BOTCHED BUTTERSCOTCH by AMANDA FLOWER

Botched Butterscotch (Amish Candy Shop Mystery #4.5)

An Amish Candy Mystery #4.5

Mother’s Day is busy for candy shop owners Bailey and her Amish grandmother in Harvest, Ohio. And this year is busier than ever with Bailey’s parents coming in for the weekend as well as catering a Mother’s Day Tea.

The Mother’s Day Tea is a benefit for Abigal’s Farm. A place for women recovering from addiction. Not everyone is on board for having “that type of place” near their homes. The money made will allow their work to continue so when the box of donations disappears during the tea, Bailey is there to “assist” the new Deputy with his first case.

All the while Aiden’s mom, Julia and Bailey’s own mom are planning their wedding and they aren’t even engaged!

I love this short book. It’s like a phone conversation with friends, just a quick catch up and I’m happy. I think Amanda may be the only person I’ve ever read that can successfully blend the Amish and Comedy!

I loved this one!

NetGalley/ April 28, 2020, by Kensington Books

 

DEEP FRIED REVENGE by LYNN CAHOON

Deep Fried Revenge (Farm-to-Fork Mystery #4)

Angie Turner is all prepped to face Boise’s culinary best when she enters her restaurant, The County Seat, into a big State Fair challenge. Instead, she gets dunked into a new murder investigation after a killer starts scrapping her competition . . .

The Idaho State Fair is a big deal and this year the competition ramps up to include the Boise’s Best Restaurant Contest. Angie Turner and her crew from her restaurant the County Seat are running all over the place trying to guess what the next challenge will entail. Everyone gets the same dish to put their own personal spin on.

Not all of the contestants are in it for fun. Someone is knocking off the winners. Angie and her team aren’t about to keep their noses out of the sleuthing fun and they intend to win the contest too!

Chefs are the most competitive people! While our beloved chefs at the County Seat are an exception, some of these folks are crazy!

This is the fourth book in the Farm to Fork Mysteries and I felt like everyone was on point and the characters are coming together nicely. I may have gained a few pounds with this one!

Well Done!

NetGalley/ April 7th, 2020 by Lyrical Press

 

PIES BEFORE GUYS by KIRSTEN WEISS

Pies before Guys (Pie Town Mystery #4)

A Pie Town Mystery  #4 ( With Recipes)

Val Harris, the owner of Pie Town, is not quite sure a poetry slam in a bakery is a thing. But Abril is excited enough for both of them. Does that have something to do with her professor, Michael Starke, a poet or is she a little starstruck?

Val would much rather spend time with her newfound half-brother but this could be good for the shop and she goes along. But the night ends abruptly when several of the professors begin to threaten each other and toss around the dreaded plagiarism accusation.

When later that night Starke is found dead, the Baker Street Bakers are determined to figure out who is guilty. And my goodness there were enough despicable people, right there in the English Department.

Everyone is keeping secrets. Everyone looks guilty. Even Abril! But with some help from her friends, especially the formidable Charlene, they are determined to find the guilty party without losing their heads.

I love this series!! I mean, PIE. And Charlene and her crazy UFO theories had me laughing the entire book. What a great cast of characters that Weiss has invented for us! And don’t forget…recipes!

Another winner!

Kensington February 25th, 2020

 

In Cold Chamomile by Joy Avon

In Cold Chamomile (A Tea and Read Mystery #3)

A Tea and Read Mystery #3

Callie Aspen and her Great-Aunt Iphy run the delightful shop Book Tea, with her aunt’s mouth-watering treats and the best tea and coffee in town. Although Heart’s Harbor, Maine is not exactly a huge place.

Callie is still working to save Haywood Hall and with Valentine’s Day approaching it’s the perfect time for a different type of party. Turning the Hall into a place full of hearts and special books, music and even a book appraiser who has volunteered his time to come.

But from the start, there is a lot of tension. People are acting oddly. One of their singers backed out and the replacement has caused Iphy quite a bit of anxiety.

When the book appraiser is found dead, everyone is under suspicion and while she can’t explain it to Callie, she has to prove that the man accused is innocent. With Ace already reminding Callie she can not get involved, we know she will.

This is the third in this series and was not my favorite. Callie seemed wimpy and her aunt came off as really rather mean. For me, this one fell flat.

NetGalley/ February 11th, 2020 by Crooked Lane Books

 

 

 

A FIELD GUIDE TO HOMICIDE by Lynn Cahoon

A Field Guide to Homicide (Cat Latimer Mystery #6)

Cat Latimer Mystery #6

Cat is hosting a different type of writer’s retreat this time. Couples. 2 couples, 1 odd college student and Uncle Pete’s girlfriend, Shirley. It seems like everyone and his brother are jumping on the writing bandwagon!

Seth is overwhelmed with planning an outing for the group, doing airport runs and prepping for his military unit’s reunion.

Hiking local Colorado mountains and venturing into mining claims turns into finding a dead body and not just anybody, but a friend of Seth’s from the military. The one who died in the war. Chance had been living off the grid for all these years and no one knew. Or did they? And why did he fake his death?

Everyone is acting odd at this retreat. Including Seth and Shauna. And of course, our Cat is going to stick her pert little nose into this mystery and find out what her man is hiding and who killed his friend.

This is my favorite book so far. The characters are well-formed and are continually growing and evolving. There are really tough topics tucked in these mysteries and I always learn something new while being thoroughly entertained. With Ms. Cahoon that is a given.

NetGalley/January 28th, 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

 

 

The BOOK OF CANDLELIGHT by Ellery Adams

The Book of Candlelight (Secret, Book, & Scone Society, #3)

A Secret, Bone, and Scone Society Novel #3

Nora Pennington is beginning to wonder if this rain is ever going to end. Owner of Miracle Books, Nora isn’t complaining about the business packing the towns inns and her bookstore but it would be nice to have a dry day here and there. 

Along with the new shoppers, she makes a new friend. Sheldon is like a fairy godmother who swoops in and makes everything interesting and as long as he is stranded at the inn, Nora intends to make full use of his talents!

And rain or not she needs some things for the shop so it’s off to the flea market. Nora finds local artisan, Danny, and falls in love with one of his bowls she believes her sweetie would love.

When the next day finds rain and floods and a body, Nora smells a mystery! When she believes she has found a clue in of all places The Inn of Mist and Roses. What does Danny have to do with the legend of the inn?

And now there is a second body and Nora knows it’s time to call on the Secret, Bone and Scone Society to help find out who did what and why!
Another hit for Ellery!

 

NetGalley/ January 28th, 2020 by Kensington

 

 

 

THISTLES AND THIEVES (Book 3) by MOLLY MACRAE

Thistles and Thieves (Highland Bookshop Mystery #3)

The Highland Bookshop Mystery Series Book 3

Back to Scotland at Yon Bonnie Books with Janet and friends.

Janet is out for a bike ride by Inversgail when she sees tracks and finds Dr. Murray and his bike down a very steep slope. Calling the Police Scotland emergency number, she is struck by what look like tire tracks. If this was an accident why in the world didn’t they stop? And if it wasn’t an accident who in the world would want to kill a much loved and already retired doctor?

In the next few days, Janet finds a box of vintage first editions on her bookstore doorstep. The note tells her to look after them. But she and her team aren’t sure what that even means. There are mysterious writings in the books and they all agree that they must have belonged to the doctor. And off they go to find Gerald, the brother.

First calling the doctor’s home they get his sister. And boy is she angry and from the looks of things the house has been robbed. Moving on to the reclusive Gerald, they instead find a dead body killed with a dagger. Now both brothers are dead and things are starting to look sketchy.

The police are investigating the deaths for connections but are also looking askance at Janet and her team. They just want to find out how the books got to the shop and why.

And so the mystery begins. But will Janet and her team end up in jail?

The third book in the series is really good. The characters are so real and the descriptions of the area make you feel like you are right there in bonny Scotland!

Very Well Done!!’

NetGalley/ January 7th, 2020 by Pegasus Books