Apr 142017
 


Ready for some fun?
I am super excited to play 20 Quick Questions with Steve Hockensmith!

Favorite Color – Green, the color of lush fields of grass, thick, thriving forests, and the power ring bestowed upon test pilot Hal Jordan by a dying alien, making him the intergalactic champion for justice known as Green Lantern

Favorite Candy – Peanut M&Ms

Favorite Snack – Mixed nuts

Favorite Soft Drink – Diet Coke

Favorite Hard Drink – Diet Coke with bourbon

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor – Coffee

Favorite Movie – The Third Man

Favorite TV Show – That’s a surprisingly hard question to answer. So many variables! I guess I’d say that the original Star Trek is my favorite for sentimental reasons even though I acknowledge that about a third of the episodes are unwatchably bad. The best series I’ve ever seen would probably be The Wire, but I have no desire to ever watch it again. (I tend to shy away from commitments to long, dark, depressing shows these days. Life’s too short, y’know?) And the best single episode of television I’ve ever seen is “Jose Chung’s ‘From Outer Space'” from The X-Files, which manages to be funny, creepy, profound and a superb vehicle for the masterly acting of Charles Nelson Reilly. Really!

Favorite Book – Dang. Another hard one. I used to say Catch-22, but I’m not so sure anymore. The last time I re-read it I still loved it, but I was more aware of its flaws. (It’s a little overlong, and some of the many tangents are less interesting than others.) So I guess now I’ll say Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, which is (A) by my favorite writer and (B) a lot shorter.

Favorite Fictional Character – There are so many I love so much: Yossarian from Catch-22, The Doctor from Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, Nick and Nora Charles (and Asta!), Jeffrey Lebowski, Marge Gunderson. But if I had to pick one (and you did say “Character,” not “Characters”) it would be Columbo. The second Peter Falk comes trudging onto the screen in that raincoat, I’m smiling and I can’t wait to see him take the big-shot killer apart piece by piece.

Favorite Super Hero – You remember my favorite color, right? And why it’s my favorite color?

Favorite Singer/Group/BandI am very, very loyal to the English pop band Madness. They’re considered a one-hit wonder over here thanks to their song “Our House,” but in England they’re more of a beloved/loathed institution. It’s not easy to think of what their equivalent would be in the States — a band that survives decade after decade, can sell out stadiums while being sneered at by youngsters and hipsters, and in some way reflects the character and musical traditions of the nation. Oh, god…are they the English Eagles?

Favorite Carnival Ride – A bench. My son is autistic and doesn’t get enthused about that many things, so when he went through a carnival ride/roller coaster phase I tried to go along for the ride. Which meant going along for the rides. And let me tell you: If I want to feel that nauseous, I’d prefer for Diet Coke and bourbon to get me there, thank you very much.

Favorite Spring Activity – Barbecuing.

Favorite Summer Activity – Barbecuing.

Favorite Fall Activity – Barbecuing.

Favorite Winter Activity – Barbecuing. (Did I mention that I live in California?)

Favorite Place to Read – The bathtub.

Favorite Place to Write – My desk at home. (But my favorite place to brainstorm and outline is also the bathtub.)

Dream Vacation Destination – The past. I’m not a big see-the-world guy. I don’t have much desire to fly to far-off lands, walk the teeming streets of exotic cities, etc. But I would love the chance to hang out in San Francisco circa 1894 or Los Angeles circa 1940 or New York circa 1958 or Evansville, Indiana, circa 1977. (I grew up in Evansville, so I was there in 1977. I just wasn’t paying much attention.) When Elon Musk opens his time machine travel service, I’ll be first in line.Then I’ll get sent to the back of the line because I’m not a billionaire. But I’ll be there!

Thank you Steve for playing 20 Quick Questions. Save me some room on that bench, since my accident there are not carnival rides in my future. I will also join you for a drink and a burger or two 🙂

Now let me tell you about his new book that was just released on April 8! 

Give the Devil His Due (A Tarot Mystery) 
Cozy Mystery

3rd in Series
Midnight Ink (April 8, 2017)
Paperback: 360 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738742243
Kindle ASIN: B01FOR0Z9Y

Synopsis

Reformed con artist-turned-tarot reader Alanis McLachlan gets paid for predicting the future—too bad she didn’t see all the trouble in hers. First a figure from her past tries to drag her back into the life of crime she thought she’d left behind. Then a new suitor tries to sweep Alanis off her feet, forcing her on-again, off-again romance with hunky teacher Victor Castellanos to hit the skids. And then there’s the little matter of the client who gets an ominous reading from Alanis . . . and is promptly murdered. Danger is in the cards for Alanis, and she’ll need all her skill at reading people and reading tarot if she’s going to survive.

Praise for Give the Devil His Due by
by Steve Hockensmith with Lisa Falco

A great read…
~Babs Book Bistro

This is a funny mystery filled with con men, an investigative reporter, mafia types, old ladies with uzis, a pony-tailed German man, and a touch of the occult.
~Teresa Trent, Author

Give the Devil His Due is another fun addition to the Tarot Mystery Series. I must say that I am really enjoying this series!
~Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf

I really love the layout of this book, you aren’t left guessing what the cards look like, they are in the book! An author that dots his i’s and crosses his t’s.
~Bibliophile Reviews

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Steve Hockensmith’s first novel, Holmes on the Range, was a finalist for the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony and Dilys awards. He went on to write four sequels as well as a pair of bestselling follow-ups to the international publishing sensation Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. More recently, he wrote (with collaborator “Science Bob” Pflugfelder) the middle-grade mysteries Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab and Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage.

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Apr 122017
 


Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
Edith Maxwell drops by today for 20 QUICK QUESTIONS!

Favorite Color –  Turquoise, with purple a close second

Favorite Candy –  Dove Dark minis – a must-have on my desk at all times

Favorite Snack –  I’d like to say a freshly plucked sun-warmed strawberry. But honestly, it’s Cape Cod potato chips.

 

Favorite Soft Drink –  Cold Dr. Pepper, but I only have one per decade (I don’t touch the stuff otherwise)

Favorite Hard Drink –  A nice bourbon. Tiny splash of water, no rocks

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor –  Double dark chocolate fudge, or something similar

Favorite Movie –  Dr. Zhivago. Or Bridges of Madison County. And I don’t care what you think that says about me.

Favorite TV Show – Call the Midwife, of course!

Favorite Book – What? That’s like picking a favorite child.

Favorite Fictional Character –  Again: I have to pick one? Okay, Clare Fergusson from Julia Spencer-Fleming’s fabulous series. Can you beat a female Episcopal priest and former Navy helicopter pilot who falls in love with a married man and solves crimes, too?

Favorite Super Hero –  AuthorWoman!

Favorite Singer/Group/BandIris Dement, but she’s not writing new stuff anymore. Cheryl Wheeler, then. Love her voice, her lyrics, her concerts.

Favorite Carnival Ride – Merry go round. Rides that that hang me upside down? Can. Not. Do.

Favorite Spring Activity –  Planting my garden!

Favorite Summer Activity –  Harvesting in my garden and THEN deciding what’s for dinner. Going to the beach afterwards for a sunset walk.

Favorite Fall Activity –  Picking apples and making my world-famous apple pies.

Favorite Winter Activity –  Cross country skiing – quiet gliding aerobic exercise in clear crisp air, and for free? It’s the best.

Favorite Place to Read –  On the couch with a cat or two snoozing nearby

Favorite Place to Write –  In my lovely upstairs office, where I make stuff up and also keep track of what’s going on in my neighborhood (yes, all fiction writers are voyeurs)

Dream Vacation Destination –  A sunny beach, a big umbrella, fabulous local seafood, a few bottles of chilled white wine, and a huge stack of books. Geographic destination doesn’t much matter as long as I have those ingredients.

Thank you Edith for playing 20 Quick Questions today!!


Called to Justice (A Quaker Midwife Mystery)
Historical Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Massachusetts
Midnight Ink (April 8, 2017)
Paperback: 312 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738750323
Kindle ASIN: B01FOR0YRW

 
 
 
 
 

Quaker midwife Rose Carroll is enjoying the 1888 Independence Day evening fireworks with her beau when a teenaged Quaker mill girl is found shot dead. After a former slave and fellow Quaker is accused of the murder, Rose delves into the crime, convinced of the man’s innocence. An ill-mannered mill manager, an Irish immigrant, and the victim’s young boyfriend come under suspicion even as Rose’s future with her handsome doctor suitor becomes unsure. Rose continues to deliver babies and listen to secrets, finally figuring out one criminal – only to be threatened by the murderer, with three lives at stake. Can she rescue herself, a baby, and her elderly midwifery teacher in time?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

In her follow up to Delivering the Truth Edith Maxwell takes us back to Amesbury, Massachusetts in 1888 just in time for the Independence Day celebration. Rose Carroll is enjoying the fireworks with her beau David Dodge when gunshots ring out and a young woman in found dead. A former slave and Friend becomes the prime suspect leading Rose to delve into the investigation herself. She finds her life in danger the closer she gets to learning the truth. Just when she needs him most her relationship with Doctor Dodge gets rocky and Rose tries to remain strong. There are several lives in danger as this midwife strives to keep everyone safe.

Rose has become a very comfortable character for me. She is smart, caring and kind to everyone she meets. She carries a calmness about her, something that is very important in her work as a midwife. She also keeps her wits about her when things get out of control. She is true to herself and her beliefs. The author captures the history of the time very well. She draws on her Quaker roots to give us real sense of Quaker lifestyle.

The characters Ms. Maxwell surrounds Rose with are quite varied. From very wealthy to factory workers and even a former slave. All are very fleshed out and believable. As Rose connects with them we become aware of their true colors. Some we can quickly eliminate as suspects and others need further scrutiny.

The plot entwines the characters together in many ways making the mystery a tough one to solve. The story gives us a complex mystery with a perfect flow that builds to an exciting climax. Suspense was ratcheted up quite high as the ending played out. I absolutely loved this story.

A wonderful mystery you can get lost in. Travel back with Rose and the people of Amesbury. A  perfect escape!

Dollycas

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About the Author

Agatha-nominated and Amazon best-selling author Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries and the Local Foods Mysteries, the Country Store Mysteries (as Maddie Day), and the Lauren Rousseau Mysteries (as Tace Baker), as well as award-winning short crime fiction. Maxwell lives north of Boston with her beau and three cats, and blogs with the other Wicked Cozy Authors. You can find her on Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, and at www.edithmaxwell.com.

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Apr 102017
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

I had another excellent reading week!
Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling around the Midwest with a side trip to Arizona this week!

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

Books Completed

Dying on the Vine: A Mystery (Kelsey McKenna Destination Wedding Mysteries)
Release Date – April 4, 2017
Setting – California
My Review

The Night the Lights Went Out
Release Date – April 11, 2017
Setting – Georgia
Review will be posted tomorrow

Called to Justice (A Quaker Midwife Mystery)
Release Date – April 8, 2017
Setting – Massachusetts
Edith will be my guest this week for Cozy Wednesday!

Silence of the Jams (A Down South Café Mystery)
Release Date – April 4, 2017
Setting – Virginia
Review will be posted Thursday.

Currently Reading

A New Thriller from Daryl Wood Gerber
Early Copy

Books Scheduled

Up North Murder: Up North Michigan Mystery
Release Date – September 30, 2016
Setting – Upper Michigan
My Flashback Friday Read

When the Grits Hit the Fan (A Country Store Mystery)
Release Date – March 30, 2017
Setting – Indiana
For Review

Caramel Crush (Cupcake Bakery Mystery)
Release Date – April 4, 2017
Setting – Arizona
Jenn will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week!

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Apr 032017
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

I had another excellent reading week!
Where are your books taking you this week?

I am taking a quick trip to California and then back to the east coast!

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

Books Completed


Tightening the Threads (A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery)
Release Date – March 28, 2017
Setting – Main
Review will be up tomorrow! 


Smugglers & Scones (Moorehaven Mysteries Book 1)
Release Date – January 31, 2017
Setting – Oregon
Morgan Talbot will be my guest this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Single Malt Murder: A Whisky Business Mystery
Release Date – March 21, 2017
Setting – Scottish Highlands
Review will be up Thursday!

Moss Hysteria (Flower Shop Mystery)
Release Date – April 5, 2016
Setting – Indiana
My Flashback Friday Read

Currently Reading

Dying on the Vine: A Mystery (Kelsey McKenna Destination Wedding Mysteries)
Release Date – April 4, 2017
Setting – California
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Saturday!

Books Scheduled

The Night the Lights Went Out
Release Date – April 11, 2017
Setting – Georgia
For Review

Called to Justice (A Quaker Midwife Mystery)
Release Date – April 8, 2017
Setting – Massachusetts
Edith will be my guest next week for Cozy Wednesday!

Silence of the Jams (A Down South Café Mystery)
Release Date – April 4, 2017
Setting – Virginia

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Mar 072017
 

Welcome to New Release Tuesday – March 7 – 11, 2017

These books are available this week!

March 7

Pekoe Most Poison (A Tea Shop Mystery)

Cold Pressed Murder (An Olive Grove Mystery)

Roux the Day (A Dinner Club Mystery)

Gone with the Twins (League of Literary Ladies)

Bitter Harvest (A Greenhouse Mystery)

The Silence of the Flans (An Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery)

Bad Debt (Savannah Martin Mystery)

Every Trick in the Rook: A Birds of a Feather Mystery

March 8

A Cherry Sinister Murder: A Culinary Cozy Mystery

Pressed to Death (A Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery)

March 11

Off the Beadin’ Path (Glass Bead Mystery Series)

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Mar 062017
 

Pressed to Death
by Kirsten Weiss

Wine and Spirits
By Kirsten Weiss

As a California girl, it seemed natural to set my Paranormal Museum series in wine country. The entire state is wine country, and some of the lesser known spots are – for me at least – the most fun to visit.

They’re also often more affordable than wine tasting in Napa and Sonoma.

However, what I didn’t realize when I started the series, which was conceived as a cozy mystery with “light” paranormal elements, was how the wine culture would take over. Maybe it’s because I know too many people in small California towns whose social life revolves around wineries, wine club members treating the tasting rooms as regular hangouts. And then there’s all the wine talk – the legs on a glass of red wine, the brix, the aromas, even the label collectors. Wine labels must be registered with and approved by the state, so creating a wine label is a much bigger deal than, say creating a book cover.

There’s just a certain magic to a bottle of wine – the alchemical transformation of grape juice into something more. Add to that the mystery of what you’re getting when you uncork that dark bottle. Each harvest and winery produces different flavors, even though the same grape vines are in play.

And weirdly, the older the grape vine, the better the wine seems to become. The grape vines in the Lodi area survived Prohibition, the farmers switching from delivering their grapes to wineries to shipping to home vintners (which was legal during Prohibition). So the region has some marvelous ancient vine Zins with complex flavors.

In Pressed to Death, the action centers around a wine harvest and rival wineries. I had more fun than I should have researching ways to sabotage a winery. In Italy, someone who opened the taps on the massive wine vats and ruined hundreds of thousands of dollars of wine, pouring it onto the floor.

But since harvest time is close to Halloween, there are spirits in the mix as well. In Pressed to Death, a haunted wine press and a century’s old mystery tangle with a modern-day murder. But never fear, no one is actually pressed to death. This is a cozy mystery after all.

Be sure to stop by my website and sign up for the Paranormal Museum’s FREE 5-day Fortune Telling course here:

~Kirsten

 

Pressed to Death (A Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery)
2nd in Series
Publisher: Midnight Ink (March 8, 2017)
Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738750316
Kindle ASIN: B01FOR0Z7G

Paranormal museum owner Maddie Kosloski thinks she has the perfect paranormal exhibit for the harvest festival—a haunted grape press. But when she’s accused of stealing the press, and her accuser is found murdered, all eyes turn to Maddie.

Maddie knows well the perils of amateur sleuthing and is reluctant to get involved. But her mother insists she investigate. Does her mom have a secret agenda? Or is she somehow connected to the murder?

Facing down danger and her own over-active imagination, Maddie must unearth the killer before she becomes the next ghost to haunt her museum.

KIRSTEN WEISS

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Kirsten Weiss grew up in San Mateo, California. After getting her MBA, she joined the Peace Corps, starting an international career that took her around the fringes of the defunct USSR and into the Afghan war zone. Her experiences abroad not only gave her glimpses into the darker side of human nature, but also sparked an interest in the effects of mysticism and mythology, and how both are woven into our daily lives.

She writes paranormal mystery and suspense, blending her experiences and imagination to create vivid worlds of magic and mayhem.

Kirsten has never met a dessert she didn’t like, and her guilty pleasures are watching ghost Whisperer re-runs and drinking good wine.

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Feb 082017
 


I am so happy to welcome Loretta Ross to Escape With Dollycas!
Her new book was just released today!

The first thing I’d like to say is thank you, to Lori Caswell, for inviting me to write a guest post for her blog.

Last September, a little over a month after my fiftieth birthday, I did something I’d never done before and, indeed, something I had never imagined I’d ever do.

I rode on an airplane.

I’m a wild woman, I know.

As mystery readers, you may be aware of Bouchercon, also known as the World Mystery Convention. It’s held in a different city every autumn. In 2015 I attended my first ever B-Con (as it’s affectionately known) in Raleigh, North Carolina. To get there, I drove by myself for two days. On the way down I had to pass through the Great Smoky Mountains, which are absolutely gorgeous and scared the ever-loving hell out of me.

I love mountains when they’re on a jigsaw puzzle or a picture postcard. When they’re climbing under the wheels of my car, at sixty-five miles an hour, with a mini-van crowding me  to my left, tractor-trailers boxing me in, and fiery death  a few feet off the right shoulder and several hundred yards straight down–not so much. It turns out that, under certain circumstances, I’m moderately afraid of heights.

I’m also moderately claustrophobic, which made it a really unpleasant surprise when I finally came down out of the mountains and there were tunnels. And then more mountains. And then more tunnels.

On my way back I was determined to miss the whole “oh-my-God-I’m-going-to-fall-off-the-mountain-oh-my-God-the-mountain’s-going-to-fall-on-me” experience.

It turns out Google maps isn’t so hot at showing elevation. Also, not all those roads are as clearly marked as you’d expect them to be. I wound up lost in the Appalachians.

And there was a tunnel, too. Under Tennessee.

So this year, I was determined not to drive, even though I still wanted to go.

When I was a girl, growing up in the middle of nowhere and spending most of my summers alone with my imaginary literary friends, I used to lie in the field beside my house and look up at the sky. I’d watch the planes going over and wonder about the people in them, but it had never seemed possible that that privileged class of adventurers could someday include me.

My initial plan was to take the train to NOLA. I’ve never been on a train either and it seemed romantic and less likely to fall out of the sky. Unfortunately, from where I live in west-central Missouri, the most direct train route to New Orleans goes through Chicago, takes almost an entire 24-hour day, and involves a 4AM bus transfer in St. Louis. So I womanned up and booked plane tickets both ways.

The first thing people told me about flying was to be early. Be really early. Figure out what early is, and then get there well before that. Expect long lines and delays and hassles at security. So naturally, I planned carefully and then procrastinated so much that I was still packing at midnight the night before I was supposed to leave.

The time on my boarding pass said 10:05 AM and I live a good two-and-a-half hours from the airport so I set my alarm for 4 AM and finally went to sleep.

For a given value of sleep. I tossed. I turned. I worried and fretted and I didn’t actually fall asleep until about 3:45. When the alarm went off, I was so exhausted I couldn’t keep my eyes open and convinced myself I could sleep for just another half hour and I’d be fine.

By the time I finally got up it was almost six. I kissed the cats, made sure they had plenty of food and water, and headed out. I made it as far as Clinton, the town nearest me, before I got light-headed. I’d been so fixated on the coming trip that I’d forgotten to eat the day before.

So, I stopped for a quick breakfast, then topped off the gas tank, and then finally hit the highway. By this point it was nearly seven.

Yeah, I wasn’t at all freaking out by this point. (I might be lying.) Also, did I mention the rain? And the fog?

By the time I got to Kansas City, it was pouring rain, fog was rising off the pavement, and I had managed to land right in the middle of the morning rush hour. And then I took the wrong exit. And then I got caught in a construction zone. And then I couldn’t find the place I’d reserved parking.

At a quarter to ten I was driving around in circles in front of the terminal, lost and frantic and practically hysterical. At 9:57 I stumbled across economy parking.

A shuttle appeared as if by magic, I was the last passenger they picked up, and they took me directly to my terminal. There was no line at security and I had time to buy a bottle of water and sit down before they called my flight.

And I flew. I climbed in a big, metal box with a bunch of strangers, packed in like pomegranate seeds, and the ground dropped away beneath us and we sailed off through the sky to New Orleans. And, perhaps it’s silly, but I looked out the window at the countryside passing by and I thought of a little girl in a field.

And I cried a little.

~Loretta

What a great story!! I am so glad you made it right on time! Thank you so much for visiting today! 

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

Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Missouri
Midnight Ink (February 8, 2017)
Paperback: 264 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738750415
Kindle ASIN: B01FOR0YXQ
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Death & Wren Bid on Answers to the Mysteries of Love and War

When former army medic Tony Dozier is accused of killing a member of the hate group that disrupted his wife’s funeral, the prosecution charges premeditated murder and the defense claims temporary insanity. Former marine Death Bogart and auctioneer Wren Morgan think there’s more to the story.

They’re both led to the long-abandoned Hadleigh House, where Wren begins preparing the contents for auction but ends up ap- praising the story behind an antique sketchbook. As Wren uncovers the century-old tale of a World War I soldier and his angel, Death finds a set of truths that will change…or end…their lives.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I love this series! Morgan is working at Hadleigh House, an old abandoned mansion, to inventory the furnishings and other contents for auction. She finds an old sketchbook that is truly a treasure. It seems to tell a story from World War I about a soldier and his angel. Meanwhile Tony Dozier, an army vet is arrested for killing a man that was protesting his wife’s funeral. Wren and Death (Dee-th) “it’s a family name” Bogart meet the man and know right away he didn’t kill anyone. Death also has PTSD and knows that is what the vet is dealing with. Maybe the sketchbook can help explain the vet’s confusion and lead them to the real killer.

Three books and we are still peeling back the layers on these characters. They continue to grow closer and deal with each other’s battles. They are falling in love but still have barriers up so as to not cause each other pain, both physically and emotionally. The author seems to understand that their healing is a process, not something that can be fleshed out in a hurry but revealed over time. For me as a reader that draws me to these characters in a major way.

The setting this time was quite interesting. A big old house, a cemetery, and a camp for wounded veterans are all located close together but getting to the house is difficult because there is only a walking path until a bridge car be rebuilt for vehicles. The picture on the cover depicts things very well.

The theme of the story is very current, there is a group, the Church of the Army of Christ (CAC), a militant hate group, they protest around the area. This group disrupted the Dozier funeral because Tony’s wife was a Muslim. She and Tony were the only survivors of an attack in Afghanistan only to get back to the states and have her killed by a drunk driver. Tony dealing with the tragedy he witnessed overseas as a medic combined with his wife’s tragic death has left him just a shell of a man. The author wrote this book long before the current administration was sworn in but she clearly saw the degree of hatred during the election and she tackled that and the plight of veterans so well in this story.

As for the mystery, it wasn’t exactly complex but it wasn’t straight forward either. I knew who didn’t do it, just as Morgan and Death did, so I was really tuned in to all the others I viewed as suspects. I just had a feeling and surprisingly I turned out to be right, but it played out in a really scary, edge of your seat way.

The topics may seem heavy for a cozy mystery but Ms. Ross adds the humor, romance and character building in a way to keep it all balanced. I was very happy with the last chapter set up to take us into the next Death and Morgan story. It is going to be hard to wait a year to have it in my hands.

If this is a new series for you I really recommend you start with Death & the Redheaded Woman, then Death & the Brewmaster’s Widow, before you read this story. These are rich characters you will enjoy more if you meet them from the beginning. 

Dollycas

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LORETTA

About The Author

Loretta Ross is a writer and historian who lives and works in rural Missouri. She is an alumna of Cottey College and holds a BA in archaeology from the University of Missouri – Columbia. She has loved mysteries since she first learned to read. Death and the Redheaded Woman will be her first published novel.

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

These books are available this week!

Blown Away (Kite Shop Mystery)

Death in Advertising (A Tobi Tobias Mystery)

Mission Impawsible (A Paws & Claws Mystery)

War and Peach (A Georgia Peach Mystery)

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

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

Bookman Dead Style (A Dangerous Type Mystery)


A Measure of Murder: A Sally Solari Mystery


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

A Wee Homicide in the Hotel (A ScotShop Mystery)

Compromised (A Denise Aragon Novel)

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

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Jan 302017
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

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

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

Books Completed


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


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


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

Currently Reading

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

Books Scheduled


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


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


A Palette for Murder (An Aurora Anderson Mystery)
Release Date – January 31, 2017
Setting – California
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Jan 172017
 

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A Fatal Twist
by Tracy Weber

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A Fatal Twist (A Downward Dog Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Washington
Midnight Ink (January 8, 2017)
Paperback: 312 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738748788
E-Book ASIN: B01FOR0Z0I
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Synopsis

Yoga instructor Kate Davidson’s life takes a chaotic turn once she agrees to not only be the doula for her pregnant best friend, but also play foster mother to two puppies. The chaos only gets worse when Kate finds the dead body of a philandering fertility doctor and Rachel, one of her yoga students, fleeing the scene.

Kate is convinced her student is innocent, and she sets out to find the real killer before her testimony condemns Rachel to a life behind bars. But her hands are full with caring for three dogs, teaching yoga classes, and gaining an unexpected crime-solving partner. If she’s not careful, Kate’s next yoga pose may be a fatal one.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Kate’s new role as a friend’s doula for her the birth of her child takes her into new territory, a local medical center. Unfortunately, she still finds a dead body. A doctor she knows is having an affair AND she witnesses one of her yoga students leaving the scene of the crime. She is also dealing with Michael bringing home 2 abandoned puppies. Bella handles the dogs better than Kate expected at first but with her medical issues these extra roommates may not be a good idea long term. So dogs, doula, murder investigation, and oh yeah her full time job teaching yoga. It is going to take more than meditation to get Kate through all this.

I am always excited when a new book comes out in this series.

In A Fatal Twist, all my favorite characters are back and two that could barely stand to be in the same room with the other form a bond and a surprising friendship. Both characters have truly evolved and as a reader that is so important as a series continues. It is the key that keeps us coming back for each new story. I also loved pregnant Rene, she is just priceless, she had me laughing out loud so many times I lost count.

We also learn what it means to be a doula. Kate learns it is much more detailed that she thought and readers gain insight as well. I wish I would have had one for my children’s births.

The author clearly know her subject being a yoga teacher herself. She has a keen insight to take her passion and craft mystery stories around it. She has done this now 4 times and I hope she continues for quite some time. In this installment, she twists things around and around making extremely unexpected connections that propel readers through the story at a pretty rapid pace. There is always something happening, never a lull, hence not a good stopping point, making it very hard to put down even though it is way past bedtime.

I have several reasons for loving these stories, there is always a great mystery, the characters are genuine and continue to grow, relationships are fluid, there is humor in all the right places and I always learn something new.

Years ago, after the accident that left my right side paralyzed, I had a doctor suggest I try yoga. I could never imagine how I could do yoga when I can’t move one side of my body or even get down and up off the floor without help. But in this story Kate has a class, South Bath, where people lie on their mats in a comfortable position, such a Corpse Pose, covered with a blanket while a concert of drums, chimes, bamboo sticks and vocalizations happens around them in a candlelit room. It is said to have a soothing effect and helps to center the person. Now that is something I could do, as long as there was someone to help me get to the floor and off it when class ended. 🙂 It is something I would love to try.

Dollycas

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Praise for A Fatal Twist

..a funny story and the author does a wonderful job with the characters and scenes.
~Bab’s Book Bistro

With Tracy Weber we get an abundance of education while having fun…The action and troubles seem to never cease.
~Laura’s Interests

The author has created characters that are fun and entertaining…I highly recommend this book (and series) to all readers!
~A Date With A Book

Kate is the main character in this cozy mystery. She has a great sense of empathy for others and I loved how she was determined to make sure the right killer was charged.
~Texas Book-aholic

The characters are all well-written and have depth to them. The plot is captivating with so many different possible outcomes.
~Socrates’ Book Reviews…

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About The Author

Tracy Weber is the author of the award-winning Downward Dog Mysteries series featuring yoga teacher Kate Davidson and her feisty German shepherd, Bella. Tracy loves sharing her passion for yoga and animals in any form possible. Her first book, Murder Strikes a Pose won the Maxwell Award for Fiction and is a 2015 Agatha award nominee for Best First Novel.

Tracy and her husband live in Seattle with their challenging yet amazing German shepherd Tasha. When she’s not writing, Tracy spends her time teaching yoga, walking Tasha, and sipping Blackthorn cider at her favorite ale house.

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