A Scandal in Scarlet by Vicki Delaney

A Scandal in Scarlet (A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery, #4)

The 4th in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery Series
Gemma is back! As she and Violet take a late night stroll after a busy day, Violet alerts Gemma to smoke coming from The West London Museum.
Thankfully the entire building is not a loss, but the Baker Street Vendors decide to quickly pull together an auction hoping to raise enough funds for repairs.
Gemma’s Uncle Arthur may be traveling the world, but he generously donates a signed first edition book worth a lot of money.
But before the auction even begins the Chairman of the museum board is found strangled in the storage room. And the people attending are a real mixed bag of characters who have their own little and not so little secrets.
Gemma says she isn’t getting involved in this one, but we know better. That’s why we love her.
Delaney is such a great storyteller and her characters are wonderfully done. Gemma is a strong, independent woman as are all of the female characters. There are no simpering females waiting for rescue here.
A very good series and I look forward to many more!
Netgalley/November 13th 2018 by Crooked Lane Books

Death and Daisies (A Magic Garden Mystery) by AMANDA FLOWER

Death and Daisies (A Magic Garden Mystery #2)

Florist Fiona Knox left behind her gloomy life for a magical garden in Scotland, but a murder on her shop’s opening day spells doom.

Fiona has inherited her godfather’s cottage in Duncreigan,Scotland. She has fond memories of the place and the magical garden hidden from view with high walls.

It seems like a good idea to open her flower shop there while she gets over a bad break up and a failed business. Until she finds a dead person among the blooms.

On the plus side she did meet the hunky Chief Inspector Neil Craig and her life seems to be headed in the right direction. But when her sister Isla, fresh from college, appears on her doorstep to help her out, things start going wrong.

The local minister wants her out of town and even kicked her out of church! And when the minister’s body is found on the beach there are more suspects than she can keep up with! And what is with Isla? Sneaking off, not coming home? Is she in trouble?

This time Fi may end up knowing more than she wanted to about any of it.

This is a really good series. All of Amanda’s books are good. I especially like the descriptions of the area and all of the characters are solid.

Well Done!

Netgalley/November 13th 2018 by Crooked Lane Books

 

 

In Peppermint Peril by Joy Avon

In Peppermint Peril (A Book Tea Shop Mystery, #1)

A Book Tea Shop Mystery #1
In the run-up to Christmas Eve, organizer of book-themed tea parties Callie Aspen and her lovable Boston terrier will have to conquer threefold trouble—a mysterious will, a missing heirloom and a dead body—to restore the festive spirit to their small town.

Callie Aspen is taking a break from guiding tourists to exciting and historic places around the globe. She has come back to visit and help out at Book Tea, a vintage tea room where all of the goodies have some sort of book clue in them. And they sound scrumptious! It doesn’t hurt that her aunt owns the place!

It’s a snowy Christmas time in Heart’s Harbor, Maine, where Callie spent so much of her childhood and fell in love with Haywood Hall and it’s inhabitants. So it is a treat for her to help her aunt with a themed tea at the Hall at the behest of the owner, Dorothea Finster.

Unbeknownst to Callie, every guest has some kind of agenda. Is the elderly Dorothea going to read her will? Is the Hall going to be sold? And why is the gardener lying dead with a screwdriver in his chest?

This is the first in the series and I enjoyed each and every character. The pace of the book was just right for me. I can’t wait to see what happens next with all of these lovely characters!

Well Done!

Netgalley/ November 13th 2018 by Crooked Lane Books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BIRDER’S GUIDE TO MURDER by J.R.RIPLEY

A Bird Lover’s Mystery #8

Amy and her gaggle of bird loving friends have unexpectedly been invited to participate in the American Birding Expo in Philadelphia. A last-minute invite and a trip with the entire gang, including Esther the Pester. This could be a very bad thing for Amy but a good thing for her shop Birds and Bees.

Things begin going badly as soon as they check in to the motel. Esther is acting oddly even for her. Frank, Karl and Derek must share a room which means Esther and Amy are bunking together. Oh Joy!

Amy manages to insult a famous bird photographer who is also the guest of honor. And Esther is disappearing every few minutes. When she drags Amy into a bathroom where said guest of honor is no longer in the land of the living, Amy is beginning to think she should have run a background check on her tenant a long time ago. Through cemeteries, Zombie Conventions and a whole lot of shady people, this story is the best so far. We found out a lot about Miss Esther and there may be some love in the air as well.

This series is one of my favorites. By now I am so invested in each of these wonderful characters I can’t wait for the next one to come out!

Well Done!

Netgalley/ November 13th 2018 by Lyrical Underground

 

 

 

 

WREATH BETWEEN THE LINES ( A COOKBOOK NOOK MYSTERY) by DARYL WOOD GERBER

Wreath Between the Lines (A Cookbook Nook Mystery 7)

This is the 7th in the Cookbook Nook Series

Jenna Hart is back along with all of our favorite characters.

While Jenna and her staff are decorating the Nook for all of the special events for the holidays, it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

With her sister in town with her daughter and husband staying at her dad’s home it looks like everyone will be home for the holidays.

Only there is something off with her oh so pulled together sister and her husband. And in the midst of trying to figure that one out, Jake, who has the best ever Christmas display in town and is also an old friend of the family, goes out for pizza and comes home to a dead friend.

This is probably one of my favorites in the series. Everyone is holding a secret. But only one of them is a killer. And Jenna knows it isn’t Jake, but can she find out who wants him dead and why?

Leave it to Jenna and her friends to have everything wrapped up by Christmas Eve. You won’t want to miss this one. Surprises are around every corner! Oh! And there are recipes…lots of them!

Well Done!

Netgalley/ November 8th 2018 by Beyond the Page

 

Midsummer Mayhem by Marty Wingate

Midsummer Mayhem (Potting Shed Mystery #7)

A Potting Shed Mystery #7

Pru Parker, gardener extraordinaire, is in the thick of things again.

The entire town is excited about the news of an outdoor performance to be put on at a beautiful local estate with gardens to die for. Literally.

Pru is to be the plant set director and along with her helper, Hal, she hopes to do the play justice and keep the actors from destroying the gardens. Which is the reason the normal gardener for the estate abruptly quit!

As she races from one errand to another, she creates scenes for each act of the play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. When one of the actors is found dead among bees, everyone becomes a suspect.

Pru’s hubby, DI Christopher Pearse is on the case and is hoping Pru can ferret out any gossip or clues from the cast. The only problem is they all seem suspect! Secrets abound and Pru may not live to see the play!

A lovely cozy series that I hope to read more of!

Netgalley/November 6th 2018 by Alibi

 

 

NEW BOOKS OUT TODAY!

American Judas by [Dubrow, Mickey]    Seth and Maggie Ginsberg do their best to navigate an oppressive theocracy where fundamental Christianity is the only legal religion, and abortion, homosexuality, and adultery are outlawed. When a co-worker outs Seth as a Jew, Seth escapes to Mexico, while Maggie is sent to a Savior Camp. American Judas is a dystopian tale about a young couple’s life after opportunistic U.S. politicians abolish the wall of separation between Church and State.

Ernest Hemingway: Artifacts From a Life by [Katakis, Michael]

Beautifully designed, intimate and illuminating, this is the story of American icon Ernest Hemingway’s life through the documents, photographs, and miscellany he kept, compiled by the steward of the Hemingway estate and featuring contributions by his son and grandson.

Dear Santa: A Novel by [Naigle, Nancy]

From USA Today bestselling author Nancy Naigle, Dear Santa is a heartwarming Christmas story about finding your passion for life and love.

House of Gold by [Solomons, Natasha]

From the New York Times bestselling author of The House at Tyneford, an epic family saga about a headstrong Austrian heiress who will be forced to choose between the family she’s made and the family that made her at the outbreak of World War I.

Fun reading all of them. And they all debut today!

xx Patricia