Today on the blog I am reviewing My Wife is Missing by D.J. Palmer. Thank you to partner St. Martin’s Press for an early review copy ! I am a huge fan of all of D.J. Palmer’s books and I could not wait to read this!
About the book:
Release Date: May 10, 2022
St. Martin’s Press
When a woman disappears with her two children, one husband will do anything to find them–even confront the secrets of his own past–in D. J. Palmer’s My Wife Is Missing, a twisty thriller from the author of The New Husband…
A family vacation turns into a nightmare for Michael Hart when he discovers his wife and two children have disappeared from their New York City hotel room. Horrified, he fears they’ve been kidnapped. Michael’s frantic search to find them takes a shocking turn when he discovers that his wife, Natalie, appears to have left quite willingly, taking their children with her. The police want to know why, and so does Michael. But there may be a reason why Natalie ran, something Michael can’t tell the police—the truth about his past. While untangling his deceptions might be the key to locating Natalie, Michael knows it could also be his undoing. To find his wife, he must now turn to the one person capable of exposing all that he’s been hiding. Natalie thinks she has Michael all figured out and has hatched a plan to escape from him permanently. One detail, though, threatens to derail her efforts: sleep—or more accurately, the lack of it. Since the moment the shocking revelations about her husband came to light, Natalie’s insomnia has worsened to the point that she now suffers from delusions. Are her fears about Michael valid—or a symptom of her condition? With her children’s lives at risk, the stakes for Natalie could not be higher. On her own, running low on energy and resources, avoiding increasingly close calls with Michael—who is on the hunt and closing in fast—Natalie needs someone to turn to for help. But who can she trust when she can’t even trust herself?
Miss W’s Review:
My Wife is Missing by D.J. Palmer is an EXCELLENT psychological thriller that I enjoyed every single word of and every single twist!
The story is about Michael and Natalie who are having a tough time in their marriage. Natalie has been having trouble sleeping, with quite a bit of insomnia and she has found out anonymously that Michael is having an affair. So, to try to repair things and get a break, the couple goes on a vacation with their to kids.
Michael goes out to get pizza to bring back to the hotel room after a long drive to discover her wife and kids are missing!!!!!
I really enjoyed the multiple points of view that alternates between Michael and Natalie with a dual timeline of before and after they go missing.
The twists keep coming and when you think you have it figured out, there comes more secrets and deceptions that are revealed.
This thriller is perfectly plotted and cleverly paced with surprises at every turn.
The characters are complex, flawed and well fleshed out. Are they reliable narrators? I will leave that to you to discover.
The final twist and the end left me speechless.
I absolutely LOVED and highly recommend this fantastic book!
Let me know what you think in the comments~
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On the Blog today I have a review of The Fault Between Us by Bette Lee Crosby for Suzy Approved Book Tours!
Release Date: Oct. 5, 2021
About The Book:
April 18, 1906 – A devastating earthquake rocks San Francisco and a young woman fears the baby she has been praying for and her husband will be lost forever.
Chances were a million to one that a girl born and raised in Philadelphia would encounter a stranger from California on the trolley and fall madly in love, but that’s what happened. Templeton was not only taken with John Morehouse, but also with his tales of life in San Francisco. As an aspiring fashion designer, the dazzle of a city called the Paris of the West, with its towering department stores and European couture was too much to resist.
Despite her family’s objections, she and John are married and, on their way back to California, before the month is out. To ease the heartbreak of such a move, Templeton promises her family that they will return for a visit every summer. She fully intends to keep that promise, but as her fashions gain popularity, the business grows increasingly more demanding. The trips back to Philadelphia become less frequent and she makes foolish choices she will come to regret.
Now, when she is on the verge of having everything she’s ever wanted, a devastating earthquake has torn across San Francisco and she awakes to discover the father of her baby is missing.
With the city in flames and lines of communication down, Templeton’s daddy leaves Philadelphia and sets out in search of his son-in-law. He’s too old for such a trip and ill-equipped for the challenges he will encounter, but he’s the only hope of saving his daughter’s happiness.
Miss W’s Review:
The Fault Between Us by Bette Lee Crosby is a well written story of family , a strong love story that takes place during the terrible earthquake that hit San Francisco in 1906.
The research the author put into the story is obvious to this reader.
I loved the main character Templeton Whittier, she was a strong woman and wasn’t happy settling down and raising a family. She had big dreams of being a famous fashion designer.
She meets John and the story that follows is one of deep felt emotion and utter and sheer will.
There is devastation but also strength to be found in this story.
The backdrop of a natural disaster set in this time period is expertly told. Much different than in current time when everyone is connected all of the time by electronics.
The characters were well written and had me envisioning I was in this time period.
The story is so captivating and emotional I had a hard time putting this book down.
I love all of Bette Lee Crosby’s books and this was one of the best.
About The Author:
Bette Lee Crosby is the USA Today bestselling author of twenty-four novels, including The Twelfth Child and the Wyattsville series. She has been the recipient of the Reader’s Favorite Gold Medal, Reviewer’s Choice Award, FPA President’s Book Award and International Book Award, among many others. Her 2016 novel, Baby Girl, was named Best Chick Lit of the Year by Huffington Post. Her 2018 novel The Summer of New Beginnings, took First Place in the Royal Palm Literary Award for Women’s Fiction and was a runner-up for book of the year. Her novel, Emily, Gone is the winner of three literary Gold Medals, and the Benjamin Franklin Award. Her newest release When I Last Saw You is a historical saga based on a true story.
Crosby is a wife, mama, grandma and dog lover who specializes in heartwarming family fiction. She credits her mom for giving her such a love of Southern storytelling and laughingly admits to being a night owl and a workaholic. Her guilty pleasures are iced latte, chocolate, and late-night chats with fans and friends on Facebook.
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Anyone that has been following me for any period of time knows two things I love, cats and cozy mysteries! I am super excited to be featuring K.M. Waller’s “Seven Lives to Kill” , the first book in her all new Cat Sanctuary Series releasing on August 31, 2020 !!!!
About the Book:
Loretta Hamilton has never owned one cat, let alone seven. But when her eccentric Aunt Ginger passes away, she leaves Loretta her prized cat sanctuary. Her aunt’s dying wish is that the seven remaining felines are allowed to live out the rest of their days in comfort on the little farm.
Recently widowed and ready for a change, Loretta relocates to the town of Saint Wales, Florida to honor her aunt’s wishes thinking how hard can it be to look after a few cats.
Only, the neighbors aren’t exactly hospitable and several have been trying to shut down the sanctuary for years. Worse, someone is out to sabotage the farm by any possible means putting the cats and Loretta in danger. Not only that, a close friend of her aunt’s doesn’t believe Aunt Ginger died of natural causes.
Can Loretta settle into her new role as cat mom and protector while fending off the cat haters and a possible murderer?
Miss W’s Review:
I LOVE cats so much and was excited to read about a cat sanctuary in Seven Lives to Kill by K.M. Waller.
Loretta’s Aunt Ginger passed away leaving her a cat sanctuary. Loretta has pressure to sell the sanctuary and find homes for the cats, but she its not easy. The Real Estate Agent ends up murdered and there are plenty of suspects. Loretta finds a new bff in Aunt Ginger’s friend Greta as they work to solve the crime.
The characters are fun and well written with loads of personality. The mystery is multi layered with twists that kept me guessing. I really LOVED this book and look forward to the next one in the series.
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Welcome to my stop on the book blogger tour for Last of the Moon Girls by Barbara Davis for Suzy Approved Book Tours!
Release Date: August 1, 2020
Lizzy Moon never wanted Moon Girl Farm. Eight years ago, she left the land that nine generations of gifted healers had tended, determined to distance herself from the whispers about her family’s strange legacy. But when her beloved grandmother Althea dies, Lizzy must return and face the tragedy still hanging over the farm’s withered lavender fields: the unsolved murders of two young girls, and the cruel accusations that followed Althea to her grave.
Lizzy wants nothing more than to sell the farm and return to her life in New York, until she discovers a journal Althea left for her—a Book of Remembrances meant to help Lizzy embrace her own special gifts. When she reconnects with Andrew Greyson, one of the few in town who believed in Althea’s innocence, she resolves to clear her grandmother’s name.
But to do so, she’ll have to decide if she can accept her legacy and whether to follow in the footsteps of all the Moon women who came before her.
Miss W’s Review:
The Last of the Moon Girls is an incredibly beautiful story that I never wanted to end.
I love when a novel is not afraid to cross genres. This novel has everything you would want in a mystery, family dynamics, magic and some history to boot!
I was hooked from the beginning of the book when two girls dead bodies were found . The main suspect is Althea Moon.
The characters were delightfully written and well fleshed out.
The story is captivating and complex. The literary imagery was fantastic.
The story flowed so well .
A little romance, a little magic, and a murder mystery that kept me captivated from page one!
About The Author:
Barbara Davis spent more than a decade as an executive in the jewelry business before leaving the corporate world to pursue her lifelong passion for writing. She is the author of When Never Comes, Summer at Hideaway Key, The Wishing Tide, The Secrets She Carried, and Love, Alice. A Jersey girl raised in the south, Barbara now lives in Rochester, New Hampshire, with her husband, Tom, and their beloved ginger cat, Simon. She’s currently working on her next book. Visit her at https://barbaradavis-author.com/
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Blogger’s note: Post updated on 6/27/2020 with fantastic new cover!!!!
I am so excited to bring you my review of All’s Fair in Love and Murder by K.M. Waller. This is the First Book in the new Fairy Godmother Mystery Series. I fell in love with this cover the second I saw it. Isn’t it fantastic? I mean fairytastic?
All’s Fairy in Love and Murder Publishing 9/13/2019 !
About the Book:
Be careful what you wish for!
Juniper is a fairy princess living in a fairy godparent world. But like most fairy tales-she wants to be where the people are…
Determined to prove she can handle humans like the rest of the fairy godparent population, she sneaks out of her protected magical home to sprinkle fairy dust and give a downtrodden man some luck. But she’s a misguided fairy and everything quickly goes awry.
When her interference leads to a…
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I am excited to bring you my review of Home Sweet Home by Fern Michaels, Donna Kauffman and Melissa Storm
About the Book:
Release Date: 2/25/2020
Kensington Publishington Corporation
THREE’S A CROWD * Fern Michaels
This Mother’s Day will be the first in three years that Samantha Stewart has spent with her parents. And she’s bringing a very special gift—the baby granddaughter they’ve never met. Sam’s work as an overseas reporter was exhilarating and dangerous. Now she’s seeking stability for little Caroline—and answers for herself—and finding them in a homecoming full of surprises . . .
The moment she set foot in Blue Hollow Falls, Dubliner Katie MacMillan felt right at home. Back to help with her sister’s pregnancy, she’s contemplating her own future, especially when she confronts Declan MacGregor, her childhood tormentor and first crush. This Blue Ridge town was supposed to be a new beginning, but can it also be the setting for a second chance?
BRING ME HOME * Melissa Storm
For Hazel Long, spending time with her bedridden father is bittersweet. There’s comfort in the friendship offered by other hospital visitors—and the kindness of a handsome male nurse. And when Hazel’s father begins to tell her the story of the mother she barely knew, it’s an unexpected chance to bond, and a lesson in making the most of each new day.
This is my first Fern Michaels book, can you believe that? I really enjoyed the writing style and character development.
If I am being honest, I read this book because there was a Blue Hollow Falls story in it by Donna Kauffman . I loved reading about Katie’s story and her new beginning in Blue Hollow Falls. The author has an incredible talent for crafting descriptive stories with relatable characters.
Bring me home by Melissa Storm was incredible! I love the theme of making the most of every day. Hazel’s characters is complex and well fleshed out. Fun fact , Bring me Home is a prequel to “The Sunday Potluck Club ” which I am dying to get my hands on.
Y’all!!!! I am so excited for Valley, Vehicles & Victims by Tonya Kappes! I got my grabby hands on an early copy and let me tell you 5 amazing stars!!!!!!
Publication Date 9/27/19 Free to read in Kindle Unlimited
This is Book 9 in the Campers & Criminals Cozy series and this series is so dang good!
About the Book:
Welcome to Normal, Kentucky where nothing is normal!
The Daniel Boone National Forest is gorgeous in the fall. The leaves have painted the sides of the mountains with yellow, oranges, reds and browns you won’t see anywhere else. That’s why it’s such a popular destination for weddings!
When a wedding party show up at Happy Trails Campground, Mae West is thrilled. She’s all things girly and excited to assist the bride in all things southern, which is what the bride is hankering for.
Mae recognizes the parents of the bride when they arrive. They are from her past. The past she’s been desperately trying to escape…especially since it was the time she was married to Paul West. This just isn’t any couple, it’s the owners of the famous Moonbucks Coffee Company.
Determined to get the happy couple married off and on their way, hoping to see some of her past drive off forever, Mae volunteers herself and the Laundry Club ladies to become the wedding coordinators.
The wedding is set to take place in the beautiful wedding barn at the Old Train Station Motel, only Gert Hobson, the owner of Trails Coffee Shop and providing the coffee for the happy couple, has decided there’s no way she’s going to help out with Tom Moon’s daughter’s wedding since she claims how years ago Tom Moon STOLE her coffee blend recipe known today as the special Moonbucks blend.
A public fight between Gert and Tom leaves Gert a prime suspect after a member of the wedding party is found dead at the wedding venue. There might not be a happily ever after for the bride to be or Gert Hobson if Mae West and the Laundry Club ladies don’t solve the murder before the wedding party’s RV rolls out of town.
Miss W’s Review:
Valleys, Vehicles, & Victims OH MY!!!!! This is Book 9 in the Camper & Criminal Cozy Series!
I absolutely loved this book. We are back in Normal Kentucky. I was so thrilled to learn more about Mae. I loved a Bridal Party showing up at Happy Trails campground.
The characters in this series are so real y’all. I really want to live there, except for all the murders, ha! The mystery was so great and I loved little flashbacks of earlier adventures.
This could totally be read as a stand alone thanks to the author and her ability to intertwine key elements from previous stories. I do think you will have a better time if you read them all though because they are fantastic.
Take a visit to Normal Kentucky, where everyone is family. I do love how the community rallies up to help Mae. Such a well written story with twists as great as the characters!
Get your copy HERE !!!!!
Did you all know that Tonya Kappes now has a store on her website? I was SO excited and I HAD to order me some Campers & Criminals goodies!!!!!
Check out this amazing mug and bag! I was so excited to get these in the mail today !!!
Go visit Tonya Kappes store and you can get these goodies and SIGNED books!
You can visit her store here!
Have you read the camper & criminal series yet??? Its so good!
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When I first became a blogger, my first ever blog post was about cozy mysteries. I talk to so many people that don’t know what a cozy mystery is. I love all genres but cozy mysteries is my go to genre on the daily! So lets chat cozy mysteries with Miss W today!
If you look at my blog you will see that at least fifty percent of my blogs are cozy mystery books or series.
So what is a cozy mystery?
Cozy mysteries , also called “cozies”, are a subgenre of crime fiction where sex and violence are treated humorously. The characters in these books are almost always amateurs and almost always women. The murders take place off screen and the violence is never described in the book. Sexual activity, even between married characters is only slightly implied and sometimes it is often avoided completely. These are clean mysteries that also feature animals and there are many that are culinary themed.
A popular sub-genre of the cozy mystery is paranormal cozy mystery which involves anything magical like ghosts, witches, fairies, wizards, you name it!
I am a huge cat lover, and that’s how I found the cozy mystery genre actually. I was going through a difficult time and I wanted to read a mystery that maybe had a cat in it and so I put “cat” and “mystery” in the amazon search field and WOW I got so many cozy mysteries returned. I read my first one and I was hooked !
Another fantastic thing I love about cozy mysteries is I would say the majority of them are a series so you get to follow your favorite characters as they evolve and grow and find more bodies, ha ha.
Cozy mystery authors are award winning, talented and hard working.
I have a list of my go to Cozy Mystery Authors that I am always dying for the next book to come out. I want to share with you my top picks for cozy mystery authors. This list is far from inclusive and I am sure you will find your own. Need a light fun mystery? Pick up a cozy mystery and become a sleuth!
Miss W’s Picks:
Tonya Kappes, Carolyn Ridder Aspenson, Morgana Best, Mona Marple, Annabel Chase, Elle Adams, Sam Cheever, Ava Mallory, Jenna St. James, Summer Prescott, Susan Boles, Kizzie Waller, Lynn Cahoon, Ceecee James, VM Burns, Kathi Daley, Stephanie D’ Amore and Ruth Hartzler.
There are SO many great cozy authors out there! Who am I missing out on? Tell me have you ever read a cozy mystery?
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I have a Book Review for you of Realtor Rub Out, Book 7 in the Lily Sprayberry Realtor Cozy Mystery Series by Carolyn Ridder Aspenson releasing on July 23, 2019.
If you haven’t read this series yet, your SERIOUSLY missing out!
About the Book:
Bramblett County Georgia realtor Lily Sprayberry’s brand new listing is a hit, just not the kind she expected.
When Lily stops by the staged home, she finds the dead body of another realtor lying on the living room floor.
With only a week until her destination wedding, and no leads, no potential suspects, and no possibility to leave the state until the murder is solved, Lily’s sheriff fiancé thinks they should postpone their nuptials.
But that doesn’t work for the soon to be bride. Determined to find the killer in time to say I do, she does a little investigating herself. But the killer knows of Lily’s knack for solving crimes and sets his eyes on her.
Now Lily must race against the clock and catch a killer before the killer gets to her first
Miss W’s Book Review:
Realtor Rub Out is the seventh book in the Lily Sprayberry Realtor Cozy Mystery series but can be read as a stand-alone. I love this cozy mystery series and I have read every book in the series.
It’s almost time for Lily’s wedding and a realtor visiting from out of town town is murdered! Since her fiance is the Sheriff and the best man is the Deputy Sheriff, the wedding is at a stand still until this murder mystery can get solved.
The characters are well defined and fleshed out. The mystery is expertly woven into the story for the wedding. I love the humor and the southern charm in this cozy series. This recent addition is no exception.
Check out Deal Gone Dead Book 1 in the Lily Sprayberry Realtor Cozy Mystery Series. You will be glad you did!!!! I cannot wait for the next installment of this fun southern cozy series.
Speaking of Deal Gone Dead, did you know that Deal Gone Dead is available to read for free in PRIME READING!!!!!
About the Author:
Even though I’ve always wanted to be a writer, I also wanted to support myself, so instead of following that dream, I opted to get a job with a regular paycheck. When my mother died in 2009, and then I lost my father less than a year later, I decided to take the leap. I wanted to find a way to honor my parents, to keep their memories alive, and I did that with my first book, Unfinished Business. That book went to number one all over Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and sat happily in the top one hundred books sold in each for over a week. I received hundreds of emails from people who felt that little semi-mystery gave them hope, that it made them find comfort when they needed it most, and that they wished they had a friend like Mel. I was hooked. I don’t write for the money (though the money is nice sometimes). I write for those emails, and knowing I’m doing what I love, finally. If my writing takes people away from their worries for even a short period of time, I’m a lucky gal. I hope my parents can read in Heaven.
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I love when I find a new author and I can’t wait to share a cozy mystery author that is new to me!
The Amish Cupcake Cozy Mystery series is a new favorite of mine.
About the Series:
When her husband of thirty years runs off with a college student named Cherri, Jane Delight returns to Pennsylvania to work in her Amish sister’s cupcake store. Having lost everything in the divorce, Jane now finds herself sharing an apartment with two elderly ladies and their quirky cat.
But there is no time to despair. A man is murdered in the cupcake store, and now Jane and her sister, Rebecca, are the prime suspects. Enter brooding detective Damon McLeod, a Scot with a tragic past and a desire for justice.
Can Jane solve the murder, wrangle her new roommates, and stop herself from falling for the detective?
Or will she never get her new life on track?
Book 1: True Confections
Miss W’s Review of True Confections:
The book opens with Jane Delight (LOVE THAT NAME) and her husband go out for her 50th birthday to a fancy restaurant, which is very uncharacteristic of him. That could be because he is dumping her for his mistress who is pregnant with their baby. Not only that, but she is getting nothing in the divorce because as much as he would like to help her out, she signed a prenup and they need the money for the baby. Oh and they need the house to so get going! I laughed so much at the opening paragraph because this is so relateable and obviously her husband did this in public so she wouldn’t freak out.
Flash forward six months and Jane has settled into an apartment over her sister’s cupcake store. Luckily Jane has a twin sister who takes her in. Only thing is her sister is Amish and Jane has lost that community a long time ago.
I absolutely loved this book! The characters were likeable and fun. The story was well developed and I loved reading about the Amish community. This is a sweet clean mystery which will leave you guessing who done it.
BONUS! There are two Amish Recipes which I am totally trying. Shoo-fly Pie sounds yummy!
Book 2: Previous Confections
Miss W’s Review of Previous Confections:
Previous Confections is Book 2 in the Amish Cupcake Cozy Mystery series. I really enjoyed Book 1 True Confections and I loved this book just as much.
Seems as if Jane’s worst nightmare came true, meeting, Cherri, her ex=husbands new wife, and whats worse is that Cherri wants to team up with Jane to solve a murder. Add to the fact that Jane’s sister had a broken arm and Jane is in charge of operating the cupcake store with a bit of help from Matilda, Eleanor, and lets not forget Mr. Crumbles the kitty . I love Mr. Crumbles!
I really enjoy the character development and how relateable Jane is. The mystery is some twists and turns which is enjoyable and did I mention that I love Mr. Crumbles, he’s quite the snarky one and naughty!
This is a great whodunit in which I did not guest the murderer at all, not even close.
Book 3: Confection is Good for the Soul
Miss W’s Review of Confection is Good for the Soul:
Confection is Good for the Soul is Book 3 in the Amish Cupcake Cozy Mystery Series. I have really come to LOVE this series.
This is a great read. It is the third book and does stand alone, but if I were you I would read the first two FANTASTIC books in this series to get some back story.
I laughed out loud as some parts and there are twists to keep you guessing to the last page.
This is very well written mystery with great characters that I adore!
All books by Ruth Hartzler are clean and wholesome, and have happy, feel-good endings!
Stay tuned for more books in this great series!
Ruth Hartlzer is not only a Best Selling Cozy Mystery Author, she is a best selling author of Christian Romantic Suspense, and Amish Romance.
I am excited to share with you that Ruth has a story in an incredible box set releasing on 8/6/19!!!!
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I hope you enjoyed learning more about a new FAVORITE author that tells amazing stories in multiple genres.
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