Monday, November 6, 2017

A Scrumptious Beginning To New Series

A most FANTASTIQUE beginning to a new series in A Deadly Eclair A French Bistro Mystery by Daryl Wood Gerber. Right from the first I was intrigued with the plot, characters and setting. What is better than a Bistro in Napa Valley where the food, and ambiance makes you want to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee or some wine while taking in the scenery only to be  interrupted by a murder.

Mimi has a wonderful Bistro and Inn that is backed by Bryan who is a generous entrepreneur that believes in Mimi's ability to make it a success. With her best friend Jo helping by running the Inn and her chef and staff at the Bistro turning out delicious food it seems her dream was coming true.  Then when Angelica niece to Bryan is having her wedding Mimi finds herself right in the middle of a murder investigation when Bryan is killed. Who would kill Bryan and why? It seems everyone might have a reason because at the dinner the night before he was killed it seems like he had an argument with almost everyone of the wedding party and these people seem to be holding secrets, and their true colors seem slip out during the investigation. Can Mimi clear herself as a suspect and figure out who killed her fri3nd Bryan, even though she is being threatened?

I really enjoyed this book. From the strong characters to the unique mystery and setting it is a delectable, keep you guessing, roller coaster ride to the very end. I couldn't put it down. It also has wonderful recipes too.

If you want a good mystery in a wonderful setting, with so many possibilities fo the outcome of whodunit then read this book. I don't think you will be disappointed. I can't wait to try some of the recipes either.

Another 5 star read and fun new series.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Warm Charming Cozy Mystery

Freshly Ground Murder A Killer Coffee Mystery by Tonya Kappes is one of those books that makes you want to go to Honey Springs sit down at the Bee Hive and enjoy a cup  of Christmas Harvest COFFEE while sharing  gossip with the Honey Springs residents. This is a warm, charming yet mysterious book that keeps you engaged in the mystery until the end.

It's Christmas time and all is wonderful at the Bee Hive and Honey Springs. Roxy is getting into the spirit of Christmas but when Otis is murdered she finds herself smack dab in the middle trying to find out what happened and why. Secrets are uncovered and suspects are many. Can Roxy Bloom figure out who killed Otis and why without getting into danger herself?

I enjoyed this book with the Christmas theme, the irresistible characters, the setting of small town as well as an intriguing puzzle mixed with secrets and many suspects. Roxy is one that you could just see being best friends with. She is smart, strong, intuitive and caring, all which make her a good investigator, even if Patrick, her Mother, Aunt Maxi and Spencer would rather she keep her nose out of it. She isn't deterred easily and I even had to laugh when Spencer marveled at how she got information even before or as fast as he could. Aunt Maxi is probably my favorite because she is outspoken, unique in her own way and opinionated. She can hold her own with anyone and doesn't care what others think, she is her own woman.

This book is like a good cup of coffee, it is strong, warm and good from the beginning right to the very last. If you like a good mystery mixed with wonderful characters, many secrets, several possible suspects, a little romance and a good ending then don't miss this book.

I give this book 5 stars and look forward to the next one.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Asking For Truffle is a scrumptious cozy mystery

Asking For Truffle A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery by Dorothy St. James is a scrumptious cozy mystery that delivers an exceptional fun read.

Penn gets a strange letter saying she has won chocolate making lessons at a beach town on South Carolina. She never entered a contest so she asks her friend to check it out but when Skinny is murdered Penn's guilt for asking him for help propels her to go and find out who killed him? Will she find the answers she seeks or will she become a victim too? Who is trying to scam her and why and did it lead to Skinny's death?

This is a very fun, engaging read. Penn is a very cautious, inquisitive woman who doesn't trust easily. She has had her share of rejection and people trying to scam her out of an inheritance that she can't or doesn't want to touch. She isn't always a good judge of character so she tends to suspect everyone of trying to deceive her and want something from her. When she meets the women, Bertie and Mabel who have the Chocolate Box where the letter came from she seems to let her guard down some. Mabel who owns the shop is a person you just can't help loving. She finds a chip in Penn's wall and starts wheedling her way in. There are some characters that just make you dislike and distrust them like Jody and Mabel's children. Then there is the good looking smooth talking Cal that seems to be just a little to chummy and slick if you ask me. Harley seems to be a straight shooter but still you just aren't sure of him either.  The author makes the characters so complex that one minute you love them and the next you are suspecting them and not liking them at all. I always love a mystery that you have to keep reading and guessing to the end which is exactly what this one does. Penn is strong yet vulnerable, a woman who wants a family since her father didn't want her and her Mother abandoned her when she was born. She is likeable and you find yourself connecting easily with her and hoping she will find her happy ending when all is said and done. The ending is a little predictable but still the journey getting to the end has some twists and turns. I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next book.

All in all this is a delightful, interesting fun mystery with complex interesting characters and a good plot. The chocolate recipes included sound delectable too.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Fun Interesting Unique Mystery

The Case of the Clobbered Cad A Nosy Parkers Mystery by Debra E Marvin is a wonderful, fun, exciting, mystery that keeps you guessing to the end. I really enjoyed reading this book and could not put it down.

Heather Munro finds herself in Scotland going to the University for her degree in Celtic History. She thinks she has gotten the ideal job when she lands the position in the Archives room of the University oh boy if only she knew. Her first night on the job is not what she expected. When she steps out of the room and comes back to find a body things get dangerous and interesting. Heather finds herself one of the suspects and has to find who really is the murderer and clear her name. Can she, like Nancy Drew, find the answers she seeks in the murder case with the help of her friends Mrs Kintyre and Tom Brown?

Heather is smart but tends to put herself in danger without thinking about it. She has good instincts and gumption but also a soft somewhat naive side that can lead her into trouble at times. I love her land lady Mrs Kintyre. She has spunk and is up to a good challenge. She reminds me a little of Miss Marple. I found myself liking several of the people but others sent my radar up while still others I just plain did not care for which included DI Payne. He was mean, ARROGANT and intimidating. I loved how Mrs Kintrye did not let him bully her or Heather and stood up to him. This book just had the right mix of unique and interesting characters.

If you like a good mystery which has all the right ingredients starting with a great setting, strong characters, a good plot with many turns and enough suspects to keep you guessing then this is the book for you. Right from the first page this book grabs you and takes you on a ride to the very end. If you like Nancy Drew or Agatha Christie mysteries you will enjoy this one too.
I highly recommend this book. 5 stars

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Assaulted Caramel by Amanda Flower is the first fantastic book in a new Amish Candy Shop Mystery series.  It is fresh, emotional, fun and made up of strong characters that you love and others you despise. The story takes you on a roller coaster of emotions as you try to figure out who has murdered the despicable Tyson Colton and why. The way Amanda Flower weaves the Amish community in with the Englischers  makes it the fabric of the mystery. I loved it and definately look forward to the next book in the series.

Bailey returns to Ohio to check on her Grandfather who is ill but finds the Amish community being targeted by Tyson Colton.  When she arrives and Colton is badgering her Grandfather causing him to collapse it sets her up as a suspect when Tyson is found by Bailey dead in her grandparents kitchen in their Amish Candy Shop Swissmen   Sweets. Bailey has to help her grandparents keep their business going, clear her name and figure out who really killed Tyson.

Bailey is a strong, confident, smart character that seems to be able to hold her own. I think how she handles the arrogant demanding Eileen mother of the bride is awesome. Her chocolate expertise keeps Eileen at bay and her Grandparents business from being maligned by the wicked Eileen. When she meets Juliet and Jethro her pet pig I HAD TO LAUGH. I think her reaction is so funny seeing a pig in a Church and you just have to love Jethro. Aiden the sheriff deputy is compassionate yet smart and doesn't hold a grudge against the Amish unlike his boss the sheriff. When Cass, Baileys best friend, shows up and her quirkiness as well as her smart mouth adds a fun element to the situation. Cass as Baileys side kick in the investigation has a comical relief element and yet her straight forwardness seems to get some results. All characters from Bailey right down to Jethro the pig makes the book work and keeps you engrossed in the story.

I laughed, got angry, cried and stewed right along with the story. This book is a great mixture of love, family, faith and friendship. If you like a good mystery, set in a small town with an Amish Community as part of the plot, strong unique characters, with twists and turns on an emotional roller coaster, and so many suspects that make you wonder whodunit to the end then you must read this book. The ending was a surprise but I won't spoil it for you.  I couldn't put it down. I would give it 5 stars.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Fascinating Historical Mystery

Benjamin Franklin and the Quaker Murders by John Harmon McElroy is a wonderful mixture of history and mystery.

I love history and a good mystery so with this book I have the best of both worlds. John Harmon McElroy weaves a story of murder into the fabric of post Revolutionary Philadelphia using Benjamin Franklin as the main investigator incognito who uses a Veteran of the War to do his leg work and investigating to prove Jacob Maul the father of John Maul who saved James life in the war, isn't the murderer of Mrs Coon or for that matter his wife either. James isn't so sure of Jacob's innocence but promises Benjamin Franklin that he would try to find the truth and help Jacob Maul.

I really found this book to be fascinating and the author goes into great detail to show the reader what post Revolutionary War America was like, the details of the place.and occupations  as well as the life of the people at that time. It really adds to the story and makes it another added dimension to the book as to the mystery.

I also like the fact that the author has Benjamin Franklin using his analytical  mind when he and James discuss what information they are finding about the murders.  The puzzle has so many interesting pieces that combine into a surprising but perfect ending.

This book is an unique mystery set in a historical place with interesting situations and twists in the puzzle that makes you think and puzzle out the mystery right along with Benjamin Franklin and his investigator James. If you like a good mystery, enjoy historical settings and like a good.puzzle that takes you to the end to figure out then you will like this book.

I would recommend this book to history buffs and mystery lovers as well as anyone else who enjoys a good read.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Excellent Fun Surprising Mystery in Ax To Grind by Tonya Kappes

Ax To Grind A Kenni Lowry Mystery by Tonya Kappes is a top-notch, down-home, fun small town mystery that leaves you with a smile and wanting more.

Sheriff Kenni Lowry has another murder on her hands when the assistant to the author Beryle Stone who has recently died is found dead. Beryle Stone left a tell all manuscript that has Cottonwood a buzz and gets Cecily her assistant murdered. With the ghost of Kenni' s Poppa and Deputy Finn Vincent helping her Kenni has to find the manuscript and the murderer before anyone else finds it or is hurt. Oh and if that isn't enough she has to deal with Momma who has taken it on herself to make sure Kenni is re-elected Sheriff.

I love this book. I could see myself right in the middle of all the hubbub in Cottonwood. Kenni is smart, strong-willed and yet has a good heart for others too. I have to say I laughed at all the ways Momma gets under Kenni' s skin with all her shenanigans. She is the typical Mother who will harp,  meddle and argue but turns into a Mother Bear when she thinks someone is wronging her daughter, oh boy watch out.

 Kenni's relationship with her Poppa touches my heart and is one of the things I like about this book and series. He, even as a ghost, is still ornery yet his mind for the investigation is as sharp as ever and I love when he does his  ghosting places to see what is going on for Kenni. I laughed so hard when Kenni finds out that her Poppa is the inspiration for one of the people in Beryle's steamy books. I could just see Poppa's face and Kenni' s too when she found out.

This book is just plain fun wrapped up in a good mystery with such a surprise ending. The town, the characters, the mystery with unique twists, and the paranormal aspect adds up to a must read don't want to miss book.

The only ax I have to grind is that when I finished the book I wanted more and I have to wait for the next book to come out. I loved this book and I highly recommend it. is a top-notch, down-home, fun small town mystery that leaves you with a smile and wanting more.

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