A Plus One for Murder review

This is the first book in a brand new series that releases this coming Tuesday, December 7, 2021. The series is called Friend for Hire Mysteries, and the author is longtime cozy mystery writer Laura Bradford. She has two other cozy series she’s written as Laura Bradford, The Emergency Dessert Squad and Amish Mysteries.

As Elizabeth Lynn Casey, she wrote one of the most beloved and long-running series among cozy readers, the Southern Sewing Circle. I forgot to mention this in my GR review, but I loved, loved loved the nod she gave to that series in this book! She even mentioned a colleague’s series too, since Dottie, the older lady Emma had weekly tea with was a huge cozy mystery fan. I absolutely can’t wait for the next book in this series and want to give a huge shout-out and thanks to @BerkleyPublishing for approving me to read this early copy. I really hope to be able to do the same with the next book.

My Goodreads review:

A Plus One for Murder (A Friend for Hire Mystery #1)A Plus One for Murder by Laura Bradford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was excited to see that Laura Bradford was doing another cozy series and even more excited to be approved to read an ARC of it! The book definitely didn’t disappoint. What a cool and different kind of job for main character Emma, being a paid friend to people. I got such a kick out of her clients too especially Big Max, a sweet senior man who was trying to impress a lady by having Emma take him places. I loved how Emma’s friendship with Dottie had grown from what was the start for her new business-except at that time she didn’t realize it. Then eventually, Emma, Stephanie, another client and Dottie made quite the sleuthing trio! And Emma’s sweet dog, Scout always seemed to be pointing out clues to her. I love it when a pet’s just a bit more than a simple pet.

There was a nice assortment of suspects, and I wasn’t expecting the perp to be who it was. The showdown was a good one, and the three sleuths were happy with their work. Deputy Jack, well I don’t think he was too thrilled with their sleuthing, but I could tell he really liked Emma from the beginning especially from his line at the very end. πŸ˜‰

It was well-written mystery that I’ve always come to expect and know from this author, and now I can’t wait to read more about the characters in the next book! Don’t miss this book which releases Tuesday, December 7, 2021.

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

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A Brush with Murder review

This is the first book in the brand new series Paint by Murder by Bailee Abbott, a new-to-me author even in her other persona of Kathryn Long who started a cozy series called Sierra Pines B&B. I have the first book and now that I’ve read her work as Bailee, I want to readΒ Boarding with Murder she wrote as Kathryn.

I loved how the sisters, Chloe and Izzie in this book had such an awesome relationship as well as fairly normal parents who loved them to the moon and back. Katy their mom was a great cook who loved experimenting with all kinds of fads and trendy food, but she knew what her kids and friends liked. I’m really looking forward to the next book. I might already be Team Hunter. πŸ˜‰

My Goodreads review:

A Brush with Murder (A Paint by Murder Mystery #1)A Brush with Murder by Bailee Abbott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another awesome new mystery by a new-to-me author with a great sense of humor that shines through to her characters. Her main character Chloe isn’t as funny or snarky as Chloe’s sister Izzie or some of the others, but Chloe did have some great one-liners and knew just what to say.

Gotta say, I was really ready to loathe Ross’s character being that he was the ex-boyfriend, and everyone knows how those guys are usually jerks in books, am I right? But Ross turned out to be a decent and likable character. I’m not sure I’d want Chloe back with him (I’m Team Hunter already, lol), but he’s a super good friend to have and promised he’d always be there for her. That cute ball of fluff on the book cover is Max who’s just a good little friend to Chloe and not a crime fighter, yet anyway. The sisters had a great relationship, and their parents, while sometimes a little flaky and out there, were good people who loved both their kids unconditionally.

At one point in the book, I started suspecting the person who ended up as the killer, but this clever author eventually steered me off course. The showdown was a good nail biter one. There were a couple of side mysteries that got cleared up as well, so there are no hanging storylines in this series. I’m awfully eager now to read the next book and am hoping it comes out more than once a year like some series.

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Mission Impawsible–review

This is the fourth in the Paws and Claws series by Krista Davis. This is one series that I could so easily read and re-read as long as I was in between books that I want to or have promised to read for reviews. I can’t get enough of Wagtail and would love to stay at the Sugar Maple Inn!

My Goodreads review:

Mission Impawsible (Paws and Claws Mystery, #4)Mission Impawsible by Krista Davis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was another fun adventure spent in Wagtail. Just like the others, there is never anything dark or depressing about these books, they are just sheer enjoyment. I don’t think I’ve ever guessed who the killer was in any of them due to the amazing plot twists and turns the author takes us on. Every time I read a Paws and Claws book, I feel like I’m back among friends.

There was a matchmaking event going on in Wagtail in this installment. It was summertime and people were wanting to fall in love. Renowned matchmaker Macon Stotts had matched up the guests at Sugar Maple Inn that weekend. It was also a weekend where people could hang out with a dog and see if they were compatible. The local shelter WAG had sent some sweet candidates over to spend the weekend. Everything seemed fine until the first body was found. It was a man who was not well-liked and he had a note in his pocket from Holly’s grandma. Holly wasn’t sure if this would implicate Oma or not but she wasn’t going to stand around and let it happen. As it turned out, Ben, her ex-boyfriend was among the people coming to be matched. He was able to help with the investigation. Holly herself might have even found a new guy to be interested in but as with a lot of the folks, she was finding out all was not what it seemed.

This mystery featured Zelda, who worked at the inn and was a self-proclaimed pet psychic. I’ve always liked Zelda and thought it was fun to have her included in a lot of the book this time. That way we readers get to know the not-quite-main characters a little bit better. In this series, Holly doesn’t quite have the typical best friend that we see the main character having and I like seeing her interact with either Zelda or Shelly, although Shelly wasn’t in this one very much, just mentioned as serving here and there. I was really pleased with the happy ending–not only did the humans (who weren’t the killer) have a good end, the dogs did too!

I’ll have to say bye to Wagtail for awhile since I have a real and virtual pile of books calling to me but I will be back, Trixie and Twinkletoes! Even if I have to re-read until another book comes out! πŸ˜‰

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