Feb 15, 2015

Sunday Salon: Some New Cozies!

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I have a pile of new 2015 cozies for review/feature that are dying to be revealed on this blog, and here they are. Thanks to Penguin.

As Gouda as Dead (A Cheeseshop Mystery #6) by Avery Aames, published February 3, 2015 by Berkley. Providence, Ohio, is celebrating Valentine’s Day with weeklong events, including lovers’ baskets with heart-shaped cheeses at Fromagerie Bessette. Charlotte Bessette is finally about to marry handsome artisanal cheese farmer, Jordan Pace. But when a beloved bar owner is discovered murdered on Jordan’s farm, he wants to reschedule their wedding.
Charlotte is heartsick and decides no one is ruining her wedding plans!
 This Old Homicide (A Fixer-Upper Mystery #2) by Kate Carlisle, published January 27, 2015 by Signet. Contractor Shannon Hammer specializes in improving Victorian homes in Lighthouse Cove, California. 
Valentine’s Day is approaching, and Shannon is delighted to be friends with  two handsome men. But after her elderly neighbor Jesse Hennessey fails to make his daily appearance at the local diner, Shannon finds Jesse dead—of an apparent heart attack—but she also realizes that his home has been ransacked. When another victim turns up dead, Shannon must find the killer before someone else gets nailed.
Murder in the Queen's Garden (An Elizabethan Mystery #3) by Amanda Carmack, published Februry 3, 2015 by Signet. 1559. Elizabeth has been on the throne for six months, and life in England seems newly golden. But for the Royal Court, murder and betrayal are foretold in the stars.... 
Kate Haywood, the young queen’s personal musician, has been playing for summer parties where famed astrologer Dr. John Dee and his fantastic horoscopes are all the rage. However, Dr. Dee fails to predict the discovery of a skeleton in the queen’s garden—and the victim’s identity will call his innocence into question. When the doctor’s pupil is the victim of a second murder, the queen enlists her trusted Kate to clear the doctor. 
 Fry Another Day (A Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Mystery #2) by J.J. Cook, published February 3, 2015 by Berkley. Zoe Chase, a Southern food truck chef who serves justice on the side. 
Zoe drives the Biscuit Bowl to Charlotte, North Carolina, to enter a nationally televised food truck race. Competition isn’t just fierce—it’s killer. As everyone gears up for the first challenge, another food trucker from Zoe’s hometown is found dead. When the body count rises, police begin to suspect her handsome attorney Miguel. Now Zoe must race to catch the killer before her attorney needs an attorney.
I love the attractive covers and the clever titles of these cozies. Which one would you pick to read first?

Two books I finished last week and rated 5 stars. My comments below:

A Memory of Violets: A Novel of London's Flower Sellers by Hazel Gaynor, historical novel. Two sets of sisters' stories intertwine in this story. A blind young sister is lost on the streets of London, and another, who is crippled, is left behind in the village. The older sister tries in vain to find her lost sister and the other older sister has to deal with the past and the sister she was responsible for accidentally injuring. A moving, historical look at life for flower sellers in Victorian London.  .

My Father's Wives by Mike Greenberg, contemporary fiction. A man questions his marriage as he tries to find answers by seeking out and visiting all six of his father's former wives. A unique look at love and relationships from a male point of view this time.

Book tours posted last week:
Doll God by Luanne Castle, a collection of poetry
The Monster That Ate My Socks by A.J. Cosmo, children's book.

How was your week?


  1. One day I'm just going to spend some time reading titles and taking a look at covers of cozies. The titles and covers always amaze me.

    Here's my Sunday Salon!

  2. I love the titles of these books. Sounds like the writers have a good -- make that gouda -- sense of humor. I don't usually read cozies though. I like gritty.

  3. Cozy mysteries have the best titles!! Enjoy your new crop ;-)

  4. Both my wife and myself are really into Artisanal cheese and have been known to hang around cheese shops. Thus the Cheese shop mysteries look to be very amusing.

    Though it might not exactly be my cup of tea, I will recommend this series to my wife. She might really like it.

  5. I love the look of all of these...I have read Avery Aames and enjoyed her...and This Old Homicide is going on my list. Love Fixer-Upper books...and with a mystery, what could be better?

    Thanks for sharing, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  6. Flower sellers in Victorian London remind me of My fair lady :) That cover is absolutely splendid, I'm glad the book was great too. Enjoy your week !

  7. I loved Fry Another Day. The others look good too. My Sunday post is here.

  8. This Old Homicide looks fun, I lik the cozy names too. They crack me up sometimes. Hope they are all good!

  9. So many fantastic looking books! I didn't love the one Avery Aames I read but I do want to try her again and I absolutely love Kate Carlisle. Fry Another Day has been calling to me and A Memory of Violets has been on my TBR since I heard of it. Hope you love them all! It looks like you've got some great reading ahead. Have a great week!

  10. What fun looking cozies! Glad to hear you loved A Memory of Violets. Have a great week :)

  11. Love cosy mysteries - some new authors for me, will check them out.

  12. A great collection of books, enjoy them!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  13. Those cozies look very fun for these days when I seem to be indoors so much.

  14. Ooo As Gouda as Dead! Such a fun title!

  15. Cozies tend to have such cute titles! You have many enticing books here, Harvee. I hope each one is remarkable to you in some way. Have a wonderful week.

  16. i enjoy quite a few mysteries. Though I also have been getting quite a few different kinds of books. I got a stack of 2015 books this past week and also some from 2014 to read and review.

  17. Cozy titles always make me smile. Enjoy!

  18. I LOVED The Memory of Violets.

    Murder in the Queen's Garden looks good.

    ENJOY your reading week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  19. Murder in the Queen's Garden definitely attractive for me !
    Thanks for the share :)
    Here's my Monday POST

    1. Checked my library and it's in processing. I've reserved a copy - Thanks :)

  20. My Father's Wives isn't a genre I'd usually read, but it sounds really interesting!

    Have a good week!

  21. Wow! You've had a great week. Penguin was good to you. I hope you enjoy your new cozies. Both A Memory of Violets and My Father's Wives sound really good. I'm glad you enjoyed them!

  22. They all look great but A Memory of Flowers stands out to me.


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