Friday, December 2, 2016

Great Escapes Book Tours Book Review: Better Off Thread




Better Off Thread (Embroidery Mystery)
Series: Embroidery Mystery (Book 10)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (December 6, 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-0451473851
E-Book ASIN: B01CZCW26A
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Santa finds himself in a stitch of trouble in the tenth in the series from the national bestselling author of The Stitching Hour…
Marcy is busy helping her customers make hand-crafted ornaments at her embroidery shop, the Seven-Year Stitch. But despite the yuletide bustle, when her friend Captain Moe asks for her help, she can’t refuse—especially when the favor is to play the elf to his Santa for sick children at a local hospital. Despite the ridiculous outfit, Marcy finds herself enjoying spreading cheer—until the hospital’s administrator is found murdered.
Although the deceased had plenty of people willing to fill her stocking with coal, evidence pins the crime on Moe. Now it’s up to Marcy, with the help of her police officer boyfriend Ted and her Irish Wolfhound Angus, to stitch together the clues to clear Moe’s name—before someone else winds up crossed off Santa’s list for good…

Review: Yay for holiday cozy mysteries. I read The Stitching Hour and loved it as well as Wicked Stitch. This is book 10 in the series, You don't want to miss a single book in this series, they are such fun.

I've really love all the characters in this book and their friendships. I feel like I'm visiting friends when I read a book from this series..

I highly recommend this cozy as well as the whole series

Rating: 5 flowers


Tasty Book Tours Release Blast: I Mistletoe


Never make the first move.
Never fall in love.
Never take anyone to Mistletoe’s Christmas Dance. 


IN MISTLETOE
Tammy L. Bailey
Releasing Dec 2nd, 2016
The Wild Rose Press


At twenty-five, Grace Evans is steadily picking up the pieces of everyone else’s life. So, when her younger sister decides to turn into a runaway bride just four weeks before the wedding, Grace, drops everything to chase after her and bring her back home. Only, when the trail leads to Mistletoe, Washington, she finds herself at the mercy of the town’s most handsome and emotionally unavailable bachelor.

Ex-Army officer, Ayden McCabe, has three creeds in life: never make the first move, never fall in love, and never take anyone to Mistletoe’s Christmas Dance. Wanting nothing more than to keep his matchmaking sister from meddling in his personal life, he agrees to help Grace if she agrees to play his girlfriend. Too brunette and meek for his taste, Ayden believes Grace can’t tempt him enough to break any of his creeds. He could not be more wrong.





Tammy L. Bailey grew up in historical Appomattox, Virginia and moved to Ohio the day after she graduated high school. A third generation veteran, she joined the Army National Guard in 1988, served five years in the active duty Army, and retired as a Master Sergeant from the Ohio Air National Guard in 2011. She is a wife and a mother of two boys. She is a huge Jane Austen fan and loves watching Jane Austen movie adaptations.

When she's not writing contemporary or historical romance, she enjoys Star Wars movie night with her 10-year-old son and going to drumming practice with her 13-year-old son. Fall is her favorite season, the B-17 is her favorite plane, and Hawkeye is her favorite Avenger.




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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Book Tour Book Review: A Texas Cowboy's Christmas



Author: Cathy Gillen Thacker
Title: A Texas Cowboy's Christmas
Publisher: Harlequin Western Romance
Publish Date: Nov 8, 2016
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: Molly Griffith is ambitious and only wants to give her little boy the opportunities she never had. Which means moving to Dallas, no matter what Chance Lockhart says! Though being with the handsome rancher does make the idea of small-town life more tempting…

Molly has always gotten under Chance's skin, and now that he's bonded with her little tyke, he can't imagine Bullhaven Ranch without them. But the single mom is so focused on her big-city fairy tale, she could miss Chance's offer of the most important gift of all—the love and support of a real family.

Review: I have to say, I'm a sucker for contemporary cowboy romances, especially when they are on the sweet side of the romance.

Molly and Chance are two people that have a lot in common but Molly's ambitions and her past relationship.

The real stars of the show are Chance and Molly's song Braden. The little boy really adorable, especially in his desire to have a bull family for Christmas, along with a super popular train set.

Molly is a little bit too much to take at times, because she was really trying to plan out her son's life, when he hadn't started living it. She was planning his life out for him, from a special grade school to getting him into an Ivy League College.

Yeah, she's one of those kind of people.

I can understand wanting what's best for you child, but she does take things a little too far.

I was thankful that Chance managed to get into Molly's life. His interactions with Braden are wonderful. Its easy to see that he would make a fabulous father.

This was a wonderful sweet holiday romance

Rating: 4 flowers


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Book Review: Killer Finds

Author: Vicki Vass
Title: Killer Finds
Publisher: Cozy Cat Press
Publish Date: April 22, 2016
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: 
Antique hunter Anne Hillstrom’s whirlwind shopping tour to Paris comes to a dead stop, as dead as the man sitting next to her on the plane. And to make matters worse, her identity has been stolen, leaving her to face her worst nightmare. She must sell all her precious antiques with the help of her business partner and co-blogger, CC Muller. Together, they open a pop-up antique store in the quaint suburb of Glen Ellyn Illinois. Their blog fans flock to the store looking to find that perfect treasure and so does a killer. When the Sweet Shop lady next door is found caramelized, the success of the pop-up sale turns bittersweet. Anne and CC dust off the clues, unraveling a centuries-old mystery that leads them to one conclusion. They must find the killer before the killer finds them.

Review: I read the more recent Antique Hunters Mystery about a month or so ago. This series is really cute. The two antique hunters are really quite different C. C.  is more level headed whereas Anne is, well Anne is irritating.

At the beginning of the story they are arriving home after a whirlwind trip to Paris where they spent loads of money, when a man dies on the plane and Anne is left sitting next to a body for the remainder of the flight.

Soon after she discovers that her identity has been stolen and all of her money is gone. She's forced to sell her antiques to survive. She has quite a hard time putting her precious antiques for sale. And in one of her containers, she finds a cake knife that may or may not have been owned by Marie Antoinette

In the midst of creating a pop up sale, the candy lady at the neighboring store is found killed in her own candy.

I liked how there were a lot of events that were interconnected, from the death of Bernie, who was  a lot more than what he seemed, to the professor that was also a bit more than he seemed, to Ingrid, CC's cousin who is into antiques as well, and who starts up a relationship with a local fireman.

I found all the characters to be well developed. Again, Anne is a bit hard to take. Sometimes you feel sorry for her, for all the bad things that happen to her in the course of the novel, but most of the time you feel a bit irritated with her. She's spoiled and almost a hoarder when it comes to her antiques. She doesn't want to part with her things, even when she doesn't have any money.

The author does a great job of connecting several storylines together. The story behind the desk that they purchased at an Art School is truly interesting and gives what could be just another normal cozy murder mystery a new twist.

I look forward to reading some of the past books I haven't read and to see what's in CC and Anne's future.

Rating: 5 flowers


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Great Escapes Book Tours Book Review: A Composition in Murder






Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Henery Press (November 15, 2016)
Paperback: 266 pages


ISBN-13: 978-1635111132

E-Book ASIN: B01KY3LERU


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Synopsis

With a new art teaching gig at Halo House—Halo, Georgia’s posh independent living home—and Halo society scrutinizing her family and her love life, Cherry Tucker needs to stay out of trouble. However, her sleuthing skills are sought by Halo House’s most famous resident: Belvia Brakeman, the ninety-year-old, blind CEO and founder of Meemaw’s Tea. Belvia confides in Cherry that the family tea empire is in jeopardy. The CEO suspects her daughter, the COO, has been murdered and she might be next. Her offer is hard to refuse, but will have Cherry treading on Forks County Sheriff toes, namely her personal Deputy Heartache, Luke Harper.
Amid her town troubles, can Cherry put her reputation, romance, and life on the line for the final request of a sweet tea tycoon? While she juggles senior citizen shenanigans, small town politics, and corporate family scandals, Cherry finds the sweet tea business cutthroat in more ways than one.
Review: The Cherry Tucker Mystery Series is one of my absolute favorites. Cherry reminds me a bit of Stephanie Plum before 20 + books took the wind out of her sails.

This is the 6th book in the series and everything is still fresh and fun.

Cherry is working at Halo House in this book, a high class independent living facility and the CEO gives her an offer she can't refuse to solve a mystery. Enter Luke Harper who is a quasi love interest of Cherry's.

This book is a great addition to the series, I hope we have loads more Cherry Tucker adventures to look forward too.

Rating 5 flowers













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Monday, November 28, 2016

Great Escapes Book Tours Book Review: Cat Got Your Diamonds




Author:  Julie Chase
Title:Cat Got Your Diamonds: A Kitty Couture Mystery
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (November 15, 2016)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1629538426
E-Book ASIN: B01H082DOU
Synopsis:
Grandeur and opulence are everything in the famed New Orleans Garden District where pets are family and no bling is too big. Opening Furry Godmother, pet boutique and organic treat bakery, is Lacy Marie Crocker’s dream come true--until the glitter gun used to make her Shih Tzu tutus becomes a murder weapon. And Lacy becomes public enemy #1.

Now Detective Jack Oliver is hounding Lacy, and her Furry Godmother investor wants out before his name is tarnished by association. To make matters worse, a string of jewel heists with suspicious ties to the murder case has New Orleans residents on edge. To save her dream, Lacy must take a stand, put her keen eyes to work, and unravel what really happened at her shop that night. But can Lacy sniff out the killer cat burglar in time to get her tail-raising designs on the catwalk?

Witty and whimsical, Cat Got Your Diamonds, the first in a new cozy series by Julie Chase, will be the cat's meow for fans of Rita Mae Brown and Miranda James.



Review: Cat Got Your Diamonds is the first book in a new series. I'm always so excited when I get on board a new series with the first book. That very seldom happens to me.

This is definitely an animal lover's type of mystery. Lacy owns a boutique for pets called Furry Godmother. That is so awesome. Until someone ends up dead and Lacy becomes the prime suspect because her prints are on the murder weapon.

This was a quick fun read and I adore stories with animals and this one has a focus on how pets can really become pampered little ones.

This is definitely a series I hope to contine!

Rating: 5 flowers















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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Book Review: Wicked Witch Murder

Author: Leslie Meier
Title: Wicked Witch Murder
Publisher: Kensington
Publish Date: Sept 1, 2010
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: With planning the town's annual Halloween Party, the drought wreaking havoc on her garden, and her brood of four children, Lucy Stone's got her hands full this fall. As the air turns crisp and the trees blaze red and gold in the tiny town of Tinker's Cove, Maine, a newcomer arrives who seems to suit the Halloween season. Diana Ravenscroft has just opened Solstice, a charming little shop featuring candles, crystals, jewelry, and psychic readings. But after an unnervingly accurate reading by Diana, Lucy starts to get more than a little spooked.

Then there's the dead body Lucy finds, way up on one of the old logging roads behind her house. The deceased is identified as Malcolm Malebranche, a seemingly harmless magician who worked at children's birthday parties. When it turns out that Diana knew the murder victim, Ike Stoughton, a prominent local businessman, starts a campaign against Diana, blaming 'the witch' for everything from the unseasonal dry spell to his wife's illness and his pumpkins' lack of plumpness. But Lucy's not so sure that Ike himself is innocent. Still, as the town Halloween party approaches, Lucy's more concerned about the costume competition, pin-the-nose-on-the-pumpkin, and baking three dozen orange cupcakes and Beastly Bug cookies. But as the October moon rises, a killer plans a lethal celebration of his own and Lucy's the guest of honor.


Review: I love holiday themed books, so I around Halloween I started to read this one. Flash forward almost a month and I'm finally finishing this one.

Wicked Witch Murder, is a pretty ho hum story as far as cozy mysteries are concerned. The plot has great potential with  a new resident and witchcraft and of course a religious crazy that doesn't believe in medicine and thinks that witch craft is evil.

There could have been a good witch hunt theme going on here, but it barely got off the ground.

The murder happens early on and the victim is connected with Diana, but then the focus of the story seems to shift away from that area and more to Diana and the crazy Stoughton clan, which weaves in a lot of the witchy details. Although I have to say, I find it hilarious that small towns have all these cute little specialty stores. I mean, a witchcraft shop?

Needless to say Lucy's daughters are friends with Ike's daughter and they are also experimenting with Wicca, which causes a multitude of problems

I've read several of the Lucy Stone mysteries, and Lucy is probably one of my least favorite cozy mystery heroines. It's something about her personality that gets a little annoying. She has a condescending way about her.

There were so many things going on in this story. But the Ike Stoughton part of the story line was annoying, especially when things wrap up at the end. A person that was that religious and held those kind of convictions would not change that quickly or even try to.

This was probably my least favorite of the Lucy Stone novels. Everything was disjointed here and even with the death at the beginning didn't seem connected with the rest of the story, though it is, it just doesn't feel like it was even important at all.

Rating: 2 flowers


 
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