Friday, February 10, 2017

Cozy Mystery Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway: War and Peach (Georgia Peach #3) by Susan Furlong

The author of Rest in Peach serves up another bite of Southern charm in the latest Georgia Peach mystery.

Nola Mae Harper is too busy restocking the jars of preserves and chutney flying off the shelves of her shop, Peachy Keen, to keep up with all the gossip about the upcoming mayoral election, but she does know the debate is sure to be a real barn burner. 

Local farmer Clem Rogers claims he has a bombshell that could take small business owner Margie Price out of the running. But before Clem can reveal his juicy secret at the debate, his actual barn goes up in flames--with him inside of it. The town casts its vote against Margie, but Nola isn't convinced the hardworking woman is capable of murder. Now to clear Margie's name Nola will have to work fast under pressure, before Margie gets taken in by the fuzz... 

INCLUDES RECIPES!

Another visit to Cays Mill, another wonderful murder mystery to solve with Nola and all of her southern charm. I have truly enjoyed this series, and War and Peach just reminded me of why. It's a charming rendition of what a cozy mystery should be. It has all of the elements to make a rousing story, and manages to keep the characters relatable by keeping them familiar - in familiar positions, jobs, lives, etc., to those that we as readers live. Add to all of that the no-nonsense perfection of Ms. Nola Mae Harper and all of her sleuthing instincts, and you've got yourself one heck of a book! 

I love how well paced the Georgia Peach series is, and Ms. Furlong continues to do a superb job of keeping her stories fresh and exciting. This is a wonderful read for anyone who loves some good old-fashioned southern charm! 

Rating: 4.5 Stars 



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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Cozy Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway: Bookman Dead Style (Dangerous Type #2) by Paige Shelton

A movie star is typecast as a killer in the second Dangerous Type Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of To Helvetica and Back.

It’s January, and the Star City Film Festival has taken the Utah ski resort town by storm. Movie stars are everywhere, carving fresh powder on the slopes and crossing the thresholds of Bygone Alley’s charming boutique shops—including The Rescued Word, where Clare Henry and her grandfather restore old typewriters and beloved books. When cinema’s hottest superhero, Matt Bane, enters their store to buy some personalized note cards, it’s hard not to be starstruck.

But when Clare sees the police leading Matt out of The Fountain hotel in handcuffs only a few hours later, she can’t believe her eyes. The affable actor is accused of killing his sister, but Clare’s convinced he’s wrong for that role. Now it’s open call for suspects as Clare tries to reel in the killer before another victim fades to black.






This series is just so much fun! I love the setting, the plot, the mystery, and of course, the characters! Clare is the ideal cozy heroine. There's something traditional about her that makes everything she says and does seem classic. 

I also thoroughly enjoyed the film noir-esque feel of this story. The Hollywood appeal. The actor. And the incredible sleuth that is portrayed by the very classic Clare. 

If you enjoy cozies with a little nod to timeless classic genres, this one is definitely for you!

Rating: 5 stars

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Cozy Blog Tour: Review: No Cats Allowed (Cat in the Stacks #7) by Miranda James

In the latest mystery in the New York Times bestselling Cat in the Stacks series, librarian Charlie Harris and his Maine Coon cat Diesel must clear a friend when the evidence is stacked against her…
 
Springtime in Mississippi is abloom with beauty, but the library’s employees are too busy worrying to stop and smell the flowers. The new library director, Oscar Reilly, is a brash, unfriendly Yankee who’s on a mission to cut costs—and his first targets are the archive and the rare book collection.
 
As annoying as a long-overdue book, Reilly quickly raises the hackles of everyone on staff, including Charlie’s fiery friend Melba—whom Reilly wants to replace with someone younger. But his biggest offense is declaring all four-legged creatures banned from the stacks. 
 
With enemies aplenty, the suspect list is long when Reilly's body is discovered in the library. But things take a turn for the worse when a threatening e-mail throws suspicion on Melba.
 
Charlie is convinced that his friend is no murderer, especially when he catches sight of a menacing stranger lurking around the library. Now he and Diesel will have to read between the lines, before Melba is shelved under “G” for guilty. 

Original Release February 2016 

Another grand tale of Charlie and Diesel that keeps you guessing, introduces you to some quirky characters, and ties up nicely at the end. It's a perfectly quick and enjoyable read in this fun and unique series.

Rating: 4.5 stars


Cozy Mystery Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway: Twelve Angry Librarians (Cat in the Stacks #8) by Miranda James

The "New York Times" bestselling author of "No Cats Allowed "and "Arsenic and Old Books" is back with more Southern charm and beguiling mystery as Charlie and Diesel must find a killer in a room full of librarians... 

Light-hearted librarian Charlie Harris is known around his hometown of Athena, Mississippi, for walking his cat, a rescued Maine Coon named Diesel. But he may soon be taken for a walk himself in handcuffs... 
Charlie is stressed out. The Southern Academic Libraries Association is holding this year s annual meeting at Athena College. Since Charlie is the interim library director, he must deliver the welcome speech to all the visiting librarians. And as if that weren t bad enough, the keynote address will be delivered by Charlie s old nemesis from library school. 

It s been thirty years since Charlie has seen Gavin Fong, and he s still an insufferable know-it-all capable of getting under everyone s skin. In his keynote, Gavin puts forth a most unpopular opinion: that degreed librarians will be obsolete in the academic libraries of the future. So, when Gavin is found dead, no one seems too upset... 

But Charlie, who was seen having a heated argument with Gavin after the speech, has jumped to the top of the suspect list. Now Charlie and Diesel must check out every clue to refine their search for the real killer among them before the next book Charlie reads comes from a prison library..."


I just love this series and Twelve Angry Librarians kept me just as engaged as the previous books in the series. 

Another "whodunit" adventure with Charlie and Diesel, this book keeps you guessing until the very end. It's a great paced, well plotted out mystery with all of our favorite characters returning. It's smart, funny, and just a heck of a great time! 

Ms. James never fails to deliver, and this book was no exception. Just a fabulous addition to the Cat in the Stacks series that I highly recommend. 

Rating: 4.5 Stars 



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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Cozy Mystery Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway: Blown Away (Kite Shop Mystery #1) by Clover Tate

In the all-new Kite Shop Mystery series set in the beach-side community of Rock Point, Oregon, kite shop owner Emmy Adler gets swept up in a murder investigation.

Emmy is finally living her dream. She's moved to the coastal town of Rock Point, Oregon, and is starting a kite business. Strings Attached features her own unique designs, inspired by everything from Picasso to Matisse's colorful cutouts. Her spirits are soaring sky-high the morning of the grand opening until she stumbles upon a dead man washed up on the beach.

The body belongs to local chef Miles Logan, and the gash across his chest indicates he s been murdered. The sheriff suspects Emmy's best friend, Avery, who used to date the chef. Emmy is sure Avery would never hurt anyone, but her pal doesn't have an alibi for the night of the murder. With Avery's freedom and the fate of her kite shop up in the air, Emmy takes it upon herself to follow the string of clues and solve the murder before the real killer takes flight.



Any time there's a new cozy series, I get excited. I'm always anxious to see where it will be set, what the theme will be, how smart our protagonist will be... so many elements to a cozy! So when I heard there was going to be a new kite themed series, I will admit, I was intrigued. 

For starters, the setting is perfection. It's exactly the type of place I'd expect to see kites flying. The Pacific Northwest, and more specifically, Oregon, is a beautiful backdrop to a very artistic themed story. 

Add on top of the setting, a charming cast of characters. Our protagonist, Emmy, is your typical heroine in a lot of ways. She's smart, independent, strong-willed, and not afraid to tackle the evidence laid out in front of her. When you throw in her best friend, Avery, and the rest of the supporting cast, it rounds out a very well-thought out and executed story. 

For a debut, Blown Away is a fun and delightfully cozy mystery that has me excited for more. 

Rating: 4.5 Stars


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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Goodbye, 2016... Hello, 2017!

It's a brand new year. A clean slate. A chance to begin again and to recommit yourself to the things that you'd like to accomplish. This year, I've set many goals for myself. Some that I'm sure will wind up being an epic fail, but some that I'm devoting myself to religiously. One of those things is my blog.

2016 was a tough year for me. I struggled with so many things, but at the end of the year, I found myself in a better place. While it was quite a challenge at times, it has given me more ambition and more time to focus on doing the things that I love. One of those being Marie's Cozy Corner.

This year, I pledge to all of you to be a better blogger. To be more consistent, to bring you even more books, more giveaways (yay!), and to keep providing you with what we all love... cozies.

To kick it off, I'm going to give away a $5 Amazon gift card to one of my lucky readers! To be entered to win, please comment below and tell me what books you're looking forward to this year :)  They can be of any genre, by any author... I just want to hear what you're excited about!

So for all of you making resolutions for the new year, I wish you good luck, good health and infinite amounts of cozy happiness! :)

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Cozy Mystery Blog Tour: Author Guest Post, Review & Giveaway: Deck the Hallways (Fixer-Upper #4) by Kate Carlisle

The latest mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Crowned and Moldering.
 
Someone's been slayed! If contractor Shannon Hammer can't nail the real culprit in the St. Nick of time, her dad will wind up in the clink...
 
Even at Christmastime, Shannon is more spackle than sparkle, which is why she leaps at the chance to transform a grand old Victorian mansion into ten charming apartments for homeless families. Filled with the spirit of the season, all of Lighthouse Cove turns out to help—including her best friends, a troupe of far-from-angelic Santa Claus impersonators, and her father, Jack.

But their merriment is soon dashed by a heated scuffle between Jack and the miserly president of the bank who’s backing the project. When the man is murdered, all eyes are on Jack, and visions of prison time dance in Shannon's head. Now, she needs to pull off a crime-solving miracle, before her father’s Christmas goose is cooked.

 


New York Times bestselling mystery author Kate Carlisle is a native Californian who worked in television production for many years before turning to writing. Kate also studied acting and singing, toiled in vineyards, collected books, joined a commune, sold fried chicken, modeled spring fashions and worked for a cruise ship line, but it was the year she spent in law school that finally drove her to begin writing fiction. It seemed the safest way to kill off her professors. Kate's latest book, DECK THE HALLWAYS (a Fixer-Upper Mystery), is available in paperback and ebook wherever books are sold. 

Visit Kate online at www.KateCarlisle.com, and be sure to pop into the Secret Room, where she's giving away a DECK THE HALLWAYS Christmas ornament every day in November!

DECK THE HALLWAYS is my first Christmas mystery, and I dove headfirst into a big pile of the holiday spirit! Small-town Christmas parade, neighbor with crazy lights, a community pulling together to help others, and even a whole volunteer crew of somewhat naughty Santa Clauses.



"Did you know you’ve got a bunch of . . . of Santa Clauses out there?” Sean let out an exasperated sigh. “Never mind. It’s too bizarre to explain. Just come with me.”

Sean took off at a run and I hurried to follow him. Whatever was making him freak out had to be important. He was usually so calm. We turned the corner and that’s when I saw what he was talking about. Yes, there was Steve and his buddy Mitch, but in addition to those two, there were at least eight or ten more men dressed exactly like them. Like Santa Claus.

They were everywhere.

This wasn’t a Santa Brigade. This was a Santa Army.


In DECK THE HALLWAYS, Shannon Hammer is heading the most ambitious project the Holiday Homebuilders have ever undertaken - transforming a Victorian mansion into individual apartments for deserving families. The only sour note in this Christmas carol is Mr. Potter, the obnoxious banker with more enemies than Santa has elves. And enemy number one is Shannon's own dad, who's heard threatening the banker just hours before he's killed. What with the project, helping to plan the Christmas parade, and oh yeah, clearing her father's name, she doesn't have a whole lot of time to spend in the kitchen. Here's what she'll be bringing to this year's potluck: 

Cheesy Cherry Crumble

(The full recipe is written out at the end of the blog.) Preheat oven to 350. Cut 1/2 cup of cold butter into 1-1/4 cups of flour until the butter pieces are about the size of lentils. Stir in 1/2 cup of chopped pecans. 

Pat mixture into an ungreased 13x9-inch cake pan. Bake for 15 minutes, until lightly golden. Unlike in this picture, which is darkly golden (dare I say brown) at the edges. Cool to room temperature. 
Mix together 8 oz cream cheese at room temperature, 1 cup of powdered sugar, and six ounces of Cool Whip. Spread over the crust. Leave the oven on. 
Spread two cans of cherry pie filling over the cheese mixture. Refrigerate. 

Melt 6 tablespoons of butter in a heavy-bottomed pan. Remove from heat. Stir in 1/2 cup of rolled oats (not quick oats), 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Stir until thoroughly combined. Put in an oven-safe cake pan and bake for 15 minutes, stirring every five minutes. 




Cool completely, then sprinkle over the cherry mixture. Refrigerate until serving. This dish, like murder, is best served cold. 



Kate Carlisle's Cheesy Cherry Crumble

Ingredients:
1 cup + 2 tablespoons of butter, divided
2 ¼ cup flour, divided
½ cup chopped pecans
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
6 oz Cool Whip
2 cans of cherry pie filling (or any pie filling you prefer)
½ cup rolled oats (not quick oats)
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350. Cut ½ cup of cold butter into 1-1/4 cups of flour until the butter pieces are about the size of lentils. Stir in ½ cup of chopped pecans. Pat mixture into an ungreased 13x9-inch cake pan. Bake for 15 minutes, until lightly golden. Unlike in this picture, which is darkly golden (dare I say brown) at the edges. Cool to room temperature.

Mix together 8 oz cream cheese at room temperature, 1 cup of powdered sugar, and six ounces of Cool Whip. Spread over the crust. Leave the oven on. Spread two cans of cherry pie filling over the cheese mixture. Refrigerate.

Melt 6 tablespoons of butter in a heavy-bottomed pan. Remove from heat. Stir in ½ cup of rolled oats (not quick oats), 1 cup of flour, ¼ cup of brown sugar, and ¼ teaspoon of salt. Stir until thoroughly combined. Put in an oven-safe cake pan and bake for 15 minutes, stirring every five minutes. Cool completely, then sprinkle over the cherry mixture. Refrigerate until serving. This dish, like murder, is best served cold.

I was so excited that the Fixer-Upper series was going to have a Christmas-themed book! So excited, that it was the very first one I read when I received my copies of this month's books. This series has been a favorite of mine for quite some time, so I was anxiously awaiting Deck the Hallways. And boy was it wonderful! 

Shannon is the perfect cozy heroine. She's smart, talented, and is grounded with common sense. So when her father becomes suspect number one in the murder of this book, Shannon must work diligently to clear his name AND maintain her strenuous schedule. Of course, she does so with seeming ease. 

The story is brilliantly penned by Ms. Carlisle, as she brings to life yet another fixer-upper with the charm of Christmas. It's a wonderful addition to the series, and I thoroughly enjoyed visiting with Shannon and her crew for yet another fun adventure. 

Rating: 5 stars
 
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