Jun 242016
 

Banana Muffins & Mayhem by Janel Gradowski
Series: Culinary Competition (# 5)
Release Date: June 14, 2016
Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing
Pages: 195
Source: book provided by the author for review
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From #1 bestselling cozy mystery author Janel Gradowski comes her next to-die-for recipe for murder…

Culinary competitor Amy Ridley is as excited as anyone in Kellerton, Michigan to have DIY Home Improvement star, Phoebe Plymouth, come to town for the first annual Cabin Fever Cure event. However the TV personality’s sour attitude quickly curdles people’s opinion of her. When she’s found dead, at the business owned by Amy’s husband, Alex, the heat is on to catch the killer before his professional reputation is ruined!

When Amy seeks help in preparing for a vegan baking recipe contest, she also finds assistance from an unlikely team of sleuths who want to help her catch the murderer. But things go from bad to worse when Alex and his business suddenly suffer a series of less-than-random attacks. Are the murder and attacks related? Amy vows to figure it out before her and her husband’s lives are ruined…or ended permanently!

 

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Jun 242016
 

Fudge Brownies & Murder by Janel Gradowski
Series: Culinary Competition (# 4)
Release Date: December 17, 2015
Pages: 191
Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing
Source: book provided by the author for review
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From bestselling mystery author Janel Gradowski comes another deliciously deadly mystery…

Culinary whiz and reluctant amateur sleuth, Amy Ridley, has a lot on her plate. Her very pregnant best friend, Carla, can barely move from her couch per doctor’s orders. So Amy is tasked with preparing meals for the expanding family along with baking endless pans of brownies to quench Carla’s pregnancy cravings. Not only is she playing chef, but she’s also trying to convince the mommy-to-be that she needs to have a baby shower. But when a restaurant owner is murdered at a blogging conference, Amy finds herself in a race to catch the killer before the baby is born.

As Carla’s baby bump gets bigger, so does the list of suspects. While Amy pares down the potential murderers and staves off disgruntled cooking competition rivals, the clock ticks down, the baby’s arrival draws closer, and the danger grows stronger! If Amy doesn’t watch her back, she may be the next member of the competition going down.

 

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Jun 242016
 

Doughnut & Deadly Schemes by Janel Gradowski
Series: Culinary Competition (# 3)
Release Date: May 31, 2015
Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing
Pages: 211
Source: book provided by the author for review
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From bestselling mystery author Janel Gradowski comes a deliciously deadly mystery…

Amy Ridley’s best friend, Carla, is getting married, and Amy is delighted to be recruited as the head wedding planner—even if Carla’s demands are less than conventional. Case in point: Carla insists on a tower of doughnuts in place of a wedding cake. But navigating the world of nuptials becomes the least of Amy’s problems when the owner of a menswear shop is found dead, and Carla’s fiancé is assigned to the case. With the honeymoon in jeopardy, Amy and Carla vow to help track down the killer…but they soon discover there are even more sinister happenings affecting the businesses in downtown Kellerton, Michigan. If Amy doesn’t figure out who is behind the deadly schemes, the nearly newlywed detective may just be solving another murder—hers!

 

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Jun 242016
 

Christmas Canapés & Sabotage by Janel Gradowski
Series: Culinary Competition (# 2.5)
Release Date: April 26, 2015
Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing
Pages: 35
Source: book provided by the author for review
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From bestselling mystery author Janel Gradowski comes a tasty holiday treat…

Amy Ridley is excited to be participating in the Holiday Celebrations Competition to kick off her Christmas season in Kellerton, Michigan. Local cooks are set to compete for prizes then serve their best party dishes to holiday revelers. Amy has her eye on a special prize, but she has a difficult time concentrating on creating a perfect party buffet when a plague of problems begins to whirl around her. Can Amy figure out who is sabotaging the competition in time to create a prize-winning tablescape and take home the ultimate Christmas gift?

 

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Jun 242016
 

Chicken Soup & Homicide by Janel Gradowski
Series: Culinary Competition (# 2)
Release Date: February 18, 2015
Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing
Pages: 199
Source: book provided by the author for review
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Amy Ridley and her friend, Sophie, have perfected their chicken soup recipe, and the winter-weary residents of Kellerton, Michigan can’t wait to watch them compete against other local chefs in the Chicken Soup Showdown. But the charity event starts out with a bang, literally, when one of the rival chefs falls out of a freezer and onto Amy. If it wasn’t stressful enough for Amy to catch a dead body, the detective in charge of the investigation targets her best friend, Carla, as the chief suspect in the murder.

In order to clear her friend’s name, Amy does her own investigating. The problem is nobody liked the arrogant murdered celebrity chef, and soon her suspect list is longer than the list of ingredients in her secret chicken soup recipe. Can Amy figure out who killed the celebrity chef? Or will Carla be spending the spring in jail?

 

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Jun 242016
 

Pies & Peril by Janel Gradowski
Series: Culinary Competition (# 1)
Release Date: July 4, 2014
Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing
Pages: 196
Source: book provided by the author for review
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When Amy Ridley decided to compete in the Kellerton Summer Festival Pie Contest, the last thing she expected was to find the reigning pie queen, Mandy Jo, dead—a raspberry pie smashed on her face! Mandy Jo made fantastic pies, but she accumulated more enemies than baking trophies. But when Amy receives a note threatening her own life, she decides to do some investigating herself.

It seems that half the town has a reason to kill the mean pie queen, and Amy finds herself sifting through a list of suspects that’s longer than her list of recipes. Not to mention playing cupid for her love-shy best friend, fending off a baker intent on finding out her prize-winning culinary secrets, and ducking the deadly attentions of Mandy Jo’s killer. If Amy doesn’t find out who wanted the pie queen dead soon, her own goose may be cooked!

 

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Jun 232016
 

Dark Season by Joanna Lowell
Release Date: June 20, 2016
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Pages: 296
Source: book provided by the publisher for review

 

 

Haunted by her Future

Tainted. Degraded. Doomed. Doctors told Ella Arlington that her epilepsy would prevent her from living a normal life. When her cousin tries to put her in an institution, she flees to London, determined to control her own destiny. But while at a séance, Ella’s epileptic fit is mistaken for spiritual possession. Loath to reveal her scandalous condition, she goes along with the misperception, and soon finds herself attracting the attention of a devilishly handsome viscount determined to keep the past buried.

Tortured by his Past

Viscount Isidore Blackwood’s fiancée died with secrets he’s vowed to keep, but nothing could have prepared him for the arrival of a mysterious woman who’s rumored to have contacted her ghost. He doesn’t believe for a moment that Ella possesses supernatural powers. Her presence, however, shakes him to his core and when he accuses Ella of being a con artist, sparks unexpectedly ignite between them.

When some surprising truths come to light about Phillipa’s death, Isidore concocts a plan to stage a spectacle of a séance for the ton with Ella’s help. Their devil’s pact might just flush out a killer, but will Isidore let his fury and guilt consume his own soul in the process? And can Ella trust him enough to gamble on a future she never thought she could have?

 

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Jun 222016
 

The Deal With Love by Jamie Wesley
Series: One on One (# 3)
Release Date: June 13, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Lovestruck
Pages: 175
Source: book provided by the publisher for review
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When filmmaker Christian Monroe runs into fiery—and frustrating—Elise Templeton at a party, the night quickly becomes the hottest one-night stand of their lives. But then her boss hires Christian to make a publicity film about Elise, and suddenly they’re in each other’s space. All day. Every day. And things are getting hotter…

Outside the bedroom, the two have nothing in common. Elise is focused solely on becoming the NBA’s first female general manager. And Christian learned long ago that being a work-a-holic—or being with one—is a recipe for disaster.

But the more Elise reveals her deepest desires and fears to Christian—something she’s done for no man, ever—the more Christian wonders how much longer he can keep his hands off the infuriating woman who rocked his world…

 

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Jun 212016
 

The Cowboy Takeover by Alysha Ellis
Release Date: June 28, 2016
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing
Pages: 67
Source: book provided by the publisher for review
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Some things are worth more than money.

Maddie is on her way to Harwood Downs Cattle Station to evict cowboy Kyson Brown from the land he loves. The property’s absentee owner has leased it to an open-cut mining company.

Kyson refuses to give in without a fight, and he enlists surveyor Connor Benton to help save Harwood Downs from environmental destruction.

When Maddie is stranded for a few days, Kyson and Connor show her a world of new experiences, both in bed and on the lush soil of Harwood Downs.

Maddie’s duty to her employer is clear, but how can she give up the best sexual experience of her life?

 

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Jun 202016
 

How Secrets Die by Marta Perry
Series: Watcher in the Dark (# 3)
Release Date: June 28, 2016
Publisher: HQN
Pages:  385
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

A hard-hitting reporter, Kate Beaumont unearths the deepest lies and brings harsh truths to light, but the story that lures her to the gentle town of Laurel Ridge, Pennsylvania, is closer to her heart than anyone knows. The details of her half brother’s sudden death have never made sense. She owes him justice, yet the one man who can help her is the stubborn sheriff she can’t stand.

Protecting his town is Mac Whiting’s top priority. Everything else, including pacifying a beautiful crusader on a mission best left resting in peace, is secondary. But as Kate’s search embeds her in his world and attracts a skilled criminal, she needs Mac’s protection. Drawn together by deadly secrets, they must find a way to trust each other before a killer silences them both.

 

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