May 172017
 


Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
I am so happy to welcome Peg Cochran back to Escape With Dollycas!

The Origins of Cranberry Cove
(Post provided by publicist)

Cranberry Cove is a small fictional town in western Michigan located right on the shores of Lake Michigan where the influence of the Dutch settlers is still strong to this day. By 1900, one third of the Dutch in America had settled in West Michigan.

The Dutch were known for their frugality, industry and hospitality. Many were farmers and today many of the area’s family farms still bear Dutch surnames. Others were skilled craftsman , carvers and furniture designers who came to work in the furniture industry that at the time was booming in West Michigan.

Many of the characters I’ve created for Cranberry Cove are of Dutch origin—the VanVelsen sisters who own Gumdrops, the candy store; Bart Dykema the butcher and Phyllis Bouma, the local librarian.

Gumdrops carries many Dutch treats including Droste pastilles, Van Melle fruit toffees and Katjes winegums and the Van Velsen sisters always have a pot of erwtensoep—Dutch pea soup—on the stove. Ollie bollen—fried doughnuts—are a huge treat and are the precursor of the doughnuts we eat today.

There are a small handful of cranberry farms in Michigan. Most of the nation’s cranberries come from Wisconsin with Massachusetts and New Jersey not far behind, while the rest come from Oregon and Washington.

Cranberry harvesting is a fascinating process. I hope you will come visit Cranberry Cove and find out all about it!

~Peg

Thank you Peg for visiting today! 

Dead and Berried (A Cranberry Cove Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Michigan
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (May 2, 2017)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Kindle ASIN: B01KUDKNBM

 

 

It’s June in Cranberry Cove and Monica Albertson’s plan to sell cranberry relish to chain stores is taking off. The cranberry bogs are in bloom, and local beekeeper Rick Taylor and his assistant Lori Wenk are bringing in bees to pollinate the blossoms.  When a fatal prick fells Lori, the buzz is that Rick is to blame.

In trying to clear her friend’s name, Monica discovers that more than a few people in Cranberry Cove have felt the power of Lori’s venom, and it looks as if this time she may have agitated the hive a bit too much.  With the fate of the farm on the line, Monica must get to the bottom of the crime before another victim gets stung.

INCLUDES CRANBERRY RECIPES 

Dollycas’s Thoughts

It’s all about the bees in this berry of a mystery.

Time to pollinate the blossoms at the Sassamanash Farm so Jeff calls in Rick Taylor, his assistant Lori Wenk and their bees to do the job. Unfortunately Lori gets stung and has a deadly reaction, or did she? She is dead but it looks more like murder than a bee swarm. All eyes turn to their owner Rick, but why would he want his assistant dead? Monica quickly finds the woman had her share of enemies and she knows she needs to clear Rick and the farm’s reputation. But is she going to end up getting stung?

I was excited to see a character named Lori, but that is where our similarities end 🙂 She didn’t deserve to be killed but she sure wasn’t the nicest person.

Monica Albertson is a unique amateur sleuth. She doesn’t work behind Detective Stevens’ back, she assists and turns over any evidence she finds quickly. The work the case together as much as they can.

All the characters in this series are engaging. I still identify strongly with Monica’s brother Jeff. We share a disability of having one arm that is basically useless. When I see his independence and how hard he works it really gives me hope. While my right leg is also useless I still want to try harder to do more things. Jeff is quite an inspiration. They are surrounded by a wonderful cast. This time we get to know Nora, the beekeeper’s wife and the main clerk at the the farm’s store better. The Albertson’s also have a new neighbor and the women in town, including Jeff’s mom are all vying for his attention.

The mystery weaves its way through Monica’s life as she strives to keep up with her baking and relish making all while trying to find out who could have killed Lori. We also learn more about cranberries, bees, and ships buried in Lake Michigan. As a resident of neighboring Wisconsin I found the shipwrecks very interesting.

I was amazed that when Monica eliminated almost all the suspects and the one I was leaning toward was actually the killer. That rarely happens.

Peg Cochran’s descriptive voice draws me right in to the happenings in and around Cranberry Cove. I really feel like I have traveled there instead of just read about this town. It’s like a mini Michigan vacation every time I read one of these books. I may have to make an actual trip to the state and check things out. Until then, I will anxiously await the book in this series!

Dollycas

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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 will be out July 4, 2017.

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May 162017
 



The Final Vow (A Living History Museum Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Ohio
Midnight Ink (May 8, 2017)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738745923
E-Book ASIN: B01LWKJTY7

 

Synopsis

Summer weddings in Barton Farm’s picturesque church are standard procedure for museum director Kelsey Cambridge. At least they were until the Cherry Foundation, which supports the museum, orders Kelsey to host her ex-husband’s wedding on Farm grounds.

Ambitious wedding planner Vianna Pine is determined to make the bride’s Civil War-themed wedding perfect. But each time Vianna’s vision threatens the integrity and safety of the Farm, Kelsey has to intervene.

When Kelsey finds Vianna’s dead body at the foot of the church steps, everyone’s plans fall apart. With both the wedding and Barton Farm at risk of being permanently shut down, Kelsey has to work hard to save her own happily ever after.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Barton Farm’s picturesque church is the perfect place for a summer wedding but the next wedding on the calendar is not one Kelsey Cambridge is looking forward to. The wedding planner Vianna Pine is a perfectionist but Kelsey can handle that, it the bridezilla she can do without. Krissie Pumpernickel, her ex’s fiancee is driving both Kelsey and Vianna crazy with her demands. Going so far as to ask the the flowers be removed from the gardens because they draw insects and have lights strung up the steeple. Vianna is bending over backwards to please her client but Kelsey has to think of safety and the farm’s credibility first, no matter what sort of tantrum Krissey throws.

When Kelsey is notified that there is a dead body by the church she hustles over to find it is Vianna. This sends the wedding, the wedding couple, and the bride’s family into a tailspin. They are more concerned about their special day than the dead wedding planner. Her death could mean that Barton Farm could be shutdown. Everyone including the board of trustees turns to Kelsey to solve their problems. They expect her to pick up where Vianna left off with the wedding, save the farm and find the killer since the police seem to think Krissey makes a pretty good suspect. Will the church bells be ringing or will the bride be behind bars??

Amanda Flower brings on the drama in this 3rd  Living History Museum Mystery.

Kelsey Cambridge has the patience of a Saint. Single mom, manager of Barton Farm, Eddie’s ex, meaning she has to stay on his and Krissey’s good side because they are rumbling about changing the custody arrangement, friend, daughter, girlfriend, amateur sleuth. She is juggling all these balls in the air and now we add wedding planner. When does this woman sleep? She also does all this with a smile on her face 99% of the time.

The characters in this series are so well crafted. They do leap off the page. The staff at the farm has each other’s back. They work well together and try to protect each other. At least most of them. We saw a different side of Eddie, he truly loves the woman he is marrying. Krissie, while not my favorite character by a mile brought so much to this story. She was almost beyond the term bridezilla. It is a diverse cast of characters and they are all very interesting and truly entertaining. I loved the addition of the Abraham Lincoln reenactor, played by a man who is a little to fond of alcohol. Krissie loved him too. It was a small part but he and Krissie’s reactions made me giggle.

As I said the story is full of drama including a terrifying twist at the end. There were so many turns throughout the story that as the story reached its peak I was totally surprised. The plot was very strong. In addition to the murder mystery some artifacts have gone missing from the museum’s storage. This means law enforcement spends a lot of time there. The pace of the story was very steady until the reveal, then my heart was beating rapidly and invisible steam was coming out of Kindle as I was quickly flipping pages.

For me this book was another Perfect Escape. Each story tops the one before. I can’t wait for the next installment.

Dollycas

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About This Author

Amanda Flower, a two-time Agatha Award-nominated mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. She also writes mysteries as national bestselling  author Isabella Alan. In addition to being an author, Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland.

Praise for The Final Vow
by Amanda Flower

 

As we go through the lists of suspects you will be changing your mind and I was really surprised as to whom the culprit was.
~Maureen’s Musings

The Final Vow was a beautiful mystery, yes I did say beautiful.
~Bibliophile Reviews

…you’re turning the pages to find out the answers just to find more twists and surprises you aren’t expecting. Until the end when it all comes to together and leaves you with your mouth wide open in shock.
~Rainy Day Reviews

This is one story that gives readers wonderful characters and a mystery that was hard for me to solve. I was very , very surprised when the killer was revealed.
~Texas Book-aholic

If you enjoy a good mystery, full of romance, humor, and wit, than The Final Vow is one for you!
~A Cozy Experience

I loved the characters they are all likable. The plot is well done and the reader will be kept guessing and shocked to find out who the real killer is.
~Babs Book Bistro

 

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May 162017
 

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Ivy Get Your Gun (An Ivy Meadows Mystery)

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May 152017
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Less reading time this week but more family time so I can be upset by that.

Where are your books taking you this week?

I am traveling through the Midwest with a quick trip to New York this week!

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

Books Completed

The Final Vow (A Living History Museum Mystery)
Release Date – May 8, 2017
Setting – Ohio
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!

Dead and Berried (A Cranberry Cove Mystery)
Release Date – May 2, 2017
Peg is my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!
Setting – Michigan

Nightshade for Warning (An Enchanted Garden Mystery)
Release Date May 2, 2017
Setting – California
Review will post on Thursday

Books Scheduled

Need to choose
My Flashback Friday Book – leaning toward one set in Kansas

The Simplicity of Cider: A Novel
Release Date – May 16, 2017
Setting – Wisconsin
For Review


Ghostal Living (Hamptons Home & Garden Mystery)
Release Date – May 2, 2017
Setting – New York
Kathleen will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week!

Yews with Caution (Flower Shop Mystery)
Release Date – May 30, 2017
Setting – Indiana

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Dollycas

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May 142017
 

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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!


Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms!

It is also my 34th Wedding Anniversary!
I hope we are off doing something fun today.

Yesterday we spent at a Flag Football Tournament watching our oldest grandson. The temps were nice so it was a relaxing day after a very busy week of reading and blogging. Kaden is the quarterback in the picture above. Six players per team on the field and they all take turns at all positions. His team won 2 and lost 1 yesterday. Next year they move up to flag football with pads and helmets. Should be interesting. 🙂 

Weekly Rewind – May 8 – 13, 2017

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #18 2017

Plus – New Release Monday/Tuesday – May 2017 – Week #2

Tuesday – #Review / #Giveaway – A Perfect Manhattan Murder by Tracy Kiely – Great Escapes Book Tour @midnightinkbook

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday – Featuring Killer Characters by Ellery Adams – #Review / #Giveaway – @BerkleyMystery

Thursday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – A Purely Private Matter by Darcie Wilde @BerkleyMystery

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Friday – Flashback Friday – The Art of Murder by Elaine Viets #Review / #Giveaway @BerkleyMystery

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Bad To The Bone by Linda O. Johnston – Great Escapes Book Tour

Plus – #Interview / #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Uncorking A Lie by Nadine Nettmann – Great Escapes Book Tour

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May 132017
 

I will be reviewing this book next month.
The Girl Who Was Taken
Suspense Thriller
Kensington (April 25, 2017)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496701008
Kindle ASIN: B01JEJC8PW

Charlie Donlea, one of the most original new voices in suspense, returns with a haunting novel, laden with twists and high tension, about two abducted girls–one who returns, one who doesn’t–and the forensics expert searching for answers.

Nicole Cutty and Megan McDonald are both high school seniors in the small town of Emerson Bay, North Carolina. When they disappear from a beach party one warm summer night, police launch a massive search. No clues are found, and hope is almost lost until Megan miraculously surfaces after escaping from a bunker deep in the woods.

A year later, the bestselling account of her ordeal has turned Megan from local hero to national celebrity. It’s a triumphant, inspiring story, except for one inconvenient detail: Nicole is still missing. Nicole’s older sister Livia, a fellow in forensic pathology, expects that one day soon Nicole’s body will be found, and it will be up to someone like Livia to analyze the evidence and finally determine her sister’s fate. Instead, the first clue to Nicole’s disappearance comes from another body that shows up in Livia’s morgue–that of a young man connected to Nicole’s past. Livia reaches out to Megan for help, hoping to learn more about the night the two were taken. Other girls have gone missing too, and Livia is increasingly certain the cases are connected.

But Megan knows more than she revealed in her blockbuster book. Flashes of memory are coming together, pointing to something darker and more monstrous than her chilling memoir describes. And the deeper she and Livia dig, the more they realize that sometimes true terror lies in finding exactly what you’ve been looking for.

CHAPTER EXCERPT

Emerson Bay, NC
August 20, 2016
11:22 p.m.

Darkness had forever been part of her life.

She looked for it and flirted with it. Became quaint with it and charmed it in a way foreign to most. Morbidly of late, she convinced herself about the joys of its company. That she preferred the blackness of death to the light of existence. Until tonight. Until she stood in front of an abyss that was dead and blank in a way she had never encountered, a night sky without stars. When Nicole Cutty found herself in this chasm between life and death, she chose life. And she ran like hell.

With no flashlight, the night blinded her as she broke through the front entrance. Knowing he was just an arm’s length behind, adrenaline flooded her system and drove her for a few strides in the wrong direction until her eyes adjusted to the tarnished glow of the moon. Spotting her car, she reoriented herself and ran for it, fumbling with the handle until she ripped open the door. The keys hung from the ignition and Nicole cranked the engine, shifted into drive and stepped on the accelerator. She gave the engine too much gas and nearly sideswiped the vehicle in front of her. Her headlights brought to life the ink-black night, and from the corner of her eye she saw a flash of color from his shirt as he appeared from around the hood of the parked car in front of her. She had no time to react. She felt the thud of impact and the awful rocking of the car’s suspension as the wheels absorbed the unevenness of his body before regaining traction on the gravel road. Her response came without thought. She pushed the accelerator to the floor and twisted a tight U-turn, then raced down the narrow road leaving everything behind her.

Nicole jerked the wheel as she skidded onto the main road, swaying in the driver’s seat as the fishtail settled and ignoring the speedometer as it climbed past 80 mph. She flexed her arm from where he’d grabbed her, a deep purple bruise already forming, while her eyes bounced from the windshield to the rearview mirror. Two miles went by before she eased off the four-cylinder and the whine quieted down. Being free gave her no relief. Too much had happened to believe fleeing could make the problems of tonight disappear. She needed help.

As she turned onto the access road that led back to the beach, Nicole ticked off the people she couldn’t ask. Her brain worked that way, in the negative. Before deciding who could assist her, she mentally crossed off the people who would do her harm. Her parents were at the top of the list. The police, a close second. Her friends were possibilities, but they were soft and hysterical and Nicole knew they would panic before she explained even a fraction of what had transpired tonight. Her mind churned, ignoring the only real possibility until she had ruled out all others.

Nicole paused at the stop sign, rolled through it while she grabbed her phone. She needed her sister. Livia was older and smarter. Rational in a way Nicole was not. If she dismissed the last stretch of their lives and ignored the distance between them, Nicole knew she could trust Livia with her life. And even if she wasn’t sure about this, she had no other options.

She stuck the phone to her ear and listened to it ring while tears rolled down her cheeks. It was close to midnight. She was a block from the beach party.

“Pick up, pick up, pick up. Please, Livia!”

THE ESCAPE
2 Weeks Later

Emerson Bay Forest
September 3, 2016
11:54 p.m.

She pulled the burlap from her head and gasped for air. It took time for her eyes to adjust while amorphous shapes danced in her vision and the blackness faded. She listened for his presence but all she heard was the splattering rain outside. Dropping the burlap bag to the ground, she tiptoed to the bunker door. Surprised to see it opened a crack, she put her face to the crevasse between the door and the frame and looked out into the dark forest as rain pelted the trees. She imagined a camera lens trained tightly on her eyeball as she peered through the splinter in the door, and then the camera’s focus backing out in a slow reverse zoom that captured first the door, then the bunker, then the trees and eventually a satellite view of the entire forest. She felt small and weak from this mental picture of herself, all alone in a bunker sunk deep in the woods.

She questioned whether this was a test. If she pushed through the door and stepped into the woods, there was the chance he would be waiting for her. But if the open door and the moment free from her shackle were an oversight, it was his first misstep and the only opportunity she’d had in the last two weeks. This was the first moment she found herself untethered from the wall of her cellar.
With her hands trembling and still bound in front of her, she pushed open the door. The hinges creaked into the night before the slapping rain overwhelmed their whine. She waited a moment, held back by fear. She squeezed her eyes shut and forced herself to think, tried to push away her grogginess brought on by the sedatives. The hours of darkness from the cellar came back to her and flashed in her mind like a lightning storm. So, too, did the promise she made to herself that if an opportunity for escape appeared, she’d take it. She decided days before that she’d rather die fighting for her freedom than walk like a lamb to the slaughter.

She took a hesitant step out of the bunker, into the thick and heavy rain that ran in cold steaks down her face. She took a moment to bathe in the downpour, to let the water clear the fogginess from her mind. Then, she ran.

The forest was dark and the rain torrent. With tape binding her wrists, she tried to deflect the branches that whipped her face. She stumbled on a log and fell into the slippery leaves before forcing herself up again. She had counted the days and thought she’d been missing for twelve. Maybe thirteen. Stuck in a dark cellar where her captor stowed her and fed her, she may have missed a day when fatigue sent her into a long stretch of sleep. Tonight, he moved her to the forest. Dread had overwhelmed her as she bounced in the trunk, and a nauseous feeling told her the end was near. But now freedom was in front of her, somewhere beyond this forest and the rain and this night, she might find her way home.

She ran blindly, taking erratic turns that stole from her all sense of direction. Finally, she heard the roar of a semi truck as its wheels splashed through the wet pavement. Breathing heavily, she sprinted towards the noise and up an embankment that led to the two-lane highway. In the distance, the truck’s red taillights sped on, fading with each second.

She stumbled into the middle of the road and on wobbly legs chased the lights as though she might catch them. The rain pelted her face and matted her hair and drenched her ratty clothing. Barefoot, she continued in a push-slap, push-slap gait brought on by the deep gash on her right foot—suffered during her frantic march through the forest—which trickled a crooked line of blood behind her that the storm worked to erase. Driven by panic that he would come from the forest, she willed herself on with the sensation that he was near, ready to fast step behind her and pull the sac over her head and bring her back to the cellar with no windows.

Dehydrated and hallucinating, she thought her eyes were deceiving her when she saw it. A tiny white light far off in the distance. She staggered toward it until the light splintered in two and grew in size. She stayed in the middle of the road and waved her bound hands over her head.

The car slowed as it approached, flashed its high beams to illuminate her standing in the road in wet clothes and no shoes, with scratches covering her face and dripping blood down her neck to dye her T-shirt red.
The car stopped, wipers throwing water to each side. The driver’s door opened.

“Are you okay?” the man yelled over the roar the storm.

“I need help,” she said.

They were the first words she’d spoken in days, her voice raspy and dry. The rain, she finally noticed, tasted wonderful.

The man walked closer, recognized her. “Good god. The whole state’s been looking for you.” He took her under his arm and led her to the car, carefully seating her in the front passenger seat.

“Go!” she said. “He’s coming, I know it.”

The man raced around to the other side, shifting the car into drive before his door was closed. He dialed 911 as he sped along Highway 57.

“Where’s your friend?” he asked.

The girl looked at him. “Who?”

“Nicole Cutty. The other girl who was taken.”

About the Author

Charlie Donlea lives in Chicago with his wife and two young children. He spends a part of each year fishing with his father in the far reaches of Canada, where the roads end and lakes are accessible only by floatplane. These majestic trips to “God’s Country” inspired the setting for his novels. With so many choices of entertainment, and countless other books to choose from, he thanks you for spending your time and treasure on his creation. Readers can find him online at charliedonlea.com.

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May 132017
 

Nadine Nettman stops by to play 20 Quick Questions!

Favorite Color – Purple

Favorite Candy – Butterscotch Squares from See’s Candies

Favorite Snack – Leftovers. I love leftovers, especially Thai food

Favorite Soft Drink – I don’t drink soda, but I love sparkling water

Favorite Hard Drink –  Wine, especially one with a story behind it

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor – Vanilla with caramel swirls and either pecans or brownies mixed in

Favorite Movie – Psycho. I saw it without knowing that Norman Bates was his mother so I got the full effect Hitchcock was going for. Amazing

Favorite TV Show – I have a few different ones: The Office, Sherlock Holmes, Big Bang Theory, and Santa Clarita Diet

Favorite Book – Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Favorite Fictional Character – Kinsey Milhone

Favorite Super Hero – Wonder Woman. I used to watch the show when I was a kid and I loved how she was so strong and confidant

Favorite Singer/Group/Band – I love so many that it’s hard to choose, but I’ll go with the one that’s held my heart nearly all my life: The Beatles

Favorite Carnival Ride – Ferris wheel

Favorite Spring Activity – Looking at the flowers, both wild and cultivated

Favorite Summer Activity – Swimming

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Favorite Fall Activity – Running

Favorite Winter Activity – Skiing

Favorite Place to Read – Outside in a comfy chair with an umbrella and a cold drink

Favorite Place to Write – A coffee shop in Santa Barbara, though I don’t get there very often

Dream Vacation Destination – Everywhere. My husband and I love to travel and try to take as many trips as we can

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Uncorking a Lie (A Sommelier Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Midnight Ink (May 8, 2017)
Paperback: 240 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738750620
E-Book ASIN: B01LY74FBZ

Synopsis

It was the kind of invitation Katie Stillwell had only dreamed about: a dinner party at the Sonoma mansion of famed wine collector Paul Rafferty to celebrate a rare bottle of wine. Everyone enjoys drinking the $19,000 wine, but Katie realizes it’s not the older vintage listed on the label. When she confides in Mr. Rafferty, he asks her to investigate, and she soon discovers the deception goes beyond money. As Katie falls deeper into the world of counterfeit wine, she learns everything is at stake—even her life.

NADINE NETTMANN

About The Author

Nadine Nettmann, a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, is always on the lookout for great wines and the stories behind them. She has traveled to wine regions around the world including Chile, South Africa, Spain, Germany, and every region in France. When she’s not visiting wine regions or dreaming up new mysteries, her travel articles have appeared in AAA Hawaii, New Mexico Journey, Modern Luxury Hawaii, and Inspirato. Nadine is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. She lives in California with her husband.

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May 132017
 


Bad to the Bone (A Barkery & Biscuits Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Midnight Ink (May 8, 2017)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738746289
E-Book ASIN: B01M0SXJTR

Synopsis

Veterinary technician Carrie Kennersly, owner of the Barkery & Biscuits bakery for dogs, is reluctant to sell her recipes to pet food manufacturer VimPets. Jack Loroco, a VimPets representative, assures Carrie that it would be a great opportunity to grow her business. His promising new relationship with Carrie’s friend, Billi Matlock, doesn’t hurt his cause. But the budding romance takes a bad turn when Wanda Addler, another VimPets employee, sets her sights on Jack.

After threatening to ruin Jack’s career if he doesn’t give her what she wants, Wanda is found dead. Jack and Billi are put at the top of the suspect list, and Carrie is doggone determined to rescue them from a life behind bars.

Praise for Bad To The Bone
by Linda O. Johnston

The premise of this storyline is cute. I loved all the pets and their owners who frequent Barkery & Biscuits and Carrie has endeared herself to the townspeople.
~Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder

I enjoyed the book. I enjoyed getting to know the characters.
~The Journey Back

linda o johnston

 

About The Author –

Linda O. Johnston’s first published fiction appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for Best First Mystery Short Story of the year.   Since then, Linda, a former lawyer who is now a full-time writer, has published more short stories, novellas, and 38 romance and mystery novels, including the Pet Rescue Mystery Series, a spinoff from her Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime, and Harlequin Romantic Suspense as well as the Alpha Force paranormal romance miniseries for Harlequin Nocturne.  She additionally writes the Superstition Mysteries for Midnight Ink.  Her latest cozy mystery series, the Barkery and Biscuits Mysteries are also from Midnight Ink.

 

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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.

The hardcover and e-book editions of this book were released May 3, 2016.
The Mass Market Paperback Edition was just released on May 2.


The Art of Murder (Dead-End Job Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
15th in Series
Setting – Florida
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451476135
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451476142
Kindle ASIN: B013Q70G1G

 

 

The art world is a happening place—but a brush with death shouldn’t be in the picture. Unfortunately that’s just what happens to Helen Hawthorne and her friend Margery. While touring gorgeous Bonnet House, a mansion-turned-museum, they observe a painting class and note an up-and-coming artist. When they later see her deadly end, Helen is hired to canvas the crime scene—undercover, of course.

Sketchy suspects lurk in the victim’s bohemian past. Was the promising painter killed by her jealous husband? Her best friend? A rival using her artful wiles? With her husband Phil busy setting a trap for a gold thief, it’s up to Helen to paint this killer into a corner . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

What should have been a quiet and relaxing day for Helen Hawthorne and her friend Margery quickly turns deadly. The were touring Bonnet House, a Fort Lauderdale museum, and when the left they were witness to a woman falling down and convulsing in a parking lot. She later died and her death was very suspicious, but was it murder or suicide?  Helen is asked to investigate her death and goes undercover to do so.  Phil has his own case. He is trying to catch a thief that has been burglarizing high rises. Busy with their own cases they don’t have much time for each other. Hopefully they can wrap things up before their marriage starts to suffer.

Fifteen books in and Elaine Viets still delivers a timely mystery we can escape right into.

Helen has come a long way from the dead end jobs as she takes on another case all by herself and she ends up helping Phil with his case too. Phil ends up the one with the dead end job in this installment. I did figure out the whodunit in her case quite easily and some of the facets of Phil’s case too but both had a suspenseful endings.

All our favorite characters and their “sunset salutes” are back.  I did enjoy Markos helping the PI’s again. The new characters were interesting and well developed. Their dialogue was well written too and real.

This was not my favorite book in the series but it was an entertaining read . I think I miss Helen being chased by her ex but as with all series I understand the characters have to evolve. The bit of marital tension between Helen and Phil did help, but truly we all know they are just so darn happy together. 🙂

The Art of Murder is a light, fast, enjoyable cozy. A nice addition to this series.

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About This Author

Elaine writes her novels with the help of Harry, a striped cat who sleeps by her computer and lashes the keyboard with his tail. He whips her into a writing frenzy. Harry collaborates on two series, the Dead-End Job Mysteries and the Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper series. She’s won the Anthony, Agatha and Lefty awards.

For more about Elaine check out her web site here.


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May 112017
 

Jeopardy in July: A Jamie Quinn Mystery
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – Florida
Self Published
Print Length: 220 pages
ASIN: B06XWJK9TP

 

 

Old people were dying at an alarming rate at La Vida Boca, a posh assisted living facility in Boca Raton, Florida. With its sterling reputation, dedicated staff, and top-notch medical care, none of the deaths are considered suspicious, but when members of the poker club start to die under strange circumstances, attorney Jamie Quinn finds herself once again embroiled in a mystery. With help from her new friend, Jessie Sandler, and her favorite P.I., Duke Broussard, Jamie uncovers a crime that took place forty years earlier. Can she stop the killer in time? Or is she in danger of becoming the next victim?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Attorney Jamie Quinn is getting burnt out practicing family law and thinking of changing the focus of her law office. The last thing she needs is to be involved in another murder investigation but that is exactly what she finds at La Vida Boca. The elderly are dropping like flies at the ritzy assisted living center. All of the men had one thing in common, they were members of a poker playing club at the facility. Jamie knows there has to be more to the story. She brings in Private Investigator Duke Broussard to help her solve the case. Hew new friend, Jessie Sandler assists as well. They need to figure things out quickly before all of the card sharks are 6 feet under. Maybe family law isn’t so boring after all.

This time she introduced a wonderful batch secondary characters, the residents and staff at the La Vida Boca. The card players reminded me of several older men I have met throughout my life both when my parents ran a small town tavern and later at their nursing homes. Except then the game was euchre but that was secondary to the friendships that are created as was true in this story. Jamie with her soft heart quickly becomes invested in their lives.

Barbara Venkataraman knows how to pack a great mystery into 220 pages. She wraps these characters in a intriguing story. People are being poisoned and the reason may lead to a crime committed 40 years ago. The plot is has a few twists but as we follow Jamie through the story a picture of means, motive and opportunity clearly evolves. I enjoy the way Duke and Jamie work together. Duke brings humor to the situation. In fact there is quite a bit of humor from the first page to the last.

Jamie’s romance with Kip still gives me pause. I do like that she has reconnected with her father too, even if they are just Skyping each other. I absolutely loved the ending. I am anxious for book #6 to continue those subplots.

This is a quick read. A story well balanced with mystery and real life occurrences. Jamie has come a long way from Death by Didgeridoo

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About The Author

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

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

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