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#Review / #Giveaway – An Artless Demise (A Lady Darby Mystery) by Anna Lee Huber @BerkleyMystery


An Artless Demise (A Lady Darby Mystery)
Historical Mystery
7th in Series
Setting – England
Berkley (April 2, 2019)
Paperback: 384 pages
ISBN-10: 045149136X
ISBN-13: 978-0451491367
Kindle ASIN: B07FC7Y6GT

November 1831. After fleeing London in infamy more than two years prior, Lady Kiera Darby’s return to the city is anything but mundane, though not for the reasons she expected. A gang of body snatchers is arrested on suspicion of imitating the notorious misdeeds of Edinburgh criminals, Burke and Hare–killing people from the streets and selling their bodies to medical schools. Then Kiera’s past–a past she thought she’d finally made peace with–rises up to haunt her.

All of London is horrified by the evidence that “burkers” are, indeed, at work in their city. The terrified populace hovers on a knife’s edge, ready to take their enmity out on any likely suspect. And when Kiera receives a letter of blackmail, threatening to divulge details about her late anatomist husband’s involvement with the body snatchers and wrongfully implicate her, she begins to apprehend just how precarious her situation is. Not only for herself, but also her new husband and investigative partner, Sebastian Gage, and their unborn child.

Meanwhile, the young scion of a noble family has been found murdered a block from his home, and the man’s family wants Kiera and Gage to investigate. Is it a failed attempt by the London burkers, having left the body behind, or the crime of someone much closer to home? Someone who stalks the privileged, using the uproar over the burkers to cover his own dark deeds?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Lady Kiera Darby just can’t escape the taint her late husband put upon her. The latest crime wave involves a group killing people and selling the bodies to medical schools and anatomists like Lord Darby. They are calling the killers “Burkers” because they seem to be copying Burke and Hare, Edinburgh criminals, in the way the people are killed. They are preying on young men, “Italian Boys” that were said to be sold by their parents and in hopes, they would have a better life, but that was never meant to be. The boys were abused, many living on the streets. Lady Darby soon finds that people have long memories and some are sure she is involved with these bodysnatchers or at the very least knows who they are.

The newlyweds have also been asked to investigate the murder of the eldest son of Lord Redditch. He was killed close to his home and Kiera and Sabastian were the first on the scene. The killing had similarities with the “burker” death but Kiera and Sabastian believe that is what the killer just wants them to think. Will this murder be pinned on the burkers while the real killer goes free?

I anxiously await each new book in this series because Anna Lee Huber is such a talented storyteller. Her words transport the reader back in time so effortlessly. The scenes come alive from the gritty streets on foggy nights to the amazing homes in all their grandeur.

Ms. Huber also creates wonderful characters. Lady Darby was grown so much over the course of the story. After the death of the husband that kept her captured to illustrate the intricate parts of the body for his textbooks to the strong woman, she is today. Married to the man she truly loves, his partner in many sordid investigations, soon to be the mother of his child. She is intelligent and an independent thinker and his true equal. Very uncommon for the time and place. Sebastian Gage has grown too. He went against his father’s wishes by getting involved with Kiera and then marrying her. Their union has made him a stronger man and she truly brings out the best in him.

They are surrounded by a wonderful supporting cast. Their servants Bree and Anderley, who are much more than servants, they are trusted by Gage and Kiera and step up to take part in the investigation. They can go places and talk to those below floors in ways Gage and Kiera can’t. Add to this the vast cast of the noble realm, the families, the staffs, the Bow Street Runners, The New Police, and more. There are a lot of characters but Ms. Huber gives them great definition making each unique and memorable.

The mystery is very complex encompassing many situations. A true puzzler as clues are revealed and pieced together in many different ways until they all align and fall into place. I enjoyed following along each step of the way. I did have the killer on my radar but was still guessing right up to the final reveal.

These books can each be read on their own but I believe they should be read in order to realize all the character development. Plus they are all excellent stories that shouldn’t be missed by fans of this genre.

Until next year Lady Darby. I am excited for our next adventure!

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To Find out more about Anna Lee Huber visit her website here.


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The contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #15 2019

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I am going from Connecticut to California and back again to England! 

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

Escapes Completed


An Artless Demise (A Lady Darby Mystery)
by Anna Lee Huber
Release Date – April 2, 2019
Setting – England
My review will post tomorrow!


Murder in Tranquility Park (A Ferrara Family Mystery)
by J.D. Griffo
Release Date – March 26, 2019
Setting – New Jersey
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


The Don Con
by Richard Armstrong
Release Date – April 1, 2019
My review will be up Thursday!


Guilty as Cinnamon (A Spice Shop Mystery)
by Leslie Budewitz
Release Date – December 1, 2015
Setting – Washington State
My Flashback Friday Read

Scheduled Escapes


Night Beach
by Joanne DeMaio
Release Date – March 5, 2019
For Review
Setting – Connecticut


Sifting Through Clues (A Cookbook Nook Mystery)
by Daryl Wood Gerber
Release Date – April 23, 2019
Setting – California
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Wednesday!


The Egyptian Antiquities Murder (High Society Lady Detective)
by Sara Rosett
Release Date – April 15, 2019
Setting – England
For Review

Future Escapes

April 8 – 14, 2019


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#Spotlight / #Giveaway – Death Waits in the Dark (A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery) by Julia Buckley @BerkleyMystery

Death Waits in the Dark (A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Berkley (April 2, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 0451491912
ISBN-13: 978-0451491916
Kindle ASIN: B07FC45PJZ

Writer’s apprentice Lena London is back and better than ever when her friend bestselling suspense novelist Camilla Graham needs help solving a town murder that hits a little too close to home…

It’s summertime, and Lena and Camilla are busy working away while a town vandal runs amok. Things get even more complicated when Jane Wyland pays Camilla a not-so-friendly visit and gives her an ultimatum: reveal Camilla’s husband James’s family secret, or she will. Lena assures Camilla that nothing will come of the woman’s threats, since the family has no secrets to hide.

When Jane Wyland is later found dead, they’re convinced that whatever secret she was planning to expose led to her death. With Lena’s assistance, Camilla is determined to solve the case before the finger points at her…

About the Author
Julia Buckley is a Chicago writer. She has two series with Berkley Prime Crime, along with a variety of mystery novels available on Kindle.

Her hobbies are reading, writing, binge-watching tv series on Netflix, and hanging out with her husband, sons, four cats and one giant Labrador.

Visit Julia at her website, JuliaBuckley.com or her Facebook page, Julia Buckley Mystery Novels, or see her on Twitter @juliabucks or follow her on Instagram at jellenbuckley.

Also by Julia Buckley

Thanks to the publisher I have 1 copy to give away!
The contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a US mailing address.

Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

You do not have to be a follower to enter but I hope you will find
something you like here and become a follower.

Followers Will Receive 2 Bonus Entries For Each Way They Follow.
Plus 2 Bonus Entries For Liking My Facebook Fan Page.

Add this book to your WANT TO READ shelf on GoodReads for 3 Bonus Entries.

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Contest Will End April 20, 2019, at 11:59 PM CST
Winner Will Be Chosen By Random.org
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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #14 2019

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I am heading back across the pond this week then back to New Jersey! 

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

Escapes Completed


Deadly Deception (The Deadly Series)
by Kate Parker
Release Date – March 22, 2019
Setting – England
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!


The Hidden Corpse (A Food Blogger Mystery)
by Debra Sennefelder
Release Date – March 26, 2019
Setting – Connecticut
The Great Escapes Tour stops her this week for Cozy Wednesday!


The Loch Ness Papers (A Scottish Bookshop Mystery)
by Paige Shelton
Release Date – April 2, 2019
Setting – Scotland
My Review will be up Thursday! 


A Witch to Remember: A Wishcraft Mystery
by Heather Blake
Release Date – April 9, 2019
Setting – Massachusetts
My Review will be up on Friday.


Dakota Dream (Dakota Series)
by Lauraine Snelling
Rereleased (November 26, 2018)
Setting – North Dakota
My Flashback Friday Read

Scheduled Escapes


An Artless Demise (A Lady Darby Mystery)
by Anna Lee Huber
Release Date – April 2, 2019
Setting – England
For Review


Murder in Tranquility Park (A Ferrara Family Mystery)
by J.D. Griffo
Release Date – March 26, 2019
Setting – New Jersey
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!


The Don Con
by Richard Armstrong
Release Date – April 1, 2019
For Review

Future Escapes

April 1 – 7, 2019


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #12 2019

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I am bouncing from Illinois to New York this week! 

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

Escapes Completed


Assault and Pepper (A Spice Shop Mystery)
by Leslie Budewitz
Release Date – March 3, 2015
Setting – Washington
My Flashback Friday Read! – My Review

An Au Pair to Remember: A Male Housekeeper Mystery
by Stephen Kaminski
Release Date – February 1, 2019
Setting – Michigan
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here tomorrow!


Murder on the Wind (Rock Shop Cozy Mystery)
by Cheryl F Taylor
Release Date – February 2, 2019
Setting – Arizona
Cheryl will be my guest this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Criminally Cocoa (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery)
by Amanda Flower
Release Date – February 26, 2019
Setting – Charlotte travels to New York
My Review will be up on Thursday!


Lighthouse Beach: A Novel
by Shelley Noble
Release Date – May 29, 2018
Setting – Maine
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


Leave No Scone Unturned (Chef-to-Go Mysteries)
by Denise Swanson
Release Date – March 26, 2019
Setting – Illinois
For Review


Pinot Red or Dead? (The Wine Trail Mysteries)
by J.C. Eaton
Release Date – March 26, 2019
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Wednesday!


Trouble on the Books: A Castle Bookshop Mystery
by Essie Lang
Release Date – March 13, 2019
Setting – New York
For Review

 

Future Escapes

March 18 – 24, 2019


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#Spotlight / #Giveaway – Mrs. Jeffries Delivers the Goods (A Victorian Mystery) by Emily Brightwell @BerkleyMysteries


Mrs. Jeffries Delivers the Goods (A Victorian Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
37th in Series
Berkley (March 12, 2019)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-10: 0451492226
ISBN-13: 978-0451492227
Kindle ASIN: B07DSZX8CW

When poison fells an arrogant and rude businessman in public, Mrs. Jeffries and Inspector Witherspoon both realize they are looking for a deranged maniac in this all new installment in the beloved Victorian Mystery series

On a cold night in February, the popular Lighterman’s ball festivities are cut short when a guest of honor, Stephen Bremmer, goes into spasms and abruptly collapses. Once again Inspector Witherspoon returns to the Wrexley Hotel to investigate a murder.

The victim was considered a boorish snob who felt entitled to anything and anyone he wanted. Yet despite his Oxford education, he was barely literate, lazy, and prone to make stupid mistakes – his last mistake turned out to be crossing a killer.

The owners and management of the Wrexley Hotel clearly don’t welcome the return of Inspector Witherspoon but he has his job to do, and Mrs. Jeffries, and the rest of the household must do their best to catch a murderer who shows no signs of slowing down…

from AnazonAbout The Author

Emily Brightwell was born in the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia. Her family moved to Southern California in 1959 and she grew up in Pasadena. After graduating from California State University Fullerton, she decided to work her way around the world and started in England. She didn’t get any further because she met future her husband there, got married and moved back to California. While living in Long Beach, she decided to pursue her dream and become a writer – despite having two children and a full-time job. She began the Mrs. Jeffries series in 1993 with “The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries” and has written thirty-four more mysteries in the series in the following twenty-one years. Now that her children are grown and have left home – Emily and her husband live in the Bay Area.

Find out more about the author on her webpage here.

Click here for the complete series of Mrs. Jeffries Mysteries on Amazon.

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The contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a US mailing address.

Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

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something you like here and become a follower.

Followers Will Receive 2 Bonus Entries For Each Way They Follow.
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Contest Will End March 30, 2019, at 11:59 PM CST
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#FlashbackFriday – Assault and Pepper (A Spice Shop Mystery) by Leslie Budewitz #Review / #Giveaway #FF


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.


Assault and Pepper (A Spice Shop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Washington State
Berkley (March 3, 2015)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 0425271781
ISBN-13: 978-0425271780
Kindle ASIN: B00LMGK51A

The Agatha Award-winning author of Crime Rib is proud to introduce Pepper Reece, the owner of the Seattle Spice Shop who thinks she can handle any kind of salty customer—until a murderer ends up in the mix…

After leaving a dicey marriage and losing a beloved job in a corporate crash, Pepper Reece has found a new zest for life running a busy spice and tea shop in Seattle’s Pike Place Market. Her aromatic creations are the talk of the town, and everyone stops by for a cup of her refreshing spice tea, even other shopkeepers and Market regulars. But when a panhandler named Doc shows up dead on the store’s doorstep, a Seattle Spice Shop cup in his hand, the local gossip gets too hot for Pepper to handle—especially after the police arrest one of Pepper’s staffers, Tory Finch, for murder.

Tory seems to know why she’s a suspect, but she refuses to do anything to curry favor with the cops. Convinced her reticent employee is innocent, Pepper takes it on herself to sniff out some clues. Only, if she’s not careful, Pepper’s nosy ways might make her next on the killer’s list…

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

Pepper Reece’s life was in flux, her job eliminated and her marriage over. She took a gigantic leap and bought the Seattle Spice Shop in the Pike Place Market. She is working at making the place her own while keeping all the current customers and gaining new ones too. It is a popular place where tourists, fellow shopkeepers, and local market customers stop by for a cup of spice tea to get their day started.

One morning when Pepper arrives to open the shop she finds a body blocking her path with one of her stamped cups in his hand. Doc, was a panhandler that had recently shown up on her corner. He hadn’t been dead for long and Pepper is surprised to find out one of her employees was already in her shop. Tory Finch works for Pepper but she is also an artist. She tells Pepper she came in early to work on some sketches. The police take her presence to mean something else. They have made her their prime suspect and have placed her under arrest and thrown away the key. Pepper wants to help as does the rest of her staff but Tory just wants to be left alone. Pepper will not let her employee be railroaded. She is going to spice things up by finding the killer herself.

I have never been to Seattle but when I think about the city, I think of rain and coffee. After reading this book I will also think of the Pike Place Market and Pepper’s fantastic shop. She and her staff make their own spice blends depending on the month and the season. They also create and sell their own spiced tea. I could almost smell the aromas right through the pages and I learned some interesting things too. The market is a real place and also very unique, on the waterfront with views of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. There are many levels, passages and nooks, and crannies. The author’s descriptions draw a clear picture but I still had to look it up online to satisfy my curiosity. I would love to enjoy it in person someday.

Pepper is a caring individual. She watches out for her friends and staff, and she takes an active role with the homeless that spend their time at the marketplace. When 2 panhandlers had a disagreement about her corner she went out to help them find a suitable answer when others may have just called the police. Her ex-husband just happens to be one of the officers that patrols the area on his bicycle and she tries to involve him as little as possible in her life. The staff is a quirky group that works well together.

I enjoyed the mystery in this story. The connections that were revealed opened up a realm of possibilities. With some original twists, the story evolved in a satisfactory fashion. I was caught up in the whodunit right away, but with Pepper’s background in Human Resources, a couple of things had me shaking my head. I appreciated how the homeless issues were addressed and the part they played in the story.

As the first book in the series, this story gave me everything I was looking for, intelligent and engaging characters, a spectacular setting, and a mystery that made me think. I look forward to reading the next book in this series soon.

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About the Author

Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries—and the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. She lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician, and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat Ruff, a cover model, and avid bird-watcher.

Connect with her on her website, http://www.LeslieBudewitz.com, on Facebook, or on Twitter.


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I am giving away my review copy!

The contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a US or Canadian mailing address.

Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

You do not have to be a follower to enter but I hope you will find
something you like here and become a follower.

Followers Will Receive 2 Bonus Entries For Each Way They Follow.
Plus 2 Bonus Entries For Liking My Facebook Fan Page.

Add this book to your WANT TO READ shelf on GoodReads for 3 Bonus Entries.

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5 Bonus Entries For Each Link.

Contest Will End March 29, 2019, at 11:59 PM CST
Winner Will Be Chosen By Random.org
Winner Will Be Notified By Email
and Will Be Posted Here In The Sidebar.

Click Here For Entry Form

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #11 2019

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I am crossing all over the U.S. this week! 

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

Escapes Completed


Run Away
by Harlan Coben
Release Date – March 19, 2019
Setting – New York
My Review will be up tomorrow!


Something Read, Something Dead: A Lighthouse Library Mystery
by Eva Gates
Release Date – March 13, 2019
Setting – North Carolina
I will feature this book on Cozy Wednesday this week!


Cat Got Your Crown: A Kitty Couture Mystery
by Julie Chase
Release Date – March 13, 2019
Setting – Louisiana
My review will be up Thursday!

Scheduled Escapes


Assault and Pepper (A Spice Shop Mystery)
by Leslie Budewitz
Release Date – March 3, 2015
Setting – Washington
My Flashback Friday Read!

An Au Pair to Remember: A Male Housekeeper Mystery
by Stephen Kaminski
Release Date – February 1, 2019
Setting – Michigan
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Tuesday!


Murder on the Wind (Rock Shop Cozy Mystery)
by Cheryl F Taylor
Release Date – February 2, 2019
Setting – Arizona
Cheryl will be my guest next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Criminally Cocoa (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery)
by Amanda Flower
Release Date – February 26, 2019
Setting – Charlotte travels to New York
For Review

Future Escapes

Releasing March 11 – 17, 2019


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#Spotlight / #Giveaway – Broken Bone China (A Tea Shop Mystery) by Laura Childs – Great Escapes Book Tour @BerkleyMystery

Broken Bone China
(A Tea Shop Mystery) by Laura Childs

This is the 20th book in this series.
Congratulations, Laura Childs
for reaching this huge milestone!

About the Book


Broken Bone China (A Tea Shop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
20th in Series
Berkley (March 5, 2019)
Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 0451489632
ISBN-13: 978-0451489630
Digital ASIN: B07DMZPLWY

Theodosia Browning serves tea and solves crimes in Charleston, a city steeped in tradition and treachery in the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs.

It is Sunday afternoon, and Theodosia and Drayton are catering a formal tea at a hot-air balloon rally. The view aloft is not only stunning, they are also surrounded by a dozen other colorful hot-air balloons. But as the sky turns gray and the clouds start to boil up, a strange object zooms out of nowhere. It is a drone, and it appears to be buzzing around the balloons, checking them out.

As Theodosia and Drayton watch, the drone, hovering like some angry, mechanized insect, deliberately crashes into the balloon next to them. An enormous, fiery explosion erupts, and everyone watches in horror as the balloon plummets to the earth, killing all three of its passengers.

Sirens scream, first responders arrive, and Theodosia is interviewed by the police. During the interview she learns that one of the downed occupants was Don Kingsley, the CEO of a local software company, SyncSoft. Not only do the police suspect Kingsley as the primary target, they learn that he possessed a rare Revolutionary War Union Jack flag that several people were rabidly bidding on.

Intrigued, Theodosia begins her own investigation. Was it the CEO’s soon-to-be ex-wife, who is restoring an enormous mansion at no expense? The CEO’s personal assistant, who also functioned as curator of his prized collection of Americana? Two rival antiques’ dealers known for dirty dealing? Or was the killer the fiancée of one of Theodosia’s dear friends, who turns out to be an employee—and whistle-blower—at SyncSoft?

INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS!

About the Author

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop MysteriesScrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fundraising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:

The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.

Laura’s Links:

Website – Facebook

Purchase Links

Amazon   B&N  Kobo   Google Play

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Praise for Broken Bone China
(A Tea Shop Mystery) by Laura Childs

I appreciate Laura Childs wonderful descriptions of the Indigo Tea Shop, Charleston, the beautiful antiques, books, Haley’s tasty dishes and the entrancing teas (I can just imagine how they would smell).
~The Avid Reader

I loved the twists throughout the book . . . This is a well-done book! Congratulations to Theodosia on 20 mysteries solved and to the author who helped her do it! 5 stars!
~Reading Authors

The action in this story starts from the first page and continues right until the end.
~A. Holland Reads

 

TOUR PARTICIPANTS – Please visit all the stops.
March 5 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW
March 5 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
March 6 – Reading Authors – REVIEW
March 6 – fundinmental – SPOTLIGHT
March 7 – A Holland Reads – REVIEW
March 7 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT
March 8 – My Journey Back-The Journey Back – REVIEW
March 8 – A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – REVIEW
March 9 – Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews – REVIEW
March 9 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
March 10 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW
March 10 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
March 11 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
March 11 – A Chick Who Reads – REVIEW
March 12 – Nadaness In Motion – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
March 12 – I’m Into Books – SPOTLIGHT
March 13 – The Book Diva’s Reads – SPOTLIGHT  
March 13 – Valerie’s Musings – REVIEW
March 14 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW, GUEST POST
March 14 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT
March 15 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW
March 15 – View from the Birdhouse – SPOTLIGHT
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#FlashbackFriday – Yule Be Dead (Victoria Square Mystery) by Lorraine Bartlett and Gayle Leeson @BerkleyMystery

 

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.

This book was supposed to be read at the end of last month but real life got in the way so I am so happy to share it with you today. 

Yule Be Dead (Victoria Square Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – New York
Berkley (November 27, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 0425266001
ISBN-13: 978-0425266007
Kindle ASIN: B07BD22MJ6

A Christmas crime shocks the merchants of a quaint shopping district in this latest installment of The New York Times bestselling Victoria Square series.

It’s Christmastime, but not everyone is jolly–especially not Vonne Barnett. Her dead body has been found in Victoria Square. Katie Bonner, the manager of Artisan’s Alley, happens to be at the tea shop Vonne’s mother, Francine, owns when the news is delivered.

Vonne left a trail of men behind her so the suspects are many–but the clues are few. A broken teacup leads Katie to one of the suspects, but before she can investigate, she’s attacked. Katie may be closing in on a murderer, but time is ticking because the murderer is definitely closing in on her.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Gayle Leeson joins Lorraine Bartlett in penning this fifth Victoria Square Mystery. Set just before the Christmas holidays Vonne Barnett is found dead. Vonne and her mother, Francine, own Afternoon Tea in Victoria Square. Artisan’s Alley manager Kate Bonner is at the tea shop when Francine finds out about her daughter’s death. There are plenty of suspects as Vonne was not herself when she passed. She was dating or flirting with every man she came in contact with but does that make one of them a killer. Katie is just starting to “help” with the case when she is struck down. Down but not out she doesn’t give up but the killer seems to have made her his new target. Can she catch him before he wipes her out?

The long awaited 5th installment to this series has finally arrived and Kate finds herself right in the middle of another murder mystery. This while she is busy at Artisan’s Alley with holiday sales, a bunch of mischievous ballerinas, a visit from her ex-mother-in-law, a possible new business venture, and trying to find time to spend with her boyfriend, Andy.

The authors have packed this book with so much goodness it was truly impossible to put down. There was always something happening.

All the character we love are back and I must say I really enjoyed the direction that was taken with several main characters. I loved the visit by Chad’s mother. The new dynamic between her and Katie was really heartwarming. Katie’s attack was a scary twist and brought everyone together as they strived to protect her. The friendships that have been built over the course of this series continue to drive these stories.

The varied subplots mesh effortlessly into the murder mystery. The pace is excellent and there are many twists and unexpected turns as clue after clue is followed. I did tune in on the real culprit a bit before it was revealed but it was fun to see how everything fell into place.

This has become my favorite book in this series. It has everything I look for in a grand cozy mystery. I am excited about the next book. I just hope the authors do make us wait as long 🙂 These are characters I will always love to visit.

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 About The Authors

Lorraine Bartlett

The immensely popular Booktown Mystery series is what put Lorraine Bartlett‘s pen name Lorna Barrett on the New York Times Bestseller list, but it’s her talent — whether writing as Lorna, or L.L. Bartlett, or Lorraine Bartlett — that keeps her there. This multi-published, Agatha-nominated author pens the exciting Jeff Resnick Mysteries as well as the acclaimed Victoria Square Mystery series and has many short stories and novellas to her name(s). Check out the links to all her works here: http://www.lorrainebartlett.com

Gayle Leeson

Gayle Leeson is a pseudonym for Gayle Trent. Gayle has also written as Amanda Lee. She is currently writing the Kinsey Falls chick-lit/women’s fiction series, the Down South Cafe cozy mystery series, and the Ghostly Fashionista cozy mystery series. Her book KILLER WEDDING CAKE won the Bronze Medal in the 20th Anniversary IPPY Awards. Gayle lives in Southwest Virginia with her family and enjoys hearing from readers. Find her books on Amazon here.    Website     Facebook    Twitter    Pinterest     Instagram

 

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