Jun 192015
 

bushel full of murderBushel Full of Murder
(A Farmers’ Market Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Setting – South Carolina
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (June 2, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Dan Craig
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425279809
E-Book ASIN: B00OQSF6RY
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The New York Times bestselling author of Merry Market Murder returns to Bailey’s Farmers’ Market where Becca Robins must get her cousin out of a jam…

This summer, Becca is looking forward to selling her delicious jams and preserves, but things are changing fast at the farmers’ market. A fleet of food trucks has arrived for a two week visit, peddling cupcakes, tacos, chicken wings, and more—including a gourmet hot dog  truck operated by Becca’s own cousin, Peyton.

Tensions between truck operators and market vendors over their required licenses reach a crescendo when the town’s  business  manager is murdered. With Peyton already under suspicion of stealing money and a secret recipe from the restaurant where she worked in Arizona, the cops start grilling her as their prime suspect. Now it’s up to Becca to clear her cousin and find out who at the market gave themselves a license to kill…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I love my trips to Bailey’s Farm Market. This time we meet Peyton, Becca and Allison’s cousin, when she brings her hot dog food truck to town. She joins 4 other food trucks from around the country that are visiting the Farm Market as part of marketing campaign. Plus Harry (Talking Trees) is in town from Arizona. Becca met him there when she visited the General Buffalo’s Trading Post the previous summer when he was investigating a murder. Peyton had come from Arizona too….

The food truck vendors also bring a local banker and the town’s business manager to Bailey’s. When the business manager is murdered the police tie it together with Harry’s investigation. Becca can’t help but get involved as her friends and her cousins become suspects in his murder.

HOT DOG! Paige Shelton has topped herself this time. She has both Becca and Allison trying to prove their cousin is innocent so technically they are not investigating the murder. This was a great twist. Sam and Harry even share some information with them.

This has become one of my favorite series because of these characters. Becca has a curious nature that plays well as she sticks her nose into the investigations. Allison is more pragmatic when any trouble comes to town. Sam, a fine police officer, loves Becca but knows she can’t help herself when anyone close to her is threatened or hurt and he does everything he can to keep her safe. Add to that the girl’s parents and all the vendors at the Market with all their unique personalities and you have an awesome cast of characters.

With A Bushel Full of Murder she has given us a fabulous mystery with many twists and turns. Once I started reading I couldn’t stop. The plotting is top notch.

This is a perfect summer read. My only compliant was that I was craving hot dogs and other food truck fare throughout the entire story. :) I have already copied all the recipes from the back of the book and now have a new gourmet way to grill hot dogs.

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

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About Paige Shelton

Paige Shelton is the national bestselling author of the Farmers’ Market Mysteries and the Country Cooking School Mysteries. She’s lived lots of places but currently resides in Arizona. Paige enjoys reading, listening to music from the 80s, and watching way too many zombie movies with her husband and son.

Find out more on her webpage here.

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Jun 172015
 

cozy wednesday 2013 640
Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am thrilled to have Victoria drop by today for a visit. The Marsh Madness (A Book Collector Mystery) will not be released until September 1
but The Christie Curse, The Sayers Swindle, and The Wolfe Widow
are all available right now.

The Love Affair Continues

the+marsh+madnessThis particular love affair is between Victoria Abbott (that’s us!), author of the book collector mysteries and the wonderful books, writers and sleuths from what is fondly known as The Golden Age of Detection. So far we’ve covered Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers and Nero Wolfe (Rex Stout) and in the course of writing them three, and soon to be four, books we revisited the works of these great and enduring writers. Our new book The Marsh Madness (September 1, 2015) weaves the writings of Ngaio Marsh and her elegant Superintendent Roderick Alleyn into a modern mystery. We were thrilled to reread many of the Marsh books and discover others for the first time. Our wonderful friend Nancy Reid surprised us last year by making a gift of twenty-nine of Marsh’s mysteries, in pristine mass market copies. We had a lot of bad weather for months, but we may not have noticed as we were so often curled up with Inspector Alleyn, I mean, with one of the books.

The book collector mypeachy with bookssteries focus on contemporary sleuth Jordan Bingham, the twenty-seven year old research assistant to curmudgeonly collector, Miss Vera Van Alst, the most hated woman in Harrison Falls, New York. Jordan loves her job and her digs, an attic apartment in historic and slightly crumbling Van Alst House. Her life lets her play in the world of fine first editions while indulging her love of vintage clothing, antiques and wonderful food, courtesy of Signora Panetone, Vera’s eccentric cook. Naturally, she can’t get enough of Walter the Pug, who coincidentally looks a lot like our own Peachy.

As Jordan is the first person in her large, larcenous family to stay on the right side of the law, she also has a bag of tricks to help her in the darkest hours. Say, for instance, if she needed to get into someplace in the wee small hours, that set of lockpicks she got for her Sweet Sixteen might be just the ticket. But only in the service of the greater good! Trust us.

We loved everything about writing The Marsh Madness, and not just reading twenty-nine Marsh books! We enjoyed the ambiance, the grand homes, the elegant protagonist and the seething rage of the villains. In fact the longer we explore the world of book collecting, the more respect we have for the giants of the genre: Christie, Sayers and Marsh. Now we’re checking out the dangers of San Francisco with Dashell Hammett for The Hammett Hex (2016).

We do love contemporary mysteries and revel in the cozy world, but we have to admit that those who created characters that still resonate nearly a hundred years later left a wonderful legacy for mystery aficionados. Hats off to the greats of the age. And by the way, they were all wearing great hats too.

We’re asking you readers which other writers you’d like to see us explore for Vera’s collection and, of course, to test Jordan’s skill at detection and tricks for staying alive. Let us know in a comment.

Thanks so much, Lori, for inviting us to join you in the reading corner on Cozy Wednesday. We can’t think of anywhere we’d rather be.

 ~Victoria

MJ and Vic and peachy scarf reverseThat shadowy figure known as Victoria Abbott is actually us, the mother-daughter writing team of Mary Jane Maffini and Victoria Maffini. So far, with the fourth book coming out in September 2015 and the fifth, The Hammett Hex, we still haven’t killed each other and, in fact, we’re still smiling.
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Since The March Madness has not been released this giveaway is a little unusual.
I am giving away 2 copies thanks to the author and the people at Penguin
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They will be mailed to the winners as soon as they are
available which will be mid-to late August.

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Jun 162015
 

fatal chapterA Fatal Chapter
(A Booktown Mystery)

9th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – New Hampshire
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (June 2, 2015)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House
Jacket Design by Diana Kolsky
Jacket Illustration by Teresa Fasolino
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425252666
E-Book ASIN: B00OQS4E40
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New York Times bestselling author Lorna Barrett presents another page-turning chapter in her Booktown Mystery series. This time mystery bookshop owner Tricia Miles is about to find out murder is no walk in the park…

While out walking Sarge, her sister’s bichon frise, Tricia is led by the agitated dog to a man lying in a gazebo. She’s startled when she recognizes Pete Renquist, the president of the Stoneham Historical Society, who appears to be suffering from cardiac arrest. When Pete later dies in the hospital, the discovery of a suspicious bruise and a puncture mark on his arm suggests he may have been murdered.

Haunted by Pete’s enigmatic last words to her, Tricia begins to consider who had a motive to kill her friend. Did Pete take his flirting too far, only to have a jealous husband teach him a lesson? Or did he discover something in the town’s historical records that his killer wanted kept secret? Tricia is determined to get to the bottom of things before someone else becomes history…

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Dollycas’s Thoughts

When I finished this book all I could say is WOW!

Tricia is residing above the Chamber of Commerce office and volunteering there too as she waits for the insurance company to resolve her claim so she can renovate the Haven’t Got A Clue bookstore after the fire. While walking her sister’s dog, Sarge, they find Pete Renquist, the president of the Stoneham Historical Society, lying in the park gazebo and she quickly calls 911 but not in time to save Pete. It turns out he was murdered and Tricia is going to find out who killed her friend. There is also another mystery in Stoneham and she is going to solve that one too!

So much happens in this book and I couldn’t read it fast enough. One suspicion I have had for a while finally is confirmed but to say this story was a wild ride just doesn’t do it justice. Lorna Barrett hits this one completely out of the park and then some. She even had me shedding a few tears.

I love these characters and even with Haven’t Got A Clue closed for the time being we are able to keep track and catch up with all of them. Babies are arriving soon, someone has a new boyfriend and Christopher wants Tricia to give him another chance.

The entire Booktown Mystery series is fantastic and each installment tops the last. To get maximum reading enjoyment the series should be read in order. The plots are crisp and the characters have continued to grow. If you are already a fan of the series all I can say is READ THIS BOOK NOW!! You are going to love it!

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5 STARFISH5 STARFISH

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


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Jun 132015
 

scandal at sixI have been tidying up my giveaway bookshelf to prepare for a

BIG GIVEAWAY

I am planning to celebrate my birthday on July 1. I discovered I have 2 copies of this book for some reason so I decided that while it was released a while ago I would still feature it today!

Scandal at Six
(Lois Meade Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
A Berkley Prime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group
Published by The Penguin Group
Release Date: December 2, 2014
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425261774
Book Club edition (December 3, 2013)
ISBN-13: 978-0425261767
E-Book ASIN: B00BDQ3A4I
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Lois Meade has scrubbed her way through the homes in Long Farnden, and she’s not afraid of dusting cobwebs and killing a few bugs. But in her role as amateur sleuth, she’s learning to beware of snakes in the grass . . .

Spring has arrived in Long Farnden and with it, a mysterious infestation. Lois Meade’s daughter has found her village store overrun by insects and reptiles. As Lois looks into the invasion, her investigation leads her to Robert Pettison, a seemingly unhinged zookeeper, and his nephew. The two of them are knee-deep in illegal trade, and they don’t take kindly to Lois poking her nose into their business.

Lois enlists the help of her faithful cleaner Dot Nimmo and police inspector Hunter Cowgill to discover more about Pettison and a suspicious death at the zoo. And death is in store for more people if Lois doesn’t put the killer behind bars soon . . .

Click Here for more about Ann Purser and a complete list of her books in order.

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Jun 052015
 

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maggie sefton 2WRITING TEENAGERS by Maggie Sefton

If you’ve been reading the Kelly Flynn Knitting Mysteries, then you’ve discovered that I’ve introduced several teenaged characters in the books on different occasions. Most recently, in CLOSE KNIT KILLER, I introduced a young twelve year old, about-to-be teenager, Cassie Wainwright, café-owner Pete’s niece, who joined the cast. Cassie has gone on to become a cast regular in YARN OVER MURDER. Cuyarn over murderrt Stackhouse’s grandson, Eric, also joined the cast in that book. Cassie and Eric—both now fourteen years old—will be in this year’s June 1015 release, PURL UP AND DIE.

Like all my characters, Cassie simply “walked onstage” one day, and I knew she was meant to be in the Kelly Flynn books. That’s the way it works with my characters. They don’t ask, they simply show up and demand to be on the page. Actually, I had a hint of Cassie a couple of years before she showed up. She didn’t have a name or any description then, but she was simply “out there” in the sky, circling. All I knew was she’s a teenaged girl. I was delighted when the character Cassie finally showed up and turned out to be a delight.

Here’s an excerpt from this June’s release, PURL UP AND DIE

Glancing around her small table beside a window in Pete’s café, Kelly noticed Cassie clearing tables close by. “Hi, Cassie. How’d you guys play against Wellington last night?”

Cassie looked over at Kelly and broke into a big smile. “Oh, we beat ‘em. Beat ‘em bad,” she bragged. “I hit a triple!”

Kelly laughed softly at the sound of young teenage exuberance. “That’s great. Steve and I were both working in Denver so we couldn’t see the game.”

“We’re playing Longmont tomorrow, Saturday morning at Rolland Moore Park.” Cassie gave the table a thorough wipe. “Where are you guys playing?”

“Steve’s playing a morning game at Rolland Moore, and my team will play in the afternoon game at City Park ball field. So I’ll definitely purl up and diebe able to catch your game. I’ll just hop between fields at Rolland Moore.”

Cassie emptied another table of dirty dishes onto her tray. “I love City Park. It is so pretty. I hope we play more games there. All those tall trees. Pete says they’re oak trees, and they’re really going to be pretty in the Fall.” She wiped this table then lifted the trayful of dishes.

“Can you carry all that?” Kelly asked, pointing to the tray. “It looks pretty heavy.”

“Oh, sure,” Cassie said. “Funny, but it doesn’t feel that heavy anymore. I remember last summer I couldn’t carry a tray like this, the way Jennifer and Julie do.” She shrugged. “I guess I’m stronger now.”

“That’s because you’ve had two summers and a fall worth of batting practice,” Kelly said with a grin. “You worked hard with the ball machine. You’re batting really well now because you’ve gotten stronger. Funny how that works together. No wonder you hit a triple.”

“Do you think I can ever hit a homer like you do?”

“Sure, you will. In time. You’ve got a lot more growing to do. Look how much you’ve grown in little over a year since you’ve been here. Must be three inches.”

“Three and a half,” Cassie corrected, wide smile lighting her deep blue eyes.

“Three and a half. And I predict you’ll probably grow another inch before this year is over.”

Cassie’s eyes popped wide. “You think so! Awesome! I hope you’re right.”
“Your legs have gotten a lot longer, too. That’s why you can run so fast. You run almost as fast as I do, I think.”
“No way!” Cassie scoffed.
“Oh, yeah. You’re like a jack rabbit racing around those bases.”

Cassie gave a giggling laugh that made Kelly laugh just hearing it. “Jack rabbit. I love it. I gotta tell Eric.”

“Well, you can tell him that he looks like a really tall, skinny jack rabbit. And he runs even faster.”

“He’ll love that,” Cassie said, shifting the tray. “Talk to you later, Kelly.”

“If it’s Friday, then you’re going with Lisa to the Sports Clinic. Bring back some of Lisa’s PT secrets, okay?”

“Lisa’s secret is she’s got magic hands,” Cassie said as she headed toward the kitchen area.

Magic hands, huh? Kelly recalled how skilled Lisa had been when she helped Kelly recuperate from a broken ankle years ago. Cassie was one smart kid, she thought, as she pulled her laptop from the briefcase bag.

~Maggie

purl up and diePurl Up and Die
(A Knitting Mystery)

13th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Colorado
A Berkley Prime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (June 2, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Jacket Illustration by Chris O’Leary
Jacket Design by Rita Frangie
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425258446
E-Book ASIN: B00OQS4G6G
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In the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Yarn Over Murder, Kelly Flynn and the Lambspun Knitters must unravel the truth from the lies to clear a friend’s son suspected of murder…

Kelly Flynn’s summer in Fort Connor, Colorado, is off to a great start with romantic celebrations with her boyfriend, Steve, and enjoyable—albeit challenging—knitting classes taught by her friend Barb at the House of Lambspun. But while Barb’s advanced stitches are giving Kelly the slip, a more deadly problem soon has her friend coming apart at the seams.

A young woman has accused Barb’s son, Tommy—a young doctor doing his residency—of assaulting her. The yarns spun by the local rumor mill are bad enough, but when the young woman is found dead in her ransacked apartment, Tommy becomes the number one suspect.

The police are ready to close the case, but Kelly is convinced that there are a few more likely suspects. Now she has to knit together the clues herself to uncover a killer who doesn’t seem to drop a stitch…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

We return to Fort Connor, Colorado and the House of Lambspun Yarn Shop for the 13th installment of this cozy mystery series. Kelly Flynn, is an accountant and she does her best work while sitting at the big table in the middle of the yarn shop with a big cup of coffee from Pete’s Porch Cafe. It is also the place she catches up on what is happening in town and where she meets Burt Parker, a retired police officer with all the right connections at the local police department. Kelly and Burt have solved several murders by putting their heads together and keeping their ears open.

This time the case touches close to home. Barb, who teaches classes at Lambspun, is so proud of her son. Tommy is a doctor completing his residency at the local ER. She talks about him all the time, singing his praises. He has a bright future until a local co-ed accuses him of sexual assault. When she is found dead a few days later Tommy becomes the prime suspect. Kelly and Burt with the help of a few friends are on mission, spinning clues upside down and inside out, to find the truth and catch the real killer.

I do love this series. The friendship all of the recurring characters is what makes these stories great. Whether they are getting together at the cafe or the yarn shop or at the baseball fields they are there to help and support each other through things like a huge canyon wildfire or bending the rules a little to get information to help solve the latest mystery. They have each others’ back and can count on each other no matter what.

This time the author knits together quite a mystery. I did figure it out a bit before Kelly and Burt but I was second guessing myself a time or two thanks to a few clever twists. She also describes everything so well. There are times where I could almost feel the yarn between my fingers and smell the mountain air.

Kelly and Steve’s romance is proceeding nicely and the feud between Kelly’s dog, Carl, and the Brazen Squirrel continues. Both will put a smile on your face.

Booking my next visit to Colorado for Book 14 right now!

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About This Author
Maggie Sefton was born and raised in northern Virginia, where she received her bachelor’s degree in English literature and journalism. Maggie has worked in several careers over the years, from a CPA to a real estate broker in the Rocky Mountain West. However, none of those endeavors could compare with the satisfaction and challenge of creating worlds on paper. She is the mother of four grown daughters, currently scattered around the globe. Author of the nationally bestselling Knitting Mysteries, she resides in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with two very demanding dogs.

Check out her website here.

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Jun 032015
 

cozy wednesday 2013 640Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am excited to welcome Fran Stewart to Escape With Dollycas today!
Her book A Wee Murder in My Shop was released in March. The next ScotShop Mystery, A Wee Dose of Death, will be out January 5, 2016.

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Shadow-Play by Fran Stewart

Let’s look at shadows. They play an important role in my life. You see, I’m not a beach kind of person. I’m more a mountain gal. A sit-under-a-tree kind of woman. A shadow crone.

Oh, don’t get me wrong. Beaches are lovely places. I have two children and five grandchildren who revel in the sunshine. And maybe you do, too.

But I prefer beaches at pre-dawn, while a few stars are still accessible, before the sun bursts above the pulsing sea. Or right around sunset, while the shadows of the clouds play with the last rays of daylight.

I escape to the beach at Sapelo Island (http://GAstateparks.org/lodges/reynolds/about/) twice a year with a group of artists—I’m the only writer in the group—for a creative retreat. For a week, the artists all disperse during the day to paint the marshes, paint the dunes at the edge of Nanny Goat Beach, pain the groves of spreading pecan trees and ancient live oaks hung with Spanish moss.

22668799While they’re outside painting in the bright sun, I’m in the shadows, writing. Or reading. I sit on the tree-shaded terrace or upstairs in the shadow-cool circus room, decorated many years ago by Athos Menaboni, one of the foremost muralists of the early 20th century. His lion graces my favorite corner, tucked into a shadowed corner between tall windows.

And, quite often, I write about shadows. Did you ever think about the shadows in the books you read? We hardly ever notice them, but they can set a tone most effectively.

I recall years ago sketching the face of a woman who sat across from me in an airport lounge. I’ve never claimed to be an artist, but sometimes I like to try. Seldom do I share the results with anyone except my cats—they promised long ago not to laugh at me. On this occasion, though, I showed the drawing to my sister, who is an artist. “You drew the shadows,” she said, “and left out the lines along the side of her face.” That was because the woman had sat in a shaft of sunlight that erased any distinction between the curve of her cheek and the wall behind her. I couldn’t see a line there, so I didn’t draw one.

Instead I drew the shadows beneath her angular cheekbone, the jut of her chin, around her eye, and beside her nose. My sister was impressed. It’s the only time she’s ever been impressed by one of my sketches. I wish I’d saved the sketch, just as I wish I’d saved a lot of my early essays and stories, but the memory of those shadows on that woman’s face still haunts me. I may have managed the shadows, but I didn’t draw her well enough. I didn’t capture her essence. My art lies in words, and while the pencil drawing may have been technically interesting, it stopped short of capturing who that woman truly was.

My inexpert shadows turned her into an enigma. Did the sunlight that day come from a bright spring morning or a harsh mid-summer? Was the woman an undercover agent, a jilted lover, a harried executive, a wilted mom (or stepmom)? Was she headed out or headed home? Was she someone’s best friend, or a harpy-like harridan who had just sent the emotionally unstable protagonist spinning back into an alcoholic dead end? Had she inherited those deep-set eyes from her paternal grandmother or were they a reflection of her inner turmoil? Was her angular cheekbone the result of ethnicity or anorexia? If she had raised her hand, would it have blocked the light and created a dark slash of shadow, or would the light have penetrated between her fingers and outlined each one in an unearthly red glow, like a flashlight beneath a blanket in the middle of the night?

Shadows. Sometimes they ask more questions than they answer. Unless we know how to sketch them with a deft pen.

Shadows. A great place to escape to. Especially if I have a book with me. Either one I’m reading, or one I’m writing. What do you do when faced with shadows?

~Fran

fran stewartAbout This Author

Fran Stewart is the author of the Biscuit McKee Mysteries – GRAY AS ASHES is the seventh book in that series – as well as a standalone mystery – A SLAYING SONG TONIGHT. Her non-fiction work includes FROM THE TIP OF MY PEN: A WORKBOOK FOR WRITERS. Her new ScotShop Mystery Series from Berkley Press begins with A WEE MURDER IN MY SHOP.

Part of today’s guest blogpost was taken from a chapter in FROM THE TIP OF MY PEN.

Fran lives quietly with various rescued cats beside a creek on the other side of Hog Mountain, Georgia, northeast of Atlanta.  She is a member of the National League of American Pen Women, Sisters in Crime, and Mystery Writers of America.

Photo Credit: Mozelle Funderburk

22668799A Wee Murder in My Shop (A ScotShop Mystery)
First in New Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Vermont/Scotland
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (March 3, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illusteation by Jesse Reisch
Cover Design by Diana Kolsky
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Hamelin, Vermont, isn’t the most likely place for bagpipes and tartan, but at Peggy Winn’s ScotShop, business is booming…

While on a transatlantic hunt for some authentic wares to sell at her shop, Peggy is looking to forget her troubles by digging through the hidden treasures of the Scottish Highlands. With so many enchanting items on sale, Peggy can’t resist buying a beautiful old tartan shawl. But once she wraps it around her shoulders, she discovers that her purchase comes with a hidden fee: the specter of a fourteenth-century Scotsman.

Unsure if her Highland fling was real or a product of an overactive imagination, Peggy returns home to Vermont—only to find the dead body of her ex-boyfriend on the floor of her shop. When the police chief arrests Peggy’s cousin based on some incriminating evidence, Peggy decides to ask her haunting Scottish companion to help figure out who really committed the crime—before anyone else gets kilt…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Peggy Winn’s ScotShop is in Vermont but each year she travels to Scotland in search of new vendors with new and unique items to sell. On her recent trip to the Highlands she comes home with much more than new connections and a new shawl.  She discovers a 14th century Scotsman has traveled home with her, well his ghost has. Not quite sure what to do with her new Scottish “friend” she decides to make the best of it. When a dead body is found in her shop she quickly realizes this specter may be able to help her catch the culprit that left her ex-boyfriend buried under her Scottish wares.

This was a fun read. It reminded me of J.J. Cook’s Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mysteries in that ghosts are great once you figure out how to handle them. In Peggy’s case all her friends think she is losing it because she keeps talking to herself as her ghost, Dirk, has so many questions. She sometimes gets very tongue tied as she tries to discreetly answer him only to find her friends looking at her strangely.

The author gives us a small cast of quirky characters and a even smaller suspect pool.  There were several interesting twists to the mystery too. The story was brimming with humor as well. Trying to explain modern things to an old ghost can be quite funny. See the excerpt below when Peggy tries to have a private talk with her new friend:

I opened the blue door. “Inside, you,” I whispered with my teeth clenched.

We were fairly cramped. These things were designed for one person at a time. His head brushed the top. Damn, he was tall. I thought people had been short in the fourteenth century. As close as we were standing, I had to tilt my head back. I got an unexpectedly good look at his upper incisors. They were big, strong, and very white. This would be a great place for him to turn into a vampire. Stop it, Peggy.

“What is this place?” He sounded a bit awed. Maybe that was why his mouth had been hanging open.

“It’s a porta potty.” When he looked blank, I added, “A loo.” Still blank. “A privy.”

Understanding dawned. “A necessary?”

I nodded.

“Why did ye bring me in here? I dinna have to pass water.”

“We’re here because it’s the only place I can speak to you in private. Now, you listen. We’re about to get into a car—”

“A what?”

“Hush. A car. It’s like a little house on wheels.”

“Why would we get into—?”

“No, wait, it’s more like a wagon that’s all closed up.”

“And how d’ye open it?”

“That’s not the point!” It’s hard to shout when you’re whispering. “The point I’m trying to make is that you have to be absolutely quiet. You cannot ask a single question while we’re in the car. Do you understand?”

“Why not?”

“Because I won’t be able to answer you. Mr. and Mrs. Sinclair are already looking at me funny. I don’t want them to think I’ve gone barmy.”

“What is barmy?”

“Mad. Crazy.” I threw up my hands. “Now, will you keep your mouth closed until we’re alone again.” It wasn’t a question.

“Ye tell me I have been deid for more than six hundred years. In all that time I have not said a word, and now ye want me to keep my mouth closed?”

“Yes. That’s right.” I almost felt sorry for him. Almost.

I was quite taken with Peggy and Dirk and am excited to see what kind of mystery they get wrapped into next. Fran is off to a great start with this series!

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GIVEAWAYI am giving away my review copy and the author is giving away a copy too!

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gray as ashes

Martinsville Georgia has always been a sleepy little town, where nothing much ever happens, except a few murders…

There’s a firebug in Martinsville. Town librarian Biscuit McKee isn’t too worried when a garbage bin at the grocery store is set on fire. But when it’s her beloved garden shed that goes up in flames, the fur begins to fly.

Biscuit’s feline companion Marmalade comments frequently, …
Yes, I do.
… (even though her humans think she’s only purring …
Mouse droppings!
… or sneezing). She’s as baffled by all this as her humans.
We could have some tuna. That would solve a lot.

Distracted by a visit from Peachie, an old college friend, Biscuit pays only scant attention to a third fire, but it’s hard to ignore the fourth fire and the dead body found in the charred remains of Connie Cartwright’s studio, where glass-blowing may have turned into homicide.

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Jun 022015
 

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY 2014

New Release Tuesday – June 2015

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The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss (A Domestic Diva Mystery)

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Purl Up and Die (A Knitting Mystery)

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A Watery Death (A Missing Pieces Mystery) (Volume 7)

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May 272015
 
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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
I am so happy to welcome Krista Davis back to Escape With Dollycas today!

 

Krista Davis author picOne of my favorite characters in THE DIVA STEALS A CHOCOLATE KISS came out of nowhere, pretty much complete. It’s odd but not unusual that characters do that. What’s stranger still is that those characters are often the most fun and interesting.

Nonni Merano came to America as a young woman. She learned English on the fly and opened a chocolate shop with her husband. Now she’s the tiny little matriarch of the Merano family, retired and darling, but don’t cross her!Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss hi res

She showed up dressed entirely in blue, her white hair neatly pinned up in a bun. Not a speck of makeup touched her face. She walks with the aid of a cane but that doesn’t stop her from cooking up a storm.

When problems of a murderous kind begin to plague the Merano family, Nonni goes to Sophie Winston for help, promising to repay her by teaching her to make Tiramisu Nonni-style. Sophie has trouble saying no to sweet Nonni and soon finds herself knee deep in chocolates and murder.

The recipe for Nonni’s Tiramisu is in THE DIVA STEALS A CHOCOLATE KISS as well as my favorite, Double Chocolate Bourbon Bread Pudding. In fact, there’s a loaf of challah on my kitchen counter right now so I can make it again! Super easy, but watch out because it’s addictive!

~Krista

About Krista Davis

New York Times Bestselling author Krista Davis writes the Domestic Diva Mysteries. The 9th book, THE DIVA STEALS A CHOCOLATE KISS will be for sale in bookstores on June 2nd and is available for pre-order now.

Krista also writes the Paws & Claws Mysteries for animal lovers that debuted with MURDER, SHE BARKED. The sequel, THE GHOST AND MRS. MEWER is available now, and the 3rd book, MURDER MOST HOWL releases in December.
Like her characters, Krista has a soft spot for cats, dogs, and sweets. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with three dogs and two cats.

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Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss hi resThe Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss
(A Domestic Diva Mystery)

A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (June 2, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
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Setting – Virginia
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
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The New York Times bestselling author of The Diva Wraps It Up unwraps an all-new tale in which chocolate is the kiss of death…

Domestic Diva Sophie Winston is in charge of the sweetest event in Old Town this summer. Amore Chocolates is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary with a chocolate tasting at the mansion of the company’s CEO, Joe Merano—and Sophie is running the show. With cookies, candy, and five kinds of chocolate cake, it’s a chocolate lover’s dream! But when Joe goes missing, the celebration becomes bittersweet. And when Sophie discovers the body of a competing chocolatier in the guesthouse, the event turns downright deadly.

As if that wasn’t enough, Sophie’s been receiving daily boxes of sweet treats. After ruling out her new beau and her exes, Sophie wonders if someone’s trying to send her a message—and if she’s next on a chocoholic’s hit list…

Includes delicious recipes and entertaining tips!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I love this series. Sophie and Natasha are just wonderful characters. Sophie is very soothing and handles things in a very sensible way and Natasha seems to have no common sense whatsoever and poor Mars is caught right in the middle. Add a little murder to the mix along with a jealous boyfriend and chocolate and you have a fantastic story

I love the way Krista Davis writes. Her characters are quite a quirky mix, perfect for a cozy mystery.  This time we meet Joe Merano and his family, the owners of Amore’ Chocolates.  They have a very complex history and it may be coming back to haunt them. When Joe goes missing and another man is killed in their guest house Nonni immediately says the family is cursed. Well Sophie is on the case and she hopes to find Joe and a killer too.

Nonni is my favorite character this time. She is a very strong, wise and opinionated woman who keeps her family on their toes.

Davis gives us a story with many twists and spins. She drops the clues with the hand of a master leading the reader at a perfect pace. The antics of Natasha will have you laughing out loud and feeling for Mars as he deals with her outlandish ideas. Thankfully Sophie is there to help but Alex doesn’t like it one bit.  We are also treated by tips from Sophie and Natasha at the start of each chapter. These bring a few giggles too.

Don’t forget the chocolate, you will be craving it from the first page to the last so be sure to stock up. Krista is nice enough to include a few recipes, Nonni’s Tiramisu and Double Chocolate Bourbon Bread Pudding are just 2 I would love to try.

I highly recommend this book and all the others in this series. Grab it today and enjoy!

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May 212015
 

dont go homeDon’t Go Home
(Death on Demand Mysteries)

25th in Series
Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (May 5, 2015)
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Hardcover: 272 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425276549
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Annie Darling, owner of the Death on Demand mystery bookstore, is hosting a party to celebrate successful Southern literary icon—and former Broward’s Rock resident—Alex Griffith and his bestselling new novel, Don’t Go Home. But after the local paper announces that Griffith aims to reveal the real-life inspirations behind his characters, perhaps the author should take his own advice. Not everyone in town is ready to give him a glowing review.

As Annie attempts damage control, her friend Marian Kenyon gets in a heated argument with Griffith. It’s a fight Annie won’t soon forget—especially after the author turns up dead.

Despite an array of suspects to match Griffith’s cast of characters—and a promise to her husband, Max, to steer clear of sleuthing—Annie’s not about to let the police throw the book at her friend when the real killer remains at large…

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May 082015
 


Murder on Amsterdam Avenue
(Gaslight Mystery)

17th in Series
Historical Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (May 5, 2015)
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Cover Illustration by Karen Chandler
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425260470
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In this Gaslight Mystery from the national bestselling author of Murder in Murray Hill, midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy investigate foul play in the secretive high-society world of nineteenth-century New York City…

In the midst of Sarah and Frank’s wedding preparations, Sarah accompanies her mother on a condolence call to the Upper West Side, where Charles Fairfax, the son of family friends, has died unexpectedly after suffering from a mysterious disease. It is a tragic and all too common story—or so it seems. Charles’s father asks to speak with Sarah privately. He believes his son was poisoned and would like Sarah and Frank to look into the matter with the utmost discretion.

Putting their own personal affairs on hold, Sarah and Frank soon learn that not everyone wants to know more about Charles’s death, particularly if he was murdered. As they unravel secrets that reach back to the War Between the States, they also discover that they are in the company of a very present danger…

VICTORIA THOMPSONAbout This Author
Edgar® Nominated author Victoria Thompson writes the Gaslight Mystery Series, set in turn-of-the-century New York City and featuring midwife Sarah Brandt. Her latest is MURDER ON FIFTH AVENUE. She also contributed to the award winning writing textbook MANY GENRES/ONE CRAFT. A popular speaker, Victoria teaches in the Seton Hill University master’s program in writing popular fiction. She lives in Central PA with her husband and a very spoiled little dog. Find out more on her webpage here.

 

 

 

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Apr 242015
 
I haven’t quite gotten my reading mojo back yet but it is getting better. The review I had planned for today will appear next week so let’s do a giveaway today!!
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I reviewed the hardcover edition last July. Check it out below.

book clubbedBook Clubbed
(A Booktown Mystery)

8th in Series
Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (July 1, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Jacket Design by Diana Kolsky
Jacket Illustration by Teresa Fasolino
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425252574
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
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Cranky Chamber of Commerce receptionist Betsy Dittmeyer is done reading people the riot act. After she’s crushed by a fallen bookcase, the next item to be read is her last will and testament—which is packed with surprises. It soon comes to light that Betsy was hiding volumes of dark secrets behind that perpetual frown of hers—and one of them just might have been a motive for murder.

While Tricia tries to help Angelica—the newly elected Chamber of Commerce president and Betsy’s boss—solve the mystery, she discovers a hidden chapter in her own family history that rocks her to her very core. And with her ex-husband and the chief of police vying for her affections, it’s doubly hard to focus on who might have buried Betsy in a tomb of tomes.

But as Tricia and Angelica try to read between the lines, they need to watch their step…and make sure the killer doesn’t catch them between the stacks.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Hang on tight! This book gets off to a fast start and had this reader tuned in from page one.

Angelica is trying to start out on the right foot with the Chamber but Betsy Dittmeyer is not happy about it. Her point of view ceases to matter very quickly when her death has Angelica and sister Tricia trying to find out who helped bury Betsy under that pile of books. She wasn’t well liked so there ate quite a few suspects. It seems Betsy also has a few secrets that could have led to her demise.

Lorna Barrett does it again. My emotions were reeling with this story. I had tears in my eyes at one point.

Haven’t Got A Clue is a very special bookstore with very special employees. I love these characters. Pixie continues to shine and Mr. Everett is the perfect gentleman. Tricia is so lucky to have them by her side handling the ups and downs or not only the bookstore but Booktown as well. The are some changes coming to Booktown with Angelica leading the Chamber and Nigela Ricita Associates taking on a larger role in the properties in town there. Some other characters have some special announcements too that will be changing their lives.

Then of course there is Tricia’s love life or lack of a love life to add a little more to the story.

What I really enjoyed was that Tricia and Angelica continue to get closer as a family secret is revealed. It is time for these sisters to stick together and support each other.

The author has packed this pages with so much that I challenge anyone to put it down once you start reading. I truly hated for the story to end. I can’t wait to see what happens next!!

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About Lorna Barrett

The immensely popular Booktown Mystery series is what put Lorraine Bartlett’s pen name Lorna Barrett on the New York Times Bestseller list, but it’s her talent — whether writing as Lorna, or L.L. Bartlett, or Lorraine Bartlett — that keeps her there. This multi-published, Agatha-nominated author pens the exciting Jeff Resnick Mysteries as well as the acclaimed Victoria Square Mystery series, and now the Tales of Telenia saga, and has many short stories and novellas to her name(s). Check out the links to all her works here: http://www.lorrainebartlett.com

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Apr 232015
 

lemon piesLemon Pies and Little White Lies
(A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery)

4th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Georgia
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (April 7, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Julia Green
Cover Design by Diana Kolsky
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425276020
E-Book ASIN: B00LMGLY2Y
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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Books by the Bay series and the Book Retreat mysteries–Includes pie recipes!

After Pecan Pies and Homicides comes another tangy slice of life—and death—in a charmed, and charming, small town…

Ella Mae LeFaye’s Charmed Pie Shoppe has become a phenomenon beyond her wildest dreams, providing the enchanted town of Havenwood, Georgia, with spellbinding desserts and magical pies. Her personal life is also heating up as she takes on the responsibilities of leadership within her magical community. In fact, the only thing weighing her down is the fact that handsome Hugh Dylan won’t return her calls…

Still, when Havenwood is rocked by a series of mysterious deaths, Ella Mae must put romantic longings aside—especially when she realizes that the mystical symbols left at each crime scene are dangerously personal. Now she will have to whip up all her supernatural skills to uncover a killer out to settle an ancient score—before the murderer devastates everything Ella Mae is determined to protect…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I finished this book and just said WOW! These books are not just cozy mysteries about a pie baking sleuth, they are magical, fantasy, cozy mysteries featuring an amazing pie baking sleuth!

Ella Mae faces her biggest task yet and so many people are counting on her to come through for them. At the same time she is terribly distracted dealing with her boyfriend’s absence. When people start dying and other crimes are all seem to link to Ella Mae she knows it is up to her to set things right and protect all the people she cares about.

Ellery Adams takes on a journey that will leave you breathless. Drama ensues all the way from Georgia to Scotland and many places in between. Fantasy soars in this story and escaping into is happens so easily. There are many details to catch so slow down so you catch every slice.

I have said this before, this series needs to be read in order to follow the progression of the characters to be fully enjoyed. Unlike some series stories you can pick up any of them and get caught up. That is not the case with this series. You need to read these books in order. Start with Pies and Prejudice, then Peach Pies and Alibis, then Pecan Pies and Homicides and the Lemon Pies and Little White Lies.

Oh yes, don’t forget the pies, the recipes are in the back of the book and the descriptions in the story will have your tummy rumbling for pie, in fact pie has become the favorite dessert in our house and we all say “there is always room for pie”.

I am so anxiously awaiting for the next story in this series. I can only imagine where the author will take us next!

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Apr 222015
 

cozy wednesday 2013 640Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I love when Janet Bolin drops by for visit!! Her new book hits stores May 7 and we are going to tell you all about it today!!

Make Believe by Janet Bolin

EPSON MFP imageFor as long as I can remember, I’ve loved putting on costumes and pretending I’m something I’m not. Never mind the pout on the face of the girl wearing the telephone costume: after my cheerful siblings were pulled aside and I had the limelight to myself, I was all smiles.

Make believe does not always require costumes. Sometimes, it requires only a pencil and paper. Or a computer and word processor. I created a village where I would want to live, chock full of shops where crafty enthusiasts could buy supplies for sewing, quilting, yarn arts, machine embroidery, and nearly everything else they wanted or needed for making clothes, quilts, home dec, and yes, costumes. The village quickly earned a nickname—Threadville. I filled it with citizens. Most of them are people I would like as friends.

Some of them, however, are not quite as pleasant as the others, and are not above committing a little murder and mayhem.

My characters (the nice ones, that is) are adept at putting together clothing and quilts, which meSEVEN THREADLY SINSans that they can also fit clues together and help solve murders.

I decided they should have the opportunity of solving a mystery related to the sins of fashion. Not surprisingly, my characters fond of wearing costumes and playing make-believe. I would let them be in a fashion show . . .

A few months after I turned in the manuscript for SEVEN THREADLY SINS, my editor sent me a copy of the cover painting—a conservatory with clothes hanging in it and fabrics nearby.

Janet Bolin crowning herselfAnd then I was offered a small part in a mystery dinner theater play, Murder at the Pie Auction. I jumped at the chance. Who knew if I could act, memorize lines, or project my voice beyond the first set of dining tables? I could wear costumes and generally goof around. That was good enough for me.

Other than being handed a paper chef’s hat, told I should wear an apron for part of the play, and that the rest of my outfits should be mostly lime green, I was in charge of creating my own costumes. I haunted consignment shops. I made a long apron and used my embroidery machine to put punny sayings on the bib. I decorated the chef’s hat with stick-on “gems.” I found lime green sneakers that suited my character—and my feet–perfectly.

There were only two performances. They went rather well, I thought. The audience laughed when we hoped they would, anyway.

After having shopped for lime green, I kept seeing it everywhere.

And then I needed the cover for SEVEN THREADLY SINS for a blog. I dug out the photo, took one look at it, and burst out laughing. Wouldn’t you know? A couple of the garments hanging in the conservatory, waiting for someone to wear them in the fashion show, are lime green.

Don’t you love it when make-believe and real life converge?

~Janet

Janet Bolin’s acting career may be really, really short. In addition to goofing around in costumes, Janet likes sewing, machine embroidery, all sorts of other needlecrafts and handcrafts, reading, writing, and walking with her dogs. SEVEN THREADLY SINS, the fifth book in the Threadville Mystery Series, comes out May 5.

Author Links:
Webpage: http://ThreadvilleMysteries.com/

Blog: http://www.KillerCharacters.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Janet-Bolin/267325191115

Twitter: @JanetBolin

SEVEN THREADLY SINSSeven Threadly Sins
(A Threadville Mystery)

5th in series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Pennsylvania
A Berkley Prime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (May 5, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Robin Moline
Cover Design by Annette Fiore Defex
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425268001
E-Book ASIN: B00O2BKLAM
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Fashion turns killer in the latest novel from the national bestselling author of the Threadville mysteries…

Threadville, Pennsylvania, is famous for its fabric, needlecraft, and embroidery, so it’s only natural that it would become the home of the Threadville Academy of Design and Modeling. While Willow Vanderling has certainly never wanted to be a model, here she is, voluntarily strutting her stuff in a charity runway show in outrageous clothing, all to support the Academy’s scholarship fund.

But the lascivious, mean-spirited director of the academy, Antonio, is making the fashion show a less-than-fabulous affair. After Antonio plays a shocking prank on Willow and her friends that doesn’t exactly leave the ladies in stitches, he mysteriously winds up dead—and someone is trying to pin the blame on Willow.

Now, she must do whatever it takes in order to clear her name, even if it means needling around in other people’s secrets…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Time for your yearly trip to Threadville and it sure was a fun escape.

Willow and the other Threadville shopkeepers take part in a fashion show hosted by Antonio of the Threadville Academy of Design and Modeling. He was quite a jerk and I wasn’t surprised he ended up dead, but Willow doing him in, no way. Willow and her friends work hard to stitch together the clues and make sure the right person is pinned for his death. As usual they put themselves in some precarious situations to sew everything up.

All our favorite characters are back. Willow, Haylee, Opal, Naomi, Edna, Ashley and even Mona could all be suspects because they all made up the seven Antonio accused of committing “Threadly Sins”. But they are joined by some very eccentric characters, of course they are “fashion designers” but that doesn’t explain all the eccentricities :)

Janet Bolin takes us on quite a ride with several twists and turns. She stitches in humor, a bit of romance and jealousy, along with a finely crafted mystery.

I should mention that this story was one that gave me a “book hangover”. I started reading and stayed up until I finished it. Just couldn’t put it down.

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Apr 162015
 

dark chocolate demiseDark Chocolate Demise
(Cupcake Bakery Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Setting – Arizona
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (April 7, 2015)
The Berkley Publishing Group
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425258934
E-Book ASIN: B00LMGK69G
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The New York Times bestselling Cupcake Bakery Mysteries bake up sweet surprises, but as the series continues, Mel and Angie are in for a fresh batch of trouble…

Scottsdale, Arizona, may not be the liveliest place on earth, but it’s never been as dead as this. Hundreds of fans have gathered together for the first annual Old Town Zombie Walk, and Mel, Angie, and the Fairy Tale Cupcake crew are donning their best undead attire to sell some horror-themed desserts to the hungry hordes.

But the fun turns to fright when Mel finds a real dead body in a prop casket outside of the bakery’s truck—and the corpse looks alarmingly like a zombie of their own. Knowing that Joe, Angie’s brother and Mel’s former flame, has been working on a dangerous mob case, Mel worries that the murder is a hit gone wrong and that someone near and dear was the real target. To keep any of her friends from winding up six feet under, Mel will do whatever it takes to find a killer—no matter how scary things get…

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Dollycas’s Thoughts

If you have read my reviews you know zombies are not my thing but A Zombie Walk with Mel, Angie, Tate, Oz and Marty, I will be there in New York Minute. These characters are a blast and wherever they go you know there is going to be CUPCAKES!! and probably a murder, but CUPCAKES!! How can you not want to go along on their wild ride?

Joe is working a big case and for the moment he and Mel are on the outs, but that is just because he wants to keep her safe. The gang from Fairy Tale Cupcakes tries to keep her mind off him by trying to sell cupcakes at the First Annual Zombie Walk. They are even all dressed up as undead and have added a casket to their display for some unique selfie pics. All is going well until someone very much dead is found in the casket and their death may be connected to Joe’s big case. Everyone thinks the murder may have been a mob hit and someone very, very, close to Joe was the real target.  All the DeLaura brothers go on high alert to keep Mel and Angie safe but Mel is determined to dig up the clues needed to catch the killer before anyone else ends up in a casket buried six feet under.

Jenn McKinlay has baked us up a scrumptious mystery that I had me from the first page until the last. First she scared the frosting right out me when the body was discovered and I wasn’t the only one. This one hits a little too close for comfort and several characters are deeply affected. We learn cupcakes and movie quotes don’t lighten anyone’s mood this time or at least not too much. This case needed to be solved as fast as possible.

Don’t get me wrong though there was plenty of humor and romantic tension. Even Manny, the hunky detective, caused some fun moments that had Mel feeling the heat. :)

I was surprised by how fast I read this book. My reading speed has been too fast the last few weeks but before I knew it I was at the end. The story is excellent and I was sad to see it wrap up because then I realized I have to wait a year to get to the next chapter and cure my cupcake craving with the Mel and Angie.

This series makes the bestseller’s list for several reasons. These are fabulous stories with fabulous characters and readers have a fabulous time reading them. I encourage you to take a huge bite out of Dark Chocolate Demise. You will thank me and definitely want more!!

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Apr 112015
 

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My apologies to Connie Archer. I missed the day she was originally supposed to be here. I am thrilled to welcome here today!

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Ladle to the Grave

When a local woman is poisoned at a pagan ritual in the woods, Lucky Jamieson’s grandfather, Jack, who provided the herbs for the gathering, is suspected of making a terrible mistake. The following day, a dead man is found floating in a creek just outside of town, his face unrecognizable. Is he a stranger or Lucky’s best friend’s estranged brother? Lucky is certain both deaths are murder. Can she find the connection and clear her grandfather’s name before more victims fall prey to a killer?

Crime fiction comes in many different packages – hard-boiled, noir, police procedural, thriller, cozy, even humorous. And fans of crime fiction are truly devoted fans who enjoy nothing else. I include myself in this category. I couldn’t imagine reading a book without one or more bodies. Oh, I admit I occasionally pick up a non-fiction book, but generally it’s crime-related non-fiction.

I’ve been asked a few times if I write anything else. I never know what to say because if that anything else means a story that doesn’t involve suspense, mystery, thrills and dead bodies – the answer is no. I’ve never even given it a thought. But that got me to thinking . . . why is that? Do I (and other crime fiction authors) have darkly suspicious minds that perceive something nefarious in the most innocent of situations? That could be. Yes, I’ll admit to that. Is it the puzzle of unraveling clues that fascinates us? Or the curiosity of following a police investigation and finally watching light dawn (figuratively) in the detective’s eyes. Yes, there’s that too.

LadleOr is it a desire for justice? Possibly. Maybe. Although I have noticed in reading foreign (non-U.S.) authors the same imperative to tie up every story in a nice neat bow doesn’t exist quite as much. Perhaps, I’ve thought, it’s only Americans who want everything nicely nailed down at the end.

Years ago, I read what the Italians call a gialli. So named, because giallo, the word for yellow, is the color publishers use for popular crime fiction. The Thursdays of Senora Giulia (I Giovedi della Senora Julia) is a crime story in which the fictional Senora Giulia disappears. I struggled with the advanced vocabulary but couldn’t wait to finish the story. I reached the final chapters only to discover the murderer was not only not brought to justice, but was not even revealed. I was extremely upset. I asked my teacher WHY???? Why write the book and not solve the crime? He said, “Allora, (I’m translating here) Who do you think killed her?” (I’ll spare you, dear reader, the following discussion about past participles having to agree with the gender of the victim). I was convinced Senora Giulia was killed by her ne’er do well son-in-law, but of course I wasn’t allowed to investigate. And I imagine my teacher’s comment implied that the end result was not as important as the exploration of possibilities. It was very frustrating! So, no, I can’t even say unequivocally that the fascination with crime fiction is a desire for justice or for order in our chaotic andviolent world.

Now, I’m not such a great fan of serial killer stories. I enjoy reading about the investigation, I enjoy the attempt to infiltrate the mind of the killer, but after all, serial killers are just plain bonkers. Maybe there’s a reason for their behavior, but it’s not nearly as interesting as the psychological underpinnings of the average person who is driven to commit that most heinous of crimes. The kind of person who’s spoken of (after the act) by neighbors and friends as “Such a nice man . . . who would have thought?”

What neuronal or emotional pathways have become twisted in the mind of a killer provoking him or her to that final desperate act? And what is the connection between the victim and the killer? As any cop will tell you, an investigation starts with the victim – because therein lies the solution.

So, no, I have to admit. Literary fiction isn’t nearly as interesting — not if there aren’t any bodies when all is said and done. Whether it’s the puzzle of a cozy, the hunt for a serial killer, or a desire for order in a chaotic world, I have no answers. I just know I love to read it and I love to write it.

~Connie

About This Author

Connie Archer is the national bestselling author of the Soup Lover’s Mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime.

A Spoonful of Murder, A Broth of Betrayal, A Roux of Revenge, and Ladle to the Grave,  are set in the imaginary village of Snowflake, Vermont.

Links:

Website: www.conniearchermysteries.com

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/ConnieArcherMysteries

Twitter: @SnowflakeVT

LadleLadle to the Grave
(A Soup Lover’s Mystery)

4th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Vermont
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (March 3, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Cathy Gendron
Cover Design by Diana Kolsky
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425273111
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By the Spoonful is Snowflake, Vermont’s most popular soup shop, but owner Lucky Jamieson doesn’t have any time to enjoy her success—she’s too busy trying to keep a lid on false accusations against her loved ones…

It’s almost May, and some of the local ladies have organized a pagan celebration in the woods to welcome spring. But the evening goes terribly wrong when one of the attendees winds up dead, apparently poisoned by an herbal concoction prepared by Lucky’s grandfather, Jack.

Lucky’s sure her grandfather could not have made such a tragic mistake. But before she can clear him of suspicion, her best friend, Sophie, is diverted from planning her wedding to By the Spoonful chef Sage DuBois when she finds a dead man floating in the creek on her property. Now it’s up to Lucky to get both Sophie and Jack out of hot water before a killer stirs up more trouble…

Recipes included!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Another tasty mystery from Connie Archer.

Snowflake Vermont is a small town where everyone knows everyone and most likely everybody knows your business too.

First Sage and Sophie are trying to plan a small wedding but the whole town seems to plan on attending, well not everyone, but definitely more than the couple had originally planned. Then we end up with not just one body but two. A group of ladies decide to welcome Spring in a whole new way. The fun quickly comes to a halt when one of the women falls over dead after drinking some special brew. The concoction was enhanced by herbs Lucky’s grandfather, Jack, had gathered, which lands him in the soup. Then the next body is found in some chilly water. Sophie finds a man in a bubbling brook on the property where she grew up. She also learns that property may hold other secrets as the neighboring Ski Resort wants to pay big bucks to buy it.

This was one of those stories that once you started reading you just couldn’t stop. I really felt bad for Jack. He was really questioning himself. Did he make a mistake and pick something that killed someone? I liked the large part Sage and Sophie played in this story. It was great to get to know more about each of them and their relationship. As always I love checking in on the the recurring characters that drop in at By The Spoonful.

Archer has given us two mysteries to solve and she weaves them together throughout the entire story. Readers follow the clues right along with Lucky, a spoonful at a time. The characters remind me so much of the people that used to drop by my mother’s restaurant. I have a picture of each of them in my mind.

Same time, next year, Connie. My next trip to Snowflake is all planned.

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