To Be Read Thursdays – 1/7/16

TBR Thursdays

To Be Read Thursdays are a meme hosted by The Writer’s Inkwell. This is a way to feature the books you’ve added to your TBR list over the past week or a newly added book that you are excited about reading in the near future. Anyone is welcome to participate in this meme. Please just link back to the hosting page so she can read your posts.

As I’m constantly adding new books to my TBR pile (either on my bookshelves at home or my virtual shelves on Goodreads),  I thought I’d just share the next few books I hope to read. I say hope, because I have a habit of planning to read one thing, but then getting distracted by another pretty cover. 🙂

The Widow by Fiona Barton (release date 2/16/16 from NAL)
The Widow
I have both a physical ARC, and a digital ARC from NetGalley, so I feel like I really need to read and review this one!

When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on, when more bad things began to happen…
But that woman’s husband died last week. And Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore.

The Bone Labyrinth by James Rollins
The Bone Labyrinth (Sigma Force, #11)
I received an ARC, but not until after the book was released. Still want to read this one soon – Sigma Force is one of my favorite series, and I’ve liked everything I’ve read by James Rollins.

A war is coming, a battle that will stretch from the prehistoric forests of the ancient past to the cutting-edge research labs of today, all to reveal a true mystery buried deep within our DNA, a mystery that will leave readers changed forever . . .

Sweet Pepper Hero – Review / Giveaway (ENDED) / Blog Tour


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Hi everyone! I’m pleased to be part of the blog tour for Sweet Pepper Hero, by J. J. Cook. Click the banner image above to go to the tour page where you will find links to all of the participating blogs. I was lucky enough to get a review copy of the book (see my thoughts below), and I get to give another copy away to one lucky reader! (US only, sorry) Link to the Rafflecopter giveaway (ENDED) is at the end of the review, so please keep reading…

Sweet Pepper Hero
by J.J. Cook

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Sweet Pepper Hero: A Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
Published by Penguin Random House, LLC.
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425279236


Old rivalries heat up in the fourth Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade mystery from the national bestselling author of In Hot Water.

Fire chief Stella Griffin has been put in charge of judging the annual recipe contest, but Eric—her resident ghost and true culinary genius—has vanished. Before she can track down his latest haunt, she’s called in to investigate a local moonshine distillery that was set ablaze, making her realize there’s more than pies and cakes cooking in Sweet Pepper.

As rumors of a revived whiskey war ignite, Stella turns to the town’s elders to help her find answers. The past might have some clues as to what has sparked the present fires. But when following a lead lands her in buried rubble, Stella realizes she must extinguish this case fast or she might be going down in flames.

My Review:
**** (4 of 5 stars)

I really enjoyed this cozy! It was my first trip to Sweet Pepper Tennessee, even though this is book 4 in the series. There was plenty of explanation along the way regarding people and places, so I didn’t feel at all lost jumping in at this point.

In this story, Stella has to find her kidnapped ghost friend, Eric, and investigate a string of illegal still explosions and fires. There are an abundance of suspects, some within the police department itself, and as she gets too close to the truth, Stella finds her own life may be at risk.

I always enjoy a story with a strong, intelligent female lead character, and Stella fit the bill perfectly. She is not perfect, and needs her circle of volunteer firefighters, friends, and her ghost-roommate to keep her out of trouble, but she has a good head on her shoulders and does a decent job taking care of herself.

As with many cozy mysteries, Sweet Pepper Hero includes some great looking recipes in the back. Personally, I am a big fan of the sweet / hot combination of chocolate and chilis, so I can’t wait to give one of these a try!

Recipes include:
Chocolate Cookies with a Bite
Tennessee Whiskey Cake with Cherries
Lemon Habanero Cookies

GIVEAWAY: Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway (ENDED) for a chance to win a paperback copy – sorry, US addresses only.

About The Authors

J. J. Cook is a pseudonym for a married couple who writes mysteries, mostly set in the South, with a touch of paranormal and romance.

Author Links:
Webpage       Facebook      Twitter

Purchase Links:
Amazon     B&N     Google Play

#WAYRW -Sweet Pepper Hero by J.J. Cook


What Are You Reading Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by It’s A Reading Thing. To participate, open the book you are currently reading to page 34 (or 34% in your ebook) and answer these three questions.

The Questions are:
1. What’s the name of your current read?

2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a complete sentence. (or two!)

3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

Now for my answers this week…

1. Sweet Pepper Hero by J.J. Cook

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Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mystery Book #4

2. When Eric had been there, the door had always been open for her when she got home and the porch light was on.

She realized that she didn’t expect to see him anymore. He’d been gone so long, it almost seemed like a weird dream that he’d been there at all.

3. I think Sweet Pepper Tennessee sounds like a great place, if you overlook the murder and arson going on! 🙂 It’s also close to Sevierville and Pigeon Forge, which I love. Overall, yes, I would like to live there.

I’m part of the blog tour for this newly released cozy! Be sure to come back tomorrow to read more about it and enter a giveaway to win a paperback copy.

2015 in review

Good morning, and a late Happy New Year to you all! I know I’ve been absent of late. I enjoyed a nearly-technology-free Christmas break, but I’m back (back to reality, back to work, and back online 🙂 ) and will get back to my regular posts this week. In the meantime, WordPress prepared this nifty 2015 in review report for me, and I thought I’d share.


The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,300 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.