Review: DON’T LOOK FOR ME by Wendy Walker

For a chance of pace, this post introduces someone new (at least new to me).  I was browsing the mystery selections on NetGalley when this thriller called out out to me.  Good choice. Well written and suspenseful thriller. And it just released today!

Description*

51hfleyizalIn Wendy Walker’s thrilling novel Don’t Look for Me, the greatest risk isn’t running away. It’s running out of time.

One night, Molly Clarke walked away from her life.
She doesn’t want to be found.
Or at least, that’s the story.
The car abandoned miles from home.
The note found at a nearby hotel.
The shattered family that couldn’t be put back together.
They called it a “walk away.”
It happens all the time.
Women disappear, desperate to leave their lives behind and start over.
But is that what really happened to Molly Clarke?

*Description from Amazon

My Review

At the heart of this story is the troubled relationship between Molly and her daughter, Nicole.  The author skillfully alternates between the two women’s points of view – exposing their emotional underbellies and the chain of events that led to a rift in their family years earlier. But that’s the backstory. Now they each face a greater challenge.

Nicole is determined to find her mother and in the process puts herself at risk. It is through her eyes that the reader becomes acquainted with the townspeople and the pool of potential suspects. With each bit of information she uncovers, a new suspect comes into play.  Molly doesn’t know her captor’s name and only describes his appearance in general terms, thus giving the reader no clue as to his identity.  She is determined to get away, even if it means manipulating the emotions of his young child.

A clever plot with an abundance of twists made for a fast-moving, page turner  with an ending I didn’t see coming.  A well written and suspenseful thriller.

FTC disclosure:  I received an advance review copy from NetGalley.  This has not affected the content of my review in any way.

Spotlight: CHECKED OUT FOR MURDER by Allison Brook

As part of a blog tour organized by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, it’s my pleasure to shine the spotlight on Checked Out for Murder (A Haunted Library Mystery) by Allison Brook.

About the Book

Carrie Singleton and Evelyn the ghost sleuth the slayings of a starlet and a star-crossed psychic in Agatha Award nominee Allison Brook’s fourth Haunted Library mystery.

Daphne Marriott strolls into Clover Ridge and informs librarian Carrie Singleton that she’s a psychic. But had she foreseen what fate awaited her, Daphne would have steered clear of the quaint Connecticut town. Evelyn, the library ghost, tells Carrie that there’s more to Daphne than she lets on.

The mysterious woman grew up in Clover Ridge with her no-good dad, who apparently met his end at the hands of Daphne’s brother, Billy. Still, Daphne proves a welcome distraction when Carrie’s overbearing mother hits town. Mom’s much younger husband, Tom, is in a movie that’s lensing locally, and she’s there to keep an eye on him: Tom’s costar, sultry Ilana Reingold, is also his ex-fiancée, and there’s no denying the chemistry is still there. Soon after mingling with the moviemakers at a meet-and-greet, Daphne is found dead.

Carrie and Evelyn investigate, assisted by bushy-tailed library cat Smoky Joe. But the suspect list could overflow the library shelves. Has Billy killed another relative? Is their long-missing mother involved? Or Daphne’s mean ex-husband? Carrie’s sure she knows who committed the crime, but can she bind together the clues before the culprit Dewey-decimates the town?

Giveaway

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About the Author

A former Spanish teacher, Marilyn Levinson writes mysteries, romantic suspense, and novels for kids. Her books have received many accolades. As Allison Brook she writes the Haunted Library series. DEATH OVERDUE, the first in the series, was an Agatha nominee for Best Contemporary Novel in 2018. Other mysteries include the Golden Age of Mystery Book Club series and the Twin Lakes series.

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Guest Post& Release Spotlight: DOG-GONE DEAD by Jackie Layton

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As part of a blog tour organized by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, I am pleased to have as my guest today, Andi Grace Scott, Low Country Dog Walker – the main character in Jackie Layton’s recently released Dog-Gone Dead mystery.


Caring for Dogs  

I’m Andi Grace Scott, Low Country Dog Walker. If you have a dog, he or she needs to be walked. A few reasons to walk you dog are to keep you and your pet healthy. It’s also a good bonding time. A tired dog is also a less destructive pet. And it’s good to get outside in the fresh air and sunshine.

doggieIf you don’t have time because of work or you’re in bad health, you can look for a good dog walker in your area. If you live in Heyward Beach, South Carolina, look me up.

For those of you who walk your dog yourself, one important thing to do is choose the correct dog harness and leash. Bring creativity into your walk, enjoy the time with your pet, and be a good neighbor by scooping your dog’s poop. Take a break and play fetch. Love on your pet.

I live on the coast of South Carolina and in the hot weather, I carry a water bottle and a bowl to keep my dog hydrated. I’ve been known to discover dead bodies in my job, but this is rare. Nevertheless, it’s a good idea to keep your cell phone on you, just in case.

I often bring my German shepherd Sunny to appointments to help socialization of the pets I walk. If you don’t use a dog walker, it’s a good idea to make play dates for your pet. Also when you go for walks and speak to neighbors, allow your dog to greet other pets.

Most people say, “Dog is man’s best friend.” I say, “Dogs are women’s best friends.” I’d take a dog over a diamond any day. If you don’t have a pet, you should visit your local animal shelter. If you’re not sure about pet ownership, see if they have a foster program. It’ll lessen your stress and give you time to relax and get to know your foster pet.


 

About Dog-Gone Dead

Dog-Gone-Dead-scaledWho’d have thought mulch could cause such a stink?

Low Country dog walker Andi Grace Scott is happy to score some free mulch from one of her brother’s landscaping jobs—until she discovers the dead body buried beneath the bark.

Worse, her brother’s landscaping tools were used to commit the murder. Once the police arrest her brother and seem happy to have “caught their man,” Andi Grace has no choice but to track down the real killer. She’ll risk everything to prove her brother’s innocence. Even if it means turning over every rock in town.

If you love small-town coastal life, dogs, and strong heroines, you’ll love Dog-Gone Dead.

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JLayton_authorphoto2018-About the Author

Former Kentucky pharmacist Jackie Layton loves her new life in the Low Country. When she’s not writing, Jackie enjoys walks on the beach, bike rides and collecting shells. The first two books in Jackie’s Low Country Dog Walker Mystery series are Bite the Dust and Dog-Gone Dead. Jackie always enjoys hearing from readers.

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Review & Giveaway: CASTING CALL FOR A CORPSE by Heather Haven

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As part of a blog tour organized by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours,  today’s post introduces the Casting Call for a Corpse, a recent addition to the Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries series by Heather Haven.  

About the Book

CASTING-CALL-FOR-A-CORPSEA DETECTIVE AGENCY WITH HEART.
AND A WEDDING ANNIVERSARY!

Super sleuth, Lee Alvarez, finds a dead man wearing a tuxedo in a friend’s bathtub during a soiree for San Francisco’s VIPs. And not just any friend, but an internationally acclaimed actress who recently came to live in San Francisco. And not just any bathtub, but a bathtub residing inside one of Alamo Square’s famed Painted Ladies, recently bought by said actress.

The police believe it’s the actress friend who done the man in. After all, it’s her house and her tub. And another man died under suspicious circumstances around her recently. Both romantic encounters, doncha know. The actress must be guilty.

Or is she?

For ace detective Lee Alvarez, the timing couldn’t be worse. She is supposed to go off in celebration of her 6-month wedding anniversary with her hunky hubby. Paris is calling!

Or is it?

Her long-time friend, plus her mother – She Who Must Be Obeyed – thinks she should stick around and find out who the real killer is. So Lee, family, handsome hubby, and Tugger, the cat, are on the job. But Lee’s nose is itching. Which means not one of the suspects is telling the truth.

Or not all of it. Lee soon uncovers threatening letters, sullen playwrights, dead bodies, and a criminal web of jewel thieves, all treading the boards of her friend’s latest musical. This is showbiz?

Author Haven pulls out all the stops in a cozy fan’s delight about a charming, and unconventional Palo Alto detective family who get their man or woman, as the case may be. Book Seven follows its tradition of the Bay Area’s favorite PI, who rolls over with all four paw in the air when it comes to her darn near perfect mother. But with the help of her computer geek brother and handsome hubby, Lee works to solve the case in time to celebrate her own 6-month wedding anniversary.

My Review

Told from the candid perspective of Lee Alvarez, the narrative has a natural, conversation feel to it, which soon made Lee seem like an old friend (even though I hadn’t read previous books in the series).   She is spunky and impulsive, a good friend and a loving wife, with a sense of humor.  And she is complemented by an interesting cast of family and friends.  

There was never a dull moment in this entertaining cozy mystery, which includes plenty of action,  a well balanced range of  twists and turns, and even a few laugh out loud moments. The 7th in a series – it can easily be enjoyed as a standalone.  I might have to go back and read the others when I get a chance. 

FTC disclosure: I received an advance review copy of this book from the publisher. This has not affected the content of my review.

Giveaway

To celebrate the release, the author is giving a handmade, one of a kind purse (U.S. ONLY).  Click here to enter the rafflecopter. 

About the Author

Heather_115114102_stdHeather moved to the Bay Area and studied creative writing at Stanford University. Previously, several of her comedy acts and plays were performed in NYC. Her novels include the humorous Silicon Valley-based Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries, Manhattan-based Persephone Cole Vintage Mysteries, Love Can Be Murder Novellas, Snow Lake Romantic Suspense Series and standalone mystery noir, Murder under the Big Top, based upon her mother’s stint as a performer with Ringling Brothers’ Circus. There is also her anthology, Corliss and Other Award-Winning Stories. Her favorite protagonist is in Corliss, one of the featured short stories, but don’t tell anyone!

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Review: SAVE HER SOUL by Lisa Regan

This summer as I spent oodles of time at home reading,  I downloaded a review copy of Save Her Soul (Detective Josie Quinn Book 7) from Net Galley.  Of course, like other books in this series the cover is gorgeous.  And it’s a good read, too.

Description*

51grgnhqxlJosie flinches as she takes in the faded blue sports jacket wrapped around the girl they just pulled from the water. Josie knew someone who’d once owned that jacket. He had died in her arms five years ago.

Heavy rain pours on the small town of Denton causing the riverbanks to break and the body of a young girl to float quietly to the surface. With no crime scene to examine, the odds are against Detective Josie Quinn and her team. Mercifully, the victim’s body is perfectly preserved, right down to the baseball patch on the jacket she was wearing. Josie can’t hide her devastation—her dead ex-husband, Ray, owned one just like it.

Following the trail back to her high school, Josie identifies the girl as Beverly Urban, a troubled student rumored to have been dating Ray before she left town for good. It looks like a tragic accident until the autopsy reveals a bullet in her head and the heart-breaking secret she was keeping.

Josie visits the salon where Beverly’s mother used to work, believing she was at the heart of a terrible scandal around the time her daughter’s life was taken. With the Denton wives remaining tight-lipped, Josie’s only hope is a secret meet-up with a terrified woman willing to talk. But she is murdered moments before giving Josie crucial information. It’s clear that someone is prepared to keep on killing to stop the truth from getting out.

Digging deep into memories of her own past with Ray is the only advantage Josie has on this twisted killer… but at what cost?

* Description from Amazon book page for Save Her Soul

My Review

For Josie, this case is different. It is personal and brings with it no small amount of emotional upheaval for the seasoned detective.   Josie may not have been a fan of the victim when they were in high school, nonetheless she is determined to find out how she met such a terrible fate. Josie is very relatable and her recollections from years earlier provide insight into her character. The investigation takes off at a slow pace – with few immediate findings, however it builds in intensity as information is uncovered and events unfold, with unexpected discoveries keeping the detectives and the reader guessing at the truth.  An enjoyable read.

FTC Disclosure:  I received an advance review copy of this book via Net Galley. This has not affected the content of my review.

Spotlight & Giveaway: THE KEY LIME CRIME by Lucy Burdette

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As part of a blog tour organized by Great Escapes Virtual Book tours, today’s post introduces The Key Lime Crime, the  recently released 10th book in  Lucy Burdette’s Key West Food Critic mystery series.

About the Book

THE-KEY-LIME-CRIMENational bestselling author Lucy Burdette’s tenth Key West Food Critic mystery is piping hot with pie-enthusiasts and murder suspects.

When a fierce rivalry between key lime pie bakers leads to a pastry chef’s murder, food critic Hayley Snow is fit to be pied.

During the week between Christmas and New Year’s, the year-round population of Key West, Florida, faces a tsunami of tourists and snowbirds. It doesn’t help that outrageously wealthy key lime pie aficionado David Sloan has persuaded the city to host his pie-baking contest. Every pie purveyor on the island is out to win the coveted Key Lime Key to the City and Key Zest food critic Hayley Snow is on the scene to report it.

Meanwhile, Hayley’s home life is turning more tart than sweet. Hayley’s new hubby, police detective Nathan Bransford, announces that her intimidating mother-in-law is bearing down on the island for a surprise visit. Hayley offers to escort Nathan’s crusty mom on the iconic Conch Train Tour of the island’s holiday lights, but it becomes a recipe for disaster when they find a corpse among the glittering palm trees and fantastic flamingos. The victim–Au Citron Vert’s controversial new pastry chef–was a frontrunner in Sloan’s contest.

It’s bad enough that Hayley’s too-curious mother-in-law is cooking up trouble. Now, the murderer is out to take a slice out of Hayley. Can she handle the heat of a killer’s kitchen?

Giveaway

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About the Author

Lucy-Burdette-author-photoClinical psychologist Lucy Burdette (aka Roberta Isleib) has published 16 mysteries, including the latest in the Key West food critic series, DEATH ON THE MENU (Crooked Lane Books, August 2018.) Her books and stories have been short-listed for Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. She’s a member of Mystery Writers of America and a past president of Sisters in Crime. She blogs at Jungle Red Writersand shares her love for food with the culinary writers at Mystery Lovers Kitchen She lives in Madison CT and Key West FL. Read more at www.lucyburdette.com.

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Blurb Blitz & Giveaway: MIMI TAKES PARIS by Elizabeth Cooke

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As part of a Virtual Blurb Blitz Tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions  for Mimi Takes Paris,  today’s post introduces a new cozy mystery from Elizabeth Cooke.

About the Book

Cooke_MTP_coverIt is the start of the adventures of a small black poodle, escapee from a cruel puppy mill, who is rescued by Nicole Marcel, a pretty girl singer in the City of Paris. The two become inseparable.

The little dog has an animal intelligence and a tremendous sense of smell, and proceeds to solve a murder, and other crimes by nasal prowess. Mimi gains celebrity status, as does her PERSON, Nicole.

It is a Cozy Mystery like no other!

In book two, titled “Mimi’s Paris Dilemma,” Mimi’s reputation, (and that of Nicole’s), is sullied by an unfair assessment by the public. The little dog slowly regains status by solving other crimes.

 

Read an excerpt:

Mimi was fortunate enough to live in Paris, and she knew it. She, and her ‘person’ resided in a petite hotel on the Left Bank. That ‘person’ was young and pretty and would leash Mimi for walks.

In winter, Mimi wore a pink wool coat with a tiny, white handkerchief peeking out from a pocket on the back. It was so handsome against her jet -black toy-poodle hair. Of course, in warm weather, she only sported the leash.

How proud was Mimi to parade along the rues and boulevards. All of 12 inches long and perhaps 10 inches high, she walked with such elan, that people noticed her. She liked that. But most of all, Mimi reveled in the fact that she had been lucky enough to be endowed with a moist, black muzzle with two intense nostrils that provided her with a world of sensuality.

The scent of companion dogs with messages left behind, greeted her at every corner. The odor of soupe a l’oignon or boeuf, simmering in wine, emerged from the bistros as the two passed by, one two legged, the other on four. Oh, and to pass a fromagerie, was a special delight. The smell of the pungent cheeses from across the country within the little store could not be contained, and all of France was laid before Mimi’s hungry little nose.

Occasionally, Mimi was lucky enough to find a morsel of crepe au sucre on the rue Cler, inadvertently dropped by a hungry tourist who had been munching while he walked. Ah, life was good. What a lucky dog am I, was her constant thought.

Mimi knew she was smart, and she knew her sense of smell was extraordinary, even for a dog. She could define with her nose every herbal addition to a stew of veal with sage, or rosemary in a gigot d’agneau. Oh, the herbal names meant nothing, but the specific tingle in her nostrils made everything so clear, distinct and utterly delicious.

But not this time. This was a dark odor. It was the smell of blood.

Giveaway

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About the Author

The daughter of the Dean of Medicine at Columbia University, Elizabeth Cooke was raised in Manhattan, graduating from The Brearley School, and Vassar College, with a major in Drama, and minor in Art. As a young woman, she worked in theater and as a casting consultant, briefly served on the board of MoMA, before moving to Paris for three years, after her marriage ended. There, she immersed herself in the museums, studied at the Sorbonne, cooked at The Cordon Bleu, and traveled all over Europe. Until recently, Elizabeth Cooke resided on the East End of Long Island. For 10 years, she was the Chairman of The Bide-A-Wee Home, a prestigious animal shelter complex in New York City and Long Island. She also served on the Executive Committee of the Westhampton Free Library for 30 years.

Paris In “Eye of the Beholder,” completed after the memoir, Elizabeth Cooke writes in rather irreverent terms, of the lives of six artists and the most compelling muse in each of their lives: next came, “A Shadow Romance,” an odyssey of an unfulfilled love affair between a mature New York City couple: then, the four “Hotel” books. She has just completed “How To Game People Without Even Trying,” the true story (fictionalized) of the murder of her second husband in his Paris apartment. A fifth ‘hotel’ book, titled “Rendezvous at a Small Hotel” has just been released. The sixth hotel book, “Intrigue at a Small Hotel” has received top honors from The Paris Book Festival for 2016. The seventh and final in the hotel series, “The Hotel Marcel Dining Club” is currently available.

For her, there is great joy in having the gift of expression that writing provides, and this is reflected in her rather prolific output.

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Review and Giveaway: RISKY WHISKEY by Lucy Lakestone

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As part of a blog tour organized by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, it is my pleasure to tell you about a new cozy mystery series.  Risky Whiskey is the first book in a the Bohemia Bartenders Mystery series by Lucy Lakestone.

About the Book

Stirring up trouble in New Orleans …

RISKY-WHISKEYEager to shake up her drinks and her life, mixologist Pepper Revelle jumps at an invitation to join the elite Bohemia Bartenders. Leader Neil thinks she’ll be the perfect advance gal for his team at a colorful cocktail convention in her hometown of New Orleans, but the job turns out to be more bananas than a drunk monkey. Setting up the key tasting for their distiller client, she and Neil discover their whiskey has gone dangerously bad. But how? And was this shocking poisoning more than an accident?

As Pepper and Neil try to figure out what happened, keep the drinks flowing and help distiller Dash Reynolds survive the weekend, they find themselves the target of increasingly scary attacks. Maybe it’s the danger, or maybe it’s the drinks, but Pepper also can’t help an inconvenient attraction to cocktail nerd Neil as they stir up trouble and try to figure out who’s out to get them — before they’re sliced and squeezed like a lemon twist in a Sazerac.

Risky Whiskey is the first book in the Bohemia Bartenders Mysteries, funny whodunits with a dash of romance set in a convivial collective of cocktail lovers, eccentrics and mixologists. These cozy culinary comedies contain a hint of heat, a splash of cursing and shots of laughter, served over hand-carved ice.

My Review

Given the title and description, it was no surprise that there was a whole lot of drinkin’ going on at the Cocktailia competition.  Pepper is excited to be there as part of a top-notch team of bartenders from Bohemia, Florida.  But not all is at it seems. A batch of tainted whiskey threatens to spoil the party and Pepper and her team boss, Neil, are soon swept into investigating suspicious events related to the whiskey and its creators, while fighting the temptation to be swept into each other’s arms.   Each discovery brings with it new suspects and plot twists, and the identify of the culprit remains unclear until the final reveal.  A solid start to what promises to be a light-hearted, fun series.

FTC disclosure: I received an advance review copy of this book as part of  this blog tour.  This has not affected the content of my review in any way.

Giveaway

Click to enter a rafflecopter for your chance to win some really Bartender-themed goodies from this author – including a beautiful bartender kit, Bohemia Bartenders swag, and more (US only).

About the Author

LUCY-LAKESTONELucy Lakestone is an award-winning author who lives on Florida’s east central coast, among the towns that serve as an inspiration for the hot romances of her Bohemia Beach Series and the jumping-off point for the Bohemia Bartenders Mysteries. She’s been a journalist, photographer, editor and video producer but prefers living in her imagination, where the moon is full and the cocktails are divine. Learn more at LucyLakestone.com.

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Guest Post & Spotlight: FROM ITALY WITH LOVE by Maria Grazia Swan

It’s my pleasure to have Maria Grazia Swan as a guest on my blog today as she celebrates the recent release of From Italy with Love and tells us about how real life events provided inspiration for her one of her mysteries.


Real life events as inspiration for Gemini Moon – Maria Grazia Swan

MariaScanz10192019 - Copy (2)If you are familiar with my books and my sources of inspiration, you know that over 85 percent of my stories are a direct result of real life events. Events that linger in my mind until I surrender and write about them. When it comes to Gemini Moon, I possess real proof. Facts grow more disturbing once you learn the deceased was a close friend of mine.

Yvonne died of a gunshot to the head. Authorities ruled her death accidental. The shooter? Her husband.

This happened in 1990, in Southern California. I knew I needed to write about it. I also knew I wanted to do it right. In my book, the roles are reversed, the wife shoots the husband.CCF07132015

Because of my strong friendship with the woman whose death inspired the story, I described her as she appeared in life, pretty, smart, funny, bubbly and full of love.  Yvonne, the Editor of a monthly magazine, also did freelanced editing. The day her husband shot her, she fell face first on top of somebody’s manuscript. My manuscript. My first mystery, Love Thy Sister.

Both Love Thy Sister and Gemini Moon are included in the From Italy with Love boxset. 

About From Italy with Love

ItalyloveA Recipe for mischief with a serving of laughs
3 books — the first of each of Swan’s three series.
3 Sassy Italian imports chasing bad people while hoping to land a good catch.
2 mischievous cats, maybe 3.
1 rambunctious dog and a spotted Appaloosa.
A few graves…. but a lot more laughter.

The From Italy with Love boxset is currently offered at special price –  only $0.99

Cooks, Crooks and a Corpse (The Baker Girls Cozy Mystery series, Book 1)

Can’t resist lighthearted comedy dressed with a little mystery that never takes you down a dark road?
Good, because that’s what you get when you put two hot Italian imports together. Meet the hot pink Fiat 500 and its owner, real estate agent Monica Baker.
Now stir in a dead body, a caterer about to lose her license, a real estate office coming off the rails, a goofy Great Dane, and a lively heroine who can’t help falling for the brooding bad boy. This is the world of Monica Baker: a high-speed mystery with a serving of mischief and a side of laughs.

Gemini Moon (The Lella York Mystery Series, Book 1)

When her eyes were finally opened to the truth, she couldn’t recognize her own life…
Italian-born Lella York is trying to figure out who she is. Her husband has died. Her son is grown and gone to chase fame and fortune in the movie business. And now, her best friend is missing. Upon returning to Southern California, Lella is shocked to learn the mysterious circumstances of Ruby’s disappearance as well as the death of Ruby’s husband. And Lella’s son is the prime suspect. It doesn’t help that he is driving around in the dead man’s Ferrari.

Caught in the middle of it all, Lella stumbles across the perfect topper-namely, a sexy police detective who keeps secrets from her while he’s setting her pants on fire. Nothing like a little romance to distract a girl while she’s trying to locate a missing person, solve a possible homicide, get her son out of jail and stay two steps ahead of the firing line.

Love Thy Sister (The Mina’s Adventure Series, Book 1)

Italian-born Mina Calvi lives in a mansion in idyllic Orange County, California with her protective older sister, Paola. Unemployed again and aimless, Mina can’t seem to find her niche in her adopted country, but confusion and restlessness soon become the least of her problems. Someone is stealing from the software business owned by Paola and her husband, losses so great the business is sinking like the Titanic. And the strange death of a company employee turns out to be murder. Then, while, facing a loss so terrible she can’t bear it, Mina discovers an old family secret that turns her world upside down. There’s some solace in the arms of her blue-eyed lover, amateur sleuth Brian Starr, but danger still stalks her at every turn, edging closer and closer as Mina tries to untangle the web of lies, adultery and treachery, and put her life back together.

About the Author

MariaAward-winning, USA Today Bestselling author Maria Grazia Swan was born in Italy. She’s lived in Belgium, France, Germany, Southern California and Arizona–all juicy places that fuel her stories and characters.

These days, Maria Grazia concentrates on her deepest passions. Writing and being the matchmaker for people and pets who are waiting to find each other.

Maria Grazia loves travel, opera, good books, yoga, and intelligent movies. Her idea of a perfect evening? Stimulating conversation, Northern Italian food, and chilled Prosecco.

She loves to hear from her readers! Feel free to contact her through her website: www.mariagraziaswan.com.

Review & Giveaway: VANGIE VALE AND THE LARCENOUS LAVA CAKE by R.L. Syme

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As part of a blog tour organized by Great Escapes Virtual Book tours, today’s post introduces Vangie Vale and the Larcenous Lava Cake, the fourth book in The Matchbaker Mysteries  by R.L. Syme.

About the BVANGIE-VALE-AND-THE-LARCENOUS-LAVA-CAKEook

I never thought Edward would come back…

When the court case against my ex was finished, I thought we were finished, too. But it turns out, it was only the beginning.

The Larcenous Lava Cake is book four in The Matchbaker Mysteries, a new cozy culinary mystery series from USA Today Bestselling Author, R.L. Syme.

RECIPE INCLUDED: The Larcenous Lava Cake

My Review

I liked Vangie. She’s different. She is a part-time pastor and baker – definitely a unique combination in an amateur sleuth.  (I haven’t read the earlier books in the series so I was caught by surprise.) She’s a good person who has made mistakes in the past and is determined not to repeat them.  Especially  not with Edward.   His sudden appearance and the chain of events, including a murder, lead to Vangie’s involvement in an investigation that has more than its fair share of twists.   Although Vangie’s actions were sometimes ill-advised and the plot a bit far-fetched, the surprise twists kept the pages turning.

FTC disclosure: I received an advance review copy of this book. This has not affected the content of my review in any way. 

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About the Author

R.L. Syme is a writer of sleuths worth loving and villains worth hating. Lover of fancy cheese, binge-watching, strawberries, and hope. A foodie and baker of yummy delights, Becca grew up reading Nancy Drew mysteries passed on by her grandmother. A Tweeter and Pinner of things.

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