Jan 102018
 

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I am always happy when Laura Bradford drops by for a visit! 

First Suspend, Then Fun

By Laura Bradford

Author of Dial M For Mousse,
an Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery

When you write a cozy mystery you have certain aspects you must adhere to, not the least of which is the whole small-town/amateur sleuth backdrop. In and of itself, basing a story in a small town provides lots of background fodder—gossip, connections, fights, secrets, etc.  But when it comes to the mystery component and the fact that murder must happen in this small town again and again (and again), you need your readers to be willing to suspend reality to an extent. Still, just as they need to accept the fact that ten murders have happened in quaint little Nowheresville, Ohio in as many (or less) years, you, as the writer, must make your sleuth’s reason for getting involved believable. Because really, why is the average-Joe bookseller going to keep putting herself in harm’s way to solve yet another murder?

It’s that challenge that I find particularly fun about writing a cozy mystery. I like seeing how the main murder plot can draw my main character toward it, rather than away from it like most normal people would go.

Just by the very nature of my Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries, my main character, Winnie Johnson, is on the go—delivering her emergency themed desserts to college dorm rooms, businesses, personal residences, and even local politicians. So the potential for her to stumble across something out of the ordinary is higher than, say, a bookseller who stays in one place. But even if she comes across a body, there has to be a reason she’d want to get involved rather than just go home, detox with a hunk of chocolate, and let the local cops do their job.

In Éclair and Present Danger, the debut book in the series, grief propels Winnie to get involved when her elderly neighbor is murdered.

In The Silence of the Flans, book #2 in the series, desperation propels Winnie to get involved when the victim dies while eating one of her desserts.

And in Dial M for Mousse, the latest book in the series, anger propels Winnie to get involved when a routine delivery is manipulated into an alibi for murder.

So while it may be hard to fathom stumbling across dead bodies on a routine basis, everyone, on some level, knows grief…and desperation…and anger. And as long as we can identify on some level, suspending reality for our small town backdrop isn’t all that difficult. In fact, it’s actually kind of fun…

~Laura

Thank you for visiting today, Laura!


Dial M for Mousse (An Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Ohio
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (January 2, 2018)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425281253
Kindle ASIN: B06Y573L55

 

 

Murder takes the cake in an irresistible Emergency Dessert Squad mystery from the national bestselling author of The Silence of the Flans.

The Emergency Dessert Squad business is booming, with owner and baker Winnie Johnson working overtime to satisfy the emergency cravings of Silver Lake, Ohio. Her latest order, a plate of motivational desserts for an artists’ retreat, is just what she needs to keep her mind off her own relationship woes.

But Winnie’s problems seem like trifles when she discovers the body of retreat owner Sally Dearfield mere inches away from five oh-so-eccentric and viable suspects. Now, this baking detective must uncover the inspiration behind Sally’s murder before another creative genius is iced.

RECIPES INCLUDED

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Winnie’s business continues to grow. With all her friend’s help, she creates delectable desserts to rescue her customers from things like a bad breakup, loss of a job, and anything else you can imagine. In this story, she has been asked to bake up motivational treats for a group of artists with different talents at a local retreat. After she delivers the goodies she goes to tell the owner and finds her dead on the floor with all the artists standing nearby. The police immediately suspect foul play and Winnie has a dessert connection with all the viable suspects which lands her right in the middle of another murder investigation.

The author has created a very unique theme for this series. After the expenses of having a bakery in a storefront became beyond what Winnie could afford she started a home-based business and uses an old ambulance she inherited to deliver her desserts to her customers. The treats even arrive on a stretcher complete with icing IV’s. She also inherited a cat that goes along for each delivery.

The characters are all very well developed. Most of Winnie’s friends are senior citizens and she has a real bond with them. They along with her best friend Renee are her taste testers and her confidants. Renee is also Winnie’s only employee.  Her romantic relationship with a local college professor, who she met when making a delivery to him, is a little murky. His teenage daughter does not like her father giving anyone else attention and she has done everything she can to break them up.

I thought solving the murder this time would be easy as we knew from the start there were only five suspects, but it turned out to be very complex. None were very forthcoming and all appeared to be hiding something. Winnie didn’t give up though and I really enjoyed following each little hint and clue right along with her.

The clever theme of this series, interesting characters, and a very imaginative plot kept this reader very entertained. All the dessert talk and descriptions made my mouth water. I loved the names Winnie gave her goodies.

A fun read that stands on its own but the series is better served if you start at the beginning.

Dollycas

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About the Author

Laura Bradford is the national bestselling author of many mystery series, including the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries, the Amish Mysteries, and the brand new Tobi Tobias Mysteries. Her first women’s fiction novel, Portrait of a Sister, will release in June 2018. When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, baking, and being an advocate for those living with Multiple Sclerosis.

To learn more, visit her website: www.laurabradford.com, or hang out with her on Facebook. She can also be found occasionally tweeting at @Bradfordauthor.

 

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Jan 092018
 

Pre-Meditated Murder (A Downward Dog Mystery)
by Tracy Weber


Pre-Meditated Murder (A Downward Dog Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – Washington/Oregon
Midnight Ink (January 8, 2018)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738750682
E-Book ASIN: B0711WY9ST

 

 

Yoga instructor Kate Davidson is ready to marry her boyfriend Michael, so she’s disappointed when a special dinner doesn’t end with a proposal. But disappointment turns to dismay and outrage as she learns the real problem: Michael is already married and his green card-seeking wife is blackmailing him.

When his wife’s body is found—by Kate and her dog, no less—Michael is strangely unable to remember where he was the night she died. Since Michael has no alibi, Kate steps up to uncover what happened. What she walks into is a tangled web of deceit, obsession, and immigration fraud . . . with Michael trapped in the middle.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

In this fifth Downward Dog Mystery, Kate, Michael, Bella along with Rene and her entire family including twin babies and twin dogs hit the road and travel to Oregon. Kate was expecting a proposal but then Michael drops the bomb that he is already married and that his wife is blackmailing him. Furious with Michael she shuts him out but when he decides to go talk to his wife the whole gang goes along. After one chilly meeting with the woman, Kate is unsure what to think. But then Bella later finds the woman dead on the beach, Kate panics, she knows Michael is going to the prime suspect. After a few deep cleansing breaths Kate and Rene team up to find out what really happened much to the despair of Michael’s lawyer, her friend, and her mother’s significant other.

I have been waiting for this book since I finished the last one, so I fixed myself a beverage and a little snack and settled in to read. A few hours later I reached the end and reentered society 🙂 feeling that time must have flown by. From the moment Michael told Kate he was already married I was sucked right into the pages. I was livid for her, how could he have kept that kind of thing secret?

The author took us on quite a journey to first track down the wife and then find her murderer, all while taking care of two infants and 3 dogs. I was kept extremely entertained. These characters are realistic, fun, smart, determined and very centered most of the time. I love the role Bella plays in each mystery. He is is a very special, caring dog that has a nose for dead bodies while being a true canine companion for Kate. Even this time when he meets a polydactyl cat named Mouse he adjusts and comes to love the kitty.  Kate and Bella are so good for each other.

This story really hit me on an emotional level. I am not sure I would have been able to be as strong as Kate. She put her hurt feelings aside to save a man who didn’t trust her enough to be truthful and his first words after he told her were like a stake in the heart. This added to the mystery of who killed his wife made this just a compelling read. There were several suspects, a cop that refused to look beyond Michael, and a whole bunch of twists and turns until the truth is revealed. The author also weaves the yoga theme throughout the whole complex mystery. This story is so well written.

I believe to get the full experience of this story you need to read Kate’s story from the beginning, but with that said Tracy Weber has written this story in a way that it can stand on its own.

Dollycas

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About the Author

Tracy Weber is the author of the award-winning Downward Dog Mysteries series featuring yoga teacher Kate Davidson and her feisty German shepherd, Bella. Tracy loves sharing her passion for yoga and animals in any form possible. Her first book, Murder Strikes a Pose won the Maxwell Award for Fiction and is a 2015 Agatha award nominee for Best First Novel.

Tracy and her husband live in Seattle with their challenging yet amazing German shepherd Tasha. When she’s not writing, Tracy spends her time teaching yoga, walking Tasha, and sipping Blackthorn cider at her favorite ale house.

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Jan 092018
 


January 8

Pre-Meditated Murder (A Downward Dog Mystery)
by Tracy Weber

Say No Moor (A Passport to Peril Mystery)
by Maddy Hunter

January 9

A Body in the Trunk (A Myrtle Clover Cozy Mystery)
by Elizabeth Spann Craig


Many a Twist County Cork Mystery)
by Sheila Connolly


The Hostess With the Ghostess: A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery
by E. J. Copperman

January 10

Prestige, Privilege, and Murder (A Stacie Maroni Mystery Book 1)
by Christa Nardi


Shooting on Location (Lisa Chance Cozy Mysteries Book 2)
by Estelle Richards

January 11

Deadly Fashion (The Deadly Series Book 3)
by Kate Parker

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Jan 082018
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I am glad these are virtual miles or I would be exhausted 🙂
Massachusetts to Ireland, then to California and across the country to New Hampshire.

Here’s what I read and what
I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed


Bones To Pick (A Brie Hooker Mystery)
Release Date – October 24, 2017
Setting – South Carolina
My Flashback Friday Read


Pre-Meditated Murder (A Downward Dog Mystery)
Release Date – January 8, 2018
Setting – Washington/Oregon
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow.


Dial M for Mousse (An Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery)
Release Date – January 2, 2018
Setting – Ohio
Laura will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week.


Every Dog Has His Day (A Bluff Point Romance)
Release Date – January 2, 2018
Setting – Maine
My review will be posted Thursday!

Current Escape


The Longest Yard Sale: A Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery
Release Date – June 30, 2015
Setting – Massachusetts
My Flashback Friday Read

Scheduled Escapes


Many a Twist: A County Cork Mystery
Release Date – January 9, 2018
Setting – Ireland


Crust No One (A Bread Shop Mystery)
Release Date – December 26, 2017
Setting – California
Winnie Archer will be my guest next Week for Cozy Wednesday.


Escape Claws (A Cat Lady Mystery)
Release Date – December 26, 2017
Setting – New Hampshire

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Happy Reading!!
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Jan 072018
 

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The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now a Facebook group that has become an
informal week in review gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!

As I put this post together we are getting ready to celebrate our family Christmas. I hope to have a picture or two to share with you next week.

Baby It’s Cold Outside

I am an avid fan of Days of Our Lives, and with the weather across the U.S. this week I thought this was a perfect video to share.

Weekly Rewind December 31 – January 6, 2017

Sunday – UP! UP! AND AWAY! Blogoversary Giveaway #2

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #1 2018 – A Mystery Stop To Start 2018

Plus – UP! UP! AND AWAY! Blogoversary Giveaway #3

Tuesday – New Release Tuesday – January 2018 – Week #1 – Teresa Trent, Lorraine Bartlett, R.L. Syme and more!

Plus – UP! UP! AND AWAY! Blogoversary Giveaway #4 – Kindle Fire

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Gail Oust – Author of Ginger Snapped – #GuestPost / #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @MinotaurBooks

Thursday – #Review – Alpha Alpine: An Emma Lord Mystery (Emma Lord Returns) by Mary Daheim @readalibi

Plus – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Unbridled Murder (A Carson Stables Mystery) by Leigh Hearon @KensingtonBooks

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Bones To Pick (A Brie Hooker Mystery) by Linda Lovely #Review / #Giveaway @HeneryPress\

Plus – #Review / #Giveaway – Deadly Fashion by Kate Parker – Great Escapes Book Tour

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper (An Amish Mystery) by Amy Lillard

Plus – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Death Below Stairs (A Below Stairs Mystery) by Jennifer Ashley

Have a wonderful week!

Dollycas

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Jan 062018
 

Death Below Stairs (A Below Stairs Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
New Series
A Berkley Prime Mystery (January 2, 2018)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House
Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0399585517
Kindle ASIN: B06Y4RCLQX

Victorian class lines are crossed when cook Kat Holloway is drawn into a murder that reaches all the way to the throne.

Highly sought-after young cook Kat Holloway takes a position in a Mayfair mansion and soon finds herself immersed in the odd household of Lord Rankin. Kat is unbothered by the family’s eccentricities as long as they stay away from her kitchen, but trouble finds its way below stairs when her young Irish assistant is murdered.

Intent on discovering who killed the helpless kitchen maid, Kat turns to the ever-capable Daniel McAdam, who is certainly much more than the charming delivery man he pretends to be. Along with the assistance of Lord Rankin’s unconventional sister-in-law and a mathematical genius, Kat and Daniel discover that the household murder was the barest tip of a plot rife with danger and treason—one that’s a threat to Queen Victoria herself.

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Jennifer Ashley writes historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance, mysteries, and historical fiction as Jennifer Ashley; paranormal romance and urban fantasy as Allyson James; and mysteries as Ashley Gardner. Jennifer’s novels have won RWA’s RITA and RT Reviewer’s Choice awards among others.  Find out more about Jennifer and her books on her website here.



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Jan 062018
 

Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper (An Amish Mystery)
by Amy Lillard

Oh my goodness y’all. Kappy King bursts onto the scene in a delightfully quirky hot mess, and I loved every minute of it!
~Reading Is My SuperPower

 

Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper (An Amish Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Pennsylvania
Zebra (December 26, 2017)
An Imprint of Kensington Books
Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1420142976
E-Book ASIN: B06XZQTCQH

Content to be unmarried and plain-spoken, Kathryn “Kappy” King is an odd-woman-out in the Amish community of Blue Sky, Pennsylvania. But she’s skilled at making the special kapps local women need to cover their hair. And she might be the only one who can unearth the danger hiding in this peaceful valley . . .

When Kappy’s neighbor, Ruth Peachey, turns up dead in her yard, everyone in Blue Sky believes it’s a tragic accident. Until the Englisch police find the gentle dog breeder was deliberately struck down—and arrest her mentally-challenged son, Jimmy, for the crime . . .

Jimmy’s sister, Edie, returns to Blue Sky clear his name, yet no one will speak to a shunned former Amish woman, much less give her information. Determined to help, Kappy starts digging for the truth among her seemingly-innocent neighbors. But suddenly a series of suspicious “accidents” threatens Edie and the Peachey farm—property Edie is determined to protect for her brother’s future.

Now, as danger looms large in the small community, Kappy must bait a trap for a killer snapping hard at her heels. And Edie must decide whether to make a home once more in the town she thought she’d left behind . . .


Amy Lillard is the award-winning author of more than twenty novels, including the Wells Landing series, The Quilting Circle novels, the Sugarcreek Amish Mysteries and the Kappy King Mysteries. Born and raised in Mississippi, she now lives with her husband and son in Oklahoma. Please visit her online at www.AmyWritesRomance.com.

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January 3 – Sneaky the Library Cat’s Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
January 4 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY
January 4 – Queen of All She Reads – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY – review will be added soon. 
January 5 – Babs Book Bistro – GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY
January 5 – Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY
January 6 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY
January 7 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW
January 8 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY
January 8 – Island Confidential – INTERVIEW
January 9 – The Power of Words – REVIEW
January 9 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY
January 10 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY
January 11 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW
January 12 – Cozy Up With Kathy – INTERVIEW
January 13 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY
January 14 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST
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Jan 052018
 

I am thrilled to kick off this tour!

Deadly Fashion
by Kate Parker


Deadly Fashion (The Deadly Series)
3rd in Series 
Cozy Historical Mystery
JDP Press (December 8, 2017)
Paperback: 324 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0996483193
Digital JDP Press (January 11, 2018)
ASIN: B077XNDW83

Why would a man, knowing his life was in danger, turn his back on his killer?

In pre-war London, Olivia Denis wins a plum assignment from her newspaper when she meets the glamorous French fashion designer, Mimi Mareau. Mimi has it all, wealth, talent, acclaim, and a British duke for a lover. But on her first visit to Mimi’s new Mayfair house of haute couture, Olivia finds something else – the body of an unknown man.

Mimi and her three French assistants say they don’t know the man, but is that true? As Olivia spends time around the salon, she learns at least one of the women knew the dead man and four women are lying.

A British agent in possession of a terrible secret, an attempt on the life of a British leader, a fashion house in the middle of it all, and war marches closer. Can Olivia stop a murderer before he or she can strike again or shatter the fragile peace?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Olivia Denis may not be much of a newspaper reporter but she is one heck of a sleuth. She meets Mimi Mareau, a noted French Fashion Designer while interviewing a bride to be for the society pages. The designer is opening a salon in London so her elite clientele will not need to travel to Paris. She invites Olivia to stop by and write a feature for the newspaper. While there she discovers a dead body. The designer and her assistants all claim they have no clue who the man is or how he died, but Olivia knows they are lying. Dangerous events are taking place and they all seem to be connected to Mimi Mareau and her staff. With her employer’s approval Oliva find herself again in the middle of an investigation and putting her life at risk.

Kate Parker continues to top herself. She has created a wonderfully strong protagonist in Olivia Denis. She doesn’t shy away from these special assignments, in fact, she is excited by them.  She always jumps in with both feet and follows the clues wherever they lead, no matter how hazardous her actions may be to her own health. She is surrounded by a great supporting cast that helps her in her endeavors, most of it behind the scenes.

With a war on the horizon many Jewish people are trying to flee Germany and as in the previous two books in this series, this is the backdrop for this story as well. Ms. Parker gives readers an excellent sense of time and place. Seen through the eyes of our main character we get a clear picture of where she travels and who she meets. The woman has a keen way of investigating.

The story has a very brisk pace and I was rapidly drawn into it. I read the entire book in one evening. As it was getting late, I kept reading, just one more chapter and then another, but the book was impossible for me to put down. I had to see how it ended before I could lie my head on my pillow.

I am a huge fan of this author. I loved her Victorian Bookshop Mysteries and now this Deadly Series. I highly recommend them all.

Dollycas

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Kate Parker has wanted to travel to 1930s England since she read her mother’s Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers mysteries when she was a schoolgirl. After many years of studying science, she decided a time travel machine was out of the question so she found herself limited to reading about the period and visiting historic sites. Her love of this fascinating and challenging period led her to the research from which the Deadly series grew. Eventually, she found it necessary to spend several days in the British Library reading old newspapers, which meant another trip to England. Near Christmas. A sacrifice she’d gladly make every year.

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Jan 052018
 

My first Read of 2018!

On Flashback Fridays I will share with you
the books I was not able to review
when they were first released that have been screaming at me
from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.


Bones To Pick (A Brie Hooker Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – South Carolina
Henery Press (October 24, 2017)
Paperback: 286 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635112597
Kindle ASIN: B0748LL8V8

 

 

Living on a farm with four hundred goats and a cantankerous carnivore isn’t among vegan chef Brie Hooker’s list of lifetime ambitions. But she can’t walk away from her Aunt Eva, who needs help operating her dairy.

Once she calls her aunt’s goat farm home, grisly discoveries offer ample inducements for Brie to employ her entire vocabulary of cheese-and-meat curses. The troubles begin when the farm’s pot-bellied pig unearths the skull of Eva’s husband, who disappeared years back. The sheriff, kin to the deceased, sets out to pin the murder on Eva. He doesn’t reckon on Brie’s resolve to prove her aunt’s innocence. Death threats, ruinous pedicures, psychic shenanigans, and biker bar fisticuffs won’t stop Brie from unmasking the killer, even when romantic befuddlement throws her a curve.

 

Dollycas’s Thoughts

In this new cozy mystery series, we meet Brie Hooker when she arrives to help her Aunt Eva with her farm after her Aunt Lilly passes away. Brie, a chef, and a vegan is sure her diet choices are going to be fodder for many jokes and make meals very interesting, but that is the least of her worries when her aunt’s pig, Tammy, digs up a human skull right in the middle of Aunt Lilly’s wake.

It is soon determined that the bones belong to Aunt Eva’s husband that had been declared dead after he went missing many years ago.  The sheriff is quick to try to pick Eva as his prime suspect. But Brie is going to prove him wrong even if she may get killed in the process. Thankfully she has a couple handsome men ready to stay by her side to protect her, even if she knows she can take care of herself.

I liked main character Brie right away. Her relationship with her aunt and her parents was very caring and loving. While being a vegan is very important to her she understands that lifestyle is not for everyone. She can cook anything and makes delicious meals but always has a vegan dish for herself and others to try. She gets that she is working on a goat farm and they sell goat milk items. She also realizes she needs to learn a lot more about goats if she is going stay on the farm.

We also meet Andy and Paint, two young men, friends of Aunt Eva, and very interested in a romantic relationship with Brie. For the first book in a new series, I found all the characters very well developed. The dialogue was spot on and Brie’s meat and cheese curse words cracked me up. Her aunt holds her weight in the comedic department too but her minimal cursing in a little stronger than Brie.

The murder was a real cold case happening so long ago. It turned out there were quite a few suspects and took a lot of more digging after Tammy’s discovery to wrap this mystery up. There were several exciting moments as Brie got closer to the truth.

I really enjoyed all the “pet’s” names. The author explains some of them at the beginning of the book. I also enjoyed Ms. Lovely’s writing style. It is very descriptive.  I felt right in the middle of all the drama, but especially at the end when Brie and her friend were in so much danger. I was on the edge of my seat.

This book was a perfect escape for me. Great characters, a strong plot, Southern charm and a wheelbarrow full of humor.  I am not sure when the next book will be released but it can’t be soon enough for me.

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Unbridled Murder (A Carson Stables Mystery)
by Leigh Hearon

Unbridled Murder (A Carson Stables Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Kensington (December 26, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496714084
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After horse trainer and rancher Annie Carson visits a feedlot in eastern Washington, she is determined to save as many horses from slaughter as possible before hightailing it back home—until she discovers the sleazy owner seemingly trampled in his corral. With the fate of the feedlot herd in her hands, Annie must navigate unfamiliar territory while trying to track down a killer and solve an increasingly tangled mystery. But unfortunately for Annie, returning to the Olympic Peninsula alive will be trickier than she ever imagined.


Leigh Hearon began her own P.I. agency, Leigh Hearon Investigative Services, in 1992. Her cases have appeared on In the Dead of Night, Forensic Files, 48 Hours, Court TV, City Confidential, Unsolved MysteriesAmerica’s Most Wanted, and CBS Evening News with Connie Chung. Hearon was an avid rider of horses throughout her childhood. She currently has a Saddlebred mare, Jolie Jeune Femme, and enjoys watching Jolie and two rescue mares cavort on a fifty-five-acre farm she shares with her husband. Visit her on the Web at leighhearon.com, on Facebook and Twitter.

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