Crepes of Wrath by Sarah Fox
Alibi , Random House , Reviews , Women Sleuths / December 8, 2016

Title: Crepes of Wrath Series: A Pancake House Mystery Author: Sarah Fox Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Alibi Pages: 257 Description USA TODAY BESTSELLER • In the debut of a delightful cozy mystery series, Sarah Fox introduces a charming new heroine who finds herself in a sticky situation: stacking pancakes, pouring coffee, and investigating murder. Bonus content: includes original recipes inspired by the Flip Side Pancake House menu! When Marley McKinney’s aging cousin, Jimmy, is hospitalized with pneumonia, she agrees to help run his pancake house while he recovers. With its rustic interior and syrupy scent, the Flip Side Pancake House is just as she pictured it—and the surly chef is a wizard with crêpes. Marley expects to spend a leisurely week or two in Wildwood Cove, the quaint, coastal community where she used to spend her summers, but then Cousin Jimmy is found murdered, sprawled on the rocks beneath a nearby cliff. After she stumbles across evidence of stolen goods in Jimmy’s workshop, Marley is determined to find out what’s really going on in the not-so-quiet town of Wildwood Cove. With help from her childhood crush and her adopted cat, Flapjack, Marley sinks her teeth into the investigation….

Book Review: The elusive Elixir by Gigi Pandian

Book Review: The Elusive Elixir by Gigi Pandian Review by Dawn Thomas 336 Pages Publisher: Midnight Ink Mystery & Thrillers, Sci Fi & Fantasy, Alchemy, Women Sleuths, Culinary Zoe Faust is an alchemist trained by Nicholas Flamel. Dorian, her gargoyle friend, is turning back to stone. In an effort to reverse the action, she travels to Paris, France in search of a backwards alchemist. The owner of a bookstore, Lucien, tells her about a book created by backwards alchemists. He promises to ship it to her as soon as he locates it. While visiting Notre Dame Cathedral to investigate a missing gargoyle, a woman from her past spots her. Madame LeBlanc accuses her of murder and has her police officer nephew interrogate her. Zoe flees Paris and returns to her home in Portland, Oregon. Upon her arrival, Zoe finds Dorian in worse shape and confides in him about the encounter. He agrees she was right in leaving France. Brixton, a teenage friend, tells her about a spy he found peeking in windows. Zoe is afraid the man is the French police officer looking for her. When the mummified remains of a man are found in an abandoned shed, Zoe fears…

Book Review Blood Defense by Marcia Clark

Book Review Blood Defense by Marcia Clark Review by Dawn Thomas 398 Pages Publisher: Thomas & Mercer Mystery & Thriller, General Fiction (Adult), Legal, Courtroom Drama, Women Sleuths This is the first book in the Samantha Brinkman series. In this series, Samantha is a defense attorney as opposed to the Rachel Knight series where the main character is a prosecutor. The news is full of stories about a police detective accused of murdering two young women. Samantha needs a case like this to keep her office afloat. She knows taking his case would be good for her career and would give her publicity. On the other hand, everyone knows she is not fond of the police. She has mixed feelings when she receives a call from the detective that he would like to meet with her. Dale, a well-known police office without any blemishes in his career is accused of the double murder and asks Samantha to represent him. In the case, she knows she does not have to prove anything; she only has to provide reasonable doubt. When Dale reveals some surprising news to Samantha, she is shocked to her core. The case turns personal to Samantha when her…

Book Review: Empty Nest by Marty Wingate

Book Review: Empty Nest by Marty Wingate Review by Dawn Thomas 284 Pages Publisher: Alibi / Random House LLC Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Cozy, British Detectives, Women Sleuths Julia Lanchester is in charge of the community tourist office in the town of Smeaton-under-Lyme. When her cottage develops toxic black mold, she moves into Fotheringhill Hall, the manor house at the insistence of Sir Linus Fotheringhill. Walking to work one day, Julia discovers a bunch of dead sparrowhawks. When she looks at them closely, she believes they have been poisoned. This is an illegal bait trap and she begins investigating to see who may have poisoned the birds. Julia contacts her father, Rupert Lanchester, a well-known ornithologist with his own television show on the BBC. He comes to Fotheringhill, along with Julia’s love interest, Michael, to investigate the poisoning. Linus’s son, Cecil, returns home with a friend, Freddy Peacock. When Julia smells smoke and finds Freddy dead in his room, everyone is a suspect. Julia begins investigating but someone is not happy about that. She begins to fear for her life after several attempts on her life are made. This is the second book in the series and I really enjoy books…

Book Review For Dead Men Only: An Alexandra Gladsone Mystery by Paula Paul

Book Review For Dead Men Only: An Alexandra Gladsone Mystery by Paula Paul Review by Dawn Thomas Pages Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Alibi Mystery, Suspense, Historical, British Detectives, Women Sleuths Alexandra Gladstone is a doctor and travels to her see her patients on her mare, Lady and with her dog, Zack. Several men die under mysterious conditions in Newton_upon_Sea. They were all wearing a white Freemason apron with a smear of blood. It is Alex’s job to determine the cause of death and their connection to each other. Everything seems to revolve around the Freemason temple, The Temple of the Ninth Daughter. After one evening visit, she fears someone is following her. She tries to run away and falls into a ravine. It is up to Nancy, her maid, the two young stable boys and Lord Dunsford to find her. The story takes place during Victorian times when a woman doctor is unable to perform some duties her male counterparts can do. This is the fifth book in the Alexandra Gladstone mystery series. The author’s writing style flows very well and the suspense keeps the reader’s attention. The characters each have their own personality and they interact well…

Book Review Medium Dead An Alexandra Gladstone Mystery by Paula Paul

Book Review Medium Dead An Alexandra Gladstone Mystery by Paula Paul Review by Dawn Thomas 178 Pages Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Alibi Mystery, Suspense, Historical, British Detectives, Women Sleuths Alvina Elwold is a medium with a reputation. Queen Victoria hears of her and travels to Newton-upon-Sea for a séance. Before the séance can be conducted, Alvina is found murdered in the cemetery. Lady Forsythe, along with the rest of the household, is under a lot of stress having the Queen as a guest. Alexandra has her hands full with patients. Lord Nicholas Dunford asks Doctor Alexandra Gladstone to see his mother, Lady Forsythe, . He fears she is having a heart attack. When Alexandra examines his mother, she determines it is not a heart attack but a severe case of shingles. Young Beaty believes he murdered Alvina. His wife, Wilma, does not believe him and asks Alexandra to see Constable Snow to have Young Beaty released. There are twists and turns in this story, which leave you wondering who killed Alvina. This is the second book in the Alexandra Gladstone mystery series. If you enjoy cozy mysteries, you will enjoy this series.

Book Review Symptoms of Death An Alexandra Gladstone Mystery by Paula Paul

Book Review Symptoms of Death An Alexandra Gladstone Mystery by Paula Paul Review by Dawn Thomas 260 Pages CreateSpace Independent Publishing/Amazon Digital Services LLC Mystery, Suspense, Historical, British Detectives, Women Sleuths The story takes place in Victorian times. Doctor Alexandra Gladstone has replaced her father as the physician for Newton-upon-Sea. While attending a dinner, Elsie, a young kitchen maid runs into the dining room ranting and waving a kitchen knife. She blames Lord of Dunford for killing her lover, George. The next morning, the Lord is found dead and Elsie is to blame. While investigating the death, Alexandra gets a note to meet Quince, the leader of a bunch of ruffians. The note says she is to meet him at the pier after dark. Quince is there waiting for her but soon after see arrives, someone jumps them and Alexandra’s dog, Zack is injured. The following morning, two boys arrive at the surgery in need of medical attention for dog bites. Alexandra knows the boys are the same ones involved in the scuffle the night before. She believes they know something that would put them in danger. The day of Elsie’s trial arrives and the murderer still has not be…

Book Review Mug Shot by Caroline Fardig

Book Review Mug Shot by Caroline Fardig Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Alibi Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Women Sleuths Juliet Langley is the manager of Java Jive, a coffeehouse. Her best friend and boss, Pete Bennett, is arrested when his girlfriend, Cecilia Hollingsworth, is found murdered. Juliet cannot help but get involved. She enlists the help of some friends to help investigate the murder. While undercover, she encounters the angry husband and brother-in-law of the victim. He punches Juliet in the face and breaks one of her fingers. Juliet is devastated when Pete is sent back to jail for a parole violation. With the possibility of losing the coffeehouse, Juliet works harder to clear Pete’s name. Her on again, off again boyfriend Detective Ryder Hamilton loses his temper towards Juliet and pleads with her to stop investigating. Of course, she does not listen and gets in over her head. This is the second book in the series.  The author did a great job with the suspense and the characters each have their own personality. I love how Juliet says what she means. The book is full of surprises and I did not know who the murder…

Book Review Death Before Decaf by Caroline Fardig

Book Review Death Before Decaf by Caroline Fardig Review by Dawn Thomas 289 Pages Random House Publishing Group – Alibi Mystery & Thrillers, Suspense, Women Sleuths Juliet Langley had a café and a fiancé in Indiana until the day he took all her money and ran. She moves back to Nashville and takes a job as the manager of Java Jive coffeehouse. Her first day does not go well for her and she goes for a walk to clear her head after yelling at employees, she. Later when she is taking out the trash, she finds her cook dead in the dumpster. The police come to investigate and Juliet is the prime suspect. This is not what she planned for her 30th birthday. While cleaning the grease and grime in the kitchen, she finds a box in the refrigerator with credit card offers. Unfortunately, none of the mail belongs to the employees. Juliet begins investigating the murder so she can give the police a better suspect. One of the regulars at the café is a sexy professor at Vanderbilt University. Juliet does not know much about him except she is attracted to him. Since she has no plans to get…

Book Review Dead in a Dumpster by B.L. Blair

Book Review Dead in a Dumpster by B.L. Blair Review by Dawn Thomas 210 Pages Publisher: B.L. Blair (self-published) Mystery, Women Sleuths  Leah Norwood is the owner of Sense and Sensibility, a shop that sells fragrances and body products. Leah is annoyed when her delivery truck cannot park because another shop owner has the parking area blocked. Leah goes next door and asks them to move the truck. Isabel, the manager, tells her she would have to wait until their truck was finished unloading. When Leah tells Isabel the delivery driver has another appointment and he cannot be late, Isabel finally relents. Leah spends the rest of the day annoyed by the morning antics and shares her feelings with others. Later when Isabel turns up dead in the dumpster behind the shop, Leah is the prime suspect. Leah begins investigating the murder trying to clear her name and stumbles into a drug ring. After a few near misses, Leah realizes she is out of her league. This was a great beginning for the series. It was a fast read and the action kept my attention. I really enjoyed the book and look forward to future books in the series.