Jan 232018
 

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About the Book

Natural Thorn Killer (A Rose City Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
New Series
Kensington (March 27, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496705136
Digital ASIN: B073NPHX8Z

Cut down among the flowers . . .

Britta Johnston might be a late bloomer, but after leaving her deadbeat husband and dead-end job, she’s finally pursuing her artistic passion at her aunt Elin’s floral boutique, Blooma, in Portland, Oregon. It’s on the banks of the Willamette, in a quaint district of cobblestone paths and cherry trees. The wine bar featuring Pacific Northwest vintages is a tasty bonus, offering another kind of bouquet to enjoy. But things aren’t as peaceful as they look.

For one thing, someone’s been leaving dead roses around—and a sleazy real estate developer who wants the waterfront property has put a big-money offer on the table. Then, after a contentious meeting of local business owners, he’s found on the floor of the shop, with Elin’s garden shears planted in his chest. And before the police decide to pin the crime on her beloved aunt, Britta will have to find out who arranged this murder . . .

About the Author

Kate Dyer-Seeley aka Ellie Alexander writes multiple mystery series, all with a Pacific Northwest touch. She lives in the PNW with her husband and son, where you can find her hitting the trail, at an artisan coffee shop, or at her favorite pub. Better yet—at all three.

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Jan 232018
 

January 23

Midnight Ice: A Mad for Mod Mystery (Madison Night Mystery)
by Diane Vallere
Prequel novella to PILLOW STALK


Scone Cold Killer (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery)
by Lena Gregory

January 25

Fifth Night (Writer’s Retreat Southern Seashore Mystery)
by Kathi Daley

January 28

TEA, TREATS, and TERROR: A Ravenwood Cove Cozy Mystery
by Carolyn L. Dean

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Jan 222018
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I am taking a nice trip this week starting in Texas and ending in New Jersey. 

Here’s what I read and what
I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed


Tart of Darkness (Chef-to-Go Mysteries)
Release Date – April 3, 2018
Setting – Illinois
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Murder with Lemon Tea Cakes (A Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery)
Release Date – December 26, 2017
Setting – Pennsylvania
Karen will be my guest this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Scone Cold Killer (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery)
Release Date – January 23, 2018
Setting – Florida
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Thursday!

Current Escape


Murder of a Good Man (A Piney Woods Mystery)
Release Date – January 15, 2018
Setting – Texas
The Great Escapes Tour stop here this Friday!

Scheduled Escapes


Killer Choice
Release Date – January 30, 2018
Setting – ??
For Review


Murder Borrowed, Murder Blue (A Wedding Planner Mystery)
Release Date – January 30, 2018
Setting – Pensylvania
For Review


Class Reunions Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery)
Release Date – January 30, 2018
Setting – New Jersey
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Jan 212018
 

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The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now a Facebook group that has become an
informal week in review gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
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A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!

Losing a family pet is always hard. This week my favorite feline passed away after giving us almost 13 years of love and enjoyment. Wiley was just a kitten when found at a gas station near one of the pumps trying to avoid a thunderstorm. We had recently lost another cat to old age so the person knew we had a hole to fill. He thrived in our care and grew to be a pretty big cat with the curly tail. He was vocal and funny and knew when someone needed attention. He reminded me of Diesel, the cat in Miranda James Cat in the Stacks Mysteries.

 

When everyone else was a work or school Wiley was my buddy, my “blogging assistant”. He made himself at home on my desk every day. When others arrived home he spread the love around and spent the evenings mostly with our oldest son Kris. When Kris moved out on his own Wiley went along.

 

When Kris’s daughter was born, Wiley quickly became her cat, and he put up with whatever that little girl dished out.

 

 

 

When Kris passed away in 2015 Wiley moved in with our oldest daughter where he continued to receive excellent care and attention. Her boys were thrilled to have him there with them and I got to visit him often.

I find comfort that he and Kris are back together probably playing video games.  🙂

Wiley was one cool cat and he will be missed.

All gamed out – From Kris’s Facebook post.

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Weekly Rewind January 15 – 20, 2018

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #3 2018 – Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida

Tuesday – New Release Tuesday – January 2018 – Week #3 – Catherine Bruns, by Larissa Reinhart & More

Plus – #Review – Many a Twist: A County Cork Mystery by Sheila Connolly @crookedlanebks

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Winnie Archer – Author of Crust No One – #GuestPost / #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks

Plus – Special Announcement – Hallmark Movies & Mysteries “Morning Show Mystery Premiering this Sunday, Jan 21st at 9pm/8c! #MorningShowMystery

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – Escape Claws (A Cat Lady Mystery) by Linda Reilly

Friday – #GuestPost / #Giveaway – Murder at Fantasia Fair: A Provincetown Mystery by Jeannette de Beauvoir – Great Escapes Book Tour @HomePortPress

Plus – #FlashForwardFriday – Tart of Darkness (Chef-to-Go Mysteries) by Denise Swanson @sbkslandmark

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Murder Over Medium: Jade Blackwell Mystery Series by Gilian Baker – Great Escapes Book Tour

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Jan 202018
 

Murder Over Medium: Jade Blackwell Mystery Series
by Gilian Baker


Murder Over Medium: Jade Blackwell Mystery Series
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Misterio Press (December 31, 2017)
Print Length: 216 pages
ASIN: B077T9D6Q5

Former English professor turned blogger, Jade Blackwell, is enjoying her predictable routine when trouble comes knocking in the form of an old friend and colleague. Unbeknownst to Jade, Gwendolyn Hexby is no longer the successful academic she once knew and trusted—she is now following a new calling as a psychic medium, a contentious career that flies in the face of the logic and deductive reasoning Jade values.

At first, Jade welcomes the visit, but things soon turn bizarre as Gwendolyn brings only disorder danger and disruption. When a murder is prophesied, and a beloved pillar of the Aspen Falls’ community winds up dead, Gwendolyn becomes Sheriff Ross Lawson’s prime suspect.

To get Gwendolyn out of hot water, and more importantly, out of her house, Jade attempts to prove her friend’s innocence. Jade believes she’s finally discovered the truth, but is soon brought back to reality when she learns all is not as it seems in the realm of the metaphysical. Not even murder.

Return to the Jade Blackwell Cozy Mystery Series in Murder Over Medium, as Jade jumps into the fray of a territory not governed by logic or reason—in either this world or the next.

Praise for Murder Over Medium

There were many layers to this mystery and I found it riveting all the way through.
~Teresa Trent, Author of Murder of a Good Man

 

Gilian Baker is a former English professor who has gone on to forge a life outside of academia by adding blogger, ghostwriter and cozy mystery author to her C.V. She currently uses her geeky superpowers only for good to entertain murder mystery readers the world over. When she’s not plotting murder for her Jade Blackwell cozy mystery series, you can find her puttering in her vegetable garden, knitting in front of the fire, snuggling with her husband watching British TV or discussing literary theory with her daughter.

Gilian lives in Flagstaff, Arizona with her family and their three pampered felines. In her next life, she fervently hopes to come back as a cat, though she understands that would be going down the karmic ladder.

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Jan 192018
 

Changing things up a little bit today.
I received this book for an early review and couldn’t wait to read it,
so I stuck in a Flashback Friday spot.
That means we are having a FlashForward Friday

so I could tell you about it right away.


Tart of Darkness (Chef-to-Go Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Illinois
Sourcebooks Landmark (April 3, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1492648383
Kindle ASIN: B0748MXMSZ

 

 

Right when Dani thinks she’s hit a dead-end in her career, she unexpectedly inherits an enormous old house in a quaint college town. This gives her the perfect opportunity to pursue her true passion―cooking! So Dani opens Chef-to-Go, preparing delicious, ready-made meals for hungry students attending the nearby university, as well as providing personal chef services and catering events for the local community. To help support her new business, she opens her home to a few students, renting them rooms and becoming almost like a big sister figure in their lives.

But just as Dani is relishing her sweet new life, the friend of one of her boarders is murdered, and Dani becomes one of the primary suspects! She’ll have to scramble to clear her name and save her business before the killer reappears―perhaps to silence the new chef forever.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This series is off to an amazing start!

Danielle (Dani) Sloan quit her job, dropped her “Dr. McCreepy” and is cooking up a storm, watching Hell’s Kitchen and Cupcake Wars, as she sends out her resumé. She is usually joined by Ivy Drake, an 18-year old college junior that lives across the hall. Not a typical friendship, more of a big sister/little sister thing, but it works for them. One day she receives a letter telling her she has inherited a mansion, an old Victorian that was being remodeled into a B&B. After the shock wears off she realizes this inheritance could make her dreams come true. So while the lawyer gets the paperwork done she makes plans for her new business, Chef-to-Go. She will be doing catering, providing meals on the go for the college students and hiring herself out as a personal chef. She gets help with the business from her new tenants, Ivy and her friends that used to live across the hall. They were evicted for some major infractions of the landlord’s rules. Their parents have agreed to pay for them to live with Dani as long as Dani watches over them and Ivy’s Uncle Spencer checks on them weekly. Spencer, the head of college security is glad to help the girls any way he can, especially after he meets Dani.

Things are going great until one of Ivy’s college friends is murdered, shortly after Dani caters a party for her. The investigating detective decides quickly that Dani is the killer. She could lose everything. She needs to clear her name and fast or the only place she will cooking will be the state penitentiary.

The first book in a series is a huge undertaking because you have to introduce the characters, give them each a back story, connect them together and then wrap them in a mystery that keeps readers flipping those pages while leaving them wanting for more. Ms. Swanson more than met this challenge.

I liked Dani immediately. She left her job for a very good reason and I was excited that she could follow her passion. Her business plan makes sense and her new living arrangement is unique and fun. Ivy being so young is a bit naive and needs to have someone looking out for her. Her friends Tippi and Starr do what they can, but she needs Dani and Spencer in her life too. Tippi and Starr are typical college students and Dani likes having them live with her, but one tends to shirk her responsibilities to Danni quite a bit. Spencer is a former FBI agent who spent most of his career undercover. Now retired he enjoys the slower pace of running the security division for the college. These core characters are engaging and interesting. The author has left plenty of room to grow as the series continues.

There are some crazy characters too. Detective Mikeloff is off the rails and the victim and her family have their issues too.

The plot and subplots of this story are very well developed. The mystery itself had plenty of suspects with motive. The victim had done some really terrible things. Dani is a great investigator, people opened up to her so easily. She tries to help everyone she talks to, even when she was facing the murderer. This blends in with the romantic tension Dani and Spencer have every time they are in the vicinity with each other and Dani having to deal with a request from her ex.

I do enjoy the college campus setting. There are tons of possibilities for future stories.

I did have a couple of minor concerns. The author mentions her Scumble River series and ties a couple of characters to characters in that series. This may be likable for fans of that series but may be off-putting to those who have not yet read that series. Also, while the Epilogue wraps up this story,  Dani comes off just a little bit preachy at the end.

I am excited to see where Ms. Swanson takes this series. I am invested in the characters and can’t wait for the next story.

Dollycas

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Denise Swanson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Scumble River Mysteries, the Devereaux’s Dime Store Mysteries, the Change of Heart romances, and the Delicious romances She worked as a school psychologist for twenty-two years before quitting to write full-time. She lives in Illinois with her husband, classical music composer David Stybr.

 




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Jan 192018
 

Murder at Fantasia Fair: A Provincetown
by Jeannette de Beauvoir

About the Book

Murder at Fantasia Fair: A Provincetown Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
HomePort Press (September 28, 2017)
Paperback: 282 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0999245125
E-Book ASIN: B075ZY26XQ

Wedding coordinator Sydney Riley never thought she’d get caught up in a murder investigation, but she became an amateur sleuth when her boss was killed during Bear Week. Now she’s back, this time as the Race Point Inn hosts Provincetown’s venerable transgender event, Fantasia Fair… and murder is once again an uninvited guest!

It’s all hands on deck at the inn as visitors arrive for the week-long event and Sydney helps coordinator Rachel Parsons organize the occasion. Guest Elizabeth Gonzalez is attending with her spouse, Bob, who–as Angela–is taking a bold first step into a whole new existence. Angela, Elizabeth, and Sydney learn the ropes and politics from other guests, some of whom have attended annually for more than forty years.

But the next day, Sydney’s detective friend summons her to one of the town beaches where Angela’s body has been found–with a knife in her back, a knife stolen from Adrienne, the Race Point Inn’s diva chef.

Fair organizers and attendees try and carry on as Provincetown is overrun with police, press, and rampant speculation. Sydney, her boyfriend Ali, her friend Mirela, her boss Glenn, and a host of Fantasia Fair participants scramble to find out who killed Angela–and why–before the killer strikes again.

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Why Should You Read Murder at Fantasia Fair?

So here’s the thing.

Cozy mysteries are as much about context as they are about plot. We read mysteries that teach us about quilting, or the antiques business, or cooking. We read mysteries set on dude ranches, in quaint Vermont villages or Southern mansions, at ski resorts. Part of the attraction is curiosity—mystery readers tend to wonder about other people’s lives and are eager to learn something new (everything I know about knitting, for example, I got from the Tangled Web mystery series by Sadie Hartwell).

Part of the attraction, though, is that these venues and contexts offer a glimpse into—and temporary membership in—a certain community.

That’s the idea behind my Provincetown mystery series: I started with the concept of introducing readers to that community before I even got around to ideas for specific plots. I created my protagonist, Sydney Riley, intentionally to be a guide to take readers into this community. Sydney knows everyone and travels in lots of different circles, but she’s a step removed from them all, which makes her both observer and participant—exactly what any good guide should be!

And there are a plethora of circles in P’town, as we affectionately call it! First inhabited by the Wampanoag tribe, it was the first landfall of the Mayflower and later grew into a Yankee and then a Portuguese whaling capital and fishing center. Discovered by bohemians, intellectuals, and artists soon after the start of World War One, Provincetown is the birthplace of American theatre and the oldest continuously operating art colony in North America. And finally tourism became its major industry as people from all walks of life flock to its inns, beaches, museums, dunes, and more, while from the 1960s on it’s been known as a premier gay resort.

The town celebrates all these layers of inhabitants and visitors through “theme weeks,” when every community within the larger community has a chance to shine. And that was what piqued my interest, because each of these communities is packed with stories, with interesting people, with possibilities for adventure and even mayhem. There are weeks for women, weeks for sailing, weeks for families, weeks for gay men… schooner races and Portuguese cooking and a carnival parade. This place was made for mysteries!

So why did I write Murder at Fantasia Fair, a book that deals with a pretty specific community, the transgender and cross-dressing community? I’m not transgender myself, and I expect that most of my readers aren’t, either. So why should you care? Why should you read it?

First of all, you should read it for the same reasons we read about knitting clubs and birdwatchers and psychics and cruise ships: because this is a community that most of us don’t know anything about, and it’s fun to learn something new. And also, this is a community that’s been in the news a lot lately—and it’s bound to stay front and center, with Chelsea Manning running for elected office—and isn’t it easier to learn about an issue via fiction than it is to read dreary news stories?

Mostly, though, you should read it because it’s a great story with a protagonist who combines sarcasm with astute observations and occasionally even breaks your heart a little. It’s a story that could take place in any community at any time, and that’s the bottom line: that we’re more alike than we’re different.

So please do read Murder at Fantasia Fair. And let me know what you think!

~Jeannette

About the Author

Jeannette de Beauvoir grew up in Angers, France, but has lived in the United States since her twenties. (No, she’s not going to say how long ago that was!) She spends most of her time inside her own head, which is great for writing, though possibly not so much for her social life. When she’s not writing, she’s reading or traveling… to inspire her writing. The author of a number of mystery and historical novels, de Beauvoir’s work has appeared in 15 countries and has been translated into 12 languages. Midwest Review called her Martine LeDuc Montréal series “riveting (…) demonstrating her total mastery of the mystery/suspense genre.” She coaches and edits individual writers, teaches writing online and on Cape Cod, and is currently writing a Provincetown Theme Week cozy mystery series featuring female sleuth Sydney Riley. More at JeannettedeBeauvoir.com

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Jan 182018
 

Escape Claws (A Cat Lady Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – New Hampshire
Lyrical Underground (December 26, 2017)
Paperback: 202 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1516104192
Kindle ASIN: B06XJZ6HWX

 

 

Here, killer, killer, killer . . .
 
For the first time in sixteen years, Lara Caphart has returned to her hometown of Whisker Jog, New Hampshire. She wants to reconnect with her estranged Aunt Fran, who’s having some difficulty looking after herself—and her eleven cats. Taking care of a clowder of kitties is easy, but keeping Fran from being harassed by local bully Theo Barnes is hard. The wealthy builder has his sights set on Fran’s property and is determined to make her an offer she doesn’t dare refuse.

Then Lara spots a blue-eyed ragdoll cat that she swears is the reincarnation of her beloved Blue, her childhood pet. Pursuing the feline to the edge of Fran’s yard, she stumbles upon the body of Theo Barnes, clearly a victim of foul play. To get her and Fran off the suspect list, Lara finds herself following the cat’s clues in search of a killer. Is Blue’s ghost really trying to help her solve a murder, or has Lara inhaled too much catnip?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Lara hasn’t been home in quite a while, but when one of her friends contacts her about her Aunt Fran and her house full of cats she knows she needs to head back and reconnect with her aunt.  She finds her aunt does not only need help with her felines but she has some medical issues to attend to as well. Fran is also being harassed by one of her neighbors who is determined to have a portion of her land. It seems Lara has arrived just in time. Just in time to find the bully, Theo Barnes dead on her aunt’s property and it wasn’t a natural death. She and her aunt quickly become the prime suspects so Lara adds “find the real killer” to her already long to do list. She may have an unlikely partner helping her solve the crime that makes her pursuit very interesting.

Aunt Fran, aka “the crazy cat lady” and Lara and all the feline companions have pawed their way right into my heart. Heck, if I had a place like Fran’s I would be a crazy cat lady too. Her genuine desire to care for these rescue kitties drew me into the story. Lara’s devotion to caring for her aunt and the cats was heartwarming. These are two formidable women and make a great team.

I like the way the author took time to introduce us to the characters, including the kittens. The first page of the story introduces the “Cast of Feline Characters” including Blue, a very important feline in this story. They are all unique with different personalities, just like real cats.

We also meet several other residents of Whisker Jog, friends and suspects. The victim was not well liked so many people should have been on the list of suspects but Police Chief Jerry Whitley set his sights on Fran and Lara immediately.

I am a big fan of Linda Reilly, all of her Deep Fried Mysteries were Perfect Escapes for me. I love the way she tells a story and sets the scenes. She has a very descriptive style that makes you feel you are right there with the characters. Again in Escape Claws, the mystery unfolds at a very comfortable pace. It was not an easy mystery to solve and it is offset by the inner turmoil Lara is facing. Her aunt needs her but she has to go back to her job. The storylines are woven together very skillfully.

You don’t need to love or even like cats to enjoy this story, but if you do you will absolutely love this book.

This series is off to a fabulous start! I cant’ wait to return to Whisker Jog!

Dollycas

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Jan 172018
 

MORNING SHOW MYSTERY: MORTAL MISHAPS

Starring Holly Robinson Peete and Rick Fox.

Premiering this Sunday, Jan 21st at 9pm/8c!

Billie Blessings has gone from beloved chef, restaurant owner, and morning show segment host to #1 suspect in a murder case when one of the executives at the network dies from poisoning. When the head chef at Billie’s restaurant is arrested and held as a suspect, Billie takes matters into her own hands by digging deeper into a mystery that could incriminate people close to her while risking her own life in the process.

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HOLLY ROBINSON PEETE

Actress, author, talk show host, activist and philanthropist Holly Robinson Peete has been touched by the entertainment industry most of her life. Her career as an actress dates back more than three decades and has led her to become a voice for her father, her son and her community.

Born in Philadelphia and raised in Los Angeles from the age of nine, Robinson Peete was voted “most talented” in high school alongside fellow classmate and future actor Rob Lowe. She did her undergraduate studies at the prestigious Sarah Lawrence College where she majored in Psychology and French. She spent her junior year studying abroad at Sorbonne University in France and became fluent in the language. Robinson Peete and husband of 20+ years, Rodney Peete, are the proud parents of four children ages 11-19. They currently reside in Los Angeles.

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Photo: Rick Fox Credit: Copyright 2017 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Ryan Plummer

 

RICK FOX

Franchise owner. He played in the NBA for the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers and played college basketball at the University of North Carolina, where his highlights included leading the Tar Heels to the Final Four in the 1991 NCAA Tournament.

In 1994, Fox appeared in the basketball film Blue Chips and in 1996, he played the role of Terry Hastings in the Whoopi Goldberg comedy Eddie. Fox would go on to play ladies’ man Chick Deagan in the 1998 film He Got Game, directed by Spike Lee but it was in 1997, that he received the biggest role of his early acting career, playing prison inmate Jackson Vahue on the HBO prison drama “Oz,” appearing from 1997 to 2003. In 2008, he starred opposite Angela Bassett in the Tyler Perry film Meet the Browns and played Councilman Blackmon in the 2015 indie hit Dope, written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa and produced by Forest Whitaker and Pharrell Williams.

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Jan 172018
 

 
Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
I am so happy to have Winnie Archer drop by for a visit!

Guest Post
by Winnie Archer

 

I think the absolute best part about being a writer is knowing that your characters have connected with someone. I get “fan” email (for lack of a better term) fairly consistently relating to the different series I write. Every once in a while, they say something like:

I love your books. Keep writing them! I do want to point out that there is an inconsistency between X and Y, and you really should consider XYZ…

The first time I received such an email, I was taken aback, but then I thought about it. Even if this person was being critical, she had liked my book enough to care. And that was pretty amazing to me–a teacher, a mom, a wife, a daughter… just an ordinary person-turned-writer.

The very best moments are when I receive emails asking when the next book is coming out in one of my series, or telling me that reading one of my books is like being with old friends. I never realized just how much that would mean to me until I received the first such message. I began writing because I had a character (Lola Cruz) that was in my head. I wrote that very first book for me. That was fifteen years ago. Just a few days ago, I opened an email from someone who’d read the three Lola Cruz books. She wondered if/when there would be another one in the series. She just loved Lola! The happy byproduct of my writing was understanding that the books I’d written for myself connected with other people in a way I’d never anticipated.

Lola Cruz; Harlow Cassidy; Ivy Culpepper. These three heroines in my respective series are so alive in my head. Their families; their communities; their friends: they are all part of me. They all come from me. And they resonate with readers, which is truly amazing.

Although I miss the people and the series I’m not currently working on (Lola Cruz and Harlow Cassidy), the deeper I get into Ivy Culpepper and the seaside community of Santa Sofia (the Bread Shop Mysteries), the happier I am. Being in Yeast of Eden with Olaya Solis and Penelope Branford, rekindling romance with Miguel Baptista, and being part of a family again with her father, brother, and old friend, Emmaline Davis…it’s like pot roast. Warm and comforting and…home.

Finding a connection to what you read is incredible. I hope it happens for each of you!

Happy reading.

Winnie Archer

 

Thank you so much, Winnie, for stopping by today!


Crust No One (A Bread Shop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – California
Kensington (December 26, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496707741
Kindle ASIN: B06XZ7TQXR

 

 

Business is booming at Yeast of Eden. But with a deadly mystery taking over the seaside town of Santa Sofia, the Mexican bread shop can’t possibly leaven a killer’s appetite . . .

For once, Ivy Culpepper feels fulfilled. An apprenticeship at Yeast of Eden has opened her world to time-honored baking techniques under owner Olaya Solis’s guidance—as well as the freshest small-town gossip, courtesy of chatty regulars known as the Blackbird Ladies. Ivy even begins accepting that she and restaurateur Miguel Baptista may never again rekindle their romance—despite the undeniable tension between them . . .

But she’s tied to Miguel again when his trusted produce supplier goes missing. Old Hank Riviera’s financial troubles would make anyone consider running away forever. And with his relationship woes, there are plenty of people who might want to see Hank disappear. As Ivy, with the help of her octogenarian sidekick, turns to the loose-lipped Blackbird Ladies for leads, she soon finds herself caught in a web of lies stickier than a batch of Olaya’s popular pastries . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts
We return to Santa Sofia for the Winter Wonderland Festival. Ivy is getting set to help Olaya do all the baking but before she can she learns a man has gone missing. Hank Riviera delivers his produce to several local businesses including Miguel Baptista’s family restaurant. Ivy was there to talk about a photography opportunity but that is forgotten as soon as they get the news that Hank has missed deliveries and can’t be found. She and Miguel along with a group of customers from Yeast of Eden, who Ivy lovingly named the Blackbird Ladies, start an investigation to find the missing vendor. Where their investigation leads them surprises everyone.

Ms. Archer has written another fantastic mystery. Ivy grew so much in the first book in this series and she really seems very comfortable now in her life even though the tension between she and Miguel continues.  The supporting characters are very well developed too. I felt like I was reconnecting with old friends. The new characters introduced were unique and interesting.

The mystery itself developed and at a nice pace throughout the book. Twists galore took the story in a very unexpected direction. The author does an excellent job of dropping clues like breadcrumbs until we have not one but two “aha” moments.  Even Deputy Sheriff Emmaline Davis was surprised.

Winter in Santa Sofia, not quite winter in Wisconsin, but no matter where you live it is the perfect time to visit Yeast of Eden for a tasty treat. Doesn’t that cover just make you crave bread, rolls, and every other doughy product you can think of?

I enjoyed every minute of this story. I don’t want to spoil anything, but this mystery unfolds a little differently than most cozy mysteries. I was engaged from page 1. The real-life moments, Em moving in with Billy, Ivy trying to find more photography work, customers in the bread shop, the baking, all tied into the plot seamlessly.  I loved it!

I can’t wait for the next book in this series! The Walking Bread comes out September 25, 2018.

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

About the Author

The indefatigable Winnie Archer is a middle school teacher by day and a writer by night. Born in a beach town in California, she now lives in an inspiring century-old house in North Texas and loves being surrounded by real-life history. She fantasizes about spending summers writing in quaint, cozy locales, has a love/hate relationship with both yoga and chocolate, adores pumpkin spice lattes, is devoted to her five kids and husband, and can’t believe she’s lucky enough to be living the life of her dreams. Visit her online at WinnieArcher.com.

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