Tuesday, August 21, 2018

(Before we get to today's wonderful new releases, please note that buy popular demand, I've changed the blog background from pink to white. I think it gives it a fresh, clean look. I'd love to know what you think.)

Do you love Tuesdays as much as I do?
How could you not with fun sounding new releases like these?!

""A killer wants Lilly Echosby to roll over and play dead . . .
Lilly may be losing a husband but she's gaining a toy poodle. That could be seen as a win-win, since her new adopted pooch Aggie (named after Agatha Christie) is cute and adorable, and Lilly's dirty dog of a spouse is cheating on her with a blond bimboexcept for one problem: Albert Echosbys just been murdered, and Lilly is the number-one suspect.
With the cops barking up the wrong tree, it's a good thing her best friend Scarlett """"Dixie"""" Jefferson from Chattanooga, Tennessee, decided to take a break from the dog club circuit to pay a visit, along with her own prize pair of poodles. With help from Dixie, her defense attorney daughter, and a blue-eyed man in blue with a K-9 partner, Lilly is determined to collar the real killer. But when a second murder occurs, it's clear they're dealing with one sick puppy . . . ""

Though I have heard of Elizabeth Spann  Craig, I haven't read her book. And the other authors I know nothing about. 

Have you reading any of the following?

When Myrtle's housekeeper is a murder suspect, she swears to Myrtle that she's squeaky clean. 

It’s easy for fellow citizens to get on your nerves in sleepy Southern towns like Bradley, North Carolina. Particularly when one of the citizens is something of a cheapskate. Amos Subers isn’t one to tip waiters, pay back a loan, or behave generously with family. When it’s discovered that penny-pinching Amos was actually quite wealthy, it hardly engenders goodwill in the small town … in fact, he’s heartily disliked. Octogenarian sleuth Myrtle Clover’s housekeeper is certainly no fan of his: Amos owes Puddin money for cleaning his house.

It’s not too surprising when Amos is later found, murdered, in his kitchen. Myrtle and her senior sidekick Miles resolve to track down the killer when Puddin becomes a prime suspect…and before the murderer strikes again.

Welcome to The Berry Home: where the food is to-die-for!

Life is looking sweeter than ever for Kylie Berry, owner-operator of The Berry Home cafΓ©. She’s even booked a gig hosting a weekend-long conference for some major players in the East Coast shipping industry, with one minor snag: she has no idea how to cater such a big event all by herself.

When an old friend visits Kentucky, the stars align. Chef John Radde, head chef at the swanky Chicago-based Smoulder, graciously offers to cater the entire event using Kylie’s cafΓ© kitchen. The up-and-coming culinary whiz Chef John can’t resist the free publicity—and Chef Plus Amateur Sleuth Kylie can’t resist the chance to learn a thing or two!

While Kylie runs the storefront and John manages the catering team in the kitchen, disaster strikes the small country town yet again. The dead body of packaging magnate Oliver “Ollie” Drysdale is discovered beneath a dumpster during the conference, and the police suspect murder most foul.

Who stood to benefit from the death of a powerful businessman with piles of cash and still more clout to wield in the business world? Was it his stunning young fiancΓ©e Lara Tiggs, who Kylie remembers from her years living in Chicago? Or Lara’s younger brother, Larry, who’s short on sense but loves his big sis to the point of doing anything she asks? Could it have been rival Robert Cornish, who stood toe-to-toe with Oliver in the packaging industry? Or was it his jet-setting youngest son Sebastian, who stood first-in-line to inherit his father’s massively successful business?

Complicating matters further, Kylie’s best friend Zoey rushes to defend Sebastian, who she met and schmoozed with a year ago at the same conference. Kylie has to juggle her business, yet another murder investigation, and brace for a firefight with her best friend when all fingers point straight to Zoey’s crush!

The corpse who died twice.

While visiting her father’s grave, Bryony Taylor stumbles upon the body of a woman left in an unlocked mausoleum in Saxon Lake’s local cemetery. Bryony is haunted for days by the oddly tranquil smile frozen on the dead woman’s face. Finally she decides she must know more about who this woman was.

When Bryony digs for more information, however, she makes a startling discovery: Charlotte Stone and her twin brother supposedly died twenty years ago! Now it’s up to Bryony to unearth what really happened to Charlotte during that faux family tragedy and who killed her now.

Do any of these peak you interest?

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Sort of

As you can see from the tour dates above, I am late in posting this. 
My Internet was out for just over a week and I was unable to post on my day of the tour. So, I'm jumping in all late because I want to do what's right by the author, and by Great Escape Virtual Book Tours.

Without further ado, my post originally due August 8.

I'm so excited to be celebrating
Book 5 in the Country Store Mysteries
by Maddie Day

Restaurateur Robbie Jordan is ready for the boost in business a local music festival brings to South Lick, Indiana, but the beloved event strikes a sour note when one of the musicians is murdered . . .
June’s annual Brown County Bluegrass Festival at the Bill Monroe Music Park in neighboring Beanblossom is always a hit for Robbie’s country store and cafΓ©, Pans ‘N Pancakes. This year, Robbie is even more excited, because she’s launching a new bed and breakfast above her shop. A few festival musicians will be among Robbie’s first guests, along with her father, Roberto, and his wife, Maria. But the celebration is cut short when a performer is found choked to death by a banjo string. Now all the banjo players are featured in a different kind of lineup. To clear their names, Robbie must pair up with an unexpected partner to pick at the clues and find the plucky killer before he can conduct an encore performance . . .
Includes Recipes for You to Try!



Author Maddie Day won me over with the first tasty book in this series, FLIPPED FOR MURDER. With her easy, flowing style of writing, she pens a story that draws the reader in, holding them captivated until the very last word. DEATH OVER EASY is more proof of that.

I enjoyed my time back in South Lick, Indiana, with protagonist Robbie Jordan, and all the great characters that make up the town. It’s been a treat watching them, and the entire Country Store Mystery series evolve.

The mystery element itself was so well done. I was seriously chasing the wrong trail for quite some time. In the end, I did guess right, but that’s not something I mind. It makes me feel like I’m finally developing my sleuth senses. Who am I kidding. I had it narrowed down with a 50/50 shot of being right. I lucked out. 😊

As delicious as the first four installments, DEATH OVER EASY was a buffet of murder, mystery, and mouth-watering meals. The perfect recipe for a cozy mystery. 

About the Author

Maddie Day is a talented amateur chef and holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from Indiana University. An Agatha Award-nominated author, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and also writes award-winning short crime fiction. She lives with her beau and three cats in Massachusetts.

As Edith Maxwell, she writes the Local Foods Mysteries (Kensington Publishing) and the Quaker Midwife Mysteries (Midnight Ink).
You can find all Maddie's/Edith's identities at www.edithmaxwell.com. She blogs every weekday with the other Wicked Cozy Authors at wickedcozyauthors.com

Look for her as Edith M. Maxwell and Maddie Day on Facebook and @edithmaxwell and @maddiedayauthor on Twitter.

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Sort of

As you can see from the tour dates above, I am late in posting this. 
My Internet was out for just over a week and I was unable to post on my day of the tour. So, I'm jumping in all late because I want to do what's right by the author, and by Great Escape Virtual Book Tours.

Without further ado, my post originally due August 4.

I'm so excited to be celebrating
Book 2 in the Poppy McAllister Mysteries
by Libby Klein

When her sleepwalking aunt is accused of committing murder, Poppy McAllister finds out there's no rest for the weary . . .
Between trying to get her gluten-free baking business off the ground and helping her aunt remodel her old Victorian into the Butterfly House Bed and Breakfast in Cape May, New Jersey, Poppy is ready to call, “Mayday!” And now Aunt Ginny—who's a handful wide-awake—is sleepwalking on her new sleeping pill prescription and helping herself to neighbors’ snacks and knickknacks.
Even more alarming, a local humanitarian who worked with troubled teens is found murdered, and the police suspect the “Snack Bandit.” Other than a bad case of midnight munchies and some mild knickknack kleptomania, Aunt Ginny is harmless. Someone’s trying to frame her. Poppy will need to work tirelessly to uncover the killer and put the case to rest—before Aunt Ginny has to trade in her B & B for a bunk bed behind bars . . .
Includes Seven Recipes from Poppy’s Kitchen!



Great mystery! Fabulous characters! Hysterical! I can go on and on with descriptions and still never say all the good things I want about this book.

When I read the first book in the Poppy McAllister Mysteries, CLASS REUNIONS ARE MURDER, I didn’t think I would ever laugh again so hard during a book. I was so completely wrong! MIDNIGHT SNACKS ARE MURDER is twice as funny! Poppy and her Aunt Ginny soon had me way past the laughing-till-I-cried stage, and quickly entering the I’m-going-to-wet-myself stage! Author Libby Klein must be a hoot to know. I can’t imagine spending time around her without having a box of tissues handy, and perhaps wearing adult panties.

As humorous as this book was, it was also a brilliant whodunit. With more twists and turns than a bag of pretzels, the mystery became harder for me to solve with each new chapter. Just when I knew I had it figured out something would happen that had me changing my guess. When the reveal came, I was so surprised! Now having read the book, of course I should have seen it. However, some of author’s clues were so subtle they just didn’t register with me. Brava Ms. Klein!

Treat yourself to a great read. MIDNIGHT SNACKS ARE MURDER will be one of the best snacks your brain has had all year! And not only will your brain be happy, so will you tum, because there are wonderful gluten free, and Paleo recipes included!

About the Author

Libby Klein dabbles in the position of Vice President of a technology company which mostly involves bossing other people around, making spreadsheets, and taking out the trash. She writes culinary cozy mysteries from her Northern Virginia office while trying to keep her cat Figaro off her keyboard.
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Saturday, August 18, 2018

The first day of my blog was
June 19, 2013.


(I can't believe I missed it)

So, where were you 5 years ago day?
Had you read my blog yet?
Had we chatted?

Things have changed a lot here at
Lisa Ks Book Reviews

Take a look at this post from 5 years ago today
August 18, 2013


3 in 1 Review of the Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mysteries

Another 3 in 1 review. Written by Lee Hollis AKA brother and sister writing team Rick Copp & Holly Simason, I really enjoyed the Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mysteries. The three titles are as follows.

Single mom Hayley Powell is barely keeping her leaking roof over her head when her boss at the "Island Times" gives her a new assignment---taking over the paper's food column. Hayley's not sure she has the chops---she's an office manager, not a writer, even if her friends clamor for her mouth-watering potluck dishes. But the extra income is tempting, and Hayley's chatty first column is suddenly on everyone's menu---with one exception.

When rival food writer Karen Appelbaum is found face-down dead in a bowl of Hayley's creamy clam chowder, all signs point to Hayley. To clear her name, she'll have to enlist some help, including her BFFs, a perpetually pregnant lobster woman, and a glamorous real estate agent. As she whips up a list of suspects, Hayley discovers a juicy secret about the victim---and finds herself in a dangerous mix with a cold-blooded killer.

Local food and drink writer Haley Powell thinks she's done solving murders in scenic Bar Harbor, Maine. But when a taste of the South comes to New England, Haley's following another recipe for disaster...
As a single mom, Hayley Powell already has a full plate--she's got deadlines to make and a teenage daughter with eyes for an aspiring singer-songwriter. But when country music superstar Wade Springer rolls into town, Hayley spies an irresistible side gig: personal chef to her all-American idol. After he tries her home cooking, Wade's so impressed that he hires her on the spot--and invites her to dine with him alone.

Hayley and Wade are hitting all the right notes. . .until a body turns up. Wade's tour bus was torched overnight and a roadie named Mickey Pritchett came out well-done. But the real cause of death isn't barbecue: Mickey was shot, his mouth stuffed with one of Hayley's trademark chicken legs. An ornery drunk, Mickey had already made plenty of enemies in town, but Wade's reputation is on the rocks. Hayley reckons it's up to her to settle this mess--a charbroiled mystery with all the fixin's.

Hayley Powell, food and cocktails columnist for Bar Harbor's Island Times, is. . .well, kind of broke. So when she's selected for that extreme coupon-clipping reality game show coming to town...
...she's thrilled, especially when her competition is nasty nurse Candace Culpepper. But when Haley stumbles across a face-down-in-the-snow Candace—scissors gleaming between her shoulders—she knows the next thing she'll be selected for will probably be a police line-up.

Meanwhile, though Hayley's BFF Mona was only joking about "taking Candace out," Bruce Linney, the Island Times crime reporter, definitely isn't laughing. And what about the smarmy, cold-hearted host of the show, Drew Nickerson, who may have been having a steamy affair with the intentionally-iced nurse? Hayley needs to cut to the chase and find the killer. Everything may hinge on a stray coupon, but Hayley better keep her eyes on the real grand prize: staying out of permanent cold storage!
While the first in this series was my favorite, I enjoyed all three of these books and look forward to the fourth in the series, Death of a Chocoholic, due to be released January of 2014.
Author Lee Hollis (Mr. Copp & Ms. Simason), has created a delightful protagonist in Hayley Powell. Her exploits in these three tales had me laughing out loud more times then I can count. Hayley is a very real, less than perfect woman, making her way in life raising her two children and working her job at the newspaper. I liked the situations she finds herself in. Hayley is helped through her adventures by her best friends Mona, an always pregnat lobster boat captain and Liddy, a high class real estate agent. Throw into the mix her brother Brain owner of the local bar, his partner Sergio the chief of police, Hayley's children, her dog Leroy (named for her NCIS TV crush Mark Harmon) Sal the editor of The Island Times and Bruce the smarmy crime reporter at the paper---you have a very well rounded cast of characters. Add to that, Bar Harbor, Maine as the beautiful setting and you have winning combinations.
With fast paced plots, interesting twists and solid story lines, this series is destined to be a favorite among readers.
Recipes lovers, you won't be disappointed. Every book features Hayley's column Island Food & Spirits, which includes seven recipes from Hayley's kitchen along with cocktails to enjoy while preparing your meal! 


What do you think?
Do you like the old look better or the way I do it now?

Should I keep my background pink or is it time to go with a simple white background?
It would make colors pop more.

I'd love to hear your opinions!

A big THANK YOU to everyone for taking a chance on my blog, and for continuing to follow me!
You comments here, and kind words on Facebook and Twitter keep me going and make this a labor of love for me. 

Note: August 17, 2018

The Hayley Powell Food and Cocktail Mystery series
is still one of my favorites! Here are all of the books in the series now.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Cozy Food Friday!

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!
This week I have picked
Book 1 in the Seaside CafΓ© Mysteries
by Bree Baker

The first book in a delightful new beachside cozy mystery series!
Trouble is brewing in Everly's new cafΓ©. Can she bag the culprit?
Life hasn't been so sweet for Everly Swan over the past couple of years, but now that she is back in her seaside hometown and the proud owner of a little iced tea shop and cafΓ© right on the beach, things are finally starting to look up―until a curmudgeonly customer turns up dead on the boardwalk. With one of her hallmark glass tea jars lying right next to him and an autopsy that reports poison in his system, it doesn't look good for Everly or her brand new business.
As the townspeople of Charm, formerly so welcoming and homey, turn their back on Everly, she fights to dig up clues about who could have had it in for the former town councilman. With a maddeningly handsome detective discouraging her from uncovering leads and a series of anonymous attacks on Everly and her business, it will take everything she's got to keep this mystery from boiling over.



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Photos  found via Google Images and or Pintrest, and their contributors, with many thanks. 
Your finished dish will vary in appearance.

Nothing compliments a hot summer day like this Swan Family Favorite,
so dive in and enjoy!


Prep Time: 20 minutes
Yields: 18 servings

10 cups cold water, divided
1 cup strawberry preserves
8 herbal peach tea bags
12 fresh strawberries, cored and sliced 


   Using a medium saucepan, add 4 cups of water, strawberry preserves, and peach tea bags and bring to a boil. 
   Remove from heat, and steep 15 minutes.

   Pour in remaining 6 cups of cold water. Remove tea bags and let cool completely. Then, add strawberry slices, and stir. 

   Refrigerate until ready to serve. 
   Pour over ice.  

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Can you imagine how refreshing this would be?


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

Both the BB and 56 are from


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

"Welcome to Sun, Sand, and Tea." I perked up at the precious sound of the seashell wind chimes bouncing and tinkling against the front door of my new cafΓ©. "I'll be right with you."

My 56

I'd had about enough of that.

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