Shot in the Dark (A Coffeehouse Mystery) by Cleo Coyle – Book Review and #Giveaway


A new smartphone dating game turns the Village Blend into a hookup hot spot, until one dark night, when a gunshot leaves a dead body behind and the landmark coffeehouse becomes the center of a whole new scene–a crime scene.

As Village Blend manager Clare Cosi attempts to finalize a date for her wedding, her ex-husband becomes addicted to making dates through smartphone swipes. Clare has mixed feelings about these quickie matchups happening in her coffeehouse. Even her octogenarian employer is selecting suitors by screenshot! But business is booming, and Clare works hard to keep the espresso shots flowing. Then one dark night, another kind of shot leaves a dead body for her to find.

The corpse is a successful entrepreneur who became notorious for his “hit it and quit it” behavior: prowling for women on dating apps, then devastating his conquests with morning-after insults. Though the NYPD quickly arrests one of his recent victims, Clare finds reason to believe she’s been framed.

Now, with the help of her ex and crew of quirky baristas, Clare starts “swiping” through suspects in her own shop, determined to find the real killer before another shot rings out.

Includes a bang-up menu of tempting recipes.

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Plum Tea Crazy by Laura Childs – Blog Tour and Giveaway

Theodosia Browning investigates a Charleston steeped in tradition and treachery in the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs.

While viewing the harbor’s Gaslights and Galleons Parade from the widow’s walk of Timothy Neville’s Charleston mansion, local banker Carson Lanier seemingly tumbles over a narrow railing, then plunges three stories to his death. But a tragic accident becomes something much more sinister when it’s discovered that the victim was first shot with a bolt from a crossbow.

At the request of the mansion owner, Theodosia investigates the tragedy and is soon neck deep in suspects. An almost ex-wife, a coworker, a real estate partner–all had motives for killing the luckless banker, but one resorted to murder to settle accounts.

INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS!

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Hummus and Homicide by Tina Kashian – Review and Giveaway

Hummus and Homicide (A Kebab Kitchen Mystery)
by Tina Kashian


When Lucy Berberian quits her Philadelphia law firm and heads home to Ocean Crest, she knows what she’s getting—the scent of funnel cake, the sight of the wooden roller coaster, and the tastes of her family’s Mediterranean restaurant. But murder wasn’t on the menu . .

Things are slow in the off-season in this Jersey Shore town, but Lucy doesn’t mind. She doesn’t even mind waitressing at the Kebab Kitchen. Her parents have put in a new hummus bar, with every flavor from lemon to roasted red pepper. It’s fun to see their calico cat again, and to catch up with her old BFF, who’s married to a cop now.

She could do without Heather Banks, though. The Gucci-toting ex-cheerleader is still as nasty as she was back in high school . . . and unfortunately, she’s just taken over as the local health inspector. Just minutes after eating at the Kebab Kitchen—where she’s tallied up a whole list of bogus violations—she falls down dead in the street. Word on the grapevine is it’s homicide, and Lucy’s the number one suspect . . .

Recipes included!

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Class Reunions are Murder by Libby Klein – Blog Tour and Giveaway!


For fortysomething Poppy McAllister, taking a stroll down memory lane in Cape May, New Jersey, isn’t just awkward—it’s deadly.

Newly widowed and stuck in a middle-aged funk, Poppy has been running on cookies, infomercials, and one-sided chats with her cat for months. There’s no way on earth she’s attending her twenty-five-year class reunion—especially after receiving a very bizarre letter from Barbie, the popular cheerleader who taunted her all through high school. At least, not until Poppy’s best friend practically drags her to the event . . .

Using the dreaded homecoming as an excuse to visit her eccentric Aunt Ginny, Poppy vows to leave Cape May with pride and Spanx intact. Too bad Barbie is still the queen of mean at the reunion. And worse, that her dead body is lying right in front of Poppy’s old locker. Singled out as the killer, it’s up to Poppy to confront her past and clear her name. But between protecting her aunt from disaster and tackling a gluten-free diet, can Poppy crack the case before she’s voted “Most Likely to Die” by the murderer?

Includes Seven Recipes from Poppy’s Kitchen!

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Natural Thorn Killer by Kate Dyer-Seeley – Book Blast and Giveaway

BOOK BLAST

About the Book

Natural Thorn Killer (A Rose City Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
New Series
Kensington (March 27, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496705136
Digital ASIN: B073NPHX8Z

Cut down among the flowers . . .

Britta Johnston might be a late bloomer, but after leaving her deadbeat husband and dead-end job, she’s finally pursuing her artistic passion at her aunt Elin’s floral boutique, Blooma, in Portland, Oregon. It’s on the banks of the Willamette, in a quaint district of cobblestone paths and cherry trees. The wine bar featuring Pacific Northwest vintages is a tasty bonus, offering another kind of bouquet to enjoy. But things aren’t as peaceful as they look.

For one thing, someone’s been leaving dead roses around—and a sleazy real estate developer who wants the waterfront property has put a big-money offer on the table. Then, after a contentious meeting of local business owners, he’s found on the floor of the shop, with Elin’s garden shears planted in his chest. And before the police decide to pin the crime on her beloved aunt, Britta will have to find out who arranged this murder . . .

About the Author

Kate Dyer-Seeley aka Ellie Alexander writes multiple mystery series, all with a Pacific Northwest touch. She lives in the PNW with her husband and son, where you can find her hitting the trail, at an artisan coffee shop, or at her favorite pub. Better yet—at all three.

Author Links : Facebook Twitter Instagram GoodReads

PRE-ORDER LINKS : Amazon B&N Hudson Booksellers IndieBound BAM

Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win an early copy of Natural Thorn Killer (US ONLY)

 

A Murder for the Books by Victoria Gilbert

Fleeing a disastrous love affair, university librarian Amy Webber moves in with her aunt in a quiet, historic mountain town in Virginia. She quickly busies herself with managing a charming public library that requires all her attention with its severe lack of funds and overabundance of eccentric patrons. The last thing she needs is a new, available neighbor whose charm lures her into trouble. 

Dancer-turned-teacher and choreographer Richard Muir inherited the farmhouse next door from his great-uncle, Paul Dassin. But town folklore claims the house’s original owner was poisoned by his wife, who was an outsider. It quickly became water under the bridge, until she vanished after her sensational 1925 murder trial. Determined to clear the name of the woman his great-uncle loved, Richard implores Amy to help him investigate the case. Amy is skeptical until their research raises questions about the culpability of the town’s leading families… including her own. 

When inexplicable murders plunge the quiet town into chaos, Amy and Richard must crack open the books to reveal a cruel conspiracy and lay a turbulent past to rest in A Murder for the Books, the first installment of Victoria Gilbert’s Blue Ridge Library mysteries.

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Voices on the Road Blog Tour & Giveaway

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I love audiobooks! I have an hour long commute to and from work, and they keep me sane during the long drive and the time stuck in traffic. I also love listening on long drives to visit my family out of state. Whether you are a long time audiobook fan, or just trying to decide if they might be for you, here are a few of my favorites for you to check out. Then be sure to enter for a chance to win some new audiobooks to add to (or start) your collection.

1. The Entire Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling, read by Jim Dale

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Even if you have tried audiobooks and decided that they are not for you, please give this series a try. Jim Dale is my favorite audiobook narrator, and his work on the Harry Potter books is outstanding. How one person can do so many voices and keep them all straight is beyond me, but it is a pleasure to listen to. I may have said this in an earlier post at some point, but I would gladly listen to Jim reading the phone book. He’s just that good.

http://www.jim-dale.com/

Twitter : @JimnJules

 

2. Poirot’s Early Cases by Agatha Christie, read by Hugh Fraser and David Suchet

16330If you happen to be a fan of the BBC Poirot series, then you are in for a treat. This book contains 18 stories, and they are alternately read by Hugh Fraser, who plays Captain Hastings, and David Suchet, who plays Poirot. Both do an excellent job, and the familiar voices make this a perfect listen for any Agatha Christie fan.

Twitter – Hugh Fraser: @realhughfraser

Twitter – David Suchet: @David_Suchet

3. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, read by Jon Linstrom

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Dark Matter is a sci-fi thriller full of unexpected twists and turns, terribly believable science, and a surprising amount of real emotion thrown in to keep you off your guard. Jon Linstrom did a great job of keeping the story flowing, the suspense high, and letting you feel what the protagonist, Jason, was feeling. I expected to like this book, but I ended up loving it.

A selection of audiobooks narrated by Jon Linstrom on Audible.com

 

4. The Seventh Plague by James Rollins, read by Christian Baskous

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Is action adventure your thing? Christian Baskous narrates several of  James Rollins’ Sigma Force novels, and I really enjoy his style. His smooth voice always fits perfectly with the action-packed story-lines.

http://chrisbaskous.com/

Twitter: @BaskousChris

 

5. Storm Front by Jim Butcher, read by James Marsters

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A perfect start to a great urban fantasy series – Storm Front is still one of my favorite Harry Dresden novels. James Marsters is perfect as the voice of Harry, with just the right amount of sarcasm where appropriate. I thoroughly enjoy his narration of this series.

James Marsters Official Website

 

 

Want a chance to win a fantastic selection of 10 audiobooks? Enter here – US and Canada only.

Audiobooks for contest have been generously donated by various publishers, and will be a surprise!

 

Want to check out the other audiobook posts on the tour? Here’s the list of participants, and be sure to visit the Audio Publishers Association website.

The Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog  – Wednesday, Nov 1

Beth Fish Reads  – Thursday, Nov 2

Reading Books Like a Boss – Friday, Nov 3

Collector of Book Boyfriends  – Monday, Nov 6

Caffeinated Book Reviewer  – Tuesday, Nov 7

Audio Gals  –  Wednesday, Nov 8

Under My Apple Tree  – Thursday, Nov 9

Shelf Addiction  – Friday, Nov 10

To Read or Not To Read  – Monday, Nov 13

Adolescent Audio Adventures  – Tuesday, Nov 14

I Am, Indeed  – Wednesday, Nov 15

Enchantress of Books  – Thursday, Nov 16.

The Maiden’s Court  – Friday, Nov 17

A Bookworm’s World – Monday, Nov 20

Books, Movies Reviews Oh My  – Tuesday, Nov 21

Joyfully Jay   – Wednesday, Nov 22

Carol Baldwin Blog  – Monday, Nov 27

Backwards Compatible Podcast  Tuesday, Nov 28

Audio Gals   – Wednesday, Nov 29

The Book’s the Thing
 – Thursday, Nov 30