The Jam and Jelly Nook (Amish Marketplace #4) by Amy Clipston

Pages: 336

Publisher: Zondervan Fiction

Published: May 4, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: NetGalley

It’s finally Leanna’s turn to find love (again). All her cousins are married and have children or in the process of having children. Although her son is old enough to have his own job and to spend the evenings with friends she is worried about him. Especially when she gets a call late at night to come pick him up from the police station. While there she meets Emory and finds herself drawn to his calm spirit. Can they develop a friendship that leads to more?

This has been my favorite Amy Clipston series. I am going to miss the cousins and hope to see cameos of them in future stories just so I can get updates on their lives. Please don’t ask me to pick a favorite as I can’t. They are all wonderful.

Each book can be read as a standalone so the order is not highly important. My suggestion, don’t just get one at a time get them all as you will not want to wait. Clean reads with no cursing and no sex. Safe for just about any age.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Zondervan Fiction, through NetGalley. All opinions expressed above are entirely my own.

Murder at the Taffy Shop (Cozy Capers Book Group #2) by Maddie Day

Pages: 304

Publisher: Kensington

Published: March 30, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: NetGalley

Mac’s stars are aligned again for her to find another dead body. This time it happens to be a churlish local that had beef with just about everyone. The worst part of the case if her bestie’s taffy was the vehicle for the murder. Can Mac get her bestie out of the sticky situation?

I read both book one and two back to back and I am glad I did. It let me get very immersed in the lives of Mac and her family and friends. I am excited to report that book three is to be released in November 2021.

I love that Mac has a bike shop on Cape Cod. As I read I feel like I am on vacation without leaving my couch. The author does a wonderful job of describing the scenery. One can almost smell the ocean and feel the wind in your hair.

There are a few curse words but nothing too bad. No detailed sex scenes but unmarried sex alluded so if you have a teenager you would prefer not to read this then it might not be for them. Personally, I would have no issues letting a teenager read this series.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Kensington, through NetGalley. All opinions expressed above are entirely my own.

Under the Cover of Murder (Beyond the Page Bookstore #6) by Lauren Elliott

Pages: 304

Publisher: Kensington

Published: March 30, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: NetGalley

It’s wedding time for Addie’s best friend, Serena, and love is in the air. Unfortunately, so is murder. Addie must try and solve the murder at the same time as attending to the bride. Can she do it?

I am not ashamed to admit that the first book in the series had me going “eh, I’m just not sure”. Now I am like hurry up with the next one. The sixth installment was a fast and entertaining read. I did not want to stop reading. The ending has me on the edge of my seat for the next one. I can’t say much as I don’t want to give anything away.

I enjoy how I learn so much about old books, the care for them, and the history behind them. It has made me appreciate some more that I may have never given a second look.

This is definitely a cozy mystery series but it is meatier than some. The covers are always phenomenal and I am seriously thinking about how to make them artwork in my library.

I suggest you read in order for the background of each character. Clean reads.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Kensington, through NetGalley. All opinions expressed above are entirely my own.

Dacie Mae: Midnight Under the Magnolias by Gwenn Wright

Pages: 267

Published: July 2020

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Kindle Unlimited

If you are looking for a book that will keep you up and make you think about it every minute you are not reading it then Dacie Mae by Gwenn Wright is the book for you.

Dacie Mae is trying to make a living as a newspaper reporter in her small town and a huge story has just broke. The local bad boy turned hit musician has returned home along with a body under the magnolia tree in his yard. Is there a connection between him and the dead man? Can Dacie Mae figure this out before more bodies show up?

I have a new book boyfriend. Hank is the perfect swoony, dreamy man we all want in our lives. He carries a handkerchief and is so gentle and sweet with Dacie Mae that you sigh with contentment.

I am anxiously awaiting book two.

Dacie Mae is available on kindle and kindle unlimited.

Three Missing Days (Pelican Harbor #3) by Colleen Coble

Pages: 352

Publisher: Thomas Nelson – Fiction

Published: April 6, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: NetGalley

In the stunning conclusion of the Pelican Harbor series, Jane’s son has been arrested for murder. Can she convince the judge of his innocence all the while solving another murder and the missing days of her past so she can live freely with her son and his dad, Reed?

This series has been an edge-of-your-seat series. This series should be considered aerobic exercise. Your heart rate is up for hours at a time and you are sweating by the end of many chapters trying to keep one step ahead of the bad guys.

You must read this series in order or you will lose the excitement each book offers on its own.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through NetGalley. All opinions expressed above are entirely my own.

An Amish Barn Raising by Amy Clipston, Kelly Irvin, and Kathleen Fuller

Pages: 352

Publisher: Zondervan

Published: April 6, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: NetGalley

These collections of Amish novellas from Zondervan are always filled with love, faith, and hope. This one was no different. I liked how each was completely different from but all had the same theme of being centered around a barn raising.

The perfect book for new readers of Amish fiction/romance or for the busy reader.

Murder in the Cookbook Nook (Book Retreat Mysteries #7) by Ellery Adams

Pages: 336

Publisher: Kensington

Published: April 27, 2021

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: NetGalley

What do you get when you combine a cooking competition at a secluded book retreat? A murder with as many suspects as available books. Will Jane be able to figure this out before her beloved Storyton Hall is ruined forever?

Every time I don’t think the series can surprise me, it does. I loved the addition of Olivia Limoges from Adams’ Books by the Bay series. (If you haven’t read that series what are you waiting for???) I think Jane and Olivia teamed up is a duo not to be rivaled.

As always, Adams shares wonderful books that I must put on my radar immediately. Over the weekend I read Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski, an author I had never heard of. A great read to show what early Florida was like for farmers.

Although this book can be read as a standalone, I would suggest you read the series in order.

Another five-star but one of the best cozy mystery authors.

The Robin’s Greeting (An Amish Greenhouse Mystery #3) by Wanda E. Brunstetter

Pages: 320

Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Published: March 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: NetGalley

The Amish Greenhouse trilogy was exciting. My suggestion is to read the three books in succession as you won’t want to wait to find out the mysterious troublemaker. Needless to say, I was shocked when it was revealed in The Robin’s Greeting.

The series takes place roughly over a two-year time period. You follow the King family as they work through their grief after losing several loved ones in a single accident. You will need plenty of tissues and be prepared to stay up late with each book.

The Robin’s Greeting ties every loose end up and you are left with hope and love. If you are experiencing grief as I am this series is perfect. You realize your feelings are normal and happy days will come again. It just takes time.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Barbour Publishing, Inc., through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in the above review are entirely my own.

Picture Perfect Frame (Tourist Trap Mystery #12) by Lynn Cahoon

Pages: 176

Publisher: Kensington Books

Published: March 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: NetGalley

Jill will be the first to admit she is not crafty, artsy, or creative but in the spirit of supporting other local businesses, she attends a paint-and-sip event with her local detective boyfriend. He becomes concerned with a couple who has imbed a little too much and takes them back to the local bed and breakfast. Unfortunately the next morning the wife is found dead in the art studio. To add confusion, Jill’s neighbor and fortune teller has decided to quit her job and leaves cryptic messages with Jill. Can Jill figure out what is going on before she has to walk down the aisle at her BFF’s wedding?

Another delightful read in the Tourist Trap Mystery series even if Amy, Jill’s BFF was getting on my last nerve. I do not do well with bridezillas. It must be my age. I wanted to reach in the book, give her a gentle slap and tell her to CALM DOWN.

The murder mystery was interesting with a lot of red herrings.

I only wish Jill would give us the titles of the books she reads. I like to pick up new reads from my current reads.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Kensington Books, through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in the above review are entirely my own.

A Broth of Betrayal (Soup Lovers’ Mystery #2) by Connie Archer

Pages: 278

Publisher: Berkley

Published: April 2013

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Paperback from Personal Library

The locals in Snowflake, Vermont are unhappy with a builder with ties to the town erecting a car wash in town. During the protest, a body is found but it looks to be very old. While the body is being exhumed a local has been killed and the mayor has gone missing. Will Lucky find out what is happening before she becomes the next victim?

I was a little apprehensive starting this series, especially since I started with book two. I had heard a lot of negative chatter regarding book one. Well, book two was a great read. A lot was going on and I had to keep the storylines straight with a few written notes. I am not sure I have read a cozy mystery with three murders and kidnapping before.

There are cold soup recipes included. They are not my cup of soup but I am sure they will tickle someone’s fancy. The peanut butter soup sounds interesting.

I plan on continuing this series.