Dandelion Dead: A Natural Remedies September 27, 2016
In a spicy cozy mystery filled with herbal remedies readers will love, a sustainable winery becomes the backdrop for murder! Fortunately, solving crimes comes naturally to charmingly unconventional homeopath and amateur sleuth Willow McQuade, as she looks for clues that will reveal a killer’s true essence.
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I love the cover on this book and I can’t wait to read it. Wine and mystery? Sounds awesome. —– Booklady
Goodreads Summary: Rachel Goldman writes mysteries in which Duffy Madison, consultant to the county prosecutor’s office, helps find missing persons. Rachel is busy finishing up her next book, when a man calls out of the blue asking for help in a missing persons case. The caller’s name? Duffy Madison.
Is this real or has she lost her mind? She doesn’t have much time to find out because a serial killer is on the loose, kidnapping and murdering mystery authors. And Rachel may just be the next target.
FTC Disclosure: I received a free e-copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
My thoughts: This is the first book in the new Mysterious Detective Mysteries. I love it when I discover a new series. I hate it when I discover it just as it’s beginning and I have to wait for the next installment to be written and published. I loved this book and waiting for the next installment is going to be hard. It has a sort of Remington Steele/Murder She wrote feel to it. Duffy of course is Remington and Rachel is a young Jessica Fletcher. This was a very engaging read with all sorts of twists and turns to keep the reading guessing. I’m really looking forward to reading more about Duffy and Rachel.
If you are looking for an interesting new series with a different twist, I highly recommend this book.
E.J. Copperman is the author of several interesting mystery series. Check out his website here to learn more about them.
It’s been a while since I’ve done a swap. I’m really looking forward to this one. It’s one of my favorites. Not only do you find out about great books, but you meet some really nice fellow bloggers. Today is the last day to sign up, so go on open to Chaotic Goddess Swaps and sign up now.
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Silk Stalkings (A Material Witness Mystery)
3rd in Series
Berkley (August 2, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
E-Book ASIN: B01839Q47C
Fabric shop owner Polyester Monroe can get tangled up in textiles, but it’s murder that really throws her for a loop in the latest mystery from the national bestselling author of Crushed Velvet.
The time has come for San Ladrón, California’s annual Miss Tangorli beauty pageant, and Poly has agreed to use Material Girl’s inventory of shimmery silks to create embellished gowns fit for a crown. But when millionaire Harvey Halliwell—the man who revived the city’s citrus trade with his imported tangorli tree—is found dead days before the pageant contestants are announced, something sour takes over the town.
To make matters worse, her friend, mechanic Charlie Brooks, is soon caught up in the crime, having been seen in the company of the case’s prime suspect. Now Poly’s on a mission to squeeze out the truth. But as she searches for a pattern, the killer seems intent on cutting up the evidence…
About The Author
I’m a former fashion buyer turned mystery writer, trading fashion accessories for accessories to murder. I was bit by the mystery bug as a kid reading Trixie Belden, Connie Blair, and The Three Investigators. Now I’m writing three series: the Style & Error Mysteries, the Mad for Mod Mysteries, Material Witness Mysteries, and the new Costume Shop Cozy Mysteries!
The Material Witness mysteries feature Polyester Monroe, who inherits the fabric shop where she was born. Books include SUEDE TO REST and CRUSHED VELVET . The third, SILK STALKINGS, will be out in August 2016.
The Style & Error Series features former fashion buyer turned amateur sleuth Samantha Kidd. Books in that series include DESIGNER DIRTY LAUNDRY ; BUYER, BEWARE ; THE BRIM REAPER ; and SOME LIKE IT HAUTE . (A short story, “Just Kidding ,” tells the story of how Samantha first met shoe designer Nick Taylor). Book 5, GRAND THEFT RETRO, will be out in 2016.
The Madison Night Mysteries feature a modern day interior decorator who specializes in midcentury design (studying Doris Day movies to get the look right). Books are PILLOW STALK,THAT TOUCH OF INK , and WITH VICS YOU GET EGGROLL . A prequel novella, “Midnight Ice,” can be found in OTHER PEOPLE’S BAGGAGE .
The new Costume Shop Cozy Mysteries feature former magician’s assistant Margo Tamblyn who has come home to run her family’s costume chop. A Disguise to Die For was released February 2, 2016 and Masking for Trouble will be released October 4.
FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
My thoughts: This is one of my favorite series. I liked Poly from the first few chapters in the first book: Suede to Rest. I really enjoyed the first two installments in this series and was looking forward to this new book. I believe I mentioned before that this series is one of my go to reads for an engaging read. Silk Stalkings enforces that feeling.
The characters are well developed and make the story interesting even without the mystery. The budding romances between Poly and Vaughn and Charlie and Clark add a nice touch to the story without overpowering the mystery.
As for the mystery, there were plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged until the end. Maybe I’m off my game (I generally figure out Who Dunnit before the end), but I was taken by surprise when the killer was revealed.
It was nice to learn more about Charlie’s life before she moved to San Ladron and to see a more human side of Vic McMicheal. Silk Stalkings can easily by read without having read the other two mysteries in the series, but once you read it, you will find that you want to read more about the characters and will want to read the entire series. Don’t forget to visit the tour page for a chance to win a Kindle Fire preloaded with four of Diane’s books. Be sure to check out the other stops on the tour.
August 1 – Booklady’s Booknotes – REVIEW*
August 1 – Sleuth Cafe – REVIEW
August 2 – A Holland Reads – REVIEW *
August 2 – Kaisy Daisy’s Corner – REVIEW
August 3 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – REVIEW*
August 3 – Pulp and Mystery Shelf – SPOTLIGHT
August 4 – Jane Reads – REVIEW*
August 4 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT
August 5 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW*
August 5 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT
August 6 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW
August 7 – Shelley’s Book Case – REVIEW*
August 8 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW
August 8 – Carole’s Book Corner – SPOTLIGHT
August 9 – Queen of All She Reads – REVIEW
August 9 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – REVIEW*
August 10 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW*
August 10 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT
August 11 – LibriAmoriMiei – REVIEW
August 11 – The Girl with Book Lungs – SPOTLIGHT
August 12 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW *
August 12 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
Grilling the Subject by Daryl Wood Gerber
GRILLING THE SUBJECT is another fabulous installment of this great series. A fun, fast, intriguing read.
~Lisa K’s Book Reviews
So many suspects. It seems like when Jenny clears someone from her list, something else pops up and they’re back on it. Not an easy one to solve, which keeps Jenny hopping and those pages turning.
GRILLING THE SUBJECT is a book about the past, choices and changes made and the impact on today. It’s also a book about loyalty, perseverance, and pushing through.
~Cozy Up With Kathy
The characters are really what makes this book (and this series) stand out for me. Ms. Gerber has a talent for creating believable characters who are easy to like…and believable characters who are easy to dislike (so you don’t mind finding them at the wrong end of a murder).
Grilling the Subject (A Cookbook Nook Mystery)
5th in Series
Berkley (August 2, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
E-Book ASIN: B017SCQLSW
Things heat up for bookstore owner Jenna Hart in the latest Cookbook Nook mystery from the Agatha Award-winning author of Fudging the Books.
As the Wild West Extravaganza rides into Crystal Cove, California, Cookbook Nook store owner Jenna Hart is ready to indulge her appetite for grilled and barbecued treats and maybe even try the Texas skip. But when the body of one of her father’s neighbors is found the next morning smoldering in a bonfire, the rodeo revelry is extinguished.
Sylvia Gump had acquired plenty of enemies with her practice of illegally encroaching on her neighbors’ properties—including Jenna’s dad, who was off fishing by himself and has no alibi for the murder. Now it’s up to Cary Hart’s dutiful daughter to clear his name before the real killer turns up the heat and rakes someone else over the coals…
About This Author
DARYL WOOD GERBER writes the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mystery series featuring a cookbook store owner who is an avid reader and admitted foodie, set on the coast of California. As AVERY AAMES, she pens the Agatha Award-winning, nationally bestselling Cheese Shop Mystery series featuring a cheese shop owner amateur sleuth, set in the fictional town of Providence, Ohio. Daryl’s short stories have been nominated for the Agatha, Anthony, and other awards. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl has appeared in “Murder, She Wrote” and more.
Visit Daryl or Avery atwww.darylwoodgerber.com.
Daryl’s Blog – http://www.darylwoodgerber.com
Avery’s Blog – http://www.averyaames.com
Mystery Lover’s Kitchen – http://www.mysteryloverskitchen.com
Killer Characters – http://killercharacters.com
Daryl Wood Gerber https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4750535.Daryl_Wood_Gerber
It is my pleasure to welcome Daryl Wood Gerber to the blog today. She is sharing a delicious recipe with us.
Do you like using spices when you cook? I heard about Penzey’s spices from my fellow authors on Mystery Lovers Kitchen (where authors love to cook up crime and recipes)! It turns out it’s a local company for me, located in Santa Monica, but they have a great online presence. They send out promotional magazines that include delicious recipes.
I have fallen in love with two of their spices: Parisien Bonnes Herbes and Bouquet Garni. I use their chili and cinnamon. I also bought their garlic salt, which is great! By the way, funny story, but I purchased a “bag” of the Parisien herbs, and my adult son saw it in my pantry. He chuckled and said, “Mom, do you have a secret?” Yes, it looks like something you’d smoke! Not I, thank you very much. LOL
Try this recipe and after you finish your meal, open up a good book and settle in for the night. Hmm…maybe that would be the time to taste Penzey’s hot cocoa! It’s divine…even in the midst of summer!
PENZEYS SAVORY SWISS CHICKEN (CHICKEN SWISS)
2 chicken breasts (with bones left in)
4-8 basil leaves
2-4 teaspoons Penzey’s Parisienne Bonnes Herbes
4 slices Swiss cheese
Kitchen twine (or kite string)
Rinse chicken breasts. Make a slit in each breast, lengthwise starting from the rib-side. Lay open.
Season with Penzey’s spices. (This is always about preference. There is no salt in the spice, so the chef needs to decide how much. I used 4 teaspoons.)
Layer basil and cheese in the center. (Again with the basil. This is a chef’s preference. I used 2 VERY large leaves in each breast. Do not skimp on the cheese. J)
Tie the chicken with twine (or kite string if that’s all you have). *If you’re going to barbecue, make sure you soak the string in water before applying.
For barbecue: heat the grill to medium high. Oil the grill. Set the chicken, bone-side down on the grill. Cook on each side for 5 minutes. Reduce the grill to medium-low and grill for another 30-40 minutes. Make sure the skin is crispy (to your liking).
For baked: Heat the oven to 300 degrees. Set chicken in a baking pan lined with foil. Close the foil tightly. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven. Open the foil and remove the TWINE from the chicken. Turn the oven to broil. Broil the chicken breasts for 10-12 minutes, until chicken skin is crispy (to your liking).
Agatha Award-winning and nationally bestselling author DARYL WOOD GERBER ventures into the world of suspense with her gripping debut novel, GIRL ON THE RUN. Daryl also writes the bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries. As Avery Aames, she pens the bestselling Cheese Shop Mysteries. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote”. In addition, she has jumped out of a perfectly good airplane and hitchhiked around Ireland by herself. She absolutely adores Lake Tahoe, where GIRL ON THE RUN is set, and she has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky. Visit Daryl at www.darylwoodgerber.com.
Today I’m giving away one copy of your choice of any of my published books. Leave a comment and tell me what spices you like to use for barbecue.
My thoughts: This recipe sounds delicious. I can’t wait to try it. Grilling the Subject is delicious read – perfect for an end of summer read (well, perfect any time for those who enjoy a good mystery.) I always enjoy visiting Crystal Cove and catching up with Jenna, Rhett, Bailey, Aunt Vera and the other residents. In this 5th installment in the Cook Book Nook Mysteries, the mystery hits close to home as Jenna’s dad is a suspect in the death of a neighbor, Sylvia Gump. Sylvia is not well liked by many of the residents of Crystal Cove, so Jenna’s dad isn’t alone in the suspect pool. To complicate matters, an unlikely figure from Jenna’s past shows up to add an interesting twist to the story. Grilling the Subject is an engaging mystery with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing until the end. There are so many viable suspects it’s hard to keep them all straight. As always I enjoyed the cook book suggestions Daryl always includes in the stories. My Amazon Cook Book wish list almost always doubles when I read a Cook Book Nook Mystery. Grilling the Subject can be read as a stand alone, but I know you will enjoy the characters and will want to go back and read the others in the series if you haven’t done so already. Each of the books in the series has a festival theme that adds to the fun in the book and makes the reader want to visit Crystal Cove for real. This time it is a Wild West theme with lots of mouth watering recipes for you to try. As the story was ending, the town was getting ready for a book club themed week. Now that sounds interesting. Grilling the Subject is an all around good read. You don’t want to miss it.
Daryl is offering a chance to win one copy of your choice of any of her published books. Be sure to leave her a comment telling her what spices you like to use for a BBQ.
You have until midnight of August 3rd to enter. The winner will be chosen by random generator.
Be sure to check out the tour page for a chance for a great prize package and don’t forget to visit the other stops on the tour.
July 27 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – Review, Interview, Recipe
July 28 – fuonlyknew – Review, Recipe
July 29 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Recipe
July 29 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Review, Recipe
July 30 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Review, Recipe
August 1 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Review, Recipe
August 2 – A Holland Reads – Review, Recipe
August 3 – Back Porchervations – Review, Recipe
FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Address To Die For
by Mary Feliz
Right off the bat, I enjoyed the tempo of author Mary Feliz’s writing. No wasted words or dragging scenes. Just a fast paced story both well written, and thought out.
~Lisa K’s Book Reviews
The author did a great job with the characters and setting you can easily imagine you are a part of the story.
Ms. Feliz’s writing style is engaging and made for a most enjoyable read.
With fresh new characters and a strong story, you won’t be able to put this one down.
~Shelley’s Book Case
Be sure and get yourself comfortable as you read this hard to put down book.
The plot was interesting and developed at an even pace, with a few unexpected twists leading up to the story’s resolution. All in all, a nice light read.
~Cassidy Salem Reads & Writes
I thought this book had some really interesting characters and it was different from other cozies I have read…
Rich in detail and vivid descriptions, the story takes place in the small town of Orchard Valley, in the hills above Silicon Valley. This captivating and fast-paced whodunit tale has enough quirky characters, witty humor, drama, intriguing twists and turns, and conspiracy theories that will keep you guessing.
~Jersey Girl Book Reviews
I thought this was a well written book with a good plot. It kept me turning pages and guessing up until the end.
~Melina’s Book Blog
This was a great cozy mystery and fans of many other cozy series will find themselves enjoying this series as well.
For professional organizer Maggie McDonald, moving her family into a new home should be the perfect organizational challenge. But murder was definitely not on the to-do list . . .
Maggie McDonald has a penchant for order that isn’t confined to her clients’ closets, kitchens, and sock drawers. As she lays out her plan to transfer her family to the hundred-year-old house her husband, Max, has inherited in the hills above Silicon Valley, she has every expectation for their new life to fall neatly into place. But as the family bounces up the driveway of their new home, she’s shocked to discover the house’s dilapidated condition. When her husband finds the caretaker face-down in their new basement, it’s the detectives who end up moving in. What a mess! While the investigation unravels and the family camps out in a barn, a killer remains at large—exactly the sort of loose end Maggie can’t help but clean up . . .
About The Author
Mary Feliz has lived in five states and two countries but calls Silicon Valley home. Traveling to other areas of the United States, she’s frequently reminded that what seems normal in the high-tech heartland can seem decidedly odd to the rest of the country. A big fan of irony, serendipity, diversity, and quirky intelligence tempered with gentle humor, Mary strives to bring these elements into her writing, although her characters tend to take these elements to a whole new level. She’s a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and National Association of Professional Organizers. Mary is a Smith College graduate with a degree in Sociology. She lives in Northern California with her husband, near the homes of their two adult offspring. Visit Mary online at MaryFeliz.com, or follow her on Twitter @MaryFelizAuthor.
FTC Disclosure: I received a free NetGalley of this book in exchange for an honest review.
My thoughts: This is the first book in a new series by Mary Feliz. It’s going to be a winner with readers.
There were many things I liked about this book: the setting, the beautiful old home, the organizational tips, the characters, the pets and of course Maggie herself. Maggie is a well rounded character and very likable. I would love to have her come organize my life.
The mystery is very well written with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing until the end. I was surprised at the solution, but it did make sense. I won’t give any hints as I don’t want to spoil it for you. It has been a busy reading summer for me and this makes the list of the top five books I’ve read this summer and the top two mysteries. I’m anxious to read about Maggie’s next adventure.
Be sure to visit the tour page for a chance to win an e-copy of the book. Don’t miss the other stops on the tour.
July 19 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW, INTERVIEW
July 19 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT
July 20 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW
July 20 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &,Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT
July 21 – Sleuth Cafe – REVIEW
July 22 – Shelley’s Book Case – REVIEW
July 23 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW
July 23 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT
July 24 – Cassidy Salem Reads & Writes – REVIEW
July 25 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW
July 25 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – REVIEW, GUEST POST
July 26 – Cozy Up With Kathy – SPOTLIGHT
July 26 – Tea and A Book – REVIEW
July 27 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW
July 28 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW
July 28 – Bookjunkie’s Book Blog – SPOTLIGHT
July 29 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW
July 29 – Booklady’s Booknotes – REVIEW, GUEST POST
July 30 – The Power of Words – REVIEW
July 31 – Book Babble – REVIEW
August 1 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW
August 1 – fuonlyknew – REVIEW
August 2 – The Girl with Book Lungs – REVIEW
August 2 – Queen of All She Reads – REVIEW
Murder on the Mother Road
by Glenn Nilson
Murder on the Mother Road:
A Bobby Navarro Mystery
Male Sleuth Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Creekside Publishing (March 15, 2016)
Paperback: 318 pages
Goodreads Summary: Bobby Navarro rides his Harley into another adventure when he discovers the body of a young woman in the trunk of a parked car in Williams, Arizona, on old Route 66.
Who would leave a car, with a body in it, parked on the main street of town? And, who told the police Bobby had been the driver of the car, because they soon take him to the police station to conduct an “interview”.
Then, to make matters worse, Bobby realizes one of the police officers is a woman he had a crush on in high school. And, that’s just his first night in town. Next morning, Bobby has breakfast at a local diner, where everyone is talking about the murder and the arrest of one of the diner’s cooks. The staff don’t think the suspect is guilty of the crime, and one of the locals, Daryl King, lets slip to Bobby that he knows who the guilty party really is. Trouble is, Daryl won’t tell the police whatever it is he knows. In fact, Daryl has trouble talking with anyone. The fact that he made an exception in Bobby’s case, leads to Bobby agreeing to work with the police to find out if Daryl does know who the killer is. Bobby’s part in the investigation takes him to the Holiness Pentecostal Church of the Brethren, a church run by an ex-biker and two of his former gang members. There, he discovers a host of suspects, leaving Bobby to wonder whether he will have to “get religion” in order to help solve this Murder on the Mother Road.
FTC Disclosure: I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book is a bit of a departure for me. I read a wide variety of genres – a little bit of everything. I do love mysteries, but I tend to stick cozy mysteries such as those written by Ellery Adams or Avery Aames with a few police/detective proceedurals like The Women’s Murder Club by James Patterson or The Alphabet Series by Sue Grafton. The Bobby Navaro Mysteries fall somewhere in between those. And to be honest, when I first started reading, I was a bit uneasy. But, all that was forgotten before I finished the first few pages. The next thing I knew Gilson had sucked me into the story and I have now added another character I want to keep my eye on.
Maybe it was the Harley (my husband rides one), more likely it was simply Bobby Navaro. He is just a solid good character. Somehow I felt as though I had known him for years. I immediately felt as though he were a character to be trusted. That combined with an engaging mystery had me hooked until the end. And now that I’ve read this book, I want to go back and read Murder on Route 66. I love it when I find a new series to enjoy and this has the added bonus of being one that expands my mystery genre reading. Even better I have a long list of people I will be recommending this series too.
This tour just started yesterday. Be sure to check out the tour page for a chance to win a print or e-copy of Murder on Route 66.
Visit the other stops on the tour for a chance to learn more about the author and his character.
July 14 – A Blue Million Books – INTERVIEW
July 15 – Booklady’s Booknotes – REVIEW
July 16 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT
July 17 – My Funny View of Life – REVIEW
July 18 – Island Confidential – GUEST POST
July 19 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW
July 20 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW
July 21 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW
July 22 – Lori’s Reading Corner – GUEST POST
July 23 – Back Porchervations – SPOTLIGHT
July 24 – deal sharing aunt – SPOTLIGHT
July 25 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW, INTERVIEW
July 26 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW – BOOK 1
July 27 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW – BOOK 2 – INTERVIEW