amazon Goodreads
Carrie Evans returns to her hometown with her tail between her legs for allowing her “gut instint” to cut her big city journalism career to shreds.

Except when she arrives home to take possession of her great-grandmother’s home only to find that maybe her death wasn’t as age related as everyone assumed… especially when another dead body appears.

Hopefully, Carrie can get to the bottom of this mystery before the killer sets his sights on her or her adorable repairman.

Hott Review:

This is the BEST cozy I’ve ever read!
I laughed the entire way through this mystery. It was absolutely delightful! Carrie is a fun character who has just a few small flaws, one of which is a mouse phobia. Unfortunantly, for Carrie, she lives in the field mouse capital of Nebraska and hew new home seems to cater to theh mouse clientele.
Bury the Lead is a fun read & I can’t wait to read the others in this series!


“You know, if a mouse really killed Wilkie,”Junior was torturing Carrie—deliberately in Nick’s opinion—“then we’ve got no murderer. It’s more of an animal attack, like if a bear came after you. Or if you hit a deer driving down the road and crashed and died. No crime there. Of course, there’s no reason to think the mouse was big. It’d only need to be big if it attacked Wilkie while the poor guy hid in the closet or if it stuffed him in the closet afterward. And that means this new, supersized Maxie Mouse tried to cover its. . .uh, mouse tracks, you might say—which means it knew that what it was doing was wrong, so there goes its insanity defense…


Author: Mary Nealy aka Mary Connealy
Source: Amazon | Purchased April 2012
Publisher & Date: March 31st 2012 by Ten Talents Press
Genre: Cozy, Mystery, Christian
Pages: 196
Grade: A
Ages: 16+
Steam: YA – Just some smooching
Setting: Nebraska
This Counts for these Challenges: 2015 Let Me Count The Ways Reading Challenge, 2015 TBR Pile Challenge, 2015 Just for Fun Reading Challenge, 2015 Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, 2015 Romantic Suspense Reading Challenge, 2015 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge, 2015 Women Challenge, Reading Road Trip 2015 Challenge,
Series: Historical Society Murders #1 (aka Nosy in Nebraska)

Bury the Lead

Fright At the Museum

Trial and Terror
Nosy in Nebraska

Author Bio:

I wrote my first book when I was about twelve. A romance novel. I shudder to think what a twelve-year-old could know about romance. I have no idea what happened to the manuscript. I suppose my mother found it, and burned it while screaming in horror, but I’ve always been afraid to ask. Was it a hundred pages? Two? I have no idea, but I seem to remember just writing FOREVER! So I’m guessing two pages long at least.

As a new bride I marched straight out of journalism school and into the kitchen, I did a lot of scribbling. I still have those heartbreaking works of staggering genius, Ode to Roast Beef, things like that, all born out of the ‘Write What You Know’ school of literature.

I began writing more seriously when my baby went to kindergarten. Not writing well of course, but just putting words on paper. No one does anything well the first time. I’m sure Babe Ruth missed the first ball pitched to him. I’m sure Picasso smeared pages with paint-y fingers when he was a kid—as I remember he went back to that later in life. I’m sure Beethoven played the eighteenth-century version of Chopsticks before went for the sonatas.

My writing journey is similar to a lot of others. Boil it down to persistence, oh, go ahead and call it stubbornness. I just kept typing away. I think the reason I did it was because I’m more or less a dunce around people—prone to sit silently when I really ought to speak up(or far worse, speak up when I ought to sit silently).

So, I have all these things, I want to say, in my head; the perfect zinger to the rude cashier, which you think of an hour after you’ve left the store, the perfect bit of wisdom when someone needs help, which doesn’t occur to you until they solve their problems themselves, the perfect guilt trip for the kids, which you don’t say because you’re not an idiot. I keep all this wit to myself, much to the relief of all who know me, and then I write all my great ideas into books. It’s therapeutic if nothing else, and more affordable than a psychiatrist.

So then a very nice, oh so nice publishing company like Barbour Heartsong comes along and says, “Hey, we’ll pay you money for this 45,000-word therapy session.” That’s as sweet as it gets.

My journey to publication is the same as everyone’s except for a few geniuses out there who make it hard for all of us. And even they probably have an Ode to Roast Beef or two in their past.

Websites & Links:

image & info from Goodreads


Do you like my reviews? If you do, please, stop by and rate them at one of the bookstores or review sites.

Gina ~ Hott Books

** Many of the books I review are Advance Review Copies. These books are loaned to me for my review. I am in no way compensated for my time nor am I asked to give anything but my honest review. If you have further questions, please, review my FTC Disclaimer on my homepage.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.