Nov 152012
 

2012 best contemporary fiction

Mare’s Nest
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 9, 2012)
Contemporary Fiction
Paperback: 466 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1479149186
E-book File Size: 566 KB
ASIN: B00A05JI8K

Mare's Nest

Annie Bellamy loves horses. She grew up showing horses and the buying, selling, and showing of horses led to the bankruptcy and break-up of her family, and perhaps, her mother’s death. She now is trying to come to grips with her past as her own daughter, Teddy, falls in love with horses the same way she did. She vows that history will not repeat itself. Teddy’s talent cannot be denied. She connects with these horses like Annie never did.

Her daughter’s passion does come with a hefty price tag and she wonders how that will impact her family. She also never imagined the ruthless barn owners, the crooked trainers or the viciously competitive show moms they would meet on this journey in the horse world or “saddle soap opera”. Annie realizes that making her daughter’s dreams come true is going to take courage to stand up to all those around them wanting them to fail.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

A captivating and inspiring story of a mother’s love and the special bonds of mother and daughter. Based on a true story, Lesley takes us into world of showing horses. What happens behind those barn doors and in the practice rings. The greed, the jealousy, the corruption, she tells all.

Mare’s Nest is a term defined as “an extraordinarily complicated situation”. That’s what the horse world is, a series of extraordinarily complicated situations. I love the way Kagen writes with heart and humor and the strength she gives her characters. Annie and Teddy had quite an uphill battle and a few missteps but it made each of them stronger and their relationship stronger as well.

As a mother with two daughters myself this book touched my heart. It also made me thankful they played volleyball, basketball and softball. The competitive parents are still there, the coaches did have their favorites, but the equipment can be put in a closet or the garage in the off season. A horse needs care year round and my heart would break every time one got hurt or would have to be sold.

You do not need any knowledge of horses or the competitions involved in showing a horse to love this book. I sure didn’t and I absolutely loved this story. It is a powerful story that every mother or daughter would enjoy. It is a truly awesome book! Definitely worth 10 stars!!!

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Lesley Kagen is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author, a mother of two, an actress, voice-over talent,former restaurateur, and accomplished equestrian. Her previous books include Whistling in the Dark, Land of a Hundred Wonders, Tomorrow River, and Good Graces. She lives in Wisconsin. Visit with her on Facebook, and at her web site www.lesleykagen.com

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Nov 142012
 

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am thrilled to have Livia return to Escape With Dollycas! Last year she was here talking about holiday pies and cookies and promoting The Gingerbread Bump-Off. I knew then I would have to invite her back when the next book, Wedding Cake Killer, was released. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. When it arrived in the mail I did a little chair dancing. For me the holiday season has to include a book from this series and a visit from Livia! Please help me welcome her here today!!

Hi Livia,

Thank you for having me here again! I always enjoy it.

My new book Wedding Cake Killer is the seventh book in the Fresh Baked Mystery series. When I first started writing the books I had no idea how many of them there would be, but I hoped the series would run for quite a while because I really love developing characters, watching them grow and change over the course of a number of books. There was a time when most mystery series could be read in any order because significant, life-altering changes seldom if ever happened to the main characters. Of course there were exceptions to this, but for the most part the protagonist and the supporting characters didn’t change much from the first book in a series to the last, for example Miss Marple or Nero Wolfe or Perry Mason.

Today it’s much more common for series characters to have major things going on in their personal lives, along with the mysteries they have to solve. Which brings us to Wedding Cake Killer, which features the marriage of Phyllis Newsom’s friend Eve Turner to Roy Porter, who was introduced a couple of books earlier. This is a big event not only in Eve’s life but also in Phyllis’s, because the wedding takes place in her house and she has the responsibility of making sure that everything goes smoothly.

To be honest, I put a lot more thought and effort into planning Eve’s wedding than I did my own! When I got married it was long before the Internet and there were no bookstores in the small town where I lived. I didn’t have any wedding books or magazines to go by. I just did what friends and family suggested and what made sense to me. (I must have done something right, because more than 36 years later, I’m still married to the same guy!)

So I actually had a lot of fun coming up with all the details of Eve’s wedding, but I also enjoyed getting the chance to share more of her background with the readers. We learn a lot about Eve’s history in this one, and trust me, there are some surprises in store! I’ve always liked taking the long-term approach to character development and plotting. Years ago I collaborated with my husband on a series that contained a major twist at the end of the sixth book. We knew exactly what that twist was going to be before we ever wrote a word of the first book, so all along we were able to set it up and plant clues. The Fresh Baked Mystery series is very similar. All along I’ve known things about Eve that weren’t readily apparent and have been waiting for the right time and the right book to reveal them.

Wedding Cake Killer is that book. I hope the readers enjoy it, and I hope as well that they’ll come back to see how the events of this novel play out in the lives of Phyllis and all her friends in the future. Because life is change, and my characters are alive to me. If I’ve done my job, they will be to the readers, too.

~Livia

 Thank you so much Livia for being my guest today! Same time, next year, o.k.? I can’t wait for my next visit with Phyliis, Eve, Sam and Carolyn.

Wedding Cake Killer:
A Fresh-Baked Mystery

7th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Obsidian (November 6, 2012)
Published by New American Library
Trade Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451238092

Wedding Cake Killer (A Fresh-Baked Mystery, #7)

The big day has arrived! Wedding Bells are ringing for Eve and Roy! Even the forecast of a snowstorm can’t ruin this special day. Phyllis, Carolyn, and Sam have everything under control. The whole day is wonderful.

When Eve and Roy return from their honeymoon they move to a local B&B while they continue to look for their own place. Who could have guessed that Eve would be moving back in with Phyllis? She has no choice when Roy is found dead in their room at the B&B and Eve is the prime suspect.

Phyllis has been warned to leave the investigation to the police but she has to prove that Eve is innocent. She needs to find out who iced Roy before Eve ends up with a life sentence.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I loved this story. We learn about the men of Eve’s past, I knew there was more to her story. The author tempted us a bit in the last book and I couldn’t wait for this installment. Washburn did not disappoint. This character’s development was perfect.

Livia J. Washburn is quite a storyteller. She brings her characters to life and readers become invested in their lives effortlessly. She has the perfect recipe to keep those pages turning and readers wanting to know how these retired teachers will get out of trouble this time. A cup of murder, a tablespoon of intrigue, a teaspoon of humor and a pinch of romance,  mix together with fabulous characters and it bakes up to the perfect cozy mystery readers just can’t wait to bite into. A delectable delight!! with another temptation that has me anxiously awaiting book #8. 

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Review: The Book of Sylvia by Michael Scott Miller

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Nov 132012
 

The Book of Sylvia
Mystery
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 18, 2012)
Paperback: 294 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1477653432

The Book of Sylvia

London streetwalker Sylvia Smith is under suspicion for abetting a robbery. She doesn’t know where to turn. Frightened and alone, she ends up at St. Alban’s Church. The officiant, Father Christopher is going through some turmoil of his own. He is filled with self doubt and he tries to resurrect his dying church.

On odd friendship forms and they work to help each other. He helps her track down a clue so she can find and return the stolen money. She brings him out of shell to be more outgoing in his sermons and with his parishioners. Sylvia is walking a tightrope because as she guides the priest he seems to getting farther away from his church instead of closer.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

God does work in mysterious ways. Sylvia noticed the “stone gable with a double bell cote projecting above all the nearby buildings” from her seat on the train. She hasn’t set foot in a church since she was a teenager but it felt “the right place for her to be right now”. That was how she ended up at St. Alban’s. She needed guidance as did Father Christopher. 

Mystery with a message. Great character development. Well paced, in fact I wish it would have ended so soon. I would love to read the next part of these character’s journey. 

My only flaw in this story is that the British snippets of language seemed forced. The setting worked wonderfully for the story but the dialogue needed a bit of alteration.

This was an enjoyable read. I read it all in one sitting. A nice escape.

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About This Author

Michael Scott Miller works with numbers by day in the business world and with words by night. He began writing shortly after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania and has had his work published in the Welcomat (now Philadelphia Weekly) and wrote music reviews for the Wharton Journal while his wife was getting her degree there. He has written two novels, Ladies and Gentlemen…The Redeemers, and The Book of Sylvia, both works of contemporary fiction with strong emphasis on their characters. Miller grew up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and now lives in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania with his wife and three children.

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Nov 102012
 

Sing You Home
Emily Bestler Books
Washington Square Press
A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Reprint edition (October 18, 2011)
Contemporary Fiction
Paperback: 496 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1439102732

Sing You Home


 

Every life has a soundtrack. All you have to do is listen.

Music has set the tone for most of Zoe Baxter’s life. There’s the melody that reminds her of the summer she spent rubbing baby oil on her stomach in pursuit of the perfect tan. A dance beat that makes her think of using a fake ID to slip into a nightclub. A dirge that marked the years she spent trying to get pregnant.

For better or for worse, music is the language of memory. It is also the language of love.

In the aftermath of a series of personal tragedies, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. When an unexpected friendship slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people—even those she loves and trusts most—don’t want that to happen.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This book sat on my To-Be-Read shelf way too long and I am kicking myself. What a fantastic story! Picoult again shines as she takes on several hot topics, gay rights, alcoholism, Evangelical Christian beliefs, divorce, troubled teens and more. Same-sex marriage/definition of family was the main issue and the author showed all sides. This book came out in early 2011 and people’s views on the main premise of the story continue to evolve and had the outcome of the election been different this evolution may have stopped and took a giant step backward.

Zoe Baxter battle with infertility was heartbreaking and after 10 years of in vitro fertilization, several miscarriages, and a stillborn baby, her marriage just crumbles. Her husband, Max, is ready to give up on having a child and Zoe just can’t.

This story took me on a emotional roller coaster which is what this author’s stories always do. I become heavily invested in these character’s lives. I really wanted to hate Max but couldn’t. I hated the bigotry of the people around him and the way they used him to promote their own agenda at a time in his life when he was weak and needing guidance. Zoe’s life from her music therapy clients to her life with Vanessa warmed by heart. After all she had been through to be strong enough to still put other people’s needs first was so inspiring.

Sadly the accompanying CD did not come with my copy but it was not necessary to have music for me to be moved by this story. I devoured the almost 500 pages very quickly. I am sure many excellent book club discussions have taken place about this book as people’s feeling on these issues will run the gambit.

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Nov 092012
 

Cake on a Hot Tin Roof
(A Piece of Cake Mystery)

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (February 7, 2012)
The Berkley Publishing Group
A Division of The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425246221
Cover Illustration by Chris Lyons
Cover Design by Diana Kolsky

Cake on a Hot Tin Roof (A Piece of Cake Mystery #2)

Pastry chef Rita Lucero is still learning the ropes at Zydeco Cakes, the bakery she inherited from her ex-husband. Her second in command is trying to give the bakery an online presence and hounding Rita every day to start a blog. Add that to it’s carnival season in New Orleans and they are filling tons of orders for King cakes and Rita is expected to host a Mardi Gras party for hundreds of her ex’s closet friends. Then  as if she doesn’t have enough to do she gets an unexpected visit  from her aunt Yolanda and Uncle Nestor. How in the world is she going to get everything done and entertain then too?

Well at least she can take them to the Mardi Gras party. A great idea until Big Daddy Boudreaux, a local celebrity/car salesman, winds up dead at the party after having a very public altercation with Uncle Nestor. Now Rita needs to add “find the real killer” to her already overflowing To-Do-List. And there are no shortage of other suspects. Let the good times roll!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Chaos reigned in this installment of the Piece of Cake Mysteries. I was exhausted just trying to keep up with Rita. Plus she kept her temper better than I ever would if relatives just dropped in at the busiest time of year.

I was a little disappointed in Uncle Nestor. I knew he was upset about Rita staying in New Orleans but he should have been more supportive of her role at Zydeco cakes. Proud that she was running a successful business. He did have a lot on his mind and by the end of the story I had started to forgive him just a bit.

I must say the vast number of suspects made this mystery very complex. Each time I thought I had figured it out I was wrong.

Another tasty treat from Jacklyn Brady. Scroll down to see my review of Arsenic and Old Cake just released on November 6.


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Nov 092012
 

Arsenic and Old Cake
(A Piece of Cake Mystery)

3rd in Series
Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (November 6, 2012)
The Berkley Publishing Group
A Division of The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425251720
Cover Illustration by Chris Lyons
Cover Design by Diana Kolsky

Arsenic and Old Cake

The bad economy is hurting business at Zydeco Cakes. Rita is trying to come up with ideas to keep her business afloat and her employees working full time. Her attention is drawn away when a friend, Old Dog Leg Magee, a blind trumpet player, asks her to be his eyes and help him solve a mystery. She can’t say no. She has juggled a variety of issues before, she can do this.

Old Dog Leg has received a letter from someone claiming to be his long lost brother and needs Rita to find out if the man is really his brother Monroe. He has set Rita up with bartender Gabriel Broussard to pose as newlyweds to check in to the same bed & breakfast where Monroe is staying. Staying in a room with the handsome bartender worries Rita plenty, but the dead body found outside their room’s windows means there maybe two mysteries to solve. Could the man they are investigating be a murderer? Rita is determined to find out, even if it means putting herself in danger.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This is my favorite book in this series! The quirky characters, residents of the B & B, are fantastic and funny, and full of secrets, some deadly secrets.

Using the real state of economics right now and how it is hurting luxury type purchases like the pricey custom cakes made at Zydeco gives the story a credible and relevant feel. Businesses are tightening the belts and being innovative to add and keep customers just like Rita and her employees. Some ideas are better than others and having a well off partner makes things a little easier for the New Orleans bakery. Miss Frankie is a peach.

The romantic tension jumped up a notch in the edition as well. I loved it and I don’t know who I really want to see Rita with but both Rita and I were quite drawn to the sexy Cajun bartender. It sure makes me anxious waiting for the next installment.

I highly recommend this story and this series. They are full of mystery, mayhem and way too many delectable treats. Recipes included. Yummy!!!!

Dollycas

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Nov 082012
 

Curveball
A Cat McDaniel Mystery #2 (The Foul Ball Series)
Cozy Mystery
Published by Camel Press (October 1, 2012)
Paperback: 312 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1603818957
E-book File Size: 2516 KB
ASIN: B009K8AL5W

Cat McDaniel is a baseball journalist and she specializes in exposing the truth. These exposes are not always well received. The last one left her unemployed.

Desperate to get off the bench and back into the lineup, she is thrilled to land an interview with the Buffalo Soldiers’ General Manager Roger “Rakin’” Aiken–Baseball legend, eight-time All Star … and oblivious father to a Major League bratty co-ed named Paige. Cat gets a job offer but with a curveball. She can be the team reporter in the Spring if she spends the next few weeks chaperoning Paige during her internship in Latin America. Of course she can write a few blog posts as well, but her main job is to keep Paige out of trouble. This is easier said than done. When an aspiring player is found dead and his mother blames Paige’s new love, Chance Hayward, Cat decides to do a little snooping of her own. Will she hit it out of the park and catch the killer or will she strike out and loose everything?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Cat is quite a sleuth and a smart woman that you don’t want to mess with. She loves baseball and everything that goes with it. The game, the players, training camp, the beer and the hot dogs. She also likes to right wrongs and get to the bottom of the story which makes her an excellent reporter.

The other characters are good as well. Paige is something else. Her closet and shopping trips and her critique of Cat’s wardrobe had me in stitches. She does go through a life changing experience that will have fans rooting for her by the end of the story.

The story is full of twists and turns and the ending was a bit of surprise. A solid mystery.

I really enjoyed this book. I had not read the first story in the series Big Leagues, but have downloaded to my Kindle to read soon! I had no trouble following this story but definitely want to go back to read how everything started. A story baseball fans will love!

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Born and raised in Illinois, Jen Estes started her writing career as a baseball blogger in 2007 and expanded to freelance sports writing in 2009. She is an active member of the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR), Springfield Poets & Writers and the National Writers Union (NWU). Curveball is the second in a series featuring sassy sports writer Cat McDaniel. When Jen isn’t writing, she enjoys running, yoga, traveling and watching baseball with her husband and cat.
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Nov 032012
 

You’ve Got Murder
E-Book
Cozy Mystery
File Size: 409 KB
Print Length: 398 pages
ASIN: B006O5IIXQ

Meet the Shady Ladies. Wherever they go murder follows.

Six mystery writers who exchange emails, instant messages and texts discussing plot lines, sex and murder for their books, get a dose of non-fiction when one of their own is suspected of doing in a wife-beating killer.

Aristair is tough and strong, won’t date men but having sex with them is just fine. Hope is the caring mother of the group. She looks out for all of them and always tries to do the right thing. Megan is the fiery one, you don’t want to get on her bad side. Veronica is busy with her kids but does her best to keep up with all the happenings and drama. Kate is the most published of the bunch and that brings its own problems. Shelby is from the South recently transplanted to the Midwest. She won a contest to become a member of the Shady Ladies.

The heat cranks up when another member’s crooked literary agent is killed, and their newest member’s husband is looking more and more like a serial killer.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This was such a fun read. I could so picture a group of authors doing this, without the actual murder of course. Cozies authors seem to be a tight bunch whether it be The Cozy Chicks, The Stiletto Gang, Jungle Red Writers, Mysteries and Margaritas, or Mystery Lovers Kitchen, cozy authors love to congregate together and we all love to see what they are up to, the stories behind the stories.

It did take a bit to get used to the different format of texts and emails but soon the pages were flying by making this a very quick read. I was afraid that we would lose the background or the depth needed to follow the mystery but this was not the case at all. We get to know the characters and the plot was very easy to follow. Each character is very unique. I cannot pick a favorite.

Social media is taking over the world. I read Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park back in August of 2011 and loved it. It was filled with Facebook statuses. People today Facebook, E-mail, and text  so why not a mystery written the way we now communicate. I wouldn’t be a fan of many books in this format but it was a nice change of pace.

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About Karin Tabke
National bestselling, award-winning author Karin Tabke isn’t just another author with steamy stories to tell, but a cop’s wife who has “seen it all and heard it all.” Some of the hottest stories come from behind the blue wall of law enforcement rather than from in front. Married to a street cop, now retired, Karin is intimate with both and proves it with her sizzling tales of hot cops. Not only are her cops hot, but so are her sexy knights and bad boy werewolves. Karin’s Blood Sword Legacy series is a must read for anyone who loves tales of yore when men were men and women were women, and love did conqueror all. Her dark, erotic Blood Moon paranormal trilogy is best described as “Sons of Anarchy meets Rise of Lycans.” Her L.O.S.T. series (w/a Karin Harlow) is paranormal romantic suspense at its “chilling and sizzling”* best. You don’t want to miss any of Karin’s deliciously edgy tales of danger and passion!
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Edie is funnier on the page than in real life. A multiple award-winning writer, she writes stories with heart, attitude and magic. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, two dogs, and one important cat.

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Review: The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury

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Nov 022012
 

The Bridge: A Novel
Howard Books (October 23, 2012)
Contemporary Fiction – Romance – Christian
Hardcover: 272 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1451647013

Molly Allen and Ryan Kelly were fixtures at The Bridge during their college years. Charles and Donna thought these kids would be together forever but their relationship falls apart and Molly walks away not realizing they had a rare sort of love she hasn’t found since.

Charlie and Donna Barton have run The Bridge, a bookstore, for 30 years providing wonderful books and great conversation and sometimes inspiration. Then a devastating flood sweeps through Franklin, Tennessee and destroyed almost everything in the store. They don’t have the money to restore their store or their inventory. Then the bank decides to sell the building offering the Barton’s the first chance at purchasing the property. Charlie considers the unthinkable. Then tragedy strikes, and suddenly, everything changes. In the face of desperate brokenness and lost opportunities, could the miracle of a second chance actually unfold?

Dollycas’s Thoughts
What a moving and inspirational story. A true story of second chances.

For me Charlie’s accident hit me in the heart. As a survivor of a motor vehicle accident myself, an accident I shouldn’t have survived, I am proof prayers work and miracles happen. Of course my life is still a struggle and not tied up with a pretty little bow but it stories like this one that give me hope.

It was also interesting reading this book as the East Coast was getting ready for “The Perfect Storm” and writing this review as I am seeing pictures of the devastation. The people effected by this storm will all be needing their own miracles.

This story is well written but be aware it is what I would call a novella. It is a very quick read. Be sure to have the tissues ready, you will need them. 


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Nov 012012
 

The Hiding Place
New American Library (October 2, 2012)
A Division of The Penguin Group
Mystery – Suspense
Trade Paperback: 400 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451237965

The Hiding Place

Four year old Justin Manning disappeared twenty five years ago from a neighborhood park where he and his sister were playing. It was the first time they went to the park alone. Their mother thought there would be plenty of adults there to watch them and she had to have an important discussion with her husband. Justin’s body was found two months later in a shallow grave in the woods. But was it really his body?

As the 25th anniversary approaches and the man accused of his murder is granted parole, a detective and a newspaper reporter have started to ask questions. They are opening old wounds and raising new suspicions. Could the man convicted be innocent? Old memories are returning but are they real memories or what has been imagined over the years. Then a strange man appears at Janet’s door in the middle of the night claiming to know the truth. Can Janet handle the truth?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

In his follow up to Cemetery Girl David Bell has delivered another suspenseful and haunting tale.

I immediately become invested in Janet’s life. What really happened that day in the park? Was her brother really dead? How has  it affected her life to this day? How has it affected her daughter Ashleigh and her father?  Did an innocent man spend years in prison? Like Cemetery Girl there are many layers to this story.

The plot twists, the psychological depths, the frightening realization, evolved at an riveting pace. This story also shines a light on how much a police investigation has changed in twenty five years. Circumstantial cases that delivered guilty verdicts then hopefully would not make it through the judicial system today. 

I did figure out the “surprise” ending early but David Bell is an author I will continue to follow and will be waiting to read his next thrilling novel.

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