Tuesday, December 11, 2018

I believe I enjoyed the second fantastic story in Maymee Bell’s (Tonya Kappes) Southern Baker Mysteries even more than I did the first!  Happy Reading to you, also❣️ 📚 😊


5 Star Review by Chatting About Cozies (Linda Langford)




BATTER OFF DEAD will have you craving something sweet and wanting to bake one of several recipes shared by the author after the story ends. Bakery owner, Sophia Cummings has found her niche in a charming southern Kentucky town where she bakes pastries to her hearts content at For Goodness Cakes. While catering a fundraiser for a new addition to the local library, Sophia is as shocked as everyone else when a wealthy patron withdraws his half-a-million dollar pledge at the last minute. She’s even more shocked when she stumbles over a body shortly thereafter! The victim managed to aggravate a lot of people making the suspect list plentiful; however, one of Sophie’s closest friends, Madison, a realtor, seems to be at the top of the list.

Sophia’s boyfriend, Sheriff Carter Kincaid, asks her to stay out of the investigation when her shop and home are invaded. Stubborn and determined to clear her friend’s name, Sophie continues sleuthing until the killer confronts her face-to-face with the intent to silence her forever.

This delightful cozy is a treat to read! It flows fast and smooth. Sophie is a wonderful protagonist. The supporting cast is easy to like and there’s almost always something baking. Mmmm. The killer was right before my very eyes and I didn’t even realize who it was until the author reveal. I really enjoyed this book.

I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Crooked Lane. Thank you.

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If you’re hooked on Betty Hechtman’s Crochet Mysteries, her latest book should be an automatic read for you. 😊📚 It’s wonderful❣️


5 Star Review by Chatting About Cozies (Linda Langford)




The lively Tarzana Hookers find out their crocheting skills will be featured on a national television show on the Craftee Channel. Molly befriends Marianne, a group newcomer, who joins the hookers with her companion, Connie. When a seemingly freak accident takes the life of one of the women, Molly’s ex-boyfriend, Detective Barry Greenberg, asks Molly to help him reason out the circumstances leading up to the death since he has suspicions it’s a homicide.

This cozy series features a popular cast of characters who have different personalities yet enjoy getting together socially to crochet. As usual, Molly’s dogs and cats are home to greet her and she loves each one. The killer reveal was a surprise to me. I think Cozy fans—old and new—will enjoy this fast-paced plot. The author shares crochet patterns and recipes at the end of the book.

I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books. Thank you.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Obviously, I love reading cozy mysteries, however, I’ve always loved to color, too!  When super author, Krista Davis created the Pen & Ink Mystery series, it went to the top of my reading list as the protagonist manages a bookstore and is also an adult coloring book artist.  If that sounds interesting to you...read on.....😊 📚


5 Star Review by Chatting About Cozies (Linda Langford)




Florrie Fox manages a bookstore in Washington, D.C. and is an adult coloring book artist. When her friend Dolly shows her a rare first edition coloring book she found at an estate sale, Florrie unwittingly becomes a target when the estate wants the valuable book back plus international buyers seek to find the book, also. Dolly hid her precious find before someone killed her.

More than one mystery is skillfully blended into this plot and the pace is steady and absorbing. The author has outdone herself inserting mysterious characters into the storyline at different points making you wonder ‘who on earth is this person’ before nicely connecting all the dots at the end. The cast of characters, whether good ones or not-so-good ones, are each enjoyable in their given roles. Delicious recipes to try at end of book.

I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Kensington Publishing. Thank you.

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I love antique music boxes, and that’s one of the things I enjoy reading about in Mary Ellen Hughes Keepsake Cove Mystery series.  I hope my review will encourage you to read this series. 😊 📚


5 Star Review by Chatting About Cozies (Linda Langford)


Keepsake Cove is a wonderful town to live in and to visit. There are charming shops to explore, and great places to eat. The protagonist inherited her aunt’s music box shop in which her grampa was the original collector. I enjoy the author’s descriptions of the music boxes and the tunes they play. Featuring some wonderful secondary characters like her shop assistant who likes to dress as ‘famous characters’, and a great new author friend, Lyssa, who has a bubbly personality, plus the male romantic interest who owns a restaurant across the street—the story is fast to pull you in and hold your interest for hours. The murder mystery is captivating and readers may be surprised at the villain. I enjoyed book two slightly more than I did book one and definitely recommend both books to cozy mystery fans.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

I enjoyed book 2 in Ellen Jacobson’s Mollie McGhie’s Cozy Sailing Mystery series.  Happy Reading! 😊 📚⛴  Release Date:  11-19-18.


5 Star Review by Chatting About Cozies (Linda Langford)




Scooter and Mollie are a married, rather oddball couple, yet entertaining characters who spend a lot of time at the Marina where their fixer-upper boat is moored. Since Scooter purchased the boat, the Marina has been plagued by murders and Mollie’s like a magnet when it comes to stumbling over dead bodies. They’ve adopted a cool calico cat named Mrs. Moto, and she goes back and forth with them from their cottage to the boat. The supporting cast of characters are quirky, as well, and keep levity in the plot scenes.

Book 2 is a keen cozy mystery revolving around sea turtle nesting, poaching, blackmail and murder. There are several fishy-acting suspects to untangle as to who had the greatest motive, means, and opportunity. I liked this enjoyable, relaxing cozy mystery.

I reviewed a digital arc provided by the author for an honest review. Thank you.

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One of the fabulous newer cozy mystery series...A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery By Jacqueline Frost.  It will put you in the Christmas fun spirit! 😊 📚 🎄


5 Star Review by Chatting About Cozies (Linda Langford)




Reindeer Games is a beautiful Christmas Tree Farm in Mistletoe, Maine, and it’s the perfect winter wonderland to escape to for lots of fun and relaxation. Construction is underway for the new Inn that Holly White will manage, and her family hopes it will be ready by Christmas Day.

Alarm bells start ringing when a local investor, who’s also a womanizer, is found dead in a huge bowl of peppermint candy at the tree lighting ceremony. Caroline, Holly’s best friend, is the top suspect, so Holly starts asking questions around town even though Sheriff Evan Gray, her boyfriend, tells her to let him handle the investigating. I found the writing top-notch as the author skillfully ribbons suspicious characters, including Santa Claus’s, throughout the brilliant plot. Threats to Holly snowball as the real killer’s tension escalates.

The story is a pageturner! Rich in details, the originality of the setup of the town of Mistletoe and the Reindeer Games Tree Farm is simply captivating. I want to visit and stay at the new Inn! The characters are written so friendly and likable or they’re detestable. I loved the magical ending for Holly. I’m excited about book three and looking forward to reading it.

I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Crooked Lane. Thank you.

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Tea and cozies—What more can you ask for? 😊📚 A delicious new cozy mystery series from Joy Avon.....


4 Star Review by Chatting About Cozies (Linda Langford)




The debut of the Book Tea Shop Mystery is a nice, quick read. Protagonist, Callie Aspen, a tour guide who’s travelled the world, is visiting her Great Aunt Iphy’s vintage tearoom, Book Tea, in Heart’s Harbor, Maine. Callie brings along a sweet Boston Terrier she’s fostering. The Book Tea is catering at Haywood Hall mansion where matriarch Dorothea Finster is ready to reveal the changes in her new will and, thus, has summoned a family gathering. However, the tea party is interrupted by a vicious crime.

New author, Joy Avon, scatters trails of cookie crumbs from one suspect to another, and so forth, and does a good job of keeping the murderer’s identity a secret until the reveal. There is a second mystery plot that ties up all loose ends, and I enjoyed it, also. As I read this cozy, some of the characters grew on me, and I look forward to future developments with them. I just couldn’t get into the Deputy Falk. The story’s premise has great potential and it will be interesting to read the next book and see what happens to Book Tea.

I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books. Thank you.

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