The Book Club Murders…a review!

It’s no secret that I love cozy mysteries but my favorite type of cozy mysteries are ones that have something to do with books…libraries, bookstores, and book clubs!  So, as soon as I saw this one I knew I had to read it.  I’m so happy I was able to get the chance to review it.  Let’s start off with the blurb…

summaryoverlookIn a charming cozy mystery series debut, Leslie Nagel’s irrepressible small-town heroine finds that her fellow mystery book club members may be taking their Agatha Christie a bit too literally—and murder a bit too lightly.

Charley Carpenter has poured heart and soul into her clothing store, Old Hat Vintage Fashions. She’ll do anything to make it a success—even join the stuffy Agathas Book Club in order to cultivate customers among Oakwood, Ohio’s wealthy elite.

Although mixing with the most influential women in town has its advantages, Charley finds the endless gossip a high price to pay. But after two women with close ties to the Agathas are brutally murdered, everyone falls under threat—and suspicion. When key evidence indicates that both murders are the work of the same hand, Charley realizes that the killer has arranged each corpse in perfect imitation of crime scenes from the Club’s murder mystery reading list. She uses her membership in the Club to convince Detective Marcus Trenault to use her as an inside informant. Not that he could stop her anyway.

Intelligent, fearless, and every bit as stubborn as Marc is, Charley soon learns the Agathas aren’t the only ones with secrets to protect. Passions explode as she and Marc must race against time to prevent another murder. And if Charley’s not careful, she may find herself becoming the killer’s next plot twist.

reviewoverlayI absolutely loved this book.  Charley is an extremely likeable main character and I love that she owns a vintage clothing shop.  I love that there’s a book club in the book, I love reading about what characters in a book would choose to read.  Basically, I’m obsessed with books.  I also loved that the members of the book club weren’t all really good friends.  It made for an eclectic and interesting group, very fun to read.  Oh, let’s not forget that the book club calls themselves “The Agathas”  LOVE IT!

As I read this book I noticed it was different from most of the cozy mysteries I’ve read.  It seemed more fast paced and exciting.  Lot’s of cozy mysteries are in sleepy little towns with close-knit residents…I liked that this town did not come across as sleepy and neither did its residents.  There is a romance, which is not unusual, but the romance blossoming between Charley and Marcus was quite fun to read.  I loved trying to figure out the mystery along with them and I was happy to be surprised at the end.

Basically I loved everything about this book.  One of the only downfalls is that I wish I could read the next one right away!  I also felt like I should mention that I did come across a swear or two…shocking I know.  It didn’t bother me at all as it fit in with the story and dialogue but I know some people try to avoid that in their cozies.  Overall though, I would recommend this to anyone looking for a great mystery because it’s that and more.

The Book Club Murders
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The Edge of Juniper

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Did you ever have a book on your TBR that just gets lost in the madness….that was this book for me.  I should have gotten around to reading this book a lot sooner.  Not only because the I received a copy from the author which is super nice but because it’s a fantastic book!  I do have to say for those of you who may pick up this book (and I hope you do) that it’s not all fluffy teen romance.  There are some serious issues discussed in the book. Don’t let that deter you because it’s  a wonderful story.  Well, lets get on with the summary and then we’ll jump into the review!

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Fay Whitaker, sixteen years old and yearning for adventure, is excited to spend the summer with her fearless cousin Celia in small-town Juniper, Indiana.

But Fay soon discovers that her summer home is not what she expected. She is alarmed by her uncle’s temper, and learns of the grudge he holds against the Dearing family. Celia handles the tension at home by escaping with her boyfriend, leaving Fay with time on her hands—time that leads her straight to Malcolm Dearing, off-limits because of his last name. Fay is captivated by Malcolm’s warmth and intensity. She finds that trying to stay away from him only makes her think of him more.

Fay and Celia are launched on a journey, and each must attempt to navigate the thrilling and unpredictable world of love. Everything Fay thinks she knows about love is put to the test, as relationships unfold and reveal themselves in ways she never before dreamed.

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I have to start off by saying that many of the YA romances that I’ve read come across as almost fantasy…and by that I mean highly unrealistic.  What I loved most about The Edge of Juniper is the realism.  Fay, her parents, her aunt and uncle, and her cousins all have real lives and real problems are a part of that too.  It’s nice to see characters confront and deal with these type of issues.  Although I do like to read to get away, it’s also nice to see the strength of characters come across on the page.  I feel like Lora Richardson does this very well.

That’s not to say there isn’t any wonderfully cute teenage romance…because there is.  There’s a little bit of the forbidden romance as far as Fay and Malcolm go.  I’m not a fan of the ‘bad guy’ who changes for love thing so I was happy to read about these two sweet characters.  They have enough obstacles to deal with to make their love story interesting from start to finish.

I have to say in the beginning I found some of the characters kind of unlikeable.  Fay seemed naïve,  her cousin Celia does not seem very friendly, and her Aunt and Uncle…not great.  I was concerned I wouldn’t like anyone but the more you read the more you learn about these people and realize why they are the way they are.  It’s satisfying to watch these characters grow and change from chapter to chapter.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this one to anyone looking for a YA contemporary romance that really hits all the right notes.

The Edge of Juniper

Are you a fan of Ya or contemporary romances?  What’s your favorite thing about them? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.  Let me know if The Edge of Juniper is making it onto your TBR.  Happy Reading!

Lights, Camera, Murder…a Review

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Anything can happen on a reality show, though finding a body on set—and live on air—is new.
Melissa McBallister is young, rich, and beautiful but frustrated. She wants nothing more than to be a famous author like her mother. When the opportunity to be on a new reality TV show comes her way, she grabs the chance, hoping to find some inspiration. When a castmate is murdered during a live broadcast and her blood is literally on Melissa’s hands, the young writer gets more than she bargained for—reality TV is much stranger than fiction. Can Melissa prove that she’s innocent?

Ryan Sethi prefers to produce TV commercials. They’re boring and safe. But he can’t pass up the opportunity to produce a show about socialites in Fishcreek Falls, an exclusive ski town high in the Rocky Mountains. But can he keep the show, cast, crew, and especially Melissa safe while a killer is on the loose? Or will a reality TV show gone bad ruin both of their lives?

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Anyone who looks at my bookshelf or my kindle knows one thing right away….I LOVE cozy mysteries!! One of my favorite things about them is the fact that there are endless settings for them.  So, when I saw that this one was centered around a reality TV show I was intrigued….definitely not something I’ve come across before.  Even though I was excited to get started, I do have to say that I am not a fan of reality TV and don’t watch any of those shows.  Even so, I started reading hoping for that cozy charm I love.

The main character, Melissa, starts off quite likeable.  She’s a writer (which I must admit I’m always happy to find in my cozies) and rich but not snobby at all.  After reading the blurb and finding out she was rich and going to be on a reality TV show I was worried I would find her unlikeable but that was happily not the case.  Basically, she agrees to join the reality TV show because she’s in a writing slump and hoping for excitement and inspiration.  I can get on board with that.  Then there’s the producer of the show Ryan Sethi, seems sweet right away and I can see some future romance there.

When all the gals on the reality show meet for the first time, it’s in a restaurant.  Which ended up being typical reality show cat fighting…this is where I involuntarily roll my eyes.  It’s scenes like that one that are why I avoid watching those shows.  But if you’re a lover of reality TV this books got something for you that you’ll love.  Soon after that we get our murder mystery!    I found the mystery to be intriguing and I couldn’t guess who the murderer was right off the bat, which is a plus for a cozy.

My only issue was that I felt like the main characters were a bit underdeveloped.  I didn’t really feel all that invested in them which may be because I didn’t feel like I knew them all that well. This is only the first book in the series, so hopefully we get to know these people a bit more intimately in the next book.  Overall I enjoyed the story, but it may be a better fit for reality TV fans…if you’re a fan of cozy mysteries and reality TV then you just hit the jackpot.

What are your thoughts on this book…have you read it?  Would you read it?  What about reality TV…fan or not?  I’d love to hear your thought.  Happy Reading!
Lights, Camera, Murder (Reality TV Cozy Mysteries, #1)

Bright Blaze of Magic and all it’s magnificence!

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This review is long overdue and I can only blame myself and my TBR pile that is growing to such massiveness that I may get lost in it.

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So, let’s not put this off anymore….

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Bad Things Always Come In Threes…

As a thief, I’m good at three things: hiding in the shadows, getting in and out unseen, and uncovering secrets. I put these skills to work for the Sinclair Family, one of the magical mobs that run the tourist town of Cloudburst Falls.

Everyone knows Victor Draconi wants to take over all the other Families–and kill every last Sinclair. What they don’t know is that I’m on to him, and no way will I let the man who murdered my mom get away with hurting all the other people I care about. Especially when I’ve got places to break into, stuff to steal, and Devon Sinclair fighting right by my side…

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I absolutely love this series and everything about it! This was by far my favorite of the three books.  The main character Lila is independent, loyal, and fierce!  I love to see how she’s changed from the first book but still manages to stay true to the type of person she is.  Much too often in books the main character can completely change who she is for other people..especially if there’s a love interest.  Not Lila…she learns to let other people in but she still stays true to who she is….she’s a bad ass who can take care of herself.  In Bright Blaze of Magic we see her not only taking care of herself but the people she’s come to care about.

The first two books were really building up to what I imagined would be some sort of epic fight or showdown….so let’s just say I had some high expectations.  Jennifer Estep did not disappoint!  I don’t want to spoil anything but everything I’ve been waiting for concerning the families and long planned revenge and epic fights…it’s all here.  And we can’t forget some spectacular run ins with monsters, I love that element in this series.

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There is some continuing romance but it’s definitely not the main focus of the book.  The books is filled with action, magic, and excitement.  I finished this book feeling satisfied with the way the story played out in every way!  So, if you haven’t read this one yet then I recommend you not wait any longer, and if you haven’t started the series yet….what are you waiting for!?!

Bright Blaze of Magic (Black Blade, #3)

 Find it on Amazon here!

The Summer of Lost Wishes Review

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Are you already hooked by the beautiful cover? Because I was!  If you’re not don’t worry, I still have my review and first the summary..

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When sixteen-year-old Piper Davenport’s mom packs up their lives and heads to the coastal Florida town of Coral Sands, Piper doesn’t care much for the view…until she catches a glimpse at Rooks Carter.

Her mom’s “look but don’t touch” policy regarding the boy next door is all but impossible to maintain, especially since he’s helping his dad restore Piper’s new home, the Calloway Cottage. A gorgeous, shirtless boy makes this boring little town a bit more exciting.

But after Piper and Rooks discover a secret in the walls of the cottage, they have a chance to unravel the biggest mystery in Coral Sands history – unless someone unravels them first.

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Let me start off by saying I went into this one with very high hopes…I mean it’s YA and it’s a mystery! I read a lot of YA and a lot of mystery but hardly any that are both.   I’ll end your suspense…I LOVED The Summer of Lost Wishes!!  This will be one of those books that I will recommend to everyone.  It had so many opportunities to take the cliched route as far as the characters and plot went but the author took none of them.  It’s so refreshing and exciting to read a book like this one where I find the characters and the plot so intriguing and original.

Pretty early on in the story Piper, our main character, spots Rooks…the cute boy next door.  Piper’s mom warns her not to get involved with him as he might be “trouble”.  This is the point where it would be easy for an author to write a girl next door meets bad boy and falls in love even though she knows she shouldn’t…kind of story.  But Jessa Gabrielle’s characters are complex and realistic.  Piper and Rooks are characters that teenagers could easily relate to and I say this not because I’m a teenager, far from it!  But I found myself reading passages and being reminded of how I felt at that age.

Now aside from the amazing characters my favorite thing about The Summer of Lost Wishes is the mystery!!  I read a lot of mysteries, they are my favorite.  So, sometimes it’s hard for me to be surprised by an ending.  As I was reading this I got completely drawn into the mystery and the romance of it.   I don’t want to give away anything so I’ll just say that when I got to the obvious climax of the story I was thinking I knew exactly where it was going….I was worried that the ending would be predictable.  Then I kept reading and there was a lot of me yelling “WHAT?!”  and “I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING”  I love that I was surprised by the ending…in soo many ways!  Yet it all still came together and made sense.

I can’t say enough wonderful things about this book.  It has something in it for everyone to love and I know I’ll be recommending it to anyone asking me what they should read next.  I will also be eagerly awaiting the next book published by Jessa Gabrielle.

The Summer of Lost Wishes

Find it on Amazon here!

Jamie Quinn Mystery Review!

One of the best things about being a blogger is being contacted by wonderful authors asking if you’d like to review their book.  Once I was contacted by the author about this box set I knew it was something I would want to read.  I also have to add that it’s available for Kindle Unlimited if you subscribe to that….yay!  As soon as I saw that I picked it up immediately and added it to my list.  This is one of those books that I may not have found or picked up on my own but I’m glad I had the chance to read it.

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Books 1-3 of the Jamie Quinn Mystery Series! Including:

Death by Didgeridoo“-Winner of the Indie Book of the Day award. Reluctant lawyer, Jamie Quinn, still reeling from the death of her mother, is pulled into a game of deception, jealousy, and vengeance when her cousin, Adam, is wrongfully accused of murder. It’s up to Jamie to find the real murderer before it’s too late. It doesn’t help that the victim is a former rock star with more enemies than friends, or that Adam confessed to a murder he didn’t commit.

The Case of the Killer Divorce“-Reluctant lawyer, Jamie Quinn, has returned to her family law practice after a hiatus due to the death of her mother. It’s business as usual until a bitter divorce case turns into a murder investigation, and Jamie’s client becomes the prime suspect. When she can’t untangle truth from lies, Jamie enlists the help of Duke Broussard, her favorite private investigator, to try to clear her client’s name. And she’s hoping that, in his spare time, he can help her find her long-lost father.

Peril in the Park“-There’s big trouble in the park system. Someone is making life difficult for Jamie Quinn’s boyfriend, Kip Simons, the new director of Broward County parks. Was it the angry supervisor passed over for promotion? The disgruntled employee Kip recently fired? Or someone with a bigger ax to grind? If Jamie can’t figure it out soon, she may be looking for a new boyfriend because there’s a dead guy in the park and Kip has gone missing! With the help of her favorite P.I., Duke Broussard, Jamie must race the clock to find Kip before it’s too late.

A preview of the next Jamie Quinn Mystery, “Engaged in Danger,” can be found at the end of the book.

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First thing I want to say is that I’m glad I picked up the box set instead of just starting with the first book because they were quick reads that drew me in.  Once i finished the first one I instantly moved on to the next one.  Another thing I want to start off with is that I love mysteries but for some reason I usually shy away from mysteries where the heroine is a lawyer.  I don’t know why but I usually find them too procedural and dry.  That was not the case with Jamie Quinn.  She’s relate able and you quickly find yourself rooting for her.  She’s the type of main character that you’d want to be your friend because she’d always be on your side.

I took a break from reading a slew of cozy mysteries where amateur sleuths go around trying to solve mysteries while getting themselves into all kinds of trouble so when I started reading about Jamie Quinn, it was refreshing.  She’s intelligent and isn’t afraid to do some investigating but for some of the trickier stuff she has her friend and private investigator, Duke, to help her out.  I have to say I LOVE Duke!  He’s just such a wonderful character and I’m glad he sticks around throughout all of the books.   As the story and books go on you really get to know Jamie, Duke, and other members of her friends and family more and more.  There’s actually a story line revolving around her father that runs through all the books that I just found extremely interesting, it felt like I was discovering things right along with Jamie.  The story and character growth really seemed to progress naturally and made the story more enjoyable to read.

I know that I love this series because after quickly reading through the three books in this box set I instantly checked to see if there was a fourth that I could get my hands on….spoiler there is! 🙂

A Delightful Taste of Magic!

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Part of what I love about reading and the blogging community is discovering so many great books.  However,  I found out that with all the ARC’s and much anticipated releases I tend not to blog about books I find randomly on my own.  I’m a big fan of indie books.  I’ve discovered many a wonderful book/series by reading independently published books.  A few months ago I decided to try Kindle Unlimited…I really wasn’t sure if I would like it but so far it has been great.  So, I decided to feature books I’ve found on Kindle Unlimited more often on the blog.  Starting with A Taste of Magic by Alaine Allister.

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Out of work reporter Clarissa Spencer is being stalked by a stray cat. She can’t cook to save her life, her garden is an overgrown mess and her chocolate chip cookie addiction is out of control. Then to top it all off, she gets struck by lightning!

Clarissa thinks she has it bad – until she learns the town mayor has been shot to death and his widow has been falsely accused of killing him. Okay, so it could be worse…

Clarissa makes it her mission to expose the true killer before her arch nemesis – an infuriatingly handsome reporter from the city newspaper – can. Unfortunately, solving a murder is easier said than done…especially with the lunacy in Clarissa’s life!

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I tend to enjoy witchy mysteries, which is why I decided to give this one a try.  The blurb made it sound fun and amusing.  I was concerned that it would end up being way too outlandish and ridiculous.  I mean she’s being stalked by a cat, is struck by lightning, and there’s obviously some witch component?  It could get too silly for my liking.  Luckily, I was completely wrong.  A Taste of Magic was just the right amount of fun.  Clarissa is a fun and completely relateable main character.  Slightly down on her luck but determined and a severe cookie addiction.  Basically what I’m saying is I loved the main character!    There also weren’t any other characters that I found too unlikable or annoying.  Sometimes a minor character can really detract from my enjoyment of a book and I’m glad that wasn’t the case.

A Taste of Magic was a quick and light read but that doesn’t mean the mystery was lacking at all.  In fact, the mystery was my favorite part of this book.  Way too often in cozy mysteries like this there’s a heroine who stumbles around trying to solve a murder and only discovers who it is because they try to kill her.  Clarissa’s investigation seemed much more impressive to me than the average amateur sleuth.  Maybe it’s because she’s a journalist but I love that  once I found out who the killer was I was able to look back and see how she got there.  I was able to spot all the clues that I missed.  And that is my favorite part about mysteries.

This was a quick, funny, and delightful read!  I’m so glad that I stumbled across it.  I have to say I immediately picked up the next book in the series and spoiler…I loved that one too.  Probably more than I enjoyed this one.  So, if your looking for a fun book to lose yourself in for a few hours then I’d give this one a try.  I must say the witchy/magic component in this books is very minor and does not play a big role in the story.  That was not an issue for me, I actually enjoyed how it was woven into the story but if you’re looking for a ton of  magic then you may be disappointed.

Are you a member of Kindle Unlimited, if so what do you think?  What was the last book that you stumbled upon that you enjoyed?  I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments! Let me know what you’ve been reading.  Happy reading!

A Taste of Magic

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Cozy up with Mug Shot!

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Mug Shot is the second book in the Java Jive series and I was so excited to receive a copy from Netgalley.  Caroline Fardig has quickly become one of my favorite authors.  If you haven’t started this series yet be sure to check out the first book in the series on Goodreads by clicking here:  Death Before Decaf.

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Former musician Juliet Langley has barely had a day off since taking over management of the coffeehouse owned by her best friend, Pete Bennett. But there’s always more to be done—such as prepping for the annual Holiday 5K Race organized by Pete’s snobby socialite girlfriend, Cecilia Hollingsworth. This year, Java Jive has a booth right at the finish line, and since Juliet and Cecilia don’t always see eye to eye, everything has to be perfect. Nothing can go wrong. Nothing . . . like Juliet stumbling over Cecilia’s dead body on the morning of the race.

When Pete is arrested for Cecilia’s murder, Juliet sets out to clear his name. She’ll do whatever it takes—even if it means standing up to the police, her ex-boyfriend, and the grande dames of Nashville. But there isn’t enough espresso in the world for the greatest challenge in her path: infiltrating Nashville’s high society to uncover the hidden hotbed of scandal without running afoul of the law herself. With her last dime staked on Pete’s bail bond and her staff growing jittery, the last thing Juliet needs is for her trademark temper to land her behind bars. As time drips away, Juliet needs to crack this case before the killer comes back for another shot

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I’m always worried when I read the first book in a series and I absolutely love it, I mean what are the chances the second book can live up to it?!  I mean how many murders can realistically happen in a coffee shop?  That was why, right from the beginning, I was pleased with the way this mystery started.  It didn’t seem super unlikely that Juliet somehow got wrapped up in another murder.  Unluckly? Definitely!  I just love Juliet as our heroine, shes unlucky, has  a temper, and fiercely loyal to her friends.  Overall I find her very relatable.  The more I read about her the more I think I’d love to be her friend, I’d want her in my corner if I was in trouble for sure!

In the second installment of the Java Jive Mysteries we find Juliet’s best friend and former, maybe, love interest Pete in some hot water.  His girlfriend, the annoying and unpleasant, Cecilia has been murdered and Pete is the prime suspect.  There’s no shortage of suspects which made me worried that I’d figure out who the killer was early on and spoil all the fun.  Luckily, that was not the case.  I was surprised at every new revelation, which is  a great quality in a cozy mystery.  Her sleuthing puts her in the path of everyone’s favorite sexy cop, Ryder, again.  I have to say that  I love the atypical romance in this story.  There isn’t a typical love at first sight type of thing.  There also isn’t an overdone love triangle thing either.  Juliet’s love life is complicated just as things tend to be in real life.  Juliet’s life can sometimes be a complicated mess and that extends to her love life as well.  With that being said, I feel like the reader will be very satisfied with the way the romance and the mystery is resolved by the end of the book.

I just can’t say enough about how much I love this series and this author.  The stories and all the characters pull you in and keep you reading.  Caroline Fardig has quickly become an author that I love and I will not hesitate to pick up the next book in this series or anything else she comes out with.  So, if you haven’t started this series yet I highly recommend picking it up.  Also, be sure to check out her Lizzie Hart series too!

Have you started the Java Jive Mysteries yet?  Have you read anything else by Caroline Fardig?  Let me know what you think!  You’ll find the Goodread and Amazon links to Mug Shot below.  Happy Reading!

Mug Shot

Buy it on Amazon here!

Geek Girl’s Guide to Arsenic

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This is one of those books that I went into with very high expectations!  I absolutely loved the first book in this series, Geek Girl’s Guide to Murder.  I’ve been reading a lot of mysteries lately, especially cozy mysteries.  So if that sounds like your cup of tea than read on for the summary and my review…I don’t think you’ll be disapointed with this one.  If you’re looking for some info on the first book in the series find it here:  A Geek Girl’s Guide to Murder.

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It’s been three months since Jake Archer rolled into town, accused Mia Connors of murder and stole her heart. She hasn’t heard from him since. So when a man collapses at the fall Renaissance Faire, she’s surprised to see the US marshal arrive on scene. And shocked when he points the finger at her—again. Mia would sooner be able to resurrect the poor fellow than poison him.

Jake Archer’s career has been rising fast, but it’s about to come to a crashing halt. The Ren-Faire victim was in protective custody—Jake’s custody—and they were painfully close to nabbing a major crime boss. If Jake doesn’t solve the murder soon, he’ll be fetching donuts instead of protecting his nation. A difficult enough task without the alluring Mia Connors in the way.

Working with Jake to catch the killer might push Mia into crazy-cat-lady territory. But with a murderer on the loose—and Mia’s reputation on the line—they’ll have to work fast to find the killer before the killer finds them.

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There’s nothing better than a book exceeding all your expectations, and that’s what Geek Girl’s Guide to Arsenic did.  There’s something about the main character, Mia, that makes you absolutely love her.  She’s fun, a little geeky, smart, and I find her very relate able.  To me there’s nothing worse when I’m reading a cozy mystery…or any mystery for that matter, than a main character who just makes ridiculous and unwise decisions while trying to solve the mystery.  Mia comes across very real and I love her.  This may be one of the only mystery series I’ve read where after her experience being in the middle of a murder investigation in the first book, the main character is visibly affected by it.  I mean really, how many times have we read a book where the main character throws herself into all kinds of dangerous situations, solves the mystery, barely escapes with her life, and then does it all over again without a second thought in the next book?  Not the case with Mia and I LOVED that.  Julie Anne Lindsay did a fantastic job of bringing this character to life and making me fall in love with her!

The mystery in this one was wonderful and kept me guessing until the very end.  Along the way we are introduced to an amazingly colorful group of people from the Renaissance Faire.  Meeting all these quirky new people adds something great to the experience, it was something I loved about the first book and I’m glad we got to see more of it in this one.  Mia’s family played a prominent role in this book too, yay!!  I love her family and the way they interact with each other, none of the characters fall flat.  The mystery makes sense at the end and when the whodunit is revealed your not left wondering…”wait did we even see that character before now?”  That is my biggest pet peeve with mysteries!  I’m much happier with the reaction I had at the end of Geek Girl’s Guide to Arsenic which was more like “I TOTALLY SHOULD HAVE SEEN THAT COMING!! I HAD NO IDEA!!”  I honestly couldn’t come up with a single thing I would change about this.

Last but not least, we have Jake Archer.  After the ending of the last book I couldn’t wait to see how he would pop up again and what would happen with him and Mia.  I just love their relationship.  Again, like with all other things in this book it seemed to flow naturally.  Their interactions with each other made me smile.  I just can’t get enough of these two!!  I’m already eagerly awaiting the third book in this series and will devour it as soon as I can get my hands on it.  A Geek Girl’s Guide to Arsenic is  a true 5 star read…I wouldn’t change a word!!

Have you read either of the books in this series yet?  What did you think?  Are you a fan of cozy mysteries and what do you think of this one?  I would love to hear your thoughts on this series because, as you can tell I’m a HUGE fan!!  For me it all started with the beautiful cover..I was hooked from the beginning 🙂 Leave me your comments, thoughts and questions and Happy Reading!

The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum

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My love of cozy mysteries will never end!  With that being said I was very pumped to get approved for this on Netgalley.  It has two things going for it right away… it’s a cozy mystery and it has paranormal right in the title.   As far as books go, I’m a big fan of both.  I’ll state right off the bat here that if you’re not a fan of paranormal in your mysteries then I wouldn’t write this one off right away, the paranormal museum is more of a fun backdrop for the story.

Maddie Kosloski has returned home after some serious setbacks in her career.  She spends her time looking for a new job and hanging out with her friends Adele and Harper.  Before she knows it, she’s somehow agreed to manage the Paranormal Museum for her friend Adele.    The job takes on some major complications when someone is found murdered in the museum and her friend Adele seems to be the major suspect.  Maddie would be more confident in the police finding the real killer if one of the officers in charge wasn’t her high school bully.  Maddie is going to have a lot to do if she wants to prove her friend is innocent while dealing with managing the museum, dealing with ghost hunters and possible ghosts, the sexy owner of the motorcycle shop next door, and a wonderfully colorful bunch of people that she runs into while working at the museum.

I have to say I really enjoyed so many aspects of this story.  The main character, Maddie, was very relate able.  It may seem like a small aspect of the story but the fact that Maddie is kind of lost in life at the moment, wondering what she’ll do next, appealed to me.  We get to see her reluctantly agree to manage the Paranormal Museum and see how things change as the story goes on.  Many cozy mysteries have a lot of the same backdrops; bookstore, cafe, bakery, etc.  and it was nice to read about somethings new like this museum…LOVE IT!  The museum provides the setting for another mystery for Maddie to delve into aside from the murder and I found myself just as interested in that plot line as well.

Another thing that kept me feverishly turning pages is the spectacular cast of characters.  Between her friends, friends ex husband, family, construction workers, museum enthusiasts and patrons there is no shortage of colorful characters or suspects.  And let’s not forget the very good looking owner of the motorcycle shop next door, Mason.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE that the romantic interest in this cozy mystery wasn’t the typical “ruggishly handsome detective on the case who’s trying to get her to leave the investigating to the cops”.   There’s not a lot of romance in this one but I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more of Mason in the future, and I hope we do.

I had so much fun reading this and trying to figure out who the murderer was.  I was pleasantly surprised, and satisfied, by the ending.  I really enjoyed The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum and I hope I don’t have to wait too long to read another book to find out what happens next for Maddie and her friends.  There’s a little bit of something for everyone in this one so I’d say put it on your list!

What do you like most in a cozy mystery?  Have you come across this one yet…what do you think?  What have you read lately that you just loved?  I’d love to hear what you think.  All thoughts and recommendations are welcome.  If you read The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum I’d love to hear what you think!  Happy Reading!