Plum Tea Crazy by Laura Childs

Plum Tea Crazy by Laura Childs

Theodosia Browning investigates a Charleston steeped in tradition and treachery in the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs.

While viewing the harbor’s Gaslights and Galleons Parade from the widow’s walk of Timothy Neville’s Charleston mansion, local banker Carson Lanier seemingly tumbles over a narrow railing, then plunges three stories to his death. But a tragic accident becomes something much more sinister when it’s discovered that the victim was first shot with a bolt from a crossbow.

At the request of the mansion owner, Theodosia investigates the tragedy and is soon neck-deep in suspects. An almost ex-wife, a coworker, a real estate partner–all had motives for killing the luckless banker, but one resorted to murder to settle accounts.

This is the 19th book in this series and I have read them all. For the characters, the setting and of course the tea and recipes! It’s like visiting with old friends.

The characters are still evolving and we have some new additions to the group. Drayton is even a bit looser in this one and we meet more of Haley’s family. Theodosia has a nice boyfriend and that is coming along nicely. We still have Tidwell, who I enjoy very much, but Detective Riley is more Theo’s cup of tea.

This one was also hilarious! Cat fights, and women behaving badly in public! Oh the horror in Charleston society.

Already waiting on the next one!  Great job.

I would like to take a minute to thank Cynthia  over at Making Peace With The Wrong Side of 40 for the really nice interview she did. Check out her blog. This lady is building a house! Not having a house built, building a house from scratch! She is inspiring and if I ever get voted off the island, I’m heading to her place! Fair Warning!





Christmas Cozies and Southern Living

Merry Masquerade in Savannah: A Made in Savannah Cozy Mystery (Made in Savannah Cozy Mysteries Series Book 8) by [Callaghan, Hope]  Product Details Gingerbread Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen series) by [Fluke, Joanne, Meier, Leslie, Levine, Laura]              Not a Creature Was Purring (A Paws & Claws Mystery) by [Davis, Krista]                     Product Details           How the Finch Stole Christmas (A Bird Lover's Mystery) by [Ripley, J.R.]   Christmas with Southern Living 2017: Inspired Ideas for Holiday Cooking and Decorating by [The Editors of Southern Living]

Looking for some Christmas Cozies? Here are some I enjoyed and it wouldn’t be Christmas if I didn’t have my Christmas With Southern Living. I have way more of these than a person probably should but they are part of my childhood and things passed down from my own mother.

Take a break from the shopping craziness and grab a nice cuppa and a cozy book!

Enjoy your Saturday!


A List of Cozy Authors Being Canceled

For the past couple of years Penguin Random House/Berkley Prime Crime along with a few others have been culling the Cozy Mysteries from their offerings. Below is a partial list of authors/series effected. If you see one of your favorites there go Here to their website and leave a polite message for them. Also I’m in a group called Save Our Cozies on FB trying to keep up with the latest information and what our Cozy authors are planning.
Penguin Random House (Berkley/NAL/Intermix):
Avery Aames – Cheese Shop
Beverly Allen – Bridal Bouquet Shop
Karoline Barrett – Bread & Batter
Janet Bolin – Threadville
Melissa Bourbon – Magical Dressmaking
Jacklyn Brady – Piece of Cake
Lucy Burdette – Key West Food Critic
Amanda Carmack – Kate Haywood Elizabethan
Maia Chance – Fairy Tale Fatal
Erika Chase – Ashton Corners
Peg Cochran – Gourmet DeLite
Laura DiSilverio – Mall Cop
Monica Ferris – Betty Devonshire Needlework
Christy Fifield – Haunted Souvenir
Eva Gates – Lighthouse Library
Rosie Genova – Italian Kitchen mysteries
Victoria Hamilton– Vintage Kitchen mysteries (continuing the series with another publisher, ebook only.)
Mary Ellen Hughes, Pickled & Preserved
Annie Knox – Pet Boutique
Elizabeth Lee – Nut Shop Series
Meg London – Sweet Nothings Lingerie
Molly MacRae– Haunted Yarn Shop (plans to continue the series)
Leigh Perry – Family Skeleton
Cate Price – Deadly Notions
Paige Shelton – Farmer’s Market and Country Cooking School
Christine Wenger – Comfort Food

Five Star – has dropped their entire mystery lineup.
Nancy J. Cohen – Bad Hair Day
Maggie Toussaint – Dreamwalker Mysteries
Susan VanKirk– Endurance Mysteries

Limitless Publishing
A.E.H. Veenman – Marjorie Gardens Mysteries

Anna Loan-Wilsey – Hattie Davish
Edith Maxwell – Local Foods mystery

Macmillan / St. Martin’s Press 
D.E. Ireland – Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins (switching publishers)

Not canceled but “at risk”
Kathleen Bridge, Hampton Home and Garden
Nancy Herriman, Old San Francisco
Terrie Farley Moran – Read ‘Em and Eat
Denise Swanson, Scrumble River
T.C. LoTempio, Nick and Nora

Show your favorite Cozy Authors some love and encouragement. And let me know which authors or series you did NOT care for.
xx Patricia

How The Finch Stole Christmas by J.R.Ripley *Release Day*

Grab a cup! Amy’s back with a Christmas Special! Murder!

This is the sixth book in A Bird Lover’s Mystery series featuring Amy Simms and her store Birds and Bees. Selling all things bird and bee related while poking her little nose in the occasional murder.

It’s Christmas time in Ruby Lake, North Carolina and Kinley’s Christmas House Village is always abuzz with shoppers. Only this year they seem to be protesting more than shopping. When the village is sold to a Mr. Finch, things turn down right foul. He is not a likable person and the town is up in arms over the changes. But was someone upset enough to murder?

It’s not long before Amy is in the thick of things trying to unravel this mystery. And not just for one murder.

With every new installment of this series the characters get better. Ripley peels back another layer on characters we thought we knew but oh how we did not! A great stocking stuffer for the bird lover in your family as well as the cozy mystery fan.

Well Done!

Netgalley/Kensington/Lyrical Underground  November 14, 2017

Hello Sunday! You’re looking good!


Morning Y’all! I am happy to report no gloomy morning! Sun is shining bright in the blue sky.

All of our college teams pulled out the win yesterday so the only Okies crying today are the Stillwater crowd. So close. It was just a fun football day all around.

I will be reading all day. I am reading Ripley’s new cozy mystery coming out this month and listening to Ed Sheerhan while proofing the Biology section of the new SAT study guide.

I hope everyone has gone and voted on Goodreads. I know it’s hard because there was a lot of good material out there this year.

I do want to give a big I Love You to OU Boy! Yesterday, in all of this talk of sexual assault and harassment, he went toe to toe with one and for myself, his baby sister, and our beautiful grand daughters, as well as our nieces I can say I have never been prouder of any man. You want to get to one of his girls, you go through him. And seriously no one should attempt that. Thank you love! Mad respect for you.

xx Patricia     Enjoy your Sunday.


Big Mug of Tea, Blankets,and a Book.


Good Sunday Morning to Y’all! It was 37 degrees this morning! I did not want to get out of my warm bed. I compromised and popped into the kitchen and quickly made a Chai Tea Latte with Almond Milk. All of those warming spices hit the spot and I could go back to my warm blankie and my Carolyn Hart book Ghost on The Case.

You know you can make a tea latte yourself. Make some tea, warm the milk and use a frother to whip that stuff. I use about half milk, half tea. A lot of people add a sweetener, but I find the spices and the almond milk make it sweet enough for me. And there isn’t much better than a Chai Latte’ on a cold morning. Or evening.

This has been a packed week-end! OU Boy is putting the final touches on the great room from Harry Potter. With 30 foot ceilings, it was a challenge hanging 250 candles on almost invisible fishing line. But it looks amazing, as does the fireplace with cards shooting out of it. Talented guy. And only one boo boo when he slit open his thumb.

No complaints though. I was moving some things around in my office and dropped one of these 2 feet by 2 feet old as crap and rusty barrel holders that I had hoped to one day use as they look cool but instead one fell on my right ankle area and now I have what looks like a brand of a V. It bled a little and I cleaned it and put Neosporin on it. But yeah, it’s still there. Perfect V scab. Now I don’t need a tattoo.

Stay Warm! Stay Safe! Enjoy some tea and a nice book today. Be kind to yourself.

Happy Halloween!


Meet Cozy Mystery Author Paige Shelton

 If Mashed Potatoes Could Dance (Country Cooking School Mystery Book 2) by [Shelton, Paige] If Onions Could Spring Leeks (Country Cooking School Mystery Book 5) by [Shelton, Paige]

Paige writes the A Country Cooking School Mystery Series. Includes Recipes!


Lost Books and Old Bones (A Scottish Bookshop Mystery) by [Shelton, Paige] Of Books and Bagpipes: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery by [Shelton, Paige] The Cracked Spine: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery by [Shelton, Paige]

The newest series A Scottish Bookshop Mystery

Bookman Dead Style (A Dangerous Type Mystery) by [Shelton, Paige] Comic Sans Murder (A Dangerous Type Mystery) by [Shelton, Paige] To Helvetica and Back (A Dangerous Type Mystery) by [Shelton, Paige]

And A Dangerous Type Mystery 

Paige Shelton

Paige Shelton is the New York Times Bestselling author of the Farmers’ Market, Country Cooking School, Dangerous Type, and Scottish Bookshop mysteries. She’s lived lots of places but currently resides in Arizona. Find out more at

Paige is a new to me Cozy author. I picked one in each of the series so I’ll get back to you on how it’s going. Reviews look really good though.

If you have read some of her work, let me know how you like it!

xx Patricia   Funny witches brew local children cartoon joke image For all of the Farm to Table Lovers!


Town in a Wild Moose Chase: A Candy Holliday Murder Mystery by [Haywood, B. B.] Town in a Maple Madness (Candy Holliday Murder Mystery) by [Haywood, B. B.] Town in a Strawberry Swirl (A Candy Holliday Mystery, #5)

About The Author:

B. B. Haywood is a pseudonym of writing team Beth Feeman and Robert Feeman. They conceived the idea for the Candy Holliday mysteries while driving around the Maine countryside, stopping at different small towns throughout the state.

About The Books:

In the quaint seaside village of Cape Willington, Maine, Candy Holliday has a mostly idyllic life, tending to the Blueberry Acres farm she runs with her father and occasionally stepping in to solve a murder or two… 

This is another new to me author. I chose to start with Town in a Maple Madness. The latest in the series. I’ll let you know how it goes. If you have read this author, please let us know your thoughts on this one!

This morning it was 44 degrees when I got up. It’s barely made it into the 60’s so far. I was not really feeling that industrious. But a few cups of tea solved that. So far today I have Cajun Bean Soup in the freezer. Chicken Pot Pie Soup simmering on the stove and an apple pie in the oven.

It’s that time of year when we fill the freezer with warming and healthy soups and stews, hearty breads and pies. I would rather take a couple of days and do big batch cooking than have to do the “What do you want for dinner” dance until we all eat cereal. This way I can just pop it in the slow cooker and its nice and warm for dinner.

I do this with oatmeal too. Make big batches and then pour them into a 13×9 pan and then cut them up to snack on.

What is your favorite go to meal for a quick dinner?

Enjoy a cup today and remember to stay safe and informed. Ireland? We’re with you in spirit. To the 4 soldiers that were killed, thank you for what you did and rest in peace. To the folks impacted by the wildfires, and to all of the people still trying to recover from hurricanes, we haven’t forgotten you. I wish we could do more for you.

xx Patricia

Meet Cozy Mystery Author Victoria Hamilton!


Muffin to Fear (A Merry Muffin Mystery Book 5) by [Hamilton, Victoria] Much Ado About Muffin (A Merry Muffin Mystery Book 4) by [Hamilton, Victoria]Death of an English Muffin (Merry Muffin Mystery Book 3) by [Hamilton, Victoria]

White Colander Crime (A Vintage Kitchen Mystery Book 5) by [Hamilton, Victoria] Leave It to Cleaver (A Vintage Kitchen Mystery Book 6) by [Hamilton, Victoria] Bowled Over (A Vintage Kitchen Mystery Book 2) by [Hamilton, Victoria]

Victoria is a new to me author. Someone gave me the White Colander Crime book and it’s next on my pile to read. Muffins and Vintage Kitchen themed mysteries do sound like things I would read about. Muffins being closely related to my friend, the cupcake.

I’ll be sure and let you know how it goes. If you have read any of her books, please let us know what you thought! All this month I’ve been doing a series of Meet the Cozy Authors on Books,BooksandMoreBooks  so if you are looking for a good cozy mystery that you can identify with hop on over and check some out. Since this one has muffins I felt it appropriate to post it here. Now for a good cuppa and a muffin!

Victoria Hamilton

Victoria Hamilton is the pseudonym of nationally bestselling romance author Donna Lea Simpson. Victoria is the national bestselling author of two mystery series, the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries and Merry Muffin Mysteries, as well as the Teapot Collector Mysteries as Amanda Cooper. She is also the bestselling author of Regency and historical romance as Donna Lea Simpson.

Victoria loves to cook and collects vintage kitchen paraphernalia, teacups and teapots, and almost anything that catches her fancy! She loves to read, especially mystery novels, and enjoys good tea and cheap wine, the company of friends, and has a newfound appreciation for opera. She enjoys crocheting and beading, but a good book can tempt her away from almost anything… except writing!

She now happily writes about vintage kitchen collecting, muffin baking and dead bodies for publisher Beyond the Page for the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries (the first five books of the series were published by Berkley Prime Crime) and Merry Muffin Mystery series, published by Berkley. Besides writing about murder and mayhem, and blogging at Killer Characters, Victoria collects vintage kitchen wares and old cookbooks, as well as teapots and teacups.

Visit Victoria at: for availability of her books, some of which have also been published in Large Print and Audio formats!

You can find out more about her and all of her series at her website, as well as on Facebook and Pinterest.

How Can You Get Cozy Without Tea?

Tea Time is brought to you today by Harney & Sons Green Hot Cinnamon Tea. It’s a lighter tea than the one made with black tea. With three types of cinnamon it’s quite nice!

Supposedly there is a “cold” front coming through later. With the upper corner of the state seeing flurries and the south-east is hitting the 90’s! Lucky Cynthia~ I’ve already been out this morning so it’s not anywhere close to cool out. But my mums are starting to bloom! They are so pretty.

I’ve been trying to decide what I want to do for gifts this year. The rules are it must be homemade. I have bought a ton of plain white mugs from the Dollar Tree and will be drawing and writing on those so that’s one thing. Then last night when I was looking for a place to put the stash of glass containers that my flower arrangements come in and a light bulb went off! How about using them to fill with some tea samples, a cute tea strainer and maybe some honey and shortbread. Done!

Now I am off to finish a cozy mystery I’m reading Pecan Pies and Homicide by Ellery Adams. Totally for my own pleasure since I’m caught up through November on serious reviews.

I’m off the next two days. Remember to be kind. Sometimes that can mean not saying something too! Run it through your head. Is it kind? Is  it helpful? If so, go for it. If not well, a smile costs you nothing.

xx Patricia