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Battered: A Whipped and Sipped Mystery (Whipped and Sipped Mysteries Book 1) by G. P. Gottlieb

Battered: A Whipped and Sipped Mystery (Whipped and Sipped Mysteries Book 1) by G. P. Gottlieb

Thank you to Author G.P. Gottlieb for my copy of Battered , A Whipped and Sipped mystery. I was happy to read and review this book after the Author contacted me with a recipe for chocolate sauce! Tempt me with chocolate and I will agree to many things 😉

Description:

Alene Baron is the proud owner of Whipped and Sipped, a café that offers healthful, delectable food and drinks. Her life consists of dreaming up new recipes, raising her three children, and arguing with her ex-husband–until her neighbor and close friend is murdered. She imagines nearly everyone she knows as a possible suspect. After a second attack, Alene is determined to find the true killer … before she, or her family, become targets.

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Published August 6th 2019 by D. X. Varos, Ltd

My Thoughts:

I was attracted to this book because it seemed like a cosy mystery filled with foodie talk. I was right in that it is a cosy mystery and the food chat is deliciously tantalizing

Alene runs the Whipped and Sipped cafe. She has a lot of friends, family and colleagues. When one of her friends is murdered, she is shocked and wants to find out who the killer is. Then when someone else is hurt, Alene gets worried. Who is this dangerous person around her friends, family and much loved cafe.

Along the chapters, we read about lots of comforting foods that Alene makes. Her recipes sound so delicious and most of them are healthy too. These kind of tasty morsels make me enjoy books even more so.

I did find that there were a bit too many characters to keep track of at first. There is a list of all the characters and who they are at the beginning of the book. While this would be very helpful in a paperback, it wasn’t much use in my ebook.

Alene is a great character and she is described so well and fully the the reader gets a real sense of who she is as a mother, friend, employer and person.

Despite being an easy reading cosy mystery, I didn’t guess who the murderer was . There were a lot of red herrings to keep us guessing and keep the plot alive.

“Battered ” is a cosy mystery that made me hungry and led me to really visualize the Whipped and Sipped cafe. I enjoyed the foodie chat within the cafe and Alene’s home actually more so than the mystery.

I would recommend Battered to readers who enjoy cosy mysteries and good foodie books. There is also a list of recipes included at the back of the book which Alene has made within the story. I particularly enjoyed the spiced nuts.

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About the author:
Already known for her imaginative baking and fabulous dinners, G.P. Gottlieb began writing throughout her varied career. After recovering from breast cancer, she turned to writing in earnest, melding her two loves, nourishment for mind and body in recipe-laced murder mysteries. She is also the host of New Books in Literature, a podcast of the New Books Network.

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2019 in Books

 

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#Papercraft and murder!! Book review: Last Pen Standing by Vivian Conroy. Stationary Shop Mystery 1

#Papercraft and murder!! Book review: Last Pen Standing by Vivian Conroy. Stationary Shop Mystery 1

Can you imagine how delighted I was to be approached by an Author who not only really looked at my blog and reading preferences, but also had written a book containing my love of crime stories and papercraft!!! I didn’t think such a book existed. But this is the first in a series! 😁


Description

Will this paper trail run cold?

As the new co-owner of Tundish Montana’s stationery shop WANTED, Delta Douglas knows how to organize a killer crafting event. Creativity and cardstock are all she needs to move one step closer to her ultimate dream: developing her own line of crafting products. But on the night of the workshop, at the swanky hotel venue, glitter isn’t the only thing found sprawled on the floor. A hotel guest is discovered dead in the bar, and amid the confusion, Delta’s best friend is suspected of the crime.

Enlisting the help of her Paper Posse and Spud, her canine sidekick, Delta dives into the investigation. But with many high-powered suspects on the line, Delta soon realizes her sleuthing may come with deadly consequences.

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Publication date: September 24th 2019 by Poisoned Pen Press


Thoughts:

I was excited to start this book with it being a cosy mystery based around a crafter who owns her own craft shop. Delta has moved to Montana away from her beloved Gran to start a new business venture which includes papercrafting 💖

Within a few days Delta gets far more than she bargained for in her new town. A murder happens on the same night in the same hotel as her very first craft fair as owner of her new craft shop Wanted. Not only is she in the next room when the murder occurs, her business partner and her business partner’s brother are implicated in the crime! Is Delta’s dream job about to be ruined as her best friend and business partner get blamed for a murder? Delta sets upon finding out who the murderer is, and why they did it.

There are plenty of suspects and plenty of motives. With the help of ex policeman Jonas and canine friend Spud, Delta starts her sleuthing.

Delta is a likeable character. Of course I enjoyed her love of crafting and the mentioning of all types of crafting products that I also use, like washi tapes, stationary and pretty notebooks. It was also a nice touch where Delta made a suspicions board and used washi tape to link her thoughts.

Delta easily makes friends with the local people in the area and becomes a member of The Paper Posse who are a group of women who chat and look out for each other. Together they share clues about the murder and also share some amusing nick names.

Last Pen Standing has the traditional cosy mystery sleuthing, clues and red herrings. But it has the added brilliance of being set in lovely little town with a main character who loves to craft.

I very much look forward to the next book in this series.

Have you read this book? Do you know of any other stationary / crime books? Are you a crime and stationary lover yourself?


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Posted by on October 15, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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A Cosy Mystery in Cambridge. Book Review: Death Comes To Call. ( Detective Tara Thorpe). By Clare Chase.

A Cosy Mystery in Cambridge. Book Review: Death Comes To Call. ( Detective Tara Thorpe). By Clare Chase.

Death Comes To Call is book 3 in the Detective Tara Thorpe mysteries written by Clare Chase. Although I have read and enjoyed other books by Clare, I somehow missed the first in this series. However it did not matter that I hadn’t read the previous books. Death Comes to Call was great as a standalone. I could however tell when there were bits in the book that had come from previous books, which only made me wish I had read them first.

Description:
When a promising local artist disappears, the victim’s brother begs Detective Tara Thorpe to take the case. It seems there’s no evidence of foul play… he simply disappeared without a trace.
Tara agrees to do some digging… never mind that her unorthodox approach to policing has got a few of her colleagues’ backs up. Amongst them is her former supervisor Detective Patrick Wilkins… he’s had enough of Tara calling the shots and will do anything to knock her down. She must be careful.
At least she has an ally in their boss, Detective Garstin Blake. He’ll always back her hunches. If anything, they work together too well… at least, that’s the rumour around the station these days.

When a body of a young woman is found frozen near the fens, Tara’s evidence suddenly becomes key to solving a high-profile murder. Is their missing artist still a victim… or in fact a clever murderer with a deadly plan?

An unputdownable page-turner that will keep you hooked until the very last page! Can be read as a standalone.


These are the books in the series. As you can see there is another Tara Thorpe book published since I read this one.
The Tara Thorpe Mystery Series:
Book 1 – Murder on the Marshes
Book 2Death on the River
Book 3Death Comes to Call
Book 4Murder in the Fenswithout a trace.

My Thoughts on Book 3 Death Comes to Call.

If you like cosy mysteries, then this is a book for you. Tara Thorpe is a detective with a journalistic instinct. That’s because she used to be a journalist! I knew from the start that was going to spell trouble, but also that it would make Tara a great detective.

The case Tara looks at initially seems to be quite open and shut! But Tara is not so sure and keeps digging. Her journalistic nose is correct and soon she has 2 dead bodies to investigate. Whilst the investigation continues to question work colleagues, friends and family of the dead,Tara continues to rub some of her colleagues up the wrong way. This never stopped a journalist before and I think Tara maybe forgets she is now a detective not a journalist. Tara is likeable and clever. When she has a bit between her teeth she will not let go.

I enjoyed this book because of the good range of characters, each with their own depth of personality. It’s not often I read cosy mysteries, I tend to go more for the dark or psychological thrillers so it was a good change to be transported to Cambridge which sounds like a beautiful arty place with many chameleon type people and places. I got the impression from this book that the area where that the Author wrote of could come across as idyllic until you look more closely to see the underbelly of deceit amongst some of the inhabitants. ( always a good premise for a murder or two!)

Death Comes to Call is a fictional cosy mystery which is so well written that the words flow enough to transport you to Cambridge in the snow. Where with each chapter you get to know Tara better, and while getting a feel for her, I got a suspicion and dislike for many of the other characters, while never guessing whodunit!

Clare Chase is a fantastic Author and I highly recommend her books to all lovers of cosy mysteries and to anyone who has been to Cambridge!


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Goodreads

www.clarechase.com

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2019 in Books

 

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