Archive for January, 2018

Taming The Highlander by Terri Brisbin


Lady Jocelyn MacCallum had always believed she would marry for love. But the price of her brother’s freedom was to become fearsome Connor MacLerie’s new bride — a bargain that could cost Jocelyn her life.

From the moment she looked into Connor’s sternly handsome face, Jocelyn began to hope that the rumors surrounding his first wife’s death were false. His reputation was as wild and untamed as the Scottish moors. Would she find a way to reach the man beneath that forbidding exterior?


The Children Of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen


Fourteen-year-old Lisa Jura was a musical prodigy who hoped to become a concert pianist. But when Hitler’s armies advanced on pre-war Vienna, Lisa’s parents were forced to make a difficult decision. Able to secure passage for only one of their three daughters through the Kindertransport, they chose to send gifted Lisa to London for safety.

As she yearned to be reunited with her family while she lived in a home for refugee children on Willesden Lane, Lisa’s music became a beacon of hope. A memoir of courage, survival, and the power of music to uplift the human spirit, this compelling tribute to one special young woman and the lives she touched will both educate and inspire young readers.
Featuring line art throughout and B&W photos.

Bead On Trouble by Barbara Burnett Smith


Meet Kitzi Camden, former stateswoman. When she retired, Kitzi dreamed of doing what she loves best–beading. She certainly didn’t plan to try her hand at amateur sleuthing. But lately, trouble seems to find her wherever she goes–even deep into the woods.

When a young beader is killed at a beading retreat, Kitzi is faced with almost as many suspects as there are beads in her bag.

Chaos And Chocolate Mousse by M.E. Harmon


Tricks and lies but which bridesmaid has a good alibi?

Ali Daniels, NYC baker-extraordinaire, gets stuck in the middle of the ultimate chair-throwing, name-slinging, bridal shower meltdown.

Again and again, mysterious things happen, until it becomes clear there’s a devious mind determined to descend the event into complete and utter chaos.

Soon the baker-turned-sleuth is sucked into a sticky bridesmaid beehive of deceit, secrets and lies.

There’s a tangled mess of suspects, and it’s up to Ali to expose the menacing, mischief-maker before the wedding plans completely crumble.

This cozy mystery features an amateur, female sleuth.

Chaos and Chocolate Mousse is the second book of a three part series where clues for the final murder mystery appear throughout all three books. Can you spot all of the clues? The first book is Secrets and Sweet Rolls.

Dog’s Don’t Lie by Clea Simon


Pru Marlowe isn’t your ordinary animal psychic. A tough girl on the run from her own gift, Pru left the big city to return to her picturesque Berkshires hometown looking for a little peace. Too bad that her training as an animal behaviorist got her mixed up with Lily, a rescue dog, and Charles, her person. Now Charles is dead, and Lily looks good for it. After all, Lily is a pitbull, a fighting-ring dropout, and way too traumatized to give Pru a clear picture of what she has witnessed. But Pru knows something about bad girls trying to clean up, and, with a sense of justice strong enough to overcome her dislike of human society, she takes the case. Listening to the animals, Pru picks up clues—and learns there are secrets in the pretty little town that make murder look simple. Unable to tell anybody about her psychic abilities, uncertain at times about her own sanity, Pru comes to realize that if she clears Lily, she’ll likely become the prime suspect—or the next victim. While the only creature she can totally trust is her crotchety tabby Wallis, Pru’s got to uncover the real killer—and find a way to live with her gift—before the real beasts in the town savage her and those she has come to love.

The first in the Pru Marlowe “pet noir” series.

2018 Reading Challenges


I am going to do the pop sugar challenge and to read some cozy mysteries this year.

Pop Sugar Challenge

A book with an animal in the title- Dog’s Don’t Lie by Clea Simon- finished

borrowed book or gift- The Children Of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen- finished

A book set in a country that fascinates you- Taming The Highlander- Currently reading


Cozy Mysteries Challenge

Chaos And Chocolate Mousse by M.E. Harmon- finished

Bead On Trouble by Barbara Burnett Smith- finished