March 18, 2018

Playing with Bonbon Fire by Dorothy St. James - Guest Post and Giveaway

Book details
Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (March 13, 2018)
Hardcover: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683314684
Digital ASIN: B074MBXLWX

Book description
Chocoholic Charity Penn must smoke out the killer to stop her newly inherited beachside chocolate shop from going up in flames in Dorothy St. James’ decadent follow-up to Asking for Truffle.

Chocolate shop owner Charity Penn is finally settling into life in the quirky South Carolina seaside town of Camellia Beach cooking up chocolate treats. She’s even helped organize the town’s lively beach music festival which has brought rollicking crowds eager to dance the Carolina shag. That is, until one of the band’s lead singers is found dead beside a beach bonfire.

While also trying to balance the amorous attention of music star Bixby Lewis, in town for the festival, and her quest to perfect a new hot flavored bonbon, Charity dives into the investigation. Though it’s more spice than sugar when she discovers a threatening note, comes across decades of age-old secrets, and Bixby comes into the line of fire when a gas grill explodes on the deck of a beachfront house.

Now Charity must turn up the heat and catch the killer before her chance melts away in Playing With Bonbon Fire, the delightful second Southern Chocolate Shop mystery served up just right for fans of JoAnna Carl and Joanne Fluke.

Meet the author - Dorothy St. James
Mystery author Dorothy St. James was born in New York but raised in South Carolina. She makes her home on an artsy island community in South Carolina with her husband, a neurotic dog, and fluffy cat. Though writing has always been a passion for her, she pursued an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology and a graduate degree in Public Administration and Urban Planning. She put her educational experience to use, having worked in all branches and all levels of government including local, regional, state, and federal. She even spent time during college working for a non-profit environmental watchdog organization.

Switching from government service and community planning to fiction writing wasn’t as big of a change as some might think. Her government work was all about the stories of the people and the places where they live. As an urban planner, Dorothy loved telling the stories of the people she met. And from that, her desire to tell the tales that were so alive in her heart grew until she could not ignore it any longer. In 2001, she took a leap of faith and pursued her dream of writing fiction full-time.

Known for the White House Gardener Mystery series, Dorothy is going back to her roots and setting a mystery series in a Southern beach town much like the one she’s called home for the past 20 years. The Southern Chocolate Shop Mysteries combine her love of fine chocolates, quirky Southern charm, with a dash of danger.

* Dorothy St. James is the alter-ego of the award-winning multi-published author, Dorothy McFalls. She enjoys writing in several different genres. Her works have been nominated for many awards including Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, Reviewers International Organization Award, National Reader’s Choice Award, CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award, and The Romance Reviews Today Perfect 10! Award. Reviewers have called her work: “amazing”, “perfect”, “filled with emotion”, and “lined with danger.”

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Guest post
It’s Okay to Bite the Hand that Feeds You 
By Stella, Penn’s rescue papillon 
I might only be five pounds, but I’m a fearsome little thing. People back up when they see me coming. I like that. It sure beats being accidentally stepped on. So perhaps I bite first and make friends later. And of course I bark to warn everyone around me that something is bothering me. My ears are as big as radar dishes, which means I have super good hearing. And although I’m small, my canine nose is as sensitive as a bloodhound’s. I can smell trouble a mile away.

My owner, Penn, is nice. But she doesn’t listen to me like she should, so I bark and nip her fingers to get her attention or to stop her from doing something I don’t like. Don’t get me wrong. I love her. She gives me bacon. Lots of bacon.

Penn lives with a kindly older lady, Bertie Bays. Bertie is an expert in the kitchen and the one who cooks up all that yummy bacon. <<Bacon? Bacon? Where’s the bacon? What? There’s no bacon. Let me bark for a little while. Yum. Yum. Yum. Ah, Penn just gave me TWO pieces of bacon.>> Where was I? Oh, right. Bertie. I never nip at her even though she’s owned by a cheeky cat who thinks he owns the place. Bertie listens. Like me, she hears things that no one realizes she hears.

There are two men in Penn’s life right now. Harley Dalton. He’s a big guy. Thanks to my bold personality, he has a healthy fear of me. I like that about him. Even so, I try to give him a little nip or two every time he comes around as a reminder that he needs to take care around me. Besides, I don’t like how he smells. His scent isn’t all soft and flowery like Penn’s or Bertie’s. It’s hard. Earthy. Yeah, I’m definitely biting him the next time I see him.

Penn has also been hanging around with this new guy, Bixby Lewis. That one makes her act goofy. I don’t like it when she acts goofy. Makes me feel all insecure and bitey. Although…the sight of Bixby’s expressive brown eyes and handsome face makes me want to act goofy too.

Penn doesn’t realize it, but I’m the best thing that has ever happened to her. I remind her to take care. Without me, she might not realize what a dangerous world it is out there. My little nips and growls and barks keep her safe. She should give me more bacon.

Do you have a special dog in your life that does everything in her power to keep you safe? Stop by and tell us about her (or him.)


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March 17, 2018

His Risk by Shelley Shepard Gray - Review

I received this book free from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

Book details
Series: Amish of Hart County (Book 4)
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Avon Inspire (March 6, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062469150
ISBN-13: 978-0062469151

Book description
An undercover English DEA agent will do anything to protect the Amish girl he loves.

Calvin Fisher left the Amish community at fourteen and never looked back. Only his brother's illness can bring him back to Hart County. Now, as Calvin works to make amends, he meets Alice, a local nursery school teacher, and falls hard for her. But he has a secret that could threaten the happiness he's finally found.

Alice shouldn't like-or want-Calvin. He's English, has a questionable past, and an even more questionable job. Still, she can't help being intrigued. Though Calvin assures Alice that he's worthy of her, she's torn between surrendering to her growing feelings and steering clear of him.

When a sudden surge of criminal activity alarms the community and even targets Alice, Calvin fears that his double life has put everyone he loves at risk. As for Alice, she can't help but wonder if the brave and honorable man she's lost her heart to is far more dangerous than she could ever imagine.

Meet the author - Shelley Shepard Gray
Shelley Shepard Gray is a "New York Times" and "USA Today" bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.

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My thoughts
This was a good addition to this series. It is not necessarily your typical Amish as it talks about a gentleman leaving his Amish family to do a job you would not expect of an Amish person - a DEA agent. In this book there is a little bit of suspense, mystery and adventure as the town gets targeted for crimes, then you through in a bit of romance and devotion to balance it all out. I did not want to put this book down as I wanted to know what was going to happen next and how Calvin was going to deal with it. Of course I liked Alice as well as who could not she was a nice girl who was trying not to fall for the "bad" guy, but could she help herself - you must read the book to find out. I will be looking forward to the next book in this series to see what the author has in store for us.

March 14, 2018

Bearly Departed by Meg Macy - Review

I received this book free from the publisher. All opinions are my own

Book details
Series: A Teddy Bear Mystery (Book 1)
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Kensington (May 30, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1496709632
ISBN-13: 978-1496709639

Book description
The Silver Bear Shop and Factory might be the cutest place around, but there’s nothing warm and fuzzy about murder . . .

As manager of the family teddy bear shop and factory, thirty-one-year-old Sasha Silverman leads a charmed life. Well, except for the part about being a single divorcée with a ticking biological clock in small-town Silver Hollow. And that’s just kid’s stuff compared to Will Taylor, the sales rep who’s set on making drastic changes to the business her parents built from scratch—with or without Sasha’s approval . . .

But before Will digs his claws in, someone pulls the stuffing out of his plan . . . and leaves his dead body inside the factory. Reeling from shock, Sasha’s hit with more bad news—police suspect her hot-tempered Uncle Ross may have murdered him. Sasha knows her uncle would never do such a thing, and she’s launching her own little investigation to expose the truth. As she tracks Will’s biggest rivals and enemies for clues, Sasha can’t get too comfy—or she’ll become the next plaything for a killer . . 

Meet the author - Meg Macy
Award-winning mystery author Meg Macy lives in Southeast Michigan, close ​enough ​to Ann Arbor, Chelsea, and Dexter -- the area she chose for the setting of her new "Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear" cozy mystery series for Kensington. She is also one-half of the writing team of D.E. Ireland for the Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins Mystery series; two​, Wouldn't It Be Deadly and Get Me to the Grave On Time​ ​were​ Agatha Award finalists​ for Best Historical​. Meg's first published book, Double Crossing, won the 2012 Best First Novel Spur Award from Western Writers of America. She's a graduate of Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction program. Meg loves reading mysteries, historicals, and other genre fiction, and also enjoys gardening, crafts, and watercolor painting.

My thoughts
Who would not want to work in a teddy bear shop. I loved the setting of this book it made me feel like a kid again talking about the teddy bears. But it was not so nice that Will wanted to change things. When he ended up dead of course you would think it was because of what he wanted to do. The cast of characters were fun to get to know especially Sasha and her dog Rosie. The small town setting was perfect for this book. It made it seem real to me. I also liked the author's writing style and how she kept me guessing. Just when I thought I had something figured out she would put a twist to let me start guessing again. I am looking forward to the next book in this series and what Sasha will be doing next. 

Southern Discomfort by Caroline Fardig - Spotlight


Book details
Cozy Mystery 1st in Series 
Alibi (March 6, 2018) 

Book description
Southern hospitality meets deadly deception in the start of a charming new mystery series from the USA Today bestselling author of the Java Jive novels.

Quinn Bellandini loves her life in Savannah, Georgia, where she runs her grandfather’s B&B with her sister, Delilah. From baking fresh scones and serving up grits every morning to ensuring the guests see the best of their historic city, Quinn can’t imagine doing anything else—even if it means dealing with nuisances like the occasional malfunctioning commode. But when Quinn drops by the local restaurant owned by her friend Drew Green, and stumbles upon a murder, her whole world comes crashing down.

Drew’s brother was always a little surly, but Quinn can’t imagine that someone disliked the prickly chef enough to kill him. The police, on the other hand, don’t believe that Quinn was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Before her guests can even digest the next morning’s gourmet breakfast, Quinn learns that she and Drew are suspects.

Drew thinks they should do some investigating of their own. Quinn is pretty sure she’s better suited to playing hostess than amateur sleuth. But with Delilah as her cynical sidekick, Quinn starts looking for the real killer—before she gets put away faster than you can say “sugar.”

Meet the author - Caroline Fardig
CAROLINE FARDIG is the USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR of the Java Jive Mysteries series and the Lizzie Hart Mysteries series. Fardig’s BAD MEDICINE was named one of the "Best Books of 2015" by Suspense Magazine. She worked as a schoolteacher, church organist, insurance agent, funeral parlor associate, and stay-at-home mom before she realized that she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Born and raised in a small town in Indiana, Fardig still lives in that same town with an understanding husband, two sweet kids, two energetic dogs, and one malevolent cat.
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Don’t miss Caroline Fardig’s thrilling Java Jive mysteries, which can be read together or separately: DEATH BEFORE DECAF | MUG SHOT | A WHOLE LATTE MURDER | BREW OR DIE | MURDER OVER MOCHAS

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March 8, 2018

Hummus and Homicide by Tina Kashian - Guest Post and Giveaway


Book details
Cozy Mystery 1st in Series 
Kensington (February 27, 2018) 
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1496713476 
Digital ASIN: B071FLH733

Book description
When Lucy Berberian quits her Philadelphia law firm and heads home to Ocean Crest, she knows what she’s getting—the scent of funnel cake, the sight of the wooden roller coaster, and the tastes of her family’s Mediterranean restaurant. But murder wasn’t on the menu . . .

Things are slow in the off-season in this Jersey Shore town, but Lucy doesn’t mind. She doesn’t even mind waitressing at the Kebab Kitchen. Her parents have put in a new hummus bar, with every flavor from lemon to roasted red pepper. It’s fun to see their calico cat again, and to catch up with her old BFF, who’s married to a cop now.

She could do without Heather Banks, though. The Gucci-toting ex-cheerleader is still as nasty as she was back in high school . . . and unfortunately, she’s just taken over as the local health inspector. Just minutes after eating at the Kebab Kitchen—where she’s tallied up a whole list of bogus violations—she falls down dead in the street. Word on the grapevine is it’s homicide, and Lucy’s the number one suspect . . .

Recipes included!

Tina Kashian’s Award-Winning Hummus Recipe 
This is my own secret recipe and I make it weekly at home for the kids and the husband. It can be served as a dip with wedges of pita bread or vegetables, and goes well with broiled or grilled meat. It can also be used as a healthy alternative to mayonnaise on sandwiches.

1 can (15 ounces) chick peas
3½ teaspoons tahini (sesame seed puree)
3 cloves minced garlic (1½ teaspoons)
1 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Drain can of chick peas and reserve ¼ cup fluid. Mix tahini thoroughly before using to incorporate oil that separates during storage. Using a food processor or blender, combine and blend all ingredients until smooth. If hummus is too thick, add a few tablespoons of reserved fluid from chick peas and blend again. Pour into serving platter. Enjoy!

Meet the author - Tina Kashian
Tina Kashian spent her childhood summers at the New Jersey shore, building sand castles, boogie boarding, and riding the boardwalk Ferris wheel. She also grew up in the restaurant business where her Armenian parents owned a restaurant for thirty years. She worked almost every job—rolling silverware and wiping down tables as a tween, to hosting and waitressing as a teenager. After college, Tina worked as a NJ Deputy Attorney General, a patent attorney, and a mechanical engineer. Her law cases inspired an inquiring mind of crime, and since then, Tina has been hooked on mysteries. The Kebab Kitchen Cozy Mystery series launches with Hummus and Homicide, followed by Stabbed in the Baklava and One Feta in the Grave by Kensington Books. Tina still lives in New Jersey with her supportive husband and two young daughters. Please visit and join her Newsletter to enter free contests to win books, get delicious recipes, and to learn when her books will be released. 

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Guest post
Top Ten Things to Know About Lucy Berberian 
Amateur Sleuth of “Hummus and Homicide” 
By Tina Kashian 

Thank you for having me as a guest! I’m excited to introduce readers to Lucy Berberian, the amateur sleuth of “Hummus and Homicide,” the first book in my Kebab Kitchen Mystery series set at the Jersey shore.

1. Lucy’s a recovering Philadelphia lawyer. After her job throws her a curve ball, she packs her bags and unwillingly returns home to her family and their restaurant Kebab Kitchen at the Jersey shore.

2. She can’t cook worth a damn. Everyone in her family can cook, and her mother is a talented chef. Lucy’s mom is trying to teach her, and it’s testing her mother’s patience as well as Lucy’s. We’ll see how it goes…

3. She has a weakness for tall, dark-haired men. One of the main reasons she’s avoided home for a while, is due to an ex (Azad) that broke her heart. Now that she’s back, Azad is even better looking than before. He’s now a chef and hopes to purchase Kebab Kitchen from Lucy’s retiring parents. There’s also a hot, bad-boy motorcycle rider (Michael) who runs a bicycle rental shop next door to Kebab Kitchen. After a stint as dry as the Sahara, Lucy now has two good-looking men interested in her.

4. She is scared of motorcycles, but rides a Harley-Davison and likes it. Michael entices Lucy to ride on the back of his motorcycle. They stop at the boardwalk to share ice cream and, to her surprise, he’s quite charming.

5. Lucy may not have wanted to come back home but now that she’s has, she’s happy. Her mother may be nagging Lucy to get married, but she’s well-meaning. And to Lucy’s surprise, she is bonding with her mom during their cooking lessons. Also, Lucy has missed Ocean Crest, a quaint town at the Jersey shore, and she fondly recalls the scent of funnel cake, the sight of the wooden roller coaster on the boardwalk, and the tastes of her family’s restaurant.

6. Lucy’s best friend is her complete opposite. Katie Watson has been Lucy’s best friend since grade school. Lucy’s petite with dark, curly hair. Katie’s tall and blonde. They also come from different worlds. Lucy is a first generation American, and Katie often jokes that her ancestors sailed on the Mayflower. Katie was raised on meat and potatoes, and apple pie while Lucy grew up eating stuffed grape leaves and hummus. None of their differences matter. Lucy and Katie are besties, and both value their friendship. Lucy is staying with Katie and her husband, Bill, an Ocean Crest police officer.

7. Lucy loves lemon meringue pie. Other than her mother’s baklava, her favorite is lemon meringue pie from Cutie’s Cupcake Bakery in Ocean Crest.

8. Lucy doesn’t like to exercise, but since returning home she doesn’t have much choice. Lucy jogs (or trudges) the Ocean Crest boardwalk and beach three times a week. Waitressing at Kebab Kitchen doesn’t burn enough calories. Lucy’s fondness for her mother’s cooking and lemon meringue pie, requires serious exercise.

9. Despite her best efforts to keep her distance from her ex, Azad, sparks still fly between them. It doesn’t help that Azad is trying to win her back. Will she give him a second chance?

10. Lucy has a bad habit of stumbling over bodies. Dead ones. She was forced to become a sleuth, but she’s found that she has quite a knack for it. With her best friend, Katie, by her side, they end up solving crime. It’s all just an average day at the Jersey shore.

If you want to find out where Lucy’s adventures lead her and her friends and quirky family, please pick up Hummus and Homicide, the first book in the “Kebab Kitchen” mystery series. Stabbed in the Baklava and One Feta in the Grave are coming soon after!


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March 7, 2018

Plum Tea Crazy by Laura Childs - Review and Giveaway

I received this book free from the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

Book details
Cozy Mystery 19th in Series 
Berkley (March 6, 2018) 
Hardcover: 336 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-0451489609 
Digital ASIN: B071K4DPRH 

Book description
Theodosia Browning investigates a Charleston steeped in tradition and treachery in the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs.

While viewing the harbor's Gaslights and Galleons Parade from the widow's walk of Timothy Neville's Charleston mansion, local banker Carson Lanier seemingly tumbles over a narrow railing, then plunges three stories to his death. But a tragic accident becomes something much more sinister when it's discovered that the victim was first shot with a bolt from a crossbow.

At the request of the mansion owner, Theodosia investigates the tragedy and is soon neck deep in suspects. An almost ex-wife, a coworker, a real estate partner--all had motives for killing the luckless banker, but one resorted to murder to settle accounts.


Meet the author - Laura Childs
Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fundraising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs. Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are: The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston. The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here! The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality. 

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My thoughts
Another great installment in Laura's tea shop series. I don't think I have ever read a bad book by this author. The gaslight parade sounds like a fun time minus the dead body of course. Of course I got to "hang" out with one of my favorite characters - Drayton. I always like that Theo has a way of figuring out who was the murderer when the author throws twits in there that leave me guessing. Add to that you get to hear about the great food created at the tea shop and learn about new to me teas. This book has everything I love. I will be watching for the next in the series. 


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March 6, 2018

A Dangerous Game by Heather Graham - Excerpt

Book details
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: MIRA (March 13, 2018)

Book description

Wrapping up a normal day at the office, criminal psychologist Kieran Finnegan is accosted by a desperate woman who shoves an infant into her arms and then flees, only to be murdered minutes later on a busy Manhattan street.

Who was the woman? Where did the baby come from? Kieran can’t stop thinking about the child and the victim, so her boyfriend, Craig Frasier, does what any good special agent boyfriend would do—he gets the FBI involved. And asks Kieran to keep out of it.

But the Finnegans have a knack for getting into trouble, and Kieran won’t sit idle when a lead surfaces through her family’s pub. Investigating on her own, she uncovers a dangerous group that plays fast and loose with human lives and will stop at nothing to keep their secrets—and they plan to silence Kieran before she can expose their deadly enterprise.

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Meet the author - Heather Graham
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham has written more than a hundred novels. She’s a winner of the RWA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Thriller Writers’ Silver Bullet. She is an active member of International Thriller Writers and Mystery Writers of America. For more information on Heather and her work, check out her websites:,, and You can also find Heather on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

The folder that Richard Egan had given Craig didn’t yield much more than he already knew; the murdered woman had been found with no identification—no purse, nothing. She’d been wearing clothing with labels from the largest chain re­tail outlet offering budget-priced brands. There were liter­ally dozens of the shops in the five boroughs alone. Her shoes had been the most common brand of sneaker. The hood she’d had wrapped over her head was a scarf that had most probably been bickered over and bought on the street.

She had been about five foot five inches in height, esti­mated age about forty.

The baby had been healthy and well kept—also wearing clothing bought at the same bargain-priced chain. The blanket covering the baby, however, had been hand knit. The creator had not signed the work in any way. Still, it was one of a kind.

The knife found in the woman’s back was equally common—sold at outlets across the five boroughs, the state and the coun­try. It was a hunting knife with a leather handle and six-inch blade.

The woman had been struck so hard that nearly four of those inches had gone into her back.

There were no fingerprints found on the knife.

The bystanders had been canvassed for information. No one remembered anyone suspicious in the crowd; no one had seen who had thrust the blade into the woman’s back.

It was impossible—absolutely impossible, Craig thought. He tried to reimagine the crime, the woman hurrying away…

Someone must have seen something. They were afraid. Or it had been so swift an act that they hadn’t even understood what they had seen. Maybe, when people thought about it…

He set the folder down, frustrated. There was a tap at his open door. He looked up. His partner, Mike Dalton, stood in the doorway.

“So I come back from a glorious vacation to you and Kieran stirring up the neighborhood again,” he said drily. “You missed me, huh?”

“I did miss you, Mike. I always miss you when we’re apart,” Craig said, grinning. “I’m sure you heard about the news-making events.”

“I did. Murder and mummies. Creepy!”

Craig pressed his lips into a tight line and nodded. “I worked the case with an old friend, guy named Micah Fox, and one of my cousins—mostly their case. A man they both admired had been killed in Egypt—a mentor. Weird case for sure, but…hey, yeah. I’m glad you’re back!” Mike was a great partner. Ten years Craig’s senior, he’d been the one to really show Craig the ropes. They both had the same sense of moral duty, of right and wrong, and a way of thinking together that had gotten them through many a situation.

“I read all about your mummies,” Mike told him. He shud­dered. “And saw it all over the news. Mummies! Glad you did that one without me. Actually…well, hell, this one sounds pretty bad. A woman stabbed, during rush hour, in the street, and no one saw it, no one can say anything?”

Craig pushed the folder toward him. “This is what they have. Autopsy coming up in a few hours. I was trying to catch up on all the reading first.”

“Good, we’ll share the reports.”

“Thanks for getting here on Saturday—and so damned early.”

“Hey, nothing like a good autopsy to get you right back into it all, right?”

Mary Kathleen had been right about the people who ar­rived at Soup du Jour.

Most were clean and decently clad, and between them, they seemed to speak every language known to man, and yet they all seemed to get on with one another, as well.

The space where the multi-faith organization operated had once been a giant textile factory. The machinery was long gone. Big old windows covered half the wall space—a great early effort in solar power, using daylight to see and work—and they still let in a glow of beautiful, natural light, though, of course, it was now enhanced by electrical power within. The rest of the walls were covered with posters, fliers and more—all to help men and women find apartments, jobs, day care and various other kinds of assistance.

The facility had a massive kitchen and a delivery area that was nearly as large. It had a massive dining hall with wood-plank tables, and on each side of the main room were large hallways that offered restrooms and showers—along with soap and razors and other basic toiletries, donated by various large corporations.

It was really a big enterprise—and it was astonishing the way that it was run.

People of every religion, ethnicity, color, creed, sex—what­ever!—seemed to get along and pull together, and do it well.

Those working the food bank seemed to come from all walks of life: there were businessmen and -women, nuns, fa­thers, rabbis and imams, young and old, every color of hu­manity.

Kieran had come to give herself something to do. She dis­covered, instead, that she was in awe of Mary Kathleen and all that the volunteers tried to do at Soup du Jour.

“This is truly just incredible,” she told Mary Kathleen. “You’ve been doing this and I didn’t even know. It’s won­derful.”

“Oh, I do a day a week. That’s the great power of the place—they literally have hundreds of people who can come a day or two a week and we’ll do our best to cover for each other and that kind of thing,” Mary Kathleen said. “I was lucky. I had friends to help me when I arrived here in the city. My family in Ireland knew your family here. I’m actu­ally doing well. But I am an immigrant, and I was able to see how hard life could be for others who didn’t have family and friends in the US—especially those fleeing poverty or war-torn countries. Anyway, I’m glad you like it!”

“Like it? I’m amazed. We get so much bad news—this is great!”

“People actually can get along working together,” Mary Kathleen agreed. She laughed softly. “Okay, so we have po­lice officers among our friends here, too. If anything were to ever get rough or violent in any way, whoever caused trou­ble would be out on their ears in a flash! But I’ve been at this about a year and a half. So far, nothing bad has ever happened. People are really just trying to help each other.”

Tour participants
Monday, February 19th: Stuck in Books
Tuesday, February 20th: Books & Spoons
Wednesday, February 21st: Read Love Blog
Thursday, February 22nd: Jathan & Heather
Monday, February 26th: Moonlight Rendezvous
Tuesday, February 27th: The Sassy Bookster
Wednesday, February 28th: Stranded in Chaos
Thursday, March 1st: Book Reviews and More by Kathy
Friday, March 2nd: Cheryl’s Book Nook
Monday, March 5th: What is That Book About
Tuesday, March 6th: A Holland Reads
Wednesday, March 7th: Books a la Mode
Thursday, March 8th: From the TBR Pile
Friday, March 9th: Nightbird Novels

March 4, 2018

Little French Bistro by Nina George - Review

I received this book free from the publisher. All opinions are my own

Book details
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (March 6, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0451495594
ISBN-13: 978-0451495594

Book description
From the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Little Paris Bookshop, an extraordinary novel about self-discovery and new beginnings.

Marianne is stuck in a loveless, unhappy marriage. After forty-one years, she has reached her limit, and one evening in Paris she decides to take action. Following a dramatic moment on the banks of the Seine, Marianne leaves her life behind and sets out for the coast of Brittany, also known as “the end of the world.”

Here she meets a cast of colorful and unforgettable locals who surprise her with their warm welcome, and the natural ease they all seem to have, taking pleasure in life’s small moments. And, as the parts of herself she had long forgotten return to her in this new world, Marianne learns it’s never too late to begin the search for what life should have been all along.

With all the buoyant charm that made The Little Paris Bookshop a beloved bestseller, The Little French Bistro is a tale of second chances and a delightful embrace of the joys of life in France.

Meet the author - Nina George
Born 1973 in Bielefeld, Germany, Nina George is a prize-winning and bestselling author (“Das Lavendelzimmer” – “The Little Paris Bookshop”) and freelance journalist since 1992, who has published 26 books (novels, mysteries and non-fiction) as well as over hundred short stories and more than 600 columns. George has worked as a cop reporter, columnist and managing editor for a wide range of publications, including Hamburger Abendblatt, Die Welt, Der Hamburger, “politik und kultur” as well as TV Movie and Federwelt. Georges writes also under three pen-names, for ex “Jean Bagnol”, a double-andronym for provence-based mystery novels.

In 2012 and 2013 she won the DeLiA and the Glauser-Prize. In 2013 she had her first bestselling book “Das Lavendelzimmer”, translated in 27 langues and sold more than 500.000 copies.

In November 2011, Nina George established the “JA zum Urheberrecht” (YES on Author’s Rights) initiative, which supports the rights of authors, artists and entertainers and is dedicated to resolving issues within the literary community as well as establishing fair and practical rights-license models for the web-distribution. 14 writers’ associations and 27 publishing partners have since joined the JA…-Initiative. George supports the “Initiative Urheberrecht” (Author’s Rights Initiative— as well as the “gib 8 aufs Wort”-campaign of the VG Wort.

In August 2014 George initiated the Amazon-protest in Germany, where overs 2000 germanspeaking authors – Nobelprizewinnig Elfriede Jelinek or Bestsellingauthor Nele Neuhaus – sign an open letter to Jeff Bezos and Amazon, protesting against the banned-book-methods of the giant retailer in the Hachette/Bonnier-dispute.

In 2015 George is the founder of the Initiative Fairer Buchmarkt e.V., which supports questions of law in daily business of authors – for ex in contracts, fees or author’s rights and e-Business.

George is Member to PEN, Das Syndikat (association of German-language crime writers), the Association of German Authors (VS), the Hamburg Authors’ Association (HAV), BücherFrauen (Women in Publishing), the IACW/AIEP (International Association of Crime Writers), the GEDOK (Association of female artists in Germany), PRO QUOTE and Lean In. Nina George sits on the board of the Three Seas Writers’ and Translaters’ Council (TSWTC), whose members come from 16 different countries.

Nina George teaches writing at Literaturbüro Unna, Alsterdamm Kunstschule, Wilhelmsburger Honigfabrik, where she coaches young people, adults and professional authors.
George also moderates (bilingual) readings and works as a speaker.

My thoughts
I enjoyed this author's first book The Little Paris Bookshop so I was happy when I got the chance to read and review this one. Marianne had a lot of guts/back bone to be able to walk away from a long marriage. I don't know that I could have done that so I respect her for changing something in her life that did not make her happy anymore. The characters that the author introduced us to through Marianne's new discovery of herself we interesting and added to the story. I found myself wanting the main character to be happy. Even though a lot of reviews on this book were not as good as the first book I still enjoyed it and will continue to look for books by this author. 

Cookie Dough, Snow & Wands Aglow by Erin Johnson - Spotlight and Giveaway

Book details
Cozy Mystery 4th in Series 
Self Published 
Paperback: 264 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1983404115 
Digital ASIN: B078MNJZFM

Book description
Murder in a magical, merry town just brimming with secrets.

On the snowy road to the Earth Kingdom for the holidays, Imogen and the bakers are ambushed by Horace, villainous leader of the Badlands Army. They’re forced to detour to an idyllic, rural village, bedecked in lights, garlands and winter cheer…all a little too perfect to believe. At least that’s so for Imogen, who’s seeing burned out buildings and mysterious memorials that no one else seems to notice.

Hank’s royal presence gets them invited to the big bash at the governor’s mansion. The night is filled with dancing, stolen kisses under the mistletoe and fun, until a guest is found dead in the cauldron of punch.

As bodies and mysteries pile up, all the evidence points to the vampire Francis as the culprit. The gang must come together to clear their friend’s name and save themselves from the angry villagers. Even worse, Imogen struggles with having to keep her relationship with Hank hidden, while working with him to find the real killer.

As Imogen unearths more than a few town secrets, she finally solves the riddles of her past and discovers the truth of Horace’s pursuit of her. But will all the secrets be unraveled in time to stop the killer, or will Imogen and her friends suffer a monstrous fate?

Meet the author - Erin Johnson
Erin Johnson is a native of Tempe, Arizona, Erin spends her time crafting mysterious, magical, romance-filled stories that’ll hopefully make you laugh. In between, she’s traveling, napping with her dogs, eating with her friends and family, and teaching Pilates (to allow her to eat more). 
Twitter: @EJohnsonWrites 

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Tour Participants 
February 26 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY 
February 26 – A Chick Who Reads – REVIEW 
February 27 – Valerie's Musings – REVIEW 
February 27 – The Montana Bookaholic – REVIEW 
February 28 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – SPOTLIGHT 
February 28 – Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT 
March 1 – Varietats – REVIEW 
March 1 – La libreria di Beppe – SPOTLIGHT 
March 2 – T's Stuff – SPOTLIGHT 
March 2 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY 
March 3 – Sapphyria's Books – REVIEW 
March 3 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT 
March 4 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY 
March 4 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT 
March 5 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
March 5 – Pulp and Mystery Shelf – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

March 3, 2018

Pawprints & Predicaments by Bethany Blake - Spotlight and Two Giveaways

Book details

Cozy Mystery 
3rd in Series 
Kensington (February 27, 2018) 
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1496707420 
Digital ASIN: B071SK3VF9


Book description
The Tail Waggin’ Winterfest is the highlight of the season in the famously pet-friendly Pocono Mountains town of Sylvan Creek. But despite attractions like an ice sculpture display, a dogsled race, and gourmet hot chocolate, Daphne Templeton finds herself annoyed by TV producer Lauren Savidge, who’s filming the festivities. She’s critical, controlling, and as chilly as the January air. Daphne would like to tell her to go jump in a lake—and as a matter of fact, that’s exactly what they’re both going to do . . .

It’s the first-ever polar bear plunge in Lake Wallapawakee, and Daphne and Lauren are among the eighty or so people who charge into the frigid water to raise funds for animals in need. Daphne makes it back to shore—with the help of a mysterious St. Bernard—but Lauren is dragged out stone cold dead. Now, with her trusty basset hound Socrates at her side, Daphne intends to assist Detective Jonathan Black in his investigation—whether he wants her to or not . . .

Includes recipes for homemade pet treats!

Meet the author - Bethany Blake
Bethany Blake lives in a small, quaint town in Pennsylvania with her husband and three daughters. When she’s not writing or riding horses, she’s wrangling a menagerie of furry family members that includes a nervous pit bull, a fearsome feline, a blind goldfish, and an attack cardinal named Robert. Like Daphne Templeton, the heroine of her Lucky Paws Mysteries, Bethany holds a Ph.D. and operates a pet sitting business called Barkley’s Premium Pet Care.

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Giveaway #1

Giveaway #2
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Tour Participants 
February 21 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW, INTERVIEW 
February 21 – Sneaky the Library Cat's Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW 
February 21 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT 
February 21 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf - SPOTLIGHT 
February 22 – Reading Is My SuperPower - REVIEW, GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY 
February 22 – Valerie's Musings - REVIEW, INTERVIEW 
February 23 – Teresa Trent Author Blog - CHARACTER GUEST POST 
February 23 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW 
February 24 – The Montana Bookaholic - CHARACTER GUEST POST 
February 24 – Readeropolis – INTERVIEW, GIVEAWAY 
February 25 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews - REVIEW 
February 25 – Laura's Interests - REVIEW 
February 26 – Varietats – REVIEW 
February 26 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews - CHARACTER GUEST POST February 26 – View from the Birdhouse – SPOTLIGHT 
February 27 – The Power of Words - REVIEW, GIVEAWAY
February 27 – Cinnamon, Sugar and a Little Bit of Murder – REVIEW 
February 28 – Mysteries with Character - INTERVIEW, GIVEAWAY 
February 28 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW 
February 28 - Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW 
March 1 – A Blue Million Books - CHARACTER INTERVIEW 
March 1 – La libreria di Beppe – SPOTLIGHT 
March 1 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW 
March 2 – Sapphyria's Books – REVIEW 
March 2 – A Cozy Experience – GUEST POST 
March 3 – Book Babble – REVIEW 
March 3 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY 
March 4 – Melina's Book Blog – REVIEW 
March 4 – Island Confidential – INTERVIEW 
March 5 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows - REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW, GIVEAWAY March 5 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT 
March 6 – Cozy Up With Kathy – GUEST POST 
March 6 – Bibliophile Reviews - REVIEW, GIVEAWAY 
March 6 – Reading Authors - REVIEW