Aug 052015
 

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Let’s kick off The Musubi Murder Great Escapes Tour with a bang!!
I am so excited to welcome Frankie Bow
to Escape With Dollycas today!

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A CAMPUS MURDER MYSTERY for the AGE of BUDGET CUTS

 

Our guest of honor, Jimmy Tanaka, may have been “The Most Hated Man in Hawaii,” but he was also the biggest donor in the history of the College of Commerce. We were in no position to be picky about the moral character of our benefactors. Not after the latest round of budget cuts.

Campus sleuths have traditionally plied their trade in rarefied surroundings. In Dorothy Sayers’ Gaudy Night (1925), Harriet Vane investigates some unpleasantness at Shrewsbury College, Oxford. Gervase Fen, an Oxford professor of English, might involve himself in a “splendidly complicated crime” as an amusing diversion. Amanda Cross’s Kate Fansler holds court in a richly-appointed office in stately Baldwin Hall. Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse works the Oxford beat. Sarah Caudwell’s delightful Hilary Tamar is a professor of medieval law at Oxford. Joanne Dobson’s Karen Pelletier sleuths at the leafy and exclusive Enfield College.

musubimurderfrontsansserifBut for Professor Molly Barda, the reluctant amateur detective and narrator of The Musubi Murder,  college is not a luxury experience. Like most students and faculty today, Molly and her colleagues are trying to do more with less, while bracing for the next round of budget cuts.

Molly teaches at a regional state university in rural Hawaii, far from the rolling green lawns and wood paneled offices of New England or Oxbridge. Molly longs for working air conditioning. She sits on a yoga ball because there is no budget for office furniture. Her dean, unwilling to lose paying customers, won’t let her report cheating students. Campus administration will kowtow to any potential donor, even the rapacious Jimmy Tanaka, for whom bulldozing a beloved historic landmark is all in a day’s work.

And while money is in short supply, administrators with “innovative” directives are not.

A few weeks after the Student Retention Office remodel was finished, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Engagement attended an ed-tech conference. Upon his return, we were directed to record our class sessions and post them online, so that students could watch them at their leisure. The problem was that we were “guides on the side” now, and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Engagement didn’t want to post hour-long videos of students sitting in circles talking. So we all had to go back to being “sages on the stage,” lecturing to the video camera, but this time we were cautioned to act as “facilitators of experience” rather than “providers of knowledge.” We’re still stuck with the immovable round tables.

Of course all people and events in The Musubi Murder are fictional, albeit inspired by real-life events. Like Molly Barda, I teach at a public university. Unlike my protagonist, I am blessed with delightful students, sane colleagues, a loving family, and a perfectly nice office chair.

The second book in the Molly Barda series, Molly Barda and the Cursed Canoe, is scheduled for 2016, and I’m currently working on a short story for a benefit anthology.

~Frankie

About The Author

Like Molly Barda, Frankie Bow teaches at a public university. Unlike her protagonist, she is blessed with delightful students, sane colleagues, a loving family, and a perfectly nice office chair. She believes if life isn’t fair, at least it can be entertaining.

In addition to writing murder mysteries, she publishes in scholarly journals under her real name. Her experience with academic publishing has taught her to take nothing personally.

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The Musubi Murder
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Hawaii
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Publisher: Five Star (August 5, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1432830748
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Synopsis:

In the remote college town of Mahina, Hawaii, Molly Barda just wants to stay out of trouble until she gets tenure, but there’s a problem. A grisly prank targeting a controversial donor puts her college in financial jeopardy. Molly’s hapless ex is implicated, and Molly soon finds herself neck-deep in a stew of corruption, revenge, and murder. Along the way, she finds herself drawn to a local fast-food entrepreneur, the too-good-to-be-true Donnie Gonsalves, who seems to like her for all the wrong reasons–and has a few secrets of his own.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

In The Musubi Murder we meet Molly Barda, and her friends, Emma Nakamura and Patrick Flanagan. They are college professors in Mahina, Hawaii. The College of Commerce has budget issues and is literally falling apart around them.   I am reading this book just after the Governor of my fine state of Wisconsin has cut hundreds of millions of dollars out of out college system. I hope and pray it doesn’t end of like the college in this story. Jimmy Tanaka, founder of Merrie Musubis, and a man with a shady background, has promised a huge donation to the school but he fails to show up at a breakfast in his honor. Or a least that is what everyone thought. He is there in a way, a way that leads to a murder investigation and Mollie finds herself heavily involved. She is also just starting a relationship with Donnie Gonsalves, but he seems to be a man with many secrets.

Not knowing anything about musubi (pronounced moo-soo-BEE) the title was a big draw and when I found they were sandwiches that could be made with SPAM, a childhood favorite, I knew I had to read this story.

Frankie Bow has laid the groundwork for a promising mysteries series in addition to giving a very intriguing whodunit that includes not only a bit of revenge but corruption too. I found the characters to be very well developed and the backdrop of college politics very interesting. The humor interspersed throughout the story made it even more enjoyable. How can you go wrong with a setting in Hawaii? A great place I have always wanted to visit.

The author has many more installments planned and I am looking forward to them.

Book 2: Molly Barda and the Cursed Canoe
Book 3: Molly Barda and the Black Thumb
Book 4: Molly Barda and the Invasive Species
Book 5: Molly Barda and the Blessed Event
Book 0: The Defunct Adjunct

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August 6 – Lilac Reviews – Review
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Aug 042015
 

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY 2014

New Release Tuesday – August  2015

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Give Em Pumpkin To Talk About (Pumpkin Patch Mysteries Book 1)

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The Musubi Murder

This book comes out tomorrow and
Frankie will be my guest tomorrow for Cozy Wednesday!

The book is also touring with Great Escapes Book Tours!
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Release Date: August 8, 2015
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HAPPY READING EVERYONE!!

 

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Aug 032015
 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

This great meme is hosted by Sheila at
Book Journey”.
It’s a great way to start the week and
find out what other bloggers are reading.
My To-Be-Read pile has grown to an
unbelievable number thanks to this meme.

Sheila has started posting some reviews and Morning Meanderings.
Please keep her in your prayers.

Last week was a great week for reading! This is going to be a busy week. In addition to all the book tours in the sidebar by grandsons will be here tonight through Wednesday as their summer sitter has a little off time. They know Nana’s work schedule but it is going to be hard not to just start playing with them and forget about this darn computer. :)

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Zachary’s Choice

This book was recommended to me after my son’s death.
Since this is not a typical type of book for this blog I will post a short review soon.
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The Musubi Murder

Release Date – August 5, 2015
Frankie Bow will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week
to kick off her Great Escapes Book Tour!
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Give Em Pumpkin To Talk About (Pumpkin Patch Mysteries Book 1)

Release Date – August 4, 2015
The Great Escapes Book Tour starts August 3, 2015
My stop is on Thursday.

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Fool Me Once (A Tarot Mystery)

Release Date – August 7, 2015
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A Just for Fun Catch Up Read!
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Seniors Sleuth (Winston Wong Cozy Mystery) (Volume 1)

J.J. Chow will be my Special Guest on August 11.
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Dream a Little Scream (A Dream Club Mystery)

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Aug 022015
 

The Sunday Salon.com

The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now a Facebook group that has become an informal week in review
gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.

SUNDAY POSTThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Happy SUNDAY Everyone!

Posting a little late today. We made a return to Devil’s Lake yesterday with most of the family. We had so much fun in the sun and the kids in the water.
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Weekly Rewind – July 27 – August 1, 2015

Monday – It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Tuesday – Review – The Karma of King Harald by Richard Audry

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Richard Audry – Author of the King Harald Mysteries – Giveaway too!

Thursday – Spotlight/Giveaway – Malice in the Palace by Rhys Bowen

Friday – Special Guest – Daryl Wood Gerber – Author of Fudging the Books – Giveaway too!

Saturday – Spotlight/Giveaway – Between a Rock and a Hard Place Great Escapes Book Tour

Plus – Fan of the Month – August

 

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Wishing you a bright week filled with plenty of time to read!
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Aug 012015
 

fan of the month

This is the 8th month in the Year of the Reader!

If you are a fan of my blog I know you are a READER!

So this year I will be randomly choosing a

Fan of the Month!

Not only will this help me get to know you better but it will help the readers get to know each other better. You may find someone that likes the same authors, books, genres you do. You may “meet” someone that enjoys the same hobbies or is in a similar line of work. They may be someone you want to follow on Social Media.

I am excited to introduce of August’s Fan of the Month!

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Amanda

Tell us a little bit about yourself – I am the Assistant Director of Nursing and Quality Assurance Coordinator at a long term/Rehab/assisted living facility. I have been a registered nurse for 21 years and at my present job for the past 16 years. I am happily married and have a 14 year old son. I love animals and live on a farm. I love gardening, flowers, books, music from the 1920’s through the 1970’s, spending time with my family, painting and, did I mention reading. I love cozy mysteries but I will read anything- mystery, suspense, YA, romance, thriller, paranormal, fantasy, science fiction, Christian, etc.

Where is your favorite place to curl up and Escape into a Good Book? My absolute favorite place to read (when the weather is nice) is sitting by the creek under the shade free-kick if the weather doesn’t cooperate, I’ll sit in my “reading room” in my grandmother’s favorite chair.

Do you have a favorite author, book or series?
My favorite book is “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee- while in elementary school, we were required to read it as part of my gifted English class and it taught me a lot about myself, my beliefs, and my own family.
My favorite series are: The Coffeehouse Mystery Series by Cleo Coyle, The Meg Langslow Mystery Series by Donna Andrews, Hannah Swenson Series by Joanne Fluke, and The Novel Idea Series by Lucy Arlington.

What fictional character do you wish was real so you could meet them in person? If I had to pick a favorite fictional character that I would love to meet, it would have to Hannah Swenson from Joanne Fluke’s series- I fell in love with this series years ago and have all of the books in the series thus far (paperbacks or hardback, not e-books).

How long have you been a Fan of Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book? I have been a fan of the Escape with Dollycas blog since I stumbled upon it 3-4 years ago and have been following by email ever since. My favorite part of the blog would have to be the introduction to new cozy mystery series as well as the wonderful reviews. I will often seek out the books in a new series (new to me at least) based on the review posted on the Escape with Dollycas blog.

  Thank you Amanda for being August’s Fan of the Month!

Fans of the Month receive a $5 Amazon Gift Card and a copy of a book released during their month Brooke will be receiving Dream a Little Scream by Mary Kennedy!

Would you like to be a Fan of the Month? You can sign up here. Fans are randomly chosen from names generated from this form.

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Aug 012015
 

It’s my turn today on the Between a Rock and a Hard Place Great Escapes Book Tour!

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place
by Marty Wingate

I loved the characters between the banter of Chris and Pru and the wedding plans being funny this series is great. The fact you are learning about gardening along the way is not bad either. If you enjoy cozies and gardening this is a great series for you.
~Bab’s Book Bistro

I can’t say enough good things about Author Marty Wingate’s Potting Shed Mysteries, especially Between a Rock and a Hard Place, her best one yet!
~Jane Reads

between a rockBetween a Rock and a Hard Place: A Potting Shed Mystery
(Potting Shed Mystery series Book 3)

Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Alibi (August 4, 2015)
Random House LLC
ASIN: B00PEPR70M
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Synopsis

Perfect for fans of Laura Childs, Ellery Adams, and Jenn McKinlay, Marty Wingate’s enchanting Potting Shed Mystery series heads to Scotland as Pru Parke plans her wedding . . . all while a vengeful murderer is poised to strike again.

After her romantic idyll with the debonair Detective Chief Inspector Christopher Pearse culminates in a marriage proposal, Pru Parke sets about arranging their nuptials while diving into a short-term gig at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. At hand is the authentication of a journal purportedly penned by eighteenth-century botanist and explorer Archibald Menzies. Compared to the chaos of wedding planning, studying the journal is an agreeable task . . . that is, until a search for a missing cat leads to the discovery of a dead body: One of Pru’s colleagues has been conked on the head with a rock and dumped from a bridge into the Water of Leith.

Pru can’t help wondering if the murder has something to do with the Menzies diary. Is the killer covering up a forgery? Among the police’s many suspects are a fallen aristocrat turned furniture maker, Pru’s overly solicitous assistant, even Pru herself. Now, in the midst of sheer torture by the likes of flamboyant wedding dress designers and eccentric church organists, Pru must also uncover the work of a sly murderer—unless this bride wants to walk down the aisle in handcuffs.

MARTY

 

About the Author

Marty Wingate is the author of two previous Potting Shed mysteries, The Garden Plot and The Red Book of Primrose House. Her new Birds of a Feather Mystery series debuted with The Rhyme of the Magpie. Wingate is a regular contributor toCountry Gardens and other magazines. She also leads gardening tours throughout England, Scotland, Ireland, France, and North America. More Potting Shed and Birds of a Feather mysteries are planned.

 

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July 28 – Babs Book Bistro – Review

July 29 – View from the Birdhouse – Interview

July 30 – Jane Reads – Review

July 31 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review

August 1 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Spotlight

August 2 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review, Guest Post

August 3 – Back Porchervations – Review, Interview

August 4 – Michelle’s Romantic Tangle – Review, Guest Post

August 5 – Griperang’s Bookmarks – Spotlight

August 6 – deal sharing aunt – Interview

August 7 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – Spotlight

August 8 – Brooke Blogs – Guest Post

August 9 – EditingPen – Interview

August 10 – Frankie Bow – Spotlight

 

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special guest blueI am really excited! Daryl Wood Gerber’s Fudging The Books comes out on Tuesday! She is here today telling us about some of her research and I will tell you about the book and give my review. Then stay tuned because her Great Escapes Book Tour starts tomorrow and runs through August 6. Each stop will not only be reviewing the book but will also be sharing a yummy recipe and hosting a giveaway!! Please help me welcome Daryl to Escape With Dollycas! 

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FUDGING THE BOOKSWhile doing research for Fudging the Books, the 4th Cookbook Nook Mystery, I had to do a whole lot of chocolate tasting. Poor me. I tried different cocoas. I tried different high-end chocolate bars. I came up with a number of new recipes for the book, including of all things, cocoa croutons for salads and oranges dipped in chocolate.

Now, I can’t share any of the recipes from the book with you before its publication date, but if you didn’t know, I’ve had recipes in other books, and today’s is one of my all-time favorites.

From Stirring the Plot, the 3rd Cookbook Nook Mystery, which featured Halloween food, I also included French Silk Fudge Cake. It’s the cake served at the Winsome Witches luncheon. Jenna adored it and begged Chef Katie to recreate it. The coffee makes the difference!

Isn’t it fun when my fictional characters can make my life that much tastier?!!

What chocolate do you like?

Savor the Mystery!

Daryl Wood Gerber
Tasty ~ Zesty ~ Dangerous

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From Stirring the Plot

Ingredients:

1 (3.5 to 4 ounce) bittersweet chocolate bar, chopped
1 ½ squares (1 ounce) unsweetened chocolate, chopped
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoons coffee
2 eggs
1 egg yolk
3/4 cup white sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons flour (*may use gluten-free flour plus 1/8 teaspoon xanthan gum)
1/2 of a 3.5 to 4 ounce bittersweet chocolate bar broken into ½-inch pieces
If desired: whipped cream or frosting.

Note: I used Ghirardelli 72% dark chocolate instead of bittersweet chocolate.

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease 4 mini-bundt cake cups.

Please 1 chopped bar of bittersweet chocolate, unsweetened chocolate, and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Place bowl in microwave and cook on low power until the butter has melted and the chocolate is soft, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir often to avoid burning the mixture.

In a mixing bowl, whisk cinnamon, coffee, eggs, egg yolk, sugar, and salt until combined. Stir in the flour. Mix in the chocolate mixture. Stir until smooth. Add the ½ bar of bittersweet chocolate that has been broken into ½-inch pieces. Spoon the batter in the prepared bundt cake cups. Fill about ¾ full.

Bake for about 15-18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out wit “streaks’ of thick batter. The tops of the cakes will be nearly firm. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for 5 -10 minutes. Serve warm…or wait 20 minutes and serve at room temperature with whipped cream squirted into the center of the bundt shape.

Note: If you want to frost this cake, consider baking it in cupcakes tins or in a 9-inch springform pan lined with parchment paper. Cook about 30-35 minutes.

About Daryl Wood Gerber

Agatha Award-winning and nationally bestselling author DARYL WOOD GERBER writes the Cookbook Nook Mysteries, set in the fictional coastal town of Crystal Cove, California.  As Avery Aames, she also writes the Cheese Shop Mysteries, set in quaint Providence, Ohio. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote”. She is married, loves to cook, and has a darling, frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky. Visit Daryl or Avery at www.darylwoodgerber.com.  Connect with her on Twitter, and Facebook, and don’t forget to sign up for her Keepin’ it Cozy newsletter.

FUDGING THE BOOKSFudging the Books
(A Cookbook Nook Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – California
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (August 4, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Teresa Fasolino
Cover Design by Jason Gill
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425279403
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The Agatha Award–winning author of Stirring the Plot returns to the Cookbook Nook in Crystal Cove, California, where February brings Pirate Week, National Chocolate Month—and bitter murder…

Pirate Week is sweeping through Crystal Cove and keeping Jenna Hart and her bookstore, the Cookbook Nook, plenty busy. But she’s not too swamped to also host the local Chocolate Cookbook Club’s meeting—especially because the guest of honor is her friend, candy maker and cookbook author Coco Chastain.

Jenna whips up a delicious event amidst the rowdy festivities, but the mood is soon broken by robberies, simmering tempers, and a dead body—Coco’s editor, Alison. The suspects turn out to be more plentiful than a pot full of gold doubloons, so to prove Coco isn’t responsible for the dastardly deed, Jenna will have to stir up some clues and figure out who’s the real sticky-fingered killer…

INCLUDES RECIPES!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

February in Crystal Cove is busier than you may think. First they celebrate Pirate Week and then it is Valentine’s Day. At The Cookbook Nook there are also the book clubs that meet. This month the Chocolate Cookbook Club welcomes Jenna’s friend, Coco Chastain, author and candy maker extraordinaire. She brings her whole crew to the meeting and things get just a little tense. Her publisher, Allison, seems to be working on books for several of Crystal Cove’s residents. When she is found dead Coco becomes the prime suspect but Jenna knows that is more to the story. She starts to stir things up as she tries to find the real killer. She is also is trying to find the pirate’s booty that someone made off with. Can this be connected to the murder…

When I pick up a book by Daryl/Avery I know I am in for a fantastic treat and should plan accordingly. She delivers her best story yet in Fudging the Books.

Crystal Cove seemed to be a quiet little place until Jenna came to town but she has plenty of friends to support and know all these murders are not her fault. Aunt Vera does her best to keep Jenna in line and readers giggling. She is one special lady. Jenna’s relationship with Rhett is also evolving nicely. Vera’s romance has hit a little bump in the road though. Bailey has a new pet thanks to her beau, Tito, and she is having problems getting him to like her.

The mystery is so well thought out and presented. The perfect amount of twists to keep us guessing. The author strikes a nice balance with the right amount of romance and humor. The characters are fun and very appealing. You want to know them better and care about their lives. All this but don’t forget the food, this time there is chocolate, and lots of it thanks to Chef Katie.

The setting is wonderful too. Crystal Cove sounds like a great place to visit and I would drop a bundle of cash at The Cookbook Nook. The shop is not only full of cookbooks but cozy mysteries that feature food. Several of my favorite author grace the shelves.

This book is quite a treasure, with pirates, murder, romance, humor and food! (Recipes included.) I am already excited for my next visit!

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Malice at the Palace
(A Royal Spyness Mystery)

9th in the Series
Woman’s Sleuth Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group
Published by The Penguin Group
Release Date – August 4, 2015
Jacket Illustration by John Mattos
Jacket Design by Rita Frangie
Hardcover: 304 pages
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From the New York Times betselling author of Queen of Hearts comes another mystery for “fans of P.G. Wodehouse looking for laughs mingled with some amateur sleuthing.” (Publishers Weekly)

Lady Georgiana Rannoch won’t deny that being thirty-fifth in line for the British throne has its advantages. Unfortunately, money isn’t one of them. And sometimes making ends meet requires her to investigate a little royal wrongdoing.

While my beau Darcy is off on a mysterious mission, I am once again caught between my high birth and empty purse. I am therefore relieved to receive a new assignment from the Queen—especially one that includes lodging. The King’s youngest son, George, is to wed Princess Marina of Greece, and I shall be her companion at the supposedly haunted Kensington Palace.

My duties are simple: help Marina acclimate to English life, show her the best of London and, above all, dispel any rumors about George’s libertine history. Perhaps that last bit isn’t so simple.

George is known for his many affairs with women as well as men—including the great songwriter Noel Coward. But things truly get complicated when I search the Palace for a supposed ghost only to encounter an actual dead person: a society beauty said to have been one of Prince George’s mistresses.

Nothing spoils a royal wedding more than murder, and the Queen wants the whole matter hushed. But as the investigation unfolds—and Darcy, as always, turns up in the most unlikely of places—the investigation brings us precariously close to the prince himself.

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Jul 292015
 

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Yesterday I told about Richard Audry’s The Karma of King Herald.
Today I am thrilled Richard is here to visit.
I will also review the second book in the series King Harald’s Heist.

DRMartin

Writing with My Mouth Open

Cozy mysteries rely on food and cuisine in ways that few other popular literary genres do. Home cooking, restaurant fare, and food as a deadly weapon have all been common themes in beloved cozies.

karma of king haraldMy King Harald canine cozies are no exception. The protagonist, Andy Skyberg, is a former limo driver who leaves the pressure-cooker of big-city life to move back to his hometown and work in his sister’s restaurant. I’ve had great fun concocting the menu for Ansel’s Café and describing all sorts of delectable dishes that are commonplace in the quaint little town of New Bergen, somewhere up the Interstate in a place very much like Minnesota.

Over the course of my writing career, which has ranged from journalism to book reviewing to tech writing, I’ve written about food in various nonfiction pieces. But food never played a more important role as subject matter than during my years as a travel writer. Whenever I went on a “fam” trip (a “familiarization” trip), I knew that there would be a whole lot of eating going on. Local restaurants and food traditions were always an important element in my travel stories. And of course I could count on gaining a few pounds whenever I spent a few days on the road. (Oh, the sacrifices one must make for journalism!)

When I think back on all those trips, I have vague recollections of the museums I visited and the recreational sites I toured. But after all these years, the food memories still stand out most vividly.

25554171There was that wonderful fry bread in a small town on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. My first taste of Calvados (apple brandy) one special night on a trip to see the landing beaches in Normandy. The incredible parade of chocolate and candy confections left in my hotel room every night in Cleveland, each one more elaborate than the next. A wonderful butternut squash and apple soup that I sampled after a long day of hiking near Moab, Utah. Liver dumpling soup served at Little Bohemia in Wisconsin (famous for its John Dillinger connections). Divine key lime pie at a rickety joint on Big Pine Key. Potica (Slovenian nut roll) and pasties on Minnesota’s Iron Range. Crawfish fettuccini at an outdoor feast near Clinton, Louisiana, right where Audubon had a studio.

I didn’t always go looking for great food—sometimes it found me. When our rental car had a flat tire after our visit to Mount Vernon, my wife and I had dinner in a small restaurant near the garage where the tire was being patched. It was the first time either of us had ever tasted Brunswick stew—love at first bite! We found a recipe for it as soon as we got back home. Now it’s a staple on our list of stews and soups that we make in the cold months.

Perhaps the most memorable meal in all my years of eating on the road took place on a beach out in Palau, in the Pacific Ocean near the Philipines. Our group was promised an opulent luncheon caught out on the reef that morning. As we watched the parrotfish and unicorn fish grilling, the local PR guy reached into his string bag and pulled out a can of Spam. He extracted the meaty, greasy treat and threw it on the grill with our colorful lunch. “I get tired of fish all the time,” he explained, not the least bit embarrasseEbelskiversd. “But I love Spam.” As I recall, he ate the whole can of it while we enjoyed our tropical feast.

For me, food is inextricably tied to travel memories. I hope readers of my King Harald mysteries will have a similar experience as they escape into my books. Maybe they won’t remember the book’s name or even the author’s name, but they’ll think, oh yes, that was the story involving the very special ebelskiver recipe—I remember it well.

—Richard Audry/D. R. Martin

 

About The Author

Richard Audry is the pen name of writer/photographer D. R. Martin. He has written professionally in many fields—including journalism, copywriting, medical writing, travel writing, and script writing. The Karma of King Harald is his first cozy mystery. The second book in the series, King Harald’s Heist, is now available. He is the author of the middle-grade fantasy adventures Johnny Graphic and the Etheric Bomb and Johnny Graphic and the Attack of the Zombies. He also writes the Mary MacDougall historical mystery/romances—A Pretty Little Plot and The Stolen Star. The third Mary MacDougall mystery, The Widower’s Wrath, will be published later in 2015 or early 2016.

Find out more about Richard and his books on his webpage here.

25554171King Harald’s Heist
(King Harald Mysteries Book 2)

Cozy Mystery
Setting – Fictional Minnesota
Publisher: Conger Road Press (May 3, 2015)
Paperback: 306 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0985019655
E-Book ASIN: B00X002DBG
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Join King Harald and Andy Skyberg on their second adventure!

As the leaves begin to change color in New Bergen, Andy Skyberg wants to turn his full attention to his sister’s new café and art gallery—and to the beautiful Finnish architect who’s managing the project.

But the good-natured, go-to guy can’t seem to catch a moment’s peace.

His next-door neighbors—two elderly sisters—want him to fend off a pushy historian who thinks they had a scandalous past. His parents enlist him to entertain a narcissistic, boring couple they would like to ditch. And his ever-scheming Aunt Bev tricks Andy into seeking an improbable new gig that could land him in the hot seat.

Even Andy’s big ol’ mutt King Harald has a kennel full of trouble in store for him, beginning with a pilfered thousand-dollar bill and a naughty garden gnome. Before long, New Bergen’s favorite crime-sniffing pooch finds even more deep doo-doo to toss his boss into.

Havoc and hilarity ensue, as Andy and his happy hound get to the bottom of King Harald’s Heist.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

We get to know Andy so much better in this installment, I said in my previous review that he needed to bloom and bloom he did. He is taking a very active role in his sister’s new venture and his aunt Bev has a plan that should take up the remainder of his free time. His romantic life takes a very eventful turn too. Sometimes he doesn’t need Herald’s help to get into sticky situations.

King Harald continues to steal the show and out hearts. He gets into a bit of trouble and helps Andy learn some secrets about the dear ladies next door.

And as in the last book there is so much more….

This is an outstanding follow up to The Karma of King Harald.  It is an easy read with fantastic dialogue and a top-notch whodunit. The characters are fun and engaging. I so love Harald. There is plenty of mystery, mayhem, and humor and Andy and Harald are in the middle of it. This was one of those books that once I picked it up I couldn’t put it down. Now I want more. I can’t wait for Harald and Andy’s next adventure.

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Jul 282015
 

I have been taking less books for review lately when authors or publicists contact me out of the blue because I am so fortunate to be on automatic mailing lists for some awesome publishers. But when this author contacted me and I read the book synopsis I quickly said “yes”!! King Harald was a dog I wanted to know more about! If you follow this blog you also know I am finicky about reading series books in order so I told him I needed to read both books. He was wonderful and sent them right out. He will be my guest tomorrow for Cozy Wednesday but I have to share the first book with you today.

karma of king haraldThe Karma of King Harald
First Book In The Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Fictional Minnesota
Published by Conger Road Press (November 30, 2012)
Trade Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0985019624
E-Book ASIN: B00A55F62C
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When springtime arrives in picturesque New Bergen, so do the tourists and antiquers. This year, though, there are some unwelcome visitors. Extortion. Arson. And murder.

After his business tanks and his wife leaves him for a Pilates coach, Andy Skyberg flees the big city for the peace and quiet of his hometown. All he wants is a decent job, a steady girlfriend, a plasma screen TV with a hundred-plus channels, and one loyal dog. But fate has something else in store for Andy, when his big mutt King Harald starts sniffing out crime.

It’s clear that someone has it in for the town’s New Age retailer, Trudi Bock. And it’s also clear that Trudi wants to rekindle the steamy romance she and Andy enjoyed back in college. Andy has to fend her off, while placating his fiery girlfriend, Deputy Sheriff Cass Conlin.

Meanwhile, Harald keeps digging up more mayhem. And it falls to Andy to channel his inner sleuth and make sense of it all.

Throw into this mix one legendary (but lost) ebelskiver recipe…a gimlet-eyed church lady…a van full of federal agents…a crusty socialist…a beloved iguana…and an overabundance of rosemaling…

And you have all the makings for The Karma of King Harald.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

King Herald, “part Chesapeake and part moose” is an adorable character and famous for making some interesting discoveries. He climbs over his fence and rambles around town and has found a dead body of an iguana! His “boss” Andy Skyberg wishes he would stick to chasing squirrels. Andy has come back to New Bergen after his divorce. He spends his days working at his sister’s restaurant and trying to kick his artistic painting abilities into something he can live off of. He is dating Deputy Sheriff Cass Conlin but his old girlfriend Trudi would like to take her place. We also meet Andy’s Aunt Bev and she is quite a character herself. That is just in the first few chapters…there is so much more!

King Harald has stolen my heart. I especially like the chapters told from, his point of view. His supporting characters are pretty eccentric which is perfect for a cozy mystery. They are so unique and wonderfully written.

We are never really told where New Bergen is located but residents travel to “the cities” and Wisconsin, ebelskiver and rosemaling are a big thing there, so Minnesota is my assumption :) It sounds like quite a place and no one gets too excited about a big burly dog traveling about town by himself. Everyone knows where he belongs and many just send him or take him home. Sounds like a nice relaxed place aside from a murder or two.

Richard Audry drew me right into Andy and Harald’s story and it was a very entertaining read. A very captivating canine cozy with a just the right amount of humor and plenty of intricate shifts that keeps us readers on our toes. The story flows well. I do hope we get to know Andy a little bit better in book 2. It seems like his failure in past relationships has him in a bit of a rut and he is living in his sister’s shadow. He needs to bloom a little more.

All in all a nice debut for this series! Moving on to King Harald’s Heist.

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Be sure to come back tomorrow to meet Richard Audry and read my review of King Harald’s Heist.  I will also be giving away both of my review copies and the author is giving away a set too!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Jul 272015
 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

This great meme is hosted by Sheila at
Book Journey”.
It’s a great way to start the week and
find out what other bloggers are reading.
My To-Be-Read pile has grown to an
unbelievable number thanks to this meme.

Sheila has started posting some reviews and Morning Meanderings.
Please keep her in your prayers.

Still fighting this darn summer cold. 27 days should be enough. It does seem to be getting better or I am getting better dealing with it :)

Here’s my recap of reading for last week and what I am planning this week.

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Trawling for Trouble: A Celebration Bay Mystery Novella (Celebration Bay Mystery, A)

Release Date – July 21, 2015
My Review
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The Karma of King Harald

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Fudging the Books (A Cookbook Nook Mystery)

Release Date – August 4, 2015
The Fudging the Books Great Escapes Book Tour starts August 1!
My review will be up on Friday!

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Zachary’s Choice

This book was recommended to me after my son’s death. This is not a book I can read like a novel, more a chapter at a time as I can handle it.
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The Musubi Murder

Release Date – August 5, 2015
Frankie Bow will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week
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Give Em Pumpkin To Talk About (Pumpkin Patch Mysteries Book 1)

Release Date – August 4, 2015
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Fool Me Once (A Tarot Mystery)

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Jul 262015
 

The Sunday Salon.com

The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now a Facebook group that has become an informal week in review
gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.

SUNDAY POSTThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
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A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Happy SUNDAY Everyone!


Lion on the loose. Check out this video, you may have seen this on the news. Milwaukee is about an hour away from me. I like big cats, I cannot lie :) I don’t about you but this would scare me quite a bit. What would you do if you saw a lion crossing your street? At least there are no tigers and bears traveling along!

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Weekly Rewind – July 20 – 25, 2015

Monday –  It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Tuesday – Review/Giveaway – The Jamie Quinn Mysteries by Barbara Venkataraman Great Escapes Book Tour

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Terrie Farley Moran – Author of Caught Read-Handed – Giveaway too!

Thursday – My July Just For Fun Read – Death Is Like A Box Of Chocolates by Kathy Aarons

Friday – Great Escapes Book Tour – Trawling for Trouble by Shelley Freydont – Review & Giveaway!

Saturday – Spotlight/Giveaway – Death of a Cupcake Queen by Lee Hollis

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Jul 252015
 

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Death of a Cupcake Queen
(Hayley Powell Mystery)

Series: Hayley Powell Mystery (Book 6)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Kensington (May 26, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0758294531
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As the food and cocktails columnist for the Island Times, Hayley Powell attends a lot of events—but this one will be murder…

On the eve of her high school reunion, Hayley dreads seeing the trio of mean girls who used to torment her: Sabrina Merryweather, Nykki Temple, and former prom queen Ivy Foster. These days Ivy wears a different crown as the cupcake queen—and flaunting her success is just the icing on the cake.

But maybe the prom queen should have been voted Most Likely to Die. At the reunion, Ivy is found murdered, cupcakes scattered around her. Is a killer out to teach the mean girls a lesson? As Hayley tries to get the scoop, she’ll have to be careful…or someone may be writing this columnist’s obituary next.

Includes seven delectable recipes from Hayley’s kitchen!

To find out more about Lee Hollis check out the webpage here.

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Jul 242015
 

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Trawling For Trouble
by Shelley Freydont

TRAWLINGTrawling for Trouble:
A Celebration Bay Mystery Novella

Cozy Mystery
Publisher: InterMix (July 21, 2015)
ASIN: B00NMPJ6XW
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The author of Independence Slay is back as intrepid event planner Liv Montgomery discovers something fishy going on beneath Celebration Bay’s deceptively calm surface.

Liv Montgomery knew that asking Celebration Bay’s newspaper owner-slash-ne’er-do-well Chaz Bristow to teach her how to fish meant angling for more than a lesson in sinkers and chum. Like asking him to spearhead the fund raiser that’ll benefit the town’s community center. And there are worse ways to spend the afternoon than out on the town’s picturesque lake.

But it’s not long before Liv reels in a huge catch—already quite dead. It’s the body of an unknown man, and it was no accidental drowning. This floater was murdered. While local authorities investigate, it’s Liv and Chaz who stumble upon a shocking motive, and become live bait for a ruthless killer determined to keep his secrets down in the deep.

 

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Liv is taking a little break between celebrations and Chaz has decided to teach her how to fish. Well wouldn’t you know the only thing she catches is the pocket of a pair of jeans. A pocket still connected to the pants and still being worn by a very dead man.

Hold on tight because this mystery is very fast paced and pretty exciting. Chaz and Liv are chasing down clues as fast as they can and trying to protect the ones that they love at the same time. Whiskey does his best to help them both out. The author has packed these pages full with drama and action.

Freydont has given us a nice quick novella as we anxiously await the release of Trick or Deceit out September 1. She also includes preview of that and a preview of A Gilded Grave that will be out August 4.

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Shelley Freydont is the author of the Liv Montgomery Celebration Bay Mysteries, Foul Play at the Fair, Silent Knife, Independence Slay as well as the Kate MacDonald Sudoku Mysteries and the Lindy Haggerty dance company mysteries, and the upcoming Newport Gilded Age Mysteries, beginning with A Gilded Grave (6/15)

As Shelley Noble, she is the NYTimes Best selling author of women’s fiction (Beach Colors, Stargazey Point, Breakwater Bay, and Whisper Beach as well as several novellas. A former professional dancer and choreographer, Shelley lives at the Jersey shore and loves puzzles, light houses and antique carousels. She also loves to hear from readers.

A former professional dancer and choreographer, she most recently worked on the films, Mona Lisa Smile and The Game Plan. Shelley is a member of Sisters-in-Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and Liberty States Fiction Writers.

For more about Shelley, please visit her website www.shelleyfreydont.com.

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just for fun 2015This month I pulled a book from the shelf that I have wanting to read for months. The day I picked it up to read the author emailed me to ask if she could visit the blog. She will be stopping by on September 3. That means I have the perfect reason to read the next book in the series that I couldn’t squeeze in last month :)

death is like a box of chocolatesDeath Is Like a Box of Chocolates
(A Chocolate Covered Mystery)

1st in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Maryland
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (September 2, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Mary Ann Lasher
Cover Design by George Long
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425267233
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Whether it’s to satisfy a craving for chocolate or pick up the hottest new bestseller, the locals in charming West Riverdale, Maryland, are heading to Chocolates and Chapters, where everything sold is to die for…

Best friends Michelle Serrano and Erica Russell are celebrating the sweet rewards of their combined bookstore and chocolate shop by hosting the Great Fudge Cook-off during the town’s Memorial Day weekend Arts Festival. But success turns bittersweet when Main Street’s portrait photographer is found dead in their store, poisoned by Michelle’s signature truffles.

As suspicion mounts against Michelle, her sales begin to crumble and her career seems whipped. With Erica by her side, Michelle must pick through an assortment of suspects before the future of their dream store melts away…

Includes Scrumptious Chocolate-Making Recipes!

The rules for Just For Fun Reads say no review necessary but I really liked this one and want to tell you about it.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Note – Make sure you have chocolate handy while reading!

This series blend two of my most favorite things – BOOKS! and CHOCOLATE!! Michelle Serrano and Erica Russell have opened Chocolates and Chapters combining a bookstore with a chocolate shoppe. What could be better?

West Riverdale, Maryland is the place to be for Memorial Day Weekend. The town is hosting an Arts Festival and a Fudge Cook-off. Michelle and Erica have been basically volunteered by the mayor to run the entire cook-off and they are on the general planning committee for the Arts Festival as well. Their friend Denise, a photographer, is also involved. She is waiting for her big break. She hopes to have a gallery showing of her work in D.C. soon.

Her dreams turn to dust when she is found dead, apparently poisoned by Michelle’s chocolate truffles. Michelle is obviously the first suspect but the evidence quickly starts to point to Erica’s brother-in-law. Faced with having their store shutdown until the killer is found Michelle and Erica start their own investigation not just to save their shop but to save the Memorial Day celebration too.

Kathy Aarons does a great job introducing us to all the characters for this new series. There are quite a few and fleshing them out enough for the reader to become engaged is not an easy task. There is plenty of room for them to evolve is future installments.

She has also whipped up quite a mystery sprinkled with plenty of diversions to keep us readers guessing. I was speechless as I reached the end.

I am truly looking forward to getting to know these characters much better. The next book in this series, Truffled to Death, is screaming at me from the shelf so I will be reading it very soon!

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