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 fiancĂ© 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

Tuesday, 7 June 2022

Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone

 Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone

Benjamin Stevenson



Reviewed by Helen


This is fun, witty and a very different murder mystery, reading the prologue had me smiling and eager to get started and meet the Cunningham family and the narrator Ernest Cunningham, Ern is a writer of books who help authors write mystery and crime stories, this shows throughout the book, but his family is a mystery, come along for the Cunningham family reunion and see if you can uncover the mystery through many plots even the ones with big holes.

Ern calls himself a reliable narrator and he is quite open with his honesty throughout the book, one thing he is not looking forward to is this family reunion, the family is made up of some very different people who all have different ideas about the past and the now. They all are heading for snow country and when a storm arrives and a dead body is found Ern is not impressed especially as the dead body tally adds up.

But there is a lot to uncover for this family going back thirty five years and much conflict abounds in the telling of this story, as we get to know the family I thoroughly enjoyed this story and would highly recommend it to any reader who loves a good mystery, I was guessing till the very end, this is a very entertaining book.

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

4 stars
Published March 29th 2022 by Penguin Random House Australia

Friday, 27 May 2022

An A-List for Death

 An A-List for Death

Poppy McGowan #2

Pamela Hart



Reviewed by Helen


I have been waiting for this one since I finished the first book and was not disappointed, Pamela Hart had me turning the pages as Poppy gets herself caught up in all sorts problems while staying with her Aunty Mary after her Aunt’s knee surgery, there are break-ins, attacks and murder I do hope you come along for the ride.

It seems that children’s TV researcher Poppy has again found her way into mayhem, it really is not what she goes looking for but people tend to open up to her so easily, when she rushes to the aid of her Aunt Mary’s best friend and neighbour, Daisy the doors open to a stack of mysteries, was Daisy attacked or did she fall? then a break in and paparazzi following Poppy around because Daisy’s son is a rock star Nathan Castle and Poppy is not one to leave things alone she must get to bottom of the mystery.

The police are not convinced of Poppy’s thoughts on any of the things happening and when a young woman is murdered they look, to as far as Poppy is concerned, the wrong suspect, Nathan Castle is doing what he can to help his mother and his family seem to be acting a bit strange and when Nathan is put in the line of fire there is an outcry from his fans and Poppy again is on the case.
Poppy’s boyfriend Tol is again at her side as they weather the storm of media and danger that is constantly there, but Poppy is ever determined to get her answers to what has been happening.

I did love this book it is witty, exciting and such a fabulous read, the characters are bought to life and are so very real, Pamela Hart has a way with words that pull the reader in and she had me guessing till the very end on who, how and why this all came about, this is one that I highly recommend it is sure to keep any reader who loves a good cosy entertained till the very end and I am really looking forward to more Poppy stories.

My thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for my copy to read and review

5 stars
Expected publication: June 1st 2022

Tuesday, 19 April 2022

The Inca's Curse

 The Inca's Curse

The Thornton Mysteries #2

Ellen Read



Reviewed by Helen


I do love a good cosy mystery, I also love the era of the 1920’s and this one is done really well the clothing and the era come through true and honest, as we meet up with The Thornton family for book two in this series. It is 1928 and Alexandra Thornton has just married the love of her life Benedict Archer and the mystery starts on their honeymoon, come along for the journey and uncover the mystery of the curse, in a beautiful setting.

While honeymooning in Daylesford at the Jubilee Hotel Alexandra and Benedict’s room is burgled and her pearls are stolen, maybe they should have stayed at their own home, and then to make matters worse the young maid is murdered, this causes a lot of pain and worry for the newlyweds and they move to Wombat Hill to finish their honeymoon, when another murder happens in the small town, Alexandra is convinced that everything is connected and they return home to further investigate.

Back at home Alexandra discovers that Edith her best friend was hurt while they were away in the Antique Shop and then they discover a hidden necklace and a letter written by Alexandra’s grandfather, this then uncovers more deaths although years before in the gold mines the family owns and they also discover a missing gem and a curse. There is more going on and they return to Daylesford and danger is getting closer this family is not safe and there are secrets that have been kept for many years and Alexandra will not give up on getting to bottom of this mystery and curse.

This is a well written story in a beautiful setting, the descriptions of the clothing makes me feel like I am seeing them in person and I do love Alexandra and her strength and the support this family shows each other, it is a story that I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a good historical cosy mystery, I am looking forward to the next one in the series.

4 stars
Published August 6th 2020 by Crimson Cloak Publishing

Friday, 4 February 2022

Tidal Wave

 Tidal Wave

Aloha Lagoon #17

Beth Prentice



Reviewed by Helen


I loved being back in Aloha Lagoon with Sam and the rest of the awesome characters that live here, there is a beautiful start to this one as Casey asks Sam to marry him and I was so looking forward to what should have been the perfect surprise wedding but things don’t always go to plan for Sam and just as they are about to start the wedding the caterer is found dead, in their wedding cake.

Sam and Casey were so thrilled to have Casey’s family over from England and planning the surprise wedding wasn’t easy at all, with a TV celebrity there and the resort so over booked, but their wedding planner and friend Whitney had worked wonders with the planning that is until everything went pear shaped and now instead of enjoying her honeymoon Sam is investigating another murder against Casey’s wishes, because her friend, Whitney is the main suspect.

Sam has a heart of gold and is always eager to help her friends and the people she loves but somehow she gets herself in some very dangerous predicaments but never gives up not only is she uncovering secrets, that are taking her in different directions she is also having problems with Casey’s mother who does not think the wedding should go ahead, one thing that Sam is sure of is that she loves Casey and he loves her and their wedding should go ahead but when, is a difficult question with everything that is going on.

Another awesome story in this series, the author had me guessing till the very end with again, I never seem to pick the culprit, the setting is the best who doesn’t want to be in Hawaii and truly the characters who live there are so lovely and what can I say Sam is just the best she makes me laugh at the scrapes she gets into and she has me worrying about her as well with the danger she puts herself in. This is a story that I would highly recommend, I have yet to read all of the books in this series but I do plan to. I really loved this one.

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


5 stars
Expected publication: February 8th 2022 by Gemma Halliday Publishing

Thursday, 3 February 2022

Deadly Wipeout

 Deadly Wipeout

Aloha Lagoon Mysteries #3

Beth Prentice



Reviewed by Helen


Beth Prentice writes such great cozy mysteries and there is a new one coming out very soon in this series so I wanted to read one that has been languishing on my TBR pile for a while and I was not sorry, I loved it there were laughs and a good mystery or two to solve and of course a romance, this one is a page turner.

Samantha Reynolds has moved from Sydney Australia to be with her mother Rita and twin brother Luke in Hawaii, they live in the resort town of Aloha Lagoon, this should be fun but Sam is broke and needs a job and fast, so she applies for the surfing instructor’s job she may not be fully qualified but she is confident and the resort is pretty desperate, but on her first day things go pear shaped and fast when a dead body knocks her over in the surf.

This turns even worse when there is another dead body and two inheritances to her mother and brother lead them to be murder suspects and Sam is more than determined to prove them innocent and she will do anything to prove it. There is also the cute and gorgeous bar tender Casey who Sam is fast falling for and as Sam investigates and Casey is there to offer assistance things get more dangerous by the day, Sam has a real knack for being a bit of a klutz and finds it easy to get herself into trouble.

This is a story that I would highly recommend, unravelling the mystery is not always easy for Sam but her strength and her no give up attitude is fabulous there really are so many laughs along the way and she and Casey are finding it easy to be together. I loved the setting and the characters Beth Prentice has bought them to life and made them very easy to make friends with, now off to start the new one.

My thanks to the author for digital copy.

5 stars
Published September 13th 2016 by Gemma Halliday Publishing