May 272015
 
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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
I am so happy to welcome Krista Davis back to Escape With Dollycas today!

 

Krista Davis author picOne of my favorite characters in THE DIVA STEALS A CHOCOLATE KISS came out of nowhere, pretty much complete. It’s odd but not unusual that characters do that. What’s stranger still is that those characters are often the most fun and interesting.

Nonni Merano came to America as a young woman. She learned English on the fly and opened a chocolate shop with her husband. Now she’s the tiny little matriarch of the Merano family, retired and darling, but don’t cross her!Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss hi res

She showed up dressed entirely in blue, her white hair neatly pinned up in a bun. Not a speck of makeup touched her face. She walks with the aid of a cane but that doesn’t stop her from cooking up a storm.

When problems of a murderous kind begin to plague the Merano family, Nonni goes to Sophie Winston for help, promising to repay her by teaching her to make Tiramisu Nonni-style. Sophie has trouble saying no to sweet Nonni and soon finds herself knee deep in chocolates and murder.

The recipe for Nonni’s Tiramisu is in THE DIVA STEALS A CHOCOLATE KISS as well as my favorite, Double Chocolate Bourbon Bread Pudding. In fact, there’s a loaf of challah on my kitchen counter right now so I can make it again! Super easy, but watch out because it’s addictive!

~Krista

About Krista Davis

New York Times Bestselling author Krista Davis writes the Domestic Diva Mysteries. The 9th book, THE DIVA STEALS A CHOCOLATE KISS will be for sale in bookstores on June 2nd and is available for pre-order now.

Krista also writes the Paws & Claws Mysteries for animal lovers that debuted with MURDER, SHE BARKED. The sequel, THE GHOST AND MRS. MEWER is available now, and the 3rd book, MURDER MOST HOWL releases in December.
Like her characters, Krista has a soft spot for cats, dogs, and sweets. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with three dogs and two cats.

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Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss hi resThe Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss
(A Domestic Diva Mystery)

A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (June 2, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Virginia
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425258156
E-Book ASIN: B00THXQG2M
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The New York Times bestselling author of The Diva Wraps It Up unwraps an all-new tale in which chocolate is the kiss of death…

Domestic Diva Sophie Winston is in charge of the sweetest event in Old Town this summer. Amore Chocolates is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary with a chocolate tasting at the mansion of the company’s CEO, Joe Merano—and Sophie is running the show. With cookies, candy, and five kinds of chocolate cake, it’s a chocolate lover’s dream! But when Joe goes missing, the celebration becomes bittersweet. And when Sophie discovers the body of a competing chocolatier in the guesthouse, the event turns downright deadly.

As if that wasn’t enough, Sophie’s been receiving daily boxes of sweet treats. After ruling out her new beau and her exes, Sophie wonders if someone’s trying to send her a message—and if she’s next on a chocoholic’s hit list…

Includes delicious recipes and entertaining tips!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I love this series. Sophie and Natasha are just wonderful characters. Sophie is very soothing and handles things in a very sensible way and Natasha seems to have no common sense whatsoever and poor Mars is caught right in the middle. Add a little murder to the mix along with a jealous boyfriend and chocolate and you have a fantastic story

I love the way Krista Davis writes. Her characters are quite a quirky mix, perfect for a cozy mystery.  This time we meet Joe Merano and his family, the owners of Amore’ Chocolates.  They have a very complex history and it may be coming back to haunt them. When Joe goes missing and another man is killed in their guest house Nonni immediately says the family is cursed. Well Sophie is on the case and she hopes to find Joe and a killer too.

Nonni is my favorite character this time. She is a very strong, wise and opinionated woman who keeps her family on their toes.

Davis gives us a story with many twists and spins. She drops the clues with the hand of a master leading the reader at a perfect pace. The antics of Natasha will have you laughing out loud and feeling for Mars as he deals with her outlandish ideas. Thankfully Sophie is there to help but Alex doesn’t like it one bit.  We are also treated by tips from Sophie and Natasha at the start of each chapter. These bring a few giggles too.

Don’t forget the chocolate, you will be craving it from the first page to the last so be sure to stock up. Krista is nice enough to include a few recipes, Nonni’s Tiramisu and Double Chocolate Bourbon Bread Pudding are just 2 I would love to try.

I highly recommend this book and all the others in this series. Grab it today and enjoy!

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May 262015
 

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Coffee is Murder
by Carolyn Arnold

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You might want to rethink your morning routine.
A cup a day won’t kill you, but a few might.

Their first case as private investigators have Sean, Sara, and Jimmy neck-deep in coffee beans trying to find a killer. With their client certain that her mother was poisoned through her coffee of the month club, it has them setting out to Williamsburg, Virginia. But instead of approaching matters from the traditional standpoint, Sean and Sara brew a robust plot and stir Jimmy into the blend, all to get close to their top suspect and grind out the truth.

Going undercover at Tasty Beans, the coffee company, the three of them work to expose the culprit before anyone else dies.

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About This Author
Carolyn Arnold is an award-winning and International bestselling author, a blogger, and is published in IUeMag, a distinguished online magazine dedicated to inspiring people. She is also the proud founder of the Shining Soul site that is geared to healing, motivation, and self-empowerment.

Since she published in 2011, her books have been sold and downloaded well over half a million times. Titles in her Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, and McKinley Mystery series have all hit bestselling lists. Her work ranges from cozy mysteries to hard-boiled detective and FBI procedurals.

Born in a small town, Carolyn enjoys returning to her roots and spending time in the country reflecting on life and letting her imagination run wild. She currently lives in a city near Toronto with her husband and two beagles, Max and Chelsea.

Carolyn Arnold is an award-winning and International bestselling author, a blogger, and is published in IUeMag, a distinguished online magazine dedicated to inspiring people. She is also the proud founder of the Shining Soul site that is geared to healing, motivation, and self-empowerment.

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May 252015
 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

This great meme is hosted by Sheila at
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It’s a great way to start the week and
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We had a visitor over the weekend. Kris’ daughter had a sleep over at Nana and Papa’s house :) Papa took her fishing in the afternoon.
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Too Quiet In Brooklyn (A Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn Mystery Book 1)

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Bubba Done It (A Dreamwalker Mystery)

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When the Balls Drop

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A Wee Murder in My Shop (A ScotShop Mystery)

Release Date: March 3, 2015
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May 242015
 

Facebook-20150516-113756Wake Up!: Based on a true story of abuse and betrayal
by Hunter Marshall

Paperback: 242 pages
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 31, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1508948377
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I only knew two things when I married Grey Andrews: one, I was in love and two, I wanted to rebel against my parents. For the first time in my life, REALLY rebel. I, however, wasn’t prepared for the onslaught of negativity and abuse I encountered.

Grey would make sure I knew where I stood, with him, and with everyone else. He of course, was allowed to go and do whatever,wherever he pleased. Even during the rare times I would stand up to him, he would be sure that I knew I was nothing.
“You? What man in his right mind would want you? You are the biggest bitch I’ve ever known. Not to mention, you are damaged .” Grey said as he wheeled around with that all too familiar sneer. The last thing I heard was, “I only married you out of pity.”

Did he really mean that? I loved him so much and thought if I loved him enough, he could change. I felt like I had been punched in the gut! Would he realize how lucky he was to have a beautiful wife and son. Only time would tell.

Grey made sure I was knocked down several pegs at all times, but. even worse than that was the way he treated Tyler. My heart bled every time that sweet little boy was pushed off to the side and denied the attention he so deeply needed and deserved.

Do you ever “Get over” abuse, betrayal and adultery? My answer, no. You “get through it”, but you don’t ever “get over” it. You take it one baby step at a time and it is the support of great family, good friends and a loving Heavenly Father that makes continuing on even remotely possible.

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Hunter Marshall is a native of Idaho. She was born three months too early with a disability and wasn’t supposed to be able to walk, talk, see, hear or have any semblance of a normal life. Her mother however, believed she was more than a disability. She made sure Hunter did everything she was capable of to reach her full potential. Coming from a big family, it was either keep up or get left in the dust. It was because her love of reading and writing that Hunter knew, even at an early age, she was destined to be a writer. Hunter went on to graduate high school much to the awe and amazement of the doctors who told her parents she would never amount to anything, get married and have children. She then succeeded in getting a degree in Social Work. Her knowledge of Social Work and concern for issues facing mankind have assisted her in many aspects of her life including raising a family and writing this novel. It is her faith and belief in a loving Father in Heaven that is a driving force in coming to terms with her past and learning that, although difficulties may arise, there are ways to “get through” the times that seem impossible.

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May 242015
 

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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Happy SUNDAY Everyone!

Getting this post up late. Yesterday started with a trip to the eye doctor and my eyes dilated. I hate that! Then our granddaughter came for an overnight visit. She went fishing with Papa and then we enjoyed a little backyard fire and watched one of the Ice Age movies and this morning all the stuffed animals are in the hospital with a variety of illnesses and injuries. So much fun!
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Monday – It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

TuesdayReview – Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Carolyn Haines – Author of Bone to Be Wild – Giveaway too!

ThursdaySpotlight/Giveaway – Don’t Go Home by Carolyn Hart

Friday – Review/Giveaway – The Body in the Birches by Katherine Hall Page Great Escapes Book Tour

Saturday – Review/Giveaway – Too Quiet In Brooklyn by Susan Russo Anderson Great Escapes Book Tour

 

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May 232015
 

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Too Quiet In Brooklyn
by Susan Russo Anderson

too quiet in brooklynToo Quiet In Brooklyn (A Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn Mystery Book 1)
Mystery/Psychological Thriller
Setting – New York
Self Published (February 10, 2015)
Paperback: 412 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1497361508
E-Book ASIN: B00HFEY5PU
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A Murder, A Child Missing, & A Young Woman Determined To Find The Truth …

Something weird is happening. It’s too quiet, at least for Brooklyn, so twenty-two-year-old Fina Fitzgibbons is not surprised when she stumbles upon a throttled woman in the heart of Brooklyn Heights and discovers that the dead woman’s four-year-old grandson is also missing. She begins a wild hunt for the strangler-kidnapper, Ralph. During the chase, she resists falling in love with her boyfriend, Denny, an NYPD patrol officer, steps on the toes of Detective First Grade Jane Templeton, and uncovers secrets about her own past. In the end, Ralph has a deadly surprise for Fina.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

First I must say Fina Fitzgibbons seems much older than 22. She found her mother dead on their doorstep 5 years ago and now she finds another dead woman in the exact same place. She handles it much better than a woman in her 50’s like me would. She runs a cleaning business and is a private investigator. She lives with her boyfriend, Denny, an NYPD patrol officer, but is hesitant about the relationship but she has no trouble going toe to toe with Detective First Grade Jane Templeton. She has definitely been scarred by things in her past.  I will just say she reads more closer to 30 and is a heck of a protag.

All the characters in this story are very well crafted and develop well throughout the story. Ralph is downright creepy and Denny is just plain dreamy. I also like that Jane is a strong woman detective in charge but open to taking him from Fina. I was impressed by the variety of characters and that they were all flawed in some way with battles of their own, big and small. It made them all very interesting and real.

The author is very descriptive in not only characters but the settings. I had a clear picture of Brooklyn areas and Jersey too.

The storyline starts slowly but the tempo increases at a perfect pace until it peaks. It has many layers and connections that play out throughout the entire book. The bad guys are really bad guys with no conscience whatsoever. There are several places when the point of view switches from Fina to Ralph and I would just cringe at his thoughts. The change of POV made the story even more powerful.

The was a great debut for this series and now that I have met Fina I want more. I am happy to see that 2 more books in this series are already available, Missing Brandy and Whiskey’s Gone have been added to my wish list.

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susanAbout This Author

Susan Russo Anderson is a writer, a mother, a member of Sisters in Crime, a graduate of Marquette University. She’s taught language arts and creative writing, worked for a publisher, an airline, an opera company. Like Faulkner’s Dilsey, she’s seen the best and the worst, the first and the last. Through it all, and to understand it somewhat, she writes. Too Quiet in Brooklyn, the first book in the Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn mystery series, published December 2013. The second book in the series, Missing Brandy, about a missing teen, published September 2014, and Whiskey’s Gone, about the abduction of a single mom, completes a trilogy. The working title of the fourth is Dead in Brooklyn.

 
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May 222015
 

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The Body in the Birches
by Katherine Hall Page

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BODY IN THE BIRCHESThe Body in the Birches: A Faith Fairchild Mystery
22nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Maine
Publisher: William Morrow (May 12, 2015)
Hardcover: 256 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0062310828
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At home on Sanpere Island, Maine, caterer and amateur sleuth Faith Fairchild discovers that real estate can be murder, especially when it’s all in the family, in this twenty-third book in the popular mystery series.

The Fourth of July is one of the hottest on record and even the breeze off Penobscot Bay can’t seem to cool things down for Faith Fairchild and the rest of the folks on Sanpere Island. But the fireworks are just beginning. After the celebrations are over, Faith discovers a body in the woods near The Birches, an early twentieth-century “cottage.”

The body is identified as The Birches’ housekeeper, who seems to have succumbed to a heart attack. The death is only one of the dramatic events upending the historic house. A family gathering has been called to decide who will inherit the much loved, and very valuable, estate that has been in the Proctor family for generations. With this much money involved, it’s just a matter of time before trouble arises.

Faith is juggling her own family problems. Her teenage son, Ben, has started a new job as a dishwasher at The Laughing Gull Lodge—learning things that could land him in very hot water. And her daughter Amy is worried about her new friend, Daisy Proctor. Daisy is terrified—convinced that someone is trying to eliminate her mother from getting a share of The Birches. To protect her children, Faith has to find a possible murderer—before he strikes too close to her own home.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This is the kind of story I expect from Katherine Hall Page, a murder mystery with tons of family drama!

This is one of my favorite cozy series. When a series lasts this long the characters are like old friends. Faith and Tom’s children have grown up right before our eyes. It is hard to believe Ben is a teenager, but Tom and Faith seem exactly the same. I would love to have them as neighbors!

We again travel to Maine with the Fairchilds and it is not your typical family vacation. The Proctor family has a home there too, The Birches, and a death in the family means a decision must be made on who will inherit the property. All interested parties have been called to spend the month of July there and then a decision will be made by the family’s oldest member. All the family has gathered to curry favor with Uncle Paul hoping they will be his choice. It isn’t long before the housekeeper is found dead and other “accidents” take place and somehow Faith finds herself right in the middle of the drama.

Faith is also facing some things on her own. Her kids are growing up and she is having a hard time with that plus Tom had to head back home when his mother is rushed to the hospital, leaving Faith on her own on Sanpere Island.

I really enjoyed this story because it focuses on two families but blends them together perfectly. There are several characters and new readers to this series may have a problem keeping them all straight. Many reside in Aleford or have an Aleford connection so they have appeared in previous stories.  All these characters give us plenty of suspects too and I was a bit surprised by the ending.

It is hard to keep things fresh in a long running series like this and I truly thought the series had ended with The Body in the Piazza. I was thrilled when I found out about this latest installment. I hope we have many more stories featuring the Fairchild family ahead.

If you are new to this series you really should start at the beginning for maximum reading pleasure.

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kathy083About This Author

Katherine Hall Page is the author of twenty-two previous Faith Fairchild mysteries, the first of which received the Agatha Award for best first mystery. The Body in the Snowdrift was honored with the Agatha Award for best novel of 2006. Page also won an Agatha for her short story “The Would-Be Widower.” In addition, she has been nominated for the Edgar Award, the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and the Macavity Award. She lives in Massachusetts and Maine with her husband.

 

 

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May 212015
 

dont go homeDon’t Go Home
(Death on Demand Mysteries)

25th in Series
Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (May 5, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Hardcover: 272 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425276549
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Annie Darling, owner of the Death on Demand mystery bookstore, is hosting a party to celebrate successful Southern literary icon—and former Broward’s Rock resident—Alex Griffith and his bestselling new novel, Don’t Go Home. But after the local paper announces that Griffith aims to reveal the real-life inspirations behind his characters, perhaps the author should take his own advice. Not everyone in town is ready to give him a glowing review.

As Annie attempts damage control, her friend Marian Kenyon gets in a heated argument with Griffith. It’s a fight Annie won’t soon forget—especially after the author turns up dead.

Despite an array of suspects to match Griffith’s cast of characters—and a promise to her husband, Max, to steer clear of sleuthing—Annie’s not about to let the police throw the book at her friend when the real killer remains at large…

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May 202015
 

cozy wednesday 2013 640Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

My guest today is the fabulous Carolyn Haines!

 

 

safe_image.phpIn the world of Sarah Booth Delaney, the protagonist of my mystery series, there are two things a reader can count on. One—that someone will quote Sarah Booth’s dead Aunt Loulane with a wise saying, often Southern in origin. Two–that Jitty, who is also dead but is very much a lively part of the book, will be sassy.

bone to be wild jacketBONE TO BE WILD is the 15th book in the series, which is set in Zinnia, Mississippi, in the heart of the Delta. It goes on sale May 19 at all bookstores.

In this book, Sarah Booth is on her own again—the engagement with Graf Milieu is broken—and Scott Hampton, the incredibly sexy blues singer (and former lover) from CROSSED BONES has returned to town and needs help. He’s bought a blues club at a famous crossroads and someone is sending threatening messages for him to leave town.

When the bartender is gunned down in back of the club, Sarah Booth realizes the threats are deadly. Any band member, including Scott, could be next.

Sarah Booth and her partner, Tinkie Bellcase Richmond (a true Daddy’s Girl who can manipulate men like putty) are on the case. They have to find out who is behind the threats before more people die.

Jitty, who is known for being a decade-hopping fashionista and the ‘haint’ who goads Sarah Booth to settle down and have a family, shows up in this book as famous blues divas. She is more than an annoying ghost, though. She has come back to Dahlia House (Sarah Booth’s home) to serve as a guide and protector, as well as tormenter.

I thought it might be fun to explore some of the sayings that Jitty is prone to quote from Aunt Loulane, the woman who took care of Sarah Booth after her parents were killed. A wise woman and a proper lady, Aunt Loulane wasn’t above putting it on the line when necessary.

If a person was quite satisfied with their lot in life, Aunt Loulane might say, “She’s as happy as a one-eyed dog on a gut wagon.” The meaning here is that a one-eyed dog, while not able to scrap effectively for food, would have plenty to eat on a gut wagon. (I don’t make this stuff up, I just repeat it.)

Aunt Loulane was very fond of saying of Mrs. Hedgepeth (an old crank) that she was “half a bubble off plumb.” Meaning she isn’t level, or sane.

Another expression from the old South—“Somebody beat her (or him) with an ugly stick.” This person is not attractive.

ATT00003Aunt Loulane never trusted anyone whose eyes were close together. She might paint the picture this way. “If his eyes got any closer together he could play Cyclops in the school drama.”

And poor old Lewis Felts was so thin “he’d have to stand up twice to cast a shadow.”

Another way of calling a person thin is to say, “You’ve about fell off to nothin’.”

For the young men who get into it in a local juke joint, the dire threat to hurl is always, “I’m gonna punch you in the mouth so hard your teeth march out your ass like little white soldiers.” Wow. Now that’s a visual.

Or, the second bad boy threat—“I’m gonna stomp a mud hole in your ass and walk it dry.”

Of course, these threats often came about if two men were “drunker than Cooter Brown.”ATT00001

For ladies who weren’t careful with short skirts or how they sat, you would hear other ladies say, “Well, Lulu Belle won’t be single long, I can see clear to the Promised Land.”

Or, the highest compliment a Southern girl can hear. “Girl, you look so good I’m gonna take you home and sop you up with a biscuit.”

The colorful expressions of the South are only one of the things that make it so unique. The landscape can range from sandy white beaches, to the flat pine barrens, up to the Mississippi Delta, where the topsoil is the richest on earth. But there are also mountainous areas and white-water rivers. It’s a land of great diversity of topography and of character.

In the books Aunt Loulane’s wisdom is repeated by any number of characters who knew her. While she would never be so crass as to tell someone to “shut yourATT00004 pie hole,” she might say, “You should close your mouth before your ignorance falls out and ruins the carpet.”

My grandmother had her own sayings, and a word of wisdom she told me all the time—warning me to the dangers of being bossy and independent. “A whistling girl and a crowing hen will never come to a good end.”

She warned me, but it didn’t take. And Sarah Booth has yet to heed that bit of wisdom herself.ATT00002

~Carolyn

About The Author

Carolyn Haines is the author of over 70 books in a number of genres. She has been honored with the Harper Lee Award for Distinguished Writing and the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence. The Sarah Booth mystery series was named “Top Amateur Sleuth” by Romantic Times. Carolyn also runs the Good Fortune Farm Refuge, which is an animal rescue where she cares for dogs, cats, and horses. For more information, go to www.carolynhaines.com to sign up for her newsletter.  You can also join her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Bone to Be Wild: A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery
15th in Series
Publisher: Minotaur Books (May 19, 2015)
Hardcover: 368 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1250046147
E-Book ASIN: B00OXEL8HI
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Sarah Booth Delaney is heartbroken: her fiancé Graf Milieu has decided to move to Hollywood permanently, leaving their relationship in shambles. Sarah Booth has a perfect distraction, however, in the form of the Black and Orange Halloween ball her best friends are throwing in New Orleans. Sarah Booth plans to dance the night away to the swinging tunes of her old flame Scott Hampton’s blues band. But just as the party gets going, Scott receives a mysterious message that threatens his life and the lives of his bandmates. Sarah Booth knows that a new case is just what she needs to take her mind off her failed relationship with Graf, and she’s ready to help Scott investigate. And then the message turns from threat to reality when the bartender from Scott’s club is gunned down in a drive-by. Enlisting Sheriff Coleman Peters and the rest of her friends from Zinnia, Mississippi, Sarah Booth is caught in a race against the clock as she tries to stop a killer from striking again.

With a twist around every corner, Carolyn Haines will delight readers with Sarah Booth Delaney’s latest zany adventure in Bone to be Wild.

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23014574Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall: A Mystery
2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Devon, England
Publisher: Minotaur Books (May 5, 2015)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1250007803
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Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall is the second charming and witty whodunit in Hannah Dennison’s amazing cozy series. Set at an English manor house, fans of British mysteries and Downton Abbey are sure to enjoy this contemporary take on murder at the manor house.

When the body of a transport minister is discovered in the grounds on Honeychurch Hall, suspicion about his unusual demise naturally falls on the folks in the village. After all, who could possibly want a high-speed train line built in their front yard?

News of the murder soon reaches our heroine Kat Stanford’s nemesis Trudy Wynne. A ruthless tabloid journalist and the ex-wife of Kat’s discarded lover, Trudy is out for revenge. She is also interested in exposing–and humiliating–Kat’s mother Iris, who is secretly the international bestselling romance writer Krystalle Storm.

As the body count begins to build, Kat becomes inextricably embroiled in the ensuing scandal. Is the minister’s death the result of a local vendetta, or could it be connected to her mother’s unusual (to say the least) past?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This was a story I was anxiously awaiting and the author exceeded my expectations!

Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall brings us back to English countryside and all the characters I loved in Murder at Honeychurch Hall. Kat Stanford is planning head back to London soon but with news of a high speed rail coming to this quaint, historical area she feels she needs to stick around to be church of her mother’s options and how Honeychurch Hall will be affected. Then a local woman is found dead on the side of the road and the transport minister has gone missing. Are these events connected? and what does it mean for the railway? Meanwhile Kat’s mother is trying to keep her life as Krystalle Storm, international bestselling romance writer, a secret but that isn’t the only thing she is hiding.

These characters are fantastic and a few like “Uncle” Alfred are quite eccentric. Kat and Iris are two very independent woman and but heads on more than one occasion butt what mother and daughter don’t. Their dialogue is delightful and can be very comical especially when Albert joins the conversation or when they are “investigating”. We meet several new characters as the rail system would affect so many people plus there is a new maid at the hall. All of the characters come to life right off of the pages.

The plot was very entertaining a full of funny moments but suspenseful moments as well.  Kat has several ideas and scenarios of what may have happened but no solid proof and asking the wrong person the right questions could put her and her mother in danger. The author does a wonderful job of storytelling and like the first story in the series this was a pure joy to read. I love traveling across the pond to visit Honeychurch Hall, I am booking my virtual tickets for next year right away.

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Born in England, Hannah relocated to Los Angeles with her daughter and two cats to pursue a career in screenwriting. Along the road to publication she has been an obituary reporter, antique dealer, private jet flight attendant and Hollywood story analyst. Hannah is the author of the Vicky Hill Mysteries (Constable UK) and the first, in her new series, “Murder at Honeychurch Hall” (Minotaur). Now living in Portland, Oregon Hannah continues to teach mystery writing at UCLA, has served on numerous judging committees for the Mystery Writers of America and still works part-time for a west coast advertising agency. She is married to an advertising executive and enjoys hiking, horseback riding, skiing and seriously good chocolate. http://www.hannahdennison.com

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