Review: Death, Bones, and Stately Homes

Death, Bones,and Stately Homes (Tori Miracle #5) by Valerie S. Malmont I put off reading this for a long time, because it was the last book in the series *sniffle* and the author died a few years ago. *sniffle* *sigh* It was a great series and oh, how I wish it could’ve kept going, if only to wrap up a few story lines. After Tori and her friend Alice-Ann find skeletal remains in a walled up cave next in an springhouse, Alice-Ann is quick to silence her friend – at least until after the home tour benefiting the local Humance … Continue reading Review: Death, Bones, and Stately Homes

Review: Lost Books and Old Bones

Lost Books and Old Bones (Scottish Bookshop Mystery #3) by Paige Shelton For me, this one was just…okay. There was virtually no context to introduce the new characters and I just didn’t connect with them. It was an great plot, lots of twists and turns and the very creepy Dr Eben. I enjoyed the history (The Burke & Hare story is always fascinating) and of course, the little bookshop and its treasures, both human and inanimate, are a big draw for me but I found it was difficult to hold my interest and I struggled to finish it. Still, this … Continue reading Review: Lost Books and Old Bones

Reviews – Markham Sisters Mystery 8-11

Markham Sisters Mystery series #8-11 by Diana Xarissa The Markham Sisters Mysteries are a clean, murder-free novella length (under 25000 words) series and a perfect evening read.  The Hampton Case I’m amazed at this series, which packs a full mystery into barely more than 100 pages, all with no murders. Janet is a real hoot and I always look forward to spending a little time in Doveby Dale. In The Hampton Case, the local supermarket is destroyed by a fire, and Janet can’t help but be suspicious. With the mysterious Edward Bennett in town, they decide to do a little … Continue reading Reviews – Markham Sisters Mystery 8-11

Review: Til Death do us Party

Til Death Do Us Party (Liv & Di #4) by Vickie Fee Hilarious! From the warm characters to the fun plots, this series always brings an enjoyable read. This one has the gang in Las Vegas for Mama’s Elvis themed wedding as she prepares to wed her hunka hunka burnin’ love, Earl but everyone is All Shook Up when the Elvis impersonator minister drops dead in the middle of the ceremony. The puzzling plot and many laugh out loud moments (like the Bachelorette party!) made this a very entertaining read. And poor Hard Headed Di, I really felt for her … Continue reading Review: Til Death do us Party

Review: Murder at the Mansion

Murder at the Mansion (Victorian Village Mystery #1) by Sheila Connolly I’m a sucker for small town mysteries and when you have a mysterious mansion at the center of it all, well, you’ve got my attention. And this was an enjoyable read, with a likable main character in Kate; she’s a level-headed and unflappable sleuth and romantic interest Josh made for a good sidekick and added a sprinkle of romance. I liked the plot, surrounding a remarkably well-preserved mansion built a century ago by the mysterious Henry Barton and a very unlikable local woman who is found dead on the … Continue reading Review: Murder at the Mansion

Review: The Marmalade Murders

The Marmalade Murders by Elizabeth Duncan Penny Brannigan finds herself volunteering at the local agricultural fair, checking in entrants to the culinary competition and judging the childrens’ pet competition. But shenanigans are afoot when Penny’s friend Florence learns her entries have gone missing, and even more troubling, a Women’s Guild member is also missing and later found dead. All Penny has to do now is sort out who sabotaged Florence’s entries and how her cake ended up under a table with a dead woman. This one was a fun, light read and frankly, I was more concerned about poor Florence … Continue reading Review: The Marmalade Murders

Of Books and Bagpipes

Of Books and Bagpipes by Paige Shelton I enjoyed this mix of intrigue, mystery, long ago secrets and murder. Lots of threads for Delaney to untangle, from an unfortunate incident 50 years ago involving Edwin and his university friends to a murder of a William Wallace reenactor. I loved the sights and sounds of Edinburgh and old castles, it was just like being there. The plot kept a decent pace, and there was a lot for Delaney to figure out and the exciting ending left me with raised eyebrows. With all of the red herrings and plot twists, I think … Continue reading Of Books and Bagpipes

Death by Dumpling

Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chen What a charming book! This will definitely appeal to any cozy mystery reader, but I can see it being a hit with younger readers (and by younger, I mean younger than my creaky middle aged bones! Young people in their 20s or perhaps even teenagers (there’s no bad language or sexual situations) would really like this.) With a sprinkle of romance, a bit of intrigue, adorable characters, a cute setting and a captivating mystery, what more can you ask for in a cozy? The Asian venue was a fresh and unique setting for the … Continue reading Death by Dumpling

Muffin to Fear

Muffin to Fear by Victoria Hamilton I always love catching up with Merry and her friends and I’ve been eagerly awaiting cracking this one open. I liked that it took the time to set up and introduce the new characters (the tv crew.) In many cozy mysteries, someone is murdered right at the beginning of the book and there’s so little context that I find I don’t connect as well to the story. While the dysfunctional TV crew squabbles were tedious at times, it really helped to develop the characters and by the time the murder happened, I was already … Continue reading Muffin to Fear

Murder on the Sugarland Express

Murder on the Sugarland Express by Angie Fox I love this series, it’s like a bag of potato chips – can’t put it down! The exciting plot is the real star of this book. A well crafted homage to the iconic Murder on the Orient Express, the rip-roaring dual plot combined a long ago ghostly unsolved murder with a current day murder under similar circumstances. Fast-paced with an ending that left my heart racing, it was thoroughly enjoyable and memorable and I admit, I was surprised by whodunit and why. It was an exceptionally well done mystery that even Agatha would … Continue reading Murder on the Sugarland Express

Review: Survival of the Fritters

Survival of the Fritters (Deputy Donut #1) by Ginger Bolton Still reeling from the unexpected death of her husband, Alec, 3 years ago, Emily is trying to move on with her life at the donut shop she owns with her father in law. Among the donut shop’s favorite regulars is a group of older ladies, who have a knitting club called Knitpickers. So when one of the Knitpickers doesn’t show up one morning, everyone is concerned. Later, they go to her house to check on her and find her dead, surrounded by donuts. Who killed Georgia and why? Is it … Continue reading Review: Survival of the Fritters

Review: Flowers and Foul Play

Flowers and Foul Play by Amanda Flower Fiona’s going through a rough patch; her flower shop’s gone out of business, her fiancé cheated on her and then she gets word that her godfather has died and left her his cottage in Scotland. Arriving to reclaim her inheritance, she discovers the body of Alastair Croft, the lawyer handling her inheritance. Worried that the police suspect her godfather’s most trusted friend and employee may be implicated, Fiona asks a few questions around town and discovers that nearly everyone had a motive to kill Alastair. What a lovely book! The beautiful Scottish countryside … Continue reading Review: Flowers and Foul Play

Review: Murder on the Toy Town Express

Murder on the Toy Town Express by Barbara Early Book 2 of the Vintage Toy Shop series was every bit as good as the first! This is shaping up to be a go-to series, and not just because I love the setting so much (and I’m with Liz about Sahlen’s Hot Dogs, mmmm.) The twisty plot kept me guessing right up to the exciting ending, and there were a few “oh no way!” moments along the way. I love Liz’s relationship with her dad, they make a great team and the running puns are always funny. “You have a mind … Continue reading Review: Murder on the Toy Town Express

Review: Jeopardy in July

Jeopardy in July by Barbara Venkataraman Ahhh Jamie, how can you be such an adept investigator but be so oblivious to what’s around you? *sigh* This series is always a fun, laugh-out-loud, absorbing read. You can’t help but like Jamie, a sassy, independent, and strong woman, yet vulnerable and a little unsure (especially when it comes to Kip!) Her banter with Duke is always hilarious, and the gents at the old folks’ home (named ‘La Vida Boca’, a take off on the Ricky Martin song,  translated, it means ‘The Mouth Life’ which made me laugh a bit too, considering the sassy … Continue reading Review: Jeopardy in July

Review: The Fast and the Furriest

The Fast and the Furriest by Sofie Ryan Another fun mystery in the Second Chance Cat series, The Fast and the Furriest dug into the shadowy past of Mac, the enigmatic handyman at Second Chances. And what a story it was! It would’ve made for a great soap opera plot even Elvis the cat could get in to (as long as it wasn’t on during Jeopardy, of course.) When Erin Fellows shows up in town looking for Mac and is later found dead, Mac comes under suspicion after an eyewitness places him at the scene. Sarah’s sassy senior friends, an … Continue reading Review: The Fast and the Furriest

Review: Death of a Toy Soldier

Death of a Toy Soldier by Barbara Early Ok, first of all, I have an ulterior motive for picking up this book. You see, I know the setting very, very well. East Aurora, a small town outside of Buffalo, NY, is home to landmarks like Vidlers, The Roycroft, and of course, Fisher-Price and all of its toys. So when I saw that Death of a Toy Soldier was set in that tiny speck on the map that few people outside of Western NY know about, I had to read it. The book was full of recognizable places and captured the … Continue reading Review: Death of a Toy Soldier

Review: March of Crime

March of Crime by Jess Lourey “Gary,” she said on her way out, “I got my nails done. What do you think?” He looked. She held up both her middle fingers. His nostrils flared. I tugged Mrs. Berns outside before he did anything more If I could give this book a standing ovation, I would. I had a serious book hangover after I finished this one; actually, I finished the last page and went “Auuugghhhaaahhhhh!!!!” Thrilling, hilarious and entertaining, it was a great comeback for Mira and the Battle Lake gang. I love Mira, she’s smart and tough on the … Continue reading Review: March of Crime

Review: Dead, Bath, and Beyond

Dead, Bath, and Beyond by Lorraine Bartlett & Laurie Cass I think this is my favorite of the author’s many series, and I was happy to see it return. They’re always a light cozy read. I love the quaint upstate NY location and I really like Katie, she’s endlessly patient (I am not, so I envy this quality in others) and I love the down to earth realism attitude that retired detective Ray Davenport brings to balance out all the wild theories Katie comes up with. The pace on this is relaxed, and that’s what I love about this series, … Continue reading Review: Dead, Bath, and Beyond

Review: Club Room Corpse

Club Room Corpse by Sherry Lodge Giveaway!  Win one of two Kindle copies of the Club Room Corpse! (Contest runs until January 10th, 2018. 2 winners will be picked at random, no purchase required, open to US residents only.  Click link for more info!) Cassie, Cassie, Cassie. As if you don’t have enough on your plate to keep you busy, what with wedding plans and your concierge job catering to the upscale residents of the Parkstone luxury apartment building and finding who is the lucky recipient of a lovely pair of Lovebirds, but you had to go and find yourself … Continue reading Review: Club Room Corpse

Review: A Tale of Two Kitties

A Tale of Two Kitties by Sofie Kelly I’ve read this series from the beginning, I always enjoy a visit to Mayville Heights and Owen and Hercules never fail to put me under their spell. A Tale of Two Kitties is the perfect addition to this wonderful series, I enjoyed the the exciting plot; a pair of estranged brothers, a love triangle, and a decades old death combine lead to a present day murder, tearing a family apart. I love the extra layer that Kathleen and Simon’s friendship adds, that what-if feeling it gives me. I mean, Kathleen and Marcus … Continue reading Review: A Tale of Two Kitties

Review: A Fatal Collection

A Fatal Collection by Mary Ellen Hughes An adorable and enjoyable cozy mystery, from the charming location to the cute characters and the excellent plot, it was a fun read. I loved the world that the author created with Keepsake Cove, a beautiful little tourist town in Maryland with quaint little shops and I would love to wander around the music box shop, looking at all the different models. The characters were just as charming as the location, I really liked Callie, a realistic main character that is easy to relate to. But the plot really shined, from the ghostly … Continue reading Review: A Fatal Collection

Blog Tour! Death Plays a Part

Death Plays a Part by Vivian Conroy With her theater closed for renovations, Guinevere lands a summer job cataloging books at a castle on Cornisea, a small island off the coast of England. Together with her little dachshund Dolly, she sets off, expecting an idyllic summer exploring the tiny island. When she arrives, she’s delighted to learn that the castle is hosting a re-enactment of a historic trial, but when a man is found murdered in the dungeon and her new employer is accused, Guinevere jumps into action to find the real killer, uncovering a greedy plot and family secrets. … Continue reading Blog Tour! Death Plays a Part