Posted in Blog tour, Cozy, mystery on March 7, 2013

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Synopsis:

Danger lurks at every turn for Katie Greer.

Having escaped death in the past, Katie Greer has taken residence in a New Hampshire town where life appears idyllic, but is far from it. Teaching tangled doodling classes in her art studio allows Katie to reach out to people who require a semblance of peace and tranquility in their lives. If only she could maintain those two things for herself, Katie would be completely happy.

After finding the dead body of the town’s infamous, and most mean spirited, gossip frozen on the bench outside her Tangled Wings Studio, Katie realizes her efforts to hide her true identity and live a normal life are for naught. As the prime suspect of ruggedly handsome Detective Jonah Kilbride, Katie searches for the killer in order to prove her own innocence. Much to her dismay, Katie’s attraction for the relentless detective steadily grows, despite their continuous battles.

Past events threaten Katie at every turn, catching her unaware, and creating havoc in a life she’s desperately tried to establish in the town where she’d briefly found happiness. Can she survive or will she become the next victim on the killer’s list?

Review:

I love a good mystery and I love them even more when I can learn about something new…in this case, a form of art called Zentangle.  Apparently it is a cross between meditation and doodling (but I’m sure those that practice this would insist it is NOT doodling!).  Anyway, I thought this was a pretty good book…yes some parts were not realistic (do people really fall head over heels in love in such a short period of time)?  And this was a cozy to me, which means someone else solves the crime and doesn’t share information with the police….in fact, Katie (despite the fact that she says she loves Jonah) can be hard-headed…but then what female sleuth in a novel isn’t this way?  It wouldn’t be a cozy if that wasn’t a trait of the main character.  I thought there was a good back story on how Katie came to town, it made for an interesting twist to the story.

All in all I really enjoyed this book and hope that it is the first in a new series.  I guess we’ll see if J.M. comes out with more books with this main character.  I give it 4 paws and recommend it if you like cozy mysteries.

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About the Author:

JM GriffinWith her books sold worldwide, J.M. Griffin is one of today’s popular women sleuth’s authors.

J.M. is known best for her Vinnie Esposito series. The series, set in Rhode Island, the smallest state in the USA, is brought to life by a colorful cast of characters. Every novel has a blend of humor, mystery, and romance. J.M.’s latest novel in the series, Cold Moon Dead, is the fourth in the Esposito series.

Stepping away from Rhode Island’s scenery, J.M. set Faerie Cake Dead on the coast of Maine. Filled with humor, faeries, sweet cupcakes, murder and a yummy hero, the villain is someone you’ll least expect.

J.M.’s release, Murder on Spyglass Lane, takes place on the west coast of Florida in the Sarasota area. This cozy mystery has a unique and hilarious blend of characters, a sexy hero, and a psychic heroine.

Tangled to Death was a mystery inspired by J.M.’s favorite art style, Zentangle. She set the story in New Hampshire with an unexpected corpse in the first scene. Wit and fun fill the pages of this novel.

J.M., her husband, and two wacky cats reside in a countryside village in western Rhode Island, where life is anything but mundane.

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Posted in Cozy, Florida, Monday, mystery on March 4, 2013

Author Mary Jane Clark has two mystery series that are very good!  This weeks feature is her Wedding Cake cozy series (at least I consider it more cozy than the Key News thrillers!) and the 3rd book in that series, Footprints in the Sand.  The first book is To Have and To Kill and the second is The Look of Love.

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Synopsis:

It’s the dead of winter and struggling actress and wedding-cake decorator Piper Donovan is thrilled to be in warm and romantic Sarasota, Florida, enjoying the powdery white beaches, soothing seas, and golden sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico. She and her family are there to celebrate her beloved cousin’s wedding. Not only is Piper creating the sugar-sand-dollar-festooned wedding cake, she’s also the maid of honor.

But a cloud seems to be hovering over the whole affair. Shortly after a bridesmaid mysteriously disappears, a kindly neighbor’s car is run off the road and a prospective witness, an innocent Amish teenager, is threatened to keep silent. Then a body is found on the beach where the wedding will take place. With the nuptials threatened, it falls to Piper to unmask a killer. Could it be the wedding planner with something to hide? A doctor and his wife who collect unusual Japanese figurines? The best man, an ex–drug dealer with lecherous eyes and roving hands? What about her cousin’s future stepfather—or even the bridegroom himself?

As Piper gets close to figuring out who’s been covering his guilty footprints in the sand, the cunning killer has already set his sights on Piper as his next victim!

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Posted in Cozy, Monday, mystery on February 25, 2013

Today’s feature brings you the start of a new series by author Kylie Logan (AKA Miranda Bliss and Casey Daniels).  This book was written in 2011 but I just picked it up recently.  I have read all of the books in the Miranda Bliss series and had NO idea this was the same author.

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Synopis:

Working out of her button shop in a Chicago brownstone, Josie Giancola has become one of the country’s leading experts on buttons. Her reputation draws a Hollywood starlet to the Button Box to shop for one-of-a-kind buttons to adorn her made-to-order wedding gown.

But after the Button Box is ransacked and the actress murdered, Josie’s cozy world is thrown into chaos—and a killer is out to keep Josie’s lips buttoned up…permanently.

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Posted in Book Blast, contest, Cozy, Giveaway, mystery on February 21, 2013

 

Baked Alaska by Josi S. Kilpack

An Alaskan cruise is the setting for amateur detective Sadie Hoffmillers latest adventure. Sadie plans to spend time relaxing with her two grown children, Breanna and Shawn, and her boyfriend, Pete, while enjoying the luxury and cuisine of an elegant cruise ship and helping to plan her daughters upcoming wedding. But even as the crew prepares to leave port, Sadie has suspicions about the voyage ahead and the relationship between her normally easygoing son and a mysterious female passenger he obviously knows but refuses to discuss. When the woman is discovered unconscious during the second night at sea, Sadies apprehension escalates. Over the last few years, Sadie has developed an extreme dislike for secrets and it would seem her son is keeping one from her. *Includes eight new mouthwatering recipes, tested and approved by the official bakers of Sadies Virtual Test Kitchen.
Praise for Baked Alaska

Josi Kilpack has done it again. You would think that all these events that occur in Sadie’s life wouldn’t be natural, but Josi Kilpack has a way of making you believe that it just “happens” and it is normal. I have grown to love Sadie’s character, even if she is a busybody, you can’t help but cheer for her as she attempts to solve a mystery or crime. One of my favorite series. 🙂

~Goodreads Reviewer Lacey McNeill

 

 

Author Josi S. Kilpack

Josi S. Kilpack grew up hating to read until she was thirteen and her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and credits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began her first novel in 1998 and hasn’t stopped since. Her seventh novel, Sheep’s Clothing, won the 2007 Whitney Award for Mystery/Suspense, and Lemon Tart, her ninth novel, was a 2009 Whitney Award Finalist. Josi was the Best in State winner in literature for 2012 and currently has two books (Banana Split and Tres Leches Cupcakes) as finalists in the 2012 Whitney awards.

Josi currently lives in Willard, Utah, with her family.

 

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Posted in Monday, mystery on February 18, 2013

Today’s Mystery Monday takes us to a small town called Kincaid and the Cackleberry Club series.  Stake & Eggs is the 4th book in this series by author Laura Childs.

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Synopsis:

Suzanne, Toni, and Petra found a second life after losing their husbands –  opening their own successful business, the Cackleberry Club cafe.  But the three women never expected sleuthing to be the special of the day….

When a snowmobile crashes into the woods behind the Cackleberry Club cafe, Suzanne finds her town’s most hated banker beheaded by a wire staked in the snow.  Now some of her best customers are prime suspects with a bushel of motives, and the murder investigation is snowballing.  An elusive young runaway may be the Cackleberry Club’s only way to crack the case…provided Suzanne can keep her head long enough to track down the cold-blooded killer.

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Posted in Blog tour, contest, Giveaway, mystery on February 15, 2013
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Three Sisters and Showstoppers are two novella-length stories in the Emily Castles mystery series. The first full-length novel, Invitation to Die, will be published by Thomas & Mercer in October 2013.

The Emily Castles mystery series is set in present-day London. It features twenty-six-year-old Londoner Emily Castles and her neighbor, eccentric philosophy professor Dr. Muriel Crowther.

In Three Sisters, Emily goes to a party in a big house at the end of her street. She’s sure she witnesses a murder, but no one will believe her. She teams up with Dr. Muriel to investigate.

Review:

This is the first book/story in the new Emily Castles Mystery series.  I was overwhelmed at the beginning of this story with all of the description of the party going on at the neighbor’s house.  It did take me awhile to get into the story but when I did, I found Emily and her neighbors to be a bit quirky.    I did have an idea of who did what but did not know all of the details….just one of those feelings.  It was still a good story and I read the second one as well, Showstoppers, which I liked a little bit better.

Overall I give this 3 1/2 stars
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Praise for the Emily Castles Mystery Series

Fast-paced, funny, and mysterious… Helen Smith is a master story-teller.

~Socrates Book Reviews

It grips you from the very beginning.

~Babs Books Bistro

Bright, colorful and full of surprises.

~Amazon Vine Reviewer

Fast-paced and unusual, I highly recommend this one.

~Eva’s Sanctuary
Praise for Helen Smith

Smith is gin-and-tonic funny.

~The Booklist

 

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Author Helen Smith

Helen Smith is a novelist and playwright who lives in London. She’s the author of bestselling cult novels Alison Wonderland, Being Light and The Miracle Inspector as well as the Emily Castles Mystery Series.

 

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Posted in Blog tour, contest, Giveaway, mystery on February 12, 2013
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Showstoppers by Helen Smith

Showstoppers is a novella-length story in the Emily Castles mystery series. The first full-length novel, Invitation to Die, will be published by Thomas & Mercer in October 2013.

The Emily Castles mystery series is set in present-day London. It features twenty-six-year-old Londoner Emily Castles and her neighbor, eccentric philosophy professor Dr. Muriel Crowther.

In Showstoppers, Emily helps out at a local stage school run by her neighbor, Victoria. Soon she’s mixed up in a blackmail plot and two deaths. Emily and Dr. Muriel team up to prevent further a massacre live on stage during the end of term show.

 

Review:

This novella is actually the second book in this series.  I liked this story better than the first one, Three Sisters, but both were good.  We learn a little more about Emily and her wacky neighbors…well at least a few of them.  Having just lost her job, Emily almost starts to work for a neighbor at a theater school.  It is under the guise that she will help figure out where these threatening letters are coming from and who is trying to scare Victoria.  I think I almost had it figured out but not until near the end.  I like that it wasn’t blatantly obvious who was behind everything.

Over all I give it 3 1/2 paws.

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Praise for the Emily Castles Mystery Series

Fast-paced, funny, and mysterious… Helen Smith is a master story-teller.

~Socrates Book Reviews

It grips you from the very beginning.

~Babs Books Bistro

Bright, colorful and full of surprises.

~Amazon Vine Reviewer

Fast-paced and unusual, I highly recommend this one.

~Eva’s Sanctuary
Praise for Helen Smith

Smith is gin-and-tonic funny.

~The Booklist

 

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Author Helen Smith

Helen Smith is a novelist and playwright who lives in London. She’s the author of bestselling cult novels Alison Wonderland, Being Light and The Miracle Inspector as well as the Emily Castles Mystery Series.

 

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Posted in Monday, mystery on February 11, 2013

If you haven’t read any of the Flower Shop Mysteries by author Kate Collins, you should pick up these books!    The first book in the series is Mum’s the Word and was published in 2004…wow, I didn’t realize how long I had been reading this series!  The latest book is Nightshade on Elm Street and is another winner in the series!

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Synopsis:

Hey, I’m the bride! Shouldn’t I get to plan the ceremony?

Enjoy her wedding shower…or receive a cold dunking?

In addition to running her flower shop, planning her wedding, and juggling two mothers who both want to host an elaborate bridal shower, Abby Knight is facing another complication. Her ditzy cousin Jillian asks her and her longtime beau Marco, a private detective, to find a woman who’s gone missing from the exclusive beach house belonging to Jillian’s in-laws, the Osbornes. The missing woman is also the fiance of Pryce Osborne, a wet noodle with a big bank account who dumped Abby at the altar several years ago. And merely being anywhere near Pryce makes Abby’s insecurities grow like kudzu…

Then a woman’s drowned body surfaces, and Pryce becomes a prime suspect in her death. Unless Abby and Marco can get a killer to come clean, their bridal shower will turn into a complete washout…and Pryce will be exchanging a sunny beach for a prison cell.

Excerpt (from the author’s website)

CHAPTER ONE

Monday, August 1st

Dear Euphorbia,

Half an hour until the flower shop opens, so I’m grabbing a minute to update you. Sorry to have been MIA, but, hey, life is never dull here at Bloomers, even after the chaos of the wealthy dowager’s murder died down. So far today ,luckily, things have been quiet. We started off with Lottie’s traditional Monday morning scrambled egg and toast breakfast, and Grace’s gourmet coffee and fresh blueberry scones, so how bad can the rest of the day be?

Wait. What am I saying? Today is Monday – the day Mom always brings in her latest art project for us to sell. Last time it was a whole box of sea glass sunglasses, with frames studded so thickly with sea glass chips that they became instruments of torture. Still, I’m going to remain optimistic because I really want to have a pleasant day, so I’ll imagine myself loving whatever debacle Mom bequeaths us. It’ll be my new challenge, and you know how I love a challenge.

On the good news front, I’ve taken back my bridal shower! Euphorbia, you’ve been listening to me complain since I began this journal three months ago, so you know what would have happened if I’d allowed Mom, with her outrageous ideas, and Marco’s mom, with her take-no-prisoners approach to any kind of event, to pull it off. And heaven help me had my cousin Jillian been allowed to choose my shower outfit from one of the haute couture boutiques she frequents.

Being 5’ 2”, with red hair, way too many freckles, and what my mom refers to as an ample bosom, I don’t fit into the kind of garb Jillian’s ultra-chic customers do, but she never seems to get that. Well, actually, no surprise there. For a Harvard grad, Jillian doesn’t get much. Luckily, Marco, my groom-to-be, the malest of all males, the man who causes women of all ages to drool with desire, likes the way I look, freckles and all. So why should I spend mega-bucks on an outfit that would only make me look like an upscale fireplug?

A voice interrupted my train of thought. My assistant, Lottie, swept back the purple curtain that separated the flower shop from my workroom and handed me a slip of pink paper, which, coincidentally, coordinated with her cherry blouse, white denims, primrose Keds, and the rose colored barrettes in her short, brassy curls. It took courage for a tall, big boned, middle-aged woman to pull off all that pink.

“Sorry to interrupt, sweetie, but I thought you’d want to know about this phone call.”

I read the message — twice. “Pryce called here? For me?”

“Disgusting, isn’t it? He claimed it was extremely important that he talk to you right away.”

Determined not to let anything or anyone ruin my day, I dropped the paper in the wastebasket beneath my desk. “Everything Pryce does is extremely important, Lottie, because Pryce is extremely important. Just ask him.”

Not that I harbored any lingering ill will toward the heel who had jilted me two months before I was supposed to march down the aisle with him. Now that I looked back, I’d dodged a bullet — make that a hail of bullets – although at the time, Pryce Osborne II had seemed like the answer to my prayers. Indeed, according to Pryce, it was a privilege to be joining one of New Chapel, Indiana’s dynasties. His family tree had branches that reached back to the founding fathers of our country.

I had nothing to bring to that table. All my family tree had were nuts.

Still, I’d been living at home with my parents, struggling to get through my first year of law school, and Pryce had purchased his own condo, was about to take the bar exam, and had a high-salaried job all lined up. What logical-minded woman wouldn’t go for that? Plus he had a plan for us: after I got my law degree, we would rule the justice system.

Only one problem. I flunked out.

With swift vengeance, Pryce’s parents stepped in and decreed me an Untouchable for doing the unthinkable. Pryce, who never ever crossed his parents, quietly asked for his ring back. My pain was unimaginable.

But as my other assistant, Grace Bingham, liked to say, when God closed a door, he opened a window somewhere. And that window had been humongous, because if Pryce hadn’t dumped me, I wouldn’t have become the poor but happy owner of Bloomers Flower Shop. Nor would I have met Marco Salvare, the bravest, most sincere, loving, and, frankly, the hottest guy in town. So merci beaucoup, Osbornes, for not ruining my life.

“Why don’t you let me call Pryce for you?” Lottie asked, rubbing her hands together as though anticipating the chance to tell him off. “I’ll let him know you’ve got more important things to do.”

“Perfect.” I fished the message from the waste can and gave it back to her. “Thanks.”

But . . . on second thought, maybe I should return Pryce’s call. It would be a great opportunity to let him know I was getting married in a month-and-a-half. Plus, I was nosy. Erase that. I was curious as to what was so important that Pryce would be forced to phone me. Was he writing a book on how to crush a woman’s self-esteem?

“Wait, Lottie. I think I’ll return that call after all.”

Lottie shook her head as she handed me the pink slip. Her view of Pryce was that he was lower than a snake’s belly. It was one of those sayings she’d learned growing up in the rolling hills of Kentucky.

I reached for the receiver, then changed my mind and put the message aside. I didn’t want Pryce to think I was eager to talk to him. Picking up my pen, I wrote:

Euphorbia, I will have to tell you about my phone conversation with Pryce later, but only if it’s worth memorializing. Otherwise, where was I? Oh, right, preparing for the shower.

Okay, in keeping with my carnival theme, I’ve purchased plastic cups, paper napkins, and coated plates with a colorful pinwheel design on them. I’ve ordered carnival masks, flower pinwheels, flower lei garlands and hibiscus toothpicks. I want this shower to be an afternoon of flowers and fun, not the boring cake, punch, and present opening event everyone else does.

Marco agreed to attend only if I promised that there wouldn’t be any games whatsoever, so I still have to come up with another form of entertainment. I’m thinking of a flower-arranging contest. Or maybe a juggling act. Jugglers who juggle flower pots? I’ll have to investigate this further.

I also have plastic utensils, paper table cloths in bright yellow – my favorite color, as you know — and I’ve ordered a chocolate sheet cake that will have candy flowers in the shape of a pinwheel on top. Let’s see, what have I forgotten?

“Abby,” Lottie said, peering in, “Pryce is on the phone again. Now he’s saying it’s exceedingly urgent.” She snickered. “Maybe his manicurist moved away.”

I held up my short, unpolished nails. “I wouldn’t be much help there, but thanks, Lottie.”

I set my journal aside, then inhaled and exhaled a few times before picking up the phone. I didn’t want to sound angry when, in fact, I should want to hug him.

“Hello, Pryce,” I said in a cool-yet- not- unfriendly voice.

“Abigail, I need a favor.”

No preamble, no warmth, and he’d called me by my proper name, knowing that I’d always preferred Abby. So I didn’t respond.

As though he hadn’t even noticed, he continued, “One of my friends is missing. I wouldn’t bother you except she’s been gone for twenty hours now, and I’m starting to fret.”

Osbornes never worried. They fretted. It was the superior emotion. “Missing from where?”

“The lake cottage. I’ve checked her condo and her office repeatedly but there’s no sign of her. I’m at my wit’s end. She could be in a hospital somewhere or she might possibly have been abducted. She does have a rather large stock portfolio.”

“If you think something serious happened to her, Pryce, I’d recommend calling the cops.”

He let out an impatient sigh. “You know Mother and Father won’t allow me to involve the police unless I’m one hundred percent sure it’s a life or death situation.”

“How do you know it’s not?”

“Because of circumstances that I’d rather not divulge into over the phone. I have to keep this matter hush-hush, Abigail. That’s why I need to hire Marco. Would you contact him for me?”

“Yes, but just so you’ll know, it would be Marco and me taking the case, Pryce. We work as a team.” Rub it in, Abby. That a girl.

“That’s fine,” he said dismissively. “I just want Melissa found.”

“So her name is Melissa?”

“Yes, Melissa Hazelton. She owns Pisces, the interior decorating shop on Lincoln. You know her. I introduced you to her at one of our country club functions back when you and I were, well, you know.”

About to make the biggest mistake of our lives?

“I vaguely remember a Melissa. Tall blonde with legs like a weight lifter? Interior decorator more noted for her enthusiasm than her talent?”

“Did you know I’d planned to marry Melissa?”

Oops. Foot-in-mouth moment. Why hadn’t he mentioned that at the outset? “So I guess congratulations are in order?”

“Yes, well . . .” He let it hang there and went on, “I’d like to have Marco – and you, I suppose – come out to the cottage as soon as possible while my house guests are still here. I’m not sure how much longer some of them will be able to stay.”

“Do you think one of your guests may have had something to do with Melissa’s disappearance?”

“I have no thoughts on the matter. I merely intuited that you would need everyone who was here this weekend to be present so you can interview them. Isn’t that how it’s usually handled?”

He was showing off. “I’ll call Marco to see if he’s interested in the case.”

“Let him know I’m prepared to pay half again as much as his usual fee, and I’m positive he will be.”

Ah! The Osborne philosophy: You can make anything happen if you throw enough money at it. “I’ll fill him in and get back to you with our decision.”

“Grand. I’ll be expecting your call, say, within the quarter hour?”

“All I can do is pass along the message.” I wasn’t giving an inch. Let the worm squirm.

“You’re being awfully stilted, Abigail.”

“Am I?”

“I hope you’re not harboring any ill will toward me.”

In as innocent a tone as I could muster, I asked, “For what?”

There was a moment of silence, after which he said, “I’ll await your phone call then. Good b–Hold on a moment. Jillian is signaling — I believe she’s waving hello to you.”

My cousin was there? Great. Now I had even less desire to get involved. Not only was Jillian married to Pryce’s younger brother Claymore, but also, whenever she was around, things got crazy.

“Pardon me,” Pryce said. “My error. She’s signaling for you to come quickly.”

The line went dead. I hadn’t even had an opportunity to slip in a mention of my engagement.

Oh, well. I could do that when I called to tell him that there was no way we’d take his case.

“Pardon me,” Pryce said. “My error. She’s signaling for you to come quickly.”

The line went dead. I hadn’t even had an opportunity to slip in a mention of my engagement.

Oh, well. I could do that when I called to tell him that there was no way we’d take his case.

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Posted in contest, Giveaway, mystery, Review on February 10, 2013

A few weeks ago I highlighted the book, The First Rule of Ten which is a new mystery series by authors Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay.  That book and this book, The Second Rule of Ten, was sent to me by their publicist to read and review.  They know me well enough to know that if I am to review a book in a series that I really need to read the ones before it…I’m picky like that!

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Synopsis:

Ex–Buddhist monk and ex–LAPD officer turned private eye Tenzing Norbu is back with a new case, a new love, and a whole new set of problems in this fresh installment in The Tenzing Norbu Mystery series.

In The Second Rule of Ten, Norbu investigates the unexplained death of his former client Hollywood mogul Marv Rudolph and searches for the sister, lost during World War II, of wizened Los Angeles philanthropist Julius Rosen. With two cases and an unforeseen family crisis that sends him back to Tibet, Ten finds himself on the outs with his best buddy and former partner, Bill, who is heading the official police investigation into Marv’s death. Cases and crises start to collide. When Ten mistakenly ignores his second rule, he becomes entangled in an unfortunate association with a Los Angeles drug cartel. As he fights to save those he loves, and himself, from the deadly gang, he also comes face to face with his own personal demons. Working through his anger at Bill, doubts about his latest lady love, and a challenging relationship with his father, Ten learns to see the world in a new light—and realizes that in every situation the truth is sometimes buried beneath illusion.

Review:

This new series has an interesting main character…who would expect a monk turned LA police officer turned PI to be the main character?!  It is definitely an interesting main character and one that doesn’t disappoint.  Ten takes on his next case (without his PI license quite yet….but when does that stop anyone?).  As with other cases, this one crosses several lines from the film industry to the drug cartel.  It is surprising that he hasn’t gotten himself killed yet!  He has also met a new woman…perhaps she will help him get past his issues and not run her off like he has other women in his life.

Like the first book, I enjoyed the storyline in this book and the interplay between the characters.  Ten and Bill’s relationship gets a little strained at times, but it is good to see that occur because not everything can be easy.  It is told to us that there are issues between Ten and his father (both in the first book and this one) and Ten has the opportunity to try and right that relationship.

I really enjoyed both books and I see that a third book is in the works.  I will have to put that on my list of books to read!

Overall I give the book 4 paws.

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Giveaway:

I am giving away the first book and the ARC of the second book in this series to 1 lucky winner.  Open to US residents only.   A winner will be chosen on February 28th.  Good Luck!

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Posted in Cozy, Monday, mystery on February 4, 2013

Author Cleo Coyle writes a cozy series called the Coffeehouse Mysteries.  Today’s highlight is the twelfth in the series, Holiday Buzz.

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 Synopsis:

Holiday time is party time in New York City, but after a sparkling winter bash ends with a murder, Village Blend coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi vows to put the killer on ice… At the Great New York Cookie Swap, pastry chefs bake up their very best for charity. Clare is in charge of the beverage service, and her famous Fa-la-la-la Lattes make the gathering even merrier. But her high spirits come crashing down to earth when she discovers the battered body of a hard-working baker’s assistant. Police suspect a serial attacker whose escalating crimes have become known as “The Christmas Stalkings.” Clare’s boyfriend, NYPD detective Mike Quinn, finds reason to believe even more sinister forces are involved. Clare isn’t so sure, until she finds a second bludgeoned baker and becomes a target herself. Now Clare must investigate “Saint Nick,” crash a pro-hockey party, and dodge a pair of reality TV divas–because she’s not going to rest until justice is served.

 

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