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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
NetGalley/ April 7th, 2020 by Lyrical Press
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!
Kensington February 25th, 2020
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