Friday, October 18, 2019

#Review & #Giveaway: Read and Buried: A Lighthouse Library Mystery by Eva Gates #cosymystery #library #Halloween

Read and Buried: A Lighthouse Library Mystery by Eva Gates

  Cozy Mystery 6th in Series Crooked Lane Books (October 15, 2019) 
 Hardcover: 325 Pages ISBN-10: 1643852337 ISBN-13: 978-1643852331
 Digital ASIN: B07P9MQV3F

About Read and Buried

Librarian Lucy Richardson unearths a mysterious map dating back to the Civil War. But if she can't crack its code, she may end up read and buried.
The Bodie Island Lighthouse Library Classic Novel Book Club is reading Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne while workers dig into the earth to repair the Lighthouse Library's foundations. The digging halts when Lucy pulls a battered tin box containing a Civil War-era diary from the pit. Tucked inside is a hand-drawn map of the Outer Banks accompanied by a page written in an indecipherable code.
The library is overrun by people clamoring to see the artifact. Later that night, Lucy and Connor McNeil find the body of historical society member Jeremy Hughes inside the library. Clearly Jeremy was not the only one who broke into the library--the map and the coded page are missing.
Lucy's nemesis, Louise Jane McKaughnan, confesses to entering the library after closing to sneak a peek but denies seeing Jeremy--or his killer. When Lucy discovers that fellow-librarian Charlene had a past with Jeremy, she's forced to do what she vowed not to do--get involved in the case. Meanwhile, the entire library staff and community become obsessed with trying to decode the page. But when the library has a second break in, it becomes clear that someone is determined to solve that code.
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About Eva Gates

Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than thirty books: clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. She is currently writing four cozy mystery series: the Tea By The Sea mysteries for Kensington, the Year Round Christmas mysteries for Penguin Random House, the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series and, as Eva Gates, the Lighthouse Library books for Crooked Lane.
Vicki is a past president of the Crime Writers of Canada and co-founder and organizer of the Women Killing It crime writing festival. She lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario.
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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Amber Ruin Book Eight by Suzanne M. Sabol #Giveaway #Halloween #UrbanFantasy #Spotlight

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing

Date of Publication: October 9, 2019

Number of pages:
Word Count: 106,733

Cover Artist: Rae Monet

Tagline: Racing to survive the traps set by Baba Yaga and the magic of the Outer Realm to rescue two of her wolves, Dahlia Sabin enters the Outer Realm understanding she may never come out again.

Book Description:

Dahlia, Dean, and Patrick are attempting a political coup of the supernatural world. Gathering allies to upset the balance and throw off the shackles of the ancients won’t be easy. But to live alongside humans instead of in their shadow, they’ll have to overcome enemies at every turn; vampires, shifters, the fae, and humans.

Baba Yaga, the queen of the dark fae, has her own designs for Dahlia. Moving her chess pieces on the board, the ancient witch has set a trap to draw The Blushing Death back into her clutches. To possess Dahlia and the power of Fertiri magic for her own purposes, Baba Yaga will do almost anything -sacrifice anyone – to rise to power once more. 

Racing to survive Baba Yaga’s traps and rescue two of her wolves, Dahlia enters Baba Yaga’s mountain understanding that she may never come out again.

About the Author:

Suzanne M Sabol is the author of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University and has two Bachelor of Arts degrees with majors in Criminology, International Studies, Russian, and Political Science. She has a Master’s degree from The Ohio State University’s John Glenn School of Public Affairs. She is married with one child and lives in Columbus Ohio.
Suzanne M Sabol is a member of several professional organizations; Romance Writers of America, Central Ohio Fiction Writers, North East Ohio Romance Writers Chapter, and the Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Chapter of RWA.

The Blushing Death Series and the Blood and Bone Legacy are published through Soul Mate Publishing. Editor, Debby Gilbert, can be contacted through their website at



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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Zen Ghosts by John J. Muth #Halloween #duality #ghosts #ScholasticBooks

It's Halloween. The trees are ablaze in fiery reds. Excited children don colorful costumes. And there's mystery and fun around every corner!

When Addy, Michael, and Karl finish trick-or-treating, their bags are brimming with treats. But the fun isn't over yet. Their good friend Stillwater the panda has one more special surprise in store for them. A mysterious visitor is about to tell them a spine-tingling story --- one that will fill each and every reader with wonder.

My review:
This is a beautifully illustrated book with all the colors you would expect to see in the Fall and at Halloween. It started out fun with the characters deciding what they wanted to be for Halloween. The story carried on right through the sorting and trading of candy. After that, the panda friend was to tell the children a ghost story.

At this point a ghost story is told by a seemingly look-alike panda. It is a real Chinese story ages old. This is where the book turns deep and thought provoking. It was a good story but the problem I had with it was the story was not meant for young children. In fact, if anything, the story was meant to be for adults who are studying Zen practices. 

If you want a book that is for Halloween type illustrations (to a point), then by all means, get this book but be aware of what I mentioned above. I think you might even need to have a bit of pre-talk before reading.

Overall, I still give this book 4 pumpkins.

Disclosure: I borrowed this book from the library. The views here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Michelle

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Darkest Gateway-Book of the Hidden Book 4 by Jeri Westerson #Giveaway #Spotlight #Halloween #UrbanFantasy #ParanormalRomance

The Darkest Gateway
Booke of the Hidden
Book Four
Jeri Westerson

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Publisher: JABberwocky Literary

Date of Publication: October 2, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-625674-25-8
ASIN: 978-1-625674-23-4

Number of pages: 301
Word Count: 90,181

Cover Artist: Mayhem Cover Creations

Tagline: “Whoever said country life was dull didn’t know Moody Bog.”

Book Description:      

With the arrival of Samhain, the supernatural Booke of the Hidden is set to release a barrage of deadly creatures onto the hapless village of Moody Bog, Maine.

Tea proprietor Kylie Strange knows the showdown is coming and wants to end the Booke for good. But the only way to accomplish this is a journey to the Netherworld and get the help of the only being powerful enough to destroy the Booke: Satan himself. And, though the brooding and elusive demon Erasmus Dark has captured Kylie’s heart against her better judgment, she ignores his repeated warnings that the mission guarantees her doom.

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About the Author:

Los Angeles native JERI WESTERSON is the author of twelve Crispin Guest Medieval Noir Mystery novels, a series nominated for thirteen national awards from the “Agatha” to the “Shamus”. Her fifth novel BLOOD LANCE was named one of the Ten Hot Crime Novels for Colder Days by Kirkus Reviews, and her sixth, SHADOW OF THE ALCHEMIST, was named Best of 2013 by Suspense Magazine. For BOOKE OF THE HIDDEN, her urban fantasy series, Publishers Weekly said, “Readers sad about the ending of Charlaine Harris’s MIDNIGHT, TEXAS trilogy will find some consolation in Moody Bog.” The fourth and final in the series, THE DARKEST GATEWAY, releases October 2, 2019. Jeri also writes the humorous SKYLER FOXE LGBT MYSTERIES under the pen name Haley Walsh. Jeri’s short stories were included in several mystery anthologies, including Shaken: Stories for Japan (for the 2011 Earthquake Relief Fund). Jeri was also featured on two local NPR shows, “My Awesome Empire” and KVCR-Arts. She has served two terms as president of the Southern California Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, twice president of the Orange County Chapter of Sisters in Crime, and as vice president and California Crime Writers Conference co-chair for the Los Angeles Chapter of Sisters in Crime. See more about Jeri at,, and


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Monday, October 14, 2019

Review: Haunted House Murder (Compendium) by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, Barbara Ross #Halloween #HauntedHouses #murdermysteries

Summary:(Three different stories)

Newcomers to Tinker’s Cove, Ty and Heather Moon have moved into a dilapidated house reputed to be a haven for ghosts. Now strange noises and flickering lights erupt from the house at all hours and neighborly relations are on edge. And when a local boy goes missing near the house, it’s up to Lucy Stone to unravel the mystery of the eccentric couple and their increasingly frightful behavior.
For the past two years, the house next door to Hayley Powell has sat abandoned after the owner died under mysterious circumstances. The Salinger family has recently taken possession of the property, but the realtor behind the deal has vanished—after a very public and angry argument with Damien Salinger. If Bar Harbor’s newest neighbors are murderers, Hayley will haunt them until they confess.
With its history of hauntings and ghost sightings, Busman’s Harbor is the perfect setting for Halloween festivities. But when a reenactment of a Prohibition-era gangster’s murder ends with a literal bang and a dead actor from New Jersey, Julia Snowden must identify a killer before she ends up sleeping with the fishes.

My review:
I have to start out by saying that I did not read the last two stories. For some reason, I was unaware that this was three different authors and three different stories. Therefore, since I did not realize until after the first story, I am only going to review the first.

This story started out as a community who was fed up with an old dilapidated house in their neighborhood. It turns out, the house is suddenly sold and rumors begins because the neighbors aren't friendly at all. A hair raising event happens that causes uproar with the new neighbors and a funny twisted ending. Yes, I said funny.

A typical looking "haunted" house sets the scene nicely. Spooky noises with flickering lights make for the fun but spooky scare. Then there is the couple. A witch? A ghost? Ah, so much intrigue all wrapped up into a good little story. This story has everything a good cozy mystery would have.

I am giving this 3 pumpkins.

Disclosure: I borrowed a copy of this book from my local library. The views here are 100% my own and may differ from yours.

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Close Encounters of the Curd Kind by Kirsten Weiss #Giveaway #Halloween #CozyMysteries #Spotlight

Close Encounters of the Curd Kind: A Doyle Cozy Mystery (A Wits' End Cozy Mystery)

Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series

misterio press (September 5, 2019)

Print Length: 250 Pages 
Digital ASIN: B07VVF9VDW

The truth is out there… Way out there.
Susan Witsend, owner of the best little UFO-themed B&B in the Sierras, is absolutely, positively, not going to get involved in another murder case. Not with her small-town sheriff threatening jail time if she interferes in one more investigation.

So when her neighbor is murdered, Susan exerts all her willpower to stay out of the sheriff’s business. But her neighbor’s daughter, Clare, needs Susan’s help. Clare’s been experiencing lost time, a sure sign of alien abduction. Helping Clare is only neighborly… and totally not interfering. Right?

Worse, Clare’s not the only one with UFO issues. Weird lights in the sky, vanishing cows, and little green men are bringing the mountain town of Doyle to the edge of a panic. Can Susan unearth the truth before her town spirals into chaos? If you like laugh-out-loud mysteries with complicated heroines (and breakfast recipes), you’ll love Close Encounters of the Curd Kind, book 3 in the Wits’ End series of cozy mystery novels. Read this twisty cozy caper today!

About Kirsten Weiss

Kirsten Weiss has never met a dessert she didn’t like, and her guilty pleasures are watching Ghost Whisperer re-runs and drinking red wine. The latter gives her heartburn, but she drinks it anyway.
Now based in San Mateo, CA, she writes genre-blending cozy mystery, supernatural and steampunk suspense, mixing her experiences and imagination to create vivid worlds of fun and enchantment.
If you like funny cozy mysteries, check out her Pie Town, Paranormal Museum and Wits’ End books. If you’re looking for some magic with your mystery, give the Witches of Doyle, Riga Hayworth, and Rocky Bridges books a try. And if you like steampunk, the Sensibility Grey series might be for you.
Kirsten sends out original short stories of mystery and magic to her mailing list. If you’d like to get them delivered straight to your inbox, make sure to sign up for her newsletter at
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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Carl's Halloween by Alexandra Day #HalloweenBooks, #Halloween,#dogs, #vintage #Picturebooks

Mom has to go help Grandma, but it's Halloween, and Carl and Madeleine don't want to miss out on the fun. So after Mom leaves, they make their own costumes and go out trick-or-treating by themselves. They even stop in at a party to bob for apples before they return safely to their house, content from their Halloween adventure and with Mom none the wiser.

My review:
Cons: An obviously too young of a child is left on her own to pass out Halloween candy. She takes off and goes to a party with her dog, Carl. She then returns and acts like she never left. Back in the day, this might not have been too bad a deal, usually neighbors watched neighbors kids as they ran around. Today, no one in their right mind would leave a child, especially this young, by themself and on Halloween no less. Not to mention, the child took off without Mom or anyone else knowing. I am pretty sure nobody would want to show that to their child. Strike 2!

Pros: Although I mentions some hefty things under the cons, this book was well illustrated. It is mostly a picture book with very few words in it. It is quite colorful and the illustrations look vintage with a time now gone by. If a parent was to read this with their child, I think they could overlook some of the things that made me cringe and simply just talk about the pictures themselves. It could also be a great book to talk about stranger danger and what to do if a child found themselves alone. Also, could talk about lying too or taking things that do not belong to you. +3

Overall, this book receives 3 pumpkins from me and mainly for illustrations that saved the book.

Disclosure: I obtained a copy from the local library. The views here are 100% my own and may differ from yours.~Michelle

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