Sunday, April 18, 2021

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


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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Thursday, April 15, 2021

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


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


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!


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


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? 


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


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

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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? 


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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