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Dollycas 9/25/2022 Weekend Update


Where is Dollycas Part Deux?


Placeholder for the usual Sunday Salon posts…


It’s time for an update! I can let you all know that Lori / Dollycas is well on her way to a full recovery from her recent hospital stay and is looking forward to coming home soon, most likely Tuesday 9/27/2022. Her surgery was a very successful one with a side effect she hasn’t felt in 21 years that being to be able to move her fingers on her right side even just a little bit. She is looking forward to sitting in her own room, with her books, surrounded by her family, her puppy Daisy, and friends who haven’t been able to visit due to the hospital’s rules on visitation for patients under their care. But most of all she is looking forward to resuming her real love which is her Book blog & Great Escapes Book Tours and all of her friends and authors related to it all over the globe. She says she may take 1 day once she is home to rest up, read a good book, and play with her Daisy to make sure she knows she wasn’t going to abandon her but then will be back at her desk controlling the “Dollycas” world once again and enjoying every minute of it!!!

This post was set up by Jeff / AKA Mr. Dollycas so please be kind as it is his first attempt without Lori’s direct supervision, thank you all for the support during this difficult past 2 weeks…



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Where is Dollycas?

Hi Everyone,

Last Friday after reviewing the X-rays of my left arm my doctors noticed that the infection was aggressively attacking the bone around the elbow so I was admitted to the hospital for IV antibiotics and to meet with a team of doctors. In their infinite wisdom, they decided surgery was the way to go. So today I am in the operating room. If everything goes as planned I will be here a few more days for recovery and then will return home to continue antibiotics treatment but get back to my life and work. My husband is doing his best to keep the tours running and I am doing what I can to instruct him. He can’t write my reviews for me or make regular posts so I  apologize if I am unable to post what you may be looking for but will as soon as I can. Thank you for your patience and understanding.



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Dewey Decimated (A Haunted Library Mystery) by Allison Brook #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @AllisonBrookML

Dewey Decimated (A Haunted Library Mystery)
by Allison Brook

It is my pleasure to welcome Allison Brook to
Escape With Dollycas today.

Hi Allison,

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I was a Spanish high school teacher many years ago. I started out writing books for kids. AND DON’T BRING JEREMY, my first published novel, was published in 1985 and was a nominee for six state awards. About twenty years ago I started writing mysteries. My most recent series is the Haunted Library series. DEWEY DECIMATED is the sixth in the series.

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

I do a lot of research, and I do it as I’m writing. Sometimes I’ll start a sentence and realize I need information. It could be something as simple as selecting various dishes because Carrie is serving dinner to company. Because the Clover Ridge Library where Carrie works has purchased the building next door to be converted into an addition, the building is undergoing construction, I’ve had to learn what’s involved when a building is stripped down to its exterior walls and renovated. And I’ve had to learn technical information about the stadium-seating auditorium that will be installed in the new wing of the library.

Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?

Not really. If I get stuck plot-wise, I reread what I’ve written. That usually sets me on the right track of what needs to come next.

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

Write regularly; join writer groups and take part in their list servs and Facebook pages. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Become part of a critique group that is supportive and helpful. Write regularly.

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

Spend time with friends; talk to my grandkids on FaceTime; read and listen to novels; eat out occasionally; do crossword puzzles and Sudoku.

Did the COVID pandemic affect you and your writing?

It really didn’t affect my writing since I spend so much time at home in front of my computer anyway. Though it has affected me in that I haven’t been traveling and it’s created a pall over my everyday life.

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

I’d like to go back to England. My husband and I used to go there often and I miss driving through the countryside and stopping at various towns and villages. I’d also like to go to Australia and China.

What is next on the horizon for you?

I’ll write the eighth and last book of the Haunted Library series and then I’ll start a new mystery series. I have a four-book contract for a children’s book series. The first book, RUFUS AND MAGIC RUN AMOK, was published some years ago and was a Children’s Choice. After it comes out in its new edition next year, a new Rufus book will be published the following three years.

About Dewey Decimated

Dewey Decimated (A Haunted Library Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Setting – Connecticut
Crooked Lane Books (September 6, 2022)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1639100903
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1639100903
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09N6M1SNP

Librarian Carrie Singleton is back on the case, alongside library ghost Evelyn, in the sixth installment of Agatha Award nominee Allison Brook’s Haunted Library mysteries.


Carrie Singleton is just off a hot string of murder cases centered around the spooky local library in Clover Ridge, Connecticut. She could really use a break—but no such luck, as she; Smoky Joe, the resident cat; and Evelyn, the library’s ghost, are drawn into another tantalizing whodunit.


First, a dead body is found in the basement of the building attached to the library, and it turns out to be Carrie’s fiancé’s Uncle Alec, who Dylan hasn’t seen in years. But Alec has no intention of truly checking out, and his ghost makes itself at home in the library, greatly upsetting the patrons. Carrie and Evelyn work hard to keep Alec out of sight, but what was he doing in Clover Ridge to begin with? And why was he killed?


Meanwhile, the town council, of which Carrie is also a member, is embroiled in a hot-headed debate over the fate of the Seabrook Preserve, a lovely and valuable piece of property that runs along Long Island Sound. Turn it into an upscale park? Sell it to a condo developer? Or keep it as protected land?


As the dispute rages, there’s another murder, this time involving a council member. Could the two murders be connected? And could Carrie be next on the hit list?

More About Allison Brook


A former Spanish teacher, Marilyn Levinson writes mysteries, romantic suspense, and novels for kids. Her books have received many accolades. As Allison Brook, she writes the Haunted Library series. DEATH OVERDUE, the first in the series, was an Agatha nominee for Best Contemporary Novel in 2018. Other mysteries include the Golden Age of Mystery Book Club series and the Twin Lakes series.

Author Links

Website     Amazon Page     Facebook     Goodreads       Pinterest      BookBub
Twitter:  @MarilynLevinson@AllisonBrookML

Purchase Links

Amazon      Penguin Random House    B&N    Kobo    Google Play

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Great Escapes Praise for Dewey Decimated (A Haunted Library Mystery)
by Allison Brook

I am giving Dewey Decimated by Allison Brook five stars, recommending it to anyone who wants an excellent September read. You might want to enjoy a nice mug of apple cider while you are at it!
~Baroness’ Book Trove

I highly recommend Dewey Decimated and the Haunted Library series to fans of cozy mysteries, and especially for anyone who enjoys small-town settings, a gentle paranormal element, and cats
~View From The Birdhouse

DEWEY DECIMATED combines greed and family dynamics in a captivating ghostly mystery.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

Dewey Decimated is a fun and calming read from Allison Brook. Over all rating for Dewey Decimated by Allison Brook: 4 stars
~Nadenness In Motion

Cozy mystery lovers will enjoy Dewey Decimated for its realistic characters and well-plotted mystery. They’ll appreciate the little details that make this delightful cozy mystery book come to life. I highly recommend it!
~Christy’s Cozy Corners

Makes for a fabulously fun read that is sure to delight cozy fans. I totally loved it so I give it 5/5 stars.
~Books A Plenty Book Reviews

Bottom Line: I’ve come to expect smart plots, charming characters, and intriguing twists from this series, and Dewey Decimated fits right in.
~Reading is my Superpower

Dewey Decimated is a fun and calming read from Allison Brook.
~Nadaness In Motion

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September 8 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW
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September 9 – View from the Birdhouse – REVIEW
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Cozy Wednesday featuring Mystery of the Tea Cup Quilt A Cozy Mystery: Harland Creek Mystery Quilters by Jodi Allen Brice #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

I am delighted to feature The Mystery of the Tea Cup Quilt – A Cozy Mystery:
Harland Creek Mystery Quilters by Jodi Allen Brice today!

About Mystery of the Tea Cup Quilt

Mystery of the Tea Cup Quilt A Cozy Mystery: Harland Creek Mystery Quilters
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Mississippi
Guardian Ink LLC (September 5, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 214 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1953854966
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1953854964
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0B83Y31YN

Hi! I’m Dove Agnew, former successful dress designer who was living the high life in New York, until my sleazy business partner used my business to move his drugs, leaving me to pack my ruined reputation and move back home to the tiny town of Harland Creek.

Despite the setback, all was going relatively well until I found Gertrude Brown’s body on the floor of my mom’s quilt shop. Now, rumors are flying and all eyes are on me. I’m a murder suspect! Even my ex-boyfriend, the current chief of police, is suspicious of me.

Now, it’s up to me to clear my name and find out who the real killer is before someone else gets hurt. But I’m going to need help, and the Harland Creek Quilters, and a goat named Petunia, are just the group to get things done.

Welcome to the new series set in the beloved town of Harland Creek.
With the quilting club ladies and a sidekick, which happens to be a goat, this book will keep you guessing and laughing out loud!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Review Coming Soon Stay Tuned…

About Jodi Allen Brice

Jodi Allen Brice has written numerous books under different pen names. Under Jodi Allen Brice she writes women’s fiction, small town clean sweet romance, and cozy mysteries.

She transitioned away from paranormal romance in the year 2020 when the virus hit. She still writes about lovable characters who overcome the impossible to get what they want. You’ll find yourself laughing and crying when you are reading her books. She is also an avid quilter and camping. Sometimes she does both at the same time!

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Great Escapes Praise for Mystery of the Tea Cup Quilt – A Cozy Mystery:
Harland Creek Mystery Quilters
by Jodi Allen Brice

The Mystery of the Tea Cup Quilt is an upbeat cozy mystery with a greedy goat, a murdered meanie, a troubled business, a surplus of suspects, inquisitive quilters, and witty t-shirts.
~The Avid Reader

Filled with fun characters, especially a lovable goat, THE MYSTERY OF THE TEA CUP QUILT is a good start to a new series.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

Bottom Line: If you need a good dose of laughter (and these days, who doesn’t?), then make sure you pick up a copy of The Mystery of the Tea Cup Quilt by Jodi Allen Brice!
~Reading is my Superpower

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Buttercream Betrayal (Cupcake Catering Mystery Series) by Kim Davis #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @Kookiesandbooks

Buttercream Betrayal (Cupcake Catering Mystery Series)
by Kim Davis

I am thrilled to kick off the Great Escapes Tour for this new book from author Kim Davis!

About Buttercream Betrayal

Buttercream Betrayal (Cupcake Catering Mystery Series)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – California
Cinnamon & Sugar Press (September 13, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8985360110
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0B8BTDZ1H

Intent on getting their two mischievous dogs under control, Emory Martinez and her half sister, Vannie, join a group dog training program led by Shawn Parker. With a graduation certificate just within grasp and a party to celebrate their hard-won achievements, what could go wrong? For starters, their two dogs have decided to wreak havoc during the party and tempers flare. It turns out not everyone is pleased with the dog trainer and his mother, the condo association president. Whispers of the mother and son’s misbehavior, or worse, fly amongst the barks, whines, and growls of the canines.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Cupcake baker extraordinaire Emory Martinez keeps herself busy with her own clients, helps her sister with her catering business, is a companion to her landlord Tillie, and works for Tillie’s son to keep affairs in order when he is out of town. She is also becoming quite the amateur sleuth usually with Tillie by her side.

In this fifth installment, Emory and her half-sister Vannie enroll Emory’s dogs, Piper and Missy in a dog training class. They made it through all the sessions and are ready to celebrate with the entire group when the dog’s mischievous nature cannot be contained and they cause a bit of ruckus. The instructor gets so upset he declares Piper and Missy had failed the class and his mother, condo association president is livid and asks Emory, Vannie, and the naughty pups to leave.

It is then Emory learns of the questionable behavior of the dog trainer and his mother, but she is still surprised when she returns and finds one of them dead.

So with Tillie by her side and help from family and friends, she tries to find the depth of their misdeeds while trying to corner the killer.

I love this series so much!

It is the extraordinary cast of characters that Ms. Davis has created that keeps me coming back for each new story. The relationships are realistic, and genuine, and continue to grow. New characters are introduced and are accepted in the group that truly is one big family. I love the big family dinners and the way everyone pulls together in some pretty stressful situations. Tillie continues to be my favorite character and I firmly believe everyone needs a Tillie in their lives.

The mystery is complex with a plethora of suspects. It is so well written and plotted. With subplots dealing with puppy mills, money laundering, and blackmail the story goes off in many directions as Emory, Tillie and the rest of the group try to make everything they are learning go together to make sense to lead them to a killer without getting themselves killed in the process. I was glued to the pages each step along the way. It was definitely not a clear-cut path. Ms. Davis set everything up perfectly to keep her readers on their toes. She also has an expert hand with humor because this cast is fun-loving and sometimes just plain funny.

Of course, there are cupcakes and other delicious food mentioned/described throughout the book and the author includes many recipes at the end of the story to tickle our taste buds. I would love to get together with the characters in this story just for the desserts and dinners.

You will find Buttercream Betrayal on my Best Reads List for 2022. The author continues to top herself. I am invested in these characters and each visit ends too soon. Just one more cupcake, please.

Every story in this series is wonderful. I recommend reading them in order but each can be read on its own. This is a series that should not be missed. Cozy mystery lovers will be delighted with each and every story!

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About Kim Davis

Kim Davis lives in Southern California with her husband. When she’s not chasing her puppy or spending time with her granddaughters she can be found either writing stories or working on her blog, Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder or in the kitchen baking up yummy treats.  She has published the suspense novel, A GAME OF DECEIT, the Cupcake Catering Mystery series, and the Aromatherapy Mystery series. She also has had several children’s articles published in Cricket, Nature Friend, Skipping Stones, and the Seed of Truth magazines. Kim Davis is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

Author Links – Website  – Facebook  – Twitter: – Goodreads  – Pinterest – Blog

Purchase Link: Amazon 

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September 14 – The Mystery of Writing – SPOTLIGHT
September 14 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
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September 15 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW
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The Meld: Magic, Please by Kelley Kay Bowles – #BOOKBLAST

About The Meld: Magic, Please

The Meld: Magic, Please
Young Adult Paranormal
1st in Series
Setting – The fictional Mountain West town of Pinewood, Colorado
All Things That Matter Press (July 3, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 143 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8986288529
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0B5RZPXCX

The Meld, an otherworldly group of six, has gathered in the past millennium to bestow gifts on the most interesting of all populations: adolescents. The Meld members comprise a yin/yang of deadly behaviors which qualified their membership: half took lives for noble reasons, half for selfish ones. They completed their circle with Delilah Mackley in 1962 and have since been operating at full strength to give a supernatural gift to their chosen charges. This time, they choose Colorado sophomore Millie Mahoney.


The murder of Millie’s mother and the resultant self-destruction of her father have rendered her life chaotic, which Millie fights by immersing herself in her great passion: words and their power. The Meld gives her the ability for her words to become real:
Everything she writes comes true.


While she’s too smart to bring her mother back to life, Millie does look for a way to heal her family … and maybe catch the loving attention of Derek Samson while she’s at it.

About Kelley Kay Bowles

Kelley (Kelley Kaye, Kelley Kay Bowles, Kelley Gusich) taught High School English and Drama for twenty years in Colorado and California, but her love for storytelling dates back to creating captions for her high school yearbook. Maybe back to the tales she created around her Barbie and Ken. A 1994 MS diagnosis and many years of fertility struggles have (circuitously) brought Kelley, finally, to the life of writer and mother, both of which she adores. Death by Diploma, released by Red Adept Publishing in February 2016 and #1 for cozy mystery on Amazon in August that same year, is her debut cozy mystery, first in the Chalkboard Outlines® series. Book 2, Poison by Punctuation, was released on April 24, 2018, and the latest, Strangled by Simile, was released in March 2022. Her debut Young Adult Paranormal, Down in the Belly of the Whale, received the 2017 Indie Book of the Year from Aionios Books, which published the book on May 5, 2018. The first of The Meld YA Paranormal series: Magic, Please, was released July 3, 2022.

She’s also working with her husband to raise two active and busy teenage sons.

Author Links

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Purchase Link – Amazon 

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #37 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Maine, England, and Connecticut!!

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

Escapes Completed

A Good Dog’s Guide to Murder (A Paws & Claws Mystery)
by Krista Davis
Release Date – September 6, 2022
Setting – Virginia
 My Review

Buttercream Betrayal (Cupcake Catering Mystery Series)
by Kim Davis
Release Date – September 13, 2022
Setting – California
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here tomorrow!

Mystery of the Tea Cup Quilt A Cozy Mystery: Harland Creek Mystery Quilters
by Jodi Allen Brice
Release Daye – September 5, 2022
Setting – Mississippi
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!
This book should be up on GoodReads soon.

Current Escape

Death by Chocolate Frosted Doughnut (A Death by Chocolate Mystery)
by Sarah Graves
Release Date – February 25, 2020
Setting – Maine
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes

Bidding for Revenge: A British Cozy Murder Mystery with a Female Amateur Sleuth (A Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery)
by Victoria Tait
Release Date – August 19, 2022
Setting – England
For Review

Peg and Rose Solve a Murder: A Charming and Humorous Cozy Mystery (A Senior Sleuths Mystery)
by Laurien Berenson
Release Date – August 30, 2022
Setting – Connecticut
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!

Future Escapes

September 11 – 17, 2022

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Happy Reading!!

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


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.

SUNDAY POST 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.


A Week in the Life of Dollycas

This week sure didn’t go as planned.

Tuesday I headed to the hospital for some lab work and a bone density scan that I have yearly following my cancer treatments. I had been having some pain in my mostly paralyzed right arm so we also had an x-ray to rule out a break. Wednesday I was surprised that I hadn’t heard any results nor was there any report in my account with the hospital system. Then about 2 o’clock, my primary’s office called stating it was his day off but that he received my results and he wanted me to go to the Emergency Room as soon as possible. I called Mr. Dollycas who was at work an hour away and gave him the news. He came home right away and we made it to the ER by 3:30. We checked in and waited and waited. They were very busy and no one seemed to have any urgency regarding my condition.

When I finally was admitted and in a room, they ran more tests and X-rays and explained that I may have a bone infection that entered through a wound on my elbow that opened up after a fall a couple of weeks ago that is almost healed.  Tests came back and that is exactly what I had. They wanted to admit me for IV antibiotics but we convinced them to let me come home with oral antibiotics. Let me tell you, they sure pack a wallop. Nausea, headache, lightheadedness, no appetite again, which was almost back to normal. In essence, I feel like crap. I am doing my best to keep up with all my commitments but may have to rearrange a few as I will have to take these meds for at least 30 days. The alternative could mean losing my arm. An arm that can be a hindrance due to it being paralyzed but after 20 years I use it regularly and have no desire to have it gone.

Then on a global front, we lost Queen Elizabeth after just seeing her two days earlier meeting the new prime minister with her purse on her arm, a smile on her face, and a twinkle in her eye. Yes, she was 96 and she had begged off from some events but she was an icon, she had been there my entire life and that made me feel she was invincible. It was like she had a list she had to complete and then could think of herself and go to be with the love of her life. There are so many pictures to love of the Queen but some artists have really outdone themselves this week. Artists Eleanor Tomlinson Art and LadyBugArt.

It has been suggested that perhaps when the rainbows formed over Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace after she passed that Her Majesty had reached the Rainbow Bridge where she was met by countless Corgies and horses.

On a happy note, Kaden had 3 games this week. He dressed but didn’t get to play in the varsity game this week because of “who they were playing” and the score was not another blowout but the boys did win all three games. The pictures below are from the JV game Thursday night. Sadly due to my stupid arm, I wasn’t able to attend any of the games this week.
Remington had an away game on Saturday and because his mom had to work. Mr. Dollycas and Daughter #2 were his chauffeurs. He is #43 played outside linebacker and his team won 39-3.

Charlotte also has some fun yesterday helping her G.G. (Great Grandma) with a little yard work.

How was your week?

Weekly Rewind – September 5 – 10, 2022

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #36 – 2022

Tuesday – A Death in Door County (A Monster Hunter Mystery) by Annelise Ryan #Review @ryan_annelise

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Peanut Butter Panic (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery) by Amanda Flower #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks @aflowerwriter

Thursday – No post due to illness.

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Death at Holly Lodge (A Daisy Thorne Mystery) by Louise R. Innes #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks @LouiseRoseInnes

Saturday – A Good Dog’s Guide to Murder (A Paws & Claws Mystery) by Krista Davis #Review

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A Good Dog’s Guide to Murder (A Paws & Claws Mystery) by Krista Davis #Review

A Good Dog’s Guide to Murder (A Paws & Claws Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Setting – Virginia
Berkley (September 6, 2022)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593436954
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593436950
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09N6DC3XB

The great Gingerbread Dog & Cat House competition has come to Wagtail, along with another murder to solve for Holly and her supersmart Jack Russell terrier Trixie in the New York Times bestselling Paws & Claws series by Krista Davis!

Visitors are arriving in droves to spend Thanksgiving in the mountains of pet-friendly Wagtail, Virginia. Many of them are bringing dog and cat gingerbread houses to enter in the contest that will be held in the new convention center. Wagtail resident Orly Biffle bequeathed the land to the town in his will, provided that they not cut down the grand old oak tree on the property. Orly’s children are mighty miffed that they didn’t inherit the prime piece of property overlooking the lake.

Holly notices that Trixie and Twinkletoes, her calico kitty, are fixated on the big oak tree. Trixie barks at it as though she thinks it’s a corpse! Just as contestants are spicing up their sweet gingerbread creations, the majestic tree drops an enormous limb. The mayor declares that the tree is dangerous and must come down. When a bulldozer churns up some roots, the tree falls over on its own accord revealing a body inside the trunk! Initially, everyone suspects this unsavory trick was Orly’s doing. But it soon becomes clear that someone is trying to keep the truth under wraps. Trixie and Twinkletoes now have to help Holly sniff out some suspects and leash a conniving killer.

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

There is always something fun happening in Wagtail, Virginia, the idyllic fictional town that caters to visitors and their pets.

For Thanksgiving, the Great Gingerbread Dog and Cat House has come to town and the Sugar Maple Inn has a full house. Holly, Oma Liesel, Zelda, Mr. Huckle, Gingersnap, Twinkletoes, and Trixie are thrilled to welcome everyone. They are surprised that Holly’s mom has come for a visit but have no trouble finding a place for her to stay.

The competition is taking place at the new convention center. The land for the center was bequeathed to Wagtail will only one stipulation. They can’t cut down the big oak tree on the property. His children are hoping they will break the clause by cutting down the tree and then the property would revert to them. But it seems that big old tree was ready to go. First, it loses a large limb which has Trixie and Twinkletoes dancing around like there is a body in the tree. Then, when the roots are loosened, it falls over all on its own revealing a pair of shoes presumably attached to a body. Those animals are rarely wrong.

Assuming that is why Orly didn’t want the tree removed, they now have to figure out who is buried in the trunk and who was involved in putting them there. Holly steps right up to help Officer Dave solve the mysteries.

I love this series! Holly, Oma Liesel, Zelda, Mr. Huckle, Gingersnap, Twinkletoes, and Trixie are like old friends that I am always delighted to visit. They are genuine and have huge hearts. They love welcoming new people to town and always try to see the good in people. I love that the pets play a huge role in each story. This time Trixie really gets to shine with A Guide to Murder told from her point of view. After all the bodies she has found she is definitely an expert on the subject.

In addition to the body in the tree, there is another murder later in the story. Are these deaths connected? Are there two killers walking around Wagtail? There are also some surprising twists that really kept this reader totally engaged. I loved following along with Holly as she worked through the list of missing persons that could be the corpse in the tree. It really was a complex mystery with a lot of details to work through. I was kept guessing until the very end.

I always look forward to the food prepared at the Inn and other restaurants for humans, canines, and felines and that several recipes are included at the end of the book.

A Good Dog’s Guide to Murder is a wonderful cozy mystery for the holiday season. The gingerbread competition, the Thanksgiving meal, the Christkindl Market, and decorating for Christmas all together with a mystery that is so well-plotted and written is a real treat to read.

While the murder mysteries are wrapped up by the end of the story, Ms. Davis adds a little surprise at the end of the story, and it seems there are some interesting times ahead for my friends in Wagtail. All have me very excited for Book #9.

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About The Author 

New York Times Bestselling author Krista Davis writes the Paws and Claws Mysteries set on fictional Wagtail Mountain, a resort where people vacation with their pets. The first book in the series is the New York Times Bestselling Murder, She Barked. Krista also writes the Domestic Diva Mysteries and the Pen & Ink Mysteries. Like her characters, Krista has a soft spot for cats, dogs, and sweets. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with dogs, cats, and a hidden stash of chocolate.

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