Oct 152018
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

Leaving Arizona for California then on to Mississippi, New York, and Louisiana,
where I will check off another destination for my Literary Escapes Challenge.

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

Escapes Completed


In the Dead of Winter (An Ivy Towers Mystery)
Release Date – August 7, 2017
Setting – Kansas
My Review.


A Crafter Knits a Clue: A Handcrafted Mystery
Release Date – October 9, 2018
Setting – Wisconsin
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!


Murder at Archly Manor (High Society Lady Detective)
Release Date – October 15, 2018
Setting – England
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Wednesday!


First Flurries
Release Date – September 18, 2018
Setting – Connecticut
My Review will be up Thursday! 


Deadly Payload (Rim Country Mysteries)
Release Date – July 17, 2018
Setting – Arizona
My Review will post on Friday!

Scheduled Escapes


Designed For Haunting (An Aurora Anderson Mystery)
Release Date – October 9, 2018
Setting – California
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Sunday!


Six Cats a Slayin’ (Cat in the Stacks Mystery)
Release Date – October 23, 2018
Setting – Mississippi
For Review


Death of a Russian Doll: A Vintage Toy Shop Mystery
Release Date – October 9, 2018
Setting – New York
For Review


Mardi Gras Murder: A Cajun Country Mystery
Release Date – October 9, 2018
Setting – Louisiana
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Thursday!

Future Escapes

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Oct 142018
 

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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
~ It’s a chance to share news~
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!

Another year of football is in the books. All the kids played well. We lost yesterday 19 – 21 but they had a winning season and everyone is looking forward to next year. For Kaden and the rest of the 5th graders, next year means the end of flags and really tackling. Should be interesting.  It was windy and chilly but we all had fun supporting the team and cheering for Diesel, aka Kaden. Because there is no school on Monday he came home with us and quickly hooked up with his FortNite friends on the Xbox 🙂 At least he is in the living room so I can see him having fun.  Yeah, he is at the age where grandparents just smile and nod and try to grab a hug whenever we can. I stole several Remington hugs earlier today because he will be spending his no school Monday with his other grandma. Natalie was at the pumpkin patch today with her other set of grandparents. Pumpkins – they are on my agenda for next weekend. 


Weekly Rewind – October 8 – 13, 2018

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #41 2018

Tuesday – #Review / #Giveaway – Forever Fudge (A Candy-coated Mystery) by Nancy Coco @KensingtonBooks

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Kathleen Ernst – Author of The Lacemaker’s Secret (A Chloe Ellefson Mystery) #GuestPost / #Review / #Giveaway

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – Rats, Mice, And Other Things You Can’t Take to The Bank by Leslie Handler

Plus – #Review / #Giveaway – The Perfect Body (Professor Molly Mysteries) by Frankie Bow – Great Escapes Book Tour @frankiebow

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – In the Dead of Winter (An Ivy Towers Mystery) by Nancy Mehl #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – #Review – Fields’ Guide to Assassins (The Poppy Fields Adventures) by Julie Mulhern

 

I hope you have a wonderful week!

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Oct 132018
 

Fields’ Guide to Assassins (The Poppy Fields Adventures)
Mystery/Suspense
2nd in Series
Setting – France
J & M Press (September 25, 2018)
Print Length: 248 pages
Kindle ASIN: B07H19BCJH

Poppy Fields, Hollywood IT girl extraordinaire, accompanies her A-list mother to Paris, and why not? It’s PARIS!

What her mother doesn’t know is Poppy’s on assignment. Her mission? To help bankrupt a drug cartel. To do that, she must access encrypted account numbers, evade a drug lord with a grudge, dodge a Russian oligarch, and align herself with a man who looks like a Norse god. Oh, and there’s that plot—the one to launch a massive attack on the City of Lights.

If Poppy’s not careful, La Vie en Rose might just turn funereal black.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Poppy Fields is back and has traveled to Paris with her mother. Movie star Chariss Carlton is in town to shoot a movie and after Poppy’s trip to Mexico, she wants to keep her close. What Chariss doesn’t know is Poppy has been recruited to help break up a drug cartel. Her handler makes it sound like a piece of cake. Thankfully while living with her dad in Montana he taught her how to protect herself because the agency hasn’t given her 1 minute of training. Even with “Thor” (not his real name) as her bodyguard, her life was in danger the entire time. But who wants her dead, the guy whose plan she blew up in Mexico or someone related to her new mission?

Just like the first book in this series I was saying Wow! Wow! WOW! all the way through.

Julie Mulhern has done it again! She set the bar high with Fields’ Guide to Abduction and she equaled or maybe even surpassed it in Fields’ Guide to Assassins. These stories have a rapid pace and once you start reading they are absolutely impossible to put down. In Assassins, we follow Poppy, her friends, Thor, and the police around to all the tourist hot spots in the area trying to uncover the plot that may launch a huge attack. Poppy knows something major is going to happen but even after several attempts on her life, no one believes her.

Edge of my seat, yes, several times.

Ms. Mulhern descriptive talents are superb. I have never been to Paris but I could picture everything, I mean everything so clearly in my mind. The City of Lights and the dark underbelly of the city came alive.

Scary and breathtaking, yes, very much.

She also knows how to add her signature humor to the story in all the right places. The dialogue is quick and spectacular.

Laugh out loud, yes, more times than I could count.

With characters that leap off the page and situations that had my heart racing, Julie Mulhern has landed another book on my Best Reads of 2018 list. I cannot get enough of Poppy Fields! I truly cannot wait to see where her next adventure takes her! I just know she is finally going to get some training!!

Please write fast, Julie Mulhern!

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You can read my review of Fields’ Guide to Abduction here

About the Author

Julie Mulhern is the USA Today bestselling author of The Country Club Murders and the Poppy Fields Adventures She is a Kansas City native who grew up on a steady diet of Agatha Christie. She spends her spare time whipping up gourmet meals for her family, working out at the gym and finding new ways to keep her house spotlessly clean–and she’s got an active imagination. Truth is–she’s an expert at calling for take-out, she grumbles about walking the dog and the dust bunnies under the bed have grown into dust lions.

 


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Oct 122018
 

On Flashback Fridays I will share with you
the books I was not able to review
when they were first released that have been screaming at me
from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.

I must have really wanted to read this story.
I had an old print omnibus of the first three books in this series on my TBR shelf,
and a digital copy on my Kindle.  🙂 


In the Dead of Winter (An Ivy Towers Mystery)
Christian Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Kansas
Champ Publishing (August 7, 2017)
Print Length: 205 pages
Kindle ASIN: B074MPKJ6R

Samantha “Ivy” Towers returns to Winter Break, Kansas, where she spent her summers as a child, to make funeral arrangements for her Aunt Bitty. While there, she begins to suspect her aunt’s death, which resulted from a fall in her bookshop, wasn’t an accident after all. Childhood friend Amos Parker, now sheriff of Winter Break, seems anxious to get Ivy out of town. A missing book, a message scrawled by an unknown person, and an extra coffee cup leave Ivy with more questions than answers.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

A quick trip to Winter Break turns out to be more complicated than Samantha “Ivy” Towers ever imagined. With her parents overseas she is responsible for planning her Aunt Bitty’s funeral and tying up her legal affairs that may include selling her bookstore. Soon after she arrives she finds out that her aunt left everything to her with the exception of a few special gifts. But Aunt Bitty’s death is troubling and not just for Ivy. The investigation was quickly wrapped up and the body cremated a little too fast. She even finds an unsigned note that tells her it was not an accident. She knows most of the residents of Winter Break but someone is lying. She only has a few weeks off from college but she is not leaving until she finds out what really happened to her Aunt Bitty.

Winter in Winter Break sounds similar to winter in Wisconsin so I felt right at home. Like most small towns it is full of its share of quirky residents, but one thing is for sure everyone loved Aunt Bitty. She was a special lady and she will be missed. The author has created such wonderful characters. Hearing the people talk about Aunt Biddy made me really sad she was the victim of the horrible murder. Ivy though has a lot of the same qualities as her aunt, she just doesn’t realize it yet. Her upbringing was a bit unusual so there is a sense of insecurity. She evolved in this story but the author has left her plenty of room to grow.

We meet several of Winter Break’s finest including Amos, a deputy sheriff and old friend of Ivy’s and Ruby that owns the local diner with her signature burgers. A visitor in town lands squarely on Ivy’s suspect list, his arrival is just too suspicious and he is clearly hiding something.

The story had a couple of hitches for me, medical things mostly, but the mystery was well-plotted. It had plenty of twists but I picked out the murderer early on. It was interesting to read to the end to be sure I was right and the true motive for the crime.

The story does have a Christian theme and a clear message that blends with the mystery very nicely and does overpower it.

I found this to be a fine start for this series and am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Bye, Bye, Bertie.

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About the Author (from Amazon)

Nancy Mehl lives in Missouri, with her husband Norman, and her very active puggle, Watson. She’s authored thirty books and is currently at work on a new FBI suspense series for Bethany House Publishing.

All of Nancy’s novels have an added touch – something for your spirit as well as your soul. “I welcome the opportunity to share my faith through my writing,” Nancy says. “It’s a part of me and of everything I think or do. God is number one in my life. I wouldn’t be writing at all if I didn’t believe that this is what He’s called me to do. I hope everyone who reads my books will walk away with the most important message I can give them: God is good, and He loves you more than you can imagine. He has a good plan especially for your life, and there is nothing you can’t overcome with His help.”

You can find out more about Nancy by visiting her Web site at: www.nancymehl.com. She also is active on the Suspense Sisters: www.suspensesisters.blogspot.com and on FaceBook!

 

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Oct 112018
 

The Perfect Body (Professor Molly Mysteries)
by Frankie Bow

About the Book


The Perfect Body (Professor Molly Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Setting – Hawaii
Hawaiian Heritage Press
Release Date – September 30, 2018
Print Length: 203 pages
Digital ASIN: B07GVRPNLY

When Professor Molly attends Mahina State University’s exclusive donor dinner, she doesn’t expect to have to share a table with the insufferable Stephen Park. Turns out it’s one thing to invite your toxic ex-boyfriend to drop dead…it’s quite another when he takes you up on it.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

It’s just a university donor dinner held in an old hospital . . . what could go wrong?

The university is taking over the hospital property and refurbishing the buildings for offices, labs and meeting areas.  Just between you and me,  I don’t think it is ASA compliant. Even Molly’s hubby says it reminds him a little bit of a horror movie.

It is Donnie and Molly’s first time out without their baby Francesca and she was looking forward to it until she learns they were seated at a table with Stephen Park, a man she dated very briefly and he has been a thorn in her side ever since. Also seated at the table is Bee Corcoran, a kinesiology professor who has been giving unwanted advice about exercising, healthy diets, and losing weight to Molly ever since the birth of her child.

Sadly, the others that were supposed to be seated at the table have begged off from the event. So it is just the four of them in this very uncomfortable situation. It is no wonder they are doing anything that will get them away from the table, Donnie to check in with the sitter, Stephen to have a cigarette, Molly to the ladies room. Unfortunately, Molly takes a long route back to the table just in time to hear Stephen fall to his death behind her. This is not going to be good. Both she and Donnie were away from the table, If Stephen was pushed to his death they are going to be the prime suspects.

Department head and new mom Molly has her hands full even during summer break. Thankfully she has a student from the college to help at home with the house and the baby because she has to follow very clue to prove her husband had nothing to do with Stephen Park’s demise. Her partner in crime and best friend Emma is around to help her sleuth or pour the wine or both depending on the situation. All of the characters in this story are fleshed out and unique.

The story set a nice pace from the start and the plot took several turns before the real killer came into focus. The author includes the perfect amount of humor and throws in bits of the Hawaiian language here and there and I really like that.

Stories set in Hawaii always get me dreaming. I so want to vacation there someday. The old hospital/new college digs will not be on my list of places to visit though. I understand the university wanting to show their patrons the new property they acquired, but the place was clearly unsafe for a gala of this kind, even if someone didn’t have murder on their mind.

Frankie Bow has filled these pages with plenty of drama. Drama that will have you flipping those pages quickly from beginning to end. I really enjoyed catching up with Professor Molly.

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About the Author

Like Professor Molly, Frankie Bow teaches at a public university. Unlike her protagonist, she is blessed with delightful students, sane colleagues, and a perfectly nice office chair. She believes if life isn’t fair, at least it can be entertaining. In addition to writing murder mysteries, she publishes in scholarly journals under her real name. Her experience with academic publishing has taught her to take nothing personally.

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Praise for The Perfect Body (Professor Molly Mysteries)
by Frankie Bow

The characters are diverse and interesting, each with his/her own personalities, including Stephen and his date, Bee. Not to mention Molly’s best friend and partner-in-crime, Emma.
~Cassidy’s Bookshelves

Molly and Emma are two of my favorite characters. . . The books in this series are quick paced, creative and funny.
~Laura’s Interests

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Oct 112018
 

Rats, Mice, And Other Things You Can’t Take to The Bank
Humor/Essays
HumorOutcasts Press (February 11, 2018)
Paperback: 174 pages
ISBN-10: 0999412736
ISBN-13: 978-0999412732
Kindle ASIN: B079S4HYDK

Part memoir, part essay collection, Rats, Mice, and Other Things You Can’t Take to the Bank is written with both wit and charm. It will take you on a ride from finding a mouse in the house to the mortgage crisis, from a smile to a chuckle and from a few tears to the feeling of being wrapped in a blanket sipping a warm cup of cocoa on a cold winter’s day. Handler offers a rich, touching, heartfelt and reflective read that will leave the reader with an indelible uplifting spirit.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Life Happens! Leslie Handler shares life as it happens to her and those she loves with this collection of essays. Some are quite funny. Others bring memories of my own life, good and bad.

What I liked about this book is that I could pick it up and read a few stories, put it down and come back another time. I started reading it from the beginning but then found myself skipping around depending on the mood I was in.

Over the course of the book, you get to know the author very well. She is truthful about the ups and downs of marriage, the “joys” of getting older, and her general musings on life. She covers a wide range of topics and while I didn’t always agree with her assessment I found the essays to be very entertaining. She has clearly led a different life than I have so some of her stories didn’t resonate with me as much as others, but I do know this  – we both have had our struggles in life and we both greatly love our husbands and our husbands greatly love us even with all our faults.

One thing that I noted that we share is we both need to manage our anger. Sometimes silly things just make us mad, but sometimes important things really set us off. Her motto like mine is “Just Breathe”. I feel I learned Lamaze breathing not to just help me get through the rigors to give birth to my children but to get through the rigors of life that would follow after the birth of my children. Sometimes it works, sometimes I still blow, but heck I am human and sometimes breathing in and out takes a little explosion to get me started down the calmer path.

Leslie Handler shares her poignant, mostly amusing, truthful stories of life as she sees it and I found them to be very enjoyable to read.

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Oct 102018
 

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
I am always thrilled to have Kathleen Ernst drop by for a visit.

Immigrant Stories
by Kathleen Ernst

People sometimes ask why I so often write about 19th-century immigrants.  My fascination began in the 1980s when I worked at an outdoor ethnic museum called Old World Wisconsin. The museum features over 50 historic structures which have been moved to the site and restored.  Working as an interpreter and curator there provided tantalizing glimpses into the lives of some of the state’s first Yankee and European immigrants.

An even stronger motivation is simply my ever-growing admiration for the everyday people who made the monumental decision to leave everything familiar and gamble on a new life in Wisconsin.  I created the Chloe Ellefson Mysteries to give myself the opportunity to share some of what I’ve discovered.  Chloe is a curator at Old World Wisconsin, and as the series progresses, she visits other special historic sites and museums.  Different books have featured different ethnic groups.

In the ninth book, The Lacemaker’s Secret, Chloe travels to northeast Wisconsin. She’s been hired to create a furnishings plan for a Belgian-American farm being restored at Heritage Hill State Historical Park in Green Bay.  She’s on the hunt for insight into the lives of Belgian immigrants (and after discovering a body in an old brick bake oven, she’s soon on the hunt for a killer as well).

I knew little about the Belgians’ experience before beginning research for this book.  The immigrants, most of whom arrived in the 1850s, faced a brutal struggle to turn old-growth forest into farmland.  A devastating cholera epidemic swept through the settlements.  And in 1871, what is remembered locally as The Great Fire (which burned simultaneously with the Peshtigo Fire across the bay) blazed through many of the Belgian communities.  Over two hundred people died; over five thousand lost everything they owned.

But the Belgian immigrants’ story is not defined by tragedy.  It’s defined by strength and persistence, by faith and courage.  Today many of their descendants still live in northeast Wisconsin because their ancestors did not give up or give in.  I find that inspiring.

So does Chloe Ellefson in The Lacemaker’s Secret.  I hope that readers do as well.

~Kathleen

Thank you, Kathleen, for being my guest today! 

Now let me give you my thoughts on The Lace Maker’s Secret.

The Lace Maker’s Secret (A Chloe Ellefson Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
9th in Series
Setting – Wisconsin/Belguim
Midnight Ink (October 8, 2018)
Paperback: 408 pages
ISBN-10: 0738753548
ISBN-13: 978-0738753546
Kindle ASIN: B0795R5H4C

Greed, Uncertainty, and Death Get Tangled in the Mystery of a Rare Piece of Belgian Lace

Curator Chloe Ellefson needs distraction from the unsettling family secret she’s just learned. It doesn’t help that her boyfriend, Roelke McKenna, has been troubled for weeks and won’t say why. Chloe hopes a consulting job at Green Bay’s Heritage Hill Historical Park, where an old Belgian-American farmhouse is being restored, will be a relaxing escape.

Instead she discovers a body in a century-old bake oven.

Chloe’s research suggests that a rare and valuable piece of lace made its way to nearby Door County, Wisconsin, with the earliest Belgian settlers. More importantly, someone is desperate to find it. Inspired by a courageous Belgian woman who survived cholera, famine, and the Great Fire, Chloe must untangle clues to reveal secrets old and new . . . before the killer strikes again.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This installment of this wonderful series takes Chloe Ellefson on the road to Green Bay’s Heritage Hill Historical Park. They are restoring a historic Belgian-American farmhouse and have asked her to consult on its furnishings. She recently learned some upsetting news about her family and something is definitely bothering her boyfriend. Roelke McKenna, so maybe a week away, doing the thing she loves will do them both some good. She is meeting a woman there who she has worked with in the past. The woman is a lace expert and she has been told a valuable piece of lace is part of Heritage Hill’s collection. Both women are excited to learn about the lace and its origins.

It is winter in Wisconsin and driving north Chloe encounters some slippery conditions. Just before she reaches the B&B where she will be staying she notices a summer kitchen building right off the road.  She pulls over quickly to check the place out, but she makes a grisly discovery. A dead body has been stuffed into the old bake oven. This is not the way she planned to start her week. The death has nothing to do with her. Maybe she can leave everything to the police and just do what she came to Green Bay to do. But she knows that is not going to happen, she is going to find herself right in the middle of another investigation and her favorite police officer is many miles away.

I know when I pick up a book by Kathleen Ernst I am in for a delightful read. This book was no exception. I have spent my whole life in Wisconsin and every time I read a book by this wonderful author I still learn something new. I knew the basics of the historical events that take place in this story but her fictional telling of the time period resonates and makes the time, place, and people come alive.

The historical part of the story begins in Belguim in 1848 when 12-year-old Seraphine Moreau’s father dies and she and her twin sister, Octavie are taken by their uncle to a convent school in Bruges.  She leaves her friend Jean-Paul Lejeune behind but he doesn’t forget her, he visits her and the convent often and they pledge their love to each other. While at the convent both Seraphine and Octavie learn to make the beautiful bobbin Belgian lace. In 1854, Jean-Paul returns to ask Seraphine to be his wife and travel with him to America where there are new opportunities for farmers. The story then follows their lives in Wisconsin and joins together with the current story which is set in the 1980’s.

Again, Ernst really shows her storytelling chops by marrying these two time periods together seamlessly. Both time periods feature strong women in Chloe and Seraphine and even Octavie who remains in Belguim. We see through the letters to her sister what is happening across the Atlantic. Seraphine and the immigrants struggle to just survive at times was both heartbreaking and inspirational, the perseverance shown throughout their lives was remarkable. Chloe shows her strength time and time again and she strives the find the truth even while putting herself in danger.

In Chloe’s timeframe, I always need to remind myself, 1980’s, no cell phones, no easy access to the internet, no text messages. I love the nightly phone calls between Chloe and Roelke, the calling collect, and reversing the charges. Something the current generation of kids and young adults will never know. For them, both parts of this story would be historical. I know Ms. Ernst’s books would be a great way for them to learn about history. She makes it personal and her stories stick with her readers. Her stories are well-researched but fictional so she does juggle the dates sometimes to fit her narrative while still giving an accurate picture of the things her characters endure.

I do love that the stories in this series take place in actual destinations near where I live. As my grandchildren get older these are places I would love to take them. According to their website, “Heritage Hill has earned a reputation as a jewel of the Midwest for guests from within the area and those visiting the community.” I really thank the author for bringing this treasure to my attention.

The Lacemaker’s Secret is a fantastic story filled with characters that are truly believable. They will draw readers deep into their lives. The theme of Belgian lace and the setting in Wisconsin really shows the author’s love of the history of our state. This was an amazing read!

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The last book in this series also received a Paradise Rating.
Check out my review of Mining for Justice here.

About the Author

Kathleen Ernst is a social historian, educator, and author. Her Chloe Ellefson mysteries reflect the decade she spent as a curator at a large outdoor museum, and feature historic sites in the Upper Midwest.  Library Journal says, “Ernst keeps getting better with each entry in this fascinating series.” Kathleen has also written many mysteries for young readers.  Honors for her work include a LOVEY Award and Agatha and Edgar nominations.  Kathleen lives and writes in Wisconsin.
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Oct 092018
 


Forever Fudge (A Candy-coated Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Setting – Michigan
Kensington (September 25, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496716064
Kindle ASIN: B078QM8PGM

When a film crew comes to Mackinac Island, the last thing fudge shop owner Allie McMurphy expects to find is a murder victim . . .

SHOT ON LOCATION

It’s Labor Day weekend, the official end of tourist season, and the beginning of a whole batch of trouble. First, the island is invaded by a TV crew filming a murder mystery pilot, and handsome Hollywood heartthrob Dirk Benjamin needs Allie’s help to prep for his role as local cop Rex Manning. Then, Allie’s bichonpoo Mal sniffs out a real murder in the alley behind the Historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop, a man shot in the head—with a note challenging amateur sleuth Allie to catch the culprit. Like it or not, the fudge maker has to square off against a crazy killer—but this time she may have bitten off more than she can chew . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Fudge shop owner Allie McMurphy is up to her neck in another murder. The quiet tourist destination has had a real crime wave since she came to town. Her dog, Mal, has found yet another body. A body the killer wanted Allie to find because he left her a note with the deceased.

She really doesn’t have time for another murder mystery. Frances and  Mr. Devaney are off on their honeymoon so the McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop is understaffed and some unusual and scary things are happening at the hotel. Allie doesn’t know if they are connected to the murder, but she needs to find out.

It doesn’t help that a film crew has set up on the island for a new murder mystery show and the town is running a contest to see which side of the street can come up with the most money. The winner will be a featured backdrop for the film which could be great publicity. The hotel and fudge shop had a good year, but Allie has other plans for her profits. This does not make the mayor happy.

Her personal life is in flux too and her BFF is leaving the island for a great job in Chicago. The idea of a peaceful offseason is not going to happen unless she helps find a killer and the film crew leaves town. Fudge! She is going to have to get involved in another investigation!

Escaping to Mackinac Island with Allie and the gang is always so much fun. This time the author has really stirred up a sweet mystery. Life at the McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop is never dull. There is always something happening. The characters she has created are so engaging. It makes me want to pack my bags and head there right away. I missed having Frances there especially but it is after Labor Day and the newlyweds deserve some time off for their honeymoon.

Ms. Coco added an interesting element to the mystery this time. The killer is leaving clues stating chess moves. The problem is Allie doesn’t play chess so she tries to learn. But before she gets even a novice handle on the game another body is found and she realizes the killer knows her well, knows the previous crimes she has helped solve, and the people she cares about may be in danger. This adds a nice twist to the entire story.

Forever Fudge is a well-written cozy mystery with well-developed characters. The author blends the intrigue with a little romance and humor. I am team Rex all the way but looking forward to the next installment in the series to see if Allie finally makes up her mind.

The fudge recipes throughout the book are an added bonus.

This was an entertaining escape and a fine addition to this series.

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Oct 082018
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I am headed to Kansas, London, and Connecticut with a quick stop at home in Wisconsin.

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

Escapes Completed


Release Date – October 15, 2009
Setting – U.K.
My Flashback Friday Read and
this book will help me complete 2 Challenges.
My Review


Forever Fudge (A Candy-coated Mystery)
by Nancy Coco
Release Date – September 25, 2018
Setting – Michigan
My Review will be up tomorrow!


The Lacemaker’s Secret (A Chloe Ellefson Mystery)
by Kathleen Ernst
Release Date – October 8, 2018
Setting – Wisconsin
Kathleen will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this Wednesday!


Rats, Mice, And Other Things You Can’t Take to The Bank
by Leslie Handler
Release Date – February 12, 2018
My Review will post Thursday!


Fields’ Guide to Assassins (The Poppy Fields Adventures)
by Julie Mulhern
Release Date – September 25, 2018
Setting – France
Review will be up Saturday!


The Perfect Body (Professor Molly Mysteries)
Release Date September 18, 2018
Setting – Hawaii
The Great Escapes Tour stops her this Thursday.

Scheduled Escapes


In the Dead of Winter (An Ivy Towers Mystery)
Release Date – August 7, 2017
Setting – Kansas
My Flashback Friday Read.


A Crafter Knits a Clue: A Handcrafted Mystery
Release Date – October 9, 2018
Setting – Wisconsin
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!


Murder at Archly Manor (High Society Lady Detective)
Release Date – October 15, 2018
Setting – England
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Wednesday!


First Flurries
Release Date – September 18, 2018
Setting – Connecticut
For Review

Future Escapes

In addition to those above these books are being released this week!



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