Dead on the Vine review

This is the very first book in a new series by Elle Brooke White called the Finn Family Farm Mysteries featuring a woman named Charlotte who inherited a produce farm from her great-uncle Tobias. There were a lot of secrets to be discovered, but with the help of her two besties that she grew up with, Charlotte managed to figure out what was going on. I’m really looking forward to the next book after a very satisfying ending with this one.

My Goodreads review:

Dead on the Vine (A Finn Family Farm Mystery #1)Dead on the Vine by Elle Brooke White

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh my goodness, I gotta say first that I absolutely loved that little pig named Horse! What a little sweetheart. My favorite human character was hands-down Mr. Beau Mason. He was such a hoot and so funny! This book was very well-written, so much so that it could be called written beautifully with the epilogue sounding like the end of a very sweet fairy tale. Although I thought that some of the dialogue sounded a little weird and unrealistic coming from people of any age. It sounded as if they were trying out a lot of new vocabulary words. I guess that was just the writing style, which I eventually got used to.

I wasn’t sure at all who the killer was until Charlotte started putting clues together. I loved that police chief! She was fun, laid-back but knew her job and did it well. She didn’t take lip from anyone, especially the town bully, Wade. I always especially enjoy a book if the main character and the police work together to set up a sting. The ending reminded me of a detective show with all the suspects gathered. When I first started the book, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but by the end of it, I was totally into these characters, and now I’m really anxious for the next book.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

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Murder at the Taffy Shop review

This is the second book in the fun new Cozy Capers Book Group series by Maddie Day who write the Country Store series under the same name, aka Edith Maxwell. I’m really enjoying this series and definitely recommend reading the first one before this for the most enjoyment. It’s not totally required, because there aren’t any spoilers, but getting to know the characters and Mac’s crazy parrot, Belle, seems more fun that way. I’m super anxious for the third book in the series now.

I did order my own copy from Barnes&Noble (it’s an exclusive now for a year), but I was also sent a paperback ARC from the publisher, @Kensington Publishing, which I voluntarily reviewed, and my opinions are my own.

My Goodreads review:

Murder at the Taffy Shop (Cozy Capers Book Group Mystery, #2)Murder at the Taffy Shop by Maddie Day

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m glad I read the first book recently, because the characters were all still fresh in my mind. Being a new series, I’m sure if I’d read it when the first book came out, I’d have forgotten a lot. I’m not a fan of birds at all, but I just love Belle the gray African parrot! She’s such a hoot and talk about being handy during a killer showdown!

I liked the main characters a lot the first time around, but they’re definitely among my faves now. I hadn’t guessed the killer, so the reveal was a surprise for me. I hope that Mac and Tim can work out their differences, but I think toward the end of the book, it was looking that way. I’m so anxious now for the next book, but I’m pretty sure we’ll have to wait at least a year.

I voluntarily read and reviewed a paperback ARC of this book provided by the publisher, and my opinions are my own.

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Death of a Blueberry Tart review

This is the twelfth book in the Hayley Powell Food & Spirits series by brother/sister team, Rick Copp and Holly Simason, known as Lee Hollis. I knew the minute that Hayley’s mom Sheila arrived in Bar Harbor that hilarity would reign, especially when she reunited with her old friends who were Mona and Liddy’s mothers, Jane and Celeste. It was a fun treat to watch these ladies sleuth together!

My Goodreads review:

Death of a Blueberry Tart (Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery #12)Death of a Blueberry Tart by Lee Hollis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This series is always funny, but with Hayley, Mona and Liddy’s mothers all together (since they were longtime friends like their girls were), it was extra hilarious. I absolutely loved the showdown which was just too good.

I’ve been reading the series from the beginning but had honestly started it by reading ARCs of the later books. Reading the older books is really funny too, and it’s a wonder that Bruce and Hayley ever got together. Now married, they were dealing with Hayley’s mom who moved in temporarily due to a romantic breakup. Sheila ended up with a sweet ending as did everyone else. I’m anxious to get back to the early books and eventually get caught up, but I’m not holding my breath to be finished before the next book comes out in July lol.

I did preorder the book but voluntarily read this ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

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Revenge Is Sweet review

I really enjoyed the first book of this new series, Vintage Sweets Mysteries. It’s written by Kaye George who is also known as Janet Cantrell who wrote the older Fat Cat series.  The other series that Ms. George pens appear to be more of a suspense nature. I liked the premise for this series, and a Texas location is always fun (since I’ve never been there.) I thought it was pretty cool too that Fredericksburg, TX is a real town. The second Vintage Sweets comes out on June 2, 2020.

My Goodreads review:

Revenge Is Sweet (Vintage Sweets Mysteries #1)Revenge Is Sweet by Kaye George

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a really fun setting and idea for a main character’s job, making vintage candies and sweets from scratch. I did get a little bit confused with the switching back and forth of third person narrating about Tally then Yolanda. (I have no problem with third person though). Sometimes I’d get the information mixed up and wonder why one person didn’t already know this, but I think the idea was for their actions to be very close or nearly simultaneous results. It was better as I got into the book more and switching between the two girls came more naturally.

I had an idea of who the killer was, then I changed my mind due to some clever red herrings along the way. I had it all built in my mind as to why the person I thought was the killer did it and everything, but I was wrong. It’s fun to be wrong though. The showdown achieved its purpose of making me nervous for Tally, but the killer was caught and all was well. I enjoyed reading a little bit of the next book’s first chapter at the end. The recipe given was for Tally’s version of Twinkies. I’m anxious for the next book that’s being released in June, and I’m glad we don’t have to wait a year.

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Death on the Page review

This is the second book in Essie Lang’s newer series, Castle Bookshop mysteries. Essie Lang is the pen name for author Linda Wiken who also wrote the Dinner Club mysteries. I really enjoyed this book and getting to know the characters a little better. We got another book club meeting with some of the older readers in the community where Shelby was privy to some great gossip. It’ll be interesting to see how much time elapses when the next book comes out. I’m hoping to read about Christmas in Alexandria Bay! The castle would be amazing all decorated. And I’m curious to see what Taylor’s baby ends up being as well as reading about Shelby’s first Christmas at the Bay and with Zack!

My Goodreads review:

Death on the Page (Castle Bookshop Mystery #2)Death on the Page by Essie Lang

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a fun visit to a new place that I had first read last year, and it was great catching up with Shelby and her aunt Edie. I love the character of Edie to begin with and the sweet but tough caretaker Matthew who really liked Edie. I’m sure the feeling was mutual.

After the police found a visiting author dead in one of the castle’s secret passageway staircases, Shelby couldn’t help but get involved. She’d met and liked this author, but the more she snooped and ended up hearing that suspects were cleared, the more confusing it got. The showdown with the killer was exciting, especially when Shelby noticed that someone hiding had her back during it. I had been suspecting the person but wasn’t really sure why. I’m definitely happy with where Shelby and Zack are in their dating life and the sweet ending the book had. Here’s to the next book!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

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Death by Chocolate Frosted Doughnut-review

This is the third book in Sarah Graves’ Death by Chocolate series, which I’ve been enjoying since the first book. It’s genuinely wacky in some parts, think Lucy and Ethel in the twenty-first century with a lot of action. But the characters are good, and I enjoyed that Jake’s husband Wade played a bigger part in this book than I’d remembered him playing before. It seemed like he was always out working. He was good to have on a sleuthing mission, and he was all for Jake proving her innocence.

My Goodreads review:

Death by Chocolate Frosted Doughnut (Death by Chocolate Mystery #3)Death by Chocolate Frosted Doughnut by Sarah Graves

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From practically the beginning of the book, Jake and Ellie were pitched right into a lot of action and adventure. Some of it was pretty funny like the snake and the caterpillars that Jake somehow met up with. After finding the dead body of a hateful TV foodie in her basement, Jake was eyed as a suspect, since the whole town had heard and seen her arguing with him and threatening him. With Ellie’s help, Jake set about proving her innocence. Did she let a concussion or a bunch of scrapes stop her? Naaaaaa. Jake wasn’t real great about following instructions or rules when it came to proving something.

This was a real roller coaster ride of a mystery. I had an idea of who was behind it and possibly why, but it was fun to read and see how much was going to happen before they got caught. Jake really managed to get into some crazy scrapes this time, but she and Ellie always came out as winners.

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Murder Makes Scents review

This is the second book in Christin Brecher’s Nantucket Candle Maker series, and I really loved it. It was an exciting book with a spy vibe to it. I don’t want to give anything away, but Stella got to investigate something big and important. The problem was, she couldn’t tell anyone about it. I’m definitely looking forward to the next book. Peeking at the blurb of it on Amazon, I can’t wait. It’s at Halloween, there’s a creepy old house, need I say more?

My Goodreads review:

Murder Makes Scents (Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery #2)Murder Makes Scents by Christin Brecher

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow this was good! What did a murder in Paris and international secrets and spies have in common? Stella’s mom Millie, who was unwittingly involved in having something top secret. This got really exciting, and I couldn’t put it down. I can’t say a whole lot for fear of giving away the good stuff, but Stella once again was on the trail of a killer after witnessing a man dying in Paris before she and her mom left. They thought they’d left those troubles behind…

I like where Stella and Peter are in their relationship, they’re really sweet together but haven’t really had much time in just four short months to get to know each other very well. The worst part was having to leave Peter as well as Stella’s police friend Andy out of what she was investigating. The adventure played out like a fast spy movie and kind of incredible at that. Who knew that she’d face the killer at the most unlikely place.

Millie was never one to stay put long, so she was back at another destination after Stella and all her friends and Millie had celebrated Stella’s thirtieth. I’m so anxious now to see what kind of adventure Stella gets into next and whether her mom will be in it. She’s kind of a crazy lady, but I like her!

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