Three Tainted Tea review

This is the third in the newer Kitchen Witch Mysteries by another of my fave cozy authors, Lynn Cahoon. I love her other cozy series and have read something in all of them. Actually the only one I’m not caught up in is the Tourist Trap Mysteries. I’ve always found her characters to be like old friends I want to go back and visit when I read one their books. Mia and her crew are definitely like that!

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My Goodreads review:

Three Tainted Teas (Kitchen Witch Mysteries #3)Three Tainted Teas by Lynn Cahoon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mia had her hands really full this time having to step in as a wedding planner (she couldn’t refuse the huge payment she was being offered, who could?) then become a person of interest in a murder.

When Christina’s character was first introduced, I sure never expected to like her as much as I do! She’s just the best when it comes to Mia and the business as well as being a good friend to her. Like Mia, I dread the day when she’s out of culinary school and possibly ready to move on. Or hopefully Mia’s business might do so well, she’ll be able to entice her stay.

Trent’s mom, Abigail’s such a great character! I enjoyed learning more about her and having her in the storyline a lot more than usual. She really saved the day when it came to the wedding cake, and I’m looking forward to her maybe being someone Gran can hang out with. And it sure never hurts for Mia to get to know and work with her sweetie’s mom! 😉

The takedown of the perp was a crazy one! I hadn’t suspected whodunit at first, but the closer it got to the end, I started wondering about this person. As long as Mia picks and chooses her weddings carefully, maybe she really should go into planning weddings for the extra income, who knows? I’m always eager to read the next book and see what new adventures Mia and her friends/crew get into.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Caramel Pecan Roll Murder review

This is book 28 in the very long running Hannah Swensen series by Joanne Fluke who’s no stranger to cozy mystery fans. Moishe in reality should be 22 years old, but I’m glad he’s more of a timeless character and doesn’t seem to age. As always, there was an abundance of scrumptious-sounding dessert recipes included in the book. This one ended in such a way that I’m really hoping the next new book comes out sooner than a year!

My Goodreads review:

Caramel Pecan Roll Murder (Hannah Swensen, #28)Caramel Pecan Roll Murder by Joanne Fluke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

With all the recipes in this book, I was hungrier than ever for the different items, lol. Not only did the caramel pecan rolls sound yummy, but there were some lemon desserts that sounded…killer-yeah, pun intended since this is a mystery book.

The action took place mostly around the Lake Eden Inn and lake where Hannah and Andrea were filling in for Sally’s pastry/dessert chef during a fishing tournament. Andrea’s become quite the kitchen helper and was even able by now to make some simple recipes. I think it’s kinda cool how she wanted to start learning more about baking, and I really like it when the sisters sleuth together. Hannah can be very blunt with her questions or blurts, but Andrea’s the type everyone wants to talk to. Maybe they just sense she’s a real estate seller and used to talking a lot. Although, Hannah had a couple of sessions where her questioning method would’ve made Mike proud.

I was so sure I knew whodunit because of what I realize now was a clever red herring, but wasn’t super surprised at the real perp once who I thought was cleared. Hannah again had a close call, but thanks to Andrea paying attention while boating/fishing with Bill, well she got a good part in the take down. Someone dropped a real bombshell at the very end, and now I’m so curious and eager for the next book to come out! Gonna be a long year or however long it takes! I just hope the next book is just that, an actual new book and not another compilation of already published books like we’ve seen before.

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A Fatal Glow review

This is the second book in the Odessa Jones Mysteries by Valerie Wilson Wesley, and I like it even better than the first book. Dessa’s one of the most likable main characters I’ve met, and I just love her Aunt Phoenix, what a hoot! I thought it was sweet how Dessa let Loella’s little girl come over and bake with her. She even took the murdered guy’s teen boy under her wing for a while.

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My Goodreads review:

A Fatal Glow (Odessa Jones #2)A Fatal Glow by Valerie Wilson Wesley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed Dessa’s character in the first book, and this book was even better. Dessa’s one character who’d be the most awesome friend a person could have. She’s taken the coworkers from a job she doesn’t like and turned them into her family which is probably why she feels like she can’t leave that job even though she’s not doing that great selling properties and enjoys catering much more.

What a crazy dysfunctional bunch of people Dessa got mixed up with when she agreed to take on a catering job as a favor to boss Tanya. But as always, she made the most of it, and with Harley and Louella’s help was able to pull it off…until the host died. I was never sure who to trust except for Dessa and her friends. I hadn’t guessed the killer but it made total sense once the reveal happened.

I really like it when Dessa can spend time with Lennox at the restaurant and can totally see those two being happy together someday. Until she’s ready though, I’m just glad she’s got someone like him to hang out with. Don’t miss this book when it releases next Tuesday, February 22.

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Caught and Collared review

This is the fourth book in the Lowcountry Dog Walker series by Jackie Layton, a series I recently rediscovered after seeing and getting this ARC on NetGalley. I already had the first book and knew I’d be able to binge through the first three before reading this. In fact, now that I’ve read all four, I strongly suggest reading from the beginning. The series is more like a serial story that has characters, relationships and even a new dog or two in each story that all build on each other. Sometimes a person or dogs are just randomly mentioned, but it’s really cool to be able to think back and know you’ve already met those or read about them. And some of the people you might not’ve thought would be important when you met them turn out to be pretty important to a book’s storyline.

I just love the series so much that if I had time and not a gazillion other books on my WTR, it’d be one of those series I could easily reread. I hope the author keeps on writing in it as I feel some of the main characters and side characters still have lots of great stories to tell!

I found a picture of a beagle that made me think of poor sweet Peanut in the story who lost his human but eventually gained a new dad to love and take care of him.

My Goodreads review:

Caught and Collared A Low County Dog Walker Mystery #4Caught and Collared A Low County Dog Walker Mystery #4 by Jackie Layton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love how the character and their relationships have built in this series. It’s definitely a series I’d recommend starting from the beginning. Leroy, for example actually became a pretty important character in this book, but a couple books ago, he was just that guy out there fishing. Same for Jeremiah and Frank, two veterans that I’ve liked since I met them. And Ike’s another veteran and a sweetheart, but you really need to get his backstory before reading this book, if you want full enjoyment. The series is more like a serial story without cliffhangers, if that makes any sense.

Marc and Andi have such an awesome relationship that isn’t too mooshy or unbelievable. They’ve learned mutual trust and I thought it was sweet how they had some plans for gifting that included her siblings. Andi’s whole posse of friends and family are so amazing with how they help each other out in the community. And again, it’s told in a believable way and not bigger than life and not outrageously flaunting how good they are. It’s just normal nice people doing everyday nice things for each other expecting nothing in return except the love and friendship they all enjoy.

This was one crazy mystery that had everyone puzzled until Andi’s research led her to something big. It all built up to an exciting showdown where both Marc and Andi along with two very cool veteran characters managed to survive a killer.

If Heyward Beach with its characters and places was real, I’d visit in a heartbeat and rent part of the renovated old kitchen building–or maybe I’d wanna stay on the beach. Now I’m so eager for the next book. I’d gotten and read this book as an ARC but liked it so much, I went ahead and bought the Kindle file. I just want the author to keep writing this series!

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Easter Bonnet Murder review

This is the twenty-eighth book (can you believe it’s been that long?) in the long-running Lucy Stone series by Leslie Meier. Lucy’s sure come a long way from Zoe not even existing yet in the first book to this one where she’s headed off to Portland for her own apartment and first career job. Good old Miss Tilley gave a little scare in this book though as you’ll find out when you read it.

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My Goodreads review:

Easter Bonnet Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #28)Easter Bonnet Murder by Leslie Meier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was lots more enjoyable than a few of the more recent Lucy Stone mysteries. With Miss Tilley having a big role in it, it seemed like the old sleuthing Lucy rather than some of the newer, more politically-driven mysteries. I like plain old regular mysteries the best, and Lucy definitely had one on her hands with the missing person at the retirement center and dealing with her very upset daughter. Lucy hun, you need to hang your PI shingle out once and for all! Ooo that’d be a great retirement career for Lucy down the road.

That Miss Tilley always cracks me up! I was thinking she’d realistically have to be over a hundred seeing how long ago this series started, and in those first books I’m pretty sure she was described at least in her eighties if not close to ninety. However old she might be, she’s sharp as ever and nothing gets past her. Lucy had Miss T and Miss T’s new friend Howard helping snoop out some things at the facility, but she eventually realized it might get too dangerous once she realized something more serious than double billing was going on.

The showdown was great! I loved seeing those seniors in action against a perp who’d taken out one of their own. There were a few side things going on at the retirement center that I’m sure “off camera” got taken care of since they were unfortunately the unsavory things sometimes heard about at retirement homes. Another side story that was kinda cute was Zoe hunting for the perfect apartment for her move to Portland. Everything ended nicely, and Lucy got one heckuva story out of what she’d uncovered.

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Bear a Wee Grudge review

This is the fifth book in the Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear series by Meg Macy. It quickly became one of my favorite series. I mean, who doesn’t love an adorable teddy bear, right? I’m not sure I’d want to be in on the making and sewing of said teddy bears, but I’d sign up for testing them for cuddling!

There was such a sweet surprise toward the end of the book, and now I can’t wait to read the next!

My Goodreads review:

Bear a Wee Grudge (Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear Mystery, #5)Bear a Wee Grudge by Meg Macy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

No festival in Silver Hollow would be complete without the seemingly-requisite murder. (At least it was of someone mean and nasty!) But the worrisome part was the detestable detective Hunter zoning in on Sasha’s dad as his only suspect. Call in the reinforcements, Sasha’s back on the case!

This was really a wild and confusing case with any number of people who’d have wanted to kill the dead guy. The man’s widow was a real piece of work! At least the detective that Sasha knew from a previous case, Mason was around this time and available to relay information to. She really didn’t have to deal with Hunter much. The showdown was super exciting, and a couple of people had a good hand in helping.

Toward the end, there was the sweetest surprise, and now I absolutely can’t wait to read the next book!

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Murder at the Lobstah Shack review

This is the third book in the Cozy Capers Book Group series by another fave author, Maddie Day aka Edith Maxwell. As Maddie, she also writes the long-running Country Store series featuring Robbie Jordan, one of my favorite main characters. This series is really growing on me, and I love the setting having since I’ve never been to Cape Cod but would love to go someday. I can’t really say more about Lobstah Shack without giving away something, so I’ll just leave you to read my GR review below. Eagerly waiting for the next book!

My Goodreads review:

Murder at the Lobstah Shack (A Cozy Capers Book Group Mystery 3)Murder at the Lobstah Shack by Maddie Day
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a fun series that keeps getting better. I love that Mac and Tim were getting closer and even Mac’s wrapped her brain around marriage and a family much better than she would’ve in the first book. Mac’s pet parrot Belle cracks me up with how she imitates everyone and picks up catch phrases. She’s definitely a different type of pet for a main character, lol. I enjoyed it whenever Mac would interact with her sweet little niece Cokey. Just reading how she is with Cokey, I have no doubts that Mac’s gonna make a really awesome mom someday.

The mystery was a tough one, and I really thought it was cool how the author put in a little nudge to a friend author of hers, Barb Ross who writes the Maine Clambake series. Yes, I read acknowledgements, lol. As with this author’s Country Store series, I always think I have the perp right, but boom! I’m wrong…and loving it! I’m eager to see what’s happening next in the series!

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