Thursday, October 20, 2016

We Wish You A Murderous Christmas by Vicki Delany

Tuesday I read and finished We Wish You A Murderous Christmas by Vicki Delany. Out November 1st, it was a true delight to get this early! The Title is fantastic don't you think? Vicki's series centers around main character Merry who's father Noel was not only born on Christmas, he runs the town too! This year round Christmas town of Rudolph, NY has no time to waste this close to Christmas. But when the son of the Yuletide Inn arrives to help his sick father and then is later found murdered. One does start to loose that Christmas Spirit! This mystery was interesting and I was very surprised by what happened and how Merry unravels the mystery. I really enjoy the idea of this series and this town, I found the characters easy to get to know and root for, the setting can not be beat either. This is a great holiday themed cozy that is much needed and enjoyed.

It’s Christmastime three hundred sixty-five days a year in Rudolph, New York, and as Christmas Day approaches, shop owner Merry Wilkinson is enjoying a rare evening off at the Yuletide Inn when she runs into owners Grace and Jack Olsen. With Jack's health failing, Merry is relieved to hear that his son Gord will be taking over the day-to-day running of the Inn. But then Gord reveals that his new plans have no room for Christmas at the Inn, and Merry and the other shopkeepers start to fret about the effect a bland franchise hotel could have on their livelihoods. When Gord is found stabbed to death, there’s an entire town of potential suspects—and it’s up to Merry to find whoever brought homicide home for the holidays...
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Good, The Bad, and the Guacamole by Rebecca Adler

I love Texas. I always have, reading this Tex-Mex themed cozy was a special virtual visit for me. The Good The Bad and the Guacamole by Rebecca Adler was a fun and family centered mystery. I liked that this story and mystery was centered around two friends, one of them, main character Josie has a huge family in a small town, who help her navigate her return to the small town of Broken Boot Texas, giving her the support and sarcasm of a loving family. I really enjoyed the dynamic. From the mention of food in their family restaurant to the way the Josie's grandmother interacts with her and the family it was a good read. I also love that her dog Lenny has his own blog.  The mystery was a fun one and I loved the dynamic between Josie and the local police.  This is the second in the series and a fun read. Out November 1st this is lighthearted and fun cozy to enjoy.

Tex-Mex waitress and part-time reporter Josie Callahan is about to serve up some Lone Star justice in this spicy Taste of Texas Mystery from the author of Here Today, Gone Tamale.Tourists are pouring into the town of Broken Boot for the annual Homestead Days Music Festival. Opening the celebration at Two Boots dance hall is smooth-talking country singer Jeff Clark, the ex-boyfriend of Josie’s best friend, Patti Perez. When the charming Clark woos Patti onstage in an attempt to rekindle some sparks with his old flame, Josie fears her friend will end up as just one more notch on the singer’s guitar strap. To impress her editor at the Broken Boot Bugle, Josie and her Chihuahua, Lenny, pursue the singer to Patti’s house, hoping for an interview. Instead, they discover Clark facedown in a bowl of guacamole with a bloodied guitar at his side. With Patti suddenly a murder suspect, Josie must use her reporter skills to find out who had a chip on their shoulder—before the killer double dips....

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Hooking For Trouble by Betty Hechtman

Sunday was a rainy and blustery day at my place so I spent much of the day with Betty Hechtman's Hooking For Trouble.  Out November 1st this crochet mystery has a fantastic title an I love the cover. Hooking for trouble is book 11 and was actually my favorite book in the series so far. I loved being back with the gang and seeing what they were all up to. I love that main character Molly Pink turns 50 in this book and that she only improves with age, gives a girl something to look forward to! 
This was a great mystery and I did not figure out the killer until it was revealed. It was a fun story line as murder mysteries go and I know that others who enjoy this series will be thrilled with it.
The Tarzana Hookers’ Yarn University has been a big success, and the classes have drawn in a slew of new crochet devotees. A less welcome arrival is the boxy monstrosity in the yard behind Molly’s house. She hasn’t met her new neighbors, but when she sees a couple struggling on the balcony and later spies what looks like someone lying on the ground, Molly wastes no time calling in her ex, homicide detective Barry Greenberg.  To Molly’s shock, Barry reports that nothing is amiss with her neighbors and asks her to lay off with the amateur detecting. Molly knows she wasn’t just seeing things, but with no body to prove her case she’ll have to unravel the evidence on her own—because someone in Tarzana is tangled up in murder...

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Casket Cache by Janice J. Richardson

Friday night I started Casket Cache, sometime after 8:30, I wished I had started it earlier because by 11 I hated putting it down. Casket Cache written by Janice J Richardson is a truly wonderful cozy. I have to admit that the thought of a cozy mystery centered around a funeral home director could lend it's self to being silly and awkward, I was pleasantly surprised that I found this to be one of the most serene and easy flowing cozy mystery books I have ever had the pleasure of reading.  The way that Janice writes, quickly and all at once put my inquisitive readers mind at ease. I felt like I was emotionally involved from the first sentence and left wanting more at the end of the book. Clearly there was thought, research, personal experience and insight that Janice had for her character that made her feel like a real live and breathing person. Someone you would love to know and be friends with.  This cozy was respectful, this cozy was compassionate,  insightful and it was a reading experience I will treasure. Casket Cache is book one of three with book two coming out in November and I will anxiously await it's release. There is so much I want to say and tell you about from this book and the connections I made with it and my own life but I don't want to give it away. This is a book I think you should add to your TBR pile for sure. A very authentic and brilliant cozy.
Funeral homes are supposed to be quiet ...Jennifer Spencer inherits her uncle’s funeral home. Her move to the Niagara Region into the apartment above the Home went well, but in the first week alone, someone breaks into the funeral home. Then, Jennifer finds cash in a casket, a lot of cash. Certain it has something to do with the break-in, she’s unable to convince the police and winds up on their list of suspects! But Jennifer has families to serve and funerals to arrange; that is her number-one priority. Someone sinister and dangerous wants the cash back; that’s their number-one priority and Jennifer Spencer, funeral director, is in the way.A cozy mystery with heart, compassion, and humour.“CASKET CACHE presents us with the perfect balance of light and dark: a delightful small town with a local murder. It does this and also takes a step further by setting the action in and around Spencer Funeral Home, blending compassionate descriptions of care families receive in their time of need with the inside scoop on coroner’s calls, casket selection rooms and funeral processions. Mystery twists in like a chocolate fudge ripple in luscious vanilla ice-cream.”—Cynthia St-Pierre, co-author of A Killer Necklace.

*please note that Casket Cache is in the midst of a cover change, new cover shown in the first few photos.
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Sunday, October 16, 2016

All The Little Liars by Charlaine Harris

I was sent Charlaine Harris Oct 4th release All the Little Liars to review and finished it Thursday night. I found this to be a very well written and easy to read. I read the entire book in one sitting. The characters are easy to like and understand and the author did a great job of balancing the good news with the bad. This book reads like a cozy mystery and for most intensive purposes it is a cozy, except that it breaks the unwritten rule that children are not the ones put directly in harms way. This is however is a very relevant and very plausible mystery. It feels as though it was ripped from the headlines of CNN. The setting, time of year and emotional turmoil of this mystery played well into the story line and kept me turning page after page. 

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

On My Table And In My Cup October 8th-15th

It is Saturday again and the start of hockey season for me, this year both my boys are playing on the same team. This is truly an emotional and exciting time, says the mother who is just having her tea and has yet to dress them or load the mini van this morning. Above is my very pleasant late Friday delivery, some of November's finest books!

 On my table this week I am very pleased to have been asked to read and review Canadian Author Janice J. Richardson's Casket Cache, newly arrived on my kindle app and a review I hope to have for you early next week.
I have a review coming up for you tomorrow on Charlaine Harris' All the Little Liars, I hope you will stop back over to read my review.
My library stocks the best cozy series and I was so delighted to be able to read the series and Chance of a Ghost was such a great book! I can not wait for the next one!
Magicless in Nevermore was a good fairy tale for grown ups, a fun book to read!
Sunday's Death on Windmill Way was a great escape mystery this week as well.
The winner of Kathy Aarons Behind Chocolate Bars is, Kathleen Costa! Thank you to all who entered!
The Murchies Vanilla Black tea has been a lovely addition to my daily tea pot this week. I have not made a decision yet on what kettle I will be going with, looks like either Santa or a new year purchase. I got news that we will have to find a new home to rent very soon and for now my travel kettle will have to do. The idea of moving is both exciting and terrifying all at the same time.
I hope in the next three months to discover myself and my family in a comfortable and new location, we shall miss where we live now and have lived for 8 years terribly, I think it will be hardest on the boys. Our goal is to stay in the same area so as not to disrupt their lives too much.
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Friday, October 14, 2016

Chance Of A Ghost by E.J. Copperman

To say I finished Chance of a Ghost with a dry eye would be an outright lie. This book, oh my gosh, one of the best I have read. Funny, emotional, fantastic, heartwarming, mysterious and paranormal cozy I absolutely loved. E.J. Copperman writes a fantastic series about a single mom, who is amazing with tools, has a victorian guest house at the beach, which is haunted and fantastic. In this the fourth book in the series, main character Alison is hard at work solving a mysterious death of one of her mothers neighbors. Alison is a full time mom, guest house operator/owner and sometimes PI who with the help of a few friendly ghosts solves some pretty fantastic mysteries! I love this series and my library for stocking it! 

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