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eBook Review: Clambake Murder by Summer Prescott

 

SPCBMSynopsis: Clambake Caterer Becca Rogers is back from her Caribbean vacation ready to plunge headlong into the busy season. With back to back weddings and more beachfront clambakes than she can handle, Becca has no idea of the heart-pounding thrills and chills she’s about to experience, and how grateful she’ll be to be rescued by her hero-in-residence, the handsome and shy Detective Lance Reynolds.

My thoughts: It is evident with this second outing Summer Prescott is a talent to watch. Clambake Murder is an entertaining blend of courage, fun, homicide, mystery, quirkiness, and tenderness nestled in a novella.

Clambake Murder showcases the wide range Prescott has as a storyteller. With Clambake Murder it is clear Prescott found both her confidence and footing to deliver to readers the goods by digging deeper with character, plot and setting. She blew the first book in the series out of the water and I LOVED that one. Kudos to Prescott for writing in panoramic view as opposed to a simple snapshot on an old Fuji.

 

I have no doubt that the talented Prescott’s storytelling skills are akin to fine wine – she will only get better with age…as in with each book she writes.

 

Copyright © 2016 by Diane Morasco

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eBook Review: New England Clam Murder by Summer Prescott

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Synopsis: Divorced caterer Becca Rogers feels more than a little bit out of her league when she roams the ballrooms of the rich and shameless, serving the finest seafood in the region. Finding herself smack dab in the middle of a very mysterious set of circumstances when her ex-husband’s new socialite wife is murdered, Becca’s normal existence gets turned upside down as she learns that nothing is as it seems and no one can be trusted.

 

My thoughts: New England Clam Murder is addictive, entertaining, lively, and just plain ole’ fun! I could not put New England Clam Murder down. In fact, I scoffed this little snack bite read in a snap…and went for seconds…as in the second installment of this delightful series. Yes, there are editing flaws. Yes, the scene breaks aren’t tightly constructed, but that doesn’t hinder the enjoyable time readers will have getting to know Becca.

 

Prescott’s Rocky Cove series has a promising start and is definitely worth expanding beyond a two book tease. The characters are charming. The New England setting is accurately depicted. The plot is firm. Prescott should be applauded for not scribbling flimsy red-herrings as frivolous filler to create an unpalatable whodunit, which sadly, seems to be the norm with drivel disguised as mysteries of late.

New England Clam Murder is a short story that leaves readers wishing it was a full-length volume; however, despite the truncated word count, New England Clam Murder is worth investing your priceless reading time with.

New England Clam Murder is a must for mystery enthusiasts wanting to be amused.

 

Copyright © 2016 by Diane Morasco

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eBook Review: Invitation to Murder by Beth Prentice

InvitationtoMurder (2)Synopsis: When Alexandra Anderson is invited to a work place reunion at the television station where she formerly worked, she’s excited to catch up with old friends. And the theme of the reunion is a Murder Mystery Party, so that should be fun, right? Wrong! Alexandra’s first horror is coming face-to-face with her ex-boyfriend and his brand new, gorgeous wife. Second, the party happens to coincide with one of the worst storms of the season, knocking out utility lines and cell service. And when her less-than-beloved ex-boss becomes the Murder Party’s fake victim, Alexandra and her “team” are tasked with solving the fake murder before anyone else. The only bright spot? The sexy cameraman on Alex’s team with the sparkling blue eyes and soft, full lips.

 

But what starts out as a game becomes all too real when Alexandra stumbles upon the actual dead body of her ex’s new wife. Did someone take the game too seriously? Is there a real murderer among the party-goers? Can following the clues to a fake murder help Alex solve a real one? Trapped by the storm, with “players” disappearing and time running out, Alex finds herself in the middle of a deadly game of cat and mouse… where not everyone will make it out alive!

 

My thoughts: *double whistle* Beth Prentice has crafted an extremely addictive, edge-of-your-seat, splendidly layered, suspense-filled page-turner with the brilliantly written Invitation to Murder.

Wow! Invitation to Murder is a mystery aficionado’s buttercream-frosting-cherries-on-top decadent treat kinda read. Prentice is unequivocally a prose bombshell. Which makes this a must read for summer on the beach, on the shore, on a boat, at the cabin, on the lake, on your patio, on the lawn, on your couch, on a recliner, in bed, on a plane, train or bus…you get my drift.

 

Prentice’s storytelling skills are smokin’ hot! As the mystery unfolds, readers will wonder what on earth is going to happen next with Alex, as they feverishly flip pages. Please note, “whilst” in the process of devouring Alex’s adventure, readers may even forget to exhale as they experience the tightly woven mystery Prentice has proficiently designed unfold.

 

The secondary players are as three-dimensionally sketched as the protagonist and that is a mark of not only a noteworthy writer, but a remarkable reader who delivers the goods she likes to receive in her reading excursions.

Prentice’s Invitation to Murder is an invitation to one of the most delectable mystery jaunts you will encounter in your life! Pssst- remember to breathe!

 

Visit Prentice’s website.

Copyright © 2016 by Diane Morasco

 

Review first appeared in Long Island Book Reviews Examiner.

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eBook Review: Grilled and Seasoned with Murder by J R Pearson

JPJRB1Synopsis: Josie Rizzo has a lot on her plate. (Double bacon cheeseburger not included).

She and her furry companion, Petey, set out to start fresh in the food loving town of Greenville. Josie is excited to introduce the readers of her food blog to the town’s delicious creations.

But when a young woman is murdered at a local burger joint, Josie must sacrifice all she has planned to accomplish to prevent a person from her past from being wrongly accused of the woman’s death.

And things start to heat up when the killer sets his sights on Josie.

Will she be able to enjoy Greenville’s belly-rubbing cuisines and begin a new chapter in her life?

Or will the killer cut Josie’s dreams short and make sure that basket of onion rings are her last?

 

My thoughts: Despite the slight editing blemishes my eyes discovered, but my mind promptly revised, J R Pearson is the breakout cozy mystery debut star of 2016!

Pearson’s Josie Rizzo Cozy Mystery – with a culinary twist – radiantly captures the essence of a smart, sparkling, stylish contemporary cozy mystery.

Pearson’s Grilled and Seasoned with Murder is sassy, scrumptious and savvy. Pearson effortlessly delivers the goods and keeps readers salivating for more.

Amateur sleuth Josie Rizzo is a stellar standout and Pearson simply ignites with her energizing cozy debut. Warning: Petey  will steal your heart!

Pearson’s storytelling is flawless. Pearson breathes new life into a genre that is excessively saturated, exceedingly cooked and desperately decayed with the same old drivel.

Many seasoned scribes in both the cozy genre and the culinary cozy subgenre need to follow Pearson’s lead and shake up the game or turn in their chocolate chips.

Pearson is undeniably a star on the rise and is reviving the cozy and culinary categories, not to mention, setting a blaze under the complacent buttery buttocks who churn out the same ole’ same ole’ recycled slop.

Pearson is Good Readin’ for the Cozy Readers Soul!DM JRQ

Visit J R Pearson’s website.

Click here to read J R’s Writers on Writing interview.

 

Copyright © 2016 by Diane Morasco

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eBook Review: Passion, Poison & Puppy Dogs by Elizabeth Ashby, Sally J. Smith and Jean Steffens

 

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00026]Synopsis: When Lizzie Jones, pet sitter extraordinaire, is asked to watch over her best friend’s two spoiled dogs at the posh gated community of Craggy Hill Estates, the last thing she expects is to wind up in the middle of a homicide. But that’s exactly what happens when she finds her best friend’s cheating husband and Danger Cove’s celebrity bodybuilder champ, Mr. Jupiter, floating face down in his hot tub. To make matters worse, the police aren’t looking any further than the wife for a suspect—isn’t it always the wife? Well, not in this case—at least Lizzie refuses to believe it.

Between dealing with Craggy Hill’s hot security guard, Tino Morales—who also just happens to be the man who broke Lizzie’s heart in high school, caring for her grieving friend, and watching three rambunctious dogs, Lizzie has her hands full. So she recruits her famous granddad, retired network field correspondent, Jimmy John Jones, to help her put two and two together to find the real killer. Was Mr. Jupiter murdered by one of his women on the side? A jealous, disgruntled employee? Or someone with a bitter and deep-seated hatred of the superstar? It’s up to Lizzie, Jimmy John, and Lizzie’s own pug, Vader, to crack the case before the killer claims another victim…this one much closer to Lizzie’s own heart!

 

My thoughts: If Jessica Fletcher were to ever pull up stakes and leave Cabot Cove due to a decline in body count, I know she would end up in Danger Cove where the bodies are plentiful!
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Move over Batman and Robin, Smith and Steffens are the coolest, sharpest and wittiest crime fighting duo to come along since you donned your tights! Ba-Bam!

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This series installment written by the extremely gifted Smith and Steffens team reveals just the precise meld of animal adoration, juicy storytelling goodness and a well-plotted mystery to hook readers to the Danger Cove series and the pair’s well-stocked backlist.

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Passion, Poison & Puppy Dogs introduces an intriguing new sleuth with the energizing Lizzie Jones and endearing sidekicks guaranteed to charm readers of all genres and leave them famished for more.EAshby

The duo’s captivating Pet Sitter installment does an outstanding job at further layering the foundation in the Danger Cove community.

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Passion, Poison & Puppy Dogs is littered with rollicking laughter, a dazzlingly romance with delectable banter, a cache of whimsical characters to showcase interminable and untapped opportunities while superbly illustrating just what makes a cozy a cozy.

 

 

Copyright © 2016 by Diane Morasco

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eBook Review: Motion for Mistletoe by Kelly Rey

MotionformistletoeSynopsis: When Jamie Winters’ elderly neighbor Jack disappears a week before Christmas, Jamie pairs up with her landlord’s fearless teenaged niece to find him. Only the more they look into his disappearance, the more they begin to believe Jack is not the man they thought he was…and he bears a suspiciously striking resemblance to jolly old Santa Claus. One carjacking, some spooky reindeer, a little person, and a skinny green man later, Jamie winds up getting way more than she bargained for this holiday season!

 

My thoughts: Oh the weather outside is frightful

But Rey’s holiday short story is so delightful

And since we’ve no place to go

Let us read let us read let us read

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Rey is fiercely sharp from start to finish in this quirky holiday mystery. A spunky sense of humor and a gift for the wacky propel Jamie and her buddies front and center. This jaunt in the Jamie Winters Mysteries shoots straight to your funny bone.

 

Motion for Murder is a madcap adventure teeming with feel-good moments, hearty fun and eccentric characters. Incontestably, the exuberant Maizy steals the show.

 

Rey delivers an impressive, well-plotted and well-written holiday treat that leaves readers eager to whet their appetite with all of Jamie Winters’ wacky investigations!

 

Review first appeared in Long Island Book Reviews Examinerdia.

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eBook Review: Rosolio Red by Traci Andrighetti

RosolioRedSynopsis: With Christmas around the corner, Franki Amato’s got visions of her sugarplum, Bradley Hartmann, dancing in her head. Now that she finally has some time off from her PI job, she’s cooking him up a special holiday treat, and it’s not figgy pudding. Her Yuletide plans are dashed, however, when her meddlesome Sicilian grandma goes missing, and she has to hurry home to Houston to investigate. All the evidence points to foul play, but then there’s a bizarre break in the case—one that makes her wonder whether her notorious nonna has been naughty or nice.

My thoughts: Andrighetti is a bona fide comedian and if you want to assess that theory, please grab a copy of Rosolio Red and from the first paragraph you will know what I mean.

Andrighetti’s dialogue is genuine yet uproarious, and her glowing characters animatedly leap off the page.

Andrighetti’s sparkling wit keeps the hijinks brimming with merriment.

A mirthful, feisty heroine, a fun mystery exploration, diverting secondary players, ubiquitous comicality, sharp one-liners, and some famiglia make this Franki Amato holiday short story a definite homerun.

Rosolio Red is highly addicting, highly amusing, highly uplifting…and highly recommended.

Rosolio Red is engaging, robust and a must-read for bibliophiles looking to lose themselves in an inventive snack bite read!

 

Review first appeared in Long Island Book Reviews Examiner.

Copyright © 2016 by Diane Morasco