Wednesday, January 27, 2016

IT'S A WONDERFUL KNIFE by Christine Wenger 
THE GRIM STEEPER by Amanda Cooper

Book 5 in the Comfort Food Mysteries
by Christine Wenger 

Comfort food and murder are on the holiday menu in the latest mystery from the national bestselling author of Macaroni and Freeze . . .
All Trixie Matkowski wants for Christmas is a break—just not the broken leg she got after slipping on some ice. With Sandy Harbor alive in the hustle and bustle of the season, it’s the busiest time of the year at Trixie’s Silver Bullet Diner. There are millions of things to do, including cater the town’s annual Christmas pageant and community dinner with some delicious holiday comfort food.
But the festivities turn into a bit of a turkey after Liz Fellows, the director of the pageant, is found with Trixie’s butcher knife in her back. Now Trixie must help the police arrest the scary gentleman—or lady—guilty of the crime if she hopes to get herself off the naughty list.


IT’S A WONDERFUL KNIFE serves up a heaping helping of mystery with a side of fun!

I really adore this series. The characters, the setting, everything about it appeals to me.

Protagonist, Trixie Matkowski isn’t perfect, but she’s real. She’s good and kind, but also plucky and feisty. I always have a great time when I visit with her and the townsfolk of Sandy Harbor. Indeed, author Christine Wenger makes me feel a part of the Comfort Food Mysteries when I read them.

The author’s creativity leads the reader through an amazing mystery, filled with twists and turns. She had me second guessing myself more than once all the way to the action abundant reveal.

IT’S A WONDERFUL KNIFE, and the other four titles in the comfort Food Mysteries are comfort reads that will leave you hungry for more!

Thirteen delicious recipes, and an excerpt from DO OR DINER, the first book in this series, can all be found at the back of the book.


Book 3 in the Teapot Collector Mysteries 
by Amanda Cooper 

The national bestselling author of Shadow of a Spout invites readers back to the Finger Lakes town of Gracious Grove for more tea and murder...

Mid-October in the charming Finger Lakes town of Gracious Grove means it’s time for the annual Fall Fling Townwide Tea Party. The highlight of the festivities is a roaming tea-tasting, which includes a stop at Auntie Rose’s Victorian Tea House. Sophie Taylor would like to share her enjoyment of the event with her sort-of boyfriend, English teacher Jason Murphy, but Jason’s dean has accused him of falsifying grades to help an athlete at the local college. Steamed and stressed, Jason shows up the night of the party with bags under his eyes.
But the dean shows up under Sophie’s Japanese Maple later that night, murdered, and now Jason is suspected of far worse than fudging grade reports. It’s up to Sophie, her Nana, and their friends the Silver Spouts to pore over the clues to find out who really decided to teach the dean a lesson.


THE GRIM STEEPER is a great plot infused with wonderful writing!

Another lovely installment of the Teapot Collector Mystery series, THE GRIM STEEPER is an excellent story steeped in mystery and drama.

Author Amanda Cooper has penned another must read story in this mystery series for tea lovers, and all mystery fans. Spending time in Aunty Rosie’s Victorian Tea House is always a great way to spend the day. The setting paints lovely images in my mind as I read. And then a pesky murder happens. Okay, so that where the fun begins!

A very tight plot that kept me guessing with every turn of the page, THE GRIM STEEPER is a fantastic story that really held my attention. I didn’t want to put it down.

Truly another must read from Amanda Cooper aka Victoria Hamilton!

A yummy recipe, and descriptions of tea strainers and infusers can be found at the back of the book!

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  1. Thanks, Lisa. The covers and titles are great, too!

  2. Just finished Tempest in a Tea Pot and finishing Shadow of a Spout. I am happy to hear the next book is coming since I really like the series. I am a teapot collector and already feel part of the group. The characters are colorful to say the least and I enjoy reading about their escapades.

  3. I love the title It's a Wonderful Knife and I love Christmas mysteries. Great review, Lisa. Same with The Grim Steeper. Love the title.

    Looks like two great cozies.

  4. Looks like two great series! Thanks for the reviews! Christmas stories are my favorite!

  5. I'm looking forward to all these books! I'm particularly drawn to The Grim Steeper! I need more authors to read. I am so glad you do these reviews! Thank you so much!