October 2018| Wrap Up!

October Wrap Up!

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A Potion to Die For
Magic Potion Mystery #1
By: Heathe Blake
*****
This was the Cozy Mystery Bookclub book for the month of October. I really did love it. I loved getting to know Carly Bell Hartwell and her Little Shop of Potions.  She is known as the potion maker who creates potions to help all sorts of ailments. Though the one ailment she can’t fix is death. When she walks into her shop one morning she finds a local lawyer killed on her floor. Of course he has a bottle in his hand that is the specially made potion bottles Carly has made for her shop. She has to figure out who did this. She has the ability to be empathic and feel what others are feeling. She uses this, the towns knack for gossip, and good old intuition to figure out how this man ended up in her cafe. I loved this book, though there were other characters like her cousin that I wish had more of a role, maybe even their own book series!

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Peridale Cafe Mystery #11
By: Agatha Frost
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This is one of my most favorite Kindle Unlimited Cozies. If you haven’t signed up for Kindle Unlimited but you love ebooks and finding indie authors you should look into it. I only pay $9.99 a month to read TONS of books! You can cancel anytime and sign up again when you want!

This is the 11th book in the Peridale Cafe Mystery series. The people of Peridale do not like change. But when a famous washed out actress decides to build a very modern house where Barker’s cottage used to be a lot of people are upset about it changing the feel of the town.

Of course this is a Cozy Mystery and it wouldn’t be right if Julia didn’t have a murder to solve before the local police. A body is found at the construction site and Julia may have been one of the last people to see him alive. Not only does she have that on her plate but she also finds one of the construction crew eerily familiar!

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Peridale Cafe Mystery #12
By: Agatha Frost
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I really was on a Peridale Cafe Mystery kick this month! It really helps that these are short and sweet cozies. I don’t think many of them are over 35,000-50,000 words. Which is really nice for me. Sometimes I want to be able to sit down in one sitting and get through a whole entire story!

This is the 12th book in the Peridale series and we start getting more into Dot,Julia’s Grandmother’s past. Barker has a huge premier for his new book coming out at the Peridale local library. Everyone from near and far have come to see the good-looking retired cop/new author.
Julia is running late because he oven broke and she was supposed to make Blueberry Muffins, Jess however is there for the rescue with store-bought muffins. Julia doesn’t feel quite right about this but there isn’t much they can do.

They arrive at the book event only to walk in and a body fall from the ceiling. It ends up being Dot’s best friend who ran away to Mexico 10 years before. Julia has to figure out who has done this for her Grandmother, she also has to keep Barker’s publicist off of him, and try to make Jess realize that it’s not okay to pass store-bought off as homemade, but that’s hard when everyone loved them so much!

 

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Peridale Cafe Mystery Series #13
By: Agatha Frost
*****
This is probably one of my absolute favorite of the Peridale Cafe Mystery series. Julia, Barker, Jess, and her brother all have tickets to spend the weekend in Blackpool! They are excited to spend time together as a family when they realize that the inn they are staying in for the weekend is actually a drag in! This was probably one of my most favorite parts of the story.

There is a drag show one night and Barker is dragged up to the stage and dressed up. I couldn’t stop laughing. However, the laughter turned into mystery when a very flamboyant drag star is up on stage doing her famous number and a huge lighting element falls from the ceiling almost killing her. Julia tries to ignore the urge of finding out the ‘whodunit’, but is pulled by her budding friendship with the owner. Who tried to kill the dramatic drag queen? Why? And is it worth trying to figure out?

 

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Peridale Cafe Mystery #14
By: Agatha Frost
*****

This is the newest of the Peridale Cafe Mystery series and I loved it! Julia and Barker have finally set a date for their wedding. They are a little overwhelmed by the whole process of planning it out, paying for everything, and trying to figure out what is right for them.

Thankfully a new neighbor moves in across the way. She happens to be not only a wedding planner but an old high school of Julia’s! This is super exciting for Julia because now all of her friends have moved back to Peridale. She called Roxy and Johnny up excited about Leah’s return but is faced with anger and bitterness from both people.

Not understanding what is going on but too polite to ask Julia decides that they will come around to what ever happened 20 years ago and still hires Leah to do her wedding. They walk into a local dress shop and Leah is attacked by the owner.

Not knowing what to do Julia decides that night to confront Leah about what happened but her a Barker find the door open , the living room a mess, and Leah missing. Julia makes it her mission to figure out what happened to Julia. Her mission digs up some open wounds, a shady past of a trusted citizen, and maybe brings some friendships back together.

This was my favorite book of the whole series so far. I really loved getting to know all of the characters more. I also loved that Julia didn’t know everything and that we had to learn along with her.

 

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By: Debbie Tung 
Releases: January 1, 2019
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*****

If you are a book lover this is the comic for you. I don’t know how many times I laughed, groaned, and nodded my head as Debbie Tung went through all of the different scenarios, events, and thoughts us book lovers have. The drawings are quirky and fun and I love the fact that they are all in black, white, and grey. Some of the aspects really hit home as what it means to have books change your life and the way you view the world after joining the world of readers! I highly recommend this book!

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By: Jacqueline Chen 
Releases: November 13, 2018
*****

This was the cutest book in the whole entire world of cute. This would be a perfect book to put in the restroom, the doctors office, or in your classroom. Sometimes we need to know that we aren’t perfect, but that its okay. I couldn’t have smiled more or been more happy after reading this book. Oh my goodness. Cuteness alert!

 

Reading Wrap Up!| June 2018

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Happy Wednesday and Happy 4th of July everyone! What an amazing year so far, am I right? I can’t believe that we are already halfway through 2018. It seems like yesterday that it was the beginning of the New Year and now we are already almost done with Summer break and I’ll be heading back to work later this month!
I had a pretty decent reading month! I was super exited to find new authors, new characters to fall in love with, and a new genre to read. Sometimes you have to get outside of your comfort zone to really spread your horizons and fall in head over heels with something different. This month, I would say that I stepped outside of my comfort zone! So, without further ado lets get into this!

32495444Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab was the second book in the series and I really enjoyed it. Normally with Young Adult novels you expect everything to end happy and that the main character will get what they want or are looking for.

I did not expect that this book would be so dark! Even though the title most certainly did warn me! Haha! I loved getting to know Kate and August more. Watching them evolve and become the young adults that they were meant to become was something that I really enjoyed.
I will admit, I did tear up in this book. I was more attached to these characters then I thought I would be and I am super happy that I decided to finish this duology. It was most certainly worth the read.

15810915Mayhen at The Orient Express was the first book in A League of Literary Ladies Cozy Mystery Series. It was also the Cozy Mystery Bookclub book of the month for June.

I rated this book a 4/5 Stars. I really enjoyed the different characters and the fact that it gave a nod to the Mystery Queen Agatha Christie. I loved that there wasn’t just one main character. I enjoyed getting to know the four ladies who ended up being the League of Literary Ladies.

I do anticipate reading more from this series because I am eager to see how their friendships blossom and I also want to know more about Bea Cartwright’s life from before she moved onto the island.

While I was joining in for the Library-A-Thon I picked up the Court of Thorns and Roses series. As my blog post for the readathon stated, I was originally going to be listening to Cinder on audiobook. However, once I started the audiobook I realized that I couldn’t stand the woman’s voice who was narrating it and that I needed to pick up something else in that genre and read it for myself.

Thus started an addiction to a brand new series that was totally outside of my comfort zone. I have fallen in love with the Fae world in this series. The characters are so well developed. The flaws, the strengths, the weakness, the falls, and the way they bring each other up.

I can’t explain what this series really means to me. I loved it so much that I brought my best friend Bre into reading the series and she is as in love with the series as I am, maybe even more if I’m being honest. All I know is that I will be reading everything written by Sarah J. Maas soon. If she writes this way in all of her books, then I am already in love.

51vzujA3AAL._SX303_BO1,204,203,200_As always Ellie Alexander has left my heart fluttering and my mouth watering! This was the 8th book in The Bakeshop Mystery series featuring the amazing baker Jules Capshaw. She has a lot on her plate during this book! A wedding to plan, an expansion of her bakeshop Torte, her feelings for her estranged husband, and trying to be there for her friends. To top it off someone has a grudge towards Jules herself and tries to poison her!

This book had me laughing, it had me tearing up, and falling in love with the characters over and over again. Ellie has a way with her characters, she brings them alive. She is able to weave words of meaning, feeling, and scrumptiousness like The Bard himself!

I recommend this series to anyone who loves coffee, friends, family, and a good mystery! You will find yourself lost in the world of the characters trying to figure out the ‘whodunit’. This book had me on my toes the whole time guessing and I loved every second of it!

I have always been wary of reading poetry. I have never really been able to get into it. Even in high school when I took a Creative Writing course and we were required to do a whole unit on Poetry and write our own I always felt silly. I don’t know why.

It didn’t help that all of the poetry that was required reading during school was the old and classical poetry. I know that as a history major I should appreciate and love the classics, but I personally don’t. At least not a lot of them.

So when Bre and I hung out last week and went to Books-A-Million we stopped by the poetry section. Bre is an English Major and is getting her Bachelors in English. She was talking to me about poetry and mentioned this author and her poetry books. I opened the first one up and immediately knew that I was hooked.

I bought both books on Thursday and read both of them while laying in bed on Friday. I loved this set of poetry. I could relate to all of it. Some of it broke my heart. Other parts made me laugh. I loved all of the different aspects.

download 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.

April Wrap Up!

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Hey hey my Cozy Companions! I hope that you are having an AMAZING day! I am super glad that April is over. I don’t know about you guys, but April was an extremely hard month for me. I couldn’t focus, I couldn’t get motivated, I just needed May to start so that I felt like the slate was clean! I read a whopping four books this month! Three of which were WONDERFUL! Let me know what you read this month down below or if you’ve read these books and what you thought of them!

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A Piece of Cake Mystery Series
Book 1
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The first book that I read this month was a buddy read with Kayla from @literatureads! She is one of the sweetest people I have met from Booktube and Twitter. It was her idea to start this series together!

This book follows Rita Lucero. She is trying to start her life over, but there is one little thing holding her back. Her soon-to-be ex-husband refuses to sign the divorce papers even though he is the one that left her.

Rita hops on a plan from Arizona and flies to New Orleans willing to camp out in his reception area of his bakery until he signs the papers. This quick trip leaves Rita with the dead body of her ex-husband, a black lined bakery, and maybe becoming the next murder victim.

This was a really fun book to read. I loved the characters, the plot ran smoothly, and the whodunit was very well done. Overall this book has made me want to continue the series!

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A Spice Shop Mystery Series
Book 1
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This book was April’s Cozy Mystery Bookclub Pick! This was such a fun series to start! If you want the complete book talk with the bookclub click here!

Pepper Reece is finally happy with her life. She left her cheating husband, left a well-paying job, and bought up the local Spice Shop in the heart of Seattle’s Pike Place Market!

The only thing Pepper has to worry about is getting her newest designs done for the shop. Should she stick with the old design that is true and loved? Or should she strike out on her own and put more of herself into the design of her new shop?

These thoughts are being put on hold however when a presumed homeless man is found dead in the front of Pepper’s shop with a paper cup with her logo on it near the body. The police show up, including her bike riding cop ex-husband.

Chaos ensues when one of Pepper’s employees is arrested for the murder of the unknown man. Will Pepper be able to keep her store afloat, find out who the mysterious man is, and save her coworker from prison? You’ll just have to read to find out!


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The next book that I read in April was “Then She War Gone” by Lisa Jewell. I really thought that this book was going to be like The Broken Girls, by Simone St. James.

Boy was I wrong. This book was not to my taste at all. I rated it a 2/5 stars on Goodreads. I actually can’t wait until I unhaul this book.

I really thought that this was going to have a better mystery, a better plot, and more character development.

Ellie Mack is the perfect child. Perfect grades. Gorgeous. Everything was coming her way. Until she goes missing. The police believe that she has runaway.

This story is broken up into multiple points of view, which is very confusing as you are reading. You follow Laurel, Ellie’s mother, Ellie, and others. I don’t want to give away too much information or it will spoil the book for you.

There are many parts in this book that were triggers for me and made me feel really uncomfortable. I got this book through my Book of The Month Club pick. This is something that I will not be re-reading again.


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The final book that I read in April was You Are A Badass! How to Stop Doubting You Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life, by Jen Sincero.

As I stated at the beginning of this blog, I had a pretty rough month in April. I live in Oklahoma and am a teacher. There was a walkout for two weeks due to the fight for more funding in our classrooms and into education. I won’t get into politics with anyone, just know that children are my heart and I want the best for them!

You would think that with two weeks off that I would have devoured as many books as possible. I would have thought so too. That however wasn’t the case. I was broken-hearted, I believe. I couldn’t find the energy to read or to do much of anything.

I went and protested quite a few times during the walkout, twice in Oklahoma City. But I couldn’t bring myself to do much of anything. I needed to get out of this funk. I wanted to read a book that would help bounce me back!

This is when I saw this bright yellow cover that made me smile. Especially with its quirky and out of the norm title! I laughed and couldn’t stop smiling, so I put the book in the Amazon cart with The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**K, which I am currently reading.

This book really helped me see everything going on in the world in a different way. I needed to let myself become better. I needed to stop holding myself back. If you really want to see my reaction on this mind-blowing book watch this video!


So, that was my reading month for April. It wasn’t as extensive as the first three months of 2018, but I am still proud of everything that I read. All of them, good or bad, helped shape me into my thoughts of today.

I hope that you have an amazing reading month in May! What are you planning on reading in May? I’m horrible at TBRs! Haha!

March Wrap Up!

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Holy cow! I can’t believe it! March is BASICALLY over…seriously! How did this happen? We are a QUARTER of the way complete with 2018. This is pretty scary and fun all at the same time. I have been loving growing my channel, my blog, and my group of friends. It has been an absolute blessing and so humbling.

I thought that I would share this collage of pictures I took during March. This has been one of my favorite months. Being asked to be a host for March Mystery Madness has been super amazing and so much fun. Creating all different kinds of designs and for the Instagram Challenges and the Twitter page has been great!

I know you normally stop by my blog to read up on what I’ve read, what I suggest, and even just to get more in-depth on what I put on my Youtube channel, but I thought that I would give you a quick update on what’s going on in the world of me!

I have been loving creating templates, thumbnails, pictures, and videos so much that I have been wanting to learn more! I have applied and been accepted into a Graphic Design Certification program at a local college where I live. I am going to be starting classes this summer and I can’t wait. I am going to learn how to use Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, and so much more. I have always been known as a person who is addicted to school! I finished my Masters in December of 2016, so it didn’t take long for me to want to start something new!

This year has been a whirl wind of reading for me. I can’t believe how much I’ve read the past three months. This month I read 9 books! I think that is pretty amazing considering how busy this month was with March Mystery Madness, Twitter Sprints, Spring Break, and family time.

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So, I basically sped read through the whole entire Pacific Northwest Mystery series by Kate Dyer-Seeley aka Ellie Alexander. As most of you know, she is one of my most favorite authors.
Of course, I fell in love with this series as well. This is the third in the series and we are following Meg into another adventure. This time she is following a competition for water sports.

Justin Cruise, an extremely popular and cocky surfer, is found killed after showing off to Meg’s surfboard lesson. Of course, the person who found him was Meg, she seems to have a knack for it.

While, trying to stay away from the investigation, she is trying to figure out her relationship with Matt and helping her best friend Jill open herself to the person that she is. They have joined her on this work-cation and have even jumped on the band wagon on trying to find out what happened to Justin.

This newest book also dives deeper into the mystery of what happened to Meg’s dad. I can’t say it enough about how much I love the fact that there is a mystery within a mystery in this series.

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29429250This is the fourth installment of the Pacific Northwest Mystery series. I told you, I was having a HUGE READING BINGE for this series.This time we are running along with Meg in planning for the 5K Mud, Sweat & Beers! She has decided that she is going to get some real outdoor training for Northwest Extreme!!!! Finally, something she doesn’t have to be too scared about. And hey! She is trying to get outside of her comfort zone and take the audience of the paper with her on her fitness journey! Plus, beer. Yep. Enough said.

I love the name of the training business, Mind over Mudder. Ya get it?! Mudder?! Because it is a MUD RUN! *I’m dying*

Of course, training isn’t going to be easy. The two men that own the 5K camp are two very opposite gentlemen. One is very zen, while the other is a former drill sergeant. Meg doesn’t quite know what to make of them, but she does make a good friend in the camp who seems to be losing weight very quickly.

The macho ex drill sergeant suddenly kills over during a drill in what looks like a heart attack, but Meg doesn’t believe that was the case because of how healthy he was and how persistent he was about being good to your body. Meg decides that she is going to figure out what happened to him. This was such a fun book! I highly recommend it!
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This was such a fun book! I read this for March Mystery Madness for the New Challenge. This was not only a new series for me but also a new author.

This series follows baker Hannah Swenson and her hectic life back at home with her business, her snotty sister, and pushy mother.
Hannah starts her day like normal. Getting up, drinking coffee, cuddling with her kitty, and getting ready for work. She starts to drive to work and sees the delivery man who normally comes to her shop every morning for rounds.
Hannah thinks that the most pertinent and pressing matter is making her mother realize that she doesn’t need a man to make her life any better. She does not want to be set up on a blind date. However, her mother is very persistent and tries to set her up with a dentist.

Hannah is in for a rude awakening when she finds the delivery man she just waved at killed in the alley at the back of her shop and is thrown into an investigation that shakes her whole entire world. Her brother-in-law is the cop on the scene and asks for her help in solving the case.

I really liked this book as a start of a series, there were somethings that I feel needed to be better in the set up. For example, Hannah and her brother-in-law’s relationship seemed kind of weird. That he asked her to help solve the case seemed unprofessional and almost unbelievable. It didn’t stop me from wanting to finish the book or keep going with the series, but I hope it becomes more believable as the series goes on.

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This book is fantastically wonderful. I chose this book for March Mystery Madness. This was for the Opposite Challenge. As you know the main sub-genre that I read in Mystery is the Cozy Mystery genre. So reading a Thriller was outside of my comfort zone, but this was a 4 Cleo Read for me. Or a 5 star on Goodreads.
As you see above, Series and Punniness are Not Applicable. This is a standalone series and it doesn’t have punniness as a rule.

This follows two different time periods in Vermont. 1950 and 2014. Technically this follows five different points of view. In 1950 it follows four girls at the Idlewild Girl’s School for troublemakers, illegitimate, and too smart for their own good girls. The school is said to haunted by Mary Hand who makes girls go a little bit crazy. In the past one of the students goes missing and is presumed a runaway.

Fast forward to 2014, you are following Fiona Sheridan a journalist who is stuck in the past of 20 years ago. Her sister was found brutally murdered in the field of the shut down and decrepit Idlewild School. Fiona is trying to get over the death of her older sister when someone purchases Idlewild and is intending to open it back up as a girls school.

Fiona starts interview people about the past 20 years ago when her sister was killed and then stumbles upon the mystery of the missing girl from 1950. She uncovers police corruption and a sleepy town’s buried secrets.

This was such an amazing book to read. I loved the characters, the mystery, and the relationships within the story. I wish there would be more in world but I love the way it ended. I actually made a reading Vlog for this book, if you want to watch it click here.

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I had really really high hopes for this series because I love Pink and all of the people in Port Danby. I am not saying that this wasn’t a great start to a series because it most definitely was!

This is series is about Sunni Taylor with her social life and writing career in tatters at the ripe old age of thirty-five, she decides to pack up her things and join her sisters, Lana and Emily, in the small town of Firefly Junction.

She has gotten a journalist job at the local newspaper for the town to keep money coming in while she renovates the rundown Cider Ridge Inn. She is wanting to turn it into a bed and breakfast for the town.

Her very first assignment is SUPER interesting, she is interview people about the High School janitor’s early retirement. This is the biggest story in the town until the janitor is found killed in the town’s park. A dull human interest piece becomes incredibly interesting to Sunni when she rushes to the crime scene. Unfortunately the newspaper’s editor takes Sunni off of the story and gives it to the inept senior journalist.
This of course does not stop Sunni from investigation.

So while investigating the murder, trying to avoid the irritating, pushy, and cocky Dectective Jackson, and wondering if her Inn is haunted, Sunni is trying to figure out who she is and what she wants out of life.

This was a good start to a new series by London Lovett. I really did enjoy it! I am looking forward to the next book in the series and seeing how the story grows.

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34488843Again, I told you that I binge read this whole entire series. This was, I believe, the finale to the Pacific Northwest Mystery Series. That is what I gathered from Kate. I think that, if it is the last, it perfectly wraps up the mystery within the mystery of what happened with Meg’s dad and the whole drug ring that was going on within Oregon.

During this adventure Meg is asked by Matt to pitch a story to Northwest Extreme to do a piece on the Bend, Oregon’s Caves and the new legislation that is being considered to allow the public into the caves and the public lands surrounding it.

Little did Meg know that she was going to be pulled into another murder of a local ranger and a drug ring happening right under the noses of politicians and police within the state.

This was such a fun and quick read. I loved watching Meg grow and mature as the books continued. Her relationship with Matt was left hanging, I want to know if she decided to move to the Bend with Matt or stay with Northwest Extreme. I could do with one more book in this world and with these characters. Even if Kate doesn’t write another one, I am perfectly content with the way it has ended!

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This was the Cozy Mystery Bookclub book of the month for March. We actually just had the Live Stream last night, here is the link if you wanted to go watch it! Kate Carlisle herself even stopped by and said Hi! How cool is that?!?

This was one of my most favorite books that I read this morning. I loved it as a first book in the series. Getting to know the fiery Irish Contractor Shannon was so much fun! I loved her whole attitude the relationships that were being built between her and her best friend, and her and her father.

Shannon is finally ready to open herself back up to a potential relationship when one of her friends sets her up on a blind date. It was going extremely well during dinner that when Jerry, the date, asked her to walk on the beach after dinner she was more than willing. However, he decided to make a pass at her and when she denied him he went into a rage. He tore her shirt, bruised her, and tried to force himself on her all while people were watching from the pier. Shannon, not to be forced to do anything and was taught by the men on the construction crew to protect herself, got in quite a few jabs and kicks! She threatened to kill him if he came around her again.

Little did she know that she would find his body in a house that she was refurbishing. She immediately becomes a suspect and finds herself fighting to clear her name. After her date she swears off men and yet two unexpectedly fall into her lap.

This was such a marvelous beginning to a new series! I am so excited to dive more into this series to see what other adventures Shannon and her friends get into in the next book!

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Aaron and I started Ready Player One on our drive down to Texas to get on our cruise. I love that it seems to be a tradition for long road trips. We have been picking books that we want to read together. Since we both read at different speeds and this is the best was to do it via Audiobook.

Aaron and I are actually seeing the movie this weekend and I will be do a chat with The Lawn Gnome on Youtube comparing the book and the movie. I can already see many differences between both of them, but I am going to try to enjoy both of them as they are.

This book follows a kid named Wade Watts. It is the year 2045 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The world has become impoverished in many areas. People are no longer living life outside in the real world. The new world that most people live in is the Oasis.

“Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.”

Aaron and I really enjoyed this book. It was one of his favorites before I even knew about it and he was really excited that I was willing to read it. I loved all of the 80s fun facts with the movies, music, and pop culture! It was so much fun to remember all of those. Aaron and I have even been watching movies now that we are home that were talked about in the book and I have loved it! I love that a book has brought us closer when I didn’t know that we could get any closer. It was just such a fun book to read! I highly recommend it!

Cozy Mystery Review

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This is one of my favorite Cozy Mystery series that I started at the beginning of me finding this series. It is the Booktown Mystery Series by Lorna Barrett. It follows Trish and her sister Angelica and their amazing friends on the main street that is themed after different types of genres of books.

Tricia’s shop is called Haven’t Got A Clue and she sells antique mysteries as well as new releases. Angelica started a cookbook shop but also has her hands in different businesses throughout the town.

This time around the booksellers of Booktown are going on vacation, a cruise. Not just any cruise though. This is a themed cruise, a book themed cruise! Famous authors, editors, and different types of goodies are all on the cruise. This is a time where everyone can make new business contacts, get some reading in, and relax a little before the tourist season starts again!

However, the town jinx Tricia, seems to have brought the bad luck with her, or so others from Booktown believe. When a hateful and self involved thriller writer turns up dead and Tricia is the one who finds the body. Tricia has promised her sister that she will try and stay out of the investigation, but the security on board are trying to pass off her death as a suicide. Trish disagrees.

It was great to be back into the world of Booktown. I loved getting more involved with Trish and Angelica’s past. Understanding why they are the way they are. Seeing their relationship grow even more warmed my heart, which is why relationship got four Cleo’s. This was a pretty good book over all!

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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
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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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