Thursday, April 4, 2019

Sifting Through Clues

Sifting Through Clues (A Cookbook Nook Mystery 8)Sifting Through Clues by Daryl Wood Gerber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Crystal Cove is getting ready for the Book Club Bonanza and Spring Fling events, but the one event Jenna Hart is looking forward to is the Mystery Mavens book club progressive dinner. A delightful evening of visiting members’ homes to enjoy food and a fun discussion of the book club’s cozy mystery book selection. Everything was going smoothly until the last stop where a book club member is found dead.

Now one of Jenna’s friends is the prime suspect in the murder and needs Jenna’s help to prove she is innocent. As much as Jenna wants to help her friend, she is determine to stay off the police radar (and try to remain friends with the police chief). Despite Jenna’s best intentions, clues appear and engage her curiosity. Soon Jenna is involved in discovering who the real killer is.

I had a great time reading this book and enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot. The characters are warm and engaging. I look forward to reading more from this series. Highly recommended.

I received a copy of Sifting Through Clues in exchange for my honest review.

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Friday, December 28, 2018

In Peppermint Peril

In Peppermint Peril (A Tea and Read Mystery, #1)In Peppermint Peril by Joy Avon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

During the winter wonderland of the holiday season, wealthy Dorothea Finster has requested a lovely cake for a special tea party at her historical home to present her new will to her invited guests. Callie Aspen arrived home in time to assist her Great Aunt Iphy in the preparation and serving of the cake and tea to the distinguish guests. Unfortunately, the tea party goes awry with a dead body and a missing heirloom.

In Peppermint Peril is a fun and exciting cozy mystery with a Christmas theme, and it was the perfect book to read during the holidays. As the first book in the series, it introduces many new characters. I look forward to how these characters develop in the future. Highly recommended.

I received a copy through SERC in exchange for my honest review.

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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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