Dollycas

Mar 252017
 

Cherry Cake and a Cadaver (A Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Argent Ocean Publishing (March 31, 2017)
Print Length: 106 pages
ASIN: B06XK2Q44N

 

Synopsis

Lily Gayle and the gang set out to find a killer after local baker Luxen Natolovich is found dead hours before the grand opening weekend at the new Bed and Breakfast in town, Midnight Dragonfly. As Lily Gayle deciphers the clues around Luxen’s death she uncovers a conspiracy of lies and half truths that could very well be tied to a refugee camp in Mississippi during World War II. The deeper Lily Gayle digs, the deeper the conspiracy runs, and the closer she comes to being the killer’s next victim.

Praise  for Cherry Cake and a Cadaver
by Susan Boles

Ms. Boles has a good sense of mystery, and using clues to lead the reader down the right path to guessing the outcome, if the reader is paying close attention.
~Lisa Ks Book Reviews

Ms. Boles is a master baker of cozy mysteries. The multiple story elements are mixed together just right and make Cherry Cake and a Cadaver a worthy addition to the series and a tasty read in its own right.
~Back Porchervations

This is a very light weight cozy. I appreciated the sassy southern mature characters.
~Laura’s Interests

susan boles

About the Author

Susan calls McNairy County, TN her home ground even though she has moved away. It was here, at Bethel Springs Junior High School that she began her writing career with two friends. They formed their own little writers group that was so secret they were the only ones who knew it existed. She still has some of the stories they wrote carefully preserved in a loose leaf binder and tucked away for safety.

She has worked in retail management, briefly for the Census Bureau and for many years in the investment/insurance industry in the regulatory compliance arena. All of which are left brain activities. So she exercises her right brain activity with reading and writing…just to keep both sides even.

Reading has been a passion since she was very young. As a toddler, her mother read to her from her ‘baby books’ and her Mother tells a story about her holding one of them upside down and ‘reading’ by repeating the story verbatim from memory.

Death of a Wolfman is the first in the Lily Gayle Lambert mystery series. Her previously published romantic suspense novel, Fated Love, is a contemporary paranormal romantic suspense (with a twist of paranormal) set in Memphis, TN. Her first novel, Kate’s Pride, is a historical women’s fiction set in West Tennessee in the aftermath of the Civil War. The novel is loosely based on her own Great Grandmother and published under the pen name Renee Russell.

Life got in the way of writing for many years but now she’s come back to her early love.

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Mar 242017
 


If you are a follower of this blog you know I have read the books in this series is pretty quick succession.
That was because I really wanted to be part of this tour.


Off the Beadin’ Path (Glass Bead Mystery Series)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Washington State
Vetrai Press (March 11, 2017)
230 Pages
E-Book ASIN: B01N6FUCPN

Jax O’Connell and her friend Tessa have no idea what challenges await them when they head to the small town of Carthage to take a glass blowing class with Marco De Luca, a famous Italian glass artist. While Jax loves melting glass to make beads, she discovers that standing in front of the glass furnace’s inferno frightens her.

After the first night of class, Tessa sees a dead body through the water-streaked window of the studio. The next morning there’s no sign of Marco—dead or alive—and one of the studio owners is also missing. The local sheriff doesn’t take the disappearance seriously, so Jax and Tessa take matters into their own hands.

Jax must face her fears to find the body, track down the clues, and uncover the killer—and do it all before another life is shattered.

Off the Beadin’ Path is the third book in the Glass Bead Mystery series.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Jax and Tessa are back and they are traveling back and forth to a glassblowing studio for a week of classes with a master glassblower from Venice, Italy. The small town of Carthage doesn’t have much, a sandwich shop, a diner, a rundown motel, an auto garage and an old firehouse that has been converted into a glassblowing shop. Jax is surprised they could get someone like Marco De Luca to come in to teach a bunch of glass bead makers some new techniques.

After the first day Jax and Tessa are headed home when Tessa realizes she doesn’t have her phone. They head back to the shop but the place is locked up tight. Tessa peeks into the window and sees Marco dead on the floor.  By the time they alert the sheriff and he checks things out the body is no longer there. But Marco doesn’t show up for class the next day either and one of the owners of the shop is also missing. The sheriff tells them without a body he has nothing to investigate, so you guessed it Jax starts looking for a body or two and then things get really heated up.

This cast of characters continues to evolve in every story. Jax is now very comfortable in Seattle and her business is growing. Tessa’s family is split up in this installment, her daughters are at camp, her son and a friend are with grandma, hubby Craig is off on a trip with friends and Tessa is spending the week with Jax, all while their home gets a little remodel. Val is hiding someone in her half of the duplex and she is getting ready for a Star Wars convention. Officer Ryan is still lurking around the fringes of Jax’s life and Detective Zachary is still giving Jax palpitations every time he is around. Other bead makers from previous books return and we meet Marco De Luca and his brother Dario. One of the main characters also has some history with the De Luca brothers.

Of course they need a murder to get involved in and this time it has a brilliant twist. First they have to actually find the body, then the suspect pool is a large one. It could be anyone attending the class, the staff and owners of the glassblowing shop, other residents of Carthage, the victims family or even someone from his past. All Jax knows is that it wasn’t her and it wasn’t Tessa.

As usual with this series the pace of the story is quick. Our lead characters hardly have any down time and find themselves getting a little muddy in search of the truth. I had a couple laugh out loud moments thanks to the small town sheriff including not one but two clever escapes, and again due to one very lovable basset hound.

The entire story was an immense delight. The pages flew and I reached the end too soon. I was not ready to let go of these characters. Now I have to not so patiently wait for their next escapade. I hope the author doesn’t make us wait too long.

These books can be read each on their own but I encourage you to start at the beginning to get in on all the fun.

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About The Author

Janice Peacock decided to write her first mystery novel after working in a glass studio full of colorful artists who didn’t always get along. They reminded her of the odd, and often humorous, characters in the murder mystery books she loved to read. Inspired by that experience, she combined her two passions and wrote High Strung: A Glass Bead Mystery, launching a new cozy mystery series featuring glass beadmaker Jax O’Connell.

When Janice isn’t writing about glass artists-turned-amateur-detectives, she makes glass beads using a torch, designs one-of-a-kind jewelry, and makes sculptures using hot glass. An award-winning artist, her work has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of the Corning Museum of Glass, the Glass Museum of Tacoma, WA, and in private collections worldwide.

Janice lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two cats, and twelve chickens. She has a studio full of beads…lots and lots of beads.

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More Praise for Off the Beadin’ Path
by Janice Peacock

Well written, witty, and informative, OFF THE BEADIN’ PATH is an excellent and unpredictable mystery that will keep you in your seat until you have read the last word.
~Lisa Ks Book Reviews

This is the third book of the Glass Bead Mystery, you can read it as standalone, but the characters are so real and the story intriguing and interesting that I am thinking about starting the series from the beginning!
~Varietats

The murder mystery will keep you guessing for a long time, and send you off in wrong directions more than once. I loved this book from beginning to end!
~Book Babble

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March 20 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
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Mar 232017
 


I am excited to be part of this tour!

Elementary, She Read: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery
by Vicki Delany
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Massachusetts
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (March 14, 2017)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683310969
Kindle ASIN: B01MT6H7O1

 
 
 

Gemma Doyle, a transplanted Englishwoman, has returned to the quaint town of West London on Cape Cod to manage her Great Uncle Arthur’s Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium. The shop–located at 222 Baker Street–specializes in the Holmes canon and pastiche, and is also the home of Moriarty the cat. When Gemma finds a rare and potentially valuable magazine containing the first Sherlock Homes story hidden in the bookshop, she and her friend Jayne (who runs the adjoining Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room) set off to find the owner, only to stumble upon a dead body.

The highly perceptive Gemma is the police’s first suspect, so she puts her consummate powers of deduction to work to clear her name, investigating a handsome rare books expert, the dead woman’s suspiciously unmoved son, and a whole family of greedy characters desperate to cash in on their inheritance. But when Gemma and Jayne accidentally place themselves at a second murder scene, it’s a race to uncover the truth before the detectives lock them up for good.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This series is off to an amazing start!

We meet Gemma Doyle, relative of Sir Authur Conan Doyle??? She says no, but her Uncle’s name is Arthur so you just never know. She and her uncle own the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium at 222 Baker Street. The also own half of the tea shop next door run by Gemma’s friend, Jayne. Both shops are very popular with the tourists. While setting the store to rights after a rush of customers, something Gemma is very particular about, she finds what appears to by a valuable magazine, said to contain Doyle’s first Sherlock Holmes story. In a way similar to the great sleuth, Gemma deduces who left the magazine and where the person is staying. But by the time she and Jayne arrive all the find is a dead body. Gemma has a little history with one of the detectives but the other detective seems to dislike her immediately and names Gemma the prime suspect. Gemma decides to use her own special skills to clear her name and find the real killer herself.

I will say at first I wasn’t a fan of Gemma. She is very Holmes-like in her manner and that can be off putting. But just like Holmes the more you get to know her the more she grows on you. She can be very driven by things that interest her, forgetful about things that are not her immediate concern, and just can’t help herself when her unique observation skills help her to read a situation and burst out with all the facts as she sees them or give her opinion whether wanted or not. We see through her friend Jayne that being Gemma’s friend is sometimes difficult but she is still a treasured friend.  Jayne is definitely Gemma’s Dr. Watson. The author has created these a great characters and a core of supporting cast that I am anxious to get to know even better.

I love the setting. The authors description of not only the wonderful bookshop but of the entire area sounded delightful. A place I would love to visit.

As for the mystery, that is excellent as well. Many viable suspects with motive and means. I thought I had the right person more than once but the plot kept twirling and proving me wrong. That final twist was one heck of a surprise. I never saw it coming.

I am a huge Sherlock Holmes fan. In fact we had our own Moriarty the cat, along with his brothers Sherlock and Watson. I have loved all the movies and most of the television shows. Because of that I know the author has to be a huge fan and/or has done her research diligently to bring this story to life. From the characters to the merchandise in the bookshop and the mystery itself, it is all a modern day tribute to the grand sleuth.

The first book in a new series always has a lot of expectations. Introduce the characters and make them engaging, give readers a great setting and a top-notch mystery too. Well Vicki Delany has done that and more with this book. She has exceeded all my expectations by far. She has given me a paradise worthy escape! You don’t want to miss this story!

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Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers. She is the author of twenty-three published crime novels, including standalone Gothic thrillers, the Constable Molly Smith series, and the Year Round Christmas Mysteries.  Under the pen name of Eva Gates she is the national bestselling author of the Lighthouse Library cozy series.

The first in Vicki’s Sherlock Holmes bookshop series, Elementary She Read, will be released in March 2017 from Crooked Lane Books.

Vicki lives and writes in Prince Edward County, Ontario. She is the past president of the Crime Writers of Canada.

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More Praise for Elementary She Read
by Vicki Delany

I really enjoyed about the book is the continuing references not only to the original Doyle stories but to several of the adaptations and pastiches through the years…
~The Bookwyrm’s Hoard

A great escape read featuring best friends who will do whatever it takes for each other.
~Laura’s Interests

I found the read to be quick, fun and engaging. I highly recommend this to readers who enjoy Sherlock Holmes mysteries, enjoy attention to detail and like cozy mysteries.
~Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf

The comparisons between Elementary, She Read, and Holmesian lore are many, varied, and each one is like a little gift to unwrap and enjoy.
~Back Porchervations

I’ve already fallen in love with the town of West London and its inhabitants. Gemma, Jayne, Ryan, Louise, and the rest are all well-developed, complex characters …
~VALERIE’S MUSINGS

The mystery is intriguing and the characters are engaging. I’m ready for the next book!
~Reading Is My SuperPower

A strong cast of characters with an eye for solving the case and a great story that will keep you engaged until the end.
~Shelley’s Book Case

What a great find for a Sherlock Holmes fan!
~The Book’s the Thing

This cozy mystery is going to please many Sherlock fans. The entire time I was reading this book, I felt like one if not all the televised Sherlocks were visiting my mind.
~Bibliophile Reviews

If you’re already a Sherlock Holmes aficionado this book will make you happier than a chocoholic in a Godiva factory; if you’re not, you will be by the time you finish reading.
~Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries and Meows!

It was well written and the plot was excellent. Again, I was totally surprised by the ending of this book and who the killer was.
~Melina’s Book Blog

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Mar 222017
 


Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
I am so happy to welcome Laura Bradford back to Escape With Dollycas today!

Dessert: The Best Therapist of All
By Laura Bradford
Author of The Silence of the Flans

(Guest Post provided by publicist.)

I love treats.

In fact, with the lone exception of a really odd period during my early childhood when I didn’t like (*gasp*) candy, I can say edible treats have been my go-to during all sorts of moments in my life. It’s become such a given that I actually equate certain treats with specific needs/issues/moods, ala Pavlov’s Dog.

On days when snow cancels school in our district, I like warm, fresh-from-the-oven chocolate chip cookies. With a big glass of milk…

When I’m in the final throes of a deadline, I reach for a bowl of candy corn and a box of Milk Duds. Not the healthiest thing, I know, but it gets me through…

When I’m low energy (whether physically or mentally), I have a hankering for brownies…

If I’m under the weather, I like hot chocolate and a piece of chocolate…

The moment the Christmas tree comes out, I’m envisioning white chocolate mousse pastry puffs and fudge…

Yeah, yeah, I know dessert isn’t the healthiest part of the day, but smiling is pretty important, right?

So, when I’m asked how I came up with the idea for the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries, it was really just right there in front of me the whole time. Because, when you think about it, sometimes when you’re blue or tired or stressed or heartbroken or low on motivation or angrier than you’ve ever been in your life, the quickest way to turn things around is with a treat. Does the treat fix those things on its own? Probably not. But, at least for me, it puts that all important smile on my face that does, invariably, lead to things turning around. And that’s the ultimate goal, isn’t it?

I have no doubt that if Winnie Johnson (my main character) and her Emergency Dessert Squad were here in my town, I’d be a loyal (read: reward card carrying) customer and she’d be on my speed dial.

I might even be willing to help her solve a murder or two.

~Laura
Thank you Laura for visiting today!

The Silence of the Flans
(An Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Ohio
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Release Date – March 7, 2017
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425280904
E-Book ASIN: B01H17UCGG

 

 

Baker Winnie Johnson does her best work when the heat is on. As owner of the Emergency Dessert Squad, she has a deft touch in the kitchen and a soft spot for lost causes. So when her business professor beau, Jay Morgan, expresses misgivings over having to fail one of his fourth-year students, Winnie cooks up a sweet solution.

She’ll offer an extra credit opportunity in exchange for a little help with her growing business. But when her protégé’s first dessert delivery poisons a student journalist, the publicity threatens to burn Winnie’s business to a crisp. Now the entrepreneur-turned-detective must uncover the ingredients behind a recipe for murder before she crumbles under pressure…

RECIPES INCLUDED

About The Author

Laura is the national bestselling author of several mystery series, including the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries, the Amish Mysteries, the Jenkins & Burns Mysteries, and the brand new Tobi Tobias Mysteries. She is a former Agatha Award nominee, and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award in romance. When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, baking, and being an advocate for those living with Multiple Sclerosis.

To learn more, visit her website: www.laurabradford.com, or hang out with her on Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/laurabradfordauthor/?fref=ts. She can also be found occasionally tweeting at: @Bradfordauthor.

 

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Mar 212017
 


Kneaded to Death
(A Bread Shop Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
New Series
Setting – California
Kensington (February 28, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496707727
Kindle ASIN: B01GBAG7KO

 
 
 
 

Everyone swears by Yeast of Eden, the Mexican bread shop in town. But tonight, the only thing on the menu is la muerte . . .

Struggling photographer Ivy Culpepper has lots of soul-searching to do since returning to seaside Santa Sofia, California. That is, until the thirty-six-year-old enters a bread making class at Yeast of Eden. Whether it’s the aroma of fresh conchas in the oven, or her instant connection with owner Olaya Solis, Ivy just knows the missing ingredients in her life are hidden among the secrets of Olaya’s bakery . . .

But Ivy’s spirits crumble when a missing classmate is suddenly discovered dead in her car. Even more devastating, the prime suspect is Olaya Solis herself. Doubting the woman could commit such a crime, Ivy embarks on a murder investigation of her own to prove her innocence and seize the real killer. As she follows a deadly trail of crumbs around town, Ivy must trust her gut like never before—or someone else could be toast!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This series is off to a wonderful start.

Ivy Culpepper has returned to Santa Sofia following her mother’s death to be closer to her father and brother and to deal with her own grief. I myself am dealing with the grief of losing my son so I clearly identified with Ivy’s grief. We all grieve differently and Ivy find herself taking a bread making class at Yeast of Eden, the Mexican bread shop in town. Before they even finish the first lesson one of the students in murdered just outside of the shop. When she learns the owner of the shop is the police’s prime suspect, Ivy starts to poke her nose into the investigation. The bread crumbs she is following lead her somewhere very unexpected. Can her theories really be true or is this just a half baked idea she has come up with to deal with her pain? She rises to the occasion as she tries to catch the real killer.

For me there was much more to this story than a cozy mystery. I was very interested to see how Ivy dealt with her grief. I was happy to see her find a support group in the woman in her bread making class. I have learned how important it is to surround yourself by individuals that have your back and are there for you whenever you need them. For me it has been family, friends and surprisingly an online support group. The theme of this story, the making, kneading and baking the bread was a great way to facilitate just what Ivy needed. Of course, a murder to solve is a great diversion that works in books, not so much in reality. 🙂

The characters in this story are all very well developed. I love the smattering of Spanish within the dialogue. Surprising how much of high school Spanish I remember. Don’t worry everything is translated in a very natural way the does not obstruct but adds to the conversations.

The mystery itself takes some really nice twists to get us to the final reveal. Secrets and surprises drive the plot to a very captivating conclusion.

Ivy grows so much within these pages. Her life is really at a crossroads. I was so happy with the way the story ended.

I am so excited for the next installment of this series. I really want to visit these characters again soon and get to know them even better.

I was nervous about reading this story last week as we hit the two year mark of my son’s death, but in a way I can’t really explain it gave me “food for thought”. Support can be found in so many places. We just need to have the courage to reach out or step into places and circumstances that may be uncomfortable at first but beneficial in the long run. I am not sure if the author’s mission was to give this type of a lesson, but I sure appreciated this story.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

The indefatigable Winnie Archer is a middle school teacher by day, and a writer by night. Born in a beach town in California, she now lives in an inspiring century old house in North Texas and loves being surrounded by real-life history. She fantasizes about spending summers writing in quaint, cozy locales, has a love/hate relationship with both yoga and chocolate, adores pumpkin spice lattes, is devoted to her five kids and husband, and can’t believe she’s lucky enough to be living the life of her dreams.
Visit Winnie online:
WinnieArcher.com

Winnie Archer is the pseudonym for national bestselling author Melissa Bourbon. Learn more at http://melissabourbon.com.
Twitter @MelissaBourbon


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Mar 212017
 

Welcome to New Release Tuesday – March 21 -24, 2017

These books are available this week!

 

Double Up (A Davis Way Crime Caper)

Single Malt Murder: A Whisky Business Mystery

From Fear to Eternity (Matchmaker Mysteries)

Death By Malice 10: Josiah Reynolds Mysteries

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HAPPY READING EVERYONE!!

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Mar 202017
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?
I am surprised, I almost reached my goal last week, thanks to some late night reading Friday and Saturday.
This week I am headed across the pond!

Here’s what I read and what
I have planned for this week.

Books Completed

Grilled For Murder (A Country Store Mystery)
Release Date – May 31, 2016
Setting – Indiana
My Flashback Friday Read – My Review 


Kneaded to Death (A Bread Shop Mystery)
Release Date – February 28, 2017
Setting – California
Review will be up tomorrow!


The Silence of the Flans (An Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery)
Release Date – March 7, 2017
Setting – Ohio
Laura will be my guest this week for Cozy Wednesday!

Currently Reading

Elementary, She Read: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery
Release Date – March 14, 2017
Setting – Massachusetts
For Review

Books Scheduled


Off the Beadin’ Path (Glass Bead Mystery Series)
Release Date – March 11, 2017
Setting – Oregon
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Friday!

Note – There will not be a Flashback Friday post this week 🙂

Kale to the Queen: A Kensington Palace Chef Mystery
Release Date – April 11, 2017
Setting – England
For Review


Gone with the Twins (League of Literary Ladies)
Release Date – March 7, 2017
Setting – Ohio
Kylie will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!

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Happy Reading!!
Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Mar 192017
 

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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.

Happy Sunday Everyone!

When I think of anniversaries I think of happy celebrations. This past Wednesday marked 2 years since my son took his life. Not a happy celebration, so for me “anniversary” is just not the right word. Unlike last year I had decided months ago to just treat it like a normal day on my blog and for the book tours. I filled the day with work and commitments hoping that would push me through the day. Well, that was a mistake because it wasn’t a normal day, it wasn’t a normal week. My filling the week with work has left me feeling overwhelmed and behind in so many things. I had hoped to catch up this weekend but roadblocks just keep throwing themselves in my path.

First due to the weather we had several power and internet outages on Monday.

Then on Tuesday, when I tried to update tour pages on my blog the program had mind of its own and was opening earlier revisions with a many things missing. Confusing to explain, confusing to fix but I finally got the pages updated and the problem seems to have gone away.

Wednesday, the actual day I needed time for myself my email inbox was overflowing with things I needed to handle. To ignore them would have just put me further behind. Wednesday night I couldn’t sleep, that night from 2 years ago, the police at the door telling us our son was gone, just kept replaying itself in my mind and when I did get to sleep the nightmares had returned. When I finally got to sleep it was about 7 a.m. and then of course I didn’t get up on time, again, chasing my tail to get caught up.

Friday, no matter what I did I just couldn’t stay on task and soon it was 6 p.m. and I just had to stop.

Saturday, up early, ready to get caught up, my printer stopped working and Microsoft did some kind of update during the night and the restart took over an hour. I wanted to just do a manual shutdown and start over but the last time I had done that it caused more problems so I waited.

So no, not caught up, still behind. I am hoping today is better. This was just the computer side. I didn’t do hardly any reading this week and no time on the weekend for much reading because of all the time at the computer. Believe me, I have learned my lesson. Next year, I am not scheduling anything for this week.

Now I push forward until Kris’ birthday on March 29. Yes, I will be behind again then too.

~Lori

Weekly Rewind – March 13 – 18, 2017

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #11 2017

Tuesday – New Release Tuesday – March 2017 – Week #2

Plus – #Review / #Giveaway – Death By Chocolate Lab by Bethany Blake

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Janet Finsilver – Author of Murder at the Fortune Teller’s Table – #Review / #Giveaway

Thursday – #Review – Beginner’s Luck by Corinne Scott – Great Escapes Book Tour

Friday – Flashback Friday – Grilled For Murder by Maddie Day #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Old Bones Never Die by Lesley A. Diehl

Plus – Special Guest – Kelly Lane – Author of Cold Pressed Murder @BerkleyMystery #Giveaway

Take some time for yourself this week! You deserve it!

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Mar 182017
 

I am so happy to welcome Kelly Lane to Escape With Dollycas today!
Her latest Olive Grove Mystery was released March 7!

Favorite Scenes from COLD PRESSED MURDER
By Kelly Lane
(Post provided by publicist.)

 

I’ve been asked several times to name my favorite scene in the cozy mystery COLD PRESSED MURDER, book two in Berkley Prime Crime’s OLIVE GROVE MYSTERY series. The story is based around scandal-ridden PR maven Eva Knox and her family at their Georgia olive plantation. And as many times as I’ve been asked to name just one favorite scene, I’ve not yet been able to answer.

I suppose, that’s because naming my favorite scene would be like choosing one of my children over all the others. I can’t do that! Truth be told, there are many scenes in the book that I could call “favorite.”

Fun Smack Talk

For example, I’m always a sucker for any scene with Eva’s nemesis, real estate agent Debi Dicer … she’s just so smug and nasty! Given that Debi loves to talk smack, rubbing Eva’s nose in the fact that Debi’s now seriously dating Eva’s ex-fiancé, Sheriff Buck Tanner, it’s fun to hear in my head what Debi has to say. And I always look forward to Eva’s comebacks. The scenes practically write themselves.

Sister Cross-talk Leads to Drama

When we were looking for ways to lower my word count for the book (I was mere 30,000 words over my limit … ha!) my wonderful editor, Bethany Blair, suggested that I cut the Palatable Pecan restaurant scenes featuring Eva, her two sisters, and friend Precious Darling. However, one of those scenes is a favorite of mine, and in the end, I saved the entire restaurant segment and elected to cut another thread instead.

The restaurant scene with the four women seated at the table is important to the storyline, offering both backstory and set-up for important events to come. Moreover, my favorite part about the scene is the way the women interact with one another as they cross-talk at the dinner table while unexpected drama unfolds. The play between lofty Daphne and flippant Pep was especially fun to write. Pep always cracks me up.

Suspenseful Roadside Scene

Another favorite scene occurs after Eva’s altercation with the sheriff at the Palatable Pecan restaurant. She huffs out of the restaurant and stomps toward home along a deserted country road, in the dark and danger of night.

Because I wrote the story in the first person, there aren’t many opportunities for suspense. However, this scene offered that opportunity. And I took it. Interestingly, it was one of the easiest and quickest scenes to write in the book. And we used it in bookseller promotions.

Heartthrob’s Wit and Humor Offers Contrast

Then there’s the scene with Eva and heartthrob Ian Collier in his HUMMER. Seductive Ian always seems so composed and controlled. And he has a keen Scottish wit and dry humor—an interesting contrast with Eva, who is always in some sort of emotional dither when she finds herself with Ian. And what woman wouldn’t be, with Ian’s killer good looks and mysterious demeanor!
Short Scene Was Last-minute Addition

Likewise, there’s an intriguing night scene with Ian in Eva’s cottage. And it’s obvious that Ian and Eva have some sort of powerful “thing” for one another. Of course, when Ian shows up in the middle of the night at her bedside, Eva is surprised and totally smitten with her hunky neighbor, along with being just a bit mortified by her own appearance. Of course, Ian doesn’t disappoint!

Like Eva’s roadside episode, this was another scene that took relatively no time at all to write. And interestingly, it was a late addition to the story after my editor said she missed Ian in this book after I cut his storyline to accommodate my word count issues (no worries, Ian’s dropped thread is all back in book three)! Anyway, after the big cut, I wrote this short scene to give editor Bethany her Ian fix. And as it turns out, it gives the whole story a lift. I’m so glad Bethany mentioned missing Ian, and that I thought to add the short scene in the very last editing round! There’s a kind of dreamy, fantastical quality about many of Ian’s scenes. This is definitely one of my favorites.

Characters Act Like Magnets

Okay, so if you twisted my arm, and I really had to tell you my very favorite scene, it would most likely be the scene when Buck, Eva and Eva’s dog Dolly are in the backseat of Buck’s SUV, deep in the woods off an old logging trail. For both Buck and Eva, this scene is all about how complicated their lives suddenly have become after rediscovering one another just months earlier, without ever having found “closure” to their ruined relationship eighteen years earlier.

As the two grapple with issues of the past, struggle to define new ground, and unravel secrets, they can’t seem to stop switching back and forth between thinking with their heads and acting with their hearts … or maybe it’s not their hearts at all. Maybe it’s just remembering and reliving the way they once were together, long ago, before life got so complicated. Such a confusing mix of old and new emotions!

When I wrote this scene, I could almost feel Buck’s rugged and warm presence next to me. Remembering some awkward, confused, intimate moments from my own past—trust me, it happened all too often, the awkward, confused moments, that is <eye roll>—I tried to infuse those feelings into Eva’s narrative.

And like so many moments between Eva and Buck, throughout the scene, they’ve got that magnet thing going on … first the magnets are turned so that they oppose one another. Then in a spit second, they’re turned to attract one another. Then they turn again …

And that’s all I’m going to say about that!

~Kelly

Thank you Kelly so much for visiting today. I will be reading and reviewing Cold Pressed Murder soon. 

Cold Pressed Murder (An Olive Grove Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Georgia
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (March 7, 2017)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425277232
Kindle ASIN: B01CZCW4CW

Eva Knox and her quirky Southern family are back in the second in the “intriguing”* culinary mystery series.
 
It’s the pits for the attendees of the annual Farm Family Fare in Abundance, Georgia, when olive oil farmer Eva Knox finds herself in the middle of a murder case…
 
Eva and the residents of Knox Plantation are oozing with excitement over the activities planned for the Farm Family Fare. The weekend event consists of two days of tours, exhibitions, music, tastings, and, most important, cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs from the Chow Network. The enthusiasm, however, begins to dribble away after one of the star chefs goes missing—and is later found dead in the back of a refrigerated truck.

The scandal gets messier after the police discover that Eva’s sister Daphne spent the night with the victim right before he died, making her the prime suspect for his murder. It’s up to Eva, with the help of her other sister, Pep, and her best friend, Precious, to track down the real killer before Daphne finds herself squeezed into handcuffs…

INCLUDES RECIPES!

About The Author

Kelly Lane lives on a farm near Charlottesville, Virginia. In addition to her work as editor and “slush pile reader” for a prominent literary agent, she has penned as a copywriter, journalist, and worked as a business writer, editor, and public relations consultant for Fortune 500 companies. Set on an olive plantation in Southern Georgia, ONE FOOT IN THE GROVE and COLD PRESSED MURDER are the first two books in Kelly Lane’s OLIVE GROVE MYSTERY series published by Berkley Prime Crime. Each book includes original recipes inspired by dishes in the story.

Find out more about Kelly Lane at her webpage here


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Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Mar 182017
 

Old Bones Never Die
by Lesley A. Diehl

 


Old Bones Never Die (Eve Appel Mystery)
Series: Eve Appel Mystery (Book 5)
Publisher: Camel Press (March 15, 2017)
Paperback: 272 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1603813174

Synopsis

Just before Walter Egret is killed in a hit-and-run, he phoned his half-brother Sammy to report that he’d unearthed their missing father’s pocket watch, along with a pile of human bones. The project is put on hold until it can be determined if the site is an Indian burial ground. Then the bones disappear.

Now Sammy and his brother’s three orphaned children want Eve Appel to go pro, applying her innate snoopiness to the trade of private investigator.

Eve already has her hands full with her two consignment stores. What is she going to do? Sammy and Walter are Miccosukee Indians, and Walter was employed as a backhoe operator on a construction site for a sportsmen’s resort. Was Walter’s death murder or an accident? If the bones belong to Sammy’s father, how did they get there? Delving into these mysteries, Eve is aided by her usual crew of friends and family. This adventure will not only up the stakes for Eve as an investigator, but it will also open her eyes to life possibilities she never imagined.

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About The Author –

Lesley retired from her life as a professor of psychology and reclaimed her country roots by moving to a small cottage in the Butternut River Valley in upstate New York.  In the winter she migrates to old Florida—cowboys, scrub palmetto, and open fields of grazing cattle, a place where spurs still jingle in the post office, and gators make golf a contact sport.  Back north, the shy ghost inhabiting the cottage serves as her literary muse.  When not writing, she gardens, cooks and renovates the 1874 cottage with the help of her husband, two cats and, of course, Fred the ghost, who gives artistic direction to their work.

She is the author of a number of mystery series (Microbrewing Series, Big Lake Mystery Series, Eve Appel Mystery Series and the Laura Murphy Mysteries), a standalone mystery (Angel Sleuth) and numerous short stories.   

 

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March 16 – My Journey Back – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY  
March 17 – Books,Dreams,Life – SPOTLIGHT
March 18 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT
March 18 – Queen of All She Reads – REVIEW, GUEST POST
March 19 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW
March 20 – A Blue Million Books – CHARACTER GUEST POST
March 21 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT
March 21 – Books Direct – GUEST POST
March 22 – Bibliophile Reviews –  REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST
March 22 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – SPOTLIGHT
March 23 – Rainy Day Reviews – REVIEW
March 24 – Island Confidential – CHARACTER INTERVIEW, SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY
March 25 – Lori’s Reading Corner – GUEST POST
March 26 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY  
March 26 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – REVIEW
March 27 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW
March 27 – Babs Book Bistro – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY  
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