Bread of the Dead(Santa Fe Cafe Mystery #1)by Ann Myers Well written, likable and oozing cozy, Bread of the Dead has all the ingredients for the perfect mystery! This book gave me hard core Goldy Bear vibes. The Goldy Bear … Continue reading Bread of the Dead (Santa Fe Cafe Mystery #1)
Guys, I’m so excited about this! With help from the r/CozyMystery Discord, we came up with a great Holiday theme read to put everyone in the Holiday mood. You can download and print out the theme read card or, do what I do – import it into Canva or Photoshop and add each book you’ve read as you finish it. You don’t have to be a member of the Discord or Reddit group, you can follow along and use hashtag #2021HolidayReads in social media or review posts. Below you’ll find links to the Reddit posts with ideas and book recommendations for each category:Continue reading “2021 Holiday Theme Read Nov. 1 – Jan 2”
Halloween is coming! Halloween is coming!
And what better way to ring in the spooky season than a theme read? Continue reading 2021 Halloween Theme Read!
First off, I loved the 80s theme. Ahhh high school in the 80s…poofy dresses, poofier hair…you know, like omg totally awesome. Brought back memories of dancing to the newly released Two of Hearts by Stacey Q at my first high school dance. sigh Continue reading The Haunted Homecoming (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #10)
In this book, we’re introduced to M.J., a psychic medium who can communicate with ghosts and (hopefully) move them on and best friend Gilley. They’re hired by wealthy and debonair Dr. Steven Sable to contact his recently deceased grandfather, Andrew, at the family lodge. Continue reading What’s a Ghoul to Do? (Ghost Hunter Mystery #1)
Rory and Liz, they were a fantastic team!) realistic police interactions and procedures (often a sticking point for me!) and a great atmosphere. Continue reading Designed for Haunting (Aurora Anderson #4)
This is the first book I’ve read in the series, so I can safely say this can be read as a standalone. I love a good historical mystery and this was an easy and quick read at only 130 pages. I loved the setting in 1920s Yorkshire and there were several social issues highlighted Continue reading Murder in the Churchyard (A Tommy & Evelyn Christie Mystery #3)
Stella and Nick move from NYC to rural Vermont when Nick gets his dream job as a forest ranger. Within minutes of arriving at their newly purchased home, the discover a body in the well. Barred from their house by the investigation, they take refuge at a deer camp with no running water or electricity and decide to solve the murder so they can unload their moving truck and get settled in their new home. Continue reading Well-Offed in Vermont (Vermont Country Living #1)
adore this series, I would love for Merry to be my BFF (maybe she could help me pick out better clothes?) and that castle! Mmmff, I want a castle. Continue reading Double or Muffin (Merry Muffin Mystery #7)
I brought my outrage to the r/CozyMystery Discord server and ended up in a discussion about how Cozy Mystery covers are losing their coziness, getting away from the beautifully drawn covers and getting into covers that look like a photoshop collage. And that makes me sad! Continue reading Cover Up…
Hemlock for the Holidays
A Fine Art Mystery #3
by Paula Darnell
I picked this one up for the r/CozyMystery Plant in the Title square on book bingo (I’m still not 100% sure if Hemlock is a flower or a plant. All I could come up with was “flowering plant” which didn’t tell me much!) This is the third book in the series, but I’d say it can easily be read as a standalone, as any mentions of prior events didn’t hamper my enjoyment or understanding. But, it was so good, I will be reading the earlier books.
This was a nice, easy read with an enjoyable community of characters, a twisty plot and all the joy of Christmas. Lonesome Valley is a typical small town where everyone knows everyone else’s business and Amanda relies on her close knit group of friends to catch her up on the backstories of the townspeople. (I’m going to quote Mint’s review, “...the town is charming, yet flawed, adding a realistic touch to the story” and I agree completely!) I have to say, in this one, the people definitely outshone the plot, which isn’t to say the plot wasn’t good (it was!) but for once I enjoyed the people more. Usually I’m all about the solving, but I just liked hanging out with Amanda and the other characters so much, I wasn’t even trying to solve the mystery. Overall, a great read and I look forward to returning to Lonesome Valley!
Published August 5, 2021 by Campbell and Rogers Press
Caution: Spoiler below reveals the ending, so don’t click on it if you don’t want it spoiled:
I was scouting around looking for a book for the r/CozyMystery Online Referral book bingo square and BeachbumBookworm swooped in on Discord with this recommendation. It had all the things I like in a cozy mystery; a deftly written plot, likeable characters, secrets (I love secret anything in books!) and the absence of tropes. Perfect! Continue reading Murder in the Mystery Suite (Book Retreat Mysteries #1)
I always look forward to getting back to Holiday Bay and catching up with all the happenings at the Inn. This one had a novel plot (heh book pun) with the suspicious suicides of 2 successful celebrity women. Continue reading Portent in the Pages (The Inn at Holiday Bay #16)
…possible shenanigans at an old folks home, a sophisticated crime ring, and a mysterious house in a painting all served to compel to Tuppence that something was amiss and required further detecting. It was thoroughly enjoyable and quintessentially Christie,… Continue reading By the Pricking of My Thumbs (Tommy & Tuppence Mysteries, #4)
Fenella and Daniel are in town for Jack’s wedding to his new love Linda. When Linda’s ex-husband returns to disrupt the wedding, having left her with no notice or forwarding address years before, tempers flare and George is later found dead in a dumpster. Continue reading Roses and Revenge (An Isle of Man Ghostly Cozy Book 18)
Absolutely loved this one! Fantastic from start to finish! Definitely a full 5 star read! Continue reading The Body in the Beauty Parlor (A Jazzi Zanders Mystery #6)
Gideon is in Egypt, having been strong-armed into narrating a documentary about the history of Horizon House, a museum and archaeology facility in Luxor, steps from the Sphinx. Continue reading Dead Men’s Hearts (Gideon Oliver #8)
This one was a pretty quick read, didn’t take me more than an hour to read (mostly because I skipped through a lot of the scenes with Prudence’s annoying and obnoxious family and friends Continue reading Christmas Spirit (The Middle-Aged Ghost Whisperer #1)
What I love about this series is how all these facets – beautiful Alaska scenery, the dogs, the close knit townspeople- make for such a strong foundation throughout the series. Continue reading Finding Answers (Rescue Alaska #2)
..for the review dump today, I realized this morning that I’ve been way too lazy keeping this updated. Within the last week, I managed to bring myself to only 3 books behind schedule in my Goodreads 2021 reading challenge, and I’m happy about that (at one point I was 9 books behind. Yeesh.). And I’ve finally filled one row on my r/CozyMystery book bingo and overall I’m doing well on completing it on schedule. This Gideon Oliver series definitely put a fire under me, they’re such great books and I realized it gives me an Alex Delaware kind of vibe … Continue reading Sorry….
Tall Tails Secret Book Club (Secret Library #1)by CeeCee James I don’t know where I first heard about this book, but it had all the things that light my fire. An old crumbling mansion, secret passageways and a secret garden, and a cat. What more could you want? Plus it was 99 cents on Amazon, great book for a great price! And overall I did enjoy it, but I have to say this one is more cozy than mystery. It wasn’t until halfway through the book that I realized that the murder I was expecting already happened earlier in the … Continue reading Tall Tails Secret Book Club (Secret Library #1)
Another day, another murder at Cressida’s boardinghouse, only this time the poor victim was the 5th Earl of Mockingbird, Peregrine, who showed up with his entourage of female assistants and his driver. Continue reading Tequila Mockingbird (Australian Amateur Sleuth #7)
I finished around 3/4 of this book this afternoon, once it got going I couldn’t put it down. Continue reading Make No Bones (Gideon Oliver #7)
I was a big fan of the Markham Sisters series (and bummed when it was over) and I was looking forward to this new series Continue reading The Armstrong Assignment(Janet Markham Bennett Cozy Thriller #1)
You know what keeps this series from getting too repetitive? It’s the plots and their surprising twists and turns that thwart you from guessing what happens next. Continue reading Icy Clutches (Gideon Oliver #6)
Gideon, struggling with writing a boring manuscript and with the cold, gray, rainy Washington weather, gets an offer he can’t refuse: a return to a disastrous Mayan dig that was scrapped years before after a scandal left an important priceless artifact missing. Continue reading Curses! (Gideon Oliver #5)
I’m not really sure how to rate this one. On one hand it was compelling, exciting, picturesque, and not your ordinary mystery. On the other hand it was a bit convoluted, long winded and…well, a bit weird. Continue reading Murder in the Queen’s Armes (Gideon Oliver #3)
After the disappointment that was the first book in the series, it sure did come roaring back. This is the Gideon Oliver I love. Continue reading The Dark Place (Gideon Oliver #2)
This one read more like a Da Vinci Code sort of espionage thriller, rather than a mystery. Continue reading Fellowship of Fear(Gideon Oliver #1)
Recently divorced Nell, inspired by a fortuneteller’s reading, buys a bookstore a state away from where she lives in Australia Continue reading A Midlife CatAstrophe MenoPaws Mysteries #1