Cozy Mysteries to Get You in a Spooky Mood

Bookworms,

Autumn is quickly approaching, and all I can think about is grabbing a cup of hot chocolate with tons of marshmallows, of course, and sitting on my couch cozying up with a spooktacular cozy mystery. There is something about this time of year that make me gravitate towards cozy mysteries more and I thought it would be fun to share with you my top picks to get you into the spooky season!

  1. Murder at the Pumpkin Patch by London Lovett: London Lovett has always been an author I grab for this time of year and although all of her books are spectacular, Murder at the Pumpkin Patch is a great starter to get you into the spooky season because of four significant things, pumpkin patches, costume parties, a ghost named Edward! It undoubtedly will be a treat…or will it?
  2. No Parm, No Foul by Linda Reilly: This is the second book in the Grilled Cheese Mystery series and it is the perfect read for the season; I mean who doesn’t like grilled cheese? The main character Carley had recently opened up a grilled cheese shop and now that she has settled in, it is time to participate in a Halloween cooking competion. However, a local restaurant owner will be found dead, was Carly or did he lots of enemies?
  3. Fudge Bites by Nancy Coco: I haven’t read this series all the way through and tend to pick a book here and book there, but I can tell it is a great cozy series! When you dive into Fudge Bites you will find yourself emersed into the towns zombie walk charity event, but when Allie’s cat leads her to a dead body, the zombie walk turns into a murder mystery that must be solved!
  4. The Skeleton Haunts a House by Leigh Perry: The Family Skelton series by Leigh Perry is a great series, but book three is the perfect read to get you into a spooky mood! Sid is a living skeleton who will take a stroll through the haunted house and find a dead body! Will he be able to crack the case while hiding from the police, or will he get caught!?

This is a short list, but I hope you will find time to curl up on your couch and dive into one of these books because they will surely get you into the spooky season!

Nicole

Review: Up to No Gouda by Linda Reilly

Bookworms,

There is nothing like a fresh new book series, especially when it comes to cozy mysteries!

When I heard the Grilled Cheese Mystery series by Linda Reilly was being released, I was so excited! I mean, who wouldn’t get excited about a grilled cheese mystery!?

The first book in the series is Up to No Gouda, and wow it was a great read!

After losing her husband, Carley Hale decided to open a new grilled cheese shop as a way to begin healing. However, an old boyfriend–Lyle, has become her new landlord and wants her out! As upset as Carley is, she would soon find Lyle dead! 

The journey to find who killed Lyle was a wild ride, and I was utterly shocked by who the murder suspect was! I think you will be too.

This was a fun cozy mystery, and I am looking forward to the series continuing! 

Thank you to Poisoned Pen Press, Netgalley, and Dreamscape Media for the audiobook of Up to No Gouda.

Nicole

Book Review: Murder at North Pond by London Lovett

Bookworms,

As you know, I am a sucker for new cozy mystery series, so it was no surprise that I said yes when author London Lovett reached out to me about reading an advanced copy of her latest book!

All I can say is this was a solid start to a new series!

I love London Lovett’s writing because she instantly draws you in as if you know every character in real life. This gives a better reading experience because you can feel the story’s emotions much more. Plus, there are so many quirky characters that it is hard not to love them!

As I read Murder at North Pond, I quickly found that this was not an average cozy mystery because there was much more depth to the story, especially with the main character Anna St. James.

Anna had experienced such heartache when her husband was lost at sea with no word on what exactly happened. The pain you felt as she talked through her experience was tremendous, and I think it helped to make this book so much more than a cozy mystery.

It is almost impossible to talk about Murder at North Pond without giving away too many details because it is that good! Still, I leave you with this….if you have ever been curious about cozy mysteries or have struggled to find one you truly enjoy, I encourage you to pick this up when it is released on February 21, 2022. You can pre-order your copy now. Just click here —> pre-order

Thank you so much to author London Lovett for the advanced copy of Murder at North Pond!

Nicole

Book Review: A Wicked Yarn by Emmie Caldwell

Title: A Wicked Yarn
Author:Emmie Caldwell
Release Date: December 29, 2020
Pages: 300
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Murder Mystery
My Rating: ★★★★★
Goodreads rating: 4.02/5

It is no surprise that I love cozy mysteries so when I see that there is a new series coming out I have to jump on it! A Wicked Yarn is the first book in the A Craft Fair Knitters mystery series. After Lia Geigers husband dies she moves to a new town in Pennsylvania and joins a knitting club that her best friend Belinda is in charge of. However, during a craft fair on Mothers Day weekend, Lia finds Belinda standing over a dead body….her husbands dead body. When this happens there is only one thing Lia can do and that is to jump in as an amateur sleuth to help clear her best friends name!
This was such great debut novel! The mystery aspect is great and definitely keeps you on your toes as you try and figure out who committed the murder. I highly recommend to check this new cozy mystery series out!

Do you like to read whole book series or do you prefer stand alone novels? Let me know!

Nicole

Book Review: The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

Title: The Friend Zone
Author: Abby Jimenez
Release Date: June 11, 2019
Pages: 385
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
My Rating: ★★★★★
Goodreads rating: 3.89/5

Hi friends! I recently finished listening to The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez via my local library and let me just say, it was definitely a top favorite for me! I have seen this book floating around bookstagram for quite sometime, but A L W A Y S put it off because of how hyped it was. (do you ever push back reading a book because of how many people are talking about it?) I guess I do this because I do not want to be disappointed in a book that so many people have loved, but it definitely was one that was memorable and will be in my top five favorite reads of 2020!

One thing that I am big on is how well an author develops each character and Abby Jimenez did a fantastic job. I was able to feel as if I were right there in the story and the characters were all my good friends. Seriously, I am a sucker for books that can do that! I think what I loved most about the book is how Jimenez was able to show the main characters worth and how she would come to realize that she should not settle for mediocre and go for something that would be far more extraordinary. Overall, the story was swoon worthy, the friendships were the best, it made you laugh, it made you cry, it made you angry, but best of all it was the perfect love story. I would highly recommend that you pick this up if you haven’t already and believe me, you are going to pick up book two as soon as you are done!

What has been your favorite read of 2020? Let me know in the comments!

Book Review: Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks

Title: Pumpkinheads
Author: Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks
Release Date: August 27, 2019
Pages: 224
Genre: Graphic Novel, Young Adult
My Rating: ★★★★★
Goodreads rating: 4.07/5

Have you ever come across an author that you absolutely love—like you have yet to be disappointed in any of their books? Well that is Rainbow Rowell for me, she just has a way with her writing that makes you swoon over every story.

When Pumpkinheads was in the works, I was so excited for it to release–but for some reason I waited FOREVER to pick it up, but I finally picked it up this week and YOU GUYS, It was absolutely adorable. It is one of those graphic novels that makes you want to re-read it ASAP because of how good it was. If you are a fan of all things fall, good food, adventure, friendship, and a possible new love, then is a must read!

Book Review: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Title: Daisy Jones & The Six
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Release Date: March 5, 2019
Pages: 386
Genre: Contemporary, Historical, Romance
My Rating: ★★★★★
Goodreads rating: 4.20/5

“It’s like some of us are chasing after our nightmares the way other people chase dreams.”

Daisy Jones and The Six is the first novel that I have read by Taylor Jenkins Reid and you guys….it was so good! For months all I kept hearing about was Daisy Jones and that was enough for me to check it out. I found that the book being written in an interview style made it easy to keep up with all the characters and it helped to show each of their personalities. I loved how strong each of the characters were throughout the book, but its hard not to put all your focus on Daisy.Early on we find that she was a fragile little girl with no direction and grew into an empowered woman who knew what she wanted and she was not going to back down when she got the opportunity to do so.
This book was all rock n roll; music, alcohol, drugs, and sex. It was brilliant! I highly recommend picking up a copy for yourself and be prepared to finish it in one sitting!

Are you a fan of the 70’s? Let me know in the comments below!

Nicole

Review:The Girl He Used To Know by Tracey Garvis Graves

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Title: The Girl He Used to Know
Author: Tracey Garvis Graves
Release Date: April 2, 2019
Pages: 304
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
My Rating: ★★★★★
Goodreads rating: 3.97/5

Have you ever read a book that draws you in so much, you forget that it is a fictional story?

The Girl He Used to Know by Tracy Garvis Graves is the exact book I am describing. I mean I cannot begin to explain how much I adored this novel! Graves wrote each character with complete care and detail and it was beautiful to watch each of them unravel throughout the story. Annika is the most delicate of all the characters,  she is socially awkward, she loves books, chess, does not have much experience with dating, and does not understand why people treat her differently. Jonathan on the other hand is outgoing, has a decent amount of friends, works at a bar, and is advanced in the dating department. The two of them were complete opposites, but that is what made their relationship work so well. What I loved most is how gentle Jonathan was towards Annika and how he took the time to understand her facial expressions in order to know what was going on in her head. He had to work hard at the relationship, but he never let that stop him from falling head over heels for her. 

However, too much of a good thing never lasts and heartache begins to settle in. I’m not going to lie, the ending wrecked me to my core, but I felt it was important to show how much growth we get from Annika. Again, I loved this book so much and will always pick it up for a re-read and hope that you will do the same!

xoxo

Nicole

Review: Marigolds and Murder by London Lovett

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Title: Marigolds and Murder
Author:London Lovett
Release Date: September 14, 2017
Pages: 190
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Murder Mystery
My Rating: ★★★★★
Goodreads rating: 3.93/5

A couple of years ago I discovered the world of cozy mysteries and let me just say, I have been missing out! Cozy mysteries are so fun and they keep you on your feet just enough to keep you wanting more! One of the authors that I came across was London Lovett….I can confidently say, she is one of my favorite authors! The first book that I read was Marigolds and Murder from Lovett’s Port Danby series.

Here you will find an old Victorian house, a pumpkin contest, and a murder! Our heroine in the story , Lacey “Pink” Pinkerton left her six figure job to become a florist in a small seaside town called Port Danby. Little did she know, she would become an unofficial detective because of her million dollar nose! Oh and did I mention she has a cat named Nevermore and a pet crow named Kingston. How cool is that?

This was such a fun book to read! I became so enthralled with Lacey and her life. Not only was she new to town, she made friends easily, met two eligible  bachelors, and had a high sense of smell which she used to help solve  a murder. It was an easy read and the best part of it all, there are 8 more books in the series to continue to read!

Interested in reading Marigolds and Murder? You can find the ebook here Marigolds and Murder for FREE! You heard that right, this ebook is free even if you do not have kindle unlimited.

What are some of your favorite mystery books?

Book Review: Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Title: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Pages: 352
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
My Rating: ★★★★★
Goodreads rating: 4.04/5

Happy Wednesday friends! I finished reading Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon yesterday and I am so mad at myself for waiting so long to read it. It was a quick and lighthearted (for the most part) read filled with teenage love, risk, and redemption. It is a beautiful story told by our protagonist Madeline who has been cooped up in her house with her mom and her nurse Carla her entire life. She was diagnosed with a rare disease when she was a baby which has prevented her from living a normal life. Now she is eighteen and is ready to take some risks especially once she meets her new neighbor Olly who has her smitten beyond belief. However, Maddy will take it too far and push her limits with her health. Little did she know that taking such a big risk would ultimately change her life…..for the BETTER!

Between the captivating story and the writing style, I felt that it was hard to put the book down! I really enjoyed the character development Yoon was able to create. I felt like I knew each character completely and I truly believe that it helped capture the story even more. I also loved that throughout the book you would not only have normal chapters, but you would find diagrams, text messages, emails, and instant messages to help capture the story as a whole. Overall, I would highly recommend that you pick this one up. You will not be disappointed.