Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Cry Wolf

 

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Annette Dashofy and her new release Cry Wolf.   This is the seventh book in her Zoe Chambers Mysteries Series.  I have read this book and all of the books in this series and I thought they were great.  This is one of my favorite all-time series.

 

Cry Wolf (Zoe Chambers Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Henery Press (September 18, 2018)
Hardcover: 276 pages
ISBN-10: 1635113954
ISBN-13: 978-1635113952
Paperback: 276 pages
ISBN-10: 163511392X
ISBN-13: 978-1635113921
Digital ASIN: B07DXBSPF8

 

 

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Rural Pennsylvania’s Vance Township Police Chief Pete Adams is down an officer and has been dealing with extra shifts as well as a pair of bickering neighbors, one of whom owns a machete and isn’t afraid to use it.

Golden Oaks Assisted Living is outside Pete’s jurisdiction, but a murder in the facility his Alzheimer’s-afflicted father calls home makes the case personal.

Paramedic and Deputy Coroner Zoe Chambers has been itching for an opportunity to take the lead in a death investigation. She gets her chance when her boss is hospitalized and not only assigns her to the Golden Oaks homicide but puts her in charge of the county coroner’s office.

As if she doesn’t have enough to handle, a long-lost, over-protective, older half-brother walks into her life threatening to drive a wedge between her and the man she loves.

A second dead body leads them to realize the case may have dark ties to a distant past…and if Zoe doesn’t untangle the web of lies, Pete will be the one to pay the ultimate price.

 

This is one of my all time favorite series to read.  It has everything that I look for in a cozy: engaging characters, an intriguing setting and top notch mysteries.

The characters are well developed and well rounded and they have grown so much from the first book.  Zoe, Pete and Harry are some of my favorite characters ever. They seem very realistic to me and they care about each so much.  They all have their problems and they are not perfect, but they work through everything and they always love each other. Harry reminds me of my dad at times so that makes it extra special.  And we even get to meet Zoe’s half brother, which open up a whole other side of Zoe

The writing style flows smoothly and defines the characters very clearly by their actions and words. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there in Vance Township, watching all of the action taking place.  I felt like I was riding along with the paramedics and visiting the Assisted Living facility, meeting the residents.

The mystery is well plotted and nicely paced.   There were numerous clues to sift through and enough suspects to consider and the mystery was not easily solved., which is fine with me.  The ending has a little bit of surprise, which we may find out more about in future books.

I would highly recommend this book, and series, to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I think you need to put this on your Must-Be-Read list!

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Henery Press, and Edelweiss, which I greatly appreciate.

 

 

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Annette Dashofy is the USA Today best-selling author of the Zoe Chambers mystery series about a paramedic and deputy coroner in rural Pennsylvania’s tight-knit Vance Township. CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE was a finalist for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel of 2014 and BRIDGES BURNEDwas nominated for the 2015 Agatha for Best Contemporary Novel.

Author Links

Website– www.annettedashofy.com

Blog– http://annettedashofy.blogspot.com/ 

Facebook– https://www.facebook.com/annette.dashofy

Twitter– @Annette_Dashofy 

 

 

 

When did you know that you wanted to be an author? 

On some level, I always knew. Some of my earliest memories involve writing stories. I thought it was something everyone did. I was named Most Likely to Write the All-American Novel in my high school yearbook! But I didn’t make the conscious decision to write for publication until 2003 or 2004.

 

What things, if any, influenced that decision?

It’s sounds corny, but I had a dream that felt like a scene in a movie or a book, and I decided on a whim to see what happened if I fleshed it out. The result was a completed—and dreadful—novel that will never see the light of day. But it sparked my passion for writing fiction again.

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

A couple of things. First, my main character, Zoe Chambers is a paramedic. I don’t know of any other “cozies” that feature that profession. Secondly, mine are more traditional than true cozies. Catriona McPherson recently dubbed them “Grit with Heart.” I like that!

 

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

I definitely outline! I tried pantsing (writing by the seat of my pants) once and it was a mess! I spent more time revising to make everything work than I did drafting the thing. However, my outline isn’t tremendously detailed, allowing the characters to lure me into areas I hadn’t planned.

 

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Do you read your reviews?

I read the first few when a new book is released. I guess I need the validation that my readers are happy with it. But eventually there will be a one-star that sends me into a funk, so I’ve learned to stop reading them at some point. I can have dozens of five-star reviews, but that one one-star is the one that hangs over me!

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Do you respond to them, good or bad?

Definitely not the bad ones! Everyone has their opinion and that’s okay. I’m not going to change it by commenting on it. I’ve recently been told by an industry professional that we shouldn’t respond to good ones either. But I do try to thank those early reviewers who post such lovely things!

 

Do you do anything special to get those reviews?

Blog tours, like this one, have long been a staple for early reviews. With Cry Wolf, for the first time, I put together a “review crew” on my Zoe Chambers Mysteries and Friends fan page. I asked for volunteers once the book came out on Edelweiss and gave them access to an early read.

 

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Don’t listen to the inner voices that play on your self-doubt and insecurities. I wish I’d developed the thick skin necessary to persevere in this business about 10 or 20 years sooner!

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

Absolutely! 

 Who designs your book covers?

My publisher, Henery Press has a graphic artist on staff (Stephanie Savage) who does mine.

 

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

Zoe has a big heart and a caregiver’s soul. Her biggest flaw is she too often follows her heart, but it’s also her biggest strength. Pete Adams (Chief of Police) is more of a black-and-white thinker but has a notoriously accurate “gut” where people are concerned. He’s a protector by nature. They’ve both had their share of hurt in their lives, which is why it’s taken so long for their relationship to find solid ground.

 

What have you learned about yourselves since becoming an author?

I can stand up in front of a room of strangers and talk without being overcome by nerves! Also, I’ve learned that I love research.

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Do you write full-time or part-time?

Full-time.

 

What do your plans for future projects include?

The 8th Zoe Chambers Mystery, Fair Game, comes out next May, and I have at least two more in the series on my current contract. I’m also toying with an idea for a new series with new characters who are starting to speak to me. That’s all I’m ready to say about it yet.

 

What do you think the hardest part of writing is?

Shutting off other demands of the publishing business and of my life and just doing it.

 

What is the easiest?

Once I focus on the story instead of the other “stuff,” simply letting the characters tell me their tales is the easiest and most fun part of the job.

 

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

I love traditional mysteries with interesting and unique characters and a strong setting. Two of my favorite authors are Craig Johnson, who writes the Walt Longmire Mysteries set in Wyoming, and Julia Spencer-Fleming, who writes the Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne novels set in upstate New York.

 

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

I love meeting and interacting with my readers!

 

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

I’m writing as fast as I can!

 

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How can readers discover more about you and your work?

    Website: http://www.annettedashofy.com/

    Blog: I belong to the group blog: https://writerswhokill.blogspot.com/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/annette.dashofy/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Annette_Dashofy  

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

     Amazon Author Page: amazon.com/author/annette.dashofy

     Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/annettedashofy

     BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/annette-dashofy

 

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November 7 – Here’s How It Happened – SPOTLIGHT

November 7 – fundinmental – SPOTLIGHT

November 7 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW

November 7 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW

November 8 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

November 8 – Mysteries with Character – CHARACTER GUEST POST

November 8 – The Power of Words – REVIEW

November 9 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT

November 9 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

November 9 – The Montana Bookaholic – REVIEW

November 10 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

November 10 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW

November 10 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT

November 11 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – GUEST POST

November 11 – A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

November 11 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW

November 12 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – REVIEW

November 12 – Jane Reads – GUEST POST

November 12 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT

November 13 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

November 13 – Cozy Up With Kathy – CHARACTER GUEST POST

November 13 – A Chick Who Reads – REVIEW

 

 

 

 

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Thread Herrings

 

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I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Lea Wait and her new book Thread Herrings.  This is the seventh book in her A Mainly Needlepoint Mystery Series.

 

Thread Herrings (A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery)https://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?source=bk&t=dollycsthoug-20&bm-id=default&l=ktl&linkId=1a80a29f886be0df0ce883e2f5ce8911&_cb=1537467494406
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Kensington (October 30, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 149671671X
ISBN-13: 978-1496716712
Digital ASIN: B079KSZ92D
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As the action heats up in Thread Herrings, you will find yourself riveted. You cannot help but keep reading to discover how the story plays out.
~The Avid Reader

Ms. Wait has crafted a tale of Murder and History that keeps you turning the pages until you sigh and put the book down when you have finished!
~A Wytch’s Book Review Blog

The narrative is well written, filled with fascinating historical detail, and flows at a steady pace. There’s no fluff or filler; every word is important.
~The Power of Words

I admit I was expecting a quick mystery with some fun dialogue and a bit of romance. The author surprised me and took this a step further. There’s a mystery in a mystery, danger around every corner and she really tested the boundaries of her characters.
~FUONLYKNEW

THREAD HERRINGS was a story I couldn’t tear myself away from. A true page-turner of a mystery, with questions stemming from past to present, I just became more and more engrossed.
~Lisa Ks Book Reviews

Certainly, an opening that grabs the interest quickly and manages to weave informative and educational tidbits into an engaging and well-developed plot.
~Rosepoint Publishing

She pulls readers right into this story and holds them tight until the final page. OMG, my heart was racing at the ending!
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

The story is well-paced and the relationships for Angie highlighted, sometimes with a sense of despair. The tension Angie feels and her fears come through, as well as Patrick’s hope to protect her.
~Christa Reads and Writes

 

 

Angie’s first auction may turn out to be her last—when she bids on a coat of arms that someone would literally kill to possess . . .

Tagging along to an estate sale with her fellow Needlepointer, antiques shop owner Sarah Byrne, Angie Curtis impulsively bids on a tattered embroidery of a coat of arms. When she gets her prize back home to Haven Harbor, she discovers a document from 1757 behind the framed needlework—a claim for a child from a foundling hospital. Intrigued, Angie is determined to find the common thread between the child and the coat of arms.

Accepting her reporter friend Clem Walker’s invitation to talk about her find on the local TV news, Angie makes an appeal to anyone who might have information. Instead, both women receive death threats. When Clem is found shot to death in a parking lot, Angie fears her own life may be in jeopardy. She has to unravel this historical mystery—or she may be the next one going, going . . . gone . . .

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The farther I walked through the preview room the more I realized how little I knew about antiques, or about what people valued. One man was carefully examining a box of old photographs. If they weren’t relatives, why would he be interested? Sarah would know. I didn’t.

I admired an old, framed, Maine state flag that, the catalog said, had been flown over the statehouse in Augusta during World War II.

I didn’t need any furniture, but I walked along the rows of pine, mahogany, cherry, and oak tables, bureaus, and desks. I liked the cherry pieces best, but, according to the auction catalog estimates, they’d all go too high for me. I tried to imagine eighteenth- or nineteenth-century men and women dining at the tables, or writing at the desks. I shivered, wondering who they’d been, and what their lives had been like. How they’d feel if they saw their possessions being auctioned off to strangers.

The vintage jewelry didn’t interest me as much as I’d hoped. “Would you like to see any of the pieces up close?” asked the auction house employee standing in back of the glass showcase.

I touched the gold angel I wore on a chain around my neck. Mama had given it to me for my first Communion, and it reminded me of her. It was only valuable to me.

I moved on to the earrings. “We have a number of small earrings in this sale,” she pointed out. “What’s your birthstone?”

“I was born in April,” I said, knowing that probably prohibited my buying birthstone earrings.

“Diamond,” said the woman, hovering over the earrings.

“We have two pairs of diamond earrings.” She picked them up and handed them to me.

“Is this silver?” I asked, looking at the tiny studs in my hand.

“Platinum,” she corrected me.

The slightly larger pair of earrings was set in gold. The stones weren’t large, but the gold reflected them. “I like these,” I said. “But they’re clip-ons. I have pierced ears.”

“Any jeweler can change them for you,” she assured me. “I suspect that pair was owned by a young woman. Older women tend to prefer larger stones.”

I nodded, as though that made sense, and handed them back to her. “Thank you for showing them to me.”

She turned to the next potential bidder. I marked the lot number of the diamonds set in gold in my catalog. They were appraised at $4,000. Too high for me. And I didn’t exactly live a diamond-earring lifestyle. But if I’d had more money I’d have been tempted.

China, crystal, hand-painted porcelain. Vases, teapots. A display case of swords, pistols, and rifles that I couldn’t even get close to because of the crowd. A lot of people were interested in antique weapons.

Other things were fun to look at, but I didn’t need a nineteenth-century dollhouse, or a cuckoo clock, or a mahogany writing case, or French marionettes. Who would want these things?

Part of the fun of the auction would be seeing who bought what, and for how much.

I drifted back to the wall where the embroideries were hung. Two women were looking closely at the sampler Sarah had predicted would go high. No one was paying attention to the coat of arms and family crest. I was pretty sure that was an eagle, or at least part of one. And a flag, although so many threads were missing I had no idea what country it represented.

Where was Sarah? I headed for the refreshment table and bought another cup of coffee. This was going to be an interesting day, but a long one.

 

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Lea Wait lives on the coast of Maine. A fourth-generation antique dealer and the author of the Agatha-nominated Antique Print Mystery series, she loves all things antiques and Maine. She also writes historical novels for young people set in (where else?) nineteenth-century Maine. Visit her at leawait.com.

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November 1 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW

November 1 – Cozy Up With Kathy -SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT

November 2 –  Teresa Trent Author Blog – SPOTLIGHT

November 2 –  A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – REVIEW

November 3 – The Power of Words – REVIEW

November 3 – FUONLYKNEW – REVIEW

November 3 – Mysteries with Character – SPOTLIGHT

November 4 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW, EXCERPT

November 5 – Here’s How It Happened – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT

November 5 – The Montana Bookaholic – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT

November 6 – Rosepoint Publishing – REVIEW

November 6 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT

November 7 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book  – REVIEW

November 7 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW

November 8 – My Reading Journey – REVIEW, EXCERPT

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November 9 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT

November 9 – A Chick Who Reads – REVIEW

November 10 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

November 10 – Handcrafted Reviews – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT

November 11 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT

November 12 – The Ninja Librarian – REVIEW

November 13 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

November 13 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW

November 14 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW  

 

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–A Different Kind Of Reunion

 

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Joanne Guidoccio and her new book A Different Kind Of Reunion.  This is the third book in her A Gilda Greco Mystery Series.

A Different Kind of Reunion (A Gilda Greco Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
The Wild Rose Press, Inc (April 23, 2018)
Paperback: 236 pages
ISBN-10: 1509220380
ISBN-13: 978-1509220380
Digital ASIN: B07BSTTNS2

 

Buy links:

Amazon (Canada)  Amazon (United States)    Kobo   Indigo   Barnes & Noble    iTunes   The Wild Rose Press

 

 

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While not usually a big deal, one overlooked email would haunt teacher Gilda Greco. Had she read it, former student Sarah McHenry might still be alive.

Suspecting foul play, Constable Leo Mulligan plays on Gilda’s guilt and persuades her to participate in a séance facilitated by one of Canada’s best-known psychics. Six former students also agree to participate. At first cooperative and willing, their camaraderie is short-lived as old grudges and rivalries emerge. The séance is a bust.

Determined to solve Sarah’s murder, Gilda launches her own investigation and uncovers shocking revelations that could put several lives—including her own—in danger. Can Gilda and the psychic solve this case before the killer strikes again?

 

In 2008, Joanne Guidoccio took advantage of early retirement and decided to launch a second career that would tap into her creative side and utilize her well-honed organizational skills. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews have been published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories. A member of Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime, and Romance Writers of America, Joanne writes cozy mysteries, paranormal romance, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.

Where to find Joanne…

Website: http://joanneguidoccio.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/joanneguidoccio
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorjoanneguidoccio
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joanneguidoccio
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jguidoccio/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7277706.Joanne_Guidoccio

 

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

While sitting in English class (circa 1973), I dreamed of writing the great Canadian novel. I had always enjoyed reading and, in high school, realized that I also had a flair for writing. My parents and teachers praised my work, but made it clear that I needed to be practical about the future. I followed the conventional advice of the times and pursued a career in teaching, but in my heart of hearts, I knew that someday I would resurrect that writing dream. In 2008, I took advantage of early retirement and devoted my second act to writing.

 

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

During my cancer journey, I devoured two to three cozies each week. Partway through chemotherapy, I started to imagine writing my own cozy, one based in Northern Ontario with a cast of Italian/Canadian characters.  While I don’t have actual statistics, I suspect that over 60 percent of all cozies are based in the United States and the United Kingdom. I wanted to share another perspective with cozy readers.

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

I’m a linear pantser. I like to start with a character sketch of the protagonist and a rough draft of the storyline. While the first three chapters and the ending remain constant, there are several plot changes along the way. And I let the characters misbehave.

 

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

I read all my reviews at least once. On “blue” days, I reread the excellent reviews. While reading the less-than-stellar reviews, I look for common themes. For example, several readers commented on the number of characters introduced in the first chapter of A Season for Killing Blondes. I kept that comment in mind while writing Too Many Women in the Room and A Different Kind of Reunion.

 

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Write each day and save your journals. Whenever you wake up with a storyline or start contemplating “What If” scenarios, jot them down. You will probably not have time to fully develop these storylines during your busy teaching career, but the day will come when you can devote yourself fully to making your writing dream a reality. Having a bank of ideas will also come in handy during prolonged writer’s blocks.

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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?

I’m blessed to have a wonderful publisher (The Wild Rose Press) and a talented cover artist (Kim Mendoza). Each book cover of the Gilda Greco Mystery Series has generated many compliments. While the cover is not the main reason for buying the book, it does attract an initial “Let me a take a look.”

 

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

Gilda Geco, the protagonist of the series, is 70 percent of me. As to how I came up with that particular number, let’s just say my well-honed left brain did all the work. Our similarities…Italian Canadian, born and raised in Sudbury, relocated to Southern Ontario, mathematics teachers, career development practitioners, non-foodies, yoga enthusiasts. One major difference – Gilda won a $19 million lottery. I’m still hoping!

Regarding the other characters…Having lived and taught in different cities throughout the province of Ontario, I felt free to “borrow” characteristics from former colleagues and students to create composite characters. Thankfully, no one has recognized himself or herself.

 

What have you learned about yourself since becoming an author?

Having taught in very structured workplaces for over three decades, I was surprised to see how easily I adapted to a creative career. I was able to transfer several skills; in particular, organization and time management to my writing practice.

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Do you write full-time or part-time?

I write part-time.

 

What do your plans for future projects include?

On the back burner, I have four books in different stages of completion, and ideas are percolating for at least three more. My goal – To release one book each year. For how long? As long as I continue to be inspired.

 

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

At some point in the manuscript, usually around Page 80, I encounter the murky middle, that nebulous place where I find it difficult to continue or sustain the tension of the novel. In short, I’m lost with no clear trail or direction in sight.

In the early days of my writing career, I struggled to regain my motivation, wondering if I should abandon the novel. Thankfully, I have discovered several strategies that have lifted me out of the abyss.

I look forward to writing the first chapter and giving life to the characters. That initial spark of an idea may percolate for several days (sometimes weeks), but the real thrill occurs when I sit at my computer and start writing.

 

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

I have eclectic tastes and love to curl up with women’s fiction, historical fiction, cozy mysteries, memoirs, psychological thrillers, and self-help books. I enjoy reading Louise Penny, Ann Patchett, Maeve Binchy, Julia Cameron, Joanna Trollope, Anna Quindlen, and Adriana Trigiani. I’ve just finished reading and highly recommend Tear Me Apart by J. T. Ellison.

 

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

I often find myself reaching for the teacher hat. I like to share what I’ve learned on my writing journey: the triumphs, challenges, and disappointments. On my blog, I have featured spotlights and reinvention stories of 100+ authors. I am particularly proud of my ability to embrace Twitter and devote many of my tweets to promoting authors and other creatives.

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

Readers, Thank you for your encouragement and support over the past ten years. I appreciate your reviews, blog comments, likes and follows on social media, and congratulatory emails and phone calls. You have been wonderful companions on my writing journey.

 

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October 30 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT

October 29 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

October 29 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

October 31 – A Holland Reads – CHARACTER GUEST POST

November 1 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

November 1 – My Reading Journeys – SPOTLIGHT

November 2 – Readeropolis – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

November 2 – Moonlight Rendezvous – REVIEW

November 2 – Rosepoint Publishing – SPOTLIGHT

November 3 – Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST

November 3 – Varietats – REVIEW  

November 4 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

November 5 – Island Confidential – GUEST POST

November 5 – A Chick Who Reads – REVIEW

November 6 – Jane Reads – GUEST POST

November 7 – MJB Reviewers – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

November 8 – Laura’s Interests – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

November 8 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

November 9 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

November 10 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

November 11 – Cozy Up With Kathy – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

November 11 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW

 

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New Releases For The Week Of November 4th, 2018–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of November 4th, 2018. I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so many of them for this week. Today is the third and final day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

 

You Don't Own Me (An Under Suspicion Novel) by [Clark, Mary Higgins, Burke, Alafair]“Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke are back with their fifth enthralling mystery in the New York Times bestselling Under Suspicion series; You Don’t Own Me finds television producer Laurie Moran stopping at nothing to solve the murder of a celebrity doctor—even as she finds herself in grave danger as a mysterious stalker plots his next move.

When we last saw Laurie Moran, she had recently become engaged to her show’s former host, Alex Buckley. Since then, the two have been happily planning a summer wedding and honeymoon, preparing for Alex’s confirmation to a federal judicial appointment, and searching for the perfect New York City home for their new life together.

But then Laurie is approached by Robert and Cynthia Bell, parents of Dr. Martin Bell, a famously charming and talented physician who was shot dead as he pulled into the driveway of his Greenwich Village carriage house five years ago. The Bells are sure that Martin’s disgraced and erratic wife, Kendra, carried out the murder. Determined to prove Kendra’s guilt and win custody over their grandchildren, they plead with Laurie to feature their son’s case on “Under Suspicion,” ensuring her that Kendra is willing to cooperate.

Kendra has lived under a blanket of suspicion since Martin’s death, with the tabloid media depicting her as a secretive, mentally unstable gold-digger. Laurie’s show is a chance for her to clear her name. But unbeknownst to the Bells, Kendra has already refused once before to go forward with a re-investigation of her husband’s murder, and her statements to the contrary only add to the appearance of guilt.

But once Laurie dives into the case, she learns that Martin wasn’t the picture-perfect husband, father, and doctor he appeared to be and was carrying secrets of his own. And what does the web of lies ensnaring the Bell family have to do with a dangerous stranger, who gazes at Laurie from afar and thinks, She is actually quite a lovely girl, I’m sure she’s going to be missed…?

You Don’t Own Me is the perfect, exhilarating follow up to the bestselling Every Breath You Take. The “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark and her dazzling partner-in-crime Alafair Burke have devised another riveting page-turner.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Colors of All the Cattle: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (19) (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series) by [McCall Smith, Alexander]In this latest installment of the beloved and best-selling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, Precious Ramotswe finds herself running for office—much to her dismay.

When Mma Potokwane suggests to Mma Ramotswe that she run for a seat on the Gaborone City Council, Mma Ramotswe is at first reluctant. But when she learns that developers plan to build the flashy Big Fun Hotel next to a graveyard, she allows herself to be persuaded. Her opponent is none other than Mma Makutsi’s old nemesis, Violet Sephotho, who is in the pocket of the hotel developers. Although Violet is intent on using every trick in the book to secure her election, Mma Ramotswe refuses to guarantee anything beyond what she can deliver; hence her slogan: “I can’t promise anything—but I shall do my best.”

Meanwhile, Mma Ramotswe has acquired a new client: one of her late father’s old friends, who was the victim of a hit-and-run accident. Charlie volunteers to be the lead investigator in the case to prove he’s ready to be more than an apprentice, as well as to impress a new girlfriend. With Charlie’s inquiries landing him in hot water and Election Day fast approaching, Mma Ramotswe will have to call upon her good humor and gen­erosity of spirit to help the community navigate these thorny issues, and to prove that honesty and compassion will always carry the day.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Wrench in the Works (A Fixer-Upper Mystery Book 6) by [Carlisle, Kate]Contractor Shannon Hammer has to dig through murder suspects in the latest Fixer-Upper Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Eaves of Destruction and Once Upon a Spine.

Don’t miss the Hallmark Movies & Mystery Originals starring Jewel, based on the Fixer-Upper Mystery series!

Shannon Hammer’s younger sister Chloe left Lighthouse Cove after high school to make it big in Hollywood. And she did it! For several years now, Chloe has been the co-host of a popular home repair show on the Do-It-Yourself Network. Now, after ten years, Chloe returns to Lighthouse Cove with her crew and co-host to film several shows featuring her sister Shannon, along with some special mini-segments on Victorian style and design.

But Shannon realizes quickly that things are not exactly blissful in TV land. Her sister’s handsome co-host is being stalked by someone who turns out to be his estranged wife, Erica–who also happens to be the executive producer of the show. Erica’s got a knack for stirring up sticky situations and when she’s found dead, Chloe and the entire crew are under suspicion.

Shannon soon discovers the real reason why Chloe was so eager to move away from Lighthouse Cove all those years ago. Can Shannon figure out if that ten-year-old secret is connected to Erica’s death? And can she track down the real killer before her beloved sister becomes the next victim?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fatal Festival Days (A Dog Days Mystery Book 3) by [Blair, Jamie M.]It’s a dog’s life for Cameron when a killer threatens the Winter Festival fun

Planning activities for the Winter Festival in Metamora, Indiana, is hard work for Cameron Cripps-Hayman. Not only is she organizing dog sledding, ice sculpting, and downhill skiing events, but she’s also dealing with angry protesters and a missing mascot. The last thing she needs is another mystery to solve. And yet, that’s what she gets.

After a greedy landowner is found dead on top of a ski hill, Cameron scrambles to keep the reindeer games running. Then the festival’s former-Olympian host is also found dead. Cameron gets the Metamora Action Agency together to investigate, but proving the victims were both murdered—and catching the killer—will take a miracle on ice.

Praise for the Dog Days Mysteries

“[A] laugh-out-loud funny cozy…Dorothy Cannell and Donna Andrews fans rejoice!”—Library Journal

“The plot is very, very good in this one. The dogs are fun, the mystery is difficult to solve, and all the characters make this a great afternoon read.”—Suspense Magazine  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle,, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Guilty Party (Back Room Bookstore Cozy Mystery Book 2) by [Harper, Susan]When you’re Dracula, people just assume you’re the killer.

A paranormal cozy mystery from #1 Best Selling Author Susan Harper

Monica Montoya and her sister Mona are heading to a party at Dracula’s spooky mansion. When a guest turns up dead with incriminating bite marks, Uncle Drac is dragged away to jail? Sure that their uncle is innocent, the girls must sort through a supernatural cast of suspects. Can they sort through the magic and find the guilty party?

The Guilty Party is part of the Back Room Bookstore Cozy Mystery series. If you like fun paranormal mysteries, you will love Monica and her friends, both human and supernatural.

Get The Guilty Party and start solving your next supernatural mystery today!

Always FREE on Kindle Unlimited  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marry and Bright: A Holiday Novella (Annabelle Archer Wedding Planner Mystery Book 11) by [Durham, Laura]An abandoned baby. A bride who’s channeling her inner Scrooge. Can Annabelle track down who left the baby while keeping her bride from having a merry meltdown?

Tis the season for mistletoe and matrimony. Wedding planner Annabelle Archer and her team are busy preparing for a winter wedding when they get something that wasn’t on their wish list—a baby left on the doorstep. Determined to find out who left the baby, Annabelle finds herself delving deep into the world of Christian motorcycle gangs all the while pulling together a holiday party and keeping her bride from throwing a holiday hissy fit.

Marry and Bright, a novella, is the 11th standalone book in the hilarious Annabelle Archer Wedding Planner Mystery series. If you like larger-than-life characters, madcap capers, and an insider’s look at glamorous society weddings, then you’ll love Laura Durham’s award-winning series.

Buy Marry and Bright to get cozy with this a funny, festive holiday novella today!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seven-Layer Slayer (MURDER IN THE MIX Book 5) by [Moore, Addison]*A laugh out loud cozy mystery by New York Times Bestseller Addison Moore*

My name is Lottie Lemon, and I see dead pets. On occasion I see a once upon a human, too, but mostly it’s just cute little furry beasts who have come back from the other side to warn me of their previous owner’s impending doom.

It’s January, and this month brings two special birthdays that the entire town is looking forward to celebrating: Eve Hollister and Nell Sawyer’s. Well, in truth, not many people are looking forward to celebrating Eve Hollister’s birthday. In fact, the way the people at her party are acting, you’d think she were the most hated woman on the planet. Add one ornery black bear who is well past his earthly prime, along with the Grim Reaper, and poor Eve’s birthday turns into a supernatural catastrophe. One thing is for sure—no one in Honey Hollow will ever be the same.

Lottie Lemon has a brand new bakery to tend to, a budding romance with perhaps one too many suitors, and she has the supernatural ability to see dead pets—which are always harbingers for ominous things to come. Throw in the occasional ghost of the human variety, a string of murders, and her insatiable thirst for justice, and you’ll have more chaos than you know what to do with.

Living in the small town of Honey Hollow can be murder.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deadly Thanksgiving Sampler: a Danger Cove Quilting Mystery (Danger Cove Mysteries Book 21) by [Jones, Gin, Ashby, Elizabeth]From USA Today bestselling authors Gin Jones and Elizabeth Ashby comes a fall fiasco of epic proportions!

Quilt appraiser Keely Fairchild just wants to have a quiet little Thanksgiving dinner at home with her boyfriend, but as the guest list grows, so do the distractions from meal preparations. First she gets dragged into investigating the theft of miniature quilts that were supposed to be featured in the guild’s entry in the Danger Cove Thanksgiving parade, and then she stumbles onto a bigger mystery: who killed a local quilter and what did her death have to do with a sampler quilt she’d made to depict her life’s story?

Keely struggles to figure out which elements of the quilt are clues and which are red herrings, and uncovers that the dead quilter and her mechanic husband may not have been as innocent as they seemed. Did the husband kill his quilting wife, or could it have had something to do with a stalker, an angry customer, or even a best friend who might actually be a frenemy?

If Keely can’t figure it out, her life—and death—may end up depicted in her own DEADLY THANKSGIVING SAMPLER.

The Danger Cove books:
Secret of the Painted Lady (a Danger Cove Renovation Mystery)
Murder and Mai Tais (a Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery)
Death by Scones (a Danger Cove Bakery Mystery)
Four-Patch of Trouble (a Danger Cove Quilting Mystery)
Deadly Dye and a Soy Chai (a Danger Cove Hair Salon Mystery)
Killer Closet Case (a Danger Cove B&B Mystery)
Tree of Life and Death (a Danger Cove Quilting Mystery)
A Killing in the Market (a Danger Cove Farmers’ Market short story in the “Killer Beach Reads” collection)
Killer Colada (a Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery)
Passion, Poison & Puppy Dogs (a Danger Cove Pet Sitter Mystery)
A Novel Death (a Danger Cove Bookshop Mystery)
Robbing Peter to Kill Paul (a Danger Cove Quilting Mystery)
Sinister Snickerdoodles (a Danger Cove Bakery Mystery)
Hurricanes and Heroes (a Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery)
A Death in the Flower Garden (a Danger Cove Farmers’ Market Mystery)
Divas, Diamonds & Death (a Danger Cove Pet Sitter Mystery)
A Slaying in the Orchard (a Danger Cove Farmers’ Market Mystery)
A Secret in the Pumpkin Patch (a Danger Cove Farmers’ Market Mystery)
Deadly Dirty Martinis (a Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery)
A Poison Manicure and Peach Liqueur (a Danger Cove Hair Salon Mystery)
Tequila Trouble (a Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery)
Deadly Thanksgiving Sampler (A Danger Cove Quilting mystery)

About Danger Cove:
Danger Cove is a sleepy little town in the Pacific Northwest and home to renowned mystery novelist, Elizabeth Ashby. While Elizabeth swears the stories she writes are fiction, you can find the inspiration for her murderous tales all over Danger Cove…from the intriguing cast of local characters to the places to eat, play, and explore in Danger Cove. Don’t let our name fool you—we’re the friendliest (even if deadliest) town in the Pacific Northwest!   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dead in a Pickup (Leah Norwood Mysteries Book 3) by [Blair, B. L.]When Leah Norwood finds the body of Brandy Perez in a pickup parked outside a house for sale, she is once again drawn into the hunt for a killer. Brandy was a party girl with a questionable reputation. She dated a lot of different men including local bad-boy Marcus Cantono. At the time of her death, Brandy claimed to be in a relationship with a wealthy businessman, and there are only a few men in Reed Hill who fit that description.

Marcus is already dealing with vandals trying to close down his restaurant, his mother’s sixty-fifth birthday party, and family members restarting their drug dealing operation. He doesn’t need lead murder suspect added to the list. The evidence against him is strong, and Leah’s snooping soon makes her a target. She’s determined to help Marcus while trying to keep her relationship with the sexy chief of police intact.

Leah loves a good mystery. Can she find the killer before the killer finds her?  (Amazon)

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Locking Up Santa (An Edie Edwards Cozy Mystery Book 2) by [LeClair, Nikki]Join Phoebe, Edie, and the gang at Lavish Looks as they navigate through the muddy waters of what should be a joyous Christmas season.

Seven months have passed since Phoebe Mercer’s life was flipped on end. After being knocked out by a runaway hot dog cart, she quickly went from being an overworked and underpaid legal assistant, happily living with her new fiancé in a small loft, to the CEO of a multi-million-dollar beauty company and living with a ghost in a mansion.

Whether it’s getting used to being a public figure, having a Chief Operating Officer who hates her, or a ghost who is just too passionate about everything, Phoebe is having trouble getting a grip on her new life. And understandably so.

Just when she thinks things can’t get any worse, Phoebe’s friend and business mentor is arrested for a string of Christmas-related crimes, and the town is ready to lock him away for good. As Phoebe races to prove his innocence—and stop Lavish Looks from going under—a too-familiar face from the past, an unwanted visitor, and old friends who seem to have abandoned her throw her into disarray.

Can the spirit of the holiday season, and her ghostly companion, help end the year on a high note? Or will Phoebe spend the new year hiding?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Body in the Boat (A Traveling Town Mystery Book 2) by [Diane, Ami]A town lost in time… a body in a rowboat…

Ella is settling into her new home at the inn, but life in Keystone Village is never dull.

A local man proposes expanding the current wind farm and installing more turbines on Twin Hills. The proposed project ruffles more than a few feathers, especially Ella’s boss, Wink.

Then, a seemingly ordinary afternoon on the lake turns deadly when the man heading up the project is found dead. With Wink at the top of the sheriff’s suspect list, Ella must dig for answers or lose her new friend to an old law dog’s form of justice.

Can Ella uncover the truth before the sheriff strands Wink in the annals of history?

Your favorite snarky characters and fashion-forward squirrel are back for more mischief. Don’t miss book two of the Traveling Town Mystery series!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Santa Puppy (Kindle Single) (A Tourist Trap Mystery) by [Cahoon, Lynn]’Twas the season of Christmas, and all through South Cove, California, Santa is working overtime to deliver a special gift . . .

Jill Gardner has volunteered her Coffee, Books, and More to host a Christmas adopt-a-pet party. Among the potential forever friends is a male terrier named Baby, whose owner died of a heart attack. With few clues to go on, even finding the name of Baby’s human is a daunting task. But there’s no challenge too big for Jill this holiday season.

Playing Santa’s Little Helper, Jill is determined to find out what happened —and to fulfill a long-time coming Christmas wish . . .

Praise for The Tourist Trap Mysteries

“I love the author’s style, which was warm and friendly…[A] wonderfully appealing series.”—Dru’s Book Musings

“Light, fun, and kept me thoroughly engaged.”—The Young Folks  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mother's Day Mystery: A Crampton of the Chronicle adventure (Deadline Murder Series Book 2) by [Bartram, Peter]The Mother of all murder mysteries…

There are just four days to Mother’s Day and crime reporter Colin Crampton is under pressure to find a front-page story to fit the theme.

Then Colin and his feisty girlfriend Shirley Goldsmith stumble across a body late at night on a lonely country road. Colin scents a story when the cops dismiss the idea of murder.

Colin and Shirley flirt with danger as they investigate the killing. They take on a crazy hippie commune, an eccentric group of church bell-ringers, and a chemistry teacher with an unusual late-night hobby.

And that’s before they tangle with the mothers… Colin’s landlady has been thrown out of the Mothers’ Union. And Shirley’s mum has gone missing – in a town where a serial killer is on the prowl.

Join Colin and Shirley for a madcap Mother’s Day mystery in Swinging Sixties England, where the laughs are never far from the action.

See what reviewers say about Crampton of the Chronicle:

“By the end of page one, I knew I liked Colin Crampton and author Peter Bartram’s breezy writing style.” Over My Dead Body

“A romp of a read! Very funny and very British.” The Book Trail

“A fun read with humour throughout…” Crime Thriller Hound

“An excellent novel, full of twists and turns, plenty of action scenes, crackling dialogue – and a great sense of fun.” Fully Booked 2016

“It read like a breath of fresh air and I can’t wait for the next one.” Little Bookness Lane

“A highly entertaining, involving mystery, narrated in a charming voice, with winning characters. Highly recommended.” – In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel

“Peter Bartram has a delightful way of introducing places and characters.” Ann Summerville, Cozy in Texas

“One night I stayed up until nearly 2.00am thinking ‘I’ll just read one more chapter’. This is a huge recommendation from me.” Life of a Nerdish Mum  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Catsgiving Feast (Whales and Tails Cozy Mystery Book 17) by [Daley, Kathi]

 

 

 

A murder, a wedding, and a holiday feast converge in this warm and memorable Thanksgiving Mystery.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle. Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Releases For The Week Of November 4th, 2018–Part 2

 

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of November 4th, 2018. I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so many of them for this 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 Vintage Death (A Keepsake Cove Mystery Book 2) by [Hughes, Mary Ellen]A satisfying mystery. … Suggest for fans of other mysteries set in cute tourist areas, such as Lorna Barrett’s Booktown mysteries.”—Library Journal

Callie Reed has put together a special event, but a killer is ripping it apart at the seams

As the new owner of a music box store in Keepsake Cove, a quaint town full of collectible shops on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Callie Reed is eager to get more involved in her community. So she volunteers to plan the fall street decorations and welcome a visiting author who’s come for a special book signing. But the celebratory mood is cut short when the local B&B owner is found dead, killed with a pair of vintage scissors.

Suspicion is cast on the victim’s estranged wife, Dorothy, who owns Keepsake Cove’s vintage sewing shop. Callie is sure Dorothy is innocent, and the visiting author agrees. Together, they begin their own investigation, only to discover that many people in Keepsake Cove have secrets. Secrets that are worth killing to keep.

Praise for the Keepsake Cove Mysteries:

“Hughes kicks off her new Keepsake Cove series with a charming locale.”—Kirkus Reviews  (Amazon)

Edition Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Red Ribbon (The Irregular Book 2) by [Lyle, H. B.]“OUR MOST TALENTED HISTORICAL MYSTERY WRITER TODAY.” –ANDREW GULLI, STRAND MAGAZINE
 
“THE GAME IS MOST DEFINITELY AFOOT.” –MICK HERRON
 
In 1910 London, Captain Vernon Kell’s fledgling secret intelligence service faces being shut down before it has even begun its job of saving the British Empire from German and Russian spies.

Harassed by politicians like the ambitious Winston Churchill, bullied by Special Branch, undermined by his colleague’s ill-advised foreign ventures, and alarmed at his wife’s involvement with militant suffragettes, Kell is making no progress in tracking high-profile leaks from the government. To make matters worse, his best (and only) agent, Wiggins, would rather be working cases of his own.

Wiggins grew up on the streets of London, one of the urchins trained in surveillance by Sherlock Holmes and known as the Baker Street Irregulars. He has promised to avenge the death of his best friend, and to track down a missing girl from the East End.

But when his search takes him to an embassy in Belgravia–an embassy that’s actually a high-class brothel presided over by the fearsome “Big T,” one of his fellow Irregulars–Wiggins is drawn into a conspiracy that will test both his personal and professional resolve.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thou Shell of Death (The Nigel Strangeways Mysteries Book 2) by [Blake, Nicholas]That will give you over three weeks to settle your affairs, say your prayers, and eat a hearty Christmas dinner. I shall kill you, most probably, on Boxing Day.

In the lead up to Christmas, Fergus O’Brien, World War One flying ace turned introspective recluse, suspects someone is out for his blood. Having received three threatening letters promising his death, O’Brien takes his fate into his own hands.

Inviting all the prime suspects to a Christmas party at his grand country home, O’Brien enlists private investigator Nigel Strangeways to help suss out the culprit.

But amid the falling snow and cutting wind, a murderer lurks in Dower House. Nigel must work quickly to uncover the secrets of O’Brien’s past to catch the criminal before it’s to late…

Timeless mysteries with the ingenious plots of Agatha Christie, the wit of Michael Innes… and the most charming investigator in Golden Age Crime.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wreath Between the Lines (A Cookbook Nook Mystery 7) by [Gerber, Daryl Wood]The Agatha Award–winning author of Pressing the Issue returns to the Cookbook Nook, where Jenna Hart is busy decking the halls and ducking a killer . . .

The holidays are Jenna Hart’s favorite time of year, but just as she’s decorating the Cookbook Nook for all the festive events, her imperious older sister makes a surprise visit, anxious that her husband’s been more naughty than nice. To make matters worse, her father’s good friend Jake shows up on her doorstep with a frantic report that his friend has been murdered—trussed with Christmas lights and impaled with a tree star.

Worried that Jake was the intended victim, Jenna makes a list of suspects and checks it twice. Swapping her Santa’s hat for a sleuthing cap, she gets busy investigating Jake’s long-lost sister, his Grinch of a neighbor, and a stamp collector who covets Jake’s most treasured piece. When Jake himself is poisoned and nearly dies, Jenna knows she’ll have to do whatever it takes to corner the culprit before it’s lights out for Jake . . .

Includes tantalizing holiday recipes!

Praise for Daryl Wood Gerber and the Cookbook Nook Mysteries:

“There’s a feisty new amateur sleuth in town and her name is Jenna Hart. With a bodacious cast of characters, a wrenching murder, and a collection of cookbooks to die for, Daryl Wood Gerber’s Final Sentence is a page-turning puzzler of a mystery that I could not put down.” —Jenn McKinlay, New York Times bestselling author of the Cupcake Mysteries and Library Lovers Mysteries

“In Final Sentence, the author smartly blends crime, recipes, and an array of cookbooks that all should covet in a witty, well-plotted whodunit.” —Kate Carlisle, New York Times bestselling author of the Bibliophile Mysteries

“Readers will relish the extensive cookbook suggestions, the cooking primer, and the whole foodie phenomenon. Gerber’s perky tone with a multigenerational cast makes this series a good match for Lorna Barrett’s Booktown Mystery series . . .” —Library Journal

“So pull out your cowboy boots and settle in for a delightful read. Grilling the Subject is a delicious new mystery that will leave you hungry for more.” —Carstairs Considers Blog

About the Author:

Agatha Award–winning and nationally bestselling author Daryl Wood Gerber is the author of the Cookbook Nook Mysteries, the French Bistro Mysteries, the Cheese Shop Mysteries (as Avery Aames), and stand-alone suspense thrillers. Little known facts about Daryl are that she’s jumped out of a perfectly good airplane, has hitchhiked around Ireland by herself, and has appeared on an episode of Murder, She Wrote. She loves to read, cook, and golf, and has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky who keeps her in line!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Devilish Punishment: Devil Springs Cozy Mysteries Book 1 by [Bramseth, Jennifer]Prosecuting a pervert. A dead mentor. A new boss. What else could go wrong?

Lillian Booth is pushed to her limits when she’s assigned the worst yet most important case of her career. Trying to disbar a lawyer who abused his clients for years behind closed doors. But after a series of sinister events, she’s forced to co-counsel with Henry Alton, a man who detested her beloved and now-deceased mentor.

Lillian and Henry have one goal. To win.

But Lillian fears failure if she and Henry can’t get along. And to get along requires her to uncover the origin of Henry’s hatred.

Then survival becomes more important as a mysterious attacker targets them as the case races toward a possibly deadly conclusion.

A Devilish Punishment is the first book in the Devil Springs Cozy Mysteries Series.  (Amazon)

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How to Kennel a Killer: A Steely & Cuff Mystery by [Clayton, Cat]In the latest Steely & Cuff Mystery something wicked this way wags!

As southern and sassy Steely Lamarr, her chatty Chihuahua, and the Scrubadub crew organize their annual pet costume contest, they hit a wall when the contest judge—the town librarian—ends up dead. Between the pages of the beloved woman’s journal, Steely learns the quirky librarian may have met an untimely death through a connection on a dating app. As the president of the Citizens on the Watch (C.O.W.), Steely believes it’s her civic duty, along with her motley crew, to assist the ever-so-hunky Officer Jackson and the Buckleville PD to bring a killer to justice.

Between fleeing a chomping Doberman Pinscher, surviving stakeouts with Gertie, reuniting with her long-lost sister, Stoney, and dealing with small-town drama, Steely relies on her ability to run fast, deal with the stench of blue cheese, look into her heart, and show grace. But, can Steely keep herself out of the crosshairs from a venomous villain? Who killed the librarian and why? Can she not wreck the good thing she has going with Jackson? Where has her sister Stoney been for the past ten years? The answers you’re dying to know and copious amounts of hilarity are only a flip or a click away.

Praise for Steely & Cuff Mysteries:

“Lighthearted, funny, and oh so Texan!” ~Goodreads
“A fun, fresh read!” ~Amazon Reviewer
“A hilarious wacky page turner!” ~Amazon Reviewer  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reason To Doubt (A Carol Childs Mystery Book 5) by [Silverman, Nancy Cole]Carol Childs is in the middle of one of the biggest stories of her life. Her daughter Cate has returned from college with a boyfriend in tow. A photographer who police suspect to be The Model Slayer, responsible for the murder of three young women.

Not since the Hillside Strangler has Los Angeles been so on edge.

And when the police arrest Cate’s boyfriend, Carol’s personal life and professional worlds collide. A tattooed cocktail waitress calls the radio station and asks to speak with Carol off the record. She knows the true identity of the real Model Slayer because she says she killed him.

Tensions mount as the clock ticks. The police are convinced they have the right man. Mother and daughter aren’t talking. Carol can’t reveal to investigators all she knows, and unless Carol can find the real killer before the trial begins, an innocent man may spend the rest of his life in prison or be executed for a crime he didn’t commit.

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REASON TO DOUBT by Nancy Cole Silverman | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.  (Amazon)

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Wicked Tales: An Ivy Morgan Mystery Books 10-12 by [Hart, Lily Harper]

 

 

Ivy Morgan and Jack Harker are living life to the fullest … even if that means dealing with Ivy’s growing powers and the danger that’s constantly circling.
She’s a witch, although she has no idea how it happened or why her abilities keep expanding. All Jack knows is that he’s along for the ride no matter what.
Climb in and enjoy the ride as Ivy and Jack embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
This three-book omnibus includes Wicked Wishes, Wicked Whimsy and Wicked Haunts.  (Amazon)

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Outwit: Spellslingers Academy of Magic (Enforcer of the East Book 1) by [Chase, Annabel]Some secrets are best left buried…

I’m a Third Year now at Spellslingers Academy of Magic and my professors worry that I’m not meeting my full potential–that I’m holding back–so I know I’ve got to prove myself. I’ll do anything to keep my place as an Enforcer of the East. It’s important that I go as far away as possible, not that I can ever admit the reason why. When I stumble upon a dozen bodies during a weekend field trip, though, the world comes to a screeching halt. Thanks to bad timing, I end up stuck in the company of a frustrating yet sexy werewolf called Callan, a member of the League of Local Paranormals. Together, we need to endure each other’s company and bring a murderer to justice.

Can I stop a mass murderer before he strikes again or will my past be my unraveling?

Outwit: Spellslingers Academy of Magic, Enforcer of the East (Book 1) is an urban fantasy mystery with humor, action and adventure, a powerful heroine, and a shiftastic hero. 

Keep an eye out for Outlaw, Book 2, coming soon!

Other books in the Spellslingers world include:

Bryn’s trilogy—
Outcast, Warden of the West, Book 1
Outclassed, Warden of the West, Book 2
Outlast, Warden of the West, Book 3

Dani’s trilogy–
Outlier, Sentry of the South, Book 1
Outfox, Sentry of the South, Book 2
Outbreak, Sentry of the South, Book 3  (Amazon)

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Cordial Killing: A Backyard Farming Mystery (cozy mystery) by [Walton, Vikki]Snuggle up with a cozy mystery that will keep you guessing!

Cordial Killing (A Backyard Farming Mystery)

Anne is excited for the opening of the Brandywine Inn. Kandi and Hope are her partners in the bed-and-breakfast in Carolan Springs, Colorado, where they also provide homesteading and herbal workshops for guests.

As soon as the guests arrive, it’s plain that the five old college chums have bad blood between them. When Anne finds a threatening note, it’s clear that someone is out for revenge. Then they find a guest dead. At first, the death appears to be natural, but suspicions begin to grow.

When a blizzard threatens the Inn, will it trap them all with a killer and no way out?

Cordial Killing is a classic who-dun-it with a twist. Set in the fictional small town of Carolan Springs, you will enjoy an armchair getaway into beautiful Colorado.

What Others Said about Chicken Culprit (Book One in the Backyard Farming Series)

  • A humorous murder mystery debut! Top 1000 Reviewer
  • Page turner alert! BE
  • Loved the ending–my eyes leaked. MH
  • Wonderful introduction to backyard farming. CB
  • Highly recommend to all cozy lovers! KC

˃˃˃ Praise for Chicken Culprit (Book One in the Backyard Farming Series)

Reading for pleasure can’t get much better than this. I fell in love with the characters, and having lived in Denver, I could just picture the setting of the fictional town Carolan Springs. I’m also a backyard farmer (sans chickens) and laughed until my sides hurt at the descriptions of the compost patch. Just when I thought I had it figured out, Walton hit me with another twist; so masterful is her ability to weave a tale. And the humor is appropriate, even when talking about murder. There are so many curves and corners in the story it reminds me of driving in the Colorado mountains. I was blown away at the ending ”” not at all what I had expected. I can’t wait to read the next in this series. These characters are just too good to be lost to one book only. This one is now on my gift list to all my reading buddies. LT

Scroll up and grab a copy today.  (Amazon)

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Cupcakes and Corpses (A Terrified Detective Mystery Book Five) by [Fowkes, Carole]

The Red Bow Killer is terrorizing Cleveland, Private Investigator
Claire DeNardo’s hometown. When her beloved
former babysitter is found murdered with a red bow
tied around her neck, Claire adopts the victim’s puppy
and dives in to find the serial killer.
She pursues suspects through sleazy bars, bingo parlors,
and music studios. When the body count rises as
fast as the danger, Police Detective Brian Corrigan,
Claire’s easy-on-the-eyes boyfriend, does everything he
can to get her off this case. But her Aunt Lena’s best
friend becomes a possible target and Claire is determined
to find the killer before he strikes again.  (Amazon)

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Fool's Moon (A Tarot Cats Mystery Book 1) by [Stuckart, Diane A.S.]Two tarot-savvy cats and their tenderhearted human outwit a cruel criminal in this animal-centric whodunit.

Most days, Ruby Sparks feels like the sign that says “Tarot Card Reader Extraordinaire” should say “Tarot Card Reader Fairly Competent.” But as challenging as it is to take care of her half-sister’s New Age shop—and her growing menagerie of enchanted pets—Ruby never worries that she’s bitten off more than she can chew…until a customer wants her to divine the truth about a murder.

When her own life is threatened with a double dose of danger, Ruby begins to wonder if she’s being played for a fool. Luckily, she has Ophelia and Brandon—sibling black cats with a talent for tarot—and a feisty pit bull friend who all lend a paw in collaring the culprit before Ruby finds herself taking her final cat nap.

Praise:

“[Stuckart] writes throughout with charm and warmth. Anyone with a pet will enjoy.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Lighthearted and quirky, this will enchant cozy readers and animal lovers.”—Publishers Weekly  (Amazon)

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Murder has no Guilt (DCI Cook Thriller Series Book 9) by [Strang, Phillip]A mass shooting. An amoral Romanian gangster. A Russian oligarch who claims to be an honest businessman, but isn’t.

No one knows who was the target or why, but there are eight dead. The men seem the most likely, or could have it been one of the two women, the attractive Gillian Dickenson, or even the celebrity-obsessed Sal Maynard?

There’s a gang war brewing, and if there are deaths, they don’t care as long as it’s not one of them. But to Detective Chief Inspector Isaac Cook, it’s his area of London, and he needs to find out who killed the eight.

It’s unpredictable, and initially, it had been the West Indian gangs that had held sway in the area. But then, a more vicious Romanian gangster had usurped them. And now he’s being marginalised by the Russians. And their leader is the head of the most vicious Russian mafia organisation, and he’s got residency in England, as well as money and influence, the ear of those in power.  (Amazon)

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Midsummer Mayhem: A Potting Shed Mystery by [Wingate, Marty]Shakespeare comes to Hampshire—and Pru Parke is cast into the role of cunning detective gardener once again.

Pru’s friends and neighbors are abuzz with the news of an acting troupe putting on an outdoor performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. And while many are eager to catch a glimpse of famed actor Ambrose Grant, Pru can’t wait to finally see the spectacular gardens of the private estate where the play will be performed. When the estate’s gardener abruptly quits—frustrated with actors trampling his beloved plants—Pru is called upon for her gardening expertise. She throws herself into creating magical woodland forest scenes, and is quickly drawn into the excitement of putting on a play, as she watches the drama on and off the stage. But the play’s suddenly no longer the thing, when one of the actors turns up murdered.

Pru’s husband, Detective Inspector Christopher Pearse, relies on Pru’s knowledge of all the players in this particular intrigue, and Pru finds herself using rehearsals to investigate. But playing the role of private eye could prove perilous for Pru, as she closes in on a murderer who won’t let anyone—least of all the gardener—keep him from stopping the show . . . dead.

Marty Wingate’s captivating mysteries can be enjoyed together or separately, in any order:

The Potting Shed series: THE GARDEN PLOT | THE RED BOOK OF PRIMROSE HOUSE | BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE | THE SKELETON GARDEN | THE BLUEBONNET BETRAYAL | BEST-LAID PLANTS | MIDSUMMER MAYHEM

The Birds of a Feather series: THE RHYME OF THE MAGPIE | EMPTY NEST | EVERY TRICK IN THE ROOK | FAREWELL, MY CUCKOO  (Amazon)

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The Skeleton Makes a Friend (A Family Skeleton Mystery Book 5) by [Perry, Leigh]Georgia Thackery is feeling pretty good about her summer job teaching at prestigious Overfeld College, and she’s renting a rustic cabin right by a lake for herself, her daughter, Madison, and her best friend, Sid the Skeleton. Together again, the trio are enjoying the quiet when a teenager named Jen shows up looking for her friend. Georgia doesn’t recognize the name, but she learns that the person Jen was looking for is actually Sid.

Sid reveals that he and Jen are part of a regular online gaming group that formed locally, and one of their members has gone missing. Sid admits that he might have bragged about his investigative prowess, enough so that Jen wants him to find their missing player. Given that Sid doesn’t have many friends offline—none, really, unless you count the Thackery family—Georgia agrees to help him search. They manage to discreetly enlist Jen, who lives in town, and follow the clues to… a dead buddy.

Now they’ve got a killer on their hands. Probing the life of Sid’s friend, they realize a lot is wrong both on campus and in the seemingly quaint town, and someone doesn’t want them looking deeper.  (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of November 4th, 2018–Part 1

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of November 4th, 2018. I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so many of them for this week. Today is the first day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

A Christmas Revelation: A Novel by [Perry, Anne]“Perry’s Victorian-era holiday mysteries [are] an annual treat.”—The Wall Street Journal

In this intriguing, uplifting holiday mystery from bestselling author Anne Perry, an orphan boy investigates a woman’s kidnapping—and discovers there’s more at stake than a disappearance.

It wouldn’t quite be Christmas without a holiday mystery decorated with all the Victorian trimmings, as only New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry can render it. Now the tradition continues as mayhem is once again found under the mistletoe, and intrigue stalks the cobblestone streets and gaslit parlors of old London Town.

Formerly a river urchin living on the banks of the Thames, nine-year-old Worm has never experienced a family Christmas. But thanks to a job at Hester Monk’s clinic in Portpool Lane, he’s found a makeshift family in kindly volunteer Miss Claudine Burroughs and curmudgeonly old bookkeeper Squeaky Robinson.

When Worm witnesses the abduction of a beautiful woman by a pair of ruffians just days before Christmas, he frantically turns to Squeaky for help. A one-time brothel owner, Squeaky knows the perils of interfering in nasty business, but he can’t bear to disappoint Worm—or leave the boy to attempt a rescue on his own. What neither of the would-be saviors expects, however, is that the damsel in distress already has her dilemma well in hand . . . and is taking steps to bring her captors to justice for crimes far worse than kidnapping. But the rogues, as cunning as they are deadly, are not to be underestimated. The aid of cynical old Squeaky and hopeful young Worm just might make the difference between a merry triumph over evil and a terrible yuletide tragedy.  (Amazon)

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JMurder, She Wrote: Manuscript for Murder (Murder She Wrote Book 48) by [Fletcher, Jessica, Land, Jon]essica Fletcher investigates a mysterious manuscript with deadly consequences in the latest entry in this USA Today bestselling series…

Jessica Fletcher has had plenty to worry about over her storied career, both as a bestselling novelist and amateur sleuth. But she never had any reason to worry about her longtime publisher, Lane Barfield, who also happens to be a trusted friend. When mounting evidence of financial malfeasance leads to an FBI investigation of Lane, Jessica can’t believe what she’s reading.

So when Barfield turns up dead, Jessica takes on the task of proving Barfield’s innocence–she can’t fathom someone she’s known and trusted for so long cheating her. Sure enough, Jessica’s lone wolf investigation turns up several oddities and inconsistencies in Barfield’s murder. Jessica knows something is being covered up, but what exactly? The trail she takes to answer that question reveals something far more nefarious afoot, involving shadowy characters from the heights of power in Washington. At the heart of Jessica’s investigation lies a manuscript Barfield had intended to bring out after all other publishers had turned it down. The problem is that manuscript has disappeared, all traces of its submission and very existence having been wiped off the books.

With her own life now in jeopardy, Jessica refuses to back off and sets her sights on learning the contents of that manuscript and what about it may have led to several murders. Every step she takes brings her closer to the truth of what lies in the pages, as well as the person who penned them.  (Amazon)

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Harvest of Secrets (Wine Country Mysteries Book 9) by [Crosby, Ellen]The search for the killer of an aristocratic French winemaker who was Lucie Montgomery’s first crush and the discovery of dark family secrets put Lucie on a collision course with a murderer.

It’s harvest season at Montgomery Estate Vineyard—the busiest time of year for winemakers in Atoka, Virginia. A skull is unearthed near Lucie Montgomery’s family cemetery, and the discovery of the bones coincides with the arrival of handsome, wealthy aristocrat Jean-Claude de Marignac. He’s come to be the head winemaker at neighboring La Vigne Cellars, but he’s no stranger to Lucie—he was her first crush twenty years ago when she spent a summer in France.

Not long after his arrival, Jean-Claude is found dead, and while there is no shortage of suspects who are angry or jealous of his ego and overbearing ways, suspicion falls on Miguel Otero, an immigrant worker at La Vigne, who recently quarreled with Jean-Claude. When Miguel disappears, Lucie receives an ultimatum from her own employees: prove Miguel’s innocence or none of the immigrant community will work for her during the harvest. As Lucie hunts for Jean-Claude’s killer and continues to search for the identity of the skeleton abandoned in the cemetery, she is blindsided by a decades-old secret that shatters everything she thought she knew about her family. Now facing a wrenching emotional choice, Lucie must decide whether it’s finally time to tell the truth and hurt those she loves the most, or keep silent and let past secrets remain dead and buried.

Harvest of Secrets is another corking mystery from author Ellen Crosby.  (Amazon)

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Beloved author Mary Stewart’s long-lost novella, now back in print for the first time in 40 years and perfect for fans of Anya Seton, Daphne du Maurier and Santa Montefiore.

‘Now she would spell love her own way…’

In 1879, a wealthy young woman elopes with an impoverished fisherman, leaving her family, who live on the volcanic island of Lanzarote, distraught. In 1968, 23-year-old Perdita West, secretary to the famous author Cora Gresham, visits Lanzarote, the strangest and most wild of the Canary Isles, on a research trip. They meet Cora’s estranged son, Mike, and fall in love with the unusual, beautiful little island.

While snorkeling, a landslide traps Perdita in an underwater cave. No one knows where she is, so she can’t count on a rescue. And her efforts to save herself will reveal the solution to a century-old mystery…

The Wind off the Small Isles is Mary Stewart’s sweeping, romantic long-lost novella, finally being brought back to print in a beautiful, all new edition for the first time in more than four decades.  (Amazon)

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The Clincher: A Horseshoer Mystery (Horseshoer Mystery Series) by [Preston, Lisa]Clinching is the technique used to bend a driven horseshoe nail to hold the shoe to a hoof. Rainy Dale is The Clincher, a twenty-something high school-dropout turned farrier (horseshoer) who is haunted by a secret she carries. Estranged from her California d-list actress momma and her ranch hand Texas daddy, she tracked down her childhood horse in small-town Oregon—a land full of cowboys and their horses—then stayed to build a life with her tools, steel, and forge. She’s sleeping in a garage and trying not to fall for her landlord, the hapless and hopeful chef, Guy, who is determined to create the perfect soufflé while Rainy would prefer to just stuff her mouth with fuel for her physically demanding job. As the new kid in town, Rainy has an uphill battle to prove herself, especially to her male clients, but when one of her clients turns up dead, Rainy is in over her head as both a suspect and a seeker of the truth.

The Clincher is the first in a series of horseshoer mysteries featuring the irrepressible, irreverent, and irresistible Rainy Dale and her loveable and unlikely side-kick (her culinarily inclined boyfriend, Guy).  (Amazon)

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The House on Downshire Hill (Hampstead Murders Book 5) by [Fraser Sampson, Guy]An enticing blend of elegance and darkness … of which the finest Golden Age writers would have been proud.’ – Nicola Upson, bestselling author of the Josephine Tey series

When a wealthy recluse is reported missing from his home, a shocking discovery sparks a homicide investigation which begins to lead the team from Hampstead CID in some very unexpected directions.

What has happened to the man’s family? Who is the mysterious character with whom he appears to have been sharing his house? Do transgressions from the past have a bearing on crimes of the present day?

In this, the fifth volume of the Hampstead Murders, we see a murder enquiry once more playing out against a shifting background of police politics and personal tribulations. Again, the beautiful London village of Hampstead with its Georgian terraces and stuccoed villas provides an unlikely setting for events which show only too clearly the dark and ugly side of human nature.  (Amazon)

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Just What I Kneaded (A Dinner Club Murder Mysteries Book 5) by [Whalen, Karen C.]

 

While shopping for bread to serve at her gourmet dinner party, Jane Marsh overhears the pastry chef’s murder in the bakery’s kitchen. The killer also destroys an elaborate and expensive wedding cake made for a celebrity couple.
To recoup the loss, the bakery owner files a lawsuit against his insurance company, a client of the law firm where Jane works.
With a murderer on the loose, and Jane as the only potential witness, she must solve the crime in order to defend her client…and take a killer off the streets.  (Amazon)

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An Everlasting Christmas (The Happily Everlasting Series Book 7) by [Roth, Mandy M.]Welcome to Everlasting, Maine, where there’s no such thing as normal.

Wil Messing may own a thriving antique shop in the tiny seaside town of Everlasting, Maine, but the man and the shop are far more than they appear to be. Born into a long line of supernatural hunters, this alpha male has had to make tough decisions all of his life. But the toughest one of all was walking away from the woman who stole his heart long ago. But he had no choice. It was for her own safety.

He wants more from her than mere friendship but knows he has no right to ask—not with their past. But when a secret admirer begins leaving Jolene gifts, it doesn’t take a great detective to tell Wil it’s now or never.

Jolene Bails may come off as a tough-as-nails, no-nonsense kind of woman, but underneath it all, she has a softer side. Now that she has a Secret Santa, who seems to know her well, she finds herself opening to the idea of wanting more from life. But first, she has to figure out who is leaving her mysterious gifts and why it is Wil, her old flame, is acting so strange.

*Books in the Happily Everlasting series can be read in ANY order!
This book is part of the Happily Everlasting multi-author series, which includes:
Dead Man Talking by Jana DeLeon
Once Hunted, Twice Shy by Mandy M. Roth
Fooled Around and Spelled in Love by Michelle M. Pillow
Witchful Thinking by Kristen Painter
An Everlasting Christmas by Mandy M. Roth  (Amazon)

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Wicked Haunts (An Ivy Morgan Mystery Book 12) by [Hart, Lily Harper]Ivy Morgan is a woman on the edge … and it’s becoming more and more apparent that she is – in fact – a witch.
With each new ability that sprouts up, Ivy is becoming more and more worried about what’s to come.
Things only become more and more convoluted when Ivy and her fiancé Jack Harker trip (almost literally) over a missing person’s case while out hiking. When a mysterious purse shows up at a ramshackle home from an era past, they follow a young woman’s trail to her mother’s house … and find a dead body.
Janice Green was a nice woman with a grown daughter who survived the embarrassment of her husband leaving her for her best friend years before. Janice’s death leaves more questions than answers, and the race is on to find her missing daughter.
Ivy has her hands full when visions start popping into her head and she keeps catching sight of a woman who has no business hanging around Shadow Lake. Even though she’s afraid of what’s happening, Ivy is determined to get a handle on things … even if only because a young woman’s life hangs in the balance.
Shadow Lake is a small town and some of the residents have big secrets. It’s a race against time to find a dead woman’s daughter and Ivy and Jack are going to have to work together if they plan to find the answers they so desperately need.
Magic and might are about to mix, and the outcome is bound to be explosive.  (Amazon)

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Alibi For A Corpse (Pollard & Toye Investigations Book 3) by [Lemarchand, Elizabeth]Another case for Pollard & Toye! Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, M C Beaton, Sophie Hannah and Faith Martin.

Dark secrets lurk behind every door…

The peace of the English countryside is shattered one August morning by the discovery of a skeleton in the boot of a dumped car.

A murder has been uncovered and when Detective Superintendent Pollard and Detective Sergeant Toye arrive on the scene they discover that this hamlet buried deep in the country is not so calm a place as it first appears….

The inhabitants of the secluded village of Twiggadon, from Derek Wainwright, owner of the land where the body was found, to Henry Stobart, who has a skeleton or two in his own cupboard, are reluctant to air their individual secrets and offer the investigators little help.

Further complicating matters are the events that surrounded the apparent murder, which include a flood that caused the death of another man, a couple of family feuds and an odd case of mistaken identification.

How do you narrow down the suspects when the only person with an alibi is the corpse…?

Alibi For A Corpse is the third cosy village mystery in the Pollard & Toye crime series: an intriguing police procedural set in rural England.

‘An exceptional crime novel cunningly constructed and dense with human strangeness and mystery … Miss Lemarchand has clearly emerged as a significant name in crime fiction’ – Western Morning News

‘With humor, skillful plotting and a thorough knowledge of police procedure, Lemarchand adds this solid and satisfying mystery to her previous Pollard and Toye adventures’ – Publisher’s Weekly

‘Nice atmospheric writing, and a plot that plays scrupulously fair with the reader’ – Coventry Evening Telegraph

‘In the best Agatha Christie tradition’ – Argosy

THE POLLARD & TOYE INVESTIGATIONS SERIES
Book One: Death of an Old Girl
Book Two: The Affacombe Affair
Book Three: Alibi for a Corpse
Book Four: Death on Doomsday
Book Five: Cyanide With Compliments
Book Six: No Vacation From Murder
Book Seven: Buried in the Past
Book Eight: Step in the Dark
Book Nine: Unhappy Returns
Book Ten: Suddenly While Gardening
Book Eleven: Change for the Worse
Book Twelve: Nothing to Do with the Case
Book Thirteen: Troubled Waters
Book Fourteen: The Wheel Turns
Book Fifteen: Light Through the Glass
Book Sixteen: Who Goes Home?
Book Seventeen: The Glade Manor Murder  (Amazon)

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Mourning Commute (The Funeral Fakers Book 2) by [Cheever, Sam, Press, Sweet Promise]May Ferth was born with stars in her eyes, but apparently not her future. Never able to break past the community theater, she’s overjoyed to finally land a role that comes with a paycheck: Professional Mourning for the win!

And in her first performance, she shines as the fake girlfriend of a professional crime scene cleaner. Unfortunately, this time she shines just a bit too bright. Now everyone suspects that she might have played more than a bit part in her pretend boyfriend’s death!

Luckily for her, May comes from a family of cops. And, despite her talent for acting, she has a lot more Detective in her than Diva. Unluckily, however, the threats become all too real as May gets closer to shining a spotlight on the real villain.

Can May rewrite the ending of this staged play or will this be her final bow? Find out whodunit in this hilarious mystery series filled with fake tears and a very real body count… Order your copy and start reading today!

Mourning Commute is book two in The Funeral Fakers series. Each book stands completely on its own, but you’ll have more fun if you read them all together!  (Amazon)

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The Killer Christmas Sweater Club (A Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery Book 3) by [Ambrose, Terry]All ten-year-old Alexandra Atwood wants for Christmas is to get her dad and the B&B’s cook Marquetta under the mistletoe. After all, how can they get married if they don’t kiss first?
When murder strikes in Seaside Cove, bed-and-breakfast owner Rick Atwood is asked to help find the killer. But this will not be an easy case to crack. Not only did the killer contaminate the crime scene, but there are suspects all over town. And they all received the same Christmas sweater from the victim.
Alex hears rumors about the murder and decides that since she’s on Christmas break, she has time for a little multitasking. She launches her own investigation even as she continues her efforts to get her dad and Marquetta together.
Just when Rick thinks he’s identified all the suspects, he discovers a new one—his estranged wife. With the days until Christmas ticking down, Rick feels pressured from all sides. He needs to solve the case. He needs to send his wife back to New York. But the one thing he doesn’t need is for his daughter to be one step ahead of him and the cops.  (Amazon)

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Miss Frost Chills The Cheater: A Nocturne Falls Mystery (Jayne Frost Book 6) by [Painter, Kristen]Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year.

Jayne Frost is a lot of things. Winter elf, Jack Frost’s daughter, Santa Claus’s niece, heir to the Winter Throne and now…private investigator. Sort of.

Jayne takes Sinclair on a much needed visit to her winter wonderland home, the North Pole. She wants him to see what her royal life is truly like. She knows the protocol and regulations that define her existence as heir to the Winter Throne aren’t for everyone and worries that it will be more than he wants to handle.
All seems well until a weird coincidence in a toy contest has some of the citizens of the North Pole giving Sinclair the side-eye. He’s a necromancer, and not everyone is okay with that.
Jayne vows to prove his presence and the apparent cheating are unrelated, but digging deeper uncovers all kinds of strange occurrences that only complicate things and make another perfectly clear. Someone doesn’t want Sinclair around.
When that someone cracks and takes action, Sinclair is in danger of losing more than his good name. Can Jayne chill the rumors that threaten the royal family and keep Sinclair from being permanently iced? (Amazon)

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A Shot in the Dark: A Constable Twitten Mystery by [Truss, Lynne]A wryly entertaining new crime novel from Lynne Truss, New York Times bestselling author of Eats, Shoots and Leaves.

It’s 1957, and the famed theater critic A. S. Crystal has come to the British seaside resort of Brighton with something other than the local production of A Shilling in the Meter on his mind. Sitting in the Brighton Royal Theater with Constable Twitten, Crystal intends to tell the detective the secret he knows about the still-unsolved Aldersgate Stick-Up case of 1945. And yet, just before Crystal names the criminal mastermind involved, he’s shot dead in his seat.

With a new murder case on his hands and a fatuous, lazy captain at the helm of the police department, the keen and clever Constable Twitten and his colleague Sargent Jim Brunswick set out to solve the decade-old mystery of the Aldersgate Stick-Up. As the partners venture deep into the criminal underworld that lies beneath Brighton’s holiday-happy veneer, they begin to discover a criminal conspiracy that dates back decades. But will Brunswick and Twitten be able to foil the mastermind, or will Crystal’s death become just another unsolved crime in this seemingly peaceful seaside city?

With her characteristic wit, New York Times bestselling author Lynne Truss introduces readers to a cast of eccentric policeman and scheming criminals in a drolly delightful mystery you won’t want to miss.  (Amazon)

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A Cold Brew Killing (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery Book 3) by [Gregory, Lena]When an ice cream vendor discovers a frozen stiff, Florida diner owner Gia Morelli has to serve up some just desserts . . . 
 
Gia has become good friends with Trevor, a fun, flirtatious bachelor who owns the ice cream parlor down the street from her popular All-Day Breakfast Café. Trevor has the scoop on all sorts of local attractions and activities. But when he bursts into her diner, trembling and paler than a pint of French Vanilla, she can tell something’s very wrong. Trevor points her toward his shop then passes out cold. When Gia runs down to his shop, she discovers a chilling sight—a dead body in the open freezer. But the ice cream man’s troubles are just beginning. The police suspect him of this murder a la mode, especially when details of his questionable past surface. Gia believes in her friend and is determined to clear his name and find the real cold-blooded killer before someone else gets put on ice . . .
 
Praise for Lena Gregory
 
“Hold on to your plates for this fast-paced mystery that will leave you hungering for more!”J.C. Eaton, author of the Sophie Kimball Mysteries, on Scone Cold Killer
 
“Family secrets, old mansions, and a growing list of murder victims—these elements and more blend together to make an intriguing as well as entertaining cozy mystery.”—RT Book Reviews on Occult and Battery
 
“As breezy and salty as a gust of wind off the chilly bay waters.”—Juliet Blackwell, New York Times bestselling author of the Witchcraft Mysteries on Death at First Sight
 
“An intriguing opening to a fun new series.”—E. J. Copperman, national bestselling author of the Haunted Guesthouse Mysteries on Death at First Sight  (Amazon)

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Review of Mrs. Claus Breaks A Leg

Mrs. Claus Breaks a Leg
Meg Muldoon
5 Stars

Review:

I really enjoyed reading this book, told from Kara Billings, Cinnamon’s best friend, perspective. I gave a different twist to this series, one that I liked.

As usual, the characters are well developed and well rounded. Any time I get to spend with the folks from Christmas River is great in my book. This novella gave me a better insight into Kara and her family life. I liked the time that Kara and Cinnamon spent together, you can tell they are best friends.

The writing style flows smoothly and this novella is a quick, easy read. Although no dead body is stumbled upon, there is still a mystery to solve. I thought the mystery was well plotted and I did not figure out the culprit until it was revealed at the end.

I very much enjoyed this novella and i would recommend to anyone who enjoys a well written cozy. It was enough to wet my whistle for the next book in the Christmas River Mystery series.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book and I have given an honest review.

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Mardi Gras Murder

 

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Ellen Byron and her new book Mardi Gras Murder.  This is the fourth book in her A Cajun Country Mystery series.

 

 

Mardi Gras Murder: A Cajun Country Mystery
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Crooked Lane Books (October 9, 2018)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 168331705X
ISBN-13: 978-1683317050
Digital ASIN: B078LZ5W3H

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Southern charm meets the dark mystery of the bayou as a hundred-year flood, a malicious murder, and a most unusual Mardi Gras converge at the Crozat Plantation B&B.

It’s Mardi Gras season on the bayou, which means parades, pageantry, and gumbo galore. But when a flood upends life in the tiny town of Pelican, Louisiana—and deposits a body of a stranger behind the Crozat Plantation B&B—the celebration takes a decidedly dark turn. The citizens of Pelican are ready to Laissez les bon temps rouler—but there’s beaucoup bad blood on hand this Mardi Gras.

Maggie Crozat is determined to give the stranger a name and find out why he was murdered. The post-flood recovery has delayed the opening of a controversial exhibit about the little-known Louisiana Orphan Train. And when a judge for the Miss Pelican Mardi Gras Gumbo Queen pageant is shot, Maggie’s convinced the murder is connected to the body on the bayou. Does someone covet the pageant queen crown enough to kill for it? Could the deaths be related to the Orphan Train, which delivered its last charges to Louisiana in 1929? The leads are thin on this Fat Tuesday—and until the killer is unmasked, no one in Pelican is safe.

A simmering gumbo of a humorous whodunit, Mardi Gras Murder is the fourth piquant installment in USA Today bestselling author Ellen Byron’s award-winning Cajun Country mysteries.

 

Ellen Byron authors the Cajun Country Mystery series. A Cajun Christmas Killing and Body on the Bayou both won the Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery and were nominated for Agatha awards in the category of Best Contemporary Novel. Plantation Shudders was nominated for Agatha, Lefty, and Daphne awards. Mardi Gras Murder launches October 9th. Ellen’s TV credits include WingsJust Shoot Me, and Fairly OddParents. She’s written over 200 national magazine articles, and her published plays include the award-winning Graceland. She also worked as a cater-waiter for the legendary Martha Stewart, a credit she never tires of sharing.

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

I’ve been a professional writer since I was twenty-seven and my first play was produced and published. I supported myself as a freelance journalist and then transitioned into writing for television, working on shows like WINGS and JUST SHOOT ME. I never thought I could write a book. I love mysteries and tried writing one once, but it wasn’t very good so I figured it was something I couldn’t do. In 2012, a friend started a small writers’ group. I decided to take a second stab at writing a mystery. I was so excited when I finished it! That book hasn’t sold, but it won a William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant, which provided entrée into the wonderful mystery community.

 

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

No one else is writing specifically about Cajun Country, for one thing. Aside from that, I’m really not sure. Perhaps my passion for the places and characters who people my series comes through. Also, I think my covers are amazing and a huge draw.

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

I create what I call a “fluid outline” that’s usually 35-40 pages. I lay out the whole story chapter by chapter, but I call the document fluid because I always find new chapter endings and plot points as I write. Still, the plot of my books has stayed the same from outline to draft.

 

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

I read the reviews my publisher sends me because they only send positive ones, LOL! And if a reader sends me their specific review, I’ll absolutely read it and personally thank them. I don’t seek reviews out because I’m that person where if there are ten good reviews and one bad one, all I’ll focus on is the bad one and judge myself and obsess about it.

 

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Trust that you’re enough and don’t surrender to insecurity.

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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?

Oh, I totally think so. Like I said when I answered another question, I think my covers are a good part of why my series may stand out. I adore them! The cover artist is named Stephen Gardner and I think he’s amazing. I’m so nuts about the cover of MARDI GRAS MURDER that I want to get it framed and hang it in our living room!

 

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

Maggie Crozat is a bit of a fish out of water in her hometown of Pelican, Louisiana. (Town motto: “Yes, we Peli-CAN!”) She’s from two families with roots that go back over two hundred years in Louisiana, which gives them a bit of a pedigree in town.  Yet she’s an artist who left for New York and only moved back in the last year. What makes her special is that she’s down-to-earth and vulnerable. We relate to her struggle to fit in as herself and not as who she’s “supposed” to be. Her boyfriend Bo is a detective. He’s divorced and his son, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, was teased mercilessly in their old town, which prompted the move to Pelican, his family’s original home. Going through a divorce and parenting a child with issues has scarred him in some ways, but made him kind and sensitive in others.

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What have you learned about yourselves since becoming an author?

That I CAN write full-length mystery novels! And I absolutely LOVE it!

 

Do you write full-time or part-time?

Full-time.

 

What do your plans for future projects include?

I’m contracted for two more Cajun Country Mysteries and fingers crossed that the series continues beyond that because I adore writing it. (So everybody, buy my books!) And I just signed a three-book deal with Kensington Publishing for The Catering Hall Mysteries, a new series inspired by my mother’s Italian cousins, who ran two catering halls in Queens, New York.

 

What do you think the hardest part of writing is?

 Ignoring Facebook and the news and just doing it.

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What is the easiest?

Turning a well-developed chapter from my outline into a full-on chapter in a draft. If I really got detailed in the outline, the translation into a manuscript is much easier.

 

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

I’m a total mystery fan. I’ve read pretty much everything Agatha Christie wrote. Same with Louise Penny and Jacqueline Winspear. I blog with some fabulous mystery authors at chicksonthecase.com and it’s not just lip service when I say I love anything written by Lisa Q. Mathews, Marla Cooper, Kellye Garrett, Cynthia Kuhn, Vickie Fee, and Leslie Karst. I also love Alyssa Maxwell’s Gilded Newport Series. Factoid: we have the same cover artist, Stephen Gardner.

 

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

I love them! And I am absolutely nowhere without them. In fact, this is the dedication in MARDI GRAS MURDER: “MARDI GRAS MURDER is dedicated to my readers. Without you, this wouldn’t be a book. It would just be a file in my computer.”

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How can readers discover more about you and your work?

 Website: http://www.ellenbyron.com/

 Blog: https://chicksonthecase.com/meet-the-chicks/meet-ellen/

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

Twitter:   https://twitter.com/ellenbyronla

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Ellen-Byron/e/B00J7NW9IM/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1535243822&sr=8-1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/mardi-gras-murder-a-cajun-country-mystery-by-ellen-byron

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cajuncountrymysteries/

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Ellen+Byron?_requestid=2789189

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS

October 20 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW, RECIPE  

October 20 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT

October 21 – The Power of Words – REVIEW

October 21 – Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

October 22 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW

October 22 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – GUEST POST

October 23 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT  

October 23 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

October 24 – Lisa KS Book Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

October 24 – cherylbbookblog – SPOTLIGHT

October 25 – I Wish I Lived in a Library – REVIEW

October 25 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

October 26 – Jane Reads – GUEST POST

October 26 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

October 27 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW

October 27 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

October 28 – The Montana Bookaholic – CHARACTER GUEST POST

October 29 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

October 29 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT

October 30 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW

October 30 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

October 31 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

October 31 –Varietats – SPOTLIGHT

November 1 – Island Confidential – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW

November 1 – Ruff Drafts – GUEST POST

November 2 – MJB Reviewers – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

November 2 – Handcrafted Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

 

 

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Back Stabbers

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I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Julie Mulhern and her new release Back Stabbers.   This is the eighth book in her The Country Club Murders Mysteries Series.

 

Back Stabbers (The Country Club Murders)https://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?source=bk&t=dollycsthoug-20&bm-id=default&l=ktl&linkId=37275d38eafe96422125cad157bdd3e1&_cb=1535561176183
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Henery Press (October 23, 2018)
Kindle Edition, 253 pages
ASIN: B07G5KX6Y4
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All Ellison Russell wanted was an update on her stock portfolio. Instead, she found her broker dead.

With an unexpected out-of-town guest at her house, Ellison is too busy for a murder investigation. Only this time, Detective Anarchy Jones wants her help, and she can’t deny the handsome detective. Can Mr. Coffee supply her with enough caffeine to keep her brain sharp and everyone else happy?

Juggling bodies (one, two, three, four), two-faced friends, her social calendar, and a cat (yes, a cat) is taxing but Mother might be the biggest challenge of all.

With a killer drawing closer, can Ellison put together the pieces or will she be the one getting stabbed in the back?

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Julie Mulhern is the USA Today bestselling author of The Country Club Murders. She is a Kansas City native who grew up on a steady diet of Agatha Christie. She spends her spare time whipping up gourmet meals for her family, working out at the gym and finding new ways to keep her house spotlessly clean–and she’s got an active imagination. Truth is–she’s an expert at calling for take-out, she grumbles about walking the dog and the dust bunnies under the bed have grown into dust lions.

Author Links

Website – www.juliemulhernauthor.com

FB – https://www.facebook.com/juliekmulhern/?ref=hl

Twitter – https://twitter.com/JulieKMulhern

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8573907.Julie_Mulhern

 

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

I knew when I was a child that I wanted to be an author. Life got in the way but I made my way back to the thing I most loved to do, telling stories and creating characters.

 

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

The Country Club Murders are set in the 1970s which is fairly unique among cozies.

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

A little bit of both. I usually know exactly where I’m going, I just don’t know how I’m going to get there.

 

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. And, on Goodreads, I like the positive ones. I’ve never responded to a negative review.

I don’t like sushi. You could take me to the best sushi restaurant in the world, and I wouldn’t rave about it. Reviews are subjective. I keep that in mind when I see one and two-star reviews.

 

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Use more sunscreen, exercise more often, and skip kissing that one deeply green frog.

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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?

I do think book covers can catch readers’ eyes. My covers are provided for me by Henery Press.

 

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

My heroine is Ellison Russell, a widow with a teenage daughter. If she wasn’t a widow, she’d be a divorcée—she committed the unforgivable sin of earning more money than her late husband. Ellison is learning to own her power as a woman in a rapidly changing world.

 

What have you learned about yourselves since becoming an author?

I’ve learned I think better in the morning than the evening. A lot better.

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Do you write full-time or part-time?

I write full-time.

 

What do your plans for future projects include?

Right now, I’m working on the 9th Country Club Murder. When I turn that in, I’ll begin work on the 3rd Poppy Fields Adventure. And I have a new idea that is making me happy. I can’t wait to work on it!

 

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

Sometimes the words won’t come. Sometimes the plot is in a hopeless snarl. And sometimes writing is magic.

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

I love books with humor and mystery and plenty of action. My favorite authors include Gretchen Archer, JB Lynn, Jana Deleon, and Deborah Coonts.

 

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

My daughters tell me I’m not funny. At all. I hope my readers disagree.

 

 

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

    Website: http://www.juliemulhernauthor.com

    Blog: thestilettogang.blogspot.com (second Mondays)

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

    Twitter:   @juliekmulhern

     Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Julie-Mulhern/e/B00OTXALJO/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1538444251&sr=1-2-ent

     Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8573907.Julie_Mulhern

 

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October 22 – Cozy Up With Kathy – CHARACTER GUEST POST

October 22 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT

October 23 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

October 23 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT

October 24 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – REVIEW

October 24 – A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

October 25 – Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST

October 25 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW

October 26 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

October 27 – Babs Book Bistro – GUEST POST

October 28 – Nadaness In Motion – REVIEW, INDIVIDUAL GIVEAWAY

October 29 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW, INDIVIDUAL GIVEAWAY

October 30 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW

October 30 – Girl with Book Lungs – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

October 31 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

October 31 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW, INDIVIDUAL GIVEAWAY

November 1 – Mysteries with Character – REVIEW, INDIVIDUAL GIVEAWAY

November 1 – Books Direct – SPOTLIGHT

November 1 – MJB Reviewers – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

November 2 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

November 3 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – GUEST POST

November 3 – Jane Reads – CHARACTER GUEST POST

November 4 – Readeropolis – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Death, Diamonds, and Freezer Burn

 

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Tricia L. Sanders and her new release Death, Diamonds, and Freezer Burn.   This is the second book in her Grime Pays Mysteries Series.  I have read both of the books and I thought they were great.

 

Death, Diamonds, and Freezer Burn (Grime Pays Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Soul Mate Publishing, Inc.
Release Date – October 24, 2018

 

 

 

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An unwelcome visitor, an unrequited love, and a dead body create chaos in a middle-aged woman’s plan for a productive summer.

Despite a looming divorce, an empty checkbook, and a struggling cleaning business, Cece Cavanaugh is determined to land on her own two feet. Adamant about staying a safe distance from the handsome detective who has her fantasizing about violating the morals clause in her prenuptial agreement, Cece dives headlong into her work.

Even though she has no free time to spare, Cece finds herself guilted into cleaning a hoarder’s home. Her discoveries in the condemned house are too shocking to ignore. Diamond-laden pachyderms, a secret cache of money, and a dead body lure Cece into launching an investigation that places her in direct contact with the one person she’s desperate to avoid–hunky Detective Case Alder.

With clues in hand, Cece runs down leads and eliminates suspects one by one. Her conclusion and brave accusation put a friend’s life in peril forcing Cece to hatch a plan to outsmart the killer. A daring move could either save Cece and her friend or lead to their demise.

 

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The characters are well rounded and well developed.  I think Cece is very funny, very smart and can handle more than she thinks she can.  I like the fact that Cece is older and more mature and has a family. She has the same worries that many of us have, such as having grandchildren (she fantasizes about that!!!).  I liked her friend Angie, who is a cop and her other friend, Carla. And Nancy, an acquaintance of Cece, stole the show, in my opinion. I also really enjoyed the bickering and banter between Cece and Alder, the detective who has feelings for Cece.

The writing style flows smoothly and I felt it defined the characters very clearly through their actions and words.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and she pulled me into the story right from the beginning. I really loved the beginning of each chapter, where we got an inside look at someone’s thoughts.  

The mystery was well written and moved along at a nice pace.  There were plenty of suspects to consider and clues to analyze and it was not easily solved.

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

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book and provided my honest review.

 

 

 

Tricia L. Sanders writes cozy mysteries and women’s fiction. She adds a dash of romance and a sprinkling of snark to raise the stakes. Her heroines are humorous women embarking on journeys of self-discovery all the while doing so with class, sass, and a touch of kickass.

Tricia is an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, so don’t get between her and the television when a game is on. Currently, she is working on a mystery series set in the fictional town of Wickford, Missouri. Another project in the works is a women’s fiction road trip adventure.

A former instructional designer and corporate trainer, she traded in curriculum writing for novel writing, because she hates bullet points and loves to make stuff up. And fiction is more fun than training guides and lesson plans.

Author Links

Website: www.triciasanders.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authortricialsanders/

Twitter: www.twitter.com/tricialsanders

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When did you know that you wanted to be an author? 

All my life. I used to rewrite the ending of books I’d read when I was a kid.

 

What things, if any, influenced that decision?

My mother always read to me, and I think that is where I got my love for books.

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

My characters are older, they’ve experienced a lot of “life.”

 

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

I definitely have an outline, but I’m not so rigid that I won’t let my characters explore. Some of my best character moments have been when I let my characters run with a scene.

 

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

Indeed.    No, never.  Not really, but when someone says they’ve read my book, I will ask if they’ve left a review and encourage them to do so, if they haven’t. In fact, I encourage readers to leave reviews on all the books they read. It really helps authors know if we are on the right track with our stories.

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What advice would you give to your younger self?

Don’t wait so long. Get the words down on paper and keep writing. There is never, ever going to be a perfect moment, so get on with it. Now!

 

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

Yes, I’ve taken some flack for my book covers, but I like them as I think they reflect my story. My stories aren’t crafty or culinary, so I feel that the objects on my covers give a picture of what the details are.  Rae Monet Designs, Inc.

 

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

Cece had a less than desirable upbringing, so when she finds comfort, she’s willing to settle for less than an ideal marriage, until her husband crosses the line one too many times.  She doesn’t want to go back where she came from, so she’s forcing herself to build a better life for herself and her daughter. Detective Alder had a crappy first marriage, but he’s settled into a peaceful bachelorhood and is comfortable and content with his situation until Cece Cavanaugh sticks her nose into his investigation. He finds himself intrigued with the sassy woman and willing to step outside his comfort zone.  They share the same values. Both want to be cautious in their approach to each other. Cece is headstrong and believes in justice, so she’s willing to stick her neck out to help a friend.  Detective Alder wants nothing more than to solve his case and move on to the next, but when Cece enters the picture he finds himself falling into a role where he’s the protector.

 

What have you learned about yourselves since becoming an author?

I’m a horrible procrastinator. No, actually I knew that, but it’s become more apparent and frequent since I’ve been writing more. But I’m learning some tricks about myself to keep from getting derailed.

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Do you write full-time or part-time?

I’m at my laptop most days, so as full-time as that makes it. I don’t have a job other than writing.

 

What do your plans for future projects include?

I have two more cozy series that I’m starting. I just finished a prequel for the Mattie and Mo Mysteries and I have a Tropical Cozy series I’m starting with a mother/daughter team.  And there’s Book 3 and 4 of the Grime Pays Mystery series which are in progress.

 

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

Hiding all the clues in the mystery

For me, it’s writing dialogue, I love when my characters talk.

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

Mysteries, suspense, women’s fiction and some dystopian.  Harlan Coben, Mary Kay Andrews, J. A. Jance, Susan Albert Wittag, Kristen Hannah, the late Anne George

 

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

I hate marketing, so if you can pass the word of mouth about my books, I will be forever in your debt.

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

Read more books and write reviews.

 

 

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