Jul 242014
 

deadly assetsDeadly Assets
(An Allison Campbell Mystery)
(Volume 2)

Mystery
Henery Press (July 22, 2014)
Paperback: 296 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1940976211
E-Book File Size: 595 KB
ASIN: B00LWFWYGU
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An eccentric Italian heiress from the Finger Lakes. An eighteen-year-old pop star from Scranton, Pennsylvania. Allison Campbell’s latest clients seem worlds apart in every respect, except one: Both women disappear on the same day. And Allison’s colleague Vaughn is the last to have seen each.

Allison’s search for a connection uncovers an intricate web of family secrets, corporate transgressions and an age-old rivalry that crosses continents. The closer Allison gets to the truth, the deadlier her quest becomes. All paths lead back to a sinister Finger Lakes estate and the suicide of a woman thirty years earlier. Allison soon realizes the lives of her clients and the safety of those closest to her aren’t the only things at stake.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Oh this one is so good!!!

Allison’s clients couldn’t be more different. When they both disappear on the same day and their only connection seems to be her company Allison jumps in with both feet to get to the truth.

Francesca hasn’t left her home in years but when her brother falls ill she has to take over the family business. She needs Allison’s help so that she can show the family and their shareholders she is up to the task.

Tammy has been chosen to be on a singing show on television. She has a beautiful voice but Allison is hired by her “manager” to help with her social skills and in fashion/hair makeover departments.

Allison knew she had her work cut out for here with both women but never thought they would just disappear without a trace.

Both of these women have families that go way beyond the normal eclectic/quirky levels. Wendy Tyson has created some of the best characters I have read lately. She has also allowed Allison, Vaughn, Jason and Mia to grow since Killer Image, the first story in this series.

Tyson also puts her characters in some very unexpected situations with some masterful twists. Allison does not let her fear of her own physical safety hold her back and at times I was so scared for her! You will not believe who she is taking on in her quest to find the truth!

This is one of those books where you sit down to read and hold on tight because you will stay up late reading until you reach the very end. DYING BRAND, the 3rd book in this series comes out May 2015 and I can’t wait!

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Check out Wendy’s webpage here to find out more about her and her books.

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.”

Jul 232014
 

cozy wednesday 2013 640Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

Leslie Budewitz is my guest today!
Just one warning her stories will make you HUNGRY!!!!

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The Last Best Place to Die

The Last Best Place. That’s the newest slogan for my home state of Montana, also dubbed the Big Sky State for our magnificent views, and the Treasure State for our gems and minerals.

What a marvelous place to set a mystery—and not just because of its beauty. For me, Montana’s big draw as a setting lies in the surprising contrasts we locals often take for granted. As my protagonist Erin Murphy says in Death Al Dente, the first in the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries:

“Jewel Bay is not what people expect in a Montana town. Cutting-edge art and lip-smacking restaurants instead of cow pies and shoot-outs on dirt streets. But we have our belly-up bar, and plenty of cowboys, with farms and ranches nearby. And even a real live dude ranch, giving guests from around the world a taste of the old Montana and the new.”

DEATH AL DENTE

All that makes Montana a great vacation escape—for a few days, a week or two, or all summer long. Winter, too, even if your idea of winter sports isn’t skiing or snowshoeing but curling up in front of a crackling fire with a double mug of hot cocoa.

Turns out Montana is also a pretty good place to escape the past. More than one Jewel Bay resident came here in search of a fresh start. A new job, maybe a new name. A new life in a place where people don’t ask questions.

But when murder intrudes on village life, questions pop up like morel mushrooms on the forest floor. And the sheriff’s deputies aren’t the only ones digging up dirt. Erin Murphy returned to her hometown to take over the Merc, her family’s struggling shop in the century-old sandstone building her great-grandfather built as the town’s first grocery. When people she loves are killed—or accused—she can’t help poking around. Her own past gives her ample reason to not trust the resident sheriff’s detective as much as she’d like to—but she’s working on that.

Ever the business owner, Erin uses her Spreadsheet of Suspicion to plot her questions and track the answers. And sometimes, those trusty cells and columns lead her places where others would rather she did not go.

CrimeRib_CV.inddIn Crime Rib, second in the series, the TV show Food Preneurs comes to town to film the 35th Annual Jewel Bay Summer Art and Food Festival and the annual steak grill-off. Erin’s content to help from the sidelines, freeing her to focus on the Merc, and to scout the festival vendors for new products.

When the show’s producer is killed in a hit-and-run, Festival organizers beg her to step in and help out, to give Jewel Bay a shot at national publicity. How could a local girl say no? But when the host shows her a less than camera-ready side of himself, and a contestant is attacked and killed, Erin worries that the town’s reputation as a family-friendly, food-loving, vacation village will go up in flames. And when the sheriff runs out of leads, it’s up to her to smoke out the truth.

But just as in real life, some folks would do nearly anything to keep their secrets to themselves. To make sure the past stays behind, by making the Last Best Place Erin’s final resting place.

I hope you’ll make the trip with me, on the page, to see how Erin makes her own escape—and brings justice to her corner of the Big Sky.

 

About The Author
Leslie Budewitz is the national best-selling author of Death al Dente, first in the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries set in northwest Montana, and winner of the 2013 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Crime Rib, the second in the series, came out July 1, 2014, from Berkley Prime Crime. Her Seattle Spice Shop Mysteries will debut in March 2015.

Also a lawyer, Leslie won the 2011 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction for Books, Crooks & Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law & Courtroom Procedure (Quill Driver Books), making her the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction.

For more tales of life in the wilds of northwest Montana, and bonus recipes, visit her website and subscribe to her newsletter.

Website: www.LeslieBudewitz.com

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(Food Lovers’ Village)

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (July 1, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Design by Ben Perini
Cover Design by Rita Frangie
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425259559
E-Book File Size: File Size: 1974 KB
ASIN: B00HDMMJH0
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Gourmet food market owner Erin Murphy is determined to get Jewel Bay, Montana’s, scrumptious local fare some national attention. But her scheme for culinary celebrity goes up in flames when the town’s big break is interrupted by murder . . .

Food Preneurs, one of the hottest cooking shows on TV, has decided to feature Jewel Bay in an upcoming episode, and everyone in town is preparing for their close-ups, including the crew at the Glacier Mercantile, aka the Merc. Not only is Erin busy remodeling her courtyard into a relaxing dining area, she’s organizing a steak-cooking competition between three of Jewel Bay’s hottest chefs to be featured on the program.

But Erin’s plans get scorched when one of the contending cooks is found dead. With all the drama going on behind the scenes, it’s hard to figure out who didn’t have a motive to off the saucy contestant. Now, to keep the town’s reputation from crashing and burning on national television, Erin will have to grill some suspects to smoke out the killer . . .

INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Erin is one busy lady before adding murder to the mix but that doesn’t mean she is going to stay at the Merc and miss all the action.  Having one of the hottest foodie programs, Food Preneurs, come to town to cover the grill-off is an awesome opportunity for “The Food Lover’s Village”. Erin is not going to let one dead chef and a suspicious accident ruin a weekend of publicity for the town, but she is going to make sure it is the right kind of publicity. She is also going to track down the killer/s.

Budewitz has given us some fantastic characters to follow in this story. In addition to the murder mystery there is a little family disagreement about remodeling the courtyard and some secrets. Romance may be on the horizon for Erin with 2 eligible bachelors vying for her attention. One shopkeeper is a little cranky about all the foodie fuss. Of course there needs to be an obnoxious character and  the TV Host for Food Preneurs fills that spot  nicely.

She also gives a couple of interesting mysteries to solve. Plenty of viable suspects with motive, but who had the means and opportunity? I love the way Erin uses a spreadsheet to keep track of the clues.

Part of the pleasure of this series is the way the author describes all he food. She had my tummy growling several times. Thankfully she gives recipes because I definitely want S’more of the S’MORE SANDWICH COOKIES, and the CHOCOLATE MOUSSE CUPS and the GRILLED FLANK STEAK and everything  else that was featured in the pages of this book.

This story has a well plotted mystery, a bit of comedy, yummy food and engaging characters. To be that is recipe for a marvelous cozy mystery.

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

 

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
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Jul 222014
 

1558415_10152213500626214_2051010994_nA Grave Matter
(A Lady Darby Mystery)

3rd Book in Series
Historical Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (July 1, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Larry Rosant
Cover Design by Lesley Worrell
Trade Paperback: 432 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425253694
E-Copy File Size: 1728 KB
ASIN: B00G3L15FE
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Scotland, 1830. Following the death of her dear friend, Lady Kiera Darby is in need of a safe haven. Returning to her childhood home, Kiera hopes her beloved brother Trevor and the merriment of the Hogmanay Ball will distract her. But when a caretaker is murdered and a grave is disturbed at nearby Dryburgh Abbey, Kiera is once more thrust into the cold grasp of death.

While Kiera knows that aiding in another inquiry will only further tarnish her reputation, her knowledge of anatomy could make the difference in solving the case. But agreeing to investigate means Kiera must deal with the complicated emotions aroused in her by inquiry agent Sebastian Gage.

When Gage arrives, he reveals that the incident at the Abbey was not the first—some fiend is digging up old bones and holding them for ransom. Now Kiera and Gage must catch the grave robber and put the case to rest…before another victim winds up six feet under.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This 3rd installment of the Lady Darcy Mysteries is the best one yet. It is full of mystery but it is wrapped in romance as Kiera and Gage finally start to admit their feelings. It comes after much thought and reflection. Kiera’s self esteem needs a major boost and Gage needs to open himself up and trust her. Both characters truly grew throughout this entire story and it was a pleasure to see that. Kiera is still reeling from what her late husband put her through and the fact she has knowledge like no other woman of that time scares her but her family is there to support her.  Gage has some secrets that are holding him back but he is really trying to open up more.

In addition to the romance there is a fantastic mystery. When a caretaker is killed and a grave has been robbed during the Hogmanay Ball Lady Darby’s assistance is needed. She begrudgingly goes with the men knowing it will just hurt her reputation even more. She is happy when she is asked to request Sebastian Gage come to help with investigation and then we learn that this is not an isolated incident.  Their inquiries take them hither and yon as they follow the clues. They make a great investigative team.

Anna Lee Huber continues to write stories that evoke emotions and fully engages the reader from the first word until the last. Her characters come to life right off of the pages. They are flawed but so real.

I enjoy learning the history of Scotland and about things like the Hogmanay Ball and the superstition of the first footer.

I get excited each time a book in the series is released. The author gives us just enough of a cliffhanger to make readers wanting more. The problem is I want it right now!!! Write fast Anna!!! Your readers are anxiously waiting!!

If this is a new series to you start at the beginning with The Anatomist’s Wife. This is a extraordinary series.

 

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Definitely More Than 5 stars!!!

5 STARFISH5 STARFISH

Dollycas

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To Find out more about Anna Lee Huber visit her website here.

I am giving away my review copy!!
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Jul 202014
 

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 busy week on the blog and off but I find time to read some wonderful books this week :) 

There was one huge sad moment. I found out the Book World store that my sister has managed for 11 years is closing August 11th. The store has been there for 27 years. I am especially sad because she has treated that store as her own and the while closing this store they are opening another about 35 miles away and they didn’t even offer her a job there. She may have turned it down but the offer would have been nice. She has increased sales at her store at a time when brick and mortar stores are losing money. The say the closure is due to the magazine distributor fiasco back in May and the fact that the street the store is on will be under construction in the summer of 2015. I am sure my sister will find another use for her awesome talents. I really hate to see any bookstore close no matter who owns it though. Libraries and bookstores have there own smell, and I don’t mean the coffee. Escaping into a place full of books is an ultimate escape for us bookworms. There is no way to replace the feel of a place full of real books with real pages and the interaction of other readers. Sadly this is the direction technology is taking us :(

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

FINISHED

A Grave Matter (A Lady Darby Mystery)

Review will be up tomorrow!
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Crime Rib (Food Lovers’ Village)

Leslie will be my guest this week for Cozy Wednesday!
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Deadly Assets (An Allison Campbell Mystery) (Volume 2)

Review Coming Soon!
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I was also given the fantastic opportunity to read an early copy of Captain Shelby by Jesse Giles Christiansen. It is the Prequel to Pelican Bay (The Captain Shelby Series Book 1) an amazing story. Check out the Captain Shelby Facebook Page here. LIKE it so that you will know when the book is available. I will post a full review as the release date nears and the author and book will be touring with Great Escapes Book Tours too!!

ON DECK THIS WEEK

Fast Track

For Review
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Mission to Murder

The Mission to Murder Great Escapes Tour starts July 31.
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Billionaire Blend (A Coffeehouse Mystery)

Cleo Coyle will be here next week for Cozy Wednesday!!
Paperback Release Date – August 5, 2014
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Fit To Be Dead (An Aggie Mundeen Mystery) (Volume 1)

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Dollycas

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Jul 202014
 

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.

Another busy week. I spent a couple of hours researching the Subscribe 2 Plug In I use and trying to remove the new pop-up screen that appeared every time anyone visited my blog. It drove me crazy and that was the last thing I wanted for my readers. I knew the blog was loading slower but I was totally surprised when the company the hosts my blog, Tiger Technologies, emailed me saying that they had found a bug in the plug in program and fixed it. They noticed the problem because I was using large amounts of their server resources. They also notified the author of the plugin so that they could fix the problem for everyone else.

Tiger Technologies has gone above and beyond my expectations since I signed up to have my blog hosted by them. Customer Service is super fast and they catch problems like the one above before you even know about them. For just $8.95 a month I know my blog is safe and sound and there is always someone there to help if I have any questions. It is money well spent, especially after the fiasco I went through with Blogger/Google a few years ago where Customer Service did not exist.

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weekly rewind credited235Weekly Rewind – July 14 – 19, 2014

MondayIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

TuesdayReview – The White Magic Five and Dime by Steve Hockensmith with Lisa Falco

WednesdayCozy Wednesday with Betty Hechtman – Author of Silence of the Lamb’s Wool (Giveaway too!)

ThursdayReview/Giveaway – Book Clubbed by Lorna Barrett

FridayMy July Just For Fun Read – Trudy, Madly, Deeply by Wendy Delaney

SaturdaySpotlight/Giveaway – From Fear To Eternity by Michelle Rowan

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Happy Reading Everyone!!

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Jul 192014
 

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From Fear to Eternity:
An Immortality Bites Mystery

3rd in Series
Cozy Mystery
An Obsidian Mystery (July 1, 2014)
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451466136
E-Book File Size: 1221 KB
ASIN: B00HDMLWIW
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Newlywed vampires Sarah and Thierry de Bennicoeur have their whole undead lives ahead of them. And with Thierry’s job as a consultant for the Ring sending them across the globe to solve one vampire crisis after another, eternity may never have a dull moment.

Sarah was hoping the honeymoon would literally last forever, but when Thierry receives a mysterious invitation to an auction held in an old Beverly Hills mansion, it’s clearly time to get back to work. Thierry hopes to win a powerful amulet containing a wish-granting djinn that has eluded him for centuries. Unfortunately, Atticus Kincade, head of the vampire council, also has his eye on the item.

When the auction’s host reveals his unpleasant history with Thierry, and Sarah discovers a talking head in the freezer, things get even weirder than usual. But when the amulet goes missing, and everyone is suddenly trapped inside the mansion, the undead guests find themselves in mortal danger—and Sarah had better be careful what she wishes for.

Visit Michelle webpage here for more info about her and her books.

Thanks to the people at Penguin I have 1 copy to give away!

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

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Jul 182014
 

 

just for fun 2014This is a challenge to help us get some of those books on out To-Be Read stacks read without the pressure of a review (unless we want to) or meeting any other challenge. These books are read totally Just For Fun.  I have given just a brief review because I read the book JUST FOR FUN!!

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Trudy, Madly, Deeply
(Working Stiffs Mystery Series)

1st in Series
Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Corvallis Press (July 27, 2013)
File Size: 633 KB
Print Length: 302 pages
ASIN: B00E7FN0LU
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After human lie detector Charmaine Digby returns home to Port Merritt and scores a job as the County Coroner’s new investigative assistant, the unthinkable happens—a doctor reports the suspicious death of Trudy, a family friend and one of several elderly patients at the hospital whose heart mysteriously stopped.

With no physical evidence of foul play, Char’s on the case, much to the irritation of Detective Steve Sixkiller, who doesn’t want her to stick her pretty nose for trouble in his investigation. But she’s a woman on a mission to uncover the truth, and she’d better keep her eyes open or the next body on the way to the morgue could be hers.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Wouldn’t you love to be able tell when someone is lying to you? Charmaine Digby has that gift and it comes in handy as she sticks her nose right into the middle of something Detective Steve Sixkiller wants her stay away from. He isn’t even sure if foul play is involved at first and doesn’t need any help from her for his investigation.

This was a very entertaining story.  Char doesn’t spend much time in her office as she knows where she can keep up on all the gossip, Duke’s Café, her uncle’s diner. It’s the place where she may hear something that could help her solve these senseless killings. Char is spitfire and very funny.  She is also a woman with curves and is dealing with it and a certain detective has taken notice.

I was really surprised to learn the author saw a story on 60 minutes that gave her the premise for this story and she gave it her own cozy twist. I am looking forward to more of Char’s adventures! Sex, Lies, and Snickerdoodles comes out next month!

just you and a friend4 STARFISH

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

*This book was from my private collection.

Jul 172014
 

book clubbedBook Clubbed
(A Booktown Mystery)

8th in Series
Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (July 1, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Jacket Design by Diana Kolsky
Jacket Illustration BY Teresa Fasolino
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425252574
E-Book File Size: 2069 KB
ASIN: B00G3L13KQ
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Cranky Chamber of Commerce receptionist Betsy Dittmeyer is done reading people the riot act. After she’s crushed by a fallen bookcase, the next item to be read is her last will and testament—which is packed with surprises. It soon comes to light that Betsy was hiding volumes of dark secrets behind that perpetual frown of hers—and one of them just might have been a motive for murder.

While Tricia tries to help Angelica—the newly elected Chamber of Commerce president and Betsy’s boss—solve the mystery, she discovers a hidden chapter in her own family history that rocks her to her very core. And with her ex-husband and the chief of police vying for her affections, it’s doubly hard to focus on who might have buried Betsy in a tomb of tomes.

But as Tricia and Angelica try to read between the lines, they need to watch their step…and make sure the killer doesn’t catch them between the stacks.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Hang on tight! This book gets off to a fast start and had this reader tuned in from page one.

Angelica is trying  to start out on the right foot with the Chamber but Betsy Dittmeyer is not happy about it. Her point of view ceases to matter very quickly when her death has Angelica and sister Tricia trying to find out who helped bury Betsy under that pile of books. She wasn’t well liked so there ate quite a few suspects.  It seems Betsy also has a few secrets that could have led to her demise.

Lorna Barrett does it again.  My emotions were reeling with this story. I had tears in my eyes at one point.

Haven’t Got A Clue is a very special bookstore with very special employees. I love these characters. Pixie continues to shine and Mr. Everett is the perfect gentleman. Tricia is so lucky to have them by her side handling the ups and downs or not only the bookstore but Booktown as well.  The are some changes coming to Booktown with Angelica leading the Chamber and Nigela Ricita Associates taking on a larger role in the properties in town there. Some other characters have some special announcements too that will be changing their lives.

Then of course there is Tricia’s love life or lack of a love life to add a little more to the story.

What I really enjoyed was that Tricia and Angelica continue to get closer as a family secret is revealed. It is time for these sisters to stick together and support each other.

The author has packed this pages with so much that I challenge anyone to put it down once you start reading. I truly hated for the story to end. I can’t wait to see what happens next!!

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

About Lorna Barrett

The immensely popular Booktown Mystery series is what put Lorraine Bartlett’s pen name Lorna Barrett on the New York Times Bestseller list, but it’s her talent — whether writing as Lorna, or L.L. Bartlett, or Lorraine Bartlett — that keeps her there. This multi-published, Agatha-nominated author pens the exciting Jeff Resnick Mysteries as well as the acclaimed Victoria Square Mystery series, and now the Tales of Telenia saga, and has many short stories and novellas to her name(s). Check out the links to all her works here: http://www.lorrainebartlett.com

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Thanks to the people at Penguin I have 1 copy to give away!

Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
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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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Jul 162014
 

 

cozy wednesday 2013 640Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!!

I am thrilled to welcome Betty Hechtman here today!!

BETTY HECHTMAN

Cool Off With Casey
By
Betty Hechtman

There’s nothing better on a sweltering summer day than to escape into Casey Feldstein’s world on California’s Monterey peninsula. The weather is cool year round with white skies and creeping fingers of fog. It makes you want to grab a fleece jacket and go for a bracing walk on the silky sand beach across the road from Vista Del Mar, the moody hotel and conference center where Casey puts on her yarn retreats.

If you want to get away from it all, there isn’t a better place than Vista Del Mar. The Arts and Crafts style buildings are over 100 years old and built with lots of dark wood and local stone. The buildings are sprinkled over 100 acres of sloping grounds dotted with tall, narrow Monterey pines and Monterey cypress trees shaped by the wind. You won’t find any manicured lawns here. The grounds have been allowed to grow wild. If a tree falls, it is left to decompose naturally. Rumor has it that it is the same if an animal dies. Maybe a body, too, who knows? Situated on a small peninsula jutting into the Pacific ocean, it literally is the end of the earth.

What a perfect place to hold a yarn retreat. A group of people with a common interest gather there to spend time on their craft and learn something new. There is always the smell of wood smoke in the air. All the guest room buildings have living room-like lobbies furnished with overstuffed chairs that surround a glowing fireplace. Just the place to gather with some friends, take out your knitting and talk about murder.

19486435In Silence of the Lamb’s Wool Casey has arranged for a retreat that starts with the shearing of some sheep and ends with the knitting of a shawlette, making for a very busy weekend. It only gets more complicated when a key player in the retreat turns up dead and leaves Casey in the lurch.

Lucky for Casey some of her first time retreaters have come back. Her best friend and boss, Lucinda Thornkill is there to help, even if the manager of Vista Del Mar is still trying to give Casey a hard time.

Even with all that is going on, Casey manages to continue her nightly baking of desserts at the Blue Door Restaurant and keeps the coffee spots in the town of Cadbury by the Sea supplied with her delicious freshly made muffins, though she is shocked when one of the muffins turns out to be a clue.

And the two men in her life – will her ex, Dr. Sammy win her back with his bagful of tricks, or will Dane, the adorable cop down the street, ever get to first base with her?

Want to truly feel apart of the story? There is a pattern for the shawlette and recipes for some of Casey’s specialties included.

Enjoy!

~Betty

About The Author

Silence of the Lamb’s Wool is the second book in the national bestselling Yarn Retreat series that features dessert chef Casey Feldstein who puts on yarn retreats at a slightly sinister hotel and conference center on California’s Monterey peninsula. Betty Hechtman also writes the national bestselling Crochet mystery series. All books in both series include patterns and recipes. She says it is like a dream come true to be able mix her love of mystery with her love of making things. She grew up in Chicago and has a degree in Fine Art. In addition she has studied everything from improv comedy to magic. She has written newspaper and magazine pieces, short stories and scripts. She lives in Southern California and Chicago and has yarn stashes in both cities.

For more information check out BettyHechtman.com, Facebook and her Friday blog for Killerhobbies.blogspot.com

silence of the lamb's woolSilence of the Lamb’s Wool
(A Yarn Retreat Mystery)

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (July 1, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Patricia Casteleo
Cover Design by Rita Frangie
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425252581
E-Book File Size: 1476 KB
ASIN: B00HDMMF56
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Dessert chef Casey Feldstein has learned one end of a knitting needle from the other after inheriting her aunt’s yarn retreat business, but a murder threatens to unravel her latest event . . .

Casey’s running a new retreat called “From Sheep to Shawl” at a resort on the atmospheric Monterey Peninsula. Participants will learn about sheepshearing, fixing up the fleece, and spinning, and will eventually knit a lovely shawl.

Nicole Welton has been hired to teach the fleece-to-fiber portion of the retreat. She’s an expert spinner, and her small shop in Cadbury by the Sea houses a beautiful assortment of spinning wheels and drop spindles. But when the new teacher fails to show up for class and is found lying dead on the boardwalk, it leaves everyone’s nerves frayed.

Now Casey has to knit together clues faster than she can count stitches before someone else at the retreat gets dropped . . .

Includes a knitting pattern and a recipe!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Casey’s retreat sounds like a lot of fun. Seeing the sheep getting sheared, cleaning and combing the fleece and spinning and then knitting with wool we made ourselves would be a blast. Too bad she had to face one roadblock after another including the death of the woman that was supposed to lead the whole retreat. Casey channels her aunt and does what she would have done and handled each problem head on, even chasing down a killer.

I really love these characters. Casey has landed on her feet pretty well and following in her aunt’s footsteps continuing the yarn retreats while challenging definitely keeps her busy. Even though her mother still thinks she needs to get a “real job”.  What I really enjoyed was the friendships she continues to make. Three retreaters from the last retreat return in this story and they really step up and help Casey with this retreat. Her best friend Lucinda and her husband Tag are back too as is her ex. Dr. Sammy has moved to town and has found an unusual way to stay close to Casey.

Betty Hechtman has spun a fine mystery too. Was it suicide or murder? If it was murder who did it? She keeps trying to get her handsome neighbor who happens to be a cop to see things her way but she leaves each meeting with him either hot and bothered or furious that he is not taking her seriously.

If you are knitter you will want to grab your needles, if you are not you will wish you were. This is a captivating page turner and I  thoroughly enjoyed it!!

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas

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White Magic Five and Dime cover FINAL
The White Magic Five & Dime
(A Tarot Mystery)

New Series
Cozy Mystery
MIDNIGHT INK (July 8, 2014)
Trade Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738740225
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Alanis McLachlan has not seen her mother in 20 years so when she is summoned to Berdache, Arizona to collect her inheritance she is very surprised. Her con-woman mother has left her The White Magic Five & Dime, a small shop where her mother has her tarot card reading business.  Unsure what to do with the place she decides to temporarily open the store to try to figure out how and why her mother died. She assumes one of her mother’s cons was run on the wrong person and she ended up paying for it with her life.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Alanis McLachlan (the name she is currently using) has quite a life which makes her a very interesting protagonist. Her mother has been a con-woman Alantis’ whole life and as soon as she was old enough she ran away and left that world and her mother behind.  Arriving in Arizona with a long list of unanswered questions she finds her mother had a teenage roommate. Did her mother replace her with this girl to help her with her con games? She hopes by reopening the shop and meeting with her mother’s customers she may get some answers to her questions and find out who killed her mother. Alanis is very cynical but with her upbringing it is easy to understand why. She truly is a good person and wants to do right for a mom who really did a lot of things wrong. I was engaged by her story immediately.

The authors also gave us some great supporting characters. Clarice, who seems to be Alanis’ mother’s apprentice, and Josh Logan, the officer in charge of her mother’s investigation. The dialogue between Josh and Alanis is absolutely fantastic.

The mystery was well written and well plotted. All the information about Tarot Cards was very interesting. While this area of Arizona is know for psychics and its energy vortex the paranormal part of the story is very mild. Alanis starts out feeling it is just another of her mother’s con’s but  the story has a nice twist that makes her question her theory.

I can’t believe how quickly I read this story. I was captivated from beginning to end!! I can’t wait for Book 2.

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas

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About This Author

Steve Hockensmith’s first novel, Holmes on the Range, was a finalist for the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony and Dilys awards. He went on to write four sequels as well as a pair of bestselling follow-ups to the international publishing sensation Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. More recently, he wrote (with collaborator “Science Bob” Pflugfelder) the middle-grade mysteries Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab and Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage.

Author Links:
http://www.stevehockensmith.com
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http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/146628.Steve_Hockensmith
http://www.amazon.com/White-Magic-Five-Tarot-Mystery/dp/0738740225/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1396625839&sr=8-1&keywords=the+white+magic+five+and+dime

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.”

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