Pies and Prejudice–review

This is the first in the Charmed Pie Shoppe series by well-known author Ellery Adams and was one of her older series that I wanted to work on and try to finish, maybe even this year yet. I love the whole idea of a pie shop, but pies that give people just the perfect joy or hope that they need are even more awesome. Then if the pie maker channels her own feelings, sometimes the results can be pretty funny depending on what her feelings were when she made the pie. 😉 I had read the fourth book last year sometime, but I had definitely wanted to come back and start at the beginning.

My Goodreads review:

Pies and Prejudice (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery, #1)Pies and Prejudice by Ellery Adams

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’d been wanting to start this series from the beginning ever since one of the book clubs I’m in had a discussion on the fourth book in the series. I love anything by this author to begin with, and I wanted to know every character’s story from the beginning. I love how her books are not just mystery driven, but they’re also character and family-driven. Sometimes the characters are a little broken and help each other heal, and sometimes they’re family in the togetherness sense, maybe not related. In this series, the family is all related. Ella Mae had come back to Havenwood, Georgia to open a pie shop and be with all her beloved aunts, mom and long-time friend, Reba (who is such a hoot and by far my favorite character! She reminds me of the actual singer/actress Reba from her TV show).

I wasn’t sure of the killer, but once the reveal came, it made a lot of sense. Ella and Reba were both at the showdown, and it was amazing. I always enjoy that the author doesn’t just stop when the murder is solved. We always get to learn more about the characters and see every little thing neatly finished. Ella learned something about herself and now I’m anxious to read more just to see how she works through all this new knowledge.

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A Deadly Feast–review

This is the 9th book in the Key West Food Critic written by well-known author Lucy Burdette aka Roberta Isleib. Being a Key West resident herself, she’s an awesome storyteller when it comes to all things Key West. Her writing style is fun even if she’s not talking about Key West. I’m not exactly caught up yet in the series, but I’ve read enough of it to really think of these characters as friends.

My Goodreads review:

A Deadly Feast (Key West Food Critic Mystery #9)A Deadly Feast by Lucy Burdette

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The long-awaited wedding of Nathan and Hayley has a pretty exciting few days prior to it. Hayley was worried sick about Nathan who was on a secret sting operation along with most of the police force in town. A woman on a foodie tour she’d attended ended up dying from a stroke, and a local chef named Martha was hiding a huge secret and feeling guilty as well. Hayley had to rely on her intuition once again, and this time it was for something even more important. Topping all of that off was the fact that their houseboat contractor had basically bailed on them, and now Hayley and Nathan wouldn’t be able to move in until it was finished once she found another contractor.

These characters are like old friends to me now even though I’ve not read most of the beginning books–I’m still intending to do that though. Probably my favorite characters aside from Nathan and Hayley themselves would be Miss Gloria (what a hoot! I want to be like her when I’m 80!) and Steve, Nathan’s fellow officer who is also an ordained minister. He always seems to have just the right thing to say to make the situation better. There are some awesome-sounding recipes at the end of the book, lots of them! Of course, I’m always partial to how the desserts sound!

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Prologue to Murder–review

I really enjoyed this second book in the Beyond the Page Bookshop series by Lauren Elliott and loved the whole pirate and ghost walk theme they were having for their Greyborne Founders Day festival. The next one has to do with Christmas, so I’m even more anxious to read that one.

My Goodreads review:

Prologue to Murder (Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery, #2)Prologue to Murder by Lauren Elliott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was one book that was very hard to put down! There was always something going on that I just had to keep reading to find out. Addie Greyborne had become comfortable with her sort-of boyfriend police chief Marc Chandler who happened to be her bestie Serena’s brother when his ex-fiancee showed up in town acting like she wanted to pick up where they’d left off. It was awfully coincidental that Lacey’s arrival also had started some awful rumors about Addie floating around town via a gossip column in the paper by a Miss Newsy.

When the body of a local librarian was found, Miss Newsy managed to hint that Addie may have had something to do with that, so of course Addie wasn’t going to stand around not defending her name. There was a new handsome guy tossed into the picture in this story too, a doctor who was now the new coroner, and Addie felt herself liking both him and Marc. Despite all their ups and downs, Addie and Marc solved the case, and he had to admit that her gut instincts were correct. I didn’t really guess the killer until some clues started pointing that way. There were a lot of great red herrings to be distracted by too. I’m not sure where Addie’s love life is headed, but it’ll be interesting to see which guy she eventually ends up with. Each one is good for her in their own ways. I enjoyed the preview given at the end of the book for the next book coming out in October.

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

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Murder in Galway–review

This is the first book in a brand new series by Carlene O’Connor who already has the Irish Village series that I’ve been wanting to read. It’s very apparent that she’s spent a lot of time in Ireland. I read it in her bio, but her writing is more than just research, you can tell she was there and is telling what she knows about. I really enjoyed this first book and look forward to the next. This book is an exclusive available only through Barnes and Noble until April 30, 2020.

My Goodreads review:

Murder In Galway (Galway Ireland Mystery #1)Murder In Galway by Carlene O’Connor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first book I’ve read by this author, but it definitely won’t be the last, since I’ve been wanting to read her other Irish series. I’ve never been to Ireland, but her descriptions are done so well that I was actually able to picture the cottage and all the different places that Tara went. She definitely had her work cut out for her with her uncle missing and walking in on a dead body. When she found another body later, Tara was determined to clear her uncle’s name.

There were a lot of great suspects, clues and suspense. I had no idea who the killer was, and the showdown was great, even though it was a bit tense. I like Tara’s possible love interest and will be interested in reading the next book and seeing her uncle shop become a reality.

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

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Summer COYER Reading Challenge

A blog I follow, the (un)Conventional Bookworms, posted about the newest COYER (Clean Out Your E-Reader) Challenge, only this one for summer will be covering much more than just e-readers. It sounds like anything you read will work. Heck, why not? (Says the crazy one who has joined a boatload of challenges this year). This is where you go to sign up.

Here are some basics I’ve copied from the original site: (after these two paragraphs, check out the entire lineup of fun at Because Reading Is Better Than Real Life’s sign-up post.

The Rules

  1. You must create a sign-up post anytime between now and July 6th – on blog, goodreads, fb, google+, etc. Yes, that means you can sign up until July 6th! But don’t wait, you’ll miss most of the fun!
  2. You must link to the sign-up linky below (don’t link to your blog, link to the sign-up post).
  3. You must review books somewhere & link the reviews to the review linky to be eligible for one of the grand prize giveaways.
  4. Have Fun!

Normally you’re only allowed to read eBooks that were less than $5 for COYER, but since this is Summer Vacation you can read whatever you want! To be clear, here are some questions you may be asking…

  • Can I read a book that cost $10? Yes!
  • Are Tour books and Author Review books ok? Yes! Yes!
  • Can I read a paperback? An audio book? An eBook? Yes! Yes! Yes!

Getting the idea? There really are very few rules here. For those that just want to do your standard summer vacation, you can enter your reviews on the review linky and each entry on a linky will be worth 1 entry. So if you’ve added your link there, you’re in the first giveaway for your choice of a $10 gift card to Amazon or B&N. But if you want have to have some REAL fun… we have Treasure Hunt!

Back to my own content. This is where I’ll keep track of books along with linking them as per the instructions on the site above. They’re planning on a Treasure Hunt, four read-a-thons as well as three Twitter parties, Facebook activities and an Instagram challenge for August. I’d recommend signing up to get emails from the Because site, since it sounds like it’ll be too fun to miss!

Sifting Through Clues–review

This is the eighth book in the Cookbook Nook series by Daryl Wood Gerber. It’s definitely one of my favorite cozy series, and I just love the characters, especially Aunt Vera! This latest installment definitely didn’t disappoint, and like always, I didn’t guess the killer. Daryl has the red herring art down to a science, that’s for sure. There are quite a few in the series that I haven’t read yet, but aside from knowing some of the future things already, I can easily go back and catch up.

My Goodreads review:

Sifting Through Clues (A Cookbook Nook Mystery 8)Sifting Through Clues by Daryl Wood Gerber

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What an awesome roller coaster ride of a book! Just when I thought I knew who did it, another red herring would distract me. Jenna definitely had her hands full this time with her friend Bailey ready to deliver any week now, a book club festival event, and now the murder of one of the town shop owners.

I loved the whole book club theme–how awesome would it be to have tents and tents of book sellers at a festival? Pepper had a side story going on with a guy she’d been dating, and Cinnamon had a story as well with someone from her past and her mom’s past showing up in town. Jenna wondered if it had anything to do with the murder. The showdown happened in the Nook Cafe and it was pretty epic. For once, Jenna wasn’t alone with the perp or having to figure out how to fend them off. Cinnamon again had to grudgingly thank her for her help. The end of the book was so sweet. Bailey and Tito became parents. Aunt Vera had a wonderful surprise for Jenna and Rhett…because she’s just awesome that way!

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The Body in the Wetlands–review

This is the second cozy mystery in the Jazzi Zanders series by Judi Lynn, who is usually a romance writer. It’s always interesting to see what kind of house flip that Jazzi and her cousin Jerod are working on, along with Jazzi’s hot boyfriend, Ansel who longs to be so much more than just a live-in boyfriend. The mystery again was very good and I hadn’t figured it out due to the great red herrings the author planted. I like Jazzi a lot. She’s a strong character, doesn’t take garbage from anyone–and she’s smart enough to always set her security system and lock doors. I’ve already preordered book 3! Oh, George the pug got a couple of tiny roommates in this book. No worries, he likes cats. 😉

My Goodreads review:

The Body in the Wetlands (A Jazzi Zanders Mystery #2)The Body in the Wetlands by Judi Lynn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jazzi Zanders had hoped that finding a body in the attic of their last renovation house was the last time that would happen, but of course, no such luck. When an elderly neighbor of her sister’s disappeared, his dog led Jazzi to a shallow grave of two other people, one of whom had been missing for a few weeks. It was only a guess as to what could have happened to the older man. Once again, Jazzi was called on by Det. Gaff to go with him and ask questions. He does seem like a detective who is easy to please, but he’s no slacker on his job and shows up promptly when Jazzi needs to talk to him. It was cute how he and his wife came to Jazzi’s pond to go swimming.

I hadn’t really guessed completely who the killer was, but by the near-showdown, I knew although I still didn’t know why. Thanks to a smart move by Jazzi, nothing happened. I kind of like when the arrest is made off-screen so to speak. It’s a little different. Everything was neatly wrapped up and the good detective once again thanked Jazzi, Ansel and Jerod. It seems odd that Gaff doesn’t have an actual police partner, but hey it’s fiction and it’s different and a little unique. These characters are becoming like old friends to return to. I especially like the Sunday meals that Jazzi and her family shares at her house. I’m looking forward to the next book!

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