Dangerous Pursuits by Jo Bannister

Dangerous Pursuits

A Hazel Best and Gabriel Ash Mystery #7

When Gabriel Ash comes across a terrified young woman fleeing a brutal attacker, he and Hazel Best are drawn into a complex and baffling investigation. 

When Rachel Somers comes running out of the wood Gabriel and Patience, his dog, are the first thing she sees. Obviously upset and scraped up, Gabriel gets her safely home while she explains that someone attacked her in the wood outside her gate.

When her mother’s partner turns up dead in the same spot, suspicions are cast on Ash. While Hazel tries to protect him and find answers on the Somer’s family, she is also digging her own grave at the police station. Following orders isn’t her strong suit.

I have read all of this series. This was not my favorite. By now I would have liked to see more of Ash with his boys and get some kind of grip on himself. I have to say I did figure this one out from Chapter One.

I’m hoping for another one soon!

July 2nd, 2020 by Severn House Publishers/NetGalley Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Fatal Fiction by Kaitlyn Dunnett

A Fatal Fiction (Deadly Edits #3)
Deadly Edits #3
A retired teacher, Mikki, has added editing services to supplement her retirement income since moving back to her childhood home.
Lenape Hollow is a small place where everyone knows your name and your past.
Mikki is helping Sunny Feldman with her memoirs of growing up in Felman’s Catskill Resort, a once thriving and successful vacation destination. With famous stars, singers, and hanky panky.
 Sunny sold the crumbling resort long ago and there seems to be some seriously bad blood between the new owner and pretty much everyone in town.
When his body is found on the property the day after he verbally attacks Mikki in public, she is going to have to find out who did the deed before she gets arrested!
I enjoyed Mikki, an older, mature woman who has no problem speaking her mind.
I didn’t care for either of her relatives and I even thought Nick may be suspect!
When you spend your life swindling people there is a long list of suspects.
I enjoyed the older main character a lot.
Give this one a try!
 NetGalley/June 30th, 2020 by Kensington

A Sprinkling of Murder by Daryl Wood Gerber

A Sprinkling of Murder (A Fairy Garden Mystery #1)

A Fairy Garden Mystery #1

Fairy garden store owner Courtney Kelly believes in inviting magic into your life. But when uninvited trouble enters her shop, she’ll need more than a sprinkling of her imagination to solve a murder . . .

The first book in a new series. With fairies and fairy gardens and magical things happening all over Courtney’s shop. Courtney loves fairies. At least she did until her mother died when she was only ten, after that she lost her connection. Now she has left her dad’s landscaping business to follow her own dreams. Running a fairy garden business along with a tea shop. 

Situated in lovely Carmel, Open Your Imagination, sells any and everything one would need to entice fairies into their gardens. She is even teaching classes and at 29 she has found her passion.

Until the dog groomer from across the street is found dead in her space. Courtney is now a suspect! With a little help from a friend or two, she is going to have to clear her own name!

What an enchanting new series! The characters are interesting and the pixie dust has some of them acting oddly. Grab a copy of this one.

NetGalley/June 30th, 2020 by Kensington

 

 

NOTHING BUNDT TROUBLE by ELLIE ALEXANDER *A BAKESHOP MYSTERY*

Nothing Bundt Trouble (A Bakeshop Mystery Book 11)

BAKESHOP MYSTERY #12

It is Springtime in Ashland, Oregon, and we are back at Torte with Jules and gang.

Juliet and staff are preparing for the Shakespeare Festival, Jules is moving back home and things are hectic in a good way.

But when Jules finds an old journal written by her father, she is suddenly thrust into an old murder from the ’80s and wondering what in the world her father was working on something called The Pastry Case?

With the help of the Professor, she learns more than she ever knew about her parents and her town. While the entire crew jumps in to try and solve the old case, they had better keep an eye out for the people who don’t want to dredge up old business.

Between the food and the hilarious antics of the characters, the author has skillfully put together a series that I am pretty sure will keep going.

This is one series I can not pass up because the characters are so great. I want to hang out with them.

NetGalley/ June 30th, 2020 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks

 

 

MARSHMALLOW MALICE by AMANDA FLOWER

Marshmallow Malice (Amish Candy Shop Mystery #5)

An Amish Candy Shop Mystery #5

Things are hectic in Ohio’s Amish Country and as usual Bailey King is right smack in the middle of things.

Juliet and Reverend Brook are finally getting married. Everyone is excited and Bailey is doing double duty as the bridesmaid and the cake baker. And of course, it has to be an outside summer wedding. And of course, Bailey can whip up a marshmallow covered cake! But will they both meltdown before the ceremony begins?

Unfortunately, the cake may not escape unscathed and neither will the person dropping dead at the wedding.

Turns out there may have been some dirty dealings going on and Bailey isn’t about to sit on the sidelines while Juliet becomes a jailhouse bride! But things are looking grim for the Reverend.

I have never laughed as much as I do at this series. Amish Candy Shop and fun? Turns out they go together quite well when done by Ms. Flower!

I can’t wait for the next delicious book.

NetGalley/ May 26th, 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

 

 

 

A Study in Murder by Callie Hutton

 

A Study in Murder (A Victorian Book Club Mystery #1)

Book One of A Victorian Book Club Mystery

Lady Amy Lovell writes mysteries. In England. In the 1890s. Her father isn’t happy about that and wishes she would use a different name at least.

The tale begins in Bath, England where Amy has received a letter from a mystery person telling her that her fiance’, Ronald St. Vincent, has been engaging in some disturbing and illegal activities. She immediately breaks off the engagement.

A  few days later as Amy is awaiting the arrival of a fellow book club member, Lord William, who should show up at her door but the recently ex-fiance’. She has him sent to the library but when she enters all she sees is his dead body with a knife in it.

As Lord William arrives to find a screaming Amy, the police also arrive and promptly suspect her of murder.

Now she and her friend will have to try and find out who did the deed before Amy goes to the gallows!

I enjoyed this first book in what I hope will be a series. It started slow but was soon going well. The characters were well done. Historical Fiction Cozy Mysteries are the best! You learn so much while you try and solve the mystery.

NetGalley/ May 12th, 2020 by Crooked Lane Books

 

 

 

 

To Kill a Mocking Girl by Harper Kincaid

To Kill a Mocking Girl

Bookbinding Mystery #1

The first book in a new series is always exciting. This one takes place in Vienna, Virginia.

Quinn Caine is happy to be home in Vienna. She has been teaching overseas for a bit and is now working as a bookbinder in her family business Prose and Scones. She’s happy to be home, but not everyone is happy to see her. Old rivalries never seem to die. But this one turns up dead.

The characters are really well done. Her cousin, the nun, is a hoot. And of course, there is a hunky love interest. There were some really good twists and turns and some screw-ups, but Quinn and her friends are my next go-to cozy!

NetGalley/ May 12th, 2020 by Crooked Lane Books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read or Alive by Nora Page

Read or Alive (Bookmobile Mystery #3)

Bookmobile Mystery #3

Two wrongful accusations have librarian Cleo Watkins and her loved ones booked for trouble.

It’s always a fun time going to Catalpa Springs, Georgia, to visit librarian Cleo Watkins and her friends. And they are all here and quivering with excitement to be at the Georgia Antiquarian Book Society Event. Cleo’s beau Henry will be there with a booth. Henry is a bookseller and restorer and is very well respected in his field.

Everyone is looking forward to seeing old books, manuscripts and hoping to find a treasure or two.

Unfortunately not all book people are in love with books, but money. And there are some unscrupulous dealers at this event that catch Cleo’s eye right away! Is the bookplate in a dealer’s trash one from a book her cousin Dot owns? A first edition Gone With The Wind?

Someone in town is scamming people out of their priceless treasures. Also, unfortunately, the book scout who she has accused is found dead behind Henry’s shop with death by bookbinding hammer!

Who in the world is setting up her friends? It’s obvious to Cleo that the police are headed in the wrong direction so she has no choice but to check out the evidence and find a killer. And as usual her cat, Rhett Butler, will be assisting!

Being a Georgia girl with my own first copy of GWTW, this book was so much fun. The characters are clever and funny and most are way over 50, which makes it all the more fun!!  Who doesn’t love bookmobiles and cozy mysteries?

Well Done!

NetGalley/ May 12th, 2020 by Crooked Lane Books

 

 

MURDER IN THE STORYBOOK COTTAGE by ELLERY ADAMS

Murder in the Storybook Cottage (Book Retreat Mysteries #6)

Book Retreat Mysteries #6

In the sixth Book Retreat Mystery by New York Times, bestselling author Ellery Adams, resort owner Jane Steward has her hands full hosting the Peppermint Press children’s book conference when she is sidelined into tracking down a killer who fashions his crimes after fairy tales.

Storyton Hall, Virginia, is the place to be if you are a book lover. You’ll want to stay forever!

Jane Seward’s resort is a madhouse! With the Peppermint Press’ Conference going and so many families staying with their kids enjoyng all of the events planned, including the scavenger hunt in the Fairy Tale Forest.

But the good times come to a halt when Little Red Riding Hood is found dead with a rare book in her basket. When the second death occurs it’s looking bad for Jane who is wishing for a helpful prince about now.

I so enjoy these characters. I have to admit I was stumped for a long time. And I will definitely be back for the next one!

NetGalley/ April 28th, 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

Pumpkin Spice Peril *A Cupcake Bakery Mystery* by JENN MCKINLAY @Berkely

 

Pumpkin Spice Peril (Cupcake Bakery Mystery #12)

The 12th Cupcake Bakery Mystery

The Fairy Tale Cupcake Crew is back!

Melanie is riding high. Planning her wedding to the hunky Joe Delaura, things are going well with the bakery, Angie and Tate are finally married and even Uncle Stan seems to be finding love. So you know something bad is going to happen. Poor Mel is always in the thick of things.

At the moment they are busily baking cupcakes for their dear friend Renee. An incredibly gifted artist working on a huge glass project installation in a few days. To keep her energy up her husband, Peter stops by every day for four of her favorite cupcakes. To Mel and Angie, this is a #relationshipgoal type of couple.

But lately, Renee has been acting odd. Is she really stressed over this art installation? Or is she ill? When she is found dead at the gallery the day before her biggest triumph, the suspects are coming out of the woodwork. And a certain police chief is wondering why Melanie seems to be always stumbling over bodies.

In order to clear her reputation, she will once again have to poke her nose where others wish she would not. But this time she’ll be on her own. You will understand why after the first few pages of the book, so I’m not saying a word. Those DeLaura men thrill me and terrify me at the same time.

These characters are so real that I have a theory that they are and maybe if I’m really good, I’ll stumble upon Fairy Tale Cupcakes and sample some of those scrumptious cupcakes.

Also, recipes are included. God Bless you, Jenn McKinlay!

NetGalley/ April 28th, 2020 by Berkley Books