May 032016
 

It’s my favorite day every month!

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY 2014

Welcome to New Release Tuesday!

I am so excited about all the new books!

These wonderful books are available today
wherever fine books are sold.
Click on the book covers below to order from Amazon.com


Murder at Lambswool Farm (Seaside Knitters Mystery)
goodreads-badge-add-plus
and

A Finely Knit Murder (Seaside Knitters Mystery) Paperback Version
goodreads-badge-add-plus
Are both out today!
Sally will be my guest tomorrow for Cozy Wednesday!

Gone With the Witch (Wishcraft Mystery)
Heather will be my Special Guest on Saturday!
goodreads-badge-add-plus

Berry the Hatchet (A Cranberry Cove Mystery)
Peg will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week!
goodreads-badge-add-plus

Hearse and Gardens (Hamptons Home & Garden Mystery)
Kathleen will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday on May 25!
goodreads-badge-add-plus

Murder in Morningside Heights (A Gaslight Mystery)
Victoria will be my Special Guest on May 28.
goodreads-badge-add-plus

More Books Out Today *Several are paperback releases for previously released hard covers.

Being Released May 8


All of these books are touring with Great Escapes Book Tours!
Out on May 10


Coming May 17

Out on May 24

These books come out May 31

Another month of awesome reading ahead!
HAPPY READING EVERYONE!!
Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent


Note: I am an Amazon Associate. If you click on most book covers and links on the blog and make a purchase I will receive a small commission on that purchase. These commissions are used to purchase prizes that I then giveaway here.

May 022016
 

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Hosted by Book Date

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!! 

It’s MAY!!
I am so ready for the warmer temps and taking my reading out into the fresh air!  

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

FINISHED

Murder at Lambswool Farm (Seaside Knitters Mystery)
Release Date – May 3, 2016
Sally Goldenbaum will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!
goodreads-badge-add-plus

House of the Hanging Jade
Release Date – April 26, 2016
The Great Escapes Tour stop here Thursday!
goodreads-badge-add-plus


Played by the Book (A Novel Idea Mystery)
Release Date – February 3, 2015
My Flashback Friday Read!
goodreads-badge-add-plus


Gone With the Witch (Wishcraft Mystery)
Release Date – May 3, 2016
Heather Blake will be my Special Guest Saturday!
goodreads-badge-add-plus

ON DECK THIS WEEK


The Final Tap (A Living History Museum Mystery)
Release Day – May 8, 2016
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!
goodreads-badge-add-plus


Berry the Hatchet (A Cranberry Cove Mystery)
Release Date – May 3, 2016
Peg Cochran will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week!
goodreads-badge-add-plus

Clouds in My Coffee (The Country Club Murders)
Release Date – May 10, 2016
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!
goodreads-badge-add-plus


Murder with a Twist (A Nic & Nigel Mystery)
Release Date – May 8, 2015
My Flashback Friday Read!
goodreads-badge-add-plus

Happy Reading!

escape

Click Here To See All My Current Giveaways!!

Happy Reading!!
Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Apr 302016
 

needle and dread
Needle and Dread (Southern Sewing Circle Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
11th in Series
Setting – South Carolina
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (April 5, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Cover Illustration by Mary Ann Lasher
Cover Design by Judith Lagerman
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425282564
E-Book ASIN: B011IVWQ6K
goodreads-badge-add-plus

 

 

Downtown Sweet Briar is now home to a new sewing shop run by one of the circle’s own. With the help and support of her fellow members, Rose is determined to make SewTastic a success, and, to that end, she decides to sponsor a series of do-it-yourself weekends for sewing enthusiasts.

But when a group arrives at SewTastic to work on a project, a loud and argumentative guest pushes everyone’s buttons. And when she winds up dead in Rose’s project room—strangled by a sewing machine power cord—it’s up to Tori and the gang to stitch together the clues before Rose’s reason for living is ripped apart at the seams.

PATTERN AND SEWING TIPS INCLUDED

Dollycas’s Thoughts

SewTastic is a new shop in Sweet Briar, run by none other than Rose and Leona. Really, even the other members of the sewing circle are surprised that these rivals have teamed up. They all plan to pitch in to help make the place a huge success. Starting with a DIY weekend. There happens to be more helpers than students this time, but one participant in trying everyone’s patience and the circle members do their best to calm the woman and her derogatory comments. Things were stitching right along until the testy guest is found dead in the project room. Someone in the group has to be the killer and Tori and the ladies are going to find out who helped the cranky woman take her last breathe.

The death in this story was a little too close for comfort after my son’s death, but this is one of my favorite series and features my favorite ladies, so I couldn’t just not read it. Compartmentalization helped me enjoy this  story. I packed my grief away, skimmed over a couple of things, and got around the things that would have hurt my heart.

While the death was the main part of the plot, there is so much more in this story. I have said it before, the stories in this series are all about the friendship this group of woman have forged. The age range is 20’s to 80’s, they are each unique, opinionated, and  strong. When one is down the others pick them up, when one needs help they all rally together. The bonds are strong, they may bend but the never break. I am honored to get a little peek into their lives in these books.

The mystery was quite good too. The victim, Opal, was not a nice woman, she was rich but it didn’t buy her happiness. She had touched many people’s lives and not in a good way. This made for several suspects. Tori researched the woman and brought several things to light. Now the ladies had to work together to find out which one was upset enough to kill.

Elizabeth Lynn Casey always gives us a fantastic story. Her characters leap out the pages. Their humor shines throughout and their dedication to solve the mystery is extraordinary.

The only bad thing about this book was when it ended. I wasn’t ready for my visit to end. Bring on Book 12. I can’t wait to return to Sweet Briar.

perfect 2016

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Elizabeth Lynn Casey is the national best-selling author of the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries. The latest installment in the seriesNeedle and Dread was just released. In addition to this series, Elizabeth also pens the Amish Mysteries under her own name, Laura Bradford. A Churn for the Worse, the fifth book in that series, released last month.

For more information, visit: www.elizabethlynncasey.com or www.laurabradford.com .

Facebook

Twitter: @bradfordauthor and @ElizabethLCasey


Click on covers to order order or to see more information about each book.
GIVEAWAY

I am giving away my review copy!

Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a US or Canadian mailing address.
Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

You do not have to be a follower to enter but I hope you will find
something you like here and become a follower.

Followers Will Receive 2 Bonus Entries For Each Way They Follow.
Plus 2 Bonus Entries For Liking My Facebook Fan Page.

Pin this giveaway to Pinterest for 3 Bonus Entries.

If you publicize the giveaway on Twitter or Facebook or anywhere you will receive
5 Bonus Entries For Each Link.

Contest Will End May 14, 2016 at 11:59 PM CST
Winner Will Be Chosen By Random.org
Winner Will Be Notified By Email
and Will Be Posted Here In The Sidebar.

Click Here For Entry Form

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

Apr 292016
 

9WbGnJTR
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.

A GILDED GRAVE
A Gilded Grave
(NEWPORT GILDED AGE)

First in Series
Historical Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Cover Illustrator by Aleta Rafton
Cover Design by Lesley Worrell
Trade Paperback: 416 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425275849
E-Book – ASIN: B00OQS4FIA
goodreads-badge-add-plus

 

 

In 1895, the height of the Gilded Age, the social elite spend their summers in Newport, Rhode Island. Within the walls of their fabulous “cottages,” competition for superiority is ruthless … and so are the players.
 
During her first Newport season, Deanna Randolph attends a ball given in honor of Lord David Manchester, a Barbadian sugar magnate, and his sister, Madeline. The Manchesters are an immediate success—along with their exotic manservant and his fortune-telling talents.

But on the nearby cliffs, a young maid lies dead—and suspicion falls on Joseph Ballard, a member of one of the town’s most prestigious families.

Joe humiliated Deanna when he rebuffed an engagement to her, but while he may be a cad, she knows he isn’t a killer. Now the reluctant allies must navigate a world of parties, tennis matches, and séances to find the real murderer. But a misstep among the glittering upper classes could leave them exposed to something far more dangerous than malicious gossip…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I escaped back in time with this wonderful debut. Newport in 1895, in all its glory, until a young maid is found dead on the cliffs.

Deanna Randolph and her maid, Elspeth, make a dynamic duo both in life and as sleuths. Deanna’s mother has warned her not to get too friendly with the help, but Deanna has ignored that piece of advice. They are friends and they both would do anything for the other. While the plans for Deanna and Joe Ballard to marry have fallen apart and she doesn’t want him around she knows he is not a killer.

The author brings the time period of the Gilded Age alive. The “cottages”, the cliffs, the clothes, the parties and daily life are described in colorful detail. Her words painted so fantastic images.

I enjoyed the character development as Deanna became more and more independent as the story moved along. Then again, her mother was out of town with her ailing sister so things may change when she returns.  I loved learning about Joe’s work and his ideas. Through Elspeth we come to understand life from a servants point of view. The Manchesters were interesting characters as well.

The story is well written and you know the author really researched the material to make it as accurate as possible. She gave me plenty of suspects and several red herrings to track as I followed the clues right along with Deanna and Elspeth.

Shelley Freydont has shown she can write a superb mystery set in present time in her Celebration Bay Mysteries, and now she has shown she can do historical mysteries too. The next book in this series, A Golden Cage, comes out June 7. I recommend that if you haven’t read this one yet, grab it so you are all ready for the next installment.  

perfect 2016

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

About the Author

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

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

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

For more about Shelley, please visit her website www.shelleyfreydont.com.

* Author Links

Website  – Facebook

Amazon Twitter


Find more books by Shelley Freydont Here.
Writing as Shelley Noble

Coming June 7, 2016
GIVEAWAY
I am giving away my review copy!
Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a US or Canadian mailing address.

Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

You do not have to be a follower to enter but I hope you will find
something you like here and become a follower.

Followers Will Receive 2 Bonus Entries For Each Way They Follow.
Plus 2 Bonus Entries For Liking My Facebook Fan Page.

Pin this giveaway to Pinterest for 3 Bonus Entries.

If you publicize the giveaway on Twitter or Facebook or anywhere you will receive
5 Bonus Entries For Each Link.

Contest Will End May 13, 2016 at 11:59 PM CST
Winner Will Be Chosen By Random.org
Winner Will Be Notified By Email
and Will Be Posted Here In The Sidebar.

Click Here For Entry Form

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

Apr 272016
 

cozy wednesday 2013 640

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!!

I am so happy to Welcome Erika Chase back to Escape With Dollycas today!

erika chase

The Dreaded Deadline
By Erika Chase, author of the Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries

I was trying to come up with a blog topic and not doing so well. What was really going on in my head was the fact that the deadline for my new manuscript, Roux the Day, the second in the Dinner Club Mysteries, is due in less than two weeks. And here’s this blog deadline looming, a few days after my Mystery Lover’s Kitchen blog deadline, which was a week after my Killer Characters blog deadline. And then I had the ‘aha’ moment! What’s the constant in my life these days? Deadlines.

9780425278215A quick aside – the first book in my new series for Berkley, which I’m writing under my real name, Linda Wiken, is titled Toasting Up Trouble and will be out on July 5th! It’s about a dinner club (no surprise there), in Burlington, VT, with food, recipes, and of course, murder.

Now, back to deadlines. This may not be a very exciting topic to you dear reader, but think about it. We all have them, whether it’s a writing deadline, a cooking dinner deadline, a deadline for sending in money for your child’s school outing. Even the ultimate deadline, the dreaded income tax!

What fascinates me is how we all handle them. I admit, I’m kind of reckless, preferring to live life on the deadline edge. I blame it on my training as a journalist – you know, breaking story, short deadline, just do it! I’m afraid this has transferred over to my fiction writing as well. If I have a long deadline, say nine months or a year, I whittle away at the piece until it comes closer to the crunch. And then, I’m bum-to-the-chair, long hours of writing, feeling revved up and full of ideas.

What a way to live! It usually works just fine though, except when life chooses to interfere. An unexpected appointment; a sick friend; a sick pet; or, too many deadlines at the same time.

I’ve tried to re-train myself, setting early artificial deadlines but that’s exactly what they are – artificial and I find it hard to fool myself.

I have several friends who operate in a different style. They make sure they’re finished well in advance of that deadline. And I mean, well in advance. Their lives are structured, well-balanced, and healthy, without being constricted. I’m certain their stress levels are negligible or at least at what is considered acceptable. Health professionals do say a certain amount of stress in our lives is healthy.

I so admire those friends but know I have as much chance of joining their ranks as I do of winning the Nobel Prize for anything.

What I need to do is carry on in my own somewhat self-destructive way, ensure I have other interests to add balance to my life, and some wonderful, understanding friends…even if most of them are more adept at handling deadlines.

What about you? How do you approach those deadlines in your life?

GIVEAWAY
Let me know in the comment section below and your name will be entered in a draw for a copy of any one of my Ashton Corners Book Club MysteriesA Killer Read, Read and Buried, Cover Story, Book Fair and Foul, or Law and Author. If you haven’t yet met the characters in this series, I hope you’ll do so. All of these books did meet the deadlines. 

About The Author

Erika Chase, in a parallel life AKA Linda Wiken, is a former mystery bookstore owner.

The fifth book in the Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries, Law and Author, came out last Sept. A new series, the Dinner Club Mysteries is due in July under her real identity (Linda Wiken). Toasting Up Trouble introduces the Culinary Capers gang. She’s a member of those deadly dames, the Ladies’ Killing Circle. She’s been nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel for A Killer Read and for an Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Story from Crime Writers of Canada. www.erikachase.com

 

Coming in July

Dollycas’s Thoughts
The Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries has been one of my favorite series. You can read my review of Law and Author here. As you can see I was really looking forward to the next book in this series but Penguin Random House didn’t share my enthusiasm and have cancelled the series. Now I am looking forward to Erika’s new series!

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Apr 232016
 

an unhappy medium
An Unhappy Medium
(A Family Fortune Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Michigan
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (April 5, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Cover Illustration by Daniel Craig
Cover Design by Judith Lagerman
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425282809
E-Book – ASIN: B011IUSQXI
goodreads-badge-add-plus

 

 

Former cop and novice psychic Clyde Fortune finds herself in a race for justice when a Zombie Fun Run turns deadly…
 
All of Crystal Haven, Michigan, is psyching up to participate in a Zombie Fun Run organized by Clyde’s nephew Seth, but Clyde is fretful about the undead festivities. For one thing, her sister, Grace, has unexpectedly returned to town after fifteen years. For another, Clyde has the nagging feeling that something is about to go wrong…

When one of the zombie runners is found murdered and then Grace disappears, Clyde realizes her grim premonition is dead-on. Now, she and her police detective boyfriend Mac must find a ghoulish murderer before someone points the finger at Grace. And when a tangled web of family secrets and old grudges combines with a mysterious case of stolen diamonds, even someone as quick-witted as Clyde might not be able to outrun a killer…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

We have come a long way with these characters and in this installment Clyde’s sister, Grace, and her husband, Paul, come to Crystal Haven for a visit. This is the first time in fifteen years that Grace has returned. She didn’t want anything to do with the psychic abilities of her family even though she has an ability herself that she uses daily. That ability may be why she has come home. Of course, seeing her son Seth, is always a bonus.

They quickly get caught up in a town celebration that includes a Zombie Fun Fun. This is the 2nd book I have read recently that has included a zombie event in a town celebration. Zombies aren’t really my thing but since these were costume events and no actual zombies were featured so I enjoyed it quite a bit.

When the fun run ends, the partying begins for all but one of the participants. One of the runners didn’t show up at the party and was found murdered in the woods. Grace has only been in town a couple of days and someone decides she or Paul could be the murderer/s. With Mac on the police department Clyde knows he will prove their innocence, but it doesn’t stop her for doing a little investigating too.

This story is absolutely fantastic! So much happens within these pages and I don’t want to give anything away.

Dawn Eastman has written a very captivating mystery featuring the characters we have grown to love. I have my reservations about Grace and Paul but their situation is pretty precarious so that may tilt the scales more in their favor. Clyde’s family is a little over the top. I love Aunt Vi. Sometimes I want to hug her and other times I want to lock her in the basement and throw away the key. Mac handles her much better than I ever could. The Fortune Family is not your normal Midwest family but Mac loves Clyde so her family and all their shenanigans are part of the package. Yes, even when they find a dead body or try to find some “lost” diamonds.

The paranormal aspect was a little more present in this story as Clyde tries to refine her gift. It has become more interesting as she learns her capabilities.

Each of these stories is even better than the last. This is one of my favorite books I have read this year. I highly recommend the entire series.

paradise 2016

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

About This Author

Dawn Eastman is the national bestselling author of Pall in the Family, the first book in the Family Fortune Mystery Series. She lived in Michigan for many years in a house full of animals, unusual people, and laughter. She now lives in Iowa with her husband, son, daughter, and one extremely bossy small dog.

Author Links

Webpage – Facebook – Goodreads

Twitter – @DawnAEastman

GIVEAWAY
Thanks to the people at Penguin I have 1 copy to give away!
Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a US mailing address.

Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

You do not have to be a follower to enter but I hope you will find
something you like here and become a follower.

Followers Will Receive 2 Bonus Entries For Each Way They Follow.
Plus 2 Bonus Entries For Liking My Facebook Fan Page.

Pin this giveaway to Pinterest for 3 Bonus Entries.

If you publicize the giveaway on Twitter or Facebook or anywhere you will receive
5 Bonus Entries For Each Link.

Contest Will End March 11, 2016 at 11:59 PM CST
Winner Will Be Chosen By Random.org
Winner Will Be Notified By Email
and Will Be Posted Here In The Sidebar.

CLICK HERE FOR ENTRY FORM

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

Apr 222016
 

9WbGnJTR
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.

BODICE OF EVIDENCE
Bodice of Evidence
(Perfect Proposals Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Illinois
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (June 2, 2015)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Cover Illustration by Ben Perini
Cover Design by George Long
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425270363
E-Book ASIN: B00OQS4E6I
goodreads-badge-add-plus

 

 

Pepper’s new wedding proposal planning business, Perfect Proposals, seems like a perfect fit. If only shopping for her sister Felicity’s bridal gown could be so simple.

After a long day of lace, tulle, and tears, Pepper, Felicity, and their mother pull it together to try one last bridal boutique. Maybe they’ll be surprised. And indeed they are—when they enter a deserted shop and soon discover the owner of the boutique slain in the alley out back.

Distressed by their proximity to the crime, Pepper vows to unveil the killer. As difficult as it is to draw a pattern from the clues, it’s still easier than finding Felicity’s perfect wedding gown. But as the killer begins to feel hemmed in, Pepper may be the one brought to her knees…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Shopping for a wedding dress is supposed to be fun but it can be quite stressful to find the “perfect” dress. Pepper knows shopping with her sister, Felicity, for her dress is going to interesting but she never expected that when they arrived for their last appointment the shop’s owner would be dead. Dead, as in murdered in the alley behind the boutique. They had arrived a little late and Pepper feels if they would have been on time they could have saved the woman. But they also could have become collateral damage. She just can’t help doing a little investigating on her own and that could end no where near perfect.

Pepper’s business sounds like a really great job. Her business, Perfect Proposals, sets up events for the perfect engagement proposals. It is always a surprise to the party being proposed to. It can be a proposal while skydiving, or at a movie theater, or anything the couple likes to do. Pepper wants the proposal to be special and she works hard to make that happen. Her business is taking off now that people have heard about her sister’s proposal. The whole family dynamic rings so true for me. I love her mom, very opinionated, and dad, knows when to back off, the sister, a little over the top.

I really enjoyed this story. A little twist has the detective in charge of the case actually happy with the information Pepper is providing. The suspects all seem to be family, an employee and her boyfriend, but Pepper just can’t figure out why they would want the woman dead. She is determined and goes back to the shop several times trying to get the answers she needs. I liked the way she handled it though, she always had a good reason to be there, dress fitting, payment on the dress, etc. And she purchased one pricey maid of honor dress! good thing they had a payment plan.

The mystery itself was well written and entertaining but I enjoyed the Perfect Proposal planning and events just as much. Together there was always action and drama making the pages absolutely fly.

It should be noted that while Nancy J. Parra is the name on the cover, Nancy, who also writes as Nancy Coco and Julie Hyzy, of the Manor House Mysteries, work in conjunction to write this series. I enjoy their other series’ so it is not a surprise to me that enjoy their writing together as well. The know how to set the scene, create realistic characters, and put them in drama filled situations. The also know how to add the perfect amount of humor to their stories.

This Perfect Proposals Mystery is a perfect escape!

perfect 2016

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

You can find out more about Nancy and her books on her webpage here.

Also by Nancy J. Parra

GIVEAWAY

I am giving away my review copy!
Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a US or Canadian mailing address.

Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

You do not have to be a follower to enter but I hope you will find
something you like here and become a follower.
Followers Will Receive 2 Bonus Entries For Each Way They Follow.

Plus 2 Bonus Entries For Liking My Facebook Fan Page.

Pin this giveaway to Pinterest for 3 Bonus Entries.

If you publicize the giveaway on Twitter or Facebook or anywhere you will receive
5 Bonus Entries For Each Link.

Contest Will End May 6, 2016 at 11:59 PM CST
Winner Will Be Chosen By Random.org
Winner Will Be Notified By Email
and Will Be Posted Here In The Sidebar.

Click Here For Entry Form

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

Apr 212016
 

a clue in the stew
A Clue in the Stew (A Soup Lover’s Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – Vermont
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (April 5, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Cover Illustration by Cathy Gendron
Cover Design by Diana Kolsky
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425273128
E-Book ASIN: B011IVPB9Y
goodreads-badge-add-plus

 

 

Soup shop owner Lucky Jamieson stirs up more trouble in the latest mystery from the national bestselling author of Ladle to the Grave

When Lucky Jamieson opens up By the Spoonful to host an event with a famous author, she’s not expecting a bunch of nuts to descend on her small-town soup shop. But the author’s exasperating entourage—from a prickly publicist to a snippy son and his tipsy wife—give fresh meaning to the phrase, too many cooks spoil the broth.

The evening is more than spoiled, however, when it ends with a homicide. When the manner of the murder—as well as another recent unsolved crime—echoes the author’s fiction, Police Chief Nate Edgerton realizes he has a copycat killer on his hands. And Lucky hopes that one of her regular customers who has mysteriously gone missing isn’t involved. Once again, the soup shop owner will need to stir up some clues to find her friend and catch a cunning killer—before things really take a tureen for the worse…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

What a stew Lucky finds herself in the middle of this time.

The quiet little town of Snowflake, Vermont is all atwitter. A famous author, Hilary Stone, is coming to town and a big signing event is being planned. The original venue has been hit with a leaky roof so By the Spoonful has been asked to host the event. When the author’s people show up Lucky realizes she may have bite off more than she can chew. But the night goes well even though it ended before everyone was able to meet the author and get their book signed.

By the next morning Police Chief Nate Edgerton has 2 murders to solve. Hilary Stone was found dead in her room and other woman was found in the woods, killed in the same manner. Eerily the same way as Hilary wrote about in her book. When one of the By the Spoonful regulars goes missing Lucky wonders if he is involved or another victim. Could a disgruntled fan be the killer? With a little help from her friends and much to Nate’s dismay Lucky finds herself mixed up in another investigation.

The author drew me into this story right away. I felt like I had pulled up a chair in By The Spoonful, ordered soup and and a sandwich, and stayed for a show. Everything was so easy to visualize, I could almost smell the Tomato Pepper Soup. (recipe in the book)

These characters are some of my favorites, they are so relate-able. The relationship Lucky has with her grandfather always warms my heart but in this story that relationship could be ripped apart when a new waitress sets her sights on Jack. She had my blood boiling so it is easy to imagine what Lucky was feeling. Sage and Sophie are adjusting to their life together and both are such good friends to Lucky.  Meg is felling overwhelmed being the only waitress and gives Lucky an ultimatum. In addition to the new waitress we also meet Hilary Stone for a very short time and her entourage. The Big City people weren’t too impressed with the small town of Snowflake.

Connie Archer has whipped up a fabulous mystery. Small town life and all its trial and tribulation with plenty of skillful plot twists.  When everything revealed I was totally surprised.

My favorite thing in the story was the Murder Investigation Club. Lucky, her friends and regulars banded together to try to figure out whodunit. They talked about the suspects and their theories of motive and opportunity. They helped Lucky by being a great sounding board too. I hope the club gets together in future stories.

I love this series and this is an excellent addition. I look forward to visiting again soon!

 perfect 2016

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

To find out more about Connie and her books visit her webpage here

GIVEAWAYThanks to the publisher I have 1 copy to give away!
Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a US mailing address.

Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

You do not have to be a follower to enter but I hope you will find
something you like here and become a follower.

Followers Will Receive 2 Bonus Entries For Each Way They Follow.
Plus 2 Bonus Entries For Liking My Facebook Fan Page.

Pin this giveaway to Pinterest for 3 Bonus Entries.

If you publicize the giveaway on Twitter or Facebook or anywhere you will receive
5 Bonus Entries For Each Link.

Contest Will End May 5,, 2016 at 11:59 PM CST
Winner Will Be Chosen By Random.org
Winner Will Be Notified By Email
and Will Be Posted Here In The Sidebar.

Click Here For Entry Form

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

Apr 192016
 

vanilla beaned
Vanilla Beaned (Cupcake Bakery Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Settings – Series Originates in Arizona but this installment travels to Nevda
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (April 5, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Cover Illustration by Jeff Fitz-Maurice
Cover Design by Leslie Worrell
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425258941
E-Book ASIN: B011IVP96E
goodreads-badge-add-plusShop Indie Bookstores

 

 
Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are taking a gamble by opening their first franchise of the Fairy Tale Cupcakes Bakery, so where better to hit the jackpot than in Vegas? Business manager Tate Harper has lined up a meeting with Holly Hartzmark, a former showgirl who’s looking to bring Mel and Angie’s sweet treats to Sin City, but Mel isn’t so sure she’s ready to hand her recipes over to a complete stranger—especially one as brash as Holly.

But after the potential bakery location gets blown up, Mel begins seeing another side to Holly—one that reminds her very much of herself. Determined to help a kindred spirit, Mel sets out to discover who is trying to keep the bakery from cashing in. But with a murderous mischief maker on the loose, the odds are stacking up against a happy ending for Mel and her friends…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Fairy Tale Bakery is expanding! opening a franchise store is Las Vegas! Tate and Angie are ready to gamble on showgirl Holly Hartzmark, to be their first franchisee but Mel still isn’t ready to throw the dice just yet. The threesome travel to Vegas to meet with Holly and their visit just happens to coincide with an Elvis Presley impersonator convention. Mel tries to give Holly the brushoff but agrees to at least scout out the proposed location for the shop. When the store gets blown up in front of their eyes and leaves a lawyer dead Mel finds that Holly is very much like herself. She also realizes the showgirl may be in danger. The Fairy Tale bakers need to band together before everything is “All Shook Up” and one of them has their fairy tail come to an end.

These are some of the best characters in the cozy genre. Over the years we have watched them grow and evolve in so many ways. Tate and Angie are now engaged and no, they are not eloping in Las Vegas, her family would be heartbroken. Mel and Joe are still on the outs and she and Manny still have that flirty thing going on. Manny, Marty and Oz all show up in Vegas when they think Mel may be the real target due to case Joe has been working on. But Holly has a stalker so she could be the target too.

The setting of this story was very interesting. I have never been to Las Vegas but hope to someday. I am sure I couldn’t afford the rooms that Tate provided but it sure would be fun. One place we were taken was behind the scenes at a Las Vegas show. The whole set up is very unique and not the best or easiest place to catch a killer.

Jenn McKinlay has written a wonderful mystery with twists and turns liberally sprinkled through the entire book. She keeps us readers on our toes and we nibble our way through the clues. I started to catch on just a little before the characters but there was so much happening I never slowed down. I was so excited coming into the last pages and McKinlay twisted things again.  I can’t wait for the next book in this series.

I always recommend reading the books in a series in order but this one would read very well as a stand alone too. I bet you will go back to read them all. Even in Vegas that bet would have great odds.

Don’t forget all the cupcake recipes. Of course there is a Vanilla Bean cupcake recipe but there are also recipes for Snickerdoodle cupcakes, an Elvis cupcake, and Cherry Cola cupcakes. Bake up a batch of your favorites and escape right into this tasty mystery.

perfect 2016

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Find out all about Jenn McKinlay and her books on her webpage here.

Cupcake Bakery Mysteries


Library Lover’s Mysteries

Click on covers to order from Amazon.
Click here to see more books by Jenn McKinlay.

GIVEAWAY
Thanks to the publisher I have 1 copy to give away!
Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a US mailing address.

Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

You do not have to be a follower to enter but I hope you will find
something you like here and become a follower.

Followers Will Receive 2 Bonus Entries For Each Way They Follow.
Plus 2 Bonus Entries For Liking My Facebook Fan Page.

If you publicize the giveaway on Twitter or Facebook or anywhere you will receive
5 Bonus Entries For Each Link.

Contest Will End May 3, 2016 at 11:59 PM CST
Winner Will Be Chosen By Random.org
Winner Will Be Notified By Email
and Will Be Posted Here In The Sidebar.
Click Here For Entry Form

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

Apr 182016
 

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Hosted by Book Date

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 another great week of reading! 

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

FINISHED

Cropped to Death (A Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery Book 1)

My Flashback Friday Read – My Review
Release Date – November 16, 2012
goodreads-badge-add-plus

Vanilla Beaned (Cupcake Bakery Mystery)

Release Date – April 5, 2016
Review will be up tomorrow
goodreads-badge-add-plus

A Clue in the Stew (A Soup Lover’s Mystery)

Release Date – April 5, 2016
Review will be up Thursday! 
goodreads-badge-add-plus

Bodice of Evidence (Perfect Proposals Mystery)
Release Date – June 2, 2015
My Flashback Friday Read
goodreads-badge-add-plus

ON DECK THIS WEEK

Raisin the Dead: A Bread and Batter Mystery
Release Date – April 19, 2016
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday.
goodreads-badge-add-plus

An Unhappy Medium (A Family Fortune Mystery)
For Review
goodreads-badge-add-plus

With A Vengeance (A Zoe Chambers Mystery)
The Great Escapes Tour stops here on April 28.
goodreads-badge-add-plus

escape

Click Here To See All My Current Giveaways!!

Happy Reading!!
Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Apr 152016
 

showers-of-books-

The Shower of Books Giveaway Hop
is sponsored by BookHounds!

A Multiple Book Escape For This Hop! 

Yarn Over Murder (A Knitting Mystery)
Mass Market Paperback – June 2, 2015
by Maggie Sefton

Kelly and her knitting pals were checking out the wares at the annual Wool Market when news spread about the wildfires threatening the canyon ranches. With temperatures scorching, the alpacas belonging to Kelly’s good friend Jayleen are in danger. Working fast, Kelly and her pals hightail the herd to the nearby pasture owned by rancher Andrea Holt. But their rescue mission is interrupted by a screaming match where Connie, a longtime employee of House of Lambspun, accuses Andrea of stealing her husband.

Days later, Andrea is found dead at her ranch—and suspicion immediately falls on Connie. Now Kelly and her friends must untangle this yarn before Connie ends up dangling by a thread…

Darned if You Do (A Needlecraft Mystery)
Mass Market Paperback – February 2, 2016
by Monica Ferris

After a tree falls on Tom Riordan’s house, landing him in the hospital, the police discover a mountain of junk piled high in his home. Locals in Excelsior, Minnesota—including Betsy Devonshire and her Crewel World Monday Bunch—offer to help with the cleanup while Tom recuperates.

But when Tom is found murdered in his hospital bed, the sole heir to his property—his cousin Valentina—becomes the number one suspect. Betsy believes there’s more to the case than meets the eye, but finding clues to the killer’s identity in the clutter Tom left behind will be like looking for a needle in a haystack…

Scorched Eggs (A Cackleberry Club Mystery)
Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 2015
by Laura Childs

TIME TO EGGS-TINGUISH AN ARSONIST.

Getting her hair colored at Root 66, Suzanne is stunned to witness the County Services office next door suddenly go up in flames. Sadly, the fire claims the life of longtime civil service worker—and friend to the Cackleberry Club—Hannah Venable. When it’s discovered that an accelerant was used to fan the flames, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni vow to smoke out the culprit.

When Suzanne finds a possible connection between the fire and the nearby Prairie Star Casino, she comes to realize that the arsonist wanted something very big and bad kept secret. And if the ladies aren’t careful, they may be the ones gambling with their lives…

GIVEAWAY
All 3 Books To One Winner!

Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a US or Canadian mailing address.

Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

Contest Will End April 30, 2016 at 11:59 PM CST
Winner Will Be Chosen By Random.org
Winner Will Be Notified By Email
and Will Be Posted Here In The Sidebar.

Click Here To Enter

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Powered by Linky Tools

Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list…

Apr 142016
 

Xo3GQLA9

girl_grow_taller
The term petite usually refers to a woman who is 5’4″ or less.
Let’s talk about some Petite Protagonists that can back a punch. 

I never really thought too much about the heights of cozy protagonists until the start of this year. I was reading Foreign Eclairs by Julie Hyzy and realized again the White House Chef, Ollie Paras, is just 5’3″. Then I picked up For Cheddar or Worse by Avery Aames and cheese shop owner, Charlotte Bessette was just 5’4″. I knew this from reading all the previous books in both series which now have sadly ended. But it got me to thinking. I made myself a note – Pint Size/Petite Protagonists – Research. That’s what I started to do, but soon decided to go right to the source. I emailed the authors and asked them to answer a few questions about our favorite cozy characters. This is just the first post I plan to do with their answers.

Julie also writes the Manor House Mysteries, Grace See Red comes out June 28, 2016. She wrote a post back in December telling us that Ollie’s journey with her as the author was coming to an end. You can read it here. Stay up to date with Julie and her books on her webpage here.

Avery Aames is a pen name, she also writes as herself, Daryl Wood Gerber. Book 5 in the Cookbook Nook Mysteries, Grilling the Subject, will be released on August 2, 2016. Her new suspense/thriller novel, Girl on the Run, was just released on April 9. Avery/Daryl information and news can be found on her webpage here.

Ollie and Charlotte are just 2 of these fantastic vertically challenged heroines. They are joined by Maxine “Max” O’Hara who stars in the Brewing Trouble Mysteries by Joyce Tremel. Max is a certified brewmaster and owner of the Allegheny Brew House and quite an amateur sleuth. To Brew or Not to Brew was released in December and Tangled Up in Brew will be out in October. I really enjoyed the first book in the series. You can read my review here.  Stay up with what’s brewing on Joyce’s webpage here.

We also have Julia Snowden, Manager of the Snowden Family Clambake, from Barbara Ross’s Clambake Mystery Series. The latest book in this series was Fogged Inn. It takes place in the off-season so we meet some new characters. I have enjoyed every book in this series. If this series is new to you, start with the first book, Clammed Up.  Find our more about Barbara and her books on her webpage here.

The latest Soup Lover’s Mystery just came out this month. A Clue in the Stew, has 5′ 4″ Lucky Jamieson hosting an event with a famous author. Set in Vermont, soup is great any day, mixed with murder these stories are always a tasty treat. There are 5 books in this series starting with A Spoonful of Murder, followed by A Broth of Betrayal, A Roux of Revenge, Ladle to the Grave, and the new A Clue in the Stew. Check out Connie’s webpage to find about more about her and her books here. She is also at work on a new mystery series, written as Connie di Marco. The Madness of Mercury comes out June 8 from Midnight Ink.

Jillian Hart is the perfect petite protagonist in the long running Cats in Trouble Mystery Series. She is also 5’4″ and has gone through so much in the first 7 books in this series. The Cat, The Collector and the Killer hits shelves on August 2, and I can’t wait to see what trouble she and the cats get into next. Love cats and mystery but haven’t tried these yet? Start with The Cat, The Quilt, and The Corpse, then you will want to read them all. Visit Leann’s webpage to learn more about her and her books here.

Kiki Lowenstein, standing tall at 5’3″, has been around the cozy world for a long time. Joanna Campbell Slan introduced us to her back in 2008 in Paper, Scissors, Death. Kiki loves her scrapbooking and she put herself into some perilous places,  Joanna is hard at work on Glue, Baby, Gone, the 12th story in this series. She is also offering quite a deal with Shotgun Wedding Bells. Buy One/Get One Offer–With this title, you’ll also automatically get a free copy of “Tear Down and Die,” the first book in a new series. You can find out more about Joanna and her books on her webpage here.

The Farmers’ Market Mysteries feature 5’3″ Becca Robins.  She sells her jams and jellies at the Farm Market her sister manages. Sadly this is another series that has ended. I really loved these stories. Just because they have ended doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this protag’s adventures. Paige does have 2 new mystery series. The Cracked Spine: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery came out on March 29 and To Helvetica and Back (A Dangerous Type Mystery) was released January 5, 2016. You can find out more about Paige and her books on her webpage here

Kelsey Cambridge is the museum director in the Living History Museum Mysteries by Amanda Flower. The first book, The Final Reveille, featuring a Civil War reenactment came out last year. The 2nd book, The Final Tap, comes out May 8th and  it’s maple sugar season! This pint sized sleuth has found herself in a sticky situation. Amanda Flower also writes the Magical Bookshop Mysteries. The debut, Crime and Poetry,  was just released this month. Check out her webpage here to find out about all her books , even those written as Isabella Alan.

The last petite protagonist I am featuring today is Val Deniston from the Five-Ingredient Mysteries. Former cookbook publicist has come to Bayport and works at the Cool Down Café at the local fitness club. She is also working on her own cookbook. We also meet her curmudgeonly grandfather. By Cook or By Crook, is the first installment in this series, followed by Scam Chowder. Final Fondue will be out June 28, 2016. Find out more about Maya and here books on her webpage here

These protagonists may be “vertically challenged” but they sure can take care of themselves for the most part when it comes to tracking down murderers. I happen to know some pint-sized young women who have chosen law enforcement as their profession in real life. One is a State Trooper and another graduates college next year with a degree in Criminal Justice. I have seen them in action and know they can handle their jobs as well as a full size man. So why not have this happen in our cozies.

In both cases, backup is always a good idea. Whether is be another squad car arriving or your boyfriend/brother/best friend/detective/ or some other fantastic character showing up for the assist. All I know is that I am fine reading about the crimes, I don’t need to be in the middle of them. I will leave that to these fantastic protagonists.

This is not a complete list. If you know of other Petite Protags please share them in the comments below. 

GIVEAWAY

I am giving away 1 copy of Foreign Éclairs
and 1 copy of For Cheddar of Worse

Do you notice the height of the amateur sleuth when you are reading?  

Leave a comment telling me below and then fill out this form to enter the giveaway!

Contest will end April 28, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. CST
Winners Will Be Chosen By Random.org
Winners Will Be Notified By Email
and Will Be Posted Here In The Sidebar.

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Apr 112016
 

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Hosted by Book Date

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!! 

The grandkids were here for the weekend. I am recovering today 🙂

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

FINISHED

A Muddied Murder (A Greenhouse Mystery Book 1)

My Review
goodreads-badge-add-plus

Delivering the Truth (A Quaker Midwife Mystery)

Review will be up tomorrow!
goodreads-badge-add-plus

Killer Takeout: A Key West Food Critic Mystery

Lucy will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!
goodreads-badge-add-plus

A Daughter’s Doubt (Mary MacDougall Mysteries)

The Great Escapes Tour stops here Wednesday!
goodreads-badge-add-plus

CURRENTLY READING

Cropped to Death (A Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery Book 1)

My Flashback Friday Read
Release Date – November 16, 2012
goodreads-badge-add-plus

ON DECK THIS WEEK

Vanilla Beaned (Cupcake Bakery Mystery)

Release Date – April 5, 2016
For Review
goodreads-badge-add-plus

A Clue in the Stew (A Soup Lover’s Mystery)

Release Date – April 5, 2016
For Review
goodreads-badge-add-plus

I will need to choose a book for Flashback Friday!

escape

Click Here To See All My Current Giveaways!!

Happy Reading!!
Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Apr 092016
 

special guest blue

I am pleased to welcome Susan Wittig Albert to Escape With Dollycas today! 

susan wittig albertBlood Orange Blog Post
By Susan Wittig Albert(Post provided by publicist.)

This year marks the publication of the 24th China Bayles mystery, Blood Orange. Gosh—it seems like yesterday when the first book, Thyme of Death, came out. But that was way back in 1992, the same year that Bill Clinton became president, Hurricane Andrew bulldozed across South Florida, and Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven cleaned up at the Oscars. To tell the truth, I never imagined that China and Ruby would be still be sleuthing, 24 books later. But I’m glad they are, for they’ve given me, as their partner-in-crime, many wonderful (and challenging) hours of writing fun.

Back in the day, those early China Bayles mysteries broke some new ground. For one thing, regional mysteries were fairly new to readers, and I was a little worried that a small town in the Texas Hill Country might not be appealing. What’s more, China was a shop owner, an herbalist, and a gardener, the first of her kind in the U.S. (British mystery author John Sherwood had already written several books in his Celia Grant horticultural series but there were none in America.) China’s mysteries were also among the first to feature recipes (Diane Mott Davidson began doing this at about the same time). And China Bayles herself was the first ex-lawyer (a criminal attorney) coupled with an ex-cop boyfriend/husband.

blood orangeTo my mind, it was China’s background as a lawyer that made her different from other female amateur sleuths—and still does. She’s had experience with lots of different bad guys, which gives her an eye for criminals and a pretty strong sense of who isn’t telling the truth. She knows the law and is trained to spot the ways people—both bad guys and good—use the legal system to their advantage. Her relationship with Mike McQuaid has given her an insight into the way cops and professional investigators think and work, and her friendship with Sheila Dawson, Pecan Springs’ first female chief of police, provides a strong connection to local law enforcement. On the other hand, her longtime friendship with highly-intuitive slightly-wacky Ruby Wilcox gives her a different view of what’s going on.

All these elements stir up a rich stew of plot possibilities for every China Bayles adventure, and Blood Orange is no exception. I had fun playing with the possibilities of blood oranges for food and drink—and the unexpected discovery that blood oranges are used in artisanal beer gave me a clue to an important plot thread. But it’s China’s background as a lawyer that makes the Blood Orange plot so complex. When she unearths some fraudulent doings in the local hospice, her legal experience helps her find a murder that has been buried so deep that even the cops can’t find it.

But even though China is very smart and experienced, it’s often Ruby who gets her out of a really tight situation. I had a lot of fun writing the scene near the end of the book where China gets locked in the villain’s garage and Ruby—

But I don’t want to spoil your fun, so I’ll just invite you to pour a cup of tea, grab a handful of your favorite cookies (maybe Ruby’s Hot Lips Cookie Crisps), and settle in with Blood Orange. It has all the elements that make China Bayles a true Texas original: an amateur sleuth with a green thumb and a serious nose for prime-thyme crime. I hope you enjoy it!

~Susan

blood orange

Blood Orange (China Bayles Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
24th in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (April 5, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425280003
E-Book ASIN: B011IUSTP8
goodreads-badge-add-plusShop Indie Bookstores

Synopsis

In the newest China Bayles Mystery in the New York Times bestselling series, China comes to the aid of a nurse who ends up in the hospital…

It’s mid-April in Pecan Springs, and China is renting her guest cottage to Kelly Kaufman, who needs a temporary place to live as she contends with a very acrimonious divorce from her husband Rich. One nasty point of dispute is her part ownership of the Comanche Creek Brewing Company, which she is refusing to sell.

At the same time, as a nurse employed by a local hospice, Kelly has discovered instances of suspicious practices. Even more disturbing, she suspects that a patient was murdered. Kelly’s knowledge could be dangerous, and she wants to get guidance from China on what to do.

But on her way to China’s house, Kelly is forced off the road and critically injured, putting her in a medically induced coma. Now it’s up to China to determine who wanted her out of the picture. Was it her soon-to-be ex? His new lover—who happens to be the sister of China’s friend Ruby? Or someone connected with the corruption at the hospice?

China owes it to her friend to uncover the truth—but she may be putting her own life at risk…

About This Author

Susan Wittig Albert is the New York Times bestselling author of four Prime Crime series: China Bayles, The Darling Dahlias, The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter, and (with her husband, Bill Albert) the Robin Paige Victorian Mysteries. She also writes historical fiction. Recent titles: Loving Eleanor and A Wilder Rose. Her website: www.susanalbert.com

Books in this Series

GIVEAWAY
Thanks to the people at Penguin I have 1 Hardcover Copy to give away!
Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a U.S. mailing address.

Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

You do not have to be a follower to enter but I hope you will find
something you like here and become a follower.

Followers Will Receive 2 Bonus Entries For Each Way They Follow.
Plus 2 Bonus Entries For Liking My Facebook Fan Page.

This year I am trying to build my Twitter following so for this giveaway 4 Bonus Entries will be awarded by following me on Twitter. @dollycas

Leave a comment for Miranda for 5 Bonus Entries.

Pin this giveaway to Pinterest for 3 Bonus Entries.

If you publicize the giveaway on Twitter or Facebook or anywhere you will receive
5 Bonus Entries For Each Link.

Contest Will End April 23, 2016 at 11:59 PM CST
Winner Will Be Chosen By Random.org
Winner Will Be Notified By Email
and Will Be Posted Here In The Sidebar.

Click Here For Entry Form

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Apr 082016
 

9WbGnJTR
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 didn’t get to read a book for this feature this week but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a book to share with you.

the measby murder enquiry

The Measby Murder Enquiry (Ivy Beasley)

2nd in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
Published by The Penguin Group
Release Date – May 3, 2011
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425241561
E-Book ASIN: B004Q7DQNQ
goodreads-badge-add-plus

Cantankerous spinster Ivy Beasley has quickly learned that spending her golden years in the quaint village of Barrington won’t be as quiet as she thought. Ivy hasn’t been in assisted living at Springfields for long, but she’s already found new friends, formed a detective agency, and solved a murder. And as autumn falls, Ivy and her team are asked to investigate a mysterious death in the village of Measby-in between card games, of course.

GIVEAWAY
I have one brand new copy to give away!
Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a US or Canadian mailing address.

Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

You do not have to be a follower to enter but I hope you will find
something you like here and become a follower.

Followers Will Receive 2 Bonus Entries For Each Way They Follow.
Plus 2 Bonus Entries For Liking My Facebook Fan Page.

Pin this giveaway to Pinterest for 3 Bonus Entries.

If you publicize the giveaway on Twitter or Facebook or anywhere you will receive
5 Bonus Entries For Each Link.

Contest Will End April 22, 2016 at 11:59 PM CST
Winner Will Be Chosen By Random.org
Winner Will Be Notified By Email
and Will Be Posted Here In The Sidebar.

Click Here For Entry Form

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

%d bloggers like this: