Friday, March 02, 2018


Better Dead

A B&B Spirits Mystery
Pamela Kopfler

Genre: Cozy Mystery

As the owner of a charming Louisiana bed and breakfast, Holly Davis
believes in Southern hospitality—but she draws the line at
welcoming the ghost of her cheating husband . . .

Burl  Davis checked out of this life a little earlier than expected—before
Holly could serve him with divorce papers over his extramarital
flings. Unfortunately, it was not before he nearly bankrupted her
beloved B&B, Holly Grove, a converted plantation that has been in
her family for generations. Holly would never wish anyone dead, but
three months later she's feeling a lot more relief than grief.
Until Burl's ghost appears as an unwelcome guest. Before his spirit can
move on, her not-so-dearly departed needs Holly’s human help to
bust up the drug smuggling ring he was involved with. She has
reservations, to say the least, but agrees to assist him if he’ll
make a show of haunting the B&B to draw in visitors. But when
Holly’s former love, Jack McCann, mysteriously resurfaces in town
and checks in, she has to wonder if her B&B is big enough for the
ghost of her husband and the very real physical presence of her old flame . . .

Pamela Kopfler is a novelist, Southern-fried and sassy. She writes
award-winning humorous mysteries with a kick of Southern sass. Her
debut novel, BETTER DEAD, is the first in her B &B Spirits
mystery series, to be followed by DOWNRIGHT DEAD, and HOG WILD DEAD.
(Kensington Books) She is a four-time Golden Heart® finalist and a
Daphne du Maurier award winner.

She can stir up a roux, mix a cocktail, and loves swapping stories. 
Putting words on the page keeps her alligator mouth from overloading her 
hummingbird heinie in real life. She marks her time on earth by the lives of the dogs she has
loved–who often show up in her stories. 
Pamela lives in South Louisiana where the spirits are restless, the 
food is spicy, and the living is divine.

Murder With Lemon Teacakes

A Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery
Karen Rose Smith

Genre: Cozy Mystery

In an old Victorian in the heart of Pennsylvania's Amish country, Daisy
Swanson and her aunt Iris serve soups, scones, and soothing teas to
tourists and locals--but a murder in their garden

 has them in hot water . . . 

"...readers are immediately drawn to main character, Daisy Swanson, and
her beloved Aunt Iris."


Daisy, a widowed mom of two teenagers, is used to feeling protective--so
when Iris started dating the wealthy and not-quite-divorced Harvey
Fitz, she worried . . . especially after his bitter ex stormed in and
caused a scene at the party Daisy's Tea Garden was catering. Then
there was the gossip she overheard about Harvey's grown children
being cut out of his will. Daisy didn't want her aunt to wind up with
a broken heart--but she never expected Iris to wind up a suspect in
Harvey's murder.

Now the apple bread and orange pekoe is
on the back burner while the cops treat the shop like a crime
scene--and Daisy hopes that Jonas Groft, a former detective from
Philadelphia, can help her clear her aunt's name and bag the real
killer before things boil over . . .
Includes delicious recipes for Iris's Lemon Tea Cakes and more!

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My Review

If you keep up with Karen Rose Smith on Facebook, you know she is a caring person who loves cats. Right away, that makes me like her. Knowing she writes cozy mysteries is another plus.
MURDER WITH LEMON TEA CAKES is the first in Ms Smith’s new A Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery Series. 

In this series, widowed Daisy and her Aunt Iris have a tea room in a lovely Victorian. When Iris’ gentleman friend Harvey is found dead in the tea room herb garden, grumpy Detective Rappaport (don’t you love that name?) thinks Iris is the culprit. Naturally, Daisy cannot stand by and let her aunt be accused of murder. With the help of former detective Jonas Croft, Daisy questions suspects and draws her own conclusions. Pay careful attention and follow the clues.

This book also has nice touches of Daisy’s life. Delicious sounding recipes are also included at the end of the book. I’m a tea drinker and appreciate the tempting combinations of hot tea and sweet accompaniments.  

Karen Rose Smith has written an engaging cozy that is certain to keep readers interested to the last page. I highly recommend MURDER WITH LEMON TEA CAKES to readers.

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

After writing romances for twenty years, Karen Rose Smith is
excited to see her Caprice De Luca home-stager mystery series
published. Her sleuth reflects many of her interests: ¬interior
decorating, cooking, retro fashion, gardening, and, most of all,
taking in stray animals. Married to her college sweetheart, Karen has
convinced her husband that felines can make purr-fect housemates.
They share their home in the Susquehanna Valley of Pennsylvania with
their three rescued cats. For more about Karen, please visit her

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Mary Preston said...

Cozy mysteries are always fun to read.

diannekc said...

I'm looking forward to reading both books. They both look like great reads.

Lori said...

I think the covers are wonderful. especially the lemon one. this year I am going to try a cozy mystery.

Kara Marks said...

Both books sound really good and I love both covers.

Lori said...

the lemon book sounds really interesting. I love the cover. I want to try a cozy mystery this year
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Julie Lynn Bickham said...

These both seem like great reads. I will def be putting these on my to read list!

Lori said...

MURDER WITH LEMON TEA CAKES sounds interesting. I love the names the author picked.
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Lori said...

I want to read a cozy mystery this year to see if I like them. I like the idea of the Lemon book to try. Thanks for a chance.
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Lori said...

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