CHICKADEE CHICKADEE BANG BANG:A Bird Lover’s Mystery by J.R.Ripley

Chickadee Chickadee Bang Bang (A Bird Lover's Mystery #5)

Ruby Lake, North Carolina, might be the perfect place to go birdwatching during autumn, but it’s also a habitat for murder . . .

Ruby Lake, North Carolina, might be the perfect place to go birdwatching during autumn, but it’s also a habitat for murder . . .

As Birds & Bees owner Amy Simms guides a half-hearted birding group around Ruby Lake, rumors soon start flying about the annual Fall Festival’s classic car and tractor show. Local eccentric Chick Sherman—boasting the hottest ride in town—has ruffled feathers by mysteriously entering the contest, and curious Amy hatches a plan to sneak a glimpse at the phantom automobile before the big event kicks off . . .

But competition turns deadly when Amy finally spots the sleek ’56 El Morocco—and it’s on top of Chick’s very dead body. With her neighbor and business partner framed as the murderer and priceless Audubon prints suddenly missing from Chick’s home, only Amy can identify the telltale markings of a killer before another hapless victim is plucked from the flock . . .

I am seriously considering moving to Ruby Lake! They have more fun events than any small town I have ever lived in!

It’s time for the annual Fall Festival with the Tractor and Car Show being one of the most popular and competitive events.

As our Amy is leading a group of birdwatchers in the park most of the group is looking at a Chickadee in the tree. Karl and Floyd however have spotted something white and teal that definitely is not a bird, but a ’57 Chevy Bel Air going down the street.

Karl and Floyd soon have Amy taking them to find their own oldie but goodie so for once they can be part of the parade of cars. Even Amy’s sweetie and her neighbor Paul have caught the car fever.

When Amy decides to sneak a peek at this mysterious El Morroco that Chick supposedly has the first person she runs into is Chick. Plan fouled. But when she returns to find her cell phone she finds Chick dead under the coveted car.

By now even the police chief is used to Amy snooping around crime scenes, so at least she isn’t being kept out of the loop, but there are always some shady folks hanging around this tiny town and the suspect list even includes some locals. But don’t worry because our girl Amy will peck around like a bird after a worm until she finds the truth!

We are in book 5 in this series now and the characters are developing nicely and I learned about another lovely bird.

Job well done Mr. Ripley!

Netgalley/Kensington/Lyrical Underground    Release Date is September 12, 2017

Murder Most Frothy ( a coffeehouse mystery) by Cleo Coyle

Murder Most Frothy (Coffeehouse Mystery, #4)

Clare Cosi’s new friend, millionaire David Mintzer, has an offer no New York barista could turn down: an all-expenses-paid summer away from the sticky city. At his Hamptons mansion, she’ll relax, soak up the sun, and, oh yes, train the staff of his new restaurant. So Clare packs up her daughter, her former mother-in-law, and her special recipe for iced coffee—for what she hopes will be one de-latte-ful summer…Soon, Clare tends the coffee bar at her first Hamptons gala. But the festivities come to a bitter end when an employee turns up dead in David’s bathroom—a botched attempt on the millionaire’s life. Thanks to the Fourth of July fireworks no one heard any gunshots, and the police are stuck in holiday traffic. Concerned for everyone’s safety, Clare begins to investigate. What she finds will keep her up at night—and it’s not the java jitters…

This is the fourth in this series and while I love the coffee concoctions Clare comes up with and the yummy recipes in the back of the books, this one may have been stretching it a bit.

Clare is a smart woman, but in this book she comes off as not so bright. And it seemed the coffee information was just thrown in as filler.

So not my favorite one.

xx Patricia

Tangled up in Brew: A Brewing Trouble Mystery by Joyce Tremel

Tangled Up in Brew (A Brewing Trouble Mystery) by [Tremel, Joyce]

Brew pub owner Maxine “Max” O’Hara and her chef/boyfriend Jake Lambert are excited to be participating in the Three Rivers Brews and Burgers Festival. Max hopes to win the coveted Golden Stein for best craft beer—but even if she doesn’t, the festival will be great publicity for her Allegheny Brew House.

Or will it? When notoriously nasty food and beverage critic Reginald Mobley is drafted as a last-minute replacement judge, Max dreads a punishing review. Her fears are confirmed when Mobley literally spits out her beer, but things get even worse when the cranky critic drops dead right after trying one of Jake’s burgers. Now an ambitious new police detective is determined to pin Mobley’s murder on Max and Jake, who must pore over the clues to protect their freedom and reputations—and to find the self-appointed judge, jury, and executioner.

This is the second in the Brewing Trouble series and it is every bit as fun as the first one!

The characters are smart, funny and very family oriented. The descriptions of Pittsburgh and the brewing process are very entertaining, as is Max’s family! I have learned more about brewing beer than I ever imagined and have a deep respect for those who do this complicated and delicious liquid!

Max and Jake make a good team and the action is well paced and the subject matter is spot on. These are people you probably know. Intelligent, fun-loving and very well thought out. Between good beer, tasty food and a mystery to solve, what’s not to love?

The best part is they share their recipes with you! So you can make a killer burger as well!

The third book in the series should be out in October!  Books,BooksandMoreBooks  Reviews.

Berkley Prime Crime

 

ASSAULT AND BERET: A Hat Shop Mystery by Jenn McKinlay

Assault & Beret (Hat Shop Mystery, #5)

Allons-y to Paris for more hats and homicide from the New York Times bestselling author of Copy Cap Murder!

London milliner Vivian Tremont and her American cousin and partner, Scarlett Parker, tip their caps to their beloved shop on Portobello Road in Notting Hill and set off for Paris, where Viv can’t wait to teach a hat-making class. But she has another reason to travel to the City of Light: to find the man she impulsively eloped with years ago and have their marriage annulled.

William Graham is not only handsome and charming, but he also has a glamorous job as an insurance investigator who works with priceless pieces of art, most recently a small Renoir that has been discovered in a junk shop. But when both Will and the masterpiece suddenly disappear, it’s up to the ladies from London to follow the trail of clues. They’ll need to hold on to their chapeaux, however, because someone is a master in the art of deception…

I heard from a good source that this is the final Hat Shop Mystery. And if that is true then Ms McKinlay has given us another really good story and tied up things very nicely!

Viv and Scarlett are charming characters and there friends are just as charming.

When the mysterious husband disappears right before their eyes, reinforcements are called for and the dashing Harry drops everything to rush to Paris and play detective with his crush, Scarlett.

As things turn nasty all her friends hop on a plane to help rescue William and the priceless painting. But is William really who we thought he was? And does he indeed need saving? Or will Scarlett get her pretty little nosed bashed sticking it into the dangerous world of art forgeries, illegal sales and some very shady ladies!

Good Job Jenn! I enjoyed every one of the characters, even the nasty ones were all very well done.

Hopefully we will still have the Cupcake series to fall back on!

Dark Chocolate Demise: A Cupcake Bakery Mystery by Jenn McKinlay

Dark Chocolate Demise (Cupcake Bakery Mystery, #7)

The New York Times bestselling Cupcake Bakery Mysteries bake up sweet surprises, but as the series continues, Mel and Angie are in for a fresh batch of trouble…

Scottsdale, Arizona, may not be the liveliest place on earth, but it’s never been as dead as this. Hundreds of fans have gathered together for the first annual Old Town Zombie Walk, and Mel, Angie, and the Fairy Tale Cupcake crew are donning their best undead attire to sell some horror-themed desserts to the hungry hordes.

But the fun turns to fright when Mel finds a real dead body in a prop casket outside of the bakery’s truck—and the corpse looks alarmingly like a zombie of their own. Knowing that Joe, Angie’s brother and Mel’s former flame, has been working on a dangerous mob case, Mel worries that the murder is a hit gone wrong and that someone near and dear was the real target. To keep any of her friends from winding up six feet under, Mel will do whatever it takes to find a killer—no matter how scary things get…

First this book contains more scrumptious recipes in the back. That alone makes it a good read for me!

Full of Zombies, Mobsters and even Rock Stars, this one had all the ingredients to make a good read!

I don’t think there is a character in this series that I don’t like. Except Olivia… They are all so relatable and funny. Especially all the DeLaura boys!

With Joe working a Mob case that puts his family in danger, Mel is going solo while Tate and Angie are blissfully in love. Even dressing as bride and groom zombies for the Zombie Walk. But when a dead bride ends up in the coffin, life gets real very fast!

And Of course we know that neither Angie or Mel are going to sit around and wait to find out who shot the bride and who wants Angie dead.

I think I gain 5 pounds just reading this series, but I love it!

20170625_113254  xx Patricia

Killer Party ( A Tourist Trap Mystery #9) By Lynn Cahoon *RELEASE DAY*

For a gang of old college buddies, the quaint resort town of South Cove, California, is the perfect spot for a no-holds-barred bachelor party. But for Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books and More—this stag party is going to be murder . . . After a few months of living with her boyfriend Greg, Jill is […]

via Killer Party ( A Tourist Trap Mystery #9) By Lynn Cahoon *RELEASE DAY* — Books, Books and More Books!

Release Day for Lynn Cahoon, cosy mystery writer and New York Times Bestselling Author!

Definitely a cuppa tea book!

TO KILL A HUMMINGBIRD BY J.R.RIPLEY (A Bird Lover’s Mystery)

Released on July 11th.

Continuing on with the Bird Lover’s Mystery Series, we find our Amy all a twitter over her old professor coming to town. He has a new book about hummingbirds out and is coming to Ruby Lake for a book signing.

From the moment he pulls up in his tiny bird house home on wheels, something is off. And when Amy finds him after the book signing dead and the bookshop owner calmly admitting she did it, something isn’t sitting right with Amy.

Of course our girl can’t sit back and wait to find out what is going on and soon she’s flitting all over town, looking for answers. And there is no lack of shady characters for her to focus on.

I’ve never been a bird person, until this series!  I love a story that entertains and teaches me something new. I never knew there where so many types of hummingbirds! And they are adorable. The characters in this series are quickly becoming like family and I think that’s a pretty good sign of a well written series!

Well done, once again Mr. Ripley!

This deserves some lovely tea and a sweet!
xx Patricia    That is Paris Tea from Harney&Sons with a chocolate cupcake with peanut butter buttercream frosting…..drool worthy!

Meet Laura Childs Cosy Mysteries! Bring Tea and some Scissors!

It’s been so long since I read the very first Tea Shop Mystery by Laura. And I was instantly in love. This series has a lot of things I love. Tea, Charleston,Recipes and smart and funny characters. Here are a few of the titles!

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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.

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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

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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!

Laura Childs

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!)  I can say I have read every one of her books. She has truly mastered the cosy mystery genre and has now branched out to writing Thrillers! Her first was Little Girl Gone and next to come out will be Shadow Girl. Both Afton Tangler Thrillers. And she has nailed it! I have read them both and she has successfully crossed over to the hard side! OH, and she is writing these under her actual name Gerry Schmitt.

Laura’s latest Tea Shop Mystery is Pekoe Most Poison. So today I’m having some Pekoe and I’m pretty sure it’s not poison!

Give her a try. I’ve never been to a library that didn’t have them all, so you can try before you buy!

xx Happy Weekend

Today’s Cosy Author is J.R.Ripley

Continuing on with the themed cosy mystery genre, today I’m introducing you to another favorite of mine.

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This is the Bird Lover’s Mystery Series. Book 4 will be out July 11th and you will see that review soon. Amy and her merry band of friends run Birds & Bees in Ruby Lake, North Carolina. I love the characters in this series. They range in age from teens to retirees. And I wasn’t that much of a bird person before, but I’m turning into one!

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Welcome to Table Rock, Arizona, the place where folks who aren’t too keen on the ‘mainstream’ move to. Maggie Miller has come here to forget about her dead husband. OK, so he isn’t really dead. That’s just what she tells everybody. Recently divorced, Maggie flees Phoenix and the sight of her husband and his new wife and moves to Table Rock to be closer to her own family. She’s also planning on opening her own beignet and coffee business, Maggie’s Beignet Café. The Maggie Miller Mystery Series is just funny. The characters in this town are outrageous, but in a good way!

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Pet chef Kitty serves gourmet meals to pampered canines, cats, birds, snakes (ugh), Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs and most any other pet belonging to her wealthy and quirky L.A. clientele. This is a town where pets have their own psychologists, psychics and masseuses, so why shouldn’t they have their own chefs, right? A Kitty Karlyle Mystery!

J. R. Ripley

J.R. Ripley is the critically acclaimed author of multiple series and currently pens A Bird Lover’s Mystery Series, the Maggie Miller Mysteries and the Kitty Karlyle gourmet pet chef mysteries. J.R. is a member of the American Birding Association, the American Bird Conservancy, and is an Audubon Ambassador with the National Audubon Society. Before becoming a full-time author, J.R. worked at a multitude of jobs including: archaeologist, cook, factory worker, copywriter, technical writer, editor, musician, entrepreneur and window washer. You may visit jrripley.net for more information or visit JR on Facebook at facebook.com/jrripley.

Although written under different pen names, they all come from the mind of this genius of a man who is passionate about birds, writing and the planet in general. I always know  I’m going to get a good read with one of his books.

So we have, Birds, Dogs/Cats, and Beignets in the desert. Give him a try! And if you are a Netgalley  member, check it out on the site. You may get the latest copy of one of these! Thank you to Lyrical Underground, Penguin Random House, Severn House for keeping me stocked!

Caramel Crush( A Cupcake Bakery Mystery) by Jenn McKinlay

Caramel Crush (Cupcake Bakery Mystery, #9)

After the near miss at the altar in Vegas, Mel knows she still wants to marry Joe, but Angie is the only bridezilla they can handle at the moment! And that is a full-time job.

When an old roommate from college shows up and asks Mel for a favor, because apparently Mel owes her for some mysterious event in college, of course she says yes. Diane is a bit vague on the break up but wants Mel to deliver a batch of Caramel Crush cupcakes to her soon to be ex, with an  It really is you, not me theme.

When Mel finds the intended, he isn’t in any shape to be eating cupcakes or anything else as he is now dead. As Mel tries to find out who killed him and why, she is still having to deal with Angie, who is about to have a total melt down over the wedding.

Along the way Mel has to deal with all of the mean girls from Freshman year at college and they have only gotten worse over the years. I felt so bad for her. I mean we all know Freshman year is awful. But when you are carrying around an extra 75 pounds or so, it is even worse. Even though Mel has blossomed into a beautiful woman, the memories and the barbs still hurt, but Diane keeps reminding her that she owes her big, so on she goes with her investigating!

I love all of these characters. And now I’ve read the latest one and will have to wait for more bakery goodness. The recipes in this one are super easy but oh so good!

I hope you enjoy it too! And what better to have a Caramel Cupcake with than Bigelow’s Salted Caramel Tea!

 

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xx Patricia