Sunday, February 19, 2017

Blogging is Murder by Gilian Baker

Blogging for Murder by Gilian Baker is out today and this "Blogging Based" mystery had my attention for sure. This was a clever and excited cozy mystery with great twists and turns. A first in series that I am sure you will enjoy. Characters are easy to like and very easy to get behind. This blogging mystery had me thinking about my own internet safety and all the work I put into my own blogs. A book that will stay with you for sure. 



Though she was certainly born with all the traits of a world-class private detective, blogger Jade Blackwell believed she would do nothing more than solve the murders in her latest favorite cozy mystery book.

Set in mountainous south-eastern Wyoming, Jade Blackwell lives in a log home in the quaint village of Aspen Falls with her husband, Christian and daughter Penelope (Ellie). She left her life as a tenured college English professor at the University of Wyoming four years ago, sick of the bureaucracy, mounds of essays to grade and apathetic students. She turns to blogging and ghostwriting as her new career.


Jade’s promising career as a blogger halts abruptly when she learns of a hacker who is controlling her friend and fellow blogger Liz Collin’s business remotely. When the hacker is found dead in her home, Liz is thrown in jail.


Determined to help her friend regain her life and livelihood, Jade teams up with Liz’s reluctant lawyer, Gabriel Langdon, to get Liz off the hook and out of jail. What she learns will break the case wide open, while unraveling her faith in humanity and the safety she feels living in the Rocky Mountain hamlet she calls home.

An exciting thrill ride from the first page, to the last. Read Gilian Baker’s Blogging is Murder, the first book in the Jade Blackwell cozy mystery series!

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

On My Table and In My Cup February 11th-18th

Greetings from my table here on the West Coast. This morning I have Blogging is Murder on my table this weekend by Gillian Baker. It is an interesting read having a series about someone who blogs.
I was so excited to get messages from my friend and fellow nominee Lisa K along with my friend Karen as I was nominated as one of A Cozy Experience's Top Ten Cozy Mystery Blogs, you can view this post and check out some amazing blogs I feel very honored to be considered among these wonderful writers. Click here to read the article. 
I was thrilled to read Cat Got You Cash by Julie Chase this week. I so enjoyed this series and I know you will too, this is an April release you wont want to miss.
A visit with Sid this week was just what I needed. I love this series by Leigh Perry and if you have not checked it out, trust me you will grow to love him too.
An adventure bite sized cozy read Poison in the Heart a pot of tea and a quick read this is a great lunch or tea time read. I am looking forward to the next one!
Reading a Vancouver BC based cozy was also a highlight to share this week. I love the idea that where I live is highlighted in such a way.
In my cup this week I have had my regular Murchie's Vanilla blend but also tried the Harney & Son's Valentine tea, which is a lovely chocolate rose tea as well as having Jasmine tea this week almost every day.
I got this beautiful card in the mail this week with the surprise delivery of the tea and lovely tea cup and saucer. I may have to frame this I love it so much.

Thank you for taking time to join me this week 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, February 17, 2017

A Cup Of Tea and A Few Mail Day Surprises


I am a bit under the weather so I did not get all that I wanted read to review for today, so I ask your forgiveness as I share today's post instead.
I was very excited to find a box on my door step sent by a lovely reader who has become a friend. Lin sent me this cup and saucer she picked up at World Market and some lovely teas! I also got a few of my favorite Walkers shortbread cookies which were such a delight to have with my tea. The Harney & Son's Valentine tea is a lovely blend of black tea, chocolate and rose. The beautiful tin is perfect for your tea on the go or desk and 5 tea bags to enjoy. I have not yet tried the Oolong but I am looking forward to that as well.
Miss Mia sports a pretty bandanna sent by author Krista Davis. Both cats have been very excited to have gotten this lovely surprise in the mail.

 We love the series highly recommend the Paws and Claws Mystery Series. I will be back with a week in review and a cozy mystery review for the weekend. Thank you for joining me today. I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Cat Got Your Cash by Julie Chase

I did not want to put this one down! Cat Got your Cash by Julie Chase is a second in series that was every bit as good as the first. I loved it.  This Kitty Couture mystery was wonderful. It has the right formula for cozy lovers and just a hint of romance mixed in with a whole lot of crazy mystery. This one is set in New Orleans and makes it seem just like you are there. Easy to picture, fun to think about and a great story. I love the main character Lacy, her friends, pets and family. The woman bakes and creates for animals, not truly going out of her way to be a super sleuth but she is "nosy" for sure. I enjoy this series and book two was great. I can not wait for you to read it. Out April 11th, this is a must read.

Lacy Marie Crocker’s whimsical pet couture has gained a following in New Orleans’s cozy Garden District, and word of mouth has traveled all the way to her favorite fashion designer, Annie Lane. Lacy’s thrilled when Annie schedules a private session at her home to discuss a companion line for her evening wear, but when Lacy arrives for the appointment, she enters the kitchen to two mewling Siamese cats--and one very dead Annie.Lacy takes the kittens home to care for them until they can be properly claimed by Annie's family or friends, but after a busy day of work, she returns home to find them missing. And when Lacy learns the cats are set to inherit Annie's fortune, she begins to wonder if the killer was after the kittens all along. Now Lacy will stop at nothing to save the Siamese and find justice for Annie--if the killer doesn’t sink his claws into her first.Luckily, Lacy has the help of handsome NOLA PD homicide detective Jack Oliver to help her catch the cat-napper before its too late in Cat Got Your Cash, the endearing second Kitty Couture mystery from Julie Chase.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Little Mid Week Calm


I have not been enjoying the book I was reading and was planning on reviewing today so instead of giving a poor review of the book I have decided to share three mid week calming gift ideas for yourself or someone you love. When I read a book I don't like I don't rush to share my reviews or publish a bad review because I feel like as a reader I put a lot of effort into reading what I could and the writer put in all that they had and for what ever reason it was just not the right book for me at the time. So today I share three Etsy favorites with you instead.
First one I came across that caught my eye was this blend by Brew Mama Herbalism. The packaging caught my eye and the 100% Organic Ingredients-Chamomile, Lavender, Passion flower, Skullcap, Red Clover, Catnip, Dried Orange Slices appealed to me as well. Click here to learn more about this shop and listing. 
If you prefer to soak in your tea then check out Tea Time Just Calm bath by Parlo Cosmetics. This bath is handmade with lavender, milk, honey and more. Click here to learn more about this calming bath. 
I also really liked this mug offered Schroeder Designs , they had a bunch of really cute sayings but I was quite partial to this one. Click here to see this listing and check out their shop. 

I am very excited to start reading Cat Got Your Cash by Julie Chase! This one is out in April and is the second in the series. I loved the first one so I am thrilled to get an advanced reading copy!
Thank you for joining me for a cup of tea and a mid week moment of calm. I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Skeleton Takes A Bow by Leigh Perry


Happy Valentines Day. Today I am sharing a review of Leigh Perry's The Skeleton Takes A Bow.
Last week my friend Karen sent me two books in the Family Skeleton Series by Leigh Perry, which she recommended to me last year and I am absolutely loving them. I was thrilled that she remembered and thought to send me the two I had not yet read. If you have not yet read this series you need to add it to your to be read pile. While yes this is a paranormal cozy it doesn't read like one, in fact Sid, the Skeleton feels like such a real person. He is so much more then just a skeleton who walks and talks. He is a best friend and protector along with being a member of the family. He is funny and intuitive, curious and helpful. In this book Skeleton Takes A Bow, Sid is even an actor. There is no one quite like Sid, which makes him even more endearing. This is a family centered mystery series and in Skeleton Takes A Bow the mystery is very well written. Tugs at the heart strings a bit, gives you the warm and cozy feeling at the end and feels quite plausible given the circumstances. I think this is a brilliant series that started with Leigh Perry and Berkley but is moving to another publisher in October 2017 with A Skeleton Paints A Picture. You can keep up with Leigh Perry on Facebook by clicking here. I loved book two and I am so excited to read book three and four!
After years of hiding in the Thackery family house, Sid the skeleton is delighted to finally have his moment in the spotlight. He’s starring in a high school production of Hamlet. Well, not so much starring in as being a prop. At least part of him has a part—he’s using his head to play Yorick of “Alas, poor Yorick” fame. Every day, Georgia Thackery’s daughter, Madison, who’s also in the play, brings in his skull, and every night, she takes him home...Until one night when he’s accidentally left at school—and hears the sounds of someone being murdered. But the next day, there’s no body and no one seems to be missing.Sid is not a numbskull—he knows what he heard. Georgia thinks he imagined it—until a week later when a body is found. Now Georgia and Sid will both need to keep their heads as they stick their necks out and play sleuth to catch the conscience of a killer…
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Monday, February 13, 2017

Poison in the Heart by ST Englert

I was sent this "bite sized" cozy Poison in the Heart by ST Englert to review last Thursday and boy is it a fun one! It is a short story mystery adventure that reads like an action movie. A quick mystery, this short story did not disappoint! I had no idea what to expect when I sat down to read, it started off nice and slow and then all of the sudden I was whisked off on a crazy adventure, not plausible for sure but so much fun. Main character Stella has a fantastic job and her happy predictable life changes with a mix up in the delivery of two packaged. This was fun and fast, the perfect tea time or lunch break read!

Stella O'Shaughnessy is a whip-smart but unambitious young woman with a penchant for Pinot Gris, thick cut potato chips, and taking life easy at her job as a personal assistant at Wren Shipping Consultancy. With no intent of breaking the glass ceiling anytime soon, Stella's primary day-to-day concern is what will be on television tonight and what delicious food her best friend Gary will serve for dinner.Stella's routine life is disrupted when her sweet job turns out to be more than she bargained for. An innocent administrative error reveals that her simple secretarial tasks are a front for the delivery of covert goods and information for a secret trade agency called GRANADA. By mixing up a delivery, she has placed vials of deadly biological weapons in the hands of a defector agent intent on selling the poison to the highest bidder. How will Stella adjust to this new reality?Will she be able to stop the vials trading hands before it's too late?This is the first bite-size read in the Stella O'Shaughnessy series.

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