Category Archives: cozy mystery

Book Review: Sleuthing in StilettosBook Review:

Kelly Quinn, owner of a high-end consignment shop, is a booster for her Long Island town’s small businesses—but now a store owner’s murder has brought big trouble . . .

Locals in Lucky Cove seem to harbor hostility toward Miranda Farrell, proprietor of a new shoe store. Nevertheless, Kelly invites her along to a Chamber of Commerce meeting. But soon afterward, Miranda’s body is found in her shop, with Kelly’s uncle—who’s had multiple public arguments with her—standing nearby. Could her uncle really have committed murder over a business dispute? Or is Miranda’s death related to her late husband’s long-ago embezzlement case?
Kelly feels compelled to investigate, despite her detective boyfriend’s objections—not to mention her commitment to promoting Small Business Saturday. But her effort to pump up sales may fall flat. After her presentation to the committee is sabotaged, the Chamber gives her the boot—and tongues start wagging. Now she has to do some fancy footwork to find the killer 


ARC Book review

Kelly Quinn is back in action, but the town has decided that she has lost her marbles and worn out her welcome. Will it be lights out for Kelly or will she figure it out in time to save her life and others? A diversified cast of characters makes this group a believable and realistic circle of friends, family and townsfolk. The level of personality exuded by these characters makes you connect with them much more than most and you are definitely ready to cheer them on.

You really should start with the first book in the series as each book fleshes out the characters a bit more, the town and the relationships between the characters. However, you could read this book and enjoy it on its own, but why miss out on the hours of entertainment starting with the first book in the series would offer!

Lagniappe Edition: Happy Birthday

Happy November and I am celebrating some family birthdays that falls in the week of Thanksgiving. Here’s some fun items”

Birthday cake in a Cup:

  • 3 Tbsp AP flour
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Sugar
  • 2 tsp rainbow sprinkles
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 Tbsp Milk
  • 2 tsp Vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
  1. In a microwave-safe mug, combine the flour, sugar, sprinkles, baking powder, and salt. Then add in the milk, oil, and vanilla, and mix until just combined. Be careful not to over-mix.
  2. Microwave on high (800 – 900 W) for 2 minutes*, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. The cooking time may vary depending on your microwave and settings. If the cake isn’t cooked through yet, simply place it back in the microwave at intervals of 15 seconds until done. The mug might be quite hot, so take care when removing it from the microwave.
  3. Top with vegan whipped cream and sprinkles if desired, and enjoy!

* If preferred, bake it in the oven at 350°F (180°C) for 15 – 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Just be sure to use an oven-safe baking dish.

Not even small towns are safe from sticky fingers.

Charlotte McKay doesn’t know what to think when a robbery goes down in Sweetwater Fountains. While the store’s owner has always been good to Charlotte, free-spirited Jeanette has remained a creature of mystery. When Charlotte learns that the fountains are worth far more than anyone anticipated, she isn’t sure if the small town of Sweetwater Falls is safe, or if the burglar will strike again.

With a business lease on the line and a friend in trouble, Charlotte knows she needs to get to the bottom of who committed the crime…

… Or Jeanette might have to close up shop for good.

“Funfetti Feud” is filled with layered clues and cozy moments, written by Molly Maple, which is a pen name for a USA Today bestselling author.

A Paramour Bay Cozy Paranormal Mystery

#Throwback Thursday 2018, Paranormal cozy mystery

USA Today Bestselling Author Kennedy Layne switches creative gears and brings you a cozy paranormal mystery that will have you wishing these unique and comical characters could spring to life with a twitch of your nose…

An inherited tea shop, a quaint little Connecticut town, and its quirky residents have Raven Marigold believing her luck is about to change for the better. Of course, that was before she and her best friend found a dead body in the back of the charming store. Things go from bad to worse when Raven begins to hear a talking cat spouting on and on about magic and mayhem.

Once Raven accepts that she’s not losing her mind, she finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation while discovering her family’s unusual lineage—the Marigolds are bona fide witches!

‘Tis the season to be scared and delighted…this wickedly charming tale includes magical tea blends, an enchanting spell book, and an eerie cottage on the edge of town that contains a special surprise you won’t want to miss!

KU Book series:

This was really good & refreshing especially following the chaotic mess by another author I was unable to finish. Good story, likeable characters. I hope the others in the series will be offered on sale, I will definitely get them. This wasn’t plagued by the myriad of errors that so many of these Cozy Mysteries contain, which was wonderful. She did say ‘purposefully’ a couple of times when I think she meant ‘purposely’ but it was nice not to have to wade thru a bunch of stuff simple proofreading should have caught but didn’t. Definitely worth reading!

Book Review: Havoc and Hauntings:

Welcome to Fiddlehead Creek, the quaint little town in the southwest region of Georgia, where things aren’t always what they seem!

My name is Esme Hightower, and I talk to dead people. That is, when they’re actually willing to talk.

You see, I’m not a full-on psychic medium yet, but I’m super close to nabbing the job of my dreams. I just need a few more satisfied clients to complete the requirements and…

In walks a shape-shifting hunk with a bone to pick, who just also happens to be my long-ago sweetheart. He needs me to find out who killed his brother, and saying “no” could mean kissing my career ambitions bye-bye forever. But when the target spook refuses to cooperate, I find out I’ve bitten off way more than I can chew with this one.

Will it cost me my job? My second chance at love? Or even my life? I’m really not looking forward to finding out.

If you like Southern paranormal cozy mysteries, you’ll enjoy this first book in the Channeling Ghosts for Beginners series. Grab your copy and start reading today!

book review:Ku

I was hooked from the first page. The descriptions of the land and culture added so much to the intrigue of the story line. This is a brilliant read! It pulled me in from beginning and held my attention. The world building is detailed and imaginative. This novel has strong, well developed characters and an interesting story line that keeps you turning the pages. I recommend this novel and would read more novels by this author. An excellent read.

Sunday’s : Holiday Book pick:

Sour Cherry Turnover (Auntie Clem’s Bakery Book 7)

She would never look at a cherry turnover the same way again.

Erin told anyone who would listen that she was not concerned about The Bake Shoppe reopening, but in her heart of hearts, she was worried about whether Auntie Clem’s Bakery would be able to survive a direct competitor in Bald Eagle Falls. She can’t help feeling resentment toward Charley starting up a competing business and expecting her advice and support.

But a brutal murder soon reminds her that there are worse things than competition. Especially when she is discovered with the murder weapon in her hand.

Worried that Vic’s brother Jeremy may be involved, Erin tries to protect him from the investigation

My Pick:

PD Workman’s SOUR CHERRY TURNOVER is the 7th book in her Auntie Clem’s Bakery series. I stumbled into a delightful cozy mystery/thriller with all the charm a small town in contemporary Tennessee can provide! Love the characters; the plot slowly revealing itself; and all the clever intertwined revelations which were made! Now that I enjoyed #7 so much, I am eager to get into #1-6 and the remaining books! Have fun!

Saturday Book Club

Welcome to our Saturday Book Club at the Melville Library. So grab a cup of coffee and join us today !

April Cozy Mystery Pick book:

Arsenic in the Azaleas (Lovely Lethal Gardens Book 1)

A new cozy mystery series from USA Today best-selling author Dale Mayer. Follow gardener and amateur sleuth Doreen Montgomery—and her amusing and mostly lovable cat, dog, and parrot—as they catch murderers and solve crimes in lovely Kelowna, British Columbia.

Riches to rags. … Controlling to chaos. … But murder … seriously?

After her ex-husband leaves her high and dry, former socialite Doreen Montgomery’s chance at a new life comes in the form of her grandmother, Nan’s, dilapidated old house in picturesque Kelowna … and the added job of caring for the animals Nan couldn’t take into assisted living with her: Thaddeus, the loquacious African gray parrot with a ripe vocabulary, and his buddy, Goliath, a monster-size cat with an equally monstrous attitude.

It’s the new start Doreen and her beloved basset hound, Mugs, desperately need. But, just as things start to look up for Doreen, Goliath the cat and Mugs the dog find a human finger in Nan’s overrun garden.

And not just a finger. Once the police start digging, the rest of the body turns up and turns out to be connected to an old unsolved crime.

With her grandmother as the prime suspect, Doreen soon finds herself stumbling over clues and getting on Corporal Mack Moreau’s last nerve, as she does her best to prove her beloved Nan innocent of murder.

Why April pick :

It’s Garden time in Louisiana. And Azaleas are in full bloom all over town. With over 3,000 Five Star Reviews Its a good pick.

You can grab a Copy at the Library or check out through Libby . You can also grab a Free E Book from Amazon. Lisa

Melville Library is closed next Saturday for our towns Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Festival. But keep reading…. Lisa

Lisa Saturday Book Club : Show and Tell

This Saturday at the Melville Library – I asked member to bring a favorite craft project they are working on. Since it’s National Craft month and our book center around a group of women in a knitting shop. Who forms a fabric and yarn Club ! Sign Me Up!!

March Cozy Mystery :

March Book

Show & Tell Time:

Sweet Treat : GG Snickerdoodle cookies

  • 2 ⅔ cups flour
  • ▢2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • ▢2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ▢1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ▢⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ▢1 ⅓ cups sugar
  • ▢1 cup butter softened
  • ▢2 eggs


  • ▢¼ cup sugar
  • ▢1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Combine flour, cream of tartar, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • With mixer on medium, combine sugar, butter and eggs. Stir in flour mixture.
  • Combine cinnamon and sugar for topping in a small bowl. Divide dough into 32 pieces and roll each piece into a ball. Roll balls in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes.

Saturday Book Club : March

Welcome to the first Saturday in March at the Melville Library. This months cozy mystery is all about Crafts and sharing what you love :

Last Wool and Testament: A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery

In this mystery in the Haunted Yarn Shop series, Kath Rutledge is about to learn the true meaning of TGIF—Thank Goodness It’s Fiber.…

That’s the name of the spunky group of fiber and needlework artists founded by Ivy McClellan, Kath’s beloved grandmother. Though Ivy has recently passed on, the members still meet regularly at her fiber and fabric shop, The Weaver’s Cat, which Kath has now inherited. But that’s only the first in a series of surprises when Kath returns to the small town of Blue Plum, Tennessee, to settle her grandmother’s affairs.

There’s been a murder, and it turns out her grandmother was the prime suspect. Before she can begin to clear Ivy’s name, Kath encounters a looming presence in the form of a gloomy ghost. It turns out the specter has just as much interest in solving the murder as Kath. So, with a little help from the members of TGIF—and a stubborn spirit from beyond—she sets out to unravel the clues and hook the real killer…

March ic Craft and Hobby Month! So we are reading a fun Yarn shop mystery! So enjoy the book and join us March 19th for Show and Tell . Where we will be having treats and sharing our latest craft project…. Lisa

Lisa Book Club : Celebrating Mardi Gras

Saturday Book Club:

This Saturday we are celebrating Mardi Gras at the Library! With a fun book , cookies and this afternoon a Shoe Box Float parade – see details at Lisa Everyday Life .

Southern charm meets the dark mystery of the bayou as a hundred-year flood, a malicious murder, and a most unusual Mardi Gras converge at the Crozat Plantation B&B

It’s Mardi Gras season on the bayou, which means parades, pageantry, and gumbo galore. But when a flood upends life in the tiny town of Pelican, Louisiana—and deposits a body of a stranger behind the Crozat Plantation B&B—the celebration takes a decidedly dark turn. The citizens of Pelican are ready to, “Laissezles bon temps rouler”—but there’s beaucoup bad blood on hand this Mardi Gras.

Maggie Crozat is determined to give the stranger a name and find out why he was murdered. The post-flood recovery has delayed the opening of a controversial exhibit about the little-known Louisiana Orphan Train. And when a judge for the Miss Pelican Mardi Gras Gumbo Queen pageant is shot, Maggie’s convinced the murder is connected to the body on the bayou. Does someone covet the pageant queen crown enough to kill for it? Could the deaths be related to the Orphan Train, which delivered its last charges to Louisiana in 1929? The leads are thin on this Fat Tuesday—and until the killer is unmasked, no one in Pelican is safe.

A simmering gumbo of a humorous whodunit, Mardi Gras Murder is the fourth piquant installment in USA Todaybestselling author Ellen Byron’s award-winning Cajun Country mysteries.

Book thoughts :

Another winner by Ms. Byron this one starts a few days before Mardi Gras and all the preparation. There is the beauty pageant and the gumbo contest and last but not least….. Murder! Maggie is right in the middle and it’s up to her to pull off the festival without a hitch.

Murder on Valentine’s Day

Ridgeway Rescue Mysteries can be read in 1-2 hours. Perfect for when you’re waiting for an appointment or just want a fast read. Don’t miss out on this quick, clean, cozy mystery that will keep you guessing until the end!

It’s Valentine’s Day and 20-year-old Emma Wright just wants her crush to take notice of her. But Colby Davidson, the K9 search and rescue deputy only thinks of her as a kid sister. How will she get him to take her seriously?

When her veterinarian boss calls her to pick up a cat at a potential crime scene, she finds herself at the house of the richest woman in Ridgeway. Her father—the sheriff—and Colby are there. They both dismiss the untimely death as a heart attack, but Emma finds clues that it might be something more. Did the software billionaire die of natural causes, or was it murder?

Book thoughts:

Really enjoy cozy mysteries with pets playing major roles in solving the crimes. I love both cats and dogs and this story had both. I enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more by its author. It’s the perfect short read for celebrating the holiday.