Nov 252017
 

Assault and Buttery
(A Popcorn Shop Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Ohio
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (November 7, 2017)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425280935
Kindle ASIN: B06W549M59

 

 

Repairs are under way at Rebecca Anderson’s gourmet popcorn shop. With production of her tasty treats on hold, Rebecca has plenty of time to read the old diary she discovered hidden in the shop’s walls. It’s a fun peek into her town’s history…until the diary’s abrupt ending leaves Rebecca wondering whether she’s actually stumbled upon a cold case.

Unfortunately for Rebecca, mysteries are popping up right and left. When local busybody Lloyd McLaughlin is found dead, the police suspect he was poisoned by Rebecca’s popcorn. But Rebecca has only made one batch of popcorn recently, and it wasn’t intended for Lloyd. Nothing about Lloyd’s death makes sense—until Rebecca discovers a startling connection between the missing diary-writer and the murdered man.

Now, with her reputation on the line, Rebecca must discover who’s been cooking up murder—both in the past and in the present.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Kristi Abbott takes a unique approach for the third book in this series. We find our protagonist, Rebecca Anderson in jail. She then uses flashbacks to tell how the gourmet popcorn maker ended up there. Between her shop being under construction to repair damage that happened in the last book, a found dairy from the 50’s, a town council race and a dead body Rebecca has her hands full. It seems her habit of popping herself into police business has pushed Sheriff Dan way too far, he may be her best friend and brother-in-law, but right now he is not her favorite person.

I loved the way this story was told! Rebecca in jail, in a town surrounded by friends was fun and at times laugh out loud funny. Antics portrayed in this story could only happen in a small town. We learn the details of her incarceration as she tells her story to the woman in the cell across from hers. The why was understandable, the how and the who was surprising, and the prosecutor’s case and the judge’s orders made me a bit upset. It was stereotypical of an earlier time in history. It fit with the story and set forth more than a few comedic scenes, so I understand the reason the author went the way she did for the story.

The story has an even pace, the first half of the book takes us through the past and then catches up to present day. At this point the pace picks up as we start to look closer at the suspects and their motives. Secrets revealed and more than a few twists had me totally captivated to the last page.

The story is well written and the characters really “POP”. This is my favorite book of the series and I hope it isn’t the last. I am excited to read more about Rebecca and her friends and family.

There are also recipes in the back of the book. The S’mores Popcorn Bars will popping up in our home soon.

Dollycas

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Nov 242017
 

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

I am really trying to get caught up on this series.


Dead Loudmouth (A Loon Lake Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
16th in the Series
Setting – Wisconsin
Gallery Books (June 1, 2016)
Paperback: 206 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1440568442
Kindle ASIN: B01ENYMB64

 

 

It’s a bright summer morning in Loon Lake when Police Chief Lewellyn Ferris is called to the scene of a horrific accident that occurred in the dead of night at a local gentleman’s club. The club is owned by one of the victims, a member of the private Deer Creek Fishing and Hunting Preserve and the scion of a wealthy Wisconsin family. When the county coroner is unavailable due to a car accident, Chief Ferris deputizes her close friend and fellow fly-fisherman, retired dentist “Doc” Osborne, to step in.

Osborne’s discovery of mysterious footprints confirms Chief Ferris’s suspicions: this is no accident; it’s murder. Leaning on Doc Osborne for his forensic and interrogation skills, Lew also hopes to enlist the help of Ray Pradt, fishing guide and expert tracker. But Ray’s time is limited as he is coaching the University of Wisconsin’s fishing team in a muskie fishing tournament. Things get complicated when Doc Osborne’s granddaughter disappears on the first day of the tournament. Sunny June days turn dark as a desperate search ensues.

 

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I have enjoyed this series from the beginning.

This time Police Chief Lewellyn Ferris is called to a gentleman’s club for two dead bodies. With the regular coroner is involved in a car accident on the way to the scene, Lew calls in “Doc” Osborne to look over the situation to determine if it was a freak accident or murder that left two people dead. She also calls in expert tracker, Ray Pradt, to advise on the case. Ray only has about an hour to scan the scene as he is coaching a team from the University of Wisconsin in a fishing tournament. He has even enlisted “Doc”‘s 11 year-old granddaughter to help with the tackle and food.

Lew is busy investigating the two deaths when she gets a frantic call that “Doc”‘s granddaughter is missing and so is one of Ray’s kayaks. Never a dull moment in Loon Lake which leaves very little time for fly fishing.

Ms. Houston’s love for fishing and the great outdoors again sings throughout story. The details unfold effortlessly and bring the rivers and forests to life. It would be so relaxing and calm if it wasn’t for those darn dead people. 🙂 She described the scene in the gentleman’s club as well, painting a picture of death I don’t think I will soon forget. A truly crazy way to die.

The main characters have become like friends over the series. For some reason I had in my head that Ray was older but that is neither here nor there. The are wonderfully real with every day issues in addition to the main plot. I liked getting to know Mason, Dr. Osborne’s granddaughter and that at just 11 years old she loves to fish with her grandpa, just like I did when I was that age. It was so easy to picture her in those waders. She has a harrowing experience that could change the way she feels but with the family she has to support her she seems to be alright.

The plot was crisp, with many suspects, due to some illegal shenanigans happening at the club. I was kept guessing right up until the end. Time passes quickly and so does the turning of the pages. It clearly portrays a small town that needs to call in a crime lab from a larger town to help them work the case. Of course the guy loves to fly fish so he is happy to help them out.

Another terrific escape from this author, just a few actual hours from home.

Dollycas

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Nov 232017
 

The holiday this year has me remembering Thanksgivings before my mom and dad passed away. All three of us children had families of our own but we knew Thanksgiving was the time to gather around the large Duncan Fife table with all the extra leaves inserted and as the family grew card tables added. My mom, born on Christmas Eve, was flexible on the day to celebrate Christmas (as long as you called or stopped for a quick visit on her birthday) but Thanksgiving was her day, no matter what, even if we had to eat a second meal later in the day at the in laws. A 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving your butt and those in your family better be in a seat and her table, or else. 🙂

When dad passed away the tradition continued until mom sold her business and retired. We then invited her to our homes but it was no longer a huge family gathering. After she passed we continued to do our own thing like we do today. Our family would gather for food and football.

When Kris died that changed. Now Katy and the boys spend the holidays with the other set of grandparents and Jeff cooks for the 4 of us. Betsy and I usually read and watch movies or the parade and dog show. Jeff and Jayme watch football or movies together or on their own. It is a quiet day. We all do our best to ignore the huge elephant in the room, that Kris is in an urn on the mantle and not on the couch or at the table.

It is the beginning of our third holiday season without him. for any of you that have lost loved ones you know how hard this can be. I know there will be less tears this year as our hearts have toughened up to protect us from the tremendous hurt. He is still on our minds all day every day, that will never change. We are starting to realize Kris will always be in our hearts but family holidays and their traditions make it harder. Like when first my dad and then my mom left us, traditions change. I am hopeful that someday soon we will gather around a table with a big bird in the middle of the table, too many sides  and pie, lots and lots of pie again. It also makes me wonder about all our loved ones in heaven, giving thanks, and being together around that big table in the sky. It gives me just a little comfort to think that today.  I am thankful for every day we shared together on the earth, knowing someday we will all be together again.

Do you have big plans/traditions for Thanksgiving? I hope you are all together with your families, indulging in all the wonderful food of the season, yelling at the televisions and having fun. If you are having a quiet day like we are I hope you have the perfect book to curl up with or another activity you enjoy.  I will be away from the computer today. Enjoy your day, I will be back tomorrow. 

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!  

~Lori

Nov 222017
 

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I love this series and am so excited to have Sheila drop by for a visit today!

A Late Frost
(Orchard Mystery #11, Berkley)
(Guest post provided by publicist)

It is truly surprising how many murders seem to take place in small towns, as Meg Corey finds out when she moves to rural western Massachusetts. Downsized out of her Boston banking job, she thinks she’s going to renovate and sell a colonial house her mother inherited, then get back to her “real” life as a financial analyst.

A couple of years later she finds herself married to neighbor Seth Chapin and managing her own orchard. And getting involved in too many murder investigations.

In A Late Frost, it’s winter in Granford, and there’s not much to do in the orchard. Monica Whitman has recently retired to town with her husband, and she’s eager to get involved in her new community, so she suggests that the town create a new festival called Winterfare in the slow season. The event is everything she had hoped, but unfortunately she doesn’t live long enough to enjoy her success: she dies that night. Was it a suspicious death, or simply bad luck?

Meg hardly knew the woman, but when police find no obvious cause for Monica’s death, suspicions flare. The only way Meg can find to help is to learn more about Monica and her past from Monica’s husband, and the results are surprising.

~Sheila

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A Late Frost (An Orchard Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
11th in Series
Setting – Massachusetts
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (November 7, 2017)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425275832
Kindle ASIN: B06WGNPM43

 

 

The usually quiet town of Granford, Massachusetts, is even drowsier during the colder months. But this year it’s in for a jolt when Monica Whitman moves into town. She’s a dynamo who wants to make friends fast in her new home, and she throws herself into community activities. Meg Corey, now Chapin after her marriage to Seth Chapin, is intrigued by the new arrival, who has already sold the town board on a new, fun way to bring in visitors during the off-season: WinterFare, which will feature local foods (such as Meg’s apples) and crafts, as well as entertainment.

Tragically, Monica falls ill and dies after the event in what looks like a case of food poisoning. When all the food served at WinterFare has been tested, including Meg’s apples, it becomes clear that there’s a more sinister explanation to the older woman’s sudden demise.

Meg’s investigation uncovers a bushel of potential suspects, one of whom is rotten to the core.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Winter in Granford leaves Meg Corey with a lot of time on her hands. Seth doesn’t have a major job at the moment either.  You would be able to think these newlyweds would be able to enjoy an extended honeymoon, especially after all the chaos they went through with her parents and the dead handyman. Instead a new resident, Monica Whitman, has moved to Granford and has a fun idea to bring tourists to town during the colder months, WinterFare. With Seth on the town council, he plays a major role and Meg has a booth selling apples. This first year it is more about bringing the community together. But it may be the last year because Monica is rushed to the hospital and later dies. It looks like a case of food poisoning, meaning Meg could be a suspect. Anyone who sold/served food at the event is in the same boat. Meg is working closely with Art Preston, the chief of police, to pare down the list and try to figure out who killed this enthusiastic newcomer.

Sheila Connolly brings almost all the old characters back. Bree has taken a new job in Australia, so Meg needs to hire a new manager. Her mentor, Christopher has someone he thinks is perfect for the job. At their first meeting, Meg isn’t too sure. Larry is not a people person, but he knows his apples. Speaking of a people person, Monica Whitman is one, she talks a mile a minute, and has all sorts of ideas but she doesn’t live long enough for us to really get to know her better. After her death we meet her husband, Douglas, a quiet man with monumental challenges. These new characters are as well written as the regulars.

I really enjoy the normal daily life of Seth and Meg. Their relationship is so comfortable. Figuring out about how to handle taxes now that they are married and both with successful businesses. Deciding what to do with Seth’s family home now that he has moved in with Meg. Children in the future. . . maybe? I enjoyed the friendship that they have with Art. He wasn’t in charge of the investigation but he trusted their thoughts and theories, even going beyond his authority to get answers.

The mystery was top-notch and could have played out several ways. Ms. Connolly shocked me with the ending. It made perfect sense but my thinking was never drawn to the person for one instant.

This is a marvelous mystery series. I have enjoyed every visit to Granford and can’t wait to return. This next apple season is going to be very interesting.

Dollycas

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About the Author

Sheila Connolly, Anthony and Agatha Award–nominated and New York Times bestselling author, writes mystery series set in Philadelphia (the Museum Mysteries), rural Massachusetts (the Orchard Mysteries), and Ireland (the County Cork Mysteries), as well as a paranormal romance series (the Relatively Dead series). She will introduce a new Victorian Village series set in Maryland in 2018. In addition, her short stories have appeared in multiple anthologies. Formerly a professional genealogist, she lives in Massachusetts, surrounded by many, many departed ancestors, with her husband and three cats, and owns a cottage in West Cork in Ireland, where her father’s family came from.

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Nov 212017
 

A Fatal Collection (A Keepsake Cove Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Maryland
Midnight Ink (November 8, 2017)
Paperback: 264 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738752198
E-Book ASIN: B01MR8L4IS

 

 

Callie Reed makes a long overdue visit to her aunt Melodie, who lives in a fairy-tale cottage in quaint Keepsake Cove, home to a bevy of unique collectible shops on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Just as they’re beginning to reconnect, Callie discovers her aunt’s body on the floor of her music box shop. Grief-stricken, Callie finds she can’t accept Melodie’s death being called accidental. How could her strong and healthy aunt take such a fatal fall? And why was she there in the middle of the night?

As Callie searches for the truth, signs seem to come from her late aunt through a favorite music box, urging Callie on. Or are they warnings? If Callie isn’t careful, she could meet a similar deadly fate amid Melodie’s collection.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This is an excellent start to what I hope will be a long running series.

The story takes place in Keepsake Cove on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Callie Reed’s Aunt Melodie owns a music box shop and a cute little cottage there. Callie arrives for a short visit that turns into so much more after her aunt suffers a tragic fall. Melodie’s death is ruled accidental, but something just seems off. Her aunt was healthy and vital. She knew the layout of her store even in the dark, and why was she there in the middle of the night? Driven my a music box that mysteriously plays without being wound and just a need to find the truth, Callie keeps her eyes and ears open, asks some careful questions, and tries to not end up joining her aunt in the great beyond, before she can truly be at home in Keepsake Cove.

What an amazing setting for a story/series. Mary Ellen Hughes creates mind blowing imagery with her words. Each shop and cottage, the paths between, the music boxes and other keepsakes, come alive through her words. She takes us there and immerses the reader in everything that is happening.

The characters come alive too. They already have great depth. I feel we will get to know them even better as the series continues.  I do wish Callie would have had more time with her aunt, but we know that she was a genuine and caring person with many friends that now will take Callie under their wing. All the shopkeepers are unique in personality and their wares. A tight knit community, most working to continue on the cove’s success. You always have a few dust-ups, maybe even murder, in a place like this, that keep life interesting.

The plot of the story is unique in that there are no police scurrying around trying to catch a killer. They believe is was a terrible accident. Callie does investigate quietly and has several suspects, but she keeps them to herself, until the exciting climax where all is revealed. I found this to be delightful and refreshing.

As a collector myself you could take me away to Keepsake Cove any day of the week. This visit ended much too soon. They are still shops to explore and people to meet. You just know Callie’s going to get herself into something. I am excited for this series to continue. Mary Ellen, my virtual bags are packed and I am ready to escape to the cove whenever you are. Please don’t make me wait too long.

Dollycas

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About The Author

Mary Ellen Hughes is the bestselling author of the Pickled and Preserved Mysteries (Penguin), the Craft Corner Mysteries, and the Maggie Olenski Mysteries, along with several short stories. A Fatal Collection is her debut with Midnight Ink. A Wisconsin native, she has lived most of her adult life in Maryland, where she’s set many of her stories. Visit her at www.MaryEllenHughes.com.

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Praise for A Fatal Collection (A Keepsake Cove Mystery)
by Mary Ellen Hughes

This one has so many elements that I love including a community of shop keepers with specialty items, making them a small town to themselves. The shops have personalities as do the shopkeepers.
~Laura’s Interests

Keepsakes can have great emotional value and connection to an event or person. And some collectors are downright… obsessed! A Fatal Collection is downright enjoyable and holds great promise for the future.
~Back Porchervations

The mystery solving has a different route to it with no police involved at all which was a refreshing change. I highly recommend this to fans of cozy mysteries.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

This first book in the Keepsake Cove mystery series is off to a promising start. This was my first book by this author and I enjoyed her writing style.
~Bookworm Cafe

A Fatal Collection is my kind of comfortable cozy mystery. . .
~The Power of Words

A FATAL COLLECTION will be a keepsake of mine for a very long time to come!
~Lisa Ks Book Reviews

“A Fatal Collection” was enjoyable and engaging with a wonderful setting and cast of characters.
~Bea’s Book Nook

Overall, Callie and Keepsake Cove are going to become instant hits with cozy readers. . . It was a delight to read this book.
~Bibliophile Reviews

I was immediately enchanted with the town of Keepsake Cove and the inhabitants. I loved all of the specialty shops with their cutesy names and their even cuter shop owners.
~The Montana Bookaholic

This was a delightful cozy that was really enhanced by how charming the community of Keepsake Cove was.
~That’s What She’s Reading

I’m totally in love with the characters from Keepsake Cove. They’re well-rounded, developed characters that seem to have a complexity that we barely scratched the surface of in this book.
~Valerie’s Musings

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Nov 212017
 

Welcome to New Release Tuesday!

Just 3 to share with you this week!

 

The Cat of Christmas Future (Whales and Tails Cozy Mystery Book 14)


The Discombobulated Decipherers: A Brilliant, Minnesota Mystery


The Culinary Art of Murder (The Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries)

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Dollycas

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Nov 202017
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

This week I am traveling east before heading back to the midwest.

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

Escapes Completed

The Mayor’s Son Release Date – August 30, 2017
Setting – My Home Town – Columbus, Wisconsin
Personal Purchase – My Review


A Fatal Collection (A Keepsake Cove Mystery)
Release Date – November 8, 2017
Setting – Maryland
Review will be up tomorrow.


A Late Frost (An Orchard Mystery)
Release Date – November 7, 2017
Setting – Massachusetts
Sheila will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!


Dead Loudmouth (A Loon Lake Mystery)
Release Date – June 1, 2016
Setting – Wisconsin
My Flashback Friday Book

Current Escape


Assault and Buttery (A Popcorn Shop Mystery)
Setting – Ohio
For Review

Scheduled Escapes


Not a Creature Was Purring (A Paws & Claws Mystery)
Release Date – November 7, 2017
Setting – Virginia
For Review


Hark the Herald Angels Slay (A Year-Round Christmas Mystery)
Release Date – November 28, 2017
Setting – New York
Vicki will be my guest next week for Cozy Wednesday


The Plot Is Murder (Mystery Bookshop)
Release Date – November 28, 2017
Setting – North Harbor on the shores of Lake Michigan
For Review

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Nov 192017
 

 

2018 LITERARY ESCAPES CHALLENGE

I did better last year on this challenge but hope to add a few more stops before December 31.
My Map 

Challenge – Try to read 1 book set in each of the 50 states + the District of Columbia. (51 Points). If you complete the challenge you earn 50 Bonus Points. You also can earn Bonus Points for books set in Counties around the world. 1 Bonus Point for each country. (No repeats – only 1 point can be earned for each country.)

Your books can be fiction or non-fiction and can be in any format, print, digital, audio. 

So how do you decide what state a book is categorized under?

1.  In a fiction read it would be the State or Country that the book spends the most time in.  (Ie. If your main character is from Wisconsin but the book is all about his/her time in college in California – the books should categorize under California….)

2.  Non fiction reads categorize  in whatever State or Country it is about (Ie…. a book about fly fishing in Colorado is a Colorado point, and a book about women in Afghanistan is an Afghanistan point.

3.  If the book goes from one state to another… go with the state that most of the time is spent.

The way you keep track is up to you. I like making the map to visualize where I have been and where I need to go but I also keep a list on Reading Challenges Page. Here is directions on how to create a map. – http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Google-Map. You do not have to just use Google Maps, you can use an map program you choose.

or just use this list

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

On my list I link to the review posted on my blog, but this is not a requirement. In fact, you do not need to be a blogger to participate. You can keep your list anywhere. 

Bloggers please grab the graphic above and post about this challenge on your blog.

To sign up just fill out this form.

I have found people like to share and communicate about the challenge and their progress, so I have set up a Facebook Group for that purpose.

Literary Escapes Facebook Group

Prizes will be announced as we get closer to 2019.

Dollycas

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Nov 192017
 

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

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.
HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!


Double Digits

Last Sunday we celebrated Kaden’s 10th birthday at Culvers. Double digits! I can’t believe how fast the time has gone and what an incredible young man he is growing up to be.

Both boys are here this weekend. Kaden is feeling a bit under the weather and Remi is a whirling dervish of energy. Their parents are both out trying to slay a deer this weekend. 🙂 I love having the kids visit and I hate when they leave, which will be soon. Then I intend to curl up with a book and watch what may be my last NASCAR race. My driver, Matt Kenseth, doesn’t have a ride for next year and he has not used the dreaded “R” word yet, but I watch because of him and really don’t have another driver I want to follow. It will be interesting to fill my summer and fall Sundays with something new.



Weekly Rewind – November 12 – 18, 2018

Sunday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Dead Storage (A Maggie McDonald Mystery) by Mary Feliz – Great Escapes Book Tour

Plus – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Dressed to Kill, An Antique Hunters Mystery by Vicki Vass – Great Escapes Book Tour

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #46 2017 – Wisconsin, Maryland & Massachusetts

Plus – Special Guest – Lesley Cookman – Author of Murder by the Barrel (A Libby Sarjeant Murder Mystery Series) – #GuestPost / #Giveaway

Tuesday – New Release Tuesday – November 2017 – Week #2

Plus – #Review / #Giveaway – Death in the Stacks (A Library Lover’s Mystery) by Jenn McKinlay @BerkleyMystery

And – Gratitude Giveaway Hop 2017!!

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Wendy Tyson – Author of Seeds of Revenge – #GuestPost / #Review / #Giveaway

Thursday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Knit to Kill (A Black Sheep & Co. Mystery) by Anne Canadeo @KensingtonBooks

Plus – #Review / #Giveaway – Cremains of the Day (A Tallie Graver Mystery) by Misty Simon @KensingtonBooks

And – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Death at the Midnight Dragonfly by Susan Boles – Great Escapes Tour

Friday – Special Guest – JoAnna Carl – Author of The Chocolate Bunny Brouhaha #FlashbackFriday #ReviewRewind #Giveaway

Plus – #Review / #Giveaway – The Mayor’s Son by Susan L. Pare’ – A mystery set in my home town.

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Death at the Emerald: A Lady Frances Ffolkes Mystery by R. J. Koreto – Great Escapes Book Tour

Plus – Book Blast – They Don’t Shoot Horses: A Cold Springs Mystery by Sara Caudell

And – 2018 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge – Sign Up Today!


I hope you have a wonderful week!

Enjoy your family and shop safely!
Have you signed up for Ebates? 🙂

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Nov 182017
 

This is my favorite Challenge!

The Alphabet Soup Challenge means that by December 31, 2018
your bowls must be filled by one book for each letter of the Alphabet.

Each Letter Counts As 1 Spoonful

Details

This challenge will run from January 1st, 2018 until December 31st, 2018.

You can join anytime. You do not have to post a review of the book. Books can come from any genre.

You do not need to link up each spoonful.

Make a page or a post or a GoodReads shelf where you will keep track of your spoonfuls. I keep track of mine on my Challenge Page.

Crossovers to other challenges are allowed and encouraged!

It’s an alphabet challenge!!! The challenge is to read one book that has a title starting with every letter of the alphabet.

You can drop the A’s and The’s from the book titles as shown below.

The First Main Word Needs To Be
The Letter You Are Counting 


Except For those pesky Q, X AND Z titles then the word that starts with the challenge letter can be anywhere in the title.

So there are two different ways you can set up your own A-Z Reading Challenge.

A – How I plan to do it: Make a list on your blog from A-Z. Throughout the year, as you go along, add the books you are reading to the list. Towards the end of the year, you can check and see which letters you are missing and find books to fit.

OR

B – Make a list now of 26 books, picking one for each letter of the alphabet. For example: A – Antiques Wanted by Barbara Allan B – Biscuits and Slashed Browns by Maddie Day C – Class Reunions Are Murder by Libby Klein D- The Diva Cooks Up A Storm by Krista Davis, etc.. 

Books can be read in any order and all formats – print – e-book – audio – are acceptable for this challenge!

Ready to join??

Bloggers grab the image below and make a post about the challenge to encourage others to join!

Non-bloggers you can join too! Just keep track any way you wish. You can even set up a special shelf on Goodreads.com to help you keep track!  It is super easy, Just click the MY BOOKS tab at the top of the page. When that page opens just click – ADD A SHELF in the left hand sidebar. Title it Alphabet Soup Challenge and you are all set. 

Follow Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book as there may be special announcements made about the challenge.

There is also a very active group on Facebook where you can share your books read and converse with others taking part in the challenge. Alphabet Soup Challenge –  You can share your accomplishments throughout year there. Right now they are finishing this year’s challenge but it will switch over to the new year on January 1. 

This year I am asking everyone to sign up using Google Forms. Sign Up Here. This way I have your emails in case I need to contact you about any changes to the challenge or about special events. 

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