Dec 092019
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I am traveling to Wyoming, Vermont, and Virginia this week!

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

Escapes Completed


Secrets and Lies: a Claire Callahan Mystery
by P.H. Turner
Release Date – September 22, 2019
Setting – Colorado
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!

Bookmarked for Murder (Mystery Bookshop)
by V.M. Burns
Release Date – November 26, 2019
Setting – Michigan
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Sauvigone for Good (The Wine Trail Mysteries)
by J.C. Eaton
Release Date – December 10, 2019
Setting – New York
My Review will be up on Thursday! 

Scheduled Escapes


Murder Casts the Ballot (A Jake and Emma Mystery)
by Linda Crowder
Release Date – December 15, 2016
Setting – Wyoming
Fifth book in The Jake and Emma Mystery Series. Previously released as Body on the Ballot.
The last book for my Literary Escapes Challenge and my Flashback Friday Read!


An Ale of Two Cities (A Literary Pub Mystery)
by Sarah Fox
Release Date – November 26, 2019
Setting – Vermont
For Review


The Dog Who Knew Too Much (A Paws & Claws Mystery)
by Krista Davis
Release Date – November 26, 2019
Setting – Virginia
Krista will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week!

Future Escapes

December 9 – 15, 2019


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Dec 082019
 

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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.

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

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!

Christmas Carols 

My week started out with joyful noise as we went to Natalie’s school for her Christmas concert. It was 5K – 2nd grade so our grand-nephew was performing too. It is so heartwarming to go back to the school where all our children attended. I also ran into a few friends from high school and other friends from the place we called home for most of our lives. Seeing my mother-in-law and other family is always icing on the cake,

The rest of the week was spent reading, blogging, and book tours along with as much online Christmas shopping as I could squeeze in. This time of year is always hard missing Son #1 like crazy. I do feel his presence in fact, sometimes I think he is messing with me. Silly things happen and he automatically comes to mind.

How was your week?
 
 
 
 
 
 


Weekly Rewind – December 2 – 7, 2019

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #49 2019

Tuesday – Keeping Secrets: (Glen Falls Mystery) by Zanna Mackenzie #Review / #Giveaway

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Brewed Awakening (A Coffeehouse Mystery) by Cleo Coyle #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Thursday – A Fatal Fondness (Mary MacDougall Mysteries) by Richard Audry #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – A Batter of Life and Death: A Bakeshop Mystery by Ellie Alexander #Review / #Giveaway @BakeshopMystery

Saturday – Load Up (Lark Davis Mysteries) by Annabelle Hunter #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Plus – 2020 Reading Challenge Time – Part One



Have a great and fun-filled week and
try to keep a smile on your face in those crowded stores! 

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Dec 072019
 

I have already posted about the Reading Challenges I am hosting.

2020 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

2020 Alphabet Soup – Author Edition Reading Challenge

2020 LITERARY ESCAPES CHALLENGE

2020 Craving For Cozies Reading Challenge

So now it is time to start traveling around the blogosphere and find the challenges hosted by others that I want to participate in. Note that all information is copied from the hosting blogs and you must go to their blogs to sign up.

Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2020
Hosted by My Reader’s Block

This challenge focuses on tackling our To-Be-Read shelves.
I will be again signing up at the Mount Vancouver level.

You can sign up here. 

Challenge Levels:

Pike’s Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Vancouver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books from your TBR pile/s
El Toro: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Olympus (Mars): Read 150+ books from your TBR pile/s

The Rules (a few minor adjustments from previous years indicated in green):
*Once you choose your challenge level, you are locked in for at least that many books. You are welcome to voyage further and conquer taller mountains after your commitment is met. All books from lower mountains carry over towards the next peak.

*Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2020

*You may sign up at any time–no matter when you see this challenge. All qualifying books read after January 1st count.

*Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2020–items requested or ordered prior to January 1, may count even if they arrive in the new year. No library books~. If you’re looking for a library book challenge or one that counts books on your non-owned TBR list, then please see Mount TBR’s sister challenge: the Virtual Mount TBR Challenge (click the link).
~The ONLY exception to the library rule: If you own the book in any form and have a reason to check out a version from the library instead, then you may count it. For example–if you own a hard copy, but are planning on taking a trip where listening to the audio version would be a great way to knock out a book while you drive, then by all means check out the audio version and have a wonderful trip! Please check with me if you have questions.

*Rules for Rereads: Any reread may count, regardless of how long you’ve owned it, provided you have not counted it for a previous Mount TBR Challenge.

*Audiobooks and E-books may count provided they are yours prior to January 1.

*You may count any “currently reading” book that you begin prior to January 1–provided you had 50% or more of the book left to finish when January 1 rolled around. I will trust you all on that. The only exception is if you have participated in Mount TBR in 2019 and were unable to finish the book in time for the final Check-in Post. Then–if you finish the book post-January 1, you may count it as your first step of the new challenge.

*You may count “Did Not Finish” books provided they meet your own standard for such things, you do not plan to ever finish it, and you move it off your mountain [give it away, sell it, remove from e-resources, etc.]. For example, my personal rule (unless it’s a very short book) is to give it 100 pages. If I decide I just can’t finish it and won’t ever, then off the mountain it goes and I count it as a victory–the stack is smaller!

*Books may be used to count for other challenges as well.

*Feel free to submit your list in advance or to tally them as you climb.

*There will be a year-end check-in and prize drawing!

*A blog and reviews are not necessary to participate. If you have a blog, then please post about the challenge and link that post (not your home page) in the form below. My link provider has limited the number of link “parties” I can have open at a time–so I will be using Google forms for all my sign-up links this year. Non-bloggers may enter their names only without a blog link OR members of Goodreads are welcome to join the Goodreads group HERE.

*If you post on Facebook, Instagram, or other social media to log a book, please use #MountTBR2020.

2020 New Release Challenge
Hosted by (un)Conventional Bookworms

This is a new challenge for me, The majority of the books I read are new releases but I am going to sign up at the 61-100 books per year – New Release Veteran level.

You can sign up here. 

The 2020 New Release Challenge is a year-long challenge in which we aim to read books released in 2020.  Brandee and I are the sole hosts of the challenge, and we both hope many of you will sign up and participate!  There is one post on the top of our homepage for all review links for the year, where the link is open for books you read and review each quarter. I also want to say a big thank you to Michelle @ Limabean Designs for creating our beautiful logo!!

In 2019, I read 140 books that counted for the New Release Challenge, and I don’t see why this should be any different for 2020. This is just one reason why we want to continue with the New Release Challenge. We both always tend to do better when someone cheers for me, and we cheer for them. Also, trying to make sure we are held accountable both for the ARCs I receive and books we buy is important to us.

As always, I have already created a 2020 Release shelf on Goodreads, if you want to check it out to help you be inspired 😉

There is a Facebook Group for the New Release Challenge, to have a place where we can keep up with each other, cheer each other on, and get to know each other better. It is also a place where we can help each other find even more new releases. For those of you who have already participated, it’s the same group as before.

The rules for the 2020 New Release Challenge are simple:

  • Books have to be released and reviewed in 2020.
  • Other challenges can be used as well, if you are participating in the Netgalley / Edelweiss challenge or in the COYER challenge, books can count towards more than one challenge, as long as the ones you use for the 2020 New Release Reading Challenge qualify to the other rules.
  • The minimum length for a book to qualify is 100 pages, it can be in any format though, physical, e-book, ARC or audiobook.
  • The New Release Challenge is open from January 1st through December 31st 2020, and sign-ups are open until September 1st 2020.
  • You don’t have to be a blogger to participate, you can link to your review on Goodreads or Booklikes instead – so don’t be shy!
  • If you want to spread the love, please use #2020NewReleaseChallenge on Twitter 😉

There are five levels  in the 2020 New Release Challenge:

  1. 1-30 books per year – New Release Newbie
  2. 31-60 books per year – New Release Pro
  3. 61-100 books per year – New Release Veteran
  4. 101-200 books per year – New Release Enthusiast
  5. 200+ books per year – New Release Obsessed

FOR THE LOVE OF EBOOKS 2020 READING CHALLENGE
Hosted by As Told by Tina

 

I look forward to this challenge. Years ago I couldn’t imagine that my reading of digital books would surpass the number of print books. Wow, how things change.

You can sign up for this challenge here. 

For The Love Of Ebooks is a very simple reading challenge. Just read as many ebooks as you can throughout 2020! It can be ebooks you purchased, eARCs, Library books. As long as it is an ebook, it will count. This year, we will have a readathon and a bingo card for you to challenge yourself!

Guidelines:

  • The Challenge begins January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020
  • All Books read for this challenge MUST BE EBOOKS! (ebooks, eARCs, library ebooks)
  • All genres count and re-reading and crossovers are encouraged!
  • Books can be any length.

How To Join:

  • Post your intention to join the challenge! A blog post, an instagram picture, a tweet, youtube video, or goodreads shelf will do. It’s whatever works for you.
  • You do not need to be a blogger to join. But I’d love for you to help me spread the word about the challenge.
  • If you are a blogger, I’d love for you to make a sign up post (it doesn’t have to be one whole post dedicated to the challenge, you can include other challenges you are joining) just make sure to link back to the sign up.

Official Challenge Tags:

You can follow us on Twitter and use the following tags so that we can all follow each other’s progress.

#ForTheLoveOfEbooks / #ForTheLoveOfEbooks20
Dates To Remember:

In 2019, I had posted monthly link-ups for For The Love Of Ebooks, however, I found that was way too time-consuming. So this year, I decided to do quarterly updates. The link ups will open on the first and close on the last day of the month.

January – March Quarterly Link Up
April – June Quarterly Link Up
July – September Quarterly Link Up
October – December Quarterly Link Up
For The Love Of Ebooks Readathon:

This year, I decided to add a readathon to For The Love Of Ebooks! The first For The Love of Ebooks readathon will be March 1 – 7. You can follow us on twitter here for all announcements.

Details for the readathon will be released on February 1st.

2020 CLOAK AND DAGGER CHALLENGE
Hosted by Carol’s Notebook

Because I host and participate in other challenges focused on cozy mysteries, the only books I count for this challenge are mysteries outside the cozy sub-genre. For that reason, I am again signing up at the  16-25 books – Detective level. 

You can sign up for this challenge here. 

Challenge Rules:

  • You can read any book that is from the mystery/suspense/thriller/crime genres. Any sub-genres are welcome as long as they incorporate one of these genres.
  • You don’t need a blog to participate but you do need a place to post your reviews to link up. (blog, Goodreads, Instagram, etc.)
  • Make a goal post and link it back here with your goal for this challenge.
  • Books need to at least 100 pages long. Please, no short stories.
  • Crossovers with other challenges are fine.
  • The Challenge will run from Jan. 1st to Dec. 31st. (Sign up ends March 15th)

We still have our facebook group so if you haven’t joined we would love for you too! Here’s the group’s link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/350512171977943/. It’s a closed group so just ask to join and we’ll let you in.

There will be a monthly link-up so we can see what everyone’s reading – and probably add some to our own tbr lists. At the halfway mark and at the end we will have a giveaway for those participating.

We’ll continue to use the hashtag #CloakDaggerChal.

Levels:

5-15 books – Amateur sleuth

16-25 books – Detective

26-35 books – Inspector

36 – 55 – Special agent

56+ books – Sherlock Holmes

This is just part one of my planned challenges. I will post more soon. 

You can go to the Sleep Less – Read More Facebook page to find many more challenges. A Novel Challenge is also a great resource.

 

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Dec 072019
 

Load Up (Lark Davis Mysteries)
by Annabelle Hunter

I am excited to shine the spotlight on the latest
Lark Davis Mystery today!

About Load Up


Load Up (Lark Davis Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Independently Published (October 29, 2019)
Print Length ~200 Pages
ASIN: B07YN76WJJ

Too many suspects can be as bad as no suspects at all…

Lark Davis, horse trainer and reluctant amateur sleuth, is sure that her crime-solving days are behind her. At least that’s what she told her grandmother. However, when her Homeowners Association President and owner of the local hardware store is found dead the day after she had a public fight with him, Lark is back in the last place she wants to be — the middle of a murder case.

But this is Barrow Bay, and things are never as they seem. Gerald Pratchett had a list of enemies a mile long, and each one had a very real reason for wanting to see him gone. When the police get overwhelmed with too many suspects, including herself, Lark realizes that it is up to her to bring his killer to justice.

Nothing can stop Lark from finding out the truth — and getting her man.

Fun, funny, and super fast-paced, this is a series not to be missed.
~Laura’s Interests

About the Annabelle Hunter

Annabelle Hunter is a stay-at-home mom and an avid fan of classic mystery shows and dressage. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two children, and too many animals. Visit her Amazon Author Page here.

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Dec 062019
 


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.


A Batter of Life and Death: A Bakeshop Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Oregon
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks (June 30, 2015)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1250054249
ISBN-13: 978-1250054241
Kindle ASIN: B00QQ1GKRE

Welcome to Torte-a small-town family bakeshop where the coffee is hot, the muffins are fresh, and the cakes are definitely to die for…

It’s autumn in Ashland, Oregon-’tis the season for a spiced hot apple cider with a serving (or two) of Torte’s famous peach cobbler. It’s also the perfect time for Jules Capshaw to promote her family’s beloved bake shop by competing in The Pastry Channel’s reality show, Take the Cake. The prize is $25,000. But as Jules quickly learns, some people would kill for that kind of dough. Literally.

Then, just as Jules dusts off her Bavarian Chocolate Cake recipe and cinches up her apron, the corpse of a fellow contestant is discovered-death by buttercream. What began as a fun, tasteful televised adventure has morphed into something of a true-crime detective show for Jules and everybody else on set. Who could have killed Chef Marco, and why? Can Jules sift out the killer before someone else gets burned?

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

Can Jules Capshaw Take the Cake? The Pastry Channel’s show has come to Ashland, Oregon and she is representing the family’s bakeshop, Torte, as a contestant against four other pastry chefs. Her family sure could use the $25000 prize to continue their improvements to their business.

Jules has baked a Bavarian Chocolate Cake for the day’s challenge but when she arrives on the set she finds one of the competing chefs dead. The powers that be commit to continuing the show as soon as the police release the set, but Jules wants to know – Who killed the chef? Are the rest of the chefs in danger? and most importantly – Is one of the chefs the killer? She starts doing a little snooping on her own to find answers before another chef gets frosted.

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Ms. Alexander’s characters are so likable. Jules, her mom, their employees, Thomas, the Professor, and more all make me wish I could visit Torte and meet them all. All are genuine and believable. They are joined this time by a group of pastry chefs that are diverse in their specialties along with the small crew from The Pastry Channel who each have something to prove. All these new visitors are viable suspects and seem to have secrets. I liked that some of the chefs ended using Torte’s kitchen to create their show entries. It allowed both Jules and us readers to get to know them better. It also made clear how patient  Jules and mom, Helen could be with strangers in their kitchen. They also handled a little strife between two employees with time and patience.

Readers are treated to a little romance too, as relationships evolve through normal everyday life. Jules is still trying to sort things through will Carlos as the clock ticks down on their break.

I love watching shows like Take the Cake so I was thrilled with this theme. The author created a marvelous whodunit around that theme giving Jules plenty of opportunity to sift through the clues and follow them as need be. Several twists spin to keep everyone guessing. With Helen and Jules’ tight connection to the chief of police, aka, The Professor and Detective-In-Training, Thomas, they keep them informed in everything they find and don’t hesitate to call for help when needed. I like that.

I can’t forget to mention the food. Most of the luscious pastries and desserts. I say most because there are a couple that clearly were not baked by the chef that presented them. Daily life at the bakeshop also adds more delightful treats and morning breakfast ideas. The schedule and the workings of the shop are also interesting. The realistic fact it is a hard business on a tight budget is also appreciated and grounds the whole series in reality.

Awesome characters, a fantastic setting, and a wonderful mystery all make A Batter of Life and Death a delectable cozy mystery and A Perfect Escape. The sample taste of On Thin Icing included at the end of the story has whet my appetite to read more of this series soon.

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You can read my review of Meet Your Baker here. 

About the Author

Ellie Alexander (aka Kate Dyer-Seeley), author of the Bakeshop Mystery Series (St. Martin’s Press), is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she’s not coated in flour, you’ll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research.

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Written as Kate Dyer-Seeley

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Dec 052019
 

A Fatal Fondness (Mary MacDougall Mysteries)
by Richard Audry

 

About A Fatal Fondness

A Fatal Fondness (Mary MacDougall Mysteries)
Historical Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Minnesota
Conger Road Press (November 15, 2019)
Paperback: 268 pages
ISBN-10: 0985019697
ISBN-13: 978-0985019693

Digital ASIN: B08158Y78D

It’s September 1902, and Mary MacDougall has fulfilled her greatest dream—opening her own detective agency. But this achievement doesn’t come without complication.

Mary’s father insists that an older cousin come to work with her—as both secretary and minder. Jeanette Harrison pledges to keep the plucky sleuth away from danger, as well as from her unsuitable suitor Edmond Roy. This arrangement, embarrassingly, makes Mary the only detective in the state with a chaperone.

The new agency’s first cases hardly seem to portend danger or significance. There’s the affair of the nicked napkin rings…the problem of the purloined pocket watch…and the matter of the four filched felines.

Mary and Jeanette have not the slightest notion that one of these modest little jobs will blow up into the most consequential and perilous case of the heiress-sleuth’s budding career. What begins in triviality mushrooms into disappearance, betrayal, international intrigue, and murder. As she learns more and more, Mary’s prospects for making the acquaintance of an assassin’s blade improve exponentially.

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

Mary MacDougall is back and she is now opening up her very own detective agency. Her new independence comes with a condition from her father, her older cousin, Jeanette Harrison will be employed as her secretary with the true job of keeping Mary out of trouble. She has also been tasked with keeping Mary away Edmond Roy, a man she has become close to even though her father finds him unsuitable for his daughter. Jeanette’s job is not going to be easy. Mary is a headstrong woman who does what she wants, even sticking her nose in a case a local detective has instructed her to stay away from.

Surprisingly the agency quickly has four cases. Some stolen napkin rings, four catnapped felines, a missing pocket watch, and a con man trying to fleece a talented young woman. But that isn’t enough for Mary. She learns of a drowning while handling the napkin ring case and as the body is identified she finds there may be a connection to one of her other cases. Mary realizes this is the case the detective warned her about, a case she now realizes has international ramifications. A case that could lead to her death if she doesn’t back off.

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Mary MacDougal is a strong protagonist. At times, she is wise beyond her 19 years, others she acts like the young heiress she is without the sense to be fully aware of the danger. I really enjoyed Jeanette and her love of her Remington typewriter. She does her best to stand up to Mary but can’t totally reel her in. They are very entertaining as they sort out the details of this new business.

We catch up with Aunt Tena from afar and she has some fun news that sends Mary’s father into a tizzy that has him traveling to meet with her. Edmond Roy also returns with some big ideas of his own. The characters are all richly written and are easily envisioned.

The story this time starts slowly and builds to a very intriguing mystery. Mary has good instincts but she continues to put herself in risky situations. I really enjoyed following both her sleuthing process and her travels around town following every clue.  The ending was exciting but heartbreaking too.

Reading A Fatal Fondness was a delightful way to spend a couple of evenings. The first two books in this series are novella length, A Daughter’s Doubt was longer at 204 pages, this one comes in at 268 pages and I feel the longer length gives space for more details and character development. I have enjoyed the entire series but this one is my favorite. I am already looking forward to the next installment to see what Mary MacDougall gets herself entangled in next.

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You can read my reviews of A Pretty Little Plot and The Stolen Star here.

You can read my review of A Daughter’s Doubt here

About Richard Audry

Richard Audry is the pen name of D. R. Martin. He is the author of the Mary MacDougall historical mysteries (four titles) and the King Harald canine cozy series (three titles). Under his own name, he has written the Johnny Graphic ghost adventure trilogy, the Marta Hjelm hardboiled mystery Smoking Ruin, and two books on some of his favorite authors: Travis McGee & Me and Four Science Fiction Masters.

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Dec 042019
 

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

The new Coffeehouse Mystery is out and I am thrilled to give you my thoughts!

Brewed Awakening (A Coffeehouse Mystery)
by Cleo Coyle

About Brewed Awakening


Brewed Awakening (A Coffeehouse Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
18th in Series
Berkley (December 3, 2019)
Hardcover: 368 pages
ISBN-10: 0451488873
ISBN-13: 978-0451488879
Digital ASIN: B07GQHK51D

From Cleo Coyle, the New York Times bestselling author of Shot in the Dark and Dead Cold Brew, comes a delicious new entry in the “fun and gripping” (The Huffington Post) Coffeehouse Mysteries.

When coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi awakens on a bench in Washington Square Park, she has no idea she’s been missing for the past week, or that her friends and family have been frantic with worry. Now that she’s back, everyone is overjoyed, including a handsome NYPD detective who claims to be her fiancé. But to Mike Quinn’s crushing distress, Clare doesn’t remember him, or much of anything about the last decade of her life.

Clare’s missing memory is tied to a crime she witnessed. An acquaintance of Clare’s elegant employer–and fellow member of an exclusive Gotham circle known as “The Ladies Who Brunch”–invited Clare to her posh hotel to sample gourmet wedding cakes. The pair took a stroll after their indulgent tasting and, according to security camera footage, a masked figure snatched the hotel heiress at gunpoint with Clare looking on. Did the kidnapper take Clare, too? The camera went dark, just like Clare’s memory. Soon authorities grow suspicious. Is Clare really a victim? Or merely acting like one? Evidence is mounting that she set the woman up.

To clear her name, Clare must find a way to reclaim her memories and rescue the heiress before this high-stakes crime ends in tragedy. Otherwise, instead of walking down the aisle, Clare may find herself perp-walking to prison as an accomplice to kidnapping and murder.

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

This time Cleo Coyle turns things inside out when our protagonist becomes the victim. Clare Cosi has been missing for a week when she wakes up on a bench in Washington Square Park, disoriented and scared, she wanders the area finally finding the Village Blend coffeehouse. Her friends, family, and employees are all thrilled to have her back but realize she has no memory of several years. She thinks her daughter is still a youngster waiting for her to come home. That her divorce was recent and the anger at her ex, Matt, is still vivid. But worst of all she has no memory of Mike Quinn, the man who loves her so much. A man she was ready to marry.

Everyone believes her memory loss is due to a tragic event. She had been meeting with hotel heiress/owner, Annette Brewster, to taste wedding cakes. After the tasting, both women disappeared. While now Clare has been found, Annette is still missing. Evidence shows Clare may have been in on a kidnapping. Without her memory, she has no way to clear her name. She is willing to do anything to get her memory and her life back even working with her ex, who she really hates at the moment.

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Never deny the power of coffee!

Cleo Coyle has brewed up a truly stellar story. Over the course of this series, fans have come to love these characters. Putting the star in peril really perks up all of our antennas. We are rooting for her more than we ever have.

What I loved is that she hasn’t lost her love of coffee and her talent of discerning every bit of its flavor profile. She also hasn’t lost her sleuthing ability and the need to find the truth.   Not sure who she can really trust she is tentative at first. But she knows she not only needs to recover her memory for herself but there is another woman out there that needs to be found.

The author has given readers a mystery that is impossible to put down. There is action and suspense with the requisite humor required by the genre. I was totally captivated by Clare’s memory loss and the treatment it received within these pages. There are plenty of twists and surprises as the clues started to fall into place, including an old case that is not what it seemed to be.

While the Village Blend is an excellent backdrop for a mystery I liked that this time the mystery and keeping Clare safe took us on quite a journey, New York, New Jersey, and for one character farther up the coast. We also get to visit a grand home. Oh my word, it sounded like quite a place.

I absolutely love this series and these characters. Each new book becomes my new favorite. This time Cleo Coyle has really topped herself. This story is derived from the research of true amnesia cases. It felt fresh and new and was explored in a caring way while twisting it into a fascinating mystery. All the cozy touches expected were there including all the coffee and food descriptions fans of the series have come to expect.

Well-plotted, well-written, with wonderful characters, Brewed Awakening is truly one of the best books I have read this year. I started it late on Thanksgiving Eve and was only able to read a few chapters. Thankfully 🙂 with Thanksgiving the next day and Mr. Dollycas in charge of the meal, I was able to get right back to it and finish it up before our dinner was served.

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About Cleo Coyle

CLEO COYLE is the pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini.  CLEO COYLE grew up in a small town near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After earning scholarships to study writing at Carnegie Mellon and American Universities, she began her career as a cub reporter for The New York Times. Now an author of popular fiction and New York Times bestselling media tie-in writer, Cleo lives and works in New York City, where she collaborates with her husband (also a bestselling author) to pen the Coffeehouse Mysteries for Penguin. Together Cleo and her husband also write the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries under the name Alice Kimberly. When not haunting coffeehouses, hunting ghosts, or rescuing stray cats, Cleo and Marc are bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for NBC, Lucasfilm, Disney, Fox, Imagine, and MGM. In their spare time, they cook like crazy and drink a lot of java. You can learn more about Cleo, her husband, and the books they write by visiting www.CoffeehouseMystery.com.

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Keeping Secrets: (Glen Falls Mystery)
Romantic Mystery (Paranormal)
1st in Series
Setting – Scotland
Independently Published (January 30, 2017)
Number of Pages – 220 Pages
Kindle ASIN: B01MSDB4V7

Running from her past lands Kat in a whole lot of trouble in the present!

Fleeing from her past and determined to make a fresh start, Kat heads for the picturesque town of Glen Falls. Opting to ignore the tourist hype about spooky goings-on (it’s all make believe anyway, right?), Kat gets a job in a shop selling magical candles, charms and crystals. Discovering her new boss is a real witch who actually casts spells to ward off evil, Kat starts to wonder whether running from her old life has landed her in even more trouble in the present…

With a fiery feud threatening to destroy the town, things soon get ugly and Kat wades into sleuthing mode, attempting to battle love spells, magic wrongdoings, sabotage and a whole lot more before things can spiral dangerously out of control.

Nursing a broken heart and with more than enough crazy stuff already on her plate, risking a new romantic involvement is the last thing she needs right now, but then she meets the gorgeous and mysterious Alex, a man who seems to be keeping even more secrets about his current life than Kat is about her past. She’s not stupid, she knows she should keep as far away from him as possible. Unfortunately, with circumstances beyond her control, that’s proving rather difficult to do…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Kat finds herself in Glen Falls trying to start over. She has two jobs, one selling crystal and charms for a real witch, and the other, delivering sandwiches for a local deli. Summer, the witch she works for is part of a Save the World group protesting against companies wanting to develop more land in the area. Kat’s two jobs seem to collide when the deli gets a new customer, a developer building houses at the edge of town. The development has been vandalized and Kat is afraid Summer’s group is responsible. Kay is further twisted into the mystery as she starts to have feelings for Alex, the manager at the construction site. Another twist is added when the ex she left behind arrives in Glen Falls to win her back. Secrets and spells are making it hard for Kat to make a fresh start but she hopes to put all the clues together so she can have the life she deserves.

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I really enjoyed meeting the residents of Glen Falls, which has its fair share of witches. Zanna Mackenzie is an author from the U.K. so some terms may take a little getting used to, but the writing is so rich I could almost hear the Scottish accents. Kat had quite a journey through this story. She interacts with so many people and seems to become quick friends with almost everyone she meets. The characters were very well developed for the first book in a series.

I felt the story had a nice flow. The romance was the main part of the story with magic and mystery entwined. I did enjoy that the author brought in concern for the world and the environment. I wish that would have had more depth. The mystery was interesting and wrapped up nicely. The author added the perfect amount of humor too.

This series is off to a nice start. Keeping Secrets is a lighthearted paranormal romantic mystery with characters I would like to get to know better. I am looking forward to another visit to Glen Falls.

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About the Author

I live in the UK (Derbyshire/ Leicestershire border) with my husband, 5 dogs, a vegetable patch that’s home to far too many weeds and an ever-expanding library of books waiting to be read

Being a freelance writer and editor of business publications is my ‘day job’ but, at every opportunity, I can be found scribbling down notes on scenes for whatever novel I’m working on. I love it when the characters in my novels take on minds of their own and start deviating from the original plot.

I enjoy walking the dogs, gardening, and reading.

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Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I am traveling to Colorado, Michigan, and New York this week!

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

Escapes Completed


Keeping Secrets (Glen Falls Mystery)
by Zanna Mackenzie
Release Date January 30, 2017
Setting – Scotland
Amazon Purchase for Author Edition of Alphabet Soup Challenge.
My review will be up tomorrow!


Brewed Awakening (A Coffeehouse Mystery)
by Cleo Coyle
Release Date – December 3, 2019
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Book Tour stop here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


A Fatal Fondness (Mary MacDougall Mysteries)
by Richard Audry
Release Date – November 6, 2019
Setting – ???
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Thursday!


A Batter of Life and Death: A Bakeshop Mystery
by Ellie Alexander
Release Date – June 30, 2015
Setting – Oregon
My Flashback Friday Read & for my What’s In A Name Challenge

Scheduled Escapes


Secrets and Lies: a Claire Callahan Mystery
by P.H. Turner
Release Date – September 22, 2019
Setting – Colorado
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!

Bookmarked for Murder (Mystery Bookshop)
by V.M. Burns
Release Date – November 26, 2019
Setting – Michigan
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Sauvigone for Good (The Wine Trail Mysteries)
by J.C. Eaton
Release Date – December 10, 2019
Setting – New York
For Review

Future Escapes

December 2 – 8, 2019


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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.

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

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!

My baby is now 27.

After a relatively quiet Thanksgiving. (I stayed off the computer all day!) Daughter #1 arrived with the boys on Friday to help celebrate Son #2’s birthday and spend a little time with us. Dinner was catered by Culvers 🙂 and we girls watched a movie, A Bad Mom’s Christmas. Then because Daughter #1 had to work this weekend and their dad was out hunting the boys stayed with us. Kaden was happy to have time to play FortNite and Remi happy with his YouTube Videos. Truthfully we always have fun when the grandkids are here. They will be headed home later today and the quiet will be nice for a while but I will miss them as soon as they are out the door.

Because they were here my online Christmas shopping was a bit curtailed but tomorrow is Cyber Monday so I hope to take care of a major portion then. How are you doing with your shopping?

~Lori


Weekly Rewind – November 24 – 30, 2019

Sunday Afternoon – 2020 LITERARY ESCAPES CHALLENGE

Plus – 2020 Craving For Cozies Reading Challenge

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #48 2019

Tuesday – The Wipeout Affair (Red Frog Beach Mystery) by Rachel Neuburger Reynolds – Character Guest Post / #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesdays featuring Potions Are for Pushovers (An Eleanor Wilde Mystery) by Tamara Berry @KensingtonBooks

Thursday – Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday – BLACK FRIDAY Kensington Holiday Giveaway!! DON’T MISS THIS GIVEAWAY!! 

Plus – My Drunk Kitchen Holidays!: How to Savor and Celebrate the Year: A Cookbook by Hannah Hart – Mother/Daughter Review

Saturday – Fire, Fog and Water (Sgt. Windflower Mysteries) by Mike Martin #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @mike54martin

Plus – Murder, She Wrote: A Time for Murder by Jessica Fletcher & Jon Land #Spotlight / #Giveaway

And  – Fields’ Guide to Fog (The Poppy Fields Adventures) by Julie Mulhern #Review



These were free on Amazon!

I hope you have a wonderful week!

 

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