Clouds in My Coffee – Julie Mulhern

29844875 5/5 Mr. Coffee Pot Stars

On The Back:

“A sparkling comedy of errors tucked inside a clever mystery. I loved it!” – Susan M. Boyer, USA Today Bestselling Author of Lowcountry Bordello

From a USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR

When Ellison Russell is nearly killed at a benefactors’ party, she brushes the incident aside as an unhappy accident. But when her house is fire-bombed, she’s shot at, and the person sitting next to her at a gala is poisoned, she must face facts. Someone wants her dead. But why? And can Ellison find the killer before he strikes again? Add in an estranged sister, a visiting aunt with a shocking secret, and a handsome detective staying in her guesthouse, and Ellison might need more than cream in her coffee…

Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), amateur sleuth books, book club recommendations, humorous murder mysteries, historical mysteries. Books in the Country Club Murders Humorous Mystery Series: THE DEEP END (#1) GUARANTEED TO BLEED (#2) CLOUDS IN MY COFFEE (#3) Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you’ll probably like them all… Author Bio: Julie Mulhern is the USA Today bestselling author of The Country Club Murders. She is a Kansas City native who grew up on a steady diet of Agatha Christie. She spends her spare time whipping up gourmet meals for her family, working out at the gym and finding new ways to keep her house spotlessly clean-and she’s got an active imagination. Truth is-she’s an expert at calling for take-out, she grumbles about walking the dog and the dust bunnies under the bed have grown into dust lions.”

My Thoughts:

Wow. Each book in this series just gets better and better. Clouds in My Coffee was an outstanding book in an excellent series.

I love Ellison. She is absolutely hilarious! She has a spine, and isn’t afraid to tell people what she thinks. I also like Anarchy, though I wish we’d find out more about him. He’s still shrouded in mystery. The new characters introduced in this book; Aunt Sis and Marjorie are also wonderfully written. I hope we see more of them in the next book!

The mystery was excellent, but it takes a back seat to the characters and their problems, which is fine. Some authors try to do this and don’t pull it off. Ms. Mulhern tries it and wonderfully pulls it off!

Overall an absolutely wonderful book. I absolutely can not recommend this enough! I will read the next one!

Asking for Truffle – Review Coming August 28!

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***4 / 5 STARS***

REVIEW COMING AUGUST 28

RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 12

on the back:

When Charity Penn receives a letter saying she won a trip to Camellia Beach, South Carolina complete with free cooking lessons at the town’s seaside chocolate shop, The Chocolate Box, she’s immediately skeptical. She never entered any contest. Her former prep school friend offers to look into the phony prize–only to end up drowned in a vat of chocolate. Struck with guilt, Penn heads to the southern beach town to investigate why he was killed. But as wary as she is of the locals, she finds herself lured into their eccentric vibe, letting her defenses melt away and even learning the art of crafting delicious chocolates. That is, until delight turns bittersweet as she steps straight into the midst of a deadly plot to destroy the seaside town. Now, only Penn’s quick thinking and a mysterious cask of rare chocolate can save the town she’s learning to love. Rich and decadent, Asking for Truffle, the first in a new cozy series by Dorothy St. James, is sure to be a delectable read for fans of JoAnna Carl and Joanne Fluke.

Bitter Harvest – Wendy Tyson

33009650 4/5 Adirondack Chairs

On The Back:

Megan Sawyer should be shouting from the barn roof. Washington Acres survived its first year, the café has become a hotspot for locals, and Winsome’s sexy Scottish veterinarian is making house calls—only not for the animals. But as summer slips into fall and Winsome prepares for its grand Oktoberfest celebration, beer isn’t the only thing brewing. 

When the town’s pub owner is killed in a freak accident, Megan suspects something sinister is afoot in Winsome—but no one is listening. As nights grow longer and temperatures chill, Megan must plow through Winsome’s fixation with autumn festivities to harvest the truth—before another dead body marks the season.

My Thoughts:

A stunning premise filled with solid characters and a thriller-ish plot, Bitter Harvest was a wonderful sophomore book in this series!

Megan is definitely a strong main character. She knows what she feels, and she doesn’t waiver. Her sleuthing is a little bit more than I typically like, but it works. I like Denver, Clover, Bibi, and the rest of the characters, also. Really the only character I didn’t like was the perpetrator, who I wasn’t supposed to like.

The mystery was strong, ans, as I mentioned, had a thriller feel to it. However, I feel that the ending was rushed. The big picture part of the mystery also feel into a stereotypical cozy mold, which wasn’t my favorite. The setting was wonderful, and the premise of the series is to-die-for.

Overall an excellent book. I can’t wait to read the next one (which I’ve already got an ARC of!) Highly recommend!

On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service – Rhys Bowen

32969127 5/5 Italian Villas

On The Back:

A delightful new Royal Spyness Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Crowned and Dangerous.

When royal sleuth Georgie Rannoch receives a letter from her dearest friend Belinda, who’s in an Italian villa awaiting the birth of her illegitimate baby, she yearns to run to her side. If only she could find a way to get there! But then opportunity presents itself in a most unexpected way—her cousin the queen asks her to attend a house party in the Italian Lake Country. The Prince of Wales AND the dreadful Mrs. Simpson have been invited, and Her Majesty is anxious to thwart a possible secret wedding.

What luck! A chance to see Belinda, even if it is under the guise of stopping unwanted nuptials. Only that’s as far as Georgie’s fortune takes her. She soon discovers that she attended finishing school with the hostess of the party—and the hatred they had for each other then has barely dimmed. Plus, she needs to hide Belinda’s delicate condition from the other guests. And her dashing beau, Darcy is (naturally) working undercover on a dangerous mission. Then her actress mother shows up, with a not-so-little task to perform. With all this subterfuge, it seems something is bound to go horribly wrong—and Georgie will no doubt be left to pick up the pieces when it does.

My Thoughts:

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Berkley. All opinions stated in this review are entirely my own.*

A great book is a book that makes me crave more. A book that transports me to the setting, and makes me feel as if I am participating in the mystery. On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service was a truly great book.

Georgie was wonderful. It is absolutely wonderful to see how much she’s progressed and matured throughout the series. She’s almost like a different character, but it isn’t bad. It’s wonderful. I really love the other characters, too. Darcy is great, though I wish the whole Georgie/Darcy marriage thing would be resolved soon!

The mystery was excellent, though slightly predictable. It had tons of parts that fit together nicely. The setting was absolutely a joy to read about. I loved the Italian aspect and how it’s incorporated into the entire plotline.

Overall an absolutely standout book in a series that I absolutely love! I can’t wait to see how Ms. Bowen pulls off Georgie and Darcy’s marriage! If you are looking for a series that connects fiction with real events, then the Royal Spyness mysteries are most certainly for you.

Brief Hiatus (hopefully) Resolved

Hi all! So sorry for my brief unexplained absence. I went on a weekend conference and had absolutely no time to do any reading. When I returned home I really couldn’t get into the book I was reading (not-I might add-the author’s fault. I enjoyed what I read, but the book just didn’t keep me excited), which translated to a week of next to no reading (a terrible reality!). However, I finally put that book down and started another which I’m glad to say was wonderful and kept me coming back. Again, so sorry for the lack of posts!