Thursday, April 21, 2016

Blog Tour: Raisin the Dead by Karoline Barrett (Review/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

About the Book

Genre: Cozy Mystery, #2 A Bread and Batter Mystery
Publisher: InterMix
Release Date: April 19, 2016

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The author of Bun for Your Life returns to Destiny, New York, where bakery owners and amateur sleuths Molly Tyler and Olivia Williams never crumble under pressure...

While the rest of Destiny is focused on the arrival of an upper crust perfume mogul, Molly is more concerned about what’s on the front page of the newspaper: her mother. Library director Anne Tyler was photographed at the most romantic restaurant in town having a cozy dinner with library advisory board member Philip Baldeli. But there’s more for Molly to worry about after Philip is found dead a few days later.

When Detective Sean Corsino zeroes in on Anne as a person of interest in the case, it turns down the heat on his budding romance with Molly. But after he’s injured during the course of his investigation, Molly and Olivia must step in to sift through the clues and clear Anne’s name.

My Review

Molly Tyler is back and much to everyone’s shock, so is another murder. After seeing her mother, Anne, on the front page of the local newspaper with library board member, Philip Baldeli, Molly is beside herself with concern. They looked just a bit too friendly for Molly’s liking. It’s not long after that Baldeli is found dead and Anne is the number one suspect.

Molly is determined to prove her mother’s innocence, which doesn’t sit well with her detective boyfriend, Sean Corsino. When Sean suffers an accident and winds up in the hospital, Molly is convinced it’s totally up to her find the killer. She has no intentions of visiting her mother in prison.

As Molly seeks the truth, she also has to deal with Sean’s former sister-in-law who is determined to ruin things for Molly and Sean. Molly more than has her hands full.

I enjoyed the first book in this series, Bun for Your Life, and this one is even better. After just reading the first book, I felt as if I knew and loved these characters already. Molly and her friend Olivia – co-owner of the Bread & Batter Bakery have a wonderful, warm relationship and it shows in both books. The author has a talent for writing characters to the point that readers will either love or hate them. The “bad guys” are easy to hate and the “good guys” are beloved.

The storyline flows nicely. I enjoyed following Molly’s journey to the truth and seeing her defend her mother to all who would listen. It’s a fast paced cozy mystery that has everything a reader is looking for – mystery, romance and that quaint small town feeling. There was a bit more of a romance storyline than I normally like in my cozies, but it worked very well in this one and kept me glued to my seat. I have to admit that I suspected the culprit rather early on, but that didn’t ruin the story for me. I enjoyed Molly’s investigation and reading it through to the end.

I hope there will be a third book. I’m looking forward to it already.

For reading challenges:

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge 2016
Foodies Read Reading Challenge 2016
NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2016
Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge 2016

FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

I live in a small Connecticut town with my husband. When I’m not writing, I’m either reading, spending time by the water, taking pictures, traveling, indulging in social media, accompanying above-mentioned husband to New York Yankees games, or doing anything that does not involve math..

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  1. Sounds like a wonderful cozy mystery. I look forward to reading it.

  2. Looking forward to reading this one!

  3. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm looking forward to reading it! Also, had trouble with the Twitter handle for @LisaKsBkReview. It said that it couldn't be found.

  4. Sounds like a great cozy mystery. Thank you for introducing me to Karoline Barrett's books.

  5. This definitely sounds like a book I'd enjoy. I'm really loving foodie cozies right now and this is a series I haven't tried. Plus I love the sound of Molly.

  6. Sounds good! I love cozies with a dog and food!

  7. I am very excited about this book...thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  8. Thanks for sharing your review. I do love cozies and this looks like another series to add to my list. How can I resist when there's books and a dog on the cover too!

  9. I haven't read this series yet, but it sounds amazing. I look forward to reading it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. I haven't read this series yet, but it sounds amazing. I look forward to reading it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. I enjoy stories about good friends. Thanks for the great review and the giveaway.

  12. Sounds like a great series. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  13. Love cozy mysteries and this sounds like a great series.


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