Monday, May 2, 2016

Killer Cupcakes by Leighann Dobbs

Title: Killer Cupcakes
Series: Lexy Baker Bakery Series #1
Author: Leighann Dobbs
Publish Date: November 2012
Source: Free on Amazon

About the Book:
Things are going great for Lexy Baker. She's finally opened her dream bakery, gotten rid of her cheating boyfriend and settled into her grandmother’s house with her perky dog Sprinkles at her side.

But her blissful life doesn't last long. When her ex boyfriend is found poisoned with cupcakes from her bakery, Lexy finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation headed up by her hunky neighbor detective Jack Perillo.

With the help of a gang of iPad toting, would-be detective grandmothers, Lexy decides to take it upon herself to find the real murderer in order to clear her name and get her bakery back in business.

As things heat up on the murder trail, in the kitchen and between Lexy and the hunky detective, it's a race against time to put the real murderer behind bars and get back to baking.

Will Lexy get her man?

My Review:

This was a free book I grabbed on Kindle quite a while ago. I was finally able to find some time to read it. While it obviously wasn’t Joanne Fluke, it was still a fun read. A quick read with fun characters and romance a little more steamy than most cozy mystery, but not heavy. I’m excited to see how this budding romance continues.

Overall I enjoyed the book and will continue the series. Lexy doesn’t seem to be as clever as Hannah Swensen, but I’m looking forward to see how her detective skills growth and the help she may receive from her grandmother and friends.  

Friday, April 29, 2016

Silence of the Lamps by Karen Rose Smith #Giveaway

SILENCE OF THE LAMPS may just be the best in the series so far (It’s hard to pick only one). With it’s terrific storyline, packed with action, intrigue, and humor, this book is solid page turner!

With lots of clues to keep you guessing at the identity of the murderer, this was a fast paced, fun read.
~The Book’s the Thing
Silence of the Lamps was another amazing add to this series packed with laughable moments and truly lovable characters, making this a fast-paced, fun read.
~Classy Cheapskate
This has been a fun series from the start. It’s packed with fun, humor and murder that you won’t be able to stop reading.
~Shelley’s Book Case
Title: Silence of the Lamps
Series: Caprice De Luca #5
Author: Karen Rose Smith
Publish Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: Kensington

About the Book: Business has never been better for home stager Caprice De Luca, but her personal life could stand a few renovations. Just when she thought things were getting serious with her boyfriend Grant, his pretty ex-wife swoops into town and nabs his attention. Uncle Dom is living with her parents and desperately needs a new job. And her sister Nikki's catering business is threatened when rival Drew Pierson starts eating away at her share of the market. Things could not possibly get more chaotic when Drew is found bludgeoned to death by one of his grandmother's antique Tiffany lamps--and Nikki is the number one suspect. Now, Caprice must act fast to illuminate the truth and clear her sister's name--before a cold-blooded killer puts her lights out next.

My Review:
This is my first introduction to Caprice. I really liked her and loved her outfits. It’s fun when reading a book to recognize a character who is similar to someone you know. Caprice has great friends and family, and enjoyed the characters involvement with each other.

There are plenty of ups and downs on the romance with several couples in the book. Very intrigued to see where each of the couples are headed. I enjoyed that even though one character may be struggling with their relationship, they definitely found a way to help and give advice to others.
Caprice is a fun sleuth worming her way into all the places and events she needs to try and solve the case. I’m very excited to go back and read the other four books before this one in the series, but I didn’t ever feel lost or confused. There was enough to intrigue me to go back and find out all the back stories that were vaguely referred to.

GILT BY ASSOCIATION, Book 3 February 2015
DRAPE EXPECTATIONS, Book 4 August 2015
SHADES OF WRATH, Book 6 December 2016

About The Author –

Award winning and best-selling author, Karen Rose Smith’s plots are all about emotion. She began writing in her early teens when she listened to music and created stories to accompany the songs. An only child, she spent a lot of time in her imagination and with books–Nancy Drew, Zane Gray, The Black Stallion and Anne of Green Gables. She dreamed of brothers and sisters and a big family like her mother and father came from. This is the root of her plotlines that include small communities and family relationships as part of everyday living. Residing in Pennsylvania with her husband and four rescued cats, she welcomes interaction with readers on social media.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Louisiana Longshot by Jana Deleon

Title: Louisiana Longshot
Series: Miss Fortune Mysteries #1
Author: Jana Deleon
Publish Date: June 23, 2012
Publisher: Self
Source: Free on Amazon
Personal Rating: 4 Stars
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About the Book:
It was a hell of a longshot...

CIA Assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever--in Sinful, Louisiana.

With a leak at the CIA and a price on her head by one of the world's largest arms dealers, Fortune has to go off grid, but she never expected to be this far out of her element. Posing as a former beauty queen turned librarian in a small, bayou town seems worse than death to Fortune, but she's determined to fly below the radar until her boss finds the leak and puts the arms dealer out of play.

Unfortunately, she hasn't even unpacked a suitcase before her newly-inherited dog digs up a human bone in her backyard. Thrust into the middle of a bayou murder mystery, Fortune teams up with a couple of seemingly-sweet old ladies whose looks completely belie their hold on the little town. To top things off, the handsome local deputy is asking her too many questions. If she's not careful, this investigation may blow her cover and get her killed.

Armed with her considerable skills and a group of old ladies referred to by locals as The Geritol Mafia, Fortune has no choice but to solve the murder before it's too late.

My Review:
This was a free download on my Kindle from Amazon. I finally managed to get around to reading it and I absolutely loved it!! Just enough mystery, kooky characters, shooting and fun all wrapped up in this book. If you are a Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum reading, them definitely give this book a chance.

Fortune is a CIA agent and is faced with danger due to a leak that has now put a price on her head. She goes into hiding as a former beauty queen turned librarian in Sinful, Louisiana. This fictional place is where she finds all sorts of small town busy bodies, including her new group of senior detectives in town, The Geritol Mafia. Don’t let them fool you though, they are just as tough, if not tougher, than Fortune herself.

The town while not real quaint, it easy to be drawn into with its local churches, shops, swamps, and citizens. It’s fun to learn about the two different “sides” and antics these two play on each other to try to get the best of the best in town. Fortune quickly learns the pecking order of town and  who she may or may not want to hang with.

Trying to keep her cover, as someone completely different than her, she’s got more to deal with than more sleuths. I thoroughly enjoyed this first installment and will quickly be acquiring a copy of book two as soon as possible.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

#TBT - Affairs of Steak by Julie Hyzy

Title: Affairs of Steak
Author: Julie Hyzy
Series: A White House Chef Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publish Date: January 3, 2012
Personal Rating: 4 Stars

About the Book:
White House chef Olivia Paras and her arch nemesis, White House Sensitivity Director Peter Everett Sargeant, must work together to solve the double murder of one of the First Lady's assistants and the Chief of Staff-before they become the next victims of a merciless assassin with a secret agenda.

My Review:
It had been a while since I read this series, so I was quite thrilled when I picked up book 5 in this series. I enjoyed this book just as much as the others. The author has created such a great character with Olivia that is makes all the stories fun and exciting. I also enjoyed getting to know character Sargeant quite a bit better as well. A few of his edges do seem to soften a bit.

The crime was intriguing and it took awhile for me to figure out who did it. As Ollie goes to help, it seems that many of the security are secretly glad for her help. I also have to say that the ending does leave you hanging.

If you haven’t read a fun cozy mystery series in while, you should definitely try this one. All of the characters and crimes are very enjoyable. This series is highly recommended.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Rest in Peach by Susan Furlong

Title: Rest in Peach
Series: Georgia Peach Mystery #2
Author: Susan Furlong
Publish Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Netgalley

About the Book:
The annual Peach Cotillion, Cays Mill, Georgia’s biggest event, is fast approaching and Nola Mae Harper is just as excited as the rest of the town—even though she’s busy juggling both the cotillion dinner and the grand opening of her new shop, Peachy Keen. But she never expected that plans for the cotillion would end up in the pits because of the cutthroat competition between local debutantes.
When Vivien Crenshaw, insufferable church organist and despised mother of the town’s spoiled-rotten Peach Queen, is stabbed to death, the police turn to Nola’s friend Ginny as prime suspect. Apparently the two had fought over a one-of-a-kind cotillion gown. As Nola steps in to prove Ginny’s innocence she soon finds herself picking through a bushel of suspects, twice as many motives, and at the mercy of a killer all too keen on killing again.

My Review:
I am really enjoying this series. This second installment was just as good as the first. It was exciting to see what progress Nola Mae had made with all of her endeavors she started out in book one. It seemed a little disturbing to find out nine months had passed between book one and book two, but nonetheless it made for a little more mystery with the relationships that were going on. Excited to see how those continue to develop in future installments.

The town of Cays Mill to me is very quaint and entertaining. The specialty stores, the long time friends, the secrets of several town citizen, the southern hospitality, and cotillions are just a few things you’ll encounter during the reading of this book. The crime(s) was very clever and kept me guessing. I of course quickly latched onto the first person and had a hard time trying to see anyone else as suspect. It was very well woven and crafted.   

I have found another wonderful southern mystery series that I will continue to read.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Borrowing from the Library for Kindle

It’s amazing to me how many people don’t know you can borrow books from the library on your Kindle. When I first started borrowing books on my Kindle, and specifically cozies, the number was very limited. That number has increased immensely in all genres. I guess the attage that if you want your library to get more books you need to make sure you make use of your library.

This library is through your state online library, not your local library, well in a sense. There should be a link on your local library’s website linking you to their online library. You do need to be a member of one of those libraries to gain access. It’s simple! Use your barcode on the back of your library code and your pin/password and you have a new library all available at your fingertips.

Accessing the book(s) once checked out, is done through Amazon (for the Kindle). You will need to have internet access or your Kindle should be hooked up to your computer. You can borrow the book for up to 21 days. This may be different for libraries, but there is definitely a renew option if no one else has a hold on the book.

I frequently find myself browsing all the new additions to my online library and there is a wish list that makes collecting those wishes very easy. Add that wish list to your TBR and whoa, you have now just exceeded what you can read in a lifetime.

This is just one of the ways I love to feed my addiction!!