Wednesday Reads

Happy Wednesday book lovers! Well we are seven days into December and I hope you are getting lots of reading holiday or other wise accomplished. I am off to a slow start but I’m hoping to ramp up my reading as the month goes along.

I am having nothing but fun participating in the Cozy Mystery Club’s 12 Days of Cozies and all the fun Instagram and Twitter challenges and engaging with the cozy mystery community on a different level. Discovering new authors and love all the interaction with the authors who are participating.

Until Next Time! Happy Reading, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Finished Reading:

I started reading On Skein of Death at the end of November but didn’t really finish it until December so I didn’t include it in my November wrap up since I had just started reading this first book in Allie Pleiter’s Riverside Knitting Mystery series. Libby Beckett is excited to host her first event at Y.A.R.N the main attraction is Perle Langager a celebrity knitter and everything is going great until Libby discovers Perle’s body. Perle has been strangled to death with a skein of read yarn. Libby didn’t know the young Perle very well but she feels obligated to find out who murdered Perle at her event. Overall I enjoyed this it was a well written mystery with great character development and just enough information about Libby but (you knew there was one) I knew who the killer was as soon as the body was discovered. The author tried to give red herrings but there were really only three suspects but it was obvious who the murderer of Perle was. There were really no tension as I read the book and since I already knew who the killer was it was hard for me to continue to read this book and I almost DNF’d (did not finish) it all.

Currently Reading:

A Christmas Candy Killing by Christina Romeril came out in October and I am so glad it is finally December so I could start reading this debut series and I have not been disappointed as I read this book. The amateur sleuths are Alex and Hannah identical twin sisters who own a mystery bookstore called Murder and Mayhem (love) and they sell poison themed chocolates (double love)! When Jane there elderly neighbor, member of their book club Sleuth (triple love) and friend of Alex is murdered and the murder weapon is the Veronal Chocolate from Murder and Mayhem. Alex and Hannah along with a few friends start sleuthing to clear Alex and handy man Zach from suspicion and find the actual killer. Jane had a habit of accusing various members of Harriston, MT of being a fugitive from justice after she watches a true crime show that she loves. I can’t wait for the killer to be revealed but I hope I can figure it out before then.

Future Read:

Mistletoe Murder by Leslie Meier is next on my Christmas cozy TBR and it is the buddy read for my book club. This is a long running cozy mystery series and one I’ve been wanting to read forever so I am really excited to read this first book.

Book blurb:

MAIL-ORDER MURDER As if baking holiday cookies, knitting a sweater for her husband’s gift, and making her daughter’s angel costume for the church pageant weren’t enough things for Lucy Stone’s busy Christmas schedule, she’s also working nights at the famous mail-order company Country Cousins. But when she discovers Sam Miller, its very wealthy founder, dead in his car from an apparent suicide, the sleuth in her knows something just doesn’t smell right.

Taking time out from her hectic holiday life to find out what really happened, her investigation leads to a backlog of secrets as long as Santa’s Christmas Eve route. Lucy is convinced that someone murdered Sam Miller. But who and why? With each harrowing twist she uncovers in this bizarre case, another shocking revelation is exposed. Now, as Christmas draws near and Lucy gets dangerously closer to the truth, she’s about to receive a present from Santa she didn’t ask for — a killer who won’t be satisfied until everyone on his shopping list is dead, including Lucy herself

An Eggnog to Die For (Cape Cod Foodie Mystery #2) by Amy Pershing

Book Blurb:

Christmas has come to Fair Harbor, but when the town’s Santa is murdered, it will be up to Sam Barnes to find a killer in this newest installment of the Cape Cod Foodie Mysteries.

It’s Santa Claus, she says tonelessly. Santa Claus is dead.

Food writer Sam Barnes wants a lot of things: a quiet Christmas at home with her dog and the town’s handsome harbormaster, to never be in a viral video again, and to stop finding dead bodies. Unfortunately for Sam, her parents are coming to visit, she’s often around cameras for work, and she just found the town Santa dead in the storage room of the cocktail bar she was profiling.

Although she was only interviewing the owners of the Ginger Jar in hopes of getting the recipe for their Coquito Eggnog cocktail for the friends and family Christmas Eve dinner she’s hosting, Sam quickly finds herself taking on the role of investigator once again. She needs to find out who slayed this Santa — but with holiday stress already building, will Sam be able to pull off a perfect feast and nab a killer?

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Hello December!

Happy 1st day of December Southernistas! Let the festivities begin! It is time to sparkle and shine! Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanzaa! Bring on all the Christmas music, holiday specials, Holiday baking shows on the Food Network, The Great Christmas Light Fight, baked goods, eggnog, parties, Hallmark /Lifetime/UP and other channels that will be showing a ton of Christmas movies and Christmas cozy mysteries because murder never sleeps! Of course….SHOPPING! SHOPPING! SHOPPING!

I am here for everything the month of December brings and so much more particularly the shopping. This is the month where everything is just over the top in every way and I love it! I also love the fact that I get to celebrate the birth of Jesus who brought light into this world. While there is much debate about weather Jesus was born in December or not doesn’t matter to me but what does matter is that “unto a child is born.” Because He lives I live and more abundantly!

This is a time unfortunately where there is a rise in suicides while the holiday season is full of joy it’s not so joyful for those who are suffering from loneliness due to separation from family, death of a loved one, mental illness. It can be hard to see all the joy and laughter and feel so left out so make sure you reach out especially to college students if you live in a city with a college or university. Not every student is able to go home for the holidays. Visit a nursing home or your elderly neighbor and stay connected with them even after the holidays have come and gone. In fact check on all your neighbors and think about sponsoring a child, a family, or a senior citizen if your finances will allow. Spread joy!

So here’s to December and all the joy and blessings of the season to y’all!

Until Next Time!

Wednesday Reads — Mid Month Reads

Hello Book Lovers! I hope you had a very Happy Thanksgiving! If you were traveling I pray you had safe travels and that none of your flights were cancelled and were on time! Please forgive the lateness of this post!

I set up for myself a very ambitious November TBR and I am really happy that I am making progress but there were some books I read that were not on my reading radar but I was introduced to via KU (Amazon Kindle Unlimited) hey I’m easily lead astray when it comes to books…what can I say. Overall though I’ve tried to stick to my reading pile:) and with that being said I thought it would be great to share with you what I’ve read so far.

Happy Reading!

I’m going to kick it off with my favorite (so far) A Sprinkle in Time (Shake Shop Mystery #2) by Dana Mentink I really enjoyed this second book in what will hopefully be a series with a long life. I found myself connecting even more with Trinidad and was so glad her grandfather, Papa Luis, was in this book also and hopefully he has arrived in Upper Sprocket, OR to stay and her ex’s first wife and daughter Bonnie & Felice and in this second book too. The mystery which not only included a murder but a cold case too and the author did a great job of connecting everything together so it didn’t feel like there were two completely separate plot happening.

Next The Pint of No Return (A Sloan Krause Mystery #2) by Ellie Alexander was so much better than the first book in this series and there are currently six books in this series. I wasn’t sure I wanted to read the second book in this series but then I had to take my own advice. I always tell other bookworms don’t dismiss this first book in the series and I am glad I took my won advice! This second book was so much better than I thought it would be Sloan is finding her groove as she is adjusting to life as an almost devoiced woman and deal with her soon to be ex as best she can while working alongside Garrett at Nitro. When a murder happens Sloan finds herself investigating and the ending was much more satisifying this time around.

The first book in Sue Pepper’s Jackson Hole’s Moose’s Bakery Not So Cozy Mystery Mountain Town Murder gets a huge thumbs up! Although I must admit I found the book very cozy it had all the cozy troupes: cozy companion (dog name Tyrone), murder but not gory, small town, and in this case culinary but I think the author classified it as not so cozy because there is profanity and one slightly steamy love scene (I guess). I love Sadie Moose and the employees of her bakery and some other characters. I read this mystery pretty quickly it was just that good. There were several suspects and I definitely had no clue who the killer was but I was glued to the story and just had to find out!

Musseled Out (A Maine Clambake Mystery #3by Barbara Ross finds Julia Snowden trying to keep her BIL, Sonny, out of prison when he is suspected of murdering David Thwing “the Mussel King” who was planning to open up his own clambake business in direct competition to the Snowden Family Clambake. The problem is Sonny is not being completely truthful with the police or Julia’s sister regarding his alibi. Plus Julia has to decide if she’s going back to her old job in New York or staying put in Busman’s Harbor. This was very entertaining and can’t wait to read book 4!

Other books I’ve read this month:

A Corpse in Coldlake Creek (Elsie Cromwell Mystery #1) by Kristen Skeet (KU)

Live, Local, and Dead (A Vermont Radio Mystery #1) by Nikki Knight

Sticker Sheet Murder (A Sticker Shop Mystery #1) by Courtney Flagg (KU)

Mother’s Day Murder (A Holiday Cozy Mystery #2) by Tonya Kappes (audiobook)

Pumpkin Spice & Deadly Heist (A Nosey Paralegal Mystery #1) by Tanya R. Taylor

Holiday Glam — Part 1

Happy Thursday Southernistas! Well the holiday season is upon us and brands are rolling out their holiday collections and believe me after the past three years of no holiday get togethers or socially distanced ones I am ready for the holiday celebrations to begin! Which means it is time to FINALLY get glammed up or as I like to say sparkle and shine.

So over the next few posts I will be sharing with y’all some outfits for every get together weather it be a formal party where you will need to get glammed up which this first post will be about or a more laid back celebration there is something for everybody and at every price level.

I myself am very much a sparkle and shine girl so you know I am all about the sequins and everything that goes with an all out formal look and it makes me so happy that more and more brands are offering glam looks for different body types.

Here are some glam looks that I am loving and I hope will help you find your next glam party look and I promise there are looks for every budget.

Until Next Time Southernistas!

Plus Sequin Off the Shoulder Wrap Mini Dress — Boohoo

Sequin Contrast Midi Dress — Boohoo

Ashley Stewart Sequin Jacket and Wide Leg Pants

Comes In Black Too!

Ashley Stewart Stiped Sequin Bodycon Dress

Eloquii Dolman Sleeve Sequin Dress

Comes in Gold too

Eloquii Sequin Halter Dress

Amazon Sequin Dress — Plus

Rebdolls V-Neck Long Sleeve Sequin Jumpsuit

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November Reading Goals

Happy Friday fellow book lovers! I was going to wait until next week but I really wanted to share with ya’ll my very ambitious November reading goals and they are very ambitious. I look at November at the kick off to the Christmas/holiday season when I believe we have more time off from work than any other time of the year. As mush as I love to shop I do not get up at a ridiculous hour of the morning to go shopping the day after Thanksgiving I sleep.

So this month I have set for myself the goal of 18 books since I have a four day weekend and will not be traveling for the holiday. These books are also on my Fall TBR list with some new additions. Having said all this here are the cozy mysteries I am endeavoring to read this month.

So fellow book lover’s do you have a November reading list? What’s on your TBR? What are you reading now?

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Until Next Time…Happy Reading!

The Pint of No Return (A Sloan Krause Mystery #2) by Ellie Alexander (currently reading)

Moose Town Murder (Jackson Hole Moose’s Bakery #1) by Sue Pepper (currently reading)

Fresh Brewed Murder (A Ground Rules Mystery #1) by Emmeline Duncan (Cozy Mystery Book Club November Pick)

Crime & Punctuation (A Deadly Edits Mystery #1) by Kaitlyn Dunnett (Cozy Mystery Reading Challenge Book Club Pick)

Isn’t this the cutest cover!

On Skein of Death (A Riverbank Knitting Mystery #1) by Allie Pleiter (Instagram Group November Buddy Read)

A Sprinkle in Time (A Shake Shop Mystery #2) by Dana Mentink

A Lady’s Guide to Gossip and Murder (A Countess of Harleigh Mystery #2) by Dianne Freeman

Mint Chocolate Murder (Ice Cream Shoppe Mystery #2) by Meri Allen

Pumpkin Spice & Deadly Heist (A Noisy Paralegal Mystery #1) by Tanya R. Taylor

Deserts, Driving, & Derelicts (A Campers & Criminal Mystery #2) by Tonya Kappes

Musseled Out (A Maine Clambake Mystery #3) by Barbara Ross

Because I Could Not Stop For Death (An Emily Dickinson Mystery #1) by Amanda Flower

Live, Local and Dead (A Vermont Radio Mystery #1) by Nikki Knight

A Case of Syrah, Syrah (A Wine Country Mystery #1) by Nancy J. Parra

Murder at Blackburn Hall (A High Society Lady Detective Mystery #2) by Sara Rossett

Wine and Punishment (A Literary Pub Mystery #1) by Sarah Fox

Artifact (Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery #1) by Gigi Pandian

The Accidental Alchemist (An Accidental Alchemist Myster #1) by Gigi Pandian

Wednesday Reads-Mrs. Santa and the Evil Elves by Liz Ireland Review

Happy Wednesday Book Lovers! I just finished reading the third book in Liz Ireland’s delightful Mrs. Claus mystery series and all I can say is every book keeps getting better. I give this book a huge 5 STARS!

In this third book April Claus is excited to have her best friend Claire visiting her in Santaland which is also her way of revealing that she is actually married to Santa Claus and her whole new life during Christmas Week but all it is not well in Santaland. The reindeer have gone on strike because of the drone reindeer that have started popping up everywhere and her husband Nick aka Santa Claus is trying to do all he can to end the strike before Christmas gets cancelled. Then a drone reindeer takes out the ice sculpture of Blitzen the First with an ominous message attached to it THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING!

April was hoping to show Claire how wonderful Santaland is but it looks like someone has other plans. Then there is the murder or should I say elficide of Virgil which happen halfway through the book and her best elf friend Juniper is arrested for his murder. Now April has putting on her sleuthing cap to find out who framed her best friend for murder.

I found this book so much fun to read and found it so hard to put it down which made for plenty of late night reading. From the first sentence “Note to self: Elf clogging should never be the main event” to the very last sentence. Because the murder or elficide happened so late in the book I didn’t think there was going to be one and that it would be all about the chaos and havoc that is being created. At times there were way too many subplots going on with the reindeer strike, snowmen on souped up boards called snowmanuvers, a missing elf, a budding romance between Claire and Jake Frost, and a few more subplots that at times distracted me from the actual murder.

Due to all the subplots there were plenty (plenty) of red herrings and even with this I was able to guess who the killer was at least I was 1/2 right. The one thing I did miss from this book were the text messages from April’s nemesis back in Cloudberry Bay.

This series is worth your time especially if you’re looking for something fun and light hearted to read then the Mrs. Claus series is the perfect series for you!

Plus Size Halloween Costumes

Happy Thursday Southernistas! Halloween is 11 days away and while this is not one of my favorite holidays I know for many Halloween is right up there with Christmas. I love to see those who go all out with over the top Halloween decorations just like their Christmas counterparts. Please don’t get me wrong and think I am anti Halloween! For me Halloween marks the beginning of all the Charlie Brown specials with It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown kicking off the specials and it’s also when The Food Network’s baking competition season gets started and I am here for all of it.

I heard an author describe this season as the start of eating season and she is so right! I mean the best thing about Halloween is the candy! But as far as dressing up, scary movies, haunted houses and all the other things it is just not me but one of my goddaughters begins planning her Halloween costume the day after Halloween.

So for my plus size sisters who love Halloween and you’re looking for something besides a sheet with two (or more) holes in as your costume let me point you to Ashley Stewart. They are one of the brands that roll out sexy plus size costumes for us covering just about every theme you can think of. Plus they are very affordable and will make you the talk of the Halloween parties you’ll be attending.

Here are some of the costumes I love with links.

Until Next Time!

For All You Breakfast At Tiffanys Fans
For You Retro Babes — Rosie the Riveter (love the shoes)
This Bae Watch Y’all!
Y’all this Queen of Hearts Costume is FIRE
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Wednesday Reads — October 19, 2022

Hello book lovers! My October reading has gotten off to a slow start but I am hoping it will pick up and I’ve started reading e-books too! I have Kindle Unlimited and have found that this is a wonderful way to download the first book in a new to me series for free and I am glad I am finally taking advantage of this perk. Now e-books will never replace hardcover books for me but I am finding by using e-books it has cut down my physical TBR.

Before I share what I’m reading with y’all I just want to take a moment to remember the great Dame Angela Lansbury who died last week at the age of 96. For many she is mystery writer and amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher from the great cozy mystery television show Murder She Wrote and while I love Murder She Wrote and watch the re-runs she was also a six time Tony Award winning actress, an Oscar nominated actress, and she was nominated for multiple Emmy Awards. If you’ve never seen any of her movies I highly suggest Gaslight (1944) which was her big screen debut at 17, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945), The Manchurian Candidate (1962), The Long Hot Summer (1958) and Death on the Nile (1978) her portrayal of Salome Otterbourne is not to be missed. RIP Dame Angela Lansbury and thank you for leaving me with such great memories and times!

FIP

Finished Reading:

No Parm No Foul (A Grilled Cheese Mystery) by Linda Reilly

I really enjoyed this second book in Linda Reilly’s Grilled Cheese Mystery Series. Carly Hale finds herself sleuthing again when the Ferris Menard, owner of the local sub shop is found dead in his restaurant and Carly’s boyfriend Ari Mitchell becomes the prime suspect. I enjoyed the clues that were given and just enough red herrings but not to many to take you in a totally crazy direction. I actually did figure out who the killer was which doesn’t always happen.

This book kept me up late as I just couldn’t put it down! Definitely 5 big STARS!

A Poisoned Season (A Lady Emily Ashton Mystery) by Tasha Alexander

This is the second book in Tasha Alexander’s excellent historical mystery series. I love Lady Emily Ashton who is labeled eccentric by the British aristocracy (even her mom) because she is not interested in finding another husband now that her year of mourning is up but pursues her Greek studies and finds herself sleuthing. This series is set towards the end of the 19th Century. In the second book there is a murder, someone is stealing the jewelry and other things of Marie Antionette that is owned by some aristocrats, nasty rumors about her, and a possible con artist who claims to be a descendant of son of Louis XVI & Marie Antionette. Emily is independent and spirited and while she doesn’t completely rebel against all of society’s rules she still remains firm in who she is. I must confess that I get so caught up with Emily I forget I’m reading a mystery but with everything that is going on and throw in dashing Colin Hargraves who is determined to win Emily’s heart and hand in marriage and you just have a really great read full of intrigue and mystery!

5 HUGE STARS!

Currently Reading:

The Deep End (The Country Club Murders) by Julie Mulhern

This is a new to me mystery series that is set in the 1970s however there are currently 15 books in this series. I discovered this mystery series last year listening to a podcast. This is the first cozy mystery I know of that is set in the decade I was born so I definitely wanted to read this series. I got this first book when it was available for free through Kindle Unlimited.

Book Blurb:

Swimming into the lifeless body of her husband’s mistress tends to ruin a woman’s day, but becoming a murder suspect can ruin her whole life.

It’s 1974 and Ellison Russell’s life revolves around her daughter and her art. She’s long since stopped caring about her cheating husband, Henry, and the women with whom he entertains himself. That is, until she becomes a suspect in Madeline Harper’s death. The murder forces Ellison to confront her husband’s proclivities and his crimes — kinky sex, petty cruelties and blackmail.

As the body count approaches par on the seventh hole, Ellison knows she has to catch a killer. But with an interfering mother, an adoring father, a teenage daughter, and a cadre of well-meaning friends demanding her attention, can Ellison find the killer before he finds her?

Mrs. Claus and the Evil Elves (A Mrs. Claus Mystery) by Liz Ireland

I have waited all year for this third book in Liz Ireland’s Mrs. Claus Mystery series and the day has come and I am headed by to Christmas Town!

Book Blurb:

April Claus is getting an early gift for her second Christmas in Santaland. Her dear friend, Claire, is visiting from Oregon, and April hopes to show off her adoptive country at its cozy, glittering best. But when the annual ice sculpture contest is derailed by a kamikaze drone-deer, it’s just the first in a series of un-festive events…

Drone-deer, created by inventor elf Blinky Brightlow, are none too popular with the genuine, flesh-and-hoof kind, who are currently on strike. With no reindeer games to keep them in shape, Nick worries they may get too chunky to pull his sleigh come Christmas. Now Blinky is missing, his girlfriend, Juniper, is under suspicion, and between rogue reindeer and conniving elves, all of Santaland seems to have gone sugarplum-crazy. Add a dash of murder to the mix, and suddenly April is battling not just to clear Juniper’s name, but to save herself from being put on ice — permanently…

Next:

The Pint of No Return (A Sloan Krause Mystery) by Ellie Alexander

I was not a big fan of the first book in this series by Ellie Alexander but I am one who likes to read the second book in the series because the first book is usually establishing the characters and world building plus Ellie Alexander is an author whose books I’ve never read until this year when I read the first book in her extremely popular Bakeshop series which I really enjoyed. Having said that I am hoping that the second book clicks for me. What I do like is that the author sets her book in the real town of Leavenworth, OR and this second book takes place during Oktoberfest.

Book Blurb:

No other festival compares to Oktoberfest in Leavenworth, Washington. The whole town is buzzing with excitement over this year’s activities and eagerly awaiting Nitro’s latest offering Cherrywizen, made with locally sourced cherries. But local brewmaster Sloan Krause is tapped out. Between trying to manage the pub, her pending divorce with Mac, and her mounting feelings for Garrett, she’s fermenting in internal turmoil.

To complicate matters, dreamy movie star Mitchell Morgan and his production crew have arrived in the village to film during the authentic Bavarian brewfest. Mitchell has his eye on Sloan and a taste for Nitro’s Cherrywizen. Sloan escapes his advances for good when she finds Mitchell slumped over the bar. Is this a case of one pint too many, or has Mitchell been murdered by microbrew?

A Sprinkle in Time (A Shake Shop Mystery) by Dana Mentink

Yes that’s right a milkshake mystery is on my Fall TBR because it takes place in fall I mean milkshakes are not just for summer people.

I so enjoyed the first book in this series and I am looking forward to reading this second book in what I hope will be a series with long life.

Book Blurb:

It’s Alpenfest in Upper Sprocket! Yodelers are congregating in the square, tourists flocking to the town, and Trinidad Jones is scooping up some fall flavors at her Shimmy and Shake Shop.

The cherry on the sundae is her upcoming feature in The Scoop magazine. She’s determined to serve up the perfect interview, but it won’t be easy, thanks in part to her meddling Cuban grandfather Papa Luis who has decided to make Sprocket his home for the foreseeable future. Papa Luis has set himself up as a taxi driver in his classic 1951 Buick.

But things take a turn when Papa Luis tells her he’s found a corpse in his trunk. Upon closer investigation, they realize the body has disappeared. With the assistance of Juliette and Bonnie (her sisterhood of exes) and the way too handsome nut farmer Quinn Logan, Trinidad must solve the mystery of the disappearing corpse, before her father is up to his neck in a murderous mess.

It’s Also Tights Weather Too!

Hello Southernistas! Well the cooler has arrived and while I thought summer would linger fall had other plans. My past posts have been all about fall fashion and I would be remiss if I didn’t include hosiery. With the temps dropping bare legs are no longer possible for yours truly so it is time to break out the tights. My problem with tights is that they are made for amazons! So while I own several pairs of tights from different brands they don’t fit my 5’3 frame and by that I mean when I put them on I can literally pull them up to my chin. They never fit me so I spend a lot of time dealing with excess material…UGH!

But that is no longer the case since I discovered Snag Tights about two years ago. The first time I saw this brands ad on Facebook I decided to check out this UK based brand. I followed their size chart and ordered a short F and I can’t begin to tell you how delighted I was when I received them and they….FIT me to perfection. I am talking no excess material so no bunching and winkles and they hit at my waist like hosiery is suppose to and they are durable. My first order lasted forever.

Plus Snag offers some great deals and their shipping has improved and they are size inclusive bonus points! I love this brand and they don’t just offer tights but they now offer clothing as well. They offer sheer pantyhose, opaque, semi opaque, super opaque, duo tights (dual color), novelty/holiday tights, wool tights, and chub rub shorts plus they come in a lot of fun colors.

So if you’re looking to stock up or replace your hosiery give this brand a try especially if you’re looking for holiday themed hosiery you can’t go wrong plus the more you order you get an incredible discount.

Until Next Time Southernistas!

Hallow-queen Opaque Tights
Liquorice Sheer Pantyhose — 30 Denier
Caramel Latte Semi Opaque Tights
Black Opaque Tights
Beach Bum Opaque Tights
Super Opaque Blood Red Tights — Limited Edition
Super Opaque Black Tights
Dual Color Opaque Tights — Black & White
Dual Color Tights — Colonel Spice

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Wednesday Reads — Anticipated October Reads

Hello my fellow book lovers! It feels like September just got here and I was enjoying the waning days of summer and now it is fall and October is here.

September was a good month for me I read a lot which was surprising even to me…LOL. I read some really great cozies and I will share my favorite September reads with you next week, God willing, because I am in the mist of reading two books I want to include in this month’s reads and not next month.

So I thought I would share with my fellow book worms and cozy mystery lovers the cozy mysteries I am excited to read next month. This is not all the cozy mysteries that are coming in October these are the ones I’m looking forward to reading.

If you want a complete list of mysteries and book releases for next month check out Bookium here on Medium not for new releases but recommendations but for new releases check out Dru’s Book Musings for a complete list of new releases and book reviews which are way better than mine and there are also author and character interviews.

  • *Note: I am not a fan of paranormal or witchy mysteries so there will not be any mentioned on this list these are fall/holiday themes.**

Until next time may all your reads be good reads!

Calypso, Corpses, and Cooking (Caribbean Kitchen Mystery #2) by Raquel V. Reyes

I can’t wait to read this second book in Raquel Reyes’ Caribbean Kitchen Mystery series and as you can see from the cover it is set in the fall/Halloween. The first book in this new series Mango, Mambo, and Murder was so good I immediately pre-ordered this second book as soon as it became available for pre-order.

About the book (from back of the book):

Fall festivities are underway in Coral Shores, Miami. Cuban-American cooking show star Miriam Quiñones-Smith wakes up to find a corpse in her front yard. The body by the fake tombstone is the woman that was kicked out of the school’s Fall Festival the day before.

Miriam’s luck does not improve. Her passive-aggressive mother-in-law puts her in charge of the Women’s Club annual gala. But this year, it’s not canapes and waltzes. Miriam and her girlfriends-squad opt for fun and flavor. They want to spice it up with Caribbean food trucks and a calypso band. While making plans at the country club, they hear a volatile argument between the new head chef and the club’s manager. Not long after, the chef swan dives to his death at the bottom of the grand staircase.

Was it an accident? Or was it Beverly, the sous chef, who is furious after being passed over for the job? Or maybe it was his ex-girlfriend, Anastasia?

Add two possible poisonings to the mix and Miriam is worried the food truck fun is going to be a major crash. As the clock ticks down and the body count goes up, Miriam’s life is put in jeopardy. Will she connect the dots or die in the deep freeze? Foodies and mystery lovers alike will savor the denouement as the truth is laid bare in this simmering stew of rage, retribution, and murder.

A Christmas Candy Killing (Killer Chocolate Mystery) by Christina Romeril (new series)

NEW SERIES

Twin sisters who own a mystery bookstore called Murder and Mayhem who also sell poison themed chocolates need I say more?!

About the book (from back of the book):

Identical twin sisters Alex and Hannah are the owners of Murder and Mayhem, a mystery bookshop that sells their famous poison-themed Killer Chocolates. But now, there’s a real killer in their midst. Shortly before Christmas, their septuagenarian neighbor, Jane, confides to Alex that a murderer from a true-crime show has taken up residence in the village. Unfortunately, she’s also shared her suspicions with town gossip Netta. The next morning, Alex shows up at Jane’s house to watch the show, but instead discovers Jane’s body, with a box of Killer Chocolates nearby.

The sheriff quickly zeroes in on two suspects: Alex, a beneficiary in Jane’s will, and Zack, a handyman who was seen leaving the crime scene. But Alex maintains her innocence and sets out to draft a list of other potential suspects — townsfolk who’d recently been seen arguing with Jane.

When Alex gets hold of Jane’s journal, she begins to understand the truth. But a bearer of ill tidings is arriving early this year — and Alex just might not make it to Christmas.

Mrs. Claus and the Evil Elves (A Mrs. Claus Mystery #) by Liz Ireland

I love the Mrs. Claus mystery series they are funny and who knew Christmastown was so dangerous?!

About the book (from back of the book):

April Claus is getting an early gift for her second Christmas in Santaland. Her dear friend, Claire, is visiting from Oregon, and April hopes to show off her adoptive country at its cozy, glittering best. But when the annual ice sculpture contest is derailed by a kamikaze drone-deer, it’s just the first in a series of un-festive events…

Drone-deer, created by inventor elf Blinky Brightlow, are none too popular with the genuine, flesh-and-hoof kind, who are currently on strike. With no reindeer games to keep them in shape, Nick worries they may get too chunky to pull his sleigh come Christmas. Now Blinky is missing, his girlfriend, Juniper, is under suspicion, and between rogue reindeer and conniving elves, all of Santaland seems to have gone sugarplum-crazy. Add a dash of murder to the mix, and suddenly April is battling not just to clear Juniper’s name, but to save herself from being put on ice — permanently…

Seems Like Murder (A Sewing Studio Mystery) by Dorothy Howell (new series)

NEW SERIES

I loved Dorothy Howell’s Haley Randolph mystery series and am sad that it has come to an end but I am very excited about this new series and I have no doubt it will be just as fun as Haley was.

About the book (from back of the book):

Abbey Chandler needs a new start and a place to escape, so Hideaway Grove, where she spent her childhood summers, seems like a perfect choice. Once there, she takes up a rewarding new hobby — but also gets tangled up in a hit-and-run homicide . . .

Abbey has barely arrived in the quaint, quiet town of Hideaway Grove before things turn from blissful to bloody — as the new librarian is mowed down by a car. The only witness on the scene isn’t much help, aside from handing Abbey the bag of books dropped by the victim. Even worse, the sheriff’s office seizes Abbey’s car because of a suspicious dent in the right front fender.

While she waits for the problem to be sorted out, Abbey is drawn into a charity sewing project — even though she can’t tell a bobbin from a seam ripper. Before she knows it, she’s graduating from pillowcase dresses to aprons, setting up a studio in a back room of her aunt’s bakery, and making plans to participate in the upcoming craft fair.

But through it all, she keeps looking for patterns and possible conflicts in the late librarian’s personal, professional, and romantic life. Then a shocking discovery sends her in a new direction, and as the truth begins to unspool, she’s got a notion about who’s guilty . . .