Thursday, December 27, 2018

Hello everyone!
Did you have a wonderful Christmas?
I sure did!
And then . . . 

. . . the flu attacked!

I'm going to take some time
to shake this yuck.

I'm also going to take this time to read a lot and write reviews. So,when I come back, I'll have new recommendations for you!

Okay, I'll start the reading tomorrow.

Thanks for hanging in there with me. It means the world to me that you all come back each day to see what I have to say. 

I'll be back and posting on 
Monday, January 7.

Have an amazing week.
Enjoy the rest of the holiday season.
And as always, happy reading!


Saturday, December 22, 2018

It's that time of year.

There's a lot to do to get ready for the big day!

I'm going to be taking a few days off to enjoy 
the season with my family.

Lisa Ks Book Reviews will be back
with new blog posts 
December 28 (Friday).

Have a very
Merry Christmas!!!

Friday, December 21, 2018

5 Days tiChristmas!

More great eBook ideas
for last minute shopping!
They're sure to make it there in time.
Take a look at these great cozy 
titles you can get for under $5.00!

The following titles are all firsts in their series
(with the exception of boxed sets).

Enjoy this USA TODAY bestselling collection of holiday themed cozy mystery short stories in some of our most popular series! Written by #1 Amazon, New York Times, and USA Today bestselling authors! These short holiday bites are perfect for enjoying while waiting in shopping lines or binge-reading over a cup of hot cocoa. 

Stories include:

Baby It's Cold Outside (Tahoe Tessie Mysteries)
by Gemma Halliday & T. Sue VerSteeg

Have Yourself a Deadly Little Christmas (Greatest Hits Mysteries)
by Leslie Langtry

Rosolio Red (Franki Amato Mysteries)
by Traci Andrighetti

Christmas Al Dente (Southern Pasta Shop Mysteries)
by Jennifer L. Hart

Ornamental Danger (Working Stiff Mysteries)
by Kerri Nelson

Christmas CanapΓ©s & Sabotage (Culinary Competition Mysteries)
by Janel Gradowski

A (Gingerbread) Diorama of Death (Helen Binney Mysteries)
by Gin Jones

Misdemeanors & Mistletoe (Jamie Winters Mysteries)
by Kelly Rey

Christmas, Spies & Dead Guys (Gianna Mancini Mysteries)
by Jennifer Fischetto

Hard to Catch a Christmas Thief (Hard Targets)
by Wendy Byrne

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For the first meeting of the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society, six friends gather in Molly Matthews's old Southern mansion-including Lizzie Turner, a reading specialist with a penchant for mysteries. But the mystery book club meeting becomes the scene of an actual murder when a stranger is shot-and nobody knows who the victim is, or how Molly' antique gun came to be used as the murder weapon.

Then Lizzie begins finding mysterious manuscript chapters in her mailbox. As she and the book club members try to read between the lines, Molly surfaces as the next name on the killer's list...

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Three amateur sleuths call upon their inner Agatha Christie when murder strikes their small town in the first League of Literary Ladies mystery...

Most folks aren’t forced by court order to attend a library-book discussion group, but that’s just what happens to B & B proprietor and ex-Manhattanite Bea Cartwright, hippy cat lover Chandra Morrisey, and winery owner Kate Wilder after a small-town magistrate has had enough of their squabbling. South Bass, an island on Lake Erie, is home to an idyllic summer resort, but these three ladies keep disturbing the peace.

The initial book choice is Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, and that sets their mouths to watering. The Orient Express is the island’s newest Chinese restaurant. They might not agree about much, but the ladies all love the orange chicken on the menu. But their meal is spoiled when the restaurant’s owner, Peter Chan, has the bad fortune of getting murdered. Now, with Christie as their inspiration, the League of Literary Ladies has a real mystery to solve...if they can somehow catch a killer without killing each other first.

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It’s cranberry picking time—in an all-new mystery series from the national bestselling author of the Gourmet De-Lite Mysteries…

When Monica Albertson comes to Cranberry Cove—a charming town on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan—to help her half-brother Jeff on his cranberry farm, the last thing she expects to harvest is a dead body.

It seems that Sam Culbert, who ran the farm while Jeff was deployed overseas, had some juicy secrets that soon prove fatal, and Jeff is ripe for the picking as a prime suspect. Forming an uneasy alliance with her high-maintenance stepmother, Monica has her hands full trying to save the farm while searching for a killer. Culbert made plenty of enemies in the quaint small town…but which one was desperate enough to kill?


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Summer has come to Busman's Harbor, Maine, and tourists are lining up for a taste of authentic New England seafood, courtesy of the Snowden Family Clambake Company. But there's something sinister on the boil this season. A killer has crashed a wedding party, adding mystery to the menu at the worst possible moment. . .

Julia Snowden returned to her hometown to rescue her family's struggling clambake business--not to solve crimes. But that was before a catered wedding on picturesque Morrow Island turned into a reception for murder. When the best man's corpse is found hanging from the grand staircase in the Snowden family mansion, Julia must put the chowder pot on the back burner and join the search for the killer. And with suspicion falling on her old crush, Chris Durand, the recipe for saving her business and salvaging her love life might be one and the same. . .

Includes Traditional Maine Clambake Recipes!

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When Houston reporter Lucy Resnick cashes in her retirement to buy her grandmother’s farm in Buttercup, Texas, she’s looking forward to a simple life as a homesteader. But Lucy has barely finished putting up her first batch of Killer Dewberry Jam when an oil exploration truck rolls up to the farm and announces plans to replace her broccoli patch with an oil derrick. Two days later, Nettie Kocurek, the woman who ordered the drilling, turns up dead at the Founders’ Day Festival with a bratwurst skewer through her heart and one of Lucy’s jam jars beside her…and the sheriff fingers Lucy as the prime suspect.
Horrified, Lucy begins to talk to Nettie’s neighbors, but the more she gets to know the townspeople, the more she realizes she’s not the only one who had a beef with Nettie. Can she clear her name, or will her dream life turn into a nightmare?

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For Florida diner owner Gia Morelli, there’s no such thing as too much breakfast—unless it kills you . . .
When Gia Morelli’s marriage falls apart, she knows it’s time to get out of New York. Her husband was a scam artist who swindled half the millionaires in town, and she doesn’t want to be there when they decide to take revenge. On the spur of the moment, she follows her best friend to a small town in Central Florida, where she braves snakes, bears, and giant spiders to open a cheery little diner called the All-Day Breakfast CafΓ©. Owning a restaurant has been her lifelong dream, but it turns into a nightmare the morning she opens her dumpster and finds her ex-husband crammed inside. As the suspect du jour, Gia will have to scramble fast to prove her innocence before a killer orders another cup of murder . . .

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You'll find hundreds of great eBook deals. Even free ones!

Amazon Kindle seems to carry the most titles. But you can find deals for Barnes & Noble Nook, and Kobo.

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

6 Days tiChristmas!

Still looking for gifts?
Rather for a loved one or yourself,
 give an eBook.
They're sure to make it there in time.
Take a look at these great cozy 
titles you can get for under $5.00!

The following titles are all firsts in their series
(with the exception of boxed sets).

The town party planner has a secret, and it'll be the death of her.
Good thing amateur sleuth, Kay Carrera is on the case!

Life at sixty isn't quite what Kay Carrera expected. She's working as a skip-tracer for a PI who is desperate to land his own reality TV show. She has a new roommate who arrived with more than the usual amount of baggage. And her attempts at knitting are less than stellar – way less than stellar. Worse, the cataract surgery that restored her sight has also delivered an unexpected and disturbing side-effect.

Kay sees ghosts. And when the dead turn to her for help, she just can't say no.


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Things are going great for Lexy Baker. She's finally opened her dream bakery, gotten rid of her cheating boyfriend and settled into her grandmothers house with her perky dog Sprinkles at her side.

But her blissful life doesn't last long. When her ex boyfriend is found poisoned with cupcakes from her bakery, Lexy finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation headed up by her hunky neighbor detective Jack Perillo.

With the help of a gang of iPad toting, would-be detective grandmothers, Lexy decides to take it upon herself to find the real murderer in order to clear her name and get her bakery back in business. 

As things heat up on the murder trail, in the kitchen and between Lexy and the hunky detective, it's a race against time to put the real murderer behind bars and get back to baking.

Will Lexy get her man?

>> Includes the recipe for Lexy's famous cupcake tops!

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Take one sleepy Cotswold village, mix in one Poirot-esque murder mystery, add a larger-than-life French chef with an appetite for solving crime, and season with clues and red herrings galore . . .

It’s autumn in the Cotswolds, and Chef Maurice is facing a problem of mushrooming proportion. Not only has his wild herb and mushroom supplier, Ollie Meadows, missed his weekly delivery—he’s missing vital signs too, when he turns up dead in the woods near Beakley village.

Soon, Chef Maurice is up to his nose in some seriously rotten business—complete with threatening notes, a pignapping, and an extremely well-catered stake-out. Can he solve Ollie’s murder before his home-made investigation brings the killer out for second helpings?

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With the help of her rescue cat, Eddie, librarian Minnie Hamilton is driving a bookmobile based in the resort town of Chilson, Michigan. But she’d better keep both hands on the wheel, because it’s going to be a bumpy ride…

Eddie followed Minnie home one day, and now she can’t seem to shake the furry little shadow. But in spite of her efforts to contain her new pal, the tabby sneaks out and trails her all the way to the bookmobile on its maiden voyage. Before she knows it, her slinky stowaway becomes her cat co-pilot!

Minnie and Eddie’s first day visiting readers around the county seems to pass without trouble—until Eddie darts outside at the last stop and leads her to the body of a local man who’s reached his final chapter.

Initially, Minnie is ready to let the police handle this case, but Eddie seems to smell a rat. Together, they’ll work to find the killer—because a good librarian always knows when justice is overdue.

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In Halo, Georgia, folks know Cherry Tucker as big in mouth, small in stature, and able to sketch a portrait faster than buckshot rips from a ten gauge — but commissions are scarce. So when the well-heeled Branson family wants to memorialize their murdered son in a coffin portrait, Cherry scrambles to win their patronage from her small town rival. 

As the clock ticks toward the deadline, Cherry faces more trouble than just a controversial subject. Between ex-boyfriends, her flaky family, an illegal gambling ring, and outwitting a killer on a spree, Cherry finds herself painted into a corner she’ll be lucky to survive.

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A COZY MYSTERY HOLIDAY NOVELLA COLLECTION WITH ALL PROCEEDS GOING TO SAVING ANIMALS! Get comfy this holiday season with a cup of tea or cocoa, and while you’re enjoying a delightful seasonal cozy mystery, you’ll be helping rescue animals with Good Fortune Farm Refuge, a NO KILL animal refuge located in Alabama. 

You’ll love these sixteen cozy mystery stories, many from Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Amazon best-selling authors! Murder, mystery, magic, and mayhem don’t stop just because it’s the holiday season! 

All profits from this collection go to Good Fortune Farm Refuge. 

Each author is a member of the Sleuthing Women author collective, a select group of women mystery authors who have joined together to connect with our readers through a Facebook group called Sleuthing Women—Read. Sleuth. Solve. Repeat. Check us out on Facebook. 

Stories come from both traditionally and independently published authors Stephanie Damore, Ava Mallory, Clare Kauter, Larissa Reinhart, Loraine J. Hudson, Mona Marple, Morgana Best, Ritter Ames, Sam Cheever, S.E. Babin, Tara Meyers, Tricia L. Sanders, Carolyn Ridder Aspenson, Jenna St. James, K.E. O’Connor, and Laina Turner.

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Cozy Christmas Crimes
A Cozy Christmas Box Set

Short Stories By:
Jenna St. James
Mona Marple
Tonya Kappes
Bonus Book by Summer Prescott

Christmas Parties are Murder 
By Jenna St. James

Temp worker Amanda Adkins had no idea when she offered to bake her boss a diet cake for the office Christmas party, that someone would use her generosity to commit cold-blooded murder. But that’s exactly what happened. 

When the detective in charge looks to pin the murder on Amanda, she has no choice but to enlist the help of her 75-year-old grandmother—an Army Veteran Nurse and “hidden-weapons” specialist. 

Together the two ladies set out to prove Amanda’s innocence. When handsome IT expert Blake Wellington offers his help, Amanda is instantly cautious…especially when some of the clues point to Blake being the killer.

Can Amanda and her grandmother track down the killer before Detective Carlson makes good on his promise to arrest Amanda? 

Or worse, instead of Christmas being the most wonderful time of the year for Amanda, will it end up being the most deadliest time of the year? 

Who knew office Christmas parties could be so dangerous? 

by Mona Marple

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

A generic, commercial Christmas that not everyone is happy about. Town mayor Sharon Major is pushing ahead with plans to modernize the town, and stripping it of its character in the process.

Teenagers Sandy and Coral are finally allowed to attend the Christmas Lights Switch On without their father accompanying them. Their excitement about this independence soon changes, when the stage curtains open and reveal the mayor’s dead body.

With no police on the scene, the crowd of people are all held in the shopping centre. With the killer amongst them, Sandy and Coral decide to investigate.

After all, who would suspect two teenage girls of being able to solve a murder case?

A Charming Blend
By Tonya Kappes

When Roxy Bloom and Patrick Cane got a gift card at the Full Moon Treesort in Whispering Falls, Kentucky, they figured it’d be a fantastic honeymoon. 

When June Heal heard from the Whispering Falls Newspaper report from editor Faith Mortimer that there was a nosy coffee barista coming to town and she needed an eye kept on her, June was quick to put Mr. Prince Charming on the tourist, Roxanne Bloom. 

When a dead body is discovered during the annual Whispering Fall tree lightening, Roxy Bloom just can’t seem to keep her nose out of it, even though she feels like something strange is going on in the cozy town. 

June Heal is using powers, she never thought she’d use, to keep tourist Roxy Bloom away from the crime scene. 

Will the two feisty sleuths come together to solve this murder before Roxy’s honeymoon is over or before June Heal uses all of her powers to keep Roxy away from their secrets of Whispering Falls?

You won’t want to miss this crossover tale of two of your favorite cozy mystery sleuths, June Heal from the Magical Cures Mystery Series and Roxanne Bloom from the Killer Coffee Series. 

A Lime To Kill

By Summer Prescott

A single mom. 
A misplaced millennial. 
The best pies and baked goods in the Keys.

Life is good for SubLime Sweets owner, Marilyn Hayes. That is, until murder shows up on her doorstep. Marilyn's world is rocked, as she discovers that, things are not always as they seem, she didn't know her daughter as well as she thought she did, and some old wounds never quite heal.

Will the hunky Detective Cortland save the day? Or will Miss Marilyn be the next victim?


You'll find hundreds of great eBook deals. Even free ones!

Amazon Kindle seems to carry the most titles. But you can find deals for Barnes & Noble Nook, and Kobo.

Make sure to check back. I'll be posting more eBooks this coming week!

As always, please leave a comment and 
let me know what you think!

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

There are several publishers that keep the wonderful world of cozy mysteries going for us readers. 
One of my favorites is

Kensington Books!

You're going to love the two titles 
I'm sharing with you today!


Book 1 in the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries
by Maddie Day

First in a New Series!

Print edition only available at Barnes & Noble

A Cape Cod shop owner and her book club must find a crafty killer in this charming new series from the Agatha-nominated author of the Country Store Mystery series.

Summer is busy season for Mackenzie “Mac” Almeida’s bicycle shop, nestled in the quaint, seaside hamlet of Westham, Massachusetts. She’s expecting an influx of tourists at Mac’s Bikes; instead she discovers the body of Jake Lacey. Mac can’t imagine anyone stabbing the down-on-his-luck handyman. However, the authorities seem to think Mac is a strong suspect after she was spotted arguing with Jake just hours before his death. Mac knows she didn’t do it, but she does recognize the weapon—her brother Derrick’s fishing knife.

Mac’s only experience with murder investigations is limited to the cozy mysteries she reads with her local book group, the Cozy Capers. So to clear her name—and maybe her brother’s too—Mac will have to summon help from her Cozy Capers co-investigators and a library’s worth of detectives’ tips and tricks. For a small town, Westham is teeming with possible killers, and this is one mystery where Mac is hoping for anything but a surprise ending…


A new series by author Maddie Day? You couldn’t keep me away. The new series featuring a book group of cozy mystery readers? Nirvana!

I thoroughly enjoyed this first book on the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. It’s always fun being introduced to a set of new characters and locations. Protagonist, Mackenzie “Mac” Almeida, is a likeable lead. I adore her parrot, Belle. Their scenes are a lot of fun. The other characters in this series are an eclectic group that made for interesting reading. I would love to be a member of a book group like the Cozy Capers, since cozies are my go-to read. It was fun to hear the titles of other cozy mysteries mentioned in this book.

The whodunit in this story is sensational. It starts off fast and strong in chapter one, and just kept building momentum until the very last page. With many possible murder suspects, it was a real challenge trying to figure out the killer. I never did. When I read the reveal, I was stunned. I never would have come to that conclusion. Well done, Ms. Day. I was completely blindsided!

Add to all the above, wonderful recipes and short chapters (What? I love short chapters), and MURDER ON CAPE COD is a cozy you need to read.


Book 7 in the Maine Clambake Mysteries
by Barbara Ross

It’s summertime in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, and the clamming is easy—or it was until a mysterious new neighbor blocks access to the beach, cutting off the Snowden Family Clambake’s supply. Julia Snowden is just one of many townspeople angered by Bartholomew Frick’s decision. But which one of them was angry enough to kill?
Beachcombers, lighthouse buffs, and clammers are outraged after Frick puts up a gate in front of his newly inherited mansion. When Julia urges him to reconsider, she’s the last to see him alive—except the person who stabs him in the neck with a clam rake. As she pores through a long list of suspects, Julia meets disgruntled employees, rival heirs, and a pair of tourists determined to visit every lighthouse in America. They all have secrets, and Julia will have to work fast to expose the guilty party—or see this season’s clam harvest dry up for good. 


Everyone knows when I get a cozy mystery in my hands, leave me alone until I come up for air. The day I read STEAMED OPEN, the book didn’t leave my hands. It went everywhere in the house with me (Yes. Everywhere. TMI I know). Seriously, I couldn’t stop reading until I had finished.

I wouldn’t say book seven in the Maine Clambake Mysteries was lucky number 7 for author Barbara Ross. Luck had nothing to do with it. Brilliant writing and knowing what readers will love had everything to do with it!

Besides having wonderful characters that feel like family, food that will make your stomach growl (Thanks for the recipes at the end of the book, Ms. Ross!), and a setting that makes you wish you were there, STEAMED OPEN is a fabulous mystery that will have you guessing, like it did me, until the end. It also gets my vote for most creative murder weapon.    

If you’re looking to do something nice for someone, or yourself, get a copy of STEAMED OPEN!

As always, please leave a comment and 
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