Thursday, February 23, 2017

BOOK TOUR: Planted (The Penningtons Investigate #1) by C.T. Collier

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Book Information
Genre: Cozy Mystery
  • Series: The Penningtons Investigate
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 9, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1533221642
  • ISBN-13: 978-1533221643

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Synopsis: It’s Monday of spring break when Professor Lyssa Pennington’s backyard garden project unearths a loaded revolver. With no record of violence at their address and no related cold case, the Tompkins Falls police have no interest. But the Penningtons and a friend with the State Police believe there's a body somewhere. Whose? Where? And who pulled the trigger? 

The Penningtons’ canvass of their quiet neighborhood turns up disturbing secrets about the family that lived in their house for decades and another ill-fated family a few doors away. No one can say where the two families' only sons are. Lyssa follows the money story and finds twenty million dollars, a neighbor who’s not what he seems, and a long-buried rivalry. Kyle goes after homicide data in six states and finds a body. Their next surprise is a murderer who will go to any length to conceal the crime. 


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Review: This was a great read--the plot is well-developed, as are the characters. The pacing is such that it keeps you reading to find out what is going to find out next. It was also impressive that the characters are allowed to be human, with real flaws: alcoholism and recovery, panic attacks, irritation, intimidation, presumption, and arguing. There is also a fascinating group of supporting characters from the small college town where they live. Some of the action in the book seemed a little far-fetched, but it was overall an energetic, exciting read.

**I received a copy of this book with no expectation of a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**

Rating: Four stars

About the author
 photo CT-Collier-author_zpsypcvui5t.jpg C. T. Collier grew up in Seneca Falls, NY, left the area for college and jobs, and always wanted to return to the Finger Lakes. Today she lives in a beautiful small city on one of the prettiest of the Finger Lakes, not unlike fictional Tompkins Falls on lovely Chestnut Lake. Most days you’ll find her writing in her tiny office looking out on a woods populated with fox, deer, wild turkeys, and songbirds. In her career as a tech-savvy college professor, she has been endlessly fascinated with campus intrigue. Entirely fictional, Tompkins College is no college and every college.  

Contact Information
Facebook: /kate.collier.315
Twitter: @TompkinsFalls

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Pick Your Potion (Witch's Brew Cozy Mystery, #1) by C.C. Dragon

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Book Information
  • Series: Witch's Brew Cozy Mystery
  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 12, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1542914582
  • ISBN-13: 978-1542914581
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Synopsis: Gypsies, vamps, and weres…these are just some of the people powerful witch Claudia Crestwood and her friends protect. In the city of Hartford, Connecticut—years before Salem, there were witch trials. Now the paranormal coexist with humans, more or less. With the help of her hippie aunt and cousins, her gypsy uncle, and other paranormal friends, Claudia stands on the line between humans and paras—helping to keep the peace.


When a human customer dies after an incident at the coffee shop, Claudia must dig into the case to protect the cafe and the coven. Threats have been made and what’s worse, she’s harboring a hunter wanted by the police in her basement. A hot and powerful wizard starts showing up in the shop when Claudia needs help and is at her worst. Intriguing and annoying… She isn’t sure she can trust him and his reclusive family but it’s time for her to dig deeper into the magical world.



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Review: As soon as I read the synopsis of this book, I was hooked. A paranormal cozy centered around a coffee shop--what a great idea. And I must say the story lived up to my expectations. 

Claudia is an easy to like character, with a lot of responsibility on her shoulders. Not only does she have to keep the coffee shop running, but she is also the witch responsible for keeping the peace between humans and paranormals, which is never an easy task. Add in trying to solve a murder of one of her human customers, and having her grieving husband accuse the coffee shop of being involved....and it all adds up to a fast-paced ride.

You'll find elements of fantasy, paranormal, mystery, suspense, humor, and romance in this story, and will have a tough time putting it down once you start reading. I can hardly wait to get to know the characters better, and to find out about Claudia's secret.

**I received an early review copy of this book with no expectation of a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**

Rating:  Four stars


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About the author
A loyal Chicago girl who loves deep dish pizza, the Cubs, and the Lake, C.C. Dragon is fascinated by mysteries, sleuthing, as well as the supernatural. The southern connection comes in because her sister moved down there and the material was too fun and entertaining not to set a series there.

C.C. loves creating characters, especially amateur sleuths who solve crimes in their spare time. A coffee and chocolate addict who loves fast cars, she’s still looking for a hero who likes to cook and clean…so she can write more!

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A Winter's Tail (Whales and Tails #11) by Kathi Daley

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Book Information
Genre: Cozy mystery
  • Series: Whales and Tails Cozy Mystery
  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 14, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1542563585
  • ISBN-13: 978-1542563581

Synopsis: Three secrets, first revealed in Grimm's Furry Tail, A Tale of Two Tabbies, and The Cat of Christmas Present, collide in a single horrific moment that leaves one person dead and one fighting for their life. This fast paced cozy mystery will have you glued to the page as Cait and Cody join forces with a cat named Moirai in a race against time to track down a killer.

Review: As stated in the synopsis, this story involves secrets which were revealed in three prior stories, so I highly suggest you read those before jumping into this one. 

I love this series and seeing some of these secrets being revealed to the right people at the right time was a great payoff for the characters as well as the readers. At least one of the secrets doesn't involve a happy ending, however, so be prepared for that as well. 

The mystery in this story was a trickier one than usual, IMO. The things that seemed like clues turned out not to be, and the red herrings seemed to outweigh the real clues. I was totally surprised by the reveal of the killer, and saddened by the events which prompted that person's actions. 

The end of this story seems to point toward some new characters for future stories, so I can't wait to see how that all works out. I hope it will bring some happiness to one of members of the "Scooby Gang," who truly deserves it.


Rating: Four stars

About the author
 photo 7278377_zpsrbaidukn.jpg Author of the Zoe Donovan cozy Mystery Series, Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mystery series, Whales and Tails Cozy Mystery Series, Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mysteries, and Seacliff High Teen Cozy Mystery Series. 

Come for the murder, stay for the romance.

Kathi lives in the beautiful alpine community of Lake Tahoe with her husband Ken and dog Echo. When she's not writing she enjoys hanging out on the beach with her children and grandchildren. During the summer she enjoys hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, wakeboarding, and sunset cruises on the lake. During the winter she enjoys cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and curling up by a fire with a good book.

Kathi uses her mountain home as inspiration for her books, all which include appearances by the wildlife she shares her life with. 

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Magicless in Nevermore (Witches of Nevermore Book 1) by Violet Merriweather

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Book Information
Genre: Paranormal cozy mystery
  • File Size: 1064 KB
  • Print Length: 283 pages
  • Publication Date: July 30, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01JE26JD6

Synopsis: TONIGHT SHE’S GOING TO FIND HER MAGIC OR DIE TRYING—HOPEFULLY IN THAT ORDER. AND WITHOUT DYING. 

Cassandra Holly is just your average witch living in Nevermore. Except for the witch part. To be a witch, to stay in Nevermore—and in enchanting distance of her family—she needs to find her magic.

Now.

Against all odds, she does.

Sort of.

FINDING HER MAGIC IS WHEN EVERYTHING GOES WRONG.

Coming into her magic is a dream come true. Stumbling onto a crime scene where the most powerful—and crankiest—witch in Nevermore’s history has been murdered? Not so much. Being hired by the witch’s ghost to find the killer? Verging into nightmare territory.

Ordinarily, Cassie would have left the crime solving to the experts. But it turns out the ghost is not only well-versed in cranky, but coercion as well, and she isn’t going to take no for an answer.

GHOSTLY DESPOT ASIDE, WHAT IF THE MURDER WAS SIMPLY A RED-HERRING?

The more Cassie learns about the murder, the more she realizes something more nefarious is afoot. And if she doesn’t figure out the true mystery in time, she’ll lose her magic, her family, her home.

And quite possibly herself.
 

Review: First in a new paranormal cozy series, this is a fun read. There is magic, humor, murder and even romance. 

Cassie is an interesting character: she is a bit immature at times, but she is relatable and also grows in maturity as the story unfolds. 

The entire town of Nevermore and the premise of a place hidden from the nonmagic folk is fascinating, as are the descriptions of the variety of talents displayed by the inhabitants. Cassie's parents and siblings are an important part of her life, and of the story, as is her good friend Willow. 

The cranky ghost of Maude is hilarious throughout the story, but she offers invaluable clues to the solving of her murder. 

The final reveal is well done, and quite a surprise. There is also a hint at the end of the second story to come, which I look forward to reading very soon.

**I received a copy of this book from the author with no expectation of a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**

Rating: Four stars

About the author
Violet grew up on a diet of fables, fiction, and fairy tales. Now that she’s older, she’s discovered a taste for murder, mystery, and magic. Visit violetmerriweather.com to learn more.

Monday, February 20, 2017

NEW RELEASES/FREE AND BARGAIN BOOKS Weekly Link Up


Sharing the Love of Books
Enjoy our selection of New Releases / Free & Bargain Books this week

Authors please feel free to add your own books
Readers please free to add your own finds
(any genre except erotica welcome)

This weekly link up is hosted by Beck Valley Books & these awesome book loving blogs...
Monday
 Leels Loves Books | IrishdaisylovesRomance | Book Babble
Tuesday
Celticlady's Reviews | First Time Mommy Adventures 
Wednesday
Beck Valley BooksCinnamon Hollow Reviews
Thursday
Miki's Hope | Nicki's Nook
Friday
Ebook Addicts | I Love Romance |
Colorimetry
Saturday
3 Partners in Shopping | I Create Purty Thangs | Wishful Endings 
Sunday

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For Free Books post - FREE / genre / title / author / end date 
For Bargain Books post - SALE / price / genre / title / author / end date
(Strictly no Erotica please.  Steamy romance is fine but watch those covers people, incase any underage child is viewing it!)

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

BLOG TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: Death In Advertising (Tobi Tobias #1) by Laura Bradford

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Death in Advertising (A Tobi Tobias Mystery)
1st in Series
Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Lyrical Underground (February 7, 2017)
Approximately 300 PAGES
ASIN: B01FBZXSFW


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Synopsis: When Tobi Tobias decided to open her own ad agency, having to moonlight in a pet shop wasn’t part of her vision . . . of course, neither was murder.
 
Sometimes when opportunity knocks, the door you open leads to a closet. That’s certainly the case for Tobi, whose weekends spent cleaning cages in her best friend’s pet shop may soon be over. She’s just landed her first big break—Zander Closet Company needs a catchy campaign slogan ASAP, and Tobi thinks she’s got the right hook to knock ’em dead: “When we’re done, even your skeletons will have a place.”
 
But when a real dead body topples out of a showcase closet, she’s about to discover there is such a thing as bad publicity. To save her fledgling business and not get killed by the competition, Tobi takes on a new pet project: solving the murder. But with a stressed-out parrot as the only witness to the crime, Tobi will really have to wing it to put the cagey killer behind bars.


Review: I have read other books by this author and enjoyed them immensely, so I was thrilled to hear that she was beginning a new series, and jumped at the chance to read it. I was not disappointed...in fact, I think this is now my favorite of the many series she has written.

The main character, Tobi Tobias, is quirky and fun. She worries about the snort in her laugh, has a minor addiction to Cocoa Puffs and eats at McDonald's--definitely things I can relate to (especially if you substitute Lucky Charms for Cocoa Puffs!). She runs an advertising agency, but is having some trouble getting it off the ground, so she works part-time at a friend's pet shop to help make ends meet. Oh, and because of her name, people who don't know her are generalHly expecting to meet a man, not a woman.

Her circle of friends is full of quirky and relatable characters as well. I love her interactions with her neighbors Carter and Miss Rapple and was impressed with the friendship she has with Sam, the teen photographer.  Grandpa Stu is also a real hoot, and I hope we'll see more of him in the future.

The plot of the story is fast paced and well developed. I enjoyed the budding romance--and had a suspicion midway through the book who the mystery man from the pet shop was going to be. The murder mystery was not quite so easy to figure out, however...I went in a couple of wrong directions prior to the reveal.

**I received an ARC of this book with no expectation of a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**

Rating: Four stars

About the author
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While spending a rainy afternoon at a friend’s house more than thirty years ago, Laura Bradford (a.k.a. Elizabeth Lynn Casey) fell in love with writing over a stack of blank paper, a box of crayons, and a freshly sharpened number two pencil. From that moment forward, she never wanted to do anything else.
Today, Laura is the national bestselling author of the Amish Mysteries, the Jenkins & Burns Mysteries, and the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries (written as Elizabeth Lynn Casey). A new cozy mystery series will be added to the mix in 2016 with the release of The Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries. Laura is a former Agatha nominee and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award in romance. In her free time, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, traveling, baking, and visiting the sea lions at the Central Park Zoo. For more information and all the latest book news, visit her website at www.laurabradford.com.
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Big Overnight (Stella Reynolds Mysteries #3) by Libby Kirsch

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Book Information
  • Series: Stella Reynolds Mystery Series
  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Sunnyside Press; 1 edition (October 30, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0996935037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0996935036

Synopsis: Sometimes The End is just The Beginning. 

When the suspect in a Knoxville shooting confesses on camera, police say the case is closed. But then TV reporter Stella Reynolds gets an anonymous email that changes everything. 

As she picks her way through a field of untruths and half-lies, she discovers everyone around has secrets they’re desperate to keep—including the people closest to her. With the body count rising, Stella won’t stop digging until she lays all the secrets bare. It will cost her friendships and might even put her life in danger. 

Her work and personal lives collide in this exciting third installment of the Stella Reynolds Mystery Series. Start reading now to find out if she can track down the real killer before she reaches the ultimate deadline.


Review: This is a fun and fast-paced cozy mystery which will keep you glued to your seat and rapidly turning pages to find out what will happen next and how it all plays out. Although it is the third in the series, it is a stand alone novel, as are the others in the series (which I have not read, but have purchased since reading this one!). There are a few mentions of people and events from the past, but not enough to distract from this story if you haven't read the others. 

Stella is a very determined character, and you know fairly early on that she won't stop till she gets all the details of this case sorted out. She has some rather hilarious moments at work and in her personal life, as well as a few suspenseful ones, all of which add to the enjoyment of reading the book.

The supporting characters, both in and out of the newsroom, also add to the story in a variety of ways. Her roommate, Janet, is one of my favorite supporting characters, as is Lucky, the racecar driver. I look forward to seeing from the first two books how those relationships started, and hope they both continue to develop in future stories.

**I received a copy of this book from the author, with no obligation to provide a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**

Rating: Four stars

About the author
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 Libby Kirsch is an Emmy award winning journalist, with over ten years experience working in television newsrooms of all sizes.  She draws on her rich history of making embarrassing mistakes on live TV and is happy to finally indulge her creative writing side, instead of always sticking to the facts. 
Libby lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband and three children.  In between writing chapters, she can be found having dance parties in the kitchen, riding bikes to the park, and waiting for coffee to brew.