Wednesday, 8 February 2023

Cupid, Cupcakes and Carnage

 Cupid, Cupcakes and Carnage

Hart of Texas Murder Mysteries #5

Kaz Delaney



Reviewed by Helen


I love Rosie Hart and have done since the first book in this fabulous series, Kaz Delaney has added more twists than a twisty mountain road in this one, she has pulled me in again as Rosie does her best to ensure that her fiancé Jonah’s name comes out clean when there is not one but two bodies found buried on his patio.

It is just about Valentine’s Day and the small town of Airlie Falls is gearing up for their full week celebrations ending in the markets and Rosie is flat out keeping up with all of the luscious deserts and treats that she is making for the markets and orders, let alone the organizing for the other events, so the last thing she really wants to be doing is investigating the death of two people found on Jonah’s place, but she is determined that she will get to the bottom of this, after all she knows how it feels to be linked to a murder.

Her friend Sheriff Kinead has finally allowed Rosie to add to the investigation when Rosie starts her investigation and they decide to share the clues they uncover, first they need to go back ten years ago when Jonah first bought the property and look at the previous owner and realise that she has been missing all of these years. Of course the Fab four who live at Riverbend are very willing to help as well and there are plenty of clues and people to question, will Rosie put herself in danger and will she keep up with all of her fabulous cooking?

I loved this one from page one, I loved being back in Airlie Falls and catching up with the wonderful people who live there, picking up a book in this series is like walking into a family reunion and it had everything a great cosy mystery should have, it is witty filled with mystery a touch of romance and it had me guessing till the very end and wow I didn’t see that coming. I would highly recommend this it is a fabulous story. I can’t wait to read the next one.

My thanks to the publisher for my digital copy to read and review.

5 stars
February 8, 2023 by Tule Publishing

Tuesday, 25 October 2022

Muder Below the Mistletoe

 Murder Below the Mistletoe

Hart of Texas Murder Mysteries #4

Kaz Delaney



Reviewed by Helen


I am loving this series, Rosie Hart is a fabulous sleuth, she lives in Arlie Falls Texas and besides unravelling murder mysteries she bakes the most delicious of cakes, cookies and deserts. Rosie has been invited to be bridesmaid for an old college friend but this means going on a trip to Colorado, firstly for a pre-wedding party, which turns into a very dangerous party.

It is close to Christmas time and Rosie is very busy but she makes the trip to Colorado after talking to the Bride who seems very nervous, arriving at the beautiful lodge for the pre wedding party is an eye opener for Rosie, she knows no one but the bride and she doesn’t know her really well, but the venue is beautifully decorated for Christmas.

Rosie starts to meet some of the guests and let’s say they leave a lot to be desired and Rosie is feeling very uncomfortable, the night of the fancy dress party with costumes organised for everyone turns ugly when one of the guests is found dead and it appears that the intended victim was supposed to be the groom things heat up for Rosie. When a blizzard arrives and there is no way anyone can come and go Rosie knows she has to start her investigation, but she is really missing her team of helpers from home.

Excitement abounds when the fab four from the retirement home in Arlie Falls arrive, these ladies are the best and although shocked Rosie is pleased the extra help will be much appreciated, especially when another body is found, there are many clues to be found and many secrets are unfolding about this family and the people there and Rosie is determined to uncover the truth and hope that she stays out of danger.

I loved this book so much so many twists and turns I had no idea who did it until the very end, Kaz Delaney knows how to write a fabulous mystery, I love the characters so much, the setting was awesome, it is witty and a must read, a real page turner and one that I would highly recommend, thank you Kaz Delaney I am really looking forward to the next one.

5 stars
    October 19, 2022 by Tule Publishing

Thursday, 15 September 2022

Fall and Foul Play

 Fall and Foul Play

Lana Honeywell Mystery Series #1

Megan Mayfair



Reviewed by Helen


We met Lana in the novella Sunshine and Suspicion and I loved her, she is taking a year off her busy high profile job in the city as a publicist for celebrities and this is after she has broken up with her actor boyfriend, it is time for Lana to find herself and rest, she has a perfect little house by the side of the lake in the small town of Cherry Grove.

Lana is making friends in the town and is asked to join the local hockey team Lana is looking forward to getting to know Wyatt much better and have some fun, but when a member of the opposite team is found dead in the club house the finger is pointed at the members of the Cherry Grove hockey team and Lana is determined to find the killer with Wyatt’s help.

Uncovering the truth also uncovers many things that have been kept secret from the past but nothing will deter Lana not even the taunts from her fellow team members, the more unravelling she does the more danger she puts herself in, will she be the next victim or will she find the killer?

I am thoroughly enjoying this new series from Megan Mayfair, they are filled with characters who are all have a part to play in the town and I love Lana’s way of uncovering clues even when she puts herself in danger, she never gives up. She and Wyatt are getting closer and I am sure their relationship is going to grow and I do look forward to the next book in the series. I do highly recommend this one to any reader who loves a good who done it with fabulous characters and a lovely setting.

My thanks to the author for my digital copy to read and review.

5 stars
    December 1, 2022 by Montauk Bay

Monday, 12 September 2022

That's The Spirit

 That's The Spirit

A Dandelion Ponds Mystery #3

Beth Prentice




Reviewed by Helen


Another fun story in this series as Daisy, Charlie, Dorothy and the spirit detectives get to work again on who is killing people in Dandelion Ponds, Daisy is still in her coma and coming to terms with everything that has happened to her but is even more shocked when her fiancé is murdered, time to start investigating again.

When Logan turns up dead after visiting Daisy and Charlie is number one suspect the team is required to prove him innocent, and that is not easy when except for Charlie and his mother Dorothy the rest are all spirits, but some of them have the advantage of being able to move around and listen in on conversations and the Goss is that the night demon Amethyst Alexander is determined to make herself the most powerful night demon and to do that Daisy must be taken out.

This series is so good, such fun to read as well as a mystery to uncover and working out who is who and who is doing what is always good. Will Daisy wake from her coma and will she and Charlie finally meet in the flesh so to speak or will the bad night demons win over, will all the questions be answered? You will need to read this one and the series because I do highly recommend them, I have thoroughly enjoyed them all and loved this one and I am sure there is another one coming and I can’t wait to read it, Beth Prentice’s stories are must reads they are page turners.

My thanks to the author for my digital copy to read and review.

5 stars
    September 30, 2022 by Witchy Mysteries

Sunday, 28 August 2022

The Hollyday Spirit

 The Hollyday Spirit

A Dandelion Ponds Mystery #2

Beth Prentice




Reviewed by Helen


This is another fantastic story in this series it is fun, heartwarming and a page turner. I loved being back in Dandelion Ponds with Daisy, such a fun and lovable person who is caught between our world and the spirit world and Charlie what a guy, what a hero he is and him and Daisy make a fabulous investigating couple, if you haven’t met them yet, then you should and have lots of fun along the way.

It is Christmas time and Daisy and Charlie are investigating a murder, and the main suspect is Santa and with so many around at this time of the year it is not going to be easy. There are a few twists and turns in this one, which kept me guessing and on my toes as the story moved along.
Beth Prentice has penned another magical story with characters that are spirits and are the most lovable people, this is an easy and quick read that is sure to make any reader smile, and it certainly did me there are some very heartwarming bits in this one and lots of laughs. I do look forward to more in this series, The Ghost Detectives are sure to help solve a lot of mysteries.

Daisy and Charlie are getting closer all the time but with Daisy being a part spirit it is difficult but I am sure they are going to work this all out and have so much fun along the way, I loved this one from start to finish and can’t highly recommend this one.

Thank you MS Prentice for my copy to read. I red this wonderful story as part of the Christmas Crackers anthology

5 stars
    August 29, 2022 by Witchy Mysteries


Tuesday, 19 July 2022

The Perils of Poison

 The Perils of Poison

The Lemon Tree Bay Series #3

Megan Mayfair



Reviewed by Helen


I am loving this series, it is a great cosy mystery romance set in a beautiful small town on the beach and Clara the hairdresser can’t help herself but investigate again when their yoga teacher is poisoned this of course leads to danger for her and then there is the relationship with her boyfriend Lucas and trouble brewing with ex-boyfriend Adam Billings the cop.

When the yoga teacher Emerald is poisoned this starts an investigation and some revelations about her true identity, then Gigi Clara’s assistant hairdresser’s boyfriend Ollie vanishes are the two related? Clara can’t help herself after the hair salon is broken into on the night of the masked ball, and she discovers Ollie dead and some more evidence.

Senior Constable Adam Billings is throwing himself into the investigation to try and discover the truth, he is also thinking constantly about Clara and worrying whether or not Lucas is the right person for her. Convinced that Emerald and Ollie’s deaths are linked he then finds himself in trouble and in hospital, this pushes Clara to dig deeper and of course more danger.

Clara is good at investigating murders and again uncovers the killer but it seems her premonitions are starting up again she loves Lucas but with Adam so close things are getting more troublesome for her. This is really a great series with wonderful characters and a fabulous setting, I was guessing till close to the end, Megan Mayfair writes wonderful stories that pull her readers in and keep them turning the pages, I can’t wait for the next one to see how life turns out for Clara. I do highly recommend this story and the series.

My thanks to the author for my copy to read and review.

5 stars
Published June 24th 2022

Tuesday, 14 June 2022

Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murders

 Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murders

Anthology



Reviewed by Helen


Sunshine and Suspicion

Megan Mayfair

Lana has moved to the small town of Cherry Grove for one year of peace and quiet to get her life back on track after a bad break-up with her fiancé she is over the high powered world of PR, it is time to relax and get her Zen back and that means no men either. She has bought a tiny house and set it up on her great aunt’s block of land right on the lake, summer is here, time to relax.

Her first night in town sees her trip over a dead body what a way to start her new life, as she gets to know the locals and her faith in the local police is not that good Lana decides to do a bit of investigating herself and there could be a few suspects and soon she is onto something and local ranger Wyatt comes to the rescue, what was that about no men?

This was a great story a lovely setting and I love Lana and Cherry Grove I can see many mysteries to come for this series and look forward to them. I do highly recommend this one.
5 stars

Daph on the Beach

Phiilipa Nefri Clark

I am loving this series Daphne is the best character and a wonderful sleuth, Daph is in her home town of Rivers End on the beach working out plans for the wedding she is conducting as her role as a celebrant when Randall her close friends Christie and Martin’s dog discovers a body in the water.

Daph wants nothing to go wrong with the up- coming wedding of her close friends, Sylvia and Barry and knows that she must help with the investigation and she has a couple of helpers as well in friends and locals Elizabeth and Sylvia, firstly did the woman die by accident or was it murder?

Local police officer Trev Sibbritt starts investigating but when detectives from out of town arrive and it seems that Christie is the prime suspect Daph goes into overdrive to prove Christie’s innocence, and nothing will stop Daph.

Being back in Rivers End with all of the characters that I call friends was so good and again I thoroughly enjoyed this installment in the Daphne Jones Mystery series and I can highly recommend this one, a fabulous read.
5 stars

I do enjoy a good cosy mystery and this anthology has twenty one of them in it, I have only read two so far and loved them both, if you enjoy a good mystery then I do highly recommend picking this anthology up and finding new to you authors that are sure to give many hours of reading enjoyment, I look forward to reading more in this one.

My thanks to the authors for my digital ARC to read and review.

5 stars
Expected publication: June 21st 2022 by Aye Alba Publishing