Oct 312014
 

just for fun 2014
I made it, just by the skin of my teeth!
Thanks to Great Escapes Book Tours I found author Teresa Trent. This is a series I knew I had to read and A Dash of Murder (Pecan Bayou Series Book 1) takes place on Halloween so I knew it was the perfect book for today!


A Dash of Murder
(Pecan Bayou Series Book 1)

Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Tightwad Tess Press (September 14, 2011)
Paperback: 148 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1478113003
E-Book File Size: 349 KB
ASIN: B005NB1QSG
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A Mystery for Ghost Hunters!
When Betsy’s Aunt Maggie wants to drag her along on a ghost hunting excursion at the local abandoned tuberculosis hospital she isn’t sure if she quite believes in ghosts. When she comes upon a fresh spirit in the form of a body, she starts to rethink about what really is haunting the hospital.

Betsy must solve the murder in spite of her father, who is a lieutenant on the Pecan Bayou Police Force, town citizens worried about the effect of the occult on their children, and handsome stranger from Dallas. How do you get blood out of a silk blouse? Betsy Livingston can tell you in her newspaper column, “The Happy Hinter”. When she’s not writing, or taking care of her young son, she’s busy solving mysteries in the tiny Texas town of Pecan Bayou.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Being the first book in the series the author not only has to give us a mystery but also introduce us to the characters and give us a feel for the time and place. Teresa Trent does a great  job at this.

The place happens to be the abandoned Johnson Tuberculosis Hospital which would be a  spooky place to me no matter what time of year it is. The idea that there may be spirits lurking enough to bring ghost hunters to investigate adds to the haunted feeling. I was nervous about any hallway Betsy ventured into and one of the surprises she did find made me drop the book for just a moment. I don’t want a spoiler here but I am not talking about a ghost or even a dead body.  Something that would have made me run screaming to the nearest exit.

The characters are very engaging. I love Betsy, The Happy Hinter. She seems very down to earth and someone I could probably be friends with. Her father has his hands full with a certain person creating havoc about the ghost hunters, the Scout troop on an overnight camp out, the drama at the old hospital, a murder to solve and of course the normal Halloween hijinks. I like the way all the characters rally together and helped out however they could.

The mystery was a good one too. Plenty of the expected twists and turns. I was totally surprised by the ending.

Trent does all this in less than 150 pages which I couldn’t believe. It was a very fast read and I really enjoyed it. She has left plenty of room for the characters to grow. I am late to this party though. The 6th book in the Pecan Bayou Series, Murder for a Rainy Day was just released so I have some catching up to do.

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About This Author

Teresa Trent writes her Pecan Bayou Mystery Series from Houston, Texas.  With a father in the army, her family moved often finally settling in Colorado.  Living in Texas for the last 19 years she loves the people and even the weather.  Murder for a Rainy Day includes a hurricane, and having endured Hurricane Ike and Hurricane Rita with her family, Teresa would much rather write about them than evacuate from them.   Teresa includes Danny, a character with Down Syndrome in her Pecan Bayou family and in real life is the mother of an adult son with Down Syndrome/PDD.  Creating the character of Danny and all of the other inhabitants of Pecan Bayou has been a joy for her.  This book is the last one in the Pecan Bayou Series taking Betsy from single mom to mother of three.  Teresa is now working on her next series that will take place in the Piney Woods of Texas.

Author Links:

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Teresa will be touring Murder For A Rainy Day with Great Escapes Book Tours starting November 24.
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*This book is from my private collection.

Oct 302014
 

Chorus Lines, Caviar, and Corpses
Chorus Lines, Caviar, and Corpses
(A Happy Hoofers Mystery)

New Cozy Mystery Series
Kensington Books (November 4, 2014)
Kensington Publishing Corporation
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1617733598
E-Book File Size: 1194 KB
ASIN: B00JVW6H3C
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There’s no pussy-footing around murder . . .

It’s never too late to kick up your heels. Just ask Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary Louise, and Gini–aka the Happy Hoofers. After posting a video of their tap-dancing routine on the Internet, the leggy ladies find themselves booked to perform on a Russian river cruise up the Volga from Moscow to St. Petersburg.

But when murder cuts in, the five fabulous friends find it’s not so easy to tap their troubles away. A crew member has been killed, and a passenger is missing. With a killer on board, the Hoofers need to watch their step. But with a little fancy footwork, these soft-shoe sleuths may get a leg up on a killer who’s cruising for a bruising. . .

Includes Travel Tips And Tasty Recipes

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Meet the Happy Hoofers: 

  • Tina is leader of the group. She keeps everything organized. She is the Travel Editor at Perfect Bride magazine.
  • Janice is an actress and director in community theater. She is divorced with a daughter in college.
  • Pat is a family therapist and the mother hen of the group.
  • Mary Louise and Tina have been friends for over 30 years. She has 3 children and a very trying husband named George.
  • Gini is a redhead with a temper to match. She is a documentary filmmaker and while making a film in India fell in love with a little girl she hopes to adopt.

They are “all different, all great looking, and fierce friends forever.” They also all love to tap dance. What started out as exercise to keep their 50-something bodies in shape has taken off and landed them a gig on a Russian Cruise as the headline entertainment. Let’s just say it is quite an adventure with a drill sergeant like cruise director, a British chef who can’t cook worth a darn, and accommodations built for extremely small individuals. When the chef ends up dead no one is really surprised but is bad food something that would drive someone to commit murder?

Mary McHugh has penned quite a mystery. Unlike other cozy mysteries the Happy Hoofers really do not do much investigating they just seem to find themselves in dangerous situations that force them to stick together. When they get separated bad things happen.

The Hoofers meet some interesting people cruising up the Volga. Some that are sure to appear in upcoming stories.

They visit some beautiful places in Russia but learn quickly they have arrived at the wrong time of year. This tour company needs to use Tina to help them organize things.  If I went on a cruise like this it would be my last cruise. It was pretty bad before any of the corpses showed up. The Happy Hoofers were definitely the best thing about the whole adventure.

Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to tap your tours with these ladies Moscow to St. Petersburg. This is a great start for this series.

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About This Author

Mary McHugh graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, with a B.A. in English Literature and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. She is the author of nineteen nonfiction books and two novels. She was a contributing editor for Cosmopolitan, an articles editor at Woman’s World, Travel Holiday, and Bridal Guide, and has written articles for The New York Times, Good Housekeeping and Family Circle.

She loves to tap dance and to travel -two passions that inspired her to write the Happy Hoofers series.

She lives in the New York area. Visit her at http://marymchugh.org/index.html

 

Author Links
WebPage: http://marymchugh.org/index.html
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mary.mchugh.77

 

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Reviews, Guest Posts, Interviews and Giveaways!

Tour Participants
November 4 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review, Giveaway
November 5 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Giveaway
November 6 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – Review, Giveaway
November 7 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview
November 8 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – Review, Guest Post, Giveaway
November 9 – Girl Lost In a Book – Review, Giveaway
November 10 – Tea and A Book – Review, Guest Post , Giveaway
November 11 – Griperang’s Bookmarks – Review
November 12 – Kelly P’s Blog – Guest Post
November 13 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Interview, Giveaway
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Oct 292014
 

cozy wednesday 2013 640Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

Today I am so excited to welcome Wisconsin Author Hannah Read!
Her new series is off to a fantastic start with

Off Kilter (A Scottish Highlands Mystery).

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The Call of the Highlands
By Hannah Reed

9780425265826_large_Off_KilterIt began as ideas often do, with a small spark out of the blue. Most flashes of insight (also known as moments of insane thinking) sputter and die a quick death. As they should. But sometimes one will ignite and take off, and there’s nothing you can do but go along for the ride. That’s what happened with my new Scottish Highlands mystery series. Once those thoughts came alive and were in motion, I wouldn’t have been able to douse them even if I had an ocean of water. They had to be written.

Mostly, I credit one of my more colorful ancestors, who managed to get thrown out of Scotland in 1685 after his capture and imprisonment in Dunnottar Castle for taking up arms against the king. These days the castle still exists as a ruin, sitting high on a windswept hill beside the sea. This character survived when many didn’t and was shipped to the new world. A real rabble-rouser, that one. Not an uncommon trait in my family line. I believe his adventure was the inspiration for this new series. It fueled my imagination.

And although the weapons have changed in the time that has elapsed between then and now, motives for murder remain the same.

So back to the present and a wee bit about Off Kilter .

Romance writer Eden Elliott arrives in the Highlands only to discover that the local sheep shearer has been clipped with his own shears. She better figure out the motive for his murder and the person behind the deed before she finds herself on the receiving end of more shear terror!

I hope you enjoy your romp through the ‘blades’ of the Highland’s slippery slopes. I know I did.

~Hannah

For more information about the story or about my other tales, visit me at hannahreedbooks.com


Praise for Off Kilter:

  • “Hannah Reed’s new series will please Scotophiles everywhere…” ~ Miranda James, New York Times bestselling author of the Cat in the Stacks Mysteries.
  • “A brilliant mystery, rich in charming characters set against lush depictions of the Scottish village of Glenkillen.” ~ Jenn McKinlay, New York Times bestselling author of the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries and the Library Lover’s Mystery.

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Off Kilter
(A Scottish Highlands Mystery)

A Brand New Cozy Series
A Berkley Prime Mystery (October 7, 2014)
The Berkley Publishing Group
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425265826
E-Book File Size: 1297 KB
ASIN: B00ISEOIXA
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After the recent death of her mother and the dissolution of her marriage, thirty-something Eden Elliott is seriously in need of a fresh start. At the urging of her best friend, bestselling author Ami Pederson, Eden decides to embark on an open-ended trip to the picturesque village of Glenkillen in the Scottish Highlands, to do some hands-on research for a book of her own. But almost as soon as Eden arrives in the quaint town, she gets caught up in a very real drama…

The town’s sheep shearer is found murdered—clipped with his own shears—and the locals suspect Vicki MacBride, an outsider whose father’s recent death left her the surprise heir to his lucrative sheep farm. Eden refuses to believe the affable heiress is a murderer, but can she prove that someone is out to frame her new friend before she finds herself on the receiving end of more shear terror?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Are you ready to escape to Scotland? Hannah Reed has created a wonderful protagonist to take us there. Eden Elliot needs a change. Her husband was a real jerk and losing a mom is just devastating. Her friend Ami has done something extraordinary by sending her to Scotland to not only do research for a book to find herself and help her realize that there are better times ahead.  Of course finding a dead body definitely puts the entire trip Off Kilter.

On the plane she meets Vicki MacBride and this lady draws Eden right into the middle of her family’s dysfunction. Her half siblings are not happy to see her or know that she has Eden as a friend. Even though that friendship is very new Eden does not back away when the going gets tough. She believes her friend is innocent and is going to prove it.

Reed has set the story in the Scottish Highlands and her vivid descriptions make it easy to imagine the beauty. From the lush green grasses to the purple hues of the heather – The sheep roaming the hillsides and the border collies herding them together – the food and the locally made wool products. They are all featured to make the reader feel right there enjoying our getaway right along with Eden.

The characters are unique and they are so easy to get to know. Hard to believe this is just the first book in the series. I love Eden and her growing relationship with mystery writer Leith. He will be a great inspiration for her romance novel.  I was also so impressed with the way Eden works with the local detective and his wayward volunteer sidekick. Inspector Jamieson is a smart man and quickly realizes Eden is a great resource especially since his Auxiliary officer is not much help and has a lot to learn.

There is a also a wee bit of humor throughout the entire story. Most as Eden learns to drive a vehicle with manual transmission with the driver seat on the wrong side of the car, operating it on the opposite side of the road, and having to maneuver those crazy roundabouts! Thankfully Leith has a fantastic sense of humor and plenty of patience to help her learn the Scottish way of doing things.

I found this tale very refreshing, like a breath of fresh air. The town was very welcoming to Eden. The lilt of the language and the kilts the people wear along with a beautiful backdrop added to a very well thought out mystery made me love this book. I am not ready to try the haggis or the blood pudding but I absolutely cannot wait for my next visit to Glenkillen and the next mystery in this series.

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Oct 242014
 

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It is times like these that I am so thankful I started organizing these tours because it helped me “meet” Amy Metz and be introduced to the very unique people of Goose Pimple Junction!

GPJ1CoverMurder & Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction
(Goose Pimple Junction mystery)
First in Series

Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Blue Publications (September 7, 2014)
Paperback: 252 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0989714020
E-Book File Size: 563 KB
ASIN: B00NE1H8FW
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When Tess Tremaine starts a new life in the colorful town of Goose Pimple Junction, curiosity leads her to look into a seventy-five-year-old murder. Suddenly she’s learning the foreign language of southern speak, resisting her attraction to local celebrity Jackson Wright, and dealing with more mayhem than she can handle.

A bank robbery, murder, and family tragedy from the 1930s are pieces of the mystery that Tess attempts to solve. As she gets close to the truth, she encounters danger, mystery, a lot of southern charm, and a new temptation for which she’s not sure she’s ready.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I absolutely loved everything about this book!

Tess Tremaine is starting over after a terrible marriage. Her son has his life in Birmingham and she is settling in to her new home in Goose Pimple Junction. With a children’s book already published she decides to try her hand at a romance novel. To fill her time she lands a part-time job at A Blue Million Books and she is also refreshing the home she has purchased. It just so happens that her new home was the bookstore owner’s family home. The mystery begins when she discovers something interesting in a floor register.

They story goes back and forth from 1932 when a bank was robbed to present day. Tess’ arrival in Goose Pimple has spurred a bunch of things in motion. The author does the changing points of view wonderfully.

Metz has filled her story with sweet tea, southern charm and the language that Tess finds trouble grasping at first but she catches on PDQ.

The residents of Goose Pimple Junction are what we cozy readers call “quirky” and most have hearts as big as all outdoors. Bookstore owner Lou is a true gem and she loves people. She has her opinions which she is not afraid to share and sometimes she shares them loudly and at other times under her breathe so just the folks nearby can hear. Jack is a mystery author and he seems to click with Tess from their first “Howdy”, but Tess was just not ready to have another “cheatin’ man” in her life and in her frame of mind most men are cheaters. But she does start to warm up to him after a while.

The story is also full of humor and well known and not so well known Southern sayings – Goosepimpleisms. The dialogue continued to crack me up time and time again. For example: Tess and Jack are at dinner when another man walks in and they both notice his attire. Jack shook his head. “I ‘m surprised he can sit. His pants are so tight, if he farted,  he’d blow his boots off.”

The mystery was well researched and well plotted. I was surprised to learn it is based on an a real unsolved mystery the author had grown up hearing about.  There were plenty of suspects rolling around in my mind. Heck I even suspected Jack!

This story was a pure joy to read. I was sorry to see it end. The author gives us a small helping of the next book in the series, Heroes & Hooligans in Goose Pimple Junction. I went right to Amazon to try to purchased it.  It is not out yet but the author says it will be soon. I can’t wait!

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AmyMetz

About This Author

Amy Metz is a former first grade teacher and the mother of two grown sons. When not actively engaged in writing, enjoying her family, or surfing Facebook or Pinterest, Amy can usually be found with a mixing spoon, camera, or book in one hand and a glass of sweet tea in the other. Amy lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

Author Links

Website: http://amymetz.com
Blog: http://abluemillionbooks.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorAmyMetz
Twitter: https://twitter.com/authoramymetz
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6436458.Amy_Metz
Book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vIbieSgVjk

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Oct 232014
 

I am very excited to kick off this Mini Great Escapes Tour for Dawn Eastman’s Be Careful What You Witch For. It is the perfect Halloween/Autumn Read! She was my guest for Cozy Wednesday when the book was first released back in July. You can check out her guest post and my full review here.

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by Dawn Eastman

Praise From First Tour –

Dawn Eastman has created a wonderful setting and a great cast of characters that I can’t wait to spend time with again.
~ Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf

(Be Careful What You Witch For) is one of the most fun reads I’ve read this summer.
~Booklady’s Booknotes

Be Careful What You Witch For is a delightful, entertaining paranormal cozy mystery, with the emphasis on cozy.
~The Bookwyrm’s Hoard

Dawn Eastman gives us a realistic look into a paranormal world and I’m delighted to follow where she leads.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

I am a big fan of this series because Ms. Eastman has written a delightful series with memorable characters, supernatural elements and laugh out loud humor that will have you clamoring for more.
~Books-n-Kisses

I absolutely loved it! This is a great cozy mystery that was fun to read and entertaining throughout.
~Brooke Blogs

…the mystery is one that keeps the pages turning.
~A Chick Who Reads

This bewitching tale will keep you reading until the wee hours of night!
~Shelley’s Book Case

…cozy readers will love the journey Ms. Eastman takes them on.
~Community Bookstop

…if you’re ready for a magically tinged mystery with some great new fictitious friends waiting to make your acquaintance, pack your bags for Crystal Haven…oh and don’t worry about phoning ahead, they already know you’re coming.
~Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

“Be Careful What You Witch For” is fun, enjoyable and a good entry in this new series. It blends paranormal, religion, mystery and romance into a believable brew.
~Bea’s Book Nook

If you like a mystery with a lot of twists and turns then this is the book for you.
~Deal Sharing Aunt

The first thing that drew me to this book was the cover, I just love it, it is so eye catching. And the book didn’t disappoint me either. I was hooked from the very first page.
~Melina’s Book Blog

What a good book…held my attention till the end.
~Kaisy Daisy’s Corner

COVERBe Careful What You Witch For
(A Family Fortune Mystery)

Genre: Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Berkley (July 1, 2014)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425264478

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Synopsis

Leaving a traumatic police career behind, Clyde Fortune has returned to her seemingly quiet hometown of Crystal Haven, Michigan. In spite of the psychic powers of its residents, there’s no telling what trouble is brewing in this burg…

The highlight of the fall festival in Crystal Haven is a bonfire with a witch’s cauldron resting over it. Clyde’s best friend Diana leads a ritual to divine the future, but it seems no one foresees that one of their own will drop dead—or that Diana will be a prime suspect.

Clyde already has her hands full with her eccentric family, runaway nephew, and burgeoning secret romance with a hunky homicide detective. But after another coven member is attacked, Clyde suspects there’s a witch hunt afoot and focuses her psychic and sleuthing skills to clear her friend’s name and catch a killer.

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About This Author

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

Author Links

www.DawnEastman.com

Twitter – @DawnAEastman

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/DawnEastmanAuthor

Goodreads – under Dawn Eastman, the link is weird but here it is: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6544185.Dawn_Eastman

 

Purchase Links

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 Be sure to visit all the stops!!

Tour Participants – Mini Tour

October 23 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Spotlight

October 24 – Michele Lynn Seigfried’s Blog – Review

October 25 – Kelly P’s Blog – Interview

October 26 – off

October 27 – Griperang’s Bookmarks – Review

October 28 – Mystery Playground – Interview

October 29 – readalot blog – Review

October 30 – Girl Lost In a Book – Review

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Oct 212014
 

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(A Nicki Valentine Mystery)

Mystery
Henery Press (October 7, 2014)
Paperback: 276 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1940976303
E-Book File Size: 590 KB
ASIN: B00N11DG2O
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She’s a parent. She’s (almost) a P.I. No one gets on your case like mom.

Suburban widow and P.I. in training Nicki Valentine can barely keep track of her two kids, never mind anyone else. But when her best friend’s adoption plan is jeopardized by the young birth mother’s disappearance, Nicki is persuaded to help. Nearly everyone else believes the teenager ran away, but Nicki trusts her BFF’s judgment, and the feeling is mutual.

The case leads where few moms go (teen parties, gang shootings) and places they can’t avoid (preschool parties, OB-GYNs’ offices). Nicki has everything to lose and much to gain — including the attention of her unnervingly hot P.I. instructor. Thankfully, Nicki is armed with her pesky conscience, occasional babysitters, a fully stocked minivan, and nature’s best defense system: women’s intuition.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Nicki Valentine has a degree in forensic psychology and is attending classes to become a private investigator all while taking care of her two young children.  It didn’t take me long to see that Nicki has a huge heart and finds it very hard to say “no” to anyone. When her best friend’s surrogate disappears Nicki barges right into an investigation without really giving it much thought. Thankfully her extraordinary handsome instructor is there to help her better format a plan and move forward more carefully. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t find herself in some scary and dangerous situations. Nicki is more of an act first – think about it later sort of person.

The author has created some wonderful characters including Nicki’s mom, her friends Kenna and Andy, and P.I. Instructor Dean. All the characters have plenty of room to evolve as we get to know them better in future installments. We know Nicki and her kids are vegetarian and like most single moms housekeeping is not high on her priority list. Kenna wants to be a mom more than anything and her husband Andy is worried about what another disappointment could do to her and their relationship. They have been through a lot but their relationship has remained strong so far. Nicki’s mom is her go to babysitter unless she is off visiting her sister in Florida. She would do anything for daughter and grandchildren. Dean, oh Dean, this plot was just starting to thicken as this story came to its end but it looks like things could get very interesting.

A missing person case is an unusual case for a cozy mystery but I must say it was fun to read especially when you have rival gangs and drugs that could be involved. There is more than one edge of your seat moment! I was really surprised by the ending. I thought I knew the who but couldn’t figure out the why until everything all came together.

This series is off to a good starts and I am looking forward to the next book in this series.

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Oct 182014
 

First I need to apologize to Christine DeSmet. I love featuring authors from my home state of Wisconsin. It definitely took me way too long to find this series!

FIRST DEGREE FUDGE
First-Degree Fudge:
A Fudge Shop Mystery

First in the Series
Cozy Mystery
An Obsidian Mystery (September 3, 2013)
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451416476
E-Book File Size: 753 KB
ASIN: B00BDQ38V8
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New candy store owner Ava Oosterling specializes in making heavenly homemade fudge and fresh starts. But she’s just found out that her newest flavor is to die for….

Between getting her store up and running and uneasily settling back into her charming Lake Michigan hometown, Ava Oosterling has her plate full. She hopes using local fresh dairy and her own flavorful imagination to cook up one-of-a-kind fudge will also create a brand-new start for her. And if she can tempt wealthy ex–film star Rainetta Johnson to try her newest creation, Cinderella Pink, at a local fund-raiser, maybe her road to big-time success will be short and sweet.

But when Rainetta chokes to death on a stolen diamond hidden in the fudge’s fluffy depths, Ava is pegged as the prime suspect. Now saving her business and reputation means investigating a batch of townspeople who had numerous reasons to hate disdainful, hard-bargaining Rainetta. With Ava’s best friend and her former flame in the suspect mix, she must figure out who the real culprit is fast or face a very bitter end.…

Includes Delicious Fudge Recipes and Fudge-Making Tips!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Oosterling’s Live Bait, Bobbers, & Belgian Fudge is where Ava Oosterling sells her fudge right across the store where her grandfather sells bait, bobbers, beer and other things a fisherman may need. Located on the pier in Fisher’s Harbor, Wisconsin, in the heart of Door County.

Door County is a place we have vacationed at several times over the years and Fisher’s Harbor depicts clearly the life of the towns along the peninsula protruding into Lake Michigan. I enjoyed all the local references included those outside of Door County. Heck the town we are living in now even gets a mention. Door County is known for its lighthouses, fish boils and cherry orchards.  Wisconsin is also home to the Green Bay Packers and fans just love their beer and brats. The author gives us a great overview of the entire area.

She introduces us to Ava who has returned to the area after short stints in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. One bad decision pulled her life off course and she has come back home to start over. Her parents own a farm that can supply some of the fudge ingredients and her grandfather (Gilpa) has some room in his store. Together they decided to add a few special things and make half of the shop a place for Eva to make and sell her fudge.  She has a chance to really get her product off to a good start at an event ex–film star Rainetta Johnson will be attending but things go awry when the actress is found dead with a piece of Ava’s fudge in her mouth.

An author faces an uphill battle when debuting a new cozy series. They not only need to introduce to the characters and the setting but they also have to wrap it all in a mystery that keeps readers engaged while at the same time leaving room for the characters to grow in future installments. I think Christine DeSmet did this very well. The premise of the mystery was a little bit out there but I could see the possibilities. One major clue helped me to  figure out who the killer was a bit before Ava but I did enjoy her following the breadcrumbs and catch the culprit.

The story has just the right amount of humor and romantic tension you could cut with a knife. The characters are charming and I want to know more about them.  DeSmet has laid a good foundation for the series. I hope to read Hot Fudge Frame-Up soon. Five-Alarm Fudge. the 3rd book in the story will be out April 7, 2015.

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Find out more about Christine DeSmet and her books on her web page 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.”

Oct 172014
 

PICKED TO DIE OCTOBERPicked to Die
(An Orchard Mystery)

8th in Series
Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (October 7, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Mary Ann Lasher
Cover Design by Annette Fiore Defex
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425257111
E-Book File Size: 2091 KB
ASIN: B00ISEOIMG
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A TREE IS KNOWN BY ITS FRUIT

It’s harvest time in Granford, Massachusetts, and orchard owner Meg Corey and her fiancé, Seth, are both racing to beat the New England winter. Meg is bringing in her apple crop with a team of workers, while Seth is working to restore an old building in the center of town. But when his project is set back due to the unexpected discovery of a skeleton under the building—and even worse, a young man related to one of Meg’s former apple pickers is found dead behind the local feed store—the couple’s carefully laid plans are quickly spoiled…

Meg can’t help but wonder: are they just unlucky, or is there something rotten in Granford? If so, she knows she’s got to seek out the bad apple before it ruins the whole bunch…

Includes Delicious Recipes

Dollycas’s Thoughts
I am so excited to be back to Granford and it is the busiest time of the year – Harvest Time!

Meg and Bree and their hired hands are picking apples as fast as they can. Seth is involved in so many projects too. There is definitely no time for them to sit down and discuss wedding plans.

Seth’s biggest project is restoring and adding space to a building on the town square. Meg is excited about seeing just how they are going to add that space as they are planning to add it under the building. But just when things get started everything comes to a halt when something is found in all that dirt. Then one of the migrant workers is found dead. He was not working for Meg but they do have a connection. So if Seth and Meg were not short on time before they really are now as they have 2 mysteries to solve.

I really love these stories because the next one always picks up where the last story left off. Unfortunately that also means Granford is becoming a hotbed of mystery and murder which is starting to effect the residents we have grown to love. The one I think it is effecting the most is Bree. She has her moments when I think she really resents or gets a little angry about all the time Meg spends away from the orchard chasing down clues and checking out the happenings about town. Although she and one of the workers end up doing something really nice for Meg, I think Meg needs to concentrate more on her business. She would be totally lost with Bree by her side.

We meet some new characters this time too as a young history buff teams up with a professor at the university to try to sift out information about the incredible find under the building. The author throws in some history about the area too that was a surprise to many of the people of Granford.

As with all the stories in this series Sheila Connolly packs the pages with not just one but two mysteries and masterfully weaves them together. I love these wonderful characters and the way they interact with each other. Seth and Meg were too busy for much romance in this edition but a strong foundation is being built as they move forward with their life together. I also enjoy what big hearts they have, putting others needs before their own.

I really am sad when these stories come to an end. I can’t wait until my next escape to Granford.

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Oct 152014
 

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
I am so pleased to welcome author Teresa Trent to Escape with Dollycas!!

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Writing the Pecan Bayou Series-
A Little Texas,
Some Helpful Hints and Recipes, and Murder

by Teresa Trent

A few years ago, I started writing first book of my Pecan Bayou series, A Dash of Murder. I am a big fan of ghost hunting series on television, and so I wanted to tell a story about a ghost hunt. From that story emerged my amateur sleuth, her family and all of the wacky characters in the town of Pecan Bayou. Are any of these people real or at least patterned after real people? Not really. Many of the characters, like Danny, who has Down Syndrome are composites of many people real and fictional. Betsy is a little bit me, but there are risks she takes that I wouldn’t dream of trying. Aunt Maggie is a little me, a little of my mother and the all the aunts I’ve been blessed with in my life. Rocky the newspaper editor, is purely fictional. Although, if Hallmark ever calls me to tell me they want to use my books as a series, I would love to get Sam Shepherd to play him.

From the first book a romance developed between Betsy and Leo, and their story continued through five more mysteries. It was a slow simmering romance that wasn’t even consummated until the second book, but isn’t that the best kind of falling love?

In the series Betsy has to find killers in the library, in a Fourth of July parade, at her own wedding, and while she endures a terrible case of flu that won’t seem to go away. (Hmmm newly married with a terrible case of stomach flu–what could it be?)

My favorite scenes and characters to write were the fun ones like the exploding port-o-potty, the run through the haunted hospital, Miss Caroline chasing Betsy around with a baby quilt and Ruby Green, the beautician from the Best Little Hairhouse in Texas, stealing the megaphMURDERFORARAINYDAY_COVERone from the Pecan Bayou Police and shouting for the killer to “get her crazy-ass out”. I love Miss Ruby so much, sometimes I think she needs her own book.

Still though, I’m coming to the end of this series. We are on the final edits of my sixth novel for Pecan Bayou, Murder for a Rainy Day. I continue peeking into the lives of Betsy and her family as she is about to give birth to her second child…in a hurricane…with a mystery to solve. If you want to find out when this book will be available visit my website at teresatrent.com to sign up for my mailing list. If you have never read a book in the series, A Dash of Murder, a Halloween mystery, is on sale this month at Smashwords for 99 cents. Just use coupon code XW38Q when you check out. Smashwords has the book available in many ereader formats.

Even though I’m loading up the car and driving out of Pecan Bayou, not to worry. I’m working on my next series right now. We’re heading to the Piney Woods of Texas. Time for some gumbo, the smell of fresh pine and of course, murder.

~Teresa

About This Author

Teresa Trent writes her Pecan Bayou Mystery Series from Houston, Texas.  With a father in the army, her family moved often finally settling in Colorado.  Living in Texas for the last 19 years she loves the people and even the weather.  Murder for a Rainy Day includes a hurricane, and having endured Hurricane Ike and Hurricane Rita with her family, Teresa would much rather write about them than evacuate from them.   Teresa includes Danny, a character with Down Syndrome in her Pecan Bayou family and in real life is the mother of an adult son with Down Syndrome/PDD.  Creating the character of Danny and all of the other inhabitants of Pecan Bayou has been a joy for her.  This book is the last one in the Pecan Bayou Series taking Betsy from single mom to mother of three.  Teresa is now working on her next series.

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I am playing catch up on this wonderful series. I was thrilled to meet Teresa through Great Escapes Book Tours. She will be touring with us again November 24 – December 5 with Murder For A Rainy Day. What for my review of A Dash of Murder on Halloween!

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Oct 142014
 

legend of sleepyThe Legend of Sleepy Harlow
(League of Literary Ladies)

Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (October 7, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Dan Craig
Cover Design by George Long
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425257777
E-Book File Size: 2138 KB
ASIN: B00ISEOLYQ
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It takes more than a lurid legend to scare off the League of Literary Ladies…

For Halloween, the Literary Ladies have chosen to read Washington Irving’s spooky classic, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, with its infamous headless horseman. But South Bass Island has its own headless legend—of a Prohibition bootlegger named Charlie “Sleepy” Harlow. Decapitated by rival rumrunners, Harlow appears once a year in spectral form to search for his noggin.

This October, the Elkhart Ghost Getters (EGG) have returned to the island. The group claims that they have film footage of Harlow’s ghost, and are determined to get more. They’re staying at Bea Cartwright’s B and B, but it’s Kate Wilder who isn’t happy to see them after they trashed her winery last year. When the EGG leader turns up dead, Kate becomes the prime suspect, and the other League members need to scramble to crack the case.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

That darn Jerry Garcia, Chandra’s cat, would be on his 9th life if he lived around me –  but he does give this story quite a start.

That is until the  EGG (Elkhart Ghost Getters) show up with all their ghost busting and filming equipment. That is when we find out about The Legend of Sleepy Harlow. We also find out this is NOT the EGG’s first visit to South Bass Island and everyone is not happy about their return. In fact Kate is screaming mad they are back in town but would she really kill one of them?

I have read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow several times. The story by Washington Irving is a classic and a very fast read. Logan’s story took that and combined it with the Ghostbusters and Ghost Hunters of movies and television respectively. I am not as familiar with the Ghost Hunting series but the equipment immediately made me think of the things Egon created in Ghostbusters.  All mixed together it made for a very exciting and entertaining read.

Of course I love these Literary Ladies. They have their hands full with this adventure especially when one of their friends is off having surgery and another has a special project thanks to Jerry Garcia. Luella is also doing everything she can to push Bea and Levi together. Bea takes the lead on the investigation and is doing everything she can to find suspects besides Kate but those alibis keep tripping her up. I had a thought of who it could be but that final twist made everything fall right into place.

Kylie Logan writes such fun mysteries and she creates such vibrant characters. She also puts then in some scary situations. Snakes, Kylie, I could have done without the snakes, but there were right where you would expect them to be so I shouldn’t have been surprised. It just sent extra chills up my back for just a few moments. :)

Kylie Logan has done it again. This is a fabulous mystery and perfect for your Halloween reading! This story does read well as a stand alone too but you really need to read them all and meet these ladies from the start, back when they couldn’t stand each other. This is an excellent cozy series!

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Dollycas

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Find out more about Kylie Logan and her books on her webpage here. Be sure to Click the AKA Tab at the top right hand side of the page.

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.”