Sunday, June 4, 2017


Book 3 in the Liv and Di in Dixie Mysteries
by Vickie Fee 


Party planner Liv McKay has outdone herself this time. She’s put together an unforgettable Fourth of July celebration for the town of Dixie, Tennessee—including breathtaking fireworks and an exciting Miss Dixie Beauty Pageant. Maybe a little too exciting.

As the party is winding down, Liv’s sense of triumph fizzles when the body of town councilman Bubba Rowland is discovered on the festival grounds. And now the prime suspect in his murder is Liv’s mother’s fiancΓ©, Earl, who had a flare-up recently with Bubba. To clear Earl’s name, Liv and her best friend Di burst into action to smoke out the real killer before another life is extinguished . . .


ONE FETE IN THE GRAVE is a cozy festival of mystery, mayhem, and fun!

In this third installment of Fee’s series, ONE FETE IN THE GRAVE started off with one of, if not the best murder scenes I have read. In keeping with cozy guidelines, it’s not gory, but that doesn’t mean the image won’t stick in your head for a while. Oh yeah, you’ll see this one every time the victim’s name is mentioned.

Author Fee kept a steady stream of intrigue going, while also keeping the story fun and light, and everything moving along with a great flow. I became lost in her world of Dixie, TN. Seriously, more than half way through this book, I finally came up for air and food. I was so engrossed in the story, I lost all track time!

Since reading book one, DEATH CRASHES THE PARTY, I have loved everything about the Liv and Di in Dixie Mysteries. Author Vickie Fee has created wonderfully fun and richly written southern characters that always make me smile. She also has a real feel for what makes a mystery cunning and exciting. ONE FETE IN THE GRAVE is no different. This is the strongest, and best of the series by far. As a matter of fact, I think Ms. Fee has set a new bar for herself.

Oh! You have got to check out the back of the book when you’ve finished the story. There are pages of tips on throwing a great Fourth of July part, and for a baby shower! And these tips also come with recipe ideas!


Book 6 in the Blossom Valley Mysteries
by Staci McLaughlin


Wedding bells are ringing at the O’Connell Organic Farm and Spa in California’s postcard-perfect Blossom Valley. The entire staff is pitching in to send one of their own down the aisle. But no one knew the nuptials could turn up so many secrets—or that marriage and murder could go hand in hand . . .

Dana Lewis is marrying Jason Forrester, a talented reporter and the love of her life. She couldn’t dream of a better venue than the farm where she works, and her friends are determined to give her the wedding of her dreams. Even her florist, Bethany Lancaster, is making sure she has just the right flowers. But Dana’s happiness wilts when she finds Bethany shot dead—and discovers her friend was a busybody with a blackmail list longer than a cathedral veil. With so many enemies, finding Bethany’s killer seems all but impossible. And when Dana herself is eyed as a suspect, she’ll have to chase down the culprit faster than she can say, “I do”—or she’ll be trading in her wedding dress for prison stripes . . .


MARRIAGE IS PURE MURDER is pure cozy reading delightfulness.

Six books into the Blossom Valley Mysteries, and author Staci McLaughlin is still producing a tasty read. Like the other books I’ve read in this series so far (trying to catch up on the ones I have missed), MARRIAGE IS PURE MURDER starts off fast and funny, with the promise of being a wonderful read. It kept that promise.

This series is loaded with a host of truly entertaining main characters who become more fleshed out with every book. I can tell you for certain you are going to have at least three favorites by the end of this story.

 Staci McLaughlin did an exceptional job with MARRIAGE IS PURE MURDER. The mystery was a strong one with more than enough suspects to keep it interesting, and to make me determined to solve it before the reveal. And the parts of the story leading up to Dana’s impending wedding were fun with all the preparation talk. And Wilbur! Well, his antics alone will cause you to laugh out loud. Add to that a happy and satisfying ending and you have a cozy mystery you will be happy you read.

Remember to take a look at the back of the book for Tips and Recipes from the O’Connell Organic Farm and Spa!

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  1. Thanks, Lisa. Happy Sunday, friend! :)

  2. Thanks for sharing, Lisa. I loved One Fete In The Grave.

  3. Great reviews Lisa. I have read the first in the Liv and Di series. I'll have to check out the rest of them. I haven't read any in the other series mentioned. I just may have to check them out too!