A Change in Altitude
By: Cindy Meyere
Copyright: July 2014
Publisher: Kensington Fiction
With local Maggie Stevens’ baby on the way–not to mention her wedding to Jameso Clark in the works–spring in Eureka promises to be a time of rebirth in more ways than one. To add to the excitement, and refill the town’s depleted coffers, Lucille, the mayor, has wooed a movie producer to Eureka, throwing folks into a tizzy–and inspiring some to reach for the stars. As if that weren’t enough, the bogus Lucky Lady mine the town partially sold turns out to really have gold in it–and possibly a ghost to boot. But with each silver lining, there seems to be a cloud. . .
With Eureka’s financial future at stake, Lucille will have to wrangle Lucky Lady’s greedy half-owner to regain control. Meanwhile, just as Jameso is getting comfortable with the imminent role of husband and father, his wayward sister, Sharon, comes to Eureka to escape a troubled marriage. Can the residents of Eureka find the courage to stand up to ghosts of all kinds and get their beloved town back on its feet in time to welcome their newest addition–and celebrate the gifts of spring. . .?
Spring is looking to be a very interesting time this year. The town is mostly broke, weddings are planned, and the Mayor is desperate to bring money into the town’s coffers. What must be done, what can be done?
This is a very tricky story to read and review. There are so many things going on at once that you need to take notes to know what the characters are doing and who they might be related to. Let’s start with Sharon. She is running for a husband who is a danger to her, her daughter Alina and lastly to himself. Sharon and Alina make a cross country escape in a car that might or might not make it. She is praying that her brother (who she hasn’t heard from in years) will be able to help them. Driving into town Sharon is met by another character who will be looking into her life Sergeant Josh Miller who pulls up behind her parked car to see if she needed any help.
Then we have her brother Jameso (AKA Jay Clarkson) who is getting married and his intended bride is pregnant…
So much is going on, and only 302 pages to fit it all into. This book starts out as if it would be a 500 pager but it will surprise you how quickly you will fall into the cadence of reading, and ignoring the world around you as you engage with the people of Eureka and their lives. I’ve probably left out a bunch of people who are going to make you want to slap them, or laugh at them.. but that’s my job as a reviewer. This book is an intriguing story and I honestly think you should beg, borrow or steal a copy to hide in your reading corner with.
FTC Full Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.
Week of Aug. 4th
The Only Thing Worse Then Witches – Young Readers – Lauren Magaziner
Fragile Destiny – The Aether Chronicles #3 – Suzanne Lazear
Blood Games – Chicagoland Vampires #10 – Chloe Neill
The Aeronaut’s Windlass – The Cinder Spires series #1 – Jim Butcher *
Memory Zero – Spook Squad – Keri Arthur *
Queen of Hearts – Royal Spyness Mystery #8 – Rhys Bowen *
Muffin But Murder – A Merry Muffin Mystery #2 – Victoria Hamilton *
The Counterfeit Lady – Victorian Bookshop Mystery #2 – Kate Parker *
Murder With a Twist – Mack’s Bar #2 – Allyson K. Abbott
Murder in the Mystery Suite – A Book Retreat Mystery #1 – Ellery Adams *
Revenant – Greywalker #9 – Kat Richardson *
Dark Skye – Immortals After Dark #14 – Kresley Cole *
Well Read, then Dead – Read Em and Eat Mystery #1 – Terrie Farley Moran *
The Cat, the Vagebond and the Victim – A Cats in Trouble Mystery – Leann Sweeney *
Taken In – A Southern Sewing Circle Mystery #9 – Elizabeth Lynn Casey *
Shear Trouble – Southern Quilting Mystery #4 – Elizabeth Craig -
Book Fair or Foul – Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery #4 – Erika Chase *
Paw and Order – Chet and Bernie #7 – Spencer Quince *
Death by Devil’s Breath – A Chili Cook-Off Mystery – Kylie Logan *
A Little Night Murder – Blackbird Sisters #10 – Nancy Martin *
The Counterfeit Lady – Victorian Bookshop #2 – Kate Parker *
If Catfish Had Nine Lives – Country Cooking School Mystery – Paige Shelton *
Extra Sensory Deception – Raven’s Nest Bookstore #4 – Alison Kingsley *
Death of a Crabby Cook – A Food Festival Mystery #1 – Penny Pike *
Warrior Lord #3 – Nancy Cohen *
Extra Sensory Murder – A Raven’s Nest Bookstore Mystery – Allison Kingsley *
Nightmares Can Be Murder – A Dream Club Mystery #1 – Mary Kennedy *
Under the Final Moon – Underworld Detection Agency #6 – Hannah Jayne The Cottage on the Corner – An Apple Valley Novel #2 – Shirlee McCoy
Week of Aug 10th.
Cursed Moon – Prospero’s War #2 – Jaye Wells
Designated Daughters – A Deborah Knott Mystery – Margaret Maron *
Clam Wake – Bed & Breakfast Mystery #29 – Mary Daheim *
Week of Aug 17th
The Ripper Affair – A Bannon and Clark Case – Lilith Saintcrow
Expedition Indigo – A Riley Cooper Novel #1 – Stacy Allen *
Flight From Hell – Otherworld/Fly by Night – Yasmine Galenorn *
Ella Mae’s Worst Bad-Luck Day – Miss. Julia #16 – Ann B. Ross *
Visions – A Cainsville Novel – Kelly Armstrong *
Week of Aug 24th.
Nightmares Can Be Murder – A Dream Club Mystery #1 – Mary Kennedy *
Well Read, Then Dead – Terrie Moran * Fall for Me – Belinda Boring *
Bones Never Lie – A Temperance novel – Kathy Reichs *
To Die Fur – Whiskey, Tango & Foxtrot Mystery #2 – Dixie Lyle *
Death of a Dog Whisperer – Melanie Travis #17 – Laurien Berenson *
Shattered Secrets – Cold Creek Mystery #1 – Karen Harper *
The Beautiful Ashes – Broken Destiny #1 – Jeaniene Frost *
Lucky Catch – Lucky O’Toole Los Vegas #5 – Deborah Coonts *
Memory Zero – Spook Squad #1 – Keri Arthur *
It’s in his Kiss – Lucky Harbor #10 – Jill Shalvis *
So July is just a few days away… Let’s take a look at what we’re going to beg, borrow or steal so that we can read them.
Week of July 1st.
Book Clubbed – Booktown Mystery #8 – Lorna Barrett
Fatal Fortune – Abby Cooper series – Victoria Laurie
The House on Mermaid Point – Wendy Wax *
Crime Rib – A Food Lovers Village Mystery #2 – Leslie Budewitz *
Bloodshifted – Edie Spence #5 – Cassie Alexander *
Muffin but Murder – Merry Muffin Mystery #2 – Victoria Hamilton
Grave Visions – An Alex Kraft Novel – Kalayna Price *
Night’s End – Indigo Court #5 – Yasmine Galenorn
Tailing a Tabby – A Bookmobile Cat Mystery #2 – Laurie Cass
Maple Mayhem – Jessie Crockett *
Grace Against the Clock – A Manor House Mystery #5 – Julie Hyzy *
A Vision in Velvet – A Wishcraft Mystery #6 – Juliet Blackwell *
Some Enchanted Éclair – Magical Bakery Mystery #4 – Bailey Cates *
Silence of the Lamb’s Wool – A Yarn Retreat Mystery #2 – Betty Hechtman *
Cookies and Scream – Cookie Cutter Shop Mystery #5 – Virginia Lowell *
The Seat of Magic – The Golden City #2 – J. Kathleen Cheney *
Enslaved by Others – H&W Investigations #6 – Jess Haines
Ill-Gotten Panes – Stained Glass Mystery #1 – Jennifer McAndrews *
I’ll Find you – Nancy Bush
To Kill a Matzo Ball – A Deadly Deli Mystery – Delia Rosen
The Spirit is Willing – Ophelia Wylde Paranormal Mystery – Max McCoy
Week of July 7th.
Midnight Thief – Livia Blackburne
The Good, the Bad, and the Emus – Meg Langslow #15 – Donna Andrews *
Week of July 14th.
The Book of Life – All Souls Trilogy #3 – Deborah Harkness *
Peanut Goes to School – Elder Races #6.7 a novella – Thea Harrison *
Week of July 21st.
Welcome to the Dark House – Laurie Faria Stolarz
Murderous Looks – Wendy Tyson *
Week of July 28th.
Silver Shadows – Bloodlines #5 – Richelle Mead
Poison Promise – Elemental Assassin #11 – Jennifer Estep *
Magic Breaks – Kate Daniels #7 – Ilona Andrews *
Between – Megan Whitmer *
Beach Bags and Burglaries – Haley Randolph Mystery – Dorothy Howell
Shifter’s Claim – The Shadow Shifters #4 – A.C. Arthur *
The Lazarus Curse – A Dr. Silkstone Mystery – Teresa Harris
Free Agent – Grimm Agency #1 – J.C. Nelson *
Death, Taxes and Silver Spurs – A Tara Halloway Novel – Diane Kelly *
Death on Eat Street
Author: J.J. Cook
Copyright: April 2014
Publisher: Berkeley Prime Crime
Zoe Chase always wanted to own her own restaurant—but first, she’ll have to serve up a heaping helping of meals on wheels, with a side of mystery…
When she’s once again passed over for a promotion at work, Zoe decides to take the big leap and go for her dream. She quits, gives up her fancy digs, and buys a fixer-upper diner in a shady part of town. To keep above water during the renovation, she buys a used food truck to serve the downtown and waterfront of Mobile, Alabama.
Zoe starts to dish out classic Southern food—but her specialty is her deep-fried biscuit bowls that blow traditional bread bowls away.
After a promising start, things start to go downhill faster than a food truck without brakes. First, someone tries to rob the cash register. Next, Zoe is threatened by the owner of a competing food truck for taking their spot. And when the owner ends up dead inside Zoe’s rolling restaurant, Zoe and her sole employee, Ollie, find themselves hopping out of the frying pan into the fryer. They need to find the real killer, before both of them get burned.
Zoe has reached her breaking point. Between a cheating boyfriend, being constantly passed over for promotion at work, and the most pushy mother in the world she’s had it! Zoe is going to reach for her dream of owning her own restaurant.
She buys a closed diner and does enough to bring the kitchen up to code. But to raise the money needed for a full refit and updating she decides to run a food truck to raise the money to finish her dream plan. It’s hard work and she’s fighting against all the established operators and the interference of family. After an argument with one of the other truck owners who park down by the police station she comes back to the restaurant and has another unending fight with her ex.
To make matters worse she is out of the truck for maybe half an hour and comes back to find a dead body wedged into her truck cab.
This is just the start of J.J. Cook’s new Biscuit Bowl Mystery series and if you want to know more about this first adventure you’re going to have to beg, borrow or steal a copy. I find that the mix of characters (her family and street people) make for a great read. I’m not handing out any spoilers. LOL
FTC Full Disclosure: I received my copy of this book from the authors who only asked for a fair and impartial review.
Week of May 1st. – 9th
Her Perfect Mate – X-Ops #1 – Paige Tyler
The Goodbye Witch – A Wishcraft Mystery #4 – Heather Blake
Slightly Spellbound – Southern Witch # 4 – Kimberly Frost
Alien Collective – Alien #9 – Gini Koch
Fire Kin – The Half-Light City #4 – M.J. Scott
The Unforgiven – League of the Dark Swan #2 – Alyssa Day
The Pickled Piper – Pickled and Preserved Mystery #1 – Mary Ellen Hughes
Boiled Over – A Main Clambake Mystery #2 – Barbara Ross
It Happened One Wedding – Julie James
The One – A Selection Novel – A Fairy Tale Romance – Kierra Cass
The Cat, the Vagabond and the Victim – Cats in Trouble #5 – Leeann Sweeney *
Catnapped! – A Dead End Job Mystery #12 – Elaine Viets *
A Dollhouse to Die For – Cate Price *
Fleur de Lies – Passport to Peril #9 – Maddy Hunter *
Angora Alibi – Seaside Knitters Mystery #7 – Sally Goldenbaum *
The Goodbye Witch – Wishcraft Mystery #4 – Heather Blake *
Death of a Mad Hatter – Hat Shop Mystery #2 – Jenn McKinlay *
Murder Gone A-Rye – A Baker’s Treat Mystery – Nancy J. Parra *
Jailhouse Glock – A Dead Sister Talking Mystery #2 – Liz Lipperman *
Midnight Crossroad – 1st in a new trilogy – Charlaine Harris *
Thunder Struck – Weather Witch #3 – Shannon Delany *
Last Licks – Sunny & Shadow Mystery #3 – Claire Donally *
Murder in Marino – Seaside Knitters Mystery #8 – Sally Goldenbaum *
Death at the Door – A Death on Demand Mystery – Carolyn Hart *
Chantress Alchemy – Amy Butler Greenfield *
Unexpected – Lori Foster
Frankenstorm- A Novel – Ray Garton
Boiled Over – A Main Clambake Mystery #2 – Barbara Ross
Week of May 12th
Odin’s Ravens – The Blackwell Pages – K.L. Armstrong/ M.A. Marr
Obsidian Curse – Stacy Justice #5 – Barbra Annino
Week of May 19th
Against the Dawn – A Shaede Assassin Novel – Amanda Bonilla *
Booty Bones – Sara Booth Delaney #14 – Carolyn Haines *
Call of the Siren – A Demons of Infernum Novel – Rosalie Lario
Week of May 26th
Jail House Crock – Dead Sister Talking #2 – Liz Lipperman
Catnapped – Dead End Job – Elaine Viets
Banishing the Dark – Arcadia Bell Novel #4 – Jenn Bennett
The Immortal Crown – An Age of X Novel #2 – Richelle Mead
Til Dirt do us Part – Local Foods Mystery #2 – Edith Maxwell
Skin Game – Dresden Files #15 – Jim Butcher *
City of Heavenly Fire – Mortal Instruments #6 – Cassandra Clare *
Hunt the Darkness – Guardians of Eternity #11 – Alexandra Ivy
Down by the River – A Smokey Mountain Novel – Lin Stepp
Death in Saratoga Springs – A Gilded Age Mystery – Charles O’Brien
The Right Thing – A Novel of Friendship – Amy Conner
Against the Wild – The Brodies of Alaska – Kat Martin