Jul 252017
 


Shadow Girl (An Afton Tangler Thriller)

Suspense/Thriller
2nd in Series
Setting – Minnesota
Berkley
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Release Date – August 1, 2017
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425281789
Kindle ASIN: B01MXHV6CL

 

 

The brutal murder of a business tycoon leaves Afton Tangler and the Twin Cities reeling, but that’s just the beginning of a gruesome crime spree…

Leland Odin made his fortune launching a home shopping network, but his millions can’t save his life. On the list for a transplant, the ailing businessman sees all hope lost when the helicopter carrying his donor heart is shot out of the sky.

Now with two pilots dead and dozens injured, Afton Tangler, family liaison officer for the Minneapolis Police Department, is drawn into the case. As she and her partner investigate family members and business associates, whoever wants Leland dead strikes again—and succeeds—in a brazen hospital room attack.

The supposedly squeaky clean millionaire has crossed the wrong person—and she’s not finished exacting her revenge. The case explodes into an international conspiracy of unbridled greed and violence. And as Afton gets closer to unearthing the mastermind behind it, she gets closer to becoming collateral damage…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

In this follow up to Little Girl Gone we find Afton Tangler tangled up in another police investigation. Something she loves as she hopes to become a full fledged detective instead of a family liaison officer.

A helicopter bringing a donor heart from Madison, Wisconsin is shot down out of the sky crashing down on a college campus. Afton and Detective Max Montgomery were nearby for a neighborhood meeting so they become some of the first responders.  Deputy Chief Gerald Thacker assigns Afton to work with Max on this difficult case.

Mom Chao Cherry ordered the hit on the helicopter. She is out for revenge but the police know nothing about her or even that she and her team plan to keep terrorizing the victims she chooses.

Ms. Schmitt takes us into the story from various characters points of view to drag us deep into the gritty and at times terrifying story.  This story involves many more people than the first book but I had no trouble following. I really enjoyed following the investigation to its conclusion. It grabbed my attention right away and held it to the very end.

I found both Afton and Max to be very engaging in the first book and they have grown to be very comfortable working together in this one. All the officers working on the case and the Deputy Chief realize Afton has talents to bring to the table. She doesn’t always follow Max’s orders but when she doesn’t she seems to have a good reason.

The content of the story was very well written and researched. This series brings a totally different type of story than I have seen from her alter ego Laura Childs. The language and events are raw and rough at times but rings true for these characters in this setting. It is fun to see this author bring us this thrilling story and a darker side of life while still giving us characters to root for.

Warning  – do not start this book late in the day. The author writes in a short chapter format that will have you saying “just one more chapter” several times until you realize you have read the whole darn book.

This book is part of a series but can be read on its own. To really know Afton and Max you should start with Little Girl Gone. I am already looking forward to the next Afton Tangler Thriller.

Dollycas

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About The Author

Gerry Schmitt is the author of the Afton Tangler Thrillers, and, writing under the pseudonym Laura Childs, the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty-five novels, the Tea Shop, Scrapbooking, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. She is the former CEO of her own marketing firm, has won TV and radio awards, and produced two reality TV shows. She and her professor husband enjoy collecting art, travel, and their two Shar-Pei dogs.

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Dec 202016
 

Frosty the Dead Man
(A Snow Globe Shop Mystery)

3rd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Minnesota
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (December 6, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425270820
E-Book ASIN: B01CZCW46I

 

 

A snow globe becomes a murder weapon in the latest cozy mystery from the national bestselling author of Snow Way Out and The Iced Princess.

Mayor Lewis Frost has always been known as Frosty to his friends—not that he has many these days. Controversies swirling around the city council have members wondering if Frosty is trying to snow them. After one councilman storms off in a huff, the mayor turns to curio shop manager Camryn Brooks and asks her to consider taking a seat on the council.

Later, when Cami goes to his office to discuss the proposal, her blood runs cold. She finds Frosty dead, and the very snow globe she sold him earlier that day lies in sparkling shards on his carpet—along with a large diamond. Does the snow globe—which features a peculiar tableau of an armed man and three menacing bears—hold a clue to Frosty’s demise? One way or another, it’s up to Cami to shake things up before the killer’s trail goes cold…

Snow globe-making projects and tips included!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Things are a bit frosty in town and not just the weather. Mayor Frost is not seeing eye to eye with the city council. Several approached him right in the Brew Ha Ha Coffee Shop to voice their displeasure. At least he wasn’t too upset to walk into Curio Finds to purchase an unusual snow globe and tell Cami to stop by his office later. When she gets there she is horrified to find him dead with his new snow globe the apparent murder weapon.

I love so many things about this series, the setting is so unique and every time I read one I want to buy everyone on my Christmas list a snow globe, but can never find ones as special at those in Curio Finds.

The characters continue to evolve in each story and I truly enjoyed this time as the circle of the 3 girlfriends is growing to be a circle of 6 friends. They are all fun and very engaging and realistically written. The author also keeps the series fresh by introducing new people that expand the suspect pool. A diverse group of tourists, local townspeople and one that is surrounded in mystery.

This time I figured out early why the mayor was killed but there were so many twists and turns I was completed stumped as to who the actual killer could be. I felt a little smart that I was ahead of Cami in one aspect and felt a cozy rush as I tried to sleuth out the guilty party before she did, but I ended up being right there with her at the end. It was a complete surprise but still made absolute sense.

Frosty The Dead Man is definitely by favorite book in the series. It is a wonderful winter read, set right before Christmas. Cozy lovers are sure to pleased!

Dollycas

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Dec 072016
 

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I am thrilled to have Laura Childs drop by today! 

laura childs from facebookHi Everyone,

I am delighted to be spending Cozy Wednesday here at Escape with Dollycas. EGG DROP DEAD is book seven of my New York Times best-selling Cackleberry Club mysteries set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. Have you already met Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, owners of the Cackleberry Club, a farm-to-table café? If so, you know eggs are the morning specialty and the cozy cafe offers a Book Nook, loaded with interesting reads, and a Knitting Nest filled with colorful skeins of yarn along with piles of quilt squares.  If the yarn beckons, all are welcome to join Petra’s Hooked on Knitting class to learn how to create soft and warm shawls, afghans and the like.  It is a homey place but trouble sometimes has a way of finding the ladies, even as they plan their gala Halloween celebration.

egg-drop-deadAfter picking up her elegant witch costume made of smooth black silk and scalloped black lace, Suzanne was looking forward to a nice visit with her dairy supplier, mild-mannered Mike Mullen. His quiet farm is always a nice break from the hectic kitchen at the Cackleberry Club. But when Suzanne arrived at the dairy farm to pick up wheels of cheese, she heard urgent moaning coming from the barn. With barely a foot inside the door, she instantly realizes that, late as it is, the cows are moaning because they haven’t been milked. Then she discovers the reason why. Mike’s mangled body is lying dead on the barn floor.

As word of the murder spreads through Kindred, Petra and Toni urge Suzanne to try to find out who killed poor Mike, known to everyone as a kind and well-liked man. And as Petra reminds Suzanne, “Next to Sheriff  Doogie, you’re the one with all the smarts in this town.” And Toni chimes in, “… she means investigational smarts.”

With business booming at the Cackleberry Club, investigating Mike’s murder might lead to more trouble than Suzanne can handle. In a brief space of time, she is juggling multiple suspects, a busy restaurant, tea parties, and a raucous Halloween celebration. All the while Suzanne maintains her good humor and manages to keep her romance with the town doctor sizzling.  With so much going on, it’s loads of fun to hang around the Cackleberry Club. And when you reach the end of the story, I promise that you will want to make the recipes in the back of EGG DROP DEAD again and again.

~Laura

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Egg Drop Dead (A Cackleberry Club Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Setting – Midwest (Minnesota)
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (December 6, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425281703
E-Book ASIN: B01CZCW4MW
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In Laura Childs’s New York Times bestselling mystery series, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni—co-owners of the Cackleberry Club café—are back to track down another bad egg…
 
Maintaining good personal relationships with their suppliers is one of the secrets of the Cackleberry Club café’s success, so Suzanne doesn’t mind going out to Mike Mullen’s dairy farm to pick up some wheels of cheese. She’s looking forward to a nice visit with the mild-mannered farmer before heading back to their hectic kitchen.

But when she arrives, Mike’s nowhere to be found. The moaning of his cows leads her to look in the barn, where she discovers a bloodcurdling sight—the farmer’s dead body. Apparently not everyone was as fond of Mike Mullen as the Cackleberry Club.

Churning with grief and outrage, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni vow to find the farmer’s murderer—but as they get closer to the truth, the desperate killer gets whipped into a frenzy and plans to put the squeeze on them…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

“Welcome to Kindred and The Cackleberry Club. You hosts are Suzanne, Petra and Toni. Pull up a stool, check out today’s specials, feel free to visit the Book Nook and the Knitting Nest. We hope you enjoy your visit.” That’s the friendly greeting I would expect to receive from these three fantastic characters. Business partners, friends, family. These ladies are part of a tight knit community. It is almost Halloween when the town is shocked by another murder. Suzanne finds dairy farmer Mike Mullen killed in a very brutal way and she is not going to rest until she finds the killer. The sheriff tries to keep her from butting in but he knows she is going to do it anyway. Oh and I can’t forget to mention, she is supposed to be planning her wedding…

I love this series. I love these characters. I love this town. Laura Childs has created such a treat for cozy readers. This is the 7th book in the series and each time I start one it feels like I am visiting a bunch of good friends. It really has the small town feeling that I am very familiar with. Everyone seems to genuinely care about their friends and neighbors, making it very difficult to pinpoint the suspects and the guilty party. With her signature twists, that I know now to expect, she scrambled my theories more than once. The main plot is clever and creative. All the subplots blend in nicely. There are moments of uncertainty and anticipation tempered by some humor and romance.

Junior’s wild ideas always make me chuckle but I feel bad for Toni at the same time. She loves the guy but no matter how old he is, he is never going to be the strong, dependable man she is looking for. Petra continues to amaze me with her kitchen creations and how she keeps up with everything going on around her. Sam is ready for his big wedding day but Suzanne has way too much going on around her to concentrate on any plans. She always seems to be going a mile a minute in different directions. He loves her for the way she is and is happy for any time they get to spend together.

This is a truly entertaining read. It’s not too late for anyone to “drop” in on this series. Start with this one, the first one or any in between. They are all egg-cellent cozies! And yes, there are recipes!

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Dollycas

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About The Author

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of  the Tea Shop Mysteries, the Scrapbooking Mysteries, and 7 Cackleberry Club Mysteries. On July 5 she released Little Girl Gone, the first book in her Afton Tangler Thriller Series written as Gerry Schmitt. In her previous life she was CEO of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to Dr. Bob, a professor of Chinese art history, enjoys travel, and has two Shar-Pei dogs.

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Oct 112016
 

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If Words Could Kill: A First Ladies Mystery
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Minnesota
Publisher: Darkhouse Books (September 24, 2016)
Print Length: 220 pages
ASIN: B01LZXHEOJ
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Liv owns the First Lady White House Dollhouse store in Minneapolis, and has a doctorate in American history, specializing in the First Ladies. Liv is the last person to see a Mary Lincoln impersonator who is found dead right outside of her store. The impersonator presented clues as to where the fiery speech gave by former President Lincoln, the Lost Speech, may be located. As Liv investigates, she is trailed by someone who makes a habit of murdering people once a new clue is deciphered. The whereabouts of the only copy of Abraham Lincoln’s Lost Speech, a fiery speech on abolitionism delivered in 1856, propels Liv into beating the killer to the pricey speech. Who will locate it first?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I broke my rule and accepted the offer from the author to review this book without reading the first book in the series and this time that really hurt. It made it hard for me to get a grasp on these characters and things that happened in the previous book are mentioned frequently without enough of the  backstory for me to sink my teeth into. I almost stopped reading this one to go back and read the first book but my reading schedule was just too full to do that.

Liv has a shop dedicated to First Lady White House Dollhouses, complete with the proper furnishings, rugs and even dishes. She is somehow related to Dolley Madison. This second book in the series has a Lincoln theme. An Mary Todd Lincoln impersonator comes to town to talk about clues she has uncovered regarding a lost Abraham Lincoln speech. Before she can give her presentation she is found dead outside Liv’s store. Liv gets right into the middle of the investigation assisting the police with clues she finds in the deceased belongings.

Liv’s family is all very supportive of her store and they help her out there often. She seems to get several customers for what to me is quite a specialty store. In this story she held an event where she sold many dollhouses in one day. That was good because she also picked up a couple of pricey Lincoln pieces online during the same time period.

The premise of the mystery is a good one, and maybe because I was trying so desperately to get a handle on all the characters I had an idea of whodunit quite early in the book. I will say I was surprised to find out I was actually right.

I have read a few books about Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln but didn’t know anything about a lost speech. With a little internet search I learned that the speech was indeed lost but that is where the rest of this story becomes fiction. It seems his friend H.C. Whitney did take notes of the speech, which were later published. I enjoyed this author’s little twist on history and it brought the speech to my attention. I can tell the author did a great deal of research not only into the speech but Mrs. Lincoln and several other first ladies. Her character Liv is very knowledgeable about the first ladies and through her the author was able to share many little tidbits.

In this case I highly recommend reading The Blood Spangled Banner before reading this one. I am sure I would have enjoyed this one much more had I stuck to my rule and done just that.

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barbAbout The Author

Barbara Schlichting was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota where her First Ladies Mystery Series is set. Dolley Madison: The Blood Spangled Banner. Barbara graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in 1970. Later, she and her husband moved their family to Bemidji. She attended Bemidji State University where she earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in elementary education and special education.

Barbara also likes to write in other genres. Whispers From The Wind is her first poetry book which has poems for all ages.

Barbara has been known to travel too much, and read while not paying attention to her husband. However she has had an English penpal for over fifty years.

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Sep 292016
 

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I caught up on this series looking forward to Sofie’s visit today!
I am thrilled she is here today and thrilled to catch up Owen and Hercules!

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Lessons from a Cat by Sofie Kelly:

paws-and-effectKC was a little calico cat that lived three houses away from me. Our friendship was cemented when we both had surgery at the same time several years ago, me to repair my right leg and her to remove a small growth on her neck. The general consensus was that KC was definitely the better patient. These are some of the lessons she taught me:

You can’t make people like you.

I’d tried for years to make friends with KC. All my efforts were met with less than indifference. As far as the cat was concerned I didn’t exist. It wasn’t until I stopped trying to befriend her that she decided I might be worth knowing.

Don’t be afraid to look a little silly.

After surgery I had a massive cast on my leg from toes to mid-thigh and saying I was ungainly on crutches is an understatement. I didn’t want people to see how awkward I was. KC was wearing a big plastic cone. That didn’t stop her from being out and around, even though she had to go through the door with her head at an angle.

When in doubt take a nap.

Preferably in the sunshine, on a nice warm lap, although blankets fresh out of the dryer are good, too.

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Show your appreciation.

Being in that collar meant it was impossible for KC to scratch behind her own ears. So I’d do that for her. And I was rewarded with lots of purring, a reminder that everyone needs to hear more than whining at least once in a while.

Guilt is a waste of time.

So you got cat hair all over the clean clothes because you decided to take a nap in the laundry basket. Or you destroyed someone’s favourite coffee cup because crutches are a lot harder to use than they look. Wallowing in guilt for the rest of the day isn’t going to change anything.

Looking good takes work.

Especially if you’re in a five pound cast or a plastic cone. However neither is an excuse to let yourself go even if you can’t wash your own hair or get dust bunnies off your own ears.

Curiosity did not kill the cat but it can kill an afternoon.

For instance, how many things can you knock off the table with a crutch or a tail before someone gets mad?

And lastly,

If you’re cute you can get away with almost anything.

~Sofie

 

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Written as Sofie Ryan

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Paws and Effect
(A Magical Cats Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Setting – Minnesota
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (October 4, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451472168
E-Book ASIN: B01AHKXJ78
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Magical cats Owen and Hercules and resourceful librarian Kathleen Paulson are back in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Faux Paw

Kathleen is excited to meet three old pals of her beau, Detective Marcus Gordon, while they visit charming Mayville Heights on business. But the reunion is cut short when one of the friends is killed—and the evidence points toward Marcus as the murderer.

Though it seems she doesn’t know all of Marcus’s secrets, Kathleen is sure he’s no killer. With his suspect status sidelining him from investigating the case, it’s up to Kathleen and her feline partners-in-crime to find whoever is framing Marcus—and make sure the good detective hasn’t found his last clue.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

In this 8th installment of this very popular series, Kathleen is fighting to show her boyfriend, Detective Marcus Gordon, had nothing to do with the death of his friend. Again Owen and Hercules offer their assistance along with Marcus’ partner to find the real killer.

Sofie Kelly has given us another dynamite mystery with plenty of clues for the characters and readers to follow, but the feline tenacity plays a major part in the solution. I don’t want to spoil anything but one of the cats plays a hero at the end and it is much more than magical.

The characters in this series really resonate with me. Kathleen loves living in Mayville Heights and her job at the library. Her relationship with Marcus is moving at a nice pace. She has made some great friends in her short time in town. Marcus takes his job seriously and does his best to keep Kathleen out of his investigations but realizes she has great insight. And I love the way they volunteer to take care of the feral cat population at Wisteria Hill. Since he has been taken off this case along with his partner, Kathleen tries to keep him in the dark until she needs answers to questions only he can answer.

Owen and Hercules have much more to their story. They are magical in certain physical abilities but they are intuitive as well and truly seem to understand the English language very well. Being feral brings in another element. Not just anyone can scratch them behind the ears or just reach out and pet them. They have their people who they will protect and comfort. Treats like bacon and toys like Fred the chicken give certain people just a little advantage. I love these cats and it makes me miss mine every time I read one of this stories.

The author all balances the drama with the fun “purrfectly”! Paws and Effect is a wonderful addition to this series.

I should note you can read this book without reading any of the others as the author includes plenty of background while still leaving plots of previous books a mystery.

perfect 2016

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Sep 022016
 

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On Flashback Fridays I will share with you the books I missed when they were first
released that have been screaming at me from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.
I am thrilled to finally be caught up on this series because the new one,
Paws and Effect will be released October 4!

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Faux Paw:
A Magical Cats Mystery

Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Setting – Minnesota
An Obsidian Mystery (October 6, 2015)
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451472151
E-Book ASIN: B00S75OKW4
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Magical cats Owen and Hercules from A Midwinter’s Tail are back and ready to help librarian Kathleen Paulson pounce on a killer art thief…

Normally, the arrival of an art exhibition at the Mayville Heights library would be cause for celebration. But thanks to the overbearing curator and high-tech security system that comes with it, Kathleen’s life has been completely disrupted. Even Owen and Hercules have been affected, since their favorite human doesn’t seem to have a spare moment to make their favorite fish crackers or listen to Barry Manilow.

But when Kathleen stops by the library late one night and finds the curator sprawled on the floor—and the exhibition’s most valuable sketch missing—it’s suddenly time to canvass a crime scene. Now Kathleen, her detective boyfriend Marcus, and her clever cats have to sniff out a murderous thief, before anyone else has a brush with death…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Owen and Hercules are feuding while their person librarian Kathleen Paulson deals with all the details and extra security needed to host an art exhibition at the library. She never expected to find the event coordinator, Margo Walsh, dead on the floor of her office just days before the exhibition was set to open. Margo was a difficult person to get along with but she must have really pushed someone over the edge for them to kill her. Oh and someone also stole a valuable piece of artwork from the collection too. Kathleen can’t reopen the library until the killer and the drawing is found so she is doing some investigating herself, of course, wink, wink,  she is passing information along to her boyfriend Marcus to help him build a case.

Returning to Mayville Heights is like slipping into a comfy pair of slippers. The cats are up to mischief with pieces of Fred the Funky Chicken everywhere.  Hercules is just to trying to get Owen upset and Owen doing a bit of retaliation. Micah is settling in well with Marcus but Kathleen believes this little feline as her own magical ways. We will have to see how that story develops. Marcus and Kathleen relationship is moving along nicely.  BUT things at the library are very chaotic. Added security, special lighting, moving things around to have enough space, plus all the ordinary patrons coming and going.

Then there is a turn when Margo is found dead, Kathleen doesn’t even realize anything had been stolen right away. When she does she uses all her talents, internet searches, asking leading questions, etc. to try to get a handle on the suspects and there are many.

Sofie Kelly really has created a great mystery for Kathleen to solve and in turn us readers. I enjoy Kathleen’s process and I fully understand her talking out loud to her cats and them giving her little nudges along the way. They are magical and very intuitive. My animals are not magical at all, thankfully they can’t walk through closed doors or make themselves invisible, but they are great companions and I talk to them all the time. It helps to put things in perspective when things are said out loud. Don’t judge, if you are an animal lover I know you talk to your pets too!

So you have a great place to visit in Mayville Heights and it’s wonderful library, an abundance of fantastic human characters, some delightful and magical felines and a captivating mystery to solve. You also know there are more than a few funny moments.

There may be some faux things in the midst of this story but it is a genuinely marvelous cozy.  Clearly deserving 5 PAWS, I mean STARfish!

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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Jul 292016
 

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On Flashback Fridays I will share with you the books I missed when they were first
released that have been screaming at me from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.

I am so happy to be catching up on this series. This is why I started Flashback Fridays! 

a midwinter's tail
A Midwinter’s Tail:
A Magical Cats Mystery

Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Setting – Minnesota
An Obsidian Mystery (October 7, 2014)
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451414717
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Kathleen Paulson is snowed under running her library and caring for her extraordinary felines, Owen and Hercules. But when a fund-raiser turns deadly, she’ll have to add sleuthing to her already full schedule….

Winter in Mayville Heights is busy and not just because of the holidays. Kathleen is hard at work organizing a benefit to raise money for the library’s popular Reading Buddies program. She has her hands full hosting the event. And when a guest at the gala drops dead, her magical cats, Owen and Hercules, will have their paws full helping her solve a murder.

The victim is the ex of town rascal Burtis Chapman, but she hasn’t lived in the area in years. And though everybody is denying knowledge of why she was back in town, as Kathleen and her detective boyfriend, Marcus, begin nosing around, they discover more people are connected to the deceased than claimed to be. Now Marcus, Kathleen, and her uncanny cats have to unravel this midwinter tale before the case gets cold.

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

Owen and Hercules are two of my favorite literary felines. They sure do keep Kathleen on her toes!

Winter has come to Mayville Heights (so nice to read during this heat wave) and it is a perfect time for a fundraiser for the library’s Reading Buddies Program. But when a former resident returns to town and then ends up dead in the middle of the gala, the entire program is at risk. Marcus and Kathleen are both working the case and confiding in each other as much as possible but all the clues are just not adding up. Maybe Owen and Hercules can “see” what they are missing or cause enough mischief to point the humans in the right direction.

The cats are evolving in this series which quite magical. If you are a fan of this series you already know they are extraordinary. They are also still cats, cats that at times just tolerate each other. They antics at times had me laughing out loud.

There is also a lot happening in this story, Marcus and Kathleen romance is moving forward, the friendships of the female characters continue to grow. A wedding is being planned where the groom is a bit “zilla” wanting everything perfect. Then there is the fundraiser, happenings at the library and of course the murder. With subplots galore the pages practically flew. As the final reveal started I truly was on the edge of my seat.

This is a strong series and this was a fine edition. I am so happy Kathleen has decided to stay in Mayville Heights!

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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I am usually so careful with my review books. I keep them in a safe place when I put them down. I never eat around them. But with my sore back I have been eating in bed with my feet up in the evenings. Mr. Dollycas brought me a delicious dish of his lasagna bake the other night and when I went to put my copy of this book down a couple of the bottom corners of the pages caught a drop of the sauce. I was so upset, trying to clean it up but there are still stains at the book. I want to share this book with one of you but I want to be clear about what you are getting.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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I am so pleased to welcome Julie Seedorf to Escape With Dollycas today
as part of her Great Escapes Book Tour! 

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author photo2Thank you Lori and Escape with Dollycas for having me on your site today. You are awesome. I also thank you for all you do for authors.

I still have a hard time when asked what I do, meaning my career, answering that I am a writer or an author. It seems too much of a dream and though my column in newspapers was born in 2005, I feel I haven’t earned the accolades to call myself an author or a writer. I fear it happens to all of us–we have a hard time believing in ourselves. We also have a hard time knowing what to share about ourselves and often times the only thing we end up sharing is asking people to buy our books.

It is risky letting our readers know who we are and what makes us tick. We want to be liked and not get zinged in the media. I like to know my readers and I like to have my readers know me, know my heart and understand why I write what I write.

I grew up in a family in southern Minnesota. I was a spoiled only child. We took care of family, meaning elderly grandparents and uncles and aunts. I played outside at night with my friends playing the simple games of ball and tag and red rover. We could camp out in our yards at night and we could roam the community. Everyone watched out for everyone else. Looking back it was the idyllic childhood. Isn’t that what happens sometime with our memories? It had it’s ups and downs and childhood strife. We weren’t rich but we weren’t poor, but I don’t think rich or poor was anything I ever thought about. I don’t think my friends did neither. Looking back now after experiencing life’s ways as an adult and the stresses kids have now it was a simple childhood.

My childhood shaped who I became and the people in it, kids and adults, built my character. As an adult I got married, had kids and it was a good life though it wasn’t and isn’t perfect. There have been many sorrows and many hardships and problems along with joy and love and fun. I hope I have grown out of that selfish spoiled child into a caring adult. Everything I have experienced in my life has made me who I am today. I am a package of the good and the bad and the unexplainable.

granny_hooks_a_crook_4I like to think I bring that experience to the characters in my books. Let’s start with Granny from the Fuchsia Minnesota Series. People love or hate the series because that series is silly, unbelievable and makes fun of many of the things we deal with in real life today. But the character of Granny has real depth but she hides behind her crusty exterior and her willful ways. All readers see in the first book is the exterior of her character. As the series continues if readers look underneath the humor and the craziness, they will find an explanation of life that made her who she became and as that life continues, she changes and evolves, yet somethings can never change because her past is so deeply rooted into who she becomes. I believe if you look past the plot in many books and feel the characters you will feel the authors heart.

The_Penderghast_Puzzle_Protectors_jpgIn The Penderghast Puzzle Protectors, Jezabelle Jingle, is the ringleader of the group. Jezabelle is a single woman, lives alone in the oldest neighborhood in Brilliant and is the longest resident in the Penderghast neighborhood. She keeps an eye on her neighbors but only because her neighbors are strange and her love of a mystery has her spinning tales in her mind about their curious habits. Jezabelle has at times a no-nonsense attitude but has a quick wit and a mischievous quirk to her personality.

Little do the residents of the Penderghast neighborhood or the residents of Brilliant know the Brilliant Brothers have left all the residents of Brilliant a puzzle and a legacy hidden in their houses and their community. All is not what it appears to be with the Penderghast Puzzle Protectors personalities or the town.

We all have hidden aspects of our personalities. We all have hidden secrets shared with no one. We have secrets we may not acknowledge because if we do it will reveal another facet of what made us who we are that we would like to keep hidden. Letting our friends and family know who we are may help them understand why we behave the way we do, why we act the way we act, and why our lives have shaped us into who we are today.

Take a chance on the Penderghast Puzzle Protectors. It is the first book in the Brilliant Minnesota Series. Over time and the next books you will see why Jezabelle chose her own last name of Jingle. You will know what makes the characters hurt, angry and sad. You will learn why laughter is sometimes easier than crying. This book is only the beginning of the heart of Brilliant Minnesota and it’s residents. And if you look closely in all my books you will see my heart too.

~Julie

About The Author –

Julie Seedorf is a Minnesotan. She calls dinner, supper, and lunch, dinner. She has had many careers over her lifetime but her favorite career was that as mother to her children. In later life she became a computer technician, opening her own business. In 2012 Julie signed a contract with Cozy Cat Press for her Fuchsia, Minnesota Series. Books included in that series areGranny Hooks a Crook, Granny Skewers A Scoundrel, Granny Snows A Sneak and Granny Forks A Fugitive.

Closing her computer business in January 2014 Julie has transitioned to becoming a full time writer adding free-lance work for various newspapers, along with continuing her column Something About Nothing, which is now in book form in a book of the same name released in early 2015. Her children’s series, Granny’s In Trouble gives her grandkids a hint of the young Grandma underneath the wrinkles.

Her books are light and fluffy and highlight the fact that in the midst of life we have to find the humor in bad situations to keep us going. “We all take ourselves too seriously and we need to have a little fun.” Julie secretly yearns to be like the Granny characters in her books.

In February 2016 the first book in the Brilliant Minnesota Series was released titled the Penderghast Puzzle Protectors. She also is part of a group mystery by Cozy Cat Press Authors titled “Chasing the Codex.” Julie’s serious side is revealed in a story included in the Anthology, We Go On – Anthology for Veterans where the proceeds will go to Veteran’s Charities.

Visit her website at http://www.julieseedorf.com.

Her blog http://sprinklednotes is a little scattered like Granny but lends itself to wisdom and occasional flip flops about life.

You will also find her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/julie.seedorf.author and on Twitter at julieseedorf@julieseedorf and her character Granny has her own Facebook page,http://www.facebook.com/GrannyFromFuchsiaMinnesota. Enjoy the moments; they may carry you through a lifetime.

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The_Penderghast_Puzzle_Protectors_jpgThe Penderghast Puzzle Protectors: A Brilliant Minnesota Mystery
New Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Minnesota
Cozy Cat Press (January 20, 2016)
Paperback: 270 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1939816801
E-Book ASIN: B01BDZWAE4
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Jezabelle Jingle and her neighbors in the Penderghast section of Brilliant, Minnesota, have a mystery on their hands. Someone is stealing sections of hardwood floors in their homes and the thefts may be connected to a long-hidden treasure left by the founders of Brilliant. Not only that, there’s a dead body in a basement to add to the mix. Can Jezzy and her quirky friends figure out the puzzle and find the treasure before some other, unknown person–maybe the murderer–beats them to the punch? Or will the town’s Chief of Police, Hank Hardy, prevent the group from their sleuthing? Anything can happen in the strange little town of Brilliant, Minnesota. After all, brilliant minds create brilliant finds!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Can a story turn a bad day into a good day or at least let you escape the stressful times around you? This one sure can!

Welcome to Brilliant, Minnesota. Jezabelle Jingle and her friends and neighbors are victims are a very unusual theft. Sections are the floors in their homes are being stolen and it puts one neighbor in a very precarious predicament. After a dead man is found in the basement of a vacant house, solving this puzzle mystery becomes a top priority for both the police and the newly formed Penderghast Puzzle Protectors.

Jezabelle Jingle, Phoebe Harkins, Rock Stone, Miranda Covington, and Mr. Warbler all live in the Penderghast Neighborhood and along with Lizzy Langer they become the Penderghast Puzzle Protectors with a mission to find the person stealing parts of their floors, who has already killed once. They know to to this they must solve a complex puzzle with some very large pieces. Police Chief Hank Hardy is less than pleased with their endeavor but he knows when Jezzy Jingle sets her mind on something there is no stopping her. They may live in Brilliant but he believes what she and the other puzzle protectors are doing isn’t very smart. He is going to have to protect them from themselves knowing they may solve the case before he does.

Author Julie Seedorf’s sense of humor shines in this story from the character’s names to situations she puts her characters in. I found myself giggling several times. These characters are true cozy, quirky to the core.

She sets the scene very well and gives us the history of Brilliant needed to make us understand the town and its ancestors and how it all plays together in this story’s mystery. As each new clue was revealed I was more excited to solve the puzzle myself.

Starting a new series is not easy. The author needs to introduce us to interesting characters in a distinct setting while also giving us a mystery that tests us is a tall order. Julie Sedorf does an excellent job at this. She also ties it to her other series set in Fushia, Minnesota. The towns are not too far apart and the people of Brilliant have friends and relatives there. But you do not need to have read about Granny and her friends to enjoy this puzzler mystery. You may want to to start reading them though after you read this story.

Julie Seedorf writes fun/funny, entertaining mysteries sure to put a smile on your face and even make you laugh out loud. This story is truly unique and I recommend it highly if you like you like your mysteries with a large dose of humor or need a wonderful pick me up.

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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Mar 242016
 

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The first two mystery novellas all in one book!
E-Books ca be purchased separately or together.

A Mary MacDougall Mystery Duet
Conger Road Press (August 26, 2014)
Historical Cozy Mystery
Setting – Minnesota
Paperback: 290 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0985019648
E-Book ASIN: B010EAQWRK
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A Pretty Little Plot
Print Length: 90 pages
Conger Road Press (December 17, 2013)
ASIN: B00G8KI936
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For 18-year-old Mary MacDougall, the highlight of her 1901 summer vacation in Minneapolis is the painting class taught by the darkly handsome Edmond Roy. But when Mr. Roy is accused of kidnapping two of his own pupils, it falls to Mary to dig up the truth.

Is Mr. Roy merely an innocent painter of landscapes and still lifes? Or a devilishly clever criminal? Should Mary defend him? Or fear him?

As she feels her way through her very first investigation, Mary not only learns the hidden facts of the case. She discovers the real secrets are those that she finds deep in her own heart. The spirited young heiress is not as immune to feelings of attraction as she thought. Mr. Roy has awakened a longing within her.

Will Mary MacDougall help to exonerate the man? Or condemn him to years in prison?



The Stolen Star
Print Length: 103 pages

Conger Road Press (July 14, 2014)
ASIN: B00LU3W01I
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For neophyte sleuth Mary MacDougall, the holiday season is a flurry of activities—including the 1901 Gala Christmas Musicale, starring opera diva Josie Borrell. But when the celebrated sapphire that Josie wears for her performance goes missing, Mary is drawn into the hunt for the purloined gem.

Did a master thief swoop into town to nick the Star of the North? Was it the lovelorn maid? The manager with money troubles? The foul-tempered chef? The pianist with the scandalous past? Or was it the famous singer herself?

In the middle of all this tumult Mary has to cope with the unexpected appearance of the only man who has ever aroused her longing—and the lovely woman who seems to have captivated him.

As she unpeels the layers of deceit and duplicity behind the Star’s disappearance, Mary juggles affairs of the head and of the heart, driving her practically mad. In the end, the matter of the stolen Star comes down to the simplest of clues. While the matter of the man she loves couldn’t possibly be more complex.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

The first thing I have to say is that I am so impressed with Mary MacDougall. A strong, vibrant, young lady who knows what she wants and strives to get it. These books are set in a time when women of Mary’s age and status are mainly looking for a husband. Mary is not afraid to say she has no desire for marriage, at least at the moment. She wants a career, she wants to be a detective. Well, we see in both of these stories she has a keen mind and is on her way to reaching her dreams. Mary MacDougall is a woman before her time.

In A Pretty Little Plot, Mary is taking a painting class with several other ladies taught by Mr. Edmond Roy. They all seem to be enjoying the class until 2 of the students go missing. From the evidence the teacher becomes the prime suspect but Mary doesn’t believe he could have kidnapped these women. She pursues an investigation on her own. While she does this she finds she may just have romantic feeling for her teacher. First she must prove his innocence and then worry about her heart.

The author paints a grand little mystery with his words. He brings history to life with a fresh voice. The journey Mary takes to solve the crime seems very believable for that time and place. She sifts through the clues and puts them together quite quickly.

In The Stolen Star, Mary meets opera diva, Josie Borrell, when she makes an appearance in town. The diva as been asked to wear a valuable sapphire necklace for her performance. The next day we find the jewel is missing. Mary confirms it was placed back into the box after the performance so it had to have gone missing after it was returned to its owner. Again Mary very methodically solves the mystery. But the mystery of her heart is still up in the air as Edmond Roy returns but he has not come alone.

Being short novellas does not take anything away from either of these stories. I was engaged by the characters and the mysteries while not complex were very entertaining. Mary is a character I want to get to know better and one I will remember for a long time.

enjoyable 2016

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

The third book in this series, A Daughter’s Doubt was released March 15. Richard will be touring it with Great Escapes Book Tours April 4 – 17.

About The Author –

Richard Audry is the pen name of D. R. Martin. As Richard Audry, he is the author of the King Harald Canine Cozy mystery series and the Mary MacDougall historical mystery series. Under his own name he has written the Johnny Graphic middle-grade ghost adventure series, the Marta Hjelm mystery, Smoking Ruin, and two books of literary commentary: Travis McGee & Me; and Four Science Fiction Masters.

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
I am so happy to welcome Christine Husom and Camryn Brooks
to Escape With Dollycas!

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Camryn Brooks from The Snow Globe Shop Mysteries by Christine Husom

The second book in the Snow Globe Shop Mystery Series, The Iced Princess, was just released, and protagonist, Camryn Brooks is happy to share another story with you. She’s a woman who has been thrown into traumatic circumstances a few times in her life. When she was only five years old, her parents tragically died and she went to live with her aunt’s family. It was a shock to her only child’s system to move from a quiet household to a boisterous one with a passionate, expressive uncle and four older siblings.

Her aunt and uncle, Beth and Eddie Vanelli adopted her, but kept her birth surname of Brooks since her great-great grandfather, Arthur Brooks, had founded their hometown of Brooks Landing. Cami was the only Brooks descendant still there. Even though she was very young when her birth parents died, Cami has retained a special, lifetime closeness to her mother. And to her father as well, but to a lesser extent. When she is troubled, or contemplating something, Cami often finds a penny, and believes it from her mother. A penny from heaven.

snow way outAfter Cami graduated from high school, she attended the University of Chicago and studied public policy. The art and culture in Chicago was nothing like she had experienced in sleepy Brooks Landing. She also loved the independence of making decisions without having the whole family weighing in every step of the way. When she earned her degree, she took a job with a state senator who was eventually elected a United States. senator. Cami was hired as the senator’s legislative affairs director. She also had her name legally changed from Cami to Camryn because she thought it sounded more professional.

But, as luck would have it, the senator’s husband took a personal interest in Cami, and the senator thought they were having an affair. Cami fled Washington, and the media scandal, and returned to Brooks Landing. It was good timing for her parents who needed help running Curio Finds. Although it was not the work she had ever planned to do, she was glad to be helping out, and happy to be back among family and friends again.

One of her best friends, Alice “Pinky” Nelson runs a coffee shop, Brew Ha-Ha, in the building adjoining Curio Finds. Their other childhood friends, teacher Erin Vickerman and Brooks Landing Police Officer, Mark Weston are often around. As is the assistant chief of police, Clinton Lonsbury, who Cami finds both attractive and irritating.

Cami has her quirks, like looking for messages in the pennies she finds, and fighting against her suspicious nature when it appears her friends might be involved with something they shouldn’t be. But she is smart and loyal and drawn to causes. She also can successfully pull off a believable-looking Marilyn Monroe with the right costume, hair style, and make-up. Enjoy.

iced princessThe Iced Princess
(A Snow Globe Shop Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Minnesota
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (December 1, 2015)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Cover Design by Julia Green
Cover Design by Leslie Worrell
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425270813
E-Book ASIN: B00U5LC1FG
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The national bestselling author of Snow Way Out returns with more sparkling snow globes and cold-blooded murder…

It’s that time of the year again—the Christmas rush is about to begin, and curio shop owner Camryn Brooks and her BFF, coffee shop owner Alice “Pinky” Nelson, need to hire additional help. Their former high-school classmate, Molly Dalton, is not exactly who they had in mind. Has the rich socialite worked a day in her life? But Molly practically begs for the job.

On her first day, Molly seems to be in her own little world, and Cami worries that her new employee may flake out. The problem turns out to be far worse than that when Cami discovers Molly dead in the back of the shop, after drinking a poisoned cup of coffee. Soon there is an avalanche of suspects as Cami starts shoveling through the clues—including a shattered snow globe of Marilyn Monroe. Now Cami will have to venture out of her safety zone before the pathological poisoner stirs up more trouble…

Snow globe-making projects and tips included!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I liked these characters in Snow Way Out as you saw from my review yesterday. They are even better in The Iced Princess.

I knew Cami was adopted by her aunt and uncle when she was just a little girl, after her parents had died, but the connection she has with her deceased mom really resonated in this story. You see pennies happen to appear out of nowhere when Cami is troubled or just needing a sign of love. I don’t know why this didn’t stand out to me more in the first book. I wish I had a connection like that with my mom, my dad, or my son. Reading about them in this story just gave me a warm feeling.

We have 2 new characters in this story, Molly Dalton and Emmy Anders. Molly was one of Pinky and Cami’s classmates who married very well but is bored being home. Emmy is an older retired woman who has some time on her hands. Cami and Pinky had been talking about hiring some extra help for the holidays so they offer both a them part-time employment. On their very first day tension is in the air and one of them dies. The last body was found in the park, this one is right in their store. Can Cami get to the truth and find why someone was killed in her store on their first day of work? She finds out there are more than the obvious suspect but can she get the police to see that too?

This story moves at a fast clip. Secrets from long ago are revealed and could have monumental consequences. There are several twists to keep us readers on out toes. This mystery was very well written and plotted. I liked the start of a new romance. I enjoyed the small bits of comic relief to keep the story from getting too heavy. The characters are growing too. I really like Cami’s adoptive parents. Beth is having chemo treatments and Eddie tries to stay by her side or keep her close by so he can take care of her even though she is a very independent woman. They are so upbeat and have such a positive outlook even after all they have been through, and they have raised their children to be the same way.

Oh and don’t forget the beautiful snow globes. After reading this story and Snow Way Out back to back I wanted to give everyone snow globes for Christmas.

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About The Author

Christine Husom is the Minnesota author of the Snow Globe Shop Mysteries, Berkley Prime Crime, and the Winnebago County Mysteries, Indigo Sea Press. She has stories in four anthologies, wrote a collaborative novel with eight authors and co-edited, A Festival of Crime for Nodin Press. She served with the Wright County Sheriff’s Department, trained with the St. Paul Police, and is currently a County Commissioner. Husom is a member of Mystery Writers of America and the National and Twin Cities Sisters in Crime. www.christinehusom.webs.com


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