Monday, September 24, 2018

Cozy, Mystery Thriller and Romantic Suspense Reads (Sept 24)




 Weekly Cozy, Mystery Thriller and Romantic Suspense Reads


Weekly Cozy, Mystery Thriller and Romantic Suspense Reads is a weekly Monday Meme that is hosted by Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews:

Post the books you read last week and books being read this week.

Read Last Week:

1.  Tear Me Apart - J.T. Ellison

Weekly Read:

1. Abandoned - Allison Brennan
2. Death is Not Enough - Karen Rose

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Suzanne Trauth's Just In Time Blog Tour with a Spotlight and Giveaway

 

I am so excited to have Suzanne Trauth here at Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews with a Spotlight and Giveaway.

Thanks Suzanne and Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours for allowing me to join your Just In Time Blog Tour!

Please take it away, Suzanne! 








Just in Time (A Dodie O’Dell Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Lyrical Underground (September 25, 2018)
Print Length 220 pages
Kindle ASIN: B078QTBB4F



FACE THE MUSIC

Business is humming at Dodie O’Dell’s Windjammer Restaurant, where she offers theme menus connected to the Etonville Little Theatre’s amateur productions. This June, the theatre is collaborating with the neighboring Creston Players to stage Bye Bye Birdie under the stars—their first musical! There’s a contest in the play to pick a fan to receive rock idol Conrad Birdie’s last kiss before he ships off for the Army, so Dodie plans a contest to pick the food for a pre-show picnic.

But before the show opens, Ruby, the rehearsal accompanist, is found dead in her car. Why would anyone murder the crusty old gal who loved to sneak a smoke and a nip between wisecracks? Once again, the resourceful restaurant manager must play the part of amateur sleuth, accompanied by Police Chief Bill Thompson, who also happens to be her beau. Confronted with a chorus of suspects, she’ll need to stay composed to catch the killer — or it’ll be bye bye Dodie.







About the Author

Suzanne Trauth, Harvard Studio, Montclair, NJ. 06/27/2014 Photo by Steve Hockstein/HarvardStudio.com

Suzanne Trauth is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and a former university theatre professor. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the Dramatists Guild. When she is not writing, Suzanne coaches actors and serves as a celebrant performing wedding ceremonies. She lives in Woodland Park, New Jersey. Readers can visit her website at www.suzannetrauth.com.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

New Release 2018 (Sept 18)









Something lurks beneath the surface

Brodie McFadden is supposed to be on vacation, getting some sunshine and deciding if he wants to join his brothers in the Krewe of Hunters, a special paranormal investigation unit of the FBI. But a diving excursion with an old navy buddy to a historic shipwreck uncovers a crime scene — and the corpse is new.

Museum curator Dakota “Kody” McCoy just wants her Key West culture festival to succeed. She’s always had a deep connection to her home, including being regularly haunted by some of the resident ghosts. Then, in the middle of a performance, a beloved local musician drops dead. It seems accidental, but Kody isn’t so sure.

Brodie thinks the recent deaths are linked, and he needs help from Kody. Something about her festival is dangerous. And the threat is creeping ever closer. Has she uncovered a treasure from the past that someone will kill for?

Monday, September 17, 2018

Dorothy St. James’s In Cold Chocolate Blog Tour with a Spotlight, Recipe and Giveaway

 

I am so excited to have Dorothy St. James here at Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews with a Spotlight and Giveaway.

Thanks Dorothy and Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours for allowing me to join your In Cold Chocolate Blog Tour!

Please take it away, Dorothy!  

Bertie’s Cheer-Me-Up Chocolate Chip Pancakes

What’s the secret ingredient? Yogurt and chocolate. When you add it to the batter, it makes a fat, tasty pancake. The chocolate, well, life is simply better with chocolate.

Perfect for a Sunday morning brunch, you’ll be going back for seconds. I love it paired with fruit. But why not try something different? Top with cream cheese and maple syrup. Those two flavors would really play well with the chocolate. And don’t forget to add a little coarse sea salt or Himalayan salt to bring out the dark chocolate’s sweetness. 


One of the keys to ending up with a good dish is to start with good ingredients. You won’t enjoy the chocolate flavors if you use an inexpensive (or inferior chocolate.)


Mix together the egg and yogurt.


Combine the wet ingredients with the flour and baking soda.


Add the fair trade dark chocolate. Yum!


It’s a thick mixture. If you think it’s too thick, it can be thinned with a little milk or water. Be careful with the heat level. If the pan is too hot, the chocolate will quickly burn. It’s a delicate balancing act and one I don’t always get right.


In the end, the results are delicious.

Ingredients

6 oz Greek yogurt
1 egg
½ cup flour (gluten free flours will work with this recipe)
½ tsp baking soda
3 oz of fair trade 70% or more dark chocolate, chopped

Combine yogurt and egg in mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, combine flour and baking soda.
Combine yogurt and egg mixture with bowl with flour mixture. Stir in chopped chocolate. Yes, the batter is thick. Heat butter in nonstick pan over medium heat. Spoon batter into pan. Turn when begins to bubble. Cook until golden brown on both sides. Makes 4 large pancakes or 8 small. Serve with maple syrup, butter, and fresh fruit.


Find this recipe and several more in my latest Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery series, In Cold Chocolate. Sea turtles, chocolate turtles, and a murder chill the eccentric residents of Camellia Beach.

About Dorothy St. James

A lover of puzzles and perhaps a bit too nosey about other people’s lives, Dorothy St. James is a former Folly Beach beach bum. She now lives in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina with her husband, precocious daughter, a slightly (OK, terribly) needy dogs, and the friendliest cat you’d ever meet. She has degrees in Wildlife Biology and Public Administration and as an urban planner, worked for many years telling the stories of small southern towns.

Author of a dozen novels, Dorothy enjoys writing both cozy mysteries and romance. Her works have been nominated for many awards including: the Southern Independent Bookseller’s Alliance Southern Book Prize, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, Reviewers International Organization Award, National Reader’s Choice Award, CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award, and The Romance Reviews Today Perfect 10! Award. Reviewers have called her work: “amazing”, “perfect”, “filled with emotion”, and “lined with danger.”

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In Cold Chocolate: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (September 11, 2018)
Hardcover: 350 Pages
ISBN-10: 1683317432
ISBN-13: 978-1683317432
Digital ASIN: B078M3N9TC




In Dorothy St. James’s third delectable Southern Chocolate Shop mystery, a new batch of chocolate and troubles of the heart cause a string of disasters for the Chocolate Box’s new owner, Charity Penn.

The vintage seaside town of Camellia Beach, South Carolina seems like the perfect place for romance with its quiet beach and its decadent chocolate shop that serves the world’s richest dark chocolates. The Chocolate Box’s owner, Charity Penn, falls even further under the island’s moonlit spell as she joins Althea Bays and the rest of the turtle watch team to witness a new generation of baby sea turtles hatch and make their way into the wide ocean.

Before the babies arrive, gunshots ring out in the night. Cassidy Jones, the local Casanova, is found dead in the sand with his lover Jody Dalton — the same woman who has vowed to destroy the Chocolate Box — holding the gun. It’s an obvious crime of passion, or so everyone believes. But when Jody’s young son pleads with Penn to bring his mother back to him, she can’t say no. She dives headfirst into a chocolate swirl of truth and lies, and must pick through an assortment of likely (and sometimes unsavory) suspects before it’s too late for Penn and for those she loves in Dorothy St. James’s third rich installment of the Southern Chocolate Shop mysteries, In Cold Chocolate.







About the Author

Mystery author Dorothy St. James was raised in South Carolina. She makes her home on the outskirts of Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, a neurotic dog, and a fluffy cat. Though writing has always been a passion for her, she pursued an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology and a graduate degree in Public Administration and Urban Planning. She put her educational experience to use, having worked in all branches and all levels of government including local, regional, state, and federal. She even spent time during college working for a non-profit environmental watchdog organization.

Switching from government service and community planning to fiction writing wasn’t as big of a change as some might think. Her government work was all about the stories of the people and the places where they live. As an urban planner, Dorothy loved telling the stories of the people she met. And from that, her desire to tell the tales that were so alive in her heart grew until she could not ignore it any longer. In 2001, she took a leap of faith and pursued her dream of writing fiction full-time.

* Dorothy St. James is the alter-ego of award-winning multi-published author, Dorothy McFalls. She enjoys writing in several different genres. Her works have been nominated for many awards including Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, Reviewers International Organization Award, National Reader’s Choice Award, CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award, and The Romance Reviews Today Perfect 10! Award. Reviewers have called her work: “amazing”, “perfect”, “filled with emotion”, and “lined with danger.”

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Cozy, Mystery Thriller and Romantic Suspense Reads (Sept 17)




 Weekly Cozy, Mystery Thriller and Romantic Suspense Reads


Weekly Cozy, Mystery Thriller and Romantic Suspense Reads is a weekly Monday Meme that is hosted by Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews:

Post the books you read last week and books being read this week.

Read Last Week:

1.  Tailspin - Sandra Brown
2.  Paradox - Catherine Coulter

Weekly Read:

1.  Tear Me Apart - J.T. Ellison

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Library Haul 2018 (Sept 16 - 22)


Here's the list of books I picked up from the library this week:

Hardcover:

1.  Tear Me Apart - J.T. Ellison
2.  Abandoned - Allison Brennan
3.  Death is Not Enough - Karen Rose
4.  Imposter's Lair - Carla Neggers
5.  Hitting the Books - Jenn MacKinlay

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Cozy, Mystery Thriller and Romantic Suspense Mail (Sept 15)


Cozy, Mystery Thriller and Romantic Suspense Mail is hosted every Saturday at Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews.

I received this in the mail this week.     
 




 
Lieutenant Eve Dallas puzzles over a bizarre suicide bombing in a Wall St. office building in Leverage in Death, the latest in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from J.D. Robb.

For the airline executives finalizing a merger that would make news in the business world, the nine a.m. meeting would be a major milestone. But after marketing VP Paul Rogan walked into the plush conference room, strapped with explosives, the headlines told of death and destruction instead. The NYPSD’s Eve Dallas confirms that Rogan was cruelly coerced by two masked men holding his family hostage. His motive was saving his wife and daughter ― but what was the motive of the masked men?

Despite the chaos and bad publicity, blowing up one meeting isn’t going to put the brakes on the merger. All it’s accomplished is shattering a lot of innocent lives. Now, with the help of her billionaire husband Roarke, Eve must untangle the reason for an inexplicable act of terror, look at suspects inside and outside both corporations, and determine whether the root of this crime lies in simple sabotage, or something far more complex and twisted.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Tart of Darkness (Chef-to-Go Mysteries)

 


I've finished "Tart of Darkness" the 1st book in her Chef-to-Go Mystery Series by Denise Swanson.

Product Description

Right when Dani thinks she's hit a dead-end in her career, she unexpectedly inherits an enormous old house in a quaint college town. This gives her the perfect opportunity to pursue her true passion ― cooking! So Dani opens Chef-to-Go, preparing delicious, ready-made meals for hungry students attending the nearby university, as well as providing personal chef services and catering events for the local community. To help support her new business, she opens her home to a few students, renting them rooms and becoming almost like a big sister figure in their lives.

But just as Dani is relishing her sweet new life, the friend of one of her boarders is murdered, and Dani becomes one of the primary suspects! She'll have to scramble to clear her name and save her business before the killer reappears ― perhaps to silence the new chef forever.

About the Author

Denise Swanson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Scumble River mysteries, the Deveraux's Dime Store mysteries, and the Chef-to-Go mysteries, as well as the Change of Heart contemporary romances. She has been nominated for RT Magazine's Career Achievement Award, the Agatha Award, and the Mary Higgins Clark Award.

Product details
Series: Chef-to-Go Mysteries (Book 1)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (April 3, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1492648388
ISBN-13: 978-1492648383

My Review:


4/5