Archive | September 2017

Night of the Living Deed, Week 4 Pick for Fall-O-Ween

Okay, keep up with this reader. Alison Kerby has just moved into the most amazing Victorian era house with her daughter, Melissa in New Jersey, gets bumped on the head during renovations and can now see two people who were previously killed in her house. To top it off, they want her to help solve their mysterious murder that was formerly thought to be a double suicide. Okay, time to vote this the most terrifying thing or most awesome thing ever? I vote opposite of Alison and vote awesome!

Night of the Living DeedWho wouldn’t want to help Paul Harrison, formerly living detective turned dead and the quick witted and temperamental former house owner, Maxie Malone? Me! Me! Pick me! But no, Alison wants to just sweep these two under the preverbal antique rug and get on with her restoration of the lovely plaster walls and wooden features. What color should go on these walls anyway, Alison?

As these two specters wreak havoc on the progress of the estate, Alison deals with her daughter talking about having a haunted house to her friends and also figuring out weather to help or keep patching the holes in the walls that Maxie keeps making. Bless her. I love Maxie a little too much. Holes in the plaster dear, really? That’s going to be expensive. Ghosts, am I right? What are you going to do?

I love the characters of Maxie and Paul. They are not the types of ghosts that appear in most other cozies. Maxie is a rabble-rouser in the after life and loves it. She also still has her eye on the living men. Naughty gal. Most surprising is her bout of compassion as the character progresses in the book and we get to see a different side to her. Paul is aggressive and most chatty. He continues to play the PI and I would imagine he is similar to how he was in life.  Together, they help figure out who is behind the threats, deaths and the mystery of the famous and now missing deed.

This book has a former murder to solve, fantastic characters that develop throughout the story and a layer of danger is added to keep things interesting and relevant to the current situation of the main character. Everything works together in this first of the Haunted Guesthouse Mysteries by E.J. Copperman.

Night of the Living Deed is a great book to start fall with. I can’t wait to move on to the next in the series and continue the adventures of Alison and her daughter, as the adventures in their new home are sure to continue.  Click HERE to see his other books!

Do you have a favorite fall book?  My friends sure do!  Click below to see what the Karens, Lisa and Mary picked for week four. 
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It’s This Amiga’s Party, Gonna Fall If I Want To!

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Nothing says “It’s Fall Folks” like group retreats, cooler weather and a good gathering around a fire pit.   Okay, well, if you are reading Vicki Fee, it might be a bunch of naked witches dancing around a fire pit, but who’s keeping up, right? It’s FALL guys and dolls!It's Your Party Cover

The best part of fall is the beginning of ghost hunting season. Yes, there is a season. Have you tried to book a tour at Waverly Hills lately? Good luck on that. If you don’t go out looking for the spirits of the dead, you should know that fall is when people usually think about it. There are so many places to go here in the Southern United States; abandoned buildings, old sanatoriums, historical buildings and don’t get me started on the amazing cemeteries. No need to wait for Halloween. Let fall begin! It’s Your Party, Die If You Want To encompasses all things Fall in my book (wasn’t that ingenious?), throws it into a nice mystery and achieves it so well for this southern gal.

Clue2Liv and Di live in the heart of Dixie and are getting ready for an amazing time together. From the first visit to a haunted cemetery to the ending with an interesting Clue game that ends with hunting down the murderer, Vicki keeps the reader engaged with well-rounded characters throughout the book. I couldn’t keep up with who was truly crazy and who was just acting the part.

Three is my favorite number so it’s no wonder that Vickie’s book ended up as my third pick for fall. Book your ghost hunt, murder mystery luncheon and take this book with you. Liv and Di will be like having your close friends traveling with you. Don’t do fall without them.  Click HERE to buy your own copy!

 

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Sleuthclubbing with Kathi and Cait! Week 2; Five Amigos Fall-O-Ween Fun.

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Don’t you hate it when your guest speaker ends up dead after an event YOU hosted? I mean, Amanda Lowman was just at The Mystery Lovers Book Club talking about her most recent book and the interesting case that inspired her upcoming book and then boom, dead. Poor Cait.

Count Catula is not shy about getting the reader straight into a murder in only one chapter. I was hooked from the very beginning. Who wouldn’t love being able to chat with a famous author and hear about her research on real crimes and chat that she feels inspired to write about? The mysterious and sometimes spooky Pelican Bay is the perfect setting for such a murder.

Caitlin Hart runs Coffee Cats Bookstore and also seems to run a small sleuth club (as I would call it), helped along with some cats who know a lot about things cats shouldn’t know about. Would I call them magic? I don’t know, but they sure are something. As with the prior books, a cat approaches Cait and works in the background to help solve the murder. Tansy, the local “witch” seems to always have some sluthtastic cat around that makes it’s way into Cait’s Kathi Daley Count Catulahouse. Where can I get a cat like that Kathi? Can I put in a request?

I love this group that Cait hangs out with, some shop owners, friends and even a man of the law. It seems like an unlikely group to be honest, but Kathi writes these characters to be so interesting, that it just works. You know how opposites attract? That’s this group okay! They are sleuthclubbing.

Between the murder storyline, the way she throws the reader in different directions and a bit of parakitty, as I like to call it, this might be my favorite of the Whales and Tails Mystery series. It could be that I just love Amanda’s way of doing book research, but this story of all the ones I have read just hooked me in a big way. I think I would have liked to know more about Amanda. She sounds like a cool writer.

I am so happy with this fall read. I hope you will be too. What am I saying…of course you will be.

 

Here is your BTB DALEY word list to remember how awesome this book is:

Parakitty-magical cat that is able to somehow talk with Cait through an unknown means.

Sluthtastic– word to describe a person or animal that is amazing at solving cases.

Sleuthclubbing-group of friends gathering together to solve yet ANOTHER crime in their town. #deadpeoplekeepshowingup

 

Are there any other words you would add to the list to describe this book? Comment below and let me know! What? You haven’t read it? Well, click here to get you a copy!

 

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Labor Day Cozy Reading Picks

Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events.

I am celebrating Labor Day by reading and hanging out with my family who is off from work. My husband works all the time and it’s nice to be able to chill out with him when then chance is given. Today will be spent by the pool, playing with kids, reading and enjoying being around each other on this restful day. Won’t you join me and celebrate with books about those who Labor by buying from an author who labors?

Teddy Bear Factory

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As manager of the family teddy bear shop and factory, Bearly Departed Coverthirty-one-year-old Sasha Silverman leads a charmed life. Well, except for the part about being a single divorcée with a ticking biological clock in small-town Silver Hollow. And that’s just kid’s stuff compared to Will Taylor, the sales rep who’s set on making drastic changes to the business her parents built from scratch—with or without Sasha’s approval.

Small Town Dime Shop

Little Shop of HomicideLittle Shop of Homicide-Denise Swanson  Devereaux Sinclair is the happy new owner of the adorable old-fashioned shop in her small Missouri town. But when a revenge-crazed cop accuses Dev of murdering her ex’s fiancée — and the murder weapon is found with her fingerprints all over it — Dev’s store, and her life, quickly turn from charmed to troubled. If she doesn’t find the real killer soon, this five-and-dime owner will be serving twenty-five to life…

 

Beauty Salon

Permed To Death-Nancy J. Cohen   Permed to Death2

Marla was already having a bad day, but when one of her clients dies while getting a perm in her salon, her day just can’t get any worse…until the smugly competent Detective Vail accuses her of poisoning the wealthy widow’s coffee creamer!

Firemen

That Old Flame of Mine-J.J. Cook   That Old Flame of Mine

After knocking the lights out of her boyfriend when she catches him cheating on her, Chicago fire fighter Stella Griffin hops on her Harley and heads for Sweet Pepper, Tennessee, where she ends up becoming the small town’s fire chief. When her dear friend Tory Lambert dies after her gingerbread-style house is set ablaze, Stella suspects arson and foul play.

 

Plumber

Sink Trap-Christy Evans

Former corporate drone Georgiana Neverall loves her new occupation as a plumber’s sink_trapapprentice, but is a bit surprised when she finds the favorite brooch of Martha Tepper, the town’s former librarian, clogging a sink. Georgiana has a sinking feeling that Martha may have been retired permanently-and suddenly it’s up to a plumber’s apprentice to flush out a killer.

I hope you take the time to honor the hard working men and women in the town around you. I also hope that those who are working hard don’t get into as much trouble as the ones in these books! Happy Labor Day and thanks to all those who work to keep this beautiful nation going strong. And yes, that especially includes you authors.

Click HERE to read more about the history of Labor Day.

 

 

 

 

The Apple Doesn’t FALL Far From the Tree When It Comes To MURDER

Fall Murder Picks

Fall-O-Ween at Booth Talks Books

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The weather has begun to cool and the orchards have started their advertisements for harvest festivals. Bring it! Ever since I was little, the true transition into Fall for me was marked by going to Jackson’s Orchard and picking up fresh apples, cider, apple pies and hanging out while undertaking the activities at “Apple Fest.” It’s still a tradition I continue with my kids now.

When thinking of a book to talk about for fall, I could think of none better than one that talks about a murder over this very thing, apples. And it’s not just any apples; it’s apples from two feuding family farms with well-kept secrets. Nothing is sweeter or crisper than a good family grudge. Mmm-mm!

Have you seen all the apple varieties? Have you wondered how they get their 11252172_1120358234645172_1654460238490337730_n-e1439486291883names? One author explores this and it isn’t pretty. Bun for Your Life by Karoline Barrett is a “who dun it” set in a bakery in a small town much like my local orchard is.

Molly Tyler and Olivia Williams, the proprietors of Bread and Batter Bakery in Destiny, New York are preparing for Destiny’s annual Apple Harvest Fair. The bakery has a booth where they’ll sell not only cupcakes and cider doughnuts but also logo t-shirts.

Molly and Olivia find themselves at the center of a murder investigation when a local apple farm heiress is found murdered with one of their bakery’s t-shirts is used as the murder weapon.

Happy fall and don’t forget to take this one on your next visit to the local orchard festival. You just never know what kind of trouble might be growing around you.

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If you don’t want to end up like Calista, you’ll stick to baking instead of snooping. ~Bun for Your Life