Monday, 24 April 2017

Mission Impawsible (Paws and Claws Mystery, #4) by Krista Davis

Mission Impawsible by Krista Davis

From the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Murder Most Howl "comes another Paws & Claws mystery...
In the pet-friendly town of Wagtail, Virginia, there's no love lost when Holly Miller meets her match in a murderer...
Holly and her grandmother, Oma, are working their tails off to prepare the Sugar Maple Inn for an upcoming matchmaking event for pet owners. While Holly has no interest in pairing up, Oma plans on playing Cupid and finding someone to warm her reluctant granddaughter's heart.
Unfortunately, one man Holly does meet is cold, dead cold, and he has a personal letter from Oma in his pocket. As suspicion is cast over the inn's guests, Holly, with the help of her furry friends, Trixie the Jack Russell and Twinkletoes the cat, must fetch the real killer, or she may soon have a date in court.
Includes delicious recipes for owners and pets!"
   (Summary via Goodreads)

I absolutely love this series! 
All of Krista Davis Paws and Claws mysteries grab you from the first page to the last. I do have to admit that this one is my favorite so far because of the Animal Attraction Matchmaking event going on at Wagtail. Pet lovers rejoice! I wish Wagtail, Virginia was a real place because all the characters are so colorful and friendly. 
Krista puts it all in her mysteries, of course you have a mysterious mystery, a dead body, and it keeps you on your toes throughout. You won't want to put it down especially with love in the air. I'm sure you will be surprised that Oma is trying really hard to match Holly up at this event. Is it in the cards for Holly or will she be the only single at the matchmaking event weekend? Or will she become so wrapped up in the mystery that she becomes the main suspect???
You will not be able to put this wonderful installment down in The Paws and Claws mysteries. Don't forget to check out the great pet friendly recipes out at the end of the book.

Review by Penny M.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Weave a Murderous Web (Jane Larson Novels) by Anne Rothman-Hicks, Ken Hicks

Weave a Murderous Web

No good deed goes unpunished. When Jane Larson—a hot-shot litigator for a large firm in New York City—helps out a friend, she is sucked into the unfamiliar world of divorce and child support. 

Jane's discovery of the deadbeat dad’s hidden assets soon unravels a web of lies, drugs, and murder that keeps getting more dangerous. 

Soon, Jane is involved in a high stakes race to recover a missing suitcase of cash and catch the murderer before she becomes the next victim.  (Summary via Goodreads)

You couldn't ask for a better title than Weave a Murderous Web for Anne Rothman-Hicks and Ken Hicks book.  The story that they tell is a maze of people and situations that seem to interlock all of the characters.....some of which do not unravel until the explosive end.  

The story begins with a friend asking a friend for help...something as simple and innocent as that one favor will set the ball in motion.  Jane, at the time, does not know how that one favor asked by her friend, Francine, will lead her down a road of drugs, murder, lies, and money.

But Jane doesn't stop, even when her own life is threatened and she seems to be getting deeper and deeper into the web.  It also becomes clear to her that she doesn't know who she can trust or believe.  Even those closest to her are questionable......

Weave a Murderous Web will have you on the edge of your seat and may cause papercuts from turning the pages to quickly.  But it will all be worth it in the end.....I hope you will be as shocked as I was.

Review by Missi S.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Cat Got Your Cash (Kitty Couture Mystery #2) by Julie Chase

Cat Got Your Cash (Kitty Couture Mystery #2)

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.

Lacy takes the kittens home to care for them until they can be properly claimed by Annie's family or friends, but after a busy day of work, she returns home to find them missing. And when Lacy learns the cats are set to inherit Annie's fortune, she begins to wonder if the killer was after the kittens all along. Now Lacy will stop at nothing to save the Siamese and find justice for Annie--if the killer doesn’t sink his claws into her first.

Luckily, Lacy has the help of handsome NOLA PD homicide detective Jack Oliver to help her catch the cat-napper before its too late in Cat Got Your Cash, the endearing second Kitty Couture mystery from Julie Chase.
   (Summary via Goodreads)

Cat Got Your Cash is the second book in Julie Chase's Kitty Couture Mystery series and it was such a fun read.  First off you have Lacy who owns a pet fashion and treats shop on a busy fun street in New Orleans.  She brings her cat Penelope to work every day so that she can ride the robot vacuum cleaner.  Long time employee to the family, Imogene, has a quirky hobby of freeing spirits and getting rid of bad mojo.  Then you have the hunky police detective, Jack, her best friend, Scarlet, and her loving but annoying mother.

And the story !!!  Lacy has a meeting with fashion designer, Anne Lane, who she admires.  She is hoping that they can work together on a line of clothes.  Unfortunately when she gets to Lane's house, she finds her dead !!  Lacy then finds herself convincing Lane's attorney to allow her to care for her two Siamese kittens, Cashmere and Cotton.

Lacy has no idea how special these kittens are and the length that someone would go to get them.  When her house is broken into she has to find some where safe for Cashmere and Cotton and solve Anne's murder.  The suspect list is long but with the "help" from her friend the detective she knows that she can crack the case.  But can she solve it before someone else dies ?  

I LOVE books like this.  The storyline is so unique and fun !!!  Even though there is a murder and a case needs to be solved, Chase has a special way of gliding the reader through the story.

The only bad thing that I can say is I wish I had read the first book in this series.  Oh don't get me wrong... I will read it as well as any more Chase writes.  There is too much to like to not be a devoted fan !!!

Review by Missi S.  

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Kale to the Queen (A Kensington Palace Chef Mystery #1) by Nell Hampton

Kale to the Queen (A Kensington Palace Chef Mystery #1)
Chef Carrie Ann Cole is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime--an assignment as the new Personal Chef to the Royal Family at Kensington Palace. But no sooner has Carrie Ann touched down across the pond and donned her apron than a dead body crops up beneath the royal kale beds.

With one assistant dead and the other soon under suspicion for his murder, Carrie Ann is scrambling to keep her kitchen up and running. Not to mention she gets off to an immediate bad start with the tempestuous Royal Chef Butterbottom, who has a bitter taste in his mouth since the prestigious position in the Royal Family's kitchen was given to an "over-privileged, under-educated American chef."

But the Royal Family's appetites wait for no one, and Carrie Ann must solve the murder and still get supper on the table on time--even with the annoyingly handsome Head of Security Ian Gordon tracking her every move like an MI6 agent. Suspects abound as an American chef adds a bit of spice to the traditional royal household in the first in Nell Hampton's charming and tasty Kensington Palace Chef Mystery series, Kale to the Queen.   (Summary via Goodreads)

Kale to the Queen is the first book in the Kensington Place Chef Mystery series by Nell Hampton and boy is it a GREAT start !!!

Carrie is hired to be the personal family chef for the Duke and Dutchess and thier children.  This is a great opportunity for her and she cannot wait to get started.  Unfortunately on her second day of employement she comes across one of her assistants murdered in the greenhouse adjacent to her kitchen.  Still recovering from jet leg and trying to get around the humongous  palace, Carrie has her hands full.  But when her other assistant is arrested for the murder, she makes it her job to find the real killer.  This,  however, is not an easy task as she has just arrived in London and doesn't know anyone especially someone that would want to murder her assistant.

Kale to the Queen has a very colorful and lovable group of characters......there is the Royal Chef Butterbottom who is in charge of the Royal families event meals who dislikes all Americans and there is the Head of Security Ian Gordon who is very charming and don't get me started on the hunky gardener....

Pick up Kale to the Queen and let Nell Hampton take you on a trip across the don't need to pack or get a pass port...just pick a comfy place to sit, grab a cup of tea and a cookie and open up your mind.....You will be glad you did !!!

I can tell you this.....I cannot wait for the next installment of the Kensington Palace Chef Mystery series !!  

Review by Missi S.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Southern Fried (Kenni Lowry #2) by Tonya Kappes

Southern Fried (Kenni Lowry Mystery #2)

In the South, it’s better when the food is fried and the secrets kept buried… 

After the dead body of a beloved Cottonwood resident is found tangled up in an electric fence, Sheriff Kenni Lowry has a hunch that somethin’ ain’t right. Her investigation heats up with a fierce cook-off competition, a euchre game where the intel is sweeter than the brownies, and a decades old family recipe that may just be the proof in the pudding. 

The icing on the cake: Kenni is fighting an attraction to her recently sworn-in deputy sheriff, and election season is hot on her tail. When the killer comes after who she holds most dear, even her poppa’s ghostly guidance might not be enough to keep her and her own out of the frying pan.  (Summary via Goodreads)

I was so excited when book two in this series came out because it is absolutely wonderful to read. Who could resist Cottonwood, Kentucky and all of it's quirky, fun characters, even the dead one. 

Another member of the town is found dead and again leaves Kenni, her ghostly grandfather Poppa, and her hunky sheriff "friend " Finn to find the clues and solve this mystery before they are deep fried.

This is a wonderful series filled with adventure, a ghost, and of course some romance. This is a hard book to put down. Looking forward to book three.

Review by Penny M.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Fixin' To Die (Kenni Lowry #1) by Tonya Kappes

Fixin' To Die (Kenni Lowry #1)

Kenni Lowry likes to think the zero crime rate in Cottonwood, Kentucky is due to her being sheriff, but she quickly discovers the ghost of her grandfather, the town’s previous sheriff, has been scaring off any would-be criminals since she was elected. When the town’s most beloved doctor is found murdered on the very same day as a jewelry store robbery, and a mysterious symbol ties the crime scenes together, Kenni must satisfy her hankerin’ for justice by nabbing the culprits. 

With the help of her Poppa, a lone deputy, and an annoyingly cute, too-big-for-his-britches State Reserve officer, Kenni must solve both cases and prove to the whole town, and herself, that she’s worth her salt before time runs out.  (Summary via Goodreads)

Cottonwood, Kentucky population is small and quiet with little to no crime, what more could you ask for??? Now Sheriff Kenni Lowry thought the same thing until the town Dr is murdered! The town is in an uproar and wants this murder solved yesterday. They decide to bring in a very handsome Reserve Officer named Finn who quite frankly is annoying Kenni. She doesn't want anyone to know that she is feeling overwhelmed. Then the jewelry store in town is robbed and Kenni is convinced they are connected especially thanks to her grandfathers ghost whispering in her ear. Poppa was the Sheriff for years before he pasted.

Kenni wants to prove not only to herself but the town that she is able to bring a killer to justice.

This is the first book in a new series by Tonya Kappes. I am a good ole southern gal myself and love the town and characters of Cottonwood, Kentucky. Looking forward to more in this new series.

Review by Penny M.

Friday, 7 April 2017

A Woof of Murder (Pet Shop Mystery #8) by Susie Gayle

A Woof of Murder (Pet Shop Mysteries #8)

With the blackmail scandal over and behind him, life in Seaview Rock is pretty good for pet shop owner Will Sullivan—that is, until a town council member is struck by a car in broad daylight, and Will is given reason to believe it was no accident. He and his friends will have to find the culprit, while at the same time trying to keep their secret under wraps, one that would shake the town to its very core. To make matters even more challenging, Sarah’s family is in town for a visit—an overly critical mother and a younger brother with a criminal history. No matter what happens, one thing is for sure: life in Seaview Rock will never be the same.   (Summary via Goodreads)

Exciting, fun read. Love the adventures of Will, Sarah, and Karen as well as the other characters in Seaview Rock.

Just when they thought the scandal was behind them they end up finding out that the past may not be done with them. YIKES! And wouldn't you know poor Sarah is overwhelmed by her mother's visit that maybe the worst thing that occurs in Seaview, even compared to murder! The devil may come to mind? 

Secrets on top of secrets are abound in book eight. This is a great installment in The Pet Shop Mystery series.

Review by Penny M.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Death Crashes the Party (A Liv And Di In Dixie Mystery #1) by Vickie Fee

Death Crashes the Party

In the quirky, close-knit town of Dixie, Tennessee, party planner Liv McKay has a knack for throwing Southern-style soirées, from diamonds-and-denim to black tie affairs, and her best friend Di Souther mixes a mean daiquiri. While planning a Moonshine and Magnolias bash for high maintenance clients, Liv inconveniently discovers a corpse in the freezer and turns her attention from fabulous fêtes to finding a murderer. Together, Liv and Di follow a trail of sinister secrets in their sweet little town that leads them from drug smugglers to a Civil War battlefield, and just when they think they're whistling Dixie, Liv and Di will find themselves squarely in the crosshairs of the least likely killer of all. . .  .  (Summary via Goodreads)

This book is a great start to a new series. It is set in a little town called Dixie in Tennessee. Love the down home small town feel. You start out getting to know Liv who is the owner of Liv 4 Fun a party planning business. She is getting ready for Mr and Mrs Erdman's 40th wedding anniversary party where she has Mrs Erdman wanting elegant southern charm and Mr Erdman wanting men dressed as bootleggers with moonshine. Yes, you guessed it Liv has her hands full with this party. One of the must have decorations for Mrs Erdman are ice sculptures. So she bought a freezer to put them in prior to the party. They went to check on the size when they found two dead bodies, one on ice and the other in a garbage bag. This is only the start of Liv's bad luck. The police find a connection to her father in laws trucking company, McKay's trucking. This puts everyone on edge and things go down hill from there. 

Liv and her friend Di are on a mission to find the real killer or killers and save McKay's trucking. Will they be able to save themselves from trouble should be the real question???
These characters in Dixie are a hoot.

 I loved the southern charm and close knit family ties. Loved the humor along the way too. At times I was laughing out loud. The story line was well written and kept a steady pace. I really liked the fact that Liv was married. Not many cozies have a main character who is married and I loved how they interacted. The author brought out the close knit southern family, can't beat it. The characters were all great. Can't wait to get to know them better as the series progresses.

Review by Penny M.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Hand Tossed Murder (Papa Pacelli's Pizzeria #8) by Patti Benning

Hand Tossed Murder (Papa Pacelli's Pizzeria Series Book 8)

With the weather starting to warm up and spring approaching, Eleanora Pacelli is busy finalizing her plans for another renovation to Papa Pacelli’s Pizzeria, but she ends up having to put her plans on hold temporarily to prepare for a week-long visit by some family friends.
When Chuck and Kat Norman first arrive, the older couple don’t seem to be anything but the nice and normal people that Ellie expected. It isn’t until the first body turns up that she realizes that the couple might not be exactly what they seem. As the sheriff does everything in his power to track down the killer, Ellie and her grandmother have to come to terms with the fact that one of their friends might just be the prime suspect in a double homicide.  (Summary via Goodreads)

This book is more than just great pizza! It is packed full of murder and mystery with plenty of twists and turns to keep you coming back for more.

These characters are wonderful and well written. It is very family oriented which I love. Ann Pancelli is the grandmother to Elli who now owns and runs her grandfathers pizzeria after his death. Ann is a strong woman who has given Elli a great role model after her past life in the city was a mess. She is now thriving in Kittiport, Maine and ready to renovate the pizzeria again to bring even more business to the family owned pizzeria. Elli and her handsome sheriff boyfriend Russell seem to have everything on track even with the occasional murder/mystery. 

Ann let's Elli know that they will be having some old friends staying with them for a few weeks. Elli is really excited for her grandmother since she is alone after her grandfather passed except for bunny Ellie's adorable dog and Marlow the talking parrot. Which by the way may play a big role in the upcoming mystery way beyond Elli and Nonna may realize. 
After the arrival of Nonna's friends people seem to be dropping like flies by a mysterious murderer. 

Are Nonna and Elli harboring murderers or is it just coincidence???
They all become involved in the mystery to find out who killed two people in the small town. 

The ending of this book had me fooled. Can't wait for book nine.

Review by Penny M.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

A Winter's Tail (Whales and Tails #11) by Kathi Daley

A Winter's Tail (Whales and Tails #11)

Three secrets, first revealed in Grimm's Furry Tail, A Tale of Two Tabbies, and The Cat of Christmas Present, collide in a single horrific moment that leaves one person dead and one fighting for their life. This fast paced cozy mystery will have you glued to the page as Cait and Cody join forces with a cat named Moirai in a race against time to track down a killer.  (Summary via Goodreads)

Five star plus read! I have read all of the books in The Whales and Tails series and love everyone. This one especially keeps you on your toes. From the first page Kathi Daley has you wanting to not stop till the end.

This series and its characters are a perfect mix of friendship, lose, love and mystery that will have you guessing "Who did it" till the end. I love a great mystery that I can't solve till the end. She definitely challenged me. 

If you haven't picked up this series yet you are missing out. A true Cozy mystery you will enjoy.

Review by Penny M.

When the Grits Hit the Fan (Country Store Mysteries #3) by Maddie Day

When the Grits Hit the Fan (Country Store Mysteries, #3)

Despite the bitter winter in South Lick, Indiana, business is still hot at Robbie Jordan’s restaurant. But when another murder rattles the small town, can Robbie defrost the motives of a cold-blooded killer?

Before she started hosting dinners for Indiana University’s Sociology Department at Pans ‘N Pancakes, Robbie never imagined scholarly meetings could be so hostile. It’s all due to Professor Charles Stilton, who seems to thrive on heated exchanges with his peers and underlings, and tensions flare one night after he disrespects Robbie’s friend, graduate student Lou. So when Robbie and Lou go snowshoeing the next morning and find the contentious academic frozen under ice, police suspect Lou might have killed him after their public tiff. To prove her friend’s innocence, Robbie is absorbing local gossip about Professor Stilton’s past and developing her own thesis on the homicide—even if that means stirring up terrible danger for herself along the way . . .  (Summary via Goodreads)

Oh how I LOVE hanging out with Robbie at Pans 'N Pancakes....even if there is a killer running loose around town.  Robbie always has her hands full with the restaurant especially when a death occurs in town and she is the one that found the body !!!

Robbie and her friend Lou go snowshoeing around the lake and while crossing over the lake, Robbie happens to look into an iced over ice fishing hole and sees the face of Professor Stilton.  He was just in the restaurant the night before with a group from the Sociology Department from the nearby university.  Now its no secret that he wasn't well liked but to push him into a cold lake ??

Of course being the puzzle solver that she is, Robbie cannot help but show interest in the case...especially when some of the "suspects" are people she knows.  And telling the detective in charge of the case that they are innocent doesn't go over too well for her.  

As well as being a puzzle solver, Robbie is great with multi-tasking.  While she preps for the morning rush or tears down walls upstairs of the restaurant, she allows her brain to wonder and ponder.....  But while working on the upstairs she comes across some items that were hidden in the walls as well as a secret tunnel that leads to the barn.  She talks to Jo, the previous owner of the building who actually lived upstairs about the items.  Jo does confirm that she put the items in the walls many years ago.  Now Jo is also the mother-in-law of Professor Stilton whiich means her daughter also lived upstairs of the restaurant when she was a teenager.  

When Robbie comes across a built in cabinet with a doll and a diary, everything comes together.  All she has to do is get the evidence to the police before her and Abe become 2 more victims.

I just LOVE how Maddie Day writes the Country Store Mystery series.  There are times while you are reading that everything is going nice and smooth but turn the page and as quick as that things take a drastic turn and you are on the edge of your seat holding your breath !!!  And did I mention how AWESOME Robbie is ??  This girl has got it together....even when she doesn't think so !!

When the Grits Hit the Fan is the 3rd book in this delicious series.  What are you waiting for ?  If you haven't dropped into South Lick for a visit, better hurry up...... you don't want to be left behind !!!

Review by Missi S.

***  Maddie Day is also known as Edith Maxwell.  Check out her and her books at    (Tell her Missi sent ya !!) ***

Monday, 3 April 2017

Murder at Turtle Cove (Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mystery #5) by Kathi Daley

Murder at Turtle Cove (Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mystery #5)

Lani is trapped when a school of sharks gather to feed between her location beyond the breakers and the beach. When she is finally able to come ashore she finds that the meal the sharks were feeding on was a who rather than a what. Based on the evidence provided it looks like the victim was murdered prior to becoming shark food. Luke and Lani set out to find the killer but during the course of the investigation Lani learns a surprising secret about Luke that may change everything she believes to be true.  (Summary via Amazon)

Set in Hawaii you would think that everything would be quiet and beautiful. Nope, not for Lani Pope. She is a very head strong, intelligent petite woman who has always wanted to be a cop like her brothers and father. Instead she is part of the WSO and very good at her job.

In this book Kathi Daley starts it out with ferocious tiger sharks circling Lani while on a surfing excursion and Sandy, her dog barking at the shoreline trying to get to her. After the sharks decide to leave, Sandy brings Lani a surprise from the beach, a human arm! Lani automatically knows by the tattoo that is a new food truck owner that has been stirring up trouble on the island. And if those two things aren't enough to make her day terrible she ends up late for work and is stuck at the family pool. A child leaves a present for her in the pool, a torpedo ( use your imagination) and has to clean it up. Ewwwwwwww! 

The arm found leads Lani, Luke, and her senior friends to start yet another murder investigation. But this one may put Lani at her breaking point.

Love this series and can't wait to see what happens next with Lani and Luke.

Review by Penny M.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Cruel Winter (County Cork #5) by Sheila Connolly

Cruel Winter (County Cork #5)

Snow is a rarity in Maura Donovan's small village in County Cork, Ireland, so she wasn't sure what to expect when a major snowstorm rolled in around Sullivan's pub. But now she's stranded in a bar full of patrons--and a suspected killer in a long-ago murder.

Maura’s been in Ireland less than a year and hasn't heard about the decades-old unsolved crime that took place nearby, let alone the infamous suspect, Diane Caldwell. But the locals have, and they're not happy to be trapped with her. Diane, meanwhile, seeks to set the record straight, asserting her innocence after all this time. And since no one is going anywhere in the storm, Maura encourages Diane to share her side of the story, which she’d never had a chance to do in court.

Over the next few hours, the informal court in Sullivan’s reviews the facts and theories about the case--and comes to some surprising conclusions. But is it enough to convince the police to take a new look at an old case? A clever spin on the classic locked room mystery, Cruel Winter, the fifth in New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly's series, will delight fans of the Emerald Isle.  (Summary via Goodreads)

Cruel Winter is the fifth book in Sheila Connolly's County Cork Mystery series.  And even though I have not read the previous ones, I was able to enjoy the story completely.  And what a story it was !!

First of all it is set in Ireland and I love stories from there.  In Ireland everything seems so relaxed.....even talk about a 20 year old cold case murder.  Maybe because the story takes place in a pub and everyone is enjoying a pint and even though they are about to receive a snowstorm that will prevent anyone from traveling, there is still a calmness while you read it.

Maura has been in Ireland for less than a year.  She grew up in Boston with her grandmother but traveled to Ireland to settle her grandmother's affairs and in doing so she inherited a cottage and pub.  The cottage and pub were owned by a friend of her grandmothers that had no one to leave them to.  So Maura stays in Ireand longer that she expects trying to learn the ins and outs of owning a pub.

In Cruel Winter Maura and friends are preparing for a snowstorm.  Snow is a rarity there and Maura has no idea what to expect.  They prepare as best as they can and as the snow falls, there is a lively bunch left standed at the pub.  Maura and her few employees try to maintain business and keep everyone warm.

Eventually it comes out that one of the individuals is Diane Caldwell.  Twenty years ago she was a suspect in her neighbors violent murder even though there was no evidence supporting that theory.  Diane still claims her innocence but not everyone in the pub believe her.  When it is also learned that one of the individuals was a gardai (policeman) on the case Maura talks eveyone into re-examining the case and see if there was something missed when it happened.

So while they are snowed in with no electricity, limited food and a fireplace for heat, the group come together and review the facts.  Is it possible that they may solve an old cold case before the power returns ??  Or did Diane really do it ?  What will happen if she is found to be guilty ??

I loved Cruel Winter !!  Even though the entire story taks place within a matter of 2 days, there is so much going on.  I was so engrossed in the story that my imagination was wide open......I could see the pub, the fireplace, the people......  I LOVE books like that and if you do also, you gotta read Cruel Winter !!!

Review by Missi S.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Take the Donut (Kelly Clark Mystery #3) by Annie Hansen

Take the Donut (Kelly Clark Mystery #3)

Like donuts, revenge is sweet. But is getting revenge worth the sweet thrill that comes with it? 

There’s been a jailbreak at Kelly Clark’s ex-husband’s prison. Kelly’s first impulse is to run from Steve, but once again she is drawn into solving the mystery of what made her ex-husband derail in the first place. With a new piece to the puzzle, Kelly is tempted to use it to finally get her revenge.

When Kelly suspects one of her close family members may have been involved in Steve’s fraudulent money schemes, she begins to doubt everyone around her.

The third book in the Kelly Clark Mystery Series, Take the Donut, features an interesting heroine who is determined to make a new start. Take the Donut is a cozy mystery that centers on temptation, family drama, greed, and sweet revenge.  (Summary via Goodreads)

NOOOOOO !!!!   I cannot tell you how upset I am after reading Take the Donut.  Annie Hansen is explosive with her Kelly Clark Mystery series and Book three, Take the Donut, blew me away ! !  When I say upset, I say it in the BEST way possible  !!!

One cannot help but fall in love with Kelly, Nikki, Adelle, Jack and the rest of the Clark family.  This family shows you what a family is all about.  Even though they may disagree and fight, they are ALWAYS there for each matter what.

In Take the Donut Kelly is visiting her parents in Florida when she hears news of as a prison break and the prison is the one that her ex-husband is in.  Luckily they learn early that Steve, Kelly's ex, is still in custody.  Even though her ex is still behind bars, the news people are all over the case and Kelly cannot help but wonder if the escaped prisoner was somehow sent to kill her.

While her father is recovering from heart surgery and her sisters are preparing for the upcoming parade and the launch of Adelle's Donut food truck business, Kelly is trying to put her failed marriage behind her, once and for all.  But when she gets lured away from a family member, it puts her right back in the middle of things.

Will Kelly ever be free of Steve and the drama surrounding their divorce ?  Will Kelly always worry that something is going to happen ?  When everything falls apart during the holiday parade, will Kelly and her family stick together as one or will things pull them apart ?

As with the other books in the Kelly Clark Mystery series, you will be on the edge of your seat reading as fast as you possibly can.....and when you finish reading you will be utterly shocked !!  I don't know how Annie does it but she leaves you wanting more....and more....and more !!!

Annie Hansen is an author to watch and her Kelly Clark Mystery series is a MUST read.  If you haven't already I only have one question.....What are you waiting for ???

Review by Missi S.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Bean in Love (Kelly Clark Mystery #2) by Annie Hansen

Bean in Love (Kelly Clark Mystery #2)

If you enjoyed, Give Me Chocolate, A Kelly Clark Mystery Book One, check out Bean in Love, A Kelly Clark Mystery Book Two. Kelly Clark and her sister are pulled into solving another murder mystery with a local disgruntled ghost as their number one suspect. 

"Annie Hansen has penned a lovely cozy mystery, Bean in Love. Suspense, ghosts...and a healthy dose of chocolate all added up to an enjoyable reading escape." Dorothy St. James, Author of the White House Gardener Mystery Series.   (Summary via Goodreads)

Bean in Love, Book two in the Kelly Clark Mystery series by Annie Hansen is off the charts amazing !!!  As in the first book, Give Me Chocolate, Hansen paints you a picture different from all other cozy mysteries.  As in Give Me Chocolate the death of a neighbor is not   ruled as a murder, it is ruled a suicide.  

When Brian, the curator of the History Center is found dead in the apartment above the museum, it is ruled  as a suicide.  But Nikki and Kelly don't believe that is the case.  Especially as Brian was just in Chocolate Love expressing his fear that a ghost was haunting him.  And once they speak with Brian's twin brother, William, it is clear that Brian would not have taken his own life.

Everyone is busy..... Nikki is working on obtaining a store a few buildings down to open up a coffee house, Adelle and family are downsizing, packing and getting ready to move into a smaller house, and of course, Kelly is trying to write as well as spend as much time as she can with Jack.

Nikki and Kelly want to help William with his brothers case but they are unsure how to do it.  While Kelly is having dinner with William to discuss the case, Nikki uncovers some information that explains everything......and boy does it !!!

As with Give Me Chocolate, Bean in Love allows the reader to really get to know Kelly and crew and fall in love with them and the town.  But don't worry it does not lack any of the cozy mystery aspects.....Hansen just has a different approach.  And her approach will definitely surprise the pants off ya !!!

Review by Missi S.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Give Me Chocolate (Kelly Clark Mystery #1) by Annie Hansen

Give Me Chocolate (Kelly Clark Mystery #1)

In the quaint river town of Geneva, IL, Kelly Clark flees California and returns to her hometown to re-start her life after a horrific divorce from an abusive husband. She accepts her sister’s generous offer to live in the apartment above Chocolate Love, her sister’s specialty dessert shop in the Historic District of Geneva. 
Kelly’s life starts to turn around when she reconnects with an old flame. Just when it looks like she is getting her life back on track, she stumbles over a dead body in the kitchen of Chocolate Love. The suspicious death of a Chocolate Love employee sends her hopes for a better future plummeting. Has her violent past and the danger she faced in California followed her home to Geneva?  (Summary via Goodreads)

Give Me Chocolate is the first book in Annie Hansen's Kelly Clark Mystery series.  In this book she sets the stage and gives the reader a lot of background into the characters and the dessert shop.  The dessert shop, Chocolate Love is run by Kelly's sister Nikki.  Nikki and her husband Bob took over the family business when Bob's parents retired.  Kelly moved back home after divorcing her psycho of a husband and lives in the apartment above the shop.  Kelly and Nikki have another sister Adelle who is married with 3 children.

Although Kelly trips over a dead body in the kitchen of the shop one morning on her way out for a run, it is later revealed that the individual died due to a heart attack.  Due to the cause of death, it is ruled death by natural causes.  So, you may ask, where is the mystery ?  If I tell you now, it will kill the story  (No pun intended).  I will say that you want to read it to get to the last few chapters.  That is where the story takes a drastic turn and brings everything together.

The fun thing about Give Me Chocolate is that the "cozy" portion of it being a "cozy mystery" is given more attention.  As I said, the reader is given a chance to get to know the characters and develop a bond with them.  You will actually feel like you live right next door to Chocolate Love and are a part of Geneva, not someone just passing through.

I cannot wait to dig into the second book in this series, Bean In Love.  I have a strong feeling that this is going to one series that I hope has a lot of books in it.  So many possibilities and directions Hansen can take......

Review by Missi S.  

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Elementary, She Read (A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery #1) by Vicki Delany

Elementary, She Read (A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery #1)

Gemma Doyle, a transplanted Englishwoman, has returned to the quaint town of West London on Cape Cod to manage her Great Uncle Arthur's Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium. The shop--located at 222 Baker Street--specializes in the Holmes canon and pastiche, and is also the home of Moriarty the cat. When Gemma finds a rare and potentially valuable magazine containing the first Sherlock Homes story hidden in the bookshop, she and her friend Jayne (who runs the adjoining Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room) set off to find the owner, only to stumble upon a dead body. 

The highly perceptive Gemma is the police’s first suspect, so she puts her consummate powers of deduction to work to clear her name, investigating a handsome rare books expert, the dead woman's suspiciously unmoved son, and a whole family of greedy characters desperate to cash in on their inheritance. But when Gemma and Jayne accidentally place themselves at a second murder scene, it's a race to uncover the truth before the detectives lock them up for good.

Fans of Sherlock Holmes will delight in the sleuthing duo of Gemma and Jayne in Elementary, She Read, the clever and captivating series debut by nationally bestselling author Vicki Delany.  (Summary via Goodreads)

Whenever we read a book we usually fall in love with something if not everything in the story.  We love the town that the story is centered around, the main character and friends are loveable... maybe the occupation of the main character is extremely interesting..... However there are times when we are so deep into the story that we hate....okay have very strong feelings of dislike towards...something.  In Elementary, She Read by Vicki Delany you will develop a very strong feeling of dislike towards one of the main detectives on the case.  Believe me it won't take you long to develop these feelings toward Detective Louise Estrada.

Gemma owns and runs a bookstore that is mainly centered around Sherlock Holmes in a tourist town in West Loudon on Cape Cod.  She also co-owns the Tea Room next door with her best friend Jayne.  The two businesses are adjacent and joined by sliding glass doors.  

After a busy afternoon where the two businesses are busy with a bus tour group of ladies Gemma finds a rare magazine hidden in with the books.  Gemma thinks that she knows who hid it there so after a little bit of sleuthing, her and Jayne pay a visit to the Motel that they woman is staying at.  Unfortunately when they arrive, they find the woman murdered.

While waiting for the police to arrive, Gemma takes pictures of the scene to review later.  Enter Detectives Estrada and Gemma's old boyfriend, Ryan Ashburton.  As soon as Estrada learns that Gemma and Ryan have a past she does everything in her power to solve the case.  Ryan gets kicked off the case and Gemma moves up to top suspect.

When another body is found murdered, it is a race against the clock for Gemma to solve the case.  Unfortunately no one is on her side and no one wants to listen to what she has to say.  Can she solve the case before they lock her up ?

Such a FUN book to read !!!  Delany has another great first book in a new series.  The Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series is a must read and watch series !!!

Let me know if you agree......

Review by Missi S.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Purr M for Murder (A Cat Rescue Mystery #1) by T.C. LoTempio

Purr M for Murder (A Cat Rescue Mystery #1)
Sydney McCall left behind an ex-fiancé and a New York advertising job to return home to Deer Park, North Carolina and help her sister, Kat, run the local animal shelter, Friendly Paws. Determined to save the shelter from financial trouble, Sydney and Kat organize a cat café fundraising event at a local coffee shop. Things are looking up until their landlord, Trowbridge Littleton, threatens to shut down the event. When Sydney drops by his art gallery to make peace, she finds Kat--along with Littleton's dead body.

Local homicide detective Will Worthington--who just happens to be Sydney's old high school crush--is highly suspicious of the sisters' involvement. Desperate to clear their names from the suspect list, Sydney pounces on the investigation. With the help of one of the shelter cats, a savvy orange tabby named Toby, Sydney begins poking her nose into other local businesses whose owners may have benefited from Littleton's death--until the killer notices she's pawing a little too closely at the truth.

Delightfully clever and charming, Purr M for Murder, the first in a new series from nationally bestselling author T. C. LoTempio, will leave readers clawing for more.  (Summary via Goodreads)

When you read a book, you want to get away, get lost, meet new people, maybe have a bit of an adventure.  In Purr M for Murder you will visit Deer Park, a cute little town in North Carolina.  But don't worry you will be hanging out with a GREAT group of people....and you're not the only one just getting there.

Sydney McCall has just moved back to Deer Park to work with her sister Kat at the animal shelter ( Okay its an animal shelter but they lean towards cats...)  As they are gearing up for a cat adopting event at their friend Dayna's cafe, they run into Trowbridge Littleton.  Littleton is the landlord of most of the shops in town, including the shelter and rumor has it that he is in the process of jacking up everyones rent.  But when Syd and Kat stop over to Littleton's art gallery to talk to him, they find him dead.

Practically everyone in town have reasons to want him dead but who would have done it and why ??
To make matters worse the lead detective seems to have Kat at the top of the suspect list.  And as if things couldn't get any worse his partner is Sydney's old crush from high school, Will Worthington.

Sydney will do whatever it takes to solve the case and clear her sister's name.  With so many people that disliked Littleton, how will she figure it out.  Can she figure it out before her sister gets arrested or someone else dies ?

T.C. LoTempio knows how to entice the reader and keep the reader entertained.  Purr M for Murder is the first book in the Cat Rescue Mystery series and I, for one, hope that this is the first of many in this series.  Pick up your copy and get taken away to Deer Park.  You won't regret it......

Review by Missi S. 

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Murder at the Witching Hour (Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mystery #3) by Kathi Daley

Murder at the Witching Hour (Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mystery Book 3)

It’s the week before Halloween and Kailani Pope has been asked attend her friend Morticia’s wedding. The weeklong event, which culminates with a costumed wedding ceremony on Halloween night, is being held on a private island which can only be accessed by boat. Things start off a little slow but become a lot more interesting when a tropical storm hits and one of the groomsmen turns up dead. Join Luke and Lani as this amateur sleuthing team attempt to determine if the killer is: the mummy in the kitchen who also serves as the chef, the seemingly blind butler, the sexy vampire who is also the maid and bartender, or one of the other kooky and spooky guests at this very unusual wedding event.   (Summary via Goodreads)

Who doesn't love a great Halloween mystery??? This book was boooootifully written. Once you started reading you can't stop. Such a great gothic wedding destination on an island with a castle made to look like Dracula's castle. 

Each of the characters in this series are totally tubular:) Old surfer term. 

Lani and Luke are invited to this wedding and from the start Lani is picking up some weird vibes. Then people begin to drop like flies! You would think being on an island in the middle of nowhere you could find the killer or killers before they find you.

Must read series if you haven't picked it up. Fun, adventurous characters await you on every page.

Review by Penny M.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Bed and Breakfast and Murder (Fiona Fleming #1) by Patti Larsen

Bed and Breakfast and Murder (Fiona Fleming #1)

I tried not to look down the mouth of hell staring back at me from inside the glaringly pristine outer ceramic shell of the white throne, my throat catching, stomach doing half flips and a rather impressive rollover routine that would have gotten at least a 9.5 even from the Russian judges. Instead, I forced myself to smile and swallow and remind myself the elbow length yellow rubber gloves grasping the handle of the standard issue plunger were all that stood between me and Pooageddon.

Suck it up, Fee. Big girl panties and adulting and all that.

"At what point," I waved the dripping plunger, wincing as droplets of yuck flew, "did I think owning a bed and breakfast was going to be glamorous and romantic?"

Fiona Fleming hasn't lived in Reading, Vermont in over a decade, her escape from small town living leading her to New York City and a life of adventure. An adventure that has left her with no career, an ex who cheated on her and zero plans for the future. Her grandmother's death grants her a new chance--inheriting Petunia's, Iris Fleming's bed and breakfast, seems like the ideal fresh start. But when Fee finds out ownership of the property Iris willed her might be in question, she's drawn into the seedy underbelly of the cutest town in America after being singled out as the main suspect in a murder.  (Summary via Goodreads)

If you are looking for a new cozy mystery series, the Fiona Fleming Mysteries is exactly what you are looking for.  Patti Larsen will have you mezmerized from the first page to the last....

The main character, Fiona, moves back to her home town when she inherits the Bed & Breakfast her grandmother owned.  However only a few weeks into owning the B & B, she is delivered papers stating that her grandmother signed over ownership to a Construction company and she is given 48 hours to vacant.  Before she can even process this new information the owner of the Construction company is found dead in the koi pond in Fiona's backyard.  Seeing as Fiona's dad is the retired Sheriff of the town, she tries to solve the case.  Unfortunately Fiona is  unsure of her father's innocence.

While running the B & B Fiona tries to find out who killed Pete and why in her backyard.  And why would her grandmother sign over ownership of the B & B after it was willed to Fiona.  As Fiona tries to get answers for all her questions, she uncovers a lot more than she bargained for.......  And when all the questions are answered, you will be blowed away at who was actually the mastermind of it all !!!

Review by Missi S. 

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Facials Can Be Fatal (Bad Hair Day Mystery #13) by Nancy J. Cohen

Facials Can Be Fatal (Bad Hair Day Mystery, #13)

During the frenzy of the December holidays, the last thing salon owner Marla Vail needs is a dead body slathered in a green facial mask at her new day spa. The victim, Valerie Weston, was a major donor for Friends of Old Florida, a historic building preservation society. Marla’s stylists are scheduled to work backstage at their upcoming gala fashion show, but Val’s demise might put a crimp in their plans. Hoping to salvage her reputation, Marla determines to track down the suspects. As she learns more about Val, she realizes the benefactress might have stumbled onto secrets others would kill to keep. She’d better prepare for a body count that has nothing to do with hot stone massages and everything to do with murder.  (Summary via Goodreads)

Pirates, hidden treasures, secret identities, murder..... Book 13 in Nancy J. Cohen's Bad Hair Day Mystery series has that and a whole lot more !!

As this is the 13th book in the series and the first one that I have read, I was worried that I may have a difficult time following the story....  But I worried for nothing.  As soon as I started reading and getting to know Marla I felt like I have known her forever.  This is the first cozy mystery that I've read where the main character is married to the sexy detective on the case and I love that !!  Now I realize that the series didn't start off that way and Cohen orchestrated that through her story telling and I love the path that she takes the reader on.  I only wish I had time to go back and read the first 12 books.

Marla, who owns a hair salon and day spa, has a customer die while receiving a facial.  The customer, they learn has a allergy to latex and therefore was murdered !!  Marla wants to solve the case and insure that the salon doesn't lose business over this.  Unfortunately when more deaths occur, the suspect list grows and grows.  There are too many possibilities and leads to follow.  And as the holidays are fast approaching Marla is determined to have the case solved so they can all enjoy the holidays and start the new year off murder/crime free !!  Is Marla hoping for too much ?  

If you've read any or all of the previous books in this series, you know that the Bad Hair Day Mystery series books are captivating and exciting.  If you haven't read any, what are you waiting for.......
It only took reading one book for me to become a fan. What about you ?

Review by Missi S.