The office reeked of nutmeg. It tickled my nose, filled my mouth, forcing its way down my throat. Funny thing about nutmeg. A dash can spice up cocoa; too much can make you sick. Determined to ignore it, I focused on the real estate listings in front of me. Yet the smell wouldn't leave. I closed my eyes, trying to block this pain-in-the-neck, useless sixth sense, but it did no good. To me, Odessa Jones, nutmeg means death. [Opening of A Glimmer of Death]
"Dessa, this is serious business. If you think your dead boss was running some kind of a scam that resulted in his murder, you need to tell the authorities.""I will," I said in the most earnest voice I could manage. This wasn't the time to share my reservations about the good will of the police. [an excerpt at 56% of A Glimmer of Death]
Award-winning author Valerie Wilson Wesley launches a thrilling new mystery series set in New Jersey, featuring a multicultural cast, and starring a caterer-turned-realtor with the gift of second sight...
In the first of a thrilling new series, one woman's extraordinary psychic gift plunges her already-troubled present into chaos--and puts her future in someone's deadly sights...
Until now, Odessa Jones' inherited ability to read emotions and foretell danger has protected her. But second sight didn't warn her she would soon be a widow--and about to lose her home and the catering business she's worked so hard to build. The only things keeping Dessa going are her love for baking and her sometimes-mellow cat, Juniper. Unfortunately, putting her life back together means taking a gig at an all-kinds-of-shady real estate firm run by volatile owner Charlie Risko...
Until Charlie is brutally killed--and Dessa's bullied co-worker is arrested for murder. Dessa can't be sure who's guilty. But it doesn't take a psychic to discover that everyone from Charlie's much-abused staff to his long-suffering younger wife had multiple reasons to want him dead. And as Dessa follows a trail of lies through blackmail, dead-end clues, and corruption, she needs to see the truth fast--or a killer will bury her deep down with it. [Goodreads Summary]
My thoughts: Paranormal cozy mysteries are tied with historical cozies as my favorite type of cozy mysteries. I love that added touch of magic or psychic abilities. Dessa is still trying to understand her own psychic gift, not quite trusting it. She's such a great character, insightful and smart. I agree with Lennox that she has a big heart, but she is also the kind of woman who can take of herself. She's the kind of person I would like to be able to call friend--and not just because she makes such delicious sounding treats.
There were several times throughout the novel that I wished she would just walk away from the real estate agency. Talk about a toxic work environment! Charlie really was the boss from hell. Everyone had a motive for wanting that man dead, and even I was not sure who was behind it, suspecting just about everyone at one point or another. The mystery goes deeper than just the murder a cruel boss though, and I liked that added darker layer.
Besides Dessa, I enjoyed spending time with Aunt Phoenix and Lennox. And who can resist a cat companion like Juniper? I hope I get to spend more time with these characters (and maybe meet more of Dessa's family) in future books in the series, and get to know them all a bit better. I look forward to reading more by Valerie Wilson Wesley, both her future books as well as her backlist.
Challenges Met: Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge & Winter COYER
Have you read A Glimmer of Death? Does it sound like something you would like?
A powerful thriller about the explosive intersection of love, race, and justice from a writer and producer of the Emmy winning Fox TV show Empire.
When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules--a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about growing up black in the lone star state, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home.
When his allegiance to his roots puts his job in jeopardy, he travels up Highway 59 to the small town of Lark, where two murders--a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman--have stirred up a hornet's nest of resentment. Darren must solve the crimes--and save himself in the process--before Lark's long-simmering racial fault lines erupt.
A rural noir suffused with the unique music, color, and nuance of East Texas, Bluebird, Bluebird is an exhilarating, timely novel about the collision of race and justice in America. [Goodreads Summary]
Recent MBA grad Bronwyn Crewse has just taken over her family's ice cream shop in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and she's going back to basics. Wyn is renovating Crewse Creamery to restore its former glory, and filling the menu with delicious, homemade ice cream flavors—many from her grandmother’s original recipes. But unexpected construction delays mean she misses the summer season, and the shop has a literal cold opening: the day she opens her doors an early first snow descends on the village and keeps the customers away.
To make matters worse, that evening, Wyn finds a body in the snow, and it turns out the dead man was a grifter with an old feud with the Crewse family. Soon, Wyn’s father is implicated in his death. It's not easy to juggle a new-to-her business while solving a crime, but Wyn is determined to do it. With the help of her quirky best friends and her tight-knit family, she'll catch the ice cold killer before she has a meltdown . . . [Goodreads Summary]
Stunning, suspenseful, and unforgettably evocative, Jason Overstreet’s debut novel glitters with the vibrant dreams and dangerous promise of the 1920s Harlem Renaissance, as one man crosses the perilous lines between the law, loyalty, and deadly lies…
For college graduate Sidney Temple, the Roaring Twenties bring opportunities even members of his accomplished black bourgeois family couldn’t have imagined. His impulsive marriage to independent artist Loretta is a happiness he never thought he’d find. And when he’s tapped by J. Edgar Hoover to be the FBI’s first African-American agent, he sees a once-in-a-lifetime chance to secure real justice.
Instead of providing evidence against Marcus Garvey, prominent head of the “dangerously radical” back-to-Africa movement, Sidney uses his unexpected knack for deception and undercover work to thwart the Bureau’s biased investigation. And by giving renowned leader W. E. B. Du Bois insider information, Sidney gambles on change that could mean a fair destiny for all Americans...
But the higher Sidney and Loretta climb in Harlem’s most influential and glamorous circles, the more dangerous the stakes. An unexpected friendship and a wrenching personal tragedy threaten to shatter Loretta’s innocent trust in her husband—and turn his double life into a fast-closing trap. For Sidney, ultimately squeezed between the Bureau and one too many ruthless factions, the price of escape could be heartbreak and betrayal no amount of skill can help him survive. [Goodreads Summary]
When Korede's dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what's expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This'll be the third boyfriend Ayoola's dispatched in, quote, self-defence and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede's long been in love with him, and isn't prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other...
My Sister, the Serial Killer is a blackly comic novel about how blood is thicker - and more difficult to get out of the carpet - than water... [Goodreads Summary]
With few other options, African-American classical musician Gethsemane Brown accepts a less-than-ideal position turning a group of rowdy schoolboys into an award-winning orchestra. Stranded without luggage or money in the Irish countryside, she figures any job is better than none. The perk? Housesitting a lovely cliffside cottage. The catch? The ghost of the cottage's murdered owner haunts the place. Falsely accused of killing his wife (and himself), he begs Gethsemane to clear his name so he can rest in peace. Gethsemane's reluctant investigation provokes a dormant killer and she soon finds herself in grave danger. As Gethsemane races to prevent a deadly encore, will she uncover the truth or star in her own farewell performance? [Goodreads Summary]
Every Friday Coffee Addicted Writer from Coffee Addicted Writer poses a question which participants respond on their own blogs within the week (Friday through Thursday). They then share their links at the main site and visit other participants blogs.
Is reading a fixed part of your morning or evening routine? (submitted by Elizabeth @Complex Chaos)
Yes! Well, in part. Reading is not really a part of my morning routine unless you count catching up on the news or sometimes on a Sunday when I linger in bed and read before finally getting up for the day. My attempts at reading a book in the morning on workdays usually result in my running late--I lose track of the time so easily.
I do try to make a point of reading during my lunch break on those workdays though. I really benefit from that mental break. It was easier in pre-pandemic days when I was working in the office full-time and could just slip away into an empty office and shut out the world for half an hour. Nowadays, it isn't quite so simple since I work from home part of the time. During my days in the office, I easily fall into my usual routine. But working from home is more complicated since my husband works from home full-time now and my daughter's schooling is all virtual. I have gotten better at finding a way to make time for lunch time reading on days I am home, although it does not always work out.
I get really grumpy if I do not get in a little bedtime reading. Reading often quiets my mind at night and helps me fall asleep.
What about you?
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Be sure and tell me what you are reading and are up to!
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I like nutmeg. But a little goes a long way as your opening quote shows. My quotes form Radium GirlsReplyDelete
Anne - I like a little nutmeg too--even the smell. But I imagine if I smelled nutmeg every time death was near, I would not like it much anymore. Thank you for visiting!Delete
Nutmeg is not my favourite spice, so I sympathise with Odessa (I assume she's the narrator?)!ReplyDelete
Eustacia - Yes, she's our narrator. :-) Thank you for stopping by!Delete
So many tempting books! I really like the look of A Glimmer of Death - psychic gifts , baking and a cat! Wonderful!ReplyDelete
Margaret - The author even includes a recipe at the end. :-) Thank you for visiting!Delete
A paranormal cosy mystery sounds totally my sort of read - A Glimmer of Death needs to go onto my TBR.ReplyDelete
I can't read in the morning either, for exactly the same reason. Those 10 spare minutes soon turn into 20 minutes late!
Louise - I hope you like A Glimmer in Death if you read it! I'm looking forward to seeing where the author takes the series.Delete
Yes! Exactly. I lose track of time when I read too easily.
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A Glimmer of death sounds really good. I love the smell of nutmeg... So maybe I shouldn't read it. And a deadly inside scoop immediately caught my attention. White cat you know.ReplyDelete
I read every night. You can say it's my sleeping tablet. I go no where without my kindle and I honestly think I won't be able to sleep if I don't read at least a page or two.
I like the idea of what you've read 5 years ago. I will try to remember it!
Have a good weekend!
Mareli (Elza) - I really enjoyed A Glimmer of Death. I really feel for Dessa. Nutmeg is a common ingredient in much of what she makes and suddenly, when her psychic abilities come into play, it comes to mean death is near. Not a good association.Delete
A Deadly Inside Scoop sounds cute, doesn't it? I love that cover.
I take a book (or e-reader) with me just about everywhere I go, even in my own house. LOL You never know when you'll get time to read.
I hope you have a good weekend too. Thank you for visiting!
I also love to read at bedtime but it can make for some late nights! Here's my post and what I was reading 5 years ago :)ReplyDelete
Colletta - I know what you mean. There are mornings I wake up extra tired because I stayed up late reading (again). LOL Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Oooh, that opening for sure grabs my attention! Nutmeg is the smell of death, huh? Neat! Sounds like a fun cozy mystery.ReplyDelete
I really want to read My Sister the Serial Killer, too! I don't think Murder in G Minor is my type of book, but I've tried to convince my director that we need it at our library, because it sounds perfect for the sort of books our patrons like. I'll have to keep an eye out for what you think of it when you get a chance to read it!
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Sammie - I like how Dessa's psychic abilities manifest themselves. The nutmeg being death is an interesting association, isn't it?Delete
I've heard good things about My Sister, the Serial Killer, and really want to read that one too. :-)
I hope you have a great weekend!
What a tempting book! I love cozies, and lately I've been craving them. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “THE PARIS LIBRARY”ReplyDelete
Laurel-Rain - I was thinking just the other day how ten years ago cozies were hit and miss with me and now I cannot get enough of them. Thank you for visiting!Delete
I like that your Connect 5 books all are written by Black authors. I would like to read more diverse books and these sound good. I'm going to add them to my list of books to read.ReplyDelete
I start my mornings reading. I almost always wake up early and get up before my husband so I read as much as I can before he gets up. Some days since we've started getting ready to move that's the only time I get a chance to read.
Jan - Thank you! I went with a Black History Month theme for my Connect 5 picks this month--although the history part is less a focus than featuring black authors. I need to add more diversity to my reading too. There are so many great options out there too!Delete
I am usually the first up in my house too. On workdays, I am up at 5. I can't do any earlier. As my daughter would say, it would feel too much like getting up in the middle of the night. LOL I know people do it regularly, but I already get too little sleep.
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I like the whiff of nutmeg bit! a spice I love but you've got to be careful with its use.ReplyDelete
I like the historical mystery/vintage ones/and the regency and Victorian setting mystery detective stories especially where the detective is a woman. I've got quite a lot going through Amazon and most of them were free to boot! such a bonus.
I don't know much of American geography but I do hope you are safe. It looks awfully cold though!
Mystica - It's especially bad for Dessa whose psychic gift makes her smell nutmeg when death is near.Delete
It is nice when you can find books you want to read free on Amazon. :-)
My family and I are safe and sound, thank you for asking. The weather where I live hasn't been anything like how cold and icy it has been in other parts of the country. I really feel for those in Texas who have no power and water. It's such an awful situation.
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Sounds like a page turner!! I liked My Sister The Serial Killer a lot! Happy weekend!ReplyDelete
Freda - I am glad to hear you liked My Sister, The Serial Killer. I can't wait to read it. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Great post--I've either read or want to read all the featured books. Enjoy your weekend!ReplyDelete
Catherine - Thank you! I hope you have a great weekend too.Delete
I work from home too but I usually only read at night before I go to bed. I don't have time in the morning or throughout the day. Have a great weekend!ReplyDelete
Jamie - I work long days and need the break mid-way through, whether I am working in office or from home. To eat, prepare lunch for my daughter, to read for myself or help my daughter with her schoolwork.Delete
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Reading is part of my lunchtime routine. I don't care what I eat for lunch, but I very much care that I have a book to read while I do it. In fact, for me, lunch is much more about reading than about eating. :)ReplyDelete
Lark - Exactly! I'm less concerned about the eating part. As long as I can read. :-) Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I love the Attica Locke book - Bluebird, Bluebird and have read the next one in the series also.ReplyDelete
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Anne - I have been wanting to try her work for awhile now. I am glad to hear you loved Bluebird, Bluebird. I look forward to reading it! Thank you for visiting!Delete
Bluebird, Bluebird and My Sister the Serial Killer are on my TBR for sure! And I hadn't heard of A Deadly Inside Scoop, but it sounds like I'd enjoy it -- adding that one, too.ReplyDelete
Suzanne - I hope we enjoy all three when we read them! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I've read both Bluebird, Bluebird and My Sister the Serial Killer and enjoyed them. You can tell Oyinkan Braithwaite is a poet because novel does not have a single spare word. Great list!ReplyDelete
Roberta - I am glad you enjoyed both Bluebird, Bluebird and My Sister, the Serial Killer. That is good news for me! :-) Thank you for visiting!Delete
I do read the Alexia Gordon series and enjoy it very much.ReplyDelete
Carla - I am glad to hear you enjoy Alexia Gordon's series! I've been wanting to try it for some time now. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
A Glimmer of Death looks really good. I have that one on my list. Hope you have a great weekend!ReplyDelete
Yvonne - It was a good one. I look forward to reading more in the series. I hope you have a great weekend too. Thank you for visiting!Delete
I wish I still loved cozies! These look great!ReplyDelete
Harvee - Not all are cozies, so you might enjoy the non-cozy ones. ;-)Delete
Paranormal cozy mysteries are my favorite type of cozies, so A Glimmer of Death is very appealing to me. Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great weekend! :)ReplyDelete
Ashley - I hope you will give A Glimmer of Death a try! I think you'd like it. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Your mystery/thrillers by black authors all look promising and its great to have a list. And to realise there is a whole lot more you could have there!ReplyDelete
Kathryn - So many good books out there! Thank you for visiting!Delete
Glimmer of Death looks like a fun read. Even if it's making me think too much about nutmeg.ReplyDelete
Also, since you asked, I thoroughly enjoyed My Sister, the Serial Killer (https://wp.me/pcbCmx-3Fq)
HC - Yes, I may never thing of nutmeg the same way again. Haha.Delete
Thank you for sharing your review of My Sister, the Serial Killer. I am glad you enjoyed it. Your review makes me want to read it even more now.
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glad you have those down moments at night. my sister the serial killer sounds fabulous. i love reading about serial killersReplyDelete
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Sherry - Yay! I am glad you enjoyed My Sister, the Serial Killer. I look forward to reading it. I admit I am tired of the typical serial killer novel, but I'm up for trying serial killer novels that are a bit different from that mold. Thank you for visiting!Delete
I always read before bed and love it and since I've been working from home, I've been trying to read in the mornings too. It's such a calming way to start the day. :)ReplyDelete
Suzanne - Reading before bed is my favorite time too. I wish I could read in the mornings, but I get too easily involved in the book and lose track of time. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I really like the sound of a Glimmer of Death!ReplyDelete
Heather - It's a promising start to a new cozy series!Delete
I really enjoyed My Sister the Serial Killer and I like the author's prose, too! Have to check out the other books you mentioned here. :)ReplyDelete
Melody - I look forward to giving it a try. If you liked it, I probably will too. :-)Delete
I'm glad you enjoyed Glimmer of Death. I've got that one to listen on audio.ReplyDelete
Sophia Rose - You'll have to let me know how the audio goes. I hope you enjoy it!Delete
Nice opening, I can smell it! Here is my Book Beginnings: https://francebooktours.com/2021/02/26/lorigine-book-beginnings/ReplyDelete
Emma - Thank you!Delete