Friday, June 23, 2023

Blogging Break!

Hi friends!

I will be taking a blogging break until Fall, but look forward to catching up with you then.  Enjoy your summer!


(with good wishes from Daisy the Corgi)

Book Review and Giveaway - Collecting Can Be Murder (Carmen De Luca Art Sleuth Mysteries) by Jennifer S. Alderson

My Review

Collecting Can Be Murder is the start of a new mystery series. Carmen De Luca is a widow who has gone back to work as an art sleuth with the help of her detecting partner, Sophie (the Baroness). While posing as a journalist, Carmen searches for an illustrated medieval prayer book after the book's owner is discovered dead. 

I wanted to read this book because I love cozy mysteries and I have enjoyed the Travel Can Be Murder mysteries I've read by Jennifer S. Alderson.

This was an enjoyable read and a strong start for a new series!  Carmen is an intelligent and capable detective.  I especially enjoyed the art history details of this mystery.

Collecting Can Be Murder reminds me of classic, old fashioned mysteries (in a good way!) - a remote estate, a varied cast of characters, a detective systematically solving the crime ...

The mystery aspects are very well done, with a number of strong suspects;  this kept me guessing!

I recommend Collecting Can Be Murder for fans of cozy mysteries, and especially for readers who enjoy art history.

Book Synopsis 

Coming out of retirement can be deadly…

After tragedy struck three years earlier, art sleuth Carmen De Luca vowed to never work in the field again. But fifty is too young to fill her days with water aerobics and bingo, so when her former partner calls and begs for her help, Carmen gladly agrees. 

Yet after their first assignment – the recovery of a rare medieval prayer book from an eccentric collector living in rural France – goes horribly wrong, Carmen ends up in the crosshairs of both the local police and a murderer! 

With her target dead and the stolen book missing, she and her partner will have to pull out all of the stops to sleuth out the true killer’s identity – before their stay in France becomes permanent. 

Introducing Carmen De Luca, an art sleuth with a nose for mystery and the job of locating valuable artwork stolen from museums around the world. If you love strong and resourceful heroines, puzzling mysteries, and a dash of art history, pick up Collecting Can Be Murder now! 

Carmen De Luca Art Sleuth Mysteries:
Book One: Collecting Can Be Murder
Book Two: A Statue To Die For

More adventures coming soon! These mysteries contain no graphic violence, sex, or strong language.

Author Bio

Jennifer S. Alderson was born in San Francisco, grew up in Seattle, and currently lives in Amsterdam. After traveling extensively around Asia, Oceania, and Central America, she lived in Darwin, Australia, before finally settling in the Netherlands.

Jennifer’s love of travel, art, and culture inspires her award-winning Zelda Richardson Mystery series, her Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mysteries, and her Carmen De Luca Art Sleuth Mysteries. Her background in journalism, multimedia development, and art history enriches her novels.

When not writing, she can be found perusing a museum, biking around Amsterdam, or enjoying a coffee along the canal while planning her next research trip.

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Friday, June 16, 2023

Book Review and Giveaway - How the Murder Crumbles (A Cookie Shop Mystery) by Debra Sennefelder

My Review

When How the Murder Crumbles opens, Mallory Monroe has recently opened a cookie bakery in small town Connecticut. She loves her work and her life ... until she finds her boyfriend is seeing another woman, and a contentious food blogger she has clashed with is discovered mysteriously dead. Mallory sets out to clear her name and solve the mystery.

I wanted to read this book because I love cozy mysteries, enjoy small town fiction, and like to bake.

What a fun start to a new cozy series!  I am definitely in for this one. The Cookie Shop setting is delightful, and I love the foodie and baking details as well. The author also does a great job at evoking small town life.

Mallory is a protagonist to pull for - she is moving forward with her life after a couple of setbacks, loves baking, and turns out to be a smart amateur sleuth as well.  I enjoyed following along as she solved the mystery.

I enthusiastically recommend How the Murder Crumbles for fans of cozy mysteries, and especially for anyone who loves foodie fiction, baking, and small town settings.

Book Synopsis

Debra Sennefelder whips up cookies and crime in a delicious new cozy series, perfect for fans of Joanne Fluke and Peg Cochran. 

Wingate, Connecticut, is famed as one of the top ten shopping destinations in the state, and home to Mallory Monroe’s beloved Cookie Shop—a place where patrons are greeted with the heavenly aroma of freshly baked cookies that are as beautifully decorated as they are insanely delicious. 

But things aren’t going so smoothly for Mallory. Her two employees are a disaster in the kitchen, she catches her boyfriend with another woman, and she’s seen having a fierce argument with food blogger Beatrice Wright, who accuses Mallory of stealing her cookie recipe. Then Beatrice turns up dead in her kitchen, flour outlining her body and a bloodied marble rolling pin nearby. Mallory immediately becomes suspect number one, her sales plummet, and she desperately tries to clear her name—but that’s not the only murder the killer is baking up. 

Debra Sennefelder has cooked up a perfect recipe—endearing characters, a picture-perfect evocation of small-town life, and a quaint sweets shop. And just when things get a little too comfy, there’s always a murder or two for good measure.

Author Bio

Debra Sennefelder, the author of the Food Blogger Mystery series, the Resale Boutique Mystery series, and the Cookie Shop mystery series, is an avid reader who reads across a range of genres, but mystery fiction is her obsession. Her interest in people and relationships is channeled into her novels against a backdrop of crime and mystery. When she’s not reading, she enjoys cooking and baking and as a former food blogger, she is constantly taking photographs of her food. Yeah, she’s that person. 

Born and raised in New York City, she now lives and writes in Connecticut with her family. She’s worked in pre-hospital care, retail and publishing. Her writing companions are her adorable and slightly spoiled Shih-Tzus, Susie, and Billy.

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