Posted in Cozy, Monday, mystery on November 12, 2012

This weekend I attended Readers & ‘Ritas in Allen Texas sponsored by Fresh Fiction, Entangled Publishing, The Writer’s Coffeshop Publishing, Avon Romance and Mike’s Hard Lemonade (which sadly I couldn’t taste since I had to leave and it is not smart to drink and drive!).  I attended thanks to a sorority sister that won a ticket but couldn’t attend (thanks Alex!).  Part of the ticket was being able to sit with an author at lunch…ok so everyone could sit with an author but I was able to sit next to an author of my choosing.  Well I was excited to see that Melissa Bourbon Ramirezwas going to be there because she writes a fun cozy series called Magical Dressmaking Mysteries.  The first book in her series is called Pleating for Mercy and the second is A Fitting End.  I had read the first book but not the second, so was excited to receive a copy of the book…..it is one of the next books I read for sure!


Synopsis:

Former Manhattan fashion designer Harlow Jane Cassidy has a gift for creating beautiful dresses. But when Harlow becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation, she’ll more than her sewing skills to unravel the mystery…

Business is booming at Harlow’s custom dressmaking boutique, Buttons & Bows, even with the presence of her great-grandmother’s ghost hanging around the shop. But thanks to the fast approaching Margaret Moffette Lea Pageant and Ball, Harlow has her work cut out for her when Mrs. Zinnia James hires her to make her granddaughter’s pageant gown.

With the debutant ball getting the whole town of Bliss, Texas into a tizzy, Harlow knows her dress has to be perfect. But when a local golf pro is found stabbed to death with dressmaking shears, the new deputy thinks Harlow and Mrs. James conspired to commit the crime. Now Harlow has to finish the dress on time and clear her name before the next outfit she designs is a prison jumpsuit…

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Posted in Cozy, Monday, mystery on November 5, 2012

Murder of the Cat’s Meow is 15th in the Scumble River series by author Denise Swanson.

Synopsis:

When ex-Vegas showgirl and local business owner Bunny Reid starts an online dating service called Cupid’s Cat’s Meow, out-of-town visitors flock to her bowling alley for the speed-dating and cat show events. Bunny’s scheme sounds harmless enough, but school psychologist Skye Denison knows all too well that an influx of strangers into Scumble River always spells trouble…

Soon, Skye is called to the bowling alley to break up a fight between a riled-up contestant and the judge who insulted his feline. When the judge’s body is found — strangled with a cat toy — it’s up to Skye to solve the purrplexing mystery and show a devious killer that her sleuthing skills are the cat’s meow.

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Posted in Cozy, Monday, mystery on October 22, 2012

This week’s mystery is 50% off Murder by author Josie Belle aka Jenn McKinlay.  It is the first in the Good Buy Girls series and book 2, A Deal to Die For, is due out December 31, 2012.

 

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Synopsis:

Maggie Gerber-one of the founding members of the Good Buy Birls- loves her quiet life in St. Stanley, Virginia. But all that changes when Sam Collins, her old flame, moves back to town as the new sheriff. On top of that, Claire Freemont, a librarian and the newest member of the Good Buy Girls, starts acting utterly strange.

When Maggie goes to visit her the next day at the library, she finds the body of a very dead man. Turns out the man is someone from Claire’s past. As the handsome new sheriff zeroes in on Claire, it’s up to Maggie and the rest of the Good Buy Girls to use their bargain-hunting skills to hunt a killer-while making sure they don’t pay too much in the process…

Read an excerpt from the author’s website here

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Posted in Cozy, Monday, mystery on October 15, 2012

I’m so happy to report that the Passport to Peril mystery series is back!  It was dropped by Maddy Hunter’s original publisher in 2007 but was wisely picked back up by Midnight Ink.  The seventh in the series is Dutch Me Deadly and yes they are in Holland!  The eighth book is due to be released in February 2013 and the gang will be going to Scotland.

Synopsis:

A Tourist (Death) Trap

As a travel escort for seniors, Emily Andrew-Miceli has led her feisty Iowa clan all over the world.  This time, they’re off to see historic windmills, classic Rembrandts, and picturesque canals in Holland – if they can ever unplug from their smartphones, that is.  Joining them is the high school class from Bangor, Maine, whose 50th reunion celebration goes south faster than a fallen Brussel sprout souffle as old rivalries start heating up.  Worse, Emily’s hopes for a 100% survival rate on this trip are dashed when an important member of the tour suffers a tragic (and highly suspicious) accident.  Then the saucy seniors’ wild night of drug-laced desserts and risque shows in Amersterdam’s infamous Red Light District gets even more mysterious when one unpopular reunioner goes missing….

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Posted in Cozy, Monday, mystery on October 8, 2012

Today I bring you book four of the Vintage Magic Mystery series by author Annette Blair.  The title is Skirting the Grave.  If you like vintage clothing you will probably like this series!  I like how the main character, Maddie, will use sewing terms as expletives…like Scrap or Tuck, it adds a unique touch to the book and is very appropriate considering the clothing aspect.  If you have not read any of the books in the series, the first three books are: A Veiled Deception, Larceny and Lace, and Death by Diamonds.

On the authors site you can also find vintage handbags that she has found throughout the years.

Synopsis:

Even though Maddie is swamped running Vintage Magic and dealing with the consequences of the visions she gets from certain of her fashion treasures, she’s agreed to plan her sister Sherri’s baby shower and mentor a design intern.  But when Maddie goes to the Mystic train station to pick up her new student, she finds a murder scene instead.  The victim: intern Isobel York.  Cause of death: suspicious circumstances.

Later that evening, a woman claiming to be Isobel appears on her doorstep, and Maddie knows it’s not just a case of “whodunit” but “who-is-it”.  Luckily a gift of lusciously luxe vintage clothes offers clues, and though the ’50s wardrobe and accessories are to die for, Maddie is determined to iron out the wrinkles before the murderer can return to put an end to a promising fashion career.

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Posted in baking, Cozy, Monday, mystery on October 1, 2012

Red Velvet Revenge is the 4th in the Cucpake Bakery Mystery series by author Jenn McKinlay.  This is such a fun series and I love all the cupcake flavors that they create.  I haven’t tried any of the recipes yet but they sure sound yummy!

 

Synopsis:

It may be summertime, but sales at Fairy Tale Cupcakes are below zero – and owners Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are willing to try anything to heat things up.  So when local legend Slim Hazard offers them the chance to sell cupcakes at the annual Juniper Pass Rodeo, they’re determined to rope in a pretty payday!

But not everyone at Juniper Pass is as sweet for Fairy Tale Cupcakes as Slim – including star bull-rider Ty Stokes.  Mel and Angie try to steer clear of the cowboy’s short fuse, but when his dead body is found facedown in the hay, it’s a whole different rodeo.

With a vengeful murderer on the loose, the ladies are quickly realizing that while they came to save their business, they may have to save themselves – and that’s no bull.

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Posted in Cozy, Monday, mystery, Texas on September 24, 2012

This week it is the 2nd in a series by Liz Lipperman called Beef Stolen-Off.  The first in the series was Liver Let Die which was really good!  The third in the series is due out in January 2013 and it is called Murder for the Halibut….Jordan is going on a cruise!

Synopsis:

Aspiring sportswriter Jordan McAllister never imagined she’d be a food critic. Yet here in Ranchero, Texas, that’s exactly what she is. And while she may not know a flank steak from a filet mignon, she certainly knows how to rustle up trouble…

As the food columnist for The Ranchero Globe, Jordan McAllister catches the eye of cattle baron Lucas Santana, who invites her to the Cattleman’s Ball, hoping a positive review for the ball might boost the county’s sagging beef sales.

To ensure Jordan enjoys herself, Santana sets her up with a prime cowboy companion for the event—Rusty Morales. Jordan’s delighted to go with him and two-step the night away. But instead, she winds up in the emergency room where her date is DOA.

When Rusty’s mother begs her for help, Jordan knows she needs to grab the bull by the horns and get to the bottom of this mystery before she corrals herself into trouble…

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Posted in baking, Cozy, Monday, mystery on September 17, 2012

It has been a mystical cozy type of month!  This week’s mystery highlight is Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey Cates (aka Cricket McRae)

Synopsis:

Katie Lightfoot’s tired of loafing around as the assistant manager of an Ohio bakery. So when her aunt Lucy and uncle Ben open a bakery in Savannah’s quaint downtown district and ask Katie to join them, she enthusiastically agrees.

While working at the Honeybee Bakery—named after Lucy’s cat—Katie notices that her aunt is adding mysterious herbs to her recipes. Turns out these herbal enhancements aren’t just tasty—Aunt Lucy is a witch and her recipes are actually spells!

When a curmudgeonly customer is murdered outside the Honeybee Bakery, Uncle Ben becomes the prime suspect. With the help of handsome journalist Steve Dawes, charming firefighter Declan McCarthy, and a few spells, Katie and Aunt Lucy stir up some toil and trouble to clear Ben’s name and find the real killer

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Posted in Cozy, Monday, mystery on September 10, 2012

This week’s highlight is Pies and Prejudice by Ellery Adams and is the first in a new series.  I am nearly done with it and definitely enjoying the story because it has two of my favorite things….pies and dogs (well just 1 dog)!!

Synopsis:

When the going gets tough, Ella Mae LaFaye bakes pies. So when she catches her husband cheating in New York, she heads back home to Havenwood, Georgia, where she can drown her sorrows in fresh fruit filling and flakey crust. But her pies aren’t just delicious. They’re having magical effects on the people who eat them–and the public is hungry for more.

Discovering her hidden talent for enchantment, Ella Mae makes her own wish come true by opening the Charmed Pie Shoppe. But with her old nemesis Loralyn Gaynor making trouble, and her old crush Hugh Dylan making nice, she has more than pie on her plate. and when Loralyn’s fiancé is found dead–killed with Ella Mae’s rolling pin–it’ll take all her sweet magic to clear her name.

Posted in Cozy, mystery, Texas on August 20, 2012

This is the latest in Victoria Laurie’s Psychic Eye series and it does not disappoint!

Synopsis:

Vision Impossible is back with her newest Psychic Eye mystery, in which psychic Abigail Cooper must rely on her inner vision to search for a missing woman…

When a mysterious client approaches Abby with a cryptic message about a young mother who has vanished, Abby is more than willing to get involved.  After all, it’s the perfect distraction from dealing with the headache of her sister Cat – who has flown into town and turned Abby and Dutch’s impending nuptials into Weddingpalooza.After Abby recruits her business partner and BFF, Candice, to assist, they meet with the parents of the missing woman.  But the parents refuse to put their faith in a psychic. What’s worse, due to a grave misunderstanding, the family suspects Abby has a connection to their daughter’s husband – the man they believe to be responsible for her disappearance. So while the family may be blind to the truth, with a potential killer in her sights, Abby is determined to keep her eyes wide open.

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