Friday, July 1, 2016

Freebie Friday: Trouble in Mudbug by Jana Deleon

Title: Trouble in Mudbug
Series: Ghost in Law Mystery
Author: Jana Deleon
Publish Date: February 1, 2009
Publisher: Love Spell
Source: free on Kindle

About the Book:
Scientist Maryse Robicheaux thought that a lot of her problems had gone away with her mother-in-law’s death. The woman was rude, pushy, manipulative and used her considerable wealth to run herd over the entire town of Mudbug, Louisiana.

Unfortunately, death doesn’t slow down Helena one bit.

DEA Agent Luc LeJeune is wondering what his undercover assignment investigating the sexy scientist has gotten him into – especially as it seems someone wants her dead. Keeping his secrets while protecting Maryse proves to be easier than fighting his attraction for the brainy beauty.

My Review:
I wasn’t sure what to expect after having read the Miss Fortune mysteries and loving them, I tried not to expect the same. There was no need to worry, I enjoyed this book, all the characters, and the location just as much.

There is plenty of action and humor within the cover of this book. Maryse is a scientist looking for a “cure”. Getting herself too close to knowing exactly what is going on, she finds herself in trouble. Luckily a sexy agent, posing as a scientist, is there to help protect her. Maryse also ends up dealing with a very manipulative ghost, her mother in law.

The antics are plenty and the characters are very well put together. There is definitely some steamy romance scenes, so if you’re not into that, you can easily skip over. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be reading book two soon.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Book Review: Kicked to the Curb by Joanna Campbell Slan

Title: Kicked to the Curb
Series: Cara Mia Delgatta Mystery #2
Author: Joanna Campbell Slan
Publish Date: November 2014
Publisher: Createspace
Source: Purchased

About the Book:
Cara Mia Delgatto seems to always have murder knocking at her door. She owns The Treasure Chest and is working with a fun, loving staff to turn "trash" into treasure. Shortly after her store's big kick off party, a body is discovered out her back door. Cara was seen in heated discussion with the victim at Cara's party. This was a very quick read to the end. Couldn't wait to find out who did it.

My Review:
This book just didn’t seem like it had the momentum that the first book did. Even so, I really enjoyed it. I loved the mysteries surrounding the murder and all the little storylines that took place. These stories were a little more heavy and not real light hearted which probably contributed to the momentum of the book.

Cara’s new friends are a great addition to the community and the business. There is a lot of time spent on character development, but not in a boring way. I love how they all continue to click with one another, even though they are all completely different from one another. Excited to see what they are all doing in the next installment.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

#TBT Final Catcall by Sofie Kelly

Today's stop will be at the library in Mayville Heights, Minnesota to visit with Kathleen and her two magical cats Owen and Hercules. We can check out a book in the beautiful Carnegie library or if we stay long enough have fun at the threatre festival that will be in town. There's always Eric's Place for good food and company. Hopefully we don't get confused with Old Main Street and Main Street, but Kathleen can explain all of that later if she has time. Kathleen's has in town boyfriend, Marcus, and ex-boyfriend, Andrew, who just came into town are both vying for her time.

There is so much going on with the threatre festival coming to town. Kathleen's parents are in the business and so she understands a lot of what is needed. Helping out best she can, she finds her hands full with the dead body her and Andrew found while delivering supplies to the marina.

Title: Final Catcall
Series: Magical Cats Mystery #5
Author: Sofie Kelly
Publish Date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Signet
Source: ARC from Author

This is the first book I've read of this series. I did not find myself lost in this cozy town at all. I did get lost in the story and enjoyed all the characters. I also found that I want to go back and read the earlier books in the series.

Characters: My favorite character of the entire book was Thea Paulson, Kathleen’s mom. What a character she was. Sweeping in and with her colorful personality and loving ways she was instantly someone I identified with. Kathleen has made great friendships in this small town with Maggie, Roma, Abigail, Mary and Susan. I was a little skeptical about how well I would enjoy the magical cats. They definitely had their place in the story.

Location and Setting: This is a very cozy town. My favorite location was the library. I loved the Carnegie library description and actually had to look up what one was to understand it fully. Not living in an older part of the United States we don't get old buildings quite like that.
Crime: Kathleen was a level headed sleuth. As she begins her investigation, she has a lot of information that could lead her almost anywhere. As she sifts through the suspects and information, I was thoroughly intrigued with the story.  

Romance: Being plagued with two loves in her life, Kathleen is certain she's done with the one. However, has he changed? And is Marcus really interested? The romance was very mild and just enough that it did not dominate the story.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Book Review: A Bead in the Hand by Janice Peacock

Title: A Bead in the Hand
Series: Glass Beads Mystery #2
Author: Janice Peacock
Publish Date: November 24, 2015
Publisher: Booktrope Editions
Source: Netgalley

About the Book:
A bead bazaar turns bizarre when jewelry designer and glass beadmaker Jax O’Connell discovers a body beneath her sales table. Everyone assumes the death of famous bead artist Saundra Jameson is an accident—until homicide detective Tiffany Houston arrives, ready to drag Jax off to jail as her top suspect. Jax and her friend Tessa must scramble to find the killer among the fanatic jewelry shoppers, eccentric vendors, and Saundra’s many enemies.

While trying to solve the mystery, Jax and Tessa have their hands full with a scumbag show promoter, hipsters in love, and a security guard who wants to do more than protect Jax from harm. Adding to the chaos, Jax’s quirky neighbor Val arrives unexpectedly at the dilapidated—and possibly haunted—hotel where they’re staying, and she’s brought trouble with her.
Can Jax untangle the clues to find the crafty killer before she’s arrested for murder?

My Review:
I thoroughly enjoyed this book!! There is plenty of humor even while trying to solve a murder mystery. Jax is a very entertaining sleuth and her group of friends are just as exciting.

What I liked:
  • Ryan, the security guard, need I say more
  • Val’s makeover of Jax
  • Detective Tiffany Houston
  • Ghost fighting perfume
  • Jax thinking a little harder than the detective

What I didn’t like:
  • That it took me so long to get through the book (due to my busy schedule)
  • That it will be a while before I get the next book

Overall, I really enjoyed this book!! I thoroughly enjoy each character and can’t wait to see what the next book will bring.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Freebie Friday Review: Death of a Dapper Snowman by Angela Pepper

Title: Death of a Dapper Snowman
Series: Stormy Day Mystery Book 1
Author: Angela Pepper
Publish Date: November 2014
Publisher: Jeffrey Blue Press
Source: free on Kindle

About the Book:
Gift shop owner Stormy Day is settling into her new life until she comes across a frozen body, hidden inside a well-dressed snowman.

When her own father is implicated in the murder, Stormy must chase down clues and uncover the town's secrets herself.

As she draws closer to identifying the killer, Stormy's own life may be in danger. That is unless Jeffrey, the mischievous Russian Blue cat who led her to the icy body in the first place, can flick his sleek gray tail at the final piece in the puzzle.

My Review:
Hooked me right away
When a selfie turns into finding a dead body
Why can’t a lawyer have a beard

I was pleasantly surprised this book was as enjoyable as it was. Totally hooked from the beginning and what  quick read. There is a lot going on, but not with introductions or details. I liked how the author just let the story go and the story told the details. Many times I find first installments a bore.

Stormy is a fun character, having just arrived back home and the town she grew up in. A lot of fond memories, which is explored while going through the story. Sometimes I felt like I was reading a fantasy, other times, I was reading a chic lit, but all in all it’s a great cozy mystery.

I’m lucky enough to have book two on my Kindle which was also free. I hope the excitement and pace continues.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Book Review: Lethal Bayou Beauty by Jana Deleon

Title: Lethal Bayou Beauty
Series: Miss Fortune Mystery #2
Author: Jana Deleon
Publish Date: March 2013
Publisher: Self Published
Source: Library

About the Book:
No one in Sinful liked Pansy Arceneaux, but who hated her enough to kill her?

When aspiring actress Pansy Arceneaux returns to Sinful, Louisiana to head up the beauty pageant portion of the Summer Festival, CIA assassin Fortune Redding knows she’s in for trouble. Her undercover identity as a former beauty queen makes Fortune the perfect choice to chair the event with Pansy, but Pansy’s abrasive personality makes it impossible to get through a single rehearsal without a fight.

When Pansy turns up dead, Fortune is the prime suspect.

Armed with only her wits and two conniving seniors referred to locally as The Geritol Mafia, Fortune launches an investigation to find the real killer before her cover is blown.

My Review:
This is a fun series. The characters, even the senior sleuths, are very well developed and add a lot to the story. Fortune is definitely not finding comfort in playing someone she’s not, but it adds to the suspense and wondering if town citizens will find out her secret. Keeping her distance with Carter is hard, especially with the attraction between them.

Being faced with a murder during a pageant is definitely not her cup of tea, but Fortune thankfully is friendly enough with others she trusts to get her through the unknowns. The Geritol Mafia proves to be a huge assistance in helping her and not blowing her cover. They also provide the humor and fun, along with the dangerous situations.

This series is exciting and definitely fast paced. I am very much enjoying the series!