Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Dressed to Kill by Vicki Vass

A few weeks ago I was sent Dressed to Kill by Vicki Vass, to read and read it I did. Book 5 in the Antique Hunters Mystery Series was outstanding! I could not put it down. If you are not yet into this series you are missing a great one.  Vicki Vass is one of my most favorite authors and the character relationships are truly special in her books. I especially love the Antique Hunters Mystery for the relationship between best friends and  the antique hunting duo of  Anne and CC! There is more than just great relationships in this series, there are also an amazing events and adventures based on true historical events and pieces of history that tie perfectly into the story, the mystery and the fun! 
This is a great series and I am honored to have found my name and quote on the front cover! Dressed to Kill is out now and you can find it on Amazon by clicking here. 
In 1865, Elizabeth Keckley, Mary Todd Lincoln’s dressmaker, conspired to change the course of the Civil War. Crossing lines between North and South, the band of conspirators wove a plan that remained undiscovered for more than 150 years until Antique Hunter Anne Hillstrom finds one of Keckley’s gowns. She and fellow Antique Hunter CC Muller unravel the mystery that has left a trail of dead bodies, leading to the doorstep of their antique store, Great-Aunt Sybil’s Attic. Dressed to Kill is the fifth book in the Antique Hunters Mystery Series. Rooted in history, the series reimagines real-life events blurring the line between fact and fiction. With a passion for shopping and antiques, Vicki Vass turned in her reporter's notebook to chronicle the adventures of Anne and CC, two antique hunters who use their skills to solve a murder case. 

Thank you for joining me for a cup of tea and a cozy mystery review I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A Cup of Tea and A Cozy Chat With Joyce Tremel of The Brewing Trouble Mystery Series

Today we sit down and chat with cozy mystery author Joyce Tremel from the Brewing Trouble Mystery series. I recently read, reviewed and loved A Room with a Brew, this is the third book in the series. I asked Joyce to stop by for a quick chat today and share a bit about her work with all of you.

KMOT: Welcome Joyce,  When you are writing what sustains you?

JT: No matter what I'm writing, I'm usually sustained by coffee and beer, depending on what time of day it is. Plus an occasional piece or two of chocolate. 


KMOT: What was your inspiration for the character of Jake? 

JT "I'm not exactly sure what my inspiration for Jake was. I wanted someone whose previous career wasn't anything like being a chef. Pittsburgh is such a sports-oriented town that a sports figure fit the bill. Although my character Candy loves football and the Steelers, I hate it. I like hockey more than baseball, so hockey worked."



KMOT: How did you come up with this series? 

JT: When I was asked to come up with an idea for a cozy, I wanted to do something entirely different. I may have been drinking a beer at the time I decided a female brewmaster was a great idea, lol.

KMOTH: Who was the inspiration for  Hops the lovely cat who is featured on the covers? 

JT: The "prototype" for Hops was my cat Layla. We had her for about 11 years until she got sick and we had to let her go last year. Sometimes I still think I hear her tapping across the hardwood floor.

KMOT: What is next for us readers and fans? 

JT: I'm not sure what's next exactly. I'm hoping there will be a fourth book in the series. My agent is looking at options right now. She's also sending out a proposal for a mystery series set on the homefront in WWII. My character is a reporter who takes over for her dad's newspaper when he goes overseas as a war correspondent. I'm also working on another proposal for a cozy series set in central Pennsylvania. 

Thank you Joyce for taking time to chat with us today. A Room with A Brew is out now and you can find it on Amazon by clicking here 

Thank you for joining us here today for a cup of tea and a cozy chat! I would love to hear from you so please leave us a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com 

Monday, October 16, 2017

FIve Amigos Fall-O-ween Fun Halloween Week 3

Week three and half way through October, how fast the time goes! Today we are sharing our third week of cozy mysteries that are either Halloween based or Paranormal.  Karen K is up first today for this weeks double double.
Karen's choice is By Familiar Means by Delia James 
"I loved this second book in the series with the wonderful addition of Annabelle's grandmother. I enjoyed the continuation of her journey of understanding her gift, with the aid of new found friends, along with a top notch whodunit to solve as well!
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In the latest from the author of A Familiar Tail, a witch and her familiar find trouble brewing at a coffee house. After discovering her mystical heritage--and being adopted by furry feline familiar Alistair--artist Annabelle Britton has decided to make picturesque Portsmouth, New Hampshire, her new home. Now, she can take the time to figure out her new abilities and welcome her grandmother, who is visiting Portsmouth, and her old coven, for the first time in thirty years. But being a witch doesn't magically put money in the bank. When she's hired to paint the murals for a new coffee house, it seems like a wish come true. But then a series of spooky sounds and strange happenings convince the owners that their new shop is haunted. They want Anna and her coven to evict the restless spirit before the grand opening. Annabelle is certain the haunted happenings at the shop are just hocus pocus. But when her search reveals hidden smugglers' tunnels beneath the shop--and a dead body--Annabelle, Alastair, and the coven suddenly find themselves in a cat and mouse game with a killer...

Now for my choice! One of my most favorite series is from an author called Madelyn Alt. This is an old but wonderful cozy mystery series and the first book is The Trouble With Magic. This is one of the first witchy cozy mysteries I ever read and I bought the entire series.
Now to see what our Amigos chose this week...
Click here for Sheryl at Booth Talks Books 
Click here Mary's for mjbreviewrs

We are so thrilled you have joined us today and we would love to hear from you so please leave us a comment here and then visit our Amigos and let them know what you think of their choices this week. 
We thank you for joining us for a cup of tea and this weeks Fall-O-ween Fun picks.


Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Plot is Murder by V. M. Burns

I am very blessed to be able to read so many cozy mystery books and I will say that I actively lobbied author V.M. Burns for the opportunity to have this book on my table as soon as possible. Sometimes I can look at a cover and just know a book is going to be amazing, and I was very right with The Plot Is Murder. I did not read the book intro which I have posted below. I just saw the cover and knew I wanted to read the book. Yes I judge books by their covers, and I am not ashamed. This book was better than good, it was spectacular. I had no idea the concept of a main character who was in the process of mourning her husband, opening a mystery bookstore to help fulfill her husband's dying wish and she is writing a mystery too, would work so well! If I had read that going in I would have told you it is not possible to do all that and do it well and I would have been so wrong. I have never seen a cozy that was so well written and seamlessly slips between the main characters reality and the book she is writing. I would have told you it can't be done and I would have missed out on an amazing book. I found this to be one of the most engaging cozy mysteries I have ever read. Easily in the top 5 best new cozy first in series released this year and a book you should line up for.  Not only were the two mysteries perfectly balanced but the characters were interesting, well rounded and each added something perfectly in this layered tapestry.  I could not put this book down. In fact I didn't, it was the perfect cozy read. I am in awe of V.M. Burns ability to write like this and I am anxiously awaiting the release of book two already. The Plot is Murder is published by Kensington and is out November 28th and can be pre-ordered on Amazon by clicking here. (I am not an amazon affiliate and I do not make money if you click this link)
The small town of North Harbor on the shores of Lake Michigan is about to have a new mystery bookstore. But before the first customer can browse its shelves, the store’s owner is suspected of her own murder plot . . .  Samantha Washington has dreamed of owning her own mystery bookstore for as long as she can remember. And as she prepares for the store’s grand opening, she’s also realizing another dream—penning a cozy mystery set in England between the wars. While Samantha hires employees and fills the shelves with the latest mysteries, quick-witted Lady Penelope Marsh, long-overshadowed by her beautiful sister Daphne, refuses to lose the besotted Victor Carlston to her sibling's charms. When one of Daphne's suitors is murdered in a maze, Penelope steps in to solve the labyrinthine puzzle and win Victor. But as Samantha indulges her imagination, the unimaginable happens in real life. A shady realtor turns up dead in her backyard, and the police suspect her—after all, the owner of a mystery bookstore might know a thing or two about murder. Aided by her feisty grandmother and an enthusiastic ensemble of colorful retirees, Samantha is determined to close the case before she opens her store. But will she live to conclude her own story when the killer has a revised ending in mind for her? 


Learn more about V. M. Burns by visiting her website by clicking here. 
I truly enjoyed reading this cozy mystery and I am thrilled to be able to share my reviews with all of you.
Thank you for joining me for a cup of tea and a cozy mystery review. I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com

Saturday, October 14, 2017

On My Table and In My Cup October 7-14th

Wonderful things have been upon my table this week and  I am so excited for the Maddie Hatter Series book 3 release! Timely Taffeta is on my kindle app calling to me and I have to get through two books this weekend to get to it! I am so excited to have it and this next adventure mystery by author Jayne Barnard!
I have been blessed with some lovely flowers via my Mother in law this week! They paired nicely with M.K. Graff's British Cozy that I am about to start!
Currently I am finishing Mrs. Jeffries and the Three Wise Women this is a great read so far I just have had so much going on that I have not had a chance to finish it!
I read and reviewed a lovely  Canadian based cozy by Amber Boffin I think you might enjoy. This one is out now and has a lovely setting, set of characters and plausible mystery! Looking forward to seeing more in this series.
I am excited to share the review of The Plot is Murder by V.M. Burns tomorrow with you all, this book is so, so good! I promise to tell you all about it tomorrow.
I also reviewed Secerts and Pies this week and coming up on Thursday is the release day party I hope you will join me on the Beyond The Bookmark page for the event, actually we have been doing some fun things leading up, I hope you will join us! Click here for the event page. 
The event is next Thursday and I will there to help celebrate, share recipes, crafts and more all relating to author Jenny Kales series! It's online and free and so much fun! Click here to learn more. 

So I have been doing something other than reading this week, actually I have made three fresh cheese this week and I have had fun not only eating but making different soft cheeses that are lactose free and it is surprisingly easy!

Earlier this week I braved the very cold morning air and had a pre dawn tea complete with a tealight, despite the cold it was beautiful and very nice to sit and listen to the sound of the waves even before the birds woke up!

Today is the start of our Hockey season and I am very thrilled to be so very blessedly stressed and busy today. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to join me here for a cup of tea and a cozy mystery 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, October 13, 2017

Fancy Friday Finds- Halloween Themed


It is Friday the thirteenth and while I love Halloween and I love cozy mysteries I am not much for horror movies so I will share some fun Halloween themed tea ideas with you today. Starting with this Sorting Hat Tea Cozy, I do love my Harry Potter and take a look at this cozy by clicking here. 
Dembones Etsy shop has some great Halloween Tea themed items from their Wake the Dead Black Tea to their Pushing Up Daisies blend and some really great sugar skull shapes, check out this shop by clicking here. 
I found a very fun Etsy Shop specializing in Halloween and darker themed tea sets that you can customize. Angiloletti Designs Etsy shop is a must see you can see this listing and shop by clicking here. 

So much to love on Etsy and this Tea and Halloween lover was thrilled to find these fun finds to share with you today. I hope you have a wonderful day, thank you for joining me here for a cup of tea and some Fancy Friday Finds!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Lethally Green by Amber Boffin

Over the Thanksgiving longweekend I read Lethally Green by Amber Boffin. This is a Canadian based Cozy mystery set in the beautiful Cottage Country of Ontario. I sat down and read Lethally Green on Saturday and did not get up until it was done. I really enjoyed the idea of this cozy. Like most cozies the main character has just had a major life change, returning to her small town roots main character Maggie has the means and the dream to take her life back from the hustle and the bustle of her once overworked life in England. After the sudden death of her parents, and selling her company, Maggie returns to the log cabin of her youth and begins renovating it, updating it and starting her own photography business from the ground up.  Maggie returns home to a mystery and when a local mayoral candidate is missing and later found dead on her property a naturally curious Maggie uses her scientific background to investigate what she suspects as murder on her property. I also really enjoyed the discovery of friendship Maggie finds in the tiny community and the ties to her long time best friend who lives in Toronto. This is a great Canadian cozy!

Why there? In Canada. It shouldn't happen in this peaceful village at a lake with its colourful and friendly inhabitants… Writer Amber Boffin drops Maggie Flanagan, her little terrier of an aspiring photographer and amateur sleuth back into her childhood village to dig out the truth for you.A chain of transformative events, culminating with her parents' death, spurs Maggie Flanagan to change her lifestyle. Maggie leaves her high-pressure job in the UK and moves back to her childhood home by a lake in the peaceful cottage country of Ontario in Canada as a photographer who develops her amateur sleuth skills. A photo wedding assignment introduces her to the diverse inhabitants of Foxton, a fictive village near Algonquin Park. Maggie's warm reception by the villagers, in particular Adam, a charming conservation officer, and the relaxing country lifestyle are spiced up by the mysterious disappearance of a local man...

You can find this one out now on amazon by clicking here.

Thank you for joining me here for for a cup of tea and a cozy mystery review I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Secrets and Pies by Jenny Kales

Last Friday I read Jenny Kales upcoming cozy mystery Secrets and Pies! This is the third book in the Callie's Kitchen Mystery and It is coming out on August 19th! Thrilled to have had it to read early and so much I wish I could share with you! But I promise no spoilers, we do however get to know Callie and her staff member Max this time around. I also loved the setting in this story! I think you will too. The mystery is a strong one and I did not have it figured out until the reveal and I hope it is the same for you. I love a good mystery that I don't have figured out don't you?
Secrets and Pies has some great recipes and is a truly cozy lovers delight!

Don't forget to join us for Secrets and Pies the release party as well on Thursday October 19th! Click here to RSVP and join us! 
Summertime in Crystal Bay means tourist season for Calliope “Callie” Costas, owner of Callie’s Kitchen, a Greek-meets-Midwest from-scratch eatery. Business is booming but so is the stress. Callie can barely keep up with the demand for her famous summer fruit pies and savory Greek delicacies, plus she’s agreed to bake dozens of “pitas” for the annual Greek Fest.
When Callie is asked to deliver cast party treats for a Murder Mystery Night at the historic Harris House, it seems like a welcome break from her hot stove. That is, until she finds herself an unwilling player in yet another suspicious death. Worse yet, the victim is a family friend and graduate student working on a project involving Crystal Bay’s colorful past.Before long, a motley crew of suspects makes things as juicy as the succulent berries strewn around Callie’s Kitchen. And that’s not all Callie’s got on her plate. Add family obligations, a deepening romance with a local detective and unexpected personnel problems to the mix. One thing’s for sure: Callie’s got the recipe for a long, hot summer!

You can pre order your copy by clicking here. 

Thank you so much for joining me here for a cup of tea and a cozy mystery review I would love to hear from you so please leave us a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Miranda James Fixing To Die





Miranda James  writes some fantastic characters in A Southern Ladies Mystery, the two main characters are a pair of sisters who are North of 30, closer to 80 and they prove that life, mystery and the pursuit of  a purposeful life are not only possible but a very classy way to spend your twilight years.  It is very easy to picture the Ducote Sisters, who are very different from each other but a perfect balance. Not having had children these sisters are far from spinsters but have a wonderful heart having taking in a 19 year old "ward" something from the beginning of the series that has blossomed beautifully by this fourth book. Beautiful animal companions in this series and a fun story in a "historical haunted house", this however is far from a paranormal book.  Rich in history and character this is a series I am enjoying watching it grow.
The New York Times bestselling author of the Cat in the Stacks Mysteries and Digging Up the Dirt returns with the latest Southern Ladies Mystery...It’s autumn down south, and An'gel and Dickce Ducote are in Natchez, Mississippi, at the request of Mary Turner Catlin, the granddaughter of an old friend. Mary and her husband, Henry Howard, live in Cliffwood, one of the beautiful antebellum homes for which Natchez is famous. Odd things have been happening in the house for years, and the French Room in particular has become the focal point for spooky sensations. The Ducotes suspect the ghostly goings-on are caused by the living, but when a relative of the Catlins is found dead in the room, An'gel and Dickce must sift through a haunted family history to catch a killer.

Find Miranda James Fixing to Die on Amazon by clicking here. 
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Monday, October 9, 2017

Five Amigos Fall-O-Ween Fun Week Two

We are back with Week two and sipping peppermint tea as we are both stuffed!

It is Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada, so Happy Thanksgiving!

Up first this week is Karen K! Her Choice is The Legend of Sleepy Harlow by Kylie Logan. 

I love these characters and their teamwork. The League of Literary Ladies are each unique characters and a delight to read and to follow their journey in solving the whodunit.

It takes more than a lurid legend to scare off the League of Literary Ladies in the third novel in this charming cozy mystery series... For Halloween, the Literary Ladies have chosen to read Washington Irving's spooky classic, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, with its infamous headless horseman. But South Bass Island has its own headless legend--of a Prohibition bootlegger named Charlie "Sleepy" Harlow. Decapitated by rival rumrunners, Harlow appears once a year in spectral form to search for his noggin. This October, the Elkhart Ghost Getters (EGG) have returned to the island. The group claims that they have film footage of Harlow's ghost, and are determined to get more. They're staying at Bea Cartwright's B & B, but it's Kate Wilder who isn't happy to see them after they trashed her winery last year. When the EGG leader turns up dead, Kate becomes the prime suspect, and the other League members need to scramble to crack the case.

My turn....

Continuing my love of Krista Davis, this time with her A Paws & Claws Mystery. 
The second spirited mystery in the New York Times bestselling Paws & Claws series. Wagtail, Virginia, the top pet-friendly getaway in the United States, is gearing up for a howling good Halloween--until a spooky murder shakes the town to its core.. Holly Miller doesn't believe in spirits, but the Sugar Maple Inn is filled with guests who do. The TV series in development, Apparition Apprehenders, has descended on Wagtail's annual Halloween festivities to investigate supernatural local legends, and Holly has her hands full showing the ghost hunters a scary-fun time. But the frights turn real when Holly's Jack Russell, Trixie, and kitten, Twinkletoes, find a young woman drowned in the Wagtail Springs Hotel's bathhouse--the spot of the town's most infamous haunting. The crime scene is eerily similar to the creepy legend, convincing Holly that the death wasn't just accidental. Now she'll have to race to catch a flesh-and-blood killer--before someone else in town gives up the ghost... Delicious recipes for owners and pets included

I bought mine on The Book Depository as it is always free shipping! Click here for The Book Depository. 

Now it is time to see what our Amigos picked!
See what Sheryl has picked for you on Booth Talks Books by clicking here. 

Check out Mary's Pick on MJBreviewers by clicking here. 
And Lisa's blog, Lisa K Book Reviews by clicking here.
We hope you will leave us a comment and visit our Amigos and let us all know what you think of our picks!
Thank you for joining us here we would love to hear from you so please leave us a comment here or email us at karenmowen@gmail.com