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Deadly Delights: A Bookish Baker Mystery by Laura Jensen Walker #Review (Includes Spoilers)


Deadly Delights: A Bookish Baker Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Wisconsin
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (June 8, 2021)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1643855921
ISBN-13: 978-1643855929
Kindle ASIN: B08HYFYFC6

In Laura Jensen Walker’s second Bookish Baker mystery, Teddie St. John enters a pie-baking contest. But her chances of winning plummet when she’s suspected of killing one of the judges!

August in Lake Potawatomi, Wisconsin, always means one thing: the annual baking contest. Picture The Great British Baking Show, writ Midwestern. It’s a huge draw for the upper crust of Wisconsin pastry aficionados. And, of course, bon vivant baker-turned-mystery writer Teddie St. John has a pie in the ring. The white vinyl baking tent boasts an array of folding tables housing each entrant’s daily baked good. And at one of those tables sits the corpse of the head judge, his face half-buried in a delectable coconut cream pie.

The body in question belonged to notorious Les Morris. Les may have been getting on in years, but he hadn’t outgrown his well-earned reputation for lechery. Now, Les is no more. But unfortunately, by his side lies Teddie’s distinctive embossed rolling pin…covered with blood.

It’s out of the baking pan, into the oven.

Dollycas’s Thoughts – Note there are SPOILERS below.

It’s time for the annual baking contest in Lake Potawatomi, Wisconsin, and illustrious baker Teddie St. John is one of the contestants. Sadly Lester Morris is one of the judges. He’s a man who can’t keep his hands to himself and he preys on young woman and even pinched Teddy’s butt while judging her baked goods. She gets him back with a whack from her rolling pin but that doesn’t even slow him down. He just makes a crude comment and moves along.

Day 2 means it’s time for pies but it looks like Lester has gotten a head start on his judging with his face buried deep in a coconut cream pie when Teddy arrives. She quickly realizes something is amiss because as she moves closes she sees Lester, “the molester” is dead and her rolling pin appears to be the murder weapon. The man has more than a few enemies and Teddy knows she didn’t kill him, she just needs to find who did.


I have been excited to read this book since I turned the last page of Murder Most Sweet. I love Teddie St. John. She is a confident strong woman who is also a breast cancer survivor. She made a huge decision I am not sure I could have made. I admired her immediately. The characters the author surrounds her with were just icing on the cake.

I also enjoy that the story is set in my home state. The author loves the kringles Wisconsin named the official state pastry in 2013. They are a big thing in Racine near where the story is set. They weren’t a family tradition for me like they are for the author and Teddie but they are delicious and I would never walk away from a slice of apple or strawberry kringle.

So I was reading along, dead guy, Teddy’s long-distance relationship, twists, clues, turns, then SPOILER ALERT – there was a suicide, I paused, took a couple of deep breaths, and kept reading. Then SPOILER ALERT – there was another suicide and this time it was way too similar to the way my son took his life. It stopped me dead in my tracks. I closed my Kindle and had a good cry. After more than six years I still can’t read about a death like that. It was hard to move on.

I wasn’t sure I would be able to go back and finish the book but I had committed myself to review this book. So several days later I went back to the story and skipped ahead a bit and let’s just say there was another twist that changed some things from their original appearance. It was still hard to read but I pressed on and I am glad I did because there is a very special event that takes place on the final page. I loved it and it allowed me to close the book with a smile on my face.

Had I known about the subject matter of the book I would have passed on this book even though I loved the characters because I need to protect my heart and I apologize for the spoilers in my review but I needed to explain myself. I am not sure how to rate the book so I won’t here. A person without my history will love this book and while this book didn’t work for me I am looking forward to the next one which I think will be taking Teddy across the pond.

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About the Author

Laura Jensen Walker has loved mysteries ever since she read Trixie Belden in the fourth grade in her Danish-founded hometown of Racine, Wisconsin–America’s kringle capital. A former journalist and the author of several novels and humorous non-fiction books, including Thanks for the Mammogram! Laura, like her main character, chose to go flat after her second mastectomy and is grateful to be a longtime breast cancer survivor. She lives in California with her Renaissance-man husband and their canine-daughter Mellie. (from Amazon)

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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The Corpse with the Iron Will (The Cait Morgan Mysteries) by Cathy Ace #AuthorInterview -Great Escapes Book Tour


The Corpse with the Iron Will (The Cait Morgan Mysteries)
by Cathy Ace

I am thrilled to welcome Cathy Ace to Escape With Dollycas today!

Hi Cathy,

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

 First of all, (a lot of people ask me this) yes, Cathy Ace is my real name – my birth name, in any case. I’m Welsh, having been born and raised in Swansea, and I migrated to Canada aged forty. I now live half-way up a little mountain in a rural area in the southwestern corner of British Columbia.

 

What are three things most people dont know about you?

 Hmmm, maybe they hadn’t guessed that I’m Welsh? Or, if they knew that, maybe they didn’t know my husband is also Welsh – so we keep our Swansea accents alive, despite the fact we’re both Canadian now.

I’m a natural optimist – which helps a great deal if you’re a writer, because you have to believe the planets will all align to allow your next book to be published, and sell.

I live by the maxim: “Don’t dream it, be it” (which is stolen from Dr. Frankenfurter in The Rocky Horror Show)

 What is the first book you remember reading?

 This is impossible to answer, because I read so much, and so fast, when I was little, that all the Enid BlytonFamous Five” and “Secret Seven” books roll themselves up into one adventure-filled ball. I vividly recall the cover-art for Nancy Drew books, and I’m pretty sure the first Agatha Christie I read was “Death in the Clouds” – which, again, I recall for the wonderful cover-art by the artist Tom Adams – but I could be wrong about that. I do have a copy of a book called “Little John Little” on my shelves, which I recall was bedtime reading when I was very small, so possibly that?

 What are you reading now?

 A bit of a confession here – I’m actually reading one of my own books! I wrote The Corpse with the Golden Nose in 2012, and it was published in 2013, which feels like a very long time ago. It was the second Cait Morgan Mystery, and there are characters in it who will make an appearance in the planned eleventh book in the series, which I am currently plotting (see more below). I knew I had to go back to them before I could write about them again, and I am therefore rereading that book. It’s a weird experience – I can hardly believe I wrote it, and there are bits I painfully wish I could rewrite, and bits which fill me with delight, and pride.

 What books have most inspired you?

Every book I have ever read has inspired me, in some way or another, but – since you’re asking me to be specific – I’ll plump for the works of William Shakespeare and the works of Agatha Christie.

 What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

 I’ve always read mysteries, and I cannot imagine writing anything else. Each book I write is a book I’d like to read, and I’m a complete dyed-in-the-wool mystery reader, so that’s my thing, and I’ll stick to it.

 Do you have a special place you like to write?

 I have an office, and writing is my work, so I tend to write there. However, for a few years I wrote at the dining table, and I have been known to spend time in the summer out on the back deck, enjoying the fresh air as I edit – but I can’t write there, just edit. No idea why! Wherever I am I need silence to be able to write. My most productive hours are between about 9pm and 2am, so – fortunately – that’s naturally a pretty quiet time, though the owls, bats, and coyotes keep me company.

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

This is one of those annoying answers, because it’s honestly, “It depends”! I might hear or see something that makes me think, “What a great way to kill someone!”, or I might be struck by a situation or an encounter when I think “What a great reason to want someone dead!”. Once there’s the germ of a starting point, that’s when the hard work of crafting a complex plot begins, and I enjoy thinking through the details of a plot as I work on our acreage, or do a spot of DIY.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

For me, the entire process of writing involves much more than sitting at a keyboard – I think of it as including all the plotting, researching, outlining, and then writing and editing, too. Of the overall process, what I dislike most is editing. For me, the first draft is the most fun, because I’m trying to get the movie I’ve already seen in my head onto the page in such a way that the reader can see that same movie, without the words getting in the way.

What do you think makes a good story?

A good story is like a good piece of music: there are only so many notes to play with, but it’s the unique voice of the composer that makes the music what it is. In the same way that I’m drawn to the works of certain composers, I’m drawn to the works of certain writers – no matter what sub-genre they are writing in (Note: I honestly only read crime). Thus, whilst I need a story to “work” overall, for me it’s the voice that draws me in, and – ultimately – satisfies me.

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

Unquestionably, Cait Morgan. She’s Welsh, an immigrant to Canada, over-indulgent, judgmental, a bit bossy, and has a soft heart (but an acid internal voice).

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

I think this comes back to the point I made earlier – voice. The Cait Morgan Mysteries are traditional, Christie-style mysteries: they always feature a closed circle of suspects, play fair with the clues, and deliver red herrings, with a final denouement and comeuppances for the baddies. In other words, they deliver against the expectations of those who enjoy that “shape” of mystery, and I think that’s important (it is for me, as a reader, anyway). But I write them, with my voice, in my head (which is Cait’s voice, of course, and these books are written in the first person) so they are unique to me in that respect. In all honesty, it would only be others who could tell you how my voice differs from that of other authors; I’m not clever enough to do that.

 Whats next on the horizon for you?

As I mentioned, I’m plotting the eleventh Cait Morgan Mystery at the moment. I know where it’s set, who the main players are, the basics of what happens to whom, and the how and why of that – but I’m not quite ready to announce the title or the publication date, yet. I’m a detailed planner – I have no idea how anyone begins to write a book until they’ve already outlined the entire thing not only in their head but on paper, too – so I have to work out all the twists, turns, and details before I can be sure this story will end up being the next book. There will be an eleventh Cait Morgan Mystery, but this might not be the story I tell; I hope it is, because I really want to take folks to the location, which is fantastic – but it’s too early for me to be certain.

Thank you, Cathy, so much for visiting today!

Keep reading to learn about Cathy’s new book!

About The Corpse With The Iron Will


The Corpse with the Iron Will (The Cait Morgan Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
10th in Series
Publisher: Four Tails Publishing Ltd. (June 3, 2021)
Number of Pages: 325
Digital ASIN: B08YRQP569

Welsh criminal psychologist and globetrotting sleuth, Cait Morgan, and her retired-cop husband Bud Anderson, are enjoying some well-deserved peace and quiet at home, in moody, mountainous British Columbia. The sudden death of a neighbor is a significant loss for them both, so Cait’s honored when Gordy Krantz’s “unusual” will requests that she eulogize him at his memorial.

 

However, delving into the dead man’s background becomes a pressing priority when a puzzling theft, and some surprising discoveries, put our favourite sleuths on high alert. Might someone living in their seemingly tight-knit – and certainly off-beat – rural community have wanted their neighbor dead? And if so, are more people they know at risk?

 

The tenth Cait Morgan Mystery from Bony Blithe Award-winning author Cathy Ace, The Corpse with the Iron Will, forces Cait and Bud to use the skills they’ve honed tackling cases around the world to unmask a killer who’s too close to home for comfort!

More About Cathy Ace

 

Cathy Ace was born and raised in Swansea, Wales, then migrated to Canada aged 40. Having traveled the world (for business and pleasure) for decades, Cathy put her knowledge of the cultures, history, art, and food she encountered to good use in the Cait Morgan Mysteries – a series of traditional whodunits featuring a globetrotting Welsh Canadian professor of criminal psychology. These books have been optioned by Free@LastTV (Agatha Raisin). Ace also writes the #1 Amazon bestselling WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries, featuring four female PIs (one is Welsh, one Irish, one Scottish, one English). They tackle quirky, quintessentially British cases from a Welsh stately home in the rolling countryside of the Wye Valley. Her standalone tale of psychological suspense, The Wrong Boy, also became an amazon #1 bestseller, and is due to become a bilingual TV mini series. Cathy lives on five rural acres in British Columbia, where her ever-supportive husband ensures she’s able to work full-time as an author, and enjoy her other great passion – gardening. She’s been shortlisted for the Bony Blithe Award three times in four years, winning in 2015, has won an IPPY Award, and was shortlisted for an IBA Award and an Arthur Ellis Award.

Author Links:    Website    Facebook     Twitter: @AceCathy    GoodReads   Instagram

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#FlashbackFriday – Beaches, Bungalows, & Burglaries: A Camper and Criminals Cozy Mystery Series by Tonya Kappes #Review / #Giveaway

On Flashback Fridays I will share with you
the books I was not able to review
when they were first released that have been screaming at me
from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.


Beaches, Bungalows, & Burglaries: A Camper and Criminals Cozy Mystery Series
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Kentucky
Publisher: Independently published (May 25, 2018)
Hardcover: 206 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8714027734
Paperback: 210 pages
ISBN-10: 1721977740
ISBN-13: 978-1721977741
Kindle ASIN: B07C4NT6BS

Welcome to Normal, Kentucky where NOTHING is normal.

Mae West, a far cry from the Hollywood actress, has been thrown for a loop. Her plush lifestyle in the big city of New York comes to a screeching halt after the FBI raids her mansion and arrests her husband, Paul West, for a Ponzi scheme that rips people out of millions of dollars.

Mae finds herself homeless, friendless, and penniless. All hope isn’t lost. . .the only thing Mae got to keep that the government didn’t seize is a tourist campground, Happy Trails, in Normal, Kentucky, and an RV to live in. One problem, Mae’s idea of camping has room service.

By the look of the brochure, Happy Trails has plush Kentucky Bluegrass, a crystal clear lake, a beach chair with her name on it, and thoughts of how much money it could bring her after she sells it. Mae figures she’ll take a couple of weeks’ vacation with her toes dipped in the lake. Things aren’t always as they appear. The Kentucky Bluegrass is nothing but dirt and the crystal clue lake is murky with green slime on top.

Mae quickly finds out that Happy Trails and the citizens of Normal were also victims of Paul’s schemes, making her lower than the lake scum in the residents’ eyes. Mae doesn’t think things could get much worse, but as luck would have it, Paul West has escaped from prison and is found dead, murdered, floating in the Happy Trails mucky green lake.

Mae is the number one suspect on Detective Hank Sharp’s shortlist. After all, Mae has the perfect motive as a kept wife who has been scorned to ashes, embarrassed to death and seeking revenge.

Time is running out for Mae to prove that she’s innocent and nothing like her husband. If only she could get someone to believe her and talk Detective Sharp into looking at other residents who’ve lost all their savings to Paul’s Ponzi scheme before the curtain is closed on this Hollywood namesake.

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

Mae West has had her life turned inside out. You see her husband was scum, scamming hard-working people and senior citizens out of their hard-earned cash and the FBI has finally caught up with him. Sadly Mae had no clue what he was up to and is now broke and homeless and without a motor vehicle. Then she meets with her lawyer where she finds herself the new owner of a used RV and a campground in Normal, Kentucky that was somehow in her name only. Seeing the brochure she immediately sees dollar signs, thinking how much can she sell it for. In the meantime, a little beach vacay sounds pretty good.

When she arrives at the Happy Trails Campground she thinks there must be some kind of mistake. The place looks nothing like the brochure. The sights are rundown, the lake is full of green slime and algae, and the beach is far from blissful. She learns her husband has struck here as well. Not taking care of upkeep and maintenance, not paying his manager, and worst of all he scammed the people here as well. She is not totally surprised to find his body in the slimy lake following his escape from prison. As the scorned wife she becomes the prime suspect. Sadly she needs to build a little trust with the people of Normal while she proves she did not murder anyone and had nothing to do with his schemes. Maybe then she will be able to get her life back on track.


I really enjoyed my first visit to Normal, Kentucky. The residents are some really quirky characters but most of them have huge hearts and are full of Southern hospitality. Mae is just 30 years old, Paul was 61, she thought she had a good life and never imagined things would turn out this way. I did come to admire the way she handled herself after her little pity party. She makes a real transformation over the course of these pages. I enjoyed the development of all the characters although I did have a few issues with the behavior of a certain FBI agent. It just felt off for that position. He seemed more a folksy small-town sheriff instead of a serious Special Agent for the FBI.

The mystery was pretty straight forward and I ferreted out the guilty party quite quickly but I continued to read the story all in one sitting and was very entertained. I did enjoy how the killer was revealed, it had an exciting few moments.

For me, Beaches, Bungalows, & Burglaries was a fresh, light read and a great way to spend a couple of hours.

Tonya Kappes is a writing machine. I have wanted to read this story/series since it was released but got discouraged as more and more books came out and I kept getting further behind. It will probably take me forever to catch up but I was very excited when a mini reading challenge gave me the opportunity to read this book and get started. Now I want to keep reading them all but with my reading commitments that is going to take time. I really want to delve deeper into the craziness of Normal so I am going to squeeze them in when I can.

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Death in Bloom: A Flower House Mystery by Jess Dylan #Review


Death in Bloom: A Flower House Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Tennessee
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks (May 25, 2021)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1250769515
ISBN-13: 978-1250769510
Kindle ASIN: B08FZ8Y79B

The first in a sweet and colorful cozy mystery series from Jess Dylan, Death in Bloom introduces flower shop owner Sierra Ravenswood.

At the Flower House, every rose has its thorn . . .

Sierra Ravenswood is the new part-time employee of the Flower House, a flower shop in Aerieville, Tennessee. It’s true she didn’t expect to be back in her hometown at twenty-eight years old, but after her dream of making it as a singer in Nashville crashed and burned, she’s just grateful to have found a soft place to land.

Because, after all, Sierra firmly believes in being optimistic and positive about life, so she’s sure she won’t have to work at the Flower House forever. But things take a decidedly negative turn when a customer drops dead in the middle of her new bouquet-arranging workshop at the store. When it’s discovered he was poisoned by a snack at the event, everyone at the workshop, including Sierra, is on the suspect list. To make matters worse, her boss has gone AWOL and left the store to her for the cost of one dollar, leaving Sierra in charge of both his store and his high-energy Corgi puppy, Gus.

The town is on edge, and Sierra knows that murder is something that an upbeat attitude and a bouquet of sweet-smelling roses can’t fix. She’s determined to figure out whodunit before anyone else in town meets an untimely reason for needing funeral flowers.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Sierra Ravenswood had hopes of being a singer known across the country but that didn’t happen so she is back home in Aerieville working part-time at The Flower House as she decides what she wants to do with her life next. The eccentric owner of the place has taken off to places unknown and left her the ownership of the shop just as he was scheduled to lead a workshop on flower arranging. Sierra decides to go ahead with the class and everyone seems to be enjoying themselves until one of the participants keels over dead. Sierra assumes the man had a heart attack but soon learns he was poisoned by one of the treats on the snack table. This means everyone at the workshop is a suspect including Sierra.

Trying to decide what she wants to do with The Flower House takes a backseat to finding a killer especially after the store and its greenhouse are vandalized. She is also the new owner of her boss’s Corgi puppy named Gus. Her life is not taking an expected turn but her optimistic nature will not let her back down while Death is in Bloom.


As soon as I saw the cover of this book I wanted to read it. My grandmother had a garden that encompassed most of her lawn with just grass walkways. This cover made me think of her and just brought back so many wonderful memories are spending time in those gardens and learning about flowers from my grandmother.

I really enjoyed meeting Sierra. Many people would have fallen apart by everything she had to handle in this story but she is a strong woman who took it all in stride with only some minor breaks. Her daily affirmations were uplighting both for her and this reader.

Sierra’s family was mostly supportive She really drew strength from Granny Mae. That woman is extraordinary in many ways and a great resource for Sierra. I enjoyed that she reconnected with an old friend, Deena, and made a new friend in Calvin. All the characters felt true to life. Everyone really worked together to keep the shop going and sleuth out clues. I am anxious to see how the characters and their relationships develop as this series continues.

I was taken in by the history of The Flower House and the town of Aerieville. The author added some nice depth to the story with the backgrounds she provided readers and her descriptions of each place she took us within the pages of this book.

The mystery was well done especially for the first book in a series. I always say the first book in a series is a heavy life because the author needs to give readers a great mystery while introducing core characters with enough background to get us invested in their lives. Ms. Dylan did an admirable job at both. I do wish we had gotten to know some of the suspects better so motives would have been more evident.  I was able to solve the mystery way before the reveal but I was totally entertained by the entire story.

Death in Bloom has set this series off to a blooming start. I want to visit Sierra, her friends, family, and The Flower House again soon.


About the Author

JESS DYLAN is an environmental attorney by day and author by night. As Jennifer David Hesse, she wrote the Wiccan Wheel Mysteries, a cozy series, with Kensington Publishing. Born and raised in Central Illinois, Jess now makes her home in Chicago with her musician husband, college-bound teen, and high-spirited Corgi. In her spare time, Jess enjoys yoga, hiking, reading, and movie night with her family.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Cozy Wednesday with Tricia L. Sanders Author of Flea Market Felony (The Mattie and Mo Mysteries) #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!


Flea Market Felony (The Mattie and Mo Mysteries)
by Tricia L. Sanders

I reviewed this book back on April 6 and was chair dancing when the author asked for a Great Escapes Book Tour. She also agreed to be my guest today for an Author Interview!


Hi Tricia! Welcome to Escape With Dollycas. 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’ll let my bio speak to that. Tricia L. Sanders lives in the Austin, Texas area and writes about women with class, sass, and a touch of kickass. A former instructional designer and corporate trainer, she traded in curriculum writing for novel writing, because she hates bullet points and loves to make stuff up. And fiction is more fun than training guides and lesson plans.

When she isn’t writing, Tricia is busy crossing dreams off her bucket list. With all 50 states checked, she’s concentrating on foreign interests. She’s an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, so don’t get between her and the television when a game is on.

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

I’m pretty much an open book. If there’s anything people don’t know about me, it’s because I don’t want them to know. I hope that doesn’t sound snobby. It’s not meant that way. Some secrets are meant to be kept. Ha!

What is the first book you remember reading?

It probably sounds cliché, but it would be a Dick and Jane book when I first started school. I loved those books. The illustrations made me happy and kept me turning the pages.

What are you reading now?

Just downloaded Win by Harlan Coben.

Oh, I enjoyed that one!

What books have most inspired you?

As a child, the Donna Parker books. (Look them up.) As a student, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. As a young adult, Pocahontas by Susan Donnell, and more recently Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

I’ve always loved mysteries, starting with Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden. I wrote down clues and created suspect lists as I read. So, it just made sense that I would graduate to writing my own mysteries.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

Used to be my desk in my office, but I’ve recently moved, and my office is mostly a storage room until I find a place for everything. For now, I write on my patio when the weather cooperates or in my comfy chair in the living room. Before Covid, I spent 2 hours a day writing at a local coffee shop. I look forward to being able to do that again soon.

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

Mostly from crime reports. I try to find unique cases, then put on spin on them and find a way to inject a bit of humor into a very serious topic.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

The initial plotting is always difficult for me. I really would prefer to write without an outline, but my mind doesn’t work that way. I’ve tried and I usually write myself into a corner, then spend way too much time trying to get the story back on track.

What do you think makes a good story?

I want my readers to come away from a book feeling like they’ve made a new friend and want to continue the journey with my protagonist.

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

Probably Mattie Modesky in my latest series, The Mattie and Mo Mysteries. She’s spunky but not foo full of herself.

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

I hope it’s the friendship aspect of each story. My characters have long term friendships that mean the world to them, but they also continue to cultivate relationships, sometimes challenging ones like Cece and Nancy in my Grime Pays Mystery series. Nothing about either of their backgrounds indicates they would ever in a thousand years become friends, but they slowly do.

What’s next on the horizon for you?

I’m still getting The Mattie and Mo Mysteries launched and will continue the Grime Pays Mystery series. Next on the agenda is a tropical cozy series which features a mother and daughter pair and explores their relationship as well as their mystery-solving skills while balancing financial difficulties.

Thank you Tricia so much for visiting today! 

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About Flea Market Felony


Flea Market Felony (The Mattie and Mo Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Independently published (April 1, 2021)
Paperback: 190 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8729049523
Digital ASIN: B08ZMBTQ8B

These new retirees have just hit the road. Will their first campsite’s shenanigans land them both in handcuffs?

 

Mattie Modesky’s been hankering to start retirement right. Even if it’s in an RV. The sassy senior believes there’s no time like the present after her policeman husband hangs up his badge and they hit the road.

 

When they reach their first RV park, the yoga instructor hitting on Mattie’s man turns her peaceful vacation sour. In an effort to stand her ground and confront the sneaky resident, Mattie finds a new friend, a stiff corpse, and her husband as the prime suspect.

 

She is shocked to her core when her man’s newly purchased pocketknife is the murder weapon. But when the real killer makes the fatal mistake of dognapping her beloved pooch, the silver-haired sleuth sets her sights on solving the crime herself and proving her lawman’s innocence.

 

Can Mattie clear her hubby’s name and reclaim their pup before the villain turns their golden years into iron bars? Or will the killer roll away in a motor home with Mattie’s dog in the passenger seat?

 

Flea Market Felony is the adventure-packed first book in The Mattie and Mo Mysteries series. If you like irresistible characters, fun surprises, and captivating whodunits, then you’ll love Tricia L. Sanders’s clever read.

 

Buy Flea Market Felony to catch a dastardly devil today!

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More About Tricia L. Sanders

Her essays have appeared in Sasee, ByLine, The Cuivre River Anthology, and Great American Outhouse Stories; The Whole Truth and Nothing Butt. She is a proud member of The Lit Ladies, six women writing their truths into fiction.

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Murder in the Family (An Eve Appel Mystery) by Lesley A Diehl #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Murder in the Family (An Eve Appel Mystery)
by Lesley A Diehl


It is my pleasure to welcome Lesley Diehl to Escape With Dollycas today!

Hi Lesley,

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I grew up in the country on a dairy farm in Illinois. As far as I’m concerned it was the best place to be as a child, exploring the fields and the woods, being with our animals and developing a love of the smell and look of rural life. So of course all my protagonists are country gals because they also grew up in the country or have adopted the rural life. Although I no longer live on a farm, I have not strayed far from my country roots. The settings for all my work whether full length novels or short stories are in small communities. Right now, as I look out my office window in my small cottage, I am watching a mother robin raise her brood of three. That sight makes me happy and inspires me in my writing. Nothing dark for me, only humorous cozies.

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

I got my undergraduate degree in a small college in Iowa, as I like to tell people, “it was in the middle of a corn field.”

I love to shop; whether in a thrift shop, department store or now online, I’m crazy about clothes and household furnishings. I also love shoes.

Not only do I talk to my cat, but I also talk for him. I’ve always done this with all my cats and have had some of the most intelligent conversations this way.

What is the first book you remember reading?

Here’s an odd one. Next to Nancy Drew and the Dana girls, I read Darwin’s Origin of Species. It was a second edition I found on my grandfather’s bookshelf.

What are you reading now?

I’m into the Country Club Murders, Book 7, Shadow Dancing by Julie Mulhern. It is set in the 1970s, the same period of my Aunt Nozzie and the Grandmothers works. It’s a favorite decade of mine.

I love that series!

What books have most inspired you?

I love Lori King’s books about Sherlock Holmes and Mary Holmes. I read all of them during the past year. It was my way of traveling in another time and around the world while isolated during the pandemic. They are so carefully researched and so beautifully written. It’s a joy to see how she had created another side to Holmes with her introduction of Mary into his life.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

As you can guess, I began to read mysteries at a young age, first Nancy Drew and then Agatha Christie and then any mystery I found in our small town’s library. I was intrigued by the puzzle these books presented and by the main characters. These were the neighbors one might find in a small town like the one I lived in. I always suspected my real neighbors had hidden lives, ones I’d never know about unless I made them up. Behind the most mundane were secrets waiting to be revealed, and I wanted to expose them. I loved words; I loved to be able to use them to describe the world. Why not use words to write about hidden lives?

Do you have a special place where you like to write?

When I’m in my cottage on the trout stream, I write in my office near the window and get a view of birds in the yard as well as an occasional woodchuck wandering by, a few chipmunks, rabbits, and the daylilies and lilacs in bloom.

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

Plots just seem to pop into my head sometimes inspired by observations of the world. For example, an alligator hiding under a neighbor’s car in Florida inspired me to write a short story in which a very nasty man got his up and comings when an alligator grabbed his arm.

But characters? Lately, I’ve found that people from my past especially my quirky relatives have found their way into my work.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Sometimes I have a beautiful plot and then some tiny, but significant detail gets in the way and ruins the logic. I usually find my way out of these holes late at night when I can’t sleep.

What do you think makes a good story?

The characters are the most important for me. Without interesting people, the story is nothing. Why continue reading if you aren’t taken with the character? And usually the character helps create the plot.

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

In the stories from the six The Killer Wore Cranberry anthologies from Untreed Reads, I write four characters from my childhood, an aunt, two grandmothers and the narrator who is me. The stories are all set in the early 1970s, and the narrator is a woman in her late twenties, the age I would have been at that time. She is a college professor, a farm girl, loves her aunt and grandmothers, is unsure of how to relate to her mother and she struggles with weight and men issues. She is me from that time and age.

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

My protagonist is bolder, less refined, less like anyone most of us have met. She loves high end fashion but moves to rural Florida where her punked, gelled and dyed hair and her three inch stilettoes definitely do not fit in. But what is endearing about this gal is her love of family and her loyalty to her friends, and some of her friends like to play loose with the law. There are no dogs, cats, bunnies or hamsters in these stories. There are, however, alligators. How could a writer create a story set in rural Florida without them?

What’s next on the horizon for you?

The trio of relatives inhabiting the Thanksgiving anthology stories (The Killer Wore Cranberry: Books 1-6) and a novella about Halloween (Happy Homicides: Book 4, Fall into Murder) are too good to let go, so I have written a book length mystery with these three crime stoppers. Led by Aunt Nozzie, Grandma Mama and Grandma Papa try to find out who killed their niece Darcie’s colleague and why. It’s yet another riotous ride in an aging motorhome through the hills of Upstate New York. It is currently being considered for publication.

Thank you Lesley so much for visiting today!

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About Murder in the Family

Murder in the Family (An Eve Appel Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Publisher: Camel Press (April 14, 2021)
Paperback: 214 pages
ISBN-10: 1603817638
ISBN-13: 978-1603817639
Digital ASIN: B08TFDNN14

The past comes back seeking vengeance. To save her family and friends, Novice PI Eve Appel, pregnant with her second child, must outwit the bad guys in a final act of desperation, risking her life and that of the man she’s asked to help her, her mob boss friend, Nappi.

 

Someone is targeting the friends and family of Eve Appel Egret, owner of a rural Florida high-end consignment shop and part-time private investigator. The intimidation includes stealing the horse of one of Eve’s rancher friends, forcing her car off the road, attempting to kidnap her daughter and leaving messages on her phone threatening more dreadful acts to come. Eve almost succumbs to gas inhalation when someone enters the consignment shop and cuts the gas line while she is in the shop. And just when Eve could use the help of her mob boss friend, Nappi, with his far-reaching resources, she discovers he has gone into hiding, himself a target. By the time she finds him, he has lost all his financial assets and his influence, but not his determination to help Eve. It’s clear to Eve that someone from the past has returned to seek vengeance on her and those she loves. Her hunches lead her to believe she can bring the person responsible for the threats into the open by setting a clever and desperate trap. She knows the bad guy will come with reinforcements, but she never counted on who they would be.

 

About Lesley A. Diehl

Cows, Lesley learned growing up on a farm, have a twisted sense of humor. They chased her when she went to the field to herd them in for milking, and one ate the lovely red mitten her grandmother knitted for her. Determining that agriculture wasn’t a good career choice, instead she uses her country roots and her training as a psychologist to concoct stories designed to make people laugh in the face of murder. “A good chuckle,” says Lesley,” keeps us emotionally well-oiled long into our old age.” She is the author of several cozy mystery series and numerous short stories.

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #23 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to New Mexico and a couple more states!

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

Escapes Completed


There’s A Murder Afoot: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery
by Vicki Delany
Release Date – January 7, 2020
Setting – London, England
My Flashback Friday Read – My Review


Deadly Delights: A Bookish Baker Mystery
by Laura Jensen Walker
Release Date – June 8, 2021
Setting – Wisconsin
My Review will be up sometime this week. 


Death in Bloom: A Flower House Mystery
by Jess Dylan
Release Date – May 25, 2021
Setting – Tennessee
My Review will be up Thursday.


Beaches, Bungalows, & Burglaries: A Camper and Criminals Cozy Mystery Series
by Tonya Kappes
Release Date – May 25, 2018
Setting – Kentucky
My Flashback Friday Read
and my book for the June Alphabet Soup Mini Challenge.

Scheduled Escapes


Guilt is Midnight Blue: A Hazel Dean Mystery
by Josalyn McAllister
Release Date – May 5, 2021
Setting – Small Appalachian Town
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!


Raiders Of The Campsite (A Southwest Exposure Mystery)
by Jodi Linton
Release Date – May 13, 2021
Setting – New Mexico
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!

Plus I need to select a Flashback Friday book.

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June 6 – 12, 2021


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A Week in the Life of Dollycas

It was a great week at the Caswell’s.

Monday – Memorial Day – Daughter #2 and Son #2 took littlest grands hiking at Devil’s Lake. They all had a great time. Nana and Papa stayed home and enjoyed the air conditioning. I worked part of the day on blog and book tour stuff and then started a new book. A new book I have yet to finish as it had not one but two suicide triggers. I made it past the first one but had to put the book down after the second one. I plan to skip ahead and read the last few chapters so I can try to write a review.

Tuesday was Daughter #2’s birthday. She had the day off from work and enjoyed a relaxing day that included a training class for Daisy. Later we celebrated with a Dairy Queen cake. Sadly Daughter #1 and the boys, and Natalie, and her mom couldn’t join us. My birthday and Mr. Dollycas’s birthdays are next month. I hope we can gather the whole family together to celebrate. We are also looking  forward to a get-together on July 4.

For some reason Friday night my body would not shut down. I tossed and turned, got up to read, watched television, and kept trying to go to sleep. According to my new fitness watch, I slept lightly for 11 minutes the whole night. That meant I was dragging my tail yesterday and we were unable to attend a birthday party when had been looking forward to. It was a really hot day 90+ degrees so I spent the day taking naps, reading, and finishing this post. I just hope I am able to sleep tonight. It is so frustrating when your body gets out of sync and betrays you.

How was your week?

 

 


Weekly Rewind – May 31 – June 5, 2021

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #22 – 2021

Tuesday – Cat Me If You Can (Cat in the Stacks Mystery) by Miranda James #Review @BerkleyMystery

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring The Diva Serves Forbidden Fruit (A Domestic Diva Mystery) by Krista Davis #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks @KristaDavis

Thursday – Four Cuts Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery) by Debra H. Goldstein #Review / #Giveaway Great Escapes Book Tour @KensingtonBooks

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – There’s A Murder Afoot: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery by Vicki Delany #Review / #Giveaway @vickidelany

Saturday – Donuts, Deception, and Death: A Cozy Murder Mystery (Paradise Beach Cozy Mystery) by Eloise Brightly #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

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Donuts, Deception, and Death: A Cozy Murder Mystery (Paradise Beach Cozy Mystery) by Eloise Brightly #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


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Donuts, Deception, and Death: A Cozy Murder Mystery (Paradise Beach Cozy Mystery)
by Eloise Brightly

About Donuts, Deception & Death


Donuts, Deception, and Death: A Cozy Murder Mystery (Paradise Beach Cozy Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Independently Published (May 20, 2021)
Pages – 244
Digital ASIN: B08XDPS1GD

Daisy Elliot doesn’t expect to end up embroiled in a murder mystery. She’s the owner of a bed & breakfast just minutes from the beach, but her neighbor opened a new B&B and used Daisy’s business name as her own. Daisy believes kindness and talking can solve everything. She’s ready to brew up a cup of tea and sit down to discuss the problem…until her neighbor ends up murdered.

 

With the spotlight on Daisy, she needs to solve this crime, or she’ll end up behind bars. Pure grit and determination lead Daisy to focus on those closest to the victim. But when Daisy gets too close, the perpetrator lashes out, putting Daisy in harm’s way.

 

A web of half-truths and outright deceptions keep Daisy in the dark. Will she end up lost, or can she find the truth?

 

About Eloise Brightly 

Eloise Brightly loves cozy mysteries. Crime fiction is her favorite. She enjoys figuring out whodunit while curled up before a roaring fire with a mug of hot cocoa. She lives on the eastern seaboard and combs the beaches while watching dolphins play, searching for inspiration for another mystery series.

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#FlashbackFriday – There’s A Murder Afoot: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery by Vicki Delany #Review / #Giveaway @vickidelany

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There’s A Murder Afoot: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (January 7, 2020)
Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 1643850342
ISBN-13: 978-1643850344
Mass Market Paperback (November 24, 2020): 336 pages
ISBN-10: 1643855735
ISBN-13: 978-1643855738
Kindle ASIN: B07NKR3F3N

Just in time for Sherlock Holmes’s 166th birthday, the fifth installment in national bestselling author Vicki Delany’s Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery takes Sherlockania to the max with a Holmes convention and historic 221 Baker Street.

Gemma Doyle and her friends travel to London for a Sherlock Holmes convention–but will Gemma’s father take the fall for a felonious forger’s fatality?

The 6th of January is Sherlock Holmes’s birthday, and lucky for Gemma Doyle, January is also the slowest time of the year at both the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium, and Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room. It’s a good time for Gemma and her friends to travel to England for a Holmes Convention. For Gemma, the trip provides an opportunity to visit her parents, Jayne Wilson is excited about seeing all the sites London has to offer, and Ryan Ashburton just wants to spend some time with Gemma. But the trip is immediately derailed when Gemma’s father Henry recognizes his brother-in-law Randolph Denhaugh, who disappeared more than thirty years ago on the night he stole a valuable painting from his own parents.

Henry, a retired detective with Scotland Yard, has been keeping tabs on the man’s career as a forger of Old Masters and he warns Randy to stay away from his family. It’s up to Gemma, with the help of her friends, to plunge into the “lowest and vilest alleys” of London to save her father from prison.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Gemma, Jayne, Ryan, Donald, and Grant have traveled across the pond for a Sherlock Holmes Convention where Gemma is a featured speaker and she will accept an award on her Uncle Arthur’s behalf. She will also get to spend some time with her parents and her sister Pippa.

She also meets another member of her family, her mother’s brother, Randolph Denhaugh. The black sheep of the family, he disappeared 30 plus years ago after a valuable painting was stolen from her parent’s house. Gemma’s father, Henry, a retired Scotland Yard detective tried to keep tabs on the man who is said to be an art forger of the Old Masters. He wanted Denhough to stay away from his family but he never imagined he would be killed and that Henry himself would be the prime suspect.

Gemma has had a little experience as an amateur sleuth and she sees she is going to have to find the real killer herself because the lead detective has already decided Henry is guilty. Thankfully she has her friends along to help her and maybe her sister Pippa too. They are all committed to keeping Henry out of prison and won’t be flying back to the states until the real culprit is caught.


I loved that these characters traveled to London and that we were able to meet Gemma’s parents and sister. Gemma really traveled around to follow each clue to prove her father’s innocence. I found it quite funny the lengths she went to to keep her friends occupied when they weren’t helping her with the case. Donald was in his glory checking out the Sherlock Holmes sights and Grant became quite smitten with Pippa. It was nice to have Henry and Ryan hit it off and also that Jayne and Gemma’s mother Anne became quite close. Ryan didn’t like that Gemma was off investigating but he knew he couldn’t stop her. Pippa really pushed for Gemma to take on the case and she really couldn’t refuse.

The people back in the states were not forgotten. Gemma and Ashleigh checked in regularly with each call bringing more worry to Gemma. Arthur was definitely not the right person to leave in charge but one of the mishaps made me laugh out loud.

The mystery was a complicated one. Randolph Denhaugh was a man with few friends and plenty of enemies. Pippa was a woman of mystery herself which added some very intriguing twists to the story.  She quickly became my favorite character in this book.

As a reader, I donned by virtual deerstalker cap to try to solve the whodunit before Gemma could but I failed miserably. Ms. Delany plotted this story out beautifully and totally surprised me with the big exciting reveal. The whiplash twist was great and pulled me to the edge of my seat. I really enjoyed the brisk pace of the story, there was always something happening.

There’s A Murder Afoot is now my favorite book in this series. I loved the realistic characters and the way Gemma’s friends really supported her throughout the whole adventure with only a few minor complaints. Their vacations definitely didn’t go as planned and I believe all the relationships grew stronger because of that.

Ms. Delany’s vivid descriptions of time and place really made me feel like I was tagging along with the characters the entire way. I do hope Ryan and Gemma get a real vacation soon and that this is not the last we see of Anne, Henry, and Pippa.

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Vicki Delany is a bestselling author of more than twenty novels/novellas in several mystery subgenres. Born in Manitoba and raised in Ontario, she is the former president of the Crime Writers of Canada, a member of Capital Crime Writers, and a member of Sisters in Crime.

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