Aug 112016
 
the cat, the collector and the killer
The Cat, The Collector and the Killer
(Cats in Trouble Mystery)

8th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – South Carolina
An Obsidian Mystery (August 2, 2016)
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451477408
E-Book ASIN: B01839Q396
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Jillian Hart and police chief Tom Stewart are enjoying peaceful, newly wedded bliss in Mercy, South Carolina, until a woman is found wandering the streets one night. She’s in her night clothes, disoriented, and carrying a kitten in a tote bag. A search of the woman’s house reveals many more cats, a maze of cardboard boxes—and a dead man.

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

Dollycas’s Thoughts

A feline filled fun mystery!

Married life is off to a great start for Jillian Hart and her “acting” police chief Tom Stewart. When Minnie Schultz is found disoriented wandering down a street in Mercy, Tom calls his wife for a little assistance. Minnie was carrying a kitty in a tote bag on her unexplainable walk around town. Jillian heads to get the kitten and calls Shawn, the owner of the local shelter. He knows Minnie very well and they take a trip to her house to check on the rest of her cats. They not only find many more cats, but also dead man. There is no way Minnie could be a killer, but there has to be a reason she was disoriented. Both Shawn and Jillian know the dead man and they know he had plenty of enemies as does Tom. They are going to need more than a clowder of kittens to solve this mystery.

I love, love, love this series! Jillian and Tom are not only a great couple but a great team. With a houseful of cats there is never a dull moment, especially when Jillian brings home a foster cat or two. Tom’s cat, Dashiell is just settling in with Syrah, Chablis, and Merlot when Jillian brings home Minnie’s Otto into the house. Dashiell is not one bit happy about that but Jillian knows how to handle these cats and I just love everything she does with and for them. Playtime, cuddles, special food for Dashiell, plenty of love to go around. She doesn’t spend as much time with them as they would like during this story. Tom has asked Jillian to help with the case. There is so much evidence to be cataloged that he really needs an extra set of hands and eyes. Of course she is no stranger to investigating murders so her observations are very valuable.

I am always captivated by the way the author writes these characters and the way the all work together. Yes, Tom and newly promoted Detective Candace, tell Jillian that things need to be kept confidential, by Jillian and stepdaughter Kara both make good sounding boards. Then they talk things through and MOST of the time tell Tom their thoughts before running off to get themselves in trouble. The key word here is MOST.

The new characters introduced in this book are very engaging, Minnie, a psychiatrist and her brother. Minnie’s children are an interesting bunch, estranged from their mother since their father died. Circumstances bring them all together in a very realistic way. I hope they pop up in future stories.

The mystery this time was also challenging with a lot of moving elements. I had an idea of the who but the how and the why just never fell into place until the very end. Twists and turns galore and I turned out to be only about 10% right in my deductions by the end of the book. That is why I love Leann Sweeney’s stories, she always surprises me.

Again I have a new favorite in the series, The Cat, The Collector and The Killer.  I bet that will change next October when The Cat, The Boy and Bones is released.  She gives us a sneak peak at the end of this book and I am sorry but I just couldn’t read it. Waiting until next October to read the whole thing would be excruciating.

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Jul 082016
 

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On Flashback Fridays I will share with you the books I missed when they were first
released that have been screaming at me from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.

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The Cat, the Sneak and the Secret: A Cats in Trouble Mystery
7th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – South Carolina
An Obsidian Mystery (August 4, 2015)
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
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Jillian Hart and Tom are finally tying the knot, but first they need to make sure Tom’s stepson, Finn, is as comfortable as possible in the lake house they will all call home. So when it becomes clear that Finn has fallen for a pretty cat from the Mercy Animal Sanctuary, Jillian and Tom readily agree to make room for one more—even though the tortoiseshell kitty is a notorious kleptomaniac.

So far, the cat has sneaked out of the adoption center time after time, bringing back trinkets, shoelaces, and socks. But when she brings back an antique locket, Finn enlists Tom’s and Jillian’s sleuthing skills. They hope to return the treasured item to its owner, but their search for answers is
sidetracked when a body is found. Still, their sneaky cat’s find may just lead them to a killer.…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I just love this series! I have no idea how I missed this book last year. It was the installment I had been waiting for.

Tom and Jillian are getting married! Tom’s stepson, Finn, is moving in with them, when not at college, along with his rat terrier, Yoshi. Finn is also adopting a very clever kitty from the Mercy Animal Sanctuary. While the kitten is cute as can be she is also a kleptomaniac and that has earned her the name of Magpie. She is an escape artist too. Tom and Jillian are going to have their hands full when added to their felines, Syrah, Merlot and Chablis.

The story starts out with Magpie trapped in an old love seat with a mysterious stain. Magpie has one her “treasures”, an old locket which Finn hopes can be returned to the owner. but a body found at a construction site takes top priority. So now Jillian and Tom have to add sleuthing to their list while trying to getting ready for the wedding. Maybe Magpie can help them find the killer.

Leann Sweeney writes stories where her characters shine, all her characters, human and animal. I fell head over heels for Magpie. A little ball of furry energy and a little thief 🙂 Jillian and Tom are well suited to each other. Their relationship has continued to grow throughout the series and this wedding came to be at the perfect time.

There are 2 murders in this story. The first is a local builder, the other hits very close to home, especially for Tom. My heart was breaking for him as he stepped up to the plate to find the killer. There are plenty of suspects but connecting these deaths is difficult. Someone is definitely hiding something.

I like the way Jillian is very methodical in her investigations, she tries to help her friend and police deputy Candace and Tom as much as she can but coroner, Lydia Monk, has to make things as difficult as possible. I think with the upcoming nuptials she is finally realizing she has no chance with Tom. 🙂

Each new installment of this series becomes by favorite as the author keeps topping herself. She writes stories that completely stop the real world around me. I become involved on a very personal level. I love following the clues and the drama leading up to the reveal. The ending this time was so surprising.

Ms. Sweeney write classic cozies, quirky and realistic characters, set in a small town, a marvelous mystery, and a group of fabulous felines. I highly recommend the entire series! There is a new one coming next month, The Cat, The Collector and the Killer, I promise I won’t miss this one! 

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Apr 302016
 

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Needle and Dread (Southern Sewing Circle Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
11th in Series
Setting – South Carolina
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (April 5, 2016)
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Cover Design by Judith Lagerman
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Downtown Sweet Briar is now home to a new sewing shop run by one of the circle’s own. With the help and support of her fellow members, Rose is determined to make SewTastic a success, and, to that end, she decides to sponsor a series of do-it-yourself weekends for sewing enthusiasts.

But when a group arrives at SewTastic to work on a project, a loud and argumentative guest pushes everyone’s buttons. And when she winds up dead in Rose’s project room—strangled by a sewing machine power cord—it’s up to Tori and the gang to stitch together the clues before Rose’s reason for living is ripped apart at the seams.

PATTERN AND SEWING TIPS INCLUDED

Dollycas’s Thoughts

SewTastic is a new shop in Sweet Briar, run by none other than Rose and Leona. Really, even the other members of the sewing circle are surprised that these rivals have teamed up. They all plan to pitch in to help make the place a huge success. Starting with a DIY weekend. There happens to be more helpers than students this time, but one participant in trying everyone’s patience and the circle members do their best to calm the woman and her derogatory comments. Things were stitching right along until the testy guest is found dead in the project room. Someone in the group has to be the killer and Tori and the ladies are going to find out who helped the cranky woman take her last breathe.

The death in this story was a little too close for comfort after my son’s death, but this is one of my favorite series and features my favorite ladies, so I couldn’t just not read it. Compartmentalization helped me enjoy this  story. I packed my grief away, skimmed over a couple of things, and got around the things that would have hurt my heart.

While the death was the main part of the plot, there is so much more in this story. I have said it before, the stories in this series are all about the friendship this group of woman have forged. The age range is 20’s to 80’s, they are each unique, opinionated, and  strong. When one is down the others pick them up, when one needs help they all rally together. The bonds are strong, they may bend but the never break. I am honored to get a little peek into their lives in these books.

The mystery was quite good too. The victim, Opal, was not a nice woman, she was rich but it didn’t buy her happiness. She had touched many people’s lives and not in a good way. This made for several suspects. Tori researched the woman and brought several things to light. Now the ladies had to work together to find out which one was upset enough to kill.

Elizabeth Lynn Casey always gives us a fantastic story. Her characters leap out the pages. Their humor shines throughout and their dedication to solve the mystery is extraordinary.

The only bad thing about this book was when it ended. I wasn’t ready for my visit to end. Bring on Book 12. I can’t wait to return to Sweet Briar.

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Elizabeth Lynn Casey is the national best-selling author of the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries. The latest installment in the seriesNeedle and Dread was just released. In addition to this series, Elizabeth also pens the Amish Mysteries under her own name, Laura Bradford. A Churn for the Worse, the fifth book in that series, released last month.

For more information, visit: www.elizabethlynncasey.com or www.laurabradford.com .

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Mar 052016
 

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I am happy to welcome Laura Childs to Escape With Dollycas today!
Her latest Tea Shop Mystery, Devonshire Scream was released on Tuesday.

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Tea and a Mystery to chase
away the final shreds of winter.

A guest blog by Laura Childs, New York Times bestselling author of
Devonshire Scream, the newest Tea Shop Mystery.
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As winter lingers, a nice hot cup of tea makes for a fragrant, warming treat. Keemun black tea, known as the “Burgundy” of teas, is full-bodied, slightly sweet, and goes beautifully with scones and date bread. Lapsang Souchong another Chinese tea with a slightly smoky flavor, pairs elegantly with apples and Cheddar cheese.

Dimbulla from Ceylon has a bright flavor and red-amber color. Add a little milk to this one and enjoy a cup with your favorite bars or cookies. There are scores of other delightful Ceylon teas, too, many flavored with orange peel, cinnamon, cloves, mangoes, and cherries.

Russian Caravan teas, Chinese blends that often includes Keemun tea, is available in a number of different brands. This is the rich, hearty brew that was so loved by the Czars! There are also gingerbread and pumpkin spice teas on the market. And, of course, that perennial favorite, spiced chai.

Be sure to visit your favorite tea shop, gift shop, or grocery where you’re in the mood to discover some great new teas. And if grandma didn’t bequeath you her antique teapot, check out your local antique store!

Now . . . if murder happens to be your cup of tea, let me tell you about my latest Tea Shop Mystery, Devonshire Scream. In this cozy-thriller, tea shop maven Theodosia Browning tries to track down a gang of jewel thieves who stage a daring “smash and grab” during a fancy soiree at Heart’s Desire Fine Jewelry in Charleston. Could it be the wealthy yacht broker, transplanted European, motorcycle-riding tough guy, or mild-mannered professor? The FBI thinks international jewel thieves are at work, but when the Heritage Society decides to put a priceless Faberge Egg on display, Theodosia takes matters into her own hands.

Because I write cozies with a thriller pace, this savvy amateur sleuth’s investigation leads her from high tea into high drama with a pulse-pounding shocker at the end! So cozy up for a fun read and enjoy my tea time tips and recipes as well. Really, once you read about Cranberry Cream Scones, Shortbread Squares, and Waldorf Tea Sandwiches, you’re going to want to make them for yourself!

Blessings,
Laura Childs

devonshire SCREAMDevonshire Scream: A Tea Shop Mystery
Cozy Mystery
17th in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Release Date – (March 1, 2016)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425281666
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Catering a high-class trunk show at Heart’s Desire Jewelry is a shining achievement for Theodosia and the Indigo Tea Shop. After all, a slew of jewelers, museums, and private collectors will be there to showcase their wares and sip some of Theo’s best blends. But just as Theo settles in to enjoy the fruits of her labor, the party is crashed by a gang of masked muggers who steal the precious gems and jewels on display. The thieves disappear almost as quickly as they arrived, leaving shattered glass, scattered gemstones, and a dead body in their wake.

Although the last thing Theo wants is to get involved, she can’t help but intercede when her dear friend Brooke, aunt of the victim and owner of Heart’s Desire, begs for help in figuring out who committed the brutal burglary. Though the FBI believes this daring “smash and grab” is the work of an international gang of jewel thieves, Theo is convinced that the felon is someone much closer to home…

INCLUDES RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS!

About The Author

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of 17 Tea Shop Mysteries, 13 Scrapbooking Mysteries, and 6 Cackleberry Club Mysteries. On July 5 she will release Little Girl Gone, the first book in her Afton Tangler Thriller Series written by Gerry Schmitt. In her previous life she was CEO of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to Dr. Bob, a professor of Chinese art history, enjoys travel, and has two Shar-Pei dogs.


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Feb 182016
 

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BURNING HEAT
By David Burnsworth

The villains are bad, the heroes are human, and this book is a keeper!
~Back Porchervations

A quick moving story that is hard to put down. I really liked this storyline and the characters are believable.
~3 Partners in Shopping; Nana, Mommy, &; Sissy too!

This is definitely a series I would recommend. David Burnsworth is a fantastic storyteller and I can’t wait for the next one.
~Tea and A Book

What charms me with both of these books is Brack’s affection for his dog, Shelby. When things get dicey, he has one person he trusts to take care of the dog. And he always finds time to spend with him until it’s safe to bring him home again. Friends say Shelby is his chick magnet. I can see that.
~fuonlyknew

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Burning Heat
Suspense/Thriller
Setting – South Caarolina
Publisher: Five Star Publishing (January 20, 2016)
Hardcover: 286 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1432831110
E-Book ASIN: B01ATYI6XO
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As darkness blankets the holy city of Charleston, South Carolina, Brack Pelton, an Afghanistan War veteran, steps out of a rundown bar after a long night. Before he gets to his truck, he finds himself in the middle of a domestic dispute between a man and a woman on the sidewalk. When a little girl joins the couple and gets hit by the man, Brack intervenes and takes him down. But the abuser isn’t finished. He pulls a gun and shoots the woman. Brack saves the little girl, but his world has just been rocked. Again.

The next day, while sitting on a barstool in the Pirate’s Cove on the Isle of Palms, his own bar, Brack scans the local paper. The news headline reads: Burned Body of Unidentified Hispanic Man Found at Construction Site. Nothing about a dead woman in the poor section of town. Brack feels a tap on his shoulder and turns around to see an eight-year-old girl standing behind him. She’s the little girl he rescued the night before, and she wants him to look into her sister’s shooting.

Violence and danger make up Brack’s not-too-distant past. Part of him craves it–needs it. And that part has just been fed. Things are about to heat up again in the lowcountry. May God have mercy on the souls who get in the way.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
This is a book I have been waiting impatiently for since I finished the author’s first book Southern Heat back in May of last year. Burnsworth set the bar high with that one and the good news is he matched it with this one.

Brack Pelton is a former race car driver and an Afghanistan War veteran who has had a life full of drama, he lost his wife to cancer and anger was taking over so he enlisted with a death wish. He made it back but is emotionally and physically scarred by the experience. He is back just in time to witness his uncle’s death and as his only heir inherits a rundown bar called the Pirate’s Cove. He tracks his uncle’s killer in the first book.

This time the story opens as he sees a man hitting a woman and a little girl watching on and when he intervenes the woman is shot. Brack takes off with the little girl while bullets are flying. When the police arrive on the scene the woman’s body is missing. Brack and all the other characters we met in Southern Heat are again brought together to find the woman or her body and catch the man who shot her.

I learned from the first book, which was amazingly David Bursworth’s first published mystery novel, that when you start reading you are not going to stop reading until you finish it. So I planned accordingly and that is just what happened. The action starts on page 1 and takes us to some dark places, some creepy places and some scary places. The story continues at a very fast pace as Brack investigates and continues to put himself in and others in dangerous situations. He is also on edge because someone is sabotaging his business, a break in and liquor license issues are just the tip of the iceberg.  I should also mention he is quite a “player” with at least 3 women vying for his attention.

The story is full of flawed characters trying to do the right things. It also has a crazy group of villains. And a wonderful 50 pound mixed breed dog named Shelby. All the characters are so well written. Easy to imagine and see clearly. Easy to root for or hate.

Burning Heat has a tight plot that is thrilling and suspenseful and so much fun to read. Brack Pelton is definitely one of the good guys and I loved taking this edge of our seat journey with him. I hope he invites us along again soon.

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About This Author

David Burnsworth became fascinated with the Deep South at a young age. After a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and fifteen years in the corporate world, he made the decision to write a novel. Southern Heat is his first mystery. Having lived in Charleston on Sullivan’s Island for five years, the setting was a foregone conclusion. He and his wife along with their dog call South Carolina home.

 
 
 
 
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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
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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.

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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.

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May 102015
 

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Southern Heat
by David Burnsworth

I am excited to share this book with you today!!

SouthernHeatFrontSouthern Heat
Setting – South Carolina
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Five Star; first edition (February 19, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-1432828004
E-Book ASIN: B00IF9FAKS
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Synopsis:
Gunshots echo down an antebellum Charleston alley. Brack Pelton, an ex-racecar driver and Afghanistan War veteran, witnesses the murder of his uncle, Reggie Sails. Darcy Wells, the pretty Palmetto Pulse reporter, investigates Reggie’s murder and targets Brack.

The sole heir of his uncle’s estate, Brack receives a rundown bar called the Pirate’s Cove, a rotting beach house, and one hundred acres of preserved and valuable wetland along the Ashley River. A member of Charleston’s wealthiest and oldest families offers Brack four million dollars for the land. All Brack wants is his uncle’s killer.

From the sandy beaches of Isle of Palms, through the nineteenth-century mansions lining the historic Battery, to the marshlands surrounding the county, Southern Heat is drenched in the humidity of the lowcountry.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I am just amazed that this was David Burnsworth first novel. He credits several people for helping him polish it for publication but let me tell you this is an author to watch!

Action starts on page 1 when Brack Pelton finds his uncle shot in an alley and takes us  to the best and worst parts of Charleston as he tries out who pulled the trigger and why. The story continues to be very fast paced and my Kindle’s pages were flying and then I ran out of power. I tried plugging it is to keep reading but the machine wouldn’t cooperate so I downloaded it to Mr. Dollycas’s Kindle so I could keep reading and stayed up reading until I reached the end.

His characters were so vividly written. From Brack to Brother Thomas, Mutt, Darcy, Detective Wilson and even a 50 pound mixed breed Dog named Shelby, I could picture them all in my mind and was totally engaged.  The bad guys as well as the good were perfectly described and Burnsworth writes in such a way that the details just naturally flow without becoming too wordy.  The plot flowed easily as well. A really great balance is achieved and that can be very difficult.

My favorite character was easily Brack. He has been through so much already in his life and even when he wants to give up he finds ways to keep going.

It is usually hard to give a debut novel 5 stars because as a reader I have set the bar high then for their next book, but this story is definitely worth a 5 stars. It has been more than a year since this book was released so I hope the author releases a new one very soon. I am anxiously waiting!!

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About This Author

David Burnsworth became fascinated with the Deep South at a young age. After a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and fifteen years in the corporate world, he made the decision to write a novel. Southern Heat is his first mystery. Having lived in Charleston on Sullivan’s Island for five years, the setting was a foregone conclusion. He and his wife along with their dog call South Carolina home.

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Apr 092015
 

special guest blueI am so happy to Welcome Elizabeth Lynn Casey back to Escape With Dollycas today!

In The Blink Of An Eye
By Elizabeth Lynn Casey (aka Laura Bradford)

laura_new_400x400I don’t know about all of you but, for me, everything about life seems to be going so fast these days. My oldest is wrapping up her midway point of college, my youngest is wrapping up her midway point of high school, and Tori and Milo—the lead character and her fiancé in my Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries—are getting married.

Now before you think I’m odd for including the milestone of two fictional characters in my examples of life’s ever-increasing pace, let me remind you that these characters have been a part of my life since 2009. They’ve kept me company in the car after dropping off my girls at school, they’ve whispered in my ear on nights when sleep hasn’t come easy, they’ve made me laugh at times I might not have laughed otherwise, and they’ve been an occasional horizon on which to focus when life’s waters have gotten choppy.

You see, although I’m the one breathing life into Tori, Margaret Louise, Leona, Rose, and the rest of the Sweet Briar Ladies’ Society Sewing Circle, they’re breathing a little life into me, too. Before them, the notion of something I’d written having reached the hands of someone in every state in our country was really just a dream. Now, with them, it’s a reality. Before them, I couldn’t imagine getting letters from readers who got through a tough time in life because of something I’d written. Now, with them, I have an inbox full of that kind of reassurance. Before them, I saw fictional characters as something that kept me amused during the finite length of a book. Now, with them, I know they can claim a little piece of your heart.

That’s what’s happened for me with the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries. The characters have claimed a piece of my heart. I feel their hurt when things don’t go as planned, I laugh with them when something tickles their funny bone, I root for them as they reach for their brass ring in life, and I look back over the years we’ve had together and marvel at just how fast it’s gone.

It seems like just yesterday that I was introducing myself and my readers to Tori, Milo, and the gang in SEW DEADLY. Yet here we are, less than six years later, and the tenth book in the series—WEDDING DURESS—has just released.

The tenth book…

The. Tenth. Book.

Wow.

Where has the time gone?
~Elizabeth Lynn Casey

P.S. If you hear someone sniffling from the front row of Tori’s wedding this week, it’s probably me.
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Elizabeth Lynn Casey is the national best-selling author of the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries. The latest installment in the series, WEDDING DURESS, has just released. In addition to this series, Elizabeth also pens the Amish Mysteries under her own name, Laura Bradford. SUSPENDERED SENTENCE, the fourth book in that series, released last month. For more information, visit: www.elizabethlynncasey.com or www.laurabradford.com .

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wedding duressWedding Duress
(Southern Sewing Circle Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
10th in Series
Setting: South Carolina
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Company (April 7, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Mary Ann Lasher
Cover Design by Judith Lagerman
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425257869
E-Book ASIN: B00LMGK4GG
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Librarian Tori Sinclair is tying the knot—as long as a murder doesn’t unravel her plans…

Tori is ecstatic to become Mrs. Milo Wentworth in a few days, but she has a lot to do before she sashays down the aisle. Favors need to be sewn, vows need to be written—and a mystifying murder needs to be solved.

When Beatrice, a fellow member of the Sweet Briar Ladies Society Sewing Circle, learns that her former nanny took a fatal fall in her new employers’ home, she suspects the death was not an accident. Now Tori’s spending her last days as a single woman untangling rumors and stitching together motives to find a killer. But can she nab a murderer and make it to the church on time?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I can’t believe this is the 10th book in this series but it is! The ladies of The Sweet Briar Ladies Society Sewing Circle have stitched themselves right into my heart from the very first story.

In Wedding Duress plans are well underway for Tori and Milo’s wedding. We are at the final bridesmaid’s fittings when Leona does what she does and really steps in it saying Rose is too old and unattractive to be in the wedding. Then she goes on her television program and says the same thing. The other ladies are livid and what nothing to do with Leona, so much so that no one but Tori notices she seems to be missing.

In addition to they circle’s drama, Beatrice is excited that her former nanny is coming across the pond to Sweet Briar to be a nanny for some local children. Beatrice is stunned when the woman is found dead at the bottom of a flight of stairs within hours of arriving. She knows it wasn’t an accident and begs Tori to help her find out what really happened.

Another fantastic story from Elizabeth Lynn Casey. I absolutely loved that all the ladies, no matter their age, were part of the wedding party and that time was taken to get the perfect style and the right shade of color for each of them. The description of each dress was vivid so they were very easy to picture in my mind.

Friendship always plays a key part in these stories and this time the ladies surrounded Rose with love and encouragement and also tried to teach Leona a lesson about how hurtful her words could be. Whether the lesson sticks we will have to wait and see.

It was nice to see Beatrice in the center of the mystery. She is always the quiet one and I liked that we got to know her a little better. I was sad though that she did not get to spend more time with her former nanny and friend.

The mystery itself was quite interesting. Right away there seemed to be one definite suspect but the pool of those with means, motive and opportunity continued to grow. As more details were revealed I thought I had it all figured out but my notion split at the seams as Casey added a few final twists to the yarn she was spinning.

I really hate when these stories come to a close. My visit to Sweet Briar always seems too short. I truly cannot wait to visit my favorite ladies again. I also cannot wait to see what Elizabeth Lynn Casey has planned for them next.

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Aug 142014
 

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BEWITCHING BOOTSBewitching Boots
(Renaissance Faire Mystery)
(Volume 8)

Paperback: 222 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1500683412
E-Book File Size: 381 KB
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Jessie Morton is thrilled when she finds Bill Warren, an old fashioned shoemaker, and he agrees to come back to Renaissance Faire Village with her. She’s not so thrilled when claims to have elf magic, and he falls for Princess Isabelle. The dancing slippers Bill makes for Isabelle make him a suspect when the princess takes a leap from the castle terrace. Now, Jessie must find the lady or lord who helped the princess with her last dance before she loses her star attraction.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Do you believe in magic? Bill Warren believes and after this story you may believe magic really happens at the Renaissance Faire.

This is one of my favorite cozy series. I love visiting Adventureland’s Ren Faire because there is always fun mixed in with the mystery.

This story starts out after Jessie and Chase’s wedding and already rumors are spreading that they are breaking up. Chase is training new knights and Jessie is wrapped up with the museum but as soon as they find time they are going to nip those rumors in the bud.  When Princess Isabelle is found dead catching the killer becomes their #1 priority. Detective Almond is trying to catch a killer with Chase’s assistance but Jessie is doing her own investigation.

All our favorite characters are back including Wanda, the blue ghost, and they are joined by some great new characters too! It is that time of year when new people are auditioning to became actors or acts at the faire and there are some very unusual “creatures” roaming the cobblestones.

The story is so well written and contains such vivid detail that you feel like you are right there and all the drama is happening right around you. You can almost taste the jumbo turkey legs and ale,  hear the minstrels playing all over the grounds and smell the bread the monks are baking.   I can clearly see the jousting matches and the secret tunnels in the castle. There are also some things that only certain people can see like a certain dragon and we get to see them all through Jessie’s eyes.

The Lavenes are excellent storytellers. Mystery, humor, romance, with a bit a paranormal are all blended together perfectly. This entire series has been pure pleasure to read.

I recommend highly everything written by these authors. You just can’t go wrong with a Joyce and Jim Lavene mystery. (Or a J.J. Cook or an Ellie Grant, yep, that’s them too!)

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About the authors:
Joyce and Jim Lavene write award-winning, best-selling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook and Ellie Grant. They have written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon, and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family. Visit them at www.joyceandjimlavene.com.
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Aug 072014
 

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Leann Sweeney is here today!!

leann sweeneyThe Cat, the Vagabond and the Victim
by Leann Sweeney

I always begin plotting a mystery with a “what if this happened?” question and my latest book is no exception. I believe I was reading a news story about a cat who traveled hundreds of miles to get back to its owner. So, I asked myself, what would happen if the owner had been found dead before the cat could reach his longtime friend? And what if that person had beeMerlot-2n murdered?

I often see pets on shows like Today and Good Morning America with their smiling owners, thrilled by the reunion, and anxious to tell the world how far their pet traveled and how the story began. But mysteries do not always begin with happy endings. They begin with things going wrong and getting worse before that happy ending. My books are no different.

This is the 6th book in the series and I have tried to populate my stories with cats as characters. They don’t talk or think. They simply act like cats—but cats are very smart–and the perfect companions to lead my heroine, Jillian Hart, in the right direction. Clyde, my vagabond cat, is a special guy. He’s a giant orange tabby and wears a “perpetual smile.” But don’t let that smile fool you. He is one determined boy. Of coursSyrah-who me-2e, he is helped along by Jillian’s three cats, the ones who appear in every book—Chablis, Merlot and Syrah.

This was one of the toughest books I have written because, for the first time in almost 20 years, I didn’t have the guidance of my wonderful critique group in Houston, Texas. We moved to South Carolina in 2012 and for this book, I was flying solo. I was also living in a rental house with very little room to move around (I walk the halls to think or spend time taking long showers to come up with ideas). Needless to say, when my editor got back to me after rChabis-2eading my first draft, she had plenty to say about what needed to be fixed. In the end, after all the rewrites and edits, I loved this book and I absolute fell in love with Vagabond Clyde. He seemed so real to me, so wonderful.

The suspects in this book are different than I have created before. See, I’ve met plenty of folks in South Carolina in the last two years and I drew on what I was learning about the people here in the Upstate. These newest characters are more Clyde-becasue I'm happy“over the top” dysfunctional, that’s for sure. I hope this is fun for readers because they were fun to write. I needed to amuse myself as I wrote, seeing as how the rent house where we lived was built in 1963 and had never been renovated. The oven, the stove, the vanities, the tile in the bathrooms were fifty years old. I am happy to say we are now in the home we built on the lake. I never plan to move again. And I certainly never plan to take a 200 mile journey on foot like Clyde did. I don’t have to. I am home at last. If I told you Clyde’s ending, well … that would be a spoiler of major proportions.

~Leann

About Leann Sweeney

Leann Sweeney was born and raised in Niagara Falls and educated at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Lemoyne College in Syracuse, NY. She also has a degree from the University of Houston in behavioral science and worked for many years in psychiatry and as a school nurse; she now writes full time.

She began crafting fiction in 1980, fulfilling her lifelong dream. After perfecting her skills with classes and a small fortune in writing books, she joined MWA and Sisters in Crime. Now she’s the creator of two NAL/Obsidian mystery series: The Yellow Rose Mysteries and the Cats in Trouble Mysteries. The Cat, The Quilt and The Corpse, first in the Cats in Trouble Mysteries was the #1 bestseller on the Independent Mystery Bookseller’s List when it debuted and made several top twenty lists for 2009 at bookstores across the country. Since then, The Cat, The Lady and The Liar and The Cat, The Wife and The Weapon climbed all the way to the NY Times bestseller list for mass market paperbacks.

Leann is married with two fabulous grown children, a wonderful son-in-law and a beautiful daughter-in-law–not to mention three amazing granddaughters: Maddison Grace (Maddie), Morgan Elizabeth and Meika Elise. She lived in Texas from 1974 to 2012 and now lives in South Carolina with husband Mike, her two cats Wexford and Marlowe, and Rosie–the smart, retrieving, golf-ball chasing, busy-busy-busy mini-labradoodle.

THE CAT, THE VAGABONDThe Cat, the Vagabond and the Victim:
A Cats in Trouble Mystery

6th in Series
Cozy Mystery
An Obsidian Mystery (August 5, 2014)
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451415424
E-Book File Size: 1861 KB
ASIN: B00HZ1E66Q
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Heir of the cat…

When Clyde the cat travels two hundred miles back home only to find his former owner dead, the story makes national news. While everyone seems eager to tell Clyde’s incredible tale, someone needs to step up to care for him. Because the media attention is creating chaos at the local shelter, cat quilter Jillian Hart agrees to foster the loyal orange tabby, hoping his location is kept secret.

But while the media circus around Clyde continues, Jillian learns the real story behind his owner’s death—he was murdered. Why would an elderly man already dying from a serious illness become a murder victim? As the local police search for an answer, Clyde makes another escape. Jillian is drawn into the case when she finds Clyde has returned to his home again—and he’s found another body. When the motive behind these murders is finally revealed, Jillian understands Clyde is in danger of becoming the next victim, and she must help find the killer before the claws really come out.…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Jillian, Tom, Syrah, Merlot and Chablis are back and they have been joined by the cat with a constant smile on his face, Clyde. In this tale Clyde is the star and more than the media hounds are after him.

Leann Sweeney has really taken us to a new level with this one. I have to say the new characters/suspects are way off the normal quirky character chart. They are family and they don’t even get along with each other. A certain family feud has been going on for years and now that Norm has passed away poor Clyde is right in the middle which means Jillian is right in the middle. She may have her friends on the police force and Tom consulting with them, but that doesn’t mean they can keep her butt out of trouble, literally.

What a fun read!! This whodunit was a puzzler, just when I thought I had it figured out there was a twist to prove me wrong and that happened more than once. Sweeney knows how to keep the reader on their toes.

A great mystery, interesting characters and those wonderful felines.  A perfect book to escape right into!! I loved it!!

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