Aug 312016
 

Because there was a little confusion in my post about when the contest would end due to me typing tomorrow in one place and today in another. All 3 contests will be open until tomorrow 9/1/2016 at 5 p.m. I apologize for my mistake but want to be fair to everyone.

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It’s Buy A Friend A Book Day!!

Hello Friends, 

 I wish I could afford to buy each of you a book. Believe me as soon as Publisher’s Clearinghouse shows up at my door with that big check that is just what I will do. But until then I can buy just 2 friends a book this year. 

1 from the contest here on my blog and 1 from the contest on Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book’s Facebook Fan Page!

You have 2 chances to win but the rules are a little different in each giveaway.

To win here –

  1. You must be a follower of this blog!! That’s how we started our Friendship!
  2.  You must leave a comment below telling me why you like my blog and what brings you here to visit!
  3.  You must share this post with your friends so that they can find out about Escape With Dollycas! 
  4. FILL OUT THIS FORM

I will select a random winner at 5 p.m. CST TOMORROW. 

You can choose a Paperback priced at $7.99 or less and I will take care of the shipping. (U.S. ONLY)
Or an e-book valued up to $9.99. 

Books will be sent direct from Amazon, 

New friends – Did you just find this blog today? Tell me which friend sent you and they will earn a bonus entry.

You can fill out this form here to win a $3 Amazon Gift Card

Good Luck Everyone!!

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I am so excited to share this book with you today!
You may know Lynn Cahoon from her Tourist Trap Mysteries, now she has a brand new series, A Story to Kill is the first book in the Cat Latimer Mystery Series.

A STORY TO KILL

A Story to Kill (A Cat Latimer Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
New Series
Setting – Colorado
Kensington (August 30, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496704351
E-Book ASIN: B0190HGVK6
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Former English professor Cat Latimer is back in Colorado, hosting writers’ retreats in the big blue Victorian she’s inherited, much to her surprise, from none other than her carousing ex-husband! Now it’s an authors’ getaway—but Cat won’t let anyone get away with murder…

The bed-and-breakfast is open for business, and bestselling author Tom Cook is among its first guests. Cat doesn’t know why he came all the way from New York, but she’s glad to have him among the quirkier—and far less famous—attendees.

Cat’s high school sweetheart Seth, who’s fixing up the weathered home, brings on mixed emotions for Cat…some of them a little overpowering. But it’s her uncle, the local police chief, whom she’ll call for help when there’s a surprise ending for Tom Cook in his cozy guest room. Will a killer have the last word on the new life Cat has barely begun?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Author Cat Latimer is back in Colorado in the house she and her ex-husband used to own. Seems he never changed his will after their divorce and she is turning the house into a retreat for other writers to come to get it away from all their distractions at home to work on their books. The nearby college also has an excellent resource library and she hopes the writers will find inspiration or the details they need to bring their stories together.

She can’t believe bestselling author Tom Cook is one of her first guests.  With the help of her friend Shauna, who can actually cook and her old high school boyfriend’s construction abilities this first retreat should go off without a hitch. That is until one of the authors attending the retreat meets his untimely demise. Cat thinks her plans for her new business are toast. But maybe, she will be able assist her uncle/ police chief find the killer and wrap this whole thing quickly before she is out of  business.

As I have come to expect from this author she has created some very heartwarming characters and added the perfect amount of those who are much more unique.  I love that Shauna has come with Cat and they are running this business together. Shauna is ultra organized and that leaves Cat time to not only write but investigate. Seth and Cat had a thing in high school but as happens they drifted apart. They are trying to take things slow, or least Cat is, but you can feel the sparks that ignite when they are even just in the same room together. Uncle Pete knows that Cat is not going to leave the investigating to him so he listens to all her ideas and her reports of what she has picked up while she is out and about. These are very detailed characters and so well crafted for just the first book in the series.

As for the mystery, I thought I knew the killer but had no idea why, there was no motive that I could see. When Cat kept digging and pushing things started to fall into place and one subplot wrapped up in a way I had hoped it would. There were plenty of twists and turns and deflection. A HUGE secret plays a major part to solving this mystery. The story kept my eyes almost literally glued to the pages. I needed my questions answered just like Cat.

In true Lynn Cahoon style while the main mystery concluded, she pulls us in at the end with a cliffhanger. Fatality by Firelight come out February 28, 2017. Thankfully we don’t have to wait a whole year 🙂

Grab this one up right away. I know this is just the start of what it sure to be an amazing series.

perfect 2016

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho native. If you’d visit the town where she grew up, you’d understand why her mysteries and romance novels focus around the depth and experience of small town life. Currently, she’s living in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and two fur babies.

Author Links

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Thanks to the author I have 1 copy to giveaway!

Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
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Aug 302016
 

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Remember when Murder, She Wrote was on television every week? Then a book series started based on the show. Today some of our favorite cozy mysteries are being adapted into movies thanks to channels like Hallmark Mysteries and Movies.  The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries by Charlaine Harris, The Garage Sale Mysteries by Suzi Weinert, The Murder, She Baked Mysteries by JoAnne Fluke, and most recently The Flower Shop Mysteries by Kate Collins. I also heard a rumor another cozy favorite will be coming to us in movie form soon. All at a time when publishers are cutting back on cozy mysteries.

Sometimes it is hard to remember the movies are just based on the books. Some closer than others. Sometimes the movies bring new readers to the series and are totally confused because the characters just don’t match up. Sometimes cozy fans watch the movies and feel the direction in the movie is so far from the books we have to learn to just separate the two.

At the beginning of the year a group of cozy authors took a survey from me, and some of the questions included physically describing their main characters and if they could choose any actress to play them who would it be.

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Barbara Ross, author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries, chose Anna Kendrick, stating she may be a brunette but that she is actually from Maine. I can say I agree with that choice.

 
 

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Hilarie Burton

Duffy Brown choose actress Hilarie Burton, to play Reagan Summerside, for her Consignment Shop Mysteries. I remember her from several television shows but hadn’t thought of her in this role until I read Duffy’s response.

 

 
 

 
 

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Olivia Wilde

How about Olivia Wilde as Kelsey Cambridge in Amanda Flower’s Living History Museum Mysteries.  That’s one I have to think about.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

YOU get to be the Casting Director! 

BLANK WOMANblank_person (1) I thought we would have a little fun today. Pick 1 of your favorite cozy series, new or old and you are the casting director. You can cast the Main Character and as many of the supporting roles as you wish! Paige Shelton is one of the authors that has no idea who she would cast for her books.

For her Dangerous Type Mysteries – she describes Clare Henry as 5′ 7″, slim build, and blonde. She is almost thirty, works with her grandfather in The Rescued Word. Repairs typewriters and old books, and sells stationery. Kind of nerdy, but sweet. Grew up in Star City, skiing the slopes and hanging out in the shop.

This is her newest series so maybe we can give her some ideas!

But if you are like me, you have a picture of your favorite characters in my mind.

Just leave your CASTING IDEAS in a comment below!
Be sure to tell us the series and the author.

Then tell us the character/s and who you would love to play the part/s.

Then just FILL OUT THIS FORM so I can notify you if you win.

I will choose 1 random winner to receive a copy of a book of their choice from Amazon. Paperback not to exceed $7.99 plus shipping. E- Books up to $ 9.99.

Contest will end September 13, 2016 at 11:59 P.M.
Winner Will Be Chosen By Random.org
Winner Will Be Notified By Email
and Will Be Posted Here In The Sidebar.

 

Dollycas

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Aug 292016
 

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!

Happy Monday Everyone!!


A weekend spent with family was wonderful, even with the grandkids fighting over toys and bikes, etc. We had a great day on Saturday despite the weather and spent yesterday just hanging out here at home. Natalie started school last week and Kaden starts the 1st and Remi starts preschool on the 7th. This summer just went too fast for me.

I hope you had a wonderful week!

Are you ready to Escape into some Good Books?

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

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Murder at Rough Point (A Gilded Newport Mystery)
Release Date – August 30, 2016
Alyssa is my Cozy Wednesday Guest last week!
My Review

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The Quilt Ripper (Miranda Hathaway Adventures) Release Date – December 31, 2015
My “Q” Book for my Alphabet Soup Challenge
My Review
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A Story to Kill (A Cat Latimer Mystery)
I will be featuring this book on Cozy Wednesday!
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CURRENTLY READING


Pumpkins in Paradise (A Tj Jensen Mystery)
First in Series
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Thursday!
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ON DECK THIS WEEK

I need to pick a book for Flashback Friday!

Letters from Paris
For Review
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Then another Flashback Friday Book!

Hopefully I am finally getting back on track!

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Happy Reading!!
Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Aug 282016
 

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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.

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!

Having a Family Fun Weekend!
I will tell you all about it next week!!

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Aug 272016
 

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This is one of those series screaming from my To-Be-Read shelf.
I am going to rectify that situation as soon as possible.
I am thrilled that Author Laura DiSilverio could stop by today for a visit.
I have enjoyed so many of her other books.

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Gothic Novels–Gone for Good?

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When I was a teenager, back in the Jurassic period (okay, the late 1970s),Gothic novels were hugely popular. I read them voraciously, entranced by atmospheric castles on the moors (or someplace equally remote), sinister servants, and heroines standing up to brooding heroes (or were they really the villains?). I read Phyllis Whitney, Victoria Holt, Joan Aiken and her sister Jane Aiken Hodge, Daphne duMaurier, Susan Howatch, Dorothy Eden, Philippa Carr, Mary Stewart, and many others. I hope those names ring a bell for some of you. They swept me up and entertained me, gave me something to look forward to after doing my Algebra homework, and comforted me when the objects of my crushes ignored my existence.

I’m not sure what attracted me to that variety of romantic suspense, but I think it had something to do with a young heroine, sometimes protecting a child (if she was a governess or new wife as many of the protagonists were), striking out on her own and emerging triumphant. (The fact that “triumph” in these books meant, at least in part, snaring the moody man of the moment was a non-feminist story chestnut that didn’t bother my teen self as much as it perhaps should have.) By the time I was in my twenties, though, these books had fallen out of popularity, and I was forced to find new reading material.

readaholics gothic galaAmy-Faye Johnson and her Readaholics friends are taking part in a Celebration of Gothic Novels in my August release, The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala. In honor of their new adventure and classic gothic novels, I’m giving you a tongue-in-cheek list of the top five reasons Gothic novels went the way of the dodo.

5. No one can afford servants anymore. Butlers and housekeepers are thin on the ground these days. Without a Mrs. Danvers or two to persecute the heroine, or at least un-nerve her, the story doesn’t have the same tension.

4. The gloomy castles/mansions have been spruced up and turned into tourist attractions. With property values and taxes what they are, savvy castle owners have capitalized on their properties by inviting tourists in. Think of “Downton Abbey” (Highclere Castle). It would have made a lovely setting for a gothic novel, but the hordes of visitors asking “Where’s the loo?”really put a crimp in a budding romance.

3. Feminism. Fewer young women these days want to be governesses or private secretaries. They set their sights on jobs with better paychecks, more thrills, and bigger opportunities. They might be up for a one night stand with a dark-browed and inscrutable hero type, but unless he can mentor them into a CEO-ship or similar job, they’re unlikely to sign on for the long term.

2. Cell phones. Heroines trapped in burning houses by first wives we thought were dead, or pushed into oubliettes by mad uncles escaped from attics, can just dial 9-1-1. No heroics necessary.

1. The Internet. Today’s savvy heroine can Google her new employer before accepting that job on the isolated estate or tropical island and find out that his first four wives died under suspicious circumstances, get a look at just how remote the old manor house is via Google Earth, and see a floor plan including that secret room in the attic with a quick trip to Zillow.

Luckily, even if there aren’t many new gothic novels being published these days, we still have the classics to revisit.

~Laura

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The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala (A Book Club Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
An Obsidian Mystery (August 2, 2016)
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451470850
E-Book ASIN: B01839Q4IG
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One sleuthing book club finds themselves in the midst of a gothic-esque mystery as they read Du Maurier’s Rebecca in the latest from the author of The Readaholics and the Poirot Puzzle.
 
Reading the gothic classic Rebecca already has the Readaholics spooked, and the chills only get worse when someone in town actually gives up the ghost….
 
Amy-Faye Johnson has her hands full coordinating the Celebration of Gothic Novels in Heaven, Colorado. The festivities start off smoothly, but the weekend is soon cursed with large egos, old resentments, and uninvited guests. Matters become truly grave when a dead body is found at the gothic-themed costume party.

The out-of-town authors claim not to know the victim, but Amy-Faye has doubts. With skeletons turning up in all of the suspects’ closets, Amy-Faye and the Readaholics must tap into their knowledge of gothic literature to find a killer who lurks in the shadows…

You can find out more about Laura and her books on her webpage here.

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Thanks to the publisher I have 2 copies to give away!
Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
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Dollycas

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Aug 262016
 

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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.

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The Quilt Ripper (Miranda Hathaway Adventures)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Pennsylvania
devlinsbooks (December 31, 2015)
Paperback: 190 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0692616611
E-Book ASIN: B01A2BL8AM
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Miranda Hathaway is the town librarian and a member of Cutler Quilt Guild Number One. She likes to read mysteries, especially Sherlock Holmes. When someone breaks into the house of another guild member, rips apart an heirloom quilted skirt, and leaves the torn pieces behind, everyone in Cutler, Pennsylvania thinks Miranda can solve the mystery!

Gabe Downing, a retired FBI agent from Boston, has recently joined the quilt guild as its first and only male member.Coincidence? Miranda doubts it but she finds herself attracted to this new man in town. He asks her to dinner and she’s flattered at first, but then her suspicious mind wanders.

Does he know more about the break-in than he’s saying? Is he trying to find out what information she might have? Well, two can play that game!
Can Miranda and Gabe find the “Quilt Ripper” before another vintage piece is destroyed? Gabe may have experience on his side but she has her own secret weapon. The ladies of Quilt Guild Number One are on the case!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I snapped up this book when is was free on Amazon because I knew I would need a “Q” book for my Alphabet Soup Challenge.

The story starts with a letter being written in 1759 as a wife, Hannah, who is sending a trunk of her belongings ahead to her husband in the new world across the ocean. Then moves to present time with Miranda Hathaway’s story and the members of her quilt guild. A mystery arises when one of a member’s house is broken into and the only thing she can find wrong is an heirloom skirt has been ripped apart. Miranda notices that it has been carefully ripped, using a seam ripper and determines the damage was done by someone who knows how to sew. One member of the guild, the only male member, is hiding something, is he involved in this ripping situation?

I don’t know if I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind or if the constant changes in the points of view just confused me but this story and I were just not a good fit. Before I hit schedule on this post I checked out some other reviews and there are several good ones so I am going to assume it was me.

I liked the idea of something from the past making it so far into the future without being discovered but also thought this item had been passed down from generation to generation and probably should have been in a museum. It was so well kept and in fantastic shape that no one ever had an appraisal or an expert look at it. No, just stored in a box on the top shelf of a closet.

The characters were engaging but some were not that realistic. I did enjoy meeting “Queenie”, the quilt shop owner and president of the Cutler Quilt Guild Number One. Her shop sounds delightful and I do love that the guild devotes 1 meeting per month making things for charity. Gabe to me seemed all over the place, a private investigator with a couple of cases.  I would have loved more about Hannah’s story, I was drawn in my her letter immediately.

The mystery itself just didn’t hold my interest. I found myself putting the book down several times, only picking it up again because I knew I had to finish it for this review.  The reader knows who the “ripper” is pretty early in the story. I like mysteries that keep us guessing right up until the end. The ending itself did nothing for me.

I am wavering between 2 and 3 stars for this book. According to My Rating Chart with 2 being “A Dreadful Detour” and 3 being “A Satisfactory Excursion”. I will have to go with the 3 stars because I did finish the book and it wasn’t dreadful. It just wasn’t my Blue Hawaii (cup of tea).

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Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

*Book was from my private collection.

 

 

 

Aug 252016
 

I want to apologize, my entire schedule the past couple weeks has been all out of whack and I just finished this book Tuesday night. That meant my review was not making it into my Cozy Wednesday post.

MURDER AT ROUGH POINT

Murder at Rough Point
(A Gilded Newport Mystery)

4th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Kensington (August 30, 2016)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496703286
E-Book ASIN: B0190HGUE8
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Synopsis

In glittering Newport, Rhode Island, status is everything. But despite being a poorer relation to the venerable Vanderbilts, Emma Cross has shaped her own identity—as a reporter and a sleuth.

As the nineteenth century draws to a close, Fancies and Fashion reporter Emma Cross is sent by the Newport Observer to cover an elite house party at Rough Point, a “cottage” owned by her distant cousin Frederick Vanderbilt that has been rented as an artist retreat. To her surprise, the illustrious guests include her estranged Bohemian parents—recently returned from Europe—as well as a variety of notable artists, including author Edith Wharton.

But when one of the artists is discovered dead at the bottom of a cliff, Rough Point becomes anything but a house of mirth. After a second murder, no one is above suspicion—including Emma’s parents. As Newport police detective Jesse Whyte searches for a killer, Emma tries to draw her own conclusions—with the help of Mrs. Wharton. But with so many sketchy suspects, she’ll need to canvas the crime scenes carefully, before the cunning culprit takes her out of the picture next . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Classic closed room/manor mystery! A group of “artists” descend to Rough Point for a retreat. Emma has been asked to cover the event and is invited to stay there too. When a deluge of rain starts falling and flooding the roads everyone is basically trapped within the grounds and mansion of Rough Point. First one man is found dead and then another and there is another attempt. Detective Jesse Whyte is on the case but Emma is the one living with a killer. The suspects are limited so she just needs to determine the guilty party before everyone is murdered.

Such a great story. The new characters are unique and talented in their own way.  I  like the way the author incorporates real people in her stories. That sometimes has me pondering, did this really happen?  Thankfully an Afterword is included at the end of the story giving us details about Rough Point and the surrounding area and the inhabitants.

What really surprised me was that Emma’s parents had returned from Paris and are among the group of artists. If you have read previous books in this series you know they have been gone for quite some time and Emma has become a strong independent woman. That is a little hard for her parents to understand. Some conflicts arise and I am thrilled that Emma was able to get some things off her chest.

The murder mystery was so well written. I had several different suspects at the top of my list as the story continued. One clue would have me eliminate one suspect and another put them right back on the list. Ms. Maxwell definitely keeps us readers on our toes.

I also enjoy the history she brings to her stories. Rough Point is one of mansions from the Gilded Age in Rhode Island that is now open as a museum. The home was designed by Emma’s “Uncle Freddy”. Emma is from the less wealthy side of the family tree but all hold her in high regard. It is out on a point so while the building withstood the weather the roads and the people didn’t fair so well. Emma and others were often completely drenched. One time even inside when a pipe burst. The author’s fabulous descriptive details puts the reader right into the scene.

I have loved each story in this series, going back in time to see how the elite and not so elite Rhode Island families spend their time. Of course, a murder or two, always captures my interest too.

perfect 2016

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

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About The Author

Alyssa Maxwell is the author of the Gilded Newport Mysteries and A Lady and Lady’s Maid Mysteries. She lives in South Florida in the current year, but confesses to spending most of her time in the Victorian and post WWI eras, as well as other periods of history. In addition to fantasizing about wearing Worth gowns and strolling the gardens of her manor house, she loves to watch BBC and other period productions and sip tea in the afternoons. And each year, she and her husband take a trip up to Newport to visit family, and so Alyssa can “shop” for the next mansion to be featured in her Newport series.

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If you go back to my Cozy Wednesday post from yesterday here, Alyssa will be choosing 1 person to receive a signed hardcover copy. Just leave a comment on that post and you could be the winner! 

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.”

Aug 242016
 

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am so excited to Welcome Alyssa Maxwell back to Escape With Dollycas! 

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Murder at Rough Point by Alyssa Maxwell

Has a place ever captured your imagination to the point that you became just a little bit obsessed with it? This happened to me over thirty years ago, when I had my first glimpse of Rough Point, tucked away at the southern end of Bellevue Avenue in Newport, RI. Back then, Rough Point was mostly obscured from view by solid iron doors at the bottom of the driveway.

Who lived there? Why those solid doors? Well . . . Doris Duke, tobacco heiress, inherited the estate in the mid-1920s at the age of 12 and owned it until her death in 1993. You could say she was one of the last of the Gilded Age elite. In the last decades of her life, she continued to use Rough Point as well as other estates she owned, but lived a reclusive existence while secrets and rumors swirled around her name. I’m sure you’re wondering what those rumors were. I invite readers to investigate on their own. Suffice it to say here that we owe Doris Duke a great debt for her lifelong commitment to philanthropy and historic preservation. Her efforts, which included establishing the Newport Restoration Foundation in 1968, rescued numerous 18th and 19th century Newport properties that might have fallen prey to the wrecking ball if not for her.

Here’s more about Doris and the Foundation: http://www.newportrestoration.org/about/doris_duke

Originally built for Frederick and Louise Vanderbilt and completed in 1892, Rough Point is aptly named for its secluded, rocky headland that juts out into the turbulent currents where the Atlantic Ocean wraps around the southern tip of Aquidneck Island to eventually feed into Narraganset Bay. The house itself, sprawling and gabled, was designed with English county manors in mind. In Frederick Vanderbilt’s day, the interior was defined by stone and dark, coffered woodwork. In short, this very Gothic house is the perfect setting for a murder mystery.

After building the house, Frederick and Louise decided they didn’t care for Newport – I know, go figure! They started renting the house out, and this gave me a perfect opportunity to introduce an eccentric cast of characters, i.e., a hodgepodge group of artists (an opera singer, sculptor, choreographer, etc.) visiting from Paris – or are they escaping Paris? They’re definitely hiding something. And though they call themselves friends, they thrive on conflict and competition and lots of drama. Added to that is the kind of autumn storm that often pounds the New England coastline, rendering roads impassable and interrupting what tenuous telephone service existed in 1896. There’s no way out, no way to call for help, and a killer is on the loose.

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I’ll admit I channeled a bit of Agatha Christie’s AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, but with my own special Newport twist. It was a fun book to write and I’m very excited to share this story with readers. So much so, I’m giving away a signed hardcover copy here today to a random commenter. So…are you or have you ever become obsessed with a destination? If so, have you visited there and did it live up to your expectations? Share in the comments section and be entered for the drawing! (Due to shipping charges, open to U.S. residents only). Alyssa will choose a winner on Sunday. Be sure to leave an email address so we can contact you. 

 

murder at rough pointIn glittering Newport, Rhode Island, status is everything. But despite being a poorer relation to the venerable Vanderbilts, Emma Cross has shaped her own identity—as a reporter and a sleuth.

As the nineteenth century draws to a close, Fancies and Fashion reporter Emma Cross is sent by the Newport Observer to cover an elite house party at Rough Point, a “cottage” owned by her distant cousin Frederick Vanderbilt that has been rented as an artist retreat. To her surprise, the illustrious guests include her estranged Bohemian parents—recently returned from Europe—as well as a variety of notable artists, including author Edith Wharton.

But when one of the artists is discovered dead at the bottom of a cliff, Rough Point becomes anything but a house of mirth. After a second murder, no one is above suspicion—including Emma’s parents. As Newport police detective Jesse Whyte searches for a killer, Emma tries to draw her own conclusions—with the help of Mrs. Wharton. But with so many sketchy suspects, she’ll need to canvas the crime scenes carefully, before the cunning culprit takes her out of the picture next . . .

Coming August 30th – i will be posting my review tomorrow!  

alyssa maxwellAlyssa Maxwell is the author of the Gilded Newport Mysteries and A Lady and Lady’s Maid Mysteries. She lives in South Florida in the current year, but confesses to spending most of her time in the Victorian and post WWI eras, as well as other periods of history. In addition to fantasizing about wearing Worth gowns and strolling the gardens of her manor house, she loves to watch BBC and other period productions and sip tea in the afternoons. And each year, she and her husband take a trip up to Newport to visit family, and so Alyssa can “shop” for the next mansion to be featured in her Newport series.

 

 

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Aug 232016
 

Wedding Bell Blues is Ruth Moose’s sequel to her winning debut, featuring her colorful array of characters and more laughs and hilarity.

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Wedding Bell Blues: A Dixie Dew Mystery
(A Beth McKenzie Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – North Carolina
Minotaur Books (August 23, 2016)
Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1250067418
E-Book ASIN: B00S59A1RK
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Beth McKenzie, owner of the Dixie Dew Bed and Breakfast, is enjoying an exciting affair with her new love, Scott. Meanwhile, the town of Littleboro, North Carolina is abuzz with gossip about Crazy Reba’s upcoming nuptials. Most brides go crazy at some point, but Littleboro’s resident homeless lady has had a head start: she’s beloved, indulged, and most of all, eccentric. But at almost 60―or thereabouts―her marriage seems a little peculiar. Sure, she’s sporting a diamond big enough to choke a horse, but no one can tell if it’s real, or just a Cracker Jack prize she pilfered from a yard sale.

Crazy Reba’s wedding plans go confirmedly awry when the bride-to-be is arrested for her fiancé’s murder. Beth, determined to clear Reba’s name, gets in over her head when a lady wrestler who threatened to kill her books a room at the Dixie Dew, and Robert Redford, her neighbor’s white rabbit, disappears.

Then Littleboro’s First Annual Green Bean Festival gets up and running, a famous food writer becomes deathly ill, and Beth must battle through madcap mayhem to apprehend the culprit and save the day.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I jumped right into this book after reading Doing It At The Dixie Dew, the first book in this series, so everything was fresh in my mind. We arrive in town just in time for the First Annual Green Bean Festival. Plus one of the quirkiest residents of Littleboro is a homeless woman named Reba. The call her Crazy Reba, I say peculiar is putting it mildly. Short of having her move in with one of them permanently they all watch out for her. Well it appears she thinks she is getting married and she has the bling on her finger to prove it. Beth and some of the other locals help her have a dress and veil and even a local minister is on board. They think before her big day arrives she will have moved on to something else, like she usually does. Instead Beth receives a frantic call that results in Reba being arrested for her betrothed murder. Beth has her hands full this time trying to get Reba out of jail, green beans, and so much more.

All the characters I wanted to get to know better are back but there is still so much more room to grow. Beth and Scott’s relationship has gone to another level but neither knows what to call it or where they are headed. We learn one of Beth neighbor’s has a huge problem but Beth with Scott’s assistance they just may be able to help her. We also meet some other characters who fit right into the fabric of life in Littleboro. A very eclectic bunch.

Ruth Moose has created a wonderful sequel with a very clever mystery filled with a heap of humor and Southern charm, but seriously, a GREEN BEAN FESTIVAL!! Oh my, I am definitely not a fan, but she makes it work. Who knew you could do so much with green beans? I know that bean and fried onions thing my mom used to make at Thanksgiving, but was surprised at the recipes these people came up with. The mystery took many turns and there were move than a few laugh out loud moments. Such an entertaining read

I really loved this story and I hope the author keeps the series going, this time books one and two were over 25 years apart, I hope we don’t have to wait that long again. Now that I have found you Ruth I can’t wait to see what you come up with next. I also need to know what happens to my fictional friends.

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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I am giving away my Hardcover Review Copy!

Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a US or Canadian 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
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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.”

Aug 222016
 

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!

Happy Monday Everyone!!
I had another busy week reading, blogging
and working on book tours.
I hope you had a wonderful week!

Are you ready to Escape into some Good Books?

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

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On the Chopping Block (A Callie’s Kitchen Mystery Book 1)
Set in Wisconsin
My Review
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Doing It at the Dixie Dew: A Mystery (A Beth McKenzie Mystery Book 1)
My Flashback Friday Read!
My Review

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Wedding Bell Blues: A Dixie Dew Mystery (A Beth McKenzie Mystery Book 2)
Review will be up tomorrow!
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CURRENTLY READING


Murder at Rough Point (A Gilded Newport Mystery)
Release Date – August 30, 2016
Alyssa is my Cozy Wednesday Guest this week!
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ON DECK THIS WEEK

My reading schedule has been mixed up this whole month. Some books I was planning to read this week haven’t arrived yet from the publisher so I am going to use this week to try to get things back on track.

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Happy Reading!!
Dollycas

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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.

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!

Come hell or high water I was not going to miss seeing Bret Michaels at the county fair. The high water was a concern when woke to thunderstorms in the morning, it cleared off in the afternoon, and then lightning and thunder started during the last few songs, but we had time to visit with people and get to our car and out of the park before the rain started to fall. We had such a good time. I also have a new more comfortable wheelchair so back pain was minimal, o.k. I did take a little pain medicine before. 

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Of course, I had to get a t-shirt!

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Weekly Rewind – August 15 – 20, 2016
Monday –It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2016 Week #33

Tuesday – #Review – Second Honeymoons Can Be Murder by Susan Santangelo

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with A. E. H. Veenman – Author of Prepped to Kill – Guest Post / #Review / #Giveaway

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – On The Chopping Block by Jenny Kales

Friday – Flashback Friday – #Review / #Giveaway – Doing It at the Dixie Dew by Ruth Moose @MinotaurBooks

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – The Black Thumb by Frankie Bow – Great Escapes Book Tour

Plus – Special Guest – Laurie Cass – Author of Cat With A Clue – #Giveaway too!

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Have a great week!! 

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Aug 202016
 

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I am excited to have Laurie Cass drop by for a visit!
This is a series I seriously need to catch up on soon!

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Where I Get My Ideas
(Post provided by publicist.)

To tell you the truth, I have no idea where the plots of my books originate. Not really. Not even when I’m writing them. For me, a book comes together in chunks. These chunks are of different sizes, ranging from huge (the identity of the killer, say) to very small (the name of a new restaurant in town).

The other thing that keeps me from remembering where I get my ideas is my incredibly poor memory. Case in point: a couple of months ago I was talking to some nice ladies who knew I also wrote the PTA Mysteries under the name Laura Alden. They asked about the motive of the killer in that book and—please believe me when I say I am not making this up—I had no idea who killed the victim, let alone why.

It was not a proud moment in my life, and I’m sure those nice ladies think I’m a nutcase (“You wrote the book and you don’t remember?”) but I truly could not summon up the killer’s name. And I never remembered to go back and look so I still don’t know.

Anyway, CAT WITH A CLUE started with the following idea: What if, one morning, Minnie found a murder victim in the library? Okay, that would work. Now what? Well, then I had to figure out why anyone would be killed in a library in the middle of the night. So it most likely had something about books, right? What on earth could that be?

That’s pretty much how it went for the entire outline. (Yes, I outline my books. I didn’t always, but in the interest of less time spent rewriting, I moved to detailed outlines a number of books ago.) I figure out one thing, which leads to another thing that needs to be figured out, which leads to another thing and umpteen hours of hair-pulling later, the outline of a book is complete. Ta-dah!

cat with a clueI do, however, remember the origins of a couple things in CAT WITH A CLUE. One particular character came out of an information-gathering spurt I’d undergone while working on a book proposal. The main character of this particular novel featured a female conservation officer who had Asperger’s Syndrome. She was on the functional end of the autism spectrum and had never been diagnosed, but developed a friendship with a teenage boy who also had Asperger’s.

To develop those characters, I read up on Asperger’s, talked to a number of people, etc., and learned a tremendous amount. Then I wrote character studies of the main character and her young friend, incorporated their personalities into a detailed synopsis, wrote fifty pages of the book, and sent it off to my agent, who was excited about the whole concept.
Sadly, no publishing house agreed, and the novel was never completed. But no research is ever wasted, right? When CAT WITH A CLUE needed a secondary character who happened to have a bizarre amount of knowledge about a particular thing, I knew exactly what kind of character to create. Hooray!

The other thing I know for sure about CAT WITH A CLUE is where I got the idea for the layout of the historical museum. Though it isn’t exactly the same as the museum in the small northwest lower Michigan town in which I work, there are a tremendous number of similarities.

Bottom line, as I said at the beginning, I basically have no idea where I get the ideas for my books. I spend a lot of time staring at the computer and thinking and, with any luck, something that isn’t complete crap will transfer itself from my head to the laptop.

In many ways, the act of writing is itself an adventure. Every single time you sit down to write you never know exactly what’s going to happen, not for sure, and that’s a big part of the fun.

~Laurie

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Cat With a Clue
(A Bookmobile Cat Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Obsidian (August 2, 2016)
An Imprint of New American Library
Penguin Random House Group
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451476555
E-Book ASIN: B01839Q3Y6
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The national bestselling author of Pouncing on Murder returns as librarian Minnie Hamilton and her rescue cat Eddie discover there’s a true crime story unraveling in their own nonfiction section. . . .

Early one morning while shelving books in the library, Minnie stumbles upon a dead body. Authorities identify the woman as an out-of-towner visiting Chilson for her great-aunt’s funeral. What she was doing in the library after hours is anyone’s guess . . . but Minnie and Eddie are determined to save the library’s reputation and catch a killer.

As rumors about the victim circulate through Chilson, the police are in a bind over a streak of baffling break-ins. Luckily, Minnie and Eddie are traveling the county in their bookmobile, and they’ll stop at nothing to find the spineless killer before the final page is turned on someone else.

 

About The Author

Laurie Cass grew up in Michigan and graduated from Eastern Michigan University in the 80’s with a (mostly unused) Bachelor of Science degree in geology. She and her husband live on a lake in northwest lower Michigan. When Laurie isn’t writing, she’s working at her day job, reading, yanking weeds out of her garden, or doing some variety of skiing. Find out more on her webpage here and sign up for her Newsletter.

Written as Laura Allen

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Aug 202016
 

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The Black Thumb (Professor Molly Mysteries) (Volume 3)
Paperback: 342 pages
Publisher: Hawaiian Heritage Press (April 18, 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-1943476183
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Synopsis

When a violent death disrupts the monthly meeting of the Pua Kala Garden society, Professor Molly Barda has no intention of playing amateur detective. But Molly’s not just a witness-the victim is Molly’s house guest and grad-school frenemy. And Molly quickly finds to her dismay that her interest in the murder of the stylish and self-centered Melanie Polewski is more than just…academic.

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About The Author

Like Molly Barda, Frankie Bow teaches at a public university. Unlike her protagonist, she is blessed with delightful students, sane colleagues, a loving family, and a perfectly nice office chair. She believes if life isn’t fair, at least it can be entertaining.

In addition to writing murder mysteries, she publishes in scholarly journals under her real name. Her experience with academic publishing has taught her to take nothing personally.

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Aug 192016
 

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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 excited to be reviewing books again for Flashback Friday!
This book was actually on my wish list when the publicist contacting about reviewing the 2nd book in the series. She made my day when she offered to send me both. So be sure to come back next Tuesday for my review of Wedding Bell Blues!

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Doing It at the Dixie Dew:
(A Beth McKenzie Mystery)

1st in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – North Carolina
Minotaur Books (May 6, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-1250046383
E-Book ASIN: B00GET8T8Q
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Who says you can’t go home again?

When Beth McKenzie returns to her hometown and attempts to turn an old Southern mansion into a bed and breakfast called The Dixie Dew, her first guest is murdered. Three days later a young priest who looks better in tennis whites than cleric black is found strangled in his chapel. The whole town of Littleboro is turned upside down, inside out, and Ossie Delbardo, the town cop whose job heretofore mainly involved controlling football traffic on Friday nights, is not cut out to solve the murders. Beth fears her newly opened B&B is in danger of failing. She’s even more worried that she is Ossie’s number one suspect. Aided by her friend from high school and trusty handyman, she sets out to discover the truth of the murders.

Littleboro has its share of characters, some of which are helpful and others misleading. There’s Crazy Reba who lives in a tree, bathes in any bathtub she finds empty, and Dumpster dives; Verna, the town know-it-all and affectionate owner of Robert Redford, a huge white rabbit; and Miss Tempie Merritt, music teacher and organist who always wears hat, gloves, and lace-trimmed white socks. When Beth herself is attacked, there’s no more time for baking muffins and stenciling pineapples on the porch. She’s in a race to uncover her neighbors’ secrets before her hometown becomes her burial ground.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Doing It at the Dixie Dew is a divine debut!

Our first home was right next to a PBP (Pepto Bismol Pink) house so the cover grabbed by attention right away. Then when I had the book in my hands and started reading about Beth McKenzie returning to Littleboro, North Carolina, because her grandmother was dying I was drawn right in. She made sure her “Mama Alice” had the best of care until she passed. That left Beth with an old Southern Mansion that needed a lot of work and not enough money to do it all. But she got enough done to open a B&B and The Dixie Dew became a reality.

Lavinia Lovingood arrived as the first guest but sadly she checked out early and permanently from this earth the next day. Three days later a young priest is murdered and we learn Lavinia’s death was murder too! Not a great start for The Dixie Dew. Enter Ossie Delbardo, cop without a clue. Littleboro has a very low crime rate and because Beth is newly back in town it has be all her fault. Well hold on tight, she is not taking is accusations ans insinuations lightly. She will find out whodunit x 2 all on her own.

Classic small town and some of the characters take quirky to an all time high. The basically normal folks include Beth, of course. Ida Plum had known Mama Alice for years and basically hires herself to help Beth with the B&B.  Beth’s contractor is in her corner and willing to help in any way he can. For me he sounds like one “McDreamy” of a guy who wears a tool belt. The rest I will leave for you to read about and classify.

This is a book full of Southern charm and funny moments. The plot ebbed and flowed naturally as Beth pondered and wandered to get the clues to fall in place.  But there were some places where I sat up straight and gripped the book tightly, almost holding my breath until things were resolved for those moments and then again as everything fell into place for Beth at a very scary time and place. My heart was actually racing and for just a second I thought there was going to be a horrible twist. Thankfully I was completely wrong.

I was so surprised to learn the author wrote this story 27 years ago. It had won the Malice Domestic St.Martin’s Press Award for first novel. Then in 2014, she updated it and it was released in the form available today. Next Tuesday, Wedding Bell Blues, will be released picking up where this story left off.  For those of you that have waited all those years to return to Littleboro, your wait is almost over. I am so lucky because I get to read them back to back.

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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I am giving away my Hardcover Review Copy!

Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a US or Canadian 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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Contest Will End September 2, 2016 at 11:59 PM CST
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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.”

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