Aug 212014
 

death by devil Death by Devil’s Breath
(A Chili Cook-Off Mystery)

2nd Book in Series
Cozy MYSTERY
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (August 5, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Miles Hyman
Cover Design by Diana Kolsky
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425262429
E-Book File Size: 2093 KB
ASIN: B00I3N5Q9Q
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Cold-blooded murder can be hot as hell…

In Las Vegas, the stakes are high—and so is the Scoville scale. Maxie Pierce and the Chili Showdown are in town for a very heated contest devoted to judging the legendary and notorious-for-being-self-combustible Devil’s Breath chili. The guest judges are casino performers with a taste for chili and an eye for publicity.

Maxie is already going mad organizing the event, dealing with her snide half sister, Sylvia, and trying to figure out her hothead of security, Nick. But when a local hack comedian drops dead in the middle of the Showdown, it isn’t the spicy dish—it’s poison. And Maxie is going to have to shuffle through a full deck of suspects to pick out the culprit.

INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas but this Chili Showdown almost gave Maxie more than even she could handle. She even gets a blast from her past!

Maxie is a smart protag with just the right amount of spice.  She and her half sister Sylvia are supposed to be running their dad’s business, Jack Pierce’s Hot-Cha Chili Seasoning Palace, together since he has disappeared without a trace, but it is not going well. The Showdown has been assigned to the Deadeye, a Western town set up in a section in the hotel/casino. Their booth assignment happens to be the bordello, well it is the “biggest” and “nicest” place in Deadeye but Sylvia is not amused at all.  She is also not happy by all the things keeping Maxie from working at the booth. Besides trying to find a killer she keep having costume issues and the Chili Chick is not doing much dancing.

Logan has not only taken us to Las Vegas she has introduced us to some of the performing “headliners” at the Casino. Sadly one of them dies and the mystery begins. These people are not all who they appear to be and have some secrets needed in a story like this. They are all vying to assist in breaking a world’s record as Reverend Linda Love officiates the largest mass wedding ever to be performed on a Sunday afternoon in Nevada at a Western themed hotel.

Kylie Logan writes such great stories. I am excited every time I hear about a new one coming out. Death by Devil’s Breath is just so funny. Don’t get me wrong, the mystery is very well plotted and the characters and settings are fantastic, but I have some pictures in my head of Maxie in the Chili Chick costume that will be with me forever. I have not laughed this much while reading a book in a long time.

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

You can find out more about Kylie and her book here on her webpage and her alter ego Casey Daniels 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.”

Aug 202014
 

cozy wednesday 2013 640Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!!

I am excited to welcome Kate Parker today!

I stayed up late into the night finishing The Counterfeit Lady!

Summertime Heat
By Kate Parker

The_Counterfeit_LadyIn The Counterfeit Lady, my heroine, Georgia Fenchurch, experiences a summertime heat wave. She lives in late Victorian London, before air conditioning, electrically run refrigerators, and swimming pools. Cooking or lighting a fire is going to give off lots of heat. What is Georgia going to do?

_DSF0008Open windows. Stay out of the sun. Enjoy summer fruits, including those brought from the Mediterranean countries on refrigerated steam ships that made a favorite summertime drink, lemonade, possible. Anyone who could afford it would travel out of London to the seaside or the countryside, looking for relief everywhere from the Isle of Wight to Scotland. This era began beach vacations in England with the arrival of inexpensive train tickets and the building of summer resorts along the coast.

Georgia is a bookshop owner. She expects to continue to suffer through the London heat wave selling books and magazines to people too hot to do anything but read. She and her assistant Emma are busy in the shop, leaving the front and back doors open to catch any breeze. She isn’t about to lay a fire or have Phyllida cook anything but the lightest meals. And since this story is told about late-Victorian times, all three women are working in the heat while wearing corsets!

Then the Duke of Blackford returns to Georgia’s life, asking her to help him with a case of murder and espionage. A set of blueprints for Britain’s revolutionary new warship have been stolen from the study of the ship’s designer and his wife has been murdered. The designer’s wife was a cousin of Lady Phyllida, and when Phyllida learns of the killing, she wants Georgia to find the person responsible.

The duke also wants Georgia’s help because Scotland Yard believes the designer killed his wife and burned the blueprints to give himself an alibi. Why else have a fire in the fireplace on the hottest day of the year?

Georgia has another theory. The windows to the study were wide open and the killer could have left that way with the ship drawings. But why did the dead woman order the fire?

The duke believes the theft was engineered by the spies of a nation embroiled with Britain in the naval arms race of the 1890s. And no one had a better spy network or had invested more in the warship-building race than the Germans. The duke believes a German diplomat is their master spy and is waiting for receipt of the ship plans.

First Book in this Series

The Archivist Society, the organization of sleuths that Georgia belongs to, is called in to help locate the plans and the killer. Georgia is assigned the task of entering aristocratic society as a newly-arrived widow from the British Empire. With the help of Lady Phyllida who enters the upper-crust society she’s been hiding from for many years, Georgia begins the role of the duke’s paramour. Emma serves as their lady’s maid while passing messages to the Archivist Society and questioning the servants.

Now Georgia learns how the other half beat the heat. Sleep during the day and attend soirees at night with all the windows open, or travel away from London to country house parties. But there’s no rest for Georgia, who works in her bookshop while society women sleep and plays her roll tracking the spy through high society in the cool of the evening.

My interest in how people beat the heat in Georgia’s time comes from stories I’ve heard. When I was young, an elderly relative told me about a heat wave in the city she lived in. People brought out blankets each night and slept under the stars in the city parks. The police had to increase their patrols to prevent burglaries in all these empty households. And this was from a very proper relative who never went camping!

DIGITAL CAMERAIf you were in late-Victorian London, how would you have survived a summer heat wave?

~Kate
The first books Kate Parker read as a child were Nancy Drew mysteries and her mother’s Agatha Christie novels, and now she can’t write a story without someone dropping dead by chapter five. After years living in the Nation’s Capital, Kate moved to the South and began crafting historical mysteries. The first of the Victorian Bookshop mysteries, The Vanishing Thief, came out in December 2013 with the next, The Counterfeit Lady, arrived this August.

Visit her at www.KateParkerbooks.com or www.Facebook.com/Author.Kate.Parker.

 

The_Counterfeit_Lady
The Counterfeit Lady
(A Victorian Bookshop Mystery)

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (August 5, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Teresa Fasolino
Cover Design by George Long
Trade Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425266618
E-Book File Size: 1466 KB
ASIN: B00G3L16G2
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Who would suspect antiquarian bookseller Georgia Fenchurch of leading a double life—as a private investigator for the clandestine Archivist Society in Victorian London? When England’s national security is compromised, Georgia must pose as a titled lady to root out a spy…

Georgia, Lady Phyllida Monthalf and Emma return in this second Victorian Bookshop Mystery, as do the members of the Archivist Society and The Duke of Blackford. This time of Lady Monthalf’s cousin Clara has been killed and a set of very important blueprints stolen.  Clara’s husband has been arrested for treason and his wife’s murder. The Duke of Blackford enlists Georgia, Emma and Lady Phyllida’s help to catch the real killer. The fun begins when Georgia learns she will be playing the part of the duke’s new paramour, as if she doesn’t already get nervous enough around him. Georgia, a middle class bookshop owner posing as a titled Lady, what could go wrong? Well as we have learned with Georgia anything and everything.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Georgia is an extraordinary character and she is doing double duty trying to keep her bookshop afloat with a little help from her Archivist Society members while dashing off to party after party on the arm of the Duke, all in an effort to find the missing plans and the person responsible for a very brutal murder. She is a very intelligent woman but at times the clues take both her and the reader in circles. Plus she finds herself more and more drawn to the Duke of Blackford. Her mind knows a relationship between classes is highly unlikely but her heart is full of hope.

I thought the story had a real Cinderella vibe. From the moment the plan was put together both Georgia and Emma, who is acting at “Lady Georgina’s” maid, are treated to new clothes and all the accessories. Georgia attends fancy balls and dinners with the Duke arriving in the most beautiful carriages.

The mystery was quite good too as it appears that only Clara and her husband Kenneth were in a locked room when the robbery and murder took place. There are several suspects but placing them in that room is tough. Remember this story is set in Victorian times, no CSI techs checking for fingerprints and DNA.

I started reading this book on a beach during our recent Family Fun Day and I quickly noticed this was a book that needed my full attention, so I put it away and picked it back up as soon as I could the next evening and finished it at 2:14 a.m. the next morning. Once I started reading I just could not stop.

Parker takes us back in time and keeps us on our toes with very interesting characters, history and mystery. She adds a nice balance of humor and romance too. The dialogues were very entertaining. Anxious for book #3.

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Dollycas

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Thanks to the people at Penguin I have 2 copies to give away!

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

Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

You do not have to be a follower to enter but I hope you will find
something you like here and become a follower.

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Aug 192014
 

Clear Your Shelf August (2)It’s Time to Clear Our Shelves!!

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It’s time to do a little cleaning around here. I hate that summer is almost over. We have had a pretty mild one around here as far as temperature. It has been great for curling up with some good books on the yard swing or before going to sleep each night. I hope you will help me clean my giveaway shelf up a bit with this giveaway. These books need some new readers!!

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Aug 192014
 

IF CATFISHIf Catfish Had Nine Lives
(Country Cooking School Mystery)

4th in Series
Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (August 5, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Phil Parks
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425269282
E-Book File Size: 1325 KB
ASIN: B00I3N5QKU
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Betts Winston has inherited more than her cooking skills from her grandmother—she can also see and talk to ghosts of people that once roamed the streets of Broken Rope, Missouri, in the days of the Old West…

With Gram’s Country Cooking School on spring break, Betts and Gram are taking part in this year’s cowboy poetry convention, offering lessons on frying catfish over an open campfire. But when a staged gunfight ends in real death and her brother Teddy becomes a prime suspect, Betts may be the one to jump from the frying pan into the fire.

After her ghostly guardian Jerome appears to watch her back and a spectral Pony Express rider gallops into town with some unfinished business, Broken Rope starts to seem more like a cowboy ghost convention. With trouble on both sides of this mortal coil, it’s up to Betts to clear her brother, put the spirits to rest, and make sure the true killer doesn’t become the one who got away.

Includes Recipes!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Paige Shelton has given us another top notch cozy mystery. She blends cooking with mystery, history, and ghosts. She also adds in a spoonful of romance that may surprise you.

Betts and Gram are fantastic characters but Jerome always steals my heart. He is always there when Betts needs him and this time she really needed him to help unlock all the mysteries she was trying to solve.

Broken Rope is a very special place. It takes us back to the Wild West and I appreciate the way Jake tries to keep all the history straight.  An enormous task and he continues to receive more and more information and treasures for his collection. I loved learning more about the Pony Express.

Shelton continues to amaze me with her imaginative stories. The characters are unique and engaging, the main plots and subplots mesh together perfectly. The history and the mystery draws the reader in and hangs on tight. Then she adds some killer recipes to boot!

Paige you had me with this one – hook, line and sinker! This book is quite a catch!!

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

To find out more about Paige Shelton and her books visit her webpage here.

I am giving my review copy away!!

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

Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Aug 172014
 

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.

Last week was busy and fun. A lot of family time and the blogging was hopping too!!

10458352_10152599972957356_5913436135480174572_nWe spent Wednesday at this beautiful lake!
A Perfect Escape for a Family Fun Day!!

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

If Catfish Had Nine Lives (Country Cooking School Mystery)

Review will be up tomorrow!
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The Counterfeit Lady (A Victorian Bookshop Mystery)

Kate is my guest this week for Cozy Wednesday!!
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Death by Devil’s Breath (A Chili Cook-Off Mystery)

Review Coming Soon!
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ON DECK THIS WEEK

The Corpse with the Emerald Thumb (A Cait Morgan Mystery)

I have been wanting to read this for so long so it is my Just For Fun read this month.
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Undertaking Irene (Jane Delaney Mysteries Book 1)

This Great Escapes Book Tour starts today and stops here next Sunday!
It also fills the “U” spot on my A-Z Challenge!
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Etta Mae’s Worst Bad-Luck Day

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Death of a Crabby Cook: A Food Festival Mystery

Penny will be my guest next week for Cozy Wednesday!
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Happy Reading!!!
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Aug 172014
 

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.

I had a fantastic week!! I was completely unplugged on Wednesday for our Family Fun Day! We had so much FUN!! Even with sunblock we all have sunburns that are turning into nice tans. Except for grandson Kaden who only came out of the lake long enough to eat a fast lunch. The big kids hiked trails, climbed rocks and took Natalie and Kaden out in a canoe. I took along a book to read thinking I would just sit in the sun and read, I only read 2 chapters, the rest of the time was spent enjoying my family’s antics. We are already planning a return trip next year.
IMG_2127We also spent last Sunday with the whole Caswell Clan getting family pictures taken. I can wait to see how they all turned out.

I was able to do a bit of reading too and it was a full week on the blog too!!

weekly rewind credited235Weekly Rewind – August 11 – 16, 2014

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

Tuesday -Sex, Lies, and Snickerdoodles Great Escapes Book Tour – Review & Giveaway

Wednesday  -Cozy Wednesday with Terrie Farley Moran – Author of Well Read, Then Dead (Giveaway too!)

Thursday -Bewitching Boots by Joyce and Jim Lavene Great Escapes Book Tour – Review/Giveaway

Friday -Twenty Quick Questions with Ellery Adams – Giveaway too!

Saturday -Twenty Quick Questions with Ellery Adams

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Summer is flying by way too fast!!
Enjoy it while you can!!
Dollycas

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Aug 162014
 

class reunionsClass Reunions Can Be Murder -
Every Wife Has A Story. A Carol and Jim Andrews Baby Boomer Mystery

4th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Baby Boomer Mysteries Press (June 30, 2013)
Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0985779917
E-Book File Size: 2947 KB
ASIN: B00DVLLK0Y
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Class Reunions Can Be Murder — Every Wife Has A Story continues the humorous Baby Boomer mystery series featuring Carol Andrews and her beloved husband, Jim, as they navigate their way along life’s rocky highway toward their twilight years. In this fourth book, Carol has no interest in her upcoming fortieth high school reunion. Her memories of days at Mount Saint Francis Academy are mixed, to put it mildly. But BFF Nancy convinces her to join the reunion planning committee, so she’ll have some say in how the event is organized. All is going smoothly until the dead body of one of their classmates is found the night before the reunion — in Carol and Nancy’s room!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I recently attended my 35th Class Reunion so it was easy to relate to this story. Thankfully no dead bodies were found at our party so it was much more fun than Carol’s.

Satangelo tells the story from Carol’s point of view, in fact Carol talks directly to reader throughout the story.

Jim and Carol are finding their way through retirement. They each sort of do their own thing, but Jim is a little put out when he finds spouses are not invited to the reunion. It was an all girl’s school but he did know one of Carol’s classmates, he even dated her for awhile, so he kind of wanted to see her, and there must be other husbands that wanted to attend too. When the reunion starts with a dead body Jim is more concerned with keeping Carol from sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong.

Santangelo tells a fine story. We have gotten to know these characters quite well over the span of the series. I really didn’t like Jim at first but he has grown on me.  Carol doesn’t seem to call him her “Beloved” as often and that really helps. I really enjoy Sister Rose. She reminds me of Sister Paulette that I knew during my teenage years. Those sisters can lay on guilt and get us to do almost anything. I have almost forgiven Carol for not letting us share in her daughter’s wedding in Marriage Can Be Murder. She was a little more forthcoming this time about the reunion.

This has been an entertaining series, I think baby boomers will enjoy all four books.

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Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Find out more about Susan Santangelo on her webpage here.

I am giving away my review copies of
Marriage Can Be Murder and Class Reunions Can Be Murder.

There will be 2 Winners!!

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

Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

You do not have to be a follower to enter but I hope you will find
something you like here and become a follower.

Followers Will Receive 2 Bonus Entries For Each Way They Follow.
Plus 2 Bonus Entries For Liking My Facebook Fan Page.

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5 Bonus Entries For Each Link.

Contest Will End August 30, 2014 at 11:59 PM CST
Winner Will Be Chosen By Random.org
Winner Will Be Notified By Email
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Aug 152014
 

ellery adams monthEllery Adams Month Continues!!

Murder in the Mystery Suite made the NY TIMES BESTSELLER LIST!!!! #11

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This is Ellery’s bio from her webpage and book covers: Ellery Adams grew up on a beach near the Long Island Sound. Having spent her adult life in a series of landlocked towns, she cherishes her memories of open water, violent storms, and the smell of the sea. Ms. Adams has held many jobs including caterer, retail clerk, car salesperson, teacher, tutor, and tech writer, all the while penning poems, children’s books, and novels. She now writes full-time from her home in Virginia.

20 quick questions

But I wanted to know more so I decided to play a little Twenty Quick Questions with her:

1. Favorite Color – Blue
2. Favorite Candy – Cadbury Milk Chocolate bar
3. Favorite Snack – Beanitos (they’re like Doritos, but made from beans)
4. Favorite Soft Drink – Don’t drink sodas anymore, but it used to be Coke Zero.
5. Favorite Hard Drink – Margarita
6. Favorite Ice Cream Flavor – Pralines and Cream (from BR)
7. Favorite Movie – Star Wars tied with Love, Actually
8. Favorite TV Show – Downton Abbey
9. Favorite Book – I could maybe come up with a top 10, but 1? Can’t do it!
10. Favorite Fictional Character – Gandolf
11. Favorite Super Hero – Aquaman (he can talk to dolphins and sharks!)
12. Favorite Singer/Group/Band – Simon and Garfunkel
13. Favorite Carnival Ride – The swings
14. Favorite Spring Activity – Gardening
15. Favorite Summer Activity – Reading by any body of water
16. Favorite Fall Activity – decorating for Halloween
17. Favorite Winter Activity – all things Christmas and the touch of the first snowfall
18. Favorite Place to Read – sofa with blanket and cat on lap
19. Favorite Place to Write – my office in the front of the house with cat on desk, printer, and often, on lap
20. Dream Vacation Destination – Greek Isles

Want to know more or have a question for Ellery?
Leave it in the comment section below or just leave her a message.
Next Friday I will choose ONE comment at random and that person will win a copy of

Murder in the Mystery Suite (A Book Retreat Mystery)

First in a new series!

WHO WOULD RESORT TO MURDER?

Tucked away in the rolling hills of rural western Virginia is the storybook resort of Storyton Hall, catering to book lovers who want to get away from it all. To increase her number of bookings, resort manager Jane Steward has decided to host a Murder and Mayhem week so that fans of the mystery genre can gather together for some role-playing and fantasy crime solving.

But when the winner of the scavenger hunt, Felix Hampden, is found dead in the Mystery Suite, and the valuable book he won as his prize is missing, Jane realizes one of her guests is an actual murderer. Amid a resort full of fake detectives, Jane is bound and determined to find a real-life killer. There’s no room for error as Jane tries to unlock this mystery before another vacancy opens up…

 

 

Stay tuned for more fun with Ellery and her books!

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Aug 142014
 

bewitching boots large banner640I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS SERIES!!

BEWITCHING BOOTSBewitching Boots
(Renaissance Faire Mystery)
(Volume 8)

Paperback: 222 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1500683412
E-Book File Size: 381 KB
ASIN: B00M9NZN4E
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Jessie Morton is thrilled when she finds Bill Warren, an old fashioned shoemaker, and he agrees to come back to Renaissance Faire Village with her. She’s not so thrilled when claims to have elf magic, and he falls for Princess Isabelle. The dancing slippers Bill makes for Isabelle make him a suspect when the princess takes a leap from the castle terrace. Now, Jessie must find the lady or lord who helped the princess with her last dance before she loses her star attraction.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Do you believe in magic? Bill Warren believes and after this story you may believe magic really happens at the Renaissance Faire.

This is one of my favorite cozy series. I love visiting Adventureland’s Ren Faire because there is always fun mixed in with the mystery.

This story starts out after Jessie and Chase’s wedding and already rumors are spreading that they are breaking up. Chase is training new knights and Jessie is wrapped up with the museum but as soon as they find time they are going to nip those rumors in the bud.  When Princess Isabelle is found dead catching the killer becomes their #1 priority. Detective Almond is trying to catch a killer with Chase’s assistance but Jessie is doing her own investigation.

All our favorite characters are back including Wanda, the blue ghost, and they are joined by some great new characters too! It is that time of year when new people are auditioning to became actors or acts at the faire and there are some very unusual “creatures” roaming the cobblestones.

The story is so well written and contains such vivid detail that you feel like you are right there and all the drama is happening right around you. You can almost taste the jumbo turkey legs and ale,  hear the minstrels playing all over the grounds and smell the bread the monks are baking.   I can clearly see the jousting matches and the secret tunnels in the castle. There are also some things that only certain people can see like a certain dragon and we get to see them all through Jessie’s eyes.

The Lavenes are excellent storytellers. Mystery, humor, romance, with a bit a paranormal are all blended together perfectly. This entire series has been pure pleasure to read.

I recommend highly everything written by these authors. You just can’t go wrong with a Joyce and Jim Lavene mystery. (Or a J.J. Cook or an Ellie Grant, yep, that’s them too!)

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

About the authors:
Joyce and Jim Lavene write award-winning, best-selling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook and Ellie Grant. They have written and published more than 70 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. Visit them at www.joyceandjimlavene.com.
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Website: http://www.renaissancefairemysteries.com/
Blog: www.romanceofmystery.blogspot.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joyceandjimlavene
Twitter: @authorjlavene
Amazon : amazon.com/author/jlavene

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Tour Participants

August 5 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Review, Guest Post
August 6 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review
August 7 – readalot blog - Review
August 8 – deal sharing aunt – Interview, Giveaway
August 9 – a chick who reads – Review
August 10 – Books-n-Kisses - Review, Guest Post, Giveaway
August 11 – Bea’s Book Nook – Review
August 12 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review
August 13 – Chloe Gets A Clue – Interview
August 14 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Review
August 14 – Victoria’s Pages of Romance – Guest Post
August 15 – Back Porchervations – Review
August 15 – Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf – Guest Post
August 16 – Brooke Blogs – Review
August 17 – Teresa Trent Author Site – Interview
August 18 – Community Bookstop – Review
August 19 – Cicero’s Children – Interview
August 20 – dru’s book musings – Guest Post

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Aug 132014
 

cozy wednesday 2013 640Welcome To Cozy Wednesday!

I am excited to welcome Terrie Farley Moran here today!

She is touring with Great Escapes Book Tours too.
The tour wraps up tomorrow so you still have time to check out all of the stops!!

 

Get Cozy on Fort Myers Beach

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAhen I think about escaping to a warm place filled with sunshine to set up a chair and umbrella, Fort Myers Beach, Florida is the first place that comes to mind. Today it is a modern town set primarily on Estero Island which is about seven or eight miles long and probably not much more than a mile wide at its widest point. It sits on the Gulf of Mexico coast of south Florida and is one of the most delightful beach communities in the world. From the northern tip at Bowditch Point Park, to the wonderfully named Lovers Key, the west coast of the island is pure, pristine beach front. And you have to love a town that requires that any lights that may disturb the OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAturtles during Sea Turtle season must be turned off or covered all night from May to October, so as not to discourage the baby turtles from finding their way into the Gulf.

And like every community, Fort Myers Beach has a charming, adventuresome history. According to the http://www.fortmyersbeachfl.gov/  town website, the history “spans back over 2,000 years when the Calusa Indians constructed shell mounds along the bayside of our island. As the ruling chiefdom in south Florida, the Calusa resisted Spanish colonization including attempts by the conquistador Ponce de León in 1513 and 1521 (during the latter encounter he was mortally wounded by the Calusa). The Calusa met their demise almost 150 years later due to increasing hostilities, disease, and political and economic upheaval.

Fort Myers Beach South EndFrom the late seventeenth to the mid-nineteenth century the political landscape of southwest Florida was dynamic as the territory changed hands between British and Spanish control. Between times of turmoil, Cuban fishermen established small seasonal fishing villages known as Ranchos throughout southwest Florida, including Estero Island. By the mid to late 1700s, active trade was established between the Ranchos, Cuba, and Creek Indians who displaced the remaining Calusa. As Florida eventually became the 27th state in 1845, many of these families stayed and blended with the new American population.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt is a vibrant history of a stunning locale. On the island, the oldest structure is the Mound House, built on top of a Calusa Shell Mound that is about two thousand years old. A more modern area is the local “Times Square.” Created around a fifteen foot high square clock, Times Square is a great place for ice cream or snacking or a little touristy shopping.  Is it any wonder that I decided that Fort Myers Beach lends itself as a setting for fiction?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd since we cozy readers love to have our books around us and snacks available for noshing while we read, what better imaginary place could I decide to put in Fort Myers Beach than the Read ’Em and Eat Café? Picture a light and airy café where book clubs meet. The café tables are all named for writers, and the tops of the tables are laminated over snippets of their work. Can you imagine the fun of sitting at Doctor Seuss, or taking the poetic step back into time when you sit at Emily Dickinson? Hungry? How about a Swiss Family Robinson Cheeseburger? Too much food? You want a snack instead? Try some Miss Marple Scones. And don’t forget to have a glass of sweet tea. Refills are free.

WellRead_2My recently released cozy novel, titled Well Read, Then Dead  is set in that very homey café on the main street, Estero Boulevard, of the coziest island imaginable. The café owners are two young women, Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield, former Brooklyn girls who have been Besties since elementary school. They combined their fortunes and their futures to operate the Read’Em and Eat. Their book club members are an eclectic group, including a newly retired judge, a shop keeper, a pastor’s wife, a teenager along with her yoga instructor mom and two cousins whose family has been in the islands for generations. Unfortunately the café chef breaks his leg and Bridgy’s Aunt Ophelia, she of the impossibly high heels and cinched waist belts, spins through the café door ready to help. Before she can bake so much as one buttermilk pie, a sweet and much beloved book club member is murdered, and well, the chase is on.

The peace and tranquility of the Read ’Em and Eat is shattered but Sassy and Bridgy are determined to put it back together. Sassy is not above using her friendship with local newspaper reporter Cady Stanton or her antagonistic but flirtatious relationship with Lieutenant Frank Anthony to find out anything she thinks will help identify the killer and restore order to the regulars at the Read ’Em and Eat.

I hope you’ll want to stop by for breakfast, lunch, a snack or a book club meeting. As Aunt Ophie would say, “We’d be delighted to see y’all.”
~Terrie

 

About This Author

Twice short-listed for Best American Mystery Stories, Terrie Farley Moran’s cozy mystery novel, Well Read, Then Dead is the first book in the Read ’Em and Eat Café and Bookstore series. You can find Terrie blogging amid the grand banter of New York writers known as the Women of Mystery. www.womenofmystery.net Terrie tells anyone willing to listen that hanging out with any or all of her seven grandchildren provides life’s grand and joyful moments.

Author Links

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Blog:  www.womenofmystery.net

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/23186092-terrie-moran

 

WellRead_2Well Read, Then Dead
(Read Em and Eat Mystery)

New Series
Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Company (August 5, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by S. Micoque
Cover Design by Rita Frangie
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425270288
E-Book File Size: 1499 KB
ASIN: B00I3N5Z4C
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Nestled in the barrier islands of Florida’s Gulf Coast, Fort Myers Beach is home to Mary “Sassy” Cabot and Bridget Mayfield—owners of the bookstore café, Read ’Em and Eat. But when they’re not dishing about books or serving up scones, Sassy and Bridgy are keeping tabs on hard-boiled murder.

Includes a buttermilk pie recipe!

Dollycas’s Thoughts
The Read ‘Em and Eat sounds like a perfect escape if you ask me. Delicious food served at tables named for famous authors with author and book trivia encased in the tabletop. Plus you are surrounded by shelves and shelves of books without all the hustle and bustle of a major chain store. And did I mention the beaches!! This store is on an island south of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. I would get there and never want to leave. It would be an idyllic place to write this blog, but I am getting ahead of myself. This is a location in book…not a real place, but if it was I would be there! The author has brought so much life to this place and these characters I was packing by bags to go visit but I will have to settle for a virtual trip.

Mary Sassafrass (“Sassy”) Cabot and Bridget (Bridgy) Mayfield are fantastic characters. They are partners and best friends and are trying to grow their business with good food and book clubs.

They have quite an eclectic group  of regulars including Miss Augusta Maddox and Miss Delia Batson, they are elderly cousins and true Southern ladies and expect everyone to mind their Southern manners. You rarely see one without the other. Then there is Judge Harcroft, he always sits at the Dashiell Hammett table and let’s just say his “Dash” humor is an acquired taste and most times he is the only one tasting.  Jocelyn Randall is the pastor’s wife and very maniplutive. I have no idea how the pastor put up with her, he definitely has my sympathy.

Miguel is the cook at the Read ‘Em and Read and comes up with the most wonderful tasty treats like the Swiss Family Robinson Cheeseburger and Robert Frost Apple and Blueberry Tartlets. When Miguel has an unfortunate kitchen accident  Bridgy’s Aunt Ophelia shows up to help before they can even call her. “Facebook, my darlin’ girl. I saw your status about Miguel…” She would have arrived sooner but she had to wait for the grocery store to open to get the ingredients for her famous buttermilk pie! She is definitely a force to be reckoned with but Bridgy and Sassy know they need her so they will adjust. 

Miguel is not the only one out of commission. Miss Delia missed her ride to the shop with Miss Augusta and Sassy knew something was wrong.  Soon after Miss Augusta arrived Sassy got word that Miss Delia was found dead in her home and that she was murdered.  Breaking the news to Miss Augusta was hard but when she asked Sassy to track down the person responsible Sassy had no choice but to say yes.  She knows the sheriff’s office won’t be happy, especially a certain new lieutenant, that she is doing a bit of investigating herself but she can’t let Miss Augusta down.

I absolutely loved this story.  Friendship was the basic theme throughout the story and not just the friendship between Sassy and Bridgy. Delia and Augusta had been friends forever and they had such a rich history. It is going to be hard for Miss Augusta going on without her cousin but she is part of the Read ‘Em and Read family so I know she  will have people looking after her.

Well Read, Then Dead is an excellent start to the Read Em and Eat Mystery Series.  Fabulous characters, awesome setting and a fantastic whodunit. I can’t wait to see what the author serves up next on Sassy and Bridgy’s menu!!

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas

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