Nov 152014
 

special guest blueI am excited today to welcome Betty Hechtman here today to talk about her other mystery series. She was here back in July to tell us about her Yarn Retreat Mysteries. Today she is here telling us about her newest Crochet Mystery.

BETTY HECHTMAN

KNOT GUILTY
By
Betty Hechtman

I remember when it was just a dream to think about mixing crochet and mystery and now Knot Guilty, the 9th book in the series, is coming out. Between then and now I have learned a lot more about the yarn world.

hooked on murderI thought when I taught myself how to crochet granny squares from a kids kit that the golden door of yarn craft had opened up for me, but it turns out it had just opened a crack. Like everything else though, I didn’t know what I didn’t know. When the first book in the series, Hooked on Murder, came out I spoke at a Sisters in Crime meeting. Afterwards a woman came up to me and leaned in close to share that she had a stash, too. I smiled and nodded like I understood what she was talking about, but I didn’t. Shortly after that I found out that a stash is the overflowing supply of yarn that it seems most yarn crafters have. Think bags and bins of yarn tucked in closets and filling up guest rooms. I certainly know what the word means now and actually have a stash in two cities.

Speaking of yarn, I quickly found out that all yarn is not the same and some of it is a nightmare to work with. Eventually I got into how yarn was made and learned about shearing sheep, preparing wool and spinning.

knot guiltyMy crochet skills got sharper with each book. And I heard about yarn shows. The first one I went to was put on by the Crochet Guild and the Knitting Guild and held in Minneapolis. There were classes, contests, demonstrations, fashion shows, banquets and a huge vendor floor. I quickly discovered there were two groups at the show — the attendees and the people who were there for business. And they had two different perspectives on the event. One group was basically there for a good time and the other was hoping to make a profit. The business group included teachers who traveled a circuit of yarn shows giving classes and people from yarn shops, yarn companies, and related business who had booths in the vendor area, along with the show organizers.

Whenever you get a big gathering of people with different motives there is bound to be drama.

I began to wonder what Molly Pink and her crew would do at a yarn show…. So, in Knot Guilty, Molly and the Tarzana Hookers are running a booth at the Southern California Knit Style show. Up until now the show has always been knitcentric and this is the first year that crochet is being included in the classes, contests and fashion shows. Even so, the head of the show K.D. Kirby is still treating crochet like the poor step sister yarn of yarn crafts.

Anybody who has read any of my books can just imagine how Adele Abrams takes that news. As Molly says, they all agree that crochet is their preferred yarn craft, but Adele takes that feeling to a whole new dimension.

silence of the lambs wool julyThe drama in this yarn show goes into overdrive and wouldn’t you know someone turns up dead.

~Betty

for betterBetty Hechtman writes two national best selling yarn related series for Berkley Prime Crime. Knot Guiltyand For Better or Worsted are her latest in the Crochet series and Silence of the Lamb’s Wool is the latest in the Yarn Retreat series. All books in both series feature patterns andstolen treasure recipes.

In addition, she has just released Stolen Treasure, (Blue Schwartz Mysteries Book 1) as an e-book. Formerly published as Blue Schwartz and Nefertiti’s Necklace, it features a 13 year-old babysitter who loves to cook and is accused of stealing a priceless necklace. Three of Blue’s favorite recipes are included in the book.

She has a B.A. in Fine Arts and has taken classes in everything from improv comedy to magic. She has written newspaper and magazine pieces, along with short stories and several scripts. She splits her time between Southern California and Chicago and has yarn stashes in both places. For more information check out BettyHechtman.com, Facebook and her Friday blog for Killerhobbies.blogspot.com plus on Facebook.

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Nov 122014
 

cozy wednesday 2013 640Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am excited to be part of the Suede to Rest Great Escapes Book Tour
and have author Diane Vallere visit Escape With Dollycas today!

DianeVallereAuthorPhoto_color_croppedYou never know what’s around the next corner. That’s the underlying current that pushes Polyester Monroe, the main character of Suede to Rest, to make some decisions she never expected to be facing. When the book starts out, she’s a concept designer for a somewhat tacky pageant dress shop in Los Angeles, working for a boss who counts on her to keep the workroom running smoothly, and in a relationship with a banker boyfriend who’s been hinting about marriage. She’s accepted the fact that her great aunt was murdered in the fabric store where she was born and that her great uncle boarded up the store and cut all ties with the family after the tragic event.

SuedeToRest_final coverBut all of that is about to change.

It doesn’t take long for Poly to be away from her regular life to realize that maybe it means something that she doesn’t miss the things she should. Soon, she’s driven to find answers to questions that nobody else thinks to ask. Her routine gets put on hold indefinitely and a whole slew of doors she never considered are not only open, but right in front of her, practically painted with signs that say Come On In.

This was the most fun of writing Suede to Rest. To go along with Poly on her new beginning, peer over her shoulder at the moment when she realizes maybe her life isn’t turning out the way she wanted. It’s fun to laugh at the monotony of her life because it’s not that hard to imagine, and it’s liberating to cheer her on when everybody expects her to turn left and she turns right.

I hope you like spending time with Poly as much as I did!

~Diane

About This Author
After close to two decades working for a top luxury retailer, Diane Vallere traded fashion accessories for accessories to murder. Suede to Rest.the first in her new Material Witness Mystery Series, was released November 4. In addition, she writes the Style & Error Mystery Series, featuring former fashion buyer Samantha Kidd, and the Mad for Mod Mystery Series, featuring Doris Day-loving interior decorator Madison Night. Diane started her own detective agency at age ten and has maintained a passion for shoes, clues, and clothes ever since. Find her at http://www.dianevallere.com/.

Author Links
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Twitter: @dianevallere
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SuedeToRest_final coverSuede to Rest
(A Material Witness Mystery)

New Cozy Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (November 4, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Matthieu Forichun
Cover Design by Sarah Oberrender
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425270578
E-Book File Size: 2493 KB
ASIN: B00JJXV198
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With her career as a dress designer in shreds, Polyester Monroe is looking forward to a fresh start. But as it all unfolds, the pattern to a new beginning looks a lot like murder.

When Poly Monroe was little, she loved playing in her family’s textile store. But after a fatal family tragedy, Land of A Thousand Fabrics was boarded up and Poly never expected to see the inside again. Now, as inheritor of the long-shuttered shop, she’s ready to restore the family business. However her two new kittens, Pins and Needles, aren’t the ones causing a snag in her plans…

Not everyone wants Poly back in San Ladrón, especially a powerful local developer pressuring her to sell—and leave town fast. But even when the threats turn deadly, she’s not ready to bolt. Because Poly is beginning to suspect that the murder behind the shop is tied to a mystery in her family’s unsettled past that she’s determined to solve…before her own life is left hanging by a thread.

INCLUDES A CRAFT PROJECT

Dollycas’s Thoughts

First let me say I am so jealous of Poly Monroe. I have always wanted to own my own fabric store. Sewing is something I loved since my mother and grandmother taught me to sew. I could spend a whole day shopping for fabric, finding just the right pattern and fabrics for clothes or quilts for my family. It is one of the things I miss most since my accident.  That is why I love cozies like Suede to Rest . I can escape right into the pages and it brings so many wonderful memories.

With a name like Polyester you would almost have to be involved in the textile industry. You also know she comes from a family that had a great sense of humor.  In the same way the story evoked memories for me walking back into her family’s fabric store did the same thing for Poly. Her original idea was to clean it up and sell the building. It had been closed for 10 years so she didn’t think there would be much to save but while the outer layer of the bolts were affected by the conditions underneath she finds some treasures.  She barely starts to check the inventory before a man is found murdered behind the stores and the mystery begins. When Poly realizes there may be a connection to the death of her Aunt she knows it is up to her to sew all the clues together to get the answers she needs, a bonus would be catching the killer.

This is an amazing debut. Diane Vallere has introduced us to some very strong characters and the plot is full of unexpected twists. I was totally drawn into this story and it held on tight. The family history was so rich. The town of San Ladrón has a history too and is facing many changes, thanks to a big developer with a grand plan. Our protagonist could really upset his plans. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series and revisit these characters. I can’t wait to see what Poly gets into next!

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 GIVEAWAY

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Tour Participants

October 31 – Buried Under Books – Guest post

November 1 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Interview

November 2 – Queen of All She Reads – Review

November 3 – Killer Crafts and Crafty Killers Guest post

November 4 – off

November 5 – Mysteristas  – Guest Post

November 6 – Get Lost in a Story Interview

November 7 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review

November 8 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Review

November 9 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review, Guest Post

November 10 – Back Porchervations – Review, Interview

November 11 – StoreyBook Reviews – Review

November 12 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Guest Post

November 13 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – Review, Interview

November 14 – deal sharing aunt – Review, Guest Post
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.”

 

Nov 082014
 

snow white red handedI don’t know if I am going to get this one read and reviewed this year but I didn’t want anyone to miss out on what looks to be a fun new cozy series!

Snow White Red-Handed
(A Fairy Tale Fatal Mystery)

New Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (November 4, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425271629
E-Book File Size: 1332 KB
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…

About The Author
Maia Chance writes historical mystery novels that are rife with absurd predicaments and romantic adventure. She is the author of the Fairy Tale Fatal and The Discreet Retrieval Agency series, and her first mystery, Snow White Red-Handed was released November 4, 2014 by Berkley Prime Crime.

Maia is a candidate for the Ph.D. in English at the University of Washington. This means that the exploits of Fairy Tale Fatal’s heroine, variety hall actress Ophelia Flax, were dreamt up while Maia was purportedly researching 19th-century American literature and fairy tale criticism. The Discreet Retrieval Agency series was born of Maia’s fascination with vintage shoes, automobiles, and cocktails combined with an adoration of P. G. Wodehouse and chocolate.

Upcoming titles include Come Hell or Highball (St. Martin’s Press, 2015) and Cinderella Six Feet Under (Berkley Prime Crime, 2015). Maia lives in Seattle, where she shakes a killer martini, grows a mean radish, and bakes mocha bundts to die for.

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Nov 062014
 

lethal lettersLethal Letters
(A Books by the Bay Mystery)

6th book in the Series
Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (November 4, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Kimberly Schamber
Cover Design by Rita Frangie
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425270837
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Restaurant owner and aspiring novelist Olivia Limoges is busy planning a delicious menu for Oyster Bay’s biggest soiree of the spring. But she’ll need to serve some justice as well after one resident gets eighty-sixed…

Everyone’s got their hands full in Oyster Bay, North Carolina. Aside from two upcoming weddings, there’s also the historical society’s annual fund-raiser: the Secret Garden Party and Candlelit Ball. Adding to the excitement, Olivia witnesses the discovery of a time capsule in the foundation of a local church. The historical society president hopes to display its contents at their party, but when the items are finally revealed to the public, Olivia notices one of them has vanished.

After a frightening find beneath the pier—the body of Ruthie Holcomb—Olivia is certain there’s a connection between the young woman’s death and the missing piece from the time capsule. With the help of her fellow Bayside Book Writers, Olivia sets out to uncover some clues and ensure a killer has no reason to celebrate…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Ellery Adams weaves a tangled web of mystery and secrets along with not one but two weddings and big fundraiser in this sixth installment to this wonderful series!

Opening a time capsule starts a chain of events, including a murder that Olivia just has to solve. She was the one that found young Ruthie Holcomb’s body and is not going to stop until she finds out who killed Ruthie and why. She knows the time capsule is key and she also knows that something from that capsule disappeared between its original opening and the public unveiling. She just needs to find out what and it should lead her right to the killer.

I love this series, the characters have grown so much since the first book, A Killer Plot, when I sit down to read each story it is like I am visiting old friends. Olivia was a little hard to warm up to a first but she has a huge heart and it  took her awhile to really let it show, now it is shining. Her relationship with Rawlings has progressed at a perfect pace for both the readers and Olivia and she finally realizes it.  Her constant companion is Captain Haviland, a black standard poodle, I just love their dedication to each other. I was also so happy that Harris has returned to Oyster Bay and all the  Bayside Book Writers were together again.

The story grabbed my attention from page one and the new characters had my emotions flowing. No spoilers here but there will be those characters that you just hate and one that broke my heart. I will leave it at that.

Ellery is a spectacular storyteller. We vacationed for week in North Carolina several years ago and I absolutely fell in love with the place. Ellery takes me back there in each of the books. I can feel the sun on my face, the sand between the my toes and smell the ocean. The people there were open and welcoming just like most of the residents of Oyster Bay.  The food was delicious and I can almost taste the food Chef Michel prepares at Olivia’s restaurant.

This is a series you have to read from the beginning so if this is a new series to you please start with A Killer Plot and then continue on. They would be fantastic all read in a row.

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Dollycas

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

GIVEAWAYThanks to the people at Penguin I have 2 copies of Lethal Letters to give away!
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Nov 042014
 

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY 2014New Release Tuesday – November 2014

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

Chorus Lines, Caviar, and Corpses (A Happy Hoofers Mystery)

I reviewed this last week.
My Review Giveaway still open!!
Great Escapes Book Tour starts today!

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Lethal Letters (A Books by the Bay Mystery)

I will be reviewing November 6th with giveaway!!

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Knot In My Backyard (A Quilting Mystery)

I will be reviewing November 11 with giveaway!
Great Escapes Book Tour starts today!
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Suede to Rest (A Material Witness Mystery)

Diane Vallere will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday on November 12!
Great Escapes Book Tour is running now!
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The Chocolate Clown Corpse: A Chocoholic Mystery

Joanna Carl will be my Special Guest on November 13!
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By Cook or by Crook (A Five-Ingredient Mystery)

I plan to review this book on November 14.
Great Escapes Book Tour Starts today!
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Knot Guilty: A Crochet Mystery

Betty Hechtman will be my Special Guest on November 15!
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A High-End Finish: A Fixer-Upper Mystery

Kate Carisle will be my Special Guest on November 20th!
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On Borrowed Time (A Library Lover’s Mystery)

Jenn McKinlay will be my Guest for Cozy Wednesday on November 26.
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Dae’s Christmas Past (A Missing Pieces Mystery) (Volume 6)

Great Escapes Book Tour Starts Today!
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More Books Out Today

Books Out Later This Month

Tradition of Deceit (A Chloe Ellefson Mystery)

Kathleen Ernst will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday November 19!
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Fatal Brushstroke (An Aurora Anderson Mystery) (Volume 1)

Release Date November 18!
Great Escapes Tour starts November 19!
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HAPPY READING EVERYONE!!

 

Dollycas

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Nov 012014
 

literary murder1
Literally Murder
(A Black Cat Bookshop Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (September 30, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425261545
E-Book File Size: 2369 KB
ASIN: B00JGI920G
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From her Brooklyn bookstore, Darla Pettistone not only sells mysteries, but solves them, aided by her big-boned black cat, Hamlet—who has suddenly pounced into the spotlight after unleashing his fists of furry…

After a video of Darla and Hamlet performing at a martial arts tournament goes viral, the Florida chapter of the Feline Society of America invites the “Karate Kitty” to be the guest of honor at their championship cat show in Fort Lauderdale.

Upon arrival, Darla discovers that not everyone in the Sunshine State has a sunny disposition. Animal rights activists are on the march, and a cat show contestant stages his own angry protest when his special breed Minx—half Sphynx, half Manx—doesn’t win. Then Hamlet disappears—only to be found next a dead man’s body. Now it’s up to Darla and Hamlet to take best in show and collar the killer…

Visit Ali Brandon’s webpage to find out more about her and her books!

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Oct 292014
 

cozy wednesday 2013 640Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

Today I am so excited to welcome Wisconsin Author Hannah Read!
Her new series is off to a fantastic start with

Off Kilter (A Scottish Highlands Mystery).

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The Call of the Highlands
By Hannah Reed

9780425265826_large_Off_KilterIt began as ideas often do, with a small spark out of the blue. Most flashes of insight (also known as moments of insane thinking) sputter and die a quick death. As they should. But sometimes one will ignite and take off, and there’s nothing you can do but go along for the ride. That’s what happened with my new Scottish Highlands mystery series. Once those thoughts came alive and were in motion, I wouldn’t have been able to douse them even if I had an ocean of water. They had to be written.

Mostly, I credit one of my more colorful ancestors, who managed to get thrown out of Scotland in 1685 after his capture and imprisonment in Dunnottar Castle for taking up arms against the king. These days the castle still exists as a ruin, sitting high on a windswept hill beside the sea. This character survived when many didn’t and was shipped to the new world. A real rabble-rouser, that one. Not an uncommon trait in my family line. I believe his adventure was the inspiration for this new series. It fueled my imagination.

And although the weapons have changed in the time that has elapsed between then and now, motives for murder remain the same.

So back to the present and a wee bit about Off Kilter .

Romance writer Eden Elliott arrives in the Highlands only to discover that the local sheep shearer has been clipped with his own shears. She better figure out the motive for his murder and the person behind the deed before she finds herself on the receiving end of more shear terror!

I hope you enjoy your romp through the ‘blades’ of the Highland’s slippery slopes. I know I did.

~Hannah

For more information about the story or about my other tales, visit me at hannahreedbooks.com


Praise for Off Kilter:

  • “Hannah Reed’s new series will please Scotophiles everywhere…” ~ Miranda James, New York Times bestselling author of the Cat in the Stacks Mysteries.
  • “A brilliant mystery, rich in charming characters set against lush depictions of the Scottish village of Glenkillen.” ~ Jenn McKinlay, New York Times bestselling author of the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries and the Library Lover’s Mystery.

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Off Kilter
(A Scottish Highlands Mystery)

A Brand New Cozy Series
A Berkley Prime Mystery (October 7, 2014)
The Berkley Publishing Group
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425265826
E-Book File Size: 1297 KB
ASIN: B00ISEOIXA
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After the recent death of her mother and the dissolution of her marriage, thirty-something Eden Elliott is seriously in need of a fresh start. At the urging of her best friend, bestselling author Ami Pederson, Eden decides to embark on an open-ended trip to the picturesque village of Glenkillen in the Scottish Highlands, to do some hands-on research for a book of her own. But almost as soon as Eden arrives in the quaint town, she gets caught up in a very real drama…

The town’s sheep shearer is found murdered—clipped with his own shears—and the locals suspect Vicki MacBride, an outsider whose father’s recent death left her the surprise heir to his lucrative sheep farm. Eden refuses to believe the affable heiress is a murderer, but can she prove that someone is out to frame her new friend before she finds herself on the receiving end of more shear terror?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Are you ready to escape to Scotland? Hannah Reed has created a wonderful protagonist to take us there. Eden Elliot needs a change. Her husband was a real jerk and losing a mom is just devastating. Her friend Ami has done something extraordinary by sending her to Scotland to not only do research for a book to find herself and help her realize that there are better times ahead.  Of course finding a dead body definitely puts the entire trip Off Kilter.

On the plane she meets Vicki MacBride and this lady draws Eden right into the middle of her family’s dysfunction. Her half siblings are not happy to see her or know that she has Eden as a friend. Even though that friendship is very new Eden does not back away when the going gets tough. She believes her friend is innocent and is going to prove it.

Reed has set the story in the Scottish Highlands and her vivid descriptions make it easy to imagine the beauty. From the lush green grasses to the purple hues of the heather – The sheep roaming the hillsides and the border collies herding them together – the food and the locally made wool products. They are all featured to make the reader feel right there enjoying our getaway right along with Eden.

The characters are unique and they are so easy to get to know. Hard to believe this is just the first book in the series. I love Eden and her growing relationship with mystery writer Leith. He will be a great inspiration for her romance novel.  I was also so impressed with the way Eden works with the local detective and his wayward volunteer sidekick. Inspector Jamieson is a smart man and quickly realizes Eden is a great resource especially since his Auxiliary officer is not much help and has a lot to learn.

There is a also a wee bit of humor throughout the entire story. Most as Eden learns to drive a vehicle with manual transmission with the driver seat on the wrong side of the car, operating it on the opposite side of the road, and having to maneuver those crazy roundabouts! Thankfully Leith has a fantastic sense of humor and plenty of patience to help her learn the Scottish way of doing things.

I found this tale very refreshing, like a breath of fresh air. The town was very welcoming to Eden. The lilt of the language and the kilts the people wear along with a beautiful backdrop added to a very well thought out mystery made me love this book. I am not ready to try the haggis or the blood pudding but I absolutely cannot wait for my next visit to Glenkillen and the next mystery in this series.

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

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Thanks to the people at Penguin I have 2 copies to give away!
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Oct 252014
 

death at the black bullDeath at the Black Bull
(A Sheriff Virgil Dalton Mystery)

New Mystery Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (October 7, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Trade Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425274293
E-Book File Size: 1724 KB
ASIN: B00INIXQ66
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Hayward is a sleepy Southwestern town full of cattle, trucks, and tumbleweeds. Virgil Dalton’s been the sheriff for over a dozen years and has lived there all his life. It’s a place where everybody pretty much knows everybody—but they don’t know each other’s secrets…

Buddy Hinton is just a good ole boy. So when he disappears after a night drinking at the Black Bull, his friends just figure he went down to Mexico to find himself a girlfriend and eventually will come back. But this case quickly becomes a homicide after the sheriff discovers the missing man floating in one of his stock tanks.

For a man who wasn’t known to have enemies, Buddy clearly upset someone. Figuring out who that was will require Virgil and his deputy, Jimmy, to retrace Buddy’s last steps—and to remain a step ahead of a murderer who may have no qualms about killing again …

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This is a great debut from Frank Hayes!

He has created a wonderful character in Virgil Dalton. Virgil is half Native American and in addition to being the Sheriff of Hayward he is also a rancher and a lawyer. When Buddy Hinton disappears he thinks the guy has just run off but when his body is found he soon realizes big town trouble has come to the little town of Hayward.

All the clues lead back to the Black Bull, a local watering hole for ranch hands on and off for 30 years. With the help of his small band of deputies and insight from his ranch manager, Cesar, and his grandfather that lives on the reservation, Virgil starts to put the pieces together and uncovers more than a few secrets.

I was in the mood to read something a little different so I grabbed this book and once I started reading I couldn’t put it down. Hayes is a terrific storyteller. He is a very descriptive writer. I felt like I was watching a movie instead of reading a book.  He also fleshed out his characters in a way that truly engaged me as a reader. The final twist was a real shocker too! This really can’t be Frank Hayes first novel. He is definitely an author to watch.

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 About The Author
Frank Hayes is a high school teacher who has started a new career as a novelist. He lives and writes in New York’s mid-Hudson River valley. Death at the Black Bull is his first book.

GIVEAWAYI am giving my review copy away!

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

Oct 232014
 

I am very excited to kick off this Mini Great Escapes Tour for Dawn Eastman’s Be Careful What You Witch For. It is the perfect Halloween/Autumn Read! She was my guest for Cozy Wednesday when the book was first released back in July. You can check out her guest post and my full review here.

be careful what you witch for  large banner mini tour 640Be Careful What You Witch For
by Dawn Eastman

Praise From First Tour –

Dawn Eastman has created a wonderful setting and a great cast of characters that I can’t wait to spend time with again.
~ Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf

(Be Careful What You Witch For) is one of the most fun reads I’ve read this summer.
~Booklady’s Booknotes

Be Careful What You Witch For is a delightful, entertaining paranormal cozy mystery, with the emphasis on cozy.
~The Bookwyrm’s Hoard

Dawn Eastman gives us a realistic look into a paranormal world and I’m delighted to follow where she leads.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

I am a big fan of this series because Ms. Eastman has written a delightful series with memorable characters, supernatural elements and laugh out loud humor that will have you clamoring for more.
~Books-n-Kisses

I absolutely loved it! This is a great cozy mystery that was fun to read and entertaining throughout.
~Brooke Blogs

…the mystery is one that keeps the pages turning.
~A Chick Who Reads

This bewitching tale will keep you reading until the wee hours of night!
~Shelley’s Book Case

…cozy readers will love the journey Ms. Eastman takes them on.
~Community Bookstop

…if you’re ready for a magically tinged mystery with some great new fictitious friends waiting to make your acquaintance, pack your bags for Crystal Haven…oh and don’t worry about phoning ahead, they already know you’re coming.
~Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

“Be Careful What You Witch For” is fun, enjoyable and a good entry in this new series. It blends paranormal, religion, mystery and romance into a believable brew.
~Bea’s Book Nook

If you like a mystery with a lot of twists and turns then this is the book for you.
~Deal Sharing Aunt

The first thing that drew me to this book was the cover, I just love it, it is so eye catching. And the book didn’t disappoint me either. I was hooked from the very first page.
~Melina’s Book Blog

What a good book…held my attention till the end.
~Kaisy Daisy’s Corner

COVERBe Careful What You Witch For
(A Family Fortune Mystery)

Genre: Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Berkley (July 1, 2014)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425264478

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Synopsis

Leaving a traumatic police career behind, Clyde Fortune has returned to her seemingly quiet hometown of Crystal Haven, Michigan. In spite of the psychic powers of its residents, there’s no telling what trouble is brewing in this burg…

The highlight of the fall festival in Crystal Haven is a bonfire with a witch’s cauldron resting over it. Clyde’s best friend Diana leads a ritual to divine the future, but it seems no one foresees that one of their own will drop dead—or that Diana will be a prime suspect.

Clyde already has her hands full with her eccentric family, runaway nephew, and burgeoning secret romance with a hunky homicide detective. But after another coven member is attacked, Clyde suspects there’s a witch hunt afoot and focuses her psychic and sleuthing skills to clear her friend’s name and catch a killer.

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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

www.DawnEastman.com

Twitter – @DawnAEastman

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/DawnEastmanAuthor

Goodreads – under Dawn Eastman, the link is weird but here it is: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6544185.Dawn_Eastman

 

Purchase Links

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 Be sure to visit all the stops!!

Tour Participants – Mini Tour

October 23 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Spotlight

October 24 – Michele Lynn Seigfried’s Blog – Review

October 25 – Kelly P’s Blog – Interview

October 26 – off

October 27 – Griperang’s Bookmarks – Review

October 28 – Mystery Playground – Interview

October 29 – readalot blog – Review

October 30 – Girl Lost In a Book – Review

GIVEAWAY

The author is allowing me to give 1 copy away!
Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a US mailing address.

Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

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Oct 222014
 

cozy wednesday 2013 640Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am pleased to welcome M.L. Rowland to Escape With Dollycas today!

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WOMEN ON SEARCH AND RESCUE
by
M.L. Rowland

Search and Rescue has traditionally been a male-dominated field and, for the most part, still is. For about a dozen years, I was a very active member of a very active Search and Rescue team in the mountains of southern California. For almost two of those twelve years, I was the only woman on the team.

One question I’m asked a lot, mostly by women, is what it’s like to be a woman on Search and Rescue.
Some teams have a lot of women members; some not so many. Sometimes this is due to the normal ebb and flow of membership of a volunteer team, sometimes to the demographics of the community it serves and from which the team draws its members, sometimes, in my opinion, to how women on the team (and women in general) are treated.

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In my Search and Rescue mystery series, Gracie Kinkaid is one of the only women on Timber Creek Search and Rescue. An excerpt from Zero-Degree Murder, the first book in the series: “Ordinarily ten men to one woman might be a to-die-for ratio. But more often than not, Gracie found that working with so many Manly Men for so many hours, often days at a time, took its toll on her. She could take only so much crotch arranging, and fart and blonde jokes before she began to crave a bubble bath or painted her toenails petunia pink.”

murder off the beaten path octoberOn our team, while minimal allowances were made for women on the mandatory physical fitness test, there was no difference in what was required in all other aspects of team membership. To qualify as a SAR Technician, Level II, as required by our team to operate in the field, we all had to pass the same National Association for Search and Rescue written and field tests which included the Incident Command System, tracking, basic survival, search tactics, and land navigation and orienteering.

While operating on a team of mostly men, I never expected anything from them that I wasn’t prepared and able to do for them. In other words, I didn’t expect special treatment based on my gender. I held my own, carried my own weight. I worked as hard as, sometimes a lot harder than, every other member of the team. What I lacked in physical strength, I tried to more than make up for in other ways: training, knowledge, expertise, and commitment.
While on a mission, when lives, including our own, were at stake, I depended on my teammates and they needed to be able to depend on me for anything and everything.

Was Search and Rescue work often difficult and physically demanding? Yes. Was working in close proximity with so many Manly Men challenging at times? Absolutely. Do I ever wish I had done something else with my life during those years on the team? Not for a second!

To find out more about M.L. Rowland and her books check out her webpage here.

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Murder Off the Beaten Path
(A Search and Rescue Mystery)

2nd in Series
Mystery/Suspense
A Berkley Prime Mystery (October 7, 2014)
The Berkley Publishing Group
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425263679
E-Book File Size: 1749 KB
ASIN: B00ISEF61I
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As a member of a mountain search and rescue team, Gracie Kinkaid routinely volunteers to put her life on the line. But it’s at her new day job at a residential camp in the mountains of southern California where she finds her life is really in danger…

As a volunteer for Timber Creek Search and Rescue, Gracie responds to a call out for a car that’s gone over the side of a treacherous mountain road. The crash, which Gracie quickly suspects is no accident, proves to be one in an escalating and deadly series of events that lead her right back to Camp Ponderosa, a church-owned camp where she works as Program Director. As Gracie probes more deeply into the dark secrets at the camp, she unearths a hidden world of illegal activities, including murder…and finds herself going head-to-head with desperate perpetrators who will do anything to silence her forever.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This second installment is even better than the first. This time the recovered body is that of a friend and co-worker at Camp Ponderosa and Gracie can’t help but get involved. When she does she finds all the clues lead right back to the camp and even when she becomes a target she just can’t give up.

Just like Zero-Degree Murder the suspense starts from page 1 and Gracie has no idea who she can trust. Gracie is a strong sleuth and her SAR skills help her in so many ways. Her confidence has grown since the first book and she seems physically stronger too. She does get into some dangerous situations and even gets hurt and she just keeps plugging until the last clue falls into place. At times it was like watching a scary movie and I wanted to yell, “don’t go there!” but of course she does and we suffer together through those white knuckle moments.

I recommend reading the books in order. You can read my review of Zero-Degree Murder here. The author’s Search and Rescue  experience shines in both books. She also describes the settings so well. On and off the paths seem to be absolutely beautiful.

The mysteries are fantastic and the hints of romance continue to build.  I am anxious to see how things play out after all that has happened in Murder Off the Beaten Path. It should be very interesting!

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Thanks to the people at Penguin I have 2 copies 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.

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Contest Will End November 5, 2014 at 11:59 PM CST
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”