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Here is you list for Nov. 2014 releases

November 2014

Week of Nov. 1st. – 8th.

One Potion in the Grave – Magic Potion Mystery #2 – Heather Blake
Christmas Cozy – Zoe Donavan #11 – Kathi Daley *
Hell On Wheels – Odelia Grey Mystery #9 – Sue Ann Jaffarian *
Another One Bites the Dust – Jensen Murphy, Ghost for Hire #2 – Chris Marie Green *
On Borrowed Time – A Library Lover’s Mystery – Jenn McKinlay *
Lethal Letters – A Books by the Bay Mystery #6 – Ellery Adams *
A High-End Finish – A Fixer-Upper Mystery #1 – Kate Carlisle *
No Mallets Intended – A Vintage Kitchen Mystery – Victoria Hamilton *
Deeper Than the Grave – Tai Randolph/ Trey Seaver #4 – Tina Whittle *
Plagued by Quilt – A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery #4 – Molly MacRae *
Reap the Wind – A Cassie Palmer Novel – Karen Chance
Waistcoats & Weaponry – Finishing School #3 – Gail Carriger *
Snow White Red- Handed – Fairy Tale Fatal Mystery #1 – Maia Chance *
Last Wolf Standing – Belinda Boring *
A Dog Gone Murder – Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper Novel – Elaine Viets *
Suede to Rest – A Material Witness Mystery #1 – Diane Vallere *
The Chocolate Clown Corpse – A Chocoholic Mystery – JoAnna Carl *
Chorus Line, Caviar and Corpses – Happy Hoofers #1 – Mary McHugh *
Dirty Deeds – Savannah Martin #9 – Jenna Bennett *
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie – A Sister Jane Mystery – Rita Mae Brown *
Knot in my Backyard – Quilting #2 – Mary Marks *
Knot Guilty – Crochet Mystery series #9 – Betty Hechtman *
Bloody Politics – A Molly Malone Mystery – Maggie Sefton *

Week of Nov. 9th.

Flesh and Blood – Kay Scarpetta Novel #22 – Patricia Cornwell *
Hell on Wheels – Odelia Grey Mystery #9 – Sue Ann Jaffarian *
If the Shoe Kills – A Tourist Trap Mystery – Lynn Cahoon E-book only *
Reap the Wind – Cassandra Palmer #7 – Karen Chance *

Week of Nov. 16th.

The Job – Fox and O’Hare #3 – Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg *
Bound by Ink – Living Ink #2 – Marcella Burnard *

Week of Nov. 23rd. – 30th.

Magic Steals – Jim and Dali Novella in Nigh shift Anthology – Nalini Singh and other authors
Betrayed – A Rosato & Associates Novel #13 – Lisa Scottolline *
Black Widow – Elemental Assassin #12 – Gini Koch *

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A Change in Altitude is a Must Read Story

A Change in AltitudeA 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.

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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.

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April’s New Book Releases as I see it

April 2014

 

Week of April 1st

Ghost of a Gamble – Granny Apple #4 – Sue Ann Jaffarian

A Killing Notion – Magical Dressmaking #5 – Melissa Bourbon

Sugar and Iced – A Cupcake Bakery Mystery #6 – Jenn McKinlay

Stone Cold – Broken Magic #2 – Devon Monk

The Whole Cat and Caboodle – A Second Chance Cat Mystery #1 – Sofie Ryan

A Bat in the Belfry – A Home Repair is Homicide Mystery – Sarah Graves

Magical Misfire – A Southern Witch e-Novel – Kimberly Frost

Circle of Desire – Damask Circle #3 – Keri Arthur

Drowning in Fire – The Elementals #3 – Hanna Martine

Marked – A Mindspace Investigations Novel #3 – Alex Hughes

Death on Eat Street – Biscuit Bowl Food Truck #1 – J.J. Cook

The Day he Kissed Her – A Bad Boys of Crystal Lake Novel – Juliana Stone *

Under Stone Cold – A Constable Molly Smith Novel – Vickie Delaney

A Biscuit, A Casket – Gourmet Pet Food Mystery #2 – Liz Mugavero *

A Second Helping of Murder – Comfort Food Mystery #2 – Christine Wenger *

Bloom and Doom – A Bouquet Shop Mystery #1– Beverly Allen *

Uncertain Glory – Lea Wait *

Death Comes Quickly – China Bayles #22 – Susan Wittig-Albert *

A Roux of Revenge – Soup Lover’s Mystery #3 – Connie Archer *

Forget Me Not – Quilting Mystery – Fern Michaels *

Antiques Chop

 

Week of April 7th

Sea of Shadows – Age of Legends #1 – Kelley Armstrong

Dreams of Gods and Monsters – Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3 – Laini Taylor *

Pack of Strays – Fangborn #2 – Dana Cameron *

Miss Julia’s Marvelous Makeover – Miss Julia Mystery – Ann B. Ross *

 

Week of April 14th.

 

Hanging by a Hair – Bad Hair Day #11 – Nancy J. Cohen

Guidebook to Murder – eBook – A Tourist Trap Mystery – Lynn Cahoon

Apart at the Seams – Cobble Court Quilt Mystery #6 – Marie Bostwick

Dances with Demons – Phoenix Chronicles Novella – Lora Handeland

 

Week of April 28th

How to Seduce a Vampire (Without Really Trying) – Love at Stake #15 – Kerrelyn Sparks

Apart at the Seams – Cobbled Court Novel #6 – Marie Bostwick

The Taking – Kimberly Derting *

Half Moon Harbor – The Bachelors of Blueberry Cove #2 – Donna Kaufman  

Once Bitten, Twice Burned: A Phoenix Fire Novel – Cynthia Eden  

Antiques Con – A Tran & Treasures Mystery – Barbara Allan  

Dead Giveaway – Joanne Fluke     

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The Missing Dough Will Thrill Your Taste Buds

 

The Missing DoughThe Missing Dough

By: Chris Cavender

Copyright:  December 2013

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 fiancé 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.

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All Fudged UP by Nancy Coco a Very Cute Read

All Fudged UpAll Fudged Up

By: Nancy Coco

Copyright: November 2013

Publisher: Kensington Mystery

Welcome to the Historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop–where life is sweet, revenge is sweeter, and murder is here to stay…

You Can’t Fudge an Alibi

Allie McMurphy is up to her neck in renovations at the grand old hotel that’s been in her family for generations. With its quaint Victorian charm–and world-famous fudge shop–the place is one of Mackinac Island’s most beloved landmarks.

Sure, every family has a skeleton or two in the closet. But Allie didn’t expect to find an actual corpse inside hers, especially one Joe Jessup, who had a long-running feud with her dear departed grandfather. Which makes Allie the number-one suspect.

Can she sniff out the culprit before another victim checks in?

Allie’s dream was to run the Historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop.  But her dream included her grandfather being there alive and well to show her the ropes before handing it over to her.  Finding a dead body in her second floor supply closet was definitely part of her refurbishing plan either.  So poor Allie is now caught up in not only her renovations but a feud that has the islanders’ split between supporting her or supporting the family of the dead man.

This is a fantastic first book in a series that I think is going to grab everyone’s attention.  I love the book and I think the island setting and the cast of quirky characters and neighbors will make it a fun read.  The recipes are of course a bonus that I think most people will also enjoy.

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Gentle on my Mind is a Thoughtful and Enjoyable Read

Gentle on my MindGentle on my Mind

By Susan Fox

Copyright: September 2013

Publisher: Zebra Contemporary Romance

Brooke Kincaid knows second chances don’t come cheap. She’s spent five years repairing past mistakes and making her life in Caribou Crossing steady and predictable. But now a stranger’s Harley has shattered her fence and her peace of mind in one swoop. Brooke is drawn to everything about wounded undercover cop Jake Brannon—his raw masculinity, his tenderness, and the undisguised desire that makes her feel more alive than she’s ever been.

By rights, Brooke should curse Jake for complicating her life. Instead, she’s offered him a place to heal and a cover story as he searches for a wanted man. Jake knows she’s vulnerable, but she’s also strong, kind, and hotter than hellfire. It’s a combination that could make even a die-hard loner long to put up his boots and put down roots at last, and show her just how good a second chance can get…

Brooke has worked hard to change the minds of her neighbors and prove that she’s changed, and moved beyond being the person they knew for many years.  Having what to her appears to be a gang banger biker crash into her fence (with requisite bullet wound) is not helping her peace of mind.  Let’s not forget the fact that even with his gruff exterior and threats of mayhem if she doesn’t do what he wants, she’s finding feeling for him that she has not felt in ages.

Jake is an undercover cop who is now in trouble and must let this strange woman help him without giving himself away.  Together they will both find out things about each other and themselves that will hopefully make them both better and stronger people.

Factor in Brooke’s son and family, and the extended family and you have not only a mystery but a romance that will keep you spellbound from the first page to the last.  I found the characters to be believable and compelling (having a cop for a son in law, and a cousin who spent his career in Military Intelligence made it easy).

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Honey Pie is a Sweet Treat for the Mind

Honey PieHoney Pie

By Donna Kauffman

Copyright: May 2013

Publisher: Brava

Mocha Chocolate Chip… Caramel Fudge…Strawberry Lemonade…Butter Rum…There’s no such thing as guilt when it’s another delicious bitch and bake session with the women of the Cupcake Club…

When Honey D’Amourvell inherits property on tiny Sugarberry Island, she’s prepared to start a whole new life. Her plan is simple—make a home, open a shop, and maybe, finally, find a place to belong. But the building she now owns is leased to none other than the owner of Babycakes, which means her spot is already occupied. Honey isn’t sure how to put down roots when she has nowhere to plant them. But sexy, softhearted mechanic Dylan Ross seems determined to help. He’s everything she never imagined she would find in a man, and each kiss is more persuasive than the last…

Soon enough, Honey is another important ingredient in the spicy mix of the Cupcake Club. But will Dylan convince her that what she craves most is his love?

This is the fourth Cupcake Club romance, and we are introduced to a new character in the ongoing story. Honey is an artist who is well known in her own mid-west home state and has an online presence also.  She is a bit of a recluse which is part of her problem.  She always thought she was close with her aunt because she stayed in touch by phone, and thought gram was fine until she got a letter from her aunt’s attorney that she had passed on and left Honey her estate.

Packing up her business into her aunt’s old VW Beetle and headed east to start over.  Barely making it onto the island she sees that her aunt’s store has been rented out to the connecting store and is less than thrilled to realize that not only doesn’t she have a place to live, but nowhere to open a retail gallery for her work.  Honey is NOT a happy camper.

Follow her adventure, from finding a place to stay, to getting her ancient VW fixed, to finding new friends and “family”.

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Antiques Chop is a Humorous Romp

Antiques ChopAntiques Chop

By: Barbara Allan

Copyright: May 2013

Publisher: Kensington Books

The quaint Midwestern town of Serenity is about to hit the small screen. Brandy Borne and her dramatically ditzy mother, Vivian, will be starring in Antique Sleuths, a reality TV show based on the duo’s antiquarian adventures–and their troubling talent for solving deadly crimes. What better shooting set than a creepy old house, the site of a 60-year-old unsolved axe murder?

The location is perfect until Bruce Spring, the show’s producer, meets a fatal axe-ident, mortally mauled just like the home’s previous owner. The first suspect on the chopping block seems typecast for the role of killer–he was found at the scene of the attack, clutching a stained axe. But as Brandy and Vivian chop around for clues, plenty of other suspects stick out their necks…

It seems the show’s cameraman clashed with Bruce–could he be the culprit? What about the acrimony between Andrew, the harried homeowner, and Bruce, whose dirt-digging documentary all but accused Andrew of the original unsolved crime? And who’s driving that blood-red Toyota that keeps making unscripted cameo appearances? If Brandy and Vivian are going to get to the bottom of this mystery, they’ll have to be extra careful not to wind up on the cutting room floor–in pieces!

No matter how hard she tries, Brandy just can’t seem to divorce herself from her mother’s escapades.  This time out even her son pleads with her to join in.  It started out when her ex-husband Roger showed up looking for his runaway son, he was wealthy enough to worry that it might have been an abduction for ransom.

Brandy explains to Roger that she’d spoken to Jake about her recently finding out who her real parents were and that Jake might be having a problem processing it. Jake just needed to talk to his grandmother and came to visit without benefit of his father’s permission.

So Jake gets to stay for a few days, and Vivian drags the two of them into a new scheme… a reality tv show about Antiques and the buying and selling of them.  Murder happens, possible revenge, possible long held hatred and much more… Ya gotta read the book to find out the rest of the story.

I love the series, especially where Brandy and Vivian are posting possible chapters for their next book.  This is a series that will have you rolling in your seat, falling down laughing.

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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.

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