Oct 262014
 

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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~ 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.

NECK

Pain in the Neck :)

I have spent this week recovering from too much roughhousing last weekend with my grandkids. I strained or twisted my neck and because of the neck injury from my accident in 2001 it was a little scary. But each day I am getting a little better but I am spending less at the computer to rest my arms and hands that have been a little more tingly than usual this week. This is not my x-ray. I have pins fusing C-5 to C7 with a cyst on my spinal cord between.

weekly rewind credited235Weekly Rewind – October 19 – 25, 2014

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

Tuesday - Review – Finding Sky by Susan O’Brien

Wednesday - Cozy Wednesday with M.L. Rowland – Author of Murder Off The Beaten Path

Thursday - Spotlight/Giveaway – Be Careful What You Witch For by Dawn Eastman – Great Escapes Book Tour

Friday - Murder & Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction by Amy Metz – Great Escapes Book Tour

Saturday - Spotlight/Giveaway – First Impressions by Charlie Lovett

Plus - Review/Giveaway – Death at the Black Bull by Frank Hayes

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Until Next Week!
Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Oct 252014
 

death at the black bullDeath at the Black Bull
(A Sheriff Virgil Dalton Mystery)

New Mystery Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (October 7, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Trade Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425274293
E-Book File Size: 1724 KB
ASIN: B00INIXQ66
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Hayward is a sleepy Southwestern town full of cattle, trucks, and tumbleweeds. Virgil Dalton’s been the sheriff for over a dozen years and has lived there all his life. It’s a place where everybody pretty much knows everybody—but they don’t know each other’s secrets…

Buddy Hinton is just a good ole boy. So when he disappears after a night drinking at the Black Bull, his friends just figure he went down to Mexico to find himself a girlfriend and eventually will come back. But this case quickly becomes a homicide after the sheriff discovers the missing man floating in one of his stock tanks.

For a man who wasn’t known to have enemies, Buddy clearly upset someone. Figuring out who that was will require Virgil and his deputy, Jimmy, to retrace Buddy’s last steps—and to remain a step ahead of a murderer who may have no qualms about killing again …

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This is a great debut from Frank Hayes!

He has created a wonderful character in Virgil Dalton. Virgil is half Native American and in addition to being the Sheriff of Hayward he is also a rancher and a lawyer. When Buddy Hinton disappears he thinks the guy has just run off but when his body is found he soon realizes big town trouble has come to the little town of Hayward.

All the clues lead back to the Black Bull, a local watering hole for ranch hands on and off for 30 years. With the help of his small band of deputies and insight from his ranch manager, Cesar, and his grandfather that lives on the reservation, Virgil starts to put the pieces together and uncovers more than a few secrets.

I was in the mood to read something a little different so I grabbed this book and once I started reading I couldn’t put it down. Hayes is a terrific storyteller. He is a very descriptive writer. I felt like I was watching a movie instead of reading a book.  He also fleshed out his characters in a way that truly engaged me as a reader. The final twist was a real shocker too! This really can’t be Frank Hayes first novel. He is definitely an author to watch.

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 About The Author
Frank Hayes is a high school teacher who has started a new career as a novelist. He lives and writes in New York’s mid-Hudson River valley. Death at the Black Bull is his first book.

GIVEAWAYI am giving my review copy away!

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Oct 252014
 

 

first impressions
First Impressions:
A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Viking Adult (October 16, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-0525427247
E-Book File Size: 1541 KB
ASIN: B00ISEONAS
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A thrilling literary mystery costarring Jane Austen from the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookman’s Tale.

Charlie Lovett first delighted readers with his New York Times bestselling debut, The Bookman’s Tale. Now, Lovett weaves another brilliantly imagined mystery, this time featuring one of English literature’s most popular and beloved authors: Jane Austen.

Book lover and Austen enthusiast Sophie Collingwood has recently taken a job at an antiquarian bookshop in London when two different customers request a copy of the same obscure book: the second edition of Little Book of Allegories by Richard Mansfield. Their queries draw Sophie into a mystery that will cast doubt on the true
authorship of Pride and Prejudice—and ultimately threaten Sophie’s life.

In a dual narrative that alternates between Sophie’s quest to uncover the truth—while choosing between two suitors—and a young Jane Austen’s touching friendship with the aging cleric Richard Mansfield, Lovett weaves a romantic, suspenseful, and utterly compelling novel about love in all its forms and the joys of a life lived in books.

Click here  for the Book Club Kit. It includes a letter from the author, a couple of recipes and an interview with Charlie Lovett.

To find out more about Charlie Lovett visit his webpage here.

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Thanks to the people at Penguin I have a  copy to give away!
Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
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Oct 242014
 

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It is times like these that I am so thankful I started organizing these tours because it helped me “meet” Amy Metz and be introduced to the very unique people of Goose Pimple Junction!

GPJ1CoverMurder & Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction
(Goose Pimple Junction mystery)
First in Series

Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Blue Publications (September 7, 2014)
Paperback: 252 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0989714020
E-Book File Size: 563 KB
ASIN: B00NE1H8FW
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When Tess Tremaine starts a new life in the colorful town of Goose Pimple Junction, curiosity leads her to look into a seventy-five-year-old murder. Suddenly she’s learning the foreign language of southern speak, resisting her attraction to local celebrity Jackson Wright, and dealing with more mayhem than she can handle.

A bank robbery, murder, and family tragedy from the 1930s are pieces of the mystery that Tess attempts to solve. As she gets close to the truth, she encounters danger, mystery, a lot of southern charm, and a new temptation for which she’s not sure she’s ready.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I absolutely loved everything about this book!

Tess Tremaine is starting over after a terrible marriage. Her son has his life in Birmingham and she is settling in to her new home in Goose Pimple Junction. With a children’s book already published she decides to try her hand at a romance novel. To fill her time she lands a part-time job at A Blue Million Books and she is also refreshing the home she has purchased. It just so happens that her new home was the bookstore owner’s family home. The mystery begins when she discovers something interesting in a floor register.

They story goes back and forth from 1932 when a bank was robbed to present day. Tess’ arrival in Goose Pimple has spurred a bunch of things in motion. The author does the changing points of view wonderfully.

Metz has filled her story with sweet tea, southern charm and the language that Tess finds trouble grasping at first but she catches on PDQ.

The residents of Goose Pimple Junction are what we cozy readers call “quirky” and most have hearts as big as all outdoors. Bookstore owner Lou is a true gem and she loves people. She has her opinions which she is not afraid to share and sometimes she shares them loudly and at other times under her breathe so just the folks nearby can hear. Jack is a mystery author and he seems to click with Tess from their first “Howdy”, but Tess was just not ready to have another “cheatin’ man” in her life and in her frame of mind most men are cheaters. But she does start to warm up to him after a while.

The story is also full of humor and well known and not so well known Southern sayings – Goosepimpleisms. The dialogue continued to crack me up time and time again. For example: Tess and Jack are at dinner when another man walks in and they both notice his attire. Jack shook his head. “I ‘m surprised he can sit. His pants are so tight, if he farted,  he’d blow his boots off.”

The mystery was well researched and well plotted. I was surprised to learn it is based on an a real unsolved mystery the author had grown up hearing about.  There were plenty of suspects rolling around in my mind. Heck I even suspected Jack!

This story was a pure joy to read. I was sorry to see it end. The author gives us a small helping of the next book in the series, Heroes & Hooligans in Goose Pimple Junction. I went right to Amazon to try to purchased it.  It is not out yet but the author says it will be soon. I can’t wait!

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Dollycas

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AmyMetz

About This Author

Amy Metz is a former first grade teacher and the mother of two grown sons. When not actively engaged in writing, enjoying her family, or surfing Facebook or Pinterest, Amy can usually be found with a mixing spoon, camera, or book in one hand and a glass of sweet tea in the other. Amy lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

Author Links

Website: http://amymetz.com
Blog: http://abluemillionbooks.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorAmyMetz
Twitter: https://twitter.com/authoramymetz
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6436458.Amy_Metz
Book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vIbieSgVjk

GIVEAWAY

Thanks to the author I have 1 e-copy to give away!
Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old.

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.
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Leave a comment for Amy for 5 Bonus Entries.

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Contest Will End October 31, 2014 at 11:59 PM CST
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CLICK HERE FOR ENTRY FORM

 

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.”

Oct 232014
 

I am very excited to kick off this Mini Great Escapes Tour for Dawn Eastman’s Be Careful What You Witch For. It is the perfect Halloween/Autumn Read! She was my guest for Cozy Wednesday when the book was first released back in July. You can check out her guest post and my full review here.

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by Dawn Eastman

Praise From First Tour –

Dawn Eastman has created a wonderful setting and a great cast of characters that I can’t wait to spend time with again.
~ Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf

(Be Careful What You Witch For) is one of the most fun reads I’ve read this summer.
~Booklady’s Booknotes

Be Careful What You Witch For is a delightful, entertaining paranormal cozy mystery, with the emphasis on cozy.
~The Bookwyrm’s Hoard

Dawn Eastman gives us a realistic look into a paranormal world and I’m delighted to follow where she leads.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

I am a big fan of this series because Ms. Eastman has written a delightful series with memorable characters, supernatural elements and laugh out loud humor that will have you clamoring for more.
~Books-n-Kisses

I absolutely loved it! This is a great cozy mystery that was fun to read and entertaining throughout.
~Brooke Blogs

…the mystery is one that keeps the pages turning.
~A Chick Who Reads

This bewitching tale will keep you reading until the wee hours of night!
~Shelley’s Book Case

…cozy readers will love the journey Ms. Eastman takes them on.
~Community Bookstop

…if you’re ready for a magically tinged mystery with some great new fictitious friends waiting to make your acquaintance, pack your bags for Crystal Haven…oh and don’t worry about phoning ahead, they already know you’re coming.
~Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

“Be Careful What You Witch For” is fun, enjoyable and a good entry in this new series. It blends paranormal, religion, mystery and romance into a believable brew.
~Bea’s Book Nook

If you like a mystery with a lot of twists and turns then this is the book for you.
~Deal Sharing Aunt

The first thing that drew me to this book was the cover, I just love it, it is so eye catching. And the book didn’t disappoint me either. I was hooked from the very first page.
~Melina’s Book Blog

What a good book…held my attention till the end.
~Kaisy Daisy’s Corner

COVERBe Careful What You Witch For
(A Family Fortune Mystery)

Genre: Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Berkley (July 1, 2014)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425264478

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Synopsis

Leaving a traumatic police career behind, Clyde Fortune has returned to her seemingly quiet hometown of Crystal Haven, Michigan. In spite of the psychic powers of its residents, there’s no telling what trouble is brewing in this burg…

The highlight of the fall festival in Crystal Haven is a bonfire with a witch’s cauldron resting over it. Clyde’s best friend Diana leads a ritual to divine the future, but it seems no one foresees that one of their own will drop dead—or that Diana will be a prime suspect.

Clyde already has her hands full with her eccentric family, runaway nephew, and burgeoning secret romance with a hunky homicide detective. But after another coven member is attacked, Clyde suspects there’s a witch hunt afoot and focuses her psychic and sleuthing skills to clear her friend’s name and catch a killer.

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About This Author

Dawn Eastman is the national bestselling author of Pall in the Family, the first book in the Family Fortune Mystery Series. She lived in Michigan for many years in a house full of animals, unusual people, and laughter. She now lives in Iowa with her husband, son, daughter, and one extremely bossy small dog.

Author Links

www.DawnEastman.com

Twitter – @DawnAEastman

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/DawnEastmanAuthor

Goodreads – under Dawn Eastman, the link is weird but here it is: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6544185.Dawn_Eastman

 

Purchase Links

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 Be sure to visit all the stops!!

Tour Participants – Mini Tour

October 23 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Spotlight

October 24 – Michele Lynn Seigfried’s Blog – Review

October 25 – Kelly P’s Blog – Interview

October 26 – off

October 27 – Griperang’s Bookmarks – Review

October 28 – Mystery Playground – Interview

October 29 – readalot blog – Review

October 30 – Girl Lost In a Book – Review

GIVEAWAY

The author is allowing me to give 1 copy away!
Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a US 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.
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Dollycas

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Oct 222014
 

cozy wednesday 2013 640Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am pleased to welcome M.L. Rowland to Escape With Dollycas today!

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WOMEN ON SEARCH AND RESCUE
by
M.L. Rowland

Search and Rescue has traditionally been a male-dominated field and, for the most part, still is. For about a dozen years, I was a very active member of a very active Search and Rescue team in the mountains of southern California. For almost two of those twelve years, I was the only woman on the team.

One question I’m asked a lot, mostly by women, is what it’s like to be a woman on Search and Rescue.
Some teams have a lot of women members; some not so many. Sometimes this is due to the normal ebb and flow of membership of a volunteer team, sometimes to the demographics of the community it serves and from which the team draws its members, sometimes, in my opinion, to how women on the team (and women in general) are treated.

I am giving my review copy away!! Contest Will End February 6, 2014 at 11:59 PM CST

In my Search and Rescue mystery series, Gracie Kinkaid is one of the only women on Timber Creek Search and Rescue. An excerpt from Zero-Degree Murder, the first book in the series: “Ordinarily ten men to one woman might be a to-die-for ratio. But more often than not, Gracie found that working with so many Manly Men for so many hours, often days at a time, took its toll on her. She could take only so much crotch arranging, and fart and blonde jokes before she began to crave a bubble bath or painted her toenails petunia pink.”

murder off the beaten path octoberOn our team, while minimal allowances were made for women on the mandatory physical fitness test, there was no difference in what was required in all other aspects of team membership. To qualify as a SAR Technician, Level II, as required by our team to operate in the field, we all had to pass the same National Association for Search and Rescue written and field tests which included the Incident Command System, tracking, basic survival, search tactics, and land navigation and orienteering.

While operating on a team of mostly men, I never expected anything from them that I wasn’t prepared and able to do for them. In other words, I didn’t expect special treatment based on my gender. I held my own, carried my own weight. I worked as hard as, sometimes a lot harder than, every other member of the team. What I lacked in physical strength, I tried to more than make up for in other ways: training, knowledge, expertise, and commitment.
While on a mission, when lives, including our own, were at stake, I depended on my teammates and they needed to be able to depend on me for anything and everything.

Was Search and Rescue work often difficult and physically demanding? Yes. Was working in close proximity with so many Manly Men challenging at times? Absolutely. Do I ever wish I had done something else with my life during those years on the team? Not for a second!

To find out more about M.L. Rowland and her books check out her webpage here.

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Murder Off the Beaten Path
(A Search and Rescue Mystery)

2nd in Series
Mystery/Suspense
A Berkley Prime Mystery (October 7, 2014)
The Berkley Publishing Group
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425263679
E-Book File Size: 1749 KB
ASIN: B00ISEF61I
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As a member of a mountain search and rescue team, Gracie Kinkaid routinely volunteers to put her life on the line. But it’s at her new day job at a residential camp in the mountains of southern California where she finds her life is really in danger…

As a volunteer for Timber Creek Search and Rescue, Gracie responds to a call out for a car that’s gone over the side of a treacherous mountain road. The crash, which Gracie quickly suspects is no accident, proves to be one in an escalating and deadly series of events that lead her right back to Camp Ponderosa, a church-owned camp where she works as Program Director. As Gracie probes more deeply into the dark secrets at the camp, she unearths a hidden world of illegal activities, including murder…and finds herself going head-to-head with desperate perpetrators who will do anything to silence her forever.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This second installment is even better than the first. This time the recovered body is that of a friend and co-worker at Camp Ponderosa and Gracie can’t help but get involved. When she does she finds all the clues lead right back to the camp and even when she becomes a target she just can’t give up.

Just like Zero-Degree Murder the suspense starts from page 1 and Gracie has no idea who she can trust. Gracie is a strong sleuth and her SAR skills help her in so many ways. Her confidence has grown since the first book and she seems physically stronger too. She does get into some dangerous situations and even gets hurt and she just keeps plugging until the last clue falls into place. At times it was like watching a scary movie and I wanted to yell, “don’t go there!” but of course she does and we suffer together through those white knuckle moments.

I recommend reading the books in order. You can read my review of Zero-Degree Murder here. The author’s Search and Rescue  experience shines in both books. She also describes the settings so well. On and off the paths seem to be absolutely beautiful.

The mysteries are fantastic and the hints of romance continue to build.  I am anxious to see how things play out after all that has happened in Murder Off the Beaten Path. It should be very interesting!

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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.

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

Leave a comment for M. L.  for 5 Bonus Entries.

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Contest Will End November 5, 2014 at 11:59 PM CST
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Winner Will Be Notified By Email
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CLICK HERE FOR ENTRY FORM

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.”

Oct 212014
 

finging skyFinding Sky
(A Nicki Valentine Mystery)

Mystery
Henery Press (October 7, 2014)
Paperback: 276 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1940976303
E-Book File Size: 590 KB
ASIN: B00N11DG2O
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She’s a parent. She’s (almost) a P.I. No one gets on your case like mom.

Suburban widow and P.I. in training Nicki Valentine can barely keep track of her two kids, never mind anyone else. But when her best friend’s adoption plan is jeopardized by the young birth mother’s disappearance, Nicki is persuaded to help. Nearly everyone else believes the teenager ran away, but Nicki trusts her BFF’s judgment, and the feeling is mutual.

The case leads where few moms go (teen parties, gang shootings) and places they can’t avoid (preschool parties, OB-GYNs’ offices). Nicki has everything to lose and much to gain — including the attention of her unnervingly hot P.I. instructor. Thankfully, Nicki is armed with her pesky conscience, occasional babysitters, a fully stocked minivan, and nature’s best defense system: women’s intuition.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Nicki Valentine has a degree in forensic psychology and is attending classes to become a private investigator all while taking care of her two young children.  It didn’t take me long to see that Nicki has a huge heart and finds it very hard to say “no” to anyone. When her best friend’s surrogate disappears Nicki barges right into an investigation without really giving it much thought. Thankfully her extraordinary handsome instructor is there to help her better format a plan and move forward more carefully. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t find herself in some scary and dangerous situations. Nicki is more of an act first – think about it later sort of person.

The author has created some wonderful characters including Nicki’s mom, her friends Kenna and Andy, and P.I. Instructor Dean. All the characters have plenty of room to evolve as we get to know them better in future installments. We know Nicki and her kids are vegetarian and like most single moms housekeeping is not high on her priority list. Kenna wants to be a mom more than anything and her husband Andy is worried about what another disappointment could do to her and their relationship. They have been through a lot but their relationship has remained strong so far. Nicki’s mom is her go to babysitter unless she is off visiting her sister in Florida. She would do anything for daughter and grandchildren. Dean, oh Dean, this plot was just starting to thicken as this story came to its end but it looks like things could get very interesting.

A missing person case is an unusual case for a cozy mystery but I must say it was fun to read especially when you have rival gangs and drugs that could be involved. There is more than one edge of your seat moment! I was really surprised by the ending. I thought I knew the who but couldn’t figure out the why until everything all came together.

This series is off to a good starts and I am looking forward to the next book in this series.

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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.”

Oct 192014
 

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.

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Had all 3 grandkids here this weekend and somehow I tweaked my neck. Spent Sunday with a book and watching television and loaded up on ibuprofen. Hoping today it is much better.

Here’s my recap of last week’s reading and what I am planning this week. I messed up last week and forgot to list a book so one book moved down the list by one.
*All books are linked to Amazon

FINISHED

First-Degree Fudge: A Fudge Shop Mystery


Set in Wisconsin! Wisconsin Author!
My Review

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Finding Sky (A Nicki Valentine Mystery)

Review will be up tomorrow!
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Murder Off the Beaten Path (A Search and Rescue Mystery)

M.L. Rowland will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!
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Death at the Black Bull (A Sheriff Virgil Dalton Myster)

Review Coming Soon!
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ON DECK THIS WEEK

Murder & Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction

This Great Escapes Tour stops here next Friday!
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Handcuffs & High Heels: A Ruby Wisdom Mystery

This Great Escapes Tour stops here October 28!
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Off Kilter (A Scottish Highlands Mystery)

Hannah Reed has a new series and
she will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week!!!

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Happy Reading!!!
Dollycas

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Oct 192014
 

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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Halloween is quickly approaching and the grandkids are talking costumes. When their parents were small I made most of their costumes. My disability keeps me from doing tnatalie halloween 2014hat for the grands but we do have one costume that I made  that all my kids have worn and this year Remington will be wearing it. It is a pumpkin costume and I have been searching for pictures of his mommy, aunt and uncles wearing it and of course I can’t find any. Kaden wore it a few yeas ago and I can’t find a picture of that one either. I know I have big totes of pictures to organize so I am hoping I can find them soon. Kaden will be a zombie this year and I have given his mother tips to make the costume rather than buying something overpriced. Natalie is going to be Super Girl and has already been modeling her costume.

weekly rewind credited235Weekly Rewind – October 12 – October 18, 2014

MondayIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Tuesday -Review – The Legend of Sleepy Harlow by Kylie Logan

PlusSpooktacular Giveaway Hop!! October 15 – 31, 2014

WednesdayCozy Wednesday with Teresa Trent – Author of the Pecan Bayou Mysteries – Giveaway too!

ThursdayReview/Giveaway – Captain Shelby by Jesse Giles Christiansen Great Escapes Tour

FridayReview/Giveaway – Picked to Die by Sheila Connolly

SaturdayReview – First Degree Fudge by Christine DeSmet

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I hope you all have a wonderful week!!

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Oct 182014
 

First I need to apologize to Christine DeSmet. I love featuring authors from my home state of Wisconsin. It definitely took me way too long to find this series!

FIRST DEGREE FUDGE
First-Degree Fudge:
A Fudge Shop Mystery

First in the Series
Cozy Mystery
An Obsidian Mystery (September 3, 2013)
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451416476
E-Book File Size: 753 KB
ASIN: B00BDQ38V8
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New candy store owner Ava Oosterling specializes in making heavenly homemade fudge and fresh starts. But she’s just found out that her newest flavor is to die for….

Between getting her store up and running and uneasily settling back into her charming Lake Michigan hometown, Ava Oosterling has her plate full. She hopes using local fresh dairy and her own flavorful imagination to cook up one-of-a-kind fudge will also create a brand-new start for her. And if she can tempt wealthy ex–film star Rainetta Johnson to try her newest creation, Cinderella Pink, at a local fund-raiser, maybe her road to big-time success will be short and sweet.

But when Rainetta chokes to death on a stolen diamond hidden in the fudge’s fluffy depths, Ava is pegged as the prime suspect. Now saving her business and reputation means investigating a batch of townspeople who had numerous reasons to hate disdainful, hard-bargaining Rainetta. With Ava’s best friend and her former flame in the suspect mix, she must figure out who the real culprit is fast or face a very bitter end.…

Includes Delicious Fudge Recipes and Fudge-Making Tips!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Oosterling’s Live Bait, Bobbers, & Belgian Fudge is where Ava Oosterling sells her fudge right across the store where her grandfather sells bait, bobbers, beer and other things a fisherman may need. Located on the pier in Fisher’s Harbor, Wisconsin, in the heart of Door County.

Door County is a place we have vacationed at several times over the years and Fisher’s Harbor depicts clearly the life of the towns along the peninsula protruding into Lake Michigan. I enjoyed all the local references included those outside of Door County. Heck the town we are living in now even gets a mention. Door County is known for its lighthouses, fish boils and cherry orchards.  Wisconsin is also home to the Green Bay Packers and fans just love their beer and brats. The author gives us a great overview of the entire area.

She introduces us to Ava who has returned to the area after short stints in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. One bad decision pulled her life off course and she has come back home to start over. Her parents own a farm that can supply some of the fudge ingredients and her grandfather (Gilpa) has some room in his store. Together they decided to add a few special things and make half of the shop a place for Eva to make and sell her fudge.  She has a chance to really get her product off to a good start at an event ex–film star Rainetta Johnson will be attending but things go awry when the actress is found dead with a piece of Ava’s fudge in her mouth.

An author faces an uphill battle when debuting a new cozy series. They not only need to introduce to the characters and the setting but they also have to wrap it all in a mystery that keeps readers engaged while at the same time leaving room for the characters to grow in future installments. I think Christine DeSmet did this very well. The premise of the mystery was a little bit out there but I could see the possibilities. One major clue helped me to  figure out who the killer was a bit before Ava but I did enjoy her following the breadcrumbs and catch the culprit.

The story has just the right amount of humor and romantic tension you could cut with a knife. The characters are charming and I want to know more about them.  DeSmet has laid a good foundation for the series. I hope to read Hot Fudge Frame-Up soon. Five-Alarm Fudge. the 3rd book in the story will be out April 7, 2015.

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Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Find out more about Christine DeSmet and her books on her web page 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.”