Feb 272017
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?
I am staying in the Eastern part of the U.S. this week.

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

Books Completed

Blown Away ( A Kite Shop Mystery)
Release Date – February 7, 2017
Setting – Oregon
Review will be up tomorrow

A Wee Homicide in the Hotel (A ScotShop Mystery)
Release Date – February 7, 2017
Setting – Vermont
Fran will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!


No Way Home (A Zoe Chambers Mystery)
Release Date – March 14, 2017
Setting – Pennsylvania/New Mexico
The Great Escapes Tour stops her March 2, 2017


A Bead in the Hand (Glass Bead Mystery)
Release Date – Mat 31, 2016
Setting – Washington/Oregon
My Flashback Friday Read

Books Scheduled


Bitter Harvest (A Greenhouse Mystery)
Release Date – Match 7, 2017
Setting – Pennsylvania
For Review

Purr M for Murder: A Cat Rescue Mystery
Release Date – March 14, 2017
Setting – North Carolina
The Great Escapes Tour stops her next Thursday

Laura’s Dream: A Cape Harriet Novella
Release Date – March 12, 2017
Setting – Virginia
For Review
Not up on GoodReads yet 🙂

I need to choose my Flashback Friday Book.

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Happy Reading!!
Dollycas

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Feb 162017
 

Where the Lost Girls Go: A Laura Mori Mystery
Thriller/Suspense/ Women Sleuths
1st in Series
Setting – Oregon
Crooked Lane Books
(February 7, 2017)

Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1629538051
Kindle ASIN: B01KGD6JV4
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Rookie cop Laura Mori catches her first investigation when the fiery crash of a sports car lights up the night sky. The fire burns the body beyond recognition, but the police are able to identify the car as that of Kent Jameson, celebrity author and benefactor of Sunrise Lake. And Jameson fears that the unidentified body is his seventeen-year-old daughter Lucy, who stormed out of the house that night after an argument.

When lab reports reveal that the body was not Lucy, but a teen runaway named Kyra whose disappearance has been linked with other missing persons–more than half a dozen “lost girls” who disappeared while living on the streets of Portland–the investigation takes a drastic turn. How did Kyra come to land at the Jameson estate in rural Oregon, and what was she doing driving their car? And who cut the brake lines on the vehicle?

Just when Laura is making progress in the case, she comes across a suspicious lane in the forest that uncovers new evidence that will once again alter the course of the investigation and rock Sunrise Lake to its core.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

A serial killer in Portland?? That may be the case. When Rookie Officer Laura Mori arrives at an inferno of a car on fire with her partner, she had no idea what was going to develop. What seemed to be a tragic traffic accident turns into a homicide investigation. Since her partner is due to leave for vacation Mori is assigned the case. The girl in the car turns out not to be who they thought but someone linked to a missing persons case involved several “lost girls”. What evolves will have you unable to put this book down.

R.J. Noonan has written a riveting mystery full of suspense. This story is played out in Portland, Oregon but could take place anywhere.

Laura Mori is a Japanese American whose parents think her job is just a phase she is going through. Because of her gentle demeanor they thought she would become a psychologist to help people, but college didn’t quite go as planned. They don’t really understand it, in fact, she is still living with her parents and her mother was upset the night of the accident that she didn’t call home and tell them she was going to be late. Her natural compassion is a double edged sword in her being a cop. She seems to get people, witnesses and suspects, to talk to her easily, but she does take the job home with her. She has a few issues of her own, but when working on the case, she works through her own problems the best she can. She is a complex main character.

The case focuses on the Jameson family. He is a rich author, his wife, number 2, works for charities and helps him organize his complicated life, his daughter, 17 year old Lucy, is a rebellious teenager that has her dad wrapped right around her little finger. The car in the accident belonged to them and the girl killed in the crash was Lucy’s friend. They live on a huge estate with stables and guest houses and they raise alpacas. Of course, they don’t do the work, they have a crew of hired hands.

The author twists and tangles the Jameson family together with their staff and a group of people living in the woods near their estate. There is also a corruption aspect in the police force. Readers follow Laura through her investigation. While trying to prove to everyone she can handle her job she does take some real risks. I wanted to jump into the book a few times to stop her, like when you scream at the characters in horror movies,  telling them not to go into the dark scary places, same kind of thing here.

I am not going to say I was totally caught off guard by the way the story ended because I was in the ballpark as to the right suspect. I just needed the how and why to be definitely determined. It was even more twisted than I imagined.

Knowing this book is the start to a series is exciting for me. I found our protagonist to be very engaging and interesting. The other characters that I assume will be returning in future installments were also strong in this story. I am interested to see what the author has in store for all of them.

As this is the first story I have read by this author I now know I need to find out more about her and her other works.

Dollycas

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  You can find out more about R.L. Noonan 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.”

Feb 132017
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

So many good books….So little time…
What Are You Reading This Week!!

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

Books Completed


A Palette for Murder (An Aurora Anderson Mystery)
Release Date – January 31, 2017
Setting – California
My Review Here

Death in Advertising (A Tobi Tobias Mystery)
Release Date – February 7, 2017
Setting – Missouri
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here tomorrow!

Bookman Dead Style (A Dangerous Type Mystery)
Release Date – February 7, 2017
Setting – Utah
I will be featuring this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Where the Lost Girls Go: A Laura Mori Mystery
Release Date – February 7, 2017
Setting – Oregon
Review will be up Thursday! 

High Strung (Glass Bead Mystery Series Book 1)
Release Date – June 1, 2016
Setting – Washington
My Flashback Friday Read

Books Scheduled

The Drawing Game (A Sketch in Crime Mystery) Release Date – February 7, 2917
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Tour stop her Saturday!


War and Peach (A Georgia Peach Mystery)
Release Date – February 7, 2017
Setting – Georgia
For Review


Mission Impawsible (A Paws & Claws Mystery)
Release Date – February 7, 2917
Setting – Virginia
Krista will be my guest next week for Cozy Wednesday!

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Happy Reading!!
Dollycas

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Feb 072017
 

A Measure of Murder:
A Sally Solari Mystery

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – California
Crooked Lane Books (February 7, 2017)
Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683310181
Kindle ASIN: B01KGD6JWS
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Sally Solari is busy juggling work at her family’s Italian restaurant, Solari’s, and helping Javier plan the autumn menu for the restaurant she’s just inherited, Gauguin. Complicating this already hectic schedule, Sally joins her ex-boyfriend Eric’s chorus, which is performing a newly discovered version of her favorite composition: the Mozart Requiem. But then, at the first rehearsal, a tenor falls to his death on the church courtyard–and his soprano girlfriend is sure it wasn’t an accident.

Now Sally’s back on another murder case mixed in with a dash of revenge, a pinch of peril, and a suspicious stack of sheet music. And while tensions in the chorus heat up, so does the kitchen at Gauguin–set aflame right as Sally starts getting too close to the truth. Can Sally catch the killer before she’s burnt to a crisp, or will the case grow as cold as yesterday’s leftovers?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

As if running the front end of her father’s restaurant and taking over her aunt’s restaurant weren’t enough to keep Sally busy she decides to join a local choir. Granted they are performing one of her favorite pieces and it is just for a few weeks of rehearsals and the performance, but taking it on has both her father and her chef a little freaked out. When one of the choir members falls to his death in the middle of the first rehearsal even Sally starts to wonder if it is all too much. The police rule it as an accident but Sally thinks it was murder and so does the victim’s girlfriend. Sally starts doing a bit of investigating and soon she has several suspects. Does she have a recipe to catch a killer? Maybe if she can stay alive long enough to see if her theory is half baked or fully boiled.

In this second installment of the Sally Solari Mysteries, the author takes us beyond the restaurants and introduces several new characters, members of the choir and its director. At first it seemed like too many characters but she quickly focuses in a few that had interactions with the deceased, but still when added to the characters we already knew at the restaurants, it is a lot to keep track of. Several have back stories that we need to learn to follow how they were involved with the deceased and several are holding things back or have secrets that are yet to be revealed.

The variety of characters leads into the flow of the story which is a little rocky at times. The author needs to find ways for Sally to interact with the her suspects and while one comes to work at one of the restaurants, the rest have to be met before, during or after rehearsals and somehow Sally finds time to go on long bicycle rides with another. It was Sally’s use of time that really tripped things up for me. My parents ran a restaurant, doing so takes tons of time even if you had a competent staff. My parents missed out on so many things in my life because they were tied to that business most of the waking hours each day. Sally deciding to take so much time off for the choir and still have time for bike rides and searching for a murderer would stretch a real person way too thin. But this is fiction, so I just needed to suspend reality for a while.

The mystery was solid and the ending was a bit surprising. There was quite a bit of time spent on the musical part of the theme. We followed Sally through the intense training of learning her part and how it related with other parts of Mozart’s Requiem. Not an easy piece to learn. This was in addition to the things Sally was learning about the restaurant she inherited from her aunt. She wants to learn to cook on the line, she needs to learn about ordering, pricing and menus, she needs to deal with staffing issues at both restaurants. For me the murder part of the plot took a back seat just a little too often.

I really enjoyed the first book in this series better than this one. Sally is a strong character but this time she just was not as engaging. In fact, I was just tired “chasing” around with her. The theme was good but Sally’s life needs a little editing to make it at all believable. One person can only juggle so many things. I hope the author narrows her focus in Sally’s story in upcoming books.

Dollycas

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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.”

Feb 072017
 

Welcome to New Release Tuesday – February 7 – 9, 2017

These books are available this week!

Blown Away (Kite Shop Mystery)

Death in Advertising (A Tobi Tobias Mystery)

Mission Impawsible (A Paws & Claws Mystery)

War and Peach (A Georgia Peach Mystery)

Death & the Gravedigger’s Angel (An Auction Block Mystery)

Murder on a Summer’s Day: A Kate Shackleton Mystery

Bookman Dead Style (A Dangerous Type Mystery)


A Measure of Murder: A Sally Solari Mystery


Death, Taxes, and Sweet Potato Fries: A Tara Holloway Novel

A Wee Homicide in the Hotel (A ScotShop Mystery)

Compromised (A Denise Aragon Novel)

Tell Me No Lies (An Ava Logan Mystery Book 1)

Want to see all the mysteries – cozy to thriller
being released in February.
Just click here.

Can’t afford to buy or pre-order all the books you want to at this time.
Bookmark this page in your browser so you can reference it at any time!

HAPPY READING EVERYONE!!

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Feb 062017
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Are you ready for another great week of reading? 

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

Books Completed

Everyone Is Beautiful: A NovelRelease Date – February 17, 2009
Setting – Massachusetts
My Flashback Friday Read
My Review


A Measure of Murder: A Sally Solari Mystery
Release Date – February 7, 2017
Setting – California
Review will be up tomorrow. 


Death & the Gravedigger’s Angel (An Auction Block Mystery)
Release Date – February 8, 2017
Setting – Missouri
Loretta Ross will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week.


A Wee Dose of Death (A ScotShop Mystery)
Release Date – January 5, 2016
Setting – Vermont
My Flashback Friday Book

Currently Reading


A Palette for Murder (An Aurora Anderson Mystery)
Release Date – January 31, 2017
Setting – California
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

Books Scheduled

Death in Advertising (A Tobi Tobias Mystery)
Release Date – February 7, 2017
Setting – ??

Bookman Dead Style (A Dangerous Type Mystery)
Release Date – February 7, 2017
Setting – Utah
I will be featuring this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Where the Lost Girls Go: A Laura Mori Mystery
Release Date – February 7, 2017
Setting – Oregon
For Review

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Please Share Your Reading Itinerary in the Comments below!
Happy Reading!!
Dollycas

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Jan 302017
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

I hope you had a wonderful week of reading!
My Literary Road Trip really has me traveling!

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

Books Completed


15 Minutes: Maizie Albright Star Detective
Release Date – January 24, 2017
Setting – Georgia
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here tomorrow!


Stone’s Gems and Murder: A Rock Shop Cozy Mystery
Release Date – December 7, 2016
Setting – Arizona
Cheryl Taylor will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!


Murder Wears White (A Wedding Planner Mystery)
Release Date – January 31, 2017
Setting – Pennsylvania
Review will be up Thursday! 

Currently Reading

Everyone Is Beautiful: A NovelRelease Date – February 17, 2009
Setting – Massachusetts
My Flashback Friday Read

Books Scheduled


A Measure of Murder: A Sally Solari Mystery
Release Date – February 7, 2017
Setting – California
For Review


Death & the Gravedigger’s Angel (An Auction Block Mystery)
Release Date – February 8, 2017
Setting – Missouri
Loretta Ross will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week.


A Palette for Murder (An Aurora Anderson Mystery)
Release Date – January 31, 2017
Setting – California
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

Click Here To See All My Current Giveaways!!

Please Share Your Reading Itinerary in the Comments below!
Happy Reading!!
Dollycas

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Jan 122017
 

She Stopped for Death: A Little Library Mystery
by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Michigan
Crooked Lane Books (January 10, 2017)
Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683310136
Kindle ASIN: B01IRS85CG

 

 

Jenny Weston and her mother, Dora, have been receiving strange midnight visits. Bear Falls’s own elusive and highly secretive poet, Emily Sutton, has lived her life cloistered away with her sister in a house at the edge of Pewee Swamp. But now, Emily’s started leaving scraps of poetry in Dora’s Little Library, and Dora makes it her mission to befriend the sheltered woman.

Meanwhile Zoe Zola, almost famous author, Little Person, and the Weston’s quirky next-door neighbor, is hard at work on a new book, this one about the inner life of Emily Dickinson. And once again, Zoe’s literary work starts making uncanny connections with the events in her own world as Emily Sutton reemerges into society. But Zoe begins to suspect things aren’t anywhere near normal at Emily’s swamp house or in the lives of the people she claims have abandoned her…until looking further into the poet’s half-truths leads Zoe and Jenny to a horrible murder.

The chaos surrounding the ensuing investigation grows even more hectic with Emily’s increasingly erratic behavior, the arrival of a young woman searching for her missing poet uncle, and yet another betrayal in Jenny’s love life.

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

Like the first book in the series, Murder Most Curious, this mystery was curious. A reclusive poet, Emily Sutton has left her home in the Pewee Swamp to visit Dora’s Little Library and left some of her new poetry. Meanwhile another town resident is planning an event to honor the poet and is thrilled to learn that Emily wants to attend and do a reading. Dora with the help of Zoe and Jenny is determined to help the poet get out in the world again but Zoe has a bad feeling about her. She starts to do a little investigating and she and Jenny make a horrific discovery.

I really like the relationship between Jenny and her mom and love the way they have included Zoe in their little family group. Zoe doesn’t always make that easy. They were also very accepting of Emily and even welcome another visitor into their home midway through the story. They seem to be genuine individuals with the ability to truly empathize with others around them.

A twisted tangle of events take place in the story. This author has a real unique imagination that turned this story upside down. I was drawn deeper and and deeper into the mystery as I swiped each page. Such great writing, a complex mystery that brings a real psychological element to what otherwise is considered a cozy mystery. There are some very suspenseful moments that had me on the edge of my seat.

I can’t wait for the next installment. Watch this author, I expect many fantastic stories are headed our way.

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

I received this book for review from NetGalley and I am sorry I do not have a copy to giveaway.

About The Author

Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli (aka Elizabeth Lee) is a Michigan based novelist whose 12th book is due out in 2016. She teaches fiction writing at Northern Michigan College and has written for the NORTHERN EXPRESS, the ROMEO OBSERVER, the DETROIT NEWS, and the RECORD-EAGLE. She is a member of the Author’s Guild, International Association of crime Writers, Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers’ of America, Michigan Writers, and Detroit Working Writers and has three mystery series out, or about to be published.

In the Emily Kincaid series her novel DEAD DOGS AND ENGLISHMEN was chosen one of the best mysteries of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews. A new series (written as Elizabeth Lee) is now out with the third: NUTS AND BURIED (based in Texas)  released in November from Berkley Publishers. Another series, beginning with A MOST CURIOUS MURDER, (Crooked Lane Publishers) and now SHE STOPPED FOR DEATH.


Written as Elizabeth Lee

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher on NetGalley. 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.”

Jan 102017
 

Welcome to New Release Tuesday – January 8-10, 2017!

These wonderful books are available this week!

A Fatal Twist (A Downward Dog Mystery) by Tracy Weber

Dead and Breakfast: A Merry Ghost Inn Mystery by Kate Kingsbury

She Stopped for Death: A Little Library Mystery by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli

The Elusive Elixir (An Accidental Alchemist Mystery) by Gigi Pandian

Dead Cold Brew (A Coffeehouse Mystery) by Cleo Coyle

A Perilous Undertaking (A Veronica Speedwell Mystery) by Deanna Raybourn

Want to see all the mysteries – cozy to thriller
being released in January.
Just click here.

Can’t afford to buy or pre-order all the books you want to at this time.
Bookmark this page in your browser so you can reference it at any time!

HAPPY READING EVERYONE!!

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Jan 022017
 

Hi Everyone,

I am traveling into 2017 with a big change. To go along with my Travel/Escape Into A Good Book theme I have decided to change my Monday meme. Instead of linking up to the It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? meme, I will be giving you my reading itinerary, letting you know what books I have completed last week and what is scheduled for this week. 

So Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday! 

Books Completed


Third Time’s a Crime (A Love or Money Mystery)Release Date – January 3, 2017
Setting – California
Diana will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday January 4!



Cinnamon Roll Murder (Hannah Swensen)
Release Date – March 1, 2012
Setting – Minnesota
Read Just For Fun


Fatal Brushstroke (An Aurora Anderson Mystery)
Release Date – November 18, 2014
Setting – California
My Flashback Friday book for this week!


The Mutual Admiration Society: A Novel
Release Date – February 1, 2017
Setting – Wisconsin
Early Review will be posted next Tuesday!

Books Scheduled


Curried Away: A Spice Shop Mystery
Release Date – December 27, 2016
Setting – Georgia
Gail will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week.
She will also be touring with Great Escapes Book Tours.

She Stopped for Death: A Little Library Mystery
Release Date – January 10, 2017
Setting – Michigan
For Review

I will need to choose a Flashback Friday book!

escapeClick Here To See All My Current Giveaways!!

Please Share Your Reading Itinerary in the Comments below!
Happy Reading!!
Dollycas

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