Sunday, April 18, 2021

Blog Tour Spotlight: MONKEY BREAD BUSINESS - A Cast Iron Skillet Mystery by Jodi Rath

Synopsis

Nature breeds new life with the sign of Spring in the air in Leavensport, Ohio, and Jolie and Ava find their new families’ lives turned upside down! With properties in Leavensport beginning to sell, Nina Sanchez opened a bakery after purchasing the lot next to M&M’s Italian restaurant. She is new to town and swears to Ava and Jolie she has no connection to the Dominican Republic Sanchez mafia family. Yet, Ava is skeptical, and this sends Jolie and Ava off on yet another investigation looking at how organized crime connects to their little village and the politics that surround it. 

Meanwhile, Nina Sanchez is not thrilled to feel obliged to cross-sell and become a full-fledged member of Leavensport, especially not with Jolie and Ava investigating her history. She has no choice when her son discovers a murdered homeless woman on the street on his way to deliver bread to the local shelter—it looks a lot like a mob hit and the reveal of who the homeless woman is will send all of Leavensport on alert making Jolie question the future of her town. 

Welcome to Leavensport, Ohio, where DEATH takes a DELICIOUS turn! 

About the Author 

Moving into her second decade working in education, Jodi Rath has decided to begin a life of crime in her Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series. Her passion for both mysteries and education led her to combine the two to create her business MYS ED, where she splits her time between working as an adjunct for Ohio teachers and creating mischief in her fictional writing. She currently resides in a small, cozy village in Ohio with her husband and her nine cats.  

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS 

April 16 – Baroness' Book Trove – REVIEW 
April 16 – I'm All About Books – SPOTLIGHT 
April 16 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT April 17 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE 
April 17 – Tea Book Blanket – SPOTLIGHT 
April 17 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT 
April 18 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW 
April 18 – Literary Gold – REVIEW 
April 18 – Eskimo Princess Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT 
April 19 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT 
April 19 – Christy's Cozy Corners – GUEST POST 
April 19 – Christa Reads and Writes – SPOTLIGHT 
April 20 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW 
April 20 – My Journey Back the Journey Back – CHARACTER GUEST POST 
April 20 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT 
April 21 – Maureen's Musings – SPOTLIGHT 
April 21 – Sapphyria's Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT 
April 21 – A Wytch's Book Review Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW 
April 22 – Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic - GUEST POST, INDIVIDUAL GIVEAWAY 
April 22 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW 
April 23 – Cozy Up With Kathy - CHARACTER GUEST POST 
April 23 – Ascroft, eh? – CHARACTER INTERVIEW 
April 24 – MJB Reviewers - SPOTLIGHT, INDIVIDUAL GIVEAWAY 
April 24 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – AUTHOR INTERVIEW April 25 – CelticLady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT 
April 25 – BookishKelly2020 – SPOTLIGHT 
April 25 – eBook Addicts – REVIEW



Thursday, April 15, 2021

Blog tour and Review: SHRIMPLY DEAD (A Seafood Caper Mystery) by Maggie Toussaint

Synopsis

When veterinarian and amateur naturalist Jasmine Garr is shot in her yard, residents of Shell Island press caterer River Holloway into investigating the homicide. River dons her amateur sleuth cap and sets out to discover who killed her former catering customer. 

Between Jasmine’s estranged cousin, a rival veterinarian, a wild animal trapper, the chicken lady, and a real estate broker, River has plenty of suspects to consider. As she peels back the layers of Jasmine’s life, dangerous secrets come to light. 

Jasmine’s orphaned kitty, Iris, along with River’s cat Major, and her husband Pete help River sift through the evidence. At the same time, River recently expanded her catering business. She must service her regular catering clients, plus provide fresh baked goods for Pete’s ice cream shop. 

The killer follows River’s every move relishing the thought of another victim. Time is running out. Will River solve the murder before she becomes a cold dish? 

Book Review 

River's catering business is taking off and she spends most of her time doing the prep work. Her husband Pete owns an ice cream shop and he has the idea to sell her baked goods - cookies and a pie or cake, one day a week. She's trying to work out how to do all this when Jasmine Garr is found dead. It's not like River was close to Jasmine - she feels strongly that the killer should be caught. That, and she can't imagine that the "chicken lady," Jasmine's neighbor could be responsible. So between cooking and baking, she's sleuthing. 

As River meets with everyone involved, she realizes that she didn't know some of them as well as she thought. At least the deputy has gained some respect for what she might ferret out. The cats, Major and Iris, as well as Pete help her with her sleuthing and she hires someone to help with the cooking and baking as Pete's idea takes on a life of its own. 

This is the third in the Seafood Caper Mystery series, but it's the first one I've read and it is easily read as a stand alone mystery. There are surprises for River and the reader as clues and misdirections are scattered throughout. The pace is good, and the chickens, alligators, and cats add a whole new dimension. Shrimply Dead is an enjoyable cozy mystery.

FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in the hopes that I would post an honest review. This has not affected the content of my review in any way. 

About the Author 

Southern author Maggie Toussaint writes cozy and paranormal mysteries, romantic suspense, and dystopian fiction, with more than twenty fiction novels published. A multi-year finalist for Georgia Author of the Year, she’s won Silver Falchions, the Readers’ Choice, and the EPIC Awards. She’s past president of Mystery Writers of America-Southeast chapter and an officer of LowCountry Sisters In Crime. She lives in coastal Georgia, where secrets, heritage, and ancient oaks cast long shadows. 
 
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Monday, April 12, 2021

Book Review: BELLS & BLAZES - The Mystery Sisters Book 4 by Karen Musser Nortman

Synopsis

Lil's daughter, Georgiann, has taken a new job as director of a visitor's bureau and the first task is to organize the Lights and Luminaries Festival held in December. It's the season of good will and Max and Lil come to visit, expecting a warm and pleasant experience. But when the Mystery Sisters are around, it can be anything but!


Review

Sisters, Lil and Max aren't planning on sleuthing as they make their way to a small Missouri town for the holidays. Lil's daughter, Georgiann (George for short), has a new job there and is in charge of the holiday festival. With George's organization skills, the festival should go off without a hitch. Only there's vandalism, the choir's period costumes disappear, arson, and more. Although Max and Lil might not always agree, they're both determined to find out who is responsible and ensure George's success.

This was a fun, short read, even if the holidays are long gone. It is light, with some surprising and humorous antics by the two women in their seventies - I hope I have that much energy. Need a quick, light mystery? This one will not disappoint. This is the fourth in the series, but can be easily read as a stand-alone. It is the first for me, but won't be the last.


The Mystery Sisters Books
Reunion and Revenge
Foliage and Fatality
Double Dutch Death
Bells and Blazes

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Book Review: FUR BALL FEVER A Romantic Crime Mystery with Tons of Humor (The Fever Series Book 1) by Maureen Fisher

Synopsis

Romance, mystery & dogs with personality, all wrapped up with humor. 

An impulsive pet spa owner loses her elderly client's prize pooch ... After a lifetime of impetuous mistakes, Jersey Shore pet spa owner Grace Donnelly outdoes herself when a client's prize poodle, a shoo-in to win the annual Fur Ball, goes AWOL while in her custody. With money, careers, and lives in jeopardy, Grace is not afraid to strap on the leather to go undercover in a fetish club looking for clues. Too bad her helpers consist of an aging hippie aunt, a renegade schnauzer, a drag queen, and a dominatrix or two. Worst of all, the only man truly qualified to help is her former flame, the most domineering male on the eastern seaboard. 

A smokin' hot bodyguard has his own dangerous agenda ... Texas-born security specialist Nick Jackson faces his worst nightmare when Grace's amateur investigation nearly blows his covert operation. Unless he nails the con-artist who scammed his home-town's senior citizens and whacked a witness, his homicidal granddaddy will take justice into his own liver-spotted hands. To salvage his case, his sanity, and his ex-lover's velvety skin, Nick joins forces with the sassy crusader who rubs him the wrong way--and so many right ways too. 

Together, they encounter an explosion of murder & mayhem... Action bounces from the upscale Shore community of Saltwater Estates to a beach harboring washed-up corpses, a yacht no honest preacher could possibly afford, and the bawdiest nightclub in Atlantic City. 

With the Fur Ball rapidly approaching and hazards multiplying like bunnies, will Grace find the missing poodle in time, and can Nick nail the con-artist before his granddaddy does? 

Review

First in this series, what made this book enjoyable were the characters. Grace cares about people and tends to act impulsively for all the right reasons. She's also self-aware and still has feelings for her ex, Nick. Nick works security and still has feelings for Grace, only she keeps putting herself in danger. And now her attempt to find the missing dog lands her in the middle of his investigation into someone scamming senior citizens. 

The pace of the story is steady, with hints at Grace and Nick getting back together, humorous situations especially with pot-smoking Aunt BONeth and Granddaddy Hiram. At each step of the way, there are more clues to how the dognapping is connected to the scamming. The story is well-plotted and the characters well-developed.

A fun read, the next in the series is on my TBR list. For those who enjoy cozy mystery with a side of romance and humor, Fur Ball Fever will entertain. 

(Excerpt available on the book page!) 

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Blog tour and spotlight: THE CORPSE WHO KNEW TOO MUCH - A Food Blogger Mystery by Debra Sennefelder

Synopsis 

Food blogger Hope Early takes on a cold case that’s heating up fast . . . 

Building on her recipe for success with her food blog, Hope at Home, Hope is teaching her first blogging class at the local library in Jefferson, Connecticut. She’s also learning about podcasts, including a true-crime one called Search for the Missing, hosted by Hope’s childhood friend, Devon Markham. Twenty years ago on Valentine’s Day, right here in Jefferson, Devon’s mom disappeared and was never found. Finally Devon has returned to solve the mystery of what happened to her mother—and she asks Hope to help. 

The next day Hope discovers Devon’s apartment has been ransacked. Her laptop with the research on her mother’s cold case is missing, and Devon is nowhere to be found. When her friend’s body is later discovered in a car wreck, Hope is convinced it’s no accident. Clearly, Devon was too close to the truth, and the cold-blooded killer is still at large in Jefferson. Now it’s up to Hope to find the guilty party—before the food blogger herself becomes the next subject of another true-crime podcast . . . 

Includes Recipes from Hope’s Kitchen! 

About the Author

Debra Sennefelder is an avid reader who reads across a range of genres, but mystery fiction is her obsession. Her interest in people and relationships is channeled into her novels against a backdrop of crime and mystery. 

Her first novel, THE UNINVITED CORPSE (A Food Blogger mystery) was published in 2018. When she’s not reading, she enjoys cooking and baking and as a former food blogger, she is constantly taking photographs of her food. Yeah, she’s that person. 

Born and raised in New York City, where she majored in her hobby of fashion buying, she now lives and writes in Connecticut with her family. She’s worked in retail and publishing before becoming a full-time author. Her writing companion is her adorable and slightly spoiled Shih Tzu, Connie. 

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Thursday, April 1, 2021

Blog Tour and Book Review BOARDING WITH MURDER by Kathryn Long


About the Book:

Take one quaint B&B, two kind but quirky caretakers, a dead aunt, a murdered friend, and you have mystery. Ali Winston finds she’s inherited trouble along with her aunt’s B&B, but can she reveal the killer before the curtain closes? 

Review: 

Ali was looking forward to support and advice from her Great Aunt only to find that she has passed away. At a turning point in her life, with no job, she’s shocked to hear Julia was involved with someone and that Gladys, one of the mainstays of the B&B, believes he killed her and she didn’t die a natural death. Her brother Ollie isn’t as convinced. Then there’s another dead body, and this time, no question it was murder. 

To keep herself distracted, Ali takes on the volunteer job Julia left vacant in prop and set design for a movie production, with hopes of gaining more information on Julia’s death. It doesn’t help that Julia left her the B&B and everyone who works there is worried or that everyone (except the police, of course), has some connection to theater, including Julia and Ali’s parents, who are still trying to get her into acting. Not happening. 

There are multiple characters and suspects and their stories unfold as Ali, herself, discovers their secrets. The story was well-paced and even, with clues revealed gradually. There was drama, twists and turns, and bit of romance with Quint. Ali keeps thinking about leaving, but the B&B is growing on her, not to mention Quint... If you want a leisurely read, with references to the theater and old movies, you’ll enjoy this one.

FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in the hopes that I would post an honest review. This has not affected the content of my review in any way. 

About the Author:

Retired teacher, Kathryn Long now spends her days plotting and writing mysteries. Her most recent credits are romantic suspense novel, A DEADLY DEED GROWS and mystery, BURIED IN SIN. She’s a member of Sisters in Crime as well as of International Thriller Writers. 

Under the pen name, Bailee Abbott this author writes the Paint by Murder cozy series, starting with A BRUSH WITH MURDER soon to be released. Kathryn lives with her husband and furry friend Max in the quiet suburbs of Green, Ohio. 

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Saturday, March 27, 2021

Blog Tour and Spotlight: FINAL HARVEST (A Finding Home Mystery) by Barbara Howard

Synopsis


Traci Simmons has been fired from another job and must decide if it’s time to give up her home and start fresh in another town. But, when her elderly neighbor dies mysteriously, she is pulled into leading a crusade to save the neighbor’s urban farm and find the killer. Through her new and unexpected relationship with these invisible people, Traci faces her own insecurities to learn what home really means.



About the Author

Barbara Howard is a “not-so-cozy” mystery and YA author of a dozen books, including her most recent trilogy, Finding Home Mystery Series; Final Harvest, Charlotte’s Revenge, and Milo’s Journey. She is a first-generation tech geek turned master gardener with a passion for fresh air, vegan cuisine, and tracing her roots. A big city girl with a small town heart, she returned to her family home in the Midwest after an extensive career as a Department of Defense Project Manager at the Pentagon and spends most of her time treasure hunting, spoiling her fur-babies, growing veggies, and raising chickens. 

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS 
March 24 – I'm All About Books – SPOTLIGHT 
March 24 – Maureen's Musings – SPOTLIGHT 
March 25 – Novels Alive – SPOTLIGHT 
March 26 – Here's How It Happened – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
March 27 – Elizabeth McKenna - Author Blog – SPOTLIGHT 
March 28 – Christa Reads and Writes – SPOTLIGHT 
March 29 – Literary Gold – CHARACTER GUEST POST 
March 29 – Sapphyria's Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT 
March 30 – Ascroft, eh? – AUTHOR INTERVIEW 
March 31 - Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic – SPOTLIGHT 
April 1 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT 
April 1 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT 
April 2 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT 
April 3 – I Read What You Write - REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW
April 4 – The Book Diva's Reads – GUEST POST 
April 5 – Reading Is My SuperPower - REVIEW 
April 6 – Brooke Blogs - SPOTLIGHT


Thursday, March 25, 2021

Spotlight New Release: APPLES, APPALOOSA AND ALIBIS (A Baker Girls Cozy Mystery Series) by Maria Grazia Swan

Synopsis (from Amazon)

A good deed, a sexy French millionaire, and a deadly mystery. Just a typical day for Monica Baker… 
Monica thought her luck was finally improving… until she found herself caught up in a murder investigation. Again. And running the risk of being the next victim. 

Who knew that agreeing to pick up someone’s mail could end with a dead body in the den, a warning from beyond the grave, and a media circus? As chaos ensues, only one thing is certain. 

If Monica wants her happily ever after with Tristan, she’s going to have to fight for it. Literally… 

You can get it here:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08XC3XW75
https://books2read.com/u/3n8668

About Maria Grazia Swan

Award-winning, USA Today Bestselling author Maria Grazia Swan was born in Italy. She’s lived in Belgium, France, Germany, Southern California and Arizona—all juicy places that fuel her stories and characters. 

These days, Maria Grazia concentrates on her deepest passions. Writing and being the matchmaker for people and pets who are waiting to find each other. 

Maria Grazia loves travel, opera, good books, yoga, and intelligent movies. Her idea of a perfect evening? Stimulating conversation, Northern Italian food, and chilled Prosecco. 

She loves to hear from her readers! 

Feel free to contact her through her website: www.mariagraziaswan.com, via email: Contact Maria: mgsweb1@gmail.com -or- touch base with her on Facebook.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Blog Tour and Guest Post: ARROWED - A Health and Wellness Resort Murder Mystery by Avery Daniels

Avery Daniels has provided a guest post for you today, related to the fourth book in the Health and Wellness Resort Murder Mystery series, ARROWED. 

Guest Post: A Health and Wellness Resort Murder Mystery 

There are many types of resorts, and they may have a combination of classifications in one resort. Here is a quick listing of the types or classifications of resorts around the world to consider: Beach Resorts, Golf Resorts, Island Resorts, Historical and/or European Resorts, Lake, Mountain, Ski, Spa, Pet-Friendly, Theme Park, Historical, Dude Ranch, Singles, Couples, Adult-Only, Family, Eco-Tourism resorts, Safari, Clothing-Optional, Casino, and All Inclusive Resorts. Often one resort will fall into a few categories.

In the first book of the series, Iced, we were in a historic luxury resort that has a world class golf course. This is the home resort for Julienne. For book two, Nailed, the resort was a luxury Bavarian themed ski resort in Vail Colorado. The third book was back at Julienne’s home resort. This fourth book, Arrowed, is the first to venture out of Colorado. 

In my newest Resort to Murder mystery, the location is a health and wellness facility called the Enchantment Canyon Resort. Like the classification indicates, they focus on wellness which includes nutritious food, and exercise, but also offers emotional, creative, and spiritual wellbeing too. In addition to traditional medical advice and monitoring, there are the obvious offerings of smoking cessation, weight loss through healthier eating- lifestyle changes, and exercise that includes outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and aquatics. I used a photography hike I found as an offering at an actual health and wellness resort for Julienne to investigate without being obvious. 

Some health and wellness resorts offer sleep therapy, chiropractic, muscular recovery, gait and orthotic analysis, and sound therapy. You can even find traditional Chinese medicine and energy therapies such as Reiki or craniosacral therapies included in services offered. Meditation and Yoga, even Tai Chi are often found for stress management. Life coaching is a service at many now, assisting with setting life goals and focusing on your life purpose etc. 

Arrowed, the fourth book in the series, doesn’t have much time to delve into these offerings since the murder takes place within hours of Julienne and Mason’s arrival. Enchantment Canyon Resort is entirely fictional. It is a combination of resorts and ideas I merged for the story. I wanted the feel of a Mexican villa with a world class health and wellness resort. I love Santa Fe and its unique mixing of Mexican and Native American cultures and foods and that’s why I wanted a resort that reflected the rich cultural heritage. 

Because it is a health and wellness resort, alcohol is prohibited. Julienne is of French heritage and life isn’t lived without alcohol as part of life-joie de vie. Mason gets some cocktail supplies and they sneak them into the restaurant to spike their mock-tails. That is one of the quirky aspects of this novel. 

The Enchantment Canyon Resort has lush landscaping such as palm bushes and trees, a number of flowering bushes, Aspen trees, yucca plants, climbing red Bougainvillea, whispery Mexican Feather Grass, and other ornamental grasses. Yes, there are palm trees in Santa Fe, even with the cold winters. Certain varieties are tenacious enough to flourish there. I researched what landscaping would be used in Santa Fe in general since I didn’t want a stark desert feel for every scene. Granted, New Mexico has plenty of dry landscape, but a luxury resort would create an oasis and I attempted to bring that to life in the novel. 

What type of resort is more your style, or what has been your favorite in your travels? Let me know in the comments. I may use it as inspiration for a Resort to Murder location. 

Thank you, Avery!  Now we'll talk about your new release!

About ARROWED 

It all began when a dying man with an arrow in his chest grabs her ankle. 

During a heatwave at a Santa Fe resort, Julienne has the resort owner pressuring her to solve the murder. The victim is a high profile businessman who made enemies rather than friends, leaving Julienne with a roster of suspects. She was supposed to be training the staff and spending quality time with Mason rather than investigating a murder. The heat turns up when an old girlfriend of Mason’s checks in and is determined to get back together. 

About the Author 

Avery Daniels was born and raised in Colorado, graduated from college with a degree in business administration and has worked in fortune 500 companies and Department of Defense her entire life. Her most eventful job was apartment management for 352 units. She still resides in Colorado with two brother black cats as her spirited companions. She volunteers for a cat shelter, enjoys scrapbooking and card making, photography, and painting in watercolor and acrylic. She inherited a love for reading from her mother and grandmother and grew up talking about books at the dinner table. 

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Saturday, March 20, 2021

Blog Tour & Spotlight - THE DISAPPEARANCE OF EMILY (The Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series) by Elizabeth Pantley

Synopsis

Hayden has settled into her alternate, magical new home of Destiny Falls. She’s learning about the people here and the enchanted place, but something is amiss. When too many things occur to call them coincidences, all signs point to the mysterious disappearance of her mother – way back when Hayden was just two days old. 

Could it be connected to the mysterious ferry? Can she identify and eliminate the threat before another person in her life is stolen away? 

About the Author

Elizabeth Pantley is the international bestselling author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution and twelve other books for parents. Her books have been published in over twenty languages. She lives near Seattle and is the mother of four and nana to one. This is her first work of fiction. 

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS 
March 15 – I'm All About Books – SPOTLIGHT 
March 15 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog – SPOTLIGHT March 16 – Cozy Up WIth Kathy – REVIEW 
March 17 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT 
March 17 – Christy's Cozy Corners - REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST 
March 18 – Novels Alive -GUEST POST 
March 18 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT 
March 19 – Literary Gold – REVIEW 
March 20 – Maureen's Musings – SPOTLIGHT 
March 20 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT 
March 21 – Christa Reads and Writes – SPOTLIGHT 
March 22 – Ruff Drafts – AUTHOR INTERVIEW 
March 22 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – SPOTLIGHT 
March 23 – I Read What You Write – GUEST POST 
March 23 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW 
March 24 – Laura's Interests – SPOTLIGHT 
March 24 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW 
March 25 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – AUTHOR INTERVIEW 
March 26 – Baroness' Book Trove – SPOTLIGHT 
March 27 – Sapphyria's Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT 
March 28 – Ascroft, eh? – CHARACTER INTERVIEW



Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Blog Tour - Book Review; MURDER PAGE ONE - A Peach Coast Library Mystery by Olivia Matthews

Synopsis

If you love Hallmark mystery movies, you’ll love this cozy mystery with humor, intrigue, and a librarian amateur sleuth. 

Marvey, a librarian, has moved from Brooklyn to a quirky small town in Georgia. When she’s not at the library organizing events for readers, she’s handcrafting book-themed jewelry and looking after her cranky cat. At times, her new life in the South still feels strange…and that’s before the discovery of the dead body in the bookstore. 

After one of her friends becomes a suspect, Marvey sets out to solve the murder mystery. She even convinces Spence, the wealthy and charming newspaper owner, to help. With his ties to the community, her talents for research, and her fellow librarians’ knowledge, Marvey pursues the truth. But as she gets closer to it, could she be facing a deadly plot twist? 

This first in series cozy mystery includes a free Hallmark original recipe for Classic Peach Cobbler. 

Review

This is the first in a new series, featuring Marvey, a librarian new to the Peach Coast. Having lived in Georgia for a few years and not growing up in the south, I easily related to Marvey's list of sayings and how to translate what some folks were saying.

Marvey is very organized in everything she does including solving a murder. She even chooses which piece of her hand-crafted jewelry to wear and which ones to make for her friend, Jo. Her cat, Phoenix, helps out as well. And then there's Spence. He is cautious but not about to let the two ladies deal with this on their own.

This is an even-paced read, with a dash of humor, mis-steps, dumpster-diving, and surprises. It is a clean read, with a hint of romance perhaps for Spence and Marvey. If you're a fan of Hallmark movies, especially the mysteries, you will enjoy Marvey's adventures.

FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in the hopes that I would post an honest review. This has not affected the content of my review in any way. 

About the Author

Olivia Matthews is the cozy mystery pseudonym for Patricia Sargeant, a national best-selling, award-winning author. Her work has been featured in national publications such as Publishers Weekly, USA Today, Kirkus Reviews, Suspense Magazine, Mystery Scene Magazine, Library Journal and RT Book Reviews. For more information about Patricia and her work, visit PatriciaSargeant.com. 

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Sunday, March 14, 2021

Blog Tour and Author Interview: CAKE AND CORRUPTION Sweetwater Springs Southern Mysteries Book 6 by S. C. Merritt


Synopsis: 

It's wedding week and as mother of the bride, Glory wants her daughter’s wedding to be a day she’ll never forget. But when her address is found in the pocket of an unidentified body in a car crash, Glory’s biggest nightmare becomes reality.  The past has
followed her to Sweetwater Springs and it’s not going away without a fight. Can she solve the mystery and maybe even her husband’s two-year-old cold case murder in the process?

Purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08SLJKWN2 
Link to the entire Sweetwater Springs Southern Mystery series: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0897YBPBZ 

Interview with S. C. Merritt 

Can you tell us a little about yourself? I’m a wife and mother of two grown and married children. My husband and I live in Mississippi. We’ll be moving very soon to Georgia where he just accepted a new job. I have worked as a full-time church secretary for over 25 years. Would love to write full time. Maybe soon.

What sparked the idea to write this novel? This is Book 6 in my series, so it was the natural progression of the characters. My readers have been questioning when this or that might happen, so I knew I wanted certain events to happen (along with solving a murder or two, of course). 

Tell us something about your book that isn't mentioned in the publisher synopsis. The church choir Easter fiasco that happens at the beginning of the book actually happened. It’s been a running joke with all our church friends for years and it was so fun to be able to use it in one of my books. 

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Most of my books relay a bit of my faith. I always hope my readers see that Glory turns to her faith when she’s anxious or just being thankful for her family and blessings, and maybe inspire them to do the same. 

What are your favorite things to do besides writing? Travel (pre-covid), spend time with family, relax by a pool, try new restaurants. 

How long have you been writing? Just over a year. I published my first book in January 2020. I began writing it as a bit of fun, just as a hobby in 2019. Never, ever dreamed I’d actually ever publish it. 
Wow! That's impressive - six books in 2 years. What inspires you to write? I love light-hearted, fun, whodunits. I love giving people an alternative to graphic sex, violence and gore that is in a lot of mainstream TV crime drama and film. And these days, there’s so much drama around us, it’s nice to escape. 

What was your favorite scene to write? Glory and Hunt’s engagement scene, for sure. It had been a long time coming.

Who designed the book cover? Kim with Kim’s Covers has done all of my covers for this series. She’s wonderful to work with. 

Can you give us a sneak peek on what you are working on now? I’ve just finished a novella that will be included in a pet themed anthology with 10 other authors to be released this summer. And I have begun the first book in a new series about a couple of retired friends living in Florida. They pool their money and buy an RV and hit the road to visit places on their bucket lists (and of course, solve murders along the way). 

What is the most fascinating/craziest thing you have done in the name of research? I did a lot of interesting research for my prequel to the Sweetwater series, Sideburns and Suspicions. (Free to my NL subscribers) I live near Graceland (just outside of Memphis) and have friends who work there, so I got tons of insider info. Plus, I did a lot of digging and I’m not ashamed to admit I got sucked down the conspiracy theory rabbit hole a time or two. I’ve visited there, and it’s a treat no self-respecting, music fan should miss. And the food at the restaurants in the Graceland complex is fabulous. Some of the best BBQ in Memphis. 

What do you do when you aren't writing? Read, watch Hallmark Movies and Mysteries and BBC Mysteries. Big fan of Midsomer Murders. Also love binge-watching the Great British Baking Show. What book are you reading right now? Michigan Mayhem by Hope Callaghan. She’s got several series that I love, and this is one of my favorites. 

Thank you for being with us today and keep on writing. 

About S.C. Merritt 

S.C. Merritt writes cozy mysteries featuring female sleuths, plots with a twist, lots of humor, and a little sprinkle of romance. Her Sweetwater Springs Southern Mystery Series is set in a small, Alabama town full of quirky characters, delicious restaurants, and lots of murder. Recipes are included in each book. When not writing, she is traveling, watching classic movies and tv shows, or collecting flamingos. She lives in Mississippi with her husband and miniature Schnauzer, Izzy and dreams of living in a tropical locale someday. 

Online links: 

Website: https://www.scmerritt.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scmerrittwrites Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scmerrittauthor/ Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19874419.S_C_Merritt Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/author/scmerritt BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/s-c-merritt




Thursday, March 11, 2021

Book Review: THE SPIRIT WOMAN OF LOCKLEER MOUNTAIN by Elaine Faber

SYNOPSIS

There are sightings of a woman and a mountain lion near Lockleer Mountain, seen at moments of crisis. Is she the legendary Native American’s Spirit Woman, sent to protect the community? Nate is convinced his sister, missing for three months, and surely suffering from amnesia, is the elusive woman. He fears she will not survive the coming winter months, living wild in the wood with a mountain lion. 

While Deputy Nate Darling pursues a relationship with Lou Shoemaker, he and Sheriff Peabody pursue a drug dealer, selling to the youth at the Native American reservation. Things are even more complicated by civil unrest regarding the government’s secret plans to build a mysterious facility, a big box store, and a housing tract close to Lockleer Mountain, threatening the livelihood of the local merchants. 

Is there any hope that the Spirit Woman, real or imaginary, can bring harmony to the troubled community? Will Nate be able to apprehend the drug dealer, locate his missing sister, maintain his budding romance, and guarantee the financial future of Lockleer Mountain?

REVIEW

The community of Lockleer Mountain, where Lou and Nate and others live, has been unsettled for several months, after a car accident left Nate's twin, Suzanna, missing. Despite the odds, Nate holds on to the belief that she's alive. The community is near a reservation and stories of the Spirit Woman and her lion have been shared and retold time and time again. Only now multiple people believe they have seen the lion in a fog followed by a flash of green, possibly the Spirit Woman. In most cases, the sighting results in stopping something bad from happening. Then there's the owl Lou nursed back to health and the superstition that seeing an owl is a bad omen. 

The Spirit Woman, the owl, and the lion not withstanding, someone is leaving Suzanna's best friend, Judy, gifts on her farm and Suzanna is still missing. There's indications of drugs in the high school and a possible new military installation coming to ruin their close knit community as well. All the different pieces make for an interesting read and Faber pulls them altogether in the end. The pace is steady with several subplots and the presence of the lion, Spirit Woman, and the owl adding a novel dimension. An enjoyable read for lazy afternoons.

FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in the hopes that I would post an honest review. This has not affected the content of my review in any way.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Blog Tour- Spotlight : DOUBLE OR MUFFIN A Merry Muffin Mystery by Victoria Hamilton

 

Synopsis

In the new Merry Muffin Mystery, baker Merry Wynter must solve a disturbing crime among opera singers before the culprit decides it’s curtains for her . . .

When a reality TV show for aspiring opera singers descends on Wynter Castle, Merry’s got her hands full catering to the endless demands of the distinguished judges and ambitious contestants. Then mysterious rumors about the cast and crew begin to surface, suggesting that some of their performances may be filled with false notes. When a dogged reporter with an eye for scandal who’s been covering the competition is attacked and left for dead, Merry’s determined to discover who orchestrated the heinous deed.

Her long list of suspects is filled with eccentric personalities, including a promiscuous tenor known for making unwanted overtures, a pampered young prodigy and her meddlesome mother, and a quiet up-and-comer whose shadowy uncle may have ties to the underworld. As the musical contest and Merry’s investigation near their finale, she’ll have to act fast to keep a conniving contestant from plotting out her final act . . .

About Victoria Hamilton 

Victoria Hamilton is the bestselling author of several mystery series including the national bestselling Vintage Kitchen Mysteries and Merry Muffin Mysteries. She does, indeed, collect vintage kitchenware and bake muffins. She drinks tea and coffee on writing days, and wine other times. It doesn’t do to confuse days. She crochets (a little), paints (a little) and reads (a lot). A solitary being, she can be coaxed out of her writing cave for brownies and cat videos. 

She started her writing life as Donna Lea Simpson, bestselling author of Regency Romances, paranormal historicals and historical mysteries, and still has a soft spot for the Regency period.

If you Google ‘Victoria Hamilton’, you will find listed first a famous actress who starred as the Queen Mother in the series The Crown and as Charlotte Brontë in ‘In Search of the Brontës’. That’s not the Victoria who writes mysteries.

No, really, it’s not!

You can find her buried in a good book, (entombed in a good tome?) or online at: 

Website: http://www.VictoriaHamiltonMysteries.com (Sign up for her annoyingly infrequent newsletter for all the latest!) 

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