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Book Review: This Delicious Death by Kayla Cottingham

This Delicious Death by Kayla Cottingham is about four friends going on a road trip to attend a music festival in the desert.  What no one else realizes is that they were infected during the pandemic and are now ghouls.  On the first night at the festival, Valeria goes feral and ends up killing someone and eating them.  Soon after, the girls discover that ghouls are being poisoned with a drug that will cause them all to feral.  The expected publication date is April 25, 2023. Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for the Advanced Readers Copy of This Delicious Death .  The synopsis was intriguing, so I was happy when I was approved to read this book.  I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review. Just as an FYI, there were several content warnings at the beginning of this book, including but limited to alcohol consumption by minors, cannibalism, drug use and drugging, gun violence, murder, parental neglect, suicidal ideation, and transphobia.  According to the

Book Review: Irish Coffee Murder by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, and Barbara Ross

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Irish Coffee Murder by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, and Barbara Ross is a collection of three novellas featuring the Lucy Stone series, Haley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery series, and Maine Clambake Mystery series.  Each story takes place in Maine and has a theme of St. Patrick's Day.

I'd like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the Advanced Readers Copy of Irish Coffee Murder.  I'm a huge fan of Leslie Meier and Lee Hollis, so I was thrilled to be approved to receive it for free in exchange for my honest review.  I am now a fan of Barbara Ross.

Irish Coffee Murder (Lucy Stone, #28.5) by Leslie Meier opens with Lucy being tasked to cover an Irish Step Dancing School and their upcoming regional competition called a feis.  When one of the dance moms is found dead, rumors start to spread about the ex-husband being the murderer.  I loved this novella particularly because I used to be an Irish Step Dancer and competed in a couple of feis.  I had my suspicions of who actually was the killer, and I was correct in who I thought it was.  The only complaint I had is that wigs aren't a requirement at a feis . . . at least, not the ones I competed in.  Five out of five stars.

Death of an Irish Coffee Drinker (Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails, #15.5) by Lee Hollis opens with Hayley Powell agreeing to cater an after party for comedian Jefferson O'Keefe.  When Jefferson collapses after drinking an Irish coffee, Hayley knows she must find out who poisoned him.  I enjoyed this novella because I had no idea who the murderer was and was led astray by all the red herrings.  I also really liked the characters in this story. Five out of five stars.

Perked Up (Maine Clambake, #10.5) by Barbara Ross opens with Julia Snowden and her friend Zoey settling in for the night to watch a movie and drink some Irish Coffees when the power goes out due a snowstorm.  Neighbors and family decide to gather at the Snowden home and tell ghost stories to pass the time.  Everyone gets into a disagreement about the story told about a founding family and who murdered the husband.  Julia decides to investigate this ghost story that is really based on a cold case from 150 years ago and finds out who the killer was and what happened to the rest of the family.  There are so many reasons why I loved this novella, but the biggest reason is I love that the characters were telling ghost stories and delved into a cold case.  All the characters had good reason to believe a particular person was the killer, so I had no idea what to believe and loved the conclusion that brought closure to the case and revealed who the killer was.  Now, I can't wait to go read the other books in the series.  Five out of five stars.

I gave each and every novella in this collection, Irish Coffee Murder by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, and Barbara Ross, five out of five stars and highly recommend it to people who love cozy mysteries.  These authors are the best of the best.

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