An American Duchess by Caroline Fyffe

In Kent, England, the arrival of Beranger Northcott, Duke of Brightshire, causes a stir. Because with the duke comes his new American bride, who isn’t quite what anyone expects. By accepting the hand of her beloved, Emma Brinkman went from hardworking Colorado rancher to duchess. Now she’s expected to comport herself as nobility. Overnight. For Emma—stifled, homesick, and unable to shake the feeling she’s being watched—the metamorphosis is a challenge. And if Emma’s suspicions are correct, perhaps even a dangerous one.

Fortunately, Emma has found a trusted friend in the orphaned Charlotte, Brightshire’s scullery maid. Charlotte longs to experience—if only for a moment—the luxuries and gentry romance that come with a titled life. When one of the duke’s handsome cousins takes notice of Charlotte, the castle kitchen is set abuzz with speculation.

In navigating their two different stations, both servant and duchess alike will discover all they have in common—from secret fantasies to daring hearts to upending the rules of society. And that finding their places in the world—and love—is a dream that can come true—no matter the risks.

My Rating: ****

My Review:

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I wasn’t aware Heart of Mine came before introducing Emma and Barenger, but it still could be read as a stand alone with a few more interesting characters added. I’ve never read anything by Caroline Fyffe before and I was impressed. The love stories were endearing, and I loved the characters. A good mystery was thrown in keeping this story very busy!
The story is about a young American woman crossing the Atlantic to take her place beside her husband, who has just inherited a Duchy. Being excepted into the English Aristocracy is hard enough, but when your mother-in-law is a she devil it’s almost impossible. None the less Emma is up to the task, and becomes a strong independent Duchess who is a great partner to her Duke. If you love a good Victorian romance and mystery you will enjoy The American Duchess.

USA Today Bestselling Author Caroline Fyffe was born in Waco, Texas, the first of many towns she would call home during her father’s career with the US Air Force. A horse aficionado from an early age, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University-Chico before launching what would become a twenty-year career as an equine photographer. She began writing fiction to pass the time during long days in the show arena, channeling her love of horses and the Old West into a series of Western historicals. Her debut novel, Where the Wind Blows, won the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart Award as well as the Wisconsin RWA’s Write Touch Readers’ Award. She and her husband have two grown sons and live in the Pacific Northwest. If you’d like to know when Caroline’s next book will come out, please visit her website at http://www.carolinefyffe.com, where you can sign up to receive an email alerting you to her next release.

Catch Handle by Alison O’Mara

Arabian horses are admired for their strength, grace, and athleticism. They are beautiful, intelligent, and remarkable animals.

As a newly minted veterinarian, Vivian Anderson knows and loves horses better than most. With an important horse show on the line and the search for a full-time vet job fast-approaching, Vivian is fully occupied at her Aunt’s Arabian horse ranch and her equine medical externship.

Vivian’s world is abruptly shaken by a shocking murder that casts suspicion on the people she thought she knew best. Stolen medications, fatal “accidents,” unsavory horse handling, and a handsome newcomer have Vivian reeling. She cannot shake the feeling that the seemingly random events are all part of the same puzzle, but who can she trust?

Vivian is about to learn just how dangerous her world of horses can be.

My Rating: * * * *

My Review:

This was a good, clean read especially for animal lovers. The Author definitely combined her love of horses, and animals into her first novel. The first half of the book was a little slow, but there were many characters to introduce. The second half picked up quite well. The cover was really nice, and the editing was very good. Not one error could I find.

The story revolves around Vivienne Anderson who becomes embroiled in a brutal murder. She is an extern Veterinarian who takes care of her aunts show horses on her aunts ranch. Vivienne also works for the local Veterinarian who has an interest in her aunt.

When things start to go horribly wrong around the horse shows she attends, and people who run in the same equine community begin to be murdered, Vivienne turns sleuth trying to find out who the murderer is. She finds that there are hidden dangers in the show horse world, and wonders who she can trust. The plot is well crafted and I could not guess who the killer was. I thought I did, but I was thrown off quickly.

There was definitely some romance included in the story, and I liked the way the ending informed you how everyone was doing in the aftermath. This is definitely a good read, and it could even turn into a series if the author is so inclined.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54701267-catch-handle

About Alison O’Mara

An avid animal lover, Alison O’Mara grew up in the rolling foothills of Northern California surrounded by horses, particularly Arabians. She found a way to combine her love of both the murder mystery genre and all things equine in her first novel – Catch Handle. When not at her day job, Alison plots future mysteries and spends her time with her growing family, palomino mare, and two precocious cats.

Visit Alison’s website at http://www.alisonomara.com

Master of Salt & Bones, by Keri Lake

When I was a little girl, I dreamed a handsome knight would come and rescue me from my wretched mother. He’d ride up on his white steed and break the curse I’ve been fated to carry since the day I was born.

Funny how things changed over time. How the fairy tale twisted into something far more crooked, darker than I ever imagined.

In reality, my knight is scarred and broken, living alone in a castle of bones that overlooks the sea. He isn’t searching for me. He never was.

Lucian Blackthorne is as cursed as I am, and equally shunned by the locals, the fishers of men, who believe him to be the devil in the flesh.

Perhaps he is, with the way his amber eyes draw me in, ignite me like an infernal blaze. And the sins he whispers in my ear are as wickedly intoxicating as the man himself.

Yet, his touch is heaven and his will is my weakness.

He calls us forbidden, an unsalvageable tragedy, with no happy end. Maybe we are. But in this story, he’s the one who needs saving.

MY RATING: * * * * *

MY REVIEW:

All I can say is WOW! This is the first book I have read by Keri Lake, and I am hooked. I feel like I don’t have the words or ability to do justice to this novel, but I’ll give it my best shot. First of all this is gothic romance written brilliantly. The atmosphere is perfect. This is the dangerous combination I truly adore: a gothic mansion with a family of dark secrets, dark, intense, erotic, horrific, psychological, soul crushing story. I could barely tear myself away from the story, and yet I never wanted it to end. The cover was also gorgeous!

Lucian Blackthorne’s character is brilliantly written. Just his name alone makes your heart pound faster. What a charismatic, dangerous, secretive, seductive but also caring, deeply flawed, sad and lonely character. Everything about him is the man you have secretly wanted all your life. To be loved by a man like him would be a heady and powerful feeling. The aura of danger and sex oozes from him.

“The girl has corrupted every fiber of my being, and no one will ever be good enough after her. No one will ever compare to the flesh and blood fantasy before me. She’s mine.
The breath of new life. The steady pulse in my veins. The long-awaited beat of a heart that’s been dead too long.
My kindred flame.”
― Keri Lake, Master of Salt & Bones

When he hires a young beauty, Isadora Quinn, to be his mother’s companion and live at the house, Lucian has no clue that this woman is going to work her way into the organ that he thought was once rotten and black. His heart. Isa is a broken soul also, and her attraction to Lucian is every bit as powerful. This couple has some serious psychological issues from their traumatic pasts. They are twisted broken souls, and two sides of the same coin.

Isadora Quinn is a 19 year old woman with dark secrets of her own. She’s lived her entire life underneath the shadow of her drug addicted mother’s sins in their small town. Desperate for an escape, she takes a job as a caretaker for Lucian’s mother. The second she enters the Blackthorne manor her life becomes more complicated than she ever dreamed. When she goes to Blackthorne castle to be a companion to Lucian’s mother their paths cross. Meeting him for the first time knowing what the town calls him behind his back she finds out that there is more to this enigmatic man, and sparks start flying. Soon a sensual dance begins.Lucian tries to fight the heady attraction that he feels every time he hears,see’s or thinks about her! If you like tortured heroes, prepare to give your heart away!

A dual POV dark romance between two broken people irresistibly drawn to one another. I’m a dark romance junkie and this book just spoke to me. It opened up its secrets and hidden messages one layer at a time. As I descended down floor upon floor of this complex plot, I got just sucked into the intrigue and savage history of Bonesalt in Tempest Cove.

This may not be a story for everyone, but for me it felt like home. I will now be looking out for the next gothic romance that will turn me inside out, and I’ve found they can be few and far between. Thank you Keri Lake for a wild ride in a beautiful story!

“You’re my curse. Staying away from you, is like trying to hold my breath when the tide is rising … I want to drown in you.” Lucian Blackthorne

Keri Lake

Author of dark romance who specializes in demon wrangling, vengeance dealing and wicked twists.

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50702585-master-of-salt-bones

The Wicked Deep, by Shea Ernshaw

Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself. 

My Rating: * * * *

My Review:

Welcome to the eerily beautiful and haunting world of the small town of Sparrow, Oregon. A couple of centuries ago three sisters were drowned in the harbor off Sparrow Island after being charged with witchcraft. The town is now a tourist destination for those morbidly curious enough to want to join the witch hunt to find which teenage girl the long-dead witches inhabit. The end result being boy will be dragged beneath the surface of the water and killed in an act of revenge. The love story happened too fast for me, but other than that I really enjoyed this book. The story itself is different than most books about witches. The twist at the ending is interesting, and the writing was good. If you’re looking for a good spooky, atmospheric story for Halloween this would be a good choice.

Shea Ernshaw is the New York Times Bestselling author of THE WICKED DEEP, WINTERWOOD, and her forthcoming adult fiction book: A HISTORY OF WILD PLACES (2021). She is a 2019 Oregon Book Award winner, and her debut novel, The Wicked Deep, was an Indie Next Pick.
She often writes late, late, late into the night, enjoys dark woods, scary stories and moonlight on lakes.

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

Five devastating human stories and a dark and moving portrait of Victorian London—the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper.

Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden, and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates, they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers.

What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. The person responsible was never identified, but the character created by the press to fill that gap has become far more famous than any of these five women.

For more than a century, newspapers have been keen to tell us that “the Ripper” preyed on prostitutes. Not only is this untrue, as historian Hallie Rubenhold has discovered, it has prevented the real stories of these fascinating women from being told. Now, in this devastating narrative of five lives, Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, revealing a world not just of Dickens and Queen Victoria, but of poverty, homelessness and rampant misogyny. They died because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time—but their greatest misfortune was to be born a woman. 

My Rating: * * * * *

My Review:

This book is very well researched with the focus on the tragic lives of Jack the Rippers 5 victims. Each victims heartbreaking story is meticulously told. All I have ever heard is that the Rippers victims were prostitutes. These women were mothers, daughters, sisters and wives who’s troubled lives lead them to their tragic end. I’m so glad they finally received the attention to their lives, and not just their horrific death by a madman who has received more than his share of stories. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has been fascinated by this hideous man and his victims.

Hallie Rubenhold

Hallie Rubenhold is a bestselling author, social historian, broadcaster and historical consultant for TV and film.

Her most recent book, The Five; The Untold Lives of The Women Killed by Jack the Ripper (Doubleday, 2019) is this year’s winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-fiction. It is the first full length biography of the Ripper’s victims. Disregarded by society for over 130 years, The Five pieces together their individual stories and overturns much of the mythology surrounding their lives, including the belief that all of the women were involved in ‘prostitution’. The book became a Sunday Times Bestseller and  has been optioned as a drama series by Mainstreet Pictures.

In 2005, Hallie published The Covent Garden Ladies, which brought to public attention the true story of the Harris’s List of Covent Garden Ladies. Since its publication, her history of this notorious guidebook to Georgian London’s prostitutes, along with her edited compendium of The Harris List of Covent Garden Ladies has succeeded in capturing the imagination of millions. Hallie’s work has been the subject of three television programmes, including the hit drama series, Harlots (ITV Encore, Amazon and Hulu). In 2006, BBC4 broadcast The Harlots Handbook, a documentary based on Hallie’s book which she presented.

Her equally celebrated second book, Lady Worsley’s Whim (entitled The Lady in Red in the US) about the 18th century’s most infamous adultery trial became BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week in November 2008. In August 2015, it appeared as a 90 minute drama for BBC2 entitled The Scandalous Lady W, starring Natalie Dormer and Shaun Evans.

Hallie is also the author of a series of novels set during the period of the French Revolution. The first of these, Mistress of My Fate was published in 2011 (2013 in the US). The second, The French Lesson was published in the UK in April, 2016.

In addition to writing books, articles and reviews, Hallie regularly appears on TV as an expert contributor to documentaries. She also acts as a historical consultant for period dramas, most notably for Harlots (Hulu/Amazon) and The Scandalous Lady W (BBC2), as well the BBC1 series, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell and the award winning Channel 4 series, City of Vice.

Hallie has a passion for telling a great historical tale and has a nose for unearthing previously unknown stories from little-known sources. She loves challenging our preconceived notions about our ancestors lives and revels in history’s surprising, unpleasant and gritty truths. Her extensive academic experience extends to research, teaching, lecturing and curatorial work. In the past she has been employed as a curator for the National Portrait Gallery, a university lecturer and a commercial art dealer. In 2014 she curated an exhibition on women’s reputations in the Georgian era for No.1 Royal Crescent in Bath and has been involved with several projects at the Foundling Museum in London.

Hallie received her B.A. in History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an M.A. in British History and History of Art from the University of Leeds. Remaining at Leeds, she embarked on her studies for a PhD and later completed her thesis on the subject of marriage and child-rearing in the eighteenth century.

She lives with her husband in London.

Daughters of Shadow & Blood: Book II Elena

Gračanica. Kosovo, 1689: Elena, an Albanian peasant girl, has sacrificed her own future to keep her family from starving, but one horrific night they are taken from her, murdered by monsters out of her nightmares. She seeks refuge at the nearby monastery, where she meets Stjepan, a Serbian monk familiar with creatures that stalk the night. Elena longs to return to her farm, but piecing her life back together may be impossible. Stjepan draws her into a dark conspiracy involving an ancient brotherhood, and as war looms, a stranger named Lek appears, threatening to overturn everything she thought she knew about her family and herself.

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1999: Since surviving the showdown between the vampire Yasamin and the terrorist group Süleyman’s Blade, Adam Mire has lived in hiding, posing as an unassuming Czech librarian. His life is upended again, however, when a new threat arises—one intent on using Dracula’s legacy to unleash another wave of violence across the already war-ravaged nation.

Meanwhile, Clara MacIntosh, the love Adam left behind, has come to Eastern Europe to find him. While tracking him down, she becomes entangled in a string of grisly murders—deaths Adam is investigating as well. As they both follow clues literally written in blood, time runs short to unmask the killer before history comes full-circle and chaos engulfs the region again.

My Rating: * * * * *

My Review:


This is the second book in the Trilogy and I think it was as good as the first. Mr. Saunders creates an intriguing and different Bride. The story continues to have the tangle of timelines – going over Elena’s story from the middle ages, the horror of present day Sarajevo, a quick side trip to Lord Bryon eighteen hundreds. Elena is an Albanian girl who’s whole family is slaughtered by vampires. She takes refuge in a monastery where she meets a young monk,Stjepan, who will have a big role in the story.
The year is 1999 and David is hiding in Prague after the deadly confrontation between Yasamin and Suleiman’s Blade. In the meantime, Clara, who is David’s old flame comes to Sarajevo to find him. War torn Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is an epic tale of power, betrayal, lust and pure evil in the Balkans. This is a story about vampires and a story about Dracula’s brides but more than that, this is a story about power and deception in one of the most troubled regions in the world. This book is full of folklore and the history of this war torn region. I really enjoyed it and looking forward to the third in this trilogy.

J. Matthew Saunders, a native of Greenville, South Carolina, is the author of numerous published fantasy and horror short stories. He received a B.A. in history from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree from the School of Journalism at the University of South Carolina. He received his law degree in California and practiced there as an attorney for several years.

He is an unapologetic European history geek, enjoys the Celtic fiddle, and makes a mean sundried tomato-basil pesto. He currently lives near Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife and two children. To find out more, visit www.jmsaunders.com.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30091024-daughters-of-shadow-and-blood—book-ii

Scorned Women: Medusa (Book 1) by Faith Marlow

The name alone is frightening.
It chills the blood and conjures images of a terrifying monster.
But could there be more?

A daughter.
A protector.
A lover.
A victim.

Legend tells us how she died.
Now it is time to discover how she lived.

My Rating: * * * *

My Review:

I have always been interested in Greek/Roman mythology, so when I saw this book of course I had to read it. The characters were well developed, and the writing was very descriptive. The title of the book very well describes the story of Medusa, and the sad, tragic story of how she came to be.

The story begins with Medusa being a little girl. Her mother has just given birth to her siblings, two monstrous gorgon sisters. She doesn’t understand how her sisters are so different, and why her mother favors them, and becomes cold to her. Her father is very apathetic, and sides with her mother. She comes to hate her vicious sisters and parents. She prays to Poseidon, the god of the sea to deliver her from her family, but no help comes.

Medusa finally escapes and ends up in Athens, Greece. There she prepares to become a priestess of Athena. One day Poseidon appears to her and is angry that he has finally granted her desire, but she has turned away from him to worship Athena. He takes his revenge by raping Medusa right in front of Athena’s temple. Athena appears after and is furious. Her priestesses are to be virgins and Medusa is ruined. She blames her for Poseidon’s rape and for her beauty that brought him to it. She curses Medusa to become a monster. So begins her agonizing transformation into the gorgon Medusa.

She is sent back to the island she came from to find her home destroyed, and her father almost dead. We finally come to find out what her mother is, and the sad parting. Medusa’s life becomes now nothing more than survival,and fending off trophy hunters. Until a young woman washes up on her beach.

The story continues with their budding friendship/romance, and survival. I overall enjoyed the story, and would have given five stars but there was quite a few editing errors that were distracting. I would recommend this story to those who love stories of the mythologies of the world. 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55522391-scorned-women

Faith Marlow is a USA today best selling author of dark fantasy/ paranormal/ horror with Vamptasy Publishing, an imprint of CHBB. Her stories stir emotions and explore the thin veil between human and the inhuman. Dark, yet inviting and familiar, Faith seeks to deliver chills with a sense of class, and sometimes a bit of heat. With each story, she hopes to build exposure for fellow women authors and artists who create horror.

She has five full length novels currently available at Amazon and more in the works. Her debut, “Being Mrs. Dracula”, chronicles the lives of Count Dracula’s three beautiful, yet very different wives, Valeria, Ilona, and Fleur. The story continues with “Being Dracula’s Widow”. Her latest release and the third installment of the series “Being Dracula’s Heir” will be available 7/16/2020.

“The Nightmare Hunters” is the beginning of “The Dream Journal” series, and is a dark fantasy/ horror series with hints of sci-fi. The psychological thriller/ survival horror, “Couples Therapy” is a fast- paced, terrifying journey through the depths of guilt and longing for redemption and is the author’s only story not to include paranormal elements.

Faith is also proud to be featured in multiple anthologies, benefiting various charities. When she isn’t writing or reading, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching a horror movie, online shopping for Funko Pop! figures, at a rock show, or entertaining her house panther, Teddy. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Scottie, and son, Avery.

Being Dracula’s Widow, by Faith Marlow

Over a decade has passed. Valeria and Emil, aunt and nephew, are living new lives in Brasov. But when a book is published bearing her late husband’s name, Valeria’s darkest secret is exposed and her happy life is left in ruins.
Valeria sets out on a mission to find out who revealed her story to the world, but she meets a distraction in Paris, one she was not prepared for, someone who changes everything.
Will Valeria survive her own blood thirst, or will she allow a new opportunity for happiness to slip through her fingers?

MY Rating: * * * * *

MY Review:


I enjoyed Being Dracula’s Widow every bit as much as Being Mrs.Dracula! Trust me if you are a Vampire and Dracula fan, you will fall in love with these Novels! After the tragic end of her sister wives and beloved husband, Vlad Dracula at the hands of Professor Van Helsing and fellow hunters, Valeria Karajan-Dracula is devastated and alone. With only the adopted human son of second wife, Ilona, Valeria tries to move on and build a life for herself. After raising the boy and being rejected by him Valeria ends up in Paris. The home of Vlad”s third wife Fleur. Valeria falls in love with Paris and finally gives in to her preternatural urges with abandon. In an unexpected turn, after a torrid night of sex and blood, her victim Lemond whom she believes dead becomes a vampire. Valeria wants to move on, but she knows that before she can, she must make the people responsible for her families demise pay with their lives. Follow Valeria from Paris to Amsterdam and to London as she exacts her revenge on those responsible and falls into a deadly trap by a new and unseen enemy. I certainly hope there will be another story for Valeria in the future, and until then I will just have to wait for my next widow Dracula fix. Thank you and awesome job Faith Marlow!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54281311-being-dracula-s-widow?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=MPUhKz1fSO&rank=1

Faith Marlow is a USA today best selling author of dark fantasy/ paranormal/ horror with Vamptasy Publishing, an imprint of CHBB. Her stories stir emotions and explore the thin veil between human and the inhuman. Dark, yet inviting and familiar, Faith seeks to deliver chills with a sense of class, and sometimes a bit of heat. With each story, she hopes to build exposure for fellow women authors and artists who create horror.

She has five full length novels currently available at Amazon and more in the works. Her debut, “Being Mrs. Dracula”, chronicles the lives of Count Dracula’s three beautiful, yet very different wives, Valeria, Ilona, and Fleur. The story continues with “Being Dracula’s Widow”. Her latest release and the third installment of the series “Being Dracula’s Heir” will be available 7/16/2020.

“The Nightmare Hunters” is the beginning of “The Dream Journal” series, and is a dark fantasy/ horror series with hints of sci-fi. The psychological thriller/ survival horror, “Couples Therapy” is a fast- paced, terrifying journey through the depths of guilt and longing for redemption and is the author’s only story not to include paranormal elements.

Faith is also proud to be featured in multiple anthologies, benefiting various charities. When she isn’t writing or reading, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching a horror movie, online shopping for Funko Pop! figures, at a rock show, or entertaining her house panther, Teddy. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Scottie, and son, Avery.

Creepy Cake Murder (Bite-sized Bakery, #3) by Rosie A. Point

What’s the scariest thing that can happen on Halloween? Murder.

Ruby Holmes is plenty excited to serve her cakes and goodies to the many trick-or-treaters in Carmel Springs, Maine. Halloween is here. Costumes range from fearsome to the funny, and when Ruby sees a clown jostling with a vampire to get to her cakes, she doesn’t think anything of it.

That is, until the corpse of the ‘vampire’ washes up on the beach, right in front of her food truck. Ruby’s not going to let this mystery go unsolved, even if it means annoying the local detective and the murderer themselves.

Can Ruby discover the identity of the killer clown? Or will he get the last laugh?

My Rating: * * *

My Review:


This is the first book in this series by this author I have read. It was really a fun, quick and festive Halloween read! The story and plot were well thought out, and the characters Ruby, Bee and the towns people were fun. I loved how the town celebrated for the whole Halloween weekend–a haunted house, parties, vendors and lots of great food!

The main characters are Ruby and Bee. They run a pastry truck in Maine. They are part of the Halloween celebration in town, and the day after Halloween there is a dead body found on the beach. Ruby and Bee start to investigate when Bee comes down with the flu. Ruby must figure things out for herself before it is too late, and before the sheriff arrests her again.

There are a few strong suspects, and Ruby finds herself in a tight spot after snooping to much for her own good. This was an entertaining read, and I really didn’t see the end coming! I would have given this another star, but for some spelling/grammatical errors that were a little distracting. I would recommend this cute little series.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52161735-creepy-cake-murder

Rosie A. Point is the new burger-lovin’ cozy mystery writer on the block. She’s passionate about all thing ‘cooking’ and spends evenings devising new recipes.

Rosie loves books, burgers, and cats – not necessarily in that order. When she’s not lying awake in bed plotting the next murder, ahem, cozy mystery, she’s out shopping for fresh ingredients, reading, or playing online games.

Rosie wants to hear from you! Whether it’s about a recipe or one of her books, or just a character that you loved or loved to hate, don’t hesitate to reach out.

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16934393.Rosie_A_Point

Halloween Moon (Cottage on Gooseberry Bay. Book 1) by Kathi Daley

A new series by USA Today Bestselling author Kathi Daley.

Ainsley Holloway had come to Gooseberry Bay to find answers about her past. She’d come to find an explanation for the dreams that haunted her after the death of the cop who’d both rescued and raised her. And she’d come to identify the family she couldn’t remember but knew in her heart she’d once belonged to.

Ainsley hoped that by finding these answers, she’d also find healing. She hoped that once she’d resurrected the memories buried deep in her mind, she’d find peace.

The Cottage at Gooseberry Bay is a series about, not only finding answers, but finding hope.
It’s a series about family and friendship.
It’s a series about shared holidays, festivals, and celebrations.
It’s a series about shared heartbreak and hardship.
And it’s a series about the bond that can be forged amongst strangers when tragedy binds two or more individuals with a common goal.

In book 1 in the series, Ainsley arrives in Gooseberry Bay only to find there will be no easy answers as she’d so naively hoped. Unwilling to leave before she gets what she came for, she rents a cottage on the sea where she and her dogs, Kai and Kallie, can settle in and wait.

Her first night in town she meets a young woman who is later found dead. The local sheriff has labeled the death of this young woman a suicide based on a text message she’d sent before she died. But Ainsley, who’d spoken to the victim only hours before the text was sent, isn’t quite as sure of the easy answer the sheriff would like everyone to believe.
An investigative journalist by trade and cops daughter by upbringing, Ainsley never had been the sort to walk away from unanswered questions, so with the help of new friends she meets along the way, she initiates a parallel investigation which seems to indicate the sheriff’s real motivation in trying to sell the suicide angle to the community is to protect the interests of a very rich and very powerful man.

My Rating: * * * *

My Review:

Kathy Daley is one of my favorite cozy mystery authors. Since it is the Halloween season I decided to try a different series by her. I’m glad I did because it gave me the same good feels as her other ones. You can’t help but feel the people in these stories are friends and the town and it’s citizens are are charming.

Ainsley Holloway a young woman is searching for answers to her past after the death of her adoptive father. She’s come to find an explanation for the dreams that haunted her after the death of the cop who’d both rescued and raised her. And she’d come to identify the family she couldn’t remember but knew in her heart she’d once belonged to.

There is a lot of mystery, between a local murder and the mystery of Ainsley’s past. There is also a wealth of friendship, both old and new, a bit of romance and lot’s of animals!

The storyline will keep you going and wanting more of each turning Page . What a new and interesting series again by Kathi Daley, and I am looking forward to reading the next one in the Gooseberry Bay series!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54260385-halloween-moon

Kathi lives with her husband, kids, grandkids, and dogs in beautiful Lake Tahoe. When she isn’t writing, Kathi likes to read (preferably at the beach or by the fire), cook (preferably something with chocolate or cheese,) and garden (planting and planning not weeding). She also enjoys spending time on the water when she’s not hiking, biking, or snowshoeing, the miles of desolate trails surrounding her home.
Kathi uses the mountain setting in which she lives, along with the animals (wild and domestic) that share her home, as inspiration for her cozy mysteries.

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