Nov 132017
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

This week I am traveling back to Wisconsin, and then on Maryland & Massachusetts.

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

Escapes Completed


That Olde White Magick (An Abracadabra Mystery)
Release Date – November 7, 2017
Setting – New York
My Review


Death in the Stacks (A Library Lover’s Mystery)
Release Date – November 14, 2017
Setting – Connecticut
Review will post tomorrow. 


Seeds of Revenge (A Greenhouse Mystery)
Release Date – November 14
Setting – Pennsylvania
Wendy will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!


Cremains of the Day (A Tallie Graver Mystery)
Release Date – October 31, 2017
Setting – Pennsylvania
For Review

Current Escape

The Mayor’s Son Release Date – August 30, 2017
Setting – My Home Town – Columbus, Wisconsin
Personal Purchase

Scheduled Escapes


A Fatal Collection (A Keepsake Cove Mystery)
Release Date – November 8, 2017
Setting – Maryland


A Late Frost (An Orchard Mystery)
Release Date – November 7, 2017
Setting – Massachusetts
Sheila will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week!

I need to choose a book for next week’s Flashback Friday!

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Happy Reading!!
Dollycas

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Nov 072017
 

Welcome to New Release Tuesday!

November 7 – 10, 2017

 


A Late Frost (An Orchard Mystery)


A Deadly Éclair: A French Bistro Mystery


Every Breath You Take (An Under Suspicion Novel)


Potions and Pastries (A Magical Bakery Mystery)


Assault and Buttery (A Popcorn Shop Mystery)


Death at the Emerald: A Frances Ffolkes Mystery


That Olde White Magick (An Abracadabra Mystery)

Not a Creature Was Purring (A Paws & Claws Mystery)


City of Lies (A Counterfeit Lady Novel)


Eaves of Destruction (A Fixer-Upper Mystery)


The Vineyard Victims: A Wine Country Mystery


Much Ado About Murder: A Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery


A Fatal Collection (A Keepsake Cove Mystery)
  November 8


Canal Days Calamity (A Dog Days Mystery)
 November 8


Death at the Midnight Dragonfly (A Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery)
November 10

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Oct 122017
 


Mining for Justice (A Chloe Ellefson Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Midnight Ink (October 8, 2017)
Paperback: 384 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738753348
E-Book ASIN: B01N7UGNZB

Chloe Ellefson is excited to be learning about Wisconsin’s Cornish immigrants and mining history while on temporary assignment at Pendarvis, a historic site in charming Mineral Point. But when her boyfriend, police officer Roelke McKenna, discovers long-buried human remains in the root cellar of an old Cornish cottage, Chloe reluctantly agrees to mine the historical record for answers.

She soon finds herself in the center of a heated and deadly controversy that threatens to close Pendarvis. While struggling to help the historic site, Chloe must unearth dark secrets, past and present . . . before a killer comes to bury her.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This time Chloe Ellefson takes us along on a trip to Mineral Point as she goes there to help out for a week. Roelke drives her there and plans to spend the weekend helping a friend update a family home. Chloe is hoping for a quiet week away from the drama brought on by her boss at Old World Wisconsin but when Roelke uncovers human bones in the root cellar Chloe knows her week in going to be far from quiet. She agrees to do some research to try to determine who the remains belong to and who buried them. This is all before she sets foot in Pendarvis, the historic location of her temporary assignment. A recent newspaper article has the employees there up in arms and Chloe finds herself the person to blame for a state funding problem. She also find another body.

I have lived in Wisconsin my whole life but I always learn something new when reading a Kathleen Ernst mystery. Pendarvis is one of 12 historic sites owned and operated by the Wisconsin Historical Society. “Tucked away in historic Mineral Point, Pendarvis celebrates the restoration and preservation efforts of Robert Neal and Edgar Hellum, who saved a significant part of Wisconsin’s past.”* Sadly, I have never visited there, but using the author’s descriptions I feel like I have. With all the main buildings, land and nearby cottages it makes a wonderful setting for a murder mystery or two. Roelke back in Eagle has a mystery to solve as well.

The  brilliance of this book is the way the author blends history with life in Wisconsin in the 1980’s. We get the story of a Cornish family coming to America and then to Wisconsin in search of a life provided by the mines. Pendarvis recreates and celebrates this time in history but has problems of the current day which for this series is the 1980’s.

Both time periods have very strong females. The woman in the story that immigrated in the 19th century had  to be strong to live among the men working the mines, she even worked at the mines herself before she came to America. She was a trailblazer is protecting children at a time when most were forced to work in the mines. Chloe is the strong woman of current time. She searches for the truth and doesn’t give up even when she is putting herself in danger. She has a resilience that I truly admire.

Many issues are faced within the story, an abusive husband, drug dealers, financial worries, and of course, murder. It is also a story with a nice romance. Chloe and Roelke relationship has grown at a very comfortable place over this series. Set before cell phones, I really enjoy their nightly calls to check-in with each other when they are apart. The way they work together is heartwarming.

Kathleen Ernst is a real treasure. She researches these stories intensely and creates fictional drama based on facts that keep the reader fascinated from the first page to the last. She is an excellent storyteller whose words come alive. Her love of Wisconsin history shines brightly in this and all of her books in this series.  The characters are believable with great dialogues.  The setting always plays a key part and she always leaves me wanting to visit the location as soon as possible.

Each of the books in this series can be read all on their own, but to enjoy the character development you really should read them all. Mining for Justice has become my favorite book in this series and will be included in my Bests Reads of 2017.

Dollycas

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*Quote from the Pendarvis website.



About The Author

Kathleen Ernst is a social historian, educator, and author. Her Chloe Ellefson mysteries reflect the decade she spent as a curator at a large outdoor museum, and feature historic sites in the Upper Midwest.  Library Journal says, “Ernst keeps getting better with each entry in this fascinating series.” Kathleen has also written many mysteries for young readers.  Honors for her work include a LOVEY Award and Agatha and Edgar nominations.  Kathleen lives and writes in Wisconsin.

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Praise For Mining for Justice (A Chloe Ellefson Mystery)
by Kathleen Ernst

Have no fear as this author weaves a masterful tale. She never drops the ball. Being in Wisconsin I am naturally drawn to the series but anyone who appreciates history and a well written mystery will not want to miss Kathleen’s books.
~Laura’s Interests

This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series. I love that the author mixes history in her mysteries and that you can learn while reading a fun book.
~A. Holland Reads

Wow, this book grabbed my historian heart and held my sleuthing mind to the last page.
~Bibliophile Reviews

Mining for Justice is an outstanding story in an equally outstanding series, one that has quickly become a favorite of mine.
~The Power of Words

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Oct 092017
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

This week I start out in Colorado then on to New York and Maine .

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

Escapes Completed


Wicked Witch Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery Series)
Release Date – August 1,2011
Setting – Maine
My Flashback Friday Read – My Review


Wagging through the Snow (A Melanie Travis Mystery)
Release Date – September 26, 2017
Setting – Connecticut
Review will be posted tomorrow.


Dial Meow for Murder (Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery)
Release Date – September 26, 2017
Setting – Pennsylvania
Bethany Blake will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!


Mining for Justice (A Chloe Ellefson Mystery)
Release Date – October 8, 2017
Setting – Wisconsin
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Thursday!

Scheduled Escapes


Trail of Defects (Cold Springs Mysteries)
Release Date – May 26, 2016
Setting – Colorado
My Flashback Friday Read and the Great Escapes Tour stops here this week.


Murder on the Toy Town Express: A Vintage Toyshop Mystery
Release Date – October 10, 2017
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday.


Barking Up the Wrong Tree (A Bluff Point Romance)
Release Date – September 26, 2017
Setting – Maine
For Review


Twelve Slays of Christmas: A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery
Release Date – October 10, 2017
Setting – Maine
For Review

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Happy Reading!!
Dollycas

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Oct 032017
 

Welcome to New Release Tuesday
October 2017 – Week #1

These books are available this week!

October 3

A Room with a Brew (A Brewing Trouble Mystery)


Crepe Factor (A Scrapbooking Mystery)


Familiar Motives (A Witch’s Cat Mystery)


Fixing to Die (A Southern Ladies Mystery)


Ghost on the Case (A Bailey Ruth Ghost Novel)


The Ninja’s Illusion (A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery)


Death on Tap (A Sloan Krause Mystery)


Scrapbook of Murder (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery)


Halloween is Murder (McKinley Mysteries)

October 8
Mining for Justice (A Chloe Ellefson Mystery)

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

Can’t afford to buy or pre-order all the books you want to at this time.
Bookmark this page in your browser so you can reference it at any time.
Be sure to share your wish lists with your local librarians too!

HAPPY READING EVERYONE!!

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Oct 022017
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

This week I start out in Maine and end up home in Wisconsin.

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

Escapes Completed


Ax To Grind (A Kenni Lowry Mystery)
Release Date – September 19, 2017
Setting – Kentucky
My Review!


Divinely Yours
Release Date – September 26, 2017
Setting – Heaven and Earth
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Tuesday!


A Room with a Brew (A Brewing Trouble Mystery)
Release Date – October 3, 2017
Setting – Pennsylvania
Joyce Tremel with be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!


A Hive of Homicides (A Henny Penny Farmette Mystery)
Release Date – September 26, 2017
Setting – California
Review will post Thursday!

Escapes In Progress


Wicked Witch Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery Series)
Release Date – August 1,2011
Setting – Maine
My Flashback Friday Read

Scheduled Escapes


Wagging through the Snow (A Melanie Travis Mystery)
Release Date – September 26, 2017
Setting – Connecticut
For Review


Dial Meow for Murder (Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery)
Release Date – September 26, 2017
Setting – Pennsylvania
Bethany Blake will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week!


Mining for Justice (A Chloe Ellefson Mystery)
Release Date – October 8, 2017
Setting – Wisconsin
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

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

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Sep 072017
 


A Christmas Peril (A Theater Cop Mystery)\
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Massachusetts
Midnight Ink (September 8, 2017)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738754154
Kindle ASIN: B0755NC138

 

 

When Edwina “Sully” Sullivan’s life imploded, she left behind her job on the police force and her unfaithful husband to start a new life as the general manager of her hometown theater, the Cliffside Theater Company. For five years, she focused on budgets instead of crimes and kept the Cliffside running alongside its mercurial artistic director.

But when her best friend is arrested for killing his father, the rich and powerful Peter Whitehall, no one is looking for another suspect. So, in between keeping A Christmas Carol on budget and Scrooge sober, Sully dusts off her investigative skills to find a killer. Her two lives collide when her ex-husband gets on the suspect list and she’s forced to confront her past in order to save her present.

Dollycas’s  Thoughts

Former police officer Edwina “Sully” Sullivan tries to leave her old career behind but when her best friend becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation she can’t remain silent. Between the drama off stage and on at the theater and the murder Sully has her hands full. Then the bodies start to pile up, distant relatives of hers, she is drawn further into the investigation and closer to her ex. There is peril this Christmas and Sully needs to get to the bottom of it as soon as possible.

I enjoyed meeting Sully and I anxious to get to know her better as the series continues. Retired from the police force she has become the manager of the Cliffside Theater Company and has worked there quietly for several years. The director is a bit of a handful, as is one of the current actors but her previous job has prepared her to deal with difficult people. She is smart and knows how to use her talents and can truly multitask. Her ex-husband lands back in life when her best friend is accused of killing his father and Gus becomes his lawyer. She isn’t quite sure how she feels about that but she is surprising drawn to him, he cheated on her, how could she be having these feelings? They both seem to have other people in their lives too.  Romantic tension – loved it!

The backdrop of the theater was very intriguing. The look behind the scenes of such a production was very interesting and the cast had its quirky characters. I imagine putting a standard like A Christmas Carol is not an easy task but when the main star is a drunkard with hearing issues it had to be a monumental task.

The mystery is filled with twists with multiple murders and several suspects. It starts a little slow but soon the pages were rapidly turning. I was surprised at the big reveal but the ending left readers hanging regarding Sully personal life. You know, the teaser toward the next book. 🙂

Well written, appealing characters and a fun theme have gotten this series off to a fine start. I would have liked it to be just a bit more “Christmasy” but this would be a great book to read curled up in front of the fire as winter approaches.

Dollycas

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About The Author

J. A. Hennrikus is the author of the Theater Cop Mystery series. As Julianne Holmes, she writes the Agatha-nominated Clock Shop Mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime. Hennrikus blogs with the Wicked Cozy Authors, is on the board of Sisters in Crime, and is a member of Mystery Writers of America. She is also an arts administrator who lives in Massachusetts. Visit her online at www.JHAuthors.com.

Webpage – https://jahennrikus.com/

Wicked Cozy Authors Blog – https://wickedcozyauthors.com/ 

She tweets under @JulieHennrikus, and is on Pinterest and Instagram, and have a page on Facebook. She also blogs on Live to Write/Write to Live, and she blogs on Killer Characters on the 20th of each month.


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Sep 052017
 

Welcome to New Release Tuesday
September 1 – 8, 2017

These books are available this week!

Cozy Mysteries

Deadly Brew (Dewberry Farm Mysteries)

A Deadly Fundraiser (Talk Radio Mysteries)

A Tale of Two Kitties (Magical Cats)

A Conspiracy in Belgravia (The Lady Sherlock Series)

Death Distilled: A Whisky Business Mystery

Dead in the Water (Welcome Back to Scumble River Book 1)

Ganache and Fondant and Murder (The Fiona Fleming Cozy Mysteries)

Pudding Up With Murder (An Undercover Dish Mystery)

The Haunting (Seacliff High Book 7)

Trouble Is Brewing: A Bakeshop Mini-Mystery (A Sloan Krause Mystery)

A Christmas Peril (A Theater Cop Mystery)

The Broken Teacup: A Companion Story of the Victoria Square Mysteries

Murder, She Wrote: Hook, Line, and Murder
Mass Market Paperback Edition


Winter’s Child (A Wind River Mystery)

Mass Market Paperback Edition

Suspense Thrillers

Protocol (A Maggie O’Malley Mystery Book 1)

Highland Peril (A Malice Novel)


That Last Weekend: A Novel of Suspense

House. Tree. Person.: A Novel of Suspense

Want to see all the mysteries – cozy to thriller
released in September.
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Can’t afford to buy or pre-order all the books you want to at this time.
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Be sure to share your wish lists with your local librarians too!

HAPPY READING EVERYONE!!

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #36 2017 – Scotland to Kentucky

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Sep 042017
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I am back from Scotland and off to KENTUCKY!

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

Escapes Completed


Dead in the Water (Welcome Back to Scumble River Book 1)
Release Date – September 5, 2017
Setting – Illinois
My Review


There’s a Monster in Your Book
Release Date – September 5, 2017
Children’s Book
Review will be posted today!


Murder Wears Mittens (Seaside Knitters Society)
Release Date – August 29, 2017
Setting – Massachusetts
Sally Goldenbaum will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week and
will be touring with Great Escapes Book Tours too!

A Christmas Peril (A Theater Cop Mystery)
Release Date – September 8, 2017
Setting – Massachusetts
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here this Thursday!


Death Distilled: A Whisky Business Mystery
Release Date – September 5, 2017
Setting – Scotland
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Friday!

Scheduled Escapes


Southern Fried (A Kenni Lowry Mystery)
Release Date – April 4, 2017
Setting – Kentucky
My Flashback Friday Read


Macramé Murder (A Cora Crafts Mystery)
Release Date – August 29, 2017
Setting – North or South Carolina
For Review


Asking for Truffle: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery
Release Date – September 12, 2017
Setting – South Carolina
Dorothy will be my guest next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Protocol (A Maggie O’Malley Mystery)
Release Date – September 5, 2017
Setting – ???
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

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

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Aug 282017
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I am excited for my 1st Literary Escape to Illinois this year!

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

Escapes Completed


Oh, Fudge! (A Candy-coated Mystery)
Release Date – August 29, 2017
Setting – Mackinac Island, Michigan
Review will be up tomorrow! 


A Knit before Dying (A Tangled Web Mystery)
Release Date – August 29, 2017
Setting – Connecticut
Sadie Hartwell will be my guest this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Assaulted Caramel (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery)
Release Date – August 29, 2017
Setting – Ohio
Review will be posted Thursday! 


Facials Can Be Fatal (A Bad Hair Day Mystery)
Release Date – February 22, 2017
Setting Florida
My Flashback Friday Read

Scheduled Escapes


Dead in the Water (Welcome Back to Scumble River Book 1)
Release Date – September 5, 2017
Setting – Illinois
For Review


There’s a Monster in Your Book
Release Date – September 5, 2017
Children’s Book
For Review


Murder Wears Mittens (Seaside Knitters Society)
Release Date – August 29, 2017
Setting – Massachusetts
Sally Goldenbaum will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week and will be touring with Great Escapes Book Tours too!

A Christmas Peril (A Theater Cop Mystery)
Release Date – September 8, 2017
Setting – Massachusetts
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Thursday!

Click Here To See All My Current Giveaways!!

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

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