So for this week I want to pay contribute to cozy mysteries. I love them the most when it comes to my favorites. Some are a little corky, fun, and serious when they need to be. This week’s theme are mysteries on the sweet side. Syrup, cookies, and chocolate, what else could one want? All from Fresh Fiction with each link to follow. Enjoy!
My first one here is Cookies and Screams. And I thought making cookies were murder free.
Maple MayhemCookies and Screams is another one that I enjoyed. This is also so a sweet mystery but this time in a town known for its maple syrup. It is left up to Dani to find out who is vandalizing the local syrup production.
Michelle has to protect her reputation and that of her chocolates when another shop owner is found dead… with a box of Michelle’s homemade chocolates! Was she poison? Death is LikeaBox of Chocolates is one great cozy mystery.
I am trying to get back to posting my weekly reviews. I have been so busy reviewing for Fresh Fiction that I have not done the stack for my blog that are beside my bed. So I’ll share the one’s from Fresh Fiction for the next few weeks.
I’ll start with four from Fresh Fiction that I reviewed last year and the first one is by an author I love. Deadly Forecast is the review of one of my favorite cozy mystery writers Victoria Laurie. Please read my review from this link and let me know what you might think.
Now this next review is on a collection of stories from some of the greatest mystery writer ever in my opinion. Faceoff has such writers as Joseph Finder and R. L. Stine! You might not want to read this book at night. 🙂
So this last book that I will share the review with you is not a mystery but a heartwarming story about a mother and daughter that each fine love where they are not looking for it. Butternut Summer is such a sweet wholesome story.
Another book that I could not get out of my mind for days was Don’t Look Back! Written by Gregg Hurwitz, it is a terrifying novel that will keep you up at night for sure. I could not read it at night. Well, at least not with the lights off! (I read it on my Nook.) Don’t Look Back
I’ve been busy posting reviews for Freshfiction for the last few months. So I will spend the next few blogs sharing with you some of those links. Most are mysteries, suspense and a few romances. So if you are looking for some great novels, check out the reviews below.
Here is a review that I did earlier this summer. Death At The Door, written by Carolyn G. Hart, is a great mystery that will remind you of the game, Clue. So if you loved that then you will love this book.
If you are looking for a cozy read then Independence Slay is a great one even if it is the month of October. The setting is in a little town that is celebrating Independence Day when something terrible goes wrong. This is not just a summer read, and can be enjoyed at anytime of the year.
In The Death Series by J.D. Robb, Vengeance In Death had me in such suspense. In this story, Eve the NY detective in the future of 2058, has to find a murderer who has targeted Roarke’s past friends in Ireland. In the last story we find out a lot about Summerset, Roarke’s butler and how his daughter was murdered at fourteen. Roarke got vengeance himself against those that took her innocent life. Now someone knows about Roarke’s past and people he had trusted are showing up dead in the most horrible ways mimicking the murders that Roarke had done. Who could it be? Will Eve find out before Roarke is the final victim?
Robb’s stories seem to build more making these characters more intriguing while adding some new ones. Maybe it’s me, but I felt there was more humor in this one than what I remember in the few previous novels. I even laughed out loud a few times. So with that in mind, I would say that this one in The Death Series had a great mixture of emotions that kept you from ever being bored. Not that any have ever bored me that she wrote, but this one you can see where her characters have developed more.
This is another great series to start if you haven’t already. I’ll be checking out the others soon.
Our favorite psychic, Abby Cooper, is back in Victoria Laurie’s Death Perception along with her FBI boyfriend Dutch! In this novel Dutch’s cousin Chase and another investigator is missing while working under cover himself out in Vegas. So Dutch takes Abby to the sin city hoping her psychic skills will help him find Chase.
This turns out to be a trip of emotional roller coasters for Abby. Dutch is not well and this is obvious but what could be wrong. Abby has visions of Dutch’s tombstone. Then the worse happens and Abby has to call on not only her crew (psychic crew) but her sister Cat and business partner from back home Candice. Dutch warns her to leave if anything goes wrong and something happens to him. Would Abby really do that? So these three women not only try to find three missing men, one being Dutch, but run from the FBI all while in Vegas! Why are they running from the FBI? Shouldn’t they be helping with finding Dutch and the others? You will have to read the book to find out why?
This is the best of this series so far. I did not want it to come to an end. No worries though, because their investigation on some unanswered questions will continue in the novel.
Death of a Chimney Sweep, A Hamish Macbeth Mystery written by M.C. Beaton was another good book to read. This one is my first from this author. I like the idea of it being a storyline set in Scotland. Occasionally I like to read books from other countries such as Ireland and Scotland. Reminds me of the Sherlock Holmes that I read when I was younger.
In this mystery, Hamish Macbeth, the Police Constable, was called to look into blood coming from a fireplace of one the homes in the village. The poor woman who lived there with her husband, who went out for a walk, thought it might be the chimney sweep who she just left to clean her chimney. When she came back to find, in horror, blood dripping from inside the chimney!
What happened to the chimney sweep? Was it indeed his body or someone else’?