Thursday, April 27, 2017

What I did yesterday...

Yesterday was my birthday, that is right, I leveled up, going with leveling up as it sounds way better to be on level 42 then on level 24.... My wonderful friends threw me a surprise party at the mall. Actually I was spoiled all day long and evening too but I had to share this cake my friend made as I am still in shock!
My friend Banafshe is so talented. She not only baked and decorated this cake, she hand painted the teacups and treats for my cake! I am in so much awe!
I can not believe the attention to detail!

In addition to the cake and surprise party my baby sister baked me a birthday pie, her birthday is one week before mine so when we were growing up, my mother was sick of cake by my birthday and she would bake me a lemon pie, after she passed away 6 years ago, my sister continued the tradition. It is something I look forward to every year.
I did start reading Bearly Departed by Meg Macy yesterday morning and I am looking forward to sharing that review with you all again soon!

I was so wonderfully spoiled by all the wonderful friends who reached out, and participated in making me feel so much love, throughout the entire day. So many wonderful friends & family, readers and authors who took the time to make me feel really special on my birthday. I feel truly blessed.
Thank you for joining me here for a cup of tea and a cozy birthday celebration. I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com

 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A Murderous Valentine by Beverley Watts

Today I am bringing you a review of Beverley Watt's Cozy Mystery Short A Murderous Valentine. This was sent to me to review and I am so pleased to tell you how wonderful it was. This cozy short is just over 100 pages and filled with wit, humor and brilliant characters. Some fantastic lines that will stay with you too. The retired Admiral, his somewhat Loyal friend and their partners set off on what was to be a romantic weekend and takes a lovely and yet not overly predictable turn for the worse. This entire storyline was easy to picture, quite plausible and very intriguing to read. It was fun and not easy to put down. I enjoyed this very much.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Dorothy Cannell's The Spring Cleaning Murders

Last night I finished Dorothy Cannell's The Spring Cleaning Murders. This is a first for me by this author and it was delightful. The british based cozy was lovely and a very unique story. The mysterious deaths of cleaning ladies in their circle known as the C.F.C.W.A, was nicely wound and suspicion shared  beautifully among the characters. This is a mystery with heart and structure. Very difficult not to cry at the end. Lovely Mystery and one to pick up for sure. This one is out May 9th.


When the ever-scrupulous and ever-caustic Mrs. Roxie Malloy leaves her employ in tears, Ellie Haskell—busy mother of twins—is forced to find another cleaning person. As she searches for someone who can at least aspire to taking Mrs. Malloy’s place, Ellie turns the household topsy-turvy, overcome with spring-cleaning fever. But when members of the Chitterton Fells Charwomen’s Association (C.F.C.W.A.) start biting the dust, Ellie swaps scrubbing for sleuthing to find out what dark secrets have been swept under the rug. With the help of her husband, Ben, her feckless cousin Freddy, and an assortment of homemade cleaning solutions, Ellie joins the C.F.C.W.A.’s roster and embarks on a brief stint as a mercenary maid—just long enough to snoop through her neighbors’ things and find out which one has more than dust bunnies and dirty dishes to hide.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday Morning Blues

Today I am a bit late in my posting, actually the weekend got away from me and the reading I was supposed to do, did not get done. Fatigue set in so much so that I could not bring myself to write last night, so this morning I am sharing some of my Monday Morning Blue favorites from Etsy with you and begging your patience and forgiveness for my lack of Monday morning review.
First is a London Pottery Teapot I found on Etsy, I love this brand of tea pot as the basket sits in side and the lid doesn't fall off. I have one in grey and I love it. This one is a beautiful color and you can view it in the A Certain Feel Etsy Shop by clicking here.

If my pockets were deep and full I would purchase this set of 4 Shelley Dainty Blue Teacups and saucers to match. These are priced at $169.06 and can be found in the MomAvaBackCabinet  Etsy Shop. 

Next up we are in need of some blue tea and this is perfect from Mortar and Petal Etsy shop, seriously I could use this tea right now! Their organic Blue Monday tea has everything I love in it!

Organic BLUE MONDAY Artisan Tea Blend - Bright and Floral - Darjeeling, Cornflower Petals, Lavender 


I am back to reading now wishing you a delightful day. 
Thank you for joining me here for a cup of tea and a Monday Morning Blues Etsy Feature.
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Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Art & Craft of Murder by Cozy Cat Parker

I downloaded this free cozy mystery short called The Art & Craft of Murder by Cozy Cat Parker. This (at time of publishing free) cozy was a lovely artist/tea shop themed cozy murder mystery that was good for a quick evening read. I loved the setting for the story and the idea behind a community of artists, the mystery is not too complex and easy to deduce but a good story, I did enjoy. To be totally honest I hate the cover, but the story was worth the second look. The cover did not capture the essence of the story at all, nor did it do justice to they way the cozy setting is described in the book all in all it just seems very out of place.
Misty Williams has finally achieved her dream of opening a teahouse in Whistler's Cove, a small town famous for its community of artists and crafters. But when the local gallery owner, Hilary Small, is poisoned in Misty's teahouse, and it begins to look as if the man Misty is in love with committed the murder, Misty must turn amateur sleuth in order to save the reputation of her teahouse and her hopes for romance.Set in an enchanting location, this cozy mystery will delight with its entertaining cast of humorous characters, including Misty's cat Miss Mabel, who plays a crucial part in revealing the true murderer.
Find this book on Amazon by clicking here.
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Saturday, April 22, 2017

On My Table and In My Cup April 15th-22nd

Yesterday The Queen celebrated her 91st birthday. One of my favorite quotes from the Queen is from a speech she made in 1991, "Let us not take ourselves too seriously, None of us has a monopoly on wisdom" I wish I could say I know her personally but this is a close to tea with the queen as I get. I loved this photo so much I printed and framed it, it is the Queen and her husband is dressed as one of her guards, the queen is laughing. Such personality, such spunk and such dedication. Long may she continue to reign. I lift my Murchies Vanilla Black tea to celebrate your years of service and life.
 Lots on my table this week and I am over 67 books read this year so far. Curiosity Killed Dolly Kendall is a cozy mystery short I read on Thursday.
I also finished A Killer Keepsake earlier in the week, this is a first in series by Ellery Adams and Parker Riggs, a different cozy but a good cozy for sure.
Coming in May is Grandma Bertha Solving Murders by Matt Ferraz, a delightful read.
A fantastic paranormal by CC Dragon, Pick Your Potion, I can not wait to read the next in series!
Vickie Fee's One Fete in the Grave was a third in a series I so enjoy and this one is out this May.

I want to thank all of you who have contributed too or who are continuing to support our fundraiser for our friend Lisa K, if you would like more info on how you can help her out please click here.
In my Etsy shop I am still offering listings to help Lisa out as well. You can visit my Etsy shop by clicking here.

Thank you so much for taking the time to join me here for a cup of tea and a week in review. I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com

Friday, April 21, 2017

Curiosity Killed Dolly Kendall by Gillian Larkin

I read Curiosity Killed Dolly Kendall yesterday. This is a cozy short that is a lovely read.
I like cozies where the main characters are slightly older than most, and these well aged & widowed detectives do a great job of solving the murder of a lovely cat lover. 
I found this book from Lisa K, who shared a link when it was free earlier in the week. I think this book is a lovely deal priced just under $2 now on Amazon. A lovely break to have a well thought out cozy short on my table this week. 

Retired widows, Connie and Sable Butterworth have set up a private investigating business. Their second case involves the suspicious death of Dolly Kendall.Dolly is found dead at her home, supposedly from an overdose of sleeping tablets. Connie had spoken to Dolly the previous day and knew something wasn’t quite right with her. Dolly had been despondent, and it was obvious to Connie that something was bothering her.Connie and Sable’s investigation leads them to a devious plot involving missing cats and poisonous letters.

Click here to order your own copy of Gillian Larkin's Curiosity Killed Dolly Kendall on Amazon. 
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