Monday, January 16, 2017

The Witch's Book of Shadows by Jason Mankey

Today I bring you a review of Jason Mankey's new reference guide The Witch's Book Of Shadows. This book is out February 8th from Llewellyn  and can be found on Amazon by clicking here.  I was thrilled to review this interesting read. Great resource and reference book for anyone interested in learning about what book of shadows are from a historical point of view and how they are relevant and used today.
I love this cover and series. I have previously read and reviewed The Witches Mirror by Mickie Muller  and am now anxious to read all of these guides from Llewellyn. 
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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Murder at an Irish Wedding by Carlene O'Connor

I absolutely loved Carlene O'Connor's Murder at an Irish Wedding. It was a thrill to be able to read and review this book before it comes out February 28th. I had absolutely fallen in love with her first book Murder in an Irish Village and was equally impressed with her second book. Murder at an Irish Wedding had me not wanting to put it down. This was such a great mystery and I tucked in with my tea and read each word with that beautiful Irish lilt in my head. This was a great escape cozy, a feel good cozy and a mystery that had me guessing until the end. I truly had not figured out the murderer until the big reveal and was taken a back at that reveal. This was brilliant and such a treat to read.
The O’Sullivan clan of County Cork, Ireland, are thrilled to be catering the matrimonial affairs of a celebrity couple—until a cunning killer turns an Irish wedding into an Irish wake . . .Any wedding is a big deal in the small village of Kilbane—even more so when the bride is a famous fashion model. It’s also good for business. Not only has customer traffic picked up at Naomi’s Bistro, Siobhán O’Sullivan and her five siblings have a full plate catering for the three-day affair. And Siobhán’s own beau, local garda Macdara Flannery, gladly steps in as best man after the groom’s first choice makes a drunken arse out of himself.Even if he hadn’t been disinvited to the wedding, the original best man wouldn’t have been able to show. He’s been found murdered in the woods, casting a pall over the nuptials. And when a second member of the wedding party is poisoned by a champagne flute engraved with Macdara’s name, the garda goes from being best man to prime suspect.With a killer at large and a string of robberies plaguing Kilbane, Siobhán feels more than a little protective of her village. She vows to clear Macdara’s name, but the suspect list is as long as the guest list. Like the bride walking down the aisle, Siobhán needs to watch her step. For as she gets closer to unveiling the truth, the murderer is planning a very chilly reception for her . . .

Out February 28th this is a book not to miss! Click here to pre order your own copy of Murder in an Irish Village from Amazon.com
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Saturday, January 14, 2017

On My Table And In My Cup January 7th-14th

What a wonderful week, hoping you did too. I have made lots of time for reading this week, finishing 4 books and was so thrilled to get Healing Herbal Tea's a book I ordered several months ago when I previewed it and reviewed it. I knew that I had to have this in my collection and spent most of last night reading through it planning blends to try.

I had the true luck of the Irish having two Irish Cozies on my table this week. Friday night I finished Cruel Winter, by Sheila Connolly.  I really did not want this one to end. Perfect read for this cold and icy week, this is book 5 and being published by Crooked Lane Books this March 14th. My review will be posted early next week.
Charlene O'Connor's Murder at an Irish Wedding was like a breath of fresh air. This is book two and takes place shortly after book one ends. I so admire the heart in this story, the strong family ties and cozy Irish hospitality the way that Carlene writes.
Witchy paranormal cozy Headless in Nevermore spent a bit of time on my table, this is a cozy I purchased from Amazon. Violet Merriweather spins a great fable and cozy mystery in this the second in series.
A wonderful surprise awaits in Kate Kingsbury's Dead and Breakfast a Merry Ghost Inn mystery. This is book one in a series I am really looking forward too. I love the granddaughter and grandmother duo, who sink everything into a haunted Oregon coast Victorian that they are renovating for a bed and breakfast when they stumble upon a skeleton behind the wall they are removing. Good mystery in this one!
She Stopped for Death was more of a psychological thriller cozy which I had on my table this week. I was very surprised  with how this cozy turned out. Love the ideas of the Little Library Mystery series and was excited to have book two to review.
A lovely little book also on my table was the Little Big Book of White Spells, this is a book that would make a great gift and one I appreciated as a reference for an aspiring paranormal cozy mystery writer.
In my cup this week I have lots of black tea, Double Cream Earl Grey from Thay Tea and Vanilla Black tea from Murchies.
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Friday, January 13, 2017

Headless in Nevermore by Violet Merriweather

Today I am sharing my review of a book I bought last week from Amazon, Headless in Nevermore. This is the second in the Witches of Nevermore series and book two starts shortly after where book one ends. Much like the first one Magicless in Nevermore, this is a fast moving fable. This is a very imaginative and grown up fairy-tale, and paranormal cozy mystery. Lots of fantasy and a good mystery, a bit of romance and lots of magic. Great characters and very complex story that is well thought out.
NOW THAT SHE’S FOUND HER MAGIC, SHE’S READY TO TAKE ON THE WORLD, NEVERMORE, AND ENORMOUS QUANTITIES OF ICE CREAM (NOT NECESSARILY IN THAT ORDER).
Cassandra Holly is Nevermore’s newest Shadow Witch. Or will be once she completes her training. So of course this is the perfect time for a (mostly) dead person to show up needing help with a few things.Like figuring out who killed him, for starters.THAT’S WHEN THINGS GET COMPLICATED.When a person has died seven and a half times already, it’s a given that eventually one of those times is bound to disagree with them. Enter Zimbree—a Franken-head of sorts that is missing both his body and any relevant clues that might lead to the person responsible for his most recent demise.And he wants his body back. Justice would be nice too.HAPLESS VICTIM ASIDE, WHAT IF HER CLIENT ISN’T AS INNOCENT AS HE SEEMS?The deeper Cassie gets into the investigation, the more she’s sure Zimbree is hiding something from her. Especially when everything seems intent on thwarting her. Like a band of wraiths that seem oddly connected to her client, and then by the Council of Merlin itself.And that’s before the djinn shows up, her pre-hatched dragon goes rogue, and she discovers that a bit of illicit necromancy might be the least of her problems.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Little Big Book of White Spells by Ilena Abrev

Today I bring you a review of a non cozy mystery, this is a new self help book. I recently read for review The Little Big Book of White Spells by Ileana Abrev. This book is out now and available from Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. and on Amazon by clicking here. 
I found this to be a captivating read, with more then 200 spells for all your hearts wishes and desires. This is a book of hope and would make a lovely gift. Perfect for those who are interested in witch craft, powers and laws of attraction and of course writers with an interest in witch craft and the paranormal like me!

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Dead and Breakfast by Kate Kingsbury

Sunday night I finished and loved Dead and Breakfast a new cozy by Kate Kingsbury that is based on the Oregon Coast. I love a West Coast mystery, and this one made me feel right at home.  Great start in this series, an accident, end of a marriage but from loss an opportunity. Couple that with a missing mother, a grandmother and granddaughter team, small town, Victorian reno and a very brave dog, so much to love in this mystery. Kept me guessing until the end. I loved it.
Melanie West is getting her life back on track after a messy divorce when her grandmother, Liza Harris, asks her to open a B&B with her. Together, Liza and Melanie purchase a purportedly haunted mansion on the Oregon coast and jump right into clearing out the cobwebs. But while attempting to remove wallpaper in an upstairs bedroom, the new B&B owners stumble upon a very real skeleton in their closet.The police suspect the skeleton is that of the wife of the previous owner of the B&B, but no one in town seems to want to say much about her. As the inn owners try to juggle renovations with their own amateur investigations, their grand opening looms closer and closer--and a friendly ghost in their walls starts playing tricks. But it all comes crashing to a halt when a new body is found stabbed to death on the beach below the inn--the victim chillingly close in resemblance to Melanie herself.It seems someone doesn't appreciate newcomers prying into the small town's past, and now it's up to Melanie and Liza to get to the bottom of these murders to save their business...and their lives.
To order your own copy of Dead and Breakfast which is out now, click here for the Amazon link.
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

She Stopped for Death by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli

Friday I finished She Stopped for Death by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli. This is the second in the Little Library series but the first I have read by Elizabeth and it is released today.  I have my own tiny library, which I will need to launch again as I just moved so I loved the idea of the series. This was a complex mystery and was more of a true psychological mystery then a cozy. It was written very well and had a complex mystery as well as back story. It was very interesting and I enjoyed the idea of a town without a library, being made more cozy by the addition of Little Libraries just like in the story.
Jenny Weston and her mother, Dora, have been receiving strange midnight visits. Bear Falls's own elusive and highly secretive poet, Emily Sutton, has lived her life cloistered away with her sister in a house at the edge of Pewee Swamp. But now, Emily's started leaving scraps of poetry in Dora's Little Library, and Dora makes it her mission to befriend the sheltered woman.Meanwhile Zoe Zola, almost famous author, Little Person, and the Weston's quirky next-door neighbor, is hard at work on a new book, this one about the inner life of Emily Dickinson. And once again, Zoe's literary work starts making uncanny connections with the events in her own world as Emily Sutton reemerges into society. But Zoe begins to suspect things aren't anywhere near normal at Emily's swamp house or in the lives of the people she claims have abandoned her...until looking further into the poet's half-truths leads Zoe and Jenny to a horrible murder.The chaos surrounding the ensuing investigation grows even more hectic with Emily’s increasingly erratic behavior, the arrival of a young woman searching for her missing poet uncle, and yet another betrayal in Jenny's love life. And only poetry can set the truth free in Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli's charming second Little Library mystery, She Stopped for Death.

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