Murder in the Community Garden (Tory Benning #3)

Murder in the Community Garden (Tory Benning #3)by Judith Gonda I requested Murder in the Community Garden from Netgalley because the blurb sucked me in;   Tory Benning, a landscape architect, arrives at the community garden she landscaped. But trouble … Continue reading Murder in the Community Garden (Tory Benning #3)

Batten Down the Belfry (House-Flipper Mystery #4)

I would say this can be read as a standalone or an entry into the series, as there were very few references to the earlier books. I love the little bits of humor and absurdity, from finding a horse standing in the middle of the church to Sawdust’s thoughts about kitty friend Cleo and the playhouse and cafe idea was amazing, definitely a place I’d love to check out! Continue reading Batten Down the Belfry (House-Flipper Mystery #4)

But Knot for Me (A Yarn Retreat Mystery, #8)

! I hear a lot of good things about this series from my cozy mystery friends and when I saw this one, I knew I had to give it a try. I think I’ve tried every flavor of cozy mysteries except yarn cozies – well, until now! And I liked this one right from the first page; some writers have that amazing way of drawing you right into their world from the start and this one definitely did! Continue reading But Knot for Me (A Yarn Retreat Mystery, #8)

The Case of the Canterfell Codicil (Anty Boisjoly Mysteries, #1)

I got this from Netgalley a bit ago and saved it for British Cozy Mystery book bingo. I really enjoyed it, the dry humor, the little barbs here and there, the quips, very entertaining. And although this is a novel written in 2020, it did very much sound like a Wodehouse novel, and thematically it was not unlike a Poirot novel. Thoroughly entertaining from start to finish. Continue reading The Case of the Canterfell Codicil (Anty Boisjoly Mysteries, #1)

Mr. Scarletti’s Ghost

Mr. Scarletti’s Ghost (Mina Scarletti #1) by Linda Stratmann This one has been on my To-Read list for awhile and I absolutely loved this well crafted slice of life in the Victorian times and the fashionable rise of Spiritualism. When a new phenomenon in the form of a spiritual medium named Miss Eustace takes Brighton by storm, Mina becomes worried that her mother and her financially well off friends will become the victims of fraud, Mina sets out to investigate the woman, her intentions and her mysterious past. Afflicted with scoliosis, Mina Scarletti isn’t expected to marry and have children, … Continue reading Mr. Scarletti’s Ghost

Review: Dark Angel

Dark Angel (DI Greco #4) by Helen H. Durrant I couldn’t put this one down, I’m sorry it took me so long to start it! I’ve long been a fan of Helen H. Durrant’s Calladine and Bayless books, but this is my first DI Greco. I can safely say this can be read as a standalone or an entry into the series, I wasn’t lost at all, any prior references are explained enough that they’re not a distraction. First off, I have to say that Durrant is skilled in drawing in a reader completely into the world she creates, making … Continue reading Review: Dark Angel

Review: Death of a Russian Doll

Death of a Russian Doll (Vintage Toyshop #3) by Barbara Early Poor Liz, her promising new romance with new police chief Ken Young was shattered when his estranged wife, Marya, blew into town looking to reconcile. Liz does her best to get over it, but when Marya is found strangled to death and Ken comes under suspicion, Liz steps in to help her dad solve the murder and uncovers the secrets Marya has been hiding for years. But who killed her? Another great chapter in the Vintage Toy Shop series, I loved the twisty plot, this wasn’t your ordinary cozy! … Continue reading Review: Death of a Russian Doll

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

New release! Butter: A Rich History

Butter: A Rich History by Elaine Khosrova A few months ago, I had the opportunity to read and review a cookbook that recommended using a high fat butter.  While that book went into a little bit of detail on what constituted high fat butter, I realized I still had a lot of questions after a discussion on my review about exactly what determines a butter to be high fat.  So when I requested this book, I hoped to learn more about how to choose a good butter for baking but got a whole lot more. Butter: A Rich History, by … Continue reading New release! Butter: A Rich History

Review: Runes for Beginners

Runes for Beginners: Simple Divination and Interpretation by Alexandra Chauran This is a great resource for anyone who would like to learn more about the use of Runes in divination, whether you’re just getting started or an experienced user. The detailed and easy to understand information covers everything from the history and meanings of the runes to how to cast and create your own set of runes. When I began this book, I already had a set of runes and some basic understanding. While some of the rune names are different then what I learned (the book calls one rune … Continue reading Review: Runes for Beginners

New Release! Dangling by a Thread

Jesse lives a hermit’s life on an island just off Haven Harbor’s shore, alone except for his beloved Great Cormorants. When a millionaire visits Haven Harbor and decides to buy Jesse’s island, Jesse’s only concern is to save the island for the birds. When Jesse is found dead, there’s plenty of suspects, but who was the killer and why? Continue reading New Release! Dangling by a Thread

Review: The Semi-Sweet Hereafter

“Chocolate Whisperer” Hayden Mundy Moore travels the world helping companies improve the quality of their chocolates. In The Semi-Sweet Hereafter, Hayden is in London assisting Phoebe, the wife of celebrity chef Jeremy Wright. Phoebe owns a failing chocolate pâtisserie and needs Hayden’s help to turn it around. When Jeremy turns up bludgeoned to death, Hayden falls under suspicion. To clear her name, she has to hunt down the real killer. Continue reading Review: The Semi-Sweet Hereafter

Review: The Book Club Murders

An exceptional mystery and I can’t wait for the next book in the series! I definitely recommend this book as a must read! Charley Carpenter, owner of Old Hat Vintage Fashions, is a member of the Agatha Book Club (named after the Dame herself) with a clique of high society ladies. After two local women are found dead, Charley and BFF Frankie find clues that link the murders to their book club. Charley reluctantly takes the information to Detective Marcus Trenault. Despite their rocky past, Charley and Marcus must team up to stop a murderer. Continue reading Review: The Book Club Murders