Jul 302016
 

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I am super excited to welcome Bailey Cates to Escapes With Dollycas today!
Her new Magical Bakery Mystery, Spells and Scones, was just released this week!

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Spells and Scones is the sixth in the Magical Bakery Mystery Series featuring Katie Lightfoot. Along with her aunt Lucy and uncle Ben, she owns the Honeybee Bakery in Savannah, Georgia, which has been welcomed into the community with rave reviews from locals and tourists alike.

Soon after Katie moved to Savannah, Lucy delivered the bombshell that hedgewitchery ran in their family. The term comes from the women who used to cross the literal hedges that surrounded many villages. They would go out into the surrounding fields and forests to collect plants and herbs, which they then used to heal others. The women in Katie’s family also had access to another “hedge,” the veil between this plane and the next, which gives them unusual intuition, especially in relation to their skills with herbs.

spells and sconesOnce Katie accepted this information, Lucy began to train her in kitchen and garden magic. Their new apprentice, Iris Grant, is also learning the Craft, and now almost everything baked at the Honeybee features sprinkles of positive, supernatural intention mixed in with the sweet and savory flavors of their rotating selection of pastries. At the same time, the members of the spellbook club – Katie and Lucy’s informal coven – continue to train Katie in their own magical specialties.

In Spells and Scones, Savannah’s own celebrity psychologist is going to be signing her new book at the Fox and Hound Bookshop next door to the Honeybee. Katie and her aunt and uncle have gladly agreed to cater the event for the bookstore’s owner, Croft Barrow. Katie doesn’t know much about Dr. Dana Dobbs, but her next door neighbor, Margie Coopersmith, is over the moon about getting to meet her idol.

Not everyone cares for the brand of advice Dr. Dana offers. In her most recent book, How to Do Marriage Right, the relationship guru touts the concept of Radical Trust – which turns out to be the exact opposite of what it sounds like. She advises everything from tracking your loved one’s whereabouts via GPS to reading their email. Katie and her boyfriend, Declan McCarthy, have been together for a year now, and they’re horrified at Dr. Dana’s ideas.

At the author event, a couple of people in the audience challenge Dr. Dana, and Katie senses an uncomfortable undercurrent in the air. Still, it’s a shock when Dr. Dana is found poisoned in the back of the bookstore at the end of the evening. The woman who is Detective Peter Quinn’s prime suspect had a history of conflict with the psychologist, and, as she gets more information, Katie develops personal reasons for not wanting to get involved. But when Katie’s adorable familiar, a black Cairn terrier named Mungo the Magnificent, makes it clear that he wants her to investigate the crime, Katie agrees to do her best.

magic and macaroonsAs she sifts through the array of suspects and their motives, Katie is juggling her own relationship with Declan. It doesn’t help that Steve Dawes has returned to town after what happened in Magic and Macaroons. And then there’s her relationship with Mungo, which turns out to be more complicated than she ever expected.

brownies and broomsticksAuthors are inevitably avid readers, so it’s not uncommon for us to want to write about other writers, books, and bookstores. From the beginning, books have always played a significant role in the Magical Bakery Mysteries. Even before the grand opening of the Honeybee Bakery in Brownies and Broomsticks, Katie met Lucy’s book club. It turned out to be a spellbook club which was also a coven, but the members do meet to talk about books. The bakery also boasts a comfy reading area, and those witchy ladies select and supply the library with a strange and eclectic mix of volumes that frequently end up being exactly what a customer needs. Katie herself has benefited more than once from titles she discovered on those shelves.

The owner of the Fox and Hound, Croft Barrow has appeared briefly throughout the series, but this time I was happy to showcase him and his bookstore. Plus, I got to kill an author! (I don’t know why this is delightful to me – I adore other authors, and I certainly wouldn’t want to be poisoned after a reading. Perhaps it’s the irony of the idea that appeals to me.)

One of the recipes in the back of Spells and Scones is for scones – of course! Savory Greek scones with feta cheese, sundried tomatoes, Kalamata olives and rosemary. The second recipe is for pumpkin spice softies. Mmm.

~Bailey

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Spells and Scones (A Magical Bakery Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
An Obsidian Mystery (July 26, 2016)
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451467430
E-Book ASIN: B016JPTJYC
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There’s a body in the bookshop in this latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the Magical Bakery mysteries…
 
When the bookshop next to the Honeybee Bakery hosts a signing for a Savannah radio celebrity’s new self-help book, magical baker Katie Lightfoot is happy to provide some delectable desserts. A big crowd has turned out for the event, curious about the book (and maybe to sample some goodies), but the final chapter comes too soon for the author when she is found dead at the event.

The prime suspect is Angie Kissel, a former witch whose familiar was once Katie’s own terrier, Mungo. Katie is at first hesitant to help, afraid of losing the little dog who has become so important to her. But after a little nudge from Mungo himself, Katie decides to try to conjure up the real killer—before Angie gets served…
 
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About The Author

Bailey Cates believes magic is all around us if we only look for it. She studied philosophy, English and history and has held a variety of positions ranging from driver’s license examiner to soap maker. She traveled the world as a localization program manager for Microsoft, but now sticks close to home where she writes two mystery series, tends to a dozen garden beds, bakes up a storm and plays the occasional round of golf.

Having apprenticed with a master herbalist for a year, she’s prone to concocting teas and tinctures for family and friends from the stash of herbs stored in the corner cabinet in her office. She owns a working spinning wheel and is on a first name basis with several alpacas and two sheep with questionable dispositions.

Find out more about Bailey and her books on her webpage here. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Written as Bailey Cattrell

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Jul 292016
 

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On Flashback Fridays I will share with you the books I missed when they were first
released that have been screaming at me from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.

I am so happy to be catching up on this series. This is why I started Flashback Fridays! 

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A Midwinter’s Tail:
A Magical Cats Mystery

Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Setting – Minnesota
An Obsidian Mystery (October 7, 2014)
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451414717
E-Book ASIN: B00ISEOMAO
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Kathleen Paulson is snowed under running her library and caring for her extraordinary felines, Owen and Hercules. But when a fund-raiser turns deadly, she’ll have to add sleuthing to her already full schedule….

Winter in Mayville Heights is busy and not just because of the holidays. Kathleen is hard at work organizing a benefit to raise money for the library’s popular Reading Buddies program. She has her hands full hosting the event. And when a guest at the gala drops dead, her magical cats, Owen and Hercules, will have their paws full helping her solve a murder.

The victim is the ex of town rascal Burtis Chapman, but she hasn’t lived in the area in years. And though everybody is denying knowledge of why she was back in town, as Kathleen and her detective boyfriend, Marcus, begin nosing around, they discover more people are connected to the deceased than claimed to be. Now Marcus, Kathleen, and her uncanny cats have to unravel this midwinter tale before the case gets cold.

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

Owen and Hercules are two of my favorite literary felines. They sure do keep Kathleen on her toes!

Winter has come to Mayville Heights (so nice to read during this heat wave) and it is a perfect time for a fundraiser for the library’s Reading Buddies Program. But when a former resident returns to town and then ends up dead in the middle of the gala, the entire program is at risk. Marcus and Kathleen are both working the case and confiding in each other as much as possible but all the clues are just not adding up. Maybe Owen and Hercules can “see” what they are missing or cause enough mischief to point the humans in the right direction.

The cats are evolving in this series which quite magical. If you are a fan of this series you already know they are extraordinary. They are also still cats, cats that at times just tolerate each other. They antics at times had me laughing out loud.

There is also a lot happening in this story, Marcus and Kathleen romance is moving forward, the friendships of the female characters continue to grow. A wedding is being planned where the groom is a bit “zilla” wanting everything perfect. Then there is the fundraiser, happenings at the library and of course the murder. With subplots galore the pages practically flew. As the final reveal started I truly was on the edge of my seat.

This is a strong series and this was a fine edition. I am so happy Kathleen has decided to stay in Mayville Heights!

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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Find out more about Sofie Kelly and her books here.

Written as Sofie Ryan

Now for a funny story!
I am usually so careful with my review books. I keep them in a safe place when I put them down. I never eat around them. But with my sore back I have been eating in bed with my feet up in the evenings. Mr. Dollycas brought me a delicious dish of his lasagna bake the other night and when I went to put my copy of this book down a couple of the bottom corners of the pages caught a drop of the sauce. I was so upset, trying to clean it up but there are still stains at the book. I want to share this book with one of you but I want to be clear about what you are getting.

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Jul 282016
 

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I am excited to welcome Laura Morrigan to Escape With Dollycas today!

Laura Morrigan Blog Post

A UNIQUE POST FROM LAURA MORRIGAN

I’m a word nerd. I admit it.

I keep lists.

So, once again, here are some of my favorite words and why I love them.

I like words that are fun to say. Give these a try.

scintilla- a spark or very small thing

susurrous- whispering, hissing

evanescent- vanishing quickly

nemesis- an unbeatable opponent; a source of harm or ruin

discombobulate- confuse, upset

onomatopoeia- (obviously) words that imitate a sound

Words about happy stuff make me happy.

gambol- leaping or skipping joyfully

halcyon- happy, carefree

ebullience- bubbling enthusiasm

auspicious- favorable

exultant- triumphantly happy

I also have a love for nouns that end in ”ing”

Not just thing, ring, wing, etc but…

nameling- having the same name (usually people)

gloaming- twilight

foundling- an abandoned child discovered and cared for by others

So… what are your favorites?

~Laura

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Take the Monkey and Run
(A Call of the Wilde Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (July 5, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425282014
E-Book ASIN: B00Z8VTECQ
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Grace Wilde must use her psychic abilities to track down a pesky primate in the latest Call of the Wilde Mystery.

Grace Wilde is excited to head to New Orleans for her first “real” case as an animal telepath. She intends to help a woman find her missing sister, but when she attempts to communicate with her client’s cat, Coco, Grace gets distracted by the presence of a much wilder animal.

Coco confirms that a mysterious monkey has been swinging around the Big Easy. Grace thinks she might be able to help corral the cheeky Capuchin in addition to solving her case. But things get complicated when she receives a cryptic warning that her client isn’t what she seems. Now it’s up to Grace to separate the truth from the monkey business…

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About The Author
Spending the first years of her life on a Costa Rican coffee farm blessed Laura Morrigan with a fertile imagination and a love for all things wild.
Later she became a volunteer at a Florida zoo, helping out with everything from “waste management” to teaching an elephant how to paint. Drawing from her years of experience with both wild and domestic animals and her passion for detective novels, Laura created the Call of the Wilde Mystery series. She lives in Florida with too many cats, loves the Blue Angels, wearing flip flops in November, and thunderstorms. Laura is currently hard at work, writing the next Call of the Wilde mystery.

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Jul 282016
 
A MOST CURIOUS MURDER
A Most Curious Murder:
A Little Library Mystery

Cozy Mystery
New Series
Setting – Michigan
Crooked Lane Books (July 12, 2016)
Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1629536064
E-Book ASIN: B01H082F02
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Jenny Weston moves home to Bear Falls, Michigan, to nurse her bruised ego back to health after a bitter divorce. But the idyllic vision of her charming hometown crumbles when her mother’s Little Library is destroyed.

The next-door neighbor, Zoe Zola, a little person and Lewis Carroll enthusiast, suspects local curmudgeon Adam Cane, but when he’s found dead in Zoe’s fairy garden, all roads lead back to her. Jenny, however, believes Zoe is innocent, so the two women team up to find the true culprit, investigating the richest family in Bear Falls, interrogating a few odd townspeople, and delving into long, hidden transgressions–until Adam Cane isn’t the only body in town, and they have an even bigger mystery to solve.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This story was an absolute treasure.

Jenny Weston reeling from an awful divorce arrived back home in Bear Falls to find her mother’s Little Library has been chopped to bits and books have have been ripped apart. The Little Library was built by Jenny’s dad for his librarian wife because little Bear Falls doesn’t have a public library and she wanted to share her joy of reading. He built it to look like just like their home and put it up shortly before he was killed in a car accident.

The first person Jenny meets is Zoe Zola who she finds lamenting about the Little Library’s destruction. Zoe just happens to be an author herself, a Lewis Carroll enthusiast, and a little person, who takes a bit of getting used to. She thinks she knows who did the dastardly deed but when the man is found dead and Zoe becomes the prime suspect, all thoughts turn to proving her innocence. Things continue to roll out of control as another man is found murdered and so many more questions arise.

I started reading this book and could not put it down. I loved the uniqueness of Zoe. She may be of small stature but she has a huge heart and a very uplifting point of view and special way of thinking. Jenny’s mom has a good friend in Zoe and as the book continued Jenny and she were quickly becoming “almost friends”.

I enjoyed the small town setting and the way the residents pulled together to help Jenny’s mother, Dora, replace her loss. It was interesting the Jenny reconnecting with high school friends she really didn’t want to and found her life was better having left town when she did.  She also meets someone new in town that just may help her start to heal her aching heart.

The drama was multifaceted as well. The main plot and subplots blended perfectly. They are complex, curious, and at times comical.

The best part of the whole thing was the author’s writing style. At times I felt like we were going down the rabbit hole ourselves and it was such a fun adventure. Words, words, words, suitcase words, words that need to be unpacked and understood and that would lead you to the answers you seek or they could lead you nowhere, but totally entertaining.

Loved, Loved, Loved, this story!! It is fresh and different! Alice in Wonderland fans, this is a book for you!

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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About The Author

Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli (aka Elizabeth Lee) is a Michigan based novelist whose 12th book is due out in 2016. She teaches fiction writing at Northern Michigan College and has written for the NORTHERN EXPRESS, the ROMEO OBSERVER, the DETROIT NEWS, and the RECORD-EAGLE. She is a member of the Author’s Guild, International Association of crime Writers, Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers’ of America, Michigan Writers, and Detroit Working Writers and has three mystery series out, or about to be published.

In the Emily Kincaid series her novel DEAD DOGS AND ENGLISHMEN was chosen one of the best mysteries of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews. A new series (written as Elizabeth Lee) is now out with the third: NUTS AND BURIED (based in Texas)  released in November from Berkley Publishers. Another series, beginning with A MOST CURIOUS MURDER, (Crooked Lane Publishers) out now, 2016, with the second: SHE STOPPED FOR DEATH.coming in January 2017.


Written as Elizabeth Lee

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Jul 272016
 

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I am very excited to welcome Laurien Berenson to Escape With Dollycas! 

LaurienB2016Welcome to My World!

by Laurien Berenson

I was talking to a friend the other day about books. He told me, almost apologetically, that he doesn’t read books. He said that it never occurs to him to pick one up.

I understand that we live in a fast-paced world. I know that everyone has smart phones, streaming video, and access to a 24/7 news cycle. But I still can’t help but feel a little bit sorry for someone who has never discovered the wonder of reading.

For me, reading has always been the most glorious escape. In good times, I read for pleasure. In not-so-good times I read for solace. Reading transports me to places I’ve never been—and sometimes to places I never want to go. A story can lift my mood, make me think, or scare me half to death. Great storytellers let me see the world through their eyes, and they open my mind to possibilities I might never have previously envisioned.

LiveandLetGrowl-lowresIt’s no wonder that when I was a child my favorite presents were always books. If I was really lucky they were books about dogs or horses.

Aside from reading, the other constant in my life has always been the presence of animals. Now I’m fortunate to be able to combine my two passions as the author of the Melanie Travis Canine Mystery series. Let me say right up front that I am not just a writer of cozy mysteries, I am also a huge fan. This is a genre that has something for everyone: humor, quirky characters, great writing, and interesting settings.

My series grew out of my personal experience breeding and showing Standard and Miniature Poodles. I am the third generation in my family to show dogs and my grandmother was also a dog show judge. I spent more than twenty years in the dog show world and it didn’t take me long to discover what a fertile setting it would make for a mystery series!

Now that the 19th book in the series, LIVE AND LET GROWL, is about to be released, I’ve moved to greener pastures and Melanie Travis does too (at least for one adventure). I have transitioned from breeding Poodles to breeding Thoroughbred race horses. This book takes my two main characters, Melanie and her Aunt Peg, to the Bluegrass state of Kentucky where they become involved in shenanigans taking place in the world of horse racing.

Take it from me, dogs and horses are a great combination!

In LIVE AND LET GROWL I had the opportunity to explore a setting that most people only think about once a year on the 1st Saturday in May: Kentucky Derby day. But the Thoroughbred industry—both the horses themselves and those who care for them–are so much more than just that one premier event.

It’s my pleasure to give readers a behind-the-scenes look at a milieu that’s exciting and different. I hope you enjoy stepping into my world as much as I enjoyed writing about it.

~~ Laurien

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Live and Let Growl
(A Melanie Travis Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
19th in Series
Setting – Kentucky
Kensington (July 26, 2016)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496703385
E-Book ASIN: B017G7HE8U
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When her Aunt Peg lands a gig as judge at a Kentucky dog show, Melanie Travis welcomes the opportunity for a road trip. Too bad a killer has planned a deadly detour . . .

For a dog lover like Melanie, the opportunity to attend the Kentuckiana Dog Show Cluster is not to be missed. Fortunately, the timing coincides with her spring break from teaching, so she heads for central Kentucky with her sister-in-law Bertie and Aunt Peg, who’s accepted a week-long judging assignment. Once there, Aunt Peg reconnects with an old friend, Ellie Gates Wanamaker, a former Standard Poodle exhibitor and a member of a well-heeled Kentucky family. Miss Ellie has been out of the dog show world for more than a decade, but when Melanie invites her to spectate at the Louisville Kennel Club dog show, she’s eager to accompany her.

Miss Ellie’s presence at the expo center, however, provokes mixed reactions from exhibitors she hasn’t seen in years, including some outright animosity. The following day Melanie learns that Miss Ellie has suffered a fatal accident while exercising her dogs. Aunt Peg, however, suspects foul play. Wishing to avoid any scandal, Miss Ellie’s pedigreed family prefers to let sleeping dogs lie, but as Melanie begins to sniff around, she discovers Miss Ellie had many secrets, both in the dog show world and amongst her Kentucky kin . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Racehorses and dogs come together as Melanie, Bertie and Peg head to the Kentuckiana Dog Show Cluster and to check out Peg’s new inheritance. They aren’t just horsing around either when one of Peg’s old friends, Ellie Gates Wanamaker, is found dead. Accident or murder, Peg is like a dog with a bone to get answers.

I am so late to the Melanie Travis Mystery Party and I still don’t understand how I have missed this series. But let me tell you, Laurien Berenson made me feel right at home. I jumped right into this story and enjoyed it immensely. She gave enough of a backstory that I never felt lost or that I was missing some important details. That is hard to do with a long standing series as this. I love these characters and want to go back up and read much more about them and find out how this wonderful group came together.

The only hesitation I had was understanding the horse breeding, selling, training processes but that is a very complicated thing unless you live in that world. It was totally on me not on the author’s storytelling.

I so enjoyed learning about the wonderful poodles and the Jack Russell Terriers. As a parent to two Border Collie/Blue Heeler mixes, I understand clearly how each breed has their own tendencies, traits and idiosyncrasies. No matter what they are we love them and the author’s love was shining from the beginning of this story until the end.

Laurien Berenson writes a heck of a mystery too. Right up until the end we were guessing about what happened and why and who was responsible. It went right down to the wire just like a great horse race.

I am excited to read more of these stories, catching up and going forward.

Thank you Ms. Berenson for a delightful story to curl up with.

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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About This Author

Laurien Berenson is an Agatha and Macavity Nominee, winner of the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, and four time winner of the Maxwell Award, presented by the Dog Writers Association of America. She and her husband live on a farm in Kentucky surrounded by dogs and horses.

Find out more about her and her books on her webpage here. Find her on Facebook here and on Twitter here.

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Jul 262016
 

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All You Need Is Fudge (A Candy-coated Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Michigan
Kensington (July 26, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496701626
E-Book ASIN: B017G7HE4E
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Fudge shop owner Allie McMurphy is making fudgie treats for the annual yacht race–but a killer’s stirring up a batch of trouble. . .

Sailing Into Murder

The annual yacht race off the coast of Mackinac Island, Michigan, is a highlight of the summer season, and Allie is pulling out all the stops making chocolate centerpieces for the occasion. Unfortunately, she and her bichonpoo, Mal, also pull a dead body from the murky waters of the marina. When Allie’s boyfriend’s sister becomes the prime suspect, Allie dives into investigating the murder herself. Amid bitter feuds and hushed-up scandals, the courageous candymaker quickly gets in over her head. Someone is trying to fudge the facts to keep a secret worth killing for. . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

We are back on Mackinac Island for the annual yacht race celebration. This brings tourists to the place in droves but one thing that could drive them away is a dead body. That is just what Mal, Allie’s pup finds on their early morning walk. When the body is identified Trent’s sister becomes the prime suspect and his family completely shuts Allie out. That is no way to keep at relationship going. She wants to be there for him and his sister. So this fudge maker extraordinaire decided to do some investigating of her own. But she also is dipping herself into trouble.

I so enjoy my trips to Mackinac Island with Allie, Jenn, Frances, Mr. Devaney, Trent, Shane, and all the rest of its residents. All the characters are very relateable and there is always something happening at the McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop. The whole gang is so dedicated in growing the business and helping the island to shine.

This time we meet several new characters from the yacht club for all the festivities. Allie also visits the Senior Citizen Center for information for not only her investigation but for another surprise.

The main plot and subplots flow as smooth a newly made fudge onto that cool slab of marble. Just like the nuts and fruit Allie adds to her fudge, Nancy Coco blends twists and surprises into her mystery. She writes in a very descriptive way that bring people, places and situations to life.

Take my word for it, you will want to have some fudge on hand while reading this story. Thankfully there are recipes included throughout the book.

I call this a perfect summer read. Sit back, relax and enjoy a literary escape to Mackinac Island.

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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

Written as Nancy J. Parra

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Jul 252016
 

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Are you ready to Escape into some Good Books?

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Luck, Love & Lemon Pie
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Release Date – July 12, 2016
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All You Need Is Fudge (A Candy-coated Mystery)
Release Date – July 26, 2016
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Live and Let Growl (A Melanie Travis Mystery)
Release Date – July 26, 2016
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A Most Curious Murder: A Little Library Mystery
Release Date – July 12, 2016
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A Midwinter’s Tail: A Magical Cats Mystery
Release Date – October 7, 2014
My Flashback Friday Book
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Grilling the Subject (A Cookbook Nook Mystery)
Release Date – August 2, 2016
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Jul 242016
 

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

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

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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.

Happy SUNDAY Everyone!

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Well this was an interesting week. First thing Monday morning I was off to the doctor for my lower back pain and was diagnosed with sciatica. Given a variety of medications, shown some exercises, that are hard to do with one side, the sore side, mostly paralyzed, and was told swimming was a good thing to help me through this but could also have been what caused it. You may remember a couple of weeks ago I told you I was able to get back into a pool after 16 years. Using muscles that have not been used a lot lately.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week was rough, needed to take the big pain pills and spent limited time at the computer. By Thursday was feeling better and am working the schedule advised of 2 hours at the computer followed by 1 hour of rest. I will be continuing that schedule for awhile but will still try to get all my blog and tour work done. I did miss my Flashback Friday post this week just because I ran out of time but it should return this week if I continue to improve with no major relapses. Fingers and toes crossed.

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Weekly Rewind – July 18 – 23, 2016

Monday – It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2016 Week #29

Tuesday – #Review / #Giveaway – Murder on the Mother Road by Glenn Nilson – Great Escapes Book Tour

Plus – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Killer Finds by Vicki Vass – Great Escapes Book Tours

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Terrie Farley Moran – Author of Read to Death – #Review / #Giveaway

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – As Death Draws Near by Anna Lee Huber

Plus – #SPOTLIGHT – The Cat, The Collector and the Killer

Friday – BOOK BLAST – Planted by C. T. Collier

Plus – #Review / #Giveaway – Luck, Love & Lemon Pie by Amy E. Reichert

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Something’s Knot Kosher by Mary Marks

Plus – Special Guest – Victoria Laurie – Author of A Grave Prediction – #Spotlight / #Giveaway

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I am pleased to welcome Victoria Laurie to Escape With Dollycas today! 

Her new book A Grave Prediction will be released July 26! 

(Guest Post Provided by Publicist)

Victoria Laurie Author PhotoLately, I’ve been feeling a lot of “Stop the world, I wanna get off!” You know what I mean? It seems the world—an already mad-mad-mad place to begin with—has gone from being like that crazy drunk uncle no one wants to sit next to at Thanksgiving to full-on Freddy Krueger. We seem to be living in a time of nightmares instead of dreams, and it’s had me so down. Which is why I’m doing what I always do when I can’t take one more tragic, horrific, terrible news story or politically charged hyperbolic speech. I’m diving deep into a manuscript, and I’m not coming out till the end of November! Or when the book is finished. Whichever comes first.

The voice I always seem to revert to when seeking some comfort is my favorite protagonist: Abby Cooper. And, oddly, when I’m feeling the most blue is usually when she becomes her most clever, snarky, and fun.

It helps to laugh. It helps a lot. It’s a tiny, sweet high when I come up with the perfect zinger for Abs to either give or receive. (Full disclosure: It also helps the book sales, *wink* *wink*.) 🙂

This past December, I was in such a terrible funk; two months earlier I’d learned that someone I dearly, dearly love—a member of my own family—has a very rare terminal illness that there is neither a cure nor a protocol for. It was a blow that was completely unexpected for psychic me. Here’s the part where I confess that I didn’t see the diagnosis coming; although, now, looking back, I can also see that there were so many clues in the ether. I think I just couldn’t face even the thought of losing him.

I still can’t.

a grave predictionAnyway, during that time in December, my mood went dark—like dark—and I dove into a funk that literally took months to come out of. The thing that got me through was writing A Grave Prediction. Irony of ironies—it’s the funniest book I’ve written. In fact, it’s the only book I’ve read six times (throughout the editing process) and didn’t get sick of by the fourth pass. Seriously, I can honestly say that I’d totally read it again, and I don’t ever say that about any of my books, mostly because if you read a book six or seven times, especially one that you’ve written, you’re so, “Been there, read that. Next!”

But this little gem is different. A Grave Prediction is just light, and funny; it made me laugh and laugh during a time when that seemed impossible. And the fact that it’s release date is coming up here in the next few weeks (July 26, to be exact) makes me so happy. I think it might be exactly what most of my fans need right now. A good laugh. A good escape. A few hours’ reprieve from all the madness.

I sorta can’t wait for it to hit the shelves and do a little healing for anyone who could really use a moment of levity. My fondest wish this summer is for Abby to either get someone else through a tough time, or bring as many readers as possible a little giggle, or even just a few smiles. I’d die a happy woman if all of my efforts to bring her to life on the page resulted in just a couple of chuckles, knowing head shakes, and one or two grins. It would fill my heart with pride and gratitude.

Truly.

Huge, supportive hugs, my friends,

Victoria

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A Grave Prediction (Psychic Eye Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
Release Date July 26, 2016
14th in Series
An Obsidian Mystery
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by Penguin Random House LLC
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451473882
E-Book ASIN: B016JPTNIY
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In Victoria Laurie’s new Psychic Eye mystery, Abby Cooper learns that following the money often leads to murder . . .

Professional psychics learn to deal with skeptics, but Abby has to prepare herself for one steep uphill battle when she’s sent to San Diego to help train FBI officers to use their intuition. Her first challenge: a series of bank robberies in which the thieves made off with loads of cash but left no clues.

Abby’s sixth sense leads her team to a tract of land recently cleared for development. But instead of finding clues to the cash, Abby gets a vision of four buried bodies. A site search turns up some bones and pottery from an American Indian tribe, but that’s still enough to delay construction for years.

With a furious developer and dubious FBI agents on her back, Abby is losing credibility fast. But unlike the best laid plans, Abby’s talent rarely leads her astray. And if the bodies aren’t there yet, that means that four deaths can still be stopped. She’ll just have to dig a little deeper . . .

You can find out more about Victoria and her books on her webpage here. Join her fan group on Facebook here.


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Something’s Knot Kosher
by Mary Marks

SOMETHINGS NOT KOSHER
Something’s Knot Kosher (A Quilting Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Kensington (June 28, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496701800
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Funerals can be patchy affairs for Martha Rose and her close-knit circle of friends–especially in the case of a missing body. . .

When Birdie Watson’s husband Russell is killed during a bank robbery, Martha just wants to support her grieving friend. But en route to the burial plot in Oregon, Martha makes a harrowing discovery about the casket’s contents–instead of Russell, she finds an unidentified man. Now Martha and her quilting klatch can’t rest in peace until they unspool the truth behind the macabre mix up. . .

Praise for Something’s Knot Kosher

Mary knows how to draw the reader into the book. You feel like you are right there with Martha trying to figure out what is going on.
~Bab’s Book Bistro

This is a fun series and the author keeps you interested and captivated by the story line.
~Shelley’s Book Case

Mary Marks has written a delightful, exciting book that I could not put down. From the shocking beginning to the heart stopping conclusion, you will be glued to your seat and cheering on these fierce, brave women.
~My Funny View of Life

Something’s Knot Kosher is sure to delight quilters (beautiful cover art, by the way) – and while I don’t sew, I do love quilts.
~The power of words . . .

The story in Something’s Knot Kosher was addictive right from the beginning…
~Bookjunkie’s Book Blog

…a bank robbery resulting in murder, a disastrous road trip to honor final wishes, new friendships made, and the flaring up of old emotions, twists and surprises keep on coming!
~Laura’s Interests

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About the Author

Born and raised in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, Mary Marks earned a B.A. in Anthropology from UCLA and an M.A. in Public Administration from the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. In 2004 she enrolled in the UCLA Extension Writers Program. Her first novel, Forget Me Knot, was a finalist in a national writing competition in 2011. She is currently a reviewer of cozy mysteries for The New York Journal of Books at www.nyjournalofbooks.com.

Readers can visit her at www.marymarksmysteries.com and https://www.facebook.com/mmarks2013

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Jul 222016
 
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Luck, Love & Lemon Pie
Women’s Fiction
Setting – Wisconsin
Gallery Books (July 12, 2016)
Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1501121548
E-Book ASIN: B0176M3QSM
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When Milwaukee-area wife and mother MJ Boudreaux notices her husband Chris seems more interested in the casino than her, she’s more bothered that she isn’t upset than by her husband’s absence. She picks up poker as a way for them to spend more time together—and reignite their marital flame.

Although the game doesn’t give her the quality time with Chris that she’d hoped, MJ finds she has a knack for it. Increasingly unhappy at home, she turns to the felt top of the poker table for comfort. Intoxicated with newfound freedom, MJ begins spending more time at the gambling tables and less with her family, finally carving out for herself a place outside her role of wife and mother.

After a string of great wins, MJ finds herself in Vegas, attracting the attention of a certain magnetic poker star. But when she’s forced to choose between her family and her new exciting lifestyle, the stakes may be higher than she thought and MJ will have to play her hand carefully…or risk losing it all.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Marriage is work and when MJ Boudreaux sees her marriage starting to crumble she tries to bring them closer by learning more about her husband’s love of poker. Instead of bringing them together she becomes almost addicted spending less and less time with her family. She even enters a tournament and wins a trip to Vegas where her whole life could change completely, but is that what she really wants.

The cover caught my attention and then I saw it was set in Wisconsin and written by a Wisconsin author so I was quickly all in.

While poker was never my game I had things in common with MJ. My parents owned a tavern and several “gents” arrived daily for their euchre games and men and woman came a few nights a week for euchre tournaments. As it was my parent’s place I was tending bar and playing cards all through high school and college. MJ’s story rang true with me.

Amy E. Reichert takes a very interesting look at love, luck, jealously and family life in this story. Any married couple will tell you keeping your marriage alive takes work and that there are ebbs and flows and how you handle those ebbs and flows makes all the difference. MJ and Chris were going through the motions but weren’t communicating. MJ tried but both parties have to be trying.

The author shows things mostly from MJ’s point of view of her family dynamics. A typical Midwest family with typical family problems. A daughter in her last year in high school in the college planning phase. A son involved in many extracurricular things and adjusting to his teenage years. Chris seemed to be absent a lot, leaving the household and kids to MJ. Although we learn he is the cook in the family. I really didn’t like Chris and felt MJ’s pain.

I enjoyed this book a great deal. It is a story many women will be able to relate to. It is not a romantic book, it is a story of family lives and making it work. There are obstacles along the way and we see how this family deals with them. It is a journey, an emotional journey.

enjoyable 2016

Dollycas

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 Find out more about Amy and her books here


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Jul 222016
 

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Planted
by C. T. Collier

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Planted (The Penningtons Investigate)
1st in Series
Cozy Mystery
Asdee Press (July 22, 2016)
Print Length: 309 pages
ASIN: B01FOVMCPK

Synopsis:

Planted is book one of the new mystery series, The Penningtons Investigate, from award-winning author C. T. Collier. The Penningtons, Lyssa and Kyle, are both PhD’s, and when their clever minds start asking questions, clever killers can’t hide.

It’s Monday of spring break when Professor Lyssa Pennington’s backyard garden project unearths a loaded revolver. With no record of violence at their address and no related cold case, the Tompkins Falls police have no interest. But the Penningtons and a friend with the State Police believe there a body somewhere. Whose? Where? And who pulled the trigger?

The Penningtons’ canvass of their quiet neighborhood turns up disturbing secrets about the family who lived in their house for decades and another ill-fated family a few doors away. No one seems to know how to contact the only sons of either family. The few facts they have about them don’t add up and, since the gun was buried about the time both young men disappeared from Tompkins Falls, the Penningtons feel compelled to find them and make sure all is well.

Lyssa follows the money story and finds twenty million dollars, a neighbor who’s not what he seems, and a long-buried rivalry. Kyle goes after homicide data in six states and finds a body. Their next surprise is a murderer who will go to any length to conceal the crime.

 

KATE COLLIERAbout The Author

C. T. Collier grew up in Seneca Falls, NY, left the area for college and jobs, and always wanted to return to the Finger Lakes. Today she lives in a beautiful small city on one of the prettiest of the Finger Lakes, not unlike fictional Tompkins Falls on lovely Chestnut Lake. Most days you’ll find her writing in her tiny office looking out on a woods populated with fox, deer, wild turkeys, and songbirds. In her career as a tech-savvy college professor she has been endlessly fascinated with campus intrigue. Entirely fictional, Tompkins College is no college and every college.

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Jul 212016
 

Coming August 2, 2016

I will be reviewing this book on August 11!
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The Cat, The Collector and the Killer (Cats in Trouble Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Setting – South Carolina
An Obsidian Mystery
An Imprint of New American Library
Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451477408
E-Book ASIN: B01839Q396
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In the latest mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of The Cat, the Sneak and the Secret, a cat collector is suspected of murder.
 
Jillian Hart and police chief Tom Stewart are enjoying peaceful, newly wedded bliss in Mercy, South Carolina, until a woman is found wandering the streets one night. She’s in her night clothes, disoriented, and carrying a kitten in a tote bag. A search of the woman’s house reveals many more cats, a maze of cardboard boxes—and a dead man.

Although the evidence suggests the frail woman is the killer, Jillian doesn’t believe she’s capable of such a crime. The dead man had many enemies in town, which means finding the real murderer may prove to be its own cat and mouse game…

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Jul 212016
 

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As Death Draws Near
(A Lady Darby Mystery)

Historical Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – Ireland
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (July 5, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425277720
E-Book ASIN: B016JPTK2I
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The latest mystery from the national bestselling author of A Study in Death tangles Lady Kiera Darby and Sebastian Gage in a dangerous web of religious and political intrigue.

July 1831. In the midst of their idyllic honeymoon in England’s Lake District, Kiera and Gage’s seclusion is soon interrupted by a missive from her new father-in-law. A deadly incident involving a distant relative of the Duke of Wellington has taken place at an abbey south of Dublin, Ireland, and he insists that Kiera and Gage look into the matter.

Intent on discovering what kind of monster could murder a woman of the cloth, the couple travel to Rathfarnham Abbey school. Soon a second nun is slain in broad daylight near a classroom full of young girls. With the sinful killer growing bolder, the mother superior would like to send the students home, but the growing civil unrest in Ireland would make the journey treacherous.

Before long, Kiera starts to suspect that some of the girls may be hiding a sinister secret. With the killer poised to strike yet again, Kiera and Gage must make haste and unmask the fiend, before their matrimonial bliss comes to an untimely end…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

It seems Kiera and Gage can’t even have a honeymoon. Lord Gage sends them a message to travel to Dublin to investigate a nun that has been killed at an Abbey. He provides no details so the newly married couple find transport and get to Ireland as quickly as possible. The people of the surrounding area are not quick to provide much more information, even the other nuns at the abbey and the local Constable seems to holding back. Kiera and Gage have their work cut out for them to solve this case. It also tests their new married life as these two very independent people learn to trust their place now as man and wife.

Kiera has grown so much since this series began, much of the thanks to Gage, but now that she is his wife will he fall into the ways of most men in this time and curtail her independence and freedom when it comes to their investigations. The author has shown us both sides and not everything is resolved by the end of this book.

Huber’s stories are very character driven. Servants Anderley and Bree also play major roles in this mystery. Kiera has always been extremely close to Bree and we see Gage and Anderley are very close and trusting as well. We are also introduced to a wide variety of characters and a character from a past story reappears, much to Lady Darby’s dismay.

This mystery includes a lot of history and the murder takes a very interesting turn as we learn more about how that history impacts the nun’s death. I felt it was pretty complex and just a little hard to keep straight at times. There were so many players, secondary and minor characters that all played a part.

As I have come to expect from this author she paints amazing pictures with her words. The areas around the Abbey formed immediately in my mind. The portion of the story that takes place on the ship almost had me weaving with the motion of the waves.

As I have said in previous reviews to get the most out of these series the stories should be read from the start but this one does read well as a stand alone as the author gives us plenty of background.

I love that as the 5th book in this series that characters are fresh and engaging and the mystery is excellent. The author gives us a little tease for book number six and that made me so happy. I really want to go on more adventures with Mr. & Mrs. Gage.

perfect 2016

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Jul 202016
 

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
I am absolutely tickled to have Terrie Farley Moran visit us today!

terrie newI am delighted to be spending another Cozy Wednesday with all of you. Read to Death is the third cozy mystery novel in the Read ’Em and Eat series set in the sunny island community of Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Every winter season, the Cool Reads/Warm Climate Book Club gathers both local residents and snowbirds to mingle, drink sweet tea and talk about books. The season generally ends with a party of some sort and this year is no exception.

ftmyrsbch 031Read ’Em and Eat owners Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield have arranged for members of the book club to read The Florida Life of Thomas Edison by Michele Albion and then to take a trip off-island to visit the fabulous Edison and Ford Winter estates where Thomas Edison and Henry Ford spent their winters a hundred years ago.

Edison-Ford-Winter-Estate-OutsideTo insure the success of the trip, Sassy and Bridgy have rented a van and requested driver Oscar Frieland, who they know will engage in entertaining chatter with the club members. Sure enough, Oscar is both flirtatious and informative.

edison statueWith such splendid planning, the day is a huge success complete with a snack break next to a statue of Thomas Edison which stands under the largest Banyan tree in America. After arriving back at the Read ’Em and Eat, everyone gathers in the café for a brief book club meeting. Bridgy runs out to retrieve her sunglasses from the van only to discover Oscar’s dead body sprawled across the seat.

readtodeath1Although Lieutenant Frank Anthony of the Lee County Sheriff’s Department insists that Bridgy is a witness, not a suspect, Sassy is afraid that Bridgy’s status could change in an instant. She calls lawyer Owen Reston to come to Bridgy’s aid and then enlists reporter Cady Stanton to help her investigate Oscar’s life, past and present.
Bridgy’s mother, who is the flamboyant Ophelia’s sister Emelia arrives to comfort Bridgy but the sparks that fly between the sisters are anything but comforting. And the surprise guest that Emelia brings along with her is nothing short of spectacular.

So, open up a copy of Read to Death and get ready to spend a few hours at the beach, sipping sweet tea and nibbling on a Drunken Raisin Scone (recipe included) while solving a murder in the coziest town on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

~Terrie

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Read to Death
(Read Em and Eat Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Florida
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
An Imprint of Penguin Ransom House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425270301
E-Book ASIN: B016JPTN5W
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At their seaside Read ‘Em and Eat bookstore café, Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield offer fresh scones, great books, and excellent detective work…
 
With their book club season wrapping up with The Florida Life of Thomas Edison, Sassy and Bridgy decide to take their group on a day trip to the beautiful Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Hiring driver Oscar Frieland, who’s known for his colorful stories  and love of the café’s Robert Frost fruit tartlets, the bibliophiles set off for a day of sunshine and history.

After a lovely excursion, the club returns to the café for lunch and a book discussion, but the group falls silent after Oscar is found dead in his van. The sheriff’s deputies have some questions of their own for the group, and if the ladies don’t find some answers soon, the next book they read might be from a prison library.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

The Cool Reads/Warm Climate Book Club goes on a field trip but it ends badly. The van driver, Oscar, is killed on the van after all the book club members have scurried off. Bridgy ends up finding his body when she returns to look for her missing sunglasses and that makes her the prime suspect for his death. Everyone knows she is innocent but the police don’t appear to be looking for other suspects. Before Bridgy is reading her books in a jail cell she and Sassy with the help of their friends do their best to find the real killer.

I have escaped right into all three books in this series. Sassy and Bridgy are fabulous characters and I wish the Read ‘Em and Eat bookstore café actually existed because I want to visit and meet them, Miguel, Ophie, and all the other characters that come through the doors. I really enjoy reading about the teenage book group and all the things they do.

The plot was terrific, just as I knew it would be. Plenty of suspects with plenty of twists. As each suspect was eliminated the focus kept returning to our Bridgy. When things seemed too dire Ophie always came to the rescue to brighten things up. Things were a little tense when her sister, Bridgy’s mom, came to town but Sassy’s mom came too and that helped to lift the tension. These women love to shop and you can’t stay mad when you are shopping.

Of course the setting was pure bliss and we get to see many different places as the girl’s investigation continued. We also traveled to some touristy spots to keep one certain mother out of Miguel’s kitchen.

An truly captivating cozy! Great characters with great relationships, an intriguing whodunit in a delightful setting! I can’t wait to return to the Read ‘Em and Eat! 

I highly recommend the entire series!

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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About The Author 

Short-listed twice for The Best American Mystery Stories, Terrie Farley Moran is delighted to introduce mystery fans to the Read ’Em and Eat café and bookstore, which debuted with Well Read, Then Dead. The only thing Terrie enjoys more than wrangling mystery plots into submission is playing games and reading stories with any or all of her grandchildren.

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Written with Laura Childs

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