Review: Death of a Coupon Clipper by Lee Hollis

Death of a Coupon ClipperTitle: Death of a Coupon Clipper (A Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery #3)
Author: Lee Hollis aka Rick Copp and Holly Simason
Release Date: 2 July 2013
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Page count: 304 pages
Publisher: Kensington
ISBN: 9780758289117
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3star
 

Hayley Powell, coupon clipper and newspaper columnist, is having a rough couple of days. Her car is totalled, her garage roof destroyed and her hot water system has given up the ghost. Repairs are going to cost her thousands.  “Wild and Crazy Couponing” TV show promises sweet salvation as the best coupon clipper wins ten grand. Hayley’s competition however is Candace Culpepper, a not so nice nurse who is determined to win at all costs. Candace upsets lots of people and no one is really that surprised when she winds up dead having been stabbed three times. Officer Donnie may have been left in charge while the real Chief of Police is on holiday but the thought of dealing with any kind of drama gives him a nasty case of shingles. Hayley decides to step in and solve the crime. Continue reading

Review: Mayhem at the Orient Express by Kylie Logan

Mayhem at the Orient ExpressTitle: Mayhem at the Orient Express (League of Literary Ladies #1)
Author: Kylie Logan aka Casey Daniels
Release Date: 4 June 2013
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Page count: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 9780425257753
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3star

This novel opens with three squabbling women pushing the local judge to issue a very creative court order – they must attend a book group at the local library for one year so they can learn to get along. Another woman joins them who acts as the peacemaker. First novel is Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express and Logan pays homage to it throughout her novel. When the owner of The Orient Express is murdered, our book group decides to investigate – after all, he did make the best orange chicken in town. Continue reading

Review: Bruja Brouhaha by Rochelle Staab

Bruja BrouhahaTitle: Bruja Brouhaha (A Mind For Murder Mystery #2)
Author: Rochelle Staab
Release Date: 7 August 2012
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Page count: 296 pages
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 9780425251492
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3star

Pragmatic psychologist Liz and her Occult Studies Professor boyfriend Nick are back and this time investigating Santeria. A joyous 60th wedding anniversary goes terribly wrong when the husband Paco is shot and killed. His widow Lucia is so overcome with grief and anger she places a hex on the community. The hex seems to work as accidents escalate and soon Lucia’s neighbours turn on her. Liz and Nick decide to solve the crime in order to keep Lucia safe. Continue reading

Review: Murder for Choir by Joelle Charbonneau

Murder for ChoirTitle: Murder for Choir (Glee Club #1)
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Release Date: 3 July 2012
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Page count: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 9781101581070
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3star

Murder for Choir is the first in a Glee Club cozy mystery series. Some areas really sparkle while others need a bit more polish. Joelle Charbonneau capitalises on the Glee phenomenon which is something new for the cozy mystery world. Paige Marshall takes a job coaching a high school show choir as her opera singing career has stagnated. The choir gig isn’t turning out how she had hoped as some kids and her co-workers don’t think she can cut it as a coach. Things degenerate from there when a rival coach is murdered and one of her teenage tenors is suspected of doing the deed. Continue reading

Review: Who Do, Voodoo? by Rochelle Staab

Who Do VoodooTitle: Who Do, Voodoo? (A Mind For Murder Mystery #1)
Author:  Rochelle Staab
Release Date: 1 November 2011
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Page count: 292 pages
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN:  9780425244593
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3star

Who Do, Voodoo? is an enjoyable cozy mystery with paranormal elements. Our protagonist Dr Liz Cooper, is a clinical psychologist who doesn’t believe in anything paranormal. When her friend Robin is suspected of murdering Sophie, a woman who was harassing her with Tarot cards and other para-paraphernalia, Liz decides to investigate. She ropes in her brother’s friend Nick Garfield, a professor specialising in the occult. Continue reading

Review: Death in Daytime by Eileen Davidson

Death in DaytimeTitle: Death in Daytime (Soap Opera Mystery #1)
Author: Eileen Davidson
Release Date: 7 October 2008
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Page count: 283 pages
Publisher: Signet
ISBN: 9780451225641
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2star

Death in Daytime is a light soap opera mystery written by a soap opera star Eileen Davidson – she’s the one who played Ashley Abbott on The Young and the Restless and starred in Days of Our Lives. Writing a mystery with a soap opera diva detective is a smart move as it is obviously a world she is familiar with. A head writer with a grudge against our protagonist has her head smashed in with her Emmy and Alexis is the prime suspect. It is a fun story even though it is not terribly complicated. Continue reading

Review: Knit One, Kill Two by Maggie Sefton

knitonekilltwoTitle: Knit One, Kill Two (A Knitting Mystery #1)
Author: Maggie Sefton
Release Date: June 2005
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Page count: 273 pages
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
ISBN: 9780425203590
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2star

Knit One, Kill Two is a crafty, cozy mystery that combines learning to knit along with catching a killer. Our heroine is Kelly Flynn who moves into her aunt’s place while she winds up her aunt’s estate. Her aunt was murdered and Kelly soon discovers her aunt re-mortgaged her house just before her death and the $20,000 she borrowed is missing along with a family quilt. Kelly makes friends with the knitters across the road at House of Lambspun yarn shop and starts to poke her nose into her aunt’s death. Continue reading