Nov 232016
 

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

With the holiday tomorrow there is no guest post today but there is my review and a FANTASTIC Giveaway! 

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Dangling by a Thread
(A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Maine
Kensington (October 25, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496706263
Digital Ebook ASIN: B01BAYWZHU
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The Mainely Needlepointers are about to learn that no man is an island—especially when greedy developers want his land . . .
 
Hermit Jesse Lockhart lives alone on King’s Island, three miles east of Haven Harbor, Maine, where he’s created a private sanctuary for the endangered Great Cormorants. But when a wealthy family wants to buy the island and Jesse’s cousin Simon petitions for power of attorney to force him to sell, Jesse is the one who becomes endangered.

Mainely Needlepointer Dave Perry, who befriended Jesse in the VA hospital, rallies the group to his defense. Angie Curtis and the ravelers stitch “Save the King’s Island Cormorants” pillows and sell T-shirts to pay for Jesse’s legal counsel. But tragically, on a visit to the island, Angie finds Jesse dead. Now the search is on for a common thread that can tie the murdered man to his killer .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

grco_nigelvoadenterathopiusI am always excited when Lea Wait has a new book released. This time we are drawn right into the story as we travel to King’s Island, one of the many islands off the coast of Maine. This one is a nesting ground for some Great Cormorants and it is inhabited by just one person, Jesse Lockhart. He travels across the water 3 miles to Haven Harbor for his mail and supplies. He leads a solitary life and will do anything to protect “his” birds. When a well to do visitor to Haven Harbor decides he wants to purchase the island and build an enormous house, Jesse refuses to sell. But Jesse owns the island jointly with his cousin and the man is not giving up. Jesse asks his friend Dave Perry for help in halting the sale. Dave, one of Angie’s needlepointers asks her for her assistance but before they can even get a plan together Jesse, not his birds become the hunted. Now they need to find a way to save Jesse’s birds and find his killer.

I became invested in Jesse and his cause right away. I was sad that he became the victim. I love bird watching and even with all the great descriptions and information the author provided about Great Cormorants I wanted to know more. She also includes sampler sayings and information at the beginning of each chapter.

Angie is a wonderful main character. Her relationship with her grandmother always touches my heart. Dave Perry plays a major role in this story. Through him we also meet 3 new furry baby characters.  Patrick and his mother have returned to town but he is still recovering from his injuries. There was also a real sense of community in all of Haven Harbor about the island and the birds.

The author’s writing style starts slow and builds so we get a chance to engage with the characters before they become a victim or a suspect.  The needlepointing took a bit of a backseat to the mystery but the Mainely Needlepointers were helpful as Angie tried to eliminate suspects. Her friends make great sounding boards, but Angie’s best friend, Sarah Byrne, is involved in a new relationship that has her a little distracted.  About half way through the book the pace picks up and the book becomes very hard to put down.

Lea Wait definitely brings Maine and her characters to life in each and every one of these stories. To fully enjoy them and realize the way the characters evolve I encourage you to read them all and in order. Each contains a wonderful mystery too!

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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About The Author

Lea Wait lives on the coast of Maine. A fourth generation antique dealer, and author of the Agatha-nominated Shadows Antique Print mystery series, she loves all things antiques and Maine, and she’s learning to do needlepoint. She also writes historical novels for young people set in (where else?) nineteenth-century Maine. Lea adopted her four daughters when she was single; she’s now the grandmother of eight, and married to artist Bob Thomas.

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Oct 182016
 
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Eggnog Murder
by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, Barbara Ross
3 Cozy Mysteries
Setting – Maine
Kensington (October 25, 2016)
Hardcover: 345 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496704474
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With the fireplace crackling, the tree twinkling, and the carols humming, few things in life are as picture perfect as Christmas in Maine—until murder dampens the holiday spirit. It must be something in the eggnog . . .
 
EGGNOG MURDER by LESLIE MEIER
When a gift-wrapped bottle of eggnog—allegedly from the Real Beard Santa Club—proves to be a killer concoction for a Tinker’s Cove local, all Lucy Stone wants for Christmas is to find the murdering mixologist who’s stirring up trouble.
 
DEATH BY EGGNOG by LEE HOLLIS
Food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell has never cared much for Bar Harbor’s grouchy town librarian, Agatha Farnsworth. But after the Scroogy senior has a fatal—and suspicious—allergic reaction to supposedly non-dairy eggnog, it’s up to Hayley to ladle out some justice.

NOGGED OFF by BARBARA ROSS
Julia Snowden’s tenant Imogen Geinkes seems to be jinxed. First, her poorly named “Killer Eggnog” gives all her co-workers food poisoning at the holiday party, then her boyfriend’s body shows up in Julia’s moving truck as she’s headed back to Busman’s Harbor. Now Julia has to get moving to catch the cold-hearted culprit.

Cozy up with a glass of eggnog and enjoy the spirit of murder and mystery in a Yuletide treat perfect for those winter holidays . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I will start this review by saying I have read all of Barbara Ross’s Maine Clambake Mysteries, I have read many of Leslie’s Lucy Stone Mysteries and there are some screaming at me from my To-Be-Read shelf, and Lee Hollis is a new author to me. So I will start my review will Barbara’s story.

NOGGED OFF focuses on Julia cleaning out her old apartment in New York since she has decided to stay in Busman’s Harbor. When she meets her subletting tenant her quick trip to the city gets complicated. The author packed a whole wonderful cozy into just over 100 pages. The mystery takes us on quite a ride that at times was just plain crazy and so much fun to read. I love Julia and her big heart. It was fun to make another winter trip to Busman’s Harbor.

EGGNOG MURDER is set in Tinker’s Cove, Maine and within a few paragraphs I remembered all about the main characters and had no trouble jumping back into this series. I loved learning about their Real Beard Santa Club, which I now know is a real group with branches everywhere. The characters of this story drew me right in and I realized I have missed them so I know I need to get caught up on the books I have missed as soon as possible.

DEATH BY EGGNOG by LEE HOLLIS takes place in Bar Harbor, Maine. I was at a little disadvantage with this one as it was my introduction to these characters and the writer’s style of Hayley’s articles right in the story but I knew from the start Agatha Farnsworth, the head librarian, was definitely on Santa’s naughty list and was not surprised she was our victim. What was surprising was the culprit responsible for her demise.

All three of these stories were well written with interesting characters. Great reads for the holiday season but they may have you refraining from eggnog for awhile. I say fix a cup of hot chocolate and curl up in a cozy chair. These mysteries will captivate you for a few wonderful hours.

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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Sep 172016
 

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I am so happy to welcome Jessica Estevao to Escape With Dollycas today!

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Don’t you just love serendipity?

Several years ago my husband and I were looking for a summer place near the water. I had no idea that our search would lead to a new series and a love of historical mystery writing. After looking at places all over the state of Maine we found the perfect spot in Old Orchard Beach. We spent that first summer renovating the house and basking on the beach. By the end of the first month we were utterly charmed.

After all, what’s not to love about seven miles of sandy beach and the last remaining seaside amusement park in New England? But while the kids were building sand castles and perfecting their body surfing technique, I found myself visiting the Harmon Historical Museum and buying antique post cards at Cottage Decor. Slowly, but surely, the history of Old Orchard worked its way into my affections and on my imagination.

whispers-beyond-veilI was intrigued to discover our property used to be part of a Methodist campground. While it now has different owners, the natural amphitheater they used for sermons and speakers is still in operation just up the street from our house.

I learned about the different incarnations the town had experienced. In the Victorian era it hosted wealthy families for the entire season at the grand hotels like The Hotel Velvet as well as day-tripping mill girls from neighboring Biddeford.

By the early 1900s Grand Beach was popular with early auto racers as well as pioneering pilots attempting the first trans-continental flights. A few years later the big band era and dance marathons drew the crowds. Soldiers returning from WWII brought their families in droves throughout the middle of the twentieth century.

It was inevitable, I suppose, that all that information would work its magic on the story-telling part of my brain. Before I knew it, I started imagining the buildings and vehicles and amusements from the past still lining the streets. Then, of course, the buildings filled with imaginary people with all their intrigues and peculiarities.

Before long, the influence of Old Orchard had concocted Ruby Proulx, the protagonist for my latest book, Whispers Beyond the Veil. The Gilded Age hotel where she lives and works, her friends and family all invented themselves as I walked along the sand or imagined a trolley car trundling down the street beside me as I strolled to the shops. Reasons for murder and mayhem swooped into my brain like marauding seagulls making a play for picnic lunches.

Just like that, an historical mystery had snuck up on me. I had never intended to turn my hand to historical writing but thanks to a little serendipity it had.

~Jessica

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Whispers Beyond the Veil
(A Change of Fortune Mystery)
New Series
Historical Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Mystery
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425281604
E-Book ASIN: B0191X353U
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First in a dazzling new historical mystery series featuring Ruby Proulx, a psychic with a questionable past who suddenly finds her future most uncertain…

Canada, 1898. The only life Ruby Proulx has ever known is that of a nomad, traveling across the country with her snake-oil salesman father. She dreams of taking root somewhere, someday, but, until she can, she makes her way by reading tarot cards. Yet she never imagined her own life would take such a turn…

After one of her father’s medical “miracles” goes deadly wrong, Ruby evades authorities by hiding in the seaside resort town of Old Orchard, Maine, where her estranged aunt, Honoria, owns the Hotel Belden, a unique residence that caters to Spiritualists—a place where Ruby should be safe as long as she can keep her dark secret hidden.

But Ruby’s plan begins to crumble after a psychic investigator checks into the hotel and senses Ruby is hiding more than she’s letting on. Now Ruby must do what she can to escape both his attention and Aunt Honoria’s insistence that she has a true gift, before she loses her precious new home and family forever…

 

About The Author

Jessica Estevao writes the Change of Fortune Mysteries.The first in the series, Whispers Beyond the Veil, has just been released. She loves the beach, mysterious happenings and all things good-naturedly paranormal. While she lives for most of the year in New Hampshire with her dark and mysterious husband and exuberant children, she spends summers on the coast of Maine where she keeps an eye out for sea monsters and mermaids.

 As Jessie Crockett she’s the author of the nationally bestselling Sugar Grove Mysteries and the Daphne du Maurier Award winner, Live Free or Die.

To find out more about Jessica and her books visit her Webpage. Like her on Facebook,  Follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest


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Aug 172016
 

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I am pleased to welcome A. E. H. Veenman
to Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book today! 

INTRO-ESCAPEMany thanks to Dollycas for having me. I’m A. E. H. Veenman, author of Dial QR for Murder and Prepped for the Kill, the latest novel in the Marjorie Gardens Mystery series.

In Prepped for the Kill, Defense Attorney Isis Ferrelli is hanging up the Do Not Disturb sign for two glorious weeks. She and her beau, Jason Shahaman, haven’t decided what to do or where to go.

But what our fast-thinking heroine hadn’t counted on was having to spend a portion of her holiday with a bunch of Preppers. Her Point Shirley neighbors, Raymond Lockhart and Jedemiah Briggs, are buying a survivalist condo designed for the digital age after doomsday. They plan on visiting the Reebok Refuge Silo that weekend for open-house.

 

3-ESCAPESpending three days underground with a bunch of Nervous Nellies hadn’t been on the amateur sleuth’s itinerary. Yet, her good friend Deidre Mason convinces her to go along and look after their friends. And like any attorney worth her weight in lawsuits, Isis could either sue the manager for swindling her friends out of their pensions—or gain a new corporate client.

 

5-ESCAPEUsually, our star-studded attorney escapes the hustle and bustle of Boston to the retreat of her small New England community, the lovely ocean-side community of Point Shirley in Winthrop, Massachusetts.

With the most breath-taking views in northeast America, Winthrop is a peninsula just shy of two miles in all directions. On one side there’s a panoramic view of the outer harbor and Atlantic Ocean. On the other, the Boston skyline and inner harbor form a backdrop across the sky.

And, of course, there’s Crystal Cove!

So why in the world would Jed and Ray want to leave? With the rear bed of Jed’s truck packed, Isis has a front seat with her name on it. She travels to the deep woods of northern Maine—and after some car trouble—she Jed, and Ray finally arrive at the Reebok Refuge Silo.

Early on, she observes an employee publicly reprimanded, then a heated confrontation between shareholders. It doesn’t take “Marjorie Gardens” (her online investigator persona) to realize there’s something untoward going on behind the scenes.

During the open-house, a security guard breaks into a sold unit. But when the condo’s resident is later poisoned, it becomes apparent the intruder’s motive wasn’t to take anything from the home away from apocalyptic home—but to put something in.

Isis and Ray take point in investigating the weekend’s continuous disruptions, while Jed repairs his truck. Soon, everyone is literally in the dark when the silo loses power. Instead of a romantic getaway with Jason, Isis is trapped inside the compound.

The refitted structure retains original military protocols. To unlock the blast doors, Isis must find the burglar security guard. He has the second code.

But when she finally locates him, he’s not talking…

Well-prepped sabotage has escalated to murder.

While an escape from the office has taken on a different meaning for Isis, all is not doom and gloom. She and Jason finally go on vacation in their Romance Mystery novella, Ten Days in Tahiti.

The Reebok Refuge Silo is either a prepper’s paradise or a real estate scam. But when the decommissioned compound locks down after a power failure—a resident is poisoned, and another is found dead—it’s time to sound the SHTF alarm! Isis has a murder investigation…underground.

She must determine who has betrayed the colony. If she doesn’t, either she, Ray, or Jed could end up bugging-out in the afterlife.

Author-Pic-A.E.H.-Veenman-400x400About the Author.

Fun Fact: Veenman is pronounced “fein-mun.”

At an early age, her hunger for mystery books whetted her appetite for hunting down clues and solving crime. Thus began a three-course menu for her becoming a writer.

Rich and sweet was the first Digital Age Cozy in the Marjorie Gardens Mystery series, Dial QR for Murder. Now she doles out a helping of Prepped for the Kill. A delectable novella featuring Isis Ferrelli and Jason Shahaman follows in the first Marjorie Gardens Romance Mystery—Ten Days in Tahiti.

E. H. Veenman is a Dutch-American originally from New Jersey and has lived in Holland for more than fifteen years. She’s a member of Sisters in Crime and Crime Writers’ Association.

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PREPPED-COVERPrepped for the Kill
(Marjorie Gardens Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Maine
Digital Age Cozy, Exobia (July 4, 2016)
Print Length: 263 pages
ASIN: B01HAJOVQC
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No power. No communications. No way out.
Are you ready? Are you prepared?

Defense Attorney Isis Ferrelli wouldn’t have believed it if she weren’t holding the purchase agreement. Point Shirley residents Raymond Lockhart and Jedemiah Briggs are buying a survivalist condo designed for the digital age after doomsday.

The Reebok Refuge Silo is either a prepper’s paradise or a real estate scam…

But when the decommissioned compound locks down after a power failure—a resident poisoned, and another found dead—it’s time to sound the SHTF alarm!

Isis has a murder investigation…underground.

Isis, Jed, and Ray must determine who has betrayed the colony. If they don’t, one of them could end up bugging-out in the afterlife.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Prepped for the Kill is a very gripping story that quickly turns into a a variation of a locked room mystery. Isis Ferrelli, who just happens to be an attorney, gets roped into joining Jed and Ray on their trip to Maine to check out the Reebok Refuge Silo, a place where they plan to buy a condo. Isis thinks it is all a scam and plans to not only save Ray and Jed but anyone that happens to be taken in by this unbelievable scheme. Shortly after they arrive systems start to fail and everyone is trapped. When a man is poisoned and another ends up dead, Isis, Ray and Jed don’t know who they can trust but they need to find a way out before more bodies start piling up.

I will start this by saying I broke my own rule and read this second book in the series without reading the first. Things that happened in that story are referenced quite a bit and it seems not everything was wrapped up and was still part of a subplot to this story. I am very intrigued and will need to go back and read Dial QR for Murder and then more things that I read about in this story will make more sense.

That aside, Isis Ferrelli aka Marjorie Gardens is a compelling character. Faced with so much and trapped without anyway to contact the outside world, she remains determined and strong. If she is like that in court I would hate to be the opposing counsel. Jed and Ray are unique, one is a master gardener who has won awards for his flowers and the other in an inventor. His latest invention rocked the entire neighborhood when he gave it a test run. They are the preppers, the survivalists, and a little naive when it comes to promises of others that may just be out to make a quick buck.

Veenman tells a great story giving us vast descriptions so we get the true feel of life inside the Reebok Refuge Silo. I would be way too claustrophobic to be able to live anywhere like that. I enjoyed the way twists kept changing the minds of who was the mastermind and who were the minions responsible for trapping everyone in the silo and their reasons for doing so. I would call the pace steady, always a little misdirection or observation that changed things sometimes in a good way others in a bad way. The ingenuity it took to figure out all the clues was at times just mesmerizing.

Isis is a character I want to get to know better. I think I would have given this story a perfect rating if I had read Dial QR for Murder first so that is what I recommend. The author has penned Ten Days in Tahiti, which she classifies as more of a romance that takes place after Isis and her friends are rescued from the silo too. It is more of a novella and and it does include a little mystery too. 

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Dollycas

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Feb 252016
 
Earlier today I reviewed a book inspired by Walt Whitman, where Edgar Allan Poe made a cameo appearance. Now let me share this book of short stories with you inspired my Edgar Allan Poe.

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Edgar Allan Cozy: Wicked Short Stories
Cozy Anthology
Setting – Maine

Print Length: 55 pages
Wicked Cozy Press (January 16, 2016)
ASIN: B01AQ77TBY
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When cozy mystery writers meet Edgar Allan Poe, the result is Edgar Allan Cozy. Each story in this suspenseful new anthology is inspired by the work of Poe. “The Raven,” “The Lighthouse,” “MS. Found in a Bottle,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” and “Annabel Lee” have been updated and set in the fictional town of Raven Harbor, Maine.

 

Dollycas’s Thoughts

As soon as I heard about this collection I was so excited to read it. A modern spin on classic Poe, sign me up!

The book starts with a wonderful introduction of how these poems and stories can to be. They all take place in Raven Harbor, Maine. It was fun to have the stories all tie together in the same setting.

First up Barbara modern take on The Raven. I loved it!!!

Next Sherry Harris gives us The Lighthouse, a story where Madeline Wilson tries to find out what happened to her great-great-great grandfather, Barnabas, all those years ago. The residents seem to know the story but are pretty tight lipped. It has a nice twist that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Then Sheila Connolly gives us Found in a Bottle. This is a dark tale. A story were a romantic weekend turns into a true mystery. The romance of the story quickly fizzles but what continues is very interesting.

An Intolerable Intrusion by Edith Maxwell comes next. She gives us her modern twist on A Tell-Tale Heart. This was an entertaining read and if I was forced to choose my favorite I would have to pick this one.

Sadie Hartwell’s Within These Walls is next. What do you do when your husband cheats? This story has an intriguing idea. I knew where it was going but I loved it none the less.

The book wraps us with Anna, Belle and Lee by Sherry Harris. She has crafted quite a poem of a twisted love triangle.

Whether you are a fan of Poe or not, I know you will enjoy this little collection. It was a nice mini escape at only 55 pages. It will also be a keeper to be read again and again.

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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Feb 232016
 

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Fogged Inn (A Maine Clambake Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Maine
Kensington (February 23, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496700377
E-Book ASIN: B00Y6RB372
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An autumn chill has settled over Busman’s Harbor, Maine, but Julia Snowden is warming up the town by offering lobster stew at the local diner. When her landlord discovers a dead body in the walk-in refrigerator, Julia must figure out who ordered up a side of murder.

Nothing’s colder than a corpse–especially one stashed inside a sub-zero fridge. The victim spent his last night on earth dining at the restaurant bar, so naturally Julia finds herself at the center of the ensuing investigation. Lost in the November fog, however, is who’d want to kill the unidentified stranger–and why. It might have something to do with a suspicious group of retirees and a decades-old tragedy to which they’re all connected. One thing’s for sure: Julia’s going to make solving this mystery her early bird special…

Includes Traditional Maine Clambake Recipes!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Back to Busman’s Harbor, Maine, and this time it is snowy and icy and there are no clambakes. Instead Julia and Chris have opened Gus’s Too. They take over Gus’s restaurant in the evenings to give locals one place to dine during the off season. They are still finding their way, running the business by themselves, but they are off to a great start. That is until a dead body is found in the walk-in frig. Julie and Chris recognize the man as a customer from the night before. This leads them to take a closer look at all their customers from that night. Since it was foggy, rainy and cold there weren’t many. Some relatives of mine Caroline and Henry Caswell were among the guests. They certainly couldn’t have anything to do with that dead man, could they??

I started reading and I just couldn’t stop. I was excited not only about Chris and Julia’s new venture, but I desperately wanted to know how that guy ended up in a cooler in a restaurant that was locked up tight and why? Ross has plotted a marvelous mystery and I loved the way everything came together with a very unexpected ending, very different than a typical cozy mystery. At first I was sure I liked it but after thinking about it, I was totally on board with it.

We meet several new characters this time, couples that come to eat at Gus’s Too. When Julia does her investigation we get to know them all quite well and their connection to the town. She visits with each of them several times as she tries to figure out if they had anything to do with the man’s death even when they claim they didn’t know him at all. I found the dialogues interesting and I really tuned in to catch any clues.

Julia has moved into the apartment above Gus’s and Chris spends most night there. He still has his cabin which he is remodeling so he can rent it out during tourist season. They are starting to get more comfortable in their relationship but they have a lot of things to work out. Julia is a little too sure of herself after helping solve previous cases and Chris just wants her to leave the investigating to the police. Well, we all know that is not going to happen.

The fog plays a huge part in this story and I just don’t mean the weather outside. I really felt Julia and the police were working in a fog and through the fog to identify the victim and catch the killer. At times it was as thick as pea soup and I truly didn’t know how it was all going to come together in the dwindling amount of pages left, especially because I knew there were recipes back there too.

This is another strong story from Barbara Ross and I commend her for coming up with a great story in the off season when the town is really moving at a much slower pace with less people around. It was nice to get to know some of the other residents of Busman’s Harbor. They were a unique bunch. I hope they pop in for visits in future stories, especially those Caswells!

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Jan 112016
 

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Thread and Gone
by Lea Wait

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Thread and Gone
(A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery)

3rd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Maine

Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Kensington (December 29, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1617730085
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When a priceless antique is stolen, murder unravels the peaceful seaside town of Haven Harbor, Maine…
 
Angie Curtis and her fellow Mainely Needlepointers know how to enjoy their holidays. But nothing grabs their attention like tying up loose threads. So when Mary Clough drops in on the group’s Fourth of July supper with a question about antique needlepoint she’s discovered in her family Colonial-era home, Angie and her ravelers are happy to look into the matter.

Their best guess is that the mystery piece may have been stitched by Mary, Queen of Scots, famous not just for losing her head, but also for her needlepointing. If they’re right, the piece would be extremely valuable. For safekeeping, Angie turns the piece over to her family lawyer, who places it in her office safe. But when the lawyer is found dead with the safe and ransacked, the real mystery begins. . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I was so impressed with this story. Could you imagine having a piece of needlework that could be from the 1500’s? What a treasure, until it goes missing. They had thought a lawyer’s safe would be secure but sadly it wasn’t and the attorney was killed when it was stolen. I think I would have gone over the edge.   But Angie and the Mainely Needlepointers keep their heads about them and do the research and investigate not only the provenance of the stitched piece but do everything to catch a murderer too.

This was one of those stories that once you start reading you just can’t stop. I really enjoyed all the history. The many Mary’s of Scotland and the connection to France and Maine. It was so interesting and tickled my memory. I probably learned all about it back in school and this story brought it all back and more.

Lea Wait also shines a light on the local economy which reflects the economy nationwide as we all are working harder just to get by. It really helped me to identify with the characters in the story. Gram is away on her honeymoon for most of this story but Angie is getting much more comfortable running the business. Sarah Byrne, one of the Mainely Needlepointers, played a big part this time with her knowledge of history and antiques. They were also assisted by fellow needlepointers, Dave Percy and Ruth Hopkins. Dave teaches biology at the high school. Ruth is elderly and arthritis in her hands makes it hard to do much stitching but she a huge help investigating.

Each chapter starts with verses that were stitched on samplers from the past.

“When idle drones supinely dream of fame the industrious actually get the same.” – Verse stitched on sampler  by Sally Alger at Miss Polly Balch’s School in Providence, Rhode Island, 1782

Another marvelous mystery from Lea Wait.

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About The Author

Lea Wait lives on the coast of Maine. A fourth generation antique dealer, and author of the Agatha-nominated Shadows Antique Print mystery series, she loves all things antiques and Maine, and she’s learning to do needlepoint. She also writes historical novels for young people set in (where else?) nineteenth-century Maine. Lea adopted her four daughters when she was single; she’s now the grandmother of eight, and married to artist Bob Thomas.

 

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Sep 172015
 

THREADS OF EVIDENCEThreads of Evidence
(A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Maine
Kensington (August 25, 2015)
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It’s hard to imagine anything bad ever happening in picturesque Haven Harbor, Maine–until a famous face rolls into town and unthreads some very dark secrets. . .

Angie Curtis and the Mainely Needlepointers are all too familiar with the Gardener estate. The crumbling Victorian mansion, known as “Aurora,” has been sitting vacant for nearly twenty-five years–and some say it’s haunted by the ghost of Jasmine Gardener, the teenage girl who died there in 1970 under mysterious circumstances…

Harbor Haven is abuzz with excitement when Hollywood actress Skye West decides to buy Aurora and sell off its furnishings. And Angie is intrigued when Skye asks her to appraise the estate’s sizable collection of needlepoint pictures. But the more she examines the pieces, the more they seem to point toward Jasmine’s murder–and the murderer–and it’s up to her to stitch the clues together. . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I loved this story even more than the last.

Aurora is the name of an estate outside of Harbor Haven that has been vacant for years. It is a Victorian with a past.  A young lady,  Jasmine Gardener, died there at an end of summer party back in 1970. The case is still open. The youngest member of the Mainely Needlepointers, Sarah, runs an antique store and she had a visitor come in saying his mother has bought the home and plans to bring the old place back to life. They needed someone to go through the house and separate the trash from treasure. Sarah quickly accepts the job and brings Angie along to assist her. There are several needlepoint items throughout the house. The most salvageable are a group of framed pictures depicting special places around Harbor Haven including Aurora.   The woman that purchased the home is Skye West, a Hollywood actress. She seems to be very interested in Jasmine’s death, she believes the girl was murdered and that with a little help she can solve the case. Could that help come from the Mainely Needlepointers? I don’t think Angie could stay out of it if she tried.

Again Angie and Gram stole my heart, but Skye’s story was very interesting too. The more we learn the faster the pages start to turn. It was almost impossible to put the book down. I made the mistake of starting this book on a very busy weekend for me. My solution was take the book with me everywhere I went and read it every chance I had. I had reached a very exciting part right when we had reached our destination and was torn whether to join the family or keep reading. Well of course I joined the family, but as soon as we arrived home that night I curled up with the book and didn’t move until I finished.

This story has something for everyone, a strong mystery that is so well written, fabulous characters you will love, humor, romance, and suspense too. The entire story was very unique and I was totally surprised at the ending. You do not have to know anything about needlepoint to enjoy this story but if you do I predict you will love it as much or more than I did.

The next book in the series Thread and Gone comes out the end of December.

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Lea Wait lives on the coast of Maine. A fourth generation antique dealer, and author of the Agatha-nominated Shadows Antique Print mystery series, she loves all things antiques and Maine, and she’s learning to do needlepoint. She also writes historical novels for young people set in (where else?) nineteenth-century Maine. Lea adopted her four daughters when she was single; she’s now the grandmother of eight, and married to artist Bob Thomas.

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May 222015
 

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The Body in the Birches
by Katherine Hall Page

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BODY IN THE BIRCHESThe Body in the Birches: A Faith Fairchild Mystery
22nd in Series
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Setting – Maine
Publisher: William Morrow (May 12, 2015)
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At home on Sanpere Island, Maine, caterer and amateur sleuth Faith Fairchild discovers that real estate can be murder, especially when it’s all in the family, in this twenty-third book in the popular mystery series.

The Fourth of July is one of the hottest on record and even the breeze off Penobscot Bay can’t seem to cool things down for Faith Fairchild and the rest of the folks on Sanpere Island. But the fireworks are just beginning. After the celebrations are over, Faith discovers a body in the woods near The Birches, an early twentieth-century “cottage.”

The body is identified as The Birches’ housekeeper, who seems to have succumbed to a heart attack. The death is only one of the dramatic events upending the historic house. A family gathering has been called to decide who will inherit the much loved, and very valuable, estate that has been in the Proctor family for generations. With this much money involved, it’s just a matter of time before trouble arises.

Faith is juggling her own family problems. Her teenage son, Ben, has started a new job as a dishwasher at The Laughing Gull Lodge—learning things that could land him in very hot water. And her daughter Amy is worried about her new friend, Daisy Proctor. Daisy is terrified—convinced that someone is trying to eliminate her mother from getting a share of The Birches. To protect her children, Faith has to find a possible murderer—before he strikes too close to her own home.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This is the kind of story I expect from Katherine Hall Page, a murder mystery with tons of family drama!

This is one of my favorite cozy series. When a series lasts this long the characters are like old friends. Faith and Tom’s children have grown up right before our eyes. It is hard to believe Ben is a teenager, but Tom and Faith seem exactly the same. I would love to have them as neighbors!

We again travel to Maine with the Fairchilds and it is not your typical family vacation. The Proctor family has a home there too, The Birches, and a death in the family means a decision must be made on who will inherit the property. All interested parties have been called to spend the month of July there and then a decision will be made by the family’s oldest member. All the family has gathered to curry favor with Uncle Paul hoping they will be his choice. It isn’t long before the housekeeper is found dead and other “accidents” take place and somehow Faith finds herself right in the middle of the drama.

Faith is also facing some things on her own. Her kids are growing up and she is having a hard time with that plus Tom had to head back home when his mother is rushed to the hospital, leaving Faith on her own on Sanpere Island.

I really enjoyed this story because it focuses on two families but blends them together perfectly. There are several characters and new readers to this series may have a problem keeping them all straight. Many reside in Aleford or have an Aleford connection so they have appeared in previous stories.  All these characters give us plenty of suspects too and I was a bit surprised by the ending.

It is hard to keep things fresh in a long running series like this and I truly thought the series had ended with The Body in the Piazza. I was thrilled when I found out about this latest installment. I hope we have many more stories featuring the Fairchild family ahead.

If you are new to this series you really should start at the beginning for maximum reading pleasure.

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Katherine Hall Page is the author of twenty-two previous Faith Fairchild mysteries, the first of which received the Agatha Award for best first mystery. The Body in the Snowdrift was honored with the Agatha Award for best novel of 2006. Page also won an Agatha for her short story “The Would-Be Widower.” In addition, she has been nominated for the Edgar Award, the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and the Macavity Award. She lives in Massachusetts and Maine with her husband.

 

 

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Apr 302015
 

MUSSELED OUTMusseled Out
(A Maine Clambake Mystery)

3rd Book in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Massachusetts
Kensington (April 28, 2015)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0758286895
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The busy summer tourist season is winding down in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, but Julia Snowden senses trouble simmering for the Snowden Family Clambake Company. Shifty David Thwing–the “Mussel King” of upscale seafood restaurants–is sniffing around town for a new location. But serving iffy clams turns out to be the least of his troubles. . .

When Thwing is found sleeping with the fishes beneath a local lobsterman’s boat, the police quickly finger Julia’s brother-in-law Sonny as the one who cooked up the crime. Sure, everyone knows Sonny despised the Mussel King. . .but Julia believes he’s innocent. Proving it won’t be easy, though. It seems there’s a lot more than murder on the menu, and Julia needs to act fast. . .

Includes Traditional Maine Clambake Recipes!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Another tasty installment from Barbara Ross. In Clammed Up Julia came home to help save the family business. In Boiled Over she got the business steered in the right direction. Now in Musseled Out the season is drawing to a close and she needs to make a huge decision, return to her job back in New York or stay in Maine with her friends and family. Of course a dead body being found and her brother-in-law being a prime suspect will weigh heavily into her decision. First she needs to find out who killed the “Mussel King” and why, then she should hopefully, probably, maybe, make a decision regarding her own future.

I quickly became caught up in this mystery because after reading the first 2 books I was very invested in these characters. Growing up in a family food business I understand how the whole family gets involved to making it a success so I really want the Snowden Family Clambake Company to succeed. A new competing business wouldn’t be a good  thing but I can’t see Sonny killing someone over it so I knew there was much more to the story, but Ross truly surprised me with the way she mixed all the elements together.

Barbara Ross slowly develops these characters. We learn more and more about them with every turn of the page. Livie, Julia’s sister, and Sonny have a new baby on the way. Add that to the business worries and things get a little stressful. Julia’s mom is unsure of her place since her husband passed away and she is branching out causing some concern from her daughters. Chris and Julia’s relationship is still so new and they are working things through as they get a little more serious.

The author has given us a wonderful whodunit with just the right amounts of humor and romance. I loved the ending. I hope this isn’t the last we see of these characters. I have really enjoyed my Maine excursions.

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Jan 022015
 

twisted threadsTwisted Threads
(A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery)

New Cozy Mystery Series
Setting: Maine
Kensington Publishing
Release Date: January 6, 2015
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1617730047
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Returning to the quaint coastal town of Harbor Haven, Maine—a place she once called home—Angie Curtis finds her memories aren’t all quite pleasant ones…

After leaving a decade ago, Angie has been called back to Harbor Haven by her grandmother, Charlotte, who raised her following her mother’s disappearance when she was a child. Her mother has been found, and now the question of her whereabouts has sadly become the mystery of her murder.

The bright spot in Angie’s homecoming is reuniting with Charlotte, who has started her own needlepointing business with a group called Mainely Needlepointers. But when a shady business associate of the stitchers dies suddenly under suspicious circumstances, Charlotte and Angie become suspects. As Angie starts to weave together clues, she discovers that this new murder may have ties to her own mother’s cold case…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This is the first book I have read by Lea Wait. I didn’t know about her other series. I was on Amazon searching for books to add to my Books Coming Soon page and the cover just pulled me right in. The book arrived and story picked up right where the cover left off.

Angie is quite a woman as is her grandmother, Charlotte. To survive having your mother/daughter disappear without a trace is just tragic. Then all these years later her body is found so very close to her home. That is heart wrenching. Angie and Charlotte had moved on with their lives but they had grown apart. Angie ended up in Arizona and didn’t visit very often. When her grandmother call her home her number one mission is to find the person who killed her mother. But her grandmother needed her help with another matter as well. Once she is home the women pick up like they were never apart and Angie starts to feel at home again in Harbor Haven. There have been some changes, some good, some bad, but Angie learns you can go home again.

These are 2 extraordinary characters and I was able to relate to them so easily. The needlepoint thread that pulls the plots together is a strong one. I loved that both men and women were part of the Mainely Needlepointers. Needlepoint can be very relaxing and challenging at the same time. Angie is barely a beginner and her grandmother is the expert and the rest of the group falls everywhere in between.

The murder from the past collides with the murder in the present and Angie is like a dog with bone as tries to untwist all the threads to solve both cases. As she does this she reacquaints herself with the people of Harbor Haven. She gets together with her old friends and meets several new residents.

The town is a hot spot for tourists so it is the perfect setting for a new cozy series.  The author has really grabbed my attention with this first book. I am so excited for the next one. Charlotte has a big day to plan for and Angie has a new job. Threads of Evidence comes out in September.

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May 152014
 

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Last Licks
(A Sunny & Shadow Mystery)

3rd in Series
Cozy Mystery
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The Berkley Publishing Group (May 6, 2014)
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Cover Illustration by Mary Ann Lasher
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Oliver Barnstable is the owner of Maine Adventure X-perience and Sunny’s boss. In a freak accident he has broken his leg. After surgery to repair the bad break he has ended up in a rehab facility. This makes Sunny’s life miserable, she not only has to run the office but make trips back and forth to the rehab center and cater to her bosses business needs as well. His roommate is no joy either, he is a hopeless flirt and a real pain.

Then in the middle of the night Sunny gets a call from her boss saying his roommate was dead and he knows it wasn’t from nqatural causes. So now Sunny has a new assignment, find out who killed Gardner Scatterwell.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I love the way Claire Donally writes. She gives the perfect voice to not only her human characters but to her feline ones as well.

Last Licks takes us to a rehab center just outside of Kittery Harbor, Maine. In addition to a bunch of new human characters we meet the lovely female feline Portia, whose scent comes home on Sunny’s clothes and Shadow absolutely loves. Donally writing from the cats point of view is truly fun and unique.

She has also crafted a great whodunit that had me confused and guessing until the very end. Again Shadow plays a very important part in solving the mystery. His person, Sunny, is just too inquisitive at times and ends up getting herself in trouble. Shadow seems to have kitty sense (like Spidey sense) to know just when to show up on the scene.

This series is so much fun to read. If you have not read the The Big Kitty, start there and then move on to Cat Nap, and then Last Licks. You will absolutely love Shadow and Sunny too!!

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May 092014
 

boiled overBoiled Over
(A Maine Clambake Mystery)

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Kensington Publishing (May 6, 2014)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
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For Julia Snowden, the Founder’s Day summer celebration in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, means helping her family’s clambake company to prepare an authentic taste of New England seafood. Any Mainer will tell you that a real clambake needs wood for the fire . . . so why is there a foot sticking out of the oven?

The townspeople want to pin the murder of the RV park owner on Cabe Stone, a new employee of the Snowden Family Clambake Company–who bolted from the crime scene and disappeared.

Julia knows having another murder associated with her family’s business is a recipe for disaster . . . but who is the killer? Cooking up a proper investigation doesn’t leave much time for the rest of Julia’s life, and this is one killer who’ll do anything to stop her from digging up clues . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Barbara Ross has cooked us up another fine mystery in Boiled Over. In this follow-up to Clammed Up Julia is still trying to make sure the Snowden Family Clambakes are back on the right track. She thinks serving their food sat the Founder’s Day celebration will be the perfect way to advertise and put a little more money in the business account. Of course she didn’t plan for the dead body.

Ross introduces us to some new characters who are not all who they seem to be. This leads the reader on quite an adventure. We even learn about the true founder of Busman’s Harbor and how the town got its name. We also traveled with Julia through a good bit of Maine tracking down clues.

Julia is not only trying to save the family business,  she is at a crossroads of her life. Does she want to go back to New York City? Or stay in Maine with her family and a very important man in her life? Did she wait too long to share her true feelings?

Ross has served us a great mystery with a perfect amount of humor and romance. She has given us rich characters that continue to evolve and a nice little cliffhanger to bring us back for more when Musseled Out hits shelves in 2015.

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May 012014
 

cat napCat Nap
(A Sunny & Shadow Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (May 7, 2013)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Mary Ann Lasher
Cover Design by George Long
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425252130
E-Book File Size: 534 KB
ASIN: B009KUX9VS
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Sunny and Shadow are at it again, sniffing out another murderer. Even with an injured paw Shadow is still Sunny’s trusty sidekick as she gets right in the middle of some sparing ex-spouses. Martin Rigsdale was a terrible husband and Jane thought she was rid of him, but he came back wanting another payoff. Jane decides to set him straight for good and drags Sunny along as a witness. Unfortunately they were too late, all the found was Martin dead in is veterinary clinic and Jane becomes the prime suspect. Turns out Martin had plenty of secrets and enemies, Sunny and Shadow just need to find the right one before anyone else gets put to sleep permanently.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
My granddaughter grabbed this book out of my hand and pointed at the cover and said “Wiley”. Even she knows how much our kitty looks like Shadow. But Shadow is a very special cat, he is very inquisitive and that can get him in trouble but he also has a keen sense of smell that can usually get him out of it. What I really like about this story and this series is that the author not only writes from Sunny’s point of view she also writes from Shadow’s. Anyone with a cat knows we wonder sometimes just what our cats are thinking and having Shadow talking about the picture box in the living room or the way he likes to snuggle up with his human will put a genuine smile on your face. The way he talks about that “Biscuit Eater” and its owner had me laughing out loud.

Sunny had come back to Maine to take care of her father after his heart attack.  She has a job at Maine Adventure X-perience and the winter is a pretty slow time for tourists so she spends her time updating the website and waiting the phone to ring or emails to come in. She is still catching up with old friends and hoping to get a certain someone interested in her the way she is interested in him.

Donally has written quite the mystery for her starring characters. Martin may not have been killed by his ex, or a jealous husband, heck there are Russian loan Sharks in Kittery Harbor. Could they be involved? The author surprises us with some very clever twists and turns.

The cozy is a purrfect escape and I am so happy that the next book in the series Last Licks (A Sunny & Shadow Mystery) will be out May 6. I am looking forward to snuggling up with Shadow again very soon.

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas

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About This Author
Claire Donally continues to be as much as a mystery as her books.

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Apr 242014
 

cat and caboodleThe Whole Cat and Caboodle:
Second Chance Cat Mystery

Brand New Series
Cozy Mystery
An Obsidian Mystery
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451419941
E-Book File Size: 2017 KB
ASIN: B00F9EZBG0
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Welcome to the oceanfront town of North Harbor, Maine. Sarah Grayson owns and operates Second Chance, a shop that sells used items that have be given makeovers and some have been totally repurposed.  She even holds classes so people can transform their own pieces.

Sarah’s grandmother holds the mortgage and several of her grandmother’s friends work at Second Chance. Sarah has known them most of her life and they are her friends as well as her grandmother’s. Mac, a retired financial planner, is Sarah right hand. Together they turn some people’s junk into beautiful treasures. Elvis is the store mascot and not your typical cat. Elvis has used up his nine lives but was rescued by Sarah. The big black cat with the scar on his nose from one of his battles goes everywhere with Sarah and seems to understand every word she says and humans in general.

When one of Sarah’s elderly friends fails to show up for a class everyone gets worried. Maddie would never miss a class. When they find her she is in her garden with a man who is very dead. Maddie is the prime suspect, of course, but Sarah and all her friends know she could never hurt anyone. Before the murderer has a second chance to kill someone else they need to clear Maddie and find the real killer.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

An excellent debut!

This cozy has a really great twist. While Sarah is the main character (with Elvis coming in at a very close second) she is not the one doing the investigating at least at the start. She is more a wrangler of the group who has set up an office in the store and started calling themselves Charlie’s Angels. Senior citizens, Liz, Rose and Charlotte along with a little help from Mr. P. (Bosley) are trying to track back through dead man’s past to see who could have killed him. They happen to turn up plenty of suspects. They also add a whole caboodle of humor to this story too. Elvis also becomes quite an asset as the story plays out.

Added to the character mix is Nick, Sarah’s “old high school flame” who works for the coroner’s office and Michelle Andrews, she and Sarah used to be best friends but not anymore and she is the detective that caught the case. Can old flames reignite? Can old friends come back together and be friends again?

If you have read the Magical Cat Mysteries by Sofie Kelly you will quickly realize the Sofie Ryan is the same author. She has a unique way of writing especially for her feline characters. They jump right off the page and into your heart.

This is a wonderful start to a new series with group of characters I already love. I am looking forward to book #2.

just you and a friend4 STARFISH

Dollycas

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Find out more about Sofie Ryan on her webpage here.

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