Friday, October 20, 2017

Fancy Friday Finds To Be Read Lists, Printable Purchases and Stencils to love...

It is Fancy Friday and I am excited to share some fun Etsy finds, this Friday I find myself with a very pressing and long To Be Read List. So much so that my dear friend Karen K had to put together my list to keep me on the straight and narrow, but not everyone can have their own Karen K, so I am sharing these lovely TBR lists you can find on Etsy.

Did you know that you can download the most pretty to be readlists from ETSY? I didn't and I loved this one, check out Alinas Creative Corner, lots to choose from and these are instant download pages click here for the site.


I loved this book lover stencil set, they had a few I thought I would totally use in a journal to write my list and spend some time truly enjoying decorating a book about the books I want to read...Click here for Moxiedori's shop and tell me if you think these would make fun stocking stuffers! 


When you see my current list it is hard not to love this t-shirt from GrawilBoutique
I will leave you here as I have more than 20 books to read, and three reviews to write, what a great problem to have!
Thank you for joining me here today, I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com 




Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Golden Hour by M.K. Graff


I finished reading The Golden Hour by M. K. Graff on Tuesday. This is a British Based Suspense Mystery with very cozy parts to it. The series is about an American living in a cozy community in England. She is a writer and single mom and in this the fourth book in the series main character Nora is in for a very suspenseful and life changing ride! There are moments in this book that I think wow this would make an amazing movie. The mystery feels like it could be ripped from the headlines and I was shaking reading parts of it!
If you love mystery, with a touch of romance, a great setting and a cozy ending this is a book for you. Great setting,  main character that feels like your best friend, a touch of romance, great mysteries to solve and such a cozy cover. You won't want to put it down!

Nora Tierney can't shake the feeling she has a stalker. While she's house hunting in Oxford, her partner, DI Declan Barnes, untangles the murder of an art conservator. When these situations collide, she finds herself fighting to save her child and their future.
You can find The Golden Hour and all the other Nora Tierney Mysteries on Amazon by clicking here.
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

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