Apr 272017
 

Of Books and Bagpipes: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in the Series
Setting – Scotland
Minotaur Books (April 4, 2017)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1250057495
Kindle ASIN: B01LZ3VIQ9

 

 

Delaney Nichols has settled so comfortably into her new life in Edinburgh that she truly feels it’s become more home than her once beloved Kansas. Her job at the Cracked Spine, a bookshop that specializes in rare manuscripts as well as other sundry valuable historical objects, is everything she had dreamed, with her new boss, Edwin MacAlister, entrusting her more and more with bigger jobs. Her latest task includes a trip to Castle Doune, a castle not far out of Edinburgh, to retrieve a hard-to-find edition of an old Scottish comic, an “Oor Wullie,” in a cloak and dagger transaction that Edwin has orchestrated.

While taking in the sights of the distant Highlands from the castle’s ramparts, Delaney is startled when she spots a sandal-clad foot at the other end of the roof. Unfortunately, the foot’s owner is very much dead and, based on the William Wallace costume he’s wearing, perfectly matches the description of the man who was supposed to bring the Oor Wullie. As Delaney rushes to call off some approaching tourists and find the police, she comes across the Oor Wullie, its pages torn and fluttering around a side wall of the castle. Instinct tells her to take the pages and hide them under her jacket. It’s not until she returns to the Cracked Spine that she realizes just how complicated this story is and endeavors to untangle the tricky plot of why someone wanted this man dead, all before getting herself booked for murder.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Paige Shelton has wrapped our protagonist, Delaney Nichols in quite an amazing tale in this follow up to The Cracked Spine.

Now that Delaney has become more at home in Edinburgh her new boss has asked her to visit a nearby castle to retrieve a rare old Scottish comic, an “Oor Wullie.” Her landlord, Elias agrees to take her in his taxi. She is looking forward to handling the task and doing a little sightseeing. When they arrive they appear to be the only ones there. But while she is taking in the view she sees a very unexpected sight, a human foot. She quickly finds out the owner of the foot is dead but sees no apparent cause for his death. While waiting for the police she does stumble across the old comic. She doesn’t know if it is evidence but hides under her coat and takes it with her when they are allowed to leave. She never imagined the web of secrets, lies, and half truths this book was going to uncover. Now if she can just find out the whole truth before she or anyone else ends up dead. Hopefully the bookish voices that speak to her will keep her safe and help her to quickly solve this very complex mystery.

I really do not know much Scottish history of folklore but I was all in as soon as I knew Delaney was headed to a castle. The drafty rooms, the narrow staircases, the battle ramparts, maybe a ghost or two. I was even excited about the dead body and the mystery of his death and finding out who he truly was.

Paige Shelton takes us on a true adventure. This is a complicated mystery that takes many tangents as we follow Delaney on her quest. We meet a bagpipe player, some reenactors putting on plays and a few fishmongers. We also met several people from Edwin MacAlister’s past. The rainy weather of winter played right into to a darker mystery feel. The detailed description of time and place were exquisite. The words invoked such vivid images in my mind.

After finding the body the pace of the story stays steady until some of the clues start to fall into place or are close to Delaney’s grasp. Then the story starts to build to the final exciting reveal that took me totally by surprise.

Another thing that I truly enjoyed was the way the core group of characters has accepted Delaney into their lives. Through her they have become family. Her landlords, the bookstore staff, pub owner/man of her affections, Tom, and his father. Yes, Delaney misses her real family back in Kansas but this new adopted family keeps her as safe as they can in a mystery novel and the relationships she has forged with them will last a lifetime.

This is not your typical cozy mystery, it is so much more. The bits of Scottish history, the Scottish and Gaelic accents, words, and phrases, and the landscapes added to a well plotted mystery make it more than Of Books and Bagpipes. I loved every minute of it and can’t wait to return to Edinburgh to continue Delaney’s journey. This book is headed directly to my “keeper shelf”. Be sure to read The Cracked Spine before you read this one for maximum enjoyment. 

Dollycas

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paigeAbout The Author

Paige Shelton is the New York Times Bestselling author of the Farmers’ Market Mysteries and the Country Cooking School Mysteries. She’s lived lots of places but currently resides in Arizona. Find out more at www.paigeshelton.com


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. 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.”

 

Feb 152017
 


Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I apologize that there is not a guest post this week, but let me tell you about Paige Shelton’s latest release. 

Bookman Dead Style (A Dangerous Type Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Utah
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (February 7, 2017)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425277263
Kindle ASIN: B01E4WAFNG
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A movie star is typecast as a killer in the second Dangerous Type Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of To Helvetica and Back.
 
It’s January, and the Star City Film Festival has taken the Utah ski resort town by storm. Movie stars are everywhere, carving fresh powder on the slopes and crossing the thresholds of Bygone Alley’s charming boutique shops—including The Rescued Word, where Clare Henry and her grandfather restore old typewriters and beloved books. When cinema’s hottest superhero, Matt Bane, enters their store to buy some personalized note cards, it’s hard not to be starstruck.

But when Clare sees the police leading Matt out of The Fountain hotel in handcuffs only a few hours later, she can’t believe her eyes. The affable actor is accused of killing his sister, but Clare’s convinced he’s wrong for that role. Now it’s open call for suspects as Clare tries to reel in the killer before another victim fades to black…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Back to Star City, Utah for the second book in the Dangerous Type Mysteries. Stars from Hollywood have come for the Annual Film Festival and to enjoy some time on the slopes. They also descend on Bygone Alley and into The Rescued Word. Matt Bane, the current heartthrob, is in town to promote his superhero movie and visits the  shop for some personalized note cards. Just a short time later Clare witnesses the police leading the actor from his hotel in handcuffs.  She quickly learns a young actress, Matt’s sister, has been murdered and he was found over her body covered in blood. Clare just can’t believe it, he just doesn’t seem the “type” or maybe he is such a good actor he has her fooled. She delves right into her own investigation to seek out the real character but all the “stars” are in “the show must go on” frame of mind so it isn’t going to be easy to catch this killer.

Ms. Shelton has typed us up a marvelous mystery. You know, the kind that pulls you in right away and holds you tight until the very end with so many twists and a plethora of suspects.

Bringing so many people to this small town, stars and tourists, gives a wide variety of people to question. Clare pares them down quickly to a manageable number but any one could be the killer. With her best friend on the police force she tries to get some inside information and Jodie does help her to get in to see Matt while he is in jail to get his take on the case. Clare’s ex/police chief, Creighton, is not quite as helpful but that was to be expected. Clare and her grandfather also have another mystery on their hands that brings another element to the story and solving that one isn’t easy either. Shelton sets a brisk pace and has given us a story that is almost impossible to put down.

The core characters and their continued development really drives this story. They have big hearts and really care about each other and all the people they meet. Clare and Jodie reconnect with one of their old classmates and she has an interesting story too. I hope she pops up in future stories. The romance between Seth and Clare is so perfectly paced as it her grandfather’s relationship with his lady friend. Clare’s niece Marion is growing up and has such a bright future, she is going to be a very interesting character to watch as this series continues.

This has quickly become a favorite series of mine and I have to give it my Paradise Rating. I really love playing sleuth right along with Clare and I completely escaped right into this book.. I can’t wait for the next Dangerous Type Mystery. The little snippet from Comic Sans Murder has me ready another trip to The Rescued Word as soon as possible.

Dollycas

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About The Author

Paige Shelton is the New York Times Bestselling author of the Farmers’ Market Mysteries and the Country Cooking School Mysteries. She’s lived lots of places but currently resides in Arizona. Find out more at www.paigeshelton.com


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Jan 062016
 

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Welcome to the 1st Cozy Wednesday of 2016!

Today is also the last day to enter the Blogoversary Giveaways!

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I am so happy to welcome Paige Shelton back to Escape With Dollycas. She has a new cozy series. The first Dangerous Type Mystery, To Helvetica and Back, was released yesterday. This series is off to a great start. Read my review after Paige’s guest post. 

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Potato Stamps by Paige Shelton

 

In my new Dangerous Type Mystery Series, Clare Henry and her grandfather, Chester, run The Rescued Word, a shop that specializes in rescuing all sorts of words. They offer services like typewriter repair and book repair. They also sell every type of pen and paper under the sun. It’s a pretty amazing place.

to helvitica and backAs I was writing the first book, TO HELVETICA AND BACK, and things like fonts and typefaces were being discussed by the characters, I had a flashback to something I’d done when I was a kid. I remembered it being a fun project and a pretty simple way to personalize paper or notecards. I had to try it again.

My memory was correct; it was simple, and pretty fun too. Potato stamps.

Start with the supplies: Potatoes of course, a knife to cut the potatoes in half, an X-acto knife, and some clay tools if you happen to have them handy. My son likes to sculpt so I borrowed a couple of his scooping tools. You’ll need something to stamp on – I used a couple of notecards. And, finally, some paint – I had some bottles of cheap acrylic.

PIC 1A

First of all, write down the words you want to carve. Either write them backwards or on something see-though that you can turn over. You’ll need to carve everything backwards.
PIC2

Commence carving. Take your time, but don’t worry too much about being even. This is fun and it’s supposed to look handmade. Nothing wrong with uneven letters or spaces. It’s a little tedious, but doesn’t take a bunch of time.

 

PIC 1Once you’re carved, ink the potatoes and print. Really easy and fun. And I think the end result is unique and gives a nice touch to simple, plain paper.

 

PIC 4PIC 5It’s not quite printing press quality, but sometimes it’s the personal touch that matters.

Thanks for letting me post today, and see you all in the bookstores.

~Paige

I remember this from my childhood, going to try it with my grandchildren 🙂

to helvitica and backTo Helvetica and Back:
A Dangerous Type Mystery

Brand New Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Utah
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Cover Illustration by Sarah Oberrender
Cover Design by Anne Wertheim
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425277256
E-Book ASIN: B00W2ZKMB8
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The New York Times bestselling author of the Farmers’ Market Mysteries and the Country Cooking School Mysteries introduces readers to Star City, Utah, and a little shop called the Rescued Word…

Star City is known for its slopes and its powder. But nestled in the valley of this ski resort town is a side street full of shops that specialize in the simple charms of earlier eras. One of those shops is the Rescued Word, where Chester Henry and his adult granddaughter Clare lovingly repair old typewriters and restore old books. Who ever thought their quaint store would hold the key to some modern-day trouble?

When a stranger to town demands they turn over an antique Underwood typewriter they’re repairing for a customer, Clare fears she may need to be rescued. A call to the police scares the man off, but later Clare finds his dead body in the back alley. What about a dusty old typewriter could possibly be worth killing for?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This theme is a really unique twist for a cozy series. Chester Henry owns The Rescued Word and his granddaughter Clare has been truly learning at his knee her entire life. Today they fix old typewriters, restore old books, and sell every kind of paper and pen imaginable. Set in an area of Star City, Utah, called Bygone Alley, The Rescued Word and other shops bring back the days of yesteryear. The Rescued Word also has a resident cat named Baskerville. He is a pretty temperamental feline who watches from a shelf high above the wares for sale. If he likes you he may hop down to say “hello”.

The alley is popular with both the locals and the tourists in town to hit the slopes. We meet Clare’s best friend, Jodie Wentworth, and her brother, Clare’s ex, CJ. Both are Star City police officers. We also meet local residents, Homer Mayfield, former newspaper editor and Mirabelle, typewriter owner and author. Seth Cassidy, who hales from my neck of the woods, is a geologist  and new to Star City. He wants to get to know Clare a lot better.

This story has a stranger rush into The Rescued Word where he makes quite a scene as he insists he must have a particular typewriter, not one like it but that exact one. Clare is shaken but calling the police sends the stranger on his way. Clare is relieved until she sees something suspicious outside the back door and discovers the stranger dead as a door-nail. Did someone kill him because she failed to give him the typewriter? The story of his life came to an abrupt end, Clare is going to find out why…

These characters virtually pulled me right into this story. They are so real and fleshed out. I was engaged immediately. Everyone was so nice, I felt right at home. Chester has a secret but it is a sweet secret. Clare takes so much pride in the shop and her work and she gets excited about each new project. I love the way her romance with Seth is just beginning. With friends in the police department things can get sticky or helpful depending on the situation. Clare and Jodie are still finding their way.

The setting drew me in as well. I had been to Utah a couple of times several years ago. The descriptions in the book brought back memories of how beautiful things are there. Imagine living so close to the slopes that you can watch skiers from your windows or just ski from your backyeard. It would be wonderful to wake up to that day after day.

Now, the mystery was excellent, just what I expect from this author. She lays out a great base and then clues are dropped like snowflakes, you just have to catch them. Tracking down this killer is no easy task and the final reveal had me on the edge of my virtual lift chair.  An epic read!

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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About The Author

Paige Shelton is the New York Times Bestselling author of the Farmers’ Market Mysteries and the Country Cooking School Mysteries. She’s lived lots of places but currently resides in Arizona. Find out more at www.paigeshelton.com


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Sep 262015
 

early review

Paige Shelton has a new series, The Scottish Bookstore Mysteries. The first book, The Cracked Spine, will be released March 29, 2016. I was blessed to receive an advanced copy. Let me tell you about it…

the cracked spine
The Cracked Spine
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Edinburgh, Scotland
Minotaur Books (March 29, 2016)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1250057485
ISBN-13: 978-1250057488
E-Book ASIN: B0151U7X3A
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In need of a good adventure, Delaney Nichols takes the leap and moves to Edinburgh, Scotland to start a job at The Cracked Spine. She doesn’t know much about what she’s gotten herself into, other than that the work sounds exciting, and that her new boss, Edwin MacAlister, has given her the opportunity of a lifetime. Edwin has promised that she’ll be working with “a desk that has seen the likes of kings and queens, paupers and princes,” and Delaney can’t wait to get started.

When she arrives, she meets her new Scottish family; also working at The Cracked Spine are Rosie, perpetually wrapped in scarves, and who always has tiny dog Hector in tow; Hamlet, a nineteen-year-old thespian with a colored past and bright future; and Edwin, who is just as enigmatic and mysterious as Delaney expected. An unexpected bonus is Tom the bartender from across the street, with his piercing eyes, and a rolling brogue — and it doesn’t hurt that he looks awfully good in a kilt.

But before she can settle into her new life, a precious artifact — a previously undiscovered First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays — goes missing, and Edwin’s sister is murdered, seemingly in connection to the missing folio. Delaney decides to do some sleuthing of her own, to find out just what the real story is behind the priceless folio, and how it’s connected to the tragic death, all without getting harmed herself.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I am in awe of Delaney Nichols. She answers an unusual ad and within days is leaving Kansas behind and is off to Edinburgh, Scotland and The Cracked Spine. The Cracked Spine is an “humble book and rare manuscript shop”. Truly though it is an amazing place full of nooks, secret spaces, library ladders and books, so many wonderful books.

Edwin MacAlister owns the place and the man responsible for hiring “Delaney from Kansas in America”. He also employs young Hamlet, an aspiring actor with a troubled past, and Rosie, who takes her little dog everywhere she goes. We also meet Elias, the taxi driver, who picked up Delaney at the airport. He introduces her to his wife and they all quickly become friends.  We also met Tom, a handsome bartender at a local pub.

Before Edwin can even share all the plans he has for Delaney in her new position tragedy strikes. His sister, Jenny, is murdered and a previously undiscovered First Folio of Shakespeare’s Plays disappears. With a little help from her new friends Delaney finds herself traveling all over the city tracking down clues trying to find the folio and a killer. This is definitely something Delaney can’t write home about or she may be back in Kansas faster than she can click her heels together.

I knew Paige Shelton was a fantastic storyteller from her Farmer’s Market Mysteries and Country Cooking School Mysteries so it is no surprise that I love, love, love, this story. Complete with the Scottish accents, words, and phrases these characters come alive in these pages. She also paints a clear picture of The Cracked Spine itself and the beautiful city with its castles, alleyway and stores and shops. I was laughing out loud as she fought to get used to the traffic and the cars “on-the-other-side-of-the-road thing”.

The missing folio and the murder may or may not connected so the suspects were very widespread. Could she have been killed by someone she knew? Someone who had nothing to with The Cracked Spine? Or was it a collector that would do anything to obtain Shakespeare’s plays?

Through Shelton’s writing I was able to completely escape to Scotland right along with Delaney and all the new people she meets. Delaney is a strong woman ready for an adventure and I am delighted to accompany her on her journey.  What a impressive debut for this series! This story is a pure treasure!

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Dollycas

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paigeAbout The Author

Paige Shelton is the New York Times Bestselling author of the Farmers’ Market Mysteries and the Country Cooking School Mysteries. She’s lived lots of places but currently resides in Arizona. Find out more at www.paigeshelton.com

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. 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.”

Aug 272015
 

onions spring leeksIf Onions Could Spring Leeks
(Country Cooking School Mystery)

5th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Missouri
Cover Illustration by Phil Parks
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (August 4, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425269299
E-Book ASIN: B00QH831Z0
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The New York Times bestselling author of If Catfish Had Nine Lives returns to Broken Rope, Missouri, where ghosts of the Old West seek assistance from country cooks and amateur sleuths Betts Winston and her grandmother.

With summer tourists flocking to Broken Rope, locals volunteer to keep chaos to a minimum. Old West skits are running smoothly, actors are behaving, and stagecoach rides are more popular than ever, but when a spectral visitor appears by ghost train, it’s a job only Betts and Gram can handle.

Gram soon starts having nightmares about their ghostly visitor’s demise. And if a ghost and the hot summer weather weren’t making things sticky enough, one of the town’s volunteers—a man notorious for having more than his fair share of ex-wives—is murdered. When Jerome, Bett’s otherworldly friend, makes an unsettling appearance, this simmering double mystery becomes a recipe for disaster.

Includes delicious recipes!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

We return to Broken Rope and we are not the only ones. A train station from the past pops up in an empty field and one of the passengers needs a little help. The kind of help only Betts and her grandmother, Miz can provide with a little assistance from Jake and our favorite ghost Jerome.

My land, Paige Shelton has an amazing imagination! An imagination she can lasso up and herd together to create a truly entertaining mystery story or in this case the 5th fantastic mystery in the series.

Betts Winston and her grandmother own and operate a Country Cooking School located next to a cemetery. Over the years they have realized they have a special gift of being able to communicate with ghosts. Ghosts like Jerome. He is my absolute favorite ghostly literary character. He also has a very special place in Betts’ heart. Something her current beau, Cliff, is just going to learn to deal with.

Something is keeping Jerome from visiting Broken Rope right now but he knows Betts needs his help so he comes up with a very creative and sometimes very misunderstood way of making his presence known. Readers will find this quite amusing, the characters not so much.

Shelton has a special way of blending mysteries from the past with mysteries in the present and they intertwine and flow seamlessly side by side. It is hard to call one a subplot because both so powerful and engaging.

We can’t forget the Country Cooking School. This time they are featuring onions including the onion casserole standby of many homes around the country. That recipe isn’t in the book because it can be found everywhere but Betts and her brother Teddy had my mouth watering for Onion Rings and thankfully that recipe was in the book along with others I can’t wait to try.

If you like your mysteries on the cozy side with a bit of a ghost story too these are the perfect books for you. They can be read as stand alone because the author always plenty of backstory for new readers but I sure recommend you read them all and in order because they are all just so darn so good.

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Dollycas

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About The Author

Paige Shelton has recently moved from Utah to Arizona. Find out more on her webpage here. You can also find her on Facebook.

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Jun 192015
 

bushel full of murderBushel Full of Murder
(A Farmers’ Market Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Setting – South Carolina
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (June 2, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Dan Craig
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425279809
E-Book ASIN: B00OQSF6RY
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The New York Times bestselling author of Merry Market Murder returns to Bailey’s Farmers’ Market where Becca Robins must get her cousin out of a jam…

This summer, Becca is looking forward to selling her delicious jams and preserves, but things are changing fast at the farmers’ market. A fleet of food trucks has arrived for a two week visit, peddling cupcakes, tacos, chicken wings, and more—including a gourmet hot dog  truck operated by Becca’s own cousin, Peyton.

Tensions between truck operators and market vendors over their required licenses reach a crescendo when the town’s  business  manager is murdered. With Peyton already under suspicion of stealing money and a secret recipe from the restaurant where she worked in Arizona, the cops start grilling her as their prime suspect. Now it’s up to Becca to clear her cousin and find out who at the market gave themselves a license to kill…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I love my trips to Bailey’s Farm Market. This time we meet Peyton, Becca and Allison’s cousin, when she brings her hot dog food truck to town. She joins 4 other food trucks from around the country that are visiting the Farm Market as part of marketing campaign. Plus Harry (Talking Trees) is in town from Arizona. Becca met him there when she visited the General Buffalo’s Trading Post the previous summer when he was investigating a murder. Peyton had come from Arizona too….

The food truck vendors also bring a local banker and the town’s business manager to Bailey’s. When the business manager is murdered the police tie it together with Harry’s investigation. Becca can’t help but get involved as her friends and her cousins become suspects in his murder.

HOT DOG! Paige Shelton has topped herself this time. She has both Becca and Allison trying to prove their cousin is innocent so technically they are not investigating the murder. This was a great twist. Sam and Harry even share some information with them.

This has become one of my favorite series because of these characters. Becca has a curious nature that plays well as she sticks her nose into the investigations. Allison is more pragmatic when any trouble comes to town. Sam, a fine police officer, loves Becca but knows she can’t help herself when anyone close to her is threatened or hurt and he does everything he can to keep her safe. Add to that the girl’s parents and all the vendors at the Market with all their unique personalities and you have an awesome cast of characters.

With A Bushel Full of Murder she has given us a fabulous mystery with many twists and turns. Once I started reading I couldn’t stop. The plotting is top notch.

This is a perfect summer read. My only compliant was that I was craving hot dogs and other food truck fare throughout the entire story. 🙂 I have already copied all the recipes from the back of the book and now have a new gourmet way to grill hot dogs.

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

About Paige Shelton

Paige Shelton is the national bestselling author of the Farmers’ Market Mysteries and the Country Cooking School Mysteries. She’s lived lots of places but currently resides in Arizona. Paige enjoys reading, listening to music from the 80s, and watching way too many zombie movies with her husband and son.

Find out more on her webpage here.

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Aug 192014
 

IF CATFISHIf Catfish Had Nine Lives
(Country Cooking School Mystery)

4th in Series
Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (August 5, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Phil Parks
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425269282
E-Book File Size: 1325 KB
ASIN: B00I3N5QKU
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Betts Winston has inherited more than her cooking skills from her grandmother—she can also see and talk to ghosts of people that once roamed the streets of Broken Rope, Missouri, in the days of the Old West…

With Gram’s Country Cooking School on spring break, Betts and Gram are taking part in this year’s cowboy poetry convention, offering lessons on frying catfish over an open campfire. But when a staged gunfight ends in real death and her brother Teddy becomes a prime suspect, Betts may be the one to jump from the frying pan into the fire.

After her ghostly guardian Jerome appears to watch her back and a spectral Pony Express rider gallops into town with some unfinished business, Broken Rope starts to seem more like a cowboy ghost convention. With trouble on both sides of this mortal coil, it’s up to Betts to clear her brother, put the spirits to rest, and make sure the true killer doesn’t become the one who got away.

Includes Recipes!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Paige Shelton has given us another top notch cozy mystery. She blends cooking with mystery, history, and ghosts. She also adds in a spoonful of romance that may surprise you.

Betts and Gram are fantastic characters but Jerome always steals my heart. He is always there when Betts needs him and this time she really needed him to help unlock all the mysteries she was trying to solve.

Broken Rope is a very special place. It takes us back to the Wild West and I appreciate the way Jake tries to keep all the history straight.  An enormous task and he continues to receive more and more information and treasures for his collection. I loved learning more about the Pony Express.

Shelton continues to amaze me with her imaginative stories. The characters are unique and engaging, the main plots and subplots mesh together perfectly. The history and the mystery draws the reader in and hangs on tight. Then she adds some killer recipes to boot!

Paige you had me with this one – hook, line and sinker! This book is quite a catch!!

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas

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Dec 042013
 

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I always love it when Paige comes to visit!!

Timing Might Not Be Everything, However . . .

by Paige Shelton

PAIGE“Flurry” is a good word to describe my last few years. “Fun, exciting, and crazy” would work too. And, sometimes, so could “confusing.”

Though I’ve had a great time writing mysteries, I truly only like the good times – very specifically, the writing. I’m not good with numbers and contract details don’t hold a lot of interest for me. However, I’ve learned that writing is not just writing; it is also a business. I’ve forced myself to try to pay attention to the stuff that doesn’t interest me, stuff that’s extremely important like numbers and contract details. But, since a frog can’t change it stripes – wait, that’s not it – since I can only be me, something was bound to be missed along the way.

A KILLER MAIZEBack in 2011 I was working on my 2012 Farmers’ Market book, A Killer Maize. I was happily pounding out the words, enjoying the chance to write something that would be a great fit for September, close to October, something a little creepy, something that worked well with fall and Halloween. Oh, I was having a great time. Here’s where I made a big mistake. I’d assumed (oh, yeah, we know what happens when you do that) that A Killer Maize would publish nine months after the previous book in the series because that’s how the publish schedule had been going. But then someone sprang the news: A Killer Maize was publishing a whole year after the previous book – this year spread happens sometimes after a series has been on the shelves awhile. My creepy Halloween-y book would be publishing in December. Oh dear. But it was far too late to do anything about it. A Killer Maize did publish in December of 2012, and though it wasn’t quite right for the season, it was a wake-up call for me and my “pay-attention” skills.

merry market murder decThe awesome part of all of this is that something really good happened next. If A Killer Maize published in December, then maybe my next December book could be a Christmas or holiday mystery – which is something I’ve always wanted to write. I got the approval, quadruple checked the publish date (December 3, 2013) just in case I’d missed another potential surprise, and was excited to get started on the fun stuff, the writing. I ended up loving every minute of working on Merry Market Murder. It’s got Christmas trees, tree farms, snow, surprise ornaments, recipes galore (including what I think is the absolute best cut-out cookie recipe ever in the history of all cut-out cookie recipes), murder, secret and not so secret Santas, a little romance, and a current mystery that also reaches back in time a little. I hope readers enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

And, since it truly is about that time – Happy December and happy holidays to everyone. A very special thanks to Lori (Dollycas) and all her readers for making this such a wonderful blog, and for inviting me to stop by.

~Paige

About Paige Shelton

Paige Shelton is the national bestselling author of the Farmers’ Market Mysteries and the Country Cooking School Mysteries. She grew up in the Midwest but moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, after college. Paige enjoys reading, listening to music from the 80s, and watching way too many zombie movies with her husband and son.

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Merry Market Murder
(A Farmers’ Market Mystery)

5th in Series
Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (December 3, 2013)
The Berkley Publishing Group
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Dan Craig
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425252352
E-Book File Size: 2030 KB
ASIN: B00BTRDI84
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Bailey’s Farmers’ Market is this season’s go-to holiday destination, but not all the vendors are feeling the Christmas spirit…

This is the fifth installment of the Farmer’s Market Mystery Series featuring fraternal twin sisters Allison and Becca Robins. Allison manages Bailey’s Farm Market and Becca is a vendor selling her jams and preserves.

Ridgeway Christmas Tree Farm has decided to add a booth at Bailey’s Farmers’ Market this year. Most of the regular vendors are excited about it until another tree farmer, Reggie Stuckey, arrives with a truck full of trees and tries to claim he has an exclusive contract to sell them. Before Allison has time to sort out the contract dispute Reggie is found with a tree stake in his chest. Things are far from MERRY!

Soon after the body is found Becca starts to receive unusual and mysterious ornaments. She thinks they may be clues to who killed Reggie. As she tries to wrap her mind around what these clues are telling her she discovers a lot about some people she thought she knew pretty well.

Just who is the Scrooge that that is set on keeping these holidays from being happy?

Dollycas’s Thoughts
One of my favorite series and this time we get to visit over the Christmas holidays. Again Becca lands right in the middle of the trouble. Her detective boyfriend wishes she would butt out but the clues are all being left for her and she can’t just ignore them.

This is a very clue oriented mystery and Becca has to dig deep and back in history to put everything together and then she may still be too late. Paige Shelton has put a real clever spin on the clues this time. They need to be pondered and investigated and then sometimes pondered a bit more.

All our favorite characters are back and it seems Becca and Allison’s parents may be sticking around awhile. The new characters are interesting. A tree farmer than looks a bit like Santa can’t be a bad guy.  can he?

Anytime is a great time to “escape” to visit Bailey’s. But with the smell of pine in the air and a bounty of tasty treats available this is perfect time. Time to get in the holiday spirit and you know this book would make a perfect stocking stuffer for the cozy mystery lover on your list. The recipes in the back of book are fabulous, the Orange Meltaways are just one that has been added to my holiday baking list.

a perfect escape
5 STARFISH

Dollycas

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Aug 132013
 

if bread could rise
If Bread Could Rise to the Occasion
(A Country Cooking School Mystery)

3rd in Series
Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (August 6, 2013)
A Division of The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Phil Parks
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425252239
E-Book File Size: 783 KB
ASIN: B009RYS4CQ
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Isabelle “Betts” Winston and her grandmother invite students from all across the country to attend Gram’s Country Cooking School. Many apply but only a few are chosen each year. This year a student arrives, Freddie O’Bannon, who has an acceptance letter but Betts nor her grandmother can remember seeing his application or can find any record of him in their files. They decide to allow him to stay if they can verify his references.

Another arrival puts the issue with Freddie on  the back burner. Cylas Gent, a ghost who may have been a romantic interest of Gram’s, seems to need some help solving a mystery from the past.

Then another mystery arises as one of the new students is found dead. Gram and Betts have their hands full. Can they solve all mysteries without getting burned??

Dollycas’s Thoughts
One of the reasons I love this series is because each story contains not one but two whodunits. With the help of their friends, both dead and alive, Gram and Betts do everything they can to get to the bottom of these mysteries. The ghosts only know so much and their memories are not very good, but the current residents of Broken Rope, Missouri have some resources that help bridge the gap a bit between the past and the present. Sometimes the mystery from the past points them in the right direction for those in the present and the current ones give a link to those in the past too.

All the characters in this story seem so real and jump right off the page. A picture is easily painted in out minds that bring every one of them to life.

This time a favorite ghost from a past story returns and it is so darn easy to forget he is a ghost for both Betts and us readers. Paige Shelton, you made me cry!!

The new ghost’s story is very unique and it truly captivated me from beginning to end. The author adds just the right little touches that makes it possible for us to step right over into their story.

This book is absolutely brilliant and a pure pleasure to read! I am always a little sad when I reach the last page. My visit to Broken Rope ends much too soon. We are treated to some tasty recipes to tide us over until the next installment. We have had chickens, potatoes and bread…wonder what tasty morsel will be featured next. All I know is I CAN’T WAIT!!!

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas

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Dec 052012
 


Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am pleased to welcome Paige Shelton back to Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book. She is the author of the Farmer’s Market Mysteries and the Country Cooking  School Mysteries. A Killer Maize (A Farmers’ Market Mystery) hit stores yesterday and I am so glad she could squeeze in a visit.

Hi Paige!

Hi Everyone!

It’s hard to believe that it’s December 2012. I’m holding tight to the hope that the Mayans were wrong, or that we’ve misinterpreted their calendar, or perhaps that they just ran out of energy to continue writing said calendar, and we’ll all ride safely into 2013. I’ve made sure not to neglect deadlines for books I have publishing next year, just to be safe.

A Killer Maize is the fourth book in the Farmers’ Market Mystery series, and it’s also my fourth book that has published over the last twelve months. Add in a Farmers’ Market ebook short story, and I’ve definitely experienced some confusing moments lately. Every time someone asks me about a specific book, or character, or plot point, I fall into what probably looks like a daze, but in fact I’m just going through the “files” in my head to track down the right answer. The older I’ve gotten, the slower those files are to be found and opened.  So, if I’m ever fortunate enough to meet you in person, I hope you’ll forgive me if I have to take a moment.

These busy years have shown me how incredibly valuable those are who I have pulled into my writer’s life. My family is astoundingly supportive and understanding. My agent and editor have been perfect. They have been there for me in moments when I wasn’t sure if I was headed in the right direction, or perhaps I knew I was headed in the wrong direction but I didn’t know the way out. I even once chose a wrong direction on purpose, and they were quick to let me know it was okay. Phew.

I have a couple friends who read what I write and kindly warn me if I’m off track. They are always thorough and have met the challenge of my recent tight deadlines. It could be considered rude to send an almost three hundred page attachment to someone with a note that says: “Any chance I could get this back in less than a week?” I don’t even need to say that anymore; my Beta readers are up to the task.

There’s also a whole team of people I rarely talk to and will probably never meet but who work with my publisher. A smart and efficient publicist, cover designers, copy editors – I couldn’t do what I do without them. I’ve tried to thank them personally in the acknowledgments of the last couple books, but I can’t express my gratitude enough.

Bloggers, reviewers, everyone who takes a moment to say something positive about my books – your support is sometimes so incredible that I feel overwhelmed. Pardon me this moment of melodrama, but you have brought happy tears to my eyes many times. As a writer, there’s nothing like hearing that something you’ve poured yourself into -something you’ve created – actually resonates with someone other than yourself.

And, most of all, if it weren’t for you, the book lovers and the book readers, I wouldn’t get the opportunity to have four books (and that short story) publish in a twelve month time period. Deadlines wouldn’t matter –shoot, they wouldn’t exist. Agents and editors would have no reason to guide with grace and patience. Cover designers, publicists, copyeditors, bloggers – they’d all have to find something else to do.

So, as the end of the world potentially draws near, I’d really just like to say thank you for giving me the opportunity to do what I love to do. You’re the best, and I wish you the happiest of holidays, a fantastic new year, and blessings of good health, abundant happiness, and an always overflowing stack of good books.

~Paige

Thank you for giving us such wonderful stories to read that bring us so much enjoyment and finding time in your very busy schedule to visit with us! 

A Killer Maize
(A Farmers’ Market Mystery)

4th in Series
Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425251744
Cover Illustration by Dan Craig

A few of the vendor’s from Bailey’s Farmer’s Market are taking their products to the Swayton County Fall Festival. The festival director thinks their unique products will bring in new customers to the festival. After the first day the vendors think they have made a big mistake. This festival is dead, hardly any people there at all. That is until one of the carnival workers is founding hanging from his rickety Ferris wheel, dead from a gunshot wound.

Funny how murder brings out the people out to the fair, including one of Becca’s exes. He just happens to be running one of the games at the festival and he is acting quite suspicious. Becca just can’t help herself. She has to work her way through a myriad of clues, lies, and secrets to “find a kernel of truth before the killer starts stalking her.”

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I love the setting! A fall festival with a huge corn maze and dilapidated rides and maybe even a ghost. Paige Shelton always surprises and never disappoints. A carny with a spider tattoo on his neck!!! Mysterious owners, a creepy little town, and gypsy magic. This story should have come out at Halloween but I am not complaining. I fell right into this story and there is more than one maze in this story. We are led through the clues and hit a few dead ends and have to back up, regroup and chart a new path. Masterfully plotted, just masterful!!

I did miss the regulars at Bailey’s a bit but the new characters were quite colorful and unique. Scott Two’s appearance at the festival gave us a peak at Becca’s past and of course Sam helps out the local police a bit and is in just the right place at the right time. 

On top of solving the crime Becca is also making a very important decision of her own. She also learns what Scott has been up to these past few years. I also loved the addition of another furry friend.

Head to the bookstores online or brick and mortar and harvest the homegrown mystery today. A jam packed who-dun-it that will “a-maize” you!

Find out more about Paige and her books at her webpage here.

Dollycas

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