Jan 252015

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.

Okay, my Packers blew it big time last week. I spent a lot of time yelling at the t.v. screen. But there is always next year!

I had a crazy week with the Great Escapes Book Tours, promoting the current ones, emailing interviews and guest posts for the ones starting soon, and booking new ones too. On Saturday my email inbox was overflowing and I realized I was juggling over 40 tours all at the same time. I dropped the ball on one of them during the week but the awesome group of bloggers I work with came through for me in awesome ways. This group of bloggers is absolutely fantastic and I am blessed to work with them everyday!

weekly rewind credited235Weekly Rewind – January 19 – 24, 2015

MondayIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

TuesdayReview – Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardner

WednesdayCozy Wednesday with LynDee Walker – Author of Devil in the Deadline – Giveaway

ThursdayReview – Kill ‘em with Cayenne by Gail Oust

FridaySpotlight – Valentine’s Day is Murder by Carolyn Arnold

PlusMy January Just For Fun Read – Apple Turnover Murder by Joanne Fluke

Saturday -One Garish Ghost & Blueberry Peach Jam by Jennifer Fischetto Great Escapes Book Tour - My first Paradise Rating of 2015.

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Jan 242015

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000037_00031]One Garish Ghost & Blueberry Peach Jam
(Dead by the Numbers Mysteries) (Volume 1)

Cozy Mystery
Setting: New York
Publisher: Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing (October 22, 2014)
Paperback: 218 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1502961587


Gianna Mancini has chatted with ghosts most of her life. It’s never affected her much. Until now.

The latest ghost in Gianna’s family-centric, boy-complicated, job-depleted world is Emma Tinsdale, a woman Gianna despises. Wanting Emma out of her apartment and her orbit, Gianna chooses to help her move on, but she doesn’t expect to come across poisonous jam, a vengeful cop, or a group of friendly clowns.

When a relative is framed for Emma’s death, Gianna must dig deeper and faster to find out what really happened that fatal night on the beach. With help from her sister, her cop brother, and her ex-boyfriend, Julian, she gets close to figuring out the truth. But when the killer closes in, Gianna better watch her step unless she wants to become the latest member of the dearly departed.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I absolutely, positively, loved this book!!

Gianna has a very unique gift as does her family’s deli. Gianna’s gift is that she can see and talk to ghosts, to find out the deli’s special “gift” you have to read the book.

Gianna has come back home and moved into the small apartment above the deli. She is surprised to learn she already has a spirit as a roommate, but it is better than staying with her parents. Her sister and niece have moved home due to some trouble with her husband and that makes things at home just a little too crowded. She still hangs out with her sister though. In fact, they had a girl’s night out that included quite a bit of drama and ended up with them asleep on the beach. When they woke up and headed home they thought their only problem was a little sand in their clothes. Then a body is found on that very same beach not far from where they slept and the victim happens to been part of the drama the night before. The victim’s ghost also finds their way to Gianna’s apartment and has no idea who killed them. When the police start to suspect someone very close to Gianna she has no choice  but to unofficially help point the police, including her own cop brother, in another direction. It may also help a ghost or two move on and let her finally have her apartment to herself.

This was a fantastic read. It was funny in many places but also had many places that touched my heart.

All the characters were so well developed, even those than only Gianna could see. We get to know them all so well it is very easy to be invested into each and every one of them. Gianna is complicated as is her relationship with her ex. Her family is close, sometimes too close, but isn’t that how most families are. What Gianna does for these ghosts that just happen to find their way to her is amazing – finding out what is holding them back from crossing over and trying to help them make that very necessary transition. A gift that causes her to have some very haunting dreams.

As to the mystery surrounding the killer that is very complex as well with several twists and turns and a surprise. Oh my when I figured out just a few pages before Gianna I almost shouted it out loud. I love stories that surprise me like this one.

This book is shorter than the normal cozy mystery but the story was not lacking anywhere, in fact it soared beyond my expectations. And if this story wasn’t amazing on its own the author leaves us with a cliffhanger that has me waiting very impatiently for the next installment. I will drop whatever I am reading the minute it becomes available to read it!

I know it is early in the year but this is an outstanding debut to this series and for that reason it gets my first paradise rating of 2015.



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Jennifer Fischetto is the National Bestselling Author of the Jamie Bond Mysteries. Unbreakable Bond, her adult debut novel, has received a National Reader’s Choice award nomination. She writes dead bodies for ages 13 to six-feet-under. When not writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, singing (off-key), and watching an obscene amount of TV. She also adores trees, thunderstorms, and horror movies—the scarier the better. She lives in Western Mass with her family and is currently working on her next project.

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January 12 – Michele Lynn Seigfried’s Blog – Guest Post

January 13 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Guest Post, Giveaway

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January 16 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, too! – Guest Post, Giveaway

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January 18 – Kelly P’s Blog – Guest Post

January 19 – Tea and A Book – Review, Giveaway

January 20 – A Cup of Tea, A Friend, And A Book – Cancelled

January 21 – Community Bookstop – Review, Giveaway

January 22 – Writers and Readers of Paranormal Mystery – Interview, Giveaway

January 23 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review, Giveaway

January 24 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Review, Giveaway

January 25 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Guest Post, Giveaway


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Jan 232015

just for fun 2015It’s a new year and a new start for the Just For Fun Reading Challenge!

This is a group I host over at GoodReads. The group is open to new members until January 31, 2015. So click the link above and join us and
read 1 book Just For Fun each month!

My January Just For Fun Read

Apple Turnover Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries)
13th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting: Minnesota
Publisher: Kensington (March 1, 2010)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0758234896
Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0758247452

It’s June in Lake Eden, Minnesota, and for Hannah Swensen, that means bridal showers galore, plus a massive fundraising event in need of confections – not to mention a killer who never learned that charity begins at home…Early summer brings plenty of work for Hannah, even before Mayor Bascomb’s wife drops by The Cookie Jar to place an order…for eleven-hundred cookies! Stephanie Bascomb is organizing an elaborate three-day event to support local charities, and though it’s a worthy cause, Hannah almost flips when her business partner, Lisa, suggests setting up an apple turnover stand. Hannah’s never made a turnover – but, pushover that she is, she places her faith in Lisa’s mother-in-law’s recipe and agrees to be a magician’s assistant in the fundraiser’s talent show…Dozens of pastries and one hideous purple dress later, Hannah has to admit that stepping out of her comfort zone has been fun as well as profitable. The only snag is the show’s host, community college professor Bradford Ramsey. Hannah and her younger sister Michelle each had unfortunate romantic relationships with Ramsey, and when the cad comes sniffing around between acts, Hannah tells him off. But when the curtain doesn’t go up, she discovers Ramsey backstage – dead as a doornail with a turnover in his hand…Now, to protect her reputation and Michelle’s, Hannah must get to the bottom of the professor’s bitter end. There are plenty of scorned suspects, including an ex-wife who feels cheated in more ways than one, and a prominent local who may have been using Ramsey to avenge her own randy spouse. But who was unstable enough to snuff out Professor Love? A killer who’s flakier than puff pastry – and far more dangerous…

This is one of my favorite series and I was thrilled to hear that Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is making a movie featuring the first book in the series starring Allison Sweeney (Days of Our Lives and The Biggest Loser) and Cameron Mathison (All My Children).

Hallmark Channel is looking to repeat the success of its Good Witch films with another original movie franchise, Chocolate Chip Cookie MurderAlison Sweeney has been tapped to star in the franchise for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, with the first movie set cookiemurderto premiere this spring. Based on the New York Times bestselling series of books by Joanne Fluke, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder centers on Hannah Swensen (Sweeney), shop owner of the Cookie Jar where much of the town’s gossip percolates along with the strong coffee. When a mysterious murder occurs, Hannah turns into a culinary detective and finds herself trying to solve the crime while getting caught in an unexpected romantic mystery of her own.

The casting comes on the heels of Sweeney’s starring role in one of Hallmark’s highest-rated original movies ever, Second Chances. She’s also set to star in and executive produce previously announced Radio Hype, which is currently in development for at the channel.

Hallmark Movie ChannelChocolate Chip Cookie Murder marks Sweeney’s first major acting gig following her October exit from Days Of Our Lives after almost 22 years as Sami Brady. Sweeney would continue her 13-season run as host of The Biggest Loser if the veteran NBC reality series is renewed.

Source: http://deadline.com/2015/01/alison-sweeney-stars-chocolate-chip-cookie-murder-hallmark-1201344562/

The nice thing about reading just for fun is that you can pick a book off your huge TO-BE-READ stacks and enjoy it with no pressure of a review.

I have loved every book in this series and when I finished this one I wanted to grab the next one right away. My reading schedule didn’t allow that but there is always next month Just For Fun Read and it maybe Devil’s Food Cake Murder. It seems to be calling out to me!

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Jan 232015

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Valentine’s Day is Murder
by Carolyn Arnold

Valentine Final FrontValentine’s Day is Murder
(McKinley Mysteries series Book 8)

Cozy Mystery
E-Book File Size: 527 KB
Print Length: 117 pages


From bestselling author Carolyn Arnold…
Strap in for an adventure that will take you to the beautiful island of Jamaica and have you wanting a piña colada.

Jimmy finally takes a vacation–and a chance on love–only to be abducted. His female companion originally thinks he had cold feet about their relationship, but Sean and Sara know there’s more to it. Jimmy isn’t the type to just up and disappear, let alone leave a lady stranded.

Setting out on their private jet, Sean and Sara reach the tropical paradise of Ocho Rios, Jamaica with sightseeing as the last thing on their minds.

With a gold coin being their initial tie to Jimmy’s kidnapper, Sean and Sara even speculate about the involvement of pirates. Yet as the hours pass, and there’s no word from Jimmy’s captors, Sean and Sara will need to figure out the real motive before it’s too late.

With help from their friend, Adam, back in Albany, the pieces come together and not a moment too soon.

8th in the Amazon Bestselling McKinley Mystery Series

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CAROLYN ARNOLD is the bestselling author of the Madison Knight series, the Brandon Fisher series, and the McKinley Mysteries. Her love for writing dates back to her teen years, but her passion was reignited in 2006 when a fellow employee said “tell me a story.” Since then Carolyn has never looked back.

Her writing has since been compared to New York Times Bestsellers such as JD Robb, Mary Higgins Clark, Sue Grafton, Michael Connelly, Tess Gerritsen, and more.

Carolyn was born in 1976 in a rural town of Ontario, Canada, and she currently lives with her husband and two beagles in a city near Toronto.

For more information on the author visit https://carolynarnold.net/


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Jan 222015

kill 'em with cayenneKill ‘Em with Cayenne: A Spice Shop Mystery (Spice Shop Mystery Series)
2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting: Georgia
Published by Minotaur Books (December 16, 2014)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1250011053
E-Book ASIN: B00KK433QO


Kill ‘Em with Cayenne, a brand new finger-lickin’ good mystery from Gail Oust, featuring small-town Georgia spice shop owner Piper Prescott, a smart and spunky amateur sleuth.

Spices are flying off the shelves of Spice It Up!, and Piper Prescott couldn’t be happier. It’s that time of year again—time for the annual Brandywine Creek Barbecue Festival. Soon contestants and BBQ aficionados from all over the Southeast will converge on the town. Many of Brandywine Creek’s citizens plan to participate in the week-long festivities and are busily concocting savory rubs and sassy sauces. Among the locals vying for the grand prize are Becca Dapkins and Maybelle Humphries. The women have been arch enemies ever since Buzz Oliver dumped Maybelle after a thirteen-year courtship and started seeing Becca.

When Becca’s body is found near one of the festival booths, bludgeoned by a brisket, Maybelle becomes one of Chief Wyatt McBride’s top suspects. Determined to help clear her friend’s name, Piper begins her own investigation, much to McBride’s consternation. As the festival draws closer, will Piper and Reba Mae be able to find the real killer and clear Maybelle’s name? Will Piper make it to the annual shag contest with Doug Winters, the mild-mannered vet she’s been seeing? And, who will win the BBQ cook-off?


Dollycas’s Thoughts

The annual Brandywine Creek Barbecue Festival takes a significant turn when Barbara Quinlan nee Bunker comes home to visit and introduces herself as “Barbie-Q” and tells everyone she is there to film the festival for her new television shoe Some Like It Hot. That doesn’t sit well with Becca Dapkins at all. Becca and Barbie have a past and it wasn’t good. In fact Becca’s relationship with many residents of Brandywine Creek isn’t good. When Becca’s body is found the suspects should be many but Piper’s friend, Maybelle Humphries, becomes the prime suspect. This puts Piper hot to start investigating with an assist of Reba Mae. Add this to all the other festival fun and things get really spicy!

Gail Oust second Spice Shop Mystery marks the return of the characters we liked from the first book. She also introduces us to some very interesting characters in town for the Barbecue Festival especially Miss Barbie-Q. Piper’s dog, Casey, led Piper to the discover Becca’s body, but I don’t think he liked the references to becoming a cadaver dog :)

The plot of the mystery is very creative and something I wasn’t expecting was the missing ingredient that brings the whole murder recipe together.

I wish the romance between Piper and local vet Doug had a little more heat. I think she needs to explore the options she may have with Police Chief MacBride.

I am already looking forward to the next Spice Shop Mystery!

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About This Author

Gail Oust is often accused of flunking retirement. While working as a nurse/vascular technologist, she penned nine historical romances under the pseudonym of Elizabeth Turner. It wasn’t until she and her husband retired to South Carolina that inspiration struck for a mystery. Hearing the words “maybe it’s a dead body” while golfing fired her imagination for writing a cozy. Ever since then, she spends more time on a computer than at a golf course. Author of the Bunco Babe mysteries, she’s currently working on a new Spice Shop mystery series.

Author Links:  www.gailoust.com, Goodreads

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.”

Jan 212015

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
Today LynDee Walker and her Devil in the Deadline Great Escapes Book Tour drop by for a visit.

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The coolest little town you’ve never heard of
by LynDee Walker

Cozy mystery: to readers, the words often evoke a specific set of expectations. An amateur sleuth, usually a woman, who is nosy by nature and finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. She often has an interesting day job, lives in a small town, and has some sort of connection to the police department.

My Headlines in High Heels mystery series fits many of those, but the idyllic village setting was skipped over in favor of my adopted hometown of Richmond, Virginia. I’ve been asked why, and the truth is I can’t say: I love the city, and from the first moment Nichelle popped into my head, she was just there. Richmond was as much a part of the story as her shoes, and I never considered changing that.

But that’s not to say I don’t adore small towns. I grew up in a fairly large city, but in Texa23269349s, you can point a car in any direction and find a charming little burg complete with a square and maybe even a mercantile shop or soda fountain.

My husband and I have a favorite of these, one we discovered by accident on our last weekend getaway before we became parents. I bet you’ve never heard of it, but if you ever make it to Texas Hill Country, put it on your “must go” list: welcome to Gruene (pronounced “Green”), y’all.

Way back in the long long ago before there were children in our house, my darling and I were big fans of the weekend getaway (we still are, but they’re more complicated. And more expensive). Paging through an issue of Southern Living, I found a write-up on a charming little B&B in the Texas Hill Country that featured individual cabins spaced around the property. I called Darling and he said we must go.

So we did. And the place was every bit as charming as the magazine proclaimed it. But the best find was yet to come. As we were exploring the square in the nearby town of Wimberley, a shopkeeper asked if we were planning to eat at the Grist Mill.

She laughed at our blank expressions and gave us directions to the next town over, where we found the biggest restaurant I’ve ever seen. Several stories tall, it’s in an old cotton mill with tables out on the terrace overlooking the Guadalupe River. They have literally hundreds of tables, y’all, and the food is so good they had an hour wait the first night we went. Worth every second. To this day, it’s the best chicken fried steak I’ve ever eaten.

Wandering the square after dinner, we came upon Gruene Hall, which is another of the town’s local claims to fame. Because so many musicians live in the Hill Country, you can often stumble onto a big-name show with a small town feel. The venue is lovely and rustic, and not so large that you’d have trouble seeing the stage from anywhere in the room.

What else can you ask for from a vacation? Lovely location, great accommodations, amazing food, and top notch entertainment. All hidden along the banks of the Guadalupe River in central Texas.

If you go, have a lemonade and some cheesecake for me.


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About This Author

LynDee Walker’s award-winning journalistic work has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the nation.

Her debut novel, FRONT PAGE FATALITY, is an amazon and Barnes & Noble #1 bestseller, and was nominated for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. DEVIL IN THE DEADLINE is the fourth in LynDee’s Headlines in High Heels mystery series. The fifth arrives October 2015.

LynDee adores her family, her readers, and enchiladas. She often works out tricky plot points while walking off the enchiladas. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, where she is either playing with her children, working on her next novel, or admiring beautiful shoes she can’t wear.

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23269349Devil in the Deadline
A Headlines in High Heels Mystery
Cozy Mystery
Setting: Virginia
Henery Press (January 6, 2015)
Paperback: 268 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1940976617


When the Richmond police offer an exclusive in exchange for help with a case, nothing—not even a costume party—stops crime reporter Nichelle Clarke from making Manolo tracks to the crime scene. The hunt leads her to a televangelist’s compound in the Virginia countryside where the Reverend may be more interested in fat stacks of cash than he is saving wayward souls.

With two sexy guys tangled up in Nichelle’s story—and in her heart—work and love are on a crash course for disaster. Pressure pours in from every corner, including a faceless new competitor that means the deadline is always five minutes ago. As secrets threaten and the truth becomes her lifeline, Nichelle must unmask the killer and nail down the story before she’s snared in the carefully-constructed web.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Nichelle Clarke is a crime reporter with excellent taste in fine footwear and she doesn’t let those high heels hold her back when she needs to climb to the latest crime scene. The scene she finds is just ghastly and almost beyond words. But her new competition, a blogger, has no problem putting all the gruesome details out there. The big question is where is she getting her information. Nichelle is supposed to have an exclusive agreement with the cops! for her help in the investigation. That investigation puts Nichelle’s life in danger but she will do anything to get the story and catch a killer. It doesn’t hurt that she has her old high school boyfriend, now ATF Agent Kyle and a hunk like Joey with his questionable underworld ties watching her back, but can they keep her safe this time?

This entire series is absolutely awesome. Each story is just full of action, thrills, romance and humor too! LynDee Walker just keeps topping herself!

I love the characters! Nicey is such a strong woman and she is always on a deadline. This time she receives help from a very unlikely person. She also never knows when bad-boy Joey (no last name) will appear but his kisses never fail to curl her toes. Kyle is still interested in rekindling their romance and while she knows his last name and he would offer her a more stable life there is just no toe curling. But he isn’t giving up. I also like her editor at the paper. He seems like a man with common sense in an industry that is changing on a daily basis. He fights hard for his job and for Nichelle and makes an excellent sounding board for her.

The plot is fantastic. The crime seems to be pure evil and the twists really add to the suspense. We also learn more about Nichelle and the story ends with quite a cliffhanger. LynDee Walker’s journalist’s skills shine and have made her an excellent mystery writer.

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January 14 – deal sharing aunt – Interview

January 15 – Musings and Ramblings – Review

January 16 – MysteriesEtc – Review

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January 19 – Back Porchervations – Review

January 20 – Teresa Trent Author Site – Review, Interview

January 21 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Guest Post (Cozy Wednesday)

January 22 – Queen of All She Reads – Review

January 23 – Jane Reads – Review

January 24 – Babs Book Bistro – Interview

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January 26 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review

January 27 – Chloe Gets A Clue – Interview

January 28 – A Chick Who Reads – Review

January 29 – readalot – Review

January 30 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview

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Jan 202015

cash and burnCrash & Burn (Tessa Leoni)
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Setting: New Hampshire
Hardcover: 400 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0525954569


The #1 New York Times bestselling author’s latest stand-alone thriller, with a cameo by her fan-favorite character, Boston Detective D.D. Warren.

My name is Nicky Frank. Except, most likely, it isn’t.

Nicole Frank shouldn’t have been able to survive the car accident, much less crawl up the steep ravine. Not in the dark, not in the rain, not with her injuries. But one thought allows her to defy the odds and flag down help: Vero.

I’m looking for a little girl. I have to save her. Except, most likely, she doesn’t exist.

Sergeant Wyatt Foster is frustrated when even the search dogs can’t find any trace of the mysterious missing child. Until Nicky’s husband, Thomas, arrives with a host of shattering revelations: Nicole Frank suffers from a rare brain injury and the police shouldn’t trust anything she says.

My husband claims he’ll do anything to save me. Except, most likely, he can’t.

Who is Nicky Frank, and what happened the night her car sailed off the road? Was it a random accident or something more sinister given the woman’s lack of family and no close friends? The deeper Wyatt digs, the more concerned he becomes. Because it turns out, in the past few months, Nicky has suffered from more than one close accident. . . . In fact, it would appear someone very much wants her dead.

This is my life. Except, most likely, it’s not. Now watch me crash and burn.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

The story starts out with a terrible car wreck…Vero wants to fly… and from there the story twists and turns and dives and twists some more. It gets terribly dark in places and has the reader thinking “Where can this author be taking us?”

Nicky Frank has had a life beyond imagination and has forgotten more than she remembers. She has had 2 recent events that cause concussions before the car accident and now her entire past is coming back to her is bits and pieces.

Sergeant Wyatt Foster doesn’t know what to believe. Nicky and her husband Thomas do not have much of a traceable past, no friends, no family. Is Thomas abusing his wife? Are her memories real or make believe? Could they be tied to other crimes? And if it happened, where did it happen? Why would someone want to kill Nicky Frank? He has very little physical evidence to work with and someone keeps trying to block the very slim trail it leads to.

Lisa Gardner is best selling author for a very good reason. Her stories are so dynamic that once you start reading you can’t stop. This is definitely a book that will cause a book hangover. Just when you think you have figured out what is happening or find a good stopping point Gardner twists the story inside out and you have to keep reading and reading and reading and then you reach the end and all you can say is WOW! I didn’t see that coming!

This story has been publicized as a stand alone with with a cameo by her fan-favorite character, Boston Detective D.D. Warren, but it seems to be the third book featuring Tessa Leoni with appearances by D.D. Warren.  It also appears Tessa was introduced in books in the D.D. Warren series. I have read a few of Gardner’s FBI Profiler series and I grabbed this one because she was an author I truly enjoyed. Now I want to go back and read them all. Checking online these two series are very intertwined and some are listed as stand alones like this one so it does get pretty confusing.

I am usually a stickler for reading series books in order but I have to tell you this book does read excellently as a stand alone as advertized and If you like a really good psychological thriller you should add Cash & Burn to your list.

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About The Author
New York Times #1 bestselling crime novelist Lisa Gardner began her career in food service, but after catching her hair on fire numerous times, she took the hint and focused on writing instead. A self-described research junkie, she has parlayed her interest in police procedure, cutting edge forensics and twisted plots into a streak of thirteen bestselling suspense novels, including her most recent release, Catch Me.

Readers are invited to get in on the fun by entering the annual “Kill a Friend, Maim a Mate” Sweepstakes, where they can nominate the person of their choice to die in Lisa’s latest novel. Every year, one Lucky Stiff is selected for Literary Immortality. It’s cheaper than therapy, and you get a great book besides. For more details, simply visit Lisa’s website.

Lisa lives in New England with her family, as well as two highly spoiled dogs and one extremely neurotic three-legged cat.
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Find out more on her webpage here.

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.”

Jan 192015

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 is still away on vacation and I hope she is having a fantastic time.

I have really overbooked myself this month so I am trying to read as fast as I can.

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


Crash & Burn (Tessa Leoni)

Dutton Adult (February 3, 2015)
Review will be up tomorrow!


Devil in the Deadline

LynDee Walker is my guest this week for Cozy Wednesday!!

Kill ‘Em with Cayenne: A Spice Shop Mystery (Spice Shop Mystery Series)

Review will be up Thursday!

Apple Turnover Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries)

My Just For Fun Read for January


One Garish Ghost & Blueberry Peach Jam (Dead by the Numbers Mysteries Book 1)

The One Garish Ghost & Blueberry Peach Jam Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Saturday!

A Seamless Murder: A Magical Dressmaking Mystery

Melissa Bourbon will be my Special Guest on January 27.


Avery Aames will be her for Cozy Wednesday next week!

Kelly’s Koffee Shop (A Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Book 1)

The Kelly’s Koffee Shop Great Escapes Tour stops her on January 30!


Click Here To See All My Current Giveaways!!

Happy Reading!!!

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Jan 182015

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.

packSo excited my grandsons and their Mom arrived yesterday for an overnight. They helped get all the Christmas stuff put away and then we had a fun family night. The Packers play the Sea Hawks today so time at the computer will be limited. Go Pack Go!!!

weekly rewind credited235Weekly Rewind – January 11 – 17, 2015

Sunday - 20 Quick Questions with Christa Nardi – Great Escapes Book Tour – Giveaway

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

Tuesday - Special Guest – Julie Hyzy – Author of All The President’s Menus – Giveaway too!

Wednesday - Not So Cozy Wednesday with Bette Lee Crosby – Author of Passing Through Perfect – Giveaway too!

Thursday - BIG MOJO by Jack Getze – Great Escapes Book Tour – Review & Giveaway

Friday - A Killer Retreat by Tracy Weber Great Escapes Book Tour – Giveaway

Saturday - Great Escapes Book Tour – Dying Before “I Do” by Judy Fitzwater

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Happy Reading Everyone!

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Jan 172015

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Dying Before “I Do”
by Judy Fitzwater


There are a lot (a LOT) of interwoven character relationships in Dying Before “I Do”, and by that I mean people who have personal and/or professional pasts with each other. It adds subtle yet rich layers to the story (think filo dough in baklava – my favorite!), and are introduced at a rate that with enough support that they keep the story flow going.
~Back Porchervations

Dying Before I Do 30Apr14Dying Before “I Do”
(The Jennifer Marsh Mysteries Book 7)

Cozy Mystery
File Size: 807 KB
Print Length: 189 pages
Publisher: Judy Fitzwater (April 29, 2014)




Love and murder: two words that should never go together. But when Jennifer and long-time beau Sam Culpepper finally decide to tie the knot, murder rears its ugly head to intervene. Now Jennifer has more to contend with than choosing colors and flowers for the most important day of her life. She and Sam must thwart whoever is bent on keeping the secrets of an old kidnapping case. One man is dead, and young reporter Teague McAfee is next in line. Jennifer finds herself embroiled in a twisty tale of love gone wrong, while dodging her friends who are determined to give Jennifer and Sam the perfect wedding.



Judy Fitzwater is excited to have recently published the 7th book in her popular Jennifer Marsh Mystery Series–DYING BEFORE “I DO”! She has also just released THE ROCKY ROAD TO PUBLISHING: ADVICE ON WRITING, a fun, insider’s look at the world of writing and what it takes to be successful.

Judy grew up an Air Force brat and has lived in nine states, including Maine and Hawaii. Her first published mystery, DYING TO GET PUBLISHED, was plucked from a stack of unsolicited manuscripts at Ballantine Books. It was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Mystery. The subsequent seven-book series, The Jennifer Marsh Mysteries, was a delight for her to write, especially the scenes with Jennifer’s quirky writers’ group. All seven are now available in Kindle editions. Judy’s suspense thriller, DROWNING IN AIR, is now in paperback, as well as a Kindle edition! And don’t miss her very funny romantic comedy, VACATIONING WITH THE DEAD, which is filled with ghosts and mayhem. She has plans for more mystery, suspense, humor, and paranormal adventures.

Author Links:

Website: http://www.judyfitzwater.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/judyfitzwaterauthor?ref=hl

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/699464.Judy_Fitzwater

Tour Participants

January 14 – Back Porchervations – Review
January 15 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – Guest Post
January 16 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Guest Post
January 17 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Spotlight
January 18 – off
January 19 – readalot – Review
January 19 – Lori’s Reading Corner – Guest Post
January 20 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview
January 21 – Kelly P’s Blog – Guest Post
January 22 – A. Literary Mafia – Interview
January 23 – Omnimystery News – Interview

Be sure to visit all the stops!


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