Two Books Published by Kensington Books That Were Released Today and Were Fantastic


I want to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review and all views and opinions expressed are my own. I appreciate this opportunity.

Title: Better Dead (A B & B Spirits Mystery #1)

Author: Pamela Kopfler

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As the owner of a charming Louisiana bed and breakfast, Holly Davis believes in Southern hospitality–but she draws the line at welcoming the ghost of her cheating husband . . .

Burl Davis checked out of this life a little earlier than expected–before Holly could serve him with divorce papers over his extramarital flings. Unfortunately, it was not before he nearly bankrupted her beloved B&B, Holly Grove, a converted plantation that has been in her family for generations. Holly would never wish anyone dead, but three months later she’s feeling a lot more relief than grief.
Until Burl’s ghost appears as an unwelcome guest. Before his spirit can move on, her not-so-dearly departed needs Holly’s human help to bust up the drug smuggling ring he was involved with. She has reservations, to say the least, but agrees to assist him if he’ll make a show of haunting the B&B to draw in visitors. But when Holly’s former love, Jack McCann, mysteriously resurfaces in town and checks in, she has to wonder if her B&B is big enough for the ghost of her husband and the very real physical presence of her old flame . . .

I give this book 5 out of 5 Fun-tastic Stars! Like most books I have read that have been published by Kensington Books this one was just awesome! I am so excited to see this author’s future works and just loved how fun and well written this book was. The author first pulled me into this book by the sweet and charming setting of a plantation B & B in Louisiana. There was even parts that described the different uses of different rooms and parts of the family owned plantation. The fictional history was fun and enticing. The plot of this story was solid and flowed perfectly together. I loved the characterisation in this book. Holly was a hot mess at times but so funny and relatable.

Her relationship and interactions with Burl were absolutely hilarious.

Even though he was a ghost it felt like a realistic relationship. Jake and Holly’s romance was sweet. I know the blurb says Jack but his name was Jake. That’s the only error and that was in the blurb so I don’t think that counts!😉 Nelda was my favorite! She was Laugh Out Loud hilarious. Her personality was original and just made Holly Grove that much better! Her reactions to Burl was just too funny!

The book focused more on the mystery of the story and the paranormal aspects.

This story surprised me when it kind of turned into a whodunit mystery and I just love a good whodunit. I mean a whodunit on a plantation and some supernatural fun involved! Heck yes!

Overall I couldn’t recommend this book enough if you’re looking for something fun or a nice cozy to cuddle up with this is the book for you. Better Dead had everything I was looking for plus more and can’t wait to find out what happens next!!!😄

Title: Escape Claws (A Cat Lady Mystery #1)

Author: Linda Reilly

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Here, killer, killer, killer . . .

For the first time in sixteen years, Lara Caphart has returned to her hometown of Whisker Jog, New Hampshire. She wants to reconnect with her estranged Aunt Fran, who’s having some difficulty looking after herself—and her eleven cats. Taking care of a clowder of kitties is easy, but keeping Fran from being harassed by local bully Theo Barnes is hard. The wealthy builder has his sights set on Fran’s property, and is determined to make her an offer she doesn’t dare refuse.

Then Lara spots a blue-eyed ragdoll cat that she swears is the reincarnation of her beloved Blue, her childhood pet. Pursuing the feline to the edge of Fran’s yard, she stumbles upon the body of Theo Barnes, clearly a victim of foul play. To get her and Fran off the suspect list, Lara finds herself following the cat’s clues in search of a killer. Is Blue’s ghost really trying to help her solve a murder, or has Lara inhaled too much catnip?

I give this book 5 out of 5 Purrrrfect Stars!!! I just adored this book!😄 The author did such a great job fullfilling my “crazy cat lady” needs!

Well I love all animals but have 5 cats 1 dog and 2 turtles so reading this book was blissful! Since I have rescued and foster animals this book really pulled at the strings of my heart.

This wasn’t your typical cozy mystery that has the sweet romance subplot while we figure out who killed the victim. This boon more focused on family, finding yourself and the love of the feline friends.

I really enjoyed Lara and Aunt Fran’s characterisation. I loved there genuine good souls and their love for animals.

I could relate to Lara in a sense and felt she was a good choice for a main character. I also really enjoyed that there was a bit of supernatural aspects thrown in the story.

The cats’ different personalities were great and I know from experience that cats and other animals do have their own personalities. If you are a feline lover or looking for a nice cozy I highly recommend this book and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next Cat Lady Mystery series!

I hope everyone had a joyous holiday and their Christmas was filled with joy!😄🎄🎁🤗 I was sick yesterday but gobbled up these two cozies and it made my day much better!!! I hope everyone is enjoying their week and Happy Reading lovelies!😄📚💖🎊🎁❄☃🕎

48 Comments on “Two Books Published by Kensington Books That Were Released Today and Were Fantastic

  1. Both of them sound really good! And they’re so different with ghost and act sub plot, haha 😀 I guess they’re going to my TBR because of course, I loved your review ❤

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  2. I hope you are feeling better today, but I’m glad you at least got to read these two cozies (love that word) and they made your day better. As usual both reviews were awesome reads. I especially enjoyed the Better Dead review. I just really like the premise for that novel and the gifs you provided were just too funny 😂😂😂 Absolutely LOVED this post. 😍😍

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  3. Hope you’re feeling better now Dani! Great reviews on both of the books. Better Dead was definitely my favorite of the two but enjoyed both. 🙂

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  4. Cozy books are not for me, but if they made you feel better, then that’s great. The kitten and the chicks was great!
    Our grandson got a tiny kitten for Christmas, and we played with it on the 25th.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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    • Awww that’s awesome Pete!😍 I think that’s a great gift! 🎁 I am sure he was excited!😊 They did make me feel better!😊 I haven’t been doing too well so was nice to have something cozy! I can understand why they aren’t your thing though they don’t have that crazy suspense and intensity. I always try to add different GIFs and random things on my reviews so if someone isn’t into that kind of post they have a funny or cute pic to look at or whatnot. I loved the picture with the chicks too!!! I saw it and was like OMGAWD!!! That’s so cute! Now I am rambling on but sending you much LOVE Pete because you are the bee’s knees!😊

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  5. Both books sound absolutely lovely, Dani! I love humor and paranormal so the first one is a definite check on both categories and the second one has cats! I mean, what more could a person want? Fulfillment for my catlady needs indeed 😂😂
    Hope you’re doing much better, hon ❤ Happy holidays!!

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  6. Hey Dani, just read the comments. Are you okay girl? Great review. I don’t generally read cozy mysteries but I have to check the books out. Your reviews were that good. Supperb

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  7. Dani, thank you for the lovely review of Escape Claws! Better Dead is at the top of my pile right now. I can’t wait to start reading it ~

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