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Murder at Lambswool Farm is an Intriguing Mystery

Murder at Lambswool FarmMurder at Lambswool Farm

By: Sally Goldenbaum

Copyright: May 2016

Publisher: Obsidiium Mystery

 

Book Blurb

Seaside Knitter Birdie Favazza has long loved knitting, but lately she’s taken on a new challenge—making a family farm operational again. With help from friends, Lambswool Farm is now up and running, with thriving crops and grazing sheep.  In addition, the farm will host rustic, six-course prix fixe dinners plated by local chefs and served on a gorgeous restored harvest table, decorated to perfection with colorful knitted vegetables crafted by Izzy Chambers Perry, her aunt Nell, and the other Seaside Knitters.

But on the night of the first meal, everything spins out of control when one of the guests, Seaside Harbor’s family physician, is found dead on the property. It seems that behind Dr. Alan Hamilton’s friendly bedside manner was a man worth killing.

Soon the town is gossiping and pointing fingers at all possible suspects—including the women at Lambswool Farm. Now the Seaside Knitters must join together to uncover the truth in Dr. Hamilton’s complicated past—and restore peace to town and country alike.

 

My Thoughts:

I’ve read a number of Ms Goldenbaum’s books over the years and have enjoyed them all.  This book reaches new heights in the way her characters act and how much effort they put into solving a mystery that involves the happiness of the entire community.

I haven’t done much blogging this last year or so but this book is bringing the words back into my fingers.   The stranger who comes to town out of nowhere, who spends his time investigating the town and the people in it.  The guileless way he appears to talk to people and make friends. All this and more make Murder at Lambswool Farm the BEST in the series.   I strongly suggest reading it if you love mystery stories.

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A Sweet Look at February’s Releases

As always my lists are multi genre and I work as hard as I can to give you as many choices as possible.  Of course no one can get ALL of each month’s new titles.  But I try.

 

February 2016:

Week of Feb. 1st.

A Whisker of Trouble – A Second Chance Cat Mystery – Sofie Ryan *

For Cheddar or Worse – A Cheese Shop Mystery – Avery Aames *

Off of Books – A Novel Idea Mystery – Lucy Arlington *

Town in a Cinnamon Toast – A Candy Holliday Mystery – B.B. Haywood *

It’s a Wonderful Knife – A Comfort Food Mystery – Christine Wenger  *

A Turn for the Bad – A County Cork Mystery #4 – Sheila Connolly *

A Familiar Tail – A Witch’s Cat Mystery #1 – Delia James *

A Deadly Tail – A Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Mystery – Dixie Lyle *

A Disguise to Die For – A Costume Shop Mystery #1 – Diane Vallere *

The Grim Steeper – A Teapot Collector Mystery #3 – Amanda Cooper *

Darkness Raging – An Otherworld Novel – Yasmine Galenorn *

Games Wizards Play – Young Wizards Series #10 – Diane Duane *

Jane and the Waterloo Map – A Being Jane Austen Mystery #13 – Stephanie Barron *

Blood in her Veins – Stories from the World of Jane Yellowrock – Faith Hunter *

The Case of the Missing Morris Dancer – A WISE Enquiries Mystery – Cathy Ace *

Blood Will Tell – A Dorothy Martin Investigation – Jeanne M. Dams *

Unreasonable Doubt – A Constable Molly Smith Novel – Vicki Delaney *

Beauty, Beast, and Belladonna – Fatal Fairy Tale #3 – Maia Chance *

Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen – Vorkosigan Saga (HC) – Lois McMaster Bujold *

Midnight Marked – A Chicagoland Vampires Novel – Chloe Neill *

 

Week of Feb. 8th.

Unlucky in Love – The Lucky Series – Jill Sanders *

Drawing Blood – A Sketch in Time Mystery – Dierdre Verne *

Death & the Brewmaster’s Widow – An Auction Block Mystery – Loretta Ross *

 

Week of Feb. 15th.

Ghost Talker – Ghost Seer #4 – Robin D. Owens *

 

Week of Feb. 22nd – 29th.

Fogged Inn – A Main Clambake Mystery – Barbara Ross *

Shards of Murder – A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery #2 – Cheryl Helon *

Murder Most Wholesome – A Blossom Valley Mystery – Staci McLaughlin *

A Gathering of Shadows – A Darker Shade of Magic #2 – V.E. Schwab *

The Scoop – The Godmothers #1 – Fern Michaels *

Wedding Cake Murder – A Hannah Swenson Mystery w/recipes – Joanne Fluke *

Sweet Haven – A New Series – Shirlee McCoy *

Murder in an Irish Village – Carlene O’Connor *

See you at Sunset – A Seashell Bay novel – V.K. Sykes *

Bitter Bite – Elemental Assassin #17 – Jennifer Estep *

Runaway Vampire – An Argeneau Vampire Novel – Lynsay Sands *

First Life – Everlife #1 – Gena Showalter *

Welcome Back – Contemporary Romance – Lin Stepp *

Antiques Swap – A Trash ‘N’ Treasures Mystery – Barbara Allan *

The Unleashing – Call of Crows #1(paranormal) – Shelly Laurenston *

Secrets in the Stones – A Dr. Thomas Silverstone Mystery – Tessa Harris *

The Friends We Keep – A Mischief Bay Story – Susan Mallery *

A Girl’s Guide to Moving On – A Novel – Debbie Macomber *

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Let’s start the year off right!

As always my lists are multi-genre. This means there’s something for everyone.  Happy Holidays and a Happy Healthy New Year to you all!

January 2016:

Week of January 1-9th.

Daisies for Innocence – Enchanted Garden Mystery #1 – Bailey Cattrell *

Truthwitch – The Witchlands #1 – Susan Denard *

The Dirt on Ninth Grave – A Charlie Davidson Novel – Darynda Jones *

Foreign Éclairs – A White House Chef Mystery #0 – Julie Hyzy *

Passengers – A Paranormal Adventure – Alexandra Bracken *

Sweet Pepper Hero – A Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mystery #4 – J.J. Cook *

To Helvetica and Back – A Dangerous Type Mystery #1 – Paige Shelton *

Scene of the Brine – A Pickled and Preserved Mystery – Mary Ellen Hughes *

One Foot in the Grove – An Olive Grove Mystery – Kelly Lane *

Copy Cap Murder – A Hat Shop Mystery #4 – Jenn McKinlay *

Death of a Bad Apple – A Food Festival Mystery – Penny Pike *

A Ghouls Guide to Love and Murder – Ghost Hunter – Victoria Laurie *

The Cakes of Monte Christo – Piece of Cake #6 – Jacklyn Brady *

A We Dose of Death – Scotshop #2 – Fran Stewart *

1635: A Parcel of Rogues – The Ring of Fire Series (HC) – Eric Flint *

Only the Stones Survive – HC – Morgan Llywelyn *

Silver Bullets – Elmer Mendoza *

The First Order – Jeff Abbott *

 

Week of January 10th.

The Killing Jar – Jennifer Bosworth

The Little Shop of Happily Ever After – Jenny Colgan *

 

Week of January 17th.

 

Week of January 24th. – 31st.

Spider Game – Ghost Walker #12 – Christine Feehan *

No Cats Allowed – A Cat in the Stacks Mystery – Miranda James *

Dearly Departed – Amy’s Travel #2 – Hy Conrad *

Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club – Alison Goodman *

Louisiana Saves the Library – Emily Beck-Cogburn *

Death of an Alchemist – A Bianca Goddard Mystery – Mary Lawrence *

Stiff Competition – A Mattie Winston Mystery – Annelise Ryan *

Murder in Hindsight – A New Scotland Yard Mystery – Anne Cleeland *

Into the Fury – A BOSS Inc. Novel – Kat Martin *

Reckless – A Rescue Squad Novel – Kimberly Kincaid *

The Philip K. Dick Reader – An Anthology of his stories – Philip K. Dick *

Spider Game – Ghostwalker Series – Christine Feehan *

Driven – A Graphic Novella of the Otherworld (HC) – Kelley Armstrong & Xaviere Daumierie *

Roadside Magic – Gallow and Ragged #2 – Lillith Saintcrow *

 

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Multi-Genre Release List for September 2015

I hope I managed to get all the new releases. So if your favorite author isn’t here it’s my fault.

Nora

September 2015:

Week of September 1st.

Law and Author – Aston Corners Book Club #5 – Erica Chase

The Paris Key – Juliet Blackwell

Knot the Usual Suspects – A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery – Molly MacRae *

All Sales Final – A Good Bye Girls Mystery – Josie Belle *

The Marsh Madness – A Book Collector Mystery – Victoria Abbott *

Trick or Deceit – A Celebration Bay Mystery – Shelley Freydont *

Murder of an Open Book – A Scumble River Mystery – Denise Swanson *

Crucible Zero – House Immortal #3 – Devon Monk *

Tall, Dark and Immortal – Entity #4 – Cat Devon *

Lady Midnight – Dark Artifices #1 – Cassandra Clare

Booked for Trouble – A Lighthouse Library #2 – Eva Gates

Black Cat Crossing – A Bad Luck Cat Mystery #1 – Kay Finch *

The Copper Gauntlet – Magisterium #2 – Holly Black *

Hunter – Mercedes Lackey

Chaplewood – The Borden Dispatches #3 – Cherie Priest

Archangel’s Enigma – Guild Hunter #8 – Nalini Singh*

Dark Ghost – Dark #27 – Christine Feehan *

The Drafter – The Peri Reed Chronicles #1 – Kim Harrison *

A Red Rose Chain – An October Daye Novel – Seanan McGuire *

The Winter Long – An October Daye Novel – Seanan McGuire *

The Darling Dahlias and the Eleven O’Clock Lady – Susan Wittig-Albert *

Cinderella Six Feet Under – Fatel Fairy Tales #2 – Maia Chance *

Basket Case – Silver Six #1 – Nancy Haddock *

The Drafter – Peri Reed Chronicles #1 – Kim Harrison *

Week of September 6th.

Sweet Temptation – The Sweet Trilogy #4 – Wendy Higgens

A Gala Event – An Orchard Mystery – Sheila Connolly *

Devoted in Death – In Death #41 – J.D. Robb *

Week of September 13th.

Led Astray – Kim Armstrong *

Dishing the Dirt – Agatha Raisen #26 – M.C. Beaton *

Week of September 20th.

Goldy’s Kitchen Cookbook – Diane Mott Davidson ****

Even Vampires Get the Blues – A Deadly Angels Novel #7 – Sandra Hill *

Week of September 27th.

All Wrapped Up – Pine Mountain Novel #5 – Kimberly Kincaid

Double Down – The Men of the Sisterhood #4 – Fern Michaels

Snowflake Bay – The Brides of Blueberry Cove #2 – Donna Kaufman

Swag Bags and Swindlers – A Haley Randolph Mystery – Dorothy Howell

Dangerously Dark – A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery – Colette London

Pane and Suffering – A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery – Cheryl Hollon

A Cherry Cola Christmas – A Cherry Cola Book Club Novel #4 – Ashton Lee

About a Vampire – Argeneau Series #22 – Lynsay Sands

The Aeronaut’s Windlass – The Cinder Spires #1 – Jim Butcher

Autumn Moon – Celtic Wolves #3 – Jan DeLima *

Dead With the Wind – A Southern Ladies Mystery – Miranda James *

Evergreen Springs – A Haven Point Novel – RaeAnne Thayne *

Ghost for Sale – Sandra Cox *

The Bark Before Christmas – A Melanie Travis Canine Mystery – Laurien Berenson *

A Beeline to Murder – A Henny Penny Farmette Mystery – Meera Lester *

Scrapbook of the Dead – A Cumberland Creek Mystery – Mollie Cox Bryan *

Ho-Ho Homicide – A Liss MacCrimmon Scottish Mystery – Kaitlyn Dunnett *

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Here’s my view of the February 2015 releases!

Here’s my view of the coming month, as always it is multi-genre.

Enjoy all the great reads.

Nora

Week of Feb. 1st.

Perfect Kind of Trouble – Finding Fate #2 – Chelsea Fine
Fry Another Day – Biscuit Bowl Mystery #2 – J.J. Cook
Played by the Book – A Novel Idea Mystery #4 – Lucy Arlington
Casually Cursed – Southern Witch #5 – Kimberly Frost
Gilt by Association – A Caprice DeLuca Mystery – Karen Rose Smith
Town in a Sweet Pickle – A Candy Holliday Mystery – B.B. Haywood
Criminal Confections – A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery #1 – Colette London
Master of Plagues – A Nicolas Lenoir Novel #2 – E.L. Tettensor
Ghost Killer – Ghost Seer #3 – Robin D. Owens
Hunter Reborn – Moon Shifter #5 – Katie Reus
As Gouda as Dead – A Cheese Shop Mystery – Avery Aames
Death of a Liar – Hamish McBeth #31 – M.C. Beaton
Dead Man Walker – A Consignment Shop Mystery – Ebook only – Duffy Brown
A Root Awakening – A Flower Shop Mystery #16 – Kate Collins
An Early Wake – A County Cork Mystery #3 – Sheila Connolly
At the Drop of a Hat – A Hat Shop Mystery – Jenn McKinlay
License to Dill – A Pickled and Preserved Mystery – Mary Ellen Hughes
By Book or by Crook – A Lighthouse Library Mystery – Eva Gates
Sandpiper Island – The Bachelors of Blueberry Cove #3 – Donna Kaufman
Fire me Up – A Pine Mountain Novel #4 – Kimberly Kincaid
Killer Physique – A Savannah Reid Mystery – G.A. McKevett
Wishing Lake – A Finding Home Novel – Regina Hart
At the Drop of a Hat – A Hat Shop Mystery – Jenn McKinlay
Crybaby – A Jeff Resnick Mystery (24 page kindle book) – L.L. Bartlett *
Week of Feb. 8th.

The Ruby Circle – Bloodlines #6 – Richelle Mead *
Barbeques and Bad News – An Adams Grove Novel #6 – Nancy Nagle *
Deadly Spells – A Sabina Kane Novel – Jaye Wells *

Week of Feb. 15th.

Dark Debt – Chicagoland Vampires #11 – Chloe Neill
Lies that Bind – A Maeve Conlon Mystery #2 – Maggie Barbieri *
Drawing Conclusions – A Sketch in Time Mystery – Deirdre Verne *

Week of Feb. 22rd.

A Wicked Thing – Rhiannon Thomas *
Double Fudge Brownie Murder – A Hannah Swensen Mystery – Joanne Fluke *
Grave Matters – A Night Owls Novel #2 – Lauren M. Roy *
I Was Here – YA/NA Contemporary – Gayle Forman *
The Girls of Mischief Bay – Mischief Bay #1 – Susan Mallory *
The Immortal Who Loved Me – An Argeneau Novel – Lynsay Sands *
A Healthy Homicide – A Blossom Valley Mystery – Staci McLaughlin *
Against the Sky – The Brodie’s of Alaska #2 – Kat Martin *
Murder with Fried Chicken and Waffles – A Mahalia Watkins Soul Food Mystery – A.I. Herbert *
The Wedding Circle – A Cherry Cola Book Club Novel #3 – Ashton Lee *
Flamenco, Flan, and Fatalities – A Happy Hoffers Mystery #2 – Mary McHugh *
Stiff Penalty – A Mattie Winston Mystery – Annelise Ryan *
Blood Legacy – The VV Inn Book 4 – C.J. Ellisson *

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My Review of The Missing Dough by Chris Cavener

I’m reposting this review because Kensington will be re-releasing it in paperback editions. I loved this author’s work the first time around and still enjoy it today.

The Missing DoughMissing Dough
By: Chris Cavender
Copyright: January 2015
Publisher: Kensington

Maddy’s ex-husband, Grant Whitmore, has come back to Timber Ridge, North Carolina claiming he wants to patch things up. It’s soon evident that he has another motive altogether—Grant’s late mother left Maddy something in her will. Maddy refuses to sign the quitclaim that Grant brought with him, despite his threats. But Grant won’t be threatening anyone much longer, for later that night, his body is discovered near the Founder’s Day festival.

Matters are complicated even further when Grant’s sister shows up, accusing Maddy and her fiance of having a part in the murder. As Eleanor and Maddy investigate, they find a great many people who might want to see Grant dead. But can they unearth the culprit before false accusations burn their reputations to a crisp?

My review:
Just when you think you can enjoy a quiet evening out with your sister and the guys the fly in the ointment appears. Maddy’s ex shows up to cause trouble. Supposedly he claims he wants her back, but she puts an end to that quickly. Grant then informs her that his mother had died and that Maddy was named in the will. He tries to get her to sign a quitclaim and she again tells him to take a hike. But that’s not the end of the trouble when he shows up dead and Eleanor and Maddy have to find the real killer to keep their boyfriends out of jail.
Next layer of aggravation for the girls is the appearance of Maddy’s ex sister in law who accuses Maddy and her fiancé of her brother’s murder. Mix in another layer which includes gangsters and threats and you have the most outrageous and interesting story yet in the Pizza Lovers Mystery series.
I highly recommend this book and all the previous ones as a great series to follow and own.
FTC Full Disclosure: I received my copy of this book from the publishers who only requested a fair and impartial review.

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Death on Eat Street is a Culinary Success

Death on Eat StreetDeath 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
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