Author: First Book Publish:2012 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:6.5 Characters: Finding Infinity (Finding Infinity Book 1) First published: July 4th 2012Rating: 6.5 stars GoodReads:Finding Infinity Review: The story had so much potential, but the characters were one dimensional and so many plot elements were sadly underdeveloped. Not sure I want to read anything else by this author.
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Author: First Book Publish:2015 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:6.8 Characters: The Witches Of Enchanted Bay (Witches Of Enchanted Bay Cozy Mystery #1) (The Witches Of Enchanted Bay Book 1) First published: November 21st 2015Rating: 6.8 stars GoodReads:The Witches Of Enchanted Bay (Witches Of Enchanted Bay Cozy Mystery #1) Review: This one was not so good. Rather boring and formulaic and written for someone on a middle school reading level. And the editing/grammar were also not up to par. I was bored and not that interested in reading further in the series, especially when book two looked to be a rehash of the same plot only with different characters. Why is this even on the market?
Author: First Book Publish:2013 Books in series: 2 Avg. Book Rating:8.2 Characters: The Bride Wore Dead, A Josie Tucker Mystery (Josie Tucker Mysteries Book 1) First published: November 20th 2013Rating: 8.3 stars GoodReads:The Bride Wore Dead, A Josie Tucker Mystery Review: EM Kaplan’s “The Bride Wore Dead” is a mystery tale of a new and different kind. The main character, Josie Tucker, is wonderfully depicted as a strong, but flawed individual as all good characters are. She’s a food critic for a newspaper that has developed a strange eating disorder. Josie is tenacious, quirky, and intelligent in her snarky attitude. Dim Sum, Dead Some (Josie Tucker Mysteries Book 2) First published: January 7th 2015Rating: 7.96 stars GoodReads:Dim Sum, Dead Some Review: This is the second Josie Tucker book and I am finding the adventures of this quirky character to be quite enjoyable. This is certainly not a book to read when you are hungry though, unless you are about to eat anyway of course. The main character happens to be a food critic when she is not solving mysteries and thus food gets mentioned a lot. I think I saw more food references in this book than I have seen…
Author: First Book Publish:2016 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:8.5 Characters: Cream Puff Murder: A Seagrass Sweets Cozy Mystery (Book 1) (Seagrass Sweets Mystery Book 1) First published: October 20th 2016Rating: 8.5 stars GoodReads:Cream Puff Murder: A Seagrass Sweets Cozy Mystery (Book 1) Review: The pastry chef overhears a man and a woman fighting; the woman is found dead from a poisoned cream puff. Suddenly the chef’s nascent business is teetering and she figures the best way to clear her name is to help find the murderer. The characters have depth and charm, the setting provides topical ecological twists which may or may not be involved with the potentially complex plot which resolves to . . . OOPS! No spoilers! The clues were there but I missed them.
Author: First Book Publish:2015 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:7.8 Characters: An Accidental Murder (A Yellow Cottage Cosy Mystery #1) (The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mysteries Book 1) First published: March 21st 2015Rating: 7.8 stars GoodReads:An Accidental Murder (A Yellow Cottage Cosy Mystery #1) Review: I bought this book after beta reading the second, so I’ve read them out of order. Another enjoyable read. I look forward to reading the third.
Author: First Book Publish:2016 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:9.2 Characters: Cooking for Ghosts: Book I of The Secret Spice Cafe Trilogy (The Secret Spice Cafe Trilogy Book 1) First published: September 30th 2016Rating: 9.22 stars GoodReads:Cooking for Ghosts: Book I of The Secret Spice Cafe Trilogy Review: Absolutely loved this book and cannot wait for the next in the series! Well-written, multiple story lines and wonderful characters.
Author: First Book Publish:2015 Books in series: 2 Avg. Book Rating:7.6 Characters: Murder at the Mansion (Reverend Annabelle Dixon Mystery Book 1) First published: October 23rd 2015Rating: 7.36 stars GoodReads:Murder at the Mansion Review: Murder. Mayhem. A madcap lady vicar. Reverend Annabelle Dixon is the charming, slightly gauche, very tall, thirty-something vicar of St. Mary’s Church located in the picturesque village of Upton St. Mary in Cornwall, England. Recently appointed to her rural church position, Annabelle is beloved by her parishioners for dispensing good advice and godly wisdom with humor and charm while zipping her Mini Cooper around the country lanes and attempting to build a relationship with her church cat, Biscuit, who, quite frankly, couldn’t care less. Trouble arises when Annabelle faithfully welcomes a new resident to her quaint parish. Her visit to the latest newcomer, Sir John Cartwright, is two-fold: to greet him and to dispel rumors of shady doings at the manor. This time, however, instead of tea and cakes, Annabelle is served a heaping plate of murder and a fine helping of handsome Inspector Mike Nicholls! Filled with laugh-out-loud moments and cake and pastry recipes, this humorous, cozy mystery is an excellent introduction to the Reverend…
Author: First Book Publish:2012 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:9.3 Characters: The Nose Knows: A Spunky Mystery (Spunky Murder Mystery Series Book 1) First published: February 29th 2012Rating: 9.34 stars GoodReads:The Nose Knows: A Spunky Mystery Review: Spunky is a sassy, classy terrier mutt with a nose for detecting the truth. She lives with her “mom,” psychologist Dr. Hannah Richards and four tomcats: Fearless, Bobby, Sweetie, and Fancy Pants. Eleven years ago, a patient held Dr. Richards hostage. Traumatized, she stopped seeing patients. Now her husband has died, and Hannah Richards must return to work. Spunky and her pals are dedicated to keeping Hannah safe, but that job is getting tougher. Dr. Richards is about to meet a force greater than her old fears. Her newest patient is a dangerous man — and he’s stalking her. Spunky smells a connection to their past, but can she solve the puzzle in time? The Nose Knows is a suspenseful, heartwarming, funny, romantic tale that deals with big issues — crippling grief, the effect of animal companionship on the human soul, and the power of love. Once you’ve seen the world through the eyes of Spunky, your view will never be the…
Author: First Book Publish:2007 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:6.2 Characters: The Saucy Lucy Murders (The Saucy Lucy Mysteries Book 1) First published: November 30th 2007Rating: 6.2 stars GoodReads:The Saucy Lucy Murders Review: Hometown and family beckon Lexie when she can no longer tolerate her husband’s wandering eye. Bereft, she moves with her teenage daughter Eva back to Moose Creek Junction, Wyoming, to be near her sister Lucy and open a business—The Saucy Lucy Café. Lexie’s sister is a churchgoing woman who believes her sister must remarry in order to enter the kingdom of heaven, and suddenly, Lexie finds herself back in the dating pool. The trouble is, all of her dates wind up at Stiffwell’s Funeral Parlor—dead. Gossiping townspeople begin to mistrust the sisters while café customers and eligible men dwindle. Business is down the toilet and, according to Lexie, the police simply aren’t getting the job done. She declares it’s time to intervene.
Author: First Book Publish:2014 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:7.8 Characters: Burned in Broken Hearts Junction (A Cozy Matchmaker Mystery Book 1) First published: April 17th 2014Rating: 7.82 stars GoodReads:Burned in Broken Hearts Junction Review: Sassy saloon barmaid Loretta “Bitters” Loveless loves three things in life. Mixing up a mean cocktail, listening to Dwight Yoakam, and matching folks with their soulmates. Born with an almost supernatural gift for matchmaking, Bitters has helped hundreds of people find true love. But when Bitters’ own soulmate leaves her behind in the dust of Broken Hearts Junction, she loses all faith in her abilities and decides to give up on matchmaking altogether. But when her boss ends up dead in a freak accident involving a 50-year-old mounted ox head, Bitters discovers she has bigger steaks to fry than her own troubled love life. Bitters soon realizes that nothing is as it seems in Broken Hearts Junction. And when a handsome stranger starts appearing nearly everywhere she goes, Bitters realizes something else too. No one is as they seem in Broken Hearts Junction either. Burned in Broken Hearts Junction is the first book in the Cozy Matchmaker Mystery series.