Apr 212017
 


Cat Got Your Cash: A Kitty Couture Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Louisiana
Crooked Lane Books (April 11, 2017)
Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683311089
E-Book ASIN: B01MR48G5L

Synopsis

Lacy Marie Crocker’s whimsical pet couture has gained a following in New Orleans’s cozy Garden District, and word of mouth has traveled all the way to her favorite fashion designer, Annie Lane. Lacy’s thrilled when Annie schedules a private session at her home to discuss a companion line for her evening wear, but when Lacy arrives for the appointment, she enters the kitchen to two mewling Siamese cats–and one very dead Annie.

Lacy takes the kittens home to care for them until they can be properly claimed by Annie’s family or friends, but after a busy day of work, she returns home to find them missing. And when Lacy learns the cats are set to inherit Annie’s fortune, she begins to wonder if the killer was after the kittens all along. Now Lacy will stop at nothing to save the Siamese and find justice for Annie–if the killer doesn’t sink his claws into her first.

Luckily, Lacy has the help of handsome NOLA PD homicide detective Jack Oliver to help her catch the cat-napper before its too late in Cat Got Your Cash, the endearing second Kitty Couture mystery from Julie Chase.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Isn’t the cover of this book just priceless. I couldn’t wait to start reading to find out how those Siamese kitties fit into the story. Their names are Cotton and Cashmere and it turns out they belong to fashion designer, Annie Lane. Sadly our protagonist Lacy Marie Crocker finds her dead when she shows up for a meeting. Lacy had been looking forward to working with her favorite designer on a companion line of pet couture creations. Now she has been asked to care for her cats and that seems to put her in danger. Those cute little cats come with a huge trust fund so could Annie have been killed just so the killer could get their hands on them and the CASH. Would they kill again to get what they want. NOLA PD homicide detective Jack Oliver is on the case but Lacy pushes herself right into his investigation.

Lacy is a girl after my own heart. Her creativity shines in the hatS, scarves, capes and more that she makes for cats, dogs, and even llamas. Her mother is all about her finding a good husband and thinks attorney Chase Hawthorne would be the perfect match.  But I am on team Jack, the man so clearly in love with her even though she just doesn’t see it. Her dad is more of a go with the flow guy. He is always there for his daughter. Their relationship is strong, close, and heartwarming. She also has a fur baby named Penelope. This cat will give you more than one laugh out loud moment.

The author gives us several suspects from the designer’s ex-husband to her assistant, another designer, and even some bloggers. They are all viable suspects so it was fun parrying them down. The ending took me totally by surprise. What a fabulous twist!

Julie Chase is an awesome storyteller. These characters really pop and the mystery pulls you right in. The cover grabbed my attention and the story held it from start to finish.

Another cat-ivating cozy to add to your lists!

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About The Author

Julie Chase is a mystery-loving pet enthusiast who hopes to make readers smile. She lives in rural Ohio with her husband and three spunky children. Julie is a member of the International Thriller Writers (ITW) and Sisters in Crime (SinC). She is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyons Literary Agency.
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Praise for Cat Got Your Cash
by Julie Chase

Come for the felines and fashion, stay for the fun and flirtations.
~Laura’s Interests

Holy Moly, this book blew the first book, Cat Got Your Diamonds, away, and I LOVED the first book!
~Classy Cheapskate

I absolutely loved Cat Got Your Cash by Julie Chase…
~Sapphyria’s Book Reviews

Cat Got Your Cash is a fast paced keep you on the edge of your seat as Lacy and friends try to discover the real mysteries without becoming the next victim.
~The Journey Back

Engaging characters, a vivid setting (complete with the Deep-South mood of suspense that clings to the air), a well-plotted mystery, and a brewing romance – Cat Got Your Cash has it all!
~Reading is my SuperPower

…a delightful read.
~Valerie’s Musings

Starting from the cover that I loved, this book hooked me since the first page!
~ Varietats

I adore Julie Chase’s Kitty Couture series and it has quickly become one of my favorites.
~ The Power of Words

This was a very entertaining read with a good bit of humor in it. It was well written and fast-paced, making it an easy read.
~Melina’s Book Blog

Reading this book brought me laughs, smiles, and moments of “did they do it?” it was the perfect mystery!
~Bibliophile Reviews

Cat Got Your Cash by Julie Chase is a superb visit to the heart of the Big Easy. You get the French Quarter and the Garden District, the distinctive food and music, as well as the magic and endurance of the city and its people.
~Back Porchervations

I really liked the idea of Lacy’s shop. It’s such a unique and cute idea.
~Bookworm Mom

I thought it was a really good mystery with great characters and I can’t wait for the next one!
~Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!

With a clever heroine, a dash of romance, and cats galore, there’s something in this cozy to please almost everyone.
~The Book’s the Thing

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Nov 082016
 

BODY ON THE BAYOU
Body on the Bayou by Ellen Bryon

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Crooked Lane Books (September 13, 2016)
Hardcover: 320 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1629537689
E-Book – ASIN: B01H082DPY
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Synopsis:

The Crozats feared that past murders at Crozat Plantation B&B might spell the death of their beloved estate, but they’ve managed to survive the scandal. Now there’s a très bigger story in Pelican, Louisiana: the upcoming nuptials between Maggie Crozat’s nemesis, Police Chief Rufus Durand, and her co-worker, Vanessa Fleer.

When everyone else refuses the job of being Vanessa’s Maid of Honor, Maggie reluctantly takes up the title and finds herself tasked with a long list of duties–the most important of which is entertaining Vanessa’s cousin, Ginger Fleer-Starke. But just days before the wedding, Ginger’s lifeless body is found on the bayou and the Pelican PD, as well as the Crozats, have another murder mystery on their hands.

There’s a gumbo-potful of suspects, including an ex-Marine with PTSD, an annoying local newspaper reporter, and Vanessa’s own sparkplug of a mother. But when it looks like the investigation is zeroing in on Vanessa as the prime suspect, Maggie reluctantly adds keeping the bride-to-be out of jail to her list of Maid of Honor responsibilities in Body on the Bayou.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

We return to Pelican, Louisiana and the Crozat Plantation B&B. Our protagonist Maggie Crozat has become maid of honor for Vanessa, one of her coworkers, because everyone else ran away from the job. With Vanessa due to deliver a baby soon, she has heaped most of the wedding plans on Maggie’s shoulders. Vanessa and her mom both expect Maggie to just do everything they ask and do it immediately.  She also has Vanessa’s cousin Ginger and her entourage staying at the family B&B. When the cousin is found dead just a couple of days before the wedding and the police suspect list keeps growing it looks like Maggie will be adding “find the killer” to her long list of duties.

First let me say, Maggie has the patience of a saint. Dealing with Vanessa, her mom and the groom, Police Chief Rufus Durand, would have most people throwing in the towel before they completed the first task.

Ellen Byron has created some very multidimensional characters and their growth from the first book is very clear. The undercover romance of Maggie and Bo continues and hits some bumps as his ex-wife comes to town. His autistic son is excelling in his art lessons with Maggie though and she enjoys their time together.  Her family pulls together in the story not only to help Maggie but they also take in some new kittens and puppies that were found by the bayou. These little guys stole everyone’s heart.

She took all the characters and wrapped them into a complex mystery. The ending caught me completely by surprise due to some very intricate twists and turns. As I eliminated suspects in my mind a twist had me seeing things differently.

The covers of both the books in this series are beautiful and made me want to escape right into these stories. I have never been to Louisiana but the covers and author descriptions make me feel like I have been there. She also describes the glorious Cajun cuisine in the most mouthwatering way. Yes, there are recipes at the end of the story.

Love this series and hope to return to Pelican soon!

perfect 2016

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ellem byronAbout The Author –

Ellen’s debut novel, PLANTATION SHUDDERS: A Cajun Country Mystery, has been nominated for an Agatha Best First Novel award, a Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery, and a Daphne Award for Best Mainstream Mystery. The second Cajun Country Mystery, BODY ON THE BAYOU, will be available in September 2016. Ellen’s TV credits include Wings and Just Shoot Me; she’s written over 200 magazine articles; her published plays include the award-winning Graceland and Asleep on the Wind. Ellen Byron is a native New Yorker who lives in Los Angeles and attributes her fascination with Louisiana to her college years at New Orleans’ Tulane University.

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Oct 192016
 

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I am so happy to have Terrie Farley Moran Farley back for a visit!
Her new book written with Laura Childs, Crepe Factor was released on October 4!

guest postterrie farley moranA few weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend Bouchercon, the largest mystery conference in the world. To add to my joy, Bouchercon 2016 was held in New Orleans, home of Carmela Bertrand, owner of the Memory Mine Scrapbooking Shop and her Best Friend Forever Ava Gruiex.

Cozy lovers that you are, I’m sure everyone is familiar with Carmela and Ava from the totally fun and always mysterious Scrapbooking Series by Laura Childs. I am shining my buttons when I say that I have been honored to assist in writing two recent books in the series, Parchment and Old Lace, as well as the newly released Crepe Factor.

I have to be honest. I half expected Carmela to be standing at the gate when I arrived at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. I could almost see her struggling to restrain Boo and Poobah while they strained at their leashes trying to give me big, sloppy kisses. And I could hardly wait to see what kind of sexy, crazy outfit Ava would be wearing.

Alas, that was a fantasy unfulfilled.

governor-nichollsStill, I decided to satisfy my imagination by walking in Carmela’s footprints all over the Big Easy. My very first stop when I ventured out of my hotel was Governor Nicholls Street—home of Memory Mine, which is right on the cover of Crepe Factor. I brought you all a picture of the corner so you could see how the shop fits right in with the neighborhood.

And then I roamed around the French Quarter imagining Carmela and Ava scrambling from here to there, sometimes doing errands but often investigating a murder, no matter how many times Carmela’s handsome beau, Detective Edgar Babcock, warns them off.

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Everyone posts pictures of the French Quarter at night but I want you to see the daytime look of the French Quarter. This is how Carmela and Ava see it in their everyday life.

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And I can’t leave without showing you this terrific picture (thanks to author Robert Mangeot!) of Jackson Square with St. Louis Cathedral rising majestically in the background. And in this close up of the Cathedral, I can imagine Carmela walking through those doors to meet Babcock for a romantic holiday concert.

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Now while you are reading Crepe Factor, you can see the streets just the way Carmela does. Oh and I have a message from Carmela and Ava:

Laissez les bons temps rouler! Let the good times roll!
~Terrie

CREPE FACTOR

Crepe Factor (A Scrapbooking Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
14th in Series
Setting – Louisiana
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery(October 4, 2016)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425266700
E-Book ASIN: B01AHKY37I
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The Winter Market in the French Quarter is in full swing, but murder isn’t taking a holiday in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Parchment and Old Lace…

The holidays are a busy time for scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand—but not so hectic that she doesn’t have time to enjoy browsing the booths at the Winter Market with her best friend Ava. The last thing the ladies expect to see is a lurching man stabbed by a serving fork, dying in front of them.

The victim is loathed restaurant critic Martin Lash, who posted his scathing reviews on the Glutton for Punishment website. And the prime suspect is New Orleans restauranteur Quigg Brevard—who was seen giving the critic a tongue-lashing minutes before someone stuck a fork in him. An old flame of Carmela, Quigg asks for her help, which does not please her current beau, Detective Edgar Babcock, to say the least.

Before her relationship is the next victim, Carmela needs to find a murderer who had no reservations about punishing the culinary curmudgeon…

Scrapbooking tips and recipes included!

About The Author

Short-listed twice for The Best American Mystery Stories, Terrie Farley Moran is delighted to introduce mystery fans to the Read ’Em and Eat café and bookstore, which debuted with Well Read, Then Dead. followed by Caught Read-Handed and Read to Death released in July of this year. The only thing Terrie enjoys more than wrangling mystery plots into submission is playing games and reading stories with any or all of her grandchildren. She also has written Parchment and Old Lace and Crepe Factor with Laura Childs.

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Jun 182016
 

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Murder at Morningside
(A Missy DuBois Mystery)
First in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Louisiana
Kensington Books (May 24, 2016)
Paperback: 190 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1601837141
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Hat designer Missy DuBois opened her shop, Crowning Glory, along Louisiana’s Great River Road to cater to the sophisticated Southern bride. But bless her heart, who knew creating stylish wedding veils would lead to murder?

Hired to craft a veil for a socialite getting married at Morningside Plantation means Missy can bask in the height of antebellum atmosphere. But when the bride is found dead in a women’s bathroom, Missy the milliner finds herself entangled in one unfashionable murder. With the list of suspects thicker than the sweltering Louisiana heat, including a gaggle of bridesmaids shedding nary a tear and a family with no shortage of enemies, it seems anyone at the mansion may have done away with the bride-to-be. While Missy has Southern charm to spare, she’s going to need more than manners and a manicure to put a hat pin on this murderous affair . . .

About The Author
Sandra Bretting was born in Southern California but now calls Houston home. She graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1985 and spent a decade in healthcare public relations and advertising before turning to writing full-time. She’s worked as a freelance feature writer for the Houston Chronicle since 1996 and also wrote for the L.A. Times. In addition to penning two hardcover books (UNHOLY LIES and BLESS THE DYING), she launched the MISSY DUBOIS MYSTERY series with MURDER AT MORNINGSIDE, which debuted in May 2016.

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

Something Foul at Sweetwater (A Missy DuBois Mystery) will be released December 20, 2016.

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Spotlight/ #Giveaway – Sinful Science by Frankie Bow

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Feb 272016
 

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Sinful Science
by Frankie Bow

 

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The Miss Fortune Series: Sinful Science
(Kindle Worlds Novella)
(Hair Extensions and Homicide Book 1)

Cozy Mystery – Paranormal
Kindle Worlds (December 6, 2015)
Print Length: 116 pages
ASIN: B01928QJPU
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Synopsis

A graduate student from Hawaii visits the tiny bayou town of Sinful, Louisiana to investigate the effects of the oil spill on the local wildlife. Sinful resident Fortune Redding, who happens to be a CIA operative hiding out from a ruthless arms dealer, worries that the nosy newcomer might blow her cover. But he discovers something that even Fortune couldn’t have predicted, unleashing forces that will go to any lengths to protect Sinful’s darkest secret.

Praise for Sinful Science

This novella was a quick, interesting read and I really mean it in the best of ways when I wish more ‘Miss Fortune’ for everyone!
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I really enjoyed this book, it was a lot of fun to read…
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It’s delightfully paranormal (this is bayou country, after all) and delightfully populated.
~Mallory Heart’s Cozies

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Frankie Bow teaches at a public university. Unlike the characters in her Mahina State Mysteries, she is blessed with delightful students, sane colleagues, 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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Jan 282016
 

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I am absolutely delighted to welcome Jacklyn Brady to Escape With Dollycas today!

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Thanks so much for inviting me to visit your blog today. I’m thrilled to be here.

One of the most frequent questions I get as a writer is where ideas for a book come from. There’s no one answer, of course. Sometimes an idea comes in a flash. I might see a character in my imagination or overhear a snippet of conversation, and my creative muse is off and running. Those times are great, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love when that happens.

cakes of monte cristoThere are other times, however, when the idea is more elusive, the thread of a plot harder to find, the characters more difficult to discover. Most writers like to talk about those flash-of-inspiration moments because they’re interesting and exciting. I think readers like to hear about them, too. I know I do. But I’m afraid that finding the plot and the characters for The Cakes of Monte Cristo wasn’t one of those lovely experiences.

I had the idea for signing Rita up to cater the Belle Lune Ball while writing Rebel Without a Cake. It seemed like a great idea, a chance for Rita and the crew to stretch and grow. Besides, the title for The Cakes of Monte Cristo had come to me in a flash, and I loved it. But when I sat down to write the book, that’s all I had–an obligation for Rita established in the previous novel and a title I adored. Nothing else.

Milk Explosion PubDomainI’d already created the Monte Cristo Hotel in Rebel so that locked me into holding the Belle Lune Ball there, but I didn’t worry. I was so excited about the title, I expected the ideas to pour forth like … well, like something wonderful and fluid.

Dried Mud Pub DomainInstead, the ideas were hidden under layers of thick, dried mud.

It took a while and a lot of brainstorming with my editor at the time to excavate the plot and find the treasure that had been hidden at Zydeco Cakes this whole time. I think we were both as surprised to find it as Rita is. It took a while longer to discover the characters. Rita hired no less than six assistants to fill in for Edie while she’s on maternity leave before Estelle finally suggested her niece, Zoey. But once Zoey showed up, I knew we had our gal.

As difficult as the story was to chip out of the rock, I grew to love it and the characters involved as I wrote. Every day brought something new and unexpected. Every conversation between Rita and her friends, family and co-workers was a revelation. Characters did and said things I wasn’t expecting, and I had no idea how the book was going to end until Rita and I got there together.

I don’t know about other writers, but for me, a hard-won book earns a very special place in my heart. The Cakes of Monte Cristo is going on that shelf, for sure. To make it even more special, the art department at Berkley Prime Crime did a terrific job with the cover. I love the dress cakes!

Thanks so much for having me. I hope you and your readers enjoy the book.

~Jacklyn

Thank you so much for visiting us today Jacklyn! 

cakes of monte cristoThe Cakes of Monte Cristo:
A Piece of Cake Mystery

Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Setting – Louisiana
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
Published by Penguin Random House, LLC.
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425258286
E-Book ASIN: B01071RFUY
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In the fresh new Piece of Cake Mystery from the national bestselling author of Rebel Without a Cake, a pastry chef becomes embroiled in a suspicious death as a mysterious curse casts a pall over an annual New Orleans ball.

Rita Lucero, co-owner of New Orleans’s Zydeco Cakes, is thrilled to be catering an annual ball held at the Monte Cristo Hotel. Designing the high-end desserts is her priority—until she stumbles upon a mystery long-buried at her shop. It’s an ornate ruby necklace, hidden underneath her staircase and rumored to be cursed.

After the gem’s appraiser suddenly drops dead and Rita herself is targeted by a menacing stranger, she’s no longer laughing at local superstition. Now with five cakes on order and an investigation into the necklace’s past revealing layers of unsettling clues, Rita has reason to keep looking over her shoulder while she’s frosting. Because any way you slice it, the next victim of the legendary curse could be her.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I am so glad we finally return to New Orleans and Zydeco Cakes. The author set us up in Rebel Without A Cake for The Cakes of Monte Cristo and Rita and her staff are taking on their biggest job ever, the Belle Lune Ball.  They needed to bake 5 gorgeous dress form cakes complete with the accessories and they are catering the affair too. When the Monte Cristo Hotel ballroom is flooded just days before the event Rita has to settle for a smaller venue, but at least it is still in the same hotel. As if she doesn’t have enough on her plate, Zydeco is short staffed because Edie is out on maternity leave and the temps to replace her have been nightmares. Rita finally hires Estelle’s niece, Zoey. Rita vows to make it work even after a freak accident that destroys part of the beautiful old home that houses the business. Especially when a very interesting discovery is made. A discovery that leaves one woman dead and Rita extra cautious as she tries to piece together all the clues before she gets herself frosted.

I love this series! These characters are some of the best ones around. They work together from early morning until sometimes late at night. They go out for drinks together and have fun. They are as close as family and genuinely care about each other. Like family they have their little spats too. They also bake the most amazing cakes! The cover is nice but the picture I have in my head from the descriptions is nothing like on the cover. Rita makes so many peacock like feathers out of fondant and paints them all to look so real. The image is crystal clear in my mind along with all the other beautiful dress creations that were made. Thank you Jacklyn for the amazing imagery brought forth from your words.

The author not only paints us beautiful pictures with her words, she crafts quite a plot as well. She gives us plenty of twists, surprises, and a few tense moments before we reach the end. She introduces some new characters and one quickly got on Rita’s nerves and mine too, well frankly everyone around her. No, she wasn’t killed but I would not have been surprised. There is always the next book. 🙂

I do hope there is a next book, or two or three and we don’t have to wait too long for a return. Each of these characters “slice” of life has been delightful. If you haven’t taken a bite out of this series yet, start at the beginning and enjoy! You can thank me later.

perfect 2016

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About The Author

Jacklyn Brady lives on the Gulf Coast and writes the Piece of Cake Mystery series which is set in New Orleans and features cake artist and trained pastry chef, Rita Lucero. The Cakes of Monte Cristo, 6th in the Piece of Cake Mystery Series, is available at your favorite bookseller now!

Jacklyn loves to hear from readers. Connect with her on the web: Website   – Facebook   – Twitter       

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Plantation Shutters
by Ellen Byron

PLANTATION SHUTTERSPlantation Shudders:
A Cajun Country Mystery

Cozy Mystery
Setting – Louisiana
New Series
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (August 11, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1629532509
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Synopsis:
Check in for some Southern hospitality in Plantation Shudders, the Cajun Country series debut from Ellen Byron.

It’s the end of the summer and Prodigal Daughter Maggie Crozat has returned home to her family’s plantation-turned-bed-and-breakfast in Louisiana. The Crozats have an inn full of guests for the local food festival–elderly honeymooners, the Cajun Cuties, a mysterious stranger from Texas, a couple of hipster lovebirds, and a trio of Georgia frat boys. But when the elderly couple keels over dead within minutes of each other–one from very unnatural causes– Maggie and the others suddenly become suspects in a murder.

With the help of Bo Durant, the town’s handsome new detective, Maggie must investigate to clear her name while holding the family business together at the same time. And the deeper she digs, the more she wonders: are all of the guests really there for a vacation or do they have ulterior motives? Decades-old secrets and stunning revelations abound in Ellen Byron’s charming cozy debut, Plantation Shudders.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Look at that cover, that house is gorgeous. I knew I had to read this book as soon as I saw the cover. I can totally understand the need to turn it into a Bed & Breakfast. The costs to upkeep such a beautiful home must be astronomical. Of course when you invite people you don’t know into your home you are never sure who is going to show up. This end of the summer group are quite a unique bunch. Frat boys, lovebirds, a family with kids, a Texan, and then the elderly honeymooners that check out permanently before their stay barely begins. The cards are stacked against the Crozats, the people died in their B&B and Sheriff Ru Durand would love to see them lose their family home. He is a man carrying a huge chip on his shoulder. Thankfully his cousin Bo  has come to town and he is a detective with an open mind and someone Maggie would like to get to know better after this murder mess is cleaned up.

The story was full of Southern charm and mouth watering Cajun cooking. Don’t worry, recipes are in the back of the book.  I have never been to Louisiana but Byron’s words sure transported me there. I could almost feel the humidity and the few breezes that came through. I could definitely smell the food!

The author has created really wonderful characters. Characters that I wanted to get to know better immediately. They are a pretty diverse group.  Some of them I truly liked and others not so much, but they all had key roles to play and they played them very well. What I really like is that they have room to grow.

The whodunit had me scratching my head several times, everyone seemed to have a secret. The twists kept turning in directions I didn’t want them to go.  Thankfully Maggie doesn’t give up as she knows the sheriff isn’t doing much detecting. Bo Durant was such a breath of fresh air. He was professional and tried to move the case along. He knew the Crozats were losing money and their business was in jeopardy.

I enjoyed the romantic tension flying between Maggie and Bo. You just know that the feud between the families is going to make a relationship between pretty difficult. I can’t wait to read how it plays out. I shudder to think what could happen next.

This is a great debut for this series!

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About The Author –

Byron is a native New Yorker who loves the rain, lives in bone-dry Los Angeles, and spends lots of time writing about Louisiana. She attributes this obsession to her college years at New Orleans’ Tulane University. Her debut novel, Plantation Shudders: A Cajun Country Mystery, launches on August 11th.  Her TV credits include Wings, Just Shoot Me, and many network pilots.  She’s written over 200 magazine articles, and her published plays include the award-winning, Graceland.  She is also the recipient of a William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant. She’s the proud mom of a fifteen year-old daughter and two very spoiled rescue dogs.

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Aug 182015
 

You may wonder why when I have so many books to read I sign up for and host Book Challenges. Well it is for days like these, when I need to fill a spot for a challenge and I get to pull a book from my overflowing To-Be-Read bookshelf. Today I am filling the “U” spot in my Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge. That just leaves “V” “X” and “Y”. If you have any recommendations let me know in the comments. The Titles have to start with the letter after any “The”, “A”, etc. The “X” is special. Any word in the title can start with “X”.

under the cajun moonUnder the Cajun Moon
Christan Mystery/Suspense
Setting – Louisiana
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (September 1, 2009)
Paperback: 332 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0736926249
E-Book ASIN: B003P9XMAS
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What Secrets Can Be Found by the Light of the Cajun Moon?

New Orleans may be the “Big Easy,” but nothing about it was ever easy for international business etiquette expert Chloe Ledet. She moved away years ago, leaving her parents and their famous French Quarter restaurant behind. But when she hears that her father has been shot, she races home to be by his side and to handle his affairs―only to learn a long-hidden secret that changes everything she knew to be true about herself and her family.

Framed for murder, Chloe and a handsome Cajun stranger must search for a priceless treasure, one whose roots weave through the very history of Louisiana itself. But can Chloe depend on the mysterious man leading her on this cat-and-mouse chase into the heart of Cajun country? Or by trusting him, has she gone from the frying pan into the fire?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This book received such wonderful reviews when it came out I purchased it right away and then it was buried in my TBR stacks. I pulled it out last week and started reading and could not stop. I finished the book at 3:07 a.m. I was planning to read just a chapter or two before going to sleep and one chapter just led to another and another and another. Usually when this happens I call the next morning a “book hangover” but that wasn’t the case this time. I actually woke up at my usual time and wasn’t tired at all.

Chloe receives a call telling her her father has been shot and before he became unconscious he told her mother that Chloe must come home to finish a deal he had started.  She remembers getting off the plane and meeting her father’s lawyer at his restaurant but has no idea how she got to a hotel suite and who is pounding on the door? and why is the lawyer asleep on the couch. What happens next sends her on a wild ride searching for the truth and following a recipe to find a secret treasure.

There is also a story from the past of Jacques, a young goldsmith in France, interwoven into the main plot. I really enjoyed this part of the story.

Both Jacques and Chloe are endearing characters. You truly care about them and their journey. They are both just trying to do what is right with so many, sometimes heart-wrenching obstacles in their way. Each has a bit of a love story too. Chloe meets Travis and he helps her so much. Jacques love story is a bit more complicated.

This is not the first story I have read by Mindy Starns Clark. I enjoyed her Million Dollar Mysteries several years ago but I don’t remember being so totally drawn in my those books. This mystery was perfectly paced and wonderfully written. All the characters were well developed and so interesting. There is a bit of a Christian theme but it does not preach or become overbearing. It blends in with the history, the mystery and the wonderful scenery of the bayou seamlessly. The only thing I didn’t like were the snakes 🙂

I am truly upset with myself for waiting so long to read this book. I now see why it was getting great reviews. It was a riveting read and while it is an older book I do recommend you pick it up today, just don’t wait to read it like I did.

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Sep 092014
 

Rebel without a cakeRebel Without a Cake
(A Piece of Cake Mystery)

5th in Series
Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (September 2, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Chris Lyons
Cover Design by Diana Kolsky
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425258279
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In the still of the night…

Halloween is approaching, and the co-owners of Zydeco Cakes, Rita Lucero and her former mother-in-law, Miss Frankie, have scored a sweet treat—a fantastic catering opportunity that could lead to a rich future for their bakery. But their good news is quickly rattled by a bump in the night when Miss Frankie’s neighbor, Bernice, barrels into her kitchen toting a Bible and a gun, and serves up a story about a ghost at her window.

Bernice swears she just saw the ghost of her moonshiner uncle who disappeared in the swamp fifteen years ago. And when her cousin soon goes missing in the same swamp, Bernice is certain someone’s playing a nasty trick, and convinces Rita and Miss Frankie to help her investigate. They’ll just need to watch their steps, as these ladies are liable to get mired in a very swampy mystery…

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Dollycas’s Thoughts

Miss Frankie sure can get Rita into a lot of trouble and she does it up in spades in Rebel Without a Cake.  First she makes plans for Christmas without even asking Rita or thinking Rita may want to go home to visit her family for the holidays.

Then she sets her up with an appointment to cater a huge event, something Zydeco Cakes has never done before and they have less than 3 months to pull everything together and the woman in charge of the event is not making it easy.

On top of that Miss Frankie and her neighbor Bernice has Rita traveling back and forth from New Orleans to the swamp where Bernice’s family lives and they show up just in time to find a dead body.

Oh and how can I forget, things at Zydeco Cakes is crazy with Halloween orders and Edie is due to have her baby at any minute. She is definitely causing a bit of drama with all the employees.

That is a lot happening in one book so hold on tight and get ready for a wild ride!

I have come to love all these characters and all the baggage they bring with their lives. There can be disagreements, personal issues, time constraints and tons of pressure to produce awesome cakes that will make your mouth water, but through thick and thin there are there for each other no matter what.

We meet some new characters this time like Ox’s psychic aunt and all of Bernice’s family. All very interesting and some a little rude and some a little scary. Jacklyn Brady creates wonderful people to fill her stories. Very unique and some a little crazy but all of them come together in a fantastic story.

In  this installment we are not only dealing with the current mystery but the author is setting us up for the next book in this series. Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year are right around the corner.

The current mystery takes us deep into the bayou – gators can be anywhere and the pace is a little slower. Rita trusts the local law enforcement to catch the killer but she just can’t help but do a little investigating herself to try to hurry things along. I thought I had things figured out more than once and was cringing every time Rita was sticking her nose into things.  Of course Rita kept digging and she proved me wrong again. I loved it!

This is a series I recommend you read in order not only to get to know that cast of characters but also because the stories are so darn good. This is one of my favorite series for that very reason. There are fantastic subplots that continue through each book and each book is even better than the last. The tough part for me is waiting until next year to see what happens next!!

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About This Author

Jacklyn Brady is the national bestselling author of the Piece of Cake mystery series. You can find her online on her Website on Facebook and on Twitter

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Sep 252013
 

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
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Casting Characters

by Jacklyn Brady

 

Jacklyn BradyI think the most common questions I get as an author are those about characters. How do I come up with my characters? Are they based on real people? Do I come up with characters or plot first? The answers, of course, always different for every book.

Years ago, when I first started writing, I worried about my characters because they never wanted to follow directions. I’d create someone to be shy and demure. She’d turn out to be loud and brassy. I’d set a story in the winter. The protagonist would climb up on his roof to replace shingles following a summer storm—and refuse to get down.

For a long time, I thought this was a sure sign that I’d never be a “real” writer and I CB029641nearly despaired of having a writing career. And then one day I read an article on characterization written by a multi-published mystery writer (one I particularly admired) in which she mentioned that her characters did the same thing. I read that article at least twenty times and finally started to think that maybe my headstrong characters might not be proof of failure after all.

The Cakes of WrathSince then, I’ve tried to give my characters free rein to be just what they are. I think my favorite books are those in which the author merely tells the characters’ truth, whatever it is. And that’s what I did in The Cakes of Wrath, the fourth outing for Rita Lucero, the protagonist in my Piece of Cake mystery series.

In the fourth book in the series we meet up again with Rita and spend time with most of the recurring characters in her world. Miss Frankie (Rita’s almost-ex-mother-in-law and business partner) is on the scene, as are the cake artists on staff at Zydeco Cakes: Ox, Isabeau, Estelle, Dwight, Sparkle and Edie. Gabriel Broussard from the Dizzy Duke makes an appearance, as well.

CB058493Speaking of recurring characters, I never planned for Ox to challenge Rita’s position at Zydeco, and I never know what he’s going to do next. Edie’s announcement at the end of Arsenic and Old Cake came as a complete surprise to me. I found out when the rest of the Zydeco crew did. In this book, I learned a few things I didn’t know about Sparkle.

We also meet a cast of new characters in The Cakes of Wrath. The story began to take root when I began to imagine a woman named Aquanettia Fisher. Several months before I began writing the story, I heard her first name in casual conversation. It grabbed my imagination and wouldn’t let go. For months, I wondered what someone named Aquanettia would be like. She could have been anyone, but in Rita’s world Aquanettia turned out to be the single mother of two adult sons, Isaiah and Keon. Both of her sons appeared in my imagination fully formed after I met their mother. Aquanettia runs a thrift shop called Second Chances, and she’s acting head of the Magnolia Street Small Business Alliance, of which Rita is a reluctant member.

MH900444846Other members of the alliance include the much-tattooed Moose Hazen, owner of the nearby Chopper Shop, and his wife Destiny, a woman with more problems than a person can shake a stick at. Destiny is the first person I “met” in the Hazen household and the moment I saw her in my imagination I knew she battled addiction. I’ve known a number of people who struggle with addiction over the years, so I recognized the tell-tale signs the instant she opened her mouth. In the beginning Moose was just a big guy with lots of muscles, but then he showed up for the alliance meeting and revealed all those tattoos. I was surprised at first, but that’s who Moose was, so I just stepped aside and let him go.

This time out we meet Miss Frankie’s cousin, Pearl Lee Gates. Yeah, I know her name is a little odd. I honestly didn’t plan it that way. She walked through the door at Zydeco and introduced herself, and that was that. There’s no arguing with Pearl Lee, as you’ll discover when you meet her for yourselves. Along with Pearl Lee, we meet her “special” friend, Scotty Justus, a retired commercial fisherman who also happens to be Destiny Hazen’s father.

MH900387543Also showing up is Zora Rappaport, owner of the Feathered Peacock yoga studio. I expected her to be a yoga enthusiast, but she set me straight soon enough. She hasn’t actually practiced yoga in years. Edgar Zappa from EZ Shipping is also a member of the alliance. He insisted on defending Destiny when others turned against her, but he wouldn’t tell me why for a long, long time. And then there’s Sebastian Walker, the neighborhood pharmacist. He’s a friendly guy who bears a completely unexpected resemblance to Will Ferrell.

I hope you’ll come and meet everyone in The Cakes of Wrath and that you enjoy getting to know them as much as I did.

~Jacklyn

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Jacklyn Brady is the national bestselling author of the Piece of Cake mystery series. You can find her online on her Website on Facebook and on Twitter

The Cakes of WrathThe Cakes of Wrath
(A Piece of Cake Mystery)

4th in Series
Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Mystery (September 3, 2013)
The Berkley Publishing Group
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Chris Lyons
Cover Design by Diana Kolsky
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425258262
E-Book File Size: 721 KB
ASIN: B00BDQ3B9C
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Miss Frankie has decided Zydeco needs to join the local small business alliance and Rita needs to represent the business in addition to everything else she has to do. It should be a great way to meet more people in the neighborhood but the meetings seem to drag on forever with the members arguing over silly details.

After one heated meeting Rita and Moose, the owner of Chopper Shop, are discussing an upcoming project when a van comes speeding at them. Moose’s quick reaction saves them both from being hit by the van but Rita is pretty bruised up from hitting the ground and most of Moose landing on top of her. The doctor prescribes some pain medication but the next day when Rita really needs them she can’t find them anywhere. She remembers Destiny, Moose’s wife, being in her office the day before. Destiny has a history of drug use so Rita decides to track her down. She is too late. When she arrives at the Chopper Shop she finds Destiny dead with the pill bottle in her hand. Suicide or murder? The detective on the case decides right away that Rita is involved and refuses to believe anything Rita or anyone else tells him. She needs to find the truth herself before she is baking cakes behind bars.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Jaclyn Brady has baked up another tasty mystery!

I love these characters. Rita, Miss Frankie, Ox, Edie and Sparkle are joined by some very crazy characters in this installment. Pearl Lee, Sonny, Moose, Zora, Aquanetta and more.  What a group! Pearl Lee just cracked me up. Edie has her own drama with her parents not very happy with her situation and Miss Frankie gets right in the middle of everything. Add to this a busy cakery, a neighborhood clean-up project and a dead body and you have everything you need for a great cozy mystery.

The author really had me puzzled with this one. A couple of suspects really stood out and then the clues started to stack up just like cake tiers and it all made perfect sense. 

I really enjoy the subplots that continue from book to book. The surprises at the very end that leave you wanting the next piece of cake…um…next book…right now! 

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