Here Comes the Fudge review

This is the ninth book in the Candy-Coated Mysteries by Nancy Coco (also known as Nancy J. Parra and a couple other pen names). I absolutely love this series because it takes place on one of the most awesome places I’ve ever visited, Mackinac Island.

After I’d been reading this series for several years, my family and I finally took a vacation in 2018 to stay on this gorgeous island. It’s even magical in the rain. If I could give this particular book more than five stars, I sure would!

My Goodreads review:

Here Comes the Fudge (A Candy-Coated Mystery Book 9)Here Comes the Fudge by Nancy CoCo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, a case without Shane is like (insert anything you think goes together, only imagine it without one of those items)…and this murder wasn’t going to have Shane due to his being a suspect. I was literally going “What??” when I read that scene, ’cause we all know sweet, lovable Shane wouldn’t kill someone. I was proud of Jenn for never faltering in her belief of him and standing by him as best she could. Not her fault he wasn’t talking, but later after finding out the reason, I can’t say I blame him! You’ll just have to read and find out too, hehe.

This mystery had one epic showdown! From the minute it started, I knew it’d be a nail biter, but Allie always comes through and gets reinforcements coming even if she’s involved in the showdown. Needless to say, the wedding did have to be postponed, but it was amazing when it did happen. Everyone came together and helped, and it might’ve caused a little teensy bit of eye leakage! I love the happy note everything ended on, and I’m really hoping Allie and Rex finally get enough dates to feel like they’re together. Team Rex all the way…ever since the beginning! Don’t miss this installment that releases next Tuesday, September 28, 2021!

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

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The Glitter End review

This is the third book in the Stationery Shop series by Vivian Conroy who’s written several other cozy mystery series that I hope to explore (especially the one with the dachshund on the cover!) I’ve enjoyed this series since the beginning and have liked each book a little more than the one before it. The character relationships are good but still growing. I love how close Delta and her Gran are and hope they can soon find a house to own together-although she does worry that Hazel might feel bad whenever that happens, since Delta lives in Hazel’s place until she and Gran can find something. I got a kick out of the side story of Delta worrying if Jonas was involved with someone else who happened to be a dog training friend.

My Goodreads review:

The Glitter EndThe Glitter End by Vivian Conroy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It was good to catch up with Hazel, Delta, Gran and all their friends in the Paper Posse in this mystery where just about anyone could’ve been a suspect. I was particularly interested to see if Delta and Jonas’s relationship would progress a little and was happy with what I read. Gran was looking to have a chance at the same type of happiness, so that’ll be interesting to see if it’s continued through the next book. Even Hazel might’ve been warming up a bit to Ray who seems like a puppy only wanting to make her happy, lol.

I wouldn’t have guessed the killer at all until later in the book, but someone who helped with the showdown was more of a surprise for me (in a good way). I don’t want say a whole lot for fear of ruining something for readers. Despite the mystery seeming to go slowly in some spots (as in, no progress seemed to be made on the case), it was still very much worth reading. I was curious throughout to see if two different incidents were connected, but you’ll have to read it yourself to see what those were. This book releases in eight days on September 28, 2021.

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A Perfect Bind review

I was super excited and grateful to #Berkley Publishing for approving me to read this second in the Beloved Book series by Dorothy St. James who wrote the Southern Chocolate Shop and White House Gardener series. I’m really loving this new series maybe even more than the chocolate shop one (even though I adore chocolate!). It’s probably because the bookroom is a secret one. The cool history part of this particular book was that long ago, the place was actually called The Bookroom. But you’re gonna need to read it and find out why!

It was a little hard to put this book down due to all the “what if someone finds out about the bookroom while investigating the murder” suspense. The town rumors, meanwhile, were um, interesting to say the least. And Mama Eddy had even more of a reason to be happy with herself later on in the book. There’re just so many reasons why you’ll want to read this book. For more complete enjoyment and getting to know the characters better, I’d recommend reading the first one first, but this one does give enough backstory without spoilers that readers should be able to figure out who the key players are.

My Goodreads review:

A Perfect Bind (Beloved Bookroom Mystery #2)A Perfect Bind by Dorothy St. James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow just when you thought the secret bookroom was all safe and sound…vandals were striking, then a murder happened outside the library. Tru and her book friends had their investigating job cut out for them in trying to figure out how the vandalism and the murder could connect in with some events of the past that the victim was looking into.

I love how the whole time I’ve pretty much despised Anne for coming in and setting up the ridiculous bookless library–I seriously hope this is just the author’s imagination, and this never, ever happens anywhere! But just when you want to be mad at her, she does something actually nice. You’ll have to read and see.

I hadn’t quite seen the whodunit coming until the very end which was really exciting. I was so proud of Tru for calling Jace in for his help. But…what happens in the bookroom stays in the bookroom ’cause I don’t want to spoil even one little tidbit. This awesome mystery comes out in ten more days, but I was so grateful to Berkley for approving me to read it, that I just couldn’t wait any longer to pick up where the last book left off. I’m super happy with the good direction Jace and Tru’s relationship is going too, thanking the author for that one!

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

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Reading Between the Crimes review

This is the second book in the Jane Doe Book Club Mysteries that started last year. I’m really enjoying getting to know the characters, and you definitely get to know some of the characters a lot better in this book! I couldn’t help thinking the murder had a whole Clue vibe going…”Mr. Richardson in the library with the candlestick.” Except Mr. R was the one who was offed. There was a lot of intrigue and mysterious things happening. As I said in my Goodreads review, I can’t really say a whole lot for fear of spoiling something. Just read and enjoy!

My Goodreads review:

Reading Between the Crimes (Jane Doe Book Club Mystery, #2)Reading Between the Crimes by Kate Young
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow what a mystery! A lot of it was more low-key and not tons of action going on, but just when I thought it was getting quiet, pow! Lyla learned something about her mom’s past that was pretty unsettling, but it did explain quite a bit of her recent behavior. I don’t want to go into details too much, because there’s a possibility of spoiling something no matter what I mention.

I’m glad to see that Lyla was still with Brad Jones and at least Quinn her ex was treating her fairly well regarding the investigation. Lots of surprises came out, and the showdown was kind of a show stopper. Very well written with little surprises popping up here and there. I definitely can recommend this series. This book seems more geared toward not having had to read the first one, although I always recommend starting the beginning. I admit to not always having done that myself when ARCs looked tempting though! 😉

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Partners in Lime review

This is the sixth and second to last book in the Seaside Cafe series by Bree Baker that I’ve really enjoyed so much! Bree is another pen name for Julie Anne Lindsey who’s now writing the Cider Shop mysteries. She has lots more under her belt, so definitely check out her bio links.

Julie wrote as Julie Chase when she wrote the four-book Kitty Couture series that went from 2016-2019. Julie featured a fun crossover with a couple of the Kitty Couture characters in her most recent Cider Shop mystery. I love it when authors do that! I’m sad to see Seaside Cafe winding to an end, but I honestly believe that by the time the next book comes out, she’ll have well-told the tale of Grady and Everly. I’m gonna find it very hard to wait until March 29, 2022!

My Goodreads:

Partners in Lime: A Beachfront Cozy Mystery (Seaside Café Mysteries Book 6)Partners in Lime: A Beachfront Cozy Mystery by Bree Baker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Everly’s EMT friend Matt was accused of murder, she got a little protective of him to the point that Grady may have been a touch jealous. But no worries, Grady, that girl is crazy about you! Everly had to deal with not only a murder, but the stress that having what she saw as a competitor recently open up in the form of a fancy tea room. I think she must’ve gotten more death threats this time than usual too! I think that’d tend to stress even the calmest of people!

I loved the gift that Everly got from Aunt Fran who sometimes came off as trying to be all tough, but she loved her niece just as much as softie Clara did. Ryan was planning something epic for Amelia, but Everly was a little busy chasing a killer to give him as much help as she’d have liked. I had a feeling at one point who the killer was. The showdown was kind of a nail biter, then something really crazy happened. I’m thinking in the next book that things are gonna get extra sweet for Grady and Everly…and I can ‘t wait!

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Be My Ghost review

This is the first book in a new series called Haunted Haven by Carol J. Perry who also writes the Witch City series. Haunted Haven is set in Haven, Florida, a fictional town made up of all the best of some older Florida towns, while Witch City is set in the real location of Salem, Massachusetts, hence the series name. I started reading the first in Witch City for a book club discussion that never happened, but I do remember really enjoying what I got read of that book.

I’m completely in love with the Haunted Haven series and its location and characters after having read this first book, and as far as I’m concerned, that second book can’t come out soon enough!

My Goodreads review:

Be My Ghost (A Haunted Haven Mystery Book 1)Be My Ghost by Carol J. Perry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this! The outcome was so good that I really am going to have trouble waiting until the next book! Lorna was such an awesome ghost friend to have, well, once Maureen wrapped her brain around ghosts even existing in her inn. I just loved Gert, Molly, Sam and George, the seniors who lived year-round at the inn but worked there as employees too. They enjoyed some good gossip, but they were pretty darn protective of their new owner and wanted to help her solve the murder of one of the guests who happened to be a ghost hunter with a huge following.

Again, I was over the moon with how the showdown and reveal came out. I’m rooting for Ted and Maureen to grow even closer. They made a great sleuthing team and beach running buddies to begin with. There was just something about him that made me trust him the whole time. I’m almost as excited as Maureen is for her plans for the inn and to see how she gets it squared away into a profit-making place. Book two, please don’t wait a year to come out!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own. Release day is tomorrow, August 31, 2021.

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Seven Year Witch review

This is the second book in a newer series called Witch Way Librarian by Angela M. Sanders whose other two series are Vintage Clothing Mysteries and Booster Club Mysteries. When I read the first book in Witch Way last year, I loved it and knew this was going to be a new favorite series (to add to my MANY favorite series lol). It was fun getting to know the characters in town even better this time, and I liked that Josie’s seems to have a good friend in Lalena. They made a good sleuthing duo, although Josie was on her own most of the time. I just wish we didn’t have to wait a whole year for the next in series!

My Goodreads review:

Seven-Year WitchSeven-Year Witch by Angela M. Sanders
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was great visiting with Josie and all her new friends in Wilfred, OR again. I’d forgotten how Josie could go check things out using her mind but in her cat Rodney’s body which was so cool!

This was a mystery I definitely couldn’t figure out, so I just went along for the ride and enjoyed the process. Josie was learning a lot from her grandma’s letter she’d left her, and I was happy to see how far she’d come as far as her powers went. I’ve hoped since the first book that Josie and Sam could get together, and they might be one step closer to that by the end of the book. I loved how the whole town pulled together at the end. The showdown with the killer was scary for two different reasons-you’ll see when you read it. I really wish the next one could come out sooner instead of having to wait another year!

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Mrs. Morris and the Vampire review

This is the fifth in the Salem B&B series by Traci Wilton, a pen name for the writing team of of authors Traci Hall and Patrice Wilton. I feel like they’ve really come up with a great series concept after having followed this series from its start. I hope there are lots of adventures left for Charlene, Jack and Sam. I’m just happy the books have been coming out more often than once a year! 

As an added note, I thought the tunnel aspect of Salem, MA sounded pretty fascinating and found the book on Amazon that was referenced in this book! I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be brave enough to go down there even if they did do legal tours! 

My Goodreads review:

Mrs. Morris and the Vampire (A Salem B&B Mystery, #5)Mrs. Morris and the Vampire by Traci Wilton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a fun and spooky visit to Salem at Halloween time that started with a Halloween ball. Charlene knew her two witch friends were real, but how ’bout those self-professed vampires huh? Charlene had to juggle keeping Sam off her back for doing her usual snooping and keeping herself out of the killer’s crosshairs.

We got to learn a little more about Brandy and her daughter Serenity, since Serenity was part of the focus of the story. Charlene and Brandy had a rocky start, and I still wouldn’t call her exactly a friendly friend, but Brandy definitely came in handy at the end. Even Sam believed a dream she’d had (would’ve been pretty bad if he hadn’t!). Meanwhile, I love how Jack was learning to do more and more things in his ghostly existence. He’s really become quite the computer research wizard. If I was Charlene, I know I’d be so torn between the two men she’s crazy about! Although sometimes I lean toward Jack just because he’s so darn sweet! I’m always looking forward to the next in this awesome series!

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No Grater Crime review

This is the ninth book in the Country Store series by Maddie Day who’s actually Edith Maxwell. She writes the Country Store and Cozy Capers Book Group under the Maddie Day name. I can’t believe Robbie and her friends have had nine adventures so far. It seems like I just started reading them, but it was actually in 2017 that I was really getting into cozy mysteries and had discovered this series.  I always loved Adele’s friend Vera, and we got to have a visit from her in this book.

This book to me was so well-done that it had that first magic that drew me into the series from the beginning. I got that same warm feeling reading it that I did when I first met Robbie and crew. I enjoyed reading acknowledgements in a book to find out if some of the characters were named for real people or if real places were used. I was happy to find out there was a little of both again in this book. It’s just fun when authors do that if they happen to be friends with the people or had a great meal somewhere.

My Goodreads review:

No Grater Crime (A Country Store Mystery Book 9)No Grater Crime by Maddie Day
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was so pleased with this latest installment of the series! For some reason, the last couple or so hadn’t been the same to me as always, but this book was right on point and took me back to the reason I fell in love with this series in the very first book.

Wow what a wild mystery! I’d have been so mad at that darn woman opening up a food truck in front of my place if I was Robbie. She has much better control than I do, lol. Although with Robbie’s past track record, she does have to tread lightly or look like a killer. I had to giggle when she said she was trying harder not to do too-stupid-to-live moves. I do recall a few of those she’s had in the past, lol. But she’s definitely learned a lot over the past nine books! Now if only that darn phone of hers wouldn’t sprout legs and run back to her car! 😉

I had a feeling of who was behind everything, but to me the fun of the whole thing was proving it and finding out the why and who else might’ve been involved. There was one small sad moment, then there’s another moment you might want a tissue or two, but for a very happy occasion!

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The Secret Staircase review

This is the third and final book in the Victorian Village by Sheila Connolly. It was finished out by her daughter Julie Williams and is being published posthumously on August 24, 2021. I was so sad when Sheila passed last April after having read numerous blog posts by and about her. I’d just been getting started reading her other cozies once I’d read the first two Victorian Village and became a fan of her writing. Since she wrote quite a few books, I know I’ll have lots of happy reading for a long time.

Edith Maxwell, another of my favorite writers was gracious enough to let me use her quote from the Jungle Red Writers’ blog on June 10: “Sheila Connolly’s daughter, Julie Williams, did extensive edits on her mom’s last book (The Secret Staircase is out in August!), and wrote the Author’s Note. I think Sheila might have completed the first draft but it was pretty rough. I don’t think Julie expected to have to do that work, but I got to read an ARC and she did a fabulous job.”

Thanks so much for letting me use your quote, Edith! I’ve included the link for the blog post so anyone who wants to read the whole thing and other comments can do so.

My Goodreads review:

The Secret Staircase (Victorian Village Mysteries Book 3)The Secret Staircase by Sheila Connolly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this final book in the series as well as the final book that author Sheila Connolly ever worked on before her death last year. I’d read that her daughter finished the book for her, but it was very seamless to me and was just as if Sheila herself was writing every word. In other words, I think her daughter did an excellent job with however much or little she found she needed to do. I would never have known had I not seen a comment on a blog about this.

I was glad to see that Kate and the town were making some good headway with the Barton mansion. The body that was found was an unexpected small delay, but later some other findings would hopefully lead to who this was and why the person was hidden there. I hadn’t guessed the killer of the present day murder, and I loved the flash forward to Christmastime for the end of the book.

I have no idea if this was truly supposed to be the last book, but Sheila and her daughter did a great job of wrapping things up and giving the characters and storyline a good closure. I’ll miss seeing anything new from Sheila Connolly, but since I’d only recently started reading her work (meaning this series is the first of her writing I ever read before I read the first Orchard and first County Cork), I have tons of great reading ahead of me!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own. This book releases August 24, 2021.

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