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Tuesday, October 27, 2015


CROWNED AND MOLDERING by Kate Carlisle 
WHITE COLANDER CRIME by Victoria Hamilton

CROWNED AND MOLDERING
Book 3 in the Fixer-Upper Mystery series 
by Kate Carlisle 


In the New York Times bestselling Fixer-Upper mysteries, contractor Shannon Hammer can repair even the most distressed building. But clearing out the cobwebs from her current project may distress her… to death.

When Mac Sullivan—famous thriller writer and Shannon’s new beau—first moved to Lighthouse Cove, California, he bought the historic lighthouse mansion that the town is named after. Mac needs help cleaning up the place, and Shannon is more than happy to get her handywoman hands on the run-down Victorian.

But during demolition, a grisly discovery is made among the debris—the bones of a teenage girl who went missing fifteen years ago. Locals had always assumed Lily Brogan ran away from her difficult life, but it seems her troubles followed her to the grave. If Shannon has any chance of getting her renovation back on track, she’ll need to tackle the cold case. But with new suspects coming out of the woodwork every day, she’ll have to be careful to pry the right secrets and clues from the poor girl’s problematic past…

MY REVIEW


Cozy mysteries seem to get a bad reputation at times for not being “real books”. Anyone who has read a book by author Kate Carlisle will tell you, that’s an extremely false statement. Ms. Carlisle is a talented writer and I’m grateful every time I read a new cozy by her. And I’m thankful she shares that talent through the cozy genre.

The Fixer-Upper Mystery series is a fun, creative series that makes me wish I had the talent in my body that protagonist Shannon Hammer has in her little finger.

CROWNED AND MOLDERING is my favorite story in this series so far. With an exciting plot, combined with mystery and wit, author Carlisle has penned an edge of your seat, don’t want to put it down story that will really draw readers in and have them working hard at hammering out the answers. With more twists than a spiral staircase, I never did nail whodunit.

If you haven’t read anything by Kate Carlisle before, start building your collection with CROWNED AND MOLDERING, and the make additions with the rest of the Fixer-Upper series.

Don’t miss the excerpt in the back of the book from, BOOKS OF A FEATHER, the June 2016 release in Kate Carlisle’s Bibliophile Mystery series! 

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WHITE COLANDER CRIME
Book 5 in the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series 
by Victoria Hamilton


In the new Vintage Kitchen Mystery from the author of No Mallets Intended, the Heritage Society is re-creating a perfect Victorian Christmas—until good tidings go bad...
 
Queensville has great expectations for their Dickens Days festival. A tourist-trade boon boom means a big turnout for the opening of Queensville Historic Manor and for Jaymie Leighton, food columnist and vintage cookware collector, a chance to promote the manor and give away homemade goodies.  At the end of a long day of festival fun, Jaymie discovers the battered body of local woman Shelby Fretter.

Shelby predicted her own murder in journal entries—and all clues point to Cody Wainwright, the troubled son of Jaymie’s beleaguered newspaper editor. But considering the entire Fretter family had its share of dirty secrets, Jaymie’s not convinced  by the case against Cody. With twists all over, she’s going to have to work like the Dickens to wrap up this investigation before Christmas—especially with the real killer ready to kill again.
 
INCLUDES RECIPES!

MY REVIEW


Author Victoria Hamilton write wonderful series both under this name and Amanda Cooper. While I love each and every one of them, the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series is my very favorite. And WHITE COLANDER CRIME is a perfect example of why.

I connected with character Jamie Leighton in the first book of this series, A DEADLY GRIND. I liked her immediately from page one of that book, and my fondness for her and her vintage way just continues to grow.

WHITE COLANDER CRIME is a delightful addition to this wonderful collection of books. This story showcases Ms. Hamilton’s talent as an author and her inspiring skill of creating a story that draws the reader in and holds them transfixed until the last page is turned. I know I for one could not put this book down until the exciting reveal and the heartwarming ending.

Do yourself a favor and add WHITE COLANDER CRIME to your TBR list. If you haven’t read this series, you can start with this one and not feel too lost, but don’t cheat yourself out of reading the entire series to date. You’re going to love it!

Make sure to check out the back of the book for a traditional Christmas recipe!

Both of these great titles are available for pre-order

Release date: 
November 3, 2015


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3 comments:

  1. Thanks, Lisa. Great covers, on both. Also, I think I could read Christmas-themed cozies all year long...but, especially, in November/December.

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  2. I definitely want both books!!!! They are on my shopping list. Thanks for the reviews!

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  3. I have put both books on my TBR list! Thank you Lisa. :-)

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