Jul 182016
 

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

I am off to the doctor this morning hoping to get something for this back pain. Of course it started feeling just a bit better yesterday but I am afraid this may be a recurring problem. 🙁

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

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Barefoot Beach
Release Date – July 5, 2016
My Review
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Murder on the Mother Road: A Bobby Navarro Mystery
Release Date – March 15, 2016
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here tomorrow.
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Read to Death (Read Em and Eat Mystery)
Release Date – July 5, 2016
Terrie will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!
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As Death Draws Near (A Lady Darby Mystery)
Release Date – July 5, 2016
Review will be up Thursday!
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Luck, Love & Lemon Pie
I have wanted to read this book since I received it on NetGalley, but my reading schedule was overloaded.
Wisconsin Author and Wisconsin Setting
Release Date – July 12, 2016
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All You Need Is Fudge (A Candy-coated Mystery)
Release Date – July 26, 2016
For Review
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Live and Let Growl (A Melanie Travis Mystery)
Release Date – July 26, 2016
Laurien Berenson will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week!
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A Most Curious Murder: A Little Library Mystery
Release Date – July 12, 2016
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Jun 242016
 

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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.

a study in death

A Study in Death (A Lady Darby Mystery)
Historical Cozy Mystery/Historical Romance
4th in Series
Setting – Scotland
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (July 7, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Larry Rosant
Cover Design by Lesley Worrell
Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425277522
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages – (July 5, 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-0425281246
E-Book ASIN: B00OQSF8OU
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Scotland, 1831. After a tumultuous courtship complicated by three deadly inquiries, Lady Kiera Darby is thrilled to have found both an investigative partner and a fiancé in Sebastian Gage. But with her well-meaning—and very pregnant—sister planning on making their wedding the event of the season, Kiera could use a respite from the impending madness.

Commissioned to paint the portrait of Lady Drummond, Kiera is saddened when she recognizes the pain in the baroness’s eyes. Lord Drummond is a brute, and his brusque treatment of his wife forces Kiera to think of the torment caused by her own late husband.

Kiera isn’t sure how to help, but when she finds Lady Drummond prostrate on the floor, things take a fatal turn. The physician called to the house and Lord Drummond appear satisfied to rule her death natural, but Kiera is convinced that poison is the real culprit.

Now, armed only with her knowledge of the macabre and her convictions, Kiera intends to discover the truth behind the baroness’s death—no matter what, or who, stands in her way…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Lady Darby has left the planning of her upcoming nuptials to her sister who needs something to keep her mind on during her confinement waiting for her baby to be born. With no pending inquires with husband to be Sebastian Gage, Kiera takes a commission from Lord Drummond to paint a portrait of his wife.  Sadly Lord Drummond is much like most men in this era and view their wives as property and are abusive. This strikes very close to home for Kiera. Before she can help Lady Drummond the woman is dead. Cause of death, Apoplexy. Back in this time period many peoples cause of death was Apoplexy or what is now called a stroke. The term was used widely when when doctors didn’t know the cause. Without an autopsy it truly couldn’t be challenged but Kiera knows the woman was murdered so she convinces Gage to start an inquiry, much to the dismay of many.

This is definitely a series that needs to be read in order as each new book builds from the last. Gage and Kiera’s relationship had a rocky start that has changed and evolved in each book always surrounded by a top-notch mystery.  Kiera still needs to build a feeling of trust with Gage. She was treated horribly my her first husband. Meeting his father in this installment shakes the security they had built, especially when she know Gage is keeping parts of his past a secret.

I enjoyed the subplot of Kiera’s sister Alana and her husband Phillip. Her pregnancy wasn’t an easy one and Phillip could be a typical man of this time period or could be the wonderful husband he seemed to be in past books.

As for the mystery, Gage and Kiera are interviewing everyone that had contact with Lady Drummond, including her husband, the staff, and her friends. The investigation also takes they to the dark and dangerous streets of the city as they try to determine what caused her death. Kiera is strong and independent and doesn’t appreciate being told she can’t go or do something. Gage tries to protect her but sometimes he even needs help from a certain unsavory character.

Anna Lee Huber continues to impress me with her storytelling.  As a reader I am engaged almost even before I start reading because I know what to expect from this author. She has never disappointed me.  I love the imagery of Scotland her words create. Her depiction of characters across all social classes is exceptional. Her plot lines are tight and the dialogue is excellent.

My reading schedule was messed up last year which made this book stay on my To-Be-Read shelf for far too long. That will not be the case with A Death Draws Near out July 5.

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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Jun 202016
 

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

I hope you had a great weekend!

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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Murder at Redwood Cove
Release Date – October 13, 2015
My Review
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Murder at the Mansion
Release Date – June 7, 2016
Janet will be my Special Guest Tuesday!
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Engaged in Death (A Wedding Planner Mystery)
Stephanie will be my guest this week for Cozy Wednesday!
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Secret Lives and Private Eyes
The Great Escapes Tour stops her this Thursday!
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A Study in Death (A Lady Darby Mystery)
Release Date – July 7, 2015
My Flashback Friday Book!
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Once Upon a Wine
Release Date – July 26, 2015
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Last Ride to Graceland
Release Date May 24, 2016
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May 162016
 

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!! 

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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Killer Cocktail (A Nic & Nigel Mystery)
Release Date – May 8, 2016
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here tomorrow.
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Murder, By George (A Veronica Walsh Mystery)
Release Date – May 18, 2016
Jeanne will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!
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Dead Air: A Talk Radio Mystery
Original Release Date – January 5, 2010
My Flashback Friday Book!
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Newlywed Dead (Perfect Proposals Mystery)
Release Date – May 8, 2016
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Dying for a Taste: A Sally Solari Mystery
Release Date – April 12, 2016
For Review
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Hearse and Gardens (Hamptons Home & Garden Mystery)
Release Date May 3, 2016
Kathleen will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week!
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The Girl From Home: A Thriller
Release Date – April 5, 2016
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Apr 112016
 

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!! 

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

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

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A Muddied Murder (A Greenhouse Mystery Book 1)

My Review
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Delivering the Truth (A Quaker Midwife Mystery)

Review will be up tomorrow!
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Killer Takeout: A Key West Food Critic Mystery

Lucy will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!
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A Daughter’s Doubt (Mary MacDougall Mysteries)

The Great Escapes Tour stops here Wednesday!
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CURRENTLY READING

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

My Flashback Friday Read
Release Date – November 16, 2012
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ON DECK THIS WEEK

Vanilla Beaned (Cupcake Bakery Mystery)

Release Date – April 5, 2016
For Review
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A Clue in the Stew (A Soup Lover’s Mystery)

Release Date – April 5, 2016
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Feb 292016
 

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

Happy Monday Everyone!! 

I am feeling like a giveaway today. Leave a comment and tell me What You Are Reading? and I will randomly select 1 person to win a $5 Amazon Gift Card. I will announce the winner next Monday!

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

FINISHED

A Fright to the Death: A Family Fortune Mystery
Release Date – April 7, 2015My Review

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Between a Book and a Hard Place: A Devereaux’s Dime Store Mystery


Release Day – March 1, 2016
I will feature this book on Cozy Wednesday!
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Deadly Scandal (Deadly Series Book 1)

New Series from Kate Parker
Release Date – February 25, 2016
The Great Escapes Tour starts February 29 and stops here March 3.
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A Slice of Murder (A Pizza Lover’s Mystery)


Release Date – August 1, 2009
My Flashback Friday Read!
Review will be up Friday!
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Fool Me Once

Release Date – March 22, 2015
For Review
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A Churn for the Worse: An Amish Mystery


Release Date – March 1, 2016
I will feature this book next week on Cozy Wednesday!
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And Then There Were Nuns: League of Literary Ladies

Release Date – March 1, 2016
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Feb 152016
 

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!! 

What Are You Reading? The two challenges I am hosting have Facebook pages this year and every time someone posts a book new to me I want to add it to my wish list. This used to be the meme that gave me ideas before, now I am thrice blessed, lol.
Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

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Scene of the Brine: Pickled and Preserved Mystery

Release Date – February 2, 2016
Mary Ellen will be my Special Guest tomorrow!
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A Familiar Tail: A Witch’s Cat Mystery

Release Date – February 2, 2016
Delia will be my guest this  week for Cozy Wednesday!
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Burning Heat

Release Date – January 2, 2016
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here Thursday!

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One Foot in the Grape (A Cypress Cove Mystery)

Release Date – May 5, 2015
My Friday Flashback Book
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Fogged Inn (A Maine Clambake Mystery)

Release Date – February 23, 2016
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No Cats Allowed: A Cat in the Stacks Mystery

Release Date – February 23, 2016
I will feature this book on Cozy Wednesday next week.
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Feb 052016
 

This looked like fun so I decided what the heck I would share it with you.
It seems Berkley is branching out and joining the adult color book craze!

HOT DUDES

Hot Dudes Coloring Book

Paperback: 64 pages

Publisher: Berkley; Clr Csm edition (February 2, 2016)

ISBN-13: 978-1101987247

In the tradition of Color Me Swoon, an adult coloring book featuring handsome heartthrobs and sexy bad boys.

Handsome heartthrobs and sexy bad boys have stepped out of your fantasies and slipped into the Hot Dudes Coloring Book. Enjoy bringing the men of your dreams to life—in living color!

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The people at Berkley are allowing me to give 1 copy away!

You will have to buy your own crayons, markers or colored pencils! 

Just leave a comment below with your email and I will randomly choose the winner on Tuesday at Noon CST

U.S. ADDRESSES ONLY as this will be sent right from the publisher.

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Just click on the cover above!

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Dec 102015
 

dorothy parker drank hereDorothy Parker Drank Here
Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Setting – New York
The Berkley Publishing Group – December 1, 2015
An Imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC
Trade Paperback: 384 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425278093
E-Book – ASIN: B00L9AXSUE
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The acid-tongued Dorothy Parker is back and haunting the halls of the Algonquin with her piercing wit, audacious voice, and unexpectedly tender wisdom.

Heavenly peace? No, thank you. Dorothy Parker would rather wander the famous halls of the Algonquin Hotel, drink in hand, searching for someone, anyone, who will keep her company on this side of eternity.

After forty years she thinks she’s found the perfect candidate in Ted Shriver, a brilliant literary voice of the 1970s, silenced early in a promising career by a devastating plagiarism scandal. Now a prickly recluse, he hides away in the old hotel slowly dying of cancer, which he refuses to treat. If she can just convince him to sign the infamous guestbook of Percy Coates, Dorothy Parker might be able to persuade the jaded writer to spurn the white light with her. Ted, however, might be the only person living or dead who’s more stubborn than Parker, and he rejects her proposal outright.

When a young, ambitious TV producer, Norah Wolfe, enters the hotel in search of Ted Shriver, Parker sees another opportunity to get what she wants. Instead, she and Norah manage to uncover such startling secrets about Ted’s past that the future changes for all of them.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

All of Dorothy Parker’s friends and enemies see the white light and follow it quite quickly to the great beyond. Not Dorothy, she plans to stick around as long as she can but she does get lonely. Enter Ted Shriver who has come to the Algonquin Hotel to meet his maker. His writing career ended years ago when he was accused of plagiarism. He has nobody to stick around for, he just wants to be left alone to die, but Dorothy has other ideas.

This is the second book Ellen Meister has wrote featuring the one of a kind Dorothy Parker. Each book stands on its own and are fantastic reads. She has captured the woman to a tee and throw in plenty of Dorothy’s zingers that I just loved.

Dorothy Parker was a formidable woman in her time and the perfect leading lady/ghost. If you happen tosee her across the room or walking down the street you would never know she was a spirit. Her clothes have come around and are back in style. She does have a few limits as to where she can go and when but you have to read the book to find out those details.

As in the first book, Dorothy’s appearance does alter the world around her and the people she meets. Meister fills the story with twists, turns, humor and a lot of heart.  Parker’s fearlessness shines in these pages. The secondary character of Ted Shriver and TV producer, Norah Wolfe are both strong characters too. Dorothy brings everyone together as only she can. Things are not easy but Dorothy doesn’t give up.

Caution – have a tissue handy for the ending.

This was a really quick read for me. I was totally engaged the whole entire way.

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas

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Find More Ellen Meister books here.

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Sep 142015
 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

This great meme is hosted by Sheila at
Book Journey”.
It’s a great way to start the week and
find out what other bloggers are reading.
My To-Be-Read pile has grown to an
unbelievable number thanks to this meme.

I am truly blessed with a wonderful family. We participated in the Out of the Darkness Walk yesterday in memory and in honor of my son Kristopher. It was a day of smiles and tears.

Kris' daughter Natalie with her cousin Jackson.

Kris’ daughter Natalie with her cousin Jackson.

Our wonderful family.

Our wonderful family.

Here’s a recap of what I read last week and a look forward to the week ahead:

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Lost In America (Book One, Episodes 1-3)

For Review
Release Date – June 4, 2015
Wisconsin Author – Review will be up tomorrow!
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Law and Author (Ashton Corners Book Club)

Release Date – September 1, 2015
Erika Chase will be my guest this week for Cozy Wednesday!
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Threads of Evidence (A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery)

Review will be up Thursday!
Release Date – August 25, 2015
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The Brooklyn Drop (A Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn Mystery Book 4)

Release Date – August 15, 2015
This Great Escapes Book Tour stops here on the 22nd.
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Shepherd’s Crook (An Animals in Focus Mystery)

Release Date – October 8, 2015
Sheila will be my guest next week for Cozy Wednesday!
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Move Your Blooming Corpse: An Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins Mystery

Release Date: September 22, 2015
D.E. Ireland will be my Special Guest on September 24.
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