Friday, March 10, 2023

Lemon Curd Killer by Laura Childs – Blog Tour & Spotlight

Cozy mystery author Laura Childs is back with another mouth-watering book in the Tea Shop Cozy Mystery series!

Her newest book, Lemon Curd Killer is the 25th – yes, you read right 25th – book in the series. I’d always wanted to read Childs’ books. Surprisingly, my first book for her was the 20th book in this series!

My first post featuring Laura Childs was an exclusive interview for her 20th book in this series, which is Broken Bone China. My first read was Lavender Blue Murder (Book 21) and then Egg Shooters, book 9 in The Cackleberry Club Mystery Series.

This post includes a spotlight for Lemon Curd Killer. I've updated the post by removing the giveaway that ended shortly after the blog tour ended. I'll be publishing a separate post with my review at a later time. 

Lemon Curd Killer book spotlight blog banner

Book Synopsis

High tea and high fashion turn deadly in this latest installment of the New York Times bestselling series.

Tea shop entrepreneur Theodosia Browning has been tapped to host a fancy Limón Tea in a genuine lemon orchard as a rousing kickoff to Charleston Fashion Week. But as fairy lights twinkle and the scent of lemon wafts among the tea tables, the deadly murder of a fashion designer puts the squeeze on things.

As the lemon curd begins to sour, the murdered woman’s daughter begs Theodosia to help find the killer. Tea events and fashion shows must go on, however, which puts Theodosia and her tea sommelier, Drayton Conneley, right in the thick of squabbling business partners, crazed clothing designers, irate film producers, drug deals, and a disastrous Tea Trolley Tour.

About the book

Book: Lemon Curd Killer

(Book 25 in The Tea Shop Cozy Mystery Series)

Author: Laura Childs

Publisher: Berkley

Publication date: 7 March 2023

Number of pages: 320 pages

ISBN-10: 0593200926

ISBN-13: ‎978-0593200926

Digital ASIN: B0B3HQFB3N


About the Author:

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop MysteriesScrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fundraising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.

The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.


The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

Connect with Laura Childs via her Website and Facebook.




Thursday, March 2, 2023

Bakeries and Buffoonery by Elizabeth Pantley – Guest Post & Blog Tour

blog banner with the book cover of Bakeries and Buffoonery by Elizabeth Pantley and the title of her guest post

Today, I’m excited to feature author Elizabeth Pantley once more on the Nadaness In Motion book blog.

Last year, I finally got the chance to read one of her paranormal cozy mystery books. Vampires and Villains is the 2nd book in the Magical Mystery Book Club series. Last year’s post included an exclusive interview with Pantley.  

Today, I’m spotlighting her 4th and newest book in the series, Bakeries and Buffoonery along with an exclusive guest post. This post is part of a blog tour organized by Escape with Dolly Cas.


Book blurb

It’s a magical book club! When this group chooses a book, magic happens. The mystery comes to life, and they find themselves part of the story. To exit the book and get back home, they need to solve the mystery and reach The End.

This time, the club chooses a book called The Great Cake Rivalry, because, well … cake! They read the back cover and it’s unanimous. So off they go into another grand adventure into a town aptly named Frosting.

Frosting is a rural town in an idyllic setting. The people live quiet lives most of the year. But in the spring, things change. The Annual Cake Competition becomes the focus of every man, woman, and child.

They take this competition seriously. The cakes are spectacular. The festival is fabulous. For a week there are contests featuring all kinds of cakes. The people of the community become official tasters and vote for the winning cakes in each category.

The grand finale is a display of finely decorated cakes, made by the town’s bakeries. The winner of the best design receives a prize package that would make any baker dizzy.

Sadly, this event has been tainted. Once a year, each one different, but all somehow related to this event, a person is murdered. The main investigator is stumped, but that could be because he’s an inept buffoon.

Can the book club help the people of this community figure out who is causing this disturbing pattern of deaths, and stop another murder from happening?

Can they figure out why some of the citizens dress so oddly, and why they always wear those unique backpacks? All while they fill themselves to the brim with cake, of course.



Guest Post by Elizabeth Pantley

How I Choose the Settings for My Books

Author of the Magical Mystery Book Club series


In the Magical Mystery Book Club series, the group gets to travel into mystery books and live the entire experience first-hand. They find the dead body (yeah, some of the members don’t like that part!), they figure out the suspects, and they solve the mystery.

Since the club can travel into any book from their cozy mystery library, there are thousands of choices where I can place the setting of these adventures! That’s where my fun begins. They travel to small towns, take voyages on cruise ships, and even go back in time! With all those options, how do I pick the setting? Lots of different aspects lead to the decision.

What comes first, the chicken or the egg?

There are times when a story pops into my head – but it could happen anywhere. I’ll sometimes outline the victim, the murder, and the suspects first, and then decide where in the world they will be.  There are times when the plot drives the setting, and others when the setting drives the plot.

Book cover for Bakeries and Buffoonery by Elizabeth Pantley

Choosing where to place the story.

I always want to have a small, contained environment. Big city murders don’t blend well with my cozies. But there are lots of possibilities for locations!

From small towns filled with local charm to cruise ships sailing around Hawaii, I like to place my mysteries in locales where the suspects, villains, and red-herrings can happen naturally among the small population.

Weather, Terrain, and Events Lend Themselves to Locations

Some stores lend themselves to small mid-western towns, and others lead me back in time to days long ago. Once the characters show themselves, I’m able to build a world that suits their needs.

Bakeries and Buffoonery takes place in a charming Hallmark-Channel-worthy small town where everybody knows everybody, and no secret goes untold. It’s a fun place to track down a murderer!

About the Author

Elizabeth Pantley is the internationally bestselling author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution and 12 other books for parents, published in over twenty languages.

She simultaneously writes the well-loved Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic book series and the new Magical Mystery Book Club series.

Elizabeth lives in the Pacific Northwest, the gorgeous inspiration for the setting in many of her books.

Connect with Elizabeth Pantley via her Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and BookBub. You can also sign up to Pantley’s newsletter.


Keep up with the rest of the blog tour

20 February - #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee - Spotlight

21 February - Baroness Book Trove - Spotlight

22 February - I’m Into Books - Character Guest Post

23 February - MJB Reviewers - Spotlight

24 February - Maureen’s Musings – Spotlight

25 February - Ruff Drafts – Author Interview

26 February - Cozy Up with Kathy – Book Review & Character Guest Post

27 February - Elza Reads – Book Review & Author Guest Post

28 February - Rosepoint Publishing – Book Review

1 March - Christy’s Cozy Corners – Character Guest Post

2 March - Angel’s Guilty Pleasures – Spotlight & Nadaness In Motion – Author Guest Post (Book Review to come later)

3 March - Celticlady’s Reviews – Spotlight

4 March - Guatemala Paula Loves to Read – Book Review & Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book – Author Guest Post

5 March - Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – Spotlight