The Trouble with Talent review

This is the third book in the Gourmet Cat series by Kathy Krevat, and the series has quickly become one of my favorites. It’s honestly more enjoyable if you read these in order. That way, you’ll see the character development and how Colbie got to this point in her gourmet cat food business.

My Goodreads review:

The Trouble with Talent (Gourmet Cat Mystery #3)The Trouble with Talent by Kathy Krevat

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was so good to return to Sunnyside, CA and catch up with Colbie, Elliott, her dad and all her friends. Little did she know that the death of a talented oboe teacher would lead her down a slippery and shady road searching for the killer, not to mention the danger her own life was in as some unknown person had been tracking her every move.

I loved that Colbie and Joss overcame some hurdles in this book and are at a good place right now. (Please just stay there lol). Her dad and his lady Annie were happily dating, Elliott was involved in another amazing play, and one of the coolest things was Colbie’s friend Tod who previously wouldn’t even let her in his apartment due to a psychological condition he had, had come such a long way. He was really helpful in getting information in this case too. I really loved that an abused mom was able to get revenge on her abusive ex. And little Trouble cat continued to love cuddles and seemed able to detect electronic bugs. All in a cat’s day’s work, right? This is a great series, and I’m very much looking forward to the next book!

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Killer in the Carriage House review

This is the second book in the Victorian Village series by Sheila Connolly who also writes several other series including the Museum Mysteries (her main character Nell makes a phone appearance in this book–she actually appeared in the first book) and Orchard Mysteries. This is the first series I’ve read of hers, but I definitely want to read the others.

The murder was a little bit lower key than what I’m used to in a cozy, because no one really knew anything about the man who was killed, since he was an outsider. It took a little while to connect him to something, but the ending was satisfying, and it was wrapped up. The ongoing story will no doubt be the process they need to go through in Asheboro if they want to turn it into an authentic Victorian village that tourists will want to visit.

My Goodreads review:

Killer in the Carriage House (Victorian Village Mysteries Book 2)Killer in the Carriage House by Sheila Connolly

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The timeline in the book was picking up fairly soon after the last one, and now it was time for Kate to propose her idea for a Victorian Village to the town council and town gathered that night. She knew she’d have her work cut out for her, but she didn’t expect to find another dead body so soon. Kate and her friend Nell’s grad student Carroll found a young guy dead in the library. Later in the book, they found out what if any, his connection was to the Barton papers that Carroll had rescued from the Barton Mansion attic.

I enjoyed this trip back to Asheboro, MD and could just picture the town, even though it’s not supposed to be much to picture at this point. I had a suspicion about who the killer was, but I had no idea why. Kate and Josh seemed to be growing a little closer, her ex-boyfriend Ryan who owned the B&B where she was staying was just a good friend now (he came in handy as an attorney for their project), and Kate’s bestie Lisbeth was involved in the project too. Kate, Josh and Lisbeth did the main sleuthing though, and they do make a great team. I hope that Josh decides not to cut ties with Asheboro when his caretaker’s position is over. It’ll be interesting to see how they pull off the Victorian Village project in the time frame that Kate was hoping for, so I’m anxious to read on in the series!

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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Sweet Tea and Secrets review

This is the second book in the Book & Tea series by Joy Avon. I read the first one back in January and really enjoyed getting to know Callie and her great-aunt Iphy who runs a book themed tea shop. This installment makes a perfect July 4th book, because Hearts Harbor is getting ready for their big celebration. I liked this book even better than the first one. I wonder what holiday will be in the next story?

My Goodreads review:

Sweet Tea and Secrets (A Tea and Read Mystery #2)Sweet Tea and Secrets by Joy Avon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I think this book was even better than the first, and I know I really liked that one. This one is nice and seasonal, perfect for reading this time of year, since the town of Heart’s Harbor is planning a big July 4th event. In the meantime, a cold case disappearance/possible murder was reopened when a visitor to town started asking questions about it. Then the newspaper editor who had been the reporter on the case at the time was found dead in his office. Callie and her friend Det. Falk found themselves right in the middle of another baffling case with a really good twist…or two.

I loved the little side story with Mr. Bates painting pictures of little Daisy and a rescue named Biscuit. I had guessed part of the mystery but not the killer. There were some good red herrings and plot twists along the way which made for a super enjoyable read. Callie and Falk seem to be getting to a good place with a possible relationship, and Falk’s widowed sister Peggy may have found someone too. I can safely say that this is one of my favorite new series, and I’m anxious for the next book.

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

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Strangled Eggs and Ham review

This is the sixth book in the Country Store series, another of my favorites by another favorite author, Maddie Day aka Edith Maxwell. I love the down home feeling in this series and how Robbie has taken to small town life in her little country store and restaurant. I may live in Ohio, but I love visiting Indiana and always feel at home there!

My Goodreads review:

Strangled Eggs and Ham (Country Store Mystery #6)Strangled Eggs and Ham by Maddie Day

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s like going home to friends every time I read a book in this series! This latest installment gave aunt Adele and her pal Vera a lot of storyline, and that was fun, since Adele is such a hoot and probably my favorite character. Vera is no slouch either. They both did great holding their own against a killer at the end of the book. I liked how Robbie has become even smarter when it comes to security and reporting everything to the police rather than taking off and winging it alone. Ok, well maybe she did the alone thing which was a bit nerve-wracking to read, but it was all good. I liked that Oscar Thompson and Buck’s cousin Wanda were back.

I was pretty close on who the killer was, but the chase was the best part and nailing this person. Robbie had a close encounter that she escaped from–as I said, she’s getting better at this. Abe was away for this story, but they at least kept in touch. Danna had a little more storyline as well. I love all Robbie’s employees. Each one of them has such an awesome personality and brings different and fun things happening when it’s their turn to work. As always, I’m anxious for the next book in the series!

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Jane Darrowfield, Professional Busybody Review/Release Day

This is the big day for author Barbara Ross and her new Jane Darrowfield series. She’s releasing it exclusively on Barnes & Noble for a year, then like some others that I’ve bought there first, it’ll come to other booksellers.

I had received an advance paperback copy from the publisher, so I read it earlier this month, but I didn’t think I should blog about it that early. Jane Darrowfield has always had a skill of fixing things for people, not the illegal kind of fixing but the friendly and helpful kind. Or as her new friend Harry put it so well, “professional busybody.” I really enjoyed getting to know Jane and her friends. She had quite the adventure living at a retirement village trying to patch things up among some of the residents, and she definitely didn’t expect to find out that one of those residents was murdered. There were more fun twists and turns along the way.

I voluntarily read and reviewed a paperback ARC of this book providing by @Kensington Publishing, and my opinions are my own. Thanks to my contacts there for letting me read this awesome book ahead of time!

My Goodreads review:

Jane Darrowfield, Professional Busybody (Jane Darrowfield #1)Jane Darrowfield, Professional Busybody by Barbara Ross

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jane is a new 55+ age sleuth and I really like her! She’s a widow, misses her husband a lot but is strong and independent and doesn’t feel like she absolutely needs a guy in her life–although it would be nice. Jane was known as a fixer of lives, or as a new gentleman friend (yes she actually helped her friend with online dating and ended up taking the man for herself lol) called her, a professional busybody. Her reputation was locally known, so it came as no surprise to her when a man named Paul who was in charge of a retirement community called on her to hire her for her services (hence, the professional in professional busybody). The residents acted like they were in high school with their lunch room cliques and gangs. Paul hoped that she could fix that by talking to people which was pretty much her superpower.

Jane didn’t expect to have a murder occur during her stay at the retirement village, but she was determined to figure that one out, which wasn’t easy in a place where nearly every person had secrets, including the employees. There was a good twist in the mystery and eventually when the killer clues started coming, I realized who it was. There were so many different characters that really the only ones I feel like we got to know were Jane, her new friend Harry and Jane’s friend Det. Alavarez. I liked them all and hope that the guys will follow her into another book.

This book releases later in June. I received an advance reader paperback copy from the publisher, but my opinions are my own and have no bearing on receiving the free book.

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A Killer Latte review

This is the sixth book in the Killer Coffee series by Tonya Kappes. It came out this past April, and I was happy to finally get around to reading it. Killer Coffee is another one of my favorite series. Like all Tonya’s books, it takes place in a cute little town in Kentucky. It’s so easy to picture Honey Springs and wish that it was a real place to visit! Minus the murder, of course! 😉

My Goodreads review:

A Killer Latte (Killer Coffee #6)A Killer Latte by Tonya Kappes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Honey Springs had stars in their eyes with the movie that was being filmed there and just wrapping up. When someone made off with the leading lady, Roxy knew there was another mystery she’d need to solve, much to Spencer’s both dismay and relief. On one hand, he didn’t want her interfering with police business (and he said Patrick would kill him if anything happened to her) but on the other hand, he realized that Roxy was very good at getting people to talk to her. After the abduction turned into a murder case and Aunt Maxi was even involved, Roxy was even more determined to get this thing solved and send the production crew on their merry way.

I loved this mystery! It turned out to be a little different spin on the usual formula but it was awesome! Everything was nicely wrapped up with the case and the newest guest in the coffee house, Callie, a sweet tabby, got her furever home. I’m always anxious for the next book this sweet series!

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Botched 4 Murder review

This is the fourth book in the Sophie Kimball series written by husband and wife team J.C Eaton aka Ann Goldfarb and Jim Clapp. They live in Sun City West, AZ themselves, so I love that the stories they tell are what they picture as far as scenery, weather and people every day. The series has quickly become one of my favorites. I get kick out of little Streetman, Harriet Plunkett’s chiweenie. Harriet conveniently likes to blame him for things that aren’t so convenient for others, like when she shows up early and Phee wasn’t expecting her. I’m really anxious for the next book that comes in September. Then the next one will be in February!

My Goodreads review:

Botched 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery, #4)Botched 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely love this series! I have to admit I was drawn in by the cute dachshund on the book covers, but I fell quickly for the characters. And these characters are something else! I like to think of them as old friends I’m going back to visit, yep even Phee’s mom Harriet. She’s such a hoot! Once again, Phee was drawn into the drama that was her mother’s retirement village life and ended up investigating not one but two murders, one of which was a high-profile murder–Phee felt sure there was a connection of some type. After a narrow escape with a killer, Phee was just grateful to be around and attended the meeting of the Sun City West issue that had started all of this. Her boss Nate and gentleman friend Marshall always seem to have the most extreme patience with Phee and her investigating by herself…and they are saints in the making when it comes to putting up with her mom and all her friends lol. I’m just happy that Marshall and Phee found one another.

I can’t wait for the next book coming in September! I saw the cover for another one on the author’s new website too.

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