Everyone has renovations they want to do, have to do or are forced to do. We chose to do
multiple renovation projects with one scheduled right after the other. I spent months choosing
the right contractors. Some more expensive than others, but all of them with good reputations
for the work they did and the timelines they kept. I even scheduled Murphy’s Law into my
master plan. We were going to be done by May first.
It’s Memorial Day and we still have contractors coming and going. My office has been covered
with plastic for two weeks. Before that, it was loaded with furniture and boxes for a month.
The month before that, it was empty. The last time I got to sit at my desk and write, was the
last week of January. I’ve actually missed most of spring, not because of the weather, but
because I’ve been working my butt off and keeping contractors inline, on time, and Murphy
out of my blasted projects. (Ha!)
The time that I’ve missed away from my work, I’ve actually gained in reading. It a known fact
that I can get interrupted while I read, but if you interrupt me while I write—well, you’ll
probably witness me shapeshifting into a demon from that bottomless pit of everlasting fire.
It’s not pretty.
So if you’ve got that endless project keeping you on your toes, pick up a book on your break.
These great mysteries kept my schedule flowing.
(Whew, no demons were created or harmed during the writing of this blog!)
Magickal Mystery Lore
An Abracadabra Mystery Book #4
by Sharon Pape
This spells trouble . . .
The New Camel Day Fair is a fun-filled event for residents of this upstate New York town.
Kailyn Wilde, a modern-day witch of ancient lineage, leaves her potion shop, Abracadabra—
and her feline familiar, Sashkatu—to attend with her fortune-telling Aunt Tilly. Joining them is
legendary wizard Merlin, who’s discovering new pleasures of time-traveling to the modern
world, including curly fries and kettle corn—but the appeal of the Tilt-a-Wheel is beyond his
The real wild ride begins later when neighboring sweet shop owner Lolly rushes into
Abracadabra with news about a dead body. The victim has one of Lolly’s fudge knives stuck in
her back, but in spite of the sticky evidence, Lolly is only one of several suspects with ample
motive and opportunity. Meanwhile, Merlin’s research into old family scrolls and
electromagnetic ley lines is causing some unusual mix-ups. As the two investigations collide,
Kailyn will have to do everything in her power to prevent disaster…
Dying for Devil’s Food
Cupcake Makers Mystery #11
by Jenn McKinlay
Melanie Cooper has zero interest in catering her fifteen-year high school reunion, but Angie
insists it's only right that they bask in the success of Fairy Tale Cupcakes--and Mel's
engagement to the delicious Joe DeLaura is the cherry on top!
Everything is going better than expected until Cassidy Havers, resident mean girl and Mel's
high school nemesis, picks a fight. No longer willing to put up with Cassidy's bullying, Mel is
ready to tell the former homecoming queen to shut her piehole and call it a night. But as Mel
and Joe prepare to depart, Cassidy is found dead in the girl's bathroom, next to a note written
in lipstick that points right to Mel--making her the prime suspect.
The Book Supremacy
Bibliophile Mystery #13
by Kate Carlisle
Newlyweds Brooklyn and Derek are enjoying the final days of their honeymoon in Paris. As
they're browsing the book stalls along the Seine, Brooklyn finds the perfect gift for Derek, a
first edition James Bond novel, The Spy Who Loved Me. When they bump into Ned, an old
friend from Derek’s spy days, Brooklyn shows him her latest treasure.
Once they're back home in San Francisco, they visit a spy shop Ned mentioned. The owner
begs them to let him display the book Brooklyn found in Paris as part of the shop's first-
anniversary celebration. Before they agree, Derek makes sure the security is up to snuff—
turns out, the unassuming book is worth a great deal more than sentimental value.
Soon after, Derek is dismayed when he receives a mysterious letter from Paris announcing
Ned’s death. Then late one night, someone is killed inside the spy shop. Are the murders
connected to Brooklyn's rare, pricey book? Is there something even more sinister afoot?
Brooklyn and the spy who loves her will have to delve into the darkest parts of Derek's past to
unmask an enemy who's been waiting for the chance to destroy everything they hold dear.
The Big Kahuna
A Fox & O’Hare Novel #6
Janet & Peter Evanovich
Straight arrow FBI Agent Kate O'Hare always plays by the rules. Charming Con Man Nicholas
Fox makes them up as he goes along. She thinks he's nothing but a scoundrel. He thinks she
just needs to lighten up. They're working together to tackle the out-of-bounds cases ordinary
FBI agents can't touch. And, their relationship? Well, there hasn't been so much explosive
chemistry since Nitro was introduced to Glycerin.
Next on the docket: The mysterious disappearance of the Silicon Valley billionaire, known as
the Big Kahuna. Kate's been assigned to find him but no one seems particularly keen on
helping. His twenty-six-year-old adult actress wife-turned Instagram model wife and his shady
Czech business partner are more interested in gaining control of his company. For that, they
need a dead body, not a living Kahuna.
The only lead they have is the Kahuna's drop-out son, who's living the dream in Hawaii - if
your dream is starting your day with the perfect wave and ending it with a big bowl of weed.
To get close to the Kahuna's son, Kate and Nick go undercover as a married couple in the big
wave, bohemian, surfer community of Paia, Maui. Living a laid back, hippy-dippy lifestyle isn't
exactly in Kate's wheelhouse, but the only thing more horrifying is setting up house with Nick
Fox, even if he does look pretty gnarly on a longboard. If they don't catch a break soon, waves
aren't the only thing she's going to be shredding (or bedding).
Until next time, get cozy and read on!
Passion. Mystery. Suspense. Catch the Wave! Because a little PMS can
change your world!
Passion. Mystery. Suspense. Catch the Wave! Because a little PMS can change your world!
Kym Roberts is a retired detective sergeant who looks for passion, mystery and suspense in
every book she reads and writes. She can be found on the web at kymroberts.com, on
Facebook @KymRobertsAuthor911 and on Twitter @kymroberts911. You can also listen to her
new podcast Romance Book Chat with Kym
and Misty on iTunes & Stitcher.
ABOUT KIM'S LATEST COZY MYSTERY:
Book Barn #5
Small-town life in Hazel Rock becomes a Texas-size crime scene when murder takes a
page from Charli Rae Warren’s book club’s latest mystery . . .
Charli takes great pride in running one of the few independent, family-owned bookstores in
small-town Texas. She vets everything carefully, with an eye to the eclectic tastes of the
locals. That includes the Book Barn’s weekly book club selection. This time out it’s a mystery
whose characters bear a striking resemblance to local citizens, including Charli’s friend Sugar
. . . who’s the prime suspect when her real-life nemesis is found dead in a hotel’s water tank.
With help from her pet armadillo Princess, Charli campaigns to clear Sugar’s sweet name—
literally—when the up-for-election mayor becomes a killer’s next target. Murder and politics
make scandalous bedfellows as Charli discovers that fiction may be fatal, but reality could be
just as deadly . . .
Cozy [Lyrical Press Underground, On Sale: December 4,
2018, e-Book, ISBN: 9781516106592 / eISBN: 9781516106592]
installment yet in the series!
mayhem in small-town Texas
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