Day: March 28, 2018

Book Review: Lord of the Pies by Nell Hampton

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4.5 stars! When I read the first book in the Kensington Palace Chef mystery series, I was immediately hooked by author Nell Hampton‘s style and characters. In this second book, Lord of the Pies, I’ve found another fantastic winner. American transplant Carrie Ann Cole is chef for the Duke and Duchess of York in Kensington Palace. Everything points to them being Will and Kate, but you’re never 100% certain. It’s really not important who they are as much as the fact that readers know it’s English royalty.

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Carrie Ann runs one of the 4 separate palace kitchens and finds herself often in competition both in and out of the kitchen with her colleagues. In this caper, someone spying on her is found dead after apparently eating one of her pies. When she’s tossed into a televised competition for charity purposes, another mishap occurs leading to someone’s eventual death down the line. Carrie’s just trying to keep her job, but someone seems to want her gone from the palace. Luckily, the sexy chief of security and the hunky head of gardening protect her in the background as she tries to decide which ones she really wants. Unfortunately one has a serious girlfriend, but something’s about to change there soon. Throw in some affairs, rogue reporters and crazy colleagues looking to get ahead in the game, Hampton’s got another fine story for us to devour.

The two dicey concerns… I absolutely need to make a pie right now as there were too many references throughout the book. (I’ll get you for that, Hampton!) The other — the ending was too quick. The story was driving closely to reaching 5 stars because it was just so intricate and well-paced, but then there was a rush in the last 20 pages to push through finding the culprit(s) and backstory. It was good, but it could have been a bit more evenly covered, as well as a total wrap-up on what happened with a character who seemed in the midst of things and then disappeared. That said, I adore the main character. She may be in my top 5 of cozy sleuths. The background and setting are well-developed and I like the intrigue behind her boss and the royalty she rarely interacts with… you know one day they will beg Carrie Ann to help them solve a crime for someone close. And I can’t wait to read about it… many thanks to the publisher, Crooked Lane, for sending me a copy of this book, as they know I love my cozy mysteries!

 

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

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AWARD: One Lovely Blog

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I was nominated by 5 wonderful bloggers for the One Lovely Blog Award several months ago, but I’m just coming up for air to address a few missed posts in the past… All of these women are truly inspirational and remarkable… you must visit their sites as there is something new and fun every single day. From book reviews to blog tours, learning to laughing, and all the way to recipes, you’re bound to spend hours getting lost in their amazing forums.

Read Rant Rock and Roll

The Cozy Pages

Valerie’s Musings

Two Gals and a Book

Invisible-no-more

Thank you for the nomination!

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RULES:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Share 7 facts about yourself
  3. Nominate 15 bloggers and inform them of the nomination

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SEVEN FACTS ABOUT  ME:

1. I’m making mini-coconut and chocolate cakes for Easter.

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2. I rarely go to the movie theater. I prefer to wait for them to come out on one of the digital apps / television subscriptions I have.

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3. I am starting up 3 new segments on the blog in April. I can’t wait to launch each post.

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4. My favorite season is autumn and I can’t wait for it to come back.

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5. I’ve been back to eating healthy after the doctor yelled at me said my cholesterol is too high. I want cheese again!!!

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6. I’m going to England and Italy for 3 weeks in May.

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7. My second novel, Father Figure, will be released in early May, 2018.

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MY NOMINEES:

  1. Rugby843
  2. Carlalovestoread
  3. Thebookwormdrinketh
  4. Malia @ Princessandpen
  5. mnbernardbooks
  6. writercammieadams
  7. watchingthedaisies
  8. bookloverblogs.com
  9. wakinguponthewrongsideof50
  10. createspaceweb
  11. bvitelli2002
  12. carrierubin
  13. countdownto95
  14. theorangutanlibrarian
  15. bewareofthereader

 

Happy reading and tagging!

Jay

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About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

TAG: This or That in Reading

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I was tagged by Kristin @ A Simply Enchanted Life. Please check our her beautiful blog. The original creator of the tag is ayundabhuwana’s blog. Check out her amazing blog as well.

And now for the questions!

Reading in bed or on the couch? Both. I read in bed most nights from about 10 until 11, but if I am done early enough before my partner gets home, I’ll read on the couch for 30 to 45 minutes. I prefer bed only because it’s more comfortable.

Male main character or female main character? No preference. It all depends on the plot and setting.

Trilogies or quartets? I can’t think of a quartet I’ve read, so I’ll go with trilogies.

First person POV or third person POV? My first two novels are written in third person, but my next one will be in first person. For reading, I tend to like third person only because then I can understand things from multiple character perspectives more easily.

Sweet snacks or salty snacks? Sweet. I have a really bad sweet tooth that has to be managed with revenge, coaxing, moderation, and anxiety. Oh, and working out, too.

Reading at day or night? I prefer daytime reading only because if I am too tired at night, I don’t pick up the entire story as easily as if I’m refreshed.

Libraries or bookstores? I don’t go to either very often anymore as I get most of my books directly from publishers, giveaways, or authors. But I do like stopping in a bookstore once a month to check out the shelves and see what’s being highlighted. I love visiting libraries and should really invest more time in them. I do live in NYC…

Books that make you laugh or cry? I like to laugh, but I’m more invested when I cry.

Black books covers or white book covers? Black. I like darker elements in books.

Character driven or plot driven? Plot all the way. I can suffer through a semi-bad character if the plot is engaging. But there are very few books whose characters alone can pull off a committed read when the plot is awful or boring.

Thanks for reading this tag! Now for the nominees — I tag the following five bloggers:

  1. Create Space
  2. Viola Bleu
  3. Countdown to 95
  4. The G Sandwich
  5. Invisible-no-more

Happy reading and tagging!

Jay

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About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.