Sweet Tea and Secrets review

This is the second book in the Book & Tea series by Joy Avon. I read the first one back in January and really enjoyed getting to know Callie and her great-aunt Iphy who runs a book themed tea shop. This installment makes a perfect July 4th book, because Hearts Harbor is getting ready for their big celebration. I liked this book even better than the first one. I wonder what holiday will be in the next story?

My Goodreads review:

Sweet Tea and Secrets (A Tea and Read Mystery #2)Sweet Tea and Secrets by Joy Avon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I think this book was even better than the first, and I know I really liked that one. This one is nice and seasonal, perfect for reading this time of year, since the town of Heart’s Harbor is planning a big July 4th event. In the meantime, a cold case disappearance/possible murder was reopened when a visitor to town started asking questions about it. Then the newspaper editor who had been the reporter on the case at the time was found dead in his office. Callie and her friend Det. Falk found themselves right in the middle of another baffling case with a really good twist…or two.

I loved the little side story with Mr. Bates painting pictures of little Daisy and a rescue named Biscuit. I had guessed part of the mystery but not the killer. There were some good red herrings and plot twists along the way which made for a super enjoyable read. Callie and Falk seem to be getting to a good place with a possible relationship, and Falk’s widowed sister Peggy may have found someone too. I can safely say that this is one of my favorite new series, and I’m anxious for the next book.

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

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Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake–review

This is the first book in a brand new series that released on January 30, the Death by Chocolate series by Sarah Graves. I’m a little late reviewing this but better late than never, right? I think it’s a fun start to the series, I love this little town and hope the author decides to write about Halloween and Christmas eventually!

My Goodreads review:

Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake (A Death by Chocolate Mystery #1)Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake by Sarah Graves

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a whirlwind of a mystery! I definitely never saw the solution coming, lots of clever plot twists and schemes too as well as murder.

Jacobia better known as Jake, owns a specialty bakery with her friend Ellie. Imagine her surprise at finding a dead guy in her shop with his face planted in melted chocolate, chocolate that had been melted to use on the dozens of chocolate cherry cheesecakes she and Ellie had promised the 4th of July fireworks committee for their annual auction. All fingers point to Ellie, especially when she was there and did have the motive that the dead guy, who turned out to be health inspector Muldoon, was harrassing her about fake health code infractions.

Jake knows she has to clear her friend’s name, there’s a big hurricane storm coming, she’s not heard from her grown son in days and there are all these cheesecakes that need baking. Everything of course works out in the end but boy was it a fun ride getting there.

I loved the humor and banter between Jake and Ellie as well as their friend Bob, the police chief who always managed to look the other way when they were investigating but still gave them his usual “don’t go around snooping” line. It was awesome that there were a couple of abandoned dogs that found homes, one with Jake and her family (its owner was in the hospital) and another with a local challenged man who picked up odd jobs here and there.

It was pretty fun reading about the fourth of July in the middle of winter! I’m anxious to see what the next installment brings!

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Fireworks in Paradise–review

I finished Fireworks in Paradise, #7 in the TJ Jensen series by Kathi Daley today. This was another mystery where there wasn’t a current murder that took place but a recent death that was a few weeks ago and had been proven as non-accidental. TJ and her friend Kyle were also investigating an eight-year old killing so there were plenty of suspects and speculations as to whether the killer was one and the same.

Here’s my Goodreads review:

Fireworks in Paradise (A TJ Jensen Mystery #8)Fireworks in Paradise by Kathi Daley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

TJ Jensen comes home from a South Carolina vacation to find her dad in a coma. He was riding with his good friend Judge Harper when the brakes gave out and the car crashed. The judge didn’t make it. It was discovered the brake line was cute so TJ and Kyle decide to investigate. Unofficially, they have Deputy Roy Fisher’s blessing but he warns them to be careful because his new partner, Kate, is very by the book and doesn’t believe civilians should interfere with police work.

Even though the circumstances were bad, TJ is glad they are back home for the annual July 4 celebration in Paradise Lake. She just feels bad that her dad will be spending it in the hospital instead of right in the middle of all the fun and activities.

In digging up a lot of various information pieces from the judge’s files and other sources, TJ and Kyle soon have a list of suspects which they either talk to together or each take one and interview them. In the meantime, TJ’s dad is doing well and is getting stir-crazy in the hospital, wanting to come home.

The last TJ Jensen I read was the second book so there have been a few things going on that changed a little between book 2 and book 7 but this book could still stand alone since the author is really good at explaining without going into too much detail. Most of the characters were familiar so it was like visiting some old friends again. The mystery was solved and everyone felt better knowing the killer would be put away for a long time.

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