Author Julie Seedorf

Monday, May 29, 2017


My love for reading cozy mysteries only started about five (give or take) years ago.
In that time I have read the most amazing books/series by dozens of brilliant authors. And there are new titles coming out all the time!

But what have I missed? Well, I went searching, and found this great sounding series!

THE CANDY SHOP MYSTERIES
by Sammi Carter 
aka Jacklyn Brady aka Sherry Lewis

BOOK ONE

No visit to Paradise, Colorado, is complete without a stop at Divinity Candy Shop for a little taste of heaven. For owner Abby Shaw, it’s a sweet deal too. When her Aunt Grace passed away, Abby Shaw inherited Divinity—and with it the opportunity to leave her career as a corporate lawyer and dump her cheating husband.  Now she spends her time serving up delectable treats—and performing the occasional deductive feat…
 
Making and selling sweets eases Abby’s heartache, but having Brandon Mills sweet on her eases it even more. The owner of a men’s clothing store, he invites Abby to the local merchants’ meeting where he’ll plead his case to extend the city’s annual arts festival. And then he wants to cap off the night with a romantic dinner for two. 
 
But Brandon never shows. His store is destroyed by fire and his body discovered in the rubble—and Abby is shocked to find that few people in town mourn his death. Paradise’s business owners were threatened by Brandon’s ambitious nature—and several men felt threatened by the attention he showered on their wives. And when her brother becomes the number one suspect, Abby holds her own investigation to find out who really killed Brandon—for love or money… 

Includes Candy Recipes

BOOK TWO

There’s no use sugar-coating it—no one in Paradise can stand Savannah Horne. The former local girl is now the trophy wife of a ridiculously wealthy businessman. And she’s swept back into town just in time to enter Divinity’s Tenth Annual Confectionary Competition—and stir up trouble. But some poisoned bon-bons will guarantee that Savannah won’t make it out of Paradise alive, trapping Abby in an extremely sticky situation…

Includes Candy Recipes

BOOK THREE

Paradise’s local artists are up in arms when wealthy Felicity Asbury names herself director of the annual Arts Festival. But she soon gets her just desserts. Abby finds Felicity dead in Divinity’s parking lot—an awl lodged in her chest. And when evidence points to Abby as the suspect, she must put aside her sweets-making for sleuthing to discover who was twisted enough to do the deed.

 Includes Candy Recipes  

BOOK FOUR

When Abby Shaw witnesses a stranger gunned down on the highway, she's convinced that she's seen a murder.  The only problem is, when she returns to the scene with the police, there's no body.  Even elbow-deep in hot syrup, Abby still gets chills thinking about it, and is determined to find out the truth—yet when a body does turn up, days later, wishy-washy witnesses make things sticky. It’s not as if Abby can take her sweet time figuring it out—she’s busy running Divinity, training a new employee, and assistant-coaching her nephews’ basketball team, not to mention reconnecting with an old friend. But she discovers things aren’t always as they seem, especially when it comes to keeping deadly secrets…
 
Includes Candy Recipes

BOOK FIVE

Abby's life is sweet. She’s settling into running her candy shop, dealing with her busy-body family, and maintaining a solid-if-slow relationship with local police detective Pine Jawarski. But Abby’s smooth sailing soon turns into rocky road when a friend asks her to audition for a production with some considerably talented locals. Out of curiosity, Abby pops her head into the chaotic audition--and finds a dead star center stage. Now she needs to find the true culprit and clear her friend’s name before her newfound happiness is totally fudged…
 
Includes Candy Recipes

What do you think? Sound good to you?
Have you read the 
Candy Shop Mysteries?
If you have, I'd love to hear 
what you think!


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Sunday, May 28, 2017


JUSTICE AND JOY
Book 4 in the White Mountain Romantic Mysteries
by Jane Firebaugh


A corrupt dead lawyer who doubled as a devious lady's man... 

Clues from the killer that come wrapped in poetry... 

And a series of threats that put Olivia's life in jeopardy as she and Josh investigate the case!

When Olivia stumbles onto a fifty-year-old murder, she can’t resist investigating. But this puts both her and her loved ones in serious danger. She soon finds that some people are colder than the frigid New Hampshire winter, and that old age doesn’t change the heart of a killer.

And there’s more. Olivia McKenna and her fiancΓ©, Josh Abrams, aren’t only busy planning their wedding and running Mountain Valley Investigations—they’re also searching for the parents of one of the two foster kids in their care who they’re hoping to adopt. Finding her parents is a high priority as well, but it could mean they’ll lose her.

As you can probably tell, there’s a lot going on in the latest installment of Jane Firebaugh’s award winning White Mountains Romantic Mysteries. You’ll find all the things readers of the earlier books have come to know and love—the romantic adventures of Olivia and Josh, their talents as detectives, the charming antics of their foster kids, and the animal madness of Molly and Sheyna, Olivia’s smart and talented rescued dog and cat.

MY REVIEW


JUSTICE AND JOY is the prefect title for this rom-cozy mystery by author Jane Firebaugh.

This is the first series I’ve read that is billed as a “romantic mystery”. Having been an avid romance reader for most of my young adult life, it was enjoyable to get to read my now favorite genre, cozy mysteries, with the romance played on a bit more than most cozy mysteries. Ms. Firebaugh really balanced it well.

The characters in JUSTICE AND JOY are wonderful. Protagonist Olivia McKeena, her fiancΓ©e Josh, their children, their pets, all the supporting characters. I enjoyed reading about all of them.

Author Firebaugh had more than one mystery in JUSTICE AND JOY. Murder, a con-artist, the search for a little girl’s family, all were intertwined to form a fast moving story that was intense and uplifting all at once.

Mack sure to check out the back of the book for to amazing vegetarian recipes!

To get the most out of this series I would suggest reading the first three books before reading JUSTICE AND JOY. However, if you do want to jump right into this book, I don’t think you’ll have much trouble coming up to speed.


JUSTICE AND JOY
is available now!


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Saturday, May 27, 2017


TITLE WAVE by Lorna Barrett
A GRAVE PREDICTION by Victoria Laurie

TITLE WAVE
Book 10 in the Booktown Mysteries
by Lorna Barrett

PAPERBACK

Tricia and Angelica leave Booktown behind for a pleasure cruise, but they’re going to need their life jackets because a murderer has also booked passage—in Lorna Barrett’s New York Times bestselling series.
 
While her bookstore, Haven’t Got a Clue, is rebuilt following a devastating fire, Tricia Miles and her sister, Angelica, decide to book a cruise for some much needed R&R. Naturally they choose a Mystery Lovers cruise, where they can ponder whodunnit in deck chairs while sipping colorful drinks and soaking up some rays.
 
But the fun is cut short when a fellow passenger is murdered for real. Is the killer a famous mystery author, one of his fans, or a member of the ship’s crew? As Tricia tries to find the killer before they reach port, she may be cruising for a bruising...

MY REVIEW

My review is based on the 2016 hardcover edition.

Another wonderful installment to the bestselling Booktown Mysteries!

I was a bit hesitant when I first started reading TITLE WAVE. I don’t normally care for books that take the main character away from their hometown. I needn’t have worried. Author Lorna Barrett transitioned her protagonist and friends perfectly. The cruise ship themed story made for a marvelous whodunit!

A tale of murder on the high seas, TITLE WAVE was a fast moving thrill ride. Chapter after chapter this story was filled with enough twists and turns to capsize a ship. With more suspects then a few, I kept second guessing myself on the killer’s identity. When the reveal came, I was taken by surprise, and even more so at how that scene ended!

Booktown Mystery fans, and new readers alike are going to be thrilled with TITLE WAVE!

Make sure not to miss the tasty recipes at the back of the book!


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A GRAVE PREDICTION
Book 14 in the Psychic Eye
by Victoria Laurie


When Abby is sent to Los Angeles to help train FBI officers to use their intuition, she encounters a case that only she can solve: a series of bank robberies in which the thieves made off with loads of cash but left no clues. Abby’s sixth sense leads her team to a tract of land recently cleared for development, where she gets a vision of four buried bodies. However, a site search turns up only ancient bones and pottery from an American Indian tribe, which is enough to delay construction for years. 
 
With a furious developer and dubious FBI agents on her back, Abby is losing credibility fast. But Abby’s talent rarely leads her astray, and if the bodies aren’t there yet, that means four deaths can still be stopped. She’ll just have to dig a little deeper....

MY REVIEW

My review is based on the 2016 hardcover edition.

Victoria Laurie fans will be thrilled (as always) with this new installment in the Psychic Eye Mystery series.

In reading A GRAVE PREDICTION I fully expected another para-cozy addition to author Laurie’s long running series. While it is that, I’ve noticed this series is becoming more of a series that will also pull in non-cozy fans readers, as it breaks the cozy bonds just a little.

A GRAVE PREDICTION will have even the most seasoned mystery readers guessing and struggling to find answers. There are plenty of clues, but not until the reveal did they then make sense to me. Well done. 

Both of these great titles
release in paperback on
June 6!


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Friday, May 26, 2017

It's
Cozy Food Friday

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

Today I'm featuring 
KNIT TO BE TIED
Book 14 in the Knitting Mysteries
by Maggie Sefton


The New York Times bestselling author of Only Skein Deep returns as Kelly Flynn and the Lambspun knitters must come together before their whole town unravels…

In Fort Connor, Colorado, the friends at the House of Lambspun knitting shop are welcoming a new face into the fold. Shy, sweet, and pregnant, Nancy Marsted would like to knit a baby hat, and the Lambspun ladies are more than happy to show her the ropes. They share their own pregnancy yarns and soon learn that the father of Nancy’s baby isn’t quite the man she dreamed he was. He’s a cad.

Then one dark night a speeding car fatally mows down the dad-to-be and also strikes a cyclist, spinning the town into a frenzy. Everyone worries that a crazed killer is on the loose. Now it’s up to Kelly and the gang to put down their needles and cut to the chase before the culprit is driven to kill again…


DELICIOUS RECIPES AND KNITTING PATTERN  INCLUDED!


On to the recipe!

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CRANBERRY ORANGE NUT BREAD

All food photos are borrowed courtesy of Google Images.
Your bread may vary in appearance.

From Maggie - This bread is quick to make and crandberries can be found year-round. I kept tinkering with the recipe until I came up with the flavors that I especially like. Give it a try and enjoy!

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
1½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
1½ cups white sugar
1 cup orange juice
¼ cup melted butter
2 eggs
1 cup fresh cranberries (not frozen)
1 cup chopped walnuts
½ cup grated orange peel 


   Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
   Grease one regular-sized bread loaf pan (or two small loaf pans). 
   Dust pan lightly with flour, dumping excess.
   Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in large mixing bowl.
   Combine sugar, orange juice, melted butter, ans eggs in another bowl, mixing well. 
   Stir into flour mixture along with cranberries, walnuts, and orange peel.
   Mix well, blending all ingredients.
   Pour into prepared loaf pan.
   Bake for 50 minutes or until knife inserted into center of loaf comes out clean.
   Remove pan to wire rack to cool for 10 minutes, then run knife around edges of pan and turn out onto rack to cool completely. 


Just think about that with some sweet and/or whipped butter. 😊

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

Both the BB and 56 are also from
KNIT TO BE TIED


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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

"That's a good boy," Kelly Flynn said to her Rottweiler, Carl, who bent his black head to the side, eyes closed, as she rubbed the sweet spot behind his ear.  

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 (65)
Page 56 is blank, so I flipped the 
numbers and am sharing from page 65

"Uh-oh. Not good, not good at all."

"That's for sure."


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Thursday, May 25, 2017


KNIT TO BE TIED
Book 14 in the Knitting Mysteries
by Meggie Sefton

PAPERBACK

The New York Times bestselling author of Only Skein Deep returns as Kelly Flynn and the Lambspun knitters must come together before their whole town unravels…

In Fort Connor, Colorado, the friends at the House of Lambspun knitting shop are welcoming a new face into the fold. Shy, sweet, and pregnant, Nancy Marsted would like to knit a baby hat, and the Lambspun ladies are more than happy to show her the ropes. They share their own pregnancy yarns and soon learn that the father of Nancy’s baby isn’t quite the man she dreamed he was. He’s a cad.

Then one dark night a speeding car fatally mows down the dad-to-be and also strikes a cyclist, spinning the town into a frenzy. Everyone worries that a crazed killer is on the loose. Now it’s up to Kelly and the gang to put down their needles and cut to the chase before the culprit is driven to kill again…


DELICIOUS RECIPES AND KNITTING PATTERN  INCLUDED! 

MY REVIEW

Based on the hardcover edition from 2016

Author Maggie Sefton has knitted another crafty mystery!

I had a great time being back in Fort Collins, Colorado hanging out at Lambspun. Well, you know, that murderer running around was a bit of a drag. ;-)

KNIT TO BE TIED is a perfect addition to the Knitting Mystery series. Ms. Sefton has written a cast of characters that stay with you log after the story is done. It’s been wonderful to watch these characters grow over the course of these fourteen books.

A tight, yet delicately woven mystery, KNIT TO BE TIED has everything a cozy mystery should have, and more. And enticing mystery or two, lots of twists, turns, and bumps, all equal an amazing tale that will keep you reading well past your bedtime.

I’m already looking forward to the next installment!

Make sure to check out the back of book for a knitting pattern, recipe, and an excerpt from the very first Knitting Mystery, KNIT ONE, KILL TWO!



KNIT TO BE TIED
releases in Paperback
June 6!


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