Friday, October 21, 2016

Freebie Friday Review: A Sweet Smell of Murder by Cindy Bell

Title: The Sweet Smell of Murder
Series: A Chocolate Centered Cozy Mystery #1
Author: Cindy Bell
Publish Date: August 24, 2015
Publisher: Createspace
Source: Free from Amazon
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About the Book:
Ally Sweet is happy to be returning for a short break to the small town where she grew up. She is planning on using the time off to get over her messy divorce and she is looking forward to spending time with her much-loved grandmother and relaxing making chocolates and anything chocolaty.

But then… the delivery driver for her grandmother’s chocolate shop is found murdered. The detectives investigating the crime have a prime suspect, Ally’s high school sweetheart, Brent. Ally believes that Brent would never murder anyone, so with the help of her trusted feline friend, Peaches, she tries to uncover the truth.

The search for the killer leads Ally straight into the line of danger. Will she be able find the murderer before she becomes a victim herself?

My Review:
Ally is returning home and just hoping to relax and move forward from her divorce. She’s staying with her grandmother (Mee Maw) who is such a great character. My first impression of her, I loved her from the start. She is soft and caring, but does tell it like it is. Here’s a quote from Mee Maw that I absolutely loved! She’s talking to Ally, “Honey, I’ve always told you, you’ve got a big heart, and that’s beautiful, but your brain has got to be bigger.” (location 102)

The story intertwined around the murder and crime was very enjoyable. Not one you typically see in a cozy mystery, so it really appealed to me. I did have somewhat of an inkling of who did it, but there were just enough other clues I wasn’t positive.

I really enjoyed this book. Another great freebie from Kindle. I will definitely continue with the series!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Assault and Pepper by Leslie Budewitz

Title: Assault and Pepper
Series: Spice Shop Mystery #1
Author: Leslie Budewitz
Publish Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Library

About the Book:
After leaving a dicey marriage and losing a beloved job in a corporate crash, Pepper Reece has found a new zest for life running a busy spice and tea shop in Seattle’s Pike Place Market. Her aromatic creations are the talk of the town, and everyone stops by for a cup of her refreshing spice tea, even other shopkeepers and Market regulars. But when a panhandler named Doc shows up dead on the store’s doorstep, a Seattle Spice Shop cup in his hand, the local gossip gets too hot for Pepper to handle—especially after the police arrest one of Pepper’s staffers, Tory Finch, for murder.

Tory seems to know why she’s a suspect, but she refuses to do anything to curry favor with the cops. Convinced her reticent employee is innocent, Pepper takes it on herself to sniff out some clues. Only, if she’s not careful, Pepper’s nosy ways might make her next on the killer’s list…

My Review:
I love Seattle and so I was excited to read this series. I liked it okay, but was so inundated with details I just couldn’t enjoy the story. I loved how the reader brought in the homeless population to this story, as it is a huge population in that area and specifically Pike Place Market. I loved the idea of getting to know all the little shops because as a tourist you’re so taken in by everything it was fun to just hear about each shop individually.

Pepper is a great character. I like how she came from Human Resources to owning a spice shop and really needing to lean on employees who worked for the former owner. I liked how this showed her vulnerability, but that she was a strong character, very smart, and intelligent enough to figure out the crime. Tag was a very interesting character in the story

The mystery was very well put together and intriguing enough to keep me reading. It was interesting to find out who was the killer. The spice shop was fun to hear about combining certain spices for all sorts of dishes. That was new to me.

I will probably continue with the series, as first installments do a lot of set up and so details are needed, but it won’t be real quick.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Mini Review: Cinnamon Nut Crunch by Susan Gillard

Title: Cinnamon Nut Crunch Murder
Series: A Donut Hole Cozy Mystery #14
Author: Susan Gillard
Publish Date: July 30, 2016
Publisher: Guardian Publishing Group
Source: Kindle Unlimited

Mini Review:
Things really get mixed together in this book. I liked all the twists and turns with all of the people that we have come to know throughout all the other books. Ryan is sitting this one out, but is encouraging Heather to get involved. By the end of the book, things have changed that I’m curious to know how they will work out in the next book. Little Lily is sweet and it was fun to learn about Eva’s secret car. I still enjoy the donut descriptions and wish I was eating some every time I read this series.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

#TBT 13 Blogger Tools

A look back at a post I did for a meme titled "Thursday Thirteen" back in 2010 and 13 blogger tools I used then.

Thursday Thirteen: Blogger Tools I Love

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

A Charming Magic by Tonya Kappes

Title: A Charming Magic
Series: Magical Cures Mystery #5
Author: Tonya Kappes
Publish Date: December 31, 2013
Publisher: MagiCal Press
Source: Kindle Unlimited

About the Book:
Bubble, Bubble. . .
Magic is floating all around Whispering Falls. There is a new flower shop, Magical Moments, and an upcoming wedding that has the town on cloud nine.

Cures and Trouble. . .
Arabella Paxton, the owner of Magical Moments is smart, beautiful and has her eyes on Oscar Park. Not even the dark cloud looming over Whispering Falls is going to stop her from what she wants.

Magic Stirs. . .
Village President and A Charming Cure owner, June Heal, is on a mission to find out why things are dying in Whispering Falls including her relationship with Oscar Park.

And Trouble Doubles. . .
There is a perfect storm brewing and a beloved Whispering Falls resident has been poisoned from a potion bought at A Charming Cure. June Heal has to use all her sleuthing skills and a little bit of magic to not only clear her name but help Oscar remember that she is the love of his life.

My Review:
June is really put to the test in this book. Still trying to get Oscar to remember she works hard on a potion and continues to have problems with it each and every time. Finding herself being stretched to the limit, June is amazing in this book. Trying to help everyone, wanting things for herself, and still trying to learn what the spiritual world is all about, she does find a huge reward in the end.

I really enjoyed the direction of this book. With some major changes and revelations of bigger things in the spiritual world, I’m excited to see what is coming up in the next books. This series is nothing like I’ve read before. The cozy town, with the magical ideas and characters, you find yourself hooked. They are a quick read which makes them all the more addicting and easy to consume.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Freebie Friday Review: 3 Bodies and a Biscotti by Leighann Dobbs

Title: 3 Bodies and a Biscotti
Series: Lexy Baker Cozy Mystery #4
Author: Leighann Dobbs
Publish Date: April 1, 2013
Source: free for Kindle

About the Book:
There’s a serial killer on the loose. And Lexy Baker’s grandmother, Nans, could be the next victim.

The bodies are piling up at the Brook Ridge Falls Retirement Center. Healthy people are dropping like flies. And yet no one believes a murderer is on the loose… except for Lexy Baker and the troupe of iPad-toting grandmothers who live at the center.

When Lexy’s detective boyfriend, Jack, refuses to believe that foul play is involved, Lexy has no choice but to find the killer on her own. Along with Nans and her gang of iPad-toting, mystery-solving grandmas, they use everything from hypnosis to high-tech gadgets to track down the killer.

My Review:
Loved this book!! Suspecting murder, Nans and her friends are already following the clues. Jack says they have not been informed yet, so the police are not investigating. Following what clues they have, the gang is trying to piece everything together and Lexy is trying to stay out of it. At least Nans was friends with Jack before Lexy came into the picture, and she is able to help her avoid any crazy predicaments with Jack and investigating the crime.

Cassie and John are engaged which throws many curve balls into the picture. Jack is to be the best man and Lexy is to be the maid of honor. Excited to see how that works out in the next book!