Jul 052015
 

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.

Happy SUNDAY Everyone!

What a busy week. Our grandson spent the week with us again and then we spent yesterday with family celebrating Independence Day. Arriving home past midnight and not falling asleep until after 3, I am dragging my tail a bit today.

 

weekly rewind credited235Weekly Rewind – June 29 – July 4, 2015

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

Tuesday – Review/Giveaway – A Season For Killing Blondes by Joanne Guidoccio – Great Escapes Book Tour

Wednesday – Fan of the Month – July

Plus – Cozy Wednesday – Crazy Cozy Giveaway!!

Thursday – Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop!!

Friday – Review/Giveaway – Murder at Beechwood by Alyssa Maxwell

Saturday – Spotlight/Giveaway – Spellcasting in Silk by Juliet Blackwell

 

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I hope you all have a great week!
Dollycas

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Jul 042015
 

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Spellcasting in Silk:
A Witchcraft Mystery

7th in Series
Cozy Mystery
An Obsidian Mystery
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by The Penguin Group
Release Date – July 7, 2015
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451465788
E-Book ASIN: B00PT4IVM6
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From the New York Times bestselling author of A Vision in Velvet comes more spooky sleuthing with Lily Ivory, vintage boutique owner and gifted witch…

Lily would like nothing better than to relax, enjoy her friends, and take care of business at her store, which is booming thanks to San Francisco’s upcoming Summer of Love Festival. But as the unofficial witchy consultant to the SFPD, she is pulled into yet another case.

A woman has jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge, and her apparent suicide may be connected to a suspicious botanica in the Mission District. When the police investigate the shop, they ask Lily to look into its mysterious owner, whose granddaughter also appears to be missing. As Lily searches for the truth, she finds herself confronted with a confounding mystery and some very powerful magic…

Find out more about Juliet Blackwell and her books on her webpage here.

GIVEAWAY

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.

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.

Following the new Google+ Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book Fan Page
will earn you 3 Bonus Entries.

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If you publicize the giveaway on Twitter or Facebook or anywhere you will receive
5 Bonus Entries For Each Link.

Contest Will End July 18, 2015 at 11:59 PM CST
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Jul 042015
 

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I Hear America Singing

By Walt Whitman

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,
The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck,
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands,
The wood-cutter’s song, the ploughboy’s on his way in the morning, or at noon intermission or at sundown,
The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of the girl sewing or washing,
Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,
The day what belongs to the day—at night the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,
Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

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Jul 032015
 

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Murder at Beechwood
(A Gilded Newport Mystery)

3rd in Series
Historical Cozy Mystery
Setting – Rhode Island
Publisher: Kensington Books (May 26, 2015)
Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0758290861
E-Book ASIN: B00ONTR52K
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For Newport, Rhode Island’s high society, the summer of 1896 brings lawn parties, sailboat races…and murder.

Having turned down the proposal of Derrick Andrews, Emma Cross has no imminent plans for matrimony—let alone motherhood. But when she discovers an infant left on her doorstep, she naturally takes the child into her care. Using her influence as a cousin to the Vanderbilts and a society page reporter for the Newport Observer , Emma launches a discreet search for the baby’s mother.

One of her first stops is a lawn party at Mrs. Caroline Astor’s Beechwood estate. But an idyllic summer’s day is soon clouded by tragedy. During a sailboat race, textile magnate Virgil Monroe falls overboard. There are prompt accusations of foul play—and even Derrick Andrews falls under suspicion. Deepening the intrigue, a telltale slip of lace may link the abandoned child to the drowned man. But as Emma navigates dark undercurrents of scandalous indiscretions and violent passions, she’ll need to watch her step to ensure that no one lowers the boom on her…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I absolutely love this series! Emma Cross is a smart protagonist and I love following her through 1896 Rhode Island. She is a brave woman who sticks up for those in need. This time it is a baby left on her doorstep and she will not rest until she finds his mother, even when it puts her own life in danger.

Gull Manor has become a refuge over the years for prostitutes and abused women wanting a fresh start and Emma has vowed to keep up the tradition even though many do not approve. She never expected a newborn would find its way to her door, a newborn that steals the heart of everyone at Gull Manor. Nor did she realize the sweet child would be connected to such tragedy.

Alyssa Maxwell bases her story on actual families, like the Vanderbilts and the Astors and crafts a tale that will will enthrall you from the first page until the last. She takes us into the world of the elite 400. Their lives, their parties, their indiscretions and their drama. The characters are so well written, the plot is enticing and the setting is described wonderfully. The story is perfectly paced with generous detail.

Each new story in this series becomes my favorite as the author keeps topping herself.

a perfect escape

5 STARFISH

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

To find out more about Alyssa Maxwell and her books visit here webpage here.

GIVEAWAYI am giving away by Advance Review Copy!

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.

Pin this giveaway to Pinterest for 3 Bonus Entries.

If you publicize the giveaway on Twitter or Facebook or anywhere you will receive
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Contest Will End July 17 , 2015 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.”

Jul 012015
 

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Welcome to the Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop!
Be sure to Hop around and enter all the giveaways!

Freedom Giveaway Escape #1

Greetings from Blossom Valley, CA, home of the O’Connell Organic Farm and Spa, where the best in healthy living is sometimes spoiled by untimely murder. . .

These are the first 3 books in the Blossom Valley Mystery Series!

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Freedom Giveaway Escape #2

  Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle This is an Advanced Reader Copy of a book I was sent in error. I am hoping with this giveaway it will find a good home!  

“A first-rate fantasy for middle-grade readers. Like Harry Potter,… Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series,… and Trenton Lee Stewart’s Mysterious Benedict Society books.” —Booklist, Starred   “A vivid, compelling fantasy that sends you off to a world you will not soon forget.” —Norton Juster, author of The Phantom Tollbooth   How can twelve-year-old Gabriel find his missing father, who seems to have vanished without a trace? With the help of Paladin—a young raven with whom he has a magical bond that enables them to become one creature—he flies to the foreboding land of Aviopolis, where he must face a series of difficult challenges and unanswerable riddles that could lead to his father… or to his death. “A great read for fantasy lovers who have worn out their copies of Harry Potter.” —School Library Journal, Starred “…brimful of antic energy and inventive flair, like the best middle-grade fantasies; readers, like baby birds, will devour it and clamor for future installments.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Jul 012015
 

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
It’s my Birthday today so I am celebrating with a

crazy cozy giveaway

That’s 20 Books!

Since I realize you may already own some of these I am asking you to choose a Baker’s Dozen!

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.

Following the new Google+ Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book Fan Page
will earn you 3 Bonus Entries.

Pin this giveaway to Pinterest for 3 Bonus Entries.

If you publicize the giveaway on Twitter or Facebook or anywhere you will receive
5 Bonus Entries For Each Link.

Contest Will End July 15, 2015 at 11:59 PM CST
Winner Will Be Chosen By Random.org
Winner Will Be Notified By Email
and Will Be Posted Here In The Sidebar.

Click Here For Entry Form

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Jul 012015
 

fan of the month

This is the 7th month in the Year of the Reader!

If you are a fan of my blog I know you are a READER!

So this year I will be randomly choosing a

Fan of the Month!

Not only will this help me get to know you better but it will help the readers get to know each other better. You may find someone that likes the same authors, books, genres you do. You may “meet” someone that enjoys the same hobbies or is in a similar line of work. They may be someone you want to follow on Social Media.

I am excited to introduce of July’s Fan of the Month!

BROOKE

Brooke

Tell us a little bit about yourself –I am a 31 year old mom of 2 girls and I live in Ohio. I live in the same little town I grew up in – though I dream of moving to a beach town someday! I work as a library clerk – a dream job for a book lover! I have a blog at http://www.brookeblogs.com. When I’m not reading, I like spending time with my family and playing computer games.

Where is your favorite place to curl up and Escape into a Good Book? I love reading in bed before I go to sleep. It’s my favorite way to wind down.

Do you have a favorite author, book or series? I couldn’t possibly choose a favorite author, book or series! My favorite book that I’ve read recently is Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman. I borrowed it from the library and ended up buying my own copy because I love it so much.

What fictional character do you wish was real so you could meet them in person? I would love to meet Tuck from TJ O’Connor’s Gumshoe Ghost mysteries. He’s a ghost who was a homicide detective in life. I have read the two books currently out in the series and love Tuck and the series so much. Can’t wait for more!

How long have you been a Fan of Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book? I started following Escape with Dollycas a few years ago, when I really discovered the cozy mystery genre! I had no idea there was a whole genre dedicated to fun mysteries and amateur sleuths, with no gore.

What is your favorite part of Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book’s blog? I love that I get to learn about so many wonderful books and meet authors through your great posts. My TBR grows every day when I visit Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book.

Is there anything else you would like us to share? I would love for you to visit my blog. And visit your local libraries! You can borrow so much more than just physical books – ebooks, movies, audiobooks, CDs and more. There are always lots of free programs going on, too. Libraries need patrons to keep servicing their communities. :)

Thank you Brooke for being July’s Fan of the Month!

Be sure to visit Brooke  Blogs!

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Fans of the Month receive a $5 Amazon Gift Card and a copy of a book released during their month Brooke will be receiving Fatal Reservations by Lucy Burdette!

Would you like to be a Fan of the Month? You can sign up here. Fans are randomly chosen from names generated from this form.

Dollycas

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Jun 302015
 

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ASeasonforKillingBlondes_w9101_750 (2)A Season for Killing Blondes
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Ontario, Canada
Print Length: 216 pages
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc (June 12, 2015)
ASIN: B00XCZ5EE2
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Hours before the opening of her career counseling practice, Gilda Greco discovers the body of golden girl, Carrie Ann Godfrey, neatly arranged in the dumpster outside Gilda’s office. Gilda’s life and budding career are stalled as Detective Carlo Fantin, her former high school crush, conducts the investigation. When three more dead blondes turn up, all brutally strangled and deposited near Gilda’s favorite haunts, she is pegged as a prime suspect for the murders.

Frustrated by Carlo’s chilly detective persona and the mean girl antics of Carrie Ann’s meddling relatives, Gilda decides to launch her own investigation. She discovers a gaggle of suspects, among them a yoga instructor in need of anger management training, a lecherous photographer, and fourteen ex-boyfriends.

As the puzzle pieces fall into place, shocking revelations emerge, forcing Gilda to confront the envy and deceit she has long overlooked.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
This is an exceptional debut!

Winning the lottery has changed Gilda’s life and she has helped quite a few people too. Gilda has decided to open a career counseling office to help others desiring to make a job change or find the first job in their field. A big open house is planned with a huge Italian theme, Gilda has a big Italian family. It is almost time for the doors to open when someone starts screaming  in the back alley. Everyone rushes out and sees a beautiful blonde woman lying in the dumpster and it is not hard to tell she is no longer breathing. Gilda recognizes the woman immediately. They attended high school together and she stopped to visit Gilda at the office the day before. Gilda could have been the last one to see her alive. She knows this doesn’t look good and knows she is going to have to find the real killer to save herself.

I dove right into this book and couldn’t put it down. Joanne Guidoccio tells one heck of a story. More than one blonde ends up dead and there is a surplus of suspects.

We also meet Detective Carlo Fantin, who Gilda wouldn’t mind getting to know better. Her family fully supports this and they could have a wedding planned before the killer is caught :) Gilda begs them to please let them at least have a date or two first.

I love Gilda and her family. They are tightly knit and always come bearing food and advice whether needed or not. Gilda’s cousin Sofia handles the elders better than Gilda but she is learning how to handle them.

I have not read many books set in Canada. Guidoccio describes the area beautifully and Gilda’s trip to a cabin had me wishing for my own quiet place to escape to. I hope we get to visit there again soon.

This was a very quick read for me with just the right level of suspense, humor, and romance. There is also yummy Italian food and the author has included recipes!

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

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About the Author

In high school, Joanne dabbled in poetry, but it would be over three decades before she entertained the idea of writing as a career. She listened to her practical Italian side and earned degrees in mathematics and education. She experienced many fulfilling moments as she watched her students develop an appreciation (and sometimes, love) of mathematics. Later, she obtained a post-graduate diploma as a career development practitioner and put that skill set to use in the co-operative education classroom. She welcomed this opportunity to help her students experience personal growth and acquire career direction through their placements.

In 2008, she took advantage of early retirement and decided to launch a second career that would tap into her creative side and utilize her well-honed organizational skills. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews were published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories. A member of Sisters in Crime, Crime Writers of Canada, and Romance Writers of America, Joanne writes paranormal romance, cozy mysteries, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.

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Tour Participants

June 17 – Babs Book Bistro – Guest Post
June 18 – Tea and A Book – Interview
June 19 – Chloe Gets A Clue – Interview
June 20- Back Porchervations – Review
June 21 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview
June 22 – Jane Reads – Review, Guest Post
June 23 – A Blue Million Books – Interview
June 24 – Frankie Bow – Guest Post
June 25 – I Wish I Lived in a Library – Review
June 26 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – Spotlight
June 27 – Brooke Blogs – Guest Post
June 28 – StoreyBook Reviews – Spotlight
June 29 – deal sharing aunt – Interview
June 30 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Review

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.”

Jun 292015
 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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.

Sheila has started posting some reviews and Morning Meanderings.
Please keep her in your prayers.

Last week was such a busy week but I kept up with my reading too!

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

FINISHED

The Jesus Cow: A Novel

My Review and Giveaway
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Wisconsin Author/Set in Wisconsin
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Justice for Katie (A Jake and Emma Mystery Book 3)

Release Date: March 15, 2015
My Review
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A Season for Killing Blondes

Release Date: June 12, 2015
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops her on June 30.
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CURRENTLY READING
Murder at Beechwood (A Gilded Newport Mystery)

Release Date: May 26, 2015
For Review
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ON DECK THIS WEEK
Fatal Reservations: A Key West Food Critic Mystery

Release Date: July 7, 2015
Lucy will be my guest next week for Cozy Wednesday!
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Grace Cries Uncle (A Manor House Mystery)

Julie will be my Special Guest next Thursday!
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Butter Off Dead (Food Lovers’ Village)

Release Date: July 7, 2015
Leslie will be my Special Guest next Friday!
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Be sure to come back this Cozy Wednesday,
it is my Birthday
and I am going to celebrate with a

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Happy Reading!!
Dollycas

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Jun 282015
 

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.

Happy SUNDAY Everyone!

Popping in for a quick Hello! Mr. Dollycas and I spent yesterday at a lake in a State Park about an hour away with my daughter, her boyfriend, and our grandchildren. We had a great time. I will share a picture next week. Earlier in the week my daughter and Natalie’s mom brought us some fantastic pictures they had taken of the kids.

Kaden, Natalie and Remington

Kaden, Natalie and Remington

The older two stayed overnight last night in fact Kaden spent the whole past week with us. We had a great time. Today I am recovering from my big week. :)

weekly rewind credited235Weekly Rewind – June 22 – 27, 2015

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

Tuesday – Review/Giveaway – A Finely Knit Murder by Sally Goldenbaum

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Lynn Cahoon – Author of Dressed to Kill – Great Escapes Book Tour

Thursday – Devil’s Food Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke – My June Just For Fun Read

Friday – Review/Giveaway – The Jesus Cow by Michael Perry

Review – Review – Justice for Katie by Linda Crowder

 

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I hope you all have a great week!
Dollycas

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Jun 272015
 

justice for katie Justice for Katie
(A Jake and Emma Mystery Book 3)

3rd in Series
Setting – Wyoming
Self Published
March 4, 2015
Paperback: 184 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1508434443
E-Book ASIN: B00SNHFATI
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In 1985, budding author Jeb Cannon discovers the decomposed body of a young woman while riding fence with his father on their wind-swept Wyoming ranch. The case quickly goes cold but her memory haunts his imagination.

Thirty years and a number of best-selling thrillers later, Cannon asks Detective Matt Joyner to help him finally find justice for the woman, whom he has dubbed “Katie.” Joyner has his hands full investigating the modern-day murder of an Assistant County Attorney so Jake and Emma Rand step in to take a fresh look at the decades old case.

When they uncover a link between Katie’s death and the murder of the Casper ACA, they may finally unmask the mysterious “Boss” that has been orchestrating a campaign of murder and deception.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This is the 3rd book in this series following Too  Cute to Kill and Main Street Murder. I read and reviewed both back in March. This one has been shouting at me from my Kindle and I just couldn’t wait to read it any longer.

Jake and Emma start out taking look at a very cold case after a request is made to Detective Matt Joyner. He just doesn’t have the time as he has a high profile current case of his own. All of the sudden they realize the cases could be connected and even ties back to things in the previous books. This time Emma’s mentor and friend, Dr. Grace Russell, help them connect all the dots. 

The author crams a lot into the 184 pages and the story is quick paced and holds the reader’s interest completely. I really like these characters. They are very genuine and jump off the page. My favorite character was Grace. She has plenty of her own stuff to deal with but jumps right in to help solve this mystery the spans 30 years.

The story is well plotted and very believable. The setting is wonderfully described. This  story has something for everyone, friendship, a couple that is truly in love, drama, action and corruption. I love that the young girl, “Katie” was remembered by many after all these years and that like the title says, she needs justice.

A great read. For maximum enjoyment you need to read all three.

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas

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linda Linda grew up in Loveland, Colorado, the youngest of six children. She moved with her parents to California when she was 16 and spent the next 16 years of her life in the Bay Area before moving home to Colorado and finally to Wyoming.

In her writing, Linda draws from her vast and varied experience with people facing domestic violence, hunger, homelessness, mental illness and suicide. Her nonfiction is full of practical strategies and her fictional characters leap off the page with all the nuances, strengths and frailties that draw readers to her work.

Her current projects include the third Jake and Emma Mystery, “Justice for Katie,” now out and a new edition of “Life Isn’t Just Luck” to give readers even more real-world advice and activities. Linda is also working on a series of inspirational short stories and exploring a humorous new series called “It’s a Gift” about a young woman determined to make the most of every day of her life.

Follow Linda on Twitter https://twitter.com/LJCrowder

Check out her Author Site www.lindajcrowder.com for news and snippets of upcoming books.

Find her on Facebook – She loves to share books she’s read and recommends and she enjoys chatting with readers. www.facebook.com/lindajcrowderauthor

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.”

Jun 262015
 

This is a little different from what I usually review but Michael Perry is a Wisconsin author that writes about life in Wisconsin in a very fun way. This is his debut into fiction waters and I just had to share it with you.

JESUS COWThe Jesus Cow: A Novel
Fiction – Humor – Satire
Setting – Wisconsin
Harper Collins (May 19, 2015)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ASIN: B00N0W4ZT2
E-Book ASIN: B00N0W4ZT2
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Life is suddenly full of drama for low-key Harley Jackson: A woman in a big red pickup has stolen his bachelor’s heart, a Hummer-driving predatory developer is threatening to pave the last vestiges of his family farm, and inside his barn is a calf bearing the image of Jesus Christ. His best friend, Billy, a giant of a man who shares his trailer house with a herd of cats and tries to pass off country music lyrics as philosophy, urges him to avoid the woman, fight the developer, and get rich off the calf. But Harley takes the opposite tack, hoping to avoid what his devout, dearly departed mother would have called “a scene.”

Then the secret gets out—right through the barn door, and Harley’s “miracle” goes viral. Within hours pilgrims, grifters, and the media have descended on his quiet patch of Swivel, Wisconsin, looking for a glimpse (and a percentage) of the calf. Does Harley hide the famous, possibly holy calf and risk a riot, or give the people what they want—and raise enough money to keep his land—and, just possibly, win the woman and her big red pickup truck?

Harley goes all in, cutting a deal with a major Hollywood agent that transforms his little farm into an international spiritual theme park—think Lourdes, only with cheese curds and t-shirts. Soon, Harley has lots of money . . . and more trouble than he ever dreamed.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This was a wonderful read. I love stories set in my own state. Michael Perry dips his unique writing style into the fiction well and I loved it.

In The Jesus Cow we visit Swivel, Wisconsin on Christmas Eve as Harley Jackson’s cow gives birth to a very special calf. Harley is unsure what to do until Hollywood comes to town and turns his life and the town of Swivel upside down.

Farming, religion, politics, housing recession, ecological concerns, romance, neighborly feuds, and even a bit of scandal come together in the very satirical portrait of small town life.  The people of Swivel are those you could find in any small town. They all have their causes and quirky behaviors. Harley Jackson hasn’t had much luck in the finding true love. He is happy working his job, tending his “beefers” and being part of the volunteer fire department.  I like Harley, he is different. He is introverted and was brought up in a very religious home but has lost his faith. When his calf is born with a clear picture of Jesus Christ on its side he truly wonders if it’s a sign. He remembers the teachings pf his mother. Good Christians do not draw attention. When his secret gets out he is really in a quandary about what to do.

Michael Perry is an incredible storyteller. He has created interesting characters and a town for them to come together and be observed in a way only he can. The story in funny and touching and does have a message.  Those that already loved Perry’s non-fiction works will love this. If he is a new author to you this is a great place to start.

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Find out more about Michael Perry and his work on his webpage here.

GIVEAWAY

I am giving away my review copy!

Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
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Jun 252015
 

just for fun 2015
I am continuing my quest to get caught up the Hannah Swenson Mysteries.devil food

Devil’s Food Cake Murder (A Hannah Swensen Mystery)
14th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Minnesora
Publisher: Kensington
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages (February 1, 2012)
ISBN-13: 978-0758234926
E-Book ASIN: B006QOTOQA
Hannah Swensen has to admit life is pretty sweet. Things are going well in the romance department and her bakery’s delectable confections are selling as fast as she can bake them. Even her good friend Claire is head over heels with her new husband, Reverend Bob Knudson. If only they could find time to take their honeymoon!

When Bob’s childhood friend, Matthew Walters, comes to town, it seems like divine intervention. Matthew, like Bob, is a Lutheran minister with a stubborn sweet tooth. Since he’s on sabbatical, Matthew is happy to fill in for Bob while he and Claire take that long-awaited honeymoon. It sounds like the perfect plan–until Hannah finds Matthew face-down in a plate full of Devil’s Food Cake, a single bullet in his head. It will take some sleuthing to sift out the killer, but Hannah is sure of one thing: even the most half-baked murder plot can be oh so deadly. . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I was so excited to start this book because the author left us with a bit of a cliffhanger last time. We start with Reverend Bob and Claire off on their honeymoon since they have found another minister to fill in. Matthew just happens to a childhood friend of Bob’s so he feels his church is in good hands. He was doing a fantastic job until Hannah finds him dead, with a single bullet wound and in a mess of Devil’s Food Cake.

I love the series and all the characters. Hannah has two men vying for her attention but they also have another woman on their radar now and that is very upsetting to Hannah. I have a bit of a problem with this. Hannah has been stringing both men along for quite some time while she decides which one she wants to settle down with. This time it seems maybe she does not feel strongly enough about either of them. I like that she is getting a little dose of her own medicine and that was fun to read. I wouldn’t mind her giving both of them the boot.  Again there is a bit of a shocker at the end of this story as this romantic triangle takes a very surprising turn.

The mystery was good but not overly complex and I did figure it out a little early. That being said I did enjoy the time Hannah spent with Grandma Knudson. She seems like quite a woman and we quickly learn not much gets by her.

This is one of my favorite series but this wasn’t by favorite story in the series. The book is filled with a bunch of tempting recipes and it is always good to visit Lake Eden.

I am looking forward to the next book Cinnamon Roll Murder  and the next movie too! Plum Pudding Murder is coming to the Hallmark Movie Channel this holiday season.

still at the beach but not as tranquil

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*This book was from my private collection.

Jun 242015
 

cozy wednesday 2013 640Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am so excited to have Lynn stop by today!
She is touring with Great Escapes Book Tour too!

Cahoon

Hi Dollycas and thanks for having me over today.


Dressed to Kill
, the fourth Tourist Trap mystery released yesterday so I’m out on a virtual blog tour talking up my book, signing virtual copies, and drinking lots of virtual champagne.

dressed to kill_ebookIn reality, I’m probably sitting at my desk at the day job as you read this, processing tags and stickers for my Georgia drivers.

Not as glamorous as you imagined, huh.

I’m always interested in an author’s path, so stroll down memory lane with me. Eight years ago, I had just started this day job when I found out I had Breast Cancer. 2007 was the year of cancer since I got the trifecta of treatment options – surgery, chemo, and finally radiation. After that, they started me on hormone therapy, taking a pill once a day.

During this year, I had a lot of time to do two things. Read and think. I started figuring how what I wanted to read and found they’d even named the genre, cozy mysteries. :) I combed the library for copies. One day when I was waiting to get a shot to boost my red blood cells, the weekend nurse at the hospital started talking cozies with me. She told me about a local author who wrote a series about a woman and her mother set in Texas. But the cool thing was this author, Susan McBride, lived in St. Louis. The next day, when I got another shot, she had brought in her old copies of the series and I fell in love with the Debutante Dropout.

if the shoe kills

I posted about this nurse’s act of kindness and the books she’d given me. Susan caught my blog on her name search. (Yes, we Google our names to see if anyone’s talking about us. It’s a bad habit. LOL) She reached out and we emailed back and forth for a while. She’s also a Breast Cancer survivor and is a warm and wonderful person in addition to being a great author.

And then she sent me the latest book in the series.

I felt overwhelmed with gratitude from this woman who didn’t know me from Adam. This was the type of author I wanted to be. And anytime I’ve considered my options on how to handle a sticky author situation since, I always ask, What Would Susan Do. The question has served me well.

The other thing I did as I survived 2007 was think about my future. If I would have one, I wanted it to be the life I wanted, not just the one I accepted. Reviewing my MUST DO’s, I realized I’d always wanted to write an essay about the times my family froze corn together. It was an all-day affair. I wrote the essay, sent it off, and sold it within a month. Then I wrote another one about the one gift my ex-husband gave me that kept me from giving up and returning to our broken marriage. The Tool Box sold to Chicken Soup for the Divorced Soul a few months later.

This writing thing was easy. I kept going and a dream of actually becoming a published author started to niggle at my brain. It took me three years to get my next sell, a short romance story. I sold several to Women’s World and quite a few to the True’s before Dorchester went bankrupt.

guidebookI kept writing. I met more writers, became good friends with Laura Bradford, another cozy mystery and romance writer, and logged in a lot of rejections.
In 2012, Harlequin turned down The Bull Rider’s Brother. I loved this story and was in Idaho when I got the news. My husband read the rejection letter to me over the phone. The next weekend, I sent a query letter to a new small romance line, Crimson Romance. They responded in less than an hour, asking for the full. By the end of the next week, I had a contract in hand. I kept pushing, kept writing, and kept learning.

In 2013, Kensington bought the first Tourist Trap mystery, Guidebook to Murder, in a three book e-first contract. I dug in and wrote the next two books and learned a ton about edits, working with a publisher, and the dreaded marketing. In 2014 after Guidebook released, it hit the NYT’s list in June that year.

Today, I have four books available, one on pre-order, one that will release in January 2016, and have just signed a deal for three more adventures. By the end of 2017, there will be nine books available in the series.

When I was imagining my future during the year of cancer, I never thought that ten years later, I’d have a series with nine books, not to mention the numerous romance stories that I have available for your enjoyment.

And I owe it all to my readers. So thank you and I hope you enjoy Dressed to Kill as much as I did writing it.

~Lynn

About Lynn Cahoon
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho native. If you’d visit the town where she grew up, you’d understand why her mysteries and romance novels focus around the depth and experience of small town life. Currently, she’s living in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and two fur babies.

dressed to kill_ebookDressed To Kill (A Tourist Trap Mystery Book 4)
4th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – California
Publisher: Lyrical Press (June 23, 2015)
ASIN: B00ONTR7KK
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Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More in the tucked-away town of South Cove, California—is not particularly thrilled to be portraying a twenties flapper for the dinner theater murder mystery. Though it is for charity…

Of course everyone is expecting a “dead” body at the dress rehearsal…but this one isn’t acting! It turns out the main suspect is the late actor’s conniving girlfriend Sherry…who also happens to be the ex-wife of Jill’s main squeeze. Sherry is definitely a master manipulator…but is she a killer? Jill may discover the truth only when the curtain comes up on the final act…and by then, it may be far too late.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

These Tourist Trap Mysteries are so much fun to read. All the characters I have grown to love are back. Jill, Aunt Jackie, town detective/Jill’s boyfriend, Greg King, Officer Toby/barista, and more. Greg’s ex, Sherry, has come to town and is opening her own shop, Village Duds, and Jill is not happy about that. Sasha has been hired full time at Coffee, Books, and More after completing her internship. This frees up Jill for more time reading and investigating too.

Jill has roped Greg into taking part in the “Dying for Trouble” dinner theater murder mystery that is being held to raise money for the local woman’s shelter. That turns out to be a good thing because a dead body is found before the first dress rehearsal barely begins. Jill quickly realizes she knows who it is, it’s the man from the bank that was getting up close and personal with Sherry at the last Business to Business meeting. Could she have killed him?

The author threw plenty of red herrings into this one and that’s what has made it my favorite book in the series so far. Jill doesn’t give up and she really wants to share what she is finding with Greg but is afraid to because he will tell her to back off. He knows she is asking questions of those she suspects and he worries she is going to push someone too far.

Cahoon has written a story with dialogue that is easy flowing and realistic. The plot is tight with a few very interesting subplots. One involving Aunt Jackie just cracked me up. The characters to continue to evolve and the romance level is just right.

I recommend you read these books in order but this 4th installment can be easily read as a stand alone.

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June 23 – StoreyBook Reviews – Review
June 24 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Cozy Wednesday
June 24 – I Wish I Lived in a Library – Review
June 25 – Lilac Reviews – Review, Guest Post
June 26 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Guest Post
June 27 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review, Guest Post
June 28 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review
June 28 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview
June 29 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – Review
June 30 – deal sharing aunt – Interview
July 1 – The Bookwyrm’s Hoard – Review, Guest Post
July 2 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – Guest Post
July 3 – Community Bookstop – Review

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Jun 232015
 

FINELY KNITA Finely Knit Murder:
A Seaside Knitters Mystery

9th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Massachusetts
An Obsidian Mystery (May 5, 2015)
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by The Penguin Group
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451471604
E-Book ISBN-13: 978-0451471604
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In the newest mystery from the national bestselling author of Murder in Merino, the sleuthing skills of Izzy Chambers Perry and the Seaside Knitters are tested as death mars the beginning of the school year…

Seaside Knitter Birdie Favazza is thrilled that her granddaughter Gabby will be visiting for the fall and attending the Sea Harbor Community Day School. Gabby loves the school, with its newly-adopted progressive curriculum, and she loves that the Seaside Knitters are teaching knitting as part of the enrichment program. It’s a huge success, and on crisp autumn days, girls camp out on the terraces, knitting up hats for charity.

But not everyone is happy with the direction the school is taking. Outspoken board member Blythe Westerland has sparked tempers with her determination to unravel the current administration. Then, on the evening of an elegant school event, Blythe’s body is found near the school boathouse.

With a killer on the loose, Birdie is determined to keep Gabby safe. Working together, the Seaside Knitters carefully unravel the layers of Blythe’s complicated life, bringing faculty members and town residents under scrutiny. Before the cast-off rows are made on the students’ projects, the knitters will need to stitch together the evidence to see if a murderer has been walking beside them all along.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Returning to  Sea Harbor is always a pleasure. The Seaside Knitters, their families and their friends have truly become fictional friends to me. I love checking in to catch up a news and what their are knitting and the local gossip too. This story focuses on the Sea Harbor Community Day School, the school Birdie’s granddaughter, Gabby attends. There is a new headmistress, Elizabeth Hartley,  and she has fabulous ideas but board member Blythe Westerland prefers the old ways and she is very vocal about it.  When her lifeless body is found the police tie her murder to the school and its new headmistress. The Seaside Knitters rally to prove her innocence as Police Chief Jerry Thompson is sidelined due to his romantic relationship with Elizabeth. The will need to finely knit all the clues together to find the real murderer.

Over the years the cast of characters has really grown. Fans of the series will have no trouble keeping everyone straight but if this series is new to you don’t worry the author tells you about all of them at the beginning of the book. The characters are absolutely fantastic and have evolved more in each installment. The Seaside Knitters and “the men in their lives” are a tight-knit group of friends and that is what makes these stories so great. The spend a lot of time together and when a murder needs to be solved that all band together and don’t give up until the mystery is solved. I especially like the way that they spend every Friday night at Ben and Nell’s  for some delicious food and drinks and share their lives.

In A Finely Knit Murder they are all drawn into events at the Sea Harbor Community Day School because one of the youngest and newest characters goes to school there. Some have taken positions on the board and several are teaching the girls to knit as part of the enrichment program. This introduces us to some new characters and new place for things to go awry. Blythe Westerland was not a popular person at the school and she was definitely an easy woman to dislike. When the Knitters dig a little deeper into her life more suspects emerge giving readers a wonderful read as we try to solve the mystery ourselves.

Sea Harbor sounds like a beautiful town and Sally Goldenbaum describes it so well we are easily transported there. The school grounds, the boats in the harbor, the boathouse, and even Ben and Nell’s home and deck are crystal clear.

As always the mystery is very intriguing, the characters are genuine and thoughtful and the setting is sublime. While the story reads well as a stand alone I do recommend you start at the beginning with Death by Cashmere.

I can’t wait to celebrate the holidays in Sea Harbor, Trimmed With Murder: A Seaside Knitters Mystery hits shelves November 1.

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Dollycas

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SALLY

 

About The Author

Sally Goldenbaum is a sometime philosophy teacher, a knitter, and an editor, and the author of more than thirty novels. Sally became more serious about knitting with the birth of her first grandchild and the creation of the Seaside Knitters mystery series. Her fictional knitting friends are teaching her the intricacies of women’s friendship, the mysteries of small-town living, and the very best way to pick up dropped stitches on a lacy knit shawl. [Additional bio information available on my website: www.sallygoldenbaum.com

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