Jan 312017
 

Welcome to New Release Tuesday – January 31, 2017 

These books are available today!

 

A Palette for Murder (An Aurora Anderson Mystery)


Murder Wears White (A Wedding Planner Mystery)

Wedding Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen Mystery)
Paperback Edition

Fever in the Dark: A Jane Lawless Mystery

Murder Go Round (A Witch City Mystery)

A Death at the Yoga Café: A Mystery (Keeley Carpenter)

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New Release Tuesday – January 2017 – Week #3

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Jan 172017
 

Welcome to New Release Tuesday – January 2017 – Week 3! 

These books are available this week!

Murder at Lowry House (Hazel Martin Mysteries)

Cold Heart (A Stella Lavender Mystery)

An Affair to Dismember (Matchmaker Mysteries)

Blind Man’s Bluff (A Candle Island Cozy)

Fall to Pieces (A Southern Quilting Mystery Book 7)

Five O’Clock Twist: An Inspector Rebecca Mayfield Mystery

River City Dead (An Aggie Mundeen Mystery)

A Puzzle to Be Named Later: A Puzzle Lady Mystery

Whale of a Crime (The Gray Whale Inn Mysteries)

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Jan 112017
 

I am so excited to Welcome Gail back to Escape With Dollycas today! 

 

FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS

Or, maybe for whom the clock ticks, would be more appropriate when discussing the dreaded “D” word.   Every writer dreams of having a book contract, but with every contract comes a deadline.  I tend to believe that the “dead” part of deadline is significant.  Deadlines are sneaky devils.  They lull you into a false sense of complacency when they’re six, nine, or twelve months away.  You think you have all the time in the world to whip your story into submission.  While in this state of bliss, you take occasional days off to have a little fun, entertain out of town guests, or just goof off.  You might agree to speaking engagements, attend a writers conference or two, or even volunteer to moderate a panel.  No worry, you tell yourself, you have plenty of time.  You have everything under control.

Bam!  Then it hits you.  A closer look at the calendar reveals the deadline you thought tame is about to pounce and bite your head off.  Your focus narrows so all you can see is the darn computer screen and the stupid cursor with its incessant blinking.  You transform into a frantic Captain Hook chased by the crocodile who swallowed a ticking clock.  No more play dates with friends.  You wonder if they’ll forget your name but not for long because you have plot points to ponder.  Meals become haphazard and you’re grateful your husband likes egg sandwiches and gas station pizza.  You desperately need a hair cut but your hairdresser tends to be chatty and you can’t spare the time.  A manicure is on the horizon, too, but that only occurs when your long fingernails keep hitting keys you never intended.  There are chapters to write; pages to polish.  Your world dwindles until there is only “The Book.”   Then, miraculously, its finished.  You hit the SEND button, and your manuscript flies through cyberspace to land on the desk of your editor in publisherville.

Now it’s time to celebrate, time to toast your success, get caught up on sleep, renew acquaintances, and cook elaborate meals.  And, strange as it may sound, it’s time to wish for another deadline.

~Gail

Curried Away: A Spice Shop Mystery
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Georgia

Minotaur Books (December 13, 2016)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1250081254
E-Book ASIN: B01G1J80H8
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Synopsis

Piper Prescott, proprietor of Spice It Up!, has persuaded Doug Winters, the mild-mannered vet she’s been dating, to demonstrate Indian cuisine at her shop. But before Doug’s presentation of classic chicken curry is completed, Ned Feeney, local handyman, bursts in with news of a murder.

Sandy Granger, the director of a local production of Steel Magnolias, was found strangled in the third-floor balcony of the Brandywine Creek Opera House. Sandy, it seems, had not endeared herself to cast or crew. Complaints about her ran the gamut from her management style to her lack of people skills. Everyone connected with the production falls under suspicion, including Piper Prescott’s BFF, Reba Mae Johnson, who made it well known how unhappy she is that she was cut from the cast.

When the spotlight for the dastardly deed shines on Reba Mae, Piper rushes to her friend’s defense. Who among Sandy’s detractors was angry enough to wrap a silk scarf around her neck—and pull tight? Will Piper succeed in solving the case before she becomes the killer’s encore performance? And will she ever learn just how to prepare the perfect curry?

Dollycas Thoughts

This 4th installment of Gail Oust’s Spice Shop Mysteries finds the town in rehearsals for a production of Steel Magnolias. The director, Sandy Grainger, is pretty demanding and most of the cast and crew is ready to quit. When she tells them they will be rehearsing over the Thanksgiving weekend everyone was upset. But when she cut Reba Mae Johnson from the cast Reba Mae doesn’t hold back and really tells Sandy off in front of everyone. So when the overbearing director is found dead, Reba Mae is the prime suspect. Piper quickly goes into sleuth mode to prove her friend’s innocence and catch the real killer.

I have enjoyed this series from the start. All my favorite characters are back and there is plenty of drama over and above the murder mystery. Several characters are evolving in new and unexpected directions. One was very expected but I am so happy with the way the author is handling the whole situation.

As for the murder, there are so many suspects, we find Piper and Chief McBride get a pretty testy with each other. The town is also up in arms when the killer is not caught immediately. The sales of pepper spray increase and several woman demand Piper to convince the chief to hold a self-defense class. He has the investigation to conduct and tries to get out of holding the class by scheduling it at a time when thinks no one will show up. He was in for a big surprise. Guess who becomes his demonstration partner?

As always this author cooks us up a tasty mystery that I am pleased to recommend highly. I am not a big fan of curry, but I really loved this story.

There is some information about curry in the back of the book along with recipes for Spicy Chicken Curry, Cranberry Nut Mini Muffins and Gingerbread.

Dollycas

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About The Author

Friends often accuse Gail Oust of flunking retirement.  While working as a nurse/vascular technologist, Gail penned nine historical romances under the pseudonym Elizabeth Turner for Avon, Pocket, Berkley, and Kensington.  It wasn’t until she and her husband retired to South Carolina that inspiration struck for a mystery.  Hearing the words, “maybe it’s a dead body,” while golfing with friends fired her imagination for the Bunco Babe Mystery series originally published by NAL.  In conjunction with Beyond the Page Publishing, the Bunco Babe series has  been republished in digital format as the Kate McCall Mysteries complete with new titles and a whole new look.  Gail is currently writing the Spice Shop Mysteries for Minotaur/St. Martin’s.  When she isn’t reading, writing, or sleeping, she can usually be found on the golf course or hanging out with friends.

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Jan 022017
 

Hi Everyone,

I am traveling into 2017 with a big change. To go along with my Travel/Escape Into A Good Book theme I have decided to change my Monday meme. Instead of linking up to the It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? meme, I will be giving you my reading itinerary, letting you know what books I have completed last week and what is scheduled for this week. 

So Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday! 

Books Completed


Third Time’s a Crime (A Love or Money Mystery)Release Date – January 3, 2017
Setting – California
Diana will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday January 4!



Cinnamon Roll Murder (Hannah Swensen)
Release Date – March 1, 2012
Setting – Minnesota
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Fatal Brushstroke (An Aurora Anderson Mystery)
Release Date – November 18, 2014
Setting – California
My Flashback Friday book for this week!


The Mutual Admiration Society: A Novel
Release Date – February 1, 2017
Setting – Wisconsin
Early Review will be posted next Tuesday!

Books Scheduled


Curried Away: A Spice Shop Mystery
Release Date – December 27, 2016
Setting – Georgia
Gail will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week.
She will also be touring with Great Escapes Book Tours.

She Stopped for Death: A Little Library Mystery
Release Date – January 10, 2017
Setting – Michigan
For Review

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New Release Tuesday – December 13, 2016 Edition

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Dec 132016
 

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY 2014

Welcome to the 2nd New Release Tuesday of December!

These wonderful books are available today! 

Changing Things Up A Bit To Bring You New Books By The Week! 

Pot Luck (An Elliott Lisbon Mystery)

Ill Met by Murder: A Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery

Curried Away: A Spice Shop Mystery

Buried in the Country: A Cornish Mystery

The Reek of Red Herrings: A Dandy Gilver Mystery

A Merry Christmas Wedding Mystery, Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery

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New Release Tuesday – December 6 – 8, 2016

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Dec 062016
 

I can’t believe it’s December!
Are you ready to go shopping!!
You know books make amazing Christmas Gifts!

Make your lists and get cozy with some great reads! 

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY 2014

Welcome to New Release Tuesday!

These wonderful books are available today! 

Changing Things Up A Bit To Bring You New Books By The Week! 

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Better Of Thread by Amanda Lee goodreads-badge-add-plus

Egg Drop Dead by Laura Childsgoodreads-badge-add-plus

Crime and Catnip by T.C. LoTempiogoodreads-badge-add-plus

Prose and Cons by Amanda Flowergoodreads-badge-add-plus

The Ghosts of Misty Hollow by Sue Ann Jaffariangoodreads-badge-add-plus

Dead, Bath and Beyond by Lorraine Bartlett with Laurie Cassgoodreads-badge-add-plus

Frosty the Dead Man by Christine Husomgoodreads-badge-add-plus

Spouse on Haunted Hill by E.J. Coppermangoodreads-badge-add-plus

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Fatal Fiction by Kym Robertsgoodreads-badge-add-plus

The Red Queen Rules by Bourne Morrisgoodreads-badge-add-plus

Trigger Yappy by Diana Orgaingoodreads-badge-add-plus

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Cover Me In Darkness by Eileen Rendahlgoodreads-badge-add-plus

Don’t Tell Anyone by Eleanor Graygoodreads-badge-add-plus

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Oct 042016
 

It’s my favorite day of the month!!
Are you ready to go shopping!! 

Make your lists and get cozy with some great reads! 

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY 2014

Welcome to New Release Tuesday!

These wonderful books are available today
and throughout the month

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Paws and Effect (Magical Cats)
Sofie Kelly was my guest last Thursday!
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The Hammett Hex (A Book Collector Mystery)
I spotlighted this book on Saturday!
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Tangled Up in Brew (A Brewing Trouble Mystery)
Joyce will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday tomorrow!
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Putting on the Witch (Retired Witches Mysteries)
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Thursday!
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Seeds of Deception (An Orchard Mystery)
I will review on October 13!
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Crepe Factor (A Scrapbooking Mystery)
Terrie Farley Moran will be my guest for Cozt Wednesday on October 19.
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Masking for Trouble (A Costume Shop Mystery) Touring with Great Escapes!
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Michelangelo’s Ghost (A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery)
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Coming Out October 8

A Memory of Muskets (A Chloe Ellefson Mystery)
Kathleen will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday on October 12.
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Unlucky Charms (A Superstition Mystery)
This book is touring with Great Escapes!
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Coming October 15

Coming October 17

Deadly Wedding (The Deadly Series)
Touring with Great Escapes and will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday October 26!

Being Released October 18

Coming October 24

Send in the Clowns (The Country Club Murders)
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Aug 192016
 

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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 excited to be reviewing books again for Flashback Friday!
This book was actually on my wish list when the publicist contacting about reviewing the 2nd book in the series. She made my day when she offered to send me both. So be sure to come back next Tuesday for my review of Wedding Bell Blues!

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Doing It at the Dixie Dew:
(A Beth McKenzie Mystery)

1st in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – North Carolina
Minotaur Books (May 6, 2014)
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Who says you can’t go home again?

When Beth McKenzie returns to her hometown and attempts to turn an old Southern mansion into a bed and breakfast called The Dixie Dew, her first guest is murdered. Three days later a young priest who looks better in tennis whites than cleric black is found strangled in his chapel. The whole town of Littleboro is turned upside down, inside out, and Ossie Delbardo, the town cop whose job heretofore mainly involved controlling football traffic on Friday nights, is not cut out to solve the murders. Beth fears her newly opened B&B is in danger of failing. She’s even more worried that she is Ossie’s number one suspect. Aided by her friend from high school and trusty handyman, she sets out to discover the truth of the murders.

Littleboro has its share of characters, some of which are helpful and others misleading. There’s Crazy Reba who lives in a tree, bathes in any bathtub she finds empty, and Dumpster dives; Verna, the town know-it-all and affectionate owner of Robert Redford, a huge white rabbit; and Miss Tempie Merritt, music teacher and organist who always wears hat, gloves, and lace-trimmed white socks. When Beth herself is attacked, there’s no more time for baking muffins and stenciling pineapples on the porch. She’s in a race to uncover her neighbors’ secrets before her hometown becomes her burial ground.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Doing It at the Dixie Dew is a divine debut!

Our first home was right next to a PBP (Pepto Bismol Pink) house so the cover grabbed by attention right away. Then when I had the book in my hands and started reading about Beth McKenzie returning to Littleboro, North Carolina, because her grandmother was dying I was drawn right in. She made sure her “Mama Alice” had the best of care until she passed. That left Beth with an old Southern Mansion that needed a lot of work and not enough money to do it all. But she got enough done to open a B&B and The Dixie Dew became a reality.

Lavinia Lovingood arrived as the first guest but sadly she checked out early and permanently from this earth the next day. Three days later a young priest is murdered and we learn Lavinia’s death was murder too! Not a great start for The Dixie Dew. Enter Ossie Delbardo, cop without a clue. Littleboro has a very low crime rate and because Beth is newly back in town it has be all her fault. Well hold on tight, she is not taking is accusations ans insinuations lightly. She will find out whodunit x 2 all on her own.

Classic small town and some of the characters take quirky to an all time high. The basically normal folks include Beth, of course. Ida Plum had known Mama Alice for years and basically hires herself to help Beth with the B&B.  Beth’s contractor is in her corner and willing to help in any way he can. For me he sounds like one “McDreamy” of a guy who wears a tool belt. The rest I will leave for you to read about and classify.

This is a book full of Southern charm and funny moments. The plot ebbed and flowed naturally as Beth pondered and wandered to get the clues to fall in place.  But there were some places where I sat up straight and gripped the book tightly, almost holding my breath until things were resolved for those moments and then again as everything fell into place for Beth at a very scary time and place. My heart was actually racing and for just a second I thought there was going to be a horrible twist. Thankfully I was completely wrong.

I was so surprised to learn the author wrote this story 27 years ago. It had won the Malice Domestic St.Martin’s Press Award for first novel. Then in 2014, she updated it and it was released in the form available today. Next Tuesday, Wedding Bell Blues, will be released picking up where this story left off.  For those of you that have waited all those years to return to Littleboro, your wait is almost over. I am so lucky because I get to read them back to back.

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I am so happy to welcome Wendy Sand Eckel to Escape With Dollycas today! 

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One day in Miss Haver’s fourth grade class, I decided I was going to live in the State of Mary-land when I grew up. We were studying the fifty states and their capitals and I had become en-amored with Maryland’s flag. It was the coolest flag I’d ever seen.

This is the State Flag flying on a flagpole against a blue sky. The flag has black and white checks with its symbol in the center.

This is the State Flag flying on a flagpole against a blue sky. The flag has black and white checks with its symbol in the center.

At the time, I lived in New Philadelphia, Ohio, population 14,000. It was a nice enough town, with a football team that was referred to as the ‘Fighting Quakers.’ No one seemed to catch the irony. But growing up I felt as if I had been squeezed into shoes that were too small. So on that fateful day in fourth grade, I hatched a plan to bust out of there first chance I got.

I didn’t make it to Maryland until I was twenty-four. I started out in the suburbs of Washington D.C. where I learned to drive like a beltway bandit and developed a loathing for tourists. But once my children were born, it was time to find a quieter place in which to settle.

murder at barclay meadowWhen I moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, I fell in love with the unique atmos-phere and culture of the place. I loved it so much, I chose it as my setting for my Rosalie Hart mystery series. In the first of the series, Murder at Barclay Meadow, Rosalie arrives on the East-ern Shore after learning of her husband’s affairs. She settles into an old farm house bequeathed to her by a beloved aunt and that’s where her adventures begin.

The only way to get to the Eastern Shore from the west is to traverse the terrifying and sometimes paralyzing, Chesapeake Bay Bridge. At 4.3 miles long and a maximum clearance of 186 feet, driving over it is an experience that can trigger shallow breathing and light headedness in even the hardiest of drivers.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge

Chesapeake Bay Bridge

Once you touch down on the Eastern side of the Chesapeake Bay you have entered ‘the land of pleasant living.’ The terrain is pancake flat and prone to flooding due to the matrix of riv-ers and inlets carving out the shoreline.

During his tenure as Maryland’s governor, William Donald Schaefer made it his mission to build a major highway through the Eastern Shore all the way to the Atlantic. He termed it, ‘reach the beach.’ Unfortunately he was overheard referring to that region of his state as ‘the **** (rhymes with spit) house side of Maryland.’ To this day you can still find pickup trucks sporting bumper stickers expressing pride for being from such a place.

Death at the Lily CaféBut the Eastern Shore isn’t to be passed over. It is rich with culture, history, and it’s own unique flavor of quirkiness. Acres of smart growth legislation have kept most of the towns small, the farms big, and the big box stores quarantined to strips along the highway.

I lived in Kent County, located about 20 miles north of Route 50, the highway that slices through the middle of the ‘shore’ for eight wonderful years. The county seat has a population of 4,000. It has remained that size for hundreds of years.

In Kent County it’s not unusual to find watermen in their rubber waders at the mini stop stocking up on a case or two of beer at four in the morning before they go out on the water to hunt for blue crab, giant rockfish, or bushels of oysters. One town in particular has a shoes op-tional policy. It isn’t written in law, it’s just one of those things that everyone knows.

The land is rich, the people kind and friendly, doors are never locked, and street signs are superfluous. I nestled in when I arrived and soaked it up. But the residents of Kent County are proud people and are often suspicious of newcomers like me (and Rosalie Hart!). Rightly so be-cause most don’t stay. New arrivals often try to modernize and ‘improve’ the small towns. But inevitably they slow their pace, speak with the slightest hint of a twang, and forget where they put their house keys.

I guess it shouldn’t surprise me that I found myself back in a small town. Although small enough, Kent County felt different from the home of the fighting Quakers. On the Eastern Shore the land is lush and the culture flavorful. People are tanned and weathered from life on the wa-ter, both for work and pleasure. One feels connected with the soil. Relationships tight. Families close by. Moods become tidal. Both feet are planted solidly on the ground.

Not long ago I was visiting there and happened to drive by a house I had always ad-mired. I pulled off the road when I noticed a ‘for sale’ sign swaying in a light breeze. That sign is gone now. The house is mine. Back on the shore my blood pressure is lower, my heart rate a little less frenetic. When I look out my window at the Chester River I can’t help but smile. I’m back, and these shoes fit just right.

~Wendy

Death at the Lily Café

Death at the Day Lily Cafe: A Mystery
(Rosalie Hart)

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Maryland
Minotaur Books (July 26, 2016)
Hardcover: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1250058614
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Rosalie Hart has finally opened the café of her dreams. Decked out with ochre-tinted walls and stuffed with delicious organic fare, the Day Lily Café is everything Rosalie could have hoped for. But not five minutes into the grand opening, Doris Bird, a dear and trusted friend, cashes in on a favor–to help clear her little sister Lori of a first degree murder charge.

With the help of her best friend and head waiter Glenn, Rosalie is on the case. But it’s not going to be easy. Unlikable and provocative, murder victim Carl James Fiddler seems to have insulted nearly everyone in town, and the suspect list grows daily. And when Rosalie’s daughter Annie gets caught in the crossfire, the search for the killer becomes personal in this charming cozy perfect for fans of Diane Mott Davidson and Joanne Fluke.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

A couple of months ago received an offer to review this book. I took one look at the cover and knew I had to read this story. I also knew I had to invite the author to visit here for Cozy Wednesday. I was delighted when she accepted.  I had not read the first book in the series but I threw that rule of mine right out the window too, but now I plan to go back and read it. Let me tell you why.

Rosalie Hart is one of those characters you root for to succeed. She had an ex-husband that cheated on her and she divorces him and moves to her aunt’s farmhouse in Maryland. The first book covers that and from the synopsis much more.

In this installment she opens the Day Lily Café serving organic fruits, vegetables and eggs from her organic farm.  Opening day has arrived and instead of worrying about her restaurant her friend, Doris Bird, rushes in and begs Rosalie for her help. Doris’ sister Lori is the prime suspect in a murder. A murder she most certainly didn’t commit, but the dead man was Lori’s husband and she did have motive, means and opportunity. So all Rosalie’s friends pitch in both at the café and the investigation especially when Rosalie’s daughter Annie ends up in danger.

There is a strong feeling of friendship between these characters woven throughout the entire story. Some are still getting to know each other, just like us readers. Sometimes Rosalie’s questions are little off putting but you know she means well. She needs to know parts of their other’s histories not only to eliminate them as suspects but also because she wants to get to know them better. There is plenty of room for growth in each and every character in future stories.

The murder takes place away from the café and Rosalie is not the one to actually find the body which is very different in this genre. I liked this change, clues and the investigation are seen from a different perspective. The author also touches on subjects not usually found in cozy mysteries giving it a more edgy feel.

The author is very descriptive in her writing from what people are wearing, to what food they are eating. She also sets the scene very well. The Day Lily Café sounds like and from the cover looks like an amazing place.

I found this to be a very enjoyable read, I really liked the ending. A great little preview of what can be coming in book #3. If you haven’t read Murder at Barclay Meadow, start there and then you will be ready to rush right into this one.

enjoyable 2016

Dollycas

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About The Author

Wendy Sand Eckel is the author of the Rosalie Hart mystery series set on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Murder at Barclay Meadow, the first in the series, was published by Minotaur Books in July, 2015. Death at the Day Lily Café was released by Minotaur on July 26, 2016. A member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the International Association of Crime Writers, she has degrees in criminology and social work and a passion for words and their nuanced meanings. Find out more at www.wendysandeckelauthor.com.


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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!

Happy Monday Everyone!!

I am looking forward to a wonderful week of reading and enjoying this summer days! 

Are you ready to Escape into some Good Books?

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

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A Midwinter’s Tail: A Magical Cats Mystery
Release Date – October 7, 2014
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Grilling the Subject (A Cookbook Nook Mystery)
Release Date – August 2, 2016
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here today!
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Death at the Day Lily Cafe: A Mystery (Rosalie Hart)
Release Date – July 26, 2016
Wendy Sand Eckel will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!
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Homicide in the House (Washington Whodunit)
Release Date – June 15, 2016
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Thursday!
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ON DECK THIS WEEK

Murder in the Secret Garden (A Book Retreat Mystery)
Release Date – August 2, 2016
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The Book of Beloved (Pluto’s Snitch)
Release Date – August 9, 2016
Carolyn Haines will be my Special Guest on August 9!
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Clock and Dagger (A Clock Shop Mystery)
Release Date – August 2, 2016
Julianne Holmes will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week!
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Happy Reading!!
Dollycas

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