Monday, 17 April 2017

Weave a Murderous Web (Jane Larson Novels) by Anne Rothman-Hicks, Ken Hicks

Weave a Murderous Web

No good deed goes unpunished. When Jane Larson—a hot-shot litigator for a large firm in New York City—helps out a friend, she is sucked into the unfamiliar world of divorce and child support. 

Jane's discovery of the deadbeat dad’s hidden assets soon unravels a web of lies, drugs, and murder that keeps getting more dangerous. 

Soon, Jane is involved in a high stakes race to recover a missing suitcase of cash and catch the murderer before she becomes the next victim.  (Summary via Goodreads)

You couldn't ask for a better title than Weave a Murderous Web for Anne Rothman-Hicks and Ken Hicks book.  The story that they tell is a maze of people and situations that seem to interlock all of the characters.....some of which do not unravel until the explosive end.  

The story begins with a friend asking a friend for help...something as simple and innocent as that one favor will set the ball in motion.  Jane, at the time, does not know how that one favor asked by her friend, Francine, will lead her down a road of drugs, murder, lies, and money.

But Jane doesn't stop, even when her own life is threatened and she seems to be getting deeper and deeper into the web.  It also becomes clear to her that she doesn't know who she can trust or believe.  Even those closest to her are questionable......

Weave a Murderous Web will have you on the edge of your seat and may cause papercuts from turning the pages to quickly.  But it will all be worth it in the end.....I hope you will be as shocked as I was.

Review by Missi S.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Cat Got Your Cash (Kitty Couture Mystery #2) by Julie Chase

Cat Got Your Cash (Kitty Couture Mystery #2)

Lacy Marie Crocker’s whimsical pet couture has gained a following in New Orleans’s cozy Garden District, and word of mouth has traveled all the way to her favorite fashion designer, Annie Lane. Lacy’s thrilled when Annie schedules a private session at her home to discuss a companion line for her evening wear, but when Lacy arrives for the appointment, she enters the kitchen to two mewling Siamese cats--and one very dead Annie.

Lacy takes the kittens home to care for them until they can be properly claimed by Annie's family or friends, but after a busy day of work, she returns home to find them missing. And when Lacy learns the cats are set to inherit Annie's fortune, she begins to wonder if the killer was after the kittens all along. Now Lacy will stop at nothing to save the Siamese and find justice for Annie--if the killer doesn’t sink his claws into her first.

Luckily, Lacy has the help of handsome NOLA PD homicide detective Jack Oliver to help her catch the cat-napper before its too late in Cat Got Your Cash, the endearing second Kitty Couture mystery from Julie Chase.
   (Summary via Goodreads)

Cat Got Your Cash is the second book in Julie Chase's Kitty Couture Mystery series and it was such a fun read.  First off you have Lacy who owns a pet fashion and treats shop on a busy fun street in New Orleans.  She brings her cat Penelope to work every day so that she can ride the robot vacuum cleaner.  Long time employee to the family, Imogene, has a quirky hobby of freeing spirits and getting rid of bad mojo.  Then you have the hunky police detective, Jack, her best friend, Scarlet, and her loving but annoying mother.

And the story !!!  Lacy has a meeting with fashion designer, Anne Lane, who she admires.  She is hoping that they can work together on a line of clothes.  Unfortunately when she gets to Lane's house, she finds her dead !!  Lacy then finds herself convincing Lane's attorney to allow her to care for her two Siamese kittens, Cashmere and Cotton.

Lacy has no idea how special these kittens are and the length that someone would go to get them.  When her house is broken into she has to find some where safe for Cashmere and Cotton and solve Anne's murder.  The suspect list is long but with the "help" from her friend the detective she knows that she can crack the case.  But can she solve it before someone else dies ?  

I LOVE books like this.  The storyline is so unique and fun !!!  Even though there is a murder and a case needs to be solved, Chase has a special way of gliding the reader through the story.

The only bad thing that I can say is I wish I had read the first book in this series.  Oh don't get me wrong... I will read it as well as any more Chase writes.  There is too much to like to not be a devoted fan !!!

Review by Missi S.  

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Kale to the Queen (A Kensington Palace Chef Mystery #1) by Nell Hampton

Kale to the Queen (A Kensington Palace Chef Mystery #1)
Chef Carrie Ann Cole is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime--an assignment as the new Personal Chef to the Royal Family at Kensington Palace. But no sooner has Carrie Ann touched down across the pond and donned her apron than a dead body crops up beneath the royal kale beds.

With one assistant dead and the other soon under suspicion for his murder, Carrie Ann is scrambling to keep her kitchen up and running. Not to mention she gets off to an immediate bad start with the tempestuous Royal Chef Butterbottom, who has a bitter taste in his mouth since the prestigious position in the Royal Family's kitchen was given to an "over-privileged, under-educated American chef."

But the Royal Family's appetites wait for no one, and Carrie Ann must solve the murder and still get supper on the table on time--even with the annoyingly handsome Head of Security Ian Gordon tracking her every move like an MI6 agent. Suspects abound as an American chef adds a bit of spice to the traditional royal household in the first in Nell Hampton's charming and tasty Kensington Palace Chef Mystery series, Kale to the Queen.   (Summary via Goodreads)

Kale to the Queen is the first book in the Kensington Place Chef Mystery series by Nell Hampton and boy is it a GREAT start !!!

Carrie is hired to be the personal family chef for the Duke and Dutchess and thier children.  This is a great opportunity for her and she cannot wait to get started.  Unfortunately on her second day of employement she comes across one of her assistants murdered in the greenhouse adjacent to her kitchen.  Still recovering from jet leg and trying to get around the humongous  palace, Carrie has her hands full.  But when her other assistant is arrested for the murder, she makes it her job to find the real killer.  This,  however, is not an easy task as she has just arrived in London and doesn't know anyone especially someone that would want to murder her assistant.

Kale to the Queen has a very colorful and lovable group of characters......there is the Royal Chef Butterbottom who is in charge of the Royal families event meals who dislikes all Americans and there is the Head of Security Ian Gordon who is very charming and don't get me started on the hunky gardener....

Pick up Kale to the Queen and let Nell Hampton take you on a trip across the don't need to pack or get a pass port...just pick a comfy place to sit, grab a cup of tea and a cookie and open up your mind.....You will be glad you did !!!

I can tell you this.....I cannot wait for the next installment of the Kensington Palace Chef Mystery series !!  

Review by Missi S.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Southern Fried (Kenni Lowry #2) by Tonya Kappes

Southern Fried (Kenni Lowry Mystery #2)

In the South, it’s better when the food is fried and the secrets kept buried… 

After the dead body of a beloved Cottonwood resident is found tangled up in an electric fence, Sheriff Kenni Lowry has a hunch that somethin’ ain’t right. Her investigation heats up with a fierce cook-off competition, a euchre game where the intel is sweeter than the brownies, and a decades old family recipe that may just be the proof in the pudding. 

The icing on the cake: Kenni is fighting an attraction to her recently sworn-in deputy sheriff, and election season is hot on her tail. When the killer comes after who she holds most dear, even her poppa’s ghostly guidance might not be enough to keep her and her own out of the frying pan.  (Summary via Goodreads)

I was so excited when book two in this series came out because it is absolutely wonderful to read. Who could resist Cottonwood, Kentucky and all of it's quirky, fun characters, even the dead one. 

Another member of the town is found dead and again leaves Kenni, her ghostly grandfather Poppa, and her hunky sheriff "friend " Finn to find the clues and solve this mystery before they are deep fried.

This is a wonderful series filled with adventure, a ghost, and of course some romance. This is a hard book to put down. Looking forward to book three.

Review by Penny M.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Fixin' To Die (Kenni Lowry #1) by Tonya Kappes

Fixin' To Die (Kenni Lowry #1)

Kenni Lowry likes to think the zero crime rate in Cottonwood, Kentucky is due to her being sheriff, but she quickly discovers the ghost of her grandfather, the town’s previous sheriff, has been scaring off any would-be criminals since she was elected. When the town’s most beloved doctor is found murdered on the very same day as a jewelry store robbery, and a mysterious symbol ties the crime scenes together, Kenni must satisfy her hankerin’ for justice by nabbing the culprits. 

With the help of her Poppa, a lone deputy, and an annoyingly cute, too-big-for-his-britches State Reserve officer, Kenni must solve both cases and prove to the whole town, and herself, that she’s worth her salt before time runs out.  (Summary via Goodreads)

Cottonwood, Kentucky population is small and quiet with little to no crime, what more could you ask for??? Now Sheriff Kenni Lowry thought the same thing until the town Dr is murdered! The town is in an uproar and wants this murder solved yesterday. They decide to bring in a very handsome Reserve Officer named Finn who quite frankly is annoying Kenni. She doesn't want anyone to know that she is feeling overwhelmed. Then the jewelry store in town is robbed and Kenni is convinced they are connected especially thanks to her grandfathers ghost whispering in her ear. Poppa was the Sheriff for years before he pasted.

Kenni wants to prove not only to herself but the town that she is able to bring a killer to justice.

This is the first book in a new series by Tonya Kappes. I am a good ole southern gal myself and love the town and characters of Cottonwood, Kentucky. Looking forward to more in this new series.

Review by Penny M.

Friday, 7 April 2017

A Woof of Murder (Pet Shop Mystery #8) by Susie Gayle

A Woof of Murder (Pet Shop Mysteries #8)

With the blackmail scandal over and behind him, life in Seaview Rock is pretty good for pet shop owner Will Sullivan—that is, until a town council member is struck by a car in broad daylight, and Will is given reason to believe it was no accident. He and his friends will have to find the culprit, while at the same time trying to keep their secret under wraps, one that would shake the town to its very core. To make matters even more challenging, Sarah’s family is in town for a visit—an overly critical mother and a younger brother with a criminal history. No matter what happens, one thing is for sure: life in Seaview Rock will never be the same.   (Summary via Goodreads)

Exciting, fun read. Love the adventures of Will, Sarah, and Karen as well as the other characters in Seaview Rock.

Just when they thought the scandal was behind them they end up finding out that the past may not be done with them. YIKES! And wouldn't you know poor Sarah is overwhelmed by her mother's visit that maybe the worst thing that occurs in Seaview, even compared to murder! The devil may come to mind? 

Secrets on top of secrets are abound in book eight. This is a great installment in The Pet Shop Mystery series.

Review by Penny M.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Death Crashes the Party (A Liv And Di In Dixie Mystery #1) by Vickie Fee

Death Crashes the Party

In the quirky, close-knit town of Dixie, Tennessee, party planner Liv McKay has a knack for throwing Southern-style soirĂ©es, from diamonds-and-denim to black tie affairs, and her best friend Di Souther mixes a mean daiquiri. While planning a Moonshine and Magnolias bash for high maintenance clients, Liv inconveniently discovers a corpse in the freezer and turns her attention from fabulous fĂȘtes to finding a murderer. Together, Liv and Di follow a trail of sinister secrets in their sweet little town that leads them from drug smugglers to a Civil War battlefield, and just when they think they're whistling Dixie, Liv and Di will find themselves squarely in the crosshairs of the least likely killer of all. . .  .  (Summary via Goodreads)

This book is a great start to a new series. It is set in a little town called Dixie in Tennessee. Love the down home small town feel. You start out getting to know Liv who is the owner of Liv 4 Fun a party planning business. She is getting ready for Mr and Mrs Erdman's 40th wedding anniversary party where she has Mrs Erdman wanting elegant southern charm and Mr Erdman wanting men dressed as bootleggers with moonshine. Yes, you guessed it Liv has her hands full with this party. One of the must have decorations for Mrs Erdman are ice sculptures. So she bought a freezer to put them in prior to the party. They went to check on the size when they found two dead bodies, one on ice and the other in a garbage bag. This is only the start of Liv's bad luck. The police find a connection to her father in laws trucking company, McKay's trucking. This puts everyone on edge and things go down hill from there. 

Liv and her friend Di are on a mission to find the real killer or killers and save McKay's trucking. Will they be able to save themselves from trouble should be the real question???
These characters in Dixie are a hoot.

 I loved the southern charm and close knit family ties. Loved the humor along the way too. At times I was laughing out loud. The story line was well written and kept a steady pace. I really liked the fact that Liv was married. Not many cozies have a main character who is married and I loved how they interacted. The author brought out the close knit southern family, can't beat it. The characters were all great. Can't wait to get to know them better as the series progresses.

Review by Penny M.