May 162017
 



The Final Vow (A Living History Museum Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Ohio
Midnight Ink (May 8, 2017)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738745923
E-Book ASIN: B01LWKJTY7

 

Synopsis

Summer weddings in Barton Farm’s picturesque church are standard procedure for museum director Kelsey Cambridge. At least they were until the Cherry Foundation, which supports the museum, orders Kelsey to host her ex-husband’s wedding on Farm grounds.

Ambitious wedding planner Vianna Pine is determined to make the bride’s Civil War-themed wedding perfect. But each time Vianna’s vision threatens the integrity and safety of the Farm, Kelsey has to intervene.

When Kelsey finds Vianna’s dead body at the foot of the church steps, everyone’s plans fall apart. With both the wedding and Barton Farm at risk of being permanently shut down, Kelsey has to work hard to save her own happily ever after.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Barton Farm’s picturesque church is the perfect place for a summer wedding but the next wedding on the calendar is not one Kelsey Cambridge is looking forward to. The wedding planner Vianna Pine is a perfectionist but Kelsey can handle that, it the bridezilla she can do without. Krissie Pumpernickel, her ex’s fiancee is driving both Kelsey and Vianna crazy with her demands. Going so far as to ask the the flowers be removed from the gardens because they draw insects and have lights strung up the steeple. Vianna is bending over backwards to please her client but Kelsey has to think of safety and the farm’s credibility first, no matter what sort of tantrum Krissey throws.

When Kelsey is notified that there is a dead body by the church she hustles over to find it is Vianna. This sends the wedding, the wedding couple, and the bride’s family into a tailspin. They are more concerned about their special day than the dead wedding planner. Her death could mean that Barton Farm could be shutdown. Everyone including the board of trustees turns to Kelsey to solve their problems. They expect her to pick up where Vianna left off with the wedding, save the farm and find the killer since the police seem to think Krissey makes a pretty good suspect. Will the church bells be ringing or will the bride be behind bars??

Amanda Flower brings on the drama in this 3rd  Living History Museum Mystery.

Kelsey Cambridge has the patience of a Saint. Single mom, manager of Barton Farm, Eddie’s ex, meaning she has to stay on his and Krissey’s good side because they are rumbling about changing the custody arrangement, friend, daughter, girlfriend, amateur sleuth. She is juggling all these balls in the air and now we add wedding planner. When does this woman sleep? She also does all this with a smile on her face 99% of the time.

The characters in this series are so well crafted. They do leap off the page. The staff at the farm has each other’s back. They work well together and try to protect each other. At least most of them. We saw a different side of Eddie, he truly loves the woman he is marrying. Krissie, while not my favorite character by a mile brought so much to this story. She was almost beyond the term bridezilla. It is a diverse cast of characters and they are all very interesting and truly entertaining. I loved the addition of the Abraham Lincoln reenactor, played by a man who is a little to fond of alcohol. Krissie loved him too. It was a small part but he and Krissie’s reactions made me giggle.

As I said the story is full of drama including a terrifying twist at the end. There were so many turns throughout the story that as the story reached its peak I was totally surprised. The plot was very strong. In addition to the murder mystery some artifacts have gone missing from the museum’s storage. This means law enforcement spends a lot of time there. The pace of the story was very steady until the reveal, then my heart was beating rapidly and invisible steam was coming out of Kindle as I was quickly flipping pages.

For me this book was another Perfect Escape. Each story tops the one before. I can’t wait for the next installment.

Dollycas

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About This Author

Amanda Flower, a two-time Agatha Award-nominated mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. She also writes mysteries as national bestselling  author Isabella Alan. In addition to being an author, Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland.

Praise for The Final Vow
by Amanda Flower

 

As we go through the lists of suspects you will be changing your mind and I was really surprised as to whom the culprit was.
~Maureen’s Musings

The Final Vow was a beautiful mystery, yes I did say beautiful.
~Bibliophile Reviews

…you’re turning the pages to find out the answers just to find more twists and surprises you aren’t expecting. Until the end when it all comes to together and leaves you with your mouth wide open in shock.
~Rainy Day Reviews

This is one story that gives readers wonderful characters and a mystery that was hard for me to solve. I was very , very surprised when the killer was revealed.
~Texas Book-aholic

If you enjoy a good mystery, full of romance, humor, and wit, than The Final Vow is one for you!
~A Cozy Experience

I loved the characters they are all likable. The plot is well done and the reader will be kept guessing and shocked to find out who the real killer is.
~Babs Book Bistro

 

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May 152017
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Less reading time this week but more family time so I can be upset by that.

Where are your books taking you this week?

I am traveling through the Midwest with a quick trip to New York this week!

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

Books Completed

The Final Vow (A Living History Museum Mystery)
Release Date – May 8, 2017
Setting – Ohio
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!

Dead and Berried (A Cranberry Cove Mystery)
Release Date – May 2, 2017
Peg is my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!
Setting – Michigan

Nightshade for Warning (An Enchanted Garden Mystery)
Release Date May 2, 2017
Setting – California
Review will post on Thursday

Books Scheduled

Need to choose
My Flashback Friday Book – leaning toward one set in Kansas

The Simplicity of Cider: A Novel
Release Date – May 16, 2017
Setting – Wisconsin
For Review


Ghostal Living (Hamptons Home & Garden Mystery)
Release Date – May 2, 2017
Setting – New York
Kathleen will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week!

Yews with Caution (Flower Shop Mystery)
Release Date – May 30, 2017
Setting – Indiana

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Dollycas

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May 132017
 

Nadine Nettman stops by to play 20 Quick Questions!

Favorite Color – Purple

Favorite Candy – Butterscotch Squares from See’s Candies

Favorite Snack – Leftovers. I love leftovers, especially Thai food

Favorite Soft Drink – I don’t drink soda, but I love sparkling water

Favorite Hard Drink –  Wine, especially one with a story behind it

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor – Vanilla with caramel swirls and either pecans or brownies mixed in

Favorite Movie – Psycho. I saw it without knowing that Norman Bates was his mother so I got the full effect Hitchcock was going for. Amazing

Favorite TV Show – I have a few different ones: The Office, Sherlock Holmes, Big Bang Theory, and Santa Clarita Diet

Favorite Book – Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Favorite Fictional Character – Kinsey Milhone

Favorite Super Hero – Wonder Woman. I used to watch the show when I was a kid and I loved how she was so strong and confidant

Favorite Singer/Group/Band – I love so many that it’s hard to choose, but I’ll go with the one that’s held my heart nearly all my life: The Beatles

Favorite Carnival Ride – Ferris wheel

Favorite Spring Activity – Looking at the flowers, both wild and cultivated

Favorite Summer Activity – Swimming

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Favorite Fall Activity – Running

Favorite Winter Activity – Skiing

Favorite Place to Read – Outside in a comfy chair with an umbrella and a cold drink

Favorite Place to Write – A coffee shop in Santa Barbara, though I don’t get there very often

Dream Vacation Destination – Everywhere. My husband and I love to travel and try to take as many trips as we can

Thank you Nadine for playing 20 Quick Questions!!
 


Uncorking a Lie (A Sommelier Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Midnight Ink (May 8, 2017)
Paperback: 240 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738750620
E-Book ASIN: B01LY74FBZ

Synopsis

It was the kind of invitation Katie Stillwell had only dreamed about: a dinner party at the Sonoma mansion of famed wine collector Paul Rafferty to celebrate a rare bottle of wine. Everyone enjoys drinking the $19,000 wine, but Katie realizes it’s not the older vintage listed on the label. When she confides in Mr. Rafferty, he asks her to investigate, and she soon discovers the deception goes beyond money. As Katie falls deeper into the world of counterfeit wine, she learns everything is at stake—even her life.

NADINE NETTMANN

About The Author

Nadine Nettmann, a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, is always on the lookout for great wines and the stories behind them. She has traveled to wine regions around the world including Chile, South Africa, Spain, Germany, and every region in France. When she’s not visiting wine regions or dreaming up new mysteries, her travel articles have appeared in AAA Hawaii, New Mexico Journey, Modern Luxury Hawaii, and Inspirato. Nadine is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. She lives in California with her husband.

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May 132017
 


Bad to the Bone (A Barkery & Biscuits Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Midnight Ink (May 8, 2017)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738746289
E-Book ASIN: B01M0SXJTR

Synopsis

Veterinary technician Carrie Kennersly, owner of the Barkery & Biscuits bakery for dogs, is reluctant to sell her recipes to pet food manufacturer VimPets. Jack Loroco, a VimPets representative, assures Carrie that it would be a great opportunity to grow her business. His promising new relationship with Carrie’s friend, Billi Matlock, doesn’t hurt his cause. But the budding romance takes a bad turn when Wanda Addler, another VimPets employee, sets her sights on Jack.

After threatening to ruin Jack’s career if he doesn’t give her what she wants, Wanda is found dead. Jack and Billi are put at the top of the suspect list, and Carrie is doggone determined to rescue them from a life behind bars.

Praise for Bad To The Bone
by Linda O. Johnston

The premise of this storyline is cute. I loved all the pets and their owners who frequent Barkery & Biscuits and Carrie has endeared herself to the townspeople.
~Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder

I enjoyed the book. I enjoyed getting to know the characters.
~The Journey Back

linda o johnston

 

About The Author –

Linda O. Johnston’s first published fiction appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for Best First Mystery Short Story of the year.   Since then, Linda, a former lawyer who is now a full-time writer, has published more short stories, novellas, and 38 romance and mystery novels, including the Pet Rescue Mystery Series, a spinoff from her Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime, and Harlequin Romantic Suspense as well as the Alpha Force paranormal romance miniseries for Harlequin Nocturne.  She additionally writes the Superstition Mysteries for Midnight Ink.  Her latest cozy mystery series, the Barkery and Biscuits Mysteries are also from Midnight Ink.

 

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May 092017
 

A Perfect Manhattan Murder (A Nic & Nigel Mystery)
by Tracy Kiely

A Perfect Manhattan Murder (A Nic & Nigel Mystery) by Tracy Kiely
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – New York
Midnight Ink (May 8, 2017)
Paperback: 240 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738745244
E-Book ASIN: B01LXJQVDI

The play’s the thing, but it’s the star-studded after-party that sends sparks flying

Thrilled that their friend’s Broadway debut was a rousing success, Nic and Nigel Martini, along with Nic’s college pal Harper, are trying to enjoy the exclusive after-party. Unfortunately, all the champagne and repartee in the world aren’t enough to overlook the churlish behavior of Harper’s husband, Dan. Nic is shocked the next morning when she learns that Dan’s been murdered. Nigel thinks the world may be a better place without him.

Still, Harper’s their friend and they’re intent on helping her any way they can. The Martinis will stop at nothing—with the possible exception of cocktails and walks with their bull mastiff Skippy—to see that the killer ends up behind bars.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This is one of my all-time favorite series!

I was so excited to get this book. Nic, Nigel, and Skippy are so much fun to be around. The characters are loosely based on the characters from The Thin Man Series by Dashiell Hammett but you don’t need to read the books or watch the movies to enjoy these stories although fans will love the similarities.

This time they are in New York for a Broadway debut. After a critic gives a scathing review he is found dead. The critic happens to be married to Nic’s friend Harper. Nigel is not too sorry the man is dead but he joins Nic to help find the killer and support her friend any way they can.

This story is a really quick read. The pace is fast, the dialogue is snappy, and humor runs profusely throughout.

If you are new to this series you need to know that Skippy is not a small dog. He is a bull mastiff and he goes almost everywhere with Nigel and Nic. When people see him for the first time there is usually quite a reaction.

As we approached, her gaze dropped to Skippy: seconds later, her jaw followed suit. “Dear God, is that a dog?” she asked.

Nigel put his fingers over his lips. “Yes,” he said in a hushed voice, “but we haven’t told him yet. We’re waiting until he is older.”

I really enjoy the way Tracy Kiely writes. I feel like I am right with the “in crowd” tagging along with the Martinis. I can picture everything so clearly from the setting to the drinks to what everyone is wearing. She also gives us a fine mystery with plenty of suspects. The plot is lighthearted and has a breezy feel. You know like the movies from the days before I was born that remain some of my favorites today. I easily read it in an evening and found it absolutely entertaining.

A Perfect Manhattan Murder is the perfect spring/summer read, including recipes for some perfect cocktails. I highly recommend the entire series!!

Dollycas

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About The Author –

Tracy Kiely is a self-proclaimed Anglophile (a fact which distresses certain members of her Irish Catholic family). She grew up reading Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, and watching Hitchcock movies. She fell in love with Austen’s wit, Christie’s clever plots, and Hitchcock’s recurrent theme of “the average man caught in extraordinary circumstances.”

After spending years of trying to find a proper job that would enable her to use her skills garnered as an English major, she decided to write a book. It would, of course, have to be a mystery; it would have to be funny; and it would have to feature an average person caught up in extraordinary circumstances. She began to wonder how the characters in Pride and Prejudice might fit into a mystery. What, if after years of living with unbearably rude and condescending behavior, old Mrs. Jenkins up and strangled Lady Catherine? What if Charlotte snapped one day and poisoned Mr. Collins’ toast and jam? Skip ahead several years, and several different plot ideas, and you have her first mystery Murder at Longbourn.

While she does not claim to be Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, or Hitchcock (one big reason being that they’re all dead), she has tried to combine the elements of all three in her books.

 

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May 082017
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I am starting in the Midwest and then heading to California this week!

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

Books Completed

A Stone’s Throw
Release Date – March 17, 2017
Setting – New York
My Review

A Perfect Manhattan Murder (A Nic & Nigel Mystery)
Release Date – May 8, 2017
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next tomorrow!

Killer Characters (A Books by the Bay Mystery)
Release Date – May 2, 2017
Setting – North Carolina
I will feature this book on Cozy Wednesday this week!

Jeopardy in July: A Jamie Quinn Mystery
Release Date – March 26, 2017
Setting – Florida
For Review

The Art of Murder (Dead-End Job Mystery)
Setting – Florida
Hardcover & Kindle Release May 3, 2016
Mass Market Paperback Release May 2, 2017
My Flashback Friday Read

Books Scheduled

The Final Vow (A Living History Museum Mystery)
Release Date – May 8, 2017
Setting – Ohio
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!

Dead and Berried (A Cranberry Cove Mystery)
Release Date – May 2, 2017
Setting – Michigan

Nightshade for Warning (An Enchanted Garden Mystery)
Release Date May 2, 2017
Setting – California
For Review

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Dollycas

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May 082017
 

Welcome to New Release Tuesday – May 8 & 9, 2017

Posting a day early this week because Midnight Ink’s new cozies come out today!

These books are available this week!

A Perfect Manhattan Murder (A Nic & Nigel Mystery)

Bad to the Bone (A Barkery & Biscuits Mystery)

The Final Vow (A Living History Museum Mystery)

Uncorking a Lie (A Sommelier Mystery)

Death in the Abstract: A Katherine Sullivan Mystery

Edited Out: A Mysterious Detective Mystery

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May 012017
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

Traveling to New York and North Carolina this week!

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

Books Completed

Miss Zukas and the Island Murders
My Flashback Friday Read
Setting – Washington State / San Juan Islands
Originally published by Avon/HarperCollins in 1995
My Review

Magick & Mayhem (An Abracadabra Mystery)
Release Date – May 2, 2017
Setting – New York
Sharon Pape will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week.

About a Dog (Bluff Point Romance, A)
Release Date – May 30, 2017
Setting – Maine
Early Review will be up Thursday

Books Scheduled

A Stone’s Throw
Release Date – March 17, 2017
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Friday.

A Perfect Manhattan Murder (A Nic & Nigel Mystery)
Release Date – May 8, 2017
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!

Killer Characters (A Books by the Bay Mystery)
Release Date – May 2, 2017
Setting – North Carolina
I will feature this book on Cozy Wednesday next week!

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Dollycas

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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

About The Author

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.

You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and at www.edithmaxwell.com.



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