Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A Fatal Collection by Mary Ellen Hughes | Blog Tour with Guest Post and Giveaway


A Fatal Collection by Mary Ellen Hughes
Series: A Keepsake Cove Mystery, #1
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publication Date: November 8, 2017
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Paperback: 264 pages
ISBN-10: 0738752193
ISBN-13: 978-0738752198
E-Book File Size: 2652 KB
ASIN: B01MR8L4IS


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The Blurb

Friday, November 10, 2017

Scrapbook of Murder by Lois Winston | Blog Tour with Excerpt, Review, and Giveaway


The Blurb


Crafts and murder don’t normally go hand-in-hand, but "normal" deserted craft editor Anastasia Pollack’s world nearly a year ago. Now, tripping over dead bodies seems to be the “new normal” for this reluctant amateur sleuth.

When the daughter of a murdered neighbor asks Anastasia to create a family scrapbook from old photographs and memorabilia discovered in a battered suitcase, she agrees — not only out of friendship but also from a sense of guilt over the older woman’s death. However, as Anastasia begins sorting through the contents of the suitcase, she discovers a letter revealing a fifty-year-old secret, one that unearths a long-buried scandal and unleashes a killer. Suddenly Anastasia is back in sleuthing mode as she races to prevent a suitcase full of trouble from leading to more deaths.

Scrapbook of Murder by Lois Winston
Series: An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery, #6
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publication Date: 
October 2, 2017
Self Published
Paperback: 232 pages
ISBN-10: 1940795427
ISBN-13: 978-1940795423
E-Book File Size: 3145 KB
ASIN: B075FCSCPL

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

A Deadly Éclair by Daryl Wood Gerber | Blog Tour with Review, Guest Post, & 2 Giveaways



The Blurb


It’s always been Mimi Rousseau’s dream to open her own bistro, but it seems beyond her grasp since she’s been chased back home to Nouvelle Vie in Napa Valley by her late husband’s tremendous debt. Until her best friend Jorianne James introduces her to entrepreneur Bryan Baker who invests in promising prospects. Now, working the bistro and inn until she’s able to pay it off and call it her own, Mimi is throwing the inn’s first wedding ever.

The wedding will be the talk of the town, as famous talk show host Angelica Edmonton, daughter of Bryan’s half-brother, Edison, has chosen the inn as her perfect venue. Anxious, Mimi is sure things are going to turn south, especially when Edison gets drunk and rowdy at the out-of-towners’ dinner, but by the evening, things begin to look up again. That is until six AM rolls around, and Bryan is found dead at the bistro with an éclair stuffed in his mouth. And the fingers point at Mimi, whose entire loan is forgiven in Bryan’s will.

Now it’s up to Mimi to clear her name and get to the bottom of things before the killer turns up the heat again in A Deadly Éclair, the scrumptious series debut by Agatha Award-winning author Daryl Wood Gerber.

A Deadly Éclair by Daryl Wood Gerber
Series: A French Bistro Mystery, #1
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Culinary Mystery
Publication Date: 
November 7, 2017
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683313410
e-Book File Size: 4627 KB
Kindle ASIN: B06XWDWRLF

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Precious Pachyderm by Karen Christino | Blog Tour with Excerpt, Review, and Giveaway


The Blurb




Manhattan, 1926. A wealthy businessman found dead. A priceless elephant figurine from an extravagant Indian prince gone missing. And famous astrologer Evangeline Adams is a primary suspect.  To save their jobs, Adams’ assistants Mary Adler and Clara Cosentino investigate the astrologer’s classy clients, oddball employees and offbeat associates to help discover who really committed the crime.  And Evangeline solves her first case with the help of astrology in this funny, fast-paced whodunit.

The Precious Pachyderm by Karen Christino 
Series: An Evangeline Adams Mystery, #1)
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Historical Mystery
Release Date: June 15, 2016
Publisher: Stella Mira Books
Paperback: 262 pages
ISBN-10: 0972511733
ISBN-13: 978-0972511735
eBook File Size: 4252 KB
ASIN: B01H5SI59M
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The Excerpt


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Sleuthing Women II by Lois Winston, et al | Blog Tour with Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway

Sleuthing Women II: 10 Mystery Novellas
by Lois Winston, Allison Brennan, Laura Griffin, Maggie Toussaint, Jonnie Jacobs,
Camille Minichino, Heather Haven, Vinnie Hansen, Mary Kennedy, Rita Lakin, and Judy Alter


Sleuthing Women II: 10 Mystery Novellas
Genre: Cozy Mysteries
Self Published
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Print Length: 675 pages
e-Book File Size: 2232 KB
ASIN: B074TVL3HG
e-ISBN: 9781940795409
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Saturday, October 28, 2017

16 Millimeters by Larissa Reinhart | Blog Tour with Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway


The Blurb


Body doubles, dead bodies, and hot bodies abound... Wait, what? 

#StillAWannabeDetective In continuing her career-makeover quest as a for-real detective, ex-teen and reality star Maizie Albright has a big learning curve to overcome. A sleuthing background starring in a TV show — Julia Pinkerton, Teen Detective — does not cut the real life mustard. It doesn’t even buy her lunch, let alone extra condiments. Her chosen mentor, Wyatt Nash of Nash Security Solutions, is not a willing teacher. He’d rather stick Maizie with a safe desk job and handle the security solution-ing himself. But Maizie’s got other plans to help Nash. First, win Nash’s trust. Second, his heart.

Wait, not his heart. His respect. His hearty respect.

So when a major movie producer needs a babysitter for his hot mess starlet, Maizie eagerly takes the job. But when her starlet appears dead, and then not dead, Maizie’s got more than an actress to watch and a missing corpse to find. Body doubles, dead bodies, and hot bodies abound when the big screen, small screen, and silent screams collide. Maizie’s on the job, on the skids, and on thin ice, hunting a killer who may be a celebrity stalker. And Maizie just might be the next celebrity who gets snuffed.


16 Millimeters by Larissa Reinhart
Series: A Maizie Albright Star Detective Humorous Mystery, #2
Genre: Cozy Mystery/Romance
Publication Date: October 17, 2017
Publisher: Past Perfect Press
Paperback: 370 pages

ISBN-10: 0997885378

ISBN-13: 978-0997885378
e-Book File Size: 18191 KB
Kindle ASIN: B074TW9MZ8
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Friday, October 27, 2017

Secrets and Pies by Jenny Kales | Blog Tour with Character Guest Post and Giveaway


Secrets and Pies by Jenny Kales
Series: A Callie's Kitchen Mystery, #3
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Culinary Mystery
Self Published
Release Date: October 19, 2017
Paperback: 245 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1549933912
e-Book File Size: 946 KB
ASIN: B075R47R7B



The Blurb

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Best-Laid Plants by Marty Wingate | Blog Tour with Guest Post


Best-Laid Plants by Marty Wingate
Series: A Potting Shed Mystery, #6
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publication Date: October 17, 2017
Publisher: Alibi / Random House
Print Length: 294 pages
ASIN: B01MSAATUW
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Bones To Pick by Linda Lovely | Blog Tour with Excerpt, Review, and Giveaway

Bones To Pick

by Linda Lovely

on Tour October 16 - December 16, 2017

Synopsis:

Bones To Pick by Linda Lovely
Living on a farm with four hundred goats and a cantankerous carnivore isn’t among vegan chef Brie Hooker’s list of lifetime ambitions. But she can’t walk away from her Aunt Eva, who needs help operating her dairy.

Once she calls her aunt’s goat farm home, grisly discoveries offer ample inducements for Brie to employ her entire vocabulary of cheese-and-meat curses. The troubles begin when the farm’s pot-bellied pig unearths the skull of Eva’s husband, who disappeared years back. The sheriff, kin to the deceased, sets out to pin the murder on Eva. He doesn’t reckon on Brie’s resolve to prove her aunt’s innocence. Death threats, ruinous pedicures, psychic shenanigans, and biker bar fisticuffs won’t stop Brie from unmasking the killer, even when romantic befuddlement throws her a curve.



Bones To Pick by Linda Lovely
Genre: Humorous Cozy Mystery 
Series: Brie Hooker Mystery, #1
Published by: Henery Press
Publication Date: Oct. 24, 2017
Number of Pages: 266
ISBN: 9781635112597



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Monday, October 23, 2017

Bones To Pick by Linda Lovely | Blog Tour with Excerpt, Guest Post, and Giveaway

Bones To Pick

by Linda Lovely

on Tour October 16 - December 16, 2017

Synopsis:

Bones To Pick by Linda Lovely
Living on a farm with four hundred goats and a cantankerous carnivore isn’t among vegan chef Brie Hooker’s list of lifetime ambitions. But she can’t walk away from her Aunt Eva, who needs help operating her dairy.

Once she calls her aunt’s goat farm home, grisly discoveries offer ample inducements for Brie to employ her entire vocabulary of cheese-and-meat curses. The troubles begin when the farm’s pot-bellied pig unearths the skull of Eva’s husband, who disappeared years back. The sheriff, kin to the deceased, sets out to pin the murder on Eva. He doesn’t reckon on Brie’s resolve to prove her aunt’s innocence. Death threats, ruinous pedicures, psychic shenanigans, and biker bar fisticuffs won’t stop Brie from unmasking the killer, even when romantic befuddlement throws her a curve.



Bones To Pick by Linda Lovely
Genre: Humorous Cozy Mystery 
Series: Brie Hooker Mystery, #1
Published by: Henery Press
Publication Date: Oct. 24, 2017
Number of Pages: 266
ISBN: 9781635112597



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Friday, October 20, 2017

The Case of the Clobbered Cad by Debra E. Marvin | Blog Tour Review, Guest Post, Giveaway


The Blurb


Inspired by the famous Girl Detective, the members of the Olentangy Heights Girls' Detective Society, affectionately known as the Nosy Parkers, spent their formative years studying criminology, codes, and capers. Unfortunately, opportunities to put their unique skills to work were thin on the ground in the post-war boom of their little corner of suburbia and they eventually grew up to pursue more sensible careers. Until... 

Heather Munro’s youthful devotion to The Girl Detective led to a passion for digging around in history. Now pursuing her Master's Degree in Celtic Studies, Heather must balance exploring Edinburgh with her determination to excel in her all–male classes at the University. Unfortunately, on her first night working in the Archives room, she discovers the dead body of a visiting professor, the same would-be Lothario she’d hoped never to see again. 

As clues come to light, it’s clear someone hopes to frame Heather for the murder. Besides her quirky landlady, whom can she trust? How can she clear her name? The police and the American Consul have plenty of suspects, but only two seem to have both motive and opportunity: Heather and the quiet Scottish historian she longs to trust.

The Case of the Clobbered Cad by Debra E. Marvin
Series: Nosy Parkers Mysteries, #2
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publication Date: August 1, 2017
Publisher: Journey Fiction
Paperback: 302 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1946892027
E-Book ASIN: B0749K9NZX



The Review


Monday, October 16, 2017

Cold As Ice by Julie Mulhern | Blog Tour with Guest Post and Giveaway


The Blurb


Ellison Russell’s life resembles a rollercoaster ride. And rollercoasters make her ill. Her daughter Grace has a crush on a boy Ellison doesn’t trust and she’s taken to hosting wild parties when Ellison goes out for the evening. Worse, the bank which represents Grace’s inheritance from her father may be in trouble.

When a meeting with the chef at the country club leads to the discovery of a body, Ellison can’t afford cold feet. She must save the bank, find the killer, and convince Grace (and herself) that powerful women don’t need men to rescue them.


Books in the Country Club Murders Humorous Mystery Series:
THE DEEP END (#1), Five-Kitty Review here
GUARANTEED TO BLEED (#2), Five-Kitty Review here
COLD AS ICE (#6), Five-Kitty Review here and here


Cold As Ice by Julie Mulhern
Series: The Country Club Murders, #6
Genre: Humorous Mystery 
Publication Date:October 17, 2017
Publisher: Henery Press
Paperback: 268 pages
ISBN-10: 1635112672
ISBN-13: 978-1635112672
Hardcover
ISBN-10: 1635112702
ISBN-13: 978-1635112702
e-Book File Size: 503 KB
ASIN: B07481MPV2
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Deadspeak 2 by Ruth Bainbridge | Book Blast with Excerpt and Giveaway


The Blurb



DEADSPEAK2. The chilling new entry in the Deadspeak Mystery Series.



Things look different when you're dead.



It’s Halloween and a group of teens throw a party at Harbinger Falls’ most celebrated haunted estate. It’s all fun and games until a session with a Ouija board guides the partygoers to the body of a young girl hidden in the attic. 

Detective Kimberly Trent is assigned the case and quickly discovers that all is not as it seems. First, there’s the connection between the death and a string of petnappings terrorizing the neighborhood. Then there’s the suicide note that only leaves more questions than answers. A visit from Kimberly’s ghostly friend Griff Lindon sheds an unwelcome light. It seems she’s had a run in with the newly deceased who tells her she’s been murdered. 

This is the second in The Deadspeak Mysteries. The entries are meant to be read in sequential order and do not stand alone. In each book, you’ll find a new murder for Kimberly Trent to solve. You’ll also find the continuing search for who murdered Kim’s sister Elizabeth. Each book will take you closer and closer to finding out the identity of The Hex Killer, the serial killer who ended Elizabeth’s short life. It will also bring you to the heart of the evil that’s come back to life to wreak revenge.



Deadspeak 2 by Ruth Bainbridge 
Series: The Deadspeak Mysteries, #2
Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Paranormal
Release Date: September 12, 2017
Self Published 
eBook File Size: 1557 KB
Print Length: 481 pages
ASIN: B0759YG1Z4  
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The Excerpt


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Poison and Prejudice by Chelsea Field | Review

Chelsea Field returns to Jane Reads with another Eat, Pray, Die Humorous Mystery!



The Blurb


Izzy and the gang are back in book four of this funny, romantic, mystery series. And the stakes have never been higher…


When Izzy agreed to become an undercover poison taster, she didn’t anticipate that it might involve driving around the streets of Los Angeles with a corpse in the trunk.

Because the police asked her to.

She also didn’t think finding a body together could be considered a bonding experience until she met Connor’s family.

But fate delights in marking its territory all over Izzy’s expectations. And this time she’ll be caught between the powers of Homeland Security, an evil human trafficking ring, and the Taste Society all working toward different ends…


Poison and Prejudice by Chelsea Field
Series: An Eat, Pray, Die Humorous Mystery, #4
Genre: Cozy Mystery  
Publication Date: June 13, 2017
Publisher: JFP Press
Paperback: 334 pages
ISBN-10: 0994575688
ISBN-13: 978-0994575685
e-Book File Size: 3174 KB
ASIN: B072BFNTFS


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The Review

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Vangie Vale And The Corpseless Custard by R.L. Syme | Review

The Blurb



What could be wrong with attending a Bunco group with a friend, in a nearby town, and making a few custards for the guest of honor?

Nothing at all... except that guest of honor never shows up. And when her body is discovered, everyone at the Bunco group is a murder suspect. Vangie has to work overtime to fulfill all her responsibilities back in Saint Agnes, and also keep herself out of the murder-spotlight. 

Vangie Vale finds herself in another predicament, trying to solve a murder in a neighboring small town before her mugshot shows up in the local anonymous gossip blog. And just when she hoped her Sherlocking days were done. No rest for the wicked… or the clergy.

Pick up your second book in The Matchbaker Mysteries today. The Corpseless Custard is a clean, cozy, crazy romp with twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end. You’ll never guess whodunit.

“R.L. Syme is a fresh voice in the cozy mystery genre.”

-Zara Keane, USA Today bestselling author of the Movie Club Mysteries series 

RECIPE INCLUDED: The Corpseless Custard



Vangie Vale And The Corpseless Custard by R.L. Syme
Series: A Matchbaker Mystery, #2
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Culinary Mystery 
Publication Date: September 18, 2017
Publisher: Hummingbird Books
Paperback: 364 pages
ISBN-10: 1977524664
ISBN-13: 978-1977524669
e-Book File Size: 4967 KB
ASIN: B074RP5CHZ
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The Review

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

In The Stars by Zanna Mackenzie | Blog Tour with Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway


The Blurb


One desperate phone call is all it takes to turn Amber’s previously dull day into one speeding scarily out of control!

Amber Reed’s at work making up the horoscopes for the local newspaper and wishing for some excitement in her life, when she gets a phone call offering her just that.

Plunged into the middle of a celebrity murder investigation she’s desperately trying to convince the scarily handsome special agent assigned to solve the case that she can help him catch the killer.

Amber’s soon battling something far more dangerous than she could ever have imagined  and it has nothing to do with the equally scary chemistry fizzing between her and special agent Charlie.

Is it Amber’s wish for more excitement in her life which has landed her in big trouble  or is her fate written in the stars?


In The Stars is part of the fun, romantic Amber Reed Mystery series:

* In The Stars (book 1)
* On Trial ( book 1.5)
* Precious (book 2)
* Forever Mine (book 3)
* Past Perfect (book 4)
* Stop The Beat (book 5)
* Paradise Lost (book 6)



In The Stars by Zanna Mackenzie
Series: An Amber Reed Mystery, #1
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Self Published
Publication Date: December 11, 2014
Print length: 364 pages
ASIN: B00QXFNP62

The Review

Monday, September 25, 2017

Calamity at the Continental Club by Colleen J. Shogan | Blog Tour Excerpt, Review, Giveaway


The Blurb

The Mayflower Society is about to hold its annual meeting at Washington D.C.’s swanky gathering place for the elite, the Continental Club. That means Kit Marshall’s upper-crust future in-laws, Buffy and Winston Hollingsworth, are coming for a visit. Annoyed that Kit has not set a date to marry Doug, Buffy wants her to commit to a high society wedding at the club. Kit, though chief of staff for a congresswoman, feels uncomfortable with Buffy and Winston’s crowd.

Kit receives an unexpected reprieve in the form of murder. En route to her morning jog, she encounters the corpse of the leader of the Mayflower Society, conservative multimedia tycoon Grayson Bancroft. On the security cameras, no one was seen entering or leaving the club, which means the culprit had to be an overnight guest. Little love was lost on Bancroft, but the police have their prime suspect: Doug’s father.

Buffy and Winston, formerly disdainful of Kit’s sleuthing, urge her to investigate. With her future in-laws’ freedom and reputations at stake, Kit sets out once again to solve a murder mystery, this time aided by her fiancé Doug in addition to her friends Meg and Trevor and her dog Clarence. Her search for clues will take her from the club to the Smithsonian Museum, the National Archives, and Mount Vernon.


Book 3 of the Washington Whodunit series, which began with Stabbing in the Senate and continued with Homicide in the House [reviewed here].


Calamity at the Continental Club by Colleen J. Shogan
Series: A Washington Whodunit, #3
Genre: Cozy Mystery  
Publication Date: July 15, 2017
Publisher: Camel Press
Paperback: 272 pages
ISBN-10: 1603813357
ISBN-13: 978-1603813358
eBook File Size: 2141 KB
ASIN: B073QZ622R


The Excerpt


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Cat Got Your Secrets by Julie Chase | Blog Tour with Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway


The Blurb


Lacy Marie Crocker has settled into a comfortable groove back home in New Orleans, and with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, she’s busier than ever running a thriving pet boutique, helping her mother organize the upcoming National Pet Pageant, and untangling her complicated love life. But when delivering a king-sized order of dreidel-shaped doggy biscuits for a Saint Berdoodle’s bark-mitzvah, Lacy stumbles into yet another murder scene — and the last person to see the victim alive was her own father.

It’s up to Lacy to clear her dad’s name from the suspect list before Detective Jack Oliver has to cage him for good. But just when she starts pawing at the truth, she receives a threatening letter from a mysterious blackmailer bent on silencing her with her own secrets. And Lacy’s not the only one with bones in her closet.

RECIPES FOR PET TREATS INCLUDED: Heart-to-Heart Smoothie Bites, Tuna Kitty Kisses, and Canine Cutouts


Cat Got Your Secrets by Julie Chase
Series: A Kitty Couture Mystery, #3
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 168331283X
ISBN-13: 978-1683312833
eBook File Size: 2231 KB
ASIN: B06XVWR8Q9

The Review

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Murder in Rock & Roll Heaven by Robin Ray | Blog Tour with Excerpt, Guest Post, Giveaway


The Blurb


No one ever "re-dies" in Heaven; unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened to singer Amy Winehouse. Her death, an unprecedented event in Heaven's history, has thrown a once docile world into unfortunate chaos. Because of the new uneasy alliance between angels and citizens, a freshly-arrived detective in the rock & roll town has been tasked with investigating the prime suspects, the members of the 27 Club  Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison. To make matters worse, a powerful angel from one of the upper levels of Heaven will soon arrive to make her ten-year inspection, a task that fills the other angels with dread since she has the power to banish anyone of them to the underworld. So, with time running out, the PI and his newly acquired sidekick, both aided by rock legends such as Eddie Cochran, Mama Cass, Kurt Cobain, Karen Carpenter and others, must quickly uncover the mystery that threatens not only to close Heaven’s doors forever, but promises to send a ripple effect through the entire universe that can rip it apart.

Murder in Rock & Roll Heaven by Robin Ray
Genre: Mystery / Sci-Fi
Publication Date: November 24, 2016
Paperback: 287 pages
ISBN-10: 1520167296
ISBN-13: 978-1520167299
E-Book File Size: 1027 KB
ASIN: B01N2LXWGI
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The Excerpt