Review: Macaroons and Mayhem






Synopsis:

Excitement blossoms through Peridale when a prestigious gardening magazine picks the village as the spotlight for their next issue, but that joy quickly turns to dread when members of the local gardening society, The Peridale Green Fingers, start dying one by one after their obituaries are sent to The Peridale Post the day before their murders.

Julia is asked to bake macarons for the magazine’s unveiling of ‘The Best Garden in Peridale’ party, but with death striking the village, she has more important things to worry about. Is somebody killing The Green Fingers’ to better their chances of winning the title as well as the cash prize, or is there something more sinister happening? With her old friend and newspaper reporter, Johnny, by her side, Julia must uncover the truth before every member of the club is crushed like an unwanted weed.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Macaroons and Mayhem by Agatha Frost is the nest best book in this thrilling mystery series! I love her books. Agatha Frost has once again, proven that she is queen of the cozy mystery genre. There’s so much to love about her writing. Fast-paced, exciting, romantic, hilarious, deadly, and plenty of drama to keep me busy as always. 

The main character, Julia South, is my all time favorite sleuth. A baker at heart who has the ability to become the best world known detective. She always solves every case. Wherever Julia goes, there’s always a murder mystery to solve. In this case, more than one person dies and a fourth victim as or may not survive the attack. Someone is targeting a garden club. The top members are being killed one by one. Unless the police can figure it out, more people will die. That’s when Julia is called to the case. An investigative journalist friend comes to her after the police mocks him. He thinks he’s stumbled upon a murder investigation. But even Julia is skeptical….but as the events unfold her skeptics may changes and she’s on the hunt. Macaroons and Mayhem has proven to be Julia South’s toughest case yet. Overall, I loved reading this new mystery. I can’t wait to read the eighth book. Agatha Frost is beyond talented. 

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Review: Pancakes and Corpses

Synopsis:

Soon to be divorced Julia South never expected to be caught up in solving a murder, until she discovered the body of her cafe’s most awkward customer. With a new smug Detective Inspector in town who underestimates her every move, Julia makes it her mission to discover the real murderer, before her village friends are dragged into the frame, and more bodies are discovered.
A light, cozy mystery read with a cat loving and cafe owning female amateur sleuth, in a small village setting with quirky characters. No cliffhanger, swearing, gore or graphic scenes. 

Rating: 4.5-stars

Review:

Pancakes and Corpses: A Peridale Cafe Mystery by Agatha Frost is an exciting new series. I love the main character, Julia. She’s a divorced women returning back to her hometown. Here, in Peridale, Julia is baking. Baking is her passion. But then, her cakes go missing…and a dead customer turns up…which then, catches the unwanted attention of the new detective. Something about him, puts Julia off in more than one way. 

I’ve read a few other book witinnthis series before this one, and I was easily able to follow along. The mystery in each book is different and thrilling to follow. Julia is the best baker. Her hometown, Peridale, is small but sets forth a variety of interesting characters. Intriguing, fun, hilarious, sweet, and sometimes deadly. Pancakes and Corpses is a must read for all. Action, adventure, and a murder case to solve. I couldn’t stop reading it. Agatha Frost is a talented writer. Her pages flew by fast.  

Review: Chihuahua Confidential 




Synopsis:

“If I say so myself, I am muy foxy!”

When novice P.I. Geri Sullivan first heard her adopted Chihuahua talk, she thought she’d gone barking mad. But it turns out Pepe is a savvy sleuth—and if he has his way, he’ll soon be a bone-a-fido celebrity, too, as Pepe and Geri are Hollywood-bound to star in the reality show Dancing With Dogs. So far, so bueno. 

Then Nigel St. Nigel, the judge everyone loves to hate, becomes the judge someone wanted dead. Pepe and Geri are hot on a killer’s heels but between perfecting the paso doble and protecting Pepe’s Pomeranian lady love, both have their paws full. If Pepe’s new status as a Beverly Hills Chihuahua goes to his head, it may be the last waltz for Geri’s crime-biting compadre…

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Chihuahua Confidential by Waverly Curtis is another exciting adventure. In this new mystery, Pepe and his owner, Geri, are headed for stardom. Pepe and Geri will be featured on Dan omg with the Dogs. It is there that they find a new case. A judge most disliked is found dead. Many suspects are found making finding the killer harder to catch. Danger, risks, and mayhem are everywhere. The pages are filled with humor. Pepe the talking Chihuahua is my favorite character. Then, there’s Geri an average female who is needing a job to pay bills and feed both her and Pepe. Geri is learning to be a detective and Pepe is helping her learn. And it’s not long before another case finds the pair. Hilarious, well-developed, and a perfect read for animal lovers worldwide. I enjoyed reading the first novel in this series. This second book, was just as good. Overall, I recommend it to all. 

Review: Ten Big Ones 

Synopsis

“I’m Stephanie Plum. My mother says that I’m famous and have to set a good example. She’s right, but I’m from Jersey and truth is, I have a hard time getting a grip on the good example thing.”

Swing off the Jersey Turnpike and you’ll be in bounty hunter Stephanie Plum’s neighborhood. You’ll know it because all hell will be breaking loose. Not that she looks for trouble – it just seems to follow her. In Ten Big Ones it explodes at a deli, and when Stephanie pegs a robber as a member of a vicious Trenton gang, they peg her as dead. Vice cop Joe Morelli fears she’s in way too deep – even with the help of crime-solving, cross-dressing, bus driver Sally Sweet, and Stephanie’s friend Lula riding shotgun as backup. With a notorious killer on her tail, Stephanie figures the best hideout is Ranger’s secret lair…

Original. 

Rating: 4-stars 

Review:

Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich is another hilarious tale. Adventure as always with Stephanie Plum. A woman sleuth who gets into ore trouble than she should. Even with help, Stephanie still lands into danger. This time, involving a powerful gang out to quiet her. Stephanie Plum, doesn’t just solve crimes but catches the bad guys too. Entertaining as ever…with a bit of romance. Risks are something that the protagonist lives for….it’s funny watching her go stir crazy with nothing to do. Overall, Ten Big Ones is a great read. 

Review: Shortbread and Sorrow

Synopsis:

When Julia’s gran, Dot, wins an all-inclusive spa trip to Scotland, Julia finds it difficult to refuse the offer of a relaxing week away from her café. Along with her sister, Sue, they pack up her tiny vintage car and drive all the way from Peridale to Seirbigh Castle, ready to be pampered. The last thing Julia expected was to be caught up in another murder investigation, but when the cruel owner of the family-run spa, Henry McLaughlin, is shot dead, she can’t resist ditching the facemasks and massages in favour of cracking the case.
Julia quickly befriends the young cook and talented-baker, Blair, and acquires a job in the kitchen so she can observe the strange family in the wake of the murder. Henry’s wife and children are acting suspicious, and with an incompetent young Detective Inspector on the case, Julia makes it her mission to discover the secrets held within the ancient walls before Seirbigh Castle claims another victim.

Rating: 5-stars

Review

Shortbread and Sorrow by Agatha Forst is another masterpiece. I can’t get enough of this series. Addictive, sweet, and hilarious. There’s always a murder mystery to solve…and baker, Julia, is the sleuth detective that gets the job done. Her romance with the Detective Inspector is wonderful. This time, Julia is supposed to be relaxing but as usual…a murder has occurred. And now, the lady sleuth can’t stop until it’s solved. Also, I got to follow, Julia spending time with her sister Sue. Fun, exciting, and adventurous. Shortbread and Sorrow is a must read for all who love a good mystery and fun times. I highly recommend this latest book by Agatha Forst. 

Review: Mother’s Day, Muffins, and Murder



Synopsis:

With summer approaching, Ellie Avery’s schedule is ruled by attending end-of-the-year events at her kids’ school—and avoiding run-ins with her arch competitor. When a murder disrupts the core curriculum, can the two women form an alliance to teach the killer a lesson in justice?

As a regular volunteer at North Dawkins Elementary, Ellie would never miss the annual Mother’s Day breakfast—even if she has to tolerate the likes of Gabrielle Matheson. The rivals aren’t exactly sworn enemies, although Ellie still thinks there’s only room for one professional organizer in their small Georgia town.

But when Ellie sees Gabrielle in the hallway, she’s a mess. It looks like Gabrielle’s seen a ghost—or, as she explains, a dead body inside the supply closet. Before Ellie can get help the body vanishes . . . only to mysteriously reappear later at the school.

Little is known about the victim, a secretive snoop with a nosy nature and a penchant for keeping quiet about her own past. Ellie will leave no desk unturned to protect her kids and expose the cunning criminal’s identity. Because if she doesn’t, the killer may chalk up another textbook case of murder . . .

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Mother’s Day,  Muffins, and Murder by Sara Rosett is an interesting read. The book instantly takes readers into a world with two rivals. Little do they know, that they will soon work together to solve a murder mystery inside their school. A dead body is seen only to have disappeared….making the witness sound crazy. Until, it was found later on school campus. A dead janitor. Spooky read. I was intrigued as to how and why…a mother on the case helping a detective solve it was fun. Ellie is a character that re I do me of my favorite women sleuths. Determined, intrigued, and clever…I loved this cozy mystery. The title perfectly suited this novel. It definitely captured the story. Overall, I recommend Mother’s Day, Muffins, and Murder to all. 

Review: Drama Cruise

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Synopsis:

Theater professors and couple, Nicky Abbondanza and Noah Oliver, are going overboard as usual, but this time on an Alaskan cruise, where dead college theater professors are popping up everywhere from the swimming pool to the captain’s table. Further complicating matters are Nicky’s and Noah’s parents as surprise cruise passengers, and Nicky’s assignment to direct a murder mystery dinner theater show onboard ship. Nicky and Noah will need to use their drama skills to figure out who is bringing the curtain down on vacationers before it is lights out for the handsome couple. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, ribald, edge-of-your-seat entertaining third novel in this delightful series. Curtain up and ship ahoy!

Rating: 4.5 stars

Review:

Drama Cruise by Joe Cosentino has delivered my favorite gay couple. Nicky and Noah are on a cruise while on vacation and things get pretty crazy fast. First surprise, was one they weren’t expecting. Family. Both their families came onto the cruise. They caused a groan from Noah and Nicky to smile. Soon their families are planning all their wedding details…but then, other surprises much darker start to happen. It will be up to Nicky and Noah to navigate through the suspects to solve who murdered the gay professors on board.

I was not expecting the murderer to be who it was…I was surprised. Nicky and Noah were funny as always, but this time…the story didn’t quite match the previous magic by this talented writer. The engaged couple’s antics were realistic, however, it appeared the Nicky didn’t mind his family fussing with the wedding plans but got super mad at Noah pretty fast…but then, Nicky was like whatever Noah wants that’s what he wants too. But it seemed like Nicky just gave in to easily to Noah in this tale. Other than that, Joe Cosentino’s writing was great. There’s always a murder case to be solved when Nicky and Noah are around doing theater. Acting, action, and death…follow these two amazing guys everywhere even to Alaska. I can’t wait to see what holds for Nicky and Noah in Hawaii. I love these characters and the plot is always intriguing. Drama Cruise is another stunning piece…once more this book was written strong isssues and heartfelt feelings. Overall, I highly recommend it to all.

 

 

Review: Rag Doll 


Synopsis

America’s most famous ex-child star Jana Lane is starring in The Detective’s Wife, a murder mystery television show in 1985. Guest starring on the show is Christa Bianca, a rags-to-riches ingénue who has flooded the entertainment press. Life imitates television as cast members are murdered, and once again it’s up to Jana, along with sexy ex-detective Chris Bove, to save the day before the lights fade to black.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Once more, Joe Cosentino has created the perfect masterpiece. This book, the 5th Jana Lane Mystery novel, is superb. Five major issues are discussed and well-written. Issues ranging from gay rights to Christian beliefs to AIDS. The entire plot takes readers deep into the trouble ahead. Murder, mayhem, and romance. Jana Lane is an older actress that is clever, beautiful, and sweet. She is a happy mother of three boys and a wife to a great husband. Her youngest son is featured on the same TV program as Jana. By now, readers know that wherever Jana Lane goes to act, there’s always a murder case to solve. Rag Doll is the best story in this series so far…

I love Joe Cosentino’s writing. He incorporates major themes that readers can easily relate to such as bullying. Humor is found within these pages as well. I loved watching Jana Lane struggle with the new on and off screen attraction towards a co-star. Definitely keeps readers guessing. Plus, the troubles ahead on studio cause wide panic and fear among the group of actors. So many suspects…and so little time to catch a killer. Plus, Jana’s nightmares and a personal issue keep the suspense building. Readers will be excited, intrigued, and fascinated with this new title. Joe Cosentino has out done himself when he wrote Rag Doll. I was amazed how he brought up evmerything, keep readers in the dark, and made it entertaining as always. I loved it. This is a definite must read for readers worldwide. A bit of everything for All to enjoy. Overall, I high.y recommend it and look for the next grand adventure. 

Review: Sister Eve and the Blue Nun

Sister Eve and the Blue Nun (A Divine Private Detective Agency Mystery Book 3) by [Hinton, Lynne]

 

Synopsis:

After a murder at the monastery, Sister Eve may need a miracle if she is to prove a dear friend isn’t a cold-blooded killer.

Sister Eve, a motorcycle-riding nun with a natural (or is it supernatural?) gift for solving murders returns to the enclave she once called home and quickly finds herself confronting yet another mysterious death.

Someone has poisoned Dr. Kelly Middlesworth—a researcher on the life and ministry of 17th-century’s revered “Blue Nun”—and a set of irreplaceable historic documents have disappeared before they could even be examined.

When all evidence seems to point to the victim’s brother, Sister Eve sets out to expose the killer and learn the explosive truth those missing manuscripts might contain.

Chasing a killer is dangerous work, and as her two worlds collide, Sister Eve may need some heavenly help simply to survive.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Sister Eve and the Blue Nun by Lynne Hinton is the first novel that I have read in the series. It instantly intrigued my interest. A motorcycle nun who has the habit and skills to solve murders. That sentence alone popped up an image that I couldn’t fathom. Yet…inside this mystery I was soon able to see and understand it. With all the stories I have heard about nuns, in particular, this fictional novel peeked my curiosity…and boy was I glad it did.

Lynne Hinton’s murder mystery is set at a monastery where a nun’s friend is being charged as the killer. Knowing the friend isn’t the cold-blooded killer, Sister Eve sets out to find who is. A researcher looking at very old documents is soon murdered. The very old  documents are missing and an innocent person’s life is at stake. Sister Eve and the Blue Nun is full of danger, intrigue, and excitement. Lynn Hinton keeps readers on their toes and guessing until Sister Eve reveals who the murderer actually is. I loved the suspense. I thought at one moment Sister Eve wasn’t going to make it alive and then she did…at least out of that tough situation but the story doesn’t end after that. Readers will love this novel as much as I did. I haven’t read books one and two and yet I was able to read this one just fine. Overall, I highly recommend Sister Eve and the Blue Nun to readers everywhere.

Review: The Body in the Piazza

 

Synopsis:

Faith Fairchild and her husband are celebrating a big anniversary with a trip to Italy, filled with exquisite indulgences—the art, the Chianti, the food, the Ferragamos! After a weekend in Rome, they’ll travel to Tuscany, where Faith’s former assistant Francesca has opened a cooking school.

But, along with pecorino, pannacotta, and prosecco, it looks like murder and mayhem are also on the menu! On their fist night in the Eternal City, the Fairchilds stumble upon a dying man in the Piazza Farnese. Mysterious characters from Rome resurface in Tuscany. And somebody is intent on sabotaging Francesca’s new business. It’s up to Faith to put everything right—and still whip up a mean Spaghetti a la Foriana, of course!

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Body in the Piazza by Katherine Hall Paige is an exciting adventure that took me traveling to one of my most favorite cities…Rome. A woman and her husband get the chance to travel to Italy for their anniversary. While there, a friend of theirs will be teaching classes on cooking. What should have been just a peaceful yet busy fun-filled romantic time for the couple soon turns into a deadly intense situation from nowhere… Inside this brilliantly told novel, readers will find murder, assassination, kidnapping and a mystery full of suspense. Can Faith Fairchild save her husband from a situation that will require the utmost courage and planning or will Faith loose her husband and let the assassin get away with it all?  Food, adventure, and a great way to travel from home. Katherine Hall Paige writes superb mystery novels that will keep readers turning the pages and on the edge of their seats. I found myself intrigued and completely plunged within the dangerous journey ahead. Overall, I highly recommend this well-written and well-developed novel to readers everywhere. The Body in the Piazza is definitely a must read for all.

 

Review: Drama Queen

 

Synopsis: 

It could be curtains for college theatre professor Nicky Abbondanza. With dead bodies popping up all over campus, Nicky must use his drama skills to figure out who is playing the role of murderer before it is lights out for Nicky and his colleagues. Complicating matters is Nicky’s huge crush on Noah Oliver, a gorgeous assistant professor in his department, who may or may not be involved with a cocky graduate assistant…and is also the top suspect for the murders! You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat, delightfully entertaining novel. Curtain up!

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

Joe Cosentino has brilliantly done it again! His latest novel, Drama Queen, is the most fascinating mystery of all time. Readers will find many similarities of this action packed mystery to others that have won everyone’s attention.

For those who enjoy Franie Fisher Mysteries, Nancy Drew, and the Hardy Boys, than this is the perfect read for you. I loved the laugh out loud moments and the crazy fast-paced plot. Readers will instantly be drawn into Joe Cosentino’s stunning mystery.

The characaters are perfect! Yes, they are gay but they will win over your hearts as you read on. A male assistant professor and a male graduate student set out on sleuth that will intrigue and keep readers in suspense. After they meet, bad things are happening. Whose behind it all and what will happen along the way, is indeed one exciting adventure readers must read to find out. I definitely enjoyed reading Drama Queen by Joe Cosentinoe. His words will keep readers coming back for more. Overall, I recommend this novel to readers worldwide and look forward to reading the next adventure by this talented writer.

Book Review: The Path of the Crooked by Ellery Adams

New York Times bestselling author, Ellery Adams, has written the most incredible and highly intriguing mystery series ever! In this first book of her series, The Path of the Crooked, Cooper Lee joins the Bible study group at her Church only to get a lesson in murder. The woman who invited her to join the study group is found murdered! Cooper Lee and her study group set out to find the real culprit behind the murder. They won’t let the dead woman’s kind loving husband go to jail for a murder he didn’t commit.  A blind folk artist, a  meteorologist, a web developer who tries catching Cooper Lee’s interest are all in the group trying to help find the real murderer. Not only is this brilliant first novel a murder intrigue mystery but also a humorous romance as well! I recommend reading this first book in this delightful new series and each book that comes after this one! I rate this novel a 5 out of 5 stars!

Book Review: The Way of the Wicked by Ellery Adams

The amazing sleuth Cooper Lee and her friends from Church are helping out with a charity for shut ins. Until there is a murder and the police are suspecting and singling out the Church group as their prime suspects. Plus, Cooper Lee is trying to spend more time with her boyfriend Nathan. Now with them as prime suspects Cooper Lee and her friends go interrogating the volunteers trying to solve the murder mystery themselves! And on top of their duties as sleuths they are in for a long journey of doing good deeds. But who is the murderer? And will they solve the case before it’s too late?  Again, Ellery Adams has done another incredible job writing another fabulous murder mystery highly intensifying and intriguing! Cooper Lee captures readers in from the very beginning with her ways of finding out who did it! I love reading this series by this outstanding writer! Her series are a must read! I recommend reading all of her books! I rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars!

Book Review: The Graves of the Guilty by Ellery Adams

The Graves of the Guilty is an exciting new mystery! The sleuth named Cooper Lee has just solved two murders and is hoping that love is in the air for her and her boyfriend. Especially with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Cooper is hoping for the best.  Soon her sister is being incriminated for a murder and things start to get personal for Cooper Lee.  A dead corpse found, her sister in trouble, and then a dark handsome stranger walking into Cooper’s life things get interesting. There are a lot more questions than answers. And in Cooper Lee’s town the murderer doesn’t have a single prayer! I found this brilliant and stunning novel to be refreshing! It will definitely keep readers intrigued from the beginning until the very end! I would highly suggest to pick this perfect murder mystery up and to start reading it now!An excellent story written by Ellery Adams!  I rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars!