Book Review & Giveaway: Murder in a Two-Seater

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Murder in a Two-Seater
by Billie Thomas

Murder in a Two-SeaterMurder in a Two-Seater:
A Chloe Carstairs Mystery (Chloe Carstairs Mysteries Book 2)

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
• Print Length: 305 pages
• Publisher: Annie Acorn Publishing LLC (September 7, 2015)



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A cheating wife in a classic car drives someone to murder.

Interior decorators turned amateur investigators, Chloe and Amanda Carstairs have spent the summer transforming their client’s creepy old castle into a luxury hotel. But before the first guest checks in, the owner’s wife checks out – with the help of a bullet to the head.

When Chloe’s dad is accused of the crime, there’s no time for the ladies to drown their sorrows in the hotel’s mini bar. Instead, they have to contend with a sneaky blackmailer, an unsolved murder from the past, and a cunning killer with nothing to lose.

The second Chloe Carstairs Mystery is filled with the same clever twists and hilarious mother-daughter relationship that made Murder on the First Day of Christmas such a fun, fast-paced read for an appreciative readership. The mystery will keep you guessing, but as any good decorator will tell you, even a beautiful setting can’t hide the ugly truth.

My review:

Chloe and Amanda are on another adventure solving a murder after Chloe’s father becomes the accused. Things are not as they seem. Who is the real murderer? Was Chloe’s dad cheating with the deceased?  Is Chloe’s boyfriend yearning for his ex? There was plenty of mystery and just enough romance in this novel to hold your attention! I haven’t yet read the first book in this series, and it did not detract from this novel at all. I didn’t feel lost while I was reading.  I felt the descriptions of the setting were so realistic, that I could picture the castle/hotel and the grounds vividly. I liked the car references as well. The characters were a riot – who couldn’t laugh at the Bunny and Honey duo? This was a great cozy mystery and true to the genre–no graphic violence, no graphic sexual content, and no foul language. A light mystery with lots of twists and turns that keep you guessing! Check this one out! 4 stars!



About The Author –

Billie Thomas is the pseudonym of a Birmingham-based author. After the real Billie passed away unexpectedly at the end of 2011, getting MURDER ON THE FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS,  the first of in the Chloe Carstairs mystery series, revised and published was her daughter’s top priority as a way to honor the mom who had given her a lifelong love of books. In her real life, Ms. Thomas works at an advertising agency, which might explain why she’s constantly thinking up ways to kill people without getting caught. She has a really cute boyfriend and an even cuter dog. Like MURDER ON THE FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS, its follow up, MURDER IN A TWO-SEATER are both filled with mystery, romance, humor and decorating – because these are a few of her favorite things. Visit her blog at or connect

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Tour Participants

November 1 – Mallory Heart Reviews – Review

November 2 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy,  &, Sissy, Too ! – Spotlight

November 3 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview

November 4 – Christa Reads and Writes – Review

November 5 – Teatime and Books – Spotlight

November 6 – Frankie Bow – Interview

November 7 – Escape With Dollycas – Guest Post

November 8 – StoreyBook Reviews – Guest Post

November 9 – Back Porchervations – Review

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November 11 – A Blue Million Books – Interview

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Book Blast & Giveaway: A Stitch to Die For

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A Stitch to Die For
by Lois Winston


A Stitch to Die For-ebookA Stitch to Die For (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery) (Volume 5)
5th in Series
Cozy Mystery
• Paperback: 240 pages
• Publisher: Lois Winston (July 7, 2015)
• ISBN-13: 978-1940795300



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Ever since her husband died and left her in debt equal to the gross national product of Uzbekistan, magazine crafts editor and reluctant amateur sleuth Anastasia Pollack has stumbled across one dead body after another—but always in work-related settings. When a killer targets the elderly nasty neighbor who lives across the street from her, murder strikes too close to home. Couple that with a series of unsettling events days before Halloween, and Anastasia begins to wonder if someone is sending her a deadly message.



About The Author –

USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Lois Winston writes mystery, romance, romantic suspense, chick lit, women’s fiction, children’s chapter books, and nonfiction under her own name and her Emma Carlyle pen name. Kirkus Reviews dubbed her critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series, “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum.” In addition, Lois is an award-winning craft and needlework designer who often draws much of her source material for both her characters and plots from her experiences in the crafts industry. Visit Lois/Emma at and Anastasia at the Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers blog, Follow everyone on Tsu at, on Pinterest at, and onTwitter at Sign up for her newsletter at

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Giveaway & Review – Deadly Dye and Soy Chai

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Deadly Dye and a Soy Chai
by Elizabeth Ashby & Traci Andrighetti

Full of mystery, good humor, characters, murder in a small town of Danger Cove. I know I don’t want to get my makeup done there except for Halloween.

As if a fantastic mystery and zany, colorful characters are not enough, Traci shares recipes and how to get more involved with her and her books at the end.
~Laura’s Interests

The story’s pace is well paced and Ms. Andrighetti’s writing style is easy to follow and her voice as an author is very enjoyable.
~Queen of All She Reads

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00026]Deadly Dye and a Soy Chai
(Danger Cove Mysteries Book 5)

Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing (July 15, 2015)
Paperback: 210 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1515110392
E-Book ASIN: B011SBZ310





Native Texan Cassidi Conti was expecting to face some obstacles when she moved to Danger Cove and opened The Clip and Sip, a hair salon that gives away free drinks. What she wasn’t counting on was a client dying during a dye job. But when eighty-year-old Margaret Appleby comes in for her biweekly appointment, that’s exactly what happens: Margaret drinks her usual soy chai, dozes off under the dryer…and doesn’t wake up. Now The Clip and Sip is under suspicion, clients are wary, and Cassidi is on a mission to prove that while her styles may be killer, her employees are innocent! But as Cassidi wades through the myriad of suspects in the small, costal town, the killer sets his sights straight on everyone’s favorite stylist. If Cassidi doesn’t watch her back, she may just end up Danger Cove’s latest fashionable victim.

My Review
Cassidi Conti and her kooky sidekicks are on quite an adventure in this novel. The women certainly have a lot going on in their lives–starting up a new business venture, going to school, working other jobs, and solving a murder! The authors portray the characters in a realistic light. You feel like you are in the scenes with them, with the girls getting on your nerves as much as they get on Cassidi’s. As a “Jersey Italian” girl myself, I thought Gia was a bit too much for me–as she was a bit too much for Cassidi too. Amy is also annoying with her German sayings–kind of just like my German husband. (whoops, sorry, Honey).  Like I said, very realistic. Other than the characters, the plot flowed nicely and with no foul language, no graphic violence, and just a touch of romance, this is a suitable read for teenagers as well as adults. If you light a light mystery with a little humor, crazy characters, and a little romance, check this one out! 4 stars.

**Disclaimer:  I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review in any way.

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Traci Andrighetti-11bABOUT THE AUTHOR

Traci Andrighetti is the national bestselling author of the Franki Amato mysteries and the Danger Cove Hair Salon mysteries. In her previous life, she was an award-winning literary translator and a Lecturer of Italian at the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a PhD in Applied Linguistics. But then she got wise and ditched that academic stuff for a life of crime–writing, that is.

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Murder She Floats – Review & Giveaway

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murder she floatsMurder, She Floats:
A Damon Lassard Dabbling Detective Mystery

Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Paperback: 212 pages
Publisher: Cozy Cat Press (August 22, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-1939816498



A suicide note found in a locked room. A shard of glass buried in a scoop of whipped potatoes. A pickle jar filled with poisonous spiders. Precious jewels yanked off of a woman’s neck but left at her feet. It’s just a week in the life of Damon Lassard when he boards The Vitamin of the Seas with his charismatic mother for a ‘relaxing’ Caribbean cruise. After Damon’s acerbic dining companion is found floating alongside the ship and local police rule the death a suicide, the loveable amateur sleuth is left to find the killer himself. He encounters seductive sirens, cunning con artists, and fascinating family members en route to solving not only the murder but a handful of clever capers as well.

My review

Be whisked away on a relaxing vacation–or not so much. That’s what happens to Damon Lassard in this intriguing cozy mystery. He is an amateur sleuth who is about to go to police academy. This was his last hurrah before he started work. His mother, Lynn, accompanies him on the cruise.  When a dead body appears, it is not exactly smooth sailing.

I am an avid cruiser and Royal Caribbean is my cruise line. I would have to say that Mr. Kaminski nailed the details about the ship, the crew, cruising, and the location of the murder/investigation/vacation. The characters in this novel are well fleshed out and likable. I enjoyed Lynn, Damon’s mother the most.  Mr. Kaminski leads you through twists and turns in this intriguing book. The plot was nicely written. It held my attention and kept me flipping pages. I couldn’t guess who did it on my own. This book is a terrific summer beach read. 4 stars.

**Disclaimer: I was given this book in exchange for an honest review as part of the Great Escapes Book Tour. This did not influence my decision in any way.


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STEPHEN KAMINSKI is the author of the Damon Lassard Dabbling Detective series published by Cozy Cat Press. The first three cozy mysteries in the series are It Takes Two to Strangle, Don’t Cry Over Killed Milk, and Murder, She Floats. Each of the three has won a Reader Views Literary Award and Don’t Cry Over Killed Milk was a finalist in both the 2014 Clue Awards and 2014 Murder & Mayhem Awards.  Stephen is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Law School. He serves as the CEO and Executive Director of a national healthcare association and lives with his wife and daughter in Arlington, Virginia.


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August 26 – View from the Birdhouse – Interview

August 27 – Lilac Reviews – Review

August 28 – Cassidy Salem Reads & Writes – Review

August 29 – Book Babble – Review

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August 31 – Community Bookstop – Interview

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September 2 – Michele Lynn Seigfried’s Blog – Review

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The Burnt Island Burial Ground – Review & Giveaway!

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Review of The Burnt Island Burial Ground
by Mindy Quigley

A true cozy mystery–no foul language, no sexual content, and no graphic violence, that follows the life of a minister’s daughter and hospital chaplain, Lindsay Harding. Lindsay doesn’t act how you would think a chaplain should act, she’s much more human, which is refreshing and realistic. I enjoyed Dunette and Simmy also. I couldn’t help but be disappointed in some of the people that should be more supportive of her — her mother, her boyfriend, which made me feel like I was part of her inner circle. Good job by the author. The book rose slowly to a climax, then settled back down nicely. I especially enjoyed the moments where the book became “thriller-like” with a lot of action. I wish I had read the first two in the series and I can’t wait to see what happens in Book #4.

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burnt islandThe Burnt Island Burial Ground:
A Lindsay Harding Mystery
(Book 3)

Cozy Mystery
File Size: 2592 KB
Print Length: 222 pages
Publisher: Little Spot for Stories (June 11, 2015)

“We hid the body. The money belonged to everyone, but we stole it for ourselves. You have to help me give it back before it’s too late. If I don’t stop this, that money’s gonna drag us all straight down to hell.”

With these words, whispered to hospital chaplain Lindsay Harding as part of a cryptic confession, the stage is set for another intricately-plotted Mount Moriah mystery. All signs point to murder, but no one can find any trace of a body. Lindsay’s sure not all is as it seems, but she’ll need true grit and quick wit to follow a trail back through history to Burnt Island, a remote patch of North Carolina swampland.

Lindsay’s task is complicated by the shifting landscape of her personal life. After pre-wedding jitters jeopardize a relationship that seemed destined to be her best shot at happily-ever-after, Lindsay falls under the spell of a charming stranger. Whether she gets another chance at love will depend on following her heart…and on whether she can keep that heart beating long enough to unlock the mystery of Burnt Island.

mindyAbout This Author
Historian by training, globe-trotting university project manager by necessity, and fiction writer by the skin of her teeth, Mindy Quigley has had a colorful career.

She has won a number of awards for her short stories, including the 2013 Bloody Scotland prize. Her non-fiction writing includes an academic article co-authored with the researcher who created Dolly the Sheep. More recently, she was project manager of the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic, a research clinic founded in Scotland by the author J.K. Rowling. Her work as the coordinator of a pastoral services program at the Duke University Medical Center provided the inspiration for her bestselling Reverend Lindsay Harding mystery series.

She lives in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA, with her Civil War history professor husband, their daughter, and their miniature Schnauzer.

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June 9 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review

June 10 – Babs Book Bistro – Spotlight

June 11 – readalot – Review

June 12 – Back Porchervations – Review

June 13 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review

June 14 – Frankie Bow – Guest Post

June 15 – Jane Reads – Review, Guest Post

June 16 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview

June 17 – Author Michele Lynn Seigfried’s Blog – Review

June 17 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy,&, Sissy, Too ! – Spotlight

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June 10 – Babs Book Bistro – Spotlight

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June 12 – Back Porchervations – Review

June 13 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review

June 14 – Frankie Bow – Guest Post

June 15 – Jane Reads – Review, Guest Post

June 16 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview

June 17 – Author Michele Lynn Seigfried’s Blog – Review

June 17 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy,&, Sissy, Too ! – Spotlight

Wheels of Change, Darlene Beck Jacobson

I’m pleased to welcome a fellow New Jersey author on my website today!  Darlene Beck Jacobson will be joining me this weekend at A Novel Idea Chapter II’s Grand Re-Opening Author Party in Vineland, New Jersey.  Here is more about her latest book!

About the Book



Wheels of Change

Racial intolerance, social change, and sweeping progress make 1908 Washington, D.C., a turbulent place to grow up in for 12-year-old Emily Soper. For Emily, life in Papa’s carriage barn is magic, and she’s more at home hearing the symphony of the blacksmith’s hammer than trying to conform to the proper expectations of young ladies. When Papa’s livelihood is threatened by racist neighbors and horsepower of a different sort, Emily faces changes she’d never imagined. Finding courage and resolve she didn’t know she had, Emily strives to save Papa’s business, even if it means going all the way to the White House.

for ages 8 – 11

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About the Author

Darlene Beck Jacobson has loved writing since she was a girl. “I wrote letters to everyone I knew and made up stories in my head. I even sent letters to pop stars of the day professing my adoration. Unfortunately, they never darlene
wrote back. Now, I’m lucky enough to have some of my stories published,” Darlene says.

As a freelance writer and children’s book author, Darlene’s stories have appeared in CICADA, CRICKET, and other magazines. As a teacher and speech therapist working with Preschool and Kindergarten aged children, Darlene has many opportunities for story ideas. Working with young children allows her the freedom to be as silly as she wants to an appreciative audience of 3-6 year olds. “I can walk into the classroom wearing a chicken hat and still get hugs,” Darlene says.

Darlene is torn between this silliness and a more serious side. Many of her works explore how family and history converge through children’s eyes. One such project is a Middle Grade book of historical fiction set in 1909 in Washington, DC when Theodore Roosevelt was President. This story, titled WHEELS OF CHANGE, involves a young girl’s attempt to save the family business, leading her on an adventure and a meeting with the President. It was sold to Creston Books and will be out in 2014. Darlene is represented by Liza Fleissig of the Liza Royce Literary Agency.

Darlene’s historical MG novel-in-progress, A SPARROW IN THE HAND, explores the coming of age of two sisters growing up in the coal mining area of Pennsylvania during the 1920’s. A chapter from this novel appeared in the March 2001 issue of CRICKET Magazine.

Darlene Beck Jacobson also enjoys creating scrapbooks about her travels throughout the US, Europe and Australia. She finds inspiration in exploring parks and wildlife areas. She crochets, bakes, and does crazy quilting when she needs a break from writing. Beck Jacobson is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and attends many writing conferences sponsored by the New Jersey Chapter.

Darlene lives and writes her children’s stories in New Jersey with her family and a house full of dustbunnies.

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Twitter: @dustbunnymaven

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Hide Nor Hair Review & Giveaway

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(A Jersey Girl Cozy Mystery Book 2)

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Print Length: 187 pages
Publisher: Cup of Tea Books, an imprint of PageSpring Publishing (April 21, 2015)


For this Jersey girl, big hair means big trouble!

Newspaper reporter Colleen Caruso just wants her unruly curls tamed into smooth, sleek locks. Instead, she finds her stylist dead, face down in a shampoo sink. Faster than you can say Aqua Net, Colleen starts investigating. The case gets even hairier when the owner of a local fitness studio seems to have jumped from a plane … without a parachute. Meanwhile, her suave editor, Ken Rhodes, steps in to help.  And he may be looking for more than just a good story from Colleen. Add in a missing bracelet, some suspicious husbands, and a little breaking and entering—and this Jersey girl is heading for a real blowout! Can Colleen tie up these split ends? Or does she have an appointment with disaster?

My Review:

Kudos to follow Jersey Author Jo-Ann Lamon Reccoppa on her second novel! Being a Jersey girl myself, I always love it when authors include references in their book that let you know it’s Jersey.  Middlesex County and the Trenton Times newspaper are just a couple of these references in this cute cozy mystery. I had to laugh when the author wrote that one of the characters was “A little on the loud side – very Central Jersey!”  So true! I too, am a little on the loud side, a little Central Jersey.  Anyway, this novel was true to the cozy mystery genre–no graphic violence, no graphic sexual references/scenes, no foul language.  I love that Colleen was a mom in the book.  Most sleuths are single/no children. I enjoyed the relationship Colleen has with her editor. I didn’t figure out who did the crimes until close to the end of the book. I also enjoyed how the author makes the situations realistic, when the sleuth breaks the laws, there are consequences for that (though not severe ones), it still makes the book more believable. A delight to read, this cozy will keep you entertained on the beach this summer!

4 stars!

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review as part of the Great Escapes Book Tour.

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About This Author

Jo-Ann Lamon Reccoppa lives in Old Bridge, New Jersey, and uses her experience as a freelance correspondent as the basis of her protagonist’s career. Several of the incidents within these pages are actual occurrences. They have been shamelessly embellished and are not a blow-by-blow account of a few really bad days on the job. Hide Nor Hair is her second novel.

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April 21 – Musings and Ramblings – Interview

April 22 – View from the Birdhouse – Spotlight

April 23 – readalot – Review

April 24- Babs Book Bistro – Review

April 25 – Escape With Dollycas’s Into A Good Book – Spotlight

April 26 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – Guest Post

April 27 – Tea and A Book – Review, Interview

April 28 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Guest Post

April 28 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview

April 29 – i blog 4 books – Review

April 30 – A Blue Million Books – Guest Post

May 1 – Brooke Blogs – Guest Post

May 2 – Michele Lynn Seigfried’s Blog – Review

May 3 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review

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