The Diva Spices It Up review

This is the thirteenth book in the Domestic Diva series by Krista Davis. This is one of my favorite series by one of my many favorite authors, and I really enjoyed this installment a lot. It was great how everyone worked together on this case, sort of a multi-generational case! There were some side mysteries, but it all came together nicely.

My Goodreads review:

The Diva Spices It Up (A Domestic Diva Mystery, #13)The Diva Spices It Up by Krista Davis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Like all the Domestic Diva series, this was a really fun read. I loved how the two senior ladies in town, Eunice and Francie teamed up as investigators too. Sophie’s friend Wolf, the police sergeant has been conferring with her on different investigations, and it’s always cool how Sophie and all her friends get involved in the mysteries.

Sophie was working as a cookbook ghostwriter for a wealthy former actress who loved cooking. There were all kinds of great red herrings, possible spies? Well, it was the DC area, and that was to be expected, but sweet little Eunice surprised Sophie with her knowledge of said spies. I just love that lady! I always enjoy how the entire mystery from start to finish all comes together at the end. Readers get the entire explanation instead of just Sophie’s conjectures, and there was the usual back-to-life scene at the end. Until next time, Sophie and pals! Although I have most of the series I still have to catch up on, since I came in on it in the middle so I could go to an online book chat. Lots of fun yet to be had!

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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Six Cloves Under review

This is the first book in a brand new series by Gin Jones, and it releases tomorrow, Tuesday April 21, 2020. I was’t sure how I’d like it, because honestly, I’m not a huge fan of garlic other than having it in different recipes. But I found a whole new group of characters to like, well I’m still warming up to Mabel as she warms up to humanity in general lol. I love that cat that she adopted, Pixie’s a good alarm.

I read on Goodreads that the author is working on the third book. Now that I’ve read the first, I’m really anxious to get hold of the second, but I’m sure realistically that won’t happen until next year at this time. (Or hopefully sooner!) I ordered this book but read and reviewed an ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

My Goodreads review:

Six Cloves Under (A Garlic Farm Mystery #1)Six Cloves Under by Gin Jones

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a much different main character than I’ve ever read about as well as a different profession both in her day job and inherited farm job. At first, I didn’t like her much at all. I mean, who doesn’t like hugs? I’m a big introvert, but I like hugging people that are important to me. But as the book progressed, I found that I was agreeing with some of her lines of thinking, and I was even chuckling a little at her dry sense of humor that was sprinkled here and there. Mabel was basically a good person at heart, and I found myself thinking “atta girl” different times as she discovered the right thing to do for all these people who had loved her aunt so much. She was sort of like a computer or robot who did have a human heart after all.

I think Rory was probably my favorite character, because she was just an all-around great friend to people but didn’t take lip from anyone or excuses. She seemed like a good mom to her daughter, Dawn too. I can actually see Mabel becoming close friends with her and maybe even friends with Emily. The showdown with the killer was awesome and one I could just picture! I was surprised at the killer but in a way, not really. Now I’m anxious to read on and see what happens next, although I have no idea when the next book might be out.

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 tomorrow, April 21, 2020.

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Pulp Friction review

This is the second book in another new favorite series, Cider Shop Mysteries by author Julie Anne Lindsey. I’m proud that’s she’s a fellow Ohioan! I really loved this installment of the series and getting to know the characters just a little better. I get a little upset with Winnie sometimes and how she continually defies Colton, the sheriff who now only wants her to be safe. I don’t think she really thinks about being in danger when she impulsively acts. She’s got a heart as big as all outdoors though, and I would still be happy to call someone like her a friend.

My Goodreads review:

Pulp Friction (A Cider Shop Mystery #2)Pulp Friction by Julie Anne Lindsey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m really loving this series thinking this book might just be better than the first one. It definitely had a lot of action going, and Granny got to have a good part in the take down with her friend Delilah. Those two crack me up, and Granny is so funny how she pretends she doesn’t like a man named Owen who loves to come and see her.

Once the book was to a certain point, my suspicions about someone being the killer got stronger. I fell for some of the red herrings along the way. The showdown was exciting, and everything was explained at one point or another…except for a couple of details that I found out toward the end. I don’t want to spoil anything but there’s part of a side story that will hopefully continue through the next book. I’m really hoping we don’t have to wait a whole year. The first book was published last October, this one gets published April 28, so I’m really hoping for another book this fall or winter. I have this Kindle book on order but couldn’t resist reading an early copy of it a couple of weeks ahead.

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Dead on the Vine review

This is the very first book in a new series by Elle Brooke White called the Finn Family Farm Mysteries featuring a woman named Charlotte who inherited a produce farm from her great-uncle Tobias. There were a lot of secrets to be discovered, but with the help of her two besties that she grew up with, Charlotte managed to figure out what was going on. I’m really looking forward to the next book after a very satisfying ending with this one.

My Goodreads review:

Dead on the Vine (A Finn Family Farm Mystery #1)Dead on the Vine by Elle Brooke White

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh my goodness, I gotta say first that I absolutely loved that little pig named Horse! What a little sweetheart. My favorite human character was hands-down Mr. Beau Mason. He was such a hoot and so funny! This book was very well-written, so much so that it could be called written beautifully with the epilogue sounding like the end of a very sweet fairy tale. Although I thought that some of the dialogue sounded a little weird and unrealistic coming from people of any age. It sounded as if they were trying out a lot of new vocabulary words. I guess that was just the writing style, which I eventually got used to.

I wasn’t sure at all who the killer was until Charlotte started putting clues together. I loved that police chief! She was fun, laid-back but knew her job and did it well. She didn’t take lip from anyone, especially the town bully, Wade. I always especially enjoy a book if the main character and the police work together to set up a sting. The ending reminded me of a detective show with all the suspects gathered. When I first started the book, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but by the end of it, I was totally into these characters, and now I’m really anxious 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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Murder at the Taffy Shop review

This is the second book in the fun new Cozy Capers Book Group series by Maddie Day who write the Country Store series under the same name, aka Edith Maxwell. I’m really enjoying this series and definitely recommend reading the first one before this for the most enjoyment. It’s not totally required, because there aren’t any spoilers, but getting to know the characters and Mac’s crazy parrot, Belle, seems more fun that way. I’m super anxious for the third book in the series now.

I did order my own copy from Barnes&Noble (it’s an exclusive now for a year), but I was also sent a paperback ARC from the publisher, @Kensington Publishing, which I voluntarily reviewed, and my opinions are my own.

My Goodreads review:

Murder at the Taffy Shop (Cozy Capers Book Group Mystery, #2)Murder at the Taffy Shop by Maddie Day

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m glad I read the first book recently, because the characters were all still fresh in my mind. Being a new series, I’m sure if I’d read it when the first book came out, I’d have forgotten a lot. I’m not a fan of birds at all, but I just love Belle the gray African parrot! She’s such a hoot and talk about being handy during a killer showdown!

I liked the main characters a lot the first time around, but they’re definitely among my faves now. I hadn’t guessed the killer, so the reveal was a surprise for me. I hope that Mac and Tim can work out their differences, but I think toward the end of the book, it was looking that way. I’m so anxious now for the next book, but I’m pretty sure we’ll have to wait at least a year.

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

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Death of a Blueberry Tart review

This is the twelfth book in the Hayley Powell Food & Spirits series by brother/sister team, Rick Copp and Holly Simason, known as Lee Hollis. I knew the minute that Hayley’s mom Sheila arrived in Bar Harbor that hilarity would reign, especially when she reunited with her old friends who were Mona and Liddy’s mothers, Jane and Celeste. It was a fun treat to watch these ladies sleuth together!

My Goodreads review:

Death of a Blueberry Tart (Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery #12)Death of a Blueberry Tart by Lee Hollis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This series is always funny, but with Hayley, Mona and Liddy’s mothers all together (since they were longtime friends like their girls were), it was extra hilarious. I absolutely loved the showdown which was just too good.

I’ve been reading the series from the beginning but had honestly started it by reading ARCs of the later books. Reading the older books is really funny too, and it’s a wonder that Bruce and Hayley ever got together. Now married, they were dealing with Hayley’s mom who moved in temporarily due to a romantic breakup. Sheila ended up with a sweet ending as did everyone else. I’m anxious to get back to the early books and eventually get caught up, but I’m not holding my breath to be finished before the next book comes out in July lol.

I did preorder the book but voluntarily read this ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

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Revenge Is Sweet review

I really enjoyed the first book of this new series, Vintage Sweets Mysteries. It’s written by Kaye George who is also known as Janet Cantrell who wrote the older Fat Cat series.  The other series that Ms. George pens appear to be more of a suspense nature. I liked the premise for this series, and a Texas location is always fun (since I’ve never been there.) I thought it was pretty cool too that Fredericksburg, TX is a real town. The second Vintage Sweets comes out on June 2, 2020.

My Goodreads review:

Revenge Is Sweet (Vintage Sweets Mysteries #1)Revenge Is Sweet by Kaye George

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a really fun setting and idea for a main character’s job, making vintage candies and sweets from scratch. I did get a little bit confused with the switching back and forth of third person narrating about Tally then Yolanda. (I have no problem with third person though). Sometimes I’d get the information mixed up and wonder why one person didn’t already know this, but I think the idea was for their actions to be very close or nearly simultaneous results. It was better as I got into the book more and switching between the two girls came more naturally.

I had an idea of who the killer was, then I changed my mind due to some clever red herrings along the way. I had it all built in my mind as to why the person I thought was the killer did it and everything, but I was wrong. It’s fun to be wrong though. The showdown achieved its purpose of making me nervous for Tally, but the killer was caught and all was well. I enjoyed reading a little bit of the next book’s first chapter at the end. The recipe given was for Tally’s version of Twinkies. I’m anxious for the next book that’s being released in June, and I’m glad we don’t have to wait a year.

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