Saturday, March 28, 2020


If you're anything like me, you're always on the lookout for a new cozy mystery to read. It doesn't matter if it's an old series or a new one, at long as it's new to me.

Over time I will be posting 
COZIES A - Z
and sharing with you in alphabetical order by author some of the amazing cozies there are out there!

Here we go . . . 


Avery Aames

Cheese Shop Mysteries

BOOK 1

In this Agatha Award-winning series, Charlott Bessette, owner of the Fromagerie Bessette, a cheese shop in Providence, Ohio, specializes in a variety of cheeses and solving assorted crimes.


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Kathy Aarons

Chocolate Covered Mysteries

BOOK 1

Aarons writes the Chocolate Covered Mystery Series, which is set in Maryland. Michelle Serrano is the co-owner of Chocolates and Chapters, a combination bookstore and chocolate shop. (What a dream-like shop combination!) Her best friend, Erica Russell is the co-owner of the shop. As Kathy Krevat, she writes the Gourmet Cat Mystery Series, starring Colbie Summers, single mom and gourmet cat food entrepreneur in Summerside, California.


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Sparkle Abbey

Pampered Pet Mysteries

BOOK ONE

The Pampered Pets Mystery Series In posh Laguna Beach things have gone to the dogs with misbehaving pooches, misleading stories, and… murder. It's up to Texas cousins and former beauty queens, Caro Lamont and Mel Langston, to find out whodunit in the wacky world of precious pedigrees, pampered pets and secrets.




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cozies mysteries from A authors!

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Friday, March 27, 2020


It's
Cozy Food Friday!

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!

This week's recipe is from
MURDER AT THE TAFFY SHOP
Book 2 in the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries
by Maddie Day


This Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition 
is available March 31, 2020, only at  Barnes & Noble through 3/31/2021.

Cape Cod bicycle shop owner Mackenzie “Mac” Almeida and her mystery book club find a certain accusation of murder quite the stretch . . .

When your mother is an astrologist and your dad is a minister, you learn to keep an open mind. Which is just what Mac loves to do—exercise her mind by puzzling out fictional clues in the mystery novels she reads and discusses with her Cozy Capers Book Group.

But now Mac’s friend Gin has found herself in a sticky situation. After wealthy genealogist Beverly Ruchart is found dead outside Gin’s taffy shop, the candy maker becomes a person of interest. When it’s revealed that Beverly was poisoned the night Gin brought a box of taffy to a dinner party at Beverly’s house, she’s bumped to the top of the suspects list. It’s up to Mac and her Cozy Capers crime solvers to unwrap this real-life mystery. But this time they might have bitten off more than they can chew . . .

Book two in the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries, Murder at the Taffy Shop, is set in August, full season on Cape Cod. When Mac heads out for a walk with her friend, she finds a horrified Gin staring at Beverly Ruchart, an imperious summer person, dead on the sidewalk in front of Gin’s candy shop, Salty Taffy’s. When the police find the murder weapon in Gin’s garage, the Cozy Capers book group members put their heads together to clear Gin’s name and figure out who killed the woman whom almost everyone disliked. After the killer later invades Mac’s tiny house to finish her off, Bella, Mac’s African Gray parrot, comes to the rescue. Murder at the Taffy Shop  releases March 31 in a paperback exclusive from Barnes & Noble.

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AVOCADO DEVIL EGGS


Mac makes these to bring to the Cozy Capers book group meeting.

Ingredients

8 hard-cooked eggs, shelled
2 ripe avocados
1 teaspoon fresh cilantro or dill, minced (Some people have a severe aversion to cilantro, so consider your diners)
3 teaspoons lime juice
1 tablespoon capers, chopped finely
Salt and pepper to taste.
Habanero or jalapeno hot sauce
Smoked paprika or chili powder


Directions

   Halve eggs lengthwise and remove yolks to a bowl. Mash avocado with yolks. Add cilantro or dill, lime juice, a few drops of hot sauce, and a pinch each salt and pepper. Mix gently and season to taste.



   Fill egg white halves. Sprinkle smoked paprika or chili powder on top. Cover and refrigerate if you won’t be serving immediately.


Yum! We can't make these for a gathering right now, but we sure can make them for ourselves and our families! Who's going to give them a try?

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ABOUT MADDIE DAY


Maddie Day is a talented amateur chef and holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Indiana University. An Agatha-nominated and Amazon-bestselling author, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and also writes award-winning short crime fiction, which has appeared in a number of juried anthologies. She lives with her beau and three cats in Massachusetts, where she's currently working on her next Country Store mystery when she isn't cooking up something delectable in the kitchen. She hopes you’ll find her at maddiedayauthor.com.


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Thursday, March 26, 2020


WHAT'S COOKING? 

Out of this world drinks! 
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THE GEEKY BARTENDER DRINKS
Real-Life Recipes For Fantasy Cocktails bCassandra Reeder, The Geeky Chef


Featuring nerdy recipes for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, The Geeky Bartender Drinks is your chance to sip your way through your favorite sci-fi and fantasy worlds—Game of ThronesLegend of ZeldaStar Trek, and more. This smaller hardcover version of the original book has a new, fresh, modern design and includes 10 additional recipes from The Geeky Chef Strikes Back, making it the perfect gift for the geek in your life.

Author Cassandra Reeder has created authentic real-life drinks and cocktails inspired by your favorite fantasy drinks. So, if you’ve found yourself craving Shimmerwine from FireflyBlack Frost Beer from Buffy the Vampire SlayerSwanky Panky from Bob’s Burgers, or Butterbeer from Harry Potter, you’re about to quench your thirst in a galaxy far, far away.

Featuring more than 60 original cocktail recipes, you’ll also learn edgy cocktail tricks, such as creating a “shimmer effect” in your liquor, giving a sparkle rim to your glass, and adding fire or mist to a cocktail, along with concocting simple syrups and ice-cube effects. Easy step-by-step instructions and fun themed photos make these creative recipes perfect for your next party, season premiere get-together, or your standing reservation for a party of one. And for all you designated drivers, don’t despair: The Geeky Chef has plenty of imaginative tricks for making theseyummy drinks alcohol-free.

Whether you’re thirsting for adventure or just need your mana restored, The Geeky Bartender has you covered!

Releases May 5!


Let me start this review with this. I don’t drink. If it’s harder than Mountain Dew, it’s not for me. So why am I reviewing this book? I loved and reviewed, THE GEEKY CHEF COOKBOOK. Being a sci-fi geek from far back, I couldn’t not check out, THE GEEKY BARDTENDER DRINKS. And just like the cookbook, this was so much fun!

Author Cassandra Reeder knows her sci-fi, fantasy, and other fun genres. Between the TV shows, movies, books, and games the author mentions is chapters like Special Effects, Magical Elixirs, Sci-Fi Spirits, and Literary Libations, just to name a few, she covers a drink for every self-professed geek that likes to imbibe in cocktails and ale. She even has Nonalcoholic drinks for teetotalers like me!

To wet your geeky whistle, you’ll find drinks such as, The Elder Scrolls: White-Gold Tower, World of Warcraft: Moonglow, The Legend of Zelda: Chateau Romani, The Lord of the Rings: Miruvor, Battlestar Galactica: Ambrosia, Star Wars: Tatooine Sunset, Doctor Who: Sonic Screwdriver, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Black Frost Beer, Harry Potter: Butterbeer, Discworld: Scumble and Fluff, 1984: Victory Gin, Fallout: Dirty Wastelander, Archer: Peppermint Patty, The Simpsons: Flanders’ Planter Punch, Futurama: Slurm, Hook: Poe-Poe, and many, many more!

I had so much fun with THE GEEKY BARDTENDER DRINKS. Several of my favorite sci-fi showed are represented which made me smile. And with recipes for simple syrups, and instructions on things like rimming a glass, I can make even my soda and tea not only taste great, but look amazing. Think about what those of you who drink can do. The stellar full color photos for just about every drink mentioned, will give you an idea of how amazing they will look!

THE GEEKY BARTENDER DRINKS, for fans and non-fans of the genres mentioned, will love this book and make you a shooting star in your universe.


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Wednesday, March 25, 2020


Check out these giveaways at GoodReads!
(Use the link below each book for a chance to enter)













The books I've listed are just some of the titles you can win!
There are not only more mysteries (of all types) but books in just about any genre you can think of.
What are you waiting for? Go enter!!!

NOTE: The giveaways on GoodReads are for both Print and eBooks copies. Make sure to enter only for the ones you want.

GOOD LUCK!

PS . . . While you're there, I'd love for you to friend me and check out my reviews! If you enjoy them, please make sure to Like them. Thanks!



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Tuesday, March 24, 2020


Take a look at some of the 
fantastic books available today!

AUDIO

A Flamingo Cozy and Baker Street Mystery partnership. Stella O'Neil and Georgie Tanner are on the case.
Free recipes!

When Georgie agrees to help her friend Stella O'Neil clean up a house she's listing, neither of them are prepared for the dead body that tumbles out of a closet. Stella suspects it's the house's previous owner but is shocked to see it's the man who hired her, the bank representative.

As Georgie and Stella dig for answers, they find that everyone involved in the prior sale of the house is now dead... and they could be next.

But Georgie can't walk away from this mystery. The secrets that unfold shake her to her core as they involve her fiancΓ© who died years ago. How does this derelict house connect to her life? What else will she find out... and does she even want to know?


How is one to start again after losing the one thing that speaks to your heart and fuels your passion?

After a serious accident leaves Calliope Rose Collins unable to continue with the career that has owned her soul for most of her life, she returns to Foxtail Lake, Hollister House, Great Aunt Gracie, and childhood friend, Officer Cass Wylander, where she begins to rebuild her life from the ashes of what she once had.

In book 4 of The Cat in the Attic series, Cass investigates a grisly murder while Callie is busy working on an anniversary story relating to the cold case disappearance of a twelve year old boy who went missing from a camping trip to Logan Pond twenty five years ago.


Jill Gardner, owner of Coffee, Books, and More, knows better than anyone that Sunny South Cove, California, is the picture-perfect place to spend the holidays—solving murders . . . 
 
ROCKETS’ DEAD GLARE

When the local volunteer fire chief is found buried in ashes, Jill will have to work quickly to nab a killer with a short fuse—or else everyone’s Fourth of July will end with a fizzle . . .
 
A DEADLY BREW

Jill and her friends gather for an overnight Halloween fright fest in an abandoned house. Sounds like fun until a ghost makes contact with Jill IRL.
 
SANTA PUPPY

Jill Gardner has volunteered to host a Christmas adopt-a-pet party at Coffee, Books, and More. But when a dog owner mysteriously dies, it’s up Jill to play Santa’s Little Crime Solver . . .


Welcome to Normal, Kentucky~ where nothing is normal.

Who served up the murder at the Normal Diner?

A beloved resident of Normal, Kentucky is found dead on the floor of the Normal Diner, leaving the entire town on high alert. Faster than the short order cook can say order up... the laundry ladies are in the scene.

News spreads fast about the murder and Detective Hank Sharp is hungry for answers.

Mae West along with the Laundry Club ladies come up with a list of suspects and the evidence is piling up faster than a juicy double cheeseburger.

Who murdered the beloved citizen?

Was it a hit to score some extra lunch money?


The dead of winter takes on a whole new meaning in the new Cranberry Cove Mystery from USA Today bestselling author Peg Cochran!

On a night of heavy snow and bitter cold, newlyweds Monica and Greg are comfortably nestled before a warm fire when they’re roused by a late-night knock at the door. Surprised to find a troubled and confused woman on the doorstep, Monica is even more shocked when the woman vacantly utters that someone is trying to kill her. Sensing distress but not danger, Monica decides to help this mysterious woman, but her clouded recollections yield little—until she dredges up memories of her sister and a nearby home, where they find the woman’s sister, dead.

Unable to deny her own curiosity or the woman’s request for help, Monica begins digging into the suspicious death, only to discover a murky family history of valuable land, a bullying brother, an unscrupulous real estate developer, and endless rumors of good deeds met with bad blood. And when the trail of the killer begins to turn cold, Monica realizes that while the family wants to bury their sister, someone is out to bury the clues—and if Monica’s not careful, to bury her as well . . .

Includes tasty recipes!


Brand New 1950s Cozy Mystery series 

by USA TODAY bestselling author Lee Strauss!


Murder's all wet!

It's 1956 and WPC (Woman Police Constable) Rosa Reed has left her groom at the altar in London. Time spent with her American cousins in Santa Bonita, California is exactly what she needs to get back on her feet, though the last thing she expected was to get entangled in another murder case! 


If you love early rock & roll, poodle skirts, clever who-dun-its, a charming cat and an even more charming detective, you're going to love this new series!


"A fun new series from the world of Ginger Gold!
Once again, Strauss begins a series that catches your attention right from the get go! Her grasp of historic time periods is bang on, even as she changes her setting to a different part of the world.
The mystery is well crafted, the new characters are compelling, and this promises to be yet another must buy series from this author!" ~ Goodread reviewer

The Rosa Reed Mystery series is a spin-off of the acclaimed Ginger Gold Mystery series.
Clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language.


From bestselling mystery author David Rosenfelt comes a new series – a spinoff of the much beloved Andy Carpenter mysteries – about a dynamic new investigative team featuring a determined former cop and his loyal German Shepherd.
Corey Douglas and his K-9 partner, Simon Garfunkel, have recently retired from the police force. Not ready to give up the life yet, they come up with a proposal for fellow former cop, Laurie Carpenter, and her investigating partner, Marcus. Laurie and Marcus – who help out Laurie’s lawyer husband Andy on cases – have been chafing to jump back into investigating on their own, so they are in.
They call themselves the K Team, in honor of Simon. Their first job as private investigators comes to them from Judge Henry Henderson, who's known as a very tough but fair judge, and they've all come up against him in court at one time or another. Though it's hard to believe, Judge Henderson is being blackmailed and extorted, and he doesn't want to involve the police--he needs the K Team to figure out why.


Romance is in the air. Or on the ’Gram, anyway.

When an influencer-turned-bridezilla shows up at the lighthouse to capture Insta-perfect wedding photos designed to entice sponsors to fund her lavish wedding, Gethsemane has her hands full trying to keep Eamon from blasting the entire wedding party over the edge of the cliff.

Wedding bells become funeral bells when members of the bride’s entourage start turning up dead. Frankie’s girlfriend, Verna, is pegged as maid-of-honor on the suspect list when the Garda discover the not-so-dearly departed groom was her ex and Gethsemane catches her standing over a body.

Gethsemane uncovers devilish dealings as she fights to clear Verna, for Frankie’s sake. Will she find the killer in time to save Frankie from another heartbreak? Or will the photos in her social media feed be post-mortem?


From USA Today bestselling author Leslie Langtry comes a Civil War reenactment, a missing body, and one ex-CIA agent turned Girl Scout Troop leader with hilarious results!

Merry Wrath has a problem. Her Girl Scout Troop co-leader has signed them up to participate in a Civil War reenactment based on the little-known Battle of Idiot Creek. In full 19th century costume, Merry is just hoping she can keep her troop out of trouble. Unfortunately, things start to fall apart immediately—from the cannon the kids buy with her credit card, to one girl sneaking off at night to beat the other reenactors at poker, to avoiding a rumble between her troop and the haughty Magnolia Girls.

But things take a sharp turn for the worse when a real human leg appears in the pretend amputation tent…only to disappear while Merry's guarding it. The rest of the body doesn’t seem to exist, making Merry wonder if she’s losing her mind... or if there's a murderer among them. To complicate things, Merry's ex CIA handler, Riley, appears as a dashing cavalry officer investigating a real case, her married best friend is swooning over the Sam Elliot-like Provost, and during the battles, a tiny Union soldier appears to be running guerrilla ops that weren’t in the script.

With a group of soldiers threatening Merry, the Sheriff refuses to investigate, and the danger mounting, can Merry prove that there was a murder before the reenactment ends?






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