The Uninvited Corpse–review

This is the first in a new series by Debra Sennefelder that was released earlier this year. What a fun start! I hope you’ll like the characters as much as I did.

My Goodreads review:

The Uninvited CorpseThe Uninvited Corpse by Debra Sennefelder

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was an awesome first book in this new series! I immediately was drawn to the characters and their chemistry with each other. And who doesn’t love it when the pet (a dog in this case) saves the day and nabs the killer? I didn’t guess the killer until the clues pointed that way, great twist.

Hope Early was a lifestyle and food blogger who had just moved back to her hometown of Jefferson, CT. When a local realtor woman was killed in a friend’s home, and Hope’s sister was the main suspect, Hope knew she’d have to work fast to get to the real killer before her fashionable sister ended up wearing orange for the foreseeable future. After another body was found and a couple of attempts were made on Hope’s life, would she even be able to prove her sister’s innocence?

I thought it was sweet that Hope had gone to school with police chief Ethan and had a comfortable friendship type relationship, even though she admitted only to herself she has feelings for him. Although what cozy mystery would be complete without a triangle right? Now there’s also lawyer Matt, who is also handsome as Ethan. Part of me says Team Ethan, but I’m anxious to get to know Matt a little better too. I just loved how Hope, her reporter friend Drew and her mystery author friend, Jane would meet and discuss the case. Jane may have been older, but she had a good head for mysteries and seemed to put them on the right path. Her sister Claire is every bit the fashionista and not one bit crafty like Hope, who makes a living blogging about food, crafts and home. But the two sisters love each other fiercely as Hope showed when she tried to figure out who the real killer was.

I’m anxious to read the next book and spend more time with these delightful characters I’ve just met!

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Midnight Snacks Are Murder–review

This is the second book in the Poppy McAllister series by Libby Klein, and it might even be funnier than the first one! I finished the first one just about a month ago and finally got a chance to read and review this one. It was another awesomely fun read!

My Goodreads review:

Midnight Snacks are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery #2)Midnight Snacks are Murder by Libby Klein

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was awesome going back to visit Aunt Ginny and Poppy at Cape May. I think this may have been even funnier than the first book. I know I spent plenty of time snickering or laughing out loud as I read. There was no shortage of suspects, even though they focused on Aunt Ginny. I definitely hadn’t guessed who the killer was.

Poppy’s B&B was slowly making it into reality as her crew worked on fixing up the old Victorian of Aunt Ginny’s. She ended up with more than house repairs on her hands when Ginny started sleepwalking and stealing food and little trinkets from the neighbors while taking her prescription sleeping pills. When she thought it was taken care of by switching to alternative medicine, Ginny was accused of killing a local humanitarian, and once again, Poppy felt she needed to investigate and prove her aunt’s innocence. Not only did she have that to juggle, but toss in her deceased husband’s mom showing up and barking out commands (since she was an investor in the B&B) and her two handsome boyfriends who finally met.

I could picture this all playing out, all these crazy things Aunt Ginny was getting into. At one point, she was on house arrest with an ankle bracelet and it was just so comical to read about her escape attempts. As much as I can’t stand Georgina (Poppy’s mother-in-law) it was hilarious to see the different names she called Smitty (the contractor) because she didn’t seem to be able to remember his name. The mystery was a good one, lots of people weren’t what they seemed on the outside, but finally the killer was taken down, literally, by of all people, Aunt Ginny herself.

For anyone that needs to bake gluten-free there are some recipes from Poppy’s own kitchen in the back of the book, along with a little sneak preview of the next book, “Restaurant Weeks Are Murder” which, according to Amazon, releases in February.

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Freshly Ground Murder–review

This is the third book in the Killer Coffee series by well-known author, Tonya Kappes. She has quite a few series she’s written, and they all take place in a small town in Kentucky, which I just love reading about. Her style is relaxed and lots of fun. This book made it feel like Christmas in August! (minus the snow, not ready for that yet!)

My Goodreads review:

Freshly Ground Murder (Killer Coffee #3)Freshly Ground Murder by Tonya Kappes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was such a good Christmas mystery! I could just picture this sweet little town at Christmas with a big tree and Patrick being Santa Claus. I just love visiting Honey Springs, KY! They sure know how to do Christmas right.

The town of Honey Springs was getting ready for the Christmas festival. At the official town tree lighting ceremony, a pair of feet and legs were sticking out from under the big tree. One of their own townspeople had been killed and placed under that tree. The lawyer in Roxy couldn’t help once more being part of the investigation, even though Spencer, the sheriff, wasn’t crazy about her interfering. This time when an attempt was made on her life, she backed off. Thanks to someone else, the police were informed, the arrest was made and Christmas continued as planned.

I really enjoy all these characters and it was pretty exciting that the series is going to have a couple of new characters as well. I always get a kick out of shop employee Bunny and Aunt Maxi fussing with each other–they’re really friends, but they like to pick at each other sometimes. Emily, the girl who was working for Roxy in the last book, got some really good news which made me happy too. I hope the next book is set in the spring and that it includes a wedding!

I didn’t pick out the killer till close to the end and I believe it was probably when we were supposed to be putting the clues together anyway. It was a great twist that really surprised me. I’m anxiously waiting for the next in this series and I can’t wait to attend the book discussion on this book!

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Death of a Lobster Lover–review

Once again I’ve hopped line and didn’t continue in order so I could take part in a book discussion. It’s not really so terrible. I just have to keep convincing my brain of that, since my brain likes things orderly. I have actually read the first in this series and will get back to book 2, sooner than later, I hope.

This is the ninth book in the long-running Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails series by Lee Hollis, a brother and sister team made up of Rick Copp and Holly Simason. Another great series set in Maine, which is on my list of places to-see!

My Goodreads review:

Death of a Lobster Lover (Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery, #9)Death of a Lobster Lover by Lee Hollis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I honestly couldn’t put this down and read it just today. I had only read the first book in the series, but I was happy to see there were no mystery spoilers in this one about any of the previous books.

Hayley and her two best friends, Mona and Liddy, were going on a girls’ weekend trip to nearby Salmon Cove. The cabin they were to stay in turned out to be not much more than a rustic shack with no indoor bathroom. A cute reporter that Liddy had just met was murdered at the lobster bake and despite the nasty mannered Sheriff Daphne, Hayley felt like they needed to find out just why this man was murdered. Little did she know what kind of a hornet’s nest of secrets this would turn into, especially after another man was found dead and Liddy went missing! Mona had taken up with her former friend Corey who lived in Salmon Cove. He was so cute and nice that she was afraid she’d forget she was married.

The case was finally solved and finally the sheriff gave Hayley some little approval for helping bring down a killer. The book has some of Hayley’s newspaper columns and recipes sprinkled at the ends of some of the chapters. I thought it was a nice touch to use the very last one as an epilogue for this story, which turned out a little sad, but it brought true closure to the case.

This book was so hilarious in places! Liddy is an absolute hoot without meaning to be one when she goes on one of her rants and tirades. All three of them are so different from each other but these girls are true blue friends.

I thought the plot was really well written and complex enough to have a lot of stuff going on, but I wasn’t confused about it like I can be when there’s a lot going on. I hadn’t picked out the killer(s) either and I loved the little sting operation at the end with Hayley and the sheriff. I jumped out of order (as usual) in this series for a discussion on the book, lol. I hope to get back to the second book soon!

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Death on the Menu–review

This is the eighth book the in Key West Food Critic series written by Lucy Burdette. It’s interesting to note that the author was putting the finishing touches on this book, the Keys were right in target of Hurricane Irma. Her acknowledgements are interesting since she really knows people that characters in the book are named after. Be sure and read that section at the end–it might be fun to read it first!

My Goodreads review:

Death on the Menu (Key West Food Critic Mystery, #8)Death on the Menu by Lucy Burdette

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had only read the first Hayley Snow book and it’s been quite awhile so pretty much all these characters were new to me, but I really loved the chemistry between Hayley and Nathan! Heck I’m giving this 5 stars mainly because the author’s writing and plotting is excellent and I absolutely loved the killer showdown/sting and the happy ending to the book.

I wasn’t particularly interested in the premise of the Havana/Key West conference since I am not interested in politics or government especially in a cozy mystery, but I did realize that some of the history being told did have to do with the outcome of the book and finding the real killer. I am definitely going to go back and read through the first book again and start making my way through this series. I really do love Hayley, she’s funny and smart, she’s sometimes a train wreck waiting to happen…but she’s a great daughter and a fiercely loyal friend. I want to read her journey that got her from just getting a recipe column in a small paper and ending up accused of murder, to where she is today in her career and to the point of the ending of this book, which again was so darn awesome! I am dying to tell someone but I won’t, since it would spoil it for those who have read the series in order (like I usually want to do-reason follows).

I was provided a hardback copy of this book to read and review from the publisher via a review group I’m in. My opinions are my own, I didn’t promise to love it but I guess it turned out that I did!

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Purrder She Wrote–review

This is the second book in the Cat Cafe series written by Cate Conte (aka Liz Mugavero of Pawsitively Organic series fame). I love how she made a reference in this book to the Pawsitively Organic store in Connecticut where the pet store in this book was buying some of their pet treats. This was another really enjoyable book and I didn’t want it to end! It’s going to be so hard waiting almost a year for the next book!

My Goodreads review:

Purrder She Wrote (Cat Cafe Mystery, #2)Purrder She Wrote by Cate Conte

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Only two months had passed since the last book and it was still summer on Daybreak Island, MA. Maddie’s business partner Ethan had joined her in the cat cafe venture, while they still had the juice bar business thriving in San Francisco. Ethan took to the town and people like a natural and everyone loved his baking and his coffee that they served to the people who came to play with cats or look at cats to see if they wanted to adopt one. The business seemed to have taken off really well.

When the murder of a wealthy socialite occurred after that woman and Maddie’s volunteer Adele had words about the woman wanting to adopt a cat, the police zoned in on Adele for the murder. Adele had trained a young college-age girl to work with the cats. Her name was Gigi and she took up the slack and worked hard. Maddie thought she seemed a little odd and even scared when it came to her mother, Felicia, who had asked if she could do catering there at the cafe. Along with trying to snoop around to clear Adele’s name, Maddie had the construction project on her plate, the hospital gala that her dad had pleaded with her to help him with and driving the van for her animal control friend Katrina delivering pet food to those on the neighboring islands who couldn’t make ends meet. Maddie also wanted to know what her daddy’s-boy-brother-in-law had to do with all this mess, since he was the one who called in the murder.

There was a really fun twist at the end during the showdown which for a change didn’t seem dangerous. I had randomly thought of the person who was the killer but I had nothing at that point to back it up. But it definitely wasn’t who I had hoped it would be. Adele obviously came back to work and now the construction could begin in turning the garage into a cafe and making some changes inside the house–which was all provided for by the unknown benefactor whose other stipulation was to remain anonymous, so I guess we readers will probably not find that out either–although I still am suspecting someone in particular. The first stipulation was that Grandpa and Maddie turn the house into something to benefit stray cats.

I just love Grandpa even more in this book. He’s so fun and sneaky in how he does his own little investigating using his man cave for an office, but he loves his family like crazy and would do anything for them. I liked getting to know Maddie’s parents a little better too. They’re really nice people and if it wasn’t for having to always please rich people on the hospital board that employed him, I think her dad would be a lot more relaxed! We got to know her middle sister, Val, pretty well in this story. I hope her friendship with Ethan continues because it sure seems they’re more suited for each other than Val and Cole!

I’m going to have a really hard time waiting for the next book–in the back of this book it says it comes out summer of 2019. I do have plenty of other cozies to read, but I could easily have binged into a third book! 😉

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Cat About Town–review

This is the first book in the Cat Cafe series by Cate Conte, who may be better known as Liz Mugavero who writes the Pawsitively Organic series. I had been wanting to start this series, so when I ordered the second book in the Cat Cafe series and had requested it from NetGalley, I had a feeling I’d want to read this first book first.

My Goodreads review:

Cat About Town: A Cat Cafe MysteryCat About Town: A Cat Cafe Mystery by Cate Conte

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was such a fun setting and mystery! I just loved that Maddie came to help her grandpa and ended up staying there. I hope the next book reveals the mysterious benefactor.

Maddie James was back home on Daybreak Island off the coast of Massachusetts for her grandma’s funeral. She was staying with her Grandpa Leo, who had been the town’s former chief of police and found out that the president of the chamber of commerce was badgering him to sell his home that had been in their family for generations, just for the land it sat on. On the other hand, some unknown benefactor was paying for the roof to be replaced along with some other repairs. When this chamber president ends up dead, there was no shortage of suspects, since no one in town really liked him or his treatment of some of the small businesses who didn’t see eye to eye with his forward-moving plans. When another body turned up, Maddie knew she’d have to keep checking into things. Hopefully she would live to catch the killer…or were there two since there were two killings?

Everything came together at the end with the perp(s) caught and Grandpa’s new job revealed. He got an offer from an unknown source to fix up his home if he turned it into a cat cafe. Maddie, being great with business and having an awesome business partner in California, realized that this was something she was being called to do.

There were some really awesome characters in this book that I quickly fell in love with, one of course being Grandpa. What a sweetheart! I’d like to see more of Maddie’s sisters and learn something more about them. I thought Leopard Man was pretty cool. Eccentric, weird but that man is no dummy.

I can’t wait to read the next book and hopefully find out who this kind person was that was helping Grandpa–I have my own theory as to what person it might be. I’m also anxious to see if Maddie ends up choosing one of the three men she’s come into contact with now that she was back home, or if she just hangs out with them as friends. Two of them showed more interest in her as far as dating. I think I’m Team Craig because I just like the whole idea of getting back together with a high school sweetheart. But only the author knows for sure. I hope this series will continue beyond book 2.

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