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Penthouse, Pools, & Poison by @donna_simonetta is a New Year New Books Fete pick #cozymystery #cozy

Title: Penthouse, Pools, & Poison

Author: Louise Stevens

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Book Blurb:

When the obnoxious guest in the penthouse is poisoned beside his private pool, my daily planner is turned upside down. I’m Millie Wentworth, Assistant General Manager of the swanky Gulf Palms Resort and Spa and solving the murder shouldn’t be my job, but the only food found near the body is a charcuterie board sent to the victim by yours truly.

The Port Sunset Police are looking my way until a shocking revelation shifts their attention to a friend. Suddenly, cracking the case moves to the top of my to-do list and it’s up to me to find the real killer and clear my friend’s name.

Uncovering the truth should be a breeze with me, my pink-haired grandmother, her rescue corgi, and her crew of fun-loving septuagenarian beach bunnies on the case. What could possibly go wrong?


“What do you have to be nervous about, Ms. Wentworth?” Green narrowed as his gaze as he stared at me intently.

“I’m not nervous because I killed him, or anything,” I stammered, and then realized it was probably what every murderer ever said to the police. “Really, I’m not––”

“We don’t think you killed him, Millie,” Tyler said as he patted me awkwardly on my back.

His superior frowned at him and said in a warning tone, “Officer Johnson.”

“She’s my gram’s best friend’s granddaughter. She wouldn’t kill anyone. My grandmother was actually playing dominoes with her grandmother, and she texted me too about the screaming.” He paused to chuckle. “Nobody gets the jump on Lulu’s Crew. I got my gram’s text before I got the official call to respond to the scene.”

The detective’s cheeks twitched, and it looked to me like he might be grinding his teeth. “In the future, Officer Johnson, please do not tell a witness they are not a suspect.”

“Sorry,” Tyler’s face grew red, and he hung his head.

“Back to your statement, Ms. Wentworth––”

“Please, call me Millie, everyone does.”

He heaved a long-suffering sigh. “Ms. Wentworth, the sooner you complete your statement, the sooner you can go home.”

Okay, so we weren’t going to be on a first-name basis, but at least Tyler had seemed to convince Green I wasn’t a homicidal maniac.

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It’s a brand-new year, full of possibilities. Did you make any resolutions/goals for 2023? If so, please share one.

I have never been one to make New Year’s resolutions, I have to admit. So, I don’t have any to share here. 2022 was a rough year for my family, so I’m just hoping for a year filled with good health and happiness in 2023. And sending wishes for the same to all of you and your families too!

Why is your featured book a must-read in 2023?

Penthouse, Pools, & Poison is the first book in my Port Sunset Cozy Mysteries series. If you love humorous mysteries with colorful characters set in a tropical locale, this is the series for you! During the post-holidays and frigid cold that is January there is no better escape than to dive into Penthouse, Pools, & Poison.

Giveaway –

One lucky reader will win a $75 Amazon US or Canada gift card

Open internationally. You must have a valid Amazon US or Amazon CA account to win.

Runs January 1 – 31, 2023.

Drawing will be held on February 1, 2023.

Author Biography:

Louise Stevens is the author of the Port Sunset Mysteries series. A lover of mysteries since her discovery of Nancy Drew many years ago, she is thrilled to be writing cozy mysteries now. She lives in Maryland with her husband, who also loves a good mystery, in a house packed with books.

Louise Stevens is the pen name of contemporary romance author Donna Simonetta

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Karen Michelle Nutt
Karen Michelle Nutt

Sounds like a fun read. Tweeted.



My news year’s resolution is to get more organized so I can make time to read more and exercise more.


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Thank you, Louise, for sharing your book in our New Year, New Books Fete!

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