Pressing The Issue by Daryl Wood Gerber

Pressing the Issue (Cookbook Nook Mystery, #6)

The Agatha Award–winning author of Grilling the Subject returns to the Cookbook Nook in Crystal Cove, where the annual Renaissance Fair serves up a helping of crafty courtiers, damsels in distress, and medieval murder . . .

As the annual Renaissance Fair comes to Crystal Cove, Jenna Hart’s Cookbook Nook is packed with tasty treats and all things medieval, while her pal Bailey is ready to swoon over her upcoming nuptials at a local vineyard. But when the two friends discover the body of the vineyard’s owner bludgeoned by a winepress, all their merriment fades, along with their hopes for a vintage year.

Which churlish varlet did the deed? Was it the victim’s errant brother, who stood to inherit the vineyards? Or the owner’s crestfallen ex-girlfriend? Mayhap it was the newly arrived comely wench, or her jealous husband. Fie on them all! Verily, Jenna can’t rest until justice is served, and she vows to track down the killer. But can she sniff out the truth before the villainous culprit strikes again?

Includes tantalizing recipes!

Oh to be in Crystal Cove at the Ren Fair! The entire town gets into the fun with booths and special faire events. Jenna is busy with her own shop as well as helping Bailey with her wedding which is supposed to take place at Nick’s vineyard.

Love is definitely in the air with more than one couple getting shot with Cupid’s arrow, but some couples aren’t all they appear to be. Could one of them be the killer? There are suspects coming out of the woodwork and everyone is acting oddly, even the cat!

If you haven’t tried this author, please do! The recipes are drool worthy and Crystal Cove is worth dropping in on!

February 20th 2018 by Beyond The Page   NetGalley Review

Agatha Award-winning Daryl Wood Gerber writes the brand new French Bistro Mysteries as well as the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries. 

As Avery Aames, she pens the popular Cheese Shop Mysteries. A DEADLY ÊCLAIR, the first French Bistro Mystery, comes out November 2017. 

Daryl also writes stand-alone suspense: DAY OF SECRETS and GIRL ON THE RUN. 

Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote.” She loves to cook, and she has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky who keeps her in line!

Visit Daryl at www.darylwoodgerber.com

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A GRAVE ISSUE (A Funeral Parlor Mystery) by Lillian Bell

A Grave Issue (A Funeral Parlor Mystery #1)

After an on-air gaffe goes viral and jeopardizes her career, journalist Desiree Turner retreats home to Verbena, California for some peace and quiet. She begins working one of the quietest jobs around: presiding over funerals for her great-grandfather’s funeral parlor. But the action seems to follow her as a fist fight breaks out between neighbors Rosemarie Brewer and Lola Hansen at one of the first funerals she’s in charge of running. It exposes a nasty dispute and Rosemarie’s husband, Alan, is found murdered shortly after.

Lola’s husband, Kyle, is immediately arrested. Desiree, whose own father’s death was devastating, has always viewed Kyle as a second father. Determined to clear his name, Desiree jumps head first into the investigation and quickly discovers that Alan had several unsavory habits at his job and in his personal life, including putting assets into his mistress’s account to hide them from Rosemarie. People murder for money and love all the time, and there’s no telling who he offended just enough to push them over the edge.

Desiree is looking in all the right places, but she better catch the killer fast before they come for her next in A Grave Issue, the clever series debut by Lillian Bell.

Ms. Bell has gotten off to a very good start with this new series, featuring Deisree, an on air news reporter who got caught with a hot mic on. With the added stress of her father presumed dead over a year ago when he went out to surf and never returned. And a pregnant sister who has been placed on strict bed rest.

So Desiree heads home to Verbena to lick her wounds and figure out what she is going to do next. It looks as if bad luck has trailed her home however when one thing after another keeps her name in the paper.

This is a very clever cozy mystery! Part serious, part funny and pretty much exactly what I like in a story. A smart, tenacious, independent woman and a bunch of people keeping secrets, which we all know never stay hidden, especially when Desiree starts pulling on threads. People get a tad touchy! Or dead.

Underneath the story is the tale what really happened to her dad? Who is leaving mysterious gifts for Desiree and her sister? So there is a good bit of layering to this series and I like it.

Well Done Ms. Bell!

Netgalley/CrookedLaneBooks   February 13, 2018

Night Moves by Jonathan Kellerman

Night Moves (Alex Delaware, #33)

The new novel from Jonathan Kellerman, ‘MASTER OF THE PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER’, perfect for fans of Harlan Coben and David Baldacci.

ALEX DELAWARE RETURNS . . .

A brilliant criminal psychologist, Alex works with the police to help solve the most complex of crimes in Los Angeles, city of illusions, glamour and infamy.

An affluent family returns home from Sunday dinner only to find the murdered and brutalized corpse of a total stranger in their house. This baffling, twisted tale tests Alex and Milo to their intellectual and emotional limits.

This is number 33 in the Alex Delaware Series and Kellerman keeps pulling me in. His writing style and my reading style mesh perfectly.

Once you begin to read, you know you aren’t stopping until the end. Alex and Milo have an easy-going friendship and working relationship. When Milo gets the call for this case, he calls Alex, as there are children traumatized as well as the adults who all came home to find a corpse in the den.

Right from the beginning something is off. About the crime, about the family and even the neighbors. There were so many red herrings in this book I wasn’t sure who did what, who was just shady and who was downright insane!

None of what they had made sense. And in the end, well they always say beware of the quiet ones!

If you haven’t tried Kellerman’s books, why not? The writing is great, the pace is quick and the characters are always off the wall!

He has also written books with his wife, Faye Kellerman as well as his son.

Netgalley/Random House/Ballentine  February 13,2018

Murder on the Rocks(A Red Carpet Catering Mystery #5)by Shawn Reilly Simmons

Murder on the Rocks (A Red Carpet Catering Mystery #5)

Shawn Reilly Simmons has cooked up something rocky this time, and it’s going to be a delicious read.

After surviving a brazen attack at one of her favorite local cafes, Penelope Sutherland is ready to escape the big city and head to her next film set. She and her Red Carpet Catering crew set up their kitchen on location in the tranquil mountains of Vermont.

But peace and quiet aren’t on the menu.

It starts to get hot when a series of accidents befall the celebrity tennis pro consulting on the film. Then mix in an uptight director, an isolated location, and a quirky bunch of locals with secrets of their own and that’s a recipe for disaster.

Penelope soon suspects a connection between the cafe attack and the incidents on set, and you know what comes next. She must uncover the truth before her goose gets cooked.

After a harrowing experience at her local cafe, Penelope is glad to be leaving for Vermont and catering the filming of her friend, Arlena’s new movie. A movie about a legendary tennis star, and her friend Nadia is the tennis consultant.

What she wasn’t expecting was no internet or cell service and a mile long list of things the directors don’t want. Everything is to be eco-friendly and locally sourced, but the local source is related to the directors and they are not a close family!

With what looks like a family feud building, a whole lot of quirky characters quickly begin to look like suspects, when Nadia is attacked.

This is an easy to read Cozy. I enjoyed the characters very much and they continue to develop and come to life on the page.

Netgalley/Henery Press  February 06, 2018

Funeral Parlors, Emergency Rooms, Drugs and Obsessions with a Merman. So What Are You Reading?

A Grave Issue: A Funeral Parlor Mystery by [Lillian Bell]   A new series by Lillian Bell that is right up my reading alley! A Funeral Parlor Mystery! I’ve just started this one and already I’m hooked!

No One Can Know: A Stillwater General Mystery by [Lucy Kerr] A Stillwater General Mystery is looking interesting as well.

Gods of Howl Mountain: A Novel by [Brown, Taylor] “A fresh, authentic, and eloquent new voice in American fiction.” – Robert Morgan, New York Times bestselling author of Gap Creek

The Pisces: A Novel by [Broder, Melissa] An uproariously funny, gloriously strange, fiercely original tale of love, obsession, sex…and a merman

These are what I’m reading for the next few days. A little bit of everything thrown in there. My Cozy Authors Group tells me I will love the funeral parlor one and they are almost always right.

What are you reading or writing this week? I also read a new book titled EAT YOUR VEGETABLES; BOLD RECIPES FOR THE SINGLE COOK and it sucked. Seriously the only thing in there I would consider eating is the beans. One recipe for beans, as if we don’t know how to run a slow cooker. Very disappointing.

Have yourself a lovely Sunday! Grab a book and go on an adventure!

xx Patricia

The Books Just Keep On Coming!

You never really reach the end of your TBR pile, do you? Just when I think I have a handle on it and don’t need a spreadsheet, Boom, more books. Oh well if I have to keep getting something I guess books are the way to go!

I have read four books in two days all in the same genre so I’m grabbing this cozy mystery to slow things down a bit.

Murder on the Rocks (A Red Carpet Catering Mystery #5)   I personally have never read this author before so I’m excited to see what happens. This is the fifth in the series. Let me know if you’ve read this author!

Early morning eye appointment went well. My doctor made it safely home from Korea. More and more I am realizing this is a journey. It’s been a year since the corneal transplant and I still have a couple of surgeries to go so my  goal is to be patient. Never has that word been used in the same sentence with my name. This may be the longest relationship I’ve ever had with a man!

It is still bone chillingly cold so it’s a hot cup of tea, a book and a bath!

xx Patricia    Be Safe and Be Warm!

 

The Silent Girls by Dylan Young

 

 

The Silent Girls: A gripping serial killer thriller (Detective Anna Gwynne Crime Series Book 1)
‘Ambulance and police. Something’s happened. I don’t know what. But my little girl.’ A sob choked off the sentence… ‘It’s my daughter.’

When a young girl disappears from the edge of the local forest, the Gloucestershire police are convinced she’s been taken by the same killer who stabbed to death beautiful, young Emily Risman eighteen years ago. They’re desperate to finally have the evidence to put him away. To save another girl before it’s too late.
Only Detective Anna Gwynne thinks he isn’t the real killer.
Anna can’t find proof and as time is running out, she realises she needs to get inside the killer’s twisted mind. And she knows just who to ask. Hector Shaw, in prison for killing the six men who caused his own daughter’s death.
Can Anna get what she needs from Hector before another life is lost, or could he lead her down a path that puts her own life in grave danger?

Anna and her partner are working a cold case when another girl goes missing. Did the wrong man get convicted the first time and now that he is out, is he being framed again or is he the Woodsman?

Anna is not only finding few answers, but the detectives who put a man away for the crime for 17 years has now been acquitted and the police may have a few rotten apples in their midst.

There was a real Silence of the Lambs feel to this one. With another serial killer in prison refusing to speak to anyone but Anna. He helps but on his terms and Anna must live with those to see justice done in this case.

Hector Shaw set out to find out the reason behind his daughter’s death and once he did, he became a vigilante of sorts. And this guy is seriously a manipulative sociopath!

The story is the first in a series and I can tell you that I read it all in one sitting because I had to see how it ended. And no, did not see that coming until the very end!

Well Done!

Netgalley/bookouture  Release January 19.2018