May 292015
 

when the balls dropWhen the Balls Drop
Publisher: Gallery Books (May 5, 2015)
Hardcover: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1476772905
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A refreshingly candid and wickedly funny look at life’s second half from Everybody Loves Raymond TV sitcom star and comic Brad Garrett.

In this no-holds-barred book of comedic and personal essays, Brad Garrett waxes hilarious—and irreverently honest—about the gaffes, challenges, and ultimately the joys of middle age as he advises us on how to best approach the dreaded “second half” of life.

Ranging in topics from genetics to genitals, weight to women, and dating to diarrhea, Brad leaves no stone unturned in this laugh-out-loud look at getting older. With pieces such as “No Scales in Heaven,” in which Brad points out the essential pointlessness of overthinking diet and exercise, and “Celebrating Your E.D. (erectile dysfunction) During Your Mid-Life Crisis,” the star comedian encourages you to forget the overwhelming concerns that accompany middle age and to welcome the laughs—even if you have a fifty-fifty chance of throwing your back out in doing so.

Penned in Brad’s signature witty, conversational, no-nonsense style that has cemented his status as an icon in the comedy industry, this autobiographical book will teach you the most important thing: that, no matter what, we’re all in this together. So embrace it.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This truly a book written for men but I loved Brad Garrett on Everybody Loves Raymond and most everywhere else I have seen him on television. After the past few months I seriously needed to read something that  would make me laugh. The book delivered that within the first few paragraphs.

I enjoyed him talking about his start in comedy and appearing on the Tonight Show and opening for Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. He also shares growing up taller than everyone around him and being bullied. Funny, he weighed the exact same at birth as my son that recently passed away. Kris’ height was pretty normal, his little brother only weighted 7 lbs. 14 oz. and he is the one that is over 6′ 4″. :)

It seems no topic is off limits for Garrett,his Jewish roots to erectile dysfunction to finding gray hairs in unexpected places. He writes just the way he talks during his comedy bits and tries to make everything funny. He also throws in a couple of rants about politics and A.A. Garrett now sober for quite some time has his own way of staying on the wagon.

I will warn you though he pulls no punches and his humor is not for everyone. There is foul and graphic language. But with a title like When the Balls Drop you probably already knew this.  For me it was just what I needed, to laugh and smile and forget even for just an evening. I will be sharing this book with my husband because he needs to escape and laugh a little too. I know he will like the book even more than I did.

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May 292015
 
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I am pleased to welcome Allan J. Emerson to Escape With Dollycas today! His book
Death of a Bride and Groom was just released on May 20.

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Allan J. Emerson: Becoming a storyteller:

From the time I was 7 or 8, I made up stories to tell my younger brother.

I was a very obliging storyteller: if a character died or lost his magic powers and my brother didn’t like that, I usually changed the plot until he was satisfied. Occasionally I resisted, if what he wanted was going to ruin the story. (Turned out to be good practice for dealing with editors later on.) When I grew older, I wanted to be a singer, which seemed like just another type of storytelling to me. Unfortunately, I couldn’t sing, so my next idea was to be an actor. Unfortunately … you guessed it.

The one thing that always made sense to me was word spinning–I loved words and the ways they could be put together to make a story. It never occurred to me that this could be for anything other than my own entertainment, or that people actually did this as an occupation. So I got a job to pay the bills and continued to write when I could.

I began by writing literary short stories, which has to be the toughest market for any writer, let alone an unpublished one. They were all rejected, with once in a while an encouraging note sent with a returned manuscript. Although I never got anything published, I did learn a lot by writing those stories.

After collecting a box of rejection slips (and why do writers save those, I wonder) I began to think about writing a novel, but it seemed a gigantic task, akin to the 50-year undertaking to carve a mountain into the likeness of Crazy Horse. Still, one day I sat down and started with one scene: the discovery of a pair of bodies dressed in wedding clothes on top of a parade float. The result wasn’t “literary” but it was fun.

I wish I could say it all came easily after that, but the truth is it took a long time. I wrote off and on, deleted chunks that didn’t work, then figured out how to make them work and put them back, then took them out again and substituted something else. Gradually, the material began to take shape. The characters assumed form, inhabited their world and started to act with purpose.

DeathOfABrideAndGroomFrontEventually I had Death of a Bride and Groom. One day, shuffling through the usual harvest of “no thanks, not quite right for us” rejections, I noticed one that said “we like it and we want to publish it,” or words to that effect. After re-reading it carefully forty or fifty times, I thought hmm … they sound interested. And they were.

Now in the movies, after the book is accepted the writer goes off, has a few drinks and next thing you know, he’s ogling piles of his masterpiece in bookstore windows. That’s not quite how it works in real life, at least not nowadays.

The next stage in the process is the waiting. Waiting to hear anything more from the publisher. Let me repeat that: The … W..a..i..t.i…n…g. (Say it out loud in a hollow voice with a dying fall and you’ll get the idea.) Have they forgotten all about you? Suddenly realized they were out of their mind when they offered to publish and hunkered down hoping you’ll go away? Gone bankrupt?

Then one day, there’s an email with an edited copy of your manuscript. This is where you get the rude awakening that your creation isn’t quite as perfect as it seemed to you when you first sent it off. In spite of the fact you read and revised every single sentence at least a dozen times, and you were the star pupil in your English class, you discover that your mastery of grammar and syntax may not quite be at the level you’ve always thought it was. And that some of your cleverest turns of phrase aren’t comprehensible to anyone but you. And that consistency in spelling some of your characters’ names may not be your strong point. Fortunately, the edit process seems to have something like the seal of the confessional about it–only your editor will know that neither you nor Spell Check had a problem with a car’s “breaks” failing.

After the edits, you’ll need to supply a photo for the dust jacket. Strangely enough, every single one available will make you look like either a shifty-eyed crook or the Creature from the Black Lagoon with a killer migraine.

Think you’re finished? Nope, the publisher wants you to publicize: do press releases, book readings and signings, play up your connections with celebrities. But who’s going to turn out for these events if no one’s ever heard of you, and the closest thing to a celebrity you know is a supermarket cashier who was in the news when her purse was snatched? Beats me, but I’m marching my literary offspring into public view. I hope you’ll feel like keeping us company on the trip and introducing us to a few of your friends.

~Allan

DeathOfABrideAndGroomFrontDeath of a Bride and Groom
New Series
Honeymoon Falls Mysteries
Hardcover
Publisher: Five Star (May 20, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1432830694
E-Book ASIN: B00XK2DURA
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When the body of writer Iris Morland is discovered in full bridal array atop a giant wedding cake parade float, the little resort town of Honeymoon Falls is left reeling. Not only is its reputation as “the Romance Capital of the World” at risk, its very survival is threatened. Murder, it seems, has a chilling effect on those considering venues for potential nuptials.

Iris enjoyed betrayal, which makes half the people in town potential suspects. Among them is her husband, Kenneth, enraged after discovering her liaison with television host Arnold Reifel. Arnold’s wife, Marjorie, was seething because Iris had turned Marjorie’s interior decoration schemes into a very public humiliation. Then there’s haughty French film auteur, Pierre Blondin, in town filming Iris’s novel. Did Iris trigger his murderous wrath by opposing a nude scene featuring ninety-five-year-old actress Hermione Hopkins?

Captain Will Halsey, head of Honeymoon Falls’ three-person police force, must find the killer among Iris’s host of enemies. And he’ll have to do it while coping with small-town politics, feuding among his subordinates, and the ferocious attentions of the media.

About The Author
Allan J. Emerson was born in Saskatchewan and grew up in small towns there and in British Columbia. He lived in Australia and New Zealand before marrying and settling on the west coast.
His debut novel, Death of a Bride and Groom, is the first in the new Honeymoon Falls series and has just been released by Five Star Publishing (Cengage). Emerson describes it as “a small-town mystery containing humor, a little sex, and some surprising characters (sort of like the author’s life, except for the murders)”. It’s available from bookstores, libraries, and online. A large print edition will be released November, 2015. Visit Allan at http://www.allanjemerson.com/

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May 282015
 

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Bubba Done It
by Maggie Toussaint

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bubbaBubba Done It (A Dreamwalker Mystery)
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Setting – Georgia
Publisher: Five Star (May 20, 2015)
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ISBN-13: 978-1432830670
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 Amateur sleuth and dreamwalker Baxley Powell is called in on a stabbing case. She arrives in time to hear the dying man whisper, “Bubba done it.”

Four men named Bubba in Sinclair County, Georgia, have close ties to the victim, including her goofball brother-in-law, Bubba Powell.

She dreamwalks for answers, but the victim can’t talk to her, leaving Baxley to sleuth among the living. The suspects include a down-on-his-luck fisherman, a crack-head evangelist, a politically- connected investor, and her brother-in-law, the former sweetheart of the victim’s ex-wife.

The more Baxley digs, the more the Bubbas start to unravel. Worse, her brother-in-law’s definitely more than friendly with the victim’s ex-wife.

Between pet-sitting, landscaping, and dreamwalking, Baxley’s got her hands full solving this case.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

In this follow up to Gone and Done It we find Baxley with her hands full and way too many Bubbas that could be tied up in a resent murder. The sheriff tries to take the easy route by arresting each of them with very little proof which drives Baxley to do a little investigating of her own. Her daydreaming doesn’t help much as the victim is unable to talk, so she has to start asking questions putting herself in danger.

I really like Baxley. A strong woman dealing with life the best she can. In addition to dreamwalking and consulting with the local police she does landscaping and pet sitting to provide for herself and her daughter. He husband has been declared dead by the military but all his benefits are tied up in red tape. There are even some indicators that he may not be dead.

All of the characters, Baxley, her daughter, her parents, the Bubbas and more  are very well written. Sheriff Wayne drives me a bit crazy. I picture him as a Barney Fife from Mayberry, only with more power. He bumbles around this case looking for a quick, easy solution without trying to see the big picture. Just because the dying man whispered, “Bubba done it” doesn’t mean you arrest the first Bubba you see. The South is full of Bubbas. He even pulls one of the out of the hospital having medical tests done just because his name is Bubba. He is more of an arrest first, ask questions later kind of guy. Thank God for Baxley and her butting in, I mean consulting, on the case.

Baxley and her family’s gifts of dreamwalking, crystal powering and ESP connections really flow easily throughout the story. The reader just knows this is their way and it is very natural. I do have to say it was just a little hard to read so soon after losing my son. I really wish there was a way for me to dreamwalk and talk to him to understand more about his death. I did my best to set that aside so I could enjoy this story.

This case is tied up by the last page but we still have questions. Is Baxley’s husband alive? and if he is why hasn’t he come home? Does Baxley’s daughter have dreamwalking abilities too? Just how do Baxley’s parents make ends meet? I am anxiously awaiting the next book to find out more about this great cast of characters.

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From her youthful days of tree climbing and dreams of flying to her career days of pocket-protector geekiness as a toxicologist, Southern author Maggie Toussaint remains riveted by a good story. As a book aficionado, she put into practice what she’d learned and began penning novels.

Maggie is published in mystery and romantic suspense, with six titles in each genre. The third book in her Cleopatra Jones mystery series recently won the Silver Falchion Award, while her romances have won the National Readers’ Choice Award and the EPIC eBook Award for Romantic Suspense. She also writes science fiction under the pen name of Rigel Carson. More at www.maggietoussaint.com.

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In For A Penny

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Death, Island Style

Murder in the Buff

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May 272015
 
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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
I am so happy to welcome Krista Davis back to Escape With Dollycas today!

 

Krista Davis author picOne of my favorite characters in THE DIVA STEALS A CHOCOLATE KISS came out of nowhere, pretty much complete. It’s odd but not unusual that characters do that. What’s stranger still is that those characters are often the most fun and interesting.

Nonni Merano came to America as a young woman. She learned English on the fly and opened a chocolate shop with her husband. Now she’s the tiny little matriarch of the Merano family, retired and darling, but don’t cross her!Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss hi res

She showed up dressed entirely in blue, her white hair neatly pinned up in a bun. Not a speck of makeup touched her face. She walks with the aid of a cane but that doesn’t stop her from cooking up a storm.

When problems of a murderous kind begin to plague the Merano family, Nonni goes to Sophie Winston for help, promising to repay her by teaching her to make Tiramisu Nonni-style. Sophie has trouble saying no to sweet Nonni and soon finds herself knee deep in chocolates and murder.

The recipe for Nonni’s Tiramisu is in THE DIVA STEALS A CHOCOLATE KISS as well as my favorite, Double Chocolate Bourbon Bread Pudding. In fact, there’s a loaf of challah on my kitchen counter right now so I can make it again! Super easy, but watch out because it’s addictive!

~Krista

About Krista Davis

New York Times Bestselling author Krista Davis writes the Domestic Diva Mysteries. The 9th book, THE DIVA STEALS A CHOCOLATE KISS will be for sale in bookstores on June 2nd and is available for pre-order now.

Krista also writes the Paws & Claws Mysteries for animal lovers that debuted with MURDER, SHE BARKED. The sequel, THE GHOST AND MRS. MEWER is available now, and the 3rd book, MURDER MOST HOWL releases in December.
Like her characters, Krista has a soft spot for cats, dogs, and sweets. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with three dogs and two cats.

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Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss hi resThe Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss
(A Domestic Diva Mystery)

A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (June 2, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Virginia
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425258156
E-Book ASIN: B00THXQG2M
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The New York Times bestselling author of The Diva Wraps It Up unwraps an all-new tale in which chocolate is the kiss of death…

Domestic Diva Sophie Winston is in charge of the sweetest event in Old Town this summer. Amore Chocolates is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary with a chocolate tasting at the mansion of the company’s CEO, Joe Merano—and Sophie is running the show. With cookies, candy, and five kinds of chocolate cake, it’s a chocolate lover’s dream! But when Joe goes missing, the celebration becomes bittersweet. And when Sophie discovers the body of a competing chocolatier in the guesthouse, the event turns downright deadly.

As if that wasn’t enough, Sophie’s been receiving daily boxes of sweet treats. After ruling out her new beau and her exes, Sophie wonders if someone’s trying to send her a message—and if she’s next on a chocoholic’s hit list…

Includes delicious recipes and entertaining tips!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I love this series. Sophie and Natasha are just wonderful characters. Sophie is very soothing and handles things in a very sensible way and Natasha seems to have no common sense whatsoever and poor Mars is caught right in the middle. Add a little murder to the mix along with a jealous boyfriend and chocolate and you have a fantastic story

I love the way Krista Davis writes. Her characters are quite a quirky mix, perfect for a cozy mystery.  This time we meet Joe Merano and his family, the owners of Amore’ Chocolates.  They have a very complex history and it may be coming back to haunt them. When Joe goes missing and another man is killed in their guest house Nonni immediately says the family is cursed. Well Sophie is on the case and she hopes to find Joe and a killer too.

Nonni is my favorite character this time. She is a very strong, wise and opinionated woman who keeps her family on their toes.

Davis gives us a story with many twists and spins. She drops the clues with the hand of a master leading the reader at a perfect pace. The antics of Natasha will have you laughing out loud and feeling for Mars as he deals with her outlandish ideas. Thankfully Sophie is there to help but Alex doesn’t like it one bit.  We are also treated by tips from Sophie and Natasha at the start of each chapter. These bring a few giggles too.

Don’t forget the chocolate, you will be craving it from the first page to the last so be sure to stock up. Krista is nice enough to include a few recipes, Nonni’s Tiramisu and Double Chocolate Bourbon Bread Pudding are just 2 I would love to try.

I highly recommend this book and all the others in this series. Grab it today and enjoy!

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May 262015
 

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Coffee is Murder
by Carolyn Arnold

I am the last stop on this fun tour!

Another good story in this fun series. The McKinleys are kind generous people that I would love to know and work with.
~Tea and A Book

This was a very fast read. I did like the characters and the premise of the book…
~Melina’s Book Blog​

Ms. Arnold is a talented writer and I was impressed that she was able to write a novella that didn’t feel too rushed…
All in all an interesting mystery with a clever, satisfying conclusion.
~Lisa K’s Book Reviews

Another great installment in this novella series!
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This book was full of adventure and mystery that readers have come to find with this series!
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I liked the characters and want to see more about them. That is why I went and bought more of the mysteries and am going to read them next.
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For being a novella, there was surprising depth to the story.
~Musings and Ramblings

A very quick read, with a little more bumbling investigation than the P.I.’s plan on.
~Laura’s Interests

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Coffee is Murder
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Print Length: 155 pages
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You might want to rethink your morning routine.
A cup a day won’t kill you, but a few might.

Their first case as private investigators have Sean, Sara, and Jimmy neck-deep in coffee beans trying to find a killer. With their client certain that her mother was poisoned through her coffee of the month club, it has them setting out to Williamsburg, Virginia. But instead of approaching matters from the traditional standpoint, Sean and Sara brew a robust plot and stir Jimmy into the blend, all to get close to their top suspect and grind out the truth.

Going undercover at Tasty Beans, the coffee company, the three of them work to expose the culprit before anyone else dies.

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About This Author
Carolyn Arnold is an award-winning and International bestselling author, a blogger, and is published in IUeMag, a distinguished online magazine dedicated to inspiring people. She is also the proud founder of the Shining Soul site that is geared to healing, motivation, and self-empowerment.

Since she published in 2011, her books have been sold and downloaded well over half a million times. Titles in her Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, and McKinley Mystery series have all hit bestselling lists. Her work ranges from cozy mysteries to hard-boiled detective and FBI procedurals.

Born in a small town, Carolyn enjoys returning to her roots and spending time in the country reflecting on life and letting her imagination run wild. She currently lives in a city near Toronto with her husband and two beagles, Max and Chelsea.

Carolyn Arnold is an award-winning and International bestselling author, a blogger, and is published in IUeMag, a distinguished online magazine dedicated to inspiring people. She is also the proud founder of the Shining Soul site that is geared to healing, motivation, and self-empowerment.

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May 252015
 

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 posted a review last week, please continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you.
We had a visitor over the weekend. Kris’ daughter had a sleep over at Nana and Papa’s house :) Papa took her fishing in the afternoon.
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Too Quiet In Brooklyn (A Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn Mystery Book 1)

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The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss (A Domestic Diva Mystery)

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Bubba Done It (A Dreamwalker Mystery)

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When the Balls Drop

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A Wee Murder in My Shop (A ScotShop Mystery)

Release Date: March 3, 2015
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The Book Stops Here: A Bibliophile Mystery

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May 242015
 

Facebook-20150516-113756Wake Up!: Based on a true story of abuse and betrayal
by Hunter Marshall

Paperback: 242 pages
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 31, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1508948377
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I only knew two things when I married Grey Andrews: one, I was in love and two, I wanted to rebel against my parents. For the first time in my life, REALLY rebel. I, however, wasn’t prepared for the onslaught of negativity and abuse I encountered.

Grey would make sure I knew where I stood, with him, and with everyone else. He of course, was allowed to go and do whatever,wherever he pleased. Even during the rare times I would stand up to him, he would be sure that I knew I was nothing.
“You? What man in his right mind would want you? You are the biggest bitch I’ve ever known. Not to mention, you are damaged .” Grey said as he wheeled around with that all too familiar sneer. The last thing I heard was, “I only married you out of pity.”

Did he really mean that? I loved him so much and thought if I loved him enough, he could change. I felt like I had been punched in the gut! Would he realize how lucky he was to have a beautiful wife and son. Only time would tell.

Grey made sure I was knocked down several pegs at all times, but. even worse than that was the way he treated Tyler. My heart bled every time that sweet little boy was pushed off to the side and denied the attention he so deeply needed and deserved.

Do you ever “Get over” abuse, betrayal and adultery? My answer, no. You “get through it”, but you don’t ever “get over” it. You take it one baby step at a time and it is the support of great family, good friends and a loving Heavenly Father that makes continuing on even remotely possible.

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Hunter Marshall is a native of Idaho. She was born three months too early with a disability and wasn’t supposed to be able to walk, talk, see, hear or have any semblance of a normal life. Her mother however, believed she was more than a disability. She made sure Hunter did everything she was capable of to reach her full potential. Coming from a big family, it was either keep up or get left in the dust. It was because her love of reading and writing that Hunter knew, even at an early age, she was destined to be a writer. Hunter went on to graduate high school much to the awe and amazement of the doctors who told her parents she would never amount to anything, get married and have children. She then succeeded in getting a degree in Social Work. Her knowledge of Social Work and concern for issues facing mankind have assisted her in many aspects of her life including raising a family and writing this novel. It is her faith and belief in a loving Father in Heaven that is a driving force in coming to terms with her past and learning that, although difficulties may arise, there are ways to “get through” the times that seem impossible.

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May 242015
 

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Getting this post up late. Yesterday started with a trip to the eye doctor and my eyes dilated. I hate that! Then our granddaughter came for an overnight visit. She went fishing with Papa and then we enjoyed a little backyard fire and watched one of the Ice Age movies and this morning all the stuffed animals are in the hospital with a variety of illnesses and injuries. So much fun!
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Monday – It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

TuesdayReview – Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Carolyn Haines – Author of Bone to Be Wild – Giveaway too!

ThursdaySpotlight/Giveaway – Don’t Go Home by Carolyn Hart

Friday – Review/Giveaway – The Body in the Birches by Katherine Hall Page Great Escapes Book Tour

Saturday – Review/Giveaway – Too Quiet In Brooklyn by Susan Russo Anderson Great Escapes Book Tour

 

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May 232015
 

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Too Quiet In Brooklyn
by Susan Russo Anderson

too quiet in brooklynToo Quiet In Brooklyn (A Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn Mystery Book 1)
Mystery/Psychological Thriller
Setting – New York
Self Published (February 10, 2015)
Paperback: 412 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1497361508
E-Book ASIN: B00HFEY5PU
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A Murder, A Child Missing, & A Young Woman Determined To Find The Truth …

Something weird is happening. It’s too quiet, at least for Brooklyn, so twenty-two-year-old Fina Fitzgibbons is not surprised when she stumbles upon a throttled woman in the heart of Brooklyn Heights and discovers that the dead woman’s four-year-old grandson is also missing. She begins a wild hunt for the strangler-kidnapper, Ralph. During the chase, she resists falling in love with her boyfriend, Denny, an NYPD patrol officer, steps on the toes of Detective First Grade Jane Templeton, and uncovers secrets about her own past. In the end, Ralph has a deadly surprise for Fina.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

First I must say Fina Fitzgibbons seems much older than 22. She found her mother dead on their doorstep 5 years ago and now she finds another dead woman in the exact same place. She handles it much better than a woman in her 50’s like me would. She runs a cleaning business and is a private investigator. She lives with her boyfriend, Denny, an NYPD patrol officer, but is hesitant about the relationship but she has no trouble going toe to toe with Detective First Grade Jane Templeton. She has definitely been scarred by things in her past.  I will just say she reads more closer to 30 and is a heck of a protag.

All the characters in this story are very well crafted and develop well throughout the story. Ralph is downright creepy and Denny is just plain dreamy. I also like that Jane is a strong woman detective in charge but open to taking him from Fina. I was impressed by the variety of characters and that they were all flawed in some way with battles of their own, big and small. It made them all very interesting and real.

The author is very descriptive in not only characters but the settings. I had a clear picture of Brooklyn areas and Jersey too.

The storyline starts slowly but the tempo increases at a perfect pace until it peaks. It has many layers and connections that play out throughout the entire book. The bad guys are really bad guys with no conscience whatsoever. There are several places when the point of view switches from Fina to Ralph and I would just cringe at his thoughts. The change of POV made the story even more powerful.

The was a great debut for this series and now that I have met Fina I want more. I am happy to see that 2 more books in this series are already available, Missing Brandy and Whiskey’s Gone have been added to my wish list.

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susanAbout This Author

Susan Russo Anderson is a writer, a mother, a member of Sisters in Crime, a graduate of Marquette University. She’s taught language arts and creative writing, worked for a publisher, an airline, an opera company. Like Faulkner’s Dilsey, she’s seen the best and the worst, the first and the last. Through it all, and to understand it somewhat, she writes. Too Quiet in Brooklyn, the first book in the Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn mystery series, published December 2013. The second book in the series, Missing Brandy, about a missing teen, published September 2014, and Whiskey’s Gone, about the abduction of a single mom, completes a trilogy. The working title of the fourth is Dead in Brooklyn.

 
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The Body in the Birches
by Katherine Hall Page

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BODY IN THE BIRCHESThe Body in the Birches: A Faith Fairchild Mystery
22nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Maine
Publisher: William Morrow (May 12, 2015)
Hardcover: 256 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0062310828
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At home on Sanpere Island, Maine, caterer and amateur sleuth Faith Fairchild discovers that real estate can be murder, especially when it’s all in the family, in this twenty-third book in the popular mystery series.

The Fourth of July is one of the hottest on record and even the breeze off Penobscot Bay can’t seem to cool things down for Faith Fairchild and the rest of the folks on Sanpere Island. But the fireworks are just beginning. After the celebrations are over, Faith discovers a body in the woods near The Birches, an early twentieth-century “cottage.”

The body is identified as The Birches’ housekeeper, who seems to have succumbed to a heart attack. The death is only one of the dramatic events upending the historic house. A family gathering has been called to decide who will inherit the much loved, and very valuable, estate that has been in the Proctor family for generations. With this much money involved, it’s just a matter of time before trouble arises.

Faith is juggling her own family problems. Her teenage son, Ben, has started a new job as a dishwasher at The Laughing Gull Lodge—learning things that could land him in very hot water. And her daughter Amy is worried about her new friend, Daisy Proctor. Daisy is terrified—convinced that someone is trying to eliminate her mother from getting a share of The Birches. To protect her children, Faith has to find a possible murderer—before he strikes too close to her own home.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This is the kind of story I expect from Katherine Hall Page, a murder mystery with tons of family drama!

This is one of my favorite cozy series. When a series lasts this long the characters are like old friends. Faith and Tom’s children have grown up right before our eyes. It is hard to believe Ben is a teenager, but Tom and Faith seem exactly the same. I would love to have them as neighbors!

We again travel to Maine with the Fairchilds and it is not your typical family vacation. The Proctor family has a home there too, The Birches, and a death in the family means a decision must be made on who will inherit the property. All interested parties have been called to spend the month of July there and then a decision will be made by the family’s oldest member. All the family has gathered to curry favor with Uncle Paul hoping they will be his choice. It isn’t long before the housekeeper is found dead and other “accidents” take place and somehow Faith finds herself right in the middle of the drama.

Faith is also facing some things on her own. Her kids are growing up and she is having a hard time with that plus Tom had to head back home when his mother is rushed to the hospital, leaving Faith on her own on Sanpere Island.

I really enjoyed this story because it focuses on two families but blends them together perfectly. There are several characters and new readers to this series may have a problem keeping them all straight. Many reside in Aleford or have an Aleford connection so they have appeared in previous stories.  All these characters give us plenty of suspects too and I was a bit surprised by the ending.

It is hard to keep things fresh in a long running series like this and I truly thought the series had ended with The Body in the Piazza. I was thrilled when I found out about this latest installment. I hope we have many more stories featuring the Fairchild family ahead.

If you are new to this series you really should start at the beginning for maximum reading pleasure.

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kathy083About This Author

Katherine Hall Page is the author of twenty-two previous Faith Fairchild mysteries, the first of which received the Agatha Award for best first mystery. The Body in the Snowdrift was honored with the Agatha Award for best novel of 2006. Page also won an Agatha for her short story “The Would-Be Widower.” In addition, she has been nominated for the Edgar Award, the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and the Macavity Award. She lives in Massachusetts and Maine with her husband.

 

 

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