Saturday, October 5, 2019

ROCCO'S OCTOBER COZY REVIEWS!

MA-ROW!!!

ROCCO's October cozy reviews are here!!!!!!!


A Killer Carol
An Amsh Mystery
Laura Bradford
Berkley Prime Crime
September 29, 2019
four Stars

As the owner of Heavenly Treasures, the local gift shop, Claire is busier than ever helping her English customers (and even a few of her Amish friends, like Esther and Ben) find the perfect gift for the special people on their shopping list.

Claire makes sure she has time for her boyfriend, Detective Jakob Fisher. But the man, who was raised and then shunned by the Amish over his choice of career, has been unusually secretive lately. She tries not to worry, to trust their relationship, but trying and doing aren't exactly matching up.

Before she can figure out what's going on with Jakob, word comes that Ruth and Samuel Yoder are being questioned in the death of an elderly Amish couple, found murdered not long after the newlyweds were seen leaving the victims' farm. Ruth, in turn, seeks Claire's help in convincing the police that she and Samuel had nothing to do with what happened. But when Claire comes across a cryptic note tucked inside the wedding gift the victims had given the newlyweds no more than an hour before their murder, she finds herself in dire need of a little convincing as well.

Can Claire get to the bottom of things in time to ensure a merry Christmas for all?  Cute cozy with interesttig characters  Four paws



BEYOND A REASONABLE STOUT
ELLIE ALEXANDER
MINOTAUR/HARD COVER
OCTOBER 1, 2019
FOUR AND A HALF STARS



Amateur sleuth Sloan Krause delves into the murderous political world in another delightful mystery from popular cozy writer Ellie Alexander.
It’s the dead season in Leavenworth, Washington. The throngs of Oktoberfest crowds have headed home, and the charming Bavarian streets are quiet and calm―momentarily. Villagers use the reprieve to drink in the crisp fall mountain air and prepare for the upcoming winter light festival. Soon the German-inspired shops and restaurants will be aglow with thousands of twinkling lights. Visitors will return to the northern Cascades to drink warm mulled cider and peruse the holiday markets. Brewer, Sloan Krause and her partner in crime Garrett Strong are using the slowdown to stock up on a new line of their signature craft beers at Nitro. They’re experimenting with a hoppy holiday pine and a chocolate hazelnut stout. The small brewery is alive with delicious scents and bubbling batches of brew.
Sloan is in her element. She loves the creativity and lowkey atmosphere at Nitro. Only that is soon threatened by the incumbent city councilmember Kristopher Cooper. Kristopher is running for re-election on a platform of making Leavenworth dry. Everyone in beertopia is fuming. Leavenworth’s economy relies on keeping the kegs flowing. Kristopher wants to banish beer, a policy that might just bankrupt the entire village. However, Kristopher turns up dead days before election night. Sloan quickly realizes that his murder isn’t the work of a stranger. Friends, family, and every other business owner had a motive to kill him, including none other than April Ablin, Leavenworth’s self-described ambassador of all things German. Sloan finds herself defending April and trying to sleuth out a killer amongst a group of familiar faces.  THIS IS AN ENJOYABLE SERIES, PARTICULARLY IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BEER AND LEARNING MORE ABOUT IT.  I ENJOY WATCHING SLOAN DELVE INTO MYSTERIES AND I PARTICLARLY ENJOY THE SEXUAL TENSION BETWEEN HER AND GARRETT AND ALSO BETWEEN SLOANE AND HER EX.  A DEFINITE 4 1/2 PAWS!!1



COACHED TO DEATH
VICTORIA LAURIE
KENSINGTON
OCTOBER 1, 2019
FIVE STARS

When Catherine Cooper settles in the Hamptons on the heels of a nasty split from her long-time husband, the luxurious coastal community seems like the perfect place to get back on track in style. But as Cat soon discovers, starting fresh on the East End can be deadly . . .

Cat Cooper never imagined selling off her in-demand marketing firm would mean going from the pinnacle of success to a walking hot mess. Gouged from an unexpected divorce, Cat suddenly finds herself struggling through a new career as a business-savvy life coach for the hopelessly adrift in East Hampton and contending with Heather Holland—a spiteful neighbor who will do anything to bully her out of town. But her second act may very well continue behind bars when Heather’s dead body turns up next to a shattered punchbowl . . . and Cat’s pinned as the murderer.

But given Heather’s mean girl reputation, any one of the guests at her invite-only luncheon could have committed the crime before planting Cat’s punchbowl next to the body. Determined not to trade designer duds for an unflattering prison jumpsuit, Cat sides with her best friend Gilley to scour chic boutiques and oceanfront mansions in search of the criminal who framed her. With a stoic detective looking to get her in cuffs, it’s up to Cat to catch the real killer and land on her feet once again . . .

Fans of Laurie's Abby Cooper series will enjoy seieng Abby's sister Cat take center stage. Who knew Cat had it in her to be a detective?  Hoping that this signals the start of a new series for Laurie.  Five stars.



SHOT THROUGH THE HEARTH
A Fixer Upper Mystery
Kate Carlisle
October 29, 2019
BERKLEY PRIME CRIME
FIVE STARS

Contractor Shannon Hammer is measuring murder motives in the latest Fixer-Upper Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of A Wrench in the Works and Eaves of Destruction...

Shannon's good friend and retired tech billionaire, Raphael Nash, is loving his new retired life but he can't stay unoccupied for too long. He's started the Marigold Foundation that helps fund small companies and individuals who do humanitarian work around the world. It's an exciting time in Lighthouse Cove as Raphael hosts the first ever global conference inviting big thinkers from every area of industry to give presentations on eco-living.

Raphael's old business partner arrives in town with a grudge and a plan to steal him away from his important new passion project. Shannon knows her friend has no intention of giving up Marigold and is proud of Raphael for sticking to his guns. But when his former associate winds up dead, all signs point to Raphael.

It's up to Shannon to hammer out the details of the murder before her friend gets pinned for the crime...

This is anohter enjoyable entry in the Shannon Hammer series (which I found via the Hallmark movies). 



MUMBO GUMBO MURDER
LAURA CHILDS/TERRIE FARLEY MORAN
sCRAPBOOKNG MYSTERY
OCTOBER 1, 2019
BERKLEY
FIVE STARS

It's Jazz Fest in New Orleans, and the giant puppets from the Beastmaster Puppet Theatre are parading through the French Quarter. Some are very spooky and veiled, others are tall and gangly, like strange aliens.

As the parade proceeds, Carmela Bertrand and her best friend, Ava, follow behind, down Royal Street and past the food booths. Suddenly, they hear a terrible crash from Devon Dowling's antiques shop. They rush inside to find Devon collapsed with blood streaming down the side of his face. Has he been shot? Stabbed? 911 is hastily called, and the police and EMTs show up. After the police examine Devon's body, they tell Carmela and Ava that their friend was murdered with an icepick. They're shocked beyond belief—and now Mimi, Devon's little pug, is left homeless.

Carmela and Ava are determined to catch the murderer, but the list of suspects is long. How long do they have before they find themselves on the killer's list?  What can we say?  #16 is just as good as the first 15!  Watch for a more detailed review and giaveaway next week!!!!!!

A MERRY MURDER
Kate Kingsbury
A Pennyfoot Holiday Mystery
Berkley PUblishing
October 1, 2019
Four Paws

It is an Edwardian Christmas, and the Pennyfoot Hotel is all dressed up. But when one of the guests turns up dead, owner Cecily Sinclair Baxter realizes it is not only the Pennyfoot that is back in business—the hotel's Christmas curse is, too...

The Pennyfoot halls are decked with boughs of holly, a magnificently decorated tree graces the lobby, and the hotel's bookings are finally looking up. Owner of the Pennyfoot, Cecily Sinclair Baxter is in high holiday spirits until disaster strikes, threatening to ruin yet another Yuletide. Her chief housemaid Gertie McBride has found a man's body in the hotel laundry room—with a woman's scarf wrapped around his neck and a note in his pocket from the hotel's new maid.

Cecily is determined to track down the culprit, but with multiple suspects icing her out of crucial clues, she realizes this killer may be more slippery than most. With Christmas right around the corner, it is up to Cecily to prevent this holiday season at the Pennyfoot from turning out more fatal than festive.

Our first time reading this series, and while we're not big on the historicals, this one was very good!  People who enjoy historicals and mysteries will like this book for sure.

THE BODIES IN THE LIBRARY
A FIRST EDITION LIBRARY MYSTERY
MARTY WINGATE
BERKLEY; HARDCOVER
OCTOBER 8, 2019
FOUR PAWS





Hayley Burke's fresh start as the curator of The First Edition Society's library in Bath, England, is about to take a rotten turn in this charming new mystery series from USA Today bestselling author Marty Wingate.

Hayley Burke has landed a dream job. She is the new curator of Lady Georgiana Fowling's First Edition library. The library is kept at Middlebank House, a lovely Georgian home in Bath, England. Hayley lives on the premises and works with the finicky Glynis Woolgar, Lady Fowling's former secretary.

Mrs. Woolgar does not like Hayley's ideas to modernize The First Edition Society and bring in fresh blood. And she is not even aware of the fact that Hayley does not know the first thing about the Golden Age of Mysteries. Hayley is faking it till she makes it, and one of her plans to breathe new life into the Society is actually taking flight--an Agatha Christie fan fiction writers group is paying dues to meet up at Middlebank House.

But when one of the group is found dead in the venerable stacks of the library, Hayley has to catch the killer to save the Society and her new job. First in a new series. Four paws.

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7 comments:

  1. These look really good. I've never heard of the Kate Kingsbury series. Thanks for the info ❤ hlc78@yahoo.com Holly Calhoun

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  2. I am so excited about these books as they are all good books and Rocco remember no Halloween pranks for us just more books! Have a good Halloween and month of October. Peggy Clayton ptclayton2@aol.com

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  3. Hi Rocco! thanks again for another wonderful series of reviews. aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. So many goodies here. Hard to decide which one to read first.
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  5. Hi Rocco! Thanks for the reviews on the new release. Lots of great reads for the fall and winter season. Shared on Facebook. Thanks for the chance.
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  6. Thank you for another awesome roundup, ROCCO! Marla Bradeen: mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

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