Mar 162017
 

Beginner’s Luck
by Corinne Scott

This book was great full of adventure and angst of all sorts…
~Community Bookstop

If you enjoy romantic suspense with a bit of heat and Irish brogue, you’ll enjoy BEGINNER’S LUCK and may just have found a new series.
~Christa Reads and Writes

Beginner’s Luck (The O’Briens Book 1)
Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Setting – New York

Camel Press (November 1, 2016)
Paperback: 232 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1603813815
ASIN: B01MAXTV1R

 

As eldest son, Eoin O’Brien is expected to take over the management of his family pub, the Lion O’Brien in the Bronx. Despite his da’s disapproval, he has achieved his dream of becoming a police detective. He also longs to have a family, but his wife Vivian left him three years ago to pursue her own dreams of working in an art gallery.

Now Vivian is back from California. When the gallery where she works is robbed and vandalized, their paths cross again. It turns out the attack on the gallery was personal. After Vivian is almost run down by a car, it is clear that she herself is the target, though she can’t think of anyone who would wish her harm. Eoin and Vivian circle each other warily, each feeling the pull of the past and their still powerful attraction. But there will be no easy reconciliation. First she find a way back into the O’Brien family’s good graces. Eoin, in turn, sees that he is partly to blame for her flight. Like his father, he is too quick to anger, too domineering. He must learn to give the independent Vivian her space. But above all, he has sworn to protect her. And if he gives her too much space, she may end up dead.

Says Corinne, “My first time in a New York Irish pub, I was struck by the strong feeling of family and tradition. And so the idea of the O’Briens was born. I could picture this big Irish family pouring drinks and sharing stories, all with an adorable brogue. They seemed so real I had to make them come to life.”

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Eoin O’Brien and his wife Vivian married very early in their relationship so that Eoin could get a green card and follow his dream to join the NYPD. Three years ago she left their marriage behind to follow her own dream of working in an art gallery. Now she is back in New York and guess who happens to answer the call when her gallery is robbed? None other than new detective Eoin O’Brien. The attraction is still there but is it enough for a reconciliation? Can than get past all the obstacles in their way?

Sometimes I just need to venture out of my cozy world for something a little steamy. I am not much of a romance reader but when you tangle romance with some mystery and suspense I am all in.

Having a little Irish in my make up and with tomorrow being St. Patrick’s Day, it was the perfect time to read this book.

The O’Brien family immigrated to America when Eoin was just 4 years old and opened their own Irish Pub. Their family grew and while Eoin’s father expected the eldest son to follow tradition and take over the pub when he was ready to retire Eoin has other ideas. His father didn’t take this well and their Irish tempers exploded often about this subject. When Eoin married Vivian and joined the police force their relationship became even more strained. In true fashion, his mother was the peacemaker. His brothers and sister were able to choose their careers, one even wants to run the pub. But there is still a cloud over this father and his eldest son.

Ms. Scott has created vivid characters I cared about right away. She took us deeper into their lives as the story progressed that made them so real. The Irish brogue made them even better. She allowed us to take a seat at the bar and enjoy the pub atmosphere and even the occasional fight. Eoin’s parents really warmed my heart as they both reminded me of my own parents. His father’s stubbornness and mother’s mostly gentle, sometimes forceful, prodding felt genuine and exactly like the home I grew up in. The sibling rivalry was very well written too. Makes me wonder if the author drew from her own life.

The romantic tension between Vivian and Eoin was strong and a few scenes absolutely sizzled. Situations continued to test them and at some points their pain just oozed of the pages.

I was impressed by the mystery. It was very balanced with the romance. Handled aptly by the police it was not easy for them to solve and had me perplexed several times. I thought I knew the “who” but the “why” was not adding up. It turned out I was only partly right when the entire story concluded. The ending had an suspenseful edge of your seat moment that I absolutely loved.

I am excited that this is going to be a series. I love this family. I wonder which O’Brien will be the star of the next story……

Dollycas

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 *Book contains adult language and scenes.

Corinne Scott was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. Her parents were teachers, so of course she grew up to be a teacher as well, proving that the apple does not fall too far from the tree. Corinne has a bachelor’s degree from Texas State University and a master’s from the University of North Texas. She is passionate about books, which led her to her current occupation as a librarian and author. For more information and links to social media, click here.

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Mar 042017
 


Can’t Buy Forever by Susan Laffoon
Contemporary Fiction
Page Publishing, Inc. (May 17, 2015)
Paperback: 218 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1681393742
Kindle ASIN: B01MUVA2LV

In the early 1950s, Odessa Drake (Dessa) is rescued from a bleak existence with a single mother. She takes a chance on the unknown to work in a boarding house owned by a widowed great aunt in Mineville, New York. Dessa is devoted to Aunt Flo and especially a young man, Nicholas, who appears and takes shelter in the attic, the only available space. Four years pass. She looks forward to each day because of his presence, in spite of the tedious work.

Dessa is now eighteen and knows little more of Nicholas than the day he arrived to work the mines. She knows only he is a remarkable man who has a limp and she trusts Nicholas explicitly. There is a familiarity both recognize and an unshakeable bond develops. Nicholas has reasons to keep his past buried. Dangers loom and become evident when Nicholas gets too close and exposes their bond. What is the mystery behind this threat? To discover the answer, they escape by railway heading West, colliding with treachery and uncovering secrets, mile by mile. Their journey is impossible, but, they are supported by friends who risk their lives to make sure a great love and lineage is preserved. Or is it? None will forget their odyssey as they proceed to their destiny farther than they imagined.

About The Author

Susan Laffoon knows whereof she writes having been raised in Glens Falls, in upstate New York. There, the Hudson River and the boulders that lie in its path, is Cooper’s Cave, a hide-a-way made famous in James Fedimore Cooper’s novel, ‘Drums Along The Mohawk.’ She visited this impressive attraction often growing up and listened to the rushing waters that echoed in the cave. There she decided to one day write romantic adventures. Thus as a young girl, while friends played with dolls, she imagined and scribbled stories of adventure to escape childhood responsibilities and unhappiness. She continued to journal through the years occupied with her husband, Gregg, and seven children. It was discovered her love of storytelling was predisposed from a Scandinavian father who died young, a journalist for the Denver Post, a half century earlier. This passion is being fulfilled by his daughter, since putting aside her stethoscope and career as a registered nurse. “Writing has always been in the shadow of my heart.”


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Feb 182017
 

The last book in this series, Drawing Blood,
received my Paradise Rating last year.

This one is just as good, maybe even better!



The Drawing Game (A Sketch in Crime Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – New York
Gatekeeper Press (February 6, 2017)
Paperback: 300 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1619845725
Kindle ASIN: B01N3CM6P1

 

Synopsis

A lover of all things green, CeCe Prentice is not impressed when a fully-sustainable development, Green Acres, pops up next to her family’s homestead. It’s not so much the ridiculous price tag of the million dollar homes built entirely from re-usable materials and powered by the sun, but rather the new neighbors who think they can simply buy a green lifestyle.

To make matters worse, one homeowner turns out to be CeCe’s high school nemesis, Phoebe Purcell, a hair-tossing vamp who tried to break up CeCe and her long-time boyfriend, Charlie.

Already disillusioned by the so-called eco-friendly development, CeCe’s family home is threatened when a series of power-outages at Green Acres kicks off a rash of home invasions. When neighbors start showing up dead, the mood at Green Acres turns south. But when Charlie, CeCe’s on-again, off-again love interest is implicated in the murders, CeCe springs into action when she discovers the only clue – a portrait she painted years ago.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

CeCe Prentice and her friends, Charlie, and Katrina have a unique lifestyle, they are “freegans“. The grow their own food, dumpster dive for things they don’t grow, and visit thrift stores for other things they need. They try to lives their lives as green as possible. Which is one of the reason they are in her mother’s basement during a power outage. Katrina recently gave birth to baby boy Roon, but all they have are girl clothes, so they head to the basement to find some boy clothes. Before they find what they are looking for the lights go out. This is not the first time that has happened. Since the new eco-development was built next door, it is happening a lot. Ten homes costing over a million dollars each that are supposed to be powered by the sun should not be draining power from other houses. As Cece soon learns, the houses in Green Acres are having the same blackouts and there have even been some home invasions. When a neighbor is found dead things get even darker. When Charlie is pinned as the prime suspect in the murder Cece gets caught between helping her friend or standing by her man, Detective Frank DeRosa. She finds herself trying to help them both.

First, the title to the book is beyond perfect and even the cover has a clue, at least for me.

Simon Fletcher is the developer of Green Acres and he has built the homes with all the latest technology for his fully-sustainable subdivision. Unfortunately all that technology did not keep someone from killing him.

The author gives us a great bunch of suspects. People who were unhappy with the things going wrong in their new homes, his wife, his employees, a bunch of neighborhood kids and even Charlie who was working on a new high tech application with him.

CeCe also knew the man because she had painted a portrait of his wife. She may have even seen the killer from the basement window, but she can’t picture the face good enough to actually draw it. When another witness comes forward Frank asks CeCe to work with them to come up with a sketch both because of her unique talent and because it may spark hew own memory. She has a hyper sense of observation that enables her to catch clues even the good detective missed.

Deirdre Verne takes these characters and intertwines their lives together to give us an outstanding and complex mystery. One that had me paying close attention and glued to the pages. I tried to read it all in one evening but my eyes just would not cooperate. I woke up the next morning mad that I had to work and could not finish it right away. I did grab it as soon as I could and was surprised and delighted with the way the book ended. That is when I realized, yes, the title and cover were absolutely perfect.

To get the most out of this story and the wonderful characters you really should read the three stories in order, but just knowing about “Freeganism” gives you a good start. The characters have grown quite a bit from the first book and are still evolving.

Suspense, drama, a little romance and a touch humor all come together to make this escape Paradise.

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About The Author

Deirdre Verne is the author of Drawing Conclusions (2015), Drawing Blood (Feb 2016) and The Drawing Game (Dec 2017). Deirdre’s interest in green living inspired her to create an off-the-grid character, CeCe Prentice, who Dumpster dives her way through the Sketch in Crime mystery series. “Verne’s mystery is a winner…” Kirkus Reviews.  A member of Sisters in Crime, Deirdre’s stories appear in all three NY chapter anthologies – Murder New York Style, Murder New York Style: Fresh Slices and Family Matters.

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This is a really interesting mystery with lots of twists and turns! It is well written with a brisk pace and lots of interesting characters.
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This was a unique read from the start. CeCe is interesting and complex as a character, and her voice is strong …
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Jan 182017
 

It is my absolute pleasure to Welcome Cleo Coyle back to Escape With Dollycas today!

DEAD COLD BREW AND NEWS FROM CLEO COYLE

Marc and I are excited to be visiting with you today. Special thanks to Dollycas for giving us this chance to tell you about our new Coffeehouse Mystery—and what we’re working on for the future.

It’s official. After 15 books, our amateur sleuth, coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi, finally becomes engaged to her boyfriend, NYPD Detective Mike Quinn. Our readers have been waiting for this moment for years. In Dead Cold Brew, it happens at last.

Unfortunately, the vintage coffee diamonds Mike slips on Clare’s finger open a Pandora’s box to a cold case murder that occurred sixty years before.

This chilling homicide took place in a stateroom of the SS Andrea Doria, a luxurious Italian ocean liner that tragically sank off the coast of Nantucket in 1956.

On board that ship was a gifted Italian artisan named Gus Campana, the jewelry designer who created Clare’s engagement ring. When Clare finds Gus poisoned behind his West Village workshop, she won’t rest until she uncovers who may have done it and why. Her search uncovers a decades-old family scandal, a charming jewel thief, a shocking inheritance, and a deadly adversary.

Best of all, Dead Cold Brew is embedded with twists, turns, and wonderful secrets about New York City that we’ve discovered over the years—from an exclusive room in the legendary 21 Club, to the underbelly of the city’s Diamond District, to a hidden train platform beneath the Waldorf-Astoria.

 

THE RECIPES!

Food is always a fun part of our Coffeehouse Mysteries, and we’ve included some of our favorite recipes in the appendix of Dead Cold Brew. A few were even inspired by Clare’s visit to New York’s famous 21 Club, a Prohibition-era restaurant that still serves movie stars and presidents. See descriptions and photos of these recipes and many more in our Free Recipe Guide. Print it out, and you have an instant, illustrated recipe section for your book.

Click here for our Free Recipe Guide.

 

If you are new to our Coffeehouse Mystery series, don’t hesitate to pick up Dead Cold Brew. Marc and I always strive to give new readers enough background to enjoy every book in our series as a stand-alone. And if you like it, you have 15 more in the series to enjoy.

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WHAT’S NEXT FOR CLEO COYLE?

For those of you wondering what’s next for Clare (and Cleo), we’re pleased to announce that we’ve already begun development on our 17th Coffeehouse Mystery with our longtime publisher, Berkley of Penguin Random House.

We’re also finishing up a new entry in our Haunted Bookshop Mystery series with Berkley, and we’ll be releasing fun, little excerpts from the book in our coming newsletters. The truth is we haven’t published a new Haunted Bookshop Mystery for several years—frankly, the reasons were personal (deaths in our families and health issues). Life happens, as they say, and it happens for writers too. We sincerely thank our readers and our publisher for their patience with us.

We assure you all, however, the “spirit” was always with us—and still is! We love Jack Shepard, our PI Ghost, and the young New England widow who runs the bookshop he haunts (both of whom we created way back in 2003) and we look forward to getting the unlikely duo back to work on perplexing criminal cases. The 6th title in the series, The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller, is scheduled for release next year. To learn more about our second mystery series, originally published under the name Alice Kimberly, visit the Haunted Bookshop page of our website by clicking here.

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Until we see you again, we hope you enjoy the books we’ve published thus far. We hope you’ll support our ongoing work by buying Dead Cold Brew—or borrowing it from your local library. We also hope you’ll stay in touch because we love to share new recipes, fun info, and videos on our website, Facebook page, and in our newsletters. May you always read with joy!

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About This Author

CLEO COYLE is the pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini.  CLEO COYLE grew up in a small town near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After earning scholarships to study writing at Carnegie Mellon and American Universities, she began her career as a cub reporter for The New York Times. Now an author of popular fiction and New York Times bestselling media tie-in writer, Cleo lives and works in New York, where she collaborates with her husband (also a bestselling author) to pen the Coffeehouse Mysteries for Penguin Random House. Together Cleo and her husband also write the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, originally published under the name Alice Kimberly. When not haunting coffeehouses, hunting ghosts, or rescuing stray cats, Cleo and Marc are bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for NBC, Lucasfilm, Disney, Fox, Imagine, and MGM. In their spare time they cook like crazy and drink a lot of java. You can learn more about Cleo, her husband, and the books they write by visiting www.CoffeehouseMystery.com.

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Dead Cold Brew
(A Coffeehouse Mystery)
16th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – New York
Publisher: Berkley (January 10, 2017)
Hardcover: 368 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425276112
E-Book ASIN: B01CZCW3BO
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Synopsis

From Cleo Coyle, the New York Times bestselling author of Dead to the Last Drop, comes a gripping new entry in the “highly satisfying”* Coffeehouse Mystery series. (*Publishers Weekly)

THE PERFECT PROPOSAL LEADS TO A CHILLING COLD CASE…

Coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi sheds tears of joy when her NYPD detective boyfriend surprises her with an engagement ring. But her bridal bliss is put on hold when a chilling mystery brings a wave of deadly danger to those she holds dear…

After everything Clare and Mike have been through, they deserve a little bit of happily ever after. So when Mike decides to put a ring on Clare’s finger, Clare’s eccentric octogenarian employer is there to help. She donates the perfect coffee-colored diamonds to include in the setting and the name of a world-famous jeweler who happens to be an old family friend. But while the engagement is steeped in perfection, the celebration is not long lived.

First, a grim-faced attorney interrupts their party with a mysterious letter bequeathing a strange, hidden treasure to Clare’s daughter. Next, the renowned jeweler who designed Clare’s ring is found poisoned in his shop. Both events appear to be connected to a cold case murder involving a sunken ship, an Italian curse, a suspiciously charming jewel thief, and a shocking family secret. With deadly trouble brewing, Clare must track down clues in some of New York’s most secret places before an old vendetta starts producing fresh corpses.

With recipes to die for, including how to make cold-brew coffee at home!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This series just keeps getting better and better!

In this installment the authors take us back in time to connect a present mystery to a very old mystery.  A jeweler is found unconscious and a letter is delivered that brings family secrets to light. What does a sunken ship and a precious jewel that supposedly went down with it have to do with the happenings today? All this just as Mike finally pops to question to Clare.  Congratulations are definitely in order but first Clare is on the trail trying to determine what it all means before more people end up dead.

Dead Cold Brew is the 16th installment in this long running series and it is still brewing at a fevered pitch. These characters are so strong, current and real. The drama starts with  an event that could be ripped from real life headlines. There is a sniper gunning down cops, thankfully only wounding them, but Mike’s unit is one of the group’s being targeted. Clare is also working with her ex Matt find on who targeted his godfather after he is found poisoned in his home. Clare fears the cases may be related.

The story is very fast paced, so many things are happening but these authors are pros, the drama does not overwhelm the reader.  We are drawn in a clues are solved and twists take us in different directions. I loved the way the history of Matt’s family is integral the the story. Clare is so close to her ex mother in law and the woman has been so generous to Clare it was wonderful to get some of her back story. There is also part of the story the reminds me of my son and that made the book extra special for me. All this together makes this an extremely hard book to put down.

I now have a new book that is my favorite in this series.

The special thing is that the authors give us plenty of details so no matter whether you have read this series from the start, or missed a couple in the middle or if this is your first time visiting with Clare and her friends you won’t be lost or feel like you have missed something. I can’t promise that you won’t want to go back and read this series from the start after reading this one. In fact I am almost positive you will. I think you will love these characters and want to read everything that you can about them.

Oh and don’t forget the recipes. The fantastic recipes.

Brew yourself a nice cup of coffee and sit back and enjoy Dead Cold Brew!

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Dec 152016
 

Dead, Bath, and Beyond (Victoria Square Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – New York
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (December 6, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Ransom House
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425265994
E-Book ASIN: B01CZCW3K0

 

 

The New York Times bestselling series is back, as Katie Bonner–owner of Artisans Alley in the quaint shopping district of Victoria Square–attempts to solve a murder at a nearby B & B.

Katie Bonner feels like nothing can spoil her perfect day off, sailing Lake Ontario with her good friend, lawyer Seth Lander. Then she runs into her ex-boss Jake on the dock. It was never smooth sailing with Jake, and Katie is only too happy to get away from him as he makes a scene.

Unfortunately, the next day her unpleasant former employer is found drowned in a bathtub at a bed and breakfast in Victoria Square. Who would pull the plug on Jake? When an autopsy reveals lake water–not bath water–in his lungs, Katie quickly finds herself in over her head. She’ll need to race to find the killer before her business and her freedom both go down the drain…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Last week I read and reviewed the previous book in this series, One Hot Murder, that had been on my To-Be-Read shelf since 2013 when it was released. Because of this the delay between books 3 and 4 was not a problem for me. I have to say it is unusual to have a break like this between books especially when it is the same publisher. This book picks up close to where the last one left off so for me the flow was still there.

Things are going well at Artisans Alley. Former detective Ray Davenport has leased a booth as he waits for his shop Wood U to be rebuilt after the fire. A beauty shop has also opened at the Alley. Her new friends, owners of the B & B, are getting ready to open but they have taken in an early guest. A guest that Katie knows quite well, her former boss, Jake. Katie worked so hard for him and he always took the credit. She wasn’t unhappy at all to leave that job and him behind when she inherited the Alley. She was not happy to see him in her neighborhood, but she didn’t even have time to find out why he was staying at the B&B because his dead body was found in a bathtub soon after he checked in. Of course, she is a suspect, they have a past and she did have a bit of a scene with him the day before, in front of plenty of witnesses.

I really enjoyed this story. I love the characters and the setting. Ms. Bartlett always delivers a top-notch mystery. She is joined this time by another wonderful storyteller in Laurie Cass, author the fun Bookmobile Cat Mysteries.

It was nice to see Ray on the outside of this police investigation and him actually being a sounding board and helping Katie with her sleuthing. They have become friends and Ray’s daughters and I are even hoping for maybe more. That was my only sticky point to this story. Katie and Andy’s romance is going nowhere. They work opposite shifts, they can’t even seem to get together for lunches because something always comes up. She lives above his pizza place so they see each other every day and she steps in to help him when he is understaffed. But they seem to just be staying together just because it is comfortable but not really any fun. I know change would probably impact her living arrangement, but a romantic triangle would sure add some spark to the story. Maybe Andy would step up and make more of an effort in the relationship. Katie does have friends but she needs a man in her life who has time for a life. Maybe in the next book we will see these relationships evolve more.

Beyond Katie’s personal life the story is pretty exciting. She does get in as usual over her head and this time almost literally. The suspense builds so that the pages start to flip pretty rapidly as we see how she is going to get herself out of the mess she got herself into.

I hope we don’t have to wait too long for the next installment of this series. I am so glad it is back!

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 About The Authors

Lorraine Bartlett

The immensely popular Booktown Mystery series is what put Lorraine Bartlett‘s pen name Lorna Barrett on the New York Times Bestseller list, but it’s her talent — whether writing as Lorna, or L.L. Bartlett, or Lorraine Bartlett — that keeps her there. This multi-published, Agatha-nominated author pens the exciting Jeff Resnick Mysteries as well as the acclaimed Victoria Square Mystery series and has many short stories and novellas to her name(s). Check out the links to all her works here: http://www.lorrainebartlett.com



Laurie Cass

Laurie Cass grew up in Michigan and graduated from Eastern Michigan University in the 80’s with a (mostly unused) Bachelor of Science degree in geology. She and her husband live on a lake in northwest lower Michigan. When Laurie isn’t writing, she’s working at her day job, reading, yanking weeds out of her garden, or doing some variety of skiing. Find out more on her webpage here and sign up for her Newsletter.

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Dec 132016
 

Prose and Cons (A Magical Bookshop Mystery)
2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – New York
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (December 6, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 350 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451477453
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Magic, books, and cats collide in a village near Niagara Falls in the latest mystery from the author of Crime and Poetry

In Cascade Springs, New York, Violet Waverly and her grandma, Daisy, are the proprietors of Charming Books, where the power of the written word is positively enchanting…

October in Cascade Springs means tourists are pouring in for the annual Food and Wine Festival, and Daisy hopes to draw those crowds to the store. She asks Violet and the local writing group, the Red Inkers, to give a reading of the works of Edgar Allan Poe in the shop’s back garden to entertain the revelers. Everyone eagerly agrees.

Yet their enthusiasm is soon extinguished when Violet discovers one of the writers dead during the event. After the shop magically tells Violet she’ll need to rely on Poe’s works to solve the murder, she enlists the help of her trusty tuxedo cat, Emerson, and the shop’s crow, Faulkner. But they must act fast before someone else’s heart beats nevermore…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

It’s all about Poe at Charming Books. To draw visitors to the bookstore during the Food and Wine Festival, the Red Inkers decide to do readings by the famous writer of mystery and the macabre. But one of the Inkers will be missing her reading. Violet finds her body at the foot of the stairs and her death was no accident. Using the bookstore’s charms with assists from her cat, Emerson and the shop’s mascot crow, Faulkner, Violet finds herself searching for the killer.

We return to Cascade Springs and Charming Books in this 2nd installment of the Magical Bookstore Mysteries, where the perfect book finds you and you find Violet Waverly, her grandma, Daisy, and a tuxedo cat named Emerson and what I picture to be a huge crow named Faulkner. Amanda Flower has created some wonderful characters here. Yes, I am including this unusual bookstore in my list as characters because it truly has a life all it’s own. Still I would classify this mystery as paranormal light. There are no ghosts or witches but the setting itself is magical along with maybe a familiar or two. From the tree growing inside it to the books on the shelves it is a very interesting place. Violet is still trying to understand what is means to be the caretaker of the store with her grandmother by her side.

The author has also crafted a entertaining mystery set in this magical place. One with many turns led by clues found in the shop but that take some critical thinking on Violet’s part to decipher. Emerson uses his special talents to help her make a crucial discovery. I liked that she was sharing her findings with the handsome police chief even though that upsets her old boyfriend, the mayor. Romantic tension is always good.

Ms. Flower has given readers a very imaginative story with some enchanting and colorful characters. I really hope this series is allowed to continue because there is so much more here for the author to build on. I am excited to visit Cascade Springs again.

Dollycas

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AMANDA FLOWER

About This Author

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

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Amish Quilt Shop Mystery Series (writing as Isabella Alan)


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Nov 302016
 

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I am over the moon excited to have Vicki Delany visit today! 

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Is There a Grinch in Christmas Town?

By Vicki Delany

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If I were to describe the cozy mysteries I write in one word it would be fun.

I have a lot of fun writing them, and I hope readers have a lot of fun reading them.

I particularly enjoyed creating the town of Rudolph, New York, self-described as America’s Christmas Town.  The town of Rudolph is all about Christmas, 365 days of the year. And thus, so are the inhabitants of the town.  Non-Christmas lovers don’t last long in Rudolph.

Rudolph sits on the southern shore of Lake Ontario, not far from Rochester.  The perfect location for a winter-wonderland atmosphere.

we-wish-you-a-murderous-christmasNow that I had my town, so I had to fill it with something.  Mrs. Claus’s Treasures sells everything you need for decorating your home, as well as toys and jewelry, and many of the goods are locally made.  Victoria’s Bake Shoppe is famous for its gingerbread.  There’s Candy Cane Sweets, the North Pole Ice Cream Parlour, The Elves Lunchbox, Cranberries Coffee Bar, Touch of Holly Restaurant, The Yuletide Inn, the Carolers Motel. The possibilities are endless.  (Looking at this list it seems as though the residents and visitors to Rudolph like to eat a lot.)

Then we need people.  Merry Wilkinson is the owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures.  Merry’s father, Noel, is the town’s Santa Claus. Merry knows her dad isn’t really Santa, but sometimes she does wonder how he knows what people want before they so much as say so.  Merry’s best friend, Vicky, owns the bakery.

As the second book in the series, We Wish You A Murderous Christmas, begins Christmas Town itself might be in danger. The owner of the popular Yuletide Inn has suffered a heart attack and his son Gord has arrived to take over the business. Before long the townsfolk start noticing men in construction boots studying blueprints at the Inn’s famous gardens, and other men in ties and business suits browsing binders stuffed full of legal documents over lunch.

And, to make matters worse, Gord discontinues Vicky Casey and Victoria’s Bake Shoppe as his bread and dessert supplier!  He is, he tells her, “implementing efficiencies.”

The whole town is in an uproar and things are looking bad. But they are get a lot worse when Gord is  murdered and the police’s chief suspect is none other than the town’s official Santa Claus, Noel Wilkinson.

Can Merry Wilkinson and the residents of Rudolph solve the murder and save the reputation of their town as the place to find that real Christmas magic?

~Vicki

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We Wish You a Murderous Christmas
(A Year-Round Christmas Mystery)

Cozy Mystery

2nd in Series
Setting – New York
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (November 1, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Cover Illustration by Julia Green
Cover Design by Sarah Oberrender
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425280812
E-Book ASIN: B01BK0WS8U
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A Grinch is spoiling the holiday cheer and causing fear in the latest from the author of Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen

It’s Christmastime three hundred sixty-five days a year in Rudolph, New York, and as Christmas Day approaches, shop owner Merry Wilkinson is enjoying a rare evening off at the Yuletide Inn when she runs into owners Grace and Jack Olsen. With Jack’s health failing, Merry is relieved to hear that his son Gord will be taking over the day-to-day running of the Inn.

But then Gord reveals that his new plans have no room for Christmas at the Inn, and Merry and the other shopkeepers start to fret about the effect a bland franchise hotel could have on their livelihoods.

When Gord is found stabbed to death, there’s an entire town of potential suspects—and it’s up to Merry to find whoever brought homicide home for the holidays…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Again the wonderful cover drew me right into this book and the story held me tight.

Merry Wilkinson, owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, and the rest of the town of Rudolph is getting ready for Christmas. The Yuletide Inn is a popular place to gather and Merry’s parents are best friends with  the owners, Grace and Jack Olsen. After having dinner together Jack is rushed to the hospital for what looks to be a heart attack. With Jack out of commission for awhile and it being the busiest time of year, his son Gord and his wife come to Rudolph to help. But Gord is not happy just running the hotel. He has big plans that will not only change things at the inn but could change things for all of Rudolph. When Gord it found dead, there are plenty of suspects, even Santa Claus. Merry wants Christmas to shine without a murder overshadowing everyone’s festivities so sets out to catch this Grinch herself.

I love this town and I love these characters.

I want to visit Rudolph right now. What a special place to celebrate the holidays.

Vicki Delany’s characters are so well developed they leap right off the pages and into your heart. Her dad, former mayor, and resident Santa Claus leads the town in a special way. Everyone loves him and wants to work with him to keep the town a happy place even when there is a murderer on the loose. I should say everyone, but the current mayor. She does get her nose out of joint when people defer to him instead of her. With daughter’s named Merry, Eve, and Carol, there is no doubting Noel Wilkerson loves Christmas. Guess when his birthday is?  One of the characters, Jackie, Merry’s employee, is a bit Scrooge-ish, in the way she treats Merry, but Merry does leave her on her own quite a bit as she sleuths out the killer.

Delany balances the Christmas theme with a magnificent mystery. With pretzel like twists and turns the reader is really kept on their stocking footed toes.  I was so surprised at who the culprit actually was, I had no inkling at all. Love, love, love when that happens.

The author also adds just the right amount of romantic and humorous elements to the story.

This story checks all my cozy boxes and having it set at Christmas time in a wondrous Christmas village/town puts it over the top from A Perfect Escape to Paradise. Thank you Vicki Delaney, you have kicked started my Christmas Season in a grand way!

paradise 2016

Dollycas

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Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most varied and prolific crime writers. Most recently, she is the author of the Year Round Christmas cozy mysteries from Berkley Prime Crime and (writing under the pen name of Eva Gates) the Lighthouse Library mysteries also from Berkley. Find out more about Vicki Delany on her webpage here


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Nov 252016
 

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On Flashback Fridays I will share with you the books I was not able to review when they were first released that have been screaming at me from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.
A major organizing feat unearthed this book from my To-Be-Read shelf.
It also reminded me of how many books I want to read
and it doesn’t included what is on my Kindle.
So I hope you have enjoyed Flashback Friday because I will be continuing it in 2017.

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One Hot Murder (Victoria Square Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – New York
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (February 5, 2013)
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425251904
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Where there’s smoke…

Katie Bonner, the reluctant manager of Artisans Alley in the quaint shopping district of Victoria Square, is no stranger to ambivalence. Things have been going hot and heavy with pizza maker Andy Rust—so much so that Katie has moved in over his pizza parlor. But now that summer’s ushered in a heat wave, an apartment above pizza ovens without an air conditioner is making Katie hot and bothered.

At the height of the heat wave, a tragic fire strikes Victoria Square. Wood U, a small store selling wooden gifts and small furniture, is destroyed. But the fire may just be a smoke screen—for murder. A body is found among the charred wreckage, and the victim didn’t die from smoke inhalation. He was shot. Now—despite making Detective Ray Davenport hot under the collar—Katie is determined to smoke out a coldhearted killer…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

As the temperatures around here were dropping the temperatures at the Artisans Alley were heating up. It’s summertime at the Victoria Square and the air conditioning at the Artisans Alley can’t cool off the entire building. Katie also doesn’t have air conditioning in her apartment above the pizza place either. With only open windows and a fan to help her cool off she is shocked to notice a fire out her window at Victoria Square. She calls 911 and rushes over there to find Wood U totally engulfed and when the fire in extinguished the firefighters find a dead body. Everyone is distraught that the owner of the shop has died but then they find out, the person was killed before not during the fire. Because of the status of the body they know he was murdered by they can’t make conclusive identification. Detective Ray Davenport is on the case but that doesn’t mean Katie isn’t hotfooting it all over town to find the killer.

This is a hot, Hot, HOT! murder mystery. I sat down on Sunday afternoon to read and read it all in one sitting.

This is the 3rd book in the series and it has been awhile since I had read book 2, The Walled Flower, but Ms. Bartlett creates very memorable characters so I was all caught up by the end of Chapter 1. Katie Bonner inherited ownership of the Alley and she has been working hard to make it work for all her crafters and turn a profit for herself so she can invest in some upgrades like a new air conditioning system.  Her tenants are an eclectic bunch, some pitch in to help all the time, some need to be reminded and one is there all the time and is getting on Katie’s last nerve. Detective Ray Davenport is retiring from the force and this murder investigation is his last. Andy and Katie are still working opposite hours but are trying so hard to spend more time together.

These wonderful characters are surrounded by quite a mystery. Until the body is properly identified Katie and Ray are assuming they know who it is and proceeding in their investigations accordingly, but the clues they uncover twists things in a way that just don’t fit together. Plus there are a few subplots that tie in to the main mystery in several ways.

One of the subplots deals with Katie’s dream of purchasing a big Victorian home to turn it into a B&B. Her money is all tied up in the Alley and the inventory she has been stashing away for when her dream becomes a reality. Her dream goes up in smoke when she learns someone else has purchased the home. It was how she handled this situation that I as a reader could see how much this character has evolved from the first book in this series. I found it very refreshing to read. I am still unsure about her relationship with Andy so I am looking forward to seeing how this is addressed in the next book. Yes, the next book! It has been awhile but Dead, Bath, and Beyond is being released next month.

To me this author is one of the best at writing cozies mysteries. You can’t go wrong with anything she writes!

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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 About The Author

The immensely popular Booktown Mystery series is what put Lorraine Bartlett‘s pen name Lorna Barrett on the New York Times Bestseller list, but it’s her talent — whether writing as Lorna, or L.L. Bartlett, or Lorraine Bartlett — that keeps her there. This multi-published, Agatha-nominated author pens the exciting Jeff Resnick Mysteries as well as the acclaimed Victoria Square Mystery series and has many short stories and novellas to her name(s). Check out the links to all her works here: http://www.lorrainebartlett.com

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Nov 022016
 

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
I am always excited when Susannah Hardy
drops by for a visit!

Susannah
Thanks so much for hosting me for Cozy Wednesday, Dollycas! I’m thrilled that the third book in my Greek to Me Mysteries, A KILLER KEBAB, released yesterday. It’s full of mystery, intrigue, and adventure on the high seas—okay, maybe not the high seas. But definitely adventure on the St. Lawrence River, LOL!

Doesn’t it seem like every day is National (Insert Interest Here) Day? Well, I checked www.nationaldaycalendar.com, and here’s what I learned about today, November 2. It is National Traffic Directors Day. And by this they do not mean people who wear a whistle and direct vehicular traffic, although I think it would be nice to honor them today anyway by slowing down and giving a friendly wave as you pass. Apparently a Traffic Director is also someone who works in scheduling of programs and announcements for radio and television stations. Who knew? So thank you, traffic directors of all kinds.

Yesterday, November 1, was National Calzone Day, National Deep Fried Clams Day, National Vinegar Day (I’m sensing a theme here), National Cook For Your Pets Day, National Brush Day, National Family Literacy Day, and National Authors Day (another theme). Now these are some days I can get behind!

killer-kebabBut back to today, November 2. It’s also (drum roll please) National Deviled Egg Day. And since Thanksgiving is just around the corner and deviled eggs are a must-have at Hardy family celebrations, I thought I’d give you my recipe for deviled eggs. Nothing too Cordon Bleu here, but I do have some tips and variations you might enjoy.

1 dozen medium eggs*
About ¼ cup Hellman’s Olive Oil Mayonnaise
1 T. yellow mustard
3 T. pickle relish, drained
Pinch of ground white pepper

*Note regarding eggs: I find that medium eggs make a nicer size appetizer than large or jumbo. And buy your eggs a week in advance. Fresh eggs are harder to peel, and the shell often sticks to the white, pulling away little chunks. Very ugly. Older eggs work beautifully.

Place eggs in large saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil uncovered, and boil for exactly 4 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and let eggs sit in hot water for exactly 5 more minutes. Seriously, set a timer. Move eggs to a bowl filled with lots of ice and water. Keep them there for at least 20 minutes. Then, you can drain them and transfer them to the fridge until you’re ready to finish. They’ll keep a couple of days in the fridge, so you can do this step ahead of time.

Once the eggs are good and cold, rap an egg on the counter, then roll it around with your hand to break the shell (not so hard you crush the egg inside). Then peel, rinse, and set aside to dry. Slice eggs in half lengthwise with a sharp knife, wiping the blade in between eggs. Pop yolks into a small mixing bowl. Break up yolks with a fork into fine crumbs, then add mayo, mustard, relish, and pinch of white pepper (looks nicer than black). Doesn’t usually need salt. Spoon or pipe into the whites. Refrigerate until time to eat and for best results serve within a couple of hours. Garnish with a slice of gherkin or olive, a few drained capers, chives chopped fine or about an inch long and made into an “X,” a small slice of pimiento or other roasted red pepper, or with the traditional light sprinkling of paprika. If you are traveling with them, take the filling in a separate container and assemble when you get there (of course, keep cold!).

For variations, you could substitute 1 tsp. good curry powder for the relish (use the chive garnish); 3 T. drained salsa instead of mustard and relish (garnish with a slice of pickled jalapeno); or Greek style: substitute 3 T. drained, crumbled feta cheese instead of mustard and relish, add 1 tsp. dried oregano, and garnish with a slice of Kalamata olive.

Enjoy!

I’m thinking about proposing National Cozy Mystery Day. When should it be?

~Susannah

killer-kebabA Killer Kebab (A Greek to Me Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – New York
Publisher: Berkley (November 1, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425271674
E-Book ASIN: B01BK0XCBW
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The Bonaparte House is closed for the season, and Georgie Nikolopatos looks forward to fixing up the Greek restaurant and historic landmark—until her renovation plans hit a fatal snag.

With her divorce underway, her mother-in-law returning to Greece, and the tourists gone, Georgie finally has life under control—and the Bonaparte House to herself. She quickly hires a contractor for some much-needed renovations to reopen in time for a special Greek-style Thanksgiving meal. Georgie is suspicious though when former dishwasher Russ Riley arrives with the construction crew. He still has an axe to grind with the Nikolopatos family—but is it sharp enough to kill?

When Georgie finds the body of her divorce lawyer amid the construction debris and Russ is quickly arrested for murder, something about the case doesn’t add up. While Georgie is no fan of Russ, even a bad egg deserves a crack at justice.

Includes delicious Greek recipes!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Another mouth watering mystery from Susannah Hardy.

Even with the tourists gone and The Bonaparte House closed for the season Georgie Nikolopatos still finds herself with a mystery to solve. Georgie has contracted to have the bathrooms of the restaurant updated before Thanksgiving when she hopes to have a huge feast for friends and neighbors and local patrons. She can’t believe after just one day of demolition the remodeling comes to a screeching halt when she finds a dead body with the rubble. The fact that it is her divorce attorney just adds to the urgency to catch the killer. Could it be an old employee seeking revenge? or another one of the lawyers clients? Before she can serve her planned dinner she has to find out for cooked the turkey in the suit!

I love this series! Some of characters were away because of the off season but Hardy introduced new ones to whet my appetite. We also visit Georgie’s mom, Melanie, at “the Spa” with a mysterious illness. Georgie is trying keep their search for additional heirs on track especially now that the lawyer handling Melanie’s affairs has been murdered.  Her love interest, Jack, is away on assignment with the Coast Guard and I missed him too but Georgie was so busy I don’t think they would have been able to spend much time together.

What I truly enjoyed was Georgie’s quest to find the original recipe for Thousand Island dressing. There are probably more than a thousand different recipes for it and every one has their own twist or special ingredient. I had never really thought about where is originated or that it referred to a popular destination located along the border between Northern New York State (United States) and Southeastern Ontario (Canada). To me it was just a choice of what to put on salad. I love learning new things.

The author has packed a lot of drama and action into the pages of this book. Again she kept me up late reading. The story starts at a nice pace and builds to the point where you need to read just one more chapter, and then another and another. I was totally in the dark on the actual killer until Georgie and I shared our huge “Aha Moment”.

Every book in this series is excellent and every one has left me wanting more. The Bonaparte House is a unique setting, the characters are vibrant, and the mystery deserves all 5 stars and maybe more.

A Must Read for foodie cozy lovers!

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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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.

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Oct 212016
 
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X Dames: A Lucy Ripken Mystery
International Mystery & Crime
*2nd in Series
Self Published
Setting – California/Mexico/New York
Paperback: 148 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1533562982
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An old friend calls Lucy Ripken out of the blue to offer her a job writing for a new reality TV show: The X-Dames, an all-female extreme sports competition, starting with a surfing contest. Lucy jumps at the chance—the pay is great and means she gets to travel down to the colorful little beach town of Sayulita and get out on the waves again.

While scouting the talent, Lucy makes a friend, an impulsively charismatic young surfer with a gift for both painting and self-destruction named Marcia. Winning the competition means she might be able to pay for art school… or rehab. Either way, it’s a win.

But things take a sudden, nasty turn, when one of the contestants turns up dead. It looks like an accident, but Lucy’s seen that movie before and suspects it was only made to look that way. One drugged drink later, and Lucy’s not only sure it was murder, she’s pretty sure she’s gonna be next.

With her reality show suddenly skewing less X-Games and more X-Files, Lucy and Marcia hit the beach to save lives, stop bad guys, and maybe work on a tan.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

While Lucy is an amateur sleuth, this is not a cozy mystery. The book has explicit language and adult themes.

Lucy Ripken heads back to Mexico after a brief stop in California with the crew of a new television reality show featuring female extreme sports competitors. The first episode covers some extreme surfing, and when one contestants dies the first day of filming Lucy knows it wasn’t any accident. With a little help from her friends she is going to prove that. While she is in Mexico, her landlord is trying to get her booted from her rent control apartment and her boyfriend is in Florida on his own adventure.

I know some sites show this as the 3rd book in the series and others show it as the 2nd. The first book was not available so I jumped in with Mexican Booty last week and this one this week. They do read well as stand alone but in this installment there were more references to things I assume happened in book 1 but the author gives us plenty of background to keep us in the loop, but it does make me wish I could read book 1.

Again J.J. Henderson pack a lot into these 150 pages. We are getting to know Lucy Ripken a little better but I think we have just scratched the surface. I love that she gets a call and goes where the job is and this time it sounds like a great opportunity and very well paying.  I also liked the reality show aspect, you know when you bring a group of people together vying for a prize there is going to be drama. Unfortunately this time the drama included murder and the more Lucy digs the more suspects come to light. I was totally caught by surprise how everything connected.

I have started to get invested in these characters and the author surrounds them in a good mystery. I like that we meet new characters too in each installment. I also enjoy the way he describes the setting and action. Excellent for the reader to visualize without getting too wordy.

 I originally grabbed this book when it was free and I needed n “X” book for my Alphabet Soup Challenge. I am glad I decided to read the one before this one because now I want to read them all. I have added the rest of the series to my wish list.

enjoyable 2016

Dollycas

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You can find out more about author J.J. Henderson on his webpage here.

*The book was from my private collection.

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