Southern Spirits, The Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries Book 1 by Angie Fox

Southern Spirits (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries Book 1) by [Fox, Angie]

When out of work graphic designer Verity Long accidentally traps a ghost on her property, she’s saddled with more than a supernatural sidekick—she gains the ability to see spirits. It leads to an offer she can’t refuse from the town’s bad boy, the brother of her ex and the last man she should ever partner with.

Ellis Wydell is in possession of a stunning historic property haunted by some of Sugarland Tennessee’s finest former citizens. Only some of them are growing restless—and destructive. He hires Verity to put an end to the disturbances. But soon, Verity learns there’s more to the mysterious estate than floating specters, secret passageways, and hidden rooms.

There’s a modern-day mystery afoot, one that hinges on a decades-old murder. Verity isn’t above questioning the living, or the dead. But can she discover the truth before the killer finds her?

In Sugarland, Tennessee, Verity Long is at the end of her rope.

Recently un-engaged to the town’s wealthiest bachelor after finding out he was a cheat and hit up her sister! And his mother sued her for the cost of the wedding, resulting in her having to sell everything she owned. Including everything in the antebellum home her Grandmother left her.
All she has left is a dented up old urn that her ex didn’t want.

When she tries to clean the gunk out of the bottom of the urn, it turns out there had been someone eternally resting in it. And now, she’s stuck with him.
Frankie is still a 1920’s gangster and is not happy to be suddenly tied to Verity. When Ellis, brother to her Ex and a cop, asks for her help in ridding his recently purchased mill of what he thinks are ghosts, she may have found a way to save her home after all.

This was a just plain fun book to read. And I will definitely read the rest of them, as she has an excerpt in the back of this book, and it looks like she and Frankie are getting into more trouble!

About Angie!Angie Fox

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Angie Fox writes sweet, fun, action-packed paranormal mystery and romance. Her characters are clever and fearless, but in real life, Angie is afraid of basements, bees, and going up stairs when it is dark behind her. Let’s face it. Angie wouldn’t last five minutes in one of her books.

Angie is best known for her Southern Ghost Hunter mysteries and for her Accidental Demon Slayer books. She lives in St. Louis, with her football-addicted husband, two kids, and Moxie the dog.

The next books is The Skeleton in the Closet!

xx Patricia

Death By Tea( A Bookstore Cafe’ Mystery) by Alex Erickson

Death by Tea (Bookstore Cafe Mysteries)

With Krissy still trying to get her shop Death By Coffee up and running and making a profit, it isn’t helping things when a dead body is found among the shelves.

Two dueling book clubs are all set to square off for the annual book club competition. Reading one of Krissy’s fathers least favorite works, with the prize being a silver teapot. although I don’t think anyone will be using it any time soon, as it is also the murder weapon.

Thanks to Krissy’s nosy neighbor, she is definitely a suspect. And the only one the police are looking at.

There were a couple of different plots going on in this second cozy mystery. Money may or may not be missing from the store and the dead guy may or may not be who and what he said he is/was.

This is a nice cozy mystery. There are so many quirky characters in this little town and just like most little towns, everybody knows everyone’s business and will freely share it!

Looking forward to the next one!

Pekoe Most Poison: A Tea Shop Mystery by Laura Childs

Pekoe Most Poison (A Tea Shop Mystery) by [Childs, Laura]

In the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs, Theodosia Browning attends a “Rat Tea,” where the mice will play…at murder.
 
When Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is invited by Doreen Briggs, one of Charleston’s most prominent hostesses, to a “Rat Tea,” she is understandably intrigued.  As servers dressed in rodent costumes and wearing white gloves offer elegant finger sandwiches and fine teas, Theo learns these parties date back to early twentieth-century Charleston, where the cream of society would sponsor so-called rat teas to promote city rodent control and better public health.

But this party goes from odd to chaotic when a fire starts at one of the tables and Doreen’s entrepreneur husband suddenly goes into convulsions and drops dead. Has his favorite orange pekoe tea been poisoned? Theo smells a rat.

The distraught Doreen soon engages Theo to pursue a discreet inquiry into who might have murdered her husband. As Theo and her tea sommelier review the guest list for suspects, they soon find themselves drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse…

There was definitely a different tone to this latest Tea Shop Mystery.

While I have always loved the trio that are the Indigo Tea Shop, Haley the baker extrodinaire, Drayton, the perfect gentleman and tea sommeliar and Theo, running the show and loving what she does.

We meet some new characters in this book and of course all of our favorites are here. Although one is definitely missing and missed!

After being practically blackmailed to investigate, Theo and Drayton put their heads together to find out who killed Beau and why. There are no shortage of possible suspects, really unsavory characters, but are the killers too?

Theo has developed quite a backbone. I enjoyed her new bolder personality and I think it is a very natural growth process for her as a character. Everyone felt very sure of their place in this one. A maturing of all the characters.

The recipes are included in the book and as usual, they are divine! Laura always gives us such good tips for teas and tea sources and we get to read a great cozy mystery!

Enjoy with a cup of Assam and a slice of lemon bread!

Joanne Fluke’s Lake Eden CookBook

Image result for joanne fluke's lake eden cookbookHannah Swensen’s Recipes from The Cookie Jar.

The entire Swensen clan and their friends are here sharing some of their favorite stories and gossip as well as all the recipes from Chocolate Chip Murder to Carrot Cake Murder!

Joanne’s books were the first cozy mysteries that I read with Recipes for all the luscious goodness that comes from those first rate Minnesota bakers. I was so excited I gave my mother one. From book one we follow Hannah and her family and her love life and her bakery in Lake Eden, Minnesota.

Her books have also been featured on the Hallmark Channel!  You can’t go wrong starting with any of them, but this is as good as any!

Having spent a few winters in that neighborhood, I can tell you it is cold and people bake a lot. And eat a lot of cookies and coffee. And throw in a good murder mystery and winter becomes more tolerable!

Enjoy yourself today with one of her books and stay warm and remeber to Be Kind!

xx Patricia

Fatality By Firelight ( A Cat Latimer Mystery) by Lynn Cahoon

Fatality by Firelight (A Cat Latimer Mystery) by [Cahoon, Lynn]

Back into the world of the Warm Springs Writers’ retreat, housed in the old Victorian that was left to Cat Latimer. She is herself a writer of a YA witchy series and when her ex-husband died, leaving her the house, it’s what she wants to do. Provide a place where writers can enjoy the Colorado scenery and be inspired to write.

The group this week is a diverse bunch. A poet, a nonficton author, a romance writer and a history writer. With the local college providing library resources and the ski slopes just up the hill, it’s the perfect spot for inspiration

Our story begins with the theft of a rare Hemingway book from the library. Cat’s Uncle Pete, the local law, is keeping an eye on the houseguests, as he should because some of them are just a bit off.

When a body is found at the ski lodge and the last person seen with him is one of the guests, Cat puts on her detective hat and tries to get to the bottom of the crime. While at the same time, getting her own book written and still trying to figure out if there was more to her ex-husbands’ death than meets the eye. And also who is this new handsome stranger showing up in town knowing her name?

Between Cat, Shauna and Seth they are sure to come up with some wild speculations and probably solve a crime!

We are loving the Cat Latimer mystery series. There are strong women here. They are just really interesting and good.

In Book Club this is one of our favorite series and one of our favorite cosy mystery writers! And it’s not just the amazingly well described food, although that Shauna can cook something fierce. We always learn a little something too. The books leave us feeling warm and satisfied!  Good Job Ms. Cahoon!

Thank you to Netgalley and Kensington for this early copy. Release Date is February 28, 2017

Teacups and Carnage by Lynn Cahoon

Tea Cups and Carnage (A Tourist Trap Mystery) by [Cahoon, Lynn]

This is the seventh in the Tourist Trap Mystery series from best seller, Lynn Chaoon.

Set in South Cove, California, and starring Jill Gardner, owner of Coffee, Books, and More.The town is getting ready for the big Summer Beach Blast Party where Jill and her merry band of workers will park the food truck version of the store and do double duty running back and forth.

And now there is a new face in town. Kathi is planning on opening Tee Hee just across the street from Jill’s store. Although there won’t be any tea served at Kathi’s shop, just all things tea related.

When a body is found out at the local no tell motel, Jill starts to wonder how much of what their new resident is saying is true. And when more strangers start to show up things start to get interesting. However she has enough on her plate. Money is missing from the store, the newest bank teller is  a total loss, and her detective boyfriend would prefer she stay out of trouble.Make no mistake, we are big fans of Ms. Cahoon’s cosy mysteries and in saying that I have to say this one wasn’t my favorite.

It felt rushed and not pulled together. We all have off days. And we are deep into the newest Cat Latimer Series book at the moment and we love Cat and her Writers Retreat series.

Winter may be making a play in our neck of the woods, so we have stocked up on tea and mysteries just in case.

xx Patricia

All the Little Liars by Charlaine Harris

An Aurora Teagarden Mystery!

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Charlaine Harris is the author of the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, which are on Hallmark TV as well! She is also the author of my favorite Sookie Stackhouse Urban Fantasy series, which HBO turned into True Blood. She also writes several other series books.
All the Little Liars is one of the Aurora Teagarden Mystereies. This series is one of my guilty little pleasures! And looking at this book sitting on my TBR pile was getting harder and harder every day until fate intervened and I was able to read it ahead of schedule.

In Aurora’s little Georgia town, everybody knows everybody and their Momma, and Aurora is enjoying her new husband, Robin Crusoe, true crime writer as well as keeping a secret that she and Robin have yet to share with the rest of the world.
Aurora’s half-brother, Phillip, who is 15, is now living with Aurora and Robin, having had enough of his own parents and their bad behavior. Being new in town hasn’t stopped Phillip from making friends. Good kids whose parents Aurora has known a long time.
Everything is going along more or less as planned until one day when Phillip doesn’t come home. Also gone are his two best friends and an 11 year old girl who was just catching a ride home with them.
Is this a kidnapping? Aurora knows it’s not a runaway situation and she isn’t going to let a little old thing like pregnancy get in the way of finding her brother and bringing him safely home.
As she asks herself how well does she really know the people she grew up with, the friends and families? Secrets just keep popping out of the proverbial bag and each one is worse than the last.
A great mystery! Excellent takes on bullying, alternate lifestyles and hope, love and respect as well as the lengths a parent will go to protect their child.

I have to say the editing of this book was very unlike her other books. There were some issues with the pregnancy and who was told when and a few other things that should have been easily caught!

But that said it was good to see Aurora again!

xxPP

It’s New Release Day!!!

It’s Release Day for some of our favorite Cozy Mystery Authors! Perfect timing, as it looks like some of you are already snowed in! Grab a cup of Holiday Tea and order some of our favorite authors books out today!!

Island Thyme Cafe (Madrona Island Series Book 3) by [Hurst, Andrea]

The third book in the Madrona Island Series!  This time we get to follow Jude!! Grab a copy!

Her Dark Past Eclipsed her Future…Until New Love Brought Endless Possibilities

When her estranged daughter visits Madrona Island for the summer, Jude Simon, owner of the popular Island Thyme Café, is forced to face the dark secrets from her past. Years ago, she found out about her husband’s infidelity from an article in the local paper. Left a single mother of an infant daughter, Jude went on to make a success of her café, but still hides a broken heart behind her radiant smile.

Now, Jude finds herself falling hard for her new chef, Ryan Folger. Her feelings are returned, and Jude is finally able to envision her own happily ever after. However, when the cast and crew of an upcoming movie come to town to film Murder Most Magic, Ryan’s own dark secrets return in the form of a seductive ex-lover determined to have him back.

With the help of her friends, Kyla and Lily, Jude decides to fight for her chance at love with Ryan, work to repair the broken relationship with her daughter, and find the happiness she always longed for.

Pet in Peril: A TV Pet Chef Mystery set in L.A. (A Kitty Karlyle Mystery) by [Celine, Marie]

Gourmet Pet Chef, Kitty Karlyle, is beginning to have some success with her gourmet pet food business. She even has her own cooking show The Pampered Pet, and with her roommate and best friend, Fran, and her own dog, Fred and kitty, Barney her life seems to be heading in the right direction.

Until Fran decides that Kitty’s pets need some therapy. And when the show’s producers get wind of the idea, they have the perfect tie in. A stay at the luxurious Little Switzerland Resort and Spa for Pets. Only this will be a working vacation for Kitty, her pets will have the spa experience as well as some therapy with a pet psychologist. Kitty is not the least bit interested, but it could mean some new clients for her gourmet pet food business, so she and Fran, along with the television crew and Fred and Barney check in to the Spa.

While Kitty knew she would meet some odd people, she never expected to find a dead body! Or to find out that Fran knew the man. Now she is going to find out who killed the handsome con artist and why. Trust me, there is no lack of suspects in this one!

Cats may have nine lives, but Kitty only has one and it looks like someone would rather she not even have that!

This is a purrfect cozy mystery for pet lovers!

Egg Drop Dead (A Cackleberry Club Mystery) by [Childs, Laura]

Laura Childs newest Cackleberry Club comes out on the 6th! Grab one now!!!

Maintaining good personal relationships with their suppliers is one of the secrets of the Cackleberry Club café’s success, so Suzanne doesn’t mind going out to Mike Mullen’s dairy farm to pick up some wheels of cheese. She’s looking forward to a nice visit with the mild-mannered farmer before heading back to their hectic kitchen.

But when she arrives, Mike’s nowhere to be found. The moaning of his cows leads her to look in the barn, where she discovers a bloodcurdling sight—the farmer’s dead body. Apparently not everyone was as fond of Mike Mullen as the Cackleberry Club.

Churning with grief and outrage, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni vow to find the farmer’s murderer—but as they get closer to the truth, the desperate killer gets whipped into a frenzy and plans to put the squeeze on them…

Congratulations Everybody!! December has a lot more cozy Christmas mysteries coming out and my shopping has never been easier.

xxP

 

Some New Tea and a New Cozy Mystery

Time for some tea, new to me, and a really great new book series!

Today I tried Tazo’s refresh mint tea. Just 3 ingredients: peppermint, spearmint and tarragon.  And it is delightful! The Tarragon comes through more with a second steep and is a nice little bite on the back of my tongue. Seems just right for such a gloomy day. The treats are from my favorite Pastry Chef at the CC. There is a Red Velvet with the original style frosting, so it isn’t overly sweet and a luscious layered Espresso with Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache. 

If I had to choose, which I do not…the Espresso slice was absolutely heavenly!

Plus I have a new to me book series. Author A.L. Herbert has put out his second book in the Mahalia Watkins Soul Food Mystery Series. 

Murder with Macaroni and Cheese (A Mahalia Watkins Mystery) by [Herbert, A.L.]

First let me tell you there are RECIPES. Mahalia Watkins is the owner of Mahalia’s Sweet Tea, a soul food, no calorie counting, restaurant. Her food is well known and loved.

In the first book of the series Murder with Chicken and Waffles, we meet Mahalia and her Momma and her crazy cousin, Wavonne, who all work at the restaurant. On the side, she likes to dabble in some detective work.

Halia’s high school reunion is coming up and as much as she would like to just ignore it, the committee comes to her for a solution when their original venue has cancelled on them. Of course Halia agrees to help and Wavonne wiggles right in there too, hoping to snag a football player husband like Raynell has.The reunion is a succes, but when Halia and Wavonne go to pick up the check, they find that the Queen of Mean, Raynell isn’t going to be signing anything ever again.

Raynell was that girl at school who was just a straight up MEAN girl! And she hasn’t changed a lick! But when Halia and Wavonne start nosing around, secrets come flying out of the woodwork and it’s starting to look like more people wanted Raynell dead than alive.

These cozy mysteries are so fresh and different. I laughed my way through both of them. And the entire time I was reading I was pretending that each of the ladies was one of the Atlanta Housewives!  Great stories and a really great author!

xxP cupcakeholder1

CREPE FACTOR(A SCRAPBOOKING MYSTERY) BY LAURA CHILDS WITH TERRIE FARLEY MORAN

Crepe Factor (A Scrapbooking Mystery #14)

TIME TO GET OUT THE GLUE GUN AND GRAB A CUP OF TEA!

The Winter Market in the French Quarter is in full swing, but murder isn’t taking a holiday in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Parchment and Old Lace…

 
The holidays are a busy time for scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand—but not so hectic that she doesn’t have time to enjoy browsing the booths at the Winter Market with her best friend Ava. The last thing the ladies expect to see is a thrashing man stabbed by a serving fork, dying in front of them.

The victim is loathed restaurant critic Martin Lash, who posted his scathing reviews on the Glutton for Punishment website. And the prime suspect is New Orleans restauranteur Quigg Brevard—who was seen giving the critic a tongue-lashing minutes before someone stuck a fork in him. An old flame of Carmela, Quigg asks for her help, which does not please her current beau, Detective Edgar Babcock, to say the least.

Before her relationship is the next victim, Carmela needs to find a murderer who had no reservations about punishing the culinary curmudgeon…

Carmela and Ava are back, doing what they do best…getting into trouble. It’s not like they actively go looking for it, but to Detective Babcock it doesn’t matter. He just wants them to stop snooping into his investigation.

My how I have missed Carmela and Ava and all of their adventures. This book is written with Terri Farley Moran, an excellent writer in her own right. I wasn’t sure if it would change the tone of the book but it did not.I was so happy to see Theodosia’s Indigo Tea Shop make an appearance. The tie in was seamless and I really thought it was a wonderful idea!

We see a few other beloved characters in this one and of course the food always makes my mouth water. I honestly went and got a po boy as soon as I finished the book!

The scrapbooking ideas and instructions are as much a part of the book, as the Tea ideas and suggestions in Ms. Child’s Tea Shop Mysteries. Finally something to do with all of those cigar boxes that are stored in the attic!

Ms. Child is the queen of cozy mysteries…in my own humble opinion…

THE AUTHOR

Laura Childs is a pseudonym for Gerry Schmitt and she is the best-selling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, the Scrapbook Mysteries, and the Cackleberry Club Mysteries.

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fund raising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:

The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.

Terrie Farley Moran is the nationally bestselling author of the Read ‘Em and Eat cozy mystery series including the Agatha Award winning Well Read, Then Dead, Caught Read-Handed and Read to Death. Her short mystery fiction has been published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and numerous anthologies. “A Killing at the Beausoleil” the short story prequel to the Read ‘Em and Eat mysteries was published in EQMM in November 2015 and has been nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Short Story. You can find Terrie on Facebook or on her website at http://www.terriefarleymoran.com