The Tell All (Locust Point Mystery Book 1) by Libby Howard

The Tell All (Locust Point Mystery Book 1) by Libby Howard, 153 pages, July 24th, 2017, Format: Kindle. Genre: Women Sleuths, Ghosts, Mystery. Warning: May Contain Spoilers.

Review by Leigh Holland.

A quick and charming read, The Tell All by Libby Howard is a fresh take on the cozy mystery. Kay Carrera is a sixty-year-old widow, having recently lost her husband of many years. Prior to that loss, she dealt with not being able to have kids and her husband’s debilitating illness. Kay’s had some rough life experiences. However, she doesn’t let the past weigh her down. She is determined to move forward and build a renewed life for herself. What makes this a fresh take? Most modern American cozy mysteries jump into the action and plot pretty quickly. Howard gives us time to get to know Kay. Kay doesn’t feel like a stock character by the time the action begins. Kay feels like a real person, heading into a scary and exciting new phase of her life. Other characters are also introduced and we get to know a little more about them before the plot takes off.

Although a few hints and a couple of clues dot the landscape over the first half of the book, the bulk of the investigation takes place over the last half of the pages. In fact, it felt like it was over too fast. The story was believable; the characters relatable. Howard makes it a breeze to sympathize with the main character and her supporting cast. The plot was interesting, although I figured out the solution a bit earlier than I would’ve liked. As for the writing, the engaging style kept me turning the pages, although I did find a couple of minor editing errors in the text.

I’d recommend this one to readers who like cozy mysteries and quick reads of around an hour. I look forward to reading the next book and seeing how Kay’s new life develops.

You can find this one at The Tell All.

Book Description:

Life at sixty isn’t quite what Kay Carrera expected. She’s working as a skip-tracer for a PI who is desperate to land his own reality TV show. She has a new roommate who arrived with more than the usual amount of baggage. And her attempts at knitting are less than stellar – way less than stellar. Worse, the cataract surgery that restored her sight has also delivered an unexpected and disturbing side-effect.

Kay sees ghosts. And when the dead turn to her for help, she just can’t say no.

About the Author:

Libby Howard lives in a little house in the woods with her sons and two exuberant bloodhounds. She occasionally knits, occasionally bakes, and occasionally manages to do a load of laundry. Most of her writing is done in a bar where she can combine work with people-watching, a decent micro-brew, and a plate of Old Bay wings.

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A Friend In Death (A Moonlight Bay Psychic Mystery) by K.J. Emrick and Kathryn De Winter

A Friend In Death (A Moonlight Bay Psychic Mystery) by K.J. Emrick and Kathryn De Winter, South Coast Publishing, 78 pages, June 4th 2017, Genre: Short Reads, Cozy Mystery. Warning: May Contain Spoilers.

 

Review by Leigh Holland.

A Friend In Death: A Short Read is a cozy mystery, the first in a six book series known as the Moonlight Bay Psychic Mystery series. I love the fact I can get through one of these over lunch. Couple that with my penchant for cozy mysteries and it’s a win-win for me. At the end of the kindle version, there’s an offer to sign up to the subscribe list for each author to receive one free book from each of them- a two book total that sweetens the deal for cozy lovers.

Miranda Wylder is a crime novelist and secret psychic living in Melbourne, Australia. She’s the popular author of “The Mob’s Calling” and the upcoming “Dance With The Devil”. She experiences strange, unbidden visions and can speak with the dead, two traits that she keeps hidden for fear others won’t understand. She has a vision of a man in the backyard, in a fetal position, dead. Disturbed, she feels the man is familiar, but can’t place him. Miranda makes a mean rack of lamb, loves watering her garden, misses her hometown of Moonlight Bay, and is a devoted friend to Kyle.

Kyle is a food reviewer at The Metropolitan Post newspaper. As a critic, he has his fair share of enemies. He’s broken up with his boyfriend Markus and recently received hate emails over a review he gave at a restaurant, The Coffee Ambience. Miranda comforts Kyle. She heads out to do a book signing at The Coffee Ambience. Towards the end of the book signing, police approach her and take her downtown for questioning. Her best friend Kyle has been found in her backyard, like the man in her disturbing vision. Miranda has no time to mourn her loss, for Kyle returns to aid her in solving the crime. Can Miranda convince the detective of her innocence and psychic abilities? Can she and Kyle solve the crime?

A short and entertaining read, I lapped up A Friend In Death and was anxious for more. Luckily, the entire series is available, both individually and as a set. I’d recommend this to anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries.

You can find this book at A Friend In Death .

Other books in the series can be found at:

Death On The Rocks

Feature Presentation: Death

Manor of Death

Death By Chocolate Cake

A-Maze-Ing Death

Book Description:

Introducing Miranda Wylder… A Psychic/Medium and Crime Novelist who inadvertently gets tangled up in Murder!

From the author of the Darcy Sweet Mystery Series.

Miranda Wylder is on her way up. Life is good for the Psychic/Medium Crime Novelist with one successful novel already and a second on its way up the charts.

But then her best friend, Kyle Hunter, is murdered right in her own backyard and the detective in charge of the investigation seems determined to put her in the frame.

She has to convince the police of her innocence so she must use her intuition and deduction, along with help from Kyle’s ghost, to discover the truth behind the murder and to see the true Killer behind bars.

In this Psychic Mystery, can Miranda overcome this terrible truth to see justice done?

Author Biography:

Strongly influenced by authors like James Patterson, Dick Francis, and Nora Roberts, Kathrine Emrick dreamed of being an author for the majority of her life.

She never quite gave up on the idea of being a published author and at the age of 51, thanks to Amazon and their Kindle platform, she finally realized her dream. Her maturity allows her to bring a variety of experiences and observations to her writing.

She lives in beautiful South Australia with her family including several cats and dogs. Kathrine can always be found jotting down daily notes in a journal and like many authors, she loves to be surrounded by books and is a voracious reader.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering at the local library. Her goal is to regularly produce entertaining and noteworthy content and engaging in a community of readers and writers.

To find out more please visit the author’s website at www.kathrineemrick.com.

Madam Tulip: An Irish Cozy Mystery by David Ahern

Delightful!

Madam Tulip: An Irish Cozy Mystery by David Ahern, 309 pages, Malin Press, May 1st 2016, Genre: Mystery/Cozy Mysteries. Warning: May Contain Spoilers.

Review by Leigh Holland.

Madam Tulip is a delightful cozy mystery with quirky, interesting characters and just the right blend of mystery, suspense, and fun. The pacing was excellent; I completed it in one evening. The plot was intriguing and the villain, human and believable. The twist to this novel is the O’Donnell’s gift of visions. I found this aspect fascinating.

Derry O’Donnell is an out-of-work actress, waiting for her big break to arrive. When her mother, an American art dealer divorced from her Da, cuts Derry off financially, Derry is forced to take stock of what talents and skills she can put to use in pursuit of an income. She and her friend Bella get together one evening and Derry reads her tarot cards for her. Bella suggests Derry become a fortune teller. With a little help from her theatrical friends, Derry costumes up and transforms into Madam Tulip, celebrity fortune teller. With the help of her father Jacko, Derry lands a gig at a posh celebrity charity event. Derry gets wrapped up in the world of models, celebrities, and drug dealers over the weekend at the lavish castle. The celebrities confide in her and enjoy their sessions with Madam Tulip. Her future seems assured until a famous musician ends up dead and her best friend is jailed as the prime suspect. In order to free Bella and ensure the safety of her family, friends, and self, Derry must solve the crime against a ticking clock.

Derry has visions, but she can neither control the visions nor understand what they mean. The visions are highly symbolic. It’s only once the event happens that it becomes clear what Derry’s vision was trying to warn her about. Derry expresses exasperation with the visions. What’s the use of having a family gift that doesn’t seem to help? Her father reminds her that because of the visions, Derry is keenly aware that things aren’t random. She doesn’t need faith in a higher power, she knows it exists. And the cost of the gift of knowing, well, that may sometimes be high.

I loved this book. It was charming. From Derry’s relationship with her parents to her romantic yearning for an old flame, I found her graceful and capable in her dealings with difficult people and situations. The characters were engaging. The humor arrived at just the right moments. In fact, I’ve just purchased the next book in the series, Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts  . I’d recommend this to anyone who likes cozy mysteries.

This book can be found at Madam Tulip.

Book Synopsis:

Living in Ireland, out-of-work American actress Derry O’Donnell is young, talented, a teeny bit psychic … and broke. Spurred on by an ultimatum from her awesomely high-achieving mother, and with a little help from her theatrical friends, Derry embarks on a part-time career as Madam Tulip, fortune-teller to the rich and famous. But at her first fortune-telling gig – a celebrity charity weekend in a castle – a famous rap artist will die.
As Derry is drawn deeper into a seedy world of celebrities, supermodels and millionaires, she finds herself playing the most dangerous role of her acting life.

Trapped in a maze of intrigue, money and drugs, Derry’s attempts at amateur detective could soon destroy her friends, her ex-lover, her father and herself.
Madame Tulip is the first in a series of Tulip adventures in which Derry O’Donnell, celebrity fortune-teller and reluctant detective, plays the most exciting and perilous roles of her acting life, drinks borage tea, and fails to understand her parents.

About the Author:

David Ahern grew up in a theatrical family in Ireland but ran away to Scotland to become a research psychologist and sensible person. He earned his doctorate but soon absconded to work in television. He became a writer, director and producer, creating international documentary series and winning numerous awards, none of which got him free into nightclubs.

Madame Tulip wasn’t David Ahern’s first novel, but writing it was the most fun he’d ever had with a computer. The second in the Madam Tulip mystery series, Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts, was published in autumn 2016. He is now writing the third Madam Tulip adventure and enjoys pretending this is actual work.

David Ahern lives in the beautiful West of Ireland with his wife, two cats and a vegetable garden of which he is inordinately proud.

You can learn more about David Ahern and Madam Tulip on his website David Ahern.info .

Connect with David Ahern on Facebook: facebook.com/davidahernwriter
and Twitter: twitter.com/daveahernwriter.

Check out other reviews at:

Madam Tulip at Rachel Poli

Madam Tulip at The Book Review Directory