Nov 222014
 

frame change large banner 640Having some fun with T’Gracie and Joe Reese today on their Great Escapes Tour :)

20 quick questions1. Favorite Color –
T’Gracie: Blue!
Joe: Green!

2. Favorite Candy –

T’Gracie and Joe: Reese’s Pieces (Did you have to ask?)

3. Favorite Snack –
T’Gracie: Triscuits (Sea Salt and Dill)
Joe: Goldfish Crackers

4. Favorite Soft Drink –
Joe: Cherry flavored Pepsi
T’Gracie: I don’t drink soft drinks

5. Favorite Hard Drink –
Joe: Any craft beer
T’Gracie: Gin and tonic

6. Favorite Ice Cream Flavor –
T’Gracie: Coffee
Joe: Vanilla

7. Favorite Movie –
T’Gracie: To Kill a Mockingbird

Joe: Jaws

8. Favorite TV Show –
Joe: The West Wing
T’Gracie: Law and Order

9. Favorite Book –
T’Gracie: any Dorothy Sayers
Joe: Ours

10. Favorite Fictional Character –
Joe: Unca Scrooge
T’Gracie: V.I. Warshawski

11. Favorite Super Hero –
Joe: Superman
T’Gracie: Wonder Woman

12. Favorite Singer/Group/Band –
Joe: Peter, Paul & Mary
T’Gracie: any Cajun band

13. Favorite Carnival Ride –
T’Gracie: Ferris Wheel
Joe: Tunnel of Horrors

14. Favorite Spring Activity –

Joe: Baseball
T’Gracie: Planting the garden

15. Favorite Summer Activity –
Joe: Baseball
T’Gracie: Swimming

16. Favorite Fall Activity –
Joe: Baseball
T’Gracie: Watching the trees change color

17. Favorite Winter Activity –
Joe: None                       Dollycas – (I don’t know about the rest of you but I think Joe is dreaming about Baseball in the winter )  :)
T’Gracie: IPFW Women’s Basketball. Go ‘Dons!

18. Favorite Place to Read –
T’Gracie: Bed
Joe: Living room sofa

19. Favorite Place to Write –
Joe: Dining room table
T’Gracie: office on campus

20. Dream Vacation Destination –
Joe and T’Gracie: Paris!

Now let me tell you a little bit about T’Gracie and Joe’s latest latest Nina Bannister Mystery. Frame Change is the 5th book in the series.

Synopsis:

Nina Bannister loves to paint, and she thinks her hobby is painless enough. But she is wrong. Her love of doing seascapes leads to a friendship with a young ex docent from The Chicago Art Museum–and to their entry into the murky and dangerous world of international art smuggling.

Can she save her young friend, who has been kidnapped to the mountains of southern Austria? Can she determine the identity and motives of the mysterious Red Claw? Can she see the real painting that is hidden beneath the false one?

Her success in these matters–indeed her very survival–depend on her ability to perform a last ditch Frame Change!

 

Authors Pam and Joe Reese (2)

About These Authors

Pam (T’Gracie) Britton Reese is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at Indiana-Purdue University at Fort Wayne. She has published books about autism with LinguiSystems. She enjoys teaching and research, but is never happier than when plotting (with her husband) a new murder, or coming up with ways that Nina Bannister can solve it.

Joe Reese is a novelist, playwright, storyteller, and college teacher. He has published seven novels, several plays, and a number of stories and articles. He and his wife, Pam have three children: Kate, Matthew and Sam.

Author Links 

Other Books In This Series

Tour Participants

November 17 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Giveaway
November 18 – Brooke Blogs – Guest Post
November 19 – readalot – Review, Giveaway
November 20 – deal sharing aunt – Interview
November 21 – Community Bookstop – Review, Giveaway
November 21 – Christa Reads and Writes
November 22 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Interview
November 23 – Tea and A Book – Review, Giveaway
November 24 – Kelly P’s Blog – Guest Post
November 25 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview
November 26 – Omnimystery News – Interview
November 27 – Thanksgiving
November 28 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – Review, Giveaway
November 29 – dru’s book musings – Guest Post, Giveaway
November 30 – Mystery Playground – Interview, Giveaway

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Nov 212014
 

red queenThe Red Queen’s Run
A Red Solaris Mystery
First in New Series
Published by Henery Press (December 9, 2014)
Hardcover: 262 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1940976600
Paperback: 280 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1940976556
E-Book File Size: 504 KB
ASIN: B00NO0VYZ8
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A famous journalism dean is found dead at the bottom of a stairwell. The police suspect members of the faculty who had been engaged in a fierce quarrel with the dean — distinguished scholars who behaved like schoolyard bullies. When Meredith “Red” Solaris is appointed interim dean, the faculty suspects are furious. Will the beautiful red-haired professor be next? The case detective tries to protect her as he heads the investigation,but new threats lead him to believe that Red is the next target for death.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

The story starts out with a real punch. Reminding us of a true story of a faculty meeting at the University of Alabama that came to an abrupt halt when one member stood up and shot 6 people, 3 who died. Meredith “Red” Solaris was starting to wonder if something like that could happen at her school, Mountain West University. The debates were getting more vicious than ever and the staff is clearly turning against each other. When she receives a call telling her that her boss had been found dead at the bottom of the marble stairs in the school she realizes  it can and one of her colleagues could be a murderer.

Borne Morris takes us behind the scenes of the School of Journalism at Mountain West University. The politics, the backstabbing, the crazy world where tenure is coveted and scorned when it leaves bad professors in the classrooms. We learn about cheating and plagiarizing, curriculum debates and student/faculty relationships. Sometimes this world drives people over the edge and people end up severely hurt or even dead.

There is a lighter side of the story with a bit of romance between “Red” and the detective investigating the dean’s death. He is also doing his best to keep her safe.

This was a very quick read. The content completely held my interest and rang true as this crime was not solved in a short period of time. The lead detective was even asked to let another detective look at the case with fresh eyes. Maybe Detective Joe Morgan had grown to close to the case to see the clues clearly. There was a variety of ways this story could have played out and there were the right amount of twists to have it make complete sense as everything feel into place.

I think we have just scratched the surface of what we know about “Red” Solaris and Detective Joe Morgan. Morris has given us some rich characters here and  she has left them plenty of room to grow.

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas

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Find out more about Borne Morris on her webpage 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.”

Nov 202014
 

 

special guest blueI have been so excited about Kate Carlisle’s new Fixer Upper Mystery Series
and I am so glad to have her visit today!

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Kate Carlisle’s Writing What She Doesn’t Know

From the time I was a little girl, I’ve loved books. More than just the content—the stories, the language, the knowledge—I loved the book itself as an object. I always volunteered to hang Dad’s dry cleaning so I could lay claim to the thin, white cardboard sheets tucked inside his dress shirts. I used them to make my own little books, beautifully decorated but blank inside.

9780451469199_large_A_High-End_FinishI moved on to take book arts classes at the local library and then at book arts centers. Writing the Bibliophile Mysteries with bookbinder protagonist Brooklyn Wainwright was a natural extension of a hobby I’ve enjoyed all my life.

The Fixer-Upper Mysteries? Not so much.

Shannon Hammer, heroine of A High-End Finish (November 4) and This Old Homicide (January 27), lovingly restores Victorian homes in the quaint town of Lighthouse Cove, California. While my father was a contractor and my brother painted Victorian buildings in San Francisco, I personally have no hands-on experience in that field. No, I have never restored a Victorian home. Or any home, for that matter. I had my kitchen remodeled a couple years ago, but I didn’t do the work; I just complained about how long it took.

queen anneWith the Fixer-Upper Mysteries, I’m writing about something I don’t know—for the sheer pleasure of doing the research. And I’m having so much fun, I almost feel guilty!

Through Shannon, we get to explore every nook and cranny of the fascinating Victorian homes of Lighthouse Cove, from the grande dames to the crackerboxes. When most people think Victorian, they think of Queen Anne style, but there are many styles of Victorian architecture. In the books, readers will have the pleasure of traipsing through strangers’ homes and through the history in each, all wrapped up in a quirky whodunit.

It’s unfortunate for Shannon that in A High-End Finish, she literally stumbles upon a dead body in the basement of one of her projects. And even more unfortunate that the victim turns out to be a creep she went on a blind date with the night before, a date that ended badly… and publicly.

I grabbed my purse and jacket and started to dash off—until I felt cold air hit my skin. I looked down to see my teal blouse rippling in the breeze. Jerry had torn it off my shoulder!

I turned back and yelled, “You big jerk!” I was so angry. He’d ripped my clothing! What a Neanderthal! I knew it was wrong, knew I had to shake off this negative energy, but I wanted to give him a swift smack across his big stupid head. Just walk away, I thought.

I started to move, but stopped when I heard another sound.

Applause?

Looking up at the pier, I saw two men rushing down the stairs toward me. The rest of the people standing at the railing were clapping and laughing and whistling. I even recognized a few of them when they waved at me. What did they think was going on here?

Jerry raised his head and glared at me. “You’ll be sorry for that.”

“Oh yeah?” I felt safer now that we were about to have company, so instead of slapping at him like I wanted to, I reached inside my purse and pulled out the only weapon I had on me. My pink needle-nose pliers. I leaned over and snipped them in front of his face a few times.

He recoiled. “Get that thing away from me!”

“Just a warning,” I said with deadly calm, furious with myself for ever believing that he might’ve been a nice guy.

So who do you think is the prime suspect when Jerry is found murdered the very next day? Especially when he’this old homicides murdered on one of Shannon’s job sites… and the likely murder weapon is one of the pink tools for which she’s known.

A High-End Finish is available now, so you have the chance to get in on the Fixer-Upper Mystery series right from the very beginning. I hope you’ll enjoy the stories and that you’ll love learning fascinating little tidbits about restoring beautiful Victorian homes.

Read more about the Fixer-Upper Mysteries at www.KateCarlisle.com!

~Kate

9780451469199_large_A_High-End_FinishA High-End Finish:
 A Fixer-Upper Mystery
Brand New Cozy Series
An Obsidian Mystery (November 4, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451469199
E-Book File Size: 2220 KB
ASIN: B00JJXV8DC
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In the seaside town of Lighthouse Cove in northern California, everyone knows the best man for the job is actually a woman—contractor Shannon Hammer. But while Shannon can do wonders with a power drill and a little elbow grease, she’s about to discover that some problems aren’t so easily fixed….

Shannon’s home-renovation and repair business is booming, but her love life needs work. On a blind date with real estate agent Jerry Saxton, she has to whip out a pair of pliers to keep Jerry from getting too hands on. Shannon is happy to put her rotten date behind her, but when Jerry’s found dead in a run-down Victorian home that she’s been hired to restore, the town’s attractive new police chief suspects that her threats may have laid the foundation for murder.

Determined to clear her name, Shannon conducts her own investigation—with the help of her four best friends, her eccentric father, a nosy neighbor or two, and a handsome crime writer who’s just moved to town. But as they get closer to prying out the murderer’s identity, Shannon is viciously attacked. Now she’ll have to nail down the truth—or end up in permanent foreclosure.…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

An awesome debut!

With a bit of home construction work in my past and a person who has renovated a house or two I loved this story. Shannon’s dad had built up a very successful business and Shannon has stepped to fill his shoes nicely. Her love life is a bit of a mess and she has a friend whose main mission seems to be to find Shannon and any of her other single friends a man. You would think Shannon’s last date and the man ending up dead would get her to stop but it barely slows her down. Shannon does meet some very interesting men, the new police chief who is thinks she may have committed murder and a crime writer who first met her when she was looking her absolute worst. If she survives and the murderer is caught there may be some developments in the romance department but first things first. She needs to stay safe and the police chief needs to do his job.

These characters are absolutely wonderful. Shannon, her friends, neighbors and co-workers all look out for each other. That what small town life means. Sometimes it means a lot of gossip but most of the time it means helping in any way they can. Her dad and uncle can’t always be around because when the fish are calling it is time to go fishing. The chief just needs to get to know everyone better and the writer seems to be settling in just fine. She also gives us some very interesting unsavory characters, the creepy Jerry and a man who comes to Lighthouse Cove for 2 weeks every year and no one in town wants him as their guest. Sadly Shannon drew the short straw this year and he is staying in one of the suites above her garage. He is one who believes the customer is always right but he is so very wrong.

I especially enjoyed all the descriptive details of the houses, the lighthouse and the town of Lighthouse Cove. It is so important to have the foundation of the setting as the series continues.

As for the plot, there was a lot of action, plenty of suspects and a few surprises. It was a captivating cozy and thankfully we don’t have long to wait for the next installment. This Old Homicide: A Fixer-Upper Mystery comes out January 27. This girl, who had her own set of pink tools, gives this story 5 starfish!

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Nov 192014
 

cozy wednesday 2013 640Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am always excited when Kathleen Ernst drops by for a visit. Her character Chloe Ellefson doesn’t live too far away from me. I love reading stories about places I have actually visited.

Old Mill-50Murder Most Midwestern
Kathleen Ernst

You may have heard of “Midwestern Nice.” It’s real. I’ve met lots of really nice people since moving to Wisconsin in 1982.

That said, I’m finding that the Midwest provides some awesome settings for murder mysteries.

As a former museum curator, one of my goals for the Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series involves introducing readers to special places. The first four books in the series showcased a huge open air museum called Old World Wisconsin, the Swiss-American community of New Glarus, Lake Michigan’s oldest lighthouse, and Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Iowa.

Old Mill-139And my new book, Tradition of Deceit, features two fascinating settings. The book is set in 1983, when the Minnesota Historical Society’s fabulous Mill City Museum was only a dream. Chloe, my protagonist, visits to help create an interpretive plan for the envisioned site. Imagine an enormous abandoned flour mill full of old equipment—a magnet for kids craving adventure, homeless citizens, and people wanting to stay out of sight. It’s spooky. And it provides lots of opportunities for murder.

Tradition of DeceitIt’s also fascinating. The Washburn A Mill was the world’s largest flour mill when it was completed in 1874. For the first time in history, the production of a basic food item was industrialized. And I’m willing to bet that the mill has touched your life directly. The Washburn A Mill gave us Gold Medal Flour and Betty Crocker cookbooks. After years of growth and mergers, General Mills became owner.

Meanwhile Roelke McKenna, Chloe’s significant other, is drawn into a murder investigation in Milwaukee’s Old South Side neighborhood. The area is densely populated and culturally rich, home to many Polish-American families. They built the magnificent Basilica of St. Josaphat, and created a lovely urban park honoring a famous Polish general. Right down the street is a cemetery so old and significant that it’s on the Register of Historic Places.

It was great fun to write a book that entwines the industrial and cultural heritage of two cities, in two states. In the Chloe Ellefson mysteries, the past is always present!

Someone asked me recently if I would ever set a Chloe book at a “major” historic site like Colonial Williamsburg or Plimoth Plantation. Perhaps one day, but for now, I’m having too much fun exploring historic sites in my own regional neighborhood. Chloe will remain employed at Old World Wisconsin, although some mysteries will take her across state lines.

I try hard to make the sites and museums that Chloe explores real and essential to the plot. My website offers lots of resources to help readers explore the places featured in each book, including photographs, interactive maps, and tour guides. I’m delighted when readers tell me that reading one of the Chloe Ellefson mysteries inspired them to visit the relevant site.

Has a book ever prompted you to make a trip? What are some of your favorite historic places? I’m taking notes!

~Kathleen

About Kathleen Ernst

Tradition of Deceit is Kathleen Ernst’s thirtieth book. In addition to the Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites series, she has written many books for American Girl, including nine about the historical character she created, Caroline Abbott. Over 1.5 million copies of Kathleen’s titles have been sold. The Chloe series has earned a LOVEY Award for Best Traditional Mystery, and several of her mysteries for young readers have been finalists for Edgar or Agatha awards.

. Learn more at www.kathleenernst.com, www.facebook.com/kathleenernst.author, or www.sitesandstories.wordpress.com.

Tradition of DeceitTradition of Deceit
(A Chloe Ellefson Mystery)

5th Book in Series
Cozy Mystery
Published by MIDNIGHT INK (November 8, 2014)
Trade Paperback: 360 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738740782
E-Book File Size: 3170 KB
ASIN: B00NJ2U62I
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Curator and occasional sleuth Chloe Ellefson is off to Minneapolis to help her friend Ariel with a monumental task. Ariel must write a proposal for a controversial and expensive restoration project: convert an abandoned flour mill, currently used as shelter by homeless people, into a museum. When a dead body is found stuffed into a grain chute, Chloe’s attention turns from milling to murder.

Back in Milwaukee, Chloe’s love interest Roelke has been slammed with the news that a fellow officer was shot and killed while on duty. Sifting through clues from both past and present, Chloe and Roelke discover dangerous secrets that put their lives—and their trust in each other—at risk.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Wow, this was such a fascinating read I feel as if I devoured it.

What seems as a ordinary date turns Chloe’s and Roelke’s lives and relationship inside out and upside down. They attend the wedding of one a Roelke’s cop buddies and Chloe just feels like she doesn’t fit in. She takes off the next day to help a friend in Minneapolis questioning her whole relationship with Roelke. Then Roelke gets a phone call telling him his friend and former partner was shot and killed while on duty. He throws himself into the investigation and keeps at it even when he is told to back off. Chloe barely gets into Minneapolis and she gets wrapped up in a murder investigation herself. She really could use Roelke’s help but after the death of his friend he has basically shut her out of his life. It seems “deceit” is everywhere.

Ernst intricately meshes these stories together along with a story from the past that drew me right in. It was not only the murder mysteries that captivated me but the secrets of our main characters as well. We really get to know more about Roelke and Chloe has to face the reality of being in love with a police officer. The story from the past gives us a look back at immigrants that had come to the area in hopes of a better life. The main story lines also look at the homeless and what they endure. She also shines a light on domestic violence.

The main part of the story takes place in the early 1980’s so there are no cell phones or internet which adds its own dynamic to the story. Research and crime investigation is done with old fashioned footwork and checking out books and written documents. Police officers don’t have radios hooked to their collars and need to check in via call stations while they are out “walking their beat” and landlines are the way to get in touch with your family and friends, no texting, emails or quick calls. Cases are not solved quickly as all the investigative technology we now take for granted has even been invented yet. The research Chloe is helping with is also done with document research and stories that have been told and retold over the years.

I think this is the best book so far in this series. The characters continue to grow and evolve and the settings were interesting and the topics are still relevant today as the United States looks at immigration reform and the plight of the homeless is still a major problem today. Domestic violence has been around forever and we see that in that story here as well. Ernst presents all topics in a fictional way that while entertaining to read also makes you think.  We learn a little history along the way too.

This definitely deserves more than 5 stars!

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5 STARFISH5 STARFISH
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From Kathleen Ernst

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Nov 182014
 

treacherous tartTreacherous Tart
A Pie in the Sky Mystery
2nd Book in the Series
Publisher: Pocket Books (October 28, 2014)
A Division of Simon & Schuester Inc.
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1451689563
E-Book File Size: 2315 KB
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In this second charming novel in the Pie Shop cozy mystery series, a modern-day Lothario is shot dead, and it’s up to Maggie to clear her aunt and partner-in-pie from the suspect list.

It’s Christmastime at Pie in the Sky, Aunt Clara’s pie shop, and she has a new beau, Donald Wickerson, who loves her Marvelous Mince Pies.

Unfortunately, it seems that this holiday, Donald might only be interested in Aunt Clara for her money. Ryan and Maggie research his background and find he’s had several wives who met with unfortunate “accidents” that left him wealthier. Now they have to convince Aunt Clara that her boyfriend is after more than just her pie recipes.

When Donald stumbles into Pie in the Sky and dies after being shot, Aunt Clara is devastated—and also a suspect, since everyone in Durham knows about Donald from Ryan’s newspaper article. Now Maggie and Ryan will have to prove that someone else in the long list of people he’d wronged finally got the courage to end his life.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Pies, kittens and MURDER…OH MY!!

Ellie Grant has served up another awesome story for readers to devour!

Aunt Clara and Maggie Grady run Pie in the Sky, a shop featuring tasty delights like Evie’s Elegant Eggnog Pie, Marvelous Mince Pie and Pumpkin Pizzazz Pie. The are even going to start offering savory pies to bring in a lunch crowd. These two ladies are at work baking pies before the sun comes up and serving pie until late in the day. I don’t know how they do it and still find time to not only sleep but have boyfriends. Aunt Clara’s new beau, Donald, has quite a checkered past that she didn’t know about until right before he fell dead right in the middle of Pie in the Sky. Maggie has Ryan but he may have a little competition. Bring on the romantic tension…  But the police looking much too closely at Clara as a suspect so romance aside Maggie needs to find out who really killed philandering  Donald. She sees plenty of suspects, why can’t the police?

I love these characters.  Aunt Clara reminds me of my mother who also ran an eatery that was as important to her as Pie in the Sky is to Clara. Clara heart is huge and she always finds the “silver lining” to every situation. I felt so bad that she was falling for such a despicable man and then to have him die and her being suspected of killing him just broke my heart. But she persevered knowing she was innocent and handled it all with grace and dignity. Even some very scary situations. She is a wonderful woman.

Maggie had a lot on her plate. She not only had to keep the Pie in the Sky up and running and meet the commitment they had for a huge fundraiser,  she  also had to find the real person responsible for dastardly Donald’s death.

We also were introduced to some fun furry felines. You will love their names.

The author penned a fine mystery as well with quite a variety of suspects. Donald Wickerson had not only left behind scorned women but families and friends of those former wives who died due to “accidents” where he inherited all their money. The killer really could have been so many different people. The pages just flew by as we followed the clues until the awaited “aha moment”.

A very entertaining read. You will be craving pie by the end so be sure to check out the included recipes, perfect for the upcoming holiday season.

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Dollycas

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About This Author
Ellie Grant writes award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook and Joyce and Jim Lavene. They have written and published more than 60 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family.

Author Links:

www.elliegrant.net

www.romanceofmystery.blogspot.com

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16130461-plum-deadly

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ellie-Grant/409736699080379?ref=hl

https://twitter.com/AuthorJLavene

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.”

Nov 162014
 

This great meme is hosted by Sheila at
Book Journey”.
It’s a great way to start the week and
find out what other bloggers are reading.
My To-Be-Read pile has grown to an
unbelievable number thanks to this meme.

Snow! I am just not ready for it to be winter yet! I hope it goes away as quick as it arrived. A little snow at Christmastime would be good and then I will be ready for a nice long SPRING! :)

Here’s my recap of last week’s reading and what I am planning this week.
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FINISHED

Treacherous Tart

Review will be up tomorrow!
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Tradition of Deceit (A Chloe Ellefson Mystery)

Kathleen Ernst will be my guest thisweek for Cozy Wednesday!
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A High-End Finish: A Fixer-Upper Mystery

Kate Carlisle will be my Special Guest this Thursday!
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The Red Queen’s Run

For Review and 2 Challenges!
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The Scent of Rain and Lightning: A Novel

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On Borrowed Time (A Library Lover’s Mystery)

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Nov 162014
 

The Sunday Salon.com

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
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My oldest grandson turned 7 this past week. He wanted to spend the weekend with us so he and his brother arrived Friday night and within minutes my oldest son surprised us as he and his daughter came to visit. Papa set to work making a huge spaghetti dinner for out house full. The cousins played together and fun was had by all. The boys have been keeping us on our toes. The youngest one turns 2 next month and it getting so smart and so much fun. I treasure these weekends so much!
weekly rewind credited235Weekly Rewind – November 9 – 15, 2014

MondayIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

TuesdayReview/Giveaway – Knot In My Backyard by Mary Marks

WednesdayCozy Wednesday with Diane Vallere – Author of Suede to Rest – Giveaway too!

ThursdaySpecial Guest – JoAnna Carl – Author of The Chocolate Clown Corpse (Giveaways too!)

FridayReview/Giveaway – By Cook or By Crook by Maya Corrigan

plusGratitude Giveaways – November 15th – 30th

SaturdaySpecial Guest Betty Hechtman – Author of Knot Guilty – Giveaways too!

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Wishing you a great week on and off the blogs!!
Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Nov 152014
 

special guest blueI am excited today to welcome Betty Hechtman here today to talk about her other mystery series. She was here back in July to tell us about her Yarn Retreat Mysteries. Today she is here telling us about her newest Crochet Mystery.

BETTY HECHTMAN

KNOT GUILTY
By
Betty Hechtman

I remember when it was just a dream to think about mixing crochet and mystery and now Knot Guilty, the 9th book in the series, is coming out. Between then and now I have learned a lot more about the yarn world.

hooked on murderI thought when I taught myself how to crochet granny squares from a kids kit that the golden door of yarn craft had opened up for me, but it turns out it had just opened a crack. Like everything else though, I didn’t know what I didn’t know. When the first book in the series, Hooked on Murder, came out I spoke at a Sisters in Crime meeting. Afterwards a woman came up to me and leaned in close to share that she had a stash, too. I smiled and nodded like I understood what she was talking about, but I didn’t. Shortly after that I found out that a stash is the overflowing supply of yarn that it seems most yarn crafters have. Think bags and bins of yarn tucked in closets and filling up guest rooms. I certainly know what the word means now and actually have a stash in two cities.

Speaking of yarn, I quickly found out that all yarn is not the same and some of it is a nightmare to work with. Eventually I got into how yarn was made and learned about shearing sheep, preparing wool and spinning.

knot guiltyMy crochet skills got sharper with each book. And I heard about yarn shows. The first one I went to was put on by the Crochet Guild and the Knitting Guild and held in Minneapolis. There were classes, contests, demonstrations, fashion shows, banquets and a huge vendor floor. I quickly discovered there were two groups at the show — the attendees and the people who were there for business. And they had two different perspectives on the event. One group was basically there for a good time and the other was hoping to make a profit. The business group included teachers who traveled a circuit of yarn shows giving classes and people from yarn shops, yarn companies, and related business who had booths in the vendor area, along with the show organizers.

Whenever you get a big gathering of people with different motives there is bound to be drama.

I began to wonder what Molly Pink and her crew would do at a yarn show…. So, in Knot Guilty, Molly and the Tarzana Hookers are running a booth at the Southern California Knit Style show. Up until now the show has always been knitcentric and this is the first year that crochet is being included in the classes, contests and fashion shows. Even so, the head of the show K.D. Kirby is still treating crochet like the poor step sister yarn of yarn crafts.

Anybody who has read any of my books can just imagine how Adele Abrams takes that news. As Molly says, they all agree that crochet is their preferred yarn craft, but Adele takes that feeling to a whole new dimension.

silence of the lambs wool julyThe drama in this yarn show goes into overdrive and wouldn’t you know someone turns up dead.

~Betty

for betterBetty Hechtman writes two national best selling yarn related series for Berkley Prime Crime. Knot Guiltyand For Better or Worsted are her latest in the Crochet series and Silence of the Lamb’s Wool is the latest in the Yarn Retreat series. All books in both series feature patterns andstolen treasure recipes.

In addition, she has just released Stolen Treasure, (Blue Schwartz Mysteries Book 1) as an e-book. Formerly published as Blue Schwartz and Nefertiti’s Necklace, it features a 13 year-old babysitter who loves to cook and is accused of stealing a priceless necklace. Three of Blue’s favorite recipes are included in the book.

She has a B.A. in Fine Arts and has taken classes in everything from improv comedy to magic. She has written newspaper and magazine pieces, along with short stories and several scripts. She splits her time between Southern California and Chicago and has yarn stashes in both places. For more information check out BettyHechtman.com, Facebook and her Friday blog for Killerhobbies.blogspot.com plus on Facebook.

GIVEAWAYThanks to the worderful people at Penguin I have 2 copies of
Knot Guilty to give away!

Plus 2 paperback copies of For Better or Worsted to give away too!!

Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
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Dollycas

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Nov 142014
 

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5th Annual Gratitude Giveaways Hop

November 15th to 30th

Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer

Click on Link above or on the banner to find over 150 more giveaways!!

Thank you to each and everyone of you that visit my blog.
I appreciate you more than words can say!

I have 2 Giveaways!

The are both hard covers!

You can enter to win one or both!

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Yarn Over Murder
(Knitting Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
12th in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (June 3, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Jacket Illustration by Chris O’Leary
Jacket Design by Rita Frangie
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425258422
E-Book File Size: 1783 KB
ASIN: B00G3L7Z6C
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It’s early summer in Fort Connor, Colorado, and a herd of alpacas requires rescuing from a raging wildfire. Kelly Flynn and the House of Lambspun knitters may be able to save the helpless animals, but not the unexpected victim of a cold-blooded murder…

The Annual Wool Market is interrupted with news of a huge wildfires raging through the canyon. Kelly’s friend Jaylene’s ranch seems to right in the projected path of the fires. Kelly gathers as many of her friends as possible with pickups and trailers and heads to the ranch to rescue Jayleen’s and Kelly Alpacas and get them moved to a safe place. Jayleen’s friend, Andrea Holt, has offered space at her ranch for some of the animals and the rest will go to Curt’s ranch. But before they barely start loading animals Connie, a longtime employee of House of Lambspun storms up the driveway accusing Andrea of stealing her husband.

Days later, Andrea is found dead at her ranch—and suspicion immediately falls on Connie. Now Kelly and her friends must untangle this yarn before Connie ends up dangling by a thread…

You can read my review here.

Gratitude Escape #2

Billionaire Blend
(A Coffeehouse Mystery)

13th in Series
Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (August 5, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Hardcover: 400 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425252918
Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425255513
E-Book File Size: 1728 KB
ASIN: B009VMCDV2
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One of the best cozy mystery series continues with Billionaire Blend.

Has Clare met her match in this coffee loving millionaire, Eric Thorner? He has tested all her barista’s coffee knowledge and driven them crazy with his crazy coffee requests. As he was sparing with Clare about unusual coffee concoctions a car bomb explodes right in front of the coffeehouse nearly killing the coffee quiz master and injuring several others. With her shop out of commission Clare’s world turns upside down as Thorner takes her and her ex on a whirlwind tour to find the best coffee beans so she can make the most expensive coffee in the world. All the while Clare is wondering – Is this charming young CEO truly marked for termination? Or is he the one making a killing?

Her hunky detective boyfriend, Mike Quinn is not happy she is spending so much time with the techy CEO, but his assignment is Washington is keeping him away from New York right now. He knows she is going to get right in the middle of this investigation and there is nothing he can do about or can he??? He is going to make sure his friends on the NYPD do everything they can to keep Clare safe.

Includes a wealth of delicious recipes!

Read my review here.

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Dollycas

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Nov 142014
 

by cook or by crook By Cook or by Crook
(A Five-Ingredient Mystery)

New Cozy Series
Kensington Books (November 4, 2014)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1617731389
E-Book File Size: 957 KB
ASIN: B00JVW6H8M
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Take one burned-out city girl. Add a crusty codger, a dash of romance, and a twist of humor. Stir in a generous helping of murder, and you’ve got the ingredients for one truly delicious mystery …

Haunted by the car accident that ended her career as a cookbook publicist, Val Deniston has traded in the chaos of New York City for a quieter life near the Chesapeake Bay. Living with her curmudgeonly grandfather in the tourist town of Bayport is hardly glamorous, but she enjoys running the Cool Down Café at the local fitness club, and she finally has time to work on her long-planned cookbook. After a club patron is murdered, Val cooks up a scheme to find the killer who framed her best friend. While Val investigates five suspects and uncovers five key clues, Granddad takes up cooking, creating havoc in the kitchen even when trying recipes that have only five ingredients.

Includes 8 five-ingredient recipes!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

The number 5 is the key here.

  • 5 ingredient recipes
  • 5 suspects
  • 5 key clues

Maya Corrigan is off to an excellent start with this mystery! Val Deniston is a great character with a tragic past. She is trying to get on with her life but is haunted with nightmares of the night when a car accident changed her life. She thought coming to Bayport would make things easier but a recent murder that has her best friend pegged at the prime suspect has her remembering that fateful night again and again as she tries to find the real killer.

I love the relationship Val has with her grandfather. She thinks he needs her there to take care of him and he does to a certain point but that man has more going on than she gives him credit for. He even turns the table on her and it was so much fun to read. Brought back a few memories of my own grandfather.

The other characters were great too. I think everyone in town has a secret and Val considered them all suspects at one time or another, even the one whose kisses gave her that warm and tingly feeling.  The reason for this is a masterfully plotted mystery. There were several red herrings in this mystery’s recipe and they all needed to be sifted through to find the real killer and I figured it out just as Val did. Isn’t that what we readers want?

The author has served up a wonderful story with more than mystery to solve, a pinch of romance and a morsel of humor. It also contains a huge “hang on to your seat” moment that had my heart pumping.

I am truly excited for the next book in this series. I think the author has just given a tidbit of what she can dish up. “What are the chances of another murder in a peaceful small town?” We shall have to wait and see…

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas

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About This Author

Maya Corrigan lives near Washington, D.C., within easy driving distance of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the setting for this series. She has taught courses in writing, detective fiction, and American literature at Georgetown University and NOVA community college. A winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense, she has published essays on drama and short stories under her full name of Mary Ann Corrigan. Visit her at mayacorrigan.com.

 Author Links

WebPage: mayacorrigan.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maya-CorriganBooks/305167769636032

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I am giving away my review copy!

Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
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