Monday, April 24, 2017


Take a look at all the great 
new titles out tomorrow!


HER BROTHER IS NO BARGAIN
When Sarah Winston’s estranged brother Luke shows up on her doorstep, asking her not to tell anyone he’s in town—especially her ex, the chief of police—the timing is strange, to say the least. Hours earlier, Sarah’s latest garage sale was taped off as a crime scene following the discovery of a murdered Vietnam vet and his gravely injured wife—her clients, the Spencers. 
 
BUT IS HE A KILLER?
All Luke will tell Sarah is that he’s undercover, investigating a story. Before she can learn more, he vanishes as suddenly as he appeared. Rummaging through his things for a clue to his whereabouts, Sarah comes upon a list of veterans and realizes that to find her brother, she’ll have to figure out who killed Mr. Spencer. And all without telling her ex . . .

HARDCOVER

Plus-sized P.I. Savannah Reid has no problem mixing business with pleasure—especially if that means a free trip while on the job. But when a gruesome murder rocks the boat, Savannah may finally be in over her head…

Nothing satisfies Savannah’s soul like nabbing bad guys—except maybe indulging in a juicy novel. So when famed mystery writer Natasha Van Cleef invites the Moonlight Magnolia Detective Agency on an Alaskan cruise in exchange for some personal protection, Savannah is instantly onboard with the idea. The voyage goes smoothly—at least, until Natasha and her husband flee the ship without explanation and get killed in a suspiciously explosive crash . . .

Awash in regret, Savannah and the MM crew won’t return home to San Carmelita until they expose whoever caused the fatal “accident.” But Savannah and her team have their work cut out for them when they discover that Natasha’s life was far more dramatic than any of her bestsellers. Not only was her marriage and literary career splattered with bad blood, but the author also had a crazed fan tracking her every move. With suspects and clues flooding in by the boatful, it’s all hands on deck as Savannah rushes to seize the murderer before she lands herself in hot water next . . .

HARDCOVER

With their reality TV series, Antiques Sleuths, Brandy Borne and her quaintly kooky mother, Vivian, have a real hit on their hands. But another “hit” enters the picture, after a rival bidder becomes a one-woman show at their televised auctions—and it’s the estranged wife of Brandy’s police-chief beau, Tony! Soon the fine art of murder colors the scene, fitting Brandy for an ornately elaborate frame.

But when you’re inside a frame, it’s difficult to make out the picture. That’s why Brandy’s mom—her daughter now wearing basic jailhouse orange—must sort through a rogue’s gallery of suspects including a too-friendly farmer’s wife, a ratings-happy TV producer, a questionable husband-and-wife auctioneer team, and even the chief of police himself.

Brandy and Vivian race to determine how an empty antique frame can hold a deadly portrait, a picture worth a thousand dangerous words. Aided only by Sushi, their loyal shih tzu, and police dog Rocky, the wacky mother-and-daughter sleuthing team must learn the killer’s identity before they become the subjects of another masterpiece of murder.


Don’t miss Brandy Borne’s tips on investing in antiques!


Settling into her new life and career in small-town Indigo Gap, North Carolina, Cora Chevalier is preparing to host a “wildcrafting” retreat at her Victorian home. But a specter hangs over the venture when beloved local nanny Gracie Wyke goes missing. Amidst leading their guests in nature hikes, rock painting and making clay charms, Cora and her business partner, Jane, team up with Gracie’s boyfriend, Paul, to launch their own investigation into her disappearance when the local police prove unhelpful.

Cora and her crafters take Paul in, believing he is in danger and not the suspect police have made him out to be. However as they uncover new clues and a body turns up at a local abandoned amusement park, Cora and Jane begin to question their decision. With more questions than answers arising, is Cora crafty enough to untangle a knot that could put an innocent in jail—and permanently destroy her reputation?


Sally Muccio’s walk down the aisle might be her last.
The some-time amateur sleuth and full-time bakery owner is finally marrying the man of her dreams. But during a last minute taste testing of their wedding cake, Sally and her fiancΓ© are witnesses—and almost victims!—of a random shooting. At least they think it’s random, until an original fortune cookie message proves otherwise. Is someone after Sally? And why does the mysterious shooter want to ice the baker? Sal tries to proceed with caution, but when someone close to her is attacked, all bets are off. She'll do whatever it takes to bring this monster to justice, even if it means sacrificing herself in the process. 
Can Sal make it to the church on time…and alive?


**Recipes Included!**


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Sunday, April 23, 2017



DEAD AND BERRIED by Peg Cochran
THE ART OF MURDER by Elain Viets

DEAD AND BERRIED
Book 3 in the Cranberry Cove Mysteries
by Peg Cochran


It’s hive time for murder in the latest Cranberry Cove mystery from national bestselling author Peg Cochran.

It's June in Cranberry Cove and Monica Albertson's plan to sell cranberry relish to chain stores is taking off. The cranberry bogs are in bloom, and local beekeeper Rick Taylor and his assistant Lori Wenk are bringing in bees to pollinate the blossoms.  When a fatal prick fells Lori, the buzz is that Rick is to blame. 

In trying to clear her friend’s name, Monica discovers that more than a few people in Cranberry Cove have felt the power of Lori’s venom, and it looks as if this time she may have agitated the hive a bit too much.  With the fate of the farm on the line, Monica must get to the bottom of the crime before another victim gets stung.


INCLUDES CRANBERRY RECIPES 

MY REVIEW


A splendid installment to an amazing series.

Every time I have a new Peg Cochran book, I know I’ll need to set aside a day where all I can do is read, because I never want to put down one of her books once I’ve started. (Seriously, I even take them in the bathr . . . Opps . . . TMI J) DEAD AND BERRIED was no different. I inhaled this book!

DEAD AND BERRIED was an excellent story. From the fascinating facts about the running of a cranberry farm, and bringing in bees to pollinate the plants, to the discovery of the body . . .  kudos to the author for a creative new death, and the subsequent investigation, I couldn’t tear myself away! As I mentioned above, I can’t put down one of Cochran’s books.

I’m a fan of every character in this series. I love the scenes where I go to town with Monica Albertson, and visit with the folks in the local shops. I always feel as though I am right there with them. Ms. Cochran’s description of each location is so detailed (without being overly long winded), I can envision each and every place.  

Is there anything missing from this book? No! It even has an array of tasty cranberry recipes that are sure to make your stomach grow.

Already bogged down by your reading list? Well, never let that stop you from harvesting a new book. Especially when it’s DEAD AND BERRIED!

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THE ART OF MURDER
Book 15 in the Dead-End Job Mysteries
by Elaine Viets


From the national bestselling author of Checked Out, Helen Hawthorne must pose as a painter to catch an artful killer . . .

The art world is a happening place—but a brush with death shouldn’t be in the picture. Unfortunately, that’s just what happens to Helen Hawthorne and her friend Margery. While touring gorgeous Bonnet House, a mansion turned museum, they  note an up-and-coming artist in a painting class. When they later see her deadly end, Helen is hired to canvas the crime scene—undercover, of course.

Sketchy suspects lurk in the victim’s past. Was the promising painter killed by her jealous husband? Her best friend? A rival using her artful wiles? With her husband, Phil, busy setting a trap for a gold thief, it’s up to Helen to paint this killer into a corner...

MY REVIEW


Author Elaine Viets paints a vivid mystery with THE ART OF MURDER.

The Dead-End Job Mystery series has been great from the start. Ms. Viets keeps upping her game with each new installment. This series is consistently well written with each new book adding stronger, and more entertaining plots.

THE ART OF MURDER is quick to jump into the murder, and mayhem. From chapter one it just keep gaining momentum. Fast paced and intriguing, this book was hard to put down. With plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing, and second guessing, the reveal was a total surprise.

With books like THE ART OF MURDER, it’s easy to see why Ms. Viets, and the Dead-End Job mysteries have such a loyal following.


Now available for pre-order.
Both books release
May 2!


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Saturday, April 22, 2017


Today's series spotlight is on
BLESS YOUR WITCH MYSTERIES
by 
Amy Boyles


The season of the witch?

It certainly seems that way in 
the cozy mystery world.

Check out the fun series by 
author Amy Boyles

BOOK ONE

A witch. A murder. A wedding dress?


Dylan Apel is having one heck of a summer. She knows her hand-made clothing is special, but magical? Discovering that she's a witch is bad enough, but when Dylan realizes there are folks who’ll kill to possess her witchy powers— that’s enough to make a girl want to hide out in the back of her boutique. Only problem is, Queen Witch is in town, itchin’ to make sure Dylan learns to cast spells, and this witch won’t take no for an answer.

Dylan must learn fast—someone just killed her best client with a poisoned gown meant for Dylan. Was it the tall, mysterious hottie in black, who's suddenly everywhere she goes? After all, the first thing Roman Bane says is he doesn't like witches. Is he here to save her, or kill her?

Dylan is barely getting a handle on her new powers when she finds herself surrounded by witches bossing her this way and that, local police nosing about, and wary clients—death by clothing is not good for business. And the solstice is coming … a time when witch powers are at their peak. Can Dylan survive the chaos long enough to figure out her new life?

Start with this first in the series. 
Find it on Kindle for .99!

BOOK TWO

Dylan must face an entire convention of witches? It's enough to make a girl run for cover … except there's no place to go that they can't find her.


Every time Dylan Apel casts a spell, disaster strikes—from conjuring a giant swarm of bloodsucking mosquitoes, to exploding the electrical grid. When witches flood her peaceful hometown for a convention, Dylan is in no shape to protect herself. She's not sure which will happen first--another witch killing her for her powers, or the ruling council punishing her for misuse of magic.

Murder strikes quickly. When a witchy gossip columnist dies, the peaceful convention turns riotous. Was the witch murdered for spreading lies, or for stealing magic? And was it coincidence that she ate Dylan's dessert? There is a mansion full of suspects, but only one man who can learn the truth—the hot, aggravating Roman Bane.

When the witches are ordered to stay until the murderer is found, Dylan decides Roman needs help, and she's the perfect witch for the job. Not because she's falling for him, nope. She's just being helpful. But to find the killer, Roman and Dylan must navigate a maze of lies, dark magic and old rivalries. With the killer one magical step ahead, will they discover her identity in time to prevent more death—such as Dylan's?

BOOK THREE

Dylan Apel just wants to run her dress-design shop, spend time with sexy witch detective Roman Bane, and do her best to keep her crazy family out of trouble. But when the new witch queen is murdered, Dylan is chosen to take her place as interim queen of the South! 

Shouldn’t be a problem for a strong witch, right? But stricken with guilt after an unfortunate accident, Dylan's been neglecting her studies. Now she must help find a fiendishly clever murderer before someone else dies. Even worse, if she and Roman cannot deduce the culprit, Dylan may be forced to give up her powers in the worst possible way—by dying herself. 

Trapped in Castle Witch with a wide array of magical suspects and an incredibly annoying wooden parrot, can Dylan and Roman discover in time who is lying, who’s telling the truth, and who’s the killer? 

Don't miss another tale of funny, Southern-fried witchery—get your copy of Queen Witch today!

BOOK FOUR

There's a murderer on the loose again… but is witchcraft involved?


Southern witch Dylan Apel just can't stay away from murder. When a stranger's body turns up in the school gymnasium, everyone's on high alert. The search is on to discover the person's identity—is it a random hobo or someone connected to the witching world?

With Dylan's super-hot boyfriend Roman Bane on the case, this should be an easy one to solve, right? But when a new witch arrives with the intention of stealing Roman right out from under Dylan's nose, her world is sent topsy-turvy. Things only get worse when Dylan's family is attacked—whoever is committing murder intends Dylan to be next!

Dylan must solve a murder, protect her family and keep the new witch's claws from sinking into Roman—all while running a successful dress shop and staying sane. Will Dylan figure out the killer before she becomes the next victim?

About Amy


Amy Boyles grew up reading Judy Blume and Christopher Pike. Somehow, the combination of coming of age books and teenage murder mysteries made her want to be a writer. After graduating college from DePauw University, she spent some time living in Chicago, Louisville, and New York before settling back in the South. Now, she spends her time chasing two toddlers while trying to stir up trouble in Silver Springs, Alabama, the fictional town where Dylan Apel and her sisters are trying to master witchcraft, tame their crazy relatives, and juggle their love lives. You can find Amy on Facebook at www.facebook.com/amyboylesauthor or email her at amy@amyboylesauthor.com. She loves to hear from readers. 

Twitter: @amyboylesauthor

If you're ready to have a fun time finding your inner magic, the
Bless Your Witch Mysteries is
the series for you!

Remember to check out book one,
SCARED WITCHLESS
for .99 on Kindle!




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Friday, April 21, 2017


It's
Cozy Food Friday

and a

*****!!!GIVEAWAY!!!*****

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!

Today I'm featuring a recipe from
Book 24 in the Country Store Mysteries
EASTER ESCAPADE
by
Kathi Daley


In the first ever crossover episode, Zak and Zoe join forces with Hawaiian visitors Luke and Lani, to find out who killed a historian visiting Ashton Falls in order to find a treasure map left by his grandfather a hundred years earlier. Meanwhile, Ellie and Levi move in with Zak and Zoe while the boathouse is being renovated and Alex helps Ellie prepare the nursery for baby Eli who is due to be born any day. Throw in some humor and Easter fun and you have a Zak and Zoe crossover mystery.

About Kathi


Author of the Zoe Donovan cozy Mystery Series, Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mystery series, Whales and Tails Island Mysteries, Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mysteries, Writers Retreat Southern Seashore Mysteries, and Seacliff High Teen Cozy Mystery Series. 

Come for the murder, stay for the romance.

Kathi lives in the beautiful alpine community of Lake Tahoe with her husband Ken and dog Echo. When she's not writing she enjoys hanging out on the beach with her children and grandchildren. During the summer she enjoys hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, wakeboarding, and sunset cruises on the lake. During the winter she enjoys cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and curling up by a fire with a good book.

Kathi uses her mountain home as inspiration for her books, all which include appearances by the wildlife she shares her life with. 

Visit Kathi Daley:

Blog - kathidaleyblog.com 

Facebook at Kathi Daley Books, www.facebook.com/kathidaleybooks 

Kathi Daley Books Group Page - www.facebook.com/groups/569578823146850/

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EASTER ESCAPADE

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On to the recipe!

FUDGE SUNDAE PIE

Food photos courtesy of and borrowed from 
Google Images with thanks
Your finished pie will vary in appearance

Crust:

¼ cup light corn syrup
2 tbs. brown sugar
3 tbs. butter
2½ cups Rice Krispies cereal

   Combine corn syrup, brown sugar, and butter in saucepan. 
   Cook over medium heat until it boils. Pour over Rice Krispies. 
   Stir together and then press into buttered pie plate.

Topping:

½ cup peanut butter
½ cup chocolate fudge sauce
3 tbs. corn syrup
(Note: I often make extra topping and pile it on thick. It’s up to you.)

   Mix together and spread half on piecrust. 
   Layer in softened ice cream. 
   I use vanilla, but coffee or chocolate works as well. 
   Spread other half of topping over top.

Freeze for 2–3 hours.


Oh my goodness. Yum! 
Now I want some ice cream!

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Please keep reading and check out my 
installments of 
Book Beginnings on Fridays
and
The Friday 56

Both are from 
EASTER ESCAPADE



Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader
Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading

My Book Beginnings

The sun shining through the bedroom window gave evidence to the fact that it was going to be a sunny spring day. I glanced at my husband, Zak Zimmerman, who was snoring softly beside me before slipping quietly out of bed.

The Friday 56 is a meme hosted by Freda's Voice
Rules: *Grab a book, any book. *Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that's okay.) *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you. *Post it.

My Friday 56 

Okay, that was surprising. What was the man doing out on the lake at six o’clock in the morning?

“Given the timeline,” Ethan continued, “do you think ____ ___ ______ is actually the one who killed him?”

“____? No. Why would you say that?”

Ethan didn’t answer, but I thought he must be sorting things out in his own mind. “I don’t know,” he finally said. “I guess I’m just tired and looking for answers. The alteration in the timeline has me imagining all sorts of strange scenarios.” 


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