Friday, January 15, 2021

Chilled to the Cone by Ellie Alexander

Book Summary 

Chilled to the Cone by Ellie Alexander has Juliet “Jules” Capshaw expanding Torte for the summer.  They will be opening Scoops in the Railroad District of Ashland, Oregon which will serve Andy’s creative cold coffees along with creamy ice cream confections.  Jules, Andy, and Sterling are fixing up their new space when they hear screams.  They find Laney on the railroad tracks holding a very still Wizard, an eccentric homeless man who is known for wearing a cape.  Trouble had been brewing in the area for a while which culminated in Wizard’s murder.  Is the trouble over or has it just begun?  Jules intends to find out before her new venture goes up in flames.

My Thoughts

Chilled to the Cone by Ellie Alexander takes us back to Ashland, Oregon when the theater season is about to begin.  Jules Capshaw has an opportunity to open a seasonal shop in the Railroad District.  It would give her a chance to expand Torte’s offerings into iced coffee’s and ice cream.  Jules is worried about taking on more work while Carlos is in town.  She can tell that he is debating about where he wants to spend his future and Carlos has been keeping secrets recently.  With encouragement from her mother and her staff, Jules signs the lease and work begins on the new space (and it needs it).  Plans are derailed when a local eccentric homeless man named Wizard is murdered.  Jules cannot help but delve into the death and the other misdeeds that have been happening in the area.  Chilled to the Cone is the 12th A Bakeshop Mystery.  If you have not read the previous books in the series, I do not suggest you start with Chilled to the Cone.  The storyline regarding Carlos and Jules’ future is finally resolved.  Will Carlos stay in Ashland or return to the cruise ship?  I like that we are seeing growth in the characters.  Jules, Andy, Sterling, Stephanie, Lance, and Thomas are growing in their careers and in their personal lives.  I like how Jules, Helen, the Professor, the Torte staff, and their friends have become one big family. They support each other and are there for each other in times of need. The identity of the killer was a no brainer (it would have been nice if it had not been so obvious).  I would have liked a more complex mystery as well, but I know that it does not go with this series.  There are good details, a couple of suspects, and helpful clues.  Cooking, baking, eating, coffee drinking, and romance abound in this cozy mystery.  I liked the idea of Scoops.  The Torte gang came up with some clever ideas for this pop-up shop.  The ending will leave readers smiling.  Chilled to the Cone is a sweet treat with chilled coffee confections, blooming romances, teen trouble, pop-up problems, a furtive figure, and long anticipated answer.  

Chilled to the Cone can be obtained from Amazon* along with other major retailers.  You can find the other novels in  A Bakeshop Mystery series here.  The next A Bakeshop Mystery is Mocha, She Wrote which releases June 29.  Thank you for reading my review.  I am a stop on the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour tomorrow for Murder Can Haunt Your Handiwork.  It is the 3rd book in A Haunted Craft Fair Mystery.  I hope you will stop by to read an excerpt and enter the giveaway.  May you have a cozy day.  Take care, be kind, and Happy Reading!

Kris

The Avid Reader

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

An Amish Winter by Vannetta Chapman and Carrie Lighte

 

Stranded in the Snow

Stranded in the Snow by Vannetta Chapman has Elijah King helping Faith Yoder and her daughter, Hannah when they arrive in town during a snowstorm.  Elijah has finally decided he is ready to settle down and has been looking for the right woman.  Elijah at first thought Faith might be “the One”, but, when he learns her profession, decides she is not the woman God has promised him.  Faith is not interested in getting married.  She wants to provide for herself and Hannah using her business planning skills.  God, though, has other plans for these two stubborn individuals.

Caring for the Amish Baby

Caring for the Amish Baby by Carrie Lighte has Leah Zehr looking forward to her month-long vacation in Pinecraft, Florida.  She will not have to endure her sister-in-law, take care of any children, nor clean or cook for anyone other than herself.  Leah’s cousin, Betty gifted the vacation to Leah who cannot wait to lounge in the sunshine with one of the books she is taking with her.  She plans to stop in Fawn Crossing to spend three days with her close childhood friend, Esther Rocke who moved there after marriage.  Leah arrives at Esther’s to find illness has struck down Esther and her husband.  The only person to care for them and baby Rebekah is Esther’s brother-in-law, Jonathan.  Leah doubts Jonathan’s ability to care for the family after noting his sluggish movements.  She ends up postponing her departure to help out.  When God closes a door, He opens a window.  

My Thoughts

An Amish Winter contains two heartwarming Amish stories.  I enjoyed reading Stranded in the Snow and Caring for the Amish Baby.   I thought both novellas were well-written with good characters and steady pacing.  Vannetta Chapman gave us two stubborn individuals with Faith Yoder and Elijah King.  I thought the author provided us with developed characters for such a short tale.  I liked seeing how people in the community helped Faith.  There is humor and good life lessons in Stranded in the Snow.  Caring for the Amish Baby is the first book I have read by Carrie Lighte, and it will not be my last.  I thought it was an amusing tale (I chuckled frequently while reading this story).  It was such a lighthearted, charming tale that brightened my day. It is wonderful how Leah gave her something so important to her to help her friend.            I also appreciated the author delving into seasonal affective disorder (SAD).  It is important for people to realize that it is an illness that affects around 3 million people each year.  I could understand why Leah wanted to visit Siesta Key.  It is a great beach.  I like how Caring for the Amish Baby ended.  An Amish Winter has two uplifting tales that are perfect to read on a cold afternoon (while snuggled under a warm blanket).  

An Amish Winter is available from Amazon* (plus Barnes & Noble, Harlequin, Kobo, etc.).  You can find Carrie Lighte's other novels here.  Check out Vannetta Chapman's books here.  Thank you for stopping by today and reading my review.  Tomorrow I am featuring Chilled to the Cone by Ellie Alexander.  It is the 12th A Bakeshop Mystery We finally get to find out what is going to happen with Carlos and Jules (will Carlos return to the ship or will he stay in Ashland).  I hope that you have a cheery day.  Take care of yourself, be kind, and Happy Reading!


Kris

The Avid Reader

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Bait and Witch by Angela M. Sanders: Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway!

 

 

Bait and Witch


 A Witch Way Librarian Mystery 


by Angela M. Sanders

About Bait and Witch

Bait and Witch - A Witch Way Librarian Mystery 

 

Librarian Josie Way moved to small-town Oregon to lay low. Instead, thanks to newfound magic abilities—and a killer on the loose—she’s leapt out of the frying pan and into a cauldron of trouble . . .

Josie Way loved working among the Library of Congress’s leather-scented stacks—until she uncovered corruption and made herself a target. As Wilfred, Oregon’s new librarian, Josie can stay undercover until the case goes to court. But life in this little town isn’t as subdued as she expected. The library, housed in a a Victorian mansion, is slated to be bulldozed. Still digesting the news that her safe haven is about to become scrap lumber, Josie discovers a body in the woods . . .

Almost as shocking, Josie learns that she’s descended from a long line of witches—and her powers have suddenly sprung to life. With help from a spoiled alley cat who just may be her familiar, Josie’s thumbing through a catalog of suspects, hoping she can conjure a way to save her library—and her life . . .

About Angela M. Sanders

Angela M. Sanders writes the Amazon bestselling Joanna Hayworth Vintage Clothing Mysteries and The Booster Club Capers. Under the pen name Clover Tate, she’s the author of the Kite Shop Mysteries (Berkley), which Romantic Times praised for their “well written wit and intrigue.” Angela’s articles on food, personalities, and perfume have appeared in a variety of magazines, and her monthly newsletters have nearly 2,000 subscribers. She interacts with readers on Facebook and Instagram and is a prominent blogger for Now Smell This, which garners 1.5 million monthly page views. Angela has two cats—one of whom is black of course—a witch’s freckle in her left eye and learned to read tarot cards from a pagan priestess.

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My Thoughts

Bait and Witch by Angela M. Sanders is the delightful debut of A Witch Way Librarian Mystery series.  Josie Way has been working at the Library of Congress.  She is having lunch in a basement room with her co-worker and friend when they overhear two men plotting corruption.  They report what they overheard, and the FBI becomes involved.  The next day Josie’s co-worker has vanished which has Josie and his wife worried.  Josie decides to lay low and takes a position as librarian in Wilfred, Oregon.  The next day, Josie learns that beautiful Victorian the library resides in may be sold which means she will be out of a job as well as a place to live and a hiding place.  Later that day, Josie takes a walk in the woods and finds a murdered woman.  Josie has always felt a kinship with books, but she begins to notice some odd things after beginning her new job.  Its almost as if the books are talking to her.  That cannot be possible or can it?  Bait and Witch is a fun story to read.  I liked the interesting cast of characters that includes the library staff, town residents, Josie’s family, Rodney, the library cat.     I liked getting to know Josie and look forward to seeing what happens with her next.  The author has a casual writing style that makes this cozy mystery easy to read.  The book moved along at a good pace and we are given vivid descriptions of Wilfred, the library, the shops, and its residents.  I especially loved the descriptions of the Victorian the library resides in.  There is humor scattered throughout the story along with mystery, friendship, suspense, family, and a touch of romance. The mystery was not the focus of the book in the beginning.  It becomes more prominent as the tale progresses.  There is a red herring, a couple of suspects, and helpful clues.  Bait and Witch is a cute cozy mystery with a paranormal twist.  The author came up with some fun paranormal elements.  I thought a book witch was a wonderful concept (great opportunities for book references).  I am looking forward to reading Seven-Year Witch when it comes out in August.  Bait and Witch is a diverting tale with a clever cat, a secretive man named Sam, Roz’s curious project, rampant rumors, political corruption, babbling books, and witchy wonders.  

Excerpt


We climbed a narrow staircase, Lyndon hefting my suitcase over his shoulder like a sacrificial goat. The hall was cold and smelled of beeswax. Two flights up, he extracted a ring of keys from his Levi’s and unlocked the door. He set down the suitcase.


We stood in a hall that looked over the old house’s central atrium, open all the way to the third-floor ceiling.


A stained-glass window set in the roof glowed dull red and blue with moonlight. Below us, two floors of shadowed rooms that must have once been the house’s bedrooms and parlors held bookshelves.

“Here we have the living room,” he said.  I stuck my head into a dark room with mullioned windows and the dim shapes of a sofa and chairs.


“Next is the bedroom.” He waved his hand toward the next door, closed, but made no move toward invading those quarters.


“Here’s the kitchen. Not too large, but plenty big for you, I reckon.” The bloated form of a midcentury stove was all I could make out in the dark. Lyndon turned to examine me as if for the first time and drew his bushy eyebrows together. “You feeling okay? You seem kind of jumpy.”


“I’m fine,” I lied. We moved on.  “The bathroom.” The mint-green bathtub and sink clearly hadn’t been updated since the Eisenhower administration. “Here are the keys. I’ll show you more once you get settled in.” He touched the brim of his hat and disappeared down the hall. After a moment, I heard the door shut and the solid thunk of a bolt thrown in place.


Well.  The apartment was quiet but for the faraway sound of crickets. I rolled my suitcase to the bedroom and clicked on the lamp on the dresser. Pale light showed an armchair and a bed with an elaborately carved headboard that stretched nearly to the ceiling. Someone had left a jug of wildflowers on the dresser, a reassuring note.

A pink envelope next to it was labeled “Josephine Way.” I opened it to find a handwritten note from Darla Starling, the woman who had hired me by phone.


“Dear Josie,” it read in a girlish hand, each letter painstakingly formed. “Welcome to Wilfred. I hope you find your rooms comfortable—we changed the sheets, and there are fresh towels in the bathroom. We’ll see you downstairs at nine tomorrow morning. I look forward to meeting you in person. Sincerely, Darla.” A banner reading SWEET GEORGIA PEACHES ran across the stationery’s edge.


I crossed the room to the window to draw the curtains and stopped short. Amber eyes stared back. It was a black cat, perched on the roof outside my window. I wasn’t being watched, I reminded myself. No one knew I was here. They couldn’t. It was just a cat.

Are you ready to read Bait and WitchBait and Witch can be purchased from  AmazonB&NKoboGoogle Play, and IndieBound.  The next A Witch Way Librarian Mystery is Seven-Year Witch which comes out August 24.  You can find Angela M. Sanders' other novels here.   As part of the tour, Angela M. Sanders is giving away five (5) print copies of Bait and Witch (sorry, but US Only).  You can click here to enter or use the Rafflecopter form below.  Do not forget to leave a comment for an extra entry. Good Luck!  Thank you for joining me today.  I will be back tomorrow with my thoughts on The Amish Winter by Vannetta Chapman and Carrie Light.  I hope that you have an enchanting day.  Take care, be kind, and Happy Reading!

Kris

The Avid Reader



Tour Participants


January 11 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – CHARACTER GUEST POST 

January 11 – The Editing Pen – REVIEW 

January 11 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT 

January 12 – I'm All About Books – SPOTLIGHT 

January 12 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – AUTHOR INTERVIEW 

January 12 – Literary Gold - SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT 

January 13 – The Avid Reader - REVIEW, EXCERPT 

January 13 – Baroness' Book Trove - REVIEW 

January 13 – Maureen's Musings – SPOTLIGHT 

January 14 – Angel's Guilty Pleasures - CHARACTER INTERVIEW 

January 14 – Socrates Book Reviews - SPOTLIGHT 

January 14 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW 
January 15 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT 

January 15 – Cozy Up WIth Kathy - REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW 

January 15 – Moonlight Rendezvous – REVIEW 

January 16 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT 

January 16 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST 

January 17 – Christy's Cozy Corners - REVIEW 

January 17 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews - REVIEW 
January 18 – Thoughts in Progress - SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT 

January 18 – Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews - SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT 

January 18 – Eskimo Princess Book Reviews - SPOTLIGHT 

January 19 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT 

January 19 – Sneaky the Library Cat's Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW 

January 20 – I Read What You Write - GUEST POST 

January 20 – Sapphyria's Book Reviews - REVIEW

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Hope, Faith, and a Corpse by Laura Jensen Walker

 

Book Summary

Faith, Hope, and a Corpse by Laura Jensen Walker has Hope Taylor and her dog, Bogie arriving in Apple Springs, California.  Hope is looking forward to this new start and she loves the charming home she rented.  Hope has been hired to be the associate pastor at Faith Chapel Episcopal Church.  She is the first female pastor in the church’s history.  On her first morning, Hope is looking for Father Christopher when she stumbles upon parishioner Stanley King on the floor of the columbarium.  Someone had decided to cut Stanley’s time on earth short by conking him on the head with one of the urns.  Hope is found standing over Stanley with the murder weapon in her hand.  Not the best start to her new job.  Hope with help from her canine companion, Bogie sets out to find Stanley’s true killer. 

My Thoughts

Faith, Hope, and a Corpse by Laura Jensen Walker is the charming first installment in in A Faith Chapel Mystery series.  We are transported to Apple Springs, California where Hope Taylor is the new associate pastor at Faith Chapel Episcopal Church.  Discovering a murdered parishioner and being found holding the murder weapon while standing over the victim is not the best first impression.  With parishioners looking at her askance and not wanting Hope’s services, she has no choice but to prove her innocence.   I enjoyed reading this charming new cozy mystery.  Hope Taylor is an entertaining protagonist.  Her movie references are delightful, and I liked her quirky sense of humor.  She has an adorable dog named Bogie which adds humor to the story. I liked that Hope is a woman starting over after enduring tragedy.  She has such a good outlook on life.  I thought the story was well-written with steady pacing.  There are a variety of secondary characters that enhance the story.  We get to know some of the attendees of the church.  I liked the tea the group put on that had a Downton Abbey flair.  The author’s word imagery allowed me to visualize the town with its shops, homes, and townspeople.  The mystery was a fun one to solve.  There are several good suspects, a red herring, and well-placed clues. It was fun watching Hope play a mature Trixie Belden.  The author did a great job with the mystery. Faith, Hope, and a Corpse is a sweet story that has friendship, secrets, hope, lies, humor, and murder.  I am looking forward to the next A Faith Chapel Mystery.  Faith, Hope, and a Corpse is a pleasing cozy mystery with big dog named Bogie, an offensive victim, shocking secrets, tea party planning, a spirited sister-in-law, and a positive pastor.  

Faith, Hope, and a Corpse can be purchased from Amazon*.  You can find Laura Jensen Walker's other novels here.  Thank you for visiting today.  I am a stop on the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour tomorrow for Bait and Witch by Angela M. Sanders.  I will have an excerpt from the book.  I hope that you have a day filled with hope and kindness.  Take care, stay safe, and Happy Reading!

Kris

The Avid Reader

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Monday, January 11, 2021

Artistic License to Kill by Paula Darnell: Review & Giveaway!

  

Artistic License to Kill  by Paula Darnell


A Fine Art Mystery


About Artistic License to Kill

 

Artistic License to Kill (A Fine Art Mystery) 

 

Artist Amanda Trent, accompanied by her beloved golden retriever Laddie and her persnickety calico cat Mona Lisa, is determined to start a new life after her husband divorces her to marry a younger woman, but it isn't easy.

After a disastrous interview at the prestigious Roadrunner Gallery in Lonesome Valley, Arizona, far away from her previous home in Kansas City, Amanda's afraid that she'll fail at her new career. But her prospects begin to improve when she's accepted as the newest member of the cooperative gallery.

Then, on her very first day, she discovers Janice, the stern director, has been murdered right in the art gallery, and the Roadrunner's members, including Amanda herself, become suspects. Which gallery member murdered the unpopular director? Or was the killer an outsider with an ax to grind?

About Paula Darnell

Award-winning author Paula Darnell is a former college instructor who has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa in English and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in English with a Writing Emphasis. Artistic License to Kill is the first book in her Fine Art Mystery series. She's also the author of the DIY Diva Mystery series and The Six-Week Solution, a historical mystery set in Nevada. She resides in Las Vegas with her husband Gary and their Pyrador Rocky.

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My Thoughts

Artistic License to Kill by Paula Darnell has Amanda Trent, a painter, getting accepted into the Roadrunner Gallery, a cooperative gallery, in Lonesome Valley, Arizona.  Janice Warren, the director, is a bit intense and intimidating to Amanda, but she likes her mentor, Susan.  On her first day of working in the gallery, Amanda joins Susan outside to find the building locked.  After Susan gets them entry, the pair find Janice dead after being hit in the dead by one of her own sculptures.  The daunting detective assigned the case focuses on Susan as the guilty party.  Amanda feels that Susan is being railroaded and decides to do investigating with assistance from her neighbor, Belle.  Artistic License to Kill is the debut of A Fine Art Mystery series.  I found this new cozy to be easy to read with steady pacing.  I thought it contained good writing and some interesting characters.  I liked Amanda Trent along with her two cute fur babies as well as Betty, Susan, Pamela, and even the local lothario (Chip).  I was not a fan of Lieutenant Belmont, the gruff detective.  He was an overly nasty man who focused on one person and pursued this suspect with dogged determination.  The mystery was clever and fun to solve.  There are good clues to help readers resolve the whodunit (if you pay close attention).  I liked that Amanda is a full-time artist.  We get to see what life is like for artists, how a cooperative gallery works, the problem with shipping finished creations, and more. I enjoyed this behind the scenes look at the art world.  I am looking forward to reading Vanished in Plein Air when it comes out this spring.  Artistic License to Kill is a creative new cozy mystery with a cunning killer, a daunting detective, cavorting canines, an intimidated mentor, and a probing painter.  

Artistic License to Kill is available at AmazonApple BooksBarnes & Noble, and KoboVanished into Plein Air is the next A Fine Art Mystery which will publish on March 5.  You can find Paula Darnell's other novels here.  As part of the tour, Paula Darnell is hosting a giveaway for three (3) digital copies of Artistic License to Kill.  You can enter here or via the Rafflecopter form below.  Do not forget to leave a comment for an extra entry.  Good Luck!  Thank you for stopping by today.  I will return tomorrow to share my thoughts on Hope, Faith, and a Corpse by Laura Jensen Walker.  It is the first book in  A Faith Chapel Mystery series.   I hope that each of you have an inspiring day.  Take care, stay safe, and Happy Reading!

Kris

The Avid Reader

Tour Participants


January 11 – I'm All About Books – SPOTLIGHT 

January 11 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW 

January 11 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT 

January 11 – I Read What You Write – SPOTLIGHT 

January 12 – Sneaky the Library Cat's Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW 

January 12 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT 

January 12 – Laura' Interests – REVIEW 

January 13 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT 

January 13 – Ascroft, eh? – AUTHOR INTERVIEW 

January 13 – Maureen's Musings – SPOTLIGHT 
January 13 – Literary Gold – CHARACTER GUEST POST 

January 14 – Mysteries with Character – REVIEW 

January 14 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT 

January 14 – Christy's Cozy Corners – SPOTLIGHT 

January 14 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW 

January 15 – View from the Birdhouse – SPOTLIGHT 
January 15 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – CHARACTER INTERVIEW 

January 16 – Here's How It Happened – SPOTLIGHT 

January 16 – Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic – SPOTLIGHT 

January 16 – Cassidy's Bookshelves – GUEST POST 

January 17 – Thoughts in Progress – SPOTLIGHT 

January 17 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – GUEST POST

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Saturday, January 9, 2021

Wedding Bear Blues by Meg Macy: Review and Giveaway!

  

Wedding Bear Blues


A Teddy Bear Mystery 


by Meg Macy


About Wedding Bear Blues

 

 

When a heartless killer ruins a Valentine's Day wedding, teddy bear shop manager Sasha Silverman vows to solve the crime . . .

At the Silver Bear Shop and Factory, Sasha will be selling plenty of bride and groom teddy bears come springtime. But this Valentine's Day weekend, she'd take any of those silent, stuffed couples over the real thing. Sasha and her sister Maddie are bridesmaids at Cissy Davidson’s upcoming wedding in Silver Hollow. Cissy is fuming over the worst choice of best man—the jerk who broke her sister Debbie's heart—and the groom-to-be won't budge in his decision. At the rehearsal dinner you could cut the tension with a wedding cake knife.

That is, until best man Dylan is found dead, impaled with an ice pick. Although jilted Debbie is the most likely suspect—the blood on her dress doesn't help her case—the bride begs Sasha to prove her sister's innocence. If anyone's going to walk down the aisle, Sasha will first need to find the cold-hearted killer who iced Dylan . . .

About Meg Macy

Award-winning mystery author Meg Macy lives in Southeast Michigan, close enough to Ann Arbor, Chelsea, and Dexter -- the setting of her "Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear" cozy mysteries for Kensington. She is also one-half of the writing team of D.E. Ireland for the Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins mysteries; two books, Wouldn't It Be Deadly and Get Me to the Grave On Time were Agatha Award finalists for Best Historical. Meg's first published book, Double Crossing, won the 2012 Best First Novel Spur Award from Western Writers of America. Meg loves reading historical and cozy mysteries, gardening, crafts, and watercolor painting.

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My Thoughts

Wedding Bear Blues by Meg Macy has Sasha Silverman and her sister, Maddie as bridesmaids in their friend, Cissy Davison’s wedding.  It is a busy week leading up to Valentine’s Day for Sasha at the Silver Bear Shop and Factory with everyone searching for the perfect gift for their Valentine.  Sasha also has a tour to give and they are hosting a Chocolate Bear Bar on Sunday for Chocolair, the new chocolate shop in town.  At the rehearsal dinner, Maddie and Sasha enter the ladies’ room to find groomsman, Dylan Campbell dead in one of the stalls.  With Debbie Davison in the hot seat with the police, Cissy begs Sasha to help.  Sasha, of course, cannot resist a mystery.  Wedding Bear Blues is the 4th A Teddy Bear Mystery.  It can be read on its own if you are new to the series.  I thought this charming cozy was well-written with developed characters and adorable teddy bears.  I enjoyed all the cozy elements that make up this entertaining tale:  Sasha’s family, her pets, the community, chocolate, teddy bears, food, and Sasha’s beau.  These elements make for a rich and lively story.  The mystery was appealing.  There is a dead groomsman with multiple suspects.  I am amazed that a group of people did not get together to off this man sooner.  There is a secondary mystery (of sorts) involving mystery men who wish to purchase a certain type of teddy bear.  Sasha is certain they are up to no good.  I enjoyed the humor scattered throughout the story (who doesn’t love a book that makes them laugh).  Wedding Bear Blues is a beartastic cozy with wedding woes, seamingly innocent bear sales, doggie doo doo overload, a beastly bridezilla, a tiny terror, and tasty chocolate teddy bears.  

Wedding Bear Blues is available from AmazonB&NKobo, and Google Play.  You can find the other three A Teddy Bear Mysteries hereBearly Departed, the first novel in the series, can be borrowed through Kindle Unlimited.  As part of the tour, Meg Macy is hosting a giveaway.  You can win all four A Teddy Bear Mysteries (sorry, but U.S. Only).  You can click here to enter or use the Rafflecopter form below.  Good Luck!  I had fun with the images today.  I especially liked the big chocolate teddy bear holding the tray (yum).  This was inspired by the Valentine's Day Chocolate Bear Bar event in the book.  Thank you for visiting today.  I will return on Monday with Artistic License to Kill by Paula Darnell.  It is the first A Fine Art Mystery.  I hope that you have a thoughtful day.  Take care, be kind, and Happy Reading!

Kris

The Avid Reader

Tour Participants

January 4 – Thoughts in Progress – SPOTLIGHT 

January 4 – I'm All About Books – SPOTLIGHT 

January 5 – Baroness' Book Trove – REVIEW 

January 5 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW 

January 6 – Christy's Cozy Corners – SPOTLIGHT 


January 7 - Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT 

January 7 - I Read What You Write – REVIEW 

January 8 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW 

January 8 – Sapphyria's Book Reviews – REVIEW 
January 9 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – AUTHOR INTERVIEW 

January 9 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW 

January 10 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT 

January 11 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST 

January 11 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT 
January 12 – Maureen's Musings – SPOTLIGHT 

January 12 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW 

January 13 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW 

January 13 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW 

January 14 – ebook addicts – SPOTLIGHT 
January 14 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf - SPOTLIGHT 

January 15 – Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic – SPOTLIGHT 

January 15 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT 

January 16 – Diane Reviews Books – GUEST POST 

January 17 – Ascroft, eh? – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

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