Dec 26, 2015

Sunday Salon: New Mystery Series for 2016

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Spring-like weather and rain lately, no white Christmas this year. We are getting spoiled till the end of the year, it seems.

Three new cozy series for the new year:

Daisies for Innocence by Bailey Cattrell, first in a new series, to be published January 5, 2016 by NAL

The first Enchanted Garden Mystery featuring custom perfume maker Elliana Allbright...
Ellie’s life has blossomed in Poppyville, California, since she opened Scents & Nonsense, a custom-made-perfume store. Her skills with aromas and botanical essences—some from her very own garden—seem almost…supernatural. Her perfumes can evoke emotions,  bring about change, or simply make people happy. But when she learns that her part-time assistant Josie is dating her ex, she finds Josie dead in the Enchanted Garden. Now the prime suspect in Josie’s murder, Ellie must search for the real culprit in Josie’s past. (goodreads)
One Foot in the Grove by Kelly Lane, an Olive Grove mystery, to be published January 5, 2016 by Berkley

First in a new mystery series about Eva Knox and her family’s Georgia olive plantation.
In the sweet Southern town of Abundance, Georgia, home of the Knox family’s olive farm,...A death on her family’s farm soon makes Eva the lead suspect in a murder case—and the sheriff investigating is none other than Eva’s old flame Buck.

It’s up to Eva and her sisters, Pep and Daphne, to figure out who could have possibly left a dead body in their olive grove.
To Helvetica and Back by Paige Shelton, to be released January 5, 2016 by Berkley
The New York Times bestselling author introduces readers to Star City, Utah, and a little shop called the Rescued Word...Star City is nestled in a ski resort town in a side street full of shops that specialize in earlier eras. In the Rescued Word, Chester Henry and his granddaughter Clare repair old typewriters and restore old books. Who ever thought their quaint store would hold the key to some modern-day trouble? (goodreads)

Any new books for January on your desk?

Dec 24, 2015

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays 2015

Best wishes for the holidays, and Happy Reading to you! May there be many books under your holiday tree.

Dec 22, 2015

First Chapter: Suspicion at Seven by Ann Purser

Bibliophile By the Sea hosts First Chapter, First Paragraph every Tuesday. Share the first paragraph(s) of your current read or book interest, with information for readers. Also share a teaser from the book with Teaser Tuesday at A Daily Rhythm.

Suspicion at Seven: A Lois Meade Mystery by Ann Purser, published December 2, 2015 by Berkley.
Lois Meade has done enough buffing and polishing over the years with her cleaning business, New Brooms, to know that all that glitters is not gold. So when a bag of costume jewellery is the main clue in a murder, she has a strong suspicion that appearances may be deceiving…

First chapter, first paragraph:
Lois Meade, businesswoman and unpaid amateur detective, sat on the low wall of a millpond and watched the flow of water in the tailrace, where ducks and drakes were flapping about in the antics of courtship. It was spring, and love was in the air. Oddly enough, murder was also in the air. 
What do you think? Does the beginning make you want to read on?

Dec 19, 2015

Sunday Salon: Books Before Christmas

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Three new books but not much time to read this week....
What Was Mine by Helen Klein Ross, to be published January 5, 2016 by Gallery Books.
The heartrending yet unsentimental tale of a woman who kidnaps a baby in a superstore—and gets away with it for twenty-one years.
Water on the Moon , a win from the author Jean P. Moore, published June 3, 2015 by SheWrites Press.
Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) for Contemporary Fiction (Gold Medal) (2015)
The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle, to be released February 2, 2016 by Harper
Roy is a conman living in a small English town, about to pull off his final con. He is going to meet and woo a beautiful woman and slip away with her life savings. But who is the man behind the con? 

Currently reading
a borrow from the library, The Nature of the Beast, the 11th in the mystery series by Louise Penny. Quite a suspenseful story, set in the idyllic village of Three Pines, Quebec.

I am almost finished with a new cozy, A Wee Dose of Death by Fran Stewart, A Scotshop mystery to be released January 5, 2015. I don't normally take to ghosts in novels, but a thirteenth century Scotsman who spices up this shop adds a lot to the mystery. 

What books are you reading right now, before Christmas? 

I am still adding to the number of books I have read in 2015, but so far, this is what I've read on Goodreads: Books Read in 2015

Dec 16, 2015

Two Christmas Mystery Novels

Keeping in mind these are only Christmas cozies and just for fun, don't mind the titles! I'm saving them for the holidays and hoping I will have the reading time!

Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen: A Year-Round Christmas Mystery #1 by Vicki Delany, published November 3, 2015 by Berkley
In Rudolph, New York: As the owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, Merry Wilkinson knows how to decorate homes for the holidays. That’s why she thinks her float in the semi-annual Santa Claus parade is a shoe-in for best in show. But when the tractor pulling Merry’s float is sabotaged, she has to face facts: there’s a Scrooge in Christmas Town.
Opening sentence: The tips of the tall turquoise and green hats bobbed in the snow as elves weaved through crowds of painted dolls, toy soldiers, shepherds with their sheep, reindeer, poultry,  clowns, sugarplums, gingerbread people, and candy canes. 
Trimmed With Murder: A Seaside Knitters Mystery #10 by Sally Goldenbaum, published November 3, 2015 by NAL
All Izzy Chambers Perry wants for Christmas is to keep her brother Charlie out of jail—in this holiday yarn from the national bestselling author of A Finely Knit Murder…But Izzy and the knitters soon have to clear Charlie of a hitchhiker's murder.
Opening sentence: Charlie hadn't yet reached the bridge that crossed over onto Cape Ann proper when he decided it was all a terrible mistake. A cruel joke his conscience had played on him, punishing him for all the wrongs in his life. 
What holiday books are you planning to read?  

Dec 13, 2015

Sunday Salon: Picky Reading

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I have been getting very fussy with books lately, even though reading more nonfiction. But even these can be put aside for a while, as well as the novels that I discard after the first page, the first five pages, the first ten, even after the first hundred pages. Why? This feeling of "Been there, Read that". The plots and settings and situations of many books seem so familiar after a while. I really crave more originality after having read so much up to this point.

A bunch of cozies showed up at my house, and I winnowed them down to three as definite reads, based on the first pages. Here is what I plan to read:
A Second Chance at Murder by Diana Orgain, to be released January 5, 2016 by Berkley, grabbed my attention right away with the setting - the Pyrenees in Spain, during a reality adventure show being filmed. One of the contestants goes missing during the night, and a woman's body is found, throwing the show into a tizzy. I'm on page 58 and intend to keep on going....
A Wee Dose of Death by Fran Stewart, A Scotshop mystery to be released January 5, 2015. I like Scotties, so the cover of this cozy was a plus for me from the start. And the first sentences grabbed me.
First paragraph: Marcus Wantstring wasn't looking for a place to die. He was looking for a quiet place in the snow-covered mountains of Vermont to get his thoughts together so he and Denby wouldn't look like deadbeats. 
Interestingly, the Scottie in the novel is not a dog but a fourteenth century Scots man who haunts Peggy Win's Scotshop. 

Foreign Eclairs: A White House Chef Mystery by Julie Hyzy, to be released January 5, 2016. 

I love, love eclairs, and the mystery death of a White House staff member adds to the intrigue of this cozy. I hope I will enjoy it - the idea of the eclairs as well as the plot.
And After Many Days by Jowqhor Ile was a surprise and a welcome one. I like international settings and cultures, so this will be a good read, I'm sure. Published by Tim Duggan books, February 16, 2016. 
During the rainy season of 1995, in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, one family is disrupted by the sudden disappearance of seventeen-year-old Paul Utu, beloved brother and son. As they grapple with the loss, they embark on a journey which shatters their once ordered family. 

What books are you sure to read in the coming weeks?

Dec 11, 2015

Book Beginning: Dead to the Last Drop by Cleo Coyle

The Friday 56. Grab a book, turn to page 56 or 56% of your eReader. Find any sentence that grabs you. Post it, and add your URL post in Linky at Freda's Voice.
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Once Upon a Grind comes a new installment in the Coffeehouse Mystery series.

After the White House asks coffeehouse manager and master roaster Clare Cosi to consult on the coffee service for a Rose Garden Wedding, she discovers a historic pot was used as a CIA “dead drop” decades before. Now long-simmering secrets boil over, scalding Clare and the people around her…

Dead to the Last Drop by Cleo Coyle,  published December 1, 2015 by Berkley.
Book beginning, Prologue
He stomped the brake and glared at the BMW swerving into his lane. I could smash this  idiot's bumper, but it won't get me to her any faster.
Suppressing the urge to turn this SUV into a battering ram, he laid on the horn instead. It worked. The Beemer swung out of his path and he hit the gas, running the next two yellow lights.  
Page 56:
"Mike, why did you really come home early?"
What book are you eager to read this Friday?  

Sunday Salon: Japanese Authors and a Mystery

  Klara and the Sun   by Kazuo Ishiguro.  Klara and the Sun was easy to read for a literary novel of such magnitude and celebrity, I found...