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Danger at Dunhaven Castle: A Cate Kensie Mystery by Nellie H. Steele #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @nelliehsteele1


Danger at Dunhaven Castle: A Cate Kensie Mystery
by Nellie H. Steele

About Danger at Dunhaven Castle


Danger at Dunhaven Castle: A Cate Kensie Mystery
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Publisher: A Novel Idea Publishing, LLC
Number of Pages: ~400
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09MFXXRDV

Frightening nightmares.
Aberrations in time.
Who is haunting Cate’s nightmares?

Months after solving two mysteries involving her ancestors, time-traveling, castle-dwelling Countess, Lady Catherine Kensie, still suffers from haunting nightmares. Chased by a mysterious man, Cate ponders who could be haunting her dreams and disturbing her sleep. She’s also smack dab in the middle of a brand-new research project, having found journals belonging to the Scottish castle’s original owner.

As Cate digs into the castle’s history, not only do her nightmares become more frequent and more frightening, but Cate also begins to experience strange phenomena with the time portals enclosed in the castle walls. Controlled by the mysterious heirloom timepiece she received as part of her inheritance, Cate is shocked when she begins to slip in and out of other time periods despite not activating the mechanism that controls them!

Can Cate learn the secret to control the time portals and discover who haunts her dreams before she finds herself lost in time?

 

About Nellie H. Steele 

An Indies Today finalist for Best Book of the Year 2020 with Cleopatra’s Tomb, Nellie H. Steele made the leap from science to art with her first book, The Secret of Dunhaven Castle.

An animal enthusiast, Nellie often features a version of one of her fourteen rescue animals in her stories, though the fictional pets are usually better behaved than her own fur-babies!  A literary split personality, Nellie’s work ranges from cozy mystery to supernatural suspense to riveting adventure.

She lives in the South Hills of Pittsburgh.  When she isn’t writing or engaging in animal care, she enjoys teaching Statistics and Data Science at a local university.

Check out all Nellie offers at www.anovelideapublishing.com/novels or at her blog, Nellie’s Book Nook, available at www.nelliesbooknook.com!

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Great Escapes Praise for Danger at Dunhaven Castle: A Cate Kensie Mystery
by Nellie H. Steele

The tale is filled with twists and turns, a bit of magic, and time travel to the 1700s. There’s also the growing romance between Jack and Cate. If you enjoy a paranormal cozy mystery and a unique twist, you’ll enjoy the Danger at Dunhaven Castle.
~Christa Reads and Writes

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Perils in Yorkshire (British Book Tour Mysteries) by Emma Dakin #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Perils in Yorkshire (British Book Tour Mysteries)
by Emma Dakin

It is my pleasure to shine my spotlights on Perils in Yorkshire today! 

About Perils in Yorkshire


Perils in Yorkshire (British Book Tour Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Camel Press (October 12, 2021)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 294 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 160381387X
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1603813877
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B094PXJT8W

Claire Barclays tourists are exploring the cobbled streets of York. Her American ladies from Tucson, the couple from Bristol, and the couple from London appear fascinated by Claire’s explanations of the unique architecture. All except Philip, a younger, single man who disappears—again. Claire spots him entering the chocolate Factory and races down the stairs, suspecting Phillip has headed for the kitchens and trips over the body of a security guard. She doesn’t see any connection between the body and tourists until Mark, her loving partner, and a detective inspector with the Major Crimes Investigation Team tells her Philip is an undercover Scotland Yard detective and on a job. Claire removes the group from the city of York quickly and drives them north to the Yorkshire Moors, a vast land of almost bleak wilderness and the setting of many mystery novels. She stops for a picnic at the famous Ralph’s Cross where moorland, green with springtime heather, stretches for miles. Her bucolic plans are interrupted when her American ladies report the sudden death of Philip in the surrounding bog. Mark tells her Philip was on the trail of a drug distribution team. But will Claire be able to keep these ladies who are intelligent, determined, and expert mystery readers out of a messy situation with a murderer? Claire has high hopes that she will be able to do so without endangering them all.

About Emma Dakin 

 

Emma Dakin lives in Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. She has over thirty trade-published books of mystery and adventure for teens and middle-grade children and non-fiction for teens and adults. Her memoir Always Pack a Candle: A Nurse in the Cariboo-Chilcotin has received wide recognition. But she keeps returning to her favorite genre, cozy mysteries. Her love of the British countryside and villages and her addiction to reading cozy mysteries keep her writing about characters who live and work in those villages. She enjoys those characters and trusts you will as well.

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Great Escapes Praise for Perils in Yorkshire (British Book Tour Mysteries)
by Emma Dakin

If you enjoy reading cozy mystery books that are very descriptive, have interesting and eclectic characters, and transport you to the book’s location, you’ll really enjoy Perils in Yorkshire.
~Christy’s Cozy Corners

This is my first read in this series and I had no trouble picking up who was who and becoming involved in the story. It was an engaging and pleasing read. Overall, the book was enjoyable, and I would recommend it.
~Nellie’s Book Nook

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Adventure Cat (Crazy Cat Lady Mystery) by Mollie Hunt #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


I am very happy to shine my spotlight on Adventure Cat
(Crazy Cat Lady Mystery)

by Mollie Hunt today!

About Adventure Cat

Adventure Cat (Crazy Cat Lady Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Independently Published (November 17, 2021)
Digital – Print length ‏ : ‎ 263 pages
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09JDYDW6X

An elfin recluse, a handsome feline archaeologist, a stolen artifact, and one very special cat…

Five years ago, cat shelter volunteer Lynley Cannon discovered a gym bag in a warehouse. Inside the bag were a kitten, a cat toy, and ten thousand dollars. Then shots began to fly. Now, half a decade later, Lynley is thrown back with the very people from whom she’d been running.

Adventure cats, those fantastic felines who go boating, hiking, and traveling into the wilds! When Friends of Felines cat shelter starts their own adventure cat group, taking cats for strolls in the quiet parks of Portland, Lynley can’t wait to join up.

Then disaster happens! Dirty Harry slips out of his harness and runs up the Mt. Tabor hillside, leading Lynley on a merry chase. Finally she finds him resting in the arms of an enigmatic stranger named Carry. Carry lives a solitary life in a bungalow at the top of the hill, surrounded by an amazing red-foliaged garden. Carry has a cat of her own, the very kitten Lynley rescued five years previous and been shot at for the effort! Suddenly Lynley finds herself embroiled in the caper that precipitated that long-ago encounter. She survived the first round, but can her luck continue to hold?

About Mollie Hunt

Cat Writer Mollie Hunt is the award-winning author of two cozy series, the Crazy Cat Lady Mysteries and the Tenth Life Paranormal Mysteries. Her Cat Seasons Sci-Fantasy Tetralogy features extraordinary cats saving the world. Mollie also pens a bit of cat poetry. Mollie is a member of the Oregon Writers’ Colony, Sisters in Crime, the Cat Writers’ Association, and Northwest Independent Writers Association (NIWA). She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and a varying number of cats. Like her cat lady character, she is a grateful shelter volunteer.

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Murder in the Christmas Tree Lot (A Tory Benning Mystery) by Judith Gonda #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


It is my pleasure to shine my spotlight on Murder in the Christmas Tree Lot (A Tory Benning Mystery)
by Judith Gonda today!

About Murder in the Christmas Tree Lot 

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Murder in the Christmas Tree Lot (A Tory Benning Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Beyond the Page Publishing (November 17, 2020)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 230 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1950461858
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1950461851
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08LQY49YM

Landscape architect Tory Benning returns in a holiday mystery tied up with a bow!

Still struggling with the death of her husband, Tory Benning is doing her best to get into the festive spirit of the holiday season, but when her landscaping company’s email is hacked and there’s a break-in at the office, it’s enough to make her see red. And then the unthinkable happens, when the owner of a specialty food truck is brutally slain at the company’s Christmas tree lot, and Tory finds herself mired in murder once again.

With a long list of suspects—including an untold number of revelers disguised in Santa suits, seasonal employees handling tree sales, and even a vengeful jilted suitor—the police investigation grinds along slowly and methodically. But as Tory begins piecing together clues on her own, she finds she’s the target of a menacing stalker who may be out to do more than just scare her. Refusing to be intimidated, Tory vows to nab the culprit, even if it means that catching a Christmas killer has become her lot in life . . .

About Judith Gonda

judith gonda

Judith Gonda is a mystery writer and Ph.D. psychologist with a penchant for Pomeranians and puns, so it’s not surprising that psychology, Poms, and puns pop up in her amateur sleuth mysteries featuring landscape architect Tory Benning.

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Witches, Spiders, and Schemes: Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series by Elizabeth Pantley #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Witches, Spiders, and Schemes: Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series
by Elizabeth Pantley

It is my pleasure to shine my spotlight on the newest Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic story!

About Witches, Spiders, and Schemes

Witches, Spiders, and Schemes: Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Better Beginnings, Inc. (November 5, 2021)
230 Pages
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09FBY852N

A magic mirror to an enchanted world… A mysterious ghost… A hilarious, perpetually annoyed witch… A brave, sassy cat… Two unexplained deaths and a mysterious community filled with secrets… Can Hayden and the people of Destiny Falls solve the mystery and return the community to its peaceful, enchanted existence?

 

Hayden’s adventures in Destiny Falls continue in book four of the Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic series. Starting with a strange old woman at a cave and her father’s mysterious ferry journey, there are secrets to be unwound.

 

The enchantments in Destiny Falls are showing cracks, and Hayden suspects that it is tied directly to her family, which has a history that’s more complex than she realized. When two bodies are found floating in the bay it’s clear that the mysteries surrounding Gladstone and the ferry are more dangerous than people realize. And then . . . those spiders.

 

Luckily, Hayden and her sassy sidekick, Latifa have developed a group of family and friends in this enchanted place who are all ready and willing to help solve the mystery, and release Destiny Falls to resume its normal, amazing, enchanted existence.

 

Hayden’s many adventures in Destiny Falls will keep you guessing with each book in this intriguing series.

 

 

About Elizabeth Pantley


Elizabeth Pantley is the internationally bestselling author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution and eight other books in the No-Cry Solution series of books for parents. Her books have been published in over twenty languages. She is also the author of the well-received magical cozy mystery series, The Destiny Falls Mystery and Magic books. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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Mystery of the Eight Islands (Trouble in Paradise) by Terry Ambrose #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Mystery of the Eight Islands (Trouble in Paradise)
by Terry Ambrose

I am happy to shine my spotlight on this new book from Terry Ambrose today!

About Mystery of the Eight Islands


Mystery of the Eight Islands (Trouble in Paradise)
Cozy Mystery
11th in Series
Independently Published (November 2, 2021)
Length: 325 pages
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09HK1BBRY

If you love senior sleuths in cozy mysteries, you’re going to love McKenna and his pal Chance Logan

 

Apartment manager and amateur sleuth McKenna wants a break from solving murders. Too bad his best friend, wannabe PI Chance Logan, doesn’t feel the same. Chance has found a case he thinks McKenna’s going to love—the death of prominent attorney Julian Carr, and the theft of a 125-year-old necklace that’s worth a quarter of a million dollars. Before long, McKenna’s feeling pressured from all sides—find the necklace, solve the murder. Sure. Why not just add save the world?

 

McKenna’s sure something fishy is going on when he and Chance meet with Julian’s granddaughter about the case. She’s created her own murder board with five suspects. The list includes an unstable, art-collecting veterinarian, a convicted felon, a disbarred attorney, a suspected art thief, and Julian’s new business partner.

 

As the investigation ramps up, McKenna and Chance see their leads drying out faster than laundry in the tropical sun. The really bad news is they’re not sure they can even find the Eight Islands or solve the murder. For once, McKenna’s worried they just might fail.

 

Why you might love this book
Tired of the same old cozy mystery fare? Then cozy up with male amateur detective McKenna and his PI wannabe pal Chance Logan in this Hawaii murder mystery. When it comes to senior sleuths in cozy mysteries, McKenna’s as sharp as they come, but with a fun dose of snarky attitude thrown in. Enjoy the ambience of Hawaii while you’re savoring a little murder in paradise.

 

About Terry Ambrose

Once upon a time, in a life he’d rather forget, Terry Ambrose tracked down deadbeats for a living. He also hired big guys with tow trucks to steal cars—but only when negotiations failed. Those years of chasing deadbeats taught him many valuable life lessons such as—always keep your car in the garage.

Terry has written eighteen books, several of which have been award finalists. In 2014, his thriller, “Con Game,” won the San Diego Book Awards for Best Action-Thriller. His series include the Trouble in Paradise McKenna Mysteries, the Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mysteries, and the License to Lie thriller series.
You can learn more about Terry and his writing at terryambrose.com.

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Death on the Shelf: A Haunted Library Mystery by Allison Brook #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Death on the Shelf: A Haunted Library Mystery
by Allison Brook

I am delighted to shine my spotlights
on Death on the Shelf today!

 

About Death on the Shelf


Death on the Shelf: A Haunted Library Mystery
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Crooked Lane Books (November 9, 2021)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1643857800
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1643857800
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08WCB3SBN

Librarian Carrie Singleton sleuths a murder at her best friend’s wedding in Agatha Award nominee Allison Brook’s fifth Haunted Library mystery.

 

Clover Ridge librarian Carrie Singleton is thrilled to attend her best friend Angela’s wedding, but Angela’s family can be a bit…much. Angela’s wealthy cousin Donna hosts an extravagant bridal shower at her resplendent home, but the celebrations turn to gossip as the guests notice Donna’s surgeon husband, Aiden, spending a bit too much time with Donna’s cousin Roxy. At the wedding reception, the sweet occasion turns darkly bitter when Aiden topples into the chocolate fountain–dead.

 

The suspect list is as long as the guest list, and as difficult to sort out as the seating chart. A few of the top contenders on Carrie’s suspect list are the flirtatious Roxy, emotionally unstable since her recent divorce; Angela’s grouchy brother, who feels Aiden betrayed him; and Roxy’s scorned ex-husband. Even Donna may have had reason to want her husband dead. And Aiden’s gossipy office manager has plenty to say about them all.

 

Then another member of Angela’s family is murdered, making Carrie more determined than ever to find the killer. Can library ghost Evelyn and library cat Smoky Joe help Carrie solve the murders before she becomes the next of Angela’s wedding guests to head to the grave?

 

About Allison Brook 

Library series. DEATH OVERDUE, the first in the series, was an Agatha nominee for Best Contemporary Novel in 2018. Other mysteries include the Golden Age of Mystery Book Club series and the Twin Lakes series.

Her juvenile novel, Rufus and Magic Run Amok, was an International Reading Association-Children’s Book Council Children’s Choice. And Don’t Bring Jeremy was a nominee for six state awards.

Marilyn lives on Long Island, where many of her books take place. She loves traveling, reading, doing crossword puzzles and Sudoku, and chatting on FaceTime with her grandkids.

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The Notorious Noel Caper (Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol Mysteries) by Sally Carpenter #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


The Notorious Noel Caper (Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol Mysteries)
by Sally Carpenter

It is my pleasure to welcome Sally Carpenter
back to Escape With Dollycas today!

Hi Sally,

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I was born and raised in a rural town in southwest Indiana. I lived in the Midwest until 2000 when I moved to Southern California. I have a master’s degree in theater, a Master of Divinity, and a black belt in tae kwon do. I’ve worked a variety of jobs but now I’m with a community newspaper.

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

Depends on the book. On my newest book, The Notorious Noel Caper, my library was closed due to the pandemic, so I had to settle for a little bit of online research. But since this is part of a series, I had already done the research on the main character. My main character, Sandy Fairfax, is a former 1970s-era teen idol. To get in his mindset, I had read many autobiographies of real-life teen idols. I was/am a Monkees fan and I got into the record collecting and concert-going. I had worked at a movie studio so I knew about Sandy’s “workplace” and a bit about how Hollywood operated.

Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?

More like writer’s procrastination. I work a day job, so in the evenings it’s sometimes hard to get motivated to sit back at the computer and write. But once I get started and get in the groove, I can zip along. Also, it’s a challenge to put the plot together. I start with certain scenes in mind, but then I have to link them together with more scenes, and sometimes it’s a chore to think up those.

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

Start with the basics: learn good grammar and spelling, learn how to proofread (publishers will throw away your work if page 1 is full of typos), the rules of plotting and character development, the format of the genre you’re writing in, and know when to take advice and when to leave it. You can find a zillion online classes on “how to write” and sometimes you’ll find contradictory advice. Some authors say put in a lot of description; others say don’t bother. Some say have the body appear in chapter 1 always; others say it can come later. Write what you feel is right, but be willing to revise if a publisher says to change it.

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

Read, of course, although often this is “research” for the next book. I have a cat, which can be a handful. I love to watch old movies and TV shows.

How has the COVID pandemic affected you and your writing?

Actually, it was great. I was already pretty much a homebody. Writing fiction was a great way to get my mind off the world’s problems. In 2020 I finished one novel, revised three older books into clean reads, and started a novel that I finished this year. I also organized my paper files and cleaned out my book collection for library donations. The biggest benefit is working from home for my day job. That’s saving me an hour of commute time every day (which I can spend in writing!), and reducing the stress of driving in heavy traffic. Since my two series are set in 1967 and 1993, I don’t need to mention the pandemic in the storylines.

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

The Vatican and the Holy Land. This would help to strengthen my faith.

What is next on the horizon for you?

I’ve started work on the next Sandy Fairfax book. The setting is the Highland Games, so I’ve been boning up on all things Scottish. Sandy looks great in a kilt with the family tartan. After that, I’d like to wrap up my Psychedelic Spy series with a third book and then possibly start a new series before returning to another Sandy book. Who knows? So many ideas, so little time.

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Now Keep reading to find out about Sally’s Christmas Caper.

About The Notorious Noel Caper 

The Notorious Noel Caper (Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Cozy Cat Press (August 18, 2021)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 235 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1952579317
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1952579318
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09CN1W7V1

It’s Christmastime in Tinsel Town, and there’s plenty of ho-ho-homicide at the soon-to-open Santa’s Magic theme park, where bodies are dropping like snowflakes. Former pop star Sandy Fairfax has a killer job—he’s the emcee for the televised Miss North Pole beauty contest–er, scholarship pageant. But will the beautiful contestants make his girlfriend jealous? Or will she join him in his sleuthing? The deadly Christmas season begins at a celebrity bowling tournament when a pinsetter plops down a body instead of the pins. Throw in surfing Santas, a seductive executive’s wife, a sleazy tabloid editor, an egotistical movie rival and a gift-wrapped death trap, and it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

About Sally Carpenter

Sally Carpenter is a native Hoosier living in Southern California.

She has a master’s degree in theater from Indiana State University. While in school, her plays “Star Collector” and “Common Ground” were finalists in the American College Theater Festival One-Act Playwrighting Competition. “Common Ground” also earned a college creative writing award. “Star Collector” was produced in New York City and served as the inspiration for her Sandy Fairfax series.

Sally also has a Master of Divinity and a black belt in tae kwon do.

She’s worked as an actress, college writing instructor, jail chaplain and tour guide/page for Paramount Pictures.

Her first book, The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper, was a 2012 Eureka! Award finalist for best first mystery novel. She has published five books in the Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol series and two books the Psychedelic Spy series, Flower Power Fatality and Hippie Haven Homicide.

She penned chapter three of the group mystery Chasing the Codex.

She has short stories in three anthologies: “Dark Nights at the Deluxe Drive-in” in Last Exit to Murder; and “Faster Than a Speeding Bullet” in Plan B: Omnibus as well as a Sandy Fairfax adventure, “The Puzzling Puppet Show Caper,” in Cozy Cat Shorts.

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Purchase Link – Amazon 

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Asbury High and the Arson Avenger: Asbury High Series by Kelly Brady Channick #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Asbury High and the Arson Avenger: Asbury High Series
by Kelly Brady Channick

I am so happy to shine my spotlight on Asbury High and the Arson Avenger today!

Ms. Channick has written such a fabulous masterpiece. She has stumped me once again. I swear I thought I knew, but I fell for the red herring. Asbury High and the Arson Avenger by Kelly Brady Channick is a fantastic book
~Baroness’ Book Trove

About Asbury High and the Arson Avenger


Asbury High and the Arson Avenger: Asbury High Series
Young Adult Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Purple Milk Publishing (September 5, 2021)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 349 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1734307390
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1734307399
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09D6HY9NV

Suspicious fires erupt all over town.
With no pattern or motive—can they all really be coincidences?
Or are they linked? And why?
Is there an arsonist hiding in Asbury?

 

Carly, Maddie, Pilot and Cornelious begin their junior year, ready to take on the town as upperclassmen. With their most recent case solved, the gang joins the town in hopes of starting anew, with the focus on normalcy. However, in Asbury “normal” is a foreign word. As new relationships bloom and jealousy mounts, the heat begins to rise.

 

During the first week of school, the local music hangout explodes, leaving only ashes behind. Within weeks, a second location burns down, leaving the gang little doubt that an arsonist is loose in Asbury. Due to growing political pressure from town Mayor Jeremiah Gibbz, as well as lack of any evidence, the fire and police departments are hesitant to blame criminal activity. As usual, the gang finds itself thrust into the investigation, wondering where to begin—especially since the whole town seems adamant on denying foul play.

 

Unfortunately, proving the fires are the result of an arsonist seems to be just as difficult as solving the actual case. As more fires burn across Asbury, the teens wonder what the motive could possibly be. Finding themselves pulled into a world of revenge and discovering an ages-old grudge, the teens find themselves facing increasingly dangerous situations.

 

Adding to their fiery investigation are new relationships and typical high school drama. After seeing Maddie with another guy, Cornelious realizes too late that his feelings for Maddie are beyond simple friendship—but will that tear the gang apart when Asbury needs them the most? With the scheming Pitbulls seemingly lurking behind every door, political and departmental denial of arson, busy teen schedules, and new relationships pulling the gang apart, the foursome find it hard to get together.

 

With all these disruptions, can the quartet resolve their issues and find the arsonist before Asbury burns down?

 

About Kelly Brady Channick

Growing up just over the bridge from Ocean City, NJ in Upper Township meant discovering plenty of fun places to both read, write, and run around outside like a maniac. In fact, for as long as she could remember, Kelly loved making up stories and leaving her listeners/readers on the edge of their seats. Perhaps that’s why she always managed to talk herself out of trouble…

So, if her past teachers and/or coaches are reading this, maybe its time to reconsider some of the tales she may have told back in the day.

After graduating from Ocean City High School, Kelly accepted a basketball scholarship to Holy Family University, in Philadelphia. Upon graduating college, Kelly continued to live in Philly, teaching for four years and meeting the love of her life during a snowstorm. In fact, it was her awesome husband who encouraged her to pursue her writing–Yay, Ryan!

Before writing page-turners, however, she taught first, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grade — like a dessert menu, she simply had to test them all out. But her favorite job is the one she’s now doing full time: writing.

As her first published work, the Asbury High series has been brewing since she was 18, and has something for every type of reader–go ahead take look for yourself! If you love mysteries, you’ve found your new favorite author. Kelly loves to craft whodunit mysteries, leading readers through various twists and turns filled with red-herrings, hidden clues, and more peculiar characters than a reality show. As an athlete, she hopes that the importance of teamwork and overcoming adversity is also quite clear in her writing

Kelly lives in South Jersey with her handsome husband, energetic baby boys, two cookie-stealing dogs, and an awfully smart cat. If you want to know when Kelly’s next book will come out, please visit her website at http://www.kbchannick.com, where you can sign up to receive emails providing updates for new releases, or contact her directly, as well as win fun giveaways, and receive up to date news.

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A Murder Between the Pages: A Book Shop Cozy Mystery (Main Street Book Club Mysteries) by Amy Lillard #Spotlight @PPPress @AmyWritesRomance

A Murder Between the Pages: A Book Shop Cozy Mystery
(Main Street Book Club Mysteries)

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Mississippi
Poisoned Pen Press (November 24, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1492687804
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1492687801
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0861BGZGR

This murder will have to be solved by the book…

It was only a few months ago that the ladies of Arlo’s Friday Night Book Club—Fern, Camille, and Helen—solved the murder of the renowned author, Wally Harrison. So when they select Wally’s bestseller, Missing Girl, for their next discussion, Arlo is hopeful it will be the end of their mystery hunt.

But since their recent success as sleuths the crew officially see themselves as a women’s mystery club, and they’re convinced Missing Girl was inspired by a 50-year-old cold case. It’s a case from their own Sugar Springs, Mississippi—the disappearance of Mary Kennedy—and Arlo can do little to stop the book club ladies from investigating.

But what starts out as a fun hunch quickly turns into a very real cold case murder mystery when a young girl is murdered in the exact place the women believe Mary went missing all those years ago. It’s clear the two cases are connected—and the mystery book club is determined to find answers. With Arlo’s help, they may just be able to crack the case.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I apologize. A minor medical emergency robbed a few hours of my life and I didn’t get my review written for this book. I will post it later this week. 

 

About Amy Lillard

Amy Lillard is the award-winning author of more than twenty novels, including the Wells Landing series, The Quilting Circle novels, the Sugarcreek Amish Mysteries and the Kappy King Mysteries. Born and raised in Mississippi, she now lives with her husband and son in Oklahoma. Please visit her online at www.AmyWritesRomance.com.

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