Posted in 5 paws, Cozy, Giveaway, mystery, Review on June 2, 2016

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Big Hair & Buttermilk Pie:
A Rose Cottage Cafe Mystery
Cozy Mystery
Superlative Media (April 18, 2016)
Print Length: 116 pages


Mandy Hemphill is living her dream, running the successful Rose Cottage Cafe in Orchardville, Texas, from the ground floor of a converted, old—and possibly haunted—downtown home. She even had plans to grow her business with a new outdoor patio…if only the mayor wouldn’t have turned her down.

So when the beloved mayor is found murdered, Mandy finds herself among the suspects. And now business at the cafe is dropping faster than a fallen soufflé. How can she prove her innocence and save the Rose Cottage Cafe?

Thankfully Ben, the new owner of The Orchardville Gazette, doesn’t believe she’s guilty. As the two of them set out to find the real killer, they uncover one small-town lie after the next. But the closer they get to learning the truth about who killed the mayor, the more in danger they find themselves.


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Loved this cozy set in Texas (and in my neck of the woods). Of course the main character owns a bakery so that always catches my interest…plus there is a recipe for buttermilk pie at the end of the book. I liked the setting of her bakery/cafe too – a old house that might be haunted by a ghost named Wilcox. I’m hoping that maybe the house is haunted and Wilcox will make an appearance.

Mandy, with the help of a few people, solve the crime but not without becoming a suspect herself. I think there could be a potential love story between her and Ben…but only time will tell.

The killer is elusive until the end and this character seemed a bit off so I had some suspicions, but not many.

We give this 5 paws up and can’t wait to read more about this sleepy town in the DFW area!


About the Author

lori stacyAfter her twenty-year career in magazine publishing came to a screeching halt faster than you can say “print is dead,” Lori Stacy decided it was time to finally turn the many stories she had been crafting in her head over the years into books.

Lori has authored a number of fiction and nonfiction books for young adults, has written articles for both print and online publications, and has written about hotels for one of the world’s leading search engines.

She lives in Texas with her husband and three children. When she is not writing, you can usually find her in the kitchen baking treats (which she says are for her children) or trying to train their hundred-pound golden retriever, an obedience school dropout.

You can find out more about Lori and her latest books on her website, provided she didn’t forget to pay her web hosting bill.




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