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special guest blueI am really excited! Daryl Wood Gerber’s Fudging The Books comes out on Tuesday! She is here today telling us about some of her research and I will tell you about the book and give my review. Then stay tuned because her Great Escapes Book Tour starts tomorrow and runs through August 6. Each stop will not only be reviewing the book but will also be sharing a yummy recipe and hosting a giveaway!! Please help me welcome Daryl to Escape With Dollycas! 

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FUDGING THE BOOKSWhile doing research for Fudging the Books, the 4th Cookbook Nook Mystery, I had to do a whole lot of chocolate tasting. Poor me. I tried different cocoas. I tried different high-end chocolate bars. I came up with a number of new recipes for the book, including of all things, cocoa croutons for salads and oranges dipped in chocolate.

Now, I can’t share any of the recipes from the book with you before its publication date, but if you didn’t know, I’ve had recipes in other books, and today’s is one of my all-time favorites.

From Stirring the Plot, the 3rd Cookbook Nook Mystery, which featured Halloween food, I also included French Silk Fudge Cake. It’s the cake served at the Winsome Witches luncheon. Jenna adored it and begged Chef Katie to recreate it. The coffee makes the difference!

Isn’t it fun when my fictional characters can make my life that much tastier?!!

What chocolate do you like?

Savor the Mystery!

Daryl Wood Gerber
Tasty ~ Zesty ~ Dangerous

blog_silkfudge_cakeFRENCH SILK FUDGE CAKE
From Stirring the Plot

Ingredients:

1 (3.5 to 4 ounce) bittersweet chocolate bar, chopped
1 ½ squares (1 ounce) unsweetened chocolate, chopped
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoons coffee
2 eggs
1 egg yolk
3/4 cup white sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons flour (*may use gluten-free flour plus 1/8 teaspoon xanthan gum)
1/2 of a 3.5 to 4 ounce bittersweet chocolate bar broken into ½-inch pieces
If desired: whipped cream or frosting.

Note: I used Ghirardelli 72% dark chocolate instead of bittersweet chocolate.

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease 4 mini-bundt cake cups.

Please 1 chopped bar of bittersweet chocolate, unsweetened chocolate, and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Place bowl in microwave and cook on low power until the butter has melted and the chocolate is soft, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir often to avoid burning the mixture.

In a mixing bowl, whisk cinnamon, coffee, eggs, egg yolk, sugar, and salt until combined. Stir in the flour. Mix in the chocolate mixture. Stir until smooth. Add the ½ bar of bittersweet chocolate that has been broken into ½-inch pieces. Spoon the batter in the prepared bundt cake cups. Fill about ¾ full.

Bake for about 15-18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out wit “streaks’ of thick batter. The tops of the cakes will be nearly firm. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for 5 -10 minutes. Serve warm…or wait 20 minutes and serve at room temperature with whipped cream squirted into the center of the bundt shape.

Note: If you want to frost this cake, consider baking it in cupcakes tins or in a 9-inch springform pan lined with parchment paper. Cook about 30-35 minutes.

About Daryl Wood Gerber

Agatha Award-winning and nationally bestselling author DARYL WOOD GERBER writes the Cookbook Nook Mysteries, set in the fictional coastal town of Crystal Cove, California.  As Avery Aames, she also writes the Cheese Shop Mysteries, set in quaint Providence, Ohio. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote”. She is married, loves to cook, and has a darling, frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky. Visit Daryl or Avery at www.darylwoodgerber.com.  Connect with her on Twitter, and Facebook, and don’t forget to sign up for her Keepin’ it Cozy newsletter.

FUDGING THE BOOKSFudging the Books
(A Cookbook Nook Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – California
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (August 4, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Teresa Fasolino
Cover Design by Jason Gill
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425279403
E-Book ASIN: B00QH8320E
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The Agatha Award–winning author of Stirring the Plot returns to the Cookbook Nook in Crystal Cove, California, where February brings Pirate Week, National Chocolate Month—and bitter murder…

Pirate Week is sweeping through Crystal Cove and keeping Jenna Hart and her bookstore, the Cookbook Nook, plenty busy. But she’s not too swamped to also host the local Chocolate Cookbook Club’s meeting—especially because the guest of honor is her friend, candy maker and cookbook author Coco Chastain.

Jenna whips up a delicious event amidst the rowdy festivities, but the mood is soon broken by robberies, simmering tempers, and a dead body—Coco’s editor, Alison. The suspects turn out to be more plentiful than a pot full of gold doubloons, so to prove Coco isn’t responsible for the dastardly deed, Jenna will have to stir up some clues and figure out who’s the real sticky-fingered killer…

INCLUDES RECIPES!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

February in Crystal Cove is busier than you may think. First they celebrate Pirate Week and then it is Valentine’s Day. At The Cookbook Nook there are also the book clubs that meet. This month the Chocolate Cookbook Club welcomes Jenna’s friend, Coco Chastain, author and candy maker extraordinaire. She brings her whole crew to the meeting and things get just a little tense. Her publisher, Allison, seems to be working on books for several of Crystal Cove’s residents. When she is found dead Coco becomes the prime suspect but Jenna knows that is more to the story. She starts to stir things up as she tries to find the real killer. She is also is trying to find the pirate’s booty that someone made off with. Can this be connected to the murder…

When I pick up a book by Daryl/Avery I know I am in for a fantastic treat and should plan accordingly. She delivers her best story yet in Fudging the Books.

Crystal Cove seemed to be a quiet little place until Jenna came to town but she has plenty of friends to support and know all these murders are not her fault. Aunt Vera does her best to keep Jenna in line and readers giggling. She is one special lady. Jenna’s relationship with Rhett is also evolving nicely. Vera’s romance has hit a little bump in the road though. Bailey has a new pet thanks to her beau, Tito, and she is having problems getting him to like her.

The mystery is so well thought out and presented. The perfect amount of twists to keep us guessing. The author strikes a nice balance with the right amount of romance and humor. The characters are fun and very appealing. You want to know them better and care about their lives. All this but don’t forget the food, this time there is chocolate, and lots of it thanks to Chef Katie.

The setting is wonderful too. Crystal Cove sounds like a great place to visit and I would drop a bundle of cash at The Cookbook Nook. The shop is not only full of cookbooks but cozy mysteries that feature food. Several of my favorite author grace the shelves.

This book is quite a treasure, with pirates, murder, romance, humor and food! (Recipes included.) I am already excited for my next visit!

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Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

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Jul 302015
 

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Malice at the Palace
(A Royal Spyness Mystery)

9th in the Series
Woman’s Sleuth Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group
Published by The Penguin Group
Release Date – August 4, 2015
Jacket Illustration by John Mattos
Jacket Design by Rita Frangie
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425260388
E-Book ASIN: B00OQSF61K
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From the New York Times betselling author of Queen of Hearts comes another mystery for “fans of P.G. Wodehouse looking for laughs mingled with some amateur sleuthing.” (Publishers Weekly)

Lady Georgiana Rannoch won’t deny that being thirty-fifth in line for the British throne has its advantages. Unfortunately, money isn’t one of them. And sometimes making ends meet requires her to investigate a little royal wrongdoing.

While my beau Darcy is off on a mysterious mission, I am once again caught between my high birth and empty purse. I am therefore relieved to receive a new assignment from the Queen—especially one that includes lodging. The King’s youngest son, George, is to wed Princess Marina of Greece, and I shall be her companion at the supposedly haunted Kensington Palace.

My duties are simple: help Marina acclimate to English life, show her the best of London and, above all, dispel any rumors about George’s libertine history. Perhaps that last bit isn’t so simple.

George is known for his many affairs with women as well as men—including the great songwriter Noel Coward. But things truly get complicated when I search the Palace for a supposed ghost only to encounter an actual dead person: a society beauty said to have been one of Prince George’s mistresses.

Nothing spoils a royal wedding more than murder, and the Queen wants the whole matter hushed. But as the investigation unfolds—and Darcy, as always, turns up in the most unlikely of places—the investigation brings us precariously close to the prince himself.

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Jul 292015
 

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Yesterday I told about Richard Audry’s The Karma of King Herald.
Today I am thrilled Richard is here to visit.
I will also review the second book in the series King Harald’s Heist.

DRMartin

Writing with My Mouth Open

Cozy mysteries rely on food and cuisine in ways that few other popular literary genres do. Home cooking, restaurant fare, and food as a deadly weapon have all been common themes in beloved cozies.

karma of king haraldMy King Harald canine cozies are no exception. The protagonist, Andy Skyberg, is a former limo driver who leaves the pressure-cooker of big-city life to move back to his hometown and work in his sister’s restaurant. I’ve had great fun concocting the menu for Ansel’s Café and describing all sorts of delectable dishes that are commonplace in the quaint little town of New Bergen, somewhere up the Interstate in a place very much like Minnesota.

Over the course of my writing career, which has ranged from journalism to book reviewing to tech writing, I’ve written about food in various nonfiction pieces. But food never played a more important role as subject matter than during my years as a travel writer. Whenever I went on a “fam” trip (a “familiarization” trip), I knew that there would be a whole lot of eating going on. Local restaurants and food traditions were always an important element in my travel stories. And of course I could count on gaining a few pounds whenever I spent a few days on the road. (Oh, the sacrifices one must make for journalism!)

When I think back on all those trips, I have vague recollections of the museums I visited and the recreational sites I toured. But after all these years, the food memories still stand out most vividly.

25554171There was that wonderful fry bread in a small town on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. My first taste of Calvados (apple brandy) one special night on a trip to see the landing beaches in Normandy. The incredible parade of chocolate and candy confections left in my hotel room every night in Cleveland, each one more elaborate than the next. A wonderful butternut squash and apple soup that I sampled after a long day of hiking near Moab, Utah. Liver dumpling soup served at Little Bohemia in Wisconsin (famous for its John Dillinger connections). Divine key lime pie at a rickety joint on Big Pine Key. Potica (Slovenian nut roll) and pasties on Minnesota’s Iron Range. Crawfish fettuccini at an outdoor feast near Clinton, Louisiana, right where Audubon had a studio.

I didn’t always go looking for great food—sometimes it found me. When our rental car had a flat tire after our visit to Mount Vernon, my wife and I had dinner in a small restaurant near the garage where the tire was being patched. It was the first time either of us had ever tasted Brunswick stew—love at first bite! We found a recipe for it as soon as we got back home. Now it’s a staple on our list of stews and soups that we make in the cold months.

Perhaps the most memorable meal in all my years of eating on the road took place on a beach out in Palau, in the Pacific Ocean near the Philipines. Our group was promised an opulent luncheon caught out on the reef that morning. As we watched the parrotfish and unicorn fish grilling, the local PR guy reached into his string bag and pulled out a can of Spam. He extracted the meaty, greasy treat and threw it on the grill with our colorful lunch. “I get tired of fish all the time,” he explained, not the least bit embarrasseEbelskiversd. “But I love Spam.” As I recall, he ate the whole can of it while we enjoyed our tropical feast.

For me, food is inextricably tied to travel memories. I hope readers of my King Harald mysteries will have a similar experience as they escape into my books. Maybe they won’t remember the book’s name or even the author’s name, but they’ll think, oh yes, that was the story involving the very special ebelskiver recipe—I remember it well.

—Richard Audry/D. R. Martin

 

About The Author

Richard Audry is the pen name of writer/photographer D. R. Martin. He has written professionally in many fields—including journalism, copywriting, medical writing, travel writing, and script writing. The Karma of King Harald is his first cozy mystery. The second book in the series, King Harald’s Heist, is now available. He is the author of the middle-grade fantasy adventures Johnny Graphic and the Etheric Bomb and Johnny Graphic and the Attack of the Zombies. He also writes the Mary MacDougall historical mystery/romances—A Pretty Little Plot and The Stolen Star. The third Mary MacDougall mystery, The Widower’s Wrath, will be published later in 2015 or early 2016.

Find out more about Richard and his books on his webpage here.

25554171King Harald’s Heist
(King Harald Mysteries Book 2)

Cozy Mystery
Setting – Fictional Minnesota
Publisher: Conger Road Press (May 3, 2015)
Paperback: 306 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0985019655
E-Book ASIN: B00X002DBG
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Join King Harald and Andy Skyberg on their second adventure!

As the leaves begin to change color in New Bergen, Andy Skyberg wants to turn his full attention to his sister’s new café and art gallery—and to the beautiful Finnish architect who’s managing the project.

But the good-natured, go-to guy can’t seem to catch a moment’s peace.

His next-door neighbors—two elderly sisters—want him to fend off a pushy historian who thinks they had a scandalous past. His parents enlist him to entertain a narcissistic, boring couple they would like to ditch. And his ever-scheming Aunt Bev tricks Andy into seeking an improbable new gig that could land him in the hot seat.

Even Andy’s big ol’ mutt King Harald has a kennel full of trouble in store for him, beginning with a pilfered thousand-dollar bill and a naughty garden gnome. Before long, New Bergen’s favorite crime-sniffing pooch finds even more deep doo-doo to toss his boss into.

Havoc and hilarity ensue, as Andy and his happy hound get to the bottom of King Harald’s Heist.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

We get to know Andy so much better in this installment, I said in my previous review that he needed to bloom and bloom he did. He is taking a very active role in his sister’s new venture and his aunt Bev has a plan that should take up the remainder of his free time. His romantic life takes a very eventful turn too. Sometimes he doesn’t need Herald’s help to get into sticky situations.

King Harald continues to steal the show and out hearts. He gets into a bit of trouble and helps Andy learn some secrets about the dear ladies next door.

And as in the last book there is so much more….

This is an outstanding follow up to The Karma of King Harald.  It is an easy read with fantastic dialogue and a top-notch whodunit. The characters are fun and engaging. I so love Harald. There is plenty of mystery, mayhem, and humor and Andy and Harald are in the middle of it. This was one of those books that once I picked it up I couldn’t put it down. Now I want more. I can’t wait for Harald and Andy’s next adventure.

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Dollycas

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GIVEAWAYThe author is giving away a set of books and I am giving away my review copies too!

2 Winners!!

Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
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Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

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Jul 282015
 

I have been taking less books for review lately when authors or publicists contact me out of the blue because I am so fortunate to be on automatic mailing lists for some awesome publishers. But when this author contacted me and I read the book synopsis I quickly said “yes”!! King Harald was a dog I wanted to know more about! If you follow this blog you also know I am finicky about reading series books in order so I told him I needed to read both books. He was wonderful and sent them right out. He will be my guest tomorrow for Cozy Wednesday but I have to share the first book with you today.

karma of king haraldThe Karma of King Harald
First Book In The Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Fictional Minnesota
Published by Conger Road Press (November 30, 2012)
Trade Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0985019624
E-Book ASIN: B00A55F62C
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When springtime arrives in picturesque New Bergen, so do the tourists and antiquers. This year, though, there are some unwelcome visitors. Extortion. Arson. And murder.

After his business tanks and his wife leaves him for a Pilates coach, Andy Skyberg flees the big city for the peace and quiet of his hometown. All he wants is a decent job, a steady girlfriend, a plasma screen TV with a hundred-plus channels, and one loyal dog. But fate has something else in store for Andy, when his big mutt King Harald starts sniffing out crime.

It’s clear that someone has it in for the town’s New Age retailer, Trudi Bock. And it’s also clear that Trudi wants to rekindle the steamy romance she and Andy enjoyed back in college. Andy has to fend her off, while placating his fiery girlfriend, Deputy Sheriff Cass Conlin.

Meanwhile, Harald keeps digging up more mayhem. And it falls to Andy to channel his inner sleuth and make sense of it all.

Throw into this mix one legendary (but lost) ebelskiver recipe…a gimlet-eyed church lady…a van full of federal agents…a crusty socialist…a beloved iguana…and an overabundance of rosemaling…

And you have all the makings for The Karma of King Harald.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

King Herald, “part Chesapeake and part moose” is an adorable character and famous for making some interesting discoveries. He climbs over his fence and rambles around town and has found a dead body of an iguana! His “boss” Andy Skyberg wishes he would stick to chasing squirrels. Andy has come back to New Bergen after his divorce. He spends his days working at his sister’s restaurant and trying to kick his artistic painting abilities into something he can live off of. He is dating Deputy Sheriff Cass Conlin but his old girlfriend Trudi would like to take her place. We also meet Andy’s Aunt Bev and she is quite a character herself. That is just in the first few chapters…there is so much more!

King Harald has stolen my heart. I especially like the chapters told from, his point of view. His supporting characters are pretty eccentric which is perfect for a cozy mystery. They are so unique and wonderfully written.

We are never really told where New Bergen is located but residents travel to “the cities” and Wisconsin, ebelskiver and rosemaling are a big thing there, so Minnesota is my assumption :) It sounds like quite a place and no one gets too excited about a big burly dog traveling about town by himself. Everyone knows where he belongs and many just send him or take him home. Sounds like a nice relaxed place aside from a murder or two.

Richard Audry drew me right into Andy and Harald’s story and it was a very entertaining read. A very captivating canine cozy with a just the right amount of humor and plenty of intricate shifts that keeps us readers on our toes. The story flows well. I do hope we get to know Andy a little bit better in book 2. It seems like his failure in past relationships has him in a bit of a rut and he is living in his sister’s shadow. He needs to bloom a little more.

All in all a nice debut for this series! Moving on to King Harald’s Heist.

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Dollycas

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Be sure to come back tomorrow to meet Richard Audry and read my review of King Harald’s Heist.  I will also be giving away both of my review copies and the author is giving away a set too!

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 272015
 

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.

Still fighting this darn summer cold. 27 days should be enough. It does seem to be getting better or I am getting better dealing with it :)

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

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Trawling for Trouble: A Celebration Bay Mystery Novella (Celebration Bay Mystery, A)

Release Date – July 21, 2015
My Review
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The Karma of King Harald

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King Harald’s Heist (King Harald Mysteries) (Volume 2)

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Fudging the Books (A Cookbook Nook Mystery)

Release Date – August 4, 2015
The Fudging the Books Great Escapes Book Tour starts August 1!
My review will be up on Friday!

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STILL READING

Zachary’s Choice

This book was recommended to me after my son’s death. This is not a book I can read like a novel, more a chapter at a time as I can handle it.
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ON DECK THIS WEEK

The Musubi Murder

Release Date – August 5, 2015
Frankie Bow will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week
to kick off her Great Escapes Book Tour!
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Give Em Pumpkin To Talk About (Pumpkin Patch Mysteries Book 1)

Release Date – August 4, 2015
The Great Escapes Book Tour starts August 3, 2015
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Fool Me Once (A Tarot Mystery)

Release Date – August 7, 2015
The Great Escapes Tour kicks off here on August 7!
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Jul 262015
 

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!


Lion on the loose. Check out this video, you may have seen this on the news. Milwaukee is about an hour away from me. I like big cats, I cannot lie :) I don’t about you but this would scare me quite a bit. What would you do if you saw a lion crossing your street? At least there are no tigers and bears traveling along!

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Weekly Rewind – July 20 – 25, 2015

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

Tuesday – Review/Giveaway – The Jamie Quinn Mysteries by Barbara Venkataraman Great Escapes Book Tour

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Terrie Farley Moran – Author of Caught Read-Handed – Giveaway too!

Thursday – My July Just For Fun Read – Death Is Like A Box Of Chocolates by Kathy Aarons

Friday – Great Escapes Book Tour – Trawling for Trouble by Shelley Freydont – Review & Giveaway!

Saturday – Spotlight/Giveaway – Death of a Cupcake Queen by Lee Hollis

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Wishing you all a fantastic week!!

Dollycas

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Jul 252015
 

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Death of a Cupcake Queen
(Hayley Powell Mystery)

Series: Hayley Powell Mystery (Book 6)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Kensington (May 26, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0758294531
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As the food and cocktails columnist for the Island Times, Hayley Powell attends a lot of events—but this one will be murder…

On the eve of her high school reunion, Hayley dreads seeing the trio of mean girls who used to torment her: Sabrina Merryweather, Nykki Temple, and former prom queen Ivy Foster. These days Ivy wears a different crown as the cupcake queen—and flaunting her success is just the icing on the cake.

But maybe the prom queen should have been voted Most Likely to Die. At the reunion, Ivy is found murdered, cupcakes scattered around her. Is a killer out to teach the mean girls a lesson? As Hayley tries to get the scoop, she’ll have to be careful…or someone may be writing this columnist’s obituary next.

Includes seven delectable recipes from Hayley’s kitchen!

To find out more about Lee Hollis check out the webpage here.

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Jul 242015
 

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Trawling For Trouble
by Shelley Freydont

TRAWLINGTrawling for Trouble:
A Celebration Bay Mystery Novella

Cozy Mystery
Publisher: InterMix (July 21, 2015)
ASIN: B00NMPJ6XW
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Synopsis:

 

The author of Independence Slay is back as intrepid event planner Liv Montgomery discovers something fishy going on beneath Celebration Bay’s deceptively calm surface.

Liv Montgomery knew that asking Celebration Bay’s newspaper owner-slash-ne’er-do-well Chaz Bristow to teach her how to fish meant angling for more than a lesson in sinkers and chum. Like asking him to spearhead the fund raiser that’ll benefit the town’s community center. And there are worse ways to spend the afternoon than out on the town’s picturesque lake.

But it’s not long before Liv reels in a huge catch—already quite dead. It’s the body of an unknown man, and it was no accidental drowning. This floater was murdered. While local authorities investigate, it’s Liv and Chaz who stumble upon a shocking motive, and become live bait for a ruthless killer determined to keep his secrets down in the deep.

 

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Liv is taking a little break between celebrations and Chaz has decided to teach her how to fish. Well wouldn’t you know the only thing she catches is the pocket of a pair of jeans. A pocket still connected to the pants and still being worn by a very dead man.

Hold on tight because this mystery is very fast paced and pretty exciting. Chaz and Liv are chasing down clues as fast as they can and trying to protect the ones that they love at the same time. Whiskey does his best to help them both out. The author has packed these pages full with drama and action.

Freydont has given us a nice quick novella as we anxiously await the release of Trick or Deceit out September 1. She also includes preview of that and a preview of A Gilded Grave that will be out August 4.

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ShelleyNoble FinalV3 copyAbout the Author

 

Shelley Freydont is the author of the Liv Montgomery Celebration Bay Mysteries, Foul Play at the Fair, Silent Knife, Independence Slay as well as the Kate MacDonald Sudoku Mysteries and the Lindy Haggerty dance company mysteries, and the upcoming Newport Gilded Age Mysteries, beginning with A Gilded Grave (6/15)

As Shelley Noble, she is the NYTimes Best selling author of women’s fiction (Beach Colors, Stargazey Point, Breakwater Bay, and Whisper Beach as well as several novellas. A former professional dancer and choreographer, Shelley lives at the Jersey shore and loves puzzles, light houses and antique carousels. She also loves to hear from readers.

A former professional dancer and choreographer, she most recently worked on the films, Mona Lisa Smile and The Game Plan. Shelley is a member of Sisters-in-Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and Liberty States Fiction Writers.

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Jul 232015
 

just for fun 2015This month I pulled a book from the shelf that I have wanting to read for months. The day I picked it up to read the author emailed me to ask if she could visit the blog. She will be stopping by on September 3. That means I have the perfect reason to read the next book in the series that I couldn’t squeeze in last month :)

death is like a box of chocolatesDeath Is Like a Box of Chocolates
(A Chocolate Covered Mystery)

1st in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Maryland
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (September 2, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Mary Ann Lasher
Cover Design by George Long
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425267233
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Whether it’s to satisfy a craving for chocolate or pick up the hottest new bestseller, the locals in charming West Riverdale, Maryland, are heading to Chocolates and Chapters, where everything sold is to die for…

Best friends Michelle Serrano and Erica Russell are celebrating the sweet rewards of their combined bookstore and chocolate shop by hosting the Great Fudge Cook-off during the town’s Memorial Day weekend Arts Festival. But success turns bittersweet when Main Street’s portrait photographer is found dead in their store, poisoned by Michelle’s signature truffles.

As suspicion mounts against Michelle, her sales begin to crumble and her career seems whipped. With Erica by her side, Michelle must pick through an assortment of suspects before the future of their dream store melts away…

Includes Scrumptious Chocolate-Making Recipes!

The rules for Just For Fun Reads say no review necessary but I really liked this one and want to tell you about it.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Note – Make sure you have chocolate handy while reading!

This series blend two of my most favorite things – BOOKS! and CHOCOLATE!! Michelle Serrano and Erica Russell have opened Chocolates and Chapters combining a bookstore with a chocolate shoppe. What could be better?

West Riverdale, Maryland is the place to be for Memorial Day Weekend. The town is hosting an Arts Festival and a Fudge Cook-off. Michelle and Erica have been basically volunteered by the mayor to run the entire cook-off and they are on the general planning committee for the Arts Festival as well. Their friend Denise, a photographer, is also involved. She is waiting for her big break. She hopes to have a gallery showing of her work in D.C. soon.

Her dreams turn to dust when she is found dead, apparently poisoned by Michelle’s chocolate truffles. Michelle is obviously the first suspect but the evidence quickly starts to point to Erica’s brother-in-law. Faced with having their store shutdown until the killer is found Michelle and Erica start their own investigation not just to save their shop but to save the Memorial Day celebration too.

Kathy Aarons does a great job introducing us to all the characters for this new series. There are quite a few and fleshing them out enough for the reader to become engaged is not an easy task. There is plenty of room for them to evolve is future installments.

She has also whipped up quite a mystery sprinkled with plenty of diversions to keep us readers guessing. I was speechless as I reached the end.

I am truly looking forward to getting to know these characters much better. The next book in this series, Truffled to Death, is screaming at me from the shelf so I will be reading it very soon!

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*This book was from my private collection.

Jul 222015
 

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So Excited!
Terrie Farley Moran is my guest today fresh off her Caught Read-Handed
Great Escapes Book Tour!

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As soon as they finished reading Well Read, Then Dead, cozy readers began bombarding me with one question. “Now that the story is over, you’re not going to send Aunt Ophie back to Pinetta, are you?” Yeah right, as if I, or anyone else, could make Ophie do anything she doesn’t want to do. I mean, really?

So I wasn’t the least bit surprised when in the very first paragraph of Caught Read-Handed there was Ophie tapping her well-manicured fingernails and making demands. I may not have invited her back to the Read ’Em and Eat Café and Bookstore in idyllic Fort Myers Beach Florida, but I surely didn’t have the nerve to tell her she had to leave.

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CaughtReadHanded_newcomp.inddIn this second book of the Read ’Em and Eat series, Miguel Guerra is back in the kitchen whipping up tasty treats like Green Eggs and Ham, Harper Lee Hush Puppies and Miss Marple’s Orange Iced Scones. (The scone recipe was developed by Karen Owen and can be found in the back of Caught Read-Handed. TsconesMMo whet your appetite the finished product is pictured here.). And the food is still served on tables named for favorite authors, with bits and pieces of the authors work and a picture or two laminated on the table top. Care to have a seat at Robert Louis Stevenson, or is Dashiell Hammett more to your liking?

Ophie, complete with her trademark strappy high heeled sandals, has become a full time resident of the island community with a thriving consignment shop and a small bungalow of her own.

Sassy and Bridgy were thrilled to have their routine slip back to normal. But on a trip to the local library to donate books for a fundraiser, Sassy witnesses an argument between a loud, flashy woman and an uncommunicative man. He pushes his way out the door and right past Sassy to avoid confrontation. What was that about? She might have forgotten the entire episode, except that the man reminded her of an old friend. Within the next day or so, the woman is found murdered in her own hot tub and Sassy discovers that the wary man at the library is the brother of her old friend and has become the prime suspect in the murder. Seems to me the Read ’Em and Eat crowd is going to have to wait a while longer for normal.

If that is not enough chaos, Miguel is having difficulty focusing on his meticulous and delicious kitchen creations because he fears that his beloved Maine Coon cat, Bow, is in danger from the giant Anaconda snake that has made its way north from the Everglades and has been spotted swimming in Estero Bay. The community is of two minds as to what to do about the Anaconda. Some want it killed, others want it captured. It is a big clash for such a tiny island community.

So before I say goodbye, here are a couple of fun hints about what you can expect in Caught Read-Handed: 1. get ready for a change of Ophie’s foot gear when you least expect. 2. After this adventure, Sassy and Bridgy could easily call themselves the High in the Sky Detectives, still they prefer to remain the proprietors of the Read ’Em and Eat Café and Bookstore.

It is so great to talk to you all for a while. Now I am off to find a glass of sweet tea and a Miss Marple Orange Iced Scone. Happy reading.

About Terrie

Short-listed twice for The Best American Mystery Stories, Terrie Farley Moran is delighted to introduce mystery fans to the Read ’Em and Eat café and bookstore, which debuted with Well Read, Then Dead. The only thing Terrie enjoys more than wrangling mystery plots into submission is playing games and reading stories with any or all of her grandchildren.

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CaughtReadHanded_newcomp.inddCaught Read-Handed
(Read Em and Eat Mystery)

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Florida
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (July 7, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by S. Miroque
Cover Design by Rita Frangie
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425270295
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From the national bestselling author of Well Read, Then Dead comes the second mystery featuring Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield, who bring Fort Myers Beach, Florida, residents plenty of sinful treats and killer reads at their bookstore café, Read ’Em and Eat.

Happy to help her fellow bibliophiles, Sassy visits the local library with book donations for their annual fundraising sale. Unfortunately, the welcoming readers’ haven is in turmoil as an argument erupts between an ornery patron and new staff member, Tanya Lipscombe—also known as “Tanya Trouble.” She may lack people skills, but everyone is shocked when she’s later found murdered in her own hot tub.

The man last seen arguing with Tanya is soon arrested. But Alan Mersky, a veteran with PTSD, happens to be the brother of Sassy’s former boss—and he’s no murderer. Now it’s up to Sassy and Bridgy to clear Alan’s name and make sure the real killer gets booked.

Includes a recipe for Miss Marple scones!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

So excited to return to the Read ‘Em and Eat Café! Sassy, Bridgy, Ophie and Miguel are back! This time a library volunteer is killed and we quickly see she was not a very nice person so there should be plenty of suspects but the police quickly hone in on a homeless veteran with PTSD, a man that looks very much like Sassy’s old boss, George Mersky.  Sassy contacts the man and finds out his brother, Alan is living in Florida. Sassy agrees to help the vet until his brother can get there to help. She enlists Bridgy to help her prove his innocence and find out who really killed “Tanya Trouble”.

Being back in Fort Myers Beach is like visiting old friends. Mary Sassafrass (“Sassy”) Cabot and Bridget (Bridgy) Mayfield are fabulous characters. They are girls after my own heart who love to read and eat and solve a mystery or two.  Ophie is a hoot and now has her own consignment shop. Miguel is back where he belongs, in the kitchen creating such wonderful delights. Jocelyn Randall is the pastor’s wife is always putting her foot in her mouth and only on her best behavior when the dear pastor is nearby. Through Pastor John we meet a fantastic group of veterans that rally to help their friend who has been wrongly accused. There is also a huge character that truly gave me pause. It seems there is an anaconda on the loose and poor Miguel is terrified his beautiful cat Bow will become its lunch.

Terrie Farley Moran has written a fantastic story. The characters are engaging. I especially like the wide variety of interesting people from the vets, to the ones that make up the book groups to tourists and residents that just stop by for a book or a meal. She a created a wonderful place for them to gather and enveloped them in a mystery that is very entertaining and just pure fun to read.

As I stated in my review of Well Read, Then Dead, the Read ‘Em and Eat sounds like a perfect escape if you ask me. If it were a real place I would pack my bags and leave today!

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Jul 212015
 

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The Jamie Quinn Mysteries
by Barbara Venkataraman

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(Jamie Quinn Mystery Book 1)

Self Published
Setting – Florida
Print Length: 111 pages
ASIN: B00GVJ4WOY
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Reluctant lawyer, Jamie Quinn, still reeling from the death of her mother, is pulled into a game of deception, jealousy, and vengeance when her cousin, Adam, is wrongfully accused of murder. It’s up to Jamie to find the real murderer before it’s too late. It doesn’t help that the victim is a former rock star with more enemies than friends, or that Adam confessed to a murder he didn’t commit.

 

41t5kxOzGbL._UY250_The Case of the Killer Divorce
(Jamie Quinn Mystery Book 2)

Self Published
Setting – Florida
Print Length: 109 pages
ASIN: B00HJE3UES
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Reluctant lawyer, Jamie Quinn, has returned to her family law practice after a hiatus due to the death of her mother. It’s business as usual until a bitter divorce case turns into a murder investigation, and Jamie’s client becomes the prime suspect. When she can’t untangle truth from lies, Jamie enlists the help of Duke Broussard, her favorite private investigator, to try to clear her client’s name. And she’s hoping that, in his spare time, he can help her find her long-lost father…

 

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(Jamie Quinn Mystery Book 3)

Self Published
Setting – Florida
Print Length: 140 pages
ASIN: B00KRQ0E1M
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There’s big trouble in the park system. Someone is making life difficult for Jamie Quinn’s boyfriend, Kip Simons, the new director of Broward County parks. Was it the angry supervisor passed over for promotion? The disgruntled employee Kip recently fired? Or someone with a bigger ax to grind? If Jamie can’t figure it out soon, she may be looking for a new boyfriend because there’s a dead guy in the park and Kip has gone missing! With the help of her favorite P.I., Duke Broussard, Jamie must race the clock to find Kip before it’s too late.

 

Dollycas’s Thoughts

If Barbara Venkataraman had not contacted me about doing a Great Escapes Book Tour I would have missed these books and that would definitely been my loss.

Jaime Quinn is a wonderful protagonist.  We meet her as she is trying to recover after her mother’s death. She doesn’t feel like going to the office at all. She has a Family Law practice dealing mainly with couples getting divorced and she just can’t deal with that right now.  Then she received a frantic phone call from her aunt. Her cousin has been arrested for murder. Well that would shake the cobwebs out of anyone’s brain but Jaime’s cousin has Asperger Syndrome and Jaime knows there is no way he killed anyone.  She hooks up with an old client,  a P.I. named Duke and together they are going to find the real killer and make sure her cousin is kept safe.

Then in The Case of the Killer Divorce, one of Jamie’s clients becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation. In Peril in the Park, Jamie’s boyfriend Kip needs her help and before she can get to the bottom of his problem he goes missing.

In all three stories she teams up with P. I. Duke to solve the case before the police can. There is also a subplot running through all 3 books of Jaime trying to find her father. Her friend Grace has the right contacts in the right places that moves this along very quickly.

These stories are short, the 3 together are just 338 pages so they are a very fast read but they are not short on details. The characters and plot-lines are fully developed and very well written.  With each story we get to know Jamie, Duke, and Kip better. The supporting characters are fleshed out as well.

The author takes on some issues too, Aspergers, political corruption, mental illness. She does this all without being heavy handed or preachy. Jamie is always fighting for wrongs to be righted. I really enjoy this character.

While these stories have a bit of suspense they are balanced well with humor and romance. Duke is quite a character and can always make Jamie laugh.

These stories ended much too soon. I am thrilled to learn Engaged in Danger will be released soon.

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Award-winning author, Barbara Venkataraman is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law and debt collection.

She is the author of “Teatime with Mrs. Grammar Person”; “The Fight for Magicallus,” a children’s fantasy; a humorous short story entitled, “If You’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place”; and two books of humorous essays: “I’m Not Talking about You, Of Course” and “A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities,” which are part of the “Quirky Essays for Quirky People” series. Both books of humorous essays won the “Indie Book of the Day” award.

Her latest works are “Death by Didgeridoo,” first in the Jamie Quinn series, “The Case of the Killer Divorce,” the second Jamie Quinn mystery, and, just out, “Peril in the Park,” the latest in the popular Jamie Quinn series. Coming soon, “Engaged in Danger“–the next Jamie Quinn mystery!

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Jul 202015
 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

This great meme is hosted by Sheila at
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It’s a great way to start the week and
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.

Trying my best to stay cool. Sitting in front of the fan relaxing and reading seems like a great way to spend my evenings :)

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

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Hooked on Ewe (A Scottish Highlands Mystery)

Release Date – July 7, 2015

My Review
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Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection: Box Set Books 1-3

The Jamie Quinn Mystery Series Great Escapes Book Tour stops here tommorow!
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Caught Read-Handed (Read Em and Eat Mystery)

Release Date – July 7, 2015
Terrie will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!
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Death Is Like a Box of Chocolates (A Chocolate Covered Mystery)

My July Just For Fun Read!
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Zachary’s Choice

This book was recommended to me after my son’s death. This is not a book I can read like a novel, more a chapter at a time as I can handle it.
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Trawling for Trouble: A Celebration Bay Mystery Novella (Celebration Bay Mystery, A)

Release Date – July 21, 2015
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The Karma of King Harald

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King Harald’s Heist (King Harald Mysteries) (Volume 2)

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Fudging the Books (A Cookbook Nook Mystery)

Release Date – August 4, 2015
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Jul 192015
 

The Sunday Salon.com

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It has been downright hot here the last few days and I have a summer cold that is kicking my butt meaning less time at the computer. Friday my head was pounding, my right ear was hurting and my throat felt like it was swelling shut. Saturday was a bit better until late afternoon. I am hoping today I will be back on track but this bug has been hanging around since the beginning of the month.

We also has a shooting at nearby Fleet Farm store on Wednesday. So scary that teenagers are ruining their lives and endangering others. My heart also breaks for the lives lost in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Such sad times and needless loss.

weekly rewind credited235Weekly Rewind – July 12 – July 18, 2015

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

Plus – Review – Somebody I Used To Know by David Bell

Tuesday – Review – Fatal Fairies by Joyce and Jim Lavene – Great Escapes Book Tour

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Kate Parker – Author of The Royal Assassin – Giveaway too!

Thursday – Special Guest – Susan Furlong – Author of Peaches and Scream – Review – Giveaway

Friday – Review/Giveaway – Hooked on Ewe by Hannah Reed

Saturday – Spotlight/Giveaway – Death by Tiara by Laura Levine

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Jul 182015
 

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Death by Tiara
(A Jaine Austen Mystery)
(Book 13)

Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Kensington (June 30, 2015)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0758285065
E-Book ASIN: B00ONTR4JO
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Freelance writer Jaine Austen thought she knew what she was getting herself into when she landed a gig working behind the scenes at a teen beauty pageant. But between the vicious stage moms, exacting judges, and trash-talking teens, she’s not sure she’s the woman for the job—especially when the catfights turn deadly…

Jaine has been hired by über-pushy stage mom Heather Van Sant to write lyrics for her daughter Taylor’s song in the talent competition for the Miss Teen Queen America pageant. It’s different from anything Jaine has done before, but if nothing else, she’s looking forward to a free weekend in a swanky hotel and a chance to see what really goes on backstage at a beauty pageant. But the hotel is a dump, the cattiness is out of control, and Candace—the perfectly-coiffed, whip-cracking pageant director—is making even Jaine’s life miserable.

When Candace’s assistant Amy is found bludgeoned to death with a silver tiara, there are more suspects than sequins on a pageant gown—and Heather is first on the list. Taylor begs Jaine to help clear her mom’s name, but the search for the killer hits a dead end as Jaine quickly realizes that finding the culprit is going to be trickier than walking the stage in stilettos…

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Jul 172015
 

hooked on eweHooked on Ewe
(A Scottish Highlands Mystery)

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Scotland
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (July 7, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425265833
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In national bestselling author Hannah Reed’s latest Scottish Highlands mystery, aspiring romance novelist Eden Elliott discovers the landscape isn’t the only thing that’s dramatic when a local woman is done in…

It’s early September in Glenkillen, Scotland, when American expat (and budding romance novelist) Eden Elliott is recruited by the local inspector to act as a special constable. Fortunately it’s in name only, since not much happens in Glenkillen.

For now Eden has her hands full with other things: preparing for the sheepdog trial on the MacBride farm—a fundraiser for the local hospice—and helping her friend Vicki with her first yarn club skein-of-the-month deliveries. Everything seems to be coming together—until the head of the welcoming committee is found strangled to death with a club member’s yarn.

Now Eden feels compelled to honor her commitment as constable and herd together the clues, figure out which ones are dogs, and which ones will lead to a ruthless killer…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Author Eden Elliott is settling in on her Scottish adventure.  She is helping her friend Vicki with her yarn club and she is also volunteering at the local fundraiser to benefit a hospice facility. She is totally surprised when Inspector Jamieson asks her to become a special constable. Sure she helped solve the murder of the sheep shearer that put Glenkillen “Off Kilter” but that type of thing doesn’t happen too often around here. But before her warrant card even gets a crease the cantankerous head of the fundraiser welcoming committee is found strangled with some of her friend Vicki’s yarn. Well she is now authorized to snoop and snoop she does.

Hannah Reed has penned quite an escape. I have never been anywhere near the Scottish Highlands but her words transport me there in an instant. Whether the sun is shining or storms are rumbling through  I could “see and feel” exactly what Eden was, the descriptions are sensational.

She has also created characters that are unique. Some are aggravating and others are endearing,  and Eden does her best to be friendly with them all. She also uses a few of them for inspiration for her romance novels. Book 1 is complete and she starting to plan the 2nd as she is about halfway though her time in Scotland. The romantic relationship between Eden and a certain fishing guide is just starting to get interesting. I am excited to see how that develops.

The mystery itself was very well plotted with some nice twists. It is nice to see the protag working in tandem with local law enforcement. Eden makes a much better constable that dear misguided Sean.

You can tell the author has done her research to bring this story to life. I was totally captivating from the moment I started to the last word.

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

 For more information about Hannah and her books, visit her webpage at hannahreedbooks.com


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