Book Review-Murder in Cottage #6 (Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series #1-Dianne Harman | Miki's Hope

Book Review-Murder in Cottage #6 (Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series #1-Dianne Harman

Monday, March 30, 2015


The start of a new cozy mystery series--one I will be following! Liz owns a spa in a secluded and beautiful area on the coast of San Francisco. She originally bought it with her husband who has since died of a heart attack. The spa is doing marvelously--everyone loves it--the clients, the employees-well everyone. Liz prepares the outstanding meals for her guests (recipes of some of them at the end of the book!) and leaves a lot of the other work to her other employees. Then the fateful day when a client is found dead in Cottage #6.

Please note that the sheriff in this small town is a bumbling idiot and no one expects him to be able to solve the mystery. Liz is worried about the reputation of the spa and her new "friend" (an accomplished criminal lawyer) tells her that she will have to play private detective. He does go out and buy her Winston--a beautiful and extremely well trained Boxer for protection--she really should have listened to Winston!

Things really start heating up and ------------nope not telling you! You will just have to read it for yourself!!

About the Book: (from Amazon)

A Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery from Amazon All Star Author - Dianne Harman.

Liz Lucas, a 52 year old widow, is beginning to think she’s been given a second chance at life by owning a successful spa located in a beautiful forest area on the coast north of San Francisco.

What could possibly go wrong? Well, for starters, discovering that a guest staying in cottage #6 at the spa has been murdered.

In order to save the spa’s reputation, Liz, along with her two dogs, Brandy Boy and Winston, sets out to find the killer. The cast of characters includes a handyman, spa employees, the bumbling police chief, the owner of Gertie’s Diner, the dead woman’s husband (the mayor), his girlfriend, and a Tiffany glass collector. One of them probably committed the crime, but it’s up to Liz to quickly find the culprit.

Dianne is the author of two best-selling series - the Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series and the Coyote Series. This is the first book in her new “Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series.” Her books have won numerous honors, and she has been recognized by Amazon as one of its best-selling authors.

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About the Author: (from Amazon)(Picture from Twitter)


Dianne Harman draws her stories and characters from a diverse business and personal background. She owned a national antique and art appraisal business for many years, left that industry, and opened two yoga centers where she taught yoga and certified yoga instructors. She's traveled extensively throughout the world, most recently dividing her time between Huntington Beach, California and Sacramento, California, where her husband was a Senator. An avid reader, Dianne brings the richness of her life experiences to her novels, Blue Coyote Motel, Coyote in Provence, and Cornered Coyote - all of which are available now in the Coyote Series. She is also the author of Tea Party Teddy and Tea Party Teddy's Legacy, California political novels.

Being a dog lover and having attended cooking schools all over the world, she couldn't resist writing about food and dogs - and her first cozy mystery, Kelly's Koffee Shop was written. It is #1 on the culinary cozy mystery list and #3 on animals. Her second book in the Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery series, Murder at Jade Cove, will be published soon..

An Award Winning Bestseller, Blue Coyote Motel was selected as a quarter finalist in Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award contest, Goodreads Psychological Thriller of the Month Book, and e-thriller Book of the Month. Blue Coyote Motel and Coyote in Provence were finalists in Chanticleer's CLUE awards contest.

Blue Coyote Motel is a suspenseful love story which begins in the barrios of Southern California and spans the globe in such diverse locations as Provence, South America, and the Himalayas. The beautiful Latina, Maria, and her husband, Jeffrey, a scientist fired from a prestigious laboratory, struggle to build a new life in a remote Southern California desert area as owners of the motel.

Along with the anti-aging hormone, Jeffrey invents a "feel-good" wonder drug to help Maria with her depression. As Jeffrey becomes insane, he begins to experiment with the wonder drug. Six wayward travelers, including an alcoholic priest, a couple who own gold mines in Brazil, a depressed widow, a struggling salesman, and a Native American pediatrician, find themselves spending the night at the small motel. The next morning they wake up feeling better than ever. Has Jeffrey's miracle drug delivered? Or is the nightmare of addiction only beginning?

Coyote in Provence and Cornered Coyote complete the trilogy which spans the globe and introduces a character, Slade Kelly, a loveable irascible private eye, who many say has become their favorite literary character. The Mafia, food, wine, art, Provence, courtroom drama - all find a place in these books.

The Teddy saga is a multicultural romance set against the political background of California. It's the story of Nina, whose husband succumbs to the power of his office. Bigoted and biased, the ultimate irony occurs when she becomes romantically involved with the founder of the Republicans for Latinos, and in the process, discovers herself. The story continues in Tea Party Teddy's Legacy, a conclusion to Tea Party Teddy in the form of a novella.


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30 comments :

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

I love a good murder mystery. LOL I think most of our small towns ... or some of them have a bumbling idiot for a sheriff.

Masshole Mommy said...

I love a good murder mystery! This sounds like an awesome one.

Erin said...

I'm always looking for books to read. Thanks for the review. Sounds great!

Frugal and Fun Mom said...

OK, first off I am sold on her excellent choice of dog! I am a boxer Mom and I love that there are recipes in the back of the book as well. Very cool.

Literary Winner said...

Oooh a new cozy series! I think I want to go stay at this spa, just not in Cottage #6 ;)

Amber Sorrells said...

I love a good and suspenseful love story! I will have to check out the Blue Coyote Motel!

Samantha said...

this sounds like a good book for my next read

Mama Banana said...

I'll make sure to add this to my summer reading list! I'd love to know how many books a week you read, you have so many great reviews!!

Dianne Harman said...

Thank you so much!

Chubskulit Rose said...

Ahhh you're such a teaser Michelle, I was hoping you will give us a little more lol. This is my kind of book! I love her boxer's name, Winston. Sounds like a tough fur baby.

Linda A. Kinsman said...

A mystery set in SF, with recipes? I'm in! Thanks for sharing this book with us!

Housewife Eclectic said...

This sounds like an excellent read! I will have to pick it up!

Patricia said...

You keep reviewing these great murder mysteries. My book list is gonna keep growing.

bxcrochet said...

What a contrast between the bright cover and title. Makes me want to dip into it.

Michelle F.

I am Harriet said...

Funny how the sheriff is not much of any help. Sounds like an intriguing book.

Heather Jones said...

I love sheriffs who don't listen. It's probably close to every day situations. Sounds like a neat book!

Brittany @ Clumps of Mascara said...

How fun! This sounds like it will be a fun mystery series..one that isn't too scary to read before bedtime!

Cassie said...

Sounds like a very interesting book! I love reading murder mysteries :D

Julie is Coco and Cocoa said...

I love a good mystery series! Thanks for introducing me to this new one.

Liz Mays said...

Well that sounds like a fun one for sure. Whatever happened in that cottage...

Frugal Mom and Wife said...

Adding to my list. I recently started this genre and can't wait to get my eyes on it. Thanks!

Amanda McMahon said...

A spicy sorry line for sure, I have been on vacation when I worried about what may happen. :-)

Jennifer Williams said...

I will definitely look for this one, I love finding books that are part of a series. I can not wait to see if the clumsy sheriff can solve the case! I have never seen a murder mystery with recipes in the end - love to cook so that is great!

debdenny said...

Adding now to list. Sounds like a great mystery

mail4rosey said...

That's definitely a way to hamper a fresh start! I like that the Boxer has a role. They have good intuition. :)

Athena Nagel said...

Wow - looks like a great mystery. Thanks for sharing - I love reading about new options!

Cait Fore said...

I love a good mystery! This one sounds amazing too!

Stephanie Pass said...

I always love a good murder mystery book. They just suck me right in.

Lena B said...

Murder mystery? I am ready for something new and exciting

Katrina Gehman said...

oh that book looks really good! i love mysteries. I haven't read any this authors books so it will be nice to read new work.

 
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