When a firecracker becomes a murder weapon, Emily Westhill pursues a killer with a short fuse …
This is the third book in the Deputy Donut Series and it just keeps getting better!
Like it or not, Cops and Donuts go together like peanut butter and jelly. And Emily Westhill should know. Her own husband was a detective and her father-in-law, Tom, is the retired police chief in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin. Tom is also her partner in the shop.
The best thing is the Donut car. Emily has turned an old police cruiser into a mascot for the donut shop and it sounds really fun. This time Emily is making donuts for the annual Fourth of July celebration in town, with red, white and blue jelly-filled donuts.
She is also transporting the King and Queen in her car. Or she was supposed to. The Queen is a real piece of work and refuses to ride in a donut car, she then proceeds to annoy and anger everyone there.
Everyone is enjoying the fireworks when one explodes from a pile of donuts and lodges itself in the Queen’s back, shutting her up for good.
But more than one someone is trying to make Emily look guilty and no matter what she is going to stick her nose into this mystery. But when things get sticky will her friends be able to figure out where she is and get there in time to save her from becoming the next victim?
I love this series. It’s smart, funny, and the characters are so real. And the donuts. And coffee. By the time finished this one all I wanted was a raspberry filled donut! I could smell them. Then Boom! There’s a recipe and now I’m making a donut. I will now wait patiently (not) for the next one.
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 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.
NetGalley/October 29th, 2019 by Kensington
(Two Rivers, #1)
For the first time in 20 years, Ann Cleeves—international bestselling and award-winning author of the Vera and Shetland series, both of which are hit TV shows—embarks on a gripping new series.
In North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his father’s funeral takes place. Once loved and cherished, the day Matthew left the strict evangelical community he grew up in, he lost his family too.
Ann Cleeves is a favorite of mine. I love the Vera and Shetland series! And I can tell this one is going to be good.
The story opens with Detective Matthew Venn standing outside of a chapel where his father’s funeral is taking place. He doesn’t go in. He would not be welcome. He left the Brethren and married his love, Jonothan.
As he is leaving he receives word of a body found on a nearby beach. A man no one knows has been stabbed. The only clue is a tattoo on his neck of an albatross.
The more Matthews team investigates, the more frustrated they become. Someone is lying and when girls from the Woodyard Day Centre for people with special needs start to go missing, Matthew is afraid he will have to hand over the case as his husband runs Woodyard.
He is also about to have his past return with a shocking twist!
I really enjoyed all of the little subplots in this story. The subject matter was handled so well. I look forward to more of this series!
NetGalley/September 3rd, 2019 by Minotaur Books
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
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
A Hazel Best and Gabriel Ash Mystery
When Constable Hazel Best stops a confrontation between a local gang member and a harmless looking fellow on the train, a chain of events ends with bodies and everyone she loves in danger.
As she begins finding things on her doorstep, she at first believes she may have a secret admirer. Her full attention isn’t on the flowers and chocolates, as Trucker, the local gang member is found dead. As Hazel tries to find a link between the dead boy and then a dead journalist, it’s beginning to look like the secret admirer may have taken that next leap to stalker. And when Ash is brutally beaten and warned to stay away from Hazel while at the same time Saturday shows up again, Hazel is determined to find the culprit. But it may cost her life.
I love the characters in this book. They aren’t perfect. Bad things have happened to them And one is a talking dog. But they are a family in the truest definition of the word.
Very Well Done
NetGalley/ May 1st 2019 by Severn House Publishers