Wednesday, August 21, 2019


FLOUR IN THE ATTIC
Book 4 in the Bread Shop Mysteries
by Winnie Archer


Ivy Culpepper keeps the ovens hot at Yeast of Eden, a Northern California bakery that specializes in traditional breads. But now she has to deal with a stone-cold killer . . .
 
Just as Ivy’s brother Billy is about to get engaged to his beloved, a tragedy interrupts the happy moment. The body of longtime Santa Sofia resident Marisol Ruiz washes up on the beach—and it’s even more heartbreaking since Marisol’s father also recently died. But Marisol was a strong competitive swimmer. It seems unlikely there’s even a grain of truth to the theory that she accidentally drowned.
 
As Ivy gets to work helping her mentor, Olaya Solis, with the catering for Marisol’s funeral, she also teams up with her partners in detection—because if they want to prevent someone from getting away with murder, there’s no time for loafing . . .

MY REVIEW


The books of the Bread Shop Mysteries by Winnie Archer have been good reading from book one. In FLOUR IN THE ATTIC, the author is true to form in delivering the goods.

One of the things I enjoy most about this series is the diversity of the characters, and their wonderful relationships. The other thing I love is being able to smell the bread baking as I read. I honestly get hungry and my tum growls. That being said . . . Ms. Archer, please start including some recipes in future books for us!

But of course, you can’t have a mystery without the, um, mystery. Author Archer brings it in a big way. When all is revealed, you simply won’t believe what happened! I was so shocked. The reson behind the murder . . . consider my mind blown. 

If you’re a fan of this series, you’re going to love FLOUR IN THE ATTIC. If you’re looking for a cozy with a motive like none other, this is the book for you.


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Tuesday, August 20, 2019


Looking for something new to read.
Here are a few releases out this week.

TODAY

Samantha Reynolds' life in Aloha Lagoon feels like it's finally smooth sailing. She’s settled into her job as the resorts' surf instructor for children, things are looking good with her boyfriend Casey, and she has an amazing BFF in the local surf shop owner, Alani.But when a storm hits Aloha Lagoon, Alani’s past comes back to haunt her, and Sam finds her bestie standing over the dead body of her wayward ex-boyfriend. While Sam knows Alani is innocent, the localpolice aren't so easily convinced, and Sam realizes it's up to her to clear Alani's name and find the real killer before her friend ends up behind bars. Why was Alani's ex back in town? What was he doing in Alani’s shop after hours? And who is the mysterious raven-haired woman in his life and what does she have to do with it all? Sam is determined to find out...only can she do it before the real killer catches her? Or will Sam’s time in Aloha Lagoon come to a sticky end?




TODAY

It's Labor Day Weekend in Christmas River, and the cozy mountain town is abuzz with excitement as it gears up for the first-ever Pooch Parade Fundraiser. 

But not all is as it appears in Christmas River this September. After being on the receiving end of several terrifying and mysterious threats, the organizer of the dog parade begs pie baker Cinnamon Peters for help finding the person responsible.  

Will Cin and her Sheriff husband track down the mystery menace before it's too late? Or will the first-ever pooch parade end in a dog-gone disaster? 

Hounded in Christmas River is a 30,000-word lighthearted novella featuring characters from the #1 Amazon Best-selling Cozy Mystery series. The perfect easy breezy read, this mystery is as cozy and enjoyable as gooey s'mores by a campfire. Grab your copy today and settle in for some cozy reading at its best!

RELEASES AUGUST 22

A Classic English Village Whodunit that combines characters from two of USA Today Bestselling Author Leighann Dobbs’ most beloved series in a humorous whodunit that will keep you guessing until the end. 

A dead body in the koi pond of the Twigsledge Flower Show is nothing unusual for amateur sleuth Ida Johnston who is vacationing in the English village where the show is being held. She’s sure she can solve the crime before afternoon tea, especially since she already has her first suspect - the strange cat-attracting woman who is vacationing in the cottage next to her.

Elspeth Whipple is no slouch when it comes to solving murders, either. It hasn’t escaped her notice that the strange scone-stealing woman in the cottage next to her doesn’t seem to be disturbed by the body.  Could that be because the woman put it there?

When their amateur sleuthing puts them on the radar of the local police, the two women are forced to team up in order to clear their names. Finding the killer is no easy task, however, especially when the entire village had reason to want the victim dead.

This stand-alone mystery combines characters from the Mystic Notch Cozy Mystery Series and the Lexy Baker Cozy Mystery Series and is perfect for fans of Miss Marple, Midsomer Murders and Murder She Wrote. 


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Monday, August 19, 2019


MURDER AT THE PTA
Book 1 in the Maya and Sandra Mysteries
by Lee Hollis

A Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition

First in a new series!

Someone is trying to turn Portland High into a school for scandal with a gossipy website called Dirty Laundry. The latest target of ruinous rumors is newly elected PTA president Sandra Wallage. After a heated meeting with outraged parents, Sandra runs into fellow school mom and private investigator Maya Kendrick, who's discovered the person behind the website. But when the women storm into the venomous gossip columnist’s office they find a lifeless body—along with a confession.

Although the police rule the death a suicide, Maya suspects an injured party hung the Dirty Laundry creator out to dry. Maya already has a PI partner—but she's pregnant, and sonograms and stakeouts tend to conflict. So when Sandra volunteers for a crash course in sleuthing, Maya accepts the help. But as these unlikely partners study the clues, a killer plans to teach them a lesson . . .

MY REVIEW


As a big time fan of author Lee Hollis’ Hayley Powell Food & Cocktail Mysteries, I was beyond excited to hear of this new series. When starting this book, I hoped I would like it at least half as much as I do the Hayley Powell series.

While MURDER AT THE PTS turned out to be a well written story, and a good start to a new series, I have to say it doesn’t read like a typical cozy. The subject matter is more mainstream mystery. Subjects like affairs, and drugs are present as more than passing mentions. (I kn0w, these are small town issues as well, but not so much in cozies) There is also mild profanity, and the word B*sta.. pops up at least once.

Now, I know what you must be thinking. “Lisa didn’t like this book.” That’s far from true. I devoured MURDER AT THE PTA in one sitting. However, I know many who read my reviews are cozy “purists” like I am, and I felt the need to mention the above. If you like all sub-genres of mysteries, you have got to read this book.

There was one revelation wasn’t such a surprise to me, but the story was a good mystery, and the identity of the killer surprised me. This really was a well done introduction to a series. Lee Hollis made sure to allow us time to get to know the characters. I really like Maya and Sandra, and look forward to watching their partnership and friendship grow.

If you’re looking for a new mystery series to start, and you’re a fan of the old song HARPER VALLEY PTA, you’re going to want to read, MURDER AT THE PTA.


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Sunday, August 18, 2019

 GOODREADS GIVEAWAYS

Check out these giveaways from GoodReads!
(Use the link below the blurb of each book for a chance to enter)













The books I've listed are just some of the titles you can win!
There are not only more mysteries (of all types) but books in just about any genre you can think of.
What are you waiting for? Go enter!!!
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Friday, August 16, 2019


It's
Cozy Food Friday!

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!
This week's recipe is from
PENNE DREADFUL
Book 1 in the Italian Chef Mysteries
by Catherine Bruns


Tomato sauce isn't the only thing that runs red...
Local chef Tessa Esposito is struggling to get back on her feet following her husband's fatal accident. And when the police knock on Tessa's door, things just get worse. They've discovered Dylan's death wasn't an accident after all, and they need Tessa to start filling in the blanks. Who would want her beloved husband dead, and why?
With the investigation running cold, Tessa decides it's time to save her sanity by reconnecting with her first love-cooking. And maybe the best way back into the kitchen is to infiltrate Dylan's favorite local pizza parlor, which also happens to be the last place he was seen before he died. But the anchovies aren't the only thing that stink inside the small family business, and with suspects around every corner, Tessa finds that her husband's many secrets might land her in hot water.

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GOOD TO THE LAST BITE STROMBOLI

All photos are borrowed from Google Images, Pinterest, or Websites
Your finished dish will differ in appearance. 

Ingredients

10-ounce package pizza crust dough (or use recipe from PENNE DREADFUL)
½ pound lean ground beef
1 cup cooked ham, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 14-ounce jar pizza sauce
1 4.5-ounce can mushrooms, drained
¼ cup butter, melted
1 8-ounce package sliced pepperoni or sausage
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 

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Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef until no pink shows, then drain. Mix in the ham, bell pepper, onions, pizza sauce, and mushrooms. 

Lay pizza dough flat on a cookie sheet. Distribute the pepperoni slices over the dough. Place a heaping pile of sauce mixture on one side of the dough (some may be left over). Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.

Fold dough over, and pinch the ends and sides together. Poke holes in the top of the dough, and brush melted butter over the surface. Cook in a preheated oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown. 

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Slice into individual sections to serve. 

Makes about 6 to 8 servings.

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When I was younger and my family and I vacationed at the beach, we had to have at lease one these during our visit. You could choose all sorts of fillings. Now we can make them at home!

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MY REVIEW


Well done to author Catherine Bruns for penning a cozy mystery unlike any other I have ever read. Her seemingly effortless writing once again ensures this will be another big hit for her.

PENNE DREADFUL was an intriguing mystery with more twists than corkscrew pasta. With each new chapter came jaw dropping revelations that made this story so much more than it originally seemed.

Love, loss, deceit, betrayal, grief, hope . . . there was so much going on in this tale that I was left emotionally drained by the last page. However, the author included wonderful recipes at the end, so I bounced right back. 😉

If you’re a fan of cozies, surprises, and a good tomato sauce, look no further than PENNE DREADFUL!

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

Both the BB and 56 are from


PENNE DREADFUL

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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.

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 Book Beginnings

The rich aroma from the mixture of tomatoes and onions cooking wafted through the air, hitting my nose with a distinct perfume. It was a soothing smell that blanketed me in it's warm hold. If alone, I would have been content to stand in front of my stove all day.

My 56

Even though we'd grown up in different households, we were as close as sisters and had always been each other's main confidante. 


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Thursday, August 15, 2019

COZY MYSTERY THEMES


August 31 is 
BUY A FRIEND A BOOK DAY.
What better theme to celebrate than bookstores!


Bookstore Themes Part 2

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TOURIST TRAP MYSTERIES
by Lynn Cahoon










COMING NOVEMBER 12

 NOVELLAS





COMING OCTOBER 29

MAGICAL BOOKSHOP MYSTERIES
by Amanda Flower



COMING OCTOBER 29

COMING DECEMBER 10

DEATH ON DEMAND MYSTERIES
by Carolyn Hart



























Keep checking back for part 3 of 
Bookstore Themed Cozies!

























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