Feb 202017
 

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

The Drawing Game (A Sketch in Crime Mystery) Release Date – February 7, 2917
Setting – New York
My Review 


War and Peach (A Georgia Peach Mystery)
Release Date – February 7, 2017
Setting – Georgia
Review will be up tomorrow!


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


Twelve Angry Librarians (Cat in the Stacks Mystery)
Release Date – February 21, 2017
Setting – Mississippi
For Review

Books Scheduled

Blown Away ( A Kite Shop Mystery)
Release Date – February 7, 2017
Setting – Oregon
For Review

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


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

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Dollycas

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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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Dollycas

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Feb 092017
 

I am wrapping this tour up today!
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Sybil Johnson

Favorite Color –  Blue

Favorite Candy –  Frango mint chocolates

Favorite Snack –  Popcorn

Favorite Soft Drink –  diet Coke with Lime

Favorite Hard Drink –  Toss up between Pinot Grigio and Maker’s Mark Bourbon


Favorite Ice Cream Flavor – Mint chocolate chip

Favorite Movie –  Gone With The Wind

Favorite TV Show – Good Witch

Favorite Book – And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Favorite Fictional Character – Miss Marple

Favorite Super Hero –  Batman

Favorite Singer/Group/Band – I don’t really have a favorite group or singer. I listen to a lot of different kinds of music, old and new. Currently, I’ve been listening to The Carpenters. Karen Carpenter had a wonderful voice.

Favorite Carnival Ride – Ferris Wheel

Favorite Spring Activity –  I have a spring birthday so I enjoy making myself a birthday cheesecake. I love to experiment with new recipes. Peppermint Bark and Oreo cookie are my current favorites.

Favorite Summer Activity – Sitting out on our deck and reading or working on a story.

Favorite Fall Activity –  Disneyland! I love the Halloween decorations and how they change the Haunted Mansion every year.

Favorite Winter Activity –  Walking down to the beach. There are fewer people around and it’s cooler though not cold. Very soothing.

Favorite Place to Read – Any place in my house that is quiet and sunny.

Favorite Place to Write –  Same as above. Any place in my house that is quiet and sunny.

Dream Vacation Destination –  Australia/New Zealand (taking a cruise ship to get there and get back)

Thanks Sybil for playing 20 Quick Questions!

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About The Author –

Sybil Johnson’s love affair with reading began in kindergarten with “The Three Little Pigs.” Visits to the library introduced her to Encyclopedia Brown, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and a host of other characters. Fast forward to college where she continued reading while studying Computer Science. After a rewarding career in the computer industry, Sybil decided to try her hand at writing mysteries. Her short fiction has appeared in Mysterical-E and Spinetingler Magazine, among others. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in Southern California where she enjoys tole painting, studying ancient languages and spending time with friends and family.

Author Links

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GoodReads       Publisher

 

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A Palette for Murder (An Aurora Anderson Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – California
Henery Press (January 31, 2017)
Paperback: 268 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635111415
E-Book ASIN: B01M74ZIL3
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A killer heat wave settles over Seagull Lane…

Summer’s sizzling in Vista Beach, the home of computer programmer and tole-painting enthusiast Aurora (Rory) Anderson. The abnormally high temperatures are hard on everyone in the quiet Los Angeles county beach community, especially the city’s homeless population. Residents are doing everything they can to stay cool, including leaving windows open to catch the faintest breeze. Not the best idea when a string of burglaries is plaguing nearby towns.

Still, Rory doesn’t expect to find her neighbor’s body just a few doors down. When suspicion falls on a friend and fellow painter, Rory must discover the truth before the police paint the wrong picture and send her friend away permanently.

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

Book 3 in this series takes us  to California is heat of summer and some thieves are taking advantage of residents leaving their windows open to catch an ocean breeze. Sadly one robbery leaves behind a body. Rory finds her neighbor dead of an apparent attack. Police quickly focus in Rory’s friend Dawn so Rory does a little investigating on her own but she may be painting herself into a corner.

What a perfect read while it is winter in Wisconsin. The heat seeped right out of  the book and made me feel the warmth and enjoy the breeze. I could almost smell the ocean and hear the waves as Rory chased down clues both in the murder and trying to find out who hurt a homeless man. A man who Rory has sort of taken under her wing.

The author really shined with this mystery. Willow, the woman who died, had secrets and quite a past. We keep learning more and more as the story continues and there are some surprising twists that paint quite a picture of who Willow really was. Ms. Johnson set a nice quick pace to this mystery. One that made the book very hard to put down, I did read it all in one sitting. One part even made me shed a tear or two.

I really enjoy the characters she has created. Close friends Rory and Liz, not quite Thelma and Louise, but they have a special bond. Rory’s romantic life is still in flux but I do enjoy the way the author is not rushing it, leaving it to evolve naturally and in a very believable way. Of course, there are always those bumps in the road that twist things up a bit. I think I know where she is headed and it is fun to watch it all play out.

Each story in this series is better than the last. I hate to think I have to wait a year for my next visit. Thank you Sybil for another perfect escape.

Dollycas

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More Praise for A Palette for Murder
by Sybil Johnson

This is an enjoyable read with interesting characters and plot turns… Readers of cozy mysteries will enjoy this one.
~ Christa Reads and Writes

With the help of friends and friends of friends, this neighborhood mystery reveals itself at a comfortable, steady pace.
~Laura’s Interests

The author does a great job creating a world that grabs the reader and pulls them in, keeping them engaged from start to finish.
~Sapphyria’s Book Reviews

I really liked this book, the story is interesting, the mystery keeps you guessing all the book and the characters are lovely and friendly.
~Varietats

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Jan 312017
 

Welcome to New Release Tuesday – January 31, 2017 

These books are available today!

 

A Palette for Murder (An Aurora Anderson Mystery)


Murder Wears White (A Wedding Planner Mystery)

Wedding Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen Mystery)
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Fever in the Dark: A Jane Lawless Mystery

Murder Go Round (A Witch City Mystery)

A Death at the Yoga Café: A Mystery (Keeley Carpenter)

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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!

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Dollycas

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Jan 272017
 


On Flashback Fridays I will share with you the books I was not able to review when they were first released that have been screaming at me from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.

Paint the Town Dead
(An Aurora Anderson Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – California
Henery Press (December 8, 2015)
Paperback: 264 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1943390335
Kindle ASIN: B0156W71GW

 

 

The Ocean Painting Society invites you to join the painting wave…

It’s June in the quiet Los Angeles County city of Vista Beach, the place computer programmer and tole-painting enthusiast Aurora (Rory) Anderson calls home. Decorative painters are flocking to the newly built Akaw hotel to attend the Ocean Painting Society’s inaugural convention.

During the weeklong event, Rory plans on shopping the trade show floor, working in her mother’s booth, taking classes and connecting with other decorative painting fans. She doesn’t expect to witness her childhood friend collapse in class and die. When the police find no evidence of foul play, Rory embarks on her own investigation. Can she brush aside the lies to uncover the truth and bring the killer to justice?

Dollycas’s  Thoughts

Rory has her hands full this week helping her mother at the Ocean Painting Society’s inaugural convention. She is excited to be able to spend some time with her friends, especially Jasmine, who has moved back to the area. She is devastated when Jasmine collapses and dies during one of the painting classes. The police believe the woman took her own life but Rory isn’t buying that at all. She immediately starts her own investigation.

Sybil Johnson has given us quite a twisted up mystery. Someone attending the convention wanted Jasmine dead and they had to be very sneaky to bring it all about. You see she had a condition that the killer had to know about to pull off their crime and not too many people knew about it. In fact that is why suicide was the immediate cause of death determination. Thankfully Rory was ready to fight to prove that wrong.

I reviewed the first book in this series a couple of weeks ago and I had a problem with the flow of the story. Well I did not have that problem with this story at all. The flow was steady from start to finish. There are several things happening. We start with a brick through a window, then on to protesters picketing the damage the new hotel did to the area, to all the snafus that can go wrong at a big convention, and even Rory’s mom pushing her to get a man in her life. Yes, there is some romantic tension too as we meet someone special in our dashing detective’s life. But all may not be what it seems…..and then of course there is the murder.

I like these characters, Rory and Liz’s friendship is fun and they have each other’s back. I like where the author is heading with all of the characters. The story is very well written and the mystery makes sense. Rory’s job as a website consultant and helping out at her mother’s tole painting and scrapbook store’s booth at the convention give her plenty of opportunity to follow clues and hunt down leads and get herself is some dicey situations too.

This was a strong addition to this series. I am looking forward to the newest book in the series, A Palette for Murder, releasing January 31.

Dollycas

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About The Author –

Sybil Johnson’s love affair with reading began in kindergarten with “The Three Little Pigs.” Visits to the library introduced her to Encyclopedia Brown, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and a host of other characters. Fast forward to college where she continued reading while studying Computer Science. After a rewarding career in the computer industry, Sybil decided to try her hand at writing mysteries. Her short fiction has appeared in Mysterical-E and Spinetingler Magazine, among others. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in Southern California where she enjoys tole painting, studying ancient languages and spending time with friends and family.

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Jan 232017
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

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Leave a comment below telling me what you are reading right now.
I will randomly chose 1 person next Monday to receive a $5 Amazon Gift Card!

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

Books Completed

Knit to Be Tied (A Knitting Mystery)
Release Date – June 6, 2016
Setting – Colorado
My Review

A Pinch of Poison (A Lady and Lady’s Maid Mystery)
Release Date – December 27, 2016
Setting – England
Review will be up tomorrow. 

Pop Goes the Murder (A Popcorn Shop Mystery)
Release Date – January 3, 2017
Setting – Ohio
Kristi Abbott will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!


Whale of a Crime (Gray Whale Inn Mysteries)
Release Date – January 13, 2017
Setting – Maine
For Review

Books Scheduled

Need to choose my Flashback Friday Book for this week.


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


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


Murder Wears White (A Wedding Planner Mystery)
Release Date – January 31, 2017
Setting – Pennsylvania
For Review

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Dollycas

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Jan 192017
 

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River City Dead (An Aggie Mundeen Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Texas
Henery Press (January 17, 2017)
Paperback: 224 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635111330
E-Book ASIN: B01MA6NALN

 

Synopsis

Aggie Mundeen, who advises readers in her column, “Stay Young with Aggie,” is pushing forty and determined to postpone a precipitous descent into middle-age. She plans to rendezvous with SAPD Detective Sam Vanderhoven at a hotel on the San Antonio River Walk…a vacation from crime and reset for their tumultuous relationship. In the midst of River City during Fiesta Week, what could go wrong?

Aggie’s new friends, the Fabulous Femmes, are holding their convention at the hotel. When hotel guests are murdered, Aggie discovers her friends have disturbing backgrounds. Evil surfaces at Fiesta events, and Aggie’s dancing debut at a Fiesta performance at Arneson River Theater is fraught with danger. Even in idyllic River City, crime complicates relationships.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Sam and Aggie had a grand plan for some time alone in San Antonio during Fiesta Week but there is just one small problem, there is a dead woman in their hotel suite. They hadn’t checked in yet but there are no more rooms to be found and Sam has been called back to work to investigate the case. He knows he is not going to be able to keep Aggie from butting her way into the investigation and she has a pretty good record for solving previous murders so he rather than fight her he embraces her help. Of course, she does nothing in moderation so he may be saving her yet again. This man has the patience of a saint.

I liked Aggie more in this book than any of the others. She wasn’t so immersed in the staying and looking young frame of mind as in past books. Of course, it was there a little bit, but now that her relationship with Sam is moving in a positive direction it is not consuming her life the way it was in previous stories. Even her column, “Stay Young with Aggie,” fan letters were requesting more relationship advice instead of ways to look and act younger.

In addition to the core characters we meet a whole new group of people, the Fabulous Femmes and their significant others. In fact, the dead woman is part of their group, making them all suspects. These ladies and their men are very unique. The men all have a military background and the woman love to party. I liked the way the accepted Aggie right into their group. Aggie has a way about her that people open up and tell her things that they probably wouldn’t share with anyone else. Sam knows this and encourages her to use it to help him.

This story is well written and the mystery sends Aggie off in several directions. She really has great observation techniques and hones in to important details.

The main thing this author does though is fill this story with so much humor and absolutely funny moments. A scene in a bookstore was hilarious.

If you like your mysteries full of comedy and quirky characters, look no further than Nancy G. West. They are sure to put a smile on your face.

Dollycas

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More Praise For River City Dead
by Nancy G. West

The book is a quick and easy read that will keep the reader engaged from for the first page. There is humor, sadness, suspense, and tragedy – a little something for everyone who loves a good cozy mystery.
~Sapphyria’s Book Reviews

The descriptive writing is wonderful and the way we are included in the thought processes of those investigating delights a true cozy fan. I enjoyed the history I learned.
~Laura’s Interests

This book is for sleuth lovers, fans of a good mystery and a little bit of love and fun! You will have a good time reading this book!
~Varietats

I loved the Fabulous Femmes and the subgroups and clicks and all the drama this group of women create.
~A Chick Who Reads

 

Nancy West

About This Author

I’ve been writing since age seven: poems back and forth with my mom. I had a real poem published in the Library Journal, Pegasus, at age fifteen. At eighteen, I wanted to study journalism and English literature, but friends who chose that college route were making minimum wage or selling lingerie. Being practical, I earned a business degree. After marriage and two children, I decided I HAD to study literature and write. I wrote non-fiction articles, a biography, and a suspense novel in 2004. That’s when whimsical Aggie Mundeen cut through the suspense, popped into my head and demanded her own series. The Aggie Mundeen mystery capers were born. Aggie must have been right: FIT TO BE DEAD is a LEFTY FINALIST 2013 for best humorous mystery, nominated by Left Coast Crime.

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Books in the Aggie Mundeen Humorous Mystery Series:

FIT TO BE DEAD (#1)
DANG NEAR DEAD (#2)
SMART, BUT DEAD (#3)
RIVER CITY DEAD (#4)
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Jan 162017
 

 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!
Here’s what I read and what
I have planned for this week. 

Books Completed

A Fatal Twist (A Downward Dog Mystery)
Release Date – January 8, 2017
Setting – Washington
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow.


Dead Cold Brew (A Coffeehouse Mystery)
Release Date – January 10, 2017
Setting – New York
Cleo will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!

River City Dead (An Aggie Mundeen Mystery)
Release Date – January 17, 2017
Setting – Texas
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Thursday.

Books Scheduled

Knit to Be Tied (A Knitting Mystery)
Release Date – June 6, 2016
Setting – Colorado
My Flashback Friday Book

A Pinch of Poison (A Lady and Lady’s Maid Mystery)
Release Date – December 27, 2016
Setting – England
For Review

Pop Goes the Murder (A Popcorn Shop Mystery)
Release Date – January 3, 2017
Setting – Ohio
Kristi Abbott will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week!

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Dollycas

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Jan 092017
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!
Here’s what I read and what
I have planned for this week. 

Books Completed


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


Rest in Peach (A Georgia Peach Mystery)
Release Date – April 5, 2016
Setting – Georgia
My Flashback Friday Book

Books Scheduled

A Fatal Twist (A Downward Dog Mystery)
Release Date – January 8, 2017
Setting – Washington
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday.


Dead Cold Brew (A Coffeehouse Mystery)
Release Date – January 10, 2017
Setting – New York
Cleo will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week!

River City Dead (An Aggie Mundeen Mystery)
Release Date – January 17, 2017
Setting – Texas
The Great Escapes Tour stops her next Thursday.

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

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