Feb 182018
 

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The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now a Facebook group that has become an
informal week in review gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!

Print vs. Digital

For Christmas, I treated myself to a Kindle Paperwhite. The battery lasts so much longer than my Kindle Fire. I was getting so frustrated when I was deep into a book and the dreaded only 10% battery life left message popped up. Of course, I was also using it to check Facebook, Twitter and play games. The Paperwhite is designed solely for reading and I love it. I was nervous about it’s smaller size, but it about the same size as a mass market paperback, fits well in my good hand, and the font size can be adjusted by many more levels than the Kindle Fire. The sale they had before Christmas also played into my purchase.

BUT, there are a few pitfalls. Like people messaging me on Facebook in the evenings when the Fire tablet is stowed away in my bedside table, meaning I may not see the messages until I am back to my computer in the morning. I am trying to train myself to check it more often.

The biggest pitfall that I noticed is that we are well into February and I have read 27 books and only read 4, yes four, were print books. I was one of the people that when e-readers first came out said I didn’t want one. I liked the feel of a print book in my hands. I committed to only read print books. Then a friend sent me a Kindle as a gift. This was way before they could do the magical things like a tablet. I tried it and I liked it, but I still read mostly print books. Then each year I was reading less and less. Last year, I read 212 books, about half were print. The way I have started this year, that is not going to be the case. I have joined the Print Reading Challenge, challenging myself to read at least 78 print books. I hope I make it.

Part of this caused by publishers sending fewer print copies for review. Most are up on NetGalley which makes it easier for us and less costly for them. Sadly I think it won’t be long until all review books will be offered this way.

Another part is my fault because I buy digital copies of books I want from Amazon because it is cheaper and they magically appear almost instantly. I am a prime member though so if the print price and the Kindle price are close to the same I have started to order a print copy, with free shipping I can wait 2 days for the book to arrive.

A third contributing factor is there are so many books I want to read that are only available in digital format. Many authors I love are self-publishing in this format only because print copies are pricey.

A good thing is that I will be using less storage space in my house for my books. Our Kindles have a huge invisible shelf, with books that stay safe on our Amazon accounts, that be downloaded at any time. No one else can see how many books I am hiding in this wonderful little device.  Maybe I will start to look a little less like a book hoarder. 🙂 but I do still love a beautiful bookcase full of books.

What do you read more of Print or Digital?

 


Weekly Rewind – February 12 – 17, 2018

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #6 2018 – New York, Mississippi and North Carolina

Plus – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Murder is a Dirty Business by Tricia L. Sanders – Great Escapes Book Tour

Tuesday – #Review / #Giveaway – Biscuits and Slashed Browns (A Country Store Mystery) by Maddie Day – @KensingtonBooks #NetGalley

Plus – New Release Tuesday – February 2018 – Week #2

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Jeanne Quigley – Author of Cast for Murder (Veronica Walsh Mystery) #GuestPost / #Review / #Giveaway

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin @BerkleyPub #NetGalley

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – A Good Day to Buy (A Sarah W. Garage Sale Mystery) by Sherry Harris #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – The Mirror Sisters: A Novel by V.C. Andrews @Pocket_Books

I hope you have a wonderful week! 

Your Escape Into A Good Book Travel Agent

Jan 282018
 

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The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now a Facebook group that has become an
informal week in review gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!

Daughter #2 and I started our week Sunday night live tweeting during the new Hallmark Mystery movie, Mortal Mishaps. It was a lot of fun and we enjoyed the movie very much.  After that it was a pretty quiet week around here. She was home sick with the flu all week. I had bouts of it on and off all week but nothing close to what she was going through. She is feeling better now and excited to go back to work tomorrow. We can both only take so much mother/daughter togetherness 🙂 We both read some good books and watched too much television while I kept on top of blog stuff and book tours. I did review the first books in 3 new cozy series this week! Tomorrow we will return to life as normal with hopefully no relapses.

How was your week?


Weekly Rewind – January 22 – 27, 2018

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #4 2018 – Texas to New Jersey!

Tuesday – New Release Tuesday – January 2018 – Week #4 Diane Vallere, Lena Gregory, Kathi Daley and Carolyn L. Dean

Plus – Book Blast – Natural Thorn Killer (A Rose City Mystery) by Kate Dyer-Seeley

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Karen Rose Smith – Author of Murder with Lemon Tea Cakes – #GuestPost / #Review / #Giveaway

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – Scone Cold Killer (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery) by Lena Gregory – Great Escapes Book Tour #BreakfastCafeMystery #NetGalley

Friday – #Review / #Giveaway – Murder of a Good Man (A Piney Woods Mystery) by Teresa Trent – Great Escapes Book Tour @CamelPressBooks

Plus – #FlashbackFriday – Silence of the Flans by Laura Bradford #Giveaway

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – The Vanished Bride of Northfield House by Phyllis M. Newman – Great Escapes Book Tour

~I hope you all have a wonderful week~

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Jan 222018
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I am taking a nice trip this week starting in Texas and ending in New Jersey. 

Here’s what I read and what
I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed


Tart of Darkness (Chef-to-Go Mysteries)
Release Date – April 3, 2018
Setting – Illinois
My Review will giveaway!


Murder with Lemon Tea Cakes (A Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery)
Release Date – December 26, 2017
Setting – Pennsylvania
Karen will be my guest this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Scone Cold Killer (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery)
Release Date – January 23, 2018
Setting – Florida
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Thursday!

Current Escape


Murder of a Good Man (A Piney Woods Mystery)
Release Date – January 15, 2018
Setting – Texas
The Great Escapes Tour stop here this Friday!

Scheduled Escapes


Killer Choice
Release Date – January 30, 2018
Setting – ??
For Review


Murder Borrowed, Murder Blue (A Wedding Planner Mystery)
Release Date – January 30, 2018
Setting – Pensylvania
For Review


Class Reunions Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery)
Release Date – January 30, 2018
Setting – New Jersey
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

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Please Share Your Reading Itinerary in the Comments below!
Happy Reading!!
Dollycas

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Jan 212018
 

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The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now a Facebook group that has become an
informal week in review gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!

Losing a family pet is always hard. This week my favorite feline passed away after giving us almost 13 years of love and enjoyment. Wiley was just a kitten when found at a gas station near one of the pumps trying to avoid a thunderstorm. We had recently lost another cat to old age so the person knew we had a hole to fill. He thrived in our care and grew to be a pretty big cat with the curly tail. He was vocal and funny and knew when someone needed attention. He reminded me of Diesel, the cat in Miranda James Cat in the Stacks Mysteries.

 

When everyone else was a work or school Wiley was my buddy, my “blogging assistant”. He made himself at home on my desk every day. When others arrived home he spread the love around and spent the evenings mostly with our oldest son Kris. When Kris moved out on his own Wiley went along.

 

When Kris’s daughter was born, Wiley quickly became her cat, and he put up with whatever that little girl dished out.

 

 

 

When Kris passed away in 2015 Wiley moved in with our oldest daughter where he continued to receive excellent care and attention. Her boys were thrilled to have him there with them and I got to visit him often.

I find comfort that he and Kris are back together probably playing video games.  🙂

Wiley was one cool cat and he will be missed.

All gamed out – From Kris’s Facebook post.

______________________

 

Live Tweet With Me Tonight!

MORNING SHOW MYSTERY: MORTAL MISHAPS

Starring Holly Robinson Peete and Rick Fox.

Premiering tonight, Jan 21st at 9pm/8c!

Join me and you could win a $25 Visa Gift Card! 

I will be tweeting from 7:30 p.m. – 10 P.M. CST

You must include #MorningShowMystery and @dollycas
in your tweets to be entered in my giveaway.

Re-tweeting is permitted.

I will select a winner at 10 p.m. CST

I am really excited about this event and hope you will join me.
Tell your friends! – Watch the movie together!

You can check out all the upcoming Hallmark Movies & Mysteries here.

Pop some popcorn, fix a drink, and meet me tonight! @dollycas

Let’s Party!

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Weekly Rewind January 15 – 20, 2018

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #3 2018 – Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida

Tuesday – New Release Tuesday – January 2018 – Week #3 – Catherine Bruns, by Larissa Reinhart & More

Plus – #Review – Many a Twist: A County Cork Mystery by Sheila Connolly @crookedlanebks

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Winnie Archer – Author of Crust No One – #GuestPost / #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks

Plus – Special Announcement – Hallmark Movies & Mysteries “Morning Show Mystery Premiering this Sunday, Jan 21st at 9pm/8c! #MorningShowMystery

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – Escape Claws (A Cat Lady Mystery) by Linda Reilly

Friday – #GuestPost / #Giveaway – Murder at Fantasia Fair: A Provincetown Mystery by Jeannette de Beauvoir – Great Escapes Book Tour @HomePortPress

Plus – #FlashForwardFriday – Tart of Darkness (Chef-to-Go Mysteries) by Denise Swanson @sbkslandmark

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Murder Over Medium: Jade Blackwell Mystery Series by Gilian Baker – Great Escapes Book Tour

I hope you have some fun this week! 

 

Jan 172018
 

MORNING SHOW MYSTERY: MORTAL MISHAPS

Starring Holly Robinson Peete and Rick Fox.

Premiering this Sunday, Jan 21st at 9pm/8c!

Billie Blessings has gone from beloved chef, restaurant owner, and morning show segment host to #1 suspect in a murder case when one of the executives at the network dies from poisoning. When the head chef at Billie’s restaurant is arrested and held as a suspect, Billie takes matters into her own hands by digging deeper into a mystery that could incriminate people close to her while risking her own life in the process.

See trailer here.

Photo: Holly Robinson Peete Credit: Copyright 2017 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Ryan Plummer

HOLLY ROBINSON PEETE

Actress, author, talk show host, activist and philanthropist Holly Robinson Peete has been touched by the entertainment industry most of her life. Her career as an actress dates back more than three decades and has led her to become a voice for her father, her son and her community.

Born in Philadelphia and raised in Los Angeles from the age of nine, Robinson Peete was voted “most talented” in high school alongside fellow classmate and future actor Rob Lowe. She did her undergraduate studies at the prestigious Sarah Lawrence College where she majored in Psychology and French. She spent her junior year studying abroad at Sorbonne University in France and became fluent in the language. Robinson Peete and husband of 20+ years, Rodney Peete, are the proud parents of four children ages 11-19. They currently reside in Los Angeles.

Read more about Holly here.

 

Photo: Rick Fox Credit: Copyright 2017 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Ryan Plummer

 

RICK FOX

Franchise owner. He played in the NBA for the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers and played college basketball at the University of North Carolina, where his highlights included leading the Tar Heels to the Final Four in the 1991 NCAA Tournament.

In 1994, Fox appeared in the basketball film Blue Chips and in 1996, he played the role of Terry Hastings in the Whoopi Goldberg comedy Eddie. Fox would go on to play ladies’ man Chick Deagan in the 1998 film He Got Game, directed by Spike Lee but it was in 1997, that he received the biggest role of his early acting career, playing prison inmate Jackson Vahue on the HBO prison drama “Oz,” appearing from 1997 to 2003. In 2008, he starred opposite Angela Bassett in the Tyler Perry film Meet the Browns and played Councilman Blackmon in the 2015 indie hit Dope, written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa and produced by Forest Whitaker and Pharrell Williams.

Visit Hallmark Movies and Mysteries for more on this movie and all their movies here.


I am going to be live tweeting before, during, and after the movie!

Join me and you could win a $25 Visa Gift Card! 

Wisconsin is in the Central Time Zone so the movie will start here at 8 p.m.
I will be tweeting from 7:30 p.m. – 10 P.M. CST

You must include #MorningShowMystery and @dollycas in your tweets to be entered in my giveaway.
Re-tweeting is permitted.

I will select a winner at 10 p.m. CST

I am really excited about this event and hope you will join me.
Tell your friends! – Watch the movie together!

You can check out all the upcoming Hallmark Movies & Mysteries here.

So mark your calendars, set your DVR’s, pop some popcorn, fix a drink, and meet me Sunday night! @dollycas

Let’s Party!

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

 

Jan 152018
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I am taking a nice trip this week starting in Illinois and ending in Florida. 

Here’s what I read and what
I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed


The Longest Yard Sale: A Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery
Release Date – June 30, 2015
Setting – Massachusetts
My Review


Many a Twist: A County Cork Mystery
Release Date – January 9, 2018
Setting – Ireland
Review will be posted tomorrow.


Crust No One (A Bread Shop Mystery)
Release Date – December 26, 2017
Setting – California
Winnie Archer will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week.


Escape Claws (A Cat Lady Mystery)
Release Date – December 26, 2017
Setting – New Hampshire
Review will be posted Thursday.

Scheduled Escapes


Tart of Darkness (Chef-to-Go Mysteries)
Release Date – April 3, 2018
Setting – Illinois
Early Review


Murder with Lemon Tea Cakes (A Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery)
Release Date – December 26, 2017
Setting – Pennsylvania
Karen will be my guest next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Scone Cold Killer (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery)
Release Date – January 23, 2018
Setting – Florida
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week

Click Here To See All My Current Giveaways!!

Please Share Your Reading Itinerary in the Comments below!
Happy Reading!!
Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Jan 012018
 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

Where I am starting this week is a bit of mystery until I start reading,
from there on to Washington then back to Ohio and then Maine.
Really adding up those Literary Travel Miles to kick off the new year.

Here’s what I read and what
I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed


Top Secret Twenty-One (Stephanie Plum)
Release Date – July 17, 2014
Setting – New Jersey
Read Just for Fun – Trying to catch up on this series.


Ginger Snapped: A Spice Shop Mystery
Release Date – December 12, 2017
Setting – Georgia
Gail will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week.


Alpha Alpine: An Emma Lord Mystery
Release Date – December 12, 2017
Setting – Washington
My Review will be posted Thursday!


Deadly Fashion (The Deadly Series)
Release Date – January 11, 2018
Setting – England
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here this Friday!

Scheduled Escapes


Bones To Pick (A Brie Hooker Mystery)
Release Date – October 24, 2017
Setting – ???
My Flashback Friday Read


Pre-Meditated Murder (A Downward Dog Mystery)
Release Date – January 8, 2018
Setting – Washington
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday.


Dial M for Mousse (An Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery)
Release Date – January 2, 2018
Setting – Ohio
Laura will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week.


Every Dog Has His Day (A Bluff Point Romance)
Release Date – January 2, 2018
Setting – Maine
For Review

Click Here To See All My Current Giveaways!!

Please Share Your Reading Itinerary in the Comments below!
Happy Reading!!
Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Dec 302017
 

On December 31, 2009, I started blogging as a New Year’s Resolution. I had no idea what I was doing but a fabulous friend help me get connected with 1 publisher and I started blogging about books they sent me and from my personal shelves. I have come a long way since then. I have “met” so many wonderful people, bloggers, authors, publicists, readers, and friends. You have all been there for the good times and sad times. I am thankful that the internet has connected us in such amazing ways. 

2018 is looking to be a fantastic year for readers and I am excited to share as many books with you as I can. You can continue to look forward to reviews, recommendations, guest posts, interviews, spotlights, and giveaways!  Plus weekly posts for Sunday Salon/Sunday Post and My Reading Itinerary. Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours will also be touring some great books to escape into. I am excited and hope you are too! 

This year we are escaping Up! Up! and Away!!
Reach for the clouds and Escape Into A Good Book! 

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Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Dec 292017
 


2017 was a fantastic year for readers. As I write this post I have read 210 books this year. The majority were cozy mysteries, but suspense/thrillers and woman’s fiction were also in the mix. Those genres are all represented on this list. Congratulations to Paige Shelton and Vicki Delany, they each had 2 books make my list this year. 

Bookman Dead Style (A Dangerous Type Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Utah
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (February 7, 2017)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425277263
Kindle ASIN: B01E4WAFNG
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A movie star is typecast as a killer in the second Dangerous Type Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of To Helvetica and Back.
 
It’s January, and the Star City Film Festival has taken the Utah ski resort town by storm. Movie stars are everywhere, carving fresh powder on the slopes and crossing the thresholds of Bygone Alley’s charming boutique shops—including The Rescued Word, where Clare Henry and her grandfather restore old typewriters and beloved books. When cinema’s hottest superhero, Matt Bane, enters their store to buy some personalized note cards, it’s hard not to be starstruck.

But when Clare sees the police leading Matt out of The Fountain hotel in handcuffs only a few hours later, she can’t believe her eyes. The affable actor is accused of killing his sister, but Clare’s convinced he’s wrong for that role. Now it’s open call for suspects as Clare tries to reel in the killer before another victim fades to black…

MY REVIEW



The Drawing Game (A Sketch in Crime Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – New York
Gatekeeper Press (February 6, 2017)
Paperback: 300 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1619845725
Kindle ASIN: B01N3CM6P1

A lover of all things green, CeCe Prentice is not impressed when a fully-sustainable development, Green Acres, pops up next to her family’s homestead. It’s not so much the ridiculous price tag of the million dollar homes built entirely from re-usable materials and powered by the sun, but rather the new neighbors who think they can simply buy a green lifestyle.

To make matters worse, one homeowner turns out to be CeCe’s high school nemesis, Phoebe Purcell, a hair-tossing vamp who tried to break up CeCe and her long-time boyfriend, Charlie.

Already disillusioned by the so-called eco-friendly development, CeCe’s family home is threatened when a series of power-outages at Green Acres kicks off a rash of home invasions. When neighbors start showing up dead, the mood at Green Acres turns south. But when Charlie, CeCe’s on-again, off-again love interest is implicated in the murders, CeCe springs into action when she discovers the only clue – a portrait she painted years ago.

MY REVIEW

No Way Home (A Zoe Chambers Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – Pennsylvania/New Mexico
Henery Press (March 14, 2017)
Paperback: 256 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635111774
Kindle 9781635111798

A relaxing trail ride turns tragic when Paramedic and Deputy Coroner Zoe Chambers discovers the body of a popular county commissioner in her Pennsylvania woods. Inconsistencies surround the horrible accident, but before she can investigate further, she’s pried away by a plea for help from her best friend whose son has been deemed a person of interest in a homicide over a thousand miles away. When he vanishes without a trace, his mother begs Zoe to help clear him and bring him safely home. The task takes Zoe out of her comfort zone in a frantic trip to the desolate canyons and bluffs of New Mexico where she joins forces with the missing boy’s sister and a mysterious young Navajo.

Back at home, Vance Township’s Chief of Police Pete Adams must deal not only with the commissioner’s homicide but with an influx of meth and a subsequent rash of drug overdoses in his rural community. Bodies keep turning up while suspects keep disappearing. However little else matters when he learns that half a continent away, a brutal killer has Zoe in his sights.

MY REVIEW


Elementary, She Read: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Massachusetts
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (March 14, 2017)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683310969
Kindle ASIN: B01MT6H7O1

Gemma Doyle, a transplanted Englishwoman, has returned to the quaint town of West London on Cape Cod to manage her Great Uncle Arthur’s Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium. The shop–located at 222 Baker Street–specializes in the Holmes canon and pastiche, and is also the home of Moriarty the cat. When Gemma finds a rare and potentially valuable magazine containing the first Sherlock Homes story hidden in the bookshop, she and her friend Jayne (who runs the adjoining Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room) set off to find the owner, only to stumble upon a dead body.

The highly perceptive Gemma is the police’s first suspect, so she puts her consummate powers of deduction to work to clear her name, investigating a handsome rare books expert, the dead woman’s suspiciously unmoved son, and a whole family of greedy characters desperate to cash in on their inheritance. But when Gemma and Jayne accidentally place themselves at a second murder scene, it’s a race to uncover the truth before the detectives lock them up for good.

MY REVIEW


Of Books and Bagpipes: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in the Series
Setting – Scotland
Minotaur Books (April 4, 2017)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1250057495
Kindle ASIN: B01LZ3VIQ9

Delaney Nichols has settled so comfortably into her new life in Edinburgh that she truly feels it’s become more home than her once beloved Kansas. Her job at the Cracked Spine, a bookshop that specializes in rare manuscripts as well as other sundry valuable historical objects, is everything she had dreamed, with her new boss, Edwin MacAlister, entrusting her more and more with bigger jobs. Her latest task includes a trip to Castle Doune, a castle not far out of Edinburgh, to retrieve a hard-to-find edition of an old Scottish comic, an “Oor Wullie,” in a cloak and dagger transaction that Edwin has orchestrated.

While taking in the sights of the distant Highlands from the castle’s ramparts, Delaney is startled when she spots a sandal-clad foot at the other end of the roof. Unfortunately, the foot’s owner is very much dead and, based on the William Wallace costume he’s wearing, perfectly matches the description of the man who was supposed to bring the Oor Wullie. As Delaney rushes to call off some approaching tourists and find the police, she comes across the Oor Wullie, its pages torn and fluttering around a side wall of the castle. Instinct tells her to take the pages and hide them under her jacket. It’s not until she returns to the Cracked Spine that she realizes just how complicated this story is and endeavors to untangle the tricky plot of why someone wanted this man dead, all before getting herself booked for murder.

MY REVIEW


The Simplicity of Cider: A Novel
Women’s Fiction
Setting – Wisconsin
Gallery Books (May 16, 2017)
Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1501179723
Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1501154928
Kindle ASIN: B01HMXRVKO

Fall in love with The Simplicity of Cider, the charming new novel about a prickly but gifted cider-maker whose quiet life is interrupted by the arrival of a handsome man and his young son at her family’s careworn orchard by the author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake and Luck, Love & Lemon Pie.

Focused and unassuming fifth generation cider-maker Sanna Lund has one desire: to live a simple, quiet life on her family’s apple orchard in Door County, Wisconsin. Although her business is struggling, Sanna remains fiercely devoted to the orchard, despite her brother’s attempts to convince their aging father to sell the land.

Single dad Isaac Banks has spent years trying to shield his son Sebastian from his troubled mother. Fleeing heartbreak at home, Isaac packed up their lives and the two headed out on an adventure, driving across the country. Chance—or fate—led them straight to Sanna’s orchard.

Isaac’s helping hands are much appreciated at the apple farm, even more when Sanna’s father is injured in an accident. As Sanna’s formerly simple life becomes increasingly complicated, she finds solace in unexpected places—friendship with young Sebastian and something more deliciously complex with Isaac—until an outside threat infiltrates the farm.

MY REVIEW

No Turning Back: A Novel
Women Sleuths/Suspense Thriller
Setting – United Kingdom
Crooked Lane Books (June 13, 2017)
Hardcover: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683311638
E-Book ASIN: B01N4FP1AR

Anna Graves’s whole life has recently been turned upside down. A new mother, she’s just gone back to her job as a radio presenter and is busy navigating a new schedule of late night feeding and early morning wake ups while also dealing with her newly separated husband. Then the worst happens. While Anna is walking on the beach with her daughter, she’s attacked by a crazed teenager. Terrified, Anna reacts instinctively to protect her baby.

But her life falls apart when the schoolboy dies from his injuries. The police believe Anna’s story, until the autopsy results reveal something more sinister. A frenzied media attack sends Anna into a spiral of self-doubt. Her precarious mental state is further threatened when she receives a chilling message from someone claiming to be the “Ophelia Killer,” a serial killer who preyed on the town twenty years ago—and who abruptly stopped when Anna’s father committed suicide.

Is Anna as innocent as she claims? And is murder forgivable, if committed to save your child’s life? Internationally bestselling author Tracy Buchanan takes readers on an emotional roller coaster ride filled with heart-stopping secrets and hairpin turns in No Turning Back, her US debut.

MY REVIEW

The Detecting Duchess (Victorian Bookshop Mystery)
Historical Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – London, England
JDP Press (May 18, 2017)
Paperback: 312 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0996483162
E-Book ASIN: B071J129MG

The only thing standing between Georgia and her fairy-tale wedding is a murder. Or two.

When a young woman pleads for help from Georgia Fenchurch in locating a missing Crown investigator, Georgia resists. Her wedding is only a week away. Before she can say no, she’s knocked to the ground by an assailant attempting to kill the young woman.

Georgia now feels she must help. She soon finds herself up to her wedding veil in stolen treasure and coded letters. With the Duke of Blackford’s help, Georgia follows a trail of missing men and dead bodies. Every victim had one thing in common – a desire to possess a fortune in gold.

In between the society balls and social calls of late Victorian London, Georgia works on her last case before the big day. Will she stop a ruthless killer in time? Or will Georgia find getting to the altar on time is going to be murder?

MY REVIEW

Deadly Choices (Rim Country Mysteries)
3rd in Series
Setting – Arizona
Suspense Thriller
3rd in Series
Short on Time Books (July 17, 2017)
Kindle – ASIN: B074187YT7

An elderly woman with an arrow in her chest. A murdered journalist. A decades-old cover-up. In Deadly Choices (Rim Country Mysteries Volume 3), Rita and Cliff Avery team up again to solve a spate of murders in their picturesque Arizona mountain town of Rim Vista. Rita’s mother Willow delivers gun-wrenching news while falling for the man who could be responsible for four deaths. And Rita must escape a string of life-threatening predicaments thrown at her by an assailant willing to do anything to scare Cliff off the case.

MY REVIEW


Death Distilled: A Whisky Business Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Scotland
Alibi (September 5, 2017)
Print Length 240 pages
E-Book ASIN: B01N6FSSUX

Photojournalist by trade, distillery owner by blood, and amateur sleuth by necessity, Abigail Logan learns that murder can’t stay bottled up forever in this charming Whisky Business Mystery.

It’s been three months since Abi Logan last checked in on Abbey Glen, the celebrated whisky distillery she inherited. With her oversize wheaten terrier, Liam, by her side, Abi returns to the quaint Scottish village of Balfour. But her relaxing Highland homecoming takes a stressful turn when she unearths an unseemly bit of village history, welcomes a group of Japanese whisky enthusiasts, and becomes shepherdess to an unexpected flock of sheep—all within the first twenty-four hours. Still, nothing’s more stressful than murder. . . .

Local celebrity Rory Hendricks is the hotheaded, hard-rocking former frontman of the Rebels—and Abi’s girlhood crush. After meeting him in person, Abi can’t say no to anything he asks, like photographing his upcoming show . . . or figuring out who’s trying to kill him. Turns out someone’s been bumping off his old bandmates, with the drummer dead under mysterious circumstances and the keyboardist in a coma following a hit-and-run. Now a series of threatening messages leads Rory to think he’s next on the chopping block. And the band has a devil’s share of broken hearts and bitter disputes in their past, leaving Abi a huge batch of suspects to sift through—all before the killer takes another shot.

MY REVIEW


Assaulted Caramel (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
New Series
Setting – Ohio
Kensington (August 29, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496706393
Kindle ASIN: B01MQSAI6E

Sometimes you need a sweet tooth to take a bite out of crime . . .

Bailey King is living the sweet life as assistant chocolatier at world-famous JP Chocolates in New York City. But just when Bailey’s up for a life-changing promotion, her grandmother calls with news that her grandfather’s heart condition has worsened. Bailey rushes to Harvest, Ohio, where her grandparents still run Swissmen Sweets, the Amish candy shop where she was first introduced to delicious fudge, truffles, and other assorted delights.

She finds her grandfather is doing better than she feared. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for a local Englisch developer, whom Bailey finds dead in the candy shop kitchen—with Jebediah King’s chocolate knife buried in his chest. Now the police are sweet on her grandfather as the prime suspect. Despite the sincere efforts of a yummy deputy with chocolate-brown eyes, Bailey takes it on herself to clear Jebediah. But as a cunning killer tries to fudge the truth, Bailey may be headed straight into a whole batch of trouble . . .

Recipe Included!
MY REVIEW

Protocol (A Maggie O’Malley Mystery)
Medical Thriller/Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Midwest U.S.
Henery Press (September 5, 2017)
Paperback: 276 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635112399
E-Book ASIN: B072JZK43D

Freshly minted college graduate Maggie O’Malley embarks on a career fueled by professional ambition and a desire to escape the past. As a pharmaceutical researcher, she’s determined to save lives from the shelter of her lab. But on her very first day she’s pulled into a world of uncertainty. Reminders appear on her phone for meetings she’s never scheduled with people she’s never met. People who end up dead.

With help from her best friend, Maggie discovers the victims on her phone are connected to each other and her new employer. She soon unearths a treacherous plot that threatens her mission—and her life. Maggie must unlock deadly secrets to stop horrific abuses of power before death comes calling for her.

MY REVIEW

Hair Brained (The Bad Hair Day Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
14th in Series
Setting – Florida
Orange Grove Press (September 12, 2017)
Paperback: 278 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0997003888

E-Book ASIN: B072XVHPPH

 

 

Was the car crash an accident or a deliberate attempt to run Marla’s friends off the road?

When hairstylist Marla Vail’s best friend is hurt in a suspicious car accident, Marla assumes guardianship of her infant son. No sooner does Marla say, “Baby want a bottle?” than she’s embroiled in another murder investigation. Her husband, Detective Dalton Vail, determines the crash may not have been an accident after all. But then, who would want Tally–or Ken in the car with her–out of the way? As Marla digs deeper into her friends’ lives, she realizes she didn’t know them as well as she’d thought. Nonetheless, it’s her duty as their son’s guardian to ensure his safety, even if it means putting her own life at risk. Can she protect the baby and find the culprit before someone else ends up as roadkill?

MY REVIEW


Mining for Justice (A Chloe Ellefson Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Midnight Ink (October 8, 2017)
Paperback: 384 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738753348
E-Book ASIN: B01N7UGNZB

Chloe Ellefson is excited to be learning about Wisconsin’s Cornish immigrants and mining history while on temporary assignment at Pendarvis, a historic site in charming Mineral Point. But when her boyfriend, police officer Roelke McKenna, discovers long-buried human remains in the root cellar of an old Cornish cottage, Chloe reluctantly agrees to mine the historical record for answers.

She soon finds herself in the center of a heated and deadly controversy that threatens to close Pendarvis. While struggling to help the historic site, Chloe must unearth dark secrets, past and present . . . before a killer comes to bury her.

MY REVIEW


The Secret, Book & Scone Society
Cozy Mystery
New Series
Setting – North Carolina
Kensington (October 31, 2017)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496718563
Kindle ASIN: B01N4W09GF
Audio CD ISBN-13: 978-1520079691

From New York Times bestselling author Ellery Adams comes the first in an intriguing new series set within a quirky small-town club where the key to happiness, friendship—or solving a murder—can all be found within the pages of the right book . . . 

Miracle Springs, North Carolina, is a place of healing. Strangers flock here hoping the natural hot springs, five-star cuisine, and renowned spa can cure their ills. If none of that works, they often find their way to Miracle Books, where, over a fresh-baked “comfort” scone from the Gingerbread House bakery, they exchange their stories with owner Nora Pennington in return for a carefully chosen book. That’s Nora’s special talent—prescribing the perfect novel to ease a person’s deepest pain and lighten their heaviest burden.

When a visiting businessman reaches out to Nora for guidance, she knows exactly which novels will help. But before he can keep their appointment at Miracle Books, he’s found dead on the train tracks.

Stunned, Nora forms the Secret, Book, and Scone Society, a group of damaged souls yearning to gain trust and earn redemption by helping others. To join the society, members must divulge their darkest secret—the terrible truth that brought each of them to Miracle Springs in the first place.

Determined to uncover the truth behind the businessman’s demise, the women meet in Nora’s cramped and cozy bookstore to share stories and trade support. And as they untangle a web of corruption, they also discover their own courage, purpose, and a sisterhood that will carry them through every challenge—proving it’s never too late to turn the page and start over . . .

MY REVIEW


Seeds of Revenge (A Greenhouse Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Pennsylvania
Henery Press (November 14, 2017)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635112757
Kindle ASIN: B07519T827

It’s time to cuddle up with a holiday whodunit. Smell the crisp pines and baking cranberries as you sip your hot apple cider. It may be the season, but the mood in Winsome is anything but jolly.

Megan Sawyer is determined to farm year-round. So much so that she braves a December snowstorm to pitch her fresh greenhouse greens to Philadelphia chefs.

And then she sees a stranger stranded on the side of the road.

But this woman is no stranger to Winsome. It’s Becca Fox. A love chemist (you read that right). She’s headed to her aunt’s house to sell her love potions at holiday events.

Or so Becca thinks.

Her sneaky aunt only invited Becca home to reunite her with her estranged father. It sounds noble and kind-hearted until the man ends up dead.

Megan soon finds herself in the middle. She realizes Becca’s not the only one getting iced over. Megan’s own aunt, the famous mystery author, is dragged into the drama. Her novels implicate her and she’s in trouble.

Now it’s personal. Our Megan must follow a cryptic trail of literary clues, all while sifting through the victim’s sordid past. She gets closer to the truth as the murderer gets closer to her.

How’s that for a ho ho ho? Don’t let your fresh apple crisp burn in the oven because you’re lost in this holiday homicide.

MY REVIEW


Hark the Herald Angels Slay (A Year-Round Christmas Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – New York
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (November 28, 2017)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425280829
Kindle ASIN: B06XFFNS2M

The town of Rudolph, New York, has the Christmas spirit all year long—but when homicide heats up a summer holiday, it’s up to shop owner Merry Wilkinson to wrap up the case.

In Rudolph, Christmas in July heralds Santa’s arrival by boat to begin his summer vacation at the lake, and Merry Wilkinson, the owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, is looking forward to a busy weekend. But she’s caught off guard when her ex-fiancé, Max Folger, unexpectedly arrives with a team from a lifestyle magazine wanting to do a feature on the July festivities.

It’s clear that Max’s visit has less to do with business and more to do with winning back Merry’s heart. Merry has too much on her plate to deal with an old flame, but when Max is found strangled to death in Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, she must find out who wanted him dead—and stop a killer from ruining the summer holiday cheer.

MY REVIEW

What were your favorite books this year? Please share them in the comment section below so we can all see them and add them to our wish lists!

I am excited looking forward to 2018. Authors have continuing great series and starting new ones. Some have moved to new publishers and several are self-publishing. I have started making my wish list, you can find coming titles on the 2018 Book Recommendations Page here. It only goes through April right now but I will add covers throughout the year. 

I hope you have enjoyed my reviews, recommendations, and giveaways. It has been a pleasure to be your Escape Into A Good Book Travel Agent this year. I am excited about the new year as I start my 9th year blogging! I hope to book many more literary escapes for you all to enjoy!

 Reminder – My BLOGOVERSARY Giveaways will start tomorrow!! 

Dollycas

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