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Book Review: Doggone It by Maggie Touissant

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Can you see the ghost dog? What a cutie!

I was excited to get to review Maggie Toussaint’s latest dreamwalker book because I too love to write about the world of psychics. Baxley Powell, landscaper by day, psychic by night (and any other time they need her) is a different psychic than say the Long Island Medium. She dreamwalks and when she does it’s a mighty scary. There aren’t just people floating around in white nightgowns but scary folks who pick on humans and put burning tattoos in people.

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Here is Maggie’s Synopsis of Doggone It:

Dreamwalker Baxley Powell can’t remember the last time she had such a crappy weekend. A twilight encounter with a ghost dog left her numb and disoriented, her dreamwalker abilities are wiped out, and the sheriff just summoned her to a double homicide.

With no access to the spirit world, Baxley bluffs her way through the crime scene where a movie star’s assistant and a charter boat captain were strung up and bled dry. In a haunted house, no less. Figuring out who killed these people will be a real challenge without her ability to speak to the dead.

Just when Baxley thinks her powers are returning, her dreamwalks malfunction. With the sheriff pushing her to solve the case quickly, Baxley teams up with a dognapping medium to boost her powers.

Suspects include the captain’s good-for-nothing brother, the assistant’s replacement, and, of course, his stalker. All of Sinclair County is on edge, and the media circus isn’t helping. At stake are the movie’s funding, the sheriff’s job, and Baxley’s senses.

Maggie Toussaint

Maggie Toussaint

Can Baxley safeguard her abilities and solve the case before the killer strikes again?

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Haunted houses, lost pirate treasure, conniving in-laws, supernatural baddies, and a determined ghost dog test amateur sleuth Baxley Powell’s mettle in Book Three of Toussaint’s Dreamwalker Series.

My Review: 5 Stars

What happens when a California film crew mixes with locals in a small town famous for pirate lore?  Actors make their livings fooling people so when a double murder occurs Baxley Powell is called on to dreamwalk into the spirit world and find the truth. The only problem is Baxley is tapped right now from previous dreamwalking encounters and is struggling to do her job.  Maggie Toussaint does a beautiful job taking us on a walk in a place of nightmares. You can’t always trust the occupants in this world so you’d better put some crystals in your pocket and whistle for your trusty ghost dog. I loved the paranormal side of this cozy mystery which made it a little different and exciting to read. I also love the character of  Baxley who is struggling with parenting issues and yet hanging out with the police to help solve a grisly double murder.  Great story!

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book

Book Review: The Book Club Murders

book-club-murdersYou know, I’ve visited a few book clubs over the years. They seemed like such nice people. After reading The Book Club Murders by Leslie Nagel, I’m, shall we say, re-evaluating my initial impressions. The Agathas are a group of well-to-do ladies who love a good murder yarn. Leslie Nagel puts their reading list in the beginning, and I like what they are reading. Still, though, when a group is interested in murder mysteries, half the legwork to commit murder has been highly researched by a well-read murderer.  Charley Carpenter, the owner of a vintage fashion store, is trying to figure out who the murderer is along with her love Marc Trenault and her best friend, Frankie Bright.   There is a high body count in this one, so get your bookmarks ready because here’s my review.

4 Stars

Charley Carpenter, the owner of Old Hat Vintage Fashions, attends a snooty book club that calls itself, The Agathas. I loved the idea of a mystery book club naming itself after Agatha Christie, and like any good Agatha novel, this group of ladies is full of twists and turns. These are the ladies who lunch. Rich, spoiled women who spend their time shopping, dealing with their husbands and criticizing others. When club members start dropping dead Charley must find the killer. The Book Club Murders is funny, suspenseful and a great whodunnit!

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: The Cat, The Collector and The Killer

True confession. I’m not much of a cat person. I think they’re beautiful, but they make me sneeze and then wheeze.  I have always been a dog lover starting with my rascally beagle, Goliath, who I used to take with me on my paper route. How Norman Rockwell can I get here?

When the opportunity came up to review LeAnn Sweeney’s latest book in her Cats in Trouble Series I had to grab it, even if I did have to take a Claritan. Many years ago when I was deciding if I wanted to try this writing thing for real, Leann came to my local library for a book talk. She was the first cozy mystery writer I had ever met, and I found her charming. She answered all my questions and even recommended a book on police procedure. After meeting her, I realized I could write a book. I needed to learn some things, and still do, but I felt ready to finally finish my first novel, A Dash of Murder.

So, thanks Leann for planting a seed and growing a writer. You have been an inspiration to me.

Here is my review of The Cat, The Collectorcatcollectorcover and The Killer:

5 Stars

I really enjoyed this mystery with its many twists and turns. The is a lot happening and plenty of characters to line up as suspects. I especially enjoyed how Leann slowly unraveled the mystery as with each chapter the characters revealed a little bit more. The small town of Mercy, South Carolina must be crawling with cats and unsolved murders! Great series.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Die Die Birdie

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J.R. Ripley

DIE DIE BIRDIEAmy Simms owns and runs Birds and Bees, a little store in North Carolina situated in a house that is more than a hundred years old. The bottom floor is the store but above that there is room for four apartments and an attic.  She lives in one apartment, her mother lives in another and my favorite character, Esther the Pester, lives in another.  When a murder occurs at the store, Amy is accused by Sheriff Jerry, a man who took her out on a disastrous date when they were sixteen. He hasn’t improved much since then. J.R. Ripley does a great job with the story, and I loved all the musical theater references! I think I figured out most of them. Great book! Don’t forget to scroll down and click on the Prize Guy to enter the giveaway!

Here’s my review:

4 Stars

Die Die Birdie is a funny, suspenseful cozy mystery that keeps you guessing right up to the end. The author does a beautiful job of setting up many possible avenues for a mystery reader to pursue and the pacing of the story excellent. Amy Simms has opened Birds and Bees in a Victorian home in Ruby Lake, North Carolina. She is joined by a cast of characters that range from funny to loveable to creepy. Amy has a tenant no one could love and of course, I loved her. If you’re a cozy mystery fan, this one is a fun read.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: The Bluebonnet Betrayal

TheBluebonnetBetrayalThe Bluebonnet Betrayal, a great addition to the Potting Shed Mystery Series by Marty Wingate, just came out on Amazon.  Living in Texas, and a lover of flowers, I was drawn to the cover featuring bluebonnets and Pru’s dog, Boris. Marty’s main character, Pru Park, talks about driving around the Hill Country of Texas looking for bluebonnets, and I immediately identified with it! Yes, I’ve done that with my family.  It’s quite a treat when you all of a sudden come upon a giant patch of deep blue flowers.  It’s just one of the reasons I love Springtime!  Like that sapphire field over the next hill, this book was a found treasure.

My Review: 5 Stars

Bluebonnets are one of my favorite flowers, so I was excited to see them in the title of a cozy mystery.
Pru Parke, a Texan living in England gets the chance to work with a group of women from Austin to create a unique Texas garden display at the Chelsea Garden Show. The flower that will be featured will be the beautiful bluebonnets of Texas. When one of the members of the Texas group is found dead, Pru and her loveable English husband investigate the murder. There were so many things I liked about this story!  This well-written mystery is a challenge to solve although the murderer was on my “possible suspect” list. I especially loved the ending chapters. Marty Wingate had me at bluebonnets!

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Homicide in the House

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Author Colleen Shogun

Author Colleen J. Shogun

True confession, I’m a political junkie. I loved House of Cards, and am enjoying Brain Dead right now. Alien ants in politician’s ears eating out a part of the brain? So many questions answered.

I was excited to get to read and review Colleen Shogan’s Homicide in the House.   I immediately identified with Kit Marshall and her professor boyfriend.  I loved hearing about the inner workings of the House and the Senate, the Democrats and the Republicans. It was also interesting to see the equivalent of the apocalypse story when the government shuts down and the characters are left in small groups to roam the formerly busy offices and hallways alone.   Even though this doesn’t fit the traditional format of a cozy mystery in a small town, the community in the congress has all of the facets of one.   Colorful characters, gossip mills, romance, intrigue and of course, murder. Don’t forget to scroll down and find the Prize Guy to enter for a $50 gift card from either Amazon or Barnes and Noble!

Here is my review: 4 Stars

Homicide in the House is the second in Colleen Shogan’s political series. I found the story easy to follow and immediately engaging as Kit Marshall works for freshman Congresswoman Maeve Dixon.  When the government goes into shutdown mode and man is found murdered with the blame going to Maeve, Kit must solve the mystery. I enjoyed learning about the inner workings of the Congress even down to explaining which is the best cafeteria for staffers.  Even though this cozy mystery is not set in a small town, the small political community has a wonderful collection of cozy elements. I enjoyed Homicide in the House and can’t wait to read the first book in the series, Stabbing in the Senate.

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Cozy Mystery Book Review: Showtime

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If you have ever been involved in the cutthroat world of community theater, then Showtime is for you. I was involved in community theater in my teens and twenties and can tell you everything author Suzanne Trauth has included in her humorous cozy mystery centered around an ill-fated production of Romeo and Juliet is exactly right. From the diva-esque director to the cast getting out of control at rehearsals, been there, wielded that sword.  My favorite scene had to be the funeral, but I was riveted to the story all the way through. Before you get to my 4 Star review, click on the prize guy below to be entered for a free ebook version of Showtime.

 

 

 

 

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Here is my review of Showtime:
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Dodie is a successful manager of a local restaurant. Managing is her thing, so when the local community theater asks her to come organize the production of a Romeo and Juliet she jumps right in with schedules and charts. When a murder occurs, Dodie meets up with the new police chief, Bill, and her sense of putting things right prevails once again.  I loved the way Suzanne Trauth made the mystery interesting and easy to follow and her sense of humor came through in scenes like the full-Elizabethan-dress funeral and the trust exercise. There’s no sillier business like show business. 4 Stars

Cranberry Bluff- A Cozy Mystery Review

One of the things I  enjoy in an Agatha Christie mystery is the character with a secret. I love how when you get to the end of the story, half of the characters are related, in business or are in bed with the other half of the characters. Good stuff.

In Deborah Garner’s Cranberry Bluff, the main character has just inherited a bed and breakfast, something that I think many readers would like to do. I entertained the thought for about five minutes once until I realized I would have to get up every day and bake. But wait, employing the Agatha Christie model of character development, things aren’t what they seem.

Here is my review posted on Amazon:

4 Stars

I enjoyed this mystery!  Molly Elliot is running a newly inherited B&B and is also running from a terrible mixup in Florida. She was caught in a bank robbery and just happened to look like the bank robber. Molly checks in are a honeymoon couple, an eccentric older lady, and a good looking guy at her Bed and Breakfast. At first, these people seem so average! Cranberry Bluff was an entertaining mystery from start to finish.

 

My Review of The Point Between

PointBetweenCoverI love books about the afterlife, but when I find a book about a mystery writer in the afterlife, you had me at “whodunnit”. The Point Between is a great read and I gave it 5 Stars.

Here is the book description from Amazon.
Bestselling mystery novelist Lily Harrington has been found hanging in her home in the tiny, oddball haven of Point Roberts, Washington, and all signs point to suicide. Worried the truth will be buried with her, Lily teams up with Marcus Mantova, the sexy detective of her novels, to influence the investigation and catch her killer. Yet no sooner has Lily come to terms with the existence of Marcus, the womanizing egomaniac she had thought a product of her imagination, than dead Whatcom County detective Penelope Winters also worms her way onto the case. Lies, frauds, and competing agendas take Lily on a roller-coaster ride over heaven and earth until, at last, she discovers the truth and another chance at life.

One thing I would warn some of my cozy readers is there is some sex and language in the book. It isn’t overwhelming, but a part of the story.

I really loved her explanation of how her characters came to her. The writer thought she created them from her imagination, but the characters become real people to Lily Harrington when she died. They were spirits who were living through her books! What a fascinating way to look at it. I, of course, began wondering if Betsy and Aunt Maggie were out there somewhere haunting me. It could happen!

Here is my review posted to GoodReads.

As a mystery writer I really enjoyed all of the wonderful ideas about the afterlife M.A. Demers had with The Point Between! When Lily Harrington is found hanging in her living room, she finds herself a spirit. Now she must figure out how she ended up dead from the other side. This book was a real page turner. I highly recommend it!

I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


			

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Pecan Bayou Series #5

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