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Why Me?: Chimeras, Conundrums, and Dead Goldfish by Charlotte Stuart – #CharacterGuestPost – Great Escapes Book Tour @quirkymysteries

Why Me?: Chimeras, Conundrums, and Dead Goldfish
by Charlotte Stuart

Marina Pets

by Bryn Baczek, responsible pet owner

I admit it, I never thought I would become attached to a cat, especially not to a cantankerous, orange creature with the ability to manipulate me like no human, not even my mother, has ever been able to do. (Although my mother never gives up trying.) I met Macavity at an animal shelter. I was there with a friend who was looking for a cat. When his two different colored eyes gazed into my two different colored eyes, I couldn’t resist adopting him. Or maybe he adopted me, I’m not sure which.

He’s a handsome animal, his orange fur accented with dark swirls on both sides of his body like he’s been tie-dyed. I named him Macavity for the T.S. Eliot poem, not aware of how fitting the name might be. My Macavity may not be quite as fiendish as the one in Eliot’s poem, but he is a true mystery cat: He’s broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.

If Macavity could talk he would probably tell you that I get what I deserve from him. I frequently run out of his favorite foods. I often move my sailboat, his home, around within the marina. Sometimes I even take off and sail – or motor – to other places. The reason these things are significant is that Macavity likes routine and consistency. I’m quite certain he would have preferred a stay-at-home owner who shopped on the same day every week, got up and went to bed at the same time every day, and who perhaps had a fenced back yard instead of a marina community that is constantly changing.

On the other hand, Macavity and I have developed a complementary relationship. I provide food and shelter and he occasionally deigns to let me fawn over him. But when I say something to him like, “Speak up – cat got your tongue,” he immediately lets me know that I’ve crossed the wordplay line. Even given the limited facial muscles of the feline, he manages to communicate a look of disdain. And he sometimes goes on walkabout just to emphasize that he is the one in control.

I do have another pet in addition to Macavity. It’s a goldfish with multiple lives. That is, it’s a goldfish that looks exactly like previous goldfish I’ve had. The original fish was a gift from a person I used to consider a friend. I wouldn’t have cared when it died, the first time, but my niece Emma had just named it Bubbles. Emma is five years old, and, as her aunt, I don’t think it should fall to me to tell her about death and how pets will come and go over her lifetime. That’s why I now own Bubbles IV, although I don’t call out his lineage in front of Emma.

The question that plagues me is why my goldfish keep dying. Granted, one was dispatched by a murderer trying to warn me off of an investigation, but the others died on their own. I’ve tried everything to keep them alive. My current theory is that they are near death when I purchase them. Or maybe, when it comes to goldfish, I just have bad karma.

Anyway, I wanted to share something about myself with you, my readers, and I think what pets someone has and how they treat them tells you a lot about who they are. Although please don’t think I’m a pushover because I let Macavity be the alpha in our relationship. And remember that I do try to keep my goldfish alive. I even buy them miniature decorations like arches and pirate chests to jazz up their limited living space. And each time one dies I say a few words as I commit their golden bodies to the shallow waters of the lake. I even fantasize that as they hit the cold water they come back to life and swim off. That’s the kind of optimistic and caring person I am.

About Why Me?:
Chimeras, Conundrums, and Dead Goldfish

Why Me?: Chimeras, Conundrums, and Dead Goldfish
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Taylor and Seale Publishing LLC (November 18, 2019)
Paperback: 255 pages
ISBN-10: 1950613321
ISBN-13: 978-1950613328
Digital Print Length: 194 pages

In ancient Greece, the chimera was a bad omen. In WHY ME?, it’s a motive for murder. Bryn Baczek, a Seattle consultant, is vacationing in Scotland, hiking alone in a downpour, surrounded by midges, when she sees a body at the bottom of a ravine. Before she can return to the scene with the mountain rescue team, the body disappears. She learns that he was a scientist and that his laptop containing his cutting-edge research has disappeared. Rumors that Bryn has the laptop make her a target.

About Charlotte Stuart

In a world filled with uncertainty and too little chocolate, Charlotte Stuart, PhD, has taught college courses in communication, gone commercial fishing in Alaska, and was the VP of HR and Training for a large credit union. Her current passion is for writing lighthearted mysteries with a pinch of adventure and a dollop of humor. She is the VP for the Puget Sound Sisters in Crime. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys watching herons, eagles, seals and other sea life from her Vashon Island home office.

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Great Escapes Praise for Why Me?: Chimeras, Conundrums, and Dead Goldfish
by Charlotte Stuart

Full of fascinating characters, crafty clues, and a few unexpected twists that make it a great read for cozy mystery fans. I really liked it so I give it 4/5 stars.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Why Me?: Chimeras, Conundrums, and Dead Goldfish is another fun and crazy cozy mystery from Charlotte Stuart. I love the way Charlotte Stuart writes her main characters. I embrace them as my friends right away.

Why Me? was quite a crazy, funny, cozy mystery! . . . I absolutely loved this story, that characters were funny, likeable and engaging and the twists that were thrown in to throw you off were done well,
~EBook addicts

This is a delightful and quirky new mystery and it will definitely keep you on your toes.
~Storeybook Reviews


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BOOK BLAST – Perils and Lace: A Ghostly Fashionista Mystery by Gayle Leeson @GayleTrent

Perils and Lace: A Ghostly Fashionista Mystery (Ghostly Fashionista Mystery Series)
by Gayle Leeson

About Perils and Lace

Perils and Lace: A Ghostly Fashionista Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Grace Abraham Publishing
Number of Pages – 320
Digital ASIN: B086KXY34W

A murderer outwitting a quirky flapper ghost? Seams unlikely!


Budding retro fashion designer and entrepreneur Amanda Tucker is thrilled about making costumes for Winter Garden High School’s production of Beauty and the Beast. But when the play’s director Sandra Kelly is poisoned, Amanda realizes there’s a murderer in their midst. She’s determined to keep herself and the students safe, so when her ghostly fashionista friend Max suggests they investigate, Amanda rolls up her sleeves and prepares to follow the deadly pattern…


About Gayle Leeson

Amanda Lee, she wrote the Embroidery Mystery series, and as Gayle Trent, she writes the Daphne Martin Cake Mystery series and the Myrtle Crumb Mystery series. Going forward, Gayle intends to keep her writing until the Gayle Leeson name. She has a series of women’s fiction novellas set in a shopping mall that has been converted to include micro-apartments (the Kinsey Falls series) and is enjoying writing the Ghostly Fashionista Mystery Series, the Down South Cafe series, and co-writing the Victoria Square series with Lorraine Bartlett.

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Miranda and the D-Day Caper by Shelly Frome – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @shellyFrome

I am pleased to shine my spotlight on Miranda and the D-Day Caper
by Shelly Frome today! 

About Miranda and the D-Day Caper

Miranda and the D-Day Caper
Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Boutique of Quality Books (March 1, 2020)
Paperback: 338 pages
ISBN-10: 1945448571
ISBN-13: 978-1945448577
Digital ASIN: B07WPG7R3K

A modern day mystery with WWII tactics, old-time heroes and values, and the efforts of two amateur cousin sleuths from the Heartland.


On a sparkling spring morning in the Blue Ridge, small-town realtor Miranda Davis approached the tailgate market, intent on dealing with her whimsical cousin Skip’s unexpected arrival from New York. It turns out that Skip was on the run and, in his panic, grabbed his beloved tabby Duffy, recalling that Miranda had a recent part in solving a case down in Carolina. His predicament stemmed from intercepting code messages like “Countdown to D-Day,” playfully broadcasting the messages on his radio show over the nation-wide network, and subsequently forced to flee.


At first, Miranda tried to limit her old childhood companion’s conundrum to the sudden abduction of Duffy the cat. But the forces that be were hell-bent on keeping Skip under wraps by any means after he now stumbled close to the site of their master plan. Miranda’s subsequent efforts to decipher the conspiracy and somehow intervene placed both herself and her old playmate on a collision course with a white-nationalist perpetrator and the continuing machinations of the right-wing enterprise, with the lives of all those gathered for a diversity celebration in nearby Asheville and a crucial senatorial vote on homeland security hanging in the balance.


About Shelly Frome

Shelly Frome is a member of Mystery Writers of America, a professor of dramatic arts emeritus at the University of Connecticut, a former professional actor, a writer of crime novels and books on theater and film. He is also a features writer for Gannett Media’s Black Mountain News. His fiction includes Sun Dance for Andy Horn, Lilac Moon, Twilight of the Drifter, Tinseltown Riff, Murder Run, Moon Games and The Secluded Village Murders.  Among his works of non-fiction are The Actors Studio and texts on the art and craft of screenwriting and writing for the stage. Miranda and the D-Day Caper is his latest foray into the world of crime and the amateur sleuth. He lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

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Gone With The Whisker (A Bookmobile Cat Mystery) by Laurie Cass #Spotlight @BerkleyMystery

I am happy to shine my Spotlight on Gone With The Whisker today!

Gone With The Whisker (A Bookmobile Cat Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Setting – Michigan
Publisher: Berkley (March 31, 2020)
Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-10: 0593100131
ISBN-13: 978-0593100134
Kindle ASIN: B083HLLP75

A friendly feline and a feisty librarian merrily roll along in the newest Bookmobile Cat mystery…until murder stops them in their tracks!


It’s the summer season in Chilson, Michigan, and the town is packed with tourists ready for a fabulous Fourth of July fireworks show. Minnie Hamilton and her rescue cat, Eddie, have spent a busy day on the bookmobile, delivering good cheer and great reads to even the library’s most far-flung patrons. But Minnie is still up for the nighttime festivities, eager to show off her little town to her visiting niece, Katrina.


But then, during the grand finale of the fireworks display, Katrina discovers a body. Minnie recognizes the victim as one of the bookmobile’s most loyal patrons. And she knows she—and Eddie—will have to get to the bottom of this purr-fect crime.


About the Author

Laurie Cass is the nationally bestselling author of the Bookmobile Cat Mysteries. She lives on a lake in northern Michigan with her husband and two cats. Find out more on her webpage here and sign up for her Newsletter.

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Selah’s Stolen Dream (Dream Horse Adventures) by Susan Count – Lori Sanford (Illustrator) #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Selah’s Stolen Dream (Dream Horse Adventures)
by Susan Count – Lori Sanford (Illustrator)

I am thrilled to welcome Susan Count to Escape With Dollycas today! 

Hi Susan,

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

The major influence in my life was growing up an Army Brat. We moved frequently and when my family was blessed to be assigned to Hawaii—my personal journey with horses began. While my friends were at the beach, I was riding horses through the cane fields on the side of the mountains of Oahu.

Today I am owned by three equine blessing. The only thing more fun than riding might be writing horse adventure stories. I write because I must. A day without writing is a bit less joyful.

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

If you met me at church, you would never guess that I drive a truck and my #1 Christmas gift request was a battery-powered reciprocating saw.

What is the first book you remember reading?

When your grandmother is a librarian, you are going to grow up with books in your hands. The summer my father was deployed to Vietnam, we lived with my mother’s parents in Falls Village, Connecticut. My father’s mother worked as the town librarian. After she gave me The Black Stallion, I spent the rest of the summer in a hammock reading through the series.

What are you reading now?

When I start writing something new, I find I want to re-read my pile of craft books. I’ll work my way through Super Structure by James Scott Bell, Save the Cat by Jessica Brody, On Writing by Stephen King and about six others. What is it about writing that I never feel like I can just rock back as if I’ve got this? Tonight—Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass.

What books have most inspired you?

You should see my bookshelf! They are filled with horse books even after starting the process of gifting them to my granddaughter, Selah. There is something profoundly moving about our relationship with horses and many writers have created beautiful tributes to that relationship.

What made you decide you wanted to write middle-grade?

I couldn’t write a picture book for anything and I consider it the most difficult of genres. I bow to those that can. I’ve attempted chapter books, but the over simplification of language is more difficult to do than one might imagine.

I didn’t consciously choose to write for upper middle-grade readers, but as the stories unfolded it was my natural voice.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

As long as it is quiet, I will carry my laptop anywhere. I have a desk that belonged to my Grandmother Count that has secret compartments. I’ve always believed story ideas haunt it. In a sunroom that feels tucked into the forest, I have a standing desk and a daybed. In a room with a picture window into the barn and over the pasture is a writing table. On the deck overlooking the pasture is a comfy couch and a rocker, making it difficult to choose between them.

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

I believe God is the author of all creativity. That He delights in us and in our creative expressions. Ideas and plot points come from life experiences. I take truth and twist it into fiction.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

For me, the process of writing requires solitude. Interruptions are the enemy of story.

What do you think makes a good story?

A great story is filled with conflict and tension and has an ending you didn’t expect. A great story reveals a character through action. Knowing that and pulling it off are two completely different things. I believe as I have evolved as a writer and gotten better at my craft, each book has gotten better.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

I’m probably most like the horse. Selah named her beautiful black mare—Sweet Dream. But the horse is difficult to train and highly opinionated.

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

The first three novels in my series are firmly middle-grade, which is an impressionable age. While many believe middle-grade novels should form a child’s worldview, I’m more inclined to protect a child’s heart and mind just a little longer. But in Selah’s Stolen Dream, Selah is a bit older and therefore exposed to disagreeable elements. Even yet, a parent can confidently put the book in their child’s hands, knowing they will learn to take care in the world even as they ride off on a wholesome adventure.

What’s next on the horizon for you?

I’m in the last stages of preparing for publication an ecology story for my grandboys. The Firefly Warriors Club is the story of two young warriors thrust into battle to save the last firefly family.

I’m also working hard on the first draft of a series of novellas. Each story is about a horse girl struggling through what makes her life impossible.

About Selah’s Stolen Dream 

Selah’s Stolen Dream (Dream Horse Adventures)
Young Adult
4th in Series
Publisher: Hastings Creations Group (January 1, 2020)
Paperback: 262 pages
ISBN-10: 0997088389
ISBN-13: 978-0997088380
Digital Publisher: Hastings Creations Group (March 1, 2020)
Print Length: 217 pages

One girl’s victory is another’s tragic defeat.


Thirteen-year-old Selah’s perfect life unravels when her beloved horse is stolen. Then ten-year-old Emma buys the dream of a lifetime at a horse auction. When she learns the horse was stolen, even removing her hearing aid won’t drown out the voice telling her to make it right.


But two girls can’t divide the horse they both adore. So will life surprise them with an answered prayer?


About Susan Count

How many twists and turns can one person take before they figure out what they were born to do? Susan Count’s degree is in Applied Science–nothing in that prepared her to write novels for children. But one day, she began to write with no preconceived ideas. No one could have been more astounded than she was when it turned into a middle-grade equine series. As a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Texas Association of Authors, she takes the craft of writing seriously and considers revision to be her super-power.

She writes at an antique secretary desk that occupies a glass room with a forest view. Fittingly, it once belonged to the same wise grandmother who introduced Susan to the love of reading via Walter Farley’s horse books. That desk has secret compartments that hold memories, mysteries and story ideas.

Susan is a lifelong equestrian and is owned by a Rocky Mountain Horse. She is convinced that the only thing more delightful than riding the forest trails might be writing horse adventure stories. She invites you to saddle up and ride along.

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by Susan Count – Lori Sanford (Illustrator)

Ms. Count has a whimsical way with her writing that makes the reader believe that they are there with the characters. I loved this book from beginning to end.
~Baroness’ Book Trove

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The Missing Sister by Elle Marr – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @ellemarr_

The Missing Sister
by Elle Marr

I am thrilled to shine my Spotlight
on this thriller today from Elle Marr!

About The Missing Sister

THE MISSING SISTER  The Missing Sister
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (April 1, 2020)
Paperback: 299 pages
ISBN-10: 1542006058
ISBN-13: 978-1542006057
Digital ASIN: B07QYMXX41

In Paris, her twin sister has vanished, leaving behind three chilling words: Trust no one.


Shayna Darby is finally coming to terms with her parents’ deaths when she’s delivered another blow. The body of her estranged twin sister, Angela—the possible victim of a serial killer—has been pulled from the Seine. Putting what’s left of her life on hold, Shayna heads to Paris. But while cleaning out Angela’s apartment, Shayna makes a startling discovery: a coded message meant for her alone…


Alive. Trust no one.


Taking the warning to heart, Shayna maintains the lie. She makes a positive ID on the remains and works to find out where—and why—her missing sister is hiding. Shayna retraces her sister’s footsteps, and they lead her down into Paris’s underbelly.


As she gets closer to the truth—and to the killer—Shayna’s own life may now be in the balance…


About Elle Marr

elle marr

Originally from Sacramento, Elle Marr explored the urban wilderness of Southern California before spending three wine-and-cheese-filled years in France. There she earned a master’s degree from the Sorbonne University in Paris. Now she lives and writes outside Portland, Oregon, with her husband and one very demanding feline. When she’s not busy writing her next novel, she’s most likely thinking about it. Connect with her online at, or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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FREEBIES – Free Cozy Mysteries

This is a tough time in the world today. Sheltering in place may sound easy at first, but as your days at home continue you are going to need an escape. Working from home partnered with childcare, homeschooling, or taking care for elderly relatives all add pressure to your day. You also may be worried about money and the uncertainty of how long we will need to remain at home as well. So, I have done a little searching and found some FREE Kindle Cozy Mysteries on Amazon written by Indie Authors to help you wind down your day and escape into a good book.

Note: I have not read these books, but have grabbed them for future reading. Books were free at the time I created this post. Amazon can change prices at any time. 

Cozy Mystery Starter Set – Six Books
by Gillian Larkin

A six-book collection of cozy mystery stories:

A Secret Killer – A Julia Blake Cozy Mystery
A Lesson In Deceit – A Julia Blake Short Cozy Mystery
The Death Planner – A Storage Ghost Murder
A Lonely Death – A Pearl and Derek Mystery
Playing At Murder – A Butterworth Mystery
A Ghost In The Store – A Ruby and Nessa Mystery

A Secret Killer – A Julia Blake Cozy Mystery

Julia Blake runs a cleaning business. She also has the uncanny knack of discovering murdered people.
In this story Julia visits one of her clients, a genealogist called Hugo Barnes. Hugo has uncovered a family secret during the course of his work. He tells Julia that the client won’t be happy about the secret he’s discovered.

Julia finds Hugo’s dead body the next day. She makes her own investigations into Hugo’s death and soon discovers that his assistant, Dinah, and his brother, Gilbert, have strong motives for killing him.
Julia also finds out who the last client of Hugo’s was. Did they have a motive to kill Hugo too?

And who is the man who’s been watching Julia’s house?

A Lesson In Deceit – A Julia Blake Short Cozy Mystery

In this story, Julia travels to Edinburgh University to visit her son, Sam. It’s not long before she stumbles upon a dead body. Julia is happy to leave the murder investigation to the police – until her son becomes one of their suspects. Julia has no option but to get herself involved, despite the danger she puts herself in.

The Death Planner – A Storage Ghost Murder

Grace Abrahams helps ghosts – particularly those who were murdered. She meets the ghosts at storage locker auctions.

Grace meets Jenny Lorrimer. Jenny was strangled by the lead of her headset. Grace finds out that Jenny was an events planner and she was murdered at a wedding that she’d organised. Grace delves further and discovers two suspects – Jenny’s sister and Jenny’s best friend. A shock discovery leads her down a different route.

A Lonely Death – A Pearl And Derek Mystery

Derek Quill is an elderly gent who can see the ghosts of murdered people. With the help of his ghostly friend, Pearl, he finds out who killed them.

In his first investigation, Derek meets the ghost of Eric Malone. Derek knows Eric from his schooldays. Eric bullied Derek mercilessly back then and now he’s asking for Derek’s help. Derek soon discovers that Eric never changed his bullying ways and there is more than one person who could be a suspect.

Playing At Murder – A Butterworth Mystery

A short murder mystery story

It’s always been a dream of Connie Butterworth’s to be a private investigator. Now that she’s retired, she makes that dream a reality and sets herself up as an investigator.

With reluctant help from her sister-in-law, Sable, Connie takes on her first client.

What starts out as a simple case of tracking down a missing person soon turns into an intriguing case of deception, phone hacking and murder.

A Ghost In The Store – A Ruby And Nessa Mystery

A short ghost story.

Ruby Laurel is a ghost hunter. She locates ghosts who are haunting places – or people.

In this first story, Ruby is called upon to investigate a haunting in a supermarket. She soon discovers the ghost of a young woman called Mary Jackson. How is Mary connected to the supermarket? And why is she haunting it?

Ruby’s investigation is made more difficult by the arrival of her troublesome younger sister, Nessa. Will Nessa help, or hinder, the investigation?

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Dial P For Poison (Movie Club Mysteries, Book 1): An Irish Cozy Mystery
by Zara Keane

You can take the girl out of the force, but you can’t keep her away from the action…

Maggie Doyle moves to Ireland to escape her cheating ex and crumbling career in the San Francisco PD. When the most hated woman on Whisper Island is poisoned at her aunt’s Movie Theater Cafe, Maggie and her rock-hard muffins are hurled into the murder investigation.

With the help of her UFO-enthusiast friend, a nun, and a feral puppy, Maggie is determined to clear her aunt’s name. Can she catch the murderer before they strike again? Or will her terrible baking skills burn down the cafe first?

Includes a recipe for the fatal cocktail—minus the deadly ingredient!

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Darcy Sweet Mystery – Books One to Six: Box Set One (Darcy Sweet Mystery Box Set)
by K.J. Emrick

The first six mysteries in the popular Darcy Sweet Cozy Mystery series: Death Comes to Town, Mists of the Past, From the Ashes, The Ghost of Christmas, The Stolen Valentine and Hiding From Death.

Introducing Darcy Sweet…

She isn’t what you would call a girly girl. She almost never wears makeup and loves nothing more than to wear a well-worn pair of jeans, a t-shirt and her most comfortable pair of sneakers.

She would like to think she is just an ordinary woman, but she’s not. She has a connection to the spirit world that seems to draw her into mysterious situations more often than not.

Add to the mix the antics of a rather naughty, slightly psychic cat and the eccentric ghost of her great-aunt Millie, and you have a life that is anything but ordinary.

658 pages of paranormal mystery fun. Over 200 positive reviews. Find out why over 100,000 readers have fallen for Darcy Sweet!

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Death by Chocolate
by Sally Berneathy

First book in the Death by Chocolate series

Lindsay loves chocolate. It tastes good, it makes her feel good, it never cheats on her like her almost-ex-husband. It’s her best friend. But someone wants her dead and uses her weak spot—chocolate—to try to murder her.

Lindsay’s only secret is the recipe for her chocolate chip cookies, but she is surrounded by neighbors with deadly secrets. Suddenly she finds herself battling poisoned chocolate, a psycho stalker, and a dead man who seems awfully active for a corpse.

Her best friend and co-worker, Paula, dyes her blond hair brown, hides from everybody and insists on always having an emergency exit from any room. Secrets from Paula’s past have come back to put lives in jeopardy.

Determined to help Paula, Lindsay enlists the reluctant aid of another neighbor, Fred, an OCD computer nerd. In spite of his mundane existence, Fred possesses tidbits of knowledge about such things as hidden microphones, guns, the inside of maximum security prisons and how to take someone down with a well-aimed kick to his chin.

As Lindsay battles the elusive stalker, poisoned chocolate, and the dead man, she will need more than a chocolate fix to survive. But that’s always a good start.

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Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes (Rose Gardner Mystery)
by Denise Grover Swank

The first book of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling series!

“Though much of the book is light-hearted and occasionally outright hilarious, the author sneaks in a few home truths along the way that will hit you where it counts, like how even someone’s best intentions can box you in.” –Everybody Needs a Little Romance

“This was one of those books that I kept telling myself one more page, then I need to put it down. Instead, I found myself tearing through the book instead, needing to know the outcome.” –Just Jump Book Reviews

“A southern mystery full of romance and fun!” –Goodreads review


For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad even before she sees a vision of herself dead. She’s had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someone’s toilet’s overflowed, but she’s never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: There isn’t enough hydrogen peroxide in the state of Arkansas to get that stain out, and Rose is the prime suspect.

Rose realizes she’s wasted twenty-four years of living and makes a list on the back of a Wal-Mart receipt: twenty-eight things she wants to accomplish before her vision comes true. She’s well on her way with the help of her next-door neighbor Joe, who has no trouble teaching Rose the rules of drinking, but won’t help with number fifteen– do more with a man. Joe’s new to town, but it doesn’t take a vision for Rose to realize he’s got plenty of secrets of his own.

Somebody thinks Rose has something they want and they’ll do anything to get it. Her house is broken into, someone else she knows is murdered, and suddenly, dying a virgin in the Fenton County jail isn’t her biggest worry after all.

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Problem Child: A Jane Doe Thriller by Victoria Helen Stone #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Problem Child: A Jane Doe Thriller
by Victoria Helen Stone

I am excited to shine the spotlight on Problem Child today!

About Problem Child

Problem Child: A Jane Doe Thriller
2nd in Series
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (March 24, 2020)
Paperback: 265 pages
ISBN-10: 1542014395
ISBN-13: 978-1542014397
Digital ASIN: B07SDTRJP9

She’s cold, calculating, and can deceive with a smile. Jane Doe is back in the Amazon Charts bestselling series—and this time she’s met her match.


After a brutal childhood, Jane Doe has been permanently wired to look after herself and only herself. Now, looking next to normal, Jane has a lover and a job. But she hasn’t lost her edge. It sharpens when she hears from her estranged family.


Jane’s deeply troubled sixteen-year-old niece, Kayla, has vanished, and no one seems to care. Neither does Jane. Until she sees a picture of Kayla and recognizes herself in the young girl’s eyes. It’s the empty stare of a sociopath.


Jane knows what vengeful and desperate things Kayla is capable of. Only Jane can help her—by being drawn into Kayla’s dark world. And no one’s more aware than Jane just how dangerous that can be.


About Victoria Helen Stone

Victoria Helen Stone, formerly writing as USA Today bestselling novelist Victoria Dahl, is originally from the Midwest but now writes from an upstairs office high in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. After a career in romance that included the American Library Association’s prestigious Reading List Award, she turned toward the darker side of fiction and has written the critically acclaimed novels, Evelyn, AfterHalf Past; and False Step. Her Amazon Charts bestselling thriller Jane Doe has been optioned by Sony Television. For more on the author and her work, visit  And on Twitter @VictoriaDahl

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Great Escapes Praise for Problem Child: A Jane Doe Thriller
by Victoria Helen Stone

I love what gets Jane Doe’s emotions revving, her hate for the power plant and her fascination with wind turbines. I, too, feel they are an art form . . . Problem Child, for me, was eye-opening and thought-provoking.

Victoria Helen’s storytelling is marvelous. The story leaves the readers in a trance-like situation. Jane’s well portrayed. A sociopath yes, but her sarcasm and witty sayings surely make you laugh.
~The Book Decoder

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Murder in the Cemetery: An Edmund DeCleryk Mystery by Karen Shughart #Spotlight / #Giveaway

Murder in the Cemetery: An Edmund DeCleryk Mystery
by Karen Shughart

It is my pleasure to shine the spotlight on Murder in the Cemetery!

About Murder in the Cemetery 

Murder in the Cemetery: An Edmund DeCleryk Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Cozy Cat Press (February 3, 2020)
Paperback: 279 pages
ISBN-10: 1946063983
ISBN-13: 978-1946063984
Digital ASIN: B084H2CHHQ

On a bright, spring afternoon the body of George Wright, a childhood friend of criminal consultant Edmund DeCleryk, is discovered at a cemetery where casualties of the War of 1812 are buried. After conducting an autopsy, the medical examiner determines that George has been murdered, the cause of death by poisoning. Lighthouse Cove Police Chief Carrie Ramos hires Ed to investigate, with his spunky wife, Annie assisting him.


Suspects include a physician’s assistant, college student and a family member, among others; however, George’s demise may be the result of secrets that have surfaced from the grave. You’ll discover what Ed found on the beach in Murder in the Museum and how that, and an artifact dating back to the early 1800s, are linked to this untimely death.


Annie loves to cook, and at the end of the book she shares recipes for meals she prepared for friends and loved ones.


About Karen Shughart

Karen Shughart studied English Literature at S.U.N.Y Buffalo, received a B.A. in Comprehensive Literature from the University of Pittsburgh and completed graduate courses in English from Shippensburg University. In addition to Murder in the Cemetery (book two of the Edmund DeCleryk Cozy mystery series), she is also the author of Murder in the Museum( book one of the series), two non-fiction books and has worked as an editor, publicist, photographer, journalist, teacher and non-profit executive. Before moving to a small village on the southern shore of Lake Ontario, Karen and her husband resided in south central Pennsylvania, near Harrisburg. To sign up for her blogs and newsletters or for more information, visit her website at https://

Author Links – Website   – Facebook  – Blog  – Goodreads  –  Hometown Reads/Rochester Reads  –  LinkedIn 

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Saturday #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Queen Anne’s Lace (China Bayles Mystery) by Susan Wittig Albert @BerkleyMystery

Clearing a book from my Giveaway Shelf today!

This book could fill the “Q” on your Alphabet Soup Challenge.

Queen Anne’s Lace (China Bayles Mystery)
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
26th in Series
Berkley (April 3, 2018)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425280058
Kindle ASIN: B073Z29PG7

A present day ghost leads China Bayles to a secret from Pecan Springs’s past in this haunting mystery from New York Times bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert.


While helping Ruby Wilcox clean up the loft above their shops, China comes upon a box of antique handcrafted lace and old photographs. Following the discovery, she hears a woman humming an old Scottish ballad and smells the delicate scent of lavender….


Soon, strange happenings start to occur in Thyme and Seasons: misplaced items, a ringing bell, and the appearance of lavender sprigs in odd places. When a customer mentions seeing a mysterious woman picking flowers nearby and then suddenly disappearing, China must finally admit what Ruby has always known–their building is haunted. But by whom?


As China investigates, the tragic story of a woman in one of the old photographs unfolds. Annie Laurie was a young widow who’d lost both her husband and her child in the same day. She manages to survive through her lace-making business and finds happiness again only to have a suspicious death overshadow her new life.


China delves into Annie’s century-old mystery and realizes that solving it could have unimaginable repercussions in the here and now.


About This Author

Susan Wittig Albert is the New York Times bestselling author of four Prime Crime series: China Bayles, The Darling Dahlias, The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter, and (with her husband, Bill Albert) the Robin Paige Victorian Mysteries. She also writes historical fiction. Recent titles: Loving Eleanor and A Wilder Rose. Her website:

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