Blog Tour Spotlight: Sun, Sea and Strawberry Shortcake by Rosie Green

Today I’m bringing attention to the romantic comedy Sun, Sea and Strawberry Shortcake by Rosie Green. I’ll take you through the blurb, about the author, and a few tour excerpts!

Premise

It was meant to be a gloriously romantic getaway in Wales for Ruby and Hudson. That was the plan, anyway. But then friends start inviting themselves along, lured by the idea of unwinding in a chocolate-box pretty cottage, wandering the lanes and the coastline, soaking up the sun and the stunningly beautiful Italian-inspired architecture. With Ellie, Jaz, Fen and Madison popping up around every corner, plus another sinister mystery to solve, will the lovebirds ever find time to indulge their desire for sun, sea and . . . strawberry shortcake?

Purchase on Amazon (affiliate link): https://amzn.to/3yNV9bJ

About the Author

Rosie’s series of novellas is centred around life in a country village cafe. Look out for ‘Clara’s Secret Garden’ out in August 2022.

Follow Rosie on Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green88

What readers have to say

I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and couldn’t put the book down. I can’t wait to see what happens next for these characters.

Cindy’s Love of Books

I really enjoyed this story. The characters are all very realistic and I like following their lives through the series of books. 

I Heart Books

This would work well as a standalone. A delightful and quick read, ideal for a relaxing read on an summer evening. This series does not fail to please and draw you in.

Kirsty’s Book Reviews

The multiple perspectives work well to increase the pace of the story and share different aspects of the plot. It also ensures that the reader is not omniscient and is left to make their own predictions about a number of different mysteries that are occurring. 

Ceri’s Lil Blog

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Blog Tour Review: A Perfect Mistake by Melanie Conklin

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A masterful mix of mystery, ADHD representation, and valuable life lessons.

Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours and Melanie Conklin for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary ARC and media kit!

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Blog Tour Review: Mystery in the Palace of Westminster by Sarah Lustig

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The first cozy mystery novel in a new upper MG/lower YA series.

Foreword

Thank you so much to Rachel at https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/ and Sarah Lustig for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary eARC and blog tour media kit!

Purchase on Amazon (affiliate link): https://amzn.to/3HslW16

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Blog Tour Review: A Nose for Mischief by K.T. Lee

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

A surprisingly sophisticated cozy mystery that I enjoyed immensely.

Foreword

Thank you so much to Rachel at https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/ and K.T. Lee for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary ARC and blog tour media kit!

Purchase Links:

About the Author

K.T. Lee is a writer, mom, and engineer who grew up on a steady diet of books from a wide variety of genres. She’s the author of multiple books, including those in the Riverbend K-9 Series and The Calculated Series.

Find out more and get the latest updates (and a free prequel novella!) at https://ktleeauthor.com/ or follow K.T. on the social media sites below: https://www.instagram.com/ktleeauthor/ https://twitter.com/KTLeeWrites https://www.facebook.com/ktleewrites

Review

Book CWs: For a list of content/trigger warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

Premise

When materials engineer Zoey Butler lands her dream job at Future State Energy, she believes her research in renewable energy will make headlines. Unfortunately for her, she’s right. Zoey is working on her latest experiment when FBI Special Agent Alexis Thompson and her K-9 partner, Waffle, raid Future State and arrest the head of the development for fraud. Zoey helps the FBI find answers in the aftermath, but she soon finds herself jobless and unemployable. Desperate and out of options, she reaches out to Alexis, the one person who knows Zoey was duped like everyone else.

Liam Graham is an FBI special agent and instructor at Riverbend K-9 Academy. When Alexis brings in a new recruit with an unusual background, Liam pairs her up with Tasha, a dog in need of a handler to stay in their competitive program. Zoey is thrilled to put her past behind her and give the mischievous rescue dog her own second chance. However, shortly after she arrives, the FBI realizes the Future State case is far from closed. And Zoey may be the key to solving it.

Zoey offers to go back to Future State to help the FBI end things once and for all. Only this time, she’ll have Liam and Tasha for backup. But, the problems at Future State are more explosive than any of them suspect.

Review (No Spoilers)

Welcome back to my blog everyone! Sorry that my posts kind of died at the end of last year/beginning of this year. I visited my partner’s family for Christmas and it seems that on one of our connecting flights we caught Omicron and have been isolating basically since January 1st.

Today’s post is a review of the fantastic cozy mystery A Nose for Mischief. I am a fan of cozy mysteries because I find that they aren’t as mentally taxing as books that are classified as standard mysteries. When I open a cozy mystery, I usually prepare myself for it to be fairly simple and straightforward, both in plot and writing-style . I am excited to say that A Nose for Mischief delivered more than I could have ever imagined. The writing and plot were both phenomenally sophisticated and detailed, despite incorporating the well-known tropes of cozies such as a non-law enforcement protagonist, a punny title, and an adorable fluffy sidekick.

Throughout the novel, you follow the main character, Zoey, as she struggles to find her place in life after being collateral damage in an FBI raid of her old company. Struggling with new unemployment, Zoey wiggles her way into a new position as a K-9 unit FBI intern. Once the FBI gets word that her old job may be up to its old tricks, Zoey goes back, undercover, to sniff out any secrets that the company may be hiding.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading this quick and fun novel. It is the first in a new series and you can bet your bottom that I will be continuing! Zoey and Liam were not only very likable as main characters, but they were also incredibly sensible. After reading so many novels where main (and side) characters love to make bad decisions for apparently no good reason, it was really nice to see people who were clearly well thought out and cleverly executed.

If you’re interested in hearing more about A Nose for Mischief, you can follow along with the tour below. If you’d like to purchase it, you can find it at the above pre-order links!


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Blog Tour Review: Snow Falls Over Sunnybrook by Rosie Green

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A cozy and cute conclusion to the Watkiss-Holmes trilogy.

Foreword

Thank you so much to Rachel at https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/ and Rosie Green for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary eBook and blog tour media kit!

About the Author

Rosie’s series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. Her latest, ‘The Wedding Cake Wish’, is out now.

Look out for more Little Duck Pond Café tales in 2022, including ‘Chocolate Cake for Breakfast’ and ‘Christmas in June’.

Follow Rosie on Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green88

Review

Book CWs: For a list of content/trigger warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

Premise

The chance to spend a night ghost-hunting alone with Hudson Holmes at Brambleberry Manor seems like a dream come true for Ruby Watkiss. Maybe, she thinks, this is their chance to get closer? But when mysterious goings-on start happening which have nothing to do with the spirit world, the pair are catapulted off on another sleuthing adventure. And as the snow starts to fall and emotions are rising at the Little Duck Pond Cafe, Ruby is faced with a double challenge. Can she be braver than she’s ever been, in order to rescue something very close to her heart? And can she convince Hudson that Christmas really can be the most wonderful time of the year?

Review (No Spoilers)

Hello friends! I’m back with the third, and last (I think), blog tour review this week! I have so many things to do; I don’t know how I accidentally signed up for all of these tours back-to-back.

Snow Falls over Sunnybrook is the eighteenth book in The Little Duck Pond Cafe series, and the third/last book in the Watkiss-Holmes mini trilogy. Though I haven’t read all of The Little Duck Pond Cafe series books, I have read all of the Watkiss-Holmes ones! You can find the review for the first book of that mini-series here, and the second book here.

Unlike the past two books in this trilogy, the plot of this one doesn’t actually revolve around one big mystery. Instead, it has around 3 mini-mysteries incorporated to the story. I was a little confused at first when the first mystery was seemingly done in a few chapters, but everything flowed easily despite this. I’ve been a huge fan of the Watkiss-Holmes “will they won’t they” dynamic over the past two books, and knowing that this was the final book in their story, I was cheering them on full-heartedly. The two of them are such a great pair; I can’t imagine who wouldn’t want them to end up together!

If you’re a fan of romance books and cozy mysteries, this series is a must! The books are fairly short and quick–not to mention super cute! This book is also a holiday-themed novel revolving around Christmas, so it’s perfect for this holiday season!

If you’re interested in hearing more about Snow Falls over Sunnybrook, you can follow along with the tour below. If you’d like to purchase it, you can find it here!


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Blog Tour Review: The Wedding Cake Wish by Rosie Green

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Another cute and cozy mystery from the Little Duck Pond Cafe series!

Foreword

Thank you so much to Rachel at https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/ and Rosie Green for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary eBook and blog tour media kit!

About the Author

Rosie’s series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. The latest, ‘A Summer of Surprises’, is out now.

Look out for ‘Snow Falls over Sunnybrook’, a heart-warming Christmas delight, out in November 2021. As snow drifts down over the village, will romance finally blossom for one very special pair?

Follow Rosie on Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green88

Review

Book CWs: For a list of content/trigger warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

Premise

Wedding excitement is in the air! With their big day approaching, Fen has her heart set on a gorgeous, intimate celebration with not much fuss at all. But strong-minded mother-of-the-bride Marjery seems to have considerably grander plans. There’s also the small problem of a missing best man, and when Fen tasks Hudson Holmes and Ruby Watkiss with the job of tracking him down, their investigations unearth far more secrets than they bargained for. Will the Big Day go ahead in the light of such dramatic revelations? Can a wedding cake wish save the day? One thing’s for sure – this will definitely be a wedding to remember!

Review (No Spoilers)

The Wedding Cake Wish is standalone book 17 in the Little Duck Pond Cafe series by Rosie Green. I will say, however, that it is book two in a sub-series about Ruby Watkiss and Hudson Holmes and there are a few references to the previous book, so I would definitely recommend giving that one a read before jumping into this one. I reviewed it a while ago, and you can find information on it and my review here.

Although I haven’t read any of the other books in the Little Duck Pond Cafe other than these two Watkiss-Holmes mysteries, this series is such a cute, fun, and quick read that I’ll definitely be picking up the others when I have a chance! It manages to give you major cozy mystery vibes while not relying on too many cozy mystery stereotypes to keep the ball moving.

The main plot of this novella follows Hudson and Ruby as they attempt to find the missing best man for their friend’s wedding. He left his apartment under seemingly strange circumstances and has refused to answer any calls or text messages since. Our lovable duo are tasked with finding out why he left, or if he was in fact taken.

I had a lot of fun with the main plot of the book and the twist and turns that came along with it. Unfortunately, I didn’t really care much for the two side stories dealing with Rob and Fen’s pre-marital problems and the love-triangle building with Amelia, Ruby, and Hudson. I found both of these side-plots to be a bit predictable and unrealistic. The easy-going and loving friendship building between Hudson and Ruby is by far my favorite part of this mini-series. I would have preferred to have that shine more throughout the novella.

The authors notes and acknowledgements at the end mention that this book is book 2 in the Watkiss-Holmes trilogy, and that the final book is coming out in November. I can’t wait! The slow-burn romance building between these two is almost too much to bear, and I have a definite need to see them find a happy ending together. Please Rosie Green, give us that happy ending!

The Wedding Cake Wish is out now! You can find it here for purchase (affiliate link)!


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Blog Tour Review: Twelve Dates ‘Till Christmas by Jennifer C. Wilson

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Quick. Cute. Heartwarming.

This review was featured on Twinkl as part of their Christmas campaign.

Foreword

Thank you so much to Rachel at https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/ and Jennifer C. Wilson for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary eBook and blog tour media kit!

About the Author

Jennifer C. Wilson stalks dead people (usually monarchs, mostly Mary Queen of Scots and Richard III). Inspired by childhood visits to as many castles and historical sites her parents could find, and losing herself in their stories (not to mention quite often the castles themselves!), at least now her daydreams make it onto the page.

After returning to the north-east of England for work, she joined a creative writing class, and has been filling notebooks ever since. Jennifer won North Tyneside Libraries’ Story Tyne short story competition in 2014, and in 2015, her debut novel, Kindred Spirits: Tower of London was published by Crooked Cat Books. The full series was re-released by Darkstroke in January 2020.

Jennifer is a founder and host of the award-winning North Tyneside Writers’ Circle, and has been running writing workshops in North Tyneside since 2015. She also publishes historical fiction novels with Ocelot Press. She lives in Whitley Bay, and is very proud of her two-inch view of the North Sea. 

Review

Book CWs: For a list of content/trigger warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

Premise

Callum and Lexie are perfect for each other – at least, that’s what everyone tells them. But they’re just good friends, aren’t they? And neither wants to ruin the solid friendship that’s treated them so well since university.

But when an old school friend of Callum’s asks Lexie for a date, and passions overflow on a work night out, could it be the trigger to show each of them what they have been missing out on all this time?

With twelve weeks until Christmas, that’s a lot of opportunity for romance – and for misunderstandings…

Review (No Spoilers)

Two holiday romances in a row! I’m a huge fan of these types of books and I’m so glad we’re finally in the holiday season. One of my favorite things around December is to go to the library and grab anything that looks like a cozy romance, especially if it’s holiday-themed!

Twelve Dates ‘Till Christmas was a cute, fast-paced, friends-to-lovers novella. It took around an hour and a half to read it, and even that went by incredibly quick. The story follows two best friends who, after years of telling people they aren’t dating, suddenly wonder if there’s something more to the chemistry brewing between them. The narration switches perspectives between the two leads—something that I wish all romances would do. It allows us to see both sides of the story and clears up any miscommunications (how I loathe that trope) very quickly.

In regards to the characters, I thought Lexie was both amazing and incredibly mature. Callum is constantly flirting with the line between carefree bachelor and dangerous heart-breaker, and Lexie handles this fact extremely well. Callum, on the other hand, was a bit of a mess, so it took me a while to warm up to him. I think I might be still on the fence about whether I think he’d be a good life partner or not. I’m still holding out hope for him to become more reliable and introspective.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this novella a lot. There’s even a hint in the prose that there may be another book in the series about two of the side characters and I’m 100% on board for reading it. I always tend to forget how much I like the short and quick feel of novellas, but this book definitely reminded me of how fun they can be. If you know of any holiday romance novellas, PLEASE send them my way. I want to read more!

Twelve Dates ‘Till Christmas came out on Tuesday, so if you’d like to purchase it, you can find it here!


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Blog Tour Review: A Summer of Surprises by Rosie Green

Rating: 4 out of 5.

An incredibly cute cozy mystery with added romantic undertones.

Foreword

Thank you so much to Rachel at https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/ and Rosie Green for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary eBook and blog tour media kit!

About the Author

Rosie has been scribbling stories ever since she was little.

Back then, they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’.

Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all – unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Her series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. The latest, ‘Sweet Pastries & Sourdough’, is out now.

Look out for more Little Duck Pond Café tales in 2021!

Follow Rosie on Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green88 

Review

Book CWs: For a list of content/trigger warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

Premise

When Ruby Watkiss lands a job at the True Loaf Bakery, she feels as if the sun has finally come out. Having been through a traumatic time that wrecked her confidence levels, it’s a joy to be working for Ellie, and now all Ruby wants is to lead a quiet life and support her mum in getting the help she needs.

But life, it seems, has other plans for Ruby.

Working alongside the bafflingly rude Hudson Holmes would be bad enough – but then odd things start happening. It seems that someone is out to sabotage the café and bakery, and to her horror, Ruby finds the finger pointing at her.

Desperate to prove her innocence, she teams up with the most unlikely person in order to get to the bottom of what’s going on. Tailing suspects and hiding in bushes isn’t something she ever imagined she’d be doing, although her partner in mystery-solving seems the perfect man for the job. Can they clear Ruby’s name by discovering the real culprit?

With all the drama afoot, at least there’s no time for romance. Because that’s the very last thing on Ruby’s mind these days. Or is it…?

Review (No Spoilers)

I’m not sure if I paid attention to the fact that this was book 16 in a series when I signed up for the tour but thankfully all these books can be read as standalones! I had no problem following along with the story despite this being my only experience with this series.

This book starts off feeling like a classic hate-to-love contemporary romance novel (and I was digging that) and then suddenly I was in an intricate cozy mystery novel (and I was digging that as well). Throughout the novel, we follow Ruby Watkiss and Hudson Holmes (spot-on name btw) as they work together to figure out who is sabotaging Ruby’s old workplace and clear her name.

Ruby was such a joy of a main character. She has a dark past filled with memories of a previously abusive relationship, but she basically never lets these ghosts stop her from trying to do her best. And while she still experiences some panic flare ups as a result of her trauma, she preservers through it. I admired her deeply for that.

Holmes, as a supporting character, was also a treat. Similar to Ruby, he has some ghosts from his past that he’s still trying to come to terms with. The added depth that we get from watching Holmes through his highs and lows during this process of recovery was really nice in my opinion. I was worried that he would miraculously get better (as happens in a lot of contemporary stories) but this book didn’t shy away from showing the darker side of attempting to overcome mental health issues and I appreciate that.

The end of the book gives a teaser for a possible sequel adventure with these two, and I’m incredibly excited to get my hands on it! If you’d like to purchase A Summer of Surprises, you can find it on Amazon (affiliate link)!


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ARC Review: Dead in the Water by S.C. Merritt

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

A cute cosy mystery with irresistible dogs and likable senior leads.

Book CWs: For a list of content/trigger warnings, tropes, and representation found in this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com!

Premise (from Amazon)

They say opposites attract. The only thing these two unlikely friends seem to be a magnet for is murder.

When Maisie Mitchell sold her restaurant and retired to sunny Florida, she couldn’t wait to get out of the kitchen and do absolutely nothing except enjoy lazy days by the pool.

Thirty-five years with the Chicago Police Department was enough for detective Donna “Dot” Pinetta. She was ready to escape the daily stress of big city crime and retire under a palm tree with a tall glass of something cold and a little paper umbrella.

But, as these two friends soon find out, retirement can get a little, shall we say, tiring? Sometimes you just need a vacation from your vacation. Maisie and Dot concoct an exciting plan of hitting all the destinations on their bucket lists, but when the dead body of handsome recreation director, Mason Jacobs is discovered floating in their own little piece of paradise, chaos ensues. Maisie and Dot’s plan for adventure gets shoved to the back burner when a good friend tops the suspect list and Dot jumps back into detective mode dragging Maisie along with her.

With a millionaire, an aging beauty queen and a jealous husband among the long list of suspects, can they expose the real killer and clear their friend’s name? Or will their first road trip be to the prison on visitor’s day?

Dead in the Water is the first book in a brand, new series by cozy author, S.C. Merritt. Join Maisie and Dot on their travels in the Bucket List Mysteries.

Purchase this book (affiliate link): Amazon

Review (No Spoilers)

Thank you Stephanie (@bookfrolic) and S.C. Merritt for providing me with a digital eARC in exchange for an honest review!

Around a year ago I decided to start trying to read cozy mysteries. I honestly didn’t even know about this sub-genre until I noticed the cozy mystery section in Barnes & Noble with covers fill with cats, dogs, baked goods, and hilarious murder puns. I think I’ve read around 5 at this point, so I’m slowly making my way into the genre!

This novel follows two older woman (I think they’re both in their 60s): an ex cop and an ex restaurant owner. I’m not sure why, but I really enjoyed that aspect of their partnership. Dot, the ex cop, is a no-nonsense, hard-working woman. Maisie, our main character and local cooking instructor, has a more kind and nurturing personality. Their opposing personalities tend to even each other out as they work together to solve a murder that occurs in their retirement community. Not only that, but both of them have DOGS. I’m a huge dog person (despite having a cat) so I love when dogs are featured in stories. Much like their owners, the dogs also have opposite personalities and it was a joy to watch them interact with each other.

I do want to mention early on in this review that this book is a Christian cozy mystery, just in case reading Christian novels aren’t your thing. The only real influence this has on the book though is when Maisie does her daily devotion in which a verse is quoted from the Bible. It happens around three times and is easily-skippable, so I don’t think it will be a big problem for readers who aren’t Christian. There’s no religious bigotry or anything like that to worry about.

In general cozy mysteries aren’t the most realistic of the contemporary genres, but I think that’s part of the fun. It’s nice to believe that a rag-tag team of random citizens can come together to solve a crime before the police do. It’s basically a genre dedicated to the underdogs of the world and I love that.

There were really only two things that concerned me when it came to the plot in this book. The first was the fact that the woman in charge of the community is a HUGE security risk. She holds sensitive and confidential files on all of the residents but doesn’t seem to care all that much about keeping them confidential. At one point she even mentions that the records could be used to steal these resident’s identities right before readily sharing the information with the two main characters. I know we are supposed to trust that our two leads are innocent and all that but I put the book down and was like isn’t this illegal or something??

The second was that the ending was a bit too rushed for my tastes. The book itself is very short and a quick read, so I think that there could have been more time spent on the big reveal at the end. In fact the characters were so sure that they had their perp despite not having…like…any legitimate evidence.

Regardless, Dead in the Water was a joy to read and was a wonderful introduction to the Bucket List Mysteries series. I’m a bit sad that the rest of the series will probably leave the lovable side characters we met in this book behind, but I also can’t wait to see what these two women experience next!

Dead in the Water comes out on July 27, but you can preorder your copy today!


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Blog Tour Review: A Brush with Death by Fiona Leitch (Nosey Parker #2)

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Not as good as the first book but still a solid installation in the Nosey Parker series.

Foreword

Thank you so much to Rachel at https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/ and Fiona Leitch for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary digital copy and blog tour media kit!

About the Author

Fiona Leitch is a writer with a chequered past. She’s written for football and motoring magazines, DJ’ed at illegal raves and is a stalwart of the low budget TV commercial, even appearing as the Australasian face of a cleaning product called ‘Sod Off’. Her debut novel ‘Dead in Venice’ was published by Audible in 2018 as one of their Crime Grant finalists. After living in London, Hastings and Cornwall she’s finally settled in sunny New Zealand, where she enjoys scaring her cats by trying out dialogue on them. She spends her days dreaming of retiring to a crumbling Venetian palazzo, walking on the windswept beaches of West Auckland, and writing funny, flawed but awesome female characters.

Review

Book CWs: For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

Premise

Jodie ‘Nosey’ Parker is back!

When a body turned up at her last catering gig it certainly put people off the hor d’oeuvres. So with a reputation to salvage, Jodie’s determined that her next job for the village’s festival will go without a hitch.

But when chaos breaks out, Jodie Parker somehow always finds herself in the picture.

The body of a writer from the festival is discovered at the bottom of a cliff, and the prime suspect is the guest of honour, the esteemed painter Duncan Stovall. With her background in the Met police, Jodie has got solving cases down to a fine art and she knows things are rarely as they seem.

Can she find the killer before the village faces another brush with death?

The second book in the Jodie ‘Nosey’ Parker cosy mystery series. Can be read as a standalone. A humorous cosy mystery with a British female sleuth in a small village. Includes one of Jodie’s Tried and Tested Recipes! Written in British English. Mild profanity and peril.

Review (No Spoilers)

Hey everyone! I’m back again with a review of another book in The Nosy Parker Mysteries! If you missed my review of the first book, Murder on the Menu, you can click here.

A Brush With Death takes place shortly after the first book and once again follows our heroine Jodie “Nosey” Parker as she sticks her nose into yet another case. Similar with the last book, I’m still not convinced that Jodie is contributing anything to these cases (other than some much needed humor), but it’s undeniable that the story wouldn’t be the same without her.

While this second installment has the same wonderful style of writing and sense of humor, I definitely preferred Murder on the Menu. The same trope of “Jodie is too attached to the main suspect and wants to prove them innocent” is used in both books and I grew a bit tired of it. As an ex-cop I would think that she would be a bit better at not being completely biased in these investigations. I’m incredibly thankful for DCI Winters (who is by far my favorite character) as he often provides a much needed reality check for Jodie. If Fiona Leitch decided to write a series with DCI Winters as the main character, I’d be all over it.

Returning back to the story, if you’ve read some of my past reviews, you know that I can’t stand cheating. In fact, books with cheating as a many plot device tend to trigger me pretty badly. If I had known that the main (non-crime) plot of this book was going to revolve around Jodie wanting to get romantically involved with a married man, I would have chosen to skip it. I’m also not a fan of love triangles and this series seems to be headed in a very love-triangley direction. Jodie kind of comes across as the type of person who would fall for any attractive man she meets, and I’m really hoping she’ll grow past that as the series progresses .

Personal gripes aside, A Brush with Death not only has an amazing pun in the title but it is also an extremely solid installment in The Nosey Parker Mysteries. It has all of the elements you would want in a cozy mystery and even more. Murder? Nosey main character? Hot dudes? Cute dog? Food? Yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes! Plus, with all of the food talk, you are sure to feel hungry as you read this. But don’t worry! Fiona Leitch has your back with recipes at the end of both installments for you to try at home.

If you’re looking for a new cozy mystery series to start, be sure to pick up/pre-order your copies of Murder on the Menu and A Brush with Death today!

Feel free to follow along with the rest of the tour listed below! If you’d like to purchase a copy of A Brush with Death, you can find it on Amazon US (affiliate link) or Amazon UK!


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