Monday, July 25, 2016

Book Review: A Charming Cure by Tonya Kappes

Title: A Charming Cure
Series: Magical Cures Mystery #2
Author: Tonya Kappes
Publish Date: September 2012
Publisher: CreateSpace
Source: Purchased

About the Book:

Psychic June Heal's homeopathic cure shop, A Charming Cure, is the most popular shop in the unusual little town of Whispering Falls, Kentucky.

Cures and trouble...

June is about to learn she has more than psychic abilities when she attends Hidden Hall, A Spiritualist University, leaving her shop in the hands of handsome sheriff Oscar Park.
Hidden Hall has an internal war between the Good-Siders and the Dark-Siders, putting June in the middle.

Magic stirs...

Hidden Hall is riddled with every type of spiritualist. Magic is lurking around every corner, even black-magic.
Unfortunately, the Ultimate Spell gets into the wrong hands. But it is only discovered after a few spiritualists go missing or end up poisoned to death.

And troubles double...

Madam Torres, June's crystal ball, reveals that A Charming Cure is in shambles along with the rest of Whistpering Falls.
Will June figure out who has the Ultimate Spell and stop them before they destroy the entire spiritualist community.

My Review:

Thinking she doesn’t have any family, June meets her great aunt in this installment. She’s not sure what to think of her. June learns she is expected to go to school for people like her. Since she is older, she chooses to “fast track” and only do four days. Her mantra is “What can happen in four days?” Well a lot more than she thought!

This was a great story. I enjoyed the Hidden Hall school and its magical elements. June is an exceptional sleuth, even though she isn’t in her own surroundings. She did find it was a little more difficult when she didn’t really know anyone, but surprising her Aunt “helps her out”. She also learns that she has more abilities than she thought and a lot to learn.

I liked the dark side and the good side of the spiritual community, and the sisters we got to meet. Exciting that they are now a part of Whispering Falls. The small community of Whispering Falls is starting to grow and exciting that there are new shops to be had.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

#TBT with Krista Davis

One of my favorite cozy mystery writers is Krista Davis. She writes two different cozy mystery series, but her better known series is A Domestic Diva Mystery Series. I've read several of these, as well as the first in her Paws and Claws Mystery Series.

Here are a few links to previous reviews on my blog:

Title: Diva Takes the Cake   
Series: A Domestic Diva Mystery #2   
Author: Krista Davis   
Publish Date: June 2, 2009

Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Click here for book review

Title: Murder She Barked
Series: Paws and Claws Mystery #1
Author: Krista Davis
Publish Date: December 3, 2013
Publisher: Berkley
 Click here for book review

Monday, July 18, 2016

Book Review: Swamp Sniper by Jana Deleon

Title: Swamp Sniper
Series: Miss Fortune Mystery #3
Author: Jana Deleon
Publish Date: September 2013
Publisher: Self Published
Source: Library

About the Book:
In the two weeks CIA assassin Fortune Redding has been hiding in Sinful, Louisiana, she’s been harassed, poisoned, and shot at…and that was the easy part. But now, she’s about to face her biggest challenge since setting foot in the tiny bayou town.
When mayoral candidate Ted Williams is murdered, everyone is surprised. Ted was a blowhole and a Yankee, but those usually weren’t good reasons to kill someone. When Sinful Ladies Society leader Ida Belle becomes the lead suspect in the crime, Fortune knows she’s got to solve a murder and save one of the only friends she’s ever had.
But as the investigation begins, more and more secrets surface, and Fortune realizes that sometimes nothing is as it seems.

My Review:

These books just get better and better. Looking for a laugh out loud series? This series is a blast!! At times that can be taken literal.

I love the friendship that Fortune has forged with the Sinful Ladies. Even though there is an age difference, they do complement each other very well in this series and this story. Fortune continues to learn what it’s like to live in a small town and deal with small town folk. Secrets are abounding everywhere which continually have her reassessing her ideas of who dun it.

And you can’t forget Deputy Carter. Fortune not only needs to keep her real identity a secret, she needs to be extremely careful with the deputy in more ways than one.

Another great series that just keeps the momentum of laughs and hilarious moments going!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Freebie Friday Review: Strawberry Creme Murder

Title: Strawberry Cream Murder
Series: A Donut Hole Cozy Mystery #1
Author: Susan Gillard
Publish Date: March 14, 2016
Publisher: Guardian Publishing Group
Source: free on Kindle

About the Book:
Donuts, deceit and the potential murder of a former assistant find Heather Janke at the center of a mystery in which she is a potential suspect and possibly the only one capable of discerning the truth.

Was her former assistant Christa murdered and if so, why?

Follow Heather as she searches for clues to get to the bottom of this sweet caper.

My Review:
Book one in this donut crazy series. I was pleasantly surprised and read it in a day. Even though it was a quick read, there was nothing missing in the delivery of a good story. Many times I don’t try and guess who did it, but just kind of look for any obvious clues. This story had me surprised by who did it.

I love donuts and these covers are amazing! The description of the donuts make your mouth water. Too bad there aren’t any recipes, but yet I am not much of a baker.

Definitely worth the quick read!!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Book Review: Final Fondue by Maya Corrigan

Title: Final Fondue
Series: A Five-Ingredient Mystery #3
Author: Maya Corrigan
Publish Date: December 1, 2015
Publisher: Kensington
Source: Netgalley - Book Tour

About the Book:
Val Deniston certainly has her plate full running a café, dabbling with recipes, and helping her grandfather prepare for the town's upcoming tri-centennial celebration, but she's grown fond of her new life in the Chesapeake Bay town of Bayport. . .

So when Val is asked to reclaim her old position as a cookbook publicist in New York City, she puts off her decision in order to help her grandfather perfect his chocolate fondue for the weekend festivity's dessert cook-off. But after the opening ceremonies, Val finds a houseguest strangled to death in her grandfather's backyard. She suspects a classic case of mistaken identity, especially when another guest nearly bids her life a fondue farewell. Now it's up to Val to keep the killer from making another stab at murder . . .

My Review:
This was my first book in this series and I enjoyed it very much. I really liked female sleuth Val. She has a great attitude and very competent in getting information to help solve the case without being annoying. Sometimes the development of the sleuth can really turn me off in a book, so I like it when they aren’t annoying or seem frail.

The things I liked in the book was RoboFido, the auto dog. Just an interesting concept, especially since getting a new puppy and realizing all the work necessary to make her a great dog. I also really wondered about the crab hats. Is this something actually done in this day and age? Also, would the crab hat really make people look similar? I just don’t imagine them being that big.

The corn maze was a lot of fun! There are corn mazes around our area during the fall time, but I never can talk myself into going to one. I liked how the author made you feel as if you were there, and just a little on the creepy side, especially at night. I liked the way the security of the maze was described. Not sure if that is a thing with our local mazes, but very interesting and also the fact that you can’t really get lost.

The murder was unique and difficult for me to solve. I did like jumping in later in the series with the county detectives already having knowledge of Val, but very interested to go back and see how their introduction really came to be.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and will definitely go back to the beginning and continue forward from this point.

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Check out the other tour participant posts as well!!

Tour Participants
July 5 – Laura's Interests - REVIEW
July 6 – View from the Birdhouse – SPOTLIGHT
July 7 – Queen of All She Reads – GUEST POST
July 8 – Melina's Book Blog – REVIEW, GUEST POST  
July 8 – T's Stuff – SPOTLIGHT
July 9 – Cinnamon, Sugar and a Little Bit of Murder – REVIEW
July 9 – Cassidy Salem Reads & Writes – REVIEW
July 10 – Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST
July 11 – A Date with a Book – REVIEW
July 12 – Bookjunkie's Book Blog – REVIEW
July 13 – Classy Cheapskate – SPOTLIGHT
July 14 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – SPOTLIGHT
July 15 – LibriAmoriMiei – REVIEW
July 16 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book - SPOTLIGHT
July 17 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST
July 18 – Cozy Up With Kathy – INTERVIEW

Thursday, July 7, 2016

#TBT Henery Press Style

A great publisher for some fun cozies is Henery Press!! 

I was lucky enough to get in on some of their cozies early on and still have several to choose from. Check out their website for more about their books and company. Here are a couple book reviews from some fun series!

Lowcountry Bombshell
A Liz Talbot Mystery #1
Susan M. Boyer

Front Page Fatality
Headlines in High Heels Mystery #1
LynDee Walker