Friday, March 23, 2018

New author, Debra Sennefelder debuts a fresh plot with likeable characters in the first Food Blogger Mystery, THE UNINVITED CORPSE.  I enjoyed this cozy read from cover to cover!  Linda 😊📚

THE UNINVITED CORPSE by Debra Sennefelder
A Food Blogger Mystery #1
Releases 3-27-18
Kensington Publishing

5 Star Review by Chatting About Cozies (Linda Langford)

A Deadly Garden Tour.....

Meet lifestyle and food blogger, Hope Early, who’s just getting her blog, Hope At Home, off to a good start since moving to a picturesque New England town. Attending a garden tour at author Audrey Bloom’s home, Hope and some other guests quietly speculate on the appearance of an uninvited guest, Peaches, a local realtor who is a go-getter and tends to stir up trouble. When Peaches leaves the house in a body bag, Hope begins to suspect that trouble is about to sprout out all over town.

The story moves quickly and the author does a great job peeling back layer after layer of hidden clues. No one on *my* suspect list turned out to be the actual killer—I was totally in the dark! LOL! The author cleverly managed to hide the real killer’s tracks among all the suspicious acts of other characters. I’m eagerly looking forward to reading the next story in the series.

I reviewed an ARC provided by the Author.  Thank you.

Author Vickie Fee takes the Liv and Di Mystery series to Las Vegas for a wedding and the cast of characters get involved in a high stakes mystery!  Happy Reading! Linda 😊 📚

A Liv and Di in Dixie Mystery #5
Releases 3-27-18
Kensington Publishing 

5 Star Review by Chatting About Cozies (Linda Langford)

Wed by an Elvis Impersonator 

Liv McKay’s family and friends fly to Las Vegas, Nevada to see Liv’s mama, Virginia, and her hunka burning love, Earl get hitched and off on their honeymoon in a luxury Winnebago! However, as luck would have it, before the nuptials are completed the Elvis impersonator/minister collapses and is a goner. Suspicious minds want to know just how that happened, and Deputy Dave has some friends in the LVPD who help set up a sting op using Liv as the bait to catch the double-crossing murderers who planned to let mama’s nephew, Little Junior take the rap for the murder.

This fast moving plot is a winner for this reader, and all the Dixie, Tennessee gang is on hand to enjoy the fun and frivolity of Vegas. As expected, plenty of mishaps tickled my funny bone. When everyone returns home to Dixie, the newlyweds are welcomed back with a special reception. This is the fifth book in the series, and I can’t help falling in love with each story.

Party Tips and Recipes included for your enjoyment.

I reviewed an ARC provided by the author.  Thank you. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

I enjoy an occasional glass of wine and found the details of owning a full-service Winery very interesting in “A Riesling To Die”.  I’d like to tour a winery some day.  ðŸ˜Š  I hope you enjoy the story, too.  Linda, Chatting About Cozies

The Wine Trail Mystery #1
Release Date:  March 27, 2018
ebook $3.99

4 Star Review by Linda Langford at Chatting About Cozies

If I were in upstate New York touring wineries, Two Witches Winery would be one of my stops. The cozy ambiance of the tasting room calls to visitors to sit, sip, and savor samples before making their take-home selections. Protagonist Norris Ellington is actually a successful screenwriter who’s come to oversee the winery while her sister and brother-in-law travel to Costa Rica for a year. Norrie’s inner Nancy Drew kicks in fast when the body of a querulous Bed and Breakfast owner turns up dead in the middle of some new vines the workers just planted!

A dangerous masquerade with two powerful businessmen could cork a killer or cost Norrie’s family the winery. With a mixed bouquet of suspects, this debut story in the Wine Trail Mysteries will have readers putting their thinking caps on if they want to solve the mystery before the author reveal. I had one person tapped as suspicious, but couldn’t figure out motive. Plenty of chuckles throughout the story, and a great supporting cast of characters for Norrie. Add a cute dwarf goat and a smart dog and this cozy is great entertainment.

I reviewed a digital ARC via NetGalley and the publisher.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Duffy Brown’s Consignment Shop Mystery series is one of my all-time favorites!  The characters are not only lovable, but their antics and dialogue are laugh out loud funny! 😆  There’s a bit of romance  added to the cozy mystery for an all-around satisfying story.  I highly recommend this series, and you should begin with the first book, if possible.  Happy Reading! 📚

A Consignment Shop Mystery #5
Release Date: March 13, 2018

5 Star Review by Linda Langford at Chatting About Cozies

Fans of Duffy Brown’s Consignment Shop Mysteries have waited a long time for “Lethal in Old Lace,” and I’m thrilled to say this story is worth the wait!  Easily the most comedic cozy series I know of; protagonist Reagan Summerside, her mother Judge Gloria, her Aunt Kiki, and several of the awesome recurring supporting characters such as Big Joey, Mercedes, and Earlene, are tagged to help Reagan steal a casket with a corpse from the funeral home and hide it.  Then, they must track down a mysterious second corpse that’s making rounds about town.  What the heck!? The mystery concerns a swindler and Kiki and Gloria go undercover in an assisted living home where drama Southern-style ensues.  Aunt Kiki’s serving martini’s on the porch! LOL!
I had a suspicion about the culprits; however, the final reveal was certainly surprising.

I love that Walker Boone and Reagan are rapidly moving forward with their relationship. ❤️ Bruce Willis, the rescue pup is as loveable and brave as ever.  I highly recommend this book and the entire series!

I voluntarily read and reviewed a digital ARC provided by NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books.

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I read this debut cozy mystery a few months ago, and it became an immediate favorite.  I highly recommend Libby Klein’s CLASS REUNIONS ARE MURDER.  ðŸ˜Š 📚

A Poppy McAlister Mystery #1

5 Star Review by Linda Langford at Chatting About Cozies

New cozy author Libby Klein blasts back to the past in her debut mystery “Class Reunions Are Murder”. I loved the sassy, wise-cracking, plus-size protagonist, Poppy McAllister as she braves her 25 year class reunion to confront the (still) mean girls, and manages to pull out all the stops to keep a conniving social services worker from sending her Aunt Ginny to an assisted living home.

The plot is fresh and fun! Poppy keeps the dialogue snapping with her wit and ‘I got grit’ personality. I was charmed by the handsome barista, Gia, who charms Poppy, who is a widow. Aunt Ginny is a hoot! The pacing is rapid, the mystery’s really good, and the murderer list is composed of Poppy’s old classmates names. You’ll be flipping pages and laughing out loud reading this story! 

Ms. Klein is an author to watch. I look forward to the next adventure with Poppy and her Aunt Ginny. The author also includes delicious recipes for readers to enjoy.

Monday, March 5, 2018

A Farm-to-Fork Mystery #1

5 Star Review by Linda Langford at Chatting About Cozies
Release Date 3-6-18

I love the concept of this story—serving food freshly harvested from the fields or made fresh with ingredients from farm animals. That’s the dream behind Angie Turner and her friend/business partner, Felicia Williams venture in opening The County Seat restaurant. Farm-to-Table meals. The idea sounds simple if you can find trustworthy sources for your fresh food supplies. The murder of one of their sources puts a crimp in the grand opening plans. In between seeing to all the last minute details required to open a restaurant, Angie, accompanied by her adorable Saint Bernard puppy, Dom, asks lots of questions as to why the goat farmer, Old Man Moss, would be murdered.

This story is a fun, quick read and a satisfying whodunit. The backstory is very interesting. Baby goat, Precious, is just that....precious. I thought the bad person was fairly obvious, but that didn’t keep me from enjoying the book from beginning to end. A love interest for Angie steps in fairly quickly, also. I really enjoyed this debut story and look forward to many more books in the series.

I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and the publisher.

Cozy Observations:  This Book has a really cute cover!  There’s a recipe to try at the end. 😊

Thursday, March 1, 2018

February 2018 was an above average reading month for me.  ðŸ˜ŠðŸ“š  Normally, I read 2, maybe 3 books a week, so about 8 books a month.  Last month, I read 10 books!  I want to read more! 😀

1.  The Uninvited Corpse by Debra Sennefelder (Food Blogger Mystery #1)
      Releases 3-27-18 from Kensington.
2.  Color Me Murder by Krista Davis (Pen and Ink #1)
      Releases 2-27-18 from Kensington.
3.  Who Moved My Goat Cheese? by Lynn Cahoon
      Releases 3-6-18.
4.   Lord of the Pies by Nell Hampton (A Kensington Palace Chef Mystery #2)
       Releases 4-10-18 from Crooked Lane.
5.   Diamond Girl by Julie Mulhern
       Released in 2-18.
6.   Til Death Do Us Party by Vickie Fee (A Liv and Di in Dixie Mystery)
       Releases 3-27-18 from Kensington.
7.    Flowers and Foul Play by Amanda Flower (A Forgotten Garden Mystery #1)
       Releases 5-8-18 from Crooked Lane.
8.    A Case Of Syrah, Syrah by Nancy J. Parra
        Released in 2017.
9.    Death By the Sea by Kathleen Bridge (A By the Sea Mystery #1)
        Releases 4-3-18 by Kensington.
10.  Survival of the Fritters by Ginger Bolton (Janet Bolin) (Deputy Donut Mystery #1)
        Released 1-30-18 from Kensington.