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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Halloween Reads!! A collection of cozy mysteries just right for the season!

Halloween is just two days away and while the kids are getting ready for the big night of Trick-or-Treating, we "older" folks might want to just leave them to it and settle in with one of these great cozy mysteries!  No spookiness, except in the pages!

Here are a few I recommend!

About The Book:

The New York Times bestselling author of Gossamer Ghost returns to the Big Easy and the historic Garden District, where scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand discovers a bride-to-be murdered in the legendary Lafayette Cemetery… Carmela couldn’t imagine a finer evening than dinner at Commander’s Palace with her beau, Detective Edgar Babcock. The food and the company are equally divine—with the exception of Isabelle Black stopping by to brag about her upcoming wedding. Resuming the romance with a walk in the evening air, the couple is interrupted once again—this time by a terrifying scream from inside the cemetery.
Having just seen Isabelle, Carmela and Edgar now find her lying across an aboveground tomb, strangled to death with a piece of vintage lace. Carmela would rather leave the investigating to Edgar, but she can’t say no to Isabelle’s sister Ellie, the tarot card reader at Juju Voodoo, when she asks her to help. As she untangles the enemies of Isabelle’s past, Carmela hopes she can draw out the killer before someone else gets cold feet.

My Thoughts:

I've been reading Laura Childs' books for many years now, and I can say, without a doubt, that every book gets better and better!  Her latest book, "Parchment and Old Lace," captures all the magic and mystery of spooky New Orleans and is the perfect read for Halloween, or anytime of the year!

Laura's characters are always lively, especially her main gal, Carmela Bertrand! Sassy and smart and filled with creative curiosity, this girl has it going on when it comes to solving mysteries and scrapbooking!  And the storyline is fast and entertaining, filled with twists and surprises! 

How appropriate that "Parchment and Old Lace" is the 13th book in Laura's scrapbooking mystery series!  But first time readers can join in on the fun easily!  As always, I highly recommend any and everything written by Laura Childs! You love 'em!

About The Book:

Everyone’s favorite retired witches from Spell Booked have returned and are diving into troubled waters to find a sinister sea witch. WITCHY WOMAN A sea witch has been leaving bodies in her wake up and down the Carolina coast, baffling authorities who are finding drowning victims with no water in their lungs. The fin-icky female will continue to kill young male witches until she finds her perfect man—the one who survives her mating ritual—so she can live for another hundred years. And now coven hopeful Brian Fuller is about to be ensnared in her net.
Retired witches Molly and Elsie, along with the ghost of Olivia and her daughter Dorothy, need all the help they can get to stop the sea witch. Aided by a selkie and a crème puff–craving mermaid, they’re determined to keep Brian out of her murky clutches. But are they all about to get in over their heads?

My Thoughts:

The wife/husband writing team of Joyce and Jim Lavene are well-known for their brilliant cozy mysteries, and with "Looking For Mr. Good Witch," the second book in their new series, "Retired Witches Mysteries," they show once again why they are fan-favorites.

This fun and fast moving story features personable characters, a lively tale, and an intriguing mystery that keeps the reader enchanted and enthralled to the very twisty end! If you've not had the pleasure of reading the Lavene's work, this new series would be a perfect place to begin! 

Sadly, the cozy mystery world lost a wonderful lady in Joyce Lavene recently. She will be missed as one of the most talented writers of the genre.  My sincere sympathy and condolences to her husband Jim.

About The Book:

It’s Halloween in Weatherford, Texas—which means Phyllis Newsom is baking up a storm of yummy seasonal treats... but she’s about to get even busier unmasking a killer. While Phyllis and her friend Carolyn are preparing for a baking contest, her housemate Sam adopts Buck, an adorable Dalmatian who was hit by a car. To thank local veterinarian Hank Baxter for helping the dog, Phyllis and Carolyn bake a batch of doggie treats for his other four-legged patients.
But when they arrive at the clinic, the vet is in the process of being arrested—for the murder of his wife! Convinced that the police are barking up the wrong tree and that someone’s been burying evidence, Sam begs Phyllis to help find the real killer. Joined by Buck, the friends engage in a dogged pursuit of the murderer, who will stop at nothing to muzzle them…permanently.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoy Livia Washburn's Fresh-Baked mystery series for several reasons. Her characters are good ol' Texas down-home folks, people you'd want living next door to you; the setting of Weatherford, Texas is realistic and charming; and the mysteries that Phyllis and her friends find themselves getting involved with are always interesting and intriguing.

In "Trick or Deadly Treat," I was thrilled to find Sam Fletcher, Phyllis' gentleman friend and fellow retired teacher, getting to take a leading role in the mystery-solving and he really shines in this story. The two other retired teachers who board at Phyllis' home, Eve and Carolyn, take a little bit of a back-seat in this tale, although Carolyn is still there competing with Phyllis to see who is the best baker amongst them (as has happened in previous stories) - this time they are trying out doggie treat recipes as well as recipes for a magazine contest. This little competition is a fun part of this series, and Washburn delights her readers with scrumptious recipes at the end of the book!

Washburn delivers a solid mystery with this book, along with all the fun. Her storytelling skills are evident in that readers will be surprised at "who dun it" in the end!

I highly recommend this book for a charming Halloween read, or a fun "anytime" read for cozy mystery lovers!

Hope these treats will interest you!  Hope the ghosts and ghoulies don't trick you!  And I hope you have a great time reading this weekend!

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