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Festive Mayhem 2 (Seven Holiday Culinary Cozy Mysteries) by Paige Sleuth, Francelia Belton, Angela Henry, Rhoda Berlin, Carolyn Marie Wilkins, Barbara Howard, and Stella Oni #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Festive Mayhem 2 (Seven Holiday Culinary Cozy Mysteries)
by Paige Sleuth, Francelia Belton, Angela Henry, Rhoda Berlin, Carolyn Marie Wilkins, Barbara Howard, and Stella Oni

About Festive Mayhem 2


Festive Mayhem 2 (Seven Holiday Culinary Cozy Mysteries)
Culinary Cozy Mystery Anthology
Independently Published (October 1, 2021)
Number of Pages: 215
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09HLZCXSZ

Seven crime writers of color have teamed up for the second year running to offer you the gift of escape this holiday season. From Thanksgiving to Christmas, Halloween to New Year’s, cozy mystery fans are bound to find a favorite holiday represented in this limited-time collection of exclusive, never-before-published seasonal short stories.

Author Links

Paige Sleuth: http://www.marlabradeen.com/

Francelia Belton: https://Francel.Be/Writing-Stories

Angela Henry: http://angelahenry.com

Rhoda Berlin: https://rhodaberlin.com

Carolyn Marie Wilkins: https://www.carolynwilkins.com

Barbara Howard: http://www.barbarahowardmedia.com

Stella Oni: https://stellaonithewriter.com

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Holiday Fake-out: 22 Fake Holiday Dates to Heat Up the Season – Great Escapes Book Blast #Giveaway

Holiday Fake-out: 22 Fake Holiday Dates to Heat Up the Season
by Heather Graham, Carmen Falcone, Victoria Pinder, Christine Glover, Ann Omasta, K.L. Brady, Michele De Winton, Kristin Wallace, Rossie Cortes, EmKay Conner, Jodi Linton, Melanie Rose Clarke, Lyz Kelley, Marcia King-Gamble, Brynn North, Cindy Redding, Kathleen Lawless, Laurel Greer, Dee J Holmes, Emma Lee Jayne, Cara Carnes, Kat Baxter, Kara Kendrick

About Holiday Fake- Out


Holiday Fake-out: 22 Fake Holiday Dates to Heat Up the Season
Holiday Contemporary Romance
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Love in a Book (October 19, 2021)
Number of Pages: 500
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08WM377B8

Need a date for the holidays? We’ve got you covered with 22 fake holidates to heat up your season!

Travel from small towns to cosmopolitan cities, snow covered mountains to gorgeous mansions. You’ll meet sexy billionaires, brainy tech gods, buff journalists, sinfully cocky athletes, and sizzling hot chefs. They’re naughty and nice (and everything in between) and they’re enough to fulfill any romantic fantasies.

 

These 22 swoon-worthy heroes are ready to be your *fake* plus-one at holiday events, from Christmas weddings to Chanukah and Kwanzaa celebrations. Each starts out as a charade, and though they might lie to family, friends, or co-workers, they won’t be able to fool themselves when a very real romance develops.

 

Escape into addictive tales of second chances, sweet new beginnings, secret crushes, friends to lovers, love triangles, and forbidden rendezvous. Throw in a mix of suspense, laughs, passion, and temptation, and your holidays are set.

 

PreOrder HOLIDAY FAKEOUT now to get the season started. The tingles, butterflies, and swoons brought on by these sweet and scorching stories will have you wondering which book boyfriend you should bring home for the holidays.

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#FlashbackFriday – Howloween Murder (A Melanie Travis Mystery) by Laurien Berenson #Review / #Giveaway #KensingtonCozies @KensingtonBooks

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.


Howloween Murder (A Melanie Travis Mystery)
Cozy Wednesday
26th in Series
Setting – Connecticut
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Kensington (August 25, 2020)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 208 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1496730577
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1496730572
Paperback ‏(August 24, 2021) : ‎ 192 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1496730585
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1496730589
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B082WRWK5X

As the town of Greenwich, Connecticut, counts down to a spooky celebration on October 31st, a horrifying murder leaves Melanie Travis pawing for clues in a hair-raising game of trick-or-treat . . .

With just a few days left before Halloween, everyone at Howard Academy is anticipating the guaranteed sugar high they’ll experience from gorging on Harriet Bloom’s famous marshmallow puffs. The school’s annual costume party revolves around the headmaster’s assistant and her seemingly supernatural batches of gooey goodies. So, it’s a shock when Harriet’s elderly neighbor is suddenly found dead with the beloved dessert in his hand.

Melanie knows her tenured colleague would never intentionally serve cyanide-laced puffs to a defenseless old man. But as explosive neighborhood gossip reveals a potential culprit, it also brings her closer to sealing her own doom. Because on an evening ruled by masked revelers, Halloween might just be the perfect opportunity for a cold-hearted killer to get away with murder once again—this time sending a nosy, unsuspecting sleuth to an early grave!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Howard Academy is getting ready for their annual Halloween costume party complete with the headmaster’s secretary’s marshmallow puffs. Harriet Bloom has been providing the treats for years and she even shares them with her neighbors. Everyone looks forward to these delightful puffs of marshmallows. But this year the treats appear to be the vehicle used to poison her elderly neighbor, Ralph Penders. So while everyone knows Harriet wouldn’t poison anyone the police have confiscated all the puffs made for the party.

Melanie is worried Harriet may be convicted of a crime she didn’t commit so she agrees to collect the marshmallow puffs from Harriet’s neighbors while trying to find out more about Mr. Penders and who may have wanted him dead. But not everyone is anxious to answer her questions. She may have even put herself on the killer’s radar sealing her own howloween fate.


I do love visiting Melanie, Sam, Davey, Kevin, Aunt Peg, and all their dogs. Faith is truly a special poodle, I love her empathic nature and the way she helps with Melanie’s students. I also love the relationship between Sam and Melanie. They truly are a perfect match and their love just shines in every interaction. Aunt Peg played a smaller role in this story but she does play a huge role for a special family. Almost all the characters Ms. Berenson creates are genuine and true to life. Even the dogs each have their own personalities, strengths, and weaknesses. Of course, she has to create a few people as suspects with questionable traits but she gives them layers to work through to reach their motives. I will say my heart was touched by the elderly victim and his circumstances.

I really enjoyed the Halloween theme as a background to the mystery. While Kevin tries to decide on a Halloween costume and she continues to work with her students Melanie divides her time up to include questioning likely suspects. The author blends it all together with a balanced hand. She drops the clues and inserts twists like the pro she is. I found myself leaning toward a certain character but it sure was fun to follow Melanie along step by step as she honed in on the killer and proved me right.

You really can’t go wrong with any book in this series. All are well-plotted and written. The characters are easy to become invested in too. The author does write each book to be read on its own so you can jump in anywhere. Howloween Murder was a fun and entertaining read perfect for this time of year. It was a howling good time.

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About This Author

Laurien Berenson is an Agatha and Macavity Nominee, winner of the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, and four-time winner of the Maxwell Award, presented by the Dog Writers Association of America. She and her husband live on a farm in Kentucky surrounded by dogs and horses.

Find out more about her and her books on her webpage here. Find her on Facebook here and on Twitter here.

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Paper Shortage and Supply Line Issues

Paper Shortage and Supply Line Issues

I listened to President Biden yesterday trying to address Supply Chain Issues we are experiencing. He has worked with all the involved parties to open the ports 24/7 in hopes of getting the ships emptied and products onto trucks and trains to get us the supplies we need.

How did we get here? Well, the pandemic caused a demand for certain products, remember the toilet paper surge and absence. We also saw lumber prices skyrocket. At first, it seemed like that was caused by home construction. Then we learned that lumber supply was down due to lack of availability and lack of production during the pandemic. Those shortages are now affecting paper production at a time when demand is high. This shortage is impacting the availability of all kinds of paper including BOOK PRODUCTION!

Earlier this month author Krista Davis posted the following image using information provided by Bookend LLC.

I have noticed several release dates have been pushed the last few months and the authors have been posting to Facebook and Twitter to share these changes with their readers. I highly recommend following your favorite authors on social media for not just important announces regarding release dates but for the other things they may post like giveaways, series news, and more.

I also recommend you follow Krista’s advice and pre-order any books you can and visit independent bookstores. We will get through this, we just need a little patience and give companies and suppliers the time they need as we are hopefully getting closer to the end of this pandemic.

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Cozy Wednesday featuring Deep Green Envy (Deep Lakes Cozy Mystery Series) by Joy Ann Ribar #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Deep Green Envy (Deep Lakes Cozy Mystery Series)
by Joy Ann Ribar

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I am very happy to feature Deep Green Envy today!

About Deep Green Envy

Deep Green Envy (Deep Lakes Cozy Mystery Series)
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Wisconsin
3rd in Series
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ten16 Press (September 21, 2021)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 344 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1645382931
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1645382935
Digital Print length ‏ : ‎ 226 pages
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09CMX8S6W

Summer in Deep Lakes sprouts a homegrown murder on the O’Connor farm. Frankie Champagne’s hunt for clues lands her deep in sheep doo-doo, especially after rare stones surface in unexpected places. Crime-solving is no picnic for the baker/vintner as she hops from farm to field to bakery, trying to keep up with the tourist season and track a killer, too.

Dollycas’s Thoughts – Review Coming Soon! 

About Joy Ann Ribar

Joy Ann Ribar lives in central Wisconsin with her business partner-husband, John. She writes the Deep Lakes Mystery Series, starring baker/vinter and all-around spitfire, Frankie Champagne. Joy’s writing is inspired by Wisconsin’s four distinct seasons and local flavors, which she hopes to promote for all to enjoy.

Joy is a member of Sisters in Crime, Midwest Independent Booksellers, and Wisconsin Writers Association.  She enjoys researching viticulture at area wineries, birding, hiking, and chatting with readers.  Joy and her husband, John, someday plan to sell their house, buy an RV and travel around the U.S. spreading good cheer and hygge! Joy is a little proud to have two bestsellers with Orange Hat Publishing: Deep Dark Secrets (2019) and Deep Bitter Roots (2020), under the Ten16 Press imprint of Orange Hat.

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The Wedding Soup Murder (An Italian Kitchen Mystery) by Rosie Genova #ReviewRewind / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

The Wedding Soup Murder
by Rosie Genova

About The Wedding Soup Murder

The Wedding Soup Murder (An Italian Kitchen Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
Reissue 2nd in the Series
 Two Roses Books; 2nd edition (October 3, 2021)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 275 pages
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09HRFTX69
Setting: A seaside town at the New Jersey shore

 

A wedding with all the trimmings—and death as an unexpected guest…

Victoria Rienzi came home to the Jersey shore to research a new book and perfect her cooking skills at her family’s seaside restaurant, the Casa Lido. But when Vic’s exacting nonna puts her in charge of catering the soup course for a wedding at the exclusive Belmont Country Club, it’s not long before trouble is simmering in the kitchen. Three temperamental chefs are butting heads, their sous chefs are throwing punches, and the formidable club president, Elizabeth Merriman, antagonizes everyone around her.

Elizabeth, aka “The Iron Lady,” has made her share of enemies, including the father of the bride, who was caught embezzling from the country club. She threatens to fire the famous pastry chef in charge of the wedding cake, who doesn’t bother to hide her hatred of Elizabeth. And who is the mystery man in dark glasses, who never leaves the older woman’s side?

Though the wedding goes off without a hitch, by the time the happy couple and their guests depart, Elizabeth Merriman is missing. When her body is found on the beach the next morning, it appears that the country club president slipped from the top of the seawall, but Vic isn’t convinced. Did The Iron Lady finally push someone too far? And did that someone push her back—into the arms of death?


Rosie Genova is re-releasing her Italian Kitchen Mysteries.
This review was posted for the original release back in
September of 2014.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Another winner from this author.  I was spoiled by being to read both books in this series back to back.

I have fallen hard for the whole Rienzi family.  They are all back.  The romantic triangle/tension continues to evolve between Vic, her old boyfriend Tim, and carpenter Cal. Nonna is still keeping her family in check and strongly guiding them to her way of thinking. All the characters are growing as we get to know them better.

In this installment, we meet the chefs at the Belmont Country Club, and let’s just say I would rather spend time with chef Gordon Ramsey:) These chefs are extremely temperamental and are not happy having outsiders in their kitchen.  When the Club President is found dead there are plenty of suspects including the chefs and the father of the bride.

I was very impressed with the way Genova weaves the mystery into the Rienzi family subplots. It is seamless. Having a mystery writer as the protagonist just blends everything together deliciously, like a masterful piece of Italian lasagna, with plenty of layers. This breathes life into the characters and makes them jump off the pages.

As with the first story the descriptions and talk of the food made me so hungry. Again I appreciate the recipes included in the back of the book.

The only part I don’t like is that now I have to wait for a whole year to visit this wonderful Italian family. Ciao Rienzi Family! I can’t wait until we meet again!!

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About Rosie Genova

Bestselling and award-winning author Rosie Genova left her heart at the shore, which serves as the setting for much of her work. The inspiration for her cozy series, the Italian Kitchen Mysteries, comes from her deep appreciation for Italian food, her affinity for the New Jersey seaside, and her love of classic mysteries from Nancy Drew to Miss Marple. A former journalist and teacher, Rosie also writes women’s fiction and suspense. The proud mama of three grown sons, she still lives in her favorite state with her husband and a charming mutt named Lucy.

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Stitch, Bake, Die! (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery) by Lois Winston #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tours


Stitch, Bake, Die! (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery)
by Lois Winston

 

I am excited to welcome Lois Winston back to Escape with Dollycas today!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

After graduating art school, I worked as a layout artist for John Wanamaker, the first U.S. department store (sadly no longer in existence). After my first son was born, I began freelancing, designing for craft and needlework magazines, craft book publishers, and craft kit manufacturers. Eventually, the writing bug bit me. My first published novel, Talk Gertie to Me, debuted in 2006, followed by Love, Lies and a Double Shot of Deception.

One day my agent spoke with an editor who was looking for a crafting-themed cozy mystery series. Knowing my background, my agent decided I’d be the perfect person to write such a series. That was the beginning of the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries. The first book, Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun, came out in 2011. Stitch, Bake, Die!, is the tenth book in the series. There are also three companion novellas.

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

This really depends on the theme of the book. Having worked in the consumer crafts industry for decades, I relied on many of my own experiences to creating Anastasia. As a women’s magazine crafts editor, she and I have had similar work experiences—minus the dead bodies, of course!

I also didn’t have to go far when creating Anastasia’s communist mother-in-law as I, too, had a communist mother-in-law. Her personality inspired Anastasia’s mother-in-law Lucille.

When my plots involve legal, medical, or law enforcement issues, I have a network of contacts I consult to make sure my ideas are feasible and my facts are correct. However, stories I heard growing up provide fodder for the Mafia characters in my books. My grandfather was captain of the largest county police force in New Jersey and responsible for putting away quite a few well-known gangsters back in his day. I also went to school with the sons and daughters of various “families.”

Beyond all that, I’m a news junkie and many real-life crimes have inspired quite a few plots and subplots in my books.

Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?

I have in the past, especially when life has hit me with a whammy. I’ve found that sometimes it’s okay to give yourself permission not to write. We all need a break at times. Forcing yourself to write at these times isn’t always the best approach, but every writer is different. You need to learn what works best for you in these situations.

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

Write! Too many people talk about “someday” writing a book, but “someday” always seems off in the future. I’ve also known writers who spent years polishing the first three chapters of a book to submit to agents and editors but either never finished the book or didn’t devote the same care to the remainder of the manuscript. If you really want to get published, you need to work toward that goal.

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

Up until a few months ago, when my husband and I relocated to Tennessee, I’d go to a Broadway show or NYC museum. The theater and museums were my happy places. But it’s a long commute from Nashville to Manhattan. Once this pandemic is finally gone from our lives, I’m going to have to find something to take their place.

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

The pandemic has curtailed most of my activities. Although vaccinated, I’m still leery of being around large groups of people. We moved to Tennessee to be closer to family. I have grandchildren here who are too young to be vaccinated, and I don’t want to inadvertently expose them to the virus because I’ve somehow been infected and am asymptomatic. So I stay in my writing cave as much as possible.

One thing I’ve decided to do, though, is not address the pandemic in my books. People read cozies to escape the real world. I’ll leave pandemic fiction to the dystopian, thriller, suspense, and literary authors.

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

At this point I’d just like to be able to travel safely anywhere. First up would be a trip to California to visit my older son and his family. We haven’t been out to see them in nearly three years.

What is next on the horizon for you?

I’m already percolating the next Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery. I’ve dropped a few breadcrumbs in Stitch, Bake, Die! Readers should look for the eleventh book in the series a year from now.

Thank you Lois for visiting today!

~*~

About Stitch, Bake, Die

Stitch, Bake, Die! (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
10th in Series
Setting – New Jersey
Independently Published (October 4, 2021)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 218 pages
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09D5VZFRX

With massive debt, a communist mother-in-law, a Shakespeare-quoting parrot, and a photojournalist boyfriend who may or may not be a spy, crafts editor Anastasia Pollack already juggles too much in her life. So she’s not thrilled when her magazine volunteers her to present workshops and judge a needlework contest at the inaugural conference of the NJ chapter of the Stitch and Bake Society, a national organization of retired professional women. At least her best friend and cooking editor Cloris McWerther has also been roped into similar duties for the culinary side of the 3-day event taking place on the grounds of the exclusive Beckwith Chateau Country Club.

 

Marlene Beckwith, wife of the multi-millionaire pharmaceutical magnate and country club owner, is both the chapter president and conference chairperson. The only thing greater than her ego is her sense of entitlement. She hates to lose at anything and fully expects to win both the needlework and baking competitions.

 

When Anastasia and Cloris arrive at the conference, they discover cash bribes in their registration packets. The Society members, few of whom are fans of Marlene, stick up for the accused and instead suggest that Marlene orchestrated the bribes to eliminate her stiffest competition.

 

The next morning when Marlene is found dead, Anastasia questions whether she really died peacefully in her sleep. After Marlene’s husband immediately has her cremated, Anastasia once again finds herself back in reluctant amateur sleuth mode.

 

With the help of Cloris, Marlene’s personal assistant Rhetta, and a laptop someone will stop at nothing to find, Anastasia soon unravels evidence of insurance scams, medical fraud, an opioid ring, long-buried family secrets, and too many possible suspects. And that’s before she not only stumbles over the body of yet another member of the Stitch and Bake Society but also finds Rhetta unconscious.

Can Anastasia piece together the various clues before she becomes the killer’s next target?

Crafting tips included.

More About Lois Winston

 

USA Today and Amazon bestselling and award-winning author Lois Winston writes mystery, romance, romantic suspense, chick lit, women’s fiction, children’s chapter books, and nonfiction under her own name and her Emma Carlyle pen name. Kirkus Reviews dubbed her critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series, “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum.” In addition, Lois is a former literary agent and an award-winning craft and needlework designer who often draws much of her source material for both her characters and plots from her experiences in the crafts industry.

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October 16 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT
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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #41 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Connecticut and back to New York!

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

Escapes Completed


Spilled Milk (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
by Heather Day Gilbert
Release Date – April 19, 2021
Setting – West Virginia
My Review


Verse and Vengeance: A Magical Bookshop Mystery
by Amanda Flower
Release Date – December 10, 2019
Setting – New York
My Flashback Friday Read – My Review


Deep Green Envy (Deep Lakes Cozy Mystery Series)
by Joy Ann Ribar
Release Date – September 21, 2021
Setting – Wisconsin
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week from Cozy Wednesday.

Scheduled Escapes


Howloween Murder (A Melanie Travis Mystery)
by Laurien Berenson
Release Date – August 25, 2020
Setting – Connecticut
My Flashback Friday Read and my book for
the Alphabet Soup Mini Challenge.


A Brush with Murder: A Paint by Murder Mystery
by Bailee Abbott
Release Date – October 21, 2021
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday.


The Enemy You Gnocchi: A Christmas Cozy Mystery
(Italian Chef Mysteries)

by Catherine Bruns
Release Date – October 26, 2021
Setting – New York
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday.

Future Escapes

October 10 – 16, 2021
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Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – A Week in the Life of Dollycas – Weekly Rewind – New Arrivals

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The Sunday Salon is a Facebook group that has become an
informal week in review gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.
You can also link up weekly on Readerbuzz.

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.

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!

A Week in the Life of Dollycas

It was a sad week around here as our grandpup crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Thunder was a rescue, an older pit bull mix that really needed a home. He was only with Son #2’s family for about 3 years but he immediately took up a huge part of our hearts. He had been staying with us because we were home all day and therefore didn’t need to be kenneled at all. A senior dog that put up with everything young pup Daisy dished out. They zoomed around the house together and tugged each end of a tuggy toy.  He loved his kids, Thomas and Charlotte, and was so tender with them. His name may have been Thunder but he hated thunder. Whenever there was a storm he attached himself to me, usually sitting on my foot where I could give him a lot of love and attention. It’s sure not the same around here without him. He was a cool dog, my Thunderpup, we all miss him like crazy.

Yesterday, was a grand day. I got out of the house and went somewhere that was not a clinic or a hospital. We traveled about an hour away to watch Kaden play football. He played great and they won again 40-13. The team this year is really excelling. I also got to check in with some old friends and Charlotte was busy making new ones and she met a little girl a little younger than her and charmed a group of 8th-grade girls too. It was fun to all get together to cheer on Kaden and his team. The weather was fabulous too. It was pretty foggy on the way there but when it cleared a beautiful day was revealed. Remington has a tournament next week and Kaden has his last game, both at home so I am already planning my next escape from this house to somewhere fun.

How was your week?


Weekly Rewind – October 4 – 9, 2021

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #40 – 2021

Tuesday – Twisted Tea Christmas (A Tea Shop Mystery) by Laura Childs #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring A Perfect Bind (A Beloved Bookroom Mystery) by Dorothy St. James #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Thursday – Spilled Milk (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery) by Heather Day Gilbert #Review

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Verse and Vengeance: A Magical Bookshop Mystery by Amanda Flower #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – The Fog Ladies: In the Soup (A San Francisco Cozy Murder Mystery) by Susan McCormick #Spotlight / #Giveaway


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

Have a great week!

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The Fog Ladies: In the Soup (A San Francisco Cozy Murder Mystery) by Susan McCormick #Spotlight / #Giveaway


The Fog Ladies: In the Soup (A San Francisco Cozy Murder Mystery)
by Susan McCormick

I am happy to shine my spotlights on
The Fog Ladies: In The Soup Today!

About The Fog Ladies: In the Soup


The Fog Ladies: In the Soup (A San Francisco Cozy Murder Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting — San Francisco
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Wild Rose Press (October 4, 2021)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 328 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1509237984
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1509237982
Digital Print Length ‏ : ‎ 230 pages
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09C91H76Z

The Fog Ladies are back, in the third installment of this endearing cozy murder mystery series.

 

“There was a man in the soup.” When the Fog Ladies volunteer at a San Francisco soup kitchen, these spunky elderly friends plus one overworked young doctor-in-training envision washing and chopping and serving. Not murder. Now the soup kitchen is doomed, and the mysteries have just begun. Was the death rooted in a long-ago grudge? Can they save the soup kitchen? Will they find the killer? Could the Fog Ladies, too, end up “in the soup”?

About Susan McCormick 

Susan McCormick is a writer and doctor who lives in Seattle. She graduated from Smith College and George Washington University School of Medicine, with additional medical training in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, where she lived in an elegant apartment building much like the one in the book. Susan served as a doctor in the U.S. Army for nine years before moving to the Pacific Northwest and civilian practice as a gastroenterologist. In addition to the Fog Ladies series, she also wrote Granny Can’t Remember Me, a lighthearted picture book about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and The Antidote, a timely middle grade medical fantasy released May 2021. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two sons. She loves giant dogs and has loved an English Mastiff, Earl, and two Newfoundlands, Edward and Albert.

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Great Escapes Praise for The Fog Ladies: In the Soup (A San Francisco Cozy Murder Mystery)
by Susan McCormick

The Fog Ladies – In The Soup by Susan McCormick is a smartly-written cross between women’s fiction & cozy mystery. The ladies themselves are a hoot individually – put them together and all bets are off!
~Reading Is My SuperPower

I love how every woman in the group has a voice and a distinct personality. They are a disparate group, yet one can’t imagine them as not part of the whole. They are fiercely loyal to each other, but they aren’t afraid to get under each other’s skin.
~I Read What You Write!

I really enjoyed this cozy mystery. The apartment complex setting definitely adds to the charm since it keeps the ladies close to each other. I think fans of cozy mystery books with senior sleuths will enjoy The Fog Ladies: In The Soup.
~Christy’s Cozy Corners

TOUR PARTICIPANTS
October 4 – Nellie’s Book Nook – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
October 4 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW
October 5 – Novels Alive – GUEST POST
October 5 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT
October 6 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
October 6 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW
October 7 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST
October 7 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT
October 8 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT
October 8 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT
October 9 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT
October 9 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT
October 10 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW
October 11 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT
October 11 – Here’s How It Happened – SPOTLIGHT
October 12 – The Ninja Librarian – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW
October 12 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
October 13 – BookishKelly2020 – SPOTLIGHT  
October 13 – Dear Reader – SPOTLIGHT

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