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Great Escapes Virtual Book–Magick Run Amok

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I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Sharon Pape and her new release Magick Run Amok.  This is the third book in her Abracadabra Mystery series.  I have read all three of the books and they are all great.

Magick Run Amok (An Abracadabra Mystery)
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Lyrical Underground (May 1, 2018)
Print Length: 337 pages
Digital ASIN: B074LTNV8H

Purchase: Amazon  B&N   kobo  BookBub

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Magick Run Amok (An Abracadabra Mystery)
by Sharon Pape

We get to follow Kailyn, her aunt, Merlin, and the cats on yet another murder investigation that will have you laughing and gasping along the way.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

I felt this read was full of lighthearted fun with plenty of twists and turns to draw me into the mystery. I like the cross-genre that mixes the mystery with…

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Murder at the Mansion (A Kelly Jackson Mystery #2) by Janet Finsilver

Carla Loves To Read

Murder at the Mansion4 Stars

My Review: This is the second book in the Kelly Jackson Mystery series. You can read this as a stand alone story, but I would suggest you read the first book to get to know the characters. Kelly has completed her move to Redwood Cove Bed & Breakfast where she’s the new manager. At this time they are having renovations completed so are not open to the public at the time of this book. Kelly has been asked to help out at a sister resort, Redwood Heights doing an inventory. Kelly’s boss, Michael Corrigan, is selling the resort and wants to be sure of its contents. The resort has a couple of issues during the book, one is that jewellery is being stolen, the second is a murder of a Resorts International “secret shopper”, Sylvia Porter, staying at the resort to assess service. Because a couple of people…

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Killer Party (A Tourist Trap Mystery #9) by Lynn Cahoon

Carla Loves To Read

Killer Party (A Tourist Trap Mystery, #9)4 Stars

My Review: Another visit to South Cove, California finds our protagonist Jill Gardner adjusting to life having recently begun living with her boyfriend, police detective Greg. She had an extremely busy life with her recent life change, juggling college classes, her business and her aunt, who is planning her upcoming nuptials. Even with all she has on her plate, she makes time to spend a weekend at “The Castle” to celebrate the engagement of Greg’s best friend as well as meeting all the guys and their wives that Greg grew up with. When the guest of honor, Levi, is found dead floating in the pool, the party quickly becomes a group of people that are all considered suspects. When Greg is taken off the case because he was present at the party, he asks Jill to help him investigate. He feels responsible for Levi’s death due to the…

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Baking With Your Children – A Fun And Wonderful Way to Create Special Memories by Diana Cosby

In addition to growing up with my mom who is a wonderful cook, I spent a lot of time baking with my grandmother in the mountains of Vermont.  I cherish the memories of creating recipes, of the stories I’d listen to as we’d mix the ingredients, and the scents of warm cookies, cake, bread, and more.  A tradition that I shared with my children as they grew up.

 

Through baking I taught my kids how to measure, to count, and to be artistic in thinking beyond the recipe and create something new, and to have fun as I’d place a small dollop of frosting on the tip of their noses.  For birthday’s they’d pick themes for their cakes, and on holidays they’d help place special effects, usually created with chocolate, candy, or toys.  In addition, they learned about sharing what they baked with friends and neighbors, and how to help the community by donating their creations to bake sales.

 

 

I’m a huge believer in giving back and helping others, a trait I wanted my kids to embrace in their lives.  For several years I made cakes for Make-A-Wish.  As I’d decorate the cake, with my children giving me suggestions on what colors to use or details to ad, we’d talk about the challenges of life, and how important it was to thank God for each day.

 

As I look back, I’m grateful for those special moments of baking with my children, it was more than teaching them life lessons, but a way to create special memories that will forever touch their, as my heart.

 

“Diana Cosby is superbly talented.” —Cathy Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author

In battle-torn Scotland, a castle’s mistress awaits her groom, a warrior she has never met . . .

Lady Gwendolyn Murphy’s fiancé has finally arrived at Latharn Castle, but she expects no joy in their introduction. Gwendolyn is well aware of Bróccín MacRaith’s cold reputation. Yet from first glance, she is drawn to the intimidating stranger. Impossible! How could she be dazzled by such a callous man?

Little does she know, Bróccín is dead. The man Gwendolyn believes to be her intended is actually Sir Aiden MacConnell, a member of the Knights Templar and her enemy, masquerading as the earl to gain access to the castle. His soul is dedicated to God and war; he has no time for luxuries of the flesh. But Gwendolyn’s intoxicating beauty, intellect, and fortitude lures him to want the forbidden.

With the wedding date quickly approaching and the future of Scotland at stake, Aiden gathers critical intelligence and steels himself for his departure, vowing to avoid an illicit liaison. But a twist of fate forces him to choose—move forward with a life built on a lie, or risk everything for the heart of one woman?

Praise for the novels of Diana Cosby

“Cosby gives you it all—passion, danger, lush history and a touch of magic. Excellent reading.” —Hannah Howell, New York Times bestselling author

“A sexy new voice in historical romance. Scottish historicals have a bright new star.” —Sandra Hill, USA Today bestselling author

“Diana Cosby writes wonderful historical romance!” —Susan King

How to survive a murder mystery By Dana Dratch

When it comes to fiction, who doesn’t love a good murder mystery?

The classic whodunnits combine all the best elements: Suspicious characters. Glamorous settings. Curious clues. And malicious motives (the more the merrier).

After the victim is dispatched (preferably neatly), the focus quickly turns to the “who,” “how” and “why” of the puzzle – with minimal time out for tears. And reading the will.

But those classic cozies also offer up some pretty solid lessons in real-world survival. Here are four:

  1. If your meal tastes “off,” for the love of Agatha Christie, just spit it out.

How many characters realize that their tea cake, poached fish or evening cocoa tastes “off,” but don’t want to make a fuss?  So they swallow their objections (along with who-knows-what else). Next thing you know, the inspector is declaring it a homicide and telling everyone not to leave town.

So if that coffee comes with the faint odor of bitter almonds, dump it and get yourself a fresh cup.

Oh, and if you’ve contracted some condition that renders you unable to smell or taste, you might just want to do the cooking yourself.

  1. Blackmailing a murderer is a good way to become Body #2.

Snaky servants, slippery relatives and nosy neighbors who try to cash in on errant eavesdropping or the well-timed lurk don’t last long in murder mysteries. (And they’re not too popular in real life, either.)

Blackmailers, who monetize their knowledge of the crime, are a special subset of murder mystery villains: Those who often become victims. Because Karma is alive and well in cozies.

  1. Share what you know.

They’re the staple of the murder mystery: Those dithering, weak-willed or obstinate souls who announce that they “know something” but can’t or won’t reveal what. (For some reason, they soon head off to deserted houses, crowded train stations, or long, dark walks in the woods.)

So if you suspect you know who killed the Countess or how the missing matchbook might reveal the murderer, speak up. Snitches may get stitches, but at least they make it to the end of the book. Continue reading “How to survive a murder mystery By Dana Dratch”

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Infused with the rhythms of life in modern-day India,

acclaimed author Sonali Dev’s candid, rewarding novel beautifully evokes all the complexities of the human heart in

A DISTANT HEART. 

  • “Searingly asks its characters what they’re willing to do for the people they love… explores family dynamics, class issues, and many layers of guilt, hope, and determination in ways that are both distinctly Indian and universally luminous. Another beautiful, breathtaking novel from a not-to-be-missed author.” – Kirkus, STARRED Review

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Title: A Distant Heart

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Author: Sonali Dev

Genre: Romantic Women’s Fictoin

Release Date: December 26, 2017

Publisher: Kensington

Page Count: 100k

Print ISBN: 978-1496705761

Digital ISBN: B06XZR97YK

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Synopsis:

 

Her name means “miracle” in Sanskrit, and…

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Of Murder and Men (Cat Latimer Mystery #3) by Lynn Cahoon

Carla Loves To Read

Of Murder and Men (Cat Latimer Mystery, #3)4 Stars

My Review: Cat Latimer has her January writers’ retreat people coming. This is her fourth retreat, but only one has gone off without a hitch. This time, the partners are back in the middle of a murder investigation. Cat’s friend and business partner, Shauna, has recently gotten engaged and is spending a lot of time at Kevin’s ranch. She heads over for dinner, taking a pot of stew for dinner. After returning to the house, she does not trust Cat to get breakfast ready, she is woken in the middle of the night by Cat’s Uncle Pete. Kevin is dead, he was poisoned and the poison was in the stew. Not only is Shauna devastated, but she is also a suspect, especially since she recently bought rat poison at the local hardware store. Cat is now investigation Michael’s death (her ex-husband) and Kevin’s. Will she be able to…

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Hospitality and Homicide (A Tourist Trap Mystery #8) by Lynn Cahoon

Carla Loves To Read

Hospitality and Homicide (A Tourist Trap Mystery, #8)4.5 Stars

My Review: 

I enjoyed another visit to South Cover, California as well as to Coffee, Books and More. There is a lot going on, some planned and some not, such as the murder of one of the local Bed & Breakfast places in town. Once again, Jill is involved in the business group when she meets up with the newest business owner, Ian, who has opened a clock repair business. As well she hears some grumbling about Walter’s B&B not doing as well as he hoped. There is also an author in town to do an event and book signing as well as ride along with Greg, a detective and Jill’s boyfriend. When Walter ends up dead, trussed to a tree, Nate, the author is the first suspect. You see, this was the way he had written a murder in his upcoming book. Of course, Jill sticks her nose…

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