Monday, January 2, 2017

Edge of your seat Suspense in Close Call by Laura DiSilverio













I am challenging myself to read 52 books this year or more. I read several different genres but mystery and suspense are my favorites. First book of the year is Close Call by Laura DiSilverio.

Wow what a book to start the year off. This is an edge of your seat, hold your breath, fantastic, suspenseful book. I loved it and once I started  I couldn't put it down. I found myself caught up in the story and when Sydney was caught in the  cross hairs of an assassin I found myself holding my breath willing her to move and not get shot.  I am a big fan of Tom Clancy books and Robert Ludlums Jason Bourne and this book is right up there with them.

When Sydney inadvertently picks up the wrong cell phone , which happens to be the burner phone of an assassin, and gets a call saying it was  time to kill Montoya that's when bad things start happening. Her fiancĂ© Jason is killed by mistake when the assassin mistakes him for Sydney, because he assumed the name meant it was a guy. He has to make it right and still kill his contract while dealing with Sydney, the loose end. Sydney wants to find out who killed Jason, get the police to believe her that there is a contract out on Sen. Montoya and still stay alive. Things keep going wrong and people have to be killed and Sydney needs to find the killer without getting killed. Can she do it? Her sister Reese tries to help but ends up shot and now Sydney is on her own to find the answers. Can she find out who the killer is and more importantly who contracted  him? Will she survive? Will the people around her survive?

I like how Laura DiSilverio makes the story about both the struggles of Sydney and the assassin. She lets us see the story unfold from both of their perspectives and it adds to the story. She has an excellent suspenseful plot  and well developed characters and story line.  The story just flows and the whole time I was reading this book I was thinking this would be such a good movie.

I hope if you like a good suspenseful read then you will read this book.

If you want to learn more about this book and her other books you can at:
http://lauradisilverio.com/

If you would like to purchase this book you can at:

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I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest opinion and review

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

A Fun Cozy Give Me Chocolate A Kelly Clark Mystery by Annie Hansen My Review




Give Me Chocolate Kelly Clark Mystery by Annie Hansen is the first book in the series which I look forward to reading more of. It is a delicious mixture of mystery, romance, family, and a fun fast interesting read.

Kelly has returned home to Geneva IL trying to put her past horror behind her but when her past and try to make a new start. Things were getting better but then her past comes back to bite her and her world gets turned upside down again. Is she really in danger again or is the crazed Gina just crazy? Who is she being warned against and is the warning really necessary. Did the beloved Fran who works in her sister Nikki's Chocolate Lover store die of natural causes or was she killed? Who can she trust and what is going on with her sister Adelle and her husband? Will Kelly be able to find these answers and move on from her past and fear? Will she be able to pursue a relationship with and old beau Jack or is he someone to avoid?  Can Kelly let her guard down and feel whole and normal again or just when she does will the true danger begin?  You will have to read it to find out I won't give it away.

This book started to me off a little slow but sometimes that happens in a first book when you have to set the characters up and the plot. After a few pages though you find yourself enthralled and wanting to know more and find out what is happening. It is a fast read but one that once you get into it you won't want to put it down till all your questions are answered and you find out who, what and why things are happening again and is Kelly in danger.

Give Me Chocolate is written where you can just picture being right in the middle of the bakery at Chocolate Love with all that is going on and feel right at home. The family dynamics add to this book because we all know how families can get but when the chips are down we band together. The story is believable and has some good twists. I enjoyed the book and if you like a good fast cozy that has love, romance, family oriented, and a puzzle or two then you will enjoy this book. The only thing is you might have to push through the first few pages to get to the interesting part just don't give up I don't think you will be disappointed.

I received this book from the Author for my honest opinion and review.

If you would like to know more about this book and series or the author go here:
http://kellyclarkmystery.com/

If you would like to purchase this book you can here:

https://www.amazon.com/Give-Me-Chocolate-Kelly-Mystery/dp/1502828413/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/give-me-chocolate-annie-hansen/1120713045?ean=9781502828415


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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Funny Charming 5 Star Read You Won't Want To Miss A Ghostly Reunion by Tonya Kappes

Funny, Charming, Fantastic, Great, read, can you tell  I love this book A Ghostly Reunion A Ghostly Southern Mystery book 5 by Tonya Kappes.

A Synopsis: Emma Lee Raines sees dead people
Proprietor of the Eternal Slumber Funeral Home, Emma Lee can see, hear, and talk to ghosts of murdered folks. And when her high school nemesis is found dead, Jade Lee Peel is the same old mean girl—trying to come between Emma Lee and her hot boyfriend, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, all over again.
There’s only one way for Emma Lee to be free of the trash-talking ghost—solve the murder so the former prom queen can cross over.
But the last thing Jade Lee wants is to leave the town where she had her glory days. And the more Emma Lee investigates on her own, the more complicated Miss Popularity turns out to be. Now Emma Lee will have to work extra closely with her hunky lawman to get to the twisty truth.

My Review:
When Emma Lee's high school reunion brings Jade Lee back to town and the town is swooning over her Emma Lee is seeing red, but when Jade Lee is murdered and Emma Lee has to help her cross over the fun just begins. Can she find the killer and put up with Jade Lee's ghost while keeping the town from thinking she has the Funeral Trauma? What will she find and can she find the killer without putting herself and others at risk?

I was so excited to receive and ARC of this book because it is one of my favorite series and I loved this book. Once again Tonya Kappes has combined a great mystery with exceptional characters, while making you feel right at home with the small town southern charm. I love Granny and how eccentric she can be. I love the rivalry between Emma Lee and her sister Charlotte Rae especially in there competition on who gets to do the funeral of the famous or infamous Jade Lee Peel. One of my favorite unusual lines is when Emma Lee catches her sister trying to wrangle Jade's father into choosing her to do the funeral. Emma Lee is furious and tells her sister " Just you remember" I warned, " the sun don't always shine on the same dog's tail all the time. I'll remember this" I laughed when I read this what a great line to end an argument with, southern charm at its best.

 What better job could a funeral director have than being the one who sees the ghosts of murdered people and to help them cross over. It is a unique read where you have so many possible suspects and a good fast paced puzzle that you enjoy putting together while at times laughing out loud. It has all the right elements to make it a very enjoyable, interesting  book that you don't want to put down or miss. 

One of my favorite things is when Granny walks in and finds Emma still in bed. "Are you still in the bed?" Granny turned the corner into my bedroom . She flipped on the light. "Get up. It's six o'clock and it's not good for your mental health to sleep all day." So funny I am always getting into trouble with my kids and grand kids for telling them if they aren't up by 5 or 6 am that they are sleeping the day away. Granny would be so much fun to hang with.

I loved this book and can't wait to read the next one in the series especially on how this one ended. I couldn't believe it! Talk about a cliff hanger! I actually said out loud NO You can't leave us like this to which my husband start laughing at me. The ending was  so unexpected the next book can't come out fast enough.

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Get Witch or Die Trying an interview with Mrs Hubbard and review of book




Get Witch or Die Trying  SPIES and Spells book 3 by Tonya Kappes. I would like to introduce you to Mrs Hubbard and thank Mrs Hubbard for stopping by the blog this morning.

Me: What is it like living next door to Aunt Meme and the family?

Mrs Hubbard: Well...when they first moved in I was so excited! A family with two little girls. Who doesn't love to have little girls playing tag, barbies, and hopscotch on the sidewalk. That didn't happen. They didn't play at all. And when they did, they loved to dress up like witches. Their mother let them. Not that I'm watching, but you can't help but keep an eye open when flashes of purple and orange light up their windows. I tried to see inside, just to make sure there wasn't an explosion or anything, but they keep their blinds closed tighter than bark on a tree.
Have you met that nasty Meme? She's the aunt. Who knows where the male figure in that family is, but that old one, not that I'm much younger, but she's flat out  mean. She goes out of her way to make my life miserable. At least, I  think she goes out of her way. If I could afford to leave, I just might up and move off of Belgravia Court.

Me: What makes you so suspicious of them? 

Mrs Hubbard: Honey, weren't you listening? They have strange things going on over there. Strange lights, puffs of smoke, going in and out at all hours of the night. And. . .they never seem to age. Ever!

Me : Do you think you and Meme will ever be able to get along? 

Mrs. Hubbard: I can get along with anyone like bees to honey. It's her that you'd have to ask that question.

Me: What do you think goes on over there? 

Mrs Hubbard: I just don't know. I have used my noggin' a time or two to come up with some sort of reasonable explanation and no one wants to listen to me. Not that I complain. . .much. 

Me: How long have you lived in Belgravia Court? 

Mrs. Hubbard: I've been there for at least thirty years. I can't fully remember. But way before them. You know. Them

Well thank you Mrs Hubbard for spending your Morning with us.
Get Witch or Die Trying (Spies and Spells Book 3) by [Kappes, Tonya]

My review:

Get Witch or Die Trying has all the right ingredients mixed together to stir up into a great, fun, unique cozy mystery.

When Mick is suspected of murdering the women he knows then Maggie is called in to SKUL to help find out who is murdering them and help clear Mick. Will she be able to find the killer, help Mick and continue her life's Journey all before she becomes the next victim?

I thoroughly  enjoyed this book. It really shows how much Maggie is growing and settling into her life's Journey. it is funny at times and suspenseful too.  I like that in this book we see more of who Mick really is and he is learning just how special Maggie is and that he can trust and rely on her. it gets intense and I think the suspicious person watching lurking around adds to the intrigue.

I think it is funny how Mrs. Hubbard and Aunt Meme spar in this one. Mrs Hubbard reminds me of a neighbor I had growing up.  She sure can add a bit of trouble trying keep their witchy ways a secret while trying to help Mick out. I think  she the adds a dimension that keeps this book and series fun.

I know that if you like a cozy with a great plot, that can be funny at times and suspenseful at other times, and has suspects that keep you guessing who is responsible for the murders and throw in the witchy ways of Maggie, Vinnie and her family and you have a must read entertaining fun book and series. Be sure to get your copy, you won't want to miss this one. I can not wait for the next adventure of Maggie and Mick in the next book.

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If you want to know more about the author Tonya Kappes and her books check out her website:
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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

A Charming Voodoo Scavenger Hunt.


Winner  chosen by random.org for a free audio book from the Magical Cures Mystery Series audio series picked by Tonya Kappes is Brandy Barber please send me your email address









I am so excited to be a part of this A Charming Voodoo Scavenger Hunt Tour. We have 2 contests so be sure to enter both of them.




Synopsis:
Bubble. . . bubble. . . 
Whispering Falls is abuzz with the new 
housing development and new shops 
popping up all over the magical 
village right before the annual All 
Hallow’s Eve celebration. 

Cures and trouble. . . 
June Heal’s intuition 
is on high alert and she just can’t shake 
that something bad is about to happen. 

Magic stirs . . . 
June finds Violet Draper standing over a dead body 
In the new pumpkin patch hours before it’s supposed 
to open for hayrides. 

And trouble doubles . . . 
Once again, June has to put her sleuthing skills to work 
and figure out who the real killer is before the new 
citizens pack up and move right back out of town

My Review:

Tonya has another 5 star hit with A Charming Voodoo. June  and Oscar are back from their honeymoon and life after marriage begins. Whispering Falls is getting ready for the All Hallows Eve celebration and things are changing with all the new shops, and even mortals being able to live with in the village. June;s intuition is sending her signals and trouble seems to be just around the corner when a body is found in the pumpkin patch. Can June figure out what is going on and who the killer is?

I really enjoy this series and this book was one of my favorite now in the series. I f you ever have experience that uneasy feeling and uncertainty but just couldn't put your finger on what is making you feel that way then I think you know how June feels when her intuition kicks in.  Tonya paints a picture of Whispering Falls and you can just imagine all the shops and how it looks getting ready for the celebration. You can almost feel the cool crisp air and smell the pumpkins as you go with June on this journey.  The book and series is full of fun unusual characters, a magical town, and a good plot and puzzle all wrapped up in a fast paced, funny, quirky book that grabs you and keeps you reading because you don't want to miss anything.  I couldn't put it down and I can not wait to find out what is next for June, Oscar and all of Whispering Falls.


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Friday, September 23, 2016

Grave Heritage A Darcy and Flora Mystery by Blanche Manos is an exceptional mystery


Grave Heritage (Darcy & Flora Cozy Mystery Book 4) by [Manos, Blanche Day]


Grave Heritage A Darcy & Flora Cozy Mystery by Blanche Day Manos is another great book in this series. I think each book has gotten better and this one is no exception. I love the relationship between Darcy and her mother Flora and how they are strong, faithful, intelligent women. This book grabs you from page one and keeps you reading because you never know what is going to happen next. I could not put it down.

Darcy and Flora have an unexpected visitor come to the door in the middle of a storm. The mystery starts right then when the man takes one look at Flora and runs only to be discovered later dead when Darcy stumbles over him at old Ben's house and Jasper is suspected of maybe murdering him. The mystery deepens when Mort the newspaper man dies too. There are other puzzles popping up, things from the past that Darcy is bound and determined to figure out, as well as a new mysterious Pastor. All  of this adds up to one intriguing read. Will Darcy and Flora be able to figure out the mysteries, as well as try to clear poor Jasper of the murder before they are in danger too?

I really enjoyed this book. It has all the right elements with several puzzles, mysteries and more than one suspect with an unique situation or two where you don't see what is coming next. I love that they are women of faith and that the author Blanche Day Manos adds this into what makes these two women strong.  I love the small town atmosphere and the way that the outdoors and nature plays into the story and adds that extra element of tension and uncertainty. I can not find enough adjectives to describe just how much I love this book and series. If you like a good cozy mystery with a good plot, puzzles, faith, strong characters then you have to read this book.

Blanche Day Manos has a way with her writing that you can just feel the tension and uneasiness that her characters feel. Here is one of many examples of that
"My scalp tightened and the hairs on my arms stood up. A strange feeling came over me. Someone, somewhere, was watching us. I gazed around the yard but saw no one. All was quiet. The serenity of the afternoon belied the loss of life which had happened here. Were my nerves so overwrought they were playing tricks on me? Obviously, no one was around, but the cold feeling of dread was real."

I love how Darcy explains about the small town Levi " Levi is a small town, I said, " and a stranger might think everyone here lives a peaceful, open life, but I believe we have as many secrets as we have trees. This quiet surface is deceptive." Doesn't that just imply so many puzzles and mysteries that Darcy and Flora still have to solve.

My most favorite quote that really struck a chord with me was when Darcy talked about how her mother Flora in the midst of all the chaos has a strength that she gets from her faith and she states how important reading the Bible is to her mother.

 " I need to have my daily spiritual vitamins," she had told me more than once." Wow that  is so powerful when you think about it.. Strength comes from our knowing and reading the Bible and boy do they both need it from what they have to face in this adventure.

I can't wait for the next adventure that Darcy and Flora find themselves in.

If you would like to purchase this book or the other books in the series you can from here:

http://www.pen-l.com/GraveHeritage.html

https://www.amazon.com/Grave-Heritage-Darcy-Flora-Mystery/dp/1683130316/

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/grave-heritage-blanche-day-manos/1124432604?ean=2940153684826

You can learn more about Blanche Day Manos and her books at
http://www.blanchedaymanos.com/

I hope you will read this book and series. It is a great adventure.

I received this book from the Publisher for my honest opinion and review


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Friday, September 16, 2016

Pumpkins In Paradise By Kathi Daley Fun, Fast Cozy Mystery.


Pumpkins in Paradise (A Tj Jensen Mystery Book 1) by [Daley, Kathi]



What a delightful, fun and great mystery is found in Pumpkins in Paradise A TJ Jensen Mystery by Kathi Daley.  It is a great cozy mystery with fun believable characters and the best setting in a small town and  lake resort in the mountains.

TJ helps her Dad run the resort while teaching school and being the ski coach as well as raising her two younger half sisters. The setting is perfect with the lake, cabins and resort. It is somewhere you really would love to go and relax especially if you like the outdoors. The small town with its interesting people and  the pumpkin festival, along with a few quirky characters, a new Deputy, and some a past that is full of intrigue  and you have a good mystery with many suspects, a little romance and a special friendship that is ended by murder. All of this equals to a good book that you won't want to put down.

TJ has a friendship with old Zachary Collins, a recluse  she would visit and on those visits they would talk and Zachary  would have puzzles and riddles for TJ to figure out. TJ's visits were a highlight to his days since  he never left his house. So when TJ  finds him dead in his chair and things don't seem right to her, she has to convince the new Deputy that this is a murder and not just a death of an old man. Can she convince him and find out why Zachary was murdered and who the murderer is? Will Zachary's past and his murder be the last puzzle and riddle that TJ has to solve? I won't spoil it and tell you, but you will want to find out by reading  this book.

This is the first book in the TJ Jensen series and well worth the reading. I think that when you can picture yourself in the town, or can relate to the characters it makes the book more fun to read and this book is like that. There is believable suspects and more than just one so that it makes you read to the end to figure out who the culprit is and why they commit the murder. You have just a enough romance to make it interesting and some emotional situations that add to the book. This is one of those books that you pick up and want to read straight through because you get so caught up in it.

I highly recommend this book and series. If you are a fan of the outdoors, romance, a good mystery and puzzle, with very relatable characters you will enjoy this book and series.

If you would like to buy this book you can at:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GQPYU8U/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/pumpkins-in-paradise-kathi-daley/1119920536?ean=9781635110890

If you want to know more about the author Kathi Daley or her books check out these sites:

http://www.kathidaley.com/

http://www.kathidaley.com/henery-press

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https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7278377.Kathi_Daley

I hope you will pick this book up and read it. I think you will enjoy this book and the series. The next book in the series is Snowmen in Paradise.
Snowmen in Paradise (A Tj Jensen Mystery Book 2) by [Daley, Kathi]


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