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Southern Sass and Killer Cravings
(Marygene Brown Mysteries)
by Kate Young

About the Book 

Southern Sass and Killer Cravings (Marygene Brown Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Kensington (May 28, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
ISBN-10: 1496721454
ISBN-13: 978-1496721457
Digital ASIN: B07H1VWGBS

Life has always been sweet on Georgia’s Peach Cove Island, but a case of murder has Marygene Brown down in the pits . . .
For generations, the women of the Brown family on Peach Cove Island have been known for their Southern sass and sweet homemade desserts at their beloved Peach Diner. Since their mother's passing two years ago, Marygene has been stuck in Atlanta while her sister Jena Lynn has been running the family business. Now Marygene has left her husband and returned to her hometown, where she can almost feel Mama's presence.
But all is not peachy back home. Marygene has barely tied on an apron when a diner regular drops dead at the counter. When it turns out the old man's been poisoned, Jena Lynn is led away in handcuffs and the family eatery is closed. Now, to save her sister and the diner, Marygene must find the real killer. With some startling assistance from her Mama's spirit, Marygene will be serving up a special order of just desserts . . .
Includes Seven Recipes from Marygene’s Kitchen!
My Review

Marygene Brown is recovering from an abusive relationship. What better place to do that than her hometown of Peach Cove in Georgia? Her mother recently passed away, leaving the family diner to Marygene and her sister Jenna Lynn. Jenna Lynn has been holding things together on her own but now it’s time for Marygene to lend a helping hand.

When one of the older diner patrons suddenly dies at the counter Marygene is the one closest to the body. Unfortunately, all eyes turn toward Jenna Lynn and the police arrest her for murder. It’s up to Marygene to prove her sister’s innocence. With a little help from her ghostly mother, a close friend, and an overzealous reporter, Marygene is hot on the trail of a killer.

I thought I had it all figured out but I was so far off the mark. It kept me thinking and on my toes. Things aren’t as they appear to be. This story keeps me guessing until the end.

There are some paranormal aspects with Marygene able to converse with her dead mother. There was also romance tossed into the mystery. It’s a nice combo and it all blended in well together. I found the plot to be intriguing. The characters are well-developed and likeable. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.


For reading challenges:
Cruisin’ thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2019
Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge 2019
Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge 2019

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

The author is hosting a pre-order giveaway!
CHECK IT OUT HERE! About the Author

Kate Young writes humorous southern mystery novels. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Guppy Chapter. Kate lives in a small town in Georgia with her husband, three kids, and Shih Tzu. When she is not writing her own books, she's reading or cooking.

Author Links

Website - https://www.kateyoungbooks.com

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKateYoung/

Twitter - https://twitter.com/KAYoungBooks

GoodReads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6527572.Kate_Young

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/profile/kate-young-b3339e9c-d2e4-482d-a637-5afd7b064d73

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Every Tuesday Vicki at I'd Rather Be At the Beach hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where we share the first paragraph or (a few) of a book we are reading or thinking about reading soon. Care to join us?



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, now being hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I'm planning to read this one soon...







First Chapter... 

I should have known by the unsettling tone of the cats' meows that disaster was looming. Of course, at the time I was more worried about how the guests liked breakfast. It was only the fourth one I'd served since officially becoming owner of the Oyster Cove Guesthouse.

Teaser...

Darn! It wasn't Charles. It was Barbara Littlefield, the town building inspector, and the last person I wanted to deal with right now.


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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

If you'd like to participate with The Sunday Salon, it is now being hosted by Deb at Readerbuzz.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is a meme with a new host!  It's now being hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. This is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

I'm also linking to  Stacking The Shelves which is hosted by Team Tynga's Reviews.


Happy Weekend!

The weather is absolutely beautiful here.  It's starting to put me in a summery mood.  I feel like we're just going to skip over spring and get to summer.   I'm okay with that :)

I managed to actually finish reading a book this week, after not finishing one last week.  I'm back to my cozy mystery genre and I guess it got me back into a reading mode.  It's still hit or miss for me as far as the book memes.  I'm doing what I can for now, but not as much as I used to. 

I'm also still catching up on the TV shows on my DVR.  I'm thankful it's the end of the TV season because it's giving me a chance to catch up.  I did watch the finales of Survivor and The Big Bang Theory this week.  I was disappointed in Survivor, but I loved The Big Bang Theory.  I'm going to miss that show.  Their series finale was very well written, IMO.

Not too much going on around here.  I need to schedule some posts for June and get a head start.  I hope you all have a great week!

Yvonne

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Monday:  Spotlight:  Deep Past by Eugene Linden (Blog Tour/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

Thursday:  Spotlight:  For A Good Paws by Linda O. Johnston (Blog Tour/Tour-Wide Giveaway)


Blog Tours/Spotlights/Reviews/Giveaways Coming Up Next Week

Thursday:  Review:  Southern Sass and Killer Cravings by Kate Young (Blog Tour)

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Wednesday:  Can't Wait Wednesday

Friday:  Friendly Fill Ins


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I'm planning to read this one next...




Here are this week's Kindle freebie haul. They were freebies when I got them, I don't know if they still are. Always make sure to check they are still free before buying. The prices change quickly.  Not too many this week.











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This meme is hosted by Four-Legged Furballs and  15andmeowing. Each week they will post four fill-in statements.

Another fun week of fill-ins. Here are my answers to this weeks statements...



1. Saturday is my favorite day of the week. As soon as Monday starts, I can't wait for Saturday to get here and I can relax :)

2. My favorite character on Big Bang Theory is Sheldon.  I'm going to really miss this show.  Great finale last night.

3. I could set a world record for adding books to my TBR.  Whether it's physical books or ebooks, I can't stop adding to my already huge collection.

4. Being a cat mom is the craziest thing I've ever done.  I'm up to 7 cats and I wouldn't have it any other way.
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For a Good Paws
(A Barkery & Biscuits Mystery)
by Linda O. Johnston

About the Book

For a Good Paws (A Barkery & Biscuits Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Midnight Ink (May 8, 2019)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-10: 0738752444
ISBN-13: 978-0738752440
Digital ASIN: B07HL4XNKD

Barkery owner Carrie Kennersly follows the scent of murder to find the true culprit . . .
When Carrie Kennersley, owner of a two-part bakery that serves tasty treats to both dogs and humans, learns that a local killer is being paroled, she worries that danger will come barking at her door.
Ten years ago, Mike Holpurn was convicted of murdering the first female mayor of Knobcone Heights. Now, shortly after his release, Holpurn puts the whole town on edge by yelling at the former mayor's husband, Henry Schulzer. After Schulzer is found dead, everyone assumes Holpurn is the culprit. But Carrie thinks there's more to the story, especially since Holpurn claims Schulzer was the one who really killed the mayor. Carrie is determined to uncover the truth, even if it means things will get ruff.
Includes recipes!
About the Author

Linda O. Johnston, a former lawyer who is now a full-time writer, writes the Barkery & Biscuits Mystery Series for Midnight Ink.  Her fifth and final book in the series, For a Good Paws, is a May 2019 release.  She has also written Superstition Mysteries for Midnight Ink, and the Pet Rescue Mystery Series and Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime.  Linda also writes for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, and nearly all her current stories involve dogs.
Author Links

Website -  www.LindaOJohnston.com

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/LindaOJohnston

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This meme is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings.

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released as well. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. Find out more here.


A new cozy mystery series with cats on the cover!




Synopsis from Goodreads:

FROM THE AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR OF THE USA TODAY BESTSELLING MYSTIC NOTCH SERIES…

‘Talk about inconvenient. Not only did I have a dilapidated mansion and no money to repair it with, two cats I had no idea how to care for and a room full of cranky guests waiting for their breakfast, I also had a dead body on my hands.’

Josie Waters has to admit she may have acted a bit hastily when she agreed to purchase the Oyster Cove Guesthouse – a charmingly gabled Victorian mansion on the breathtaking Maine coast – from elderly family friend Millie Sullivan. But Josie was desperate to flee Ohio and in particular her ex-husband, a chef who loved his job so much he left her for it. And anyway, how hard can running a guesthouse be?

The truth is, Oyster Cove Guesthouse is a mouldering money pit with falling-in roof and a cohort of regular guests who are as mischievous as a litter of kittens. And Millie keeps dropping by to dispense unasked-for advice. And Josie might have made a mistake in promising to adopt Oyster Cove’s two resident cats Nero and Marlowe, and treat them in the manner to which they’ve become accustomed. Josie has never had a cat before… let alone two feisty felines who think they own the place.

Ok, it’s not going well. At least it can’t get any worse, Josie thinks. Until her first guest ends up dead.

A joy to read, with a twist you’ll never guess! A page-turning new mystery series from a bestselling author, purrfect for murder mystery fans, cat lovers and everyone in between.

Publisher: Bookouture
Release Date: May 16, 2019
Which books are you waiting for?

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Every Tuesday Vicki at I'd Rather Be At the Beach hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where we share the first paragraph or (a few) of a book we are reading or thinking about reading soon. Care to join us?



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, now being hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I'm planning to read this one soon...







First Chapter... 



Your home is a stage.

"You work for that woman and you'll end up killing each other. Even your horoscope says so."

I put down my cappuccino, took the newspaper my friend Nita Martino pushed at me, and read the horoscope for Capricorns: A difficult person will cause you to take rash action.

Teaser...

She'd made my high school years a misery, and even now, over twenty years later, she still managed to find my weak spots.


What do you think? Would you keep reading?

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About the Book




Deep Past: A Novel
RosettaBooks (May 14, 2019)
Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 1948122375
ISBN-13: 978-1948122375
Digital ASIN: B07PMF4Y17


If nature could invent intelligence of our scale in a blink of geologic time, who’s to say it hasn’t been done before…

A routine dig in Kazakhstan takes a radical turn for thirty-two-year-old anthropologist Claire Knowland when a stranger turns up at the site with a bizarre find from a remote section of the desolate Kazakh Steppe. Her initial skepticism of this mysterious discovery gives way to a realization that the find will shake the very foundations of our understanding of evolution and intelligence.

Corrupt politics of Kazakhstan force Claire to take reckless chances with the discovery. Among the allies she gathers in her fight to save herself and bring the discovery to light is Sergei Anachev, a brilliant but enigmatic Russian geologist who becomes her unlikely protector even as he deals with his own unknown crisis.

Ultimately, Claire finds herself fighting not just for the discovery and her academic reputation, but for her very life as great power conflict engulfs the unstable region and an unscrupulous oligarch attempts to take advantage of the chaos.

Drawing on Eugene Linden’s celebrated non-fiction investigations into what makes humans different from other species, this international thriller mixes fact and the fantastical, the realities of academic politics, and high stakes geopolitics—engaging the reader every step of the way.

About the Author


Eugene Linden is an award-winning journalist and author on science, nature, and the environment. Deep Past draws on his long career in non-fiction as the author of ten books, including his celebrated works on animal intelligence and climate change: Apes, Men, and Language, the New York Times “Notable Book” Silent Partners, and the bestselling The Parrot’s Lament. His book, Winds of Change, which explored the connection between climate change and the rise and fall of civilizations, was awarded the Grantham Prize Special Award of Merit. For many years, Linden wrote about nature and global environmental issues for TIME where he garnered several awards including the American Geophysical Union’s Walter Sullivan Award. He has also contributed to the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, and National Geographic, among many other publications.

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

If you'd like to participate with The Sunday Salon, it is now being hosted by Deb at Readerbuzz.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is a meme with a new host!  It's now being hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. This is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

I'm also linking to  Stacking The Shelves which is hosted by Team Tynga's Reviews.


Happy Weekend!

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!  I hope you all have a beautiful day.  This weekend seems to be a mixed bag.  Saturday was beautiful, but rain is coming on Sunday.  We sure are getting alot of rain this year.

Not such a good reading week for me.  I was all over the place - reading bits and pieces of all different books.  I really need to concentrate more.  Hopefully this will be a better week.  On the TV front, I'm very slowly catching up on my shows.  I did enjoy the season finales of Blue Bloods and The Resident.  The networks announced which shows will be coming back next season.  Most of my shows are coming back.

So many of my upcoming reads have summery covers.  I love summery covers.  They make me feel happy :)  Do any of you ever read books based solely on the covers?  I never used to but lately I've been tempted.  I think it's because the cozy mystery genre has such great covers for all seasons.

Not much else to report this week.  I hope you all have a great week!


Yvonne

Blog Tours/Spotlights/Reviews/Giveaways 
I Hosted

Sunday:  Review:  Park Avenue Summer by Renee Rosen

Thursday:  Review:  The Missing Years by Lexie Elliott


Blog Tours/Spotlights/Reviews/Giveaways Coming Up Next Week

Monday:  Spotlight:  Deep Past by Eugene Linden (Blog Tour/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

Thursday:  Spotlight:  For A Good Paws by Linda O. Johnston (Blog Tour/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

Posts Last Week

Wednesday:  Can't Wait Wednesday

Friday:  Friendly Fill Ins

Friday:  Book Beginnings on Fridays/The Friday 56 


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I will be reading one of these next...




Here are this week's Kindle freebie haul. They were freebies when I got them, I don't know if they still are. Always make sure to check they are still free before buying. The prices change quickly.  Not too many this week.











These books are coming up for reviews and/or blog tours in the next couple of months:





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This is a fun meme to do hosted by Freda's Voice. If you'd like to join on the fun go to The Friday 56.

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Link it here.

It's that simple.






I'm also joining in Book Beginnings on Friday. It's hosted by Rose City Reader.


I'm planning to start reading this one soon...




Beginnings...

Drue turned the key in the ignition and the white Bronco's engine gave a dispirited cough, and then nothing.

"Come on, OJ," Drue muttered, trying again. This time the engine turned over. She gave it some gas and the motor roared to life.

The Friday 56...

From 56% on my e-reader...
"Was that the last time you saw her alive?"
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