Tag 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 

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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!

Book Review : Secrets in the Stacks

After an ominous Tarot reading, Sedona bookstore owner Rarity Cole must find a killer to keep her friend safe from harm—even if the cards are stacked against her . . .

Following her recovery from breast cancer, Rarity has embraced a life of healing and service in her Sedona, Arizona, community. She welcomes the opportunity to participate in the annual summer healing fair with her fittingly named new-age bookstore, The Next Chapter. The members of the Tuesday Night Survivors’ Book Club are also volunteering, maintaining a cooling station for overheated festivalgoers, and hosting a Tarot card reader for entertainment.
 
But one member, Darby, is anything but entertained when the Tarot reader pulls a Death card. With a mammogram coming up, she’s freaked out and goes home—only to walk into a crime scene where someone near and dear to her has been murdered. Despite the objections of Detective Drew Anderson, Rarity is determined to help her friend and protect her from being the killer’s next victim .

Book Review:

What’s not to love about a book about books? This cozy mystery kept me engaged, and I enjoyed sleuthing along with the characters. This is the second in the Survivors’ Book Club series, but it can be read as a standalone novel.

The characters are enjoyable and varied. They work well together. I look forward to more books in the series.

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!

Monday Book Date

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

Welcome to my Monday here at Lisa Everyday reads. It’s October and the weather is turning cooler and the leaves are turning. And it’s time for some New reads. October will bring you some Paranormal romance reads. To get you in the holiday mood. Make sure you check out the Lagniappe page for recipes ,games and more:

What I finished:

Book Review found at link. Lisa Everyday Life: Monday Cozy Mystery

Reading Now:

A Seaside Wonder

Reading Next: Some Holiday fun!

Santa, Please Bring Me a Boyfriend

As snowflakes fall like icing sugar, I smile at him and feel an unmistakeable spark. And I realise I don’t just fancy the (taut, muscular) arse off this man – a man who probably doesn’t even know I exist – but I actually like him…

This Christmas, Rowan has a long list for Santa:

  • To get her sex life out of the Sahara
  • To stop being the lonely singleton in her friendship group (aka the prime target for blind dates that go horribly wrong)
  • To find out where her confidence went (note to self: check under sofa)
  • To have someone to curl up with this Christmas, other than a tin of Quality Street

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Have a great week reading! And check out this weeks Book reviews and tours… lisa

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!

 The A Voice In the Silence Blitz and Giveaway!

A Voice in the Silence

by D.L. Finn

Genre: Paranormal Thriller, Cozy Romance

Drea Burr has experienced more than her share of loss when a stray dog, cat, and rat enter her life. Although the animals start to mend her broken heart, there is something very unusual about them. During a snowstorm, Drea discovers a chilling set of footprints leading to her front window. Both the police and a ghostly messenger warn her about a killer stalking widows. Help comes from her late husband’s best friend, Adam Hale. As the two try to discover answers, more questions arise— about a killer, ghosts, and animals experimented on in a lab.

Can Drea and Adam survive the threats coming from so many directions and save themselves and the animals they’ve grown to love? Or will more tragedy destroy her second chance at happiness? Find out in this thrilling, cozy paranormal adventure.

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D. L. Finn is an independent California local who encourages everyone to embrace their inner child. She was born and raised in the foggy Bay Area, but in 1990 she relocated with her husband, kids, dogs, and cats to Nevada City, in the Sierra foothills. She immersed herself in reading all types of books but especially loved romance, horror, and fantasy. She always treasured creating her own reality on paper. Finally, surrounded by towering pines, oaks, and cedars, her creativity was nurtured until it bloomed. Her creations include adult fiction, poetry, a unique autobiography, and children’s books. She continues on her adventure with an open invitation to all readers to join her.

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Sunday Book blog

Good Morning Sunday readers! It’s another Hot and Humid day in South Louisiana. So stay Cool, Stay Inside and Read!

Blog News and Updates:

Lots of book tours, reviews and holiday books on my blog. So if you are looking for something to Read stop bye. And don’t forget to join our Saturday Book Club !

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My Book Club Road trip :

A few friends and I took a day trip on the Natchez Trace to have lunch with a local author and friend. Lisa

Have a great week- Happy Reading….. Lisa

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Sunday Morning Coffee and Books:

Thanks for stopping bye this Sunday . This morning is Sunny and beautiful in South Louisiana. My Spring flowers are blooming so I am out on the patio again with with a Cup of Morning coffee. So my big decision of the day what shall I read next?

This weekends was our town’s Egg Hunt and festival is my small town . And that is my inspiration for today’s books. Is Easter Books of all kinds ! So enjoy my selection and take my poll down bellow …. Lisa

My Book Tag # holiday romance books , # Easter books

Easter themed Books :

#Cozy Mystery ,#Sunday read , #kindle unlimited

Can you figure out who the killer is before the guilty culprit is revealed?

During an Easter egg hunt, Roland “Beanie” Bean and his two-year-old son Evan are searching for eggs when they find a woman sprawled in the dirt beneath a hibiscus bush.

Little Evan thinks the lady is just sleeping, but Beanie knows better. The woman is dead.

As an investigative reporter at the Palmchat Gazette, Beanie is the perfect person to cover the story, considering that he found the victim.

Narrowing down the field of suspects, Beanie finds out the victim had plenty of enemies. Not only was she unfaithful to her husband, but she was blackmailing her lover and cheating her business partner and may have been involved in a scam with a vicious island cartel.

As Beanie continues to investigate, he uncovers sinister secrets and devious motives among those who were closest to the victim. Racing to discover the killer, he ends up the target of a diabolical murderer who won’t hesitate to kill again.

A Lady’s Easter Romance: A Historical Regency Romance

#kindle unlimited, # historical romance

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Lady Juliana, daughter of the Earl of Neavesbury, loves her quiet life in the country. As the Easter Season begins, she decides to take part in the yearly festivities and enjoy herself with her friends. What she didn’t expect though is that during the pancake race on Shrove Tuesday, she would meet an intriguing man who would make her heart beat faster than ever. To her dismay, Juliana will not be the only lady interested in the charming gentleman…

What will happen when Juliana realises that she is desperately in love with the man her best friend has set eyes on?

Lord Glendon Cobham is a shy and reserved Duke, with a very painful past. Even though he is instantly captivated by Juliana, he will soon notice that his friend James tries to push him away from the red-haired beauty. Will Glendon manage to explain his friend’s odd attitude? Will he manage to claim the only woman who has filled his empty heart, despite the forces set against him?

A love that will be challenged in every possible way…

There will soon come a time that neither Juliana nor Glendon will be able to deny their strong feelings for each other. Little did they know that the arrival of an ambitious uncle, along with more unexpected hurdles, would perplex their lives even further. Will Juliana and Glendon manage to conquer this darkness and find true love this Easter? Or will their dream of a happy ending slip through their fingers?

Bad Boy Bachelor Bunny:

# Coming Soon, # kindle unlimited

Quickest way to a woman’s heart—chocolate.

Especially at Easter. My billionaire family is famous for being the best of the best chocolatiers in the world.

Now it’s time to up the game, but I drew the short stick.

Instead of enjoying my bachelor life of wine, women, and winning, I get to fly across the globe in search of the best fair trade cocoa that can be found.

And who’s my guide when I get there?

The hottest woman I’ve ever laid eyes on. Soon she’ll be mine.

All women are. I’ve never NOT gotten what I wanted.

But something is different about this one.

She’s gritty, fierce, and ex-military.

Hot, hot, hot.

Her tourism company offers unique guided packages off the beaten path, which is exactly where I plan on going.

The fact that she isn’t putting up with an ounce of my shit is comical and quirky.

Makes me want her all the more.

Seems that money can’t buy everything and rabbits don’t lay eggs.

Either way, this bad boy bachelor bunny is after one thing—this girl’s honey.

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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

Topping

  • ▢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.

Mail Box : Monday

Thanks for joining me this Monday. Today in my virtual Mail Box I have a couple of amazing Non Fiction books and a Cozy Mystery.

In a delicious new Domestic Diva Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Krista Davis, entertaining guru Sophie Winston is faced with a midsummer nightmare when a celebration in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, is the appetizer for murder .

Record and share your life story with this dad journal

As a father, you have an important story to tell—where you’ve come from, where you’ve been, and where you still want to go. This guided journal is filled with a diverse collection of prompts to help you record your life story so far. Through a mix of short, fun entries and longer, more reflective questions, you’ll capture your most memorable experiences and insightful life lessons to cherish forever.

This life story journal inspires you to:

  • Write your memoir—Record stories about your childhood, beloved family traditions, your favorite things, your life as a dad, your dreams for the future, and more.
  • Find room to reflect—Open up and document what matters most to you with plenty of space to record as many details as you want after each prompt.
  • Create a treasured keepsake—Enjoy a beautiful, easy-to-follow design that makes this journal a joy to fill out and share with loved ones for generations to come.

Tell the story of your life in your own unique way with this timeless father’s legacy journal.

Gratitude Journal

It is easy to forget about implementing our new habits. Life gets busy! Hopefully, this beautiful journal designed with love and care will serve as a reminder for your daily practice and anchor you in the present moment for just a couple of minutes every day.

Gratitude practice is a wonderful tool of self-improvement and self-discovery for all who:

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.https://mailboxmonday.wordpress.com/