Tuesday, October 25, 2016


Book 7 in the Library Lover's Mysteries
by Jenn McKinlay


In the latest Library Lover’s Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of A Likely Story, a decades overdue book puts library director Lindsey Norris hot on the trail of a cold case...
When the Briar Creek Public Library holds its first overdue book amnesty day—no fines for late returns—the volume of incoming materials is more than Lindsey and her staff can handle. In a bind, Lindsey drafts the crafternoon ladies to help check in and sort the stacks of books.
But one tardy tome catches her attention—a copy of J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, twenty years past due. When Lindsey looks up the borrower, she’s shocked to discover it was a murdered teacher named Candice Whitley, whose killer was never found.
Candice checked out the novel on the day she was murdered. Now Lindsey wonders if it could provide a clue to the decades-old cold case. No one noticed who brought the book back in, but could it be Candice’s killer? Lindsey is determined to catch the culprit one way or another, because justice for Candice Whitley is long overdue...



Seven truly is a lucky number for author Jenn McKinlay, and her readers, because this seventh installment of the Library Lover’s Mysteries is cover to cover perfection!

I can’t begin to put into words the excitement I feel when I have a new Jenn McKinlay book in my hands. I adore everything about how this author writes. The flow of the stories, the towns she creates, the characters that she has given life to, and how she formats just the right ratio of mystery, humor and romance to perfectly balance the stories.

As I settled down in my chair, and opened the front cover of BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, I knew I wouldn’t be moving anytime soon. When I enter the world of Briar Creek and walk through those library doors, nothing short of a straight up emergency is going to make me leave and come back to the real world. And I am thrilled to say, I just spent the perfect afternoon with my Briar Creek friends. Truly one of my best visits ever!

Author McKinlay was in perfect form and right on point in this seventh addition to her Library Lover’s Mysteries. Between opening a twenty year old disappearance case, and tying up some lose ends from past stories, McKinlay has penned a story with so many highs and lows, and twists and turns, my emotions ran the gambit of happy, sad, frightened, and thrilled. I was worn out and sated by the time I read the very last word. Okay, not sated. I could have filled up on a couple hundred more pages if they had been there.

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER came just in time for me. While I have read some completely amazing books this year, I was very much in need of a Library Lover’s fix. Thank you Ms. McKinlay for supplying just what I needed!

Don’t forget to check out the back of the book when the story is finished or you’ll miss out on fun extra like recipes, and excerpt from ASSAULT AND BERET, the newest book in the Hat Shop Mysteries, and more!


Book 16 in the Chocoholic Mysteries
by JoAnna Carl


From the national bestselling author of The Chocolate Falcon Fraud comes an Easter candy caper featuring chocolatiers Lee Woodyard and her Aunt Nettie, and a killer who’s hopping mad...
The approach of Easter means a rush of business at TenHuis Chocolade, and Lee  and her Aunt Nettie need all the help they can get to make their famous chocolate bunnies. Unfortunately, new hire Bunny Birdsong is a clutzy basketcase dropping everything she picks up. But to Lee’s surprise, she’s a whiz with computers and fixing the store’s website so they decide to keep her.
However, Bunny receives a few visitors they could do without: her soon to be ex-husband Beau, his wealthy aunt Abigail, and his new girlfriend and her brother all descend on the shop one day and have a bitter argument. Lee hopes they can find a peaceful way to settle their dispute and not bring any more trouble to TenHuis. But when Abigail’s body is discovered in the vacant store next door, it’s clear to Lee there’s a bad egg in her midst. Now she’s on the hunt to find out who it is...

Includes tasty chocolate trivia! 


Imagine sweet milk chocolate dipped in rich dark chocolate, and dipped again in milk chocolate, and there you have the yummy goodness of the Chocoholics Mysteries!

THE CHOCOLATE BUNNY BROUHAHA, the sixteenth adventure in the Chocoholics Mysteries, is every bit as delicious at the first fifteen. Being back with Lee and her Aunt Nettie at TenHuis Chocolade is always so inviting. Seriously, I can smell the chocolate as soon as I open the book! We just seem to keep getting those pesky dead bodies showing up. Who am I kidding? That’s what keeps us coming back and much as the chocolate! ;-)

Easter is fast approaching in this newest installment from Joanna Carl, and the ladies at TenHuis are hard at work. But they are having Bunny problems. Not bunny of the chocolate variety, Bunny as in the new hire variety. See, she’s a sweet girl, but a bit of a klutz. Too make matters worse, trouble comes knocking by way of Bunny’s family. Let the mystery and mayhem ensue!

Author Joanna Carl serves up a wonderfully tasty story with THE CHOCOLATE BUNNY BROUHAHA. Everything that makes this series wonderful and enduring is present and accounted for. Likable characters, humor, mystery and intrigue, yummy tummy growling chocolate, Carl uses all her writing finesse to pen a great cozy that that will delight readers both old and new to the Chocoholic Mystery series.

Readers will also enjoy the “Who’s Who in Chocolate” feature that can be found throughout the book, as well as a cozy recipe that has nothing to do with chocolate! (We have to eat something else once in a while, don’t we?)


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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Birthday Girl
stuff today!

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

A LIKELY STORY by Jenn McKinlay 

Book 6 in the Library Lover's Mysteries
by Jenn McKinlay

One of the most adventurous aspects of Briar Creek Public Library director Lindsey Norris’s job involves a boat ride out to Star Island to deliver books to elderly hermits Stewart and Peter Rosen. The trip is even more exciting because the captain of the boat is Lindsey’s ex-boyfriend Sully. When Stewart fails to meet their boat, Lindsey and Sully venture onto the brothers’ property to investigate, risking their lives—as the brothers fiercely guard their privacy with deadly booby traps.
Once safely inside the brothers’ cluttered Victorian, they discover Peter—in his wheelchair with a bullet hole in his chest. Stewart is nowhere to be found. Have they stumbled upon a tragic scene of fratricide, or has Stewart fled to escape whomever shot his brother? To discover what really went down on the isolated island, Lindsey will need to untangle a family history of secrets and lies, and determine if this brother’s keeper needs to be rescued or arrested for murder…

Includes a Bonus Short Story: “An Unlikely Meeting”


Spectacular! Once again author Jenn McKinlay has penned a wonderful story!

Any time I can spend in Briar Creek with head librarian Lindsey Norris, her friends of the Crafternooner’s group, Captain Sully, and the rest of this delightful town, I’m as happy as can be. And every minute of time spent with this book was no different.

A LIKELY STORY, book six in the Library Lover’s Mystery series is another well written, funny, intriguing, entertaining story. I finished this book in record time, but wish I had paced myself to make it last a lot longer. A superb plot that kept me on the edge of my seat, led to a half surprising reveal, but definitely a satisfying one! (Half surprising to me because I managed to guess half of it right. Okay, I lucky guessed it.)

As Jenn McKinlay is known to do, even after everything is all wrapped up, she hits us with a surprise ending. This is one author who knows how to keep her readers coming back for more!

Make sure to check out the back of the book for some yummy recipes and a never before published short story, AN UNLIKELY MEETING!

My review of the short story
On no . . . you have to read get A LIKELY STORY and find out for yourself. But I will tell you this much, you’re going to love it! 


Book 15 in the Chocoholic Mysteries
by JoAnna Carl

The Warner Pier tourism board is kicking off its Tough Guys and Private Eyes film festival with The Maltese Falcon, and Lee Woodyard and her aunt Nettie are preparing a delicious chocolat noir tie-in at TenHuis Chocolade. What Lee isn’t prepared for is a face from the past: Jeff Godfrey, her former stepson. The last time Jeff showed up in town, he wound up being accused of murder. He says he’s in Warner Pier only to see Bogart on the big screen. Honest.
Then Jeff goes missing, the Falcon theme is haunting everyone, and a body falls at Lee’s feet when she opens the front door—just like in the movie. Now Lee is under deadline to rewrite the ending of a cunning killer’s increasingly convincing murder plot....

Includes Tasty Chocolate Trivia!


THE CHOCOLATE FALCON FRAUD is a decadent delight for mystery readers.

Author JoAnna Carl’s Chocoholic Mystery series has been a staple read on the diets of cozy mystery fans for many years. You would think she would have a difficult time coming up with new storylines and plots for this long running series of hers. Yet in the same fashion as an expert chocolatier creates a sweet masterpiece, Ms. Carl has time and again skillfully written wonderful new stories that are the very best recipes of chocolate covered murder.

THE CHOCOLATE FALCON FRAUD is written proof of why this series endures. I mean, what could be better than a mystery that has a Tough Guys and Private Eyes Film Festival featuring The Maltese Falcon? One with murder and intrigue of course! Ms. Carl, an expert storyteller, has once again crafted a story with likeable characters, delightful treats, and a plot that is deliciously fresh.  

After reading book fifteen in this series, mystery fans and chocoholics alike are going to be begging for a second, or rather, a sixteen helping!

Readers will also have fun with the Chocolate Chat feature, and chocolate recipes.


My reviews for both of these titles are from the hardcover editions released in 2015. 
I updated by review photos using the paperbacks, both of which are now available to pre-order and release on 
November 1!

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Taking A Mini Holiday

I'm off  too spend a glorious day at the bookstore with my sisters!

Yes, the whole day!

We're going to grab our favorite table, get our favorite beverages, and then attack the shelves and settle in!

See you Saturday! 

Thursday, October 20, 2016


Book 9 in the Haley Randolph Mysteries
by Dorothy Howell


Available October 25

Haley Randolph isn’t exactly a model sales clerk at Holt’s Department Store. But when the corporate office acquires a high-end boutique chain and extends a juicy discount to employees, the fashionista will do anything—maybe even a little hard work—to keep the part-time gig and clinch a Mystique handbag, the season’s absolute must-have, at a heart-stopping price . . .
With the extra duties she’s taking on, Haley’s positioning herself to be Employee of the Month. But when Haley discovers former Holt’s employee Asha McLean shot dead behind the store during orientation training, it turns out there’s more to die for than hot designer deals. The ensuing negative publicity could force Holt’s to close its doors permanently, sinking the surrounding shopping center—and Haley’s job—into oblivion. 
Haley can’t fathom why anyone would harm Asha—until she learns that her former coworker, who secretly lived in Sherman Oaks and owned a mint BMW, was seriously shady. Upon closer inspection, Asha’s duplicitous lifestyle not only earned lots of cash, but plenty of mortal enemies.
As authorities question her innocence and business wanes, Haley’s desperate to sack the murderer and save Holt’s in time. Otherwise, instead of rocking a Mystique, Haley might end up full of holes—or worse, locked away in a very unflattering shade of orange . . .


A humorous read with a not so perfect series lead. Fun!

The first several pages of POCKETBOOKS AND PISTOLS had me laughing out loud! Protagonist Haley heading up orientation for new hires for the store she works for, and one of the new hires in particular . . . hilarious!

If you have read the Haley Randolph series, you already know that Haley isn’t your typical cozy heroine. Her time spent in the department store where see works is nothing like most cozy leads who own their own little store that they adore. Have you seen the TV comedy Superstore (If not, check it out)? LOL . . That is the feel I got during some of those scenes.

POCKETBOOK AND PISTOLS was a fun read. The story really flowed well and held my attention, and the whodunit was very well plotted.

I’m new to this series, but I easily followed the story. While I always suggest starting a series at the beginning, if you have the chance to read POCKETBOOK AND PISTOLS, you can read it as a standalone.

My one little nitpick is the over use of - - -, meaning sentences-with-hyphens-between-each-word types of sentences. That was a bit distracting to me. But certainly not enough to not read the next book! 


Book 1 in the Berry Basket Mysteries
by Sharon Farrow 


Available October 25

With seasonal crowds flocking to its sandy beaches, lively downtown shops, and the Berry Basket, a berry emporium with something for everyone, the lakeshore village of Oriole Point is ripe for summer fun—and murder.
Much has changed for Marlee Jacob since she returned to Oriole Point, Michigan, three years ago. Between running the Berry Basket, dodging local gossip, and whipping up strawberry muffins, smoothies, and margaritas to celebrate the town’s first annual Strawberry Moon Bash, the twenty-nine-year-old hardly has time for her fiancĂ©, let alone grim memories of her old life in New York . . . 
But unfortunately for Marlee, Oriole Point is muddled with secrets of its own. First her friend Natasha disappears after an ominous dream. Next the seediest man in town threatens to crush her business. Then an unknown person nearly kills her on the night of the Bash. When she discovers a dead body while searching for Natasha, Marlee realizes she’ll have to foil a killer’s plot herself—before the past permanently stains her future.


A promising start to a new series.

I’ve been looking forward to reading DYING FOR STARWBERRIES since I first heard about the book. It looked to be a light and fun mystery. While it was good, it didn’t quite meet my expectations. This is in no way because the author didn’t do a good job, because she did. It’s just that I am used to cozies having a little more humor to them. Also, a conversation at the very beginning of the book was a bit much for a cozy I think (And that is just my opinion). I’m sure other readers won’t even blink when reading it.

I will say, author Sharon Farrow started out strong with this first book in her Berry Basket Mysteries. She writes one heck of a mystery, and I found myself working hard trying to figure out whodunit.

Because Ms. Farrow is a talented writer, and DYING FOR STRAWBERRIES is the first book in the series, I will check out book two if given the opportunity.

Check out the back of the book for some tasty recipes.

NOTE: My four star rating is for the author’s writing technique and imagination, which are good. Just because this book wasn’t for me, I won’t penalize the author by lowballing the star rating. 


Book 2 in the Carson Stables Mysteries
by Leigh Hearon


Available October 25

At first, horse trainer and Carson Stables owner Annie Carson blames the random losses of local livestock on feral animals stalking Olympic Peninsula county’s farms and ranches. But when one of her own flock is found savagely slaughtered, it gets personal. Then it turns dangerous, when Annie discovers the body of a young woman hanging in her new hay barn. Suddenly, she’s up to her neck in complicated mysteries—one involving her private life. But her sleuthing skills aren’t exactly welcome by the sheriff. And as she uncovers a clue to the killer’s identity, Annie fears she’s leading a deadly trail straight to her door.


Fans of the first book in the Carson Stables Mysteries will be thrilled with this installment!

SADDLE UP FOR MURDER is a horse lover’s mystery for sure. Readers get to spend a great deal of the story on protagonist Annie’s ranch. If you’re not into horses one way or the other, you will leave this book with more fondness and knowledge about them, and enjoyed the learning.

This second book in author Leigh Hearon’s Carson Stables Mysteries was a strong story and a difficult mystery to solve. Each time I came close to what I believed was a solution, Hearon added something that would throw me off my answer.

While SADDLE UP FOR MURDER is a cozy mystery, it’s a bit more, not edgier really, just a bit heavier. That’s not quite right either. Got it…there isn’t as much humor as many cozies. It stays a little serious. That being said, the story is very well written, and worth the read.

If this is your first book in the Carson Stables Mysteries, check out the back of SADDLE UP FOR MURDER, for an excerpt of the first book in this series, REINING IN MURDER.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Armchair Travel Tuesday With Karen Mom Of Three

It's that time again.
Blogger Karen M. Owen has taken over my blog.
Enjoy Karen's
 Armchair Travel Tuesday!

Karen here and this months Armchair Travel Tuesday Series recommendation is Krista Davis and her Paws & Claws mystery series.  I love this series. I love the idea of traveling to a town where you do away with your cars and cares, bring your pet and roam the pet centered village of Wagtail Virginia.
The Sugar Maple Inn in Wagtail, Virginia, is the country's premiere vacation hot spot for pet owners who can’t bear to leave their furry friends behind.  But this tourist town smells trouble when a killer goes on the prowl....

Holly Miller's life has gone to the dogs. She has no job, her boyfriend's former flame is sniffing around, and a scruffy but loveable Jack Russell Terrier is scattering crumbs all over her borrowed car. Just when she thought things couldn't get worse, a troubling phone call about her grandmother sends her rushing home to the family inn on Wagtail Mountain.

The staff—and a frisky Calico kitten named Twinkletoes—adopts Holly and her new dog on arrival.  But someone in this friendly town is bad to the bone. One of the employees at the inn has been killed in a hit-and-run accident—which is looking anything but accidental. Now Holly and her furry companions will have to nose out the murderer before someone else gets muzzled.
My cat Squirrel and I have our bags packed and are ready to check into the Wagtail Inn! We hope you enjoy this months Armchair Traveler Selection. There are currently 3 books in this series for you to enjoy. I look forward to sharing next months Armchair Travel Suggestion with you! 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Book 1 in the Vintage Toyshop Mysteries
by Barbara Early

Liz McCall grew up in a playful winter wonderland but it was never her dream to manage her father’s vintage toyshop. However, after he sank his entire police pension into the business, someone needed to help him turn his dreams into reality—and keep him from sneaking off to patrol the not-so-mean streets of East Aurora, NY.

The mood goes from nice to naughty when a nervous man, who was trying to have his antique toys appraised, is found in the shop with a lawn dart through his chest. Suddenly, Liz’s business plan is plunged into deep freeze, while she and her father find themselves toying with a cold-blooded killer who’s playing for keeps.

Now, it looks like Christmas might be cancelled for the neighborhood kids if Liz can't wrap up the case in Barbara Early's delightful debut Death of a Toy Soldier.


I’m not Sorry to hear that in the Life of cozy mysteries, author Barbara Early is beginning to build a Monopoly. Her Risk sure did payoff with this first book in the Vintage Toyshop Mysteries!

I have been looking forward to DEATH OF A TOY SOLDIER for such a long time. Not only is it written by one of my favorite authors, Barbara Early/Beverly Allen, the brilliance of a mystery series built around a vintage toyshop is such a fun idea, and can really lend itself to so many murders, motives, and mayhems. And the possibility of weapons . . . endless!

Once I started reading DEATH OF A TOY SOLIDER, I couldn’t stop. I was so captivated by this book that I read it in one sitting. I simply couldn’t put it down! The wonderful characters and settings, the superb writing, that special something that only Barbara Early can bring to a story. And the toys! So. Many. Toys! Some of the toys and games I remember so fondly. Others, I have heard my older siblings talk about. And so many others that I have never heard of!

But what’s a cozy mystery without mystery and murder? No worries! While delighting me with past childhood treasures, Ms. Early also thrilled me with a mysterious story of murder that had me searching for a motive and guessing throughout the entire book. With more ups and downs and twists and turns than Chutes and Ladders, by the time of the surprising reveal, my head was spinning like a top!

So much better than having Park Place and Boardwalk with hotels on both, I can’t say enough good things about this book! I could honestly go on and on. But one more thing must be said, DEATH OF A TOY SOLDIER has a solid place in my top three cozies mysteries of 2016!

Available now!