Cozy Releases: August 2018

Tea Talk Episode

Hello everyone! I hope you are having an amazing Summer! My Summer Vacation has been wonderful! Full of reading, filming, and reviewing! I have absolutely loved it! All of these wonderful books will release on August 28th and they are all the 2nd in their series!

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Goodbye Cruller World
A Deputy Donut Mystery
Author: Ginger Bolton
https://amzn.to/2LOMlIX

Normally, Emily’s eyes tend to glaze over when prospective brides go on about their wedding plans. But when the owner of the clothing shop, Dressed to Kill, asks Emily to design a donut wall for her reception, she’s immediately sweet on the idea. With the help of her father-in-law and business partner—the former police chief of Fallingbrook—she hangs the treats from dowels on the wall so guests can help themselves.

But that night, when the groom ends up on the floor with signs of poisoning, Emily suspects someone has tampered with her treats. When the groom dies, there’s no way to sugarcoat it: she’s got a murder on her hands. Despite a list of suspects as long as the guest list, Emily vows to find out who created the killer confection to save her shop’s reputation and keep the bride out of handcuffs. She’ll have to move fast . . . before the poisoner takes a powder.

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A Noodle Shop Mystery
Author: 
Vivien Chien
https://amzn.to/2JZezPg

Lana Lee is a dutiful daughter, waiting tables at her family’s Chinese restaurant even though she’d rather be doing just about anything else. Then, just when she has a chance for a “real” job, her parents take off to Taiwan, leaving Lana in charge. Surprising everyone—including herself—she turns out to be quite capable of running the place. Unfortunately, the newlyweds who just opened the souvenir store next door to Ho-Lee have turned up dead. . .and soon Lana finds herself in the midst of an Asia Village mystery.

Between running the Ho-Lee and trying to figure out whether the rock-solid Detective Adam Trudeau is actually her boyfriend, Lana knows she shouldn’t pry into the case. But the more she learns about the dead husband, his ex-wives, and all the murky details of the couple’s past, the more Lana thinks that this so-called murder/suicide is a straight-up order of murder. . .

51A0V2D5bOL._SX300_BO1,204,203,200_Died in the Wool
A Knit & Nibble Mystery
Author: 
Peggy Ehrhart
https://amzn.to/2LCApNl

Pamela is ready to kick back and relax after a busy day selling stuffed aardvarks to benefit Arborville High School’s sports program at the annual town festival. But just as she’s packing up, she makes a terrible discovery—someone’s stashed a body under the Knit and Nibble’s table. The victim is Randall Jefferson, a decidedly unpopular history teacher after his recent op-ed criticizing the school’s sports program. But the primary suspect has an alibi, and the only clue is a stuffed aardvark found on the victim’s chest . . . Now the Knit and Nibblers must unravel the case quickly—before a crafty killer repeats a deadly pattern.

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A Kebab Kitchen Mystery
Author: 
Tina Kashian
https://amzn.to/2LLIPPj

Lucy Berberian has taken over her family’s Mediterranean restaurant on the Jersey Shore after an unsatisfying stint at a Philadelphia law firm. It’s great to be back in her old beach town, even if she’s turning into a seasoned sleuth . . .

Catering a high-society wedding should bring in some big income for Kebab Kitchen—and raise its profile too. But it’s not exactly good publicity when the best man winds up skewered like a shish kebab. Worse yet, Lucy’s ex, Azad—who’s the restaurant’s new head chef—is the prime suspect. But she doesn’t give a fig what the cops think. He may have killer looks, but he’s no murderer. She just needs to prove his innocence, before he has to go on the lamb . . .

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A Pet Palace Mystery
Author: 
Lane Stone
https://amzn.to/2uPQtls

When a break-in at the Pet Palace robs Sue Patrick of more than her beauty sleep, she intends to tidy her ransacked doggy daycare and spa before making any rash decisions. But after Sue abandons her better instincts to rescue a petrified pug stranded at a lighthouse in the Delaware Bay later that morning, she’s lured off mainland Lewes long enough for a freshly murdered body to get dumped in her driveway . . .

 Aided by Lady Anthea Fitzwalter, her practically royal business partner from across the pond, Sue sniffs out clues about the yappy pug with a complicated history and the old car spotted at both crime scenes in hopes of IDing the culprit. As the investigation leads them back to the bay, the ladies soon find themselves immersed in a case trickier than a canine agility course—and chasing after a well-groomed killer who will do anything to maintain a perfect reputation . . .

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT SOME OF THE LINKS ABOVE ARE AFFILIATE LINKS, AND AT NO ADDITIONAL COST TO YOU, I WILL EARN A COMMISSION IF YOU DECIDE TO MAKE A PURCHASE AFTER CLICKING THROUGH THE LINK. PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT I HAVE EXPERIENCED ALL OF THESE COMPANIES, AND I RECOMMEND THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE HELPFUL AND USEFUL, NOT BECAUSE OF THE SMALL COMMISSIONS I MAKE. IF YOU DECIDE TO BUY SOMETHING THROUGH MY LINKS, PLEASE DO NOT SPEND ANY MONEY ON THESE PRODUCTS UNLESS YOU FEEL YOU NEED THEM OR THAT THEY WILL HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS.

ARC Review| A Souffle of Suspicion

download-3A Souffle of Suspicion was the second installment in the French Bistro series! I loved every single second of it! I loved getting to know the characters in this book!

It is Crush Week in Napa Valley as well as a Sweet Treats Festival at Mimi’s Restaurant and Inn! This is wonderful word of mouth for her new businesses. It is even more exciting that she was able to help her head chef Camille’s sister Rene in helping with a place for her festival to be.

Rene seems to be ahead of things when it comes to the festival, even though she has left her husband and is staying with her sister. Though she seems to rub a few people the wrong way even her sister. This wouldn’t seem unusual in the slightest if Rene wasn’t found murdered in Camille’s kitchen. It looks as if she was in the middle of making a chocolate souflee, Camille’s boyfriend’s favorite dessert. However there was trouble in paradise as well when Rene’s husband shows up and seems pretty sketchy.

This was a fantastic read and it kept me on my toes the entire time! I am normally quite adept at figuring out the ‘whodunit’ when it comes to Cozies, but this one had me on the edge of my seat the whole entire time! I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves recipes, fun characters, and a great mystery!

****Thanks to the Cozy Mystery Review Crew and Crooked Lane Books for a complimentary ARC of this book. My review is voluntary.

ARC Review: Unwritten

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Author: Tara Gilboy
Release Date: October 16th, 2018
Pre-Order: https://amzn.to/2Noqg4b
Star Rating: 3/5
This is a Middle Grade book perfect for grades 4th-6th grade. I love that the main character Gracie is a female and someone who is not perfect. She will be a great influence on little girls around the world.

I really loved the idea of this story within a story. Gracie wants to meet Gertrude Winters, an author that has written a world that has come to life. Gracie and her mom were part of the world but had escaped to live their lives the way they see fit, not how Gertrude wrote them.

However, 12-year-old Gracie wants to know what Winters wrote about her and her family. Gracie has flashes of fire and sees a beautiful woman standing over her. Despite her mother’s warnings Gracie went the author’s book signing at their local bookstore and sets in motion a chain of events that bring her, her mother, and other characters from the storybook into the story world.

“Inside the story, Gracie struggles to navigate the blurred boundary between who she really is and the surprising things the author wrote about her. As the story moves toward its deadly climax, Gracie realizes she’ll have to face a dark truth and figure out her own fairy-tale ending.”

I loved the idea of this story but I do wish that the characters had more growth. They seemed a little one-dimensional. I feel like this could be a great series, but I am not sure if there will be a second book.

Disclaimer: I received an advance copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Review: The Pint of No Return

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The Pint of No Return is the next installment of the Sloan Krause Beervaria Mystery Series. I loved every single aspect of this book. From learning about the brewing process, to understanding more about Sloan’s childhood, and falling in love with the different characters within the story.

Ellie has an uncanny ability to teach her readers about what her protagonist is passionate about This brings a hint of realism and probability to what she writes. Having a Cozy Mystery or a Mystery in general be believable is the first step in getting the readers to fall into the world and be open to the murder and the ‘whodunit’ aspects of the storyline.

In this book Sloan is still trying to figure out her feelings for her soon-to=be ex-husband, her new boss, and what she wants to do with her life after the divorce happens. This however has to be put on hold as Oktoberfest has now come around and this is the biggest and more important time for the town.

An added pressure is the fact that there is a film crew who are there to make a documentary about the brewing process, how the brewers interact with each other, and everything in the World of Beer. Of course with most documentaries you must have a a host. And a host they have. An old child star here to revamp their stardom. He is a pompous jerk who everyone seems to hate.

After being as to leave Nitro from drinking too much Sloan finds him dead in an alley way. Hoping that it wasn’t alcohol poisoning from their bar Sloan calls the police to get to the crime scene. Sloan is asked my the chief of police to keep an eye our since they are shorthanded due to the Oktoberfest going on.

Sloan wants to make sure that Nitro doesn’t get a bad name and she makes it her duty to figure out what is going on with the film crew, who doesn’t seem too distraught about their star’s death, her estranged husband, and keeping everything together when she learns about her past.

This is a wonderful addition to the Sloan Krause Beervaria series and I highly recommend it if you love Cozy Mysteries!

This was an ebook sent to me by the publisher on NetGalley for an honest review. Everything in this review is my honest opinion.

 

Fawkes Review|by Nadine Brandes

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By: Nadine Brandes
Releases: July 10th
https://amzn.to/2KzBtOw

Fawkes is one of those books that surprised me. I went into it believing that this was going to be a Young Adult Fantasy novels, which is the reason why I picked it up! I have been on a Fantasy kick lately. This book was so much more than that.

This is technically a Historical Fiction novel with a fantastical twist. It was a wonderful rendition of 1600s England. An outcast of people who live by the pure way of magic called the Keepers versus the Igniters a group of people who talk to the White Light, the original color who created all other color powers. There is a war between them with the Keepers being exiled, killed, tortured, and worse.

This story is based on true events with fantastical characteristics. I loved the characters. The elements of magic were really intricate and fun. I loved the idea of having a mask that helps with their magic.

Our main character is Thomas Fawkes. He is a teenager who is readying himself for his last year in school where he will get his mask from his famous father Guy Fawkes and he will finally be able to cure himself from the Stone Plague that has swept through the country since the Igniters have taken the White Light.

Thomas’ father fails to show up to the ceremony where he is supposed to be getting his mask. Thomas is bound and determined to find his father and demand his mask. He finds himself in London and scary place for Keepers and Plague. He is drawn into a plot, trying to find his feelings for his father, whether or not he is a Keeper or an Igniter.

This was a fun, magical, and well written book about finding yourself, accepting others for their differences, and learning a little bit about history. I highly recommend.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley, Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.by Nadine Brandes

June 2018| Cozy Releases

June Cozy Myster Releases (1)

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A Bookmobile Series
Book 1
By: Nora Page
https://amzn.to/2J0DGln
Already Out!

When her best hope of saving her storm-damaged library is found murdered, senior librarian Cleo Watkins hits the road in her bookmobile in search of justice.

Septuagenarian librarian Cleo Watkins won’t be shushed when an upstart young mayor threatens to permanently shelve her tiny town’s storm-damaged library. She takes to her bookmobile, Words on Wheels, to collect allies and rally library support throughout Catalpa Springs, Georgia.

However, Cleo soon rolls into trouble. A major benefactor known for his eccentric DIY projects requests all available books on getting away with murder. He’s no Georgia peach, and Cleo wonders if she should worry about his plans. She knows she should when she discovers him bludgeoned and evidence points to her best friend, Mary-Rose Garland.

Sure of Mary-Rose’s innocence, Cleo applies her librarian’s sleuthing skills to the case, assisted by friends, family, and the dapper antiquarian bookseller everyone keeps calling her boyfriend. Evidence stacks up, but a killer is overdue to strike again. With lives and her library on the line, Cleo must shift into high gear to close the book on murder in Better Off Read, the charming Bookmobile series debut by Nora Page.

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An All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery
Book 2
By: Lena Gregory
https://amzn.to/2LzVCVz
Releases: June 19th

To save her cozy Florida diner, Gia Morelli must choke down a heaping helping of murder . . . 
 
New York native Gia Morelli is just getting used to life in Florida when she gets word that the town government wants to shut down her pride and joy: the charming little diner known as the All-Day Breakfast Café. A forgotten zoning regulation means that the café was opened illegally, and hardboiled council president Marcia Steers refuses to budge. Gia is considering hanging up her apron and going back to New York, but before she gives up on her dream, she discovers something shocking in the local swamp: Marcia Steers, dead in the water. There’s a secret buried in the books at town hall, and someone killed to keep it hidden. To save her café and bring a killer to justice, Gia and her friends will have to figure out a killer’s recipe for murder . . .

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Book 1
By: Shelia Connolly
https://amzn.to/2IUobLw
Releases: June 26th

Katherine Hamilton’s goal in high school was to escape from her dead-end hometown of Asheford, Maryland. Fifteen years later she’s got a degree in hospitality management and a great job at a high-end boutique hotel in Baltimore. Until, that is, the hotel is acquired by a chain, and she’s laid off. When Kate’s high school best friend calls with a mysterious invitation to come talk with the town leaders of Asheford, she agrees to make the trip, curious about where this new opportunity might lead.

Once Kate arrives, the town council members reveal that their town is on the verge of going bankrupt, and they’ve decided that Kate’s skills and knowledge make her the perfect person to cure all their ills. The town has used its last available funds to buy the huge Victorian mansion just outside of town, hoping to use it to attract some of the tourists who travel to visit the nearby Civil War battle sites. Kate has less-than-fond memories of the mansion, for personal reasons, but to make matters worse, the only person who has presented a possible alternate plan is Cordelia Walker—Kate’s high school nemesis.

But a few days later, while touring the mansion, Kate stumbles over a body—and it’s none other than Cordelia. Kate finds herself juggling the murder investigation and her growing fascination with the old house, which itself is full of long-hidden mysteries. Kate must clear her name and save her town—before she ends up in hot water.

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Book 2
By: Linda Reilly
https://amzn.to/2L6Z4WK
Releases: June 26th

Whisker Jog, New Hampshire, is a long way from Hollywood, but it’s the place legendary actress Deanna Daltry wants to call home. Taking up residence in a stone mansion off Cemetery Hill, the retired, yet still glamorous, septuagenarian has adopted two kittens from Lara Caphart’s High Cliff Shelter for Cats. With help from her Aunt Fran, Lara makes sure the kitties settle in safely with their new celebrity mom.

But not everyone in town is a fan of the fading star. Deanna was in Whisker Jog when she was younger, earning a reputation for pussyfooting around, and someone is using that knowledge against her. After being frightened by some nasty pranks, Deanna finds herself the prime murder suspect when the body of a local teacher is found on her property. Now, it’s up to Lara, Aunt Fran, and the blue-eyed Ragdoll mystery cat Lara recently encountered to collar a killer before another victim is pounced upon . . .
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Book 8
By: Ellie Alexander
https://amzn.to/2skWDId
Releases: June 26th

Jules Capshaw has too much on her plate—and she’s feeling the pinch: the whole town of Ashland, Oregon, is in on the surprise Elizabethan-themed wedding she’s planning for her mom and soon-to-be stepdad. But is her secret scheme half-baked? She’s hiding racks overflowing with sweet treats while Torte is topsy-turvy with a major remodel and the return of Jules’s estranged husband, Carlos. And until now, Jules had no clue about the bitter family feud that has her friend Lance frazzled and suspicious. But when a party crasher takes someone out with a serving of poisoned wine and Jules discovers the deadly cup was intended for her, it’s time to turn the tables on a killer.

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Create Your Own Book Box Tag

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Does anyone else sign up for book boxes?! Page Habit. Owl Crate. Fairy Loot. There are so many different types of book boxes out there! SO MANY! How do you know which one to pick!?! Are you going to LOVE everything that comes in the box!?!

I have been so overwhelmed when it comes to trying to pick the perfect book box. I get frustrated when I get a box and I am not going to read the book. This got me thinking. What book box would I create?! What goodies would I put in the box!?! What would be MY box’s theme?

The idea of creating a book box is super exciting! It’s creating a whole reading experience for the customers. So, I thought, why not make a tag based on Creating Your Own Book Box!?! So, without further ado, let’s get into this!


GenresQuestion 1: What would your genre be?

I know that a lot of boxes surround themselves in YA, new releases, and may even have different box genres available. So, what would make your stand out among the rest? I personally would chose the sub-genre Cozy Mysteries! But not just new releases, because who likes to start in the middle of a series!? Not me! I would make sure that every month had a different 1st Cozy of the Series!

imagesQuestion 2: What would your theme be?

A lot of book boxes have themes for every month. A fantasy theme. A Harry Pottery theme. You name it! What would your theme be every month? Would it be the same or different every month?

I personally would change my theme every month to go with the theme of the cozy mystery! There are so many different types of themes in Cozy Mysteries that one could NEVER get bored. If you ask me! There are desert mysteries, spice mysteries, sewing mysteries, magic mysteries. You name it, there is probably a mystery for it!

the-bookish-box-dec-2015-itemsQuestions 3: What items would your put in your box?

With so many boxes out there and so many bookish goodies the sky is the limit when it comes to filling your box up with amazing goodies! Some companies put book marks, stickers, buttons, and even socks!

I would personally put 3-5 items in the box that revolve around the book its self! If it is a baking book I might put a homemade recipe card in there! I might put a sweet candle that is based off of a scent in the book! Maybe in coffee or tea to enhance the experience!

original_je-ne-sais-quoi-a3-wooden-printQuestion 4: What would set your box out in front of the rest?

You need to have something that would make your box shine brighter then the others! For example, Page Habit has their author’s annotate their books! Which is super cool! Once Upon a Book Box has the customer open up presents at certain pages in the book! I love this idea!

For me, I would want to make my box a retreat. I would want my readers to feel immersed in the story. In the town. Reading is about escaping the world around you sometimes. This box would do that.

The items in the box would be hand picked for the series. It would elevate the senses and make the readers feel as though they are really in the world. Their might be some beautiful hand made yarn for a knitting series with instructions on how to make a scarf. It would be a whole experience!

downloadQuestion 5: Where would you get the goodies for your box?

There are so many creative people in the world that there is an endless supply of artists, crafters, and the like to pull from. I know that I would personally reach out to Etsy creators, creative people in my life, and even makes things at home that would go into the box.

This would be a group project! Something that would be fun and inspiring to others! I think that this would be a lot of fun to create!

sale-tags-free-vector-set_23-2147493679Question 6: What would be the cost and how often?

We all know that book boxes run the gambit of prices. I’ve seen some as low as $10 a month (plus shipping) to $60 for quarterly boxes. What would you want to do for your box?

For me, personally, I would want my box to be between $25-35 a month plus shipping and handling. I want their to be quality products in the boxes. I wouldn’t just pick random things that fall apart when you get them. Or teas that you could buy from Target or Walmart. This would be an Escapism box. A box that should take you out of your world.

Now, I personally have done research, but still not enough to understand how making a box in the real world would cost or how hard it would be for wholesale. I think that I would give my subscribers a choice. They could get a box monthly or quarterly. For the quarterly box I might put two or three cozies in the box with the same theme. It would be more expensive since it would have more goodies!

large_create2copy-copyBONUS Question: Make an example of a book box you would create! 

Take one of your absolute favorite books that you would want to create a box for and do it! Show it off! Take pictures and tag me in them! Make this video and tag me! I want to see all of your imaginations soar!

 

 


And that is the end of the Create Your Own Book Box tag! I hope that you enjoyed this! I had a lot of fun creating it! It has really got me thinking about creating my own Cozy Mystery Box! Wooooo!