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The Brilliance of Stars by J’nell Ciesielski

The Brilliance of Stars by J’nell Ciesielski

The Brilliance of Stars by J’nell Ciesielski Series: Jack & Ivy #1 Published by Thomas Nelson on November 1st, 2022 Genres: Historical Fiction Pages: 400 Format: ARC Source: Author’s Copy, Netgalley Buy on Amazon Goodreads Amid the chaos of the Great War, two master assassins risk it all for love. Washington DC, 1914. Ivy Olwen knows how to survive on the streets without two coins to rub together. But when she finds herself whisked into a secret society that seeks to maintain the balance of good and evil in the world, she can’t believe there’s more to life than just surviving. In the hallowed and historied halls of Talon, she learns European languages and ballroom dancing, as well as demolitions and sharpshooting—in short, everything a spy and assassin will need to survive in the field. The first day Jack Vale meets Ivy, he knows she is not to be underestimated. The second day, he knows his heart will belong to no one else. Between sparring bouts and constellation gazing, Jack takes Ivy under his wing, and the two form a bond that soon turns to love. While the rest of the world tumbles into war, the two embark on an […]

Posted November 12, 2022
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Vampires and Villains by Elizabeth Pantley

Vampires and Villains by Elizabeth Pantley

Vampires & Villains by Elizabeth Pantley Series: Magical Mystery Book Club #2 Published by Better Beginnings Inc on September 3rd, 2022 Genres: Cozy Mystery, Fantasy Pages: 250 Format: ARC Source: Author’s Copy Buy on Amazon Goodreads Paige and her joyful Aunt Glo have learned that the home they inherited comes with a magical library. They put together a book club group of loveable kooks to explore the magic. They’ve recovered from their first book journey, and they all agree on their next book which takes place on a cruise ship bound for Hawaii. Problem is, they were so excited about the cruising idea that they didn’t read the entire blurb on the back of the book. (“It was entirely too long,” explains Zell.) Once on the ship, they meet a charming and likeable man who blends seamlessly into their motley group. Too bad they don’t know why he’s so scarce during the day but shows up to join them every evening for dinner, drinks, and a show. When a dead body shows up on board, their new friend is labeled a suspect. Can they help him out by finding the real murderer? Or is he the real murderer? The book […]

Posted September 12, 2022
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Ma Tutt’s Donut Hut by Lyndon Perry

Ma Tutt’s Donut Hut by Lyndon Perry

Ma Tutt’s Donut Hut by Lyn Perry Series: Mack the Magical Cat Mystery #1 on July 1st, 2014 Genres: Cozy Mystery Pages: 105 Format: eBook Source: Author’s Copy Buy on Amazon Goodreads A Curious Cozy with a Magical Cat! Dolly Tutt has just opened her own bakery in the small mountain community of Sugar Pine Station. But the Creamy Pie franchise across the street is giving her fits. Her business is dying. She needs a miracle or she’ll be forced to close. Fortunately, Mack, a mysterious tabby that came with the doughnut shop, lends a paw by pointing Dolly to a magical ingredient that definitely puts the spice back in her life and rejuvenates the Donut Hut. Unfortunately, it also unleashes as series of catastrophes that may end up destroying her business once and for all. This short novel of about 100 pages is a complete adventure but contains four tales within the larger gentle mystery. Think of it in terms of a four episode mini-series with each story complete unto itself but all add up to a satisfying conclusion. I think it’s time to start describing books as famous idioms. Ma Tutt’s Donut Hut can easily be described as Sugar and Spice […]

Posted September 5, 2022
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Shifting and Shenanigans by Elizabeth Pantley

Shifting and Shenanigans by Elizabeth Pantley

Shifting and Shenanigans by Elizabeth Pantley Series: Magical Mystery Book Club #1 Published by Better Beginnings Inc on July 15th 2022 Genres: Cozy Mystery Pages: 210 Format: ARC Source: Author’s Copy Buy on Amazon Goodreads Paige and her adventurous Aunt Glo inherit a country inn from eccentric GeeGee. They pack up and hit the road, arriving at the charming place they both loved since childhood. Finally! They can get into the secret room in the basement that GeeGee kept locked! They discover it’s a wonderful library filled to the brim with mystery books. But more than the room was a secret – it’s a magical place that houses enchanted books. Paige and Glo find themselves smack-dab in the middle of a murder mystery, along with a motley group of book club friends. The club will need to work together to solve the case in order to get out of the book and back to their home. Greetings you guys! Oh we are so thrilled to share the first instalment of our favorite feline author in the whole wide world’s brand new series. Jeezzz, that sentence might be a bit long and without any punctuation marks. As long as you can […]

Posted July 15, 2022
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Enchanted Forests: A Magical Collection of Short Stories

Enchanted Forests: A Magical Collection of Short Stories

Enchanted Forests by Various on July 1st, 2022 Genres: Fantasy Pages: 324 Format: ARC Source: Author’s Copy Buy on Amazon Goodreads If you go down to the woods today… You’d better not go alone… Discover the secret world between the trees where fairies, unicorns and even monsters dwell. Take a stroll through enchanted woods and dance with pixies and dryads by the light of the stars. Escape Baba Yaga and fall in love with a prince in disguise. Taste the fruit at the goblin market and be whisked away on a magical adventure. Among ancient trees, find beauty, danger and adventure in these enchanting short stories by award-winning, best-selling, and up-and-coming fantasy authors. Once upon a time, there was this group of brilliant authors who all came together to create an anthology to support the Rainforest Foundation. Oh what magic they have created! Enchanted Forests is a collection of ten short fantasy stories about magical forests and the creatures that lived in them. Such a marvelous collection and I promise you, there will be story for every fantasy and fairytale reader’s tastebuds. Before we talk up a storm about the collection of  stories, let’s quickly introduce you to the creatures […]

Posted July 6, 2022
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Old Bones and Ice Cream Cones by Elizabeth Pantley

Old Bones and Ice Cream Cones by Elizabeth Pantley

Old Bones and Ice Cream Cones by Elizabeth Pantley Series: Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic #6 on May 20th, 2022 Genres: Cozy Mystery Pages: 350 Format: ARC Source: Author’s Copy Buy on Amazon Goodreads Old Bones and Ice Cream Cones follows the series format of combining two stories that blend into one. A murder mystery and the island mystery. The Island Mystery: Hayden’s boyfriend Han is missing. But she swears she saw him zoom by in his car. She’d thought it was a surprise, and that he was home early from his secret service case. She was wrong. The surprise is that his signal isn’t pinging, and no one knows where he is. There appears to be black magic behind his disappearance. Can they learn who’s responsible and bring Han safely home? The Murder Mystery: A pile of old bones is found in an ancient fishing boat. They could be tied to the disappearance of two young women years ago, back when many of the Destiny Falls people where in high school. Many of the citizens had bad history with the students. Do the bones belong to them, and what happened? Were they murdered? And could the murderer be living […]

Posted June 4, 2022
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A Collection of Secrets by Brook Peterson

A Collection of Secrets by Brook Peterson

A Collection of Secrets by Brook Peterson Series: Jericho Falls Cozy Mysteries #2 on January 14th 2022 Genres: Cozy Mystery Pages: 268 Format: ARC Source: Author’s Copy Buy on Amazon Goodreads Chloe Martin is finally feeling at home again in Jericho Falls, NV. No one is staring anymore or asking how she’s handling being back in town after so many years away. But troubling information surfaces about Police Chief Garner that makes Chloe question everything. And when there’s another suspicious death in town, Chloe finds that a collection of secrets might hold the information she needs to solve another mystery in the quaint turn-of-the-century town she now calls home. A Collection of Secrets picks up where book one, A History of Murder, left off. If you love mysteries set in small towns, with cute sidekick pets and a bit of romance, the Jericho Falls Cozy Mysteries are for you. A good cozy mystery, starts with a death in the first chapter. A great cozy mystery, makes sure there’s something fishy about it. If it’s quite literally fishy, even better. Welcome back to Jericho Falls! Yes, we will continue exactly where we ended off last time in A History of Murder. […]

Posted April 2, 2022
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Jousting and Justice by Elizabeth Pantley

Jousting and Justice by Elizabeth Pantley

Jousting and Justice by Elizabeth Pantley Series: Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic #5 Published by Better Beginnings Inc on February 15, 2022 Genres: Cozy Mystery, Fantasy Pages: 310 Format: ARC Source: Author’s Copy Buy on Amazon Goodreads An invitation to a medieval festival. A ferry ride to a mysterious island. A scheming, inept witch. An office break-in, an unidentified body, and a string of suspects. Can Hayden, her brave, sassy cat, Latifa, and the people of Destiny Falls solve the mystery and enjoy the festival? ~ Jousting and Justice follows the series format of combining two stories that blend into one. A murder mystery and the island mystery. The Island Mystery: Hayden and all her friends get an invitation to a medieval festival – but it’s on “the forbidden island.” It’s too enticing to pass up. Of course, strange things will happen once they get there! . . . You’ll also learn the truth about the witch’s sister in this book! The Murder Mystery: A dead body shows up in the most shocking place. First, they need to figure out who this dead guy is. Then, who killed him and why. There are so many twists and turns on the […]

Posted February 12, 2022
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Jolly and Deadly (Florence Winters #3)

Jolly and Deadly (Florence Winters #3)

Jolly and Deadly by May Bridges Series: Florence Winters #3 on December 14th, 2021 Genres: Cozy Mystery Pages: 227 Format: ARC Source: Author’s Copy Buy on Amazon Goodreads A holiday dinner party turns deadly and the plucky young woman who takes the case has to make a crucial decision. Can she prove her detective skills when they’re put to the test? New York City, 1925. Florence Winters wants this Christmas to be perfect. Her first holiday in the big city brings with it new friends, new dreams, and maybe even a new beau. But not everything is calm and bright. What starts as a dinner party meant to convince the town’s Scrooge of opening his heart and pockets to the needy ends in murder, and Florence is the one to discover the old miser in a most mysterious manner. She’ll have to put aside her dream of penning the next Great American Novel in order to track down the clues and find the killer before the next body drops faster than the New Year’s Eve ball. Jolly And Deadly is the third book in the Florence Winters Mystery series – a historical cozy mystery series set in the 1920s. They’re […]

Posted January 22, 2022
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Slip-Stitched and Slayed (Knitty Kitty #5) by Tracey Drew

Slip-Stitched and Slayed (Knitty Kitty #5) by Tracey Drew

Slip-Stitched & Slayed by Tracey Drew Series: Knitty Kitty Mystery #5 on December 7th, 2021 Genres: Cozy Mystery Pages: 180 Format: ARC Source: Author’s Copy Buy on Amazon Goodreads The Silly Season has arrived in Cape Discovery! Tessa Wakefield’s a softie and can’t say no to acting as one of Santa’s elves in the annual holiday parade. But when the jolly guest of honour topples off his sleigh and kicks the bucket on the town’s main street, all of Santa’s little helpers come under suspicion. Tessa’s determined not to trade her Santa hat for her sleuthing one. Christmas is only twelve days away, and Tessa doesn’t have time for murder. She’s too busy baking sugar cookies and spreading holiday cheer to the last-minute shoppers at her bustling yarn store. But even the loudest Christmas carols can’t drown out the hum of local gossip or dampen Tessa’s curious spirit, and she finds herself tangled in a murder investigation with all the yuletide trimmings. Is Mrs. Claus a grieving widow or a Kris Kringle killer? Did the Grinch ruin Christmas once and for all? Why is Rudolph so nosey? What deadly secrets are the Christmas Fairy and Frosty hiding? Can Tessa figure […]

Posted January 8, 2022
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