Death and Relaxation by Devon Monk Review and Recipe

Death and Relaxation (Ordinary Magic Book 1) by [Monk, Devon]

Title- Death and Relaxation

Author- Devon Monk

Genre- Urban Fantasy

Purchase Link- BandN Amazon  

Exciting new urban fantasy series by national bestselling author, Devon Monk

Monsters, gods, and mayhem…

Police Chief Delaney Reed can handle the Valkyries, werewolves, gill-men and other paranormal creatures who call the small beach town of Ordinary, Oregon their home. It’s the vacationing gods who keep her up at night.

With the famous rhubarb festival right around the corner, small-town tensions, tempers, and godly tantrums are at an all-time high. The last thing Delaney needs is her ex-boyfriend reappearing just when she’s finally caught the attention of Ryder Bailey, the one man she should never love.

No, scratch that. The actual last thing she needs is a dead body washing ashore, especially since the dead body is a god.

Catching a murderer, wrestling a god power, and re-scheduling the apocalypse? Just another day on the job in Ordinary. Falling in love with her childhood friend while trying to keep the secrets of her town secret? That’s gonna take some work.

Even Death needs a vacation… so does love and war and Ordinary, Oregon is the perfect spot for gods to get in some quality R and R. Ordinary is a small sleepy beach town located in Oregon, only don’t let the name fool you. Ordinary is anything but well, ordinary. When a good needs some time off from being a god and the stress it brings by relinquishing  their godly powers and living like a mortal.

Delaney Reed is the police chief of Ordinary and not only does she have the gods to deal with but also the many paranormal citizens who live among the normal and mortal of Ordinary. Along with her sisters Jean and Myra she somehow keeps the peace between the Wolves and the Vamps all while making sure the gods don’t start another war. The Reeds keep Ordinary as peaceful as a paranormal hot spot can get.

The last thing Delaney needs is a dead body and a murder investigation on her hands but that is exactly what she gets when a body washes up on shore. Not only does she have to find a murdered, she also has to find the a mortal to take on Heimdall’s powers and become a god before the power his body left behind eats her alive.

The Sweet-

I am a fan od Devon Monk- a BIG fan and love her writing. This particular book was (at least for me) almost like Devon Monk Ligh- same great taste but less calories- which I am not hating at all!

This story read more like a paranormal cozy for me than Monks typical Urban Fantasy and I got say I instantly fell in love. Monk manages to create the sleepy town feeling you get from a cozy but at the same time brings that certain touch of bad assery one would get from an urban fantasy,

Our main character Delaney reminds me of Allie from Monk’s Alec Beckstrom series. She is smart as a whip, but can at times be  stubborn and hard headed which makes her all the more realistic and interesting. Actually all the characters from this book are so well written that they are what keeps you turning the page eager to soak in more of Ordinary and its denizens. The author manages to create funny and witty characters with ease.

The story itself is good while not being as bloody and graphic as your typical Urban Fantasy can be. It has the perfect amount of action and mystery while bringing romance and snark into the mix making sure that the reader keeps coming back for more

The premise is so unique- I mean a vacation spot for gods where they can live a normal life? Genius!

Rating- 5 out of 5 Cupcakes- Great read for Devon Monk fans or anyone who loves a cozy with a bit of a bite!

I was inspired to create a spin on Ambrosia salad- Ambrosia is said to be the food of the gods so of course this cocktail would go perfectly with this book!

Ingredients Needed

  • Grenadine or maraschino cherry juice
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Orange Juice
  • Blood Orange Vodka ( Your choice of brand I prefer Skyy)
  • Malibu
  • Marshmallow Vodka ( Your Choice brand I prefer pinnacle)
  • For Garnish- Cherries and Marshmallows


This drink is pretty simple and can be altered to make a big batch accordingly,

  1. In shaker you want to add plenty of ice to make sure this drink is nice and chilled as it is best served cold.
  2. Next you want to add a splash of cherry juice, 2 ounces of OJ, 2 ounces of pineapple juice.
  3. Next is the best part! The alcohol- 2 ounces Malibu Rum, 1 ounce of Blood Orange Vodka and 1 ounce of Marshmallow Vodka
  4. Next you mix it all up adding more juice if need be and pour into your serving glass garnishing with some cherries and marshmallows (the mini ones would work better but I only had big ones on hand)

Devon Monk is a national bestselling author of urban fantasy. Her series include Ordinary Magic, House Immortal, Allie Beckstrom, Broken Magic, Shame and Terric, and the Age of Steam steampunk series. She also writes the occasional short story which can be found in various anthologies and in her collection: A Cup of Normal.

She lives happily beneath the rainy skies of Oregon. When not writing, she can be found drinking too much coffee and knitting silly things.


Sisterly Screams by Carolyn Q. Hunter Review

Sisterly Screams (The Dead-End Drive-In Series Book 1) by [Hunter, Carolyn Q.]

Title- Sisterly Screams

Author- Carolyn Q. Hunter

Genre- Cozy Mystery

Purchase Link- Amazon

Estranged sisters, Sarah-Belle and Anna-Lee, haven’t seen each other in nearly two years. Life takes an unexpected turn when Anna has to return to their hometown of Sunken Grove, Louisiana, and fate throws the contentious pair back together again.

Unfortunately, the already-tense situation goes from bad to worse for the sisters, when a ghost appears at Sarah-Belle’s drive-in theater and restaurant, pleading with them to help bring his murderer to justice. Will the sisters be able to settle their differences and work together again in order to solve this case, or are the strange sounds of jungle drums coming from the bayou signaling their doom?

Reviewed by Crystal H.

Anna-Lee is forced to return to her hometown Sunken Grove, Louisiana with her tail between her legs to ask her little sister Sarah-Belle for a place to stay till she gets back on her feet. You see Anna had big dreams and was going to make something of herself, she left town as soon as she could leaving her sister Belle behind. The two sisters haven’t spoken in years due to Anna’s judging Belle’s dreams.

Anna didn’t understand Belle and her dreams of opening a drive-in that showed spooky old movies and thought her dreams of a nursing career would get her farther in life. Now two years later Belle’s business is thriving and Anna has nothing but debt to show for her decisions. she has no choice but to return home to Sunken Cove and ask Belle for help and maybe even a job at the Voodoo Drive in.

When  a dead body turns up, the sisters are thrown into a spooky adventure that sounds like it came straight out of one of Belle’s movies!

The Sweet-

As with any first book in a series I started this book not knowing what to expect. I have grown very picky when it comes to my cozy mysteries. I am not a fan of predictability and let me tell you this book is anything but predictable! The author succeeds in building a plot full or surprises that leave the reader guessing at every turn!

The story itself was unique and nothing like I have read before when it comes to the cozy mystery category. The author is able to create the feeling of a small sleepy town ad add the excited of New Orleans as well when the sister’s visit an actual Voodoo shop in the french quarter in order to find out why a ghost is haunting the drive in. Turns out the ghost who actually looks like a missing character straight out of Belle’s favorite movie belongs to the body found in the swamps the morning of Anne’s arrival!

I loved the whodunit as it came out of no where and thoroughly surprised me! As well as the magical aspects the author is able to bring into the story to give you just enough of paranormal taste to keep you interested in the story.

Rating- 5 out of 5 cupcakes-  Overall I found its book to be interesting and quite enjoyable and would recommend it to anyone who loves a good mystery!

Carolyn Q. Hunter is a professional writer, publicist, and editor. She is the author of The Diner of the Dead Cozy Mystery Series, published under Summer Prescott Books, a small press publisher specializing in cozies and other mystery fiction. Carolyn has previously worked as a content creator and social media writer for online information websites, magazines, and publishing agencies. She received her BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing and publishing from BYU-Idaho.

In her free time Carolyn enjoys cooking, baking, drawing, painting, and watching old black and white films on Turner Classic Movies. Her favorite movie genres include mystery, film noir, comedy, and classic horror movies. She also enjoys listening to old-time radio shows such as The Shadow, Inner Sanctum Mysteries, and Suspense!