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.

Cozy Releases: August 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

51M551g8XzL._SY346_Stabbed in the Baklava
A Kebab Kitchen Mystery
Author: 
Tina Kashian
https://amzn.to/2LLIPPj

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

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

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

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

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

 

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ARC Review| A Souffle of Suspicion

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

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

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

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

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

ARC Review: Unwritten

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

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

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

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

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

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