The Family Next Door by Fiona Cummins

The Family Next Door

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!

Well Done!

NetGalley/January 28th, 2020 by Pinnacle Books/ Kensington

 

 

New Releases for the New Year!

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!

xx P)

SEALED OFF by Barbara Ross

Sealed Off (A Maine Clambake Mystery, #8)

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

 

 

 

 

MATCHMAKING CAN BE MURDER by AMANDA FLOWER

Matchmaking Can Be Murder (An Amish Matchmaker Mystery #1)

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

 

MEMORIES AND MURDER BY LYNN CAHOON

Memories and Murder (A Tourist Trap Mystery # 10)

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

 

A CATERED NEW YEAR’S EVE by ISIS CRAWFORD

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A Mystery With Recipes

Bernie and Libby are always a treat! Even their Dad. The entire family cut ties to their mothers Sinclair relatives after years of them borrowing money and never bothering to pay it back, so it’s a shock when one of the cousins shows up asking Bernie and Libby to cater her New Year’s Eve party in an attempt to lure out whoever killed Ada Sinclair’s father.

Intrigued, but cautious, the ladies hear her out. Her father and his business partner both died within hours of each other and both were ruled accidents. But Ava passionately believes otherwise.

Their father warns them not to get involved, but you know they will, so he helps behind the scenes.

Showing up at the event, they are met with hostility and some seriously weird family members. Ada has asked them to be there when she reads the journal she found in her father’s thing. Believing it will flush out the guilty party. Unfortunately for Ada, it just leaves one person dead and Ada in the wind.

They truly believe Ada and are going to find out the truth. Even if it kills them, Which it may!

I love the sisters. This one was a bit wordy in the middle, but the ending was quite satisfying.

Well Done

NetGalley/October 29th, 2019 by Kensington

 

 

THE VAGINA BIBLE by JEN GUNTER, MD

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I was thrilled to get this one from Kensington Books! I spent the first 10 minutes laughing hysterically over that little quote at the top. In case you can’t see it, here it is.

“Buy this book if you have a vagina or if you spend any time at all in reasonable proximity to one” Aylet Waldman, NYT Best Selling Author.

One may think that an entire book about the vagina, written by an OB/GYN, would be a bit dry reading. One would be wrong. I have never highlighted so many pages and subjects before. To be educated in such an entertaining way kept me turning the pages faster and faster! There was a lot of WHAT? REALLY? WELL, WHO KNEW?

I wish I had had this book a long time ago. It answers every question you may ever have about the miracle that is the vagina. Whether you were born with one or had one built for you surgically, you’re covered. Trans men, Trans Women, Anyone with a vagina will have myths busted, and facts stated. From how to keep it clean, (please don’t steam it!) to why we have pubic hair, what the hymen is and is not and when and how to talk to your doctor about issues down there. Forget everything you’ve seen and heard from any celebrity. It’s debunked here. By a real doctor.

If I were a comedian I would want this book right now! I could do an entire show with material from this book! And my husband so appreciated the little tips and pictures I sent him at work. Mainly rubbing in the fact that the clitoris is solely for pleasure. The only body part for that! Amazing! We also get the low down on how long does sex last? How many times a month or year are people really having sex? What are the STI’s we should be screening for and getting vaccinated against? Tampons or Pads? Shave or wax?

I will be talking about vaginas for a very long time to anyone who will listen! Now my husband would like to know when the Penis Bible is coming. We all do babe, we all do.

Kensington  August 27, 2019