Wednesday, June 27, 2018

ROCCO's July Cozy Reviews!

Ma-row!

It's time for my July cozy reviews!

Let's start off with one by one of my favorite authors:

ITALIAN ICED
AN ETHNIC EATS MYSTERY
KYLIE LOGAN
BERKLEY PRIME CRIME
JUNE 26
FOUR AND A HALF STARS

When Laurel Inwood features Italian cuisine on the Terminal at the Tracks menu, she knows she'll need to stock the shelves, the fridge, and the freezer with plenty of wonderful delicacies. She just never expected one of them to be her former employer, Hollywood superstar Meghan Cohan.

And one day, when Laurel is at the restaurant early to get ready for the regular rush of customers, that's exactly what she finds--Meghan dead in the Terminal freezer.

What's a Hollywood A-lister doing in Hubbard, Ohio? 

For Laurel, that's the real question, because the first question she'd ask in any other murder investigation--who would want the victim dead?--seems pretty much a no-brainer in this case.

Who would want Meghan dead?

Love this series and love, love, the concept of this particular instalment.  Watching Laurel track down the killer is sheer fun!  A winner!  Four and a half paws. 


ON HER MAJESTY'S FRIGHTFULLY SECRET SERVICE
A ROYAL SPYNESS MYSTERY
Rhys Bowen
June 26
Berkley
Four Stars

When royal sleuth Georgie Rannoch receives a letter from her dearest friend Belinda, who's in an Italian villa awaiting the birth of her illegitimate baby, she yearns to run to her side.  But then opportunity presents itself in a most unexpected way--her cousin the queen asks her to attend a house party in the Italian Lake Country. The Prince of Wales and the dreadful Mrs. Simpson have been invited, and Her Majesty is anxious to thwart a possible secret wedding. Georgie soon discovers that she attended finishing school with the hostess of the party--and the hatred they had for each other then has barely dimmed. To add to things, Darcy's working undercover and her actress mother shows up.  So of course, Murphy's Law ensues!

An excellent entry in this series.  I'm generally not too fond of stories set abroad but in Georgie's case I'll make an exception LOL.  Watching her cope with all the quirky characters around her in addition to solving the mystery is part of what makes this series great.  Four Stars.

SCANDAL ABOVE STAIRS
A below Stairs Mystery
Jennifer Ashley
July 3
Berkley
Four Stars

Priceless artwork has gone missing from the home of a wealthy baronet, and his wife stands to take the blame. When Kat's employer asks for help in clearing her friend's name, Kat trades her kitchen for the homes of Mayfair's wealthiest families. Soon antiques are disappearing not only from the extravagant households of connoisseurs and collectors, but from the illustrious British Museum.

As the thefts increase in frequency, Kat calls upon her friend Daniel McAdam, who has already set himself up in a pawnshop on the Strand as a seedy receiver of stolen goods. When a man is murdered in the shop, Kat must use all of her wits to see that the thieves are caught and justice is done.

This second adventure in Jennifer Ashley's "Below Stairs" series delivers! Kat is an excellent sleuth and I have to admit I'm growing fonder of this series with each volume. Four Stars.

DYEING UP LOOSE ENDS
A Knitting Mystery
Maggie Sefton
Berkley
July 3
Four Stars

Kelly is happily busy with her son, Jack, now a rambunctious four-year-old preschooler. Jack keeps his mom on her toes and drinking all the coffee she can handle at Pete’s Porch CafĂ©. Kelly splits her free time between Pete’s and Lambspun, where her fellow knitters love hearing all about Jack’s latest exploits. They’ve also been taking a trip down memory lane, reminiscing about crimes that Kelly had a hand in solving over the years. But the Lambspun crew is horrified when a very present-day murder occurs in their midst—and Julie is the victim. 

With her sleuthing instincts on full alert, Kelly starts asking questions. The well-liked waitress may have had enemies no one knew about, or she could have just been in the wrong place at the wrong time. Kelly and her friends at Lambspun soon learn that the answers are knottier and more shocking than they ever dreamed…
It's nice to see how the c haracters in this series have grown, and that they still enjoy solving msyteries! Fans will love this adventure.  Four Stars! 

POISONED PAGES
A Booktown Mystery
Lorna Barrett
July 10
Berkley
Four Stars

They say nothing kills a good party like a bad menu, and Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, finds that out in spades.  Tricia's learned to cook, and decides to show off her new culinary skills by making all the food for her housewarming party herself.  Unfortunately, when one ofthe guests dies, Tricia and her ex-lover, Chef Baker, find themselves in the proverbial hot water!  To top things off, Stoneham is in the middle of a vandalism wave. Are the two connected? Tricia has to find the killer before she becomes the next course on his menu.

I've only recently discovered this series and, as with many others, now I have to go back and read all the others!  I love Tricia's style and wit, and love to watch her as she immerses herself in sleuthing!  A definite winner. Four Stars. 


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11 comments:

  1. Thanks, ROCCO. More books for the TBR pile! Marla Bradeen: mbradeen@yahoo.com

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  2. I haven't read any of these yet. Loving the covers too.

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  4. Meow! These reviews are all great and the books will go on the TBR list. I follow your blog by email and we are friends on FB. aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. What great authors/books you have chosen for July. I am a friend on FB and also follow you blog by email. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  6. Daisy sends woff woffs to you as I try to type with her in my lap and i love all the books i follow the blog mentioned on fb and love your blog peggy clayton ptclayton2@aol.com

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  7. Thanks for your reviews of the books being released in July. Would really like to read "Scandal Above Stairs". Sounds like my kind of read.
    Rocco, I follow your blog and on Twitter. We are friends on Facebook, shared on Facebook and Twitter.
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  8. Great collection, Rocco
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  9. A great selection of books. I've read books by some of the authors, but not all, yet. I need to get busy on them.
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  10. Thank you for sharing your reviews on these books! I am always looking to find more reading books. Thanks for the share, I will let you know what I think about these reads. Keep up the posts.
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