Friday, August 26, 2016

Blog Tour and giveaway- Terror in Taffeta by Marla Cooper

I am excited to be part of Marla Cooper's blog tour. Her Debut  book Terror in Taffeta was released in March.Welcome Marla, I enjoyed this book.








Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Minotaur Books (March 22, 2016)
Language: English


Wedding planner Kelsey McKenna is just a few hours away from wrapping up her latest job: a destination wedding in the charming, colonial Mexican town of San Miguel de Allende. The reception is all set up, the tequila donkey is waiting outside, and the bride and groom are standing on the altar, pledging their eternal love. But just as the priest is about to pronounce them husband and wife, one of the bridesmaids upstages the couple by collapsing into a floral arrangement, a definite wedding “don’t.” Kelsey soon discovers that the girl hasn’t just fainted–she’s dead.


Losing a bridesmaid is bad enough, but when the bride’s sister is arrested for murder, the demanding mother of the bride insists that Kelsey fix the matter at once. And although Kelsey is pretty sure investigating a murder isn’t in her contract, crossing the well-connected Mrs. Abernathy could be a career-killer. Before she can leave Mexico and get back to planning weddings, Kelsey must deal with stubborn detectives, a rekindled romance, and late-night death threats in this smart, funny cozy mystery debut.


This is the debut book for the author and it was a fun, fresh new cast of characters and the story kept you wanting more. Wedding are always a fun time but when you add a murder things heat up and Kelsey McKenna gets a little more on her plate than wedding planner. With the death of a brides maid the wedding comes to a halt and the suspect list is long. I am looking forward to the next on in the series.






About the Author:


As a freelance writer, MARLA COOPER has written all sorts of things, from advertising copy to travel guidebooks to the occasional haiku. But it was while ghostwriting a nonfiction guide to destination weddings that she found inspiration for her current series starring destination wedding planner Kelsey McKenna. Originally hailing from Texas, Marla lives in Oakland, California, with her husband and her polydactyl tuxedo cat.


Author Links
Webpage – www.marla-cooper.com
Blog: www.chicksonthecase.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Marla.Cooper.Author/




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What's New? Cancelled by Murder by Jean Flowers

Happy Friday! What's New? Coming September 6th to book stores and e-readers near you. Cancelled by Murder (A Postmistress Mystery series) by Jean Flowers.(a.k.a.Camille Minichino)








Series: A Postmistress Mystery (Book 2)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (September 6, 2016)
Language: English




Second in the Postmistress Mystery series by Jean Flowers, following Death Takes Priority...

“MAKE THIS MYSTERY SERIES YOUR PRIORITY.”—Janet Cantrell, national bestselling author of the Fat Cat mysteries

Cassie Miller returned to her sleepy hometown in the Berkshires to start over as the new postmistress. But she soon finds that dead letters are nothing compared to murder victims...

With a massive storm about to hit North Ashcot, Massachusetts, threatening floods and widespread wind damage, Cassie is forced to close up the post office along with the rest of the local business owners and residents, who are battening down the hatches and bracing themselves for the worst.

Although the storm proves not to be as bad as predicted, fabric shop owner Daisy Harmon is found dead, seemingly killed by a fallen branch. But the police quickly determine that her death had nothing to do with foul weather and everything to do with foul play. After Daisy’s widowed husband approaches her to help solve his wife’s murder, Cassie vows to find the killer before another innocent victim is taken by storm.







About the Author
Jean Flowers is the pseudonym for a long time mystery writer who has published series with Berkley and Minotaur. Her first book in the Postmistress Mystery series is Death Takes Priority.



Find out more about Jean Flowers at her website:

http://www.minichino.com/index.html

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Book Spotlight and review - Wedding Bell Blues by Ruth Moose

Happy Thursday readers. I am so glad you stopped by today! This week's spotlight was a fun read. Wedding Bell Blues ( A Dixie Dew Mystery series) by Ruth Moose.








Series: A Beth McKenzie Mystery (Book 2)
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Minotaur Books (August 23, 2016)
Language: English



Beth McKenzie, owner of the Dixie Dew Bed and Breakfast, is enjoying an exciting affair with her new love, Scott. Meanwhile, the town of Littleboro, North Carolina is abuzz with gossip about Crazy Reba's upcoming nuptials. Most brides go crazy at some point, but Littleboro's resident homeless lady has had a head start: she's beloved, indulged, and most of all, eccentric. But at almost 60―or thereabouts―her marriage seems a little peculiar. Sure, she's sporting a diamond big enough to choke a horse, but no one can tell if it's real, or just a Cracker Jack prize she pilfered from a yard sale.

Crazy Reba's wedding plans go confirmedly awry when the bride-to-be is arrested for her fiancé's murder. Beth, determined to clear Reba's name, gets in over her head when a lady wrestler who threatened to kill her books a room at the Dixie Dew, and Robert Redford, her neighbor's white rabbit, disappears.

Then Littleboro's First Annual Green Bean Festival gets up and running, a famous food writer becomes deathly ill, and Beth must battle through madcap mayhem to apprehend the culprit and save the day.

Wedding Bell Blues is Ruth Moose's sequel to her winning debut, featuring her colorful array of characters and more laughs and hilarity.


This was such a fun book to read, the characters are witty and bring enough humor to make you Laugh out Loud. The story line was entertaining and held my interest from the first page to the very last. I look froward to what Beth and her friends will get themselves into next.



About the Author:



Ruth Moose’s first novel, Doing it at the Dixie Dew, won the 2013 Minotaur Books/Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Award, published by St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books, May 2014. She was on the Creative Writing faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill for 15 years. She’s published three collections of short stories, The Wreath Ribbon Quilt, Dreaming in Color and Neighbors and Other Strangers with individual stories in The Atlantic, Alaska Quarterly Review, North American Review, Southern California Review and other places including publications in Holland, South Africa, England and Denmark. Moose has published six collections of poetry, most recently, The Librarian and Other Poems and Tea. She’s received, among other awards for poetry and short story, a MacDowell Fellowship and a prestigious Chapman Fellowship for Teaching. She lives in Pittsboro, NC.


Find out more about Ruth Moose and her books at her website:

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Book Spotlight- Die Like an Eagle by Donna Andrews

Happy Wednesday! This week's book spotlight is Die Like an Eagle by Donna Andrews. This is book twenty of the Meg Langslow Mystery series.








Series: Meg Langslow Mysteries (Book 20)
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Minotaur Books (August 2, 2016)
Language: English



The brilliantly funny Donna Andrews delivers another winner in the acclaimed avian-themed series that mystery readers have come to love. The nineteenth book in her New York Times best-selling series continues to surprise and delight in this next knee-slapping adventure featuring Meg Langslow and all the eccentric characters that make up her world.

Meg is Team Mom and Michael is coach of their twin sons' youth baseball team, the Caerphilly Eagles. Meg tangles with Biff Brown, the petty, vindictive league head. On opening day, Biff's lookalike brother is found dead in the porta-potty at the ball field. So many people think Biff's scum that it would be easy to blame him, but he has an alibi--and Meg suspects he may actually have been the intended victim.

With Die Like an Eagle, readers can look forward to another zany Meg Langslow mystery--this one filled with the spirit of America's pastime and Donna's eagle eye.

Like Meg Langslow, the blacksmith heroine of her series, Donna Andrews was born and raised in Yorktown, Virginia. She introduced Meg to readers in her Malice Domestic Contest-winning first mystery, Murder with Peacocks, and readers are still laughing. This novel swept up the Agatha, Anthony, Barry, and a Romantic Times award for best first novel, and a Lefty for funniest mystery.



About the Author:





Donna Andrews was born in Yorktown, Virginia, the setting of Murder with Peacocks and Revenge of the Wrought Iron Flamingos, and now lives and works in Reston, Virginia. When not writing fiction, Andrews is a self-confessed nerd, rarely found away from her computer, unless she's messing in the garden. She is a member of
Sisters in Crime
(Chesapeake Chapter
Mystery Writers of America
(Mid-Atlantic chapter),
Private Investigators and Security Association



Find out more about Donna and her books at her website:

http://www.donnaandrews.com/


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Author Spotlight- Leann Sweeney

I am thrilled to be spotlighting the lovely Leann Sweeney. Leann is the author of The Cats in Trouble series as well as the Yellow Rose Mystery series. If you haven't tried her books you will not want to miss them The are fantastic and fun.








Leann Sweeney was born and raised in Niagara Falls and educated at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Lemoyne College in Syracuse, NY. She also has a degree from the University of Houston in behavioral science and worked for many years in psychiatry and as a school nurse; she now writes full time.

She began crafting fiction in 1980, fulfilling her lifelong dream. After perfecting her skills with classes and a small fortune in writing books, she joined MWA and Sisters in Crime. Now she’s the creator of two NAL/Obsidian mystery series: The Yellow Rose Mysteries and the Cats in Trouble Mysteries. The Cat, The Quilt and The Corpse, first in the Cats in Trouble Mysteries was the #1 bestseller on the Independent Mystery Bookseller’s List when it debuted and made several top twenty lists for 2009 at bookstores across the country. Since then, The Cat, The Lady and The Liar and The Cat, The Wife and The Weapon climbed all the way to the NY Times bestseller list for mass market paperbacks.

Leann is married with two fabulous grown children, a wonderful son-in-law and a beautiful daughter-in-law–not to mention three amazing granddaughters: Maddison Grace (Maddie), Morgan Elizabeth and Meika Elise. She lived in Texas from 1974 to 2012 and now lives in South Carolina with husband Mike, her two cats Wexford and Marlowe, and Rosie–the smart, retrieving, golf-ball chasing, busy-busy-busy mini-labradoodle.



The Cats in Trouble Cast–all Hurricane Katrina rescues:

Merlot is a red tabby Maine coon cat who weighs almost twenty pounds: Ninja protector cat!

Syrah is a sorrel (with chocolate ticking) Abyssinian: Jillian Hart’s top cat–quiet, smart, and can even open doors.

Chablis is a sable point Himalayan with crystal blue eyes: Loving and a little clueless, but a great mouser; always wants to be on Jillian’s lap. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

First in Series- The Cat, The Quilt and The Corpse by Leann Sweeney

Happy Monday! This week's First in Series is The Cat, The Quilt and The Corpse (A Cat in Trouble Series) by Leann Sweeney. If you haven't read this one you will want to add it to your reading list. The covers are so adorable and the story is captivating and fun. The cast of characters keep you wanting more.








Series: Cats in Trouble Mystery (Book 1)
Mass Market Paperback: 278 pages
Publisher: New American Library; 1st edition (May 5, 2009)
Language: English



Recently widowed Jillian Hart is rebuilding a life for herself and her three beloved cats–Chablis, Syrah and Merlot–as a quilter in a small South Carolina town. The quilts she makes are for cats as smart, special, and sweet as her own, and business is thriving.

But when she returns from an overnight quilting show, she discovers Chablis sneezing–and since Chablis is allergic to humans, that can only mean one thing: Someone has broken into her house. When she realizes her Abyssinian Syrah is missing, Jillian suspects catnapping.

Spurred by Chablis and Merlot’s mournful meowing, she investigates–and discovers more missing cats and a murder. Now she’s got to save more than one cat in trouble–not to mention herself.



About the Author:



Leann Sweeney was born and raised in Niagara Falls and educated at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Lemoyne College in Syracuse, NY. She also has a degree from the University of Houston in behavioral science and worked for many years in psychiatry and as a school nurse; she now writes full time.

She began crafting fiction in 1980, fulfilling her lifelong dream. After perfecting her skills with classes and a small fortune in writing books, she joined MWA and Sisters in Crime. Now she’s the creator of two NAL/Obsidian mystery series: The Yellow Rose Mysteries and the Cats in Trouble Mysteries. The Cat, The Quilt and The Corpse, first in the Cats in Trouble Mysteries was the #1 bestseller on the Independent Mystery Bookseller’s List when it debuted and made several top twenty lists for 2009 at bookstores across the country. Since then, The Cat, The Lady and The Liar and The Cat, The Wife and The Weapon climbed all the way to the NY Times bestseller list for mass market paperbacks.

Leann is married with two fabulous grown children, a wonderful son-in-law and a beautiful daughter-in-law–not to mention three amazing granddaughters: Maddison Grace (Maddie), Morgan Elizabeth and Meika Elise. She lived in Texas from 1974 to 2012 and now lives in South Carolina with husband Mike, her two cats Wexford and Marlowe, and Rosie–the smart, retrieving, golf-ball chasing, busy-busy-busy mini-labradoodle.


Find out more about Leann and all of her books over at her website: 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Weekly Wrap Up # 34

Happy Sunday!! Hope you all had a wonderful week. This week was filled with fun and giveaways here with many more to come. Here is a recap:






August 15th- First in Series - Death by Cashmere by Sally Goldenbaum
August 16th- Author Spotlight- Sally Goldenbaum
August 17th- Guess the Mystery and Giveaway hosted by Linda Reilly
August 18th- Book Spotlight and giveaway- Christmas Caramel Murder by Joanne Fluke
August 19th- Blog Tour- Murder in the Mansion by Janet Finsilver
August 20th- Non- Cozy- Mystery- Sins of My Youth by Mary Anne Edwards



Coming this week:



August 22nd- First in Series - The Cat, The Quilt and The Corpse by Leann Sweeney
August 23rd- Author Spotlight- Leann Sweeney
August 24th- Book Spotlight- Die Like an Eagle by Donna Andrews
August 25th- Book Spotlight and review- Wedding Bell Blues by Ruth Moose
August 26th- What's New? Cancelled for Murder by Jean FLowers
August 27th- Non-Cozy Mystery


Have a great week.