Aug 272015
 

onions spring leeksIf Onions Could Spring Leeks
(Country Cooking School Mystery)

5th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Missouri
Cover Illustration by Phil Parks
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (August 4, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425269299
E-Book ASIN: B00QH831Z0
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The New York Times bestselling author of If Catfish Had Nine Lives returns to Broken Rope, Missouri, where ghosts of the Old West seek assistance from country cooks and amateur sleuths Betts Winston and her grandmother.

With summer tourists flocking to Broken Rope, locals volunteer to keep chaos to a minimum. Old West skits are running smoothly, actors are behaving, and stagecoach rides are more popular than ever, but when a spectral visitor appears by ghost train, it’s a job only Betts and Gram can handle.

Gram soon starts having nightmares about their ghostly visitor’s demise. And if a ghost and the hot summer weather weren’t making things sticky enough, one of the town’s volunteers—a man notorious for having more than his fair share of ex-wives—is murdered. When Jerome, Bett’s otherworldly friend, makes an unsettling appearance, this simmering double mystery becomes a recipe for disaster.

Includes delicious recipes!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

We return to Broken Rope and we are not the only ones. A train station from the past pops up in an empty field and one of the passengers needs a little help. The kind of help only Betts and her grandmother, Miz can provide with a little assistance from Jake and our favorite ghost Jerome.

My land, Paige Shelton has an amazing imagination! An imagination she can lasso up and herd together to create a truly entertaining mystery story or in this case the 5th fantastic mystery in the series.

Betts Winston and her grandmother own and operate a Country Cooking School located next to a cemetery. Over the years they have realized they have a special gift of being able to communicate with ghosts. Ghosts like Jerome. He is my absolute favorite ghostly literary character. He also has a very special place in Betts’ heart. Something her current beau, Cliff, is just going to learn to deal with.

Something is keeping Jerome from visiting Broken Rope right now but he knows Betts needs his help so he comes up with a very creative and sometimes very misunderstood way of making his presence known. Readers will find this quite amusing, the characters not so much.

Shelton has a special way of blending mysteries from the past with mysteries in the present and they intertwine and flow seamlessly side by side. It is hard to call one a subplot because both so powerful and engaging.

We can’t forget the Country Cooking School. This time they are featuring onions including the onion casserole standby of many homes around the country. That recipe isn’t in the book because it can be found everywhere but Betts and her brother Teddy had my mouth watering for Onion Rings and thankfully that recipe was in the book along with others I can’t wait to try.

If you like your mysteries on the cozy side with a bit of a ghost story too these are the perfect books for you. They can be read as stand alone because the author always plenty of backstory for new readers but I sure recommend you read them all and in order because they are all just so darn so good.

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About The Author

Paige Shelton has recently moved from Utah to Arizona. Find out more on her webpage here. You can also find her on Facebook.

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Aug 212015
 

revenge of the chili queensRevenge of the Chili Queens
(A Chili Cook-off Mystery)

3rd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Texas
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (August 4, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Miles Hyman
Cover Design by Diana Kolsky
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425262443
E-Book ASIN: B00QH8320Y
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The author of Death by Devil’s Breath takes the chili cook-off circuit to southern Texas to prove that revenge is a dish best served hot . . .

Everyone in San Antonio remembers the Alamo, but how many remember the Chili Queens? Back in the early twentieth century, these spicy señoras sold their lip-smacking chili in plazas all around the city. Now, as part of the Chili Showdown, Maxie and her half-sister, Sylvia, are dressing up as the Chili Queens to raise money for charity.

But someone wasn’t feeling too charitable toward a local troubadour, who is murdered at the fundraiser. When their friend Nick Falcone, head of security for the Showdown, actually becomes the prime suspect, it’s up to Maxie and Sylvia to turn the heat up on a killer, who’s planning a chili reception for them . . .

INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

The Chili Showdown rolls into Texas and pays tribute to the Chili Queens of San Antonio by serving chili at a fundraiser for a week at the Alamo in addition to their festivities at the fair grounds. You will only find the Chili Chick at the fairgrounds. For the charity event they dress a little more old fashioned. They are also serving a different type of chili each night and they are joined by several other groups serving their versions of the dish including a company that sells chili IN A CAN!! The girls just can’t believe it.

Of course where the Showdown goes trouble usually follows and soon Maxie finds a body. A strolling “hot” guitar player had strummed his last string. When the man is identified we learn the he and the Showdown’s head of security, Nick, have crossed paths. He may even be the police’s prime suspect. No beans about it Maxie is hot on the trail and she is burning up trying to find the real killer,

I love this series! Maxie is smart, savvy and her temperament is spicy. You never know where her little investigations are going to take her. Sylvia holds down the fort while Maxie is either dancing up a storm as the Chili Chick or dancing around the countryside following a lead. But she doesn’t do it out of the goodness of her heart, she is sure to have a snarky comment of two whenever Maxie returns. They are only half-sisters and running their dad’s business, Jack Pierce’s Hot-Cha Chili Seasoning Palace, together since he has disappeared without a trace, means they have to put up with each other.

Kylie Logan has served up yet another marvelous cozy mystery. She has given us plenty of unique characters, several who are viable suspects, and put them in a fantastic place.  She spices up the story with a dash of romance and a dollop of humor. This one moved right along and has a couple of surprising moments they will make the pages fly faster and faster. It is a hot, hot, hot one and I highly recommend you dish up a copy as soon as you can.

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 You can find out more about Kylie and her book here on her webpage and her alter ego Casey Daniels here.

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Aug 192015
 
cozy wednesday 2013 640It is always fun to welcome new authors to Escape With Dollycas.
My guest today is Kathleen Bridge. Her new Hampton Home & Garden Mystery Series debuted on August 4 with
Better Homes and Corpses.

 

KATHLEEN BRIDGEHow I got my Oceanfront Cottage in Montauk without Spending a Dime

The first time my husband, infant son, and I traipsed 120 miles due east from Manhattan to Montauk, it was love at first sight. As a transplanted Michigander, Montauk, on the easternmost tip of Long Island, became my touchstone. The town embodied all the things I loved about laid-back summers on the Great Lakes and as an added perk it was only sixteen miles away from glitzy East Hampton—summer home of the rich and famous.

Walking the beach toward the lighthouse, I would fantasize about which rickety steps might lead upward to my new cottage.

Then I found it.

Through a set of newly purchased binoculars, I saw that the cottage was modest. It had three-sided ocean views and an upstairs balcony the size of a ship’s crow’s nest. There were twenty seven wooden steps leading up from the secluded beach. I pictured myself reading mysteries on the screened porch or sipping a glass of local Long Island wine on the swing that gently swayed under the eaves.

BETTER HOMES AND CORPSESSold.

There was only one problem. The cottage wasn’t for sale. And even if it was, we couldn’t afford it. We lived in Manhattan in a wonderful apartment and we both had careers—but the price of an oceanfront cottage, even the small cozy one I fell in love with, would’ve been way beyond our means.

But that didn’t stop me.

On our weekend jaunts to Montauk, I would wake at sunrise and walk a mile east from our hotel toward the lighthouse, a beach chair strapped across my back, a thermos of coffee, and a book in my beach bag. Then, I’d set up camp at the bottom of the steps leading up to my cottage. The wonderful thing about Montauk’s beaches was the fact that they had public access. You could own a multimillion dollar cottage on a cliff, but the beach belonged to everyone.

I never saw anyone coming down those twenty-seven steps. No one sat on the swing or stood on the deck gazing out at the Atlantic. I fantasized that the cottage was uninhabited, the family fighting over whether or not to sell. (Sell, darn it!) My husband thought I was bordering on the obsessive but I was determined to have my cozy four-room cottage. (I knew it had four rooms because I’d stalked a local real estate agent until she showed me photos of the no frills cottage from when it’d been sold years before.) I had all the realtors in town on speed dial, they had me on their blocked list.

One day, I opened my laptop, typed: BETTER HOMES AND CORPSES—A Hamptons Home and Garden Mystery. A few pages later, I got the cottage of my dreams. It was everything I’d imagined, right down to the flagstone fireplace, wide-planked wood floors, and a vintage turquoise fridge…

I got my cottage in Montauk without spending a dime.

~Kathleen

About The Author

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

Find out more on her webpage here.

BETTER HOMES AND CORPSESBetter Homes and Corpses
(Hamptons Home & Garden Mystery)

Brand New Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – New York
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (August 4, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Marjorie Muns
Cover Design by Diane Kolsky
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425276587
E-Book ASIN: B00QH831XM
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After Meg Barrett found her fiancé still had designs on his ex-wife, she decided it was time to refurbish her life. Leaving her glamorous job at a top home and garden magazine, she fled Manhattan for Montauk, only to find decorating can sometimes lead to detecting…

In between scouring estate sales for her new interior design business, Cottages by the Sea, Meg visits the swanky East Hampton home of her old college roommate, Jillian Spenser. But instead of seeing how the other half lives—she learns how the other half dies. Jillian’s mother, known as the Queen Mother of the Hamptons, has been murdered. Someone has staged a coup.

When she helps a friend inventory the Spensers’ estate for the insurance company, Meg finds herself right in the thick of things. Cataloging valuable antiques and art loses its charm when Meg discovers that the Spenser family has been hiding dangerous secrets, which may have furnished a murderer with a motive. As Meg gets closer to the truth, the killer will do anything to paint her out of the picture…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I am really taken with this new protagonist. Meg Barrett has inherited a investigative gene from her dad, a retired police officer. And he may be retired but doesn’t mind using his connections to help her with her queries. She has left her job in Manhattan and is starting her own home decorating business in Montauk with the help of her friend Elle. A part of her past is in  Montauk  though. Her old college roommate, Jillian Spenser. It was only for one semester so when Jillian’s mother, the Queen Mother of the Hamptons, invites her to stop by their huge mansion she is quite surprised. When she arrives for her appointment she walks in to find Jillian on the floor cradling the Queen Mum’s very dead body. Jillian is a mess and making no sense. The police are called and an investigation is launched. At the same time the insurance company for the family hires Elle to inventory the home’s property to be sure nothing has been stolen. She asks Meg to help her and puts Meg in the perfect position to do a little investigating on her own.

This was a fun debut. The Spensers, their staff, and those that live on the property are quite an interesting bunch. Most are keeping something secret or hiding something. Just when I thought I figured out who had means, motive and opportunity there would be a twist that would knock my theory all out of whack. The ending turned out to be quite a surprise. I would say my speculations were about 10% right.

The Spenser home is quite a spectacular place. Four floors including an attic full of junk, a few treasures and a stuffed beast that would be gone so fast if I lived there. The living areas are beautifully furnished with the exception of Jillian’s room who had a rebellious streak and removed her antique furniture for things that were probably purchased at a discount store.

The author has a writing style that feel very familiar, a bit Christie – ish. She draws us in and holds us tight with a mystery that is ideally paced. She gives us detailed descriptions to set the time and the place and then she drops a clue here and a clue there as the reader follows along with Meg still trying to solve the mystery first.

This is a great start for the series. I am hoping to get to know Meg, her family and friends better in future installments. Meg is starting a new adventure and I can’t wait to see how it all turns out.

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Aug 152015
 

ming tea murder spotlight
Ming Tea Murder
(Tea Shop Mysteries)

Cozy Mystery
16th in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (May 5, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425281642
E-Book ASIN: B00NMPN1N8
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It’s scones and scandal for Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Steeped in Evil…

Normally Theodosia wouldn’t attend a black tie affair for all the tea in China. But she can hardly say no to her hunky, handsome boyfriend, Max, who directs public relations for the Gibbes Museum in Charleston. Max has organized an amazing gala opening for an exhibit of a genuine eighteenth century Chinese teahouse, and the crème de la crème of Charleston society is invited.

In the exotic garden staged in the museum’s rotunda, a Chinese dragon dances to the beat of drums as it weaves through the crowd. The guests are serenaded by a Chinese violin as they sample an assortment of tempting bites. And to give them a memento of the occasion, there’s even a photo booth. But Theodosia makes a grim discovery behind the booth’s curtains: the body of museum donor Edgar Webster.

While Theodosia prefers tea service over the service of justice, this case is difficult to ignore—especially after Max becomes a suspect. Now she must examine the life of the fallen philanthropist and find out who really wanted him to pay up…

INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS!

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

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Aug 142015
 

murder paperback parlorMurder in the Paperback Parlor
(A Book Retreat Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
Setting – Virginia
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (August 4, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Shane Rebenshied
Cover Illustration by Diana Kolsky
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425265604
E-Book ASIN: B00QH832AO
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The New York Times bestselling Book Retreat mysteries feature Storyton Hall, the perfect getaway for literature lovers—except when a guest tries to get away with murder…

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Jane Steward is organizing a week of activities for fans of love stories at her book-themed resort. But her Regency readers barely have time to brush up on their Jane Austen before tragedy strikes Storyton Hall. Rosamund York, one of the most celebrated authors in attendance, is killed.

Rosamund had as many enemies as she did admirers, including envious fellow novelists, a jealous former lover, and dozens of angry fans. It’s up to Jane, with the help of her book club, the Cover Girls, to catalog the list of suspects and find a heartless killer quickly—before the murderer writes someone else off…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I was blown away by the first book in this series, Murder in the Mystery Suite, and this one is even better.

We return to Storyton just in time for Romancing the Reader week. The hall is full of lovers of romance novels and Jane has arranged for some special romance authors to attend as well. A full week of activities is planned including a search to find the perfect model for an upcoming romance novel cover, author panels and more. The most well known author is Rosamund York. There is a little friction between her and the other authors but Jane never thought anyone would kill her. When her body is found Jane, the new Guardian of the Library, knows she has to move quickly to find the person responsible and save the reputation of Storyton Hall. She enlists the help of the Cover Girls and a few trusted members of the staff to help her target the killer and bring them justice.

Storyton Hall is a quite a place. Secret stairways, secrets passages, secret room and most important of all a secret library. It is a book lover’s dream come true. The staff is unique, each person seems to have at least one secret talent. The characters are truly dynamic and escape right into your heart. As with the first book I still cannot choose a favorite.

Ellery Adams writes a story that puts you right in the room, looking over Jane Steward’s shoulder, taking in all the mayhem and mystery. There were quite a few suspects and more twists than I could count.The subplots just flow perfectly through the main mystery.

This is one of those stories that you want to savor and read slowly so you do not miss a single clue or nuance but once you start reading and the mystery starts to unfold you find the pages are turning faster and faster. When you reach the end you are happy that the mystery is solved but sad that your visit to Storyton has come to an end. Then you realize you have to wait a year to return to a place you have come to love in just a little over 300 pages.

Ellery Adams is an extraordinary storyteller!

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Aug 142015
 

You may have read her Embroidery Mystery Series that she writes as Amanda Lee not realizing she writes cozies as Gayle Trent too! Her Daphne Martin Cake Mysteries feature cake decorator Daphne Martin.  The newest installment Killer Wedding Cake was published in June. I am so thrilled she is touring it with Great Escapes Book Tours!

 

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killer wedding cake
by Gayle Trent

This was a super fast read for me. The author gave me so many fun characters to love.
~fuonlyknew
Laura’s Ramblins and Review

This was a very quick read that will keep you entertained from the beginning till the end. It will keep you guessing and on the edge of you seat.
~Melina’s Book Blog

A light hearted cozy mystery with colorful characters, a quick pace and a light touch of humor…
~Queen of All She Reads

Killer Wedding Cake was a fun, suspenseful thrill-ride that kept me at the edge of my seat.
~Moonlight Rendezvous

This fast- paced mystery will have you on the edge of your seat guessing until the end.
~Shelley’s Book Case

The author’s engaging writing style, both as Gayle Trent and in the Embroidery Shop Mysteries as Amanda Lee makes each book a yummy layer to the cake that is its series. (Truth be told here, I read Wicked Stitch multiple times and I can see that happening with Killer Wedding Cake as well.
~Back Porchervations

Trent does a great job of keeping all the parts moving and coming together with unexpected (and sometimes humorous) twists and turns.
~Christa Reads and Writes

I enjoyed the plot and appreciated the interesting characters in the novel.
~MysteriesEtc

This book was fast moving and definitely kept you on your feet…
~Community Bookstop

killer-wedding-cake-web-copy-200x300Killer Wedding Cake
(Daphne Martin Cake Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Publisher: Grace Abraham Publishing (June 21, 2015)
Paperback: 214 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0974109091
E-Book ASIN: B0105201F6
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Synopsis:

Daphne Martin’s wedding to Ben Jacobs is only a couple of weeks away. An award-winning cake decorator, Daphne is busy designing their wedding cake. Her twin nephew and niece, Lucas and Leslie, are excited about being in the wedding party. And Daphne’s brother-in-law Jason is planning a bachelor party for Ben. Everything is going beautifully until Daphne’s ex-husband Todd shows up. Just released from prison after serving a sentence based on his shooting a gun at Daphne, Todd comes to Brea Ridge to profess his undying love for her.

Despite Daphne’s attempts to make Todd leave town, he insists on hanging around to reconnect with people he used to know. When he’s found murdered, Daphne finds herself at the center of the investigation. Now she must track down Todd’s killer before she becomes the next victim. Can she still make it to the church on time?

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About The Author –

Gayle Trent (and pseudonym Amanda Lee) writes the Daphne Martin Cake Decorating series and the Embroidery Mystery series. The cake decorating series features a heroine who is starting her life over in Southwest Virginia after a nasty divorce. The Embroidery Mystery series features a heroine who recently moved to the Oregon coast to open an embroidery specialty shop.

 

Author Links:

http://www.gayletrent.com

https://www.facebook.com/GayleTrentandAmandaLee

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https://www.pinterest.com/gayletrent/

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Be sure to check out the rest of the tour!

Tour Participants

August 4 –fuonlyknewReview
August 5 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review, Guest Post
August 6 –Queen of All She Reads – Review
August 6Moonlight Rendezvous – Review
August 7 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Guest Post
August 8 – Christa Reads and Writes – Review
August 9 – Chloe Gets A Clue – Interview
August 10 – Back Porchervations – Review
August 11 – MysteriesEtc – Review
August 12 – Community Bookstop – Review
August 13 – readalot – Review
August 14 – Bunny’s Review – Review
August 14 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Spotlight
August 15 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review
August 16 – dru’s book musings – Guest Post
August 16 – A Cozy Girl Reads – Review
August 17Babs Book Bistro – Review

 

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Aug 122015
 
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She’s Here! She’s Here! Mary Kennedy is here today! Her book
Dream a Little Scream was released August 4!

090606-wilmington, de--12ll.local book--Mary Kennedy is the author of 37 books. She writes teen novels. The News Journal/Carla Varisco

“The Wonderful Wacky World of Dreams”
by Mary Kennedy

Anything can happen in a dream. You can take on a new persona, explore lands both real and imaginary and have adventures worthy of Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean. Since dreams are not subject to time and space constraints, you can share a plate of marrons with Marie Antoinette (“Let them eat cake!”) one night and be part of the first space mission (“Houston, we have a problem.”) the following evening.

Isn't this cover beautiful!! ?

Isn’t this cover beautiful!! ?

But what are we to make of the strange dream images that flit through our minds as we sleep? They seem so real while we’re experiencing them, and sleep studies reveal that our bodies react to dreams with real-life physical stress. Are you climbing a mountain in your dream or swinging from a zip line like Angelina Jolie? Your blood pressure may soar, your heartbeat may ratchet up a notch and your chest may feel tight. If you awake and take a few deep breaths, everything will return to normal in a few minutes.

On the other hand, what if you’re dreaming of lounging in a meadow, taking in the sweet scent of honeysuckle as you thumb through a book of poetry? Your body will show signs that you are indeed, at rest. Your heart rate will ratchet down and your breathing will become slower as your mind enjoys this respite from the cares of the day.

In any case, it’s fun to explore our dreams and what they really mean, as the characters in the Dream Club do. The members like to think that they are uncovering clues to solving murders in Savannah and they seem to have had some success. They combine intuition with solid sleuthing skills and some dream work. But do clues from their dreams really solve crimes? Is it luck, or coincidence or a combination of the two? I leave it to the reader to decide.

About The Author

Mary Kennedy is the author of over forty novels and has made the BookScan, Barnes and Noble and Publisher’s Weekly best-seller list. She is a psychologist in private practice on the East Coast and lives with her husband and eight neurotic cats. Both husband and cats have resisted all her attempts to psychoanalyze them, but she remains optimistic. You can visit her at www.marykennedy.net

 

dream a little screamDream a Little Scream
(A Dream Club Mystery)

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting -Georgia
A Berkley Prime Crime mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (August 4, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Bill Brunning
Cover Design by Leslie Worrell
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425268063
E-Book ASIN: B00OQS4E4K
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The national bestselling author of Nightmares Can Be Murder once again gathers together the members of the Dream Club in Savannah, Georgia, where the book tour of a famous chef becomes a recipe for disaster…

Behind her down-home folksy persona, celebrity chef Sonia Scott is a real Dixie diva who’s made plenty of enemies in her climb to the top of the culinary world. One of them is the newest member of the Dream Club, Etta Mae Beasley, who claims Sonia stole her family’s recipes and used them in her latest cookbook.

After Sonia’s suspicious death from anaphylactic shock at a book signing held at Taylor and Ali’s retro candy store, Etta’s revelation sows seeds of doubt in Taylor Blake’s mind. Now the Dream Club needs to put their heads together to determine if one of their own decided to give the chef her just desserts…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

We return to Oldies but Goodies, the fantastic candy store filled with all the candy we loved when we were kids. This time Ali and Taylor are trying to expand their business by adding some yummy deserts. They have invited celebrity chef Sonia Scott to have a book signing in their shoppe. They sweetened the pot by offering to serve items only from Sonia’s cookbooks. The chef agrees and the store quickly fills with her fans. But during the book signing something goes terribly wrong and the author has an allergic reaction to something she ate and dies. The girl’s need the Dream Club to help them figure out what happened before their candy shoppe is as dead as Chef Sonia.

I just love these characters. I used to be quite a vivid dreamer and a Dream Club sounds like a dream come true when you want to determine what your dreams really mean. The club has a couple of new members, Etta Mae Beasley and Edward Giles. Edward is a botany professor and Etta Mae recently moved to town. She has a personal connection with Chef Sonia and her company. Everyone tries to make them feel welcome and of course Dorien is her normal pushy self.

I was drawn in immediately but Sonia’s nut allergy as I have a nut allergy too. I have only had one occurrence that required medical attention in my entire life and that was the day I learned of my allergy. Heck, I have not even had a Epi-Pen prescribed but when I read stories like this I think I should have one.

Kennedy has again given us quite a mystery to sink our teeth into. Of course Ali and Taylor are on the list of suspects because Sonia died at Oldies but Goodies but there are so many other suspects that could have done it. My mind was whirling with all the possibilities. But I was following the clues right along with the Dream Club and figured it out at the same time they did.

The dreams of the club added a very interesting element to the story. I learned how concentrating on something can truly effect your dreams. I love that one member of the club has a special gift that allows her to jump into other people’s dream. I also see where this can be both a good thing and a bad thing :)

This is a fabulous follow up to Nightmares Can Be Murder. I do recommend reading the books in order so you get to know this wonderful cast of characters from the beginning. They make perfect bedtime reading that could encourage some very sweet dreams or maybe dreams to help solve a murder, lol. Let’s just strive for Sweet Dreams!

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special guest blueI am so happy to welcome J.J. Chow to Escape With Dollycas today!
Seniors Sleuth, the first Winston Wong Cozy Mystery was released on May 9.

 

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Behind the Crime (Writing) Scene

seniors sleuthThere is always an escape waiting for you—even in the most urban of places. For example, my Winston Wong mystery series takes place in San Jose, the heart of the tech-savvy Silicon Valley. Yet there is a stretch of beautiful Victorian houses in the city. Some of these elegant buildings have been converted into businesses, which is the case with the senior home featured in Winston’s first mystery, SENIORS SLEUTH.

I worked and lived in San Jose for years, but have now relocated to an even more urban area: Los Angeles. Besides the beaches, where’s a mystery writer to go to relax? Answer: The California Crime Writers Conference. Sponsored by Sisters in Crime Los Angeles and SoCal Mystery Writers of America, the exciting CCWC happens only every other year.California Crime Writers logo

Let me give you a look into what a crime writing convention is like. Along with workshops, there is an agents and editors cocktail party, a noir movie night, and a silent auction with raffle.

Besides the formal events, mingling occurs during session breaks (or sometimes while waiting in line for the ladies’ room—you know how it is).

 With Gigi Pandian

With Gigi Pandian

Personal Connections
At lunchtime, I found myself seated next to mystery writers whom I really respect. Meeting USA Today bestselling author Gigi Pandian especially touched my heart. She published the first book in her Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Series as a celebration for wrapping up a year’s worth of breast cancer treatments. My own cozy mystery is dedicated to my mom, who struggled against a very aggressive type of cancer.

Besides the personal connections, I also enjoyed the professional insight from excellent workshops, which covered the following categories:

Craft: tips for specific genres and advice for the writing life
Forensics: talks about crime scenes and unique information from specialists
Industry: information about the book industry, including various traditional and self-publishing options
Marketing: advice on selling books

Here are a few interesting tidbits I gleaned from those sessions:

Workshops
Amazon
• There are micro-genres for everything, so you can find things like a nice cozy mystery with a female sleuth happening in outer space
• On the Amazon author page, you can “follow” your favorite writer and stay in touch with their latest activities

Bookstores and Libraries
• There are dedicated book buyers in stores, ready to scout out new releases
• A recent book only has a small window of opportunity (4-6 weeks) to make a splash; indie bookstores, though, are often more lenient in promoting works they enjoy beyond that specific period
• Librarians listen to patron requests, so feel free to suggest books to your local branches
• Vendors charge libraries more for ebooks than print copies because of the multiple use involved in electronic versions

GunsForensics
• Even small guns are quite heavy and intimidating to hold!
• The Secret Service started out as an agency to combat counterfeit money (this session could not be recorded because it was too top-secret)
• Bugs can be used to determine a range of time for a victim’s death

Traditional Mysteries
Agatha Christie once compared the mystery to a “medieval morality play”
• At the core of the traditional and cozy mystery is the puzzle and its deduction
• Current mysteries have moved away from armchair detectives, and now involve a lot of excitement with diverse characters in varied settings

Finally, the major highlight of a crime writing convention is hearing well-known authors speak.

Charlaine Harris,  moderator Craig Faustus Buck, and Anne Perry

Charlaine Harris, moderator Craig Faustus Buck, and Anne Perry

Keynote Speakers
This year, the keynote speakers were Anne Perry and Charlaine Harris. They spoke separately over the two days, and then came together on the last day for a moderated discussion on Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing. Both authors agreed with most of Leonard’s rules, except for rule number nine, which involved using detailed descriptions. The writers would include more information if the plot needed something to be fully described (e.g. the layout of a room), and for things like clothes (which speak volumes about a person). There was also resounding support for Leonard’s tenth rule: “Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.”

At the conference, I found that even the most famous individuals (like the speakers above) were so down-to-earth. I mean, I was rubbing shoulders with folks who had been nominated or had won the Agatha, Anthony, Edgar, Shamus…the list of awards go on. Every author I met was super sweet. I wonder if it’s because we write all the animosity out of ourselves. It’s like free therapy when you’re a writer. Or perhaps it’s what Charlaine Harris said—we don’t need to get revenge on people in real life because we can do it on the page.

Silent auction

Silent Auction

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed a peek behind the scenes of a mystery writing convention!

~Jennifer

About J.J. Chow

Jennifer J. Chow, an Asian-American writer, holds a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a Master’s in Social Welfare from UCLA. Her geriatric work experience influences her stories. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Her short fiction has appeared in Yay! LA Magazine, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Mouse Tales Press, and IdeaGems. Her debut novel, The 228 Legacy, won Honorable Mention in the 2015 San Francisco Book Festival and was a 2013 Finalist for Foreword Reviews’ Book of the Year Award. She also writes the Winston Wong mysteries under the name of J.J. Chow. The first in the series, Seniors Sleuth, won Runner-Up in the 2015 Beach Book Festival.
Writing awards
•Runner-Up in the 2015 Beach Book Festival for Seniors Sleuth
•Honorable Mention in the 2015 San Francisco Book Festival for The 228 Legacy
•Finalist for the 2013 IndieFab/Foreword Reviews’ Book of the Year Award for The 228 Legacy
•Second round of the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for The 228 Legacy
•Second place in The Sacrifice Anthology Contest
•Honorable mention in the Project Keepsake Contest
•Finalist standing in Writer Advice’s 7th Annual Flash Prose Contest
•Honorable mention in the 2012 Whispering Prairie Press Writers ContestLike her on Facebook and Follow her on GoodReads and Twitter.

seniors sleuthSeniors Sleuth
(Winston Wong Cozy Mystery) (Volume 1)

1st in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – California
Self Published (May 9, 2015)
Paperback: 224 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1511733786
E-Book ASIN: B00X4PAISW
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Winston Wong used to test video games but has left his downward spiraling career to follow in the footsteps of Encyclopedia Brown, his favorite childhood detective. When the Pennysaver misprints his new job title, adding an extra “s” to his listing, Winston becomes a “Seniors Sleuth.” He gets an easy first case, confirming the natural death of a ninety-year-old man. However, under the surface of the bingo-loving senior home is a seedier world where a genuine homicide actually occurred. Winston finds himself surrounded by suspects on all sides: a slacker administrator, a kind-hearted nurse, and a motley crew of eccentric residents. To validate his new career choice (and maybe win the girl), he must unravel the truth from a tangle of lies.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
J.J. Chow introduces us to Winston Wong, a man trying to start over after his investments dry up and his sister bails him out by buying him a house to live in. He decides to become a sleuth like his favorite childhood detective. He is not licensed but takes out an ad in the Pennysaver to get his new business off the ground. A typo in the ad changes his plan just a bit. Instead of a Senior Sleuth he becomes a Seniors Sleuth and his first case has him investigating a death at an assisted living center.

The author gave us the requisite quirky characters for a cozy mystery. The residents of the Sweet Breeze are certainly unique, from the bejeweled Anastasia Templeton, to the dapper gent who plays the piano, Jazzman, and the curmudgeonly amputee Pete Russell. Nurse Kristen Blake seems to be the only staff outside of the manager of the place who spends more time playing video games than spending time with the residents. This part of the story didn’t ring true for me. A place like this would be required to have more staff. The meals are delivered by Meals on Wheels and that was odd to me too. Maybe things are different in California.

Winston’s first case starts out being just a small matter of easing someone’s mind but snowballs when he learns the man that died did not die of natural causes. Yet he kept stays on the case to find the killer. This was quite a mystery for his first case.

This is a very light mystery with all the cozy elements. A really good first effort to start this series. I enjoyed it but some of the details held me back from loving it. I am interested to see where the author takes her Senior Sleuth next.

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Aug 082015
 

just for fun 2015I had an excellent reading week last week so I decided to catch up on one of my favorite series and on my Just For Fun Reading. So this book will take the February slot on my Just For Fun Reading Challenge.

book fair and foulBook Fair and Foul
(Ashton Corners Book Club)

Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Alabama
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (August 5, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425271490
E-Book ASIN: B00I3N62FS
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For the mystery book lovers of Ashton Corners,
burial plots tell the most intriguing stories.

The members of the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society are all chipping in as Molly Mathews, now owner of the bookstore the Book Nook, prepares the first annual Mystery Book Fair. While gossip circulates about the guest authors, club member Lizzie Turner is unpleasantly surprised to see a certain book publicist make an appearance. It seems Lizzie has a history with Ashley Dixon—a chapter of her life she’d rather leave closed.

But when someone gives Ashley a death sentence, Lizzie becomes the prime suspect in a murder mystery she can’t put down. Now Lizzie and her fellow book buffs have to read between the lines of the publicist’s past and catch the real killer before Lizzie is written off for good.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I knew I had to hurry up and read this book because Law and Author comes out September 1.

This is the 4th book in the series and the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society is helping the Book Nook hold a book fair. They hope it will become an annual event. The fair brings an unexpected guest, someone from Lizzie’s past. Ashley Dixon is now a publicist working with the book fair authors but she seems to have another reason for being in town. Before Lizzie can find out what it is Ashley is dead and Lizzie is even a suspect!

The was a lighthearted read that found Molly, Lizzie, and their friends trying to keep the guest authors entertained while they try to close the book on the murder. At first I thought I knew exactly who killed Ashley but I was so wrong. Erica Chase threw in a bunch of twists and those pages kept turning and turning and turning and then the true culprit was revealed and it made perfect sense.

This series is full of great characters and I am so looking forward to visiting them again soon. Erika Chase will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday on September 16!

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You can find out all about Erika Chase and her books on 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.”

Aug 072015
 
Doing double duty today :)
Check out the latest from Diane Vallere!!

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Crushed Velvet
by Diane Vallere

If I had material like CRUSHED VELVET to read all the time, I could zip through books faster than running my nylons or snagging my cotton blends.
~Lisa K’s Book Reviews

The mystery in Crushed Velvet is interesting. There are bunches of red herrings and lots of new discoveries and the mystery goes along.
~I Wish I Lived In a Library

crushed velvetCrushed Velvet (A Material Witness Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
Series: A Material Witness Mystery (Book 2)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (August 4, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0425270585
E-Book ASIN: B00QH832E0
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“Diane Vallere has stitched up an engaging new series.”—Sofie Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of the Magical Cats Mysteries

Synopsis
Fabric shop owner Polyester Monroe is back in business—this time getting wrapped up in a diabolical but crafty case of murder.

With opening day of Material Girl approaching, Poly is stocking up on lush fabrics, colorful notions, and best of all, a proprietary weave of velvet. But upon delivery, it’s not quite the blend she expected, being ninety-percent silk and ten-percent corpse. Crushed under a dozen bolts of fabric is Phil Girard. His wife, Genevieve, local tea shop owner and close friend of Poly, is the prime suspect.

Granted, Phil may not have been the perfect husband, but surely Genevieve had no reason to kill him! There’s just the small matter of Genevieve’s own incriminating confession: I’m afraid I killed my husband. Now, as Material Girl’s grand opening looms, Poly is torn between a friendship pulling apart at the seams—and finding a smooth killer with a velvet touch…

INCLUDES A CRAFT PROJECT

DianeVallereAuthorPhoto_color_croppedAbout the Author

After two decades working for a top luxury retailer, Diane Vallere traded fashion accessories for accessories to murder. SUEDE TO REST, the first book in the bestselling Material Witness Cozy Mystery Series, was a Lefty/ Best Humorous Mystery nominee. CRUSHED VELVET, book two, comes out August 4. Diane is the current president of Sisters in Crime Los Angeles, and was co-chair of the 2015 California Crime Writers Conference. She also writes the Madison Night and Style & Error Mystery Series. Diane started her own detective agency at age ten and has maintained a passion for shoes, clues, and clothes ever since.

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Aug 072015
 
Yes, it has been a busy week. Today I am kicking off another
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Fool Me Once by Steve Hockensmith with Lisa Falco will be released tomorrow from Midnight Ink!

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Fool Me Once
by Steve Hockensmith with Lisa Falco

fool me onceFool Me Once
(A Tarot Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
Setting – Arizona

2nd in Series
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Midnight Ink (August 8, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0738742236
E-Book ASIN: B011J5Y6NG
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Synopsis

After taking over the White Magic Five & Dime, Alanis McLachlan is trying to make up for her mother’s con jobs by tracking down old customers and making amends. When Martha, one of the most loyal clients, comes looking for a way out of her abusive marriage, Alanis does everything she can to help.

But helping Martha leads to unforeseen consequences . . . including murder. When Martha’s husband is found dead, the police show up at Alanis’s door. And things only get more complicated as she tries to clear her name from the top of the suspect list. With her growing mastery of the tarot and the Fool card to guide her, can Alanis find her way to the truth before the killer gets to her first?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

We return the The White Magic Five and Dime in this 2nd Tarot Mystery. Alanis‘ Tarot Card reading skills are improving but her main concern is helping people her mother conned out of their hard earned cash. Martha comes to Alanis to escape her abusive husband but when the husband is found dead she becomes the prime suspect and they think Alanis could be an accomplice. Thankfully she has a good lawyer for Martha, a friend not afraid to do a little breaking and entering, a sister with an internet hacker connection,  and a keen sense to track down the real killer.

This story is so easy to easy to get caught up in. You know Alanis’ heart is in the right place and she does go to great lengths to right her mother’s wrongs. She is also quite savvy and doesn’t get tripped up but those trying to con her or take advantage of her. She has grown quite a bit over the course of these books. The secondary characters are very interesting as well and the author brings them all together with an extraordinary plot with plenty of red herrings.

Each chapter starts with a excerpt from Alanis’ mother’s book, Miss Chance, Infinite Roads in Knowing. that Alanis is reading and to give us a little insight into the Tarot Cards. These are quite humorous.

The author did something I just hate :) he leaves is with a hook for the next book in this series! I hate that because we have to wait a year to get the rest of the story!!

For now this is a terrific mystery. While it can be read as a stand alone I truly recommend you start with The White Magic Five and Dime, you can read my review here. Then we can wait for the next installment together.

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steve hockingsmithAbout The Author

Steve Hockensmith’s first novel, Holmes on the Range, was a finalist for the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony and Dilys awards. He went on to write four sequels as well as a pair of bestselling follow-ups to the international publishing sensation Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. More recently, he wrote (with collaborator “Science Bob” Pflugfelder) the middle-grade mysteries Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab and Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage.

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Give ‘Em Pumpkin To Talk About
by Joyce and Jim Lavene

pumpkin to talk aboutGive Em Pumpkin To Talk About
(Pumpkin Patch Mysteries Book 1)

Cozy Mystery
FIRST IN A NEW SERIES
Setting – Virginia
Publisher: J. Lavene (August 4, 2015)
Paperback: 228 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1515190134
E-Book ASIN: B00Z7LUVZQ

Synopsis:
Richmond attorney Sarah Tucker returns to sell her family’s abandoned farm in Misty River, Virginia despite unanswered questions about her grandparents’ disappearance sixteen years earlier. Sarah was only twelve when she went to visit and found her grandparents had vanished. No amount of searching has brought answers.

Now Sarah is faced with other issues when a man is killed who claimed to have information about what happened to her grandparents. She learns of a Confederate chest of gold that is said to be buried on the property, and treasure hunters who are willing to do anything to get their hands on it.

Were her grandparents murdered for the gold? Sarah can’t sell the land and go back to her life until she has answers. But the cost of the answers may be her life.
Includes farm-fresh recipes!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This series is off to an AWESOME start!

Imagine your grandparents just disappearing, clothes in the closets, food on the table, poof they are just gone. An investigation at the time turned up no leads and their property just sat there. Now Sarah Tucker has come back to ready the place for sale. She hadn’t been there for 16 years. She sees someone has been taking some care of the property. A friend from her past. She finds after reconnecting with him and others she really needs answers before she can sell the place and walk away. She has too many wonderful memories that have come rushing back. She is all set to meet with a man that may help her but he is killed before they have a chance to talk.  In her quest to find answers elsewhere she learns a treasure may be buried on the property and that opens the door to many possibilities that may not only help her find out about her grandparents but also why the man who wanted to help her was killed.

I was swallowed up by this story from the very first page.  Misty River is one of those small towns that young folks tend to leave as soon as they are able but those that stay or never leave realize the joy a small town can bring. A town where everyone knows your name and all your business but is there to help you in times of need or celebrate the times that are happy. A town where everyone gathers to raise a barn, a neighbor helps you mow your lawn, or an old friend helps you solve a mystery or two.

We meet Sarah Tucker, a very strong woman, that starts out with one objective that soon twists as she caught up in all the happenings of Misty River and trying to solve the murder.

Joyce and Jim have created some spectacular supporting characters. Jack who has been basically squatting on her grandparents farm, her friend Kathy, who was her best friend back all those years ago when she visited her grandparents, Mr. Pope and his family that live on the place next door, and Sheriff Morgan, who seems to see the best in everyone, even though someone has to be a murderer. Everyone remembers Sarah grandparents and how Sarah always came to visit. They also remember the pumpkin patch that thanks to Jack is still producing pumpkins. There is even a cameo of a couple characters for one of the Lavene’s other series, Dr. Peggy Lee and her husband, Steve Newsome, formerly of the FBI.

The Lavenes has penned a fantastic mystery with so many twists and turns you will nor be able to put this book down until you reach the last word.  Al I can say is I hope we don’t have to wait too long for the next installment because I want it right now!

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10497504_10203996507538565_7985334038155587208_oAbout these Authors

Joyce and Jim Lavene write award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. They have written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon, and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family.

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Let’s kick off The Musubi Murder Great Escapes Tour with a bang!!
I am so excited to welcome Frankie Bow
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A CAMPUS MURDER MYSTERY for the AGE of BUDGET CUTS

 

Our guest of honor, Jimmy Tanaka, may have been “The Most Hated Man in Hawaii,” but he was also the biggest donor in the history of the College of Commerce. We were in no position to be picky about the moral character of our benefactors. Not after the latest round of budget cuts.

Campus sleuths have traditionally plied their trade in rarefied surroundings. In Dorothy Sayers’ Gaudy Night (1925), Harriet Vane investigates some unpleasantness at Shrewsbury College, Oxford. Gervase Fen, an Oxford professor of English, might involve himself in a “splendidly complicated crime” as an amusing diversion. Amanda Cross’s Kate Fansler holds court in a richly-appointed office in stately Baldwin Hall. Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse works the Oxford beat. Sarah Caudwell’s delightful Hilary Tamar is a professor of medieval law at Oxford. Joanne Dobson’s Karen Pelletier sleuths at the leafy and exclusive Enfield College.

musubimurderfrontsansserifBut for Professor Molly Barda, the reluctant amateur detective and narrator of The Musubi Murder,  college is not a luxury experience. Like most students and faculty today, Molly and her colleagues are trying to do more with less, while bracing for the next round of budget cuts.

Molly teaches at a regional state university in rural Hawaii, far from the rolling green lawns and wood paneled offices of New England or Oxbridge. Molly longs for working air conditioning. She sits on a yoga ball because there is no budget for office furniture. Her dean, unwilling to lose paying customers, won’t let her report cheating students. Campus administration will kowtow to any potential donor, even the rapacious Jimmy Tanaka, for whom bulldozing a beloved historic landmark is all in a day’s work.

And while money is in short supply, administrators with “innovative” directives are not.

A few weeks after the Student Retention Office remodel was finished, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Engagement attended an ed-tech conference. Upon his return, we were directed to record our class sessions and post them online, so that students could watch them at their leisure. The problem was that we were “guides on the side” now, and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Engagement didn’t want to post hour-long videos of students sitting in circles talking. So we all had to go back to being “sages on the stage,” lecturing to the video camera, but this time we were cautioned to act as “facilitators of experience” rather than “providers of knowledge.” We’re still stuck with the immovable round tables.

Of course all people and events in The Musubi Murder are fictional, albeit inspired by real-life events. Like Molly Barda, I teach at a public university. Unlike my protagonist, I am blessed with delightful students, sane colleagues, a loving family, and a perfectly nice office chair.

The second book in the Molly Barda series, Molly Barda and the Cursed Canoe, is scheduled for 2016, and I’m currently working on a short story for a benefit anthology.

~Frankie

About The Author

Like Molly Barda, Frankie Bow teaches at a public university. Unlike her protagonist, she is blessed with delightful students, sane colleagues, a loving family, and a perfectly nice office chair. She believes if life isn’t fair, at least it can be entertaining.

In addition to writing murder mysteries, she publishes in scholarly journals under her real name. Her experience with academic publishing has taught her to take nothing personally.

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The Musubi Murder
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Hawaii
Hardcover
Publisher: Five Star (August 5, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1432830748
E-Book ASIN: B011M7EQ9U
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Synopsis:

In the remote college town of Mahina, Hawaii, Molly Barda just wants to stay out of trouble until she gets tenure, but there’s a problem. A grisly prank targeting a controversial donor puts her college in financial jeopardy. Molly’s hapless ex is implicated, and Molly soon finds herself neck-deep in a stew of corruption, revenge, and murder. Along the way, she finds herself drawn to a local fast-food entrepreneur, the too-good-to-be-true Donnie Gonsalves, who seems to like her for all the wrong reasons–and has a few secrets of his own.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

In The Musubi Murder we meet Molly Barda, and her friends, Emma Nakamura and Patrick Flanagan. They are college professors in Mahina, Hawaii. The College of Commerce has budget issues and is literally falling apart around them.   I am reading this book just after the Governor of my fine state of Wisconsin has cut hundreds of millions of dollars out of out college system. I hope and pray it doesn’t end of like the college in this story. Jimmy Tanaka, founder of Merrie Musubis, and a man with a shady background, has promised a huge donation to the school but he fails to show up at a breakfast in his honor. Or a least that is what everyone thought. He is there in a way, a way that leads to a murder investigation and Mollie finds herself heavily involved. She is also just starting a relationship with Donnie Gonsalves, but he seems to be a man with many secrets.

Not knowing anything about musubi (pronounced moo-soo-BEE) the title was a big draw and when I found they were sandwiches that could be made with SPAM, a childhood favorite, I knew I had to read this story.

Frankie Bow has laid the groundwork for a promising mysteries series in addition to giving a very intriguing whodunit that includes not only a bit of revenge but corruption too. I found the characters to be very well developed and the backdrop of college politics very interesting. The humor interspersed throughout the story made it even more enjoyable. How can you go wrong with a setting in Hawaii? A great place I have always wanted to visit.

The author has many more installments planned and I am looking forward to them.

Book 2: Molly Barda and the Cursed Canoe
Book 3: Molly Barda and the Black Thumb
Book 4: Molly Barda and the Invasive Species
Book 5: Molly Barda and the Blessed Event
Book 0: The Defunct Adjunct

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place
by Marty Wingate

I loved the characters between the banter of Chris and Pru and the wedding plans being funny this series is great. The fact you are learning about gardening along the way is not bad either. If you enjoy cozies and gardening this is a great series for you.
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I can’t say enough good things about Author Marty Wingate’s Potting Shed Mysteries, especially Between a Rock and a Hard Place, her best one yet!
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between a rockBetween a Rock and a Hard Place: A Potting Shed Mystery
(Potting Shed Mystery series Book 3)

Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Alibi (August 4, 2015)
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ASIN: B00PEPR70M
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Perfect for fans of Laura Childs, Ellery Adams, and Jenn McKinlay, Marty Wingate’s enchanting Potting Shed Mystery series heads to Scotland as Pru Parke plans her wedding . . . all while a vengeful murderer is poised to strike again.

After her romantic idyll with the debonair Detective Chief Inspector Christopher Pearse culminates in a marriage proposal, Pru Parke sets about arranging their nuptials while diving into a short-term gig at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. At hand is the authentication of a journal purportedly penned by eighteenth-century botanist and explorer Archibald Menzies. Compared to the chaos of wedding planning, studying the journal is an agreeable task . . . that is, until a search for a missing cat leads to the discovery of a dead body: One of Pru’s colleagues has been conked on the head with a rock and dumped from a bridge into the Water of Leith.

Pru can’t help wondering if the murder has something to do with the Menzies diary. Is the killer covering up a forgery? Among the police’s many suspects are a fallen aristocrat turned furniture maker, Pru’s overly solicitous assistant, even Pru herself. Now, in the midst of sheer torture by the likes of flamboyant wedding dress designers and eccentric church organists, Pru must also uncover the work of a sly murderer—unless this bride wants to walk down the aisle in handcuffs.

MARTY

 

About the Author

Marty Wingate is the author of two previous Potting Shed mysteries, The Garden Plot and The Red Book of Primrose House. Her new Birds of a Feather Mystery series debuted with The Rhyme of the Magpie. Wingate is a regular contributor toCountry Gardens and other magazines. She also leads gardening tours throughout England, Scotland, Ireland, France, and North America. More Potting Shed and Birds of a Feather mysteries are planned.

 

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special guest blueI am really excited! Daryl Wood Gerber’s Fudging The Books comes out on Tuesday! She is here today telling us about some of her research and I will tell you about the book and give my review. Then stay tuned because her Great Escapes Book Tour starts tomorrow and runs through August 6. Each stop will not only be reviewing the book but will also be sharing a yummy recipe and hosting a giveaway!! Please help me welcome Daryl to Escape With Dollycas! 

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FUDGING THE BOOKSWhile doing research for Fudging the Books, the 4th Cookbook Nook Mystery, I had to do a whole lot of chocolate tasting. Poor me. I tried different cocoas. I tried different high-end chocolate bars. I came up with a number of new recipes for the book, including of all things, cocoa croutons for salads and oranges dipped in chocolate.

Now, I can’t share any of the recipes from the book with you before its publication date, but if you didn’t know, I’ve had recipes in other books, and today’s is one of my all-time favorites.

From Stirring the Plot, the 3rd Cookbook Nook Mystery, which featured Halloween food, I also included French Silk Fudge Cake. It’s the cake served at the Winsome Witches luncheon. Jenna adored it and begged Chef Katie to recreate it. The coffee makes the difference!

Isn’t it fun when my fictional characters can make my life that much tastier?!!

What chocolate do you like?

Savor the Mystery!

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Tasty ~ Zesty ~ Dangerous

blog_silkfudge_cakeFRENCH SILK FUDGE CAKE
From Stirring the Plot

Ingredients:

1 (3.5 to 4 ounce) bittersweet chocolate bar, chopped
1 ½ squares (1 ounce) unsweetened chocolate, chopped
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoons coffee
2 eggs
1 egg yolk
3/4 cup white sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons flour (*may use gluten-free flour plus 1/8 teaspoon xanthan gum)
1/2 of a 3.5 to 4 ounce bittersweet chocolate bar broken into ½-inch pieces
If desired: whipped cream or frosting.

Note: I used Ghirardelli 72% dark chocolate instead of bittersweet chocolate.

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease 4 mini-bundt cake cups.

Please 1 chopped bar of bittersweet chocolate, unsweetened chocolate, and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Place bowl in microwave and cook on low power until the butter has melted and the chocolate is soft, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir often to avoid burning the mixture.

In a mixing bowl, whisk cinnamon, coffee, eggs, egg yolk, sugar, and salt until combined. Stir in the flour. Mix in the chocolate mixture. Stir until smooth. Add the ½ bar of bittersweet chocolate that has been broken into ½-inch pieces. Spoon the batter in the prepared bundt cake cups. Fill about ¾ full.

Bake for about 15-18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out wit “streaks’ of thick batter. The tops of the cakes will be nearly firm. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for 5 -10 minutes. Serve warm…or wait 20 minutes and serve at room temperature with whipped cream squirted into the center of the bundt shape.

Note: If you want to frost this cake, consider baking it in cupcakes tins or in a 9-inch springform pan lined with parchment paper. Cook about 30-35 minutes.

About Daryl Wood Gerber

Agatha Award-winning and nationally bestselling author DARYL WOOD GERBER writes the Cookbook Nook Mysteries, set in the fictional coastal town of Crystal Cove, California.  As Avery Aames, she also writes the Cheese Shop Mysteries, set in quaint Providence, Ohio. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote”. She is married, loves to cook, and has a darling, frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky. Visit Daryl or Avery at www.darylwoodgerber.com.  Connect with her on Twitter, and Facebook, and don’t forget to sign up for her Keepin’ it Cozy newsletter.

FUDGING THE BOOKSFudging the Books
(A Cookbook Nook Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – California
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (August 4, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Teresa Fasolino
Cover Design by Jason Gill
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425279403
E-Book ASIN: B00QH8320E
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The Agatha Award–winning author of Stirring the Plot returns to the Cookbook Nook in Crystal Cove, California, where February brings Pirate Week, National Chocolate Month—and bitter murder…

Pirate Week is sweeping through Crystal Cove and keeping Jenna Hart and her bookstore, the Cookbook Nook, plenty busy. But she’s not too swamped to also host the local Chocolate Cookbook Club’s meeting—especially because the guest of honor is her friend, candy maker and cookbook author Coco Chastain.

Jenna whips up a delicious event amidst the rowdy festivities, but the mood is soon broken by robberies, simmering tempers, and a dead body—Coco’s editor, Alison. The suspects turn out to be more plentiful than a pot full of gold doubloons, so to prove Coco isn’t responsible for the dastardly deed, Jenna will have to stir up some clues and figure out who’s the real sticky-fingered killer…

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Dollycas’s Thoughts

February in Crystal Cove is busier than you may think. First they celebrate Pirate Week and then it is Valentine’s Day. At The Cookbook Nook there are also the book clubs that meet. This month the Chocolate Cookbook Club welcomes Jenna’s friend, Coco Chastain, author and candy maker extraordinaire. She brings her whole crew to the meeting and things get just a little tense. Her publisher, Allison, seems to be working on books for several of Crystal Cove’s residents. When she is found dead Coco becomes the prime suspect but Jenna knows that is more to the story. She starts to stir things up as she tries to find the real killer. She is also is trying to find the pirate’s booty that someone made off with. Can this be connected to the murder…

When I pick up a book by Daryl/Avery I know I am in for a fantastic treat and should plan accordingly. She delivers her best story yet in Fudging the Books.

Crystal Cove seemed to be a quiet little place until Jenna came to town but she has plenty of friends to support and know all these murders are not her fault. Aunt Vera does her best to keep Jenna in line and readers giggling. She is one special lady. Jenna’s relationship with Rhett is also evolving nicely. Vera’s romance has hit a little bump in the road though. Bailey has a new pet thanks to her beau, Tito, and she is having problems getting him to like her.

The mystery is so well thought out and presented. The perfect amount of twists to keep us guessing. The author strikes a nice balance with the right amount of romance and humor. The characters are fun and very appealing. You want to know them better and care about their lives. All this but don’t forget the food, this time there is chocolate, and lots of it thanks to Chef Katie.

The setting is wonderful too. Crystal Cove sounds like a great place to visit and I would drop a bundle of cash at The Cookbook Nook. The shop is not only full of cookbooks but cozy mysteries that feature food. Several of my favorite author grace the shelves.

This book is quite a treasure, with pirates, murder, romance, humor and food! (Recipes included.) I am already excited for my next visit!

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