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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Fated for Felony (Psychic Eye Mystery #16) by Victoria Laurie


Fated for Felony

Kindle Edition, 242 pages
Published July 23rd 2019




Goodreads synopsis: 
In New York Times bestselling author Victoria Laurie’s newest Psychic Eye Mystery, Abby is after a serial killer who’s simply fated for felonies.

When three newbie agents at the Austin’s FBI cold-case bureau resent having to work alongside a psychic consultant, Abby Cooper finds herself in hot water after they contact super-popular podcaster Mike Toscano—a former agent and huge skeptic of Abby’s abilities.

To prove that she’s the real deal, Abby will have to solve Toscano’s oldest—and coldest—case, and she’ll have to do it on air with millions of Toscano’s fans critiquing her every move. To make matters worse, the D.C. brass is threatening to shut down the Austin offices if Abby doesn’t bring home a win.

But helping to solve the unsolvable is what Abby does best, and she’ll be bringing her A-game to Toscano’s podcast. The only trouble is the killer could be listening…

***

5 stars

This is the sixteenth book in the Psychic Eye mystery series by Victoria Laurie.

There are some newbie agents at the FBI office where Abby works with hubby, Dutch. One of them has ousted her to a popular podcaster that has the ear of many of the FBI higher ups. This has put all of their jobs in jeopardy. Now she must perform on command in order to keep her job and those of her friends. But this podcaster, who is a retired Fed, is a hard egg to crack. And it may not even make a difference if she succeeds or not. It all just might be over and done with.

I wish I could give this one more than five stars. I mean, there is just so much meat in this story and it tugs at your heart strings while fulfilling that need for a whodunit mystery. Just a great read!

You just can’t put a book like this down. I had to read it straight through. So wonderful. Love this series. Highly recommended. Love both of her series and suggest them to everyone.


If you like cozy mysteries, you won’t be disappointed in this series. Take a deep dive into this fantastic series!

Vision Impossible (Psychic Eye Mystery #9) by Victoria Laurie


Vision Impossible

Kindle Edition, 369 pages
Published (first published July 1st 2011)




Goodreads synopsis: 
Abigail Cooper makes a living as a psychic, using her vision to stop others from making a killing on murder. Now, as the FBI’s newest Civilian Profiler, she can add something else to her resume—spy.

FROM PSYCHIC EYE TO PSYCHIC SPY

The CIA and Air Force need Abby Cooper’s help. The military has developed a software surveillance system able to lock onto any individual’s unique aura. The problem is, the drone carrying the software has gone missing, and the implications to national security could be devastating.

To get the drone back, Uncle Sam must recruit a special agent—a very special agent in the form of professional psychic, Abigail Cooper. With her fiancĂ© Dutch Rivers by her side, Abby is eager to do her patriotic duty and stop the criminals before they set their diabolical plan into motion. But the deeper Abby gets involved in counter intelligence, the more she makes herself a prime target…  

***

5 stars

This is the ninth book in the Psychic Eye mystery series by Victoria Laurie.

Abby is called in to help bring back the surveillance system that can see a specific person’s aura. It is kind of like a DNA fingerprint. No two auras are the same. Dutch goes in undercover with her along with an agent named Frost. Things go wrong almost from the time their airplane hits the tarmac.

This mystery is really good. All of the stories crafted by Victoria Laurie seem to be just stellar. I am so engrossed. In fact, the reason I am reading this book is that I just had to read another Laurie book after reading the last one on my TBR. They are just addicting.

You just can’t put a book like this down.I had to read it straight through. So wonderful. Love this series. Highly recommended. Love both of her series and suggest them to everyone.


If you like cozy mysteries, you won’t be disappointed in this series. Take a deep dive into this fantastic series!

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

To Coach a Killer (The Life Coach Mysteries #2) by Victoria Laurie


To Coach a Killer

Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: August 25th 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corporation




Goodreads synopsis: 
Soaking up a luxurious new chapter alongside her saucy bestie, Cat Cooper plans on emerging as the premier life coach in East Hampton by summertime. All she has to do is survive an offseason replete with desolate beaches, slow business, and murder . . .

As the Hamptons drags through early spring, Cat's shot at becoming the toast of the town in time for Memorial Day is dwindling--and fast. The only client she can find has been housebound for decades and claims to be the victim of a devasting curse. Then there's the matter of Detective Shepherd's intense jealousy over Maks Grinkov, the handsome bad boy who approaches Cat with an unusual offer she can't stop thinking about. Havoc finally breaks loose when a string of murders rocks the coastal community, landing Maks on the hook as the culprit . . .

While the body count rises, Cat goes from life coaching to sleuthing for the truth about Maks's less-than-wholesome background. But after digging deeper, she questions if Detective Shepherd had an unwitting hand in a related homicide case after tangling with the wrong people. With a storm approaching shore and no one to trust, Cat and her sharp-tongued best friend, Gilley, must solve a client's curse and a series of violent deaths before a killer sends them all sailing to their doom . . .

***

5 stars

This is the second book int he Life Coach mystery series by Victoria Laurie.

Wow, this series is just my jam, my cup of tea, my cozy place to fall. I am still trying to get my hands on all the Psychic Eye series so I can devour those and then this little baby falls into my lap and I am in love. Cat and Gilly, Maks and Shepherd, just can’t get enough of them.

This mystery is compelling, sure. But it is the background, the community and the people that just keep me coming back for more. I like how the relationship between Cat and Maks and Cat and Shepherd have expanded in this book and how undecided she still is about which of them is for her.

Don’t skim over the ending. The author really scared the pants off of me in the finale of the story. Sheesh, don’t give a girl a heart attack. But I still loved it all.

Highly recommended. Love both of her series and suggest them to everyone.

If you like cozy mysteries, you won’t be disappointed in this series. Take a deep dive into this fantastic series!


I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Without a Brew (Sloan Krause #4) by Ellie Alexander


Without a Brew

Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: October 6th 2020 by Minotaur Books




Goodreads synopsis: 
Amateur sleuth Sloan Krause delves into a murderous winter wonderland in another delightful mystery from cozy writer Ellie Alexander, Without a Brew.

It's winter in the Bavarian village of Leavenworth, Washington, which for local brewmaster Sloan Krause means lots of layers, pine and citrus-flavored craft beers, and getting the new guest rooms at Nitro into pristine condition before visitors flood in for IceFest—a local tradition filled with fireworks, ice carving, and winter games of all varieties. But Sloan and her boss Garrett quickly learn that being brewkeepers turned innkeepers may not be as idyllic as it sounded.

While one couple staying with them seems completely smitten, a flashy group arrives in the evening demanding rooms. Sloan and Garrett are less than impressed, but agree to rent to them anyway. The night takes a turn when brewery patron Liv Paxton finishes her frothy pint and, with no previous plan for an overnight stay in Leavenworth, eagerly takes Sloan up on the offer of sanctuary from the snow—until she has a strange run in with some locals and the other guests. Sloan could be imagining things, but when Liv's room is found trashed the next morning, a hateful message painted on her car, and Liv herself is nowhere to be found, Sloan is convinced another mystery is brewing. With many of the potential suspects hunkering down under Nitro's roof, she knows her co-workers and friends won't be safe until she serves up the killer a hoppy pint of justice.

***

4.75 stars

This is the fourth book in the Sloan Krause mystery series by Ellie Alexander.

Wow, every book makes me love this series even more. I loved how you had side storylines that really gave Sloan pause (eg. are Mac’s parents really Nazi supporters and dangerous?). This on top of the murder of one of their visitors staying in their Nitro guest rooms.

Sloan helps the local police chief ferret out who might have a motive to kill a young girl. This story is a lot more than it seems. I love it when you just keep changing who you think dunit.

And to top it off, this book isn’t just about the mystery, it is about who Sloan is and what is happening in her life. I loved getting to see her rebuilding her life after Mac’s betrayal. This is just an inspiring read that I can’t recommend enough. Definitely check this one out for sure!

If you like cozy mysteries, you won’t be disappointed in this series. Take a deep dive into this Bavarian brew-tastic series!


I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch (Eva Evergreen #1) by Julie Abe


Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch

Hardcover, 400 pages
Published August 4th 2020 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers



Goodreads synopsis: 
A charming new middle-grade fantasy adventure, about a young witch whose pinch of magic just might be more than enough, perfect for fans of Kiki's Delivery Service and Aru Shah and the End of Time.

Sometimes all you need is a pinch of magic...

Eva Evergreen is determined to earn the rank of Novice Witch before she turns thirteen years old. If she doesn't, she'll lose her magic forever. For most young witches and wizards, it's a simple enough test:

ONE: Help your town, do good all around.
TWO: Live there for one moon, don't leave too soon.
THREE: Fly home by broomstick, the easiest of tricks.

The only problem? Eva only has a pinch of magic. She summons heads of cabbage instead of flowers and gets a sunburn instead of calling down rain. And to add insult to injury, whenever she overuses her magic, she falls asleep.

When she lands on the tranquil coastal town of Auteri, the residents expect a powerful witch, not a semi-magical girl. So Eva comes up with a plan: set up a magical repair shop to aid Auteri and prove she's worthy. She may have more blood than magic, but her "semi-magical fixes" repair the lives of the townspeople in ways they never could have imagined. Only, Eva's bit of magic may not be enough when the biggest magical storm in history threatens the town she's grown to love. Eva must conjure up all of the magic, bravery, and cleverness she can muster or Auteri and her dreams of becoming a witch will wash away with the storm.

***

4.75 stars

This is the first book in the Eva Evergreen series by Julie Abe.

Wow, how fun was this middle grade book. Loving this new series featuring a witch with only a pinch of magic. This reminds me a lot of Harry Potter. Oh, not in the storyline or anything but the type of person Harry is at his core. Eva is like that too. She has been looked down upon for her whole life. No one ever had her back. And now while on her novice quest, which she had to fight to receive, she learns to trust herself and what she can really do in the world. 

This will be a great inspiration for young people. This will give them hope and courage. I can’t recommend this one enough. Looking forward to book two!

If you like middle grade books, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.


I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

The Hacker (The Consultants #2) by Nancy Herkness


The Hacker

Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 280 pages
Published August 4th 2020 by Montlake



Goodreads synopsis: 
When a personal trainer and a computer genius are caught in the dark web, there’s a lot to fear and a love to fight for in a heart-racing novel by Nancy Herkness, award-winning author of The Money Man.

Dawn Galioto is an expert in self-defense and the most in-demand personal trainer at her Jersey gym—a perfect position for a woman fighting her way out of a troubled past and the anxieties that come with it. Then, after complaints about baffling Wi-Fi glitches at the gym, Dawn calls in disarmingly hot, high-powered computer consultant Leland Rockwell. If she can trust anyone to fix her on-the-job problems, it’s Leland. As for healing her off-hours fears, time will tell.

The cybersecurity genius of KRG, Leland sees a lot to admire in Dawn. She’s strong, quick-witted, and sexy. And something of a puzzle—one Leland wants very much to solve. If only she’d let him. Every new reveal brings him intimately closer to Dawn, but there’s another, more dangerous riddle to decipher. After going undercover to solve her Wi-Fi problem, Leland’s found a dark workplace secret. As Dawn’s past threatens a burgeoning romance, the deepening mystery they’re discovering threatens their lives.

***

5 stars

This is the second book in The Consultants series by Nancy Herkness.

I am really digging these three part series by Herkness. I think they are some of my favorites in the romantic suspense genre.

In this second book we get to see more of Leland, the computer nerd for KRG. Dawn, a friend of Alice from book one, seeks out Leland’s help for some wifi issues at the gym she works for. Turns out this internet connection issue is much bigger than anyone realized. Dawn and Leland team up to uncover what is really going on and then put themselves both in danger.

I totally resonated with Leland. He had recently lost his mother three months earlier and it is the same with me. I could just feel his pain and knew how much he suffered because I had already been there too.

Loved this book and totally recommend it! Looking forward to book three.

If you like romantic suspense books, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.


I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

Penned In (Farm-to-Fork Mystery #4.5) by Lynn Cahoon


Penned In

Kindle Edition
Published August 4th 2020 by Lyrical Press



Goodreads synopsis: 
Angie Turner, chef at Idaho’s finest farm-to-table restaurant, has organized a team-building event at a haunted prison, only to find a real-life murderer in their midst. . . .

Contented employees make for a successful restaurant, which is why the County Seat’s crew goes on a quarterly out-of-office meeting. This time, the location is the Old Idaho Penitentiary near the Boise Foothills, a prison brimming with ghostly lore. The lock-in features actors role-playing as guards, fascinating prison stories . . . and an unscripted murder.

Who sentenced one of the faux guards to a very authentic death? Angie, her boyfriend, and the County Seat gang are locked in with a killer—excellent motivation for a little sleuthing. Between ghostly apparitions and flesh-and-blood suspects, Angie’s plate is full, but will her luck, and her life, hold out until the gates reopen at dawn?

***

4.5 stars

This is the 4.5 novella in the Farm-to-Fork mystery series by Lynn Cahoon.

This novella goes by really fast. I wish it were longer. Even though it was a quick read, it was exciting. I couldn’t quite figure out what was team building about going to a prison, but who am I to judge?

The people at the County Seat are going on a team building exercise  that is being held in an old haunted prison. Something just feels a bit off to the crew, then one of the guards turns up dead and they are all stuck inside with no keys, no flashlights and no way out until morning.

All the characters were interesting and well defined. There were a lot of suspects and that makes for a compelling mystery. I am digging this series and the smaller novellas really do make it easy to ease into a new series you aren’t as familiar with. Definitely a good offering for the reader.

If you like cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.


I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.