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Four Cheese Murder: Patti Benning

Book #7 in the Papa Pacelli’s Pizzeria Series

Kittiport, Maine is experiencing a particularly nasty winter blast. The local community center is helping the locals who’ve experience power outages from the weather. Wanting to help, Ellie begins donating pizzas to the center on a regular basis.

During one of her deliveries, Ellie comes face to face with yet another death. A young, community volunteer is found dead, in the snow, outside the center’s doors. Never one to shy away from a mystery, Ellie decides she wants to find justice for the young lady. Unfortunately, there are a lot of layers in this mystery. Disgruntled roommates, jealous co-workers, and no murder weapon won’t make things easy for her. Adding in the fact that the Sheriff is out with an injury and Ellie is knee-deep in more than snow.

‘Four Cheese’ has more character development as we have Ellie & Russell’s relationship beginning to take a more serious turn. We also have more development in the town as Ellie visits more local places and we get a better feel for Kittiport.

The mystery was well-developed and with multiple suspects this time. As the series continues, the books are definitely getting better and more complex while maintaining that cozy mystery feel. This installment is a 4 star book. It can also be read alone, but I believe in reading a series from the first book on.

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Make Summer Sizzle with Beauty Box 5

Our theme for May is ‘Summer Date Night’. Whether you get out weekly or monthly, date night is important. In fact, it becomes almost essential for married couples. Beauty Box 5 wants to help you glam it up for a fun night out!

If you haven’t tried Beauty Box 5 yet, you’re missing out! For only $12 a month, 5 new, new-to-you or old standbys will be delivered directly to you via USPS. Whether you fall in love with the products or not, you get to try before you invest time, money, & effort in something new. If only the rest of our lives were that easy! Often, the boxes include full-sized items. This month ALL 5 products are full-sized! You can’t beat a deal like that. Three are new-to-me and two are familiar faces for BB5 customers. This month is especially awesome considering we get a bonus product. Let’s take a look!
NANACOCO has made an appearance for BB5 prior to this month. Here the give us their ‘Jumbo Eye & Lip Pencil’. With an MSRP of $5.50, it plays a dual role for beauty routines. It is most definitely a bright pop of color. While it is available in a variety of colors, the one sent to me would not have been my pick. Called ‘Mysterious’, it is a deep purple stick; however, when applied, it looks more like a pastel pink/lavender. Regardless, it was way too light for me. It goes on very light. In order to achieve the actual color that the pencil itself suggests, you’d need to heavy-handed when applying and perhaps layer it. It won’t work for me on the lips, either. Another color would be better. The product itself is fine. I had no issue with it excluding the color. Plus, the price is definitely reasonable.

Next, we have a new-to-me company. Cougar Beauty brings us ’24 hour Liquid Lipstick. I agree with the product info- you can never have too many lipsticks. I would recommend using a liner with this lipstick. Going on like a gloss, it did seem to bleed a bit past the lip. However, I love its scent. To me, it smelled like those butterscotch candies my Grandma used to have. Delightful! The color wasn’t named, but, I’d call it a rose shade. It boasts a long-lasting formula which I kind of agree with. The application lasted through a drink in a glass but I lost it after eating lunch. Still, that’s pretty decent. With an MSRP of $12.99, it’s not crazy expensive, but not a bargain either.

If a lip moisturizer is what you need, Jersey Shore Cosmetics offers its ‘Mongongo Lip Conditioner’. Try saying that super fast! This balm is organic, all-natural, & coconut scented. This was a new-to-me product as well. It works like most comparable, lip moisturizers. No more. No less. But, it has an MSRP of $10 which, to me, is a bit pricey for a balm.

Jelly Pong Pong (another tongue Twister) moves us from lips to eyes with their ‘Bare Necessities Highlighter Pencil’. This one is a triple threat for use as a concealer, eyeshadow base, and/or highlighter. While the peach color of the pencil is pretty, I just didn’t see any difference when I used it. It got ‘lost’ on my face. Perhaps it’s best for specific complexions or specific ways that make-up is done? I’m not sure, but it’s pass for me especially with its staggering $17.95 price tag!

After playing around in the sun, we need to wash the day away. Daily Concepts gives us their ‘Exfoliating Body Scrubber’. I think it’s neat that it has a label that fades when you need to replace it. What a smart little bugger! It definitely does it job and its $5 price tag makes it even better.

We can’t forget the bonus item! It’s the only item not full-sized, but it does sport a coupon if you fall for it & want more! Arnica Salve is perfect for summertime skin issues.

Being that the products are all full-sized, we can honestly say that if you bought each of these products at your local retailer, you’d pay $51.44! This month, we have a savings of $39.44! That’s a nice chunk of change to spend on summer fun.

You can find out full product info & ordering details at You’re experience with the products may differ from mine.
I received the aforementioned products in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.