It Cannoli Be Murder by Catherine Bruns

Installment two in the Italian Chef series is out and it is a sweet read like the cannolis in the story! Tessa Esposito returns in book two with a grand opening for her new restaurant looming. Even with the pressure of a restaurant launch, Tessa agrees to provide the sweets for her cousin Gabby’s bookstore. … Read more

A Call for Kelp by Bree Baker

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I discovered this series when the gloomy weather we’ve experienced here in Virginia gripped me in its rainy grasp and made me long for beaches and sunshine. I went on a mission to discover mysteries set in island locations and discovered the Seaside Cafe Mysteries by Bree Baker. The newest release–A Call for Kelp–hits the … Read more

Murder at the Mena House by Erica Ruth Neubauer

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This mystery combines two of my great loves– the 1920s and Egypt. American Jane Wunderly accompanies her wealthy Aunt Millie on a trip to Cairo. Aunt Millie is a trial and is thrilled that she now has access to quality liquor rather than the bathtub rotgut produced in America. They’ve settled at the Mena House … Read more

Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger

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Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger is fast-paced crime fiction taut with murder, family drama, police corruption, and human trafficking. If you think that’s too much to pack into a 276-page novel, you’d be wrong. Alger weaves all the threads together in this novel. Thank goodness it rained today, so I could read it in … Read more

A Sip Before Dying by Gemma Halliday

I was going to review a gritty suspense novel this week, but the rainy weather and isolation made me set it aside to pick up some lighter fare. This week, I review Gemma Halliday’s first book in her Wine and Dine series, A Sip Before Dying. I am so happy I changed my tune and … Read more

The Girl Beneath the Sea by Andrew Mayne

Like the proverbial fish, Andrew Mayne hooked me with the opening chapter of this first novel in his Underwater Investigation Unit series. Sloan McPherson, part-time cop and archaeology student, is diving alone – something she knows she should never do – when she hears a splash. Thinking it’s an alligator, she’s on her guard. It’s … Read more

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