Delightful Cape May Cozy

Scones and Scofflaws by Jane Gorman

Following the death of her great-aunt Louise, Anna McGregor—the main character in this first-in-series cozy mystery—has inherited Climbing Rose Cottage, a bed and breakfast in Cape May, New Jersey (don’t you love the name “Climbing Rose Cottage”??). Anna, a medical anthropologist, has arrived in Cape May with some emotional baggage, a must for all great main characters. She has recently broken up with someone who not only hurt her romantically, but also destroyed her career.

Anna is in the process of fixing the B&B up a bit and is eager to welcome her first guests, though with that eagerness comes some trepidation about this new venture. The trepidation turns to dismay and horror when her first guest drops dead at the breakfast table, having eaten one of Anna’s blueberry scones.

Talk about killer scones.

Now Anna has to convince the people in the charming south Jersey town, as well as any future guests of her fledgling new business, that she’s not a killer. Luckily, she’s not alone—she has the help of her hunky handyman, a certain police officer (a big plus, since the police are mostly not on her side), her best friend (a Wildwood bakery owner), a young Irish visitor, and a keen kitty.

Anna is an intriguing main character and I enjoyed the way she puzzled through the clues and red herrings in this book. She has a hot temper and manages to alienate people in the closely-knit town because of the way she approaches them with questions, but she’s strong and determined to exonerate herself without becoming a damsel in distress. I like her spunk.

The pacing of the book is great and the potential for relationships between and among the various characters is ripe. I look forward to reading the next two books currently in the series and seeing where the author takes these possible storylines. I also love Cape May, so it was fun to read a story set in the area and recognize some of the places the author mentions. And bonus: if you like a good cocktail, the Scofflaw recipe in the back of the book is terrific!

Special note: for anyone living in or visiting the Cape May area, author Jane Gorman will be at the Cape May Fall Festival on October 15, 2022, at Cape May Convention Hall.


I’ve got a great deal to share with you this week. Sixty authors have gotten together to offer sixty free stories to readers! I picked up a few of them myself. Follow the link below to take a look at the books!


What I’m reading:

Murder in the Crypt by Irina Shapiro

We are All the Same in the Dark by Julia Heaberlin


Until next time,


Where to Find Great Book Deals

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Today I’m sharing with you some of my favorite places to get deals on ebooks. Most of the sites listed below are subscription sites–in other words, you tell them what types of books you prefer to read, and they’ll send you a regular email (some are daily, some less often) with deals on the books in your preferred genre(s). I’ve loaded my Kindle with books from all of these sites, and they never disappoint.

Although this is a post mostly for people who read ebooks, if you prefer paper books and know someone who reads ebooks, feel free to forward it to them.

Beware! Signing up for these sites has made my To-Be-Read list a hundred miles long, so don’t be surprised if the same thing happens to you! But it’s a good problem to have, don’t you agree?

  1. BookBub. BookBub is choosy about the books they promote, and in general the book has to be on a pretty good sale in order for them to send it out to their subscribers. I told BookBub I prefer mysteries, so every day of the week I get an email from them with some great mysteries on sale. Here’s the link if you want to check it out for yourself.
  2. EReader News Today. Like BookBub, you sign up for this newsletter by sharing your reading preferences with the good people at ENT–then you sit back and wait for their recommendations to roll into your inbox. Click here to visit EReader News Today.
  3. The Fussy Librarian. The Fussy Librarian has two email lists–one for bargain ebooks and one for only free ebooks. You can sign up for either or both. It works the same as ENT and BookBub–sign up, give them your preferences, and wait for the emails. You won’t have to wait long, I promise. Here’s the link for The Fussy Librarian.
  4. Book Gorilla. I don’t know where the name “Book Gorilla” came from, but it’s a great site. It works like the others I’ve listed, and you can choose how many bargain books you see in any email from them. You can choose to see 12, 25, or 50 books in each email. Click here to be redirected to Book Gorilla.
  5. Instafreebie. As its name suggests, this site is primarily for free ebooks. There are some great free books out there, and I recommend that you visit Instafreebie to check out their page. There are featured giveaways each week, as well as giveaways categorized by genre. Take a look here.
  6. Must Read Mysteries. This is a site which specializes in mysteries for Kindle. You can visit the website here and all you have to do is click on the Deals of the Day box. You’ll be sent directly to the Must Read Mysteries Amazon page, where you can click to order scores of discounted and featured books. Click here for the direct link to the Must Read Mysteries Amazon page.
  7. Book Cave. The last site I’ll introduce you to today is Book Cave. Like most of the sites above, this site works on an email system where you provide them with your genre preferences and they match you with free and reduced-price ebooks. One great feature of Book Cave is that you can also provide them with your preferences for certain things like levels of violence, sex, and swearing in your reading. This allows them to narrow down the books they suggest to you. Click here to be redirected to Book Cave.

I hope you’ll take a look at some or all of these sites and see what you think. Let me know in the comments below what other sites you visit to find out about free or discounted ebooks.

Two reminders:

First, next week is our first Last Tuesday Book Club! We’re reading The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro– there have been lots of people who have expressed interest in joining the conversation, so I’m hoping we get lots of participation! The book for April will be Stolen Memories by Mary Miley.

Second, if you have any recipes you’d like to share for April’s First Tuesday Recipes post, don’t forget to send them to me at so I can get the post formatted. Thank you!

Until next time,