Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Number’s Up

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I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Annabelle Hunter and her new book Number’s Up.  This is the first book in her Barrow Bay Mystery Series.


Number’s Up (Barrow Bay Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Independently Published (August 13, 2019)
Print Length: TBD

Purchase Link – Amazon 


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This is a fun, cute read, particularly if you like cozy mysteries with busybody’s meddling and matchmaking.
~Christa Reads and Writes

Number’s Up is fun and witty with plenty of swoony moments as well as opportunities to chuckle.
~Reading Is My SuperPower

Annabelle Hunter’s books are fun, frothy, romantic and murderous, oh and short enough to read quickly!
~A Wytch’s Book Review Blog

Snarky and sarcastic, a bit of dark humor but oh so much fun!
~Laura’s Interests

It was a really enjoyable read, there are some hilarious scenes . . . The story flows pleasantly, it’s short and engaging with lots of humor and a bit of romance.

Number’s Up by Annabelle Hunter is a witty, faced-paced mystery filled with humor, romance and the perfect amount of snark. I loved all the quirky character that fill up this delightful town of Barrow Bay.
~Baroness’ Book Trove

. . . the story is well-written and holds your attention with twists and turns all the way to the very end.
~Literary Gold



Jennifer Ward’s To Do List:
1) Turn in my business partner and his lying, cheating, law-breaking client to the SEC for insider trading.
2)Cooperate with the FBI. Do not kiss – scratch that. Do not yell at Special Agent Nicholas Kelly, the FBI agent leading said investigation.
3) Discover a dead body…

Jennifer Ward, MBA, CPA, and business consultant, likes a nice, orderly lifestyle. Schedules and To Do Lists are what gets her through the day. So when the by-the-numbers fashionista finds her business partner was breaking the law, she turned him in to the SEC. Which brought the FBI to her door, and her ordered world to an end.

But that was three weeks ago. Things couldn’t possibly get worse. Right?

Until Jen discovers her business partner dead in his hotel room. With Nic the handsome FBI agent dogging her every step, Jen must use her skills to discover the truth. Who killed Henry? And will she be next?



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Annabelle Hunter is a stay-at-home mom and an avid fan of classic mystery shows and dressage. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two children, and too many animals.

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Twitter: @cozycrazyfun




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Tour Participants

August 28 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT

August 28 – Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST

August 29 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT  

August 29 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

August 30 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW

August 30 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

August 31 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

August 31 – A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW

September 1 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

September 2 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – CHARACTER GUEST POST

September 2 – Nadaness In Motion – AUTHOR INTERVIEW


September 3 – LibriAmoriMiei – REVIEW

September 4 – The Self-Rescue Princess – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

September 5 – Ascroft, eh? – GUEST POST

September 6 – Baroness’ Book Trove – REVIEW

September 6 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT

September 7 – Literary Gold – REVIEW

September 8 – The Book Decoder – REVIEW

September 9 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author – SPOTLIGHT

September 9 – eBook Addicts – REVIEW

September 10 – Cozy Up With Kathy – CHARACTER GUEST POST



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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Remembering The Dead



I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Elizabeth J. Duncan and her new book Remembering The Dead.  This is the tenth book in her A Penny Brannigan Mystery Series.

Remembering the Dead: A Penny Brannigan Mystery
Cozy Mystery
10th in Series
Crooked Lane Books (September 10, 2019)
Hardcover: 296 Pages
ISBN-10: 1643851136
ISBN-13: 978-1643851136
Digital ASIN: B07NKQ22XN


Purchase Links

Amazon    B&N    Kobo

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In award-winning author Elizabeth J. Duncan’s tenth Penny Brannigan mystery set in North Wales, Canadian amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan attends a dinner party at a posh country house–where a historic chair disappears and a waiter is murdered.

Artist and spa owner Penny Brannigan has been asked to organize a formal dinner to mark the centenary of the armistice that ended World War One. After dinner, the guests adjourn to the library for a private exhibition of the Black Chair, a precious piece of Welsh literary history awarded in 1917 to poet Hedd Wyn. But to the guests’ shock, the newly restored bardic chair is missing. And then Penny discovers the rain-soaked body of a waiter.

When Penny learns that the victim was the nephew of one of her employees, she is determined to find the killer. Meanwhile, the local police search for the Black Chair. The Prince of Wales is due to open an exhibit featuring the chair in three weeks, so time is not on their side. A visit to a nursing home to consult an ex-thief convinces Penny that the theft of the Black Chair and the waiter’s murder are connected. She rushes to Dublin to consult a disagreeable antiquarian, who might know more than he lets on, and during the course of her investigation confronts a gaggle of suspicious travelers and an eccentric herbalist who seems to have something to hide. Can Penny find the chair and the culprit before she is laid to rest in the green grass of Wales?





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A two-time winner of the Bloody Words (Bony Blithe) Award for Canada’s best light mystery, Elizabeth J. Duncan is the author of two series of traditional mysteries: the Penny Brannigan series set in North Wales and Shakespeare in the Catskills featuring costume designer and amateur sleuth Charlotte Fairfax. A former journalist, public relations practitioner, and college professor, Elizabeth is a faculty member of the Humber School for Writers. She divides her time between Toronto, Canada, and Llandudno, North Wales.

Author Links



Twitter: @elizabethduncan



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

I never aspired to be an author — I just started writing The Cold Light of Mourning, the first Penny Brannigan mystery, and I became one. But this didn’t come out of nowhere; I’ve always been a writer – a journalist, a public relations practioner, and then I taught writing (among other subjects) in a college public relations program. 

So the transition from writer to author came easily and organically, and you could say my entire working life led up to it, and it was part of a natural progression.


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

The settings are somewhat unusual. The Penny Brannigan series is set in North Wales, and the Shakespeare in the Catskills series is set in a theater company in upstate New York. 

My books tend to be a little more on the serious side, although they include many elements readers enjoy … beautiful British country houses, charming cottages, picturesque towns and villages, and I hope, interesting characters. 

And two titles in the Penny Brannigan series (A Small Hill to Die On and Murder on the Hour) won the Bony Blithe Award for Canada’s best light mystery, and several others were nominated, so that’s a distinction!

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

Both. I begin with an outline and have a general idea what the story is about, but I’m open to surprises. In several books the killer turned out to be someone other than who I thought it was, because the story just went in a different, better direction. And in the book I’m writing now, for one reason or another the first three victims didn’t work out (lucky for them!) so I’m on the fourth one now, and she is right.

But I definitely listen to what the characters are telling me.


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

I read some reviews, usually the professional trades. A good review is easy and fun, but critical reviews can sting for days and really take the wind out of your sails. However, reviewers sometimes provide feedback that’s worth considering.

I don’t respond, good or bad and I don’t do anything special to get them. The publisher makes sure review copies end up in the right hands.


What advice would you give to your younger self?

Take time to think things through. It’s not just about today. 

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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?

Covers are a huge part of what makes a book appeal to a reader. The cover art for the first nine Penny Brannigan books was painted by Toronto artist Doug Martin and I liked them so much, I bought all the original artwork. His paintings create intrigue … something happened here … and hopefully the reader will want to know what that was, open the book to the first page, and begin reading. 


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

Both main characters are immigrants. Penny Brannigan is a Canadian who chose to live in Wales, and Charlotte Fairfax is an English woman living in the United States. So as outsiders, both had to build new lives for themselves in a foreign country.  

Both are smart, talented women who had to overcome obstacles to get where they are today. I’m fond of both of them.


What have you learned about yourself since becoming an author?

Writing a book is a lot different from writing a newspaper or magazine article, so I was surprised to find I have the creativity, discipline and desire to stay the course. With a lot of help and support from wonderful publishers, of course.

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Do you write full-time or part-time?

Until about five years ago I combined a busy work life with writing. I take things a little easier now since I retired from full-time employment, and decreased my writing workload from two books a year to one.


What do your plans for future projects include?

I’m writing book #11 in the Penny Brannigan series. I take the writing life one year at a time.


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

The hardest part is getting past the procrastination, especially when I’m not sure where the story is going, or needs to go. But once I get into it, and the ideas are coming and the words start to flow, it’s so enjoyable. 

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


I like mysteries and biographies. I enjoy Peter James’s police procedurals set in Brighton and Hove, but I’m a few books behind in that series.  I’m also into historical mysteries these days. But with so many wonderful books coming out, it’s impossible to keep up with all of them, and with so many more entertainment options (looking at you, Netflix), I don’t read as much as I used to.


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

How much I appreciate their support.


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

Thank you. 

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How can readers discover more about you and your work?


    Website: www.

    Facebook: Please like my author page

    Twitter:   @ElizabethDuncan


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September 3 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

September 4 – Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST

September 4 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT

September 5 – Here’s How It Happened – CHARACTER GUEST POST

September 5 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

September 6 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW

September 6 – Babs Book Bistro – RECIPE POST

September 7 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

September 7 – MJB Reviewers – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

September 7 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT

September 8 – Diary of a Book Fiend – REVIEW

September 9 – Cozy Up With Kathy – GUEST POST

September 9 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT  

September 10 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

September 10 – eBook Addicts – SPOTLIGHT