February Wrap Up!

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Oh my goodness guys! I have no idea how I did this! reading 11 books in one month. I feel like I am not the same person! I don’t know if I even read that many last year in one month! Whew! I just couldn’t help it! When I find a series I devour it. I read through them all. I am super excited to see what next month brings!!

If you have not picked up the Port Dandy series by London Lovett you are missing out! I read books 1-4 in about 4 or 5 days. I just ate them up! We are following Pink and her new flower shop in Port Danby. She has moved from the big city to the small town of Port Danby to start life anew after finding out that her fiance was cheating on her. She finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation and finds that her inane sense of smell helps break the case right open!
36257309In the second book, Carnation & Chaos, Pink is super excited that she is going to be helping set up the Third Annual Food Fair! This is going to be bringing big business to the town. Everyone on main street is getting their shops ready when a very famous and not well liked blogger is found killed in her hotel. Pink helps Detective James Briggs (YUM!) by using her keen sense of smell to help figure out the whodunit! This was such a fun read. Lovett has me rolling when it comes to the relationship between Pink and her crow. I love it! I am also loving the relationship building between Pink and James. I am totally Team James. I also NEED to know what happened at the mansion so many years ago!
STARS: ****

 

36370494In the third book, Roses & Revenge, Pink is excited for the annual Harbor Holiday Lights Flotilla. She is excited to see how the harbor is lit up for the holidays! Hot cocoa, a good book, and cuddling with her pet crow are somethings that are on her to-do list. However, when the captain of a boat is found strangled to death on the pier, Pink sticks her nose into Detective James’ business in trying to figure out who killed the man!
This is such a fun book! I love how Pink tells her best friend whats-what. That she needs to stop being so selfish and that she needs to get over herself. She isn’t going to just sit there and not say what needs to be said!
I also love how there is a mystery inside a mystery with this series. While you’re trying to figure out the main murder, Pink is still trying to figure out what happened at the mansion!
STARS: ****

36555302There is love in the air in Port Danby! Pink has a new assistant who is taking care of the shop while she is trying to figure out what happened at the Mansion and Pink’s past is also rearing its ugly head when Georgio’s Perfume Company comes to Port Danby for a photoshoot for their newest perfume line.
This of course was the company that Pink used to work for and she is faced with running into her ex-fiance.
Who is going to be Pinks Valentine? James? Dash? Her ex? She doesn’t have time to contemplate this when a someone with the company is found killed in their trailer and Pink’s ex is the primary suspect.
Torn with helping Detective James figure out what happened and who did it and helping her friends, Pink is trying to come to the terms that someone she knows is a killer.
STARS: ****

38096237Stroke of Death is the third book in the Scarlet Cove series by Agatha Frost and Evelyn Amber. It follows retiree Liz Jones. She has moved to Scarlet Cove to live out the rest of her life painting and running her craft store.
Not only is she running her business but she is running an Art Group after hours where people from around the town can come and be taught painting, gossip, and relax after a long day.
The local gallery’s tyrannical manager Katelyn Monroe is on vacation so Liz’s best friend Nancy suggests taking their paintings to the gallery for a one night show. It is extremely popular until Katelyn shows up early unannounced, throws a hissy-fit, rips Liz’s painting, and is found murdered in her office.
Liz did not expect to find herself wrapped up in another murder. It gets a little too personal when she has to suspect her best friend and everyone in the art club. This was a fun, short, and easy cozy mystery to read. It isn’t as in depth as I would have wanted but it was a great series to read on Kindle Unlimited.
STARS: ***

17707766Lending A Paw was the Cozy Mystery Bookclub book pick for the month of February! It was a super super cute book. It is about the grand sailing of the Bookmobile for the local library in Chilson, Michigan. Librarian Minnie is super nervous and excited to start out on this amazing trip of spreading literacy to hard to reach places.
The first day went pretty well, even though Eddie, Minnie’s cat tagged along, books were checked out, people left happy, and Minnie was ready to call it a day. When Eddie decides, on the last stop, to run out of the van and into a run down house. Minnie follows and finds a man that she knows killed.
She wants to leave this crime in the hands of the professionals but when she realizes that they are not following the right clues she has to direct them to the correct suspect. This was a very cute series. I enjoyed it very much and I will be trying out the others in the series. Hopefully the series gets even better as they go on.
STARS: ***

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This was such a wonderful and refreshing read! This is the first in the Rose City Mystery series by Kate Dyer-Seeley (aka Ellie Alexander). One of my absolutely FAVORITE Cozy Mystery authors!
Britta has finally had it with her husband. She is tired of being the only one with a job. The only one that pays bills or goes grocery shopping. She realizes that she is done with this life when she comes home to find flowers on her kitchen counter. Sweet! You think. How thoughtful. Except these weren’t for her. They were from her husband. However they were for another woman.
Britta has decided to move back home to help her Aunt Elin run her amazing flower shop, Blooma. The store is expanding and Elin needs all of Britta’s help with her amazing artistic eye and way with flowers.
Britta realizes she has been away from home too long when she finds that even though she and her aunt had weekly phone calls that Elin was hiding things from her. Like a rivalry with another florist. Someone trying to buy out the shop. And finally when a body is found inside Blooma Britta realizes that she needs to find out what happened.
I truly loved this book. I love how well Kate/Elli writes her characters. They truly do feel like family. They have me laughing, cry, and getting angry with them. I adore how much the author puts herself into everyone of her series.
STARS: *****
*This was sent to me as an Advanced Reader Copy for a free review.

 

I’m not going to talk too much about these, other than the fact that they were adorable. I loved seeing the different points of view to my favorite Disney story. It was so amazing to see what the Beast thought while watching them fall in love. Or how Belle was really starting to see inside of the Beast’s heart. I just loved it. It was extremely nostalgic for me. The art is absolutely breathtaking and I even loved the little comics in between the chapters. It was wonderful. I most definitely recommend them! I rated them both 5 stars.

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This is the first in the Pacific Northwest Mystery series by Kate Dyer-Seeley/Ellie Alexander. Again, like I said before she is one of my favorite authors. Aaron actually bought me the first four in the series for Christmas and I am so excited that I finally got around to reading it. It was so worth it!
In this series we are following Meg, a new graduated Journalism major. She has had an extremely rough year. Before she graduated her father was found killed in a hit and run.
She was couch ridden for months on her best friend’s couch.
She was having trouble finding a job since newspapers are shutting down left and right. She had no idea what she was going to do with her life. Until she ran into Greg, the owner of Northwest Extreme an outdoors magazine.
Lying her butt off about being athletic Meg gets a job at the magazine. She is given her very first assignment following around the reality show that revolves around climbing the most death defying places for the chance to win a million dollars. She has no clue what she has gotten herself into. She is petrified of heights. It doesn’t help that when she fakes a fall she witnesses one of the competitors in the show falling to their death.
Journalism runs in Meg’s bones. Her dad was considered one of the best. When Meg smells that this death wasn’t an accident, she is like a dog with a bone hide. She can’t let go. She has to figure out who did it, even if she finds herself hanging on for her life.
I truly love this series. Meg is in her early twenties and has a lot to learn. Sometimes I want to smack her in the head and tell her what she should be doing but she has been growing during the series. (I am currently on the third novel).
Star: *****
22557306This book was AMAZING! This is the second book in the Pacific Northwest Mystery series. I actually did my first Cozy Vlogs while reading this book. Here is Part One and Part Two.
Meg still isn’t very athletic, but she is an amazing writer. Greg has decided that he is going to keep her. It helps that she is amazing with social media and had tripled the following for the magazine. It has been a crazy ride. Something that I truly love about this series is the fact that there is a mystery inside of a mystery. We find out that Meg’s Dad’s death might not have been an accident. So while Meg is trying to figure what’s going on there she has volunteered herself to follow some mountain men, the Ridge Rangers, who are starting a new business helping people reach the summit in Oregon.
There seems to be some fighting amongst the Ridge Rangers and the man who is funding the business. That happens sometimes, but what doesn’t happen is someone getting shot and killed outside in a winter storm. Meg knows that she needs to back away from this because of the last murder she was caught in the middle of. But when one of her friends is considered a suspect she finds herself diving into the mystery, once again.
This one had me on the edge of my seat and I have NO IDEA who the killer was. This is rare for me because I usually know. I loved this book very much!
Stars: *****

Those are the books that I read in February of 2018! Let me know if you are planning on getting any of these!!

January Wrap Up!

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January Wrap Up! Video

Trouble Is Brewing (A Bakeshop Mystery #6.5) 

Rating: 5/5
Series: A Bakeshop Mystery
Author: Ellie Alexander
Number: 6.5
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This was such a fun and quick read. Two of my, now, favorite amateur sleuths meet as kindred women. I love that they had a mystery to solve as well! It wasn’t enough for me though. I craved more. Which is what I think was Ellie’s thought process. Leaving us wanting.

If you haven’t read Death on Tap, Sloan’s first Mystery, I highly suggest it. I love getting anything and everything that Ellie puts out into the world.

A fun short read. You do need to know that the story is finished at 35% and the rest of the book is a sneak peek into Death on Tap.

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Pumpkin Smoothie Murder (Harmony Cafe Cozy Mystery Book 4)
Rating: 2/5
Series: A Harmony Cafe Cozy Mystery
Author: Anna Lakewood
Number: 4
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This was the fourth installment of the Harmony Cafe Series. Trouble has hit Autumn’s town again. This time, it’s aliens. Or is it?

I feel like this book was filled with so much potential as most of this series is, which is why keep reading it.

However, I feel like Autumn and her ex-husband’s rivalry is childish and isn’t well written. I also feel like the author is telling me things and not showing them to me.

The characters need to have more depth. I need to feel for the characters. Which isn’t the case in this series.

I will continue to read the next book to see if as the series advances maybe so does the author’s writing. I really do like the idea of this series which is why I picked it up. But I was not shocked by the ‘whodunit’ aspect. The plot was rushed and sort of everywhere.

I know that this is supposed to be a short story type of Cozy, but I still need a little bit more detail and twist.

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Charms and Chocolate Chips (Magical Bakery Mystery #3) 
Rating:
4/5
Series: A Magical Bakeshop Mystery
Author:Bailey Cates
Number:3
http://amzn.to/2DS3Bw6
If you follow my blogs, the reviews, or my YouTube channel, I have a slight addiction to Cozy Mysteries. Okay, maybe not SLIGHT…a HUGE addiction to Cozies. But more specifically, I have a weakness for cooking and magical mysteries. They just tickle my fancy. My waist and my imagination expand while reading these types of books.

Bailey Cates’ Magical Bakery Mystery does this to me every time. I crave what ever it is that Katie and Lucy are making in the Honeybee Bakery and I want to know more about the magic that Katie is learning about herself. Especially since I’ve dabbled in it as well.

This is the third installment in the series and it was just as amazing as the first two. You dive more into Declan and Katie’s relationship. What it means to Katie to be a white witch, a pure witch. Is she a catalyst? So many questions.

While trying to put extra karma out in the world for herself Katie volunteers at with a conservation group trying to save extinct or endangered animals. She loves it even though she is working basically two jobs. Unfortunately, whether it was just a happenstance or if she really does cause these things to happen, someone from the conservation is killed.

Katie, surround by her coven, feels responsible to figure out the ‘whodunit’, especially when it is not just her that is being threatened, but members of her Spell Book Club as well.

This was a delightful read. I love getting to know all of characters a little more as well as the AMAZING recipes at the back of the book. I can’t wait to try out the peanut butter cookies.

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Some Enchanted Éclair (Magical Bakery Mystery #4) 
Rating: 4/5
Series: A Magical Bakery Mystery
Author:Bailey Cates
Number: 4
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As you can see I was on a Magical Bakery kick this month. Does anyone else get this way?! You fall in love with a town, a character, the way the writer portrays the mystery!?! That is how I feel with all of the books I read. I mostly read series because of this. I don’t like not being able to know more about a world.

In this addition to Katie Lightfoot’s life she is being brought outside of her comfort zone. Both in her business life and in her personal life as well.

A movie crew has shown up in town with some pretty high-profile actors and actresses. Some how the Spellbook Club gets brought into the hectic life of show business. One of them is supplying the wine, the other the flowers, Katie and her Aunt are asked last-minute to cater the event. This is a test on how much the Honey Bee Bakery can handle when it comes to clients and the future of the bakery.

However, this doesn’t seem to be the only challenge that is put on Katie. Some one on the set is murdered and a psychic on the set states that someone told her that Katie would be the one to solve it. So now, not only is she extending herself in her job with catering, but she is also extending herself further then she ever has with her magical abilities.

Will Katie be able to keep the bakery a float? Will she be able to find the murderer before the final cut? GO CHECK IT OUT!

34909427Scone Cold Killer (All-Day Breakfast Café Mystery #1)
Rating: 4/5
Series: An All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery
Author:Lena Gregory
Number: 1
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This was such a fun book to read! I was actually given the ARC from Net Galley for an honest review. I think I have found one of my new favorite series.

This follows Gia Morelli, she knows it’s time to get out of New York, when her marriage falls apart.  Her husband was a scam artist, a liar, and a cheat. He swindled millions of dollars from the wealthy in New York and slept with anything that walked and had money. 

People were constantly harassing her in New York, from phone calls to stalking. Gia can’t take much more of it. The only person that is sticking by her side is her college roommate and best friend Savannah. Savannah cons her friend into moving and starting her life long dream, opening an All-Day Breakfast Cafe in a small town in Central Florida. 

Gia is in a cultural shock. Everyone is kind and open to her in Florida. She is living in a house backed against a beautiful forest. And she braves snakes, bears, and SPIDERS to live there. She couldn’t be happier to maybe, have a place to call home for the first time in her life.

However, life from New York seems to follow her when the morning she opens her restaurant she takes the trash out to find her ex-husband in the dumpster. Looking like a murder she is considered the prime suspect.

While she was looking for an over easy kind of life, it looks like it might be scrambled. Can she save her new life or is her past catching up to her?

Gia and Savannah are #bestfriendgoals. I loved this book so much. The characters, the story, and trying to guess the #whodunnit was so much fun. This was a great start to the series.

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Dead in the Water (Scarlet Cove #1)
Rating: 
4/5
Series: A Scarlet Cove Seaside Cozy Mystery
Author: Agatha Frost & Evelyn Amber
Number: 1
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As you may know from my previous blogs, I love Agatha Frost and her Peridale Cafe series. I have read ALL 10 that are out so far.

When I stumbled onto another series by her and one of her best friends I couldn’t help but squeal with excitement. Another Cozy Mystery series!?!?! Yas please!!!

This is the first book in the Scarlet Cove Seaside Cozy Mystery series. It follows Liz Jones, formally retired as a detective from Manchester, I believe, at the age of 42.

She is wanting to start fresh, opening up her own Craft Store, and to paint to her hearts desire. She finds all of the citizens in Scarlet Cove to be quirky but enjoyable. She makes fast friends with a few. Bad impressions with some. And realizes that it might be harder to kick the habit of sleuthing then she thought.

While painting on the sandy beach she hears the desperate calls from a dog on a boat. Realizing that there seems to be no one steering the boat, her and the owner sail out and find a dead body.  Will Liz be able to leave her past behind and be open to her creative side? Or is she going to slip back into her past career choice and find the killer.

36349274Castle on the Hill (Scarlet Cove #2) 
Rating: 4/5
Series: A Scarlet Cove Seaside Cozy Mystery
Author: Agatha Frost & Evelyn Amber
Number: 2
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One of the reasons why Scarlet Cove is so popular for tourists is the legend that follows the Castle on the Hill. The rumor that the Lord of the castle cut the heads off of everyone under the roof, making the castle bleed blood.

The second book in the series starts on Halloween and the festival that the town throws in honor for this sordid history. Of course, there are those that are excitedly waiting to see the ghosts of the headless.

Liz believes that all of this is just humbug. A way to bring tourists to the town. Something that is just for fun. Except when she takes a walk around the castle that same night and her foot shoots an object across the floor. A squishy head shaped object. Is the castle really haunted? Are the ghosts fed up with being seen as a joke? Or is something else going on? It looks like Liz is going to have to put her detective hat on again!

This was a fun and quick read! I loved getting to know Liz more. I am eagerly awaiting the third book in the series coming out later this month.

34050839Dark, Witch & Creamy (Bewitched by Chocolate #1)
Rating: 
3/5
Series: Bewitch By Chocolate
Author: H.Y. Hanna
Number: 1
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This is the first in the Bewitched By Chocolate series by HY Hanna. I have actually read all of her Oxford Tearoom series and have LOVED it. I was super surprised and excited to see that she had another series on Kindle Unlimited and wanted to give it a try! I am so glad I did.

This series is about Caitlyn, her mother, a famous singer, recently passed away in a car accident. She leaves Caitlyn a letter divulging that she is not her actually daughter. She was found on the side of a road in England.

She flies halfway across the world to follow her past and try to find any trace of her family that let her go. She ends up in the quaint English village of Tillyhenge where she finds out a man has been murdered by what people are assuming is magic.

Tillyhenge seems to be encompassed with a certain feeling. Cell phones don’t work. The internet is sketchy at best. Caitlyn finds herself staying with the local “old witch”, rescuing a kitten, and meeting Lord James Fitzroy. “Not to mention discovering that she herself might have magical blood in her veins!”

When she’s dragged into the murder investigation and realises that dark magic is involved, Caitlyn is forced to choose. Can she embrace her witchy powers in time to solve the mystery and save those she loves?

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Marigolds and Murder (Port Danby #1) 
Rating:4/5
Series: Port Danby Cozy Mystery
Author: London Lovett
Number: 1
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I actually just finished the book today (Sunday, Jan. 28th), and I am sooo glad that I pick this series up! Pink cracks me up! The beautiful colors of this series’ covers are what reeled me into world of Port Danby.

This series follows Lacey ‘Pink’ Pinkerton. She has decided that after a bad break up she was going to quit her six figure job as the ‘million dollar nose’, move across the country, and open up her own flower business. She moved to Port Danby with her pet crow Kingston and her cat Nevermore. She is ready to start fresh.

She has a keen sense of smell. So much so that she can pick apart the different ingredients in a slice of pumpkin bread. She never thought that her overly powerful nose would get her stuck in the middle of a murder investigation. Will her heightened sense of smell be able to track down the killer for detective James? Or is she going to be smelling roses as another victim? You’ll have to read it and find out.

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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.

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November- Wrap Up!

November Wrap Up Video!

downloadThe Allegheny Brew House is a dream come true for Maxine “Max” O’Hara, who went all the way to Germany for her brewmaster certification, and is now preparing to open her own craft brew pub in a newly revitalized section of Pittsburgh. But before she can start pouring stouts and lagers to thirsty throngs, there’s trouble on tap. Suspicious acts of sabotage culminate in Max finding her assistant brewmaster and chef Kurt Schmidt strangled in one of the vats.

Between rescuing a stray gray tabby she names Hops and considering a handsome ex-hockey player as her new chef, Max doesn’t have a lot of time to solve a murder. But with a homicide detective for a dad, she comes to criminal investigation naturally. And if someone is desperate enough to kill to stop her from opening, Max needs to act fast—before her brand-new brew biz totally tanks.

Rated: 4

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Brew pub owner Maxine “Max” O’Hara and her chef/boyfriend, Jake Lambert, are excited to be participating in the Three Rivers Brews and Burgers Festival. Max hopes to win the coveted Golden Stein for best craft beer—but even if she doesn’t, the festival will be great publicity for her Allegheny Brew House.

 Or will it? When notoriously nasty food and beverage critic Reginald Mobley is drafted as a last-minute replacement judge, Max dreads a punishing review. Her fears are confirmed when Mobley literally spits out her beer, but things get even worse when the cranky critic drops dead right after trying one of Jake’s burgers. Now an ambitious new police detective is determined to pin Mobley’s murder on Max and Jake, who must pore over the clues to protect their freedom and reputations—and to find the self-appointed judge, jury, and executioner.

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download-2Jasmine Bashara never signed up to be a hero. She just wanted to get rich. Not crazy, eccentric-billionaire rich, like many of the visitors to her hometown of Artemis, humanity’s first and only lunar colony. Just rich enough to move out of her coffin-sized apartment and eat something better than flavored algae. Rich enough to pay off a debt she’s owed for a long time.

 So when a chance at a huge score finally comes her way, Jazz can’t say no. Sure, it requires her to graduate from small-time smuggler to full-on criminal mastermind. And it calls for a particular combination of cunning, technical skills, and large explosions—not to mention sheer brazen swagger. But Jazz has never run into a challenge her intellect can’t handle, and she figures she’s got the ‘swagger’ part down. 

 The trouble is, engineering the perfect crime is just the start of Jazz’s problems. Because her little heist is about to land her in the middle of a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself. 

 Trapped between competing forces, pursued by a killer and the law alike, even Jazz has to admit she’s in way over her head. She’ll have to hatch a truly spectacular scheme to have a chance at staying alive and saving her city. 

 Jazz is no hero, but she is a very good criminal.  That’ll have to do. 

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GREEN SMOOTHIE MURDER (Book 1)- RATED 3

Autumn Wood, the proud owner of the Harmony Café, has done her best to make healthier choices and rid her life of toxins, starting with her irksome ex-husband. But when a local homeless man is found dead behind her café, the small-town of Mineral Springs thinks she is to blame. To prove her innocence and save her business, Autumn sets out to find answers with her fun-loving Westie. Her sleuthing leads her to an unlikely culprit and a deadly fight for her life.

SMOOTHIE BOWL MURDER (Book 2)- RATED 2

When Autumn Wood, owner of the Harmony Café, covers her sister’s shift at a local hotel, she finds much more than wrinkled linens and dirty breakfast trays. What started out as a good deed to keep her sister from being fired, again, quickly turns into a murder investigation when a body turns up in one of the guest rooms. Autumn does some sleuthing of her own with the help of her adventurous Westie. But with an annual bow hunting trade show in town and an angry group of animal rights activists parading the streets, her list of suspects is quite long. The clock is ticking, and Autumn must uncover the truth before the killer takes another shot.

SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIE MURDER (Book 3)- RATED 3

Autumn Wood, the owner of the Harmony Café, joins a white water rafting team and participates in the town’s annual river parade. But when the leader of the group is found dead, Autumn realizes that the culprit is just as cold and erratic as the river’s perilous rapids. With the help of her friendly Westie and buoyant neighbor, she hunts for clues. Her list of suspects includes a local physician, a sci-fi enthusiast, and a disgruntled employee, and it’s only a matter of time before someone else falls to their watery grave.

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