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Review: Rosemary and Crime by Gail Oust

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Rosemary and Crime
First in Series
Cozy Mystery
Published by Minotaur Books (December 17, 2013)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1250011046
E-Book File Size: 859 KB
ASIN: B00DA7A0BO
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Murder comes well-seasoned in this charming mystery featuring a smart and spunky new amateur sleuth, small-town Georgia spice shop owner Piper Prescott.

Welcome to Brandywine, Georgia. Piper Prescott has decided to follow her dream and open Spice It Up! A shop that features the best spices from around the world. Her ex-husband predicts the idea will be huge failure but with a little help of her BBF, Reba Mae, and even her ex-mother in-law she is determined to make it a success.

But when she goes to meet with the chef she is featuring at her Grand Opening she finds he is not going to be cooking anything for her or anyone else. She finds him stabbed to death in his kitchen. The new police Chief Wyatt McBride quickly decides Piper makes a perfect prime suspect. Piper and Reba Mae will do anything to change his mind and go to great lengths to prove her innocence even putting their own lives in danger.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
A fun and spicy debut for this new culinary cozy series.

Gail Oust has introduced us to some wonderful characters. Piper is a strong woman dealing with a new divorce, a new business, and a teenage daughter playing one parent off the other. Then there is her ex’s girlfriend who is closer to his daughter’s age than his own. She tries to become their daughter’s best friend by taking her shopping and telling her school really isn’t that important. Their older son is away at college. Piper also has a very prim and proper ex-mother-in-law and a best friend that has her back no matter what and is pretty far from prim and proper. There is also a hunky vet, a hunky police chief, and a fantastic little furry friend to round out the cast.

She has also created quite the whodunit with plenty of suspects. Piper does get herself into a few sticky situations because she acts without thinking things through or is not sure she trusts the police chief but thankfully they are few and far between. The tense situations are balanced with humor to keep the story cozy.

I really enjoyed this first adventure with Piper and hope there will be many more. I feel we have just scratched the surface with the antics originating from Piper’s Spice It Up!!

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About This Author

Gail Oust is often accused of flunking retirement. While working as a nurse/vascular technologist, she penned nine historical romances under the pseudonym of Elizabeth Turner. It wasn’t until she and her husband retired to South Carolina that inspiration struck for a mystery. Hearing the words “maybe it’s a dead body” while golfing fired her imagination for writing a cozy. Ever since then, she spends more time on a computer than at a golf course. Author of the Bunco Babe mysteries, she’s currently working on a new Spice Shop mystery series.

Author Links:  www.gailoust.com, Goodreads

Would you like to win a copy of this book?
Gail Oust’s Great Escapes Book Tour starts next Monday!!! Click Here For Details!!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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2014 Reading Challenges – Part 1

I have going to try to cut back a little bit on Reading Challenges in 2014. Since Great Escapes Book Tours is really taking off I doubt I will be able to read 200 books. With this in mind my first challenge will be the
YOU READ HOW MANY BOOKS CHALLENGE
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This year’s host is Gina @ Book Dragon’s Lair

  1. Read, read, read!
  2. There are several levels to choose from
    Level 1: 100 minimum
    Level 2: 150 at least
    Level 3: 200 or more
  3. You may move up a level but not down
  4. You don’t need a blog to participate. As long as wherever you link to is public so we can check out your books read.
  5. Reviews are not necessary (but there will be a post so you can link up) but a list of books read is. 
  6. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.
  7. Books allowed: Audio, Re-reads, eBooks, YA, Manga, Graphic Novels, Library books, Novellas, Young Reader, Nonfiction – as long as the book has an ISBN or equivalent or can be purchased as such, the book counts.
  8. Individual short stories in a collection or individual books in the Bible do not count
  9. Crossovers from other reading challenges count.
  10. Challenge begins January 1st, 2014 thru December 31, 2014. Books started before the 1st do not count. You can join at anytime.
  11. Please sign up with a direct link so the rest of us can find your list of books read.

I am signing up at Level 2 – at least 150 books.

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I have really enjoyed by Kindle Fire so the next challenge is
2014 Ebook Reading Challenge.

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Reading Challenge Details:

  1. This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2014 – Dec 31, 2014.
  2. Anyone can join, you don’t need to be a blogger. If you don’t have a blog, feel free to sign-up in the comments. You can post reviews to any book site (i.e. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Goodreads, etc).
  3. Any genre or length of book counts, as long as it is in ebook format.
  4. You can plan your books in advance or as you read them.
  5. When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the E-Book Reading Challenge.
  6. Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2014, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.

Levels:

  1. Floppy disk – 5 ebooks
  2. CD – 10 ebooks
  3. DVD – 25 ebooks
  4. Memory stick – 50 ebooks
  5. Hard drive – 75 ebooks
  6. Server – 100 ebooks
  7. Human brain – 150 ebooks
At the beginning of each month there will be a roundup post for you to add your reviews for that month. The linky will remain open for the remainder of the year, so if you forget, feel free go back and add them when you remember.

This reading challenge is hosted by Workaday Reads. For more information and to sign-up, please see this post.

I am signing up at the DVD Level with hopes to move up to Memory Stick 🙂
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You know I LOVE COZIES so I have to sign up for Yvonne’s

2014 Cruisin’ thru the Cozies

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Welcome to the fourth annual Cruisin’ thru the Cozies Reading Challenge! I’m still loving the cozies and this is one of the few challenges I plan to continue hosting.

To find out exactly what a cozy mystery is, check out Cozy-Mystery.com. This site is dedicated to cozy mysteries and does a great job of defining them as well as giving a list of cozy mysteries. This challenge is NOT restricted to what is on their list, it’s just to be used as a guideline in case you need some hints on what to read.

So, here are the rules…

1. Choose the level you wish to participate:
Level 1 – Snoop – Read at least 6 books
Level 2 – Investigator – Read 7-12 books
Level 3 – Super Sleuth – Read 13 or more books

****AMENDED: LEVEL 3 – SUPER SLEUTH – READ 13-20 BOOKS

LEVEL 4 – Sleuth Extraordinaire – Read 20 or more

2. The challenge runs from January 1, 2014 and ends December 31, 2014.

3. You don’t have to choose your books in advance. If you do, you can change your list at any time during the year. Books can overlap with other challenges.

4. Books can be in any format – paper, audio, ebooks…it all counts!

5. You don’t have to post a review, but I’m sure others would love to know about the books you are reading and may even want to add it to their reading lists.

NOTE: If you don’t have a blog and want to participate, that’s fine. You don’t have to have a blog, just post in the comments section as you finish books. If you belong to a site like Goodreads and review the books there, that’s fine too. Just leave us the link.  I also have a group for this challenge on Goodreads and you can sign up by clicking here.

6. Take the button above, put it on your blog and post about the challenge. Then add your name to Mr. Linky here. Please use the link of your challenge post, not the link to your home page.

7. I’m going to have one link for signing up, one link for completed reviews and one link for your wrap up posts. I won’t be having a monthly link, just one for all reviews read for this challenge.

This reading challenge is hosted by Socrates’ Book Review Blog. For more information and to sign-up, please see this post.

I am signing up at LEVEL 4 – Sleuth Extraordinaire – Read 20 or more
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That’s all for today.
I will be keeping track of all my Challenges here
or just click on the Challenges tab at the top of my blog.
I will also keep track in my sidebar with Progress Bars.
I have found the easiest way to create Progress Bars is using Nanowrimo Word Meter.

If you are looking for more Challenges
A Novel Challenge
has a great list!

 Part 2 – Coming Soon!!

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Sunday Salon – Sunday Post – Sorry A Rant – Weekly Rewind – September Recap – Mail Call

The Sunday Salon.com

The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now 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.

SUNDAY POSTThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimba @ 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!!!

I caught a little flak last week for my Sunday post so I just want to clear up something. Those of you the follow my blog already know this story, but for the few people, (I only left one comment up because the others were just too nasty.) who felt you had the right to judge me this is for you!

I in no way threw my cats away. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I made sure they were all safe and in good hands. They are all happy and well cared for. Sherlock is doing much better in my sister’s quieter house with his pal Oscar. She is taking wonderful care of them both and loves them as much as I do. Morrie is being spoiled rotten in his new home and is getting fat and sassy. Jack is bringing love to someone that really needed a companion. Watson has a girlfriend at his new house. Wiley is back with my son and his daughter in their new place and as you can see in the pictures below my granddaughter and Wiley are buddies.

Natalie and Wiley when Natalie was a baby.
Natalie and Wiley when Natalie was a baby.
Natalie and Wiley this week.
Natalie and Wiley this week.

Our family started with just Felix. I had been allergic to cats my whole life but he never made me sneeze or my eyes water. So we were his people for years. Oscar joined the family later and he and Felix were quite the odd couple. When Felix died my daughter’s boyfriend knew I was heartbroken and when he found a stray kitten in the rain he brought it to me. That was my Wiley. Jack was my son’s girlfriend’s cat that came to live with us when she did. A few years later they moved to their own place and sadly took Oscar, Jack and Wiley with them. This was without my permission and caused a great deal of tension in our family. She had to have those cats. We waited months hoping she would allow at least Wiley to return home. Our house felt empty. I finally broke down and adopted a rescue cat, Sherlock. My youngest daughter brought home a stray a few months later, Watson, and my youngest son came home a couple of months later with Moriarty. The house was complete again. Then last year my oldest son and his wife separated and he moved back home and brought all 3 cats that they took with him. His ex who could not live without the cats a couple of years earlier now wanted nothing to do with them. We loved them so we made it work. Then we lost our house. We had less than 3 weeks to move out of a house my husband and friends built to accommodate my disabilities 10 years prior. We had just 3 weeks to find a house that was accessible for me and had enough room for all of us. In 3 weeks we had to find a house to rent, landlords that would choose us over many applicants, and leave a house we loved all because of a predatory loan that tripled our house payment and was still rising.

We found just one house 50 miles away from where we were living and sadly the landlord said no cats. We were down to just 4 days before we had to be out of our home. Is this house perfect? NO! Do I miss my cats? You bet I do. But I know they are all happy and well cared for and they are where they need to be. In a perfect world we wouldn’t have lost our house. My husband worked so hard to try and save it and truthfully he is still fighting because they were so many things handled improperly in the whole process. But hard decisions had to be made and hard compromises made. If at anytime I thought my cats were being mistreated or unhappy I would not have left them in their new homes.

O.K. that’s the end of my rant.

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MondayIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
TuesdayNew Release Tuesday – October 2013
PLUS Killer Image Virtual Book Tour – Review – Giveaway
WednesdayCozy Wednesday with Author Kylie Logan (Giveaway too!)
ThursdayReview: Uncharted by Tracey Garvis Graves
FridayBig Numbers Virtual Book Tour – Review & Giveaway
SaturdaySpotlight & Giveaway – Ghost Gone Wild by Carolyn Hart

Just a Quick Recap of September

Read 16 Books – 4676 Pages – 4485 KB

I matched up my personal reading log with my GoodReads log and realized I missed 2 books over the past couple of months so these totals reflex that correction.

Year to Date Totals:  150 Books!!! 43507 Pages – 19143 KB

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I also completed the E-Book Challenge hosted by Workaday Reads.

Your can visit my Challenge Page here to see how I am doing at my other challenges.

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Hope you all have a fabulous week!!!
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Pelican Bay by Jesse Giles Chistiansen Virtual Book Tour

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I added myself to the end of this tour for several reasons.

1. The book was getting mixed reviews from the bloggers on this tour.

2. The trailer really stuck me – the eyes of Captain Shelby just drew me in. (See Book Cover.)

3. My husband said, “this is not like the mysteries you like to read, but I love it! You really need to read this book.”

So on Sunday I read Pelican Bay.

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Publisher: Imajin Books (July 19, 2013)
Paperback: 208 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1927792124
E-Book File Size: 486 KB
ASIN: B00DZVMWUM
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Some things are better left alone…

After Ethan Hodges discovers an undersea cemetery just off the beach of Pelican Bay, South Carolina, he seeks answers from a grandfatherly fisherman named Captain Shelby. The captain wants the past to remain buried, and he warns Ethan to stay away. But Ethan doesn’t listen.

Ethan’s best friend and secret love interest, Morgan Olinsworth, joins in the investigation, unearthing intriguing secrets about the mysterious fisherman. When Captain Shelby is suspected of murder and disappears, a manhunt ensues, revealing a truth that unnerves everyone in Pelican Bay.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

The title of this blog is Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book and until I read this book I thought I had escaped into quite a few. Then I started reading Pelican Bay and I would have to say I was not only escaping into a book but immersing myself into it.  Jesse has a very unique writing style. He has a very descriptive style that paints not only the images into your mind but feelings on your soul. It didn’t take long to enter the ghostly realm of Pelican Bay. You can smell the sea and hear the waves and feel the sand blowing into your face by the winds. In fact Captain Shelby jumped right out of the pages and seeped right into the floor in front of me. His dialect was spot on!

This is not a mystery although there is a mystery. It is a contemporary mystical myth of a story featuring fantastic characters set in idyllic place. There is romance but falling in love with your best friend makes moving forward hard especially when there are such awesome,  incredible, unbelievable and tragic things happening all around you. Intrigue, uncertainty, and suspense. The story builds slowly and before you know it you are so engrossed things happening in the real world around seem to disappear. 

The author says he was influenced by Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea and I really saw the correlation. I think I was the only person in my English class that loved that book when we were forced to read it. It is a book I have reread several times since. Santiago in Hemingway’s story had the same relationship with the sea as Captain Shelby.

I don’t think is possible for me to put the measure of my enthusiasm for this book into actual words. This is one of the best stories I have read in years.

This is not a story for everyone. You really need to be able let go of the reality and step into the magical fantasy world Christiansen has created. Or is it really fantasy, who knows what lies beneath the sea. Maybe things are better left alone……….. but maybe not!

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About The Author

Jesse Giles Christiansen is an American author who writes compelling literary fiction that weaves the real with the surreal. He attended Florida State University where he received his B.A. in English literature. His newest novel, “Pelican Bay,” focuses on a very old fisherman, Captain Shelby, and the mysterious happenings linked to him surrounding a nosy, sea-battered beach town (release date: July 20th, 2013, Imajin Books). One of his literary goals is to write at least fifty novels, and he reminds himself always of something that Ray Bradbury once said: “You fail only if you stop writing.”

Links
Web Site: www.jessegileschristiansen.com
Blog: www.jgchristiansen.wordpress.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/JesseGilesChris
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jesse.gileschristiansen.7

Purchase Link:
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Pelican Bay is not your usual mystery book.
There is plenty of mystery, suspense, interesting characters, murder or accidents?

~readalot

The book subtly sneaks up on me and the need to know the answers grasps me and won’t let me go.
~funinmental

Someday I will tell my grandchildren that I interviewed Jesse Giles Christiansen when nobody knew his name.I’m not even giving this book my trite little hearts rating as this book is so beyond that. Go buy it right now.
~Rantin’, Ravin’ and Reading

Suspenseful and mysterious Pelican Bay is a Great Read…
~Saving For 6

Pelican Bay held my attention!
~Kaisy Daisy Corner

This is such a harrowing tale of mystery.
~Brooke Blogs

The story is gripping and enchanting and will certainly entertain even the most hard core fan.
~Must Read Faster

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Review: Perilous Pranks by Joyce and Jim Lavene

To get my blogging and reading schedules back in sync I have added a couple of fantastic short stories this week. Both yesterday’s and today’s stories are perfect mini=escapes.

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Perilous Pranks
(Renaissance Faire Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
5.5 in the Series
E-Book File Size: 229 KB
Print Length: 83 pages
ASIN: B00EJMVTDM
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Pranks are a part of life if you live at Adventureland’s Renaissance Faire.  Jessie Morton has been waiting for the perfect opportunity to get back at Wanda Le Fey. She finally has her chance and added a little blue dye to Wanda’s shower head but it seems as someone else thought it was the perfect time to get rid of Wanda – permanently.

Wanda is found dead in her shower, her skin a lovely blue shade of color and all the evidence of her murder leads directly back to Jessie. So now instead of finalizing the plans for her upcoming wedding Jessie is trying to track down the real killer. She even has a sidekick, Wanda in all her blue ghostly self is following Jessie everywhere.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
This was a week of fabulously funny reading. This book was almost side-splitting!! I was laughing so hard at Wanda’s ghostly antics my family came in to see what was so funny.

Jim and Joyce write amazing books and you could never tell it was two people writing the stories. They flow perfectly with no breaks in the story at all. They also create sensational characters. In this short story the interplay between Jessie and Wanda is wonderful. Many of our favorites from the series pop in here and there. The King and Queen make a major announcement and Chase is running around trying to do his part of the wedding plans while trying to help the police catch Wanda’s killer.

The is just what we needed to hold us over until we get Murderous Matrimony in our hands. It will be available for Kindle in November 2013. I can’t wait!
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5 STARFISH

Dollycas
Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Review: Color Me Bad by Sharon Sala

I am trying to get my blogging and reading schedule back in sync so I have added some novellas this week.

color me badColor Me Bad: A Novella
File Size: 226 KB
Print Length: 59 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Release Date: September 3, 2013

ASIN: B00DDWIT14
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An original short story by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sharon Sala links to her full-length contemporary women’s fiction novel, The Curl Up and Dye.

The novella centers around the four women who run the Curl Up and Dye hair salon and their relationships with the quirky customers of small-town Blessings, Georgia. Their meddlesome efforts at match-making run awry, but there’s always another makeover just around the corner.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

What a fun way to kick off a series!! Think Steel Magnolias but light! The beauty shop where this story kicks offs reminded me of the fun in that beauty shop. Plenty of drama but hilarious drama. I can’t remember the last time I laughed this much and hard when reading a book and I read books with quite a bit of humor.

Ruby Dye runs the Curl Up and Dye in Blessings, Georgia. She opened it after her divorce 12 years ago. Vesta and Vera Conklin, 40 something identical twins, work for Ruby. Mabel Jean Doolittle, the youngest of the group, does manicures, pedicures and the occasional shampoo. You know what happens in small and not so small town beauty shops – women and even men tell their hairdressers things they don’t even tell their friends and family. And gossip runs rampant through these towns and these shops.

Today a client walks in the Curl Up and Dye and when she leaves Blessings, Georgia will never be the same.

Sharon Sala  herself says in the dedication “a fresh start is always a good idea”.  This fresh start is just what I needed to read. I needed a funny story and this one served it up perfectly.  The only bad news is that the we have to wait until February for the first full length book in this series. Try this novella and I guarantee you will be pre-ordering The Curl Up and Dye.

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Dollycas
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Special Guest Federal Marshall Zeke Drummond by Sharon Pape

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I’m federal marshal Zeke Drummond, deceased since 1878. Those of you who have been readin’ what I like to call “The Sketch Books,” have already made my acquaintance. But I’m mighty pleased to meet any newcomers among you. For the past few years, I’ve been busy solvin’ murders with my partner Rory McCain, a feisty little redhead who’s still very much alive. She got herself overscheduled recently, so she asked me to conduct this interview for her. I was reluctant at first. You see, the only people I’ve ever interviewed were the criminal type. I told her I’d do my best, though. A man can’t promise more than that.

alibis and amethystsI’ll be interviewin’ Daniel Yazzi, a full-blooded Navajo from the same state where I was born. Of course back then it was only a territory. Now you may have met Daniel’s friends, Jaye and Sierra, over the past couple of months on Killer Characters. All three of them reside in Sedona, Arizona, where Jaye and Sierra wound up being suspects in a murder case. Daniel teamed up with them to solve the case and put the real killer behind bars.

              Zeke:  “Thanks for talkin’ with me today, Daniel.”

            Daniel:  “Glad to be here.  I have to admit I’ve never talked to a ghost before, but I feel like we already have a bond of sorts, since we’re both from Arizona. I bet my grandmother, Doli Joe, would feel perfectly comfortable with you. She comes from a long line of medicine women, so dealing with the spirit world is nothing new for her.”

            Zeke (laughing): “Then she could probably teach me a thing or two. Even though I kicked the bucket more than a hundred years ago, I’m still learnin’ the ins and outs of this between place.

            Daniel:  “You’ve got it. I’ll set up a meeting for you.”

            Zeke:  Mighty obliged. But I’d best get back to interviewin’ you or I’ll be catchin’ hell from my partner.

            Daniel (shaking his head):  “I know exactly what you’re up against. I’vehad to deal with feisty women all my life, starting with my mother and grandmother. And now with Jaye and Sierra. So fire away.”

            Zeke:  “Thanks – here goes. Did you grow up in Sedona?”

            Daniel: “No, I was raised a few hours away in Tuba City. That’s on the Navajo reservation. I left the rez to go to college and when I got back, my cousin George and I moved to Sedona, where we started Premier Navajo Tours.”

            Zeke: “Can you tell everyone a little about your business?”

            Daniel:  “Well, it’s simple really. We take tourists off road in open-air Jeeps to explore Sedona’s Red Rock country.”

            Zeke:  “I was up there a time or two way back when.  For those folks who’ve never been there, we ought to explain that the Red Rocks aren’t just rocks. That’s what they call the mountains and cliffs up there. I never did see anythin’ quite like it in my life.”

            Daniel: “It’s pretty special. Draws tens of thousands every year and never disappoints.”

            Zeke: “Do you get back up to the reservation often?”

            Daniel: “Not nearly as much as I should. My family still lives up in Tuba. But you know how it is — life gets in the way. (He laughs.) Especially when you’re trying to keep your best friends out of jail.”

            Zeke:  “I heard there was somethin’ mighty peculiar going on at the same time you were involved with your investigatin’.”

            Daniel:  “You must mean Raffles. She’s definitely a strange little creature. We still haven’t figured out exactly what she is, or where she came from, although my grandmother has a pretty weird theory about her. Anyway, now that Jaye and Sierra are out of jeopardy, we’ll have more time to sort that out.”

            Zeke:  “Well, I’ve sure enjoyed meetin’ you. Sorry I can’t shake your hand. I haven’t quite mastered that yet. I hope you’ll stop by sometime and give us an update. “

            Daniel:  “It’ll be my pleasure.”


Alibis and Amethysts (Crystal Shop Mystery) features Daniel, Jaye, Sierra and Raffles and it is available today! Keep reading below for Dollycas’s Review!

~Zeke

alibis and amethystsAlibis and Amethysts
(Crystal Shop Mystery)

A Brand New Series
Cozy Mystery
E-Book File Size: 605 KB
Print Length: 256 pages
Publisher: InterMix (August 20, 2013)
ASIN: B00AVA4NFW
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This series is set Sedona, Arizona and features Jaye Saylor. She owns Crystal Clear, a crystal and gemstone shop. She feels like she is living a geologist’s dream sharing her knowledge and folklore with all the residents and tourists that come to her shop.

When a body is found in her backyard the dream quickly turns into a nightmare. The police decide Jaye and her friend Sierra are ideal suspects. The friends find some unusual help to catch the real killer and prove their innocence.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
I picked up this book and couldn’t put it down. My finger was flipping through the pages on my Kindle at an amazing pace.

Sharon Pape packs her stories with punch, the main mystery and another in the subplot the keeps going into the next installment. Both were marvellous!

She also creates fantastic characters like friends Jaye and Sierra. They had met in college. Sierra shocked Jaye when she moved to Sedona but the complete surprise was Jaye following her there. They soon find themselves right at home and in the middle of a murder investigation.

The story is filled of the twists and turns you expect in a cozy mystery plus some surprises. I absolutely loved it!! It is time to enter world of crystals and crime with this new cozy series!!
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Dollycas
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To Find out more about Sharon Pape visit her webpage here. She also blogs regularly at Killer Characters. The next Portrait of Crime Mystery featuring Zeke Sketcher in the Rye, will be available in December.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Review: Streak of Lightning by Clare O’Donohue

cover34129-mediumStreak of Lightning:
A Penguin Special from Plume  (July 30, 2013)
(A Someday Quilts Mystery)

E-Book File Size: 946 KB
ASIN: B00938YEES
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A stand alone story for mystery fans that will also tide over series fans over until O’Donohue’s next novel, The Double Wedding Ring, this October.

Nell and Jesse are finally taking some time off to celebrate New Year’s in the Big Apple. They really need a romantic weekend away. Nothing is going to ruin their plans. BUT before they even get off the train in New York City they are called back to Archer’s Rest.

A man in jail for disorderly conduct has been found dead in his cell. Jesse had left his most trustworthy deputy in charge. This freak event sets the town abuzz like a streak of lightning. He has no choice but to go back and find out what the heck happened!

Dollycas’s Thoughts
A wonderful short story to bridge the gap between full length novels. These are great characters and the story has a very interesting twist which I loved.

Add this one to your e-reader today and head to the beach. A fun, quick read even those not familiar with the series will enjoy! Fans of the series will be counting the days until The Double Wedding Ring hits shelves. Amazon says September 24!!

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4 STARFISH

Dollycas
Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

To Find Out More About Clare Visit Her Website http://clareodonohue.com

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Review: Poisoned Politics by Maggie Sefton

poisoned politicsPoisoned Politics
(A Molly Malone Mystery)

2nd in Series
Mystery
Midnight Ink (August 8, 2013)
An Imprint of Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd.
Trade Paperback: 240 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738731292
E-Book File Size: 629 KB
ASIN: B00DUKAS8G
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Molly Malone and Samantha Calhoun have been friends since their fathers were Senators. They know Washington D.C. inside and out. Molly now manages the financial affairs of Senator Russell. Samantha is busy managing her own “affairs”. When her latest fling, married U.S. Rep. Quentin Wilson, is found dead in Samantha’s home, she quickly turns to her best friend, Molly.

Using some her Washington connections Molly finds out that Wilson was researching some of the same things that may have gotten her niece killed. (Deadly Politics – Book 1 in this series.) Molly puts her own life in danger as she tries to reconcile how this death may be connected to the death of her niece.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
I loved the first book in this series. It set the perfect foundation. Washington D.C. is full of possible stories. Molly is a wonderful character, smart and determined.

In this installment Molly again uses the resources she has to try to help her best friend. I was so glad Dangerous Dan was in town to help her but also so their romance could start to bloom and blossom.  We have just scratched the surface of this guy’s story. Eleanor is also a very interesting character. She has known Molly and Sam since they were girls and really has their best interests at heart. She is also a powerful woman in Washington.

The story really drew me in. It was exciting and suspenseful. With this series Maggie Sefton sets aside the cozy for a little more thrill and tension and she does that extremely well. The pages were flying.

I did have one huge problem though. This story ended very suddenly with a cliffhanger. Things were just starting to fall into place and that was it. We had several pieces to the puzzle but not all we needed to solve the case. It is like when a television series ends in the Spring and you have to wait until the Fall to see what happens. Only in this case with the previous book coming out last August and this one a year later, that seems to mean we will not have a chance of resolution until August 2014. Then she may leave readers hanging again. I hate the waiting but it will sure create a buzz about this series! I just want the next book right now 🙂 please.
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4 STARFISH

Dollycas
Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher/NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Review: Plum Deadly by Ellie Grant

PlUM dEADLY SEPT

I was so lucky to receive an
Advance Review Copy of the book!!!

Ellie Grant will be my Special Guest on September 5
but I couldn’t wait to share my review with you!

Plum Deadly
New Cozy Mystery Series!!!!
Publisher: Gallery Books (September 3, 2013)
A Division of Simon & Schuster
Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1451689556
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ASIN: B00A28H4PO
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CHOCOHOLIC CREAM. BOUNTIFUL BLUEBERRY. LOTSA LEMON MERINGUE. even DANGEROUSLY DAMSON.

Who could resist such pies? Who would even want to resist the pie shop that makes them? Certainly not the residents of Durham, North Carolina, and the little bakery and café called Pie in the Sky is one of the most popular meet-up places in town.

Unjustly accused of cooking the books, Maggie Grady is forced to retreat from her high-flying New York financial career to the town where she grew up. Her aunt Clara greets her with open arms and a job at the family-owned business that has baked the best pies in the South for over forty years. Unfortunately, while Maggie is determined to return to banking, her reputation there seems permanently in the pits. That is, until her old boss, Lou, visits with news that he’s found the real crook. Before he can reveal the details, though, Maggie finds his body right behind the pie shop.

With only her own word that Lou planned to exonerate her, Maggie is in the spotlight. The police seem to suspect that Aunt Clara’s damson pie may not be just dangerously delectable, but downright deadly. Maggie doesn’t just have her own name to clear; she has to make sure that her aunt’s beloved business isn’t harmed, either. Yummy local reporter Ryan Summerour appears eager to help, and Maggie can’t help hoping that it’s not just the police who find her a person of interest—but Ryan, as well. She’d thought it challenging to make the perfect pie crust that Aunt Clara demands, but that turns out to be nothing compared with finding a murderer. . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts
WOW!!!! Cozy lovers are going to go crazy for Maggie Grady and Aunt Clara!! and probably gain a couple of pounds too!!

Ellie Grant is really popular cozy authors Joyce and Jim Lavene writing under a pseudonym. I don’t know how this team writing thing works but these two  have it mastered. They always give us superb characters and put them in wonderfully sticky situations.

Maggie is fabulous. She was fired from her dream job for something she didn’t do. Something that could drive a lot of people over the edge or into a deep dark place. Instead she goes home to North Carolina to her Aunt Clara and she just may find her bliss. She couldn’t wait to leave there years ago and had rarely returned but this time she realizes this is where she belongs.

Aunt Clara reminds me a lot of my mom. Clara’s business is her life and without it she would be lost. It was something she had done with her husband. They ran the business together and when he passed away she did her best to carry on with business as usual. Maggie finds a few things that fell through the cracks but quickly sets things right. Aunt Clara is the type of woman that always has a smile on her face and finds something good in even the worst situations. When it comes to her niece, all she wants is Maggie to be happy.

This story is an excellent debut to what I know is going to be a fabulous cozy series. They have filled this pie, I mean story, with sweet characters, a plum of a mystery, sifted in some smart dialogue, a pinch of romance and a heaping spoonful of humor.  You will devour the whole thing in one sitting!! Oh and did I mention, the book includes recipes!!!!! This book is worthy of a blue ribbon at any fair!

a perfect escape

5 STARFISH

Dollycas
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You can pre-order a copy today!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

**Synopsis from author/back cover of book**

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