A GRAVE ISSUE (A Funeral Parlor Mystery) by Lillian Bell

A Grave Issue (A Funeral Parlor Mystery #1)

After an on-air gaffe goes viral and jeopardizes her career, journalist Desiree Turner retreats home to Verbena, California for some peace and quiet. She begins working one of the quietest jobs around: presiding over funerals for her great-grandfather’s funeral parlor. But the action seems to follow her as a fist fight breaks out between neighbors Rosemarie Brewer and Lola Hansen at one of the first funerals she’s in charge of running. It exposes a nasty dispute and Rosemarie’s husband, Alan, is found murdered shortly after.

Lola’s husband, Kyle, is immediately arrested. Desiree, whose own father’s death was devastating, has always viewed Kyle as a second father. Determined to clear his name, Desiree jumps head first into the investigation and quickly discovers that Alan had several unsavory habits at his job and in his personal life, including putting assets into his mistress’s account to hide them from Rosemarie. People murder for money and love all the time, and there’s no telling who he offended just enough to push them over the edge.

Desiree is looking in all the right places, but she better catch the killer fast before they come for her next in A Grave Issue, the clever series debut by Lillian Bell.

Ms. Bell has gotten off to a very good start with this new series, featuring Deisree, an on air news reporter who got caught with a hot mic on. With the added stress of her father presumed dead over a year ago when he went out to surf and never returned. And a pregnant sister who has been placed on strict bed rest.

So Desiree heads home to Verbena to lick her wounds and figure out what she is going to do next. It looks as if bad luck has trailed her home however when one thing after another keeps her name in the paper.

This is a very clever cozy mystery! Part serious, part funny and pretty much exactly what I like in a story. A smart, tenacious, independent woman and a bunch of people keeping secrets, which we all know never stay hidden, especially when Desiree starts pulling on threads. People get a tad touchy! Or dead.

Underneath the story is the tale what really happened to her dad? Who is leaving mysterious gifts for Desiree and her sister? So there is a good bit of layering to this series and I like it.

Well Done Ms. Bell!

Netgalley/CrookedLaneBooks   February 13, 2018

Funeral Parlors, Emergency Rooms, Drugs and Obsessions with a Merman. So What Are You Reading?

A Grave Issue: A Funeral Parlor Mystery by [Lillian Bell]   A new series by Lillian Bell that is right up my reading alley! A Funeral Parlor Mystery! I’ve just started this one and already I’m hooked!

No One Can Know: A Stillwater General Mystery by [Lucy Kerr] A Stillwater General Mystery is looking interesting as well.

Gods of Howl Mountain: A Novel by [Brown, Taylor] “A fresh, authentic, and eloquent new voice in American fiction.” – Robert Morgan, New York Times bestselling author of Gap Creek

The Pisces: A Novel by [Broder, Melissa] An uproariously funny, gloriously strange, fiercely original tale of love, obsession, sex…and a merman

These are what I’m reading for the next few days. A little bit of everything thrown in there. My Cozy Authors Group tells me I will love the funeral parlor one and they are almost always right.

What are you reading or writing this week? I also read a new book titled EAT YOUR VEGETABLES; BOLD RECIPES FOR THE SINGLE COOK and it sucked. Seriously the only thing in there I would consider eating is the beans. One recipe for beans, as if we don’t know how to run a slow cooker. Very disappointing.

Have yourself a lovely Sunday! Grab a book and go on an adventure!

xx Patricia

Meet Cozy Author Leslie Budewitz!

Leslie is the author of The Spice Shop Mysteries, set in Seattle’s Pike Place Market as well as the author of The Food Lover’s Village Mysteries featuring Erin Murphy and The Merc in Jewel Bay, Montana.

 

Death Al Dente: A Food Lovers' Village Mystery by [Budewitz, Leslie] Butter Off Dead (Food Lovers' Village Book 3) by [Budewitz, Leslie] Crime Rib (Food Lovers' Village Book 2) by [Budewitz, Leslie]

Killing Thyme (A Spice Shop Mystery) by [Budewitz, Leslie] Guilty as Cinnamon (A Spice Shop Mystery) by [Budewitz, Leslie]  Assault and Pepper (A Spice Shop Mystery Book 1) by [Budewitz, Leslie]

 

Leslie Budewitz

Music and festivals are a big part of my life in Northwest Montana, and I’m delighted to share the fun with readers near and far. I’m also the author of the Spice Shop Mysteries, set in Seattle’s famed Pike Place Market. The first Food Lovers’ Village Mystery, DEATH A DENTE won the 2013 Agatha Award for Best First novel. That followed my 2011 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction for BOOKS, CROOKS & COUNSELORS: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law & Courtroom Procedure, drawing on my thirty-plus years as a lawyer—and making me the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction.

I’m the past president of Sisters in Crime, and passionate about writers helping other writers. I love to cook, eat, hike, travel, garden, and paint—not necessarily in that order. I lives in northwest Montana with my husband Don Beans, a doctor of natural medicine, and our gray tuxedo cat, an avid bird watcher.

For seasonal updates, please visit my website, http://www.LeslieBudewitz.com, and click on the newsletter tab to sign up for emails about new releases, launch parties and other fun goings-on, and book giveaways. Subscribers get a free short story to keep up with the characters from the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries!

There really is a Cozy Mystery for all interests and parts of the world. If you have an interest or a hobby, there’s a book for you somewhere!

Meet Cozy Mystery Author Connie Archer

A Clue in the Stew (A Soup Lover's Mystery) by [Archer, Connie] Ladle to the Grave (A Soup Lover's Mystery Book 4) by [Archer, Connie] A Spoonful of Murder (A Soup Lover's Mystery Book 1) by [Archer, Connie]

 

Tail of the Dragon (A Zodiac Mystery) by [di Marco, Connie]All Signs Point to Murder (A Zodiac Mystery) by [di Marco, Connie] The Madness of Mercury (A Zodiac Mystery) by [di Marco, Connie]

 

Connie Archer is the national bestselling author of the Soup Lover’s Mystery series set in Snowflake, Vermont — A Spoonful of Murder, A Broth of Betrayal, A Roux of Revenge, Ladle to the Grave and A Clue in the Stew. You can find excerpts from the Soup Lover’s Mystery series and Connie’s recipes in The Cozy Cookbook from Penguin Random House and The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook. Connie was born and raised in New England and loves writing about Vermont. Today she can be found on the other coast inventing soup recipes and designing plots. You can visit her website and blog at http://www.conniearchermysteries.com and sign up for her newsletter. You can find her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ConnieArcherMysteries and Twitter @SnowflakeVT. Writing as Connie di Marco, she also writes the Zodiac Mysteries from Midnight Ink. The first book in the series, The Madness of Mercury was released on June 8, 2016. You can visit her at http://www.conniedimarco.com, Facebook.com/ZodiacMysteries and Twitter @askzodia.

Soup is one of my favorite foods so I couldn’t help but love this one. There really is a cozy mystery for all interests!

xx Patricia

Meet Cozy Author Ellery Adams! There will be Pie!

Murder in the Locked Library (A Book Retreat Mystery) by [Adams, Ellery] The Secret, Book & Scone Society by [Adams, Ellery] Killer Characters (A Books by the Bay Mystery) by [Adams, Ellery] A Killer Keepsake (Antiques & Collectibles Mysteries Book 6) by [Adams, Ellery , Riggs, Parker] Pecan Pies and Homicides (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery Book 3) by [Adams, Ellery] Peach Pies and Alibis (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery Book 2) by [Adams, Ellery]

Ms. Adams has a topic for every cozy mystery lover. Love pie? ( If you said no, we can’t be friends). Libraries, antiques, if you can think it, she has probably written it.

I ordered the pie ones yesterday and can’t wait to get them. If you haven’t discovered her yet, definitely give her a read! Check out your local library, mine had them all. Or you can order them all on Amazon.

Ellery Adams

Ellery Adams is the New York Times bestselling author of the Books by the Bay Mysteries, the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries, and the Book Retreat Mysteries. She has had a life long love affair with both stories and food. As a child, she used to make mud pies and eat them. Over the years, she became more adept in the kitchen, and when she’s not writing, she loves to don an apron and fill her home with the sweet,buttery scent of baking pies. Ms. Adams has held many jobs, including caterer,retail clerk, car salesperson, teacher,tutor, and tech writer, all while penning poems, children’s books, and novels. She writes and creates culinary delights from her home in central Virginia.

Checking Out Some New Cozy Mystery Authors and here is Avery Aames!

Avery Aames

AVERY AAMES is the nationally bestselling author of A CHEESE SHOP MYSTERY series for Berkley Prime Crime. The first, The Long Quiche Goodbye, won the Agatha Award for “Best First Novel.” Avery is the pseudonym for Daryl Wood Gerber. Daryl writes the nationally bestselling COOKBOOK NOOK MYSTERIES, the soon to be released FRENCH BISTRO MYSTERIES, and a number of suspense books including GIRL ON THE RUN and DAY OF SECRETS.

For Cheddar or Worse (Cheese Shop Mystery Book 7) by [Aames, Avery] Grilling the Subject (A Cookbook Nook Mystery) by [Gerber, Daryl Wood] A Deadly Éclair: A French Bistro Mystery by [Daryl Wood Gerber]

A few of my cozy mystery authors have wrapped up some of their series and I am looking for new ones to replace them with. I’m always interested in the food and beverage ones! These are a few series from Avery Aames, who also writes under the Daryl Wood Gerber name.

I’ve ordered one from each series and will let you know what I think! Tomorrow look for another cozy author and if you have a favorite please let us know!!!

xx Patricia

Reading Cozy Mysteries and Watching Movies

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It is another grey and gloomy day here. Yesterday the sun was out and shorts were worn and then today I guess Mother Nature can’t make up her mind.

Since I have 14 book reviews in my folder waiting on release dates, I’m taking a few days to read some lovely cozy mystery books that are so Punny. Yes, I meant that. I love the titles these writers come up with!

Yesterday I spent 6 hours at the phone store. I am not exaggerating either! I was there when they opened and spent an entire shift with my customer service angel, Karen. In the end, everything got transferred and saved. I was also due for a free upgrade and they had none of that style in stock. apparently neither did any other store in the Metro, so they gave me an upgrade on the upgrade. So yesterday was spent transferring, reloading, and going through withdrawals from my old phone. I really loved that phone.

Birthday Week is coming along very nicely. Today is Go To The Movie In The Middle of The Day!!

xx Patricia     Have a wonderful Wednesday!