Sweet Tea and Secrets by Joy Avon

Sweet Tea and Secrets (A Tea and Read Mystery #2)

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

 

 

 

 

Sconed To Death by Lynn Cahoon

Sconed to Death (Cat Latimer Mystery #5)

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

 

 

 

 

 

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SILENT FOOTSTEPS by JO BANNISTER

Silent Footsteps

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

YOU FIT THE PATTERN by JANE HASELDINE

You Fit The Pattern

A Julia Gooden Mystery

Julia is back! Crime writer Julia Gooden has finished her book on her brother’s abduction and murder when he was a child. And she has helped put his killer behind bars. It’s a good story, but her editor wants more emotion and Julia isn’t sure she wants to do that.

She’s not letting that get in the way of investigating other crimes. Someone is abducting women joggers and leaving them dead in empty churches with cryptic drawings in their hands. And all wearing the same dress. The exact dress Julia wore at a police function with her boyfriend Ray Navarro once.

As Julia digs into the case she gets a call from the killer himself. He wants to be famous and he wants her to make him famous by writing his story. He’ll even give her little clues to the next murder. As the case evolves Julia and the police come to understand that this one is personal. That Julia is the intended last victim. But why? And who is this person?

This is one of my favorite series. Julia is no one’s victim and Ray has no intentions of her being one.

There were some really good new characters in this one and a lot of misdirection which had me over thinking everyone.
That’s good!

Well Done! A big thank you to Kensington and the author for a copy.

 March 26th 2019 by Kensington Publishing

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAST NIGHT by KAREN ELLIS (The Searchers #2)

Last Night (The Searchers, #2)

NYPD detective Lex Cole tracks a missing Brooklyn teen whose bright future is endangered by the ghosts of his unknown father’s past, in this highly anticipated sequel to A Map of the Dark.

In this second book in the Searchers series, Lex takes the lead with Elsa consulting. Lex is having problems with Adam and isn’t sure if they are even a couple anymore. But work is work and this is a case that just keeps getting more tangled up.

Titus “Crisp” Crespo is a mixed race kid from Brighton Beach. Raised by his mother and grandparents, Crisp is a smart guy a day away from graduating as Valedictorian when he is arrested on a charge of riding a bike on the sidewalk, so instead of going home, he gets tossed in jail for a night. From the roof he can see into the patio of a high-rise and a girl sitting smoking a joint and getting some sun. They both realize they met last summer and when Crisp is released he goes to meet Glynnie to explain why he was up there.

Crisp is a straight arrow. He doesn’t get into trouble. He’s going to Princeton.

Glynnie is the opposite of Crisp. Rich. Doesn’t care about school or college. And she is white.

When she begs him to come with her to visit her weed dealer, he impulsively agrees and that one bad decision leads them on a road that neither of them wanted to be on.

Now stuck in the projects with an arms dealer and a dead body they may not have to worry about college or anything else.

I felt so sorry for Lex in this one. Not just because he battles his own demons while battling real life bad guys, but because of the kids. Not one of them is telling the whole truth about that day. Now he has to think like a teenager. Which means don’t think.

I liked these characters and this series feels as if it is going in the right direction! A good one!

Well Done!

Netgalley/February 26th 2019 by Mulholland Books

 

A MAP OF THE DARK by KAREN ELLIS

A Map of the Dark (The Searchers #1)

The first in a series, A Map of the Dark by Karen Ellis, introduces us to FBI Agent Elsa Myers. Elsa is a complex character with a dark past and a lot of secrets.

Right now her father is dying and she is by his side when she receives a call for help from New York City. She has been asked for personally because of her track record finding missing people.

Ruby, a teenager, has gone missing. With a lot of misdirection from friends hiding their own secrets, the case is becoming more difficult and putting her own family in danger as well.

Working with Detective Lex Cole is proving difficult. Elsa is a very private person and Lex is trying to find a crack inside that hard shell she has put in place to protect herself. But for this case, she is going to have to face the darkness of the past and find these girls before it’s too late.

A new police procedural thriller series is always a welcome gift. While we didn’t get a lot of Elsa’s past and how she became an agent, it’s a series and since I’m now reading the second one, I can tell you it just gets better!

Well Done!

Netgalley/ January 2nd 2018 by Mulholland Books

 

 

PIE HARD (Pie Town Mystery #3) by KIRSTEN WEISS

 

 

At Pie Town, Val Harris is still in her first year and while business is a little slow right now she isn’t about to throw in the towel.

Unbeknownst to Val her much older pie crust baker, Charlene has signed the shop up for the reality television show Pie Hard. Walking into her shop to find strangers and cameras is not what Val needs at the moment. But with Charlene whispering in her ear listing all of the good things and publicity they would receive, she caves.

Pie Hard, like all reality shows, thrives on drama and trust me there is no lack of drama in this tale. Rude, late, and pushy, Val doesn’t know how much of this she can take. Charlene has already forgotten to tell her she rented a piece of the land where Val’s tiny house sits to a group of Yurt loving, goddesses for the week and she still isn’t sure if she has a boyfriend or not.

When one  of her gaming regulars, Ray calls to say he just saw a body fall off the cliff at the hotel where the entire crew is staying, Val and Charlene are on the case. Val is hoping they all just go on home, but no, fate has something even more shocking in store for her! The new producer.

When even more bodies start piling up they know they need to solve this thing before Pie Town dies a hard death!

What makes a really good Cozy Mystery Series? Characters. And Ms. Weiss has given us an abundance of them. Not the typical ditzy ones. Characters you could meet in any small town. They have depth, flaws, quirks, just like the rest of us. They are relatable. This is what I like to call an intelligent cozy. There are so many layers of intrigue in this one that I read it straight through! Just when you think you know who did what and why, you don’t. I love it when I read a story and go WHAT?? at the wrap up.

Very Well Done!

Kensington February 26, 2019

Thanks so much for the ARC KW!