Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A Must Read New Book and Series Elementary She Read by Vicki Delany


Elementary, She Read: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery by [Delany, Vicki]



Elementary She Read  A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery by Vicki Delany is a wonderful beginning to a new series. I totally enjoyed this book. As a big Sherlock Holmes fan I was skeptical whether or not I would like this book but was pleasantly surprised how good it was.

Gemma Doyle runs the Sherlock Book Shop and Emporium in West London on Cape Cod 222 Baker Street (don't you just love the address) and her friend Jayne is part owner with her in Mrs. Hudson's Tea Shop. When a woman hides what might be a priceless magazine with Sherlock's first story in it the fun begins. When Gemma finds it and talks Jayne into going with her to talk to the woman they find her dead and the mystery is on. Can Gemma find the killer and clear her name before she becomes a victim or be arrested by the cranky Det. Estrada or her ex boyfriend Det. Ryan Ashburton has to arrest her for the murder?

This is a fantastic, exceptional cozy mystery. Gemma is smart, intuitive, clever, very observant and a very motivated woman who sometimes gets in over her head because of all these characteristics. Jayne is level headed, smart, very honest and a good friend. Gemma is the Sherlock to Jaynes Dr Watson. The whole time I read this I kept thinking Gemma is so much like Sherlock and Jayne Dr. Watson and it made it fun. The mystery is unique and I love the way that the book keeps weaving in facts about Sherlock and the items that collectors look for as well as the obsession people have with all things Sherlock still. The murders, the mystery of the magazine, and just the shop itself makes up a very interesting book. There are so many ways this mystery could resolve and yet just when you think you have it figured out a wrench, so to speak, is thrown into the cog of your reasoning. I like a book that you can't figure out who the culprit is right off the bat, but that when it is ended you are surprised yet delighted at the outcome. This book is just that.

Besides the wonderful setting of Cape Cod,  the teashop and bookstore the characters combine to make this an excellent  book. I think Gemma could be someone I would love to hang out with. She is so observant, that sometimes it really gets her into trouble. She says in the book, "I'm so clever I chased  away the man who loved me, and my best friend's starting to find me exasperating to be around." Her character and all her quirkiness  is what really helps this to be an exceptional book. Jayne is just naive and honest enough that her and Gemma are opposites yet they make up a good combination and team. This just makes the book flow.What would a book be without a cantankerous policeman to be out to get Gemma and  Det. Estrada fits the bill. She is someone you love to hate and makes for a perfect nemesis for Gemma.  I can see them butt heads in the books to come. Det Ryan Ashburton the long lost love of Gemma adds an extra dimension to the mystery and book. I am hoping that they will pursue a new relationship in books to come too.

So in recap, you have a great mystery,  a unique awesome setting, romance, many suspects and a quirky reason for murder and a surprise ending. It adds up to a book you can't  put down.

This is going to be a new favorite series for me and I can not wait for the next one to come out. If you read only one new series this year I hope you read this book and series, I don't think you will be disappointed.

If you want to learn more about this book and author you can check out her website at
http://vickidelany.com/

If you want to purchase this book check out
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Monday, February 20, 2017

An Unique Mystery in Death On Lily Pond Lane by Carrie Doyle




Death on Lily Pond Lane by Carrie Doyle is an ok book. I have to say I would like it better if some of the language and sex references were left out. To me neither one of these two things added to the mystery and so was not in this readers opinion necessary. That being said I liked the book.  I always look at a mystery as being good if you have several possible suspects with feasible reasons they could be the murderer making you guess and surprised when you get to the end. This book does that. The setting of the Hamptons makes for an interesting addition also to the book.
Antonia runs an inn and watches houses for the rich who are only around on weekends and during the summer season.  One  house is where she finds the body of Warner who has been making more than a few enemies with the filming of his documentary on some of the old rich families of the Hamptons. He is not sugar coating the interviews but is going for the throat by bringing up all the scandals involving the people he is focusing on. This makes for some interesting possibilities for who done him in and keeps you puzzling through trying to figure out who murdered Warner and why. When there is two more murders in a place where nothing usually happens like this then things get really interesting and dangerous for the snooping Antonia.
This book has a good setting, and unusual plot, many twists and turns as well as several suspects that keep you guessing to the end. Antonia is  strong, capable, yet at times confused, untrusting which makes her a believable character. I liked Joseph her confidante he was sensible and level headed the one she could bounce ideas off of.
Her flighty best friend Genevieve adds a quirky element too.

This is a many faceted mystery that keeps you guessing trying to figure the puzzle out with good characters and setting.

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

If you would like to buy this book you can at

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Friday, February 3, 2017

A New Cozy Mystery Series You Won't Want To Miss Kale To The Queen by Nell Hampton


Kale to the Queen: A Kensington Palace Chef Mystery by [Hampton, Nell]




Kale To The Queen A Kensington Palace Chef Mystery bk 1 by Nell Hampton is a great new cozy mystery series that you won't want to miss. It has all the right elements starting with a smart, spunky, brave character in Chef Carrie Ann Cole. I think she is very courageous and brave for taking on her dream job,  leaving everything behind including a long time boyfriend, and moving to London to be a personal chef for the Duke and Duchess at the palace where it is make it or you're gone. I don't know if I could do that. Add  the extra pressure of  all the regulations and rules that comes with being part of the Kensington Palace staff  and Chef Carrie Ann Cole has to be a strong confident woman, which I always like in a main character.
The pressure grows when Carrie Ann has to deal with the  cantankerous bullheaded picky Chef  Butterbottom. Wow there were times I would have wanted to just slap him if I had been Carrie Ann, but that just isn't done especially in the service of the Duchess!
You also have an electric tension that goes between Chef Carrie Ann Cole and the handsome yet stick to the rules head of security, Ian Gordon, and the  sparks  fly. I enjoyed the verbal battle back and forth between Chef Cole and Chef Butterbottom as well as the tension and spunk Chef Cole displays when she is around Ian Gordon. She never backs down to either one and I like a character that can hold their own in all kinds of situations.
The murder of her kitchen assistant and the other assistant being arrested for the murder makes for a good puzzle and one that Carrie Ann is thrown right in the middle of when she finds the body.  In between her cooking for the family  she decides to play detective and prove that Michael her assistant is not the murderer. She gets into some dangerous sticky situations that keep you guessing, which I always like, along with a mystery that you can't figure out right away and that has several possible endings. This book has all that and more.

I just love British mysteries so this one caught my interest from the start. I love how the author draws you into the surroundings and you can just imagine what the Palace must be like. On the trips into London Chef Cole makes on the tube or walking  you feel like you are riding the tube right along with her and feeling the nervousness she feels when she is walking the dark streets of London. The descriptions of the palace, the streets of London and riding the tube makes you just picture the place easily as if you are going with Chef Cole in her adventures which makes the  book even better.

This is an exciting  book that takes the reader along for a fast fun ride where you are not only cheering for Chef Cole to accomplish her dream, but you also get caught up in the mystery and trying to put the many pieces together to come up with the solution right along with her.

I really am looking forward to the next book in this series and to see more  situations Chef Carrie Ann Cole finds herself in.

Oh and by the way there are recipes. WIN WIN

I hope you will give this book a try. It is scheduled to be released in April 2017 so preorder yours now.

If you would like to know more about the book or preorder it you can at
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N0Z4HW3/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

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

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Fantastic Enjoyable Cozy Mystery



Scene of the Climb (Pacific Northwest #1) by Kate E. Dyer-Seeley is a fantastic enjoyable cozy mystery.

Wow what a book. It ranks right up there with Nevada Barr and her National Parks Mysteries.

Meg is a journalist who really needs a job and lands one literally by accident with the Northwest Extreme Magazine when she bumps into Greg who owns the magazine and  by fudging and saying she is an experienced  outdoor person who can hike the tough trails. When her boss Greg assigns her to cover the Race the States event will he finally find out that she really lied about her experience in hiking? Then Lenny one of the contestants falls to his death right in front of her on the trail and she is sure that the way he flew over he was pushed. Meg starts to investigate all the people involved with the race but someone doesn't want her to. Things get dangerous and Meg finds herself in harms way. Can Meg find the answers to Lenny's death, keep her job and stay alive?

This a cozy mystery that has a klutzy smart character in Meg as well as a quirky Grandmother, good friends Matt and Jill and a good looking mysterious boss . The outdoors theme adds an extra element that really makes this a great mystery. The many possible murderers keeps you guessing with a surprise or two also. Just when you think you have it figured out another twist is inserted. This is a good, fun, exciting mystery with many credible suspects, with twists and turns and surprises.It has an ending that leaves you with questions and wanting more. I look forward to reading the other books in this series.

Here is a link to purchase the book:
https://www.amazon.com/Scene-Climb-Pacific-Northwest-Mystery/dp/0758295316/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1485620881&sr=8-1&keywords=scene+of+the+climb


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If you want to check out the author and her other books here is a link to her website:
http://www.katedyerseeley.com

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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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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/

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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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