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.

 

I Wore A Dress to the Market

While Disney World is purported to be the “Happiest Place on Earth,” I have the happiest job on earth. Imagine being able to be a part of planning a couple’s wedding; up to that point, the best day in both their lives. But then…the Pandemic of 2020 hit.

Not only are poor couples forced to change their wedding day plans, or reschedule entirely; the job, which once gave me so much joy, has become a source of sadness. Instead of speaking with excited, giddy brides, I am, at best, speaking with disappointed ones.

I found myself out of sorts, and of course worried about my family and friends’ health and that of the world. My family was patient and kind, but frankly, had their own pandemic challenges: working from home with a houseful, as well as going to school on-line. We all had to make compromises.

I am not novel in declaring that, I had more time to do the “simple things”, more time to “get things organized,” more time to “connect with both family, in my home, and friends from afar.”  Yes, I did all those things, but I also decided to step outside the box.

I have never been a formal person, I’ll go run errands, do my marketing in sweats or exercise wear. So I decided that I was going to start dressing up for my only event, the grocery store. I began to look forward to my wardrobe selections, and plan what outfits I’d wear. It gave me something to anticipate, and got my mind off feeling sorry for myself.

Yes… I wore a dress, (or two), to the market. This may not be your thing, (maybe this was already your norm!), maybe you’ll enjoy cooking during this new normal,  (I oddly enough, have!). But if  you’re so inclined, pick something to get yourself out of your funk. I don’t think there’s anyone among us who has escaped some level of ennui. My message is: do something for yourself, and don’t feel you must do what everyone else is. We are all different, and different things please us. Find your happy thing.

Enjoy what we have, and what’s to come. It’s all we have.

And to my brides, both present and future out there, we will get though this. Sending my love.

Below, Mary in a dress. 🙂