Feb 212017
 

War and Peach
(A Georgia Peach Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Georgia
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (February 7, 2017)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425278963
Kindle ASIN: B01FEY5EIY

 

 

The author of Rest in Peach serves up another bite of Southern charm in the latest Georgia Peach mystery.
 
Nola Mae Harper is too busy restocking the jars of preserves and chutney flying off the shelves of her shop, Peachy Keen, to keep up with all the gossip about the upcoming mayoral election, but she does know the debate is sure to be a real barn burner.

Local farmer Clem Rogers claims he has a bombshell that could take small business owner Margie Price out of the running. But before Clem can reveal his juicy secret at the debate, his actual barn goes up in flames—with him inside of it. The town casts its vote against Margie, but Nola isn’t convinced the hardworking woman is capable of murder. Now to clear Margie’s name Nola will have to work fast under pressure, before Margie gets taken in by the fuzz…

INCLUDES RECIPES!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Politics can get heated but in Cays Mill, Georgia it gets burning hot when one of the mayoral candidates is killed when barn becomes an inferno. The deceased, Clem Rogers may have had some dirt on his opponent but Nola Mae has a hard time believing Margie Price would have killed him to shut him up. The sheriff has set her sights on the Harper family, of course, specifically Nola’s dad, which takes a toll on him. Nola sets her mind on some other suspects but finds herself in a bit of hot water as she gets close to solving the case.

 Full of Southern charm, I love jumping right into these stories.

Southern Girl Secret #104 – Don’t be one of those women who follows her heart and forgets to take her brain with her.

Nola’s ex is back in town investing the murder for Margie and the makes her current beau a little nervous, but every good cozy needs a little bit of romantic tension.

Southern Girl Secret #057 – Strong Southern gals are made up of ninety percent good-heartedness and 10 perfect badass.

Nola needs to break out that badass percentage near the end and it was AWESOME!

All these characters are entertaining. When the Harper’s rally together with their friends no one can hold them back. They are all so real and genuine and want the best for each other and the town. The dialogue rings true and if they were real they would be people I would want in my daily life.

The author has the recipe for another peachy keen mystery. Twists and turns and an ending I sure didn’t see coming at all.

Being the 3rd book in a series I get nervous that this will be my last visit to Cays Mill. I hope not, I would love to see the series continue, these are wonderful characters, but the author has left us in a good place either way.

All this reading about peaches has me craving them so I may be trying the recipes in the back of the book very soon.

This was another perfectly peachy read from Ms. Furlong. I am delighted to recommend it to all cozy lovers.

Dollycas

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About Susan Furlong

During her writing career, Susan has worked as an academic writer, freelance writer and novelist. Currently she’s busy working on The Georgia Peach Mysteries. (Berkley Prime Crime/July 2015) She also writes under the pen name Lucy Arlington. To learn more about her writing, visit her website at www.susanfurlong.com


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Feb 212017
 

Welcome to New Release Tuesday – February 21, 2017

These books are available this week!

Death of a Ghost (A Hamish Macbeth Mystery)

Twelve Angry Librarians (Cat in the Stacks Mystery)

A Cast of Vultures: A Mystery (Sam Clair)

Motion for Mischief (Jamie Winters Mysteries)

AND 

Facials Can Be Fatal (A Bad Hair Day Mystery)

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Feb 202017
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

So many good books….So little time…
What Are You Reading This Week!!

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

Books Completed

The Drawing Game (A Sketch in Crime Mystery) Release Date – February 7, 2917
Setting – New York
My Review 


War and Peach (A Georgia Peach Mystery)
Release Date – February 7, 2017
Setting – Georgia
Review will be up tomorrow!


Mission Impawsible (A Paws & Claws Mystery)
Release Date – February 7, 2917
Setting – Virginia
Krista will be my guest this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Twelve Angry Librarians (Cat in the Stacks Mystery)
Release Date – February 21, 2017
Setting – Mississippi
For Review

Books Scheduled

Blown Away ( A Kite Shop Mystery)
Release Date – February 7, 2017
Setting – Oregon
For Review

A Wee Homicide in the Hotel (A ScotShop Mystery)
Release Date – February 7, 2017
Setting – Vermont
Fran will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week!


No Way Home (A Zoe Chambers Mystery)
Release Date – March 14, 2017
Setting – Pennsylvania
The Great Escapes Tour stops her March 2, 2017

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Feb 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!



I had my Saturday pretty well planned out, sleep in, promote some book tour stops, write 2 blog posts, read, spend time with my granddaughter. Well, I did sleep in, but when I signed into my blog I found I had been hacked.

First there was a panic because when I had been hacked several years ago my blog was filled with racist posts and beyond x-rated pictures. This time it was just a black screen with loud music and big red letters saying you have been hacked with the hacker’s name.

Deep breaths…I quickly sent the company, Tiger Technology, that hosts my blog and email. I received an immediate response. They got to work and about 2 hours later my beautiful blog was restored.

They discovered the hack occurred last than 5 minutes before I tried to sign in, they quickly locked down the site and kept the hacker from doing further damage.

They also determined that while I had changed my email and blog passwords regularly I had not changed my server password in a very long time. You know it is a site you go to when you have a problem. It otherwise just runs in the background and is forgotten. The password I had was strong but the hacker got through. I have now added my server to the list of passwords that needs to be changed often. So I just want to remind all of your make changing passwords a priority.

Thankfully Tiger Tech and their staff are amazing. They have helped me through many little glitches over the years and now this huge one. And they did it within minutes, not days or hours. Years ago my blog was hosted by Google Blogger and I had to rebuild my site myself and it took days. I am not sure how they do it now, but back then it was other Blogger users that helped me get things back on track and helped me get rid of the most offensive material. I never heard back from anyone that worked for Google. The adage “you get what you pay for” is true. Blogger is free, Tiger Tech costs about $10 a month but I learned today they are worth every penny. 

Weekly Rewind – February 13 – 18, 2017

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #7 2017

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

Plus – #Review / #Giveaway -Death in Advertising by Laura Bradford – Great Escapes Book Tour

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday – Bookman Dead Style by Paige Shelton – #Review / #Giveaway

Thursday – #Review – Where The Lost Girls Go by R. J. Noonan

Friday – Flashback Friday – High Strung by Janice Peacock #Review / #Giveaway

Plus – Nana’s Nook – That’s Me Loving You by Amy Krouse Rosenthal – Illustrations by Teagan White

Saturday – The Drawing Game by Deirdre Verne – #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

I hope you all have a wonderful week! 

Change those passwords! 

Dollycas

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Feb 182017
 

The last book in this series, Drawing Blood,
received my Paradise Rating last year.

This one is just as good, maybe even better!



The Drawing Game (A Sketch in Crime Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – New York
Gatekeeper Press (February 6, 2017)
Paperback: 300 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1619845725
Kindle ASIN: B01N3CM6P1

 

Synopsis

A lover of all things green, CeCe Prentice is not impressed when a fully-sustainable development, Green Acres, pops up next to her family’s homestead. It’s not so much the ridiculous price tag of the million dollar homes built entirely from re-usable materials and powered by the sun, but rather the new neighbors who think they can simply buy a green lifestyle.

To make matters worse, one homeowner turns out to be CeCe’s high school nemesis, Phoebe Purcell, a hair-tossing vamp who tried to break up CeCe and her long-time boyfriend, Charlie.

Already disillusioned by the so-called eco-friendly development, CeCe’s family home is threatened when a series of power-outages at Green Acres kicks off a rash of home invasions. When neighbors start showing up dead, the mood at Green Acres turns south. But when Charlie, CeCe’s on-again, off-again love interest is implicated in the murders, CeCe springs into action when she discovers the only clue – a portrait she painted years ago.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

CeCe Prentice and her friends, Charlie, and Katrina have a unique lifestyle, they are “freegans“. The grow their own food, dumpster dive for things they don’t grow, and visit thrift stores for other things they need. They try to lives their lives as green as possible. Which is one of the reason they are in her mother’s basement during a power outage. Katrina recently gave birth to baby boy Roon, but all they have are girl clothes, so they head to the basement to find some boy clothes. Before they find what they are looking for the lights go out. This is not the first time that has happened. Since the new eco-development was built next door, it is happening a lot. Ten homes costing over a million dollars each that are supposed to be powered by the sun should not be draining power from other houses. As Cece soon learns, the houses in Green Acres are having the same blackouts and there have even been some home invasions. When a neighbor is found dead things get even darker. When Charlie is pinned as the prime suspect in the murder Cece gets caught between helping her friend or standing by her man, Detective Frank DeRosa. She finds herself trying to help them both.

First, the title to the book is beyond perfect and even the cover has a clue, at least for me.

Simon Fletcher is the developer of Green Acres and he has built the homes with all the latest technology for his fully-sustainable subdivision. Unfortunately all that technology did not keep someone from killing him.

The author gives us a great bunch of suspects. People who were unhappy with the things going wrong in their new homes, his wife, his employees, a bunch of neighborhood kids and even Charlie who was working on a new high tech application with him.

CeCe also knew the man because she had painted a portrait of his wife. She may have even seen the killer from the basement window, but she can’t picture the face good enough to actually draw it. When another witness comes forward Frank asks CeCe to work with them to come up with a sketch both because of her unique talent and because it may spark hew own memory. She has a hyper sense of observation that enables her to catch clues even the good detective missed.

Deirdre Verne takes these characters and intertwines their lives together to give us an outstanding and complex mystery. One that had me paying close attention and glued to the pages. I tried to read it all in one evening but my eyes just would not cooperate. I woke up the next morning mad that I had to work and could not finish it right away. I did grab it as soon as I could and was surprised and delighted with the way the book ended. That is when I realized, yes, the title and cover were absolutely perfect.

To get the most out of this story and the wonderful characters you really should read the three stories in order, but just knowing about “Freeganism” gives you a good start. The characters have grown quite a bit from the first book and are still evolving.

Suspense, drama, a little romance and a touch humor all come together to make this escape Paradise.

Dollycas

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About The Author

Deirdre Verne is the author of Drawing Conclusions (2015), Drawing Blood (Feb 2016) and The Drawing Game (Dec 2017). Deirdre’s interest in green living inspired her to create an off-the-grid character, CeCe Prentice, who Dumpster dives her way through the Sketch in Crime mystery series. “Verne’s mystery is a winner…” Kirkus Reviews.  A member of Sisters in Crime, Deirdre’s stories appear in all three NY chapter anthologies – Murder New York Style, Murder New York Style: Fresh Slices and Family Matters.

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Praise for The Drawing Game
by Deirdre Verne

This is a fun series that makes me wonder about the characters and their lifestyles almost as much as I wonder about the mystery itself.
~Michelle’s Romantic Tangle

I really loved reading this book. It’s a great mystery.
~Books, Dreams, Life

This is a really interesting mystery with lots of twists and turns! It is well written with a brisk pace and lots of interesting characters.
~View from the Birdhouse

This was a unique read from the start. CeCe is interesting and complex as a character, and her voice is strong …
~Christa Reads and Writes

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February 11 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – INTERVIEW
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February 16 – Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
February 17 – Valerie’s Musings – REVIEW
February 18 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW
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Feb 172017
 


That’s Me Loving You
Children’s Book
Age Range: 3 – 7 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 2
Random House Books for Young Readers (December 27, 2016)
Hardcover: 40 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1101932384
Kindle ASIN: B01DRXF588

Wherever you are,
Wherever you go,
Always remember
And always know. . .

That feeling you always have in your heart?
That’s me loving you.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal captures parents’ desire to be ever-present in this simple and touching poem offering reassurance of their love. Signs of affection can be found in the natural world around us—from a soft breeze to a shimmering star.

Nana’s Thoughts 

When I was asked to review this book I saw the title and read the snippet – a touching picture book, written in soothing rhymes, that reassures kids of how deeply they are loved, and quickly requested a copy. I had no idea how profoundly this book would touch my heart and be such a perfect book for my granddaughter, now 4 years old. The only thing that would make the book more perfect would be if the mom and son on the cover and at the end of the story would be a dad and daughter. As we near the 2 year anniversary of my son’s death my heart is breaking like it was yesterday and my granddaughter is talking about her daddy all the time.

That feeling you always have in your heart?
That’s me loving you.

Of course, this book would also be perfect for a parent and child that spend time apart when the parent goes to work or on a trip. It just speaks to me in a way that says the parent is gone forever, with the exception of the final page.

That shimmering star?
That’s me winking at you.

That drifting cloud?
That’s me thinking of you.

Beautifully written and illustrated but I think there needed to be one more page repeating the title – That’s me loving you, because the book ends abruptly and loses the flow that was so perfect. I was trying desperately to turn the page to finish the story that way it should have been done.

I can’t wait to share this story with my granddaughter the next time she comes for a visit.

Dollycas

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AMY KROUSE ROSENTHAL is the author of over 20 books for children. Her titles include Uni the UnicornPlant a Kiss, Little PeaSpoon, The Wonder Book, Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons, and Duck! Rabbit!. A long-time contributor to NPR, she is currently the host and creator of Mission Amy K R.com produced by Chicago Public Radio. Amy lives with her family in Chicago and you can visit her online at whoisamy.com.

TEAGAN WHITE is a freelance illustrator specializing in playful watercolors and illustrated typography. Originally from Chicago, Teagan now lives and works in Minneapolis, where she received a BFA in illustration from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design in 2012.


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Feb 172017
 


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.
Clearing a book by Janice Peacock from my Kindle shelf today!

High Strung (Glass Bead Mystery Series)
1st in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Washington
Vetrai Press (June 3, 2016)
Paperback: 222 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0990570547
Kindle ASIN: B01GIBQTFY

 

 

After inheriting a house in Seattle, Jax O’Connell is living the life of her dreams as a glass beadmaker and jewelry designer. When she gets an offer to display her work during a bead shop’s opening festivities, it’s an opportunity Jax can’t resist—even though the store’s owner is the surliest person Jax has ever met.

The weekend’s events become a tangled mess when a young beadmaker is found dead nearby and several oddball bead enthusiasts are suspects. Jax must string together the clues to clear her friend Tessa’s name—and do it before the killer strikes again.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Jax O’Connell gets the chance to follow her dreams when she inherits a house and a bit of money from her aunt. She packs as much as much as her new VW Bug can hold including her cat and leaves Florida behind and heads for Seattle.  The house has been converted into a duplex but needs a little TLC. Jax fixes up a few things so she can work on her beads and jewelry from home and makes some friends in the bead-making world. She is excited when she is invited teach a class and show her work at a bead-making event. The store’s owner is not the nicest person on the planet but Jax knows she can work with her. When the owner is injured during the event and another young beadmaker is found dead in a dumpster the next day things get a little heated. Especially when the police are convinced one of Jax’s friends is the killer. Jax knows she must work fast stringing together the clues to not only clear her friend but catch the killer before anyone else is strung up.

This was a fun read. You know right away that Janice Peacock is a beading enthusiast. She describes that processes of bead making and making jewelry with those beads so well that it is very easy to picture. The beads sound just beautiful and making them sounds so unique. I have heard about glass blowing, but glass bead making is brand new to me. I have seen them everywhere but never thought much about how they were actually made. Her enthusiasm is also apparent in most of the book’s characters.

High Strung is populated with eclectic group of characters you expect to find in a cozy mystery. Jax is a strong woman, on her own after leaving her less than stellar boyfriend in Florida. Her tenant and friend Val is a hairdresser, aspiring baker and quite the spitfire.  Her best friend since kindergarten, Tessa, has her own studio, where she gives classes. Rosie, the owner of Aztec Beads, where the event is taking place, is pretty cantankerous and a little odd. Marta is a fellow beader that Jax met at a beadmakers’ conference. She is staying with Jax so she can take part in the weekend event. She also brought her “animal companion”, Stanley, along without even asking Jax if that was o.k. Gumdrop is Jax’s kitty, addicted to catnip, maybe a little physic, and definitely not a Stanley fan. The are also a couple of young bead makers that sell their wares on the street. We also meet Jax’s other friends and of course the local police, Detective Grant.

As is the case with most books that are the first of a series the mystery starts to happen several chapters in to give readers time to get to know the players. But when it starts the pace picks right up and continues on to the end. There are really 2 mysteries to solve because we don’t know if the cases are connected. In fact, the police believe one was either self inflicted or just an accident. Jax has other ideas.

At just 222 pages this cozy is a bit shorter than normal but they are jam packed with detail, deception and more than a few twists and surprises. The characters are very believable and their dialogue is very well written. I also enjoyed a few laugh out loud moments.

A fast read for a cozy afternoon. I have moved the next book in this series to the top of my To-Be-Read list on my Kindle.

Dollycas

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About The Author

Janice Peacock decided to write her first mystery novel after working in a glass studio full of colorful artists who didn’t always get along. They reminded her of the odd, and often humorous, characters in the murder mystery books she loved to read. Inspired by that experience, she combined her two passions and wrote High Strung: A Glass Bead Mystery, launching a new cozy mystery series featuring glass beadmaker Jax O’Connell.

When Janice isn’t writing about glass artists-turned-amateur-detectives, she makes glass beads using a torch, designs one-of-a-kind jewelry, and makes sculptures using hot glass. An award-winning artist, her work has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of the Corning Museum of Glass, the Glass Museum of Tacoma, WA, and in private collections worldwide.

Janice lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two cats, and twelve chickens. She has a studio full of beads…lots and lots of beads.

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Feb 162017
 

Where the Lost Girls Go: A Laura Mori Mystery
Thriller/Suspense/ Women Sleuths
1st in Series
Setting – Oregon
Crooked Lane Books
(February 7, 2017)

Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1629538051
Kindle ASIN: B01KGD6JV4
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Rookie cop Laura Mori catches her first investigation when the fiery crash of a sports car lights up the night sky. The fire burns the body beyond recognition, but the police are able to identify the car as that of Kent Jameson, celebrity author and benefactor of Sunrise Lake. And Jameson fears that the unidentified body is his seventeen-year-old daughter Lucy, who stormed out of the house that night after an argument.

When lab reports reveal that the body was not Lucy, but a teen runaway named Kyra whose disappearance has been linked with other missing persons–more than half a dozen “lost girls” who disappeared while living on the streets of Portland–the investigation takes a drastic turn. How did Kyra come to land at the Jameson estate in rural Oregon, and what was she doing driving their car? And who cut the brake lines on the vehicle?

Just when Laura is making progress in the case, she comes across a suspicious lane in the forest that uncovers new evidence that will once again alter the course of the investigation and rock Sunrise Lake to its core.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

A serial killer in Portland?? That may be the case. When Rookie Officer Laura Mori arrives at an inferno of a car on fire with her partner, she had no idea what was going to develop. What seemed to be a tragic traffic accident turns into a homicide investigation. Since her partner is due to leave for vacation Mori is assigned the case. The girl in the car turns out not to be who they thought but someone linked to a missing persons case involved several “lost girls”. What evolves will have you unable to put this book down.

R.J. Noonan has written a riveting mystery full of suspense. This story is played out in Portland, Oregon but could take place anywhere.

Laura Mori is a Japanese American whose parents think her job is just a phase she is going through. Because of her gentle demeanor they thought she would become a psychologist to help people, but college didn’t quite go as planned. They don’t really understand it, in fact, she is still living with her parents and her mother was upset the night of the accident that she didn’t call home and tell them she was going to be late. Her natural compassion is a double edged sword in her being a cop. She seems to get people, witnesses and suspects, to talk to her easily, but she does take the job home with her. She has a few issues of her own, but when working on the case, she works through her own problems the best she can. She is a complex main character.

The case focuses on the Jameson family. He is a rich author, his wife, number 2, works for charities and helps him organize his complicated life, his daughter, 17 year old Lucy, is a rebellious teenager that has her dad wrapped right around her little finger. The car in the accident belonged to them and the girl killed in the crash was Lucy’s friend. They live on a huge estate with stables and guest houses and they raise alpacas. Of course, they don’t do the work, they have a crew of hired hands.

The author twists and tangles the Jameson family together with their staff and a group of people living in the woods near their estate. There is also a corruption aspect in the police force. Readers follow Laura through her investigation. While trying to prove to everyone she can handle her job she does take some real risks. I wanted to jump into the book a few times to stop her, like when you scream at the characters in horror movies,  telling them not to go into the dark scary places, same kind of thing here.

I am not going to say I was totally caught off guard by the way the story ended because I was in the ballpark as to the right suspect. I just needed the how and why to be definitely determined. It was even more twisted than I imagined.

Knowing this book is the start to a series is exciting for me. I found our protagonist to be very engaging and interesting. The other characters that I assume will be returning in future installments were also strong in this story. I am interested to see what the author has in store for all of them.

As this is the first story I have read by this author I now know I need to find out more about her and her other works.

Dollycas

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  You can find out more about R.L. Noonan on her webpage here.

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Feb 152017
 


Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I apologize that there is not a guest post this week, but let me tell you about Paige Shelton’s latest release. 

Bookman Dead Style (A Dangerous Type Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Utah
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (February 7, 2017)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425277263
Kindle ASIN: B01E4WAFNG
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A movie star is typecast as a killer in the second Dangerous Type Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of To Helvetica and Back.
 
It’s January, and the Star City Film Festival has taken the Utah ski resort town by storm. Movie stars are everywhere, carving fresh powder on the slopes and crossing the thresholds of Bygone Alley’s charming boutique shops—including The Rescued Word, where Clare Henry and her grandfather restore old typewriters and beloved books. When cinema’s hottest superhero, Matt Bane, enters their store to buy some personalized note cards, it’s hard not to be starstruck.

But when Clare sees the police leading Matt out of The Fountain hotel in handcuffs only a few hours later, she can’t believe her eyes. The affable actor is accused of killing his sister, but Clare’s convinced he’s wrong for that role. Now it’s open call for suspects as Clare tries to reel in the killer before another victim fades to black…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Back to Star City, Utah for the second book in the Dangerous Type Mysteries. Stars from Hollywood have come for the Annual Film Festival and to enjoy some time on the slopes. They also descend on Bygone Alley and into The Rescued Word. Matt Bane, the current heartthrob, is in town to promote his superhero movie and visits the  shop for some personalized note cards. Just a short time later Clare witnesses the police leading the actor from his hotel in handcuffs.  She quickly learns a young actress, Matt’s sister, has been murdered and he was found over her body covered in blood. Clare just can’t believe it, he just doesn’t seem the “type” or maybe he is such a good actor he has her fooled. She delves right into her own investigation to seek out the real character but all the “stars” are in “the show must go on” frame of mind so it isn’t going to be easy to catch this killer.

Ms. Shelton has typed us up a marvelous mystery. You know, the kind that pulls you in right away and holds you tight until the very end with so many twists and a plethora of suspects.

Bringing so many people to this small town, stars and tourists, gives a wide variety of people to question. Clare pares them down quickly to a manageable number but any one could be the killer. With her best friend on the police force she tries to get some inside information and Jodie does help her to get in to see Matt while he is in jail to get his take on the case. Clare’s ex/police chief, Creighton, is not quite as helpful but that was to be expected. Clare and her grandfather also have another mystery on their hands that brings another element to the story and solving that one isn’t easy either. Shelton sets a brisk pace and has given us a story that is almost impossible to put down.

The core characters and their continued development really drives this story. They have big hearts and really care about each other and all the people they meet. Clare and Jodie reconnect with one of their old classmates and she has an interesting story too. I hope she pops up in future stories. The romance between Seth and Clare is so perfectly paced as it her grandfather’s relationship with his lady friend. Clare’s niece Marion is growing up and has such a bright future, she is going to be a very interesting character to watch as this series continues.

This has quickly become a favorite series of mine and I have to give it my Paradise Rating. I really love playing sleuth right along with Clare and I completely escaped right into this book.. I can’t wait for the next Dangerous Type Mystery. The little snippet from Comic Sans Murder has me ready another trip to The Rescued Word as soon as possible.

Dollycas

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About The Author

Paige Shelton is the New York Times Bestselling author of the Farmers’ Market Mysteries and the Country Cooking School Mysteries. She’s lived lots of places but currently resides in Arizona. Find out more at www.paigeshelton.com


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Death in Advertising (A Tobi Tobias Mystery)
1st in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Missouri
Lyrical Underground (February 7, 2017)
Paperback: 212 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1516102075
Kindle ASIN: B01FBZXSFW

 
 
 
 
 

Synopsis

When Tobi Tobias decided to open her own ad agency, having to moonlight in a pet shop wasn’t part of her vision . . . of course, neither was murder.

Sometimes when opportunity knocks, the door you open leads to a closet. That’s certainly the case for Tobi, whose weekends spent cleaning cages in her best friend’s pet shop may soon be over. She’s just landed her first big break—Zander Closet Company needs a catchy campaign slogan ASAP, and Tobi thinks she’s got the right hook to knock ’em dead: “When we’re done, even your skeletons will have a place.”

But when a real dead body topples out of a showcase closet, she’s about to discover there is such a thing as bad publicity. To save her fledgling business and not get killed by the competition, Tobi takes on a new pet project: solving the murder. But with a stressed-out parrot as the only witness to the crime, Tobi will really have to wing it to put the cagey killer behind bars.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

It is always exciting to start a new series. This one introduces us to Tobi Tobias, an ad executive just starting her own firm. She also works part time at a pet store to help pay the bills until she gets more clients. She never intended to steal clients from her old firm, but when they come to her she is not going to turn them away. Zander Closet Company is in a pickle, they need a catchy slogan A.S.A.P. and she delivers a fantastic one. She then needs to put a brochure together for them. What better way than to include pictures of their fixtures in a real home? Unfortunately,  she wasn’t ready for a dead body to come out of the closet during the photo shoot. This can’t be happening! Her 1st big break is now all over the news for the worst possible reasons. She needs to save her company by catching the killer and prove that there are no skeletons in her closet. She finally gets the clue she needs from a very unlikely source.

This was a very entertaining read. Tobi and I would be fast friends. She loves Cocoa Puffs and has a unique laugh, I don’t actually snort the way she does, but ask my friends, when I laugh they would know from rooms away it is me. The author has surrounded her with a great group. Her friend, Mary Fran owns the pet store where she works on the weekends. Mary Fran’s teenage son also works there but his real interest is photography. Her assistant, JoAnna, always seems to be two steps ahead of her, but in a good way. She also has some unique neighbors, the victim’s wife is a little bit out there, as is one of the Zander brothers. The other brother is more down to earth and Tobi would love to know him better but she has her reasons for holding back.

Tobi’s investigation of the murder gives us plenty of suspects but for some reason I zeroed in on one person right away and I was amazed when I reached the end that I was actually right, I picked up on all the clues and even knew a key thing about another character well before Tobi. This is unusual for me and I truly wasn’t sure that I had everything right until the very end. The story did try to divert me several times, nicely played, Ms. Bradford or I should say very cleverly written Ms. Bradford, very cleverly written.

This is a delightful debut for this new series. The characters are very engaging and I really love this theme. I am excited for the next installment. Time to restock the Cocoa Puffs 🙂

Dollycas

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About The Author

While spending a rainy afternoon at a friend’s house more than thirty years ago, Laura Bradford (a.k.a. Elizabeth Lynn Casey) fell in love with writing over a stack of blank paper, a box of crayons, and a freshly sharpened number two pencil. From that moment forward, she never wanted to do anything else.

Today, Laura is the national bestselling author of the Amish Mysteries, the Jenkins & Burns Mysteries, and the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries (written as Elizabeth Lynn Casey). A new cozy mystery series was added to the mix in 2016 with the release of The Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries. and now she brings us the Tobi Tobias Mystery Series. Laura is a former Agatha nominee and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award in romance. In her free time, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, traveling, baking, and visiting the sea lions at the Central Park Zoo. For more information and all the latest book news, visit her website at www.laurabradford.com.

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More Praise For Death in Advertising by Laura Bradford

A fun start to a new cozy series! It combines mystery, a variety of character personalities and even a budding romance.
~Storeybook Reviews

Tobi and the other characters are so likable that you’ll wish you had your hands on book 2 right away – not because there’s a cliffhanger (there isn’t) but because you just want to keep spending time with them.
~Reading Is My SuperPower

Death in Advertising has a fun, quirky set of characters (including a couple of African Gray parrots) and a story-line that kept me guessing. This is a great start to a new series from Laura Bradford.
~The Book’s the Thing

Death in Advertising was a fun, quirky mystery and I loved the humor that was laced throughout the story, which made it an absolute delight to read.
~Moonlight Rendezvous

Filled with humor and a story so well written will be guessing to the end.
~Shelley’s Book Case

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