The Vanishing Type review

This is the fifth book in the Secret, Book & Scone Society Mysteries by one of my all-time favorite authors, Ellery Adams who’s written a seriously large amount of cozy mystery series that you can see by clicking her name to go to her Goodreads profile. I’ve enjoyed this particular series since it first came out, so I’m always caught up by the time I read the newest ARC. Reading one of these books (or any of Ms. Adams’ books) is like visiting old friends again. 

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My Goodreads review:

 The Vanishing Type (Secret, Book, & Scone Society, #5)The Vanishing Type by Ellery Adams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Whenever I read the latest in this series, it’s always so easy to go back and visit with these amazing book club ladies. They’re all so awesome, I can’t even pick who’d be my favorite friend because I have fave things about each one of them. And that Sheldon, I just love his character! I really liked that Nora and McCabe were getting closer and how they were able to sleuth together. Everyone always got some part of the sleuthing to do.

Hester was happy to be engaged to Jasper, but that happiness didn’t last although it wasn’t anything that Jasper did. Hester’s past came back to haunt her in a very weird way that resulted in murder.

Not gonna give away any of the secrets you’ll learn when you read this, but it was super interesting and kept my attention the whole way. I hadn’t figured out who the killer was but it definitely made sense. Wow, what a showdown that just about all the friends had a part in including McCabe who thankfully got there when needed.

It’s great how there’s always a comforting ending with the friends all gathered for the explanation while enjoying good food and each other’s company. This series always causes a great book hangover!

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

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Mining for Murder review

This is the third book in the Happy Camper Mystery series by Mary Angela (author of the Professor Prather cozy mysteries), and it’s quickly become a favorite series. I just love all the key players and pets. Zo’s cat George cracks me up sometimes, and now that Max has a sweet but not-really-controlled rescue German Shepherd named Scout, George learned to avoid and just hiss at Scout who’d just like to be friends. Scout might not be too trained to stay off people aka obnoxiously friendly and stop kissing them, but she sure knew what to do with a perp. I absolutely can’t wait for more books in this series!

My Goodreads review:

Mining for Murder (A Happy Camper Mystery Book 3)Mining for Murder by Mary Angela
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Who killed the book collector and why was the question at hand after Zo and Hattie found a body at the bottom of the cliff. In this book, Brady the police chief seemed quite a bit more agreeable working with Max than he ever did before. He got in his usual snark about why didn’t Max go back to his forest and stuff like that, but there was more of an actual teamwork going on which I liked a lot better than the previous tension between them.

One of the side stories was always that of Zo’s parentage, and I was so happy to see she got some good closure in that respect. She and Max always made for a great sleuthing team. I guess he figured he’d be better off joining her than trying to talk her out of investigating lol.

The whodunit was a surprise for me, and it was just a good thing Max’s dog Scout was along for the showdown because she was super helpful. I liked Brady’s reaction after seeing the dog in action too! The very ending was really sweet, and now I’m more eager than ever to read the next book!

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

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Death by Chocolate Chip Cupcake review

This is the fifth book in the Death by Chocolate series by Sarah Graves, and I gotta say, it’s my favorite so far! It was seriously addicting to keep reading just to see what was happening next at the creepy house where Jake and Ellie had a catering gig. One of the side stories was the girls crunching numbers to try and keep the Moose open all winter and coming up with new, enticing items to keep the locals interested. Once Mika got into making Ellie’s idea of chocolate pizza, it was like there was no stopping her. There was one scene at Cliff House that just cracked me up involving chocolate pizza and the stealing of said chocolate pizza. You’ll have to read and see which scene I was laughing at. This whole book was just awesome and the perfect cozy-spooky adventure.

My Goodreads review:

Death by Chocolate Chip Cupcake (A Death by Chocolate Mystery, #5)Death by Chocolate Chip Cupcake by Sarah Graves
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow was this ever an adventure! I think it’s probably been Jake and Ellie’s most exciting one so far from the creepy old house where they were doing a dessert catering gig to the narrow and spooky escapes they managed to execute. Someone in that house was leaving a pile of bodies as they went, so I didn’t blame Jake and Ellie one bit for trying to figure it out by leaving first. That is, if they didn’t die trying! Loved every minute of it and I couldn’t put it down!

There were so many great twists and turns it was a little hard at times to keep up, but it was the good kind of trying to keep up. Very nail biting in a good way too and as always, they wrapped everything up at the end explaining any hanging threads. I loved how Jake’s dad even got in on the action up at Cliff House to try and help.

At times I felt like the characters might be getting some closure, but I haven’t heard anything about the series ending, so I do hope it continues, although I have to admit it’d be hard to write another adventure that’s more hair-raising than this one was!

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

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Cheddar Off Dead review

This is the first book in a brand new cozy series, The Cheese Shop Mysteries by new cozy author, Korina Moss. I think she did a great job on her first book and was really happy to see we don’t have to wait a whole year for another book. Gone for Gouda releases September 27, 2022, and I know I’m pretty excited to read more about these characters I’m already thinking of as friends.

My Goodreads review:

Cheddar Off Dead: A Cheese Shop MysteryCheddar Off Dead: A Cheese Shop Mystery by Korina Moss
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this new cozy author’s first book offering! I did make a point of reading a short cozy mystery she wrote that was in an anthology, and I really liked her writing in that, so I knew I’d enjoy this book. The characters grabbed me from the beginning, and I just loved how Willa and her three new friends sleuthed together. It was especially fun to read about her and Baz sleuthing together. He apparently reminded her of her brother. Baz was protective of her just like her brother would’ve been if he lived there.

I found the book hard to put down at times and just kept reading. To me it didn’t seem to drag or go too slow. There were just the right amount of details and description, although I gotta admit I’m not really interested in the ins and outs of the cheese biz, but that was easy to skim through. I’m really invested in these characters though. They make me smile!

The showdown was an exciting one, and I didn’t really know until Willa did whodunit. It’s amazing how an inanimate object can help in a showdown, lol. I absolutely can’t wait for the next book!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by St. Martin’s Paperbacks via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

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Three Shots to the Wind review

This is the third book in the Chloe Jackson, Sea Glass Saloon Mysteries by Sherry Harris who also wrote the Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mysteries. I’m really enjoying this series a lot and how the characters have developed since the first book. I honestly liked the key players from the get-go, but it’s been fun watching them grow and change. Chloe and Rip are such a cute couple, and I can’t wait to see what their future holds!

My Goodreads review:

Three Shots to the Wind (Chloe Jackson Sea Glass Saloon Mystery Book 3)Three Shots to the Wind by Sherry Harris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved catching up with Chloe and the gang and seeing how life in January is for the Emerald cove residents–and visitors. Several interesting visitors came along during the course of the book, two of which helped add some good comic relief to some of the scenes. I like Chloe and Rip as a couple, they’re so stinking cute! And I really love that Vivi’s coming around in only the way Vivi can as far as being nicer to Chloe and at one point fiercely defending her. She’s a good mama bear to have on your side, that’s for sure! I have a feeling she and Chloe might actually get to be fairly good friends in time. I know she probably intimidates the life out of Chloe as only Vivi can do. (She makes me think of Angela Channing on Falcon Crest lol).

All Chloe wanted to do was clear poor Rip of any blame in her ex-fiancé’s death. There was a huge assortment of suspects to pick from, but I sure didn’t see the whodunit coming! The showdown was exciting and a little tense but just right. I enjoyed the very ending and hope that there’ll be many more adventures for Chloe and Rip in future books.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by Kensington Cozies via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own. The book releases next Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

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Pleading the Fish review

This is the seventh (and sadly the last) book in the Seaside Café series by Bree Baker who’s also known as Julie Anne Lindsey, Julie Chase and Jacqueline Frost in the other cozy mysteries she’s written. She did the best/innovative ending for a series that I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. If you’ve followed the whole series like I’ve done, you’re gonna want some tissues for the very last parts. One part in particular got me, but as I said in the GR review, a book cry always equals a good thing!

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My Goodreads review:

Pleading the Fish (Seaside Café Mysteries, #7)Pleading the Fish by Bree Baker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I knew going into this book I was eagerly waiting for it but dreading when it was over. The way the author gave this series its sendoff was just amazing and so perfect! I absolutely loved the ending and I’m not gonna lie, there was a LOT of eye leakage at one point, but hey it’s beloved series and having a good book cry is perfectly fine. I know I can revisit the series anytime I want simply by reading it again.

Everly got into a real pickle this time when hunting down the killer. The showdown was epic and so cool that her self-defense training with Grady came in handy. There was a side story involving Amelia and some good news she’d gotten as well as the aunts who were at first avoiding some guy they thought was stalking Clara. But that turned out as good news as well.

I’ve never read the total ending of a series that I liked as well as this one! As I said before, it was absolutely perfect! I’m not going to give away one little clue ’cause you’ll need to read it to really appreciate it! I may have picked up the ARC for this book so I could read it sooner, but I’m definitely buying the Amazon digital version of it too. It’s that worth it!

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Under Lock and Skeleton Key review

This is the first book in the Secret Staircase Mysteries by a new-to-me and very talented author Gigi Pandian. Her storytelling is amazing, and I could actually picture the places and secret rooms she described. It’d be so cool to have a room like Tempest’s that was secretly accessible and super private. I’m looking forward to visiting with Tempest and her family again!

My Goodreads review:

Under Lock & Skeleton Key (Secret Staircase Mystery, #1)Under Lock & Skeleton Key by Gigi Pandian
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a such a cool mystery and I loved what the Secret Staircase Construction company did with buildings. I thought Tempest’s secret quarters in the house were especially awesome. I was glad to see she was able to make amends with an old friend now that she was home, and I just loved her grandparents. Grandpa was so funny how he was always wanting to feed people, must be a grandpa thing! I could definitely see why Nancy Drew was one of Tempest’s favorites since all Nancy did was find mysterious staircases, attics and rooms similar to what Tempest’s dad’s company built. Tempest’s former occupation of illusionist was a unique one for a cozy main character too.

The characters were great, and I enjoyed the whole search for the killer. It took a lot of winding paths to finally get to the answer which was something I sure didn’t see coming. I loved how Tempest came to her decision at the end and can see this being a fun and cool series I’ll want to read more in!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by Minotaur/St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

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Saddled Up 4 Murder review

This is the ninth book in the Sophie Kimball Mystery series by J.C. Eaton aka husband and wife team of Ann Goldfarb and Jim Clapp. I love that they actually live in Sun City West, AZ and know firsthand what it’s like to live there from the weather to the neighbors and tourists.

I’ve learned more about them from being in a Facebook cozy mystery group they’re part of, but you can read their bio in the link above. I’ve read a couple books in their Wine Trail Mysteries series and really like those characters too.

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My Goodreads review:

Saddled Up 4 Murder (A Sophie Kimball Mystery, #9)Saddled Up 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I always end up laughing when I read a book in this series. Between the book club ladies and that little scamp Streetman, I’m always giggling at something! I can just picture Phee running around like she’s putting out fires first with the ladies, then her mom, and having to deal with Streetman’s just the icing on the cake, well for comedy reasons, not for Phee’s sanity, lol.

I wasn’t sure how horse thefts and the murder at hand connected, but I was pretty sure I was gonna find out because these authors are great at tying up loose ends and making things connect just right. I loved how Streetman got to play a pretty important part in one section of the takedown. He’s such a stinker but it’s good he’s like that sometimes! I hadn’t guessed the killer either. Ann and Jim are always good for a great surprise.

I know the series switched publishers, but I’m so happy the covers remained fairly the same. While the art looks a touch different, it’s still captured the cuteness and rascally-ness of Streetman as well as the Arizona landscape. I literally can’t wait until a future book with Phee’s wedding, but I’m really more eager to see what Streetman does. I’m sure his picture on the cover’s going to be awesome since Harriet’s already got his outfit planned. If it was ever possible to feel like a second fiddle at your own wedding, I have a feeling Phee’s gonna feel like that, lol. But it’ll be such fun!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by Beyond the Page Publishing via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own. This book releases Tuesday, March 15, 2022.

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Front Page Murder review

This is the very first in a new series called Hometown News Mysteries by Joyce St. Anthony who’s better known in the cozy world as Joyce Tremel, author of the three-book Brewing Trouble series. I remember I really enjoyed the first book and wanted to get back to that series. But I sure never expected to love this historical cozy like I did! I’d grabbed it from NetGalley thinking it looked interesting. I believe I might’ve researched the Joyce St. Anthony name and realized I wasn’t reading a total newbie. But I hadn’t realized until later it was historical. I was pleasantly surprised to enjoy it so much! In a way, I’m glad I didn’t read the blurb on NG that time, or I might’ve missed out on a great read by leaving it behind.

The name of book 2 is Death on a Deadline. If you follow that link it’ll take you to Joyce’s website where if you scroll a little, you’ll see the awesome cover and release date of November 8, 2022. I sure hope this series goes over well enough that she can at least make it a trilogy like Brewing Trouble was.

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My Goodreads review:

Front Page Murder (A Homefront News Mystery)Front Page Murder by Joyce St. Anthony
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I honestly hadn’t expected to like this since historical cozies aren’t really my thing. But I gotta say, this was absolutely awesome and now ranks up there with the handful of historical cozies I’ve actually enjoyed not just endured. I was really excited at the end when I started poking around online to see if there was another book in the works. I was super happy to find out it comes out November 8.

Irene was a super likable, very strong young character who’d had to mature quickly, but I liked that she was flawed enough not to be completely perfect. Meaning I kinda figured out who the kingpin was before she did, and I don’t think I’m that good. I feel it was planned to show that even strong people can have times of weakness or where they don’t always add everything up. Lily was a sweetheart of a little sister, and I really liked Katherine’s character after a certain point in the book. Peggy was a great bestie to have and made for a good sleuth partner even though she was pretty nervous about it.

There was a lot of good action, and it never felt like the story was dragging. I loved the showdown and who was on hand to help with it! The book releases tomorrow, so if you enjoy reading historical cozies set in WWII, this is for you. Heck, I didn’t even realize it was for me because I’m not a big history nut, but I guess the 1940s are just recent enough that they don’t seem too weird as compared to some 19th century history cozies I’ve tried to read. The key characters were so likable, I’m really hoping that Irene’s dad and fiancé Bill make it home safely. Oh and that crazy Sylvia! I wouldn’t mind seeing her in the next book as well as Katherine.

The language and conversation flowed nicely and wasn’t a bit uppity like I’ve sometimes found with other eras. I shocked my husband by actually asking him a few things about WWII (since he’s the history nut in the family lol!) then explained I’d just read a really good mystery stressing how it was fiction though, haha.

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

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Wedding Bell Blues review

This is the thirteenth book in the long-running and beloved Tourist Trap Mysteries by Lynn Cahoon, author of some other cozy series I love as well. Like her other series, this one has always been like visiting old friends again when I start to read. These are characters I’d want to be friends with or hang out with. The books are more than just mysteries. They’re a look into the lives of Jill and her employees which she awesomely treats like part of her family. I like that friends/employees as family theme as seen in all this author’s series.

My Goodreads review:

Wedding Bell Blues (A Tourist Trap Mystery #13)Wedding Bell Blues by Lynn Cahoon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I always love a visit to South Cove to see old book friends Jill and her crew. When Jill and her aunt stumbled onto the latest dead body, they had no idea what a twisty case it’d turn out to be. I’m not even close to being caught up in real time for this series, but I did know Jill and Greg were engaged, so when I saw the ARC at NetGalley and the title, I couldn’t resist!

Meanwhile, Jill and Greg were attending the engagement party being thrown for them, besides what a good way to pick up on clues, right? I wanted to like Harper the dress designer, but there was just something off about her which a good twist later on definitely explained.

I just love that feisty Aunt Jackie, and now her new husband Harrold who seems to adore her. Deek makes a great bookstore employee, and I hope he eventually becomes an author like he wants, but I’d love to see him stay on. He was so good with the kids and the crowd at the store’s readathon!

The showdown was exciting and as always, Jill kinda got in the middle of things and could’ve gotten killed…again. But it still ended well, and hopefully between now and the next book, I’ll be able to get even more caught up with the series.

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