May 282016
 

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I am excited to welcome Victoria Thompson back to Escape With Dollycas!

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By Victoria Thompson

(Guest Post provided by publicist.)

Have you ever heard of a Boston Marriage? In Nineteenth Century America, unmarried professional women (teachers, social workers) often shared living quarters. Part of this was an economic necessity because, just like today, women were paid less than men. The other part of it was social. Women developed close friendships with their peers and enjoyed each other’s company. The author Henry James (you probably studied him in high school) wrote about one of these relationships in his classic novel The Bostonians. Although the phrase “Boston Marriage” never appears in his novel, people started calling these relationships between professional women who lived together Boston Marriages, no matter what city they lived in. This is the part I love most about writing historical—learning all this trivia!

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In MURDER IN MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS, my protagonists Frank and Sarah Malloy have just opened a private detective agency. They are hired to find out who killed a young woman who taught at a women’s college and lived with two of the female professors who had a Boston Marriage. They learn all kinds of fascinating things about life in a women’s college. They also learn some dangerous secrets, one of which got an unfortunate young woman murdered.

My fans have been thrilled that Frank and Sarah are finally married (after 18 books!), although one fan expressed concern that starting a detective agency would mean Sarah couldn’t participate in solving the crimes anymore. Don’t worry about that! Sarah is thoroughly involved in this investigation, along with Gino and even Maeve. And, as always, you’ll learn things you didn’t know about Old New York.

You can find Victoria at www.victoriathompson.com. Follow her on Facebook at Victoria Thompson.Author or on Twitter @gaslightvt.

About Victoria Thompson
Edgar® and Agatha 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, MURDER IN MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS, is a May 2016 release from Berkley Prime Crime. She also contributed to the award winning writing textbook MANY GENRES/ONE CRAFT. Victoria teaches in the Seton Hill University master’s program in writing popular fiction. She lives in Indiana with her husband and a very spoiled little dog.


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Murder in Morningside Heights
(A Gaslight Mystery)

19th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – New York
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (May 3, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1101987087
E-Book ASIN: B013Q70C4C
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In the latest from the bestselling author of Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue, former police sergeant Frank Malloy and his wife adjust to life in New York high society as they investigate a death in the field of higher learning…

After spending his first few weeks as a private detective by investigating infidelities of the wealthy, Frank has a more serious case at hand.

Abigail Northrup of Tarrytown, New York, was her parents’ pride and joy. After graduating from a prestigious women’s college in Morningside Heights, she took a job there as an instructor. She also joined the ranks of the New Women, ladies planning for a life without a husband in which they make their own decisions and make a difference in the world. Unfortunately, her murder ended all that.

When the police declare the incident a random attack and refuse to investigate further, Abigail’s parents request Frank’s help. Of course, he’ll need Sarah’s assistance as she’s more familiar with the world of academia, and it will be far easier for her to interview the lady professors. Yet difficulties arise as they learn that although Miss Northrup may have been an exemplary student and teacher, she lived in a world of secrets and lies…

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Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
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Dollycas

May 252016
 

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I am so happy to Kathleen Bridge back to Escape With Dollycas! 

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Montauk – Separating Fact from Fiction…

by Kathleen Bridge

 

I chose Montauk to be the main setting for my Hamptons Home and Garden Mysteries because it fulfills all the prerequisites readers look for in a cozy or traditional mystery. As an author, I have used poetic license in creating Meg Barrett’s Montauk, while not veering too far from reality.

The Montauk Point Lighthouse is an amazing structure that sits on the easternmost tip of Long Island and was commissioned by George Washington. Montauk’s nickname, THE END, refers to the piece of land jutting into the Atlantic, where the lighthouse sits. How cozy is that?

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The hamlet of Montauk is nestled between the ocean and the Long Island Sound. On the ocean side you have white sandy beaches and one of the top surfing destinations in the country–Ditch Plains Beach. During the summer season you can find a fantastic gourmet food truck parked at the entrance to the beach. The ocean cottages I talk about in my books are real. They are perched on cliffs overlooking the ocean, sometimes referred to as the Montauk Moors and during hurricane and nor’easter season you might think you were in Cornwall, England.

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On the northern part of Montauk, lies a thriving fishing community. Montauk boosts more saltwater fishing records than any other port in the world–not just the U.S.–the world!

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Because of its beauty and closeness to Manhattan (116 miles due west) and East Hampton (16 miles due west), it has had its share of celebrity residents: Andy Warhol, Dick Cavett, Ralph Lauren, Annie Leibovitz, Billy Joel and Julianne Moore just to name a few. Montauk has been the setting of the television series, Royal Pains, Revenge, and The Affair. Also filmed in Montauk, are the movies, Still Alice and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote a short story that takes place in Montauk, The Unspeakable Egg, and James Patterson uses Montauk as the setting in some of his novels. The Rolling Stones really did hang out in Montauk, and the Memory Motel, a title of one of their songs, still sits on Main Street.

In my second book, Hearse and Gardens, I talk about the “Montauk Monster.” The Montauk Monster was real. In my first book, Better Homes and Corpses, I told about German spies who swam to shore during WWII and were apprehended by the local Coast Guard–also true. Theodore Roosevelt spent time in Montauk with his troops after the Spanish American War as they recovered from yellow fever. Teddy also hung out at Deep Hollow Ranch, the oldest working cattle ranch in the United States. I try to weave all of Montauk’s’ rich history into my books.

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Now for fact vs. fiction: A Tale of Two Sisters Books in Montauk is a thinly disguised The Old Man and the Sea Books in my series.

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In my books, I based the vintage store Rockin’ Retro, on a real shop I used to visit every time I came to Montauk, called Whoa Nellie.

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Mickey’s Chowder Shack is my fictitious amalgamation of The Clam Bar, Lunch, and The Dock Bar and Grill. And Paddy’s Pancake House is my version of Mr. John’s Pancake House on Main Street.

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Another fact is: I LOVE MONTAUK! If you are interested in seeing photos or learning more about the “real” Montauk, please check out my “Montauk–The End” board on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/KathleenBridgeG/montauk-the-end/ .

~Kathleen

What a great post! Love to have a reference when I am reading to clearly form pictures in my mind. 

Thank you Kathleen for being my guest today! 

About The Author

Kathleen Bridge started her writing career working at the Michigan State University News in East Lansing, Michigan. She is the author and photographer of an antique reference guide,  Lithographed Paper Toys, Books, and Games, and the author of Revenge of the Sports Widows—How to Cope with a Sports Fanatic. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and has taught creative writing classes at the William Cullen Bryant Library in Roslyn, New York. Kathleen is also an antiques dealer in Long Island, New York, and has contributed to Country Living magazine.

Find out more on her webpage here.

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Hearse and Gardens (Hamptons Home & Garden Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – New York
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (May 3, 2016)
The Berkley Publishing Group
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425276594
E-Book ASIN: B013Q70DGY
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A Hamptons interior designer deals with skeletons in the closet in the new mystery from the national bestselling author of Better Homes and Corpses.

To keep her mind off the legal battle over the oceanfront cottage she’s trying to buy, Meg agrees to help her friend inventory and clear out furniture from the massive Montauk estate of wealthy art broker Harrison Falks. But the job takes a terrifying turn when Meg discovers a skeleton in a hidden room in one of the estate’s many bungalows. The remains turn out to be those of Harrison’s son, who went missing nearly twenty years ago—along with one of his father’s Warhol paintings.

As Meg delves into the Hamptons’ pop art past, she gets drawn into the sketchy goings-on and family drama at the estate. But when Meg makes no bones about solving the crime, she just might become the subject of the killer’s next installation.

INCLUDES RECIPES AND DECORATING TIPS

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Escape to Montauk with interior designer Meg Barrett. She is excited to help her friend Elle Warner inventory and move the furnishings of some bungalows on the Harrison Falks estate. They end finding more than they bargained for when they find a skeleton in a secret room. It isn’t long before the remains are identified as the son of Harrison Falks. Rumor had him leaving the area 20 years ago in possession of a well known piece of art created by Andy Warhol. Meg just can’t help but to insert herself into the investigation and the family drama. Her bones may be the next ones found as she is installing herself right on the killer’s radar.

I really like Meg. She may be hearing impaired but she knows how to deal with that and most of the time the disability doesn’t present any problems…but, of course…there are those times…where it gets her into a bunch of trouble. I like the way she works together with Elle and that they each know their strengths and weaknesses and really balance each other. The house that Meg is working on sounded wonderful before she decorated it but amazing after so worked her magic on the place.

We meet Harrison Falk, his family, caretaker and staff. Eclectic is a great way to describe this bunch. Old money, a huge estate, with so many secrets. Great descriptions by this author make is so easy to visualize the vast estate and these characters.

I really like the way the author weaves history into this story and introduces us to Montauk residents of the past and their stories. This time I found the information about pop art and artists very interesting.

The plot has some nice twists and the pacing is absolutely perfect.  There is a good dose of humor and a bit of romance sprinkled throughout the story too.

This was a fun read and I can’t wait to return to Montauk.

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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May 232016
 

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

Happy Monday Everyone!! 

I had a marvelous weekend with my grandchildren. Didn’t get much reading done, but played catch up last night to reach my goal.
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Are you ready to Escape into some Good Books?

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

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Dying for a Taste: A Sally Solari Mystery
Release Date – April 12, 2016
Review will be up tomorrow! 
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Hearse and Gardens (Hamptons Home & Garden Mystery)
Release Date May 3, 2016
Kathleen will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!
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The Girl From Home: A Thriller
Release Date – April 5, 2016
Review will be up Thursday! 
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Beyond a Doubt (A Carol Childs Mystery)
Release Date – July 14, 2015
I just realized I had not read this book so it quickly became my Flashback Friday read!
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ON DECK THIS WEEK


Forever Beach: A Novel
Release Day – June 7, 2016
For Review
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The Penderghast Puzzle Protectors: A Brilliant Minnesota Mystery
Release Date – February 1, 2016
Julie will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week.
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The Calamity Café (A Down South Café Mystery)
Release Date – June, 7, 2016
For Review
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Dollycas

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May 212016
 
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Newlywed Dead
(Perfect Proposals Mystery)

3rd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Illinois
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Release Date – May 3, 2016
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425270370
E-Book ASIN: B013Q70BMA
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In the new Perfect Proposals mystery from the author of Bodice of Evidence and Engaged in Murder, a country club wedding reception becomes the scene of a baffling crime.

The wedding for Pepper Pomeroy’s sister Felicity starts with dearly beloved but it ends with dearly departed when Ashley, the bartender Pepper befriended earlier in the evening, drops dead from a lethal nightcap. Authorities think it’s just a tragic accident. After all, who’d want to kill a virtual stranger at a country club wedding reception? That’s what Pepper wants to know.

A search into Ashley’s past reveals a twisty path of secret sororities, well-connected enemies, and an unsolved slaying still shadowing members of high society—including a filthy-rich battle-ax whose demands for the services of Pepper’s Perfect Proposals are starting to sound more like veiled threats. Pepper’s business may be booming but continued success means outsmarting a mysterious culprit who’s still wedded to the idea of murder.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Pepper Pomeroy’s sister Felicity says I do and left the reception before bartender, Ashley’s very public demise. Drug and alcohol can be a lethal combo but Pepper believes there is much more to the story. The police has categorized the death as accidental so Pepper will have to investigate on her own.  She follows clues that take her from the country club set to all the way back into Ashley’s past. Her business may be Perfect Proposals but she’s a  pretty perfect sleuth too.

The story starts with Felicity’s wedding and the murder but we also follow Pepper as she meets with clients and plans and executes some Perfect Proposals and engagement parties. I really enjoyed this, as one was pretty low key and another was off the charts elaborate. She deals with some truly lovely people and some that are pretty darn crazy. All these characters were written so cleverly, the really jumped off the pages.

This was a really fast paced story. I whipped right through it. Action, drama, mystery, mayhem with great characters. This Perfect Proposal Mystery was positively perfect. Engaging from start to finish.

perfect 2016

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

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

Also by Nancy J. Parra

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May 152016
 

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The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now a Facebook group that has become an informal week in review
gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.

SUNDAY POSTThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Happy SUNDAY Everyone!

I missed this post last week because I posted a tribute to my friend, author Jim Lavene, who died on May 5. So I didn’t get to tell you about the fantastic time I had getting together for lunch with my friends from high school. We don’t see each other often, but when we do we always have fun. I also know these ladies have my back and I have their’s no matter what.

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Look how nice it was outside. Today it is so cold and snowflakes have been falling off and on all day. I have also been sick for 2 days. I hope whatever I have goes away quickly.

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Weekly Rewind May 2 – 14, 2016

Week 1 – To catch up for missing last week.

Monday – It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2016 Week #18

Plus – Spotlight – The Sharyn Howard Mystery Series by Joyce and Jim Lavene

And – #Spotlight/ #Giveaway – FRAMED to death by Christina Freeburn

Tuesday – New Release Tuesday – May 2016

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Sally Goldenbaum – Author of Murder at Lambswool Farm – #Review/ #Giveaway – Giveaway still open.

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – House of the Hanging Jade by Amy Reade – Great Escapes Book Tour

Friday – Flashback Friday – Played by the Book by Lucy Arlington – #Review – #Giveaway – Giveaway still open.

Saturday – #Guest Post/ #Giveaway – Failure Is Fatal by Lesley A. Diehl – Great Escapes Book Tour

Plus – Special Guest – Heather Blake – Author of Gone With the Witch – #Review/ #Giveaway – Giveaway still open.

Week 2

Sunday – Remembering Jim Lavene

Monday – It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2016 Week #19

Tuesday – #Review/ #Giveaway – The Final Tap by Amanda Flower – Great Escapes Book Tour

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Peg Cochran – Author of Berry the Hatchet – #Review #Giveaway

Thursday – #Review/ #Giveaway – Clouds In My Coffee by Julie Mulhern – Great Escapes Book Tour

Friday – Flashback Friday – Murder With A Twist by Tracy Kiely – #Review

Saturday – Spotlight/ #Giveaway – A Fatal Chapter by Lorna Barrett

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I hope you have a wonderful week!

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

May 142016
 

A Fatal Chapter has now been released in paperback. I reviewed the hardcover edition last year. You can read that review here.

A Fatal Chapter
(A Booktown Mystery)

9th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – New Hampshire
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (May 3, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House
Cover Design by Diana Kolsky
Cover Illustration by Teresa Fasolino
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425262153
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…

INCLUDES RECIPES

Find out more about Lorna and her books on her webpage here.

Coming out in Hardcover and E-Book June 14, 2016
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Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

May 112016
 

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am so happy to have Peg Cochran visit today!! 

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Creating Cranberry Cove

How did I create the town of Cranberry Cove for my Cranberry Cove Series? I took inspiration from a number of charming small towns sprinkled up and down the eastern shore of Lake Michigan—Saugatuck, Holland, South Haven, Grand Haven and more.

Each is unique in its own way. Saugatuck is home to a very lively art scene and is also the locale for the annual Waterfront Film Festival. Movies are shown wherever a spot can be found to set up a movie screen—makeshift theaters with folding chairs for seats. The downtown area is filled with small shops and art galleries.

BERRY THE HATCHETHolland is known for its Tulip Time Festival complete with dancers in native Dutch costumes and, you guessed it, tulips! Millions of them in every color imaginable. Along Tulip Lanes there are 200,000 tulips, on Windmill Island you’ll find another 100,000 and at the Veldheer Tulip Garden there are five million in bloom! The downtown area boasts many unique shops as well as restaurants.

Grand Haven is the location of the annual Coast Guard Festival when you can tour various Coast Guard vessels, and the children can enjoy the amusement rides.

South Haven has a lively downtown area with shops and restaurants galore. And right outside of town is the DeGrandchamps Farm cranberry bogs. One weekend in early October they open to the public and you can watch a cranberry harvest in process—a spectacular sight!

I’ve tried to take a little bit from each town and sprinkle on charm for my fictional town of Cranberry Cove, located somewhere along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan.

Berry the Hatchet is the second book in the series. I hope you will enjoy your vicarious trip to Lake Michigan!

~Peg

About The Author

Mystery writing lets Peg indulge her curiosity under the guise of “work” (aka research). As a kid, she read the entire set of children’s encyclopedias her parents gave her and has been known to read the dictionary. She put pen to paper at age seven when she wrote plays and forced her cousins to perform them at Christmas dinner. She switched to mysteries when she discovered the perfect hiding place for a body down the street from her house.

When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading, cooking, spoiling her granddaughter and checking her book’s stats on Amazon.

A former Jersey girl, Peg now resides in Michigan with her husband and Westhighland white terrier, Reg. She is the author of the Sweet Nothings Lingerie series (written as Meg London), the Gourmet De-Lite series, the Lucille series and now the Cranberry Cove series. Her newest series, the Farmer’s Daughter, debuts with No Farm, No Foul in September 2016.





Written as Meg London

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BERRY THE HATCHET
Berry the Hatchet (A Cranberry Cove Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Michigan
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (May 3, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425274514
E-Book ASIN: B013Q709RC
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Cranberry farm owner Monica Albertson is once again bogged down in murder in the second Cranberry Cove mystery from national bestselling author Peg Cochran.

The entire town of Cranberry Cove is popping with excitement. Monica Albertson is baking cranberry goodies by the dozen and shopkeepers are decking out their storefronts for the first annual Winter Walk—an event dreamed up by the mayor to bring visitors to the town during a normally dead time of year.

But it’s the mayor who turns up dead during the grand opening ceremony, his lifeless body making its entrance in a horse-drawn sleigh. Monica’s mother and stepmother quickly become the prime suspects when it’s discovered that the mayor was dating both of them, and to make things worse, her half brother Jeff uncovers a clue buried near one of the bogs on Sassamanash Farm. Now it’s up to Monica to find out who really put the mayor on ice.
 
INCLUDES CRANBERRY RECIPES

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I ate this mystery right up!

We are back in Cranberry Cove just in time for the Winter Walk. The mayor had this grand idea to bring tourists to town during the off season. Sadly he didn’t get to see the fruits of his labor. As the parade is ready to start the horse drawn sleigh carrying him takes off. When the horses are reined in the mayor’s body is found. In a unique twist both Monica’s mother and step mother are at the top of the list of suspects. It doesn’t help that a key piece of evidence is found on the family’s cranberry farm. Monica finds herself trying to clear both women of the crime, landing herself right in the killer’s sites.

You wouldn’t think there would be much to be done to a cranberry bog in the winter but there is plenty to keep Monica’s brother Jeff busy. Monica is baking everyday, the farm store is still open and she is selling things at the Winter Walk as well. When her mother makes a surprise visit and there are no rooms available at the motel or B&B’s Monica finds herself with a house guest. She has been getting along with her stepmother but her mother’s visit may mess up that relationship.

This was a fast paced mystery. The story never gets “bogged down”, the pages were turning pretty rapidly as we reached the climatic end.

I really like these characters. They are engaging and believable. I love the relationship Monica has with Detective Stevens. They actually share information. Having both her stepmom and mom in town could really have gone wrong but the author really wrote the story is a wonderful way, even when another visitor came to town.

This is another delightful cozy from Peg Cochran. She even makes winter in Michigan sound like fun, with the wind blowing and the chill in the air.  Bundle up and enjoy this trip to Cranberry Cove.

perfect 2016

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

GIVEAWAY
Thanks to the publisher 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.

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

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

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

Leave a comment for Peg for 5 Bonus Entries.

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Contest Will End May 25, 2016 at 11:59 PM CST
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Winner Will Be Notified By Email
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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.”

May 092016
 

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

Happy Monday Everyone!! 

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

FINISHED


The Final Tap (A Living History Museum Mystery)
Release Day – May 8, 2016
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!
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Berry the Hatchet (A Cranberry Cove Mystery)
Release Date – May 3, 2016
Peg Cochran will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!
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Clouds in My Coffee (The Country Club Murders)
Release Date – May 10, 2016
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Thursday!
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Murder with a Twist (A Nic & Nigel Mystery)
Release Date – May 8, 2015
My Flashback Friday Read!
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ON DECK THIS WEEK


Killer Cocktail (A Nic & Nigel Mystery)
Release Date – May 8, 2016
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Tuesday.
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Murder, By George (A Veronica Walsh Mystery)
Release Date – May `8, 2016
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I need to choose a Flashback Friday Book!

Newlywed Dead (Perfect Proposals Mystery)
Release Date – May 8, 2016
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Happy Reading!

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May 062016
 

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On Flashback Fridays I will share with you the books I missed when they were first
released that have been screaming at me from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.

My reading schedule was all messed up last year
and I was unable to read and review this book then.

played by the book
Played by the Book (A Novel Idea Mystery)
4th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – North Carolina
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (February 3, 2015)
The Berkley Publishing Group
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Art by Julia Green
Cover Design by Lesley Worrell
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425276631
E-Book ASIN: B00LMGK52O
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The owner of the Novel Idea Literary Agency is thrilled when former local boy and popular television show host Damian York returns to Inspiration Valley, North Carolina, to launch his new gardening book. But Lila is less than excited about the hubbub when she sees her mounting to-do list. Between planning York’s gala and sprucing up her yard for another event, she’s spread too thin—especially after she finds a skull buried in her flowerbeds.

As Lila’s macabre discovery leads to other secrets hidden in Inspiration Valley’s past, a member of the local garden club is found slumped over her prize roses—murdered. Now it’s up to Lila to dig through old mysteries and new clues to unearth a murderer before someone else is found pushing up daisies…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Lila Wilkens has my dream job.  I would even love to do a bit of sleuthing.

We return to Inspiration Valley for the 4th time and Lila is helping to organize a grand affair to help launch Damian York’s new gardening book. As part of the event Lila’s own garden is to be featured but when she is pulling out some old shrubs she makes a terrible discovery. A human skull, thought to be a young woman. As if that isn’t enough across town another woman is found dead/murdered in her garden. So in addition to her workload Lila now needs to get down and dirty to solve an old mystery and a new one.

The first three books in this series were written by a writing team of Ellery Adams and Sylvia May. Susan Furlong becomes Lucy Arlington for this story and I truthfully didn’t notice much of a change in writing style, which is good, but not an easy feat, so kudos to Ms. Furlong.

I really enjoyed the behind the scenes look at an book agent’s job and the joy Lily has when she can tell an author she has sold their book to a publisher. Then the way she helps their stories shine with some really good advice and nurturing. In a time when big publishers are cutting back on their cozy mystery contacts Lila gives us insight to the publishing process. I just hope this series continues to survive the cuts.

I really treasure the relationship Lila has with her son Trey. I will not lie, it made me miss my son Kris a lot.

In addition to the mysteries there is some romance with Sean and Lila and Makayla and Jay. Sean may not be moving fast enough in the direction Lila would like but Jay has pulled out all the stops to move his relationship with Makayla forward.

The mysteries themselves are very interesting. Are the connected in some way? or is it just a coincidence that the skull/skeleton was found as another murder happened. Lila wants to get justice for the young girl buried on her property but she is also invested in finding the killer that left a garden club member smelling her roses for the last time.

I was completely captivated by this cozy. We are given just a little tease for the next what to expect for Lila in the next installment. The good thing about reviewing this book right now is that Off the Books was released this past February and it on my shelf calling me. I see some juggling in my reading schedule happening soon. 

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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About This Author

Lucy Arlington is the pen name of Susan Furlong. The concept for the Novel Idea Mysteries was originated by the New York Times bestselling author Ellery Adams and Sylvia May. Together, they penned the first three novels of the series. Susan continues their legacy with the new books in the series. Susan also writes the Georgia Peach Mysteries.


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May 032016
 

It’s my favorite day every month!

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY 2014

Welcome to New Release Tuesday!

I am so excited about all the new books!

These wonderful books are available today
wherever fine books are sold.
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Murder at Lambswool Farm (Seaside Knitters Mystery)
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A Finely Knit Murder (Seaside Knitters Mystery) Paperback Version
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Are both out today!
Sally will be my guest tomorrow for Cozy Wednesday!

Gone With the Witch (Wishcraft Mystery)
Heather will be my Special Guest on Saturday!
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Berry the Hatchet (A Cranberry Cove Mystery)
Peg will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week!
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Hearse and Gardens (Hamptons Home & Garden Mystery)
Kathleen will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday on May 25!
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Murder in Morningside Heights (A Gaslight Mystery)
Victoria will be my Special Guest on May 28.
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More Books Out Today *Several are paperback releases for previously released hard covers.

Being Released May 8


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


Coming May 17

Out on May 24

These books come out May 31

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

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent


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May 022016
 

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

Happy Monday Everyone!! 

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

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

FINISHED

Murder at Lambswool Farm (Seaside Knitters Mystery)
Release Date – May 3, 2016
Sally Goldenbaum will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!
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House of the Hanging Jade
Release Date – April 26, 2016
The Great Escapes Tour stop here Thursday!
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Played by the Book (A Novel Idea Mystery)
Release Date – February 3, 2015
My Flashback Friday Read!
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Gone With the Witch (Wishcraft Mystery)
Release Date – May 3, 2016
Heather Blake will be my Special Guest Saturday!
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ON DECK THIS WEEK


The Final Tap (A Living History Museum Mystery)
Release Day – May 8, 2016
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!
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Berry the Hatchet (A Cranberry Cove Mystery)
Release Date – May 3, 2016
Peg Cochran will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week!
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Clouds in My Coffee (The Country Club Murders)
Release Date – May 10, 2016
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!
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Murder with a Twist (A Nic & Nigel Mystery)
Release Date – May 8, 2015
My Flashback Friday Read!
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Happy Reading!

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Apr 302016
 

needle and dread
Needle and Dread (Southern Sewing Circle Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
11th in Series
Setting – South Carolina
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (April 5, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Cover Illustration by Mary Ann Lasher
Cover Design by Judith Lagerman
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425282564
E-Book ASIN: B011IVWQ6K
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Downtown Sweet Briar is now home to a new sewing shop run by one of the circle’s own. With the help and support of her fellow members, Rose is determined to make SewTastic a success, and, to that end, she decides to sponsor a series of do-it-yourself weekends for sewing enthusiasts.

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

PATTERN AND SEWING TIPS INCLUDED

Dollycas’s Thoughts

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

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

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

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

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

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

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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

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

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Apr 292016
 

9WbGnJTR
On Flashback Fridays I will share with you the books I missed when they were first
released that have been screaming at me from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.

A GILDED GRAVE
A Gilded Grave
(NEWPORT GILDED AGE)

First in Series
Historical Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Cover Illustrator by Aleta Rafton
Cover Design by Lesley Worrell
Trade Paperback: 416 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425275849
E-Book – ASIN: B00OQS4FIA
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In 1895, the height of the Gilded Age, the social elite spend their summers in Newport, Rhode Island. Within the walls of their fabulous “cottages,” competition for superiority is ruthless … and so are the players.
 
During her first Newport season, Deanna Randolph attends a ball given in honor of Lord David Manchester, a Barbadian sugar magnate, and his sister, Madeline. The Manchesters are an immediate success—along with their exotic manservant and his fortune-telling talents.

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

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

Dollycas’s Thoughts

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

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

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

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

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

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

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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About the Author

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

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

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

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

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Apr 272016
 

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!!

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

erika chase

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About The Author

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

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

 

Coming in July

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

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Apr 232016
 

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

Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Michigan
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (April 5, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Cover Illustration by Daniel Craig
Cover Design by Judith Lagerman
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425282809
E-Book – ASIN: B011IUSQXI
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Former cop and novice psychic Clyde Fortune finds herself in a race for justice when a Zombie Fun Run turns deadly…
 
All of Crystal Haven, Michigan, is psyching up to participate in a Zombie Fun Run organized by Clyde’s nephew Seth, but Clyde is fretful about the undead festivities. For one thing, her sister, Grace, has unexpectedly returned to town after fifteen years. For another, Clyde has the nagging feeling that something is about to go wrong…

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

Dollycas’s Thoughts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

paradise 2016

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

About This Author

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

Author Links

Webpage – Facebook – Goodreads

Twitter – @DawnAEastman

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