Dec 132017

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am thrilled to have Nancy Haddock back for another visit today! 

Inspector Gadget?
by Nancy Haddock
(Guest Post Provided by Publicist)


Hello, Readers! Thank you for stopping by, and many thanks to my hostess for having me here!

Last year I came out of the closet. The office supply closet to be exact. The one filled with more sticky notes, colored paper clips, and file folders than I’ll use in my lifetime. Yes, I have a fatal attraction to office supplies.

Now I’m ready to admit I also have a gadget fixation, and it’s the mountain of catalogues I still get at this time of year that reminded me of my little addiction.


I imagine most of us have bought our fair share of gadgets. After all, they’re everywhere! Does the phrase “as see on TV” ring a bell? Perhaps a cute owl kitchen timer bell?

A gadget is “a small mechanical or electronic device or tool, especially an ingenious or novel one.” Synonyms include appliance, implement, tool, utensil, contraption, machine, device, and gismo. By this definition, gismos come in every size—small, medium, large and humongous!

I’ve purchased gadgets to assist in-house cleaning from floors to ceilings. Wet and dry mops, a baseboard duster, hand dusters with some sort of static-cling technology in the pads. Pet hair removers, vacuums, bathroom scrubbers, extendable dusters to reach ceiling fans and whisk away ceiling cobwebs those itty-bitty “corner” spiders make. Ack! Stop the cleaning gadget madness!

Other gadgets make mealtime preparations easy … and even fun! Pause to remember those commercials in which the excited announcer’s voice touts the latest and greatest way to slice, dice and make Julienne fries! What the announcer doesn’t tell you is that the leverage and sheer force needed to slice, dice and julienne is equivalent to 500 pounds per square inch. Your average giant bodybuilder might pull off this kind of kitchen magic, but I can’t.

Naturally, the gadgets I especially love our office and computer gadgets. Storage units for the aforementioned office supplies, and USB hubs. A small external hard drive suitable for travel, and the ever-popular flash drives. Power surge protectors, one with battery backup power. The only gizmo I’ve yet to find is someone thing or system that will truly organize and hide the jumbled jungle of power cords for my desktop computer, printer, etc.

Whether for indoors or out, whether for spring, summer, autumn, or winter, we have gadgets for every season and every reason.

But wait? Do we really have all the tools, gizmos, and gadgets we need? I don’t, and I have a list of what I’d like to see invented. Here are my top contenders.

  1. A whole-house dust and vacuum system. I’m not talking about the robotic vacuums on the market. I want to flip a switch and magically have all the dust and pet hair sucked out of the house. All that stuff tucks into your wall spaces to further insulate your home!
  2. A Jetsons-type Rosie the Robot maid to wipe up hubby’s kitchen spills as soon as they happen. Which is, coincidentally, every time he goes to the kitchen. If Rosie is a no-go, how about a battalion of housekeeping brownies or faeries who’d keep my home immaculate?
  3. A doodad that will draw the words straight out of my brain when I’m writing and transfer them to the monitor. Of course, seeing as my thoughts tend to bounce all over the place at times, I’d be editing for months on end, but, hey, at least the story would be out there. In the raw, but in black on white.

There you have it. My secret love-hate of all things gadgetry. Do you have a favorite gismo that makes life easier? A do-hickey that was a dud and didn’t work for you at all? A gadget you wish you had? I’d love to hear your best, your worst, and your wished-for, so let me have them!


Thank you, Nancy, so much for stopping by today! 


A Crime of Poison (A Silver Six Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Arkansas
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (December 5, 2017)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425275740



The Silver Six are known for their arts and crafts—but they’re about to be tested in the art of catching a crafty killer.

It’s early October, time for the Fall Folk Art Festival and Bake Sale in Lilyvale, Arkansas. Every business along the town square will benefit from the event, including the craft store run by Leslee Stanton Nix—aka Nixy—and the Silver Six, a group of retirees. In charge of making the festival go smoothly, Nixy is confident that it will be a success.

But things become knotty when local troublemaker Cornell Lewis is found dead with a plate of Snickerdoodles from the bake sale. Two members of the Silver Six are accused of cooking up a murder plot, but Nixy knows that the cookies weren’t literally to die for. With time running out, Nixy and company must catch the actual killer…before the Silver Six find their number permanently reduced to four.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

We arrive in Lilyvale, Arkansas, just in time for the Fall Folk Art Festival and Bake Sale and for Cornell Lewis’ return. The man left town several years ago and many were happy about his departure. Those same people are upset about his return especially when he stops by The Handcraft Emporium. He leaves after a little fracas with the Silver Six. When the man is later found dead in his car in what looks like a case of anaphylactic shock. With Detective Eric Shoar sidelined because of his close relationship with Nixy and the Silver Six, Detective Charleen Vogelmen takes over the case and she quickly zeros in on Maisie and Aster, and their bake sale cookies found in the victim’s car.  Nixy with some assistance from Eleanor starts her own investigation keeping Eric in the loop hoping he’ll pass whatever she discovers on to Charleen. Maybe she can find other suspects for the detective to focus on and prevent her friends from baking in the big house.

I have loved the Silver Six since we met them in the first book of this series, Basket Case. They are an interesting group brought all together under one roof for a variety of reasons. I wish I had half their energy. They are always on the go and when someone messes with one of them or two as in this story, look out, because, they will not take it lying down. They are a family and they all care about Nixy. The author has created a wonderful cast of characters. I would love to meet them in real life and maybe become one of the group.

The plot was very interesting as we found how many people he was actually connected to in Lilyvale. Eleanor was a real asset as she and Nixy reached out to new people every day that could have the motive to kill the man. I enjoyed the process they took to narrow down the suspects and the way all of the Silver Six was involved in one way or another. I loved their meeting complete with a “murder board”. The story flowed so well and the mystery was nicely plotted The final reveal and the manner of poisoning was surprising. I was so happy because I had the person still on my own suspect list.

Nancy Haddock has written a fun series, they have all been “perfect escapes” for me. I recommend starting at the beginning for maximum enjoyment but this book read well all its own too.


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About The Author

Nancy Haddock is an award-winning and national bestselling cozy mystery author. Basket Case is her first book in the Silver Six Crafting Mystery series with Berkley Prime Crime, and the second book, Paint the Town Dead, is a Sept. 2016 release. Nancy draws on historic wealth, southern culture, and the plain old quirkiness of places and people for her books. She lives with her husband and rescue dog Baron.

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Dec 122017

An Interview with Heather Haven

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I was born in Sarasota, Florida, during the winter hiatus of the circus. I spent most of my life in bathing suits, as kids who are born in southern Florida usually do. In fact, I know what year is what when I see myself in a particular bathing suit in scrapbooks. I always wrote. I started out by putting lyrics to any musical numbers I heard on the radio. My first paying writing job was when I was seventeen. I wrote a gossip column for the Miami Beach Sun on the happenings of residents in a Miami Beach condo. I got paid $25 a week! For a kid back in the Punic Wars, that was a lot of money. After college, I headed for New York City. Among other things, I had several off-off-Broadway plays produced, wrote ad copy for No Soap Radio, and worked backstage on Broadway doing costumes. When my husband and I moved to California, I began writing novels. It’s been a fun ride. I am very blessed.

What are three things most people don’t know about you?

  • I like to say I was born on a trunk at Ringling Brothers’ Circus, instead of Judy Garland’s song, I Was Born In A Trunk At The Princess Theater. My parents met and married during the golden age of the circus. My mother was a performer and my father was an elephant trainer. I have pictures of me sitting atop the head of a baby elephant, Mom and Dad on each side.
  • I like to sing harmony along with my singer/musician husband, but microphones scare me.
  • I wish I could live on a farm and take in unwanted, abused animals.

What is the first book you remember reading?

Uncle Remus. It was a large book, mostly pictures, and I was probably four. At nine, I read my first Nancy Drew book, The Secret of the Old Clock. There was no turning back.

What are you reading now?

I’m in the middle of four books. One’s on Mae West, two mysteries, and a how-to on painting. Where there’s life, there’s hope! As for the mysteries, I am a member of Sisters in Crime, NorCal Chapter. We have a lot of talented authors in the group. I am making it my mission to read at least one published novel by each member. They are really wonderful reads. I probably could spend my life reading nothing but work from this group and never get tired of it.

What made you decide you want to write?

I didn’t have much to say about it. I’ve always been a writer. However, I took an early retirement from Stanford University, where I had a great job, to write full-time. I try to turn out one novel every twelve to fourteen months.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

My office. Small but mighty and right off the kitchen. It used to be the breakfast nook, but with two people, who needs a breakfast nook? Plus I needed, as Virginia Woolf advised, a room of one’s own!

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

I read the papers. Truth is stranger than fiction, for sure. Especially nowadays.

What books have most inspired you?

Too numerous to list. However, P. G. Wodehouse, Carolyn Hart, Agatha Christie, Ernest Hemingway, David Sedaris, John Le Carré, are but a few who inspire me to try to write my best. Shakespeare heads the list. He was beyond a genius. If he ever looks down and sees me, I want him to be able to say, “There’s that Heather Haven again, thinking she can write. Oh, well, she always does her best.”

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

All of it.

What do you think makes a good story?

Something that rings true. Fiction shines a light on the truth. Throw in a funny line every now and then, and you’ve got something.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

Most of them have a few of my traits here and there. That’s always a good starting place, but as the characters solidify in my mind, they become less and less like me.

Why did you pick your particular genre?

I don’t like stuff that’s too heavy. I want to think about something, not cry about it. If I want a good cry, I can always pick up the real estate section of the San Francisco Chronicle.

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

My books are written on many levels. Scratch the surface and you’ll discover a darker place than you thought would be there. But if you don’t want to scratch, sit back, have a good laugh, and an adventure that has a happy ending. Life is for living, but it can be tough.  We need to be positive, upbeat and do our best. At night, when we lay our heads on the pillow, we need to know that no matter what the outcome, we did our best. That’s all we can ask of ourselves. Further, my work is dedicated to families of all types everywhere.  When we are fortunate to share our lives with others, bound by love and hopes for a good future, we are, indeed, a family. And very blessed.

What’s next on the horizon for you?

The sky’s the limit, Toots, the sky’s the limit.

Thank you, Heather, for being my guest today!

Now let me tell you about her latest cozy mystery!

The Culinary Art of Murder (The Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
The Wives of Bath Press (November 27, 2017)
Print Length: 281 pages

Lee’s Uncle ‘Tío’ is smitten with a visiting chef at a Silicon Valley culinary arts institute. When the lady is arrested for two murders, a fellow chef and the dishwasher, Lee Alvarez, lead investigator for Discretionary Inquiries, Inc., the family owned detective agency, agrees to help find the real killer. But undercover work at the institute proves to be more difficult than whipping up a chocolate soufflé. The killer tries to get Lee out of the way and permanently. But just who is it? The lady chef? One of her two sons? Or one of the other inmates from a cooking school with secrets as plentiful as sauces? Can Lee find the real killer before her own goose is cooked? And if it turns out to be the ambitious southern belle chef, will Tío ever forgive Lee for sending his new lady love to jail?

Praise for The Culinary Art of Murder (The Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries)
by Heather Haven

I’ve been a long-time fan of the Alvarez Family (since finding her first book on Bookbub a few years ago) and enjoy Ms. Haven’s sense of humor as she spins her stories for us readers.
~Cinnamon, Sugar and a Little Bit of Murder

I have been such a huge fan of this series I love how the Alvarez’s work together to get to the bottom of every situation they are handled.
~Community Bookstop


More About the Author

After studying drama at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida, Heather went to Manhattan to pursue a career. There she wrote short stories, novels, comedy acts, television treatments, ad copy, commercials, and two one-act plays, produced at several places, such as Playwrights Horizon. Once she even ghostwrote a book on how to run an employment agency. She was unemployed at the time.

One of her first paying jobs was writing a love story for a book published by Bantam called Moments of Love. She had a deadline of one week but promptly came down with the flu. Heather wrote “The Sands of Time” with a raging temperature, and delivered some pretty hot stuff because of it. Her stint at New York City’s No Soap Radio – where she wrote comedic ad copy – help develop her long-time love affair with comedy.

Her first novel of the humorous Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries, Murder is a Family Business, is a winner of the Single Titles Reviewers’ Choice Award 2011. The second, A Wedding to Die For, received finalist nods from both Global and EPIC’s for Best eBook Mystery of the Year, 2012. It also won the Editors and Predators silver, 2012. The third of the series, Death Runs in the Family, won the Global Gold 2013. The fourth installment, Dead…If Only, won Global Silver 2015. The CEO Came DOA, Book Five, won the Global Gold Medal 2017 and Dan Poynter Legacy Award 2017. The Culinary Art of Murder is the sixth book of the series.

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December 1 – Cozy Up With Kathy – INTERVIEW
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December 2 – Cinnamon, Sugar and a Little Bit of Murder – REVIEW
December 3 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT
December 4 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW  
December 5 – Sleuth Cafe – SPOTLIGHT
December 6 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST
December 7 – A Holland Reads – CHARACTER GUEST POST
December 8 – T’s Stuff – INTERVIEW
December 9 – My Reading Journeys – CHARACTER GUEST POST
December 10 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT
December 11 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW
December 12 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – INTERVIEW
December 13 – A Blue Million Books – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
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Dec 122017

A Case of Syrah, Syrah: A Wine Country Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – California
Crooked Lane Books
Release Date (December 12, 2017) – TODAY
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683314332
Kindle ASIN: B0723967CW



Taylor O’Brian is a new businesswoman, founder of “Taylor’s Off The Beaten Path Wine Tours,” who lives on a small winery with her Aunt Jemma. She plans to take small groups around romantic Sonoma county to discover some of the county’s outdoor gardens. It’s all running as smooth as can be until Laura, the leader of the group of yoga instructors she’s leading, is found dead. And it’s Taylor’s corkscrew that’s found buried in Laura’s neck.

She’s not sure who to trust, and everyone around suddenly seems suspect. Only two weeks after the murder, her very own administrative assistant, Amy, marries Laura’s husband, Dan, who doesn’t seem very bereaved about being widowed, and the three yoga masters who were also out on the tour begin to seem shady. Taylor can’t afford to jump ship from her new business endeavor, but just as she begins her investigation, another dead body surfaces. This time, it’s Dan’s sister. And the killer is coming for Taylor next.

Now it’s up to Taylor to uncork this open-bottle mystery before more blood is spilled.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

As soon as I saw this cover I knew I had to read this book. Yes, the wine, the vineyard, and the VW bus, but it was the cat the really caught my attention. Look at those eyes. I was happy to learn there is a canine in the story too.

Taylor O’Brian’s Aunt Jemma was having “heart problems” so she asked Taylor to come to her winery to help run the place. There are other employees and Aunt Jemma is still very hands-on with the winery so Taylor doesn’t have to spend all her time there. She has decided to put her marketing knowledge to the test by opening  “Taylor’s Off The Beaten Path Wine Tours”. She doesn’t get off to a good start. As the group was wrapping up the first stop they discover one of the guests was missing. A quick search finds the woman dead with Taylor’s corkscrew plunged into her neck. Taylor believes there are plenty of other suspects including the woman’s husband but he is telling everyone she is the murderer. It is not long before another dead body is found by none other than Taylor. Taylor needs to save herself, her reputation, and her business. Hopefully, she doesn’t have to do that from behind bars.

Ms. Parra has introduced us to several characters in the first story. The all seem genuine and I hope the characters develop more fully as the series continues. Taylor really is her own worse enemy. The hot water she found herself in time and time again was because of her poor judgment. I understand the whole amateur sleuth thing but she really made some poor choices. I hope that she has learned something for the future cases. Aunt Jemma is quite a woman and while the way she brought Taylor to the winery was a little shady, she is my favorite character in the first installment. She reminds me of my own mother in many ways. We barely have scratched the surface on the other characters but am excited to get to know them better.

The plot was truly puzzling. The murderer had to be someone on the tour, didn’t it? Taylor learned more about the group every day and a variety of motives were uncovered. I didn’t put all the pieces together until the very end. Twists, turns, red herrings, this story has them all.

The setting was extraordinary, Sonoma, wine country, the vineyards and the gardens. I have always wanted to visit and this author gave me an excellent virtual trip.

This series has a lot going for it with plenty of potential. The area is full of wineries to visit no matter what direction Taylor takes her business. As the characters continue to evolve this series will have no bounds. I have enjoyed everything this author has written and I am looking forward to my next trip to Sonoma.


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Find out more about Nancy J. Parra/Nancy Coco and her books on her webpage here

Written as Nancy Coco

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.”


Dec 122017

Welcome to New Release Tuesday – December 11 – 15, 2017

December 11

Mistletoe Murder (Dewberry Farm Mysteries)

December 12

A Case of Syrah, Syrah: A Wine Country Mystery

Ginger Snapped: A Spice Shop Mystery

The Trouble with Murder (A Gourmet Cat Mystery)

December 15

Reindeer Roundup (A Zoe Donovan Cozy Mystery)

Cozy Author Dawn Eastman has a new traditional mystery out this week too!

Unnatural Causes: A Dr. Katie LeClair Mystery

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Dec 112017

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

This week I am starting in Minnesota, then off to Virginia, Oregon, and Maine.   

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

Escapes Completed

A Case of Syrah, Syrah: A Wine Country Mystery
Release Date – December 12, 2017
Setting – California
Review will be up tomorrow!

A Crime of Poison (A Silver Six Mystery)
Release Date – December 5, 2017
Setting – Arkansas
Nancy will be my guest this week for Cozy Wednesday!

The Tulip Shirt Murders (The Delanie Fitzgerald Mysteries)
Release Date – November 8, 2017
Setting -Virginia
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Thursday!

The Trouble with Murder (A Gourmet Cat Mystery)
Release Date – December 12, 2017
Setting – California
Review will post Friday!

Scheduled Escapes

The Discombobulated Decipherers: A Brilliant, Minnesota Mystery
Release Date – November 21, 2017
Setting – Minnesota
The Great Escapes Tour stops her Saturday!

A Murder for the Books: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery
Release Date – December 12, 2017
Setting – Virginia
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!

Live and Let Fly (A Kite Shop Mystery)
Release Date – (December 5, 2017)
Setting – Oregon
Clover Tate will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week.

Stowed Away (A Maine Clambake Mystery)
Release Date – December 26, 2017
Setting – Maine
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Dec 102017

Unnatural Causes: A Dr. Katie LeClair Mystery
Mystery/ Amateur Sleuth
New Series
Crooked Lane Books (December 12, 2017)
Hardcover: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683313137
Digital ASIN: B0767G2XLL

Katie LeClair has finally settled down as the new doctor in Baxter, MI. After years of moving, schooling, and training, she wants nothing more than to find a place she can call home, and a small town outside of Ann Arbor seemed perfect.

Katie quickly gets to work in building a life for herself in Baxter, and beyond reviving her love life, she also finds a pair of business partners in a team of father and son family practitioners. But that idyllic dream is immediately shattered when one of her patients is found dead. That wouldn’t be the worst thing, except the death is ruled a suicide, and as evidence has it, the suicide was a result of the medication Katie had prescribed. But she doesn’t remember writing it.

When a closer investigation reveals it was murder, Katie is catapulted into an off-the-books investigation that leads her down a dark path of past secrets. But someone is willing to kill to keep part of the town’s history in the shadows, and Katie must race to find out who before it’s too late in nationally bestselling author Dawn Eastman’s riveting series debut Unnatural Causes.

Praise For Unnatural Causes: A Dr. Katie LeClair Mystery
by Dawn Eastman

This is a step up from a cozy but not as dark and most police type procedural novel . . .I liked getting to know Katie as the story progressed. I definitely want to get to know her better in upcoming books.
~A Chick Who Reads

About the Author

National bestselling author Dawn Eastman was a family medicine physician in Michigan. Now she lives in Iowa with her husband, son, and daughter. When not writing, she keeps busy catering to the whims of a bossy bichon-shih tzu mix who wants to rule the world. This is her first Dr. Katie LeClair mystery. She is also the author of THE FAMILY FORTUNE MYSTERIES.

Author Links

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Twitter – @DawnAEastman

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December 8 – Cozy Up With Kathy – INTERVIEW
December 9 –  A Chick Who Reads – REVIEW
December 10 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT
December 10 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW
December 11 –  The Power of Words – REVIEW
December 11 –  A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT
December 12 – Valerie’s Musings – REVIEW, INTERVIEW
December 13 – Jane Reads – INTERVIEW
December 14 – Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my! – REVIEW
December 15 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW
December 16 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW
December 17 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW
December 17 – A Blue Million Books – INTERVIEW
December 18 – T’s Stuff – REVIEW
December 19 – That’s What She’s Reading – REVIEW
December 20 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW
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Dec 102017


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.


My week started off back in Fall River for Natalie’s Holiday Concert. The first song was a “boogie” number which was enjoyed by everyone. It was also good to catch up with her mom and get some much needed Natalie hugs. Mr. Dollycas and I realized it has been quite a few years since we had been at the school. We did attend a few basketball games after our youngest son graduated in 2011 so it has been awhile. It was nice to see some of the same teachers our children had. Natalie’s kindergarten teacher also had her dad in her class, and her aunts and uncle too. 

The rest of the week was normal, blogging and reading. We did wake up yesterday to our first snow of the year. While pretty it is not my favorite season. For me if it snows Christmas Eve and melts by New Year’s Day, I am good with snow for the winter. Sadly, living in Wisconsin, I know that is not going to happen 🙂

Weekly Rewind December 3 – 9, 2017

Sunday – Craving For Cozies 2018 – Reading Challenge – Sign Up Today!

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #49 2017

Tuesday – New Release Tuesday – December 5 – 8, 2017

Plus – #Review – And Death Goes To . . . (A Tobi Tobias Mystery) by Laura Bradford

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Gayle Leeson – Author of Honey Baked Homicide #GuestPost / #Review / #Giveaway @BerkleyMystery

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – Ditched 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery) by J.C. Eaton @KensingtonBooks

Plus – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Of Murder and Men (A Cat Latimer Mystery) by Lynn Cahoon @KensingtonBooks

Friday – Special Guest Suzanne Trauth – Author of Running Out of Time – Great Escapes Book Tour #Spotlight / #Giveaway

Plus – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Aria to Death: A Joseph Haydn Mystery by Nupur Tustin – Great Escapes Tour

And – #FlashbackFriday – #ReviewRewind / #Giveaway – An Unhappy Medium by Dawn Eastman

Saturday – #ReviewRewind / #Giveaway – Egg Drop Dead (A Cackleberry Club Mystery) by Laura Childs – Great Escapes Book Tour

Plus – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Mermaid Fins, Winds & Rolling Pins: A Cozy Witch Mystery by Erin Johnson – Great Escapes Book Tour

And – Reading Challenges 2018 – Part 1

Cuddle with someone you love and stay warm this week! 

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Dec 092017

It’s that time of year when us readers start thinking about our
reading challenges for the year to come.

I have posted about the 3 Challenges I am hosting:

Just click on the buttons above for all the details.  

My friend Yvonne at Socrates’ Book Reviews… is hosting 3 Challenges too.

This is a little different than my cozy challenge.

From Yvonne – This year’s cozy mystery reading challenge has two ways to participate and you can choose whichever suits you the best:

A) Read-only cozy mysteries of your choice.


B) Read one book from these sub-genres:

  • One from culinary (anything dealing with food:  restaurants, baked goods, etc.)
  • One from animal-related (cats, dogs, birds, etc.)
  • One from craft related (any kind of hobbies – knitting, crocheting, scrapbooking, etc.)
  • One from paranormal (witches, vampires, etc.)
  • One from cozy mysteries based outside the US (example:  Belinda Lawrence series (British))
  • One career-based cozy mystery (housekeeping, wedding planner, etc.)
  • One holiday based (set during any holiday – Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentines, etc.)
  • One travel mystery (character could be on a cruise, touring another area, etc.)
  • One historical mystery (any mystery not set in the present)
  • One is your choice!  (freebie!)

Here are the levels you can join for either A or B…

Level one (Snoop) –
A) Read 10 cozy mysteries of your choice.
B) Read one book in each of the above cozy sub-genres (total of 10 books)

Level two (Investigator) –
A) Read 20 cozy mysteries of your choice.
B) Read all the books in level one plus an additional 10 cozy books of your choice (total of 20)

Level three (Super Sleuth) –
A) Read 30 cozy mysteries of your choice.
B) Read two books from each sub-genre in level one plus an additional 10 cozy books of your choice (total of 30 books)

Level four (Sleuth Extraordinaire) –
A)Read 40 cozy mysteries of your choice.
B)Read two books from each sub-genre in level one plus an additional 20 cozy books of your choice (total of 40 books)

Here are the rules…

  • 1. The challenge runs from January 1, 2018, and ends December 31, 2018.
  • 2. You don’t have to choose your books in advance. If you do, you can change your list at any time during the year. Books can overlap with other challenges.
  • 3. Books can be in any format – paper, audio, ebooks…it all counts!
  • 4. You don’t have to post a review, but I’m sure others would love to know about the books you are reading and may even want to add it to their reading lists.
  • NOTE: If you don’t have a blog and want to participate, that’s fine. You don’t have to have a blog, just post in the comments section as you finish books. If you belong to a site like Goodreads and review the books there, that’s fine too. Just leave us the link.  She also has a group for this challenge on Goodreads and you can sign up here.
  • 5. If you do have a blog, take the button above, put it on your blog and post about the challenge. Then add your name to Mr. Linky below. Please use the link to your challenge post, not the link to your homepage.
  • 6. I’m going to have one link for signing up, one link for completed reviews and one link for your wrap up posts. I won’t be having a monthly link, just one for all reviews read for this challenge.

Just click here to go to Yvonne’s blog to join.

I will be participating at Level four (Sleuth Extraordinaire) – My books will be crossing over to my Craving for Cozies Challenge. 
A)Read 40 cozy mysteries of your choice. 
B)Read two books from each sub-genre in level one plus an additional 20 cozy books of your choice (total of 40 books)

From Yvonne – Two of my favorite things are cats and mysteries. So, I figured the *purrfect* reading challenge for me would be reading cat mysteries. It’s very simple, this challenge is all about reading mysteries that have cats as the main characters. Here are a few examples…

Joe Grey Mysteries by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
Midnight Louie Mysteries by Carole Nelson Douglas
A Cats In Trouble Mysteries by Leann Sweeney
A Klepto Cat Mysteries by Patricia Fry
Black Cat Bookshop Mysteries by Ali Brandon
Cat Who Mysteries by Lilian Jackson Braun
Cat in the Stacks Mysteries by Miranda James
Bookmobile Cat Mysteries by Laurie Cass
Theda Krakow Mysteries by Clea Simon
Black Cat Mysteries by Elaine Faber

This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are dozens more. You can find a list here, but you aren’t limited to just these choices. If you find others, that’s great.

Here are the levels you can choose from:

Purring – Read 1-10 cat mysteries
Kneading – Read 11-20 cat mysteries
Meowing – Read 21-30 cat mysteries
Catnip – Go crazy and read at least 31 and go as high as you’d like – the sky is the limit!

The challenge will begin on January 1, 2018, and end on December 31, 2018.

The rules are really simple.

  • 1. Any book read for this challenge has to be a mystery and have a cat that plays a major role in the book.
  • 2. You may make a list of books at the beginning of the challenge or you can just list them as you find them.
  • 3. Book titles may be swapped out at any time for those who make a list in advance.
  • 4. Crossovers with other challenges are permitted and encouraged.
  • 5. You don’t have to have a blog or write a review, but you can if you want to.
 If you don’t have a blog, just post in the comment section that you’d like to join. You can post your books in there. I also have a Cat Mystery group on Goodreads and you can join over there. The link is
  • 6. Books can be in any format of your choice (print, audio, ebooks)
  • 7. To sign up, choose one of the levels from the above list and use the Mister Linky below. There will be links to reviews and wrap posts later.

Enjoy and have fun!

This challenge was harder than I thought it would be for this year but I am joining again at Level 2  – Kneading – Read 11-20 cat mysteries.

Just click here to go to Yvonne’s blog to join the fun. 

From Yvonne – Welcome to the 2018 What an Animal Reading Challenge. I began hosting this challenge in 2010, when I took it over from Kristi at Passion for the Page. I love reading books that feature animals and am going to host this one again. I hope you will join me.

The challenge will begin on January 1, 2018, and end on December 31, 2018.

The rules are really simple. I am changing it up a little bit, though…read on…

  1. Any book read for this challenge has to have an animal that plays a major role in the book (which could be fiction or non-fiction.)
 It also counts if a main character is (or turns into) an animal (define that however, you’d like). In the past, books would qualify if an animal is in the title or on the cover, but that alone no longer qualifies. This challenge is for books related to animals and just because they are in the title or on the cover, doesn’t mean it’s about an animal.

These are the levels.

Level 1 – Read 6 books

Level 2 – Read 7-12

Level 3 – Read 13-20

Level 4 – Read 21 or more

  1. The animal can be any type of animal (real or fictitious)–dog, cat, monkey, wolf, snake, insect, hedgehog, aardvark…dragon, mermaid, centaur, vampire, werewolf…you get the idea…
  2. Challenge runs from January 1, 2018, to December 31, 2018.

  3. Books can be fiction or nonfiction.

  4. You may make a list of books at the beginning of the challenge or you can just list them as you find them.

  5. Book titles may be swapped out at any time (assuming you made a list, to begin with).

  6. Crossovers with other challenges are permitted and encouraged.

  7. You don’t have to have a blog or write a review, but you can if you want to.
 If you don’t have a blog, just post in the comment section that you’d like to join. You can post your books in there. Or you can sign up by joining my group on Goodreads for this challenge by clicking here.

  8. Books can be in any format of your choice (print, audio, ebooks)

  9. To sign up, use the Mister Linky below. There will be links to reviews and wrap posts later.

That’s it! Enjoy and have fun!

Because I think most of my books for this challenge would duplicate the Purrfect Reading Challenge, I have decided not to participate in this challenge this year.

Just click here to go to Yvonne’s blog to enter. 

This challenge is hosted by my friend Bev at MY READER’S BLOCK and it is one of my favorite challenges because it allows me to try to get a handle on my To-Be-Read shelves. My #FlashbackFriday feature was born because of this challenge.

From Bev – January 2018 will kick off the seventh year for the Mount TBR Reading Challenge (I miscounted last year!) and I don’t seem to be getting those mountains moved at all. Despite the fact that I hope to have knocked 150 books off of my 2017 Mount TBR by the end of December, there are still whole mountain ranges lined up and down my hallway and in my back room waiting to be conquered. As fast as I read ’em and get them off the stacks, my bookaholic ways help me replace them. [Case in point–just returned from a long weekend in which I brought home about 20-25 new-to-me books.]

So, once again, I plan to concentrate on reading primarily from my own books in the coming year. And you’re invited to join me in knocking out some of those books that have been waiting in the wings for weeks….months…even years.

Challenge Levels:

Pike’s Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s
Mont Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Vancouver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR piles/s
Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books from your TBR pile/s
El Toro: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Olympus (Mars): Read 150+ books from your TBR pile/s

And the rules:
*Once you choose your challenge level, you are locked in for at least that many books. If you find that you’re on a mountain-climbing roll and want to tackle a taller mountain, then you are certainly welcome to upgrade.  All books counted for lower mountains carry over towards the new peak.

*Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2018.

*You may sign up anytime from now until November 1st, 2018.

*Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2018. No library books. If you’re looking for a library book challenge or one that counts books on your non-owned TBR list, then there may be challenges out there that do that. This one does not.

*Rereads may count only in the following circumstances: If you did not own the book when you read it long ago and far away [based on your age, you can decide what that might mean] and you bought the book pre-January 1, 2018 intending to reread it now that it’s your very own.  [To clarify–the intention is to reduce the stack of books that you have bought for yourself or received as presents {birthday, Christmas, “just because,” etc.}. Audiobooks and E-books may count if they are yours and they are one of your primary sources of backlogged books.]

*You may count any “currently reading” book that you begin prior to January 1–provided that you had 50% or more of the book left to finish when January 1 rolled around.  I will trust you all on that.

*You may count “Did Not Finish” books provided they meet your own standard for such things, you do not plan to ever finish it, and you move it off your mountain [give it away, sell it, etc. OR remove it from your e-resources]. For example, my personal rule (unless it’s a very short book) is to give a book at least 100 pages. If I decide I just can’t finish it and won’t ever, then off the mountain it goes and I count it as a victory–the stack is smaller!

*Books may be used to count for other challenges as well.

*Feel free to submit your list in advance (as an incentive to really get those books taken care of) or to tally them as you climb.

*There will be quarterly check-ins and prize drawings!

*A blog and reviews are not necessary to participate. If you have a blog, then please post a challenge sign up and link THAT post (not your home page) into the linky below. Non-bloggers, please leave a comment declaring your challenge level–OR, if you are a member of Goodreads, I will once again put together a group for the challenge there. Feel free to sign up HERE if that’s where you want to participate. At the beginning of the year, I will update the sidebar link called Mount TBR Review Headquarters for current reviews and progress updates.

I am again hoping to complete the Mt. Vancouver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile.

Just click here to go to Bev’s blog and sign up. 

O.K. this is just my first batch of challenges for 2018. New challenges are being announced every day and there are many more listed that I am not participating in. There are 2 places I check in addition to visiting other blogs to stay on top of all the reading challenges. A Novel Challenge and Sleep Less, Read More – Reading Challenges, Events and more!


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Dec 092017

Mermaid Fins, Winds & Rolling Pins: A Cozy Witch Mystery
by Erin Johnson

Mermaid Fins, Winds & Rolling Pins: A Cozy Witch Mystery
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Self Published (November 21, 2017)
Paperback: 286 pages
Paperback: 286 pages
Kindle ASIN: B077CHVX8N

Murder at a Mermaid Nightclub

The enchanted village of Bijou Mer’s on high alert, with the villainous Horace on the loose. Imogen’s excited to escape the tension with a trip to the underwater Mermaid Kingdom to bake for the young mermaid queen’s engagement to the pirate king.

But when the mermaids turn out to be less French Riviera and more Jersey shore, the bakers are wrapped up in their world of clubbing in sea caves and fighting off seals for the best tanning spots, and are embroiled in a pirate smuggling scandal. It gets worse when a member of the mermaid court is found dead in a fishing net, and one of Imogen and Maple’s baked goods seems to be the murder weapon.

Imogen tries to fish out the real murderer to clear their names, while struggling with her romantic feelings for Hank. At the same time, she’s working with him to learn to control her magic and investigate Horace’s riddle and her own mysterious past.

As the mermaid court’s freewheeling lifestyle rubs off on the bakers, the gang lets loose and passions rise to the surface. But with a giant octopus crawling the ocean floor, the mermaid court filled with simmering secrets and scandals, and the ever present threat of the Badlands Army, Imogen must solve the murder before she ends up fish food herself.

About the Author

A native of Tempe, Arizona, Erin spends her time crafting mysterious, magical, romance-filled stories that’ll hopefully make you laugh. In between, she’s traveling, napping with her dogs, eating with her friends and family, and teaching Pilates (to allow her to eat more).

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Dec 092017

The Mass Market Paperback Edition of Egg Drop Dead was released December 5!
I am rewinding my review from the Hardcover Edition today!
Be sure to get your copy soon!

Egg Drop Dead (A Cackleberry Club Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Setting – Midwest (Minnesota)
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (December 6, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425281703
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In Laura Childs’s New York Times bestselling mystery series, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni—co-owners of the Cackleberry Club café—are back to track down another bad egg…
Maintaining good personal relationships with their suppliers is one of the secrets of the Cackleberry Club café’s success, so Suzanne doesn’t mind going out to Mike Mullen’s dairy farm to pick up some wheels of cheese. She’s looking forward to a nice visit with the mild-mannered farmer before heading back to their hectic kitchen.

But when she arrives, Mike’s nowhere to be found. The moaning of his cows leads her to look in the barn, where she discovers a bloodcurdling sight—the farmer’s dead body. Apparently, not everyone was as fond of Mike Mullen as the Cackleberry Club.

Churning with grief and outrage, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni vow to find the farmer’s murderer—but as they get closer to the truth, the desperate killer gets whipped into a frenzy and plans to put the squeeze on them…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

“Welcome to Kindred and The Cackleberry Club. Your hosts are Suzanne, Petra, and Toni. Pull up a stool, check out today’s specials, feel free to visit the Book Nook and the Knitting Nest. We hope you enjoy your visit.” That’s the friendly greeting I would expect to receive from these three fantastic characters. Business partners, friends, family. These ladies are part of a tight-knit community. It is almost Halloween when the town is shocked by another murder. Suzanne finds dairy farmer Mike Mullen killed in a very brutal way and she is not going to rest until she finds the killer. The sheriff tries to keep her from butting in but he knows she is going to do it anyway. Oh and I can’t forget to mention, she is supposed to be planning her wedding…

I love this series. I love these characters. I love this town. Laura Childs has created such a treat for cozy readers. This is the 7th book in the series and each time I start one it feels like I am visiting a bunch of good friends. It really has the small town feeling that I am very familiar with. Everyone seems to genuinely care about their friends and neighbors, making it very difficult to pinpoint the suspects and the guilty party. With her signature twists, that I know now to expect, she scrambled my theories more than once. The main plot is clever and creative. All the subplots blend in nicely. There are moments of uncertainty and anticipation tempered by some humor and romance.

Junior’s wild ideas always make me chuckle but I feel bad for Toni at the same time. She loves the guy but no matter how old he is, he is never going to be the strong, dependable man she is looking for. Petra continues to amaze me with her kitchen creations and how she keeps up with everything going on around her. Sam is ready for his big wedding day but Suzanne has way too much going on around her to concentrate on any plans. She always seems to be going a mile a minute in different directions. He loves her for the way she is and is happy for any time they get to spend together.

This is a truly entertaining read. It’s not too late for anyone to “drop” in on this series. Start with this one, the first one or any in between. They are all egg-cellent cozies! And yes, there are recipes!

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About The Author

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, the Scrapbooking Mysteries, and 7 Cackleberry Club Mysteries. On July 5 she released Little Girl Gone, the first book in her Afton Tangler Thriller Series written as Gerry Schmitt. In her previous life, she was CEO of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to Dr. Bob, a professor of Chinese art history, enjoys travel, and has two Shar-Pei dogs.

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