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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Happy Homicides 4: Fall Into Crime Cover Reveal

HH 4 revised 07212016 (1)Time to reveal the cover for Happy Homicides 4: Fall into Crime — A bountiful harvest of cozy mysteries, including six novellas and seven short stories, plus a special bonus file of recipes and crafts. Only 99 cents.


But Wait…There’s More!

Two for One Special: Buy Happy Homicides 4 for 99 cents and get Happy Homicides 3 absolutely FREE, these dates only: Aug. 29 through Sept. 4

Come join us as we tour with the fourth book in the series. We’ll kick it off with a Facebook Launch Party on August 29. I will be posting more information about that as we get closer to the date.

After that Happy Homicides 4: Fall into Crime goes on a crazy blog tour, both with Escape With Dollycas Blog Tour sites and a roundup of blogs our authors love to visit! The schedule is being finalized right now, but I’ll keep you posted.

Of course, we have to have a giveaway. It starts today and goes until September 8th. Enter to win everything you need for a fall afternoon’s enjoyment using THIS LINK FOR GIVEAWAY.

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50″x60″ fleece throw, to keep the chill away

Pashmina for year-round comfort

2 pair of socks, light as air to warm your feet

Tervis hot-and-cold tumbler with lid, for no-spill transport

Earl Grey tea

Walker Shortbread Rounds 

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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 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


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:

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