Cosy Mysteries : Cherringham , A dinner to die for


How do you feel about cozy mysteries?

I find them quite charming.  They’re easy to read, with a compact plot and, if written well, very enjoyable. Which is why I opt to read at least one cozy mystery book per month, usually between books that are considered “heavier reads”. This month’s cozy mystery book was Cherringham: A Dinner to Die for.

Welcome to Cherringham!

The little village of Cherringham lives a quiet life. Everyone in the village knows the Spotted Pig, the beloved restaurant which is a meeting spot for all the locals. However, Cherringham finds itself in quite a stir when a new restaurant opens up. Its chef, Anna, insists someone is tampering with her work, trying to drive her customers away and destroy her reputation. She also seems quite sure that the culprit is the owner of the  Spotted pig. Their hidden mutual past certainly points to that direction.

But are things really that simple?

Jack, a former police officer, and Sarah, a local, have handled mysterious cases before. This time the situation escalates quickly, and they will have to investigate before things get out of hand. Much as everyone likes the owner of the Spotted Pig, can he actually be the person sabotaging a fellow chef? Is this personal? Or can there be another explanation?

A fast paced cozy mystery  book.

A quick and pleasant read, Cherringham is quite entertaining. It is well written and easily read in a day. With interesting characters along the way of the plot, the book lets the reader put the pieces of this well constructed plot puzzle together. All in all a good addition to the cozy mystery variety, it is recommended for the fans of the mystery genre.

Children’s Book : Simon and the big,bad,angry beasts


We all get angry sometimes.

So do the children (even more so, to be precise). But that doesn’t mean we should let ourselves become unpleasant to others. After all, actions have consequences. Which is why a book about anger is very useful (and, in all honesty, not just for children).

Simon finds himself angry at times.

Whether it’s losing at games or being told no about something he really wants, he can’t keep calm, and he can’t keep his anger under control. One day, when he gets angry, an angry animal appears next to him. He thinks it’s great, and every time he gets angry it becomes worse.

Every time, a bigger, angrier beast appears next to him. What he hasn’t realized, however, is that the beasts scare his friends and family away. Nobody wants to play with “Simon the Terrible” anymore.

Anger & its consequences

This is a wonderful allegory about anger and its consequences. Beautifully illustrated, the book helps children understand that tantrums and outbursts, if not treated with mindfulness, can chase people away. It teaches us that tantrums are not pleasant, neither for others, nor for ourselves.

What is more, along with the story come notes for parents and teachers, as well as exercises, so that the book can be used for discussing the topic with children.

Phoenix Fire : The fantasy book that just stands out!


Ahh…the joy of reading fiction!

I’ve read them, you’ve read them. Basically, most of us bookworms have: fantasy books. What do they usually include? Vampires, ghosts, the typical supernatural creatures. Oh, and a hint of romance. They’re good, or we wouldn’t be reading them.

But what if you found a fantasy book that gets more original than that?

This is Phoenix Fire

bibliophilephoenixAva has spent all her life in foster care, trying not to get too attached to people. Getting attached hurts. Loving people hurts. Not to mention the fact that if she opened up to anyone, she would have to talk about her weird flashback-like seizures she gets from time to time. Everyone would think she’s crazy.


Or is there a hint of truth behind everything that’s happening to her?

When Nick and Cade step into her life, she realizes that she has family. When she starts falling for Wyatt, she understands she has lived before, loved before, and come back to live again. It is not all sweet and great, however. There are dark forces encircling her newly found family, and Ava founds out she bears the burden of saving them all. Can she open up and reveal her true self? Is she strong enough for her destiny?


An epic fantasy book

that transports the reader to a different realm. Unique in its characters, this is a supernatural story completely different from  your average fantasy books. There’s more than vampires and werewolves. There’s a new kind of hero, one that can live again and again to fulfill a purpose noble and true. And, if the title isn’t a good enough hint for you: yes, there are phoenixes (and they are absolutely awesome!).


Three siblings, thousands of lives

Follow along a story of three siblings that have lived, tried and failed, only to come back and do it again, and do it better. The story will have you guessing all the secrets the family keeps, as you will be constantly getting glimpses of the past, trying to put the pieces together. It will make you gasp, laugh at times, cry.  There is love, there is loss, there is strong dilemma in between, and there’s a lot of frustration as you empathize with so many characters in this story.

A love that lasts through centuries

bibliophilephoenix3What would an epic story be without love? One of the things that make this book stand out, is definitely a connection between two creatures that have lived again and again, falling in love only with each other. A love that  is forbidden by rules on both sides. But it is not and cannot be ignored. In a world facing so many problems, a world that Ava will have to save , she’ll also have to figure out if she can really trust her instincts. Is Wyatt really as innocent as he looks? Are his intentions pure? And what is it that really connects these two in all their lives?


Suspenseful, well written and beautiful, this is a story that teaches us not everything is black and white. Various shades of everything in between come out, and you can only hope that the heroes will find the strength and determination to choose wisely.


Strongly recommended for the fans of fantasy, this is the book you need if vampires have tired you and you need something fresh and well written.

You can find the book directly on Entangled Publishing site :

About the author

D. Grimm’s first love in writing is young adult fantasy and science fiction, which is to be expected from someone who looks up to heroes like Captain America and Wonder Woman, has been sorted into Gryffindor, and identifies as rebel scum. Her patronus is a red Voltron lion, her spirit animal is Toothless, and her favorite meal is second breakfast. Her office is anywhere she can curl up with her laptop and at least one large-sized dog.

You can learn more about her upcoming novels at


The Pact, by SE Lynes


An overprotective, anxious mother, trying to keep her daughter safe from the world.

A teenage daughter who feels suffocated from her mother.

An aunt who gives up everything in order to take care of her sister and niece.

And, above all, a pact among sisters, made over twenty years ago.

Fifteen year old Rosie’s family is very different from what you would call normal. For one, her father died when she was six. What is more, her mother’s aunt lives with her and her mother. The three of them seem to be moving on, or at least “coping” with their lives, as they put it. Rosie’s mother, Toni, is fiercely overprotective. But that can’t lead to any harm.

Or can it?

Rosie is confused. Jealous of her more loosely monitored friends and burdened by her father’s death, she just wants to be normal. She wants to go out, have a social life, a boyfriend. And some part of life that is just her own.And who’s better than hiding things, than a teenager with an over-controlling parent? Maybe the solution would be to start hiding things from her mother and aunt. Maybe she can keep one little thing for herself. One little secret, that’s all she asks for. What harm can that do?

A suspenseful thriller

Full of the right secrets in the right places, The Pact is the story of a different family.  Hurt, dysfunctional, but still coping, the family of three try to survive on their own. But their story hides too many secrets. In their effort to do good, they might be harming each other more than what they can imagine.

Three narratives. Three different characters.

Each woman tells their sad of the story. Each one of the broken heroines fills a peace of the puzzle for you. By the time you are halfway in the book, you will not be able to put it down. You can practically sense the sorrow, the agony, the fear. But you can also sense the good moments, too, and by the time you;re close to the end of this story, you will be wishing for a good resolution to it all.

Strongly recommended for the fans of thrillers, The  Pact keeps you in a tight grip, refusing to let you go, even when you’ve finished the last sentence of the last page.