Jun 302017
 


On Flashback Fridays I will share with you the books I was not able to review
when they were first released that have been screaming at me
from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.


Iced to Death
(A Gourmet De-Lite Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Connecticut
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
Published by The Penguin Group
Release Date – March 4, 2014
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425252543
Kindle ASIN: B00EOAS0E0

 

 

Gigi Fitzgerald, owner of Gigi’s Gourmet De-Lite, knows how to put her clients’ cravings on ice. But catching a slippery killer is more of a challenge…

Gigi’s business may be hot, but her home life is leaving her cold. Her sister, Pia, has dropped in for an unannounced visit and, much to Gigi’s chagrin, has immediately fallen for handsome bar owner Declan McQuaid. So when Declan asks Gigi to help him prep for a big engagement party, she’s not only dealing with the heat of the kitchen and her own feelings for Declan, but Pia’s jealousy.

However, Gigi’s rising temperature quickly chills when the host of the party is found stabbed to death with an ice pick in back of the pub. Now, as Gigi’s beau, Detective Mertz, hones in on Declan as a possible murderer, Gigi will have to shave down the growing list of suspects quickly, before Pia’s newfound love interest finds himself locked in the cooler…

INCLUDES DELICIOUS—AND HEALTHY—RECIPES!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Gigi’s Gourmet De-Lite has added several new customers but it is helping out Declan McQuaid with an engagement party at his bar that gets Gigi in hot water this time. Leaving the bar after the party and a drink with the hunky Declan, she finds the the father of the groom dead in the parking lot. She has to call her boyfriend Detective Mertz to report the body and when he arrives she is going to have to explain why she was still at the bar. To make matters worse the murder weapon was from the bar and Declan is the police’s prime suspect.

Gigi also has a house guest. Her sister Pia has unexpectedly come to town and has no definite plans on when she is leaving. But Pia met this handsome bar owner (Declan) and thinks he just may be Mr. Right.

Gigi starts investigating to help Declan and her sister’s heart. She has many more suspects than Mertz, she just needs to grill the right one.

I really like these characters. Gigi is all about healthy eating but even she breaks down to share a pizza with her sister (using a paper towel to remove as much of the grease as possible). Declan, the local tavern owner would love to get much closer to Gigi, not Pia, but her heart right now belongs to the good detective. Mertz and Gigi are taking things slow. Even when things start to move a little faster they are always interrupted by something. It was fun seeing how this romantic triangle progresses. Pia is an artist and never stays in one place for long and there is usually a man involved when she decides to hit the road. All these relationships are very believable.  Ms. Cochran’s character building is top-notch, including the new characters brought together for the mystery in this book.

The author has cooked up a way to not only keep readers on our toes but gives us an outcome that made perfect sense.  The plots and subplots in Iced to Death blend together very naturally. Most of the suspects are either Gigi’s clients or connected to one of them. This enables her to conduct her “investigation” through her normal activities. I don’t know how she juggled everything and never missed a meal or a delivery but she did. The woman does have a lot on her plate.

Another tasty mystery from Peg Cochran. I loved it!

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About The Author

Mystery writing lets Peg indulge her curiosity under the guise of “work” (aka research). As a kid, she read the entire set of children’s encyclopedias her parents gave her and has been known to read the dictionary. She put pen to paper at age seven when she wrote plays and forced her cousins to perform them at Christmas dinner. She switched to mysteries when she discovered the perfect hiding place for a body down the street from her house.

When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading, cooking, spoiling her granddaughter and checking her book’s stats on Amazon.

A former Jersey girl, Peg now resides in Michigan with her husband and Westhighland white terrier, Reg. She is the author of the Sweet Nothings Lingerie series (written as Meg London), the Gourmet De-Lite series, the Lucille series and now the Cranberry Cove series. Her newest series, the Farmer’s Daughter, debuted with No Farm, No Foul in September 2016. Sowed to Death was released July 4, 2017.

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Oct 272016
 

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The Corpse with the Ruby Lips (A Cait Morgan Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Setting – Hungary

TouchWood Editions (November 1, 2016)
Paperback: 240 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1771511957
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Quirky criminology professor Cait Morgan is invited to be a guest lecturer at a Budapest university, and although she’s hesitant to go without her husband and trusted sidekick, Bud, who must stay home to care for his aging parents, she decides to make the month-long trip on her own.

Soon after arriving, one of her new students, Zsofia, pleads with Cait to help her uncover any clues about her grandmother’s unsolved murder, which happened decades ago on the campus of Cait’s own home university in Canada. Cait agrees, but when she is repeatedly hassled by an creepy colleague, and as bizarre details about Zsofia’s family members come to light, Cait is beset by uncertainty.

As she gets closer to the truth, Cait’s investigation puts the powers-that-be on high alert, and her instincts tell her she’s in grave danger. Bud races to Budapest to come to Cait’s side, but will it be too late?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Another adventure with Cait Morgan and I can’t lie I was nervous about her traveling without her hubby, Bud, at her side. Not that I think a woman needs a man to travel with her, they just work so well together and he centers her. Her photographic memory is a huge advantage to solving any mysteries thrown at her but she needs Bud to bounce ideas off of and when she goes into a little trance to order her thoughts I feel better when he is with her.

In this story she has traveled to Budapest for a month long class at a university. Who knew she would meet people with so many ties to her university back in Canada? One of her students quickly asks her for help in solving her grandmother’s murder that happened years before Cait even started at the college. She discusses it with Bud via Skype and he knew she was going to investigate no matter what he said and told her he would look into the case on his end. Soon Bud is told not to look any further and Cait is threatened as well. But even as she tries to back off she realizes it may be too late and Bud isn’t there to save her this time.

Cathy Ace tells such a great story. This one has so many layers, as we get deeper and deeper into the story the pace and the danger pick up. Soon the pages are flying and I am on the edge of my seat until the very end. This one is a little different from other stories by this author in that it is a cold case and she has no idea who could be the suspects. This is unlike the closed roomed mysteries she has solved before.

In addition to the mystery, we follow Cait as she does a little sightseeing and the descriptions were wonderful. I will never get to Budapest but through Cait’s eyes I enjoyed my little virtual vacation. She also introduces us to the history of the region too and how it affected people, choices they made, and the ways their lives were changed by those choices. Some secrets that were never brought to light before are uncovered.

I have said it before, Cathy Ace has a unique writing style that captures you from page one and doesn’t let go. When you sit down to start reading any of the stories in this series you are going to be there until you reach the end. I recommend all the books in this series. They each can be read on their own but as soon as you read one, you are going to want to read the rest.

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About The Author –

Cathy Ace loves crime! It’s true – she discovered Nancy Drew in her local library, then found Agatha Christie on her Mum’s bookshelves, and she never looked back. Cathy happily admits that the characters she met between the book-covers as a child have influenced her writing. “Nancy Drew was plucky, strong and independent, and Agatha Christie’s puzzles engaged me every time. I love the sort of book that mixes intricate plotting with a dash of danger, and that’s what I’ve tried to create with my Cait Morgan Mystery Series. Beginning my new series, featuring the women of the WISE Enquiries Agency, I have been able to indulge my love of stately homes, village life and the interplay between characters that can take place in that sort of setting.”

Born and raised in Swansea, South Wales, Cathy is, like her heroine Cait Morgan, now a Canadian citizen. “Cait’s Welsh Canadian, as am I. They say ‘write what you know’, so a short, plus-sized Welsh woman, who’s quite bossy, fits the bill! But Cait and I are not one and the same: she’s got skills and talents I don’t possess,and I’m delighted to say that I don’t usually encounter corpses wherever I go! I’ve also chosen to burrow even deeper into my roots by creating a new cast of characters in the WISE women who come from all four corners of the United Kingdom and work in a uniquely British setting – a ducal estate set in the rolling Welsh countryside of the Wye Valley in Powys, where I spent a good deal of time when I was young.”

With a successful career in marketing having given her the chance to write training courses and textbooks, Cathy has now finally turned her attention to her real passion: crime fiction. Her short stories have appeared in multiple anthologies. Two of her works, “Dear George” and “Domestic Violence”, have also been produced by Jarvis & Ayres Productions as “Afternoon Reading” broadcasts for BBC Radio 4.

Cathy now writes two series of traditional mysteries: The Cait Morgan Mysteries (TouchWood Editions) and The WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries (Severn House Publishers).

Cathy is proud to be Chair of Crime Writers of Canada,  a member of Sisters in Crime, the Crime Writers Association, and Mystery Writers of America.

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Sep 292016
 

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I caught up on this series looking forward to Sofie’s visit today!
I am thrilled she is here today and thrilled to catch up Owen and Hercules!

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Lessons from a Cat by Sofie Kelly:

paws-and-effectKC was a little calico cat that lived three houses away from me. Our friendship was cemented when we both had surgery at the same time several years ago, me to repair my right leg and her to remove a small growth on her neck. The general consensus was that KC was definitely the better patient. These are some of the lessons she taught me:

You can’t make people like you.

I’d tried for years to make friends with KC. All my efforts were met with less than indifference. As far as the cat was concerned I didn’t exist. It wasn’t until I stopped trying to befriend her that she decided I might be worth knowing.

Don’t be afraid to look a little silly.

After surgery I had a massive cast on my leg from toes to mid-thigh and saying I was ungainly on crutches is an understatement. I didn’t want people to see how awkward I was. KC was wearing a big plastic cone. That didn’t stop her from being out and around, even though she had to go through the door with her head at an angle.

When in doubt take a nap.

Preferably in the sunshine, on a nice warm lap, although blankets fresh out of the dryer are good, too.

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Show your appreciation.

Being in that collar meant it was impossible for KC to scratch behind her own ears. So I’d do that for her. And I was rewarded with lots of purring, a reminder that everyone needs to hear more than whining at least once in a while.

Guilt is a waste of time.

So you got cat hair all over the clean clothes because you decided to take a nap in the laundry basket. Or you destroyed someone’s favourite coffee cup because crutches are a lot harder to use than they look. Wallowing in guilt for the rest of the day isn’t going to change anything.

Looking good takes work.

Especially if you’re in a five pound cast or a plastic cone. However neither is an excuse to let yourself go even if you can’t wash your own hair or get dust bunnies off your own ears.

Curiosity did not kill the cat but it can kill an afternoon.

For instance, how many things can you knock off the table with a crutch or a tail before someone gets mad?

And lastly,

If you’re cute you can get away with almost anything.

~Sofie

 

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Paws and Effect
(A Magical Cats Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Setting – Minnesota
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (October 4, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451472168
E-Book ASIN: B01AHKXJ78
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Magical cats Owen and Hercules and resourceful librarian Kathleen Paulson are back in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Faux Paw

Kathleen is excited to meet three old pals of her beau, Detective Marcus Gordon, while they visit charming Mayville Heights on business. But the reunion is cut short when one of the friends is killed—and the evidence points toward Marcus as the murderer.

Though it seems she doesn’t know all of Marcus’s secrets, Kathleen is sure he’s no killer. With his suspect status sidelining him from investigating the case, it’s up to Kathleen and her feline partners-in-crime to find whoever is framing Marcus—and make sure the good detective hasn’t found his last clue.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

In this 8th installment of this very popular series, Kathleen is fighting to show her boyfriend, Detective Marcus Gordon, had nothing to do with the death of his friend. Again Owen and Hercules offer their assistance along with Marcus’ partner to find the real killer.

Sofie Kelly has given us another dynamite mystery with plenty of clues for the characters and readers to follow, but the feline tenacity plays a major part in the solution. I don’t want to spoil anything but one of the cats plays a hero at the end and it is much more than magical.

The characters in this series really resonate with me. Kathleen loves living in Mayville Heights and her job at the library. Her relationship with Marcus is moving at a nice pace. She has made some great friends in her short time in town. Marcus takes his job seriously and does his best to keep Kathleen out of his investigations but realizes she has great insight. And I love the way they volunteer to take care of the feral cat population at Wisteria Hill. Since he has been taken off this case along with his partner, Kathleen tries to keep him in the dark until she needs answers to questions only he can answer.

Owen and Hercules have much more to their story. They are magical in certain physical abilities but they are intuitive as well and truly seem to understand the English language very well. Being feral brings in another element. Not just anyone can scratch them behind the ears or just reach out and pet them. They have their people who they will protect and comfort. Treats like bacon and toys like Fred the chicken give certain people just a little advantage. I love these cats and it makes me miss mine every time I read one of this stories.

The author all balances the drama with the fun “purrfectly”! Paws and Effect is a wonderful addition to this series.

I should note you can read this book without reading any of the others as the author includes plenty of background while still leaving plots of previous books a mystery.

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Sep 222016
 

I wasn’t ready to read this when it arrived in February as the holidays had been hard. Then I learned the the series had been cancelled by the publisher and felt horrible that I didn’t do as much promotion as I could have. After reading it this past weekend I feel the publisher made a huge mistake publishing it in February. A December or even January release could have changed the sales for this book immensely and could have saved this series from the chopping block.  

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It’s a Wonderful Knife (Comfort Food)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – New York
An Obsidian Mystery (February 2, 2016)
New American Library
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Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451474094
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Comfort food and murder are on the holiday menu in the latest mystery from the national bestselling author of Macaroni and Freeze . . .

All Trixie Matkowski wants for Christmas is a break—just not the broken leg she got after slipping on some ice. With Sandy Harbor alive in the hustle and bustle of the season, it’s the busiest time of the year at Trixie’s Silver Bullet Diner. There are millions of things to do, including cater the town’s annual Christmas pageant and community dinner with some delicious holiday comfort food.

But the festivities turn into a bit of a turkey after Liz Fellows, the director of the pageant, is found with Trixie’s butcher knife in her back. Now Trixie must help the police arrest the scary gentleman—or lady—guilty of the crime if she hopes to get herself off the naughty list.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This book is set at Christmas time in Sandy Harbor, but I read this book at the perfect time for me. I needed to laugh and laugh hard and Christine Wenger delivered just the right package to allow me to do just that.

Trixie Matkowski loves Christmas, the decorating, the food and the traditions. She has rituals she follows every year. This year just as she is getting read to start her decorating routine. she falls and falls hard on the ice. Instead of hanging all the bright and shiny holiday things, she is in the blinding light of the emergency room getting a huge cast on her leg.

Her friends Antoinette Chloe Brown (ACB) and Deputy Ty Brisco call in reinforcements to not only handle the decorating but Trixie’s Silver Bullet Diner and all the catering jobs she has scheduled. Everything seems to be under control until Christmas Pageant Director Liz Fellows is found in the church kitchen with Trixie’s knife in her back. At least the fine deputy doesn’t suspect Trixie but he knows a pair of crutches isn’t going to keep her from meddling in his investigation.

Hilarity ensues in this fantastic addition to this series. I found myself reading out loud several passages to anyone that would listen. When Trixie and ACB make up their mind to do something, snow, wind, or a measly broken leg will not stop them from doing exactly what Ty told them not to do.

This story is my favorite one in this series. The plot was not only full of surprising mystery twists it brings us many surprising characters. It also brings a moment that I have been waiting  for since book one!

I loved, loved, LOVED! this story! I cannot believe the publisher pulled the plug on this series. The characters are fabulous, the mysteries are fun and well developed. Sandy Harbor is the perfect small town. Please Christine, don’t leave us hanging! I hope you have the option to self publish more in this series or find a new publisher to see what a treasure they are.

You can read Christmas stories any time of year, winter, summer, spring or fall. And you will fall hard for the characters and want to read all 5 of these books. Then you will be with me hoping and praying for book #6!!

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#Review – Second Honeymoons Can Be Murder by Susan Santangelo

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Aug 162016
 

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Second Honeymoons Can Be Murder
(A Baby Boomer Mystery)
Cozy Mystery

6th in Series
Setting – Florida
Suspense Publishing (February 16, 2016)
Paperback: 226 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0692530528
E-Book ASIN: B019NW2ITG
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Carol Andrews can’t believe her luck when her husband, Jim, surprises her with a second honeymoon trip to Florida. But there’s a catch—it’s really a business trip, not the romantic getaway Carol expects. Jim’s been called out of retirement to create a marketing plan for a new television game show aimed at Baby Boomers, The Second Honeymoon Game, and the pilot episode will be shot in the Sunshine State. The honeymoon is really over when the show’s executive producer, none other than Carol’s grammar school boyfriend, winds up dead on Carol and Jim’s first night in Florida. And their son, Mike, is the police’s number one suspect.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

We have gotten to know Carol and Jim Andrews pretty well with this being the 6th book in the series. I love the way Carol tells us the story and the way she talks to her dogs but also directly to the reader. It makes her more realistic. She is still her over-the-top self and just when I was starting to like her “beloved” husband Jim, he was back to his old self in this story, leaving Carol out of things and putting her off when she wanted to talk about their son Mike, who they don’t see often because he lives in Florida. I know it was a business trip, but it was also to be a second honeymoon for them. Everything changed when a the producer dies, but I think even without the dead body Jim would have been in full on work mode, definitely not thinking honeymoon in any way shape or form.

I was sailing through this book and really enjoying it, until yet again suicide becomes a topic. I reviewed a book last week that also triggered my grief a bit but was able to skim that minor part and continue to enjoy the story. This time is was a pivotal part to the story. It really was close to what our family went through and something I hope and pray the future doesn’t hold for us or anyone who loses a child to suicide goes through. I pushed on and finished the story but it was with a lot of tears.

Now if you are not facing a situation like I am, you would enjoy this story because Carol and Jim are quite a couple and some of their antics will have you laughing out loud. If you are a “baby boomer”, you will enjoy it even more. Susan Santangelo writes great stories full of wit and following Carol and her friends as they “investigate” never has a dull moment.

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Mar 312016
 

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The Corpse With The Garnet Face
by Cathy Ace

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The Corpse with the Garnet Face
(A Cait Morgan Mystery)

7th in Series
Genre – Cozy Mystery
Setting – Amsterdam
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: TouchWood Editions (April 12, 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-1771511650
ASIN: B019O1BNX8
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Synopsis

The seventh book in the Cait Morgan series, the eccentric Welsh criminologist–sleuth travels to Amsterdam to track down the murderer of her husband’s long-lost uncle.

Cait’s husband, Bud, is just as surprised to find out he has an uncle as he is to find out that Uncle Jonas is now dead. Bud’s mother insists that Uncle Jonas was a bad child—a disposition made apparent, she believes, by the large purple birthmark covering most of his face. But in a letter he left for Bud, Uncle Jonas insists that he was driven away by hatred, and entreats his nephew to clear his name.

With an old iron key as their only clue, Cait and Bud travel to Amsterdam to solve the cryptic message left by Jonas, and honor the dying wish of a long-lost relative.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This was a little bit different than the previous stories in this series. Bud and Cait do not go to Amsterdam in search of a murderer. They go there because of a letter Bud receives from his uncle, a man he never even knew existed. While there he wants to find out about the man so he can tell his mother about the brother that she hasn’t seen or heard from in years. Uncle Jonas has laid out a complex journey that takes Cait and Bud about the town and countryside meeting his “friends”. Cait’s curiosity is peaked early on, she believes there is much more to Jonas’ story and she starts to think the man may have murdered. Bud thinks her imagination is running away with her after solving so many murder cases.

Uncle Jonas’ complex requests mean the Cathy Ace has written a complex mystery in a way that only she can. While the entire area in and around Amsterdam is the setting for this story, the suspects become limited to a certain group of people setting up a variation of the locked room mystery that this author does so well. I will admit I was a good way into the book before I realized murder had not really been mentioned. I was so caught up in all the places Bud and Cait were going, the people they were meeting and the unique house where Jonas lived, that when foul play started to be discussed I was thinking like Bud. Cait, using her photographic memory realized things both Bud and I had missed. With just a little more investigating more was revealed. When she confronted the group with her findings the complex became crystal clear.

Cathy Ace has a unique writing style. and the characters she creates have depth. Uncle Jonas had a large birthmark on his face. I grew up knowing someone that had a similar birthmark. While Bud’s mother thought this made Jonas “bad”, we do know our outside appearance can affect us in immeasurable ways. The man I knew personally wasn’t a “bad” man, but he grew up with a great group of friends that could see beyond the mark on his face. Jonas wasn’t fortunate to have the same. Starting with his father and on through life, people could not look at him, shied away, and even thought him to be “bad”. The basic question of nature vs. nurture plays out in this story.  Jonas was a very interesting man with a great talent.

This author always takes us on an adventure. She always make us think. She always brings the setting to life. For those reasons this is one of my favorite series.

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2cathyAbout The Author

Originally from Wales, now-Canadian Cathy Ace writes the Cait Morgan Mysteries. Her series has found her criminal psychologist, foodie sleuth stumbling upon Corpses with a Silver Tongue , a Golden Nose, an Emerald ThumbPlatinum HairSapphire EyesDiamond Hand and, now Garnet Face, a during her globetrotting. The winner of The Bony Blithe Award for Best Light Mystery in 2015, when not helping Cait solve traditional, closed-circle mysteries, Cathy’s a keen gardener, ably assisted by her green-pawed chocolate Labradors.

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Mar 252016
 

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On Flashback Fridays I will share with you the books I missed when they were first
released that have been screaming at me from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.
Another one from my Kindle.

CORPSE DIAMOND COVER

The Corpse with the Diamond Hand
(A Cait Morgan Mystery)
6th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Hawaii – Cruise Ship
Touchwood Editions (October 13, 2015)
Paperback: 240 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1771511445
E-Book – ASIN: B012EHNWB0
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Cait and Bud have set sail on a romantic and worry-free Hawaiian honeymoon cruise, but when a man drops dead at their card table, Cait can’t help but lend her expertise. The sudden death appears to have been from natural causes, but Cait suspects something sinister, and with only two days left at sea—and thousands of possible suspects—she and Bud join the head of security in an investigation. However, the unique circumstances of an at-sea investigation mean their involvement cannot be official, and Cait must lean on her charm to conduct her own covert interviews.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Cait and Bud finally are off on their honeymoon. A romantic cruise from Hawaii to Canada. They even get to visits the Hawaiian Islands. A trip I would love to take. As they are enjoying some time in the ship’s game room one of the ship’s staff goes into convulsions and dies. Most think natural causes, but Cait thinks murder. Before the ship docks in Canada she has to prove it. So she and Bud inform the ship’s head of security of the backgrounds and qualifications. He decides begrudgingly to let them assist in his investigation.

Cathy Ace gives us another great mystery where Cait tunes in her Eidetic memory to help solve the case. This is basically a closed room mystery and Cathy Ace writes this style brilliantly. Cait and Bud are the perfect team. They play to each other strengths and are very friendly and non-threatening in their way of interviewing suspects. In fact most of the suspects thought they were just talking about the death with another couple that was in the room when it occured. I love the way it played out.

Cathy Ace brings us right aboard that cruise ship to travel with Cait and Bud. I just feel bad their romantic getaway was ruined. The spent their last days chasing down clues instead of relaxing. The were able to see a few sunsets and visit their favorite bar on the ship often but most of the time the investigation was all they had on their minds.

As all the novels in this series, I read it all in one evening. They are hard to put down.

While part of a series this book can definitely be read as a stand alone, but I bet you will want to read them all.

 perfect 2016

Dollycas

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2cathy

About This Author

Originally from Wales, now-Canadian Cathy Ace writes the Cait Morgan Mysteries. In The Corpse with the Silver Tongue her foodie criminologist sleuthed in the south of France. The Corpse with the Golden Nose found Cait sniffing out a killer in BC’s vineyards. The Corpse with the Emerald Thumb met her when she was meddling in murders in Mexico. This time Cait is caught up in a true closed-room mystery in a classy casino restaurant in Las Vegas. When not helping Cait solve traditional, closed-circle mysteries, Cathy’s a keen gardener, ably assisted by her green-pawed chocolate Labradors.

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Twitter: @AceCathy

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Feb 122016
 

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On Flashback Fridays I will share with you the books I missed when they were first
released that have been screaming at me from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.

MACARONI AND FREEZE
Macaroni and Freeze:
A Comfort Food Mystery

4th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – New York
An Obsidian Mystery (July 7, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451474087
E-Book ASIN: B00PT4J1UW
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When the library roof collapses from the harsh winter weather, diner owner and comfort food chef Trixie Matkowski decides to organize a mac-and-cheese cook-off to raise funds for repairs. Priscilla Finch-Smythe, famous TV chef and former Sandy Harbor resident, is not only available to judge the contest—she’s offering an appearance on her show as the grand prize.

Trixie hopes that winning first place in the cook-off will help boost publicity for her Silver Bullet Diner. But when another winner is announced, and Priscilla is later found frozen in a snowbank, Trixie starts getting attention from the police instead. Now she’ll have to noodle over this mystery before everything really goes to pot….

Includes Delicious Home-Style Recipes

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Never a dull moment when Trixie is around. That woman get herself into all kinds of predicaments. This time too much snow collapses the roof of the local library. Everyone got out safe but it is going to take a lot of money to repair the building and replace the damaged books and equipment. Trixie’s mouth gets ahead of her brain and before she knows it she is planning a Macaroni and Cheese cook-off fundraiser. Things snowball and soon famous chef, Priscilla Finch-Smythe is on her way to Sandy Harbor to judge the competition and offering the winner a guest spot on her tv show. Trixie had no idea the woman was from Sandy Harbor. The woman has all kinds of demands and a big motor home. She also has her staff of two, one is her stepson, along for the ride and they sure don’t see eye to eye on anything. Trixie just hopes they can make enough money for the library and get a little bit of publicity for the diner.

The contest brings a slew of cooks to town including a couple of professional chefs looking to win and gain or regain a little fame with the grand prize. Soon after the winner is named, a stiff is found in the parking lot. Priscilla Finch-Smythe’s life has come to a chilly end and there are plenty of suspects. Who killed the tv cook and left her out in the cold? Trixie plans to find out but she may end up getting a deep freeze herself.

Reading this book during a cold snap here in Wisconsin I was literary feeling the “freeze” in this story and it was funny, my hubby had whipped up a batch of his homemade mac and cheese for supper. He saw the cover of the book and we had a little chuckle.

The cover of the book is wonderful but the Sandy Harbor Library sounds like it was a truly beautiful place, complete with some stained glass. I loved the way the town rallied together to make this fundraiser happen even when it was snowing and blowing and travel was a bit treacherous at times.

This time Trixie is one of the suspects, of course, hunky Sheriff Ty Briscoe doesn’t think she had anything to do with it but he basically puts her under house/diner arrest with Antoinette Chloe Brown (ACB) as her gatekeeper. He really just wants to keep Trixie safe and out of his investigation, like that is going to happen.

Christine Wenger has the perfect recipe for an absolutely delightful cozy mystery. The residents of Sandy Harbor are like old friends and the welcome us in with open arms and delicious food. The new characters make a nice offset to the gang we have come to love. The plot is tight and the twists are plentiful. The romantic tension is palpable. I can’t be the only one that wants to see Trixie grab Ty and just kiss him already 🙂 I also want to get ACB a pair of boots with flips flops painted on them. Flip flops in the snow?? Girl you are going to lose some toes!!

This was a fun read from start to finish. I am glad I had some Mac & Cheese to snack because damn, a girl can get hungry when reading these stories!

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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AND GOOD RIDDANCE!

We all know personally 2015 was the worst year of my whole life, but I threw myself into this blog and the book tours.

In 2015, I read 196 books, 54165 pages, gave away 282 books, organized 168 book tours, and completed all but 1 of my challenges. It was a fantastic year in my virtual world.

Since I need this to qualify as my Challenge Wrap Up Post, this is how I did:

 

2015 Challenges

2015RC HowManyBooks-hostingI signed up at Level 2 – 150 books

My list is on GoodReads shelf here.

my read-2015 shelf:
LORI CASWELL's book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (read-2015 shelf)

alphabet 2015A. All The President’s Menus by Julie Hyzy
B. BIG MOJO by Jack Getze
C. Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardner
D. Devil in the Deadline by LynDee Walker
E. An Early Wake by Sheila Connolly
F. Feta Attraction by Susannah Hardy
G. Garden of Death by Chrystle Fiedler
H. How to Catch A Cat by Rebecca M. Hale
I. In Hot Water by J.J. Cook
J. The Jesus Cow by Michael Perry
K. A Killer Retreat by Tracy Weber
L. Lie of the Needle by Cate Price
M. Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule by Jennifr Chiaverini
N. New Uses For Old Boyfriends by Beth Kendrick
O. One Garish Ghost & Blueberry Peach Jam by Jennifer Fischetto
P. Passing Through Perfect by Bette Lee Crosby
Q. To Quiet in Brooklyn by Susan Russo Anderson
R. A Root Awakening by Kate Collins
S. A Seamless Murder by Melissa Bourbon
T. Tales From Suburbia by Brandi Haas
U. Under the Cajun Moon by Mindy Starns Clark
V. Visions of Sugarplums by Jennifer Blake
W. Wedding Duress by Elizabeth Lynn Casey
X. X Out of Wonderland by David Allan Cates
Y. Yarned and Dangerous by Sadie Hartwell
Z. The Alpine Zen by Mary Daheim

just for fun 2015JanuaryApple Turnover Murder by Joanne Fluke
February – Book Fair and Foul by Erika Chase
March – The Body in the Boudoir by Katherine Page Hall
April – Almost Always by Bobbi Reed
May – The Body in the Piazza
June – Devil’s Food Cake Murder by Joanna Fluke
July – Death is Like A Box of Chocolates by Kathy Aarons
August – The Corpse With the Platinum Hair by Cathy Ace
September – For Whom The Blue Bell Tolls by Beverly Allen
October – Farewell, Dorothy Parker by Ellen Meister
November – Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death by Mark Reutlinger
December – Snow Way Out by Christine Husom

ANIMAL READING CHALLENGE

 1. A Killer Retreat by Tracy Weber
2. Kill ’em With Cayenne by Gail Oust
3. Kelly’s Koffee Shop by Dianne Harman
4. Fry Another Day by J.J. Cook
5. Romeow and Juliet by Kathi Daley
6. Lie of the Needle by Cate Price
7. Arsenic and Old Books by Miranda James
8. License to Dill by Mary Ellen Hughes
9. The Mad Catter by Kathi Daley
10. How to Catch A Cat by Rebecca M. Hale
11. Denim in Demise by Duffy Brown
12. Hot Fudge Frame Up by Christine DeSmet
13. Seven Threadly Sins by Janet Bolin
or more.

Challenge Completed April 22, 2015

Cruisinchatting cozies
1. In Hot Water by J.J. Cook
2. Feta Attraction by Susannah Hardy
3. All The President’s Menus by Julie Hyzy
4. A Killer Retreat by Tracy Weber
5. Devil in the Deadline by LynDee Walker
6. Kill ’em With Cayenne by Gail Oust
7. One Garish Ghost & Blueberry Peach Jam by Jennifer Fischetto
8. A Seamless Murder by Melissa Bourban
9. As Gouda As Dead by Avery Aames
10. Kelly’s Koffee Shop by Dianne Harman
11. Cunning Cruise Ship Caper by Sally Carpenter
12. Fry Another Day by J.J. Cook
13. Dead Man Walker by Duffy Brown
14. A Root Awakening by Kate Collins
15. Criminal Confections by Colette London
16. Death and The Redheaded Woman by Loretta Ross
17. This Old Homicide by Kate Carlisle
18. Romeow and Juliet by Kathi Daley
19. Lie of the Needle by Cate Price
20. Arsenic and Old Books by Miranda James

21. Drawing Conclusions by Deirdre Verne
22. The Deep End By Julie Mulhern
23. License to Dill by Mary Ellen Hughes
24. Dang Near Dead by Nancy G. West
25. An Early Wake by Sheila Connolly
26. A Suspendered Sentence by Laura Bradford
27. Murder with Fried Chicken and Waffles by A.L. Herbert
28. Flamenco, Flan, and Fatalities by Mary McHugh
29. Deadlines by E. Hepner
30. The Mad Catter by Kathi Daley
31. Too Cute To Kill by Linda Crowder
32. Main Street Murder by Linda Crowder
33. How to Catch A Cat by Rebecca M. Hale
34. Garden of Death by Chrystle Fiedler
35. Denim in Demise by Duffy Brown
36. Wedding Duress by Elizabeth Lynn Casey
37. Ladle to the Grave by Connie Archer
38. Bridges Burned By Annette Dashofy
39. Hot Fudge Frame Up by Christine DeSmet
40. Dark Chocolate Demise by Jenn McKinlay
41. Seven Threadly Sins by Janet Bolin
42. Lemon Pies and Little White Lies by Ellery Adams
43. Slayed on the Slopes by Kate Dyer Seeley
44. Musseled Out by Barbara Ross
45. Oh Say You Can Your Fudge by Nancy Coco
46. The Final Reveille by Annette Dashofy
47. Deadly Desires at Homey Church Hall by Hannah Dennison
48. The Body in the Birches by Katherine Hall Page
49. Bite the Biscuit by Linda O. Johnston
50.  The Alpine Zen by Mary Daheim
51. The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss by Krista Davis

52. Bubba Done It by Maggie Toussaint
53. A Wee Murder in my Shop by Fran Stewart
54. The Book Stops Here by Kate Carisle
55. Purl Up and Die by Maggie Sefton
56. Death at Timberly by Maithili Pradhan
57. Smothered, Covered and Dead by Liz Lipperman
58. A Fatal Chapter by Lorna Barrett
59. A Bushel Full of Murder by Paige Shelton
60. A Finely Knit Murder by Sally Goldenbaum
61. Dressed to Kill by Lynn Cahoon
62. Justice For Katie by Linda Crowder
63. A Season for Killing Blondes by Joanne Guidoccio
64. Murder at Beechwood by Alyssa Maxwell
65. Fatal Reservations by Lucy Burdette
66. Grace Cries Uncle by Julie Hyzy
67. Butter Off Dead by Leslie Budewitz
68. Fatal Fairies by Joyce and Jim Lavene
69. The Royal Assassin by Kate Parker
70. Peaches and Screams by Susan Furlong
72. Hooked on Ewe by Hannah Reed
73. Death by Didgeridoo by Barbara Venkataraman
74. The Case of the Killer Divorce by Barbara Venkataraman
75. Peril in the Park by Barbara Venkataraman
76. Caught Read-Handed by Terrie Farley Moran
77. Trawling For Trouble by Shelley Freydont
78. The Karma of King Harald by Richard Audry
79. King Harald’s Heist by Richard Audry
80. Fudging the Books by Daryl Wood Gerber
81. The Musubi Murder by Frankie Bow
82. Give Em Pumpkin To Talk About by Joyce and Jim Lavene
83. Fool Me Once by Steven Hockensmith
85. Seniors Sleuth by J.J. Chow
86. Dream A Little Scram by Mary Kennedy
87. Murder in the Paperback Parlor by Ellery Adams
88. Under the Cajun Moon by Mindy Starns Clark
89. Better Homes and Corpses by Kathleen Bridge
90. A Desperate Homecoming by Anna Loan Wilsey
91. Under the Cajun Moon by Mindy Starns Clark
92. Better Homes and Corpses by Kathleen Bridge
93. A Deceptive Homecoming By Anna Loan Wilsey
94. Revenge of the Chili Queens by Kylie Logan
95. Murder on the Horizon by M.L. Rowland
96. If Onions Could Spring Leeks by Paige Shelton
97. Basket Case by Nancy Haddock
98. Truffled to Death by Kathy Aarons
99. Black Cat Crossing by Kay Finch
100. Cancans, Croissants and Caskets by Mary McHugh
Challenge Completed 9/16/2015
101. Law and Author by Erika Chase
102. Threads of Evidence by Lea Wait
103. Move Your Blooming Corpse by D.E. Ireland
104. – The Cracked Spine by Paige Shelton
105. Mission to Kill by Lizbeth Lipperman
106. Looking for Mr. Good Witch by Joyce and Jim Lavene
107. Plantation Shudders by Ellen Bryon
108. Floral Depravity by Beverly Allen
109. Mission Impastable by Sharon Arthur Moore
110. Guaranteed to Bleed by Julie Mulhern
111. Heroes and Hooligans by Amy Metz
112. Murder Plainly Read by Isabella Alan
113. The Skeleton Haunts the House by Leigh Perry
114. Trick or Deadly Treat by Livia J. Washburn
115. The Corpse with the Sapphire Eyes by Cathy Ace
116. Florist Grump by Kate Collins
117. Short and Tall Tales in Goose Pimple Junction by Amy Metz
118. Flipped for Murder by Maddie Day
119. Olive and Let Die by Sussanah Hardy
120. Death Changes Everything by Linda Crowder
121. Trimmed for Murder by Sally Goldenbaum
122. Miss Ruffles Inherits Everything by Nancy Martin
123. Stabbing in the Senate by Colleen J. Shogun
124. Dead Tease by Victoria Houston
125. Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death by Mark Reutlinger
126. A Pain in the Tuchis by Mark Reutlinger
127. Dead to the Last Drop by Cleo Coyle
128. Sweetheart Deal by Linda Joffe Hull
129. Writing All Wrongs by Ellery Adams
130. Cover Shot by LynDee Walker
131. Murder Most Howl by Krista Davis
132. Smart, But Dead by Nancy G. West
133. Bun For Your Life by Karoline Barrett
134. To Brew or Not To Brew by Joyce Tremel
135. Yarned and Dangerous by Sadie Hartwell
136. Murder Fir Christmas by Joyce and Jim Lavene
137. The Conspiring Woman by Kate Parker
138. Dorothy Parker Drank Here by Ellen Meister
139. Engaged in Murder by Barbara Venkataraman
140. Here Today, Gone Tamale by Rebecca Adler
141. A Christmas Mourning by Laura Bradford
142. Rest Ye Murdered Gentkeman by Vicki Delany
Finishing the Series
1. The Body in the Boudior  – The Body in the PiazzaThe Body in the Birches by Katherine Hall Page
2. Too Cute to Kill and Main Street Murder – Justice for Katie – Death Changes Everything by Linda Crowder

where are you reading

1. Tennessee
2. New York
3. Alabama
4. District of Columbia
5. New Jersey
6. Washington
7. New Hampshire
8. Virginia
9. Georgia
10. Minnesota
11. Texas
12. Ohio
13. Oregon
14. Missouri
15. Delaware
16. Indiana
17. Mississippi
18. Pennsylvania
19. Maryland
20. California
21. Wyoming
22. South Carolina
23. Vermont
24. Wisconsin
25. Arizona
26. Connecticut
27. Maine
28. Michigan
29. Iowa
30. Colorado
31. Montana
32. Kentucky
33. Massachusetts
34. Rhode Island
35. Florida
36. Hawaii
37. Louisiana
38. North Carolina
39. Nevada
40. Arkansas
41. South Dakota

Abroad
1. Ireland
2. Spain
3. Italy
4. Amazon Rainforest
5. England
6. Ontario, Canada
7. France
8. Scotland
9. Wales
10. Mexico

literary road trip 2012
1. Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule by Jennifer Chiaverini (Wisconsin Author)
2. License to Dill by Mary Ellen Hughes  (Wisconsin Author)
3. Hot Fudge Frame Up by Christine DeSmet (Wisconsin Author & Setting)
4. The Jesus Cow by Michael Perry (Wisconsin Author & Setting)
5. Hooked on Ewe by Hannah Reed (Wisconsin Author)
6. Lost in America by Laura Fitzferald (Wisconsin Author)
7. Death on the Prairie by Kathleen Ernst (Wisconsin Author)
8. Christmas Bells by Jennifer Chiaverini (Wisconsin Author) 
9. Trimmed for Murder by Sally Goldenbaum (Wisconsin Author)
10. Dead Tease by Victoria Houston (Wisconsin Author) (Wisconsin Setting)

ebookreadingchallenge
1. Tales From Suburbia by Brandi Haas
2. BIG MOJO by Jack Getze
3. A Killer Retreat by Tracy Weber
4. Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardner
5. Devil in the Deadline by LynDee Walker
6. One Garish Ghost & Blueberry Peach Jam by Jennifer Fischetto
7. Kelly’s Koffee Shop by Dianne Harman
8. Cunning Cruise Ship Caper by Sally Carpenter
9. Dead Man Walker by Duffy Brown
10. Criminal Confections by Colette London
11. Death and The Redheaded Woman by Loretta Ross
12. Drawing Conclusions by Deirdre Verne
13. The Deep End By Julie Mulhern
14. Dang Near Dead by Nancy G. West
15. Flamenco, Flan, and Fatalities by Mary McHugh
16. Too Cute To Kill by Linda Crowder
17. Main Street Murder by Linda Crowder
18. The Glassblower’s Wife by Joanna Campbell Slan
19. Bridges Burned By Annette Dashofy
20. The Denim Blue Sea by Joanne DeMaio
21. The Body in the Birches by Katherine Hall Page
22. Deadly Desires at Homey Church Hall by Hannah Dennison
23. A Far Gone Night by John Carnen
24. Dying Brand by Wendy Tyson
25. Bite the Biscuit by Linda O. Johnston
Challenge Complete May 13, 2015 but going to try for the next level of 50.
26. To Quiet in Brooklyn by Susan Russo Anderson  
27. Southern Heat by David Burnsworth
28. When the Balls Drop by Brad Garrett
29. Death at Timberly by Maithili Pradhan
30. Let Me Die In His Footsteps by Lori Roy
31. Smothered, Covered and Dead by Liz Lipperman
32. Dressed to Kill by Lynn Cahoon
33. Justice For Katie by Linda Crowder
34. A Season for Killing Blondes by Joanne Guidoccio
35. Somebody I Used to Know by David Bell
36. Fatal Fairies by Joyce and Jim Lavene
37. Death by Didgeridoo by Barbara Venkataraman
38. The Case of the Killer Divorce by Barbara Venkataraman
39. Peril in the Park by Barbara Venkataraman
40. Trawling For Trouble by Shelley Freydont
41. The Musubi Murder by Frankie Bow
42. Give Em Pumpkin To Talk About by Joyce and Jim Lavene
43. Fool Me Once by Steven Hockensmith
44. Zachary’s Choice by Susie Labonte
45. The Paris Key by Juliet Blackwell
46. The Reckoning Stones by Laura DiSilverio
47. Cancans, Croissants and Caskets by Mary McHugh
48. Lost in America by Laura Fitzferald
49. The Brooklyn Drop by Susan Russo Anderson
50. Move Your Blooming Corpse by D.E. Ireland
Challenge Completed 9/24/2015
51. Mission to Kill by Lizbeth Lipperman
52. Death on the Prairie by Kathleen Ernst
53. Guaranteed to Bleed by Julie Mulhern
54. Heroes and Hooligans by Amy Metz
55. The Corpse with the Sapphire Eyes by Cathy Ace
56. Short and Tall Tales in Goose Pimple Junction by Amy Metz
57. Death Changes Everything by Linda Crowder
58. Dead Tease by Victoria Houston
59. Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death by Mark Reutlinger
60. A Pain in the Tuchis by Mark Reutlinger
61. Sweetheart Deal by Linda Joffe Hull
62. Cover Shot by LynDee Walker
63. Snow Deer and Cocoa Cheer by Joanne DeMaio
64. Smart, But Dead by Nancy G. West
65. Bun For Your Life by Karoline Barrett
66. Yarned and Dangerous by Sadie Hartwell
67. Murder Fir Christmas by Joyce and Jim Lavene
68. The Rise of The Red Queen by Borne Morris
69. Dorothy Parker Drank Here by Ellen Meister70. Engaged in Murder by Barbara Venkataraman
70. Revenge of the Sea by Jesse Giles Christiansen
71. A Christmas Mourning by Laura Bradford
72. Tis the Season by Sharon Pape
72. Visions of Sugarplums by Jennifer Blake

Wow, that is a lot of books! Most are linked to my reviews. I completed all but the Where Are You Reading? Challenge. 41 states, not too bad, maybe in 2016 I will visit them all.

How did you do this year? Books read? Challenges completed? Please share!!

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Dec 262015
 

challenges
It’s that time of year, wrapping up this year’s Reading Challenges and planning for next year’s Reading Challenges.

I keep track of all my challenges on the Reading Challenges Page here on my blog but most challenges do not require a blog. You can keep track on spreadsheet or word document. You can also set up separate bookshelves for each challenge on GoodReads. The important thing is to read books you enjoy and sometimes challenges give us the push we need. This post is about the new 2016 Challenges. I will post a wrap up of my 2015 in early January.

I have already posted about the Challenges I am hosting.

Craving For Cozies Challenge 2016 and the 2016 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge.

472 goodreadsSince 2011 I have participated in and completed the GoodReads Reading Challenge. The link for signing up with be posted on GoodReads soon, usually January 1.

You Read How Many Books

The 2016 You Read How Many Books Challenge is now being hosted by The Crafty Engineer’s Bookshelf, It is for people who read more than 100 books a year.

Choose a Level
Level 1: 100 minimum
Level 2: 150
Level 3: 200
Level 4: 250 or more

I almost made it to 200 books this year which really surprised me, so I am signing up for Level 3 for 2016.

Just click here for more details and to sign up.

 

pages read

The Crafty Engineer’s Bookshelf is also hosting 2016 Pages Read Challenge.  This is a new challenge for me.

Choose a Level
Level 1: 13,000 pages read
Level 2: 26,000 pages read
Level 3: 52,000 pages read
Level 4: 78,000 pages read
Level 5: 104,000 pages read

I am going to strive for Level 3.

Just click here for more details and to sign up.

ebook16

Annette’s Book Spot is again hosting the E-Book Reading Challenge.

Levels:

1. Bits – 5 ebooks
2. Bytes – 10 ebooks
3. Megabytes – 25 ebooks
4. Gigabytes – 50 ebooks
5. Terabytes – 75 ebooks
6. Empty the Cloud – 100 ebooks

I signed up for Level 4 – Gigabytes this year and am amazed that I almost reached Level 5 – Terabytes. So I can going to attempt the Terabytes level in 2016.

Click here for more details and to sign up.

cozychallenge2016

Even though I am hosting my own Cozy reading challenge I will still be taking part in the Cruisin’ Thru The Cozies Reading Challenge 2016 hosted by Yvonne at Socrates Book Reviews. I have taken part in this one since she started it back in 2010.

Choose the level you wish to participate:

Level 1 – Snoop – Read at least 6 books
Level 2 – Investigator – Read 7-12 books
Level 3 – Super Sleuth – Read 13-20 books
Level 4 – Sleuth Extraordinaire – Read 21 or more books

I will be signing up at the Sleuth Extraordinaire level.

Click here for more details and to sign up.

What an animal ixSocrates Book Reviews also hosts the What An Animal IX Reading Challenge. Animals and cozy mysteries seem to go hand in hand.

Level 1 – Read at least 6 books
Level 2 – Read 7-12
Level 3 – Read 13-20
Level 4 – Read 21 or more

I am signing up for Level 4 this year.

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craftycozychallenge1

This is a new challenge. The Crafty Cozy Challenge is hosted by Books Are Life – Vita Libri.

There are no levels for this tour. I can’t wait to see how many I read that fit the category. I am starting out with a goal of 25.

Click here for more details and to sign up.

cloak and dagger

It has been a few years since I have participated in a general mystery/thriller challenge. This challenge is hosted by Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my! and Booker T’s Farm. I have plenty of books on my shelf to choose from. For me this will be a non-cozy challenge.

Levels:

1-10 books – Amateur Sleuth
11-20 books – Detective
21-30 books – Inspector
31+ books – Special agent

I am signing up at the Detective Level.

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Final 2 Large

Bea’s Book Nook has taken over hosting this challenge. The Finishing the Series Challenge pushes me to catch up on my favorite series but I set some extra rules for myself. I have to be 2 or more books behind in the series. That is why I only commit to finishing just 2 series each year.

Level 1 (Novice series reader) – Complete 1 series.
Level 2 (Testing the waters) – Complete 2 -4 series.
Level 3 (Experienced) – Complete 3 – 6 series.
Level 4 (Expert series reader) – Complete 7 or more series.

Click here for more details and to sign up.

TBR CHALLENGE

This year I will not be hosting the Just For Fun Reading Challenge but I want to try to read more books from my huge TBR (To Be Read) stacks. This is a perfect challenge to help me. The 2016 TBR Pile Reading Challenge is hosted by Bookish Lifestyle. They also have a book club as an optional add to this challenge.

How many books are you planning to read for this challenge?
1-10 A Firm Handshake
11-20 A Friendly Hug
21-30 First Kiss
31-40 Sweet Summer Fling
41-50 Could This Be Love?
50+ Married with Children

I am going to try to reach First Kiss level.

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literary road trip 2012

I challenge myself personally each year to read 10 books written by or books set in my home state of Wisconsin. You can do your own personal challenge to read books from your home state too.
Reading Challenge Addict
By my count that is 13 Challenges when you add the 2 I am hosting. So yes I am a Reading Challenge Addict. This year Bev from My Reader’s Block is one with a HUGE problem and the current author and caretaker of the challenge that was previously hosted by Cheryl at CMash Loves to Read and then Gina at Hott Books.  We each can stand proudly and say,

I am a Reading Challenge Addict.

How addicted are you?

  • Easy as Pie: 1-5 Challenges (Entered & Completed)
  • On the Roof: 6-10 Challenges (Entered & Completed)
  • In Flight: 11-15 Challenges (Entered & Completed)
  • Out of This World: 16+ Challenges (Entered & Completed)

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There is still one challenge I hope to add and that is the Where Are Reading Challenge hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. Sheila lost her son in a car accident not long after my Kris took his life. I am not sure if she is going to host in 2016. If she doesn’t it will be a personal challenge for me. That would keep me still in the In-Flight level.

Looks like I will have a very busy year ahead with so many great books to read.

Remember you do NOT need a blog to enter these challenges. Just sign up and read and have fun. Start with just 1. Be careful, as you can see they are quite addicting!!

Come back and tell me about the ones you join and let me know of others you find. If the ones above aren’t for you, head over to A Novel Challenge. They are featuring many more.

Dollycas

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