Genre: Cozy

GP Me And My Ghoulfriends

Posted November 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Chick Lit, Cozy, Fantasy, Fiction, Ghosts, Magic, Mystery, Paranormal, Paranormal People, Paranormal Romance, Review, Romance, Series, Urban, Witches, Womens Fiction / 0 Comments

GP Me And My GhoulfriendsMe and My Ghoulfriends by Rose Pressey
Series: Larue Donavan #1
Series Rating: four-stars
Published by Magical Press on October 6th 2008
Genres: Cozy, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 308
Format: ebook
four-stars

There's always fun to be had on a ghoul's night out. By day, Larue Donavan is a down-to-earth bookstore owner. But by night, she's a world-renowned psychic investigator dedicated to helping lost spirits find peace. Dead people won't leave her alone and Abraham Lincoln thinks he's in charge of her lovelife. Larue can handle ghosts and undead presidents. It's the living that drive her crazy. When Callahan Weiss moves to town, the handsome newcomer opens a coffee shop right next door. She's smitten from the start, but she's not the only one -- The boutique owner across the street has her eye on Callahan too, and uses witchcraft to fight dirty. When Callahan gets hit by a love spell, Larue will need more than a little help from her ghoul-friends to save the day..

My Thoughts:        Good story; definitely, one to recommend.

I like Larue, she has a great attitude and her occasional outbursts are comical. She handles ghosts and demons every day, but toss a little other paranormal activities her way and she starts doubting. I thought that was classic. Larue has a great sense of humor. Larue’s best friend Mindy is fantastic, she is there to back up and support Larue. Yet, Mindy drags her into funny situations too.

Larue and Callahan seem to hit it off immediately. The beginning of their love is cute and touching. Hopefully, trust will continue to grow between them.

The ghouls are a wonderful touch and add so much color to the story. I thought that Larue’s relationships with them were touching. Abe Lincoln…loved it.

I already have the next book in the series ready, really looking forward to reading it.

This is Guest Review for Baroness’ Book Trove. Thank you for the opportunity to review a book for your site. ~Jen

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About Rose Pressey

Rose Pressey is a USA TODAY bestselling author. She enjoys writing quirky and fun novels with a paranormal twist. The paranormal has always captured her interest. The thought of finding answers to the unexplained fascinates her.

When she’s not writing about werewolves, vampires and every other supernatural creature, she loves eating cupcakes with sprinkles, reading, spending time with family, and listening to oldies from the fifties.

Rose lives in the beautiful commonwealth of Kentucky with her husband, son and three sassy Chihuahuas.

Rose suffers from Psoriatic Arthritis and has knee replacements. She might just set the world record for joint replacements. She’s soon having her hips replaced, elbows, and at least one shoulder.


The Cats that Watched the Woods GP

Posted September 29, 2015 by karenbaron in Animals, Cats, Cozy, Mystery, Review, Rural, Series / 0 Comments

The Cats that Watched the Woods GPThe Cats that Watched the Woods by Karen Anne Golden
Series: The Cats That...Cozy Mystery #5
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on April 1st 2015
Genres: Cozy, Fiction, Mystery
Pages: 300
Format: Kindle
five-stars

What have the extraordinary cats of millionaire Katherine “Katz” Kendall surfed up now? “Idyllic vacation cabin by a pond stocked with catfish.” It’s July in Erie, Indiana, and steamy weather fuels the tension between Katz and her fiancé, Jake. Katz rents the cabin for a private getaway, though Siamese cats, Scout and Abra, demand to go along. How does a peaceful, serene setting go south in such a hurry? Is the terrifying man in the woods real, or is he the legendary ghost of Peace Lake? It’s up to Katz and her cats to piece together the mysterious puzzle. The fifth book in the popular “The Cats that . . . Cozy Mystery” series is a suspenseful, thrilling ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Enjoy this stand-alone novel, or learn more about these amazing characters by exploring the first book in the series, “The Cats that Surfed the Web.”

My Thoughts:        These mysteries are reminiscent of The Cat Who…books by Lilian Jackson Braun. I loved those books.

However, these mysteries with Katz and her merry band of cats are a wonderful update. Katz inherited her great Aunt’s fortune and lives in Erie, Indiana. Katz is a programmer from Manhattan who is growing accustom to small town, Midwest life. Katz lives with her 5 cats in a pink mansion. She seems to be a danger magnet, who finds murder and/or mayhem wherever she goes. Along with her friends from New York and Indiana she solves the mysteries of Erie.

In this story, Katz is feeling the pressure of pleasing everyone and herself. She decides to take a weekend off at a lovely cabin near Peace Lake, Indiana. However, two of her Siamese cats don’t think it’s a good idea for her to go alone. So, they throw a fit until Katz agrees to take them. Once they get to the area, Katz realizes that this isn’t going to be the quiet weekend that she was looking for. And the adventure begins. Even with everything Katz goes through she shows how generous and kind natured she is. It is very sweet the way she helps people.

I like the characters and jams that Ms. Golden comes up. The neat thing about her stories are they aren’t always about murder, she has other mysteries in each story which is refreshing and intriguing. This is the fifth book in her series and I look forward to the next installment.

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About Karen Anne Golden

Karen Anne Golden currently lives in a Queen Anne Victorian home. Restoring the house was her obsession when she left her Manhattan job and moved to a small town in Indiana. With the house finished, she has time to do what she’s always been passionate about: writing. “The Cats that Surfed the Web” is the first book of “The Cats that . . . ” Cozy Mystery series. Karen Anne received a B.S. in History/Education from Columbus College, Columbus, Georgia and a M.S. in Anthropology from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. While living in NYC, she worked in the computer industry. She shares her home with her husband, several Siamese, Ginger and Tabby cats. Many of the cat scenes in the books are based on her own cats’ antics.


Home for a Spell by Madelyn Alt

Posted August 5, 2015 by karenbaron in Cozy, Murder, Paranormal Mystery, Paranormal Romance, Review, Series, Witches / 0 Comments

Home for a Spell by Madelyn AltHome for a Spell by Madelyn Alt
Series: A Bewitching Mystery #7
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Berkley on January 4, 2011
Genres: Cozy, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal
Pages: 290
Format: Hardcover
five-stars

In Madelyn Alt’s “enchanting and bewitching”* series, Maggie O’Neill is Stony Mill, Indiana’s newest witch. It’s a job that entails a fair share of magic and mysticism – and sometimes brews up a perilous potion of mystery and murder…

Maggie is back at work at the antique shop Enchantments. Unfortunately, she’s hobbled by a broken ankle, which makes helping customers a pretty lame proposition. But just because she’s sporting a bright yellow, sparkle-covered cast doesn’t mean the rest of her life is slowing down.

Her boyfriend, the magically inclined Marcus, has some unfinished business that she feels guilty about distracting him from. And her best friend and upstairs neighbor is getting ready to tie the knot with her own boyfriend and move away. This leads Maggie to wonder if it isn’t time to find her own change of scenery. First things first: a new apartment.

But when she finally finds a place to call her own, Maggie’s dream of new digs turns into a nightmare after the apartment manager is found dead before she can even sign the lease. And Maggie finds herself not only searching for a new home – but for a frightfully clever killer…
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My take on this book: I am happy to say that I am giving this book a five stars because it kept my attention and I actually like the storyline this time. Granted we don’t see much of Steff or Dr. Dan or of mostly anyone else in the N.I.G.H.T.S unless they are the ones working at the antique shop with Maggie, Liss, Tara, and Evie.

The one time that Steff is mentioned is when Liss tells her that she is moving with Dr. Dan sometime soon. Which is how Maggie ends up trying to find a new place and she kind of does. Even if the apartment manager gives her the creeps and she had no clue why.

This time I actually figured out who did it along with Maggie and them. Granted I didn’t understand the motive for this person. However, I did realize it was her and we found out the reason at the end of the book. Let’s just say that even though the ending of the book is perfect. This might be the last book of Maggie’s life and that is sad. And we are left to our own devices on thinking up stuff for Maggie and the N.I.G.H.T.S. and what has been going on in their life.

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A Witch in Time by Madelyn Alt

Posted August 3, 2015 by karenbaron in Cozy, Murder, Paranormal Mystery, Paranormal Romance, Review, Series, Witches / 0 Comments

A Witch in Time by Madelyn AltA Witch in Time by Madelyn Alt
Series: A Bewitching Mystery #6
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Berkley on April 6, 2010
Genres: Cozy, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover
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“This new series is going to be a winner.”**

Madelyn Alt’s mysteries featuring Maggie O’Neill – Stony Mill, Indiana’s newest witch – have been praised as “quirky, enchanting, mystical, and addictive.”** And exploring the spirit world has never been this much fun – or this much trouble…

For the past few weeks, Maggie has found that two is far better than one. She’s been attached at the hip to the smoking-hot Marcus Quinn. Things couldn’t get any better – until her sister, Mel, gives birth to not one but two little bundles of joy…

Maggie’s just left Enchantments, Indiana’s finest mystical antiques shop, for a date with Marcus when the call about Mel comes. Stopping to pick up refreshments for her family on the way to the hospital, she learns that a Stony Mill teenager has been found dead.

Later that night, at the hospital, she hears a whispered conversation that sends chills down her spine. Could the conversation be related to the teen’s death? Or to a murder that hasn’t happened yet? It may take all her witchy intuition to find out…

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My take on this book: CAUTION!! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! IF YOU DON’T WANT TO READ ANY SPOILERS PLEASE STOP READING NOW! IF YOU DO WANT TO READ SPOILERS CONTINUE ON! I WON’T ALWAYS HAVE SPOILERS THOUGH!!

Maggie O’Neill is back in another good mystery. Right off the bat this book will be five stars. Maggie uncharacteristically, wanted to be done working at the store early that afternoon. She wanted to get her butt over to Marcus’s place so that they could watch movies and maybe do something more… That is until her mom called Liss who then called Marcus who told Maggie to get to the hospital asap.

Maggie was pretty much busy with doing all the things her sister and mother wanted her to do at the hospital while waiting for her sister to give birth to her baby. Or in the case babies that no one knew about. Not even Felicity knew about the babies. The day after Mel gave birth to her twin girls Maggie was on her way out and going to her job when she broke her ankle.

Maggie was thrown into a loop over the conversation she heard from the elevator and has been trying to figure out who the people were while trying to figure out who they were talking about. That right there has been the biggest mystery especially considering the weird way that Dr. Dan has been acting around Steff. Steff is Maggie’s best friend. Marcus has also been trying to get Maggie to stay put so that her ankle could heal which is turned out to be pretty hard. Since Maggie has too many things to worry about right now. Like helping her sister with the twin girls while her husband is missing, figuring out what happened to the teen that died, figuring with why Tony Nunizo was killed, and to heal her ankle.

Madelyn Alt has woven a great mystery book as once again I didn’t guess who the killer was, once again. That has been becoming a trend for me as I haven’t figured out who killed the person that got killed in any of Madelyn Alt books.

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GP Hooked on Ewe

Posted July 31, 2015 by karenbaron in Cozy, Murder, Review / 0 Comments

GP Hooked on EweHooked on Ewe by Hannah Reed
Series: Scottish Highlands #2
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Berkley on July 7th 2015
Genres: Cozy, Fiction, Mystery
Pages: 304
Format: Kindle
five-stars

In national bestselling author Hannah Reed’s latest Scottish Highlands mystery, aspiring romance novelist Eden Elliott discovers the landscape isn’t the only thing that’s dramatic when a local woman is done in...
It’s early September in Glenkillen, Scotland, when American expat (and budding romance novelist) Eden Elliott is recruited by the local inspector to act as a special constable. Fortunately it’s in name only, since not much happens in Glenkillen.
For now Eden has her hands full with other things: preparing for the sheepdog trial on the MacBride farm—a fundraiser for the local hospice—and helping her friend Vicki with her first yarn club skein-of-the-month deliveries. Everything seems to be coming together—until the head of the welcoming committee is found strangled to death with a club member’s yarn.
Now Eden feels compelled to honor her commitment as constable and herd together the clues, figure out which ones are dogs, and which ones will lead to a ruthless killer . . .

My Thoughts:        Loved it! It’s easily a 5 star book!

Eden Elliot, is an American living in the Scottish Highlands for 6 months. She is supposed to be writing a series of romance books, but she keeps getting wrapped up in these local murders. She is writing, one book down and another to finish before she returns home. Now Eden has even been appointed special constable (volunteer cop). The locals think she is blunt and says what on her mind without tact. Sometimes their phrases along with her responses are pretty funny. Eden is building some great relationships, like her new best friend Vicki, the sexy Leith, and grouchy, quiet Inspector Jamieson. Who doesn’t like a story with tall Highland men, speaking with that awesome accent and don’t forget the kilts? Eden really should listen to her friend Ami and check out those kilts a little closer.

I like the characters that Eden comes across. I also like the way the regular supporting characters are growing and their reactions are completely believable. I can picture the area, and her hang outs with such clarity. Ms. Reed has painted a magnificent picture for us. This is a wonderful cozy mystery series, I am definitely recommending it to my friends.

I look forward to the next installment of Scottish Highland Mysteries.

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About Hannah Reed

Hannah Reed is the pen name of author Deb Baker.

As Deb (her real name) she has authored The Gertie Johnson Backwoods Adventures
and The Dolls To Die For Series.

In her youth, Deb dreamed of working as a private investigator or as an undercover cop.
So when Deb began writing a new series, the Queen Bee mysteries, she did something
she always wanted to do — she went undercover with an alias!

Hannah was one of her all-time favorite names. Reed was her great-grandmother’s
maiden name. So she put the two together.

As it turns out, the author Hannah Reed is much younger than Deb Baker. She’s also
more daring, more willing to step right into the midst of any sticky situation, and she’s
not afraid to tell it like it is.

As Deb says, “Look out! When Hannah’s around, big trouble is sure to follow.”