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
ASIN: B01N34VHR9


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

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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



Friday, January 6, 2017

Alphabet Soup 2017 Reading Challenge



This challenge is hosted by Lori at Escape with Dollycas.



Alphabet Soup Challenge

from Lori

It’s an alphabet challenge!!! The challenge is to read one book that has a title starting with every letter of the alphabet. (Disregard the "A"s, "An"s, and "The"s from the beginnings of the titles.) The first Main word has the initial letter you are counting, except for those pesky Q, X and Z titles. The word that starts with Q, X and Z can be anywhere in the title.

This challenge will run from January 1st, 2017 until December 31st, 2017. You can join anytime. By December 31, your bowls must be full of one book for each letter of the Alphabet. Each Letter Counts As 1 Spoonful.

Make a page, or a post, or a GoodReads shelf where you will keep track of your spoonfuls. You do not have to post a review of the book. Books can come from any genre. Books can be read in any order and all formats — print, e-book, audio — are acceptable for this challenge! Crossovers to other challenges are allowed and encouraged!

Ready to join us??

Bloggers, grab the image above and make a post about the challenge to encourage others to join!

Non-bloggers, you can join too! Just keep track any way you wish and sign up using the link here. You can even set up a special shelf on Goodreads.com to help you keep track!

Follow Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book as there may be special announcements made about the challenge.

There is also a very active group on Facebook where you can share your books read and converse with others taking part in the challenge.



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I'll list my spoonfuls here.

A Minor Deception by Nupur Tustin | Blog Tour with Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway


The Blurb

Kapellmeister Joseph Haydn would like nothing better than to show his principal violinist, Bartó Daboczi, the door. But with the Empress Maria Theresa’s visit scheduled in three weeks, Haydn can ill-afford to lose his surly virtuoso.

But when Bartó disappears — along with all the music composed for the imperial visit — the Kapellmeister is forced to don the role of Kapell-detective, or risk losing his job.

Before long Haydn's search uncovers pieces of a disturbing puzzle. Bartó, it appears, is more than just a petty thief — and more dangerous. And what seemed like a minor musical mishap could modulate into a major political catastrophe unless Haydn can find his missing virtuoso.



A Minor Deception by Nupur Tustin
Series: A Joseph Haydn Mystery, #1
Genre: Historical Cozy Mystery  
Publication Date: November 15, 2016
Publisher: Foiled Plots Press
Paperback: 254 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0-9982430-1-6: $14.95
e-Book File Size: 716 KB
Ebook (ISBN-13: 978-0-9982430-0-9): $4.99
ASIN: B01M4HHNXT 
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Exclusive Excerpt


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Cloak And Dagger 2017 Reading Challenge



This challenge is hosted by Stormi at Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh My! and Barb at Booker T's Farm.

From Stormi:

This year Barb and I have decided to open up a facebook group for all of us who are addicted to mysteries, as we thought it would be fun to chat now and then about those mysteries we are reading. You read a really good one and want to give it a shout out, or if your curious to see what everyone is reading, or want to tease us with a tidbit from your current read, or just general chatter. 🙂 Here is the groups link:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/350512171977943/ It’s a closed group so just ask to join and we shall let you in. 🙂

Challenge Rules:
  • You can read any book that is from the mystery/suspense/thriller/crime genres. Any sub-genres are welcome as long as they incorporate one of these genres.
  • You don’t need a blog to participate but you do need a place to post your reviews to link up. (blog, goodreads, booklikes, shelfari, etc.)
  • Make a goal post and link it back here with your goal for this challenge.
  • Books need to be novellas or novels, please no short stories. (At least 100 pages +)
  • Crossovers into other challenges  are fine.
  • The Challenge will  be from Jan. 1st to Dec. 31st. (Sign up ends April 15th)

There will be a monthly link up so that others can check out your progress and look at your reviews. At the halfway mark and at the end we will have a giveaway for those participating.

If you tweet about your progress or reviews please use the hashtag #2017CloakDaggerChal so others can see it.


Levels:
5-15 books – Amateur sleuth
16-25 books – Detective
26-35 books – Inspector
36–55 books – Special agent
56+ books – Sherlock Holmes

I don’t know about you but I seem to gain more series than I finish, so  think I am going to make 2017 the year of finishing some series! 🙂 To help along with that Barb and Thought we would make a mini challenge within the Cloak and Dagger challenge.

Can you finish a series in a year? Or how about two or three series? The amount will be up to you! At the end of the year, we will have you link up the last book in the series or at least the last book that is out and published as it can be a series that is still going on. You can then sign up for the series ender giveaway for a $5 gift card. It’s a totally optional challenge, but we just wanted to try something different this year. 🙂



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I signed up at the Sherlock Holmes level, to read 56 mysteries / suspense / thrillers. I'll list my progress here.

Purrfect Reading Challenge 2017



The Purrfect Reading Challenge is hosted by Yvonne at Socrates' Book Reviews.


from Yvonne:

Many years ago I found a cat mystery reading challenge on one of the blogs. Being both a cat and mystery lover, it was the *purrfect* reading challenge for me but then it suddenly disappeared and I never saw one again. So, I decided to create my own. It's very simple, this challenge is all about reading mysteries that have cats as the main characters. Here are a few examples...

  • Joe Grey Mysteries by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
  • Midnight Louie Mysteries by Carole Nelson Douglas
  • A Cats In Trouble Mysteries by Leann Sweeney
  • A Klepto Cat Mysteries by Patricia Fry
  • Black Cat Bookshop Mysteries by Ali Brandon
  • Cat Who Mysteries by Lilian Jackson Braun
  • Cat in the Stacks Mysteries by Miranda James
  • Bookmobile Cat Mysteries by Laurie Cass
  • Theda Krakow Mysteries by Clea Simon
  • Black Cat Mysteries by Elaine Faber


This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are dozens more. You can find a list here, but you aren't limited to just these choices. If you find others, that's great.

Here are the levels you can choose from:

Purring - Read 1-10 cat mysteries
Kneading - Read 11-20 cat mysteries
Meowing - Read 21-30 cat mysteries
Catnip - Go crazy and read at least 31 and go as high as you'd like - the sky is the limit!

The challenge will begin on January 1, 2017 and end on December 31, 2017.

The rules are really simple. 

1. Any book read for this challenge has to be a mystery and have a cat that plays a major role in the book.

2. You may make a list of books at the beginning of the challenge or you can just list them as you find them.

3. Book titles may be swapped out at anytime for those who make a list in advance.

4. Crossovers with other challenges are permitted and encouraged.

5. You don't have to have a blog or write a review, but you can if you want to. If you don't have a blog, just post in the comment section here that you'd like to join. You can post your books in there also. I have a Cat Mystery group on Goodreads and you can join over there. The link is https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/188179-cat-mystery-readers

6. Books can be in any format of your choice (print, audio, ebooks)

7. To sign up, choose one of the levels from the above list and use the Mister Linky here. There will be links for reviews and wrap posts later.

Enjoy and have fun!




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I signed up for Purring and will read 10 books. I'll list them here throughout the year.

What an Animal 2017 Reading Challenge



What an Animal Reading Challenge is hosted by Yvonne at Socrates' Book Reviews.


from Yvonne:


Welcome to the 2017 What an Animal Reading Challenge. I began hosting this challenge in 2010, when I took it over from Kristi at Passion for the Page. I love reading books that feature animals and am going to host this one again. I hope you will join me. 


The challenge will begin on January 1, 2017 and end on December 31, 2017.

The rules are really simple.  I am changing it up a little bit, though...read on...

1.  Any book read for this challenge has to have an animal that plays a major role in the book (which could be fiction or non-fiction.)  It also counts if a main character is (or turns into) an animal (define that however you'd like).  In the past, books would qualify if an animal is in the title or on the cover, but that alone no longer qualifies.  This challenge is for books related to animals and just because they are in the title or on the cover, doesn't mean it's about an animal. 

These are the levels.

Level 1 - Read 6 books

Level 2 - Read 7-12

Level 3 - Read 13-20 

Level 4 - Read 21 or more

2. The animal can be any type of animal (real or fictitious)--dog, cat, monkey, wolf, snake, insect, hedgehog, aardvark...dragon, mermaid, centaur, vampire, werewolf...you get the idea...

3. Challenge runs from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.

4. Books can be fiction or nonfiction.

5. You may make a list of books at the beginning of the challenge or you can just list them as you find them.

6. Book titles may be swapped out at anytime (assuming you made a list to begin with).

7. Crossovers with other challenges are permitted and encouraged.

8. You don't have to have a blog or write a review, but you can if you want to. If you don't have a blog, just post in the comment section that you'd like to join. You can post your books in there. Or you can sign up by joining my group on Goodreads for this challenge by clicking here.

9. Books can be in any format of your choice (print, audio, ebooks)

10.  To sign up, use the Mister Linky here. There will be links for reviews and wrap posts later.

That's it!  Enjoy and have fun!



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I signed up at Level Two, to read 7 - 12 animal-related books. I'll list my progress here.

Craving for Cozies 2017 Reading Challenge

 Craving for Cozies 2017 Reading Challenge


This challenge is hosted by Lori at Escape with Dollycas.


Feed Your Need to Read Cozy Mysteries!

from Escape with Dollycas

Cozy mysteries, also referred to simply as “cozies”, are a sub-genre of crime fictionmysteries in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community. The crime solver is an amateur sleuth, usually but not always a woman, who is thrust into the aftermath of the murder. The protagonist frequently has an occupation or hobby that brings appealing information to the reader.

The challenge runs from January 1, 2017 and ends December 31, 2017


Rules

1. Choose the level you wish to participate:
  • Peckish, 1 – 10 Cozy Mysteries
  • Famished, 11 – 20 Cozy Mysteries
  • Yearning, 21 – 40 Cozy Mysteries
  • Starving, 41 – 60 Cozy Mysteries
  • Ravenous, 61 – 80 Cozy Mysteries
  • Voracious, 81 – 100 Cozy Mysteries 
  • Completely Satiated, 101 or more
2. Sign up here.

3. You can Feed Your Need To Read with print, digital or audio books.

4. You do not have to post a review but the authors would appreciate it if you did. 

5. You do not need to have a blog to participate. Just keep track of the books you've read, any way you wish. You can even set up a special shelf on Goodreads to help you keep track.

6.  If you do have a blog, take the button above, put it on your blog and post about the challenge. 

7. Follow Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book for cozy giveaways and reviews. 

8. There is also a Craving for Cozies Facebook Group. Everyone can share and discuss the cozies we are reading. Just click here to join.  Lori will also host some pop-up giveaways during the year. 

9. Please share with us the books you are reading all year long, by leaving comments here or on the Event page on Facebook.

10. No matter how you enter or keep track, when you complete this challenge, please FILL OUT THIS FORM no later than January 15, 2018. 

11. HAVE FUN!! 



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I signed up at the Voracious level, to read 81-100 cozy mysteries. I'll list my progress here.


Cruisin' thru the Cozies 2017 Reading Challenge



Cruisin' thru the Cozies Reading Challenge is hosted by Yvonne at Socrates' Book Reviews.


from Yvonne:

Welcome to the seventh annual Cruisin' thru the Cozies Reading Challenge! I'm changing things up a bit this year. Sometimes we get hooked on one type of genre or sub-genre and don't venture out of our comfort zone. Maybe some only read culinary cozies, maybe some only animals or crafts.

To find out exactly what a cozy mystery is, check out Cozy-Mystery.com. This site is dedicated to cozy mysteries and does a great job of defining them as well as giving a list of cozy mysteries. This challenge is NOT restricted to what is on their list, it's just to be used as a guideline in case you need some hints on what to read.

Whatever you might like, I thought it might be fun to read a bit of everything. So here is this year's cozy mystery reading challenge:

Level one (Snoop) - Read one book in each of these cozy sub-genres (total of 10 books)

- One from culinary (anything dealing with food:  restaurants, baked goods, etc.)
- One from animal related (cats, dogs, birds, etc.)
- One from craft related (any kind of hobbies - knitting, crocheting, scrapbooking, etc.)
- One from paranormal (witches, vampires, etc.)
- One from British cozy mysteries (example:  Belinda Lawrence series)
- One career-based cozy mystery (housekeeping, wedding planner, etc.)
- One holiday based (set during any holiday - Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentines, etc.)
- One travel mystery (character could be on a cruise, touring another area, etc.)
- One historical mystery (any mystery not set in the present)
- One is your choice!  (freebie!)

Level two (Investigator) - Read all the books in level one plus an additional 10 cozy books of your choice (total of 20)

Level three (Super Sleuth) - Read two books from each sub-genre in level one plus an additional 10 cozy books of your choice (total of 30 books)

Level four (Sleuth Extraordinaire) - Read two books from each sub-genre in level one plus an additional 20 cozy books of your choice (total of 40 books)



Here are the rules...

1. The challenge runs from January 1, 2017 and ends December 31, 2017.

2. You don't have to choose your books in advance. If you do, you can change your list at any time during the year. Books can overlap with other challenges.

3. Books can be in any format - paper, audio, ebooks...it all counts!

4. You don't have to post a review, but I'm sure others would love to know about the books you are reading and may even want to add it to their reading lists. 

NOTE: If you don't have a blog and want to participate, that's fine. You don't have to have a blog, just post in the comments section as you finish books. If you belong to a site like Goodreads and review the books there, that's fine too. Just leave us the link. I also have a group for this challenge on Goodreads and you can sign up here.

5. If you do have a blog, take the button above, put it on your blog and post about the challenge. Then add your name to Mr. Linky here. Please use the link of your challenge post, not the link to your home page.

6. I'm going to have one link for signing up, one link for completed reviews and one link for your wrap up posts. I won't be having a monthly link, just one for all reviews read for this challenge.

ADDENDUM:  (I'm adding one more thing for those who aren't sure they want to read some of the sub-genres.)


7.  If you can't find or don't want to read a certain sub-genre, you can switch it out for another one of your choice. However, this can only be done one time.



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I signed up at the Sleuth Extraordinaire level, to read 40 cozy mysteries. I'll list my progress here.