Thursday, March 23, 2017

Single Malt Murder by Melinda Mullet **Review**

Single Malt Murder: A Whisky Business Mystery
Abigail Logan never expected to inherit a whisky distillery in the Scottish Highlands. But in the first novel of an engaging new series blending fine spirits with chilling mystery, Abi finds that there are secrets lurking in the misty glens that some will go to any lengths to protect . . . even murder.

When Abi inherits her uncle’s quaint and storied single malt distillery, she finds herself immersed in a competitive high-stakes business that elicits deep passions and prejudices. An award-winning photojournalist, Abi has no trouble capturing the perfect shot—but making the perfect shot is another matter. When she starts to receive disturbing, anonymous threats, it’s clear that someone wants her out of the picture. But Abi’s never been one to back down from a fight.

Arriving on the scene with her whisky-loving best friend, Patrick, and an oversized wheaten terrier named Liam, Abi seems to put everyone in the bucolic village on edge—especially her dour but disturbingly attractive head distiller. Acts of sabotage and increasingly personal threats against Abi make it clear that she is not welcome. When one of Abi’s new employees is found floating facedown in a vat of whisky, Abi is determined to use her skills as an investigative journalist to identify the cold-blooded killer and dispense a dram of justice before he strikes again. But distilling truth from lies is tricky, especially when everyone seems to have something to hide.

I have come to really enjoy these types of reads. The cozy mystery types. I am learning that with most (if not all, I don't know - I haven't read them all) they are like an adult version of Nancy Drew books. And I love Nancy Drew books still. I especially liked this one because I am partly Scottish. I was even in a band all through junior high ad high school (not through the school or with friends, but still an actual band) where I played the bagpipes, then my younger sister played the pipes, and my older sister played the drums (the ones where hey look like big cotton balls and they do twirl and tricks with their drum sticks). We went to competitions every summer at the Highland Games...but anyway...I digress...
So I was a little biased about picking up this book in the beginning because of the backdrop of this book and my background.
I absolutely adored this book. Seriously.  And when it came to the Whisky, the author has created such a lively character set with Abi and her best friend, that when it comes to creating the perfect shot, you can almost smell the aroma's and taste the whisky - not whiskey!  
The mystery comes in when you're wondering why her late uncle would choose her when she knows nothing of the distillery business and, she soon starts receiving threats! And to top things off, an employee is found dead. 
I am really excited to read the rest of this series!

Ballantine Group; Alibi | On Sale: March 21st, 2017 | ISBN: 9780399179051| 300 Pages | Price: $4.99

Melinda Mullet was born in Dallas and attended school in Texas, Washington D.C., England, and Austria. She spent many years as a practicing attorney before pursuing a career as a writer. Author of the Whisky Business Mystery series, Mullet is a passionate supporter of childhood literacy. She works with numerous domestic and international charities striving to promote functional literacy for all children. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her family.
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tea for Two (The SOS #2) by Kailee Reese Samuels **Review**

Tea for Two (The SOS, #2)

**** WARNING: This book contains graphic BDSM, strong sexual situations, and explicit language. Contents intended for MATURE readers 18+ ONLY.He’s young.*****

He’s hot.
He’s bad.

And Sal Raniero can’t keep his ass out of trouble.

He’s spent months learning to keep clients happy to line his wallet. When an unlikely friendship spins his world upside down, Sal ends up discovering the girl of his dreams. Chasing after Bertie the only way he knows how, Sal pushes out of his comfort zone and forces everyone to realize how far he’ll go to get what he wants.

Welcome to the story of Sal & Bertie… where some dreams only end in a nightmare.

So, I don't read a lot of Erotica or ever. I'm not big on reading explicit sexual content, especially if it doesn't have a point to the story. But I knew about this coming into the story, to be I can't really complain about something I was forewarned about.
Aside from the explicit sexual scenes and course language....I was a bit lost, personally. I think it would have been helpful if I had read book one first. 
I did like the fact that this book sort of went back into time to show how Sal came to know Juliet as well as The Initiation so I got some background information there which helped connect the dots for me. Once I got more and more involved in the book, it was easier to get more into the story of these characters. I was confused with Sal...Sal seemed to jump from Kaci to Bertie to who next? Maybe the next book will tell..? I didn't care for this book in the beginning but now, I need to see how this all pans out!
If  you don't mind erotica/BDSM type books, you should give this a try.

**Giveaway** The Varangian (Odd Tangle-Hair Saga #3) by Bruce MacBain **Review**

The Varangian (Odd Tangle-Hair Saga #3)
The Varangianis the final entry in Bruce Macbain's Odd Tangle-Hair Saga and brings Odd's challenging adventures to a climactic and satisfying finish. On a secret diplomatic mission to the Emperor's court in Miklagard, the Viking's name for Constantinople, Odd meets the members of the fearsome Varangian Guard whose elite Viking members served as the Emperor's personal bodyguards. Harald, his former master and the man he's been sent to murder, now serves among the guards. Court intrigue and imperial dynastic disputes provide the backdrop for the conflict between Odd and Harald. LikeOdin's ChildandThe Ice Queenbefore it, The Varangianis dictated by Odd to a young scribe whose own life is changed by the telling of the tale."

This was most definitely an out of the box read for me. I  think it is because of that that it was hard for me to get into. But I kept in mind the synopsis caught my attention so I read on. And, once I got into the story line, it was quite the intrigue. I can see why people enjoy this type of read. It's a historical novel which is why I opted to read it even though the cover threw me. The fact that this is during the second millennium(AD) really takes the reader back into time. Reading about Odd and all the adventures that happened kept me turning the pages. I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this book.  

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Bruce Macbain holds degrees in Classics and Ancient History and was formerly an Assistant Professor of Classics at Boston University. He decided to stop writing scholarly articles (which almost no one read) and turn his expertise to fiction—a much more congenial medium. His previous novels include two mysteries set in ancient Rome (Roman Games, The Bull Slayer) and the first two novels in the Odd Tangle-Hair series (Odin’s Child, The Ice Queen).
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**Giveaway**Elementary She Read by Vicki Delany **Review**

Elementary She Read

by Vicki Delany
Read the first chapter here.
by Vicki Delany
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (March 14, 2017)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683310969
Kindle ASIN: B01MT6H7O1

Gemma Doyle, a transplanted Englishwoman, has returned to the quaint town of West London on Cape Cod to manage her Great Uncle Arthur's Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium. The shop--located at 222 Baker Street--specializes in the Holmes canon and pastiche, and is also the home of Moriarty the cat. When Gemma finds a rare and potentially valuable magazine containing the first Sherlock Homes story hidden in the bookshop, she and her friend Jayne (who runs the adjoining Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room) set off to find the owner, only to stumble upon a dead body.
The highly perceptive Gemma is the police’s first suspect, so she puts her consummate powers of deduction to work to clear her name, investigating a handsome rare books expert, the dead woman's suspiciously unmoved son, and a whole family of greedy characters desperate to cash in on their inheritance. But when Gemma and Jayne accidentally place themselves at a second murder scene, it's a race to uncover the truth before the detectives lock them up for good.
Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers. She is the author of twenty-three published crime novels, including standalone Gothic thrillers, the Constable Molly Smith series, and the Year Round Christmas Mysteries.  Under the pen name of Eva Gates she is the national bestselling author of the Lighthouse Library cozy series.

When I first read the blurb I had to read this. I love that the setting is in a bookstore. Everything seems fine and fun with sharing the space with her friend who set up a tea shop. Among the books of Sherlock Holmes and other memorabilia, Gemma finds an magazine that is valuable sort of hidden and she didn't put it there. So she sets out to find whomever put this precious magazine within her bookstore. When she does finally find the woman....she's dead. The story was cozy before, then add on the element of mystery, then add on the element of murder mystery! This was such a cool and cozy read. The author created such a fun backdrop and Gemma is such a character! Once you get into this story, you want to continue turning the page to find out why this woman hid the magazine, in her shop no less, and why was she murdered?! If you love cozy mysteries, you'll love this!


The first in Vicki’s Sherlock Holmes bookshop series, Elementary She Read, will be released in March 2017 from Crooked Lane Books.

Vicki lives and writes in Prince Edward County, Ontario. She is the past president of the Crime Writers of Canada.

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