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Who Did It? A Mystery Series with A Paranormal Twist

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MEET FELICITY BELL & ALICE WHITEHOUSE. One is a baker, the other a mortician’s assistant, and both can talk to the dead. These mysteries have a little comedy and a splash of supernatural but are so worth reading as well as some of Nic Saint’s other books. This husband and wife team shares funny paranormal stories that I couldn’t help but delve into.  Visit their website and sign up for some of their free titles. I’m enjoying When in Bruges now.

Book One-One Spoonful of Trouble

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When Felicity Bell expresses the wish there were more to life than working in the family bakery, she didn’t know her wish would come true so soon. Suddenly the small town of Happy Bays is confronted with a crime wave the likes of which she’s never seen. The main culprit seems to be big shot reporter Rick Dawson, and soon the two are at daggers drawn.

Rick actually came down to Happy Bays to work on a tell-all article exposing villainous billionaire Chazz Falcone. Rick just lost his job because of the exposé, and he’s determined to nail the real estate tycoon to the wall. He soon discovers that trouble has followed him from New York City. Though she pretends to be a baker, he has a sneaking suspicion Felicity Bell is really working for Falcone, trying to get her hands on his article.

Before long, Felicity and Rick find themselves in a reluctant partnership fighting the crime wave that has hit Happy Bays, and the shady billionaire who seems to be behind all the trouble.

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Book Two-Two Scoops of Murder

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Happy Bays, that peaceful little town nestled on Long Island’s south shore, is suddenly the scene of a brutal murder. Felicity Bell, baker and sometime crime reporter, decides to get involved when the police appear stumped. Very soon, however, more murders startle the small community, and Felicity enlists the help of the ‘holy trinity’, three nosy and gossipy members of the Happy Bays Neighborhood Watch Committee (HBNWC).

Meanwhile Alice Whitehouse, Felicity’s best friend and chairwoman of the HBNWC, has other fish to fry in the form of Reece Hudson, Hollywood hunk. Alice has been Reece’s number one fan since he first rose to fame, and the fact that the handsome movie star is in town to introduce his fiancée to his father doesn’t stop her from accidentally falling into the man’s arms, and promptly signing him up for the HBNWC.

Now Felicity, with the help of Alice, the Holy Trinity, and action hero Reece Hudson, has to find a way to stop the killer before he strikes again. And as the body count rises, Felicity finds herself running out of time, out of options, and out of customers.

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Book Three-Three Shots of Disaster

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Just when Felicity Bell, well-renowned baker and sometime crime reporter, thought that the streets of Happy Bays were safe once again, tragedy strikes. First there’s the nuclear power plant, where a terrorist is plotting revenge on the small Long Island town. Then there’s Mayor MacDonald’s pet parrot Moe who is suddenly kidnapped, and finally Felicity’s best friend Alice’s love life suffers a crushing blow when Hollywood hunk Reece Hudson decides to return to his ex-girlfriend, the socialite Dorothy Valour.

Felicity, Alice, and their band of friends and family are faced with three shots of disaster. And this may well be the end, for even Felicity’s baking skills seem to have deserted her when her muffins turn out inedible, due to a mistake in Granny Bell’s recipe.

Will Alice be reunited with Reece? Will Moe the Parrot escape his captors? Will Happy Bays survive nuclear disaster? And, most importantly, will Felicity’s baking prowess return? In this, Felicity’s third mystery, things suddenly look very grim indeed…

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Catch books 4-6 of the series and Learn more about this husband and wife duo at http://nicsaint.com/.

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*Book cover art and synopsis courtesy of nicsaint.com

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4 Cozy Mysteries with Crazy Twists and Turns

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The cozy mystery genre is full of humor, twists, turns and often has an unqualified individual who gets involved with solving a crime. The individual in this series features Abby Knight, a flower shop owner. Here are four books from the flower shop mystery series with some crazy twists and turns:

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Shoots to Kill

Shoots to Kill has a funny cast of characters especially Elizabeth Blume, whom Abby babysat years ago. Elizabeth has gotten over it because she wants to be Abby. When she comes back home strange things start to happen. Abby finds herself accused for murder and having to clear her name.

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Evil in Carnations

In Evil in Carnations, Abby finds herself playing matchmaker for her friend, Nikki. She convinces her friend to try speed dating where Nikki finds a date. Everything goes wrong once her date is found dead. Abby is determined to clear her friend’s name.

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Seed No Evil

In Seed No Evil, Abby is trying to find a location for her wedding. Abby is all about protecting animal rights. When she finds out the charity’s director has been murdered, Abby steps him to help the case, especially since her mother is a suspect.

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A Root Awakening

In A Root Awakening, Abby and husband, Marco are looking for a house to purchase. In searching they step into a case after witnessing a man falling from a building.

To learn more about Kate Collins and to purchase any of the featured books, visit http://www.katecollinsbooks.com/

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Who Did It?: Three Mystery Books Worth Reading

I love suggesting and discussing books in genres I care about and believe avid readers will enjoy. In Who Did It? this month, I am sharing my three mystery picks worth reading. These books provide enough humor,  suspense, twists and turns to keep you turning pages. I really enjoyed the fact that the women in these books are the ones trying to solve what is happening.

Here are my three picks for July:

The Obsession by Nora Roberts

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“She stood in the deep, dark woods, breath shallow and cold prickling over her skin despite the hot, heavy air. She took a step back, then two, as the urge to run fell over her.”

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous. No matter how close she gets to happiness, she can’t outrun the sins of Thomas David Bowes.

Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, a rambling old house in need of repair, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the kindly residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton.

Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But the sins of her father can become an obsession, and, as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.

Murder House by James Patterson and David Ellis

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It has an ocean-front view, a private beach–and a deadly secret that won’t stay buried.

No. 7 Ocean Drive is a gorgeous, multi-million-dollar beachfront estate in the Hamptons, where money and privilege know no bounds. But its beautiful gothic exterior hides a horrific past: it was the scene of a series of depraved killings that have never been solved. Neglected, empty, and rumored to be cursed, it’s known as the Murder House, and locals keep their distance.

Detective Jenna Murphy used to consider herself a local, but she hasn’t been back since she was a girl. Trying to escape her troubled past and rehabilitate a career on the rocks, the former New York City cop hardly expects her lush and wealthy surroundings to be a hotbed of grisly depravity. But when a Hollywood power broker and his mistress are found dead in the abandoned Murder House, the gruesome crime scene rivals anything Jenna experienced in Manhattan. And what at first seems like an open and shut case turns out to have as many shocking secrets as the Murder House itself, as Jenna quickly realizes that the mansion’s history is much darker than even the town’s most salacious gossips could have imagined. As more bodies surface, and the secret that Jenna has tried desperately to escape closes in on her, she must risk her own life to expose the truth–before the Murder House claims another victim.

Meddling with Murder by Ellie Campbell

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Crouch End Confidential, the agency started by housewife and mother, Cathy O’Farrell, with ex-cleaner, Pimple, is failing badly. Hardly surprising when Cathy’s too soft-hearted to charge their only clients, little old ladies seeking lost pets and a school kid searching for his stolen bike. A new case involving a teenager in possession of an unexplained Glock pistol promises to change all that. Quickly Cathy’s deep in waters over her head, forced with hilarious results to pose as a mathematics tutor, a subject of which she’s truly clueless. There’s also the tricky situation of best friend and new mother Rosa hiring her to investigate her fiancé, Alec, plus the mysterious sabotage of Cathy’s friends’ cycle shop and a gang of yobbos dealing drugs at her children’s primary school. Worst of all, an ill-fated trip to rural Norfolk has Cathy’s husband, Declan, intent on buying a post office and transplanting the family to safer climes, threatening to tear Cathy permanently from her beloved North London home. Pretty soon Cathy’s risking her friendships, her marriage and even her life untangling all these messes. But that’s what you get for meddling in murder…

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Who Did It? Four Mystery Books Worth Reading

I shared before what I look for when purchasing mystery books. In Who Did It?, I am sharing four books in this genre worth reading. These four books provide enough suspense, twists and turns to keep you turning pages.

I love suggesting books I believe avid readers will enjoy. Here are my four picks for June:

Dirty Little Secrets by Liliana Hart

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This is the first book in this series about a mortuary owner named by J. J. Graves. J. J. wears many hats in her small town of King George County. She runs the only mortuary and is the coroner for the town, which causes her to assist in solving the town’s mysteries. In this first book, a well-known writer comes to town to research his next book and strange events start to occur. Get ready for some twists and turns, as well as an unsuspected reveal. I read this book in one setting because I could not stop turning the pages.

Hostile Eyewitness by Tyora Moody

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This is the first book in this series about Serena Manchester, a former reporter, recovering from a head injury. She decides to relocate in her hometown where see witnesses a crime. When Serena finds out a family members may be involved, she decides to do her own investigating. This suspenseful book will have you anticipating what the characters will do next.

As Time Goes By by Mary Higgins Clark

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I have been on a hiatus from Clark’s work but so glad I picked this one up. This book is about Delaney, a journalist looking for her birth mother while covering a big story of a wife accused of murdering her ill yet wealthy husband. I tried to figure this one but Clark did a wonderful job keeping me on my toes. I did not solve it until the very last page and it was an awesome journey trying to get there.

Heaven To Betsy by Pamela Fagan Hutchins

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This is book five in this series about Emily, a disgraced paralegal, whose husband walked away from their marriage. Emily is offered a job with Jack, a sexy lawyer who is working on a case for a high risk client. She joins the party but soon finds out this is an unusual case.