Aug 202017
 

I am filling in for another blogger today.

Family Can Be Complicated

 

Family is Murder offers food for thought with a thrill… An entertaining and fast read, making you want to read more.”
–In a Small Compass

Family can be a place of unconditional love and a safe haven from the rest of the world. On the flipside to that, it can violent, broken, or nonexistent. No matter where you are on the spectrum, family is complicated.

For Sara McKinley, she was given up for adoption as a baby. At least she struck it lucky with her loving adoptive family and a mother and father who might as well be blood. But still, she would love to meet her birth mother. It’s never been something she’s avidly pursued so as not to hurt the woman and man who raised her, though. But in Family is Murder things get complicated when a woman shows up claiming to be her birth mother.

Sara is eager to believe her, while her husband, Sean, is skeptical. After all, there’s a lot on the line. Not only his wife’s hurt feelings if this woman’s a liar, but the billions they’d inherited.

But when a dead body turns up soon after Sara’s supposed mother takes off without so much as a good-bye, Sean and Sara both start to question the truth. They could have very well welcomed a killer into their home…

Carolyn Arnold


Family is Murder (McKinley Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc. (July 6, 2014)
Paperback: 128 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1988064475
Kindle ASIN: B00LLLG28Q

If only there was someone to clean up this mess…

Sean and Sara McKinley put out an ad for a maid, never expecting Sara’s birth mother to apply. Or at least that’s who the woman is claiming to be. While Sean is suspicious of the woman’s true identity and her motives, Sara opens her heart to the woman. But when a dead body turns up soon after Sara’s supposed mother takes off without so much as a goodbye, they both must question the truth.

Could they have welcomed a killer into their home without even knowing it?

Available in e-book and paperback.
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For more retailer links visit: http://carolynarnold.net/family-is-murder.

About the McKinley Mysteries:

Romance. Humor. Murder. Are you looking for a murder mystery without all the graphic violence and foul language? Something that you can enjoy in an afternoon and walk away feeling good about afterward? How about a dash of humor and romance? If so, meet former detectives Sean and Sara McKinley. When a billionaire leaves them all his money, they no longer have to work, but they find themselves sticking to what they’re good at—solving murders. Undercover, off the books, and around the world, they’ll get to the bottom of things…and romance it up along the way.

This is the perfect book series for fans of Hart to HartCastleColomboMonkRockford FilesPsych, and Magnum PI.

About the Author

Carolyn Arnold is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series and has written nearly thirty books. Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark, POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Connect with CAROLYN ARNOLD Online:
Website | Twitter | Facebook

And don’t forget to sign up for her newsletter for up-to-date information on release and special offers at http://carolynarnold.net/newsletters.


Tour Participants

August 14 – T’s Stuff – INTERVIEW, REVIEW – The Day Job Is Murder
August 14 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT – The Day Job Is Murder
August 14 – The Layaway Dragon – REVIEW – The Day Job Is Murder
August 15 – Must Read Faster – GUEST POST – Book 1 – The Day Job Is Murder
August 15 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT – Vacation Is Murder
August 15 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – GUEST POST – Book 2 – Vacation Is Murder
August 15 – Books, Dreams, Life – REVIEW – The Day Job Is Murder
August 16 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT – Money Is Murder
August 16  – Readsalot – SPOTLIGHT – Valentine’s Day Is Murder
August 16 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT – Series, GUEST POST – Book 3 – Money Is Murder
August 16 Books, Dreams, Life – REVIEW – Vacation Is Murder
August 17 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT –  Skiing Is Murder
August 17 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT – Politics Is Murder
August 17 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW – The Day Job Is Murder
August 17 – Books, Dreams, Life – REVIEW – Money Is Murder
August 18 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT – Family Is Murder
August 18 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW – Shopping Is Murder
August 18 –Books, Dreams, Life – REVIEW – Politics Is Murder
August 19 – A Holland Reads – GUEST POST – Book 4 – Politics Is Murder
August 19 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT – Books 1-5
August 19 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW – The Day Job Is Murder
August 19 – Books, Dreams, Life – REVIEW – Family Is Murder
August 20 – Babs Book Bistro – REVIEW – Christmas Is Murder
August 20 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT -Blogger’s Choice
August 20 –Community Bookstop – REVIEW – Vacation Is Murder
August 20 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Family Is Murder – GUEST POST – Book 5 – Family Is Murder
August 20 – Cozy Up With Kathy – SPOTLIGHT
August 20 –Books, Dreams, Life – REVIEW – Shopping Is Murder
August 21 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW – The Day Job Is Murder
August 21 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT – Shopping Is Murder
August 21 –Community Bookstop – REVIEW – Money Is Murder
August 21 –Books, Dreams, Life – REVIEW – Christmas Is Murder
August 22 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT – Christmas Is Murder
August 22 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – REVIEW – The Day Job Is Murder
August 22- Community Bookstop – REVIEW – Politics Is Murder
August 22- StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST – Book 6 – Shopping Is Murder
August 22 – Books, Dreams, Life – REVIEW – Valentine’s Day Is Murder
August 23 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT – Valentine’s Day Is Murder
August 23 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW – Money Is Murder
August 23 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW – Family Is Murder
August 23 – Valerie’s Musings – GUEST POST – Book 7 – Christmas Is Murder
August 23 –Books, Dreams, Life – REVIEW – Coffee Is Murder
August 24 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT – Coffee Is Murder
August 24 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW – Shopping Is Murder
August 24 –Community Bookstop – REVIEW – Shopping Is Murder
August 24 – Books, Dreams, Life – REVIEW – Skiing Is Murder
August 25 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT – Skiing Is Murder
August 25 – Bea’s Book Nook – REVIEW – The Day Job Is Murder
August 25 –Community Bookstop – REVIEW – Valentine’s Day Is Murder
August 26 – Sleuth Cafe – GUEST POST – Book 8 – Valentine’s Day Is Murder
August 26 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW, SPOTLIGHT – Books 1-3
August 26 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW – Coffee Is Murder
August 26 –Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT – Books 5 – 11
August 27 – Brooke Blogs– REVIEW, SPOTLIGHT – Book 4 – 5
August 27 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW – Skiing Is Murder
August 28 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW, SPOTLIGHT – Books 6-7 – GUEST POST – Book 9 – Coffee Is Murder
August 28 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT – Blogger’s Choice
August 28 – Laura’s Interests – GUEST POST – Book 10 – Skiing Is Murder  

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Aug 202017
 

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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.

Happy Sunday Everyone!

Fun Day Monday!


This past Monday my family headed to Wisconsin Dells for a Family Fun Day and we had such a good time. We started at the Timbavati Wildlife Park where the grandkids were able to hold a baby kangaroo, my oldest daughter was kissed by a giraffe and Mr Dollycas got up close and personal with a camel.

 

 

 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

 

 

 

Then we took a ride on the Original Wisconsin Ducks!

 

 
 
 
 
 

We finished the day at Buffalo Phil’s Pizza and Grill where the food was delivered by a model train. We were then headed home when we got caught up in a massive traffic job on the interstate due to road construction. But that couldn’t damper the wonderful day. We knew our angel Kris was with us that day too. Thunderstorms were in the forecast all day and they would have ruined all our fun. There were a few sprinkles in the morning when we left home and a few late in the afternoon as we were walking down the main street of Wisconsin Dells but the storms seemed to go around the city. Wisconsin Dells was one of Kris’ favorite places and we all shared memories and talked about him and for the very first time there were no tears. We all know we carry him in our hearts and know he made our day extra special.

If you have the chance to visit Wisconsin Dells you will love it, there is so much to do. It is the “Waterpark Capital of the World” 🙂


Weekly Rewind August 14 – 19, 2017

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #31 2017 – Indiana, Arizona and California

Tuesday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – ICED: A Resort to Murder Mystery by Avery Daniels – Great Escapes Book Tour

Plus  – #Review / #Giveaway – The Driver by Hart Hanson @DuttonBooks

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Victoria Hamilton – Author of Muffin to Fear – #GuestPost / #Giveaway – @BerkleyMystery

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – Dressed to Confess by Diane Vallere – @BerkleyMystery

Friday – Flashback Friday – #Review / #Giveaway – Seven Year Switch by Claire Cook

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – McKinley Mystery Series by Carolyn Arnold – Books 1 – 5

Plus – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Crowned and Dangerous by Rhys Bowen

No new books this week 🙁

My quest to smile more had an excellent week!
I hope you had a fabulous week too!

Your Escape Into A Good Book Travel Agent

 

Aug 192017
 


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Crowned and Dangerous
(A Royal Spyness Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
10th in Series
Berkley (August 2, 2016)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425283486
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages (August 1, 2017)
ISBN-13: 978-0425283493
E-Book ASIN: B01839Q3DM
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Nothing is simple when you’re thirty-fifth in line for the British crown, least of all marriage. But with love on their side, and plans to elope, Lady Georgiana Rannoch and her beau Darcy O’Mara hope to bypass a few royal rules…

With Darcy driving me out of London in a borrowed motor car, I soon discover that he isn’t planning to introduce me to the pleasures of sinning in secret—as I had hoped—but to make me his wife!

Of course, there are some quibbles to be dealt with, such as my needing special permission from the King to marry a Roman Catholic and the question of where we might live after the honeymoon. Though he will inherit a title, Darcy is as broke as I am. Even his family’s Irish castle has been sold to a rich American who now employes Darcy’s father as a hired hand.

Throwing these cares to the wind, nothing could deter us from our mission—except perhaps the news that my future father-in-law has just been arrested. It seems the rich American was murdered and Darcy’s father had more than enough motive to do the deed. With the elopement postponed, we head for Ireland where he insists he’s innocent, and it’s up to us to prove it—for better or worse.

Find out more about Rhys Bowen and her books on her webpage here.

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Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Aug 192017
 

Romance. Humor. Murder. Are you looking for a murder mystery without all the graphic violence and foul language? Something that you can enjoy in an afternoon and walk away feeling good about afterward? How about a dash of humor and romance? If so, meet former detectives Sean and Sara McKinley. When a billionaire leaves them all his money, they no longer have to work, but they find themselves sticking to what they’re good at—solving murders. Undercover, off the books, and around the world, they’ll get to the bottom of things…and romance it up along the way.

This is the perfect book series for fans of Hart to Hart, Castle, Colombo, Monk, Rockford Files, Psych, and Magnum PI.



The Day Job is Murder (McKinley Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc. (March 22, 2014)
Paperback: 76 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1988064390
Kindle ASIN: B00J6ZLKJA

The bad guys aren’t the only ones on his radar…

For Albany PD homicide detective Sean McKinley, catching killers is the easy part of his job. Working next to his beautiful partner, Sara Cain, is what’s difficult. It might have something to do with the fact that he’s fallen in love with her. But while she feels the same way about him, she’s convinced they should just be friends.

If only there was some way to change her mind…

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Vacation is Murder (McKinley Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc. (April 12, 2014)
Paperback: 130 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1988064413
Kindle ASIN: B00JNUNZ1Y

This wasn’t in the travel brochure…

There’s only so much relaxation two former detectives can handle—even if they’re on their honeymoon. With their recent fall into money, Sean and Sara McKinley should be living it up, enjoying the sun and beaches of Cancun. But heading into their third week, they’ve had just about enough lying around.

When the husband of a couple they’ve befriended is kidnapped and held for ransom, it has the McKinleys putting their experience to good use. As they set out in the unfamiliar landscape of this Mexican paradise, the investigation will have them risking their lives to stop a killer.

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Money is Murder (McKinley Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc. (May 12, 2014)
Paperback: 130 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1988064437
Kindle ASIN: B00KAVZTRI

It’s in the fine print…

Old Man Quinn left Sean more than his billions—he left him a murder to solve.

Inside the chest given to him from the executor of Quinn’s will, Sean finds a key and explicit instructions that the contents are for his eyes only. Once Sean discovers where the key fits, he finds another letter, this one stating that Quinn wants a closed case reopened. And when Sean looks into the case, he is shocked by who the victim was.

As Sean and his wife, Sara, uncover the clues, they are led from the back rooms of Quinn’s corporation to the streets of New York City, but they will stop at nothing to get to the truth.

Major Retailer Links for this book:

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Politics is Murder (McKinley Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc. (May 28, 2014)
Paperback: 122 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1988064451
Kindle ASIN: B00KMWRZV8

There’s no time for a vote…

Sean and Sara’s popularity as a murder-solving duo has gained momentum since they retired from the Albany PD. But it’s not until a local television interview in which they meet Reanne Mable that they end up finding themselves involved with a truly high-profile investigation.

Reanne is the sister-in-law of Albany’s Mayor Davenport, and his daughter, Halie, has gone missing from her university campus. With his desire to keep the matter out of the media spotlight, Davenport turns to Sean and Sara to find her. But with the police already investigating the matter, taking this case would pit them against their friends from the police department, including their former sergeant Jimmy Voigt.

As time goes on, though, the fate of the girl is not up for debate, and the McKinleys set out to discover what really happened. With the mayor taking the heat for a recently passed zoning bylaw, maybe an enraged small-business owner is behind Halie’s disappearance. Or did she simply grow tired of living in her father’s limelight and run away?

To get the answers, Sean and Sara will need to use all the resources at their disposal and may have to call upon their good friend Jimmy for help.

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Family is Murder (McKinley Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc. (July 6, 2014)
Paperback: 128 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1988064475
Kindle ASIN: B00LLLG28Q

If only there was someone to clean up this mess…

Sean and Sara McKinley put out an ad for a maid, never expecting Sara’s birth mother to apply. Or at least that’s who the woman is claiming to be. While Sean is suspicious of the woman’s true identity and her motives, Sara opens her heart to the woman. But when a dead body turns up soon after Sara’s supposed mother takes off without so much as a goodbye, they both must question the truth.

Could they have welcomed a killer into their home without even knowing it?

Major Retailer Links for this book:

AmazonBarnes & NobleKoboAppleGoogle Play

Come back next Saturday when I spotlight the rest of the series!

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Author Bio

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada.

Connect with CAROLYN ARNOLD Online:
Website | Twitter | Facebook

And don’t forget to sign up for her newsletter for up-to-date information on release and special offers at http://carolynarnold.net/newsletters.

 

 

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Tour Participants

August 14 – T’s Stuff – INTERVIEW, REVIEW – The Day Job Is Murder
August 14 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT – The Day Job Is Murder
August 14 – The Layaway Dragon – REVIEW – The Day Job Is Murder
August 15 – Must Read Faster – GUEST POST – Book 1 – The Day Job Is Murder
August 15 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT – Vacation Is Murder
August 15 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – GUEST POST – Book 2 – Vacation Is Murder
August 15 – Books, Dreams, Life – REVIEW – The Day Job Is Murder
August 16 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT – Money Is Murder
August 16  – Readsalot – SPOTLIGHT – Valentine’s Day Is Murder
August 16 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT – Series, GUEST POST – Book 3 – Money Is Murder
August 16 Books, Dreams, Life – REVIEW – Vacation Is Murder
August 17 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT –  Skiing Is Murder
August 17 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT – Politics Is Murder
August 17 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW – The Day Job Is Murder
August 17 – Books, Dreams, Life – REVIEW – Money Is Murder
August 18 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT – Family Is Murder
August 18 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW – Shopping Is Murder
August 18 –Books, Dreams, Life – REVIEW – Politics Is Murder
August 19 – A Holland Reads – GUEST POST – Book 4 – Politics Is Murder
August 19 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT – Books 1-5
August 19 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW – The Day Job Is Murder
August 19 – Books, Dreams, Life – REVIEW – Family Is Murder
August 20 – Babs Book Bistro – REVIEW – Christmas Is Murder
August 20 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT -Blogger’s Choice
August 20 –Community Bookstop – REVIEW – Vacation Is Murder
August 20 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW – Family Is Murder – GUEST POST – Book 5 – Family Is Murder
August 20 – Cozy Up With Kathy – SPOTLIGHT
August 20 –Books, Dreams, Life – REVIEW – Shopping Is Murder
August 21 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW – The Day Job Is Murder
August 21 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT – Shopping Is Murder
August 21 –Community Bookstop – REVIEW – Money Is Murder
August 21 –Books, Dreams, Life – REVIEW – Christmas Is Murder
August 22 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT – Christmas Is Murder
August 22 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – REVIEW – The Day Job Is Murder
August 22- Community Bookstop – REVIEW – Politics Is Murder
August 22- StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST – Book 6 – Shopping Is Murder
August 22 – Books, Dreams, Life – REVIEW – Valentine’s Day Is Murder
August 23 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT – Valentine’s Day Is Murder
August 23 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW – Money Is Murder
August 23 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW – Family Is Murder
August 23 – Valerie’s Musings – GUEST POST – Book 7 – Christmas Is Murder
August 23 –Books, Dreams, Life – REVIEW – Coffee Is Murder
August 24 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT – Coffee Is Murder
August 24 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW – Shopping Is Murder
August 24 –Community Bookstop – REVIEW – Shopping Is Murder
August 24 – Books, Dreams, Life – REVIEW – Skiing Is Murder
August 25 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT – Skiing Is Murder
August 25 – Bea’s Book Nook – REVIEW – The Day Job Is Murder
August 25 –Community Bookstop – REVIEW – Valentine’s Day Is Murder
August 26 – Sleuth Cafe – GUEST POST – Book 8 – Valentine’s Day Is Murder
August 26 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW, SPOTLIGHT – Books 1-3
August 26 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW – Coffee Is Murder
August 26 –Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT – Books 5 – 11
August 27 – Brooke Blogs– REVIEW, SPOTLIGHT – Book 4 – 5
August 27 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW – Skiing Is Murder
August 28 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW, SPOTLIGHT – Books 6-7 – GUEST POST – Book 9 – Coffee Is Murder
August 28 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT – Blogger’s Choice
August 28 – Laura’s Interests – GUEST POST – Book 10 – Skiing Is Murder  

Aug 182017
 


On Flashback Fridays I will share with you the books I was not able to review
when they were first released that have been screaming at me
from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.

I was looking for something different this week so I grabbed a book from my PaperbackSwap To Be Read shelves. I didn’t realize it was an ARC (A no no for PaperbackSwap) until I was almost halfway through the book.


Seven Year Switch
Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Setting – Massachusetts
Voice Publishing
Release Date June 1, 2010
Hardcover: 256 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1401341169
Paperback: 272 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1401341640
Kindle ASIN: B00WT7TP1W

 

 

Just when Jill Murray’s finally figured out how to manage on her own, her ex-husband proves that he can’t even run away reliably. After seven long years missing in action, he’s back—crashing into the man-free existence Jill and her ten-year-old daughter have built so carefully. And what’s a good mother to do To a child, even a deadbeat dad is better than no dad at all.

Jill’s life just hasn’t turned out quite the way she planned. By now, she’d hoped to be jetting around the world as a high-end cultural coach. Instead, she’s answering phones for a local travel agency and teaching cooking classes at the community center.

Enter free-spirited entrepreneur Billy, who hires Jill as a consultant for an upcoming business trip. Is their relationship veering off in a new direction And what about her ex Jill couldn’t possibly still have feelings for him . . . could she? Suddenly, her no-boys-allowed life is anything but.

They say that every seven years you become a completely new person, but Jill isn’t sure she’s ready for the big change. It takes a Costa Rican getaway to help her make a choice—not so much between the two men in her life, but between the woman she is and the one she wants to be.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Jill Murray’s life was finally going in the right direction then her ex-husband returns after being gone for 7 years wanting to see his daughter. Jill is not ready for him to be back in their life, how does she know he just won’t disappear again? When she tells her daughter he has come back she demands to see him as soon as possible and Jill watches the life she has created for herself and her daughter the past seven years implode. While all this is happening Jill meets Billy. He hires her to help him plan for a trip to Japan to pitch a business idea. Almost immediately she feels drawn to him and not in a business way. Is she ready for another man in her life? Should she try to get back with her husband for her daughter? She has no idea what to do so she signs on to a Costa Rican Girls Getaway to get away from both of them and the pressure in hopes she can figure out what direction her life should take.

This author has been recommended to me my several friends and this book was sitting on my To-Be-Read shelves for too long. Wanting a literary escape to the beach this cover called out to me so I grabbed it to read last weekend. Within a few minutes I was engaged by the characters. Jill working for a travel company from home with a phone headset attached to head as she travels her home taking care of her daughter, making supper, doing laundry, helping with homework, normal mom things. Her daughter, Anastasia, understands her mom needs to work but doesn’t appreciate the way it interrupts their time together. When her dad enters back into the picture she starts to turn to him for everything. He also makes the huge error of giving her things she wants without discussing it first with Jill. Billy adds the triangle-ish- ness to the story. The next door neighbor fits well into the picture too. All the characters are realistically written and the dialogues are excellent. The characters are the true strength to this story.

The plot starts out really well and because of the synopsis I knew a trip to Costa Rica is coming and as I got past halfway into the story I wondered how the author was going to tie up everything and thrown in a trip within the remaining pages. Well she does wrap things up but to me it was just too rushed, almost abrupt. All the depth and detail that I loved in the beginning was gone. I appreciated the message of self-worth, change and growth the author was trying to get across. The idea that every seven years you become a completely new person,as a theme was heartwarming but the decisions made at the end just happened too fast for me.

I really enjoyed the first 3/4 of this story so I still want to read more of Claire Cook’s novels. I am hoping this speedy end was just a fluke.

 

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Find out more about Claire Cook and her books here.



I am giving away my Advanced Reader Copy!
Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a US or Canadian mailing address.

Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

You do not have to be a follower to enter but I hope you will find
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*This book was from my private collection.

Aug 172017
 

Dressed to Confess (A Costume Shop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Nevada
Release Date – August 1, 2017
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425278307
Kindle ASIN: B01N2GJ2TP

 

 

Costume shop owner Margo Tamblyn faces a deadly conspiracy when a small-town festival turns into big-time trouble.

It’s no secret around Proper City, Nevada, that the Sagebrush Festival, the town’s annual family-friendly event, is the place to be. This year’s theme of board games has everything from Conspiracy to Clue. Margo Tamblyn’s costume shop, Disguise DeLimit, has been tasked with providing costumes for the festival headliner, the Domino Divas. But on the night of the performance, one fallen Domino threatens to bring down the whole show when head dancer Ronnie Cass is found in her dressing room, unmasked, unprepared, and very, very dead.

As the police investigate, Margo learns that Don Digby, her father’s best friend, is the prime suspect, tied to the victim by an unsolved robbery connected to Proper City’s past. As conspiracies abound and theories are debunked, Margo seeks to unmask the real killer before her dad’s buddy winds up in a costume made with prison stripes.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

It’s time for the Sagebrush Festival in Proper City, Nevada. The theme this year is board games and Ebony has planned the perfect event. The headlining act is a “Blast from the Past”, the Domino Divas, a group that has not performed together for 50 years. Margo has been tasked with making their costumes and helps Ebony out by watching the final rehearsal and handling any dust ups between the Divas.

The festival opens with a standing room only crowd to see the Domino Divas but Margo is short one Diva. The mayor is livid as Margo heads to the Diva’s trailer/dressing room where she finds one very dead Diva. The festival is shutdown for the night so the police can launch their investigation but they quickly point the finger at Don Digby, her dad’s best friend. Seems he and the dead diva, Ronnie Cass had a relationship way back when and there was also a robbery that took place the last night the Diva’s performed and they believe he was involved as that as well. Margo doesn’t believe a word of it so she starts investigating both the murder and the robbery before Don is sent directly to jail, with no $200, no Get Out of Jail Free card, and no roll of the dice.

The board game theme of this story really appealed to me. There was a time when every game mentioned and a few more filled shelves in our family room. Now the kids are older and the games have been packed away for the next generation. I would love to go to the Sagebrush Festival and play them life size. It would be so much fun.

Sadly a murder mires down the happiness the festival should provide. The mayor had the “show must go on” attitude but the community wasn’t really ready for fun and games. Although it did enable Margo to interview people connected to the victim and find some really nice clues.

The plot developed at an excellent pace. The robbery subplot was nicely meshed with the murder mystery. I enjoyed learning more about the history of Proper City. It has become one of my favorite cozy settings.

All the characters we loved from previous books return. The Divas were an interesting group that became some of Margo’s prime suspects. The new publicist for the town was also introduced. An unusual man, everything was a promotion gimmick to him, every photo opportunity was taken, all posted to social media. He did get people to come out for the festival and then had to spin some of his plans after the murder occurred.

Margo creates costumes for not only the performers but 100 teddy bears too. She also created more for the Disguise De Limit’s store window and herself. I was just bowled over my her creativity. She is passionate about her business, she strives to make her family business a success, even if it means staying up all night. It makes be long for the days when I was sewing and creating costumes for my children.

Diane Vallere has a real winner with this series. Wonderful mysteries, colorful characters and a fantastic setting just a few miles from Las Vegas. With a little bit of humor and a touch of romance the story has everything I love about cozies mysteries. A perfect escape any time of year.

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DianeVallereAuthorPhoto_color_croppedAbout The Author

I’m a former fashion buyer turned mystery writer, trading fashion accessories for accessories to murder. I was bit by the mystery bug as a kid reading Trixie Belden, Connie Blair, and The Three Investigators. Now I’m writing three series: the Style & Error Mysteries, the Mad for Mod Mysteries, and the Material Witness Mysteries.

The Costume Shop mysteries debuted with A DISGUISE TO DIE FOR, which introduces Margo Tamblyn, costume shop owner, who helps solve a murder after one of her clients is found dead at his own costume party (dressed as Sherlock!). MASKING FOR TROUBLE, the second in the series, will be out in October 2016, just in time for Halloween.

The Material Witness mysteries feature Polyester Monroe, who inherits the fabric shop where she was born. Books include SUEDE TO REST  and CRUSHED VELVET . The third, SILK STALKINGS,  was just released.

The Style & Error Series features former fashion buyer turned amateur sleuth Samantha Kidd. Books in that series include DESIGNER DIRTY LAUNDRYBUYER, BEWARETHE BRIM REAPER ; and SOME LIKE IT HAUTE . (A short story, “Just Kidding ,” tells the story of how Samantha first met shoe designer Nick Taylor). Book 5, GRAND THEFT RETRO, will be out in 2016.

The Madison Night Mysteries feature a modern day interior decorator who specializes in midcentury design (studying Doris Day movies to get the look right). Books are PILLOW STALK ,THAT TOUCH OF INK , and WITH VICS YOU GET EGGROLL . A prequel novella, “Midnight Ice,” can be found in OTHER PEOPLE’S BAGGAGE .

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Aug 162017
 


I am so happy to have Victoria stop by for a visit today!
Muffin to Fear was released July 25, 2017!

Do You Believe in Ghosts?
By: Victoria Hamilton
(Guest Post provided by publicist.)

There has been, lately, a proliferation of ghost, paranormal and haunting shows on TV, shows like Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, Ghost Brothers, Paranormal Survivor and many more. It’s a sub-genre of reality programming that can be summed up by saying the crews go looking for proof of haunting at a home, inn or public building and generally find ‘unexplained’ noises, voices and shadows.

I’m fascinated by the TV shows. I’m open minded to the supernatural; my feeling is that we know so little of what is actually possible with energy, the human spirit and the natural world. Who knows if the energy in our bodies is released by death and allowed to inhabit the world? On these shows they often sort the paranormal guests into categories like ‘residual haunting’, where the activity is just like a psychic imprint of things that happened in the past, ‘intelligent haunting’, which is spirits that are still among the living, and ‘poltergeist activity’, that is, commotion that occurs because of energy built up by human activity. It’s all very interesting.

But Muffin to Fear is not really about ghost hunting. As always, what interests me is human interaction among the living. So that was the premise of my novel and what started me on this plot line; these ghost hunting reality TV crews, like any work group, must have their share of tensions and infighting, cliques and quarrels.

Merry’s best male friend, Pish Lincoln, invites the Haunt Hunt crew to check out Merry’s Wynter Castle, much to Merry’s chagrin. She comes back from her honeymoon to find the castle infested with TV folk. But there is more infighting and intrigue going on than hunting for haunts, and, inevitably, there is murder.

Full disclosure; I think that most ‘hauntings’ likely have logical explanations, but in truth, I don’t know for sure. So… I had a lot of fun writing about fake mediums and hunting ghosts with EMF readers and DVR cameras, but I still wonder, how many people believe in ghosts? And if you believe in them, what do you think they are?

~Victoria

Muffin to Fear
(A Merry Muffin Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (July 25, 2017)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425282595
Kindle ASIN: B01MXHV4KT

In the latest from the national bestselling author of Much Ado About Muffin, newlywed baker Merry Wynter has some unwanted guests looking for ghosts at Wynter Castle…

While Merry is distracted by her quickly planned marriage to Virgil Grace and a blissful honeymoon in New York, her friend Pish invites the ghost-hunting crew from the TV show Haunt Hunt to investigate Merry’s home, Wynter Castle. Merry soon discovers that not only is the crew out of sync, there are so many feuds and squabbles, it’s a miracle they get a show produced at all.

It all goes from bad to worse when the show’s psychics claim to have contact with people murdered on Merry’s property. When two cast members are found dead, Merry and Virgil must figure out who’s picking off the Haunt Hunt team before their hard-earned happily ever after is cut short.

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About Victoria Hamilton:

Victoria Hamilton is the national bestselling author of two bestselling series, the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries and Merry Muffin Mysteries. She is also the bestselling author of Regency and historical romance as Donna Lea Simpson.

Victoria loves to cook and collects vintage kitchen paraphernalia, teacups and teapots, and almost anything that catches her fancy! She loves to read, especially mystery novels, and enjoys good tea and cheap wine, the company of friends, and has a newfound appreciation for opera. She enjoys crocheting and beading, but a good book can tempt her away from almost anything… except writing!

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Aug 152017
 
I have to say this book was not even on my radar but when I talked to the publicist about Harlan Coben’s new book she said she would send this book to me too. I am so glad she did!

The Driver: A Novel
Suspense/Thriller
Setting – California

Dutton (August 8, 2017)
Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1101986363
Kindle ASIN: B01NCAPTEW

 

 

Michael Skellig is a limo driver waiting for his client in the alley behind an upscale hotel. He’s spent the past twenty-eight hours ferrying around Bismarck Avila, a celebrity skateboard mogul who isn’t going home any time soon. Suddenly the wind begins to speak to Skellig in the guttural accent of the Chechen torturer he shot through the eye in Yemen a decade ago: Troubletroubletrouble. Skellig has heard these warnings before—he’s an Army Special Forces sergeant whose limo company is staffed by a ragtag band of wounded veterans, including his Afghan interpreter—and he knows to listen carefully.

Skellig runs inside just in time to save Avila from two gunmen but too late for one of Avila’s bodyguards—and wakes up hours later in the hospital, the only person of interest in custody for the murder. Complicating matters further is the appearance of Detective Delilah Groopman of the LAPD, gorgeous and brash, for whom Skellig has always held a candle. As for Avila? He’s willing to help clear Skellig’s name under one peculiar condition: that Skellig become Avila’s personal chauffeur. A cushy gig for any driver, except for the fact that someone is clearly trying to kill Avila, and Skellig is literally the only person sitting between Avila and a bullet to the head.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Hart Hanson was the creator of the television show Bones which I had never watched but if it is anything like this novel I see myself having a few Bones marathons sometime soon, it will take a lot of time to get through all the seasons.

In The Driver, we meet Michael Skellig, a former Army Special Forces sergeant with some demons from his tours of duty. He owns a limo company that employs some vets and an Afghan interpreter who are fighting their own demons.  The company has three limos, 1 with all the bells and whistles, 1 classic and 1 that is probably haunted. Celebrity skateboard mogul, Bismarck Avila, prefers to ride in style. Skellig parked outside a fancy hotel while his client Avila takes care of “business” suddenly “knows” his client is in trouble. He rushes through the hotel but is not in time to stop all of the bloodshed.  He wakes up in the hospital accused of killing one of Avila’s bodyguards.

Hanson has a unique writing style but I quickly found my way and became drawn right into Michael Skellig’s story.

The characters are very diverse and the “family” Skellig has brought together is very genuine and the interactions between them run the gambit of hilarious to chilling and everything in between depending on the situations they were facing. Their struggles were real and their devotion to each other was clear.

The plot is action packed, thrilling and suspenseful with twists galore. Dangerous situations valiantly described brought the drama to life. I can easily see this book made into a movie. The story had me on the edge of my seat.

I am not sure if this book will become part of a series, these characters went through so much in this one. He is definitely an author I want to see more from.

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About The Author

Hart Hanson wrote for Canadian television before moving to Los Angeles, where he worked on various TV programs before creating the series Bones, the longest-running scripted hour-long series on the FOX network. The Driver is his first novel. Hart joins Signature to share his experiences in becoming a novelist after working in TV.


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Aug 152017
 

ICED: A Resort to Murder Mystery
Blazing Sword Publishing Ltd. (May 24, 2017)
Paperback: 284 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0999031803
E-Book ASIN: B071LFD6JV

Julienne has her ideal job as an event planner at a prestigious resort. During a luncheon event she coordinated, a renowned celebrity pastor is killed next to the buffet. All eyes turn to her as the suspect. If she wants to stay out of jail or even keep her job, Julienne needs all the help she can get to solve the crime.

She has her work cut out for her with a vengeful high school rival now reporter, the public demanding she be fired, plus family who knows what’s best for her, and a boyfriend who doesn’t understand her. She turns to friends and a new ally to uncover who wanted to put the pastor on ice.

Julienne goes undercover and investigates a local swingers group as she follows the trail of clues before they go cold. Can she gather enough suspects and motives to convince the police to widen their investigation? Can she do it before the killer sets his murderous sights on her? Will her personal life ever be as simple as unveiling a murderer?

Praise for ICED: A Resort to Murder Mystery
by Avery Daniels

A great read…
~Babs Book Bistro

There’s a lot to be said for the story line and Julienne is a likable character…The resort certainly has a lot of promise.
~Christa Reads and Writes

The story moves along quickly as danger to Julienne escalates.
Her friends are quite charming and the new neighbor (and his dog) surprisingly attractive.
~Laura’s Interests

…a story full of memorable characters, en engaging story line, and clever plotting.
~Bea’s Book Nook

This is a quick read mystery, full of characters and quite an explosive case!
~Varietats

Iced was just fun and the characters all of them were delightful. Well the suspects weren’t too delightful but the rest of Julienne’s friends, neighbors and relatives were…
~My Reading Journeys

About the Author

Avery Daniels was born and raised in Colorado, graduated from college with a degree in business administration and has worked in fortune 500 companies and Department of Defense her entire life.  Her most eventful job was apartment management for 352 units (plenty of fodder for stories there!).  She still resides in Colorado with two brother black cats as her loving companions.  She volunteers for a cat shelter, enjoys scrapbooking and card making, photography, and painting in watercolor and acrylic.  She inherited a love for reading from her mother and grandmother and grew up talking about books and history at the dinner table.  Her first try at writing a fully developed story was as a teen was a tale of a girl trying to nurse a fawn back to health and then release it into the wild again.  She is plotting her next Resort to Murder novel and struggling over which Colorado resort should be her setting.

 

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Aug 142017
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be piling on the travel miles this week!
Indiana, Arizona and California – Here I come!!

Here’s what I read and what
I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed


Without a Doubt (A Carol Childs Mystery)
Release Date – May 24, 2016
Setting California
My Flashback Friday Book
My Review


The Driver: A Novel
Release Date – August 8, 2017
Setting – California
For Review


Dressed to Confess (A Costume Shop Mystery)
Release Date – August 1, 2017
Setting – Nevada
For Review


Seven Year Switch
Release Date – June 1, 2010
Setting – Massachusetts
My Flashback Friday Read

Scheduled Escapes


Yews with Caution (Flower Shop Mystery)
Release Date – May 30, 2017
Setting – Indiana
For Review and Alphabet Soup Challenge


Deadly Choices (Rim Country Mysteries)
Release Date – July 17, 2017
Setting – Arizona
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!


Room For Doubt (A Carol Childs Mystery)
Release Date – July 18, 2017
Setting – California
For Review

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