Apr 262016
 

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Raisin the Dead
by Karoline Barrett

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Raisin the Dead:
A Bread and Batter Mystery

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – New York
Publisher: InterMix (April 19, 2016)
ASIN: B00PHV81AS
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Synopsis

The author of Bun for Your Life returns to Destiny, New York, where bakery owners and amateur sleuths Molly Tyler and Olivia Williams never crumble under pressure…

While the rest of Destiny is focused on the arrival of an upper crust perfume mogul, Molly is more concerned about what’s on the front page of the newspaper: her mother. Library director Anne Tyler was photographed at the most romantic restaurant in town having a cozy dinner with library advisory board member Philip Baldelli. But there’s more for Molly to worry about after Philip is found dead a few days later.

When Detective Sean Corsino zeroes in on Anne as a person of interest in the case, it turns down the heat on his budding romance with Molly. But after he’s injured during the course of his investigation, Molly and Olivia must step in to sift through the clues and clear Anne’s name.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

If you look at the front page of the local newspaper you would think there was more than library business going on between Molly’s mom, Anne, and board member Philip Baldelli. Anne assures Molly there is nothing to worry about, but then the man is found dead and Anne is being questioned by Detective Sean Corsino. Yes, new Molly’s boyfriend. Before he can wrap up the case and clear Anne he finds himself in the hospital. Another detective takes over the case but Molly decides she needs to track down the real killer herself.

I really enjoy Molly and Sean together with their basset hounds. Their romance is building, but it is not without a few bumps along the way. One huge bump happens when a person from his past comes to Destiny with only 1 thing on her mind. So Molly definitely has her hands full. One drawback to her character is how upset she gets when Sean doesn’t share his investigation findings with her. I understand her mother is a suspect but he is just doing his job and trying to avoid get kicked off the case because he is dating the main suspect’s daughter.

The romance was a little bit more prominent than the mystery this time but I was pleased with both plots lines separately and when they converged. There was always something happening, never a dull moment in Destiny. I was charmed by the characters and Destiny sounds like a wonderful place.

I read this book easily in one sitting. I was anxious to see how everything turned out.

I hope to take a trip to Destiny again soon and reconnect with this fun group of characters.

enjoyable 2016

Dollycas

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About The Author –

I live in a small Connecticut town with my husband. When I’m not writing, I’m either reading, spending time by the water, taking pictures, traveling, indulging in social media, accompanying above-mentioned husband to New York Yankees games, or doing anything that does not involve math..

 

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Apr 052016
 

Last year 2 of my favorite things came together. I have watched Days Of Our Lives for as long as I can remember. You already know my favorite books to read are cozy mysteries. Last year Alison Sweeney, Sami Brady, on Days of Our Lives entered the cozy world when she portrayed Hannah Swenson in Murder She Baked: Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder on the Hallmark Movie Channel. This movie is based on Joanne  Fluke’s  Hannah Swenson Mystery Series.  The 2nd movie, Murder She Baked: A Plum Pudding Murder Mystery and  the 3rd movie Murder She Baked: A Peach Cobbler Mystery soon followed. In addition to being an actress and a director, producer, and former host of The Biggest Loser, Alison Sweeney is an author. This is her 3rd fiction novel and while not a cozy I have to tell you all about it.  

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Opportunity Knocks: A Novel
Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Hachette Books (April 5, 2016)
Paperback: 206 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0316261609
E-Book ASIN: B013CATULY
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Alex Cleary has careened from one dead-end position to another. But suddenly the ingenious makeup artist finds her distinct talents are valued by none other than lifestyle-empire mogul Hillary P.–renowned for her golden touch in broadcast and print media, as well as for her hair-trigger temper. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join the daytime television scene that Alex is determined not to screw up.

Then a frank word in the wrong ear puts Alex’s job on the line. Alex anticipates Hillary’s rage, but she can’t believe that this multimillionaire is holding her newest staffer to a nondisclosure agreement that demands reparation of 5 million dollars.

Alex has only 48 hours to repair the damage. And with a vengeful Hillary P. watching the clock, the devil will have her due…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Again Alison Sweeney takes us behind the scenes, this time we follow make-up artist Alex Cleary as she tries to kick start her career. She is in the right place at the right time and lands a job with Hillary P.  (I would say her empire is striving to be live Oprah Winfrey.) Hillary is not an easy woman to work for, she has a quick temper, demands a lot from her employees and has no problem raging at you when others are present. These traits can cause trouble not only for Hillary but everyone that works for her. Alex is called on the carpet for breaking the terms of her non-disclosure agreement and is on the hook for 5 million dollars! How is Alex going to come up with that kind of money? Is there another way out of this mess?

This was a fast entertaining read. Alex is very personable and very engaging. Her parents had different plans for her life but she is following her dream. Hillary P., is a woman with a rising career and quite a dictator. She rules her life and her employees with an iron fist and steps on or over anyone to advance her career. So of course we readers are rooting for Alex from the get go.

Sweeney has created several other great characters in this story. Alex’s best friend Emma, Billy Fox, an actor Alex meets when he guests on Hillary’s show, her boyfriend, Sean, and her family, plus others Alex meets when she follows Hillary’s show to New York. One who ends up turning Alex’s life inside out.

I enjoyed the way the author brings the madness of Hollywood/New York to life within these pages. I also liked seeing New York through Alex’s eyes. I have never been there myself and think my reactions would be quite the same.

Great characters, a flowing plot, romance, and humor all come together to make this a perfect escape!

perfect 2016

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Alison Sweeney is an award-winning actress, producer, director, TV host, and author of four previous books including the two novels: Scared Scriptless and The Star Attraction. She makes time to give back to the community, serving as the Fitness Ambassador to City of Hope and an Ambassador to Stand Up 2 Cancer. Sweeney lives in Los Angeles with her family.

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Feb 252016
 

speakers of the deadSpeakers of the Dead: A Walt Whitman Mystery
1st in Series
Historical Mystery
Setting – New York
A Plume Book
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Release Date – March 1, 2016
Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0143128717
E-Book ASIN: B010N18IKO
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Speakers of the Dead is a mystery novel centering around the investigative exploits of a young Walt Whitman, in which the reporter-cum-poet navigates the seedy underbelly of New York City’s body-snatching industry in an attempt to exonerate his friend of a wrongful murder charge.

The year is 1843; the place: New York City. Aurora reporter Walt Whitman arrives at the Tombs prison yard where his friend Lena Stowe is scheduled to hang for the murder of her husband, Abraham. Walt intends to present evidence on Lena’s behalf, but Sheriff Harris turns him away. Lena drops to her death, and Walt vows to posthumously exonerate her.

Walt’s estranged boyfriend, Henry Saunders, returns to New York, and the two men uncover a link between body-snatching and Abraham’s murder: a man named Samuel Clement. To get to Clement, Walt and Henry descend into a dangerous underworld where resurrection men steal the bodies of the recently deceased and sell them to medical colleges. With no legal means to acquire cadavers, medical students rely on these criminals, and Abraham’s involvement with the Bone Bill—legislation that would put the resurrection men out of business—seems to have led to his and Lena’s deaths.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

J. Aaron Sanders takes a tragic time in history, bodies being snatched from their graves, and twists it just right with a young Walt Whitman on a quest for justice. Lena Stowe has been accused of killing her husband with not much evidence. Her friend Walt Whitman tries to plead her case but is unsuccessful the Lena is hanged in the prison yard. You need to know about Lena and her husband Abraham. They have opened the Woman’s Medical College of Manhattan. Scandalous because women are not allowed to be doctors and because the students dissect corpses to learn about the workings of the body. These corpses may have been donated to the college or stolen from graves and sold to the school. In those days people believed their loved one could only ascend to heaven if their bodies and organs were intact. There were rallies and demonstrations to close the school and to stop the body snatchers. There was also a bill, the Bone Bill, something the Stowe’s supported, in the works that put an end to the body’s snatchers altogether.

This was a truly riveting story. Organ donation and cadavers used for study is common place today, but in 1843 it was a sin and illegal. Walt knows his friend Lena, did not kill her husband and knows there is some deep dark secrets behind the story. He uses the resources he has available writing for the newspaper to ask questions and print articles that will incite the public and help him find the truth. This truth comes at a very high cost.

This is a work of fiction but some of the things that happen actually occurred which can lead you to almost forget it is fiction. Whitman is joined by Edgar Allan Poe at one point in the story too. This is had my scratching my head and trying to remember their writings for things that may have been inspired from these incidents. I must say here you do not have to have read Whitman’s work to enjoy this story. Without the background, you have a young man on a mission, a dangerous mission. The author surrounds him with amazing characters, like his estranged boyfriend, Henry, and Elizabeth Blackwell, a young woman studying to become a doctor who takes over the college when her mentors are killed just to name two. There are also the public officials, students, and the men stealing the bodies and so many more.

This story reminded me a bit of Death of a Schoolgirl by Joanna Campbell Slan. In that story she turned Jane Eyre into an amateur sleuth, just as Sanders does with Whitman here. The story also reminds me of the Lady Darby Mysteries by Anna Lee Huber, as women in this story buck tradition to take on something only males are allowed to pursue.

This mystery gets quite intense and has some wonderful twists so that at times we don’t know the good guys from the bad ones and neither does Walt.  Throughout the story we have political corruption, fights between religion and science, and some organized crime.

This author takes us a quite an adventure. He also gives us a man that goes to great lengths to prove his friends innocence and redeem their names and show the importance of their work. Work he wasn’t totally supportive of when they were alive but came to understand very quickly after their death.

I am excited that this book is the beginning of a series. I really want to see where the author takes this character. He is off to an excellent start. Did I mention this is the author’s first novel? He is a wonderful storyteller.

 perfect 2016

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*There were a couple of parts of this story that were difficult for me to read due to how my son died last year but I don’t feel that impacted my review in any way.

 

About This Author

Aaron Sanders is Associate Professor of English at Columbus State University where he teaches literature and creative writing. He holds a PhD in American Literature from The University of Connecticut and an MFA in Fiction from The University of Utah. His stories have appeared in Carolina Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Quarterly West, and Beloit Fiction Journal, among others.


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Feb 162016
 

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I am so happy Mary Ellen Hughes could stop by for a visit today!
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Hi Everyone,

WHAT’S IN A NAME?
by Mary Ellen Hughes

When I talk to people about my books, there’s one question I can count on being asked, “Where do you get your ideas?” But a question I rarely hear is, “How do you come up with names for your characters?”

I suppose that’s because most people take character names for granted. A reader makes note of them in order to keep everybody in the story straight but mostly doesn’t think much about them. For me, though, and I suspect most authors, character names are very important. Margaret Mitchell, for example, changed Scarlett O’Hara’s first name several times before settling on one, calling her star character Pansy for a while. I think we can all be glad Ms. Mitchell moved on from that one.

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When I started putting ideas together for THE PICKLED PIPER, the first book of my Pickled and Preserved mystery series, I had no problem coming up with a name for my main character. Since she was a young woman who would be making and selling all things pickle-related, what could be better than Piper?

But Piper wasn’t the only character in the book. She has an aunt and uncle living nearby, a shop assistant, neighboring store owners and other townspeople, along with, of course, the victim and murderer. All these characters needed names, and ones that fit. I wouldn’t, for example, name Piper’s aunt, who is around sixty years old, Britny. And for Piper’s twenty year-old helper, Gladys would be all wrong but Amy was right.

A novelist has to come with more names than you might realize, sometimes just for walk-on characters who need a name simply to avoid being continually referred to as “elderly gentleman,” or “her.” Where do we get them all? When I first started writing and needed a name for an older person, I’d flip through the obituary section of my newspaper. If the obituaries had photos attached, all the better. Mixing and matching first and last names kept me out of lawsuit territory.

Younger characters were a little tougher. A copy of a baby-naming book helped there—though it did startle my family at first until I explained why I needed it. Then I discovered the Social Security website, which lists baby names that were popular in each decade. That was—and is–so helpful! I also found a few random name generator websites, which come up with combinations of first and last names, sorted by gender or ethnicity, as well as “common” or “rare.” A great time saver!

Until I settle on a character’s name, I often can’t completely picture him or her. Martin will look and act differently from Matt, and, though close, Patsy won’t be quite the same as Patty, at least to my mind. If, farther down the road, I see the need to change a character’s name, I’ll often go back and tweak their description to go with the new moniker.

scene of the brineIn SCENE OF THE BRINE, my latest and third Pickled and Preserved Mystery book, I needed a name for a character new to the series, a forty-something, female caterer. “Sugar” popped into my head, and with it I immediately knew what she looked like: attractive, silver-blond, and with a Rubenesque figure. Her personality grew from that, and I was soon good to go.

Sugar had a college-aged son, and it didn’t take me long to name him Zach, a popular name of his generation. Zach majored in botany and, while bright, also had a bit of a temper. It was that last thing that got him into a pile of trouble in my story. Would that have happened if I’d named him Nigel or Preston? Doubtful. But we’ll never know because a mother called Sugar would never give her son either of those names, would she?

Family names, for me, at least, are off-limits, as are close friends, since the image that comes with them is too strong to shape into the character I want to write. Also in that “don’t touch” category are one-of-a-kind celebrity monikers and names already famous in fiction such as Scarlett, Kinsey, or Reacher.

It tends to narrow the choices, which makes me sometimes envy science fiction and fantasy writers. If they need a name, they can just scramble a few letters or make it vaguely middle-earth-ish. So much simpler. And they don’t have to worry about age, either.

But then, I’d have a hard time picturing a Ruavu Flagmatag.

Wouldn’t you?
~Mary Ellen

Thank you so much for visiting today Mary Ellen! Feel free to add a Lori or a Dolly to your stories anytime 🙂

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Pickled and Preserved Mystery

3rd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – New York
Release Date: February 2, 2016
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Chris O’Leary
Cover Design by Karen Oberrender
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425262474
E-Book ASIN: B00W2ZKQ9Q
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The national bestselling author of License to Dill returns with a dilly of a pickle.

Piper Lamb has to take a break from jarring her delicious pickles and preserves to blow the lid off a poisoner….

Business is booming at Piper’s Picklings in Cloverdale, New York. But not all is sweet in the life of Piper’s number one customer and friend, local caterer Sugar Heywood. Sugar is dating wealthy realtor Jeremy Porter, but his family doesn’t approve. After their unscrupulous accountant finds some dirt on Sugar, the family quickly urges Jeremy to throw her out like rotten fruit.

Things are further spoiled after the accountant is found poisoned, and all evidence points to Sugar’s son, Zach. With the Porter family determined to avoid scandal, it won’t be easy for Piper to preserve Zach’s innocence. And after someone falls victim to a poisoned jar of some of her brandied cherries, Piper’s got a peck of trouble to deal with herself…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Check out that cover and the new door to Piper’s Picklings! Handcrafted and a true work of art. Piper has a party to celebrate her new entrance and it seems almost everyone from Cloverdale attends. Thankfully new resident, Jeremy Porter and his right hand man,  Dirk Unger skipped the festivities. Unger has been making life difficult for some people in town, like Piper’s friend, Sugar Heywood. Dirk, the jerk, dug up some dirt and Sugar was terribly hurt. She lost her boyfriend and a huge catering gig. When “the jerk” is murdered, Sugar’s son becomes the prime suspect but before the murder is solved, others are hurt and Piper finds herself in hot water.

Trips to Cloverdale are never dull, that is for sure. Hughes introduces us to the Porter family. I hated the whole snobby bunch and that was just awesome. These characters like all my favorites were wonderfully written and totally believable. I wasn’t surprised when Dirk Unger was killed. He was a nasty man. What surprised me was the twists and turns we took to find the murderer. Just when I thought “I know who it is!”, something happened to prove me wrong. It sure was a fun as I kept trying.

There is a bit of romance as Will remains patient while Scott still tries to worm his way back into Piper’s life. The man has been trouble since he showed up in Cloverdale. I think Piper may be on the verge of making a decision.

Mary Ellen Hughes has written a really smart mystery delightfully flavored with some of the best cozy characters. I have liked each of these stories more than the last. The characters continue to evolve and even the mysteries get better and better and each were great already.

For someone that doesn’t like pickles I sure do love these pickled and preserved mysteries.

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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 About This Author

Mary Ellen Hughes may live in Maryland today but she started out right here in Wisconsin!!! Find out more about Mary Ellen and her books here on her webpage.



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Feb 122016
 

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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.

MACARONI AND FREEZE
Macaroni and Freeze:
A Comfort Food Mystery

4th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – New York
An Obsidian Mystery (July 7, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451474087
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When the library roof collapses from the harsh winter weather, diner owner and comfort food chef Trixie Matkowski decides to organize a mac-and-cheese cook-off to raise funds for repairs. Priscilla Finch-Smythe, famous TV chef and former Sandy Harbor resident, is not only available to judge the contest—she’s offering an appearance on her show as the grand prize.

Trixie hopes that winning first place in the cook-off will help boost publicity for her Silver Bullet Diner. But when another winner is announced, and Priscilla is later found frozen in a snowbank, Trixie starts getting attention from the police instead. Now she’ll have to noodle over this mystery before everything really goes to pot….

Includes Delicious Home-Style Recipes

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Never a dull moment when Trixie is around. That woman get herself into all kinds of predicaments. This time too much snow collapses the roof of the local library. Everyone got out safe but it is going to take a lot of money to repair the building and replace the damaged books and equipment. Trixie’s mouth gets ahead of her brain and before she knows it she is planning a Macaroni and Cheese cook-off fundraiser. Things snowball and soon famous chef, Priscilla Finch-Smythe is on her way to Sandy Harbor to judge the competition and offering the winner a guest spot on her tv show. Trixie had no idea the woman was from Sandy Harbor. The woman has all kinds of demands and a big motor home. She also has her staff of two, one is her stepson, along for the ride and they sure don’t see eye to eye on anything. Trixie just hopes they can make enough money for the library and get a little bit of publicity for the diner.

The contest brings a slew of cooks to town including a couple of professional chefs looking to win and gain or regain a little fame with the grand prize. Soon after the winner is named, a stiff is found in the parking lot. Priscilla Finch-Smythe’s life has come to a chilly end and there are plenty of suspects. Who killed the tv cook and left her out in the cold? Trixie plans to find out but she may end up getting a deep freeze herself.

Reading this book during a cold snap here in Wisconsin I was literary feeling the “freeze” in this story and it was funny, my hubby had whipped up a batch of his homemade mac and cheese for supper. He saw the cover of the book and we had a little chuckle.

The cover of the book is wonderful but the Sandy Harbor Library sounds like it was a truly beautiful place, complete with some stained glass. I loved the way the town rallied together to make this fundraiser happen even when it was snowing and blowing and travel was a bit treacherous at times.

This time Trixie is one of the suspects, of course, hunky Sheriff Ty Briscoe doesn’t think she had anything to do with it but he basically puts her under house/diner arrest with Antoinette Chloe Brown (ACB) as her gatekeeper. He really just wants to keep Trixie safe and out of his investigation, like that is going to happen.

Christine Wenger has the perfect recipe for an absolutely delightful cozy mystery. The residents of Sandy Harbor are like old friends and the welcome us in with open arms and delicious food. The new characters make a nice offset to the gang we have come to love. The plot is tight and the twists are plentiful. The romantic tension is palpable. I can’t be the only one that wants to see Trixie grab Ty and just kiss him already 🙂 I also want to get ACB a pair of boots with flips flops painted on them. Flip flops in the snow?? Girl you are going to lose some toes!!

This was a fun read from start to finish. I am glad I had some Mac & Cheese to snack because damn, a girl can get hungry when reading these stories!

perfect 2016

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Feb 112016
 

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Drawing Blood
by Deirdre Verne

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Drawing Blood
(A Sketch in Crime Mystery)

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – New York
Publisher: Midnight Ink (February 8, 2016)
Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738742281
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CeCe Prentice returns with her band of Dumpster-diving pals in this fast-paced mystery that puts the eco-friendly heroine back on top—of a pile of trash.

When Big Bob, manager of the town dump, goes missing, CeCe is worried about more than where she’ll score her next salvaged car. First at the scene when Bob’s body is recovered from under the weekly recycling haul, CeCe is quick to identify potential witnesses and provide crucial scene sketches. But when CeCe is uncharacteristically startled by an unidentified woman at Bob’s abandoned house, her artistic talents are challenged, and her drawings, much to her frustration, come up short.

With CeCe’s observational talents on the fritz, Detective Frank DeRosa, CeCe, and her network of Freegans are forced to recreate Big Bob’s life from the garbage up. The team is soon thrust into the underworld of recycling where what appears to be junk could actually be the clue that saves a life.


Dollycas’s Thoughts

As I ended my review of Drawing Conclusions, the first book in this series, I was wondering how this author was going to keep up to the excellence she reached in that story. I just finished Drawing Blood and let me tell you she a drawn up another story that will keep you totally entertained.

Cece and her friends are “freegans“, a unique lifestyle. They dumpster dive for food, have a huge garden, and visit the local recycling center and thrift stores for most of their needs. In this installment Cece’s friend and housemate Katrina is due to have her baby any day, her friend, Big Bob, manager of the local recycling center in missing, and Cece is looking for a child that could be hers that would have been carried by a surrogate. And that is just how the story starts, there is so much more. The synopsis tells you Big Bob’s body is found under a pile of garbage and that Detective Frank DeRosa in on the case but when Cece and her friends join the investigation it all leads to something you have just have to read for yourself. I really enjoyed that Frank knows he can ask for and get help from Cece and the others.

As with the first story, this author’s distinct writing  style shines. The plots and subplots twist all together throughout the story and each twist has its own little “wow” factor.  Cece’s  unique ability to see people in her mind so clearly and pick up their nuances and put the images down on paper is key to solving the case. She has trouble with the facial details for one person that she knows is so important. She works so hard to try to grasp that image. The investigation seems to be turning up more questions than answers but Frank, Cece, Charlie and even a very pregnant Katrina each help to put things together and details start to fall into place. This sets up a very suspenseful and dramatic ending that had me sitting up straight in my chair.

Excellent from start to finish. A story that deserves more than 5 stars!

This story does build on the first book so I do recommend reading that one first. In fact a perfect winter weekend curled up with both books is something I recommend wholeheartedly.

I will not wonder about Verne’s next book because I just know if will be as amazing as the first two. I just hate that we will probably have to wait a year for it.

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About This Author

Deirdre Verne (Lower Westchester, NY) is a mystery writer, college professor, and an active college blogger. Deirdre’s interest in green living inspired her to create an off-the-grid character who Dumpster dives her way through the “Sketch in Crime” mystery series. Verne’s second book, Drawing Blood, is available in February 2016. “A dysfunctional functional family to die for…[CeCe Prentice’s] second case is every bit as twisty and surprising.”-Kirkus Reviews.

A member of Sisters in Crime, Deirdre’s short stories appear in all three New York chapter anthologies – Murder New York Style, Murder New York Style: Fresh Slices and Family Matters. Visit her online at DeirdreVerne.com.

 

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Jan 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 have wanted to catch up on this series for awhile!

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Diners, Drive-Ins, and Death:
A Comfort Food Mystery

Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – New York
An Obsidian Mystery (January 6, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
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For Sandy Harbor’s tastiest comfort food, venture to the Silver Bullet Diner. But head next door to the new drive-in theater if you have an appetite for murder….

Trixie Matkowski has a tall order to fill this fall. Aside from dishing out delicious fare at the Silver Bullet during peak fishing season, she’s helping her friend—Antoinette Chloe Brown, or ACB for short—open a drive-in movie theater in the vacant lot beside her diner. It’s just the thing to take ACB’s mind off Nick, her missing biker beau.

But their plans are fried after Nick’s body is discovered during the groundbreaking for the drive-in. And when the police connect the murder weapon to ACB, she becomes the prime suspect in eighty-sixing Nick. With the fate of her innocent friend and her business on the line, Trixie must make the guilty party pay up before someone else gets stiffed….

Includes Delicious Home-Style Recipes!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Trixie Matkowski owns the Silver Bullet Diner and summer rental cottages. She also has a bit of land that came in handy when her friend’s significant other is found in a shallow grave. Antoinette Chloe Brown, or ACB for short, owns a restaurant in town and she wants to build a drive-in on land next to Trixie’s. Her biker boyfriend, Nick, has taken off without a word to anyone, her ex-husband, the boyfriend’s brother, is rotting in jail, and she is organizing a beauty pageant, so why not jump in with both feet to another venture. She is so worried about Nick she asks Trixie to help her find him but he turns up before they do much looking. His body is discovered during the groundbreaking for the drive-in and there is enough evidence at the scene to arrest ACB and haul her off to jail.

What follows next is a nifty mystery served up with a bowlful of humor. ACB and her colorful mumus and fascinations just crack me up. Seeing her in a motorcycle sidecar must be a hoot! She and Trixie are the best of friends. Trixie even put up the bail to get her out of jail. She also let her move right into her house. The antics of these two are absolutely hilarious but Trixie does keep them on track as they try to find the real killer.

I have grown comfortable with these characters and I appreciate the comfort food served at the Silver Bullet. I don’t know how I got behind on this series but that will be remedied soon. I am so glad I started Flashback Friday to help me catch up on great series like this one. Macaroni and Freeze has moved to the top of the To-Be-Read stack and It’s A Wonderful Knife comes out February 2.

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Death of a Brooklyn Landlord
by Susan Russo Anderson

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Death of a Brooklyn Landlord:
A Lorraine McDuffy Mystery

Suspense – Woman Sleuths
Setting – New York
Self Published
Publication Date: December 23, 2015
Print Length: 319 pages
ASIN: B017KORLJG

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A Mystery, A Kidnapping, A Missing Mom … The First Book in a NEW Spinoff Series!

Synopsis

When newly widowed Lorraine McDuffy gets a call in the middle of the night, it’s not the ghost of her dead husband on the line, but the trembling voice of an old flame, Frank Rizzo, a local butcher. He’s found the battered body of rent-gouging Brooklyn landlord Viktor Charnov. Felled by blunt trauma to the back of his head, the victim lies in the fetal position in the back of Frank’s shop, a pork chop clenched between his teeth. The distraught butcher asks Lorraine to investigate.

As the story moves through the entangled web left behind by the landlord’s evil dealings, Lorraine searches for Viktor’s estranged wife as well as a missing teen with ties to the landlord, believed to have jumped in despair from the Brooklyn Bridge two months earlier. Along the way, Lorraine spars with Detective First Grade Jane Templeton and cares for the victim’s ten-year-old son, baseball-loving Joey Charnov, while she searches for his mother. And despite her guilt, Lorraine and Frank deepen their relationship in fits and starts.

If you’re a fan of Fina Fitzgibbons and her crew, you’ll recognize the main characters in this new series—Lorraine McDuffy, Fina’s mother-in-law and protagonist in charge of the Fina Fitzgibbons Detective Agency while Fina and Denny are on their honeymoon; detectives Jane Templeton and Willoughby, her partner Minnie, admin assistant at Lucy’s and now taking on a greater role in the agency; Cookie and her husband, Clancy; and a newcomer, Fina’s estranged father, Paddy Fitzgibbons, who creates his own boozy havoc as he tangles with Lorraine and Cookie.

Dollycas’s Thouughts

Fina and Denny are on their honeymoon so Lorraine takes over the business until they get back. Her first case hits close to home when she gets a call Frank Rizzo, a local butcher and an old flame. He has a dead body in his shop and it happens to be his landlord who just doubled his rent. Lorraine rushes to his side to check things out for herself, and then she calls him a lawyer, and then she calls detective Jane Templeton. Fina’s detective agency begins to work side by side with the police due to a shortage of man hours. They find this case may also tie in to a case of a missing teenager.

I am just amazed at how many stories contain a thread about suicide. Since my son took his life last March it seems to pop up in so many of the stories I read. Maybe it was there before but I am hypersensitive to it now. In this story it was minor enough not to make me put the book down and walk away but it still gave me pause.

I like Lorraine, she is moving on with her life after her husband’s passing and throws herself into this investigation. She stands up to the power that be and is able to care for the victims 10 year old son while she tries to find his mother. The case takes her in many directions but she is able to stay focused. Fina’s father plays a major role in the story and for me the jury is still out on him. I am not sure if his intentions are true and he still has a lot to work out to get his life on track. Like in the main series the police detectives drive me crazy.  The relationship between Lorraine and Frank surprised me as things heat up pretty quickly.

I am not sure if a story like this could take place in real life. The police are basically led around by the nose by the private investigators, but it sure does make for some entertaining reading. I am also concerned about the overlap in characters from the main series and this spin off. It will be interesting to see how this set of stories moves forward.

The story can read as a stand alone but reading the original stories will help you keep track of the vast number of characters.

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About The Author

Susan Russo Anderson is a writer, a mother, a member of Sisters in Crime, a graduate of Marquette University. She’s taught language arts and creative writing, worked for a publisher, an airline, an opera company. Like Faulkner’s Dilsey, she’s seen the best and the worst, the first and the last. Through it all, and to understand it somewhat, she writes. Too Quiet in Brooklyn, the first book in the Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn mystery series, published December 2013. The second book in the series, Missing Brandy, about a missing teen, published September 2014, and Whiskey’s Gone, about the abduction of a single mom, completes a trilogy.  Fina’s fourth book, THE BROOKLYN DROP, published August 2015.

 

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Dec 182015
 

It has been a rough year and I will admit that when this book came for review I took one look at the cover and decided to wait to read it. I usually watch all he Christmas movies and really get into the Christmas Spirit. This year I am just dreading it without Kris.  Losing a child at any age is hard but losing your oldest child, an adult, who leaves behind a child, to suicide has really shaken me to my core. Last Friday evening I needed a book to read and this one was right there on the shelf and I thought, O.K. let’s try it. I made it through and thank you Vicki Delany for a wonderful story. Read below for my review.

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A Year-Round Christmas Mystery

Brand New Series
Setting – New York
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (November 3, 2015)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Cover Illustration by Julia Green
Cover Design by Sarah Oberrender
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
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In Rudolph, New York, it’s Christmastime all year long. But this December, while the snow-lined streets seem merry and bright, a murder is about to ruin everyone’s holiday cheer…

As the owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, Merry Wilkinson knows how to decorate homes for the holidays. That’s why she thinks her float in the semi-annual Santa Claus parade is a shoe-in for best in show. But when the tractor pulling Merry’s float is sabotaged, she has to face facts: there’s a Scrooge in Christmas Town.

Merry isn’t ready to point fingers, especially with a journalist in town writing a puff piece about Rudolph’s Christmas spirit. But when she stumbles upon the reporter’s body on a late night dog walk—and police suspect he was poisoned by a gingerbread cookie crafted by her best friend, Vicky—Merry will have to put down the jingle bells and figure out who’s really been grinching about town, before Vicky ends up on Santa’s naughty list…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

First things first, look at that gorgeous cover. I like to mention the artist and cover designers because the cozy covers are so incredible. This time Sarah Oberrender has taken my breath away. From the snow lined window to the puppy in the front, I don’t know how anyone could resist buying this paperback even before thinking about the fantastic story inside.

Vicki Delany takes us to Rudolph, New York. A year round Christmas Town that is such a joy to visit. That is until a dead body is found and word gets out. The cancellations to the local hotels, inns and B&B’s start before you can say Jack Frost. A series of troubling events takes place and Merry knows there will be no Merry Christmas in Rudolph until the Grinch is caught.

Merry Wilkerson, who happens to have sisters named Eve and Carol is a marvelous protagonist. Her shop Mrs. Claus’s Treasures is right in the heart of Rudolph so she is right on top of everything happening. Her dad being the former mayor and the local Santa Claus has his connections too. She knows her friend Vicky had nothing to do with the murder, she just has to prove it.  She is strong, smart, and feisty.

What I really like about this story is the way the town pulls together with the exception of whoever is trying to destroy the reputation and credibility of this great tourist attraction. Even Betty than owns the store next to Vicky.  She may not be the nicest person but would she sabotage the whole town? A new resident to Rudolph, Detective Diane Simmonds, is one of my favorite characters. I think and hope that she and Merry will become good friends.  All the residents of Rudolph are very real and engaging, each in their own way, including Merry’s adorable St.Bernard pup named Mattie.

Delaney has given us a story full of holiday cheer, an exciting mystery, wondrous characters all in a place I would love to really visit. It’s charm just lit up my day. This is one mystery you shouldn’t miss this holiday season.

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

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Dec 102015
 

dorothy parker drank hereDorothy Parker Drank Here
Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Setting – New York
The Berkley Publishing Group – December 1, 2015
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The acid-tongued Dorothy Parker is back and haunting the halls of the Algonquin with her piercing wit, audacious voice, and unexpectedly tender wisdom.

Heavenly peace? No, thank you. Dorothy Parker would rather wander the famous halls of the Algonquin Hotel, drink in hand, searching for someone, anyone, who will keep her company on this side of eternity.

After forty years she thinks she’s found the perfect candidate in Ted Shriver, a brilliant literary voice of the 1970s, silenced early in a promising career by a devastating plagiarism scandal. Now a prickly recluse, he hides away in the old hotel slowly dying of cancer, which he refuses to treat. If she can just convince him to sign the infamous guestbook of Percy Coates, Dorothy Parker might be able to persuade the jaded writer to spurn the white light with her. Ted, however, might be the only person living or dead who’s more stubborn than Parker, and he rejects her proposal outright.

When a young, ambitious TV producer, Norah Wolfe, enters the hotel in search of Ted Shriver, Parker sees another opportunity to get what she wants. Instead, she and Norah manage to uncover such startling secrets about Ted’s past that the future changes for all of them.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

All of Dorothy Parker’s friends and enemies see the white light and follow it quite quickly to the great beyond. Not Dorothy, she plans to stick around as long as she can but she does get lonely. Enter Ted Shriver who has come to the Algonquin Hotel to meet his maker. His writing career ended years ago when he was accused of plagiarism. He has nobody to stick around for, he just wants to be left alone to die, but Dorothy has other ideas.

This is the second book Ellen Meister has wrote featuring the one of a kind Dorothy Parker. Each book stands on its own and are fantastic reads. She has captured the woman to a tee and throw in plenty of Dorothy’s zingers that I just loved.

Dorothy Parker was a formidable woman in her time and the perfect leading lady/ghost. If you happen tosee her across the room or walking down the street you would never know she was a spirit. Her clothes have come around and are back in style. She does have a few limits as to where she can go and when but you have to read the book to find out those details.

As in the first book, Dorothy’s appearance does alter the world around her and the people she meets. Meister fills the story with twists, turns, humor and a lot of heart.  Parker’s fearlessness shines in these pages. The secondary character of Ted Shriver and TV producer, Norah Wolfe are both strong characters too. Dorothy brings everyone together as only she can. Things are not easy but Dorothy doesn’t give up.

Caution – have a tissue handy for the ending.

This was a really quick read for me. I was totally engaged the whole entire way.

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Making Characters Interesting
by Karoline Barrett

Hi everyone! Excited to be here today to talk about writing. Recently, on a Facebook author event I participated in, I was asked how I keep the characters in my Bread & Batter cozy mystery series interesting and unique. That’s a good question, because writers want their characters to be interesting. If they aren’t, then chances are readers aren’t going to stick with your books, no matter how riveting the mystery part is. For me, the charactes are at least as important as the mystery. That’s especially true in a series where you have many of the same people coming back.

I’ll share with you a few ways that I try and make my characters people you’d want as your best friends, not to mention people you’d want beside you if a dead body popped up!

1. I don’t read other cozy mystery writers’ books (despite how much I love them) while I’m writing. I don’t want my writing voice, or my characters voices, suddenly sounding like someone else’s! I also don’t want my plot sounding like someoneone else’s. I know there are only so many ideas out there, but why tempt fate. One of my favorite quotes, and I wish I remembered where I heard this, is, “The only person who had an original idea was Adam.” So, while I do love reading, I wait until I’m between books to do so, that way I can give my brain a chance to clear before I resume writing.

BUN FOR YOUR LIFE2. I get to know my characters before I begin writing. By the time I start writing Chapter One, I’m familiar with them. I don’t need to wonder what their favorite color might be, or what their hobbies are, of whether or not they’re shy, or afraid of spiders, or commitment, etcetera. This includes secondary characters, too. If it’s a character who is only appearing in one book, I may not do an in-depth character analysis, but I do have some idea who they are, and why they act they way they do.

3. I throw problems at them. They’re in the book for a reason, so they need to do something other than stand around looking pretty.

4. I write subplots involving my secondary characters. I find subplots add an extra layer to the story.

5. I let my characters change their minds. Just because my protagonist, Molly Tyler, is a vegetarian doesn’t meant that someday she won’t nibble on a drumstick.

6. I make sure my characters grow and change. One of my favorite authors writes a wonderful series (I won’t name names, but think numbers) and her main character (again, no names, but her last name rhymes with thumb), has been trying to decide between the two men in her life for I don’t know how long. Very frustrating not to have this character grow and change in some way re. these men. (Personally, I vote for Morelli). By the way, if you’re wondering who he is you don’t know what you’re missing, contact me, and I’ll tell you all about it!

7. Nothing more boring than perfect characters. I like quirks and imperfections readers can identify with.

And that’s how I try and make my characters interesting and unique!

~Karoline

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BUN FOR YOUR LIFEBun for Your Life
(A Bread and Batter Mystery)

Publisher: InterMix (November 17, 2015)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Cozy Mystery
Setting – New York
Print Length: 245 pages
ASIN: B00PHV81DK
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Two bakery owners get mixed up with murder in the first adventure in the all-new Bread and Batter Mystery series…
 
As the co-owners of Bread and Batter Bakery in Destiny, New York, Molly Tyler and Olivia Williams have plenty on their plates. Molly is recently divorced and looking for a place to live, but they’re also both preparing for Destiny’s annual Apple Harvest Fair. The bakery has a booth where they’ll be selling not only delicious cupcakes and cider doughnuts, but also tote bags and t-shirts emblazoned with the bakery’s logo.

Tensions rise at the fair when local orchard owner Calista Danforth discovers organizers have assigned her usual booth to Bread and Batter. Although a heated argument ensues between her and Molly, the bakery manages to rake in lots of dough. But when Calista is found strangled to death with one of their t-shirts, Molly is named the prime suspect. Now these two friends must whip up some answers quickly before the future of their business crumbles…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This series is off to a spectacular start!

Molly Tyler and Olivia Williams own and operate the Bread and Batter Bakery. It is time for Destiny, New York’s, Apple Harvest Fair and the girls are excited to have a prime spot for their booth. They had no idea the spot had always belonged to Calista Danforth. Calista was in quite a tizzy when she learned she would not be premiering her new Calista Sugar Pink apple in her usual space. She and Molly have quite an argument that happens to be witnessed by the wrong person. It isn’t until after Calista’s body is found strangled by a Bread and Batter t-shirt that Molly learns he is Detective Sean Corsino and he has just been hired by the Destiny Police Department, She also learns she is his prime  suspect.

The characters are fleshed out and real. Molly and her ex are still friends, in fact they have moments when they still love each other except not at the same time, and he already has a new girlfriend. Molly is still close with his family. Olivia holds things together at the Bakery while Molly blazes a trail to find the killer. Detective Sean Corsino knows she’s investigating and tries to keep her out of trouble but when he needs to leave town for a few days things go to hell in a hand basket and a very unsuspected person saves the day.  Sean also has an adorable basset hound named Beau.

This story was action from start to finish. I easily read it all in one sitting. There were many suspects, not just Molly, which the good detective soon realized. The final twist was so great. Love, Love, Loved it! A perfect recipe for a cozy mystery –  picturesque small town, entertaining characters, and doughnuts!

Bun for Your Life was truly a fun read.  A “dramedy” with just a little romantic tension. I can’t wait for book #2.

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About The Author –

After having several short stories published, I decided to tackle novel writing a few years ago. My first book, The Art of Being Rebekkah, is women’s fiction. Since the genre I love is mystery, my agent suggested I write one. I’m so glad she did! I recently signed with Penguin/Intermix for my Bread and Batter cozy mystery series. The first two books, Bun For Your Life and Raisin The Dead, coming soon!

I’ve live in lots of different places during my life. At the moment, I’m in a small Connecticut town with my husband. When I’m not writing, I’m either reading, spending time by the water, traveling, indulging in social media, accompanying above-mentioned husband to New York Yankees games, or doing anything that does not involve math.

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Nov 142015
 

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I am happy to welcome Victoria Thompson/Maeve to Escape With Dollycas today! 

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MURDER ON ST. NICHOLAS AVENUE
by Victoria Thompson

While the cat’s away…

Sarah Brandt and Frank Malloy are enjoying their honeymoon, and while they’re away, their family and friends solve a mystery in MURDER ON ST. NICHOLAS AVENUE.  But let’s let one of them tell you all about it:

Hello!  I’m Maeve, Mrs. Brandt’s nanny, and the reason you’re hearing from me is that Mrs. Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy have gotten married and are in Europe on their honeymoon.  They left me in charge of the house and the children while they’re gone, so naturally when a lady came to our door just before Christmas looking for help, I couldn’t refuse.

A young bride had been accused of murdering her husband, but her mother was sure she was innocent.  I knew I couldn’t do this alone, so I asked Gino Donatelli for advice.  Gino is back with the New York City Police Department now that he’s home from the war in Cuba, and he’s kind of sweet on me, so he was glad to help. Then Mrs. Brandt’s mother got involved, although I’m still not sure how.  Mrs. Decker somehow always manages to get her way, though.  Then the next thing I know, Mr. Decker was involved, too. We started out just asking him for some advice, but he couldn’t let some young girl and an inexperienced policeman solve a murder on their own.  Even Mr. Malloy’s mother lent us a hand now and then.  It wasn’t easy, and a few times it was downright scary, but we managed to figure out who the real killer was.  When we were done, everything had changed, too.  When Mr. and Mrs. Malloy (Mrs. Brandt is Mrs. Malloy now) got home from Europe, they were really surprised and… Well, I don’t want to give anything away.  You’ll have to read Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue to find out.

You can find Victoria at www.victoriathompson.com. Follow her on Facebook or on Twitter @gaslightvt.

murder st nicholasMurder on St. Nicholas Avenue:
Gaslight Mystery

Historical Cozy Mystery
Setting – New York
18th in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (November 3, 2015)
An Imprint of Penguin Ransom House LLC
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425278970
E-Book ASIN: B00SI02ABQ
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The author of Murder on Amsterdam Avenue returns to nineteenth-century New York City to find Christmas in the air, a police detective and a midwife with love in their hearts, and a wealthy newlywed with blood on her hands…

Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy and Sarah Brandt are not the only ones who have recently tied the knot. Family friend Mrs. O’Neill was delighted when her daughter Una wed the seemingly wealthy and charming Randolph Pollock. She didn’t wonder why such an affluent man would want to marry a poor Irish girl, no matter how pretty she was. But now Mrs. O’Neill has a problem.

Pollock’s servants have found their employer bludgeoned to death with Una cradling his body. Rendered mute by the horror of her husband’s death, Una cannot explain what happened, so the police have charged her with murder and locked her away in the Tombs to await trial.

Mrs. O’Neill would like Frank to investigate the case and save Una, yet with Frank and Sarah still on their honeymoon, it’s up to the other members of their newly formed household to do some detective work. But solving the mystery behind Pollock’s death means first discovering the truth about who he really is…

 

About The Author

Victoria Thompson writes the Agatha and Edgar® Nominated Gaslight Mystery Series, set in turn-of-the-century New York City featuring midwife Sarah Brandt.  The 18th book in the series is set in turn-of-the-century New York City featuring midwife Sarah Brandt.   She also contributed to the award winning MANY GENRES/ONE CRAFT. Victoria teaches in the Seton Hill University MFA program in writing popular fiction. She lives in Central PA with her husband and a very spoiled little dog. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and Novelists, Inc.

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Nov 052015
 

OLIVE AND LET DIE
Olive and Let Die
(A Greek to Me Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – New York
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (November 3, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0425271667
ASIN: B00SI027QY
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The second Greek to Me Mystery from the author of Feta Attraction

As manager of the Bonaparte House, a historic landmark and Greek restaurant in upstate New York, Georgie Nikolopatos knows her local legends—and her traditional Greek recipes are to die for.

Between her soon-to-be ex-husband Spiro coming out of the closet and her budding romance with Captain Jack Conway, Georgie’s life is beginning to feel like a soap opera. And that’s before a surprise visit from her estranged mother Shirley, better known as soap star Melanie Ashley. But the dramatic family reunion takes a chilling turn when another long-lost relative turns up dead.

Just outside Spiro’s new restaurant, Georgie and Melanie find the body of Doreen Webber—a cousin Georgie never knew she had. With Spiro’s partner Inky on the list of suspects, Georgie begins to wonder what else her mother may be hiding. Is the dead-broke diva capable of murder? She’d better find out before someone adds a new twist to the family plot.

Includes delicious Greek recipes!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Susannah has cooked up quite a sequel to her Feta Attraction.

Georgie Nikolopatos manages a Greek restaurant with her mother-in-law. Her soon to be ex-husband is renovating a place for him and his partner to run. Soon Georgie will be able to let her new romance go public.  But all that fades to the background when a soap opera star, Melanie Ashley, shows up in town. Georgie recognizes her as the mother she hasn’t seen in years. When another family member is found dead on the docks Georgie thinks her mother may be a murderer.

The story had a bit of a slow beginning for me but once it picked up it was impossible to put this book down. This was the latest book to leave me with a “book hangover”. I stayed up late to finish the whole thing! Like Feta Attraction Hardy packs this story full of drama.

An intricate plot with ancestral secrets galore. Georgie had no idea about her family history on her mother’s side. Will the truth set her free or put her in danger as well?

The characters are richly written and continue to grow. The introduction of a complex woman like Shirley/Melanie gave the story depth. I enjoyed learning more of Georgie’s past and how it reflects in the woman she is today and her relationship with her mother-in-law.

A wonderful cozy mystery. It can be read as a stand alone but recommend reading Feta Attraction first.

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Susannah

About This Author

Susannah Hardy thinks she has the best job in the world: making up stories and inventing recipes to go along with them. A native of northern New York, where she attended St. Lawrence University, Susannah now lives in Connecticut with her husband, teenaged son, and Elvira the Wonder Cat.

Author Links

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Susannah-Hardy/111056935644467

@susannahhardy1

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Visit each stop for more chances to win a copy!

Tour Participants

November 3 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – Review
November 4 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review, Guest Post
November 5 – Community Bookstop – Review
November 6 – Back Porchervations – Review
November 7 – Griperang’s Bookmarks – Review, Interview
November 8 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy,  &, Sissy, Too ! – Review
November 9 – A Chick Who Reads – Review
November 10 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Review, Guest Post
November 11 – fuonlyknew – Review
November 12 – Books Are Life – Vita Libri – Review

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.”

Oct 302015
 

just for fun 2015

Earlier this month I received an invite to review Ellen Meister’s new book, Dorothy Parker Drank Here. I read the synopsis and thought it sounded like one I would enjoy. Later that evening I was straightening my jam packed  To Be Read bookshelf and I found a hard cover copy of Meister’s Farewell Dorothy Parker with a Post-it note on the cover saying MUST READ ASAP. The only thing I can think of is it was put on the wrong shelf and then buried by books that arrived after.

Moral of the story: It’s not such a bad thing for your grandkids to rearrange your books so that you need to put things back in order after they go home.

I found several books I forgot I even had and my TBR spreadsheet is all updated! This book was an easy choice to read JUST FOR FUN!

FAREWELL DOROTHY PARKER

Hardcover Edition

Farewell, Dorothy Parker
G.P. Putnam’s Sons (February 21, 2013)
Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Setting – New York
Published by The Penguin Group
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0399159077
Paperback: 356 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425264713
E-Book ASIN: B008ON45LA
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What if inspiration came to visit…and wouldn’t leave?

When it comes to movie reviews, critic Violet Epps is a powerhouse voice. But that’s only because she’s learned to channel her literary hero, Dorothy Parker, the most celebrated and scathing wit of the 20th century.

If only Violet could summon that kind of courage in her personal life.

Determined to defeat her social anxiety, Violet visits the Algonquin Hotel to pull strength from the hallowed dining room, where Dorothy Parker and so many other famous writers of the 1920s traded barbs. But she gets more than she bargained for when Dorothy Parker’s feisty spirit rematerializes from an ancient guestbook and hitches a ride onto her life.

Violet is shocked and thrilled to be face-to-face with her idol, but when the gin-swilling writer takes up residence in her home and grows pricklier and more outspoken by the day, the timid movie critic is pushed to her limit. With her job threatened, her new relationship in tatters, and the custody fight for her orphaned niece in jeopardy, Violet is forced to face her fears …and she makes sure Mrs. Parker does the same.

Wickedly funny and surprisingly poignant, Farewell, Dorothy Parker perfectly re-imagines one of America’s most iconic voices in a captivating and unforgettable tale.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Algonquin Round Table Mysteries by J.J. Murphy published a few years ago rekindled my love for Dorothy Parker so I knew this would be a perfect read for me. 

Violet Epps has no problem voicing her opinions in print but she is much more timid face to face. Very unlike her hero Dorthy Parker. Violet wishes she could be as feisty and brash as dear Dorothy. Hoping a little Dorothy Parker will rub off on her she visits Algonquin Hotel, the place Parker and the Vicious Circle used to meet daily.  While there the manager shares an treasured guest book with her. Inside were the signatures like Robert BenchleyGeorge S. KaufmanDorothy Parker and more.  Violet unintentionally ends up leaving with the guest book in her purse. Little did she know she had Dorothy’s spirit as well.

This truly was a fun and entertaining read but it had some sobering moments as well. Violet’s sister and her husband were killed in a car accident and she is fighting to gain custody of her niece. Violet needs to be on her very best behavior and follow the judges orders and that isn’t always easy but having an outspoken and sometimes overly friendly ghost nearby makes things even more difficult. It also creates havoc at work and in Violet’s romantic life.

Ellen Meister has brought the Vanity Fair writer to life in a very interesting way. I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next and cringing when Dorothy really crossed the line. The relationship between these two ladies had me laughing out loud and crying a little too, forgetting that while she could be seen by others, Dorothy was just a spirit and they couldn’t stay together forever. A spirit the helped Violet find her own voice and exceed her own expectations.

Farewell Dorothy Parker is a well researched fiction story and the author admits she has taken some liberties to write the book she had been dreaming of writing. Meister has captured Parker’s wit and sense of humor perfectly.

I don’t care what is written about me so long as it isn’t true.

~Dorothy Parker

I think she would love this book!!

 

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You can find out all about Ellen and her books on her webpage here.

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Sep 222015
 
My turn today on The Brooklyn Drop Great Escapes Book Tour!

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The Brooklyn Drop
by Susan Russo Anderson

COVER BROOKLYN DROPThe Brooklyn Drop
(A Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn Mystery)

Suspense Mystery
4th Book in Series
Mystery/Suspense
Setting – New York
File Size: 422 KB
Print Length: 267 pages
Publication Date: August 15, 2015
ASIN: B00Z8N2WCI
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In the middle of a wintry night, private investigator Fina Fitzgibbons finds Lorraine’s friend, Phyllida Oxley, slumped over her dining room table, the victim of memory-impairing date rape drugs. When her condition goes from poor to comatose, her distraught fifteen-year-old granddaughter, Kat Oxley disappears. Meanwhile, Fina’s agency is busy surveilling a  in Bensonhurst suspected of human trafficking, and Fina’s father reappears to throw a wrench into her relationship with NYPD Patrol Officer Denny McDuffy. As Fina frantically searches for the missing teen, she uncovers the truth behind the traffickers, but they have a surprise waiting for her in the not-so-friendly skies.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Fina Fitzgibbons in one busy lady, she runs a cleaning business and is a private investigator. In this installment Lorraine calls her for help when she finds that one of her friends, Phyllida Oxley, has been violated. She is still alive but soon after arriving at the hospital she falls into a coma. Phyllida has custody of her fifteen-year-old granddaughter, Kat, who disappears after her grandmother’s attack. Fina is on the case to find both Kat and the person responsible for Phyllida’s condition. Fina’s agency also has a case watching a Bensonhurst massage parlor who may be involved in human trafficking. If that isn’t enough Fina’s father has returned and it is driving a wedge between Fina and Denny.

Again I have trouble believing Fina to be in her early 20’s. She is definitely wise beyond her years. The police just drive me crazy.  Detective First Grade Jane Templeton wants Fina to be wrong so bad that it effects her own investigation. Denny, NYPD patrol officer, is caught in the middle of everything. The author also treats us to a dysfunctional family that you have to read to believe. All the characters are fleshed out and real.

This story reminds me of a television drama. The author has us completely tuned in and on the edge of our seats as the mystery plays out. Her descriptive way of writing paints pictures of people and places so vividly. There many layers that interconnect and mesh together throughout the book. The plot-lines build and soon reach a point where you will be unable to put it down so plan accordingly.

This is the fourth book in the series but the author supplies enough background for it to standalone. I still need to go back and read books 2 and 3 myself. I hope to be able to do that before Fina’s next investigation.

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susanAbout This Author

Susan Russo Anderson is a writer, a mother, a member of Sisters in Crime, a graduate of Marquette University. She’s taught language arts and creative writing, worked for a publisher, an airline, an opera company. Like Faulkner’s Dilsey, she’s seen the best and the worst, the first and the last. Through it all, and to understand it somewhat, she writes. Too Quiet in Brooklyn, the first book in the Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn mystery series, published December 2013. The second book in the series, Missing Brandy, about a missing teen, published September 2014, and Whiskey’s Gone, about the abduction of a single mom, completes a trilogy. The working title of the fourth is Dead in Brooklyn.

 

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Twitter @SusanRussoAnder

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