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Death by Chocolate Lab (Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery #1) by Bethany Blake

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Death by Chocolate Lab (Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery #1)4 Stars

Published February 28th 2017 by Kensington

Daphne and Piper Templeton are sisters who live together, but are opposites in nature. Piper is an organized veterinarian who owns a farm, Daphne has a doctorate in Philosophy and can’t even keep gas in her vehicle. She lives rent free with her sister while trying to start up her Pet Sitting business. When the book opens we meet Socrates, the philosopher basset hound, Artie, the chihuahua that is so ugly he is cute and three huge rottweilers named Macduff, Iago and Hamlet all on a walk with Daphne. I was hooked right there. Then along comes Piper’s ex Steve Beamus, who runs the Blue Ribbon K-9 Academy, with his Chocolate Lab, Axis. Daphne does not like Steve and has no idea what Piper ever saw in him. They are all trying to prepare the animals and the farm for a dog…

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The next book (2nd) in Farm to Fork did not disappoint as all of Lynn Cannon’ stories are good. Annie with her best friend, Felicia have open their restaurant. Their employees are working together but her sous chef Estebe is planning to help with Basque festival for a week. Information on the Basque culture was intriguing. Annie has agreed to help her neighbor with her elderly Mother, by hosting Mrs. Potterfor a week. There are some funny scenes caused by Mrs. Potter actions. Heather, an acquaintance is found murdered in the alley. Estebe’s cousin is the only suspect in the death. Annie gets involved to clear Javier. The goat, pig, chickens, the dog are again present. Annie affair with Ian is ongoing. I highly recommend this book and series.

Disclosure: Many Thanks to Lyrical Underground or a review…

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Review of Killer Green Tomatoes


Killer Green Tomatoes

Farm-To-Fork Mystery, Book #2

Lynn Cahoon

5 Stars


The time seems ripe for success as Angie Turner opens her farm-to-table restaurant in her Idaho hometown—until her new tomato supplier is accused of murder and Angie has to pick the real killer . . .

To Angie, nothing tastes more like summer than her Nona’s fried green tomatoes. Eager to add the recipe to the menu at the County Seat, she’s found the perfect produce supplier—her sous chef Estebe’s cousin, Javier. Just one problem: ladies’ man Javier’s current hot tomato Heather has turned up dead, and he’s the prime suspect. Somehow, between managing her restaurant and navigating a romantic triangle between Estebe and Ian, the owner/manager of the farmer’s market, Angie needs to produce evidence to clear Javier—before this green tomato farmer gets fried . . .

Praise for Lynn Cahoon’s Tourist Trap Mysteries

“Murder, dirty politics…

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WWW WEDNESDAY July 4, 2018



Today, I am taking part in WWW WEDNESDAY hosted by

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Review of Rockets’ Dead Glare


Rockets’ Dead Glare

A Tourist Trap Mystery, Book #9.5

Lynn Cahoon

5 Stars



As sunny South Cove, California, gears up for their annual Fourth of July celebrations, a local murder threatens to kill the fireworks . . .

South Cove’s local businesses are up in arms after volunteer fire chief Barry Gleason threatens to shut down anyone who doesn’t comply with the fire code. But when Barry schedules a training burn in an old abandoned barn, he is the only one who doesn’t come out alive. Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More—smells murder in the ashes. She’ll have to work quickly to nab a killer with a short fuse—or else everyone’s holiday will end with a fizzle . . . (Goodreads)


The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Aunt jackie is a bit of a stickler but I think she is beginning to mellow a little…

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Till Death Do Us Tart, by Ellie Alexander

The Girl with Book Lungs

Starting a new book from this series always feels like getting together with an old friend. No matter how long it has been since you’ve last talked, you can pick right up again in a comfortable and connected way. I would love to one day see if the real life Ashland, Oregon, is as cozy, warm, and inviting as Ellie Alexander paints it in her Bakeshop Mysteries!

Till Death Do Us Tart is the eighth book in this series and the whole town is secretly abuzz. Jules and the team at Torte are deep in clandestine plans to throw a Shakespeare inspired wedding for Jules’ mom and The Professor. But there are a few other things on Jules’ mind, too. First, her estranged husband, Carlos, is due back in town. Their relationship is one that Jules has yet to fully sort out–not to mention that this visit will be the…

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Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

Today, my first line comes from a book I am reading next.


For the second time in her life, Katie Beiler prayed for God to change His mind, to make His will reflect hers. But the click of her parents ’ bedroom door, followed by her dat’s sad eyes and pasty complexion, told her it wasn’t to be. “It is time, Katie.”


Katie Beiler was always the follower to her twin sister Hannah’s lead. That is until Hannah left their Amish upbringing for an English life—leaving Katie to find her own footing in a world that no longer looks as it once did . . .

Katie has always imagined her life being just like Mamm’s. It’s why she chose baptism and why she’ll soon marry Abram Zook. But ever since Hannah left, the only thing that truly…

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Death by Eggnog * Alex Erickson

Lisa s Everyday Life

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Krissy Hancock is staying in her adopted hometown of Pine Hills, Ohio, for Christmas this year—and she even has a whole week off from her combination bookstore-café. But a killer is about to dampen her spirits . . .

Unfortunately, Krissy’s been roped into filling in for a sick elf in the local holiday musical extravaganza. With a demanding director, backstage gossip, and two men in fierce competition for the starring role, it isn’t all sweetness and Christmas lights. Then a murder puts a stop to the production, and Krissy is faced with a pageant of suspects.

Could her ex-boyfriend, a fellow elf, really be the culprit as the police are claiming? Or will the actor playing Santa be trading his red suit for an orange jumpsuit? When her behind-the-scenes investigation starts getting dangerous, the only thing Krissy really wants is to make it to Christmas dinner alive…

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Blog Post by Bernard Schaffer

At first I wasn’t sure if I wanted him. Cody was a basement dog, rescued out of Philly. He had scabs all across his front and hind legs from sleeping on concrete for so long. He’d never been neutered, which made me suspect he’d just been used for breeding. He was a big, powerful, yellow lab with a coat like a lion’s mane. When I first went to meet him, he didn’t know how to act around people. I brought him a few toys, and he ignored them completely. He seemed wild and to be honest, a little scary.

At the time, my daughter was just eight, and tiny, and the night before we brought him home I lay in bed terrified that something would go wrong.

The rescue foundation had taken a picture of him while he was still chained up in the basement, and in it, he was looking up at the camera. I started to wonder what his life had been like, lying down there, listening to the family above, maybe wanting nothing more than to be a part of the pack.

Me and the kids went to get him from the shelter, and I took him over to the car. The kids got in the back seat and I had to heave him into the front seat, because he seemed too confused to understand he was coming with us. Well, I thought. Here goes nothing.

The second the car started moving, he squeezed between the two front seats and forced himself into the back. He laid down across both kids’ laps and they petted him and played with him the entire ride home. That was it. He was our dog after that.

I dressed him up Star Trek shirts and cool bandanas and took him on daily walks and yelled at him to move over when he took up the entire bed. I carried him through the snow when he decided he didn’t like the way the ice felt on his paws and wouldn’t walk any further.

It lasted two years. Two very good years. The vet found the first tumor in his back leg and operated on it. Assuring me it was all gone. It came back six months later, worse than before. Inoperable, they said. Something needs to be done quick, they said. Continue reading “Blog Post by Bernard Schaffer”

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