Murder on the Rocks(A Red Carpet Catering Mystery #5)by Shawn Reilly Simmons

Murder on the Rocks (A Red Carpet Catering Mystery #5)

Shawn Reilly Simmons has cooked up something rocky this time, and it’s going to be a delicious read.

After surviving a brazen attack at one of her favorite local cafes, Penelope Sutherland is ready to escape the big city and head to her next film set. She and her Red Carpet Catering crew set up their kitchen on location in the tranquil mountains of Vermont.

But peace and quiet aren’t on the menu.

It starts to get hot when a series of accidents befall the celebrity tennis pro consulting on the film. Then mix in an uptight director, an isolated location, and a quirky bunch of locals with secrets of their own and that’s a recipe for disaster.

Penelope soon suspects a connection between the cafe attack and the incidents on set, and you know what comes next. She must uncover the truth before her goose gets cooked.

After a harrowing experience at her local cafe, Penelope is glad to be leaving for Vermont and catering the filming of her friend, Arlena’s new movie. A movie about a legendary tennis star, and her friend Nadia is the tennis consultant.

What she wasn’t expecting was no internet or cell service and a mile long list of things the directors don’t want. Everything is to be eco-friendly and locally sourced, but the local source is related to the directors and they are not a close family!

With what looks like a family feud building, a whole lot of quirky characters quickly begin to look like suspects, when Nadia is attacked.

This is an easy to read Cozy. I enjoyed the characters very much and they continue to develop and come to life on the page.

Netgalley/Henery Press  February 06, 2018

Seeds of Revenge by Wendy Tyson

Seeds of Revenge (A Greenhouse Mystery, #3)

This is the third book in the Greenhouse mysteries by Wendy Tyson.

Megan Sawyer is determined to farm year-round. She’s braving a December snowstorm after pitching her greenhouse greens to Philadelphia chefs when she sees a stranger stranded on the side of the road. It’s Merry Chance’s niece Becca, who’s headed to Winsome to sell her “love potions” at holiday events—or so she thinks.

Merry has an ulterior motive in inviting her niece to Winsome, but Merry’s plan to reunite Becca with her estranged father goes awry when Becca’s father turns up dead. Megan soon realizes that Becca was not the only person in Winsome who despised her father. When Megan’s aunt, the famous mystery author, is implicated through her novels, things become personal. Megan must follow the literary clues while sifting through the victim’s sordid past, but can she uncover the truth before someone else in Winsome is murdered?

Megan Sawyer is a lawyer from the big city come home to be an organic farmer and run the cafe/mercantile. And on the side, solve the occasional murder or two.

The characters in this book and the series are all well-developed, smart, likeable and very real. A smart cozy.

When Megan drops Becca off at her Aunt Merry’s, the reception is fairly hostile. Leaving Megan wondering what was all that about?

When it begins to look like someone is using her aunt’s books to do some revenge killing, Megan jumps in with both feet and does her best to find out who is doing the killing and if she is next.

Great Job! Strong, edgy with characters as real as you.

Netgalley/Henery Press November 14,2017