December 2017- Wrap Up!

December Wrap Up!

December Wrap Up Video!

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  • Superfood Smoothie Murder
  • Harmony Cafe Mystery Series 
  • Book 3 & 98 pages 
  • Rated it 3 Stars 
  • http://amzn.to/2BUFvN6 

This is the 3rd in the Harmony Cafe Cozy Mystery series and I still can’t tell you if I really like the series or not.

I like the idea of the series and this has immense potential. This book revolves around Autumn Wood, who is the owner of the Harmony Cafe. She is asked to join a white water rafting team, in a really weird, awkward, and unbelievable way. An accident happens and we find that the leader of the rafting team is found dead under suspicious circumstances.

Autumn makes it her goal to find the murderer! She has so many leads that it is somewhat difficult to keep up or pay attention to all of the details. Be that as it may I was able to figure out the whodunit pretty easily.

Again, I really want to like this series. I have even downloaded the 4th book in the series the Pumpkin Smoothie Murder. So fingers crossed. If you have Kindle Unlimited the series is free, if not you can get it for .99 cents. I am slowly making my way through Kindle Unlimited’s Cozies so I can make a post/review on the best cozies!

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This is the 5th book in the Bakeshop Mystery series by Ellie Alexander. I will have to admit, I might have a small, tinny, tiny addiction to this Cozy Mystery series…

Seriously, there is just something about this series that I love more than any other mystery series that I have read in a long time.

There is a huge Chocolate Festival going on in Ashland, Oregon and Torte has been asked to take part! Jules, Helen, and the whole gang are doing their best to make everything perfectly sweet! However, this is not the way the cookie crumbles. Owner of Confections Couture, a chocolate company, Evan Rowe dies in front of hundreds of witness. Right after having a taste of one of Torte’s goodies.

At first it seems like an accident, it turns out that Evan had a nut allergy. Helen and Jules know for a fact that the sample he tasted had no nuts. In order to clear Torte’s name and prove their innocence, Jules finds out that there is something more going on. Evan has enemies, and he might have murdered. “Can she sift out the truth before another contestant bites the buttercream?”

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  • Gingerbread and Ghosts
  • Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery
  • Book 10 and 162 pages
  • Rated 5 Stars 
  • http://amzn.to/2Cpk0VN

This is the 10th installment of Agatha Frost’s Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery series! I have fallen in love with the ladies in Peridale. They make me laugh. They make me cry. They make me crave ALL of the sweets! HA! My waist line sure does not appreciate them as much. But that is besides the point.

We follow Julia through the tough process of adopting Jess, wondering where her relationship is at with Barker, and of course trying to keep up with her wonderfully eclectic grandmother Dot. Of course this is all happening during the Christmas season!

Dot has decided that she is going to perform in the Christmas play that is being put on with the local drama club. She is a natural. Julia can’t believe how much of a natural she is. What else doesn’t she know about her grandmother?

While sitting in the audience watching Dot put on her best performance yet, Barker, Jess, Julia, and most of Peridale witness Dot pick up a gun, shoot, and murder her leading man. Julia has made it her responsibility to find out who switch the prop gun with a real one and get Dot home in time for Christmas!

Will she make it? Or will this be the first time that the killer gets away?!

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AND I AM FINALLY FINISHED WITH THE NAME OF THE WIND! Whew! That took me forever to do. Seriously guys. I started this book in September of this year for the book club that I started with friends and family.

Aaron had been trying to get me to read this book for about a year and it was finally chosen. I can’t even start to explain to you the feels this book made me have. I sobbed, I laughing for days, and I had to take many breaks from how much it broke my heart. This book was a gambit of so many emotions, characters, and places. It was beautifully written. Like poetry.

“Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city. his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic.”

This book is only part one in a three-part series following Kvothe through his life. The next in the series is The Wise Man’s Fear. It is over 1,000 pages and I know that it will take me a while to read. If it is anything like the first book. I am also scared to read the second one, because apparently Rothfuss is taking his sweet ass time writing the 3rd in the series. I really hate unfinished series, especially since people have been waiting for over 10 years!

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Have you every read a book that makes you want to vacation so much you can smell the salt in the air? You can feel the warmth of the sun kiss your cheeks? You can hear the waves hit the side of the shop? And look out into the vast endlessness of the ocean with your eyes closed?

This is how I felt reading the 6th installment of the Bakeshop Mystery series by Ellie Alexander. Jules has been asked by her estranged husband to come to his rescue. Well, not his rescue, but to come and be head pastry chef until the cruise liner can meet up at a port to pick up the replacement chef.

Although Jules is apprehensive to join her husband out on the sea that they fell in love on, Carlos sweetens the deal. The Captain of the ship agreed to let Helen and the Professor have a free vacation and they will double her salary for the week. Finally she gives in.

Torte is in the middle of construction with the new addition and Lance has agreed to watch over things while Jules is gone. She knows that she has an amazing team and isn’t too worried. Helen, the Professor, and Jules are heading their way to endless buffets, good wine, and great entertainment. Or so they thought.

Jules notices a young woman wandering around the boat that is acting strangely. Before she is able to find out who the young woman is, Jules finds her floating dead in the pool on cruise. The Captain asks Juliet and the Professor to figure out what happened to the young lady.

Not only is Jules trying to figure out who Jane Dough is, but she is also soul-searching herself. Will she be able to find out who the girl is? Will she be able to come to terms with what she wants? Carlos or Torte? Both? You’ll have to read to find out!

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  • Another One Bites the Crust
  • A Bake Shop Mystery
  • Book 7 and 320 pages 
  • Rated 5 Stars
  • Given as an Advanced Readers Copy for a free unbiased review 
  • http://amzn.to/2Ee5OPI

This has been my most favorite installment of The Bakeshop Mystery series ever. Seriously, hands down. I wish there was an option to give this book more than 5 Stars on my GoodReads account.

Another One Bites the Crust starts with Jules getting ready for the day at Torte. She has just gotten back from the cruise with the Professor and her mom. She knows that this is where her heart belongs. She is home.

As she is getting prepared for the day, her flamboyant and sassy best friend Lance comes into the shop looking for a favor. He has seemed very much out of sorts lately. Claiming that the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is trying to usurp him as director and that the lead actor in Antony and Cleopatra is helping them. Is this paranoia? Is Lance going crazy? Or does he just need a vacation?

Lance has come up with a way to prove his importance and show that he isn’t going without a fight. Or at least without a fabulous party for the entire cast! Jules and the crew of Torte have been given the chance to be the supplier for this Elizabethan-era shindig. On opening night, Lance and Anthony come to fist-a-cuffs. Something that shook the whole crowd.

Lance shows up to Jules’ house that night after the party, covered in blood, and with a knife in hand. Anthony is dead. Jules knows that Lance would never do this. Is this a stunt? Publicity? Has Lance lost it? You’ll have to read to figure it out.

This book gave me everything that I wanted and more with Lance and Jules’ friendship. I need myself a Lance. Every time he has been on stage in the books I have loved his sassy, blunt, and honest dialogue. Their relationship reminds me of Will & Grace. I can’t wait for the next book in the series, Til Death Do Us Tart coming out in July 2018.

All of these reviews have been opinions of my own. I have not been paid to review any of these books. The links are Amazon Affiliate links. I do get a small percentage from those that you buy. If that makes you uncomfortable, please don’t use them. 

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope that you are having an amazing day. Until next time, Happy Reading!

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