Saturday, October 31, 2015


Book 1 in the Postmistress Mystery series 
by Jean Flowers

Introducing a murder mystery that really delivers!

After caring for her dying aunt and being dumped by her fiancé, Cassie Miller decides to return to her small hometown in the Berkshires to lick her wounds and live in the house where she was raised. Leaving behind her managerial position in the Boston main postal office, Cassie trades in her tailored suits and high heels for the comfortable blue shirt and red, white, and blue striped scarf of the Postmaster for North Ashcot, Massachusetts.

Everything is business as usual until Cassie arrives at work one day to find that someone has broken into the post office building. The only items stolen: stacks of telephone books. Who steals phone books? Two days later, the body of an unidentified man is found in the woods. And when the handsome antiques dealer she just had lunch with is taken into custody, Cassie is suddenly drawn into the case. With a crime enveloped in mystery, she needs to track the killer—before another victim’s fate is sealed in the dead letter office…


Author Jean Flowers has made a wonderful start to her Postmistress Mystery series. DEATH TAKES A PRIORITY should be a priority on everyone’s reading list.

Congratulations to author Flowers for creating a fresh subject for this cozy mystery. A lead character who is a postmistress is a nice change of pace as far as occupations go for a series protagonist. And Cassie Miller is quite a character. She’s intelligent, kind hearted, and a joy to read. All of the residents of Ashcot, Massachusetts are fun and/or quirky. I loved getting to know all of them and look forward to spending time learning even more about them in future installments.

DEATH TAKES PRIORITY is a well written, fast moving story that had me captivated. A solid mystery with plenty of situations and suspect to keep the read guessing. I couldn’t wait to turn each page in this book to see what would happen next, and I was never disappointed. The reveal was surprising and action filled. The ending of the book made me wish there was already a second in the series to read right away.

This series has been long overdue. DEATH TAKES PRIORITY has me stuck to the Postmistress Mystery series like a stamp is stuck to a letter!

Make sure to check out the back of the book for some fun tidbits about the post office.


Book 14 in the Chocoholic Mystery series
by JoAnna Carl

Warner Pier’s most hated clown meets a bitter end in the latest from the national bestselling author of The Chocolate Falcon Fraud...

It’s been a month since a complete stranger was accused of murdering Moe Davidson, the miserable shop owner of Clowning Around. Everybody’s moving on, including Lee Woodyard. Her chocolate shop, TenHuis Chocolade, is next door to Moe’s shuttered tourist trap, and it’s giving her ideas to expand.

But when Lee tours the building, she finds Moe’s widow, Emma, unconscious. Now Lee wonders whether Moe’s real killer is still at large and is taking care of unfinished business. Unfortunately, since the town is celebrating Clown Week, there are so many potential suspects in grease paint and floppy shoes it’s not even funny.

For Lee, protecting Emma, freeing an innocent man, and rolling out hundreds of her clown-themed chocolates is a pretty tall order. But so is staying alive long enough to find out which one of her neighbors is a killer in disguise.

With Tasty Chocolate Trivia!


I’m not clowning around. THE CHOCOLATE CLOWN CORPSE is as rich and tasty as the finest Swiss chocolate.

Author Joanna Carl has kept fans captivated with this series for many years. Being a relative new comer to the series, I can see why! I’ve read the last two books of this series out of order. I read THE CHOCOLATE FALCON FRAUD first and really enjoyed it. But having just read THE CHOCOLATE CLOWN CORPSE, I like this one even better.

I really enjoyed protagonist, Lee Woodward and her chocolate shop, TenHuis Chocolade. What a delight place to have in your hometown. Whenever a scene took place in the chocolate shop, I could smell the different chocolates and sweet aromas. And the town of Warner Pier is the perfect backdrop for this series.

This book was all the way around, a wonderfully written, well plotted story that had me so entertained I didn’t want it to end. From the first page until the thrilling end, I was on the edge of my seat. Simply a wonderful cozy whodunit.

Settle in with your favor chocolates and a copy of THE COCOLATE CLOWN CORPSE. I can’t think of a sweeter way to spend the day.

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Release date: 
November 3, 2015

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  1. These books sound great! I am looking forward to reading them. Thank you for the reviews.

  2. Thanks, Lisa. A postmistress is a nice change in a series. It's getting harder not to confuse some newer series, with similarities to existing ones. This one is unique.

  3. Thanks for the reviews! I have added them to my list.