Spotlight on new Cozy Mysteries

  There are lots of new Cozy Mysteries this Summer!   I have featured just a few of them below.   

Taken In ( Southern Sewing Circle Mystery #9 ) by Elizabeth Lynn Casey – Release Date – August 5th, 2014

Murder in the Mystery Suite ( Book Resort Mysteries # 1 )  by Ellery Adams – Release Date – August 5th, 2014  

A Vision in Velvet ( Wishcraft Mysteries #6 ) by Juliet Blackwell – Release Date – July 1st, 2014

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Some of my favorite kinds of Cozy Mysteries include “craft” Cozies and “food” Cozies.  What are your favorite types of Cozy Mysteries?  

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Currently reading “North to Alaska” by Debbie Macomber

2014-02-25---North-to-Alaska-(1)-reissueDebbie Macomber is my favorite romance author. Her books always take me on a romantic adventure!  She has many series of books including the Cedar Cove series, the Blossom Street series, Heart of Texas series, and her newest series called Rose Harbor.  One of the first books that I read by Debbie Macomber was one of the books from her Angel series. Her Angel series feature 3 Angels called Shirley, Goodness and Mercy.  These 3 Angels get into mischief ( sometimes ) but they are very helpful in sharing their wisdom with others! 

I’m currently reading “North to Alaska” by Debbie Macomber.  This book features two previously issued stories, That Wintry Feeling (1984)  and  Borrowed Dreams (1985).

That Wintry Feeling: She’s not in Kansas anymore! Cathy Thompson was betrayed by the man she’d loved, a betrayal that sent her north, to a new teaching job and a brand-new life. Now she’s fallen in love with the grandeur of Alaska—and with a bush pilot named Grady Jones, who has custody of his young daughter, Angela. He offers Cathy a marriage of convenience, a proposal that, for him, isn’t about love. But being together, being a family,helps Cathy forget her past. And it helps Grady find a future he hadn’t expected!  - from

Borrowed Dreams: Carly Grieves left Seattle for Anchorage because she was looking for a more adventurous life. She’s accepted a job with a shipping company—a job that comes with plenty of challenges. Including pilot Brand St. Clair… Despite her best intentions, she’s falling in love with him. But Brand’s a widower and Carly’s afraid he’s simply looking for a replacement wife. She’s afraid to hope that he’s fallen in love with her, too….- from

To keep up to date with Debbie Macombers new books, information about her Blog, and much more, be sure and visit her website for more information.  If you loved the Cedar Cove series, it premiered on the Hallmark Channel last year, and Season 2 premiers July 19th 2014!

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   What are you reading this Summer?  I would love to hear!  


Sharing Giveaway – Murder in Merino by Sally Goldenbaum ( Giveaway over )


I really enjoy Cozy mysteries, and this book sounds really good!

It’s autumn in Sea Harbor, and as the tourists leave, a mysterious guest arrives. When she’s implicated in a crime, the Seaside Knitters must quickly table their knitting project and search out a motif for murder.

Julia Ainsley has come to Sea Harbor and she is not your typical tourist. She quickly knits herself into the fiber of this seaside town, even wanting to purchase a house, Izzy’s house, even though she has never set foot inside.The realtor has already set up an Open House and Julie receives a mysterious call from a man asking her to meet him before the Open House starts. But when she arrives he is nowhere in sight. Deciding to take a quick look around the property Julia finds more the a beautiful view. She finds a dead body in the backyard. Her name and phone number are found on the body and she becomes the police’s prime suspect.

Things take a drastic turn as secrets kept for years are revealed and old friends are linked to both Julia and the dead man. The Seaside Knitters must work to unravel the real reason Julia Ainsley has come to their town—and the tangled and troubled ties from the past that bind friends and townsfolk together.

For more information about this book and a chance to win a copy, visit “Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book”

Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old with a US or Canadian mailing address.

The Contest will end May 22nd, 2014 at 11:59 PM CST.  Winner will be chosen by

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Series Spotlight and Tote Bag Giveaway from Duffy Brown

                 I have been reading the Consignment Shop mystery series by Duffy Brown and love it!  Its got such a cute Southern flair to it!  

Iced Chiffon

There’s always something to gossip about in Savannah, Georgia, and Reagan Summerside always seems to be in the middle of it. She’s busy enough running her consignment shop, the Prissy Fox, with her vivacious auntie, KiKi, but now the gossip–and the sales–are about to pick up, after a gruesome discovery…


Killer in Crinolines

You can see my Review for “Iced Chiffon”   here    And, I recently reviewed “Pearls and Poison” the 3rd book in this series.   You can read my review at my sister blog  here   


Pearls and Poison

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Thanks to the Publisher, I have 4 tote bags like this to give away!  

Pearls and Poison tote bagThe Contest will run thru Friday, March 28th 11 pm CST.  If you would like to enter the contest, please leave a comment for the Author.  If your blog dosent have a way for me to Contact you, please leave your email address with your comment.  Winners have 48 hours to respond, or another winner will be drawn. I will post the winners in a future post!  

Book Spotlight – Cloche and Dagger by Jenn McKinlay

Final_cover-210 I recently received “Cloche and Dagger” by Jenn McKinlay, and I’m looking forward to reading it!  This book is the first book in her “Hat Shop” series.   I have read several of the books in her “Cupcake Series” and really enjoyed them!  

 Cloche and Dagger – A Hat Shop Mystery (Book 1)  Publisher – Berkley, August 2013

Not only is Scarlett Parker’s love life in the loo—as her British cousin Vivian Tremont would say—it’s also gone viral with an embarrassing video. So when Viv suggests Scarlett leave Florida to lay low in London, she hops on the next plane across the pond. Viv is the proprietor of Mims’s Whims, a ladies’ hat shop on Portobello Road bequeathed to both cousins by their beloved grandmother, and she wants Scarlett to finally join her in the millinery business.

But a few surprises await Scarlett in London. First, she is met at the airport not by Viv, but by her handsome business manager, Harrison Wentworth. Second, Viv—who has some whims of her own—seems to be missing. No one is too concerned about the unpredictable Viv until one of her posh clients is found dead wearing the cloche hat Viv made for her—and nothing else. Is Scarlett’s cousin in trouble? Or is she in hiding?

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                                      The 2nd book in this series – “Death of a Mad Hatter” will be released May 6th, 2014

Jenn McKinlay

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Review: Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey Cates

brownies_broomsticksWhen Katie Lightfoot’s aunt and uncle open the Honeybee Bakery in Savannah, she enthusiastically agrees to join them. But then she notices Aunt Lucy is adding mysterious herbs to her recipes. Turns out these herbal enhancements aren’t just tasty –  Lucy is a witch and her recipes are actually spells. With the help of handsome journalist Steve Dawes and charming firefighter Declan McCarthy, Katie, Aunt Lucy and the ladies of the Spellbook Club will stir up some toil and trouble to track down killers and spread a little magic in the world.


My review:   When Katie moves to Savannah to help her aunt and uncle open Honeybee Bakery, she begins to get settled in her new home.  Katie has always enjoyed baking and tending to her Garden, and she is looking forward to trying out her recipes at Honeybee Bakery.  As she gets to know Aunt Lucy’s friends, she realizes that they are part of a “Spellbook Club”. The ladies teach Katie some things about witchcraft and spells as they all prepare to open the new Bakery.  One day a little dog shows up at Katie’s home, and he is such a cute addition to this story!

  I loved the descriptions of the recipes that Katie and her Aunt are making for the Bakery,…( since I love sweets..) everything sounded so good!  And, I also enjoyed the romance story-line between Katie and Steve, ~ and Katie and Declan as she gets to know both of these men.  With well-developed characters and a mystery that had me guessing until the end, I really enjoyed this story!

One of my favorite quotes in the book is….Know what?  I kind of liked it.  Andrew had been a getcher-own-door kind of guy……

Brownies and Broomsticks is the first book in the Magical Bakery Mysteries, and the 4th book will be released in July, 2014!   I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series!

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More about the Author:

Cricket McRae enjoys home crafts like food preservation, cheese making, candle making, and fiber arts. She writes the Sophie Mae Reynolds Home crafting Mystery Series. As Bailey Cates, she also writes the Magical Bakery Mysteries. For two years Cricket managed her own soap making business, including all product design, manufacturing and marketing. The recipes included in her first book, Lye in Wait, are all Cricket’s original formulations. She has also worked in a variety of other fields ranging from drivers license examiner to program manager for a major software firm. This fulfills her mothers warning that shed never have a regular job if she insisted on studying philosophy in college. The sixth Home Crafting Mystery, Deadly Row to Hoe, released November, 2012. Her books are also available on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Ibooks and Google E-books.

She also writes the Home crafting Mystery series as Cricket McRae and “Shotgun Moon” as K.C. McRae

Do you believe in Magic?

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January / February 2014 Book Releases

I enjoy reading different book genres, and this month there are some wonderful new Releases!  What is your favorite kind of book to read?  Do you like to read print books or e-books?

“Wishing on Buttercups” by Miralee Ferrell

Release Date: February 1st 2014

Wishing on ButtercupsCan Love Survive When Secrets Collide? She’d kept her secrets safely hidden—those from her past, and those in the present. Some things, Beth Roberts knows, a lady simply doesn’t share, even in the 1880’s West. The townspeople would never understand. No one ever has. Jeffery Tucker, a handsome young writer, has kept his own secrets. He doesn’t have a right to pry into Beth’s affairs but finds himself strangely drawn to her and intrigued by the whiff of mystery surrounding her. Beth knows that one day someone will unravel the threads of her past. And when two men from her past arrive, the truth might just hurt . . . Beth’s future and her heart. As shadowy memories surface, Beth sketches the scenes she sees and is shocked by what—and who—her illustrations reveal. Dare she risk her heart again? From:


“Lost Lake” by Sarah Addison Allen

Release Date: January 21st, 2014

lostlake-lgSuley, Georgia, is home to Lost Lake Cottages and not much else. Which is why it’s the perfect place for newly-widowed Kate and her eccentric eight-year-old daughter Devin to heal. Kate spent one memorable childhood summer at Lost Lake, had her first almost-kiss at Lost Lake, and met a boy named Wes at Lost Lake. It was a place for dreaming. But Kate doesn’t believe in dreams anymore, and her Aunt Eby, Lost Lake’s owner, wants to sell the place and move on. Lost Lake’s magic is gone. As Kate discovers that time has a way of standing still at Lost Lake can she bring the cottages—and her heart—back to life? Because sometimes the things you love have a funny way of turning up again. And sometimes you never even know they were lost . . . until they are found.






“Days of Wine & Roquefort” by Avery Aames

days-3d-newRelease Date: February 2014

Cheese Shop owner Charlotte Bessette’s life seems quieter than ever with her fiancé out of town and her cousin Matthew and his children out of the house. But before she can put up her feet and enjoy a glass of chardonnay, Matthew asks her to play host to Noelle Adams, a bright sommelier visiting to help grow business for the local winery.


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