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December brings fabulous reads!

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Ex-NFL star + snarky single mom = a touchdown of a holiday romance


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The vampires are coming... and this time, the lights won't stop them.


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The owner of a delightful Southern café tastes the sharp sting of suspicion in this delectable comfort food mystery...


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This holiday season, love is on the menu.


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A Spartan heart can conquer anything, even myths, magic, and monsters.


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There’s nothing like a firefighting cowboy to keep you toasty warm this Christmas...


Reviews

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A Deadly Éclair
by Daryl Wood Gerber
"Catering a wedding never seemed so complicated!"
Posted December 15, 2017

Popular and busy author Daryl Wood Gerber has brought out another book to begin her French Bistro Mystery series. Already on the loose are the Cookbook NookRead more...


Christmas In Kilts
by Lecia Cornwall, May McGoldrick, Lavinia Kent, Terri Brisbin, Bronwen Evans
"Winter in the Highlands is beautiful and dramatic"
Posted December 15, 2017

If winter isn't cold enough for you, try a Scots clan celebration. This festive five-pack of historical tales brings the season to life and stirs the romantic heart with CHRISTMAS IN KILTS. A HIGHLANDER'S HOPE by Terri Brisbin is a fourteenth century novella about a widowed man Read more...


A Case of Syrah, Syrah
by Nancy J. Parra
"Murder in wine country, California"
Posted December 15, 2017

While this isn't the first murder mystery set in a vineyard, it is first in a Wine Country Mystery series. Syrah or Shiraz is a rich dark wine. Let's see what ill deeds could possibly occur Read more...


Blackberry Burial
by Sharon Farrow
"A tangled tale of blackberries and murder"
Posted December 15, 2017

The second in the Berry Basket Mystery series is set on the east coast of Lake Michigan. Our central character Marlee Jacob is known as the Berry Girl for her shop in the town of Oriole Point. She Read more...


Murder at an Irish Wedding
by Carlene O'Connor
"Drama in the midst of a celebration at the castle"
Posted December 12, 2017

Second, in the Irish Village Mystery series of tales comes a mix of romance and tragedy. Kilbane, with its castle, cosy walls, and cobbled streets, is the setting for a lively wedding party. Someone has imbibed too much Read more...


A Murder for the Books
by Victoria Gilbert
"A library life is more lively than you'd expect"
Posted December 7, 2017

First in the charming Blue Ridge Library Mysteries comes this introductory tale, setting up the characters and locale. Amy Webber works in a Carnegie library that is now in need of roofing and wiring but has a small-town budget. A MURDER FOR THE BOOKS is set in Taylorford, a Read more...


Death Overdue
by Allison Brook
"Death in the haunted library, oh dear!"
Posted December 3, 2017

When I spotted a Haunted Library Mystery I decided this might be just right. I tend to haunt libraries myself. Carrie Singleton lives in Clover Ridge, Connecticut and at the start of DEATH OVERDUE, she is offered a full-time Read more...


How The Finch Stole Christmas
by Donna Andrews
"The town of Caerphilly, Virginia investigates another murder"
Posted December 1, 2017

Once more a tale of apparent chaos in a family-ties setting comes to life as we read a Donna Andrews mystery. If you have not read her earlier books, dive in now, don't wait. Just grab one from the bird-themed cosy mystery series with a hilarious manner Read more...


Asking for Truffle
by Dorothy St. James
"Recipes to make you dream of chocolate in this South Carolina mystery"
Posted December 1, 2017

Like many food-themed cosy mysteries, this Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery is entertaining, full of character and radiating enough flavours to make your mouth water. I think it was the mention of the special Brazilian mountain village coffee Read more...


Echo of Danger
by Marta Perry
"A flying start to a new romantic suspense series by Marta Perry"
Posted December 1, 2017

First in a new series called Echo Falls by high-quality author of romantic suspense, Marta Perry, is a tale of power and manipulation. ECHO OF DANGER begins as a widow and her five-year-old son are Read more...


Cat Among the Pumpkins
by Mandy Morton
"A village crime story with a cast of cats"
Posted December 1, 2017

This cozy crime story will attract descriptors like quirky, charming, unusual and strange. That's what happens when you replace people with cats and carry on with the world. CAT AMONG THE PUMPKINS includes names like Teezle Makepeace, Mavis Spitforce, and Marmite Sprat. The perceptive will spot that it's Read more...


Eaves of Destruction
by Kate Carlisle
"When the going gets tough, this lady builder gets working"
Posted November 30, 2017

In this crime tale from reliable author Kate Carlisle, the appropriately named Shannon Hammer runs her own small building firm. A call to renovate a Victorian gracious house looks promising but embroils her in a bad situation in this Fixer Read more...


Perilous Poetry
by Kym Roberts
"Following an app trail for books can lead to a mystery"
Posted November 21, 2017

Having recently read a Book Barn Mystery featuring Charli Rae Warren and her pink armadillo in a book store in Texas, I just had to pick up another installment. PERILOUS POETRY is the third book. Charli Rae is Read more...


A Cajun Christmas Killing
by Ellen Byron
"In Louisiana they only follow the rules they like - even at Christmas"
Posted November 20, 2017

A home-run B&B in a former plantation house is the setting for this third book in the Cajun Country Mystery series. I loved the first installment, PLANTATION Read more...


Yuletide Homicide
by Jennifer David Hesse
"The winter solstice is a time for crime"
Posted November 4, 2017

Cosy crime stories are frequently set around Christmastime. Maybe the tensions arise from the pressure to find gifts or to provide elaborate meals or relatives gathering who might be apart the rest of the year. YULETIDE HOMICIDE is set in Edendale, Illinois, as a Wiccan practising lady decides to celebrate Read more...


A Hive of Homicides
by Meera Lester
"As frost arrives on the farm, so does danger"
Posted October 15, 2017

This tale of crime and ill-fated love is set in Las Flores, California, where an ex-police officer tends her small farm and visits her friends. Hallowe'en is here and folks are buying quilts and autumn honey. A HIVE OF HOMICIDES occurs after Abby Mackenzie supports her best Read more...


Cat Got Your Secrets
by Julie Chase
"From dressing pets to sleuthing, Lacy is kept busy"
Posted October 13, 2017

This entertaining cozy mystery mixes pets with crime in the Kitty Couture Mysteries featuring pet supplies store owner Lacy Marie Crocker. CAT GOT YOUR SECRETS is the third book but you can jump right in. As the theme suggests, Lacy Read more...


Before It's Too Late
by Sara Driscoll
"Team work pays off in this FBI K-9 thriller"
Posted October 13, 2017

This FBI thriller is off to a swift start as a woman is abducted and concealed at Arlington Cemetery. FBI specialist K-9 teams are sent to try to find her BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE. This turns out to be a sadistic serial killer story, but readers can expect Read more...


It Started in Paradise
by Nicki Night
"By day they are all business, by night they find enjoyment"
Posted October 5, 2017

If Puerto Rico sounds like paradise to you, maybe this romance will confirm your dream. Nicki Night who writes great contemporary African American characters mixes it up with a hospitality and consumer goods conference in the exotic venue. IT STARTED IN PARADISE introduces Donovan Rivers, a handsome well-built guy Read more...


Return to Huckleberry Hill
by Jennifer Beckstrand
"Pride goes before Reuben's fall, but he's not bad at heart"
Posted October 5, 2017

When you need a lighter romance read try RETURN TO HUCKLEBERRY HILL. This is the sixth in the series 'Huckleberry Hill' which follows the exploits of a matchmaking grandmother in a relatively relaxed Amish community. Some Amish romances are all about internal strife and experiencing tragedy. This book takes a Read more...


Clare O'Beara

http://www.clareobeara.ie

I am a tree surgeon and author, living in Ireland. I write science fiction, crime, romantic suspense and Young Adult books. I have qualified in ecology and journalism.

Formerly I have showjumped my own horses at national level. I have been a member of the Royal Dublin Society's Forestry And The Environment Committee.

 

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