Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Betting Off Dead Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway

Interview With Maggie Parks Lead Sleuth from Betting Off Dead

1)     Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I grew up on Belgravia Court in Old Louisville, Kentucky. It’s a little quaint area just a little ways from the city so it really doesn’t feel like city living. I went to mortal school during the day and witch school at night. Vinnie is my 1965 AC Cobra sports car that is definitely not your average familiar. He’s a tab bit jealous and doesn’t like for hunky men like Mick Jasper sitting in the passenger seat.

And Mick…he’s a dream! He is a spy with SKUL and I just so happened to have put a spell on him, only the spell didn’t work and we ended up solving a crime together. SKUL believes that I blend in as the average citizen and hired me to do what I like to call snooping around, only I snoop using my witchy ways. Sure it’s gotten us in a couple of tangles, but nothing I can’t wiggle my nose at.

2)     What has been your favorite adventure? I love all of them, but the main one that sticks out has been how I have pretended to be married to Mick while we were undercover. So much fun.

3)     What is your favorite treat? Definitely my Auntie Meme’s apple pie! So delish. She owns a little diner, The Brew.

4)     Are you and Mick ever going to get married? Whoa! That’s a little early in the story, so I guess you are going to have to keep reading.

5)     What is your favorite thing to do as a witch? My sister, Lilith and I have so much fun playing Truth or Spell. That’s how I got to know Mick. I lost to my sister and she spelled me to put a cat spell on Mick, only the spell didn’t work. That’s how I knew my witchy hour had come to be and I knew I was destined to become Mick Jasper’s partner.

6)     What do you see in your next adventure? I know that Tonya is going to keep writing new and fun adventures for me and Mick. In the next novel, Get Witch or Die Trying, Mick has been falsely accused of something and I have to help him.  


And they're off! 
Gambling on horse racing is Kentucky's number one sport but when Kentucky Derby Thoroughbred picked to win the Derby, Rails and Nails, ends up poisoned, SKUL special agent Mick Jasper and rookie witch Maggie Park, who keeps her witch powers a secret, are called in to investigate a world of illegal gambling where a run for the roses can prove to be deadly.
My Review:

LOVED Betting Off Dead book two of the Spies and Spells Cozy Mystery Series by Tonya Kappes. It has mystery,witches, ornery neighbors and family, as well as southern charm and pizzazz. I love the small town setting and the way Tonya Kappes describes it you could picture walking in the streets of Belgravia Court.

This book grabs you right from the start and keeps your interest as well as keeping you guessing till the very end. It is a fun, fast, at times laugh out loud book that you won't want to miss.

Maggie is once again called upon to help hunky Mick Jasper and SKUL to solve a crime against the very fabric of Kentucky history when they have to investigate and find out who is trying to sway the results of the Kentucky Derby by doping the horses. Things become dangerous and Maggie and Mick must find who is behind the scandal and murder before anyone else is hurt. Can they do it and can Maggie keep Mick from finding out that she has magical powers while working along side him in their pursuit for SKUL?

I love the dynamic between Mick and Maggie and throw in this time the jealousy of Abram which causes a whole other problem for Maggie and the family and it makes for interesting reading. I also got a kick out of  Mrs Hubbard the nosey cantankerous neighbor who reminds me so much of a neighbor we had when I was young and the way her and Aunt Meme are always arguing is so entertaining. I can just picture it all, I just love the quirky characters. They add a special element to the story.

This is a wonderfully quirky, fast moving, exciting cozy mystery with a good plot and interesting puzzle to be solved.  I can not wait for the next adventure for Maggie and Mick.

If you like a good mystery with a little bit of mischief and magic thrown in add in a touch of romance and extraordinary characters then be sure to read this book and series.

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Tonya has written over 20 novels and 4 novellas, all of which have graced numerous bestseller lists including USA Today. Best known for stories charged with emotion and humor, and filled with flawed characters, her novels have garnered reader praise and glowing critical reviews. She lives with her husband and a teenage boy (her other three boys have spread their wings in college) and two very spoiled schnauzers in Kentucky.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

All You Need Is Fudge by Nancy Coco A Recipe For Another Great Mystery

All You Need Is Fudge A Candy Coated Mystery by Nancy Coco/ Nancy J Parra is another fantastic, fun and great cozy mystery. It is one in a series of books that you just can't get enough of. I can't wait for the next one to come out.

Allie and Mal her dog have pulled a dead body out of the water and right before the annual yacht race on Mackinac Island. When her boyfriend Trent's sister Paige is accused of being the killer Allie has to prove she had nothing to do with the murder. When Allie starts nosing around things get dangerous for her when a  trap is set for her. Will Allie be able to clear Paige, find the answer to who killed the victim Carin and why before she or someone else is hurt? 

This book has all the ingredients that keep you turning the page and wanting more. It has an interesting plot with the murder of a society girl that is known for being a so called mean girl.  Add in the highlight of being set on the quaint Mackinac Island. Then there is the characters that make you want to move right into the McMurphy Hotel, where you can almost taste and smell the fudge from the fudge shop and it all adds up to a charming, fast paced can't put it down mystery. It is a mystery that has twists to the plot that makes it not predictable and enough different suspects and angles that you have to keep reading to find out whodunit. Throw in a little romance, a lot of good recipes and you have a book you won't want to miss. I have read all the books in this series and they just get better with each book and did I mention it also has great recipes like Fudgie Cheesecake Brownies yum!

I enjoyed this book and think you will too. Don't miss this one. This is the fourth book in this series but you can read it as a stand alone if you want, but why would you want to when the other books are excellent too.
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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Sizzling 5 Star Mystery in Grilling The Subject by Daryl Wood Gerber

Grilling the Subject (A Cookbook Nook Mystery) by [Gerber, Daryl Wood]

Yee Haw another great book in  Grilling The Subject A Cookbook Nook Mystery by Daryl Wood Gerber.

Crystal Cove is having a Wild West Festival where you can find wild west theme fun throughout the town as well as at the CookBook Nook where Jenna has cookbooks for all kinds of BBQ and Katie has rustled up some really spectacular bbq western themed recipes that make your mouth water. BBQ, rides, races and all sorts of fun is happening but then when Jennas father's neighbor, the trouble making, land grabbing, irritating Sylvia Gump is murdered and Cary Hart Jennas father is the number one murder suspect then things become unsettling and interesting. Jenna has to clear her father and find out who murdered Sylvia, which could be a number of people who she has made mad at her, before someone else ends up dead and her dad ends up in jail. Can she rope the  killer, prove her dad innocent and insure that the cookbook nook keeps up with the wild west festivies?

This is probably the best book in the series so far. Each one has been good and each one has been better than the last. It is a fun, fast paced, but not predictable mystery that I really enjoyed. It is so easy to picture being in the small town of Crystal Cove and enjoying the Wild West fun and festivities. Coming from a city that has BBQ festivals I really could picture being right in the middle of all of it with the smell of smoking meat and bbq in the air. Then there are the  characters that could be friends of mine and who doesn't want the eccentric intuitive Aunt Vera as part of your family. The all around theme, small town, mystery and characters make this a book you won't want to miss.

If you like a good mystery that has unique characters, an interesting plot and enough surprises and suspects to make it not the usual predictable mystery you will want to read Grilling The Subject.
It also has mouth watering recipes like BBQ muffins, which I can not wait to try and bbq sauce recipes  included in the book and who doesn't like that.

I highly recommend this book and give it 5 stars. It is the 5th book in the series but it can be read as a stand alone if you haven't read the  others. Really though I would recommend  reading them too.

Don't miss out on this book you will enjoy.

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