Murder on Lot B, a STARFIRE COZY MYSTERY: By London Lovett

Profile avatar for London LovettI know this will come as no surprise but I LOVE London Lovett books! A few months ago I shared my love for the Port Danby series {you can check that out HERE if you would like} Today I’m sharing my love for another one of London’s series called Starfire!

I absolutely ADORE this series, era and characters! Starfire takes place in the 1920’s {my all time favorite decade…I SO badly wish the 20s style would come back in style or easily available!}

Poppy Starfire and her brother Jasper are waiting on their next big adventure to walk in the front door of Starfire Detective Agency, yep Poppy is a private detective!

Los Angeles in 1923, Poppy has a new house in a new neighborhood tasting independence for the first time, she’s taking over the family detective agency with her young brother side kick Jasper! Everything is fantastic…except a case to investigate…until Anna walks through the door. Roger, Anna’s Hollywood stuntman brother has recently died in a extremely publicized accident. Was it really an accident or is there something far more nefarious going on? Poppy is on the case! With all kinds of twists and turns this book will no doubt have you hooked from the first page! 

I love that London always writes about strong women who can take care of themselves and aren’t afraid! I really appreciate this since it is very much my personality!

I have recommended all these books to pretty much every person I come in contact with! Seriously, I pretty much inundated my best friend with every single detail about each of LL series!

STARFIRE COZY MYSTERY SERIES:

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1. Murder on Lot B

Los Angeles, 1923. The land of movie stars and perpetual sunshine has a stylish new force to be reckoned with—Poppy Starfire, Private Investigator.

2. Murder at the Ostrich Farm

Poppy Starfire is looking forward to a summer outing at Dawson Ostrich Farm with two of her favorite people, her brother Jasper and her dad. The day starts out well enough with souvenir shopping, cold lemonades and, of course, plenty of ostriches. But when one of the farm visitors is found strangled to death, the fun-filled visit takes a grim turn.

 

PORT DANBY COZY MYSTERY SERIES:

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1. Marigolds and Murder

Lacey ‘Pink’ Pinkerton has left behind a six figure job and her reputation as the million dollar nose—a nickname her super sense of smell earned her within the perfume industry. With her pet crow Kingston and a tabby cat named Nevermore, she is settling right into her new life in the small coastal town of Port Danby.

2. Carnations and Chaos

Lacey ‘Pink’ Pinkerton, the local flower shop owner, is thrilled to supply colorful flower arrangements for the Third Annual Food Fair being held in the Port Danby town square. But when one of the well-known but not so well-loved bloggers is found dead in her motel room, Lacey steps in to help Detective James Briggs solve the case. (Whether he likes it or not.)

3. Mistletoe and Mayhem

Port Danby is preparing for the annual Harbor Holiday Lights Flotilla, and Lacey ‘Pink’ Pinkerton is anxious to see the colorful boats light up Pickford Beach. But the festive spirits of the town are dampened when one of the boat owners is strangled to death. Lacey enthusiastically volunteers to help Detective Briggs sniff out the clues and track down the killer. Once again, she finds herself nose deep in a murder mystery.

 

4. Roses and Revenge

When the Georgio’s Perfume crew, including her ex-fiancé Jacob, show up in Port Danby for a photo shoot, Lacey is taken by surprise. But their unexpected arrival is nothing compared to the shock of what happens next. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Lacey ‘Pink’ Pinkerton finds herself caught up in another unexpected murder mystery.

5. Tulips and Trouble

Lacey Pinkerton is busy getting ready for spring at Pink’s Flowers and at the same time Port Danby is bustling with activity as it prepares for its annual flea market in the town square. In the midst of it all, a talented group of artists has shown up with their easels to paint pictures of the Pickford Lighthouse. When one of the artists turns up missing and then dead, Lacey works alongside of her favorite detective, James Briggs, to solve the murder. What she doesn’t expect is to end up on the murderer’s short list of enemies.

6. Dahlias and Death

Lacey Pinkerton and the town of Port Danby are preparing for the annual Fourth of July celebration at Pickford Marina. Lacey’s parents are coming to stay for the week. Lacey and her friends at the Port Danby Garden Club are excited to set up a fundraising booth at the festivities. But the patriotic celebration is cut short when one of the club members is found dead. While her trusted and handsome partner Detective Briggs is dealing with a personal issue, the unexpected return of his ex-wife, Lacey works hard to tamp down the disappointment and find the killer.

7. Peonies and Poison

Port Danby is in the middle of a scorching summer heat wave. Looking for relief from the sweltering temperatures, Lacey Pinkerton invites her newly minted boyfriend, Detective James Briggs, out for vintage movie night at the Mayfield Four Theater. It promises to be a fun evening filled with Humphrey Bogart, frosty lemon-lime drinks and, most of all, air-conditioning. But when the theater owner is found dead in his office, the classic movie date night turns into a murder investigation where the motives are plenty and the poison is suspiciously sweet.

8. Hyacinths and Homicide

After a busy day providing bouquets and pumpkins for a ten year high school reunion at the posh Chesterton Regency Hotel, Lacey Pinkerton is thrilled to have a nice romantic dinner with her boyfriend, Detective James Briggs. But when the reunion’s class bully is thrown from the hotel balcony, Briggs is called to duty. Lacey soon finds herself involved in a complicated murder investigation where the evidence points in every direction and the victim has more than his share of enemies.

9. Crocuses and Crime

The new year is off to a smooth start. Pink’s Flowers is doing well and Lacey is growing even closer to her wonderful boyfriend, Detective James Briggs. But when a local man is killed, one of Lacey’s dearest friends is implicated in the murder. Briggs has asked her to step away from the case but Lacey is determined to find the real killer. Will her meddling cause irreparable damage to their relationship? Lacey must risk everything, including her heart, to find the truth.

10. Sunflowers and Sabotage

Lacey “Pink” Pinkerton is in the middle of a bustling summer in Port Danby. Les and Elsie, her neighboring shop owners are up to their usual sibling rivalry antics. Lola’s parents make a rare stop in town, causing a rift between Lacey’s best friend, Lola, and her shop assistant, Ryder. In the midst of it all, Lacey is starkly reminded that her boyfriend, Detective James Briggs, has a dangerous job. And of course, summer in Port Danby wouldn’t be complete without a murder.

 

FIREFLY JUNCTION COZY

MYSTERY SERIES:

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1. Death in the Park

With her social life and writing career in tatters at the ripe old age of thirty-five, Sunni Taylor decides to pack up her things and join her sisters, Lana and Emily, in the small town of Firefly Junction. Hoping to open a bed and breakfast, Sunni sets herself the task of refurbishing the rundown Cider Ridge Inn, a two-hundred-year-old house with a sordid past.

2. Killer Bridal Party

Journalist Sunni Taylor is working hard on restoring the Cider Ridge Inn to its former glory so that she can open a bed and breakfast, but Edward Beckett, the resident ghost, is not exactly helpful. Still, Sunni has grown used to having the arrogant gentleman spirit hanging around.

3. Murder at the Inn

When the Applegate Paranormal Preservation Society visits Firefly Junction, Sunni Taylor finds herself tasked with writing an article about the group as well as hosting them for an evening at the Cider Ridge Inn.

4. A Humbug Holiday

It’s holiday time in Firefly Junction but not everything is sweet sugarplums and glittery tinsel.

5. Calamity at the Carnival

Spring is in the air. Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, Jackson’s kisses keep coming, and despite the occasional moodiness of her ghostly housemate, Sunni is looking forward to the season.

6. Double Trouble

Firefly Junction meets Port Danby as Lola and Lacey take a trip to the Cider Ridge Inn in Double Trouble.

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RELEASE DAY! Double Trouble by: London Lovett

Firefly Junctions meets Port Danby when Lacey and Lola take a trip to Cider Ridge Inn in Double Trouble!

See the source imageMy lovely friend  London Lovett has done it again! Today is the official release day of DOUBLE TROUBLE {book 6 in the Firefly Junction series} not only is this book absolutely fantastic but it has a awesome little twist…there is a Firefly Junction/Port Danby cross over, yes that’s right not only do you get a brand new dose of Sunni and her friend Raine and the Firefly junction gang but you also get a extra dose of Lacey and Lola!!

I always go back and forth about how in depth I want my book reviews to be, I don’t want to give anything away, but I want to make sure the review reader is interested!

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Should you read London Lovett books? YES!

Do you need to read the entire Firefly Junction series? YES! 

Will you love the characters? YES!

That pretty much sums it up!

Books in the Firefly Junction Series in order: series:
1. Death in the Park
2. Killer Bridal Party
3. Murder at the Inn
4. A Humbug Holiday
5. Calamity at the Carnival
6. Double Trouble

After you read this or any other London Lovett books please let me know what you think and don’t forget to leave reviews, its really helpful to the authors!

Read about the Port Danby Series HERE! More London Lovett book reviews to come!

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PORT DANBY COZY MYSTERY SERIES by London Lovett

Profile avatar for London LovettI LOVE to read, I average between 50-100 novels per year, so when my birthday came along {this past spring} it was no surprise that my husband got me a Barnes and Noble gift card…so did my kids…as well as my mom! I was excited to peruse my favorite category “Cozy Mysteries and Armature Sleuths” As I scrolled I came across some very lovely covers {yes I am drawn to covers of books first then I read the description, I’m sure I am not the only one}

One cover caught my eye and I was immediately interested in it because of the gorgeous cover, then I read the title “Marigolds and Murder” by London Lovett! Yes, it was absolutely perfect, I bought right than and there, I just knew I’d love it…like when you find the right wedding dress and it just clicks! {I got the ebook, sadly no one sells the paper back near me and I wanted to start reading it asap!}

It was Friday, my husband and kids were playing Fortnite so I knew I had some serious “me” time on my hands, which means reading! I read Marigolds and Murder in a little over one evening {its about 180 pages on my Surface Pro using the Nook app} I LOVED it! In my excitement of downloading it I didn’t even think to see if it was in a series…OMG it is…and at the time there were EIGHT more books in the series {book 10 came out on June 17th} I was ecstatic and bought the other eight books, plus everything else by the lovely London Lovett, which are Port Danby, Firefly Junction and Starfire series.

Books I purchased:

  • Books 1-9 in the Port Danby series {book 10 came out this June}
  • Books 1-4 in the Firefly Junction series {book 5 came out in early April}
  • Book 1 in the Starfire series {book 2 came out in early May}

I ended up purchasing all the books in ebook form but I love them so much I plan to get them all on paper back so I can always have one or two with me!

I went back and forth about how in depth I wanted to get about this series, I don’t want to give anything away so I decided make it a skim off the top summery of the entire series as a whole. I don’t ruin the awesomeness of this series and the characters, so here goes…

The Port Danby series takes place in the sweetest little costal town called Port Danby, where tourists visit and I want to live! Lacey Pinkerton or Pink to her friends, has recently moved to Port Danby and is starting a new life in a new place! She’s the proud owner of a flower shop, a crow that’s sure he’s not a bird and a sweet kitty, plus she has an unbelieve sense of smell! Port Danby is chalked full of people you are sure to love, from the hunky detective, to the dueling twins, the handsome neighbor, the quirky best friend and the diner that will undoubtedly make you crave Chili and Cornbread. If that wasn’t perfect enough my girl Pink finds herself in all kinds of sticky situations {although I’m confident she would refer to it more of a “right place at the right time” situation} and an unplanned partnership with the above mentioned hunky detective {Briggs}, make these books an absolute page turners. Oh and I can’t forget the mystery within the mystery…what really happened 100 years ago in that mansion on the hill?

I HIGHLY recommend all the books in the Port Danby series!

London Lovett has quickly become one of my favorite if not favorite authors!

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Guess what?!? Right now Marigolds and Murder {book one in the Port Danby series} is currently FREE on Barnes and Noble for Nook {I use the app}

I focused on the Port Danby series today but I plan to have a Firefly Junction post and a Starfire post in the next week or so!

PORT DANBY COZY MYSTERY SERIES

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Marigolds and Murder

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Carnations and Chaos

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Mistletoe and Mayhem

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Tulips and Trouble

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Peonies and Poison

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Hyacinths and Homicide

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Crocuses and Crime

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Sunflowers and Sabotage

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What I’m reading | October | Uninvited

Uninvited: Living Loved When you Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely

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Rarely is there a book, especially a “self-help” type book that I love from the moment I open it. Usually these kinds of books are very uncomfortable, very invasive, and VERY convicting. Don’t get me wrong Uninvited totally is all those things but the amazing author Lysa TerKeurst presents it in the most loving gentle way. I have laughed, cried and prayed throughout reading this book!

 Lysa TerKeurst is one of my authors, she has been for a while but Uninvited has spoken to me in a way that no other has. Many…ok pretty much all of the  personal struggles and experiences are exactly what I have struggled with and experienced. It almost seemed was if Lysa wrote this book for me and to help heal me from so very difficult things that honestly I had no idea how to deal with. It’s more that just struggles, Lysa shares how rejection has impacted her life, again something that I have gone through that has broken me…really. I love that Lysa invites the reader into her journey of healing, through love, friendship and funny personal anecdotes.

 Learning to Live Loved.  

I think it goes without saying…but…this book has been such a blessing for my heart and my healing. I know I am not the only one who easily feels rejected or left out in life, and often this pain can lasts for years. Uninvited helped remind me of who I am:

Fully and completely loved,

NO MATTER WHAT

I am a daughter of the King. 

I’m not who that guy says I am.
I’m not who that girl says I am.
I’m not who social media likes and comments say I am.
I’m not who the grades, to do lists, messes, and mess ups say I am.
I’m not who the scale says I am or the sum total of what my flaws and say I am.
I’m going to stop flirting with the unstable things of this world so I can fall completely in love with You.
I am loved.
I am held.
I am Yours.
I am forever Yours.

It’s time for you to heal.  

It’s time for you to Live Loved.  

Lysa and Uninvited can help you heal from that broken, alone, and unloved life, giving you the ability to start living the life that God designed for you.
I HIGHLY recommend this book to everyone….seriously! It’s so wonderful!
HUGE Thank you to Lysa for being so vulnerable, she blessed me more than I can ever put in to words! God has truly blessed her! ❤
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What I’m Loving | October| Beautiful Word Coloring Bible!

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With hundreds of inspiring verses illustrated in detailed, ready-to-color line art, the NIV Beautiful Word™ Coloring Bible employs the proven stress-relieving benefits of adult coloring to help quiet your soul so you can reflect on the precious truths of Scripture. Perfect for all ages, the thick white paper with lightly ruled lines in the extra-wide margins, provides ample space for your own artistic expressions and journaling.

The NIV Beautiful Word™ Coloring Bible is a perfect gift that will become a cherished keepsake full of personalized creative expressions of faith.

Bible Journaling has become more than hobby but a way of worship for so many, it is something that I personally have loved doing since I was a child. I so vividly remember someone at church gasping  when they saw me drawing and coloring pictures in the margins of my bible, I was told that I was being disrespectful to Gods Word, I didn’t feel that I was at all and my mom ensured me I wasn’t either so continued {at home}. As I’ve gotten older I have found less and less time to draw in my margins but I still try to every once in a while. Recently I received a email from Zondervan sharing all the up coming releases… I squealed with excitement! Eek! The Beautiful Word COLORING Bible! Guys this is tailor made for me…it may as well be called “Britni’s Coloring Bible”

My heart lept out of my chest from excitement when it arrived! It is a beautiful Bible, the illustrations are great and create a wonderful time of worship as well as encouraging your God given creativity!!

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 {Here is a blank margin I did}

Inside the Bible:

The pages are thicker than the average but they are still “bible” pages so still thinner than say that novel you’ve been reading. I would highly recommend colored pencils over watercolors, watercolor crayons and markers I feel like they would bleed through and possibly cause a big mess, but that is my opinion. If you are using watercolor make sure you put a blank sheet of paper under the page you are working on and allow it to fully drybible5

There are countless “coloring” pages…meaning the out line is already there you just color it the way you want, there are also TONS of blank margins giving you the opportunity to show your heart, feelings and faith! I love both aspects, where creativity is often times my middle name…the Lord has not blessed me with 5-6 more hours in the day making it very difficult to draw in the margins like I did as a child, they take time, so the pre drawn pages are perfect for times when I just want quite communion with God but maybe I only have 5-10 minutes. The blank margins are perfect for kiddo nap time, after they go to bed or that rare entire afternoon!

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I would recommend this Bible to any friend or family member from pre- teen to 100 {there are other wonderful options for younger children}. In fact I already got my mom a copy, it arrived yesterday! She has been loving the adult coloring books {ooh who hasn’t!} She is a true artist and is in love with this Bible! With a price tag of $30 or less this stunning Bible will not break the bank especially if you are like my family and on a budget!

Already have it? Do you love it?

via Zondervan: Features of this treasured Bible include:

  • Hundreds of verses illustrated in ready-to-color line art
  • Thicker white paper for enduring note-taking
  • Lined, wide margins for notes, reflections and art
  • Full text of the most read, most trusted modern-English Bible – the New International Version (NIV)
  • Easy-to-read black letter text in single-column format
  • Lays flat in your hand or on your desk
  • Ribbon marker

If you are looking for another translation the Beautiful Word Bible {non coloring version} comes in other translations including KJV and Large Print which can be found at Zondervan

**Q&A: After posting I started receiving emails about where the colored pencils are from {in the top photo} They were from TJMaxx but I have seen them in Ross too.

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What I’m Loving | August | Minecrafters Bible

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From the back cover “Do you ever feel like it’s more fun to exist in the computer world than the real one? Is that the only place you can control your destiny? Well, God is the original great world builder, and he gave us the power and the skills we need to make changes in the real world. The Minecrafter’s Bible, NIrV contains the full text of the New International Reader’s Version (NIrV) of the Bible (from Genesis to Revelation) as well as 24 color tip-in pages featuring full-color illustrations in the style of wildly popular virtual-world-building games. Featured stories include the days of creation and great builds of the Bible.”

First off no, this isn’t an instruction book of how to play mc4Minecraft {I recommend grabbing the set they have a Costco for that!}

Is your house like mine and at any given moment someone is playing or talking about Minecraft? When I heard that there was going to be a Minecraft Bible I was stoked to get it for my kiddos! I think this Bible is such a fun idea, the idea of combining  faith, creation, Jesus and Minecraft is genius! My kids all genuinely love reading there Bibles and studying God’s word but this Bible has added a fun spin of one of their favorite games.

The color illustrations {understand that they are not fully licensed Minecraft images they are “like” minecraft!} are placed in chronological order, but not next to the story they portray.

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Each of the 24 color pages feature Minecraft as the Characters of Bible stories, including:

  • How To Use The Bible
  • Creation
  • Noah’s Ark
  • Tower of Babel
  • Ten Commandments
  • Building of the Tabernacle
  • Walls of Jericho
  • Samson’s Strength
  • David and Goliath

and so many more

Each picture also has verses and Scripture summaries printed on the picture as well.

I would have liked to see more “minecraft” pages , don’t get me wrong we LOVE the 24 included it would just be fun to have more. Also I would have LOVED to see this Bible in a NIV version or ESV as well!

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This Bible would be great as a gift for the Minecraft gamer in your life! I would recommend this book ALL ages {I have seen many say this is “only for ages 4-10” my question is why? We all play Minecraft in our house, we all loved the illustrations} Mine crafters Bible…what a perfect conversation starter 🙂

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What I’m Reading | July | With My Eyes Wide Open

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If the name Brian “Head” Welch sounds familiar to you it’s probably because he is the guitarist from Korn! During my high school days I was a big fan of Korn. Brian “Head” Welch always stood out to me because of his awesomely funky hair. I remember shortly after my oldest son was born {in 2005} hearing that Brian had left Korn because he wanted to focus more on being a father to his beautiful daughter, and I was thrilled to hear he had become a Christian as well!

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‘With My Eyes Wide Open’ is such a heart wrenching, beautiful, emotional book that basically takes you through Brian’s entire life following his salvation. As I mentioned he left Korn to take care of his daughter Jennae so the book focuses a lot on Brian and Jennae and the things that they went through, the ups and downs of each of their lives together and separately. It is so beautiful how God revealed his power by guiding them through all the things that they went through so faithful even when it was really painful…and it was.

20140723-REDMF-54I absolutely love how honest Brian was, he loves his daughter so much and it so very clear that he is wholeheartedly committed to Jesus. I also love the very end of the book where both he and Jennae wrote a letter to the reader. Both letters are so touching and heartfelt.

From the first chapter you just know so many lives are going to be changed through this book and his testimonies. Because of his willingness to be so opened and real the book really gives so many the opportunity to identify with the things that he and his daughter have gone through. Brian is a HUGE encouragement from meth junkie, getting drugs in the mail, getting high before he took his daughter to school to amazing follow of Jesus! Then God used him to save his beloved daughter!

This would be an excellent book for anyone in your life especially those who are Korn fans Christian or not. It’s so incredibly well written yet extremely easy to read!

Please take a moment and watch Brian’s I am second video you will be touched and moved by…it will make you cry its amazing!


I also love that the book has pages full of photos of both Brian and Jennae over the years AND on the back of the book has tons of praise from Nikki Sixx {Motley Crue}  Eric Metals, Alice Cooper, Scott Hamilton, David Ellefson {Megadeath} and Corey Taylor {Slipknot}

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