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!

So….hehe

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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Pumpkin Nice and Everything Nice Coloring Book for Adults!

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Do you love to color? Is fall your favorite season? Do you love being encouraged by Gods Word? Then Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice coloring book is for YOU!

Taking time every day for yourself can work wonders for your mood (especially moms!) and let me tell you this books will definitely boost your mood!

Since I was a child I’ve LOVED to color! I had coloring books by the dozens and every single one was colored in from front to back! So when adult coloring books started hitting the market I was thrilled, but this one is different…the Word of God fills it, hence the name “Coloring Faith”

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice coloring book is filled with gorgeous fall scenes and sayings as well a bible verses!

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I’ve been coloring in it when I get a chance over the last few weeks and I have to say it definitely improves my mama mood and helps me relax! As it’s getting colder it’s fun to color in it with a hot cup of tea by type fire when the kids are snug in their beds, it’s SO peaceful!

I’ve seen a few others review this for children and while of course a child could color and love this, it is targeted towards adults.

*I received a complimentary copy from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Happily Homemade

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I love cookbooks, probably because one of my all time favorite things to do is cook! I was taught to cook at a very young age and have taught my own children to cook!

Other than trying new recipes one of my favorite things about cook books are the yummy illustrations! There just something about seeing a beautifully photographed recipe! I hope I’m not the only one that feels this way!

When it comes to great recipes and beautiful photographs Happily Homemade does not disappoint at all! This cook book contains 100 deliciously mouth watering recipes for you and your family to enjoy!

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Happily Homemade is broken down in sections:

  • Meet the author, Rachel Schultz
  • Kitchen Tips and Charts
  • Menu Ideas
  • Breakfast
  • Snacks and Appetizers
  • Entrees
  • Sides, Sauces and Seasonings
  • Desserts

So far none of the recipes we have tried have disappointed! Each recipe feeds 3-4 people which is no big deal…I’m the youngest of nine kids…I’m very familiar with doubling and tripling recipes!

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The breakfast croissant sandwich (pg 34) is one of our faves and you can’t go wrong with the banana cake (pg 210)
If you are looking for a new cookbook that is easy to use and has good recipes, then this is the cookbook for you!

Amazon: Cook up some love in your kitchen.

Does the question “What’s for dinner?” fill you with dread? Is the thought of looking for something to cook every day overwhelming? Popular food blogger and Pinterest celebrity Rachel Schultz has you covered in Happily Homemade, with 100 tasty recipes even a beginner can serve with pride.

Reinvigorating familiar dishes with interesting and unexpected flavor combinations, Rachel shares her go-to creations that always get rave reviews. Even with so much variety, Rachel’s approachable recipes include only ingredients you can find at your local grocery store. This gorgeous cookbook includes a photo of every recipe, plus essays and tips from Rachel (and her friends) on hospitality and making life easier in the kitchen.

Happily Homemade is all about celebrating food and joyfully loving others through cooking. Let Rachel show you how easy it can be to bring warmth and delight to everyone at your table by serving something happily homemade.

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Jesus Calling: Creative Coloring and Hand Lettering!

unnamed-16I absolutely love Jesus Calling: Creative Coloring and Hand Lettering! As a child my favorite thing to do was color, I had a foot trunk full of coloring books, crayons and colored pencils! So when I was given the opportunity to get my hands on this coloring book I was thrilled! Each page is heavy stock paper and there are more than 100 illustrations to enjoy!

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I have loved this book so much especially on days when I’m feeling overwhelmed or disheartened, in a world where it seems like the news is full of heartache, sorrow and horror, I have been taking the time to sit in His presence and it has definitely made coloring a worship tool for me, couple that with beautiful illustrations and I have a lovely time of just God and me. It has help focus on the light rather than the dark that surrounds our world.

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I truly believe that you will love Jesus Calling just as much as I do, in fact it may just be what you are looking for or needing in your life! I’m so bless that I was given the opportunity to review this coloring book for you my friends. This would make a wonderful gift for any believer in your life, especially someone who may struggle with anxiety.

Amazon: Experience Peace in the Presenceof the Savior Who Is Always with You
​Relax and reflect on Scripture and quotes from #1 bestselling Jesus Calling® while coloring intricate illustrations and hand-lettering selected passages to remind you of God’s love. This one-of-a-kind adult coloring book features coloring pages as well as a simple hand-lettering tutorial and templates so you can participate in the hand-lettering trend.
Special features:

  • More than 100 intricate, beautiful illustrations
  • Perforated pages on heavy stock
  • Unique addition of hand-lettering template pages
  • Foil-embellished cover

Experience a deeper relationship with Jesus as you focus on His words of hope, guidance, and peace.

ISBN-13: 978-0718091262
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Courage to Soar {Book Review}

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We all watched as Simone Biles dazzled us in Rio this summer. With her adorable spunky personality how could you not love her! Actually because of her and my daughter {age six} fell in love with gymnastics and started in September after the Rio Olympics. Seeing Simone’s determination helped my daughter work hard and always try new things, and in less than two months she was advanced to pre-competitive team!! I know that my daughter is not the only one 🙂

Back to this summer, as you watched Simone did you ever wonder how she got there? Did you ever wonder when you would hear the little news blurbs talk about how she was adopted or how it’s been a hard road? I know I did so when I was given the opportunity to get my hands on her book Courage to Soar I absolutely jumped at the opportunity (my daughter was just as excited as I was.)
In the book the Courage to Soar Simone shares about her very early life, early memories and the trials that this little tiny girl and her siblings went through…have a few tissues on hand. It’s not just about her early life but her life from then up until, well now! My daughter LOVED the section of the book that was full of pictures of Simone from little girl to now!

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Courage to Soar is all about encouragement and that is exactly what it does! I love that it shows how Simone went from a very difficult beginning to being the star that we all saw at the 2016 Rio Olympic games.

It’s such a wonderful book. I highly recommend this book to everyone, especially those of you like us who adore Simone. If you have gymnast this is a book that she will absolutely love.

If you do have a gymnast who loves Simone I recommend check out her signature leotards at GK Elite!

*Although BookLook Bloggers did send me this book I was not compensated  for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own.

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