Food Blogger Mystery #3
Hope Early is doing just fine. Her blog Hope at Home is doing very well and she even has a feature in Cooking Now! magazine.
As busy as she is, she still makes time for the annual Jefferson Scavenger Hunt, with her friends And as her winning team rushes to grab the next item instead of a napkin, they find a dead body. A dead body Hope knows! Lionel Whitcomb shot dead by his Jaguar by the dumpsters.
As the other teams show up Lionel’s wife Elaine sees him and is hysterically crying when two other women come running up sobbing that he was married to them.
While her cop boyfriend warns her to stay out of the investigation, it’s hardly Hope’s fault that the widow shows up on her doorstep asking for help. Even if it gets Hope killed in the process.
This was a twisty one. So many nasty, suspicious people. But some simply misunderstood characters which was heartwarming.
I like the mature characters in this cozy. Plus the recipes are to die for!
NetGalley/October 29th, 2019 by Kensington
Lighthouse Library Mystery #6
When we last left Lucy and The Bodie Island Lighthouse Library, Lucy and Bertie were thinking of ways to raise money to repair the foundation. Now the work is not far from completion. The Book Club is reading Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne. Quite apt with the huge equipment digging all around the library and way down.
Things are humming along when the foreman comes running in demanding Bertie and Lucy follow him to the dig site. They have found something and no one is touching it until they see it. Buried treasure? Civil War relics? They find a box. Inside, a small diary with nothing inside but the tides and the weather for each day. Oh! And 2 pages that have fallen out. One is a marked map with numbers on it and one sheet looks like something written in code.
Everyone from Louise Jane to Diane and Curtis are fighting to see the papers and Bertie is even fending off the other historians who are planning a Settler’s Day soon on the grounds. One in particular. One who wants what he wants now. And when he is found dead in Bertie’s office and the map and coded paper are missing, everyone is intent on cracking the code and finding treasure.
There was a really nice subplot concerning The Freedman’s Colony and the new development the city is fighting. I really enjoyed the history lesson.
Lucy tried so hard not to stick her pert little nose in things but we all know her better than that. But this time she may end up on the wrong side of history! Unless her arch-nemesis can save the day!
I love this series. A lighthouse and a library? And Charles the library cat? Cuteness overload.
NetGalley/ October 8th, 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
A Tish Tarragon Mystery Book Two
Tish and friends are back at Cookin’ The Books Cafe’ and Catering. This time Tish has been hired to cater an awards luncheon with an English Secret Garden theme at the annual garden club awards ceremony.
Jules is helping out and wishing he could live in the Coleton Creeks over sixty community with all of its amenities and lovely ladies fawning all over him. But it’s all business this time. As Tish tours the gardens for a bit of inspiration she instead finds a dead body. The body of a retired insurance salesman who has been the winner of the last five best garden awards. Add to that his womanizing, his harassment of women and downright hatefulness and you have a lot of motives.
Tish isn’t getting involved. Right. But this time her other bestie, Mary Jo, is going through her own crisis and isn’t much help in the sleuthing department. Tish doesn’t even really have to work that hard at this one. People are coming out of the woodwork at this community with gossip, motives and a What??? at the end. My, the things that go on in the retirement community. Who knew life after 60 could be so interesting!?
I love this new series. The characters are so well done and so likable that you can’t help but fall in love with them. This is a smart, well written new series that I can not wait to see more of!
NetGalley Reviews/ September 1st, 2019 by Severn House Publishers
The Second in the Victorian Village Mystery Series
Kate Hamilton is back in her hometown of Asheboro, Maryland. Staying at the dead Cordelia’s B and B. Trying to save the town and its history from going under. The only thing that ever made money in the town was a shovel factory that has long closed. It as well as the fantastic Barton Mansion were left to the city to be sold.
As Kate gets ready to get down to business and find out where Barton’s money came from and go through all of his documents, people start popping up asking questions, about the research and what she has found. And when one of them turns up dead in the library things get dicey.
I have enjoyed this author’s works before however, this one was pretty flat. Kate isn’t a likable character. All of the characters seemed flat. Although the historical parts were interesting the people were not.
NetGalley/ July 9th, 2019 by Minotaur Books
A Key West Food Critic Mystery #9
National bestselling author Lucy Burdette’s intrepid food critic Hayley Snow must sniff out a killer in the ninth Key West Food Critic mystery.
Key Zest Magazine’s delightful food critic, Hayley Snow is busy trying to meet her deadline, help with Thanksgiving prep and getting married to hot cop Nathan. She needs to get this one seafood tasting tour over and then she can concentrate on her wedding.
But when one of the ladies drops dead on the tour, Hayley’s friend, Analise asks her to help find out what killed her. There were a few restaurants on the tour and a few reputations could be at risk if it was poisoning.
At the same time, Nathan is on a big case and keeps cancelling on her. What could be more important than the wedding? And where is he??
Great characters, a foodie mystery and a locale to die for, this series just keeps getting better and the food is 5 star drool worthy! Are there recipes? Of course!
I hope you enjoy this series as much as I have.
Netgalley/May 7th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
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.
Netgalley/March 26th 2019 by Kensington
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