“A journalist, a murdered drug dealer, and so much more!” – Baked: A Mariner’s Bluff Mini-Mystery – Book 2 by Jade Lazlow

Defrocked New York Times journalist, Trina Sharp is forced to take a job at a small-town paper in the struggling tourist town of Mariner’s Bluff.
The tourist town plans its first-ever fishing tournament and the body of a murdered drug dealer turns up in the middle of downtown.

Trina’s nose for news is off and running as she investigates and finds her girl crush at the center of the mystery. Follow Trina on the trail as she works on the most important assignment of her life, saving the girl she loves.

Viv Drewa

A journalist, a murdered drug dealer, and so much more!

Trina Sharp finds a job in a small town and this leads her to use her investigative journalist know-how to help solve a murder. This murder has a lot of twists and turns and will leave you reeling until the end.

I highly recommend this book!

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“Great first book in this fun series that I read out of sequence and still enjoyed very much” – Dead on Arrival (Laura and Gerry Mystery, Book 1) by Karen Vaughan

#COZIES #MYSTERY, #LAURAANDGERRY, #SHERLOCK/HOLMES

Laura Hamilton wakes up one morning only to find out a dead body inside her apartment. It was, after all, her ex-coworker, “Velcro” Hodges, a debt collector who was known to leech on his prey until the debt is already paid in full. But why was he dropped insider Laura’s room?

Now someone wants Laura to be dead. As the plot thickens, Laura tries to find out on who could possibly want her next to be in cold blood. Lead Detective Inspector Jeff Gibbons helps her, tracking any leads he gets, but that doesn’t seem to help solve the puzzle.

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Meet Laura in this fun first book in the series

Great first book in this fun series that I read out of sequence and still enjoyed very much. Corpse magnet, Laura, is on her own in this first book written before Gerry joins her on her misadventures. She’s a funny, sarcastic, unpredictable character who takes up sleuthing when a dead body turns up in her apartment. More than a little motivation, that’s for sure! Several secondary characters add interest along with more than a little sleaze as Laura sets out alongside Detective Inspector Jeff Gibbons to find out whodunit. I’m not going to tell you that, of course, or reveal how Laura figures it out. You need to read this book and have the fun doing that for yourself

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“Even paradise has a lot of problems, but the author makes it intriguing” – JAMAICA DEAD: LAURA & GERRY SERIES (LAURA & GERRY MYSTERIES Book 5) by Karen Vaughan

#Cozies, #Mystery #LauraAndGerry, #Sherlock/Holmes

Laura and Gerry head to Jamaica for a celebratory trip. Once again Laura, despite her best efforts, gets in the middle of a murder investigation when a fellow tourist is killed. Drug smugglers, a voodoo priestess, and ugly dudes oh my!!!! The dead guy was a jerk but did he really deserve Eshu?

By P.S. Winn

Even paradise has a lot of problems, but the author makes it intriguing.

If you haven’t read a book by this author, grab this, and if you have, you will already know you have to have another mystery, suspense from this author. Laura and Gerry are back and headed to Jamaica. Of course, with Laura, you have to have murder, mystery, and a bit of fun. Donavon and Becky Mitchell are also headed to the same resort and although not Laura and Gerry’s first choice for friends they do get to know each other and then Donavon ends up dead, and readers are in for a great ride involving voodoo, murder, drugs, and a well-told tale.

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“This is a good mystery with some romance thrown in. ” – Dead on Arrival (Laura and Gerry Mystery, Book 1) by Karen Vaughan

#COZIES #MYSTERY, #LAURAANDGERRY, #SHERLOCK/HOLMES

Laura Hamilton, wakes up one morning only to find out a dead body inside her apartment. It was, after all, her ex-coworker, “Velcro” Hodges, a debt collector who was known to leech on his prey until the debt is already paid in full. But why was he dropped insider Laura’s room?

Now someone wants Laura to be dead. As the plot thickens, Laura tries to find out on who could possibly want her next to be in cold blood. Lead Detective Inspector Jeff Gibbons helps her, tracking any leads he gets, but that doesn’t seem to help solve the puzzle.

Ann Stanmore

Right from the start you know you are hooked!

Right from the start you know you are hooked! I mean how many people wake up to find a body had been delivered to their sitting room while they slept?

This is a good mystery with some romance thrown in. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Karen Vaughan has created a great character in Laura Hamilton. She is funny, smart with a wacky sense of humour – you just have to love her! Will she be able to find out who put the body in her apartment? Who actually was the killer? There isn’t a dull moment in this book, more like a roller coaster of ‘events’ to keep you guessing what comes next!

There are lots of surprises throughout and it certainly makes you keep turning the pages. Altogether a great book, a definite to be recommended.

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“This is a good mystery with some romance thrown in. ” – Dead on Arrival (Laura and Gerry Mystery, Book 1) by Karen Vaughan

#COZIES #MYSTERY, #LAURAANDGERRY, #SHERLOCK/HOLMES

Laura Hamilton, wakes up one morning only to find out a dead body inside her apartment. It was, after all, her ex-coworker, “Velcro” Hodges, a debt collector who was known to leech on his prey until the debt is already paid in full. But why was he dropped insider Laura’s room?

Now someone wants Laura to be dead. As the plot thickens, Laura tries to find out on who could possibly want her next to be in cold blood. Lead Detective Inspector Jeff Gibbons helps her, tracking any leads he gets, but that doesn’t seem to help solve the puzzle.

Ann Stanmore

Right from the start you know you are hooked!

Right from the start you know you are hooked! I mean how many people wake up to find a body had been delivered to their sitting room while they slept?

This is a good mystery with some romance thrown in. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Karen Vaughan has created a great character in Laura Hamilton. She is funny, smart with a wacky sense of humour – you just have to love her! Will she be able to find out who put the body in her apartment? Who actually was the killer? There isn’t a dull moment in this book, more like a roller coaster of ‘events’ to keep you guessing what comes next!

There are lots of surprises throughout and it certainly makes you keep turning the pages. Altogether a great book, a definite to be recommended.

Amazon – FREE on Kindle Unlimited

“Great first book in this fun series that I read out of sequence and still enjoyed very much” – Dead on Arrival (Laura and Gerry Mystery, Book 1) by Karen Vaughan

#COZIES #MYSTERY, #LAURAANDGERRY, #SHERLOCK/HOLMES

Laura Hamilton, wakes up one morning only to find out a dead body inside her apartment. It was, after all, her ex-coworker, “Velcro” Hodges, a debt collector who was known to leech on his prey until the debt is already paid in full. But why was he dropped insider Laura’s room?

Now someone wants Laura to be dead. As the plot thickens, Laura tries to find out on who could possibly want her next to be in cold blood. Lead Detective Inspector Jeff Gibbons helps her, tracking any leads he gets, but that doesn’t seem to help solve the puzzle.

SKY08

Meet Laura in this fun first book in the series

Great first book in this fun series that I read out of sequence and still enjoyed very much. Corpse magnet, Laura, is on her own in this first book written before Gerry joins her on her misadventures. She’s a funny, sarcastic, unpredictable character who takes up sleuthing when a dead body turns up in her apartment. More than a little motivation, that’s for sure! Several secondary characters add interest along with more than a little sleaze as Laura sets out alongside Detective Inspector Jeff Gibbons to find out whodunit. I’m not going to tell you that, of course, or reveal how Laura figures it out. You need to read this book and have the fun doing that for yourself

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“Delightful introduction to a new series!” – The Glass House: A PIP Inc. Mystery (PIP Inc. Mysteries) by Nancy Lynn Jarvis

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Law Librarian Pat Pirard got an unexpected thirty-fifth birthday present: a pink slip. Now she has nine weeks to reinvent herself before she runs out of money. Her best friend Syda gives her a glass-forming class as a birthday present and distraction where Pat gets another surprise: a murder.
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Jenn Z @ That’s What She’s Reading

Delightful introduction to a new series!

I’m a huge fan of cozy mysteries featuring libraries and librarians, so when I saw this new series pop up, I was so excited to get started. Pat is a law librarian, a specialty within the library sciences that provides a perfect background for introducing an amateur sleuth for cozy mysteries, which I’m surprised hasn’t been featured more!

Despite losing her dream job, Pat is resourceful and quickly lands as a private investigator for the defense attorney representing the accused. It was incredibly entertaining to watch Pat use her skills and resources from her previous job to navigate her way through the investigation. While her attitude and interactions with others could use some fine-tuning, her amateur sleuthing was entirely believable and ultimately quite charming!

The mystery is riddled with various motives and entertaining suspects just quirky enough to create a well-plotted mystery anchored in doubt that has to be read to the end in order to find out who the culprit really is. The end was surprising, yet strangely satisfying given the circumstances of this mystery and one that I haven’t come across before.

This was a delightfully fast-paced and well written cozy mystery that I look forward to continuing on with and highly recommended if you’re a fan of bookish cozies!

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Meet our newest author: Nancy Lynn Jarvis!

Nancy

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? I didn’t want to be a writer. I started writing as a game because I was bored.

How long does it take you to write a book? It varies, but maybe four months and then another couple of months of editing before it’s good enough to be seen in public by beta readers, then more editing, then off to the editor.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?I’m the world’s most undisciplined writer. I write when I have a scene ready to go and when I’m not doing something else.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I love to watch how my characters move as they enter a scene.

How do your books get published?
I have a small publishing company, Good Read Publishers, and I use KDP for e-books and print books.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Oh gosh. I watch people and imagine.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I was already a geezerette when my first book came out. I was 59.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I host Airbnb, which is so much fun that I’ve even written about it. I am an occasional community activist. I like to garden and socialize with friends.

What does your family think of your writing?
They think it’s cool that I do it. My next goal is recording audiobooks and my youngest son has set up a mini recording studio for that.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
Characters talk to you and tell you things about themselves that you didn’t know.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite? Seven in the Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries series, a stand-alone novel called Mags and the AARP Gang, The Glass House, the first book in the PIP Inc. Mysteries series, and a mini tell-all called, The Truth About Hosting Airbnb. I’ve also edited Cozy Food: 128 Cozy Mystery Writers Share Their Favorite Recipes and an anthology called Santa Cruz Weird.

 Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Get a good editor.

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
Sometimes. Stuff.

Do you like to create books for adults?
All my books are for adults.
What do you think makes a good story?
Almost anything can make a good story.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I haven’t decided yet.

 Any books in the works?
I’m working on The Funeral Murder, book two in the PIP Inc. Mysteries (which stands for Private Investigator Pat) I went to a funeral about a year ago where someone died during the funeral. It set me to asking questions and thinking…

 What are your plans for the future?
I’m not bragging, but I have a big house set on thirty-six acres of private forest with a commanding view of the Monterey Bay and Pacific ocean. People say it’s a magical place and a wonderful retreat. I thought it would be great fun to hold writer retreats her a few times a year. Doesn’t five or six people all coming up with novel ways to commit murder sound like fun?

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The Glass House: A PIP Inc. Mystery (PIP Inc. Mysteries)

by Nancy Lynn Jarvis

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Law Librarian Pat Pirard got an unexpected thirty-fifth birthday present: a pink slip. Now she has nine weeks to reinvent herself before she runs out of money. Her best friend Syda gives her a glass-forming class as a birthday present and distraction where Pat gets another surprise: a murder.

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Nancy Wood

Entertaining cozy with a dose of romance

I love the start of this new series from Nancy Lynn Jarvis. It’s written in her engaging style, with solid characters, plenty of red herrings, and a murder that feels perfect since the victim is someone you love to hate!

I was particularly impressed by the deft introduction of the main character, Pat Pirard. At the start of the book, Pat is in her new car, a two-door sunburst yellow Mercedes, pulling into her newly-designated parking spot at the Santa Cruz County office building. She’s listening to Aretha’s “Respect.” We learn that she’s got strawberry blond hair. She’s wearing peachy lipstick and stylish pointed-toe pumps, and she totes a leopard print briefcase. It’s a great character portrait, right there on page 1.

Needless to say, I was hooked. Pat is a fun character. She’s likable, smart, and funny. Her friends are equally so. The plot moves along quickly, with Pat pulled into a murder investigation thirty pages in. As Pat proves herself as a P.I., she’s also falling in love. The romantic element of this book is written with just the right amount of spice. And the story is fun, with lots of detail about Santa Cruz, glasswork, and the ins and outs of private detecting. As the plot unfolds, you’ll find plenty of suspects and shifting facts, and you’ll definitely want to keep reading to find out what happens.

I highly recommend The Glass House for readers who like a cozy mystery with a dose of romance.

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