On their way back they run to the tree house to further check it out and discover the body of well-known life-long occupant, Jonas. The characters are very well developed could function as a standalone and each exhibit a whole host of personalities, from sweet and naive to biting but all work to create a well-paced narrative.
Alberta is hardcore Sicilian Catholic and each chapter heading is infused with hints of the new chapter in beautiful Italian. I had a small problem with the conclusion when Alberta and Jinx went off to confront their number one perp without back-up who at this point is a double murderer. I was given this ebook download by the publisher and NetGalley for this blog tour and greatly appreciated the opportunity to read and review. Easy to push right through this one and look for another. Recommended for cozy mystery fans looking for a slightly different, but very pleasant character.
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Reinventing Hillwilla by Melanie Forde. Return to Robinswood by Jean Grainer. Interview with author Amanda Hughes. The Secret Place by Tana French. Widow Creek by Sarah Margolis Pearce. At 53 of , it would appear my Goodreads Challenge is just about on target. More cozy mysteries coming up as well as literary fiction and thrillers. Anyone else doing the WP block battle? As always, please share with me your recommendations for great reads and thank you so much for taking the time to post your likes and comments.
They are SOOO appreciated! Pinot Red or Dead? The case of the stolen and spoiled wines gets stranger when Arnold Mowen, owner of the company distributing the wine, is found dead, the apparent victim of a hunting accident. Norrie Ellington is subbing for her sister and brother-in-law when he gets calls out of the country on a bug-hunting mission.
The Two Witches Winery has a talented and independent, capable crew and for the year her sister was to be gone, she figured she could continue her work as a screenwriter just as well in Penn Yan as New York City. Norrie was to oversee the operations temporarily as a legal, if often absentee, co-owner, but circumstances seem to interrupt intentions. Unfortunately, Norrie has discovered more than her share of bodies around the vineyards and dabbled in the crime investigations. Now, there is a highjacking of the distribution truck delivering area Pinot Noirs.
Then, their own barrel of Pinot Noir is discovered to have been tampered with and destroyed. He is actually face down in a ditch separating their vineyard from the Grey Egret Winery.
As they prepare for the flood of holiday shoppers on the wine tour, Norrie is busy ferreting out clues. Apparently Mowen was not observed as a beloved boss and few who was stuck with his distribution service were thrilled with his tactics, so there becomes a long list of suspects, each heading to the forefront as Norrie examines their motive and opportunity.
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And there is no lack of well-developed characters, filling in a well-plotted device with humor, first person observations and discoveries. Norrie makes for a fun, flawed, and slightly neurotic protagonist, who is bound and determined to flush out the felon, as usual against local law enforcement advice. Mowen had instructed his attorney to read his will at Two Witches Winery at midnight twenty-nine days following his death. With all the twists, all loose threads are tied very neatly, but is it possible that Norrie decided on the culprit too soon? Recommended for all who enjoy a well-paced cozy with a spritz of red wine.
The Wine Trail Mysteries by J. Eaton U. Only in this Rafflecopter giveaway. New York native Ann I. Goldfarb spent most of her life in education, first as a classroom teacher and later as a middle school principal and professional staff developer. Writing as J. In addition, Ann has nine published YA time travel mysteries under her own name. When James E. Non-fiction in the form of informational brochures and workshop materials treating the winery industry were his forte along with an extensive background and experience in construction that started with his service in the U.
Navy and included vocational school classroom teaching. Title and Cover: Final Exam — Neat cozy cover. When the local police dredge up a vintage sports car containing human remains, Lee is thrilled to be the first reporter on the scene. Once she learns the car is connected to the cold case her boyfriend Pete happens to be working on, her powers of investigation are quickly alerted. But it turns deadly when Mirabelle collapses—soon after eating the gluten-free treats Josie prepared specifically for her. Now, to save her favorite cousin from prison, Lucy will have to bring a crook to book in this fifth festive Lighthouse Library mystery from national bestselling author Eva Gates.
Publication Date : Happy Release Day! February 12, Lilly Echosby and her toy poodle Aggie find a fresh start in Chattanooga, Tennessee, spoiled by the scent of murder. As she gets settled in her new rented house, Lilly gives Aggie, short for Agatha Christie, her own fresh start by enrolling her in the Eastern Tennessee Dog Club, where Dixie is a trainer. But drama seems to hound Lilly like a persistent stray. Her cranky new neighbor appears unfamiliar with Southern hospitality and complains that Aggie barks too much and digs up his prized tulips.
But what the poodle actually unearths is the buried body of a mysterious man who claimed ownership of the lost golden retriever Lilly recently rescued. A wealthy widow has asked Sarah Winston to sell her massive collection of mysteries through her garage sale business.
Before Sarah can get any answers, Belle is assaulted, the case is stolen, a maid is killed, and Sarah herself is dodging bullets. And when rumors spread that Belle has a limited edition of The Sun Also Rises in her house, Sarah is soon mixed up with a mobster, the fanatical League of Literary Treasure Hunters, and a hard-to-read rare book dealer. With someone willing to kill for the Hemingway, Sarah has to race to catch the culprit—or the bell may toll for her.
A garage sale mystery! That is definitely something new for me in the cozy genre, and is there any better premise for a bunch of bibliophiles than a storyline about books? Rare books, exceedingly rare books. One of which is by famous author Hemingway no less. This book spelled fun from the beginning! There are several threads weaving in and through the main storyline. The first is that protagonist Sarah Winston is involved in a fundraiser to bring home a war dog that is vital to the mental health of a recently returned veteran suffering from PTSD. Also, Sarah is invited to set up, catalog, and sell a massive collection of books at Ms.
She is a widow who is clearing out and donating the entire library. I could almost smell them! Like finding the dead sea scrolls…so excited—definitely brought me back to the discovery of all the manuscripts my grandfather left. The paper, yellowing and somewhat brittle, so fragile.
Rumors are flying about a limited, signed edition of The Sun Also Rises after Sarah finds a receipt for the missing book also secreted in the attic. But that sets off a league of crazed treasure hunters, media frenzy, a big guy who insists on following her, and visits to one of the local mob bosses. Sarah, through her friends and contacts with her ex, gains access to the local base as she continues to work both the fundraiser and deliver pointed questions to whoever might have a connection to the missing manuscripts.
Characters are fairly well fleshed, though perhaps not thoroughly as they might this being the sixth in the series. She really knows how to go about pursuing bargains! And Seth has really piqued my interest. I like the setting in Ellington MA, which gives me peaks into Boston. Secondary characters are engaging and meld a fine connection to the protagonist who has had to restart her life off the base.
I also appreciated the inside scoop on the role of military wives, particularly those with a ranked spouse, something not previously contemplated. The well-plotted narrative moves at a good pace and keeps interest through to the conclusion. I received this ebook download from the publisher and NetGalley for the book tour and greatly appreciated the opportunity to read and review, giving me a new series to follow.
Recommended for any looking for a unique perspective into cozy mysteries with a sassy, independent, and capable protagonist as well as the inside scoop on garage sales, and our veterans. She honed her bartering skills as she moved around the country while her husband served in the Air Force.
Sherry uses her love of garage sales, her life as a military spouse, and her time living in Massachusetts as inspiration for the Sarah Winston Garage Sale series. After her rising career as a Manhattan buyer is derailed, Kelly has mixed feelings about relocating back to Lucky Cove, in spite of her big plans for the soon-to-be-renamed Curated by Kelly Resale Boutique. Was Maxine LeMoyne the real target or was it a case of mistaken murder? With some creepy pre-Halloween bargain hunters walking the night and Kelly suddenly a person of interest, a second murder rocks the close-knit town.
Ah, I love actually getting in on Book 1 of a new series and one that promises a hint of paranormal with the cozy, girly stuff, even better. The problem is that during an initial three-day event, the town psychic tries on a black lace dress that gives her the vision of a murder. And as it normally does in a small town. Word gets around. She has inherited a cat and confronts a cousin that is more hinder than help. She is alternately at a loss while brain-storming new promotion ideas for the boutique.
In the meantime, we are given the down-low on designer labels, accessories, and fashion trends. Prada would be proud! There are unanswered questions here—backstory on the estrangement of Kelly with her sister being one. I was given this ebook download by the publisher and NetGalley for the book tour and greatly appreciated the opportunity to read and review. Debra Sennefelder and is an avid reader who reads across a range of genres, but mystery fiction is her obsession.
Her interest in people and relationships is channeled into her novels against a backdrop of crime and mystery. Born and raised in New York City, she now lives and writes in Connecticut with her family. Her writing companions are her adorable and slightly spoiled Shih-Tzus, Susie and Billy. Senior sleuths Ruby Jane Waskom RJ and Veenie Goens are on the run, chasing down cheating heart jezebels and shaking child support out of deadbeat daddies. Suspicious, she hires the Shady Hoosier Detective Agency, to determine if her late husband was a philandering baby daddy. The mounting romantic mysteries come to a surprise head as the senior sleuths outrun shotgun showers to close in on the answers at the Moon Glo Motor Lodge, the Original Home of Hillbilly Hanky Panky.
Veenie and RJ have to buy an extra case of Bengay and a buttload of BBs just to keep up with the romantic misadventures in this humorous crime classic. The first book in a new series featuring Allie Cobb brings the New York literary agent back to her Hoosier home town where a mysterious death keeps everyone on spoiler alert. Allie Cobb left home for the literary circles of Manhattan to make her name out from under the shadow of her legendary father. Now his death brings her and her rescue cat Ursula back to the southern Indiana town of Rushing Creek, population: 3, Determined to clear her bestie, Allie goes into fact-checking amateur detective mode while trying to ignore the usual rumormongers.
With a rugged genealogist distracting her and the imminent Fall Festival about to send tourists descending on their once-peaceful hamlet, Allie needs to stay alive long enough to get a read on a killer ready to close the book on a new victim: Allie. A cozy with a NYC literary agent as the protagonist, groomed as a solid book lover promoter by her beloved father! Her father, a literary agent and her mentor with a large contingent of strong clients, has passed away without Allie Cobb being able to return to Rushing Creek, Indiana prior to his passing.
She is overwhelmed with emotion, fighting guilt at not being home in time, and nauseated at the thought of facing her siblings and mother who was in attendance those last painful months. Books, authors, their editors and agents. She is heartbroken, and the story begins with strong emotions, planting a sentimental tie between the characters who one by one gently intrude in the grieving process as they are fleshed.
A very small town. Anyone from a small town knows that everyone knows everyone and their business. Allie, however, has several things going for her.
She is purposeful and methodical as she works through the possible suspects and there are a few twists and red herrings, leaving no down time. Working with a Police Chief who is slightly beyond his element is pushing disbelief, but is explained plausibly.
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Allie feels that tug, the nostalgia for the community feeling something she was missing in New York , and Brent, the shy guy in the library installing a genealogy center. The question is tearing at her, New York is waiting, but…. I received this ebook download from the publisher and NetGalley for this blog tour and greatly appreciated the opportunity to read this debut from the author and the first in his series. Book 2 in the series, A Genuine Fix , is due to release on July, Recommended as a unique and enjoyable cozy platform, easy escapist fun.
Sign up for your chance to win this very special Amazon gift card in this Rafflecopter giveaway. Join Betsy aka The Happy Hinter for a good old small-town Christmas complete with Christmas carols, over the top light displays, delicious food, loving friends and…a Christmas Creeper.
Recipes and helpful hints included! Cute cozy with a curious concept! Yay, another cozy with an atypical plot! Another plus, unusual family setting, low-key on the romance angle and sexual tension. Part of her extended family also includes a neurologically handicapped family member, everyone is preparing for Christmas, contending with an off-key, ear-splitting soloist in the choir, and confronting a Christmas Creeper. Unfortunately, a beloved mailman is murdered in the street which may implicate her aunt Maggie as she recently armed herself against the intruder.
In the middle of it all, an instant Christmas store hawking super sales on coveted technical or electronic gift items, including Play Stations, and have her boys on a Christmas campaign. There are enough threads here to keep you busier than a one-armed paper-hanger , yet the well-plotted mystery dragged somewhat for me. There is humor in the strangest situations and that was another takeaway, also appreciated.
What had me scratching my head was the obtuseness of the characters, including once again the local constabulary. Some of this stuff is pretty obvious so there are few surprises. The narrative examines reverse mortgages and the financial plight of the elderly, as well as offspring with drug problems and exes, the push to get the little ones out to sell subscriptions, scammers, and counterfeit money.
This is book 8 of the series, but I felt could easily work as a standalone as we see enough fleshing to understand the major characters and those who have reoccurring roles. We received this free download through BookBub and greatly appreciated the opportunity to read and review.
Combining small-town drama with mystery and suspense makes this read a hoot. A bit of Nancy Drew meets Perry Mason. Predictable but with some good belly laughs along the way. Creating the character of Danny and all of the other inhabitants of Pecan Bayou has been a joy for her. The group, who call themselves Dark Fusion, are decidedly not into flower power, and they want to take down the system. Then their leader is strangled with a garland of violets—and Britta finds the body.
With tensions running high and so much at stake, there are plenty of suspects, from the Grand Marshal to a longtime volunteer to a former Rose Queen. But before Britta and Elin can stem the violence, the case is going to get even more explosive. Portland, Oregon is a beautiful city and certainly well known for its profuse blooms , wild vegetation, and trees, and cities coupled with big events like the Rose Festival definitely draw a crowd.
Return to Book Page. A financial crisis forces newly widowed Linda Rogers into making a life-changing decision. She puts her house up for sale, much to the objections of her teenage daughter, Amy, and agrees to become an innkeeper for a pre-Civil War mansion that has just been sold and is to become a bed-and-breakfast establishment. A first view of the mansion is not favorable; vines grow ever A financial crisis forces newly widowed Linda Rogers into making a life-changing decision.
A first view of the mansion is not favorable; vines grow everywhere, and when Linda and Amy explore inside they are frightened into leaving by a mysterious noise. It is learned the townspeople believe the mansion is haunted by a ghost looking for his wife and daughter. Relying on her Christian beliefs, Linda doesn't believe in ghosts-but there is no logical explanation for the frequent noises and lights. A later discovery of a secret tunnel adds to Linda's anxiety. Did she make the right decision?
Has she placed herself and Amy in danger? Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Now, she can take the time to figure out her new abilities and welcome her grandmother, who is visiting Portsmouth and her old coven for the first time in decades.
But then a series of spooky sounds and strange happenings convince the owners that their new shop is haunted. They want Annabelle and her coven to evict the restless spirit before the grand opening. With the second installment of this mystery series, I have been thoroughly won over by the author. There were so many good suspects, so many threads to the mystery, I was completely mystified! Of course, my favorite character is Alistair — I love how he can appear and disappear at will; I wish I had the same skill!
As a cozy mystery, the murder takes place way off stage and Annabelle is threatened with violence a couple of times. Totally cute story of two bunnies who are friends and each has a secret crush on the other. When they both realize this, they decide to get married and all their forest friends are invited. The illustrations are charming and colored in muted tones of green and yellow, with the black and white bunnies.
A perfect little picture book for kittens — especially the ones who love rabbits and romantic stories. Against such attacks, the book found an advocate in Emily Wheelock Reed, director of the Alabama Public Library Service Division, whose job it was to provide libraries throughout the state with the books they requested. Before the year was over segregationists again found fault with Reed, who distributed a reading list that included various controversial titles including Martin Luther King, Jr.
But when she stumbles upon a smoky gray cat named Alistair and follows him into a charming cottage, Annabelle finds herself in a whole spellbook full of trouble. Armed with magic, friends, and the charmed cat who adopted her, rather than the other way around, Annabelle sets out to paw through the evidence and uncover a killer. I enjoyed this book so much I read it straight through in one day! Love it! Portsmouth, New Hampshire — never been there, by the way — is wonderfully described — I felt I was there amongst the gardens, old shops and cottages and fancy houses.