REVIEW: Of Murder And Men by Lynn Cahoon

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It has been a question posed by many readers year after year as an author releases a book, “Can a next in series be better than the previous books?” Yes, heavens yes! And, the first two books in the Cat Latimer Mystery series were amazing in their own right. Of Murder and Men went to a different level however. If you have been following Cat, Shauna, Seth, Uncle Pete and the crew then you are going to love this next serving at the Warm Springs Writers Retreat.

Where do I even begin with this one; wow. Shauna has begun dating this gentleman, Kevin, who we know Cat does NOT approve of because he’s rather…well, rude. They are now engaged and surprise, he ends up dead. Shauna becomes the main suspect because, well, read the book. She looks pretty guilty if you ask me. This entire plot weaves through the book but it’s not the only one. No, Lynn didn’t make it that simple.

The death of Cat’s ex-husband, Michael finally makes its huge debut and things get ugly and strange. Was Michael part of the Aspen Hills mob? Was he Dante’s enemy? What does the college have to do with this and why do they want his papers so bad? Why does Cat have a secret compartment in her desk she can’t get in to? Who is sending these Carnations?

We finally get all the answers we have been so desperately looking for; the answers that Lynn has been making us salivate for in the past two books. All of the clues dropped finally make sense, so much so that you might want to go back and reread the first two books again. Oh Lynn, you sneaky lady! No wonder I love reading her books. She’s brilliant.

So, we not only have the mystery of Shauna’s fiancé’s death, Michael’s unsolved death, but we also have all these new retreat guests. Let’s not forget that this book revolves around a writer’s retreat with authors who, in their quirkiness, bring their own mystique to the story. Once again, Cat hasn’t done background checks on these folks and we really don’t know what these people are up to. Oh Cat, why? Are they innocent writers or are they hiding secrets? Honestly, you’ll have to read the book to find out, but it’s so well woven in the story that it will hit you out of the blue and make you wonder why you didn’t see that coming.

Both Cat and Shauna are not who they once were in the first book and I love the direction Lynn is taking them. I love Uncle Pete too! He pops in at just the right occasion to enhance what needs to be added as far as drawing out the emotions and personality from both Cat and Shauna. I also adored the retreat members in the book, especially Shirley. She is a hoot!

Of Murder and Men is so well written with characters that have developed at a great rate in an atmosphere that is so believable that it is for sure my favorite in the series. Get it for yourself as a gift for Christmas and for your friends who love cozy mysteries. No…even better, get they whole series. It needs to be read together in my opinion to get the full effect. Don’t cheat yourself readers. Amazing Lynn. Your best yet.

Buy: Of Murder And Men

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Buy: The Cat Latimer Series

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If you enjoyed this review, leave me a comment below!  I love hearing feedback.  if you love Lynn, tell me what you’ve read of hers. I love to chat about the authors. 

Amigos Holiday Hiatus

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Hey all you COZY readers!  I hope you all have enjoyed our suggestions over the pasted two months for fall and Halloween.  I know I have enjoyed seeing what the Karens, Lisa and Mary enjoy reading and I hope YOU all have enjoyed what I picked out.  With Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up, it’s time for a break.  20370240_10103732785425292_2145711706_n

We will all be back in 2018 with our Amigo Blog Tours and will take this time to focus on our own reading, writing and reviewing.  Just like you, we love to cozy up and read what others are saying about books, explore new authors and even write a little on the side.

I, as are the other Amigos, am SO thankful for each and everyone of you readers and authors that take the time to read my reviews, swing by to talk to the author and above all, to leave reviews for the books you read.  With the holidays and three kids comes less time for reading and writing for me and more time time snuggling small ones and reading to them. 

I will be on here off and on to let you know about some upcoming stuff I am excited about.  But, for now, it’s time to take a break and enjoy some coffee.  Feel free to comment below and let me know what you have planned for the next couple of months.

See you with the Five Amigos in the NEW YEAR!

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Lily Gayle is back this month!

Death at the Midnight Dragonfly

The THIRD in the Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery Series

 

On the fourth day of Christmas,

In Mercy, Mississippi….

Four suspects lying,
Three sleuths a sleuthing
Two clues a hiding
And a very, very dead body

It’s the Christmas season in Mercy, Mississippi. But things are far from jolly.

For Vlad Templeton the sleepy little town where he spent his childhood provides the perfect place to conduct his state funded sleep study. But when the local bank manager, who was participating in the study, is found dead on his doorstep, is it a set up…or is Vlad somehow involved?

But, when someone makes an attempt on Lily Gayle’s and Dixie’s life, the two realize they better move fast….or they might end up sleeping forever.

Death at the Midnight Dragonfly

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Delivered November 10, 2017 on Kindle: http://amzn.to/2zfEPBn

Available NOW in Paperback: http://amzn.to/2y3YD9r

Visit Susan Boles’ Website: http://www.susanbolesauthor.com/

 

 

Ghosting in Charleston; The Five Amigos Halloween

sheryl halloween amigosI missed a fantastic couple of haunted history tours in town this week. Seriously, the photos they have been posting online have looked amazing! If you know me and have been following me, you know I love my paranormal research, stories and shows. The deceased dwelling amongst the living fascinates me.

Haunted homes have always been my favorite. When I speak of haunted homes, I don’t mean the kind that have people dressed up in it. I mean ones with spirits of those who have passed on inside. There are so many of these in the south where I live that it’s almost impossible to step into a historical home and it not be inhabited by someone that used to live there.

Weather you believe in spirits or not, the subject is fascinating to so many people and makes a fantastic subject for writers. I can think of no better person than Lori Robert’s book, Cries in the Night, to breathe life into a fiction book that seems so realistic. Carly and Austin Tabor experience the real deal in their newly purchased fixer upper home in Denver. From apparitions disrupting their daily living to objects moving on their own, the Taylors can’t seem to live a normal life.

To try and get down to the reasoning behind the hauntings, they delve into historical research and even hire a reliable medium, Delaney Warrick, to figure out the reasoning behind the disturbances from the spirits themselves. Often times, hauntings are caused lori-robertsby spirits attaching themselves to objects or even when their bodily remains are left on the premises. Could this be the issue with the Taylor’s home?

Cries in the Night is a book that is a must read for those who love the paranormal and history. As someone who has experienced many episodes with the paranormal, I can tell you that this piece of fiction hit the nail on the head for realism. It’s beautifully written, respectfully written and the characters are believable and relatable.

I really hope Mrs. Roberts plans to write a follow up to this because her writing in the Parastorical is next to none.

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Have you ever had a paranormal experience? Hve you seen spirits of those who have passed on?  Leave a comment below and let me know! 

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I Am Haunted by Seven Sisters

Yes, I am haunted by Seven Sisters. 

My mind floats off to thoughts of Carrie Jo, Muncie, Calpurnia, and shall I even say sheryl halloween amigosJeremiah?  What can I honestly say about M.L. Bullock’s Seven Sister’s series? One must read them from book one, all the way to book six to truly grasp the amazing richness that is the life of Carrie Jo Jardine. I listened to all six on Audible and her journey captivated me.

Some would want to label this a paracozy, but it goes beyond that. CJ describes herself as a “dream catcher.” She can go to sleep in a location, fall asleep after reading something or after holding an object and be taken back in time to see; no live the history of the location or object. This can really be neat if you’re looking at it from the outside, but Carrie Jo’s experiences can be and do become downright scary and disturbing.

CJ has been hired by Mobile Alabama’s most eligible bachelor, Ashland Stuart, for the assignment of restoring the antebellum, Seven Sisters, back to it’s former glory. From paint details, to furniture placement, down to the amazing gardens, CJ is there to make sure everything is perfect to the finest detail. Unbeknownst to them, she is able to get things exactly as they were because she can see Seven Sister from the past and all who lived in and visited it. She learns of the abuse, love scorned and family secrets that some still are willing to kill for from beyond the grave.

I was lost in this series. I loved meeting the homeowners, those who worked there and learning about the darker side to this beautiful plantation home. Each of them seem as old friends each time I hear and speak their names from book to book. I was drawn to keep reading and couldn’t stop, mourning when the story would end and having to wait for the next in the series. I am drawn to the fictitious Seven Sisters as much as Carrie Jo is.

Are the friends and family of Carrie Jo safe? Is CJ safe from them and the ghosts that haunt Seven Sisters in her mind? Each book takes darker twists and turns to reveal a murderous plot and the scandals are too numerous to keep up with.  You’ll want to read all the books to get a full picture of the depth of stories that Seven Sisters has hidden within.

I often feel like I rattle on when I talk about this series because I love it so much. I am invested in these characters and they are a part of me now. It has elements of mystery, history, the supernatural and a storyline that keeps me wanting more. As I said, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the books on Audible, but either format you get them in is sure to get you hooked. You’ll soon pine to return to Seven Sisters too.

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About the Author, M.L. Bullock

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As a kid, I never wanted to be a superhero but I would have traded all my Barbies to be Nancy Drew. That love for mysteries and a total obsession with ghost stories is what led me to become a writer. I just love a mystery!

I’m a true blue Southern girl who loves living on the Gulf Coast. When I’m not playing the trumpet or hanging out with the people I love, I’m probably daydreaming.

SQUEEEE ALERT! 

Here is the upcoming release list for the rest of 2017. And yes, we get to RETURN to Seven Sisters. Who wants to go with me? The Roses of Mobile is out now for when you finish up with this Seven Sisters Series. Can you tell I am excited?

Upcoming Books for 2017

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All the Summer Roses (Return to Seven Sisters 2)
Halloween Screams: A Halloween Horror Short Story Collection
Beyond Seven Sisters (Seven Sisters 8)
The Belles of Desire, Mississippi (The Belles of Desire 1)
The Ghost Lights of Forrest Field (Gulf Coast Paranormal 6)
The Ghost of Jeopardy Belle (The Belles of Desire 2)
The Haunting of Joanna Storm
Christmas at Idlewood (Idlewood 5)
Christmas at Seven Sisters (Seven Sisters 7)
Loxley’s Cradle (The Belles of Desire 3)
The Disappearance of Joanna Storm (The Joanna Storm Series 2)

 

Do you have a favorite book to read leading up to Halloween?  Check out what the other Amigos suggest!Click below to see what the Karens, Lisa and Mary picked for week four.

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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

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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.

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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