Category Archives: cozy mysteries

The Diva Frosts A Cupcake by: Krista Davis

15810844Title: The Diva Frosts A Cupcake
Author: Krista Davis
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 304
Series: A Domestic Diva #7
Format: ebook
Source: Nook Book
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Amazon

Description:

Revenge is sweet… Sophie Winston and her BFF, Nina Reid Norwood, share a sweet spot for animals. So Sophie is delighted to help when Nina cooks up Cupcakes and Pupcakes—a fundraising event for animal shelters. All the local bakeries will be selling treats, with the profits going to pups and kitties in need. But Old Town is in for a whole batch of trouble when a cupcake war erupts between two bakeries… Tongues wag and tempers rise when a partner leaves Sugar Baby Bakery and unveils her competing cupcakery, Sugar Mama, precisely as the fundraiser gets under way. Just as it seems nothing else can go wrong, Sugar Baby’s sole remaining employee is found dead. Suspicion falls on the feuding owners, but the scrumptious new guy in town is also raising some eyebrows. Now Sophie and Nina have to sift through the clues and discover who isn’t as sweet as they seem…

My Thoughts:

Sophie is back and helping her BFF Nina with a cupcake and pupcakes fundraiser event to promote adoption of animals. And there is so much more going on, first Sophie has a run in with Clarissa who accuses Sophie of sleeping with her husband, although this seems to be a running issue through out the whole book. Clarissa can’t seem to get the point that just cause she was with Wolf at one point doesn’t mean she’s a husband stealer.

Then someone steals a dog who Spencer the husband of Clarrissa was interested in adopting. The girls set out to find the missing pup. Not long into this book does it take for a murder to take place when Renee’s assistant Muffin winds up dead and found by Humphrey and Sophie. Which has everyone’s jaws flapping to figure out who had it out for Muffin. Then someone is poisoning General Euclid German, with cupcakes, which cuts short the black tie event for adoptions of pets.

At the same time someone drugged Joy who use to work with Renee but since has opened her own cupcakery. And this results with some crazy hallucinations by Joy. Luckily she is rescued by all the attendants at the black tie event.

Then to make things even more confusing and asking more questions Humphrey later that same night is arrested for larceny for stealing a valuable cupcake. It’s up to Sophie, Humphrey, Nina, Francine, and everyone else to find out what is happening in Old Town.

This book had so much going on what I loved is that for once Sophie got to step back and do other things and not be baking the days away. That was a nice change to see her doing other things I especially loved the theme of cupcakes and pupcakes. It was also nice to see that Natasha is not as good at something that Sophie is great at taking care of animals. Natasha adopted Martha and the two never connected no matter how hard Natasha tried to force the issue. It was great to see Sophie excel at something where Natasha can’t.

The part that I think is needing to be addressed is the relationship between Mars, Sophie and Natasha. A few books ago Sophie and Mars had a heated kiss which seemed to go nowhere, and in this book it was obvious that Natasha is alienating people, including embarrassing Mars and it would be nice to see what comes of this issue. Is Mars regretting divorcing Sophie? Does he still pine for her? Will they get back together? They seem to mesh well so I’m wondering if the divorce was a mistake? Also I think Natasha doesn’t need to go to the point she goes to making Sophie feel bad when she gets insulted all the time by her. Natasha just rubs me the wrong way, but there are so many good parts to the story so I deal with the annoying Natasha the main diva of the stories. I don’t really consider Sophie a Diva as much as Natasha.

All in all a great book I enjoyed and was well worth the purchase I made. It definitely made a great book to read for spring going into summer!

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Death In The Memorial Garden by: Kathie Deviny

Title: Death in the Memorial Garden
Author: Kathie Deviny
Publisher: Camel Press
Publication Date: October 15,2012
Pages: 141

Description:

Just as the sexton is about to inter the ashes of one of Grace Church’s last wealthy patronesses in the Memorial Garden, he unearths a wine crate containing the ashes of an unknown. Next to the ashes is a distinctive pair of shoes. Not only are the woman’s relatives furious at the interruption, but they soon have grounds for a lawsuit: yet another piece of the church’s tower comes crashing to the ground.
With their congregation dwindling and their world literally falling in around them, Father Robert Vickers and his colorful staff members and volunteers put their heads together to solve the mystery of the anonymous ashes and find the means to save Grace Church from the developers … all in time for the Bishop’s visit.

My Thoughts:

This was a great cozy that takes place in Grace’s Church where the church is having some issues.  First the Church is falling apart and the pastor is feeling depressed, secondly while burying the ashes of a church member the congregation finds a pair of patent leather shoes and a box of ashes.  It is up to the members to find out what is going on.  Meanwhile someone also used this to murder another church member who spent time with birds.

This book was typical cozy mystery with a big mystery to solve and colorful characters to meet I look forward to reading her next book!

Curveball by: Jen Estes

Title: Curveball
Author: Jen Estes
Publisher: Camel Press
Pages: 312
Format: ebook
Source: Partners In Crime Book Tour
Series: A Cat McDaniel Mystery #1

Description:

BACK ON THE BENCH

Baseball reporter Cat McDaniel specializes in exposes. Now that very talent has left her unemployed. Desperate to get off the bench and back into the lineup, she is thrilled to land an interview with the Buffalo Soldiers’ General Manager Roger “Rakin'” Aiken–Baseball legend, eight-time All Star… and oblivious father to a Major League bratty co-ed named Paige.

A CURVEBALL WITH A CAVEAT

Aiken offers Cat the team writer position for the following spring, but the opportunity is tempered by a curveball of a caveat: she must first spend the winter as a blogger reporting on the Latin American training facility. She is also supposed to look out for Paige, nominally the team’s newest scouting assistant. Being a glorified babysitter and chaperone still beats being an out-of-work sportswriter. Cat reluctantly leaves behind her gorgeous boyfriend Benji and accompanies the party girl to sunny Santo Domingo to balance baselines and conga lines.

HARDBALL FOR REAL

Paige falls for Chance Hayward, an agent who plays hardball–the figurative kind. Joining them on the field is Paige’s ex, Junior DeLeon, one of the coaches who’d really like to score with Cat. When an aspiring player turns up dead, it is up to Cat and Junior to devise a game-changing strategy. Will Cat’s snooping work in her favor this time, or will she strike out … losing her job, her boyfriend and her life?

Curveball follows Big Leagues as Book 2 of the Cat McDaniel Mysteries, also known as the Foul Ball series.

My Thoughts:

This was a great new mystery series involving Cat McDaniel who is trying to land a job with Buffalo Soldiers.  Instead she ends up babysitting the Paige Aiken the daughter of General Manager Roger “Rakin'” Aiken.  The two girls end up finding a body down in Santo Damingo quickly into the story, and Cat decides to investigate what is going on involving baseball players.  Paige on the other hand is smitten or so it seems with Chance Hayward an agent who hooks up kids with trainers.  What you slowly notice is something with Chance Hayward is way off.  I really enjoyed the adventure and mystery with this story.  Wondering if Cat will survive Thunderstorm Paige and get her dream job!

Drop Dead on Recall by: Sheila Webster Boneham

Title: Drop Dead on Recall
Author: Sheila Webster Boneham
Pages: 408
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Series: An Animal in Focus #1
Format: Ebook Arc
Source: NetGalley

Description:

Dogs, cats, and murderous misdeeds

Animal photographer and dog show handler Janet MacPhail knows it’s the sure-footed, finely trained canine competitors that steal the attention in the obedience ring. But all eyes are on widely disliked star handler Abigail Dorn when she falls down dead at the drop on recall command with her border collie, Pip, an Obedience Trial Champion.

Janet suspects foul play when she uncovers a bitter rivalry between Abby and Suzette, the owner of Fly, Pip’s top-ranking competitor. Balancing her dementia-afflicted mother, threats aimed at her beloved pets, and a flirty-hunk dog handler, Janet investigates as another mur¬der takes place. And her nosing around reveals an ugly scandal in the dog show circuit.

My Thoughts:

This book was sent to me via NetGalley for a honest and fair review.  This is the story of Janet and what is happening in her circle of dog lover friends when Abigail Dorn falls dead, it’s up to Janet to find out what is going on.  There is alot of cat and mouse with this book.  Someone is targeting Janet of what she might know and what she might not realize that she knows.

I loved this book was great that no animals got severely hurt in this book.  While the owners of some of the animals…well some just wound up dead regardless.  This book also introduced you into the world of show dogs and dog breeding that you may not know about but as I was reading I wound up learning alot about them.

The Ghost and The Dead Deb by: Alice Kimberly

Title: The Ghost and The Dead Deb
Author: Alice Kimberly
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 260
Series: Haunted Bookshop Mystery #2

Description:

Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure wants her resident sleuth-ghost, Jack, to stop haunting her customers. But when a pretty author is murdered, Jack can’t rest in peace.

 

My Thoughts:

Oh my gosh I love this series so far.  In this one Penelope finds herself having missing people all over the place when a controversial author Angel Stark writes a tell all about the rich and famous she meets with people who’d rather not flash murder around for profit.  Lots are angry about this book and someone is angry enough to kill over it.  When the body of the author is found in a body of water by the local inn, it’s up to Penelope and her ghost of companion Jack the very dead P.I to find out what is going on and who’s out to get whom.

This is definitely not your typical cozy mystery as Penelope likes to look at people with rose contacts/glasses.  She I think in a lot of ways is still reeling from the suicide of her husband.  The impact that has on Penelope and her son.  She seems to be trying to give her son the good things in life without the money her husband came from.  Shying away from the money and power that the McClure’s represent.

Jack is a true to his time era type of P.I. full of slang of his era girls being dolls, and P.I.’s being Dicks.  I enjoy how he helps Penelope but also needs her to help him find out why he was killed. He has finally got some of his story out to Penelope through old case files.  I just enjoy the back and forth between the two.

The town I love how the neighbors rally together and times and generally care for one another which can be rare nowadays you don’t see that as much as you did then.  I definitely enjoy going back to Rhode Island time and time again!

File M for Murder by: Miranda James

Title: File M for Murder
Author: Miranda James
Publisher: Penguin Group
Pages: 304
Source: Purchase
Format: ebook

Description:

Athena College’s new writer in residence is native son and playwright Connor Lawton, known for his sharp writing-and sharper tongue. After an unpleasant encounter, librarian Charlie Harris heads home to a nice surprise: his daughter Laura is subbing for another Athena professor. Unfortunately her old flame Connor Lawton got her the job.

But before Connor finishes his newest play, he’s murdered-and Laura is the prime suspect. Charlie and his faithful cat, Diesel, follow Connor’s cluttered trail to find the true killer before his daughter is forever catalogued under M…for murderer.

My Thoughts:

Charlie Harris is back to work and meeting interesting people at the library enter Connor Lawton a pain in the rear playwright.  Charlie also discovers his lovely daughter Laura is home to teach a semester at Athena College.  When not long into her teaching career she finds Connor dead and herself the prime suspect, and the hidden secret to what is going on all sitting on a thumb drive.  Will Charlie solve it in time or will his house go up in smoke.

With everything from attacks on Laura Harris to letter bombs and attempted fires on the Harris household it’s up to the Harris Kid’s and boarders Stewart and Justin along with Dante, Diesel and Charlie to find out who’s out to get the Harris’s.  I enjoyed this so much.  Seeing Charlie with a new relationship starting and getting to see how the kids interact with their father and how they all show love to Dante and Diesel.  A great cozy mystery I have fallen in love with.  I especially love reading about Athena!

High Five by: Janet Evanovich

Title: High Five
Author: Janet Evanovich
Pages: 317
Format: ebook
Series: Stephanie Plum #5

Description:

The speaker is Stephanie Plum, the glamorous if slightly ditzy bounty hunter from Trenton, New Jersey, and one of the most original creations in recent mystery fiction.

In this fifth entry in Janet Evanovich’s increasingly popular series, Stephanie’s problems are many and varied. She’s not making enough money picking up FTAs (Failures to Appear) for her cousin Vinnie, of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds; her red-hot love affair with Detective Joe Morelli has cooled off; and her giant extended family is no help at all. For instance, Uncle Fred the cheapskate has disappeared, leaving behind some suspicious photographs of body parts in garbage bags and links to some really dangerous people.

When Stephanie turns to her friend and mentor, Ranger, for financial advice, he gets her involved in a gang of toughs doing instant evictions for landlords. (She complains to Ranger about the job and its dangers, prompting one of the hired thug to say, “Man, you don’t like to get shot. You don’t like to get arrested. You don’t know how to have fun at all.”)

Most of Stephanie’s charm, of course, comes from her attitude–a combination of the brazen bravado that turns a failed lingerie buyer into a bounty hunter in the first place and the normal fears of a person in over her head.

My Thoughts:

Stephanie has herself in all sorts of trouble now, when the FTA’s aren’s appearing except for a little man she has to apprehend Stephanie decides to go to Ranger for some work.  Which has it’s ups and downs.  She’s also on again off again with Joe Morelli which has her all upside down.  I love this series and especially Stephanie’s crazy grandmother who up to her usual antics taking pictures of a dead corpse.  It’s always full of great humor and adventure.

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