Jul 042015
 

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Spellcasting in Silk:
A Witchcraft Mystery

7th in Series
Cozy Mystery
An Obsidian Mystery
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by The Penguin Group
Release Date – July 7, 2015
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451465788
E-Book ASIN: B00PT4IVM6
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From the New York Times bestselling author of A Vision in Velvet comes more spooky sleuthing with Lily Ivory, vintage boutique owner and gifted witch…

Lily would like nothing better than to relax, enjoy her friends, and take care of business at her store, which is booming thanks to San Francisco’s upcoming Summer of Love Festival. But as the unofficial witchy consultant to the SFPD, she is pulled into yet another case.

A woman has jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge, and her apparent suicide may be connected to a suspicious botanica in the Mission District. When the police investigate the shop, they ask Lily to look into its mysterious owner, whose granddaughter also appears to be missing. As Lily searches for the truth, she finds herself confronted with a confounding mystery and some very powerful magic…

Find out more about Juliet Blackwell and her books on her webpage here.

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Jul 032015
 

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Murder at Beechwood
(A Gilded Newport Mystery)

3rd in Series
Historical Cozy Mystery
Setting – Rhode Island
Publisher: Kensington Books (May 26, 2015)
Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0758290861
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For Newport, Rhode Island’s high society, the summer of 1896 brings lawn parties, sailboat races…and murder.

Having turned down the proposal of Derrick Andrews, Emma Cross has no imminent plans for matrimony—let alone motherhood. But when she discovers an infant left on her doorstep, she naturally takes the child into her care. Using her influence as a cousin to the Vanderbilts and a society page reporter for the Newport Observer , Emma launches a discreet search for the baby’s mother.

One of her first stops is a lawn party at Mrs. Caroline Astor’s Beechwood estate. But an idyllic summer’s day is soon clouded by tragedy. During a sailboat race, textile magnate Virgil Monroe falls overboard. There are prompt accusations of foul play—and even Derrick Andrews falls under suspicion. Deepening the intrigue, a telltale slip of lace may link the abandoned child to the drowned man. But as Emma navigates dark undercurrents of scandalous indiscretions and violent passions, she’ll need to watch her step to ensure that no one lowers the boom on her…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I absolutely love this series! Emma Cross is a smart protagonist and I love following her through 1896 Rhode Island. She is a brave woman who sticks up for those in need. This time it is a baby left on her doorstep and she will not rest until she finds his mother, even when it puts her own life in danger.

Gull Manor has become a refuge over the years for prostitutes and abused women wanting a fresh start and Emma has vowed to keep up the tradition even though many do not approve. She never expected a newborn would find its way to her door, a newborn that steals the heart of everyone at Gull Manor. Nor did she realize the sweet child would be connected to such tragedy.

Alyssa Maxwell bases her story on actual families, like the Vanderbilts and the Astors and crafts a tale that will will enthrall you from the first page until the last. She takes us into the world of the elite 400. Their lives, their parties, their indiscretions and their drama. The characters are so well written, the plot is enticing and the setting is described wonderfully. The story is perfectly paced with generous detail.

Each new story in this series becomes my favorite as the author keeps topping herself.

a perfect escape

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Jul 012015
 

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
It’s my Birthday today so I am celebrating with a

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Jun 302015
 

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ASeasonforKillingBlondes_w9101_750 (2)A Season for Killing Blondes
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Ontario, Canada
Print Length: 216 pages
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc (June 12, 2015)
ASIN: B00XCZ5EE2
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Hours before the opening of her career counseling practice, Gilda Greco discovers the body of golden girl, Carrie Ann Godfrey, neatly arranged in the dumpster outside Gilda’s office. Gilda’s life and budding career are stalled as Detective Carlo Fantin, her former high school crush, conducts the investigation. When three more dead blondes turn up, all brutally strangled and deposited near Gilda’s favorite haunts, she is pegged as a prime suspect for the murders.

Frustrated by Carlo’s chilly detective persona and the mean girl antics of Carrie Ann’s meddling relatives, Gilda decides to launch her own investigation. She discovers a gaggle of suspects, among them a yoga instructor in need of anger management training, a lecherous photographer, and fourteen ex-boyfriends.

As the puzzle pieces fall into place, shocking revelations emerge, forcing Gilda to confront the envy and deceit she has long overlooked.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
This is an exceptional debut!

Winning the lottery has changed Gilda’s life and she has helped quite a few people too. Gilda has decided to open a career counseling office to help others desiring to make a job change or find the first job in their field. A big open house is planned with a huge Italian theme, Gilda has a big Italian family. It is almost time for the doors to open when someone starts screaming  in the back alley. Everyone rushes out and sees a beautiful blonde woman lying in the dumpster and it is not hard to tell she is no longer breathing. Gilda recognizes the woman immediately. They attended high school together and she stopped to visit Gilda at the office the day before. Gilda could have been the last one to see her alive. She knows this doesn’t look good and knows she is going to have to find the real killer to save herself.

I dove right into this book and couldn’t put it down. Joanne Guidoccio tells one heck of a story. More than one blonde ends up dead and there is a surplus of suspects.

We also meet Detective Carlo Fantin, who Gilda wouldn’t mind getting to know better. Her family fully supports this and they could have a wedding planned before the killer is caught :) Gilda begs them to please let them at least have a date or two first.

I love Gilda and her family. They are tightly knit and always come bearing food and advice whether needed or not. Gilda’s cousin Sofia handles the elders better than Gilda but she is learning how to handle them.

I have not read many books set in Canada. Guidoccio describes the area beautifully and Gilda’s trip to a cabin had me wishing for my own quiet place to escape to. I hope we get to visit there again soon.

This was a very quick read for me with just the right level of suspense, humor, and romance. There is also yummy Italian food and the author has included recipes!

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

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About the Author

In high school, Joanne dabbled in poetry, but it would be over three decades before she entertained the idea of writing as a career. She listened to her practical Italian side and earned degrees in mathematics and education. She experienced many fulfilling moments as she watched her students develop an appreciation (and sometimes, love) of mathematics. Later, she obtained a post-graduate diploma as a career development practitioner and put that skill set to use in the co-operative education classroom. She welcomed this opportunity to help her students experience personal growth and acquire career direction through their placements.

In 2008, she took advantage of early retirement and decided to launch a second career that would tap into her creative side and utilize her well-honed organizational skills. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews were published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories. A member of Sisters in Crime, Crime Writers of Canada, and Romance Writers of America, Joanne writes paranormal romance, cozy mysteries, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.

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Jun 252015
 

just for fun 2015
I am continuing my quest to get caught up the Hannah Swenson Mysteries.devil food

Devil’s Food Cake Murder (A Hannah Swensen Mystery)
14th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Minnesora
Publisher: Kensington
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages (February 1, 2012)
ISBN-13: 978-0758234926
E-Book ASIN: B006QOTOQA
Hannah Swensen has to admit life is pretty sweet. Things are going well in the romance department and her bakery’s delectable confections are selling as fast as she can bake them. Even her good friend Claire is head over heels with her new husband, Reverend Bob Knudson. If only they could find time to take their honeymoon!

When Bob’s childhood friend, Matthew Walters, comes to town, it seems like divine intervention. Matthew, like Bob, is a Lutheran minister with a stubborn sweet tooth. Since he’s on sabbatical, Matthew is happy to fill in for Bob while he and Claire take that long-awaited honeymoon. It sounds like the perfect plan–until Hannah finds Matthew face-down in a plate full of Devil’s Food Cake, a single bullet in his head. It will take some sleuthing to sift out the killer, but Hannah is sure of one thing: even the most half-baked murder plot can be oh so deadly. . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I was so excited to start this book because the author left us with a bit of a cliffhanger last time. We start with Reverend Bob and Claire off on their honeymoon since they have found another minister to fill in. Matthew just happens to a childhood friend of Bob’s so he feels his church is in good hands. He was doing a fantastic job until Hannah finds him dead, with a single bullet wound and in a mess of Devil’s Food Cake.

I love the series and all the characters. Hannah has two men vying for her attention but they also have another woman on their radar now and that is very upsetting to Hannah. I have a bit of a problem with this. Hannah has been stringing both men along for quite some time while she decides which one she wants to settle down with. This time it seems maybe she does not feel strongly enough about either of them. I like that she is getting a little dose of her own medicine and that was fun to read. I wouldn’t mind her giving both of them the boot.  Again there is a bit of a shocker at the end of this story as this romantic triangle takes a very surprising turn.

The mystery was good but not overly complex and I did figure it out a little early. That being said I did enjoy the time Hannah spent with Grandma Knudson. She seems like quite a woman and we quickly learn not much gets by her.

This is one of my favorite series but this wasn’t by favorite story in the series. The book is filled with a bunch of tempting recipes and it is always good to visit Lake Eden.

I am looking forward to the next book Cinnamon Roll Murder  and the next movie too! Plum Pudding Murder is coming to the Hallmark Movie Channel this holiday season.

still at the beach but not as tranquil

3 STARFISH

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Find out more about Joanne Fluke and her books on her webpage here.


*This book was from my private collection.

Jun 242015
 

cozy wednesday 2013 640Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am so excited to have Lynn stop by today!
She is touring with Great Escapes Book Tour too!

Cahoon

Hi Dollycas and thanks for having me over today.


Dressed to Kill
, the fourth Tourist Trap mystery released yesterday so I’m out on a virtual blog tour talking up my book, signing virtual copies, and drinking lots of virtual champagne.

dressed to kill_ebookIn reality, I’m probably sitting at my desk at the day job as you read this, processing tags and stickers for my Georgia drivers.

Not as glamorous as you imagined, huh.

I’m always interested in an author’s path, so stroll down memory lane with me. Eight years ago, I had just started this day job when I found out I had Breast Cancer. 2007 was the year of cancer since I got the trifecta of treatment options – surgery, chemo, and finally radiation. After that, they started me on hormone therapy, taking a pill once a day.

During this year, I had a lot of time to do two things. Read and think. I started figuring how what I wanted to read and found they’d even named the genre, cozy mysteries. :) I combed the library for copies. One day when I was waiting to get a shot to boost my red blood cells, the weekend nurse at the hospital started talking cozies with me. She told me about a local author who wrote a series about a woman and her mother set in Texas. But the cool thing was this author, Susan McBride, lived in St. Louis. The next day, when I got another shot, she had brought in her old copies of the series and I fell in love with the Debutante Dropout.

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I posted about this nurse’s act of kindness and the books she’d given me. Susan caught my blog on her name search. (Yes, we Google our names to see if anyone’s talking about us. It’s a bad habit. LOL) She reached out and we emailed back and forth for a while. She’s also a Breast Cancer survivor and is a warm and wonderful person in addition to being a great author.

And then she sent me the latest book in the series.

I felt overwhelmed with gratitude from this woman who didn’t know me from Adam. This was the type of author I wanted to be. And anytime I’ve considered my options on how to handle a sticky author situation since, I always ask, What Would Susan Do. The question has served me well.

The other thing I did as I survived 2007 was think about my future. If I would have one, I wanted it to be the life I wanted, not just the one I accepted. Reviewing my MUST DO’s, I realized I’d always wanted to write an essay about the times my family froze corn together. It was an all-day affair. I wrote the essay, sent it off, and sold it within a month. Then I wrote another one about the one gift my ex-husband gave me that kept me from giving up and returning to our broken marriage. The Tool Box sold to Chicken Soup for the Divorced Soul a few months later.

This writing thing was easy. I kept going and a dream of actually becoming a published author started to niggle at my brain. It took me three years to get my next sell, a short romance story. I sold several to Women’s World and quite a few to the True’s before Dorchester went bankrupt.

guidebookI kept writing. I met more writers, became good friends with Laura Bradford, another cozy mystery and romance writer, and logged in a lot of rejections.
In 2012, Harlequin turned down The Bull Rider’s Brother. I loved this story and was in Idaho when I got the news. My husband read the rejection letter to me over the phone. The next weekend, I sent a query letter to a new small romance line, Crimson Romance. They responded in less than an hour, asking for the full. By the end of the next week, I had a contract in hand. I kept pushing, kept writing, and kept learning.

In 2013, Kensington bought the first Tourist Trap mystery, Guidebook to Murder, in a three book e-first contract. I dug in and wrote the next two books and learned a ton about edits, working with a publisher, and the dreaded marketing. In 2014 after Guidebook released, it hit the NYT’s list in June that year.

Today, I have four books available, one on pre-order, one that will release in January 2016, and have just signed a deal for three more adventures. By the end of 2017, there will be nine books available in the series.

When I was imagining my future during the year of cancer, I never thought that ten years later, I’d have a series with nine books, not to mention the numerous romance stories that I have available for your enjoyment.

And I owe it all to my readers. So thank you and I hope you enjoy Dressed to Kill as much as I did writing it.

~Lynn

About Lynn Cahoon
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho native. If you’d visit the town where she grew up, you’d understand why her mysteries and romance novels focus around the depth and experience of small town life. Currently, she’s living in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and two fur babies.

dressed to kill_ebookDressed To Kill (A Tourist Trap Mystery Book 4)
4th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – California
Publisher: Lyrical Press (June 23, 2015)
ASIN: B00ONTR7KK
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Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More in the tucked-away town of South Cove, California—is not particularly thrilled to be portraying a twenties flapper for the dinner theater murder mystery. Though it is for charity…

Of course everyone is expecting a “dead” body at the dress rehearsal…but this one isn’t acting! It turns out the main suspect is the late actor’s conniving girlfriend Sherry…who also happens to be the ex-wife of Jill’s main squeeze. Sherry is definitely a master manipulator…but is she a killer? Jill may discover the truth only when the curtain comes up on the final act…and by then, it may be far too late.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

These Tourist Trap Mysteries are so much fun to read. All the characters I have grown to love are back. Jill, Aunt Jackie, town detective/Jill’s boyfriend, Greg King, Officer Toby/barista, and more. Greg’s ex, Sherry, has come to town and is opening her own shop, Village Duds, and Jill is not happy about that. Sasha has been hired full time at Coffee, Books, and More after completing her internship. This frees up Jill for more time reading and investigating too.

Jill has roped Greg into taking part in the “Dying for Trouble” dinner theater murder mystery that is being held to raise money for the local woman’s shelter. That turns out to be a good thing because a dead body is found before the first dress rehearsal barely begins. Jill quickly realizes she knows who it is, it’s the man from the bank that was getting up close and personal with Sherry at the last Business to Business meeting. Could she have killed him?

The author threw plenty of red herrings into this one and that’s what has made it my favorite book in the series so far. Jill doesn’t give up and she really wants to share what she is finding with Greg but is afraid to because he will tell her to back off. He knows she is asking questions of those she suspects and he worries she is going to push someone too far.

Cahoon has written a story with dialogue that is easy flowing and realistic. The plot is tight with a few very interesting subplots. One involving Aunt Jackie just cracked me up. The characters to continue to evolve and the romance level is just right.

I recommend you read these books in order but this 4th installment can be easily read as a stand alone.

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

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Jun 232015
 

FINELY KNITA Finely Knit Murder:
A Seaside Knitters Mystery

9th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Massachusetts
An Obsidian Mystery (May 5, 2015)
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by The Penguin Group
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451471604
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In the newest mystery from the national bestselling author of Murder in Merino, the sleuthing skills of Izzy Chambers Perry and the Seaside Knitters are tested as death mars the beginning of the school year…

Seaside Knitter Birdie Favazza is thrilled that her granddaughter Gabby will be visiting for the fall and attending the Sea Harbor Community Day School. Gabby loves the school, with its newly-adopted progressive curriculum, and she loves that the Seaside Knitters are teaching knitting as part of the enrichment program. It’s a huge success, and on crisp autumn days, girls camp out on the terraces, knitting up hats for charity.

But not everyone is happy with the direction the school is taking. Outspoken board member Blythe Westerland has sparked tempers with her determination to unravel the current administration. Then, on the evening of an elegant school event, Blythe’s body is found near the school boathouse.

With a killer on the loose, Birdie is determined to keep Gabby safe. Working together, the Seaside Knitters carefully unravel the layers of Blythe’s complicated life, bringing faculty members and town residents under scrutiny. Before the cast-off rows are made on the students’ projects, the knitters will need to stitch together the evidence to see if a murderer has been walking beside them all along.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Returning to  Sea Harbor is always a pleasure. The Seaside Knitters, their families and their friends have truly become fictional friends to me. I love checking in to catch up a news and what their are knitting and the local gossip too. This story focuses on the Sea Harbor Community Day School, the school Birdie’s granddaughter, Gabby attends. There is a new headmistress, Elizabeth Hartley,  and she has fabulous ideas but board member Blythe Westerland prefers the old ways and she is very vocal about it.  When her lifeless body is found the police tie her murder to the school and its new headmistress. The Seaside Knitters rally to prove her innocence as Police Chief Jerry Thompson is sidelined due to his romantic relationship with Elizabeth. The will need to finely knit all the clues together to find the real murderer.

Over the years the cast of characters has really grown. Fans of the series will have no trouble keeping everyone straight but if this series is new to you don’t worry the author tells you about all of them at the beginning of the book. The characters are absolutely fantastic and have evolved more in each installment. The Seaside Knitters and “the men in their lives” are a tight-knit group of friends and that is what makes these stories so great. The spend a lot of time together and when a murder needs to be solved that all band together and don’t give up until the mystery is solved. I especially like the way that they spend every Friday night at Ben and Nell’s  for some delicious food and drinks and share their lives.

In A Finely Knit Murder they are all drawn into events at the Sea Harbor Community Day School because one of the youngest and newest characters goes to school there. Some have taken positions on the board and several are teaching the girls to knit as part of the enrichment program. This introduces us to some new characters and new place for things to go awry. Blythe Westerland was not a popular person at the school and she was definitely an easy woman to dislike. When the Knitters dig a little deeper into her life more suspects emerge giving readers a wonderful read as we try to solve the mystery ourselves.

Sea Harbor sounds like a beautiful town and Sally Goldenbaum describes it so well we are easily transported there. The school grounds, the boats in the harbor, the boathouse, and even Ben and Nell’s home and deck are crystal clear.

As always the mystery is very intriguing, the characters are genuine and thoughtful and the setting is sublime. While the story reads well as a stand alone I do recommend you start at the beginning with Death by Cashmere.

I can’t wait to celebrate the holidays in Sea Harbor, Trimmed With Murder: A Seaside Knitters Mystery hits shelves November 1.

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas

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SALLY

 

About The Author

Sally Goldenbaum is a sometime philosophy teacher, a knitter, and an editor, and the author of more than thirty novels. Sally became more serious about knitting with the birth of her first grandchild and the creation of the Seaside Knitters mystery series. Her fictional knitting friends are teaching her the intricacies of women’s friendship, the mysteries of small-town living, and the very best way to pick up dropped stitches on a lacy knit shawl. [Additional bio information available on my website: www.sallygoldenbaum.com

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Jun 202015
 

sense of deception
Sense of Deception:
A Psychic Eye Mystery

13th Book in Series
Release Date – July 7, 2015
An Obsidian Mystery
An Imprint of New American Library
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Jacket Illustration by Monika Roe
Hardcover: 368 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451473868
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In New York Times bestselling author Victoria Laurie’s newest Psychic Eye Mystery, Abby Cooper senses a convicted killer is innocent, but she’ll need hard evidence to save the woman before it’s too late…

A ticked-off judge has tossed Abby in the slammer for contempt of court, and during her brief but unpleasant stay she learns the story of a condemned woman who is facing a far more serious sentence. Skylar Miller has been found guilty of murder and faces the death penalty. Everyone believes she’s guilty, including her own family and her ex-husband—everyone, that is, except Abby, whose finely honed intuition tells her this woman doesn’t belong behind bars.

With the help of her husband Dutch and her friend Candice, Abby launches into her own investigation to clear Skylar and find the real killer. But after a final appeal is denied and Skylar’s attorney scrambles for a stay of execution, time is running short—and the list of suspects keeps growing. There’s no margin for error as the life of an innocent woman hangs in the balance…

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


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Jun 192015
 

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

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

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

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

Dollycas’s Thoughts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About Paige Shelton

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

Find out more on her webpage here.

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Jun 172015
 

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

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

The Love Affair Continues

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 ~Victoria

MJ and Vic and peachy scarf reverseThat shadowy figure known as Victoria Abbott is actually us, the mother-daughter writing team of Mary Jane Maffini and Victoria Maffini. So far, with the fourth book coming out in September 2015 and the fifth, The Hammett Hex, we still haven’t killed each other and, in fact, we’re still smiling.
www.victoria-abbott.com

 

 

 

 

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Since The March Madness has not been released this giveaway is a little unusual.
I am giving away 2 copies thanks to the author and the people at Penguin
but the books can’t be sent right away.
They will be mailed to the winners as soon as they are
available which will be mid-to late August.

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Jun 162015
 

fatal chapterA Fatal Chapter
(A Booktown Mystery)

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

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

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

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Dollycas’s Thoughts

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Jun 122015
 

smotheredSmothered, Covered & Dead: (A Jordan McAllister Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Texas
Publisher: The Story Vault (May 27, 2015)
Print Length: 142 pages
ASIN: B00YEZLKR4
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Aspiring sportswriter Jordan McAllister never imagined she’d end up as a food critic for a small time newspaper. Writing the culinary column for the Ranchero Globe is a challenge, and even though she can’t make a grilled cheese sandwich without burning it, she has no trouble finding herself in hot water.

When Rosie LaRue finds her ex in the apartment with her ice pick in his chest, Jordan knows that she and the Empire Apartments gang must act quickly to keep their friend out of jail. Despite the fact that the deceased has a long list of people who wanted him dead, things aren’t always what they seem, and Jordan ends up in the hands of a crazed killer, desperately searching for a way to stay alive.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I really love this series. Jordan is a girl after my own heart but I can cook just a little bit better than she.

This little novella puts Jordan’s friend Rosie in the hot seat when her ex is found dead on her couch. Thankfully her friends have her back and find several more suspects for the police to pursue.

Liz Lipperman is one of my favorite authors. She creates delicious characters and puts them in dicey situations. She always adds a good scoop of humor to her cozy mysteries too. While this book was about half the size of her normal mystery nothing was left out or felt rushed. As a fan of this series I am familiar with the recurring characters so I had no trouble putting everyone in their place. She does give enough background to read it as a stand alone. I am thrilled the Liz has taken the self-published route to continue the Clueless Cook Series, with Chicken Caccia-Killer and now Smothered, Covered and Dead as the Jordan MacAllister Mysteries. If you like this one I encourage you to go back and read the rest.

Be sure to check out the recipes too!

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To keep up with Liz and get information about all her book please visit her webpage here.

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.”

Jun 102015
 

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Part of the joy of Cozy Wednesday is introducing you to new authors.
Maithili Pradhan self published

Death at Timberly back in March and I am thrilled she could stop by today for a visit.

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Reading, writing, escaping

As an eight-year-old I escaped the humdrum everyday of school, play and extracurricular activities by losing myself in Enid Blyton’s fantastical world where children just a few years older than I would catch smugglers and explore caves, sail boats into the great unknown and encounter all manner of magical creatures. With them I caught forgers and kidnappers, climbed down dark staircases, rescued trapped children, and figured out who the villain was. A few years later I accompanied Nancy Drew on all of her detecting forays. And when Agatha Christie introduced me to the world of murder most foul and using your little grey cells, it was only inevitable that I would continue this affair with mysteries and detection for many years to come, and that they would be my comfort when the rest of the world seemed unstable.

I would devour all manner of books, from Pulitzer prize winning novels to memoirs to sci-fi and fantasy. But when I needed a true escape and especially when I needed to feel like everything would turn out okay, it was always in a mystery that I found what I needed. After all, the smugglers always got caught, as did the thieves, and although the killer might get away with one or two more murders, eventually she would find herself trapped as well.

So when 2014 took a turn for the worse at an early stage, I found myself racing through mysteries. I re-read my way through all of Georgette Heyer’s mysteries, and Rhys Bowen and Carola Dunn couldn’t write books fast enough for me. I found mysteries therapeutic. Some meditate. Some do yoga. Some proselytize about Soul Cycle. For me, a couple of hours with a solid mystery – preferably something set in the English countryside or London of a bygone era – gave me the mental and emotional break from reality that I desperately needed. When the murderer was caught, I found myself refreshed. It was comforting and comfortable. After growing up in India, where all the children’s books I read were of the British variety, and a lifetime of devouring classic country house mysteries, I felt at home within the pages of a book that, despite its twists and turns, felt cozy.death at timberly

When I didn’t have a book in my hands, I started weaving a world of my own. Through hours of daydreaming, Timberly conjured itself in my mind, rising out of hazy mists. Lucy and Maude, my heroines, grew in bits and spurts, sometimes becoming too nice, sometimes too nonchalant, so that I had to pull them back to their real selves. All of the characters were unruly and kept going their own way, and I had to tease them and negotiate with them to see if they would do what I wanted. The plot wouldn’t stay straight and insisted on its own twists, but the fun of tussling with it and drawing it together became a different sort of mental engagement and refreshment that I craved.

As I started putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, as it were), slowly, coherent threads started emerging. I followed each one to see where it led, following the red herrings, seeing how my characters drove the plot and how the plot made them react. I became the detective of my own story.

In fact, when I started writing Death at Timberly, I didn’t even know who the murderer would be. So many of my characters seemed to have good reasons for killing the victim, and I wanted to give them all a chance to have done it. Even researching promising poisons became an interesting game. So much so, that after reviewing my website search history one day, I decided I should probably reassure my husband that although I was looking up everything from curare to strychnine to arsenic, all of these deadly poisons were meant for my fictional victim, not for anybody in real life! (I must say, setting a poison murder in today’s day and age would be much more difficult when you can’t just get some handy poison at the local pharmacy, no questions asked! I did also became grateful that none of these are easily available to the general public these days…we would all be living in daily terror that our neighbors and friends would do us in any day!)

Writing Death at Timberly gave me the same escape that reading cozy mysteries gives me otherwise. Except this time, it was more than just a few hours of delving into a different world – it was months of immersing myself totally into this one world, with characters of my own, and a story I hadn’t heard before. It meant becoming friends with my heroines, Lucy and Maude, and helping them find their way. It became a wonderful way to kill my own demons without inflicting any actual harm! As I plot the next episode in Lucy and Maude’s detecting adventures, I hope that Death at Timberly gives others some of the same delicious escapism that I have found in cozy mysteries throughout my life.

– Maithili Pradhan

death at timberlyDeath at Timberly:
A Lucy Belling and Maude Grimsworth Mystery
(Volume 1)

Publisher: Maithili Pradhan (March 2, 2015)
Paperback: 190 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0986388590
E-Book ASIN: B00TXW355S
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It’s the tail end of summer in 1930 and Lucy Belling and Maude Grimsworth head to the Timberly Estate for what promises to be a lively house party hosted by their dear friends, Lord and Lady Hemming. But what starts off as a perfectly fine – if awkward – gathering of friends and family quickly turns into a complete washout when thunderstorms trap the ill-assorted guests in the house, tempers flare, and the host turns up dead. Now Lucy and Maude must put their wits to the test to help the tall, dark, and handsome Detective Inspector solve the crime –before he pins it on one of their friends!

This classic country house murder mystery will appeal to fans of period fiction from Agatha Christie to Downton Abbey.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Readers are introduced to Lucy Belling, Maude Grimsworth, Detective Inspector Harte and Sergeant Maddock. Lucy and Maude are friends of Lord and Lady Hemming and have been invited to their family get together as kind of buffer because Lady Hemming expects some uncomfortable conversations and situations. She never thought there would be a murder. It is that murder that brings the Detective Inspector and his Sergeant to Timberly.

There are several colorful characters and it takes a bit to sort them all out. In this type of story we continue to learn more about each of them the deeper we get into the story. Set in 1930 this was a fun trip back in time. With cantankerous Uncle Reg wanting to change his will every time one of the family doesn’t want to bow to his wishes. His daughter and her husband, the Lady and the Lord, have moved into his home for several reasons but the big one being catering to Uncle Reg’s wishes. Other family members and friends have come to dinner to make announcements of their own or to ensure their places in the will are secure. When a heavy thunderstorm rolls in they must spend the night at Timberly and not everyone arrives at the breakfast table.

This is an old fashioned mystery that reminded me  of Agatha Christie but more Sherlock Holmes. Harte and Maddock are much like Sherlock and Watson with they way the approach and investigate a murder. Lucy and Maude observe the family and try to solve the mystery too and try to assist the good detective. Lucy is also an author and she is always looking for ideas for her stories. Nothing like a little murder mystery for her heroine to solve.

The story is well written and the plot is crisp. It is a delightful start for this series and debut for this author. I am excited to learn more about Lucy and Maude. I hope Harte and Maddock return too because we have hardly scratched the surface in the romance that may be blooming between a certain detective and a certain amateur sleuth.

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maithilli prandanAbout This Author

Maithili Pradhan is an attorney and human rights advocate living in Brooklyn, NY with her husband. She grew up in India and the United States on a steady diet of Agatha Christies and Georgette Heyers and is a life-long aficionado of cozy mysteries. Her favorite activity is curling up with a good book, a soft blanket, and a hot cup of tea. She is the author of Death at Timberly, the first book in the Lucy Belling and Maude Grimsworth series.

Find out more on her webpage here.

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Jun 062015
 

special guest blueI did a spotlight on Sunny’s book A Snitch in Time on May 12 and I am thrilled to have her drop by for a visit today!

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THERE’S GOLD IN THEM THAR HILLS

When you hear “the Sierra Nevadas,” what do you conjure up? Yosemite with the incredible El Capitan and Bridal Veil Falls? Kings Canyon National Park with towering sequoias? Ansel Adams and his famous photo “Moon and Half Dome?”

The lure to set a story in nature’s wonderland is enticing, but I’ll leave the National Parks to Nevada Barr. That’s her stomping ground and she covers it well.

Instead, I want to take readers to another sort of world located in the foothills. I set my latest Christy Bristol Astrology Mystery in a small town I dubbed Burlap.

Here’s a little background: I worked with the Fresno County undercover narcotics team for eleven years. One of my duties as secretary was answering phones and listening to tips from the public about crimes in their area. A frequent caller was a woman in the foothills (we’ll call her Helen) who imagined everyone in town was committing felonies. It was hard to take many of her allegations seriously, but over time we became friends. I took her up on an invitation to visit.

3394081I was curious about the town and its people. My detectives always brought back colorful stories when they returned from deals. There was the woman who hung her panties on a bush to signal she had info for us. Locals hooked up wires to steal electricity. They broke into the tourist vacation homes. They grew marijuana in the National Forest. They called people who lived on the valley floor “Flatlanders.” We had some choice names for them as well. My detectives dubbed a section of dilapidated cabins “Welfare Flats.”

My trip through the winding roads was daunting and this was before GPS was popular. My new friend was eager to act as tour guide. She pointed out the Buzzard Tree, a dead tree smack in the middle of the school playground where vultures roosted and stared malevolently down at the children eating lunch. She took me to the prison facility where her husband worked and where trusted inmates were were trained to fight fires. There were no fences, barbed or otherwise, no guard towers. Escape was easy; surviving in the wild much more difficult.

Marijuana cultivation goes on deep in the National Forest. Often, people out horseback riding would see food drops just off the road. They would call my office and report it and one of the detectives would go up to confiscate the goods. We were so good at removing the food source that once I got a call from a teacher reporting a very underfed man had come out of the forest and was trying to steal lunches from the children. My detectives picked him up, gave him something to eat and carted him off to jail.

I noticed strange sculptures dotting the roads, geometric shapes made of tinted concrete. I asked what they symbolized and who put them there, but my friend had no answers. Like the stones of Easter Island, they seemed to be a baffling mystery. Everyone had a different theory. Some thought they were satanic. When a writer sets out to pen a mystery, it’s details like these that plant the seeds for a story.

I cajoled my friend Kate to return with me for “research.” What I really wanted was a guinea pig to act as a corpse. I convinced her to climb up and drape her body over a donut-like hole in one of the sculptures. I video taped the scene for future reference. While we were engaged in these antics, a woman from the local Native American tribe rode up on hor583492_1_25_022615_032032seback. She silently watched for a few minutes before trotting off. A bag stamped “U.S. Mail” was slung over her saddle. We were crazy Flatlanders and she was the local mail delivery system.

Nobody can make this stuff up. The region was a treasure trove just waiting to be mined and I wanted to be the first to exploit it in pages of a book. “A Snitch In Time” is an homage to the quirks of the locals, the deputies who patrolled the area and the rustic beauty bypassed by tourists.

Although I was invited back to attend the annual Turkey Testicle Festival, I politely declined. Instead, I let my protagonist Christy have the pleasure. Some things are better left to the imagination!

As for the sculptures, with a lot of research I discovered who the artist was and why they wound up in the area. No, I won’t tell you– you have to read the book!

~Sunny


A Snitch in Time: Christy Bristol Astrology Mysteries
by Sunny Frazier
(Volume 3)

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Black Opal Books (January 20, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1626942240
ASIN: B00S59KE4A
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When sheriff’s department office assistant Christy Bristol takes a long weekend to visit her friend, Lennie, in the Sierra Nevada foothills, it’s not the vacation she anticipated. A murder has just occurred and Christy is conscripted by the homicide team to handle the reports. To add to her frustration, she gets in a fight with Lennie over her friend’s arrogant boyfriend and has no place to stay. The detectives put her up in a forest ranger’s cabin while he is away fighting fires.

As the body count grows, it becomes apparent the killer is targeting undesirables in the town of Burlap. One victim’s girlfriends calls Christy and accuses a deputy of the murders. Christy doesn’t know whether to believe the snitch or not. Could a killer really be hiding behind his badge? Using astrology, she casts a reverse horoscope to profile him, but puts her own life at risk.

And time is running out.

About Sunny Frazier

Navy Veteran Sunny Frazier trained as a journalist and wrote for a city newspaper, military and law enforcement publications. After working 17 years with the Fresno Sheriff’s Department, 11 spent as Girl Friday with an undercover narcotics team, it dawned on her that mystery writing was her real calling. Her Christy Bristol Astrology Mysteries are based on actual cases with a bit of astrology added, a habit Frazier has developed over the past 42 years.

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


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maggie sefton 2WRITING TEENAGERS by Maggie Sefton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

~Maggie

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

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

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

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

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

Dollycas’s Thoughts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Check out her website here.

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