We just got back from visiting extended family in Ohio for the Thanksgiving holiday. When I was packing for the trip, I had to decide what book I wanted to take with me. I wanted to take along a light and fun read and First Degree Mudder by Kate Dyer-Seeley was a perfect choice. This is the fourth book in the Pacific Northwest Mystery Series, but it was new to me. However, the author is not. I love Kate’s Bakeshop Mystery books that she writes under the name Ellie Alexander.
This series follows journalist Meg Reed on her adventures working for an adventure magazine in Portland, Oregon. Although I was new to the series, I did not feel left behind starting at book four. I immediately connected with Meg’s enthusiasm for her family, friends, and life in general.
One thing I thought was very cool about this series is I almost felt like the murder was a sub-plot to more complex storylines going on in Meg’s life (she is investigating the death of her father who was also a journalist working on a expose when he died). Meg’s journey through processing her father’s death and trying to find answers is a great story that I’m excited to read more about in future books. It was nice to have a mystery follow the protagonist that makes you want to keep reading – something that is unique in cozy mysteries I’ve come across.
I am honored to kick off the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour for this book. Today through December 7th a crew of top book bloggers will be featuring this great book on their sites. They will be letting you know their thoughts, providing interviews with the author, guest features, and more. Stop by their sites and check out all the exciting elements they have to offer.
And now, for a giveaway. Kate is giving away a prize pack including signed copy of each of her Pacific Northwest Mystery books. Enter today. This is a series you want to have on your reading list!
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I’ve got to tell you. I did not plan to enjoy this book.
~ I’m not a cat person
~ “Kitty Couture” didn’t strike me as something I’d be interested in
However there was a cute beagle on the book’s cover and I’m a sucker for beagles, so I thought I’d give it a try. And I’m ssssoooo glad I did. I found a new series for sure!
Cat Got Your Diamonds is the first in the Kitty Couture Mystery series written by Julie Chase. It follows Lacy Crocker on her return home to New Orleans. Lacy opens her a shop which doubles as in animal costume design and an organic pet bakery. When a man is found murdered in her shop, Lacy becomes the prime suspect and she fights to clear her name and save her reputation.
When I picked this book up, I wasn’t in the best of moods. As I skeptically began through the pages, I found myself enjoying and relating to Lacy. Life had not always gone her way, but she was determined to pull herself up and do work hard. She is surrounded by a loving family and friends and has a deep sense of community and pride in where she comes from. (Even thought it’s dysfunctional, it’s home!)
The mystery kept me guessing and the Lacy’s personal story has twists and turns that leave you wondering what will happen next. I love how the book left us with a bit of a personal cliffhanger (I totally had to Google the series when I was through and see when the next book is coming out – April 2017).
It just goes to show you you never can tell you which books will draw you in. I would have never guessed that a cozy mystery series about a Kitty Couture shop would be so enjoyable, but Julie made a fan out of me. I’ll be anxiously awaiting next April and more adventures from Lacy!
Check it out and enter below to win copies of two of Julie’s Geek Girl Books.
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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 post? 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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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, a 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.
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.
I have a lot of crazy ideas. I also have wonderfully supportive people in my life who are really good at saying, “That sounds like a great idea. Go for it!” Putting these two things together can be a dangerous (but awesome) thing.
It is no secret that I love to read. I also love the extras that authors have been putting in the back of many cozy mystery books these days. Recipes, decorating tips, etc. This got me thinking about other fun ways to enhance the reading experience beyond the pages of the book. Thus, A Cozy Experience was born.
It is a project my sister Lisa and I have been working on together, which has made it extra fun. The idea? Each month you receive a box with a cozy mystery and items inspired by the book delivered to your door. Then you interact with fellow readers on Facebook through the month and experience the book together. We are kicking off with our first box in October. We have been hard at work designing the website and creating the first box. Our site is almost ready to launch and should be up later this week! Yay!
For now, we are on Facebook and Twitter. It has been humbling and exciting to read the kind comments from many who are on board with this idea. So go on over and join the conversation!
This is why the blog has been a little quiet the past couple of week. We have been hard at work behind the scenes on this project. Pictured above is a little real life look at some late night blog editing while I catch up on my guilty pleasure of pro wrestling.
But don’t worry. More posts and book reviews are on the way in the coming weeks.
And one thought before I go. Those crazy ideas you have in the shower? The ones you are afraid to say out loud because they might be embarrassing or not work out? Try them. They may work out. They may not. But they will cause you to learn things about yourself and grow as a person in the process. And that itself is worth the risk.