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Mystery Monday: Jealousy Filled Donuts by Ginger Bolton

43152669.jpgHappy mystery Monday sleuths! I am so excited to share this cozy with all of you! I reached out to Kensington Publishing Corp and requested several books including Jealousy Filled Donuts by Ginger Bolton and it showed up in my mailbox over the weekend! So thank you to Larissa at Kensington for sending me this new cozy that is set to release on August 27, 2019.

Jealousy Filled Donuts is the third book of the Deputy Donut Mystery series and it sounds like it is going to be a great one!

Synopsis: “It is a truth universally acknowledged–cops and donuts go together. Exhibit A: Deputy Donut Caf�, owned and operated by detective’s widow Emily Westhill and her father-in-law, the retired police chief of Fallingbrook, Wisconsin. Named after Emily’s adored and adorable tabby, the donut shop is a favorite among cops, firemen, and EMTs, as well as tourists and townspeople. So when Fallingbrook needs donuts for their Fourth of July picnic, Emily’s shop gets deputized.

But a twisted killer has found another use for Emily’s treats. At the picnic, a firecracker is hidden in a stack of raspberry-filled donuts and aimed at the unwitting queen of the festivities. When it explodes, she is killed. Having her jelly donuts involved puts Emily in a sticky situation, and when a shady shutterbug tries to frame her with incriminating photos, she finds herself in quite a jam. To preserve her freedom and her shop’s reputation, Emily needs to solve this case–before the fuse-lighting felon goes off again …”

I cannot wait to dive into this cozy this week! Check back on release day for my full review!

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A Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander

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Jules Capshaw has finally recovered from the murder that took place during the summer and is hoping that the fall season will bring lots of baking and sales for Torte. Now that she is co-owner of her mother’s bake shop, it is time to begin updating her little family owned bakery. Thankfully, Jules will have the opportunity to win $25,000 by competing in a reality TV show called Take the Cake! As easy as that sounds, it will take a turn for the worst….a murder! Once again, Jules finds herself constantly running into bits and pieces of clues that will help her solve the case. Turns out, it was someone she would least expect. Was it someone in her hometown or one of the visitors from the show Take the Cake?

Once again, Ellie Alexander did a fantastic job writing this novel. What I love most about her books so far is that she paints a picture for you so well that you feel like you know the characters first hand. I could see myself sipping on a cup of joe in Torte by a window and eating a delicious pastry having conversation with the locals. I just love this little world in Ashland, Oregon and want to visit ASAP. I also enjoy how she adds in a little bit of suspense into each of these novels without completely going overboard in detail *hence being a cozy ;)* Again, I would highly recommend reading Ellie Alexander’s Bakeshop Mystery Series! If you are an audio book fan, the first three novels are on audible!

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Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander

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Synopsis:


Welcome to Torte-a friendly, small-town family bake shop where the treats are so good that, sometimes, it’s criminal…

After graduating from culinary school, Juliet Capshaw returns to her quaint hometown of Ashland, Oregon, to heal a broken heart and help her mom at the family bakery. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is bringing in lots of tourists looking for some crumpets to go with their heroic couplets. But when one of Torte’s customers turns up dead, there’s much ado about murder…

The victim is Nancy Hudson, the festival’s newest board member. A modern-day Lady Macbeth, Nancy has given more than a few actors and artists enough reasons to kill her…but still. The silver lining? Jules’s high school sweetheart, Thomas, is the investigator on the case. His flirtations are as delicious as ever, and Jules can’t help but want to have her cake and eat it too. But will she have her just desserts? Murder might be bad for business, but love is the sweetest treat of all…

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Meet Your Baker was the perfect cozy mystery! It had such a great balance of suspense, love, humor, and great relationships.  It was the first novel that I have read by Ellie Alexander and it did not disappoint. Once I finished, I was eager to start the second book!

This particular novel follows Jules Capshaw who just moved back home to Ashland, Oregon after being on a cruise ship for several years working as a chef. Her plan was to stay at home for a short while and then move on to her next adventure. Little did she know that her heart would rekindle the love she once had for her small town and her families bakery Torte. However, when one of Torte’s customers is murdered, Jules finds herself in the middle of the investigation. Whether she was seeking answers or not, some how she would find bits and pieces to help her solve the case. Sadly, when Jules finally figures out who committed the murder, she would find herself in the act of another murder….or does she?

I will most definitely catch up on the series and hope to be done before the next novel comes out! I would highly recommend Meet the Baker if you are at all interested in cozy mysteries!

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What I’m Reading 03.13.19

Happy Wednesday bookworms! We are almost done with the week and I am ready for some down time with a good cup of joe and a book! I have been so pleased with how many books I have read this month and know that I will finish the month out with a bang! I have continued on with Cozy Mystery March, but have added in a couple of non-mystery books to my list. This particular week I am reading

  1. On Thin Icing by Ellie Alexander- I am about 50% done with this one and have truly loved this series so far!
  2. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid- This was my Book of the Month pick and IT.IS.SO.GOOD!!!
  3. Deadly News by Jody Holford- Another cozy mystery series I am starting. I have an eARC of the second book of the series so I am hoping to finish this first novel in the next day or so.
  4. Lemonade and Lies by Agatha Frost- I just finished the first book of the Peridale Cafe Mystery series and it was so so so good, so I am excited to dive into this second novel.

How is your month going? What has been your favorite book you have read so far?

xoxo

Nicole

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Mystery Monday: Top 5 Favorite Sleuths

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Happy Monday bookworms! How was your weekend? My weekend was very relaxing as I spent it in the mountains of West Virginia. We had a day of snow and a day of sunshine, it was absolutely perfect! I am glad to be home though and I am already dreaming of the weekend.

Today I coming to you with our first official Mystery Monday post! I want to talk about my top five favorite sleuths, but first what exactly is a sleuth? According to Merriam-Webster it is to act as a detective. Cozy mysteries are always filled with an awesome sleuth who just cannot seem to stay out of the investigations going on in their towns. It is always fun to follow each of these sleuths as they try and crack the case before the town Detective! So here are my top 5 sleuths!

  1. Lacy “Pink,” Pinkerton from the Port Danby Series by London Lovett
  2. Jules Capshaw from the Bakeshop Mysteries Series by Ellie Alexander
  3. Sunni Taylor from the Firefly Junction Series by London Lovett
  4. Julia South from the Peridale Cafe Mystery series by Agatha Frost
  5. Nora Pennington from the Secret, Book, & Scone Society series by Ellery Adams

Do you have any favorite sleuths? Let me know down below!

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What I’m Reading 03.07.19

Happy Thursday bookworms! Today is my Friday and I am heading straight to West Virginia after work to visit some family. This week has been a great reading week for me and I should be finishing up three more books within the next 2 days. This week I have read/ am reading:

  1. A Killer Bridal Party by London Lovett
  2. Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander
  3. Pancakes and Corpses by Agatha Frost
  4. Murder on Lot B by London Lovett
  5. A Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander.

It has been such a fun reading week and cannot wait to continue on with Cozy Mystery March! What have you read this week? Let me know down below!

xoxo

Nicole

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Mystery Monday 03.04.19

Happy Mystery Monday friends! I wanted to start this new series where we dive into some mystery goodness. My main focus will be Cozy Mysteries, but I will make sure to touch base with other types of mysteries and maybe even some thrillers!

In the middle of last year I read my first cozy and it is what got me to dive back into reading. They are so fun, but still keep you on your toes. For those of you who are not into gore, but love a good mystery..this subgenre is made for you! What I love most about cozies is that you truly form a connection with the characters and feel as if they are some of your best friends.

I am looking forward to getting this series going and hope that you will find a love for all things mystery!

Join me next week for the first official Mystery Monday post!

xoxo,

Nicole

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March 2019 TBR

Happy March friends! There is so much to look forward to this month, the main thing being that it is my birthday month! I am hoping for another good reading month and hope to get through at least ten books! This month I will be focusing on Mystery novels, particularly Cozy Mysteries. Are you a fan of Mysteries? What are some of your favorite novels?

This month I will be reading:

  1. A Killer Bridal Party (Firefly Junction #2) by London Lovett
  2. Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
  3. Murder at the Vicarage (Miss. Marple #1) by Agatha Christie
  4. On What Grounds (Coffeehouse Mystery #1) by Cleo Coyle
  5. Murder on Lot B (Starfire Cozy Mystery #1) by London Lovett
  6. Strawberry Shortcake Murder by Joanne Fluke
  7. Meet Your Baker  ( Bakeshop Mystery #1) by Ellie Alexander
  8. Roses and Revenge ( Port Danby #4) by London Lovett
  9. How to Bake a Murder by K.J. Emrick
  10. Deadly Vows by Jody Holford

I am excited to dive into each of these novels and know that its is going to be a great Mystery March!

 

xoxo

 

Nicole

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January 2019 Wrap-Up

Hey friends! Can you believe we are already done with January? It was a very good reading month for me. Last year was a rough year for reading so I was pleased to start off the year with reading 6 books.

 

The Wicker King: This was my first read of 2019 and the January pick for the Dragons & Tea book club This book is filled with so many emotions! It makes you laugh, it makes you cry, it makes you frustrated, and every other emotion that is out there.It follows two friends who love each other so much, but tend to depend on one another too much due to the lack of parental guidance. Jack deals with hallucinations and August sinks deeper and deeper as Jack explains the things he sees during his hallucinations. August gets sucked in so much, he joins jack in burning a down a building which leads them into spending time an asylum. 

The Legend of the Golden Raven: This is the companion novella to The Wicker King. I truly enjoyed reading this because it follows Jacks perspective of the story, but I wanted so much more. I wanted it to a go a little deeper into what exactly was going through his mind beyond what we read during the previous novel. I also wished it gave more background into Jacks relationship with his parents.

The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes: I was provided the eARC of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This novel follows three different women as they work through their stages of grief. I believe Ruth Hogan painted a beautiful picture of grief. However, as much I wanted to love this book, it lost my attention more than I would have liked. 

Seven Places Without YouSeven Places Without You is a graphic novel following a young woman named Elena who is going through a transitional phase in her relationship with her boyfriend Jorge. The only thing she can do is move out and start a life of her own. I really enjoyed this graphic novel.

Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop: This was my favorite book I read during the month of January! It follows a woman named Rosie who is going through a divorce all while embarking on a journey of living a nomadic life. It was a fun read and you can find my review here: Rosies I was provided the eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley. This is  set to release March 03,2019.

Mistletoe and Murder: I began reading this in January, but am still reading it. I always enjoy reading London Lovett’s books! Will write more in a future post!

 

Well there you have it, my January wrap up! How many books did you read last month?

 

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Review: Marigolds and Murder by London Lovett

Last year I discovered the world of cozy mysteries and let me just say, I have been missing out! Cozy mysteries are so fun and they keep you on your feet just enough to keep you wanting more! One of the authors that I came across last year was London Lovett….I can confidently say, she is one of my favorite authors! The first book that I read was Marigolds and Murder from Lovett’s Port Danby series.

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Let’s just say, there is an old Victorian house, a pumpkin contest, and a murder! Our heroine in the story , Lacey “Pink” Pinkerton left her six figure job to become a florist in a small seaside town called Port Danby. Little did she know, she would become an unofficial detective because of her million dollar nose! Oh and did I mention she has a cat named Nevermore and a pet crow named Kingston. How cool is that?

This was such a fun book to read! I became so enthralled with Lacey and her life. Not only was she new to town, she made friends easily, met two eligible  bachelors, and had a high sense of smell which she used to help solve  a murder. It was an easy read and the best part of it all, there are 8 more books in the series to continue to read!

Rating: 💛💛💛💛💛

Interested in reading Marigolds and Murder? You can find the ebook here Marigolds and Murder for FREE! You heard that right, this ebook is free even if you do not have kindle unlimited.

 

What are some of your favorite mystery books?