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Review; In Cold Chamomile (A Tea and Read Mystery #3) by Joy Avon

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Earlier this year I recieved an ARC of the cosy mystery In Cold Chamomile (A Tea and Read Mystery #3) by Joy Avon through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.
Description from Goodreads
Just in time for the holidays, In Cold Chamomile is sure to be a cupid's arrow aimed straight for your bookshelf.

Tea party organizer Callie Aspen learns that Cupid's arrows can be deadly when a Valentine's Day soiree ends in murder.

Callie Aspen can't think of a more appropriate place to spend Valentine's Day than her adopted hometown of Heart's Harbor, Maine. When she's not helping out at Book Tea, her great-aunt Iphy's vintage tearoom, Callie's adorning Haywood Hall with hearts and roses for the big Valentine's event, where townspeople will fall in love with sweet treats, heartwarming music, and delightful books. But tension is brewing: The librarian argues with the expert who is on hand to appraise precious volumes. And Iphy…

Review; Much Ado about Nutmeg by Sarah Fox

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Earlier this year I recieved an ARC of the cosy mystery Much Ado about Nutmeg by Sarah Fox through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Netgalley
Wedding bells are in the air—along with the aroma of maple syrup—in the latest Pancake House Mystery. But a series of murders threatens to spoil everyone’s appetite. . .

Between tourist season, planning her beach wedding, and running her pancake house, the Flip Side, Marley McKinney is busier than ever. On top of that, one of her regulars is competing in Wildwood Cove’s Golden Oldies Games—a sporting event for athletes 50 and over—and Marley wants to cheer her on. Everything’s running as smooth as batter—until sports reporter Yvonne Pritchard stirs up a triple batch of trouble . . .

Yvonne has one admirer in town—Ed Herman—but she has many more enemies, from a disgruntled coach to an athlete she once shamed on social media. So when a body washes up on shore, and it’s no accident, it’s not …

Review; The She Book by Tanya Markul

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A while ago I recieved an ARC of the poetry collection The She Book by Tanya Markul through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
The She Book is a collection of 114 poems, prose, and quotes written for you. Because this is your year to live the life of your dreams, to heal, to witness, to be the one who queens. Once a silent star in the sky, lost, alone and unnoticed, she began to dream her life awake.

Crafting together the power of words and womanhood, writer Tanya Markul has written a completely unique poetry collection fit for the phenomenal readers of today.
In Tanya's words, "May we raise the bar for how we live our lives. May we ridiculously increase the amount of peace, play, creativity, beauty, love, and joy in everything we do. May we all sip from the wisdom of our suffering. And awaken with the courage to share our stories that can heal our inner and outer worlds."

My Thoughts on the Book
This is …

Top Ten Tuesday; Crime, Mystery and Thriller Covers With Moody Nature

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It's Tuesday and time for a new Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. The theme of the week was cover freebie, so I decided making a list of crime, mystery and thriller covers with moody nature.

My picks are;
Jernspøkelset by Ivar Aase
Forliset by Frode Granhus
Jenta uten hud (The Girl Without Skin) by Mads Peder Norbo
Tracking Game by Margaret Mizushima
The Nidderdale Murders by J. R. Ellis
The Baby on the Back Porch by Lucia N. Davis
Roanoke Ridge by J. J. Dupuis
The Body in the Mist by Nick Louth
Coffin Road by Peter May
Frostgraven by Sonja Holterman

Review; Death on the Page (Castle Bookshop Mystery #2) by Essie Lang

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Earlier this year I recieved an ARC of the cosy mystery Death on the Page (Castle Bookshop Mystery #2) by Essie Lang through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.
Description from Netgalley
Essie Lang's second Castle Bookshop mystery is perfect for fans of Lorna Barrett and Vicki Delany.

Thousand Islands bookstore owner Shelby Cox sleuths the slaying of a true-crime writer who may have learned too much about a murder case that should have stayed shut.

There are a thousand stories in New York's scenic Thousand Islands, and Bayside Books co-owner Shelby Cox stocks them all. But lately, the Blye Island bookseller's life is more about investigation than inventory. True-crime writer Savannah Page caps off two successful signings at Bayside Books with a night in Blye Castle. She's there to research Joe Cabana, a colorful Prohibition-era mobster who owned the castle--until he was found dead in the island Grotto.

But crime becomes all too true …

Review; Dead on the Vine (A Finn Family Farm Mystery #1) by Elle Brooke White

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Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery Dead on the Vine (A Finn Family Farm Mystery #1) by Elle Brooke White through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.
Description from Goodreads
Perfect for fans of B. B. Haywood and Peg Cochran, Ellie B. White's whimsical series debut is full of farm fun, complete with a helpful teacup pig.

Reluctant farmer Charlotte Finn needs the help of the livestock to sleuth a mysterious death.

Charlotte Finn never wanted to inherit the family's produce farm--much less plow a heap of money into it. Her plan is to hammer a great big FOR SALE sign into the farm's fallow furrows--but Charlotte's sunny hopes of a quick sale succumb to a killing frost when she finds a dead body entwined supine in the tomato vines. The poor man, it seems, was run through...with a pitchfork?

Now, Charlotte is stuck with running the farm in the midst of a murder investigation. Charlotte's kno…

Review; Avocado Bliss by Candace Robinson and Gerardo Delgadillo

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Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the YA novel Avocado Bliss by Candace Robinson and Gerardo Delgadillo through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
Dacre Vinson has spent the majority of his life in quite the predicament—even the surf and his books can’t erase his Type 1 diabetes. But when Dacre’s family moves to a new Mexican town, an eccentric girl obsessed with trees offers him a job on the spot, leading to what could be the perfect distraction from his problems.

Salbatora Tames has one true love, her avocado farm. Her family constantly nudges her to be more social, but Sal much prefers the dirt, the sun, and the solitude. Besides, trees listen better than people do.

For Sal and Dacre, their job won’t stay easy breezy for long, not when an avocado delivery to Palenque, Mexico pops up on their radar. Together, they embark on a road trip across the jungle, where they form a tighter bond. How…

Book Blogger Hop; Do You Read Books By Authors From Outside Your Country?

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It's Friday and time for a new Book Blogger Hop post, courtesy of Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The question of the week was "Do you read books by authors from outside your country? Any book recommendations? Also, if non-US/UK, could you name one author/book from your country?".

Book Blogger Hop As Norway is a small country, it's inevitable that I read books by authors outside my own country. I also have a World Literature Project going on, trying to read one book from every country in the extent that it is possible. You can find the list here and there's plenty of good books on the list, as I've read roughly 110 books at the moment.
As for my own country, Norway, feel free to check out the crime novel I Will Miss You Tomorrow by Heine Bakkeid.

Review; Belinda Blake and the Birds of a Feather (Exotic Pet-Sitter #3) by Heather Day Gilbert

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery Belinda Blake and the Birds of a Feather (Exotic Pet-Sitter #3) by Heather Day Gilbert through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.
Description from Goodreads
When exotic pet–sitter Belinda Blake starts pecking at the details of a suspicious accident in her sleepy hometown, she inadvertently digs up a murder case that won’t be solved without ruffling a few feathers . . .

The moment Belinda arrives in Larches Corner, her Upstate New York hometown, she’s immediately recruited to care for a deceased friend’s flock of homing pigeons. But Belinda’s plans for a swift visit scatter after a local college student is mowed down in a malicious hit-and-run that has the whole town reeling.

At first, the gruesome demise of Jackson Hait appears to be a random tragedy. But Belinda quickly uncovers connections to a tight-knit group of friends and a similar death three years earlier . . . one that …

Review; Dr. Wangari Maathai Plants a Forest by Rebel Girls

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Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the biography Dr. Wangari Maathai Plants a Forest by Rebel Girls through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
From the world of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls comes the historical novel based on the life of Dr. Wangari Maathai, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist from Kenya.

Wangari lives in a magical place in rural Kenya where the soil is rich for planting, the trees abundant, and the nearby pond full of mysterious creatures. She drinks from cool, clean streams and plays beneath her favorite fig tree under her mother’s watchful gaze.

Then Wangari grows up and goes away to school, and things start changing at home. Farmers chop down the trees. Landslides bury the stream. The pond dries up. The soil becomes overworked, dry, and unusable for planting. And people go hungry. Dr. Wangari Maathai has a simple solution to all of these problems: plant trees.
My Th…

Top Ten Tuesday; Middle Grade and YA Books For My Younger Self

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It's Tuesday and time for a new Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. The theme of the week was books for my younger self.
My picks are;
The Twistrose Key by Tone Almhjell
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
Monster on the Moors by J. M. Kelly
The Witches of Willow Cove by Josh Roberts
The Legend of Decimus Croome by Kevin Purdy
Night School by C. J. Daugherty
Fifteen Seconds of Normal by Alex Marestaing
The Ghost Hunter's Daughter by Caroline Flarity

Review; Matchmaking Can Be Murder (An Amish Matchmaker Mystery #1) by Amanda Flower

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery Matchmaking Can Be Murder (An Amish Matchmaker Mystery #1) by Amanda Flower through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
Matchmaking can be murder . . .

When widowed Millie Fisher moves back to her childhood home of Harvest, Ohio, she notices one thing right away--the young Amish are bungling their courtships and marrying the wrong people! A quiltmaker by trade, Millie has nevertheless stitched together a few lives in her time, with truly romantic results. Her first mission? Her own niece, widowed gardener Edith Hochstetler, recently engaged to rude, greedy Zeke Miller. Anyone can see he's not right for such a gentle young woman--except Edith herself.

Pleased when she convinces the bride-to-be to leave her betrothed before the wedding, Millie is later panicked to find Zeke in Edith's greenhouse--as dead as a tulip in the middle of winter. To kee…

Review; Sell Low, Sweet Harriet (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery #8) by Sherry Harris

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery Sell Low, Sweet Harriet (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery #8) by Sherry Harris through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
ONE WOMAN'S TRASH . . .
Sarah Winston's garage sale business has a new client: the daughter of a couple who recently died in a tragic accident while away on a trip to Africa. Their house is full of exotic items from around the world that need to be sold off. When Sarah learns that the deceased were retired CIA agents, the job becomes more intriguing--but when an intruder breaks in and a hidden camera is found, it also becomes more dangerous. And Sarah has enough on her plate right now since she's investigating a murder on the side at the nearby Air Force base, where her status as a former military spouse gives her a special kind of access.

. . . IS ANOTHER WOMAN'S TROUBLE
With so much work piling up, Sarah decide…

Review; Once Upon a Time, Bitches: Design Your Fairytale Life, Control Your Destiny, and Become the Hero in Your Story by Branden LaNette

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the non-fiction book Once Upon a Time, Bitches: Design Your Fairytale Life, Control Your Destiny, and Become the Hero in Your Story by Branden LaNette through Netgalley. I read it shortly aferwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
Hi, I’m Branden. That is me on the cover.
Yes, I have a boy’s name, a Mom bod, and the tattoos are not photoshopped.
Once upon a time I realized we all have a story, we all have a struggle and happiness is relative. I am not cynical or hardened, I am just stating the facts. Here’s the deal:

Prince Charming doesn’t exist.
Fairy Godmother is drunk.
Glass slippers don't come 2 Day Prime Shipping from Amazon.

There is no magic fairytale, but if YOU work at it enough you can come pretty close creating your version with a happy ending. The best part is, in life you can continue to make edits until that sh*t reads exactly how you want it to.

You may not agree with everything I say i…

Review; The Geeky Chef Cookbook: Real-Life Recipes for Your Favorite Fantasy Foods by Cassandra Reeder

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Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cookbook The Geeky Chef Cookbook: Real-Life Recipes for Your Favorite Fantasy Foods by Cassandra Reeder through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
You’ve watched the TV shows and movies, played the video games, and read the books. Now it’s time to level-up your geek factor…into the kitchen. From Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games, and Star Trek to Doctor Who, The Legend of Zelda, and World of Warcraft, The Geeky Chef compiles over 60 delectable, ethereal, and just plain odd—yet oddly delicious—recipes that you can re-create right in your own home. This smaller hardcover version of the original book has a new, fresh, modern design and includes 10 additional recipes from The Geeky Chef Strikes Back, making it the perfect gift for the geek in your life.

A self-proclaimed nerd with a fondness for cooking, author Cassandra Reeder, creator of The Geeky Chef blo…

Review; A Mysterious Mix Up by J.C. Kenney

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery A Mysterious Mix Up by J.C. Kenney through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Netgalley
Murder hits the stacks when literary agent Allie Cobb investigates a fatality in the local library . . .

Allie Cobb returns home from a book conference armed with hugs for her cat and her boyfriend, and dreams of a long, hot bath. She’s also getting ready to take the plunge by hiring an intern for her expanding literary agency. But it’s one for the books when Allie finds the town’s librarian—and her longtime role model—seconds away from death on the library floor.

Who would want to poison Vicky Napier—one of Rushing Creek’s most beloved citizens—on the eve of her retirement? But it seems there were toxic people in her life, like the handyman with an obsessive crush, and a wood carver with a hair-trigger temper. The list of suspects includes Allie’s boyfriend, Brent, who’s …

Review; The Artist Who Loved Cats: The Inspiring Tale of Theophile Alexandre Steinlen by Susan Schaefer Bernardo

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the picture book/non-fiction book The Artist Who Loved Cats: The Inspiring Tale of Theophile Alexandre Steinlen by Susan Schaefer Bernardo through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
The Artist Who Loved Cats is a picture book biography of artist Theophile-Alexandre Steinlen, the creator of iconic French "Chat Noir" posters.

When Antoinette notices a little bronze cat in the window of her favorite Parisian antique store, she begs the shopkeeper Monsieur Arvieux and his clever cat Noir to tell her all about the artist. Steinlen moved to Paris in 1881 to pursue his artistic dreams, ultimately creating not just the iconic Chat Noir posters but also more than 700 journal illustrations, famous posters, sculptures, cartoon strips and paintings. Many of Steinlen's artworks feature cats, his favorite subject. Delightful verse, a sweet sprinkling of French vocab…

Review; The Happiness Diary: The Practice of Finding and Savoring Things to Be Joyful About by Barbara Ann Kipfer

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of The Happiness Diary: The Practice of Finding and Savoring Things to Be Joyful About by Barbara Ann Kipfer through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
The Happiness Diaries offerspractical advice and exercises for cultivating a happiness practice. Filled with stories, lists, thought-provoking questions, and whimsical illustrations, you will learn tangible ways to capture and record happy moments based on your own style.

Featuring beautiful illustrations, this inspiring book presents prompts and exercises that draw upon writing, list-making, and charts that encourage reflection onwhat makes you truly happy. By doing the exercises, you'll get a personalized plan for cultivating mindfulness, living each day in the present moment, and finding joy in life's everyday events.

My Thoughts on the Book
This book has some (a lot) of easy exercises and cute/pretty illustr…

Top Ten Tuesday; Books That Make Me Hungry

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It's Tuesday and time for a new Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. The theme of the week was books that makes me hungry.
My picks are;
The Cosy Tea Shop In The Castle by Caroline Roberts
Chocolat by Joanne Harris
The Saffron Trail by Rosanna Ley
The Sweetest Thing by Fiona Shaw
Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien
Murder with Collard Greens and Hot Sauce by A. L. Herbert
Murder in the Bayou Boneyard by Ellen Byron
Strangled Eggs And Ham by Maddie Day
The Uninvited Corpse by Debra Sennefelder
The Quiche and the Dead by Kirsten Weiss