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The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses by K.N. Smith #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses
by K.N. Smith

The author creates a very well-crafted visual world that the reader can easily picture themselves in as they follow the characters through their hijinks and adventures creating a captivating read that you won’t want to put down. 
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

About Discovery of the Five Senses


Discovery of the Five Senses
Young Adult Action-Adventure, Young Adult
Thriller, Urban Fantasy, Mystery/ Thriller
1st in The Urban Boys Series
Reading age ‏ : ‎ 13 – 18 years
Two Petals Publishing (9/15/21 2nd edition)
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0989474755
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0989474757
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B015ZS01MI

A suspenseful incident in a forbidden preserve heightens the senses of five friends. Sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell become super-gifts that forever change the world. But furious battles confront the boys as they try to understand their sensory super powers in a race to save mankind. With light beings and mysterious strangers complicating their plight, can the boys defeat the evil Druth before it’s too late? Get prepared for the twisting and grinding of this award-winning, action-adventure story — an edge-of-your-seat narrative for young and mature readers alike.

About K.N. Smith

K.N. Smith, winner of the “Best of” in the category of “Outstanding Young Adult Novel” at the Jessie Redmon Fauset Book Awards, and a Readers’ Favorite “Gold Medal” honoree for “Young Adult – Mystery”, is an author and passionate advocate of literacy and arts programs throughout the world. Her lyrical flair sweeps across pages that twist and grind through action-adventure and urban fantasy in edge-of-your-seat narratives. K.N. has over twenty-five years’ experience in communications and creative design as an award-winning consultant. Reading is still her foremost hobby. K.N. inspires people of all ages to reach their highest potential in their creative, educational, and life pursuits. Visit K.N. Smith at www.knsmith.com.

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #48 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Italy and Iceland!!

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

Escapes Completed


Longing is Violet Dusk: A Hazel Dean Mystery
by Josalyn McAllister
Release Date – September 28, 2022
Setting – Georgia
The Great Escapes Book Tour stopped here Saturday! – My Review


Beauty and the Deceased (A Resale Boutique Mystery)
by Debra Sennefelder
Release Date – December 14, 2021
Setting -New York
My Review will be up tomorrow!


Through the Liquor Glass (A Literary Pub Mystery)
by Sarah Fox
Release Date – November 29, 2022
Setting – Vermont
I will be featuring this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Death by Flamenco: An Easter Murder in Seville
(Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series)

by Jennifer S. Alderson
Release Date – December 10, 2021
Setting – Spain
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


Death by Gondola: A Springtime Murder in Venice (Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series)
by Jennifer S. Alderson
Release Date – April 8, 2022
Setting – Italy
For Review


Death by Puffin: A Bachelorette Party Murder in Reykjavik (Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery)
by Jennifer S. Alderson
Release Date – November 24, 2022
Setting – Iceland
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!

I haven’t decided on a Flashback Friday book yet 🙁

Future Escapes

November 27 – December 3, 2022


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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.
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A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received, and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!


A Week in the Life of Dollycas

Monday night Daughter #2 and I joined Daughter #1 and her family for the Community Celebration for the State Football Champs. It was a nice program with proclamations made both by the city and the state declaring that day as Columbus Cardinal day. Later in the week, the head coach was named WFCA Packers High School Coach of the Year and Colton Brunnell is in the running Scorebook Live Best Runningback in the Country.

The highlight for me was getting a picture with my favorite Cardinal!

After that, it was a pretty quiet week around here. Thanksgiving was just me, Mr. Dollycas, and Daughter #2. It has been a tradition for years that the other kids go to the other side for the day. Mr. Dollycas had volunteered to work on Thanksgiving so I spent a few hours at the computer too. Okay, maybe I squeezed in a little online shopping too.

Friday I started binge-watching Season 10 of the Great British Baking Show and finished it up last night.

Of course, I did some reading too 😉

How was your week?


Weekly Rewind – November 21 – 26, 2022

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #47 – 2022

Plus – Special Guest – Emma Dakin – Author of Danger in Edinburgh (The British Book Tour Mysteries) #GuestPost / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Tuesday – Special Guest – Author Laura Ford – Author of Sounds Like Love #Interview – Great Escapes Book Tour #Giveaway

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring On Spine of Death (By the Book Mysteries) by Tamara Berry #Review / #Giveaway @PPPress @Tamara_Morgan

Thursday – Happy ThanksgivingI have so many things to be thankful for this year but it really comes down to people.

Plus – Turkey Day #GiveawayDon’t Miss This One!

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Dead Ringer (A Mattie Winston Mystery) by Annelise Ryan #Review / #Giveaway @ryan_annelise

Plus – 2023 Craving For Cozies Reading Challenge – Sign Up Today!

Saturday – Longing is Violet Dusk: A Hazel Dean Mystery by Josalyn McAllister #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

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Longing is Violet Dusk: A Hazel Dean Mystery by Josalyn McAllister #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Longing is Violet Dusk: A Hazel Dean Mystery
by Josalyn McAllister

About Longing is Violet Dusk


Longing is Violet Dusk: A Hazel Dean Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Georgia
Eburnean Books (September 27, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 302 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8987053201
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BDD6J18R

After a stressful foray into crime fighting, Hazel Dean is relieved to resume normality, taking care of her family and book shop–until her ability to see emotions in color pulls her into another crisis.

One night at book club, Hazel sees a swirl of jarring purple, blue and black encompass a young mother. Realizing that the woman might be in trouble, Hazel recommends a book that she hopes will provide some comfort and guidance.

To her horror, the young mother goes missing the following week. Hazel feels responsible and becomes obsessed with finding her. But the search isn’t the only thing Hazel is juggling. She’s also trying to help the missing woman’s children, evade a young reporter, and deal with the sudden reappearance of an old high school flame.

With all of Hazel’s efforts, can the missing woman be found before it’s too late?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Hazel Dean has a special gift. She can see people’s emotions in living colors and she uses the ability to find them the perfect book at her bookstore. During book club, she sees a rash of purple, blue and black surrounding a young mother. She then gives the woman a book she believes will help her but a few days later the woman goes missing in the forest. Hazel is beside herself with worry that the book she gave her may have led to her disappearance. She soon feels an overwhelming need to find her and get her back to her family.

While the search continues Hazel finds out her old high school boyfriend is back in town because of his parent’s failing health. His brother has also returned, and he just happens to be the missing woman’s high school boyfriend. Could he have something to do with why the woman went missing? Hazel hopes to put all the colorful clues together to find out.


Hazel Dean is an interesting protagonist. Most people would be overwhelmed by a “gift” like hers but after all these years I suppose it is just normal for her. I do like the way she uses it to match people to a certain book but this time we saw the heaviness it puts on her when she may have made a mistake. Her husband, Jason is just one of the small group that knows about her abilities. He is very understanding, but with an old boyfriend back in town who appears to have desires to rekindle his relationship with Hazel, he is a little tested. Plus one of their teenage sons suddenly has a girlfriend and the other is crushing on a reporter. Hazel is just not ready for that. So on top of Hazel’s colorful emotions, they still deal with realistic family issues.

Nina had some issues that she thought could be helped by some time alone, but when she didn’t come home on time her husband alerted the authorities. It was great the way the town came together to help search for her. Nina had been attending the book club at Books and Chocolate for years, so that is how she knew Hazel. I was a little surprised at how enmeshed Hazel became in the search and the aftermath. She really felt responsible. Her Uncle John, the police captain, really leaned on her too in a way that was definitely not the norm but that did not deter from my enjoyment of the series.

Ms. McAllister has written a complicated mystery and it flows at a brisk pace with some extraordinary twists including some after it seemed the case was solved. There were some moments when one character or another raised my hackles but I never expected the book to end the way it did. Again, like with Guilt is Midnight Blue, this story evoked a lot of emotions in me. I would have loved to see what colors appeared around me as I was reading.

Longing is Violet Dusk is a great addition to this series but I do recommend reading Guilt is Midnight Blue to meet the core characters from the start. I am excited for this series to continue.

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About Josalyn McAllister

Josalyn McAllister is a cozy fiction author whose most recent works include Love Over Easy and Guilt is Midnight Blue. Josalyn started writing character descriptions at the tender age of seven, inspired by the works of LM Montgomery. In her teenage years, she moved on to Newsies fan fiction. Inspired by National Novel Writing Month, she wrote her first novel about a child she mentored in college. She has never stopped writing. Josalyn taught middle school history before deciding she would rather spend time with her own children than other peoples. A restless soul, she has moved all over the country and collected an eclectic array of hobbies. Her writing has a relatable quality that will charm and entertain you.

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Great Escapes Praise for Longing is Violet Dusk: A Hazel Dean Mystery
by Josalyn McAllister

This is a cozy mystery that stays within the formula while also managing to stand out!
~Reading is my Superpower

Enjoyable read as it all plays out. Makes a great choice for cozy fans looking for an FMC that is a little different than the norm. I really liked it so I give it 4/5 STARS
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

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2023 Craving For Cozies Reading Challenge – Sign Up Today!

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Cozy mysteries, also referred to simply as “cozies”, are a sub-genre of crime fiction mysteries in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community. The crime-solver is an amateur sleuth, usually but not always a woman, who is thrust into the aftermath of the murder. The protagonist frequently has an occupation or hobby that brings appealing information to the reader.

Challenge – Read as many cozy mysteries as you can in 2023!

The challenge runs from
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#FlashbackFriday – Dead Ringer (A Mattie Winston Mystery) by Annelise Ryan #Review / #Giveaway @ryan_annelise

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.


Dead Ringer (A Mattie Winston Mystery)
Hard Boiled Mystery
11th in Series
Setting – Wisconsin
‎Kensington (February 25, 2020)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1496722558
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1496722553
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07R7S242R

A new murder victim with an old M.O. puts Mattie Winston on the trail of a killer who gives a grim new meaning to flower power . . .
 
Spring is beginning to brighten Sorenson, Wisconsin, for Mattie and Steve Hurley and their family. While their son Matthew may be in his terrible twos and Steve’s daughter Emily a moody teenager, the kids bring light to their lives when their work is dark by its nature—Steve is a homicide detective and Mattie is a medicolegal death investigator, aka medical examiner. They deal in corpses.

The latest corpse, a Jane Doe, was clearly an addict, but drugs didn’t kill her, at least not directly. She’s been stabbed multiple times in a pattern that is disturbingly familiar to Mattie. When she discovers flower petals from yellow carnations stuffed into the stab wounds, she recognizes a very specific M.O.—belonging to a convicted serial killer who’s currently serving a life sentence.

The details of the flower petals were never made public in the last case, so it can’t be a copycat crime. It looks like the wrong man is in prison, and the murderer is still at large. Now it’s up to Mattie and Steve to get the case reopened—and catch the real carnation killer . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Homicide Detective Steve Hurley and his new wife Medicolegal Death Investigator Mattie Winston have a new case involving a Jane Doe. During the autopsy, Mattie realizes the wounds and what is stuffed in them are familiar, a Dead Ringer for another case. She had recently been at a conference where a colleague from Eau Claire described the M.O. of a serial killer that he helped send to prison. A key piece of evidence was never publicized so unless that was somehow leaked there is no way this death could be the work of a copycat. While Mattie and Hurley work to solve their case they also dig deeper into the case upstate. Knowing that the wrong man could be behind bars pushes them to tie the cases together to catch the real killer.


I continue to be drawn in by these characters. They are so genuine and have real-life issues everyone can identify with. Mattie is a strong woman and Hurley is a strong man but each has their insecurities. They both excel at their occupations because they are driven to find the truth but at home, they question certain parts of their lives. They are getting settled in their new home and are raising a teenage daughter and a toddler son and at times worry if they are giving the children everything they need especially with their recent news. Jealousy also rears its ugly head within these pages adding more tension to their chaotic lives. Ms. Ryan has let her characters evolve realistically from Matthew’s terrible twos to Emily’s dating.  Mattie and Hurley’s relationship isn’t all sunshine and roses,  it has some bumps in the road. Izzy and Dom are dealing with a new baby and Izzy’s mother. Other relationships are developing between the secondary characters too.  All the characters have become like old friends that I love to visit.

The mystery that Steve and Mattie have on their hands is very compelling. Ms. Ryan plotted this one out so well. The interaction between police departments is tense with the coroner’s offices do their best to work together. Mattie is like a dog with a bone and goes to great lengths to follow every clue. Again, she finds herself in hot water and that brought me right to the edge of my seat. When all was revealed I was a bit shocked but it made sense and the clues were all there, I was just so caught up in the story I failed to put them all together.

I love the way the author tours the state of Wisconsin. This time linking Sorenson and Portage with Eau Claire. Traveling up and down the highway and recognizing familiar places with the characters in this series is always a good time even when trying to solve a murder.

Dead Ringer is the 11th book in this series and the author has kept the characters fresh and wrapped them in yet another complicated mystery. It was another Perfect Escape for me and knowing there is just one more book in this series I really didn’t want this book to end.

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About the Author

Annelise Ryan is the USA Today bestselling author of the popular Mattie Winston mystery series and a pseudonym for Beth Amos, who also writes the Mack’s Bar Mystery series under the pseudonym Allyson K. Abbott. Beth is a real-life emergency room RN living in Wisconsin. She believes laughter is the best medicine, and with the Mattie Winston series, she is hoping to “medicate” the masses.

For more Mattie Winston fun and to keep up with the latest news, visit www.mattiewinston.com

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Written as Allyson K. Abbott

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Turkey Day #Giveaway

What could be better than a
Turkey Day Giveaway?

Thanks to the fabulous people at Kensington 5 people will
receive one ADVANCED REVIEW COPY of each book!!!!


A Twist of Murder (A Dickens of a Crime)
by Heather Redmond
Kensington (October 25, 2022)

In Victorian England, aspiring author Charles Dickens is on the case again—in pursuit of missing orphans, legendary treasure, and a cold-blooded killer in the latest installment of Heather Redmond’s charming series that reimagines the famous writer as an amateur sleuth.

Harrow-on-the-Hill, March 1836: In a sense, orphans Ollie, John, and Arthur have always been treasure hunters. The mudlarks have gone from a hardscrabble life scavenging the banks of the Thames for bits and bobs to becoming students at a boarding school outside of London, thanks to the kind and generous intercession of Charles Dickens. But now they’re missing—as is, apparently, a treasure map.

When Charles arrives at the school, he’s hit with another twist—the servant girl who was allegedly in possession of the map has been strangled in the icehouse. Unbeknownst to them on their spirited adventure, his young friends may be in mortal danger. Now Charles and his fiancée Kate Hogarth, who has come to join him in the search for the runaways, must artfully dodge false leads and red herrings to find the boys and the map—before X marks the spot of their graves . . .


A Trace of Poison:
A Riveting Historical Mystery Set in the Home of Agatha Christie
(A Phyllida Bright Mystery)

by Colleen Cambridge
Kensington (October 25, 2022)


In this captivating English murder mystery from an acclaimed author, Agatha Christie’s housekeeper must uncover the killer amongst a throng of crime writers.

In England’s stately manor houses, murder is not generally a topic for polite conversation. Mallowan Hall, home to Agatha Christie and her husband, Max, is the exception. And housekeeper Phyllida Bright delights in discussing gory plot details with her friend and employer . . .

The neighboring village of Listleigh has also become a hub of grisly goings-on, thanks to a Murder Fête organized to benefit a local orphanage. Members of The Detection Club—a group of celebrated authors such as G.K. Chesterton, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Agatha herself—will congregate for charitable events, including a writing contest for aspiring authors. The winner gets an international publishing contract, and entrants have gathered for a cocktail party—managed by the inimitable Phyllida—when murder strikes too close even for her comfort.

It seems the victim imbibed a poisoned cocktail intended for Alastair Whittlesby, president of the local writers’ club. The insufferable Whittlesby is thought to be a shoo-in for the prize, and ambition is certainly a worthy motive. But narrowing down these suspects could leave even Phyllida’s favorite fictional detective, M. Poirot, twirling his mustache in frustration.

It’s a mystery too intriguing for Phyllida to resist, but one fraught with duplicity and danger, for every guest is an expert in murder—and how to get away with it . . .


The Secret of the Lost Pearls (A Useful Woman Mystery)
by Darcie Wilde
Kensington (December 27, 2022)

Beyond the glittering ballrooms and elegant parties of Regency London lurk all manner of unexpected dangers. In Darcie Wilde’s captivating mystery series inspired by the novels of Jane Austen and written with the wit of “Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s cheeky asides in Fleabag” (Bookpage), no one is better equipped to help ladies who find themselves wronged than “useful woman” Rosalind Thorne…

Rosalind Thorne may not have a grand fortune of her own, but she possesses virtues almost as prized by the haut ton: discretion, and a web of connections that enable her to discover just about anything about anyone. Known as a “most useful woman,” Rosalind helps society ladies in need—for a modest fee, of course—and her client roster is steadily increasing. Mrs. Gerald Douglas, née Bethany Hodgeson, presents Rosalind with a particularly delicate predicament. A valuable pearl necklace has gone missing, and Bethany’s husband believes the thief is Nora, Bethany’s disgraced sister. Nora made a scandalous elopement at age sixteen and returned three years later, telling the family that her husband was dead. But as Rosalind begins her investigations, under cover of helping the daughters of the house prepare for their first London season, she realizes that the family harbors even more secrets than scandals. The intrigue swirling around the Douglases includes fraud, forgery, blackmail, and soon, murder. And it will fall to Rosalind, aided by charming Bow Street officer Adam Harkness, to untangle the shocking truth and discover who is a thief—and who is a killer.


Murder at the Majestic Hotel (A Stella and Lyndy Mystery)
by Clara McKenna
Kensington (October 25, 2022)

Against all expectations in Edwardian England, newly married American heiress Stella Kendrick and British aristocrat Viscount “Lyndy” Lyndhurst are bucking traditions—and investigating murder—on their honeymoon in the latest installment of the Stella & Lyndy Mysteries from acclaimed author Clara McKenna.

Leaving behind tragedies surrounding their wedding at Morrington Hall, travel-worn Stella and Lyndy arrive at the grand Majestic Hotel in York to more misfortune—their stately honeymoon suite has been given away to Horace Wingrove, owner of England’s largest confectionery. Stella refuses to let an innocent booking mistake spoil the mood, but her optimism vanishes when Horace suffocates in the room where she and Lyndy should have stayed . . .

Unlike authorities on the scene, Stella can’t believe the business magnate’s death can be explained away as an accident. Troubling signs are everywhere—strange murmurs in the hallway, tight-lipped hotel staff, and a stolen secret recipe for Wingrave’s famous chocolate. Then there are Horace’s murky intentions for visiting the historic cathedral city, and those who were closely watching his every move . . .

As Stella and Lyndy tour Yorkshire and mingle with royals as husband and wife, they face a sinister mystery that puts their vows to the test. Can the couple work together to discover the truth about their romantic destination and the strange happenings haunting their trip before they’re treated to another terrifying surprise?

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Posted in Thoughts

Happy Thanksgiving

I have so many things to be thankful for this year but it really comes down to people.

The wonderful new people that entered my life this year, the people I met last year that stuck around to see me through ongoing issues, the people I have met online like you, the people I met unexpectedly, the friends I have had forever, and those I recently reconnected with, and my family, the champions, that have stuck with me through thick and thin.

It was another year of medical drama, some of which got very serious, but I was surrounded by people virtually and physically who picked me up and saw me through the pain and the fear. There was a young man who I will probably never see again whose presence let me know there are angels everywhere.

It was a year filled with fun as I had the joy of watching my grandkids excel at sports and school. It included seeing a “bucket list” concert with my daughters. It included family getting together for holidays and birthdays. It included family and friends just coming to visit, and grandchildren staying overnight, for the weekend, or for a week or more.

It is the people in my life that give my life meaning. Hearing how serious the infection was in my arm and that I could have lost my arm or the fact that if it had not been found when we did it could have killed me really made me take stock of everything about my life. I am still dealing with some side effects/conditions that affect the choices I make in my life or that can abruptly change my plans but I hope that changes soon. Most days I feel as good as I did before cancer struck and on those days I was to be present in the people’s lives who have seen me through the good times and bad. The people that I am thankful for today.

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
— Marcel Proust

Happy Thanksgiving! May you be surrouded by people that make you happy today and every day!

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Cozy Wednesday featuring On Spine of Death (By the Book Mysteries) by Tamara Berry #Review / #Giveaway @PPPress @Tamara_Morgan

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

Today I am delighted to share my thoughts about
On Spine of Death by Tamara Berry!


On Spine of Death (By the Book Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Washinton State
Poisoned Pen Press (November 29, 2022)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 408 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1728248639
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1728248639
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09RTH1T7Q

Bestselling author Tess Harrow and her teenage daughter Gertrude have decided to make Winthrop their home. Their cabin is fixed up and now they’re turning to the family hardware store that Tess inherited from her late grandfather into the town’s first independent bookstore.

But when renovations unearth bones from a cold case and send them toppling—literally—onto Tess’s head, the work comes to a grinding halt. With the whole town convinced that her grandfather was a serial killer, Tess has to call in a fellow horror author for reinforcements. Together, they’ll come up with a perfect story to make all the clues fit…and solve a mystery more than thirty years in the making.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

In this second By the Book Mystery Tess and Gertrude Harrow have made themselves at home in their cabin so Tess is ready to start renovations to turn her grandfather’s hardware store into the bookstore of her dreams. That is until the demolition sends some bones literally falling down on her head. The bones are linked to a 30-year-old cold case. Tess is beside herself with worry when most of the town is sure her grandfather was a serial killer.  Tess needs help proving them wrong so she asks an author friend to come for a visit hoping together they can gather the intel and sort through the clues to explain what really happened and clear her grandfather’s name in the process.


Just like in the first book, Buried in a Good Book, Tess spends most of her time thinking about murder and turning her present-day situation into her next book. The story starts out with her testing a theory she wants to use in a book. Still, when bones start falling means, motive, and opportunity become her focus, not only for the actual bones that surround her but tasking her with the way to fictionalize it for her bestselling series successfully. Tess is an interesting protagonist because of this. Readers are treated to her writing process and where she gets her ideas, even though they are hitting very close to home.

Her teenage daughter Gertrude is very mature and understands what is happening around her. She is even willing to help her mom in any way she can. This character has grown a lot since the start of the previous book.

I really enjoyed that part of the mystery dug into Sheriff Boyd’s past and that the cold case affected him in a personal way. He really touched me in the last book and I am so appreciative that we got to know him better. With the subject matter, he understandably was a little more somber throughout the story but that made him even more real. Sheriff Boyd is joined by several other characters we met in the first book too. They all have continued to develop nicely. Tess does get an assistant to help with her renovations with a surprising background. He quickly becomes entangled in everything happening as does Tess’s author friend Peter. All the characters are well-defined and believable.

The mystery was pretty twisted up. Tess had her job cut out for her and she had to find people who remembered what happened all those years ago. I was surprised by a key piece of evidence that was driving her quest. It really drew me in and kept the pages flipping at a rapid pace. Even with that, I was taken aback when everything was revealed.

The thing I really love about Ms. Berry’s writing style is the way she uses humor. She gives us readers plenty to laugh about, sometimes out loud. The way the characters interact and some of the situations they find themselves in are just so darn funny. It starts from page one. Tess is doing something at first that is suspenseful until the author draws back the scene curtain. At first, I was just shaking my head but that led to a downright giggle. And of course, then there was a twist and things get serious.

I thoroughly enjoyed On Spine of Death and I am excited to see that the series continues with Murder Off the Books coming out on May 30, 2023. I am excited to see what happens next in the crazy town where there never seems to be a dull moment.

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About the Author

Tamara Berry is a part-time author and part-time freelance copywriter/editor. She has a B.A. degree in English Literature from Eastern Washington University. In addition to books, she has mad love for all things TV, movies, and pop culture. Find out more and her website and sign up to be on her mailing list here.


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Special Guest – Author Laura Ford – Author of Sounds Like Love #Interview – Great Escapes Book Tour #Giveaway


Sounds Like Love
by Laura Ford

It is my pleasure to welcome Laura Ford to Escape With Dollycas today!

Hi Laura,

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

I’m an animal lover with a passion for the natural world. I love to travel and explore new countries. The experiences I have had in my life, like anyone, have been good and bad and I draw on these experiences and my feelings and emotions when I write.

In my family I have two siblings — none of us have partners from our own country, which is the UK. We all really enjoy learning about the cultures of our spouses and in the case of both of my brothers — becoming fluent in their wives’ native language.

Some things most people don’t know about me are that I learned to ride a motorcycle before I could drive a car, and would travel in all weather conditions in a big rain suit. I also founded a non-profit for pollinators with a focus on the Western Monarch Butterfly. I really enjoy taking macro photos of insects — they are so fascinating! I think there’s a special wonder in the intricacy of the world around us.

What books/authors have most inspired you?

Thinking of books that stood out to me — as a child I really enjoyed reading ‘The Midnight Fox’ by Betsy Byars. I also enjoyed ‘The Wind in The Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame. I enjoyed Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights as a teenager and cried at the end of the book. I remember the poignant finishing paragraphs.

I always enjoyed Roald Dahl’s stories for both children and adults and was swept away by his autobiography ‘Going Solo’, reading it as a child / young teenager.

Edward St Aubyn’s satirical ‘Lost For Words’ is a highly entertaining read. I also enjoy the writing of William Boyd with ‘Ordinary Thunderstorms’ being a favorite.

As a child and a young teenager I wasn’t restricted entirely to children’s reads. At 13 I read Sylvia Plath’s ‘The Bell Jar.’ A mobile bookstore would often visit our school library and I always looked forward to finding something new to purchase and read.

I was a bit obsessed with ghosts and UFOs at one stage in my childhood and would delve into anything related to the otherworldly. I really enjoyed Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories and adaptations. I still am fascinated by the metaphysical.

I find Shakespeare’s sonnets very moving — especially sonnet number 17.

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

When I research a subject or a topic, I like to meet with people in person — or, as a result of the pandemic, via internet calls — to learn from people whose lived experience relates to what I am writing.

When writing Sounds Like Love, I met with a very kind and thoughtful woman called Roxanne who works for a hearing charity in BC, Canada. Roxanne lives with progressive hearing loss and helps many other people through the organization that she works for.

My research tends to be ongoing while writing. I will research throughout writing a book — as I meet each new chapter and as each new scene comes into my mind. If there is something for which I need more factual information about or historical information, I will visit the library and look in books, on the internet and watch documentaries. I will often reach out to speak with people who may specialize in an area that I’m writing about or who have lived the experience I’m writing about.

Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?

I tend to mull things over and take myself into a very visual realm. Sometimes it can take a week or so for a chapter or scene to form and finalize in my subconscious as things quietly come together.

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

Write from your heart. Keep going and make space and time for your imagination and emotions. Be true to yourself and your story.

Remember that there is more than one way to publish a book and there is no set path or ‘way’. Everyone has a different path.

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

I like to spend time with my three cats and my husband. I love travelling — it’s quite an obsession — and I also love going for walks.

I enjoy creating monarch butterfly gardens as part of the work I do for my non-profit charity the Pollinator Protection Fund.

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

Right now I am on a plane to Italy! The plane is flying over some rather magnificent mountains on a trajectory towards Calgary in Canada, and then we’ll continue on to Rome.

I’m happy in the company of good friends and I love the Mediterranean. I’m going to see some friends in Rome and I’m excited.

I’ve just been leaving WhatsApp video messages with one of my best friends in the UK and we’re talking about when we’re next meeting up in London. I love seeing my family and being able to talk about anything with friends back home — which is why I often travel to London.

What is next on the horizon for you?

I have just finished a YA historical fantasy novel with a heroine who is an introvert/extrovert with a deep and restless soul. The story is set in London in 1864. I’m currently in the process of final edits. I’m looking forward to sharing this next story and connecting with readers.

Thank you Laura so much for visiting today. 

Keep reading to get details about Laura’s book, Sounds Like Love.

About Sounds Like Love


Sounds Like Love
Young Adult Fiction / Coming of Age
Setting – United Kingdom
FriesenPress (July 29, 2021)
Reading age ‏ : ‎ 12 – 17 years
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 150 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1525592998
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1525592997
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 150 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 152559298X
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1525592980
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09BTLYBWT

Wendy is a bright spark who wants to find love and travel the world, but she questions how her dreams can become a reality as her world changes around her.

 

When Wendy arrives at her beloved grandmother’s house to collect a box of keepsakes, she picks up more than she bargained for – a green-eyed tabby cat with amazing qualities. This is just the start of a high-speed adventure, leading Wendy towards bright new horizons… if only she’ll give the cat a chance…

About Laura Ford

Laura Ford writes novels, short stories, and poems across a wide range of human and animal experiences. As Laura is an avid cat lover, a number of special felines tend to find their way into Laura’s stories as well.

Laura graduated with an honours degree in British law while also writing fiction in parallel. Now based in California with her husband and two beguiling Siamese cats, Laura most enjoys using her imagination and memories to paint vivid stories. An avid traveler and seeker, Laura is always exploring new concepts for more stories to come.

Author Link –  https://www.soundslikelovebook.com/

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Great Escapes Praise for Sounds Like Love
by Laura Ford

This a really sweet read, and is full of emotions. A young woman who is losing her hearing, and a deceased grandmother still being there for her. There are lessons to be learned here, and a smart reminder for all ages!
~Maureen’s Musings

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