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A Week in the Life of Dollycas

Well, my week started out with my usual wound care appointment. The doctor there had requested a venous ultrasound of my legs to be sure there was no impediment to my healing. I had that done on Wednesday and it came back with no abnormalities. So we are back to the regular treatment plan and I have already noticed a little bit of improvement.

Friday evening brought both Kaden and Natalie to the house. Natalie’s visit was preplanned and Kaden’s was more spur of the moment. He had an away game yesterday and both his parents had to work and they needed someone to get him to his game. His team really played well as did he. They beat their opponent 38 – 0.

Natalie had her 1st volleyball game earlier in the week and had a great time.

I also spent the week working on book tours, October requests have been crazy and November looks to be busy too. I have so many books coming up for review too. I will need to hit the ground running to get everything done.

How was your week?



Weekly Rewind – September 13 – 18, 2021

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #37 – 2021

Plus – COVER REVEAL – An Eggnog to Die For (A Cape Cod Foodie Mystery) by Amy Pershing

Tuesday – No Grater Crime (A Country Store Mystery) by Maddie Day #Review @maddiedayauthor @KensingtonBooks

Plus –  Swindler’s Revenge: A Karina Cardinal Mystery by Ellen Butler #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Swimming with the Fishes: An Ozarks Lake Mystery by Marc Jedel #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Thursday – Cat’s Meow (The 2 Sisters Pet Valet Mysteries) by Dane McCaslin #Review / #Giveaway

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Ukulele Murder: A Nani Johnson Aloha Lagoon Mystery by Leslie Langtry #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – A Calculated Whisk (A Vintage Kitchen Mystery) by Victoria Hamilton #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Due to COVID-19, no print books have been sent by publishers.
Books shown were received through NetGalley or
books I purchased from Amazon.

I hope you have a fabulous week!

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A Calculated Whisk (A Vintage Kitchen Mystery) by Victoria Hamilton #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


I am delighted to shine my spotlight on
A Calculated Whisk today!


A Calculated Whisk (A Vintage Kitchen Mystery)
by Victoria Hamilton

The mystery was strong. The characters were memorable. The setting was charming. The book really held my interest, and I highly recommend beginning your journey from the very first book.
~This Is My Truth Now

About  A Calculated Whisk


A Calculated Whisk (A Vintage Kitchen Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
10th in Series
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Beyond the Page (September 21, 2021)
Paperback 212 Pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1954717504
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1954717503
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09CV579FJ

In the new Vintage Kitchen Mystery from the author of Cast Iron Alibi, Jaymie Leighton is confronted with two murders and the threat of danger far too close to home . . .

 

When a woman living under a cloud of suspicion for her husband’s death comes to vintage kitchen collector Jaymie Leighton with a mysterious request, she’s not sure whether, or how much, to get involved. The police believe they have new evidence of foul play in what was initially ruled an accidental death, and the woman’s terrified they’ll try to pin the crime on her. Before Jaymie can decide whether to help her, though, the woman’s found murdered in the woods near Jaymie’s cabin.

 

Still unsure whether the woman was truly innocent in her husband’s death, Jaymie decides to get to the bottom of both murders. But as she digs deeper into the couple’s past and discovers a tangled array of long-buried wounds and family secrets, Jaymie begins to sense that danger is still lurking in the woods near her home. With a killer on the loose and her family in danger, Jaymie must uncover the culprit before she loses all she holds dear, including her own life . . .

 

Includes a vintage recipe!

 

About Victoria Hamilton

Victoria Hamilton is the bestselling author of several mystery series including the national bestselling Vintage Kitchen Mysteries and Merry Muffin Mysteries. She does, indeed, collect vintage kitchenware and bake muffins. She also writes the Lady Anne Addison Historical Mysteries. She drinks tea and coffee on writing days, and wine other times. She crochets (a little), paints (a little) and reads (a lot). A solitary being, she can be coaxed out of her writing cave for brownies and cat videos.

She started her writing life as Donna Lea Simpson, bestselling author of Regency Romances, paranormal historicals and historical mysteries, and still has a soft spot for the Regency period.

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#FlashbackFriday – Ukulele Murder: A Nani Johnson Aloha Lagoon Mystery by Leslie Langtry #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.


Ukulele Murder: A Nani Johnson Aloha Lagoon Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Hawaii
Gemma Halliday Publishing (June 30, 2016)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1533594740
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1533594747
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01HU7401A

Nani Johnson thought she had it made when she moved from Kansas to the resort town of Aloha Lagoon, Kauai. In spite of her certifiably crazy mom, Nani is determined that nothing will stop her from becoming a ukulele virtuoso! Unfortunately, her Julliard training doesn’t help her break into the local music scene due to some heavy competition from the Terrible Trio—three hostile, local musicians. The only work she finds is a few bar mitzvahs and gigs at the kitschy Blue Hawaii Wedding Chapel.

But when one of Nani’s competitors drops dead right after a public feud, Nani becomes the police’s main suspect. A missing murder weapon, mysterious threats, and a heck of a frame-up job all have Nani worrying she’ll be trading in her flowery muumuus for prison orange. Enter hunky local botanist Nick Woodfield, who just might be able to help her clear her name…that is if he doesn’t have secrets of his own. With the bodies stacking up, the danger closing in, and the authorities circling, Nani must track down a killer…before she ends up the latest victim of the Ukulele Murderer!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Welcome to Aloha Lagoon, Kauai. Nani Johnson and her “crazy” mother have recently moved here from Kansas and Nani’s dream is to be a ukulele virtuoso. Being a graduate of Julliard means nothing here and she has some stiff competition in the Terrible Trio, 3 local ukelele masters. Needing a job she plays her ukelele at the Blue Hawaii Wedding Chapel and picks up any other gigs she can like birthday parties and bar mitzvahs.

When one of the Terrible Trio is killed Nani becomes the main suspect under the theory that killing them would enable her to get more high-profile jobs. When she learns one of her ukeleles is missing and it could very well be the murder weapon she realizes someone is setting her up just when her personal life seemed to be looking up. One of her mother’s fix-ups actually brought a great guy into her life. She is surprised when he actually wants to help her clear her name. Is this local botanist too good to be true? He seems to have some secrets of his own.

When another virtuoso is killed Nani starts to fear she may be next or sent to prison for crimes she didn’t commit. She has no choice but to hunt down the killer herself and hope she lives long enough to play her beloved ukelele again.


I needed to read a light fun cozy mystery and this book delivered that nicely.

I really enjoyed meeting Nani and her mother with her silly decorating themes. She does drink to excess and does depend heavily on Nani. In fact, she planned a dinner party with a new friend and her son and failed to tell Nani until the last minute which meant Nani getting dinner from a nearby restaurant and plating it up as if she had prepared it herself. She did forgive her mother this time because she and Nick really hit it off.

Nick is a botanist working at a local resort in charge of their grounds and gardens. His family is very well-known on the island and Nani is surprised his mother is so down to earth and befriended her mother.

Nani does have a lot of stacked against her, first, she is not Hawaiian and she didn’t even grow up on the islands. Then she has the competition of Alohalani, Kua, and Leilani, the Terrible Trio who tolerate her presence but would be happy if she just went away. Thankfully, other natives and locals have welcomed her with open arms, In fact, her best friend Binny comes from generations of Hawaiians and has her back whenever needed. Like clearing her of a murder charge. All the characters feel true to life and genuine. The supporting cast all had meaningful parts in the story and were very well crafted.

The author’s descriptive writing style taken readers to the island with ease. Everywhere the characters traveled was easy to see in my mind’s eye from Nani’s home to the palatial Woodfield estate and the Blue Hawaiian Wedding Chapel.  It was a nice virtual vacay to a place I would love to visit. It is high up on my bucket list.

The mystery was well plotted but I pinned the guilty party pretty early in the story and my selection was reinforced in several places as the book continued. It was fun watching Nani, Nick, and Binny follow the clues. The inept police detective was frustrating as he tried to make the case fit his assumption instead of doing any real investigating but that is part of what makes cozy mystery stories so entertaining to read.

Ukulele Murder is part of a long-running series written by several authors. Leslie Langtry has started this series out wonderfully and I look forward to reading more books in the series. I see we can revisit Nani, her mom, and Nick again in Ukelele Deadly, the 7th book in the series.

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About the Author

Leslie Langtry is the USA Today bestselling author of the Greatest Hits Mysteries, the Merry Wrath Mysteries, Sex, Lies, & Family Vacations, and several books she hasn’t finished yet, because she’s very lazy. Leslie loves puppies and cake (but she will not share her cake with puppies) and lives with her family and assorted animals in the Midwest.
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Cat’s Meow (The 2 Sisters Pet Valet Mysteries) by Dane McCaslin #Review / #Giveaway


Cat’s Meow (The 2 Sisters Pet Valet Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Oregon
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Lyrical Underground (March 23, 2021)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 187 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1516110188
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1516110186
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08BXB523Z

Retired schoolteacher Gwen Franklin has a new pet project—and a sideline in sleuthing. But this new case has a dangerous sting in the tail . . .

Gwen’s calendar has been filling up ever since she was hounded by her best friend, Nora, into starting 2 Sisters Pet Valet Services. Now they’ve been invited to attend the annual Clear the Shelter event, hosted by Portland’s very own blonde bombshell newscaster, Babs Prescott. Babs is convinced she’s top dog among local celebrities, but it’s clear that someone disagrees when Babs’ body is found following a downtown press conference.

A story this juicy would be headline news at any time, but especially once local crime reporter Shelby Tucker is arrested for the murder. Gwen was Shelby’s high school teacher, and she’s sure her former pupil is innocent. But in that case, who was itching to take Babs out of the spotlight for good? As Nora and Gwen investigate, they find personal mysteries at odds with Babs’ public persona, all leading to a killer who’s not pussyfooting around . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

2 Sisters Pet Valet Services is surprisingly still up and running and gaining clients. So much so that Gwen and Nora have been invited to the annual Clear the Shelter event which will be hosted by Babs Prescott, a local newscaster with overwhelming assets. Sadly someone decided to cut Babs’ broadcasting career short. Her body is found in a parking garage following a press conference and local crime reporter and Nora and Gwen’s friend Shelby Tucker has been arrested for the crime. Shelby was one of Gwen’s best students and she knows the woman wouldn’t kill anyone. So again, the 2 Sisters insert themselves in another investigation this time to determine who took down the blonde bombshell.


Oh, my stars! The Friendly Bean is Nora and Gwen’s home away from home but Gwen likes her coffee “dark and black and hot”. She may be convinced to try a cappuccino or a mocha but the woman has her limits.

When Nora tried to press her into a healthier drink she had this response . . . “Not if it means drinking milk made from nuts. If God meant us to drink almond milk, he’d have given them little almond boobs”.

In the first book in this series, Doggone Dead, I really didn’t like Nora because of the way she ran roughshod over Gwen but this time Gwen gave as good she got a lot more often. Don’t get me wrong Nora is still as overbearing as ever and she did insert herself into one event that really made me want to tug on her leash and pull her right out of the book to allow Gwen to enjoy herself without Nora’s interference. I feel Gwen has grown quite a bit from the first book and still has plenty of room to grow. Nora has shown her true colors and I am not sure she has any desire to change or grow.

I did enjoy Shelby taking on a larger role but hated that she was the main suspect in Babs murder. Brent is a flawed character and could eat 24/7 if there was food in front of him. I do feel both Gwen and Nora have taken advantage of his child-like nature. I am glad he has found Rachel and that she cares for him just the way he is.

I loved that we met more canine characters. Sometimes the pets can steal the scene and that is just fine with me.

The mystery this time was interesting as the suspect list continued to grow. Several meetings were held to discuss the case and plenty of food was eaten and coffee drank. I was excited by the new additions to the group. The ladies get a big assist from a surprising source that seemed to fit seamlessly with the group too. There were a few nice twists and I was surprised when the whodunit was revealed.

The Pet Valet Service goes on hiatus during the investigation and I was sad to see this as a lot of humorous scenes stem from their canine, feline, and aviary clients. They did agree to take on one special case but that experience ended up being pretty short.

Cat’s Meow . . that title puzzles me a bit  . . . was a very entertaining read with amusing characters and a lighthearted mystery investigation. I am looking forward to the next book in the series, Playing Possum with be out on October 5.

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About Dana McCaslin

McCaslin began a life-long love of mysteries at a very young age. She bypassed Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden and went straight for Agatha Christie, thanks to her mother’s library books. Dane is retired from a twenty-plus-year career in teaching high school and college English, and she uses her newfound freedom to read for pleasure, write mysteries, and smell the roses.

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Cozy Wednesday featuring Swimming with the Fishes: An Ozarks Lake Mystery by Marc Jedel #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

It is my pleasure to feature
Swimming with the Fishes today.

Swimming with the Fishes: An Ozarks Lake Mystery
by Marc Jedel

About Swimming with the Fishes


Swimming with the Fishes: An Ozarks Lake Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Arkansas
Publisher: BGM Press
Number of Pages: 220

She’s settling into a new life. But when a fishing trip totally capsizes, can she get a friend off the hook for murder?

 

Elizabeth Trout still feels awkward being back home. Discovering a BFF from her raucous high-school days has become the perfect mom is as weird as staying with her mother while awaiting construction of her new home. But she’s shaken to her core when her newlywed husband and beloved dog are nearly blown out of the water in a dockside explosion which leaves another woman dead … and her bestie is arrested for the crime.

 

To clear her friend, Elizabeth and her spouse set out to reel in a killer by sifting through the murky depths of small town drama. But between missing money, ominous strangers, and a shady ex-husband, these amateur sleuths net more motives than they can handle.

 

Can this dynamic detective duo dig up an answer before the big one gets away?

 

Swimming with the Fishes is the sensational second book in the Ozarks Lake Mystery series. If you like clever couples, delightful lakeside settings, and a rollicking good time, then you’ll love Marc Jedel’s hilarious whodunit.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Elizabeth and Jonas Trout have decided to stay in Jenkins, Arkansas. Jonas is finishing up the school year as a substitute teacher and Elizabeth is still trying to adjust to being back home. They are still living with her mom but a house of their own is under construction on the property Elizabeth inherited.

Jonas finds himself out on the lake in the early morning with the mayor of Jenkins and the high school principal trying to enjoy the peace and quiet but that is impossible with his present company. His dog Daisy was supposed to be along too but was not a fan of being in the boat so she is lying on the dock waiting for Jonas to return. As the men head back into the dock he notices Daisy is up, alert, and growling. He can’t see anyone, except maybe a “shadowy figure” nearby but something has upset the pup. Soon Daisy is diving into the water and Jonas dives in after her. Then a “fiery blast” with “a burst of blinding light, noise, and heat” occurs just as Jonas raises his head out of the water. The principal was hit by debris as the mayor brought the boat in. Looking down the dock they see what is left of another boat and a body near the captain’s seat.

The police quickly arrest one of Elizabeth’s friends and she doesn’t hesitate in pulling out the stops to clear her name. Can she and Jonas reel in the real killer or will they be caught by the killer themselves?


So much happens within these pages, an explosion, a dead body, missing money, a reunion, some sketchy gentlemen, a Bean Festival complete with Outhouse Races, and Elizabeth coming home with a child. My head was spinning with all the drama and I enjoyed the wild ride.

Jenkins is filled with the requisite quirky characters you usually find in a cozy mystery in abundance. Elizabeth is trying to reconnect with friends and Jonas is getting to know many of the residents. All the characters are cleverly written and we find them in several humorous situations. Elizabeth is truly tested as she tries to help her friend in any way she can even if it means traveling into some truly uncharted waters.

There are two mysteries to solve and Elizabeth is sure they are connected. There were several twists and turns and I was sometimes confused as to the significance of some of the clues but I really loved the way everything played out and the takedown that occurred.

It may have just been me but I didn’t find this story to be as funny as other books by this author but he sure did write a story that kept me on my toes and totally entertained.

Swimming with the Fishes has some great amateur sleuths in Jonas and Elizabeth. They may get sidetracked and stumble into some answers to their questions but they don’t give up. Daisy holds a special place in my heart too. I am excited to see what the author has in store for this wonderful threesome next.



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About Marc Jedel

Marc Jedel writes humorous murder mysteries. He credits his years of marketing leadership positions in Silicon Valley for honing his writing skills and sense of humor. While his high-tech marketing roles involved crafting plenty of fiction, these were just called emails, ads, and marketing collateral.

For most of Marc’s life, he’s been inventing stories. As he’s gotten older, he’s encountered more funny and odd people and situations. This has made it even easier for him to write what he knows and make up the rest. It’s a skill that’s served him well, both as an author and marketer.

The publication of Marc’s first novel, UNCLE AND ANTS, gave him permission to claim “author” as his job. This leads to much more interesting conversations with people than answering, “marketing.” Becoming an Amazon best-selling author has only made him more insufferable.

Like his characters Jonas and Elizabeth from the Ozarks Lake Mystery series, Marc grew up in the South and spent plenty of time in and around Arkansas. Like his character, Marty from the Silicon Valley Mystery series, Marc now lives in Silicon Valley, works in high-tech, and enjoys bad puns. Along with all his protagonists, Marc too has a dog, although his is neurotic, sweet, and small, with little appreciation for Marc’s humor.

Visit his website, marcjedel.com, for free chapters of novels, special offers, and more.

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LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/mjedel/

Blog: www.marcjedel.com/blog

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Great Escapes Praise for Swimming with the Fishes: An Ozarks Lake Mystery
by Marc Jedel

Swimming with the Fishes is another hilarious, well-plotted cozy mystery from Marc Jedel.
~Christy’s Cozy Corners

I enjoyed the reveal, as it was not dangerous to anyone and the police arrived just at the right time. This feels like a fun series that brings us good mysteries, great secondary characters and two wonderful sleuths in Elizabeth and Jason.
~Carla Loves To Read

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Swindler’s Revenge: A Karina Cardinal Mystery by Ellen Butler #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Swindler’s Revenge: A Karina Cardinal Mystery
by Ellen Butler

I am happy to welcome Ellen Butler to Escape With Dollycas today! 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I write in a couple of genres—Mystery, romance, and historical fiction. My first novel was published in 2014, and Swindler’s Revenge will be my 11th book. I’m a book junkie, probably like many of you, and have far too many in my TBR list. I was able to whittle that list a bit during COVID but replenished and am again overwhelmed by all the books on my Kindle and lying around my house.

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

There is always a fair amount of research, because each of my novels tends to be inspired by something in real life. For instance, Isabella’s Painting was inspired by the 1990 art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Swindler’s Revenge was inspired by a case that an FBI agent told me about. At the end of all my Karina Cardinal novels, I tell the reader a little about the real-life inspiration in my Author’s Note. Probably the longest amount of time I spent researching for a book was for The Brass Compass, my WWII spy novel.

Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?

Yes. I have to step away from a project when that happens and eventually my subconscious figures it out.

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

Join a writer’s club! Here is why:

  • To meet like-minded people. Writing is a very solitary profession, meeting other writers is invaluable.
  • You will gain perspectives from other published writers and learn the pitfalls and advantages to different writing and publishing options.
  • You can find a mentor or critique group that will help you be the best writer you can be.

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

I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and traveling.

How has the COVID pandemic affected you and your writing?

Initially, when the world shut down, I was very stressed and dealing with the anxiety of uncertainty, and not thinking creatively. I was in edits for Pharaoh’s Forgery and had just finished a short story, which was for the best, because I wasn’t ready to begin a new book. The kids were home ALL THE TIME, and I simply couldn’t get my head into the game. It really took me awhile to get Swindler’s Revenge going.

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

My husband and I had a 2-week anniversary trip planned to Ireland which we had to cancel due to COVID. I am ready to go, and I think I’d like to place a novel there.

What is next on the horizon for you?

I’m working on a sequel to my historical spy fiction, The Brass Compass. The first novel took place during WWII, and I’m placing the second one in the 50s during the Cold War.

Thank you Ellen for visiting today.

Keep reading to learn all about Ellen’s new book.

About Swindler’s Revenge

 

Swindler’s Revenge: A Karina Cardinal Mystery
Cozy Mystery/Women’s Adventure Fiction
5th in Series
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Power to the Pen (September 1, 2021)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 228 pages
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0924YKM7H

There are no softball cases in the FBI…especially when an agent gets dirty.

 

Karina Cardinal’s Saturday starts out with a bang, and it’s not the home renovation marathon she’s watching on HGTV. It’s the FBI banging on her door, hunting for a fugitive. As if she could easily hide one in her modest condo. Especially one named Mike Finnegan.

 

The two of them called it splitsville a couple months ago, but Mike? Take a $1.2 million bribe? No and no and no. No matter how much damning evidence the feds claim to have. When a mysterious burner phone shows up in her pocket, Karina has no doubt who dropped it there. Mike is deep undercover and so far off-grid, he needs help to figure out who’s framing him—and why.

 

Classic Karina, she jumps in with both feet, ignoring the dangers. The trouble with leaping before you look? You can land in a world of dirt. And when an old enemy starts playing hardball, you can end up six feet under it.

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International bestselling and award-winning author Ellen Butler presents book five in the Karina Cardinal mystery series! Fans of Elizabeth Peters and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum will adore this gripping mystery adventure.

About Ellen Butler 

Ellen Butler is the international bestselling author of the Karina Cardinal mystery series and award-winning historical suspense, The Brass Compass. Fans who enjoy the suspense of Melinda Leigh and the humor of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum will fall in love with Butler’s Karina Cardinal.  Her experiences working on Capitol Hill and at a medical association in Washington, D.C. inspired the mystery-action series. The Brass Compass has won multiple awards for historical fiction and is compared to such bestselling novels as Kristen Hannah’s The Nightingale. Ellen lives with her family in the suburbs of Washington, DC.

You can find Ellen at:

Website ~ www.EllenButler.net

Facebook ~ www.facebook.com/EllenButlerBooks

Twitter ~ @EButlerBooks

Instagram~@ebutlerbooks

Goodreads ~ www.goodreads.com/EllenButlerBooks

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No Grater Crime (A Country Store Mystery) by Maddie Day #Review @maddiedayauthor @KensingtonBooks


No Grater Crime (A Country Store Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
9th in Series
Setting – Indiana
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Kensington (August 24, 2021)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1496723198
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1496723192
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08P81Z7MF

Robbie Jordan’s Pans ‘N Pancakes boasts delicious eats and the best vintage cookware finds in South Lick, Indiana. And now, for a limited time, there’s a new special featured on the menu–murder!

Ever since meeting the wary owners of an antique shop opening across the street, Robbie has been scrambling to manage weird incidences plaguing her café and country store. Pricey items vanish from shelves without explanation, a fully equipped breakfast food truck starts lingering around the area each morning, and loyal diners mysteriously fall ill. When an elderly man dies after devouring an omelet packed with poisonous mushrooms, Robbie must temporarily close down Pans ‘N Pancakes and search for the killer with a real zest for running her out of business–or else.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

There is a new business in South Lick, an antique store right across the street from Robbie Jordan’s Pans ‘N Pancakes. She hopes it won’t cut into her vintage cookware sales. But sales aren’t her problem right now, shoplifting is. While she and her employees were busy serving food someone walked off with a batch of graters she just picked up at the Scottsburg Antique Fair. Robbie knows who the thief is but hesitates to make a scene.

Robbie strives to serve her customers the highest quality of food possible so she is shocked to learn a group of them took ill after eating at her establishment. Worse, one man whose health is already compromised dies. The health department closes Pans ‘N Pancakes down while they investigate. Robbie does her own investigation and figures out the mushrooms were the problem. Her wholesaler delivered poisonous ones and Robbie and her staff had no clue there weren’t the usual variety they typically use. Strange that as soon as Robbie’s business is shut down a food truck pulls up next to the new antique store and starts serving her customers. That is just one too many coincidences for Robbie. She knows who is responsible she just has to prove it.


My mother ran a restaurant similar to Robbie’s so this story really hit home for me. Competition is one thing, sabotage with foodstuffs is completely another. Many businesses wouldn’t be able to come back from such a serious matter. Robbie is blessed to have such a loyal group of customers and friends. As you can see Maddie Day has written a story that hit me at an emotional level which she continues to do time and time again.

The mystery is more complicated than complex. The suspects are a small pool and it is just a matter of pinning the right person down. They all had the opportunity but true motives were unclear. Robbie withheld the theft of the graters from Lieutenant Buck Bird who eats most of her menu every time he sets foot in the place. That may have ruffled some feathers earlier in the book and changed the outcome. I was just surprised she didn’t tell him right away. I did enjoy following all the clues though. I was on the right track but a left turn changed everything near the conclusion of the mystery.

I love that this series is set in the Midwest and the characters ring true to almost everyone right out my front door. I have sincerely enjoyed Robbie and the rest of the characters from the start of the series. They continue to grow and new members of the supporting cast are added in each book along the way. In fact, Robbie is engaged to be married to a man with a teenage son. Robbie has nurtured a relationship with the young man and that becomes very important in this story. I really admire the way the author has treated these characters and the way these relationships grew over several stories. It feels natural and is really heartwarming. It also sets up a fantastic ending.

No Grater Crime is filled with wonderful characters and delicious food. I am not a mushroom eater so now kitchen sink omelet for me though. Each visit to South Lick seems to end too soon. I can hardly wait for Batter Off Dead to be released in February 2022.

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Maddie Day is a talented amateur chef and holds a PhD in linguistics from Indiana University. An Agatha Award-winning author, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. She lives with her beau and an energetic kitten north of Boston

As Edith Maxwell, she writes the Local Foods Mysteries (Kensington Publishing) and the Quaker Midwife Mysteries (Midnight Ink), as well as writes award-winning short crime fiction.

You can find all Maddie’s/Edith’s identities at www.edithmaxwell.com. She blogs every weekday with the other Wicked Cozy Authors at wickedcozyauthors.com. Look for her as Edith M. Maxwell and Maddie Day on Facebook and @edithmaxwell and @maddiedayauthor on Twitter.


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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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COVER REVEAL – An Eggnog to Die For (A Cape Cod Foodie Mystery) by Amy Pershing


A New Cape Cod Foodie Mystery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas is coming to Cape Cod

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

but when Sam Barnes finds a very dead Santa in a very hip restaurant . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

it’s up to her to sift out suspects who have been naughty vs. nice….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Eggnog to Die For (A Cape Cod Foodie Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Berkley (November 2, 2021)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593199162
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593199169
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08VRGNFST

Professional foodie Samantha Barnes has a simple Christmas list: a quiet holiday at home with her dog and a certain handsome harbormaster; no embarrassing viral videos; and no finding dead bodies. Unfortunately, she’s got family visiting, she’s spending a lot of time in front of the camera, and she’s just stumbled over the lifeless body of the town’s Santa Claus.

Plus, Sam’s plans for Christmas Eve are getting complicated. There’s the great eggnog debate among her very opinionated guests. There’s the “all edible” Christmas tree to decorate. And there’s her Feast of the Five Fishes prepare. Nonetheless, Sam finds herself once again in the role of sleuth. She needs to find out who slayed this Santa—but can she pull off a perfect feast and nab a killer?

You can Pre-Order Your Copy Today! 

About the Author

Amy Pershing, who spent every summer of her childhood on Cape Cod, was an editor, a restaurant reviewer and a journalist before leading employee communications at a global bank. A few years ago she waved goodbye to Wall Street to write full time. An Eggnog to Die For is the second of the Cape Cod Foodie mysteries featuring Samantha Barnes, a disgraced but resilient ex-chef who retreats home to Cape Cod where she finds herself juggling a new job as the local paper’s “Cape Cod Foodie,” a complicated love life, a posse of just-slightly-odd friends, a falling-down house, a ginormous puppy and a propensity for falling over dead bodies. Kirkus Reviews gave An Eggnog to Die For a starred review, saying, “A delightful sleuth, a complex mystery, and lovingly described cuisine: a winner for both foodies and mystery mavens.” A Side of Murder, the first of the Cape Cod Foodie mysteries, which Elizabeth Gilbert called “the freshest, funniest mystery I have ever read,” was the first book in the series.  The third, Murder Is No Picnic, will be published in May 2022.

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #37 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Georgia, Oregon, and Connecticut!

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

Escapes Completed


No Grater Crime (A Country Store Mystery)
by Maddie Day
Release Date – August 24, 2021
Setting – Indiana
Review will be up tomorrow!


Swimming with the Fishes: An Ozarks Lake Mystery
by Marc Jedel
Release Day – August 27, 2021
Setting – Arkansas
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday.


Cat’s Meow (The 2 Sisters Pet Valet Mysteries)
by Dane McCaslin
Release Date – March 23, 2021
Setting – Oregon
Review will be up Thursday!

Current Escape


Ukulele Murder: A Nani Johnson Aloha Lagoon Mystery (Aloha Lagoon Mysteries)
by Leslie Langtry
Release Date – June 30, 2016
Setting – Hawaii
My Flashback Friday Read and for the Alphabet Soup and
Literary Escapes Challenges.

Scheduled Escapes


Mocha, She Wrote: A Bakeshop Mystery
by Ellie Alexander
Release Date – June 29, 2021
Setting – Oregon
For Review


Burden of Poof (Bonnie & Clyde Mysteries)
by Julie Anne Lindsey
Release Date – September 15, 2021
Setting – Georgia
I will feature this book next week on Cozy Wednesday!


The Corpse in the Gazebo (A Food Blogger Mystery)
by Debra Sennefelder
Release Date – September 28, 2021
Setting- Connecticut

Future Escapes

September 12 – 18, 2021 


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

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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

This past week, especially yesterday we remember and reflect on the tragedies that happened on September 11, 2001. Everyone was remembering where they were when the towers fell. My accident was on March 14, 2001, and I was released from the hospital on June 1 with still a long way to go in my recovery of what the new me would become. So on September 11 I had just sent the kids off to school and was sitting in my wheelchair waiting for the home health nurse to come and get me ready for my day and head out to physical therapy. I turned on the television and just froze.  The horrific pictures on the screen just brought me to tears. The nurse arrived and we cried together while getting me dressed. Shortly after I received a phone call that my therapy was canceled.  I stayed glued to the television screen all day and those images are ingrained in my memory forever. I watched day after day as the first responders put their lives on the line to find survivors. Our country suffered unthinkable loss and everyone pulled together. We continue to hear the stories and the names of those lost. The bravery of so many and the grief of all those families. I know I will never forget. I will always remember.

Where were you when tragedy struck our country?


Weekly Rewind – September 6 – 11, 2021

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #36 – 2021

Tuesday  – Murder with Orange Pekoe Tea (A Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery) by Karen Rose Smith #Review @karenrosemith @KensingtonBooks

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Death of a Red-Hot Rancher (A Love Is Murder Mystery) by Mimi Granger #Review / #Giveaway @BerkleyMystery

Thursday – What the Cat Dragged In (Cat in the Stacks Mystery) by Miranda James #Review @BerkleyMystery

Friday – An Untidy Affair: A David Blaise Mystery by MB Dabney #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @mbdabney27

Saturday – Ghost Cat of Ocean Cove (A Tenth Life Cozy Mystery) by Mollie Hunt #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @MollieHuntCats



Due to COVID-19, no print books have been sent by publishers.
Books shown were received through NetGalley or
books I purchased from Amazon.

I hope you have a super week!

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