Sunday, January 21, 2018

Biscuits and Slashed Browns.

I finished reading Biscuits and Slashed Browns Friday. This is the 4th book in the Country Store Mystery Series by Maddie Day. This one had a ripped from the headlines feel with two interesting storylines for a cozy mystery. I enjoyed the idea of the environmental side and the medical side of the twists and turns of this mystery. Main character Robbie has her hands full and is kept very busy in this cozy mystery. With staff issues, a maple festival and a town full of scientists, she is already run off her feet, add a murder to the list of things Robbie takes on and you realize just how amazingly complicated her life can become. Good read. I enjoyed the story.  This one comes out January 30th.  

For country-store owner Robbie Jordan, the National Maple Syrup Festival is a sweet escape from late-winter in South Lick, Indiana—until murder saps the life out of the celebration . . . As Robbie arranges a breakfast-themed cook-off at Pans ‘N Pancakes, visitors pour into Brown County for the annual maple extravaganza. Unfortunately, that includes Professor Connolly, a know-it-all academic from Boston who makes enemies everywhere he goes—and this time, bad manners prove deadly. Soon after clashing with several scientists at a maple tree panel, the professor is found dead outside a sugar shack, stabbed to death by a local restaurateur’s knife. When an innocent woman gets dragged into the investigation and a biologist mysteriously disappears, Robbie drops her winning maple biscuits to search for answers. But can she help police crack the case before another victim is caught in a sticky situation with a killer?

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

On My Table and In My Cup January 13th -20th

Another week has come and gone. On my table this weekend is It Takes A Coven by Carol J Perry. I am already very much enjoying this book and can not wait for you to discover it.
also on my table this week from Susan Boles Death at the MIdnight Dragonfly. I have not started this one but I am glad I have it ready to go!
On my table this week I pulled out my Royal China and look I have a spot for a few more pieces, hinting to my brother in law that I need the new mug from the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Markle.
at my table yesterday I had one of my nieces join me for a day of crafting and tea. This is Thea and she and I had a fancy tea lunch on her day off from school. She is number 6 of 8 in my number of nieces. We had a great day and it was fun to have some girl time.
On my table earlier in the week I Had the new paperback of the Cat in the Stacks Mystery series with Twelve Angry Librarians. I love this series and I hope that if you have not yet read it you add it to your TBR pile. It is one of the best!

I very much enjoyed Scone Cold Killer by Lena Gregory this week. This one is out next week and is a great first in series.
A different type of self help book on my table this week in Everyday Enchantments.
I also reviewed Deja Moo, which was a fun read and exactly what I was looking for.
I just finished up Biscuits and Slashed Browns by Maddie Day yesterday and will share my review on this one tomorrow.

This is has been a delicious week in teas and treats. I had some lovely carmel teas, double cream Earl Grey, Lots of Murchies Vanilla Tea, and Balmoral Blend, as well as some Sweet Strawberry Matcha in my Orange Juice, Christmas Eve blend in my evening cups and a few cups of Tazo's calm blend of tea. Lemon Cakes and Macaroons, Two bite Brownies, Walkers Shortbread and Chocolate Peanut butter cookies, may be the reason why my pants maybe a bit more snug this week but what a delicious week t has been.

Thank you for joining me for a cup of tea and this week in review I look forward to sharing more with you again tomorrow. I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com

Friday, January 19, 2018

Fancy Friday Finds

Oh Etsy how I love what you suggest for me. Today I am sharing what Etsy thinks should be on my Etsy Favorites list and they got it right with the top one. I really love this listing for a teacup and saucer that have been altered with the words, " I love you, Be quiet" I would scream "TAKE MY MONEY" if it also said "and let me read". This Fancy Friday find can be found with other very funny and some a tad naughty teacups in the Angilolettidesigns Etsy shop by clicking here. 
I really enjoy vinyl stickers I can put on my computer, picture frames or on travel mugs (I need it for hockey, the cup and saucer are the only place I don't generally take them) I would give new life to an old travel mug with a new vinyl sticker like this one from The Book-ish Company! Click here to see this listed under $3) and check out the entire shop too!
The last Fancy Friday find I have to share is this heart shaped sugar cube listing and you can pick the color! I really would love to have these wouldn't you?
Click here for these listed in the MsFoodie Etsy shop. 

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Twelve Angry Librarians is now out in paperback!

Today I am writing about one of my most treasured series, that is The Cat in the Stacks Mystery series written by Miranda James. Twelve Angry Librarians has just come out in paperback from Berkley Crime.  This cozy mystery series stands out to me so much because of the main character Charlie Harris and his Main Coon Sidekick Diesel. I have read many cozy mysteries and series but this one stands out to me most because of the perspective of the main character and how author Miranda James is able to show enormous empathy and capacity for a male main character in a cozy setting. Charlie is written with great sophistication, grit and sincerity. He feels like he could be your friend, father, neighbor or coworker. There is a great respect and endearment that Miranda James encorperates in Charlie  and an undeniable bond between man and cat with Diesel.  It is really easy to relate to Charlie, to Diesel and to all of the characters I have become attached too over the many books in this series. This is one of the best binge worthy cozy mystery series ever written.
For me this series had a profound and deep effect on me. After reading the first three books, we rescued a cat of our own, or I should say our cat Squirrel rescued us. It was all the things Miranda James did in writing the character of Diesel that convinced us it was time to bring a cat home to our own family. We adopted her as a two year old rescue and she is one of the most wonderful things that ever happened to our family.
Squirrel has also become a trusted reading companion and she has joined me through reading so many of Miranda James books. It is as if she knows the special bond between reader and cat and the Cat in the Stacks Mystery series. 

We have now had our second rescue cat Mia, for two years and she as well is a fan of the series. She I think has more of Diesel's coloring! If you are a cat lover this is a series for you. If you are looking for a series with a great setting, a  main character that exceeds stereotypical cozy mystery standards then this is the series you have been waiting for. Twelve Angry Librarians is book 8 in the series and is now out in paperback. You can find it on Amazon by clicking here. 
Thank you for joining me for a cup of tea and a look at a favorite cozy mystery series. It is my hope that you will find it as endearing as I have.
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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

This Months Teacup and Saucer Rescues...



I feel like I should almost start this by saying my name is Karen and I have an addiction to teacups. But I am not a collector in the sense you would think. I only "rescue" teacups that I will used. I do use my china cups daily and a plate or two and I have turned a hobby of collecting beautiful once loved pieces of history into a passion and purpose.  This year I have started a group on Facebook with the soul purpose of using the good china on yourself. Don't have a good china teacup and saucer? Rescue one. Etsy, Ebay, Charity Shops, Thrift Stores, Yardsales, ask a mother, a grandmother or aunt but basically just get one and use it.

For me teacups are like potato chips and you just can't have one. This week I have been very fortunate to find 5 new sets and the week before that I found 4. I am in need of someone stopping me from entering a shop for a little while as my China cabinet runneth over...

In all seriousness though I love the thrill of the hunt and the idea that these small pieces of history could tell so much if only they could talk.
I rescued this hand painted Royal Albert cup and saucer from the local Salvation Army Thrift store and what drew me most to this $6.99 find was that it was very clearly used, colored by tea over the years and clearly treasured. A quick wash when I got it home and a beautiful addition to my collection it has made. I have used it three times since Friday and I figure if I had gone to the Starbucks, which is just beside the thrift store and ordered two teas, in cups I would have thrown away I would have paid more than I did for this beautiful piece of history.

I have a soft spot for mismatched cups and saucers too, often relegated to the back of the cupboard or tossed out I still find beauty in these discarded relics, I had a lot of fun  putting cups and saucers together at the thrift store and found the set above, which actually matched after going through 50 or so saucers and I brought the set home for another $6.99, a truly good find!
Possibly my most favorite mismatched find is this Balmoral Royal Albert cup, that I matched up with a burgundy saucer that matches almost perfectly and I actually like it far better than the saucer it would have come with, that and I paid $6.99 for the mis matched set, not the almost $80 I found it for online.
I don't just rescue vintage bone china, I found and loved these heart shaped cups and saucers and at $2.99 each, I could not resist. I can not wait to use them in February and with my nieces.

If you think you might like to join the Facebook Group called Karen's 2018 Teacup and Saucer Challenge, where you can share your love of tea, tea cups and a great find or two even if they come from your own cupboards we would love to have you join us. Click here to request to join. 

Thank you for joining me here to see this months rescues to date. I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Scone Cold Killer by Lena Gregory

Yesterday I read Scone Cold Killer by Lena Gregory and I did not want to put it down, I did not want it to end and I loved everything about it. That doesn't always happen with cozies I read. I honestly would not have changed one thing about this cozy mystery. The characters are great and develop really well over the story. The way the dog comes into main Character Gia's life was perfect and I think her best friend Savannah is perfectly written. I can see great things in this first in series and I am anxiously awaiting the release of the next in this series. I could see how this would quickly become a favorite series of mine.  This one is out January 23rd from Lyrical Press and should be on your to be read list for sure! I still have no idea what Grits are but really want to try them now! Wish there was a recipe. Loved the cover as well.

For Florida diner owner Gia Morelli, there's no such thing as too much breakfast-unless it kills you . . .


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Monday, January 15, 2018

Maria DeBlassie's Everyday Enchantments...

Maria DeBlassie's new book Everyday Enchantments is a very different read for me, this book is unique in the way it is written and presented. This book is very descriptive, narrative of  the authors life. I enjoyed reading through it and the imagery that the words help to create a book that  makes for wonderful guided meditation. This book may not be for everyone but it was has elements we can all appreciate and learn from. I loved the cover of this book.

Everyday Enchantments is a love letter to the magic of everyday life, the sweet moments and the profound that we often overlook in our hurry to get from one place to the next. What if we had the power to unplug from our daily hustle and bustle and conjure a more profound way of living rooted in natural mysticism?We do. All it takes is the whispered wish for more everyday enchantment breathed onto a dandelion head. This collection of essays reminds us to escape into the ordinary, find beauty in a simple cup of tea or rereading a beloved novel—and joyfully let our world turn upside down when synchronicity strikes in the form of wrong turns down forgotten lanes and unexpected midnight conversations with the moon.  This book is a study in what it means to live deliciously, joyfully, and magically. And it’s an invitation to conjure your own bliss—-because let’s face it: we could all use a little more magic in our lives.  

This book is out now nad you can find it on Amazon by clicking here. 
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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Deja Moo, by Kirsten Weiss



 I found Kirsten Weiss' upcoming March release Deja Moo, to be a very uplifting holiday themed cozy. This one is Christmas themed even though there are three lovely Witch dolls on the fun cover, it is a Christmas Cozy through and through and a great addition to this series. This is a very light paranormal cozy in that it is implied but not overly paranormal. I like the diverse characters and the really different job that main character Maddie has in owning and running a Paranormal Museum, even when she is a very large skeptic herself. In this story she and her mother have a great adventure and work together to help solve the mystery of the Christmas Cow Cursed bells, Seriously loved the idea of this mystery! You will have to wait until March but I recommend this series and this mystery to be added to your to be read list for sure! 


This one can be pre ordered on Amazon by clicking here. 
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Saturday, January 13, 2018

On my table and in my cup January 6th-13th

Good morning from the Wet West Coast, perfect day for being inside for hockey games and home reading, or if you are like my sister, outside for soccer (one of the reasons I did not push them to become soccer players) I have been reading Deja Moo and upcoming paranormal cozy from a series I enjoy written by Kristen Weiss.
It has been a really busy but really fun week in the teacup department for me, I have been hitting the local thrift stores and scoring some lovely deals this week which I will share more about later next week and I have found some great journals at our local dollar store. I am going to do my very best not to lose it. I did clean my desk today and found the four other journals I had purchased late last year and promptly buried so I should be writing like crazy this year. 
In my cup this week I have been having a few different and lovely new teas. The one I had a friend mailed me and it was a Tazo tea called butterscotch blondie and if you have any in your stores, grab it! So good and now I have to track it down. It tasted like I was drinking tea and cookies, loved it! I have also had I love Tea #7, from Davids Tea, Vanilla black and Balmoral Blend Tea from Murchies. It has been perfect tea and reading weather this week.
In addition to reading, rescuing teacups and saucers and drinking tea. I attended a funeral for a family friend who passed away last week. He was part of my childhood and a man who gave his love of sport and who made support of children as his life's work. He was a pillar of our community and it was an honor to know him, have him as a coach and teacher. My heart goes out to the community, to his family and to all who new Vern Baker.  He was there for so many of us and in the end about 1000 of us were there for him. A three hour service and send off for him was an honor to be witness too. 

A true delight to have this weeks release of Sheila Connolly's Many A Twist to read. I have to tell you this series is one of my favorites. Based in Ireland and the twists in this one were spectacular. A great read and binge worthy series!
The Spirit of Grace by Terry Lynn Thomas was unlike any other paranormal cozy I had read before. Delightful and so happy to have had it on my table! A great read!
Cookies and Scream is the second book in the series and I loved it, CeeCee Jame's Baker Street Mysteries are good, touching and easy to love.

Libby Klein has a book coming out later this month that is a MUST READ. I related to the character perfectly, loved the story line and pretty much everything about it. Order this one for sure, I can not wait to see where this series goes.
I have also been working hard on the upcoming 24/7 event on the Beyond The Bookmarks Event Page called Cupids Cozies, we have 22+ authors coming by, crafts, recipes, great cozies and so much more. You can join us by clicking here. 

Thank you for joining me for a look back at what has been on my table and what is in my cup this week. I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com

Friday, January 12, 2018

Fancy Friday Finds


Today I am writing about tea finds on Etsy. I was placing my order yesterday for some more 'Knock Me Out Tea" from the New Moon Tea Company and I saw their multi packs and it inspired me to share about today's tea finds.

This shop is located about 90 mins from where I live and I have been buying from this etsy shop for about two years now This is a company I enjoy and have bought for gifts for others. I love the idea of the new packaged sets. You can have one made for the person in your life for about $20 or you can pick from some of their ready made kits, like this one for post surgery, they also have expectant mother tea, tea for men and women's health.
Click here to see the shop and check out the wonderful items in stock. 

This time of year while we are knee deep in winter, I find my tastes turn to a more green and spring like flavors, like this tea which is a Sencha green tea, this one is with Chocolate and Roses. It is from a company called Tea Cleanse and you can find it here.  

They also have it in little tins, super cute! Click here for shop and listing. 

Thank you for joining me here today for a cup of tea and some Fancy Friday Finds. I hope you have a wonderful day and I look forward to sharing more with you tomorrow.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Many A Twist by Sheila Connolly



What a delight and refreshing treat it was to have Many a Twist by Sheila Connolly on my table this week. A few years back I learned of my own Irish heritage and shortly after,  I found this series. I quickly fell in love with the series and found connections to main character Maura right from book one. The title Many A Twist does this book justice in so many ways. I loved the many twists, all of them in the most simplest of ways satisfied and added special elements to this story. This is an incredibly revealing cozy mystery, balanced with just the right amount of suspicion,  deception and a tiny sprinkling of romance and enough hope to leave you with the coziest of feelings. It was beautifully written and a pleasure to read. Out now Many A Twist is out now from Crooked Lane Books and it is the sixth book in the series. 

Pub owner Maura Donovan hasn’t seen her mother for over twenty years, so when she suddenly shows up in Maura’s pub, Maura’s not sure what to expect. Her mother is trying to find a life for herself back home and has taken up a position working with the new owners of the Crann Mor hotel just outside Skibbereen. Until her new boss is found dead in the gardens, dumped down the hillside behind the hotel.Now, trying to rekindle the relationship they’ve lost, Maura must investigate in order to clear her mother’s name. It’s not so easy though, as long-time residents of County Cork, including the families of her employee Mick, and the family of the deceased hotel owner, have bottled deep dark family secrets not meant to be uncorked. And someone will kill to keep them that way.How far would you go to protect your family? Maura tests the age-old question in Many a Twist, the charming and atmospheric sixth County Cork mystery from New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly. You can find it on Amazon by clicking here.


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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Spirit Of Grace by Terry Lynn Thomas...


I was sent The Spirit of Grace by Terry Lynn Thomas to read and what a great read it was.  I had no idea going into the book that I would feel how I did while reading it. This was a very different paranormal cozy it did not really read like one but read like a great historical cozy with  some paranormal elements. Main character Sarah, was very much an enigma in the beginning of the story, but as a reader you get to know her as she really gets to know herself. You feel pulled into a very confusing situation, feel and empathize with her throughout the book. I found the twists and turns to be exciting and sad all in the same wonderful way. A great read and I am thrilled I can read another in the series very soon.  
The Spirit of Grace is out now and you can find it on Amazon by clicking here. 
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