded. Angry, and frustrated, she finds Galactus, a private space agency owned by the uber rich Jean-Pierre Broussard.

Patel finds that he is also seeking a treasure, the Holy Grail and instantly understands the Numen want her to possess it and quiet the heavens so that they may come to her and teach the world peace and be immortal. But one must be worthy of the stone. An important catch.

While Broussard is off retrieving the Holy Grail, or Heavens Stone, Patel launches a communications satellite. Only this satellite is carrying a nuclear triggered EMP which when triggered will take out all of the satellites and leave the world in chaos.

When Agents Caine and Drummond are brought in they are in a big time crunch. One that may see them be too late to stop the world descending into chaos.

This Brit in the FBI series is one of my favorites. These two put you on the edge of your seat from the beginning and it’s a fast and thrilling ride to the end. I personally lost two fingernails to this book!

Coulter and Ellison can take an idea that is definitely possible and create something that will scare you for many nights to come. That is what I love. This could happen and what if it did? Well I hope that Drummond and Caine and all their cohorts are here for us too!

Another very well done thriller!

Netgalley/ March 26th 2019 by Gallery Books

 

One Potato,Two Potato, Dead by Lynn Cahoon (A Farm-to-Fork Mystery)

One Potato, Two Potato, Dead (Farm-to-Fork Mystery #3)

Angie Turner’s restaurant, The County Seat, is conveniently located near a first-class farmers market—so her menu is full of fresh ingredients. But a visiting culinary professor has just had a taste of something very unhealthy . . .

The County Seat is Angie and her BFF, Felicity’s farm to table restaurant. In the town of River Vista, Idaho. Using locally sourced ingredients their twists on recipes will have you wishing you were there.

Angie and boyfriend, Ian, have agreed to help cook and serve at a local mission, along with Hope, her chef-in-training they are giving the homeless a good home cooked meal. This is where Angie meets Daniel Monet. Daniel is also one of Hope’s professors and in a weird twist he is also someone Ian knew from England only not by the name is using now.

But when he turns up dead, by poisoning from a wine glass with Hope’s prints on it, Angie will go into overdrive to find out just who this phony really is and who really killed him.

This is turning into one of my favorites. I read all of her other cozy series and the things I love about this one are the characters. They are so well done that I wouldn’t be surprised to meet up with them if I dropped in to town. And of course we can’t forget the food. I would happily be a taste tester for Angie! I’ve already tried the recipe at the end and it was delicious.

Very Well Done!

Netgalley/March 19th 2019 by Lyrical Underground