Monday, February 15, 2016


I'm so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for 
Thirteen Cozy Mysteries
Crimes Of The Heart
Joanna Campbell Slan 
Teresa Trent 
Neil Plakcy
Elaine Vets 
Annie Adams 
Camille Minichino 
Kathi Daley 
Nancy Jill Thames 
Linda Gordon Hengerer 
Carolyn Haines 
Randy Rawls 
Anna Celeste Burke 
Maggie Toussaint

The Perfect Valentine's Day Gift! Only $2.99. 
Book 2 in the bestselling Happy Homicides Anthology Series. 
Available for a limited time at this low price. 
Thirteen mysteries (600-plus pages) by thirteen bestselling and award-winning authors. With free bonus file of recipes and craft ideas. These clean mysteries detail crimes of the heart. 
Authors--Joanna Campbell Slan, Teresa Trent, Neil Plakcy, Elaine Viets, Annie Adams, Camille Minichino, Nancy Jill Thames, Linda Gordon Hengerer, Kathi Daley, Carolyn Haines, Anna Celeste Burke, Randy Rawls, and Maggie Touissant.

Winner will be chosen after February 29 
at the end of the tour
Check out the great prize and enter using the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post. 
This giveaway is through Great Escape Book Tours, not Lisa Ks Book Reviews.

A word from Kathi Daley

Happy Homicides 2:
Crimes of the Heart


Happy Homicides 2 is the second book in the Happy Homicides collection. This book features crimes of the heart from thirteen cozy mystery writers. 

My story – The New Normal – is the first in my new series of Zimmerman Academy novellas. 

Zimmerman Academy is a spinoff of my popular Zoe Donovan Cozy Mystery Series. The novellas are told from the perspective of the minor characters. 

The New Normal features Zoe’s best friend Ellie as she tries to help best friend and ex-boyfriend Levi solve a murder while dealing with her own heartbreak.

All the short stories in the collection are wonderful tales of love and murder that you won’t want to miss.

The stories in the anthology:

Stupid Cupid: A Cara Mia Delgatto Novella by Joanna Campbell Slan—Cara Mia’s search for love gets her involved in a star-crossed, homicidal romance.

A Heart for Murder by Teresa TrentAn expensive family heirloom is stolen from a local jewelry store, and Betsy Livingston Fitzpatrick would love to figure out who’s responsible.

For the Love of Dog by Neil Plakcy—A young woman’s death causes a man to consider the many aspects of love. Is it ever a justification for murder?

Wedding Knife by Elaine VietsA groom learns to take his vow–Till death do we part—very, very seriously.

Death and a Dozen Roses by Annie Adams—Plucky florist Rosie McKay is reunited with an old love, thanks to complications that happen when she tries to deliver a dozen roses.

The Sodium Arrow by Camille Minichino—The love of a student for a favorite teacher drives a freelance embalmer to seek out justice.

Sweets, Treats, and Murder by Nancy Jill Thames—Jillian Bradley is a widow with no children, but she still has a keen sense of family. Her love of a good mystery sets her and her canine companion, Teddy, on a quest for justice.

Dying for Valentine’s Tea: A Beach Tea Shop Novella by Linda Gordon Hengerer—The three Powell sisters want their friend Thelma to find true love, but they’re having trouble believing her fiancĂ© has her best interests at heart.

The New Normal by Kathi Daley—Although her own dreams have been shattered, Ellie Davis finds it impossible to quit loving an old friend, even after he’s accused of murder.

Bones and Arrows by Carolyn Haines—Intrepid Sarah Booth Delaney would rather face a gun than a party on Valentine’s Day. Not surprisingly, she’s decided that Cupid is a big phony. But is he a jewel thief, too?

Murder at Catmmando Mountain: Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery 1 by Anna Celeste Burke—Georgina Shaw loves her cat, chocolate, and cooking. When she’s framed for a crime, she’s forced to reconsider her priorities.

The Missing Jacket by Randy Rawls—A golfing buddy offers Jonathan Boykin big money to retrieve a stolen jacket, but Jonathan suspects something else is going on. Jonathan is smart enough to discern the difference between love and lust. But can he also figure out the scam?

Really, Truly Dead by Maggie Toussaint—Lindsey McKay has no desire to return to small town life. But her love for her father brings her back home when he’s accused of murder.

Bonus story:

Impediments: A Kiki Lowenstein Short Story by Joanna Campbell Slan—Family problems and priestly politics threaten to derail a love match, until Kiki Lowenstein suggests a surprising solution.


A stellar grouping of cozy authors!

After reading the first HAPPY HOMICIDES collection, I was thrilled to hear there would be another. HAPPY HOMICIDES 2: CRIMES OF THE HEART is a wonderful second addition containing thirteen cozy mysteries.

With so many authors, each story of course had a distinct voice all its own. It was enjoyable to get a view into each author’s worlds.

Each mystery is mixed with romance, perfect for a Valentine’s read or even to read along with your own special someone.

I will admit, not every story in this compilation grabbed me. There were a few that slowed down the overall pace of the book for me. But all in all I was happy to have read this collection. (No, I won’t mention which ones because A) Each of these authors are so awesome at what they do, and B) The ones that weren’t quite my style may just turn out to be your favorites.)

If you’re a fan of short stories, romance, mystery, or all, I do recommend you give HAPPY HOMICIDES: CRIMES OF THE HEART a try.   


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  1. Thanks, Lisa. Happy Monday, to you!

  2. Thanks so much for featuring us, Lisa. You are right--not every reader will love every story, but our hope is that readers will discover a new "favorite" in the mix!

    1. Joanna, I was happy to have you all here. I'm looking forward to a book 3!

  3. Lisa, it's refreshing to hear an experienced reviewer say just because a story didn't grab her doesn't mean it won't appeal to someone else. Thanks for featuring Happy Homicides #2 on your blog today.
    Have a great week!

    1. Thank you, Nancy. I always strive to be honest in my reviews. But I understand for authors, their story are more than just words on paper. They are a part of that writer. All of you do something I can only dream of.

  4. I hope everyone had a great weekend. It's always exciting to launch a new book and I was thrilled to be part of this collection. What a great "bonus" cover, Kathi!

    1. Hi Camille. I was happy to see you part of this collection!

  5. Sounds like a great collection. Thanks for the chance to win. (Pinterest button didn't work so I'm following Celeste Burke.)

  6. Great post! Thanks for putting this lovely post together and sharing our excitement about the release of this fun collection. I am so happy to be part of the group of authors in this collection. Love the stories, too! Cheers! Anna

    1. Anna, you are most welcome! All of you are welcome back to my blog anytime.

  7. Happy Monday -- love your post

  8. Thanks for brightening our Monday, Lisa.

  9. Thanks for featuring us, Lisa. And the great thing about an anthology is that if a particular story doesn't grab you as a reader or isn't your thing, you can just jump forward a few pages to a whole new author & story.

    1. You're very welcome, Neil. And correct. I want all of my readers to check out this great book. There is something for everyone of all tastes!

  10. You're a thoughtful hostess and a wonderful start to our blog tour, Lisa

    1. Thank you so much, Linda. I'm so happy to be a part of it!

  11. Thanks for being a part of our tour and for your review. I'm excited you're looking forward to Book 3. This is a great first stop for Happy Homicides 2!

  12. I don't usually read short stories but I do have books of them for times when I just can't decide what to read. I did really enjoy most of the stories in this book and I am glad I read it. I have also found some new authors to look for. Thanks!

  13. Thank you for being a mystery reviewer. That's quite a challenge and I'm sure it must be a challenge to read books by so many different authors. I'm delighted to have been a part of this project and I'm quite pleased with your endorsement. Have a blessed day!