Monday, February 20, 2017

First in Series- Dying for a Date by Cindy Sample

Happy Monday! This week's First in Series is Dying for a Date (A Laurel MaKay Mystery Series) by Cindy Sample.Released on September 25, 2013, this one will tickle the funny bone.










Series: Laurel McKay Mysteries
Paperback: 252 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (September 25, 2013)
Language: English





Amazon Bestseller in Mystery and Humor

Unsure if she is looking for Mr. Right, or Mr. Every Other Saturday Night, divorced mother of two, Laurel McKay reluctantly joins THE LOVE CLUB, a popular local dating service. Dressed to kill, she meets bachelor number one at a trendy restaurant. But the date is a bust, literally, when the guy decides Laurel is dessert, and she breaks his nose with her cell phone. It gets even worse when the man is found murdered the next morning, and Laurel has his blood on her clothes.

Despite her now being a person of interest to the police, Laurel bravely ventures out on date number two. When that unlucky bachelor disappears during dinner, Laurel's only alibi is a bottle of Dom Perignon. The sexy investigating detective thinks she's innocent and is worried she may be the next target. That's more than enough motivation for Laurel to find a murderer determined to kill her social life--before dating becomes a dead end she can't escape. "Cindy Sample knows how to weave a story that satisfies and excites...simultaneously harrowing, exciting, tender, and uplifting, a true who-done-it combined with a romance that will warm the heart and sheets." 5 stars -Long and Short Reviews

"Dying for a Date is one of those books, the type you stay up late - way too late - to finish. Combining murder mystery and humor is a difficult task and "Cindy Sample does it brilliantly."-Jenny Hilborne, author of the Mac Jackson Mystery Thriller series

"Funny dialogue, relatable heroine, fast-paced plot. If real dating were this entertaining, we'd all be doing more of it. Dying for a Date will keep you glued to the pages and laughing out loud." -Liz Jasper, Eppie award-winning author of Underdead and Underdead in Denial.

"With tongue-in-cheek and a tush in tight skirts, Laurel McKay traverses the demands of motherhood and the perils of on-line dating in Cindy Sample's chic mystery, Dying for a Date. Re-entering the singles scene after divorce isn't easy as Laurel discovers when her "blind date" tries to practice Braille on her body. Her first bad date becomes his last when he's found dead the next day. Curl up with a pint of ice cream, fluffy slippers and a book that will make you glad you're having a night in." -Sunny Frazier, Author of the Christy Bristol Astrology Mysteries

"Dying for a Date combines the fun of a spunky and smart heroine with an exciting murder mystery. This is an excellent entry to the world of romantic mysteries.-San Francisco Book Review



About the author:





Cindy Sample is the national bestselling author of the Laurel McKay humorous romantic mystery series. She is a four-time LEFTY Award Finalist for best humorous mystery. Her experiences with on-line dating sites fueled the concept for DYING FOR A DATE.



Find out more about Cindy and her books by visiting her website: 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Non- Cozy Mystery - Never Never by James Patterson

Happy Wednesday! If you are a fan of the Women's Murder Club by James Patterson then you will be hooked on this brand new thriller. Never Never was released on January 16th. It will keep you on the edge of your seat.










Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; First Edition edition (January 16, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316433179




The Instant #1 New York Times and USA Today Bestseller
Never...
assume you know someone. Harry Blue is the top Sex Crimes investigator in her department. She's a seasoned pro who's seen it all. But even she didn't see this coming: her own brother arrested for the grisly murders of three beautiful young women.

Never...
accept a reassignment to the middle of nowhere "for your own good." Harry's been sent to a makeshift town in a desolate landscape-a world full of easy money, plenty of illegal ways to spend it, and a ragtag collection of transient characters who thrive on the fringes of society. A place where little grows, but evil flourishes.

Never...
trust anyone. Looking into a seemingly simple missing persons case, Harry's been assigned to a new "partner." But is he actually meant to be a watchdog? Still reeling from the accusations against her brother, Harry can't even trust her own instincts, which she's never doubted...until now.

Never...
go anywhere without leaving a trace. Far from the world she knows and desperate to clear her brother's name, Harry has to mine the dark secrets of her strange new home for answers to a deepening mystery-before she vanishes in a place where no one would ever think to look for her.

Never Never is an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride with enough intrigue and suspense to keep you guessing until the final page. You'll never be able to put it down.




About the author:






James Patterson received the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community at the 2015 National Book Awards. His other awards include two Emmys, the Edgar Award, and the Children's Choice Award for Author of the Year. He is a tireless champion of the power of books and reading, exemplified by his new children's book imprint, JIMMY Patterson, whose mission is simple: "We want every kid who finishes a JIMMY Book to say: 'PLEASE GIVE ME ANOTHER BOOK.'" He has donated more than one million books to students and soldiers and has over four hundred Teacher Education Scholarships at 24 colleges and universities. He has also donated millions to independent bookstores and school libraries. Patterson will be investing proceeds from the sales of JIMMY Patterson Books in pro-reading initiatives. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Blog Tour- Death in Advertising by Laura Bradford

Happy Friday! This week's blog tour is Death in Advertising( A Tobi Tobias Mystery ) by Laura Bradford. Released on February 7th you will want to add this to your reading list.









Paperback: 212 pages
Publisher: Lyrical Underground (February 7, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 151610207X







Synopsis

When Tobi Tobias decided to open her own ad agency, having to moonlight in a pet shop wasn’t part of her vision . . . of course, neither was murder.

Sometimes when opportunity knocks, the door you open leads to a closet. That’s certainly the case for Tobi, whose weekends spent cleaning cages in her best friend’s pet shop may soon be over. She’s just landed her first big break—Zander Closet Company needs a catchy campaign slogan ASAP, and Tobi thinks she’s got the right hook to knock ’em dead: “When we’re done, even your skeletons will have a place.”

But when a real dead body topples out of a showcase closet, she’s about to discover there is such a thing as bad publicity. To save her fledgling business and not get killed by the competition, Tobi takes on a new pet project: solving the murder. But with a stressed-out parrot as the only witness to the crime, Tobi will really have to wing it to put the cagey killer behind bars.




My review:


Death in Advertising by Laura Bradford is a brand new series with a fresh story and a cast of characters that will keep you going from the start. Filled with humor and a story so well written will be guessing to the end. I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next one.





About The Author



While spending a rainy afternoon at a friend’s house more than thirty years ago, Laura Bradford (a.k.a. Elizabeth Lynn Casey) fell in love with writing over a stack of blank paper, a box of crayons, and a freshly sharpened number two pencil. From that moment forward, she never wanted to do anything else.

Today, Laura is the national bestselling author of the Amish Mysteries, the Jenkins & Burns Mysteries, and the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries (written as Elizabeth Lynn Casey). A new cozy mystery series will be added to the mix in 2016 with the release of The Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries. Laura is a former Agatha nominee and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award in romance. In her free time, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, traveling, baking, and visiting the sea lions at the Central Park Zoo. For more information and all the latest book news, visit her website at www.laurabradford.com.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

First in Series- Skinny Dipping with Murder by

Happy Monday! This week's First in Series is Skinny Dipping with Murder by Auralee Wallace. Released on March 1,2016 and filled with wit and humor you will be hooked.









Series: An Otter Lake Mystery (Book 1)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (March 1, 2016)
Language: English






About the book:

Welcome to Otter Lake, where the relaxing, restorative atmosphere is to die for.

Erica Bloom is in no rush to return to Otter Lake, the site of her mother's spiritual retreat for women. Erica met her inner goddess years ago and she's happy to have forged a new identity on her own, thank you very much. But her new-age-y, well-meaning mother is losing her grip on the business, and needs Erica's help. So she heads back to her New Hampshire hometown, where nothing much has changed-except for maybe the body in the well...

SKINNY DIPPING WITH MURDER

When Erica was a teenager, she fell prey to a practical joke that left her near-naked in Otter Lake's annual Raspberry Social. The incident was humiliating, but it wasn't like anyone got killed-until now. Those who were behind that long-ago prank are starting to turn up dead, and Erica's appearance in town makes her a prime suspect. To make matters worse, the town sheriff just happens to be Erica's old nemesis, Grady Forrester...who also happens to be hotter than ever. Can Erica find a way to dig up the truth-before someone digs her grave?

The first book in Auralee Wallace's Otter Lake Mystery series is a killer good time!





About the Author:






Auralee Wallace is an author of humorous commercial women's fiction and occasional guest blogger at Penny Dreadful Books and Reviews http://pennydreadfulbooks.me/. She is a member of the RWA, and her debut novel, SIDEKICK, a superhero urban fantasy, placed as a finalist in the Virginia Fool for Love Contest, The TARA Contest and The Catherine. Auralee has a Master's degree in English literature and worked in the publishing industry for a number of years before teaching at the college level. Her latest project, SKINNY DIPPING WITH MURDER, a cozy mystery with an edge is slated for release March 2016 by St. Martin's Press. When this semi-natural blonde mother of three children and three rescue cats isn't writing or playing soccer, she can be found watching soap operas with lurid fascination and warring with a family of peregrine falcons for the rights to her backyard. She can also be found on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook, and her blog http://auraleewallace.com/.



Friday, February 3, 2017

Coming Soon- Banana Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

Happy Friday! Coming February 28th to bookstores and e-readers, the 21st book in the Hannah Swensen Mystery Series- Banana Cream Pie Murder.











Series: A Hannah Swensen Mystery (Book 21)
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Kensington (February 28, 2017)
Language: English





A romantic seven-day cruise is the perfect start to bakery owner Hannah Swensen’s marriage. However, with a murder mystery heating up in Lake Eden, Minnesota, it seems the newlywed’s homecoming won’t be as sweet as she anticipated . . .

After an extravagant honeymoon, Hannah’s eager to settle down in Lake Eden and turn domestic daydreams into reality. But when her mother’s neighbor is discovered murdered in the condo downstairs, reality becomes a nightmarish investigation. Victoria Bascomb, once a renowned stage actress, was active in the theater community during her brief appearance in town . . . and made throngs of enemies along the way. Did a random intruder murder the woman as police claim, or was a deadlier scheme at play? As Hannah peels through countless suspects and some new troubles of her own, solving this crime—and living to tell about it—might prove trickier than mixing up the ultimate banana cream pie . . .



INDULGE IN JOANNE FLUKE’S CRIMINALLY DELICIOUS HANNAH SWENSEN MYSTERIES!

WEDDING CAKE MURDER

“There are plenty of Fluke’s trademark recipes on view here, and the New York trip and reality-show frame give the episode a fresh twist.” --Booklist

DOUBLE FUDGE BROWNIE MURDER

“Lively…Add the big surprise ending, and fans will be more than satisfied.” —Publishers Weekly

BLACKBERRY PIE MURDER

“Lake Eden’s favorite baker, Hannah Swensen finds herself on the wrong end of a police investigation…in Fluke’s good-natured 19th [installment].” —Kirkus Reviews

RED VELVET CUPCAKE MURDER

“Culinary cozies don’t get any tastier than this winning series.” —Library Journal

“If your reading habits alternate between curling up with a good mystery or with a good cookbook, you ought to know about Joanne Fluke.” —The Charlotte Observer

CINNAMON ROLL MURDER

“Fans of this wildly popular series will not be disappointed. Fluke has kept this series strong for a long time, and there is still plenty to enjoy for foodie crime fans.” —Booklist




About the Author:





Joanne Fluke is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 20 novels. Like Hannah Swensen, she was born and raised in a small town in rural Minnesota, but now lives in sunny Southern California. She is currently working on her next Hannah Swensen mystery, "Double Fudge Brownie Murder" and readers are welcome to contact her at the following e-mail address,

Gr8Clues@joannefluke.com, or by visiting her website at www.JoanneFluke.com.



Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Non-Cozy Spotlight- Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones

Happy February 1st!! Eleventh Grave in Moonlight is the 11th book in the Charley Davidson Mystery series by Darynda Jones. Released on January 24th.









Series: Charley Davidson Series (Book 11)
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Signed edition (January 24, 2017)
Language: English






Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in Eleventh Grave in Moonlight, the latest installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series.

My entire life can be summed up in one sentence: “Well, that didn’t go as planned.” ―T-Shirt

A typical day in the life of Charley Davidson involves cheating husbands, errant wives, missing people, philandering business owners, and, oh yeah...demons, hell hounds, evil gods, and dead people. Lots and lots of dead people. As a part time Private Investigator and full-time Grim Reaper, Charley has to balance the good, the bad, the undead, and those who want her dead.

Now, Charley is learning to make peace with the fact that she is a goddess with all kinds of power and that her own daughter has been born to save the world from total destruction. But the forces of hell are determined to see Charley banished forever to the darkest corners of another dimension. With the son of Satan himself as her husband and world-rocking lover, will Charley be able to defeat the ultimate evil and find a way to have her happily ever after after all?




About the Author:





NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that tradition. She currently has two series with St. Martin's Press: The Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of more than 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

Click here to read one of the more popular short stories by Darynda called Dust Devils: http://www.daryndajones.com/dust-devils/

She can be found at http://www.daryndajones.com



Monday, January 30, 2017

First in Series- Family Patterns by Kristin Eckhardt

Happy Monday! Quilters will love this mystery series. Family Patterns by Kristin Eckhardt is the first in the Pattern Work Mystery series.Released on September 21,2011. Meet Sarah and her two granddaughters, follow along as they try to find out what really happened to Sarah's grandmother.









Series: Patchwork Mysteries (Book 1)
Hardcover: 418 pages
Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg Rep edition (September 21, 2011)
Language: English




Sarah Hart couldn't be happier. Her son is moving home to Maple Hill with his wife and twin daughters, into the Victorian house that once belonged to Sarah's grandfather, Noah Drayton. Noah's wife Molly disappeared without a trace a century ago, and Noah was the prime suspect. But no one ever learned the truth. Now Sarah's granddaughters have found a forgotten passageway in their old house, and an antique quilt with a hidden message.




About the Author:


Kristin Eckhardt is the author of more than twenty-five books, including four books in Guideposts Mysteries of Sparrow Island series. She has won two national awards for writing and her first book was made into a television movie. Kristin and her husband raised three children on their farm in central Nebraska and are active volunteers in their church and community.