Monday, October 29, 2018

Today I'm joining Berkley Mystery
in celebrating these great authors and their wonderful books.

Laura Childs Terrie Farley Moran
and
Cleo Coyle

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GLITTER BOMB
Book 15 in the Scrapbooking Mysteries
by Laura Childs with Terrie Farley Moran


An exploding Mardi Gras float has got to be the strangest murder weapon scrappy sleuth Carmela Bertrand has ever encountered in this latest Scrapbooking Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author.

It's Mardi Gras in New Orleans and scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand is excited to be attending the Pluvius Parade along with her best friend Ava. Carmela's ex-husband Shamus rides by the duo on his float at the head of the parade, when suddenly the revelry turns to disaster. Shamus' float crashes and explodes, and although Shamus escapes unhurt, a member of his krewe is killed.

Carmela and Ava plunge into an investigation of the krewe-member's death, but as they dig deeper it starts to look less like an accident and more like a murder....and Shamus seems less like a victim, and more like a suspect.

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!!!GIVEAWAY!!!
1 lucky reader will win a print copy of

GLITTER BOMB

USA only

Enter using the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post.

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MY REVIEW


In this installment of the New Orleans Scrapbooking Mysteries, murder during Mardi Gras is colorfully explosive and makes for a great read!

Author Laura Childs knows how to pack a punch into a mystery. GLITTER BOMB is exciting, fun, and at times, intense. And I’ve noticed a subtle change in the tone of the stories since author Terrie Farley Moran has come on board. It’s a good change. You can’t go wrong with two fabulous authors writing a book together.

Over all, GLITTER BOMB was an excellent mystery with plenty of twists and turns, as well as false leads to keep my inner sleuth guessing all the way to the end.

Returning fans of the series are going to love GLITTER BOMB. New readers will enjoy it as well and may become hooked enough to start the series from the beginning.

I do offer a profanity warning to cozy mystery purists.

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THE GHOST AND THE 
BOGUS BESTSELLER
Book 6 in the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries
Cleo Coyle


Penelope Thornton-McClure and her bookshop's ghost-in-residence Jack Shepard are back on a new case in this delightful paranormal mystery from New York Timesbestselling author Cleo Coyle.

A big bestseller leads to small town trouble.

Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure didn't believe in ghosts, until she was haunted by the hard-boiled spirit of 1940s private investigator Jack Shepard. Now Jack is back on the job, and Pen is eternally grateful... 

After an elegant new customer has a breakdown in her shop, Penelope suspects there is something bogus behind the biggest bestseller of the year. This popular potboiler is so hot that folks in her tiny Rhode Island town are dying to read it--literally. First one customer turns up dead, followed by another mysterious fatality connected to the book, which Pen discovers is more than just fiction. Now, with the help of her gumshoe ghost, Pen must solve the real-life cold case behind the bogus bestseller before the killer closes the book on her.

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!!!GIVEAWAY!!!
1 lucky reader will win a print copy of

THE GHOST AND THE 
BOGUS BESTSELLER

USA only

Enter using the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post.

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MY REVIEW


Though not my first book by Cleo Coyle, this is my first in this series. I’ve already added the book one, THE GHOST AND MRS. MCLURE (written as Alice Kimberly), to my TBR.

Before getting into my review, I’d like to quickly say, I love books with short chapters, titled chapters (reminds me of my Nancy Drew days), and quotes (or other interesting information) before each chapter. This book has all three! A fun reading triad for me.

THE GHOST AND THE BOGUS BESTSELLER is a wonderfully crafted whodunnit. With the action taking off at a fast pace in the first chapter, I found myself turning the pages quickly in my quest to solve this mystery. I finished in one breathless, head spinning sitting.

While the whole 1940s gumshoe character was never a favorite of mine, I very much enjoyed PI Jack Shepard the ghost. There were so many times he had me laughing out loud. The relationship with Jack and series protagonist, Penelope “Pen” Thornton, was a pleasure to read, and I look forward to more adventures with them.

With a feeling of old meets new, THE GHOST AND THE BOGUS BESTSELLER has a little something for every mystery reader.

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7 comments:

  1. Thanks, Lisa. The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller is on my TBR list, along with catching up on the rest of the series. Happy Monday!

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  2. Thank you for your reviews on two awesome books that I can't wait to get my hands on. Both sound amazing and are on my TBR list.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  3. I enjoyed your reviews, Lisa. I wasn't sure about The Ghost and the Bogus Bookseller, but you sold me on it! Thanks for your giveaway ~

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  4. Laura Childs and I are thrilled that you enjoyed GLITTER BOMB as much as you did and we wish everyone well in the Rafflecopter drawing!

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  5. Lisa – Thank you for the wonderful review of our new Haunted Bookshop Mystery, The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller, and cheers to Laura and Terrie on the release of another terrific Scrapbooking Mystery!

    Marc and I appreciate the warm welcome back that readers are giving to our characters (especially Pen and Jack, who remain close to our hearts). We’re now at work on the next book in our series, and we’ll keep everyone informed of the publication date. (We promise it won’t take another ten years!) Thanks again, Lisa, not only for reviewing our book and hosting a giveaway, but for all you do for readers and writers. Cheers to everyone for stopping by to comment and enter the two giveaways. We hope you all have a “spirited” Halloween!

    ~ Cleo Coyle
    Coffeehouse Mystery.com
    “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
    HauntedBookshopMystery.com

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  6. Your reviews sold me on these books

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  7. I enjoyed your reviews. Thank you very much.

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