Christmas Cookie Cozies: A Holiday Cozy Mystery Anthology #ChristmasCookiesCozies2020 @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

Title: Christmas Cookie Cozies: A Holiday Cozy Mystery Anthology

Date Published: 10th November 2020

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Description:

2020 is going to be the coziest holiday season yet with cozy mysteries from Ava Mallory, Summer Prescott, Jenna St. James, Laina Turner, Gretchen Allen, Laina Turner, Joanna Campbell Slan, S. C. Merritt, Minnie Crockwell, Mona Marple, Rachael Stapleton and Loraine Hudson – along with their favorite holiday cookie recipe!


Gretchen Allen – Lost Claus
Charlotte Moss is one tough cookie, but her new job as Mrs. Claus isn’t what she expected. When Santa goes missing and a body is found, the most wonderful time of the year looks bleak.
Joanna Campbell Slan – How the Cookie Crumbles
Cara Mia Delgatto never met her maternal grandmother. But Nonie Josephina reaches out from the grave with a message for Cara: I left behind a treasure! Can Cara Mia find it before Santa comes to town?
S.C. Merritt – Caramelized Casualty
With the annual holiday unveiling of a giant gingerbread village quickly approaching, Kate Kennedy’s stress level is sky high. When one of the event’s diva celebrity chefs turns up dead, Kate decides she has no choice but to team up with the town’s newest detective if she’s going to pull off the big event. Can she expose the killer in time to save the event?
Minnie Crockwell – Death By Cookie
Widow Sallie Chilcoat decides to get into the holiday spirit by baking up a batch of cookies for her lakeside condominium neighbors only to have one of them turn up dead – with the remains of her cookies! Did Sallie kill her neighbor with her vegan cookies?
Ava Mallory – Christmas Cookie Catastrophe
When Consuelo “Cookie” Alvarez inherits a bakery from her aunt Birdie, she doesn’t expect to take her late aunt’s place in the Christmas Cookie Bake-Off. Now she has two weeks to perfect the super-secret recipe, but there are major obstacles in her way: she can’t bake, the recipe is missing, and her competitors are a who’s who of shady characters.
Summer Prescott – Hang Out The Stalkings
Someone is stealing Nancy’s cookies…will they steal her holiday spirit too?
Jenna St. James – Christmas Cookie Caper
When Ivy O’Brien learns her mother has been injured at the annual Couples Christmas Cookie Contest, she runs to the rescue. Looks like she needs to fill in for her mother and hunky policeman Anthony Romano has to help bake the cookie and question the suspects. Between dough-making disasters, nips of peppermint Schnapps, and rolling pin thefts, the pair slowly whittle down their suspect list.
Mona Marple – The Santa Run Is Murderous Fun
Emily Monk’s run out of excuses not to take part in the annual Santa run, but the festivities are threatened when the long-running Santa Run champ is found dead the day before the race.
With a killer to be caught, and a Christmas dinner to be bought, Emily needs to think fast if she’s going to solve this case before Santa comes.
Rachael Stapleton – Christmas, Corpses & the Gingerdead Flip-Flop
When house flippers Jack Young and Juniper Palmer purchase a colorful Queen Anne home, Juniper assumes the exterior gingerbread trim will be the most outlandish thing to see. That is until a prominent wine merchant dressed as Santa is murdered, and Jack’s mother is caught on the naughty list.
Loraine Hudson – Holly, Jolly Misdeeds
First, it’s a thieving Santa. Next, it’s a prowler that threatens Jenny’s peace. It all seems to revolve around a box of cookies.  Why? And what’s next?  
Laina Turner – Cookies and Crime
What is supposed to be a joy-filled awards ceremony for the Romero Boy Scouts turns out to be anything but when Jean Sartor, Scout co-leader, drops dead on stage.
Trixie lands herself on the suspect list since she baked Christmas cookies for the ceremony. She knows she didn’t poison Jean, but who did?

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Review:

I want to thank Emma Welton at Damppebbles blog tours for inviting me on this tour and providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

I love a cozy mystery, but I don’t really read many Christmas themed stories, so I was intrigued to see how it would work out. I have heard of a couple of the authors in this collection, like Summer Prescott and Laina Turner, and I’m glad I got to read a few new to me authors and I’ll be adding their books to my TBR!

Christmas Cookie Cozies is a fun packed collection of holiday stories, each one combining the holiday spirit, a mystery and a cookie in some way, each author bringing their own twist on the theme which was really enjoyable.

Of course I had a few standouts:

Hang Out The Stalkings

Not your typical murder mystery, but a mystery all the same when dog groomer Amber investigates after a dog she was grooming goes missing. This one had the most heartwarming ending, it melted my heart a little.

Christmas Cookie caper

Ivy is roped into an investigation after her mum is injured during a cookie making contest. This was a compact mystery that really kept me guessing.

Caramelized Casualty

Kate Kennedy is preparing for a gingerbread charity event when one of the chefs turns up dead. Another one that kept me guessing and the mode of death for the victim was an unusual one too!

There’s also a nice little extra for any bakers out there as each story is followed by a cookie recipe.

Christmas Cookie Cozies is a sweet fun read, perfect for those who like the holiday season but also enjoy a bit of mystery.

#BlogTour #Review The Winter Mystery (Jenny Starling 2) by Faith Martin @JoffeBooks @FaithMartin_Nov

Title: The Winter Mystery (Jenny Starling #2) by Faith Martin

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date Published: 19th December 2018

Genre: Cosy Mystery

Description:

Discover a new series of whodunits by million-selling author Faith Martin. These charming mysteries will have you scratching your head to work out who the murderer is.

“Classic murder mystery story with a twist at the end” Oxford Times

Meet Jenny Starling: travelling cook and reluctant amateur detective.

Please note this book was first published as “A FATAL FALL OF SNOW” under Faith Martin’s pen name JOYCE CATO.

Jenny Starling is spending Christmas in a snowed-in country house cooking all the traditional food she loves. But the family she’s working for are not full of the seasonal spirit. In fact, they seem to hate each other.

On Christmas Eve, someone is found dead on the kitchen table. And the head of the family is blaming Jenny!

But with an incompetent detective called in, and seemingly no motive for the murder, Jenny will have to give the police a hand.

She will stop at nothing to clear her name and find the real murderer.

This is the second of a series of enjoyable murder mysteries with a great cast of characters and baffling crimes which will keep you in suspense to the final page.

Perfect for fans of classic whodunits by authors like Agatha Christie, LJ Ross, TE Kinsey, and J.R. Ellis.

THE SETTING
A snowed-in farmhouse in rural Oxford. A big Cotswold-stone Georgian house with stables, outhouses, cobbled courtyard and resident sheepdog. Charming, but cold and uncomfortable in winter.

JENNY STARLING
In her late twenties, Jenny Starling is an impressive woman. Physically, she stands at 6ft 1inch, and has shoulder-length black hair and blue eyes. Curvaceous and sexy, she’s a modern single woman, living the lifestyle that suits her – that of a travelling cook. Her famous (and now very rich) father, is a ‘celebrity’ cook, divorced from Jenny’s mother. Jenny drives a disreputable cherry-red van, and is happy travelling the country catering events and cooking great food. She is on a one-woman crusade to bring back ‘real’ food. And definitely doesn’t like having to divert her attention from achieving the perfect Dundee cake or creating a new sauce recipe by having to solve a murder. She finds crime very distracting, especially when there is chocolate to temper or pike to poach. Nevertheless, she is very good at reading people, and with a quick and agile brain, becomes very good at unmasking killers. And her always-undaunted sense of humour goes a long way in keeping her sane when all around her people are dropping like flies.

JENNY STARLING MYSTERIES
Book 1: THE BIRTHDAY MYSTERY
Book 2: THE WINTER MYSTERY
More JENNY STARLING mysteries coming soon. Join the Joffe Books mailing list to be the first to hear about the next in the series.

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Review:

Curvy cook Jenny Starling is back! It’s almost Christmas and instead of spending it alone in a little bedsit, she takes a chance on an advert looking for a cook over the festive season. When she gets there a sense of foreboding overcomes her. It’s snowing, the farm is in the middle of nowhere with no mod-cons or even a landline and the family…well they seem to hate each other especially the head of the household, Stan Kelton.

When someone is found stabbed to death in the kitchen, the local police are out of their depth so the ask Jenny to investigate.

So this is the second in the Jenny Starling series but it can easily be read as a stand alone (you can read my review of the first book, The Birthday Mystery here).

Another cosy mystery from Faith Martin perfect for the holiday season full of food, fun and fiendish murder.

Now I’m not going to say to much about the story or character because I feel like this one of those books that you should dig into with as little information as possible. I will say there were some funny light-hearted moments involving a marauding goose and a sheepdog that’s afraid of sheep that you should look out for while you’re reading!

Again as with the last novel I guessed the killer and motive quite early on. Also I kept having to remind myself that Jenny is only in her twenties as a lot of the time she sounds much older.

Overall the winter mystery a Christmassy cosy whodunnit that I’d recommend for those who love a more light-hearted mystery.

About The Author:

Faith Martin was born in Oxford, and has spent all her life within twenty miles of the universityAuthor Photo (4) city, even working at Somerville College for five years before turning to writing full-time. The author of the popular DI Hillary Greene novels, she also writes more classic-style ‘whodunits’ under the pen name Joyce Cato, but began her writing career as Maxine Barry, winning an award for penning romance novels! A popular writer for over 25 years, she has had nearly 50 novels published so far. Her hobbies include walking her now ageing dog, wildlife-watching, reading and (reluctantly) gardening.

 

#BlogTour #Excerpt #Review Follow The Snowflakes by Angelina Kerner @shanannigans81 @KernerAngelina

Author Name:Angelina Kerner

Book Title:Follow the Snowflakes: A Christmas Novella

Date Published: December 15, 2017

Genre:Chick-lit, contemporary romance

Publisher:KDP Select

Synopsis:

At 28, it’s bad to be single. After four years of relationship struggles, Cat is ready to try anything.

That’s when her friend tells her about her class’ Dear Santa letters. One little boy asked for a new mommy, and she suggests Cat meets the kid’s dad, just to see where things go. Cat figures it can’t hurt…until she meets a stranger in the midst of a car accident. The man is handsome with a sad look in his eyes. He still wears a wedding band and she’s not sure his heart’s available, even if he makes her heart race. But, maybe he’s a widower? Cat wonders if she should resign herself to being an old maid, or whether she could possibly be the answer to a little boy’s Christmas wish, unless there’s a third option – a future with the stranger.
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Follow the Snowflakes front cover

Excerpt:

Sunday

December 17th, 2017

Dear Diary,

When I eventually return to read my entries in my old age, I’ll always remember just how miserable I was in December of 2017. I should have had a diary when I was a teen; then it would have been funny to re-read what I went through back then. When I was in high school, I didn’t have many friends. In fact, my mother introduced me to a girl on the day of orientation. Here’s the story:

Mom parked her car, and we got out. She began looking for all the gathered students outside of the gymnasium. I knew no one at the high school and Mom knew that too. It was mainly because I finished middle school in a different district and at that moment, I was not happy about the move. I gazed at the students and my Mom. She had that glint in her eyes that said a plan was forming and I could do nothing to stop it. After a minute, she motioned me to follow her and I did, just like the good girl that I was. We walked up to two girls. One had long brown hair and was wearing a loose shirt and long skirt, while the other had short blonde hair, glasses and wore a tiger t-shirt with jeans. Mom told them how it would be nice for them to take little old me into their friendship. They said ‘sure,’ and she just left me there.

You see Diary? Nowthose are memories. Memories of dating an engaged guy at 28, is not as good as that one, huh?

If you’re wondering, I couldn’t really make friends with the long skirt. She and I were too different. She was very opinionated, and I couldn’t hold a conversation without being confused. The glasses girl and I stayed friends until the first year of college. We grew apart after she moved away. I did hear from her once. She congratulated me on my degree. It was random. She sounded happy, and she met her life partner. I was happy for her, but that conversation didn’t rekindle the friendship that lasted for five years.  

Now, I am off to work. Yes, I’m working today, although it’s a Sunday. There are branches open on Sundays; I am talking about the ones inside the grocery stores. My friend, Jessica, who’s a manager at one, called me to cover for her today because she has a cold. I couldn’t say no, so I need to go. Oh, and she told me to buy her crew breakfast! At least, we’re only open until 2 pm today.
Cat

PS: Buy those groceries TONIGHT, or you’ll be eating Chinese noodles, and not the take-out ones.

Review:

So the story opens with Cat finding out her perfect man turns out to be married to another woman. She doesn’t want to go to her parents alone so her best friend shows her a letter from a boy in her class who wants a new mum for Christmas and suggests she meets the dad and see how it goes. Cat is reluctant especially when she meets a handsome stranger after witnessing his car crash.

This is a short feel good Christmas story. The main character Cat is a very sweet and I really wanted her to find the man of her dreams.

Cat also has a few interesting traditions, like celebrating Yule or the winter solstice as it’s otherwise known, which is a Pagan holiday. I know I’m not a regular reader of Christmas stories but this is probably a little unusual but I found it quite fun.

I have to be honest, it could have done with a bit more editing (there’s a few typos in there). I found the diary excepts a little redundant as it was just pretty much repeating what had just happened in the chapter. Also there was a lot of telling the reader what was happening instead of describing the scene which made it feel a little rushed in places.

Overall a light and fluffy read perfect for getting you into the Christmas spirit.

Rating: 3/5

Author Bio:

ANGELINA KERNER is a self-published author of paranormal and light-hearted romance. She’sAngelina Kerner the wife of a photographer/physicist, and the mother of a cute little toddler, but she’s also been a dancer, a psychologist, an anthropologist, a geographer, a dreamer, and an adventurer. She does her best writing while being bothered by her cats, taking care of her son, in dressing rooms while waiting for family to try on clothing, and at home in sunny California. Angelina loves to play goddess-dragon matchmaker, transporting readers to a place where young goddesses have lovable flaws, the Fates plan to dethrone, the universe is endless and untamed, and dragons roam free! She also loves to write carefree romance where one can finish reading with a smile.

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While you read, you can enjoy chocolate!

Angelina XO”

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