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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #49 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to California, Colorado and Rhode Island!

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

Escapes Completed


Mimi Lee Cracks the Code (A Sassy Cat Mystery)
by Jennifer J. Chow
Release Date – November 30, 2021
Setting – California
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!


Killer Words (Mystery Bookshop)
by V.M. Burns
Release Date – November 30, 2021
Setting – Michigan
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Bear a Wee Grudge (A Teddy Bear Mystery)
by Meg Macy
Release Date – November 30, 2021
Setting – Michigan
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Thursday!

Current Escape


Class Mom: A Novel
by Laurie Gelman
Release Date – August 1, 2017
Setting – Kansas
My Flashback Friday Read and my Literary Escapes Challenge

Scheduled Escapes


Frosted Yuletide Murder (Cupcake Catering Mystery Series)
by Kim Davis
Release Date – December 17, 2021
Setting – California
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!


How to Book a Murder (A Starlit Bookshop Mystery)
by Cynthia Kuhn
Release Date – December 7, 2021
Setting – Colorado
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Murder at Kingscote (A Gilded Newport Mystery)
by Alyssa Maxwell
Release Date – August 25, 2020
Setting – Rhode Island
For Review

Future Escapes

December 5 – 11, 2021 


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The Evening’s Amethyst: A Nora Tierney English Mystery by M. K. Graff #AuthorInterview / #Spotlight – Great Escapes Book Tour @GraffMarni


The Evening’s Amethyst: A Nora Tierney English Mystery
by M. K. Graff

It is my pleasure to welcome Marni Graff to Escape With Dollycas today!

Hi Marni,

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I was a nurse for 30 years who wrote on the side, and now have the luxury of writing full time. It has been something I’ve studied for and looked forward to and been the hardest and most satisfying thing I’ve ever done! I have three grown sons, seven Grands, and my husband and I live in rural eastern NC along a river that is part of the Intracoastal Waterway. We have two Aussie Doodles, Seamus and Fiona, who keep us company and are wonderful pets. I also review books and read about three crime novels a week. I taught creative writing too until a bout of breast cancer made me drop some things due to treatment and lack of stamina. I kept the writing and reading!

What are three things most people don’t know about you?

Let’s see: 1. I could read when I entered kindergarten. My mother read every afternoon to me from Childcraft books, the same nursery rhymes over and over, until the words became familiar and I could recognize them. It has been the greatest gift to me. I am still a voracious reader and it my love and my solace.

2. The girl I met the first day of kindergarten is still my best friend, Barbara Bohner. She also could read, and we gravitated toward each other and never looked back. We would get in trouble with our teacher for reading ahead of the group! She is a wonderful person, the sister of my heart. We have been friends for 51 years and as she lives in Maine, we don’t see each other enough. But I go there on book tours and she comes down here for visits and we talk every day on email. We are entwined in each other’s lives.

3. I love everything English, from books set there to Masterpiece Mysteries and other British shows. I travel there, Covid notwithstanding, every other year, sometimes alone and sometimes with my husband when we’ll extend our trip to other places. But I have friends in several areas we visit and we go ahead to settings for future Nora Tierney novels to soak up the sites and sounds of that place and take photos. I could easily picture myself living there, except that I would be hard-pressed to choose a favorite places! The first time I stepped off a plane in England I felt like I was coming home. I always put my Anglophilia down to reading so many Golden Age mysteries, but then I had my DNA done two years ago and found out contrary to my understanding of my background, I’m 56% British!

What is the first book you remember reading?

It would have to be one of the Childcraft books, one called Folk and Fairy Tales, followed by Life in Many Lands. These were building blocks on my way to my first Nancy Drew mysteries.

What are you reading now?

I’m just finishing Richard Osman’s The Man Who Died Twice, the second in his Thursday Murder Club series. It’s witty and full of heart, all wrapped up in a darn good twisted mystery. It shows you not to underestimate older folks, too! Next up after that will be Anthony Horowitz’s A Line to Kill, his third Hawthorne mystery featuring a writer named…Anthony Horowitz as a character. I’m really looking forward to it. Horowitz, who wrote all of Foyle’s War, and has done the wonderful Magpie Murders, is a real creative genius.

What books have most inspired you?

I’d have to say the Golden Agers, especially Agatha Christie, still outsold only by Shakespeare and the Bible. Loved her, Josephine Tey, Ngaio Marsh, and Dorothy Sayers, amongst others. PD James was a huge influence on me, and I was fortunate to consider her a mentor and friend for the last fifteen years of her life. A treasure. Daphne Du Maurier, certainly. Rebecca is one of my favorite novels.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

It was the genre I loved reading the most. I’d written and published poetry and essays, as well as writing feature articles for years for a nursing journal and later for Mystery Review. I’ve even written humorous screenplays. But mysteries just felt right when I decided to try my hand at a novel.

Do you have a special place where you like to write?

I can do research anywhere but I write at home, usually in the afternoons. My husband and I have a partners desk, so if he’s sitting behind his huge monitor doing his thing, I put on headphones to block the noise of whatever podcast he might be listening to. I usually have classical music on, as if I put on music with lyrics I tend to want to sing along to them! My dogs, Seamus and Fiona, will be lying nearby. If I go on too long, Seamus will come over to me and just stand there to remind me to get up and take them out for a walk, or feed them!

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

When I first designed the Nora Tierneys, I knew she would be an American writer who lives in England so I could use that setting, and that whole fish-out-of-water thing as she became used to living in a place close to her native land but yet different. So what would make an amateur get involved in a murder case? That becomes the crux of each novel before I start. What is a reasonable thing to happen that would see Nora stick her nose in? In the first book, The Blue Virgin, it was when her best friend, someone who’s supported her and showed her the ropes of living in England, becomes a murder suspect. In this new book, The Evening’s Amethyst, it is Nora’s stepsister, Claire Scott, a graduate student taking a Masters in Poetry at Oxford, who gets her involved when Claire’s friend dies and she begs Nora to help her prove it wasn’t suicide. So I’d say the plots grow out of the characters. This is the first book where I’ve added a cold case as a subplot that is woven throughout the book, on a very different scale, but that fits the theme of obsession.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

The openers. I almost never end up with the final book starting the way it does in my first draft. I’ve learned over seven novels now to just plunge in writing once I’ve figured out the ending, and work my way there. Then I go back and rewrite the opening to where it should start, and that often gets rewritten again as I revise and find the place to bring the reader into the story.

What do you think makes a good story?

Realistic characters the reader can identify with on some level; a setting that is well-described so the reader can picture it; and a plot that makes sense throughout and at the end. Most people read mysteries for the puzzle and the resolution in the end. There are so many variations on this it boggles the mind, just as there are so many different genres within crime. A fulfilling story will encapsulate those three things, no matter the genre.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

I can identify with Trudy Genova, in my Manhattan series (Death Unscripted, Death at the Dakota), because she works at what was my favorite nursing job, as a medical consultant for a NY movie studio. Of course, I didn’t get involved with murders! But Nora Tierney, although younger and prettier, is a fairer version of myself: a writer started as a journalist who loves England, with a strong sense of fairness. I’m a Libra, so I made Nora one, too, and that sense of fairness and justice permeates us both. She makes lists, which she claims she got from her mother, but really, she got that from me! And she has a failed relationship in her past because she fell for someone based on chemistry first, but now she has a real relationship with DI Declan Barnes, who rubbed her the wrong way at first, but now they are deeply in love as it’s based on respect for his intelligence and his kindness.

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

The books are a mix of amateur sleuth and police procedural. Readers get the story from Nora, using her intuition and curiosity and smarts, as well as her journalistic ability to lie at the drop of a hat to insinuate into situations to glean information. Then they see Declan and his team going the police route, the thorough way real detecting is done, following leads, chasing up information, interviewing suspects and witnesses. While they may be classified as cozies in terms of lowered violence, there’s often less cozy business with things readers will be familiar with: obsession, lying, secrets, and often, real kindness.

What’s next on the horizon for you?

With two series in play now, I alternate writing them. It keeps me fresher as a writer, and when I’m bogged down in the production phase of one book, I’m doing the research and character design on the next. I’ve started the third Trudy Genova Manhattan Mystery, Death in the Orchard. Trudy has brought her NYPD detective boyfriend home to Schoharie, NY, to meet her family. But she’s also enlisted his help to figure out what really happened when he died twelve years ago. It was deemed an accident, but Trudy is convinced her father was murdered.

Thank you for hosting me, and for a chance to talk to readers!

Thank you Marni for stopping by for a visit!

About The Evening’s Amethyst


The Evening’s Amethyst: A Nora Tierney English Mystery
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – Oxford, England
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bridle Path Press (September 21, 2021)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 372 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0990828735
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0990828730
Digital Edition: 336 pages
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09JB193D3

Who is Verity? That becomes a central question for American Nora Tierney, who has moved to her new Oxford home with her fiance, DI Declan Barnes, and her young son. Declan’s new case at Exeter College coincides with a frantic call from Nora’s stepsister, Claire Scott: a fellow graduate student has died in a fall, and Claire begs Nora to help her prove her friend didn’t commit suicide. The sisters conduct their own snooping, while Declan and his team juggle this death with a cold case that proves to be more surprising than Declan could ever imagine.

More About M. K. Graff

 

Marni Graff is the award-winning author of The Nora Tierney English Mysteries and The Trudy Genova Manhattan Mysteries. The Evening’s Amethyst is the fifth in the Nora Tierney series. Her short story “Quiche Alain” is in the Agatha-winning Malice Domestic Anthology, Murder Most Edible.

Author Links – Blog  Twitter     Facebook    Publisher

Purchase Links – Amazon 

TOUR PARTICIPANTS – Please visit all the stops. 
December 1 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT
December 2 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
December 2 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog – SPOTLIGHT
December 3 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT
December 3 – Baroness’ Book Trove – SPOTLIGHT
December 4 – Nellie’s Book Nook – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST
December 5 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
December 6 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
December 7 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT
December 8 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – GUEST POST
December 9 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT
December 9 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT  
December 10 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT 
December 10 – BookishKelly2020 – SPOTLIGHT

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

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The Sunday Salon is 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.
You can also link up weekly on Readerbuzz.

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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!

My baby boy celebrated his golden birthday on Monday. Following that is was a typical week of working here at the computer, reading and wound care appointments.

The highlight of the week was yesterday when we gathered for our annual family cookie bake (that was missed last year due to COVID). It was so wonderful to see everyone, most of who we haven’t seen for 18 months or more.  Because of my disability I just basically stay out of the way and enjoy all the talking and tasting. My mother-in-law and sisters-in-law do tons of prep work to make this day of success. Then we, the siblings, their children, and their grandchildren show up to ice the cutouts and bake a variety of other cookies and candy. We all had a wonderful time and were able to bring home a variety of treats. We look forward to all celebrating Christmas together soon. I am really blessed to be part of this amazing family.

Daughter #2 and I took a small break in the cookie festivities to go watch Ms. Natalie play basketball. Her team lost the first game but won the second. I love watching kids play basketball and am excited to see them improve each week. It was good to run into some old friends at the games too.


Weekly Rewind – November 29 – December 4, 2021

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #48 – 2021

Plus – Adventure Cat (Crazy Cat Lady Mystery) by Mollie Hunt #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Tuesday – A Plus One for Murder (A Friend for Hire Mystery) by Laura Bradford #Review

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Slayed by Souvlaki (A Callie’s Kitchen Cozy Mystery) by Jenny Kales #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Thursday – You Can’t Candle the Truth (Glenmyre Whim Mysteries) by Sarah E. Burr #CharacterGuestPost / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @SarahEBurr

Friday – Beauty and the Deceased (A Resale Boutique Mystery) by Debra Sennefelder #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @lyricalpress

Plus- #FlashbackFriday – Antiques Roadkill: A Trash ‘n’ Treasures Mystery by Barbara Allan #Review / #Giveaway

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Danger at Dunhaven Castle: A Cate Kensie Mystery by Nellie H. Steele #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @nelliehsteele1


Danger at Dunhaven Castle: A Cate Kensie Mystery
by Nellie H. Steele

About Danger at Dunhaven Castle


Danger at Dunhaven Castle: A Cate Kensie Mystery
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Publisher: A Novel Idea Publishing, LLC
Number of Pages: ~400
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09MFXXRDV

Frightening nightmares.
Aberrations in time.
Who is haunting Cate’s nightmares?

Months after solving two mysteries involving her ancestors, time-traveling, castle-dwelling Countess, Lady Catherine Kensie, still suffers from haunting nightmares. Chased by a mysterious man, Cate ponders who could be haunting her dreams and disturbing her sleep. She’s also smack dab in the middle of a brand-new research project, having found journals belonging to the Scottish castle’s original owner.

As Cate digs into the castle’s history, not only do her nightmares become more frequent and more frightening, but Cate also begins to experience strange phenomena with the time portals enclosed in the castle walls. Controlled by the mysterious heirloom timepiece she received as part of her inheritance, Cate is shocked when she begins to slip in and out of other time periods despite not activating the mechanism that controls them!

Can Cate learn the secret to control the time portals and discover who haunts her dreams before she finds herself lost in time?

 

About Nellie H. Steele 

An Indies Today finalist for Best Book of the Year 2020 with Cleopatra’s Tomb, Nellie H. Steele made the leap from science to art with her first book, The Secret of Dunhaven Castle.

An animal enthusiast, Nellie often features a version of one of her fourteen rescue animals in her stories, though the fictional pets are usually better behaved than her own fur-babies!  A literary split personality, Nellie’s work ranges from cozy mystery to supernatural suspense to riveting adventure.

She lives in the South Hills of Pittsburgh.  When she isn’t writing or engaging in animal care, she enjoys teaching Statistics and Data Science at a local university.

Check out all Nellie offers at www.anovelideapublishing.com/novels or at her blog, Nellie’s Book Nook, available at www.nelliesbooknook.com!

Author Links

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Purchase Link:
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Great Escapes Praise for Danger at Dunhaven Castle: A Cate Kensie Mystery
by Nellie H. Steele

The tale is filled with twists and turns, a bit of magic, and time travel to the 1700s. There’s also the growing romance between Jack and Cate. If you enjoy a paranormal cozy mystery and a unique twist, you’ll enjoy the Danger at Dunhaven Castle.
~Christa Reads and Writes

TOUR PARTICIPANTS – Please visit all the stops. 
November 26 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
November 26 – Ascroft, eh? – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
November 26 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT
November 27 – Laura’s Interests – SPOTLIGHT
November 27 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT
November 27 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW
November 28 – Cozy Up With Kathy – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
November 28 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT
November 29 – Diane Reviews Books – GUEST POST
November 29 – Baroness’ Book Trove – CHARACTER GUEST POST
November 30 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
November 30 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
December 1 – Novels Alive – GUEST POST
December 1 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog – SPOTLIGHT
December 2 – The Editing Pen – SPOTLIGHT 
December 2 – I Read What You Write – SPOTLIGHT
December 3 – Literary Gold – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
December 3 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – CHARACTER GUEST POST
December 4 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST
December 4 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT
December 5 – BookishKelly2020 – SPOTLIGHT

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Perils in Yorkshire (British Book Tour Mysteries) by Emma Dakin #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Perils in Yorkshire (British Book Tour Mysteries)
by Emma Dakin

It is my pleasure to shine my spotlights on Perils in Yorkshire today! 

About Perils in Yorkshire


Perils in Yorkshire (British Book Tour Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Camel Press (October 12, 2021)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 294 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 160381387X
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1603813877
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B094PXJT8W

Claire Barclays tourists are exploring the cobbled streets of York. Her American ladies from Tucson, the couple from Bristol, and the couple from London appear fascinated by Claire’s explanations of the unique architecture. All except Philip, a younger, single man who disappears—again. Claire spots him entering the chocolate Factory and races down the stairs, suspecting Phillip has headed for the kitchens and trips over the body of a security guard. She doesn’t see any connection between the body and tourists until Mark, her loving partner, and a detective inspector with the Major Crimes Investigation Team tells her Philip is an undercover Scotland Yard detective and on a job. Claire removes the group from the city of York quickly and drives them north to the Yorkshire Moors, a vast land of almost bleak wilderness and the setting of many mystery novels. She stops for a picnic at the famous Ralph’s Cross where moorland, green with springtime heather, stretches for miles. Her bucolic plans are interrupted when her American ladies report the sudden death of Philip in the surrounding bog. Mark tells her Philip was on the trail of a drug distribution team. But will Claire be able to keep these ladies who are intelligent, determined, and expert mystery readers out of a messy situation with a murderer? Claire has high hopes that she will be able to do so without endangering them all.

About Emma Dakin 

 

Emma Dakin lives in Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. She has over thirty trade-published books of mystery and adventure for teens and middle-grade children and non-fiction for teens and adults. Her memoir Always Pack a Candle: A Nurse in the Cariboo-Chilcotin has received wide recognition. But she keeps returning to her favorite genre, cozy mysteries. Her love of the British countryside and villages and her addiction to reading cozy mysteries keep her writing about characters who live and work in those villages. She enjoys those characters and trusts you will as well.

Author Links –  Webpage/Blog     Facebook     Goodreads

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Great Escapes Praise for Perils in Yorkshire (British Book Tour Mysteries)
by Emma Dakin

If you enjoy reading cozy mystery books that are very descriptive, have interesting and eclectic characters, and transport you to the book’s location, you’ll really enjoy Perils in Yorkshire.
~Christy’s Cozy Corners

This is my first read in this series and I had no trouble picking up who was who and becoming involved in the story. It was an engaging and pleasing read. Overall, the book was enjoyable, and I would recommend it.
~Nellie’s Book Nook

TOUR PARTICIPANTS – Please visit all the stops.
November 22 – StoreyBook Reviews – CHARACTER GUEST POST
November 23 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
November 23 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
November 24 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST
November 25 – U.S. THANKSGIVING – OFF
November 26 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT
November 27 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
November 27 – Diane Reviews Books – GUEST POST
November 28 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT
November 29 – Here’s How It Happened – SPOTLIGHT
November 29 – Nellie’s Book Nook – REVIEW
November 30 – Novels Alive – GUEST POST
December 1 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog – SPOTLIGHT
December 2 – Mysteries with Character – GUEST POST
December 3 – Ascroft, eh? – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
December 4 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT
December 4 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT
December 5 – The Mystery Section – SPOTLIGHT
December 6 – BookishKelly2020 – SPOTLIGHT

 

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#FlashbackFriday – Antiques Roadkill: A Trash ‘n’ Treasures Mystery by Barbara Allan #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.


Antiques Roadkill: A Trash ‘n’ Treasures Mystery
Cozy Mystery (some explicit language)
1st in Series
Setting – Iowa
Kensington Books (August 1, 2006)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 232 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0758211910
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0758211910
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 287 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0758211929
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0758211927
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B004NNUZ3W

Determined to make a new start in her quaint hometown on the banks of the Mississippi, Brandy Borne never dreams she’ll become the prime suspect in a murder case. . .

Moving back in with her eccentric, larger-than-life mother, Brandy Borne finds small-town Serenity anything but serene. It seems an unscrupulous antiques dealer has swindled Vivian out of the family’s heirlooms. But when he is found run over in a country lane, Brandy becomes Murder Suspect Number One–with her mother coming in a very close second. . .

The list of other suspects is impressive–the victim’s business seems to have been based on bilking seniors out of their possessions. And when the Borne “girls” uncover a few very unsavory Serenity secrets, they become targets for a murderer whose favorite hobby seems to be collecting victims.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I have wanted to start this series for some time and put it on my calendar now to help me hopefully finish my Literary Escapes Reading Challenge this year. I am a stickler for reading books in order I had to start from the beginning.

Brandy Borne has left her son and ex-husband behind and returned to Serenity, Iowa with her blind dog to start over and to her sister, Peggy Sue’s delight for help to keep a handle on their outgoing mother who clearly has mental issues. Issues that have allowed her to be taken advantage of by a shady antique dealer. Shocked to find many of her family’s heirlooms gone Brandy vows to get them back. Before she can do that though, the man is killed and both Brandy and her mother separately were on the scene before the police. That lands them the prime two spots on the suspect list. Heck, at first they thought the other one had done the deed. But it seems Vivian Borne wasn’t the only senior citizen the victim scammed out of their antiques. In fact, there is a pretty nice list and Brandy and her mom put their own lives on the line to solve the case.


I need to first say the authors have a unique writing style that takes a few chapters to get used to. The asides really messed with the flow and for me, the foul language has no place in a cozy mystery. I was shocked when a certain word lit up the page.

I really had a hard time with the main character of Brandy. She seemed to care more about her vintage wardrobe and her blind dog than the son she left behind. That really hurt my heart. I realize this book was written back in the early 2000s but Vivian’s mental illness was jabbed at in humourous ways too many times. She was active in the community, a voice to be previously reckoned with but no one seemed concerned when the woman went off her meds. With Brandy not on the scene, I blame her sister while understanding that taking care of a bi-polar parent can be a handful.

The mystery itself was very interesting but more meandering than a typical cozy mystery with many inconsistencies. It did come to a satisfactory conclusion but the exciting chase to the big reveal just escaped me this time.

I do love the antique theme and the publisher stuck by this series for 14 installments. (The 15th book was published by another publisher this past June.) I am hoping that the downfalls were just growing pains as the husband and wife team of writers were learning to write as a duo. So I am not writing this series off, it wasn’t totally “roadkill”.  I plan to read Antiques Maul next year for my Literary Escapes Challenge. with high hopes.

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About the Author

Barbara Allan is the joint pseudonym of acclaimed short story writer Barbara Collins (Too Many Tomcats) and New York Times bestselling mystery novelist Max Allan Collins (ROAD TO PERDITION). Their previous collaborations have included one son, a short story collection, and five novels, including the 2008 winner of the Romantic Times Toby Bromberg Award for Most Humorous Mystery, ANTIQUES FLEE MARKET. They live in Iowa in a house filled with trash and treasures. Website

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Beauty and the Deceased (A Resale Boutique Mystery) by Debra Sennefelder #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @lyricalpress


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

I am so happy to welcome Debra Sennefelder
to Escape With Dollycas today! 

Hi Debra,

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m the author of the Resale Boutique Mystery series and the Food Blogger Mystery series. I was born and raised in New York City and I now live and write in Connecticut with my BFF, Connie. She’s a two-year-old Shih Tzu. When I’m not writing, I love to bake and read.

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

It depends on the book. For BEAUTY AND THE DECEASED, I didn’t have to do much research. For an upcoming project, I will be diving into a lot of how-to content so that I can learn a new skill.

Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?

No. Sure, there are times when I get stuck but they don’t last long and I’ve found that if I simply move onto to doing something else, like tackling admin work or maybe I’ll step away and exercise or read. Eventually whatever got me stuck usually works its way out and I’m back at my computer.

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

I would suggest keep writing, honing your craft, and read widely.

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

I love to spend time in the kitchen cooking and baking. I also enjoy reading and taking walks with Connie.

How has the COVID pandemic affected you and you’re writing.

No, it hasn’t. I’ve been contracted to produce books so I couldn’t allow for the pandemic to interfere with my writing schedule. Though, it was challenging having family in the house all day, every day for a year.

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

I’d love to go back to Wyoming and Montana. And I’d love to go to Alaska. Wyoming and Montana are beautiful, breathtaking. And I imagine Alaska would be amazing. Plus, I’d love to see the bears fish for salmon.

What is next on the horizon for you?

I’ve sold a new series featuring a cookie artist (that new skill I have to learn) who takes over her aunt’s bakery. That book won’t be out until at least 2023. I’m currently writing the next Resale Boutique book.

Thank you Debra so much for dropping by today.

About Beauty and the Deceased 


Beauty and the Deceased (A Resale Boutique Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Lyrical Press (December 14, 2021)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 191 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1516111036
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1516111039
Digital 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…

More About Debra Sennefelder

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’s 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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You Can’t Candle the Truth (Glenmyre Whim Mysteries) by Sarah E. Burr #CharacterGuestPost / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @SarahEBurr


You Can’t Candle the Truth (Glenmyre Whim Mysteries)
by Sarah E. Burr

About You Can’t Candle the Truth


You Can’t Candle the Truth (Glenmyre Whim Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Independently Published (November 16, 2021)
Digital Number of Pages: 267 pages
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09DDBVSRD

Candlemaker Hazel Wickbury has a secret. She knows when someone is going to die.

Welcome to Crucible, a small town with a storied history. Founded by five prestigious families, Crucible has been tucked away in upstate New York for centuries under the protection of a shield enchantment cast by Jedidiah Glenmyre, Hazel’s revered ancestor. The enchanted barrier is meant to protect Crucible from anything bad ever happening to the town. No crime, no awful weather, no natural disasters…a haven from the greater world.

Until the heir to a billion-dollar company is found dead in his home. With the help of her uncanny power, known as a “whim,” Hazel realizes foul play is involved. But more than being concerned about a murderer running loose and Jedidiah Glenmyre’s protection shield deteriorating, Hazel and her aunt Poppy are worried the town’s kindhearted art teacher will be charged with the sinister crime.

Hazel and Poppy team up with an internationally acclaimed mystery author visiting Crucible to figure out who had it in for the victim. Their fledgling investigation has them questioning if long-time friends have turned into foes and whether blood is really thicker than water.

Determined to prove her friend innocent, Hazel is ready to shine a light on the real killer…if they don’t snuff her out first.

I am so happy to welcomr Hazel to Escape With Dollycas today!!

Character Guest Post: Hazel Wickbury

Thank you so much for having me here today. For those of you who don’t know me, as I am brand new to the cozy mystery scene, my name is Hazel Wickbury. I’m a candlemaker, and I own a candle shop in my hometown of Crucible, New York.

I got into candle making several years ago after my mom passed away. Watching the wax melt and slowly stirring the mixture was oddly therapeutic, and it helped me deal with the trauma of her death. Losing your mom at a young age (I was 23) is really hard. Losing your mom and having a special power awaken within you is even harder. You see, my mom’s family, the Glenmyres, are an interesting bunch. People—more specifically, my aunt Poppy—toss around the term witchcraft when talking about the Glenmyres. Maybe the Glenmyres of old were witches, but I am certainly not. If I were a witch, I would magic away this morbid ability I have.

I can see when someone is going to die.

This power, what my family calls a ‘whim,’ awakened after my mom’s death right there in the hospital. It was overwhelming, seeing glaring, glowing digital clocks counting down above the heads of everyone around me. It nearly drove me over the edge, but luckily Poppy and my Great-Aunt Ruthie were there to help me deal with this new power. Ruthie even designed special glasses for me to wear, hiding the “lifeclocks” so that I could live somewhat of a normal life.

I often wonder why I have this strange whim. I’m a little bitter about the hand fate dealt me. The Glenmyres have had so many exciting and helpful whims over the centuries. Every day, I wish mine was different. I wish I had Poppy’s whim. When she looks at a person, she can see a colorful aura around them, revealing their true emotions. At a glance, she can tell when someone is down and needs a shoulder to cry on or when they’re bursting at the seams with happy news. She can even tell when someone is lying.

My mom had an amazing whim when she was alive. She could touch the cover of a book and learn everything within its pages in an instant. She was so brilliant, able to recall these details at the drop of a hat.

The list of cool whims doesn’t stop there. According to the Glenmyre Opus, the ancient record of our family’s history, we’ve had relatives who could speak with animals, predict the weather, be able to see through solid surfaces, understand any language, and hear people’s thoughts, to name a few. I certainly feel like I drew the short straw when it comes to useful and fun powers. I’ve spent most of my adult life trying to forget my whim, but then my glasses slip down my nose, and I am rudely reminded. It happens a lot while I’m working in my candle shop, A Wick in Time. I catch a glance of a customer’s lifeclock, and it feels like the wind has been knocked out of me. It makes it difficult to get close to people, too. Knowing when strangers are going to meet their maker is one thing, but knowing when a friend will die… I’ve avoided such awful encounters so far. That’s because I keep people at a distance, but even I know I can’t close myself off forever.

Luckily, my aunt Poppy is there to lend me her support. Since she is a Glenmyre, my whim doesn’t work on her. I can be around her without any fear. She’s the one who has convinced me to conduct our own murder investigation, and while that might not sound like a whole lot of fun, it certainly has forced me to lower my barriers and be more involved with my charming community.

About Sarah E. Burr

Sarah E. Burr lives near New York City. Hailing from the small town of Appleton, Maine, she has been dreaming of being Nancy Drew since she was a little girl. Since she wasn’t stumbling across any crime scenes in corporate America, Sarah left her career in healthcare technology to write mysteries of her own.

You Can’t Candle the Truth is Sarah’s first foray into the paranormal cozy genre, and there’s even more murder and mystery in the works for Sarah. #FOLLOWME FOR MURDER, first in the TRENDING TOPIC MYSTERIES, shines the spotlight on a social media PR expert after she discovers a dead body in her clients’ store, forcing her to untangle a web of secrets in her small, beachside town. This title is expected in February 2022 by Level Best Books. Sarah is also the author of the Court of Mystery series, where murder is always a royal affair for her heroine, Duchess Jacqueline.

Sarah attended Elmira College and graduated with degrees in Political Science and Philosophy & Religious Studies. She loves to weave these themes into her writing. When she’s not spinning up new stories, Sarah is off seeing Broadway musicals, reading up a storm, video gaming, and enjoying walks with her dog, Eevee. She is represented by Blue Ridge Literary Agency.

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Cozy Wednesday featuring Slayed by Souvlaki (A Callie’s Kitchen Cozy Mystery) by Jenny Kales #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

I am thrilled to feature Slayed by Souvlaki
(A Callie’s Kitchen Cozy Mystery)

by Jenny Kales today!

About Slayed by Souvlaki


Slayed by Souvlaki (A Callie’s Kitchen Cozy Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – Greece / Wisconsin
Independently published (October 30, 2021)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 267 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8750257041
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09H56VYN7

Greek vacations can be murder! Recipes are included in this cozy mystery set in the Greek Islands.

Callie Costas can’t believe she is finally traveling to Greece with her significant other, Detective Ian Sands. However, this isn’t your average voyage: Callie’s father has invited a slew of colorful family members to his beautiful childhood village to celebrate his recent marriage. Callie is especially delighted to be reunited with her Greek “Aunt Sweetie” aka Glykeria.

The Costas family’s Greek getaway turns to Greek tragedy when murder turns up on the menu at the seaside restaurant of her father’s friend, Dimitrios. A restaurant employee has been killed and Dimitrios is a prime suspect.

With a hodge-podge group of tourists and villagers to round out the suspect list, can Callie help her father clear his friend’s name before the killer skewers her?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Callie Costas’s father George is not taking a typical honeymoon trip with his new bride. No, he is taking his whole family including Callie’s boyfriend, Detective Ian Sands on the trip of a lifetime. He is so excited to take them to his childhood village in Greece where they will meet his best friend and experience his restaurant. It also allows them to catch up with “Aunt Sweetie” who had recently visited them in the States. Everyone is looking forward to viewing the historical sights and eating the amazing food.

Tragedy strikes though after enjoying their first authentic Greek meal when one of the restaurant’s employees is found dead. Callie’s father is shocked when his friend since childhood, Dimitrios, is arrested for the crime. Her father is beside himself with worry, so Callie decides to do something she does best . . . snooping. She comes up with a nice list of suspects and soon Ian figures out what she is up to, and dives in to help her in any way he can because he knows she isn’t going to stop until she finds the real killer.


It has been a while since Ms. Kale released a book in this series but let me tell you it was well worth the wait. These characters are so memorable it was very easy to pick up right where we left off. Plus she takes us along with these fantastic characters to Greece. It really is a family affair. I loved that the family members could split up and do their own things. Trips to the ruins, the beach, and the pool filled the days but everyone came together for the evening meal. Traveling with a big family isn’t easy but the Costas family pulled it off along with a little amateur investigation and a treasure hunt for a lost piece of jewelry.

The author’s descriptive writing style took me on a wonderful virtual vacay of my own. I so enjoyed traveling the streets and checking out the shops. The special date Ian put together for he and Callie really warmed my heart. All the places they traveled were easily cast in vivid pictures in my mind. My only issue was missing out on the gelato and other delicious food. There are recipes at the end of the story but I could never do them justice.

The other part of my vacation that I enjoyed was tagging along with Callie as she sorted out clues. We met a few tourists, shopkeepers, and residents of the village as Callie tried to mix together and make sense of everything she was learning about the victim and his connections with others around the town. She really went all out to find the answers she needed. I really felt for Ian. Out of jurisdiction, he was unsure if he could keep Callie safe or get her out of trouble with the local authorities if that need arose. One thing is for sure. They do make a great team when they work together. At one point I thought I had the killer skewered but within a few pages, my theory fell apart. As I continued reading I must say I had that edge-of-the-seat feeling and that was evidenced by how quickly the pages started to fly.

I have to thank the author for transporting me to an idyllic place with such genuine characters. Of course, I enjoy the stories set in my home state of Wisconsin but would never turn down taking a trip with some of my favorite characters.  Callie has come so far from the first book in this series, On The Chopping Block. The loving relationship she has with her dad always makes me miss mine. Oh, and the ending of the book was just plain sweet.

Slayed by Souvlaki was a Perfect Escape. I hope we don’t have to wait too long for the next book in the series. I implore the author to write quickly. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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About Jenny Kales

Jenny Kales is the author of The Callie’s Kitchen Mystery Series, featuring Greek-American Calliope Costas, a feisty food business owner and amateur sleuth, who lives in a scenic Wisconsin town with colorful characters — and a high murder rate! Each book contains several delicious recipes, both Greek and American. Callie’s latest adventure, SLAYED BY SOUVLAKI is the 5th Callie’s Kitchen Mystery series and was released in October 2021.

Jenny is an avid reader, cook, and baker and she’s addicted to reading and British TV mysteries. She lives just outside of Chicago with her husband and is the mom of two daughters and one cute but demanding Yorkshire terrier. She’s hard at work on additional writing projects including more Callie’s Kitchen Mysteries and a new series releasing in 2022.

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A Plus One for Murder (A Friend for Hire Mystery) by Laura Bradford #Review

A Plus One For Murder Hits Shelves Next Tuesday!


A Plus One for Murder (A Friend for Hire Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Tennessee
Berkley (December 7, 2021)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593334760
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593334768
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0921GHBCC

Entrepreneur Emma Westlake is reinventing herself as a hired friend when murder gets in the way in this exciting new mystery series from USA Today bestselling author Laura Bradford.

Emma Westlake has always wanted to be in business for herself. As a kid, she had her own successful lemonade stand and dog-walking business. And when she entered adulthood, Emma sunk all her cash into her dream job of travel planning. But as her customers became more and more internet savvy, the need for her services declined. At a loss for what to do next, she turns to an elderly friend who suggests she try to get paid for doing something she’s really good at–being a paid companion. Emma thinks it’s a crazy idea until requests start pouring in. Big Max from down the block wants her to act as his wingman at the local senior center’s upcoming dance, nurse practitioner Stephanie needs a workout partner, and writer Brian Hill asks Emma to be his cheering section at an open mic night.

Brian will be reading from his latest work and wants to know someone will clap for him when he’s done. When Emma balks at the notion that people wouldn’t, he tells her the room will be filled with people he’s invited–most of whom will likely want him dead by the time he’s done reading. Assuming he’s joking, she laughs. But when Brian steps up to the mic and clears his throat to speak, he promptly drops dead. Emma is one of the last people to see him alive, and so she becomes an immediate suspect. Now she’ll have to cozy up to a killer to save her skin and her new business.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

When her travel planning business dries up Emma Westlake is at a loss of where to turn. She likes being her own boss but feels she may have no other option but go to work for someone else. That is until her friend Dottie comes up with a crazy plan. Emma is already getting paid to visit Dottie, an arrangement set up with her husband before he passed away. Why can’t she do that for other people? Dottie even has some ideas of people who could use such a service.

After Dottie sends two clients her way Emma takes the plunge and advertises her services on a community bulletin board and quickly gets an inquiry from a local writer who wants Emma to cheer him on when he appears at an open mike night. When she arrives he slips her a folder containing pictures of people, all of whom are in the audience, who he knows will not be happy with the poem he plans to read. Boy, was the man right. Before he finished the first stanza, he keeled over dead.

Emma is at the top of the suspect list because she was the last person to talk to him but also because she left the scene of the crime before the police arrived. Now to save her business she needs to clear her name. This new friend for hire is going to need some help from her old friend Dottie and her new friend Stephanie to do just that. Will their investigation rival Holmes and Watson or The Three Stooges? Only time will tell.


Laura Bradford always creates such fascinating characters and she has introduced some in this story that I am positive will grow into what I have seen her do before. Emma likes being independent but her confidence has taken a major hit which has caused her to withdraw into herself. Thankfully she has Dottie in her corner. Dottie is a sharp as a tack with great instincts and a cozy mystery lover to boot. She also has the connections Emma needs to make her new business a success.

Enter Stephanie, the daughter of one of Dottie’s friends who has a great job but still lives with her mother and hasn’t been taking good care of herself. Something I found strange for someone of her profession. She contacts Emma for help getting her life in order and I loved helps Emma right back.

Emma really didn’t want to delve into any investigation but Dottie and Stephanie dragged her right into it. I know we have barely scratched the surface on the development of these characters and I am excited to see them grow.

The mystery was very entertaining especially because the deceased had gathered many guilty parties together at the scene of the crime. I knew what the method of death was immediately but had no clue about who actually did the deed. The author dished up a plethora of twists and misdirections to really keep me on my toes.

I really enjoyed the way Dottie’s cozy mystery fandom played a part in this story. Name-dropping is always fun too. I bet Dottie’s and my bookshelves are quite similar.

I absolutely love the Friend for Hire theme. In this first book, we saw a small sample of possibilities. I can see a long-running series with this theme and all kinds of circumstances that could lead to murder.

A Plus One For Murder has set this series off to a great start. I am really looking forward to A Perilous Pal releasing this summer.

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About the Author

While spending a rainy afternoon at a friend’s house as a child, Laura Bradford fell in love with writing over a stack of blank paper, a box of crayons, and a freshly sharpened number-two pencil. From that moment forward, she never wanted to do or be anything else. Today, Laura is the national bestselling author of the Amish Mysteries, the author of the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries, and, as Elizabeth Lynn Casey, she wrote the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries.


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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.”