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Lottawatah Repossessed by Evelyn David

Lottawatah RepossessedLottawatah Repossessed by Evelyn David is the 12th book in the “Brianna Sullivan” mystery series. Publisher: Evelyn David, November 2014

Home Sweet Home turns deadly when the ghost of a murder victim takes up residence in the house psychic Brianna Sullivan and fiancé Cooper Jackson have just purchased. Up to their eyeballs in mortgage debt, the last thing they need is an unwanted permanent visitor who doesn’t pay rent. But the specter refuses to move towards the light unless Brianna can solve his murder. It would help if she even knew the ghost’s identity, but that proves more complicated than she ever imagined. At the same time, Police Chief Cooper has the entire department searching for the young teenaged son of Reverend Saunders, a man who insists that Brianna is the devil’s disciple. Is there a connection between the missing teen and an anonymous ghost who refuses to reveal his name? As Brianna gets closer to figuring out who is behind the murder, a life-altering accident upends all previous theories. With Cooper in the hospital, it’s up to the reluctant psychic to stop a determined killer before more blood is shed on her new bedroom carpet.

Join Brianna, Cooper, bulldog Leon, and all the gang in Lottawatah for a roller coaster ride through home ownership, love, wedding planning (think hoop-skirted bridesmaids), and the effects of too many sausage links on the cutest bulldog with the wonkiest digestive tract in the state of Oklahoma.

This was an enjoyable read from beginning to end. Once again, Brianna is confronted by a ghostly spirit and his request is find his killer and that puts Brianna on a road that reaps with danger. This fast-paced drama was executed nicely and I loved how the mystery was set up with a nice flow that was easy to follow. The author did a great job in building up the suspect list which kept me guessing and what a fine job it was when the killer was revealed. All the main players were around for this thrilling ride in Lottawatah, OK.

A High-End Finish by Kate Carlisle

A High-End Finish by Kate Carlisle is the first book in the new “Fixer-Upper” mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian, November 2014

In the seaside town of Lighthouse Cove in northern California, everyone knows the best man for the job is actually a woman—contractor Shannon Hammer. But while Shannon can do wonders with a power drill and a little elbow grease, she’s about to discover that some problems aren’t so easily fixed.

Shannon’s home-renovation and repair business is booming, but her love life needs work. On a blind date with real estate agent Jerry Saxton, she has to whip out a pair of pliers to keep Jerry from getting too hands on. Shannon is happy to put her rotten date behind her, but when Jerry’s found dead in a run-down Victorian home that she’s been hired to restore, the town’s attractive new police chief suspects that her threats may have laid the foundation for murder.

Determined to clear her name, Shannon conducts her own investigation—with the help of her four best friends, her eccentric father, a nosy neighbor or two, and a handsome crime writer who’s just moved to town. But as they get closer to prying out the murderer’s identity, Shannon is viciously attacked. Now she’ll have to nail down the truth—or end up in permanent foreclosure.

This was a good read that was delightfully entertaining. The author did a great job in presenting this drama where everyone could be a suspect but only one is the killer. The clues were there to decipher and as the story progressed, the suspense heighten as the killer upped the ante in her pursuit of not being exposed. A lovable cast, engaging conversations and a small town setting adds to the allure of this charming new series and I can’t wait to see what happens next in Lighthouse Cove.

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Suede to Rest by Diane Vallere

Suede To RestSuede to Rest by Diane Vallere is the first book in the new “Material Witness” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, November 2014

With her career as a dress designer in shreds, Polyester Monroe is looking forward to a fresh start. But as it all unfolds, the pattern to a new beginning looks a lot like murder.

When Poly Monroe was little, she loved playing in her family’s textile store. But after a fatal family tragedy, Land of A Thousand Fabrics was boarded up and Poly never expected to see the inside again. Now, as inheritor of the long-shuttered shop, she’s ready to restore the family business. However her two new kittens, Pins and Needles, aren’t the ones causing a snag in her plans.

Not everyone wants Poly back in San Ladrón, especially a powerful local developer pressuring her to sell—and leave town fast. But even when the threats turn deadly, she’s not ready to bolt. Because Poly is beginning to suspect that the murder behind the shop is tied to a mystery in her family’s unsettled past that she’s determined to solve…before her own life is left hanging by a thread.

I love it. This wonderfully crafted whodunit was a great read that I devoured from beginning to end. The author did a great job in setting up this action-filled drama where the pattern of deceit began to unravel the more the protagonist delved into a case too close to her heart. Who is behind all these incidents? Who’s the stranger lurking in the wind? With a who’s who of suspects, it was fun watching how it all played out with a surprising twist I didn’t see coming. Boasting a friendly cast, engaging dialogue and a place to call home, this was a delightfully pleasant read and I can’t wait to see where the story takes us in the next book.

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By Cook or by Crook by Maya Corrigan

By Cook or by CrookBy Cook or by Crook by Maya Corrigan is the first book in the new “Five-Ingredient” mystery series. Publisher: Kensington, November 2014

Take one burned-out city girl. Add a crusty codger, a pinch of gossip, and a dash of romance. Stir in a generous helping of murder and you’ve got the ingredients for one truly delicious mystery. . .

Haunted by the car accident that ended her career as a cookbook publicist, Val Deniston has traded in the chaos of New York City for a quieter life near the Chesapeake Bay. Living with her curmudgeonly grandfather in the tourist town of Bayport is hardly glamorous, but she enjoys working at the Cool Down Café at the local fitness club, and she finally has time to work on her long-planned cookbook. But when one of the club’s patrons is found dead, she’ll have to cook up a scheme to find the killer. As the number of suspects rises like crabs in a bucket, it’s out of the pan and into the fire for Val. If she can’t find the culprit soon, she might as well be chum in the water. . .

Includes Five Delicious Recipes from Val’s Cookbook!

This was a very enjoyable read that began when Val set out to clear her cousin’s name and reputation and from there came twists and turns amid a cluster of suspects who had a stronger motive. A well-designed plot that kept me glued to the pages was easy to follow and I especially enjoyed the five-ingredient dishes that were part of the scripted dialogue. The cast in this friendly whodunit is likable with a sense of comfort from living in a small town. With new beginnings for the heroine, I look forward to the next book in this pleasantly charming series.

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One Potion in the Grave by Heather Blake

One Potion in the GraveOne Potion in the Grave by Heather Blake is the second book in the “Magic Potion” mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian, October 2014

Carly Bell Hartwell’s love potions are always in demand in Hitching Post, Alabama, the wedding capital of the South.

When Katie Sue Perrywinkle walks into the Little Shop of Potions, Carly is surprised and delighted to see her old childhood friend. Katie Sue fled her hometown and a troubled family over a decade ago. But she’s not back for a social visit. She’s come to settle a score with Senator Warren Calhoun, who is in town for his son’s high-profile wedding.

But before Katie Sue has a chance to voice any objections, she’s forced to forever hold her peace. After finding her friend dead, Carly vows to find her murderer. Were the corrupt Calhouns willing to go to any lengths to avoid a scandal? Did Katie Sue’s family take the term “bad blood” to a whole new level? And why did the bride-to-be come to Carly for a love potion? As Carly gets closer to the truth, a killer is planning a very chilly reception.

This is a brilliantly executed and finely tuned tale that enthralled me from beginning to end. This eccentrically quirky pleasing cast of characters pulled me into the story line that I felt every emotion the main protagonist displayed in her interaction with those around her. The author did a great job of hiding the murderer in plain sight- well done, well done. Being the second book in this series, this is the best one yet and I love how the family relations pull together to help their own. A delightfully engagingly entertaining enchanted story that will lift your spirits and leave you smiling. I can’t wait for the next book in this wonderfully fantastic series.

The Question of the Missing Head by E. J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen

The Question of the Missing HeadThe Question of the Missing Head by E. J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen is the first book in the new “Asperger’s” mystery series. Publisher: Midnight Ink, October 2014

Samuel Hoenig answers questions for a living. And as a man with Asperger’s Syndrome, his unique personality helps him ferret out almost any answer there is. But his latest question is a rather odd one—who stole a preserved head from the Garden State Cryonics Institute?

Arriving at the scene of the crime accompanied by his new colleague, Ms. Washburn, Samuel finds that what started out as a theft has escalated to murder. With suspects and motives emerging at a rapid rate, one final question remains—can Samuel’s powers of deduction uncover a killer in the face of overwhelming odds?

I like it. It was an interesting and enjoyable read that had a very intriguing way of solving the puzzle simply by finding the answer to the question asked. I love the pacing of this light drama and the way the story flowed from scene to scene. It was interesting watching the protagonist’s interaction with those he met along the way and how that observation helped him put the pieces together. The author did a good job in setting the story up with usual suspects and some twists and turns I didn’t see coming until it happened. A good read and I look forward to the next question asked and Ms. Washburn’s return.

Double Strike by Gretchen Archer

Double StrikeDouble Strike by Gretchen Archer is the third book in the “Davis Way Crime Caper” mystery series. Publisher: Henery Press, October 2014

Bellissimo Resort and Casino Super Spy Davis Way knows three things: Cooking isn’t a prerequisite for a happy marriage, don’t trust men who look like David Hasselhoff, and money doesn’t grow on Christmas trees. None of which help when a storm hits the Gulf a week before the most anticipated event in Bellissimo history: the Strike It Rich Sweepstakes. Securing the guests, staff, and property might take a stray bullet. Or two.

Bellissimo Resort and Casino Super Spy Davis Way has three problems: She’s desperate to change her marital status, she has a new boss who speaks in hashtags, and Bianca Sanders has confiscated her clothes. All of which bring on a headache hot enough to spark a fire. Solving her problems means stealing a car. From a dingbat lawyer.

Bellissimo Resort and Casino Super Spy Davis Way has three goals: Keep the Sanders family out of prison, regain her footing in her relationship, and find the genius who wrote the software for futureGaming. One of which, the manhunt one, is iffy. Because when Alabama hides someone, they hide them good.

DOUBLE STRIKE. A VIP invitation to an extraordinary high-stakes gaming event, as thieves, feds, dance instructors, shady bankers, kidnappers, and gold waiters go all in. #Don’tMissIt

In the quirky and eccentric world of Davis Way I found laughter throughout this delightfully humorous tale. The exploits, the antics, the trial and tribulation of doing the right things keeps this story fresh as scene after scene we are guaranteed a fun time with Davis and her friends. What was supposed to happen in Davis’ personal life hits a roadblock and I laughed at her attempts to fix the problem and that’s where we got to meet the craziest people that Davis encounters while also doing her job. Gold paint; bull doo; and a Smerle simply wreaks havoc where laughter and trouble ensues. The author did a great job in providing me with an engaging and entertaining experience in that I’m looking forward to the next exciting escapades with Davis and her friends. #LoveIt #BestOneYet