Sep 212014
 

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.

Another fabulous week on and off the blogosphere. I became a great aunt again, we had a family get-together for by brother-in-laws birthday and I finally read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn!

Here’s my recap of last week’s reading and what I am planning this week.
*All books are linked to Amazon

FINISHED

The Skeleton Takes a Bow (A Family Skeleton Mystery)

Review Will Be Up Tomorrow
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Wouldn’t It Be Deadly: An Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins Mystery

D.E. Iredland will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!
Release Date: September 23, 2014
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Gone Girl

My Just For Fun Read for September!
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Stirring the Plot (A Cookbook Nook Mystery)

The Stirring The Plot Great Escapes Tour starts tomorrow!!
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Murder at Marble House (A Gilded Newport Mystery)

Release Date: September 30, 2014
For Review
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Lost Under a Ladder (A Superstition Mystery)

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Sep 212014
 

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
Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

My new great nephew with his big brother and sister!

My new great nephew with his big brother and sister! Born this past week!

Friday night the family gathered to celebrate my brother-in-law’s birthday. Every year he hosts a Fish Fry and we all gather to share not only fantastic food but to catch up on each others lives. It has been a big year, babies have be born, trips were taken, a wonderful lady passed away, a nephew will be leaving for the service soon, a niece will be graduating from nursing school in December, upcoming holidays and little ones birthday plans needed to be discussed. In other words a great time was had by all and we can’t wait to all get together again.

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Monday -It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Plus: Review – For Everything A Season by Sharon Pape

TuesdayReview – Of Merlot and Murder by Joni Folger

WednesdayCozy Wednesday with Janis Thornton – Author of Dust Bunnies & Dead Bodies – Giveaway too!

ThursdayReview/Giveaway – Nightmares Can Be Murder by Mary Kennedy

FridayLost Legacy by Annette Dashofy Great Escapes Book Tour Stop – Review/Giveaway

SaturdaySpotlight – New Books From Kathi Daley

Plus$229 Giveaway!!!!

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Sep 202014
 

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Sep 202014
 

Kathi Daley has been super busy and
has some new books coming out to celebrate the upcoming holidays!

HalloweenHijinksPaperbackHalloween Hijinks is actually the first book she ever published.

To celebrate her 1 year anniversary this month she decided to do an anniversary edition. It contains the original manuscript and recipes plus extra recipes and a short story called Zoe’s Treasure Hunt.  It is available  for Kindle or Nook for $.99 through Oct 31. It is also available in paperback for $9.95.   Amazon B&N

Halloween Hijinks: Amid a backdrop of zombies on the run and Halloween festivities, animal control officer Zoe Donovan is faced with losing something she loves in order to save someone she loves when she finds a dead body in the basement of a haunted house just two days before Halloween. With the help of her best friends, Levi and Ellie, and her dog Charlie, she delves into a mystery as complex and multilayered as the feelings she develops for her ex-nemesis Zak Zimmerman. Halloween Hijinks is the perfect recipe, combining holiday fun with a touch of humor, a pinch of romance, and a dollop of murder.

Zoe’s Treasure Hunt: Zoe and Charlie meet a mysterious stranger at the hospital while doing therapy dog rounds. The man is in town to look for a 70 year old treasure. When he is unable to continue the journey into the past himself, Zoe and Charlie take over the quest with the help of Pappy and a few of his friends.

Haunted HamletI had Haunted Hamlet in the spotlight last month.

When a ghost hunter is found dead in a haunted house just days before Halloween, it looks like the killer may be living impaired. Zoe must juggle the annual Zoe Donovan Spooktacular with zombies on the run, the annual pumpkin carving contest, a haunted hayride, a relationship in crisis, and a little behind the scenes investigation. When she finds that the death of three camp counselors in the same house thirteen years earlier may be linked to the ghost hunters death, she works to reveal a web of secrets and lies which could make her the next victim of Hezekiah Henderson’s House of Horrors.    Amazon


Turkeys, Tuxes, and Tabbies will be released October 1. You can pre-order today!

When the cat lady of Ashton Falls is found dead in her home just days before Thanksgiving, Zoe must track down a killer while dealing with a house full of socialites who have come to Ashton Falls to bid on Zak in a high class bachelor auction. Amazon


Christmas Cozy will be out November 1, It can be pre-ordered today!

Christmas in Aston Falls is always a magical time of year. The first big snow has arrived, the tree in the town square has been decorated, the window displays completed, and Hometown Christmas is just around the corner. Zoe finds herself knee deep in holiday shopping and Children’s wishes as she and Zak play host to nine year old Scooter Sherwood and his friend Alex. Although a bit hectic, the magic of Christmas is in full bloom and things couldn’t be more perfect until Zoe finds the body of history teacher Holly Jolly in the Ashton Falls High School Christmas Tree lot run by best friend Levi Denton and is pulled into a dangerous holiday investigation. Amazon

Alaskan Alliance will be out in December and the pre-order link will be up November 1.

You can find out more about Kathi and her book on here webpage here.

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Sep 182014
 

Sorry this post went up a day early. My actual tour stop is tomorrow :) lost legacy large banner640

LOST LEGACY front sm fileLost Legacy
(A Zoe Chambers Mystery Book 2)

Cozy Mystery
Published by Henery Press (September 16, 2014)
Paperback: 296 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1940976242
E-Book File Size: 586 KB
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On a sultry summer afternoon, Paramedic Zoe Chambers responds to a call and finds a farmer’s body hanging from the rafters of his hay barn. What first appears to be a suicide quickly becomes something sinister when Zoe links the victim to a pair of deaths forty-five years earlier. Her attempts to wheedle information from her mother and stepfather hit a brick wall of deception, one that brings into question everything Zoe knows about her late father, who died in a car crash when she was eight. Or did he?

Police Chief Pete Adams fears Zoe’s inquiries are setting her up for deeper heartbreak and putting her in danger. As Zoe and Pete inch closer to the truth, they discover that a missing gun links the crimes which span more than four decades. But the killer isn’t done. Two more Vance Township residents fall victim to the same gun, and when tragedy strikes too close to home, Zoe realizes her family is in the crosshairs.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Another fabulous story from Annette Dashofy!!!

I really love Zoe Chambers. She is such a strong woman. We learned in Circle of Influence, the first book in this series, that her life has not been easy and we find out even more in this installment. I am so glad that her relationship with Chief Pete Adams is moving forward. It is not easy when they are both public servants but they are so good for each other and Zoe needs him in this story more than ever.

Zoe’s mother and stepfather play pivotal roles this time and I must say I have great sympathy for Zoe growing up with a mother like Kimberly. But the character that pulled by heartstrings and that was my favorite was Harry, Pete’s father. Harry has Alzheimer’s and Pete’s sister is his usual caregiver. His sister needed a break and brought Harry to stay with Pete unexpectedly. While it wasn’t easy Pete and Zoe and their friends all helped make Harry’s visit work. He also helps solve the mystery and you won’t believe how this all plays out. I do not want to spoil the story so will say no more than that I love Harry Adams and you will too.

Dashofy is such a great storyteller. Her writing is so descriptive and her characters are so fleshed out. She paints vivid pictures with her words. She also knows how to keep us on the edge of our seats. I thought my Kindle was going to burn up the pages were flying.  The  subplots were immersed into the main story line seamlessly. I was riveted to this book from the moment I picked it up until all the mysteries were solved and still didn’t want it to end.

This is definitely one of the best books I have read in 2014.

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Annette Dashofy-small fileAbout This Author

Annette Dashofy, a Pennsylvania farm gal born and bred, grew up with horses, cattle, and, yes, chickens. After high school, she spent five years as an EMT for the local ambulance service. Since then, she’s worked a variety of jobs, giving her plenty of fodder for her lifelong passion for writing. She, her husband, and their two spoiled cats live on property that was once part of her grandfather’s dairy. Her short fiction, including a 2007 Derringer nominee, has appeared in Spinetingler, Mysterical-e, and Fish Tales: the Guppy Anthology. Her newest short story appears in the Lucky Charms Anthology.

Author Links

Website: www.annettedashofy.com

Blog: http://annettedashofy.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/annette.dashofy

Twitter: @Annette_Dashofy


Be sure to check out the rest of the tour!

Tour Participants
September 16 – Community Bookstop – Review
September 16 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review
September 17 – Back Porchervations – Review, Interview
September 18 – A Chick Who Reads – Review
September 19 – Teresa Trent Author Site – Review, Interview
September 19 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Review
September 20 – Melina’s Book Blog – Guest Post
September 21 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview
September 22 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Interview
September 23 – Dalene’s Book Reviews – Review

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Sep 182014
 

nightmares can be murderNightmares Can Be Murder
(A Dream Club Mystery)

New Cozy Mystery Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (September 2, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Bill Brunning
Cover Design by Lesley Worrell
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
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Dream Team

Business consultant Taylor Blake has returned to Savannah, Georgia, to help her sister Allison turn her dream of running an old-fashioned candy store into a reality. Allison is also interested in dream interpretation and invites Taylor to her Friday night Dream Club, where members meet once a week to share and analyze their dreams.

When a local dance instructor, Chico Hernandez, is found dead in his studio, and the murder scene has an eerie resemblance to one of the dreams shared at their meeting, Taylor can’t help but be intrigued. And when her sister, who was briefly involved with the dance teacher, becomes the prime suspect, Taylor and their fellow club members can’t be caught napping. It’s up to them to dream up a solution to the murder before Allison faces a real-life nightmare…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I am a vivid dreamer so the premise of this series is very exciting to me. I had never heard of a Dream Club. This one has some very interesting members and it their meeting place is an old fashion candy store owned by Allison Blake. Her sister, Taylor has taken some time away from her life in Chicago and has come to Savannah to help her sister make a real success of Oldies but Goodies, a candy shop that features all the candy we loved as kids.

We meet Lucinda Macavy as she enters Dream Club and announces “I dreamt I was walking stark naked down the produce aisle in Publix.” Sybil self proclaimed dream expert wants more details. The Harper Sisters, Minerva and Rose, who are in their 80’s, relate to how cold that aisle of the grocery store can be. Dorien, self proclaimed psychic and tarot card reader,  tries to deflect the entire conversation and turn it to something about her dreams. Samantha Stiles, a police detective and Taylor both just want the meeting to end. Neither of them wanted to be there but it is her sister’s club so Taylor is trying to pay attention. That becomes much easier when Persia starts to share her dream that included a murder!

Mary Kennedy has given us a wonderful group of core characters.  She has also given us pretty shady victim opening the door to quite a variety of suspects.  The plot continue to twist and turn throughout the story and I sure didn’t figure out this whodunit until the characters did.

I am also  thrilled with the candy store setting. These shops are popping up all over and I love being able to find all the candies from my childhood. The story made me remember even more that I had long forgotten.

The was a bit of humor and a hint of romance too that always makes a cozy mystery everything we dream about. The  Dream Symbol Guide at the end of the story was enlightening too. Maybe someday I will figure out what my crazy dreams mean :)

This story is a wonderful debut for this series. I am already dreaming about the next installment.

a perfect escape

4 STARFISH

Dollycas

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Sep 172014
 

cozy wednesday 2013 640Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am so excited to welcome Janis Thornton to Escape With Dollycas today!
Her book Dust Bunnies and Dead Bodies (An Elmwood Confidential Cozy Mystery)
will be released on October 15 and she will be touring with
Great Escapes Book Tours October 15 – 30!!

Janis author photo2Find Your Great Escape and Zen Happens

There are those who contend that pinning thoughts to paper (or computer screen!) is a lonely job requiring solitude and serenity, without distractions or outside pressures. When it’s just you, your thoughts, and your writing tools, Zen happens.

Or does it?

When I’m by myself at home with noise-producing devices turned off, my muse tends to go AWOL and random thoughts start running amok. Should I make my bed? How about the stack of dishes in the kitchen sink? Have I checked Facebook in the last hour?

DustBunniesDeadBodies4Needless to say, little writing gets done.

For me, Zen tends to happen under circumstances that are counter to prevailing beliefs. I have found no better escape for writing than being in the middle of unbridled activity, and nothing has helped me hone the ability to tune out distractions and focus on the writing more than my years as a newspaper reporter and editor. Thanks to that experience, I’m at my creative and productive best when I’m:

• Beside a persistently ringing telephone
• On deadline
• In a crowded newsroom
• Against all odds
• Under the scrutiny of an impatient boss
• Over a warm Coke
• Amid a chorus of cursing co-workers

I’ve always drawn energy and inspiration from crowds. As an anonymous spectator with no ties to the activities swirling around me, I am free to withdraw deep into my own head, where I can explore notions, ideas, plots, and funny little paths that reveal themselves under no other circumstances.

As contemporary author/activist Cory Doctorow once said, “Write even when the world is chaotic. You don’t need a cigarette, silence, music, a comfortable chair or inner peace to write. You just need ten minutes and a writing implement.”

When you find your ideal great escape, I urge you to relish it, make it work for you, and go there whenever you must. Conversely, don’t lose sight that your great escape has absolutely nothing to do with what surrounds you.

It’s all about what lies within.


Crystal Cropper, the protagonist for my mystery, Dust Bunnies and Dead Bodies (due out October 15 from Cup of Tea Books), has a background much like mine. Crystal is the Baby Boomer-age newspaper editor for the Elmwood Gazette. She loves her job and refuses to buckle under the pressure of the chaos that constantly swirls around her. Nor does she let it stop the power of her mighty pen to expose the perpetrators of corruption that percolates inches below the surface of Elmwood’s Arcadian veneer.

Crystal has a nose for news and a penchant for sticking it into places that smell like the leftovers in the back of her fridge. Fortunately for her, what her nose doesn’t sniff out, her best confidential informant — 80-year-old cleaning lady Gertie Tyroo — sweeps her way. Too bad Gertie’s latest hot tip has landed her in a coma, courtesy of an unknown assailant.

Now Crystal must follow the trail of dirt and gossip right to the doorsteps of several prominent local families to solve a decades-old murder and the disappearance of a young boy . . .

About This Author
Janis Thornton is a freelance writer, personal historian, and award-winning journalist. She is the author of two local history books, Images of America: Tipton County and Images of America: Frankfort. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, the Indiana Writers Center, Association of Personal Historians, and the Midwest Writers Workshop Planning Committee. She lives in a small, Indiana town not unlike Elmwood. Dust Bunnies and Dead Bodies is her debut novel.

Author Links
Website: www.janis-thornton.com
Blog: www.janis-thornton.com/blog
Facebook: www.facebook.com/janis.thornton.96
Twitter: www.twitter.com/JanisThornton
Amazon author page: www.amazon.com/-/e/B00E5UTSFY

DustBunniesDeadBodies4Dust Bunnies and Dead Bodies
(An Elmwood Confidential Cozy Mystery)

New Cozy Series
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Print Length: 286 pages
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When it comes to murder, forget the butler . . . it’s the housekeeper who knows where the bodies are buried.

Small-town newspaper editor Crystal Cropper never takes “no” for an answer, hates to be called a “senior citizen,” and uses the power of her pen to expose corruption in her small town.

Cleaning lady Gertie has a knack for sweeping skeletons out of closets—which makes her one of Crystal’s best informants. But Gertie’s latest hot tip has landed her in a coma, courtesy of an unknown assailant.

Now Crystal must follow the trail of dirt and gossip right to the doorsteps of several prominent local families to solve a decade-old murder and the disappearance of a young boy . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

In this debut novel Janis Thornton hits all the cozy mystery marks:

  • Small town – Elmwood, Indiana
  • Engaging characters – Crystal Cropper is a strong protagonist with a nose for news and the ability to stick that nose where it doesn’t belong to solve matters that should be left to the police.
  • Quirky characters – Gertie is both quirky and engaging.  She may work as a cleaning lady but she has a whole slew of secrets. Virl, the local law, and Bud owner of Bud’s Roadside Diner also fit the bill.
  • Plenty of suspects –  You bet, this story has quite a few.
  • A plot with twists and turns – This mystery is full of surprises and a couple of shocking moments.
  • A bit of humor – The dialogue and interactions between Crystal and  Virl and with Gertie and other characters is wonderful and full of humor. Crystal is a woman who speaks her mind and her mouth doesn’t have much of a filter.
  • No gory violence or foul language – this story pushes the envelope with this as there is a bit of swearing and the violence gets close but I didn’t think crossed the line. The ending was absolutely thrilling.

This story was so much fun to read. I can’t believe it is Janis Thornton’s debut novel. I am excited ti see where she takes these characters next!

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Sep 162014
 

OF MURDER AND MERLOTOf Merlot & Murder
(A Tangled Vines Mystery)

2nd Book in Series
MIDNIGHT INK (September 8, 2014)
An Imprint of Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd.
Trade Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738740768
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Foul play at the festival

When her family’s winery becomes one of the sponsors at the Lost Pines Food and Wine Festival, Elise Beckett’s spirits soar at the chance to help with their booth. But as the festival gets underway, her cheerful mood turns sour when rival vintner Divia Larson is found dead.

With all clues pointing to her grandmother as the prime suspect, Elise and her deputy sheriff boyfriend team up to clear her name. But Divia’s murder is as complex as a fine wine, with a strong bouquet of suspicion, bitter notes of betrayal, and more than a hint of danger. Will Elise and Jackson be able to untangle the mess before another victim is corked?

Dollycas’s Thoughts
Thank goodness Elise and Jax are a couple because any other law enforcement officer would lock her up for her investigating. Sometimes she crosses the line by a mile and it usually ends up with her needing him to come to her rescue. But it does make a great story for us readers to enjoy.

Elise Beckett is a very independent woman with a serious shoe shopping problem but with her grandmother at the top of the suspect list she is not going to sit idly by. She gets into trouble when she gets her family and friends involved in her inquires and they are not a subtle bunch plus they don’t have enough sense to realize the killer could come after them. I love the way they all band together to help but let’s face it they don’t know what they are doing. The dialogue is priceless and sometimes full of a humor but the predicaments they find themselves in may not end up being too funny.

Folger has created a wonderful cast full of great people readers will love and plenty of suspects who they will love to hate. I love the setting of the food and wine festival, it really uncorks a bottle full of people who could have reasons to want the woman dead. Divia did not have many friends but she had plenty of enemies. There is quite a tangled web of clues, secrets revealed and lies uncovered.

The author has blended a fine mystery that I really enjoyed. Like wine this series continues to get better with age. I liked book two even more than more one. I can’t wait to decant the next story in this series.

a perfect escape
5 STARFISH

Dollycas

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To find out more about Joni Folger and her books visit her webpage here.

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Sep 152014
 

FOR EVERYTHING A SEASONFor Everything A Season
Self Published
Paranormal Romance
E-Book File Size: 458 KB
Print Length: 231 pages
ASIN: B00LBL7T9W
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Not all the witch trials took place in Salem. And there are people in nearby Rachael Crossing who believe the abandoned old house in their midst has roots going back to those awful times.

Determined not to be spooked by vague rumors, Deborah Colby leases that house for the summer and when she meets Ethan Burke, she’s certain she’s made the right decision – certain her whole life has been leading her there to him.

 

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I was introduced to Sharon Pape through her cozy mysteries and was very excited to hear she was re-releasing her 1983 novel Ghostfire that she updated a bit and turned it into For Everything A Season.

I haven’t read a Gothic Romancel in a very long time and I escaped right into this one. What a fantastic story.

Deborah Colby was looking for a little escape herself.  She thought spending the summer away from her overbearing sister would be a good idea so she decided to work as a camp counselor in a place called Rachel’s Crossing. Her sister was very disappointed, they always spent their summers together and she was bound and determined to find Deborah the perfect man to marry.  When they traveled to Rachel’s Crossing to find a place for Deborah to rent for the summer her sister was so happy to hear there wasn’t really any place available. She thought he sister would cancel her plans but Deborah was determined. The real estate agent said there was one place but it needed a lot of work. Deborah thought the place was acceptable if some basic work was done before she returned for the summer and signed the lease.

Deborah never realized that when she signed on the dotted line how much her life was about to change. The house not only needed maintenance, the house had secrets and everyone in town thought it was haunted.  Deborah didn’t believe it, and shortly after moving in she met Ethan Burke. She was immediately drawn to him and was so happy so came to Rachel’s Crossing.

I started reading this story and couldn’t put it down. The story starts out in 1692, the time of the Salem witch trials and then the chapters go back and forth between 1692 and 1982. I was drawn right in. The story was full of intrigue and mystery and a very interesting romance. At the end it jumps into the future a bit with a twist the still gives me an eerie feeling. I wanted to know more.

If this was one of Sharon Pape’s first stories all I can say is Wow! It sure shows me her not so cozy side and I absolutely loved it.

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

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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.

I am so not ready for the cool fall weather. Summer entered late and left way too soon and I keep seeing reports about how much colder and how much more snow this winter is supposed to bring. There are already posts up on Facebook counting down to Christmas. I just want the world to slow down for a few days and give me and my body a chance to catch up. How about you, are you ready for the cold, frigid temps that are creeping closer everyday?? Have you started Christmas shopping?

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

Of Merlot & Murder (A Tangled Vines Mystery)

  Review will be up tomorrow!
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Dust Bunnies and Dead Bodies (An Elmwood Confidential Cozy Mystery Book 1)

Janis will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!
Release Date: October 15
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Lost Legacy (A Zoe Chambers Mystery) (Volume 2)

The Great Escapes tour stops here on September 19
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Nightmares Can Be Murder (A Dream Club Mystery)

Review will be up on Thursday!
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ON DECK THIS WEEK

The Skeleton Takes a Bow (A Family Skeleton Mystery)

For Review
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Wouldn’t It Be Deadly: An Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins Mystery

D.E. Iredland will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week!
Release Date: September 23, 2014
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Gone Girl

My daughters have both read this book.
It has been on my To-Be-Read since it came out.

Now with the movie about to debut and
everyone but me has read it I need to read it now!

It is my Just For Fun Read for September!
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Happy Reading!!!
Dollycas

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