Archive for September 18th, 2018

Grounds For Remorse
A Tallie Graver Mystery #2
by Misty Simon
Genre: Cozy Mystery
No more cheating . . .
Best friends Tallie Graver and Gina Laudermilch both seem to spend a lot
of time around urns. For Tallie, they’re part and parcel of the
family business, Graver’s Funeral Home. Even though she’s traded
ashes for dusting with her own cleaning business, she still works
part-time for her folks and lives above the funeral parlor. For Gina,
they’re the vessels that con-tain her heavenly brew at her coffee
shop, Bean There, Done That. And both women are learning that owning
a business can make finding time for romance challenging.
But when Gina’s new beau turns out to have a wife, who barges into the
coffee shop to take him home, she can’t contain her bitterness and
loudly threatens to poison his cup or boil him in a vat of coffee. So
when Mr. Wrong turns up dead at the bottom of a staircase inside
Gina’s locked home, she finds herself at the top of the police’s
suspect list. Tallie needs to sweep in to save her friend. But she’ll
need to watch her step, or she may go from being a funeral home
employee to becoming their next client . . .

My Review

5 stars

Gina Laudermilch and Tallie Graver are good friends but they are learning that having your own business makes getting close to someone a bit hard. Gina has been having a tough time dating and thinks she has found the one until his wife comes into her coffee shop to take him home. Of course Gina is pissed and threatens him on the way out. But then his body is discovered in her house and Gina is the prime suspect. It’s going to be up to Talli to clear her friend’s name.

Talli is back and has her hands full. I loved Gina and felt for her when she discovered her new guy already had a wife. Thank Goodness Talli is there to help solve this mystery. Of course there are more than one suspects and you will tromp through a great mystery trying to figure out who and why Mr. Perfect ended up Mr. Dead.

I love this series. It’s so easy to get into and it keeps you on the edge of your seat with all the twists and turns. Talli is a wonderful, strong character that clearly cares for Gina. I love how she finds out clues as she cleans.

This is a great series and I recommend checking it out if you live cozy mysteries. I see that there is a third book and I can’t wait to read more of Talli’s adventures.

Cremains of the Day
A Tallie Graver Mystery #1
There’s no reverse on the hearse . . .
For Tallulah Graver, marrying wealthy Waldo Phillips seemed like the best
way out of the family business, the Graver Funeral Home. But when her
marriage falls apart and Tallie is left with next to nothing, she
turns to cleaning houses to make ends meet. As humbling as it is to
tidy the mansions of the snobby socialites she used to call friends,
at least she doesn’t have to be around dead bodies. Until . . .
She discovers one of her employers lying in a closet with a knife
sticking out of her chest. This unpleasant shock seems to be part of
a web of weird experiences: Tallie’s friend Gina’s shop is broken
into, her ex is stun-gunned where it hurts the most, and now she’s
receiving flowers from the dead woman. Granted the deliveryman is
handsome, but seriously, that’s enough to cast a pall over anyone’s
day. Now Tallie needs to dig deep to clean up this mess—before she
finds herself in a grave situation.
You’ll be cheering as the clues pileup in this creative cozy mystery.”
New York Times bestselling author Lynn Cahoon

My Review

4 stars

Tallulah Graver, Tallie is willing to do anything to get out of the family business, Graver Funeral Homes. Tallie marries Waldo Phillips and lives in the upper crust of society. But after a while she can’t stand him and gets divorced. Tallie lives in the apartment over the funeral home and although she helps out there she starts a cleaning business and cleans the houses of those that she used to spend her time with.

Things are going well until Talli finds her ex tasered in the jewels and her friend Gina tied up in her coffee shop. If that wasn’t enough she finds a dead body in the house she cleans the next day. Of course she is the person of interest in both events. Talli takes it upon herself to figure out what is happening in her little town and to find out who this flower delivery guy is that is following her around.

This is a great cozy mystery. I quickly got into it and found it easy to relate to Talli. I understand her wanting to get away from the family business and really liked how she started cleaning houses after losing her social status. The mystery had me guessing with some good twists and turns. The only thing that got to me was I was under the impression that there would be more about the family business.

This is a great start to the series and I can’t wait to see what trouble Talli gets into next.

Misty Simon is the author of Cremains of the Day and Grounds
for Remorse in the Tallie Graver Mystery series. She loves a
good story and decided one day that she would try her hand at it.
Eventually she got it right. There’s nothing better in the world
than making someone laugh, and she hopes everyone at least snickers
in the right places when reading her books. She lives with her
husband, daughter and three insane dogs in Central Pennsylvania where
she is hard at work on her next novel or three.
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The Gift of Quoxxel


The Gift of Quoxxel by Richard Titus

King Norr was not content. He longed to know the world beyond his tiny, island
kingdom of Nibb. The Nibbians, however, were not a seafaring people and had no desire to travel elsewhere. Why bother, they said. What could be as perfect as Nibb?

Even so, Norr watched foreign ships come and go. They approached, hesitated, then sailed away without ever coming ashore. Why was that?

And that wasn’t the only mystery.

Who was the prankster who had set the palace afloat?

Was there a sea monster skulking the waters along shore?

Who was the little girl who sang but would not speak?

Had the Minister of Science been eaten by migrating drumbkins?

This was not the average Nibbian day. King Norr was unprepared and only hoped to get through it with as few “haddocks” as possible.

Set sail on this armchair adventure of wit and riddle. It’s an imaginative voyage to
the Isle of Nibb whose only flaw is being a little too perfect — or, at least, it was
until today.

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Author’s Bio

The Gift of the Quoxxel is Richard’s debut novel. Life experience includes art direction, free-lance illustration, military service, verb conjugating, oil painting and an adequate meatloaf. Other writings include song lyrics and multiple greeting cards. As yet, no one has pressed charges.

A Michigan native and parochial school survivor, he currently lives with wife Marina close to, but far enough away from New York City. Someday he hopes to figure out how-in-the-heck he got there.

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My Review

5 Stars

Everyone on the tiny island of Nibb is happy and has no desire to learn about anything outside of their world. But King Norr is always thinking about thing beyond Nibb. Things like why do ships approach yet not come to shore. What ensues is several adventures with King Norr as he tries to answer the questions he is asking.

This is a great, fantasy adventure for kids. It’s silly and some of it makes no sense, like how you will never really learn why the ships don’t land on Nibb. I admit though that there is some snark that might be over younger kid’s heads but older ones will pick up on.

This is a wonderful little adventure that will keep you laughing at the ridiculousness. I think this would be a wonderful story for bedtimes and that any kid would enjoy. This is a wonderful first book from Richard Titus. I can’t wait to read more of his work.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank the Author for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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