Rachel, the owner of a new bakery shop, finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation in Baker Detectives Cozy Mystery,A Pie To Die For. Death of the hated food critic at the food fair leads to failing baker Rachel’s door. She is sure Bakermatic is behind all her woes including the murder. Can Rachel and her friend Pippa ferret out the truth and prove Rachel Innocent? Is romance in the air for Rachel and the local detective on the case? Will Rachel and Pippa solve the murder and save the bakery in time?
STORY TWO DONUTS, ANTIQUES, AND MURDER:
The bakery‘s succeeding and Pippa’s assistant manager in Two Donuts, Antiques, and Murder. Pippa thinks Rachel’s haunted/cursed; people seem to die around Rachel. Nevertheless, Rachel’s determined to expand into the antique store next door; which Pippa declares haunted. Of course, there are another murders or two and questions about the portrait of two children in the antique shop. Is the portrait
The Ghastly Gizmoauthored by Tilda Hale is a first-rate children’s book. Detective Ralph and the team of Domesticated Investigation Bureau agents are on the trail of a missing neighbor feline. After finding the missing cat, Barnabas, they find themselves in a spot of trouble; rodent Frances comes to the rescue. Barnabas has quite a tale to tell and Detective Ralph and company have a mystery to solve. What is this monster that is terrorizing everyone? Can Ralph and the Domesticated Investigation Bureau solve this case? Grab a chair, have a seat, my children’s mystery book reviews of The Ghastly Gizmo follows.
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Although a first work by Tilda Hale, her talent is clear in this short children’s book. As a result, the story-line is rich in prose and development. Novellas by their nature are short and can not contain the structure and development of a full novel. However within the 31 pages of the book, Hale entertains and holds the interest of the young reader.
Private Investigator Charlie Madison’s, in the thick of things in Girl Of Great Price. A crime noir set in the future, Madison’s hired to find a young kidnapped Japanese girl. Knowing if he doesn’t find her within 48 hours, she’ll probably be dead, Madison takes the case.
What Madison finds defies imagination, even in a world run by Russian mobsters and mandroids. My book review of Girl of Great Price follows.
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Milo James Fowler‘s short story, Girl of Great Price, reminds the reader of hard-boiled 1940’s television P.I. shows. However, Madison has heart in a world which destroyed itself with global madness of war and environmental excess. Milo James Fowler created a hero for a time which needed all the hero’s it could find.
Fowler held the mystery of the girl close to his chest and did not reveal the why, where, what, and when until necessary. A short read of fifty-one pages, Fowler, packed the pages full of action and suspense. Fowler’s scenes transitioned smoothly and his writing flowed well. With fast paced action and an intriguing story-line, devotees of crime noir will love Milo James Fowler‘s Charlie Madison and the Girl of Great Price. Although not my tea of cup, I can appreciate the skill with which Fowler crafted this story; giving it 4 stars for composition, structure, development, and pacing.
Hope Hadley, star of a Hollywood detective show, lost her television series and her boyfriend. Returning to Hollywood, Florida she opens an animal rescue shelter. When her best friend and employee, Paige, accused of murdering her cheating boyfriend, this former Hollywood screen detective turns real detective to prove her innocent. To make matters worse, Hope’s brother, the real detective on the case, believes Paige guilty. Following lead after lead, will Hope find the killer and prove Paige innocent? My cozy mysterybook review follows.
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Fishing For A Murderer by authorMeredith Potts, a light airy funcozy mystery, will delight and entertain the reader. As everyone knows, I love cozy mysteries and Fishing For Murderer hit the spot. With Hope’s character, full of snips and funny quips, this tale of murder‘s fun to read. Potts, crafted a relaxing, light, entertaining, short mystery to fill a few hours. I loved Hope’s character. Loyal, fiercely protesting her friends guilt, and ready to jump in to the fray, Hope will win your heart.
Meredith Potts included several likely suspects for Hope to interrogate, snoop into their lives, and question. Potts also added a touch of romance for Hope in this tale of murder. With a victim worthy of murder and an innocent suspect, Fishing For A Murderer, will keep your interest. Potts plotted the story well and included characters with a variety of personalities. Hope had her work cut out for her. I loved this zany former television detective. Potts scenes transition well from scene to scene and her writing style is clear and easy to follow. Including family dynamics with her detective brother, added an extra element to the book.
Fishing For A Murdered is not a deep dark murdermystery with gory details, rather the reader finds a story which is light and relaxing with a lovable main character. A good book to spend an hour or so in the afternoon of lazy relaxing reading.
Detective Victoria Tacket, a driven detective in Golden City, New York and Emily Brelin, a teen on the run from a monster, feature in Out Of The Shadows. Emily’s running from the General, who trained her as an assassin. When Victoria’s friend, Jen, dies she’s floored; and to top it off, Jen ask her to take guardianship of Emily. What does she know about raising and mentoring a kid? After all, she has issues of her own she can’t face and resolve. She’s not mother material.
Victoria decides to let CPS take the care of her. Unbeknownst to Victoria, Emily, over-hearing her decision, runs from the conference room where Victoria left her to wait. The CPS agent, an incompetent piece of work, gives Victoria a letter from Jen; asking Victoria to take guardianship or let Emily go as she’s safer on the streets where her unanimity’s protected. Knowing she has already contacted missing persons to place Emily’s photo and information on the street, she races to erase all trace of Emily from the police system.
This begins the story of the relationship between Victoria and Emily. Victoria knows she must find Emily and keep her safe. From what or who, she doesn’t know; after reading Jen’s letter she knows it must be bad . The race is on to find Emily and persuade her she wants to take over guardianship, and protect her from the threats on the street of Golden City, New York. My review of Out Of The Shadows follows.
And the Stalker/Murderer Determined To Destroy One Of Them!
“Life is like a vapor, here for just a little while then it’s gone”
STORY LINE WRITTEN IN BLOOD:
Author Nathan Bush created an intensely driven and emotional story in his mystery crime novel, Written In Blood. Ken Collin’s rookie probationary period has ended. Now a full pledged Detective with the Foley PD and still partnered with seasoned Detective John Filcher, he should have life by the tail. However, fate will step in and change everything for Ken. His father’s cancer has returned with a vengeance and Ken seems to be developing some issues of his own, mentally and physically. Also, Ken has acquired a stalker bent on revenge. Eddie, evil personified, determined to destroy Ken and all he holds dear, blames Ken for all the wrongs in his life. Eddie, locked away for many years, sees Ken as the reason for all his problems. Upon release, Eddie seeks revenge.
Can John, a Godly man, presents the Lord’s plan to Ken and bring him peace and salvation? Can he help Ken with his black outs, persist mental issues, and his father’s illness? Will Eddie succeed in his quest for vengeance and destroy Ken? Will John and Ken solve the latest murders? Finally, will they stop Eddie before it is too late?
In Snowed In With Death, aspiring detective Holly finds herself in Scotland. As a result of winning a contest, she’s to spend time with seven esteemed detectives at their annual meeting. After solving a few minor cases, Holly’s excited at the prospect of meeting the greatest detectives in Britain. She hopes to learn from the cases they solved and their methods.
Although a cozymurdermystery, I must say I found humor in this story. With snips, snarks, and quips, the reader sees these, so-called, brilliant detectives, are not as bright as Holly thought. Holly, thinking she’s not as smart as the other detectives, and in awe
Angus Trust is book 1 in the Grooms of Honor Series. Having followed Nolan and Elof in earlier books as they found their happy ever after, Hubalek takes us back to Clear Creek. Angus is the eldest of Pastor and Kaitlyn Reagan’s sons. Raised in Clear Creek, Kansas along with five other brothers, he was the only one to take up with the railroad train depot manager; where he developed a love of trains and the rails. He has been a railroaddetective for many years following after his love of anything railroad. After years of detective work for the railroad, he’s beginning to wish for a stationary home with a wife and family.
Daisy Clancy, raised in Clear Creek by her grandparents, owners of the local café, found herself side by side with Angus until the day he left Clear Creek for adventure on the railroad. Daisy left Clear Creek to get an education and work after Angus left. To say Angus and Daisy grew up together would be an understatement; they also fell in puppy love; or was it?
Fate has placed Angus and Daisy on the same railroad train headed to Clear Creek when a robbery occurs. Finding themselves alone at the side of the tracks will memories of old loves return? My reviews of romance novel, Angus Trust, follows.
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Firstly, let me say what a wonderful cast of characters Hubalek’s imagination created for the Grooms of Honor Series. As I began reading Angus Trust, I felt I was returning to a beloved town filled with my friends, with everyone waiting to tell me the latest gossip and goings-on. A close-knit town, the Reagan family, although not of blood relation except two of the six, are examples of family love and unconditional support found in Clear Creek. Clear Creek’s a place of community, love, and support. I wondered how many of these small towns dotted the prairie and west.
Rachael, Pippa and company are back in Wined, Dined, And Dead, Book 9 of the Bakery Detectives Cozy Mysteries Series. Both are in happy relationships and out for a per-Valentine supper. Back in town, Pippa’s husband Marcello, is at his best bumbling, stumbling, klutzy self causing havoc turning over the wine bottle. As things calm down, Pippa makes a horrifying discovery; their waiter is dead in the back of restaurant. Who killed him and why?
Rachel and Pippa hired by the owner/Chef, Scott, to the solve the murder, find a twist added to the case. Scott requires she solve the case within 24 hours to earn her fee. Needless to say, Rachel, Pippa, and
Trevor Dare is a billionaire, owner of a medical robotics company, Dare Enterprises, and a werewolf. He is also on a mission of vengeance to avenge his wife’s murder. He intends to kill everyone involved in her death.
Melissa Cartwright is the detective on the case of vicious murders that seem to show animal claw marks,