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Mousse and Murder (An Alaskan Diner Mystery) by Elizabeth Logan #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Mousse and Murder (An Alaskan Diner Mystery)
by Elizabeth Logan

About Mousse and Murder 

Mousse and Murder (An Alaskan Diner Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Berkley (May 5, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 0593100441
ISBN-13: 978-0593100448
Kindle ASIN: B07WCZPZY7

A young chef might bite off more than she can chew when she returns to her Alaskan hometown to take over her parents’ diner in this charming first installment in a new cozy mystery series set in an Alaskan tourist town.

 

When Chef Charlie Cooke is offered the chance to leave San Francisco and return home to Elkview, Alaska, to take over her mother’s diner, she doesn’t even consider saying no. After all–her love life has recently become a Love Life Crumble, and a chance to reconnect with her roots may be just what she needs.

 

Determined to bring fresh life and flavors to the Bear Claw Diner, Charlie starts planning changes to the menu, which has grown stale over the years. But her plans are fried when her head cook Oliver turns up dead after a bitter and public fight over Charlie’s ideas–leaving Charlie the only suspect in the case.

 

With her career, freedom, and life all on thin ice, Charlie must find out who the real killer is, before it’s too late.

 

Dollycas’s Thoughts.

North to Elkview, Alaska, and the Bear Claw Diner. Chef Charlie Cooke has left San Fran behind to come home to manage her mother’s restaurant. She has many ideas for updating the menu but her head cook Oliver is not having it. When she proposes a change to their signature Bear Claw, he explodes and walks out. This is not the first time he has done that but it is the first time he doesn’t return. Turns out the man went and got himself murdered and because of the public tantrum Charlie is the prime suspect. With her entire life on the line, she knows she needs to find the real killer pronto!

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Growing up in a family diner I was so excited to read this and I am pleased to say Ms. Logan created great characters you could find in diners everywhere. The cooks, waitresses, families and truck drivers that come in to eat, and because this is set in Alaska tour groups that have come to see the sights. The core group of characters is just starting to develop but Charlie and her awesome cat,  Eggs Benedict (Benny) are in clear focus. Charlie is smart, hardworking, and dedicated to her new life at the diner. She also is a true cat lover using technology to interact with Benny while she is at work. There also may a romance blooming for Charlie.

The author also served readers with a generous supply of humor. The state trooper, Trooper, and Charlie’s best friend Annie have their moments and are two characters I want to get to know better.

The mystery grabbed me right away. It did have twists but there was a whiplash twist the really caught me by surprise. I had the culprit in mind pretty early but I really didn’t have a good reason, something just didn’t ring true for me. As the story continued, my choice faltered but was soon clear, and the big reveal was so rewarding.

I have to mention the food, it sounds so good! Cherry Cheesecake Mousse may become a family staple in this house.

The Alaskan Diner Mystery Series is off to an excellent start. Great cozy characters, a well-plotted mystery set in frozen tundra of Alaska. I can’t wait for November when Fishing for Trouble will be released.

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About Elizabeth Logan

Camille Minichino is turning every aspect of her life into a mystery series. A retired physicist, she’s the author of 28 mystery novels in 5 series, with different pen names. Her next book is “Mousse and Murder,” May 2020, by Elizabeth Logan. She’s also written many short stories and articles. She teaches science at Golden Gate U. in San Francisco and writing workshops around the SF Bay Area.  Details are at www.minichino.com.

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Great Escapes Praise for Mousse and Murder (An Alaskan Diner Mystery)
by Elizabeth Logan

Ms. Logan has created delightful characters and it was easy to admire Charlie. I especially loved her cat, Benny (nicknamed after Eggs Benedict!). Benny is a charming sidekick and the “Bennycam” and cat app games are brilliant additions providing a bit of humor.
~Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder

A fun cozy full of quirky characters in an enthralling setting that keeps you guessing as it all plays out making it hard to put down. Perfect for cozy fans. I totally loved it so I give it 5/5 stars.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Mousse and Murder is a carefree cozy mystery with moose meatloaf, a cavorting cat, suspicious siblings, a cold climate, and pleasing pastries.
~The Avid Reader

I think this is going to be a fun series . . . The cast of characters is small but complements the story . . . We enjoyed this book. . .
~Storeybook Reviews

Cute and well-layered, Mousse and Murder is a great start to a new cozy mystery series!
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Mousse and Murder is a fun cozy mystery in an unusual setting with a great cast of characters.
~Reading Reality

. . . this was a fun, interesting cozy mystery that started this series off with a bang. I definitely recommend this one to cozy mystery lovers.
~Carla Loves To Read

I really enjoyed reading Mousse and Murder and not just for the delightful setting. The main characters are well developed, and I even felt that I was at least acquainted with the side characters.
~Christy’s Cozy Corners

This was a quick and fun read, with characters that engaged me quickly. I admit that I solved the mystery before Charlie did, but that just upped the suspense for me.
~The Ninja Librarian

MOUSSE AND MURDER is a smart, well-plotted mystery that has everything I look for when starting not only a new book but a new series.
~Lisa Ks Book Reviews

The book is the first of a new series. It is filled with charm, quirky characters and witty dialogue.
~Socrates’ Book Reviews…

Mousse and Murder is the first book in a new cozy mystery series set in a diner in Alaska . . . I enjoyed the mystery itself and I do like Charlie.
~Brooke Blogs

I love culinary mysteries and this was a great start to a new cozy series . . . Mousse and Murder was a sweet, fun cozy mystery.
~Moonlight Rendezvous

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#FlashbackFriday (Saturday Edition) – Living the Vida Lola (A Lola Cruz Mystery) by Melissa Bourbon #Review / #Giveaway

 

SATURDAY EDITION

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.

This week got away from me and I wasn’t able to prepare this post for yesterday. 


Living the Vida Lola (A Lola Cruz Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – California
Publisher: Henery Press (January 29, 2019)
Hardcover: 274 pages
ISBN-10: 1635114462
ISBN-13: 978-1635114461
Paperback: 274 pages
ISBN-10: 1635114438
ISBN-13: 978-1635114430
Kindle ASIN: B07K2CNDZQ

Meet Lola Cruz. After paying her dues as an intern, she’s now a full-fledged detective at Camacho and Associates. Her boss is Manny Camacho, a muy caliente former cop with a mysterious ex-wife, a Lara Croft look-alike girlfriend, and a sudden personal interest in Lola.

 

Her first big case? A missing mother who may not want to be found. And to make her already busy life even more complicated, Lola’s helping her cousin plan her quinceañera and battling her family and their old-fashioned views on women and careers. She’s also reunited with the gorgeous Jack Callaghan, her high school crush whom she shamelessly tailed years ago and photographed doing the horizontal salsa with some other lucky girl.

 

Lola takes it all in stride, but when the subject of her search ends up dead, she realizes she has a lot more to worry about. Soon she finds herself wrapped up in the possibly shady practices of a tattoo parlor, local politics, and someone with serious—maybe deadly—road rage. To top it all off, her treasured post-coital pictures of Jack are missing!

 

Still, Lola is well-equipped to handle these challenges. She’s a black-belt in kung fu, and her body isn’t her only weapon. She’s got smarts, sass, and more tenacity than her Mexican mafioso-wannabe grandfather. A few of her famous margaritas don’t hurt, either.

This book was published originally back in 2009 under the author name Misa Ramirez and has now been rereleased by Henery Press .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I have been looking forward to reading this series for a long time.  I thought this would be the perfect time to dive into them but after reading this first book I find myself conflicted. I really didn’t like Lola. I was expecting her to be more like Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum but she was more like a lovesick 28-year-old stuck in the past.  She is now a true Private Investigator with her first big case but seems more concentrated on the fact that her high school crush is now interested in her. She can’t get her mind off a risque picture she took of him several years ago that she still keeps under her pillow. She finally gets her mind on the case but if I didn’t know this was a series I would have thought she would be dead by the end of the book.

Jack was also pretty full of himself, Lola’s brother can be a real jerk, Lola’s parents while over the top sure don’t want their daughter to be a private eye, and the staff at the P.I. office just felt swarmy to me. All the characters are well defined I just had trouble finding rewarding characteristics within them.

The mystery was very overshadowed by everything else going on in the book but I was determined to finish the story to see how it came together. There were off the wall twists and truly unbelievable turns but I was somewhat surprised when all was revealed.

I absolutely love Melissa Bourbon’s Magical Dressmaking Series so I am truly disappointed to find the Lola series is just not for me. I am rounding up to 3 stars.

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Cozy Wednesday with A R Kennedy – Author of R.I.P. in Reykjavík: A Traveler Cozy Mystery – #GuestPost / #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


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R.I.P. in Reykjavík: A Traveler Cozy Mystery
by A R Kennedy

 

Have you ever traveled with your mother? I have and we have had a lot of fun.

We’ve gotten lost in Boston. We’ve enjoyed mojitos and nachos in Miami. We’ve frozen in Chicago. While traveling, we’ve watched baseball games in nine different Major League Baseball stadiums.

But my relationship with my mother is far different than the one Naomi has with her mother, Deirdre. One, my mother raised me, while Naomi was primarily raised by her father.

I think a lot of daughters would enjoy a trip with their mother but I don’t know too many single women who would be thrilled to learn that their travel companions on vacation are a wedding party. Especially when you’re traveling with their judgmental mother.

Naomi isn’t looking forward to traveling with her mother at all. (You’ll have to read R.I.P. in Reykjavik to find out how they wound up traveling together.) If she could run away when she meets the others on their tour, a wedding party, she would. Especially since when she met Milo, the groom, she thought he was single, attractive and interested in her! Akward-ness all around.

Will this mother-daughter duo find a way to co-exist and enjoy their Icelandic vacation?  And solve a murder? Check out R.I.P in Reykjavik to find out!

Thank you for stopping by today, Alicia!

 

About R.I.P. in Reykjavík

R.I.P. in Reykjavík

R.I.P. in Reykjavík: A Traveler Cozy Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Iceland
Independently Published (May 19, 2020)
Print Length: 149 pages
Digital ASIN: B08477CQTR

Traveling with your family can be murder.
One wedding party + one estranged mother = another vacation that goes array for Naomi.

 

Naomi is off on another international vacation. She thinks traveling with her mother will be the most difficult part of her trip until she meets the rest of the tour group—a wedding party. It only gets worse when she finds the groom dead. Everyone’s a suspect on her Icelandic tour of this stunning country.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

It’s time for another adventure for Naomi and this time her mother invites herself along paying no attention to the packing instructions or itinerary. Naomi immediately knows she will have her hand’s fulls when her mother starts flirting with every man she meets. Plus her mother is just full of barbs at her daughter. It should be a great trip.

They arrive in Iceland and meet the rest of their group, a wedding party complete with the bride’s parents and maid of honor and best man on the honeymoon trip. Their very first excursion ends on a bad note with one of the wedding party dead in the water literally. With everyone now a suspect, and Naomi with one murder mystery solved under her belt, she starts investigating this Icelandic. murder knowing the killer could be anyone.

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This is another fun mystery from A.R. Kennedy.

I love traveling with Naomi. She goes off the beaten path and takes us to such interesting places. First, on a Safari, and now to Iceland in this story. I have always heard that Iceland should be called Greenland and Greenland should be called Iceland and Naomi confirms that. Swimming in the freezing waters and hiking the glaciers were just two excursions I would love to have tried. Ms. Kennedy does an excellent job taking us to exciting places, even without a murder.

The author has introduced a very interesting group of characters this time. Parents and friends along on a honeymoon are not my idea of a good time, but it sure works for this story. I did love that Naomi’s sister Charlotte was still part of the story, albeit from afar. Her mother texting her sister basically tattling on every move Naomi makes and Naomi texting Charlotte on ways to deal with her mother. It really added humor to the whole book.

The mystery is like a closed room mystery with all the suspects known and amateur sleuth Naomi following the clues and uncovering secrets. It is well-plotted with a twisted ending that caught me by surprise.

As soon as I finished R.I.P. in Reykjavík I knew I would have to wait patiently for Naomi’s next journey, but waiting is hard. I can’t wait for my next virtual trip no matter where Naomi takes us.

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About A. R. Kennedy

 

A. R. Kennedy lives in Long Beach, New York, with her two pups. She works hard to put food on the floor for them. As her favorite T-shirt says, ‘I work so my dog can have a better life’. She’s an avid traveler. But don’t worry. While she’s away, her parents dote on their grand-puppies even more than she does. Her writing is a combination of her love of travel, animals, and the journey we all take to find ourselves.

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The Secrets of Bones: A Mystery (A Jazz Ramsey Mystery) by Kylie Logan #Review @StMartinsPress @KylieLoganBks

The Secrets of Bones: A Mystery (A Jazz Ramsey Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting- Ohio
Publisher: Minotaur Books (May 5, 2020)
Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 1250180597
ISBN-13: 978-1250180599
Kindle ASIN: B07Z2LFM12

Second in a new series from national bestselling author Kylie Logan, The Secrets of Bones is a riveting mystery following Jazz Ramsey as she trains a cadaver dog.

 

Assembly Day at St. Catherine’s dawns bright and cloudless as professional woman gather from all around Ohio to talk to the schoolgirls about their careers ranging from medicine, to NASA, to yoga. Jazz Ramsey has also signed up to give the girls a taste of her lifelong passion: cadaver dog training. Her adorable new puppy Wally hasn’t been certified yet, so she borrows the fully-trained Gus from a friend and hides a few bones in the unused fourth floor of the school for him to find.

 

The girls are impressed when Gus easily finds the first bone, but then Gus heads confidently to a part of the floor where Jazz is sure no bones are hidden—at least not any that she’s put there. But Gus is a professional, and sure enough, behind a door that no one has opened in ages, is a human skeleton. Jazz recognizes the necklace the skeleton is wearing, and that it belonged to Bernadette Quinn, an ex-teacher at the school who’d quit her job abruptly one Christmas break. But now it seems Bernadette never left the school at all, and her hiding place makes it clear: this was murder.

 

Bernadette in life had been a difficult personality, and so there are a plethora of suspects inside the school and out of it. As Jazz gets closer to the truth she can’t help but wonder if someone might be dogging her footsteps…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Jazz Ramsey works at St. Catherine’s Preparatory Academy, an all-girls school as an administrative assistant. She has been working on Assembly Day at the school where professional women come into speak about careers to the students. Jazz is given the chance at the last minute to share her passion, cadaver dog training. She is training her new Airedale puppy but brings along Gus, a fully trained dog as well. After hiding a few bones for Gus, the students are pretty impressed with his first find. His second find confuses Jazz because it is focused behind a door where she didn’t hide anything.

After clearing the room of students, Jazz opens the door to find a grisly discovery, a human skeleton wearing a necklace Jazz immediately recognizes. The necklace belonged to Bernadette Quinn, a teacher who left the school at Christmas break 3 years ago.

Now, tons of questions arise. The teacher had been difficult during her time at St. Catherine’s. Very demanding of her students and not friendly with her co-workers. She was on probation when she submitted her resignation. Jazz can immediately think of several suspects other than the police’s prime suspect. She just needs to dig into all the clues, but she is putting herself in danger too. She knows when all the secrets are revealed, the killer will be revealed as well.

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I enjoy these characters. Jazz is a strong protagonist. She is clever and thinks on her feet. She has the full trust of her boss, Sister Eileen. She is dealing with such huge things in her personal life too and needs a little TLC. Her best friend, Sarah Carrington, an art teacher at the school, tries to keep Jazz grounded, focused on her rekindling romance with Nick, but also is a great sounding board. These characters continue to evolve nicely throughout the book. The dogs did not play much of an integral part after the body was found, but Wally is a curious pup still coming into his own. It will be fun to watch him continue his training.

The mystery was pretty straight forward until the author served up a nice twist. I was tuned in early to where the story was leading but the clues were not adding up right. A murder at Catholic school really drew me in, the delay in finding the body believable, the investigation was intriguing, and that final twist set everything into place.

The author has a wonderful descriptive writing style which was so important in this story. A little-used part of the school is pressed into service and it needed to have a backstory and reason for its lack of use. Ms. Logan presented this in a believable way and depicted the area so well with her words.

The cadaver dog training is something that interests me. I hope there is more of that in the next book.

The Secrets of Bones is a great addition to this series. Quite the whodunit!

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About the Author

Kylie Logan is the national bestselling author of The League of Literary Ladies Mysteries, the Button Box Mysteries, the Chili Cook-Off Mysteries, and the Ethnic Eats Mysteries, among others.

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#FlashbackFriday – On Thin Icing: A Bakeshop Mystery by Ellie Alexander #Review / # Giveaway @BakeShopMystery

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.


On Thin Icing: A Bakeshop Mystery
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Ohio
Publisher: Minotaur Books (December 29, 2015)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1250054257
ISBN-13: 978-1250054258
Kindle ASIN: B00Z637EIM

Welcome to Torte-a small-town family bakeshop where the treats are killer good.

 

It’s the dead of winter in the sleepy town of Ashland, which means no tourists-and fewer customers-for Jules Capshaw and her bakery. But when she’s asked to cater an off-season retreat for the directors of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, business starts heating up…until Jules finds a dead body in the freezer.

 

Someone at the retreat has apparently iced the bartender, a well-known flirt with a legendary temper-that is, before a killer beat him to the punch. Then, from out of nowhere, Jules’s own ex-husband shows up at the shop-and soon becomes a suspect. With accusations piling up higher than the snow-and thicker than a chocolate mousse cake-Jules has to think outside the (recipe) box to find the real culprit…and make sure he gets his just desserts.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Winter in Oregon can be temperamental and the means business is a bit slow with no tourists visiting the Torte bakery. So when Jules is asked to cater a retreat by Lance, the head of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for the board of directors at a resort up in the woods she gladly accepts.

A huge snowstorm sets in soon after everyone arrives, but that does stop 1 surprise guest from arriving just a bit later. Jules is shocked when her estranged husband Carlos comes walking through the door. They have so many things to work through and she doesn’t know how they can do that with all the responsibilities she has for the retreat. Thankfully she has brought along Torte employee and aspiring chef Sterling who immediately hits it off with Carlos.

Things take a deadly turn when Jules discovers the body of the bartender that had been pushy, obnoxious, and flirtatious since the moment she arrived the next morning. He was definitely up to something underhanded too. With the snow, it is going to take time for the police to arrive but Jules calls in her favorite officers Thomas, her high school boyfriend, now deputy detective, and the Professor, her mother’s boyfriend, and lead Ashland detective, who slog through the snow to come to her aid. She is totally taken aback when they think Carlos is a prime suspect. Jules is juggling a lot but she knows there are better suspects than her husband so she is going to cut through all the clues and figure out who really iced the bartender.

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I really got a kick out of this story and my mouth was watering too! The food created in this story was so tempting, oh to have a wood stove!

But I am getting ahead of myself.

The focus this time was really on Carlos and Jules with Sterling really striving. Sterling becomes Jules’ sounding board while twisting around the clues to the murder and her true right hand in the kitchen. They make a great team. He also gives Jules the time she needs to try to set her relationship with Carlos in a better direction.

We also meet the owner of the retreat and the maintenance man along with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival board of directors and Lance’s new assistant. All the characters are defined and most continue to develop throughout the story. I wanted to know more about one character but maybe they will show up in a future story.  The dialogue is snappy and believable.

The story had a great flow and the mystery was strong and well-plotted. My focus was pulled to three characters but I was still surprised by the big reveal.

I really enjoy the author’s writing style. It is very descriptive. She really brought everything so clear in my mind’s eye, the Lake of the Woods Resort, the weather, even the ride up to the resort, the kitchen, the food, and the people. It was so easy to escape right into this story.

The author leaves Carlos and Jules’ relationship still in flux which made me pick up book four, Caught Bread Handed almost immediately. I am very excited to get all caught up on this series!

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About the Author

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

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Botched Butterscotch (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery) by Amanda Flower #Review / #Giveaway

BOTCHED BUTTERSCOTCH
Botched Butterscotch (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
Short Story (Novella)
Setting – Ohio
Publisher: Kensington Books (April 28, 2020)
Print Length: 78 pages
Kindle ASIN: B082DVYHM8

A slice of intrigue. . .

 

Mother’s Day is a sweet and busy time at the candy shop Bailey King runs with her Amish grandmother. This year is extra special, because Bailey’s parents are visiting Harvest, Ohio. Bailey’s father has rarely returned since leaving the Amish faith over thirty years ago, but Bailey is confident that the right treats can help sugarcoat any awkwardness. For Mother’s Day Tea at the local church, she’s whipping up her mom’s favorite: butterscotch fudge. All’s going well, until a sticky-fingered thief makes off with the money raised for a local women’s support group.

 

While Bailey tries to discover who stuck their fingers in the cookie jar, she encounters an assortment of suspects. It doesn’t help that Juliet, mother of Deputy Aiden Brody, is conspiring with Bailey’s mom to plan Aiden and Bailey’s wedding…though they’re not even engaged! Can Bailey find the culprit before events—both criminal and personal—boil over into disaster?

 

Recipe Included!

 

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

Need to feed your cozy craving. A brief visit to Harvest is the perfect way to do just that. Especially when there is Butterscotch Fudge involved.

A rare visit from Bailey’s parents happens just in time for Mother’s Day and a Mother’s Day tea fundraiser at a local church. Aiden’s mother Juliet has her own plan for the weekend . . . Aiden and Bailey’s wedding. Remember they are not even engaged yet, but Juliet is like a steamroller when she sets her mind on something and she is sure Bailey’s mom will agree it is time the couple takes the big step.

When the money raised at the Mother’s Day tea goes missing, the leader of the local women’s support group, Polly Anne Lind is frantic, without that money she may have to close. Bailey offers to help the young police officer with the case even though her parents beg her to leave the crime to the proper authorities. Not going to happen, she already has suspects she wants to talk to.

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This is a clever and entertaining story that allows readers a short visit with our favorite Amish Candy Shop characters. Having Bailey’s parents visit was an extra treat. Silas King has rarely visited since he left the Amish life behind. It is also the first time they are meeting Deputy Aiden Brody, his mother, and her pet pig, Jethro. The meeting is PRICELESS!

Amanda Flower is such a talented writer, long story, or short, she absolutely excels. Well developed characters, intriguing mysteries, and delicious treats to tempt our taste buds. Botched Butterscotch is charming little cozy that will hold readers over until Marshmallow Malice hits store shelves May 26, 2020. 

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Cozy Wednesday featuring Secrets of the Treasure King (Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast) by Terry Ambrose #Review / #Giveaway

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I am so happy to share the lastest Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery with you today!


Secrets of the Treasure King (Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – California
Publisher: Satori (April 29, 2020)
Print Length: 261 pages
Digital ASIN: B085DC4ZVS

The Seaside Cove rumor mill is buzzing about the captain of The Treasure King. He claims to know the location of the San Manuel, a four-hundred-year-old sunken Spanish galleon with a cargo worth millions. And now, he’s dead, the victim of a speargun attack.

 

When the police ask B&B owner Rick Atwood to consult in the investigation, he has mixed feelings. Consulting for the police is not the problem. He’s done it before. The problem is his eleven-year-old daughter, Alex.

 

Alex is fearless, precocious, and fueled by a strong sense of girl power. She’s also convinced the cops will never find the killer without her help, so she launches her own investigation—and quickly becomes a candidate for Seaside Cove’s youngest felon.

 

Now, unless Rick can solve the case with the clues Alex found illegally, his daughter might face charges of breaking-and-entering, the treasure of the San Manuel will be lost to pirates, and a killer could get away with murder.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

A huge ship has pulled into Seaside Cove and the captain claims he knows the true location of the sunken ship San Manuel with a cargo said to be worth millions. After causing some dramas at The Crooked Mast the captain is found floating in the marina.

With a new officer on the force and several other cases, the police ask B&B owner Rick Atwood to assist with the case. He knows his 11-year-old daughter Alex is going to want to help too, as she has done with previous cases. He does his best to keep her focused on the less dangerous elements of the case, but headstrong Alex always seems to end up finding a key clue and getting herself trapped in a precarious situation.

Could she end up behind bars this time? Will the police be able to use the information she found? Will this be the final straw for the police and Rick? Will it ruin the relationship he is building with Marquetta?


There is so much in this story to love and one moment where I wanted to smack the author!

Let’s start with what I loved.

Marquetta and Rick go out in public as a couple, it doesn’t go as planned but that is a big step. She also learns something about her past that has been troubling her for years.

A new officer joins the force and she also has a past with Marquetta.

Alex’s journal entries show she is growing and starting to understand the consequences of her actions. I said starting, she still is impulsive and fearless but by the end of this story, I saw some awareness.

Alex and Marquetta are cupid’s helpers as they try to bring two elderly people staying at the B&B together.

The mystery is really well done. Key observations play a major role in solving the case. Several suspects have secrets and questionable alibis which keeps everyone including me guessing.

There is a major event that puts a smile on my face.

Now the part when I wanted to smack the author. 🙂

A harrowing event takes place at the end of a chapter near the end of the book featuring two beloved characters and it is not referenced again for two chapters. Those two chapters were filled with drama of their own but seriously it was hard to not skip ahead and come back. It really stole my focus as I tried to keep reading the pages in order.

I really love the characters in these books. Each new adventure with them is entertaining and fun. Mr. Ambrose always delivers a mystery that hooks me from the start and holds on tight.

If you haven’t read previous books in this series, Marquetta gave Alex a journal as soon as she arrived at the B&B. The story goes back and forth between Rick’s point of view and Alex’s along with her journal. I do suggest reading the series from the start for maximum enjoyment, but the author gives enough background for each to be read on their own.

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Terry Ambrose has written and published fourteen mysteries. His Seaside Cove Mystery series new releases have risen to the Amazon genre Top 100. In 2014, Con Game, Terry’s second thriller in the License to Lie series received the San Diego Book Awards Best Mystery/Thriller award. Terry also writes the McKenna Trouble in Paradise mysteries and organized an anthology written by bestselling mystery writers to benefit a literacy nonprofit in Hawaii.

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Seas the Day (A Seafood Capers Mystery) by Maggie Toussaint #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @MaggieToussaint

Seas the Day (A Seafood Capers Mystery)
by Maggie Toussaint

About Seas the Day 


Seas the Day (A Seafood Capers Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Georgia
Publisher: Henery Press (April 21, 2020)
Hardcover: 282 pages
ISBN-10: 1635115868
ISBN-13: 978-1635115864
Paperback: 282 pages
ISBN-10: 1635115833
ISBN-13: 978-1635115833
Digital ASIN: B0844K2Q4D

Caterer River Holloway cooks like a dream and is known on Shell Island as a “finder” of things. Which is why a desperate mother begs River to track down her grown son, Chili Bolz, who’s vanished.

Deputy Lance Hamlyn can’t find the missing man, so he teams up with River. The missing person case boils over into something frightening when Chili’s mother falls victim to a brutal assault. Worse, her dying words incriminate River’s friends in both kidnapping and, now, murder. River soon finds herself caught in an unsavory recipe for disaster.

 

Despite catering events and the return of her absentee boyfriend, River finds the number of suspects growing longer than her food shopping list. Along the way she befriends a black cat who becomes her crime-solving partner. River must locate Chili and discover who killed his mother before her own goose is quite literally cooked.

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

River Holloway has her own catering business and is building up a nice list of clients but her friend and fish source Chili Bolz has gone missing. His mother contacts River and pleads with her to find her son. She had recently lost one son and can’t handle losing another.

River is surprised when Deputy Lance Hamlyn suggests they team up to find Chili. She is even more surprised when he continues to hit on her knowing she had a boyfriend.

When Chili’s mother is attacked and killed River is heartbroken and scared she is in over her head but she can’t give up and the list of suspects grows and she notices some strange happenings. Can she find Chili? his mother’s killer? or will she be the next victim?


Set on Shell Island we meet a group of eclectic characters. River Holloway is a great protagonist. She is a dedicated friend with a huge heart. She takes her commitments seriously and she is one heck of a chef. Her relationship with her boyfriend Pete has been a little rocky but moves in the right direction within these pages. Chili’s mother, Estelle Bolz was River’s mom’s best friend and she grew up close to Chili and his brother Kale. (These names just made me laugh.) Kale was lost at sea and presumed dead six months ago. Estelle’s brutal attack just broke my heart.  She was a strong woman who always did what she thought was best for her family. We meet several other residents of Shell Island and all are very well crafted and many fell on River’s and my suspect list. River also adopts a black cat who is a very interesting character in his own right.

The story is full of twists and turns and very well-plotted. River finds herself smack dab in the middle of situations she never could have imagined. Ms. Touissaint was written a complex mystery with a myriad of moving parts. The drama peaks and flows as necessary for the story supported by strong subplots.

The author realistically captures life on a small island and people working to make ends meet while also introducing people who have the means to use River’s catering services. I felt the dialogue was true to life and enjoyed the imagery created by the author’s words.

My only sticking point was a couple of important things happened before this story started. River’s mother had recently passed away, and River and Pete’s romance seems to have a lot of history we are in the dark about. I hope we learn more in future stories so readers can feel more attached to these main characters.

Bonus – A crab cake recipe and more and the end of the book!

This series is off to a strong start with Seas The Day! River and Pete have caught my attention and I want to know more. I am excited about future books and the capers they will find themselves mixed up in.

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Southern author Maggie Toussaint writes cozy and paranormal mysteries, romantic suspense, and dystopian fiction, with twenty fiction novels published. A three-time finalist for Georgia Author of the Year, she’s won three Silver Falchions, the Readers’ Choice, and the EPIC Awards. She’s past president of Mystery Writers of America-Southeast chapter and an officer of LowCountry Sisters In Crime. She lives in coastal Georgia, where secrets, heritage, and ancient oaks cast long shadows. Visit her at https://maggietoussaint.com/

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Wonderful start to a new series . . . River is one tough, smart, and dedicated woman. She believes in supporting friends and family no matter what and has a kind heart . . .
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Six Cloves Under (A Garlic Farm Mystery) by Gin Jones #Review


Six Cloves Under (A Garlic Farm Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Massachusetts
Publisher: Lyrical Underground (April 21, 2020)
Paperback: 229 pages
ISBN-10: 1516109619
ISBN-13: 978-1516109616
Kindle ASIN: B07TV24GPW

App developer Mabel Skinner is about to discover something rotten on her late aunt’s garlic farm—and it’s not the compost heap . . .

 

Mabel doesn’t know a stinkin’ thing about garlic farming. She knows how to develop an app and how-to code. But when her aunt, Peggy Skinner, dies suddenly, Mabel inherits her Stinkin’ Stuff Farm in western Massachusetts. She arrives during peak harvest time—with three days to bring in the entire crop before rain can destroy it.

 

But Mabel has an even bigger problem: she suspects her aunt’s “accidental death” was murder. As she digs for both garlic and clues, Mabel must contend with a mysterious crop thief, a rival garlic grower her aunt was suing, and a farmer who was after Aunt Peggy’s green-thumb secret. It’s up to Mabel to crack the code on a killer, before she joins the garlic bulbs six cloves under . . .

 

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Mabel Skinner hasn’t visited her Aunt Peggy is years. Then her aunt suddenly dies and she has left her the Stinkin’ Stuff Garlic Farm. Mabel a successful App developer hopes she can tie up the loose ends with the final harvest and get back to her life.

But Mabel starts to believe her aunt’s death may not have been as accidental as everyone believes. When she starts to dig for clues she finds much more than she bargained for. She has put herself in the killer’s path. She may find herself buried six feet under, pushing up garlic, if she isn’t very careful.


Mabel Skinner is a tough nut to crack, determined and smart, but a little hard to warm up too. Her analytical skills are top-notch and do come in handy when tracking a killer and determining the in and outs of a garlic farm. I really wish her relationship with her aunt had been more current because I think that is going to bother her beyond the pages of this first story. Mabel did grow on me by the end of the story.

Ms. Jones does introduce us to a fine crew of supporting characters that come together to bring in the garlic crop. Many in the community are dedicated and loved Aunt Peggy. In fact, the entire town is counting on Mabel to finish the garlic harvest, which is touted as the Best Garlic on the East Coast. Restauranteurs, the local CSA, the farmer’s market, even the librarian is counting on that crop. All the residents we meet really grow over the pages of the first book. Rory is a true stand out. That woman has more energy in her little finger than I ever had in my entire body. The author has left plenty of room for growth for all the characters and I am excited about that.

The mystery was very well-plotted. There really aren’t any straight forward clues until later in the book. I actually suspected everyone. Things didn’t add up for me or Mabel, but accidental death surely wasn’t the cause. She needed proof and it was hard to come by. I enjoyed the chase, the questions, the quest for the truth. When I honed in on the real culprit it was just a feeling. When that feeling proved right I was actually pretty stunned.

I love garlic and the garlic farm theme is one I was am excited about. I learned a lot and that is always a bonus. I love that the farm is called the Stinkin’ Stuff Farm. The second crop of lavender also interests me.

Six Cloves Under is a nice start for this series. A variety of characters and a puzzling mystery was a very enjoyable read. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. Rhubarb Pie Before You Die will be released in December. 

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Gin is a retired lawyer who specialized in ghost-writing for other lawyers. She prefers to write her own books, though, since she doesn’t have to worry that her sense of humor might get her thrown into jail for contempt of court. In her spare time, Gin makes quilts, grows garlic, and advocates for patients with rare disorders. Find more stories by Gin Jones here. Visit her website here.

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Old Friends and New, Another Murder (Sheridan Hendley Mystery) by Christa Nardi – #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @ChristaN7777

Old Friends and New, Another Murder
(Sheridan Hendley Mystery)
by Christa Nardi

About Old Friends and New, Another Murder


Old Friends and New, Another Murder (Sheridan Hendley Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Virginia
Independently published (December 12, 2019)
Paperback: 206 pages
ISBN-10: 1670487709
ISBN-13: 978-1670487704
Digital ASIN: B08276QVPR

A touch of nostalgia, a murder, and good friends.

When a former colleague is implicated in his neighbor’s demise, Sheridan Hendley returns to Cold Creek to prove his innocence. Annoying as Max can be, she can’t imagine the quirky professor is capable of murder. Unfortunately, not everyone shares her opinion. Of course, it doesn’t help that Max threatened his neighbor in a public place soon before the man was murdered. Or that the victim’s drug shipments had a habit of turning up on Max’s doorstep.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This series is a spinoff of the author’s Cold Creek Series and the first book I have read in either series but I quickly caught on to Professor Sheridan Hendley going back to Cold Creek to help her colleague caught up in the murder investigation of his neighbor. Max did have a public argument with the victim but Sheridan knows there is no way this man would murder anyone. Annoying, yes! Over the top, you bet! but murder no way.

The mystery also seems to tie into an old case Sheridan and her husband, Detective Brett McMann investigated, so there are a lot of twists and backtracking to bring the cases together. Sheridan and Brett make a great team and work very well together. They have built a real trust between them that assume happened over all the previous stories. It was interesting to follow along with them step by step.

As a side note, I really enjoy that Sheridan volunteers at the Clover Hills Pets & Paws Animal Rescue. It makes her more believable and gives her character more depth. It is also something she can share with her step-daughter, Maddie.

A college town is always an interesting setting with many options for murders and mysteries. I found Sheridan’s place as a visiting professor at the small college intriguing on its own. In her position,  she is left out of some of the college politics but still must work jovially with all the staff, which brings a little extra drama.

I enjoyed Old Friends and New, Another Murder very much and hope to go back and read the first two books in this series.

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About Christa Nardi

Christa Nardi is an accomplished writer and an avid reader. Her favorite authors have shifted from Carolyn Keene and Earl Stanley Gardner to more contemporary mystery crime authors over time, but she still loves a good mystery. Christa has authored the Cold Creek Cozy Mystery Series, the spinoff Sheridan Hendley Mystery Series, and the Stacie Maroni Mystery Series.  She co-authors the Hannah and Tamar Mystery Series. When not reading or writing, Christa enjoys travel with her husband and playing with three dogs and three grand-daughters.

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