Wednesday, February 21, 2018

This Weeks Teacup Rescues...

Monday I found myself with a bit of time on my hands, and I popped into a thrift store while I was running around and was pleased to find three sets to bring home for under $20.

The first set shown is a mismatch and I payed $2 for it. It is an Aynsley and the corset shape is lovely. The cup was in need of cleaning up but other than that perfect and while the saucer is not a perfect match I feel like it matches perfectly. Not bad for $2.
Actually I am thrilled with it.
I have not yet used the other two Royal Albert ones and I do love them they are in perfect shape and feel like a steal at $8 each.
Today is my brother in laws birthday and this little lovely arrived yesterday at their house, Little Callie is adorable and will make a lovely addition to their family. I shall go back to reading now and hope to have a review to share with you tomorrow. Thank you for joining me for a cup of tea and this weeks teacup rescues. I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Who Moved My Goat Cheese? By Lynn Cahoon

I just finished Who Moved My Goat Cheese by Lynn Cahoon. This is a new first in the Farm to Fork Mystery Series and it is off to a great start! I love the wonderful cozy animal characters in this one and the cover is absolutely fun and very fitting. Cozy lovers and fans of Lynn will enjoy the twists and turns of main character Angie's past, present and future.  This one is out March 6th from Lyrical Underground and is one you are going to want to read! I love the title of this one and I am a huge fan of goat cheese, now if I could only get a few goats of my own...



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Monday, February 19, 2018

Snow Day...



I don't often pack so much into one day but with our Snow Storm yesterday I found myself with many different activities.


Not only had it snowed and snow needed to be removed, it also needed to be played in. We also had a birthday party to attend and it was also the 60th running of the Daytona 500 which is one of my most favorite races of the year. I commemorated it with a photo showing the first race my boys got to watch all together with me, then 5 years later, and again this year 10 years in total in a blink of an eye...


By the time I got home I was so tired, I found that instead of reading I was in need of a Masterpiece Binge Watching evening. So I caught up on Victoria. So that means I have no book to share a review of today. 

I hope you will forgive me and allow me this snow day.
Thank you for joining me for a cup of tea and a snow day (so no cozy mystery review). I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com

Sunday, February 18, 2018

I Know What You Bid Last Summer by Sherry Harris...

I finished Sherry Harris' I know what you bid last Summer, and I loved it. This was a fun cozy mystery. It has lots of suspense but also a fun side to it. Easy to picture the events throughout the book and it has a truly cozy feel to it. I never thought of a garage sale planners job as if it was a party planner but I guess it really is. It is fun and genius!  For me this is the second in the series I have read and I loved reading it, it was a great weekend read and it is coming out February 27th from Kensington!
FOUL PLAY IN THE GYM
When it comes to running a successful garage sale, Sarah Winston believes in doing her homework. She also believes in giving back. But when she agrees to manage an athletic equipment swap, she doesn't bargain on an uncharitable killer. The day of the event, the school superintendent is found dead in the gymnasium. 
 
HAS SARAH PLAYING DEFENSE
Suddenly the murder suspects are the school board members—including the husband of a very difficult client who's hired Sarah to run a high-end sale and demands she do her bidding. In between tagging and haggling, Sarah studies the clues to see who wanted to teach the superintendent a lesson. But as she closes in on the truth, the killer intends to give her a crash course on minding her own business . . .

You can find I know what you bid last summer on Amazon.com by clicking here. 
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Saturday, February 17, 2018

On My Table and In My Cup February 10th-17th

Saturday morning greetings from my table to yours. What a week this has been. I have had quite a few interesting things happening and many great reads to share. Yesterday was Lunar New Year and while our family is not one to celebrate this particular holiday it is truly fun to participate in some of the activities in our community.
Currently I am reading I know what you Bid Last Summer and very much enjoying this book by Sherry Harris, this is a great series.
In additions to great reads this week I had the good fortune to stumble upon a lovely teacup at a charity shop and bring it hope to enjoy. The black cup with the stunning and bright color flowers really spoke to me. This one is a tresure for sure and a joy to drink out of!
Monday morning a long awaited teapot joined my cabinet family and took a place of pride on my table. A friend tracked down this Royal Albert Teapot in my Petit Point Pattern and I got a great deal after years of searching and being out bid. I am so excited to have this here and to use it with one of my favorite patterns.
This week I read Bound by Kirsten Weiss, a great paranormal fantasy cozy that took my mind off of a few things.

Amanda Flower's Lethal Licorice was another great read and a joy to have an ARC of.
A new first in series Hummus and Homicide also on my table earlier this week.
And the deeply moving and wonderful The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen still stays with me more than a week later.
So much sadness and grief, struggles and pain in the world highlighted by the entirely preventable tragic mass school shooting in Florida. Thoughts and Prayers are not enough and have not been for a long while now.   Time is precious but truth is more precious than time. It matters very little to me where people stand on gun control, politics and freedom. It does matter to me that children are dying at an alarming rate at the hands of others. Changes are needed in the way we all look at privilege, entitlement and community. As well as at how we look at mental health, at well being, at punishment and support.Thank you for allowing me to share.
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Friday, February 16, 2018

Fancy Friday Finds -Tea Puns

This made me laugh, I have a friend who is amazing with Puns, I wish my brain worked like his, this is pretty funny. You can find this cute cushion cover on MotivateCraftz Etsy shop by clicking here.

I love it when a plan comes together and this spoon is a perfect match to the spoon! I think this is so awesome! You can find this spoon in the Impressions Stamped Etsy Shop by clicking here.
I would love to learn to do this and I think this pattern is cute as can be you can find this pdf pattern by clicking here from the Ring Cat Etsy Shop! 

I hope you have a wonderful Friday. Thank you for joining me for a cup of tea and this weeks Fancy Friday Finds. I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com

Thursday, February 15, 2018

A Cozy Teacup Rescue To Share...

Do you believe in love at first sight? I had this feeling I needed to stop in to one of my favorite charity shops yesterday, sometimes I just know. Sitting on the shelf waiting for me was a beautiful Aynsley Teacup, in black with flowers on the inside that was just waiting for me.
My sister in law knows more about teacups than anyone I know and she introduced me to the Aynsley Tea Cups years ago and she and I always feel like we struck gold when we find them. Shelley being the Holy Grail and Aynsley pretty much second in our books I had wanted a black teacup for a while now, and I am thrilled to have found such a great deal on this one.
It is pretty hard for me to walk away from an Aynsley teacup and saucer at this price. Under $20. As I really don't collect them to look at and I actually use them I am not usually one to pay more for them, but this to me is a great deal and I have already enjoyed the first few sips from it and look forward to pairing it with so many wonderful books to come.
Thank you for joining me for a cup of tea an a cozy teacup rescue! 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

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Bound by Kirsten Weiss

I read Bound By Kirsten Weiss, yesterday. I had been wanting to read it for quite sometime and I was very much in the mood for a paranormal cozy. Bound is a story about triplet witches and their aunt. This is as much a fantasy book as it is a paranormal cozy. It really has something for everyone who loves a good fairy tale. It was not what I expected, I thought it would be quite predictable but I happily found that it was not. This is an established series I was happy to find and that I can pick up with these sisters anytime I want. I bought mine on Amazon.com
Bound by magic, bound by love, bound by murder… The Bonheim triplets live seemingly ordinary lives, hiding their magic from the neighbors in the small, mountain town of Doyle, California. But when a body is found in big sister Jayce’s coffee shop, Karin, the practical one, is determined to prove Jayce innocent. A murder isn’t the only bizarre event in Doyle. Why are hikers vanishing in the nearby woods? Why are some people cursed with bad luck and others with good? And why is Karin’s magic the weakest of the three sisters’? As Karin digs deep to uncover the truth and regain her magic, her family is thrown into peril. Will her power return too late to save the people she loves the most, or will it be the cause of disaster? Bound is Book One in the Witches of Doyle Trilogy. Spells included at the back of the book!

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Lethal Licorice by Amanda Flower


Amanda Flower has book two in her Amish Candy Shop Mystery out later this month and Lethal Licorice is bittersweet. Fresh on the heels of where book one ends, Bailey and her Amish grandmother are still getting used to daily life without her grandfather. Baliey who is not Amish is doing everything she can to help keep her grandparents store running and is filling in for her grandfather at the Amish Candy Festival. While this ruffles feathers of many in the community, soon there is much more to worry about and a polkadot pig to find! This is a story where love and grief meet determination. Where communities that are divided find common ground. A lovely story and a good mystery await you in Lethal Licorice. This is a February 27th, Kensington mystery to keep your eyes out for! 

Harvest, Ohio, is a long way from New York City, where Bailey King left a coveted job as a head chocolatier to take over Swissmen Sweets, her Amish grandparents’ candy shop. Now, while caring for her recently widowed grandmother, she plans to honor her grandfather’s memory by entering the annual Amish Confectionery Competition. But between lavender blueberry fudge and chocolate cherry ganache truffles, Bailey may have bitten off more than she can chew when the search for a missing pot-bellied pig turns up a body suffering from sugar overload—the fatal kind . . . A candy maker from a neighboring town who wanted Englischer Bailey disqualified for being an outsider, Josephine Weaver died from an allergy to an essential licorice ingredient. The suspects include: Josephine’s niece, a young woman going through her rumspringa, or running around time, and Bailey herself. Now it falls to Bailey, who’s sweet on the local sheriff’s deputy, to clear their names and entice a killer with a cast-iron stomach for cold-blooded murder . . .

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Hummus and Homicide by Tina Kashian

Hummus and Homicide is a new first in series by Tina Kashian. This cozy mystery is a Kensington February 27th release and has so many of the traditional cozy ellements. A great best friend, a painful back story, a love interest and a tragic mystery that the main character must solve in order to help her family.  Celebrating what is different and being proud of who you are and where you come from, standing up for yourself and your family and coming home again. Earning your place in the world. Finding your way home. Hummus and Homicide is going to find a welcome place in many cozy readers hearts and shelves.
When Lucy Berberian quits her Philadelphia law firm and heads home to Ocean Crest, she knows what she’s getting—the scent of funnel cake, the sight of the wooden roller coaster, and the tastes of her family’s Mediterranean restaurant. But murder wasn’t on the menu . . . Things are slow in the off-season in this Jersey Shore town, but Lucy doesn’t mind. She doesn’t even mind waitressing at the Kebab Kitchen. Her parents have put in a new hummus bar, with every flavor from lemon to roasted red pepper. It’s fun to see their calico cat again, and to catch up with her old BFF, who’s married to a cop now. She could do without Heather Banks, though. The Gucci-toting ex-cheerleader is still as nasty as she was back in high school . . . and unfortunately, she’s just taken over as the local health inspector. Just minutes after eating at the Kebab Kitchen—where she’s tallied up a whole list of bogus violations—she falls down dead in the street. Word on the grapevine is it’s homicide, and Lucy’s the number one suspect . . .

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen

I finished reading the ARC of The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen on Thursday night, but I am still in heavy book hangover. This book is one of those rare books that not only sticks with you but that you feel like you lived through.  It was undoubtedly brilliant and engaging, and just how Rhys writes it I could see this as a major motion picture with  academy award accolaids. I am not usually a fan of historically based cozies, mysteries or stories, at least that was until I discovered everything Rhys Bowen has written.  Each book is so rich in history but presented in away that just envelopes the reader. I enjoyed this book in so many ways. The characters are complex and well layered. The setting is unmistakably beautiful even though it doesn't exist you feel like it does. The storyline, mystery and jaw dropping reveal are some of the reasons I could not put this down. This is one of the best reads I have had the good fortune of having on my table and it shall stay forever in my heart. I loved it. The Tuscan Child will be released February 20th. Clear your schedule and turn off your phone. This is a binge read.
  In 1944, British bomber pilot Hugo Langley parachuted from his stricken plane into the verdant fields of German-occupied Tuscany. Badly wounded, he found refuge in a ruined monastery and in the arms of Sofia Bartoli. But the love that kindled between them was shaken by an irreversible betrayal.

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

On My Table and In My Cup February 3rd-10th

Greetings of peace from my table here on the West Coast of Canada, my salute to the Olympics with my morning tea. I watched the opening ceremonies last night and was very impressed. I cannot help but feel pride and excitement as I look upon the faces of each and every athlete that entered the stadium and think of all that must first happen to get them to that moment. I find it moving to see. I prefer the Winter Olympic sports to watch and cannot wait to see what happens next.
Upon my table this week Hummus and Homicide by Tana Kashian. Just started this one.
I will be sharing my review for Rhys Bowen's The Tuscan Child tomorrow. I could not put this down and I have one heck of a book hangover from this one.
Outstanding read.
Also a great read was Clairvoyant and Present Danger by Lena Gregory. I found this my most favorite of the series and the characters are so great in this one. I hope that there will be a book 4!
Miranda James Claws for Concern was one of those reads that you just have a special place in your heart for. This series has surpassed my expectations and this one was incredibly well written, with so much heart and a great mystery too!
Pawprints & Predicaments by Bethany Blake was a lovely cozy read and one that I know you will read. A great post Christmas based mystery story with lots of great animals and friends too!
Rescue cups on my table this week were a guilty pleasure for me this week, this one was a $3.99 rescue.
This Paragon rescue is a lovely light blue and it has the biggest flowers on it, I love the look and feel of it, right down to the delicate handle. This one was a bit more at $14.99 but I fell in love with it.
This $4 rescue has quite a good story which I will share next week...
In my cup this week I have had Murchie's new Sweet Heart blend of black and green tea, with fruit and delicate spices. A lovely light holiday tea. I have also been enjoying the Plumb Deluxe Readers Nook Tea, A Laura Secord Green tea, A Orange, Honeybush tea from Twinings Honeybush & Mandarin Orange tea,   and A Celestial Seasonings Chamomile & Lavender tea. I have of course started most of my days off with the Murchies Black Vanilla that is my long standing favorite!
Thank you for taking time today to join me for a cup of tea and a look back at what has been on my table and 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, February 9, 2018

Fancy Friday Finds- Perfect For Book Hangovers...

True story, as I write this it is 15 minutes before midnight and I just finished reading The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen...just sat down to write this post and thought of how I am looking forward to going to sleep now. This made me laugh, a perfect pillow to start the post with! You can find it from the Cutting Edge Design Etsy shop by clicking here.

I loved this shirt, as well it is truly how I would love to spend my already declared Friday at home, it is actually READING Break for my boys school tomorrow and we are all home for the day.

I may have to forgo the cup and saucer in favor of a large caffeinated beverage as I already have book hangover from finishing in one sitting Rhys Bowen's The Tuscan Child. You can find this fun mug that I am putting on my wish list from the Stag and Peach Co by clicking here. 

Forgive me if I am not up as early as I usually am. I am so happy to have you join me for a cup of tea and this weeks Fancy Friday Finds. I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Clairvoyant and Present Danger by Lena Gregory



This series just keeps getting better and better. I loved Clairvoyant and Present Danger by Lena Gregory. This series started out and I thought, it could go either way but honestly now it is one I think is absolutely perfect. It is a paranormal cozy series for sure but only really in book three do we get the full paranormal experience with a great cozy mystery and setting. Love the dog in this one seriously "Beast" is so easy to picture and fall in love with. I think of him as a bull in a china shop, or dog in a crystal shop. Great best friends in this series in Cass and her besties Bee and Stephanie. Lena writes this story that makes you feel like you are included in Cass' inner circle. There is so much to love in this series and a really great mystery awaits you with a bunch of surprises in Clairvoyant and Present Danger out now.
A haunting vision reveals a ghostly grave in the latest Bay Island Psychic Mystery from the author of Occult and Battery.Whoever said that dead men tell no tales has never met Cass Donnovan...Cass has always relied on her abilities to guide her, but after communications with a ghost land her in the middle of a murder investigation, she has to wonder if her gifts are really more a curse.Cass knows she is meant to help track down the killer--much to the chagrin of local law enforcement--when the apparition leads her to a dead body on the beach near her psychic shop, Mystical Musings. But the police are not the only ones who wish Cass would stick to reading palms. Someone is trying to scare her off, and it will take all her powers of premonition to catch the killer before Cass herself becomes the next victim...

You can order your own copy of Clairvoyant and Present Danger from Amazon by clicking here. 

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