Thursday, January 19, 2017

Smugglers & Scones by Morgan C. Talbot

I finished Smugglers & Scones by Morgan C. Talbot last night and promptly have a book hangover. This book is out January 31st and has all the makings to become one of my most favorite series. This amazing book is set on the West Coast, which is near and dear to my heart. Morgan writes in a way that made me feel like a guest in a picturesque B&B that only allows Mystery Writers to stay in it. I felt like I was on a writers retreat and being inspired with each turn of the page. With each chapter my heart fell deeper in love with the story, the mystery, the history and the quotes. Strong relationships between the characters formed quickly and effortlessly. Main character Pippa is a spitfire and along with her Uncle Hilt, a newly hired intern and an unlikely love interest make for an recipe for this story, the mystery based on history made this so intriguing. I know it is only early in the year but this will be on my list of top new cozies I have read in 2017, it's going to be hard to beat this one in my books.

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.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A Cast of Vultures by Judith Flanders

I read Judith Flanders A Cast of Vultures Sunday. This is an English based cozy about a Canadian living in England. When a local abandoned home, burns to the ground after housing squatters for years the community comes together to support the family that has lived there. The suspicious fire has main character Sam helping to solve the mysteries of the fires and missing neighbor. I loved the talk of gardening and community feelings I got from this book. This book is out February 21st.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Shelia Connolly's Cruel Winter

Friday I finished Cruel Winter an up coming Irish based cozy by Sheila Connolly. I have really loved this Irish based cozy mystery and it felt like coming home again and spending time with family. This is book five in the series and this one is being published by Crooked Lane Books . The setting and characters are so richly written, endearing and realistic. This is a March 14th release and set in the dead of winter. Being surrounded by ice and snow myself with the winds howling I had no trouble settling into this captivating story. As Irish based series go this is one of my top favorites and this mystery based on loyalty and family and history struck all the right chords with me. It is my belief that you are in for a big treat with Cruel Winter! You can find this book to pre order on Amazon by clicking here.
Snow is a rarity in Maura Donovan's small village in County Cork, Ireland, so she wasn't sure what to expect when a major snowstorm rolled in around Sullivan's pub. But now she's stranded in a bar full of patrons--and a suspected killer in a long-ago murder.Maura’s been in Ireland less than a year and hasn't heard about the decades-old unsolved crime that took place nearby, let alone the infamous suspect, Diane Caldwell. But the locals have, and they're not happy to be trapped with her. Diane, meanwhile, seeks to set the record straight, asserting her innocence after all this time. And since no one is going anywhere in the storm, Maura encourages Diane to share her side of the story, which she’d never had a chance to do in court.Over the next few hours, the informal court in Sullivan’s reviews the facts and theories about the case--and comes to some surprising conclusions. But is it enough to convince the police to take a new look at an old case? A clever spin on the classic locked room mystery, Cruel Winter, the fifth in New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly's series, will delight fans of the Emerald Isle.

I so enjoyed reading Cruel Winter by Shelia Connolly. You can find a link to the book on Amazon by clicking here. 
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Monday, January 16, 2017

The Witch's Book of Shadows by Jason Mankey

Today I bring you a review of Jason Mankey's new reference guide The Witch's Book Of Shadows. This book is out February 8th from Llewellyn  and can be found on Amazon by clicking here.  I was thrilled to review this interesting read. Great resource and reference book for anyone interested in learning about what book of shadows are from a historical point of view and how they are relevant and used today.
I love this cover and series. I have previously read and reviewed The Witches Mirror by Mickie Muller  and am now anxious to read all of these guides from Llewellyn. 
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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Murder at an Irish Wedding by Carlene O'Connor

I absolutely loved Carlene O'Connor's Murder at an Irish Wedding. It was a thrill to be able to read and review this book before it comes out February 28th. I had absolutely fallen in love with her first book Murder in an Irish Village and was equally impressed with her second book. Murder at an Irish Wedding had me not wanting to put it down. This was such a great mystery and I tucked in with my tea and read each word with that beautiful Irish lilt in my head. This was a great escape cozy, a feel good cozy and a mystery that had me guessing until the end. I truly had not figured out the murderer until the big reveal and was taken a back at that reveal. This was brilliant and such a treat to read.
The O’Sullivan clan of County Cork, Ireland, are thrilled to be catering the matrimonial affairs of a celebrity couple—until a cunning killer turns an Irish wedding into an Irish wake . . .Any wedding is a big deal in the small village of Kilbane—even more so when the bride is a famous fashion model. It’s also good for business. Not only has customer traffic picked up at Naomi’s Bistro, Siobhán O’Sullivan and her five siblings have a full plate catering for the three-day affair. And Siobhán’s own beau, local garda Macdara Flannery, gladly steps in as best man after the groom’s first choice makes a drunken arse out of himself.Even if he hadn’t been disinvited to the wedding, the original best man wouldn’t have been able to show. He’s been found murdered in the woods, casting a pall over the nuptials. And when a second member of the wedding party is poisoned by a champagne flute engraved with Macdara’s name, the garda goes from being best man to prime suspect.With a killer at large and a string of robberies plaguing Kilbane, Siobhán feels more than a little protective of her village. She vows to clear Macdara’s name, but the suspect list is as long as the guest list. Like the bride walking down the aisle, Siobhán needs to watch her step. For as she gets closer to unveiling the truth, the murderer is planning a very chilly reception for her . . .

Out February 28th this is a book not to miss! Click here to pre order your own copy of Murder in an Irish Village from Amazon.com
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Saturday, January 14, 2017

On My Table And In My Cup January 7th-14th

What a wonderful week, hoping you did too. I have made lots of time for reading this week, finishing 4 books and was so thrilled to get Healing Herbal Tea's a book I ordered several months ago when I previewed it and reviewed it. I knew that I had to have this in my collection and spent most of last night reading through it planning blends to try.

I had the true luck of the Irish having two Irish Cozies on my table this week. Friday night I finished Cruel Winter, by Sheila Connolly.  I really did not want this one to end. Perfect read for this cold and icy week, this is book 5 and being published by Crooked Lane Books this March 14th. My review will be posted early next week.
Charlene O'Connor's Murder at an Irish Wedding was like a breath of fresh air. This is book two and takes place shortly after book one ends. I so admire the heart in this story, the strong family ties and cozy Irish hospitality the way that Carlene writes.
Witchy paranormal cozy Headless in Nevermore spent a bit of time on my table, this is a cozy I purchased from Amazon. Violet Merriweather spins a great fable and cozy mystery in this the second in series.
A wonderful surprise awaits in Kate Kingsbury's Dead and Breakfast a Merry Ghost Inn mystery. This is book one in a series I am really looking forward too. I love the granddaughter and grandmother duo, who sink everything into a haunted Oregon coast Victorian that they are renovating for a bed and breakfast when they stumble upon a skeleton behind the wall they are removing. Good mystery in this one!
She Stopped for Death was more of a psychological thriller cozy which I had on my table this week. I was very surprised  with how this cozy turned out. Love the ideas of the Little Library Mystery series and was excited to have book two to review.
A lovely little book also on my table was the Little Big Book of White Spells, this is a book that would make a great gift and one I appreciated as a reference for an aspiring paranormal cozy mystery writer.
In my cup this week I have lots of black tea, Double Cream Earl Grey from Thay Tea and Vanilla Black tea from Murchies.
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Friday, January 13, 2017

Headless in Nevermore by Violet Merriweather

Today I am sharing my review of a book I bought last week from Amazon, Headless in Nevermore. This is the second in the Witches of Nevermore series and book two starts shortly after where book one ends. Much like the first one Magicless in Nevermore, this is a fast moving fable. This is a very imaginative and grown up fairy-tale, and paranormal cozy mystery. Lots of fantasy and a good mystery, a bit of romance and lots of magic. Great characters and very complex story that is well thought out.
NOW THAT SHE’S FOUND HER MAGIC, SHE’S READY TO TAKE ON THE WORLD, NEVERMORE, AND ENORMOUS QUANTITIES OF ICE CREAM (NOT NECESSARILY IN THAT ORDER).
Cassandra Holly is Nevermore’s newest Shadow Witch. Or will be once she completes her training. So of course this is the perfect time for a (mostly) dead person to show up needing help with a few things.Like figuring out who killed him, for starters.THAT’S WHEN THINGS GET COMPLICATED.When a person has died seven and a half times already, it’s a given that eventually one of those times is bound to disagree with them. Enter Zimbree—a Franken-head of sorts that is missing both his body and any relevant clues that might lead to the person responsible for his most recent demise.And he wants his body back. Justice would be nice too.HAPLESS VICTIM ASIDE, WHAT IF HER CLIENT ISN’T AS INNOCENT AS HE SEEMS?The deeper Cassie gets into the investigation, the more she’s sure Zimbree is hiding something from her. Especially when everything seems intent on thwarting her. Like a band of wraiths that seem oddly connected to her client, and then by the Council of Merlin itself.And that’s before the djinn shows up, her pre-hatched dragon goes rogue, and she discovers that a bit of illicit necromancy might be the least of her problems.

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