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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Armchair Travel Tuesday with Karen Mom of Three

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 Armchair Travel Tuesday!

Karen here from . Today Lisa K has allowed me to share some of my favorite cozies that take you to places you may have only dreamed about. One Tuesday a month we will share a recommendation for a cozy you may not know about or perhaps it is a cozy you love. All great cozies are a ticket to travel and here is this weeks travel best bet!
This week's arm chair travel cozy series suggestion is Kate Dyer-Seeley's Pacific Northwest Mystery series. I am currently reading Scene of the Climb while I am actually visiting Oregon! While I don't travel for real very often it was wonderful to have the chance to visit and meet author Kate Dyer-Seeley at the Book Bin in Salem Oregon last week. The way she described her series I knew I had to read it! This series first published in 2014 and book number 4 comes out this December.  This is a great series to start with if you would like to travel to the Pacific North West! 

 Here is more about Scene of the Climb... 

Portland, Oregon, is the perfect fit for someone like Meg Reed. It's a city with a small town feel, where she can crash on the couch of her best friend Jill, now that she's graduated from journalism school. . .But a girl needs a job, so Meg bluffs her way into writing for Northwest Extreme magazine, passing herself off to editor-in-chief Greg Dixon as an outdoor adventure enthusiast. Never mind that Meg's idea of sport is climbing onto the couch without spilling her latte. So when she finds herself clawing to the top of Angel's Rest--a two-thousand-foot peak--to cover the latest challenge in a reality TV adventure show, she can't imagine feeling more terrified. Until she witnesses a body plummet off the side of the cliff. Now Meg has a murder to investigate. And if the climbing doesn't kill her, a murderer just might. . .
Grab your book and settle in for a cozy adventure! I look forward to sharing another armchair travel cozy with you next month.

Monday, August 22, 2016

LIVE AND LET GROWL by Laurien Berenson

Book 8 in the Hayley Powell Food and Cocktail Mysteries
by Lee Hollis

For Hayley Powell, food and cocktails columnist for the Island Times, Halloween is all about costume parties and holiday treats—until a killer crashes the party...

This Halloween, Hayley can’t imagine a worse trick than her ex-husband Danny returning to Bar Harbor. Her kids may be happy to see their dad, but Hayley’s determined not to be taken in by his charms, and suspects he’s in financial trouble—again.

Still, the haunted holiday is about to get a whole lot scarier after Danny’s moonshine-making uncle is found lying dead next to a tombstone in a cemetery—and Danny quickly becomes the prime suspect. To prove her ex is innocent, Hayley will have to dig deep into her own bag of tricks to unmask the real culprit . . . before anyone else—including her—ends up in the graveyard...

Includes seven delectable recipes from Hayley’s kitchen!


Eight must be a magic number for author Lee Hollis, because this is the best Hayley Powell mystery to date! (I bet I’ve said that before, but it’s always true)

I am in my happy place when reading. I’m in my thrilled place when reading a cozy mystery. But I am in my ecstatic place when reading a Hayley Powell Food and Cocktail Mystery! DEATH OF A PUMPKIN CARVER practically had me in a reading coma of bliss! I didn’t come up for food, drinks, or potty breaks once I opened the book. What I did do is laugh a lot, gasp a lot, and have some full on “no way” shout out loud moments!

Along with all the other great characters associated with this series, in DEATH OF A PUMPKIN CARVER we finally get to meet Hayley’s ex-husband. I can see why they’re no longer married, but having Danny around for this book made for an intriguing storyline, and gave the police someone to blame the murder on. Despite their differences, Hayley knows Danny is no killer, and she sets out to prove it.

A fast moving story, things really turned into a reading frenzy near the conclusion of the book with the reveal of the culprit and all that followed. I was sitting dangerously close to the edge of my recliner by the time the book was over. I’m not ashamed to admit, when I finished reading I held the book close to me and just smiled. J

You’re going to devour the wonderful recipes spread throughout this book! And, there’s a sneak peek of the next Hayley Powell mystery, DEATH OF A LOBSTER LOVER.

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Book 19 in the Melanie Travis Canine Mysteries
by Laurien Berenson

When her Aunt Peg lands a gig as judge at a Kentucky dog show, Melanie Travis welcomes the opportunity for a road trip. Too bad a killer has planned a deadly detour . . . 

For a dog lover like Melanie, the opportunity to attend the Kentuckiana Dog Show Cluster is not to be missed. Fortunately, the timing coincides with her spring break from teaching, so she heads for central Kentucky with her sister-in-law Bertie and Aunt Peg, who's accepted a week-long judging assignment. Once there, Aunt Peg reconnects with an old friend, Ellie Gates Wanamaker, a former Standard Poodle exhibitor and a member of a well-heeled Kentucky family. Miss Ellie has been out of the dog show world for more than a decade, but when Melanie invites her to spectate at the Louisville Kennel Club dog show, she's eager to accompany her. 

Miss Ellie's presence at the expo center, however, provokes mixed reactions from exhibitors she hasn't seen in years, including some outright animosity. The following day Melanie learns that Miss Ellie has suffered a fatal accident while exercising her dogs. Aunt Peg, however, suspects foul play. Wishing to avoid any scandal, Miss Ellie's pedigreed family prefers to let sleeping dogs lie, but as Melanie begins to sniff around, she discovers Miss Ellie had many secrets, both in the dog show world and amongst her Kentucky kin . . .


This wonderful mystery will have you barking with delight, and leave you begging for more!

Before I knew what cozy mysteries were, when I was reading suspense thrillers, I was trying you encourage my younger sister to read more by buying her the Author Laurien Berenson’s series because they were nice clean stories and they were about dogs. I could kick myself now for letting my sister pass them on after she read them. But I will own the entire series again one day. Yes, they are that good!

Laurien Berenson consistently pens a brilliant mystery that captures and holds the reader’s attention and imaginations. LIVE AND LET GROWL is written proof of why this series has made it to nineteen books!

Immersed in a world of dog shows, horse breeding, and a first rate mystery, I was a happy woman indeed while reading this superb story. With more twists and turns than a show dog going through its routine, I was breathless by the time I reached the prize winning conclusion!

Do yourself a huge favor, pick up a copy of LIVE AND LET GROWL. 

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Sunday, August 21, 2016


I'm so excited to be a stop on the 
blog tour for author 
Marla Cooper
and her new book
Book 1 in the Kelsey McKenna Destination Wedding Mysteries 

Wedding planner Kelsey McKenna is just a few hours away from wrapping up her latest job: a destination wedding in the charming, colonial Mexican town of San Miguel de Allende. The reception is all set up, the tequila donkey is waiting outside, and the bride and groom are standing on the altar, pledging their eternal love. But just as the priest is about to pronounce them husband and wife, one of the bridesmaids upstages the couple by collapsing into a floral arrangement, a definite wedding "don't." Kelsey soon discovers that the girl hasn't just fainted--she's dead.

Losing a bridesmaid is bad enough, but when the bride's sister is arrested for murder, the demanding mother of the bride insists that Kelsey fix the matter at once. And although Kelsey is pretty sure investigating a murder isn't in her contract, crossing the well-connected Mrs. Abernathy could be a career-killer. Before she can leave Mexico and get back to planning weddings, Kelsey must deal with stubborn detectives, a rekindled romance, and late-night death threats in this smart, funny cozy mystery debut.

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Interview With Marla

LKBR:  Thank you for being here today, Marla!

MC: Thanks for having me!

LKBR: When did you first know you wanted to be an author?

MC: I never really set out to be an author, per se. I’ve always been a writer of some sort, and my day job is writing advertising and marketing copy. So I wanted to write something that was just for fun, and I didn’t really have any major goals around getting published. I’d say it was about halfway through writing Terror in Taffeta that I started thinking, “Hey, this might be something!” If I’d started out thinking I wanted to be an author—instead of just wanting to have a creative outlet—I probably would have been too scared to ever write it!

LKBR: What was your inspiration for this series? Where did the name come from?

MC: Right around the time a friend of mine sold a cozy mystery series, I got a job ghost-writing a nonfiction book on planning a destination wedding. As the wedding planner was telling me about her job—which involves traveling off to faraway places with people she doesn’t know all that well—I realized it was the perfect setup for a mystery!

As for the title, I brainstormed a ton of them. There were a lot of them that would have worked, but as soon as I came up Terror in Taffeta, I knew it was the one.

LKBR: Do you ever get writer’s block? If you do, how do you work through it?

MC: When I really don’t feel like writing (but know that I have to) I will make myself sit down and commit to writing 200 words. That’s not that many words, and if they’re terrible, I can toss them without feeling like I wasted too much time. But what happens more often than not is that it gets me back into the groove and I end up writing a couple thousand words. 

LKBR: Do you have a favorite place to do your writing?

MC: I have two: one is in a lounge chair in my back yard under an enormous redwood tree, and the other is at the library. Being there keeps me focused and it’s quiet enough that I can concentrate—plus, having all those books around inspires me to keep going!

LKBR: What is your writing schedule like? Do you write a certain number of hours a day, or go by word count?

MC: It really depends! I usually just write for as long as I feel inspired, and when the words stop flowing, I know it’s time to quit. Of course, it was easy with Terror in Taffeta because there was no deadline. Even with my second book, I had a generous enough deadline that I didn’t have to set any particular goals. I imagine if I ever have a tight deadline though, I’d be more of a word-count kind of girl.

LKBR: What is the hardest part of writing? What is the easiest part?

MC: For me, the hardest part is figuring out clues that will point to the killer without giving away his or her identity. The ending somehow has to be inevitable but without being obvious. And whenever I write a scene with the killer in it, I feel like there’s a big, flashing neon sign over their head saying, “He did it! It was him!” or “She did it! Isn’t it obvious?”

The easiest part is writing dialogue. I love writing fun banter between my main character and her best friend, Brody, and if I really “get” the character, the dialogue practically writes itself.

LKBR: Do you have plans for a new series?

MC: Not yet—although there are always things floating around in my brain. I’m just wrapping up edits for the second book in this series. It’s set in the California wine country and it’s called Dying on the Vine.

LKBR: What book are you reading?

MC: I haven’t had the time to read anything lately, but as soon as I finish edits on Dying on the Vine, I have a backlog of cozies that I can’t wait to dig into! I’ve also had a copy of Furiously Happy sitting on my bedside table for several months now. It doesn’t matter that I’m not reading it yet; the manic raccoon on the cover makes me laugh every time I see it.

LKBR: What are three things you want your readers to know about you?

MC: The most important thing I want them to know is that the mother of the bride in Terror in Taffeta is meant as comic relief, the character you love to hate. Most people get that, but I’ve heard from a couple of people who just hated her without the “love” part. But if you think of her as a relative who you have to put up with despite her flaws, she’s actually really funny.

Another thing I’d like for them to know is that San Miguel de Allende, where Terror in Taffeta is set, is a place that’s near and dear to my heart. It’s a beautiful colonial town in central Mexico with cobblestone streets, and it’s actually kind of magical. My dad went to art school there, and he took my mom back there on their honeymoon. Some people wonder why I set the book in Mexico, but if they’d ever visited San Miguel, they’d understand!

And finally, I’d want my readers to know that I love hearing from them! It makes my day when someone writes to say hi, and it’s also really interesting to hear people’s reactions to things. It’s also kind of amazing when someone you’ve never met before writes to tell you that they basically just spent five or six hours inside your brain.

LKBR: Thank you so much for letting us get to know you better!

MC: Thanks for having me, Lisa!

More About Marla

As a freelance writer, MARLA COOPER has written all sorts of things, from advertising copy to travel guidebooks to the occasional haiku. But it was while ghostwriting a nonfiction guide to destination weddings that she found inspiration for her current series starring destination wedding planner Kelsey McKenna. Originally hailing from Texas, Marla lives in Oakland, California, with her husband and her polydactyl tuxedo cat.

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Saturday, August 20, 2016


I'm very happy to be a stop on the 
blog tour for author 
Sarah Fox
and her new book
Book 1 in the Pancake House Mysteries 

In the debut of a delightful cozy mystery series, Sarah Fox introduces a charming new heroine who finds herself in a sticky situation: stacking pancakes, pouring coffee, and investigating murder.
Bonus content: includes original recipes inspired by the Flip Side Pancake House menu!
When Marley McKinney’s aging cousin, Jimmy, is hospitalized with pneumonia, she agrees to help run his pancake house while he recovers. With its rustic interior and syrupy scent, the Flip Side Pancake House is just as she pictured it—and the surly chef is a wizard with crêpes. Marley expects to spend a leisurely week or two in Wildwood Cove, the quaint, coastal community where she used to spend her summers, but then Cousin Jimmy is found murdered, sprawled on the rocks beneath a nearby cliff.
After she stumbles across evidence of stolen goods in Jimmy’s workshop, Marley is determined to find out what’s really going on in the not-so-quiet town of Wildwood Cove. With help from her childhood crush and her adopted cat, Flapjack, Marley sinks her teeth into the investigation. But if she’s not careful, she’s going to get burned by a killer who’s only interested in serving up trouble.


This delicious first in a new series has left me hungry for more!

I absolutely adored THE CRÊPES OF WRATH. From chapter one I was already hooked and enjoying myself. The first chapter does a lot of character introductions, and location descriptions, so the reader gets to know protagonist, Marley, and many of the supporting cast early on.

Because of author Sarah Fox’s style of writing, you would never know this was the first book in a series. The characters are do well developed, that I had the feeling of already knowing them. Marley is a great series lead. She’s intelligent, strong, and has a wonderful heart. She reminds me of many dear friends I know. I could easily see myself being friends with so many of these people.

The mystery of who killed Marley’s cousin, Jimmy (which really threw me off, because I jumped into this story without reading the back), was truly exceptional. With several red herrings to cause me to suspect more than a few people, I had no idea who the killer was until I read the heart pounding reveal.

As satisfying as a belly full of pancakes, THE CRÊPES OF WRATH is a tasty treat you’ll want to savor.

Don’t forget to check the yummy recipes!

About Sarah

Sarah Fox was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she developed a love for mysteries at a young age. When not writing novels or working as a legal writer, she is often reading her way through a stack of books or spending time outdoors with her English Springer Spaniel.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Book 5 in the Fuchsia, Minnesota Mysteries
by Julie Seedorf

Granny is at it again! When Granny accompanies her friend Mavis to the Next To The Last Resting Place nursing home to visit Mavis’ sister, Beulah, both women are shocked to find the new resident dead. Granny, being the amateur detective she is, suspects foul play, and soon she and her entire family concoct a plan to investigate possible shady doings at the nursing home. Granny will enter the home incognito and attempt to determine how Beulah met her suspicious demise. All this happens while Granny’s new husband Silas is entangled in his own dangerous mess. Someone has just blown up his house and Silas (a former detective) is out to discover the culprit, even as he worries about Granny’s safety in the home. As more nursing home residents fall victim to a strange and sudden “memory loss virus,” Granny engages the aid of her friends to get to the bottom of what turns out to be a very complex and complicated plot.


Granny’s back and better than ever! Trust me when I say, if you haven’t read a book in this series, hold on to your socks. Granny is more than just a handful.   

There are a couple of things you can always count on when you read a Fuchsia, Minnesota Mystery. 1) You’re going to laugh until you cry. 2) You’re in for a great mystery.

In GRANNY PINS A PILFERER, author Julie Seedorf once again brings us Hermiony Vidalia Criony Fiddlestadt aka Granny. And boy, does she bring us Granny! Residents of The Next To The Last Resting Place are dying at an alarming rate! With this many folks passing on to their final resting place, it can’t all be from natural causes . . . can it? That’s what Granny sets out to discover, and discover it she does!

I had so much fun reading GRANNY PINS A PILFERER, I was still laughing at things hours after I read the last page! I have read many fun/funny mysteries, but only author Julie Seedorf can having me laughing even as I feel the tension mounting through the mystery of the story. Of course, all becomes clear by the end of the book, once again proving that Granny is a force to be reckoned with!

Well done Ms. Seedorf! You have me anxiously awaiting my next trip to Fuchsia!


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About Julie

Julie Seedorf is a Minnesotan. She calls dinner—supper and lunch—dinner. She has had many careers over her lifetime but her favorite career was that of mother to her children. In later life she became a computer technician, opening her own business. In 2012 Julie signed a contract with Cozy Cat Press for her Fuchsia Minnesota Series. Books included in that series are Granny Hooks a Crook, Granny Skewers A Scoundrel, Granny Snows A Sneak and Granny Forks A Fugitive. Closing her computer business in January 2014 Julie transitioned to becoming a full time writer adding free-lance work for various newspapers, along with continuing her column Something About Nothing, which is now in book form in a book of the same name released in early 2015. Her children's series, Granny's In Trouble give her grandkids a hint of the young Grandma underneath the wrinkles. Her books are light and fluffy and highlight the fact in the midst of life we have to find the humor in bad situations to keep us going. "We all take ourselves too seriously and we need to have a little fun." Julie secretly yearns to be like the Granny characters in her books. In February 2016 the first book in the Brilliant Minnesota Series was released titled the Penderghast Puzzle Protectors. She also is part of a group mystery by Cozy Cat Press Authors titled Chasing the Codex. Julie's serious side is revealed in a story included in the Anthology, We Go On - Anthology for Veterans where the proceeds go to Veteran's Charities. Visit her website at Her blog http://sprinklednotes is a little scattered like Granny but lends itself to wisdom and occasional flip flops about life. You will also find her on Facebook at and on Twitter at . Enjoy the moments; they may carry you through a lifetime.


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