Julie Seedorf

Thursday, June 22, 2017

MURDER AT THE PUPPY FEST by Laurien Berenson

Book 20 in the Melanie Travis Canine Mysteries
by Laurien Berenson

Frolicking with dogs is Melanie Travis’s idea of heaven. So when she’s invited to be a “puppy wrangler” at a benefit for a local dog rescue, the last thing she expects is to be chasing after a tricky killer...

As a busy mom and pedigree Poodle owner, Melanie has little time to spare. Still, she doesn’t mind helping out at Puppy Fest, an annual fundraiser to benefit Puppy Posse, a local dog rescue organization. Considering the venue—Belle Haven mansion, owned by wealthy philanthropist Leo Brody—it’s shaping up to be the can’t-miss charity event of the summer. Unfortunately, when Melanie’s breeding background lands her in the doghouse with Jane, Leo’s snappy daughter who runs the rescue, Melanie finds herself simultaneously managing Puppy Fest and the millionaire’s hopelessly fractious family.

But once Puppy Fest kicks off, Leo is nowhere to be found—until Melanie discovers his current mistress crouching over his dead body. According to police, the father of nine’s severe nut allergy went into overdrive after he accidentally consumed a contaminated cookie. However, Libby, one of Leo’s children and a friend of Melanie’s Aunt Peg, believes someone deliberately put him down for good. And now, she’s begging a reluctant Melanie to unearth the secrets hidden by the Brody pack. But the closer Melanie gets to fetching answers, the higher the stakes become—and the more she realizes that she’s chasing a criminal who’s been groomed to win...


Dog and mystery lovers can always count on author Laurien Berenson for a great cozy mystery.

MURDER AT THE PUPPY FEST was another enjoyable installment in the Melanie Travis Canine Mysteries. From the opening scene which had me fuming over some good for nothing people, through to the puppy festival, the murder, and the investigation, this was a fast reading story that held my attention until the end.

It’s easy to see how Laurien Berenson is celebrating her twentieth book in this series! When the freshness she brings to each new story like, MURDER AT THE PUPPY FEST, while maintaining the original feel of the series that made it so popular to begin with, I have no doubt I’ll be writing a review for book twenty-five!

You’re going to want to add this book, this series to your TBR.


Book 15 in the Jaine Austen Mysteries
by Laura Levine

Freelance writer Jaine Austen thought working for a knock-off reality show in the tropics would be paradise. But when she and her kitty Prozac find themselves trapped between a dimwitted leading man, catty contestants, and a cold-blooded murderer, the splashy gig becomes one deadly nightmare...

Jaine’s life has been a royal pain since she started penning dialogue for Some Day My Prince Will Come—a cheesy dating show that features bachelorettes competing for the heart of Spencer Dalworth VII, a very distant heir to the British throne. As if fending off golf ball-sized bugs on a sweltering island wasn’t tough enough, Jaine must test her patience against an irritable production crew and fierce contestants who will do anything to get their prince...

But Jaine never expected murder to enter the script. When one of the finalists dies in a freak accident, it’s clear someone wanted the woman out of the race for good—and the police won’t allow a soul off the island until they seize the culprit. Terrified of existing another day without air conditioning and eager to return home, Jaine is throwing herself into the investigation. And she better pounce on clues quickly—or there won’t be any survivors left...


While DEATH OF A BACHELORETTE wasn’t my favorite book in this series, I have no doubt diehard fans of author Laura Levine are going to love it.

My favorite part of the entire Jaine Austen Mystery series, is Jaine’s cat, Prozac. And, the airplane scene in this book involving Prozac had me cracking up. 

Since I’m not a fan at all of shows like The Bachelorette, scenes dealing with the show Jaine was to write for didn’t really grab me. And, I didn’t find many likeable characters at all in this story.

Two big, huge saving graces of DEATH OF A BACHELORETTE for me both focus around author Lavine’s writing style. 1) As with her other books, this one had a nice flow to it making it easy to go from scene to scene and chapter to chapter. 2) Lavine has an amazing sense of humor that can result in some very LOL moments.

If you’re a fan of this series, you’ll want to get a copy of DEATH OF A BACHELORETTE. If you’re new to the series, I would suggest starting at the beginning with book one, THIS PEN FOR HIRE.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017


I'm so excited to be a stop on the 
book tour for 
Carrie Doyle
and her new book
Book 3 in the Hampton's Murder Mysteries

More murder in the Hamptons, from best-selling author Carrie Doyle!

Death on West End Road is the third book in best-selling author Carrie Doyle’s Hamptons Murder Mystery Series. Along with a colorful cast of supporting characters, the beating heart of the book is Antonia Bingham, restaurateur, gourmand, and nosy carb-lover. For readers who love Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone series and Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, look no further than Doyle’s new series!
An unsolved crime is something that Hamptons innkeeper and sleuth Antonia Bingham just can’t resist. Despite a busy high-season schedule and an inn booked to capacity, Antonia has agreed to investigate a cold case in her beloved adopted hometown, East Hampton, NY: the killing of Susie Whitaker, whose brutal 1990 slaying on a tennis court in the poshest part of town was never solved.
And the person who has hired Antonia? Prime suspect Pauline Framingham, a manipulative pharmaceutical heiress from a powerful family. As Antonia attempts to unravel the mysteries of the past she unearths even darker secrets and ultimately wonders if it would have been best to let sleeping dogs lie. To make matters worse, past acquaintances and love interests reappear in the Hamptons, disrupting Antonia's world and causing her to scurry to the fridge for comfort.
Join Antonia for this gripping new installment in the Hamptons Murder Mystery series from Carrie Doyle!
A Word From Carrie

By Carrie Doyle

As a child of the eighties, growing up everyone around me quoted The Church Lady’s catchphrase Well, isn’t that special. Dana Carvey’s iconic performance on Saturday Night Live as the Church Lady was a cultural benchmark. Of course, when The Church Lady uttered the phrase she was being disapproving and implying that the person she was talking to should get off her high horse.

I think of that catchphrase often when I am making excuses for why I’m not sitting down and writing. There are always so many other things to be done, so many distractions around: bills to be paid; dogs to be walked; kids to be instructed to do their homework and dinner to be made. But as a writer, it is important not to create false standards for doing your job. Writing is indeed a skill, but like all skills, you only get better when you practice. The most important thing a writer can do is write. All the time!

I have friends who are aspiring writers who complain that the setting in their house or office isn’t conducive to getting their work done. My advice to them is that you can’t be precious. Look, even Virginia Woolf dreamed of having a room of her own where she could do her work, but she clearly accomplished a lot without it. If you want to be a professional writer, you need to be able to sit down with chaos around you and write. If you are really excited by the work you will hyper-focus and you could be on the set of The Fast and the Furious with explosions taking place around you and you will still get your work done. It really just takes practice. And not relegating writing to the ‘special’ category. 



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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Kathi Daley 
has a new book!

You know what that means don't you? 


Kathi is celebrating the release of 
Book 12 in the Whales and Tails Cozy Mysteries

A murder, a wedding, and a teenager in danger, all collide in this fast paced mystery set on magical Madrona Island. Cait is in a terrible accident resulting in a temporary loss of memory. She can remember the events leading up to the accident but cannot remember what occurred or how she came to be on a remote part of the island in the middle of the night. When she finds a dead body on the road which is there one minute and the gone the next she decides she must be losing her mind. Cait sets out to piece together the events surrounding the accident while Cody agrees to watch out for a teenager on the run in this fast paced cozy mystery.


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Monday, June 19, 2017

Welcome to week one of the
With Bloggers Mary Brown, Karen M. Owen, and yours truly!

Every Monday from today - August 28,
Mary, Karen, and I
will recommend some of our favorite cozy mystery titles in eleven (11) different categories!

Today our theme picks are picks 
Books By The Beach!

My pick for a great cozy mystery 
beach themed book is

#6 in the Aloha Lagoon Mysteries
by Catherine Bruns

From USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bruns, comes an Aloha Lagoon Mystery that proves sometimes paradise isn't all it's served up to be. 

New to both Hawaii and the Aloha Lagoon Resort, Carrie Jorgenson has big dreams of stardom. But while she awaits fame and fortune, she's forced to accept a job waitressing at the resort's The Loco Moco CafΓ©. It isn't long before she discovers the dish on her new boss—also known to many as "The Big Kahuna." Hale Akamu is rich, handsome, repulsive...and dead. When Carrie discovers Hale's lifeless body, she's suddenly forced into yet another role—amateur sleuth. With everyone from Carrie to the saucy chef to the cafΓ©'s hot assistant manager under suspicion, Carrie needs to track a killer before she becomes his next main entrΓ©e!
**Recipes included!**

is a great mystery and a fun read!
(I've never read a bad book by Catherine Bruns)

Don't let the fact that it's book #6 is a series to keep you from reading it. Each book in the 
Aloha Lagoon Mysteries is written by a different author, and can be read as a stand alone!

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I just know you're going to love my
Book By The Beach pick.

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head over to 

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Make sure to check back next Monday for suggests on a new cozy mystery theme!

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Taking a break for the weekend to catch up on some reading, reviews, and blogging.

Make sure to check back Monday for the first week of a summer long full of book suggestions from fellow bloggers, Mary Brown, Karen M. Owen, & Me!

See you on the 19th!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

ONCE UPON A SPINE by Kate Carlisle
LEAVE IT TO CLEAVER by Victoria Hamilton

Book 11 in the Bibliophile Mysteries
by Kate Carlisle


In this Bibliophile Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Books of a Feather, San Francisco bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright stumbles through the looking glass in a tale of murder, rare books, and a quest for the perfect pie…

Brooklyn's oh-so-proper future in-laws are traveling from England to meet her, and if that's not enough to set her on edge, rumors abound that the charming Courtyard shops across the street may be replaced by high-rise apartments. Their trendy neighborhood will be ruined unless Brooklyn and her fiancΓ©, Derek Stone, can persuade the shopkeepers not to sell. 

But with a rare edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland causing bad blood at the Brothers Bookshop and a string of petty vandalism making everyone nervous, Brooklyn and Derek feel like they're attempting six impossible things before breakfast. Then the owner of the Rabbit Hole juice bar is felled by his own heavy shelves, and the local cobbler lies dead beside him. An accident . . . or something more sinister? Things get curiouser and curiouser when a second priceless copy of Alice is discovered. Will it stir up more trouble within the close-knit community?  

As the Brits descend, Brooklyn learns they're not so stuffy after all. Derek's dad is won over with chocolate cream pie, and his psychic mum would kill to help Brooklyn solve this murder—before another victim takes a tumble.


I simply love the thrill of discovery that comes with the stories in the Bibliophile Mysteries. As a book lover, the thought of finding a rare edition of one of my favorite books, well, it makes my toes wiggle. I’ll admit, I wasn’t excited about the treasured volume of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland like main character, Brooklyn Wainwright was. I have never liked that tale. But, I was wrapped up in Brooklyn’s excitement about it.

ONCE UPON A SPINE is another well written installment in the Bibliophile Mysteries. And it certainly shares something in common with the story of Alice, not everything it as it seems. This was a clever mystery that had my brain hopping around like a frantic rabbit, trying to guess the outcome.

More than just a mystery, ONCE UPON A SPINE introduced new characters to readers, Derek’s parents. I enjoyed the energy of the story when they were in the scene. They were simply delightful, and fit in perfectly with the already established characters. I’m looking forward to their next appearance in the series.   

As if all of that isn’t enough to entice you to read this book, wait until you see some of the sassy recipes included with names like Hot Buttered Rump Bites, and Perky Breast Nibbles. ;-)

Available now!


Book 6 in the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries
by Victoria Hamilton

In the brand-new Vintage Kitchen Mystery from the author of White Colander Crime, someone with an old grudge decides it’s time to bury the hatchet . . .

“Smartly written and successfully plotted, the debut of this new cozy series . . . exudes authenticity.” —Library Journal on A Deadly Grind 

Vintage cookware and cookbook collector Jaymie Leighton has agreed to help her sister clear out the house of a deceased older neighbor, and she’s thrilled at the prospect of discovering antique kitchenware and other treasures—until she opens a vintage trunk in the cellar and finds the remains of a teenage girl with a cleaver buried in her skull. When the body of a second girl is found just days later in a nearby river, the clues all indicate that the crimes are connected—and that the culprit’s motives are hidden in the past.

Jaymie just wants to cut and run, but the victims were both high school classmates of her sister when they disappeared, and that makes Jaymie the perfect person to help the local police investigate the killings. As she dredges up old memories and even older rivalries and jealousies, her list of suspects grows. But Jaymie knows she’ll have to whittle it down to just one, and fast, because someone has decided to cut their ties to Jaymie—in the most fatal of ways . . .

Includes a vintage recipe!


I was thrilled to hear that the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries had new life breathed into them, and would live on! So many of my (and yours no doubt) favorite cozy mystery series have meant with an untimely end this year. Thank goodness this series will be staying with us.

Another stupendous installment in the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries, book six, LEAVE IT TO CLEAVER is my favorite so far! I know a smidgen of that is because I thought we’d lost this series, but the main reason is that this story was so very well written.

Author Victoria Hamilton takes readers on a journey of a mystery from the past. One that becomes very much part of present for Jaymie Leighton and her sister, Rebecca. Ms. Hamilton did a superb job switching from the present to the past, and then back again. I never felt lost, and the story never felt disjointed. Quite the contrary. I looked forward to each shift in the timeline as it just made the mystery more intense. So very well done.

As well as being a whodunit, LEAVE IT TO CLEAVER was a sweet story of love and family, and fresh beginnings. Beginnings to me that will most certainly enhance what is already a great series.  

And don’t close the book before you check out the vintage recipe from Jaymie’s kitchen, and read the excerpt of MUFFIN TO FEAR from Victoria Hamilton’s Merry Muffin Mystery series! 

Releases June 23!


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