Aug 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.

I am happy to say that my reading is getting back on schedule
and next week I will be back to reviewing those books my To-Be-Read bookshelf.

Today I am sharing another wonderful story from Ali Brandon!
I just found book 1 in this series on another shelf!
Be sure to enter the giveaway for A Novel Way to Die, the 2nd book in the series that I featured last week here.

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Double Booked for Death (A Black Cat Bookshop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (December 6, 2011)
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425244975
E-Book ASIN: B005GSYY2Q
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Darla Pettistone left Texas for New York after unexpectedly inheriting her Great-Aunt Dee’s Brooklyn bookstore. She didn’t know that the store’s mascot—Hamlet, an oversize black cat with a personality to match—was also part of the deal. And he may be more trouble than Darla bargained for…

As the new owner of Pettistone’s Fine Books, Darla Pettistone is determined to prove herself a worthy successor to her late great-aunt Dee…and equally determined to outwit Hamlet, the smarter-than-thou cat she inherited along with the shop.

Darla’s first store event is a real coup—the hottest bestselling author of the moment is holding a signing there, which brings hordes of fans and some protestors. But when the author meets an untimely end during the event, it’s hardly good for business, even though it’s ruled an accident…until Hamlet digs up a clue that seems to indicate otherwise. Now Darla fears a killer might be lurking about… Can the interfering Hamlet point the paw at the culprit without losing one of his own nine lives?

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ALI BRANDON is the national bestselling author of DOUBLE BOOKED FOR DEATH, the first in her new Black Cat Bookshop mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime. Writing as DIANE A.S. STUCKART, she’s also the author of the popular Leonardo da Vinci mysteries, which have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, as well as a Florida Book Award Silver medal. Under the names Alexa Smart and Anna Gerard, she published several critically-acclaimed historical romances from Pinnacle Books. A native Texan with a degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma, Diane now lives in South Florida. Visit her at www.dianestuckart.com or www.alibrandon.com for more info.


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Aug 102016
 

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I am so excited to welcome Julianne Holmes to Escapes With Dollycas today! 

The 2nd Clock Shop Mystery, Clock and Dagger,  was just released on August 2!

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There’s No Escape for Writers

Ever since I said aloud “I want to be a published author”, vacation and escapes have taken on a different meaning. My writer brain is never shut off. This is a particular issue for us mystery authors, since our brains (even when cozy) go to odd places. “That is a great place for a body dump” or “Did you know that plant is poisonous?” or “No cell reception? This would be a great place for the final scene of a book” are not common conversation starters with friends and family. Vacation photos are typical poses, but also include alleyways, stores, houses, gardens, and other things that I want to add to my research pool. Since I’ve started writing the Clock Shop Mystery series, clocks are a “must” wherever I am. Visiting friends in Connecticut? A stop at the American Clock and Watch museum is a must.

I’ve given up trying to pretend I can shut that off. Instead, I make sure that I balance other activities in my getaways, but I also include my writerly pursuits. Of course I’ll go zip-lining with the nieces. On the way back, we need to go to this town library to see their grandfather clock. Family barbeque down the Cape? I’ll go take the tour of the clock tower beforehand, and be there a little late, very sweaty, and a little dusty.

A few years ago I was at a dinner party, making small talk with a friend’s husband, whom I had just met. I found out he was a doctor, and asked his opinion on a couple of types of poison. He looked horrified, so I explained that I wrote mysteries, and preferred poison to guns. He was still wary, but did call me a couple of days later with a few ideas. Within a few weeks he was my go-to on poison from a medical perspective, helping me figure out what a doctor might miss unless she was looking for it.

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These days, since my first novel Just Killing Time was published last fall, my family and friends are co-conspirators in helping me plot. My friend Pat was telling me about a community gardening project she is coordinating. “Every time I see the compost pile I think of you,” she said. For others, that may be an insult. For me, it is the highest compliment. She is another source for plot surprises.

So how do I unplug? Seeing or being near water is always an escape for me. Since I live in New England, there are lakes, rivers, and the ocean very close by. I am going on vacation later this month, and heading to Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. One of my favorite things to do on vacation is to catch up on my reading. Binge reading for a week is a wonderful escape. Doing it with my feet up on a longue chair, seeing water between my feet, an icy cold drink at the ready? Perfection.

Daydreaming about committing a crime in paradise? Part of the vacation.

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~Julianne

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Clock and Dagger (A Clock Shop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Massachusetts
A Berkley Prime Mystery (October 6, 2015)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425275535
E-Book ASIN: B01839Q4HM
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Ruth has three days to pull off four events—including the grand reopening of Cog & Sprocket, the clock shop she inherited from her grandfather—so she doesn’t have time for Beckett Green’s nonsense. The competitive owner of a new bookstore, Green seems determined to put other businesses out of business by also carrying their specialty items. He’s trying to steal Ruth’s new watchmaker, Mark Pine, not to mention block her plans to renovate the town clock tower.

Ruth is already all wound up when she’s alarmed to discover Mark’s dead body. As the denizens of Orchard each chime in as to who they think the murderer is, Ruth needs to watch her back as she investigates on her own. Despite the danger, Ruth won’t stop until the killer is behind bars and serving time…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Ruth has been busy updating both the Cog & Sprocket and her apartment above the shop. She is still trying to restore the local clock tour but keeps getting waylaid by the city manager. The owner of the new bookstore, Beckett Green, is giving all the Orchard merchants headaches as he plans to open a place selling much more than books, competing with almost every business on Orchard by selling the similar merchandise. He even tries to lure one of Ruth’s employees away from her. Sadly the young man ends up dead, and Beckett Green is Ruth’s prime suspect, but the police have another suspect in mind. Ruth works well with the local police chief, but the city manager keeps calling in the “staties”, which doesn’t sit well with either of them.

A lot takes place within these pages. The story ticks right along at the perfect pace. The book starts out with Ruth needing party supplies for several events including the grand reopening of the clock shop she inherited from her grandfather, her step grandmother’s surprise birthday party, and an event featuring most of the shops on the street. Add in a murder, a bit a jealousy, and a stranger coming to town and you have one heck of a story.

I am impressed with all Ruth has taken on and happy to see she has surrounded herself with some great people. She does realize that she really needs to learn more about each of them because they are quickly becoming friends and not just mere acquaintances. The author is doing an excellent job at making the characters more three dimensional and engaging. I have grown to like most of them very much.

The small town of Orchard is a great setting. Of course, it has it share of troublemakers and small town politics. Ruth’s grandfather used to be a favorite of all and a peacemaker when the need arose and his presence is greatly missed.

The mystery itself was puzzling. I wasn’t sure who was our killer until a twist at the end that was absolutely perfect.

I found the bits of knowledge about clocks and watches captivating. I love the idea of making jewelry out of the cogs and sprockets.

Don’t waste any time, this series should be on the top of your To-Be-Read stack!

perfect 2016

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

About The Author

Julie Hennrikus As Julianne Holmes, she is a mystery writer. Her Clock Shop Mystery series debuted in October 2015 with Just Killing Time, which was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Clock and Dagger was released August 2, 2016. As J.A. Hennrikus she has had short stories published in Level Best Books anthologies: “Her Wish” in Dead Calm, “Tag, You’re Dead” in Thin Ice, “The Pendulum Swings, Until It Doesn’t” in Blood Moon. As Julie Hennrikus she runs StageSource, the service organization for the New England theater community. She is on Twitter (@JulieHennrikus), Instagram (@jahenn), Pinterest, and Facebook. She blogs with the Wicked Cozy Authors, Live to Write/Write to Live, and is on Killer Characters on the 20th of each month. Julie is a board member of Sisters in Crime and New England Chapter of Sisters in Crime. She is also a member of Mystery Writers of America and the Guppies. You can find out more about Julianne Holmes on her webpage here.

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Aug 062016
 
murder in the secret garden
Murder in the Secret Garden (A Book Retreat Mystery)
3rd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Virginia
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (August 2, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425265611
E-Book – ASIN: B01839Q2M4
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Things really go to seed in the newest novel in the New York Times bestselling Book Retreat mysteries…

There is a hidden garden bordering the grounds of Jane Steward’s book-themed resort—a garden filled with beautiful but deadly plants such as mandrake and nightshade. Tucked away behind ivy-covered walls and accessible only through a single locked door, as described in the pages of Frances Hodges Burnett’s classic novel, the garden is of special interest to Jane’s current group of guests, The Medieval Herbalists. But when one of them turns up dead, Jane must discover whether a member of the group has come to Storyton Hall to celebrate their passion for plant lore or to implement a particularly cruel means for murder.

With thousands of books at her disposal, Jane believes she has the proper materials to solve this deadly problem. If she’s wrong, however, she may lose something far more precious than the contents of Storyton’s secret library…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I am so excited to be back in Storyton and to wander the beautiful gardens. No cell phones, no computers, no deadlines, a vacation from the rat race surrounded by books, books and more books.

The Medieval Herbalists are guests at Storyton Hall and when one their bodies is found floating down the river Jane and the Finns are on the case. The suspects are many but they are up to weeding out the murderer.

Ellery Adams continues to create stories that surpass the last. The mysteries of the secret garden at Storyton bring us straight back to the classic The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It makes me want to find my old copy and reread it yet again because I am sure there are more correlations the author referenced that I have since forgotten.

We already know what an amazing place Storyton Hall is from the first two books in this series that now we travel the gardens and a very special garden makes the place even more idyllic. I particularly enjoyed the way Jane’s sons, Hemi and Fitz start out hating helping their mother weed the garden but soon become totally invested when a little cash is offered and they start to learn about the plants and get excited about the bounty the gardens produce. Being covered in dirt from head to toe and having so much fun.

In addition to the Steward family’s life at such a wonderful place Adams gives us a fantastic mystery to sink our teeth into. The suspect pool is pretty full but as each one is eliminated Jane feels she is missing something. The motive just doesn’t seem to be what it appears. She keeps digging until all the clues and secrets are revealed and even then she has a couple of loose ends. This was a tough one to figure out. I also still think there is more to the overall Book Retreat Mystery story. I can’t put my finger on it yet, but there is something there.

It is also interesting that Storyton Hall has its own set of investigators, The Finns, staff members who are more than who they appear to be to the guests. They “work” with the police in their own way but they always seek out answers most times before even alerting the authorities. This time part of the crimes happen out of the local jurisdiction and I was a bit surprised there was more fallout from their actions.

This is a series that needs to be read in order to fully enjoy each story. They are also stories to savor and not rush through because this author knows her stuff and drops hints than can appear to be insignificant at first but can be very important as the mystery continues.

I loved my latest retreat to Storyton. I anticipate some excellent visits in the future. I recommend you book your retreat to Storyton as soon as possible and enjoy your little break from the stress of every day life.

perfect 2016

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

 

 To find out more about Ellery and all her books visit her webpage here.




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Aug 052016
 

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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.

The medication I am taking for my sciatica has been literally knocking me out and my Flashback Fridays are paying the price. I am writing this on Wednesday. Last night my husband found me sound asleep with a book in my lap before 10 o’clock. A book I have been loving and should have finished by Monday. I have been staying up late to read even before my son’s death last year. It is common for me to stay until 2 or 3 in the morning so I stay on my reading schedule. The last couple of weeks I am lucky to make it to midnight but 10 o’clock is just nuts. I am hoping that I start to wean myself off these pills and get back to my abnormal self soon.

So for this week I am digging into my TO-BE-READ stack and flashing back to 2012!
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A Novel Way to Die (A Black Cat Bookshop Mystery)
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (November 6, 2012)
Published by The Penguin Group
2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425251690
E-Book ASIN: B008EXO66O
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Darla Pettistone may have inherited her great aunt Dee’s Brooklyn bookstore, but it’s the store’s mascot—an oversized black cat named Hamlet—who acts like he owns the place. And when someone turns up dead, Hamlet smells something rotten in Brooklyn…

As the owner of Pettistone’s Fine Books, Darla is settling nicely into her new life, even reaching an uneasy truce with Hamlet. Unfortunately, when she needs to hire a new clerk, the finicky feline decides to lend a paw to the hiring process. He chases away applicants who don’t meet his approval, finally settling on an unlikely candidate: Robert, a book-loving Goth kid who has a secret only Hamlet knows.

And Hamlet can’t seem to stay out of trouble. One of the bookstore’s regular customers, a man who is renovating a local brownstone, claims he’s seen Hamlet prowling the neighborhood. When the man’s business partner is found dead, Darla discovers that Hamlet may have been the only witness to what could be murder. With the crafty cat’s help, she wonders if they just might be able to pounce on a killer…

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ALI BRANDON is the national bestselling author of DOUBLE BOOKED FOR DEATH, the first in her new Black Cat Bookshop mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime. Writing as DIANE A.S. STUCKART, she’s also the author of the popular Leonardo da Vinci mysteries, which have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, as well as a Florida Book Award Silver medal. Under the names Alexa Smart and Anna Gerard, she published several critically-acclaimed historical romances from Pinnacle Books. A native Texan with a degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma, Diane now lives in South Florida. Visit her at www.dianestuckart.com or www.alibrandon.com for more info.


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something you like here and become a follower.

Followers Will Receive 2 Bonus Entries For Each Way They Follow.
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Dollycas

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Aug 022016
 

Are you ready to go shopping!! 

Make your lists and get cozy with some great reads! 

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY 2014

Welcome to New Release Tuesday!

These wonderful books are available today
wherever fine books are sold.
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Grilling the Subject (A Cookbook Nook Mystery)


5th in Series
Daryl was here yesterday to visit and her Great Escapes Tour wraps up tomorrow!
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Murder in the Secret Garden (A Book Retreat Mystery)

3rd in Series
I will be reviewing on Saturday!
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Clock and Dagger (A Clock Shop Mystery)

2nd in Series
Julianne Holmes will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday on August 10!
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The Cat, The Collector and the Killer (Cats in Trouble Mystery)

8th in Series
I will be reviewing this on August 11!
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No Pity For the Dead (A Mystery of Old San Francisco)

2nd in Series
Nancy Herriman will be my Special Guest on August 13!
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Cat With a Clue (A Bookmobile Cat Mystery)

5th in Series
Laurie Cass will be my Special Guest on August 20!
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The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala (A Book Club Mystery)

3rd in Series
Laura DiSilverio will be my Special Guest on August 27!
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More Books Being Released Today!

Coming August 9

The Book of Beloved (Pluto’s Snitch)

1st in Series
Carolyn will be my Special Guest on August 9!
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Also Being Released on August 8 and 9!

Coming August 16

Coming August 30

Starting to notice the decline in the cozies/mysteries coming out. 

HAPPY READING EVERYONE!!

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent


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Grilling the Subject by Daryl Wood Gerber

Whenever I write, I get hungry. That’s because I write books about food like the Cookbook Nook Mysteries and the Cheese Shop Mysteries. Even when I was writing my stand-alone suspense, GIRL ON THE RUN, I got hungry, mainly because I never had Chessa eating. She ate carrots and a power bar. Honestly?

Right now, mid-summer, I love a barbecue, which is perfect, seeing as I’m pitching GRILLING THE SUBJECT, the next Cookbook Nook Mystery. I love to barbecue beef – steaks and burgers. I know, it’s not PC right now, but I do. I’ve been told that people with O+ blood can eat more meat and it doesn’t hurt them. I hope that’s true. Add cheese? Yee-hah, this is a good burger.

Enjoy.

blog_burgerCOWBOY BURGERS WITH CHEDDAR CHEESE

(Makes 6-8 burgers)

1 sweet yellow onion
¾ cup (6-8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese (plus more to adorn burger)
4 tablespoons mixed herbs *
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white pepper
2 pounds hamburger (15-20% lean)

Prepare barbecue to a medium-high heat.

Peel and chop onion into small bits.

Shred 6-8 ounces of cheddar cheese.

Mix together your favorite herbs. [Suggestion: 1 tablespoon dried basil, 1 tablespoon thyme, 1 tablespoon rosemary, 1 tablespoon dried parsley.] Add salt and pepper.

In medium bowl, mix hamburger, onion, cheese and spices. Mold the mixture into 6-8 thick patties. NEAT TRICK: Put a thumbprint dent in the middle of each patty so that the juices collect there when you grill them.

Cook the burgers approximately 4 minutes on each side. Flip again and cook 2 minutes for medium rare.

Adorn burgers with extra cheese. Serve with or without a bun.

GRILLING THE SUBJECTGrilling the Subject (A Cookbook Nook Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – California
Berkley (August 2, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425279410
E-Book ASIN: B017SCQLSW
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Things heat up for bookstore owner Jenna Hart in the latest Cookbook Nook mystery from the Agatha Award-winning author of Fudging the Books.

As the Wild West Extravaganza rides into Crystal Cove, California, Cookbook Nook store owner Jenna Hart is ready to indulge her appetite for grilled and barbecued treats and maybe even try the Texas skip. But when the body of one of her father’s neighbors is found the next morning smoldering in a bonfire, the rodeo revelry is extinguished.

Sylvia Gump had acquired plenty of enemies with her practice of illegally encroaching on her neighbors’ properties—including Jenna’s dad, who was off fishing by himself and has no alibi for the murder. Now it’s up to Cary Hart’s dutiful daughter to clear his name before the real killer turns up the heat and rakes someone else over the coals…

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Dollycas’s Thoughts

Welcome to Crystal Cove! Just in time for the Wild West Extravaganza! Jenna is excited about all the tourists arriving and the new people coming into the Cookbook Nook. But grilling isn’t only happening at the festival. Sylvia Gump has been found dead in a bonfire on property shared with her neighbors. Including Jenna’s dad! He was seen in the area and is the prime suspect. Jenna is burning around town trying to prove what everybody knows, that he is no killer! She intends to grill anyone that could have killed the woman. Lord knows she had plenty of enemies!

Another spectacular addition to this series!

Daryl Wood Gerber creates such wonderful characters. They are fun, engaging and so entertaining. I love the way the couples are evolving but this time a surprise visitor to Crystal Cove could throw a huge twist into one of the relationships. I don’t want to spoil anything but the author had my emotions running out of control from mad to sad, and everywhere in between. I even had to reach for a tissue. To me that is the test of a great story. It is more than following the clues and figuring out the guilty party. If the story really makes you feel something, it is a story that will hold you beyond the final page.  It is for this reason I recommend this series be read in order. You need to see how  everything began.

That being said the mystery part of this story is well written and plotted as well. So many suspects and so many people withholding bits and pieces of the truth. As the pages continued I thought “Are we ever going to pin the right person down?” Then there was the “aha moment” and I realized I had missed some key clues. This author is a master at doing that to me. I hone on something so interesting that I forget to keep track of the details.

One part of this book that I really enjoyed is the location and not just sunny California. Jenna’s father and his neighbors all own a small piece of property that connects their lots. It is a place to gather and enjoy each other’s company. Sadly Sylvia Gump didn’t realize what a treasure this was and abused it terribly. Others also didn’t appreciate it fully either. This is a fantastic idea and I wish more communities would have places like this. In the days when everyone want to put up fences and walls it is refreshing to have community places like this. Years ago I lived in a place where there was a park complete with playground equipment where the neighbors would congregate while their children played, even having cookouts and picnics. What a great way to build a true friendships both for the adults and the kids.

I loved everything about this story! The worst part is now waiting for the next book in the series. Write fast Daryl!! I can hardly wait!!

perfect 2016

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Praise for Grilling The Subject

GRILLING THE SUBJECT is another fabulous installment of this great series. A fun, fast, intriguing read.
~Lisa K’s Book Reviews

So many suspects. It seems like when Jenny clears someone from her list, something else pops up and they’re back on it. Not an easy one to solve, which keeps Jenny hopping and those pages turning.
~ FUONLYKNEW

GRILLING THE SUBJECT is a book about the past, choices and changes made and the impact on today. It’s also a book about loyalty, perseverance, and pushing through.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

The characters are really what makes this book (and this series) stand out for me. Ms. Gerber has a talent for creating believable characters who are easy to like…and believable characters who are easy to dislike (so you don’t mind finding them at the wrong end of a murder).
~Brooke Blogs

Grilling the Subject is delicious read – perfect for an end of summer read (well, perfect any time for those who enjoy a good mystery.) I always enjoy visiting Crystal Cove and catching up with Jenna, Rhett, Bailey, Aunt Vera and the other residents.
~Booklady’s Booknotes

Daryl Wood Gerber 0218 100dpiAbout This Author

Agatha Award-winning and nationally bestselling author DARYL WOOD GERBER ventures into the world of suspense with her gripping debut novel, GIRL ON THE RUN. Daryl also writes the bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries. As AVERY AAMES, she pens the bestselling Cheese Shop Mysteries. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote”. In addition, she has jumped out of a perfectly good airplane and hitchhiked around Ireland by herself. She absolutely adores Lake Tahoe, where GIRL ON THE RUN is set, and she has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky.

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Visit Daryl or Avery atwww.darylwoodgerber.com.

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Aug 012016
 

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!

Happy Monday Everyone!!

I am looking forward to a wonderful week of reading and enjoying this summer days! 

Are you ready to Escape into some Good Books?

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

FINISHED


A Midwinter’s Tail: A Magical Cats Mystery
Release Date – October 7, 2014
My Review 
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Grilling the Subject (A Cookbook Nook Mystery)
Release Date – August 2, 2016
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here today!
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Death at the Day Lily Cafe: A Mystery (Rosalie Hart)
Release Date – July 26, 2016
Wendy Sand Eckel will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!
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Homicide in the House (Washington Whodunit)
Release Date – June 15, 2016
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Thursday!
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ON DECK THIS WEEK

Murder in the Secret Garden (A Book Retreat Mystery)
Release Date – August 2, 2016
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The Book of Beloved (Pluto’s Snitch)
Release Date – August 9, 2016
Carolyn Haines will be my Special Guest on August 9!
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Clock and Dagger (A Clock Shop Mystery)
Release Date – August 2, 2016
Julianne Holmes will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week!
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Dollycas

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Jul 282016
 

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I am excited to welcome Laura Morrigan to Escape With Dollycas today!

Laura Morrigan Blog Post

A UNIQUE POST FROM LAURA MORRIGAN

I’m a word nerd. I admit it.

I keep lists.

So, once again, here are some of my favorite words and why I love them.

I like words that are fun to say. Give these a try.

scintilla- a spark or very small thing

susurrous- whispering, hissing

evanescent- vanishing quickly

nemesis- an unbeatable opponent; a source of harm or ruin

discombobulate- confuse, upset

onomatopoeia- (obviously) words that imitate a sound

Words about happy stuff make me happy.

gambol- leaping or skipping joyfully

halcyon- happy, carefree

ebullience- bubbling enthusiasm

auspicious- favorable

exultant- triumphantly happy

I also have a love for nouns that end in ”ing”

Not just thing, ring, wing, etc but…

nameling- having the same name (usually people)

gloaming- twilight

foundling- an abandoned child discovered and cared for by others

So… what are your favorites?

~Laura

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Take the Monkey and Run
(A Call of the Wilde Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (July 5, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425282014
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Grace Wilde must use her psychic abilities to track down a pesky primate in the latest Call of the Wilde Mystery.

Grace Wilde is excited to head to New Orleans for her first “real” case as an animal telepath. She intends to help a woman find her missing sister, but when she attempts to communicate with her client’s cat, Coco, Grace gets distracted by the presence of a much wilder animal.

Coco confirms that a mysterious monkey has been swinging around the Big Easy. Grace thinks she might be able to help corral the cheeky Capuchin in addition to solving her case. But things get complicated when she receives a cryptic warning that her client isn’t what she seems. Now it’s up to Grace to separate the truth from the monkey business…

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About The Author
Spending the first years of her life on a Costa Rican coffee farm blessed Laura Morrigan with a fertile imagination and a love for all things wild.
Later she became a volunteer at a Florida zoo, helping out with everything from “waste management” to teaching an elephant how to paint. Drawing from her years of experience with both wild and domestic animals and her passion for detective novels, Laura created the Call of the Wilde Mystery series. She lives in Florida with too many cats, loves the Blue Angels, wearing flip flops in November, and thunderstorms. Laura is currently hard at work, writing the next Call of the Wilde mystery.

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Jul 252016
 

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
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Happy Monday Everyone!!

Are you ready to Escape into some Good Books?

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

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Luck, Love & Lemon Pie
My Review
Wisconsin Author and Wisconsin Setting
Release Date – July 12, 2016
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All You Need Is Fudge (A Candy-coated Mystery)
Release Date – July 26, 2016
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Live and Let Growl (A Melanie Travis Mystery)
Release Date – July 26, 2016
Laurien Berenson will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!
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A Most Curious Murder: A Little Library Mystery
Release Date – July 12, 2016
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A Midwinter’s Tail: A Magical Cats Mystery
Release Date – October 7, 2014
My Flashback Friday Book
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Grilling the Subject (A Cookbook Nook Mystery)
Release Date – August 2, 2016
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here August 1!
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Death at the Day Lily Cafe: A Mystery (Rosalie Hart)
Release Date – July 26, 2016
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Jul 212016
 

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As Death Draws Near
(A Lady Darby Mystery)

Historical Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – Ireland
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (July 5, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425277720
E-Book ASIN: B016JPTK2I
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The latest mystery from the national bestselling author of A Study in Death tangles Lady Kiera Darby and Sebastian Gage in a dangerous web of religious and political intrigue.

July 1831. In the midst of their idyllic honeymoon in England’s Lake District, Kiera and Gage’s seclusion is soon interrupted by a missive from her new father-in-law. A deadly incident involving a distant relative of the Duke of Wellington has taken place at an abbey south of Dublin, Ireland, and he insists that Kiera and Gage look into the matter.

Intent on discovering what kind of monster could murder a woman of the cloth, the couple travel to Rathfarnham Abbey school. Soon a second nun is slain in broad daylight near a classroom full of young girls. With the sinful killer growing bolder, the mother superior would like to send the students home, but the growing civil unrest in Ireland would make the journey treacherous.

Before long, Kiera starts to suspect that some of the girls may be hiding a sinister secret. With the killer poised to strike yet again, Kiera and Gage must make haste and unmask the fiend, before their matrimonial bliss comes to an untimely end…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

It seems Kiera and Gage can’t even have a honeymoon. Lord Gage sends them a message to travel to Dublin to investigate a nun that has been killed at an Abbey. He provides no details so the newly married couple find transport and get to Ireland as quickly as possible. The people of the surrounding area are not quick to provide much more information, even the other nuns at the abbey and the local Constable seems to holding back. Kiera and Gage have their work cut out for them to solve this case. It also tests their new married life as these two very independent people learn to trust their place now as man and wife.

Kiera has grown so much since this series began, much of the thanks to Gage, but now that she is his wife will he fall into the ways of most men in this time and curtail her independence and freedom when it comes to their investigations. The author has shown us both sides and not everything is resolved by the end of this book.

Huber’s stories are very character driven. Servants Anderley and Bree also play major roles in this mystery. Kiera has always been extremely close to Bree and we see Gage and Anderley are very close and trusting as well. We are also introduced to a wide variety of characters and a character from a past story reappears, much to Lady Darby’s dismay.

This mystery includes a lot of history and the murder takes a very interesting turn as we learn more about how that history impacts the nun’s death. I felt it was pretty complex and just a little hard to keep straight at times. There were so many players, secondary and minor characters that all played a part.

As I have come to expect from this author she paints amazing pictures with her words. The areas around the Abbey formed immediately in my mind. The portion of the story that takes place on the ship almost had me weaving with the motion of the waves.

As I have said in previous reviews to get the most out of these series the stories should be read from the start but this one does read well as a stand alone as the author gives us plenty of background.

I love that as the 5th book in this series that characters are fresh and engaging and the mystery is excellent. The author gives us a little tease for book number six and that made me so happy. I really want to go on more adventures with Mr. & Mrs. Gage.

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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To Find out more about Anna Lee Huber visit her website here.

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Jul 202016
 

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
I am absolutely tickled to have Terrie Farley Moran visit us today!

terrie newI am delighted to be spending another Cozy Wednesday with all of you. Read to Death is the third cozy mystery novel in the Read ’Em and Eat series set in the sunny island community of Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Every winter season, the Cool Reads/Warm Climate Book Club gathers both local residents and snowbirds to mingle, drink sweet tea and talk about books. The season generally ends with a party of some sort and this year is no exception.

ftmyrsbch 031Read ’Em and Eat owners Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield have arranged for members of the book club to read The Florida Life of Thomas Edison by Michele Albion and then to take a trip off-island to visit the fabulous Edison and Ford Winter estates where Thomas Edison and Henry Ford spent their winters a hundred years ago.

Edison-Ford-Winter-Estate-OutsideTo insure the success of the trip, Sassy and Bridgy have rented a van and requested driver Oscar Frieland, who they know will engage in entertaining chatter with the club members. Sure enough, Oscar is both flirtatious and informative.

edison statueWith such splendid planning, the day is a huge success complete with a snack break next to a statue of Thomas Edison which stands under the largest Banyan tree in America. After arriving back at the Read ’Em and Eat, everyone gathers in the café for a brief book club meeting. Bridgy runs out to retrieve her sunglasses from the van only to discover Oscar’s dead body sprawled across the seat.

readtodeath1Although Lieutenant Frank Anthony of the Lee County Sheriff’s Department insists that Bridgy is a witness, not a suspect, Sassy is afraid that Bridgy’s status could change in an instant. She calls lawyer Owen Reston to come to Bridgy’s aid and then enlists reporter Cady Stanton to help her investigate Oscar’s life, past and present.
Bridgy’s mother, who is the flamboyant Ophelia’s sister Emelia arrives to comfort Bridgy but the sparks that fly between the sisters are anything but comforting. And the surprise guest that Emelia brings along with her is nothing short of spectacular.

So, open up a copy of Read to Death and get ready to spend a few hours at the beach, sipping sweet tea and nibbling on a Drunken Raisin Scone (recipe included) while solving a murder in the coziest town on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

~Terrie

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Read to Death
(Read Em and Eat Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Florida
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
An Imprint of Penguin Ransom House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425270301
E-Book ASIN: B016JPTN5W
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At their seaside Read ‘Em and Eat bookstore café, Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield offer fresh scones, great books, and excellent detective work…
 
With their book club season wrapping up with The Florida Life of Thomas Edison, Sassy and Bridgy decide to take their group on a day trip to the beautiful Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Hiring driver Oscar Frieland, who’s known for his colorful stories  and love of the café’s Robert Frost fruit tartlets, the bibliophiles set off for a day of sunshine and history.

After a lovely excursion, the club returns to the café for lunch and a book discussion, but the group falls silent after Oscar is found dead in his van. The sheriff’s deputies have some questions of their own for the group, and if the ladies don’t find some answers soon, the next book they read might be from a prison library.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

The Cool Reads/Warm Climate Book Club goes on a field trip but it ends badly. The van driver, Oscar, is killed on the van after all the book club members have scurried off. Bridgy ends up finding his body when she returns to look for her missing sunglasses and that makes her the prime suspect for his death. Everyone knows she is innocent but the police don’t appear to be looking for other suspects. Before Bridgy is reading her books in a jail cell she and Sassy with the help of their friends do their best to find the real killer.

I have escaped right into all three books in this series. Sassy and Bridgy are fabulous characters and I wish the Read ‘Em and Eat bookstore café actually existed because I want to visit and meet them, Miguel, Ophie, and all the other characters that come through the doors. I really enjoy reading about the teenage book group and all the things they do.

The plot was terrific, just as I knew it would be. Plenty of suspects with plenty of twists. As each suspect was eliminated the focus kept returning to our Bridgy. When things seemed too dire Ophie always came to the rescue to brighten things up. Things were a little tense when her sister, Bridgy’s mom, came to town but Sassy’s mom came too and that helped to lift the tension. These women love to shop and you can’t stay mad when you are shopping.

Of course the setting was pure bliss and we get to see many different places as the girl’s investigation continued. We also traveled to some touristy spots to keep one certain mother out of Miguel’s kitchen.

An truly captivating cozy! Great characters with great relationships, an intriguing whodunit in a delightful setting! I can’t wait to return to the Read ‘Em and Eat! 

I highly recommend the entire series!

perfect 2016

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

About The Author 

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

Author Links:
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Written with Laura Childs

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Jul 152016
 

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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.

This week my loss is your gain. I just haven’t been able to squeeze this series
into my reading schedule so I am giving away the 1st book in this series!

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Snow White Red-Handed
(A Fairy Tale Fatal Mystery Book 1)
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (November 4, 2014)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425271629
E-Book ASIN: B00JJXV45O
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Miss Ophelia Flax is a Victorian actress who knows all about making quick changes and even quicker exits. But to solve a fairy-tale crime in the haunted Black Forest, she’ll need more than a bit of charm…

1867: After being fired from her latest variety hall engagement, Ophelia acts her way into a lady’s maid position for a crass American millionaire. But when her new job whisks her off to a foreboding castle straight out of a Grimm tale, she begins to wonder if her fast-talking ways might have been too hasty. The vast grounds contain the suspected remains of Snow White’s cottage, along with a disturbing dwarf skeleton. And when her millionaire boss turns up dead—poisoned by an apple—the fantastic setting turns into a once upon a crime scene.

To keep from rising to the top of the suspect list, Ophelia fights through a bramble of elegant lies, sinister folklore, and priceless treasure, with only a dashing but mysterious scholar as her ally. And as the clock ticks towards midnight, she’ll have to break a cunning killer’s spell before her own time runs out…

Find out more about Maia Chance and her books on her webpage here.

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I have 1 copy of Snow White Red-Handed to giveaway!

Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
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something you like here and become a follower.

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Jul 122016
 

dressed to kilt

Dressed to Kilt
(A Scottish Highlands Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Scotland
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (July 5, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425265840
E-Book ASIN: B016JPTQH2
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Winter is leaving the residents of Glenkillen snowbound, but Eden isn’t about to let the weather dampen her spirits. With only a little time left in Scotland, she’s determined to make the most of it—starting with attending a fancy whisky tasting with local looker Leith Cameron. But her classy date turns into a major party foul after a woman is found drowned in one of the vats of alcohol.

Eden immediately steps in as a Special Constable to help solve the case, but her investigation turns sour when she realizes that the killer could be somehow connected to her own Scottish heritage. Now, in order to find the proof she needs to put the murderer behind bars, she’ll have to take a shot at unearthing her family’s past—before she herself winds up buried…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Author Eden Elliott’s time in Glenkillen, Scotland is drawing to close. She has been invited to a whisky tasting with Leith Cameron. The date totally goes off track when a body is found in a vat during a tour of the warehouse. Eden is called upon in her Special Constable status to work the case. When the investigation leads to a bit of her own heritage she and others believe she could be in danger. To solve the crime secrets may be revealed, secrets Eden had wished would stay secret.

Hannah Reed has given us another fantastic story. A story that goes full circle as many secrets are revealed – Secrets of Eden’s family and secrets about her journey to the Scottish Highlands.

Eden is a wonderful character. She has embraced her time in Scotland meeting new people and trying new things. Yes, she may have distant relatives there but that was not her purpose in coming. She wanted to write the best stories she could, set in the highlands and when her best friend suggested she go there she knew it was the right decision. Eden has grown so much since she has arrived. She is much more confident and that shows in her daily life and in her her writing.

All the characters the author gives us are unique and realistic. The imagery she has created with her words makes the area come alive. Picturing the winter days there was so easy.

The story had such a great flow, not too slow, not too fast, just right. There were plenty of twists and some puzzling clues.

Each story in this series takes us off on a fabulous adventure. The characters are so appealing, I love the lilt of the language and the humor sprinkled throughout. I will never get to actually travel to Scotland but Hannah Reed has transported me there virtually three times and I hope she gets the chance to take us back there again soon.

Each story reads well as a stand alone, but for maximum enjoyment you need to escape into all three.

perfect 2016

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

For more information about the story or about her other tales, visit her at hannahreedbooks.com and Like her on Facebook.

Also by Hannah Reed

Writing as Deb Baker


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Jul 112016
 

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
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Happy Monday Everyone!!

Are you ready to Escape into some Good Books?

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

FINISHED


Dressed to Kilt (A Scottish Highlands Mystery)
Release Date – July 5, 2016
Review will be up tomorrow! 
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Digging Up the Dead
Release Date – March 1, 2016
Jill will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!
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Beach Blues
Release Date – May 17, 2016
Review will be up Thursday! 
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Barefoot Beach
Release Date – July 5, 2016
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Murder on the Mother Road: A Bobby Navarro Mystery
Release Date – March 15, 2016
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Tuesday.
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Read to Death (Read Em and Eat Mystery)
Release Date – July 5, 2016
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As Death Draws Near (A Lady Darby Mystery)
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Jul 092016
 

grace sees red

Grace Sees Red
(A Manor House Mystery)

7th in Series
Cozy Mysteries
Setting – North Carolina
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (June 28, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425281628
E-Book ASIN: B016JPTLDQ
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Grace Wheaton, curator and manager of Marshfield Manor, and her benefactor, Bennett Marshfield, are discussing how to help her roommates Bruce and Scott with their wine shop troubles when Grace’s trusted—if testy—assistant, Frances, calls, saying she needs some assistance of her own. Arriving at the address Frances has given them, they find a coroner’s van and police cars parked outside an upscale assisted-living facility called Indwell.

One of the elderly residents has been found dead under suspicious circumstances, and Frances, seen arguing with the man earlier that day, is now a person of interest. It’s up to Grace to clear her assistant’s name and find the real killer—before another Indwell resident checks out early…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Oh this story was sooooooo goooooood!

In this installment the action takes place away from Marshfield Manor. Grace’s assistant, Frances needs help. We finally get a close look at Frances’ life away from work and it was quite surprising. Also Grace’s roommates, Bruce and Scott have a major problem and it could be the end of their business.

I love these characters. The relationship between Bennett and Grace always warms my heart and now that the news is out that they truly are related there are many new t’s to cross and i’s to dot. They are both amazing people. The world needs more people like them. I loved that Frances was front and center in this story and I always enjoy catching up with Scott and Bruce.

Hyzy introduces us to a great group of quirky characters as we venture to Indwell, an assisted living facility. We meet patients, their families, staff and even a couple of local detectives. The descriptions made it so easy to picture every one of them. They sure are an interesting bunch.

The mystery this time was quite puzzling. Several twists had me changing my mind on the real culprit too many times to count. As we neared the conclusion I could see I was completely wrong and I was totally surprised.

When you reach the 7th book in a series the characters have become comfortable. As a reader you are engaged from the start and totally invested into finding out what happens next. That is so true for this series. Frances may not be the easiest woman to get along with but I was thrilled to know more about her personal life. I am excited to see what the author has planned for my fictional friends in upcoming installments.

Each visit to Emberstowne passes too quickly. Of course that is because the story keeps those pages flying. As usual I read this one all in one sitting.

I highly recommend everything Julie Hyzy writes and this story is a prime example as to why.

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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About Julie Hyzy

Julie Hyzy is the New York Times bestselling author of the White House Chef Mysteries and the Manor House Mysteries. She’s won the Anthony, Barry, Derringer, and Lovey Awards for her novels and short stories. Her first Manor House Mystery, Grace Under Pressure, earned a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly. Find out more about Julie Hyzy and her books on her webpage here.




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