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Cozy Prizes Friday: The Body on the Train

How about a weekend trip to London by train in 1929! This week we’re going historical with a little intrigue and an overabundance of rhubarb. That’s right. Rhubarb. I’ve included the book description and my review of this British mystery and don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of this blog and enter my giveaway. You could use that $20 gift card from Amazon!

Book Description:

Frances Brody’s eleventh Kate Shackleton mystery is sure to delight readers of Rhys Bowen and Jacqueline Winspear.

Two murders. A one-way ticket to trouble.

And it’s up to Kate to derail the killer.

London, 1929. In the darkness before dawn, a railway porter, unloading a special train from Yorkshire, discovers a man’s body, shot and placed in a sack. There are no means of identification to be found and as Scotland Yard hits a dead end, they call on the inimitable Kate Shackleton, a local sleuth, confident her local knowledge and investigative skills will produce results. But it’s no easy task.

Suspicion of political intrigue and fears of unrest in the Yorkshire coalfields, impose secrecy on her already difficult task. The murder of a shopkeeper, around the same time, seems too much of a coincidence. The convicted felon was found with blood on his hands, but it’s too tidy and Kate becomes convinced the police have the wrong man.

By then it’s too late. Kate finds herself in a den of vipers. The real killer is still at large, and having tinkered with Kate’s car, nearly causes her to crash. Not only that, but Scotland Yard has turned their back on her. As Kate edges toward the shocking truth, she’s going to need all the strength and resourcefulness she can muster to uncover this sinister web of deceit.

My Review

This is the first book I’ve read in this series. It is 1929 and a body has been found on the rhubarb train. There are so many factors that figure into the mystery including a  children’s home, a mine, the Ryder Cup, rhubarb farmers and an interesting cast of detective helpers. I enjoyed the pace of the story. I was never quite sure just who to trust. Nicely done!

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece

As a creative person, I thought of getting a little trailer and going from book show to book show. In Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece, Rose Pressey shows how it can be done!

Where would you go if you had a little pink trailer and were pursuing your dream career?

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Book Description: Artist Celeste Cabot welcomes the chance to show her paintings at a craft fair in her hometown of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, where she and her Chihuahua, Van Gogh, can park her vintage Shasta trailer and sell her creations, too.
 
Unfortunately, her sales take a hit when a customer returns a painting, claiming it’s haunted. When a fellow vendor discovers images hidden in Celeste’s artwork—and a ghost pays her a late-night visit—she’s shocked to realize she has psychic abilities. After the grumpy manager of the craft fair is found with a knife in his neck, Celeste’s brushes with the paranormal may help fill in the picture—and make sure the wrong person doesn’t get framed . . .

My Review:

I really enjoyed this quirky little cozy mystery about an artist who travels around in a trailer exhibiting her art at craft fairs. She is at her first craft fair in a cute little pink trailer that her family has helped her fix up and so the reader gets to meet her parents and brothers and aunts and it is a delightful escape . As she meets other exhibitors while living near them in their trailers a murder occurs and there are so many suspects and reasons why they could have committed homicide. She had me guessing to the end and I especially liked the paranormal element that comes through in her paintings . This is a fun mystery and easy to read. 

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Cozy Prizes Friday: A Cup of Holiday Fear

Halloween is officially over so let’s talk Christmas. I feel like Hallmark where it seems to be Christmas all year long. We are starting out the season with a new Bakeshop Mystery from Ellie Alexander. Its Christmas time in Oregon and Torte Bakery is running at top efficiency thanks to the leadership of Jules Capshaw and her mother. The entire town is putting on an incredible Christmas celebration. When Jules treats her staff to a Dicken’s themed dinner at the Winchester Hotel, they discover everything is not so perfect in this land of holiday enchantment. Get ready for plenty of Christmas description to get in the mood for the holiday season. My favorite character was definitely Lance, the theater owner.

Here is the book description:

Ashland, Oregon, looks as pretty as a postcard this holiday season. The halls are decked, stockings hung, and eyes are all aglow—mostly thanks to the buttered rum. Jules Capshaw and her staff at Torte are busier than ever. . . still, even the town’s most in-demand bakers need to take a break. So Jules invites everyone to celebrate at the local Winchester Inn’s Dickens Feast, a six-course extravaganza with Yorkshire Pudding, Christmas goose, and all the trimmings. But as the weather outside becomes frightful, things inside turn less delightful when one of the guests ends up as dead as Scrooge’s doornail. Now it’s up to Jules and her helpers to make a list of suspects—and check it twice—to try to find out who’s naughty, who’s nice, and who’s guilty of murder…

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My Review:

What better way to prepare for the holidays than in a busy bakeshop? I enjoyed the magical pre-Christmas atmosphere the author created as well as a murder mystery puzzle to solve. The plot moved along at a good rate but at times was slowed by the act of cooking, but there were mouthwatering recipes that were added to the book. I did have an idea who the murderer was early on, but the placement of clues and red herrings was excellent. I would highly recommend this book if you’re in the mood for a Christmas cozy.

Cozy Mystery’s Happy Hinter: Refrigerator Selfie

After writing eight Pecan Bayou mysteries that feature Betsy Livingston Fitzpatrick, AKA The Happy Hinter, I am happy to bring to you some of Betsy’s fictional columns from The Pecan Bayou Gazette. Her life-hacking columns are very popular in a little town like Pecan Bayou. She not only tells you how to do things like stop a leak, but she also makes mention of some of the goings-on in town.

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Cozy Prizes Friday: A Dash of Murder- A Halloween Ghost Hunting Book!

Happy October! I have been busy finalizing the start of the audio book process for my very first novel, A Dash of Murder.  It won’t be available until next year, but if you haven’t read this book yet, you can find it for 99 Cents in ebook form.

This is the beginning of Betsy, Leo, Zach, Aunt Maggie, Danny and Judd. Betsy is surviving as a single parent after her husband walked out on her seven years earlier. This is where she gets her start as a helpful hints writer and the book where she runs headlong into that handsome meteorologist, Leo Fitzpatrick.

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Description:

A Mystery for Ghost Hunters!
When Betsy’s Aunt Maggie wants to drag her along on a ghost hunting excursion at the local abandoned tuberculosis hospital she isn’t sure if she quite believes in ghosts. When she comes upon a fresh spirit in the form of a body, she starts to rethink about what really is haunting the hospital.

I also have a list of discussion questions to be used with book clubs.  If your club does use the book-I would love to hear about it!

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Fatal Cajun Festival

I love Fall! Time for festivals and in the case of the Fatal Cajun Festival plenty of Cajun food and pralines. Scroll down to read my review of Fatal Cajun Festival and be sure to scroll down and enter my giveaway for a $20 Amazon gift card.

Book Description:

USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Ellen Byron cranks it up to eleven in the fifth fast and funny Cajun Country mystery.

Louisiana B&B owner Maggie Crozat kicks up her heels at a country music festival–but she’ll have one foot in the grave if she can’t bring the killer of a diva’s hanger-on to heel.

Grab your tickets for Cajun Country Live!, the pickers’ and crooners’ answer to the legendary New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Maggie Crozat, proprietor of the Crozat Plantation B&B, plans to be in the cheering section when her friend Gaynell Bourgeois takes the stage with her band, Gaynell and the Gator Girls.

The festival’s headliner, native daughter Tammy Barker, rocketed to stardom on a TV singing competition. She has the voice of an angel…and the personality of a devilish diva. But Maggie learns that this tiny terror carries a grudge against Gaynell. She’s already sabotaged the Gator Girls’ JazzFest audition. When a member of Tammy’s entourage is murdered at the festival, Tammy makes sure Gaynell is number one on the suspect list.

Gaynell has plenty of company on that list–including every one of Tammy’s musicians. Posing as a groupie, Maggie infiltrates Tammy’s band and will have to hit all the right notes to clear her friend’s name.

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My Review

4 Stars

Time to visit the big jazz festival in Ellen Byron’s latest installment of her Cajun Country Mystery Series. Not only are there delicious pralines but the winner of a television singing show and her entourage will be appearing. She’s a hometown girl who is feeling her stardom. This mystery is a delightful escape to all things Cajun with sexy cops, tipsy grandmothers and an interesting homicide investigation. I received this book through Net Galley and have left an honest review.

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Buried in the Stacks

Two things I love–libraries and stories about hauntings! We’ve got a winner with this one. Evelyn the ghost has some new information coming out about her death in Buried in the Stacks and we have a character interview with the investigative librarian, Carrie Singleton.

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Buried in the Stacks: A Haunted Library Mystery
Crooked Lane Books (September 10, 2019)
Librarian Carrie Singleton is building a haven, but one of her neighbors is misbehavin’. Can resident spirit Evelyn help Carrie catch the culprit who made her a ghost?

In winter, the Haunted Library is a refuge for homeless townspeople. When a group purchases a vacant house to establish a daytime haven for the homeless, Carrie offers the library as a meeting place for the Haven House committee, but quickly learns that it may be used for illegal activities.

As the new Sunshine Delegate, Carrie heads to the hospital to visit her cantankerous colleague, Dorothy, who had fallen outside the local supermarket. She tells Carrie that her husband tried to kill her–and that he murdered her Aunt Evelyn, the library’s resident ghost, six years earlier.

And then Dorothy is murdered–run off the road as soon as she returns to work. Evelyn implores Carrie to find her niece’s killer, but that’s no easy task: Dorothy had made a hobby of blackmailing her neighbors and colleagues. Carrie, Evelyn, and Smoky Joe the cat are on the case, but are the library cards stacked against them?

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...And now a few words from our favorite fictional librarian…Carrie Singleton

Please tell us about your latest adventure.

I helped solve the murder of a fellow librarian and exposed a group that was planning to use a day center for the homeless as a front for their greedy exploits.

Do you have any friends/sidekicks helping you out?

Evelyn Havers, who haunts the library where I work, sometimes helps me, though she also holds back information when her relatives are involved. My best friend Angela, who also works in the library, is often a sounding board for my ideas. So is my boyfriend, Dylan.

Do you have any special skills to fight crime?

I’m persistent and don’t hesitate to ask questions—which occasionally gets me into trouble. As a librarian, my research techniques are quite good, and I’ve recently joined a local group to suss out some suspects .

Are you a full-time detective or do you do something else?

I am the head of programs and events of the Clover Ridge Library in Clover Ridge, CT.

What are you most frightened of in this story?

I am frightened when a car follows me home one night from a meeting that some of the suspects attended.

If I were to choose an actor or actress to play your part in a movie, who would that be? Do you see any other characters in your story as actors or actresses that our readers might know?

I think Natalie Portman would do a great job playing me in a movie.

Do you have other mysteries you would like to tell us about? Is this the first book in the series, or have you cracked a few other cases?

BURIED IN THE STACKS is the third book in the Haunted Library mystery series. In DEATH OVERDUE, the first book in the series, I solve a cold case after a retired homicide detective dies while giving a program about a woman who was murdered fifteen years earlier. In READ AND GONE, my father, a professional thief visits me for the first time in years and is soon accused of murdering the local jeweler. I clear my father and find the real murderer.

Do you have any final words you would like to leave with our readers?

My life is filled with work and people I love; taking care of Smoky Joe, the library cat, and spending time with Dylan. Whenever a mystery or a murder crops up in the beautiful village of Clover Ridge, CT, I find myself smack in the middle of the investigation.

Let’s give your author a chance to speak. Anything you would like to add?

I think Carrie has said it all. She’s doing a terrific job as Clover Ridge Library’s head of programs and events and she’s become quite an accomplished investigator.

 

About Allison Brook

Allison Brook is the pseudonym for Marilyn Levinson, who writes mysteries, romantic suspense, and novels for kids. She lives on Long Island and enjoys traveling, reading, watching foreign films, doing Sudoku and dining out. She especially loves to visit with her grandchildren on FaceTime.

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Happy Cozy Mystery Day!

It’s National Cozy Mystery Day today and to kick it off I am posting my Fall 2019 Giveaway! Enter to win a $20 gift card from Amazon so you can snuggle up with a few new cozies!

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Book Review: The Long Call

I am reviewing a new Ann Cleeves mystery this week. If you are a fan of Vera or British mystery, in general, you will enjoy The Long Call. I especially related to it because it centered around a day center for people with disabilities. I don’t know if Ann has friends or relatives who attend a day habilitation center but she did a beautiful job with it.

As a parent, I identified with the parents in the story who went through stages of fear and an almost manic desire to protect their children. The adults with Down syndrome were well written and then on top of all that, it was an excellent mystery with some really interesting detectives.

Here is my review: 5 Stars

The Long Call was centered around The Woodyard, a combined arts center for the community and day center for learning disabled adults. Being a parent with an adult Down syndrome son, I have to say that the author was incredibly accurate in her portrayal of learning disabled adults who attend the day center and of the parents who loved and looked after them and sometimes feared for their safety. The readers get to know the lives of the detectives as well as the families who work and participate at The Woodyard. The mystery was excellent on many levels with a variety of characters that kept me guessing until the end. I would highly recommend this novel.

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Mulberry Mischief

Woo hoo hoo! Time for a Fall cozy full of mulberry and evil spirits! Love it and love this cover! So get your pumpkin spice on and check out Mulberry Mischief! Don’t forget to scroll down and enter Sharon’s giveaway!

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About the Book

Mulberry Mischief (A Berry Basket Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series

Autumn has arrived on the shores of Lake Michigan, but Marlee Jacob, proprietor of The Berry Basket, is feeling a chill for other reasons …

With the Harvest Health Fair in full swing, Marlee makes sure to stock up on elderberry products for cold and flu season. But this year there’s also a run on mulberry when an eccentric customer wants to use the dried berries to ward off evil forces. True, it’s almost Halloween, but something else seems to be spooking Leticia the Lake Lady, Oriole Point’s oddest resident. She believes someone plans to kill her—and the ghost. Only mulberries can protect them. Marlee doesn’t take her fears seriously until a man named Felix Bonaventure arrives in the village, asking questions about a mysterious woman.

The next day, Marlee finds Bonaventure dead on Leticia’s property—shot through the heart with an arrow made of mulberry wood. And Leticia has disappeared. Marlee soon learns the Lake Lady has a deadly past that is connected to the famous Sable family who are in town for the health fair. A bunch of clues start to come together—and figuring out what’s going on puts Marlee in a real jam …

Includes Berry Recipes!

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About Sharon Farrow

Sharon Farrow is the latest pen name of award-winning author Sharon Pisacreta. A freelance writer since her twenties, she has been published in mystery, fantasy, and romance. Sharon currently writes The Berry Basket cozy mystery series for Kensington. The series debuted in 2016 and is set along the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline where she now lives. She is also one half of the writing team D.E. Ireland, who co-author the Agatha nominated Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins mysteries.

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