Apr 152017
 

Two Heads Are Deader Than One
by Elena Hartwell

Let’s Play 20 Quick Questions with Elena Hartwell

Favorite Color – Depends on the application. Black for clothes, I love sepia for art, green in nature.

Favorite Candy –  Chocolate Fudge. I’m a purist, no nuts.

Favorite Snack –  Popcorn: extra points for powdered Cheddar Cheese

Favorite Soft Drink –  Rarely drink them, but if it’s really hot – a Coke

Favorite Hard Drink – Vodka girl!

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor – This is sooooo tough! But I’m going to go with Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk

Favorite Movie – Casablanca – though I never get tired of watching Almost Famous.

Favorite TV Show – (Currently) Nashville/Murdoch Mysteries

Favorite Book – The Hobbit

Favorite Fictional Character – Lucy from The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

Favorite Super Hero – Underdog

Favorite Singer/Group/Band – I listen to so many different styles, this is impossible to answer. I will say Jackson Browne is currently in my car’s CD player.

Favorite Carnival Ride – Merry-go-round to see, Ferris Wheel to ride.

Favorite Spring Activity – Playing with my horses in the rain.

Favorite Summer Activity – Drying out my horses. I live in the Pacific Northwest

Elena’s horse – Jasper

Elena’s horse – Radar

Favorite Fall Activity – Playing with my horses in beautiful cold, sunny weather.

Favorite Winter Activity – Playing with my horses … in snow 

Favorite Place to Read – In bed.

Favorite Place to Write – I love to write in hotel rooms. It’s such a great way to just focus down on the writing, no distractions from chores around the house or other things you think you need to do.

Dream Vacation Destination – I’ve always wanted to visit Viet Nam.

Thanks Elena for playing 20 Quick Questions!!

Now let me tell you about Elena’s new book!

Two Heads are Deader Than One (Eddie Shoes Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Camel Press (April 15, 2017)
Paperback: 286 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1603813136

Private Investigator Eddie Shoes is enjoying a rare period of calm. She’s less lonely now that Chava, her card-counting mom from Vegas, is sharing her home. She also has a new companion, Franklin, a giant dog of curious ancestry.

Hoping for a lucrative new case, Eddie instead finds herself taking on a less promising client: her best friend from her childhood in Spokane. Dakota has turned up in Bellingham in jail, where she is being held on a weapons charge. Eddie reluctantly agrees not only to lend her friend money for bail but to also investigate who is stalking her. Soon after Dakota is freed, she disappears again, leaving Eddie to answer to the local cops, including her ex-boyfriend Chance Parker. Has Dakota been kidnapped? If not, why did she jump bail? What are Eddie’s business cards doing on the bodies of two murder victims?

elenahartwellheadshotbAbout The Author

After twenty years in the theater, Elena Hartwell turned her dramatic skills to fiction. Her first novel, One Dead, Two to Go introduces Eddie Shoes, private eye. Called “the most fun detective since Richard Castle stumbled into the 12th precinct,” by author Peter Clines, I’DTale Magazine stated, “this quirky combination of a mother-daughter reunion turned crime-fighting duo will captivate readers.”

In addition to her work as a novelist, Elena teaches playwriting at Bellevue College and tours the country to lead writing workshops.

When she’s not writing or teaching, her favorite place to be is at the farm with her horses, Jasper and Radar, or at her home, on the middle fork of the Snoqualmie River in North Bend, Washington, with her husband, their dog, Polar, and their trio of cats, Jackson, Coal Train, and Luna, aka, “the other cat upstairs.” Elena holds a B.A. from the University of San Diego, a M.Ed. from the University of Washington, Tacoma, and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

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Mar 182017
 

Old Bones Never Die
by Lesley A. Diehl

 


Old Bones Never Die (Eve Appel Mystery)
Series: Eve Appel Mystery (Book 5)
Publisher: Camel Press (March 15, 2017)
Paperback: 272 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1603813174

Synopsis

Just before Walter Egret is killed in a hit-and-run, he phoned his half-brother Sammy to report that he’d unearthed their missing father’s pocket watch, along with a pile of human bones. The project is put on hold until it can be determined if the site is an Indian burial ground. Then the bones disappear.

Now Sammy and his brother’s three orphaned children want Eve Appel to go pro, applying her innate snoopiness to the trade of private investigator.

Eve already has her hands full with her two consignment stores. What is she going to do? Sammy and Walter are Miccosukee Indians, and Walter was employed as a backhoe operator on a construction site for a sportsmen’s resort. Was Walter’s death murder or an accident? If the bones belong to Sammy’s father, how did they get there? Delving into these mysteries, Eve is aided by her usual crew of friends and family. This adventure will not only up the stakes for Eve as an investigator, but it will also open her eyes to life possibilities she never imagined.

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About The Author –

Lesley retired from her life as a professor of psychology and reclaimed her country roots by moving to a small cottage in the Butternut River Valley in upstate New York.  In the winter she migrates to old Florida—cowboys, scrub palmetto, and open fields of grazing cattle, a place where spurs still jingle in the post office, and gators make golf a contact sport.  Back north, the shy ghost inhabiting the cottage serves as her literary muse.  When not writing, she gardens, cooks and renovates the 1874 cottage with the help of her husband, two cats and, of course, Fred the ghost, who gives artistic direction to their work.

She is the author of a number of mystery series (Microbrewing Series, Big Lake Mystery Series, Eve Appel Mystery Series and the Laura Murphy Mysteries), a standalone mystery (Angel Sleuth) and numerous short stories.   

 

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Mar 162017
 

Beginner’s Luck
by Corinne Scott

This book was great full of adventure and angst of all sorts…
~Community Bookstop

If you enjoy romantic suspense with a bit of heat and Irish brogue, you’ll enjoy BEGINNER’S LUCK and may just have found a new series.
~Christa Reads and Writes

Beginner’s Luck (The O’Briens Book 1)
Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Setting – New York

Camel Press (November 1, 2016)
Paperback: 232 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1603813815
ASIN: B01MAXTV1R

 

As eldest son, Eoin O’Brien is expected to take over the management of his family pub, the Lion O’Brien in the Bronx. Despite his da’s disapproval, he has achieved his dream of becoming a police detective. He also longs to have a family, but his wife Vivian left him three years ago to pursue her own dreams of working in an art gallery.

Now Vivian is back from California. When the gallery where she works is robbed and vandalized, their paths cross again. It turns out the attack on the gallery was personal. After Vivian is almost run down by a car, it is clear that she herself is the target, though she can’t think of anyone who would wish her harm. Eoin and Vivian circle each other warily, each feeling the pull of the past and their still powerful attraction. But there will be no easy reconciliation. First she find a way back into the O’Brien family’s good graces. Eoin, in turn, sees that he is partly to blame for her flight. Like his father, he is too quick to anger, too domineering. He must learn to give the independent Vivian her space. But above all, he has sworn to protect her. And if he gives her too much space, she may end up dead.

Says Corinne, “My first time in a New York Irish pub, I was struck by the strong feeling of family and tradition. And so the idea of the O’Briens was born. I could picture this big Irish family pouring drinks and sharing stories, all with an adorable brogue. They seemed so real I had to make them come to life.”

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Eoin O’Brien and his wife Vivian married very early in their relationship so that Eoin could get a green card and follow his dream to join the NYPD. Three years ago she left their marriage behind to follow her own dream of working in an art gallery. Now she is back in New York and guess who happens to answer the call when her gallery is robbed? None other than new detective Eoin O’Brien. The attraction is still there but is it enough for a reconciliation? Can than get past all the obstacles in their way?

Sometimes I just need to venture out of my cozy world for something a little steamy. I am not much of a romance reader but when you tangle romance with some mystery and suspense I am all in.

Having a little Irish in my make up and with tomorrow being St. Patrick’s Day, it was the perfect time to read this book.

The O’Brien family immigrated to America when Eoin was just 4 years old and opened their own Irish Pub. Their family grew and while Eoin’s father expected the eldest son to follow tradition and take over the pub when he was ready to retire Eoin has other ideas. His father didn’t take this well and their Irish tempers exploded often about this subject. When Eoin married Vivian and joined the police force their relationship became even more strained. In true fashion, his mother was the peacemaker. His brothers and sister were able to choose their careers, one even wants to run the pub. But there is still a cloud over this father and his eldest son.

Ms. Scott has created vivid characters I cared about right away. She took us deeper into their lives as the story progressed that made them so real. The Irish brogue made them even better. She allowed us to take a seat at the bar and enjoy the pub atmosphere and even the occasional fight. Eoin’s parents really warmed my heart as they both reminded me of my own parents. His father’s stubbornness and mother’s mostly gentle, sometimes forceful, prodding felt genuine and exactly like the home I grew up in. The sibling rivalry was very well written too. Makes me wonder if the author drew from her own life.

The romantic tension between Vivian and Eoin was strong and a few scenes absolutely sizzled. Situations continued to test them and at some points their pain just oozed of the pages.

I was impressed by the mystery. It was very balanced with the romance. Handled aptly by the police it was not easy for them to solve and had me perplexed several times. I thought I knew the “who” but the “why” was not adding up. It turned out I was only partly right when the entire story concluded. The ending had an suspenseful edge of your seat moment that I absolutely loved.

I am excited that this is going to be a series. I love this family. I wonder which O’Brien will be the star of the next story……

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 *Book contains adult language and scenes.

Corinne Scott was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. Her parents were teachers, so of course she grew up to be a teacher as well, proving that the apple does not fall too far from the tree. Corinne has a bachelor’s degree from Texas State University and a master’s from the University of North Texas. She is passionate about books, which led her to her current occupation as a librarian and author. For more information and links to social media, click here.

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Feb 042017
 

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One Dead, Two to Go (An Eddie Shoes Mystery)

Series: Eddie Shoes Mystery (Book 1)
Publisher: Camel Press (April 15, 2016)
Paperback: 240 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1603813112
E-Book ASIN: B01DURRHSM
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Private Investigator Edwina “Eddie Shoes” Schultz’s most recent job has her parked outside a seedy Bellingham hotel, photographing her quarry as he kisses his mistress goodbye. This is the last anyone will see of the woman… alive. Her body is later found dumped in an abandoned building. Eddie’s client, Kendra Hallings, disappears soon after. Eddie hates to be stiffed for her fee, but she has to wonder if Kendra could be in trouble too. Or is she the killer?

Eddie usually balks at matters requiring a gun, but before she knows it, she is knee-deep in dangerous company, spurred on by her card-counting adrenaline-junkie mother who has shown up on her doorstep fresh from the shenanigans that got her kicked out of Vegas. Chava is only sixteen years older than Eddie and sadly lacking in parenting skills. Her unique areas of expertise, however, prove to be helpful in ways Eddie can’t deny, making it hard to stop Chava from tagging along.

Also investigating the homicide is Detective Chance Parker, new to Bellingham’s Major Crimes unit but no stranger to Eddie. Their history as a couple back in Seattle is one more kink in a chain of complications, making Eddie’s case more frustrating and perilous with each tick of the clock.

Praise for One Dead, Two to Go by Elena Hartwell

ONE DEAD TWO TO GO is a well-written fast-paced story that kept me fully engaged from beginning to end. It’s one of those stories where you get to the end of a chapter and think, “Okay, just a few more pages.” And the next thing you know, you’ve read three more chapters.
~Readeropolis

This is the first book I’ve read of Elena Hartwell, but I have to say I liked this funny and interesting case, I will keep a close eye to the new Eddie Shoes cases, I loved this character!
~Varietats

The story is well written and fast paced, hooking me from the first page, but it was the humor that delighted me most.
~The Power of Words

This one though was a star. I loved that this was a bit more of a thrill ride than I expected and thought it was very refreshing.
~Turning the Pages

elenahartwellheadshotbAbout The Author

After twenty years in the theater, Elena Hartwell turned her dramatic skills to fiction. Her first novel, One Dead, Two to Go introduces Eddie Shoes, private eye. Called “the most fun detective since Richard Castle stumbled into the 12th precinct,” by author Peter Clines, I’DTale Magazine stated, “this quirky combination of a mother-daughter reunion turned crime-fighting duo will captivate readers.”

In addition to her work as a novelist, Elena teaches playwriting at Bellevue College and tours the country to lead writing workshops.

When she’s not writing or teaching, her favorite place to be is at the farm with her horses, Jasper and Radar, or at her home, on the middle fork of the Snoqualmie River in North Bend, Washington, with her husband, their dog, Polar, and their trio of cats, Jackson, Coal Train, and Luna, aka, “the other cat upstairs.” Elena holds a B.A. from the University of San Diego, a M.Ed. from the University of Washington, Tacoma, and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

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Oct 252016
 

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by Mary Angela

 

AN ACT OF MURDER

An Act of Murder (Professor Prather Mystery)
Series: Professor Prather Mystery (Book 1)
Cozy Mystery
Setting – South Dakota
Publisher: Camel Press (October 15, 2016)
Paperback: 236 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1603813754
E-Book ASIN: B01M622C3B

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Synopsis

In the sleepy college town of Copper Bluff, South Dakota, English professor Emmeline Prather is enjoying the start of a new semester. But when one of her students dies working on the fall musical, it disrupts life on the small, quiet campus. Although the police rule the death accidental, Prof. Prather has good reason to suspect foul play.

Unmasking the murderer proves much more challenging than finding dangling participles, so Em recruits fellow English professor Lenny Jenkins for assistance. Together, they comb the campus and vicinity for clues, risking their reputations and possibly their jobs. After an intruder breaks into Em’s house, Lenny advises caution–and perhaps a change of address. Em, on the other hand, is all the more determined to forge ahead, convinced they’re on the brink of an important breakthrough.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
Set in South Dakota in a small college town, big city drama arrives with a murder of a freshmen in the theater. Emmeline Prather was his English professor and she felt like she was just getting to know this young man but can’t imagine why anyone would  want him dead. With the help of another professor, Lenny Jenkins, she is determined to find the killer while putting herself in danger.

I had sympathy for the victim, his life had been the family farm and his small high school. Away from home and at college is a huge change for everyone, but he was having trouble finding his place. Em knew he was trying to join a fraternity and her first thought was a hazing incident gone wrong may have been how the student met his demise. The more she and Lenny dug into the case more possibilities and suspects came to light.

As for Em, she impressed me as an amateur sleuth. She is a smart woman and doesn’t back down. She followed the clues through several twists very realistically. I was totally surprised where the clues led and the drama that ensued in pursuit of justice.

I like her relationship with Lenny, it brings a little levity to the story. They work well together and exchange a few barbs along the way. I am excited to see where the author takes these characters in the future.

This series is off to a great start. The mystery is complicated and believable.  The characters are real with plenty of room to evolve. The setting is intriguing with a huge pool of people to draw into future stories. Mary Angela is an author to watch. I am excited about upcoming installments to this story.

enjoyable 2016

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About The Author

Like her protagonist in the Professor Prather mystery series, Mary Angela lives on the Great Plains and teaches college writing and literature. When she’s not grading papers (when is she not grading papers?), she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. She and her husband have two amazing daughters, one adorable dog, and a cat who would rather not be limited by an adjective. For more information, go to www.maryangelabooks.com.

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Praise for An Act of Murder

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was filled with mystery. I was guessing till the end a few twists and turns. A very well written book.
~Books, Dreams, Life

I got a kick out of quirky English professor Emmeline Prather, who is just bloody-minded enough to continue to investigate a mysterious death on campus, against the advice of…well, just about everyone.
~Island Confidential

There are numerous interesting angles and twists and turns in An Act of Murder that make it a most enjoyable read.
~Back Porchervations

The ending was explosive with secrets that will leave you hanging on the edge of your seat.
~Texas Book-aholic

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Sep 112016
 

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MUD BOG MURDER

Mud Bog Murder (An Eve Appel Mystery)
4th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Camel Press (September 1, 2016)
Paperback: 268 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1603813150
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Synopsis

When Jenny McCleary leases her property to be ravaged by the annual mud bog races, the small rural town of Sabal Bay, Florida, is divided into warring camps: environmental activists versus monster truck fans. Jenny, who frequents the consignment store owned by Eve Appel and her friend Madeleine, doesn’t seem to mind when Eve and Madeleine join the protesters the day of the races.

During the race, Eve catches Jenny’s airborne head after it is tossed into the air by the wheels of a truck. Now every protester is a suspect in Jenny’s murder. What’s left of her alligator-gnawed body is found near the airboat business of Eve’s Miccosukee Indian friends, Sammy Egret and his grandfather. When more evidence turns up nearby, Grandfather is arrested.

Even without the disembodied head, Eve has her hands full. The town resents her role in the protests and is boycotting the consignment shop on wheels. She is torn between two men–GQ-handsome, devoted PI Alex and tall, dark, and exotic Sammy. Jenny’s sweet and needy teenage daughter is dating a petty criminal. Will Eve and Madeleine ever be able to move into their new digs? Not unless the town forgives them. And not if whoever decapitated Jenny gets to Eve before she and her sleuthing buddies solve the mystery.

Prasie for Mud Bog Murderby Lesley A. Diehl

(The) Author cares about her characters, and plans her mysteries so that protagonist Eve has plenty of opportunities, and reasons, to grow and evolve, to make the choice to be “the better person”…
~Mallory Heart’s Cozies

I enjoyed this book, the characters are fun and a story line with plot twist that will keep you hooked until the end.
~Shelley’s Book Case

Ms. Diehl write such great stories with characters so full of life.
~Community Bookstop

I would call this a classic cozy. You have enough wacky, eclectic characters to make every reader happy…
~Laura’s Interests

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About The Author –

Lesley retired from her life as a professor of psychology and reclaimed her country roots by moving to a small cottage in the Butternut River Valley in upstate New York.  In the winter she migrates to old Florida—cowboys, scrub palmetto, and open fields of grazing cattle, a place where spurs still jingle in the post office, and gators make golf a contact sport.  Back north, the shy ghost inhabiting the cottage serves as her literary muse.  When not writing, she gardens, cooks and renovates the 1874 cottage with the help of her husband, two cats and, of course, Fred the ghost, who gives artistic direction to their work.

She is the author of a number of mystery series (Microbrewing Series, Big Lake Mystery Series, Eve Appel Mystery Series and the Laura Murphy Mysteries), a standalone mystery (Angel Sleuth) and numerous short stories.   

 

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Aug 042016
 

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Homicide in the House
(Washington Whodunit)

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Washington D.C.
Camel Press (June 15, 2016)
Paperback: 258 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1603813334
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Synopsis:

Kit Marshall has bounced back from her first brush with the law, when she was suspected of murdering her senator boss. Now she is working for a freshman congresswoman, Maeve Dixon, a young Gulf War veteran representing North Carolina. It’s February, and Kit is feeling out of sorts. A government shutdown has just been announced, wreaking havoc on the Hill, and Dan, Dixon’s chief of staff and Kit’s supervisor, is an inexperienced lightweight flying blind. Then there’s Kit’s distracted live-in boyfriend, Doug, who doesn’t seem any closer to popping the question. Kit’s best friend Meg is up to her eyeballs with her new beau and oversight committee job, and Clarence the beagle mix will certainly not win Capitol Canine if Meg has to campaign for him all by herself. Bad as things are now, they are about to get much worse.

Early one morning Representative Dixon is caught standing over the corpse of Jack Drysdale, the Speaker of the House’s top staffer, a man she argued with in front of the press the day before. The murder weapon was the Speaker’s gavel. This item was entrusted to Dixon at the time, leading the police to believe they’ve found their killer. To save her job, Kit must clear her boss’s name, and quickly. Dixon’s career may be over if the police declare her a suspect or an anonymous blogger known as Hill Rat breaks the story. Solving this murder will test Kit’s courage and all her fledgling powers of deduction as she roams a spooky, sparsely populated Capitol Hill looking for clues and sounding out suspects.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I absolutely loved this whodunit that could have been ripped from the headlines!

The government has shutdown because they can’t reach a budget agreement. Our protagonist Kit Marshall is now working for new congresswoman Maeve Dixon and trying to guide both her and her inexperienced and incompetent chief of staff (Kit’s supervisor) through the murky ways of Washington. Congressional staff is cut to the bare minimum so the buildings and connecting tunnels are pretty empty these days. When Maeve Dixon contacts Kit early one morning shouting she needs help and Kit needs to come right away, Kit never imagined she would find her boss standing over a dead body. A staffer that Dixon blew up at the day before. The evidence all points to the congresswoman but Kit smells a set up. She just needs to figure who gains by the staffer’s death and Dixon’s incarceration and of course do all the other work because her boss is a fool who has no idea what he is doing. Hopefully Maeve Dixon’s seat will not be in jeopardy when Kit figures everything out.

I like Kit, she is smart, thinks before she jumps, and she know Washington. She is much more confident in this story. Kit lives with her boyfriend and they have an adorable pepperoni loving dog named Clarence. He has a big funny part in this story.

I also admire Maeve Dixon, she is not only a new congresswoman, but she is also a Gulf War Veteran, still serving her country. She tries to stay on track to help bring an end to the government shutdown even when her colleagues shut her out because she is a suspect. She has an enormous weight upon her shoulders and handles it so well, even asking Kit to stop investigating because it puts her in danger.

Again all the characters and situations had those feelings of reality. You can tell the author has been a real part in the Washington political scene and has researched what she did not know diligently.

I do enjoy stories like these with the political twists. We also see cozy mysteries do not always have to be set in small towns. Great characters, chilling twists and action filled moments almost had smoke coming out of my Kindle Fire.  I read the story all in one sitting and was actually sorry it had to end.

Book 1, Stabbing in the Senate was an excellent start to this series but Colleen J. Shogan has topped herself with this one. I am so excited to see what she has planned for Kit next!

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About The Author

Colleen J. Shogan is a senior executive at the Library of Congress. She is the former deputy director of the Congressional Research Service and previously served as a staffer in the United States Senate. A political scientist by training, Colleen has taught American government at Georgetown University, Penn, and George Mason. Colleen is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received her BA from Boston College and her doctorate from Yale. A member of Sisters in Crime, she lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband Rob Raffety and their rescue mutt, Conan. Her first book, Stabbing in the Senate, won the Next Generation Indie Award for Best Mystery in 2016.

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Praise for Homicide in the House

Homicide in the House by Colleen J Shogan meets all the requirements for a cozy mystery: an amateur sleuth and her trusty friends. Some lovable and not so lovable characters along with a critter and easy reading and I would vote yes to adding this to your reading list.
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I enjoyed learning about the inner workings of the Congress even down to explaining which is the best cafeteria for staffers.
~Author Teresa Trent

Kit is a great cozy sleuth. The mystery is well-written and had enough twists and turns to keep me guessing. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys smart, fast-paced cozies (especially those with a non-traditional setting/theme).
~Brooke Blogs

HOMICIDE IN THE HOUSE is an exciting whodunit that made turning each page a thrill.
~Lisa K’s Book Reviews

If this were to actually happen right about now it would definitely be far more interesting in the halls of Congress. I genuinely enjoyed how the twists and turns were executed.
~Bookjunkie’s Book Blog

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A Midwinter’s Tail: A Magical Cats Mystery
Release Date – October 7, 2014
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Grilling the Subject (A Cookbook Nook Mystery)
Release Date – August 2, 2016
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Death at the Day Lily Cafe: A Mystery (Rosalie Hart)
Release Date – July 26, 2016
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Homicide in the House (Washington Whodunit)
Release Date – June 15, 2016
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Murder in the Secret Garden (A Book Retreat Mystery)
Release Date – August 2, 2016
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The Book of Beloved (Pluto’s Snitch)
Release Date – August 9, 2016
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Release Date – August 2, 2016
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(A Washington Whodunit)

Cozy Mystery
A Brand New Series
Camel Press (November 15, 2015)
Paperback: 236 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1603813310
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Life is good for Kit Marshall. She’s a staffer in D.C. for a popular senator, and she lives with an adoring beagle and a brainy boyfriend with a trust fund. Then, one morning, Kit arrives at the office early and finds her boss, Senator Langsford, impaled by a stainless steel replica of an Army attack helicopter. Panicked, she pulls the weapon out of his chest and instantly becomes the prime suspect in his murder. Circumstances back Kit’s claim of innocence, but her photograph has gone viral, and the heat won’t be off until the killer is found. Well-loved though the senator was, suspects abound. Langsford had begun to vote with his conscience, which meant he was often at odds with his party. Not only had the senator decided to quash the ambitions of a major military contractor, but his likely successor is a congressman he trounced in the last election. Then there’s the suspiciously dry-eyed Widow Langsford. Kit’s tabloid infamy horrifies her boyfriend’s upper-crust family, and it could destroy her career. However, she and her free-spirited friend Meg have a more pressing reason to play sleuth. The police are clueless in more ways than one, and Kit worries that the next task on the killer’s agenda will be to end her life.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This is an excellent whodunit!

Kit Marshall’s life is good. She lives with her wealthy boyfriend and they share a lovable beagle named Clarence.  She works for Senator Lyndon Langsford and her boyfriend works mostly from home. They have what I would call a very comfortable relationship.

Kit was unable to present a memo to Senator Langsford yesterday so she goes in early to work to insure that he has it before a very important committee meeting. She is surprised that her boss has beaten her to work. He is in his chair with his back to her but he isn’t responding to her at all. She moves forward and realizes she is not being ignored, the Senator has been stabbed. She rushes to help him but she is too late. Things spiral out of control from there as people start to arrive and she has the murder weapon in her hands.

I was really impressed with this very smart story. The author is a former Senate staffer so she is writing what she knows, less the murder, I hope. 🙂

Kit works with her friend Meg and together they become this dynamic duo trying to find out who killed their very popular boss and if it had anything to do with an upcoming vote. This part really rang true for me. With the gridlock in Congress I am surprised there aren’t more dead bodies. In this story there are plenty of people who could have killed the man. From his wife, to an important lobbyist, members of Congress and even his staff. They are so many twists that at one point I was completely confused, it could have been anyone, except Kit, of course.  I figured it out right along with Kit, the way it’s supposed to be.

We leave Kit ready to start a new job and I hope it won’t be too long until we hear all about it. You know someone’s going to die…

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Colleen J. Shogan is the deputy director of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) at the Library of Congress. She is a former Senate staffer who started reading mysteries at the age of six. A political scientist by training, Colleen has taught American government at George Mason University, Georgetown, and Penn. Stabbing in the Senate is her first novel.

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Olive and Let Die (A Greek to Me Mystery)

Release Date – November 3, 2015
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Release Date – November 1, 2015
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Trimmed with Murder: A Seaside Knitters Mystery

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