Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A Staged Murder by Jo A. Hiestand | Blog Tour with Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway

The Blurb

Bonfire Night! The four hundred-year-old tradition of burning the straw effigy is beginning in Upper Kingsleigh, England. The torch extends… But it’s no mock figure at the end of the rope; it’s the body of a man, an American tourist. Brenna Taylor, Derbyshire C.I.D., is assigned to the case on a team of detectives under Detective-Chief Inspector Geoffrey Graham. It is the chance Brenna has been waiting for, and she is anxious to impress him.

Most villagers suspect an outsider as the killer. But when the frost-covered body of a resident is discovered, apprehension shifts and suspects multiply. Among them are the American's brother-in-law, still angry over his sister's death; the husband, who fears his wife will desert him for the American; the inebriated, penniless uncle, who clings to his nephew's fortune tighter than a cork in a wine bottle. Then Brenna becomes the target of a series of frightening pranks — the work of a harassing male colleague, or a deadly warning to leave the case? Her hunt is personal now.

A Staged Murder is the newly rewritten/edited edition of Death of an Ordinary Guy
(A Taylor & Graham Mystery #1), first published in 2004.

A Staged Murder by Jo A. Hiestand
Series: A Peak District Mystery, #1
Genre: Mystery  
Publication Date: March 27, 2017; 2nd edition
Publisher: Cousins House
Paperback: 326 pages
ISBN-10: 1544695152
ISBN-13: 978-1544695150
e-Book File Size: 2363 KB
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Exclusive Excerpt

Monday, March 13, 2017

Monday Mini-Reviews | No Way Home; Cat Got Your Diamonds; First Degree Mudder

No Way Home | Cat Got Your Diamonds | First Degree Mudder

Here are mini-reviews of some of the cozy mysteries that I've read recently. I enjoyed them all very much, and I think you will enjoy reading these books also!

Friday, February 3, 2017

15 Minutes by Larissa Reinhart | Blog Tour with Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway

The author of the Cherry Tucker Mysteries is back, with a new series!

The Blurb

#10Days #FindTheWoman #GetTheJob #DoNOTFallInLove


When ex-teen star Maizie Albright returns to her Southern hometown of Black Pine, Georgia, she hoped to rid herself of Hollywood tabloid and reality show hell for a new career as a private investigator. Instead, Hollyweird follows her home. Maizie’s costar crushing, but now for her gumshoe boss. Her stage-monster mother still demands screen time. Her latest rival wants her kicked off the set, preferably back to a California prison.

By entangling herself in a missing person's case, she must reprise her most famous role. The job will demand a performance of a lifetime. But this time, the stakes are real and may prove deadly.

15 Minutes by Larissa Reinhart
Series: A Maizie Albright Star Detective Mystery, #1
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Past Perfect Press
Publication Date: January 24, 2017
Paperback: 341 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0997885323
e-Book File Size: 1506 KB
ASIN: B01N77ZK94
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For a sneak peek of 15 Minutes, download a four chapter excerpt,
using Bookfunnel or Instafreebie.

The Review

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Poison is the New Black by Chelsea Field | Review

Chelsea Field is back, with another Eat, Pray, Die Humorous Mystery!

The Blurb

When Mr. Black becomes the top suspect in a murder investigation, Isobel Avery is roped into helping Etta, her Glock, and her greyhound clear his name.

Except her boyfriend Connor is warning her to stay out of it, the new client she’s protecting from poison threats requires her full attention, and oh yeah, Izzy thinks Mr. Black might be guilty… He did once try to beat her to a pulp after all.

To make matters worse, Etta and Izzy aren’t the only ones digging in to this case, and the other parties are a whole lot more dangerous. And if Mr. Black didn’t do it, then the real killer is still out there and might not appreciate their interference.

As Izzy struggles to make sure the right bad guy goes to prison, find her footing in her new romantic relationship, and integrate herself into her client’s alien world of high-society ladies — the same world the victim is from — she’d better watch out for poisons, vengeance, and firebombs. 

Poison is the New Black by Chelsea Field
Series: An Eat, Pray, Die Humorous Mystery, #3
Genre: Cozy Mystery  
Publication Date: January 16, 2017
Publisher: JFP Press
Print Length: 215 pages
e-Book File Size: 2961 KB

Click here for an excerpt from Chapter One, on Author Chelsea Field's website.

The Review

Monday, January 9, 2017

Curried Away by Gail Oust | Blog Tour with Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway

The author of Cinnamon Toasted is back, with a new Spice Shop Mystery!

The Blurb

Piper Prescott, proprietor of Spice It Up!, has persuaded Doug Winters, the mild-mannered vet she’s been dating, to demonstrate Indian cuisine at her shop. But before Doug’s presentation of classic chicken curry is completed, Ned Feeney, local handyman, bursts in with news of a murder.

Sandy Granger, the director of a local production of Steel Magnolias, was found strangled in the third-floor balcony of the Brandywine Creek Opera House. Sandy, it seems, had not endeared herself to cast or crew. Complaints about her ran the gamut from her management style to her lack of people skills. Everyone connected with the production falls under suspicion, including Piper Prescott’s BFF, Reba Mae Johnson, who made it well known how unhappy she is that she was cut from the cast.

When the spotlight for the dastardly deed shines on Reba Mae, Piper rushes to her friend’s defense. Who among Sandy’s detractors was angry enough to wrap a silk scarf around her neck — and pull tight? Will Piper succeed in solving the case before she becomes the killer’s encore performance? And will she ever learn just how to prepare the perfect curry? As delicious as it is charming, the latest entry in Gail Oust’s mouth-watering Spice Shop Mysteries is sure to delight both old fans and new.

Curried Away by Gail Oust
Series: A Spice Shop Mystery, #4
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Culinary Mystery
Publisher: Minotaur Books / Macmillan Publishers
Publication Date: December 13, 2016
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1250081254
e-Book File Size: 1384 KB
ASIN: B01G1J80H8
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Click here for a sneak peek! You can read Chapter 1 
of Curried Away on Macmillan Publishers' website.

The Review