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Cozy Mystery Monday

Welcome to Cozy Mystery Monday!! There are so many books coming out all the time, it’s easy to miss something good.  So, instead of pounding out more NEW NEW NEW books, this week I thought we should revisit some cozies you don’t want to miss.


Number 10 in the Zoe Donovan series has been released.  I was given a copy by the AWESOME author, Kathi Daley, and I am now elbow deep in the antics of Zoe and a bachelor auction and a ‘cat lady’ and a murder!!!!  This is one of the best cozy series out there-the characters are so well written and ‘real’, the mysteries are interesting and there are dogs & cats!!  You cannot resist this book!!


Bless Her Dead Little Heart by Miranda James

Oh, my!!  Get your pre-orders in!!!  Bless Her Dead Little Heart comes out TOMORROW!!!  This is the first in a new series and it is popping up all over the internet.  It seems like all the cozy bloggers are going crazy for this book.  The plot is two sisters are cat sitting when their old sorority sister shows up and is then murdered!  Need more?  There is also a family & a will!!  We’ve read enough cozies to know where this is going and I can hardly stand to wait to get started reading!!


Groomed For Murder (Pet Boutique #2)

Groomed for Murder by Annie Knox


Nightmares Can Be Murder

Nightmares Can Be Murder by Mary Kennedy

Groomed for Murder and Nightmares Can Be Murder were released last month and they have 22 5-star reviews on Amazon!!  Everyone is talking about these books and how good they are-plots, characters and the various mysteries to be solved.  Don’t let great books get lost in the shuffle!!  These are all super good cozies that you “OTTER” be reading!!



Cozy Mystery Monday

OOOH!!! Some great new Cozy Mystery books this week. You “OTTER” be reading these!!!

Stirring The Plot by Daryl Wood Gerber

This is the 3rd in the Cookbook Nook series. I’m still 4th in line at the library for the first book in this series so it will be a while before I get to read this one. It looks SO good!! Jenna moves back home to open the Cookbook Nook and of course cozy mystery ‘stuff’ starts to happen! This is being released tomorrow 9/30.



Death Is Like a Box Of Chocolates by Kathy Aarons

I am seeing this book EVERYWHERE! Every blog, every newsletter, some serious buzz is being generated for this book. It was released 9/2 and is the debut novel for author Kathy Aarons. The plot is super: Michelle & Erica are best friends who open a Bookstore/Chocolate shop-can there be anything more perfect 😉 Things go awry as they usually do in cozies and a local photographer is dead of possible CANDY poisoning!! OH, NO!! Whatever will our heroines do? Why, solve the mystery of course! It will no doubt be wrapped up before they lose their store and ruin the Memorial Day Arts Festival. I’ve put this at the top of my to-read list.

These Haunts Are Made For Walking by Rose Pressey

A librarian by day and ghost tour guide by night-what a combination! Ripley (Rip) discovers a dead body, then a ghost who communicates via text messaging. Add in a cute cop who is also a ghost hunter and you have another great Rose Pressey book; the first in a new series. It was just released on 9/22 and has all 5-star reviews on Amazon. Pressey is always an enjoyable read with quirky characters in zany situations. Another top of the pile book!


Caught Dead Handed by Carol J. Perry

Another cozy/paranormal mix. Lee returns to Salem, Massachusetts to interview for a TV reporter job. When the call-in psychic for the late horror movie show is murdered, Lee takes the job. Is she becoming psychic for real? What is she really seeing in her crystal ball? Will she solve the murder? There is a cat on the book cover so I’m already a fan of the series before I even read it!!


Two new cozies and two new cozy/paranormal for this week.  They are all at the top of my to-read list, I need to study some physics or at least watch more episodes of the Big Bang Theory-maybe Sheldon could explain how ALL my books are #1 on my list!!

Cozy Mystery Monday

Oh, dreary Monday is here again. There is nothing dreary about these great new cozy mysteries being released soon. All of them are part of a series and should be on your “Otter” read list!!

Double Strike by Gwen Archer

Book 3 of the hilarious Davis Way series. Super funny and perfect for fans of Janet Evanovich. Davis is a sort of spy for a casino. She used to be a cop so there isn’t as much ineptitude as you would think but there is still quite a bit of slapstick and wild predicaments. Oh, and her family is nuts! Lots of fun stuff happens in the series and Archer gives tons of behind the scenes casino details. I really like this series! Release day is October 21st.

Turkeys, Tuxes and Tabbies by Kathi Daley

Zoe Donovan is at it again in book 10! Another great series that just keeps getting better and better. This one has a bachelor auction and a dead “cat lady”!! That’s all I need to know-I’m ready to read!! Releases on October 1st.

A Plain Malice by Amanda Flower

Amanda Flower wrote one of my boys’ favorite books: Andi Unexpected. We all read it and it was so good that when I found out this book was coming out I couldn’t wait to read it. Then I realized it’s #4 in the Appleseed Creek series!! Oops, I haven’t been paying attention-there are three other Amish mysteries out with the same characters. This book deals with an old-fashioned milking demonstration on an Amish family dairy farm that leads to death and some good old fashioned undercover investigation. From what I’ve read about the series it’s pretty wholesome and Christian so I need to get these on my to-read pile right away! A Plain Malice will be released on September 16th.


Three new books in great cozy mystery series you really “Otter” be reading!!

Mystery Monday

Welcome to September!  I’m ready for some cool weather so I can curl up with a cup of hot cocoa, a fuzzy blankie and a stack of COZY MYSTERIES.  I doubt we will see cool temps for quite a while but I can dream!

There are some super good cozies being released this week, and these are my top two picks to add to my to-read list:


Groomed For Murder (Pet Boutique #2)Groomed For Murder by Annie Knox

I got the cutest promotional postcard about this book from author Annie Knox.  The covers for Groomed for Murder and the first in the series, Paws for Murder, are so stinkin’ cute; if I was a craft person I would do something ‘crafty’ with them and put them in little frames!  A good cover will draw you into the book and Annie’s are among the best out there.

The premise for the series is that Izzy McHale opens the Trendy Tails Pet Boutique and madcap mayhem happens!  The pets are scalawags and the supporting characters are a hoot.  I’ve been waiting for Groomed for Murder to be released to see what this bunch will get up to next, luckily it will be available tomorrow.  Top of the must-read list for this one!!



Nightmares Can Be MurderNightmares Can Be Murder by Mary Kennedy


Another great cover!  This book is getting a LOT of buzz; it seems to be on every Cozy blog and list I’ve seen lately.  Hmmm, must be a reason!!

This book is another example of just when you think you’ve read every possible plot line for a cozy-WHAMMO-something different.  It seems pretty straightforward:  Taylor is helping her sister, Allison, follow her dream of owing a candy store.  Then we get to the new stuff:  Allison is active in a local Dream Club where members meet to discuss & analyze their dreams.

Of course there is a murder but in a setting eerily like one of the dreams the club discussed.  Allison is the prime suspect so Taylor investigates.  This was all the info I could get on the book but what a great teaser-I can’t wait to read this one.  I anticipate lots of sisterly interaction, rivalries, misunderstandings and love!

Mary Kennedy is a licensed psychologist so I’m curious to see how she blends the science with the cozy. This will also be released tomorrow.

Just a couple of great cozies you really “Otter” be reading this week!!


Mystery Monday

Yikes, it’s Monday again!  Never fear, there are always wonderful Cozy Mysteries to read and that will turn any drab, old Monday into a Mystery Monday!!

I think it’s safe to say I LOVE Cozy Mysteries.  Just about any premise you can think of, I have read the entire series:  bookshops, coffeeshops, psychics, home renovators, chefs, caterers, bakery owners, librarians, dog walkers, B&B owners and moms.

The best thing about cozies is you can always put yourself into the story and think “hmm, this could TOTALLY happen to me!”  So, I have read TONS of cozies over the years but somehow, I have missed a WONDERFUL series set in the world of yarn & fabrics.

Last Wool and Testament (A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery, #1)Last Wool and Testament   Plagued By Quilt (A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery, #4)Plagued By Quilt


I just downloaded Last Wool and Testament from the library and it is SOOOOOO good!  Kath inherits her Gran’s fabric shop and when she returns to her hometown she discovers her dear Gran was the prime suspect in a murder investigation!!  There is a ghost (LOVE a ghostly cozy!!) and some quirky characters to inhabit Blue Plum, Tennessee.

Molly MacRae is a fantastic writer-her characters and settings are so descriptive, the reader is right there; looking out over the Blue Ridge Mountains with Kath.  There are three books in this series with number four  Plagued by Quilt due out in November.  Definitely put this series on your “Otter” read list.


Halloween Hijinks (Zoe Donovan Mystery, #1)Halloween Hijinks     Haunted Hamlet (Zoe Donovan #9)    Haunted Hamlet


Halloween Hijinks introduced readers to the world of Zoe Donovan.  TONS of fun, a great mystery and characters you want to read over & over.  Kathi Daley has done it again with Haunted Hamlet, the 9th Zoe book.  The mystery ties back into the Halloween Hijinks mystery.  Super good book and series that you “Otter” read.



I hope everyone had a GREAT reading weekend; I certainly did and I’ll have reviews up later this week. All those books were so good that it leaves me stuck for something new to read; nothing sounds ‘good’. Let’s take a look at a few of the COZY MYSTERY books I have in my TBR stash to see if there is something on there to read:

  Louisiana Longshot by Jana Deleon.

Jana has a series called Ghost-In-Law set in Mudbug that is hilarious so when this new series (Miss Fortune) came out I snapped it up volume one.  I’ve had it on my list for a while and it looks very good. CIA assassin Fortune Redding goes into hiding by posing as a librarian/former beauty queen in a little Louisiana bayou town. There’s also a dog so this book looks promising!

This Pen for Hire by Laura Levine.

The first in the Jaine Austen series.  Freelance writer Jaine pens a love letter for a client that turns into a murder mystery.  This series turns up on just about every ‘best of’ cozy list so I need to get on the bandwagon and read this one!

Ghostly Paws by Leighann Dobbs

Ooh, ghosts AND a cat!  The plot centers on Wilhelmina as she returns to her hometown of Mystic Notch following a divorce & an ‘accident’ that leaves her able to see the librarian’s ghost.  This one looks like a total fun fest!!

Well, now I’m stuck again-these all look good!  Whatever will I read this week?  What are you reading?


Let’s start the week off with a bang!  What is your favorite mystery genre?  I’m a big fan of cozy and chick-lit.  There is something for every mystery lover this week-my list includes:


Double Whammy by Gretchen Archer

This book is so good-I paid retail!  I got the free preview from Amazon and it was great.  So funny, well plotted, great characters.  I tried to get it from the library through Overdrive but no dice so I clicked ‘buy’ and kept on reading!!  Only $2.99 at Amazon so well worth it for such a great book.  I read way into the night last night and it is hilarious-if Stephanie Plum moved to Mississippi, this would be her story!   The first in a series that I intend to continue reading.


Pall in the Family by Dawn Eastman

Home for the Haunting by Juliet Blackwell

These are all available at Amazon and I also found the two cozy titles at the library through Overdrive.  If you click the pictures that will take you through my affiliate link to buy on the Amazon site.  Or hit up the library for FREE BOOKS!!!


If you are a fan of YA these three are in my TBR (to-be-read) pile and they all come highly recommended.


Andi Unexpected by Amanda Flower
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
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