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5 stars for Reading, Writing, and Murder by Brenda Whiteside & Joyce Proell #cozymystery #ku

Title: Reading, Writing, and Murder (Chocolate Martini Sisters Mystery Book 2)

Author: Brenda Whiteside and Joyce Proell

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Book Blurb:

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?

My Review:

The Chocolate Martini Sisters are back.

Sleuths-by-accident Emma Banefield and Nicole Earp are back doing what they do best: solving murders. They’re at the Dulce Inn again, this time celebrating Nic’s birthday and attending a writers’ conference.

It’s not their fault the keynote speaker is murdered and they don’t trust the police to find the killer on their own. When they discover the body, they’re determined to help bring the killer to justice, regardless of whether the police want their help.

Brenda Whitehouse and Joyce Proell have gifted readers with another cozy mystery that draws you in from the first page and keeps you turning the pages. We’re given a ring-side seat to the behind-the-scenes drama of this fictional publishing world, thanks to the unabashed inquisitiveness of the sisters.

And what a world of intrigue, deception, unrequited love, and stolen ideas it is. The authors have created a list of suspects who are not only well-developed, but each has their own reason to want the author dead.

With enough plot twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end, you’ll delight in the sisters’ attempts, both subtle and not-so-subtle, to get to the truth. The authors give us no choice but to fall in love with these amateur detectives.

Writing, Reading, and Murder is an entertaining cozy mystery that needs to go the top of your TBR list.

My Rating: 5 stars

Buy it Now:

Free to read on Kindle Unlimited!

Author Biography:

Brenda Whiteside is the award-winning author of romantic suspense, romance, and cozy mystery books. 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 so won't discount the possibility of another move. They share their home with a rescue dog named Amigo. While FDW fishes, Brenda writes.

Visit Brenda at

She blogs about life and writing

Joyce Proell:

After hearing countless extraordinary stories as a social worker and mental health therapist, Joyce Proell retired and writes her own made-up tales. The worlds of historical romance, romantic suspense, and cozy mysteries are her bailiwick. Her books feature lively, determined women who are unafraid to challenge the status quo or confront a perplexing mystery. She is a 2015 RWA Hearts through History winner.

In addition to writing, she loves to swim, walk and finds baking almost as relaxing as a day at the spa. When she isn’t traveling, she can be found, along with her husband and a sweet little dog, at home in Minnesota, in her own little house on the prairie. To find out more about Joyce visit her website at

Reviewed by: Terry


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