Maddie, Trixie (her Persian cat who might be her familiar) and Suzanne (Maddie’s best friend) operate Brewed from the Bean, a specialty coffee truck in Estherville, a small town in Washington State.
The local coffee festival has people buzzing – but for all the wrong reasons. When an obnoxious radio personality is murdered, all signs point to Maddie being the culprit!
Maddie, Trixie, and Suzanne are determined to clear Maddie’s name, and investigate their fellow competitors.
But with only two spells under her belt, can Maddie unmask the killer? It will take the combined efforts of the trio to discover who the murderer is – before it’s too late!
Cappuccino Corpse: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0711L1Z7S
Dark Desires – Eve Silver
Betrayed by those she trusted, penniless and alone, Darcie Finch is forced to accept a position that no one else dares, as assistant to dangerously attractive Dr. Damien Cole. Ignoring the whispered warnings and rumours that he’s a man to fear, she takes her position at his eerie estate where she quickly discovers that nothing is at it seems, least of all her handsome and brooding employer. As Darcie struggles with her fierce attraction to Damien, she must also deal with the blood, the disappearances … and the murders.
With her options dwindling and time running out, Darcie must rely on her instincts as she confronts the man she is falling in love with. Is he an innocent and misunderstood man … or a remorseless killer who prowls the East End streets?
So as I was thinking about releasing one of my stories it will need a cover right? It’s got a little bit of sexiness in it, lots of forbidden sighs and longing looks and just a hint of the type of attraction that has you panting for more.
Why is it then, that all the cover models I’ve seen just don’t match up to my hero or heroine? Having read a number of stories and receiving any number of author’s newsletters I know there are a bunch of hot men and women out there adorning the covers of books.
But they are too hot.
Of course, a guy with a perfect six-pack looks amazing and the female counterpart has gorgeous hair and perfect legs (amongst other perfect attributes) but they just aren’t realistic.
My characters are from the real world, sure he goes to the gym and likes to run but other than that he leads a pretty sedate life. Stuck to his desk, for the most part, he left the rippling muscle-bound body of a 20-year-old in the past. Now touching 40, he’s still attractive but in a whole new way.
Maybe it’s me. Maybe I’m tired of seeing the same type of model on the cover of books. Tatts and muscles. Shirt open. Jeans pushed low on the hips. Do we seriously all fantasise about the same kind of men? If so, what am I missing?
*The TV series not the books.
I arrived late to Pretty Little Liars, the show was on Season 4 before I started binge watching it. It took some time to get into, lots of interesting side stories, obvious cliches, predictable moments vied against the inherent mystery of who was A.
Along came the first of many “big reveals”. First we discovered A, then Uber A, and in just a couple of episodes we’ll finally get who is AD. The final A. The mastermind.
In just two episodes they are going to manage to wrap up all the stories, the plot twists, and reveal a murderer.
A, in many guises, has been holding four girls (Spencer Hastings, Hanna Marin, Aria Montgomery, and Emily Fields) captive figuratively with blackmail and then on different occasions, literally captive in a real live doll house. The girls are emotionally tortured and on occasion, physically as well.
But the thing that gets me is why didn’t they just go to the police in the first place, ‘fess up to what they’d done and get A (in whatever guise) out in the open. Although it seems as though they are not alone in having secrets, their parents have as much to hide at times.
My favourite one of the four girls is Aria Montgomery (played by actress Lucy Hale), she’s the arty creative type and has “written a bit”. What’s not to like about that? The other girls are Spencer, the ‘smart one’, Hanna the fashionable one, and finally, Emily is the sporty one.
Amongst the other characters we have love interests, potential suspects, and people trying to find out what is going on.
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ANGEL by C.A.BELL
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What lies behind the door to Chateau Rouge is all that Angel knows – sex, drugs, abuse, and treachery. But when Felix, an artist from England, enters into her tiny world, he opens her eyes to what life could really be, and now, Angel wants out. There’s just one problem. There’s no way on earth the owner, Grand Papa, will ever let her leave Chateau Rouge. She is his. His possession. His whore. His Angel.
Angel has a choice to make. Does she finally stand up to the man who has taken so much from her? Or does she give up true love through fear of what lies outside the walls of Chateau Rouge – freedom.
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So hey, hit me up in the comments if you read/like cozy mysteries?
A definition of what they are can be found here in case you haven’t heard of them.
I’ve found them to be a quick easy read with quirky characters, interesting settings, and enough of mystery to keep me entertained.
If you do like them are there any you’d recommend? Any author you follow? Have you thought about penning your own cozy mystery?