Book Review-Murder and Brandy Boy: A Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series Book 2-Dianne Harman | Miki's Hope

Book Review-Murder and Brandy Boy: A Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series Book 2-Dianne Harman

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


Dianne Harmon knows how to write a cozy mystery! Once again all it took was one sitting--it kept me that involved!! And of course at the end are all those mouth watering recipes that are served at the Red Cedar Spa, a couple of which Mike was helping prepare before as he was driving home his car went over a cliff. Was this an accident or was it murder? And why would anyone want to murder Mike? There are really a lot of different suspects and since the good Sheriff of this town is absolutely no good at solving anything-Liz decides to take it on herself again. You are going to love how Brandy Boy, a St. Bernard, who sleeps almost constantly, wakes up when he hears bells ringing to deliver a tiny bit of Brandy to the clients--becomes the ultimate hero of this novel. Of course Winston, the boxer who was bought as a present for Liz and is a trained protector plays his part too!!

About the Book: (from Amazon)

Liz Lucas, the owner of the Red Cedar Spa, hires an intern to help her prepare family style meals served to guests at the lodge. Only days before graduation, his car crashes over a cliff and into the ocean. Was it suicide or murder?

Liz, along with her trusty dog, Winston, sets out to find the killer. Was it the high school computer genius, Nerdy Birdie? Brent, who was going to Stanford on a football scholarship? Kaitlin, the quarterback's girlfriend? Clamhammer, the gangster from San Francisco's Chinatown? Or Nerdy's mother, the president of the Women Whose Husbands Left Them Club?

Who would have thought Brandy Boy, the lovable but lazy St. Bernard who's the mascot of the Red Cedar Spa, would become a nationally recognized hero?

This is the second book in the best-selling Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series.The author has been designated by Amazon as one of its most popular authors for the last five months.

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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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39 comments :

Jeff Taylor said...

This looks like an interesting read. Sounds like dog lovers would like it too. Thanks for the review!

mail4rosey said...

Poor Mike. I'm sorry to hear his cooking got interrupted. ;) I am curious about those recipes!!

A TRAVELOGUE by Brock and Tanj said...

Well I would be a fan since its about a dog being a hero. Lol! I love dogs and this book is a pretty interesting read. Thanks for this!

Masshole Mommy said...

Ooh, I love that this is about a dog. Sounds like a great book for dog lovers :)

Joanne T Ferguson said...

Thanks for highlighting and for your review! I am always after that next interesting read and will have to check this out further!

Liz Mays said...

Ok that really does sound cute, and I love how there are recipes included as well. It totally sounds worth picking up!

Leelo R said...

This sounds like an interesting book that I would love to read! Thank you for another great book review!

NAZMA IQBAL said...

Woe this seems to be really a great book. I will definalt try to read this ... also i have to say there are already many in my wishlist to read

Sharon Martin said...

I know they say don't judge a book by it's cover but how could you fail to love this cover its so cute, sounds like a great read too x

Scott said...

Sounds like a good story, especially since it is about a dog (or at least a major part of the story is). Thanks for the info!

Christy Maurer said...

I love cozy mystery books! Do I have to read them in order? This sounds so cute!

Samantha said...

a dog book, nice :) do you have to read them in order preferably?

moncia said...

You introduced me to the term cozy mystery and I like Brandy Boy already. Dog heros are fantastic!

Theresa Mahoney said...

Well, any book that has fun loving animals as the hero gets my vote! I am also the mama to a few boxers, so this book really intrigues me!

bxcrochet said...

This one sounds like another great read. I will be checking this one out.

Michelle F.

Mama to 5 said...

This sounds great! I love mysteries, I would not want to put it down.

Caroline Barnes said...

Sounds like a really good book. Love a great murder mystery.

Sophia Gilbert said...

I am always looking for a new and interesting book to read! Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

Mary Madalene said...

Sounds like A Great mystery, and any book that has the recipes in the back to make at home is the icing on the cake!

Crystal said...

Someone asked me what the last book I read was over the weekend. It reminded me how long it's been. Ahhh. This sounds like a great one to pick up.

Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz said...

Love a good mystery and how fun that this novel also includes delicious recipes. I am intrigued and would love to know how the St Bernard becomes the hero!

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

I love a suspenseful mystery. I also really like the fact that they included a pet along with the main character. After all, pets usually become a big part of every family.

Dhemz said...

I love reading mystery books. Sounds like a great book to read. Thanks for sharing.

kristi dominguez said...

Another great review, Miki! This sounds like a great read!

Parent Palace said...

This sounds like a good read. I'm a dog owner so I'll definitely check it out1

Franc said...

I always love a murder mystery story. This one looks intense to follow and discover if it was an accident or a murder and who is the perpetrator.

Miranda Myrabev said...

Though I am not familiar with the author the book does sound like an interesting read and I do a love a good murder mystery.

jcupphoo said...

Thanks for the review! Looks like it's a fun read. Murder mysteries are always quick reads because you want to find out what's happening next.

Housewife Eclectic said...

Sounds intriguing! adding it to my list!

Jennifer Juro said...

Thank you for the book recommendation! I am always looking for new authors to read.

Stephanie Pass said...

I love a good murder mystery. And, I just love it when books share recipes that were used in the storyline.

Maddi'sMommy said...

What an intriguing book. I cant imagine who would want to kill such a young girl!

Dogvills said...

I love a good mystery book with some murder in it. I have to add it to my summer reading list

Ronnie E. said...

Ooo I'm always up for high school-based thrillers. I bet this one is a mystery that unfolds bit by bit and keeps you reading.

Breanna said...

This book looks like a very interesting read. I bet it would keep my attention from the beginning - that's an important factor for me!

CourtneyLynne said...

I swear you always have the best books on here! Another one I'm going to have to add to my summer reading list!

Katrina Gehman said...

that looks like a really interesting book. i'll be riding in a car for 30 hours so i need new things to read.

Marie Moody said...

Now if you knew me well you'd know that reading puts me to sleep if it's not in the category that I like, which is mythology, fantasy, witches & goblins but no blood and gore. YUK Oh and ghosts I like a good ghost book. Love stories and who dunnit is a yawner for me. Sorry. You do a great review though I must say!

Laurie Nykaza said...

Sounds like a wonderful mystery to be solved which is my favorite type of book to read. I love a good one that is even hard for mt to figure it out can't wait to read it!

 
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