“Doggone Dead” – A Book Review

Looking for a new mystery to while away those extra quarantine hours? Look no further than Doggone Dead by the talented Dane McCaslin. Below, you can read Barnes and Noble’s overview and enjoy a quick recap of the story. Don’t you just love the cover?

Retired high school teacher Gwen Franklin has a new pet valet business with her BFF, and a whole new leash on life. But a killer is about to come sniffing around . . .

Gwen Franklin is looking forward to spending her retirement drinking her favorite coffee and reading mystery novels. Those peaceful plans are brought to heel by her best friend, Nora. Sporting stiletto heels, leggings, and a “more is better” makeup routine, fifty-something Nora Goldstein has a penchant for marrying—and divorcing—rich men. Now that Gwen’s got free time, Nora figures they should start a dog-walking and pet-sitting service together.

But it’s far from a walk in the park when the corpse of Linda Fletcher is found in Nora’s kitchen. Linda was Nora’s nemesis, and the large knife protruding from her chest points to murder. With no doubt that her bestie’s being framed, Gwen puts her sleuthing skills—acquired from reading every Agatha Christie mystery—to the test as she digs through suspects, including four disgruntled ex-husbands, ten greedy ex-stepchildren, not to mention all her exes’ exes. But with death threats and another body surfacing, can Gwen curb a killer before her own (dog) days come to an end?

I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this book. It has all the elements I love in a cozy mystery: fun and quirky characters, a mystery, (of course!), surprises/twists and turns, and dogs! Spoiler alert…don’t be surprised if there is a little bit of pet adoption going on. 🙂  I’m a big fan of rescuing dogs, so this warmed my heart.

I can’t wait for the second in the series, and I doubt you will be able to either!

Below the  lovely Dane McCaslin

Would you like to purchase your own copy of this delightful read? Then click on one of the links below to be directed to your favorite book seller.

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Lineage Most Lethal – A Book Review

Well, she’s done it again!  SC Perkins has written a new blockbuster, sure to please cozy fans and classic mystery readers alike. Lineage Most Lethal is out July 21, 2020, and I was lucky enough to acquire this delightful read as an Advanced Reader Copy. I shouldn’t confess, but I finished Linage Most Lethal in one sitting (don’t tell my family that’s the reason I didn’t get their laundry done or that we had frozen pizza for dinner). It’s the second in the “Ancestry Detective Series”, the first being Murder Once Removed,

Perkins does a fantastic job of bringing her characters to life, especially Lucy, our heroine. She’s smart, likable and creative, much like Perkins herself.

Here’s a little blurb from Amazon about Lineage Most Lethal:

It’s the week before New Year’s Eve and genealogist Lucy Lancaster is ready to mix work and play at the beautiful Hotel Sutton, enjoying herself while finalizing the presentation for her latest client, hotel heiress Pippa Sutton.

Freshly arrived at the hotel―and determined not to think about Special Agent Ben Turner, who went radio silent on her after one date―Lucy is stopped in her tracks when a strange man comes staggering toward her. She barely has time to notice his weak, sweaty appearance before he presses a classic Montblanc pen onto her hand, gasps, “Keep them safe,” and collapses at her feet, dead.

When Lucy shows the fountain pen to her grandfather, an avid collector and World War II veteran, she’s in for another shock. Not only does Grandpa recognize the Montblanc, he also reveals a secret: he was an Allied spy during the war and the pen is both a message regarding one of his wartime missions and the key to reading a microdot left by the dead man.

On the microdot is a series of ciphers, some decrypted to form names. Could they be the descendants of Grandpa’s fellow spies? When two from the list end up murdered―including the chef at the Hotel Sutton―and Grandpa’s life is put in jeopardy, Lucy’s sure she’s right. And with Lucy’s and Pippa’s names possibly on the list, too, she’s got to uncover the past to protect those in the present.

With a secret Allied mission, old grievances, and traitors hiding behind every corner, Lucy must use her research skills to trace the list’s World War II ancestors and connect the dots to find a killer in their midst―a killer who’s determined to make sure some lineages end once and for all.

I love the cover, don’t you?

Below, the beautiful SC Perkins. Don’t miss the short bio below about this talented new star in the mystery world.

Would you like to acquire your own copy of Linage Most Lethal? Just click on any of the pink links in this blog post.

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S.C. Perkins is a fifth-generation Texan who grew up hearing fascinating stories of her ancestry and
eating lots of great Tex-Mex. Her first book, Murder Once Removed, was the winner of the 2017 Malice
Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery competition, and an Agatha Award Nominee. She resides in
Houston and, when she’s not writing, she’s likely outside in the sun or on the beach. You can find her at
scperkins.com or on Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, and Facebook at @SCPerkinsWriter.

“Sprinkles of Suspicion” A Book Review

Sprinkles of Suspicion, the first in a new series by the talented cozy mystery author, Kim Davis, is out today (June 2, 2020). I always love to discover new authors to my favorite genre, cozy mystery, and Davis doesn’t disappoint.

First, a blurb straight from amazon about the book:

“One glass of cheap California chardonnay cost Emory Gosser Martinez her husband, her job, and her best friend. Unfortunately, that was only the beginning of her troubles.

Distraught after discovering the betrayal by her husband and best friend, Tori, cupcake caterer Emory Martinez allows her temper to flare. Several people witness her very public altercation with her ex-friend. To make matters worse, Tori exacts her revenge by posting a fake photo of Emory in a compromising situation, which goes viral on social media. When Tori is found murdered, all signs point to Emory being the prime suspect.

With the police investigation focused on gathering evidence to convict her, Emory must prove her innocence while whipping up batches of cupcakes and buttercream. Delving into the past of her murdered ex-friend, she finds other people had reasons to want Tori dead, including Emory’s own husband. Can she find the killer, or will the clues sprinkled around the investigation point the police back to her?

Includes recipes!”

You’ll love the charming heroine, Emory, especially her recipes. I’m not a baker, but the description of those cupcakes made even me want to explore my kitchen! Sprinkles of Suspicion kept me guessing.  Just when I was certain I had the whole thing figured out, a twist occurred and left me guessing again. You’ll never be bored, and will have a hard time putting this one down.

If you’d like to purchase your own copy, a link to amazon is below.  Enjoy!

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Don’t you just love the cover? And below, the lovely author, Kim Davis.

“Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse” a Book Review

We all have more time to read these days…well at least I hope you do. Reading is the ultimate escape. I’m always on the look-out for a new mystery. The talented Kate Young has a new cozy mystery out TODAY, and I think you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. But first, a brief description straight from  amazon:

On Georgia’s picturesque Peach Cove Island, a killer is serving up a two-for-one special . . .

After their mama’s passing, Marygene Brown returned to Peach Cove Island to help her sister Jena Lynn run the family diner, renowned for its homemade peach desserts. But Mama is never too far away—her sassy spirit haunts the island, and more specifically Marygene. Lately Mama has been warning her that the dead will seek her out to solve their murders, an idea Marygene is far from peachy keen on.

But that prophecy appears to be coming true when she goes skinny-dipping off the island and swims right into a woman’s charred corpse floating in the waves. And when Marygene and her brother Sam come upon a second burned body in a wine cellar at an event they’re catering, it appears they have a double homicide on their hands. It soon turns out the victims have more in common than their charred remains, and Marygene will need to double down to find a killer who has no aversion to playing with fire. Good thing Mama has her back . . .

Includes Seven Recipes from Marygene’s Kitchen!

I loved this book. I never had a chance to get bored and do what I am often compelled to, skip ahead. Many a book I haven’t finished because there was a lull in the story, and I jumped ahead…and once you know who the killer is, what’s the point?

While reading this book, my workday suffered; because I committed to a limited reading time during the day, but when it came to Southern Sass and a Crispy Copse I found myself cheating. “One more page” I promised, which quickly turned into five, ten, fifty…

Marygene is a character you’ll love and root for. Young’s characters are interesting, believable and her description makes you want to visit Peach Cove Island, if not move there all together. Don’t miss this read. Links are below if you’d like to check it out from your favorite bookseller.

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Below, the beautiful Kate Young.