cozy mystery

Book Review-Stamped Out by Tonya Kappes

I am so beyond excited to bring you my review of the first book in a brand new cozy mystery series by Tonya Kappes!!!!!!! Y’all you know I got my grabby hands on it a little early!!!!!

I love this cover!!!!!

47498650._SX318_.jpg

About the book:

Discover the southern life of Bernadette Butler, along with the eccentric and lovable citizens, along with all the fur babies, who live in Sugar Creek Gap in this NEW southern cozy mystery series by USA TODAY Bestselling Author Tonya Kappes.

 
Everyone in Sugar Creek Gap has tried to fix up widow and beloved mail carrier, Bernadette Davis on several dates. They say she has to be lonely.

What they don’t know is how Bernadette’s life is filled…filled with everyone’s hidden secrets and obsessions. After all, she does deliver their mail and hears all the dirty laundry southern folks love to sweep secrets under the rug.

While on her route, Bernadette finds out the beloved Sugar Creek Gap Country Club is being sold and turned into condos. The developer is Bernadette’s best friend, Mac Tabor and right now he’s not very popular.

The entire town is against the development and eager to vote it down, vowing they will do whatever needs to be done to stop the sell of the country club to Mac Tabor.

Chuck Shilling, majority owner of the country club, and Mac have a public fight because Chuck is rethinking of selling the club to Mac. When Chuck is found dead, Mac Tabor is the number one suspect.

Bernadette discovers she’s got a penchant for discovering clues that just might help STAMP OUT a killer who is on the loose while trying to save Mac Tabor from going to prison for a murder he didn’t commit.

Miss W’s Review:

5 Stars from Miss W !!!!

I wish I could give this 10 stars! I could not put this book down. Bernadette (Bernie) is my new favorite character! I love that the author has written a middle aged character that for me is so relatable. It is clear to this reader that the author has done her research about the postal service and that authenticity adds to the character development and story line.

The setting of Sugar Creek Gap is one where I want to live with such a great community of people supporting one another. The mystery is so well written with so many twists and turns I had my sleuthing cap on but I wasn’t even close to guessing who the murder was.

I love Bernie’s rescue kitty Rowena. The author writes animals into her stories seamlessly yet so integrated that they truly are one of the characters.

And let me just say that the ending BLEW me away.

The characters are so well developed and fleshed out with a well written mystery.

I am SO excited for the next book in this series to see what Bernie and Sugar Creek Gap is up to next.

Release date: 10/29/19!!!!

Click HERE to order your copy now!!!!!! You will not be disappointed!!!!

Visit Tonya Kappes on Facebook and Join in all the fun!

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

 

Anthology Spotlight- Six Merry Little Murders

Indulge yourself with this collection of delectable cozy mystery novellas from 6 of today’s most beloved authors!

51KTgN22p7L

 

SIX MERRY LITTLE MURDERS includes brand new stories from Lee Strauss, Karen MacInerney, CeeCee James, Nancy Warren, Molly Fitz, and Addison Moore.

This anthology includes the following stories: 

 
Lee Strauss – MURDER BY PLUM PUDDING

There’s nothing more fun than a festive holiday dinner party and Ginger Reed, the former Lady Gold, has Hartigan House decorated and the gramophone playing. Dressed in her finest Parisian low-waisted gown, feather-topped tiara, and T-strapped Italian leather shoes, Ginger is ready to host the delectable event.

It’s a jolly good time, until someone chokes on the pudding.

Is it an accident or is it murder? And can Ginger unravel the mystery before the church bells ring and New Year’s Day dawns?

Karen MacInerney – SLAY BELLS RING

It’s Christmastime on Dewberry Farm, and homesteader Lucy Resnick is busy bundling mistletoe bunches and cedar swags for the Buttercup Christmas Market when a neighbor’s houseguest keels over right next to her peach orchard. Was it a stray bullet from a hunter that took him out? Or did a guest at the fancy ranch next door decide to scratch somebody off his or her Christmas list? It’s up to Lucy to unwrap the mystery… before the holiday killer strikes again.

CeeCee James – CHRISTMAS AT BAKER STREET

In this Baker Street spin-off, Oscar and Cecelia find themselves and the guests snowed in this Christmas holiday. What should be all sugar cookies and hot cocoa takes a drastic turn when one of the guests turns up cold—as in stone cold dead. With no help in sight, the two hope to find the killer before anyone else gets iced out, including them.

Nancy Warren – CAT’S PAWS AND CURSES

In this classic closed room mystery, someone is murdered during a knitting class. But how was it possible? Lucy Swift and her band of undead knitters must catch the culprit before there’s a second Christmas catastrophe!

Molly Fitz – MEOWY CHRISTMAS MAYHEM

It’s Angie’s first Christmas as a pet owner, and she can’t wait to celebrate with Octo-Cat, Paisley, and Nan. All it takes is a little finely-crafted trickery to get her crabby tabby into the local pet supply store for a special photo opportunity with Santa. Unfortunately, the jolly old soul is found dead in the stock room before he ever gets the chance to say “cheese.” Angie and her motley crew of sidekicks need to work fast to find the culprit and prevent any further suspicious holiday slaying… Otherwise, the most wonderful time of the year could end up becoming the most murderous season Blueberry Bay has ever seen.

Addison Moore – CHRISTMAS FUDGE FATALITY

My name is Lottie Lemon, and I see dead people. Okay, so I rarely see dead people, mostly I see furry creatures of the dearly departed variety, aka dead pets, who have come back from the other side to warn me of their previous owner’s impending doom.

The holidays have arrived and the Jolly Holly Tree Lot is hosting a special event that has the entire town bustling to get a picture with the jolly old elf himself. And I’m just as anxious as anyone to get to the front of the line, but that body I stumble upon threatens to take the joy right out of the sea.

I was so honored to receive an advanced copy of this anthology and I have read EVERY single book. They are all 5 stars from Miss W!!!

One of my favorite things about anthologies is trying new authors and let me tell you I found two new authors that I am looking up ALL their books now!!!! An anthology is a great taster for an authors work and writing style and I am truly in love with all these stories!!!!

Can you believe you get all 6 stories for only $.99????

Click HERE to get your copy !!!!!

Tell me have you ready any of these fantastic authors????

This was such a fun collection, I am thrilled to share it with you all today.

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

 

 

Book Review-Valleys, Vehicles & Victims by Tonya Kappes

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!

70694556_2420722367993591_4119177733433458688_o

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 !!!

71170605_2492473624322240_7668582683018002432_n.jpg71324191_2492473670988902_2796116919076257792_n.jpg

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!

71001570_2429663297099498_9126310122472079360_n.jpg

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

 

Lets get cozy!

book1

 

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?

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

 

 

Book Review-Murder on the Bluegrass Bourbon Trail by Scarlett Dunn

I am always on the search for a new author and when I heard about Murder on the Bluegrass Bourbon Trail by Scarlett Dunn I was excited to read an early copy.

Cover Love!!!! I really was drawn to this cover!

Murder on the Bluegrass Bourbon Train Book Cover.jpg

About the book:

Murder in bourbon country . . .

Honey Howell returns to Bardstown, Kentucky to work with her grandfather in his legendary bourbon distillery. What she never expected to find in the small, quiet town was murder. When she discovers her friend, master distiller K.C. Cleary with a knife in his chest, she’s determined to bring the culprit to justice. She soon learns her genteel hometown has dark secrets lurking beneath the surface of their polite society.

Sam Gentry is Bardstown’s newest detective, and when he meets Honey he falls in love at first sight—with her bloodhound, Elvis. Sam and Elvis are a match made in heaven—both are relentless in their pursuit of a murderer. When Honey finds another dead master distiller on the dinner train, Sam and Elvis work together to sniff out the truth. Sam’s greatest challenge is thwarting amateur sleuth Honey from interfering with his investigation while he keeps her safe.

Miss W’s Review:

This book was FIVE stars from Miss W!

I really loved the protagonist Honey Howell, she is a well developed , charming but fierce southern woman. Elvis is Honey’s bloodhound and he steals the heart of Sam, the town detective. Some of the scene’s were so laugh out loud funny and I really enjoyed the well written dialogue. I thought the dinner train was so well described I felt like I was going for a ride on it myself. Though I am glad I wasn’t because a body was found there.

The mystery was very well crafted with not one but two dead bodies. There were a few twists which lead the reader on an adventure with no lack of suspects. I had my sleuthing hat on and I didn’t not figure out the killer until it was revealed.

I SO hope there will be more books in this series as it was a wonderful cozy mystery that I really enjoyed.


About the Author: 

Scarlett Dunn 2019
Scarlett has written stories most of her life, but she was an entrepreneur before becoming a published novelist. She has authored seven historical romance novels, this is her first cozy mystery. Having an adventurous spirit, and a love of history, she has written several novels set in the old west.

There is a special place in her heart for those who possess a bold spirit and a willingness to see the possibilities in life. When not engrossed in writing, Scarlett loves to travel. She lives in Kentucky, and greets each day expecting good things to happen. She may be Disneyesque!

Murder on the Bluegrass Bourbon Train releases on 7/26/19.

Preorder it by clicking HERE !

sunset background preorder.png

Stay in touch with Scarlett Dunn on Social Media:

Website

Instagram

Facebook

I would love to know what you think about this cozy mystery. Drop a comment below !

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review and a Giveaway: A Killer Latte – Tonya Kappes

Y’all! I am so excited About “A Killer Latte” Book Six in the Super Popular Killer Coffee Series by Tonya Kappes.

IMG_0721

Did you see how I said Y’all? I am from New England and we don’t say that here, but I can’t help myself after reading this Cozy Southern Mystery Series.

The first book I read by Tonya Kappes was Scene of the Grind, Book 1 in the Killer Coffee Series. I fell in LOVE with that book and quickly became addicted to this series and the loveable characters.

Book 6, Killer Latte is releasing on 4/23/19 and I got my grabby hands on an early copy.

About the Book:

Light, camera, lattes!

A film production crew is wrapping up a major movie filming in Honey Springs, Kentucky.

Everyone is excited. The production crew has brought the bright lights to the tourist town and The Bean Hive has been supplying the production crew with unlimited treats and coffee.

When film actress Daisy Lemon comes in for a taste of the Star Studded Latte being served at the Bean Hive, Roxy Bloom is excited to serve her one. It would be good for promotion for Roxy to get a photo of the famous actress drinking her creation, only Roxy is witness to Daisy’s kidnapping.

The Star Studded Latte is now know as the Kidnap Latte, bringing national attention to the Bean Hive, attention that’s not necessarily welcome.

With production on hold and Stephen Lemon, Daisy’s husband, as the number one suspect, Roxy puts back on her law hat to help Stephen not only clear his name, but find Daisy before Honey Springs is no longer known for the cute, southern, lake tourist town due to the sudden spotlight on the cozy town.

 Here is my review:

A Killer Latte is Book 6 is the absolutely fantastic sizzling Killer Coffee Series.

Welcome back to Honey Springs, my favorite small town in Kentucky. There is a lot of excitement due to a Hollywood movie being filmed right in Honey Springs! Roxy is right in the mist of another (several) mysteries that she is determined to solve. 

The plot was masterfully crafted with several surprises. The author manages to pull off several different intertwined mysteries expertly done leaving you guessing until the very end. 

The characters are lovable and relateable and the cast of supporting characters sneak into your heart in a way you don’t expect. 

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the recipes included in the book. I am from New England and when the author described the Kentucky Benedictine Tea Sandwiches I really wanted one! I am definitely trying this recipe as well as the Blueberry Crumb Cake! YUMMM! 

I truly cannot wait for the next book in the Killer Coffee Series.

About the author:

Tonya Kappes is a USA Today bestselling author and one of today’s most popular southern mystery authors.

HEY! Who wants a sneak peak? You can read chapter one of Killer Latte absolutely free on Tonya’s wesbite, just click HERE! While your there Sign up for her Tuesday Coffee Chat with Tonya. Its such a fun newsletter that goes out every Tuesday and there is always a fun giveaway.

Killer Latte releases on 4/23/19!!!! Preorder it HERE!

How about a giveaway???

Tell me in the comments if you have read Tonya Kappes before. I will choose one random winner on 4/30/19 to receive an ebook of Scene of the Grind, Book 1 in the Killer Coffee Series.

I am so excited for release day tomorrow!

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Cover REVEAL: Sundae Afternoon Cozy Mystery Series by Gretchen Allen

COVER LOVE! I am excited to share the new covers for Gretchen Allen’s Sundae Afternoon Cozy Mystery Series. These look SO YUMMY !

About the author: 

Cozy Mystery Author, Gretchen Allen, is a lover of all things quaint, cozy and caffeinated. Her debut series, Sundae Afternoon Cozy Mysteries, features heaping helpings of creative ice creams and other frozen treats, set against a backdrop of mysterious murders and small-town scandals.

When she isn’t writing, Gretchen loves to spend her time with her family, in beautiful, sunny Florida. This Cozy gal is a cat lady through and through, and has two of them – a sweetheart named Swiper and a feisty one named Steak. Her mischievous, and newly acquired Chihuahua puppy, Ladybug, has been snuggling its way into her heart as well. In her rare moments of free time, Gretchen can be found at Disney World, or relaxing by the pool, plotting murder at every turn

While she loves Romance and Thrillers, this author’s heart lies squarely in cozyland, and she has plans for several exciting new Cozy Mystery releases!

Follow Gretchen on Facebook: 

https://www.facebook.com/gretchenallenauthor/

Follow Gretchen on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Gretchen-Allen/e/B07GBFJ2SJ/

Follow Gretchen on Facebook:

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/gretchen-allen

About the Sundae Afternoon Cozy Mystery Series:

Yvette Lockhart is the manager of Sundae Afternoon, a local ice cream shop in the quaint touristy town of Heritage, Massachusetts. The ever-inquisitive amateur sleuth has plenty of friends and family to back her up whenever she gets herself in the midst of a murderous jam. Readers love the sweet down-home feel to this delicious Cozy Mystery series. 

IMG_0859

Good News! The first book in the series is FREE right now!

IMG_0860

Let me know what you think!

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda