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Month: October 2016

Send in the Clowns Book Review

Send in the Clowns Book Review

True Confession – The Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours have had so many awesome book review opportunities recently, I may have said yes to too many in a short amount of time. When this review was coming due, I was worried. I only had a couple days to read the book and write my review.

Well, I shouldn’t have been worried at all because Send in the Clowns by Julie Mulhern was such a great read that I had it completed in 24 hours. This book is a great read for the Halloween season. Ellison has enough to deal with in her personal life, but when she finds yet another dead body, things really get out of control. Which Ellison’s mother thinks is quite inconvenient and she should just stop doing.

This book is full of quick wit and humor, combined with a heroine you can’t help but root for. It is easy to find elements to identify with Ellison and I found myself relating to her and rooting for her as I read on.

Do yourself a favor. Pick up a copy of this book today. It’s the perfect read while you are waiting for Trick-or-Treaters to come by your house in a couple of days. Julie has also kindly agreed to give away five e-book copies of another installment of her Country Club Murders Series, “The Deep End.” Enter below for your chance to win.

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The Good, The Bad, and the Guacamole

The Good, The Bad, and the Guacamole

My name is Garth McNary. I am guest posting on Marie’s blog today to tell you about a new book we just finished reading. The Good, The Bad, and the Guacamole by Rebecca Adler. I have never guest posted on a blog before, but if Lenny the Chihuahua in this book can have a blog, I figured why can’t I guest good bad guacamole_layouts.inddpost? I sat next to my Mom on the couch and slept while she read the book, so I feel quite qualified to comment.

This is a fun book about Josie Callahan who is writing and waitressing her way through life in the small town of Broken Boot, Texas. When Josie’s best friend, Patti is accused of murdering an up-and-coming country singer who was traveling through town, Josie can’t sit ideally by and watch her friend be accused of a crime she did not commit.

Josie and Lenny are fearless as they question neighbors, band members, and anyone else they feel can help them clear Patti’s name. It is clear that Josie is fiercely loyal and loving to her family and friends. Her character shines through as a favorite part of this book. She isn’t afraid to step out of her comfort zone if it means standing up for those she cares about.

If you’re a human, grab yourself a margarita and some chips and guacamole and snuggle in with this book.  If you’re a furry friend and see your human grabbing these items, snuggle up next to them and get ready for a nice long rest. The book is one they will be sitting with awhile (it’s tough to put down!) It is a fun read and you are sure to enjoy!

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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I would like to thank Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours & Penguin Random House Publishing for the opportunity to review.

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About the “Author” – Garth McNary is a 14 year old rescue beagle from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. These days he enjoys eating, sleeping, and spending time with the three little human kids who love to run circles around him all day long. 

Book Review: Crepe Factor + A Giveaway

Book Review: Crepe Factor + A Giveaway

Trying to decide what to read next? I have a new release for you to check out. I just finished, Crepe Factor by Laura Childs (with Terrie Farley Moran). It is the image004 (1)perfect read for those cool October nights when you just want to curl up with a good book.

This is the fourteenth book in the “Scrapbook Mystery Series” but the first one I’ve read. I am a fan of Laura’s “Tea Shop Mystery Series,” thus when I heard this book was coming out (and the next Tea Shop Mystery is still a ways off), I had to give it a try.

The series follows scrapbook shop owner, Carmella Bertrand and her friend Eva as through life, love, and murder in New Orleans. In this book, the two witness a murder at the Winter Solace Festival and have to clear the name of their pal Quigg who becomes the number one suspect.

This tone of these books is a little different than the Tea Shop Mysteries. I enjoyed main characters, Carmella and Ava. They were fun, quirky, and full of adventure. I appreciated that I could come into book fourteen as a new reader and not feel left behind in the series. I’m not a scrapbooker (or what I would define as crafty), so I wondered if I would feel left out of a good portion of the book’s story line, but that wasn’t the case. It was actually fun to see how many different things people bought within the shop and the different classes that Carmella taught to her customers. It even gave me a couple ideas for some simple DIY projects I may want to try at home.

Overall it was a quick, fun, and entertaining read. Check it out and let me know what you think! Oh, and enter below to win your own copy.

 
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Thank you to Great Escapes Book Tours for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Masking for Trouble Book Review + Giveaway

Masking for Trouble Book Review + Giveaway

Halloween season with small kiddos ensures that one of the big items on my family’s October to-do list is picking out the perfect Halloween costumes. It is always a tough process for me. Finding one that fits them just right, will stand up to the weather (Halloween can be cold in Iowa), and works for school classroom parties. I usually end up at Target or Wal-Mart with the boys encouraging them to jusmasking-for-trouble-1t pick something!

Margo Tamblyn, the protagonist in this book, would be shaking her head in horror at me. Margo and her father own a costume shop, Disguise DeLimit. Margo is an interesting main character. The book is written from her perspective. She self-identifies as being shy and reserved. Yet she has no problem dressing in costume everyday. (Her dad never had time to buy her clothes growing up, so she just used costumes she found around the shop). Margo says the costumes help her hide behind the characters she has created. I think having the confidence to step out and be different than everyone else, makes her more confident than she gives herself credit for.

Masking for Trouble is the second book in the “Costume Shop Mystery” series. It is a fun book that keeps you guessing both the mystery, as well as what crazy costume Margo will come up with next. If you are looking for something to put you in the Halloween spirit (and maybe help you think up ideas for your costume or upcoming Halloween Party), this book is sure to entertain, while getting your creative juices flowing.

The author has included a super fun giveaway to help get you in the spirit of the season. A Haunted House jigsaw puzzle. Enter to win below.

 
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Thank you to Great Escapes Book Tours and Berkley Prime Crime Books for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 

Tangled Up in Brew Book Review + Giveaway

Tangled Up in Brew Book Review + Giveaway

I can’t get enough of fall themed mysteries this time of year. I just finished Tangled Up In Brew by Joyce Tremel and wanted to share a little about this perfect fall read. And give you the chance to win a copy for yourself!

This is the second book in the “A Brewing Trouble Mystery” series and follows the adventures of Max, image003a female brewpub owner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During this adventure (the first one I’ve read in the series), Max finds herself investigating the murder of a much disliked local restaurant critic who dies after taking a bite of Max’s boyfriends entry in the Three Rivers Brew & Burgers Festival burger contest. In her attempt to clear Jake’s name, Max finds that this critic has things in his past that he’s worked to keep hidden and she is determined to find out the whole story and save the day.

I found myself instantly drawn to many of Max’s family and friends in this book. She has a delegation of family that lives close by, including her parents and a couple brothers. Add in some fellow brewery buddies and fellow shop owners around her pub, and there is a heavy contingent of likable background characters that you can see playing a larger role in future books.cooking-by-the-books

I was oddly excited to read a cozy mystery that focused around a brewpub. It haven’t read any cozy mysteries with that setting before and it was a nice change. I also liked that this inspired a few heartier recipes being included in the back of the book. I just tried out the Caramel Pecan Brownies and Jake’s Brew Burgers last night. They were a hit with the hubby and my three boys!

So sit back, crack open a cold one, and enjoy. And don’t forget to enter this great contest to win a free copy.

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Thank you to Great Escapes Book Tours and Berkley Prime Crime Books for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 

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