Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours Presents: Death By Theft: A Josiah Reynolds Mystery by Abigail Keam

 


Death By Theft: A Josiah Reynolds Mystery
by Abigail Keam

About Death by Theft


Death By Theft: A Josiah Reynolds Mystery
Cozy Mystery
19th in Series
Setting – Kentucky
Worker Bee Press (October 30, 2023)
Number of Pages ~200
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BVJSY15M

Josiah is happy for her pals Lady Elsmere and Shaneika Mary Todd when broodmare Jean Harlow gives birth to a male foal sired by Comanche. The owners of both horses have high hopes the foal will become a stakes winner—maybe even win the Kentucky Derby. The foal has a broad chest, indicating significant lung capacity—important for winning races, but just like his daddy, the foal is ebony with a bad attitude.

Josiah and Shaneika visit dam Jean Harlow early one morning and are shocked to find the prized foal is missing. They frantically search Lady Elsmere’s and Josiah’s farms without success. It’s urgent they find the foal fast as he is not yet weaned and is too young to be separated from his mother. Who would snatch the feisty foal from his mother’s care? And equally important, why?

Death By A HoneyBee
Death By Drowning
Death By Bridle
Death By Bourbon
Death By Lotto
Death by Chocolate
Death by Haunting
Death By Derby
Death By Design
Death By Malice
Death By Drama
Death By Stalking
Death By Deceit
Death By Magic
Death By Shock
Death By Chance
Death By Poison
Death By Greed
Death By Theft

About Abigail Keam

Abigail Keam is an award-winning and Amazon best-selling author who writes the Josiah Reynolds Mystery Series about a Southern beekeeper turned amateur female sleuth. Besides loving history, Kentucky bourbon, and chocolate, Abigail loves honeybees and for many years made her living by selling honey at a farmers’ market like her protagonist, Josiah Reynolds. She is an award-winning beekeeper who has won many honey awards at the Kentucky State Fair including the Barbara Horn Award, which is given to beekeepers who rate a perfect 100 in a honey competition.

Miss Abigail has taken her knowledge of beekeeping to create a fictional beekeeping protagonist, Josiah Reynolds, who solves mysteries in the Bluegrass. While Miss Abigail’s novels are for enjoyment, she discusses the importance of a local sustainable food economy and land management for honeybees and other creatures.

She currently lives on the Kentucky River in a metal house with her husband and various critters. She still has honeybees.

Official Site      http://www.abigailkeam.com/ 

Facebook    https://www.facebook.com/author.abigailkeam/

Instagram    https://www.instagram.com/abigailkeamauthor/

Pinterest      https://www.pinterest.com/abigailkeam/

Amazon      https://www.amazon.com/Abigail-Keam/e/B0045PEGUQ

TikTok         https://www.tiktok.com/@abigailkeam

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AWARDS
2010 Gold Medal Award from Readers’ Favorite for Death By A HoneyBee
2011 Gold Medal Award from Readers’ Favorite for Death By Drowning
2011 USA BOOK NEWS-Best Books List of 2011 as a Finalist for Death By Drowning
2011 USA BOOK NEWS-Best Books List of 2011 as a Finalist for Death By A HoneyBee
2017 Finalist from Readers’ Favorite for Death By Design
2019 Honorable Mention from Readers’ Favorite for Death By Stalking
2019 Top 10 Mystery Novels from Kings River Life Magazine for Murder Under A Blue Moon2
2019 Honorable Mention from Readers’ Favorite for Death By Stalking: A Josiah Reynolds Mystery
2019 Top 10 Mystery Novels from Kings River Life Magazine for Murder Under A Blue Moon: A 1930s Mona Moon Mystery
2020 Imadjinn Award for Best Mystery – Death By Stalking: A Josiah Reynolds Mystery
2022 Finalist in Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Finalist for Best Historical Category – Murder Under A Full Moon
2022 Finalist for the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award for Best Historical Category – Murder Under A New Moon
2022 Death By Chance: A Josiah Reynolds Mystery Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Finalist for Best Cozy Mystery
2022 Top Ten Mystery Novel by Kings River Life Magazine for Murder Under A Bridal Moon: A 1930s Mona Moon Mystery
2022 Top Ten Mystery Novel by Kings River Life Magazine for Murder Under A British Moon: A 1930s Mona Moon Mystery

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October 30 – Literary Gold – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

October 30 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

October 30 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee – SPOTLIGHT

October 31 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – AUTHOR GUEST POST

October 31 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

October 31 – Sneaky the Library Cat’s Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

November 1 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT

November 1 – The Plain-Spoken Pen – SPOTLIGHT

November 1 – Eskimo Princess Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

November 2 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

November 2 – Lady Hawkeye – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

November 2 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

November 3 – Mystery, Thrillers, and Suspense – SPOTLIGHT

November 3 – fundinmental – REVIEW

November 3 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT

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The Secret Room by Sara Swann

 


939. Vienna, Austria. Life was as close to perfect for medical doctor Johann Goetz, his artist wife Sybilla, and their three children . . . until the world went stark raving mad.

As Nazi propaganda seeps into the fibers of Vienna, families and neighbors are pitted against one another, and hatred brews until the tensions erupt on the night of
Kristallnacht. But Jewish families like the Goetzs know that the madness is only beginning.

Word of the deadly program against the Jews of Europe spreads far and wide, even to the quaint Amish farm belonging to Joseph Jotter’s family in Lancaster County. The idea of neighbors hating neighbors is a foreign concept in Amish country, and Joseph finds himself asking God to show him how he can help the Jewish people of Europe. 

Amazon 

 

About The Author

 

Sara is a native west Texan, conservationist, mother of four, certified elementary teacher, and certifiable Gypsy. Sara and family have made their home in places all over the world, from the majestic Oklahoma plains to the eclectic mountains of Italy – collecting inspiration and rescue animals along the way.

  

From Alaska to the wilds of New Mexico, Sara has piloted small aircraft, counted bats, tracked mountain lions, hiked with black bears, relocated giant Western diamondback rattlesnakes, and fallen in love over and over again with the roads less traveled.

She is married to a man who makes romance novel heroes pale in comparison and together they have six children, three dogs, and two goofy cats. She teaches school in her spare time and helps her husband, Wesley, run his aptly named plumbing business – As You Wish Plumbing. 

Sara is a member of the Romance Writers of America, is a member and the critique chair for Hearts Through History, and a member of West Houston RWA, Western Fictioneers, the Catholic Writers Guild, and the Transylvanian Society of Dracula along with several nameless groups comprised of local writers who tend to gather occasionally wherever the coffee is the freshest. She is represented by Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency. Find Sara’s updates at www.SaraHarrisBooks.com. 

 

My Review



 

I enjoyed this read, it’s more like a novella, and ended with questions. I see there are more books to come, so hope that some more answers will be forthcoming.
This this the Goetz families story, living a good life in Austria, father a doctor and mother an artist, when the evil that was penetrating Europe at the time. Friends turning on friends, and yes, I knew that this happened, but with the author we put faces on these people.
We unfortunately are visit concentration camps, and see the disregard for human life, but we also meet some that care and help, including people in the States!
I am looking forward to the next book in this series!
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Vinspire, and was not required to give a positive review,.

The Letter Tree by Rachel Fordham

 

Romeo and Juliet meets You’ve Got Mail in 1920s New York when hidden letters change everything for two lost souls and the community around them.

Seven years ago, a letter left inside a tree brought Laura Bradshaw an anonymous friend who helped her navigate the tragic loss of her mother and gave her something to look forward to despite the overbearing hand of her father. Life would be far bleaker, if not for her beloved Letter Tree, her dear friend, and her secret trips to the Buffalo Zoo. But even these rays of light are threatened when her father decides to play matchmaker in order to further his business goals.

When Isaac Campbell learns that his letter friend is destined to court another, he balks at the suggestion and begs her to break her rule of namelessness and meet him. Her words have endeared her to him, he’s ready to fall at her knees and beg her to choose him—that is until he sees her face. The stranger he’s become so attached to is not a stranger . . . but the only daughter of his family’s sworn enemy.

Can the grown children of feuding parents bridge the chasm between them? Or is the divide too deep—and too wide?

Amazon 

 

About The Author


 Rachel Fordham is the author of Where the Road Bends, A Lady in Attendance, A Life Once Dreamed, The Hope of Azure Springs, and Yours Truly, Thomas. Fans expect stories with heart and she delivers, diving deep into the human experience and tugging at reader emotions. She loves connecting with people, traveling to new places, and daydreaming about future projects that will have sigh-worthy endings and memorable characters. She is a busy mom, raising both biological and foster children (a cause she feels passionate about). She lives with her husband and children on an island in the state of Washington. Learn more at
www.rachelfordham.com

 

My Review


I loved this read and kept page turning for answers.

Friends whom in the end teach their families to hate one another, to the point that they disown their own spouse in their minds, very sad.

The author does a great job of bringing the story alive, and there are actually two main stories here!

My mind could put together who was leaving the notes for one another, but the way the story was woven together was awesome! I didn't see some of the answers coming the way they did, great job!

This was a page turner read, and when I finished I wanted more! Be sure to read the author's notes!

I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Thomas Nelson, and was not required to give a positive review.

Friday, October 27, 2023

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours Presents: A Parfait Crime (A Five-Ingredient Mystery) by Maya Corrigan

 


A Parfait Crime (A Five-Ingredient Mystery)
by Maya Corrigan

About A Parfait Crime


A Parfait Crime (A Five-Ingredient Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
9th in Series
Setting – Chesapeake Bay
Kensington Cozies (October 24, 2023)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1496734599
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1496734594
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BT8P2FYK

A granddaughter-grandfather sleuthing duo take on a perplexing new case in the latest culinary cozy mystery, sure to appeal to fans of Diane Mott, Joanne Fluke, and Katherine Hall Page.

At the site of a fatal blaze, Val’s boyfriend, a firefighter trainee, is shocked to learn the victim is known to him, a woman named Jane who belonged to the local Agatha Christie book club—and was rehearsing alongside Val’s grandfather for an upcoming Christie play being staged for charity. Just as shocking are the skeletal remains of a man found in the freezer. Who is he and who put him on ice?

After Val is chosen to replace Jane in the play, the cast gathers at their house to get to work—and enjoy Grandad’s five-ingredient parfaits—but all anyone can focus on is the bizarre real-life mystery. When it’s revealed that Jane’s death was due to something other than smoke inhalation, Val and Grandad try to retrace her final days. As they dig into her past life, their inquiry leads them to a fancy new spa in town—where they discover that Jane wasn’t the only one who had a skeleton in the cooler . . .

Includes delicious five-ingredient recipes!

About Maya Corrigan

Maya (Mary Ann) Corrigan writes the Five-Ingredient Mysteries featuring cafĂ© manager  Val and her live-wire grandfather solving murders in a Chesapeake Bay town. Each book has five suspects, five clues, and Granddad’s five-ingredient recipes. In the 9th book of the series, A Parfait Crime, Val and Granddad rehearse an Agatha Christie play with a cast that includes murder suspects. A Virginia resident, Maya has taught college courses in writing, detective fiction, and literature.  When not reading and writing, she enjoys theater, travel, trivia, cooking, and crosswords. Visit her website — https://mayacorrigan.com — for book news, easy recipes, and mystery history and trivia.

Author Links 

Website: https://mayacorrigan.com.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mayacorriganbooks

Newsletter signup: https://www.mayacorrigan.com/newscontact.html

Blog: https://MysteryLoversKitchen.com

Purchase Links – Kensington Paperback  – Kensington E-BookAmazonB&NKobo 

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October 27 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

October 27 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee – SPOTLIGHT

October 28 – StoreyBook Reviews – AUTHOR GUEST POST

October 28 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT

October 29 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT  

October 29 – Guatemala Paula Loves to Read – REVIEW

October 30 – Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense – RECIPE

October 30 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – CHARACTER GUEST POST

October 31 – Ascroft, eh? – AUTHOR GUEST POST

October 31 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW

November 1 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT

November 1 – Lady Hawkeye – SPOTLIGHT

November 2 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT

November 2 – Carla Loves To Read – REVIEW

November 3 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – SPOTLIGHT

November 3 – Baroness Book Trove – SPOTLIGHT

November 4 – fundinmental – SPOTLIGHT

November 4 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

November 5 – The Mystery Section – RECIPE

November 5 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

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Thursday, October 26, 2023

Celebrate Lit Presents: The Mermaid’s Tale Author: L. E. Richmond

 

About the Book

Book: The Mermaid’s Tale

Author: L. E. Richmond

Genre: YA Fantasy Retelling

Release Date: October 10, 2023

A Tail Could Tell a Tale

Locklyn Adair has never fit in. The legs she inherited as a result of her great-great-grandmother’s curse make it impossible for her to belong under the sea. When her niece is also born without a tail, Locklyn is determined to save her from similar rejection by sending her to the only place in the Undersea Realm where legs are acceptable – the Lost Island of Atlantis.

Darin Aalto would do anything to protect his family, even spearheading an impossible quest to find treasure that has been lost for over a hundred years. But when his best friend, Locklyn, joins his crew, his ability to keep her safe—and his shot at winning her heart—comes perilously close to being swept away.

A family curse, lost treasure, unrequited love, and a race against time intertwine as Locklyn and Darin seek to save their family, their kingdom, and eventually the entire Undersea Realm without losing each other.

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author

L.E. Richmond was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest by an American composition teacher and a German bookseller. Her childhood consisted in a large part of imagining stories for her Playmobil characters and checking out as many books from the library as her family could fit on six library cards. Now she spends her time chasing two blonde baby boys, reading aloud to the hazel-eyed young man who has her heart, and attempting to transfer the stories in her head into words for others. Her passion is for words and stories that thrill the soul and she is continually amazed by the One who crafted the most epic story of all time.

 

 

More from L.E.

I am a discovery writer, so when I first started The Mermaid’s Tale, I knew only the general plot and that the romance would be between the main character and the older brother of her brother-in-law.

The catalyst for this choice came from a novel published in England in 1815.

Darin Aalto, famous treasure hunting Merman from the Mediterranean, was inspired by none other than Mr. Knightley from Shropshire. He, like Jane Austen’s hero, is kind, experienced, confident, and attentive to the needs of others. On the other hand, my heroine, Locklyn Adair, is not much like Emma Wodehouse, struggling with a lack of confidence rather than the overabundance which plagues the young mistress of Hartfield.

Even though Locklyn differs greatly from Emma in temperament, she shares one marked similarity with her – a deep devotion to her sister’s children. In fact, it is to save her niece from the rejection which legs bring to Mermaids that leads Locklyn to encourage Darin to claim a disputed treasure which in turn leads to hostility from the warrior queen of a neighboring kingdom which leads to a duel to the death which leads to . . . You’ll have to read the book to find out.

Blog Stops

Becca Hope: Book Obsessed, October 19

Madi’s Musings, October 19

By the Book, October 20

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 21

Denise L. Barela, October 21

Texas Book-aholic, October 22

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 23

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 24

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 25

Inklings and Notions, October 26

Life, Love, Writing, October 27

Blogging With Carol, October 27

Tell Tale Book Reviews, October 28

Labor Not in Vain, October 29

Holly’s Book Corner, October 30

Simple Harvest Reads, October 31 (Guest Review from Mindy)

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, November 1 (Author Interview)

Of Blades and Thorns, November 1

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, L.E. is giving away the grand prize package of hardcover copy of The Mermaid’s Tale and a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Celebrate Lit Presents: Spoon to Be Dead Author: Dana Mentink

 

About the Book

Book: Spoon to Be Dead

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Release Date: October 31, 2023

A murder for the holidays is about to shake things up!

Trinidad Jones is starting the festive season with sugary confections and a heaping scoop of worry as her shake shop enters its first Oregon winter. With snow abound and tourists trickling through, she’ll do anything to keep her milkshake dreams afloat, even if it means catering a holiday steamboat party for some new arrivals in town.

But when her good-for-nothing ex crashes through her shop’s door claiming he’s being charged with murder, things go sideways. With clues piling up like whipped cream on a sundae and motives abound, Trinidad and her fellow ex-wives must solve this murder before she’s finally thrown for a scoop.

The third book in the Shake Shop Mysteries following Trinidad Jones who makes sweet confections and solves sticky situations in her small town!

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author

Dana Mentink is a USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author as well as a two-time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, and the recipient of a Holt Medallion for excellence in mystery/suspense. She was honored to receive the Author of the Year award from West Coast Christian Writers. A California native, she’s written over fifty titles for the general and Christian markets in the suspense, lighthearted romance, and mystery genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense and Poisoned Pen Press. You can connect with Dana via her website at danamentink.com if you’d like to learn more.

 

More from Dana

It seems like just yesterday that I was dreaming up decadent freakshake recipes for book one in the Ice Cream Shop mysteries and here we are in book three! It’s Christmas time in Upper Sprocket and there’s a wedding in the works, but most surprising of all is the appearance of Gabe Bigley, the cheating ex of Trinidad and her two besties. You can imagine there is going to be a hefty helping of murder, mayhem and merriment in this next installment in the series. Hope you love book three as much as I do!

Blog Stops

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, October 14

Bigreadersite , October 14

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, October 15

Lighthouse Academy, October 16

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 16

Texas Book-aholic, October 17

Simple Harvest Reads, October 17 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 18

Mary Hake, October 18

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 19

For Him and My Family, October 19

Betti Mace, October 20

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 20

Tell Tale Book Reviews, October 21

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, October 22 (Author Interview)

Blogging With Carol, October 22

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 23

Blossoms and Blessings, October 23

Labor Not in Vain, October 24

Holly’s Book Corner, October 24

Lily’s Book Reviews, October 25

Splashes of Joy, October 25

Pause for Tales, October 26

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, October 26

She Lives To Read, October 27

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

(If the winner is outside the U.S., then he or she will receive an eBook.)

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours Presents: Butterfly Betrayal: A Seneca James Mystery by Ruth J Hartman

 

Butterfly Betrayal: A Seneca James Mystery
by Ruth J Hartman

About Butterfly Betrayal


Butterfly Betrayal: A Seneca James Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Rural Indiana
Level Best Books (November 21, 2023)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 289 Pages
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0CKJ16LXB

Raising butterflies is peaceful and calm, until someone dies.

Majestic Monarch Butterfly Farm might flitter away forever. That is, unless Seneca James acquires the property next door. She and Winifred, her costume-wearing cat, have a fight on their hands. Their land sits next to a milkweed-covered field, essential for monarchs. If she’s unsuccessful in buying it, her precious, winged friends won’t survive. When people end up dead on her farmland, Seneca is suspected of murder.

What is it about the milkweed field that’s worth killing for? And who’s the murderer?

About Ruth J. Hartman

Ruth J. Hartman spends her days herding cats and her nights spinning mysterious tales. She, her husband, and their cats love to spend time curled up in their recliners watching old Cary Grant movies. Well, the cats sit in the people’s recliners. Not that the cats couldn’t get their own furniture. They just choose to shed on someone else’s.

Ruth, a left-handed, cat-herding, farmhouse-dwelling writer uses her sense of humor as she writes tales of lovable, klutzy women who seem to find trouble without even trying.

Ruth’s husband and best friend, Garry, reads her manuscripts, rolls his eyes at her weird story ideas, and loves her despite her insistence all of her books have at least one cat in them. See updates about her cozy mysteries at Ruthjhartman.com.

Author Links

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ruth.j.hartman

Facebook Author Page https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063631596817

BookBub https://www.bookbub.com/profile/ruth-j-hartman

Website https://www.ruthjhartman.com/

Purchase Link – Amazon

TOUR PARTICIPANTS

November 21 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – SPOTLIGHT

November 21 – My Reading Journeys – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

November 22 – Mystery, Thrillers, and Suspense – SPOTLIGHT

November 22 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

November 23 – THANKSGIVING U.S.

November 24 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT WITH EXCERPT

November 24 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

November 25 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

November 25 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – AUTHOR INTERVIEW 

November 26 – Cozy Up WIth Kathy – REVIEW

November 26 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT WITH EXCERPT

November 27 – Sneaky the Library Cat’s Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

November 27 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT WITH EXCERPT

November 28 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

November 28 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

November 29 – Ascroft, eh? – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

November 29 –My Journey Back – SPOTLIGHT

November 30 – Guatemala Paula Loves to Read – SPOTLIGHT

November 30 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT WITH EXCERPT

November 30 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT

December 1 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee – SPOTLIGHT

December 1 – Baroness Book Trove – SPOTLIGHT

 

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours Presents: Nutcracker Nightmare (A Killer Chocolate Mystery) by Christina Romeril

 

A Nutcracker Nightmare (A Killer Chocolate Mystery)
by Christina Romeril

About A Nutcracker Nightmare


A Nutcracker Nightmare (A Killer Chocolate Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Montana
Crooked Lane Books (October 17, 2023)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1639104917
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1639104918
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BSKRF471

Perfect for fans of Joanne Fluke and Laura Childs, when twin sisters Hanna and Alex help out at the local high school reunion, volunteering takes a turn when they find a former classmate’s dead body.

Hanna and Alex, owners of the Murder and Mayhem book and chocolate shop, are busy preparing for the Harriston High School’s reunion weekend. Neighbors will connect with old friends and perhaps try to avoid old foes. One person no one can avoid is Kyle, the former star quarterback, who is busy using his entire playbook to try and score with Hanna, even threatening her if she doesn’t play nice. At the reunion, Alex glimpses more drama than nostalgia as insults are flung around like a football at a Friday night game. The party is put on hold when Alex finds the dead body of none other than Kyle himself, bludgeoned to death by a nutcracker that the sisters admired earlier in the night.

Hanna quickly becomes the prime suspect—someone saw her slap Kyle in the face at the reunion dance. She’ll need her sister, their sleuthing canine, Watson, and their old friends and colleagues to help break this case wide open. While looking through old yearbooks and taking a stroll down memory lane, Alex uncovers a few secrets about Kyle, now, it seems like everyone had a motive to kill him.

But when the suspects start becoming the victims, Alex and Hanna know that they can’t melt under the pressure—they must find the killer before they become just another yearbook memory.

About Christina Romeril

 

Christina Romeril is the author of the Killer Chocolate Mystery series. The series is set in Montana at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, one of her favourite places to visit. She and her husband live a few hours away in a small village in Southern Alberta. When Christina isn’t writing she loves to hike in Waterton Lakes National Park, or just hang out there eating gourmet hot dogs and ice cream. When the former banker isn’t enjoying nature, she loves to create and consume chocolate confections. Not necessarily in that order.

Webpage   https://christinaromeril.com/

Blog      https://christinaromeril.com/blog/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/christinaromerilwriter

 Twitter    https://Twitter.com/romerilchris

 Instagram   https://www.instagram.com/christinaromerilwriter

 GoodReads  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/22222730.Christina_Romeril

Purchase Links – AmazonB&NKoboBookshop.org 

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS

October 23 – Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder – REVIEW, RECIPE

October 23 – Read Your Writes Book Reviews – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

October 23 – Christa Reads and Writes – SPOTLIGHT

October 24 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

October 24 – Lady Hawkeye – SPOTLIGHT

October 24 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

October 25 – Mystery, Thrillers, and Suspense – AUTHOR GUEST POST

October 25 – Literary Gold – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

October 25 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

October 26 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

October 26 – Hearts & Scribbles  – SPOTLIGHT

October 26 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT

October 27 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

October 27 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author – SPOTLIGHT

October 27 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

October 28 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

October 28 – fundinmental – SPOTLIGHT

October 29 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW

October 29 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee – SPOTLIGHT

October 29 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT

October 30 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

October 30 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW

October 30 – Novels Alive – REVIEW

 

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Accepted (San Antonio series Book 3) by Paula Peckham

 

Against the backdrop of the Civil War, spirited Quenby Martin despises the monotony and restrictions imposed on women. Then, San Antonio’s most respectable widow befriends her. Unbeknownst to Quenby, her genteel companion harbors a life-threatening secret.

Soon after, Quenby meets Jonathan Campbell, a Texan farmer struggling to make ends meet, and eagerly offers her help. Despite Jonathan’s reservations about trusting his future livelihood to the pretty young know-it-all, he accepts. As their relationship develops, Quenby’s confidence and knowledge lures Jonathan in.

Quen draws the attention of a bounty hunter, whose charms cannot hide his evil intentions. Danger puts Quen’s wavering belief in God to the test. With the hunter on her heels, she embarks on an important mission that inadvertently involves Jonathan in a web of kidnapping and murder. His efforts to keep her safe expose his growing feelings.

Will Quenby have enough courage to face the perils of standing up for what she believes in? And at what cost?

Immerse yourself in the Texas frontier in Book Three of the San Antonio series.

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About The Author


 

A fifth-generation Texan, Paula Peckham graduated from the University of Texas in Arlington. She worked at Burleson High School for 19 years as a math teacher. She divides her time between her home in Burleson, Texas, and her casita in Rio Bravo, Mexico. Her church does mission work there, and she makes the 9-hour drive every six to eight weeks. She is married to John, and they have four children and nine grandchildren.

Her debut novel, Protected, book one in the San Antonio series, placed in the semi-finalist round of the 2020 ACFW Genesis contest and won the gold medal in the Global Book awards. Elk Lake Publishing, Inc. launched it in April 2022. Protected was followed by book two in the series, A Father's Gift, a Christmas novella that continues the saga of Abby and Manny from book one. A Father's Gift was a finalist in the 2023 Selah Award contest.

The Journal, The Guide, and Women of Spirit, all Christian magazines, publish Paula’s short stories and articles. The inaugural edition of Awake Our Hearts published her poem, A Garment of Sadness.

Paula has presented to ACFW-DFW chapter, where she serves as the president, and ACFW National. She has also spoken at Unleashing the Next Chapter, an online group for authors, the Colleyville League of Writers, several ACFW local chapters, and Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, invited her to be a guest professor in May 2021 and 2023, where she taught the creative writing and feature writing classes.

Paula has an online presence on Facebook (Paula Babb Peckham), Twitter, Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/paulajopeckham/), TikTok, and her website, UnaPAULAgetically Texan. www.paulapeckham.com

 

My Review


 This was a fun read, but it did deal with some powerful subjects, from learning problems to slavery.
Loved how we are offered a missionaries daughter, having lived in Nigeria, and how she ends up helping a farmer that has a problem with his finances. Watch how this cleaver girl goes about helping him, and maybe winning his heart?
There is also danger, and people who go to great lengths to hurt others! This is Civil War time, and the cotton farmers are hurting with embargo, I loved how this was handled!
I found the flavored butters interesting, what a great idea!
Finding lost families to fighting hate crimes, there is never a dull moment, and thus a page turner looking for answers!
I received this book through Elk Lake Publishing, and was not required to give a positive review.

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