Feb 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 messed up my reading schedule last week and wasn’t able to read a Flashback book so this week my loss is your gain. Giving up one from my huge TBR stack.

The Ghosts of Misty Hollow
(Ghost of Granny Apples)

Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (December 6, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425282083
E-Book ASIN: B01839Q4RM

The author of Ghost in the Guacamole returns as a spiritual medium and her spectral sidekick encounter murder and mystery in a Massachusetts farmhouse—

Mysterious plots abound when spiritual medium Emma Whitecastle offers aid to a famous novelist, but her spectral sidekick Granny Apples will help her write all the wrongs…

Bestselling crime writer Gino Costello is working on his next book in a historic farmhouse in the heart of Massachusetts. His story features some paranormal elements so he’s invited family friend Emma to provide her input as a medium. But as soon as Emma arrives—with her fiancé, Phil, and Granny Apples in tow—that’s when the real trouble begins.

Emma is immediately contacted by the Browns, a family of ghosts who originally owned the house in the early nineteenth century. They need Emma to help them locate the spirits of their two children who disappeared. Meanwhile, a dead body appears at the house. Now Emma, Granny, and Phil must read between the lines to find answers before a killer books it…

To find out more about Sue Ann Jaffarian and her books visit her webpage here and her blog here.


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Feb 232017
 


Twelve Angry Librarians (Cat in the Stacks Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Setting – Mississippi
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Release Date – February 21, 2017
Hardcover: 272 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425277768
Kindle ASIN: B01FEY5BNC
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Light-hearted librarian Charlie Harris is known around his hometown of Athena, Mississippi, for walking his cat, a rescued Maine Coon named Diesel. But he may soon be taken for a walk himself—in handcuffs…
 
Charlie is stressed out. The Southern Academic Libraries Association is holding this year’s annual meeting at Athena College. Since Charlie is the interim library director, he must deliver the welcome speech to all the visiting librarians. And as if that weren’t bad enough, the keynote address will be delivered by Charlie’s old nemesis from library school.

It’s been thirty years since Charlie has seen Gavin Fong, and he’s still an insufferable know-it-all capable of getting under everyone’s skin. In his keynote, Gavin puts forth a most unpopular opinion: that degreed librarians will be obsolete in the academic libraries of the future. So when Gavin drops dead, no one seems too upset…

But Charlie, who was seen having a heated argument with Gavin the day before, has jumped to the top of the suspect list. Now Charlie and Diesel must check out every clue to refine their search for the real killer among them before the next book Charlie reads comes from a prison library…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Seeing that kitty on the cover always makes me smile. I can’t believe this it the 8th Cat in the Stacks Mystery. This time we find Charlie running into some people he attended college with. Two he is very happy to see, one he wants to avoid. Knowing the one he wants to avoid is giving a keynote speech means they are going to meet face to face because Charlie’s library is hosting the event. The meeting does not go well but when the man drops dead during his address all eyes turn to Charlie as the prime suspect. Charlie quickly finds out there are several other librarians angry with Mr. Gavin Fong, he just needs to figure out which one permanently checked him out.

This is one of my favorite series of all time. I reviewed the first book, Murder Past Due, back in 2010 and absolutely loved it. Each story continues to build on that first one and always draws me in at page 1. Miranda James writes us another excellent mystery this time. One I read all in one sitting. It was like curling up with some old friends.

Charlie and his wonderful feline sidekick, Diesel, make a fantastic team and they work together so well in their  “purr – suit” to find the guilty party. This time there are so many suspects it was fun to parry them down one by one and even circle back to a few that I had already written off. This Gavin Fong sure rubbed people the wrong way. Charlie also has some things happening in his private life as well. Some great things, some that will take some thought, and one that has him a little worried. Diesel is such a calming presence in his life and one I understand so well myself.

This story is the epitome of what a cozy mystery is supposed to be with the exception that our amateur sleuth is a man, but a very lovable man. It is set in a small college town, we have a victim that has plenty of faults, and we are given a great mystery to solve. All the books in this series are outstanding.

A Cat-ivating Cozy !! A Purr-fect Escape!! 5 Paws!!

Dollycas

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Find out more about Miranda James and her books on her webpage here.



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Feb 222017
 


Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
I am excited to have Krista Davis drop by today!
Her new book Mission Impawsible was released February 7!

Dating with Pets

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Let’s face it, dating is tough. I know I’m not the queen of bad dates, but I have had my share.

Like the guy who took me to a fast food place, paid with coupons, and stared at my tray like there was something he coveted. My coupon! I have no problem with saving money. But when he told me how he was avoiding payment of his personal property taxes, I was appalled. He took being frugal to an illegal level! Definitely not the guy for me.

A matchmaking event is going on in MISSION IMPAWSIBLE. It’s a little different because people are invited to bring their furry friends with them to help them make matches. Believe it or not, there’s a certain logic to that. How many times have you struck up a conversation with a total stranger because of his or her dog or cat? Animals help break the ice and give us something to talk about.

As I was writing, I began to wonder what attracts us to our mates. It turns out that it’s quite complex. The second we meet someone, all kinds of things start happening in our brains. Not only are we consciously assessing them, but our brains are taking in all kinds of information of which we’re not aware. For instance, we’re smelling them! The scents of potential mates are being processed by our brains.

Animal lovers have additional hurdles to cross. In a survey by Rover.com, 61% of respondents said they would end a relationship because of a pet. There’s no way I would give up one of my furry friends, so I understand that completely. A guy who didn’t love dogs and cats would be out of contention immediately!

And it gets worse. 45% of people spend more money on their pets than on their partners! We cat and dog people are truly devoted. But that’s not news to us, is it?

So maybe having a matchmaking event with dogs and cats isn’t such a bad idea. Not only can Fluffy and Fido assess potential partners (a few well placed hisses and growls, perhaps?) but their people would know they were meeting others who share their passion for their pets.
~Krista

 


Mission Impawsible
(A Paws & Claws Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Virginia
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Release Date – (February 7, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1101988565
Kindle ASIN: B01FEY5DQC
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Murder Most Howl comes the fourth Paws & Claws mystery…

In the pet-friendly town of Wagtail, Virginia, there’s no love lost when Holly Miller meets her match in a murderer…
 
Holly and her grandmother, Oma, are working their tails off to prepare the Sugar Maple Inn for an upcoming matchmaking event for pet owners. While Holly has no interest in pairing up, Oma plans on playing Cupid and finding someone to warm her reluctant granddaughter’s heart.

Unfortunately, one man Holly does meet is cold—dead cold—and he has a personal letter from Oma in his pocket. As suspicion is cast over the inn’s guests, Holly—with the help of her furry friends, Trixie the Jack Russell and Twinkletoes the cat—must fetch the real killer, or she may soon have a date in court.

Delicious recipes for owners and pets included!  

Dollycas’s Thoughts

The Sugar Maple Inn is hosting a matchmaking event – Animals Attraction, for pet owners. They have brought in their own matchmaker to pair up couples based on a very pet based questionnaire.

 Where you cat or dog sleeps says much about you and who your mate should be.

As if running the event isn’t enough to keep Holly on her toes, her grandmother has secretly filled out a form for her. Her ex surprises her by showing up too. No, they were not matched together. 🙂 But while out walking with her match Trixie, her Jack Russell terrier, sniffs out another body. A man that just happens to have a personal letter in his pocket a letter from her grandmother. So while Wagtail is overflowing with cats, dogs, and the people who love them trying to find Mr. or Ms. Right, there is also a murderer on the loose. Hopefully the police with Holly’s “help” will catch them soon so some of the couples can begin their happily ever afters.

I want to move to Wagtail as soon as possible. Yes, they have had a little crime wave of late but it sounds like the purrfect place to me. Restaurants, stores, hotels all allow pets to come right in with their people. The restaurants even have special pet menus. Krista Davis has created a wonderful place.

There are several new characters introduced as The Sugar Maple Inn’s guests arrive and each of them is accompanied by their pet or one loaned to them by the local, If The Dog Fits program. Not everyone is there to be matched up though, there are 2 moms spying on their daughters to make sure they make good matches. This makes for some funny moments until their daughters find out. The pets also bring their own type of humor to the story. Whether human, canine, or feline, the characters are so well written and unique. It was a pleasure to meet or revisit each and every one.

As for the mystery, I was drawn in immediately and it was pretty complicated too. I was totally in the dark until the final reveal. I had theories but they were all debunked as new clues were uncovered. This is how I love my cozies, the ones that keep you guessing from start to finish. Ms. Davis is a wonderful storyteller.

Love and murder is in the air in Wagtail, Virginia and I recommend you read all about it as soon as possible!

Dollycas

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About The Author 

New York Times Bestselling author Krista Davis writes the Paws and Claws Mysteries set on fictional Wagtail Mountain, a resort where people vacation with their pets. Her 4th Paws and Claws Mystery is MISSION IMPAWSIBLE, which releases on February 7th. Krista also writes the Domestic Diva Mysteries. Like her characters, Krista has a soft spot for cats, dogs, and sweets. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with three dogs and two cats.

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Not a Creature Was Purring (A Paws & Claws Mystery)
Coming November 7, 2017.

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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)

Want to see all the mysteries – cozy to thriller
being released in February.
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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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Happy Reading!!
Dollycas

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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 9 – Books,Dreams,Life – REVIEW, SPOTLIGHT
February 10 – View from the Birdhouse – REVIEW
February 11 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – INTERVIEW
February 12 – A Blue Million Books – INTERVIEW
February 13 – Mythical Books – GUEST POST
February 14 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
February 15 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW
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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February 21 – Island Confidential – INTERVIEW

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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.


Find more by Amy Krouse Rosenthal here.
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.”

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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