Jul 212016
 

Coming August 2, 2016

I will be reviewing this book on August 11!
the cat, the collector and the killer

The Cat, The Collector and the Killer (Cats in Trouble Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Setting – South Carolina
An Obsidian Mystery
An Imprint of New American Library
Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451477408
E-Book ASIN: B01839Q396
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In the latest mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of The Cat, the Sneak and the Secret, a cat collector is suspected of murder.
 
Jillian Hart and police chief Tom Stewart are enjoying peaceful, newly wedded bliss in Mercy, South Carolina, until a woman is found wandering the streets one night. She’s in her night clothes, disoriented, and carrying a kitten in a tote bag. A search of the woman’s house reveals many more cats, a maze of cardboard boxes—and a dead man.

Although the evidence suggests the frail woman is the killer, Jillian doesn’t believe she’s capable of such a crime. The dead man had many enemies in town, which means finding the real murderer may prove to be its own cat and mouse game…

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Jul 152016
 

barefoot beach

Barefoot Beach
Women’s Fiction
Setting – Maryland
New American Library (July 5, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House
Paperback: 400 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451418999
E-Book ASIN: B00G3L13K6
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Spend a summer at the beach with this enchanting and emotional story about love, loss, and the powerful bonds of female friendship…
 
The beach house carried some kind of spell, concocted of—I don’t know—salt air, sea grass and Old Bay seasoning that over the years had permeated its walls and floorboards. Whatever it was, the place cast fabulous magic.

For Nora Farrell, Tuckahoe, Maryland, isn’t just a summer refuge, it’s home—where she married the love of her life, decided to have a child, and has remained connected with her two closest friends. Even now, long after her husband’s passing, Nora reunites with Margo and Emine every June….

But this year, challenges invade the friends’ retreat. Even as Nora delights in teaching at her dance studio, she is shaken by the possible loss of her beach house…and by a tentative new romance. While Margo directs a musical at the Driftwood Playhouse, she finds her marriage on rocky ground. And Em, who relishes running her family’s café, struggles to handle her rebellious daughter.

With their personal dramas reaching a fever pitch, the women will discover that it isn’t only the beach that brightens their lives. Their bond with one another provides the ultimate magic.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Nora, Margo and Emine come together every summer at the beach.  This summer it seems each of their lives are in flux. Nora faces a job loss which could mean losing her summer home. Her son also takes a huge step in his life.  Margo thinks her husband is cheating on her. Emine is dealing with a rebellious teenage daughter and her husband brings his mother from Turkey to help get the girl in line much to his wife’s distress. She and her mother-in-law have never seen eye to eye.

I really enjoyed the way author Toby Devens writes but the book didn’t not have the easy flow I suspected it to have. It started slow and built to a comfortable pace but then it started to drag a bit in places. There was one truly exciting moment for a missing girl, but then it slowed again. Yet the ending seemed rushed and story lines were tied up quickly in a very predictable way.

All of the characters were realistic, flawed in their own way. I liked that. While Nora was the main character and things focus around her, I found Emine story almost more interesting. She and her husband are from Turkey and own a restaurant. Emine and her daughter are more Americanized than her husband. He believes in the old ways. Seeing this marriage and family life played out was compelling. I just couldn’t get into Margo’s story. The drama there was mostly self inflicted. Nora’s foray back into the dating world after her husband’s death was amusing and moving at times.

I also appreciated the descriptions of the scenes from the beach to the abandoned house. It was super easy to picture everything clearly.

This is a friendship story. After being friends so long these women knew how and when to support each other. When to butt in and when to let things settle themselves. All three were dealing with emotional issues and together they got each other through the summer.

This was a nice escape to what sounds like a gorgeous place.

satisfactory 2016

Dollycas

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 To find out more about Toby Devens and her books visit her webpage here

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Jun 302016
 
once upon a wineOnce Upon a Wine
(A Black Dog Bay Novel)

Romantic Comedy
Setting – Delaware
New American Library  (July 26, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451474193
E-Book ASIN: B016JPTHOE
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From the “sharp, sassy, [and] surprisingly emotional”* author of Put a Ring on It, New Uses for Old Boyfriends, and The Week Before the Wedding, a new novel set in the charming seaside town of Black Dog Bay, Delaware…
 
Cammie Breyer needs a big glass of cabernet—her restaurant failed and her chef boyfriend left for a hotter kitchen. Just when she thinks she’s hit rock bottom, her Aunt Ginger calls with a surprise. She’s bought a vineyard—in Delaware. At Ginger’s command, Cammie returns to Black Dog Bay, the seaside town where she spent her childhood summers with her aunt and her cousin, Kat.

The three women reunite, determined to succeed. There’s only one little problem: None of them knows the first thing about wine making. And it turns out, owning a vineyard isn’t all wine and roses. It’s dirt, sweat, and desperation. Every day brings financial pitfalls, unruly tourists, romantic dilemmas, and second thoughts.  But even as they struggle, they cultivate hidden talents and new passions. While the grapes ripen under the summer sun, Cammie discovers that love, like wine, is layered, complex, delicious, and worth waiting for…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

The cover grabbed my attention and what followed was a delightful summer read.

Cammie used to summer in Black Dog Bay, but when her cousin calls to say she must come there right away she has no idea what she is coming back to. It seems her aunt has bought a winery and because Cammie had a restaurant and could talk a good wine game she thinks Cammie is has the expertise needed to manage a winery. Hard work and determination may help Cammie save her aunt and her cousin from bankruptcy. A certain farmer may just make Cammie glad she returned to take on this enormous task.

I discovered this author and this series last year and I am glad I did. When I need a break from my usual mysteries her books seem to be just what I need. Black Dog Bay is quite a place –  “the best place in America to bounce back from your breakup.”  With places like Better Off Bed-and-Breakfast, the Eat Your Heart Out bakery, and the Whinery bar, Black Dog Bay offers a haven for the suddenly single. So Cammie has come to the right place. Her cousin Kat is married, but things in her life are far from paradise so maybe this little adventure can put things back on track. Aunt Ginger is recovering from a traumatic event and doesn’t have a man in her life but is open to the idea. And that cute little bulldog on the cover is Jacque, he makes himself right at home with all 3 of them at Lost Dog Vineyard.

This is a funny, lighthearted story about a true family bond. These women are so clearly in over their heads but are determined to make wine without a lot of whining. A few trips to the Whinery bar and some guidance from someone that knows about growing fruits and the weather help get them off to a good start. I admire the courage they had and the way they didn’t give up.

Like any romantic comedy read/movie the ending is predictable but I really enjoyed my escape to Black Dog Bay. The author tells the story in a clever way with a few laugh out loud moments. I was very pleased with the way the theme “bloom where you are planted” ran through the entire story.

This book is part of a series that all take place in the same location but are stand alone stories.

enjoyable 2016

Dollycas

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About the Author
Beth Kendrick is the author of several novels, including Cure for the Common BreakupThe Week Before the Wedding, and The Lucky Dog Matchmaking Service. She lives in Arizona with her family and a pair of unruly rescue dogs. Find out more about her and her books on her webpage here.

 

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Jun 202016
 

Will be released tomorrow! since she went away

Since She Went Away
Suspense/ Thriller
Setting – Kentucky
New American Library (June 21, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Trade Paperback: 432 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451474216
E-Book ASIN: B0167WQUU8
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From David Bell—bestselling author of Somebody I Used to Know and Cemetery Girl—comes a chilling novel of guilt, regret, and a past which refuses to die…

Three months earlier, Jenna Barton was supposed to meet her lifelong best friend Celia. But when Jenna arrived late, she found that Celia had disappeared—and hasn’t been seen again. Jenna has blamed herself for her friend’s disappearance every single day since then.

The only piece of evidence is a lone diamond earring found where Celia and Jenna were planning to meet, leading the national media to dub Celia “The Diamond Mom.” And even though Jenna has obsessively surfed message boards devoted to missing persons cases, she is no closer to finding any answers—or easing her guilt.

But when her son’s new girlfriend—who suddenly arrived in town without a past—disappears, a stricken Jenna begins to unwind the tangled truth behind Celia’s tragedy. And as long-buried secrets finally come to light, she discovers how completely lives can be shattered by a few simple lies.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Jenna Barton is tormented by her friend Celia’s disappearance. If only she had been on time for the meeting….could she have been able to change what happened? She can’t give up, she is determined to find her friend even as she knows she may only find her body.

David Bell grabs the reader from the start. Jenna Barton has been called to an old barn because a body has been found. The press alerted her…  not the police. The way the press handles this story rings so true to me. I didn’t like it, but they dig and dig and report and release things to inform the public forgetting that people are struggling or grieving. I know the press has helped solve missing person cases so it is something the family and friends have to bear, but these journalists treated Jenna so awful it broke my heart.

The author introduces a second plot or subplot of Jenna’s son, Jared and his girlfriend, mostly told from Jared’s perspective. Teenagers, first love, only this time there are some twists that add to the main plot. Jenna, a single mom, works hard to provide for her son and tries to keep the lines of communication open with her son. This isn’t always easy with a 15 year old. Jared seems a little more mature in some ways but a little behind in others. Both story-lines are important and so well written.  I liked these characters very much. Their actions were sometimes impulsive and put them in danger but understandable in the realm of the entire story.

The pacing was perfect for me. It started out really strong. Then real life continued in everyone’s life but the mystery was always in the forefront and there were some suspenseful moments. Then as the story was approaching the reveal the suspense rose to a high level again. When it ended I felt a bunch of different emotions.

I have read and reviewed all of David Bell’s books. His is a brilliant storyteller. I look forward to each new book he writes and when the book arrives I have to read it right away.  My favorite is still The Forgotten Girl, but they have all been powerful reads.

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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You can find out more about David, his book and read a free excerpt of Since She Went Away on his webpage here


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Jun 202016
 

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
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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 hope you had a great weekend!

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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Murder at Redwood Cove
Release Date – October 13, 2015
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Murder at the Mansion
Release Date – June 7, 2016
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Engaged in Death (A Wedding Planner Mystery)
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Secret Lives and Private Eyes
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A Study in Death (A Lady Darby Mystery)
Release Date – July 7, 2015
My Flashback Friday Book!
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Once Upon a Wine
Release Date – July 26, 2015
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Last Ride to Graceland
Release Date May 24, 2016
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Jun 132016
 

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
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Happy Monday Everyone!!
Extra posts this week as I fill in for other bloggers plus it is going to be a hectic week away from the computer too.

Are you ready to Escape into some Good Books?

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Fixin’ To Die (A Kenni Lowry Mystery)
Release Date – June 14, 2016
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here tomorrow!
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Rogues & Rascals in Goose Pimple Junction
Release Date – May 5, 2016
The Great Escapes Tour stops here on Thursday!


A Premonition of Murder (A Dream Club Mystery)
Release Date – June 7, 2016
Review will be up Saturday! 
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Since She Went Away
Release Date – June 21, 2016
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Murder at Redwood Cove
Release Date – October 13, 2015
My Flashback Friday Book hopefully for this week.
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Murder at the Mansion
Release Date – June 7, 2016
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Engaged in Death (A Wedding Planner Mystery)
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Secret Lives and Private Eyes
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Jun 082016
 

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I love when Isabella Alan/Amanda Flower stops by for a visit!! 

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Bigfoot Came to Town
By Amanda Flower / Isabella Alan

When it came time to write the fifth Amish Quilt Shop Mystery, Murder, Handcrafted, I was convinced that I had the perfect hook. Bigfoot. That’s right; I wanted to put a Sasquatch in my Amish mystery. As far as I know, I am the first author to do this. It isn’t, of course, the most obvious direction to go when writing an Amish novel. However, I knew it would be a perfect addition to the world of Rolling Brook, which already had Angie the well-meaning quilt shop owner and sleuth, Oliver the French bulldog afraid of birds, Petunia the head-butting goat, Nahum the rogue Amish hermit, and Willow Moon the New Age tea shop owner. With that gang, Bigfoot would fit right in, or so I thought.

9780451475039Not surprisingly, I had a problem; my agent and editor both thought I’d finally gone off of the deep end. They asked me if I was “sure” I wanted to do this in a tone of voice that told me that they weren’t sure of it themselves. I begged and pleaded and finally they relented and said I could give it a try. Worst case scenario, I would have to write Bigfoot out, which would be more work for me than anyone else. What I love about my editor and my agent is they agreed because they trust me and my instincts when it comes to my books, especially those quirky humorous twists that I love to add.

In the final novel, Bigfoot is a subplot that is interwoven with the mystery. The main plot revolves around the murder of an electrician who is working at the home of Angie’s parents. Angie has to investigate because the murder impacts her parents and because she can’t keep her nose out of any murder investigation in Rolling Brook if she tried. One of the eye witnesses, who was near the scene close to the time of the murder, claims to have seen Bigfoot nearby. The question remains, was a Sasquatch or a very real human killer? That’s what Angie is determined to find out, much to the chagrin to her longtime boyfriend Sheriff James Mitchell.

By the time the book was finished, my agent and editor were happy with how I used Bigfoot in the story and agreed it was just what the series needed. I hope you will enjoy the end result just as much!

Happy Reading!

About The Author

Amanda Flower, a four-time Agatha-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. Amanda is librarian for in northeast Ohio. She also writes as USA Today Bestselling Author Isabella Alan.

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9780451475039
Murder, Handcrafted (Amish Quilt Shop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th Book in Series
Setting – Ohio
An Obsidian Mystery
Published by New American Library
An Imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451475039
E-Book ASIN: B015DLUS4S
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Amish quilt shop owner Angie Braddock crosses wires with a killer in the latest from the national bestselling author of Murder, Plainly Read

Spring has arrived in Holmes County and Angie couldn’t be happier. She’s got great friends, a thriving business, and is in the perfect relationship with Sheriff James Mitchell. The only thing raining on her parade is her mother drafting her into a massive home renovation project—and using their sudden mother/daughter bonding time to comment on Angie’s ticking biological clock.

The house’s repairs and upgrades between the Amish craftsmen and their Englisch counterparts are proceeding well until a tremendous shock comes to the workers when the electrician is found dead on site. With the sheriff suspecting foul play, it falls to Angie to root a killer out of the woodwork. . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Another amazing read from Isabella Alan.

Angie Braddock life is so good, you just know something is going to go wrong. That’s is just what happens when her dad starts a huge kitchen redo and injures himself. Angie asks her friend Jonah to take over the remodeling while her dad heals but the Amish man ends up in the middle of a murder investigation when the electrician for the job is found dead outside her parent’s home. Angie knows it is up to her to find the real killer and proving Jonah’s innocence sure sparks her resolve. Hopefully she can do it without making her boyfriend, Sheriff James Mitchell too upset or getting herself right in the killer’s sights.

I love, love, love this series. I love the way Angie and James’ relationship is progressing even when getting a major push from her mom. I love Angie’s relationship with Jonah. Friends since childhood, their relationship could have gone several ways. But it has grown into a platonic true friendship and certain people just have to deal with it. I also love the way the author’s knowledge of Amish life is told in these stories. There are some conflicts between the Amish and the Englisch but Angie plays the perfect co-between so most things can be resolved.

Where this story tops previous installments in the unexpected character the author introduces. BIGFOOT!! in Ohio!! Could it be??? No spoilers here! You are going to have to read the book yourself!!

As always, Ms. Alan gives us a great mystery that kept me guessing right up to the end. It was filled with plenty of action too.

An awesome story with fantastic characters, humans and their 4 legged friends.

I am so upset this is the last book in the series. I definitely wanted more trips to Holmes County. Thank you to the author for leaving us with a happy ending.

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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Jun 062016
 

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Happy Monday Everyone!! 

Recovering from a very busy week last week and need to read fast this week. My reading schedule for the rest of the month is a little bit overbooked. 🙁

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Murder, Handcrafted (Amish Quilt Shop Mystery)
Release Date – June 7, 2016
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Éclair and Present Danger (An Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery)
Release Date – June 7, 2016
Review will be up Thursday! 
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Miss Zukas and the Library Murders
My Flashback Friday book!
and the “Z” book for my Alphabet Soup Challenge!
Original Date of Release March 16, 1994
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A Golden Cage (NEWPORT GILDED AGE)
Release Date – June 7, 2016
Review will be up Saturday! 
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Fixin’ To Die (A Kenni Lowry Mystery)
Release Date – June 14, 2016
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Tuesday!
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Rogues & Rascals in Goose Pimple Junction
Release Date – May 5, 2016
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!


A Premonition of Murder (A Dream Club Mystery)
Release Date – June 7, 2016
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Since She Went Away
Release Date – June 21, 2016
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Jun 042016
 

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I am so happy to welcome Amanda Carmack to Escape With Dollycas today.
Her new book Murder at Fontainebleau will be released this coming Tuesday!

AMANDA CARMACK

A Tale of Two Palaces
(Guest Post provided by publicist.)

One of the best perks of writing historical mysteries is the research! I am a library junkie, and love spending time digging through dusty old books in search of just the right historical detail. (Of course, this also means sometimes it’s hard for me to stop researching and actually, y’know, use the research in writing!). Travel is also a fun way to immerse myself in a period, to imagine how my characters might have actually lived in Elizabethan times. Murder at Fontainebleau uses a sense of place even more than other stories I’ve written. We glimpse two palaces in the story, one the is long demolished and one that still exists to be toured, and they were a perfect example of the differences between English and French life in the 16th century, which Kate Haywood discovers for herself when she’s sent to Fontainebleau on a mission for Queen Elizabeth….

The English palace, Greenwich, was originally built in 1433 by Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, a brother of Henry V. It was a convenient spot for a castle, 5 miles from London and Thames-side, and was popular with subsequent rulers, especially Henry VIII. His father, Henry VII, remodeled the place extensively between 1498-1504 (after dispatching the previous occupant, Dowager Queen Elizabeth, to a convent). The new design was after the trendy “Burgundian” model, with the facade refaced in red Burgundian brick. Though the royal apartments were still in the “donjon” style (i.e. stacked rooms atop rooms), there were no moats or fortifications. It was built around 3 courtyards, with the royal apartments overlooking the river and many fabulous gardens and mazes, fountains and lawns.

At the east side of the palace lay the chapel; to the west the privy kitchen. Next door was the church of he Observant Friars of St. Francis, built in 1482 and connected to the palace by a gallery. This was the favorite church of Katherine of Aragon, who wanted one day to be buried there (of course, that didn’t turn out quite as she planned…)

murder at fontainebleauThough there are paintings and drawings of the exterior, not much is known of the interior decorations. The Great Hall was said to have roof timbers painted with yellow ochre, and the floors were wood, usually oak (some painted to look like marble). The ceilings were flat, with moulded fretwork and lavish gilding, embellished with badges and heraldic devices (often Katherine’s pomegranates and Henry’s roses). The furniture was probably typical of the era, carved dark wood chairs (often an X-frame design) and tables, benches and trunks. Wool or velvet rugs were on the floors of the royal apartments only, but they could also be found on tables, cupboards, and walls. Elaborate tiered buffets showed off gold and silver plate, and treasures like an gold salt cellar engraved with the initials “K and H” and enameled with red roses.

It was a royal residence through the reign of Charles I (1625-49), but under the Commonwealth the state apartments were made into stables, and the palace decayed. In 1662, Charles II demolished most of the remains and built a new palace on the site (this later became the Royal Naval College), and landscaped Greenwich Park. The Tudor Great Hall survived until 1866, and the chapel (used for storage) until the late 19th century. Apart from the undercroft (built by James I in 1606) and one of Henry VIII’s reservoir buildings of 1515, nothing of the original survives.

Fontainebleau, on the other hand, can be seen in much the state Francois I left it in. On February 24, 1525 there was the battle of Pavia, the worst French defeat since Agincourt. Many nobles were dead, and king was the prisoner of the Holy Roman Emperor in Madrid. He was released in May, but only at the price of exchanging his sons (Dauphin Francois and Henri, duc d’Orleans) for his own freedom. In May 1526, Francois created the League of Cognac with Venice, Florence, the Papacy, the Sforzas of Milan, and Henry VIII to “ensure the security of Christendom and the establishment of a true and lasting peace.” (Ha!!) This led to the visit of the delegation in 1527, seeking a treaty of alliance with England and the betrothal of Princess Mary and the duc d’Orleans.

chateau-fontainebleauAfter his return from Madrid, Francois was not idle. Aside from plotting alliances, he started decorating. Having finished Chambord, he turned to Fontainebleau, which he loved for its 17,000 hectares of fine hunting land. All that remained of the original 12th century castle was a single tower. Francois built new ballrooms, galleries, and a chapel, and called in Italian artists like Fiorentino, Primaticcio, and Vignola to decorate them in lavish style (some of their work can still be seen in the frescoes of the Gallery of Francois I and the bedchamber of the king’s mistress the duchesse d’Etampes). The marble halls were filled with artworks, gold and silver ornaments, and fine tapestries. Unlike Greenwich, this palace was high and light, filled with sunlight that sparkled on the giltwork.

I know it’s hard to comment on a research-type post, but I’m curious–after reading about both palaces, which would you prefer to live in? (I’m torn, but I lean toward Fontainebleau, just because I was so awestruck when I visited!). Where would you like to see a book set?

For more behind-the-scenes history tidbits, and info on the Kate Haywood Elizabethan Mysteries, please visit me at http://amandacarmack.com

~Amanda

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Murder at Fontainebleau (An Elizabethan Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
An Obsidian Mystery (June 7, 2016)
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In the latest Elizabethan mystery by the author of Murder at Whitehall, amateur sleuth Kate Haywood investigates deadly machinations unfolding behind the scenes in the magnificent French court.

1561. Queen Elizabeth’s throne is threatened as Mary Queen of Scots—pushed in every direction by opposing and powerful forces—declares herself the rightful Queen of England. To discover her rival’s next unpredictable move, Elizabeth dispatches a party of trustworthy intimates to Mary’s court at Fontainebleau. Chief among them is Kate Haywood, who finds that the glittering balls and genial banquets conceal a web of poisonous ambition that soon turns deadly.

When a beautiful and disruptively flirtatious member of the visiting party is murdered, Kate suspects that the man who stands accused has been set up to discredit Elizabeth. She vows to find the real killer, but the French court is a labyrinth unlike any she has ever navigated before—and at every turn there are more traps set to spring.

About The Author

Amanda has been in love with the Tudors ever since an accidental viewing of “Anne of the Thousand Days” on TV as a kid!  Now she just wishes she could live with them all the time–but there has to be time for writing about them too.

She also writes as Amanda McCabe and Laurel McKee, and her books have been nominated for many awards, including the RITA Award, the Romantic Times BOOKReviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Booksellers Best, the National Readers Choice Award, and the Holt Medallion. She lives in Oklahoma with a menagerie of two cats, a Pug, and a very bossy miniature Poodle, along with far too many books.

When not writing or reading, she loves taking dance classes, yoga, collecting cheesy travel souvenirs, and watching the Food Network–even though she doesn’t cook.


This novella came out in October.

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Jun 022016
 
The Calamity Cafe
The Calamity Café (A Down South Café Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
New Series
Setting – Virginia
An Obsidian Mystery (June 7, 2016)
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First in a new cozy mystery series featuring Southern cooking that is to die for.

Aspiring chef and small-town Virginia native Amy Flowers is ready to open her own café offering old-fashioned Southern food. But her dream may go up in smoke when someone kills the competition…

Tired of waiting tables at Lou’s Joint, Amy Flowers doesn’t just quit—she offers to buy the place from her bully of a boss, so she can finally open the café of her dreams. Amy can’t wait to serve the kind of Southern, down-home treats and dishes that her grandmother always loved to the kooky cast of regulars at the restaurant. She knows her comfort food will be the talk of the sweet, small town of Winter Garden, Virginia.

At first Lou Lou refuses to sell, but when she seems ready to make a deal, she tells Amy to come see her.  Showing up at the eatery ready to negotiate, Amy is shocked to find her former employer murdered. As the prime suspect, Amy will have to clear her name by serving up the real killer—and with Lou Lou’s stack of enemies, that’s a tall order.

Includes delicious Southern recipes!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I started reading and just couldn’t stop. Love, love, LOVE this story!!

There is a lot of history at Lou’s Joint, it has been in the family forever. After working there just a short time Amy Flowers knows it is the perfect place for her restaurant but if Lou Lou won’t sell she is ready to start from scratch with a brand new building. Lou Lou does turn her down and it totally surprised when her son calls to say sure has changed her mind and wants to meet with Amy as soon as possible. But when Amy arrives she finds Lou Lou had a previous visitor, one that killed her and left her for Amy to find. While Lou Lou had lived in Winter Garden her whole life she wasn’t the friendliest of entrepreneurs and there are quite a few people that may have wanted her dead. Because Amy is the one that found her, opportunity. And she wanted the joint and was turned down, motive. And the murder weapon is still to be determined, means. She is one of the prime suspects.

Gayle Leeson is off to a fantastic start with this series. I liked Amy right away and enjoyed meeting all the people that pull together to make her dream come true while she tries to clear her name and find a killer. I really enjoyed that friendships that grew throughout the story. The way Amy knew people needed her to keep up with their daily routine was touching.

The plot had some very clever twists. and some suspenseful moments. The real world around me just drifted away and I was right there in Winter Garden. I was not only following the clues, but enjoying the food, and supervising the changes taking place to Amy’s new restaurant. I loved the dashes of humor and the smidgen of romance. Note – I would love a Down South Cafe t-shirt or apron 🙂 Great idea Jackie!

This novel is so well written and didn’t seem to be fast paced but I did read it very quickly. The pages were flying. I couldn’t wait to see what happened next.  The final reveal was totally unexpected. I hated for the story to end but then we had made it to the recipes! I want to try them all.

A fun read that was an absolutely perfect escape.  I am looking forward to returning to the Down South Cafe. I hope it is soon!

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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Gayle&CooperAbout The Author –

Gayle Leeson is a pseudonym for Gayle Trent. I also write as Amanda Lee. As Gayle Trent, she writes the Daphne Martin Cake Mystery series and the Myrtle Crumb Mystery series. As Amanda Lee, she writes the Embroidery Mystery series. I live in Virginia with my family, which includes her own “Angus” who is not an Irish wolfhound but a Great Pyrenees who provides plenty of inspiration for the character of Mr. O’Ruff. I’m having a blast writing this new series!

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May 072016
 

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I am thrilled to have Heather Blake drop by today!

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Paranormal, on the Light Side

By Heather Blake

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I’ve always had a fascination with the paranormal, so it’s really no surprise to me that I started writing witches, psychics, and empaths… My early love of I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched, and more recently, my slight addiction to Long Island Medium have all have influenced me. But alas, I’m not a witch. Or a genie. Or a psychic. Instead of writing what I know (a common phrase in fiction writing), I simply write what fascinates me.

gone with the witchBeyond pop culture influences, I’ve also had some personal incidents in my life that have made me take note of the paranormal. When my twenty-two-year-old son was three, it was early morning when I heard him talking in the other room, having a full conversation with someone I couldn’t see… When I asked him who he was talking to, he said quite seriously (yet calmly), “The man.”

Spooky, right? It was for me too—at first. But my grandfather had died the week before, before he’d had a chance to meet my son… I like to believe that they were getting to know each other.

For years, I’ve noticed that when I get into my car, my rearview mirror is tilted. If I run an errand and come back to the car the mirror is askew. Not every time, but enough times to make me wonder who’s riding along with me.

It’s situations like these — and others I hear about — that keep me writing about things that can’t easily be explained. I write books that deal with things that go bump…all day long. All of it is unexplainable. All of it so very fun.

Fun, because my preference is to take supernatural experiences and keep them light, to find the humor in them, or to take an emotional look at how these things can impact the lives of those around them…for the good. Despite writing murder mysteries, I prefer to focus on the good, not the evil, which comes across in every book I’ve ever written. There’s too much dark in the world as it is—which is why I don’t like scary movies…or watching the news. Instead you’ll catch me watching repeats of Bewitched.

Have you had anything go bump lately?

~Heather

Heather Blake (aka Heather Webber) is the author of more than twenty novels and has been twice nominated for an Agatha Award. She’s a total homebody who loves to be close to her family, read, watch reality TV (especially cooking competition shows), drink too much coffee, crochet, and bake cookies. Heather grew up in a suburb of Boston, but currently she lives in the Cincinnati area with her family.

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Gone With the Witch (Wishcraft Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Setting – Massachusetts
An Obsidian Mystery (May 3, 2016)
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by The Penguin Group
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Darcy and her dog Missy are determined to put their best foot forward at the Enchanted Village’s annual Pawsitively Enchanted pet contest. She’s happy to lend a hand when the show’s organizer hires Darcy to keep an eye on things among growing suspicions that someone is sabotaging the event. But Darcy’s quest for justice is thrown off the scent when her lead suspect is found dead at the competition.

As if a murder weren’t bad enough, someone begins snatching up prize-winning pets right from under their owners’ noses. Darcy is determined to protect the pampered participants at whatever cost. But she’ll have to work fast to sniff out the thief before she becomes the next victim of a killer determined to stop her dead in her tracks…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Another enchanting tale from Heather Blake. This series is so magical. I sat down to read and the real world just disappeared.

The pets are on parade in this Wishcraft Mystery with a Pawsitively Enchanted Pet Contest. It is set up like a fair with each pet having a booth. Darcy and Missy are entered but they are really on a job. They have been hired to make sure a certain someone doesn’t sabotage the competition.  When that certain someone ends up dead Darcy focus changes from saving the fair to catching a killer. That isn’t all, someone is stealing some of the contestants and their owners are desperate for their return. Darcy has her handful and wishes she could wish all the problems away but she is going to have to collar the killer by tracking them down herself.

I love the characters, the setting and Ms. Blake always pens a fantastic mystery.

The human residents of The Enchanted Village are wonderful but the “familiars” always put a smile on my face. Pepe and Mrs. P. are quite a pair and always available to help Darcy out. Archie has his own problems this time but still has time to throw a few movie quotes about.

The village is not just enchanting, it is a busy place. There is always something going on. In addition to Darcy work she is having a house renovated and her romantic relationship with Nick is moving right along. Aunt Ve is always up to something. Darcy thinks she is meeting in secret with The Elder and wonders what they have brewing.

Magic and mystery are blended together in such a great way. I was engaged from the first page until the last and sorry that the story had to end.

Throughout the series a big secret has been kept from Darcy and her sister. We got close to a reveal in the last book but it comes to light completely in this story. Now we have to wait to see what happens next in The Witch and the Dead in October. I am wishing it wasn’t so far away! 

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Dollycas

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May 042016
 

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I love when Sally Goldenbaum stops by for a visit.

Her new book, Murder at Lambswool Farm, the 11th Seaside Knitters Mystery, was released yesterday in hardcover. A Finely Knit Murder, book 9 in the series was released in trade paperback yesterday too. 

SALLY

 

My warmest thanks to our wonderful hostess, Dolly. She is a friend to so many of us, bringing readers and writers together in her cozy corner. Thank you, dear Dolly.

It all began with a Farm, a Lamb, a Beautiful Sunset Dinner . . .

sally 1Sometimes when a new mystery is about to be launched and people ask me how it all began, I have to really think hard to separate the final product from the very first idea, that first ‘ping’ that made me think of my Sea Harbor women and their mystery solving expertise.

Was it something I read?   A conversation I overheard in Starbucks? Something I saw on a walk?

sally 2Sometimes that moment is easy to remember, like the time I spotted a deserted baby car seat on a beach and it was still there days later. It stayed in my head, a mystery for Nell, Izzy, Cass and Birdie to solve—a scene that launched the fifth seaside knitters mystery, Angora Alibi.

Or the day I walked along the Gloucester harbor and was curious about an overgrown piece of valuable land, strewn with trash and bordered by a rusty fence. Who owned it? Why was it such a mess? It wasn’t until I explored it in A Fatal Fleece that an old fisherman named Finnegan helped the seaside knitters figure it all out.

sally 3Murder at Lambswool Farm was different. It began with beautiful photographs I came upon by chance: a green sustainable farm in Massachusetts, a photo of a barn transformed into my dream kitchen, and a photo of an elegantly set table out in a field. I wanted to be in every one of those scenes. And so was born Lambswool Farm, a piece of land Birdie (the oldest seaside knitter) had inherited. She decided to turn it into a farm where guests could dine alongside the vegetables—with the sea in the distance and soft music floating on the salty breeze. And of course it would be called Lambswool Farm. Birdie is a knitter, after all—and she has a granddaughter who loves lambs.

sally4It wasn’t until I began writing about the farm that the mystery developed. It happened the day a stranger stopped at the gate. His car broke down, or so he said. He was a photographer … or so it seemed.  A passerby…he said…but one who seemed overly curious about the seaside knitters and Sea Harbor—especially the town’s medical clinic, where strange things began happening.

And so it began . . . .a farm, a lamb, a sunset dinner . . .and the murder of a well-loved Sea Harbor resident. . . a seaside mystery to be solve

~Sally

About The Author

Sally Goldenbaum is a sometime philosophy teacher, a knitter, and an editor, and the author of more than thirty novels. Sally became more serious about knitting with the birth of her first grandchild and the creation of the Seaside Knitters Mystery series. Her fictional knitting friends are teaching her the intricacies of women’s friendship, the mysteries of small-town living, and the very best way to pick up dropped stitches on a lacy knit shawl.

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Murder at Lambswool Farm (Seaside Knitters Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
11th in Series
Setting – Massachusetts
An Obsidian Mystery (May 3, 2016)
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Late summer blooms in beautiful Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, and while a harvest thrives, Izzy Chambers Perry and the other Seaside Knitters will need to cast on their sleuthing skills to save a local farm.  Unfortunately, finding a killer can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. . . .
 
Seaside Knitter Birdie Favazza has long loved knitting, but lately she’s taken on a new challenge—making a family farm operational again. With help from friends, Lambswool Farm is now up and running, with thriving crops and grazing sheep.  In addition, the farm will host rustic, six-course prix fixe dinners plated by local chefs and served on a gorgeous restored harvest table, decorated to perfection with colorful knitted vegetables crafted by Izzy Chambers Perry, her aunt Nell, and the other Seaside Knitters.

But on the night of the first meal, everything spins out of control when one of the guests, Seaside Harbor’s family physician, becomes fatally ill. It seems that behind Dr. Alan Hamilton’s friendly bedside manner was a man with enemies and secrets.

Soon the town is gossiping and pointing fingers at all possible suspects—including the women at Lambswool Farm. Now the Seaside Knitters must join together to uncover the truth in Dr. Hamilton’s complicated past—and restore peace to town and country alike.

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

When I pick up a book by Sally Goldenbaum I feel like I am going to visit dear friends. I can’t believe this is book 11 in this series, meaning this is my 11th visit to Sea Harbor. This time we travel to Lambswool Farm. Birdie with the help of several Sea Harbor residents has given new life to the Favazza Family Farm. The fields are full of crops and there are sheep in the pasture. The farm will now serve diners huge farm to table dinners outside at huge table. (Check out the cover for a great picture.) I love this idea! But on the night the first meal is served a long time Sea Harbor resident dies. No one else even got sick, so there is definitely some cause other than the fabulous food. The Seaside Knitters need to find the truth before it not only ruins Birdie’s plans but tears the community apart.

The Seaside Knitters, Izzy, Nell, Cass and Birdie, along with their spouses, significant others, kids and friends are some of the best characters right now in cozy literature. Over the years the group has grown because as a whole they are all so welcoming. Knitting may have brought them together in the beginning but it is their friendships that have stood the test of time. (Don’t worry if you are new to the series or need a little refresher the author includes a cast list as the start of the book.) They welcome someone new to the group this time who seems to be just passing through but ends up staying longer than they planned.

The dialogue between the characters is genuine and smart. They all have different ways to process clues and it is fun to see how it all comes together in the end.

Great dialogue is born from a great story. The murder plot was so well written and knit together with everything else going on is Sea Harbor flawlessly. I really enjoy the way Ms. Goldenbaum tells a story. The death doesn’t happen early in the book. She lets the reader catch up with our favorite characters and all that is happening in their lives before we really need to sink our teeth in to trying to solve the mystery. Then she throws in some twists that have us doing a backstitch or two as she keeps us guessing right to the end.

I have enjoyed every virtual vacation to Sea Harbor. It is a beautiful place to visit full of wonderful people. I am ready to book my next trip there as soon as possible.

Thank you Sally for the wonderful trip!

 

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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May 032016
 

It’s my favorite day every month!

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY 2014

Welcome to New Release Tuesday!

I am so excited about all the new books!

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Murder at Lambswool Farm (Seaside Knitters Mystery)
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Sally will be my guest tomorrow for Cozy Wednesday!

Gone With the Witch (Wishcraft Mystery)
Heather will be my Special Guest on Saturday!
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Berry the Hatchet (A Cranberry Cove Mystery)
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Hearse and Gardens (Hamptons Home & Garden Mystery)
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Murder in Morningside Heights (A Gaslight Mystery)
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More Books Out Today *Several are paperback releases for previously released hard covers.

Being Released May 8


All of these books are touring with Great Escapes Book Tours!
Out on May 10


Coming May 17

Out on May 24

These books come out May 31

Another month of awesome reading ahead!
HAPPY READING EVERYONE!!
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Apr 162016
 

MODERN GIRLS

Modern Girls
Historical Fiction
Published by New American Library (April 5, 2016)
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A dazzling debut novel set in New York City’s Jewish immigrant community in 1935…

How was it that out of all the girls in the office, I was the one to find myself in this situation? This didn’t happen to nice Jewish girls.

In 1935, Dottie Krasinsky is the epitome of the modern girl. A bookkeeper in Midtown Manhattan, Dottie steals kisses from her steady beau, meets her girlfriends for drinks, and eyes the latest fashions. Yet at heart, she is a dutiful daughter, living with her Yiddish-speaking parents on the Lower East Side. So when, after a single careless night, she finds herself in a family way by a charismatic but unsuitable man, she is desperate: unwed, unsure, and running out of options.

After the birth of five children—and twenty years as a housewife—Dottie’s immigrant mother, Rose, is itching to return to the social activism she embraced as a young woman. With strikes and breadlines at home and National Socialism rising in Europe, there is much more important work to do than cooking and cleaning. So when she realizes that she, too, is pregnant, she struggles to reconcile her longings with her faith.

As mother and daughter wrestle with unthinkable choices, they are forced to confront their beliefs, the changing world, and the fact that their lives will never again be the same….

Jenny Brown, June 9, 2015.

Jennifer S. Brown considers herself a Floridian, having moved to Miami as a three-year-old and spending the majority of her formative years in Miami Beach. But then again, she’ll also identify as a New Yorker after earning a BFA in filmmaking from New York University and sticking around the City to work in publishing and—for a very brief stint—at a talent agency (and to be technical about it, she was born in New York City). Her passion for Seattle developed when she earned her MFA in creative writing from the University of Washington and then settled into a job as an editor at, what was then billed as, “that little online bookstore,” aka Amazon.com. She now lives and writes in the suburbs of Boston.

Her fiction, articles, and essays have appeared in numerous publications, and she was the winner of the 2005 World’s Best Short-Short Story Contest (judged by Robert Olen Butler) in the Southeast Review. Her creative nonfiction piece, “The Codeine of Jordan,” published in the Bellevue Literary Review, was selected as a notable essay in 2012’s The Best American Travel Writing and included in volume 9 of The Best Women’s Travel Writing.

Her first novel, Modern Girls, set in 1935 in the Lower East Side of New York, is about a Russian-born Jewish mother and her American-born unmarried daughter. Each discovers that she is expecting, although the pregnancies are unplanned and unwanted, in this story about women’s roles, standards, and choices, set against the backdrop of the impending war.

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Apr 132016
 

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

Are you ready to take a trip to Key West?

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On Houseboat Row by Lucy Burdette

IMG_0273Because the theme of this blog is “escaping” to read, I thought you might be interested in hearing—and seeing—more about where food critic Hayley Snow lives. She shares a houseboat on Houseboat Row with her octagenarian roommate, Miss Gloria.

IMG_0040Even though the characters and story in KILLER TAKEOUT are fictional, Houseboat Row really exists! Although this hodgepodge collection of boats sits on a busy corner (Palm Avenue and S. Roosevelt Blvd. for those who know Key West), once you step off the parking lot and onto the docks, the weight of the the world slides off your back. I imagine Hayley and Miss Gloria living on a little yellow one-story boat, with two bedrooms, a living area, and a galley kitchen. At the far end of the boat is a small deck where Miss Gloria grows tomatoes and herbs. At the other end, the deck is larger, big enough for a dining table and some chairs to lounge in and watch the world go by.

IMG_0045Many a dinner party has been thrown on the deck over the course of the series, and KILLER TAKEOUT is no exception. In fact, since the book takes place during the crazy, hectic Fantasy Fest week, Hayley and Miss Gloria retreat to their boat frequently, often joined by family and friends.

FullSizeRenderWe all hope you’ll enjoy your seventh visit to Key West and even imagine yourself as one of the neighbors…

About This Author

Lucy Burdette (aka Roberta Isleib) is the author of 15 mysteries, including KILLER TAKEOUT, the latest in the Key West series featuring food critic Hayley Snow. Her books and stories have been short-listed for Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. She’s a past president of Sisters in Crime.

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Killer Takeout (Key West Food Critic)
7th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Florida
An Obsidian Mystery (April 5, 2016)
Published by New American Library
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451474834
E-Book ASIN: B011IUSR2I
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It’s Fantasy Fest at Key West, and food critic Hayley Snow is ready to celebrate. But a killer seems intent on crashing the party. . .

Every year, Key West’s weeklong Mardi Gras–style festival has tourists and locals alike lining up for costumed revelry and delicious eats. Key Zest magazine has assigned Hayley to write a piece on the fest’s grab-and-go food, so she’s planning on hitting up the mobile eateries while checking out the party preparations.

Hayley’s office mate, Danielle, recently elected Queen of Fantasy Fest, is also buzzing between festivities and fundraisers.  But when a former royal rival gets taken out, Hayley needs to put down her party hat and her pen and figure out who served up a side of murder—before Danielle gets crowned a killer. . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Zombies, a hurricane, and murder! OH MY!! This story is “KILLER”!!!

Never a dull moment in Key West, but Halloween seems extra special. The week plus long event, Fantasy Fest, includes great food and drink, several events each day and costumes that are fun, scary, and some downright risqué.  Hayley Snow is right in the middle of it all. She is reviewing places that serve takeout for Key Zest. Everything from food trucks to restaurants. She is also covering and participating in several events.

Her coworker Danielle was elected Queen of Fantasy Fest after weeks of fundraising but she seems to have made an enemy. Another contestant is not taking her loss well and making Danielle miserable.

Hayley dons makeup to zombify herself and takes part in the Zombie Bicycle Ride. Alcohol, costume restraints, or lack of balance has zombies tumbling everywhere. One right by Hayley so she stops to help. It takes awhile but she realizes it is the woman that has been bullying Danielle. When she dies police think there may have been foul play and Danielle is their main suspect. Hayley quickly starts her own investigation.

Oh and in addition to that and work, her mother has arrived in Key West with her fiancé for their wedding, and Hurricane Margaret is brewing and Key West is in it’s path.

Lucy Burdette has filled these pages full. What a fantastic story!

All our favorite characters are back and Key West is full of tourists too. I absolutely love Miss Gloria. She is over 80 and Hayley has a hard time keeping up with her.  Hayley and Bransford’s romance has some bumps and there is some trouble at Key Zest, I really enjoyed all the dialogue. The characters continue to grow and even after 7 stories they are fresh and interesting. I would love to be friends with all of them.

The subplots entwine so comfortably with the main plot. Don’t interpret that to mean there is not excitement because there is plenty of that. I couldn’t believe how quickly I flew through this book. I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. It was after midnight and I kept telling myself just one more chapter, just one more chapter, and soon I was to the recipes.

Don’t miss this one! Pack your virtual bags and head to Key West and enjoy!! Be sure to send me a postcard (comment) telling me all about your trip!!

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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