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
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 True Crime Novel
Following in her mother’s footsteps, Leslie Rule has made her first stab at true crime.
This is the story of Cari Farver. Disappeared from Omaha in 2012, leaving a son she adored and her confused parents and friends.
It is the story of a woman who won’t take no for an answer and makes these people’s lives a living hell for years.
My issue? I watched this twice on Dateline in the last two weeks. The book mirrored the television investigation but with less detail.
Honestly from the first page I knew this story and was pretty bored halfway through since we all knew what was going to happen.
While I enjoy her other works, this may not be her genre. The Dateline story was much better.
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
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
For Sale: Lovely family home, ready for your updates. Friendly neighborhood setting close to park; secluded.
Garrick and Olivia are making a fresh start out of London. The house is lovely and architect Garrick is already full of ideas to make it better. They could never have afforded such a house, but then no one is exactly clamoring to purchase Number 25 The Avenue. Maybe it has something to do with the murders in the park behind the house.
The day they move in they see a body being removed. Not a good omen for a couple whose marriage is on the rocks and one of them is still hiding a secret!
Their children aren’t thrilled with the move but the daughter is a teenager and not happy about anything. Their son who is nine is curious about the old treehouse at the back of their property and what he finds there will put his own life in danger.
Someone doesn’t want Garrick digging around the cellar. And killing again won’t bother them in the least.
This was a really well-done mystery/thriller. I was absolutely sure I knew who did the deeds. I was wrong. On both guesses! Wow! I did not see that ending coming!
NetGalley/January 28th, 2020 by Pinnacle Books/ Kensington
Great Book Releases on the last day of the year!
The Moonshiner’s Daughter by Donna Everhart debuts today!
Sealed Off by Barbara Ross debuts today!
The Beautiful Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn debuts today!
Matchmaking Can Be Murder by Amanda Flower debuts today!
And do not forget Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison which came out yesterday!
Our last day of the year for reviews. But don’t worry because January starts out with a Bang!
A Maine Clambake Mystery #8
In Sealed Off, we are back in Busman’s Harbor, Maine visiting with the Snowden family and their Clambake Business. It’s October and they are finishing up for the year with only six bakes left.
Julia has hired her boyfriends’ brother, recently released from prison, to help with the fires. Lately, she has been noticing that there is a bit of tension in their close-knit group. Not one but two men are vying for Emmy’s attention and it’s beginning to feel awkward.
When Julia and Sonny find one of the interested parties dead in the woodpile, it’s not looking good for the ex-con.
At the same time work is continuing on the family manor although that turns up more mystery. A secret room, a secret diary and enough curiosity to kill several cats! Julia and friends get down to solving both mysteries, sad as they both may be.
I love this series. Barbara Ross is a wonderful storyteller alone or with her writing partners in crime! About the only thing, I love more than murder and mayhem is a good historical mystery! Secret rooms? Diaries from the 1800s? Sign me up!
NetGalley/ December 31st, 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
An Amish Matchmaker Mystery #1
A brand new series from Amanda Flower! And if you enjoy a little bit of crossover in your cozy series, this is the one for you!
Our main character, Millie, lives in Harvest, where the author’s Candy Shop Series is set, so you’ll see a few familiar faces.
Millie is a widow who has recently moved back to her childhood home in Harvest, Ohio. She is a quiltmaker and also a matchmaker. She’s quite good at knowing which person should be with the other.
The one person who she really wants to help is her niece, Edith. Edith is a widow with small children and a huge greenhouse business. Edith is engaged to Zeke, who is not a likable fellow and may have ulterior motives for wooing Edith.
When Edith tells Millie she has decided to not marry Zeke, Millie is thrilled. Everyone else? Not so much. So when Zeke turns up dead in the greenhouse Millie is sure Edith will be a suspect. Edith isn’t going to prison on her watch! But will poking around needle the wrong person?
I have read a few Amish Cozy Mysteries and these are different. The characters are flawed and very funny! Is there such a thing as an Amish Romantic Comedy/Mystery? It seems there is and this is it!
Looking forward to more of Millie!
NetGalley/ December 31st, 2019 by Kensington
A Tourist Trap Mystery #11
Fall has come to South Cove, the lovely town that is home to Coffee, Books, and More, owned by our coffee making, crime-solving Jill Gardner.
While we are all still reeling from Aunt Jackie’s abrupt break up with the man who worships her. Aunt Jackie isn’t talking about it. She is, however, acting very odd!
Love is in the air all over South Cove and Amy has Jill helping her with her wedding. The mayor is doing his best to get information on Greg running for mayor this year and is being very persistent.
When Jill hosts a talk at the shop on elder abuse, given by Paula, from the Senior Project, she isn’t really listening. But when she finds out Aunt Jackie is receiving strange phone calls from a man claiming to be her dead husband, Jill is suspicious. Is he a con man?
While Jill chases down leads on the mystery man, Greg is busy with murder. Paula’s boyfriend is dead, and she is looking good for murder. But Jill doesn’t believe it. Proving it may get her killed!
I have been with this series since the beginning. Jill has grown into a confident and strong woman. That is one thing I love about Lynn’s books, you can see the growth in each character and that is a hard thing to do.
This author has proven once again that she is one of the best in the Cozy Genre.
NetGalley/ November 12th, 2019 by Lyrical Underground