Saturday, June 24, 2017

On My Table and In My Cup June 17-24th



A very hot Saturday on the menu for today, one last week of school for the kids and the temperature is rising here.  Summer arrived with full force  this week and with it the need for summer reads. We started this week with our 11 week Three Amigos Summer Reading club, I hope you have enjoyed our first three summer suggestions and I can not wait for Monday to reveal the next ones! I was thrilled to receive Judy Volhart's Ice Whine and Irish Cheddar in the mail this week, I read it in one sitting and look forward to sharing my review with you tomorrow. 
I enjoy toast and jam daily so when I was approved to review Toast & Jam I was very delighted!
This book is out August 15th and if you have a foodie in the house this is a book you will need to own! Look for my review later this week.
I had Killer Party on my table this week by Lynn Cahoon. This long running series gets more interesting with each book and I know you will enjoy this one for sure. Out July 18th now is the  time to pre order this one!
Another fun summer read and this one called The Fiesta Burger Murder is a first in series from author Rosie A. Point. While the cover doesn't give the cozy feeling, the book does for sure and the cover makes me hungry! This one is out July 4th and I think you will be pleasantly surprised with this story line and theme.
The Decorator Who Knew Too Much by Diane Vallere was a read I was not expecting to evoke such emotion in me! I enjoyed this delightful mystery and it was a new series for me. This one is out now and a great summer read for sure. The cover is spot on with the series and I love that what you see is what you can expect from this fun vintage loving series. 

Thank you so much for joining me here today for this weekly review. I love having you join me and I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com

Friday, June 23, 2017

Fancy Friday Finds



Welcome to Fancy Friday and as it is the first Friday of Summer I thought I would share some of my recent Etsy favorites. While I am not a camper myself, I would love a camper like this one to turn into a traveling tea oasis and this Mug Rug I found struck my fancy! This is from QuiltinCats Etsy shop and is now on my Etsy favorites and Elfster list, I really would like this! Click here to see this shop and listing...oh and if you happen to have a small trailer you are not using send it my way and I would make good use of it! 
keeping with the whole vintage glamping theme, I found these beauties! In  1350 North Vintage Etsy shop these 1950 stunners would be a fun addition to my tea parties don't you think? Click here to see these beauties and more! 
If I had a trailer I would also have this Tea banner, actually I might get the tea banner anyway! This banner caught my eye in the Tunes and Spoon's Etsy Shop. Seriously love this idea! Click here for this fun shop and listing.



Thank you for joining me for a cup of tea and three fancy Friday finds! I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A Grave Prediction Spotlight on a fantastic series by Victoria Laurie

It feels like just yesterday I read A Grave Prediction by Victoria Laurie, I read it when it came out in hardback last year and am so excited it is out in paperback. This is a Psychic Eye Mystery, number 14 and yes I have read them all! You can read my review from last year by clicking here.
Victoria Laurie is an author that I first fell in love with at my local library. Spinning the racks one of her books literally jumped from the rack and into my hands. True story that is how I used to pick my books, let the kids get their books in the kid section which was beside the cozies and as they spent their three minutes looking, I would spin the rack and what fell came home....try it sometime it is a fun way of discovering new series.
In A Grave Prediction, main character Abby is hired to help train FBI members in LA, you can imagine the lack of welcome she receives! However this is an action packed and exciting read with every bit of magic Victoria Laurie has created to captivate the readers since book one!

"In Victoria Laurie s new Psychic Eye mystery, Abby Cooper learns that following the money often leads to murder . . . Professional psychics learn to deal with skeptics, but Abby has to prepare herself for one steep uphill battle when she s sent to San Diego to help train FBI officers to use their intuition. Her first challenge: a series of bank robberies in which the thieves made off with loads of cash but left no clues. Abby s sixth sense leads her team to a tract of land recently cleared for development. But instead of finding clues to the cash, Abby gets a vision of four buried bodies. A site search turns up some bones and pottery from an American Indian tribe, but that s still enough to delay construction for years. With a furious developer and dubious FBI agents on her back, Abby is losing credibility fast. But unlike the best laid plans, Abby s talent rarely leads her astray. And if the bodies aren t there yet, that means that four deaths can still be stopped. She ll just have to dig a little deeper . . ."


A Grave Prediction is out now and you can find it on Amazon by clicking here.
Learn more about author Victoria Laurie and this series by clicking here for her author website

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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Killer Party by Lynn Cahoon


Late last night I finished Killer Party by Lynn Cahoon. This long running series is a favorite of mine and this one did not disappoint. Great friction, mystery and compelling relationships in this cozy mystery. I loved the setting, a grand Castle and the idea of the hotel attached to it and in it. Easy to picture the setting  and I liked the way Lynn wrote about her character's relationships and town happenings. This town gets more interesting by the book! This one is a great addition and it is out  July 18th.




You can pre order on Amazon by clicking here
Learn more about Lynn and her amazing series by clicking here.
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Fiesta Burger Murder by Rosie A. Point

Father's day I read a first in series by Rosie A. Point called The Fiesta Burger Murder. This book was sent to me for review and is out on July 4th.  While the cover doesn't scream cozy mystery it does look darn good and was a very good mystery.  Christie Watson is the main character, impulsive, inquizitive and on sabbatical from her job as a police officer in Boston. Coming home to her best friend's house after years of being away and under duress, this break is not at all what she is looking forward to but is exactly what she needs. I think this will be a very good series and one to watch for!


Boston Homicide Detective, Christie Watson, wants nothing less than to bury her head in the sand in her hometown, Sleepy Creek, Ohio. Placed on sabbatical for a little ‘over-enthusiasm,’ Chris has to stay out of trouble or risk losing her job for good, and Sleepy Creek, with its clapboard homes and peaceful milieu, seems just the place to do that. But returning to Sleepy Creek means facing the one cold case she’s never solved: her mother’s murder. The past becomes the least of her worries, however, when a man is murdered in her best friend’s back yard. Griselda, awesome human being all-round and owner of the local Burger Bar – serving scrumptious delights like the Mexican Fiesta Burger – is the prime suspect. To make matters worse, the handsome detective in charge of the case won’t quit asking questions or drop the icy professionalism whenever Chris counters with her own. Det. Watson can’t let this one slide – sabbatical or not, she won’t let her friend wind up behind bars for a crime she didn’t commit. Equipped with her cop skills, and that thirst for truth, she sets off to solve the murder before it’s too late. 

This book is ready for preorder on Amazon.com by clicking here.
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Monday, June 19, 2017

Welcome To The Three Amigos Summer Reading Club! Week 1

Welcome to the First of our 11 week Three Amigos Summer Reading Club!


Today our theme book is "Books By The Beach"  and my suggested selection is Morgan C. Talbot's Smugglers & Scones!  This is a new cozy mystery that I read and reviewed in January and it is one that I loved so much, I could not put it down. This is a great vacation read and will give you all the cozy feels!  I hope you will check out my review by clicking here. 


Pippa Worthy runs Moorehaven, the Oregon Coast’s quirkiest bed-and-breakfast and former home of world-famous mystery writer A. Raymond Moore. Guests come there to write their own crime novels. When a real-life murder takes a local’s life and washes a handsome boat pilot into her arms, Pippa is yanked into a deadly plot of her own. A tangle of secrets crashes past into present, and Pippa must uncover clues dating back to Seacrest’s Prohibition days, including a secret Moore himself hid from the world.Juggling her book-writing guests, small-town intrigues, secret club agendas, and a possibly fatal attraction, Pippa must sort fact from fiction to know who to trust before a desperate killer claims a final revenge nearly a century in the making.

You can find a copy of your own on Amazon.com by clicking here.

Now see what my Amigos have chosen for their first week of our Summer Suggested Cozy Mysteries.......


Find Mary's Books By The Beach Suggestion on her blog by clicking here


Find Lisa K's Books By The Beach Suggestion on her blog by clicking here'

We hope you will leave us each a comment and let us know where you are joining us from, and let us know how your summer reading is going!

Thank you so much for "Hanging With Us Today!" here for a cup of Iced tea and a cozy mystery summer selection suggestion! We hope you will join us on Mondays all summer long.  I would love to hear from you so please leave us a comment here or email us at karenmowen@gmail.com

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Decorator Who Knew Too Much



I would like to apologize to author Diane Vallere and her assistant Liz for not having had this read before now, it was sent to me in February to review. Unfortunately I put it in my read file, not my TBR file and it got overlooked. I spent the last two days reading this wonderful book and I am truly sorry it took me so long to get it read. I did not notice this error on my own and thank Liz for being on top of things! While I am sorry it took so long to read I have to say I am thrilled with the fact that the flowers from my neighbor's garden work perfectly with the cover. 

Can we please talk about how amazing the cover of The Decorator Who Knew Too Much is and how well it looks on my table. I have not read any books in the Mad for Mod Mystery Series, yet reading this one even as a fourth book was easy to get into. I want to tell you how much I enjoyed this story.  I won't presume to know what the other books are like but I will tell you that The Decorator Who Knew Too Much is a really good read. It is set in one of my most favorite and sacred places, Palm Springs. I will tell you that it was very easy for me to picture all the places that author Diane Vallere talks about and even if you have never been to Palm Springs she describes it perfectly, although I will say I have never experienced the level of uneasiness that main Character Madison does! Usually a bustling and busy town I have never felt unsafe while I was there, and while at times I felt defensive of what was happening in the plot, it was completely plausible. I really like Madison, I like her quirky backstory, her complicated past and creative persona. I love her dog, Rock and her sense of style. I did not have this book figured out until the big reveal and I really liked that.  If you are looking for a stylish, retro feeling read, great setting, and a character you can aspire to be like then you should pick up The Decorator Who Knew Too Much


The Decorator Who Knew Too Much can be found on Amazon by clicking here.
Learn more about Diane Vallere on her author website by clicking here.

Thank you for joining me here today 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, June 17, 2017

On My Table and In My Cup June 10th -17th

I can not believe that it is Saturday already, honestly this is a stupid statement, I know what day it is, I just feel like the week between these posts speeds by and yet Monday-Thursday feel like they take an eternity, but here we are. I am off to a special needs baseball tournament shortly, an event I have come to love and look forward too more and more with each passing year.  I have made some incredible friends on the field, parents who like me have a different path to follow then our typical peers. I don't know what I would do without the support of our Canucks Autism Network community or our Challenger Baseball Families either. They have helped to shape a better then normal childhood for my boys and our community. This week I did a few trips to the local charity/thrift stores and even one slightly further trip to Value Village, where I picked up this lovely book I had been eyeing on line. It is called Tea Culture and I am very much looking forward to soaking in all it has to offer me with in these beautiful pages, more on this $5.99 deal in a later post.
I was thrilled with the buy 4 get one free deal at another thrift store I went to. I was thrilled to find Well Read then Dead by Terrie Farley Moran, I lent my copy out and can not remember who I lent it to. I also got a few I had been wanting to read and one I had never heard of. Not bad finds at all.

I am reading I think my 92 book of the year right now, and Witch Way To Mintwood was a really great suggestion by my friend Lisa and on Wednesday I really needed a paranormal cozy read the way my mother needed Calgon to take her away in the 70's. This was a great book and I am very much wanting to read the series. If you like me love Witch Cozy Mysteries do pick this one up.
For me Leave it to Cleaver by Victoria Hamilton was a first in series for me, this is I think book 5 and a lovely bitter sweet cozy.  I picked up two more in the series this week for my TBR pile and am looking forward to give them a go.
I am very excited that my friends Mary and Lisa K are going to help me promote summer reading with our Three Amigos Summer Reading Club. We hope you will join us on Mondays all throughout the summer and see our  33 picks! 11 weeks, 33 books, endless possibilities for your TBR pile and arm chair adventures. We hope you find your perfect summer read with us!
Sunday my family and I took a walk for the  JDRF with a fundraising walk around Vancouver's Stanley Park, even though I am on Crutches I did walk the entire thing, which is likely why I am back on crutches, but it was worth it. I also brought the book I was reading, A Ghostly Light by Juliet Blackwell. This book is SO GOOD, if you love lighthouses, like I do, great characters and settings as well as a good ghost mystery this is a book for you! Loved it, you should order it!
Long In The Sleuth by Carol Novis was a refreshing and entertaining cozy where I learn a lot about Jewish culture and had a fantastic time with some funny characters and surprising twists!
 This week also marks the second anniversary of the passing of a very special young lady. An extraordinary set of circumstances lead me to come to know and champion a young lady facing insurmountable odds. In memory of that precious child and her courageous fight with cancer, I set my table. In support of her mother, family, friends and survivors, I lifted my cup in remembrance. If you feel moved, have the ability to donate too or help families like my friend Ahmie I encourage you to do so. Special prayers to the families just like hers who fight just as hard along side them. #noonefightsalone #teawithahmie #noonegrivesalone .

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Fancy Friday Finds!

Welcome Friday, I have been looking forward to you all week.  Welcome to my Fancy Friday Finds! This week I have been thinking about and trying to wear my own brooches, since the Duchess of Cambridge has been wearing them with her outfits I thought I should pull mine out and well take a page from her book... I found this spectacular brooch on KindHeartsEmporium Etsy shop site and quickly fell in love. This is so something I would wear and may just have to purchase, unless you beat me too it. Check out this listing and shop by clicking here.
Teacup shapes are important to me. Royal Albert is the brand of bone china I have most of and it is largely due to the shape and colors of patterns offered. I do not have but would love this blue and yellow stunner! Aprils Luxuries Etsy shop has this Glamis Royal Albert Set from the Merrie England Series you should check out. Click here for shop and listing. 

I realize we are 6 months away but I love these vintage napkin rings I found on Tistheseasonboutique 

I was surprised to see that they are also offering the serving plate! Click here for this hidden gem of a shop! 


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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Witch Way To Mintwood by Addison Creek

Yesterday I felt very much that I needed a paranormal cozy read, thanks to my friend Lisa K I found Witch Way to Mintwood by Addison Creek. It was just what I needed. This book was the perfect cozy witch story. This was an unexpected wonderful read. Sometimes you can just tell by the cover, and I was drawn to this one! The story is a great one and the mystery pretty good too! The main character is a reluctant town witch, who returns to her childhood home after her grandmother dies. Living with her best friends in a rambling and falling down house would be drama enough for any cozy but this witch can see and talk to ghosts! I simply loved this. I would and will read this series. A fantastic find and I am thankful to Lisa K for pointing me in this books direction. Currently offered at 99 cents on Amazon and worth every penny and more!

House falling down? Check. Pet sitting job with annoying clients? Check. Ability to speak to ghosts, which has the unfortunate side effect of having to listen to what they say back? Double check! Hot high school crush still in town being all successful and stuff while you protest his building projects? All kinds of checks! Did anyone say Witch of Mintwood? Yup! Just add murder and this will be a week to remember!

You can find this one on Amazon by Clicking here.
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Leave It To Cleaver by Victoria Hamilton

I was very pleased to be asked to read and review Victoria Hamilton's Leave it To Cleaver, a Vintage Kitchen Mystery that is out later this month by Beyond The Page Publishing.  This is the first book in the series I have read. Even though Victoria Hamilton is one of my most favorite cozy mystery authors this series I had not read. This one has so much emotion in it. I did not realize what a great sister cozy this would be. The drama and the reflection of the past tied with the present day made for a very full and all encompassing read. I love the cover and the cozy feeling you get at the end of this book. Spoiler Alert!  It is a bitter sweet but happy ending as cozies go!  



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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

You Are Invited To Join Us This Summer For The Three Amigos Summer Reading Club!

                           Over the weekend, my friends and fellow bloggers,  Mary of https://mjbreviewers.wordpress.com/ and Lisa  of Lisa K's Book Reviews and I got together and brainstormed what we hope you will think is a fun summer reading club! After all why should the kids have all the fun?  We have made ourselves Bitmoji Icon's in keeping with the whimsical feelings summer is supposed to make us all feel and we have come up with an 11 week simple reading club that we hope you love. All you have to do to join is pop by each of our blogs Mondays from June 19th right through to the end of August on the 28th!


We have each put a list of summer reading suggestions based on weekly themes that we hope you will want to read, treasure, take with you on holiday, make you think you are on holiday or simply take you away for an arm chair traveler retreat. Read one, read all, create a to be read pile from our suggestions the choice is up to you!

Each week we will have three book selections for you to enjoy! That is 33 book suggestions we hope you will take to heart and perhaps book suggestions you can use for August 31st on Buy A Friend A Book Day, the most wonderful day of the year!

I hope you will join us for our Three Amigos Summer Reading Club and end our Summer of Reading with the Celebration of Buy A Friend A Book Day on August 31st!
Thank you for joining me here this morning for a cup of tea and a cozy mystery summer reading club announcement. 

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Monday, June 12, 2017

A Ghostly Light by Juliet Blackwell

Oh this book I could not put it down! Juliet Blackwell has a must read book you will want to read this summer! This book had everything this cozy mystery lover could want!  In A Ghostly Light, Juliet Blackwell took everything I love in a great cozy and surpassed my expectations of a great book. Wonderful read for a reader who loves light houses, ghost stories, mysteries and delightful endings! Take this book to the beach with you this summer or like me to a lighthouse. 
I have read one or two in this series and while I enjoyed them, this one stood out most for me as it hit on something I love so dearly which is preservation of lighthouses. This story was so inspiring, the mystery so captivating and the characters both alive and dead so relatable! This is a book I would buy for my friends just so we could talk about the story together! This series is a book clubs delight, this story a crown jewel.  This book is out June 27th! 

When her friend Alicia hires Turner Construction to renovate a historic lighthouse in the San Francisco Bay, Mel Turner can’t wait to get her hands dirty. Alicia plans to transform the island property into a welcoming inn, and while Mel has never attempted a project so ambitious—or so tall—before, she’s definitely up for the challenge. But trouble soon arises when Alicia’s abusive ex-husband shows up to threaten both her and Mel, and later turns up dead at the base of the lighthouse stairs. With no other suspects in sight, things start looking choppy for Alicia. Now, if Mel wants to clear her friend’s name, she’ll need the help of the lighthouse’s resident ghosts to shine a light on the real culprit...
You can pre order now on Amazon by clicking here. 
Learn more about Juliet Blackwell and all her amazing stories by clicking here.
Thank you for joining me here today 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