What I’m Reading? Broom for One More by Morgana Best

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Goldie Bloom’s womb is empty. Not that she minds—only her dead mother’s busybody bestie, Gertrude Hyacinth Clutterbuck, won’t stop harassing her. Goldie’s got other things on her mind, like her wombat’s terrorising of the Dutch running club, fighting her attraction to the infuriatingly gorgeous Detective Max Grayson, and the melon she is asked to mind. (Don’t ask!)

Can this new sea witch navigate her powers, solve a murder, survive her 5K race, and find a way to welcome her new house guest?

 

Broom for One More by Morgana Best!

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Coming Soon: Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne

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Coming May 1, 2018

Can love flourish when surrounded by deception and intrigue?
A lush and enthralling reimagining of the classic Jane Eyre, set amongst the stars.

Stella Ainsley leaves poverty behind when she quits her engineering job aboard the Stalwart to become a governess on a private ship. On the Rochester, there’s no ration on water, more books than one person could devour in a lifetime, and an AI who seems more friend than robot.

But no one warned Stella that the ship seems to be haunted, nor that it may be involved in a conspiracy that could topple the entire interstellar fleet. Surrounded by mysteries, Stella forges a warm connection with the brooding but kind, 19-year-old Captain Hugo. But as they grow closer, his unpredictable behavior causes suspicions to mount. Without knowing who to trust, Stella must decide whether to follow her head or her heart.

 

What I’m Reading? The Babysitter by Sheryl Browne

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THE BABYSITTER

YOU TRUST HER WITH YOUR FAMILY. WOULD YOU TRUST HER WITH YOUR LIFE?

Mark and Melissa Cain are thrilled to have found Jade, a babysitter who is brilliant with their young children. Having seen her own house burn to the ground, Jade needs them as much as they need her. Moving Jade into the family home can only be a good thing, can’t it?

As Mark works long hours as a police officer and Melissa struggles with running a business, the family become ever more reliant on their babysitter, who is only too happy to help. And as Melissa begins to slip into depression, it’s Jade who is left picking up the pieces.

But Mark soon notices things aren’t quite as they seem. Things at home feel wrong, and as Mark begins to investigate their seemingly perfect sitter, what he discovers shocks him to his core. He’s met Jade before. And now he suspects he might know what she wants …

Mark is in a race against time to protect his family. But what will he find as he goes back to his family home?

On sale March 8th!

What I’m Reading? The Pact by S.E. Lynes

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You made a promise to your sister. It could destroy your daughter.

The Daughter
15-year-old Rosie lies in hospital fighting for her life. She’s trying to tell her mother what happened to her, and how she got there, but she can’t speak the words out loud.

The Mother
Rosie’s mother Toni has a secret. She had a traumatic childhood, and she and her sister Bridget made each other a promise thirty years ago: that they could never speak the truth about what they went through as children, and that they would protect each other without asking for help from others, no matter what…

Rosie was Toni’s second chance to get things right: a happy, talented girl with her whole life ahead of her. Having lost her husband in a tragic accident, Toni has dedicated her life to keeping Rosie safe from harm.

But Rosie has plans that her mother doesn’t know about. She has dreams and ambitions – of love, of a career, of a life beyond the sheltered existence that her mother has created for her. But the secrets Rosie has been keeping have now put her life in danger.

The Pact
In order to save Rosie, Toni may have to break her lifelong promise to her sister… and open doors to her past she hoped would remain closed forever.

On sale February 27th!

What I’m Reading? Christmas Spirit: Cozy Mystery Series (The Middle-aged Ghost Whisperer Book 1) by Morgana Best

xmas-spirit-1Prudence Wallflower tours the country, making live appearances. She connects people with loved ones who have passed on. However, her reputation as a clairvoyant medium is failing, and even Prudence has begun to doubt herself. She has never seen a ghost, but receives impressions from the dead. This all changes when the ghost of a detective appears to her in bodily form and demands her help to solve a murder. Prudence finds herself out of her depth as an amateur sleuth, and to make matters worse, she is more attracted to this ghost than any man she has ever met.

In this cozy mystery series so far:
1. Christmas Spirit
2. Ghost Hunter
3. There Must be a Happy Medium

What I’m Reading? Color Me Murder (Pen & Ink) by Krista Davis

 
61c64Gld1lL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_By day, Florrie Fox manages Color Me Read bookstore in Georgetown, Washington D.C. By night, she creates her own intricately detailed coloring books for adults, filling the pages with objects that catch her eye. There’s plenty of inspiration in her new apartment—a beautiful carriage house belonging to Professor John Maxwell, Florrie’s boss. He offers the property to Florrie rent-free with one condition—she must move in immediately to prevent his covetous sister and nephew from trying to claim it.

When the professor’s nephew, Delbert, arrives, he proves just as sketchy as Florrie feared. But the following morning, Delbert has vanished. It’s not until she visits the third floor of the store that Florrie makes a tragic discovery—there’s a trap door in the landing, and a dead Delbert inside. The esteemed Professor Maxwell is an obvious suspect, but Florrie is certain this case isn’t so black and white. Doodling clues, she begins to consider other colorful characters on the scene, all with a motive for murder. With a killer drawing closer, Florrie will need to think outside the lines . . . before death makes his mark again.

Color Me Murder on sale February 27, 2018.

Book Review: Live and Let Diet: Cozy Mystery Series (Australian Amateur Sleuth Book 1) by Morgana Best


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 Sybil Potts moves to Little Tatterford, a small town in the middle of nowhere in Australia, seeking to find peace and quiet after the upheaval of her divorce. 

Although the town is sleepy and nothing has ever happened, her arrival coincides with a murder in the property adjacent to her cottage. Sybil soon finds she is at odds with the attractive Blake Wessley, the exasperated police officer who is trying to solve the murder.

 After Sibyl narrowly misses becoming the next victim, she turns her attention to the suspects. Is it the English gentleman, Mr. Buttons, who serves everyone tea and cucumber sandwiches, or her landlord, Cressida Upthorpe, who is convinced that her fat cat, Lord Farringdon, speaks to her? Or is it someone else entirely?

My thoughts: Unequivocally, Live and Let Diet is proof Best is the heir apparent to Dame Agatha. Hmmm…I wonder if Best has done an Ancestry DNA to see if there are some roots stemming from her Aussie lineage to Christie’s English branches?

Best’s writing is as smooth as Australian Whiskey, as pulled together as a sailor’s knot and as hilarious as a natural comedian fresh out the stable. Genius!

Best knows not only how to sketch life in a small town but relocates the reader there on a magic carpet weaved together by letters of savory goodness. Best does not deliver watery soup disguised as a ‘cozy mystery’ but serves up an alphabet stew of aromatic scenes with piping hot paragraphs and a salted caramel dessert of laughter that is like its namesake, both salty and sweet.

When it comes to characters, Best is an equal opportunity scribe. She powerfully crafts them all. She does not drop the ball when it comes to secondary players or those passing through town or those created as scene fillers. If Best does write characters as “scene fillers” Live and Let Diet does not demonstrate that the gifted Best is capable of diluting characters, scenes or her captivating tale to plow through the weeds. Live and Let Diet has no weeds. Live and Let Diet is a splendid garden of produced magnificence from characters to setting to whodunit with fun, laughter and murder sprinkled in to give you a juicy escape.

In a nutshell, Best is an expert minstrel.

NOTE: THIS IS THE 2nd EDITION, RE-RELEASE OF the 2014 A CEREAL KILLER. IT IS THE LENGTHENED BOOK WITH A NEW TITLE AND COVER AND ADDITIONAL CHAPTERS.

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