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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!


A Week in the Life of Dollycas

On Monday and Tuesday Charlotte’s daycare provider was ill so Nana and Papa filled in. Monday she was the best little girl but Tuesday she was a little stinker. Papa kept working both days but Nana was pretty happily distracted by the little girl in the house. Daisy was thrilled to have a playmate. In the picture below we thought they were down for a nap but within seconds they were both up and running around again. I wish I had their energy.

On Wednesday Daughter #2 had the afternoon off so since I had finally been cleared by all the doctors to get the latest COVID booster she took me to Walgreens to get my shot. After that, we went to the hospital so I could have blood drawn for some follow-up lab work. The only side effect I had from the vaccine was a very sore arm. The lab guy was great, couldn’t even tell he drew blood.

On Saturday Daughter #2 and I got out of the house again and did a little Christmas shopping. I can’t remember the last time I was in a store. She usually picks up anything we need or since COVID I have ordered everything online. It was a little chilly and windy but we sure had fun. We also took a quick trip to Columbus to pick up our State Champion Cardinal wear.

How was your week?

 

Weekly Rewind – November 28 – December 3, 2022

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #48 – 2022

Plus – The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses by K.N. Smith #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Tuesday – Beauty and the Deceased (A Resale Boutique Mystery) by Debra Sennefelder #Review

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Through the Liquor Glass (A Literary Pub Mystery) by Sarah Fox #Review @TheWriteFox @KensingtonBooks

Thursday – Special Guest – Elizabeth Pantley – Author of Cowboys and Chaos: Magical Mystery Book Club #Interview / #Giveaway

Plus – KENSINGTON COZIES ARC GIVEAWAY @KensingtonBooks

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Death by Flamenco: An Easter Murder in Seville (Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series) by Jennifer S. Alderson #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – Special Guest – Barbara Pronin – Author of The Miner’s Canary #Interview / #Giveaway

I hope you have a wonderful week and are able to
Escape Into A Good Book or two!

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Special Guest – Barbara Pronin – Author of The Miner’s Canary #Interview / #Giveaway


The Miner’s Canary
by Barbara Pronin

It is my pleasure to welcome Barbara Pronin to Escape With Dollycas today!

Hi Barbara.

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a proud grandma, Brooklyn-born but a Southern Californian since graduating from CSULA. I’ve been an actor, a probation officer, a newsroom editor, and a substitute teacher, which led to my first book, “Substitute Teaching: A Handbook for Hassle-free Subbing,” and subsequently to my seven novels.

What are three things most people dont know about you?

  1. Heavy winds scare me stupid.
  2. I wish I had a sister.
  3. In my next life, I want to be a pianist.

What books/authors have most inspired you?

Sophie’s Choice/William Styron

House on Endless Waters/Emuna Elon

Leaving Time/Jodi Picoult

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

For my mysteries, unless they are grounded in science or industry (as Syndrome was) I tend to research as I am writing because I mostly need answers to specific questions. For my just completed historical novel, I researched for many weeks before beginning to write, then continued researching as new issues needed probing and because I wanted to be certain the historical aspects and timeline – and even the autos and uniforms – were correct. I would have loved to revisit Amsterdam and Haarlem, but as I was writing during the pandemic, I had to rely on my memories and my research.

 Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?

Rarely – but when I do, it is usually a sign that I’m taking the story in a questionable direction or I’m not being true to my characters’ motivations. I go back, then, and read everything that’s come before, and that usually gets me back on track.

What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?

Write what you love. Join a read and critique group to give and get valuable and unbiased feedback – and when you have a polished manuscript, persevere with your queries. Rejections come for all sorts of reasons, some of which have nothing to do with your writing, so keep submitting and submitting and submitting.

 When you are not writing what do you like to do?

Read. I never seem to have enough time for it. I also enjoy cooking for friends and family. I find it relaxing. And I struggle at the piano for my ears only and only when no one else is around.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

To Africa. I adore elephants. They are such sentient beings. I would like to see them in their natural habitat – and I want to see Botswana, which Alexander McCall Smith made so real for me with his engaging First Ladies Detective Agency series!

What is next on the horizon for you?

I’m so glad you asked! I have just completed, Winter’s End, a World War II historical novel set in the Netherlands, researched and written with passion, and narrated by three young Dutch women who moved into my head and refused to leave until I told their story. It is under contract for publication in the fall of 2023.

Thank you Barbara for visiting today!


Keep reading to learn about Barbara’s latest mystery!


The Miner’s Canary
Cozy Mystery/Suspense
Setting – South Dakota
Touchpoint Press (October 25, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 326 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1956851410
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1956851410
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BBS7M1MD

“A smart heroine with a haunted past . . . a who-done-it full of twists and turns.”

 

Haunted by a death she might have prevented, single mom Julie Goldman returns to the brooding Black Hills of South Dakota to turn the old Victorian she inherits from her aunt into a bed-and-breakfast inn. But mysterious deaths are piling up, and a series of vaguely escalating threats convince her that someone wants her gone. When daughter Lu is run off the road while riding her bike, Julie knows she must find and stop whoever has them squarely in their sights.

More About Barbara Pronin

A former actress, probation officer, substitute teacher and news editor, Barbara Pronin has authored two non-fiction books in addition to six previous mysteries including three as Barbara Nickolae. A contributing editor to RISMedia with a passion for music, dark chocolate, and the L.A. Dodgers, she lives in Orange County, California, where she is currently completing a historical novel set in World War II the Netherlands.

Visit her on her Website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

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#FlashbackFriday – Death by Flamenco: An Easter Murder in Seville (Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series) by Jennifer S. Alderson #Review / #Giveaway

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.


Death by Flamenco: An Easter Murder in Seville
(Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series)

Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Setting – Spain
Traveling Life Press (December 10, 2021)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 214 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8777092243
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B096G2LS29

Seville—the home of tapas, flamenco, and … murder?

Tour guide Lana Hansen is finally leading a trip to Spain—and during Easter week, no less! To top it off, she is a speaker at a prestigious travel and tourism expo taking place in Seville during the tour. Luckily, her clients—all influential travel bloggers and writers—are also attending the trade show.

Lana is excited to speak at the conference … that is, until Chet Rogers—an eminent travel writer being honored at the expo—publicly humiliates her and several of her guests.

When Chet is killed during a workshop soon after, Lana is one of the Spanish police’s prime suspects. But she is not the only one in her group who would rather see Chet out of the picture—permanently.

Can Lana sleuth out the killer’s true identity and dance her way out of a jail sentence before her group’s tour to Seville is over?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Lana Hansen is in Seville, Spain to take part in a panel at a tourism expo along with several others in the traveling field. She is clearly the newbie in the group but it excited to be included. She is a bit nervous about meeting Chet Rogers, a man being honored at the event for his long years of service to the travel industry but his latest published piece smearing her and all the other panelists has made him a very unpopular man.

Happy to have a little fun, the group attends a flamenco dancing workshop complete with dancing lessons in costumes. Chet complained about everything but soon after the workshop ended Chet’s rancor came to an abrupt halt when the lights went out. When the lights came back on a very dead Chet was revealed. His body was surrounded by a room full of suspects including Lana.

Lana had hoped for a trip without any deaths but here she goes again. Time to sleuth out another killer to keep herself from dancing her way right into a jail cell.


To travel virtually with Lana is such a good time. Thanks to the beautiful details the author gives us about each place Lana’s visits comes alive. I felt like a butterfly on Lana’s shoulder throughout the entire story seeing monuments, cathedrals, and courtyards. I was delighted to read about the fabulous places I will never see in real life.

Lana is a wonderful tour guide who yes, might be a “magnet for murders” but it truly isn’t her fault. She is genuine, patient, kind, and attentive to the needs of her clients. She knows how to keep her ears open and ask the right questions making her a fine amateur sleuth. I enjoy the way she and Randy work together but he will be taking a new job soon. Their Spain adventure is one they will never forget.

Ms. Alderson penned a very entertaining mystery set in a place I have always wanted to visit. My 7th Wanderlust Tour is in the books. Death by Flamenco is a terrific addition to this series.

Stayed tuned! I will be reviewing Death by Gondola and Death by Puffin next week!

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About Jennifer S. Alderson

Jennifer S. Alderson was born in San Francisco, raised in Seattle, and currently lives in Amsterdam. After traveling extensively around Asia, Oceania, and Central America, she moved to Darwin, Australia, before settling in the Netherlands. Her background in journalism, multimedia development, and art history enriches her novels. When not writing, she can be found in a museum, biking around Amsterdam, or enjoying a coffee along the canal while planning her next research trip.

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The Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mysteries are heartwarming stories about making friends, traveling, and celebrating new experiences. Join tour guide Lana Hansen as she leads tourists and readers to fascinating cities around the globe on intriguing adventures that often turn deadly.

Books in the Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery series:
Book 1 – Death on the Danube: A New Year’s Murder in Budapest
Book 2 – Death by Baguette: A Valentine’s Day Murder in Paris
Book 3 – Death by Windmill: A Mother’s Day Murder in Amsterdam
Book 4 – Death by Bagpipes: A Summer Murder in Edinburgh
Book 5 – Death by Fountain: A Christmas Murder in Rome
Book 6 – Death by Leprechaun: A Saint Patrick’s Day Murder in Dublin
Book 7 – Death by Flamenco: An Easter Murder in Seville
Book 8 – Death by Gondola: A Springtime Murder in Venice
Book 9 – Death by Puffin: A Bachelorette Party Murder in Reykjavik
Books 10-12 – More adventures are coming soon!!

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KENSINGTON COZIES ARC GIVEAWAY @KensingtonBooks

Happy December! 

I am excited to offer this cool giveaway from Kensington Cozies!! 

There will be 5 winners, each receiving one copy of each book!


High Spirits (A Haunted Haven Mystery)
by Carol J. Perry
Release Date – October 25, 2022

Greetings from Haven, Florida, a quaint, scenic old town on the Gulf Coast where Massachusetts transplant Maureen Doherty and her excessively friendly Golden retriever are the newest proprietors of the charming local inn…along with its many ghostly tenants! Now the paranormal crime investigations continue with the second installment in bestselling author Carol J. Perry’s Haunted Haven Mystery Series, as Maureen is preparing for her first holiday season in her haunted century-old inn…

Christmas lights on palm trees and Santa hats on plastic pink flamingos are far from the snowy landscape Maureen and her beloved golden retriever, Finn, are used to. But Maureen is determined to make this a holiday to remember—which means finding a way to promote Haven House on a shoestring. Fortunately, Haven’s vintage movie theater, the Paramount, has come up with a great “Twelve Days of Christmas” idea. They’ll feature an impressive list of the best classic Christmas movies ever made—shown by one-time movie actor-turned-projectionist Decklin Monroe . . .

But nobody bothered to tell Maureen that the Paramount is haunted by the ghost of a man who was murdered a few years back. Haven’s top cop Frank Hubbard doesn’t believe in ghosts but, believing that Decklin Monroe was somehow involved, he wants a reluctant Maureen’s help.

That plan is derailed when, on the first day of the festival, a fresh murder victim is found at the theater. Now Maureen has to defend her staff and guests, while trying to keep her high-spirited resident ghosts out of the picture—before they have company for the holidays . . .


Photo Finished: A Picture Perfect Cozy Mystery (A Snapshot of NYC Mystery)
by Christin Brecher
Release Date – October 25, 2022

The first in Christin Brecher’s new cozy mystery promises photo taking fun—and satisfying sleuthing—when Liv Spyer, a bright-eyed aspiring young photographer trying to make her dreams come true in New York City must develop her keen eye to solve a murder and save her career!

While some people escape into books or music, Liv Spyers escapes through her camera’s lens, which inspires her to jump into things she might otherwise have no business tackling—like moving to New York City. Hustling to make her dreams come true as a portrait photographer, she runs a pocket-sized studio below her grandparents’ West Village brownstone and key shop, where she also lives and works part-time. All of which still has her down to the end of her savings as the holidays approach. Everything changes in a flash, however, when elite events photographer, Regina Montague, invites Liv to shoot with her at New York City’s most exclusive socialite event of the year—the Holiday Debutante Ball! Liv snaps at the opportunity, convinced that a job with Regina will launch her career. But when her fabulous new gig ends with the murder of billionaire Charlie Archibald, her dream job may never develop with Regina framed for murder. Once Liv begins to focus on her photos from the ball, she’s convinced they reveal Charlie Archibald’s real killer. Now, between cracking the world of high society—and the attentions of a handsome stranger—Liv must hustle once again to expose the killer…before she gets cropped from the picture!


Bake Offed (A Five-Ingredient Mystery)
by Maya Corrigan
Release Date – November 29, 2022

Managing a fitness club café and collaborating on recipes with her grandfather are Val Deniston’s usual specialties, only she’s about to set sail into another murder case—this time at a mystery lovers convention!

When the Deadly Desserts bake-off lives up to its name, Val and Granddad turn up the heat on a killer . . .

The Maryland Mystery Fan Fest sounds like exactly the fun getaway cafe manager Val Deniston and her grandfather could use. Granddad will even compete in a dessert competition in which contestants assume the roles of cooks to famous fictional sleuths. Playing Nero Wolfe’s gourmet cook Fritz is an exciting challenge for Granddad. A restaurant manager is playing Lord Peter Wimsey’s valet and cook Bunter. But Granddad is steamed to learn who will be playing Sherlock Holmes’s landlady, Mrs. Hudson—his nemesis Cynthia Sweet, who he believes ripped off his five-ingredient theme from his column “Codger Cook” to use in her own recipe column.

Apparently, he isn’t the only one who has a beef with his not-so-sweet competitor. When she’s found dead in her room with the teakettle whistling, it’s up to Val and her grandfather to sort through the festival goers to find out who was most definitely not a fan of Cynthia Sweet . . .

Includes delicious five-ingredient recipes!


Honeymoons Can Be Hazardous (An Amish Matchmaker Mystery)
by Amanda Flower
Release Date – December 27, 2022

Set in the fan favorite Amish village of Harvest, Ohio, the latest novel in USA Today bestselling author Amanda Flower’s Amish Matchmaker series brings back the unlikely sleuthing duo of an Amish widow and her zany, thrice divorced best friend. Will appeal to fans of cozy mysteries, small-town mysteries, wholesome romance, inspirational fiction, and readers of Jennifer Beckstrand, Charlotte Hubbard, Rachel J. Good, and other authors of Amish fiction.

Millie’s decidedly not Amish best friend, Lois Henry, is outspoken, colorful, and so hopelessly romantic, she’s had four husbands. Millie doesn’t judge, and she also doesn’t expect to run into Lois’s most recent ex, gambler Gerome Moorhead, in small-town Harvest, Ohio. With him is the very young, new Mrs. Moorhead, aka “Honeybee.” Lois is outraged, but Millie is completely shocked to learn the next day that Gerome is already a widower . . .

When a large wood carving at the cozy Munich Chalet falls on “Honeybee,” all eyes turn toward Lois. Who else would want a tourist—a complete stranger—dead? And half of Harvest witnessed Lois’s enmity toward the young woman. Suddenly Millie must put aside her sewing needle and flex her sleuthing skills. She’s no stranger to a murder investigation, after all, and if she doesn’t learn who killed Honeybee, Lois could go from Millie’s boisterous best friend to her horrified prison penpal . . .


Steeped in Secrets: A Magical Mystery
by Lauren Elliott
Release Date – November 29, 2022

Flat broke and divorced, intuitive gemologist Shay Myers has changed since leaving her artsy hometown of coastal Bray Harbor sixteen years ago. But when she moves back under strange circumstances, old instincts may be the only key to spilling the tea on a deadly mystery.

Even with her life in ruins in New Mexico, Shay feels uneasy about settling into the small seaside town where she grew up on California’s Monterey Peninsula and taking over an estate bequeathed to her by Bridget Early, a woman she had barely known. Her heightened senses—an empathic gift she’s had since childhood—go into overdrive upon touring Crystals & CuriosiTEAS, Bridget’s eclectic tea and psychic shop brimming with Irish lore and Celtic symbols. They reach a boiling point when Shay looks up to discover a stranger’s body sprawled across the shop’s greenhouse roof . . .

With her new business a crime scene and questions brewing over Bridget’s so-called accidental death, Shay fears she’s also inherited the attention of a killer. The terrifying realization sets her on an impractical investigation for answers aided by her sister, an elusive pure-white German Shepherd, a strikingly handsome pub owner who speaks in a gentle brogue, and a misunderstood young woman with perceptive talents of her own. As Shay struggles to figure out her true purpose in Bray Harbor and the powerful connection she has with the tea shop, she must trust her judgment above all else to identify a ruthless murderer and save herself from becoming victim number three.


Peg and Rose Solve a Murder: A Charming and Humorous Cozy Mystery (A Senior Sleuths Mystery)
by Laurien Berenson
Release Date – August 30, 2022

Murder, She Wrote meets The Odd Couple in award-winning author Laurien Berenson’s brand-new mystery series, spun off from her much-loved Melanie Travis Canine series and featuring Melanie’s elderly aunts—tough-as-nails Peg and soft-spoken Rose—who’ll put their differences aside to stop a killer, if they don’t throttle each other first.

Rose Donovan looks for the good in everyone. With her sister-in-law, Peg, that sometimes requires a lot of searching. Even a sixty-something former nun like Rose has her limits, and gruff Peg Turnbull sure knows how to push them. But after forty years of bickering, they’re attempting to start over, partnering up to join the local bridge club.

Peg and Rose barely have a chance to celebrate their first win before one of the club’s most accomplished players is killed in his home. As the newest members, the sisters-in-law come under scrutiny and decide to start some digging of their own. But as their suspect list narrows, they’re unaware that their logic has a dangerous flaw. And they’ll have to hope that their teamwork holds steady when they’re confronted by a killer who’s through with playing games . . .


Murder on the Class Trip (A Maya and Sandra Mystery)
by Lee Hollis
Release Date – November 29, 2022

In the new installment from veteran Hollywood screenwriter Lee Hollis, friends, moms, and P.I. partners Maya and Sandra have left their hometown of Portland, Maine, on a school trip to Washington, D.C.—where a killer has just added murder to the itinerary. . .

Drafted as chaperones, Maya Kendrick and PTA president Sandra Wallage are accompanying the SoPo High seniors to the nation’s capital—much to the embarrassment of Maya’s daughter Vanessa and Sandra’s son Ryan. Now both moms are about to find out which is harder—shepherding unruly high schoolers or solving a murder. The last sight they expected to see on this trip is a female intern who works for Sandra’s soon-to-be-ex-husband, Senator Stephen Wallage, in a fatally compromising position.

Desperate to avoid scandal, Stephen begs Maya and Sandra to solve the case. But their FBI counterparts—tough-as-nails agents Markey and Rhodes—are far less enthusiastic about the meddling of two “amateurs.” With suspects ranging from senators to students to stalkers, Maya and Sandra must follow a twisty trail of clues so they can catch a killer and survive to make the return trip . . .

 

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Special Guest – Elizabeth Pantley – Author of Cowboys and Chaos: Magical Mystery Book Club #Interview / #Giveaway


Cowboys and Chaos: Magical Mystery Book Club
by Elizabeth Pantley

It is my pleasure to welcome Elizabeth Pantley
to Escape With Dollycas today!

Hi Elizabeth, 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I spent twenty years as a parent educator writing and lecturing about raising babies and young children. When my youngest graduated college, and my first grandchild entered kindergarten I decided to make a leap and write the cozy mystery novel I’d always dreamed of writing. That was two years ago. Once I started writing cozy mysteries, I realized how much of a calling it was! Cowboys and Chaos is the ninth novel I’ve released in those two years! And I’ve never had so much fun in my work!

What books/authors have most inspired you?
I find bits of inspiration in almost every book I read. It seems every author has a character, a scene, a word, or an idea that plants a seed. The seeds combine to inspire me as I create new worlds.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

I write what I know so that my work is authentic. The settings in my series resemble places I know well so that I can describe them in ways that my readers are transported there. Even though I write paranormal fiction, I like there to be a solid foundation of truth and reality. This particular book is set in the Wild West of the 1800s. My husband is a huge fan of old westerns, so I’ve seen quite a few! That built the groundwork for me. Then I picked up a few books on living in the Wild West and spent many hours researching online. What comes together is a place that feels real, even when talking cats are involved!

Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?

I think everyone has moments of blockage. I take advantage of those by catching up on all the other work and household tasks that build up when I’m busy writing. A short break away – whether it’s a few hours or a few days seems to reset my brain.

What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?

My favorite advice is: If you want to be a writer you must read and you must write. Read a lot. Write a lot. Write afraid. Write nervously. Write uncomfortably. Write poorly. But … WRITE! The more you write, the better you will get.

When you are not writing what do you like to do?

As a mother of four young adults who are all paired up, and a young grandchild as well, a large part of my free time is spent with my family. We hike, play board games, talk, eat and have many great family moments.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Here’s a secret. I’ve traveled. A lot. I’ve toured my parenting books all over the US, Canada, Australia, even Hong Kong! I’ve traveled with my family to Europe, Mexico, and the Caribbean. The one place I love to be most? Home! I’d rather be home than travel anywhere else!

What is next on the horizon for you?

I’m in the process of writing book 5 in the Magical Mystery Book Club series: Bakeries and Buffoonery. This isn’t your ordinary book club, you know. The members actually travel into the book! They must solve the mystery to get out. This time, the club chooses a book about a major cake-baking competition, because, well … cake!

Thank you, Elizabeth for visiting today!

Keep reading to find all the info about Cowboys and Chaos.

 About Cowboys and Chaos


Cowboys and Chaos: Magical Mystery Book Club
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Current Day AND the Wild West in the 1880s
Better Beginnings, Inc. (November 20, 2022)
Number of Pages: 250
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BB1HS7XL

This is no ordinary book club! When the group chooses a book, they are whisked away from reality to find themselves totally immersed in the story. The characters, the setting, and the murder all come to life. In order to exit the book, they’ll need to solve the mystery and reach The End.

This time, the club chooses a mystery that takes place in a quaint western town – in the old Wild West. That sounds like great fun, until they arrive in the dusty old town in the Arizona desert, among cowboys and saloons. They discover that the outhouse isn’t the worse thing about this trip.

The good news is that Paige, Glo, Zell, Frank, and the other members of the club discover plenty of surprises here, and they have a great time visiting a piece of history. They’ll get to live through many exciting moments as they unravel this cozy mystery story.

More About Elizabeth Pantley

 

Elizabeth Pantley says that writing her two Mystery and Magic book series is the most fun she’s ever had at work. Fans of her work say her joy is evident through the engaging stories she tells. Elizabeth is also the internationally bestselling author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution and twelve other books for parents. Her books have been published in over twenty languages. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, a beautiful inspiration for her enchanted worlds.

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Coming March 20, 2023

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Also by Elizabeth Pantley

TOUR PARTICIPANTS
November 30 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
November 30 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
December 1 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST
December 1 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
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Cozy Wednesday featuring Through the Liquor Glass (A Literary Pub Mystery) by Sarah Fox #Review @TheWriteFox @KensingtonBooks

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am delighted to feature Sarah Fox’s new book,
Through the Liquor Glass today!


Through the Liquor Glass (A Literary Pub Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – Vermont
Kensington Cozies (November 29, 2022)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1496734033
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1496734037
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09TX1KRS5

In the picturesque New England town of Shady Creek, Vermont, fall is in full swing, and Sadie Coleman, owner of the literary-themed Inkwell pub, is serving up delicious food and drinks—with a side of sleuthing . . .

Autumn brings a wonderland of color and atmosphere to Vermont. As the last leaves fall from the trees, the town is gearing up for a new festival: A Taste of Shady Creek. Pub proprietor Sadie Coleman is looking forward to visitors coming to sample her literary-themed cocktails. She’s a little more wary about her mother’s impending first visit. What if her mom doesn’t like Sadie’s adopted town—or her new boyfriend, Grayson Blake?

Those concerns are overshadowed when a food critic is found dead at Grayson’s craft brewery, pinned under a barrel. Curiouser and curiouser—the victim is linked to Grayson’s past as a private investigator, and all the evidence points to him as the killer. While Grayson lays low, Sadie starts some investigating of her own, diving down a rabbit hole of suspects. Was it a bad review that made the killer mad as a hatter? Or are there other motives at play?

In between serving Kiss of the Cider Woman cocktails and book-minded bites to festivalgoers, Sadie is striving to clear Grayson’s name. But it’ll take more than a dash of ingenuity to prevent the festival from fizzing out completely—and stop a killer from downing another innocent life . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

It’s Autumn in Vermont and it is the first year of the A Taste of Shady Creek Festival and Inkwell owner Sadie Coleman is excited to share her literary-themed cocktails with all the visitors at the event. Her mother is also coming to town for the first time and she wants everything to be perfect when she arrives. She wants to show off her new business and introduce her to her friends including her craft brewery boyfriend, Grayson Blake. She is so nervous her mother will not like anything about her new life in Vermont, especially now that another murder has occurred. A murder where Grayson is the prime suspect. With the evidence mounting against him, he disappears while he tries to find proof that he had nothing to do with the murder. Sadie misses him terribly and refuses to stand by and do nothing. Can she chase down a killer, run her pub, and entertain her mother all at the same time? Time will tell.


This is one of my favorite series. I anxiously await each new book to catch up with Sadie and all her friends in Shady Creek. The Inkwell is such a unique pub where people can partake in literary-themed cocktails and food while surrounded by books. Book clubs meet there and Sadie comes up with several bookish events plus it’s a great place to meet with friends and relax. I’ve said it before and will say it again, the Inkwell is my fictional happy place.

Ms. Fox has developed fantastic characters over the course of the series. Sadie continues to grow more confident and is becoming a great amateur sleuth. I love how her relationship is progressing with Grayson. With him in hot water this time she is really tested. She wants to not only find the true killer but find Grayson. Not having any idea where he is and if he is safe was so hard on her. I really enjoyed that her mother came to town. She was totally different than what I was expecting.  I was also happy that some secondary characters played a larger role in this story. It was nice to get to know them a little better. The new characters introduced were well crafted as well.

The author plotted out quite a mystery. We all know that Grayson had to be innocent but when a part of his past along with the people involved show up in the idyllic Shady Creek it does give us pause especially when he takes off instead of defending himself. This led to a very fast-paced and exciting story. I was completely in the dark until everything came to a head. I was happy with the way the drama played out and that we learned the whole story after the culprit was caught,

Through the Liquor Glass was such an entertaining mystery. It checks all the cozy boxes and left me wanting more! I can’t wait for my next visit to Shady Creek!

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Sarah Fox is the author of the Literary Pub Mystery series, as well as the Music Lover’s Mystery series and the USA Today bestselling Pancake House Mystery series. When not writing novels or working as a legal writer, she can often be found reading her way through a stack of books or spending time outdoors with her English Springer Spaniel. Sarah lives in British Columbia and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada. Visit her online at AuthorSarahFox.com. Through the Liquor Glass is the latest Literary Pub Mystery.




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Beauty and the Deceased (A Resale Boutique Mystery) by Debra Sennefelder #Review

Beauty and the Deceased (A Resale Boutique Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – New York
Lyrical Press (December 14, 2021)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 191 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1516111036
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1516111039
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B092LH3FBZ

Kelly Quinn’s Long Island consignment shop offers high style at secondhand prices—but when a body is found on the beach, she needs to start hunting for a wolf in sheep’s clothing . . .
 
Kelly is thrilled when she gets a visit from a cousin she hasn’t seen in years. Becky’s cosmetics company is taking off, and she just might have laid the foundation for a big-money buyout. It’s a time to celebrate—but Kelly is heartbroken when a killer puts an end to their happy reunion during a mysterious midnight meeting near the shore.

Despite multiple warnings to steer clear, Kelly starts shadowing a variety of suspects both inside and outside the beauty business—when she isn’t busy filling the racks of the Lucky Cove Resale Boutique with lots of new inventory from a local shopaholic. Gossip and accusations are flying, but there’s no glossing over this ugly crime, and she’s going to make sure the culprit faces justice…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Things are hopping at the Lucky Cove Resale Boutique. A local shopaholic has decided to purge her purchases and Kelly is thrilled to help her do it.

Kelly is also excited about her cousin coming to visit. She hasn’t seen Becky in years but like Kelly, she has been building her business. Becky’s is on a much grander scale. Her cosmetic company may even get bought out by a huge company meaning Becky could receive some serious money.

The girls get together with some family and friends to celebrate. After a fun evening, Becky and Kelly make plans for the next morning but Becky fails to arrive. Kelly heads to the beach house Becky is renting and she makes a heartbreaking discovery. Her cousin is dead and it wasn’t an accident. Kelly immediately starts forming a list of suspects and asking questions. Even several warnings can’t get her to stop investigating. She will not stop until the person that killed her cousin is behind bars. Hopefully, she lives to see the day.


I love Kelly. She is a fun protagonist but she was hit with a lot this time. Losing her cousin and a reveal that could mean losing a true friend. She is surrounded by a lot of good people and I enjoy the way they have continued to develop over the course of this series. Pepper really stepped in to take care of the shop and provided a shoulder for Kelly to lean on. Pepper was Kelly’s grandmother’s friend and right hand at the shop and now she is that for Kelly. Liv is Kelly’s best friend but with her relationship with the police chief growing by the minute, she isn’t the best sleuthing partner. Ariel is usually up for anything Kelly needs but she is out of town. Her cat, Howard is a good listener but his backup skills may be a little lacking.

I really felt for Kelly as she tried to unravel the mystery of who killed her cousin. There are several viable suspects and I appreciated the way Kelly goes the extra mile to track down every possible clue and theory. I had a couple of people in my sights and went back and forth until the very end.

There are some mental health issues that play into the story. I was a little put off by the way some of these issues were handled but I think that made me more invested in the story and sad at the end.

Beauty and the Deceased featured an intriguing mystery and interesting characters. I am excited to get reading the next book in the series, Sleuthing in Stilettos because there is a cliffhanger at the end of this book foreshadowing some drama ahead.

 



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Debra Sennefelder is an avid reader who reads across a range of genres, but mystery fiction is her obsession. Her interest in people and relationships is channeled into her novels against a backdrop of crime and mystery.

Her first novel, THE UNINVITED CORPSE (A Food Blogger mystery) was published in 2018. When she’s not reading, she enjoys cooking and baking and as a former food blogger, she is constantly taking photographs of her food. Yeah, she’s that person.

Born and raised in New York City, where she majored in her hobby of fashion buying, she now lives and writes in Connecticut with her family. She worked in retail and publishing before becoming a full-time author. Her writing companion is her adorable and slightly spoiled Shih Tzu, Connie.


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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses by K.N. Smith #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses
by K.N. Smith

The author creates a very well-crafted visual world that the reader can easily picture themselves in as they follow the characters through their hijinks and adventures creating a captivating read that you won’t want to put down. 
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About Discovery of the Five Senses


Discovery of the Five Senses
Young Adult Action-Adventure, Young Adult
Thriller, Urban Fantasy, Mystery/ Thriller
1st in The Urban Boys Series
Reading age ‏ : ‎ 13 – 18 years
Two Petals Publishing (9/15/21 2nd edition)
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0989474755
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0989474757
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B015ZS01MI

A suspenseful incident in a forbidden preserve heightens the senses of five friends. Sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell become super-gifts that forever change the world. But furious battles confront the boys as they try to understand their sensory super powers in a race to save mankind. With light beings and mysterious strangers complicating their plight, can the boys defeat the evil Druth before it’s too late? Get prepared for the twisting and grinding of this award-winning, action-adventure story — an edge-of-your-seat narrative for young and mature readers alike.

About K.N. Smith

K.N. Smith, winner of the “Best of” in the category of “Outstanding Young Adult Novel” at the Jessie Redmon Fauset Book Awards, and a Readers’ Favorite “Gold Medal” honoree for “Young Adult – Mystery”, is an author and passionate advocate of literacy and arts programs throughout the world. Her lyrical flair sweeps across pages that twist and grind through action-adventure and urban fantasy in edge-of-your-seat narratives. K.N. has over twenty-five years’ experience in communications and creative design as an award-winning consultant. Reading is still her foremost hobby. K.N. inspires people of all ages to reach their highest potential in their creative, educational, and life pursuits. Visit K.N. Smith at www.knsmith.com.

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #48 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Italy and Iceland!!

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

Escapes Completed


Longing is Violet Dusk: A Hazel Dean Mystery
by Josalyn McAllister
Release Date – September 28, 2022
Setting – Georgia
The Great Escapes Book Tour stopped here Saturday! – My Review


Beauty and the Deceased (A Resale Boutique Mystery)
by Debra Sennefelder
Release Date – December 14, 2021
Setting -New York
My Review will be up tomorrow!


Through the Liquor Glass (A Literary Pub Mystery)
by Sarah Fox
Release Date – November 29, 2022
Setting – Vermont
I will be featuring this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Death by Flamenco: An Easter Murder in Seville
(Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series)

by Jennifer S. Alderson
Release Date – December 10, 2021
Setting – Spain
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


Death by Gondola: A Springtime Murder in Venice (Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series)
by Jennifer S. Alderson
Release Date – April 8, 2022
Setting – Italy
For Review


Death by Puffin: A Bachelorette Party Murder in Reykjavik (Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery)
by Jennifer S. Alderson
Release Date – November 24, 2022
Setting – Iceland
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!

I haven’t decided on a Flashback Friday book yet 🙁

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November 27 – December 3, 2022


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Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – A Week in the Life of Dollycas – Weekly Rewind – New Arrivals

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A Week in the Life of Dollycas

Monday night Daughter #2 and I joined Daughter #1 and her family for the Community Celebration for the State Football Champs. It was a nice program with proclamations made both by the city and the state declaring that day as Columbus Cardinal day. Later in the week, the head coach was named WFCA Packers High School Coach of the Year and Colton Brunnell is in the running Scorebook Live Best Runningback in the Country.

The highlight for me was getting a picture with my favorite Cardinal!

After that, it was a pretty quiet week around here. Thanksgiving was just me, Mr. Dollycas, and Daughter #2. It has been a tradition for years that the other kids go to the other side for the day. Mr. Dollycas had volunteered to work on Thanksgiving so I spent a few hours at the computer too. Okay, maybe I squeezed in a little online shopping too.

Friday I started binge-watching Season 10 of the Great British Baking Show and finished it up last night.

Of course, I did some reading too 😉

How was your week?


Weekly Rewind – November 21 – 26, 2022

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #47 – 2022

Plus – Special Guest – Emma Dakin – Author of Danger in Edinburgh (The British Book Tour Mysteries) #GuestPost / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Tuesday – Special Guest – Author Laura Ford – Author of Sounds Like Love #Interview – Great Escapes Book Tour #Giveaway

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring On Spine of Death (By the Book Mysteries) by Tamara Berry #Review / #Giveaway @PPPress @Tamara_Morgan

Thursday – Happy ThanksgivingI have so many things to be thankful for this year but it really comes down to people.

Plus – Turkey Day #GiveawayDon’t Miss This One!

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Dead Ringer (A Mattie Winston Mystery) by Annelise Ryan #Review / #Giveaway @ryan_annelise

Plus – 2023 Craving For Cozies Reading Challenge – Sign Up Today!

Saturday – Longing is Violet Dusk: A Hazel Dean Mystery by Josalyn McAllister #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

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