Thursday, November 8, 2018

Mardi Gras Murder

Mardi Gras Murder (Cajun Country Mystery, #4)Mardi Gras Murder by Ellen Byron
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The charming town of Pelican Louisiana is preparing for the Mardi Gras celebration which will not allow the recent flood damage or dead body to interfere. It’s a celebration with a cook-off, beauty pageant, parade, and merrymakers.

The local beauty pageant needs a replacement judge, and Maggie Crozat reluctantly volunteers and discovers more history regarding her town: orphan trains, historical house, prominent families, and the historical society. Plus, there is more than one mystery to be solved, and a treasure hunt. On a romantic level, the question is what will happen to Maggie’s relationship with Bo? (I was cheering for them.)

The author crafted a fun and exciting tale with clues scattered throughout, and I enjoyed every minute of it! After finishing the book, I really wanted to experience Mari Gras for it sounds like a great time. As the Cajun French saying goes “Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!” (“Let the good times roll”).

I received a copy of Mardi Gras Murder through SERC in exchange for my honest review.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

August Krafty Peeks....Day ONE!!! Haunted House PLUS NEW Hybrid Ink Trio!!

Welcome, welcome, welcome!

Today we are kickin' off our AUGUST Krafty Peeks at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps! 
We've got a new background stamp set to share with you today!

This super creepy set is from artist Emilie Goulet and it's our new

This fabulous image was included in our Halloween Krafty Kit along with THREE BRAND NEW Krafty Kolours Hybrid Inks!!! The set features one large main image that is almost 4"x4" in size! It can be used as the focal point of your creation or in combination with lots of other spooktacular stamps!

The gorgeous new Krafty Kolours Hybrid Inks we are introducing this month are Mossy Meadow, Pumpkin Patch and Purple Petunia!! You can get them in large ink pads, mini cubes and also refills!! They go perfectly with this release!!

Here is the card I created for the blog hop:

I used Kraftin Kimmie's Wicked Black Ink pad to stamp my 
image (which is an amazing ink) and Copic markers to color it. 
I also used C.C. Designs Make A Card #1 Cutter die set to 
cut out the image (I think the die set is sold out and discontinued).

Check out this haunting set and new INKS in action as you hop around the Krafty blogs today! You'll see the list of Krafty design team members PLUS special Krafty Guests below and be sure to leave some love at each stop because one lucky commenter is going to WIN a gift voucher to the krafty shop! Plus we're doing a GIVEAWAY of the ENTIRE release on the Krafty Friends facebook page! 

We have a total of FIVE brand new clear sets PLUS TWO rubber rereleases AND THREE new Hybrid Inks being launched this week! You'll get to see all the incredible creations for August as we share them each day this week! Be sure to join us at the LIVE Online Release Party on Saturday afternoon at 1pm EST! We'll be checking out all FOUR new clear stamp sets, sharing fabulous creations, giving away prizes and having tons of krafty fun!

Happy hoppin' and we'll see you back here tomorrow for more amazing new stamp sets!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Spook In The Stacks

The Spook in the Stacks: A Lighthouse Library MysteryThe Spook in the Stacks: A Lighthouse Library Mystery by Eva Gates
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Spook in the Stacks by Eva Gates is an entertaining story with plenty of intrigue, and it takes place during the busy Halloween holiday at the Brodie Island Lighthouse Library. The library has been adorn in fun holiday decorations. One of the displays is a lovely model ship with a crew that mysteriously keeps moving around the ship without anyone noticing. For the community, the Lighthouse Library is hosting ghostly lectures (which is a treasure for the community and the children).

Retired wealthy executive Jay Ruddle has a collection of historical documents that he wants to donate, and the Brodie Island Lighthouse Library is being considered. Unfortunately, librarian Lucy Richardson finds Mr. Ruddle’s body in the rare book section (before he had announced his decision). Now Lucy and her friends find themselves trying to discover who had done the horrible deed.

This story kept my attention and had me turning the pages as I tried to discover the killer’s identity (and solve the mystery of the model ship’s tiny crew that can not stay still; as well as, the ghost horse which appears intermittently). There was even some romance in Lucy and Connor’s relationship. Overall, I was enthralled by this story and satisfied by the conclusion. It is well worth reading!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Kit and Clowder's Monthly Coloring Classes

Kit and Clowder's Monthly Coloring Classes (both the marker and pencil classes) feature Molly Harrison's beautiful fairies.

I completed the Electra Fae marker coloring class.

Kit and Clowder's Monthly Pencil Class features Molly Harrison's Fairy of Spring (which I haven't done, but the image is stunning!).

If you want to learn how to color these fairies, please buy the classes before June 14, 2018!

I used Water Marquee to add the text.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Death By A Whisker

Death By A Whisker (Cat Rescue Mystery, #2)Death By A Whisker by T.C. LoTempio
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Death By A Whisker is the second book in A Cat Rescue mystery series by T.C. LoTempio. The main character is Sydney McCall who lives in Deer Park, North Caroline with her sweet tomcat Toby. She and Kat (her sister) operate Friendly Paws Animal shelter, which is gearing up for a fundraiser featuring a popular shopping channel celebrity Ulla Townsend who is a former local of Deer Park. Of course, there is high level of excitement from the community and surrounding areas once it is announced the successful Ulla is the guest of honor. Unfortunately, Ulla’s past (and present) is not all flowers and rainbows.

This mystery is well written with likeable characters and lovable felines. Many potential perpetrators could have done the deed so it was fun to whittle down the list. I found the book to be a little slow at the beginning (this is the first book I have read so I was learning about the characters) but it quickly became exciting, and it was hard to put it down.

This is a great book for anyone who loves a fun cozy mystery with felines! I am looking forward to reading the next one (and the first book) of this series.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Wagtail Christmas

Not a Creature Was Purring (Paws and Claws Mystery #5)Not a Creature Was Purring by Krista Davis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I became aware of Krista Davis’ newest Paws and Claws mystery series book was to be release, I was ecstatic. This book does not disappoint. “Not a Creature Was Purring” has a Christmas theme (just perfect for the holiday season) with the delightful cover art of Trixie and Twinkletoes. The town of Wagtail is cover in snow, Christmas decorations, and holiday cheer. While the rest of the homes are decorated tastefully, one house stands out from the rest (which is hilarious).

On top of the controversial house ornamentation, Holly Miller’s childhood friend (and her "not so secret" love interest that is known by most of the townspeople) Holmes arrives with his fiancée (and her family). Now Holly finds herself in a dilemma. What should she do? Tell Holmes her feelings or support him? To make matters worse, Trixie (Holly’s beloved dog) uncovers the body of an esteem person.

If you enjoy a Christmas theme cozy with great writing, pets, and characters, this book is for you. I love this series (as well as the Domestic Diva series), and I wish Wagtail, Virginia was a real place. I would move there! Highly Recommended! (I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.)

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

A Deadly Éclair

A Deadly Éclair (A French Bistro Mystery, #1)A Deadly Éclair by Daryl Wood Gerber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Magnifique! A Deadly Eclair is the first book in A French Bistro Mystery series, and it is a savory read. If you enjoy a cozy foodie mystery, you will be delighted with this book. This is a scrumptious page-turner where I wanted to visit the bistro and taste the food. Furthermore, there is a murder to be unravel, which has intricate twists, and turns to keep the reader entertained before the author's reveal.

Mimi Rousseau is the protagonist with a cast of wonderful characters supporting her in business and solving a puzzle of whodunit. (Plus there is a touch of romance.) As a bonus, there are recipes included in the back of the book. Sadly, Chef C will not be available to create the delectable dishes.

I am a fan of Daryl Wood Gerber, and this book for is does not disappoint. I highly recommend it!! (I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.)

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