Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Fantastic Read Oh Say Can You Fudge by Nancy Coco








Have you ever read a book that leaves you going Wow I love this book and leaving you wanting more? Well Oh Say Can You Fudge by Nancy Coco is that kind of book. I would give this book 5 plus stars and more.

This is the third book in the Candy Coated Series and each book has gotten better and better. Allie McMurphy is back with a bang in this book.  She is settling in to the Island community on Mackinac Island and trying so hard to be one of the Islanders. She is in charge of the fireworks show for the Fourth of July festivities but things start going wrong when her pyrotechnics guy and the fireworks are blown up. Can she find out who has done this terrible deed and get things back on track for the Fourth before anything else goes wrong?

This is the best book of the series so far, and the other two were really good. Allie is more sure of herself and starting to fit in better with the island people. I really like how she is becoming more secure and self assured in this book. She is smart, confident and yet still the same sweet, nice and at times still na├»ve person. There were times I felt like I do in a scary movie when I am thinking don’t go in there or run the  other way and the people just stand there or go in when they shouldn’t, I know you know what I mean, but then Allie and all the others have good instincts and deducing skills too. It is a good mixture of characteristics that makes Allie and the others, like Jen and Liz, who they are and who we love.

This book is more intriguing and tense than the others and I like that. The plot is great and there are so many different suspects that you won’t guess right away who is behind all the trouble or the reason it is happening.  The book has twists and turns that lead you down a path to whodunit, several believable suspects as well as some romance and a lot of characters that you can relate to.

I have always wanted to go to Mackinac Island and reading this book makes me want to go even more. The Island itself is a very important unique part of the whole plot and book. I love the closeness that Allie has with her friends and the quaintness of the hotel and fudge shop. Fudge making brings back some great memories of my Grandmother and me making fudge together. I love the recipes that are included and can’t wait to make the Pecan Pie fudge.

I cannot say enough how great this book is and it can be read as a stand-alone book but the other two books are good too. I hope you will run right out and get this book I am sure you won’t be disappointed.

If you want more info on this book or the others in this series go to


The book will be released in May 2015 you can pre order it now


I was given this book by the author for my honest review.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

As Gouda As Dead by Avery Aames Another Good Book in Cheese Shop Mysteries Series








As Gouda As Dead A Cheese Shop Mystery by Avery Aames is one you won't want to miss. The series just gets better and better with each book and this book is no exception. It is a great new addition to the series you won't want to miss. It has some great recipes included.

Love is in the air at Providence and every one is caught up in the festivities. Charlotte and Jordan are getting married, couples have come to take part in the Love festival activities so what could go wrong? Murder has a way of putting love on the back burner.  Charlotte has to help the police chief solve the murders so that things can move forward. Can she help solve the murders or will her snooping get her into trouble, will she become the next victim?

I love this book. It was a page turner that makes you not want to stop until you have finished it. I love the way you  can picture the town of Providence and the people. This could be a small town that is familiar to you and the people are so relatable. I know that some of the people in this book remind me of people I know and can relate to. This always is a plus when reading a book relating to the people and place. Who doesn't know a quirky Grandmere or a snooty control freak like Belinda Bell or Paige Alpaugh. I also like that Charlotte is a strong, clever, smart, and loving person that adds to the book. I love that the mystery winds around with twists and turns and multiple possible suspects that keeps you guessing till the end. I have to say I thought I had this one figured out but was surprised at the ending which always is good. I give this 5 Stars and can not wait to read the next book.

If you want to know more about this book or the author and her other books check out her site at

www.averyaames.com


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


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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Maple Mayhem by Jessie Crockett My Review

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Maple Mayhem A Sugar Grove Mystery by Jessie Crockett is a good cozy mystery set in Sugar Grove where Maple Syrup is what most people harvest. Dani and her family have been in the maple sugar business for generations and Dani is taking it one step further by trying to start a coop between all the growers to make it more economical for all of them. When someone starts sabotaging those who are joining the coop and then one of the biggest and loudest protesters of the coop is found dead Dani has to find out who is causing all the damage and who killed Frank before someone else is hurt and the coop falls apart.

Dani is a petite, spunky woman who loves her family and the maple syrup business. She reminds me of a woman I know who never backs down from a good battle and is a smart hard worker. Dani knows what she wants and works to get it even when obstacles, like someone vandalizing the coop members and even murder, are in her way. I love the close knit family and the small community setting too. It is written in a way that you almost can picture yourself right there in the town.

The book was good just a little slow at first. Wish that it had gotten to the murder sooner but once it did it picked up. The ending was somewhat of a surprise and the murderer was not who I thought it would be. If you like a good cozy with some twists in the plot then you might want to read this one. Has some good recipes too.

This is the second book in this series but it can be read easily without ever reading the first book without feeling lost.
If you want more info about the author and her books check out her website at

www.jessiecrockett.com

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Conjuring Up a 5 Star Mystery in Stirring the Plot by Daryl Wood Gerber


 

Stirring the Plot (Cookbook Nook Mystery, #3) 

 

Stirring The Plot A CookBook Nook Mystery by Daryl Wood Gerber conjures up a great mystery. This third book in the CookBook Nook Mystery series is 5 stars plus. Halloween is a special time in Crystal Cove and this year not only do the Winsome Witches go all out to make it a fun unique adventure for the tourists and town, it becomes even more spooky and mysterious when the leader of the Winsome Witches is murdered and Jenna’s Aunt Vera is a suspect in the murder. Jenna has to help Aunt Vera find who killed her friend and fellow Winsome Witch and clear Aunt Vera’s name before something happens to her too.

This book is great and just in time to make it a must read to get you into the Halloween spirit. I love Aunt Vera and her quirkiness.   All of the Winsome Witches have an unique story of their own and the way they all fit into to the plot makes it a guessing game of who could be the murderer. I always like a good mystery that is unpredictable and has enough different suspects that you don’t figure out whodunit right off the bat. I like a good puzzle that you have to keep reading to get all the puzzle pieces before you know who the killer is and that is exactly what you have in this book.

Jenna is becoming more comfortable at Crystal Cove and is becoming a strong independent woman who has moved on for the most part from her husband’s death. Her relationship with Rhett is taking off and that just adds an extra plus to the book. This book is full of suspense, unique suspects, romance, mystery, a surprise ending and is all tied up with the Halloween spirit and fun. It is a must read,  you won’t be disappointed. I recommend it highly. It also includes recipes!

Look for it and the other Cookbook Nook Mysteries this is a great cozy mystery series. For more info on the book and author go to:


Look for it on sale starting 9/30/2014

 

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

 

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Another 5 Star Delicious Mystery To Fudge or Not to Fudge by Nancy Coco Wow Factor 5+











To Fudge or Not to Fudge A Candy-Coated Mystery by Nancy Coco is another great book from Nancy Coco aka Nancy J Parra.

Allie McMurphy who runs the McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop on Mackinac Island is busy keeping the place running and fudge made daily which would mean,you might think, she wouldn't have time to get into the middle of a murder investigation, wrong. When her old mentor comes to Island and asks her to be on a fudge making reality TV show how can she turn him down, but she wishes she had when things go from bad to worse including murder.

I never watch reality TV but it was fun reading about it in this book. Nancy shows just how these shows might really be run and it adds an extra dimension to the mystery.

 I just love to read a good mystery that has great characters, a good plot and a surprise ending. I found all of these in To Fudge or Not to Fudge book 2 of A Candy-Coated Mystery series by Nancy Coco. The setting on Mackinac  Island is not only an unique setting but is also an integral piece, really an important  character, in this mystery.  The murder and mystery itself is one that is different from what you would expect. I like that the book starts right out with the mystery and keeps adding to it with more intrigue and murders. I was really surprised by the ending and how it all fit together, which to me is very important. I like when I cannot figure out “who done it” right away and when I am not expecting it to develop the way it does. Really don’t you agree that a good mystery needs a great element of surprise in it too? This book sure does do that and more. If you like a good mystery with more than one suspect and a surprise ending then rush out to get this book and read it, but be sure you have the time since once you start you won’t want to put it down, I know I couldn’t and you can tell by the dark circles under my eyes from lack of sleep. I give this 5 Stars and a Wow Factor of 5+ because I didn’t put all the pieces together and was surprised by the ending. The fudge recipes included in the book all sound wonderful. I will be trying them all and will let you know how they turn out. I am thinking that a gift basket filled with the fudge from the recipes in this book, along with a copy of the book, some hot chocolate mix and/or coffee, and a nice mug would be a great Christmas gift.

 If you would like to learn more about this book or the author check out her site
www.nancyjparra.com
Book release is Sept 2 2014 mark your calendars because you won't want to miss this one.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

A Great Read Muffin But Murder By Victoria Hamilton




You will find  fun, excitement, mystery and romance all wrapped up in  a great read with Muffin but Murder A Merry Muffin Mystery by Victoria Hamilton.

Merry Wynter has inherited a castle from her Uncle but she doesn't know how she will be able to keep it. She has left NY City to come to Autumn Vale along with two of her best friends Pish and Shilo, and is living in the castle while trying to get it ready to sell.  When a long lost cousin Cranston, who she never heard of, shows up claiming to be a grandson of her Uncles and wanting his share of the inheritance things get interesting. Merry has found a niche in Autumn Vale by making and selling her muffins and she has made friends there also but doesn't see a way to be able to keep the castle so Merry throws a party for locals, a few chosen N Y friends, as well as some whom she hopes will be interested in buying the castle, but things get out of control  and then someone is killed. Merry's best friend Pish is a suspect so Merry has to figure out who is really behind the murder and help Pish while trying to figure out if Cranston is really entitled to part of the inheritance from her Uncle.


This book has everything you could want a good plot with twists that you don't see coming, a great interesting setting with the castle and unique quirky characters that you can connect with as well as romance thrown in for good measure. I love that Merry is such a strong level headed, most of the time, spontaneous woman.  I could see myself getting into some of the same situations as Merry with going on the spur of the moment to investigate this murder and realizing after words that it wasn't the safest or smartest thing to do. Pish and Shilo are unique and they add a lot to the story, besides as I was reading this I could think of people I know that reminded me of them, which helps you to connect with the book more. I really enjoyed this book and was glad to see that this is another great series to add to my list of series I must read. I think if you like a good mystery that you can't figure out in the first chapter and keeps you guessing to the end,  with strong yet quirky characters you will want to read this. It also has recipes which is always a plus.


I had not read the first book in this series Bran New Death  but that wasn't a problem this can be read as a stand alone but after reading this book I don't want to miss out on a single book in the series so I will be getting the first one to read also.


If you want more on this book and all the other series that Victoria Hamilton has check out her website at
http://www.victoriahamiltonmysteries.com

Don't miss a good book pick up Muffin but Murder it is in bookstores now.

I received a free Advance Readers Copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion and review.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Fantastic Addition To The Granny Apples Mysteries The Silent Ghost Novella by Sue Ann Jaffarian






The Silent Ghost



I like that Kelly can also see and hear ghosts like her mother, even though she is fairly new to this, and it is fun to see how she interacts with Granny and the ghosts. This is a great and different dynamic than Emma and Granny and I like this story as much as the Granny Apples Books. Sue Ann Jaffarian draws you into the story and you feel the emotion and pain that Tanisha and the ghost in her apartment feel. Kelly is strong like her mother Emma in this story and I like that she is. This is a hit and a great addition to the Granny Apples Mysteries.

I would give this 5 stars and though I know it is a Novella between books, I still wanted more when I reached the end. It is a must read if you like ghosts, paranormal and suspense as well as a good mystery. I recommend you read this novella and all of the Granny Apples Mysteries.

Next up in my reading schedule for the summer is
1.  Dummy of a Ghost by Sue Ann Jaffarian
 Dummy of a Ghost (Novella) (Ghost of Granny Apples)

2. Muffin but Murder A Merry Muffin Mystery by Victoria Hamilton 

Muffin But Murder


3. To Fudge or Not To Fudge A Candy-Coated Mystery by Nancy Coco  

To Fudge or Not to Fudge


4. Dirty Little Murder The Plain Jane Mysteries by Traci Tyne Hilton 

Dirty Little Murder (The Plain Jane Mysteries, #2)

I just finished The Proof by Cheryl Colwell The Proof
and will be reviewing it next time on this and my other book blog @ debsbooksgalore.blogspot.com so till next time

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