Hair Raiser (Bad Hair Day Mystery #2) by Nancy J. Cohen

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When savvy hairstylist Marla Shore volunteers for a fundraiser, she has to comb through a knot of suspects to determine who’s sabotaging the gala event. Participating chefs are dropping off the roster like hot rollers, and it’s only through a series of hair-raising exploits that the brazen beautician can tease the truth from them. Too late to stop a murder, Marla must salvage the grand affair before she’s moussed into oblivion.

Can Marla’s shear her way through the lies to catch a killer?  Before the killer buries her for good?

Hair Raiser was originally published by Kensington Publishing Corp. This Author’s Edition has been revised and updated with added bonus materials.

Another fun Bad Hair Day mystery from the pen of Nancy J. Cohen.

Well plotted and written, with plenty of twists and turns to keep you turning the pages (or listening) right through until the hair splitting conclusion.

These audio books are great fun to listen to.  And well narrated by Mary Ann Jacobs.

Available in Hardback, Paperback, Kindle and Audio download.

I voluntarily listened and reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

Published by Orange Grove Press and given by the author.

5 Stars*****

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Cozy Mysteries – and breaking into the International Market – Part 1

 

I have been a ‘Cozy’ mystery reader for the past 40 years.

Which is quite surprising, as I live in the United Kingdom, and all the publishing companies in the UK, stopped publishing these soft core mystery books back in the late 70’s, as they quoted that ‘they do not sell’.

It is bad when you go into a top named high street bookshop/newsagents and ask the book seller if they have any Agatha Christie books.  And get a totally blank look, and the question…‘who is she?’

So I would have to go to London’s Muder One on Charing Cross Road, to get my fix of American publications in the ‘Cozy’ mystery genre.  Or when on holiday in the USA, my suitcase would have more books in it on the return journey, than clothes!

What is a ‘Cozy’ mystery? 

They are set on the same lines as the classic ‘Golden Age’ mystery books, written by authors such as, Dame Agatha Christie, Patricia Wentworth, Margery Allingham, Dorothy L. Sayers, Dame Ngaio Marsh, John Dickson Carr/Carter Dickson, Elizabeth Daly, Leslie Ford/David Frome, Frances Crane, Frances & Richard Lockridge, etc…the list is endless.

All these mystery books contain no graphic violence, blood, guts, sex or fowl language), hence the name ‘Cozy’ or ‘Cozies’.

In todays ‘Cozy’ world, there are still Grande Dames of mysteries, like Carolyn Hart, Joan Hess, Mary Daheim, Laura Childs, Joanne Fluke, Kate Carlise…and this list is endless as well!

And it’s not just ladies that write these great books in this genre, but men do as well.  Like Dean James (Miranda James), E. J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen, to name a couple.

As you can tell, I have a passion for these books and the authors who write them.  In the book world, I would be called and classed as a bibliophile, as I eat, live and breathe books…not bad for someone who struggles with dyslexia!

Ahhhh, stop your waffling, Ian.  And get to the point of this blog!

Ok, ok…stop nagging!

Yesterday I was having a conversation with Lorraine Bartlett (aka Lorna Barrett). With her saying that it is so hard to break into the International Book Market.

Which isn’t surprising, as you generally get a blank look from people over here in the UK, when you start talking about cozies or murder/mystery books.

Cozies/murder/mysteries are not seen much in book shops here in the UK (a few big book shops, might stock a few.  But the majority do not).

The major movers and shakers in Publishing, tend to only spend money on publicity on ‘Top’ named authors, and ‘Best Sellers’.

All other authors, have to fend for themselves, and do there own publicity on their books.

So as you can see…Out of sight, out of mind.

I see you are still waffling!  And time is moving on. You have to get ready and go see your mum!

You will have to come back and continues this blog later.  Thankfully my suggestion to you about numbering it as Part 1, was a good one.  I knew you would waffle on so!

Oops…ok.  *looking sheepish*

To be continued…hopefully with less waffling. 🙂

Dear Authors, I’m in my cheeky chappie mode.

Ok, I’m in my cheeky chappie mode at the moment, so here it goes! 😀

Dear Authors,

If you have audio books out via Audible.co.uk, and would like to,

a) increase awareness of your books in the UK,
or
b) increase reviews on your audio books,
or
c) both.

and have spare UK (prefered) or USA codes, I would be more than willing to listen and review for you.

Please PM me first on fb, as I might already have a copy of your audio book on my audible account…sitting in the To Be Listened To pile.

I do review audio books for a couple of authors and I love listening to audios, even if I have already read the book.

USA codes will only work if your audio book is available on the UK Audible site, but I have to access Audible com so I can download from them.

Audible USA, will not allow access to any audio books that have territorial/copy write restrictions…ie, not available on Audible UK. Which there are plenty not available, believe me! 😦

If any tech wizard can get around that problem, I would be in seventh heaven! As I’m technically challenged as well as being dyslexic. It’s taken me over a hour or more to write this!! lol

I love cozies, mysteries, M/M (romance/historical/paranormal), children’s, fantasy, paranormal…I’m easy to please. 🙂
As long as there is no graphic blood, guts and gore!

Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Ian

PS…

Any UK Audible listeners  out there? If you have listened to the audio book/s, please, please do leave a review, they all count towards increasing sales over here in the UK and making others aware of the authors work!

Authors, if you have audio books out over here in the UK, or would like to check to see if your audio books are available in the UK…go to the Audible.co.uk site and type your name in. If it comes up with any of your books, you should also see how many listeners have reviewed your work.

Lets get some of you good people, off the starting block and increase the awareness in your work. You all should have access to a number of author – free codes, that you can use in exchange for an honest review. If you haven’t got any, speak to your agent, or whoever deals with your audios, and ask for the UK codes.

Coming soon to Audible UK – My highlights – Part 1

This is a highlights to the audio books that are coming out soon, on my ‘Wish List’ on Audible.co.uk.

 

Manna from Hades: The Cornish Mysteries, Book 1 – by Carola Dunn.

Narrated by Wanda McCaddon.  Length: 9 hrs and 5 minutes.  Unabridged Audiobook.

Release date: 07/02/2017 & published by Blackstone Audio.

Regular price: £20.73 or 1 credit.  Or if you buy or own a Kindle edition, you can get it for £3.47.

Eleanor Trewynn is a widow of some years living in Port Mabyn, a small fishing village in Cornwall, England. In her younger days, she travelled the exotic parts of the world with her husband. These days she’s retired and founded the local charity shop. Her niece, Megan Pencarrow, transferred nearby and was recently promoted to the rank of Detective Sergeant. Perhaps the only downside is that she is now working for a DI who doesn’t approve of women on the police force and who really doesn’t much approve of Megan’s aunt Eleanor, as she is something of a thorn in his rather substantial side.

All of these factors collide when, the day after collecting donations, Eleanor and the vicar’s wife find the dead body of a long-haired, scruffy-looking youth hidden in the stockroom of the charity shop. Then they discover that some donated jewelery thought to be fake is actually very real, very expensive, and the haul from a violent robbery in London. Making matters more complex, the corpse found in the storeroom is apparently not one of the robbers.

Carola Dunn’s Manna from Hades is a confounding Cornish case of daring theft, double-cross, and a wily older woman confronted by a case of murder most foul.

 

Buried in the Country: The Cornish Mysteries, Book 1 – by Carola Dunn.

Narrated by Wanda McCaddon.  Length: 9 hrs and 21 minutes.  Unabridged Audiobook.

Release date: 24/01/2017 & published by Blackstone Audio.

Regular Price:£19.59 or 1 Credit.  Or if you buy or own a Kindle edition, you can get it for £3.99.

After many years working around the world for an international charity in the late 1960s, Eleanor Trewynn has retired to the relative quiet of a small town in Cornwall. But her quiet life is short-lived when, due to her experience, the Commonwealth Relations Office reaches out to her to assist in a secret conference that is to take place in a small hotel outside the historical village of Tintagel.

Meanwhile, her niece, Detective Sergeant Megan Pencarrow, is investigating the disappearance of a local solicitor when she is assigned to help provide security for the conference. Two African students, refugees from Ian Smith’s Rhodesia, arrive for the conference, escorted by Megan’s bête noire from Scotland Yard. They are followed by two mysterious and sinister Londoners, whose allegiances and connections to the conference and the missing solicitor are unclear. With a raging storm having trapped everyone in the hotel, the stage is set for murder, and it’s up to Eleanor and Megan to uncover the truth before more lives are lost.

 

The Navy Lark Volume 31: Horrible Horace: Four classic radio comedy episodes.

Narrated by the cast:  Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips, Stephen Murray & Ronnie Barker.  From the BBC Radio Program. 

Release Date:02/03/2017 & published by BBC Worldwide Ltd.

Regular Price:£8.74 or 1 Credit.

Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips and Stephen Murray star in four episodes of the classic BBC radio comedy series: ‘The Morning After’ (11 March 1960), ‘The Admiral’s Present’ (18 March 1960), ‘Horrible Horace’ (28 December 1975), ‘Officers’ and Gents’ Lib’ (4 January 1976). These hilarious BBC radio episodes also feature Ronnie Barker, Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Tenniel Evans and Michael Bates. Duration: 2 hours approx.

 

Defending the Dead: Relatively Dead Mysteries, Book 3 – by Sheila Connolly.

Narrated by Emily Durante.  Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins.  Unabridged Audiobook.

Release Date:25/01/2017 & published by Tantor Audio.

Regular Price:£22.57 or 1 Credit.

Abby Kimball has slowly accepted her recently discovered ability to see the dead, but none of the harmless sightings she’s experienced could have prepared her for the startling apparition of a centuries-old courtroom scene – where she locks eyes with a wicked and gleeful accuser. Thrown back more than 300 years, Abby realizes she’s been plunged into a mystery that has fascinated people throughout American history: the Salem witch trials.

With her boyfriend Ned at her side, Abby digs into the history of the events, researching the people and possible causes of that terrible time and her own connection to them-all the while going more deeply into her connection to Ned, both extraordinary and romantic.

As Abby witnesses more fragments from the events in Salem and struggles with the question of how such a nightmare could have come about, she’s suddenly confronted with a pressing personal question: Were one or more of her ancestors among the accused? Unravelling the puzzling clues behind that question just might give Abby and Ned the answer to a very modern mystery of their own.

 

Gunpowder Plot: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery – Book 15 – by Carola Dunn.

Narrated by Lucy Rayner.  Length: 9 hrs.  Unabridged Audiobook 

Release Date:07/02/2017 & published by Blackstone Audio.

Regular Price:£20.73 or 1 Credit.

In the winter of 1924, Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher travels to a school friend’s house to witness the estate’s famous Guy Fawkes celebration. But she gets more than the quiet weekend at the quaint family manse that she was originally hoping for.

The home is the site of some severe family tension. The Viscount and head of the family is a strict and unyielding sort, insisting that everyone – especially his children – meet his own unreasonable expectations. On the evening of the Guy Fawkes celebration, the Viscount is found dead on the floor of his study, killed by his own hand. What’s more, he apparently first killed a guest – a married woman visiting England from Australia – before turning the gun on himself.

Now it’s up to Alec Fletcher, Daisy’s husband and a DCI of Scotland Yard, to unravel the mystery and the long-held family secrets that led to this state of affairs. But a solution will require, perhaps, more than a little help from Daisy herself.

 

The Book Club Murders – by Leslie Nagel.

Narrated by Dina Pearlman.  Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins.  Unabridged Audiobook.

Release Date:31/01/2017 & published by Audible Studios.

Regular Price:£16.88 or 1 Credit.

In a charming cozy mystery series debut, Leslie Nagel’s irrepressible small-town heroine finds that her fellow book club members may be taking their Agatha Christie a bit too literally – and murder a bit too lightly.

Charley Carpenter has poured heart and soul into her clothing store, Old Hat Vintage Fashions. She’ll do anything to make it a success – even join the stuffy Agatha’s Book Club in order to cultivate customers among the wealthy elite of Oakwood, Ohio.

Although mixing with the most influential women in town has its advantages, Charley finds the endless gossip a high price to pay. But after two women with close ties to the Agatha’s are brutally murdered, everyone falls under threat – and suspicion. When key evidence indicates that both murders are the work of the same hand, Charley realizes that the killer has arranged each corpse in perfect imitation of crime scenes from the club’s murder mystery reading list. She uses her membership in the club to convince Detective Marcus Trenault to use her as an inside informant. Not that he could stop her anyway.

Intelligent, fearless, and every bit as stubborn as Marc is, Charley soon learns the Agatha’s aren’t the only ones with secrets to protect. Passions explode as she and Marc must race against time to prevent another murder. And if Charley’s not careful, she may find herself becoming the killer’s next plot twist.

 

Deader Homes and Gardens – Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries – Book 4 – by Angie Fox.

Narrated by Tavia Gilbert. Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins.  Unabridged Audiobook.

Release Date:24/01/2017  & published by Audible Studios.

Regular Price:£16.88 or 1 Credit.

Southern belle Verity Long is back in business – as a ghost hunter. Now all she has to do is visit the town’s creepiest mansion and exorcise a family of vengeful spirits. Piece of cake. After all, ghosts love her and need her…that is until she meets the ghosts of Rock Fall mansion. They’ll do anything to keep their murderous secrets hidden within the cliff-side fortress – even if that means getting rid of one meddling ghost hunter.

With the entire town sceptical and scrutinizing her every move, Verity struggles to uncover the century-old mystery behind the house. And when she stumbles upon a very fresh, very dead body, she realizes there’s more to it than she ever imagined. With the help of her sexy cop boyfriend, Ellis, and her ghostly gangster sidekick, Frankie, she braves the overgrown gardens, the desolate family cemetery, and the haunted mansion that have been locked away for generations. But can Verity unearth the truth before she’s the next one buried on the deadly grounds?

 

A Cast of Vultures – Sam Clair mysteries – Book 3 – by Judith Flanders.

Narrated by Julia Franklin.  Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins.  Unabridged Audiobook.

Release Date:01/02/2017 & published by Isis Publishing Ltd.

Regular Price:£17.49 or 1 Credit or Get this Audiobook for the reduced price of £3.99, when you buy the Kindle edition first.

Usually sharp-witted editor Sam Clair stumbles through her post-launch-party morning with the hangover to end all hangovers. Before the Nurofen has even kicked in, she finds herself entangled in an elaborate saga of missing neighbours, suspected arson and the odd unidentified body. When the grisly news breaks that the fire has claimed a victim, Sam is already in pursuit. Never has comedy been so deadly as Sam faces down a pair from Thugs “R” Us, aided by nothing more than a CID boyfriend, a stalwart Goth assistant and a seemingly endless supply of purple-sprouting broccoli.

 

Murder on the Pilgrims Way: Pearl Nolan Mysteries, Book 4 – by Julie Wassmer.

Narrated by To Be Announced.  Length: Not Yet Known.  Unabridged Audiobook.

Release Date:06/04/2017 & published by Hachette Audio.

Regular Price:£17.49 or 1 Credit.

Pearl receives a surprise present from her mother, Dolly – an early summer break at a riverside manor house that has been recently transformed into an exclusive hotel – the newly named Villa Pellegrini. Pellegrini – the Italian word for pilgrims – reflects the fact that the building lies on the old Pilgrims Way into Canterbury, and Pearl is looking forward to the break, not least because DCI Mike McGuire has been neglecting her due to his work. But when she discovers that she’s actually booked in for a cookery course from the Italian celebrity chef, Nico Caruso, she begins to think again…Pearl doesn’t welcome instruction on cookery at the best of times, and certainly not from an arrogant chef like Caruso.

She goes along, intent on challenging Caruso’s egotism – and a long tradition of men dominating gastronomy – but soon finds herself distracted, not only by her enchanting surroundings but by the disparate selection of guests. She even begins to enjoy Caruso’s attentions – and his cookery – until one of the guests goes missing and it becomes clear that murder is on the menu.

 

Immortal Unchained: An Argeneau Novel – by Lynsay Sands.

Narrated by: To Be Announced.  Length: 12 hrs.  Unabridged Audiobook.

Release Date:28/03/2017 & published by Harperaudio.

Regular Price:£18.89 or 1 Credit.

In a spellbinding new Argeneau novel from New York Times best-selling author Lynsay Sands, a dangerous rescue is just the beginning of red-hot adventure.

Ever since Domitian Argenis recognized Sarita as his life mate, he’s been waiting for the perfect moment to claim her. Those fantasies did not include him being chained to a table in a secret lab or both of them being held hostage by a mad scientist. Somehow, they have to escape.

Sarita has seen some crazy things as a cop, but nothing to rival Domitian. A vampire? Seriously? But his healing ability, incredible powers, and their mind-blowing physical connection – none of it should be possible, yet her body knows differently. Now, not only do they have to save each other, but other innocent lives are at stake. Failure is not an option, for Sarita intends that Domitian show her exactly what an eternity of pleasure feels like.

 

The Tournament – Roger Ascham & Princess Elizabeth (1st) book 1 – by Matthew Reilly.

Narrated by Lucy Gaskell.  Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins.  Unabridged Audiobook.

Release Date:02/02/2017 & published by Orion Publishing Group Ltd.

Regular Price:£17.49 or 1 Credit or Get this Audiobook for the reduced price of £5.47, when you buy the Kindle edition first.

From global superstar Matthew Reilly comes a gripping historical thriller – a tale of murder, passion and intrigue set in the majestic city of Constantinople.

England, 1546. A young Princess Elizabeth is in a dangerous position as her older siblings jostle for the throne. Roger Ascham, Elizabeth’s teacher and mentor, is determined to keep her safe. So when he receives an unusual invitation from the Sultan in Constantinople, asking him to take part in the greatest chess tournament the world has ever seen, he resolves to take the princess with him.

But death stalks the streets of the glittering Ottoman capital – a cardinal has been found mutilated. Ascham is asked to investigate, but as he and Elizabeth delve deeper, they uncover a secret that marks the young Princess for life…and a darkness that defines the queen she will become.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audible UK audio books, hidden gems – part 1

The Country Club Murders series by Julie Mulhern.

Narrated by Callie Beaulieu

This series is what I call ‘Hot Off The Press’ in the audio book line, here in the UK.  Published by Henery Press Books (www.henerypress.com) in book and Kindle format.  Audio recording by Tantor Audio and available to download via Audible.co.uk.

These books are what the Americans call ‘Cozy’ or ‘Cozies’ mysteries, which means that they contain no or very little, graphic violence, sex or bad language.

Julie Mulhern takes us back to the early 70’s and all it’s crazy fashion of the day…flares, plaid trousers, mumu dresses and knitted vests.  And the country club set in Kansas City, Missouri.  Where she introduces you to her main character, Ellison Russell, an artist.

These books are fun, funny, well plotted, with a great set of characters, that will keep you turning the pages or listening right until the gripping end.

Book 1 – The Deep End.

Swimming into the lifeless body of her husband’s mistress tends to ruin a woman’s day, but becoming a murder suspect can ruin her whole life.

It’s 1974 and Ellison Russell’s life revolves around her daughter and her art. She’s long since stopped caring about her cheating husband, Henry, and the women with whom he entertains himself. That is, until she becomes a suspect in Madeline Harper’s death. The murder forces Ellison to confront her husband’s proclivities and his crimes—kinky sex, petty cruelties and blackmail.

As the body count approaches par on the seventh hole, Ellison knows she has to catch a killer. But with an interfering mother, an adoring father, a teenage daughter, and a cadre of well-meaning friends demanding her attention, can Ellison find the killer before he finds her?

Book 2 – Guaranteed to Bleed.

With his dying breath, Bobby Lowell begs Ellison Russell, “Tell her I love her.”

Unable to refuse, Ellison struggles to find the girl the murdered boy loved. Too bad an epically bad blind date, a vindictive graffiti artist, and multiple trips to the emergency room keep getting in the way.

Worse, a killer has Ellison in his sights, her newly-rebellious daughter is missing, and there’s yet another body in her hostas. Mother won’t be pleased.

Now Ellison must track down not one but two runaway teenagers, keep her promise to Bobby and elude the killer—all before her next charity gala committee meeting.

Book 3 – Clouds in My Coffee.

When Ellison Russell is nearly killed at a benefactors’ party, she brushes the incident aside as an unhappy accident.

But when her house is fire-bombed, she’s shot at, and the person sitting next to her at a gala is poisoned, she must face facts. Someone wants her dead.

But why?

And can Ellison find the killer before he strikes again?

Add in an estranged sister, a visiting aunt with a shocking secret, and a handsome detective staying in her guesthouse, and Ellison might need more than cream in her coffee…

Book 4 – Send in the Clowns.

Haunted houses are scary enough without knife-wielding clowns. Especially murderous knife-wielding clowns. So thinks Ellison Russell, single mother, artist, and reluctant sleuth.
Now death wears a red nose and Ellison is up to the blood-stained collar of her new trench coat in costumes, caffeine, and possible killers.

Who stabbed Brooks Harney? And why? Money? Jealousy? Drugs?
With Mother meddling, her father furious, and her date dragged downtown for questioning, turns out Ellison’s only confidante is Mr. Coffee.

My reading and blog plan for 2017

My reading and blog plan for 2017.

Sounds good?

Problem is that I’m good at planning, but useless at sticking to it!  Something always gets in the way…and it is normally me or life in general!!!

So we will just see how I  do in the next 12 months!

As some of you know, I suffer with dyslexia.  So my reading speed is slow, hence why I love audio books and even ‘text to speech’ on the kindle.  It make life much more easier for me, and I can normally complete a book in a day.

Where as a late friend of mine could speed read through 3 thick historical romances in an evening.  Where as I, on the other hand take a couple of days to read one physical book half the size! 😦

As my house contains over 5,000 plus physical books.  The kindle has probably got another 1,000 plus on it.  And my audio collection amounts to over 500 plus.  And they just seem to keep growing!

Also, you might have noticed that I’m a re-reader, as I find re-reading brings out more of the story the second, third or fourth time, that you get the full flavour of the story the author is trying to tell.  Not only that, I find as a series progresses, it is nice to go and revisit, and rekindle the pleasure and enjoyment that sparked your interest in the first place.  And this time reviewing them, which I must admit I didn’t realise how important that was to the author and their sales, until I joined NetGalley and Save Our Cozies.

My main love and passion is mysteries, what is now termed today as ‘cozies’.

I started like everybody else (except I live in the UK and some of these books were hard to get hold of, especially the older ones), with Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, The Three Investigators, Trixie Belden, etc…the list would be endless!

Then going on to more adult murder mysteries, such as Patricia Wentworth (who is my personal favourite), Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, John Dickson Carr/Carter Dickson (another favourite), etc…

I also read whatever takes my fancy at the time.

I enjoy M/M romance/mysteries/paranormal books.  Normal romance books, largely historical.  Children’s books, biographies, light humour, and some murder/mystery books that are a little bit more grittier than a cozy.  I don’t do blood, guts and gore, but some authors like C. S. Harris (Candice Proctor) and Elly Griffiths are such good story tellers, that they have me hooked.

So back to this years plan.

As a NetGalley reader/reviewer I have commitments to complete for them.  And due to that thing called life, and it going all haywire on me, I have got myself a bit behind.

So part of the plan is to get my NetGalley reading  shelf down a bit *queue laughter*, which isn’t easy as publishers keep putting books on that I just have to have!  (child in a sweet shop syndrome…”I want them all, and I want it now!”) or was that the spoiled little girl in Willy Wonker and the Chocolate Factory film with Gene Wilder?

As a bibliophile, I have been collecting for near on 40 years, and still not read more than 20% of the collection.

So my aim this year is to complete the Cozy Once a Month club read each month, and the 2017 Literary Challenge (visiting 50 states plus DC, and worldwide locations).

Plus take 3 books each month from my huge TBR pile.

One of which will be from my Vintage/Classic/Golden Age era mysteries collection, which I hope might spark some interest in fellow bloggers and readers to try them out if possible.

One from my re-reads, some of these series are still going strong, some that petered out or were dropped for one reason or another.  But all, I hope will spark some interest from fellow readers to check into and give them a try, where availability is still possible.

And one from my ever growing TBR pile, either physical, electronic or audio.

I’m also planning to do a author/series spotlight blog , with reading list, and availability, with author bio and possibly author interviews (as and when possible).

So authors beware, I will be stalking you! 😀

So join me in this years adventure…and happy reading! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Death at Victoria Dock (Phryne Fisher #4) by Kerry Greenwood

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A very young man with muddied hair, a pierced ear and a blue tattoo lies cradled in Phryne’s arms. But sadly it’s not another scene of glorious seduction – this time it’s death.

The Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher, beautifully dressed in loose trousers, a cream silk shirt and a red-fox fur has just had her windscreen shot out inches in front of her divine nose. But worse is the fate of the pale young man lying on the road, his body hit by bullets, who draws his final blood-filled breath with Phryne at his side. Outraged by this brutal slaughter, Phryne promises to find out who is responsible. But Phryne doesn’t yet know how deeply into the mire she’ll have to go – bank robbery, tattoo parlours, pubs, spiritualist halls and the Anarchists.

Along this path, Phryne meets Peter, a battle-scarred, sexy Slav, who offers much more to her than just information. But all thoughts of these delights flee from Phryne’s mind when her beloved maid, Dot, disappears. There’s nothing Phryne won’t do to get her back safely.

I love these adventures of the Right Hon. Phryne Fisher.  I love the way Kerry Greenwood melds 2 separate investigations seamlessly through the narrative.  As always, well plotted and written, with a good set of characters.

Always an enjoyable delight to read a Miss Fisher mystery.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Published by Poisoned Pen Press and download via NetGalley.

4 Stars****

Die, Die Birdie (A Bird Lover’s Mystery #1) by J. R. Ripley

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First in a New series.

For Amy Simms, hatching a birding shop in her hometown of Ruby Lake, North Carolina, hasn’t exactly been a breeze. But could a deadly discovery clip her wings for good?

It’s just days before Amy plans to open Birds & Bees on the first floor of her creaky Victorian house, but delayed seed shipments have prevented the fledging owner from stocking her shelves. And it doesn’t help that Amy’s best friend and business partner is out of town indefinitely. With locals sceptical about the niche shop taking flight, the last thing Amy needs now is a dead man in her storeroom—or for a crotchety tenant to catch her holding a bloody birdfeeder hook over his body . . .

Pigeonholed as a leading murder suspect by police and lacking a solid alibi, Amy’s delving into the victim’s ugly past and buzzing around Ruby Lake for clues on his killer . . . before she ends up like so many of her beloved feathery friends—trapped behind bars!

A fun and quirky start to a new series.  Love the concept of a Birds & Bees shop in a rickety old house, with an unwanted  grouchy old lady boarder to boot.  Well plotted and written, with good set of characters.  Will be interesting to see what happens in the next book.

An enjoyable read to lighten your day.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Published by Lyrical Underground/Kensington Books and downloaded via NetGalley.

4 Stars****

Just another ‘One of those days’…again.

man-fatigue-booksIs it just me or does anybody else have…one of those day?

The problem is that they are becoming more frequent over the past couple of years or more.

Listless days when you know you need to get up, but struggle with that and with getting washed and dressed.  Knowing that you need to eat, but can’t be bothered.  Ending up just eating a couple of biscuits and a piece of toast.

Where you spend the entire day with your mind wandering around aimlessly, but going nowhere.

You know there are chores to be done, and books to read and review, plus other stuff you do on a day to day basis.  But have no energy to do any of them.

I have read the same page in one book 5 times, but I just can’t seem to concentrate on anything.

So today is another one of the many…’one of those days’…again.

 

Graveyard Shift (Pepper Martin #10) by Casey Daniels

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Pepper Martin is back…and boy, you are in for a treat!

Pepper Martin returns in a new ghostly mystery when she is contacted by the ghosts of Eliot Ness and Al Capone…
Pepper Martin, now Community Relations Director of Garden View Cemetery, is contacted by the ghost of Eliot Ness, one of Cleveland s most famous dearly departed. According to Ness, the ashes scattered at the ceremony twenty years earlier were not his. His were stolen prior to the ceremony by a Ness groupie, and he cannot rest until those ashes are found. Luckily, Pepper has an idea where they may be.
Knowing she’ll have no peace until she does what the ghost wants, Pepper travels across town to retrieve the ashes. When she gets there, though, she finds more and less than she bargained for. There is a dead body in the house… and Eliot Ness s ashes have vanished.
Pepper sets out to solve the murder of the man in the house where the ashes were supposed to be. But when a mysterious package arrives for Pepper, containing the spirit of Al Capone, and her boyfriend Quinn begins acting strange, things go from bad to worse…

We have been waiting for a new Pepper story for a while, and Casey Daniels has delivered a spirit spine tingling story, that will keep you on the edge of you seat and turning the pages.

For me this story was just a pure joy to read.  And now I want to go back and re-read all the books in the series, again.

For anyone that hasn’t tried the Casey Daniels, Pepper Martin mysteries.  You don’t know what you are missing!

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Published by Severn House Publishers and downloaded via NetGalley.