Another Great Review of Major Crimes!

I’m so pleased to have received another great review of Major Crimes from Laura’s Interests!  Click here to see the review:

Also, the rafflecopter has come to a close.  Thank you to everyone who entered!  There were 1322 entries for the 3 prizes!  I will have rafflecopter randomly pick the entries and announce them soon – both here and on my facebook page.

Don’t worry if you missed out…there is another opportunity to win an autographed copy of Major Crimes on Goodreads (closes 2/28/16).  Follow this link to enter:

Thank you to everyone who followed the book tour!




Another Review of Major Crimes – Plus a Giveaway!

I’m nearing the end of the blog tour for Major Crimes! Here is another great review, plus, if you haven’t yet entered my giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card or a signed copy of one of my books, click on the link below and enter!

Major Crimes ~ A Jersey Shore Cozy Mystery ~ Review and Giveaway





FIrst, I must thank everyone who is reading my website!

Check out my guest post on #Kindness, enter to win a giveaway for a $50 Amazon giftcard, and signed copies of my books, and also check out the wonderful review of Major Crimes, Book #4 in the Jersey Shore Mystery Series on Jersey Girl Book Reviews…

So You’ve Written a Book…Now What?

Check out my guest post as part of the book tour for Major Crimes, Book #4 in the Jersey Shore Mystery series.

So You’ve Written a Book…Now What?


Also, don’t forget to enter to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!  Go to the rafflecopter here:



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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Facebook: chloe.carstairs.73 


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

November 10 – THE SELF-TAUGHT COOK – Review

November 11 – A Blue Million Books – Interview

November 12 – Michele Lynn Seigfried’s Blog – Review

November 13 – Lori’s Reading Corner – Guest Post

November 14 – deal sharing aunt – Interview

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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Hide Nor Hair Review & Giveaway

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(A Jersey Girl Cozy Mystery Book 2)

File Size: 2625 KB
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

May 4 – Queen of All She Reads – Review, Guest Post