Saturday, April 18, 2015

SOME LIKE IT WITCHY by Heather Blake
HISS AND TELL by Claire Donally
FILLET OF MURDER by Linda Reilly

Book 5 in the Wishcraft Mystery series
by Heather Blake

Wishcrafter Darcy Merriweather can charm desires into reality, but as the national bestselling Wishcraft mysteries continue, she won’t be able to magically avoid trouble when death holds an open house….

The Enchanted Village is abuzz when the old Tavistock house finally goes up for sale. Darcy’s friend Curecrafter Cherise Goodwin is hoping she will have the winning bid on the home, but Darcy can’t shake the feeling that something bad is about to happen—and her magical instincts are usually right.

Sure enough, while Darcy and Cherise are looking at the property, they discover real estate agent Raina Gallagher stone-cold dead on the floor. Clutched in her hand is a gemstone amulet and, on the wall above her, a large red A. While Raina had no shortage of enemies, there’s also a dark legend about the house itself. To track down the killer, Darcy must unlock the secrets of both the deceased and the estate—and she’ll need to act fast, because revenge is a deal that never closes.…


Author Heather Blake continues to cast a spell over readers with this sixth installment of her Wishcraft Mystery series.

With the wonderful words said about THE GOODBYE WITCH, book 5 in this series, I wasn’t sure Ms. Blake would be able to top herself. Well readers, I was wrong. She has once again penned an entertaining, yet murderous trip to The Enchanted Village. SOME LIKE IT WITCHY is a perfect brew mixed with mystery, magic, fun, and, well, enchantment.

Returning fans and new readers alike will love this addition to a spellbinding series. 


Book 4 in the Sunny & Shadow Mystery series 
by Claire Donally

In this Sunny & Shadow Mystery from the New York Times 
bestselling author of Last Licks, a fat-cat wedding is making waves in Kittery Harbor, Maine. 

Political heiress Priscilla Kingsbury is about to marry Carson de Kruk, son of business mogul Augustus de Kruk, at the Kingsburys’ waterfront compound. For reporter Sunny Coolidge, an assignment from the Harbor Courier to cover the event is like catnip.

But when Sunny photographs men pulling the body of a dead woman out of the water, the Kingsburys’ private security isn’t happy. They claim the woman’s death was an accident, but the story seems fishy. Now, with a little help from her police officer boyfriend and her cunning cat Shadow, Sunny is determined to get the scoop on a killer.


HISS AND TELL is the first book I’ve read in this series. I found it to be very enjoyable.

Though the story is told in third person, there are times when things are from Shadow the cat’s perspective. That was a lot of fun for me. We always look at our pets and wonder what they’re thinking. If they are anything like Shadow, they are full of opinions!

This was very good mystery. Well written, with a lot of questions building up to the climatic reveal. I had a laugh out loud moment near the end of the book having to do with the short scene between Shadow and the villain of the book.

Cat lovers are going to simply adore this book, and mystery fans are in for a real treat.  


Book 1 in the Deep Fried Mystery series 
by Linda Reilly

Talia Marby serves up delectable English deep fried fare in the heart of the Berkshires—but she soon discovers there’s something fishy going on…

Sometimes in this life, you have to fish or cut bait. After walking away from a miserable job and an even worse boyfriend, Talia Marby has no regrets. She’s returned to her hometown and is happy to help her dear friend Bea Lambert by working at Lambert’s Fish & Chips, a cornerstone of a charming shopping plaza designed to resemble an old English village.
But not all the shop owners are charming. Phil Turnbull has been pestering Bea to sign a petition against a new store opening up, and his constant badgering is enough to make her want to boil him in oil. When Talia and Bea stumble upon Turnbull murdered in his shop, the police suspect Bea. Now it’s up to Talia to fish around for clues and hook the real killer before her friend has to trade serving food for serving time…
Includes delicious recipes!


This new series had me at Deep Fried! I had been looking forward to reading since I had first heard about it. It was worth the wait.

In this first book in the Deep Fried Mystery series, author Linda Reilly has created a delightful cast of characters, as well as an enchanting setting. I knew even before finishing the first chapter of FILLET OF MURDER I was going to love this book . . . and I did!

I immensely enjoyed the relationship between lead character Talia Marby and her friend, and owner of Lambert’s Fish & Chips, Bea Lambert. They really played well off each other and have a wonderful mother/daughter vibe. As for the fish & chips restaurant, I have no doubt that would be my hangout. I could smell the incredible scents of fried food while reading, and more than once heard my stomach growling. Speaking of growling tums, Ms. Reilly has included a couple of tasty recipes to use as side dishes for your next fish & chips (or any other) dinner!

This mystery had a wonderful plot and was extremely well written. There were enough red herrings (or in this case, haddock) to keep my guessing until the surprising reveal. I did not see it coming. Well done Ms. Reilly!

FILLET OF MURDER is one of the most delicious introductions to a new series (first books) I have read so far this year and has secured a spot in my top five favorites! If you’re looking for a new cozy series to whet your appetite for mystery, FILLET OF MURDER is the perfect choice! 

All three of these great titles are 
available for pre-order for their 
Tuesday, May 5 release date! 

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  1. Thanks for your continuing reviews. I enjoy reading about new books before I purchase them since my book budget is limited. You offer a great service.

  2. Thank you so much for your reviews! I used to read a lot faster than I do these days. But your reviews make me want to read all the books! Oh, well, I will do what I can! Thanks so much!

    1. Thank you for your support in my blog, Elaine. Sorry to be tempting you so much! ;-)

  3. The books sounds amazing! I wish I could be a faster reader because my TBR keeps increasing. LOL

  4. Love your reviews. Always want to go out and get them.
    Thanks for the time you take to help readers find new books to read
    and new authors to follow.
    Carol Smith. penelope223(at)yahoo(dot)com