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Amazing: It’s almost September already!

Here’s my multi-genre list of September reviews.  As usual I post it early so you can pre-order or reserve them at your library in time to get the first copy available.  I hope you find some amazing reads for the coming month.

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September 2016

Week of September 1st. – 9th.

Paint the Town Dead – A Silver Six Crafting Mystery #2 – Nancy Haddock *

By Familiar Means – A Witch’s Cat Mystery #2 – Delia James *

Deja Who – MaryJanice Davidson *

Letters from Paris – Paris Key novel #2 – Juliet Blackwell *

Cancelled by Murder – A Postmistress Mystery #2 – Jean Flowers *

Murder of a Cranky Cat Catnapper – A Scumble River Mystery #19 – Denise Swanson *

No Farm, No Foul – A Farmer’s Daughter Mystery #1 – Peg Cochran *

Digging up Dirt – A Southern Ladies Mystery #3 – Miranda James *

Cheddar Off Dead – An Undercover Dish Mystery #2 – Julia Buckley *

Apprentice in Death – In Death #43 – J.D. Robb *

My Wild Irish Dragon – Boston Dragons #2 – Ashlyn Chase *

Once Broken Faith – An October Daye Novel #10 – Seanan McGuire *

The Question of the Felonious Friend – Asperger’ #3 – E.J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen *

Guardian’s Mate – A Shifter Unbound Novel – Jennifer Ashley *

Closed Casket – The New Hercule Poirot Mysteries – Sophie Hannah/Agatha Christie *

Black and Blueberry Die – A Fresh Baked Mystery – Livia J. Washburn *

Two Tall Tails – A Magical Cats Mystery #9 – Sofie Kelly *

Apprentice in Death – In Death #43 – J.D. Robb *

Santorini Caesars – Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis #8 – Jeffrey Siger *

 

Week of September 12th.

Driving Heat – Nikki Heat #7 – Richard Castle *

Death of an Avid Reader – Kate Shackleton #6 – Frances Brody *

 

Week of September 19th.

The Magician – Dark Arcana #1 – E.J. Stevens *

By Familiar Means – A Witch’s Cat Mystery #2 – Delia James *

Immortal Nights – An Argeneau Novel #24 – Lynsay Sands *

Magic Binds – A Kate Daniels Novel – Ilona Andrews *

Pushing up Daisies – An Agatha Raisin Mystery #27– M.C. Beaton *

Crushing on Love – Love in Bloom (The Bradens) – Melissa Foster *

Not Quite Perfect – Not Quite Perfect series book 6 – Catherine Bybee *

 

Week of September 26th.

Death by Pumpkin Spice – A Bookstore Café Mystery – Alex Erickson *

It’s Your Party, Die if You Want To – A Liv and Di Mystery – Vickie Fee *

The Semi-Sweet Hereafter – A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery #3– Colette London *

High Kicks, Hot Chocolate, and Homicides – A Happy-Hoofers Mystery #5– Mary McHugh *

British Manor Murder – A Lucy Stone Mystery – Leslie Meier *

Christmas Caramel Murder – A Hannah Swenson Mystery – Joanne Fluke *

Shadow Silence – Whisper Hollow #2 – Yasmine Galenorn *

Magic Binds – A Kate Daniels Novel – Ilona Andrews *

A Cherry Cola Christmas – A Cherry Cola Book Club Novel – Ashton Lee *

A March to Remember – A Hattie Davis Mystery – Anna Loan – Wilsey *

Before She Dies – Suspense Mystery – Mary Burton *

Bite Me – The Pride Series #9 – Shelly Laurenston *

Nick of Time – Suspense/Thriller/Action – John Gilstrap *

Shoot ‘em Up – A Maisie McGrane Mystery #3 – Janey Mack *

The Babe Ruth Deception – A Fraser and Cook Mystery #3 – David O. Stewart *

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

The Coldwater Warm Hearts Club – A Contemporary Novel – Lexi Eddings *

The House on Honeysuckle Lane – An Oliver’s Well Novel #2 – Mary McDonough *

The Murder of a Queen Bee – A Henny Penny Farmette Mystery #2 – Meera Lester *

Dangerous Protector – Aegis Group Book #5 – Sidney Bristol *

Dandelion Dead – A Natural Remedies Mystery #4 – Chrystle Fiedler *

 

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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.

FTC Full Disclosure:  I borrowed this book from my local library with no thought that I’d review it.

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Savannah and Dirk Strike Again

Killer Physique Killer Physique
By: G.A. McKevett
Copyright: April 2014
Publisher: Kensington Books

Plus-sized P.I. Savannah Reid gets a taste of the high life when she attends a Hollywood premiere on the arm of husband Dirk Coulter. Savannah may be a newlywed, but even she gets weak in the knees when she meets celebrity athlete-turned-movie-star Jason Tyrone. So imagine how she feels when the star’s rock-hard body is found rock-hard dead…
Some guys have everything. With his stunning looks and dazzling charm, Jason Tyrone is America’s favorite new action hero. Make that was. Once so spectacular in action, the blockbuster idol was found dead in his hotel room after his latest premiere. Despite his chiseled physique, Jason is never getting up again…
Though the autopsy reveals Jason may have gotten his killer body through doping, no one wants to believe the beloved athlete is a fraud, least of all Savannah. Soon she’s deeply immersed in the dark world of body enhancing drugs, and wondering if the world-class gym where Jason worked out is really just a front for a lucrative drug ring. Was Jason’s death the price he paid for threatening to expose other celebrities caught in the clutch of keeping a flawless image? Or was everyone’s favorite hero a victim of his own desire to always be at the top of his game? No stranger to society’s obsession with image, Savannah is determined to get to the truth. And for the voluptuous investigator, this time it’s personal….

 

So the honeymoon is over and Van is now learning to deal with the slob she calls her own. Dirk also have problems, what with his birth parents coming to stay with them and meet him for the first time.
To help with the newlywed’s mood and to help lighten it up “the boys” invite them to the premiere of a new movie starring Jason Tyrone. It’s too bad this nice kid is dead before the night’s even over. Van and Dirk are on the job, between the parents (who turn out to be really cheap people) who don’t think Van should be “wasting” Dirk’s money on expensive foods (really her own cash) and Dirk trying so hard to work this murder case, life in the Reid/Coulter house is getting to be a bit much.

Savanna and Dirk are two of my favorite detectives. This series always hits the spot, entertainment wise and laugh wise. I highly recommend you beg, borrow or steal a copy and hunker down with it in your favorite reading spot.

FTC Full Disclosure: I received my copy of this book from the publisher who only asked for a fair and impartial review.

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Grey Howl is a Classic Mystery Read

Grey HowlGrey Howl
By: Clea Simon
Copyright: March 2014
Publisher: Severn House

A prestigious literature conference is convening in Cambridge and Dulcie Schwartz is the university liaison for the event, meeting and greeting some of the finest minds in her field.

But events do not run according to plan when one scholar’s presentation is sabotaged while another visiting professor disappears. As Dulcie and her boyfriend Chris struggle to solve problems and soothe egos, a strange apparition starts to haunt the bi-annual event. And even Mr Gray, the ghost of Dulcie’s late, great cat,,appears to be overwhelmed, leaving Dulcie to manage an increasingly backstabbing crew of professional rivals, one of whom may be a killer.

Dulcie’s life feels like it’s spinning out of control. She is going to be presenting a paper at the conference taking place at her university so of course the department chair has decided that she also has to be in charge of taking care of everything else also. Meeting the visiting scholars, making sure they have what they need while still trying to have a life of her own is in a word daunting.
Things start going sideways when one of the scholars asks for help retrieving the file that supposedly contained her notes for her presentation, and claiming that someone has sabotaged her computer. Finding out that everyone in the visiting group has a past that crossed lines over the years (and also having affairs with each other) is making it difficult for her to keep them in line.
Add in some possible poisonings, a dead body, and once again being seen as a person of interest by the police is making Dulcie wonder why she ever let her boss push her into being liaison to the visiting trouble makers.
Clea Simon, in each succeeding book in this series is proving that she is up there with the greats. Her stories bring to mind authors like Dame Agatha Christie, John Sandford and J.J. Marric. Her ability to juggle so many people and multiple crossing plots make her books a genuine pleasure to read, collect and share with friends.

FTC Full Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher who only asked for a fair and impartial review.

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Playing with Fire is One Hot Read

Playing With FirePlaying with Fire

By: J.J. Cook

Copyright: January 2014

Publisher: Berkeley Prime Crime

GETTING WARMER

Fire Chief Stella Griffin is working to solve the mysterious death of her predecessor, Eric Gamlyn—who also haunts her cabin. Yet the more she learns, the more burning questions she must answer. Just as Stella thinks she has a lead from Deputy Chum, someone snuffs her hopes—and the lawman.

Adding fuel to the fire, Stella’s parents soon arrive—with her ex-boyfriend—hoping to persuade her to return to Chicago. Now Stella is torn between the life she left behind and uncovering what happened to her ghostly friend. But she’d better think fast or more than her investigation could go up in flames.

Stella is being pulled from all sides. She needs to find out who murdered her predecessor and keep her parents at bay at the same time.  A retiring deputy visiting her with information he’d kept quiet about for years, exhuming the old chief’s body to find out who’s buried in the grave, and deciding whether to go back to Chicago are all weighing heavily on her.  On top of that her parents show up with her ex in tow to bring her home is really putting the cherry on top.

This second book in the Sweet Pepper series is bringing a lot of the storyline together in one book. I read this book with a sense of wonder and joy and pieces started to fall into place and the author’s talent takes us on a magical journey. I highly recommend this series to all lovers of cozies with a touch of the supernatural.

FTC Full Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author who only requested that I write a fair and honest review.

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Killer Honeymoon Will Totally Enthrall You

Killer HoneymoonKiller Honeymoon

By: G.A. McKevett

Copyright: April 2013

Publisher: Kensington Books

Now that plus-sized P.I. Savannah Reid has finally walked down the aisle, she’s ready for a romantic island getaway with new husband Dirk Coulter. The trip is supposed to be a blissful week of rum drinks and sunshine—but finding a dead body on the beach can be a real killjoy. Welcome to the honeymoon from hell…
Savannah and Dirk were hoping for a little honeymoon excitement, but eye witnessing a cold blooded murder wasn’t exactly what they had in mind. To their surprise, the recently deceased is none other than Amelia Northrop, the popular L.A. anchorwoman whose super sexy looks landed her a super wealthy husband. Savannah’s no expert, but she’s pretty sure Amelia won’t be hosting tonight’s evening news; she’ll be the lead story.

When the local police make it clear that they don’t want Savannah’s help, she decides to do a little digging on her own—and what she discovers could blow the case wide open. It seems Amelia led a far more twisted life than her cheery on-screen persona suggested, and crossed more than a few powerful people along the way. The question is, who hated Amelia enough to shoot her dead in broad daylight? Savannah isn’t sure, but she suspects Amelia found out the hard way that fate has a way of settling old scores—and karma can be a girl’s worst enemy…

Why is it that every time Savannah and Dirk step out of the house, even just to run a quick errand they run into either trouble or dead bodies?

Savannah, Dirk off on a romantic honeymoon on picturesque Santa Tesla Island have only one thought on their minds, relax and enjoy some time away from the gang and the office.  Of course waking up in a crummy motel isn’t any fun either. Dirk in his mind was being romantic since they had stayed there once before while on a previous case.

After renting a golf cart to save money they head to a gift shop to redeem something their friends John and Ryan arranged for them as a gift.  Little did they know it would lead them into a gruesome murder that would have too many suspects and not enough answers. 

Savannah, Dirk, Tammy and the whole crew get deep into solving a murder the two newlyweds witnessed firsthand. The runarounds, and snubs from the police chief would chase off anyone else, but the intrepid crew of the Midnight Magnolia Detective Agency are made of sterner stuff.  It takes them a while but in the end they find the killer, solve the problem and make a couple of new friends in the bargain.

FTC Full Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, who only asked for a fair and impartial review.

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Kris Neri’s Latest “Revenge on Route 66” is a Fun Read

RevengeOnRoute66_frontcover_WEBRevenge on Route 66

By Kris Neri

Copyright: March 2013

Publisher: Cherokee McGhee

Historic Route 66: With its signs for “New Dead Things,” the Biker Bunny Bin, and the Kontiki Pizza and Chinese Restaurant that serves only waffles – it’s kitchy, crazy, and fun. How appropriate that it would hold a place of importance to unconventional Tracy Eaton and her dad, aging Hollywood hunk, Alec Grainger.

Their Route 66 adventures always included a stay in Tecos, New Mexico, but their regular stop at Lucy Crier’s Lunch Pail Cafe is now a thing of the past, since Lucy plugged her ex-beau and went to the big house for murder. That’s why it’s perplexing when Lucy, safely ensconced in her cell, is simultaneously seen dodging traffic along Route 66. Naturally, Alec uses that mystery to lure Tracy and her sweetie Drew back to America’s Main Street.

But the road takes a darker turn when Woody Crier, Lucy’s smarmy son, turns up dead, and an even stranger bend when the FBI goes gunning for Tracy, calling her one of America’s Most Wanted.

She has no choice but to go on the lam, but this time, the Mother Road provides no escape. As the danger escalates, Tracy knows if she can’t cut through the web of secrets and lies shrouding her favorite haunts and the pasts of those dearest to her, everything she cherishes could vanish in a Route 66 minute.

This story is being told in both the past (through flashbacks by Tracy and others) and the present.  Drew’s movie star father cons her into joining him on a trip down memory lane on the Mother Road, Route 66.  This road is famous in both song (Get Your Kicks on Rte. 66) and television history (Route 66).

Tracy, her husband Drew, her father, and “Uncle” Philly are doing their best to solve murders, and find answers to a decade old murder.  The situations can be silly, masterful, or downright crazy.  But they all do what they can to survive.  In the end everyone’s secrets will come to light (hopefully) and Tracy and Drew will be able to enjoy some time together without worrying about being chased by cops, robbers, and thieves.

I’ve enjoyed all the Tracy Eaton books I can get my hands on.  This latest one had me glued to my chair for hours at a time (potty breaks are definitely needed) and I was sorry when the book ended.

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