Out of Options:
A Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries
by Dianne Ascroft
. . . it is an enjoyable read and a nice introduction to this series.
This is a quick, prequel to the Century Cottage Cozy Mystery Series. I loved Lois right away.
~Socrates’ Book Reviews…
Out of Options by Dianne Ascroft is a wonderful novella set in 1983. I enjoyed stepping back in time to spring in West Toronto Junction.
~Baroness’ Book Trove
It was a quick and pleasant read, a great start for this new series that promises to be delicate and engaging.
Out of Options is a quick read with interesting characters and creative mystery . . . I enjoyed the path taken to the end of the mystery.
OUT OF OPTIONS is not a murder mystery, so there will be no bodies found, but a suspenseful and intriguing tale introducing the main character (and her two cats) in the series.
~Here’s How It Happened
I like Dianne Ascroft’s writing style. Though the story is a tad slower than other cozy series, there is something magical about the way Ashcroft weaves stories.
~The Book Decoder
Out of Options by Dianne Ascroft was a light, fun mystery that I quickly finished on a summer afternoon.
If this prequel is a good indication of what we can expect in the series, we are in for some delightful characters.
About the Book
Out of Options: A Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries
Independently Published (April 28, 2019)
Paperback: 126 pages
Digital ASIN: B07R4GQWQN
Out of Options is a prequel novella to the Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries series, and introduces Lois Stone and her companions, Raggs and Ribbons, a pair of perceptive calico cats.
A dry district, a shocking secret, a missing person. When Lois Stone’s friend, Beth Darrow, arranges to meet her to reveal an astonishing discovery, Lois’s curiosity is piqued. Then Beth doesn’t keep their lunch date and Lois becomes worried. What has happened to her friend?
Middle-aged widow Lois is settling into life on her own in her neighbourhood and in the library where she works, and she is just about coping with her fear of strangers after her husband was mugged and died in the park at the end of their street. But her quiet existence is rocked when her friend and fellow local historical society researcher, Beth, arranges to meet her to reveal an exciting and shocking discovery she has made about the history of prohibition in West Toronto Junction, the last dry area in Toronto, and then goes missing before she can share her secret with Lois. There isn’t any proof that Beth is missing so the police won’t actively search for her. Only Lois and Beth’s niece Amy are convinced that Beth’s disappearance is very out of character, and they are worried about her. Where has Beth gone? Is she in danger? And, if she is, who might want to harm her and why? Lois knows she must find the answers to these questions fast if she wants to help and protect her friend.
And so begins a weekend of skulking in the park, apple and cinnamon pancakes, familiar faces staring out of old newspapers, calico cats, shadows on the windowpane, and more than one person who might want Beth to disappear from the quiet, leafy streets of the historic and staunchly dry West Toronto Junction neighbourhood.
About the Author
Dianne Ascroft is a Torontonian who has settled in rural Northern Ireland. She and her husband live on a small farm with an assortment of strong-willed animals.
She is currently writing the Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries series. Out of Options is a prequel to the series.
Her previous fiction works include The Yankee Years series of novels and short reads, set in Northern Ireland during the Second World War; An Unbidden Visitor (a tale inspired by Fermanagh’s famous Coonian ghost); Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves: A Collection of Short Stories (contemporary tales), and an historical novel, Hitler and Mars Bars, which explores Operation Shamrock, a little known Irish Red Cross humanitarian endeavour.
Dianne writes both fiction and non-fiction. Her articles and short stories have been printed in Canadian and Irish magazines and newspapers. When she’s not writing, she enjoys walks in the countryside, evenings in front of her open fireplace and folk and traditional music.
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