Saturday, June 25, 2016

Review: Death at the Day Lily Cafe (Rosalie Hart #2) by Wendy Sand Eckel

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (July 26 2016)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English

Book Description

Rosalie Hart has finally opened the café of her dreams. Decked out with ochre-tinted walls and stuffed with delicious organic fare, the Day Lily Café is everything Rosalie could have hoped for. But not five minutes into the grand opening, Doris Bird, a dear and trusted friend, cashes in on a favor--to help clear her little sister Lori of a first degree murder charge.

With the help of her best friend and head waiter Glenn, Rosalie is on the case. But it's not going to be easy. Unlikable and provocative, murder victim Carl James Fiddler seems to have insulted nearly everyone in town, and the suspect list grows daily. And when Rosalie's daughter Annie gets caught in the crossfire, the search for the killer becomes personal in this charming cozy perfect for fans of Diane Mott Davidson and Joanne Fluke.

About the Author

I grew up in a small Ohio town, but decided while studying the states and their capitals in the fourth grade that I would one day live in Maryland. I really liked the flag. Maryland has been my home for almost thirty years.

The first story I ever wrote was about a discarded vacuum cleaner that makes its way back home. When I later saw the movie, The Brave Little Toaster, I was flabbergasted. They stole my idea!

In high school I worked in the shop rack of my father’s Pontiac dealership where I ran parts and prepped new cars. In my leisure time, I learned to play a pretty mean front man on a foosball table.

I majored in Social Work in both graduate and undergraduate school with concentrations in criminology and family therapy. I have spent my career learning how relationships effect our thoughts, emotions, desires, and inhibitions, or in some cases, lack thereof.

Writing mystery is a way to combine my love for the written word with the knowledge I’ve gained about the workings of the human heart. It is a dream realized.

My Review

Death at the Day Lily Cafe is the second book in the Rosalie Hart series by author Wendy Sand Eckel.

I like Rosalie Hart. She is a warm-hearted and intelligent woman. In the first book in the series, Rosalie was newly divorced but in Death at the Day Lily Cafe, Rosalie has come to accept and enjoy her new life. Her cafe venture is doing better than she hoped. She has made some wonderful friends. Her daughter is living with her. And that good looking handyman is still fact they are business partners on her farm.

Rosalie's friend Doris needs her help. Doris's sister Lori is on the sheriff's radar for the murder of her husband. Lori's husband CJ was not well liked. In fact he had offended nearly everyone in town at some point so there are plenty of suspects.

Death at the Day Lily Cafe is an enjoyable cozy mystery. It is well written. The characters are both realistic and enjoyable.

I definitely recommend Death at the Day Lily Cafe.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Review: Caught Bread Handed: A Bakeshop Mystery (A Bakeshop Mystery #4) by Ellie Alexander

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1146 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (June 28 2016)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0191K3GN2

Book Description

 Welcome to Torte—a friendly, small-town family bake shop where the oven is heating up as high as the body count…

Jules Capshaw is still chewing over her husband Carlos’s return to Ashland, Oregon. Could there be too many cooks in the kitchen? Whatever is stirring between those two will have to wait. Despite the Oregon Shakespeare Festival being dark for the winter, the bakeshop is bustling, the dough is rolling, and there’s no rest for the weary…especially when murder is thrown into the mix.

When Mindy Nolan, the owner of a new restaurant in town, turns up dead, the batter at hand thickens. Jules knows that there was bad blood between Mindy and others in town, and tracking down the killer could prove to be an unwelcome treat. And to top it all off, there’s Carlos, who is pleading—with those delicious dark eyes and sexy Spanish accent—for Jules to take him back. Is home where the heart is or will she make a fresh start…and risk getting burned?

About the Author

 Ellie Alexander, author of the Bakeshop Mystery Series (St. Martin's Press), is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she’s not coated in flour, you’ll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research.

Find out more about Ellie and her books by visiting her blog at or following her on Facebook:

My Review

Caught Bread Handed is the fourth book in the Bakeshop Mystery series by author Ellie Alexander.

Caught Bread Handed is set in Ashland, Oregon where they have a well known Shakespeare theatre and festival. I have not explored Ashland much as we often stayed in Medford, it's sister city, and it is usually really really hot when we are there. When I was a child, Medford was the city we aimed for on the first night of our trips to visit all our relatives in California.

 Besides the great setting, Caught Bread Handed is very well written. I enjoy the characters that author Alexander has populated her stories with. Jules works with her Mom at their bakery Torte as well as an interesting group of people. Husband Carlos is still in Ashland but will be heading back to the cruise ship soon. The townspeople are all well written.

Jules, besides trying to figure out who killed new restaurant owner Mindy, is trying to decide what to do about her marriage to Carlos. She loves him but does not want to go back to working on the cruise ship. Perhaps Carlos will buy into the local winery? Many things in Jules personal life still up in the air.

I enjoyed Caught Bread Handed. Good series.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Great Escapes Virtual Blog Tour: Tea Cups and Carnage (A Tourist Trap Mystery #7) by Lynn Cahoon

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3107 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Lyrical Underground (June 7 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English


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Tour Participants

June 7 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST
June 7 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT
June 8 – I Wish I Lived in a Library – REVIEW
June 8 – A Holland Reads – GUEST POST
June 9 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW
June 9 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT
June 10 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW
June 10 – Island Confidential – INTERVIEW or CHARACTER INTERVIEW
June 11 – Shelley’s Book Case – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST
June 11 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
June 12 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW
June 13 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW
June 13 –  Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST
June 14 –  Community Bookstop –  REVIEW
June 15 – Booklady’s Booknotes – REVIEW, GUEST POST
June 16 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW
June 17 – The Bookwyrm’s Hoard – REVIEW
June 18 – LibriAmoriMiei – REVIEW
June 18 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews –  SPOTLIGHT
June 19 – MysteriesEtc – REVIEW
June 20 – Classy Cheapskate – REVIEW
June 20 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – REVIEW
June 21 – Book Babble – REVIEW

Book Description

The kettle’s about to boil over . . .

The quaint coastal town of South Cove, California, is all abuzz about the opening of a new specialty shop, Tea Hee. But as Coffee, Books, and More owner Jill Gardner is about to find out, there’s nothing cozy about murder . . .

Shop owner Kathi Corbin says she came to South Cove to get away from her estranged family. But is she telling the truth? And did a sinister someone from her past follow her to South Cove? When a woman claiming to be Kathi’s sister starts making waves and a dead body is found in a local motel, Jill must step in to clear Kathi’s name—without getting herself in hot water.

Includes an excerpt from A STORY TO KILL, Lynn Cahoon’s BRAND NEW series

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho native. If you’d visit the town where she grew up, you’d understand why her mysteries and romance novels focus around the depth and experience of small town life. Currently, she’s living in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and two fur babies.

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My Review

Tea Cups and Carnage is the 7th Tourist Trap mystery by author Lynn Cahoon. I have read all the earlier books and I found that Tea Cups and Carnage is a great addition to the series.

Tea Cups and Carnage is a book in a series but I can be read as a stand alone. I think that to derive the most enjoyment it is helpful to have read the earlier books in the series.

I enjoy Cahoon's writing style as well as the cast of characters she has created for this series. All of the characters are believable. Jill Gardner is someone that you can root for. I have become attached to the characters so as always I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

Solid cozy mystery that readers will enjoy.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Review: Widowmaker (Mike Bowditch #7) by Paul Doiron

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1275 KB
  • Print Length: 317 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (June 14 2016)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B018291NM4

Book Description

In Paul Doiron's Widowmaker, When a mysterious woman in distress appears outside his home, Mike Bowditch has no clue she is about to blow his world apart. Amber Langstrom is beautiful, damaged, and hiding a secret with a link to his past.. She claims her son Adam is a wrongfully convicted sex offender who has vanished from a brutal work camp in the high timber around the Widowmaker Ski Resort. She also claims that Adam Langstrom is the illegitimate son of Jack Bowditch, Mike’s dead and diabolical father. He is the half-brother Mike never knew he had.

After trying so hard to put his troubled past behind him, Mike is reluctant to revisit the wild country of his childhood and again confront his father’s history of violence. But Amber’s desperation and his own need to know the truth make it hard for him to refuse her pleas for help.

In search of answers, Bowditch travels through a mountainous wilderness to a place hidden from the rest of the world, where the military guards a top-secret interrogation base, sexual predators live together in a backwoods colony, and self-styled vigilantes are willing to murder anyone they consider their enemies.

Mike Bowditch must exorcise the demons of the past before the real-life demons of the present kill him first.

About the Author

Paul Doiron is the author of the Mike Bowditch series of crime novels, including The Poacher's Son, which won the the Barry Award and the Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel and was nominated for an Edgar Award, an Anthony Award, a Macavity Award, and a Thriller Award for Best First Novel, and the Maine Literary Award for "Best Fiction of 2010." PopMatters named it to its Best Fiction of 2010 list.

His second book, Trespasser, won the Maine Literary Award, was an American Booksellers Association Indie Bestseller, and has been called a "masterpiece of high-octane narrative" by Booklist. The third novel, Bad Little Falls, was a Bookscan Bestseller and a nominee for the RT Reviewers Choice Award and the Maine Literary Award. Massacre Pond, the fourth in the series, was an Indie Next pick and an Indie Favorite, as well as Bookscan Bestseller, and Maine Literary Award finalist. The Bone Orchard received a Best of Maine award from Down East. The Precipice was a LibraryReads selection and a RT Top Pick. The seventh Mike Bowditch novel, Widowmaker, will be published on June 14, 2016.

Paul is Editor Emeritus of Down East: The Magazine of Maine, having served as Editor in Chief from 2005 to 2013, before stepping down to write full time. A native of Maine, he attended Yale University, where he graduated with a degree in English, and he holds an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College. He is a former member of the Maine Arts Commission and a current member of the Maine Humanities Council. He is also a Registered Maine Guide specializing in fly fishing and lives on a trout stream in coastal Maine.

His novels have been translated into 10 languages: German, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Polish, Romanian, Slovenian, Hungarian, and Czech. The UK editions of his books are published by Constable & Robinson.

My Review

Everyone has author's whose books they look forward to every year. Paul Doiron has become one of those authors to me. His books are always well written and hard to put down. Widowmaker is the seventh book in the Mike Bowditch series by Paul Doiron. It is a fabulous read.

Mike Bowditch is a game warden in the state of Maine. Mike patrols the woods of Maine. My husband's late father and many of his uncles worked the forests of Maine. They were French Canadians who lived just over Maine's northern border. Many of them and their descendants settled and live in Maine to this day. So I have visited there...we've driven through those backroads and woods. I enjoy the setting of the Bowditch novels very much. Doiron authentically portrays those woods.

Mike Bowditch has always been on the edge of right and wrong. He is trying to do right in Widowmaker. I think that he succeeds in this. The ghost of Jack Bowditch, Mike's late father, is present once again. A woman contacts Mike and claims that he has a half-brother who is missing. Could this be true...that is that Adam Langstrom is really Jack's son...Mike is haunted by this throughout the book. You'll have to read Widowmaker to find out what happens here. Stacey and Mike are still together though Stacey is away working but always close to Mike's heart. Their relationship also figures prominently in Mike's story throughout.

I thoroughly enjoyed Widowmaker and highly recommend it. This is a great series. You should read every book, in order. Yes you should!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

New Release: Radio Girls by Sarah-Jane Stratford

Available June 14th

One of this year’s most compelling and original historical fiction releases,
about a young woman who finds her voice at the upstart British Broadcasting Company

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1587 KB
  • Print Length: 381 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451475569
  • Publisher: NAL (June 14 2016)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English

Book Description

 The Great War is over, and change is in the air, in this novel that brings to life the exciting days of early British radio…and one woman who finds her voice while working alongside the brilliant women and men of the BBC.

London, 1926. American-raised Maisie Musgrave is thrilled to land a job as a secretary at the upstart British Broadcasting Corporation, whose use of radio—still new, strange, and electrifying—is captivating the nation. But the hectic pace, smart young staff, and intimidating bosses only add to Maisie’s insecurity.

Soon, she is seduced by the work—gaining confidence as she arranges broadcasts by the most famous writers, scientists, and politicians in Britain. She is also caught up in a growing conflict between her two bosses, John Reith, the formidable Director-General of the BBC, and Hilda Matheson, the extraordinary director of the hugely popular Talks programming, who each have very different visions of what radio should be. Under Hilda’s tutelage, Maisie discovers her talent, passion, and ambition. But when she unearths a shocking conspiracy, she and Hilda join forces to make their voices heard both on and off the air…and then face the dangerous consequences of telling the truth for a living.



“Sarah-Jane Stratford’s Radio Girls is an achievement of historical fiction so believable that you’ll wonder if the author has access to a time machine. Maisie’s trajectory—from mousey, fearful underling into assertive, independent powerhouse—mirrors that of the nascent BBC for which she works. The promise of post-war prosperity and the looming threat of fascism make for an engrossing background against which Maisie finds herself involved in international intrigue and national rights movements which will make the reader turn the pages frantically, utterly enthralled until the very end. By turns funny and fascinating, Radio Girls is a triumph.”—Allison Amend, Author of Enchanted Islands

Radio Girls carries readers on a memorable, eye-opening journey to London in the 1920s and ’30s, a pivotal time in the history of women’s rights, politics, and the arts. Sarah-Jane Stratford’s storytelling skills are on vivid display throughout, and the strong, believable, and immensely human Maisie Musgrave is the best imaginable guide to that vanished time and place.”—Joseph Wallace, Author of Slavemakers“A bright, appealing novel about the early days of the BBC and the women behind its brilliant programming.... [The] depiction of female friendship and support is one of the great strengths of Stratford’s novel, which so capably describes its characters’ thirst for knowledge, for information of all kinds. An intoxicating look inside a world of innovative new media.”—Kirkus Reviews

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Review: Among the Wicked (Kate Burkholder #8) by Linda Castillo

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (July 12 2016)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B019N4X1ZE

Book Description

 Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called upon by the sheriff's department in rural, upstate New York to assist on a developing situation that involves a reclusive Amish settlement and the death of a young girl. Unable to penetrate the wall of silence between the Amish and "English" communities, the sheriff asks Kate to travel to New York, pose as an Amish woman, and infiltrate the community.

Kate's long time love interest, State Agent John Tomasetti, is dead set against her taking on such an unorthodox assignment, knowing she'll have limited communication - and even less in the way of backup. But Kate can't turn her back, especially when the rumor mill boils with disturbing accounts of children in danger. She travels to New York where she's briefed and assumes her new identity as a lone widow seeking a new life.

Kate infiltrates the community and goes deep under cover. In the coming days, she unearths a world built on secrets, a series of shocking crimes, and herself, alone... trapped in a fight for her life.

About the Author

 Linda Castillo is the New York Times bestselling author of the Kate Burkholder series, including Sworn to Silence and Gone Missing, crime thrillers set in Amish country. Sworn to Silence was recently adapted into a Lifetime original movie titled An Amish Murder starring Neve Campbell as Kate Burkholder.

Castillo is the recipient of numerous industry awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence and the Holt Medallion, and she received a nomination for the Rita. In addition to writing, Castillo’s other passion is horses, particularly her appaloosa George. She lives in Texas with her husband and is currently at work on her next novel.

My Review

 Among the Wicked is the eighth book in the Kate Burkholder series by author Linda Castillo.

Among the Wicked is a great addition to the Kate Burkholder series. In this latest book, Kate goes undercover to expose a so-called Amish bishop in upstate New York. Kate goes in deep with hardly any back up. Her partner and boyfriend State Agent John Tomasetti is against this but knows that once she has set her mind on something, it is going to happen.

I thought Kate took a lot of scary chances in trying to uncover the truth about the goings on within the closed knit community. She basically uncovered a cult. I found it hard to put Among the Wicked down. I had to know what was going to happen next. Loved the twists!

Great book. Highly recommend!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Review: Burn What Will Burn: A Novel by C. B. McKenzie

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1092 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250083370
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (June 21 2016)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0191K3GI2

Book Description

 A noirish crime novel set in rural Arkansas from award-winning author C. B. McKenzie. Bob Reynolds doesn't recognize the body in the creek, but he does recognize the danger of it. Hes a newcomer to town, not entirely welcome and not entirely on good footing with the sheriff. So far, hes kept his head down, mostly over the bar at the Crows Nest. But he has other interests than drinking and spending his inheritance, including one that goes by the name Tammy Fay Smith and who may have caught the sheriffs eye as well.Bob Reynolds would rather pretend he never saw the body, but when it disappears he begins to doubt what little he knew about this secretive town, one that seems to become more unwelcoming by the day. But he cant just forget the body, despite the advice hes given to do so, and despite the evidence to suggest that he might be disappearing along with it.Following his acclaimed, Edgar-nominated debut, C. B. McKenzies Burn What Will Burn will appeal to fans of such literary crime authors as Daniel Woodrell, Tom Franklin, Joe R. Lansdale, and Nic Pizzolatto.


“It’s atmospheric to the nth degree, with prose that borders on poetry and a story that will put you off traveling south of the Mason-Dixon Line, perhaps forever.” ―Bookpage

"Evil comes in all shapes and sizes, and McKenzie gets the best out of that premise in this chilling portrayal of murder and mayhem. Careful development of each personality adds an outstanding facet to the story." ―RT Book Review

Following the Edgar Award–nominated Bad Country, McKenzie takes another fascinating look at life in rural America. The lyrical writing balances out the bleakness of his ­protagonist’s existence." ―Library Journal

"Thematically very different than McKenzie's outstanding first novel (Bad Country, 2014). But the prose is just as pure and the story just as riveting." ―Kirkus Reviews

"Burn What Will Burn is a natural successor to Bad Country, and it will scorch the literary landscape with perfectly structured sentences and blistering prose." ―Matthew McBride, author of A Swollen Red Sun

“There’s a tightness to life in a small town―part of it is fierce loyalty, part long memory. In Burn What Will Burn, small town life is rendered a snake-pit where self-interest and self-preservation inform every action. Our guide through the backwaters, diners, and abandoned cabins is Bob Reynolds, a fish-out-of-water weirdly suited to his search for truth in a verdant hollow of lies. CB McKenzie builds a world so compelling that the Little Piney Creek showed up in my dreams. I loved every page.” ―Christian Kiefer, author of The Animals

“Poe County has plenty to hide, but newcomer Bob Reynolds is interested only in drinking away his inheritance at the Crow's Nest. That is until he discovers a dead body afloat in nearby creek. And steals something from it. A bleary-eyed and sharp-tongued philosopher-poet, Reynolds proves the perfect guide to the hollers and dirt roads of Poe County, where a crisis greets him at every turn, and the secrets hang as thick as the shadows. I'm already looking forward to going back there.” ―Bill Loehfelm, author of Doing the Devil’s Work

“Written in richly poetic language and infused with sly humor, CB McKenzie's brooding, gothic tale of eccentric characters set in backwoods Arkansas will appeal to readers of Daniel Woodrell and Joe Lansdale.” ―Terry Shames, author of The Necessary Murder of Nonie Blake

Burn What Will Burn is a gritty, gripping mystery and an enthralling character study of its poet-protagonist, who is self-exiled and bedeviled by the locals, the summer Arkansas heat, and his own past. I was hooked by sentence one and burned right through the pages.” ―Michael Kardos, author of Before He Finds Her

About the Author

 CB MCKENZIE is the author of Bad Country, which won the Tony Hillerman Prize and the Spur Award from the Western Writers of America and was named a finalist for the Edgar and Shamus Awards for Best First Novel. A graduate of Arkansas Tech University, he lives on the Slow Coast of California when he's not traveling.

My Review

I have been a C.B. McKenzie fan since his first book Bad Country. Burn What Will Burn is McKenzie's second published novel. I enjoy gritty noir mysteries so I enjoyed Burn What Will Burn very much.

Burn What Will Burn is a fast read. I found it hard to put down. It is beautifully written. I enjoy McKenzie's writing style. His writing reminds me of James Lee Burke who also writes beautiful words about very flawed people.

I liked the setting of north western Arkansas. It is not an area that I have been to often but it is an interestingly beautiful location to base a novel. The characters in Burn What Will Burn are all fascinating and a lot more complicated than you may initially believe. The main character, Bob Reynolds, is not really likeable but he is interesting and well written. I sympathized with his dilemmas as I read the book.

Great page turner of a book. I enjoyed discovering all the secrets of Poe County and the twists the story took.

Available June 21st, Burn What Will Burn, is a great read.