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A Deception Most Deadly

Author – Genevieve Essig.

If you think about it, it makes perfect sense I’d eventually try to be a writer. One need only examine my childhood, as any therapist will tell you, and look for the signs: On family vacations my poor mother, already on her last nerve as my father, the Botany Professor, drove us around winding mountain roads with one eye on the ground vegetation, constantly screamed at me to “stop reading and look at the scenery.” I assigned my books call numbers and insisted my friends “check them out” from my “library” (the fines for late returns were steep but, as it turned out, largely unenforceable). I wrote plays about forest fairies and figures from classical mythology and petitioned for special dispensation so I could stage them on the playground during lunch. My favorite school task was diagramming sentences.

So, when, many years later, I scaled back my other work to spend more time writing, no one really should have been surprised. Concerned for my sanity and financial well-being, maybe, but not surprised. And am I ever glad I did. I am truly blessed, and I make an effort every day to remember that.

What else… I’m half-Chinese and Florida-raised, Yale- and UVA- educated, and Chicago…buffed and polished? In any case, I now proudly call New Orleans home, and when I’m not writing or getting lost down research rabbit holes, I spend my time practicing law, shooting pool, performing operas and musicals, ogling old buildings, acting for film and television, futzing with inventions that address highly specific and possibly only-annoying-to-me problems, traveling, ranting at bartenders about the evils of straws, riding horses, and petting strange cats (though, since we’ve recently welcomed home a new kitten friend, Musette, I might need to cut back on that last).

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Publisher – Bookouture

Pages – 343

The Blurb – Meet Cassie Gwynne: bookworm, cat lover, reluctant heiress… and determined detective?

Florida, 1883. Cassie Gwynne is looking for a fresh start when she steps off the steamship at Fernandina harbor for the first time. She’s trying hard to be a proper lady, for once. She’s styled her unruly hair, shined her boots, and even purchased a whole new fashionable (or at least fashionably priced) wardrobe. However, she’s certain finding a body is not very ladylike behavior…

While out exploring the beautiful island with her Aunt Flora, Cassie stumbles across the body of Peanut Runkles, town grump and her aunt’s neighbor, lying at the foot of the harbor pilots’ lookout tower. To make matters worse, because Peanut and Flora have been quarreling for years over everything from Flora’s eccentric ideas to her pet pig’s fondness for Peanut’s vegetable patch, Flora is immediately arrested for murder.

Desperate to save the only family she has left, Cassie vows to prove Flora’s innocence and untangle the mystery herself, no matter how much the surly local sheriff disapproves. Cassie’s brilliant mind and nose for a clue lead her on an investigation that takes her all around the island, and even earns her a valiant furry friend in Esy the kitten.

But how does the mysterious ledger Cassie finds hidden in a secret drawer in Peanut’s desk connect to the crime? Cassie is determined to dig up the truth, but can she catch the killer before her time on the island comes to a deadly end?

This warm and witty cozy mystery will transport you to the island city of Fernandina and introduce you to a feisty heroine far before her time! Perfect for fans of Verity Bright, T E Kinsey and Deanna Raybourn.

Today is my stop on the A Deception Most Deadly blog tour. Many thanks to Bookouture for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – This is the first book in the Cassie Gwynne series. It is set in Florida in 1883. From the first couple of pages you can tell the author has set the scene well, with the vivid description of the sights and sounds Cassie sees when she first arrives.

Cassie is an interesting character who is looking to start over after the death of her father. After his death she discovers letters from her Aunt Flora, so decides to travel to Florida to meet her. Flora is a great character that is really ahead of her time. She protests for animal welfare and is not scared to ruffle people’s feather’s which puts her at odds with many people.

When Cassie and Flora find a body, Flora becomes the main suspect and the police thinking they have their culprit and not eager to look for anyone else. This is when Cassie takes it upon herself to look into the affairs of the deceased.

I enjoyed this book and look forward to seeing more of Cassie.

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Dead Ringer

Author – M.C. Beaton

M.C. BEATON (1936-2019) was the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Agatha Raisin novels — the basis for the hit show on Acorn TV and public television — as well as the Hamish Macbeth series and the Edwardian Murder Mysteries featuring Lady Rose Summer. Known as the “Queen of Crime” (The Globe and Mail), she was born in Scotland and started her career writing historical romances under several pseudonyms as well as her maiden name, Marion Chesney.

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Publisher – Hachette

Pages – 233

The Blurb –

The team of bells at St. Ethelred church is the pride and glory of the idyllic Cotswolds village of Thirk Magna, together with the most dedicated bell ringers in the whole of England: the twins Mavis and Millicent Dupin.

As the village gets ready for the Bishop’s visit, the twins get overly-excited at the prospect of ringing the special peal of bells created for the occasion and start bullying the other bell ringers, forcing them to rehearse and rehearse . . . so much so that Joseph Kennell, a retired lawyer, yells at the sisters that he ‘felt like killing them’!

When the twins’ home is broken into one night and Millicent is found dead, struck from a hammer blow, suspicion falls onto the lawyer.

Will Agatha unmask the real killer and clear Joseph’s name?

My thoughts – I have followed this series faithfully as I am always keen to find out what Agatha and the rest of the characters in this series are up to.

The visit of Bishop to the village of Thirk Magna brings all the ladies flocking, so of course Agatha, always looking for her happy ever after, goes to see what the fuss is about.

Also in attendance are the local bell ringers who have been made to practice and practice , by the Dupin twins. They too have their sights set on the Bishop and will make sure nothing stands in their way.

Agatha again finds herself in the middle of the events when a dead body is found. Alongside the drama, Agatha and Charles struggle with their relationship.

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Eco Thrifty

Author – Alexa Kaye

Publisher – Summersdale

Pages – 213

The Blurb –

Living well doesn’t have to cost the earth

We all want to do our bit for the planet, and now it’s easier than ever. This book is your guide to eco-thrifty living: the way to look out for the climate and your budget at the same time. Explore the art of recycling and upcycling to spruce up your home and garden, find out how to revamp old clothes and how to say no to waste, and learn the secrets to conscious, creative living – all without the hefty price tag.

There is no planet B, but with eco-thrifty living, we won’t need one. From nifty cleaning tips, to stylish home decor and natural beauty, discover the countless ways to reduce your carbon footprint and live a life you love that’s sustainable – both for the world and your wallet.

My thoughts – This is a wonderful little book that introduces you to the world of reusing your everyday items. Filled with lovely pictures and easy to follow tutorials the book gives the reader advice on how to get started on making a difference to the planet.

From being thrifty with your clothes to making your own beauty items and cleaning products, this book will give you lots of great ideas. It is like a stepping stone to becoming more sustainable and helping our planet along the way.

There are some frightening statistics given in the book but lots of eco friendly tips that aim to counter the damage we are doing, especially with our use of single use plastics and food wastage.

Purchase Links – Eco Thrifty

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Mystery at Magpie Lodge

Author – Clare Chase

Clare Chase writes classic mysteries. Her aim is to take readers away from it all via some armchair sleuthing in atmospheric locations.

Her debut novel was shortlisted for Novelicious’s Undiscovered Award, as well as an EPIC award post-publication, and was chosen as a Debut of the Month by LoveReading. Murder on the Marshes (Tara Thorpe 1) was shortlisted for an International Thriller Writers award.

Like her heroines, Clare is fascinated by people and what makes them tick. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked in settings as diverse as Littlehey Prison and the University of Cambridge, in her home city. She’s lived everywhere from the house of a lord to a slug-infested flat and finds the mid-terrace she currently occupies a good happy medium.

As well as writing, Clare loves family time, art and architecture, cooking, and of course, reading other people’s books.

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Publisher – Bookouture

Pages – 327

The Blurb –

After the black sheep of the Fulton family is found dead, the village of Saxford St Peter is quick to blame it on his past misdeeds. But Eve Mallow is on the hunt for someone closer to home…

When the down-on-his-luck Emory Fulton moves into crumbling Magpie Lodge, and starts running historical tours, the locals are none too pleased. He’s inventing grisly tales about their lovely little village, and disturbing everyone’s peace.

But then he’s found dead in his bath, and everyone is suddenly running scared. Could something strange be happening? After all, the murder mirrors one of Fulton’s stories about Saxford’s dark past…

But Eve Mallow is sure the answers lie in much more recent events.

Accompanied by her stalwart dachshund sidekick Gus, she starts to dig a little deeper. Could it be Fulton’s snobbish bigwig brother, or the suspicious local academic? Why was his goddaughter handing him mysterious parcels, and why wouldn’t his sister-in-law let him in her house?

As Eve unravels the secrets of the living and the dead, one thing is for sure: Fulton was a haunted, hunted man. And if Eve doesn’t crack the case soon, she might find whoever wanted to keep Fulton quiet on her trail too…

An unputdownable page-turner, perfect for fans of Faith Martin, Agatha Christie and Betty Rowlands.

Today is my stop on the Mystery at Magpie Lodge blog tour. Many thanks to Bookouture for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – This is another great read from Clare Chase. Her writing makes this a superior cosy crime series.

It was nice to catch up with Eve and Gus again as this time she looks into another suspicious death.

Emory Fulton was once a famous TV ghost hunter, and frequented many a television panel. Now his star has faded he gives ghost tours and he knows the history of local families and buildings and that knowledge makes him dangerous to someone.

His brother and sister in law had made him stay outside of the family home and he had been seen arguing with his goddaughter’s partner.

Eve is just getting to know him when he is found murdered. To write a true obituary Eve seeks to get to know the deceased better.

This is is a wonderful read and I can not wait to read the next one.

Other titles in the series include:

Mystery on Hidden Lane

Mystery at Apple Tree Cottage

Mystery at Seagrave Hall

Mystery at the Old Mill

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The Worst Book Ever

Author – Beth Bacon.

Beth Bacon loves to read and write—and laugh! She writes books for children and also enjoys hiking and traveling to new places. Beth earned an MFA in writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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Publisher – Pixel Titles

Pages – 74

The Blurb –

Most bad books look forward to hanging out at rummage sales. Not this bad book. Its goal is to be featured in the library’s Banned Books List. Problem is, no one seems to notice… until the book teams up with its boisterous readers. Together, the book and its readers shout, wiggle, and sing to get the attention of a local librarian. Will this book see its cover on the library wall… or will it end up in the recycling bin? Full of bold, colourful graphics and laugh-out-loud humour, The Worst Book Ever is another colourful, graphical, high-lo book for reluctant readers by Beth Bacon. The meta-storytelling and interactive prompts get reluctant readers laughing, dancing, shouting—and reading. Ideal for read-alouds and story time, as well as independent reading for beginning to intermediate readers. Like Beth Bacon’s other books, I Hate Reading, The Book No One Wants To Read, and Blank Space, this book helps make reading fun.

2018 Finalist in Digital Book World Awards, Children’s Category

My thoughts – This is a great children’s book. The author has created a fabulous way to get children to interact with the book. The book wants to be noticed, it has a plan. It wants to be banned from libraries and it’s picture to be hanging on library walls.

However the librarians don’t notice it so it plans to get the children that read it to help! The illustrations are bright and it encourages inter activity with the child, very clever.

Highly recommended.

Purchase Links – The Worst Book Ever

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Murder at the Castle

Author – Lisa Cutts.

Lisa Cutts is a full-time detective constable investigating murders for a living. When off duty she writes a fictitious version of her day job. She lives and works within the county of Kent with her husband and Labrador.

She is the author of the DC Nina Foster books, Never Forget and Remember, RememberNever Forgot was longlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award 2013 and the winner of the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award 2014 for Best Thriller. She has also written four books in the East Rise Incident Room series, Mercy KillingBuried SecretsLost Lives and Don’t Trust Him. All four centre around DI Harry Powell and his Major Crime Team battling to solve the latest murders within the county. Currently she is writing the Little Challham mysteries, cosy mysteries set in a fictional village in Kent.

She writes a monthly column, Behind the Tape, for Writing Magazine answering police procedural questions from other writers. In early 2016, she was honoured to become the Patron of Rochester Literature Festival and help establish Murderous Medway, an annual crime fiction festival packed full of amazing author panels. As well as being on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book, Lisa has twice appeared on This Morning to chat about TV crime dramas Broadchurch and Line of Duty.

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Publisher – Bookouture

Pages – 301

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The Blurb –

When the star guest collapses at a wine tasting, it seems someone has a taste for murder. Fortunately, amateur sleuth Belinda Penshurst was at the event – and now she’s on the case!

Belinda Penshurst loves her home village Little Challham, and its charming, peaceful ways. So when wine critic Sadie Oppenshaw dies at a tasting Belinda organised, she immediately turns detective to uncover the poisoner…

Accompanied by retired detective Harry Powell and her boisterous Labrador Horatio, Belinda sets out to investigate the world of wine. There are scandals brewing everywhere… but do the local DIY enthusiasts have a deadly vendetta, or did Sadie’s reviews cause a resentful restaurant owner to crack?

When another of the guests at the wine tasting is found poisoned, it becomes clear the killer is only just getting started. Can Belinda crack the case and open the champagne, before the murderer catches up with her?

A charming cozy mystery, perfect for fans of M.C. Beaton, H.Y. Hanna and Emily Organ.

Today is my stop on the Murder at the Castle blog tour. Many thanks to Bookouture for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – I was really looking forward to reading this book after reading the first in the series.

Murder in the Village

Belinda has organised a wine tasting event and invited the famous wine critic Sadie Oppenshaw. Being a critic means she isn’t very popular, having ruffled many a feather with her reviews.

So when she ends up dead, Belinda swings into action to try and find the killer. Between her, Harry and her dog they make a very formidable team. Again there are lots of twists and turns before we get to the reveal.

The author has again written a really good cosy crime mystery and this series is growing into a must read for me. Anybody who is a fan of cosy crime needs to start reading this series!

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Sherlock Holmes & The Singular Affair

Author – M.K. Wiseman.

M. K. Wiseman has degrees in Interarts & Technology and Library & Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her office, therefore, is a curious mix of storyboards and reference materials. Both help immensely in the writing of historical novels. She currently resides in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.

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Pages – 200

The Blurb –

Before Baker Street, there was Montague.

Before partnership with a former army doctor recently returned from Afghanistan, Sherlock Holmes had but the quiet company of his own great intellect. Solitary he might be but, living as he did for the thrill of the chase, it was enough.

For a little while, at the least, it was enough. 

That is, until a client arrives at his door with a desperate plea and an invitation into a world of societal scandal and stage door dandies. Thrust deep in an all-consuming role and charged with the safe-keeping of another, Holmes must own to his limits or risk danger to others besides himself in this the case of the aluminium crutch.

My thoughts –

This is a prequel to the Sherlock Holmes stories that we all know, before he has his escapades documented by Dr John Watson.

Writing a case using such a well known character can be a tough ask but the author obviously is extremely knowledgeable on the subject. There are a lot of subtle references to throughout this case.

This test of his deducing skills sees him looking for a missing man eve though everyone is convinced he isn’t! However one person is sure an imposter has taken the place of her friend.

A thoroughly enjoyable read that is a credit to Holmes stories.

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The Moon Almanac

Author – Judith Hurrell

Judith Hurrell is a freelance writer who lives in Buckinghamshire. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her in nature,
going on about the sky, the sea, the earth and the trees to her family and dogs. She was inspired to write this book
after joining a women’s circle, which meets every month to mark and celebrate the 12 phases of the lunar cycle.

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Publisher – Summersdale

Pages – 208

The Blurb –

When can you spot the Hunter’s Moon, a Smiling Moon or a Pink Moon?

How can the phases of the moon help your garden grow?

What influence does the full moon have on hamsters, coral and skylarks?

Navigate the rhythms of the night sky with this evocative collection of poetry, prose and precious wisdom. Illuminating the moon’s influence on the natural world and its depiction in folklore and the arts.

The Moon Almanac will open your eyes to the wonders of our brightest celestial neighbour.

Includes information on:

 History and folklore – learn about wolves howling at the moon and the stories behind the names such as holiday moon, the old moon etc.

 Trivia – includes details of the Apollo missions, the first man on the moon, astronomy discoveries, the tides, daylight moons, harvest moons and more.

 The moon in religion and mythology – gods and goddesses of the moon, religious beliefs about the moon.

 The moon and biological rhythms – find out how you can align your body and your sleeping patterns with the moon, and how important the moon is to your circadian rhythm.

 Words of wisdom and lunar quotes.

Today is my stop on The Moon Almanac blog tour. Many thanks to Anne Cater for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – I absolutely loved this book. I was already interested in the moon and the cycles it goes through and (if you believe) the effect it has on our star signs.

However this is a lot more than a book about star signs, the author has created a collection of information for us all about it. From how it moves through its cycle to when is the best time to plant things.

The book goes through month by month and explains what role the moon plays in that time of year. The author has also contained writings about the moon from folklore to mythology.

Purchase Links – The Moon Almanac

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Dead Mercy

Author – Noelle Holten.

Noelle Holten is an award-winning blogger at She is the PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture, a leading digital publisher in the UK, and worked as a Senior Probation Officer for eighteen years, covering a variety of risk cases as well as working in a multi agency setting. She has three Hons BA’s – Philosophy, Sociology (Crime & Deviance) and Community Justice – and a Masters in Criminology. Noelle’s hobbies include reading, attending as many book festivals as she can afford and sharing the booklove via her blog. Dead Inside – her debut novel with One More Chapter/Harper Collins UK is an international kindle bestseller and the start of a new series featuring DC Maggie Jamieson.

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Publisher – One More Chapter

Pages – 402

The Blurb –

‘Hugely confident … harrowing, visceral … recommended’ Ian Rankin on Dead Inside

A brutal murder…

When a burned body is found with its teeth missing, DC Maggie Jamieson discovers that the victim may be the husband of one of her probation colleagues.

A dark history…

As the body count rises, the team becomes increasingly baffled by how the victims could possibly be connected until a clue leads them to a historical case that was never prosecuted.

A terrible secret…

In order to catch the killer, Maggie must piece together what happened all those years ago before it’s too late.

Today is my stop on the Dead Mercy blog tour. Many thanks Sarah Hardy for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – This is the fifth installment in the Maggie Jamieson series and it just keeps getting better and better. The author has firmly established herself as a must read crime writer.

After the cliff hanger of the last book we finally get to find out who has been murdered and it hits close to home for Maggie and the team. Again the author’s knowledge shines through and adds the all important authenticity.

Maggie finds herself up against a really brutal killer and again the author does not hold back in her descriptions of crimes and crime scenes. The series as a whole really stands out in the genre for tackling hard hitting issues.

I cannot wait for the next one.

Purchase Links – Dead Mercy

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Death on a Winter’s Day

Author – Verity Bright

Verity Bright is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing partnership that has spanned a quarter of a century. Starting out writing high-end travel articles and books, they published everything from self-improvement to humour, before embarking on their first historical mystery. They are the authors of the fabulous Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery series, set in the 1920s.

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Pages – 330

The Blurb –

Christmas at the castle with holly, handmade gifts, snowflakes and… is that a body under the tree? Someone call Lady Swift!

Winter, 1921Lady Eleanor Swift, amateur sleuth and reluctant lady of the manor, has been invited to spend Christmas in Scotland, at the beautiful castle of her dear friends Baron and Baroness Ashley. Even her favourite companion, master of mischief Gladstone the bulldog, is coming along to share a slice of turkey. As snow begins to fall outside, the rather mismatched group are cozy by the roaring fire, sharing a tipple over a plate of Mrs Trotman’s famous mince pies.

But after what was supposed to be a fun party game, Mr Eugene Randall is found dead at the feast. A somewhat unpopular business associate of the Baron’s from across the pond, it seems Mr Randall has certainly upset somebody. Was it what he said about Scottish whisky?

The killer must be in the castle… and when the Baron is arrested, Baroness Ashley begs Eleanor to investigate. Determined not to let her friend down, Eleanor sets about questioning the remaining partygoers.

All too swiftly, someone else is found dead, having apparently fallen from a high balcony. As if one murder wasn’t enough to put a twist in the tinsel! Eleanor knows she’s skating on thin ice now. And when she discovers a hidden document that points the finger of suspicion at the unlikeliest of suspects, she realises there’s more to the story. Can Eleanor catch the killer before it’s time for Christmas dinner?

The perfect cozy mystery to curl up with this winter! Fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey and Lee Strauss are in for a festive treat.

Today is my stop on the Death on a Winter’s Day blog tour. Many thanks to Bookouture for the chance to read and review.

My thoughts – This is another in this great series. It is Christmas time and Eleanor is off to Scotland for the festive period. Some friends of hers are having trouble so in an act of solidarity she decides to help out.

Of course it isn’t long before a murder is committed and what she considers an inferior member of the police assigned to the case. She is loathed to leave a good mystery alone so immerses herself in the case. We again meet a great array of characters and would be murderers along the way.

As always Eleanor’s butler steals the show!

You may also want to read other books in this series. I have reviewed:

A Very English Murder

Death at the Dance

A Witness to Murder

Murder in the Snow

Murder at the Fair

A Lesson in Murder

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