Review of Hot Fudge Murder


Just six weeks after the grand opening of Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe, owner Kate McKay has been enlisted to whip up sundaes at the most decadent soiree in the Hudson Valley. If only Kate knew how deadly sticky her sweet deal will turn out . . .

Once Kate arrives at a glamorous gala hosted by world-famous fashion designer Omar DeVane, she’s instantly intimidated by the mogul’s luxurious mansion and the frosty personalities of his handlers. But the party completely loses its flavor when guests follow screams to a room that’s eerily empty–except for Omar’s freshly murdered body . . .

While the headline-grabbing crime brings a steady stream of journalists to the sleepy village of Wolfert’s Roost, Kate knows things won’t return to normal until Omar’s killer is brought to justice. And with the scandalous case driving customers away from Lickety Splits, she has no choice but to put down the ice cream scooper and expose the culprit on her own . . .

As Kate crashes high-profile photo shoots and mingles with fashion’s biggest influencers in search of clues, the puzzling truth about Omar’s fame and fortune rises to the surface–and with it, the key to his killer’s twisted motive. Kate will have to navigate the celebrity lifestyle to save her fledgling business, but her attempts to freeze cold-hearted criminals in their tracks could lead to a double scoop of deadly trouble . . .

Includes mouthwatering ice cream recipes from the Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe! (Goodreads)


The characters are well developed and well rounded. Kate is a strong kind woman and she loves her ice cream shop. There is nothing that she would not do to make it successful. So when someone dies at a party that Lickety Splits is catering, she takes it personally and vows to find the culprit. I really enjoy spending time with Kate’s core group of family and friends. I have to say that a love triangle is not my favorite thing and I hope Kate makes a decision soon. Who will she pick?

The setting is homey and the ice cream shop seems like someplace I would like to visit often. Some of the ice cream flavors sounded yummy, others not so much. I have to say that reading about all of the flavors that Kate makes and is thinking of making got a little tedious and a little tiresome, and I love ice cream. That is only my opinion and other readers may not agree with me.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy ready. The author is very talented in creating suspense and I thought that the mystery was well plotted and well paced. There were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider and it was not easily solved.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery and I am looking forward to reading the next book when it is released.

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


Review of The Christmas Clause

The Christmas Clause
A Tess and Tillie Cozy Mystery, Book #8
Kathi Daley
5 Stars

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If you love small towns, endearing relationships, food, animals, and a touch of murder, you will love this cozy mystery series.

With just two weeks until the highly anticipated Christmas on Main event, the tiny town of White Eagle Montana is all decked out for the season. With the annual tree lighting just around the corner, Tess and Tony are busy with their own holiday preparations, until someone close to Tess is shot and killed in front of her own home.

Tess jumps in to help Mike track down the killer, believing the gunman to have been connected to the mystery surrounding her own father’s disappearance. Her theory seems plausible, and even probable, until Santa is found dead an hour before the annual Santa parade, messing up Tess’s theory and complicating things even further. (Amazon)


The characters are well developed and well rounded. Tess and Tony make a great couple and work really well together. Their friends and family add a lot to the story and all of the animals are adorable.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  The mystery was well plotted and as usual, there is more to the mystery than you would first expect.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  The fact that this book is set at Christmas time is an added bonus.

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Southern Harm


I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Caroline Fardig and her new book Southern Harm.  This is the second book in her A Southern B&B Mystery series.  I have read both of the books in this series and I enjoyed them both.


Southern Harm: A Southern B&B Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Alibi (November 12, 2019)
Print Length: 263 pages


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A little Southern charm never killed anybody—until now—in an enchanting cozy mystery from the USA Today bestselling author of Southern Discomfort and the Java Jive novels.

After solving a murder at a local restaurant, Quinn Bellandini just wants to get back to her comfortable life running her grandfather’s B&B in Savannah, Georgia, with her sister, Delilah. But those plans get buried when Quinn and her new boyfriend, Tucker Heyward, dig up an old skeleton while doing some landscaping in his aunt Lela’s backyard. Before long, Lela becomes the prime suspect in the thirty-three-year-old unsolved murder of a high school homecoming queen.

Tucker is devastated. But Quinn’s conscience won’t let her risk an elderly woman spending her twilight years in jail for a crime she didn’t commit. And Delilah, bored by the quiet B&B biz, has been itching to do some more investigating of her own.

Soon they’re questioning a growing list of suspects, from nosy neighbors and snooty Savannah socialites to mild-mannered teachers and old high-school friends of the victim—including Quinn and Delilah’s own parents. But no one is safe from a killer who’s totally old school.


The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning.  I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place and listening in on conversations.

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Quinn and her sister and Grandpa are a close knit family and it was great to read about.  Quinn’s parents are really out-there and sometimes I feel sorry for Quinn. I want to learn more about Uncle Frank, the bed and breakfast’s friendly ghost.

The mystery was well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider.  It was not easily solved, which is how I like my mysteries.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I am looking forward to the next book already.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Random House Publishing Group-Alibi, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.



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CAROLINE FARDIG is the USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR of the Java Jive Mysteries series and the Lizzie Hart Mysteries series. Fardig’s BAD MEDICINE was named one of the “Best Books of 2015” by Suspense Magazine. She worked as a schoolteacher, church organist, insurance agent, funeral parlor associate, and stay-at-home mom before she realized that she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Born and raised in a small town in Indiana, Fardig still lives in that same town with an understanding husband, two sweet kids, two energetic dogs, and one malevolent cat.

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New Releases For The Week Of December 15th, 2019–Part 4

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of December 15th, 2019. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for the 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.


Belle of the Ball (An Oracle Bay Novel Book 3) by [Cissell, Amy]Welcome to Oracle Bay, the town where the local psychics were already expecting you!

Oracle Bay has always attracted the preternaturally clairvoyant. When anyone with seers’ blood in their veins steps foot in this quaint coastal town, their powers awaken. They receive a visit from the Psychics Union and shenanigans ensue.

Drew Hardy, the local crystal ball reader, is recovering from the latest apocalypse by making eyes at his ex-boyfriend, Bill; he’s hoping a rekindled romance is in his future. Instead, a pair of mischievous kittens arrive in the middle of the night and usher in post-holiday chaos. When a series of crimes—both petty and serious—start plaguing Oracle Bay, Drew channels his favorite fictional detectives, dons his deerstalker, and sets out to discover who is driving up the crime rate in this sleepy oceanside village.

Is it Dio—the attractive playboy and Drew’s rebound fling—who’s back in town after three years’ absence? Or Martha, who always knows what’s going on before anyone else? Or, is it Ryan, who believes the town’s psychics bring a bad element into town?

With their powers on the fritz and an unusual party atmosphere permeating the town, the psychics are having a difficult time getting to the bottom of it. Will Drew figure out who’s to blame before anyone else is hurt? And will Bill finally let go of past hurts and let himself have a happily ever after?

Belle of the Ball is a paranormal mm romance and cozy mystery. There’s no sex or violence on the page.  (Amazon)

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Carolina Witch: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Carolina Witch Cozy Mystery Book 1) by [Daphne, January]A haunted mountain lodge, a dark family secret, and a snarky dog who won’t shut up…

Newly single, city-dwelling Natalie Miller travels to a remote lodge in Western North Carolina to make arrangements for her estranged aunt’s funeral and to sell the mysterious property that was left to her.

Once there, Natalie encounters a wise-cracking dog who insists on being her loyal companion, a handsome horror screenplay writer well versed in all the supernatural folklore of Wolf Mountain, and the ghost of her Aunt Martha Wilder who tells Natalie that she is the only one who can solve the mystery of her untimely death.

Turns out, a haunted mountain lodge is not all Natalie inherited from her Aunt Martha. She learns that with her aunt’s passing, Natalie has become the next witch in line to wield the magical power of the legendary Wilder Coven.

Will she reject her birthright and go back to her old life, or will she stay and unmask the monster who cut aunt’s life short?

Order the first book in the Carolina Witch Cozy Mystery Series today! 

And don’t miss out on the next two installments in this Cozy Mystery series full of supernatural thrills and chills coming soon!

Snow Witch (Book Two of the Carolina Witch Cozy Mystery Series)

Starstruck Witch (Book Three of the Carolina Witch Cozy Mystery Series)  (Amazon)

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A Touch of Madness (Bree's Bakery Cozy Mystery Book 3) by [Lancaster, Jessica]A man, claiming to be Bree’s husband arrives at the bakery, distraught and demanding to see his wife. But Bree was never married… or so she claimed, and now everything she said is being questioned.

Ten years ago, Bree had a different life altogether. Now past mistakes are coming back to haunt her, and they’re bringing out all the skeletons. She’s the talk of the village, and everyone wants to know what Bree did all those years ago.

Will Bree manage to help the mystery man? Or will he stay and cause chaos?

A cozy mystery short story that can be read in two hours. Served perfectly as a light read. Set in a sleepy village and featuring a bakery-owning amateur sleuth and her friends.

Written in British English. No cliffhanger, swearing, or gore.  (Amazon)

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Witch Bane and The Croaking Game: A Bigfoot Bay Witches Paranormal Cozy Mystery Book 3 by [Larson, Cat]


Residents are croaking…

Someone is poisoning the townspeople of Bigfoot Bay.

And everyone’s a suspect… including the frog.

** Witch Bane and The Croaking Game is the third book in the Bigfoot Bay Witches cozy mystery series. More secrets will be revealed. More magic will be uncloaked. **  (Amazon)

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The Trouble With Christmas Cheer: A Crawford and Crawford Detective Mystery (Crawford and Crawford Detective Mysteries Book 1) by [Hayman, April]


Sissy and Sassy Crawford – septuagenarian detectives and identical twins – are taking the brand-new and very exclusive train – the Ozark Express – home for the holidays. While scrumptious food, comfortable accommodations, and delightful entertainment are the order of the day, murder is not. So, when it appears that one of the wealthy passengers has been murdered with spiked wine, the train’s owner is desperate to keep his new venture from derailing. His only choice is to ask the Crawford twins to step in and solve the case. Can they do it before rescue shows up and creates a marketing nightmare? Or will they have trouble with some Christmas cheer too?  (Amazon)

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Bunburry - Episode 1-3: A Cosy Mystery Compilation by [Marchmont, Helena]Miss Marple meets Oscar Wilde in this new series of cosy mysteries set in the picturesque Cotswolds village of Bunburry. Here, fudge-making and quaffing real ale in the local pub are matched by an undercurrent of passion, jealousy, hatred and murder – laced with a welcome dose of humour.

This compilation contains episodes 1-3.


Alfie McAlister has retreated from London to the peace and quiet of the country to recover from a personal tragedy. But an accidental death – which may have been no accident – reveals that the heart of England is far from the tranquil backwater he imagined. After arriving in Bunburry, he is co-opted as an amateur detective by Liz and Marge, two elderly ladies who were best friends with Alfie’s late Aunt Augusta. And it is not long before their investigations take an even more dramatic turn …


Alfie discovers that he has not only inherited a cottage from his late Aunt Augusta but also a 1950s Jaguar. He is dismayed: for reasons of his own, he no longer drives. Aunt Augusta’s best friends, Liz and Marge, persuade him to get behind the wheel again – but that’s just the start of his Troubles …


When a local beef farmer is found dead, Betty Thorndike – vegetarian and Bunburry’s only Green Party member – is in the frame. Despite what everyone thinks, Betty is absolutely not Alfie McAlister’s girlfriend. But Alfie knows what it’s like to be wrongly accused, and enlists the help of his fellow amateur detectives, Liz and Marge, to find out who’s responsible. There’s just one problem about a farm-based investigation – Alfie’s scared of cows …

Helena Marchmont is a pseudonym of Olga Wojtas, who was born and brought up in Edinburgh. She was encouraged to write by an inspirational English teacher, Iona M. Cameron. Olga won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2015, has had more than 30 short stories published in magazines and anthologies and recently published her first mystery Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Golden Samovar.  (Amazon)

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The Castle of the Demon by [Hill, Reginald]A woman on the run from her husband encounters danger in a seaside town: “An eminently likable heroine . . . a highly clever ending” (Booklist).

Emily Salter is once again using her maiden name, living with her dog in a town along northern England’s coast that she remembers fondly from childhood holidays. Her intention was to get far away from her controlling and threatening husband. Here, she’s found some refuge, even met a nice gentleman, though she’s not anxious to jump into another relationship.

But her new home is not as peaceful as it appears on the surface. Spies lurk in its remote corners—and a dead body lurks under the water. To Emily’s shock, she is beginning to suspect that the intrigue has something to do with her—as well as the man she thought she left behind—in this suspenseful mystery by a Diamond Dagger–winning author who “delivers literate, complex, and immensely satisfying thrillers”( Orlando Sentinel).

Also published under the title The Turning of the Tide.  (Amazon)

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All Washed Up: Book #3 in the Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery Series by [Slan, Joanna Campbell]Cara Mia thought she found a sculpture of a mermaid in the sand…and then it moved! Rescuing a half-drown immigrant was not what she wanted on her morning walk.

Stuart, Florida. Was it the right thing to do? Will the woman survive? And if she does, will she be okay? Or was she better off dead? And where are all the other immigrants who made the perilous ocean voyage with her?

Someone is behind all these beached landings of immigrants. Cara might have uncovered a human trafficking scheme. To trace these soggy deaths back to the source will take every bit of Cara’s courage, plus a lot of help from her cranky grandfather. And then her son gets involved.

Suddenly it’s Cara’s family that’s at risk as a run-in with deadly coyotes threatens to destroy everything and everyone Cara loves. How could one good deed go so badly wrong?

Tear Down and Die is the charming third novel in the Cara Mia Delgatto cozy mystery series. If you like witty heroines, ripped-from-the-headlines plots, and a generous helping of Florida’s beautiful Treasure Coast, you’ll adore Joanna Campbell Slan’s captivating tale.

Buy All Washed Up and escape to Florida with a romantic, crafty, get-away today!

Also published as Second Chance at Hope.

Book #3 in a series that IndieReader calls “an incredibly fast and enjoyable read”

A Florida set gem–Deborah Sharp, author of the Mace Bauer Mysteries

Crafts, crime, and cunning twists–Nancy J. Cohen  (Amazon)

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Evil Elves (Cozy Corgi Mysteries Book 15) by [Abbott, Mildred]Christmas ushers in snowstorms, fruitcake, and a horde of Santa’s naughty elves…

No place is more perfect for the winter holidays than the charming mountain town of Estes Park. As the Cozy Corgi Bookshop and Bakery glistens with lights and garlands, Winifred Page allows the seasonal merriment to brush away all worry and fear. Watson, her grumpy corgi, is about as far from stressed as possible—after all, with the holiday baking, delectable crumbs are everywhere.

Estes Park’s new Christmas store is chosen to receive exclusive rights to sell a much-coveted collection of tiny elf figurines, but not everyone is thrilled, especially not the owner of the original Christmas shop. Bickering between local merchants is nothing new and doesn’t dampen the Christmas cheer or holiday glee. However, when nightly break-ins begin to occur, Santa himself is caught in the act, Fred and Watson are pulled away from the bookshop to investigate the holiday mayhem.

Unfortunately, while Santa keeps a list of nice and naughty children, he’s allowed his elves to have free rein, and there’s nothing nice about them…

(This culinary cozy mystery includes a recipe for honestly delicious fruitcake.)  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle




New Releases For The Week Of December 15th, 2019–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of December 15th, 2019. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for the week. Today is the fourth day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


A Christmas Cruise Murder (A Rachel Prince Mystery Book 5) by [Brookes, Dawn]Rachel Prince is back…

Rachel’s plans to spend Christmas with her fiancé are in tatters after he is called to Italy at short notice.

Rather than spend Christmas with her parents, Rachel decides to take a last-minute Canary Island cruise. Sarah, cruise ship nurse and Rachel’s best friend is only too pleased to have her along as Sarah’s parents are taking their first cruise. With her mother keen for her to settle down she is glad of the moral support.

During a coach journey to the port of Southampton, Rachel meets a petulant maître d. That evening the same maître d is found dead, seemingly a victim of a tragic accident. Rachel can’t resist snooping once she suspects an element of foul play. Was it a fatal accident or murder?

Chief security officer Jack Waverley finds himself confused and upset when his wife is implicated.

Suspects are not in short supply as secrets are uncovered providing opportunity and motive. The killer has an eye on Rachel.

Can she find out who is responsible before she ends up as another victim?  (Amazon)

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Intermittent Casting (Widow's Bay Book 6) by [Regnier, Rebecca]The SHIFT has hit the fan!

Marzie is in crisis! This witch is unsure about what to do or how to do it. Every flick of the wand could lead to a disaster for the people she loves. Marzie is heading into hiding with her favorite werewolf. But the pull of Widow’s Bay and her responsibilities to her coven and her family are strong. Marzie will learn the reason why intermittent casting is a very bad idea.

Join Marzie and her town of Yooper Naturals, snarky cats, and handsome vampires in this book that takes a page from the ancient history of Widow’s Bay to save the vampires and shifters she loves.

Intermittent Casting is the SIXTH book in a spellbinding paranormal cozy mystery series. If you like clever heroines, snarky humor, and supernatural small towns, then you’ll love Rebecca Regnier’s bewitching mystery.

Don’t miss Intermittent Casting, Widow’s Bay Book 6, and fall under the spell of a witty, whimsical mystery today!  (Amazon)

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Sinner Or Saint (University Mystery Series Book 7) by [Donelan, Brenda]


An unexpected visitor forces Professor Marlee McCabe to delve into the underground world of international jewel smuggling. She battles to save her new friend from deadly consequences in both Dublin, Ireland and the sleepy college town of Elmwood, South Dakota. Lies and half-truths make Marlee question her beliefs on good and evil. Can she sort the good people from the bad before it’s too late? Does Marlee hold the key to solving the mystery or is she just a pawn in someone’s sinister game of cat and mouse?  (Amazon)

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Squirrel & Swan Hidden Things: The Murder at The Reunion (S & S Investigations Book 3) by [Archer, M. D.]The Case of The Murder at the Reunion and The Case of The Hidden Inheritance.

The dust has only just settled on Paige and Sophie’s last two cases when Trixie Bellingham shows up at S & S Investigations with an inheritance guarded by a riddle.

Meanwhile Sophie gets more than she bargained for when her date takes her to his high school reunion… and someone ends up dead.

When S & S Investigations is hired to find out whodunnit, Paige and Sophie have two paying clients and an actual murder on their hands.

This is the first real test of the detective duo’s investigative ability – can they solve a riddle and a murder?

Join Paige and Sophie in the third installment of the S & S Investigations series as they take on two exciting new mysteries.

NOTE: Hidden Things is available on preorder at a discounted rate so get in quick and don’t miss out.

Squirrel & Swan Hidden Things is the third in the S & S Investigations series. Start the series with Squirrel & Swan Precious Things.  (Amazon)

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Sister Witches Of Raven Falls Cozy Mystery Series, Books 1-4 by [Halliwell, Nyx]Fall in love with small-town magick! Welcome to Raven Falls, where four sisters—Spring, Summer, Autumn, & Winter—run their witchy shop, Conjure, and find themselves up to their magickal tea cups in murder, mystery, and romance!

This specially priced box collection contains ALL FOUR of the sisters’ stories—purrfect for binge reading, according to shop cat, Godrey! Join this set of magickal sisters, and their talking familiars, as they solve paranormal mysteries that fans of Charmed, Hocus Pocus, and The Good Witch will love.

***Bonus recipes and craft instructions in every book! Visit to receive a free copy of the Whitethorne sisters’ Book of Shadows, containing the spells and charms used in their stories!

Books in this set include:
Of Potions and Portents (Book 1)
Of Curses and Charms (Book 2)
Of Stars and Spells (Book 3)
Of Spirits and Superstition (Book 4)  (Amazon)

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The Haunting of Silver Creek Lodge (A Riveting Haunted House Mystery Series Book 15) by [Clarke, Alexandria]



In a small town rests an old lodge with a big secret.

Maxine Finch and Simon York, a recently married couple with little money, use their limited honeymoon funds to buy a foreclosed inn in the tiny snowy town of Silver Ridge, Colorado, but when strange things start happening in the middle of the night, Maxine and Simon wonder if their investment is a dangerous mistake.  (Amazon)

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The Christmas Tree Caper: A Small Town Holiday Cozy Mystery (Wintervale Mysteries Book 1) by [March, Melodie]There are secrets hidden behind the perfectly starched curtains of the houses in the sleepy mountain town of Wintervale… but Meg Harrison and the rest of the Green Mountain Grannies are on the case!

Meg Harrison was born and bred in Wintervale, Vermont, and she has no intention of ever leaving her beloved town. As the owner of Meow & Then, a pet accessory shop at the heart of downtown, Meg knows everyone, and she’s always the first to hear any gossip that might be floating around.

As the Christmas season approaches, Wintervale is abuzz with news of the theft of a family heirloom. A vintage ornament, part of an annual display set up in the shop window of the Golden Oldies antique store, has disappeared. And there are one too many guilty faces in the crowd for Meg’s liking.

As the suspects begin to emerge, Meg and the Green Mountain Grannies must wade through the clues, and with the help of Wintervale’s retired sheriff, they must track down the truth before an old feud turns deadly.

*Contains a recipe inspired by the town of Wintervale!*

The Christmas Tree Caper is the first book in a series of delightful cozy mysteries set in the fictional town of Wintervale, Vermont. If you like lovably quirky characters, small town life, a dash of romance, a few sassy grannies, and plenty of Christmas magic, you’ll feel right at home with Melodie March’s Wintervale Mysteries.  (Amazon)

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Cressi Harris is happy she moved fro NYC to sleepy Seascape Cove. She has a thriving restaurant and some very good employees, including her long time friend Millicent.

Some of those employees want Cressi to open a bakery, because Millicent’s breads and pastries are pure deliciousness. Other staff members think Cressi should open a Cooking School, because the food at The Dockside Cafe is making them realize what fine cuisine really is.

Cressi’s solution? With Milli’s help, she’ll open both, and to keep her star baker happy, she adds a bistro to the bakery so Milli can serve Afternoon Tea to the bachelors of Seascape Cove – one bachelor in particular!

Everybody’s happy.

Well, not quite everybody…somebody doesn’t like either the bakery or Milli, and Trent Marlow, Seascape Cove’s Police Chief, isn’t sure which.

But he’s on the case, and that particular bachelor, Michael, is determined nobody hurts Milli. He even calls in his eagle-eyed friend Kevin for a consultation!

There’s plenty of action to keep you glued to the pages of Book Five of The Seascape Cove Cozy Mysteries.

Download it now and enjoy!  (Amazon)

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Matrimony in Christmas River: A Christmas Cozy Mystery (Christmas River Cozy Book 13) by [Muldoon, Meg]Full of twists, sparkling romance, and bright holiday spirit, this New Year’s-inspired prequel to the #1 Amazon bestselling cozy mystery series is sweeter than a cup of cocoa by the fire on a blustery winter’s night…
It’s one year before the infamous Gingerbread Junction murder scandal
, and Cinnamon Peters is feeling downright Grinch-like this holiday season.

After her cookie house crumbles in the annual Gingerbread Junction Competition, the pie baker extraordinaire wants nothing more than to shut herself in her house for the rest of December and be left alone. Unfortunately, she’s got a friend’s wedding to attend this New Year’s Eve, a wedding gingerbread castle to build, and that unpopular pie shop of hers isn’t going to run itself.

But when the best man is found face down in a snowy ditch days before the wedding, it’s clear that somebody’s out to ruin the event.

Can Cinnamon figure out who’s trying to sabotage her friend’s nuptials before it’s too late? Or is the matrimony destined for ruin?

Matrimony in Christmas River is a heartwarming holiday mystery perfect for readers who can’t get enough of Cinnamon Peters and the cozy, feel-good world of Christmas River. So add another log to the fire, grab a cup of something tasty, and enjoy this latest installment from Christmas River.   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle



New Releases For The Week Of December 15th, 2019–Part 2

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of December 15th, 2019. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for the week. Today is the second day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


A Very Beechwood Christmas: Four Festive Magic Mini Mysteries from Beechwood Harbor by [Garrett, Danielle]


Christmas is coming to Beechwood Harbor, but will the manor residents be ready for his magical visit? With mischief and mystery at every turn, Holly and friends have to rally to save Christmas before it’s too late!

A Very Beechwood Christmas includes four mini mysteries set around a wild and magical Christmas when the real Santa Claus comes to town!  (Amazon)

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Murder by the Sea (The Carmel Cove Cozy Mystery Series Book 3) by [Comley, M A ]New York Times and USA Today bestselling author M A Comley has sold over two and a half million copies worldwide. 

Carmel Cove is a peaceful community… except when death pays a visit.

When the friend of a friend goes missing and a corpse is discovered, Private Investigator Ruth Morgan is tasked with solving yet another death in her hometown.

The case is a perplexing one with few suspects and more questions than answers. Did the victim die at the hands of someone else? Did they commit suicide after falling out with their spouse? Or is it simply a case of accidental death?

In her quest to uncover the truth, Ruth puts everything on the line, her business and even her relationship with her fiancé.

Other books in the series are:
Murder at the Wedding
Murder at the Hotel
Murder by the Sea  (Amazon)

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Aunt Bessie Wonders (An Isle of Man Cozy Mystery Book 23) by [Xarissa, Diana]Aunt Bessie wonders if a holiday is a good idea.

Thomas and Amy Rockwell have had something of a shock. When Doona suggests a holiday to Lakeview Holiday Park, their father, John, isn’t sure whether to agree or not. In the end, Bessie, Doona, John, and the children make the journey during the February half-term break.

Aunt Bessie wonders why Doona’s solicitor, Stuart Stanley, happens to be at the park at the same time.

Stuart fills Doona in quickly enough. He’s there because another solicitor is about to challenge Doona’s right to the estate of her former husband, Charles Adams. Carl Dietrich is working for Lawrence Jenkins, the man who was a business partner to Charles, but who is currently in prison for fraud and other crimes.

Aunt Bessie wonders what it would be like to have a holiday where no one is murdered.

When Carl turns up dead, Doona, John, and even Bessie seem to top the list of suspects. Can Bessie help the local police inspector, Margaret Hopkins, work out what really happened to Carl? Was it murder, or is too much to hope that Carl simply had a heart attack? When a second man dies, Bessie can’t help but wonder why she keeps finding herself tangled up in murder investigations.  (Amazon)

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A Scandal at Eastwick (The Eastwick Mansion Mysteries Book 2) by [Warman, L.C.]When Lia returns home to St. Clair to regroup after a failed stint in Hollywood, she just wants to avoid seeing anyone from her past. But when her ex-boyfriend’s mother, Paulette McKenzie, is blackmailed days after Lia’s arrival, Lia finds herself the immediate suspect—and drawn back into the web of lies and secrets of St. Clair.


After leaving St. Clair at age eighteen to pursue her dreams in Hollywood, 29-year-old Lia Logan returns home with nothing but dozens of failed auditions under her belt. She’s determined to lay low: a brief house-sitting gig over the holiday break will give her enough money to move east and find a new job (and a new life).

But to Lia’s horror, the owners of the house, the Eastwicks, have not canceled their annual holiday party—meaning Lia must now see everyone from her (now very successful) high school friends to the ex-boyfriend she dumped right before she left.

The night turns into a disaster: Lia’s ex-boyfriend’s mother, Paulette McKenzie, is blackmailed at the party, and she immediately points the finger at Lia. The problem is, Lia does know a secret about Paulette. And there’s no convincing the woman—or any of the other partygoers—that she had nothing to do with it.

As the blackmail escalates, Lia must dig through the guests at the party to determine what each of them is hiding and piece together what exactly happened that night, including talking to Paulette’s shifty older son, Lia’s ex’s extremely successful new girlfriend, and Lia’s group of high school friends, who have been acting strangely distant and closed off.

It doesn’t take long for Lia to remember: St. Clair is a town full of secrets. And to clear her name, she’ll have to risk revealing one of her own.

A SCANDAL AT EASTWICK is the second novel in the mystery trilogy “The Eastwick Mansion Mysteries.” Each novel in the trilogy is a complete standalone, featuring a different story taking place in the Eastwick mansion in St. Clair. The complete trilogy includes:

Praise for L.C. Warman’s works:

“Captivating” -Kirkus Reviews

“An intriguing blend of realism and reflection, unsettling discoveries and natural consequences” -Foreword Reviews

L.C. Warman is the author of the St. Clair mystery series. She grew up in New England, in a town where real estate contracts stipulated that you couldn’t back out if you discovered your new place was haunted. She currently lives in a Michigan lakeside town with her husband and two dogs.  (Amazon)

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Enthralled by the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Victorian readers around the world developed a fascination with eccentric detectives and bizarre crimes. Featuring an international array of authors and characters, this compilation of 16 short stories showcases the best of the mysteries inspired by the Baker Street sleuth. Their heroes range from famous figures like G. K. Chesterton’s Father Brown and Maurice Leblanc’s Arsene Lupin to lesser-known but equally captivating characters.
“The Problem of the Stolen Rubens,” by Jacques Futrelle, centers on Professor Van Dusen, also known as The Thinking Machine, whose superior mental powers and dispassionate approach resemble Holmes’. Robert Barr’s “The Absent Minded Coterie” presents French detective Eugène Valmont, a cultured and elegant gentleman . . . but a rather poor investigator. “The Murder at Troyte’s Hill,” by Catherine L. Pirkis, “The Ninescore Mystery,” by The Scarlet Pimpernel author Baroness Orczy, and “Cinderella’s Slipper,” by Hugh C. Weir, feature a Victorian novelty—a detective heroine. Holmesians and other lovers of old-time mysteries will thrill to these tales of dark deeds and their discovery.  (Amazon)

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Red Velvet & Reindeer (A Southern Charms Cozy Mystery Short Book 2) by [Falls, Bella]Ho Ho Ho, and welcome to Honeysuckle Hollow, where magic and mystery are only part of the Southern Charms…

‘Tis the season for some festive fun and a little mischief with Charli Goodwin and her friends and family. Because of the warm Southern sun, they have to drink sweet tea instead of hot cocoa to cool down. But when a surprise visitor who is not so jolly shows up on her doorstep asking for some help to save Christmas, will she and her friends be able to help save the holiday in time?

Charli will have to go on an international adventure, using all of her tracking talents and a little of Santa’s magic to help solve the mystery before it’s too late.

Cut yourself a slice of red velvet cake and get cozy for a fun Southern Charms Christmas mystery in Red Velvet & Reindeer!  (Amazon)

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Murder and High Rollers: A High Desert Cozy Mystery (High Desert Cozy Mystery Series Book 10) by [Harman, Dianne]Ever consider betting $25,000 on a poker hand?
High rollers at an exclusive card room in a Palm Springs casino do
And when the same person wins night after night
That person becomes a threat to their livelihood
A threat that needs to be taken care of – like in murder

Join Marty and her husband, Detective Jeff, as they investigate the lives of the casino high rollers to find out which one was the murderer.

And if you like dogs, you must meet Miss Olive and Miss Simone!

This is book number 10 in the High Desert Cozy Mystery Series by a two-time USA Today Bestselling Author.  (Amazon)

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The After Hours Deception (Masquerade Inc. Cozy Mysteries Book 1) by [Larsen, Patti]


Petal Morgan finds herself, at twenty-eight, not only without any sort of compass leading her to her lifelong dream (she has as yet to identify), not to mention the student loans stacking up against her (how much education is too much?), now perched on the edge of bankruptcy while accepting, with the shame that comes from failure, taking over the unfinished apartment over her parent’s garage. But when an unexpected encounter with an old friend leads her to the kind of job she never expected, she not only uncovers her talents, but a dead body to boot. Deception has never been so lucrative… Welcome to Masquerade Inc. Cozy Mysteries!  (Amazon)

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Brutal Brew (Pet Potions Mystery, 3) by [Diane, Ami]A recipe for murder…

It’s time for the Potion Masters Society’s annual Brew-off competition! Libby Slade might be new to the potion-making world and is one laboratory accident away from burning down her house, but she decides to dust off her cauldron for the competition.

Potionists from across the state gather, but it’s not the friendly rivalry Libby had been expecting.

When one of the judges dies after testing Marge’s potion, Libby must figure out who the killer is to clear the apothecary’s name.

She uses her sleuthing skills, potions, and a heavy dose of snark to solve this mystery with more twists and turns than ingredients in a potion recipe.  (Amazon)

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The Mousetrap Killer (Marcus Lear Mysteries Book 3) by [Earp, J. Kevin]Former Police Detective Sergeant Marcus Lear’s career was ended by PTSD, the result of a gunfight with a 16-year-old burglary suspect. He has moved on by founding a company that is developing software to help law enforcement agencies solve complex criminal cases.
Now, the serial murderer known as The Mousetrap Killer claims to have struck again. Three times in the past, he announced to the police chief of Maryvale, Indiana that an innocent victim had been taken and imprisoned in an elaborate chamber, cleverly booby-trapped and set to kill if the victim could not solve a riddle in time. The riddle would provide a clue to escaping the trap. Every day, the Killer would taunt the police until the trap was sprung and the victim died. But no victim’s body had ever been recovered, and the Killer was never identified.
Now, the Killer has sent another message announcing a new trap, and a new victim. Who has been dropped into that terrible prison this time? Where are they being held? And, who is the Mousetrap Killer? Desperate, the Maryvale police call on Marcus and his team to use their new and untested software application to help find the Killer and the latest victim. Can the Lear team and Kat Montague, young Asian goth detective and Lear’s newest field agent, work with the local police and FBI to find the victim before time runs out?
The task force swings into action while awaiting the next message from the Killer, taunting the police and perhaps providing a clue to saving the victim. But why has the Killer gone silent! While pondering this new mystery, a frightening possibility is uncovered regarding the latest victim that hits very close to home. Marcus and his people must find the trap, and the victim, before it’s too late!  (Amazon)

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Celtic Christmas (Zoe Donovan Cozy Mystery Book 33) by [Daley, Kathi]


In this Zoe Donovan novella, Zoe is invited to Ireland to attend the wedding of one of her Irish cousins after contacting the man as part of her research into her Irish heritage. The wedding is being held at Dunphy Castle, the castle where Zoe first learned of her relationship to Lady Catherine, one of the ghosts she met during her last visit to the Emerald Isle. With the Christmas holiday upon them, Zoe and family are in a festive mood until one of her Donovan relations turns up dead after the reception to welcome the bride and groom.  (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of December 15th, 2019–Part 1

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of December 15th, 2019. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for the 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.


Witchy Secrets (Witches of Shadow Lane Paranormal Cozy Mystery Book 3) by [Bane, Misty]All Shay Graves is worried about is helping her daughter, Ember, prep for her starring role in the upcoming musical at the local community theater.
All Alvin Graves is worried about is passing his continuing education course at Mystic Key University.
But when Shay’s father falls ill, she agrees – albeit begrudgingly – to attend on his behalf and take copious notes. It’s only an hour out of her day, after all. What could possibly go wrong?
As luck would have it, it just so happens to be the day all spell breaks loose on campus.
Now, Shay is left shaken and an unexplainable rash of suicides has the town in a tizzy. Even more troubling, the spirits have descended on Shadow Lane and they are adamant that foul play is involved. What’s worse, they aren’t going anywhere until they find out what – or who – is responsible.
But with a mystery more convoluted and a killer more subtle than any she’s faced before, Shay will have to think fast before someone close to her becomes the next victim.

If you like humorous paranormal cozy mysteries full of magic, misfits, and mayhem, then journey into Mystic Key and meet the Witches of Shadow Lane.

Witchy Secrets (Witches of Shadow Lane Paranormal Cozy Mystery Series, Book 3) is a full-length humorous paranormal cozy mystery novel.

Witches of Shadow Lane series:
Witchy Business, Book 1
Witchy Orders, Book 2
Witchy Secrets, Book, 3

Blackwood Bay Witches cozy mystery series:
Haunted and Hexed, Book 1
Bad Magic and the Big Top, Book 2
Phantoms in High Fidelity, Book 3
Broomsticks and Bones, Book 4
Payback’s a Witch, Book 5
On a Witch and a Spell, short story
One Spell of a Time, short story  (Amazon)

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17.5 CARTRIDGES IN A PEAR TREE: A Maizie Albright Star Detective "Between Cases" Holiday Caper by [Reinhart, Larissa]RING IN ANOTHER YEAR WITH THE “FRESH, FUNNY, AND FIESTY STAR DETECTIVE”
Raiders of the Lost Ark meets The Maltese Falcon in this Maizie Albright Star Detective New Year’s Eve action & adventure-styled, humorous, romantic crime caper from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Larissa Reinhart.

“The mystery and detective cases drive the story, but Larissa Reinhart’s characters steal the show every time.” — The Girl with Book Lungs

This New Year’s Eve, Maizie Albright’s happy to leave aside her Hollywood alde lang syne for the sake of a new life with family and friends in Black Pine, Georgia. There are so many reasons to celebrate.
A new home with her father’s family
Her new career as an assistant private investigator to hunky Wyatt Nash.
A new love life with hunky Wyatt Nash…

However, a new career and home mean responsibilities. Like getting called in on a case on New Year’s Eve day. And babysitting Remi, her half-sister (and possibly half-Tasmanian devil) while her dad’s out of town. What’s a private investigator in training to do?
Make New Year’s Eve day “take your sister to work day.”

But when a woman arrives at Nash Security Solutions, asking about an old movie prop Maizie had given to her father, her New Year’s Eve gets crazier than Times Square at midnight. Before champagne toasts and the Big Peach drops, Maizie has twelve hours to reprise her most detested role to protect her family from old acquaintances best forgot and never brought to mind. Will these ruthless villains pop Maizie’s cork before the clock strikes twelve? Or worse yet, drop the ball on her sister?

For a fun and wacky holiday adventure, catch up with Maizie and Nash and download 17.5 Cartridges today! 

Maizie Albright Star Detective Series


  • 15 MINUTES
  • NC-17
  • 18 CALIBER (2020)

Other series by Larissa Reinhart:


  • A Cherry Tucker Mystery series
  • Finley Goodhart Crime Capers   (Amazon)

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Savannah Justice: Vigilantes for Justice Book Three by [Chaput, Alan]



At the urging of a close friend, amateur sleuth Patricia Falcon investigates a massive, fast growing private investment plan and discovers serious irregularities that could shake the financial foundations of many of her friends and most of Savannah’s major institutions. When things take a stunning turn, Patricia finds herself in the midst of something much more serious, and she may well be the prime suspect.  (Amazon)

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The Twain Does Meet: A Jolie and Scoobie Novella (Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series Book 0) by [Orr, Elaine L]“The Twain Does Meet” is a between-the-numbers book in the Jolie Gentil series, and while there are joys and problems to discover it’s not a traditional cozy mystery. In book 10 (The Unexpected Resolution) Jolie solves a murder, she and Scoobie get married, and they gain a new family member–Scoobie’s much-younger half-brother. Book 11 (Underground in Ocean Alley) takes place a few years later, and mystery solving is accompanied by their three-year old twins.

I promised readers they would have the story of the twins’ birth an anything-but-calm event — but it didn’t seem right to mix it with a murder. So, we have a nearly 33,000 word novella that features laughs and angst with the Ocean Alley crew and more than a few surprises. A fun read with familiar characters.

Jolie and Scoobie have added 11-year-old Terry to the family mix. A pregnant Jolie is appraising houses preceded by what she calls her beach ball, and Scoobie’s learned the hospital where he works may be cutting staff. Just as they are about to buy a bigger house.

But something’s off at Ocean Alley Middle School. Terry’s classmate, Eddie, accuses him of taking some cash from their shared locker, and Jolie tries to heed Scoobie’s advice that Terry be allowed to handle some things himself. For Ms. “I need to solve that,” it’s a challenge. Plus, she’s picking up signals that there might be problems in Eddie’s home. Can she wak the difficult path between helping and meddling?

Jolie tries to balance running the Harvest for All Food Pantry, her work, helping Terry feel at home in Ocean Alley, worrying about Scoobie losing his job, and planning to be a mom. That’s supposed to be a fun time, right? And lots of people have advice. Oh, joy.

Join Jolie, Scoobie, and their extended family and friends for a heartwarming time.  (Amazon)

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A Death at Dinner: Good food, good wine, bad company... (A Mary Blake Mystery Book 2) by [Barnett, A.G.]

When Mary Blake is called to help an old acquaintance who’s being blackmailed, the last thing she expected was to find herself in the midst of a murder investigation… again.

However, within 24 hours of her taking on the case there is a suspicious death and the staff of the Rudolph Hotel are thrown into chaos before their big Christmas event.

With the police unconvinced of foul play, Mary throws herself into the case along with her assistant Dot and her brother Pea, attempting to track down the killer and prove themselves for the new career they have planned.  (Amazon)

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A Familiar Sense of Dead (Farm to Fable Paranormal Cozy Mysteries Book 2) by [Wilder, E.L.]


Hazel Bennett came home to the farm expecting peace and relaxation. Looking to find herself. But in the short time she’s been home, she’d found anything but. Life on the farm, it turns out is hard work. Maybe not the same kind of work as endless filming schedules and press blitzes. But between weathering a nagging mother, dealing with the awkwardness of having her childhood boyfriend living just across the field, and struggling to connect with her familiar-to-be, she has her hands full.
Things only get worse when the same man ends up murdered twice—once in a few miles from Bennett Farms and again on the other side the Postern.  (Amazon)

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Trouble in Santa Fe (Will Travel for Trouble Book 16) by [Crockwell, Minnie]Book 16 in the Will Travel for Trouble series of cozy mysteries. Minnie and Ben are back for more murder and mayhem!

Minnie Crockwell, recreational vehicle enthusiast and traveler, and her ghost companion, Ben, overnight in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Stubbing her toe in the cramped trailer for what she swears is the absolute last time, she delays their departure and heads off to the nearest RV dealership determined to find something roomier, or at least less dangerous to the health of her feet!

But death seems to follow Minnie and Ben everywhere they go, even RV shopping. How does a woman choose an RV when one of the upgrades is a dead body?

Minnie puts shopping on hold as she focuses on discovering the truth about the Trouble in Santa Fe.

Each story in the series can stand alone, but to avoid extensive repetition of the backstory, the books would be best read in order.

Book 1 – Trouble at Happy Trails
Book 2 – Trouble at Sunny Lake
Book 3 – Trouble at Glacier
Book 4 – Trouble at Hungry Lake
Book 5 – Trouble at Snake and Clearwater
Book 6 – Trouble in Florence
Book 7 – Trouble in Tombstone Town
Book 8 – Trouble in Cochise Stronghold
Book 9 – Trouble in Orange Beach
Book 10 – Trouble at Pelican Penthouse
Book 11 – Trouble at Island Castle
Book 12 – Trouble at Yellowstone
Book 13 – Trouble at Devils Tower
Book 14 – Trouble in El Paso
Book 15 – Trouble in Diablo Canyon
Book 16 – Trouble in Santa Fe  (Amazon)

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A Witch Too Dead (Crystal Springs Cozy Witch Mystery Book 4) by [Lester, Paula, Harmon, M.E.]Dead Witch Walking . . .

Someone or something is leaving gruesome death markers for the citizens of Crystal Springs.

It’s the curse, the townspeople whisper. And to Cascade Lorne, brand new witch at fifty, it sounds ridiculous. Until two days before the opening of her business, when she stumbles across a corpse wearing her face.

The message is clear. She and other people in town have been marked for death—and payment will come due on All Hallows Eve.

Has Crystal Springs’ troubled past unleashed a ghoul with a homicidal bag of tricks no one will be able to escape?

Cas decides she’s the best woman to set things right. But will she scare up the truth in time or end up a dead witch walking?  (Amazon)

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Death by Donation (Honey Pot Mystery Book 4) by [Hualde, Sarah]How far would you go for family?

Honey Pot celebrates when a long lost brother is found until the party is cut short. Tragedy turns a happy reunion into a tearful goodbye. When the facts just don’t add up, Lydia goes from supporting a traumatized family to hunting a possible killer. With a stranger lurking in the shadows the mystery is harder to unravel than it appears.

Can she track down the clues and solve the mystery with only Ivy and Flora to assist? Or will she leave the grieving to fend for themselves? Find out today. Read Death by Donation and get cozy with a good mystery.

Honey Pot Mystery Series:
#1 Missing on Main Street
#2 Lethal in Lavender
#3 Farmers Market Fatality
#4 Death by Donation
#5 (releasing in 2020)

Lydia, Kat, Flora, and Ivy track down clues and get into trouble in this small town mystery series. Come join them and say hello to your new best friends.  (Amazon)

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Murderous Ties: A Riverbrook Geeky Cozy Mystery (The Riverbrook Geeky Cozy Mysteries Book 2) by [Popescu, Alina]Dead bodies, family secrets, and small-town winter holidays.

Christmas in Riverbrook is never boring!

Artist Jayden Carmichael never intended to stay in Riverbrook too long. Spending the winter holidays in small-town hell with her judgmental father breathing down her neck was never part of her plan. Nor did she intend to resort to sleuthing again to prove her parents aren’t actually vicious murderers.

With heavy snows just around the corner and everyone going away on holiday, finding out who killed one of the town’s sweethearts decades ago is going to be far from easy. Even if the gorgeous and always too easy-going Sheriff Zach Thornton is on the case.

As Jayden unveils more secrets buried in her family’s past, she grows more determined to get to the bottom of this investigation. It’s easier than figuring out what she wants to do with the rest of her life.

Murderous Ties is the second book in the Riverbrook Geeky Cozy Mysteries series. Return to Riverbrook to experience the most wonderful time of the year with a quirky, artsy protagonists, family drama, and an intriguing whodunit.

Get your copy today to see what other mysteries are in store for Jayden this Christmas.  (Amazon)

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Merriment & Murder (Copper Cove Book 2) by [St. James, Jenna]A B&B Grand Opening Party…

A Dead Body…

Tons of Suspects…

When Brynn and her best friends, Peyton and Raven, stumble over a dead body at her aunt’s grand opening party for the B&B, they already have plenty of suspects in mind. But when Chief Baedie threatens to shut down Aunt Aggie’s B&B before it even opens on Christmas Eve, the girls, along with Jinx the cat, decide to solve the case on their own. Using the skills they acquired on their last case, they set out on a whirlwind adventure trying to piece together the one clue they found. Can the girls solve the case before Christmas Eve? Or will Aunt Aggie be singing the blues her first Christmas back in Copper Cove?

I co-write this series with my stepdaughter, Maddy. If you like Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys, please give our young adult series a try.  (Amazon)

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Secrets And Lies



I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author P.H. Turner and her new book Secrets and Lies.  This is the second book in her A Claire Callahan Mystery series.


Secrets and Lies: A Claire Callahan Mystery
Private Investigator Mystery
2nd in Series
Summit Peak Publishing (September 23, 2019)
Paperback: 270 pages
ISBN-10: 1695142470
ISBN-13: 978-1695142473
Digital ASIN: B07Y8QPRZ6

Purchase Link – Amazon



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The story is well-paced and well-crafted. I liked Claire and will be looking for the next in this series.
~Christa Reads and Writes

Secrets and Lies by P.H. Turner is a fast-paced thrill ride throughout with murder, dirty deals, and deceit . . . I enjoyed the story, the characters and the setting works well with the mystery.
~Baroness’ Book Trove

The author sets a great pace and throws in plenty of twists to keep everyone guessing. Claire is truly like a dog with a bone. She knows there is something under the surface just beyond her reach that she is missing and she doesn’t give up.
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

In ‘Secrets and Lies” the second book in P.H. Turner’s ‘Claire Callahan Mystery Series’, the reader gets sucked into a good old fashioned PI murder mystery with its cold opening . . . Claire is feisty and edgy as needed and joy to read.
~I Read What You Write

Secrets and Lies is a whydunit rather than a whodunit with a Columbo-style plot where you know the murderer’s identity from the beginning. It is a fast-paced thriller where everyone is hiding something. It will appeal to thriller lovers.
~Diane Reviews Books




Shot to death in his home, Morgan Tutwiler leaves behind a multimillion-dollar business and a daughter who hasn’t spoken to him in years. And she isn’t alone in wanting him dead. Plenty of people wanted the most hated man in Denver dead in P. H. Turner’s latest novel in the Claire Callahan series.

Reminiscent of the finest gumshoe storytelling, Secrets and Lies, would not be complete without Turner’s signature quirky characters and inventive plot.



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Secrets and Lies

a Claire Callahan mystery

P.H. Turner


Chapter 1 


Jesse drove the stolen Toyota up to the gate, rolled down the window and let the smell of pizza waft out of the car into the crisp fall night. With the Big Pies sign on the roof and the company gimme cap jammed low over his forehead, he was sure the guard in the hut would wave him through with no questions. 

Sure enough, the guy barely glanced up from his laptop and buzzed the barricade arm up. 

Jesse drove into the exclusive neighborhood, ogling the houses and looking for the address he’d torn out of a phonebook. 

He slowed at a Children at Play traffic sign, careful to obey all the laws even if dark came early in the fall evenings, and the kids were all inside waiting for their dinner. Well-bred, tidy kids. No bicycles in the driveways or skateboards kicked up in the grass. Their parents would soon be tucking them in their beds claiming they didn’t need to leave a light on. There were no bogeymen in this neighborhood. 

Another block and he pulled into the circle drive of 781 Boulder Creek. The old car gave a groaning moan and shuddered to a stop. 

Sounds like the freakin’ power steering pump is on its last leg. 

He headed up the front walk, stopping to tweak the crotch of the uniform pants bunching between his legs. Too bad the guy he’d killed for it hadn’t been twenty pounds heavier and three inches taller. 

Jesse held the gun behind his right leg, and in his left hand, he held the red thermal pizza delivery bag where anyone looking could easily see it. He stood under the porch light and rang the doorbell with his left elbow. 

A middle-aged balding man glanced out one of the side panes of glass. Jesse waggled the bag and smiled. The older man frowned and opened the door. 

Jesse dropped the pizza bag, shoving the Smith & Wesson right in the guy’s face. Jesse moved forward, pushing him back into the house, keeping the gun right off the tip of his nose. He kicked the heavy oak door shut with his foot, then shot the man in the shoulder. The gunshot was no louder than a casserole dish hitting a tile floor—he’d put enough rounds through the silencer to be sure the noise wouldn’t have the neighbors calling the cops. 

The guy fell backward, banging his head on the wall. Then he just lay still. 

Jesse stepped over him and ran into the living room. 

Morgan Tutwiler rushed through a door yelling, “Hawkins, what in the hell is going on?” 

He stopped dead in his tracks when he saw the gun.

“No, please —” 

Jesse aimed at his chest and squeezed the trigger twice. Thunk-thunk

Tutwiler slumped to the floor like a bag of wet laundry.

Jesse stood over Tutwiler’s body, waiting for the feelings to come—relief, joy . . . something. 

Damn it! Where is my freakin’ happy? 

Jesse ran to the front door. 

Hawkins was alert, his eyes following as he ran past. 

Jesse yanked open the front door, grabbed the red bag off the porch and fast-walked to the Toyota. He tossed the pizza bag on the passenger seat and stuck the gun under the front seat. 

His pants were so tight he had to half sit up in the driver’s seat to dig the keys out of his pocket. When he turned the key in the ignition, he heard ruh ruh ruh. 

Was the damn car even going to start? 

He cranked the key in the ignition and stomped hard on the accelerator. The car sputtered and turned over. 

His heart pounding, sweating like a racehorse, he forced himself to drive slowly through the neighborhood to the guard hut. He wiped the sweat off his face with his sleeve and smiled when he idled at the gate. 

The guard glanced up from diddling with his phone and waved him through. 

He thought he’d made a clean getaway until a distracted woman in a minivan ran the stop sign outside Tutwiler’s neighborhood, nearly broadsiding him. 

Jesse stomped on the brakes and swerved toward the curb. The brakes squealed, and the old rust-bucket popped the curb, shuddering to a stop with the front wheels in the grass. The gun slid out from under the seat coming to rest under his feet. Fortunately, the engine didn’t die.

The minivan-driving Mom with a row of little heads in the back seat shot him the finger and sped off. 

Jesse stuck the gun back under the seat, backed off the curb, and drove the speed limit to an abandoned warehouse south of the truck stop on Interstate 70.

It was one of dozens in a deserted industrial complex. Squatters had been living in the warehouse when he found the place. He chased them off, piled their sleeping bags in a heap and set fire to them. He’d spent a couple of nights watching the place, and they hadn’t come back. 

The warehouse was dark except for the few panes of broken glass up along the roofline letting in moonlight. He parked in the back corner, well out of sight from any cop driving by making his rounds. There were plenty of abandoned crates and machinery. He’d moved them around until he had his little hidey hole. 

He unstrapped the Big Pies sign from the top of the car and threw it in the backseat. Amped up on adrenaline, he changed into his clothes in between bites of pizza. He threw the uniform in the back seat, remembered to get the gun, and left the keys in the ignition. 

For a guy who had never murdered anyone, he decided he’d done a damn fine job. It had all worked like he planned. The Big Pies guy showed up at the truck with a pie, the silencer had worked like a champ, and back in the dark by the dumpsters, no one had seen him strip the dead man. Finding and killing Tutwiler was easier than a deer hunt. 

Jesse stuffed the gun in his waistband and walked over to the corner of the warehouse to take a piss. It was a two-mile walk east to the truck stop’s lot where he’d left his pickup. 

His camping gear, plenty of food, and his rifle were stashed in the camper shell. If he showed at the ranch in a couple of days with a mud-spattered truck and his clothes smelling of wood smoke, Gus would believe he’d been camping in the Arapaho National Forest. No reason for anyone to suspect he’d made a little side-trip to Denver and killed a man. 

The lights of the truck stop shone up ahead of him. He bushwhacked through a vacant lot bordering the east side of the parking lot. No one noticed when he stepped into the lot by the diesel pumps. The lot was too busy with hungry truckers rolling in for gas and grub. 

He didn’t draw a second glance when he crossed the pavement to his pickup, unlocked it and drove away. 

He took the Interstate north. He did worry a bit about not killing the man Tutwiler called Hawkins on the way out of the house, but he couldn’t shoot him. Not with him just lying there staring at him, waiting for it. He didn’t have a beef with Tutwiler’s hired hand.

Most likely, it’d all turn out just fine. 

He cruised into the parking lot of an all-night convenience store. A couple of gang bangers loitered out front smoking and drinking beer. 

Jesse parked by a dumpster overflowing with trash. He dropped the gun in a plastic grocery bag and tossed the sack in the bin. 

He put the pickup in gear and continued driving north. He rehashed the night’s work, looking for any mistakes he’d made.

Hawkins wasn’t going to be able to describe him. His attention was on the gun. But even if the guy took in everything, Jesse was nothing special to look at, and he’d worn the gimme cap. He’d left fingerprints, but the cops could search their databases until the moon turned blue and they wouldn’t find him in a computer. 

Yeah, it was going be fine.

When he saw the exit to the Arapaho wilderness area, Jesse quit thinking about the shooting. He was going camping. 

The dirt-packed forest road was one lane wide with turnarounds every two or three miles. Ten miles into the wilderness, he rocked over a ridgeline and dropped down deep into the backcountry. 

An hour later, he was in his tent listening to the rain. That soon turned to sleet. Then, heavy wet snow. Snow that might be a foot deep by morning. 

Colder than a witch’s teat in a brass bra, he hunkered down spending a miserable night. He pulled the sleeping bag over his head to trap his warm breath and thought about her. 

His whole life flushed down the crapper when she walked out the door. 

He missed her something fierce. Did she miss him a teeny bit? Did she even think about him? 

What would she think when she found out Tutwiler was dead?

She’d know it was him. Know he’d done it for her. No one else would have killed him for her. 

Maybe she’ll come see me. 

He tried to sleep, but the cold settled so deeply into his bones, he thought they’d crack when he stood. 

Come daylight, he peeked out the tent flap. A couple of inches of snow lay on the ground, and windblown drifts were piling up on the north side of the tent. Nothing to do but head to the ranch.

Jesse broke camp and threw his gear in the back of the pickup. With one foot on the brake, he revved the motor to warm the cab faster. He wanted pavement under his tires and a big cup of hot coffee in his hands. It took him nearly three hours to reach the paved road.

The storm would make his story more believable. Snow packed up in the wheel wells and muddy side panels would back up his story he’d gotten caught in a storm. No one would suspect he’d gone to Denver. 

The storm was well north and west of the city, and with the wind blowing the storm their way, the hands would be too busy dropping hay for the cattle to pay him any attention. 

He pulled into a gas station and topped off the tank before going inside for coffee. He hung around for a minute or two hoping the clerk would turn on the television. When the clerk showed no sign of turning the set on, Jesse left disappointed. The radio in his pickup hadn’t worked in years. He had put a brand-new coat hanger in the antenna hole before he left home, but still, nothing.

Two miles up the road he took the ramp onto the Interstate. Traffic moved slowly in the light snow, and then all the northbound lanes turned into a parking lot. Row after row of taillights. Sirens and flashing lights came up from behind and shot past him on the shoulder moving fast to the accident blocking the road ahead. 

Traffic was stalled the better part of an hour before two lanes were cleared and he crept past the accident scene. 

Tutwiler’s murder would have to be all over the news. She might be reading it in the papers right this minute or watching it on television. Maybe she was reaching for the phone to call him. 

When he was clear of the jam up of cars, he whipped around a semi, hauling way too fast on the wet road. He wished he had a cell phone. He’d call her if he did. 

Sheets of dry snow blew across the Interstate, and he slowed to less than 30 miles an hour. Riding in a slow-moving stream of traffic, Jesse had time to think. 

He regretted killing the delivery guy. The guy looked so damned surprised when he’d shot him, but Jesse needed the uniform and car, and the way Jesse figured it, the driver didn’t die in vain. Innocent men laid down their lives every day for something bigger than themselves. 

Tutwiler needed to be killed. He was a lying bastard. Cheated everyone on every deal he worked. Even when the bridge he built collapsed, his attorney off-loaded the blame onto everyone but him. 

She got caught up in Tutwiler’s mess, and he hurt her. Jesse did what a man does for his womenfolk. He righted the scales. It’d taken him some time to get the job done right. He’d read every newspaper article for the past year on Tutwiler. The ranch’s dial-up connection really slowed him down, but he’d even printed some and made a little book of important things he’d need to know. Just like he studied the habits of deer before he went stalking. Not much difference in preparing for a deer hunt and a manhunt. 

It was late when he turned off the county road and rolled up to the ranch gate. The wind tore at his coat when he pushed the gate back on its hinges. Icy blue clouds rolled off the horizon and raced across the sky. The storm was coming, and it was bringing snow. 

He pulled the pickup up around to the side door of the ranch house. He could sure do with some of Frieda’s cooking. When his grandpa died, she and Gus took him in and ran the ranch. 

He came through the back door into the kitchen. Frieda was washing the supper dishes in the sink. 

“That you Jesse?” Freida asked without looking up.

“Yeah. Something smells good.” Jesse toed off his muddy boots and walked in his sock feet to the stove. He lifted the lid off a big stew pot, and the kitchen filled with the scent of boiled beef.

Gus walked in. “Got hit with the storm, didn’t you?” 

“Miserable out there,” Jesse said. “There’s more snow than I’ve ever seen in the Arapaho this early in the fall, and the storm chased me all the way home.” 

“Weather Service says it’s going to be a bad one, high winds and at least a foot of snow,” Gus said. 

 “You eat it while it’s warm,” Frieda said. She set a bowl of beef and mushy vegetables in front of Jesse. 

“Thanks,” Jesse said. 

“I wouldn’t let you go hungry.” She patted his shoulder. 

Gus reached over and turned on the radio. 

Jesse tried not to look eager. He had to look as surprised as Gus and Frieda when the news of Tutwiler came on. After the weather, and the commodities report and the cattle futures, the announcer read the news story of Tutwiler’s murder. 

Frieda whirled around and looked at Gus. He held up his hand to keep her quiet until the reporter finished the story.

Frieda snapped the dish towel on the counter top. “I told you that business wasn’t finished. That man was pure evil, brought nothing but pain and misery to everyone around him. She’ll be a suspect. You know she will.” 

“She doesn’t have anything to worry about,” Gus said. 

She would be a suspect? He never meant to cause her trouble.

“She’s never been who you thought she was,” Frieda said. “A conniving woman. You know what I’m talking about. Old man, you were always blind about her.” 

Gus slapped his palm down on the table. “Enough, woman. You never liked her, doesn’t mean she’s a bad person.”

Frieda turned her back on Gus and slammed the skillet in the sink. She stomped out of the kitchen and up the stairs.

Gus headed to his recliner in the living room. 

Jesse shoved in one last mouthful of food. He unplugged the radio, followed Gus into the living room, and plugged it in there. 

Gus popped up the footrest on the recliner. “Don’t worry about Frieda’s moods. Remember when you used to tie a string around one leg of a June bug, and he’d buzz around like crazy? That’s the way to handle an angry woman. Let her buzz at the end of her string until she’s wore out. She’ll come around.”

Jesse fiddled with the radio trying to find another station and more news, but he could only pick up the AM station they had been listening to. 

“Don’t fret none about her being a suspect,” Gus said. “She’ll come out of this okay. You hear me? Don’t be worrying.”

Jesse mumbled “Yes” only to keep Gus quiet, so he could hear the radio. 

The news reported on the storm and then the station went live to a play by play of the local six-man football team. 

Jesse turned the set off. “I’m going up to bed.” 

Upstairs in his room, he crawled into bed and watched the snow pound against his window. 

Why hadn’t she called? 

He’d done what a man did for a woman he loved. Any man who didn’t protect his womenfolk was worthless as horse apples. 





P.H. Turner writes mystery and suspense novels set in the mountains and canyons of the West where she grew up and spent most of her working life. Pat worked in broadcast journalism on both coasts, the Midwest, and the Rocky Mountains. With roots to a Texas farm homesteaded in the 1850s, she’s returned to live within miles of the old farm.

Pat is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America.

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–A Fatal Fondness


I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Richard Audry and his new book A Fatal Fondness.  This is the fourth book in his Mary MacDougall Mystery series.


A Fatal Fondness (Mary MacDougall Mysteries)
Historical Mystery
4th in Series
Conger Road Press (November 15, 2019)
Paperback: 268 pages
ISBN-10: 0985019697
ISBN-13: 978-0985019693

Digital ASIN: B08158Y78D


Purchase Links – Amazon



Mary is passionate and headstrong and as such often finds herself reacting with little thought about consequences, and there are always consequences . . . I truly enjoyed how the various plot lines came together and am seriously looking forward to Mary’s next adventure.
~I Read What You Write

Reading A Fatal Fondness was a delightful way to spend a couple of evening . . . I have enjoyed the entire series but this one is my favorite.
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

What a wonderful historical cozy mystery! I absolutely loved A Fatal Fondness . . . Absolutely entertaining and charming story.
~The Book Decoder

I really enjoyed Richard Audry’s latest historical novel, A FATAL FONDNESS. He has captured the first few years of the 20th century very well; from clothes, speech, social status, and transportation, to the prejudices of class and the attitudes about the place of women in society.
~Here’s How It Happened




It’s September 1902, and Mary MacDougall has fulfilled her greatest dream—opening her own detective agency. But this achievement doesn’t come without complication.

Mary’s father insists that an older cousin come to work with her—as both secretary and minder. Jeanette Harrison pledges to keep the plucky sleuth away from danger, as well as from her unsuitable suitor Edmond Roy. This arrangement, embarrassingly, makes Mary the only detective in the state with a chaperone.

The new agency’s first cases hardly seem to portend danger or significance. There’s the affair of the nicked napkin rings…the problem of the purloined pocket watch…and the matter of the four filched felines.

Mary and Jeanette have not the slightest notion that one of these modest little jobs will blow up into the most consequential and perilous case of the heiress-sleuth’s budding career. What begins in triviality mushrooms into disappearance, betrayal, international intrigue, and murder. As she learns more and more, Mary’s prospects for making the acquaintance of an assassin’s blade improve exponentially.

Witty, fast-paced, and enthralling, A Fatal Fondness—the fourth tale in the series—delves deeply into Mary’s world and paints the portrait of an unconventional young woman ever-ready to defy propriety for the sake of justice.

“In the spirit of Nancy Drew and the Corner House Girls… [The author] captures the turn-of-the-century period perfectly, when young women like Mary were trying to burst out of Victorian expectations to become their own person.” —Mary Ann Grossmann, St. Paul Pioneer Press




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Richard Audry is the pen name of D. R. Martin. He is the author of the Mary MacDougall historical mysteries (four titles) and the King Harald canine cozy series (three titles). Under his own name, he has written the Johnny Graphic ghost adventure trilogy, the Marta Hjelm hardboiled mystery Smoking Ruin, and two books on some of his favorite authors: Travis McGee & Me and Four Science Fiction Masters.

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

As a youngster, I loved to read and thought it would be extremely cool to create my own characters and stories. I knew that some day, somehow, I would do it. I wrote professionally for most of my career, as a journalist and marketing/communications writer, but tackled fiction only sporadically until the last few years. Now I’m a full-time novelist.


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

My new novel, A Fatal Fondness, is a historical mystery, not a cozy. To scratch my cozy itch I have my King Harald canine cozy series. Fondness has some humor in it, but it’s intended as a serious tale on murder and international intrigue in a very unlikely locale. My approach is not to educate readers about the history of America circa 1900; not to present them with photographic historical detail. My goal is to immediately pull readers into Mary MacDougall’s world as if it were their own and draw them along easily.


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

For me, it’s a combination of the two. I do a rough outline and begin working from it, while improvising along the way. When I hit a brick wall—as always happens—I return to outlining to find a way through.


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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?

I do read my reviews. But I only respond to bloggers, to thank them for thoughtful reviews. I never respond to Amazon or Goodreads reviews. I’ve found that getting Amazon reviews is very hard, so I’ve pretty much given up. If they happen, they happen. I think many readers don’t realize that a positive Amazon review of an author can encourage other readers to give the book a try—which helps the author continue writing. If you love an author, review her/his books. The review can be super brief. Stars: Four or five. Subject line: “Wonderful mystery.” Review: “Loved it.” Done. That’s all it takes. 


What advice would you give to your younger self?

Start writing books ASAP. Understand the first few may stink. Don’t hover over one book for years on end. Keep at it, don’t give up. Expect rejection, then reject it. Pick your genre very carefully; a poor choice dooms your sales prospects. Learn how to market.

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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?

Certainly the experts who offer advice to authors say that the cover is one of the key aspects of marketability and book sales. Whether my covers contribute to my sales, I just don’t know. My covers are designed by an artist/designer named Steve Thomas. I happen to think his elegant design for the Mary MacDougall covers is right on the dot. Add in the Edwardian ladies by various artists, and the covers just shout: “Fun historical mystery here!” My favorite cover is A Daughter’s Doubt, with a wonderful painting of two ladies in white walking a beach, by Spanish artist Joaquin Sorolla. I wrote a scene in the book especially to reflect those ladies. And I did the same in the new book, with “Mary” sitting out on a porch. 


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

One early reviewer complained that my heiress sleuth, Mary MacDougall, was an inaccurate historical character. A young lady of the upper class doing all the outré things she was doing? Heaven forefend! Of course, I didn’t reply to her. But I would have said that Mary is the author’s (and readers’) agent in the world of 1901 and 1902. She represents us and our sensibilities. She is the young woman we would want to see charging into the future. In a sense, The Mary MacDougall Mysteries are fantasies that I am projecting onto that period. But a Mary who wasn’t dauntless and daring and dedicated to justice would be a character I wouldn’t want to write. After all, she was conceived years ago as a mash-up of Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Honeychurch—as I sat in a theater watching A Room with a View. In the new book, I’ve made a concession to that early reviewer with a new character, Mary’s cousin Jeanette. Her job in the story is to provide a more period-accurate perspective on Mary, as she tries to control the headstrong young woman. Unsuccessfully, I might add.


What have you learned about yourself since becoming an author?

That writing novels is essential to me. Making more money sure would be nice, but it’s the writing that’s the important thing.

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Do you write full-time or part-time?

I retired from marketing communications work a few years ago and now am writing fiction full-time.


What do your plans for future projects include?

I plan on writing at least two more Mary MacDougalls. I also hope to do three more King Harald Canine Cozies. This coming winter I will be wrapping up my Johnny Graphic trilogy—a unique sci-fi ghost adventure set on an alternative earth in the 1930s (written under my actual name, D. R. Martin).


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

I’ve done eleven works of fiction so far and plotting remains the toughest nut to crack. The easiest is the technical stuff at the end—creating the interior PDFs for print-on-demand editions, and creating Kindle and E-pub editions.

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

My taste runs largely to mystery, science fiction, and fantasy. Some favorite mystery/suspense authors include M. C. Beaton, Dorothy Sayers, Robert Parker, John D. MacDonald, Elizabeth Peters, Daniel Silva, John LeCarré, Georges Simenon. A new favorite is Mick Herron, whose Slough House series is terrific. 


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

That I’m trying really hard to provide them with entertaining stories that are fun and easy to read and memorable.

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

If anyone would like to sample my headstrong leading lady, Mary MacDougall, shoot me an e-mail at Tell me if you read Kindle or E-Pub, and I’ll send you a free copy of the first Mary novella, A Pretty Little Plot.


How can readers discover more about you and your work?

I invite folks to visit, and like or follow my Facebook author page. Or visit my Amazon page or website. Links below.




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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–No Way To Die



I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author P. A. De Voe and her new book No Way To Die.  This is the second  book in her A Ming Dynasty Mystery series.


No Way to Die: A Ming Dynasty Mystery
Historical Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Drum Tower Press, LLC (April 18, 2019)
Paperback: 210 pages
ISBN-10: 1942667116
ISBN-13: 978-1942667117
Digital ASIN: B07PWJ715D


Purchase Link – Amazon



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Through mystery and intrigue, No Way To Die transports the reader into the complex and engaging world of early Ming China.

When a peddler finds a partially mutilated body of a stranger, the unlikely duo of a young scholar and a local women’s doctor once more join forces to discover who killed him and why. In probing the highly gendered world of early Ming China, unanticipated questions surface, complicating their investigation.

As their case rapidly transitions into the unexpected, they find all roads leading away from the victim, forcing them to consider alternate routes. Was the death the result of inexorable bad karma and beyond their purview, or merely the result of mortal foul play? Was the murdered man the intended victim? If not, who was and why? The investigation leads to a growing list of potential suspects: a lustful herbalist, an unscrupulous neighbor, a vengeful farmer, a jealous husband, a scorned wife, and a band of thieves. Who is innocent and who is the culprit? To solve the murder and bring peace to the victim’s spirit, the duo must untangle the truth and do it before the murderer strikes again.



P.A. De Voe is an anthropologist with a PhD in Asian studies and a specialty in China. She has authored several stories featuring the early Ming Dynasty: The Mei-hua TrilogyHiddenWarned, and Trapped; the A Ming Dynasty Mystery series with Deadly Relations and No Way to DieLotus Shoes, a Mei-hua short story; and a collection of short stories: Judge Lu’s Case Files, stories of Crime & Mystery in Imperial ChinaWarned won a Silver Falchion Award for Best International Mystery; Trapped was a finalist for an Agatha Award and for a Silver Falchion Award. Her short story, The Immortality Mushroom, (a Judge Lu story) was in the Anthony Award-winning anthology Murder Under the Oaks edited by Art Taylor.

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

I really don’t remember when I wanted to be an author. I do remember thinking that I couldn’t write until I had something to write about. And as a small town, Midwestern girl that meant I had to wait. Eventually, I studied anthropology and Chinese studies in college. That gave me a foundation for understanding culture and also lead to many and various types of experiences—both through a multitude of first-hand experiences and through submersion in history. 

Even then, it took me several more years before I finally gave myself permission to write.


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

I like to populate my stories with diverse characters, whether they are different from each other because of ethnicity or social status. I also like to use a different time and place for my stories—late 14th century China. 


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

I definitely am a structured writer. Before I write anything, I have to have an outline. As the story line develops, however, I may change the outline by adding another scene or even a complete chapter. The outline is my flexible road map; it’s not a train tracks where any deviation would be impossible.


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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?

I do read reviews. No, I don’t respond to any of them. 


What advice would you give to your younger self?

Join writers’ groups. These people are our natural tribe and they are very supportive of fledgling authors.

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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. Book covers are very important. For my Mei-hua trilogy (Hidden, Warned, and Trapped) I was lucky enough to find a wonderful person to do the covers. Unfortunately, she is no longer available. Therefore, all of the other covers—for my short stories and the new series with Deadly Relations and No Way to Die—I have designed myself.


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

I have 2 protagonists in No Way to Die, Xiang-hua a women’s doctor and Shu-chang a teacher.  They are both young and trying to find their footing in life. Xiang-hua was trained by her grandmother and is constantly trying to live up to her family’s expectations. She puts up a brave face in everything she does, but fear of failure is her constant companion. 

While Shu-chang was away, his father and uncle were murdered as they tried to protect their village. With no evidence to go on, the district’s magistrate gives up looking for the murderers. Shu-chang vows to to find their murderers. Yet, he is now destitute and has to take a teaching job in a small school in another town. His inability to bring them justice haunts him, even as he helps to solve crimes for others. 


What have you learned about yourselves since becoming an author?

How much I enjoy the writing process and getting together with other authors to talk about our craft. 

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What do your plans for future projects include?

  1. I am working on a collection of my Judge Lu short stories (early Ming Dynasty). They are spread around in various anthologies and an e-magazine, and I want to bring them together in one spot.
  2. I am working on writing an outline for the third novel in my A Ming Dynasty Mystery series. Xiang-hua and Shu-chang will continue to work together to solve crimes in their town.


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

The hardest part of writing for me is sitting down and editing. Nevertheless, it must be done and with care and attention.

The easiest part of writing is doing the research for my story. 


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

Mysteries and especially international and historical ones. Mysteries that not only are well plotted and have great characters, but which also have depth to them. 


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

That when they pick up one of my stories, they can count on it for a unique experience. One where a window is open to them, which provides a mystery with engaging characters and a unique setting. 


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

I hope that through my mysteries you enjoy taking a trip to another time and place, where the exotic and the familiar are intermingled. 



How can readers discover more about you and your work?





     Amazon Author Page: pa de voe


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