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.

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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Witch Trial review

This is the second book in the Full Moon Mysteries by Cate Conte. As Cate, she also has the Cat Cafe Mysteries, and as Liz Mugavero, she writes the Pawsitively Organic Mysteries. The last of those was written in 2019, so I’m glad she’s writing again under at least one of her names. I hope Full Moon continues on because with this second book, I’m really more acquainted with the characters and wishing for future adventures.

My Goodreads review:

Witch Trial (A Full Moon Mystery Book 2)Witch Trial by Cate Conte
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It seemed like it’d been forever since I read the first book, so it took me just a little bit to remember what had gone on, but the author did a good job of reviewing without spoilers. I really do recommend reading the first book first because much of this book is a continuation of something that happened in that book.

There were a lot of different characters and possible suspects for both the continuing witchy situation and the murder of a mortal in this book. I loved Violet’s references to Samantha and Darrin in one place in the book, lol. In this world, guys and girls are both just witches for simplicity purposes I guess, but it’s still just as hard to get the nerve up to tell a mortal that you’re a witch just like back in Samantha’s day. We got to know Violet’s sister Zoe a little better this time as well as their mom, Fiona. I really like Zoe, and I guess my liking of Fiona’s character might be selective. I only like her sometimes or if I know she’s trying to help one of her girls. She’s growing on me, lol.
I wasn’t sure about Blake’s role in this, so I just kept an open mind and read on.

Toward the end, there was a surprise I didn’t see coming, and I hadn’t been able to guess whodunit. The ending after the killer was caught honestly seemed a little abrupt, but it did make sense and didn’t really leave anything hanging. I do hope there’s going to be another book so at least the conversation being had could continue.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by Kensington Publishing via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own. This book releases tomorrow, December 28, 2021.

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Claret and Present Danger review

This is the fourth book in the Literary Pub series by another fave author of mine, Sarah Fox. She also writes the Pancake House Mysteries which I love. I enjoy the play on book titles she’s been using for the Literary Pub Mysteries along with the awesome characters who feel like old friends now. I can’t wait for the next Literary Pub book to come out and only wish it didn’t have to be a whole year!

My Goodreads review:

Claret and Present Danger (Literary Pub Mystery #4)Claret and Present Danger by Sarah Fox
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was great to visit Shady Creek, VT in the summer during the Renaissance Faire. While working on clearing her employee of the latest murder, Sadie and Grayson got even closer. I loved that he gets her and her need to be nosy, but he’s still sweet and protective while giving her space. I love how things had developed between them by the end of the book! And they both had enough employees now that they could take off for little bits of time together without feeling too guilty about it.

I had a feeling I knew whodunit when the book was fairly close to being done, but I didn’t really have the why. The showdown was exciting with an even better takedown. I only wish these books came out more than once a year, because now I’m excited to read the next book. I know Sadie’s mom is planning a visit. All I can say is she’d better like Grayson as much as everyone else does, lol.

This book releases next Tuesday, November 30. I really think this one was the best so far. All the characters now seem like old friends to me even though I’m sure we’ll continue learning new stuff about them throughout the series.

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

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder review

This is the third book in the Catering Hall by Maria DiRico who’s better known as Ellen Byron who wrote the Cajun Country series that just ended. I’m absolutely loving this new series and hope it runs as long as Cajun did! It’s fun, hilarious and all about close family ties, well sometimes that includes Family too. šŸ˜‰ This Christmas installment was really awesome. I’ll just let my Goodreads review do the talking!

My Goodreads review:

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder (A Catering Hall Mystery Book 3)It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder by Maria DiRico
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is my favorite of the series yet! It doesn’t hurt that it’s set at my fave time of year, but it’s got everything I’ve been loving about this series and then some. There were plenty of funny scenes, and the scene at the spa when Mia and Cammie went, let’s just say part of that made me laugh out loud. Ever since the first book, the voice of Nanny Fran Fine became Mia’s voice, and now I can’t read it without picturing her, lol. And Cammie makes me think of her friend Val. It seemed like they did a lot more together in this book which added to the fun and hilarity. Cammie and her ex, Det. Pete crack me up!

There was plenty of great action too, and I couldn’t help thinking Mia was lucky to have friends like the Boldano family. I got such a kick out of her enjoying having the perks of Jamie dating Madison, a fashion influencer whose help at a party the banquet hall held made a sixteen-year-old girl very happy. I just love everything about the whole storyline even if it veers off the mystery momentarily because it’s either funny or just an awesome family/friend or banquet hall party moment.

I wasn’t sure about the whodunit, so I just followed along with Mia. The showdown was exciting though! And with the magical Christmas Eve that Mia got, I’m so eager now to read 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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Breaking News: KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP. ANNOUNCES NEW IMPRINT FOR COZY MYSTERY GENRE

Here’s the very cool announcement I just got in email: (You can go to the KensingtonCozies.com portion of their site and download a 2021 catalog):

NEW YORK, NY ā€“Ā August 2nd, 2021

Kensington Publishing Corp. announces the creation of Kensington Cozies, a new imprint dedicated to the cozy mystery genre.

ā€œKensington has long been a leader in the genre, and itā€™s time the roughly 60 contemporary cozy mysteries we publish each year had their own imprint,ā€ said President and CEO Steven Zacharius.Ā 

Beginning with titles going on sale December 28, 2021, contemporary mysteries fitting the cozy criteria across all print formats will be published under the Kensington Cozies imprint, and backlist titles with the same criteria will also be folded into the imprint over time so that series titles are all within the same imprint. Features of the genre include having little-to-no violence, profanity, or sex; likeable amateur sleuths; tight-knit communities; and series arcs that allow the protagonists to grow in their professions and relationships.

All Kensington editors will acquire for the imprint, which includes hardcover, trade paperback, and mass market max releases from established authors like Joanne Fluke, Carlene Oā€™Connor, Ellery Adams, Leslie Meier, and Lee Hollis, as well as new voices such as Emmeline Duncan, Frank Anthony Polito, Gabby Allan, and Christin Brecher. Digital first cozies will remain in Kensingtonā€™s e-original imprint, Lyrical Underground.

The Kensington Cozies brand will be overseen by Communications Manager Larissa Ackerman, who has spearheaded many of the companyā€™s major initiatives to expand the visibility of the genre as a whole in recent years.Ā ā€œWeā€™re excited toĀ continue building awareness of everything cozy mysteries have to offer, growing their presence on readersā€™ and retailersā€™ bookshelves, and bringing more diversity to the genre ā€“ both in the authors whose stories we publish and the readers who love them,ā€ she commented. Ackerman is responsible for conceiving and developing the Cozy Club Card, a loyalty card program available through participating libraries and bookstores that allows readers to earn free cozy mystery ARCs. She oversees partnerships such as ā€œThe Cozy Cornerā€ withĀ Tea Time Magazine,Ā and she will continue to build programs such as Kensingtonā€™s Cozy Cons, a series of annual, multi-author reader parties taking place across the United States since 2018 in rotating bookstores and cities within the Northeast, South, West and Midwest.

Kensington Publishing has had a strong presence in the genre since publishing its first cozy mystery inĀ 1993,Ā and fully committing to the genre in 1995 with Laurien Berensonā€™s first Melanie Travis Mystery,Ā A Pedigree to Die For. In 2000, the house launchedĀ New York TimesĀ bestselling author Joanne Flukeā€™s long-running and popular Hannah Swensen Mystery Series, which has gone on to land twenty of its twenty-seven (and counting!) installments on theĀ New York TimesĀ hardcover bestseller list and sixĀ Hallmark Movies & MysteriesĀ® original television movies starring Alison Sweeney as Hannah. Now home to many of the genreā€™s most beloved authors and rising stars alike, Kensington Publishing sells an average of approximately 2.5 million cozy mysteries per year.

For upcoming cozy mystery releases, authors, events, and more, visitĀ www.KensingtonCozies.com.

ABOUT KENSINGTON PUBLISHING:

Founded in 1974, Kensington Publishing Corp. is an independent, family-owned book publisher known for the diversity of the authors and books it publishes. The company releases over 500Ā fiction and non-fiction titles each year, providing readers with a range of popular genres such as thrillers, romance, historical fiction, cozy mysteries and non-fiction, as well as true crime, western, and commercial fiction titles. The house ofĀ New York TimesĀ bestselling authors including Fern Michaels, Lisa Jackson, William W. Johnstone, Joanne Fluke, Mary Monroe, John Gilstrap, and many others, Kensington is based in New York City and its imprints include Kensington Books, Dafina, Zebra, Pinnacle, Kensington Cozies, Citadel Press and Lyrical Press.

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