A BOOK TEA SHOP MYSTERY #2
The second of the series after Peppermint Peril.
Callie may be having movers remorse after relocating to Heart’s Harbor. And I liked that. I think we have all had that at one time or another. She’s second-guessing Deputy Falk as well. In the first book, they had such a good flow and now he seems to be pulling away.
Callie decides to throw herself into the preparations for the Fourth of July and finds out a famous television star was last seen in Heart’s Harbor before she disappeared for good. When Callie starts poking around, not everyone is happy and not everyone is telling the truth. When one chatty resident ends up dead Callie now has 2 mysteries to solve. Only the good Deputy would rather she stay far away from his business. And so would the town’s residents!
Will Callie call it quits or will she be the next to die?
NetGalley/ June 11th, 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
A Cat Latimer Mystery #5
This week Cat is hosting my favorite kind of writer. Cozy Mystery! And one of them is a mystery already. While Cat and Shauna get everything ready for the week they are interrupted by a visit from the Health Inspector. A reluctant Inspector, but a disturbance they didn’t need. The ladies know that any anonymous complaint toward Shauna’s kitchen can only come from one source.
Dee Dee, owner of the local bakery is sure Shauna is stealing her recipes for a cookbook and is looking for any reason to shut her down. While Cat tries to reassure her no one is stealing anything, Dee Dee may soon find herself out of a job and having to answer for a lot, specifically a dead Denver chef in her bakery.
I’ve read all of this series and the characters have evolved into a family that I love to check in on often. And if you are a fan also, Dante’ shows up in this one….he is one very intriguing man.
Another job well done!
NetGalley/ May 28th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
SHE WORE A DONNA KARAN MARKED FOR REPOSSESSION
I kept seeing Kat Waters as Elle Woods. You think she’s all fluffy pens and designer shoes, but oh she is so much more.
Kat’s father is supposedly in prison. Mob related. All of the family’s assets are frozen and Kat is living with and supporting her socialite mother and her determined, but forgetful grandmother.
It turns out an Art Degree from Harvard isn’t worth very much in the real world of obligations, rent and medical bills. Kat has swallowed her pride and taken a job in the morgue. And this is where our story begins. Kat is in the morgue prepping the latest body for autopsy when guys come in, snatch the body and run.
Running after them is the sexy Burns McPhee. Former Special Forces and now running his own security firm, he believes this girls death is related to the death of his best friend and isn’t above using his charm to get some information out of our Kat.
When one of the crazies from the body snatching begins sending Kat flowers and cryptic notes and phones calls, she and Burns team up to catch the killer and keep her safe. Someone in the Morgue doesn’t want her here. What better way to flush out a suspect than a party?
Kat may be a socialite working in a morgue, but she is one smart lady. Proving you can be smart and fashionable at the same time. Imagine?!
The characters make this story. At first I wasn’t too sure about Kat. The story reminded me of Two Broke Girls and Legally Blonde. But Kat came into her own quickly and I loved the crazy little facts she tosses in so casually. Her mother and grandmother were hilarious characters and this entire book I laughed with them.
I hope we see more of Kat and Burns. There is definitely something there!
xx Patricia Fairweather Romero April 30th release.
Daryl Wood Gerber is back with the 8th in the Cook Book Nook Mystery Series.
Crystal Cove is celebrating Book Club Bonanza Week and book clubs from all over are meeting up in town. Jenna is ready at the Cookbook Nook with not only cookbooks but some juicy works as well.
The most exciting group, the Mystery Mavens, are having a moveable feast going from house to house sampling the hosts goodies and talking books. Everyone is enjoying themselves until Jenna and Pepper arrive at the last location only to find a dead host!
And adding insult to injury Pepper is the main suspect. Will her daughter have to arrest her since she is the chief of police? Or will Jenna have to put her Sherlock hat on and uncover the real killer first?
The victim it seems was not so nice of a person. Which makes for a lot of suspects!
With recipes included and a great cast of characters, once again the author has given us a great cozy!
NetGalley/ Beyond the Page Publishing April 23, 2019
A KATE HAMILTON MYSTERY
Kate’s memories of the Scottish Isle of Rothsay are bittersweet. She spent her honeymoon here. Her husband grew up here. Her husband died here. And now she is back at the request of her former sister-in-law, Elenor, who has turned the family home into a hotel.
Elenor asking Kate for her assistance is weird enough but for some reason Kate must come to the island and it’s urgent and Elenor is afraid of something or maybe someone. Is it the ghost that some say haunt the hotel? The lovely Flora?
Before she’s had more than a few moments with Elenor, the annual Tartan Ball is getting underway downstairs. With the promise that they will speak after the ball, Elenor shows her a small casket and tells her “This is where it began”. But the next morning finds Elenor dead outside of the Historical Society and Kate will not leave until she finds out what was going on and who did this. And there are motives everywhere you look. Elenor was not a well-loved person. And the history with the house has left some islanders with a bitter taste in their mouth.
When the hunky detective staying at the hotel teams up with her to figure out who is killing folks and blaming it all on the gentlest soul in town, more than just alibis begin popping up. Maybe a kiss or two? Finally maybe Kate finds love again?
You shall just have to read it to find out! I enjoyed Kate and Tom. Really all of the characters were well-developed and you could picture them in your mind.
Good Cozy. Well Done.
NetGalley/Crooked Lane Books April 09, 2019
A Scottish Bookshop Mystery #4
Our main character, Delaney Nichols, is still loving her job at The Cracked Spine in Scotland, and is trying to plan a wedding to the oh so lovely pub owner, Tom Shannon with the long distance help of her family in Kansas.
Everything seems to be hectic but going well until they suddenly have no minister. On her way to meet with a new reverend, Delaney runs into the eccentric Norval Fraser just across the street. Norval has long believed that Nessie aka The Loch Ness Monster, is not only alive and well, but speaks to him and is somehow responsible for his father’s death.
The description of his cottage sounds like an episode of Hoarders, with anything and everything Nessie stacked inside. He is extremely paranoid and would never sell his research but desperately wants Delaney to have it and to keep searching when he is gone. When his nephew warns her not to believe anything he says and then later is found dead, Norval is the only person of interest to the police.
But there are other things that aren’t adding up and Delaney and her boss are determined to squeeze in a murder investigation as her family descends on Scotland.
With suspicious people all around, it will be a tough job and may have her missing her own wedding!
Who doesn’t love the Loch Ness Monster? Weaving a murder mystery around what could be the find of a lifetime was brilliant. The setting was beautifully described, the characters all had flaws and were relatable to us all. I can’t wait for the next book to come out and what other secrets The Cracked Spine is hiding in its warehouse!
Netgalley/ April 2nd 2019 by Minotaur Books