Sunday, September 27, 2015

GHOST OF A POTION by Heather Blake
TRICK OR DEADLY TREAT by Livia J. Washburn

Book 3 in the Family Skeleton Mystery series
by Leigh Perry

Sid the Skeleton bones up on clues to solve a Haunted House homicide in this mystery from the author of The Skeleton Takes a Bow

What holiday could bring more warmth to a skeleton’s chest cavity than Halloween? And when you’re a living skeleton who’s not supposed to be seen outside the house, it’s a welcome chance to get some fresh air and rub bony elbows with people. That’s why Sid doesn’t mind wearing a full-body dog suit and going as Scooby-Doo along with Georgia Thackery’s Velma to the Halloween Howl.

Sid can’t wait to go through the Haunted House—but he gets rattled for real when a genuine dead body is discovered. Trapped inside as the police quickly seal off the crime scene, Sid makes no bones about dropping the dog suit and posing as an actual skeleton. This murder is a skull-scratcher, but as long as Sid is on the inside, he might as well case the joint to figure out who used the cover of darkness to commit the perfect crime…


I have been in love with skeleton Sid ever since reading the first book in the Family Skeleton series. THE SKELETON HAUNTS A HOUSE has only served to make me adore him even more!

I’ve mentioned in other reviews that para-cozies are not my go to choice for reading. However, series like this one have me pulling me into the sub-genre. Of course, in fairness, that has a lot to with the fact that Leigh Perry is a wonderful author. Not only does she pen an awesome mystery, but she makes you forget that one of the lead characters is dead and a skeleton, even though it’s of course mentioned in the story many times. She has given a personality and a soul to a walking stack of bones and it works!

I was hooked to this story like the leg bone is connected to the foot bone. ;-) THE SKELETON HAUNTS A HOUSE was a gripping, exciting and oh so fun a mystery. From the very first page with Sid putting on a Scooby-Doo costume, to a body being found in a Halloween horror attraction and Sid and Georgia finding themselves in the middle of another murder investigation, I read, entranced, eagerly turning each page until the surprising conclusion.

This installment of the Family Skeleton mystery series has certainly secured a place for more fun adventures with Sid. Get to writing Ms. Perry!


Book 3 in the Magic Potion Mystery series 
by Heather Blake

In the latest from the bestselling author of One Potion in the Grave, it’s Halloween in Hitching Post, Alabama, and potion shop owner Carly Bell Hartwell has an especially spooky customer to handle…

With all the ghosts that haunt her at this time of year, Carly doesn’t exactly rush to celebrate Halloween.  Even a costume ball organized by her boyfriend Dylan's mother, Patricia Davis Jackson, holds little allure.  But to please Dylan, who wants peace between the two women, Carly reluctantly agrees to go. 

Gossip around town is that architect Haywood Dodd plans to make a big announcement at the party. But before he can address the crowd, he’s found dead with Patricia standing over him, holding the murder weapon. Anxious to clear Patricia’s name and perhaps broker a truce with her, Carly would love to use her snooping skills to find the real killer. Only she has bigger problems to deal with—ghosts are flocking to her for help, including a very persistent Haywood Dodd…


Author Heather Blake has penned another enchanting installment of the Magic Potion Mystery series. Rather you’re a returning fan or new to this series, you are going to be captivated.

I’m not a big fan on stories with witches, but with more and more coming out in the para-cozy genre, I have been finding series that I enjoy. Reading GHOST OF A POTION, I found myself absorbed in the story. It was a perfect blending of murder mystery, humor, witches and ghosts. The fact that the story is set during Halloween made it that much more entertaining.

So wonderful is the author’s writing, as I read, I could hear the characters rich Alabama accents. I could see the small town of Hitching Post and felt I was walking along its streets. I was so absorbed in the story, that before I knew it, I had reached its exciting conclusion.

Add this magical mystery to your TBR. You’re going to be happy you did!


Book 9 in the Fresh-Baked Mystery series 
by Livia J. Washburn

It’s Halloween in Weatherford, Texas—which means Phyllis Newsom is baking up a storm of yummy seasonal treats...but she’s about to get even busier unmasking a killer...

While Phyllis and her friend Carolyn are preparing for a baking contest, her housemate Sam adopts Buck, an adorable Dalmatian who was hit by a car. To thank local veterinarian Hank Baxter for helping the dog, Phyllis and Carolyn bake a batch of doggie treats for his other four-legged patients.

But when they arrive at the clinic, the vet is in the process of being arrested—for the murder of his wife! Convinced that the police are barking up the wrong tree and that someone’s been burying evidence, Sam begs Phyllis to help find the real killer. Joined by Buck, the friends engage in a dogged pursuit of the murderer, who will stop at nothing to muzzle them…permanently.



I thought TRICK OR DEADLY TREAT would be just as good as the other books in the Fresh-Baked Mystery series, but I was wrong. It’s better!

Extremely well written with an entertaining plot, I was drawn into this story and didn’t want to stop reading. But it did start off in a dog kennel, so it was bound to win me over.

Author Livia J. Washburn’s wonderful cast of characters find themselves once again in the middle of a homicide. Why would someone kill such a good man as the local vet? As more and more questions came about, I found myself suspecting everyone, but having no true idea whodunit. That made the reveal even more exciting.

TRICK OR DEADLY TREAT is a mystery filled confection that is sure to thrill fans of this delightful series, as well as tempt new readers to take a taste.

Be sure to keep reading once the story is done for a ton of yummy recipes for humans and dogs! Plus read an excerpt from the next book in the Fresh-Baked series, THE CANDY CANE CUPCAKE KILLER. You had me at Cupcake Ms. Washburn. ;-)

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Release date: Tuesday October 6

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  1. Thanks, Lisa! I've never read Leigh Perry's series. I'm going to have to "bone-up" on Sid the Skelton! :)

  2. Thank you so much Lisa for bringing this wonderful sounding Halloween books to my attention. I can't wait to check some of them out!

    1. Angie, thanks for stopping by! October is bringing some wonderful reads!

  3. Thanks for sharing! All of these sound great!

  4. I want all three of these. Can't wait to get them! Great reviews Lisa!

    1. These are right up your alley, Dawn! I'm happy your liked the reviews!

  5. Thank you so much for including my book. Can you tell I have fun with that series? I had to add a new dog to the mix. We currently have 5. I'm not sure how that happened. The last one was a little 8 pound puppy covered in fleas, just skin and bones. Now he's a 65 pound puppy. We worry he's part yeti.

    1. Livia, you're so welcome. I can tell you had fun. It's all in your writing. I'd have more than one pup myself if I could. Best wishes on the new book!