BARK IF IT’S MURDER by V.M.BURNS

Bark If It’s Murder (Dog Club Mystery #3)

Dog Club Mystery #2

Lilly Echosby and her baby, toy poodle Aggie, are settling down and maybe even buying a house in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She loves working as a CPA at a small museum.

Helping out a friend at the dog show Lilly meets the owner of Posh Pet Haven.
This upscale puppy boarding and daycare with better amenities than Lilly’s hotel!

When she is invited by her boss at the last minute to attend an art auction in Atlanta, she jumps at the chance. And she has the perfect place to leave her baby, Aggie. With puppy cams in all rooms, she can check in on her baby anytime.

The first night she pulls up the feed and watches as a man strangles a woman in the outdoor area. Only when the police arrive there is not a body to be found.

Is Lilly seeing things? And where is the lovely owner of the posh pet hotel? Although the police don’t see a crime, Lilly does and with the help of her friends, she is diving headfirst into this mystery!

These are such fun and smart characters! I can not wait to find out what happens next with Lilly and Aggie.

NetGalley/August 27th, 2019 by Lyrical Press

 

 

 

 

A Lady’s Guide To Gossip and Murder by Dianne Freeman

A Lady's Guide to Gossip and Murder by Dianne Freeman

A Countess of Harleigh Mystery #2

The Countess, Francis, is back in the second of this series. Now a widow with a full house in town, she has no desire to head for the country as most do in August. She isn’t hunting for birds or a husband.

Her younger sister is visiting from America and has brought a friend. Within a few short weeks, the sister announces she is going to marry a man she just met. Francis is worried. She doesn’t want her sister to marry someone she barely knows. Didn’t work out that well for Francis!

Along with her Aunt and her cousin Charles, she has her hands full. Charles is a lovely man but rather scattered. Francis has been encouraging him to see an acquaintance of hers, Mary Archer. Charles isn’t enamored of Mrs. Archer and picks a poor time to break off seeing her.  The next day the poor woman is dead, murdered in her own home. Charles just became a suspect.

With help from her friend and neighbor, George Hazelton, she hopes to find something in the poor woman’s belongings that will clear Charles. What they find sends them in an entirely different direction!

I really enjoyed this one. Historical Fiction is a favorite of mine and Ms. Freeman has a style of writing that is so easy to read. The characters are quirky and fun. Francis and George may have something going on soon so I hope we don’t have to wait long for the next book!

NetGalley/  June 25th, 2019 by Kensington

Sweet Tea and Secrets by Joy Avon

Sweet Tea and Secrets (A Tea and Read Mystery #2)

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

 

 

 

 

Sconed To Death by Lynn Cahoon

Sconed to Death (Cat Latimer Mystery #5)

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

 

 

 

 

 

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The Corpse Wore Stilettos by M.J. O’Neill

The Corpse Wore Stilettos by [O'Neill, MJ]

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.

 

Sifting Through Clues by Daryl Wood Gerber

Sifting Through Clues (A Cookbook Nook Mystery 8)

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