Murder, Cur;ers and Cream * Book Tour

Murder, Curlers and Cream
Murder, Curlers Series Book 1
by Arlene McFarlane
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Smart, entertaining, and laugh-out-loud funny!”
Liliana Hart, New York Times Bestselling Author
Valentine Beaumont is a beautician with a problem. Not only has she got a
meddling mother, a wacky staff, and a dying business, but now she’s
got a dead client who was strangled while awaiting her facial.
With business the way it is, combing through this mystery may be the only
way to save her salon. Until a second murder, an explosion, a
kidnapping, death threats, and the hard-nosed Detective Romero
complicate things. But Valentine will do anything to untangle the
crime. That’s if she can keep her tools of the trade in her bag,
keep herself alive, and avoid falling for the tough detective.
In the end, how hard can that be?
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Murder, Curlers and Canes
Murder, Curlers Series Book 2
Valentine Beaumont is back in her second hair-raising mystery, this time,
trying to find out who had it in for an elderly nun. Only trouble is
there are others standing in her way: hot but tough Detective Romero,
sexy new stylist Jock de Marco, and some zany locals who all have a
theory on the nun’s death.
Making things worse: the dead nun’s secret that haunts Valentine,
another murder, car chases, death threats, mysterious clues,
an interfering mother, and a crazy staff.
Between brushing off Jock’s advances and splitting hairs with handsome
Detective Romero, Valentine struggles to comb through the crime,
utilizing her tools of the trade in some outrageous situations.
Question is, will she succeed?
Murder, Curlers and Cruises
Murder, Curlers Series Book 3
Sharp,sexy, and side-splitting. Everything I love in a good mystery!”
Darynda Jones, New York Times/USA Today Bestselling Author of the Charley
Davidson Series
A fun-filled ride. A zany cast of characters. And a quest to find a
killer. Another great book in a wonderful series!”

Wendy Byrne, USA Today Bestselling Author of the Izzy Lewis Mysteries
In her third fast-paced mystery, beautician Valentine Beaumont and her
madcap crew sail the high seas on a Caribbean “Beauty Cruise.”
When a bizarre murder takes place onboard, Valentine finds herself
swept into the middle of the investigation.
If things aren’t bad enough, her mother is playing matchmaker, a loved
one is kidnapped, drug smuggling is afoot, a hair contest proves
disastrous, and a strange alliance between tough Detective Romero and
sexy stylist Jock de Marco rubs Valentine the wrong way.
Will this impulsive beauty sleuth comb through the catastrophes and
untangle the mystery, or will this voyage turn into another fatal
Titanic? With Jock and Romero onboard, it’s destined to be a hot
cruise!
Arlene McFarlane is the author of the Murder, Curlers series.
Previously an aesthetician, hairstylist, and owner of a full-service
salon, Arlene now writes full time. When she’s not making up
stories, or being a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, cat-mom,
or makeover artist, you’ll find her making music on the piano.
Arlene is a member of Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Toronto
Romance Writers, SOWG, and the Golden Network. She’s won and placed
in over 30 contests, including twice in the Golden Heart and twice in
the Daphne du Maurier.
Arlene lives with her family in Canada.
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Cozy Mystery Review : The Peppermint Mocha Murder

 

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It’s beginning to look like a merry Christmas for Hayden Mundy Moore. On vacation from providing her sought-after expertise in all things chocolate, Hayden heads to snowy New England with her friend and financial advisor, Travis, for the opening of his pal’s highly-touted holiday musical. But when the show’s producer is murdered, Hayden trades sampling Chocolate Santas for finding the killer—especially since this time, Travis is the one asking for her help . . .

Soon Hayden discovers there’s more to Travis’s chic hometown than mulled wine and cocoa cookies. But that’s just the beginning. Almost no one, including Travis, is quite what they seem. Did the show’s lead have more savage motives than stardom? Could the dead producer’s husband have felt a murderous envy for his successful wife? Getting behind the mistletoe and jingle bells will take all of Hayden’s savvy—along with some super caffeinated Peppermint Mochas—if she hopes to catch a killer with a heart more bitter than the darkest truffle . . .

“Chocoholics and food cozy fans rejoice! With prose as smooth and delicious as its theme, this quality debut cozy introduces a smart protagonist with an unusual and tasty profession.”
Library Journal (starred) on Criminal Confections

From the Author

This book is part of the Chocolate Whisperer cozy mystery series, which includes…

1. Criminal Confections (2015)

2. Dangerously Dark (2015)
3. The Semi-Sweet Hereafter (2016)
4. Dead and Ganache (2017)
5. The Peppermint Mocha Murder (2018)

From the Inside Flap

An exciting cozy mystery series featuring “chocolate whisperer” Hayden Mundy Moore, a luxury consultant who has a nose for chocolate and danger. Fans of JoAnna Carl, Diane Mott Davidson, and Cleo Coyle will eat up this luscious world of high-end chocolate and intrigue.

From the Back Cover

It’s beginning to look like a merry Christmas for Hayden Mundy Moore. On vacation from providing her sought-after expertise in all things chocolate, Hayden heads to snowy New England with her friend and financial advisor, Travis, for the opening of his pal’s highly-touted holiday musical. But when the show’s producer is murdered, Hayden trades sampling Chocolate Santas for finding the killer–especially since this time, Travis is the one asking for her help . . .

Soon Hayden discovers there’s more to Travis’s chic hometown than mulled wine and cocoa cookies. But that’s just the beginning. Almost no one, including Travis, is quite what they seem. Did the show’s lead have more savage motives than stardom? Could the dead producer’s husband have felt a murderous envy for his successful wife? Getting behind the mistletoe and jingle bells will take all of Hayden’s savvy–along with some super caffeinated Peppermint Mochas–if she hopes to catch a killer with a heart more bitter than the darkest truffle . . .

“Chocoholics and food cozy fans rejoice! With prose as smooth and delicious as its theme, this quality debut cozy introduces a smart protagonist with an unusual and tasty profession.” Library Journal (starred) on Criminal Confections

About the Author

Colette London is the pseudonym of a best-selling novelist who’s published more than three dozen books worldwide. Her Chocolate Whisperer series from Kensington Books features Criminal Confections, Dangerously Dark, The Semi-Sweet Hereafter, and Dead and Ganache, and will continue with The Peppermint Mocha Murder in September 2018. Visit Colette on the web at colettelondon.com today.

  Net Galley Review:

Have time for a holiday cozy mystery -filled with twist and turns and lots of Chocolate. Read book 5 in this series -perfect for the holiday. When Hayden takes a vacation ( Snowy New England) with Travis to visit a pals Christmas musical – you know a murder is about to happen. And this time its Travis pal – the producer  and Travis ask for Hayden’s help to solve the mystery. A book filled with  secrets, charming characters and scenery right out of White Christmas – this book is the perfect Christmas book. So glad a cup of Coca and enjoy –  Lisa

Cozy Mystery Review* The Walking Bread

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Beloved Mexican bakery Yeast of Eden has scored the catering deal at the annual Santa Sofia, California, art car parade and ball. But when a contestant turns up dead, making bread will be the yeast of their problems . . .

Apprentice baker Ivy Culpepper sees art cars everywhere she turns. Besides helping prepare the bread and pastry for Santa Sofia’s annual spring event, she’s the official photographer, documenting the elaborate cars, outspoken artists, and riotous celebrations. Even her family’s in on the act: her brother Billy has been runner-up in the competition more times than she can count—but this is going to be the year he celebrates his win in the victory lane.

But after Billy’s rival, Max Litman, revs up his bombastic showmanship, Billy is once again set to cruise into second place. Until Max is found dead—positioned as a prop in his own art car. The whole town knows there’s no love lost between the two men, and Billy is the prime suspect. Now Ivy will have to sift through collusion, deception, gossip, and lies to find out what really happened. But with the help of her octogenarian Watson, her restaurateur beau, and her adopted aunts at Yeast of Eden, she knows she can take the heat . . .

About the Author

The indefatigable Winnie Archer is a middle school teacher by day and a writer by night. Born in a beach town in California, she now lives in an inspiring century-old house in North Texas and loves being surrounded by real-life history. She fantasizes about spending summers writing in quaint, cozy locales, has a love/hate relationship with both yoga and chocolate, adores pumpkin spice lattes, is devoted to her five kids and husband, and can’t believe she’s lucky enough to be living the life of her dreams. Visit her online at WinnieArcher.com.

Net Galley Book Review: 

In Book 3 its spring in  Santa Sofia, California, means it is time for the annual Art Car Parade and Ball. Ivy is very familiar with this event because her brother has always entered but only came in second chance to another person – Max.  This year should be different. Billy has a new  idea for his car that is sure to be a winner i! Its  inspired by his mother that has passed away. But when moving the cars in place to judge Ivy feels something is wrong with one of the cars – a dead body of Max Billy’s competitor. But big sister is on the job and will solve the problems with a little help with her friends.  A fun new book in this series that can be read as a stand a lone – but why . Enjoy the series. Lisa

Book Review * Game of Scones

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As co-owner of Sugar and Spice Cookbooks, Sugar Calloway has seen simple confections bring friends together and spark fiery feuds. Except this time, the recipe truly is to die for . . . 

After losing her job as food editor at a glossy magazine, Rosetta Sugarbaker Calloway—aka “Sugar” to friends—isn’t sweet on accepting defeat and crawling back to her gossipy southern hometown. So when she has an opportunity to launch a community cookbook business with blue-ribbon baker Dixie Spicer in peaceful St. Ignatius, Iowa, she jumps at the chance to start over from scratch . . .

But as Sugar assembles recipes for the local centennial celebration, it’s not long before she’s up to her oven mitts in explosive threats, too-hot-to-handle scandals, and a dead body belonging to the moody matriarch of the town’s first family. With suspicions running wild, Sugar and Spice must solve the murder before someone innocent takes the heat—and the real culprit gathers enough ingredients to strike again . . .

* Includes delicious recipes! *

Net Galley Review :  This cozy mystery is set in a small town  Iowa . When Sugar is let go from her job she start’s a new job a cookbook project with an award winning baker and fiend Dixie Spice . They start the cookbook publishing company – Sugar and Spice specializing in community cookbooks – and first up there own home town. When thing start to heat up  in town and a murder occurs its time for Sugar and Spice to solve this murder before its to late. It’s a fun book with great characters in a town much like mine . Where everyone has a back story and a family recipe but may not be  willing to share .  But  it makes for a great book you will love reading ! Looking forward to see where this cozy mystery will lead. Lisa 

Slay Bell by T C Wescott

SLAY BELLS by T.C. Wescott, Mystery, 230 pp., $4.99 (kindle)

 

Title: SLAY BELLS (A CHRISTMAS VILLAGE MYSTERY)

Author: T.C. Wescott

Publisher: Better Mousetrap Books

Pages: 230

Genre: Cozy Mystery

 
‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the village, the
night settled in over swirling-smoke chimneys; the air was alive with
pine and holly, with sugar and cinnamon and cider, by golly!Along snowy lanes and through shadows it crept, past windows behind
which each villager slept, where sleeping dogs lie and cats rest
a’purring-

Tonight, in Christmas Village, a killer is stirring.

Welcome to Christmas Village, a magical hamlet where even in December
the roses hold their luster and bees buzz among the bluebells. Nestled
betwixt an opulent garden with meandering footpaths and an ancient grove
of plum trees, Rose Willoughby’s boarding house is plum-full with
lodgers. There are no vacancies, but just wait. Soon there will be
one…and another…and another.

When the Inn’s guests begin dying in inexplicable ways, some
villagers believe a beast from old village lore is the culprit. The
sheriff knows better, but he’s just as helpless to catch the invisible
killer as are the town folk with their eyes to the sky in search of a
flying creature. But our mysterious murderer hasn’t counted on yet
another lodger coming to the cottage: Maribel Claus.

Short as a stump, round as a wheel, sweet as a candy cane, and a
sharp as a whip, Maribel loves a good puzzle. But can she unmask the
phantom killer in time and save Christmas?

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PROLOGUE
Night
settles in over smoking chimneys and snow-capped rooftops.
A
potpourri of pine, holly, and cinnamon swirls in the breeze over white pastures
and along sleepy lanes as festive decorations left hanging on each street lamp
and along every thoroughfare dance upon its passing.
Winter
birds offer up their sing-song as the rows of cottage windows blink out their
goodnights.
But for
many in the happy hamlet of
Christmas
Village, the night will be a short one, made restless with
excitement for the morning when they will rise early to prepare for the
inaugural day of the annual Christmas Festival.
The
festival, running the full week before Christmas Eve, is the last great hurrah
of the year, barring the ringing of the new year bells. It is no exaggeration
to say that the best hope one has of experiencing something more glorious is to
return the following year for the next Festival.
So, it is
with smiles on their faces and joy in their hearts that every soul in the
village, farmer and squire alike, closes their eyes in anticipation of sunrise.
One among
them will not live to see the sun.
Something
moves among the birds, along the snowy lanes, skirting the light in favor of
shadow.
In Christmas
Village, this night, a creature is stirring.

 

T.C. Wescott was born in Missouri but has lived in Oklahoma most of
his life. Like pretty much every author who has ever breathed, he is an
avid reader. His favorites are classic mysteries from the Golden Age, as
well as just before or just after that period (which is widely
considered the period between the two World Wars). His first mystery
novel, Running from Scissors, was published in July 2018 and will be the
first of at least three books in the Running Store Mystery series.The Christmas Village Mystery series launched in November of the same
year with the debut title Slay Bells. The formula for his books is
simple – mixing the classic, traditional detective fiction standards
with all the trappings of the modern cozy mystery.

Wescott is also (under another name) the author of two award-winning non-fiction books as well as many essays and articles.

His latest book is the cozy mystery, Slay Bells (A Christmas Village Mystery).

Website Address: www.tcwescott.com

Twitter Address: www.twitter.com/MousetrapBooks

Facebook Address: www.facebook.com/BetterMousetrapBooks

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First Look * The Tiger’s Tale by Kelle Z Riley

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Bree’s orderly scientific life turned upside-down the day she discovered her first body…learned her co-worker was a spy…and accepted the mission of tracking down an international terrorist.

Out January 15, 2019 – The Tiger’s Tale by Kelle Z. Riley
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Title: The Tiger’s Tale
Series: The Undercover Cats Series
Author: Kelle Z. Riley
Genre: Cozy Mystery with Romantic Elements
Publisher: Curtis Brown Unlimited
Length: 350 Pages
Release Date: January 15, 2019

Synopsis:
Is she hitting her stride? Or going nowhere fast?
Fresh from a successful undercover operation, scientist/spy-in-training Bree Watson should feel on top of the world. Instead, the ground is shifting under her feet. When her handler abandons her to follow a lead with his sexy ex-partner, Bree must choose between a normal life, or proving her worth as a spy. Not an easy choice, when she factors in:
A police detective’s amorous intentions
Her handler’s mixed signals
A teaching post at a university filled with intrigue
A dead administrator with a sordid past
A timid tiger and her tenacious trainer—both being framed for murder
Combined with fanatic football fans, beatnik poets, an orphaned monkey, a demanding boss, quirky colleagues, and her angry cat, the result may be a recipe for disaster.
Can she take the heat? Or will she get burned?

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Author Bio:
Kelle Z. Riley, writer, speaker, global traveler, Ph.D. chemist and martial artist weaves bits of her real life into the Undercover Cat Series books. The series features a scientist-turned-sleuth who juggles mystery, romance and the search for a perfect cupcake recipe.
By day Kelle is a full time chemist working in water treatment with multiple U.S. patents. At night she turns into an author whose accolades include finals in the RWA Golden Heart and numerous chapter contests. More information on her workshops can be found on her website.

You can also visit her online at the following places: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon | BookBub | Instagram | Goodreads | Pinterest

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The Skeleton Makes a Friend

The Skeleton Makes a Friend
A Family Skeleton Mystery #5
by Leigh Perry
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Pub Date: 11/6/18
Georgia Thackery is feeling pretty good about her summer job teaching at
prestigious Overfeld College, and she’s renting a rustic cabin
right by a lake for herself, her daughter, Madison, and her best
friend, Sid the Skeleton. Together again, the trio are enjoying the
quiet when a teenager named Jen shows up looking for her friend.
Georgia doesn’t recognize the name, but she learns that the person
Jen was looking for is actually Sid.
Sid reveals that he and Jen are part of a regular online gaming group
that formed locally, and one of their members has gone missing. Sid
admits that he might have bragged about his investigative prowess,
enough so that Jen wants him to find their missing player. Given that
Sid doesn’t have many friends offline—none, really, unless you
count the Thackery family—Georgia agrees to help him search. They
manage to discreetly enlist Jen, who lives in town, and follow the
clues to… a dead buddy.
Now they’ve got a killer on their hands. Probing the life of Sid’s
friend, they realize a lot is wrong both on campus and in the
seemingly quaint town, and someone doesn’t want them looking
deeper.
Though Leigh Perry was born in Pensacola, FL and raised in Charlotte,
NC, she has been living north of Boston, MA for 26 years or so. She
shares the house with her husband, two daughters, two guinea pigs,
and a ludicrous selection of books. While the population of people
and guinea pigs stays constant, the number of books is on an
ever-rising curve. Under the name Toni L.P. Kelner, she’s published
eleven novels and twenty-something short stories, as well as
co-edited six urban fantasy anthologies with New York Times
bestseller Charlaine Harris.
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Book Review * Murder at Harbor Village

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Young retiree Cleo Mack is trading in academia for a second act in Harbor Village, a community for active seniors in coastal Alabama. But someone in this picture-perfect coastal town is burning the candle at both ends . . .  

It’s love at first sight when Cleo arrives in Fairhope, Alabama, after taking early retirement from her longtime position as professor of social work. Touted as “the nicest town in the world,” Fairhope is home to an eclectic community of retirees. Harbor Village boasts classes in painting, pottery, and photography, not to mention being a buyer’s market for husbands. It seems an ideal place to make new friends and rediscover life. Until a dead body is found in the pool.

When the victim turns out to be the unpopular director of senior living, Cleo is named acting director. Now she must rely on her well-honed people skills to uncover a killer in a place where short-term memory isn’t what it used to be, and age is just a number. And if Cleo keeps snooping around, her number may soon be up . . .

Net Galley Book Review : A new voice in cozy mystery set in an Alabama retirement village. We are introduced to Cleo and the cast of characters at the  Harbor Village community. But the excitement come when the dead body of the old director is found. And its up to Cleo to lead the way to solving the mystery.  With lots of twist and turns this makes for a great start to a new series. Looking forward to what comes next from this new other.  Lisa 

Boston Cream Bribery by Jessica Beck

Happy Boston Cream Pie Day !!! 

 

 

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Donut Mystery 32, Boston Cream Bribery, from New York Times Bestselling Author Jessica Beck!

When head town councilman Van Rayburn is attacked at his home and left for dead, Suzanne and Jake struggle to prove that their friend, Mayor George Morris, is innocent of committing the assault. The only problem is that there is evidence left at the scene that implicates the mayor, and Van can’t seem to remember the attack at all!

For more information about Jessica Beck, please visit http://www.jessicabeckmysteries.net

Jessica Beck is the New York Times Bestselling Author of the Donut Shop Mysteries, the Classic Diner Mysteries and the Ghost Cat Mysteries. For more information, go to http://www.jessicabeckmysteries.net