Tastes Like Murder: A Fiona Quinn Mystery by C.S. McDonald

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Tastes Like Murder was such a great cozy mystery! This is the fourth book in the series, but I really think it can be read as a stand-alone, so if this is the book you want to use to jump into the series, go for it!

I really enjoyed the murder mystery in this one. The setting for this one is at wedding-type venues and events. I really liked the extra twists that brought to the story! I thought it was really interesting, and the surprises along the way that kept me listening at every possible moment!

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Back to the Burgh and Beyond by C.S. McDonald

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

Back to the Burgh and Beyond is a fun cozy mystery with a time travel element. The play on the Back to the Future title was a great way to title this story! I thought this was a good clean story that readers of all ages can enjoy.

Alexa Owl is the new owner of The Owl’s Nest Couturier Shoppe. She gain not only a new business, but also a resident angel with the ability to time travel! Bobby was a detective in life, but in death he’s trying to gain his Guardian Angel Squad wings. He needs to solve a murder in 4 days, and enlists Alexa’s help to do it.

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One Poison Pie by Lynn Cahoon

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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A mixture of witchy magic and murder mystery? Yes, please! This is the first book in a new series, Kitchen Witch Mysteries, and I thought it was so much fun!

Mia has just moved back to her grandmother’s town where people know that there is magic, creating an open and inviting environment, for the most part. At her first job in the new town, someone is murdered and she becomes not only a suspect but also next on the killer’s hit list!

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Larceny at the Library by Colleen J. Shogan

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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I love a good mystery, and one that feels like it could really happen is even better! Larceny at the Library was that good, believable mystery for me. I think the author’s previous careers have lent to her credibility in this book. She previously worked on Capitol Hill and the Library of Congress!

I loved the characters in Larceny at the Library. They were easy to get to know even though this is the sixth book in the series. I’d like to go back and read the previous books, though because I want to learn about them from the beginning now! Kit and Doug make a good couple, and I enjoyed their personal life mixed into this mystery!

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Killer Deadline by Lauren Carr

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I have so enjoyed this book! I loved the mix of humor and mystery. It has a wonderful collection of characters that make you feel right at home with the story!

How I Felt:

Killer Deadline introduces Nikki our strong, confident heroine, as she is leaving behind her successful career to return to her hometown and take over the family TV station. With her return to her hometown, Nikki is determined to uncover the mystery around her father’s unsolved murder. Just when she thinks another reporter is about to reveal valuable information about her father’s death, that reporter is murdered too! Nikki must solve this murder before she becomes the next target!

This story was filled with fabulous twists and turns that I’ve come to love from Lauren Carr. I was pulled into Killer Deadline from the first page and couldn’t put it down until the last. Carr has written an excellent, captivating cozy mystery that is the start of a great-looking series!

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Murder at the Courthouse by Meghan Carver – A Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I loved our main character, MacKenzie’s curious habits. She has obviously been a bit nosy her whole life, her brother, the Pastor even comments on it. I thought it was an endearing trait and made her relatable.

How I Felt:

This is officially my FIRST cozy mystery! One of my 2020 goals was to read one and I’m so glad I got the chance to read this one! If you haven’t read a cozy mystery before, they are a sub-genre of crime fiction taking place in a small town. Violence and sexually are downplayed making the story softer for readers that enjoy a mystery, but don’t want all the gritty details.

The characters included a wide variety of personalities from grizzly and grumpy to syrupy-sweet. I appreciated the differences in these characters and felt that it led to a well-rounded story.

The plot started just like a mystery should….on a dark and stormy night. It was a fun and mysterious read. When MacKenzie and her brother find the murdered body of a judge, she is immediately on the task as an amateur sleuth. Ignoring the slights from detectives telling her to stick to casseroles, she goes to task to solve this case.

Overall, this was a cozy read. A wonderful and enjoyable story for readers of this genre! With delightful characters and an intriguing mystery, readers will enjoy Murder at the Courthouse by Meghan Carver.

To Read or Not To Read:

This book has a dominate christian theme with prayer, devotion, and christian characters. This is perfect for someone looking for a christian mystery!

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The first book in the Grace Pointe Cozy Mystery Series!

“Fiction is a waste of time.”

The heated comment made by a church library ministry team member shocks MacKenzie Baker, but it quickly becomes the least of her worries.

MacKenzie Baker is an impetuous, eavesdropping small-town librarian who lives in the apartment above the parsonage garage and refuses to be defined as the pastor’s single sister. She thought she was happy for years re-shelving books and helping patrons find their next great read, but as she turns forty, she suddenly struggles to figure out what more to do with her life. Solving murders in her small town of Grace Pointe wasn’t a part of her plan…until she and her brother find a local judge who had come to Pastor Baker for counseling murdered in his chambers, hit over the head with a massive volume of the Indiana Code.

Now, to clear the name of a family friend, she begins to work with the handsome criminal justice professor Ian Canter. Even though the detective with the chocolate brown eyes tells her to stick with making casseroles for the church pitch-in, she soon discovers the Judge’s scheming wife, his rebellious teen daughter, a network of lawyers in Grace Point who were disgruntled with the Judge, and even secrets that lurk among the library ministry team. But with the help of her new kitten Mr. Darcy, her best friend Callie, and her always-pastoring brother, MacKenzie debates the pros and cons of attending law school mid-life while she searches out a killer.

Welcome to Grace Pointe… where most of the people are friendly, the church is to die for, and the sleuthing is as strong as the coffee.

  • Murder at the Courthouse by Meghan Carver
  • Grace Pointe Cozy Mysteries Series Book 1
  • Genre: Cozy Mystery
  • Page Count: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Carol Street Books
  • Pub Date: October 28, 2019

By sixth grade, Meghan Carver knew she wanted to write. After earning a degree in English from Millikin University, she detoured to law school, earning a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University. She then worked in immigration law and taught Comp 101 at the local college.

Now, she home-schools her six children with her college professor husband, writing her stories of cozy mystery and romantic suspense in the nooks and crannies of her time. Her debut novel hit the Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller list. When she isn’t writing, homeschooling, or planning the family’s next travel adventure, she is active in her church, sews for her kidlets, and reads.

I received this advanced reader’s copy for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.