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Friday Faves Cozy Reads

Happy Friday!

Are you ready for some spooktacular reading? Halloween is only a few weeks away and I’m reaching for Halloween/paranormal themed cozies to read. This is the time of the year when I want witches, ghosts and vampires in my reads. I want to read books filled with pumpkins and gourds and all the autumn vibes. It’s getting dark earlier each day and the temps are steadily dropping so I’m loving curling up on the sofa with Connie and a book that has a spooky, murderous vibe. I thought today I’d share with you some cozies that you might enjoy.

One Poison Pie by Lynn Cahoon (Kitchen Witch Mysteries)

In the first in New York Times bestselling author Lynn Cahoon’s Kitchen Witch series, Mia Malone is starting over in Magic Springs, Idaho—where murder is on the menu . . .
What’s a kitchen witch to do when her almost-fiancé leaves her suddenly single and unemployed? For Mia Malone, the answer’s simple: move to her grandmother’s quirky Idaho hometown, where magic is an open secret and witches and warlocks are (mostly) welcome. With a new gourmet dinner delivery business—and a touch of magic in her recipes—Mia’s hopes are high. Even when her ex’s little sister, Christina, arrives looking for a place to stay, Mia takes it in stride.
But her first catering job takes a distasteful turn when her client’s body is found, stabbed and stuffed under the head table. Mia’s shocked to learn that she’s a suspect—and even more so when she realizes she’s next on a killer’s list. With Christina, along with Mia’s meddling grandma, in the mix, she’ll have to find out which of the town’s eccentric residents has an appetite for murder…before this fresh start comes to a sticky end. . . .
Includes Recipes!

Mrs. Morris and the Vampire by Traci Wilton (Salem B&B Mystery)

It’s B&B owner Charlene Morris’s second Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts, and one she won’t soon forget when a self-proclaimed vampire is murdered . . .

Charlene’s bed and breakfast is fully booked with guests wanting to experience Salem’s wildest holiday—especially the annual Witch Ball, held at the historic Hawthorne Hotel. At the dance, actual witch and winery owner Brandy Flint has her back up over her daughter Serenity’s new beau—it’s bad enough he’s a decade older, he also claims to be a vampire from Romania.
As for Charlene, with handsome ghost Dr. Jack Strathmore haunting her B&B, she has developed an open mind regarding the supernatural. But her mind is blown when the clock strikes midnight, the lights flare and dim, and the vampire vanishes—leaving behind only his cape and a wooden stake with a thick red substance on the sharp tip. The next morning, a naked man washes up on the shore with a hole punched through his chest, and Detective Sam Holden has a homicide on his hands. Now Charlene and Jack must put their heads together to find out who staged the trick to stake a vampire . . .

What A Ghoul Wants by Victoria Laurie (A Ghost Hunter Mystery)

M. J. Holliday has the unusual ability to talk to the dead. But when it comes to a vengeful ghost and a mysterious drowning, this time she may be in over her head….


Kidwella Castle in northern Wales is rumored to be haunted by a deadly ghost—the Grim Widow, who allegedly drowns unsuspecting guests in the castle’s moat. Not long after M. J. and her crew arrive at the castle to film their ghost-hunting cable TV show, Ghoul Getters, two new victims are added to the Widow’s grisly roster.

Fear ripples through the castle, especially when it’s discovered that the victims may have had help into their watery graves from the land of the living. The local inspector suspects father-son serial killers, but M. J. thinks that theory is all wet. To catch the true culprit she will need to dive deep into the castle’s past and bring some long buried secrets to the surface.

A Stew To Kill by Jenny Kales (Callie Kitchen’s Mysteries)

Trouble is brewing in this Halloween culinary cozy mystery with a Greek twist!

A packed week of Halloween celebrations promises to be a treat for Callie’s Kitchen in scenic downtown Crystal Bay, Wisconsin. Greek-American eatery owner Callie Costas and her hard-working crew are gearing up for a charity costume gala, Halloween walk and spooky skeleton contest. But treats turn to tricks when a new employee at a friend’s tea shop is found dead, and Callie finds herself drawn into a murky brew of motives and murder suspects.

As if things weren’t scary enough, Callie’s old flame turns up and stirs the pot with a plan to develop a sprawling shopping mall that could threaten not only Callie’s Kitchen, but the town’s entire small business scene.

Will Callie help save her business and uncover a stew of simmering secrets before she becomes the killer’s next victim?

Scroll up to download this page-turning Halloween cozy mystery! Traditional Greek and comfort food recipes from Callie’s Kitchen are included, including delicious fall treats!

Seven Year Witch by Angela M. Sanders (Witch Way Librarian Mystery)

Finding your feet in a new job isn’t always easy. That goes double for Josie Way, who’s settling in as Wilfred, Oregon’s, new librarian—and has just discovered she’s a witch. But will her fledgling powers be enough to save her from a spell of murder?
While Josie develops her witchcraft with the help of letters left by her grandmother, there are other changes happening in her new hometown. A retreat center is being built at the old mill site, and rumor has it that the location is cursed. That piques Josie’s interest almost as much as Sam Wilfred, handsome FBI agent and descendant of the town’s founder . . .
When Sam’s soon-to-be ex-wife, Fiona, goes missing at the same time that a bloodied weapon is found, Josie enlists her witchy insight, and her cat familiar, to clear Sam’s name. But then the mill project’s architect is found dead, and it’s clear that someone has been drawing up a vicious plan. Now Josie will have to divine her way out of fatal mischief, before this deadly trouble turns double . .

Be My Ghost by Carol J. Perry (A Haunted Haven Mystery)

Maureen Doherty and her golden retriever Finn have taken possession of a charming old inn—only to discover that it’s already possessed by tenants whose lease on life already ran out . . .

Maureen’s career as a sportswear buyer hits a snag just before Halloween, when the department store declares bankruptcy. Meanwhile, Finn’s lost his way as a guide dog after flunking his test for being too friendly and easily distracted. Sadly, only one of them can earn unemployment, so Maureen’s facing a winter of discontent in Boston—when she realizes she can’t afford her apartment.
Salvation comes when she receives a mysterious inheritance: an inn in Haven, Florida. A quaint, scenic town on the Gulf of Mexico hidden away from the theme parks, Maureen believes it’s a good place to make a fresh start with a new business venture. But she gets more than she bargained for when she finds a dead body on her property—and meets some of the inn’s everlasting tenants in the form of ghosts who offer their otherworldly talents in order to help her solve the mystery . . .

A Waffle Lot of Murder by Lena Gregory (All-Day Cafe Breakfast Cafe Mystery)

For diner owner Gia Morelli, her seasonal fall menu calls for two main ingredients—maple syrup and murder . . .
While the first hints of autumn grace Boggy Creek, Florida, Gia misses the colorful harvest traditions she left behind in New York. On a scramble to make new fall memories—and promote her irresistible pumpkin spice waffles—things take a dark turn when she gets roped into the Haunted Town Festival, a spooky celebration held on deserted farmlands. The desolate area conjures plenty of eerie vibes at night, but Gia and her best friend, Savannah, are nearly frightened to death upon the discovery of the event organizer’s body buried in the nearby woods. More alarming, the local rumor mill says the woman’s shady dealings may have egged someone into sending her to an early grave. Now, there’s no shortage of creepy clues to feast on as Gia and her pals try to stop a killer with a very scary appetite . . .
Includes recipes from the All-Day Breakfast Café!

Murder Outside the Lines by Krista Davis (A Pen and Ink Mystery)

With Halloween just around the corner, the fall colors in Georgetown are brilliant. As manager of the Color Me Read bookstore, coloring book creator Florrie Fox has arranged for psychic author Hilda Rattenhorst to read from Spooktacular Ghost Stories. But the celebrity medium arrives for the event in hysterics, insisting she just saw a bare foot sticking out of a rolled-up carpet in a nearby alley. Is someone trying to sweep murder under the rug? Florrie calls in her policeman beau, Sergeant Eric Jonquille, but the carpet corpse has disappeared without a trace. Then in the middle of her reading, Hilda chillingly declares that she feels the killer’s presence in the store. Is this a publicity stunt or a genuine psychic episode? It seems there’s no happy medium. When a local bibliophile is soon discovered missing, a strange mystery begins to unroll. Now it’s up to Florrie and Jonquille to expose a killer’s true colors . . .

Now’s there one more suggestion I have for you and it’s WHAT NOT TO WEAR TO A GRAVEYARD. This novella is a part of the Resale Boutique series and is only available in e-book. I loved writing the Halloween themed story complete with a graveyard, a missing dog that was inspired by our little Billy and a costume party Kelly will never forget!

After trading her Manhattan digs for her upstate hometown, fashionista Kelly Quinn has big plans for her grandmother’s consignment shop. But this All Hallow’s Eve someone is already dressed to kill . . .

A socialite’s missing dog has made front page news in Lucky Cove—complete with a hefty reward. But between renovating the consignment shop, planning her costume for a 1970s themed Halloween party, and scouting a location for a fashion shoot, Kelly doesn’t have time to search. Yet a visit to the local colonial-era cemetery—ideal for the moody atmosphere she’s after—soon turns up the precious pooch. Kelly’s looking forward to collecting the check—until she makes a gruesome discovery in an abandoned farmhouse: The dog’s owner, stabbed through the heart.

Kelly can’t help wondering why Constance Lane was traipsing around the farmhouse in stilettos. But as Kelly gets decked out in a vintage disco caftan, that isn’t the only fashion misstatement spooking her. Hidden in the dead woman’s past is a secret that could be the motive for the murder. And as the Halloween party gets started, even a menacing clown and a threatening bearded lady can’t keep Kelly from trick or treating for the truth—even if it means her last dance . . .

So, there you have it. A few books to add to your TBR if you choose to. Are you reading a Halloween themed book? If so, please share?

Have a ghoultastic day!

Friday Faves

Friday Faves 10/1/21

Happy Friday and happy October! It’s been a whirlwind of a week juggling the release of THE CORPSE IN THE GAZEBO while writing another book, managing life stuff and finding the right balance of playtime with Connie – it’s getting cooler here and she’s full of energy. In many ways I’m so happy it’s Friday while I feel release week slipping away. It’s hard to describe what release week feels like…maybe I can. Imagine Christmas day, the first day of a new job and celebrating a milestone birthday all rolled into one so all those accompanying emotions ebb and flow with bursts of emotional waves hitting with bouts of exhaustion. Yeah, good times. And I wouldn’t change a thing. In fact, I’m looking forward to the release of BEAUTY AND THE DECEASED in December.

My faves this week include a podcast, a Instagram account that always makes me smile, the workout of the week, a favorite YouTube channel and my current read. Ready? Let’s get started.

My faves this week include a podcast, a Instagram account that always makes me smile, the workout of the week, a favorite YouTube channel and my current read. Ready? Let’s get started.

Podcast: Resting Witch Face. It’s October, so I’m all about spooky, hocus, pocus. This is a new podcast to me and I listened to their Salem Witch Trials episode.

Instagram: Heresyourmonkeycontent. In January while scrolling Instagram I stumbled upon a funny monkey video. Well, that led me down a rabbit hole. There are a lot of funny monkeys out there! Anyway, I discovered a few accounts that I now followed. One of them featured George, a nine year old Capuchin monkey, and I hooked. Sadly, he passed away. Time passed and his family brought home a baby Capuchin named Nash. So. Stinking. Cute. And, the story of their rescue Pit Bull, Journey, is heartbreaking and heartwarming.

Workout: Get Healthy U’s Core Connection. Thirty minutes and I got some cardio with core work. Not too shabby.

You Tube: Hot & Flashy. I discovered this channel a few years ago and it’s one of my regulars. Because I’ve been so busy since the beginning of September, I missed a few of her videos. I had time this week to catch up with Angie while sipping a cup of tea.

My current read: Hide In Place by Emilya Naymark. This is the first book of the author’s I’m reading and I’m about seventy pages in and I’m hooked.

Do you have a fave this week you’d like to share? Leave a comment below.

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Friday Faves

Friday Faves 9/10

It’s Friday so I’m sharing some of my favorite things from this week. While I’m looking forward to the start of fall, I’m shocked that it’s already September 10th. Wasn’t it just Labor Day? What the heck happened? I guess life happened, right? So much to do and some days it seems like there aren’t enough hours to accomplish everything on my growing to-do list. But, I did manage to jot down some of my favorite things to share with you today.

woman on cell phone

My faves this week include a podcast, a new bookstagram account, an interview with one of my favorite authors, the workout of the week, a little self-care/pampering purchase and my current read. Ready? Let’s get started.

Podcast: Author Stories with Hank Gardner. This is a podcast I’ve listened to for a very long time and it was the first podcast interview I did. This week’s episode featured author Vera Kurian, author of Never Saw Me Coming.

Instagram: There’s a new bookstagram account on the block. My friend Heidi Z. has launched her bookstagram account recently and she’s rocking it over at @Heidizreadz. Check it out!

Inspiration: A conversation over at the Clubhouse author’s group mentioned Creative Live. I went over to check out what was being discussed but found Kelly Corrigan’s interview with Jane Green. I grabbed a cup of coffee, sat down and watched the interview. I was reminded that watching these types of interviews is very motivating and inspiring to me. This is a big help now since I’m starting a new book. 🙂

My current: Poisonous by Allison Brennan. I love the Max Revere series and so sad that it’s ended but I’m catching up. I think I have one more to read in the series.

Workout: Get Healthy U’s Mat Pilates 3. I love Pilates and this workout was just what I needed.

A little bit of pampering: I indulged and bought a collection of nail polish from Nails, Inc. I love the colors (I prefer neutrals and browns). I admit the name of the collection had me right away – Sweet As Chocolate. Hello! Unfortunately, it’s currently sold out. But there are other collections and I really like the quality of the product.

Do you have a fave this week you’d like to share? Leave a comment below. 🙂

Friday Faves

Friday Faves 8/27

It’s Friday so I’m sharing some of my favorite things from this week. I saw a meme on Facebook this week and I shared it. It said: I just turned off the news and put on a serial killer documentary to relax. Yep, that pretty much sums up not only this week but last week. Maybe there’s something in my faves list that you’ll find relaxing.

woman on cell phone

My faves for the week include a podcast, an IG account I love, my current read, writing sprints on Clubhouse and my fave workout this week.

Podcast: Plan A Life You Love, the episode Meet My Planner Friend Jen from @jensplannerlife

IG account: Show me the monkey! One of the accounts I’ve been following is @Misstyflower. Seeing/watching photos or videos of those three little monkeys is definitely a joy in the middle of a chaotic day. Love Angelika, Russel and Toby.

Current read: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Brash Blonde by Gemma Halliday and Kelly Rey (Loving!!!)

Writing sprints on clubhouse: I’ve been bouncing around a few of them. If you like sprinting, checkout Clubhouse.

Workout: Get Healthy U TV’s Lengthen and Strengthen 1. I really enjoyed slowing down the movements to work my muscles a little differently.

Do you have a fave this week you’d like to share? Leave a comment below. 🙂

Friday Faves

Friday Faves

Happy Friday!

We made it to the end of the week and here in the states, we’re into day 2 of a 4 day weekend! How are you doing so far? This week has been busy with finishing up draft 4 of my current Food Blogger mystery work-in-progress. My goal was to have it done by July 4th  and I met the goal on July 2nd. Not too shabby. But I did find some fun things I loved this week and my faves include a new cozy, adorable cookies and a podcast interview!

woman on cell phone

It’s day two of a four day weekend which means more reading time! Can I get a Amen? My new read is Manor of Dying (book 4 in the Hamptons Home & Garden Mystery series) by Kathleen Bridge. I’m in chapter seven right now and it’s nice to be visiting with Meg Barrett and the rest of the characters from the charming series set out on Montauk, Long Island.

ManorOfDying cozy mystery

This week I found the cutest cookies EVAH! These adorable chocolate stack cookies would be the perfect centerpiece at any party – birthday, showers, holiday. I’m absolutely in love with the pink bows topping the cookies. Hope Early would love these cookies, too. Check out the recipe for Chocolate Sandwich Cookie Stacks (yes, it’s a mouthful, a delicious looking moutful!) over at Cooking with Carlee.

This week one of my favorite podcasts I listened to was Author Stories with Hank Garner. The episode I listened to was an interview with Katherine Hall Page. It was a delight to listen to the interview. After all, she’s the author who got me interested in culinary cozy mysteries to begin with.

And I’ll end this post with a photo of my little dude, Billy (he’s always a fave of mine), snoozing in his stroller while we went out for a walk. Talk about living the life. Am I right?

Do you have a fave this week you’d like to share? Leave it in the comments section.