THE GARDEN CLUB MURDER by AMY PATRICIA MEADE

The Garden Club Murder

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Killer in the Carriage House by Sheila Connolly

Killer in the Carriage House (Victorian Village Mysteries #2)

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 DEADLY FEAST by LUCY BURDETTE

 

 

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

 

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
 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Chocolate a la Murder by Kirsten Weiss

 

A Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery

Maddie is back with her paranormal museum getting ready for the town’s Wine and Chocolate Days. She has a brand new haunted Mexican chocolate whisk called a molinillo and if you tell a lie, it rattles! Along with her Magic of Chocolate exhibit and lot of chocolate from the new artisanal chocolate shop,she’s hoping things go well.

With Adele all a twitter over wedding plans, Maddie gives her one less thing to worry about by picking up their joint chocolate order. She finds the shop empty and one of the owners dead,covered in chocolate!

While hunky boyfriend Jason is off this case Maddie will have to hope Laurell won’t lock her up just for being on the scene! And of course she is going to do what she does best. Investigate. It’s just a hobby. Until someone tries drowning her, and not in chocolate!

Everyone at the chocolate company was sketchy so there were plenty of people to be suspicious of but Maddie needs a motive to find the killer before more bodies are found. And by the way her molinillo is rattling lies are plentiful.

I love the characters in this series. They are fun and quirky and just very relatable! And this one was extra good because of the chocolate and the fact I learned what a molinillo was!

Smart, quirky, and just plain fun is what this series is!

Netgalley/March 8th 2019 by Midnight Ink

 

COOKIN’ THE BOOKS BY AMY PATRICIA MEADE

Cookin' the Books

Tish Tarragon has moved to Hobson Glen to open her restaurant and catering business, Cookin’ The Books Cafe. Along with her besties Mary Jo and Jules Tish is creating food with a literary theme. She’s still a few weeks out from opening when her landlord, the gorgeous Schuyler Thompson stops by to let her know he has recommended her to the director of the library as their caterer has dropped out at the very last-minute.

When Binnie Broderick stops by to go over the menu, Tish is afraid she may not be able to pull this off. Binnie is not a nice person and no amount of money will change that. Used to getting her way in everything, Tish does her best and pulls together a delicious dinner, only to have Binnie do a face plant in her plate!

When the police prove she was poisoned, Tish is out to prove it wasn’t her food and get her cafe open before it is closed for good.

That is all I’m saying. I loved the characters in this! And I really enjoyed them being a separate sleuthing operation. Tish did a lot, but Mary Jo and Jules had quite a bit of fun and adventure on their own. It made a lot more sense than a lot of cozies which have the main character gone from the business all the time leaving the friends to do the work.

There are so many secrets in this small town. And they are all about to come tumbling out of the closet!

I highly recommend this one and I hope there will be more!

Well Done!

Netgalley/ Severn House  March 01