Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A Charming Voodo, A Chance To Win, A Fun Blog Tour and A Cup Of Tea!


I am so excited to be on the Southern Mystery Blog Tour for A Charming Voodoo by the wonderful and talented Tonya Kappes. Tonya has kindly offered one of my lucky readers the chance to win a free audio book from the Magical Cures Mystery Series audio series picked by Tonya Kappes! The Question is at the bottom of today's post! 


In addition to the audio book give away Tonya Kappes has a grand prize for the BIG prize (A KINDLE, Amazon Gift Card, along with A Ghostly Grave and A Ghostly Murder Kindle Novels)

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Don't forget to enter to win the audio book by answering this question and emailing me your answer! 
In order to enter this contest you must pop over to Tonya's Website and become a member (it is quick and it is free) you can visit it by clicking here
Thank you for joining me today for a cup of tea and a cozy mystery. I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Masking For Trouble By Diane Vallere

Last week I read Masking for Trouble by Diane Vallere, this is the second book in her A Costume Shop Mystery series and it was a very fun Halloween Read. I love the idea of a town that goes all out for Halloween, I think I could find myself quite welcome and comfortable there. Costume shop owners daughter/ general manager Margo has her hands full the week before Halloween when a large corporation threatens the daily life of not only her shop at her busiest time of year but also the way of life in Proper City! This was a very enjoyable read and perfect for this time of year!  Masking for Trouble is out October 4th! 
https://www.amazon.com/Masking-Trouble-Costume-Shop-Mystery/dp/0425278298/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1474821275&sr=8-1&keywords=masking+for+trouble
Halloween conjures up big business for Margo Tamblyn’s costume shop, Disguise DeLimit, but this year, the holiday comes knocking with serious trouble. Venture capitalist Paul Haverford plans to rezone historic downtown into a glitzy commercial area which would push out local business. Margo is set on saving her family’s store, especially after a nasty run-in with the chain-store tycoon, but after Haverford’s body is discovered during a spooky party at the derelict Alexandria Hotel, Margo finds herself dressed as the police’s prime suspect. Anxious to clear her name, Margo begins hunting down anyone who might have wanted Haverford dead. Between all of his malicious maneuverings, the murdered mogul had buckets of people anxious to see him gone. Now, Margo will have to use every trick in the book to find a cloaked killer—before someone else winds up wearing a death shroud...

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Learn more about Diane Vallere by clicking here.
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Monday, September 26, 2016

Murder of A Cranky Catnapper By Denise Swanson

Labor day weekend I read Murder of a Cranky Catnapper by Denise Swanson. Today I am happy to tell you that you have a chance to win a copy of your own. If you live in the USA you are welcome to enter to win a copy for yourself. To enter to win simply email me at karenmowen@gmail.com with CATNAPPER in the subject line before September 30th and I will draw a winner at random from entries received.
With her morning sickness finally abated, Skye Denison-Boyd is ready to pounce on the pertinent problems she faces as Scumble River Elementary School’s psychologist. After trying almost every trick in the book to aid a handful of socially awkward fourth grade boys, Skye opts for the innovative approach of pet therapy with the assistance of the local vet, a Siberian husky, and a Maine coon cat. Unfortunately, the first session only breeds disaster and draws the ire of cantankerous school board member Palmer Lynch. But Skye’s worry over the episode changes to dread after Lynch is found dead in his home with the therapy cat hidden in his garage. With a clowder of questions unleashed, Skye finds herself dealing with a killer who isn’t pussyfooting around…
It is easy to love main character Skye and her take charge attitude with a twist. Who doesn't love a strong character who is also insecure about her weight, marriage and work? In this the 19th book in the series Skye finds herself in a few very uncomfortable situations, giving into pregnancy cravings and as usual helping to save the day. I enjoyed the character of Skye's line of work and the way that Denise wrote the boys in her special group as well as the way Skye discusses education in this book. I truly appreciated the realism and the way that Denise wrote this mystery.
Now it is your chance to enter to win! Be sure to email me your USA mailing address along with CATNAPPER In the subject line for your chance to win your own copy!
Thank you for joining me for a cup of tea and a cozy mystery review and give away!
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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Joyce Tremel's Tangled Up In Brew

Last Monday I read Tangled Up in A Brew by Jocye Tremel. This was a first for me in the series and I will be honest here, I picked it for the cover and thought "Brew" meant "coffee" and I may not have read it if I knew it was about beer! If I had read what the book was about and the series I may not have picked it up at all. What a happy accident it turned out to be. I am so glad I picked it and read it! While Beer is not my brew of choice, I was delighted with this book and the entire concept. The story revolves around a female brew master and her NHL retired chef boyfriend. Their back stories alone make for an excellent read! Then there was main character "Max's" amazing family. Father who is a police man, brother a priest, then there is a cat named hops.....the back story was fun! The mystery its self was very well done and I found myself very angry at the first victim in the book and not nearly as motivated to help solve the mystery as the main character, I would have been happy to sit back and eat burgers while Max solved the mystery...actually that is exactly what I did. LOL This is a different take on a cozy and I loved the idea, I like strong female characters who have really interesting jobs and this one was delightfully different. 

To order your own copy of this October 4th  release with free shipping from the Book Depository please click here.
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To learn more about this series and Joyce Tremel please click here. 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

On My Table And In My Cup September 17-24th

This week has been a busy one and I am afraid I have not has as much time to dedicate to reading as I should but I am absolutely delighted to have Heather Blake's The Witch and The Dead on my table this weekend. I have been a long time fan of this series and I still pre order it. I am thrilled that I got an advanced reading copy of this book! This is one of my most favorite cozy mystery series and I am thrilled to have it this rainy weekend.
Also on my table this week some fantastic walkers shortbread cookies brought to me from England, I may have eaten half the box while reading Masking for Trouble by Diane Vallere, this was a new to me series and a good mystery, review coming up next week.
I also new to my table this week Tangled Up in Brew by Joyce Tremel, fun idea, this series is!
Having Joyce and Jim Lavene's books on my table has long been a treat now it is an honor to have the third book in the retired witches series on my table. I miss my daily chats with Joyce... I find it truly amazing to be able to spend time reading their amazing work, feeling as though they have not really left us at all.
New to me tea on the table this week from For Tea's Sake's Shades of Earl Grey a nice classic earl grey that is not overly floral. 
The winner of Dead To The Last Drop is Doward T. Wilson! Congratulations and thank you to all who took the time to enter! Doward your book is being sent to you from the publisher. 

I am so thankful to have you join me today for a cup of tea and a cozy review! I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Putting On The Witch By Joyce and Jim Lavene

The third book in the A Retired Witches Mystery Series, Putting on the Witch, comes out October 4th. For those of you who may not know Joyce and Jim Lavene both passed away in the last 12 months and their passing has had a huge impact on the cozy community and on me personally. Joyce was a mentor of mine and a cheerleader. It was an honor to know her and it is a joy to read her words. Joyce and Jim were incredible in life, in writing and on line. Though I never got to meet them in person, getting to know them both over the last few years was truly inspiring and an honor. In addition to being amazing authors they raised amazing children, whom I am very pleased to have also gotten know on line and I continue to grow in friendship and loss.
Putting on the Witch, was a whirlwind of a book, I honestly found myself dizzy at times. Fun to picture the setting and the characters, the murder, the mystery and the chaos that Putting on the Witch offers readers. I could see vividly the scenes described as only Joyce and Jim could write. With out giving too much away I was thrilled to have some much loved characters return from the previous books in the most unlikely of situations. This book was filled with fun and very imaginative scenarios for the witches to find themselves in and trouble to get themselves out of. I wish that I had just a little of the magic these witches have in this book, even when they are bumbling they are truly the best!
"In the latest mystery from the bestselling authors of "Looking for Mr. Good Witch," the retired witches of Wilmington, North Carolina, are ready to kick up their heels... With their coven s spell book still missing, Molly and Elsie along with their ghostly friend Olivia, her daughter Dorothy, and her boyfriend Brian are all on edge, especially now that Dorothy s infamously wicked father is back in the picture. So when they receive an invitation to an exclusive Witches Ball, the ladies jump at the chance to dress up and have some fun. The castle locale is spectacular and the party is hopping, but the festivities come to a swift end when a member of the Grand Council of Witches is murdered. With the whole place on lock down, the coven is determined to find the cunning killer, even with an angry council and a real Spanish Inquisitor breathing down their necks..."
There are so many wonderful books coming out in October and if you are a lover of Witch themed cozies be sure to order Putting on the Witch. 
Learn more about all the series written by  Joyce and Jim Lavene by clicking here. 
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Old Haunts By E.J. Copperman



I love my library. The cozy section is well stocked and the librarians there are open to suggestions. They even make recommendations, with lists and special knowledge or our favorite genres. Thankfully they also know what I need years before I need it. Having just discovered E.J. Copperman's Haunted Guest House Mystery series I was so thrilled to find two books in the series on the shelf waiting for me on Wednesday last week. Old Haunts is the third book in the series and it has all the magic and so much more then the first. This book is superbly written, with great mysteries, turns and twists along with reveals I did not see coming. I am very pleased with how this mystery ended and how E.J.Copperman tied up the ending, leaving me longing and excited for the next one! 

The ghosts haunting Alison Kerby's Jersey Shore guesthouse are sad. Maxie wants to know who murdered her ex-husband, and Paul pines for his still-living almost-fiancee. The only one who isn't missing her ex is Alison-because The Swine just arrived on her doorstep...
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