Feb 012015
 

fan of the month

This is the 2nd month in the Year of the Reader!

If you are a fan of my blog I know you are a READER!
So something new this year
I will be randomly choosing a

Fan of the Month!

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

 

So without further adieu!

It’s time to meet our February Fan of the Month!

linda k.Linda

A copy of As Gouda As Dead is on its way to her.
As you can see she is a fan of Avery Aames!

Tell us a little bit about yourself –

I am a retired Hunan Resources Director, married for over 30 years, with one daughter. My 15 minutes of fame came in 1992 when after reading one particular horror novel, I contacted Dean Koontz through his publisher to advise him of a case of plagiarism on his book, Phantoms. He contacted me by mail shortly thereafter and followed through with an investigation that resulted in a successful lawsuit against the author. As a thank you, Mr. Koontz sent me personally signed books of each new release for about the next ten years.

That is so Cool!

Where is your favorite place to curl up and Escape Into A Good Book?

Favorite place to read is anyplace, anytime. I always carry a book or IPad with me in case I have a free minute to read.

Do you have a favorite author, book or series?

Dean Koontz and Stephen King are my favorite horror novelists but I am also addicted to cozy mysteries including all those written by the Cozy Chicks authors and those on Killer Characters.

How long have you been a Fan of Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book?

I have been a fan of Escape with Dollycas since I retired from HR in 2011. I love her blogs because it helps me find new authors and series. And of course, it is always fun to win one of her giveaway contests.

I am really enjoying this new feature and hope you are too! Linda will also receive a $5 Amazon Gift Card. Linda will also be featured in the sidebar this month.

Thank you Linda for being February’s Fan of the Month!!

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

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Feb 012015
 

The Sunday Salon.com

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

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

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

Happy SUNDAY Everyone!
Yes it is Super Bowl Sunday but without the Packers playing my interest is not as great. Most of the commercials have already been shown all over the internet. I may tune in for the halftime show but the best thing for me about Super Bowl Sunday means that NASCAR season is almost here :)
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january recap
I can’t believe it is time for the first Recap of 2015! I have made a good start on my challenges and am thrilled by the number of books I read this month. There are some excellent ones too! My favorites for the month were:

Books Read in January

January and Year To Date Totals
20 Books – 5357 Pages
You can see how I am doing on my Reading Challenges here.

weekly rewind credited235Weekly Rewind – January 26 – 31, 2015

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

Tuesday - Special Guest Melissa Bourbon – Author of A Seamless Murder – Review/Giveaway

Wednesday - Cozy Wednesday with Avery Aames – Author of As Gouda As Dead – Giveaway too!

Thursday - Spotlight – Romeow and Juliet by Kathi Daley

Friday – Kelly’s Koffee Shop Great Escapes Book Tour – Review – Giveaway

Saturday – The Cunning Cruise Ship Caper by Sally Carpenter Great Escapes Book Tour – Review

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I hope you all have a fabulous week!
Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Jan 312015
 

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It’s my turn today on the Cunning Cruise Ship Caper Great Escapes Book Tour!
This is the last day too!

I would have loved to go on a cruise with some of my teen idols. Right now The New Kids On The Block have a show on Pop TV called Rock This Boat that shows just some of what happens on these cruises. Donnie Wahlberg is one of my faves so I found myself watching this show just as I reading Sally’s book!

Cunning_Cruise_ebookThe Cunning Cruise Ship Caper
(Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol mysteries Book 3)

Cozy Mystery
Paperback: 226 pages
Publisher: Cozy Cat Press (September 28, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-1939816528
E- book File Size: 890 KB
ASIN: B00PCPAQ5C
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It’s been years since Sandy Fairfax was a teen idol and starred in his hit ‘70s television series Buddy Brave, Boy Sleuth, but he still has his fans. Now it’s 1993 and many of his grown-up fans see a leisurely cruise as the ideal vacation. So, when Sandy’s agent finds him a pleasant gig aboard the SS Zodiac, he jumps at the chance. And, when the offer includes a spot for his musician sister, Celeste, who is blind, Sandy sees an opportunity to re-engage with his estranged sibling. However, the brother-sister duo are barely aboard the ship, when Sandy finds a singer from another shipboard show murdered in his dressing room. When the ship’s security officer does little to investigate, Sandy feels obligated to jump in, even though he isn’t a detective––he just used to play one on TV. Soon he’s grilling potential suspects, including a burnt-out piano bar player, a Southern-fried magician, a blackmail victim, a ventriloquist with a sassy dummy and even a former flame. Will Sandy unmask the killer before the cruise ends? Will he connect with the girl of his dreams? Will he have time to enjoy the sights of Nassau? Or will he end up sleeping with the fishes in the Atlantic Ocean, another victim in this killer’s CUNNING CRUISE SHIP CAPER?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This third installment finds Sandy sailing away with some fans, some strangers, some strange performers, his estranged sister and a killer!! Sandy has changed a lot over the years and is trying to be a better man, the last thing he needed was to find another dead body. So he puts on his super sleuth shoes and tries to catch the murderer all while trying to repair his relationship with his sister.

Sally Carpenter has introduced us some interesting new characters. My favorite was Sandy’s sister, Celeste. She was a folk singer herself back in the day but when Sandy’s career took off her career stalled out and she became a bit of a recluse. Sandy had not seen her in years and she blames him for the demise of her career so it is important to him that she comes on the cruise with him. Celeste is also blind but I seemed to almost forget that some of the time. She makes some huge changes during this cruise.

The story is also well written and flowed very well. I really liked the way she writes Sandy. He is not an investigator at all, but he is not afraid to just go for it and ask questions of anyone and everyone. Things do not always go well with Sandy’s approach but in the end they work. You will feel sorry for him and giggle at the same time at some of the predicaments he gets himself into.

All the books in the series have been fun to read. I hope Sandy is out and about with another caper for us soon!

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Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

About This Author

Sally Carpenter is native Hoosier now living in Moorpark, California.

She has a master’s degree in theater from Indiana State University. While in school her plays “Star Collector” and “Common Ground” were finalists in the American College Theater Festival One-Act Playwrighting Competition. “Common Ground” also earned a college creative writing award and “Star Collector” was produced in New York City.

Carpenter also has a master’s degree in theology and a black belt in tae kwon do.

She’s worked as an actress, freelance writer, college writing instructor, theater critic, jail chaplain, and tour guide/page for a major movie studio. She’s now employed at a community newspaper.

Her initial book in the Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol series, “The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper,” was a 2012 Eureka! Award finalist for best first mystery novel.

Her short story, “Dark Nights at the Deluxe Drive-in,” appears in the anthology “Last Exit to Murder.”

“Faster Than a Speeding Bullet” was published in the “Plan B: Vol. 2” e-book anthology.

Her short story “The Pie-eyed Spy” appeared in the Nov. 23, 2013, issue of Kings River Life ezine.

Author Links

She blogs at http://sandyfairfaxauthor.com.

She’s a member of Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles chapter. Contact her at Facebook or scwriter@earthlink.net.

Links: (blog) http://sandyfairfaxauthor.com

(Facebook) https://www.facebook.com/sally.carpenter.54

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 302015
 

 

great escape tour banner large kelly's koffee shop640It’s my turn today on the Kelly’s Koffee Shop Great Escapes Book Tour!

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

First in Series
Setting: Oregon
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 8, 2014)
Paperback: 152 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1503015630
E-Book ASIN: B00PE26G7U
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Kelly pulled into the harbor parking lot next to the pier and noticed that Amber’s car wasn’t in its usual place and there was no sign of her. She was usually standing at the door of Kelly’s Koffee Shop, waiting for Kelly to open up. Wonder what that’s all about, she thought. The local residents of Cedar Bay come to Kelly’s Koffee Shop for breakfast, lunch, and lots of gossip. Kelly serves it all up as she works to solve the murder of the high school Homecoming Queen. The townspeople can’t believe what has happened in their sleepy little Oregon seaside town. She identifies five prime suspects, but which one did it? Follow Kelly, her boxer dog, Rebel, and her boyfriend, Mike, the county sheriff, as they try to determine who the killer is in a murder that’s shocked the town.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Kelly’s Koffee Shop sounds like quite a gathering spot. Cedar Bay seems beautiful and like a place I would love to visit.

I like Kelly, she seems about my age with grown children and she has a wonderful canine companion too. She has a very close relationship with a certain law officer who willingly shares way too much information with her. They make a good team, but that would get him in trouble in a bigger town. They seem to work together with some assistance from Kelly’s pooch to solve the case.

This is a very quick read but I think the conclusion was a bit forced and rushed. I think I am used to reading cozies that are twice as long that include a little more investigating and chasing suspects and clues. There were plenty of suspects and I would have liked a bit more information and detail about them. Part of the fun is the following the clues and eliminating the suspects.

I did enjoy the story and look forward to reading more about Kelly and the folks of Cedar Bay. Murder at Jade Cove is already downloaded to my Kindle and White Cloud Retreat has just been released.

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Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent


cropped-bg1About This Author

Dianne lives in Huntington Beach, California with her husband Tom, a former California State Senator, and is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post.

Author Links

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110409099727295696245/posts
Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/AuthorDianneHarman
Contributor: Huffington Post
Amazon: http://ow.ly/s6pN5 
Smashwords: http://ow.ly/u4Fb2
 Web Site http://www.DianneHarman.com
Blog: http://dianneharman.com/blog/
Twitter: @DianneDHarman

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Jan 292015
 

romeowI will be reading this one next month but wanted to tell you about it today because Kathy has the second book in this series, The Mad Catter ready to release on February 1 and knowing Kathi Book #3 won’t be far behind.

Romeow and Juliet
(Whales and Tails Mystery Book 1)

Paperback: 204 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 1, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1503015487
E-Book ASIN: B00OYAGHN6
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Romeow and Juliet is the first in a cozy mystery series set on Madrona Island, a fictional island within the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington State. As a fourth generation islander Caitlin Hart is struggling to make her way as the economy and culture of the island evolves toward a tourism based industry. Cait lives in a cabin on her aunt’s oceanfront estate where she helps her aunt run Harthaven Cat Sanctuary. When she isn’t working with the cats, she helps best friend Tara, operate the coffee bar/bookstore/cat lounge they own, named Coffee Cat Books.

In the first installment to the series Cait and her dog Max find the body of a member of the island council dead in the back room of the old fish cannery. As Cait delves into the murder she finds herself with an unlikely sleuthing partner that might just lead to a relationship of a more personal kind.

Meanwhile, Romeo, as stray cat that followed Cait home, is causing all sorts of problems for Cait as, in spite of dire warnings from the neighbor next door, he refuses to stay away from her very expensive show cat, Juliet. Could Romeo really be trying to tell Cait something about the neighbor that she initially refuses to see?

kathi daley Kathi Daley is the author of the Zoe Donovan Mysteries, Tj Jensen Paradise Lake  and now the Whales and Tails Mystery series.

Come for the murder, stay for the romance.

Kathi lives in the beautiful alpine community of Lake Tahoe with her husband Ken and dog Echo. When she’s not writing she enjoys hanging out on the beach with her children and grandchildren. During the summer she enjoys hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, wakeboarding, and sunset cruises on the lake. During the winter she enjoys cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and curling up by a fire with a good book.

Kathi uses her mountain home as inspiration for her books, all which include appearances by the wildlife she shares her life with.

Visit Kathi on Facebook at Kathi Daley Books, and on Twitter @kathidaley.

She also has a website, www.kathidaley.com, where she shares photos of her mountain home as well as recipes featured in her books.

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Jan 282015
 

cozy wednesday 2013 640Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

It’s time to SAY CHEESE!! because Avery Aames is my guest today!!

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As I ramp up for the release of As Gouda as Dead next week, all I can think about are easy things to pop into my mouth to keep my energy going. Little snacks. Mid-morning. Midday. You probably don’t realize how much publicity authors have to do to promote a book. Lots! Blogs, book sigings, social networking, giveaways, newsletters! It’s enough to make me want to give up writing… NOT. I couldn’t. I can’t. I have to write. There are too many characters in my head. They keep popping up. And stories. So many stories. So to write, I must eat!! Sigh. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. I sacrifice. :)

gouda as deadThis is perhaps my all-time favorite comfort-food appetizer. It simply melts in your mouth. The wine adds just a hint of a kick! For a gluten-free option, which I make for myself, I use gluten-free pasta and gluten-free bread crumbs. Everything else is good to go! Say cheese!

P.S. Timothy O’Shea’s Irish Pub, which is the fictional “origin” for this recipe, is featured in As Gouda as Dead.

IMG_2656MACARONI AND CHEESE APPETIZER
À la Timothy O’Shea’s Irish Pub

(Serves 4)

2 cup dried macaroni, cooked to tender (about 4-5 cups cooked)
1 clove garlic chopped
4 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup white wine
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
½ cup mascarpone cheese
1 cup grated cheese (equal parts Cheddars, Gouda, Monterey Jack)
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set aside. Pasta may be made a day ahead. Note: Do not forget to drain and set aside. You do not want the pasta to be “wet.”

In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add garlic, salt, pepper, paprika, and cornstarch. Cook about 1-2 minutes. It will boil and thicken. Stir constantly.

Add milk and wine, stir, and let boil to thicken.

Remove from heat and add mascarpone cheese and grated cheeses.

Pour sauce over drained macaroni. Stir well. Fill 6-8 appetizer-sized ramekins with the mixture. Top with bread crumbs mixed with the Parmesan cheese.

Turn oven on to broil. Set the ramekins about 4 inches under broiler. Broil for 5-6 minutes until crisp.

Serve hot.

Enjoy!

~Avery

About This Author

As AVERY AAMES, she pens the Agatha Award-winning, nationally bestselling Cheese Shop Mystery series featuring a cheese shop owner amateur sleuth, set in the fictional town of Providence, Ohio. 

As DARYL WOOD GERBER writes the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mystery series featuring a cookbook store owner who is an avid reader and admitted foodie, set on the coast of California. 

Daryl’s short stories have been nominated for the Agatha, Anthony, and other awards. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl has appeared in “Murder, She Wrote” and more.

Author Links

Visit Daryl or Avery atwww.darylwoodgerber.com.

“They” blog on www.mysteryloverskitchen.com as well as www.killercharacters.com

http://www.darylwoodgerber.com

http://www.averyaames.com

http://www.mysteryloverskitchen.com

http://killercharacters.com

Facebook:

Daryl http://www.facebook.com/darylwoodgerber

Avery http://www.facebook.com/averyaames

Twitter: @AveryAames @DarylWoodGerber

Goodreads: 

Daryl Wood Gerber

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4750535.Daryl_Wood_Gerber

Avery Aames

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3153786.Avery_Aames

Avery Aames is touring right now with Great Escapes Book Tours!

In addition to sharing more recipes and the blogger’s reviews she is also hosting an I Love A Mystery Secret Code Game!I LOVE A MYSTERY

Check out all the stops and don’t miss out on the fun!

Tour Participants

January 26 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Recipe, Giveaway
January 27 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Review, Recipe, Giveaway
January 28 – fuonlyknew – Review, Recipe, Giveaway
January 29 – Michele Lynn Seigfried’s Blog – Review, Recipe, Giveaway
January 30 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review, Recipe, Giveaway
January 31 – Griperang’s Bookmarks – Review, Recipe, Giveaway
February 1 – Traveling With T – Review, Recipe, Giveaway

gouda as deadAs Gouda as Dead
(CHEESE SHOP MYSTERY)

6th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting: Ohio
Release Date: February 3, 2015
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Teresa Fasolino
Cover Design by Jason Gill
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425273319
E-Book ASIN: B00LMGK43E
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Someone is cheesed off . . .

Providence, Ohio, is celebrating Valentine’s Day with weeklong events, including lovers’ baskets with heart-shaped cheeses at Fromagerie Bessette. Charlotte Bessette is celebrating by finally walking down the aisle with the man of her dreams, handsome artisanal cheese farmer, Jordan Pace. But when a beloved bar owner is discovered murdered on Jordan’s farm, he believes they should reschedule their wedding given the grim turn of events.

Charlotte is heartsick over the postponement. This killer crossed the wrong woman. No one, but no one, is ruining her wedding plans!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Providence, Ohio is the place for lovers in this 6th installment of the spectacular series.

But murder plays havoc with a certain couples plans and they are not taking it laying down. Charlotte is very determined to catch the killer and get her plans back on track!

Avery Aames continues to make this series better and better. We have Charlotte’s crazy bachelorette party, all the shops are doing something special for Lover’s Trail Festival, the Providence Players are performing Love Letters, and there are several weddings planned. Nothing in the planned events included a murder! But before Charlotte’s party ends a phone message changes everyone’s plans.

All our favorite characters are back and they are all busy as can be. Charlotte’s assistant, Rebecca, is even trying out for the play as is Deputy Devon O’Shea. The mayor, Charlotte’s grandmother, is directing the play and heading up all the festival plans. Fromagerie Bessette is hosting a special wine and cheese tasting.  There is also a crazy woman filing complaints about noise pollution and running around town threatening people. Through it all Charlotte and Jordan just wanted a happy wedding day and then they went and found that dead body.

Readers like me have been looking forward to this wedding too so I really wanted this culprit caught so the happy couple could start their years of wedded bliss together without a murder investigation to hold them back. I was amazed at the number of suspects and as each one was crossed off the list I was  wondering what we were missing right along with Charlotte. The pages of this book were flying.

The author has a gift. She blends her vivid descriptions of the most yummy cheeses, seriously you can almost taste them, with a mystery that is so vivid it almost jumps off the page. The chapters are like potato chips, you can’t read/eat just one. I gobbled up As Gouda as Dead and now I am ready for some more please!

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

 

GIVEAWAYAvery is giving away 1 Cheese Shop Mystery (Winner’s Choice) with some fun swag!

I am giving away my review copy!

Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a US 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
something you like here and become a follower.

Followers Will Receive 2 Bonus Entries For Each Way They Follow.
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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 272015
 

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Aprons!
by Melissa Bourbon

I’ve learned so much about aprons in the past year. They are the central sewing theme in A Seamless Murder, and I loved finding out more about this fantastic American tradition.

I’ve become fascinated with aprons, in fact. I have about 4 hanging from hooks in my kitchen now, my daughter almost always wears one when she helps me cook, my sons love to don them and joke around in the kitchen, and I have my favorites that I wear—for special occasions and for everyday use.

SEAMLESS MURDERThere’s something about wearing an apron that changes the way I feel at that moment. I think it’s the same for a great piece of clothing, but with an apron, you can easily change your mood or a facet of your personality for a period of time. Wearing certain aprons in my collection make me smile. Others make me feel like a more serious cook. And still others can take the fun out of cooking and make it feel like more of a chore.

One thing I love about writing is that I get to explore subjects that are interesting to me. I get to immerse myself in new topics. And my interests often guide the direction or themes of my books. This time around it was aprons.

I’d love to hear about your relationship with aprons. Do you wear them? Love them? Have no use for them? As I said, I love them, so I’m really curious to hear what others think of them.

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On another note, my mom, a masterful sewist, made a bunch of aprons for me as I wrote A Seamless Murder. They don’t all correspond to the book’s aprons, but a few are pretty close. And I’m giving some of them away via my newsletter! I’m so excited, because I know there are other apron lovers out there.

If you’re an apron-lover… or if you don’t know your personal thoughts about aprons but are curious to find out, join my newsletter and you can enter to win!

Happy reading!

Melissa

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To find out more about Melissa Bourbon and her books visit her webpage here.

SEAMLESS MURDERA Seamless Murder:
A Magical Dressmaking Mystery

Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Setting: Texas
An Obsidian Mystery (January 6, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451417213
E-Book ASIN: B00KWG9JP4
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With a needle and thread, Harlow Jane Cassidy is capable of magic. Her neighbors in Bliss, Texas, on the other hand, are capable of murder….

Any garment Harlow stitches together has the power to grant the deepest desire of whomever wears it. So when she’s asked to sew aprons for a local women’s group, Harlow must get to know each member. First up is Delta Lee Mobley, who doesn’t care much for Harlow’s family—or anyone else in Bliss, for that matter. Granting Delta’s greatest wish could only lead to trouble….

But trouble finds Delta all the same. The day after Harlow delivers her apron, Delta’s body is discovered in the cemetery. It seems one of the townsfolk harbored ill will toward one of their own. Harlow’s sleuthing skills are a cut above the rest, and with a few magical tricks up her sleeve, she is determined to cuff this killer once and for all.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Making aprons for a woman’s group should be an easy task for most seamstresses but because of Harlow Jane Cassidy’s magical gift of granting the wearer’s deepest desire she needs to really get to know her customers. Delta Mobley is the head of the group and also Harlow’s next door neighbor but sharing a property line doesn’t mean you know or even like the people next door. There has been a little feud going on between the Cassidy and Mobley families for years, maybe making Delta an apron will be the first step to the families being more neighborly.

The apron gets made but before any real change between the families can happen Delta’s body is found in an open grave in the local cemetery. Harlow quickly finds out her family is not the only one who had problems with Delta. The suspects soon become many including her own family and the ladies in the woman’s group. Harlow believes by using a little bit of magic and asking the right questions she may be able to stitch together the clues and catch the killer before anyone else life is cut short.

These characters never fail to draw me into their story and I always learn a little something too. In this installment a local woman’s group is planning a progressive dinner when each course is served at a different member’s home. I have been to a couple of these events and they were fun and very interesting. In my case I always met new people and some became good friends. In this case the ladies in the group and their husbands all know each other and split up into comfortable groups.  That left Harlow and Will as the outsiders of the group and they were focused more on finding a killer rather than making friends. They also planned to do a little snooping so one had to cover for the other.  Like I said these events can be interesting.

Meeting all these new characters was entertaining. I hope some of them return in future stories. But my favorites are still Harlow, her mother whose gift makes gardens bloom and grass grow, her goat whispering grandmother and my most favorite of all Meemaw, who has her own special gift of getting just what she wants. Meemaw sets us up with one heck of a cliffhanger!

The author was able to show us Delta was a very complex woman and a woman that had changed of late. She did have a unique way of communicating with her family. Some people hold things in and bottle them up, some vent things very well. Delta form of communicating was sweet sometimes but left me thinking that if she was a “venter” or a woman that voiced her opinions wrong or right she may not have died.

Melissa Bourbon sews together another wonderful mystery that keeps us on pins and needles until all the clues are pieced together. A little sewing mixed with a little sleuthing always makes for happy reading.

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

 

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Jan 262015
 

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’s back!!!

Thinking of everyone out East…stay warm and stay safe!

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

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

The One Garish Ghost & Blueberry Peach Jam Great Escapes Book Tour stopped here Saturday!
This book is so good! It received my first Paradise Rating of 2015!
My Review

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A Seamless Murder: A Magical Dressmaking Mystery

Melissa Bourbon will be my Special Guest tomorrow.
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As Gouda as Dead (CHEESE SHOP MYSTERY)

Avery Aames will be her for Cozy Wednesday this week!
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Kelly’s Koffee Shop (A Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Book 1)

The Kelly’s Koffee Shop Great Escapes Tour stops here Thursday!
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The Cunning Cruise Ship Caper (Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol mysteries Book 3)

The Cunning Cruise Ship Caper Great Escapes Tour stops here Saturday!
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ON DECK THIS WEEK

Fry Another Day (Biscuit Bowl Food Truck)

Release Date: February 3, 2015
J.J. Cook will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday on February 4!
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Dead Man Walker (A Consignment Shop Mystery Book 3.5)

Release Date: February 3, 2015
Duffy Brown will be my Special Guest on February 5!!

Criminal Confections (A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery)

Release Date: February 3, 2015
The Criminal Confections Great Escapes Book Tour stops here February 6!
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If the Shoe Kills

Release Date: November 1, 2014
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Dollycas

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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
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.

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!

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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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Happy Reading Everyone!
Dollycas

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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)
E-Book ASIN: B00OTYMGX2
Paperback: 218 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1502961587
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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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Dollycas

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authorphotoAbout This Author

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

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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.”