New Releases For The Week Of September 30, 2018–Part 1

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of September 30th, 2018. I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so  very many of them for this week. Today is the first day of my list for this week.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery) by [Childs, Laura, Moran, Terrie Farley]

 

An exploding Mardi Gras float has got to be the strangest murder weapon scrappy sleuth Carmela Bertrand has ever encountered in this latest Scrapbooking Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author.

It’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans and scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand is excited to be attending the Pluvius Parade along with her best friend Ava. Carmela’s ex-husband Shamus rides by the duo on his float at the head of the parade, when suddenly the revelry turns to disaster. Shamus’ float crashes and explodes, and although Shamus escapes unhurt, a member of his krewe is killed.

Carmela and Ava plunge into an investigation of the krewe-member’s death, but as they dig deeper it starts to look less like an accident and more like a murder….and Shamus seems less like a victim, and more like a suspect.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Set in her beloved city of Cambridge where she enjoyed a very happy childhood, this novel from Anne Atkins follows the life of autistic junior fellow, Theo, and a first year undergraduate, Charlotte. Their growing friendship becomes tested when a threat to their beloved city comes to light.

Along the way, we meet their respective families and friends, such as Suki, who fights a battle in court against a senior researcher; Hui, whose family in China turn out to have a vital role to play in the foiling of the bomb plot, as well as in Theo’s belief in cryptocurrency; and Peter, who is attempting to keep Cambridge’s Christmas Eve tradition going in his new role for the university. We also have the antagonist: Harry, who comes from Theo’s past and threatens both his present and his future with his goal of changing the cityscape and the lives of Cambridge and its inhabitants.

An Elegant Solution has threats to life and pursuit of a mystery that link it to a thriller, but equally it feels at times like a romantic comedy with the relationship that blooms between Theo and Charlie, as well as the obstacles that lay in its path. Furthermore, it covers sensitive issues such as autism and sexual assault, and more intellectual topics with maths, theorems, and bitcoin.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mean Girl Murder (Merry Wrath Mysteries Book 8) by [Langtry, Leslie]From USA Today bestselling author, Leslie Langtry comes the next assassin-in-suburbia Merry Wrath Mystery…

The Halloween Parade is coming up, and former CIA agent-turned-suburbanite Merry Wrath’s Girl Scout Troop hopes to repeat a 1st place trophy for the 3rd year in a row. But when they find a dead woman dressed as a witch, a mysterious treasure, and face a ruthless kidnapping, it looks like Merry’s in for a different kind of triple threat.

To add fuel to her bonfire, Mom’s in town—meaning Merry has to replace all that bullet-riddled furniture in the guest room—and with her wedding date approaching, her groom-to-be’s twin taxidermist sisters are insisting on doing the decorating.

Between her family fiascoes and a dead witch who was loathed by everyone in town, Merry’s head is spinning faster than an apple in a bobbing barrel. Who wanted this mean girl dead? Will this Halloween end with a treat? Or has Merry been tricked?

Merry Wrath Mysteries:
Merit Badge Murder – book #1
Mint Cookie Murder – book #2
Scout Camp Mystery – short story in the “Killer Beach Reads” collection
Marshmallow S’More Murder – book #3
Movie Night Murder – book #4
Mud Run Murder – book #5
Fishing Badge Murder – short story in the “Pushing Up Daisies” collection
Motto for Murder – book #6
Map Skills Murder – book #7
Mean Girl Murder – book #8

What critics are saying about Leslie Langtry’s books:

“I laughed so hard I cried on multiple occasions while reading MARSHMALLOW S’MORE MURDER! Girl Scouts, the CIA, and the Yakuza… what could possibly go wrong?”
~ Fresh Fiction

“Darkly funny and wildly over the top, this mystery answers the burning question, ‘Do assassin skills and Girl Scout merit badges mix…”
~ RT BOOKreviews

“Mixing a deadly sense of humor and plenty of sexy sizzle, Leslie Langtry creates a brilliantly original, laughter-rich mix of contemporary romance and suspense.”
~ Chicago Tribune

“Langtry gets the fun started from page one with a myriad of clever details.”
~ Publisher’s Weekly  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Vampire Knitting Club: A cozy paranormal mystery series by [Warren, Nancy]Vampires who knit
A troublemaking witch
Who killed Granny — and is she really dead?

At a crossroads between a cringe-worthy past (Todd the Toad) and an uncertain future (she’s not exactly homeless, but it’s close), Lucy Swift travels to Oxford to visit her grandmother. With Gran’s undying love to count on and Cardinal Woolsey’s, Gran’s knitting shop, to keep her busy, Lucy can catch her breath and figure out what she’s going to do.

Except it turns out that Gran is the undying. Or at least, the undead. But there’s a death certificate. And a will, leaving the knitting shop to Lucy. And a lot of people going in and out who never use the door—including Gran, who is just as loving as ever, and prone to knitting sweaters at warp speed, late at night. What exactly is going on?

When Lucy discovers that Gran did not die peacefully in her sleep, but was murdered, she has to bring the killer to justice without tipping off the law that there’s no body in the grave. Between a hot 600-year-old vampire and a dishy detective inspector, both of whom always seem to be there for her, Lucy finds her life getting more complicated than a triple cable cardigan.
The only one who seems to know what’s going on is her cat … or is it … her familiar?

First in a new series of paranormal cozy mysteries with bite!

“I was up until 2 a.m. I just couldn’t stop reading.” ***** Five star Amazon review of Frosted Shadow, a Toni Diamond mystery.
“Loved it! Keeps you guessing to the end.” ***** Amazon review of Frosted Shadow, a Toni Diamond mystery.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Halloween LaVeau Box Set Books 1-3: Forever Charmed, Charmed Again and Third Time's A Charm: A Witch Cozy Mystery Box Set - Books 1, 2, 3 (The Halloween LaVeau Series) by [Pressey, Rose]Halloween LaVeau is descended from a long line of witches, but she never thought that inheriting LaVeau Manor would be such a curse. After she was voted Worst Witch of the Year, Halloween finally finds her witchy groove – only to lose the Book of Mystics in the process and with that, control of the Underworld.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robot Revenge: a Winston Wong cozy mystery novella by [Chow, J.J.]

*The second book in the humorous Winston Wong Cozy Mystery series*

Winston Wong, expert seniors’ sleuth, takes on a case in his local neighborhood. When the captain of the block, a reclusive robot inventor, has a fatal fall, Winston suspects foul play. But was it the ambitious events coordinator, the slick banker, the eco activist, or the tiger mom?

Just as his girlfriend is called out of town, his bossy sister shows up at his door. Can Winston get his comfy videogaming life back and solve the unneighborly crime…before he becomes the next victim?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gardenias and a Grave Mistake: Mystery (Diana Flowers Floriculture Mysteries Book 1) by [Loren, Ruby]Flowers, favours, and a cake with a body in it… what a way to start a wedding!

Diana already regrets saying yes to her neighbour’s ridiculous wedding-flower demands, but when she discovers a body in the middle of the multi-tiered centrepiece… it’s really taking the cake!

The man in the cake has been murdered.

Diana suspects that one of her neighbours may be the killer.

And she already knows that some of them are keeping skeletons in their closets.

Sometimes literally.

Murder would send most people running for the hills, but Diana has a blossoming business to think about.

She needs to get to the bottom of her neighbourhood’s dark past, or her new cut flower business could suffer a blight!

You’ll love this funny British cozy series with its floral inspiration, because everyone loves a fierce female sleuth with a nose for a mystery.

Get it now.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

The Spirit in Question (A Lila Maclean Academic Mystery Book 3) by [Kuhn, Cynthia]English professor Lila Maclean knew drama would be involved when she agreed to consult on Stonedale University’s production of Puzzled: The Musical.

But she didn’t expect to find herself cast into such chaos: the incomprehensible play is a disaster, the crumbling theater appears to be haunted, and, before long, murder takes center stage.

The show must go on—yet as they speed toward opening night, it becomes clear that other members of the company may be targeted as well. Lila searches for answers while contending with a tenacious historical society, an eccentric playwright, an unsettling psychic, an enigmatic apparition, and a paranormal search squad.

With all of this in play, will she be able to identify who killed her colleague…or will it soon be curtains for Lila too?

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THE SPIRIT IN QUESTION by Cynthia Kuhn | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Out of Season: A Novel (Rocco Schiavone Mysteries) by [Manzini, Antonio]A clever, engaging third novel in the Rocco Schiavone mystery series from bestselling Italian author, Antonio Manzini, following the dashing deputy police chief who confronts his most riveting case ever.

It’s the bitterly cold spring season in alpine Aosta, and a girl has been kidnapped. Chiara Berguet, daughter of the owners of a local construction firm, was targeted thanks to the sizeable debt her parents owe. But like many a best-laid plan, a blown tire causes the crime to go haywire as the kidnappers’ van skids off the road and crashes into a pair of larch trees. Both the driver and his accomplice die on impact, leaving the girl in the back, gagged and bound and unable to break herself free.

Meanwhile Rocco Schiavone wakes to find himself in Anna’s apartment. She’s the best friend of his girlfriend Nora, and memories of the night before, a heated evening with Anna, return to him. As he sneaks out, he sees the first few snowstorm clouds of the spring season move across the sky, an ominous reference that something is off.

If trouble at home and a case of kidnapping weren’t enough, Rocco will eventually have to contend with Enzo Baiocchi. Rocco was the one who sent Enzo to prison, and in the process killed Enzo’s brother. Having just escaped from prison, Enzo is heading north with a newly purchased revolver and, clearly, revenge on his mind. And when an unfortunate incident of mistaken identity makes Enzo’s act of revenge even more fiendish, it also presents a gruesome scene for Rocco to discover on his return home.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nozy Cat 3 (Hope Jones Cozy Mystery) by [Key, Lyn]

 

Hope Jones operates the Brontë Bookshop in the hamlet of Sweet Springs amid the rolling, green hills of the Virginia piedmont. Her best friend and business partner Peggy Sue Roswell assists Hope along with Stacey, her smart, spirited fifteen-year-old daughter. Their tuxedo feline Nozy Cat, always opinionated and outspoken, is the bookshop mascot. A local woman, Marian Hightower, is discovered murdered inside her farmhouse, and the puzzling mystery begins to unfold. The three murder suspects are quickly identified, and the sleuths refuse to back off their investigation until they expose Marian’s killer and restore order to Sweet Springs. Nozy Cat 3 offers mystery fans a clean read and exciting whodunit with loads of good-natured humor and a fun dose of the paranormal.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dead in the Garden: A Romantic Cosy Mystery (Grasmere Cottage Mystery Book 1) by [Donovan, Dahlia]Join bestselling author Dahlia Donovan on a cosy mystery adventure in Grasmere Cottage Mystery book one. With love, wit, and a murder to solve, life for Valor and Bishan is about to get bloomin’ complicated in this sweet gay romance.

Dead body in the garden? Check.

Mystery to solve? Check.

Police focused on the wrong person? Not good.

All grown up and graduated, Valor Tarquin Scott, son to Earl and Countess Scott, owns The Ginger’s Bread, a biscuit shop, in Grasmere in the Lake District. The love of his life, Bishan Tamboli, has turned his music studies into a successful career playing with the London Symphony Orchestra. It’s a perfect life with their cat, spending evenings watching Poirot on the television.

The nightmare begins with one dead former schoolmate, leading police to believe Bishan is responsible.

Valor struggles to solve the cryptic puzzles left behind in a race to prove Bishan’s innocence.

He can’t help wondering how far the body count will rise before they manage to stop the killer.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beneath the Deep Dark Glass: Unwilling Medium (Charmed Psychic Witch from Across the Veil Book 1) by [Wolfe, Lenore]

 

 

Charlotte never wanted to see ghosts, but it seems she was chosen, ready or not. Now she must embrace her gift, and soon, to save a young woman’s life. But can she do so in time?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Very Merry Murder (A Professor Prather Mystery Book 3) by [Angela, Mary]It’s December in Copper Bluff, and from hillside to hallowed hall, everyone is merry—or will be as soon as semester break arrives. Students are studying, professors are grading, and Emmeline Prather is anticipating the university-sponsored holiday concert. Friend and colleague Lenny Jenkins will be accompanying the visiting quartet, Jazz Underground, and Em can’t think of a better way to kick-start the holiday season.

But before she can say “Jingle Bell Rock,” trouble arrives at Candlelight Inn, the bed and breakfast where the quartet is staying. One of the band members dies unexpectedly, and suspicion falls on Em, whose altercation with the man ends with him on the floor. He never recovers, and now she’s worried her reputation might not either. When Emmeline starts to see parallels between an Agatha Christie novel she’s teaching and the victim, Lenny claims she’s read one too many mysteries.

As the clues unravel, so does the murderer’s patience. Em is close to finding the truth, but will the truth—or the murderer—push her over the edge? It will take a Christmas miracle to solve this case, but if there’s one thing in surplus this time of year, it’s faith.

Book Three of the Professor Prather Mystery Series  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–A Stewed Observation

 

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Karen C. Whalen and her new book A Stewed Observation.  This is the fourth book in her A Dinner Club Murder Mysteries Cozy series.

 

A Stewed Observation (A Dinner Club Murder Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
The Wild Rose Press, Inc (August 6, 2018)
Print Length: 214 pages
Digital ASIN: B07DYVWHFY

 

 

Purchase Links:
Amazon    The Wild Rose Press    iBooks

 

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This was a fabulous read with characters that were well developed. I definitely want to read more of this series.
~A Chick Who Reads

Readers will get a taste of Ireland, literal and figurative . . . A good read . . .
~Here’s How It Happened

 

The Gourmet Dinner Club travels to Ireland to enjoy Irish cuisine while staying at a medieval, ivy-covered castle. Jane Marsh hopes Dale Capricorn will ask her to marry him at this romantic dream destination. But her plans are put on hold when the elderly castle owner becomes violent, a club member restrains him, and he collapses and dies.

The police believe the mysterious death is murder and begin to suspect one of the club’s members. Dale leaves for home on a business emergency, and as the lone single gal in the club full of couples, Jane is thrown into the company of Griffin O’Doherty, the handsome Irishman who stands to inherit the castle.

Jane must prove her friend’s innocence by solving the crime. Which of the sweet-tempered Irish could be a callous killer?

 

 

 

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Karen C. Whalen is the author of a culinary cozy series, the “dinner club murder mysteries.” The first four in the series are: Everything Bundt the TruthNot According to FlanNo Grater Evil, and A Stewed Observation. The first book in the series tied for First Place in the Suspense Novel category of the 2017 IDA Contest sponsored by Oklahoma Romance Writers of America. Her books are similar to those written by cozy authors Jessica Beck and Joanne Fluke. She worked for many years as a paralegal at a law firm in Denver, Colorado and has been a columnist and regular contributor to The National Paralegal Reporter magazine. She believes that it’s never too late to try something new. She loves to host dinner clubs, entertain friends, ride bicycles, hike in the mountains, and read cozy murder mysteries.

Author Links
Website – http://karencwhalen.com

Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/whalenkarenc

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/whalenkarenc

Twitter – https://twitter.com/whalenkc

GoodReads– https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15891729.Karen_C_Whalen

 

 

 

 

When did you know that you wanted to be an author?  What things, if any, influenced that decision?

I wanted to become a writer at about the same time I learned to read. Most writers will say they’ve always wanted to write because of their love for reading and books. Nothing original about it. That’s always how I’ve felt, too.

 

With so many cozies being written today, what makes your books stand out from the crowd?

A lot of lawyers are writers because people working in the legal field work with words. I was a paralegal, so my protagonist is a paralegal with a little different perspective than a lawyer. I bring the investigative skills of a paralegal into the story. Also, the plots revolve around a dinner club group. There are many culinary cozies with a professional baker, such as the donut shop mysteries, the cookie shop mysteries, and the wine and cheese shop mysteries, but my cozies are for people who are not professional cooks. So, I guess my cozies are for the layman, the one who isn’t an attorney or an expert baker. Anyone can imagine themselves in the shoes of my protagonist.

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Do you work from an outline or plot or do you just see where the characters take you?

A little of both. I use a plot board and a ten-to-twelve page outline, and then the characters take it from there. The parts of the story I love the most are the ones written by my characters—the scenes that are created off the board and those that depart from the outline.

 

Do you read your reviews?  Do you respond to them, good or bad?  Do you do anything special to get those reviews?

I don’t read all the reviews. I usually read the first ones when the books are released and I rarely respond to them. I do send out ARCs (advanced reader copies) in order to generate reviews.

 

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Don’t settle for less. Go for what you want.

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Do you think that the cover plays an important part in someone buying your book(s)?   Who designs your book covers?

Yes. My covers are designed by Kim Mendoza, one of the artists who designs covers for The Wild Rose Press.

 

Please give us an insight into your main characters.  What do you think makes them special?

In the dinner club series, amateur sleuth Jane Marsh is always game to try new things now that she’s in the empty nest stage of her life, including joining an exclusive dinner club. Stumbling across dead bodies has also developed into one of her hobbies. Using paralegal skills honed at her job in a Denver law firm, she knows how to conduct an investigation. But her suspicious mind collides with her trusting nature as she stirs up trouble while serving up one dinner party after another.

 

What have you learned about yourself since becoming an author?

I have a creative side that is clamoring to show itself. My mind takes off into this other world I’ve created and I enjoy spending time there.

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Do you write full-time or part-time?

Full time.

 

What do your plans for future projects include?

The idea for a new series is brewing in the back of my mind, but it’s still in the conceptual stage.

 

What do you think the hardest part of writing is?  What is the easiest?

Finding the time is the hardest. Distractions are a time-suck. The easiest thing is to imagine what my main character is doing at any given moment and how she would react to situations if she were in my shoes. The characters can dominate my thoughts at times.

 

What type of books do you like to read?  Who are some of your favorite authors?

Cozy mysteries, of course. Jessica Beck, Joanne Fluke, M.C. Beaton, Leslie Meier, and the all-time queen of cozies, Agatha Christie.

 

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What is the one thing you would like your readers to know about you?

I’m married to a wonderful, supportive man. We have two grown sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren who are my world.

 

Do you have anything specific you would like to say to your readers?

I love to hear from my readers and I especially love the recipes they share with me. Those recipes often find their way into my books.

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How can readers discover more about you and your work?

    Website: http://karencwhalen.com

    Blog:

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whalenkarenc

    Twitter:   https://twitter.com/whalenkc

     Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/whalenkarenc 

     Amazon Author Page:

https://www.amazon.com/Karen-C-whalen/e/B01MRL8Q70/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

     Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15891729.Karen_C_Whalen


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TOUR PARTICIPANTS

September 17 – A Chick Who Reads – REVIEW

September 18 – A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – GUEST POST

September 19 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT

September 20 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

September 20 – Mysteries with Character – GUEST POST

September 21 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – REVIEW

September 22 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST

September 23 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT  

September 24 – Here’s How It Happened – REVIEW

September 25 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

September 25 – Cozy Up With Kathy – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

September 26 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

September 27 – Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews – REVIEW

September 27 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

September 27 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – GUEST POST

September 28 – Ruff Drafts – GUEST POST

September 29 – MJB Reviewers – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

September 30 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

 

 

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Assault and Beadery

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I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Mollie Cox Bryan and her new release Assault And Beadery.  This is the fourth book in her A Cora Crafts Mystery series.

 

Assault and Beadery (A Cora Crafts Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Kensington (September 25, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1496716442
ISBN-13: 978-1496716446
Digital ASIN: B078QM4V66

 

Purchase Links – Amazon   B&N   IndieBound   Kobo   BookBub

 

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All of Cora Chevalier’s dreams are coming true. Since moving to Indigo Gap, North Carolina, the busy crafting maven has been blessed with a great boyfriend, a lovely home, and a booming craft retreat business. But on the eve of her first Crafty Mom’s Escape Weekend, tragedy strikes again in Indigo Gap. This time, it’s curtains for Stan Herald, the disagreeable director of the local theater group, who’s murdered on the opening night of their new production. Worse, Cora’s friend Zee is accused of the crime.

Cora is determined to prove her friend’s innocence, but Zee’s mysterious past is making that difficult. And with a list of suspects longer than a double spool of satin cording, getting a bead on the real culprit won’t be easy. With her friends Jane and Ruby at her side, Cora must string together the clues and solve Stan’s murder before the killer gives an encore performance.

Includes crafting tips!

 

 

 

Mollie Cox Bryan is the author of the Cumberland Creek Scrapbooking mystery series and the Cora Crafts mystery series. She is also author of two cookbooks, the regional bestseller Mrs. Rowe’s Little Book of Southern Pies and Mrs. Rowe’s Restaurant Cookbook: A Lifetime of Recipes from the Shenandoah Valley. An award-winning journalist and poet, she currently blogs, cooks, and scrapbooks in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband and two daughters. Scrapbook of Secrets was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Visit her on the web at molliecoxbryan.com.

Author Links

Website – http://molliecoxbryan.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/molliecoxbryanauthor

Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/molliecoxbryan/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/molliecoxbryan?lang=en

 

 

 

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When did you know that you wanted to be an author?  What things, if any, influenced that decision?

I’ve always been a storyteller, even before I could write. The process of becoming an author was a long process of first becoming a journalist, poet, and then figuring out that what I really wanted to do was write fiction. The stories I wanted to tell were best suited for fiction.

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With so many cozies being written today, what makes your books stand out from the crowd?

My books have a bit of an edge. They are not graphic in anyway, but they definitely go up to that line. Also, my books sometimes deal with issues you don’t see in a lot of cozies—like  domestic abuse, drugs, human trafficking.

 

Do you work from an outline or plot or do you just see where the characters take you?  

For my cozies, I just go where they take me. Sometimes that means some rewrites. But usually it works out.

 

Do you read your reviews?  Do you respond to them, good or bad?  Do you do anything special to get those reviews?

I have an ARC reading crew and they receive advanced copies of my books in hope that they review them.  I do check over the reviews to see if my team is actually reviewing.

I never respond to reviews, even though I might want to! Readers are entitled to their opinion.  It does worry me when I see that a reader has taken something I’ve written completely out of context. But ultimately I think that’s my fault because I didn’t write it well enough for there to not be a complete understanding.   So it means that I have to work harder.

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What advice would you give to your younger self?  

To pay attention to your own voice, to not let so many others to tell you what you should be doing.

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Do you think that the cover plays an important part in someone buying your book(s)?   Who designs your book covers?  

My publisher (Kensington) does my covers and I think they do a great job with them. Yes, I think the covers key readers into the type of book it is. Cozy readers look for a certain kind of cover.

 

Please give us an insight into your main characters.  What do you think makes them special?

Cora used to be a counselor in a women’s shelter, but she developed an anxiety disorder and needed to quit.  In the meantime, she started a craft blog because she recognized how crafting helped many of the women she counseled. Sot the craft retreat was an outgrowth of all that. She has a moody cat named Luna.

Jane is Cora’s best friend and partner in the business. She’s a single mother recovering from an abusive relationship and is overprotective of her daughter, London.   She’s a gifted potter and had an international reputation and has won awards.

Ruby is an older woman who came with the property. She was grandfathered in with the sale. She lives in the gardener’s cottage and is an herbalist. She can be a bit contrary. As the series moves forward, she is an asset to the business and becomes a partner.

 

Do you write full-time or part-time?

Right now, I have a full-time day job, so I’m writing in the morning and during the weekends. But it doesn’t feel part-time. 😉

 

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What do your plans for future projects include?

Next year, I’m launching two new series. One is a cozy series—The Buttermilk Creek Mysteries, which are set on a micro dairy farm in the Shenandoah Valley (where I live.) the first book in the new series is “Christmas Cow Bells.”

The other new series is there Classic Movie Star Mystery series. The first book is “The Jean Harlow Bombshell.”

 

What do you think the hardest part of writing is?  What is the easiest?

The easiest is coming up with the stories. I have so many ideas I’ll never be able to write them!

The hardest part is having the confidence and gumption to continue when so many factors tell you not to.  Sometimes it’s a very subtle message from someone or something in your life that your writing isn’t important enough for you to spend the time you need to do it. Other times it’s that your books aren’t selling well enough to earn your keep.

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What type of books do you like to read?  Who are some of your favorite authors?

I do read some cozy mystery authors. Some of them are my favorites. But I have so many friends in the community that I don’t want to point out my favorites. So I’ll mention some of my favorite non-cozy authors.

My favorite series is the Fiona Griffiths Series by Harry Bingham.

My favorite book that I’ve recently read is A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline.

I adore Deanna Raybourne and Susanna Kearsley. I’ll read anything they write!

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What is the one thing you would like your readers to know about you?

I really do enjoy hearing from them. I love knowing that readers are reading my books!

 

Do you have anything specific you would like to say to your readers?

Just that I’m completely honored that readers choose to spend their time reading my books. I feel this enormous sense of gratitude towards them.

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How can readers discover more about you and your work?

    Website: http://www.molliecoxbryan.com

    Blog: http://www.molliecoxbryan.com

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/molliecoxbryanauthor/

    Twitter:   @molliecoxbryan

     Pinterest; https://www.pinterest.com/molliecoxbryan/

     Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Mollie-Cox-Bryan/e/B001JS0W96/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1533508494&sr=8-1

 

     Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/345378.Mollie_Cox_Bryan

 


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TOUR PARTICIPANTS

September 25 – The Power of Words = REVIEW

September 25 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – GUEST POST

September 25 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers -SPOTLIGHT

September 26 – Read Your Writes Book Reviews – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

September 26 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT

September 26 – Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews – REVIEW

September 27 – The Self-Rescue Princess – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

September 27 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW

September 28 – T’s Stuff – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

September 28 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

September 29 – A Holland Reads – REVIEW

September 29 – MJB Reviewers – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

September 30 – cherylbbookblog – REVIEW, RECIPE

September 30 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – REVIEW

October 1 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW

October 1 – Varietats – GUEST POST

October 2 – Rosepoint Publishing – REVIEW

October 2 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

October 3 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

October 3 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW  

October 4 – Valerie’s Musings – GUEST POST

October 4 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT  

October 5 – A Blue Million Books – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

October 5 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT

October 6 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW

October 6 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

October 7 – The Montana Bookaholic – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

October 7 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

October 8 – Here’s How It Happened – SPOTLIGHT

October 8 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT/RECIPE

 

 

 

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Yesterday’s Tears

 

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Sam Cheever  and her new release Yesterday’s Tears.  This is the fifth book in her Yesterday’s Paranormal Mysteries series.

Yesterday’s Tears (Yesterday’s Paranormal Mysteries)
Paranormal Mystery/Women Sleuths
5th in Series
Electric Prose Publications (September 28, 2018)
Print Length – Approximately 200 pages

 

 

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It might be a murder from decades ago, but it still has its claws in the present…and someone seems determined to drag Anna into it.

It’s way too soon to be returning to a haunted mansion, and Anna’s favorite cowboy ghost does his best to talk her out of it. But the opportunity to pick from the beautiful antiques left to her in a Crocker resident’s will is just too tempting for Anna and Pratt to pass up. So they’re going in…

They’re prepared to deal with a few cold spots. Maybe the occasional flickering light. But what Anna and the boys weren’t counting on was bumping up against the ghost of Josiah Bumgartner, a contemporary of Joss’ from the 1800s. And when Josiah claims the old woman who lived in the house hid his bones around the place, Anna agrees to help him find them. But something much darker is at work there. And, unfortunately for our happy little gang of antique hunters…Anna seems to have unwittingly stepped right into the middle of it.

 

 

 

 

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Let’s face it, nobody really cares that Sam Cheever is a USA Today Bestselling Author. Nobody cares that she’s written a whole ton of fun and snappy books. Let’s face it, the most interesting thing about Sam is the fact that she’s a dogaholic. Yeah, there’s no Dogaholic’s Anonymous chapter that can help her. Believe me, she’s looked. So Sam deals with her problem the best way she knows how. She digs into the mountains of personal experiences (mostly involving dog poo) to write GREAT dog characters.

Oh, and there are some people in her books too. She’s also pretty good at those.

Want to ask Sam about her dogs…erm…books? You can connect with her at one of the following places. Just don’t ask her why she has 15 dogs. Nobody in the whole wide world can answer that.

NEWSLETTER: Join Sam’s Monthly newsletter and get a FREE book! You can also keep up with her appearances, enjoy monthly contests, and get previews of her upcoming work! http://www.samcheever.com/newsletter.html

TEXT NEWS ALERTS: Or if you’d rather not receive a monthly newsletter, you can sign up for text alerts and just receive a brief text when Sam’s launching a new release or appearing somewhere fun. Just text SAMNEWS to 781-728-9542 to be added!

ONLINE HOT SPOTS: To find out more about Sam and her work, please pay her a visit at any one of the following online hot spots: Her blog: http://www.samcheever.com/blog; Twitter: http://twitter.com/samcheever; and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SamCheeverAuthor. She looks forward to chatting with you! She has a technique for scooping poop that she knows you’re just DYING to learn about.

Author Links:

Newsletter: http://www.samcheever.com/newsletter.html Subscribe to Sam’s newsletter and win a free copy of the fun mystery novella from Sam’s popular Silver Hills Cozy Mysteries
Text News Alerts: https://mobile-text-alerts.com/samnews
Website: http://www.SamCheever.com
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/samcheever   
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Bookbub:
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When did you know that you wanted to be an author?  What things, if any, influenced that decision?

I’ve dabbled in writing since I was a kid. I guess I always knew it was what I wanted to do. The turning point for me was when my English teacher in High School called out my assignment to the class, telling me I should consider writing as a career. I began writing in earnest when I was a young mother in my late twenties and haven’t looked back since!

 

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With so many cozies being written today, what makes your books stand out from the crowd?

My Yesterday’s Paranormal Mysteries series is different from any other mystery series I’ve seen. It’s a unique mix of historical and paranormal, with a touch of sweet romance thrown in. Even more fun, because of the historical/contemporary mix in each book, sleuths often find themselves solving not one but two mysteries!

 

Do you work from an outline or plot or do you just see where the characters take you?

I definitely write from the seat-of-my-pants. I’ve tried outlining several times…even outlined 3 books in a trilogy once. Within ten pages I was going off outline and doing my own thing. LOL I’m hopeless. But I will say that about two thirds into every book I’ll stop and write a synopsis for each of the remaining chapters and I usually stick pretty closely to those.

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Do you read your reviews?  Do you respond to them, good or bad?  Do you do anything special to get those reviews?

Sigh…I do read them. I’m a glutton. LOL The bad ones used to flay me alive. But I’ve grown a thicker skin over the years, probably due to my deep immersion technique of reading the dang things. Also, I’m sure I have more confidence in my abilities as a writer now. If a book has mostly good reviews and a few bad ones, that tells me the bad ones are outliers. Those people are not in my target audience. But if there’s a common theme in the poor reviews I’ll try to address it in the book. I’m kind of a perfectionist so, if I learn there’s a mistake in one of my books, I’ll do the tedious work to fix it. That’s important to me.

I have a Launch Team that reviews my books. They get the book a couple of weeks before it releases. I also create an ARC in Booksprout for people who don’t want to become newsletter subscribers but would like to read and review my books.

I NEVER respond to reviews except to thank my ARC reviewers and tell them I’m glad they enjoyed the book (or I’m sorry they didn’t) Nothing good ever comes from facing off with someone who hated your book. They’re entitled to their opinion, even when you don’t agree with it! #:0)

 

What advice would you give to your younger self?

I’d tell young Sam to get serious about the writing earlier! I really didn’t try to get published until I was in my thirties. I regret those wasted years.

 

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Do you think that the cover plays an important part in someone buying your book(s)?   Who designs your book covers?

It does for many, maybe even most, people. Conventional wisdom certainly says it does. But I have to say, I’ve seen a few bestselling series with truly horrible, clearly homemade covers. Generally, it’s a mix of cover, book summary, and the premise of the story that sells. I don’t believe any one of those things alone guarantees a book’s success.

I actually work with several cover artists, depending on what genre book I’m writing.

 

Please give us an insight into your main characters.  What do you think makes them special?

Anna Yesterday is a very likeable character. She’s no super hero. She’s just an unmarried, attractive young business woman who’s fighting to keep her store afloat while dealing with an array of challenges along the way, including dangerous villains, opinionated stray cats, friendly as well as savage ghosts, and unwelcome feelings about a certain ex-cop. Anna is a loyal friend, a responsible member of the Crocker community, and self-aware enough to know when she’s out of her league. She’s not a sissy and she doesn’t back down from a challenge. All in all, she’s just the type of person I could call a friend.

 

What have you learned about yourself since becoming an author?

I’m a fighter. Just staying in the game is an accomplishment in this industry. Between dealing with the roller coaster ride of sales, book pirates, nasty reviews, and retailers that sometimes seem determined to make sure I fail, there have been many times when I’ve briefly considered giving up. But it doesn’t seem to be in my nature. I usually lick my wounds for a day and then get right back at it. I’m proud of that.

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Do you write full-time or part-time?

Full time plus. I spend time in my office seven days a week. Six days I’m in my office from 4AM to 3PM checking back several times a night to respond to emails. I only work half days on Saturdays so I can spend time with family and get chores done. I’m not writing that whole time. I probably only spend about half of that time actually writing. I do administrative stuff, marketing, promotion, social networking and training during the other half of each day.

 

What do your plans for future projects include?

I have 5 active mystery series so I’m always balancing new releases in those. After Yesterday’s Tears, I have a novella in a Christmas anthology that I’ll be writing with several other mystery authors, a new project with Sweet Promise Press that I’m very excited about for November, another Country Cousins book and hopefully another Silver Hills book before January. It’s going to be a busy next few months!

 

What do you think the hardest part of writing is?  What is the easiest?

In day-to-day writing the hardest thing would be getting started. Once I start writing every day the words usually flow pretty well. But it’s really easy for me to procrastinate with administrative and marketing stuff.

There really no easy part. LOL It’s all a challenge. But that doesn’t mean I don’t love it!

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What type of books do you like to read?  Who are some of your favorite authors?

I read what I write…paranormal and contemporary mysteries and romantic suspense.

As for authors I love, I cut my funny mystery teeth on Janet Evanovich. My love of sci fi mysteries came from J.D. Robb. I also love Angie Fox, Deanna Raybourn, Maggie Shayne, Liliana Hart and many others.

 

What is the one thing you would like your readers to know about you?

P.T. Barnum once said: “The noblest art is that of making others happy.” I’ve adopted that as my mantra. My goal with every book is for the reader to fall into the stories and become part of the world, enjoying it to the very last page. I’ve had numerous emails from readers telling me I’ve gotten them through illness and difficult times because my stories allowed them to get lost in fun for a while. For me, that’s what it’s all about.

 

Do you have anything specific you would like to say to your readers?

Thanks for reading! You make the journey fun and worthwhile.

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How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Readers can join my newsletter and get a FREE book, as well as keep up with my appearances, enjoy unique content, and get previews of my upcoming releases! http://www.samcheever.com/newsletter.html

Or if you’d rather not receive a regular newsletter, you can sign up for text alerts and just receive a brief text when I’m launching a new release, having a books sale or appearing somewhere fun. Just text SAMNEWS to 781-728-9542 to be added!

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS

September 24 – Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews – REVIEW

September 24 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

September 24 – Babs Book Bistro – GUEST POST

September 25 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

September 25 – Island Confidential – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

September 25 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

September 26 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW

September 26 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT

September 26 – Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

September 27 – Here’s How It Happened – REVIEW  

September 27 – Cozy Up With Kathy – GUEST POST

September 27 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT

September 28 – MJB Reviewers – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

September 28 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

September 28 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

 

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Past & Present

 

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Judy Penz Sheluk  and her new release Past & Present.  This is the second book in her A Marketville Mystery series.

Past & Present: A Marketville Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Superior Shores Press (September 21, 2018)
Paperback: 232 pages
ISBN-10: 0995000735
ISBN-13: 978-0995000735
Digital ASIN: B07FYZ6HPF

 

Purchase Links

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Sometimes the past reaches out to the present…

It’s been thirteen months since Calamity (Callie) Barnstable inherited a house in Marketville under the condition that she search for the person who murdered her mother thirty years earlier. She solves the mystery, but what next? Unemployment? Another nine-to-five job in Toronto?

Callie decides to set down roots in Marketville, take the skills and knowledge she acquired over the past year, and start her own business: Past & Present Investigations.

It’s not long before Callie and her new business partner, best friend Chantelle Marchand, get their first client: a woman who wants to find out everything she can about her grandmother, Anneliese Prei, and how she came to a “bad end” in 1956. It sounds like a perfect first assignment. Except for one thing: Anneliese’s past winds its way into Callie’s present, and not in a manner anyone—least of all Callie—could have predicted.

 

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AboutTheAuthor

 

Judy Penz Sheluk is the author of two mystery series: The Glass Dolphin Mysteries (THE HANGED MAN’S NOOSE and A HOLE IN ONE) and The Marketville Mysteries (SKELETONS IN THE ATTIC). Judy’s short crime fiction appears is several collections. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Crime Writers of Canada, where she currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Regional Representative for Toronto/Southern Ontario. Find Judy on her website/blog at www.judypenzsheluk.com, where she interviews and showcases the works of other authors and blogs about the writing life.

 

Author Links

Website http://www.judypenzsheluk.com

Facebook https://business.facebook.com/JudyPenzSheluk/?business_id=736294013145101

Twitter https://twitter.com/JudyPenzSheluk

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Judy-Penz-Sheluk/e/B00O74NX04

GoodReads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8602696.Judy_Penz_Sheluk

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.ca/judypenzsheluk/

Publisher https://barkingrainpress.org/judy-

 

JUDY PENZ SHELUK

 

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When did you know that you wanted to be an author?  What things, if any, influenced that decision?

I’ve always written stories “in my head” – as far back as elementary school. I thought everyone did that. When I was about 8, I read Emily Climbs by L.M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables) and it’s about a young woman who writes in a journal every day, and dreams of growing up to be a writer. Many moves and many years later, I still own that book: I knew one day I’d be a writer too but it wasn’t until 2002, when I took a Creative Writing Workshop, that I starting writing down the stories in my head. In 2003, I left my corporate accounting job and became a freelance writer. It was risky but I’ve never looked back. I wrote my first novel, The Hanged Man’s Noose, in 2012-13, received a publishing contract in 2014, and was published in 2015. I now have 4 published mystery novels and a few short stories in collections/anthologies.

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With so many cozies being written today, what makes your books stand out from the crowd?

The Glass Dolphin series (The Hanged Man’s Noose, A Hole in One) is somewhat traditional, though there are more characters than you might be expecting in a cozy, and there are definitely no cats, crafts, or cookie recipes – I like to classify it as amateur sleuth with an edge. The Marketville Mystery series (Skeletons in the Attic, Past & Present) I’d classify as “suspenseful” cozies.

 

Do you work from an outline or plot or do you just see where the characters take you?

I’m a total pantser. I’ve tried writing with an outline and it doesn’t work for me. But I do start with a basic premise and build from there. When I’m working on a project, I try to write a chapter a day, and leave each chapter with a bit of a hook, so that A) I’m eager to come back to writing the next day and B) readers want to keep reading. I tend to write short chapters, which helps with the Chapter A Day mantra!

 

Do you read your reviews?  Do you respond to them, good or bad?  Do you do anything special to get those reviews?

I absolutely read my reviews, on Goodreads, Amazon etc. I believe if someone takes the time to read my book and then to review it, I owe it to that person to read the review, good or bad. But I don’t respond, because if you respond to the good, you should also respond to the bad, and there’s no percentage in that. Reading is subjective. I respect that not everyone will love everything that I write. But it’s absolutely wonderful to get a 5-star review. It can make my day.

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What advice would you give to your younger self?

Follow your dream and write the stories down that are in your head!

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Do you think that the cover plays an important part in someone buying your book(s)?   Who designs your book covers?

They are absolutely important. Each of my books has had a different graphic artist, that’s just the way it worked out, but I love all my covers. My latest book, Past & Present, was designed by Hunter Martin. It’s my favorite cover so far – maybe because I had the most input on it. I sketched my concept and Hunter ran with it.

 

Please give us an insight into your main characters.  What do you think makes them special?

One reviewer wrote: “Compelling characters with hidden connections and a good, old-fashioned amateur sleuth getting in over her head without the distraction of cats, spirits, or recipes makes Judy Penz Sheluk’s Glass Dolphin series one to read.” I treasure that review because it validates the sort of books I’m trying to write.

My Glass Dolphin Series features Arabella Carpenter, owner of the Glass Dolphin Antiques Shop and Emily Garland, a former freelance journalist. Arabella has a motto “Authenticity matters” and I love that about her. In fact, she’s my favorite character. Emily is a bacon-eating vegetarian, a runner and a bit more even-tempered. Arabella can be a bit irascible at times.

Marketville Mysteries features Calamity (Callie) Barnstable. In Skeletons in the Attic, city girl Callie is thrown into a situation where she’s forced to move to a house in Marketville to find out who murdered her mother 30 years before. In book 2, she stays in Marketville and opens her own business: Past & Present Investigations. Callie is smart, savvy, and has an unfortunate case of “loser radar” when it comes to men. Arabella Carpenter also makes an appearance in both books.

 

What have you learned about yourself since becoming an author?

That I can take the ideas inside my head and successfully put them on paper. That I can actually stand up in front of a crowd and talk about my books, either on a panel at a conference, or at a library event or PROBUS meeting. I used to be deathly afraid of public speaking, but I’ve forced myself to get over that. It wasn’t easy, but I’m okay with it now. If I was to sum it up, it would be to say that I can do a lot of things I never dreamed I’d be capable of doing.

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Do you write full-time or part-time?

I am also the Senior Editor for New England Antiques Journal, so that does take a fair bit of my time every month, but I typically put in at least 35 hours a week on writing and/or marketing of my books. Marketing, including blog posts, is part of being an author and that time has to be factored in. I tend to work 7 days a week, including holidays, though my hours vary widely. I’m definitely not a 9-5 writer. And honestly, I don’t consider writing work. I’m very lucky to be doing what I love.

 

What do your plans for future projects include?

So many plans! Working on the third book in the Marketville series, and have a decent start on book three of the Glass Dolphin series, plus I have an idea for a non-fiction book of essays/stories, but that requires a lot of research. I’m also researching another non-fiction book, also not mystery. I have more plans than hours in a day, but it’s a good problem to have.

 

What do you think the hardest part of writing is?  What is the easiest?

Hardest? Trying to balance writing and marketing with life in general. Easiest? Writing when the words flow (not always the case) and that feeling of exhilaration.

 

What type of books do you like to read?  Who are some of your favorite authors?

I read a lot – about a book a week – and I tend to veer towards mystery and suspense, with some exceptions (Sarah’s Key and All The Light We Cannot See come to mind). I love John Sandford’s Prey and Virgil Flowers series. The late Sue Grafton’s alphabet series, and so sad that there won’t be a “Z.” I enjoy a lot of UK authors. Tana French. Fiona Barton. Paula Hawkins. Those three are brilliant. And of course I’ve read everything by Agatha Christie.

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What is the one thing you would like your readers to know about you?

That I appreciate it every time someone reads one of my books, whether it’s purchased or borrowed from their local library. And reviews…I so appreciate every single one.

 

Do you have anything specific you would like to say to your readers?

I love book clubs! While I can’t visit book clubs out of my area personally, I’m happy to try to set up an online chat with your club, should they select my book. And I’m happy to mail bookmarks, as well. (I will also mail to your local library, if they want them). Folks can contact me via my website: http://www.judypenzsheluk.com/contact/ There’s always a way to make things work.

 

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How can readers discover more about you and your work?

    
Website/Blog: http://www.judypenzsheluk.com

Facebook: https://business.facebook.com/JudyPenzSheluk/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JudyPenzSheluk

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8602696.Judy_Penz_Sheluk

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Judy-Penz-Sheluk/e/B00O74NX04

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ca/judypenzsheluk/

Audible: https://www.audible.com/author/Judy-Penz-Sheluk/B00O74NX04

 

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS

September 21 – Community Bookstop – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY

September 22 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – GUEST POST

September 23 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT

September 24 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

September 24 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT

September 25 – Babs Book Bistro – RECIPE POST

September 25 – A Chick Who Reads – REVIEW

September 26 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT

September 27 – Mysteries with Character – CHARACTER GUEST POST

September 27 – MJB Reviewers – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

September 28 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – REVIEW

September 28 – The Montana Bookaholic – GUEST POST

September 29 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY

September 30 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

October 1 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

October 1 – A Blue Million Books – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

October 2 – Here’s How It Happened – REVIEW

October 2 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – AUTHOR INTERVIEW  

October 3 – Books Direct – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT

October 3 – A Holland Reads – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

October 4 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST

 

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Review of Decaffeinated Scandal

 

Decaffeinated Scandal

Killer Coffee, Book #5

Tonya Kappes

5 Stars

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Maybe the killer drank decaffeinated.

Corn maze, apple bobbing, and pumpkin carvings are a few of the things tourists, who are visiting Honey Springs Halloween Extravaganza, are expecting to see. But when a dead body is discovered on the banks of the Honey Springs Lake and a masked murderer running away from the scene, there’s a realization this wasn’t part of the holiday fun!

Roxy doesn’t know what’s going. There’s been a murder and people are ordering decaffeinated coffee? She’s got to get to the bottom before the town gets too sleepy and falls into recession right before the winter months hit the cozy town.

If you like quaint, cozy, small towns with a tasty murder, you’re going to love the KILLER COFFEE MYSTERIES! Each book can be read as a stand alone! Start your adventure now and buy them today!  (Goodreads)

 

 

Review:  

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Roxy is a southern gal, through and through. And she loves owning the Bean Hive Coffee Shop and making everyone’s life better through coffee.  Her relationship with Patrick, the love of her life, is progressing better than she could have imagined. And she is looking forward to the town Halloween Festival.  So when a dead body turns up, she feels she has to figure out the killer so that the Festival can go on. I really enjoy getting to spend time with Roxy and her family and friends.  

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  The author has the southern setting and southern culture down pat and she makes both very humorous with her writing.  Some of the phrases that she uses had me laughing out loud. The mystery is well plotted and held my interest through the whole book.  The murder occured a little later in the book but that was fine with me because I wanted to catch up with Roxy and her friends and family.  

I would recommend this book, and series, to anyone who enjoys a well plotted cozy mystery.  I am already looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

I volunteered to review an ARC of this book and and I have given my honest opinion.    

 

New Releases For The Week Of September 23rd, 2018–Part 4

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of September 23rd, 2018. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so  very many of them for this week. Today is the fourth and final day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller (Haunted Bookshop Mystery) by [Coyle, Cleo]Penelope Thornton-McClure and her bookshop’s ghost-in-residence Jack Shepard are back on a new case in this delightful paranormal mystery from New York Times bestselling author Cleo Coyle.

A big bestseller leads to small town trouble.

Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure didn’t believe in ghosts, until she was haunted by the hard-boiled spirit of 1940s private investigator Jack Shepard. Now Jack is back on the job, and Pen is eternally grateful…

After an elegant new customer has a breakdown in her shop, Penelope suspects there is something bogus behind the biggest bestseller of the year. This popular potboiler is so hot that folks in her tiny Rhode Island town are dying to read it–literally. First one customer turns up dead, followed by another mysterious fatality connected to the book, which Pen discovers is more than just fiction. Now, with the help of her gumshoe ghost, Pen must solve the real-life cold case behind the bogus bestseller before the killer closes the book on her.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forever Fudge (A Candy-coated Mystery) by [Coco, Nancy]“Memorable characters, a charming locale, and a satisfying mystery.”—Barbara Allan

When a film crew comes to Mackinac Island, the last thing fudge shop owner Allie McMurphy expects to find is a murder victim . . .

SHOT ON LOCATION
 
It’s Labor Day weekend, the official end of tourist season, and the beginning of a whole batch of trouble. First, the island is invaded by a TV crew filming a murder mystery pilot, and handsome Hollywood heartthrob Dirk Benjamin needs Allie’s help to prep for his role as local cop Rex Manning. Then, Allie’s bichonpoo Mal sniffs out a real murder in the alley behind the Historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop, a man shot in the head—with a note challenging amateur sleuth Allie to catch the culprit. Like it or not, the fudge maker has to square off against a crazy killer—but this time she may have bitten off more than she can chew . . .

Praise for Nancy Coco and the Candy-Coated Mysteries
 
“It’s probably best not to read this while you’re too hungry, as the assorted fudge recipes may send you right to the kitchen.” 
The Oakland Tribune 
 
“The characters are fun and well-developed, the setting is quaint and beautiful.”
RT Book Reviews
 
“I really enjoyed this cozy mystery and look forward to reading more in this series.”
Fresh Fiction  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Whisker in Time (A Whales and Tails Cozy Mystery Book 16) by [Daley, Kathi]It is Halloween on Madrona Island and the entire gang is knee deep in the annual festivities. When a body is found in the storage room of the bar Danny and Aiden recently purchased, Danny is considered to be a prime suspect in the woman’s death. When it looks as if Danny had both motive and opportunity, things go from Halloween eerie to down right terrifying.

Meanwhile, Cody and Cait get downright serious about their wedding plans, Michael and Maggie come to town, and a new cat named Mystic comes to the island, proving once and for all the magic has returned.

This book has a bonus short story – The Cat of New Orleans.

This novel will contain a bonus short story along with hearty fall recipes.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Catered Cat Wedding (A Mystery With Recipes Book 14) by [Crawford, Isis]Sisters Bernie and Libby Simmons run a catering business in their upstate New York town, and they’re ready and willing to handle any wedding—even one where the bride and groom have tails . . .
 
Susie Katz is known as the crazy cat lady of Longely, New York, and goes out of her way to earn the title, right down to her cat T-shirts and porcelain Hello Kitties. She’s a fanatic for anything feline. Humans, not so much.

So when she decides to put up a tent on her property and hold an extravagant wedding ceremony for her two Russian blues, she makes sure to include a few two-legged guests—primarily to raise some hackles. All her favorite enemies will be there: her bird-loving neighbor, a rival cat breeder, a local animal rights activist, and the niece and nephew who stand to inherit her considerable fortune . . . if she doesn’t spend it all on cat tchotchkes first. Susie can’t wait for them all to watch as Boris and Natasha slink up the aisle in their very expensive diamond-studded collars, before everyone starts digging in to the poached salmon and caviar provided for the occasion by Bernie and Libby.

But chaos erupts when a wedding gift is unwrapped and a mischief of mice jump out of the box—followed by the disappearance of all the pampered partygoers. Just a few hours later, Susie is stabbed in the back while searching for her missing kitties near the now-empty tent—and it’s up to the Simmons sisters to sniff out the killer . . .

Includes Original Recipes for You to Try!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Downright Dead (A B&B Spirits Mystery) by [Kopfler, Pamela]Holly Davis never imagined having a haunted bed and breakfast would be the secret to her success—or that a secret might leave her B&B DOA . . .
 
After the syndicated TV show Inquiring Minds airs footage of their resident ghost at Holly Grove, a converted antebellum plantation house, it seems as if half the state of Louisiana wants to book a room. There’s only one small problem: the ghost of her not-so-dearly-departed husband Burl has . . . departed. For the sake of business, Holly’s willing to keep up the pretense of still being haunted. But after an outspoken debunker challenges the show’s credibility, the TV crew returns to Holly Grove to prove the ghost is real.

Following a disastrous séance, Holly is sure she’ll be exposed as a charlatan. Surprisingly, the debunker suddenly becomes a believer—after he’s pushed off the widow’s walk to his death and rises as a ghost. Now his inquiring mind wants to know: who murdered him? When he asks for Holly’s help, she can’t say no. But this time it’s her turn to watch her step, because if the killer gets spooked, the next ghost haunting the B&B may well be its owner . . .  (Amazon)

 

 

 

 

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

Assault and Beadery (A Cora Crafts Mystery) by [Cox Bryan, Mollie]All of Cora Chevalier’s dreams are coming true. Since moving to Indigo Gap, North Carolina, the busy crafting maven has been blessed with a great boyfriend, a lovely home, and a booming craft retreat business. But on the eve of her first Crafty Mom’s Escape Weekend, tragedy strikes again in Indigo Gap. This time, it’s curtains for Stan Herald, the disagreeable director of the local theater group, who’s murdered on the opening night of their new production. Worse, Cora’s friend Zee is accused of the crime.

Cora is determined to prove her friend’s innocence, but Zee’s mysterious past is making that difficult. And with a list of suspects longer than a double spool of satin cording, getting a bead on the real culprit won’t be easy. With her friends Jane and Ruby at her side, Cora must string together the clues and solve Stan’s murder before the killer gives an encore performance.
 
Includes crafting tips!
 
Praise for Mollie Cox Bryan’s mysteries
 
“A playful charmer!”
Woman’s World on No Charm Intended
 
“Scrapbookers and hobby cozy fans will enjoy this delightful holiday escape.”
Library Journal on A Crafty Christmas
 
“A font of ingenuity . . . superb entertainment.”
Mystery Scene magazine on Scrapbook of Secrets  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

Witchin' Impossible (Witchin' Impossible Cozy Mysteries Book 1) by [George, Renee]Small town. Dead bodies. Horny familiar. Hot high school crush. Just another day in Paradise Falls.

When FBI agent and witch Hazel Kinsey and her familiar Tizzy the Squirrel left the paranormal town of Paradise Falls, she swore she’d never return. She didn’t want witch and Shifter politics to be a part of her adult life. Worse, she didn’t want to stick around and watch her high school crush, Bear Shifter Ford Baylor, carry out the white-picket-fence dream of marriage and family with somebody else.

Nope.

She was never, ever stepping foot in Paradise Falls again… Until her best friend from high school calls and begs for help in solving a murder case getting colder by the minute.

Hazel reluctantly returns to her own personal hell only to deal with more murders, rusty witch powers, a familiar hell-bent on hooking up, and uncooperative citizens. Throw in werebear Ford, who’s surprisingly single and hunkilicious, and Hazel has her hands full.

Yeah. All she has to do is conquer her lust, corral her squirrel, save her best friend, and find a killer.

Author Note: This is a second edition of this story. It was originally published in Robyn Peterman’s Magic & Mayhem Kindleworld, but the world has been stripped from this book significant, additional content has been added.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rival Secrets: A Whispering Pines Mystery, Book 5 by [McGuire, Shawn]What if your nemesis challenged you on your home turf?

A sense of community. Quaint surroundings. Deadly rivalries. Welcome to Whispering Pines.

As the weather turns crisp, Jayne O’Shea and the other villagers prepare for the last big tourist draw of the season: the autumn equinox festival. It’s a time to enjoy a bounty of food, the company of others, and the ever-popular cooking competition. Events in the baking division, however, turn from friendly to fatal when one of the contestants, a beloved nationally known chef, is found dead in the woods.

As all eyes turn to one of the villagers as the killer, Jayne knows that what’s seen on the surface isn’t always the truth, especially in Whispering Pines, and digs deep to clear the name of one of their own.

The Whispering Pines Mystery Series

Family Secrets: A Whispering Pines Mystery
Kept Secrets: A Whispering Pines Mystery, Book Two
Original Secrets: A Whispering Pines Mystery, Book Three
Hidden Secrets: A Whispering Pines Mystery, Book Four
Rival Secrets: A Whispering Pines Mystery, Book Five  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mocha Cake and Murder: A Libby Landry Mystery (Libby Landry Mystery Series Book 1) by [Willow, Angelica]Tracking down a murderer with her ex husband? Not how Libby imagined she would spend her weekend.

When Libby Landry reopens the Caffeinated Cakery after a devastating fire, she has high hopes she’ll recoup enough funds to keep the debt collectors off her back.

But when a handyman is found face down in her lobby with a knife between his shoulders, the shop is declared a crime scene and Libby is forced to shut the doors.

She is confident the police will catch the killer and she’ll be back to the grind in no time. That is, until her ex-husband, Inspector Dorsley, is assigned to the case.

With her business on the brink of bankruptcy, Libby refuses to sit by while the man who broke her heart holds her future in her hands.

Will she catch the killer? Or will she close up shop for good?

Mocha Cake and Murder is a light-hearted culinary cozy mystery set in a small mountain town. If you like mysteries with humor, quirky characters and a dash of romance, pick up your copy today! BONUS: Mocha cake recipe included!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bury the Lead: A Joe Gunther Novel (Joe Gunther Series) by [Mayor, Archer]Joe Gunther and the VBI team are investigating a murder and an arson case—both potentially related to an outbreak of ebola.

When the body of a young woman is found near a trail at a popular ski mountain, the case falls to Joe Gunther and his team at the Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI). They quickly have a suspect, Mick Durocher, and a confession, but not everyone on the team is convinced. Despite Mick’s ready admission, investigators quickly sense there might be more going on than is immediately apparent.

At the same time, a large local business is being targeted with escalating acts of vandalism—a warehouse fire, a vandalized truck, a massive cooling system destroyed—resulting in loss of life. And either by coincidence, or not, Mick Durocher, the self-confessed murderer, was once employed by this very company.

These two puzzling cases—now possibly connected—are further complicated by the sidelining of a key member of VBI, Willy Kunkle, who undergoes surgery at a hospital that appears to be having an unlikely—and suspiciously timed—outbreak of Ebola.

Joe and his team pursue these cases, uncovering motives that might link them, while proving that trust betrayed can be a toxic virus, turning love into murderous loathing. Indeed, behind the mayhem and murder, Joe must uncover a tragic history before another victim dies.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perjury Proof (The Donut Mysteries Book 38) by [Beck, Jessica]

 

Perjury Proof, Donut Mystery #38
From New York Times Bestselling Author, Jessica Beck.

A pie shop is opening up in April Springs, but the owner is as sour as her pies are sweet! When she’s murdered a few days before the grand opening, too many folks in April Springs had reasons to want to see the woman gone. Suzanne and Grace dive into the case, hopefully in time to save the next victim on the killer’s to-do list!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murder Aboard the Cruise to Nowhere: A Jack Ryder Crime Mystery by [Parr, Owen]On the first night of the Cruise to Nowhere, billionaire and family patriarch Gustav Inglenorth is found dead in his cabin, stabbed three times. This was supposed to be a private family cruise on the maiden voyage of The Majestic, a luxurious private yacht. Mr. Inglenorth was to reveal the content and distribution of the family trust to fifteen members of the family traveling aboard the yacht. Also, aboard the cruise is an author and sometimes consultant to the Miami Beach Police, Jack Ryder, MBPD Detective Logan Robert, and their dates for the cruise. Without a doubt, one of his family members is the murderer.
Forced to take refuge from a hurricane in the Port of Havana, Jack Ryder and Logan Robert must find the killer, among the fifteen members of the family, before the Cuban authorities interfere in their investigation and hold the family indefinitely.
Jack is a forty-year-old divorcee, and retired Wall Street Financial Analyst recently turned crime mystery writer. His new lifestyle does not include; – alarm clocks, suits, or ties – living carefree aboard a forty-four-foot yacht with his beagle – Max, enjoying life in Miami’s South Beach, the clubs and ladies that abound the area. His keen eye for detail in writing crime mysteries has made him an invaluable consultant to the Miami Beach Police Major Crimes Division.
Logan Robert, former Army Special Forces and now homicide detective for the Miami Beach Police Department, has relied on Jack’s deduction abilities to solve murder cases.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crumbled to Pieces (Cookies & Chance Mysteries Book 6) by [Bruns, Catherine]From USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bruns comes another tantalizingly tasty culinary mystery…

In need of some quick dough, full-time baker and sometime sleuth Sally Muccio decides to rent the vacant apartment over the bakery to a friend of her grandmother’s. Allegra Fiato is nothing like Sal’s darling Grandma Rosa, though. She’s mean, dishonest, and harboring a deadly secret.

When the elderly woman is mowed down in a hit and run, it quickly becomes obvious this was no accident. Grandma Rosa asks for Sal’s help to find the killer which involves a last minute trip to Vegas crashed by Sal’s crazy parents, stolen fortune cookies, and a mysterious missing
locket. To add more spice to the mix, a loved one makes a startling admission to Sal that shocks her to the very core. Suddenly, Sal’s world is in danger of crumbling around her. Can she put the pieces back together in time before the killer makes her the next victim?

*Recipes Included!*

The Cookies & Chance Mysteries:
Tastes Like Murder (book #1)
Baked to Death (book #2)
A Spot of Murder (short story in the “Killer Beach Reads” collection)
Burned to a Crisp (book #3)
Frosted With Revenge (book #4)
Silenced by Sugar (book #5)
A Drizzle Before Dying (short story in the “Pushing Up Daisies” collection)
Crumbled to Pieces (book #6)

What critics are saying:

“Catherine Bruns has whipped up another delicious treat with this delightful cozy. If you like your mysteries to taste sweet this one is a good choice.”
—Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick!

“I want to visit more with all of the quirky characters just to see what crazy and outrageous things they will do next!”
—Fresh Fiction  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review of Premeditated Peppermint

Premeditated Peppermint

Amish Candy Shop, Book #3

Amanda Flower

5 Stars

37794311

 

Synopsis:  

Christmas is Bailey King’s favorite time of year. For her first Yuletide in Harvest, Ohio, the former big-city chocolatier is recreating a cherished holiday treat: peppermint combined with molten white chocolate. But her sugar high plummets when her former boyfriend walks into the candy shop she now runs with her Amish grandmother. New York celebrity chef Eric Sharp and his TV crew have arrived to film an authentic Amish Christmas. Bailey’s not about to let her beloved town—and Swissmen Sweets—be turned into a sound bite. Unfortunately, she gets more publicity than she bargained for when Eric’s executive producer is found strangled to death—and Eric’s the prime suspect.

With Bailey’s sheriff deputy boyfriend out to prove Eric’s guilt, her bad-boy ex tries to sweet-talk her into helping him clear his name . . . and rekindle their romance to boost ratings for his show. Now, between a surplus of suspects and a victim who wasn’t who she seemed, Bailey’s edging dangerously close to a killer who isn’t looking to bring joy to the world—or to Bailey—this deadly Noel . . . (Goodreads)

 

 

Review:

Bailey has her hands full preparing the candy shop for the Yuletide celebration in Harvest, Ohio.  She hardly has time to spend with her boyfriend, Aiden, who is a sheriff deputy. So when her ex, Eric, shows up from New York to film a Christmas special, she is not very happy. And when the producer of the special is murdered, and her ex is the prime suspect, she is furious. But she knows that Eric would never kill anyone, so she agrees to figure out the killer.

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  I enjoy spending time with Bailey, her grandmother and her friends.  I was very happy that Bailey’s friend, Cass, was once again able to help with some sleuthing.  I enjoy getting to read about their antics and conversations, they always make me laugh. And who does not love Jethro, Aiden’s mom’s pig, who goes everywhere with his mom.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I felt like I was right there in Harvest, smelling the aromas in the candy shop and seeing all of the decorations around the square.  The writing style flows smoothly and allowed me to have a very good understanding of the characters through their actions and words. The mystery was carried on well throughout the entire book and had enough twists and turns to keep me guessing.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written cozy mystery.  The author brings the Amish culture to life and that is a plus in my book. In my opinion, this is a must read book and series.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

 

 

 

New Releases For The Week Of September 23rd, 2018–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of September 23rd, 2018. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so  very many of them for this week. Today is the third day of my list. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

Silver Anniversary Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery) by [Meier, Leslie]Much has happened since Leslie Meier first introduced her beloved sleuth Lucy Stone with Mistletoe Murder. Many holidays and bake sales have come and gone, Lucy’s children have all grown up. But even after twenty-four books into the bestselling series, murder is never out of the picture . . .

As Tinker’s Cove, Maine, buzzes over a town-wide silver wedding anniversary bash, Lucy is reminded of her nuptials and ponders the whereabouts of Beth Gerard, her strong-willed maid of honor. Lucy never would have made it down the aisle without Beth’s help, and although the two friends lost touch over the years, she decides to reach out. It only takes one phone call for Lucy to realize that a reunion will happen sooner than later—at Beth’s funeral.

Beth, who was in the process of finalizing her fourth divorce, had a reputation for living on the edge—but no one can believe she would jump off a penthouse terrace in New York City. The more Lucy learns about Beth’s former husbands, the more she suspects one of them committed murder.

Summoning her friend’s impulsive spirit, Lucy vows to scour New York from the Bronx to the Brooklyn Bridge in search of the killer. With each ex dodgier than the last, it’s not long before Lucy’s investigation leads her to a desperate criminal who will do anything to get away—even if it means silencing another victim . . .  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murder Flies the Coop (A Beryl and Edwina Mystery) by [Ellicott, Jessica]One would hardly call them birds of a feather, but thrill-seeking American adventuress Beryl Helliwell and quietly reserved Brit Edwina Davenport do one thing very well together—solve murders . . .

Sharing lodging in the sleepy English village of Walmsley Parva has eased some of the financial strain on the two old school chums, but money is still tight in these lean years following the Great War. All of Beryl’s ex-husbands have proven reluctant to part with her alimony, which is most inconvenient.

So when the local vicar—and pigeon-racing club president—approaches them with a private inquiry opportunity, the ladies eagerly accept. There’s been a spot of bother: the treasurer has absconded with the club’s funds and several prized birds.

Beryl and Edwina hope to flush out the missing man by checking his boardinghouse and place of employment at the coal mine. But when they visit the man’s loft, they find their elusive quarry lying in white feathers and a pool of crimson blood, stabbed to death—the only witnesses cooing mournfully.

After a stiff gin fizz, the ladies resume their search for the missing funds and prized birds—and now a murderer. Beryl and Edwina aren’t shy about ruffling a few feathers as they home in on their suspects. But they had better find the killer fast, before their sleuthing career is cut short . . .  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Planet of the Grapes: A Doyle Cozy Mystery (A Wits' End Cozy Mystery Book 2) by [Weiss, Kirsten]Aliens, fairies and murder, oh, my!

In small-town Doyle, California, UFO abductions are a budding tourist attraction. So when Susan Witsend brings a UFO festival to town, she’s ready for some well-deserved time in the sun.

What she gets instead is the corpse of a UFO conspiracy theorist, brained with a bottle of local wine.

Susan may be the owner of a UFO-themed B&B, but she doesn’t wish on stars to get what she wants. She’s a woman with a planner. Plan A) Milk the UFO festival for all it’s worth. Plan B) Stop lusting after her best friend turned security consultant, Arsen Holiday.

But murder isn’t the only thing threatening Susan’s best-laid plans.  Beset by alien protestors, aging nudists, and hidden secrets at every turn, Susan’s nearing her wits’ end.  And now Plan C is to stay on the good side of a grumpy local sheriff.

Susan may not have a clue, but she knows she wants a certain security consultant at her side when the killer goes supernova.

Planet of the Grapes is book 2 in the Wits’ End series of cozy mystery novels. If you like laugh-out-loud cozy mysteries, you’ll like Planet of the Grapes. Buy the book to start this hilarious caper today!

Breakfast recipes at the back of the book.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bad Moon Rising: A Cori Sloane Witchy Werewolf Mystery (Cori Sloane Witchy Werewolf Mysteries Book 3) by [Maher, Tegan]When hikers find a body in a hunting cabin, the case seems cut and dried until the victim turns out to be the right-hand man to the alpha of a rival pack. Handling a paranormal murder case is tricky enough without a pack war looming on the horizon.

While Cori tries to find a murderer before peace flies out the window, Zach’s past – the one he can’t remember – catches up with him in the form of a mysterious woman.

As if her hands weren’t full enough, the mysterious, impulsive vampire who founded the town has decided he doesn’t like the way the town is running and has decided to rebrand it.

All Cori wants is to master her magic and make sure her town remains the safe, sleepy place it’s always been. Instead, trouble’s on the horizon, and she has to stand tall with her friends and her fox familiar by her side and meet it head-on.

Join Cori Sloane – witch, werewolf, and sheriff – her fox familiar, and her bevy of paranormal friends for yet another adventure in this third installment of the Cori Sloane Witchy Werewolf Mystery series.

*Final book will be approximately 200 pages long.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yesterday's Tears (Yesterday's Mysteries Book 5) by [Cheever, Sam]It might be a murder from decades ago, but it still has its claws in the present…and someone seems determined to drag Anna into it.

It’s never a good idea to spend too much time in a haunted mansion, and Anna’s favorite cowboy ghost does his best to talk her out of it. But the opportunity to pick from the beautiful antiques left to her in a Crocker resident’s will is just too tempting for Anna and Pratt to pass up. So they’re going in…

They’re prepared to deal with a few cold spots. Maybe the occasional flickering light. But what Anna and the boys weren’t counting on was bumping up against the ghost of Josiah Baumgartner, a contemporary of Joss’ from the 1800s. And when Josiah claims the old woman who lived in the house hid his bones around the place, Anna agrees to help him find them. But something much darker is at work there. And, unfortunately for our happy little gang of antique hunters…Anna seems to have unwittingly stepped right into the middle of it.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Norse Code (A Vikings of Virginia Mystery Book 1) by [Babin, S.E.]Freya is over Odin’s shenanigans. After finding yet another blond in her bedchambers, she makes a choice that shakes the foundation of her entire pantheon.

Literally.

‘Cuz she blows up the palace.

When she holds a meeting in the town square and offers safe haven to Asgardians who wish to defect, Freya creates a retirement community in the countryside of Virginia and becomes the owner of a brand new pub. Away from the annoying antics of her husband, Freya is content for the first time she can remember. Of course, this is when disaster strikes.

Happy serving drinks to the townsfolk, Freya is completely unprepared for the first true crime to hit her people in centuries. Something magical and unwelcome has sought haven in her new town and is preying on her people. Loki thinks it’s Ragnarok. Odin thinks it’s karma.

Freya just thinks it’s a crock.

But she’s the only one who’s up to the challenge of finding the threat and eliminating it before her new settlement is over before it’s truly begun.

For fans of The Goddess Chronicles and those who love paranormal shenanigans, welcome to a new world full of frothy beer, bad puns, and laugh out loud mystery antics!   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Killing Dreams (A Sam Mason Mystery Book 5) by [Dobbs, L .A.]A grim discovery in the woods of a small northern New Hampshire town uncovers a disturbing truth that might finally be what Chief of Police Sam Mason needs to put elusive drug dealer Lucas Thorne away for good.

But for Sam’s second in command, Jody Harris, the discovery dredges up disturbing secrets from the past. Secrets that could damage her friendship with Sam.

Thorne is one step ahead of them until a surprising ally comes through with one final piece of evidence that will solve an old mystery and nail Thorne. Is the evidence too good to be true? Sam doesn’t dare question it and kill his dreams of ridding the town of Thorne.

Meanwhile, Lucy the K9 has her own battle to fight as it seems the unwanted feline guest at the police station may become a permanent fixture.  (Amazon)

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Deck the halls with murder . . .
 
To Brandy Borne and her ditzy diva mother, homicide in small-town Serenity is the gift that keeps on taking. But murder turns merry as Brandy and Vivian gather collectible clues in a wintry workshop, seek the grinch who dimmed a pageant star’s twinkle, and bag the humbug helper who snuffed a sidewalk Santa. Aided by Sushi, their elfin shih tzu, our seasonal sleuths crumble a bountiful batch of Christmas crookies. And though suspects may show bad will, and good cheer seems in short supply, this collection of Trash ‘n’ Treasures holiday homicides sparkles as the Borne girls wrap up three frolicsome felonies.
 
Includes Brandy Borne’s antiques tips and yummy recipes!
 
Praise for Barbara Allan and the Trash ‘n’ Treasures Mysteries
 
“A madcap series with non-stop humor.”—RT Book Reviews 
 
“Plenty of tongue-in-cheek humor.”—Library Journal
 
 “The exploits of the ditzy heroines remain endlessly amusing.”
Kirkus Reviews
 
“One of the funniest cozy series going.”
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine  (Amazon)

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The Walking Bread (A Bread Shop Mystery) by [Archer, Winnie]Beloved Mexican bakery Yeast of Eden has scored the catering deal at the annual Santa Sofia, California, art car parade and ball. But when a contestant turns up dead, making bread will be the yeast of their problems . . .

Apprentice baker Ivy Culpepper sees art cars everywhere she turns. Besides helping prepare the bread and pastry for Santa Sofia’s annual spring event, she’s the official photographer, documenting the elaborate cars, outspoken artists, and riotous celebrations. Even her family’s in on the act: her brother Billy has been runner-up in the competition more times than she can count—but this is going to be the year he celebrates his win in the victory lane.

But after Billy’s rival, Max Litman, revs up his bombastic showmanship, Billy is once again set to cruise into second place. Until Max is found dead—positioned as a prop in his own art car. The whole town knows there’s no love lost between the two men, and Billy is the prime suspect. Now Ivy will have to sift through collusion, deception, gossip, and lies to find out what really happened. But with the help of her octogenarian Watson, her restaurateur beau, and her adopted aunts at Yeast of Eden, she knows she can take the heat . . .  (Amazon)

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Bottled Up (A Pine Lake Inn Cozy Mystery Book 8) by [Emrick, K.J.]A weekend getaway to a beautiful beachside town with an old friend should have been a relaxing change of pace for Dell Powers.

But then, when is her life ever relaxing?

While walking on the beach Dell discovers a quite unique, antique bottle complete with a note inside. Thinking it would make a great addition to her Inn, she digs it out of the sand.

Her weekend takes a turn for the dangerous shortly after, so Dell packs up and heads home early, where she is safe.

Could this bottle be more than it seems?

At home, she and her son, Kevin, set out to solve the mystery but she soon discovers that trouble has followed her home to Lakeshore.

Can they put the puzzle pieces together before something terrible happens?  (Amazon)

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Teaberry Tea & Thyme (A Teaberry Farm Bed & Breakfast Cozy Book 8) by [Wallace, R. A.]

 

 

A Teaberry Farm Bed & Breakfast Cozy Book 8
The owners of Teaberry Tea & Thyme find themselves in hot water when an engagement party ends in murder. Will Megan’s puzzle pieces help to clear them or convict them? This mild cozy mystery offers a clean read with a female amateur sleuth and friends in a small-town setting. Main characters in the series are multigenerational.  (Amazon)

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Cupcaked Crime (Coffee Shop Mysteries Book 3) by [Weldon, Sarah Jane]Now that things are starting to heat up in Val d’Isaria, Miranda and Skye have noticed a decrease in tourist activity. Their manager decides they need to shake things up and the coffee shop creates seasonal cupcakes to draw in customers.

In order to spread the word, each employee is instructed to wear a cupcake costume and wave a sign outside the shop.

One night, a man is run down by someone and all he can remember is that they were a cupcake. Everyone at the coffee shop is a suspect -including Miranda and Skye, both of whom had their issues with the victim – and if they don’t solve the crime quickly, the coffee shop will be forced to close down for good.

But as they look deeper into the crime, they realise the witness’s story is full of holes – is he being honest? And how is he associated with the rival coffee shop that just opened up down the street?  (Amazon)

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Premeditated Peppermint (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery) by [Flower, Amanda]Someone’s sweet on revenge . . .
 
Christmas is Bailey King’s favorite time of year. For her first Yuletide in Harvest, Ohio, the former big-city chocolatier is recreating a cherished holiday treat: peppermint combined with molten white chocolate. But her sugar high plummets when her former boyfriend walks into the candy shop she now runs with her Amish grandmother. New York celebrity chef Eric Sharp and his TV crew have arrived to film an authentic Amish Christmas. Bailey’s not about to let her beloved town—and Swissmen Sweets—be turned into a sound bite. Unfortunately, she gets more publicity than she bargained for when Eric’s executive producer is found strangled to death—and Eric’s the prime suspect.

With Bailey’s sheriff deputy boyfriend out to prove Eric’s guilt, her bad-boy ex tries to sweet-talk her into helping him clear his name . . . and rekindle their romance to boost ratings for his show. Now, between a surplus of suspects and a victim who wasn’t who she seemed, Bailey’s edging dangerously close to a killer who isn’t looking to bring joy to the world—or to Bailey—this deadly Noel . . .

Recipe Included!
 
Praise for Amanda Flower and her Amish cozies
 
“As it turns out, Amanda Flower may have just written the first Amish rom com.”  —USA Today 
 
“Flower has hit it out of the ballpark . . . and continues to amaze with her knowledge of the Amish way of life.”  —RT Book Reviews
 
“At turns playful and engaging . . . a satisfyingly complex cozy.” —Library Journal  (Amazon)

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Review of Feral Attraction

Feral Attraction

A Cat Groomer Mystery, Book #3

Eileen Watkins

5 Stars

 

37884743Synopsis:

Cat groomer Cassie McGlone tails a killer gone wild over feral felines. . .

Cassie’s good friend Dawn is part of an organization that’s trying to protect a colony of stray cats on the property of a senior condo community in Chadwick, New Jersey. The residents have got their backs up over the cat invasion, and Dawn has come to Cassie’s grooming and boarding shop, Cassie’s Comfy Cats, to ask her help in talking sense to them.

Not everyone’s against the cats. Eccentric Sabrina Ward feeds them and has even created makeshift shelters for them in the nearby woods, infuriating her neighbors. Following a heated community meeting–in which Cassie and her veterinarian boyfriend come up with a proposal–Sabrina’s body is found in the woods. The police are calling her death an accident, but Cassie smells a rat. Narrowing down the list of suspects may be tougher than herding cats, but Cassie is determined to collar the killer before another cat lover has a fatal accident . . .

Praise for The Persian Always Meows Twice

“Fans of felines will appreciate Cassie’s demonstrated attachment to the master species, which Watkins successfully integrates throughout her debut, a deft blend of mystery and cat love.”

Kirkus Reviews

“A promising start to a new cozy series. And the information the author provides about cats is fascinating.”

Suspense Magazine   (Amazon)

 

Review:

Cassie is a strong-willed woman and a hard worker.  She loves all animals but especially cats. So when the feral cat community gets threatened, she is ready and willing to help them.  And when an activist is killed, she knows she has to figure out what happened and who the killer is for the victim and for the cats.

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  I really enjoy reading about the relationship between Cassie and Dawn, her best friend.  They care about each other and always have each other’s back. And the relationship between Mark, her boyfriend, and her is moving along nicely.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there in New Jersey, watching all the action taking place.  The mystery was well plotted and carried on well throughout the whole book. There were plenty of clues to examine and suspects to consider.

This is such a great book and series and I would recommend both to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy.  I am looking forward to reading the next book.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.