May 2014 Books


Week ending May 3
Fifty Shades of Greyhound by Sparkle Abbey – Pampered Pets #4
Murder at Mullings by Dorothy Cannell – Florence Norris #1
Red Man Down by Elizabeth Gunn – Sarah Burke #5

Week of May 4
The Goodbye Witch by Heather Blake – Wishcraft #4
Last Licks by Claire Donally – Sunny and Shadow #3
Murder in Merino by Sally Goldenbaum – Seaside Knitters #8
Death at the Door by Carolyn Hart – Death on Demand #24
The Pickled Piper by Mary Ellen Hughes – Pickled and Preserved #1

Death of a Mad Hatter by Jenn McKinlay – Hat Shop #2
A Tiger’s Tale by Laura Morrigan – Call of the Wilde #2
Murder Gone A-Rye by Nancy J. Parra – Baker’s Treat #2
A Dollhouse To Die For by Cate Price – Deadly Notions #2
Catnapped! by Elaine Viets – Dead-Ends Job #13

Muzzled by Eileen Brady – Kate Turner, DVM #1
Doing It at the Dixie Dew by Ruth Moose
Murder on the Hoof by Kathryn O’Sullivan – Colleen McCabe #2

Boiled Over by Barbara Ross – Maine Clambake #2
Unlucky 13 by James Patterson – Women’s Murder Club #13
Every Hidden Fear by Linda Rodriguez – Skeet Bannion #3
Field of Prey by John Sandford – Prey #24

Chip Off the Ice Block Murder by Jessie Chandler – Shay O’Hanlon Caper #4
Fleur De Lies by Maddy Hunter – Peril to Passport #9
Jailhouse Glock by Liz Lipperman – Dead Sister Talking #2
Death Runs Adrift by Karen MacInerney – Gray Whale Inn #6
The Day She Died by Catriona McPherson

Week of May 11
The Skin Collector by Jeffery Deaver – Lincoln Rhyme #10
Murder at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison – Honeychurch Hall #1
Whack Job by Kendel Lynn – Elliott Lisbon #2

Week of May 18
Booty Bones by Carolyn Haines – Sarah Booth Delaney #14
Nursing Homes Are Murder by Mike Befeler – Geezer-Lit #6
All Things Murder by Jeanne Quigley – Veronica Walsh #1
The Secret of Jack the Ripper by Diane Gilbert Madsen – DD McGil Literati #3

Week of May 25
Delicious Mischief by Marianne Harden – Rylie Keyes #2
Til Dirt Do Us Part by Edith Maxwell – Local Foods #2
Small Plates: Short Fiction by Katherine Hall Page
The Scarlet Wench by Marni Graff – Nora Tierney #3

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The Cold Nowhere by Brian Freeman

The Cold NowhereThe Cold Nowhere by Brian Freeman is the 8th book in the “Jonathan Stride” suspense series. Publisher: Quercus, April 2014

Sixteen-year-old Catalina Mateo shows up unannounced one night in Detective Jonathan Stride’s home, dripping wet from a desperate plunge into the icy waters of Lake Superior. Her sodden clothes stained with blood, Cat spins a tale of a narrow escape from a shadowy pursuer.

Stride decides to trust this girl, but his judgment may be clouded by memories of Cat’s mother. Ten years earlier, Cat hid under the porch of her family home while her mother was brutally butchered by her ex-con father. Stride still blames himself for not preventing the slaughter.

But is Cat telling the truth? Stride’s police partner, Maggie Bei, doubts the homeless girl, who has been living rough on the streets of Duluth since her mother’s death—and now sleeps with a knife hidden under her pillow.

As Stride investigates Cat’s story, more violence trails in the teenager’s wake—and Maggie’s suspicions about her deepen. Now a single question haunts the void between them: Should Stride be afraid for—or of—this terribly damaged girl?

I’ve missed this series and I’m so happy that I can now enjoy it again. Stride is on the case when his past comes back and he’s determined to protect his young victim who has a stalker after her. With a connection to Serena’s case, the two are working together bringing back the dynamic duo that I loved so much. The author did a great job in keeping me in suspense with plenty of twists and turns at every corner in this fast-paced and action-filled drama. The tension, the emotions and of course a search for a killer was skillfully executed and I enjoyed every chapters as the story moved forward to a conclusion teeming with possibilities. This was a great read and I can’t wait for the next book with Stride and his friends.

Shorty Bones by Carolyn Haines

Shorty BonesShorty Bones by Carolyn Haines is the first short store in the “Sarah Booth Delaney” series. Publisher: Minotaur, April 2014

From award-winning author Carolyn Haines comes a charming story starring feisty Southern belle and private investigator Sarah Booth Delaney.

Sarah Booth just wants to help her fiancé recover from a leg wound in peace…Until, that is, an ex-porn star declares that she’s being stalked, and Sarah Booth suddenly finds herself in the midst of a wild case with no idea what to believe or whom to trust.

Sarah Booth and Tinkie take on a small case that ends with unexpected results. This delightfully entertaining and very enjoyable short story was a nice interlude to the next full-length Sarah Booth Delaney novel.

Unholy Matrimony by Peg Cochran

Unholy Matrimony by Peg CochranUnholy Matrimony is the second book in the “Lucille” mystery series. Publisher: Beyond the Page, March 2014

The hilarious Lucille Mazzarella is back and planning a wedding. But even the worst Bridezilla can’t create the wedding drama she’s about to face in this second book in the series.

Desperate to see her pregnant daughter Bernadette married before the baby comes, Lucille is engrossed in all things wedding. Nothing will distract her from planning this Mazzarella main event. Nothing, that is, except for the murder of the mother of the groom.

Just when things couldn’t possibly get any worse, Lucille is named as the prime suspect, and it’s a race against time as she and her best friend Flo struggle with shady financial dealings, a family that isn’t at all what it seems, a groom that might not be all man, and a little bundle of joy that might make an appearance before the mother can say I do.

This was a fun read that had me laughing out loud at the situations and antics that Lucille and Flo found themselves in while trying to uncover a killer. The author did a great job in keeping this light and humorous with easy to follow chapters. With a quirky cast of characters and amusing banter, this was a good read.

The Corpse with the Emerald Thumb by Cathy Ace

THE CORPSE WITH THE EMERALD THUMB jpegThe Corpse with the Emerald Thumb by Cathy Ace is the third book in the “Cait Morgan” mystery series. Publisher: TouchWood Editions, April 2014

Criminologist and foodie Cait Morgan was looking forward to her dream vacation in Mexico with her boyfriend Bud Anderson. She wasn’t anticipating a fresh corpse on the floor of a local florist’s shop, and she definitely wasn’t expecting Bud to become the prime suspect.

With Bud’s freedom, and maybe even his life, at stake, Cait has to fight the clock to work out which member of the small community living in the seemingly idyllic municipality of Punta de las Rocas might have killed the locally respected florist, and why. Needing to investigate under the watchful gaze of the local police, Cait has to keep her relationship with Bud a secret, and she soon discovers she’s not the only one with something to hide. Peeling back layers of deceit to reveal even more puzzles, Cait struggles with a creeping sense of unreality, desperate to save Bud . . . and, ultimately, herself.

In the third book in the beloved Cait Morgan Mysteries, The Corpse with the Emerald Thumb, travel to the idyllic Mexican countryside as Cait Morgan works against the clock to clear her wrongly accused partner of murder.

I like it. Cait is a strong and determined heroine who uses her surroundings and insights to pull all the pieces together to prove her boyfriend’s innocence and bring justice to a murdered woman, all while standing alone on a Mexico vacation. This fast-paced and adrenaline-rushed drama quickly became a page-turner and I could not put down this book until I knew how this intensifying adventure turned out. I liked how the story flowed from chapter to chapter giving us enough details in solving this puzzle. The author did a great job in providing an eclectic list of suspects with some twists and turns that caught me by surprise. The author’s narrative had me convinced that I was right there with Cait as she closed in on the killer in this wonderfully executed whodunit. This was very enjoyable and I look forward to the next adventure with Cait, which I know will be in Las Vegas.

Blog Tour: Homecoming with Harlow Cassidy by Melissa Bourbon

A Killing NotionIf you’ve never experienced homecoming in Texas, you’re missing something big. Literally.

First, let me say that I’m more of a behind the scenes kind of girl. Even in high school, I made the homecoming dresses for my friends, but didn’t go to the dance myself. My joy is in the dressmaking and in creating something perfect for a friend…and lately, in the mum-making.

Have you seen the creations that Texas girls wear to school on homecoming Friday? The ribbons! The trinkets! The lights!

Yes, I said lights. If you’re a senior in high school, and your beau wants to drop $200 or more on a mum, then twinkle lights are a possibility. If it’s a double mum, then a harness is in order. Yes, a harness! But the mums I make are more meaningful than what you’ll get at a florist or a craft store counter, and by the time they’re finished, the mums are perfect for the girls who’ll be wearing them. From the colors of the ribbons to the baubles included on them, they represent the girls.

When I started my little side business of mums, I had no idea how they would become metaphors for the lives Gracie (my boyfriend Will Flores’s daughter) and her friends were leading. I’ve come to realize that sewing (and by extension, crafts) often creates a link between folks. The threads that hold a garment together are just like the connections between people. They grow, the bonds strengthening with each interaction.

Gracie and the other girls who are making mums at Buttons & Bows are creating something that feeds their strength, but more important than that are the bonds they’re creating with each other. Both the mums and the friendships are helping bolster Gracie during her ordeal with Shane. Having your boyfriend accused of murder has worn on her, beating her down. Her friendships are sustaining her. And wearing the mums and going to homecoming will be like a salve on a wound.

So, for me, the homecoming mum is big. More important than I ever realized, in fact. And I couldn’t be more proud to be behind the scenes helping girls like Gracie and her friends figure out how something like a mum can be a touchstone for their inner strength.

~ Harlow Cassidy

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You can read more about Harlow in A Killing Notion, the fifth book in the “Magical Dressmaking” mystery series, published by Obsidian. The first book in the series is Pleating For Mercy. Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

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Meet the author
Melissa Bourbon, who sometimes answers to her Latina-by-marriage name Misa Ramirez, gave up teaching middle and high school kids in Northern California to write full-time amidst horses and Longhorns in North Texas. She MisaRfantasizes about spending summers writing in quaint, cozy locales, has a love/hate relationship with yoga and chocolate, is devoted to her family, and can’t believe she’s lucky enough to be living the life of her dreams.

She is the Executive Publicity Director with Entangled Publishing, is the author of the Lola Cruz Mystery series with St. Martin’s Minotaur and Entangled Publishing, and A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series with NAL. She also has written two romantic suspense novels, a light paranormal romance, and is the co-author of The Tricked-out Toolbox, a practical marketing and publicity guide for authors.

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A Killing Notion by Melissa Bourbon

A Killing NotionA Killing Notion by Melissa Bourbon is the fifth book in the “Magical Dressmaking” mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian, April 2014

Harlow Jane Cassidy is swamped with homecoming couture requests. If only she didn’t have to help solve a murder, she might get the gowns off the dress forms.

Harlow is doing everything she can to expand her dressmaking business, Buttons & Bows—without letting clients know about her secret charm. When she has a chance to create homecoming dresses with a local charity and handmade mums for several high school girls—including Gracie, whose father, Will, has mended Harlow’s heart—she is ready to use her magical talents for a great cause.

But when Gracie’s date for the dance is accused of murder, Harlow knows things won’t be back on course until she helps Gracie clear the football player’s name. If Harlow can’t patch up this mess before the big game, her business and her love life might be permanently benched.

OMG! This book was Great! Harlow, once again, becomes involved in a murder investigation with Gracie’s boyfriend is accused of killing his father. What happens next is a series of clues that the author has us following in this well-written and dynamic whodunit that I could not put down until the last mum was stitch and a killer exposed, and boy was I shocked at the discovery. With a comfortable and easy flowing tone, engaging dialogue and a dripping with Southern charm, this is the best book in this wonderfully fantastic series.