Gourd to Death by Kirsten Weiss

Gourd to Death (Pie Town Mystery #5)

Pie Town Mystery Number Five

This Halloween, pie shop proprietor Val Harris must patch together clues to solve a murder by pumpkin . . .

You read that correctly. Murder by pumpkin.

Pie Town is back and Val and her quirky band of bakers are gearing up for the annual pumpkin festival. Val is a judge for the pie-making contest and it looks like her boyfriend is entering the contest. Could get sticky.

As Val and Charlene stroll through the booths and the pumpkin patch they find a dead body under a huge pumpkin with a forklift standing by it. The woman was a contestant in the pie contest and the pumpkin belongs to the father of Val’s assistant.

Mazes, curses, pumpkin shenanigans, and a feud with the next town all combine with the colorful and hilarious staff of Pie Town to give us another great installment in the series.

Always well done!

NetGalley Review/August 25th, 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

 

A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder by Dianne Freeman

A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder (A Countess of Harleigh Mystery, #3)

A Countess of Harleigh Mystery #3

In Dianne Freeman’s charming Victorian-era mystery series, Frances Wynn, the American-born Countess of Harleigh, finds her sister’s wedding threatened by a vow of vengeance.

This is one of my favorite Historical Fiction Cozy Mystery series! Frances Wynn, an American whose overbearing mother pushed her into a miserable marriage for a title in the British aristocracy, has been a widow for a while now. Living in London with her daughter and now her sister Lily who has fallen head over heels in love with Leo.

George and Frances are keeping their engagement secret until after Lily is wed. Unfortunately, Leo and Lily jumped the gun and are now in a position of having to move the wedding forward quickly.

George comes to the rescue by having everyone to his family estate in the country and the entire party is transported to Hampshire for some hunting, riding and you just know there will be drama when the parents of the couple arrive.

But drama begins almost as soon as they arrive. Deaths, accidents, and sketchy guests are all on the menu.

Frances isn’t about to be left out of the investigation, especially when her own George may be in danger.

There is a killer on the grounds and as they set a trap for the suspect they may find themselves caught in it!

I love these characters. They are funny and strong and get themselves into the most dangerous of predicaments.

Always a pleasure!

NetGalley/July 28th, 2020 by Kensington Books

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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