Monday, August 29, 2016

A Charming Wish by Tonya Kappes

Title: A Charming Wish
Series: Magical Cures Mystery #3
Author: Tonya Kappes
Publish Date: March 2013
Publisher: MagiCal Press
Source: Kindle Unlimited

About the Book:
Bubble, Bubble. . .

It seems shop owner and newly appointed Whispering Falls Village President June Heal has it all: Beauty, wits, bewitching powers...Sheriff Oscar Park. Life is good. Because life in Whispering Falls is magical.

Cures and Trouble. . .

But when a member of the community is found dead on the steps of A Charming Cure, June's homeopathic cure shop, and her fingerprints show up at the scenes of local robberies, she is kicked off the village council and her powers fall under scrutiny. Until it's uncovered who is wreaking havoc on the town...June's magic is suspended.

Magic Stirs. . .

With the help of a rather obnoxious genie and Mr. Prince Charming, June's Fairy-God cat, June is determined to figure out who is framing her. Time is of the essence when it becomes clear that the true villain is trying to get rid of her...permanently!

And Trouble Doubles. . .

Oscar Park will do anything to protect June even if that means giving up all of his magical powers. . . or worse, his life.

My Review:
This series is so fun. Back from University and soon to be in charge of the village, June finds herself immediately in a predicament. Wanting to help others in their efforts to help the village, she finds herself a suspect in the murder. She meets the three elders, not sure how she feels about them, but they are there to make sure everything goes wells since the village president is a suspect. June also finds a genie and she’s not sure she wants to participate in wishes, but in the end she finds that was easier said than done.

Her relationship with Oscar is on hold because of a choice he felt he had to make with the Elders. A quick trip back to the University Juine learns the Good Side and Dark Side are working as one and things are beginning to look up. She’s also told to not do witchcraft that she needs to take further lessons because she can skip ahead. There is a lot that happens in this book, but excited to see where we are headed in the next book.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Honey Bun Shop Mysteries by M.E. Harmon

Title: Sweet and Salty Treachery
Series: HoneyBun Shop Mystery #1
Author: M.E. Harmon
Publish Date: November 2015
Source: Kindle Unlimited

About the Book:
When a TV reality star dies, it's up to a NYC baker to solve the case...
Ali Daniels loves baking sweet goodies for customers in her Manhattan bakery, HoneyBun Sweets and Sandwiches. When she gets an invite for a chance to cater the hottest event in NYC, she can't resist.

But it's murder, mayhem and cupcakes when the star of an upcoming reality TV show ends up dead. And Ali finds herself smack in the middle of a homicide investigation (as a suspect)—with her business hanging in the balance.

Faced with the choice of losing her beloved business and friends or hunting down a murderer, Ali doesn't hesitate to seek out the real culprit.

Becoming an amateur sleuth is one thing, staying alive is another. Will it be too late when Ali discovers she's jumped out of the frying pan and into the pre-heated oven?

My Review:
This was a great start to a fun series. I had book two as a free download and since I was on the 30 day trial membership of Kindle Unlimited, I read for free the first book. Ali Daniels is a co-owner of the Honey Bun shop and provides the great treats that combined with the great lunches provided by her partner, Al. I fell in love with the neigborhood and the way the city was portrayed as a small city, or at least this area. I also enjoyed the sleuthing when she teamed up with her best friend. Ending the book, wasn't sure which man would be in her life in the next book.

Second book in the series was a freebie.

Title: Barbecue, Bourbon and Bullets
Series: HoneyBun Shop Mystery #2
Author: M.E. Harmon
Publish Date: November 2015
Source: free for Kindle

About the Book:
Revenge is a dish best served...smoking hot with a side of spicy fries.

HoneyBun shop owner, Ali Daniels, is in the middle of a date with a deliciously handsome police detective at the hottest NYC barbecue restaurant — when the owner is shot in the middle of a busy kitchen.

There's no gun. There are no witnesses.

Ali can't resist a good mystery to solve and decides to help the investigation along. But as she attempts to smoke out the culprit, it's Ali who risks being scorched by a red, hot killer.

My Review:
I read the second book in this series, but didn’t realize it was just a novella. It was amazing!! I loved the continuation from the first book and the murder weapon was pretty unique. The entire mystery and happenings occur at a restaurant within just a few hours. A quick read, but I loved how the story was told. The sleuthing done by Ali was quick and sly, even though Det. Hamilton tried really hard to get her to back off.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Die, Die, Birdie by J.R. Ripley #Giveaway

Title: Die, Die Birdie
Series: A Bird Lover’s Mystery #1
Author: J.R. Ripley
Publish Date: August 16, 2016
Publisher: Lyrical Underground
Source: Book Tour/Netgalley

About the Book:
For Amy Simms, hatching a birding shop in her hometown of Ruby Lake, North Carolina, hasn’t exactly been a breeze. But could a deadly discovery clip her wings for good?
It’s just days before Amy plans to open Birds & Bees on the first floor of her creaky Victorian house, but delayed seed shipments have prevented the fledging owner from stocking her shelves. And it doesn’t help that Amy’s best friend and business partner is out of town indefinitely. With locals skeptical about the niche shop taking flight, the last thing Amy needs now is a dead man in her storeroom—or for a crotchety tenant to catch her holding a bloody birdfeeder hook over his body . . .
Pigeonholed as a leading murder suspect by police and lacking a solid alibi, Amy’s delving into the victim’s ugly past and buzzing around Ruby Lake for clues on his killer . . . before she ends up like so many of her beloved feathery friends—trapped behind bars!

My Review:
I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book or not. The cover wasn’t something I’d typically choose, the description sounded interesting enough and so when I saw it was a first book in a new series I requested to do a review for the tour. I’m very glad I did. This book quickly grabbed my attention right off and even though the author had several things to description, he did not bore with too much detail.

There were a lot of characters in this book. Sometimes I had a hard time keeping track, but did okay through it and trying to guess the killer. My favorite character did end up being the pesky tenant that came with the property when Amy bought it. She definitely added to the story and the mysteries happening at the bird shop.

Ruby Lake sounds interesting and not too small. I loved the diner across the street and would love to stop and eat there sometime if it was possible. Amy was a great main character and her ease of sliding into investigating the crimes was enjoyable. As any sleuth she did find herself in trouble and many predicaments, but I liked how all of this was woven into the story.

Overall this was a great book and I’m excited to read the next installment!!

About The Author

J.R. Ripley is the pen name of Glenn Meganck, the critically acclaimed author of the Tony Kozol mystery series. As a member of the Mystery Writers of America, he has chaired the Edgar committee for Best Original Paperback novel and served on the Best Short Story Committee. As a member of the International Association of Crime Writers, he has served on the Hammett Award committee for Best Novel. When not writing books, Glenn is writing songs, often singing them to the consternation of his audience and neighbors, or involved in one of his many passions, none of which have involved any of the dead bodies that seem to keep cropping up in his mysteries. For more information about him, visit

Friday, August 19, 2016

Kindle Unlimited Review

So I decided to give Kindle Unlimited a try. The main instigator was the two series I was reading at the time and overall I would have spent more money purchasing each book than just using Kindle Unlimited. Of course, the first month is free so I figured I didn’t have anything to lose.

Here is a list of things I learned while using Kindle Unlimited:
  1. As stated above, I was able to read more than the membership was worth, for a total of $29.90.
  2. As a member, you can read all of the Harry Potter books for free.
  3. It’s much easier to see what’s available when you’re a member.
  4. Even though they may not be “bestsellers”, I found several other series and books that were amazing on this list.
  5. Amazon carries its recommendations into the Kindle Unlimited section providing you with more of what you’re interested in.
  6. You’re limited to 10 books at a time and you just need to remember to return them through your account (similar to library book returns).

Overall, my experience was great!! I did continue with another month, so an actual charge of $9.99 a month, instead of just doing my free first month. You do need to be an avid reader to make it worthwhile and willing to not read books that are mainstream. If you’ve been tempted to try it, I highly recommend using the first month free to see what you think!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Chocolate Revolution Murder by Susan Gillard

Title: Chocolate Revolution Murder
Series: A Donut Hole Mystery #11
Author: Susan Gillard
Publish Date: July 3, 2016
Publisher: Guardian Publishing Group
Source: Kindle Unlimited

Mini Review:
This book was a lot of fun. After the last one being so intense, I liked how this book carried forward and smoothed out all that had happened. The mystery was entertaining and had me guessing. I liked the look back to the high school days and friends of Heather. I haven’t said much about Dave until now, but I think he definitely has a place in the series. He’s an interesting character that provides someone for Heather to talk to.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Rhubarb Frosted Murder by Susan Gillard

Title: Rhubarb Frosted Murder
Series: A Donut Hole Mystery #10
Author: Susan Gillard
Publish Date: June 24, 2016
Publisher: Guardian Publishing Group
Source: free for Kindle

Mini Review:

Ryan and Heather are back home, but troubles strike very close to home. With Amy’s new boyfriend having been assaulted, Heather finds herself in a very tricky spot both with Amy and Ryan. The story gets intense with all of Heather’s relationships, husband, best friend, and co-workers. Pretty intense situations. I loved the end of the book and the amazing resolution! Another great book in this series.