Thursday, April 13, 2017

5 Stars for Southern Fried A Kenni Lowry Mystery by Tonya Kappes


Southern Fried (A Kenni Lowry Mystery Book 2) by [Kappes, Tonya]



Tonya Kappes has served up another helping of a charming cozy mystery with Southern Fried A Kenni Lowry Mystery.

I love this series with all it's southern charm, cast of strong characters, a ghost and a good always intriguing mystery.

Kenni Lowry the sheriff of Cottonwood has to find out who murdered Owen Godfrey and still try to hold her job as sheriff at the election coming up. She has so many suspects and motives it is a challenge for her and her every handsome, charming Deputy Finn. Can she solve the murder, catch the suspect, and keep her job?

This book is even better than the first one in the series. Kenni is growing and becoming more confident as the sheriff. She is smart, intuitive, can be emotional and brave. She also has her Poppa albeit as a ghost now,  to bounce her ideas off while trying to solve the crimes like they use to do when he was alive and the sheriff of Cottonwood.  With Finn as her deputy they are a dynamic pair  in solving crime.

Poppa is a hoot. I love how he watches out for Kenni but also pops in at times talking to Kenni when she is trying hard not to let anyone see her talking to the air. How would it look if the towns people saw her talking to no one and it sure wouldn't help her win the upcoming election.

Her Momma is a ball of fire when it comes to defending her daughter. She clouds up and rains all over anyone that talks bad about Kenni and when they are out to elect someone else she, well let's just say, you wouldn't want to cross her on her crusade to get Kenni re-elected even if she wishes her daughter wasn't sheriff she still has Kenni's back. She is the best. I love all her antics and fussing. She is like all of us as Mothers tend to be, Mother Bears, when she thinks someone is trying to hurt her daughter.

This mystery involves a dysfunctional family, an old cookbook, and rivalry that all ends up in a murder that is a puzzling mystery with surprises along the way. You have so many suspects, but not too many, twists, an election, a ghost, an overbearing mother hen, a good looking deputy, and  one excellent cozy mystery that you can't put down.

This mystery has all the right ingredients served up in a unique wonderful cozy mystery that you won't want to miss or put down.

I give it 5+ bookmarks

If you want to learn more about this book, this series or the author you can on her website at
tonyakappes.com

If you would like to purchase the book you can at the link below and you can also read a preview of the book.

https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B01N212SJ8&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_WN67ybDMNCCE6


I hope you give this book a try.

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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
https://www.amazon.com/Elementary-She-Read-Sherlock-Bookshop-ebook/dp/B01MT6H7O1/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1489504854&sr=8-1&keywords=sherlock+she+read

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/elementary-she-read-vicki-delany/1124463795?ean=9781683310969

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

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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

https://www.amazon.com/Death-Lily-Hamptons-Murder-Mysteries/dp/0997270152/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1487605043&sr=1-1&keywords=death+on+lily+pond+lane

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.

If you would like to know more about the book or order 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


http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/scene-of-the-climb-kate-dyer-seeley/1116781992?ean=9780758295316

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:

https://www.amazon.com/Close-Call-Laura-DiSilverio/dp/0738749206/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483378535&sr=8-1&keywords=close+call+disilverio+laura


http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/close-call-laura-disilverio/1123288622?ean=9780738749204

I hope you will check this book out.

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

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