Saturday, September 30, 2023

Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway: Reading, Writing, and Murder (Chocolate Martini Sisters Mystery, #2) by Joyce Proell & Brenda Whiteside


Reading, Writing, and Murder
Chocolate Martini Sisters Mystery
Brenda Whiteside and Joyce Proell

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting - Wyatt, Arizona (fictitious setting)
Independently Published
Publication Date: September 19, 2023
Print length: 273 pages
Digital ASIN: B0C4G6GZLN



At the writers’ conference, murder tops the program. 

Aspiring mystery author Emma Banefield and travel writer Nicole Earp are excited to attend a writers’ conference during their latest sisters’ getaway. Nic’s birthday should be all about relaxation, writing, and a chocolate martini to toast another trip around the sun, but the climate at the gathering rumbles like a sudden desert thunderstorm. When sparks fly between the keynote speaker and her timid assistant over a handsome mystery author, the subtitle on this anticipated tranquil weekend spells drama. If a heated love triangle, bruised egos, and betrayal aren’t enough to upset the atmosphere, the conference banquet erupts into a drunken brawl and sends the place spinning. After a body is discovered, Nic and Em do what they do best—snoop—and become embroiled in a mystery that jumps off the pages of a true-crime bestseller. With more than enough suspects and little time, the amateur sleuths have their hands full finding the killer. But can the competitive Chocolate Martini Sisters solve the crime before the prickly chief detective does, or will a murderer outwit them all?



5 stars!

They're BACK! It's time for another delightful Chocolate Martini Sisters Mystery! 

Reading, Writing, and Murder is the second book in authors Joyce Proell and Brenda Whiteside's cozy series, the Chocolate Martini Sisters Mysteries. If I hadn't already been a fan of the sisters, I would have been hooked by this latest adventure. With the two engaging sister sleuths, unequivocally mean antagonists, and an intriguing plot, this light, quick mystery is the perfect reading vacation. 

Nic and Emma are a great duo besides being sisters, and I love their tradition of semi-annual sisters' weekends away from their day-to-day to celebrate each other's birthdays at the Dulce Inn. With three sisters of my own, this idea is so appealing. I liked that these two mature women are both pursuing their creative sides. Hence, their attendance at the writing conference was a natural element and a setting that offered many possibilities for drama. SO. MUCH. DRAMA. 

The mystery is well-paced, and several red herrings arise from the circumstances and the sisters' amateur sleuthing. Twists and turns in the plot kept me guessing and turning pages, compelled to see how the story would eventually resolve. Although this is the second in the series, it comfortably reads as a standalone. However, please do yourself a solid and read book one, Candy, Cigarettes, and Murder, another 5-star read, in my opinion. 

I recommend READING, WRITING, AND MURDER to cozy mystery readers, especially fans of the previous book in the CHOCOLATE SISTERS MYSTERY series.


Joyce Proell is the award-winning author of Amaryllis, Eliza and the Cady Delafield mysteries: A Deadly Truth, A Burning Truth and A Wicked Truth. Along with her husband and little dog, Nellie, she lives in Minnesota in her very own little house on the prairie. She loves to hear from readers.

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Brenda Whiteside is the award-winning author of romantic suspense, romance, and cozy mystery. After living in six states and two countries—so far—she and her husband have settled in Central Arizona. They admit to being gypsies at heart and won't discount the possibility of another move. They share their home with a rescue dog named Amigo. While FDW fishes, Brenda writes. Join her Newsletter Group here.

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