The first book of a new series, Farm to Fork. It is fun and relaxing read, good to read on a cold night or take the beach. The characters are developed and attractive and descriptions of the area good. The background is located in Southwest Idaho farming communities. Angie Turner and Felicia Williams closed THEIR restaurant in California as their lease was canceled. Angie Grandmother died and left her the family’s farm near the major town, Boise. Angie lived with her Grandmother until she graduated from high school and this her first trip was home. Like many people when Angie saw a litter of St Bernhard pups, she had one she called Dom. Angie found a new-born goat, Precious wondering on hiking trails. The owner was found dead below the cliffs. Angie becomes involved with the investigation to keep her mind occupied while doing the next necessary work on the restaurant startup. The killer is easy to recognize but the motive was hidden until it revealed. There are a number of twists and turns that will keep me reading until the end.
I have lived in the area a major portion of my life. It was great to see this area described accurately. Often it is not. Lynn did an outstanding job bringing this area to life. I will definitely read another book in the series. I highly recommend it.

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A cracking start to the Southern B&B series a. There are elements of a mystery, paranormal, magic and romance highlighting the abilities of the author. The writing moved smoothly, the characters personalities were already present, the descriptions placed you in a southern state.There are characters with family history and newcomers to the area adding more depth.

Quinn and Delilah managed their Grandfather ‘s B&B in Savannah, Georgia. Quinn is friend withDrew green, co-owner of a local restaurant. She goes to the restaurant to see Drew, only to find his brother, dead in the kitchen. Quinn has problems handling the situation and loses it when the homicide detective tells her she conspired with Drew to murder his murder. Drew conveniences her to investigate the case so they won’t be arrested. Drew mistreated and Quinn finds alone with the problem. She has no idea what she needs to do. Delilah becomes involved and she is pushing Quinn to see a high school friend. Will Quinn find answers before she joins Drew in jail? I highly recommend this book. Recipes are included.

Disclosure: Many thanks to Alibi for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.

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PLUM TEA CRAZY by Laura Childs


It has been awhile since I read a Laura Child’s book. I am pleased to see that the book was not full of various teas but focus on the plot. It started with excitement and moved fast with turmoil throughout the book. Theodosia was not the victim but close friends were hurt. Many of the regulars are present and her affair with a homicide detective Riley continues.
Theo is attending a party given by a close friend, Timothy Neville and Carson Lanier, a banker is shot and fell to his death from the balcony. Theo begins to explore what happened on behalf of a friend. There are few parties in the background that adds interest to the tale. She finds plenty of suspects, his estranged, his lover, a co-worker who wants his job, and his business partner. The ending will surprise. I recommend this book and series.
Recipes from the Indigo Tea Shop and tea tips are included.

Disclosure: Many thanks to Berkley Publishing Group for my copy for review. The opinions are my own.

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Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: March 4, 2018

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Nice selection of mysteries for spring reading.

Have a wonderful weekend reading






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Rex Stout’s Fer-de-Lance IS ON SALE UNTIL MARCH 10




Rex Stout first book featuring Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin e-book is on sale for $2.99 until March 10, 2018.

If you haven’t read this series and like mysteries this is a classic mystery. I have read his books many times but want to read this one again. I broke my own rule about buying more until I had time read it and brought it.

Originally published in 1934. It has long been out print and hard to find.

Goodreads says:

As any herpetologist will tell you, the fer-de-lance is among the most dreaded snakes known to man. When someone makes a present of one to Nero Wolfe, Archie Goodwin knows he’s getting dreadully close to solving the devilishly clever murders of an immigrant and a college president. As for Wolfe, he’s playing snake charmer in a case with more twists than an anaconda — whistling a seductive tune he hopes will catch a killer who’s still got poison in his heart. “

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I’d just finished my sample slice of almond cake with vanilla cream filling and vanilla buttercream frosting, and was about to take my first bite of chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and chocolate glaze covered in chocolate cookie crumbs, when I heard that Megan was dead.”

My review:

The sixth book of the Witches City series is one of the best in the series. I have read them all and O’Ryan is one of my favorite cats. He is very active in this story. Lee Barrett scrying ability is back and her visions are plentiful. Crows, Cries and more crows are everywhere in Salem City. Theys stripped a quince and apple tree bare. No one has an answer why the crows have arrived in numbers. Three cats set on the fence near Lee’s home. O’Ryan The witches in Salem are dying, Is someone killing them? Lee has accepted a job as an intern investigate reporter for the local TV. A couple of students at the last class Lee taught are getting married and she promised the bride that she would be the maid of honor. Pete is exceptionally good at keeping police business from Lee and their romance continues. Will Lee find the answer to her visions before another death? The answer will shock you! Recipes are included. I highly recommend this book and series.

Disclosure: Many thanks to Kensington books for my copy to review. The opinions expressed are my own.




After parking the borrowed Buick in a space marked VISITOR, I pulled down the visor mirror and smoothed a couple of strands of red hair into place. I stepped out beside a granite seawall onto a sparse, brittle strip of grass that was already winter-killed, although it was only October.”


The first in series that has the background of the Salem Witches in this paranormal mystery. The descriptions take you to Salem and the historical information is intriguing. Lee Barrett returns home to Salem for a news reporter job. When leaving the station she stumbles on a body in the sea. There is another murder on the same street that evening. Lee accepts a job as a physic on a late night TV show. Her Aunt adopts the dead woman’s cat, O’Ryan., who has mysterious attributes that perk up the story. I highly recommend this series.






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HUMMUS AND HOMICIDE by Tina Kashian By Tina Kashian


Lucy Barbarian stumbled over something as she left the Kebab restaurant carrying a large bag to the trash. She looks at what she tripped over and gasped in horror. It was Heather Banks, her high school nemesis. She called 911 and this begins a nightmare where she was the lead suspect in Heather’s murder. The lead detective was an ex-flame of sister and was looking no further for the killer. Her family’s restaurant is hurting from Heather’s death as she had just eaten at the hummus bar. Its ingredients were made by her Mother. Lucy, an out of work patent attorney decided to help the restaurant reputation and clear her name by looking for the real killer. The twists and turns in her investigation will take her on a journey that involved a well-known suspense author, greed, and jealousy of other restaurant owners, a casino, an old boyfriend, a mob boss, and a motorcycle enthusiast thoroughly enjoyed this book and looking forward to reading the next book. I learned about Armenian cooking Recipes for hummus are included.

Disclosure: Many thanks to Kensington Books for a review copy.The opinions expressed are my own.

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