Monday, August 14, 2017

Vangie Vale and the Murdered Macaron by R. L. Syme | Blog Tour Review, Guest Post, Giveaway

The Blurb

Small towns and gossip go together like flaky crust and sweet pastry cream. 

Between the police scanners, social media, and the senior center, it’s like a zombie apocalypse where the undead consume people’s secrets instead of living flesh. But Vangie Vale wants nothing more than to stay under the radar… especially the police radar.

So when her new bakery becomes linked to a murder investigation, nothing will stop the gossip mill from connecting her to the dead body. Can’t have that.

In order to clear her good name and keep her face off the front page, this bakery owner becomes extra nosy... with a little side of breaking-and-entering. But when she comes face-to-face with the Sheriff, Vangie can't ignore the fact that one of her macarons was involved in a murder. She has to find the real murderer.

The Murdered Macaron is book one in The Matchbaker Mysteries, a new cozy culinary mystery series from USA Today Bestselling Author, R.L. Syme.

RECIPE INCLUDED: The Murdered Macaron

Vangie Vale and the Murdered Macaron by R. L. Syme
Series: The Matchbaker Mysteries, #1
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Culinary Mystery
Publisher: Hummingbird Books
Publication Date: July 21, 2017
Paperback: 362 pages
ISBN-10: 1548024430
ISBN-13: 978-1548024437
eBook File Size: 4991 KB

The Review

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Iced by Avery Daniels | Blog Tour with Guest Post & Giveaway

The Blurb

Julienne has her ideal job as an event planner at a prestigious resort. During a luncheon event she coordinated, a renowned celebrity pastor is killed next to the buffet. All eyes turn to her as the suspect. If she wants to stay out of jail or even keep her job, Julienne needs all the help she can get to solve the crime.

She has her work cut out for her with a vengeful high school rival now reporter, the public demanding she be fired, plus family who knows what's best for her, and a boyfriend who doesn't understand her. She turns to friends and a new ally to uncover who wanted to put the pastor on ice.

Julienne goes undercover and investigates a local swingers group as she follows the trail of clues before they go cold. Can she gather enough suspects and motives to convince the police to widen their investigation? Can she do it before the killer sets his murderous sights on her? Will her personal life ever be as simple as unveiling a murderer?

Iced by Avery Daniels
Series: A Resort to Murder Mystery, #1
Genre: Cozy Mystery 
Publication Date: May 31st 2017
Publisher: Blazing Sword Publishing, Ltd
Paperback: 284 pages
ISBN-10: 0999031805
ISBN-13: 978-0999031803
e-Book File Size: 1179 KB
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The Guest Post

Strong Hero(ines) of Mysteries by Avery Daniels

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Riverside Lane by Ginger Black | Blog Tour with Excerpt, Guest Post, and Giveaway

The Blurb

After arranging a house swap with a debonair antiques dealer, a darkly handsome American named Luca Tempesta arrives in a quaint English village. Tempesta, who claims to run a detective agency in Los Angeles, is supposedly on holiday  but the inhabitants of the village are unconvinced.

Yet, as they attempt to solve the mystery of the stranger in their midst, it gradually transpires that there are more than enough secrets to go around in the village itself, harboured by the local MP and his uptight, ambitious wife; the has-been former game show host; the respectable couple with the jailbird son; the hometown journalist, striving for a scoop that will rescue her from debt; and so on. The place is revealed as a labyrinth of deception masquerading as a picture-postcard hamlet; tension begins to mount in between the dinner parties and evenings at the pub, and soon culminates in an unexpected death.

Behind perfect privets and brightly painted front doors, the lives of Riverside Lane’s residents slowly unravel. Tempesta, guarding his secrets with a vengeance, is suddenly threatened with exposure by the elderly religious zealot Ivy Midwinter, whose own past involved keeping professional confidences. When she challenges him in church, she learns that Tempesta will stop at nothing to protect his privacy ...

Set against the exquisite backdrop of a gastronomic village by the Thames, Riverside Lane is a tautly paced page-turner that also gently satirises middle-class English manners: the upstanding denizens of the village watch and whisper behind a mask of English hauteur, whilst their own fragile lives come undone.

Riverside Lane by Ginger Black
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Endeavour Press
Publication Date: January 25, 2016
Print Length: 260 pages
E-Book File Size: 2087 KB
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The Excerpt

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Dadgummit by Maggie Toussaint | Blog Tour with Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway

The Blurb

Amateur sleuth Baxley Powell is on vacation at Stony Creek Lake in the north Georgia mountains. Her parents, best friend, and ten-year-old daughter are camping with her. Almost immediately, a young man’s body is found beside the lake. Strangely, there’s no apparent cause of death. The local police have heard about Baxley’s skill at closing unusual cases, and at their urging she agrees to help.

Her psychic sleuthing leads the police to a halfway house. There they encounter eight comatose victims and an odd man named Jonas, who also has supernatural abilities. Baxley senses Jonas cruelly drained their life force energy. Jonas escapes, taking the sheriff as a hostage. Deputy Sam Mayes, a Native American, leads the manhunt, and he keeps Baxley close, knowing she’s the key to capturing this powerful criminal.

Baxley’s paranormal talent of dreamwalking, which she uses to traverse the veil of life, draws the unwanted attention of beings believed to be Cherokee folklore. Jonas stole a treasured artifact from them, and they want it back. They hold Baxley’s best friend and two others because they know Baxley can help them. As the clock ticks, Jonas taunts this crime-fighting duo and proves to be a wily adversary.

With the body count rising, Baxley and Mayes realize they are up against an entity who appears to be invincible. Do they have the power to subdue an energy vampire, turn the tide of evil, and save the day?

Dadgummit by Maggie Toussaint
Series: A Dreamwalker Mystery, #4
Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Camel Press
Publication Date: August 1, 2017
Paperback: 312 pages
ISBN-10: 1603815937
ISBN-13: 978-1603815932
eBook File Size: 1787 KB

The Review

Sunday, August 6, 2017

A Margin of Lust by Greta Boris | Blog Tour Spotlight with Giveaway

The Blurb

Gwen Bishop, wife, mother, and struggling real estate agent, has two big fears: claustrophobia and being buried in suburban obscurity. When she signs her dream listing, a multi-million dollar beachfront property in Laguna Beach, California, she’s sure her problems are behind her. And they would be, if it wasn’t for the secret in the basement and the body in an upstairs bedroom.

When the crime scene tape comes down, Gwen enlists the aid of a handsome co-worker with a background in construction to help her ready the house for sale and bolster her flagging courage. But every time they’re ready to put it back on the market, something goes horribly wrong. Gwen must face old fears and new ones, temptations and buried truths, if she’s going to survive.