Monday, July 3, 2017

Tortie Shorties on Mystery Monday

Welcome to this week's edition of Tortie Shorties on Mystery Monday!

We hope you enjoy our choices.

From the publisher: Sarah Garland, a retired homicide detective who’s gone through a painful divorce, seems to have found her peace at last, as a coffeeshop owner, in the sleepy (and freezing) small town of Snow Falls, Alaska. What she didn’t expect, was for her past life to catch up with her. Or, for her new life as a mystery writer to inspire a deadly killer to target her.

Yet, when the killer leaves a frightening clue-a creepy snowman, donning a leather jacket and eating a peppermint candy cane, left in front of her cabin-Sarah begins to suspect Conrad Spencer, the new detective in town, who is pursuing a murderer of his own. Soon, it becomes obvious that the sleuths would have to join forces, in order to catch the killer.

Sarah and Conrad must put their tragic pasts behind them and find out who’s after her…before the trail becomes frozen.

Tortie Shorties Review: I've always had a huge fascination with Alaska. It's isolation is compelling yet frightening at the same time. It's that solitude that calls retired detective Sarah Garland to Snow Falls (love that town name!) to write her series of popular thrillers under a pen name. Someone has caught on to her little secret though, and they're terrorizing her by recreating scenes from her books. While very cozy, this book is also quite chilling (even beyond the weather), and the desolation of an Alaska winter just feeds the "creepy" feeling even more.

From Sarah's remote little cabin to the quaint town where her coffee shop is located, I would visit Snow Falls in a heartbeat...and most likely never want to leave!

From the publisher: Soon to be divorced Julia South never expected to be caught up in solving a murder, until she discovered the body of her cafe's most awkward customer. With a new smug Detective Inspector in town who underestimates her every move, Julia makes it her mission to discover the real murderer, before her village friends are dragged into the frame, and more bodies are discovered.

Tortie Shorties Review: Another favorite cozy locale for me is the Cotswolds, which is where we find the cozy village of Peridale, home to the Peridale Cafe. Every morning church organist Gertrude comes in at the same time, sits in the same seat and orders the same breakfast, "Four pancakes drizzled with honey, with fresh raspberries and blueberries, and a cup of tea." But the one time Julia had her order ready for Gertrude she got a dressing down for being presumptive. Julia isn't the only one who finds the church lady to be the most unlikable person in town, so it's no surprise when she visits the curmudgeon's house one night to confront her about an unkind cafe review she submitted to the local paper, only to find a knife in the woman's back. The last person seen arguing with Gertrude right in the middle of the Peridale Cafe was Julia's best friend Roxy who quickly becomes the lead suspect.

There's a secondary mystery about some stolen cakes at the cafe (accompanied by some mouth-watering pastry descriptions), a hint of romance between Julia and the lead detective (or perhaps the newspaperman?), and an adorable Maine Coon named Mowgli. The killer remains a mystery until Julia pieces together the final clues that readers aren't completely made privy to. A fun summer read, and book 7 is due out later this month so Julia and her friends have lots more adventures ahead of them!

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Mickey's Musings said...

These books sound pretty good and the settings sound neat too :)
Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ

The Menagerie Mom said...

I can't even decide which of these I would want to read first. They both sound like so much fun! And I also love both of the locations. Like you, I have always been both intrigued and a tad bit terrified by Alaska. And, thanks to one of the cozies I read after you reviewed it, I now love the Cotswold as a setting. Can't wait to read these!

Unknown said...

Those both sound great, especially the one set in Alaska. I've always wanted to visit Alaska, and reading about it during our hot summer could be perfect!

Eastside Cats said...

My reading list is getting longer by the day! That's for the reviews!

Valentine said...

Thanks for sharing your reviews, Mudpie. My mom went camping in Alaska several years ago & thought it beautiful. It sounds cold, but I do have a thick, long coat that would keep me warm. The Cotswolds might be a bit more seasonally friendly. Any mystery story with a kitty in it has me interested! -Valentine (& Mom)

pilch92 said...

Great reviews. The Snowman Killer looks very good, maybe reading it would cool me off.

Noodle Cat said...

Great review!
Have a super fourth of July...

Noodle and crew

Unknown said...

Can't wait to add these to my list!! I'm obsessed with Alaska, even though I've never been. And I love England!! Thank you!