Pasta Pinot & Murder: A Food & Wine Cozy Mystery (Willa Friday, Book 1)

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Author: Jamie Lee Scott

Series: Willa Friday

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Publisher: LBB Company

Pages: 173

 

Willa Friday is owner and food blogger for “A Dish in Thyme”, and a food photographer. She, along with her ex-husband and their daughter, live on the vineyard owned by her ex-mother-in-law. She also rents her work space from her. Willa has just hired a new assistant to replace her daughter, who is leaving for college, and has begun training him when she is reminded that she is to meet the owner of another vineyard to get the details for an event that she is to do photography for. When she arrives at the vineyard, however, she finds the owner dead and her ex-mother-in-law the main suspect in the murder. Willa becomes involved in the investigation, and finds out more information about the local vineyard owners than she bargained for, putting her in the crosshairs.

This was a fun, quick read. The characters were all well developed, with room to develop them even further without it seeming forced. There was a good plot and storyline, that didn’t seem stale, as it can sometime seem with cozies. It’s peppered throughout with recipes, and food and wine pairings (looking forward to trying some of those!). This was definitely something original, which I always enjoy. There was a lot of fun snark and wit in the dialogue. If you have read Scott’s other work, you can hear her voice in this book, but there is no doubt that this is much lighter fare compared to her Gotcha series. I would have to day that this first installment, in what is set to be a new series, is a success.

 

 

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Trespassers Will Be Prostituted (Gotcha Detective Agency Mystery, Book 9)

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Author: Jamie Lee Scott

Series: Gotcha Detective Agency Mystery

Genre: Mystery

Publisher: LBB Company

Pages: 159

 

Mimi Capurro (co-owner of Gotcha Detective Agency) is burned out, and in dire need of a vacation. She and homicide detective boyfriend, Nick, are planning on a trip to Italy. Nothing ever works out quite right for them, though. Meanwhile, a young girl makes her way in to the Agency, and in to Charles’ office. She claims that she was kidnaped and placed in to a sex trafficking ring. She says that she was taken with a thirteen-year-old girl, whom she was unable to save when she escaped. She begs for their help in getting her out. Now, the Agency is eyeballs deep in trying to take down a Russian sex trafficking ring, and may be in for more than they expected.

This is the ninth installment in the Gotcha Detective Agency Mystery series. I love this series, and all the main characters in it. Throughout the series, Mimi, Charles, Nick, Max, and the rest of the gang have been continually developed in to amazing characters. The book can easily be read, even if you haven’t read the rest of the series, but it is even more enjoyable if you read the whole series! The plot is well researched, well thought out, and moves at a great pace. The story is told in alternating viewpoints (Mimi and Charles), but is done very well and never gets confusing. Although the story is centered on very disturbing subject matter, it doesn’t ever get graphic so there is no need for avoidance due to that. This book was a quick read, and great if you are looking for a fun mystery.

The Remingtons: Recipe for Love (Kindle Worlds Novella)

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Author: Jamie Lee Scott

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Kindle Worlds

Pages: 83

 

Diem Keegan owns Cupcake Diem, which she runs with her awesome assistant Reese. She has landed a dream client, with the wedding of the year, runway model Lili Crew. Lili and Diem were best friends in school, until Lili was discovered and dropped Diem. As high profile clients can sometimes be, Lili is demanding, and quite a handful. After a meeting at a high end hotel ends badly, Diem stops in at the hotel bar for a drink and some complaining about her client. The friendly bartender, however, turns out to be Sterling Crew: Lili’s brother, and the biggest developer in the city. Will this encounter end Diem’s dream wedding account, or will it land her more than she ever dreamed?

This was USA Today Bestselling author, Jamie Lee Scott’s, first endeavor in to the world of romance writing, and I think that she made the transition beautifully. The characters in this novella were just as well developed as those in her Gotcha Detective Agency series, and the writing was just as lovely. The story was engaging and attention grabbing, even for this reader, who doesn’t usually read romance. If you are a fan of romance, I think that this novella is a great story to dive in to.

 

 

Start of 2016

Hello everyone!

I hope that the new year is treating you all well,  so far! It has been super busy for me, already, as things have started off with a bang at work this year. I have taken the first little bit of this year to try and map out my reading goals and what I hope to get accomplished this year. It is quite a bit more than what I set for myself last year, but I hope that I will be able to get it done. You guys all keep me motivated to keep going, and sharing my thoughts, so thank you for that!

There are several series that I am hoping to get through this year, that I have been putting off. Some of them are ones that have been out, and popular, for some time and I just haven’t gotten around to them yet, and some you may not have even heard of. I hope that you won’t mind journeying with me through these series. There will be some stand alones in there to break them  up, though, so don’t fret! I will also be re-reading some of my favorites, which I do every year. Some of those I will share with you, and some I may not, as they have been reviewed to death (like Harry Potter). There will be a lot of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, & YA this year, as that seems to be where the reading list is headed, but there is quite a bit of Stephen King and some Joe Hill on there, as well. Quincy J. Allan has promised some new books this year & and I’m pretty sure that Jordan K. Rose will have something new out, so I’m very excited about that! A little birdy also told me that Jamie Lee Scott has some new reads coming out, so I can’t wait to see what those will entail!

My intent is to post every Wednesday and Saturday (and some in between, as needed), whether that be just an update or an actual review. I look forward to this year with you guys, and hope you all have a wonderful year!!! As always, thanks for reading!

-T