Saturday, December 14, 2019

ROCCO's December cozy Reviews!!!!!!

Merow!
Let's start off with a new series!


LADY TAKES THE CASE
A Manor Cat Mystery
Eliza Casey
Berkley Prime Crime
November 26, 2019
4 1/2 stars

When a dinner party turns deadly, the feisty Lady Cecilia Bates and intuitive cat Jack are on the case, in this first entry to an exciting new historical-mystery series.

England 1912. Danby Hall is the only home Lady Cecilia Bates has ever known. Despite the rigid rules of etiquette and her mother the Countess of Avebury's fervent desire to see her married off, Lady Cecilia can't imagine life anywhere else. But now, with an agricultural depression sweeping the countryside, the Bates family's possession of the hall is suddenly in peril.  

A possible solution arrives in the form of the imperious American heiress Annabel Clarke. The Earl and Countess of Avebury are determined that Cecilia's brother, Patrick, will win Annabel's hand in marriage—and her fortune along with it. To help the lackluster Patrick in this pursuit, the Bates and their staff arrange a grand house party upon the heiress's arrival. 

first in a new and promising series!  With of course a stellar cat!  Four 1/2 paws!!!!!!


MURDER SHE WROTE: A TIME FOR MURDER
Jessica Fletcher/Jon Land
Berkley Prime Crime
November 26, 2019
Five Paws


In the fiftieth entry in this USA Today bestselling series, two timelines converge as Jessica Fletcher returns to high school to investigate the murder of an old colleague, while we meet Jessica as a young teacher solving her very first murder...Young Jessica Fletcher's life couldn't be more ordinary. She teaches at the local high school while she and her loving husband, Frank, are raising their nephew Grady together. But when the beloved principal dies under mysterious circumstances, Jessica knows something is off and, for the very first time, investigates a death.

Present-day Jessica returns to high school for a colleague's retirement party and has fun seeing familiar faces. That is, until the colleague winds up dead--and his death has mysterious links to Jessica's very first murder case. 

With nothing but her own instincts to guide her, Jessica embarks on a quest to find out what really happened all those years ago

Jon Land does justince to Jessica's 50th adventure!  the plot alternates between two time eras, intertwining two mysteries.  Excellent addition to this tried and true series. Five paws!!!!!


BREWED AWAKENING
A COFFEEHOUSE MYSTERY
CLEO COYLE
DECEMBER 3, 2019
FIVE STARS
BERKLEY PRIME CRIME


When coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi awakens on a bench in Washington Square Park, she has no idea she's been missing for the past week, or that her friends and family have been frantic with worry. Now that she's back, everyone is overjoyed, including a handsome NYPD detective who claims to be her fiancé. But to Mike Quinn's crushing distress, Clare doesn't remember him, or much of anything about the last decade of her life.

Clare's missing memory is tied to a crime she witnessed. An acquaintance of Clare's elegant employer--and fellow member of an exclusive Gotham circle known as "The Ladies Who Brunch"--invited Clare to her posh hotel to sample gourmet wedding cakes. The pair took a stroll after their indulgent tasting and, according to security camera footage, a masked figure snatched the hotel heiress at gunpoint with Clare looking on. Did the kidnapper take Clare, too? The camera went dark, just like Clare's memory. Soon authorities grow suspicious. Is Clare really a victim? Or merely acting like one? Evidence is mounting that she set the woman up.

To clear her name, Clare must find a way to reclaim her memories and rescue the heiress before this high-stakes crime ends in tragedy. Otherwise, instead of walking down the aisle, Clare may find herself perp-walking to prison as an accomplice to kidnapping and murder.

Love, love, love this series and all the characters!  As always, a fine mystery and I can't wait for the next!  
Five Paws!!!!!


SELL LOW SWEET HARRIET
Sarah WinstonGarage Sale mystery
Kensington
Sherry Harris
December 31, 2019


ONE WOMAN’S TRASH . . .
Sarah Winston’s garage sale business has a new client: the daughter of a couple who recently died in a tragic accident while away on a trip to Africa. Their house is full of exotic items from around the world that need to be sold off. When Sarah learns that the deceased were retired CIA agents, the job becomes more intriguing—but when an intruder breaks in and a hidden camera is found, it also becomes more dangerous. And Sarah has enough on her plate right now since she’s investigating a murder on the side at the nearby Air Force base, where her status as a former military spouse gives her a special kind of access.
 
. . . IS ANOTHER WOMAN’S TROUBLE
With so much work piling up, Sarah decides to hire some help. But her assistant, Harriet—a former FBI hostage negotiator—has a rare talent for salesmanship. Which is good, because Sarah may have to haggle for her life with Harriet’s assistance . . .


MATCHMAKING CAN BE MURDER
Amanda Flower
Kensington
december 31, 2019
four stars
When widowed Millie Fisher moves back to her childhood home of Harvest, Ohio, she notices one thing right away—the young Amish are bungling their courtships and marrying the wrong people! A quiltmaker by trade, Millie has nevertheless stitched together a few lives in her time, with truly romantic results. Her first mission? Her own niece, widowed gardener Edith Hochstetler, recently engaged to rude, greedy Zeke Miller. Anyone can see he’s not right for such a gentle young woman—except Edith herself.
 
Pleased when she convinces the bride-to-be to leave her betrothed before the wedding, Millie is later panicked to find Zeke in Edith’s greenhouse—as dead as a tulip in the middle of winter. To keep her niece out of prison—and to protect her own reputation—Millie will have to piece together a patchwork of clues to find a killer, before she becomes the next name on his list . . .
 



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17 comments:

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  2. Thank you Rocco for sharing these wonderful books. I love following your blog before choosing a book so I have an insight to the book. Happy Holidays to you and yours. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  3. I fine collection.
    The newest Coffeehouse Mystery, Brewed Awakening, is fantastic! What a concept.
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  4. Some really good stories coming out, and some great covers! Thanks for the giveaway.
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  5. As usual, these are great reviews, Rocco. Thanks so much for sharing and Meowy Catmas to you! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. Happy holidays to you guys! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. Merry Christmas, Rocco and Toni! Thanks for the info on the latest new releases. Lots of great reading from great authors. Thanks for the chance.
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  8. Happy Holidays Rocco and toni thank you for this newsletter but I don't get them very much and i also check spam regularly but I do enjoy getting it. Merry Catmas to you! Peggy Clayton ptclayton2@aol.com

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  9. Definitely a couple of books there that I'd love to read. Merry Christmas!

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  10. Enjoyed your reviews, Rocco!
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  12. Good books to read. I own books by Amanda Flower and also lots of Murder, She Wrote ones.
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