Death of a Wicked Witch review

This is the thirteenth book in the Hayley Powell series by brother/sister team Lee Hollis, comprised of Rick Copp and his sister Holly Simason. I’m not caught up in the series yet, but seeing Hayley and Bruce married didn’t ruin it for me in the least. I think this one has to be the most fun I’ve had reading the columns that are included at the end of some of the chapters along with some of Hayley’s food and drink recipes that relate to the column. I liked it that Gemma and her boyfriend came around, and we got to see what she’s been up to.

As with any series, I always recommend starting from the beginning (like I obviously haven’t done, but to be fair, I did read the first book before reading any of the later ARCs.). It gives the  background of the characters and how different relationships came about. Liddy and Mona took a little backseat in this book, although each one did get a fairly important scene. Their best part was in one of the columns though–definitely don’t miss reading those in this book.

My Goodreads review:

Death of a Wicked Witch (Hayley Powell Mystery Book 13)Death of a Wicked Witch by Lee Hollis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was an awesome book for the Halloween season! Not only does Hayley love Halloween, Bruce hates it and so does Liddy which made Hayley’s columns that always appear between chapters even funnier! I really loved reading those this time, and normally they honestly don’t do much for me, but these were different. I laughed out loud at the columns where she told about different Halloween pranks, then there was a bet with Bruce was pretty funny too. I like that she kept them recent.

The mystery itself was a good one! It’s always sad when a nice person gets killed especially one with a yummy food truck. Hayley and Bruce made a great team checking out clues, and even Gemma got in on the act, since she was home from New York with her boyfriend Conner. Gemma had whole issue of her own to deal with, but the outcome was a good one as you’ll see at the end of the book. I hadn’t guessed the killer at all, and Bruce was impressed by his wife during the showdown. The running theme was Hayley trying to get Bruce to stop smoking after he’d quit for a long time before that. The way it was worked into the showdown was great!

I’m still not completely caught up with the series, but it’s one that since I did start out reading the later books as ARCs, I don’t seem to mind going back and reading about how Hayley and Bruce came to be and what the kids got into when they were younger. Liddy and Mona weren’t in the main story much, but Mona got to star in one of the columns which to me was the funniest of any of the columns I’ve read. Super fun and I highly recommend this!

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Tea & Treachery review

I was excited to read the new book that Vicki Delany has out now in a new series called Tea by the Sea. I’m not a tea fan, but I still absolutely love the tearoom and the Cape Cod setting on a cliff overlooking the sea. The main character is Lily who also works for her English grandmother’s B&B which is located close to the tearoom. I loved how her friend Bernie’s book kept changing throughout the story. I’m super anxious for the next book!

My Goodreads review:

Tea & Treachery (Tea by the Sea Mysteries Book 1)Tea & Treachery by Vicki Delany

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I knew I’d love this book as much as I do the author’s other series, and it didn’t disappoint. The setting is amazing, and I really enjoyed the main characters. Rose is another grandmother character I’ve read recently that isn’t quite the loving or huggified grandma that we’re all used to in cozy mysteries–she’ll take some getting used to, but she’s growing on me already because she’s clever and likes to use the old lady card to her advantage sometimes–but she knows her limits and doesn’t abuse it.

Rose had a tremendous love for Lily that she expressed just by looking at her. It was fun that Lily’s bestie, Bernie just moved to Cape Cod to write a book, and she provided a lot of the comic relief by her constant outbursts of how she was changing the book. I got such a kick out of her final decision! She and Rose made the best sleuths, while Lily tried to attend to her tearoom. More than a few times though, they wrangled her into their sleuthing circle. Lily and Bernie had a couple of cute guys interested in them as well, so I hope that progresses well. I liked how Lily evolved in her thinking regarding guys. I could tell she was mellowing 😉 Simon was a sweetie.

I hadn’t guessed the killer, and I liked the little twist dealing with the detectives toward the end. The showdown was great with everyone pitching in to help and catch the killer. I’m really anxious for the next book whenever that happens.

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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From Beer to Eternity review

This is the first book in a brand new series by Sherry Harris of Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mysteries fame. I hadn’t gotten around to reading that series yet, but after reading this book, I’m anxious to finally get to that series. I just love her characters in Emerald Cove on the Emerald Coast of Florida. I had honestly not known there was such a place and now looking at pictures of it, it’s absolutely gorgeous and does look like a sea of emeralds. I can’t wait for the next book in this series!

My Goodreads review:

From Beer to Eternity (Chloe Jackson, Sea Glass Saloon Mystery #1)From Beer to Eternity by Sherry Harris

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really loved this book’s awesome setting and could just picture all those little shops and the marina where Chloe slept. Vivi wasn’t quite the loving grandmotherly person I might have expected, but I think by the end of the book, she was definitely coming around. She could just be someone who isn’t into warm hugs, but she does seem to be fond enough of Chloe seeing how Chloe’s reason for even being there was keeping a promise to her best friend who was Vivi’s grandson, killed in battle. I think my fave character was Joaquin who was the bartender. He’s such an awesome new friend to Chloe. I also hope there’s a future for her of some kind with gorgeous Rhett! I loved the little references comparing the Emerald Coast to Emerald City and how Joaquin was like one of those beloved characters.

There were definitely a lot of suspects and some great red herrings. I got a little sneaky feeling about one of them, and I ended up being right. I enjoyed this author’s fun style so much that now I’m determined to get around to the other series she wrote (which I’ve been collecting-all part of the too many books, too little time thing.) I liked the showdown and how Chloe was able to use something she’d learned in basic self-defense as a librarian. She was very fortunate she was used to running the beach! I’m super anxious now 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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Lineage Most Lethal review

This is the second book in the Ancestry Detective series by S.C. Perkins, and I have to say that I absolutely loved it! Maybe it was the Grandpa angle in it and having Lucy’s grandpa play a big part. Or possibly it was that it was more about Lucy and her family and not so focused on the client family. The first book for some reason just didn’t catch my attention as far as the client’s genealogy went. I liked the client himself just as I liked Pippa in this book. I’m so glad I decided to give the second book a chance, it’s definitely a winner!

My Goodreads review:

Lineage Most Lethal (Ancestry Detective Mystery, #2)Lineage Most Lethal by S.C. Perkins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh I really enjoyed this second book, even more than the first one. I just loved Lucy’s grandpa and his stories about being in the war. I guess because it’s about spies and stuff like that, it kept my interest a lot more than the first book. I liked that it was more Lucy-family-centered with the client’s history overlapping and tying in, but not overpowering and being the main story.

The showdown was so exciting and nail biting. I loved how it wasn’t just one person who saved the day too. The ending was just what I’d hoped for, and I do love how everything was wrapped up in a neat package with all the explanations given. I’m very glad I decided to continue reading in the series! I just hope that Grandpa is back in the next books.

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Murder at the Falls review

This is the third book in the Creature Comforts mysteries by Arlene Kay, and it might be my favorite so far. True therapy dogs seem to be more and more important to society, especially the ones that go to assisted living or nursing homes so those folks can have a warm, furry friend to cuddle if only for an hour or so.

When my mil was still living, she was in a place like that, and the most awesome beagle named Charlie came with his handler every week. The lady used to put Charlie through his paces and little cute tricks routine, then he was available for hugging or cuddling, whatever the people wanted to do. I’ll always be a huge fan of these amazing dogs.

My Goodreads review:

Murder at the Falls (Creature Comforts #3)Murder at the Falls by Arlene Kay

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well-written and plotted as with all the books so far in this series. I really liked the idea of the therapy dogs going into the assisted living. Perri and her friends were in for more than just a dog-hugging session when one of the residents ended up being suspected of murder not once, but possibly three times. With reporter Wing Pruett on board, readers are always guaranteed a good sleuthing team. This time they added his friend, an attorney named Micah.

I liked the assisted living resident characters of Irene and Mags a lot. Mags knew her way around tech like a teen and blew away Perri’s preconceived idea that older folks wouldn’t be tech smart. Well played, Mags. Everything led to an exciting showdown making Perri grateful that her friend Babette was such a drama queen.

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Witch Hunt review

This is the first in a new series by Cate Conte who writes the Cat Cafe series, a series that I really love (although I admit, I’m a couple of books behind in it, oops!). I knew I’d like this series too, and it definitely didn’t disappoint. Violet aka Vi was trying to come to grips with an information overload from her witch mother and sister who popped in while Vi was trying to clear herself of being the prime person of interest in a murder. Vi’s sister Zoe turned out to be my favorite secondary character. She’s just fun! And it was cool to see who else in town was actually magical that in the beginning the readers (and Vi) had no clue that they were.

As Liz Mugavero, this author has written the Pawsitively Organic Mysteries series, and I’ve really enjoyed the first two books in that one.

My Goodreads review:

Witch HuntWitch Hunt by Cate Conte

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was an awesome start for a new witchy series (I’m still not sure what the series is called though, since I can’t find it on the GR or Amazon page) by Cate Conte, the author of another favorite series of mine, the Cat Cafe. Violet aka Vi was a great main character and I absolutely loved her mom and sister when they came into her life. I wasn’t thrilled at all with her boyfriend Todd, and I think Syd her bestie could grow on me, but since she was having issues of her own, it wasn’t like the usual sleuth and bestie go sleuthing together.

I hadn’t guessed the killer–there were some great red herrings, and the showdown was very low key, but then it wasn’t like it was a beloved person who they killed or that Vi had been up in this person’s face a lot. Vi had her own suspicions and worries that it could have been some of her friends. Once she learned about the witch world, she was surprised and probably pretty happy that some of her favorite people were witches. This is going to be a great series, and I can’t wait for the next book!

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Still Knife Painting review

This is the first book in a new series by author Cheryl Hollon of the Webb’s Glass Shop series. I thought the whole painting adventure package sounded like a cool business for a cozy mystery main character and very different from any that I’ve read. I really felt bad for Miranda just getting started in this business and having a murder occur in her own farmhouse right away. I’m definitely going to keep reading in this series, and now I really want to start the author’s other series that I’ve been collecting but just haven’t started yet.

My Goodreads review:

Still Knife PaintingStill Knife Painting by Cheryl Hollon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked the idea of someone doing trails, painting and Southern cooking as a type of adventure tour. I’m not sure I’d be thrilled with the trail idea or the moonshine tasting (I’ve tried it in Tennessee and don’t care for it), but the painting sounds fun along with the authentic Southern meal. I liked Miranda a lot but at times, I wondered if she was thinking straight. Her little pup sounded adorable, and I liked the secondary characters of Austin (oh yeah!), Mrs. Hobb–and Sheriff Larson grew on me after a little bit.

I thought I guessed the killer but it was just another red herring. I kind of figured the showdown might happen when it did. It was short but very good. I always enjoy when there’s a wrap-up at the end which in this book took place after the murdered woman’s funeral. There was a little side mystery that got its answer at this time too. I’ll definitely be interested in reading the next book. I think this idea has lots of potential, and what a great setting for lots of different mysteries.

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A Fatal Fiction review

This is the third book in the Deadly Edits series by Kaitlyn Dunnett. I’ve really enjoyed this series and getting know Mikki and her friends. Mikki was on the case this time to clear herself from a murder frame-up, but her nephew Nick was being a helicopter nephew and worried she’d get hurt.

My Goodreads review:

A Fatal Fiction (Deadly Edits #3)A Fatal Fiction by Kaitlyn Dunnett

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve really enjoyed reading about Mikki and her sleuthing in this series. As her nephew who came to make sure she was okay after she was being framed for murder found out, Mikki was one lady who could take care of herself. She was always touched by Nick’s kindness, but she made sure he knew who was in charge at her house. Her friend Darlene wasn’t in the book quite as much as previous books, but she always came in handy for online research.

I knew who I wanted to be guilty and was pretty happy when it happened! The showdown was exciting, and once again, Mikki proved that she wasn’t some goofy old lady who walked blindly into a killer’s trap.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own. The book releases June 30.

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Booked for Death review

This is the first books in a brand new Booklovers B&B series by Victoria Gilbert who also writes the Blue Ridge Library series, one of my personal favorite series. I found these characters to be just as fun, especially Ellen Montgomery, a neighbor to Charlotte who runs the B&B. They made good sleuthing buddies, so I hope they keep going on adventures together.

The book comes out August 11, but it was too tempting to wait that long to read it!

My Goodreads review:

Booked for Death (Booklovers B&B Mysteries #1)Booked for Death by Victoria Gilbert

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was an awesome theme for a B&B setting. I really enjoyed meeting these characters and have decided that Ellen is my favorite. When you read the book, you’ll see why! The aunt that Charlotte had inherited her B&B from was kind of a mysterious lady, and Ellen helped Charlotte discover the truth about her after a guest who ended up dead in the carriage house had threatened to reveal certain truths…although we eventually find out that the guy’s version of the truth was way off.

The killer’s identity definitely caught me by surprise. I liked how Charlotte had gathered all her suspects just like in her favorite classic detective books. The police were in on the showdown, but it still could have gone sideways. I’m anxious to keep reading this series and see what other adventures Charlotte and Ellen get into. I’m sure Julie is a good bestie to Charlotte, but for some reason, I just couldn’t warm up to her like I do the sleuth’s usual sidekick. Probably because in this case, the sidekick turned out to be the very cool 70-something Ellen.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own. The book is scheduled for release on August 11.

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A Sprinkling of Murder review

This is the very first book in a brand new series coming June 30 by Daryl Wood Gerber. She writes several other series, and I always love reading her work. This book was so much fun with a main character who had a fairy who helped her sleuth. There are a lot of amazing-looking recipes at the end of the book…and a preview of the next book!

My Goodreads review:

A Sprinkling of Murder (A Fairy Garden Mystery #1)A Sprinkling of Murder by Daryl Wood Gerber

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I enjoyed the first book in this brand new series so much! I just love Courtney’s playful and sometimes mischievous fairy, Fiona. She really was trying to be good in order to earn her complete adult wings. It was so cool how some people could see her, and others either just didn’t want to believe or were totally ignorant. The whole magical feeling of the story was so much fun. I enjoy the author’s other series and feel that she did a great job with a fantasy mystery and her fairy garden-making research.

I had sort of guessed the killer but their reason was very hidden. I always enjoy a book more when the killer gets caught in a way that doesn’t cause any nail biting or harm to the main character. And it’s great when there’s a wrap-up afterward. It’s going to be hard to wait till next year for the next book, but there was a little preview after all the recipes. And the recipes…they all sound amazing especially those brownies with the salted caramel sauce!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book, and my opinions are my own. The book publishes June 30, 2020.

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