Killer Party ( A Tourist Trap Mystery #9) By Lynn Cahoon *RELEASE DAY*

Killer Party (A Tourist Trap Mystery, #9)

For a gang of old college buddies, the quaint resort town of South Cove, California, is the perfect spot for a no-holds-barred bachelor party. But for Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books and More—this stag party is going to be murder . . .

After a few months of living with her boyfriend Greg, Jill is still getting used to sharing such close quarters, but she’s got no hesitation about joining him for a weekend at South Cove’s most luxurious resort. While Greg and his college pals celebrate their buddy’s upcoming wedding, Jill intends to pamper herself in style. But when the groom is found floating facedown in the pool, Jill must find the killer fast, or she might not have a boyfriend to come home to any more . . .

This is the ninth book in Lynn’s Tourist Trap Series. With a weekend of luxury at The Castle, rented out by the groom, what more could a girl want? Especially when her hot cop boyfriend is part of the package.

On the first day Jill senses something is off with this group of Greg’s old high school buddies and their wives. So when the groom turns up facedown in the pool, even Greg is on the sidelines.

Jill’s suspect list is pretty long with everyone from the party as well as the new Russian Doll Shop owner. Who seems to know the bride-to-be.

Lynn’s characters have come a long way from the first book. They are well-developed and very loveable. They have become like good book friends. I love Deek and while Aunt Jackie wasn’t my favorite character, this time I really felt her presence and there was a secondary mystery going on with her.

Can’t wait for the next one, See you soon South Cove!

TO KILL A HUMMINGBIRD BY J.R.RIPLEY *RELEASE DAY*

To Kill a Hummingbird (A Bird Lover's Mystery #4)

For Amy Simms, owner of Birds & Bees, nothing is more important than impressing her old professor, but this odd bird is about to fall to earth . . .

When her favorite ornithology professor comes calling, Birds & Bees owner Amy Simms hangs six hummingbird feeders around the shop to welcome Professor Livingston with a flock of his favorite flying creatures. But Amy soon finds that the sugar-water in the feeders brings more than a swarm of hummingbirds. It also attracts murder.

Professor Livingston is just as friendly as Amy remembers, but something seems to be troubling him. When Amy pays him a visit that night, she finds the professor slumped over a table with a pair of scissors buried in his neck. And standing over his body is Rose Smith, the local bookseller, who claims she killed him. But while the police believe they have a bird in hand, Amy thinks the real killer may still be in the bush . . .

Continuing on with the Bird Lover’s Mystery Series, we find our Amy all a twitter over her old professor coming to town. He has a new book about hummingbirds out and is coming to Ruby Lake for a book signing.

From the moment he pulls up in his tiny bird house home on wheels, something is off. And when Amy finds him after the book signing dead and the bookshop owner calmly admitting she did it, something isn’t sitting right with Amy.

Of course our girl can’t sit back and wait to find out what is going on and soon she’s flitting all over town, looking for answers. And there is no lack of shady characters for her to focus on.

I’ve never been a bird person, until this series!  I love a story that entertains and teaches me something new. I never knew there were  so many types of hummingbirds! And they are adorable. The characters in this series are quickly becoming like family and I think that’s a pretty good sign of a well written series!

Well done, once again Mr. Ripley!

30 Second Death by Laura Bradford

30 Second Death (A Tobi Tobias Mystery) by [Bradford, Laura]

When Tobi Tobias opened her own advertising agency, Carter McDade was there for her every step of the way. A brilliant hairdresser, Carter has just landed his dream project: doing hair and makeup for a theatrical production of Rapunzel. But the dream turns into a nightmare when he runs into Fiona Renoir, a cruel, talentless starlet who won’t let Carter touch a hair on her head.

To get Fiona out of Carter’s hair, Tobi hires the difficult actress for a bit part in her latest commercial. But true to character, Fiona is a terror on set, and Tobi is starting to think she’s made the biggest mistake of her life. But things get even worse when Fiona drops dead in the hairdresser’s chair, and the only suspect is the man left holding the tainted hair dye, Carter McDade. And unless Tobi can prove his innocence, he’ll never do hair in this town again.

Tobi is a character! I love this group of friends and family that all love and support Tobi.

Tobi is determined to find out who killed the nasty Fiona. And clear her BFF at the same time. With so many suspects, Grandpa Stu comes to visit and help her out. Or did he come to hook up with Tobi’s nasty neighbor? Lots of mysteries here!

The characters are well developed and  this not your typical cosy mystery. Ms. Bradford has several mystery series out, so check out her Amazon page and see if you find something you like!

Lyrical Underground/Kensingto July 11, 2017

Dying on the Vine A Mystery by Marla Cooper (Kelsey McKenna Destination Wedding Mysteries #2)

Dying on the Vine: A Mystery

The follow up book to Terror in Taffeta, Dying on the Vine is Marla’s latest mystery starring wedding planner Kelsey McKenna and her adorable squad of friends and family.

When she gets roped into helping her friend Brody at the Wine Country Wedding Faire she’s hoping for some free cupcakes, not new clients. But this is such a cute couple and they really need help in a hurry. Only after she agrees does she find out they fired their previous planner for being pushy.

Kelsey now has to deal with Babs-the self-proclaimed Queen of Wine Country Weddings- and while she and Babs aren’t in competition, heck Babs has thrown business her way before and Kelsey is more of a destination wedding planner, but Babs assistant Stefan, is not as nice or helpful as Babs.

When Babs turns up dead from unnatural causes, Stefan is screaming to the entire world that it is Kelsey’s fault! Now our girl has to get down to business and figure out who did the dastardly deed and clear her name before she is out of business!

A very funny, intelligent cosy mystery that I really enjoyed. Kelsey is a great character!

 

What Are You Reading This Month?

These are some of the reads from Netgalley I’m reading as well as about 15 hard copies and 2 Beta reads. So my June is pretty full! I really am in need of some recommendations for that 8 to 10 age group of girls. Nothing sexual, just some good series reads.

                        

      

  

So what are you all reading this month? Any good recommendations for me?

xx Happy Reading!   Patricia

Treble At The Jam Fest by Leslie Budewitz

A Food Lovers’Village Mystery

Treble at the Jam Fest (A Food Lovers' Village Mystery)

Erin Murphy, manager of Murphy’s Mercantile (aka the Merc), is tuning up for Jewel Bay’s annual Jazz Festival. Between keeping the Merc’s shelves stocked with Montana’s tastiest local fare and hosting the festival’s kick-off concert, Erin has her hands full.

Discord erupts when jazz guitarist Gerry Martin is found dead on the rocks above the Jewel River. The one-time international sensation had fallen out of sync with festival organizers, students, and performers. Was his death an accident—or did someone even the score?

Despite the warning signs to not get involved, Erin investigates. And when the killer attacks, she orchestrates her efforts into one last crescendo, hoping to avoid a deadly finale.

Jewel Bay, Montana is home to Erin Murphy and family. The Merc aka Murphy’s Mercantile has been in the family since 1910 and Erin is now in charge.

In between handling business at the store and playing kissy face with boyfriend Adam, she gets involved in trying to figure out who killed Gerry Martin. For someone who wasn’t from the area, he sure seems to have impacted quite a few lives in Jewel Bay.

There is no shortage of suspects and even though she knows she should mind her own business, she just can’t.

All of our favorite characters are back. And we learn some new things about them too!

I really wish someone would bring The Merc here! The descriptions of the store, the stock, it all just sounds like you could curl up in the corner and never leave!

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Lavender Love and Purple Chickens

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I was inspired by Tony Burgess’s Blog yesterday showing off his hydrangea!

They are the most beautiful of flowers. They remind me of my little Gramma in South Carolina. Her house was surrounded by them and they made the best hiding places for all of the cousins to play in.

Have you ever seen the lilac Orpington hens? They are adorable! And no they don’t lay lavender eggs. But they do lay brown eggs and big ones. They are very sociable too.

Since we are a bit shaky on the power situation after yesterday and today’s storms, and waiting for the rest later in the day, I’ll be reading and sipping tea.  Right now I’m reading The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel. Very good book!

I’m also very impatiently waiting for the UPS man who is bringing me a box of books today according to my UPS tracker. I have no idea what is in there and that’s half of the anticipation!

Be Safe and enjoy this Friday….   xx Patricia

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