Thursday, October 19, 2017

Book Review/Giveaway- 16 Millimeters by Larissa Reinhart

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#StillAWannabeDetective In continuing her career-makeover quest as a for-real detective, ex-teen and reality star Maizie Albright has a big learning curve to overcome. A sleuthing background starring in a TV show— Julia Pinkerton, Teen Detective—does not cut the real life mustard. It doesn’t even buy her lunch, let alone extra condiments. Her chosen mentor, Wyatt Nash of Nash Security Solutions, is not a willing teacher. He’d rather stick Maizie with a safe desk job and handle the security solution-ing himself. But Maizie’s got other plans to help Nash. First, win Nash’s trust. Second, his heart.
Wait, not his heart. His respect. His hearty respect.
So when a major movie producer needs a babysitter for his hot mess starlet, Maizie eagerly takes the job. But when her starlet appears dead, and then not dead, Maizie’s got more than an actress to watch and a missing corpse to find. Body doubles, dead bodies, and hot bodies abound when the big screen, small screen, and silent screams collide. Maizie’s on the job, on the skids, and on thin ice, hunting a killer who may be a celebrity stalker. And Maizie just might be the next celebrity who gets snuffed.
And I thought 
Another new favorite.  I didn't know what to expect.  What I got was a fun romantic, comedy, mystery.  Making the whole mystery thing a simple enjoyable read.  

Since Maizie knows her way around a movie set she  seems the perfect babysitter for the startlet. But when bodies start showing up her past acting skills have to take second fiddle to her new 
sleuthing skills. 

The reader is swept along with Maizie as she works at becoming a real detective and gaining Nash's trust and heart.  

I wondered which she would manage first.  The detective label or the 'One' label.  

Maizie is a loveable character.  Nash is 'her's so I can't comment on his qualities.  

The story is filled with twists and turns as Maizie discovers a body and then the body isn't a body and then another body turns up.  It's a real challenge for a 'Wannabe Detective'.  

Although 16 Millimeters is book 2 the reader isn't let confused having not read book 1.  Maybe a little wistful.  

The series promises to be a winner!  Book 2 16 Millimeters was 
certainly a winner.   Congratulations to Maizie and Larissa!  I loved the book and give you a 5 star review!

I'll be checking out book 1 while I wait for the next one!

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Book Review-Indie Sage PR Book Blitz - Grand Slam by Tracie Delaney


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Cash and Tally are back in Grand Slam, the final installment in their tumultuous journey.
A destroyed career. A bitter break up. Can Cash and Tally ever find true happiness?
Devastated by the cruel manner of her breakup with ex-tennis ace Cash Gallagher, Tally McKenzie moves to Greece. There she discovers a country ravaged by the crisis unfolding in the Middle East.
Driven to help, Tally immerses herself into the community, but when a shocking turn of events forces her to return to London, she finds herself thrust back into Cash’s life.
Shattered by the loss of his career and the enforced separation from the woman he loves, Cash commits to months of excruciating therapy, determined to win back the love of his life.
As Tally and Cash reunite, their lives are once more thrown into turmoil when an old adversary returns with harrowing news. Still reeling from this terrible revelation, a moment of joy brings a stranger into their lives.
Who is she? What does she want? And will Tally and Cash ever find lasting happiness?

And I thought
They had me at the cover.  I am a sucker for a good romance.  
A good cover just sets the stage. 

I wish I had started at the beginning.  That isn't meant as a negative.  Just a wish.  
You can pick this book up and be engaged.  You'll be enchanted.
You'll be sucked in and just wanting more!  You'll be sad that the 
series and the book is ending.  

The characters are charming.  They suck you in and won't let you go. 

The story left me cheering for Tally and Cash.  And sadly saying goodbye to a great series.

When I have a chance I will be pick up the other books in the series.  

If your wanting to spend a weekend reading a good romance
pick up this series. 

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Book Review-Cold As Ice by Julie Muldern


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Ellison Russell’s life resembles a rollercoaster ride. And rollercoasters make her ill. Her daughter Grace has a crush on a boy Ellison doesn’t trust and she’s taken to hosting wild parties when Ellison goes out for the evening. Worse, the bank which represents Grace’s inheritance from her father may be in trouble.
When a meeting with the chef at the country club leads to the discovery of a body, Ellison can’t afford cold feet. She must save the bank, find the killer, and convince Grace (and herself) that powerful women don’t need men to rescue them.
Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), amateur sleuth books, book club recommendations, humorous murder mysteries, historical mysteries.
The series
THE DEEP END (#1)
GUARANTEED TO BLEED (#2)
CLOUDS IN MY COFFEE (#3)
SEND IN THE CLOWNS (#4)
WATCHING THE DETECTIVES (#5)
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And I thought
It took awhile.  This one wasn't a put you on the edge of your seat from the first chapter when someone is murdered.  

This one just had you turning pages and warming up to the story and the characters.  

It was interesting because the story takes place in the 70's which 
had me wondering how the murder(s) would be solved and how the investigation would be handled without all our present day resources.  

The eventual murder happened well into the book and then was followed by a 2nd one.  

Even though I jumped into book 6 of the Country Club Murders I wasn't lost or distracted in fact it was hard to put this book down!

My only negative thought was I think I might be looking for another Country Club if it seems to be the host of all the murders in town!

I enjoyed Cold As Ice and look forward to reading more in the series.  

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Release Day Blitz-Fiance' For The Night by Melissa McClone-Book Spotlight


She needs a fiancé—for only one night.

Cassandra Daniels’ parents refuse to accept that she doesn’t need a boyfriend to be happy. To stop their meddling and matchmaking, Cassandra creates a fictional fiancé, a man who sounds so unlike their carefree and unconventional daughter that her mom and dad want to meet him for dinner,immediately.

No problem. San Francisco is a big city. Finding a fiancé won’t be that hard.

All Troy McKnight wants is a beer after a long day at work. But when a pretty blonde asks him to dinner and wants him to pretend to be her fiancé, Troy agrees to help. Playing make-believe could be fun, especially since he gets a free meal, and he’ll have a great story to tell.


When one lie leads to another, however, the fake engagement spirals into real wedding plans. Cassandra and Troy must stop the madness and put an end to their charade. 

But what if her fiancé for the night is the perfect husband for life?

Fiance For The Night by Melissa McClone
Series n/a; standalone
Genre Adult; Contemporary Romance; Sweet/Clean Romance
Publisher Cardinal Press, LL
Publication Date October 17, 2017
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About The author 
 MELISSA MCCLONE
USA Today bestselling author, Melissa McClone has published over forty novels with Harlequin and Tule Publishing Group and been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award. With a degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, Melissa worked for a major airline where she traveled the globe and met her husband. But analyzing jet engine performance couldn’t compete with her love of writing happily ever afters. Her
first full-time writing endeavor was her first sale when she was pregnant with her first child! When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her driving her minivan to/from her children’s swim practices and other activities. Melissa lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three children, two spoiled
Norwegian Elkhounds, and cats who think they rule the house. They do!

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Book Review-The Case of the Clobbered Cad by Debra E. Marvin.

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Inspired by the famous Girl Detective, the members of the Olentangy Heights Girls’ Detective Society, affectionately known as the Nosy Parkers, spent their formative years studying criminology, codes, and capers. Unfortunately, opportunities to put their unique skills to work were thin on the ground in the post-war boom of their little corner of suburbia and they eventually grew up to pursue more sensible careers. Until…
Heather Munro’s youthful devotion to The Girl Detective led to a passion for digging around in history. Now pursuing her Master’s Degree in Celtic Studies, Heather must balance exploring Edinburgh with her determination to excel in her all–male classes at the University. Unfortunately, on her first night working in the Archives room, she discovers the dead body of a visiting professor, the same would-be lothario she’d hoped never to see again.
As clues come to light, it’s clear someone hopes to frame Heather for the murder. Besides her quirky landlady, whom can she trust? How can she clear her name? The police and the American Consul have plenty of suspects, but only two seem to have both motive and opportunity: Heather and the quiet Scottish historian she longs to trust.
And others are saying 

And I thought
If the cover doesn't 'get you' check it out anyway.  I am somewhat of a cover junkie.  If it doesn't click for me I probably won't pick it up.  This one is different.  You can't judge a book by it's cover. 
  
I read the synopsis (huge surprise...I usually don't) and I thought to myself 'well dawng' I wish I had read book 1.  I loved the idea of the teens girl sleuths that grew up and to pursue sensible careers.

So what happened to the group in book 1 The Counterfeit Clue.
I have it on my list.  This is a series that I want to read and collect. 

Just the description reminds me a little of Trixie Belden (did 
you see my banner?) or maybe more like Nancy Drew. 

It was a little bit different for me and not that it's negative but just different.  The story takes place actually just before I was born. 
So to me it odd.  

The reader along with Heather has plenty of suspects to consider. 
Unlike the local authorities who want to focus on Heather.  

As Heather struggles to clean her name she is drawn into a bit of romance.  But she has to question who she can trust. 

Overall at least for this reader this reader there is just enough romance mixed with must mystery to make for a great read!

I look forward to reading more in the Posey Mystery Series. 

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Murder on the Toy Town Express- by Barbara Early-Book Review/Giveaway


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Liz McCall has come to love running her father’s vintage toyshop back home in East Aurora, NY, so when the Train and Toy Show comes to town, she’s all aboard for a fun toy-filled weekend. The only hitch is that her childhood bully Craig McFadden, now local business rival, has set up a booth next to hers. But the fun and games are over when Craig falls from the ceiling in a publicity stunt gone wrong.
What was initially thought to be a fatal accident proves much more sinister. Pulled into the case by her feelings for both Ken, the police chief, and Jack, her high school sweetheart whose brother is one the prime suspects, Liz dives headfirst into the investigation. But as she digs deeper, she’s shocked to learn her father may have been the intended target.
The trouble train is barreling down and Liz may have just bought herself a first class ticket in Murder on the Toy Town Express, Barbara Early’s delightful second installment in her Vintage Toyshop mysteries
And I thought
Charmingly delightful.  The reader (at least this reader) can't help but fall in love with the daddy daughter team of Lizzy and Hank.

In previous installments (Death of a Toy Soldier) Liz is  compelled to help her father run his toy shop and keep his feet on the ground and away from crime.  

As a retired police chief Hank (see character post below) should be enjoying life and spending his pension on running his dream toy shop.  

But crime is always a foot and Hank seems to attract drama/crime.  
While displaying toys from his shop at a toy fair a less than BFF from Liz's past has a freak accident that ends him up in the hospital.  And then to everyone's shock he dies while in the hospital.  

When Liz discovers that the coffee he drinks was actually Hanks coffee.  

So was Hank the intended victim?  Was Craig's theatrical fall a stunt gone wrong of was it cased by something more.  


Maybe a tainted cup of coffee intended for Hank?

The trail is hot as Liz sleuths and discovers the answers while juggling a couple of suitors.  

The reader is left waiting for book 3 to see if Liz ends up making a decision on which heart throb she will choose.  Leaving this reader anxiously waiting for the next ride.  

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I enjoyed visiting the authors website which included information about the Toy Shop Mystery's & the Bridal Bouquet Shop Series.


Character post (from the authors website)

Character: Hank McCall
Series: Vintage Toyshop Mysteries
Author: Barbara Early

Hank McCall here, and I'm excited about the upcoming Train and Toy show.Now, I know my daughter likes to remind me that we're there to sell and not buy, but you can't expect a man to be surrounded by miles of model trains and not come away with a few small purchases, especially since there are trains of every gauge, from the smallest models kept in glass cases to huge models meant for kids to ride on... I wonder if she'd go off the rails if I brought that home. I am hoping for future grandkids...someday.

Even Liz had to crack a smile when she saw this Monopoly-themed train, which had color-coded cars for all the properties and utilities.

And there's plenty of accessories to go around. This Munsters house would look great next to the tracks, especially in October...
Or course, this might be more suited to Christmas...


Oh, and look! Little police figures. I need these since I used to be... 

OK, who's the wise guy who designed the one eating the doughnut?


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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Book Review/Giveawy-Another Man's Poison


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Crime reporter Colleen Caruso has an appetite for romance…and trouble. When someone tries to poison Ken Rhodes (her handsome boss and boyfriend), Colleen vows to hunt down the culprit and serve them up to the police. She’s whisked away into the scrumptious world of restaurants and gourmet food as she tangles with four culinary divas from Ken’s past.
Trouble is, Colleen doesn’t know when to turn down the heat.
Is this Jersey Girl’s investigation a recipe for disaster?
Or will the poisoner get their just desserts?
And I thought
I expected I would like Another Man's Poison

But I didn't I loved it

There are a few things I enjoy about 
Cozy Mystery's.  A good 'ole who dun it.  A little romance thrown in.  And some humor.  All 3 add up  to an enjoyable read.  

One of my simple pleasures is reading a good book. Another 
simple pleasure is eating at nice restaurants.  Another Man's Poison gave me both.  

When Colleen's gorgeous, rich boyfriend is poisoned she is immersed into the resturant biz while she scours for clues to find out just who would go after her man.  

Don't let the cute little sassy girl pony tail fool ya.  Colleen's  
quite capable and compelled  to solve the crime. 

Using her crime reporter instinct's alot of Jersey girl attitude she marks the suspects of the list until she finds out the who and why?

This reader was kept entertained and wanting more when I reached the end.   

Another Man's Poison is a stand alone title in the Jersey Girl
series.  

I look forward to a little back tracking and reading the series.  

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