Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Picked Off by Linda Lovely | Blog Tour with Guest Post and Giveaway


I'm currently reading Picked Off, and really enjoying it so far. I think you'll enjoy it also. It's exciting, fun and entertaining — an excellent follow-up to Bones to Pick.



Picked Off by Linda Lovely
Series: A Brie Hooker Mystery, #2
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publication Date: June 5, 2018
Publisher: Henery Press
Hardcover: 270 Pages
ISBN: 978-1635113457
Paperback: 268 pages
ISBN: 978-1635113426
e-Book File Size: 568 KB
ASIN: B07B9K3FJ9
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The Blurb

Friday, April 20, 2018

Ralphie, Always Loved by Andrea Yerramilli | Blog Tour with Guest Post and Giveaway

"And Now for Something Completely Different"

Maxie is responsible for today's blog post. (Well, all except for the actual typing. I had to help with that.) When she saw an email about an upcoming book tour for Ralphie, Always Loved, Maxie insisted that we join the tour. I pointed out to her that a children's book is quite a departure from our usual genre of cozy mysteries, and she pointed out that our tagline is Mostly Mysteries.

Maxie is familiar with another children's book, The Tenth Good Thing about Barney by Judith Viorst, which can help console children whose cats have crossed the rainbow bridge. She recommends this new picture book, because it will be equally comforting to a family dealing with the loss of their cherished dog, or any pet, in fact.

~~~

The Blurb


This is the story of the life, love, and adventures of a beloved family dog, and how he delighted and touched his family and everyone he met.

Ralphie was born with a heart on his belly.
He loves food, his family, his friends, his neighbors.
He loves pretty much everything and everyone.
And they love him back.
And that's how it is all through his life.
Read the book and fall in love with him too.


Rambunctious and hyperactive, Ralphie had already been returned to the animal shelter three times, but when Andrea and her husband adopted him and gave him a loving home where he was understood, accepted, and taught, he learned fast. As Ralphie's human family grew, so did his capacity for love and the ways he could express it. He remained a loving and beloved family member who touched the hearts of the whole neighborhood until he was ready to say goodbye at the grand old age of sixteen. Ralphie, Always Loved will remind you of all that is good, and reaffirm your belief in love's power to uplift and transform.

Ralphie, Always Loved by Andrea Yerramilli
Illustrated by: Samantha Van Riet
Genre: Children's Fiction, Children's Picture Book
Release date: October 28, 2017
Publisher: About Something Good, LLC
Paperback:  32 pages
ISBN-10: 0998760153
ISBN-13: 978-0998760155
Hardcover: 32 pages
ISBN-10: 0998760102
ISBN-13: 978-0998760100
e-Book File Size: 5832 KB
ASIN: B078C66J6J
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The Guest Post


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Chicken Culprit by Vikki Walton | Blog Tour with Excerpt, Review and Giveaway


The Blurb


Finally healing after her heart-breaking divorce, Anne Freemont is ready to put the painful past behind her.

Discovering an old Victorian for sale in the small mountain town of Carolan Springs may be just what she needs. The beauty of Colorado beckons, so Anne heads west to start her new life.

Yet, before Anne's completely settled in, her neighbor is found dead in his compost pile. What’s worse is that Anne’s quirky young neighbor, Kandi Jenkins, could be the killer. When Kandi begs for her help, Anne feels she has no choice but to help the young woman.

However, she finds herself quickly at odds with the local sheriff. And while she uncovers more of the community's secrets, she's also exploring her awakening feelings for Sam Powers, the town's deputy coroner.

Once Anne starts looking at who could be the real killer, the suspect list keeps getting longer and longer. It seems that Carolan Springs is a place of many secrets. But who would want to murder Ralph and who’s willing to kill again to keep their secret?


Chicken Culprit by Vikki Walton 
Series: A Backyard Farming Mystery, #1
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: February 12, 2018
Publisher: Morewellson, LTD
Paperback: 272 pages
ISBN-10: 0999440209
ISBN-13: 978-0999440209
eBook File Size: 398 KB
ASIN: B079SS1C4S  
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The Excerpt


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Silver Gun by L.A. Chandlar | Blog Tour with Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway


The Blurb



New York City, 1936. In the midst of the Great Depression, the Big Apple is defiantly striving toward an era infused with art, architecture, and economic progress under the dynamic Mayor La Guardia. But those in City Hall know that tumultuous times can inspire both optimism and deadly danger…

It’s been six months since Lane Sanders was appointed Mayor Fiorello “Fio” La Guardia’s new personal aide, and the twenty-three-year-old is sprinting in her Mary Janes to match her boss’s pace. Despite dealing with vitriol from the Tammany Hall political machine and managing endless revitalization efforts, Fio hasn’t slowed down a bit during his years in office. And luckily for Lane, his unpredictable antics are a welcome distraction from the childhood memories that haunt her dreams — and the silver gun she’ll never forget.

When Lane gets attacked and threatened by an assailant tied to one of most notorious gangsters in the city, even the mayor can’t promise her safety. The corrupt city officials seem to be using Lane as a pawn against Fio for disgracing their party in the prior election. But why was the assailant wielding the exact same gun from her nightmares?

Balancing a clandestine love affair and a mounting list of suspects, Lane must figure out how the secrets of her past are connected to the city’s underground crime network — before someone pulls the trigger on the most explosive revenge plot in New York history…



The Silver Gun by L.A. Chandlar
Series: An Art Deco Mystery, #1 
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Historical Mystery
Publisher: Kensington
Publication Date: August 29, 2017
Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 1496713419
ISBN-13: 978-1496713414
File Size: 783 KB
ASIN: B01MQSAJO7
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The Review


Monday, April 9, 2018

Alice & the Assassin by R.J. Koreto | Blog Tour with Excerpt, Guest Post, and Giveaway



I'm excited to tell you about a new series, the Alice Roosevelt Mysteries. I just finished the first book, Alice & the Assassin, and it's great — Five Kitties! I really enjoy historical mysteries, especially when some of the characters are real people. 

I'm looking forward to reading Book #2, The Body in the Ballroom, which will be published in June.

The Blurb


In 1902 New York, Alice Roosevelt, the bright, passionate, and wildly unconventional daughter of newly sworn-in President Theodore Roosevelt, is placed under the supervision of Secret Service Agent Joseph St. Clair, ex-cowboy and veteran of the Rough Riders. St. Clair quickly learns that half his job is helping Alice roll cigarettes and escorting her to bookies, but matters grow even more difficult when Alice takes it upon herself to investigate a recent political killing — the assassination of former president William McKinley.

Concerned for her father's safety, Alice seeks explanations for the many unanswered questions about the avowed anarchist responsible for McKinley's death. In her quest, Alice drags St. Clair from grim Bowery bars to the elegant parlors of New York's ruling class, from the haunts of the Chinese secret societies to the magnificent new University Club, all while embarking on a tentative romance with a family friend, the son of a prominent local household.

And while Alice, forced to challenge those who would stop at nothing in their greed for money and power, considers her uncertain future, St. Clair must come to terms with his own past in Alice & the Assassin, the first in R. J. Koreto's riveting new historical mystery series.


Alice & the Assassin by R.J. Koreto
Series: An Alice Roosevelt Mystery, #1
Genre: Historical Mystery, Cozy Mystery
Publication Date: April 11th 2017
Published by: Crooked Lane Books
Hardcover: 288 pages
ISBN-10: 1683311124
ISBN-13: 978-1683311126
e-Book File Size: 1431 KB
ASIN: B01MU8WVJ7
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The Excerpt


Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Killing at Kaldaire House by Kate Parker | Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway



The Blurb


A dying man. The painting within her reach. What’s a thief to do?

Talented London milliner Emily Gates creates amazing hats for Society ladies, but to collect from those who don’t pay her bill, she burglarizes their homes. She needs every penny to send her deaf brother to school. Late one night, she sneaks in to find Lord Kaldaire badly injured in his study. Unwilling to abandon him, she calls for help.

When Kaldaire dies without revealing who attacked him, his widow agrees to keep Emily’s secrets ― if Emily will help find her husband’s killer. A bigger danger is a Scotland Yard inspector who threatens to arrest Emily — unless she spies on her father’s family of swindlers and conmen. Worst of all are the attacks from an unknown assailant. What will Emily face first, jail or death?

This cozy mystery is set in the era of My Fair Lady and Mary Poppins, of early automobiles and aeroplanes, and of King Edward VII and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. If you enjoyed the Victorian Bookshop Mysteries, you’ll like Emily Gates and the collection of aristocrats and thieves in her world as they step into the 20th century.



The Killing at Kaldaire House by Kate Parker
Series: The Milliner Mysteries, #1

Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: JDP Press
Publication Date: April 2, 2018
Paperback: 318 pages
ISBN-10: 0997663715
ISBN-13: 978-0997663716
File Size: 3009 KB
ASIN: B079ZBJ935
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The Review



Monday, March 26, 2018

Natural Thorn Killer by Kate Dyer-Seeley | Blog Tour with Guest Post and Giveaway


I'm just tickled rose, I mean pink, to kick off the tour of Natural Thorn Killer, the first book in Kate Dyer-Seeley's newest series. It's a Five Kitty read!

I'm so excited to introduce the Rose City Mysteries because of how much I enjoy Kate's other series — the Pacific Northwest Mysteries and, by her alter ego Ellie Alexander, the Bakeshop Mysteries and the Sloan Krause Mysteries. I can't wait to read Rose City #2, Violet Tendencies, to be published in November 2018. 



Natural Thorn Killer by Kate Dyer-Seeley
Series: A Rose City Mystery, #1
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publication Date: March 27, 2018
Publisher: Kensington
Mass-Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496705130
ISBN-13: 978-1496705136
e-Book File Size: 690 KB
ASIN: B073NPHX8Z


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The Blurb

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Uneasy Prey by Annette Dashofy | Blog Tour with Guest Post and Giveaway



I'm thrilled to present the latest Zoe Chambers Mystery by Annette Dashofy. Uneasy Prey is wonderful — Five Kitties! 


Uneasy Prey by Annette Dashofy
Series: A Zoe Chambers Mystery, #6
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publication Date: March 27, 2018
Publisher: Henery Press
Hardcover: 284 pages

ISBN-10: 1635113237
ISBN-13: 978-1635113235
Paperback: 286 pages
ISBN-10: 1635113202
ISBN-13: 978-1635113204
e-Book File Size:585 KB
ASIN: B078RWM8S1
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The Blurb

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Playing with Bonbon Fire by Dorothy St James | Blog Tour with Excerpt, Guest Post, & Giveaway


The Blurb


Chocoholic Charity Penn must smoke out the killer to stop her newly inherited beachside chocolate shop from going up in flames in Dorothy St. James’ decadent follow-up to Asking for Truffle.

Chocolate shop owner Charity Penn is finally settling into life in the quirky South Carolina seaside town of Camellia Beach cooking up chocolate treats. She’s even helped organize the town’s lively beach music festival which has brought rollicking crowds eager to dance the Carolina shag. That is, until one of the band’s lead singers is found dead beside a beach bonfire.

While also trying to balance the amorous attention of music star Bixby Lewis, in town for the festival, and her quest to perfect a new hot flavored bonbon, Charity dives into the investigation. Though it’s more spice than sugar when she discovers a threatening note, comes across decades of age-old secrets, and Bixby comes into the line of fire when a gas grill explodes on the deck of a beachfront house.

Now Charity must turn up the heat and catch the killer before her chance melts away in Playing With Bonbon Fire, the delightful second Southern Chocolate Shop mystery served up just right for fans of JoAnna Carl and Joanne Fluke.

Playing with Bonbon Fire by Dorothy St James
Series: Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery, #2
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Culinary Mystery
Publication Date: March 13, 2018
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Hardcover: 352 pages
ISBN-10: 1683314689
ISBN-13: 978-1683314684
e-Book File Size: 1911 KB
ASIN: B074MBXLWX
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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Chicken Culprit by Vikki Walton | Book Blast with Excerpt and Giveaway


The Blurb



Check Out the First Book in the New Backyard Farming Mystery Series.



Finally healing after her heart-breaking divorce, Anne Freemont is ready to put the painful past behind her.

Discovering an old Victorian for sale in the small mountain town of Carolan Springs may be just what she needs. The beauty of Colorado beckons, so Anne heads west to start her new life.

Yet, before Anne's completely settled in, her neighbor is found dead in his compost pile. What’s worse is that Anne’s quirky young neighbor, Kandi Jenkins, could be the killer. When Kandi begs for her help, Anne feels she has no choice but to help the young woman.

However, she finds herself quickly at odds with the local sheriff. And while she uncovers more of the community's secrets, she's also exploring her awakening feelings for Sam Powers, the town's deputy coroner.

Once Anne starts looking at who could be the real killer, the suspect list keeps getting longer and longer. It seems that Carolan Springs is a place of many secrets. But who would want to murder Ralph and who’s willing to kill again to keep their secret?


Chicken Culprit by Vikki Walton 
Series: A Backyard Farming Mystery, #1
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: February 12, 2018
Publisher: Morewellson, LTD
Paperback: 272 pages
ISBN-10: 0999440209
ISBN-13: 978-0999440209
eBook File Size: 398 KB
ASIN: B079SS1C4S  
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The Excerpt


Monday, February 19, 2018

Cast for Murder by Jeanne Quigley | Blog Tour with Review


The Blurb

A stage comedy becomes a behind-the-scenes murder mystery in the latest Veronica Walsh adventure.

Former soap opera actress Veronica Walsh is recovering from her first holiday season in the retail world when she is pulled from retirement to star in a community production of Blithe Spirit. Delighted to play the part of a medium, Veronica must soon also assume the role of amateur sleuth when she finds the play’s director shot dead behind the theater.

Teaming with stage manager Sophie Morrissey, Veronica’s hunt for clues to the murder of Gigi Swanson leads her to a cast of colorful behind-the-scenes characters and a stunning Act Three finale. Will it be a triumph for Veronica, or will the curtain close on more than her career?


Cast for Murder by Jeanne Quigley
Series: A Veronica Walsh Mystery, #3
Genre: Cozy Mystery 
Publication Date: February 13th 2018
Publisher: CreateSpace
Paperback: 256 pages
ISBN-10: 1975911865
ISBN-13: 978-1975911867
e-Book File Size: 896 KB
ASIN: B079MBKDDN
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The Review


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Vanished Bride of Northfield House | Blog Tour with Excerpt, Review, Guest Post, Giveaway


The Blurb



England, 1922.   Times are hard. Anne Chatham is a clever, modest young woman with little money, no prospects for marriage, and a never-shared secret — she can see spirits.

Anne finds employment as a typist at Northfield House, the grand country manor of the Wellington family. Her employer, the wheelchair-bound Mr. Wellington, is kindly. His haughty wife is not. He has two handsome sons, the wry and dashing Thomas and the dark and somber Owen.

Anne feels sure her prayers have been heard. Until the terrifying night, she stumbles upon a tortured spirit roaming the dark halls of Northfield, a spirit that only she can see.

In a search for answers, she finds herself drawn to Owen as they unearth a tragic story from the Wellington family’s past — a beautiful young bride gone missing on her wedding day.

Then tragedy strikes again on the night of a glittering masquerade ball…



The Vanished Bride of Northfield House by Phyllis M. Newman
Genre: Gothic Mystery, Romantic Suspense, Historical Mystery
Publisher: 
Cup of Tea Books
Publication Date: January 26, 2018
Paperback: 346 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1939403452
ASIN: B0791MQVBM
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The Excerpt


Thursday, February 1, 2018

Vangie Vale and the Strangled Strudel by R. L. Syme | Blog Tour Interview and Giveaway


Vangie Vale And The Strangled Strudel by R.L. Syme
Series: A Matchbaker Mystery, #3
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Culinary Mystery 
Publication Date: January 4, 2018
Publisher: Hummingbird Books
Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 1983480991
ISBN-13: 978-1983480997
e-Book File Size: 4841 KB
ASIN: B077GK124B
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The Blurb


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Scone Cold Killer by Lena Gregory | Blog Tour with Excerpt, Guest Post, and Giveaway


The Blurb


For Florida diner owner Gia Morelli, there’s no such thing as too much breakfast—unless it kills you...

When Gia Morelli’s marriage falls apart, she knows it’s time to get out of New York. Her husband was a scam artist who swindled half the millionaires in town, and she doesn’t want to be there when they decide to take revenge. On the spur of the moment, she follows her best friend to a small town in Central Florida, where she braves snakes, bears, and giant spiders to open a cheery little diner called the All-Day Breakfast Café. Owning a restaurant has been her lifelong dream, but it turns into a nightmare the morning she opens her dumpster and finds her ex-husband crammed inside. As the suspect du jour, Gia will have to scramble fast to prove her innocence before a killer orders another cup of murder...

Scone Cold Killer by Lena Gregory
Series: All-Day Breakfast Café Mystery, #1
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publication Date: January 23, 2018
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Paperback: 192 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1516104659
e-Book File Size: 2997 KB
ASIN: B06Y52XG4B
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Monday, January 29, 2018

Monday Mini-Reviews | Duty and the Beast; Scone Cold Killer


Duty and the Beast | Scone Cold Killer


Here are mini-reviews of two Five-Kitty cozies that I've read recently. I enjoyed them both very much, and I think you will enjoy reading them also!


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Scone Cold Killer by Lena Gregory | Release Tour with Excerpt and Giveaway


Scone Cold Killer by Lena Gregory
Series: All-Day Breakfast Café Mystery, #1
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publication Date: January 23, 2018
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Paperback: 192 pages

ISBN-13: 978-1516104659

e-Book File Size: 2997 KB
ASIN: B06Y52XG4B



The Blurb


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Ginger Snapped by Gail Oust | Blog Tour with Guest Post and Giveaway


Ginger Snapped by Gail Oust
Series: A Spice Shop Mystery, #5
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Culinary Mystery
Publication Date: December 12, 2017
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1250081261
Kindle ASIN: B071LM71RR
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The Blurb

Friday, January 5, 2018

Vangie Vale and the Strangled Strudel by R.L. Syme | Review

The Blurb




I should have Googled it...

Can you get arrested when someone dies in your bakery? That's all I needed to know. Instead, I'm standing, shocked, on the curb as the local sheriff stretches yellow crime scene tape over the front door of the Matchbakery.

Wouldn’t this make a lovely headline in next week’s paper: Local Pastor Kills Parishioner With Pudding. Ugh. This is not going to be a good week.

Add to that, my ex keeps popping up and I'm not sure if it's safe to answer my phone. But never mind that. I'm about to be arrested.

Priority #1: Find out who killed this woman before I end up behind bars. Or worse...


Buy the third installment of the popular Matchbaker Mysteries series today
by Montana author and USA Today Bestseller, R.L. Syme.


“R.L. Syme is a fresh voice in the cozy mystery genre.”

-Zara Keane, USA Today bestselling author of the Movie Club Mysteries series 

RECIPE INCLUDED: The Strangled Strudel



Vangie Vale And The Strangled Strudel by R.L. Syme
Series: A Matchbaker Mystery, #3
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Culinary Mystery 
Publication Date: January 4, 2018
Publisher: Hummingbird Books
Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 1983480991
ISBN-13: 978-1983480997
e-Book File Size: 4841 KB
ASIN: B077GK124B
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The Review

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Happy New Year from Maxie!

It's hard for me to get good photos of Maxie. My phone isn't the best for photos, and I have to get in close to her since the zoom is terrible. This usually results in Maxie coming to investigate my phone, and ending my photo op. Today, I got lucky.

Cruisin' thru the Cozies 2018 Reading Challenge



This year's cozy mystery reading challenge has two ways to participate. You can choose whichever suits you the best.

Craving for Cozies 2018 Reading Challenge



Feed your need to read cozy mysteries!