Summer Cozy Mystery Recs!

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Oh Say Can You Fudge

Oh Say Can You Fudge
(A Candy-coated Mystery Book 3)
Nancy Coco
https://amzn.to/31kBgYa

Red, White, And Boom

It’s not Fourth of July on Mackinac Island without fireworks and fudge. The Historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop is supplying the treats–and Allie has hired Rodney Rivers, the biggest name in aerial displays, to create an unforgettable spectacle. Unfortunately, Allie finds him dead, covered with screaming chicken fireworks, just before the entire warehouse of pyrotechnics goes up in smoke. Is it arson or is it murder? Allie and her bichonpoo, Mal, must sift through the suspects until the killer is caught and the island can enjoy a star-spangled celebration.


Murder Most FrothyMurder Most Frothy
A Coffeehouse Mystery
Book 4
https://amzn.to/2MB4XRt 

Clare Cosi’s new friend, millionaire David Mintzer, has an offer no New York barista could turn down: an all-expenses-paid summer away from the sticky city. At his Hamptons mansion, she’ll relax, soak up the sun, and, oh yes, train the staff of his new restaurant. So Clare packs up her daughter, her former mother-in-law, and her special recipe for iced coffee–for what she hopes will be one de-latte-ful summer…

Soon, Clare tends the coffee bar at her first Hamptons gala. But the festivities come to a bitter end when an employee turns up dead in David’s bathroom–a botched attempt on the millionaire’s life. Thanks to the Fourth of July fireworks no one heard any gunshots, and the police are stuck in holiday traffic. Concerned for everyone’s safety, Clare begins to investigate. What she finds will keep her up at night–and it’s not the java jitters…


Bikinis In Paradise

Bikinis In Paradise
Book 3
Kathi Daley
https://amzn.to/2WojiAk 

When the Tropical Tan Corporation descends on Maggie’s Hideaway, the lakeside resort where Tj Jensen lives, she must juggle a bikini contest, a BBQ cook-off, a missing model, and a dead chaperone while her father is out of town. 

Lead Deputy Dylan Caine is on vacation while his sister is visiting, leaving Assistant Deputy Roy Fisher in charge. When Roy asks Tj for her help, they find there may be more going on than anyone realized. 

With Kyle and Jenna’s help, they dig into the lives of those involved, only to find a mystery more complex than anything they could ever have imagined.


Lemon Meringue Pie MurderLemon Meringue Pie Murder
Book 4
Joanne Fluke
https://amzn.to/2K7IqJV 

Hannah Swensen thought she’d finally discovered the recipe for a perfect life. But her sometime beau Norman Rhodes tosses a surprise ingredient into the mix when he phones to tell her he’s just bought a house from local drugstore clerk Rhonda Scharf—which he plans to tear down in order to build the dream home he and Hannah designed. It seems the plan has been cooking for quite some time, and Hannah’s shocked. Especially since her ring finger is still very much bare. . .

The good news is that the soon-to-be-torn-down house is full of antiques—and Norman has given Hannah and her mother first dibs. They uncover some gorgeous old furniture, a patchwork quilt . . . and Rhonda Scharf’s dead body. A little more sleuthing turns up the half-eaten remains of a very special dinner for two—and one of The Cookie Jar’s famous lemon meringue pies. Now it’s up to Hannah to turn up the heat—and get busy tracking down clues. Starting in her very own kitchen. 


Independence Slay

Independence Slay
Book 3
Shelley Freydont
https://amzn.to/2WXJk1H 

With Independence Day fast approaching, Liv Montgomery is swamped coordinating one of the town’s biggest festivals. In addition to the traditional July fourth events, the town stages a spooky Revolutionary War reenactment that can’t be missed. Every year, the ghost of local war hero Henry Gallantine—played by his eccentric descendant of the same name—appears at the top of the family mansion, kicking off the night’s revelries.

But Henry’s annual cameo goes awry after the ghost signals SOS instead of his traditional cue. When Liv rushes to the rescue, she finds Henry missing and a real dead body instead of a fake haunt. Now she will have to hunt down both a murderer and a missing person quickly before unwanted political fireworks ignite and someone else winds up as local history… 


Until next time, Happy Reading!

XOXO
Courtny

Bonjour Jolie| June 2019

Bonjour Jolie

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There is nothing more that I love then a box that has a theme to it. Bonjour Jolie really knocked it out of the park. This month’s theme is all about the Stars, the Universe, and You!!!! This box was stunningly curated and I loved every inch of it! I love that this box has everything that I need!! Especially for when I am on my period.

“The Ultimate Subscription Box Designed Exclusively for You to Be Pampered on your Period! We take the Frustration out of Menstruation!”

Monthly Subscription

$23.50 / month

  • Each Box comes with:
  • A Unique Gift
  • Bath and Body Pampering Items
  • Specialty Teas or Drinks
  • Sweet Edible Treats
  • Up to 20 Menstrual Items
  • Hygiene Wipes and Ibuprofen

Let’s dive into this month’s box a little deeper!

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The Gift

The Hikari Cosmetics Glitter Mask Duo set was the gift in this month’s box. I love that it comes with two different masks! One of the masks in gold while the other is silver. This is going to be so much fun to do! I love the idea of pampering myself when I’m not really feeling my best. These masks are vegan free in their ingredients and are meant to purify pores and firm up the skin!

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The Pampering

This bath bomb by The Bomb Gals is just what you need to add to those fantastic glittering face masks! Put one of those on, burn a candle, and start the tub with this wonderful smelling bath bomb! You can’t go wrong!

The Edibles

Of course you can’t go wrong with the tasty treats this month! Seriously! I love the fact that they really stayed on course with the theme of the stars and the universe. All of the snacks had something to do with stars, moons, or even the milky way! I’m not going to like. I have eaten EVERYTHING except the stuffed cookies, but I’ll get to those tomorrow for a snack, you can count on it!

The teas were perfect for the summer with the peaches, raspberries, and the different levels of caffeine.

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The Bonus

I love Tiger Balm! This is a brand that I back up 100%. Their products are naturally made and really do relieve all of the stress or hurt you are feeling in a particular area! The herbal ingredients really do soak in and make you feel better. I have a feeling that I am going to be taking this patch with me to Japan this month. I just know that 12 hours on a plane is going to be painful on my back!

The Necessity

Although all of the items in this month’s box were amazing and wonderful, the real MVPs are the products we use to help us feel better throughout the struggle of Aunt Flo visiting. The tampons, the cleansing wipes, and the midol are things that every person should have during their cycle and Bonjour Jolie has fulfilled that department as well.


Overall, this has to be my favorite box that I have received from Bonjour Jolie! I can’t wait to see what next month’s theme is. I don’t know how they are going to top this months, but some how, some way, I have a feeling that they will.

CozWeek| July 1st-7th

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful morning! I’m doing pretty well! I can’t believe that today is the last day of June! This year is halfway over and we are getting into the hotter months, especially here in Oklahoma. It’s like Hell’s Sauna outside with the heat and humidity. Ha!

I normally have a really hard time celebrating my birthday. I don’t know why, but ever since I was about 16 I haven’t felt like really celebrating. I feel bad when people buy me gifts and I don’t know how to celebrate.

I have had quite a few people as me over the past couple of years if I would ever do a mid-year Cozy readathon. With March Mystery Madness in March and Cozmas in December, I thought that July would be a great time to have a short one week readathon.

CozWeek

It just so happens to be the week of my 29th birthday. Life keeps moving faster and faster as I grow older. I hear that life tends to do that! Ha! So, I came up with CozWeek! It is a very simple readathon with three challenges. If you’d like to watch my booktube video click here, if not I’ll explain the challenges and my TBR below!

COZWEEK CHALLENGES

As you can see there are three very easy challenges for Cozweek! I wanted something that everyone could do!

I want to preface this, you do not have to read Cozy Mysteries for every or even ANY of the challenges. I might have even changed my TBR from what I said in my video.

For the 1st challenges it is pick a book that is either a new favorite series or maybe even a new favorite author. I wanted something that would be pretty easy to do. There are just some author’s that you fall in love with and you just have to own EVERY. SINGLE. BOOK. they have written. Am I right?!

51YsmBtzo7L._AC_SY400_ For the A New Favorite Series/Author challenge I chose Buy a Whisker by Sofie Ryan.

This is the second book in the A Second Chance Cat Mystery series. I LOVE LOVE Sofie Ryan who also writes under Sofie Kelly.

I actually just finished A Tale of Two Kitties by her for the Magical Cats Mystery series. It was really cute!

This series is all about a young woman who has started her life over, adopted a stray kitty cat, and has opened up a thrift store where she refurbishes old furniture and of course solves a few mysteries at the same time!

 

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For the second challenge it is read a new book! I was graciously sent this book from the publisher Kensington Books. This is the first in the series and I am all about any cozy with fur-children!

This cover is to die for though, isn’t it?! I love all of the detail that a Cozy Mystery cover can give you! You can see the bunny over course, but then the blood on with the tomato, and then the cemetery on the salad bowl!

I am all about getting comfy on the couch and devour this book as well. I have a really good feeling about this!

 

 

cover163182-mediumFor the last challenge, a July release, I had originally chosen Penne Dreadful. But then it doesn’t come out until July 30th and I don’t have an Advanced Readers copy. So I started looking into all of the other books that I’ve gotten. Including those from Netgalley! A lo-and-behold I found this amazing nugget.

It technically doesn’t release until July 30th as well, but I have an ARC from Netgalley! So this is going to be my choice for a July Release! It still technically ticks the mark for the challenge! *self five*

This still has a cozy-ish theme to it. The main character Yvonne is getting out of a bad relationship and she feels herself getting into something new. Starting over.

“But now the once-broke single mom is Atlanta’s most sought-after interior designer—and one-half of the media’s hottest power couple. She and her celebrity fiancé, Nathan, are a perfect, practical match, on—and off—camera. And with their new home improvement reality show the object of a fierce network bidding war, there’s no limit to how far they can go . . .”


So those are my choices for #cozweek! Let me know, are you going to be joining me in the week long read of cozy reads? In the comments down below let me know what your choices are!

I’d love to add more books to my every growing TBR pile!

Until next time, Happy Reading!

XOXO
~Courtny

Cozy Releases| July 2019

Why hello! Long time no blog, eh? I hope life has been treating you extremely well! I have personally been binge watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Just finished season three and am starting on season four!

However, that’s not why you stopped by is it? Ha! Nope! I have put together a list of some awesome Cozy Mysteries that are going to be released in July! My birthday month! So, without further ado let’s get into July’s releases! For the video click here!

A Thread of Darkness

A Thread of Darkness
Book 2
Sally Goldenbaum
July 2nd
https://amzn.to/2EYfhwA
As owners of the popular bistro The French Quarter, former New York City restauranteurs Picasso and Laurel St. Pierre are the toast of the town of Crestwood, Kansas. Chef Picasso’s culinary creations delight the women of the quilting club, who have embraced him as a friend. But Laurel’s anti-social behavior confuses Kate Simpson—until she spots Mrs. St. Pierre with another man in what appears to be a lover’s spat. 

 Gossip travels fast in a small town like Crestwood, and rumor has it this isn’t Laurel’s first indiscretion. She also filed a police report accusing Picasso of domestic abuse. And when Laurel’s murdered body is found Picasso is the prime suspect. To prove their friend’s innocence, Kate and the Crestwood Quilters must uncover the secrets of Laurel’s past—a patchwork history wrapped up in Kate’s own teenage years . . .

To Spell with It

To Spell with It
Book 4
Amanda M. Lee
July 2nd
https://amzn.to/2F50iRI 

Hadley Hunter thinks she’s seen everything – okay, maybe not everything but a lot of things – but she’s never seen a cupid convention.

When her good friend Booker’s fellow cupids descend on Moonstone Bay, she thinks it’s going to be fun and games. Instead, it’s mayhem and mystery when a rash of suicides and attempted suicides hit random island residents.

That means it’s off to the races to solve another mystery.

Hadley has been doing a lot of thinking about her life. She wants a career, not a job. She also wants to uncover a murderer. Even though her boyfriend Galen tries to keep her out of the case, she’s bound and determined to be in the thick of things.

Galen’s fears come to fruition when something starts calling to Hadley in her dreams and he’s convinced whatever creature convinced the others to try to kill themselves is now after Hadley.

Between egocentric cupids who are at war with each other, a big mystery regarding the origin of some of Hadley’s favorite paranormal friends, and her own determination, Hadley isn’t giving up without answers.

She’s used to having magical backup at every turn. This time, she’s going to have to fight the ultimate battle alone.

Is she up to the challenge? She’d better be. Everyone she loves is in danger and she’s the only one who can save them.

It’s time to witch up … and she’s ready.

Killer in the Carriage House

Killer in the Carriage House
Book 2
Sheila Connolly
July 9th
https://amzn.to/2WpxpFH

After fifteen years away, Kate Hamilton never expected to end up back in her hometown of Asheboro, Maryland full time. And she definitely didn’t expect to be leading the charge of recreating the town as a Victorian village and tourist attraction. But as unexpected as the circumstances are, Kate is ready to tackle them.

The town, on the other hand, is going to take some convincing. Ever since Henry Barton’s shovel factory closed down, it’s started to seem like there are more tumbleweeds than tourists rolling down Main Street. Kate’s ideas are good, but ambitious—and her friends and neighbors are worried that finding the money for them would push the town even further into debt.

Luckily, Kate and the handsome historian Joshua Wainwright are two very determined people who may have come up with a solution. The Barton mansion, meant to be the centerpiece of the Victorian village, has proven to be a veritable goldmine of documents about the town’s nineteenth-century history, and Kate is convinced the papers hide something of value. When a dead body turns up in the town library—mere hours before the documents were meant to arrive there themselves—Kate begins to worry that the papers spell danger instead of dollars. It seems that someone doesn’t want these forgotten secrets coming to light, and they’ll do whatever it takes to keep Kate quiet…

Penne Dreadful

Penne Dreadful
Book 1
Catherine Bruns
July 30th
https://amzn.to/2K9rFOG 

Local chef Tessa Esposito is struggling to get back on her feet following her husband’s fatal accident. And when the police knock on Tessa’s door, things just get worse. They’ve discovered Dylan’s death wasn’t an accident after all, and they need Tessa to start filling in the blanks. Who would want her beloved husband dead, and why?

With the investigation running cold, Tessa decides it’s time to save her sanity by reconnecting with her first love-cooking. And maybe the best way back into the kitchen is to infiltrate Dylan’s favorite local pizza parlor, which also happens to be the last place he was seen before he died. But the anchovies aren’t the only thing that stink inside the small family business, and with suspects around every corner, Tessa finds that her husband’s many secrets might land her in hot water.

Death in aa Budapest Butterfly

Death in a Budapest Butterfly
Book 1
Julia Buckley
July 30th
https://amzn.to/2Iv1L4w 

Hana Keller and her family run Maggie’s Tea House, an establishment heavily influenced by the family’s Hungarian heritage and specializing in a European-style traditional tea service. But one of the shop’s largest draws is Hana’s eccentric grandmother, Juliana, renowned for her ability to read the future in the leaves at the bottom of customers’ cups. Lately, however, her readings have become alarmingly ominous and seemingly related to old Hungarian legends…

When a guest is poisoned at a tea event, Juliana’s dire predictions appear to have come true. Things are brought to a boil when Hana’s beloved  Anna Weatherley butterfly teacup becomes the center of the murder investigation as it carried the poisoned tea. The cup is claimed as evidence by a handsome police detective, and the pretty Tea House is suddenly endangered.  Hana and her family must catch the killer to save their business and bring the beautiful Budapest Butterfly back home where it belongs.

Naturally Crated| Summer 2019

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Every quarter when I get this box in I LITERALLY squeal with joy. I love this box so much. They have changed it to where every box is curated to natural cleaning products for a room in your house. For the Spring the box was all about the Laundry Room! I have been using ALL of the products in my weekly washing! Go check it out!

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Approved By Elizabeth:

All products must fit into at least one of the following categories:

  • Products are full-sized, single-use or multi-use
  • All personal care & food products must include full ingredient lists
  • We value transparency, longevity of use, and family-friendly products
  • We never purchase items that we know have been tested on animals

This is a company that I can proudly stand by and that I feel good about getting every season. This box is $75 a quarter and it is worth EVERY PENNY!

Now, let’s get into the amazing goodies that we got in Summer Crate.

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Mama Suds
Castile Soap $11.50
All-Purpose Cleaner $12.50

I have been on the look out for an amazing All-Purpose Cleaner for FOREVER. They either leave a gross residue or they have a horribly powerful scent that gives me an instant headache. This cleaner however is perfect! It is perfect! Seriously! I love it.

Next of course is the Castille Soap by Mama Suds as well. This is an all-purpose cleaning soap. It has an amazingly long list of uses from hand-washing dishes and floors to counters. I can’t wait to use this!!!

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Moso Natural Fridge Bag
Retail: $8.95

My mom has always used a deodorizer like baking soda. But I really love this! The fact that it is fragrance free and filled with bamboo charcoal. This makes me feel safe with it being near our food. I love that it comes with a hook to hang it and that it will last up to two years.

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Milk bottle Candle
Retail: $21.95

I am currently burning this candle as I write this blog post. I love the fact that it looks so rustic and is so quaint looking. I love the smell as well. There is nothing better than the clean smell that is coming from the candle. I also adore the fact that they are made the old-fashioned way in a reclaimed United States Farm. They are made with soy wax, essential oils and cotton wicks. I’ll be reusing this bottle as a vase when I’ve used up the candle!

Organic Essential Oils
$15.90

Something that I adore about this box is that they send you essential oils every single time. They are always perfect for what they are promoting at the time as well. Last box they sent lavender and orange for the laundry. Which I have used up all of the way!!! Now they have sent Eucalyptus and Tea Tree! I can’t wait to see what they send for the Fall!

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Canning Tags
Retail: $2.99

These are adorable and perfect for the little cans that I have here at home. They are simple and sweet. I know that I will be using them for gifts later this year.

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Automatic Dishwasher Powder
Retail $17.00

One of the things that Aaron and I have had to work on is what we are going to use to clean the dishes. I was alway partial to liquid but Aaron have converted me to powder. I love it even more that it is a natural powder! It claims that there will be no more white residue on my glasses! This makes me a very happy woman! I also love that it is biodegradable, non-toxic, and will do 90+ loads!

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Pink Himalayan Salt
Retail: $3.75

There is just something gorgeous and calming about the look of pink himalayan salt. I also love how it tastes!!! IT REALLY IS THE BEST SALT! It is also supposed to help boost energy, contributes to healthy skin, and be an anti-bacterial and anti-imflammatory!

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Beechwood Serving Knife
Retail: $8.00

This is just a cool little trinket! I love the etching on the knife as well. This is perfect for special occasions as well. It is sustainably sourced!

I loved every single item in this box. I love how much thought and detail was put into the curation. The items are things that people need on a weekly bases. Everyone needs to clean their kitchen and dishes. The idea of doing it safely and in a way that is good for the environment makes me happy.

Naturally Crated costs $75 a SEASON. That is a wonderful price! Especially when you get over $100 worth of items in each box.

Live life naturally!

Until next time…

~Courtny

 

Bonjour Jolie| May 2019

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There is nothing more that I love then a box that has a theme to it. Bonjour Jolie really knocked it out of the park. This month’s theme is all about Honey!!!! This is my most favorite sweetener! Nature’s own candy! I love that this box has everything that I need!! Especially for when I am on my period.

“Beekeeping is a crucial component to any local food initiative. Honey and solitary bees provide much needed pollination. Bee pollination increases fruit and vegetable size at yield, speeds up maturity, and even produces a more symmetrical fruit shape.” Pledge to Save the Bees!

“The Ultimate Subscription Box Designed Exclusively for You to Be Pampered on your Period! We take the Frustration out of Menstruation!”

Monthly Subscription

$23.50 / month

  • Each Box comes with:
  • A Unique Gift
  • Bath and Body Pampering Items
  • Specialty Teas or Drinks
  • Sweet Edible Treats
  • Up to 20 Menstrual Items
  • Hygiene Wipes and Ibuprofen

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The Necessary

There is nothing worse than being at work or at an event and having mother nature knock on your door without being prepared. These are the perfect size for a clutch or in your pocket!

The Pampering
South Bee Farms Solid Lotion Bar
4 oz
Retail $16.00

I love that this box is broken up into different sections! There was the necessary with the tampons and now we are onto the pampering item! The amazing lotion bar. There is nothing I hate more than dry skin! I love that they included a natural long lasting bar made with beeswax and shea butter. You just need to warm it with your hands and rub it on their dry areas!

The Edibles

There is nothing better than sweet and salty snacks during your period. This box came right in time for me! If you know what I mean. Ha! I love that there are graham crackers, Nature Valley bars, honey sticks, and tea. This is seriously the best period box one could ask for!

The Edibles

Of course, a whole box surrounding honey wouldn’t be complete without real honey and a honey comb dipper! This is the cutest and the best honey ever! This is perfect to sweeten the tea that they sent as well!

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The Gift

I really thought that this box couldn’t get any better until I opened up this stunning necklace. I love that it looks like a deep honey color and the little bee charm. I can’t wait to wear it! It is so gorgeous!

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The Helpful

Even though they didn’t name these as The Helpful, I did! Sometimes before, during, or after my period I feel so gross. Oily and breaking out of course. I love that they sent over these wipes! This makes throwing them in my bag so much easier. Along with the Advil for cramps and headaches that come along with Aunt Flo. This rounds up the box perfectly.

Overall this was an amazing box. I loved it! I can’t wait to see what June 2019 brings!

Until next time,

Courtny