Monday, April 17, 2017

Cat Got Your Cash by Julie Chase - #review #giveaway

Lacy Marie Crocker’s whimsical pet couture has gained a following in New Orleans’s cozy Garden District, and word of mouth has traveled all the way to her favorite fashion designer, Annie Lane. Lacy’s thrilled when Annie schedules a private session at her home to discuss a companion line for her evening wear, but when Lacy arrives for the appointment, she enters the kitchen to two mewling Siamese cats–and one very dead Annie.

Friday, April 7, 2017

No Getting Over a Cowboy by Delores Fossen - #review

Series: A Wrangler’s Creek Novel (Book 2)
Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: HQN Books (March 28, 2017)

The golden cowboy of Wrangler’s Creek returns home to Texas to discover some old flames never fizzle… 

There are plenty of things Garrett Granger hadn’t counted on losing—his child to miscarriage, his wife to another man and the family business thanks to a crooked CFO. He also hadn’t counted on moving back to the family ranch, where he’s met by another surprise—former flame Nicky Marlow, who is renting his grandmother’s old house.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Treasure in Paradise by Kathi Daley - #review

Tj Jensen and her family head to Turtle Cove Resort for summer vacation, but their plans for rest and relaxation are thwarted when they find a dead treasure hunter in the attic of the resort’s main house. Initially vowing not to get involved, Tj quickly changes her tune when the Gull Island deputy on the case closes it after a bare bones investigation. All evidence points to foul play, and Tj’s determined to uncover what the deputy wants to keep hidden. With the help of her best friend and a chatty parrot, Tj digs up a centuries old legend, a hidden map, and secrets buried deeper than pirate’s treasure.

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TJ is back and her fans are in Paradise!  Huzzah!  She and her family are taking a vacation and she is looking forward to a little peace and quiet. (Insert evil movie villain laugh here.)  Yeah.  We know that's not going to happen!  But no cozy reader expects that to happen - and, truth be told, no self-respecting cozy reader wants it to happen!

So, the discovery of a dead treasure hunter in the main lodge leads to old legends, treasure maps, and even the quintessential pirate's bird - a talking parrot - who turns out to be quite the detective's assistant (and one of my favorite cozy mystery animals since I discovered the genre).

I don't know if TJ's ability to sniff out bodies or slightly slacking local LEO's is more highly developed, but she is very talented at both outcomes...

Almost as talented as Kathi for authoring a number of series, each with a great heroine, and a number of adventures in each series.  It's like she discovered a hush-hush "cozy perfect recipe" during the writing of one of her mysteries and will pass it along when the next student presents herself (or himself).  What I'm trying to say (awkwardly, of course) is that Kathi Daley is one name that I can see on a book that will send it automatically to my TBR, even before I've read the title!

Treasure in Paradise is a wonderful addition to the "TJ" series in particular and the author's body of work in general.  There are three cases in which Treasure makes an especially good read:
  1.   you are on vacation.
  2.   you wish you were on vacation.
  3.   the name of the day (in English) has a "y" in it.

Nuff said.  Go forth and read.



Author of the Zoe Donovan cozy Mystery Series, Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mystery series, Whales and Tails Cozy Mystery Series, Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mysteries, and Seacliff High Teen Cozy Mystery Series.

Come for the murder, stay for the romance.

Kathi lives in the beautiful alpine community of Lake Tahoe with her husband Ken and dog Echo. When she’s not writing she enjoys hanging out on the beach with her children and grandchildren. During the summer she enjoys hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, wakeboarding, and sunset cruises on the lake. During the winter she enjoys cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and curling up by a fire with a good book.

Kathi uses her mountain home as inspiration for her books, all which include appearances by the wildlife she shares her life with.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

May Cause Love by Kassi Underwood - #review

In this powerful memoir, a fiercely honest and surprisingly funny testament to healing after abortion, a young woman travels across the United States to meet a motley crew of spiritual teachers and a caravan of new friends.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Dying on the Vine by Marla Cooper - #review #giveaway

When wedding planner Kelsey McKenna goes to the Wine Country Wedding Faire, the last thing she expects to do is take on new clients. After all, she’s just there to help out her friend Brody and maybe score some free cupcakes. But when a young couple in a pinch asks for her help, she just can’t say no.

There’s only one problem: they’d been working with Babs Norton, the self-proclaimed Queen of Wine Country Weddings—and things did not end well. Kelsey wants to make sure there are no hard feelings, but unfortunately she never gets the chance. When she goes to Babs’ office, she finds the wedding planner dead on the floor.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Single Malt Murder by Melinda Mullet - #review

When Abi inherits her uncle’s quaint and storied single malt distillery, she finds herself immersed in a competitive high-stakes business that elicits deep passions and prejudices. An award-winning photojournalist, Abi has no trouble capturing the perfect shot—but making the perfect shot is another matter. When she starts to receive disturbing, anonymous threats, it’s clear that someone wants her out of the picture. But Abi’s never been one to back down from a fight.

Arriving on the scene with her whisky-loving best friend, Patrick, and an over-sized wheaten terrier named Liam, Abi seems to put everyone in the bucolic village on edge—especially her dour but disturbingly attractive head distiller. Acts of sabotage and increasingly personal threats against Abi make it clear that she is not welcome. When one of Abi’s new employees is found floating face
down in a vat of whisky, Abi is determined to use her skills as an investigative journalist to identify the cold-blooded killer and dispense a dram of justice before he strikes again. But distilling truth from lies is tricky, especially when everyone seems to have something to hide.



Single Malt Murder by Melinda Mullet already has three things going for it before you even open the cover:  Scotland, scotch and Scots!

All kidding aside, there was a very genuine feeling to the village where Abi's uncle lived and ran a distillery.  It must have been quite a jolt for the globe-trotting photojournalist.  And making whiskey, especially a coveted single-malt Scotch, is worlds away from simply bending your elbow to take a shot.

Abi's taking enough shots anyway.  Someone (or someones) do not want her there.  For one thing, she's a city person, and things work differently in the country.  Then there's the fact that she is a woman, even if she is Ben's niece.  Some of villagers don't think Abi should run the distillery because making scotch is 'man's work'.

Things get real when Abi starts discovering 'warnings' in her path: the dead bird on her doorstep, notes that mysteriously appear with mild-to-worse threats and the dead flowers she finds on her kitchen counter upon returning to her uncle's supposedly locked house.  Don't even get me started on the fire at the distillery - or the dead employee discovered head-down in one of the vats.

Single Malt Murder is a tasty tipple in its own right.  The fact that this is the beginning of a series will keep my spirits high for years to come!

One of my favorite quotes EVER comes from an old SNL sketch and seems quite apropos for this book:

"Scotch is a drink; Scots are a people...but we're both quite tasty!"



Melinda Mullet was born in Dallas and attended school in Texas, Washington D.C., England, and Austria. She spent many years as a practicing attorney before pursuing a career as a writer. Author of the Whisky Business Mystery series, Mullet is a passionate supporter of childhood literacy. She works with numerous domestic and international charities striving to promote functional literacy for all children. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her family.



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Monday, March 27, 2017

Old Bones Never Die by Lesley A. Diehl - #review #giveaway

Just before Walter Egret is killed in a hit-and-run, he phoned his half-brother Sammy to report that he’d unearthed their missing father’s pocket watch, along with a pile of human bones. The project is put on hold until it can be determined if the site is an Indian burial ground. Then the bones disappear.