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Cozy Wednesday with Victoria Tait – Author of Wild Dog Revenge (A Kenya Kanga Mystery) #AuthorInterview / #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Wild Dog Revenge (A Kenya Kanga Mystery)
by Victoria Tait

I am so happy to have Victoria Tait visit today!


Hi Victoria,

Hi Lori,

First, I’d like to thank you for all your hard work helping cozy mystery writers like myself.

Your help to organise book tours, especially for new authors, is invaluable, as visibility is becoming harder as more and more books are released.

Thank you so much!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I had no intention of becoming a writer, but in January 2019, I found myself sitting in a sparsely furnished house, during a UK winter, dreaming of the warmth and life in Kenya, which I had just left.

I started listening to author podcasts, which is when the idea of writing about the 8 years I’d spent in Kenya came to me.  It may have been, in part, because of a version of homesickness and, in part, wanting to convey the extraordinary life my family and I’d spent in such a fascinating country.

I began writing Fowl Murder in May 2019 and published it in July 2020, as the first book in my Kenya Kanga Mystery series.  Wild Dog Revenge completes a six-book series.

My husband is in the British Military, and his job takes him, and our family, around the UK, and the world.  We are currently based in Sarajevo, in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  It is another fascinating country, as is neighbouring Croatia and I’m sure I’ll use them as settings for a future book series.

On a personal note, I’ve not been able to do much in the pandemic except try to maintain my mental health and juggle various different tasks and calls upon my time and emotions.

I’ve started exercising again and I’m up to 25 minutes continuous running, longer with some walking, and I swim twice a week.

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

I spend about a week undertaking research, character development, and plot ideas.  As I’m still a relatively new writer, the process keeps changing.

Wild Dog Revenge needed less research as I was familiar with the main characters and the locations, and I know about horses and have an overview of polo, around which the book is set.

My new series has required a lot more research and development, particularly of the characters.  I had to return to the UK recently, as my youngest son was suspected of having Covid, so I used the opportunity to visit the area where my series is set, and I discovered villages I’d lived close to but never visited.

After a week, I usually begin a book, writing in the mornings, and undertaking any additional research in the afternoons.

Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?

I certainly look at the first blank page and think, “New book, where do I start?”  So, I look to my main character and ask what is her motive and journey in the story?  Or it may be that a particular theme comes to me which I want to develop further.  I follow the threads, and characters and plot ideas develop, although I always leave room for development as I write.

In the mornings, I write for one to two hours until I reach a point where the words are hard to find and my concentration lapses.  Then I take a break and do some exercise, housework or cooking.

If I continue to wonder what happens next in my story, I sleep on it and usually find a solution in the morning.  And if I’m really struggling, I put the story to one side and read, or listen to audio books, to re-fill the ‘creative well’.

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

I’ve learned so much on my writing journey.  I have so many tips and resources for those wanting to write and publish their first, and subsequent, books that I’ve started a blog on my website, www.ShoestringPublishing.com In particular, I’m focusing on budget and not spending the family savings, or the weekly grocery budget to publish a book.

A smaller and smaller percentage of writers, particularly aspiring ones, are given traditional publishing deals but it is still possible to publish a book via a small press, or as an independent author.  And the good news is that there is an ever-increasing number of resources to help self-published authors, as well as a very supportive author community.

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

It’s more of a case of what I have to do rather than what I want to do.  My husband and I both caught Covid in March, and he had complications, including pneumonia.  I felt drained for a time and now I’m trying to re-energise through exercise and healthy living.  But things keep knocking me sideways, and I’m struggling to find a rhythm. Fingers crossed the world will start to open up so I can explore more of Sarajevo, Bosnia and the Balkans.

How has the COVID pandemic affected you and you’re writing?

I finished editing my first book as the pandemic started and quickly wrote my second.  I managed to write, even with home schooling, by getting up each morning at 5.30 am and sitting at the computer for a couple of hours.

But what affected me most was packing up the house and moving to a new country, where we had to settle in without personal contact with anyone.  As my boys are at school in the UK, I’ve continued to travel, which has been extremely stressful.

As I don’t know what the publishing world was like pre-Covid it’s difficult for me to comment further.  What did affect me was not having my summer job in 2020, so I didn’t have the money I needed for publishing and marketing, and I found myself in debt.  I’m continuing to write but I’ve cut back my costs and found alternative ways to do things.

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

At the moment, I’d love to return to Kenya to catch up with friends and visit the glorious white sandy beaches of Diani.

After that, I’d like to visit the countries close to Bosnia such as Romania, Hungary and my boys would love to visit Venice and Florence in Italy.  Fingers crossed we will have a chance next year.

What is next on the horizon for you?

I have started a new cozy mystery series set in the scenic Cotswolds of England, close to where I lived in 2019/2020.  I really enjoyed visiting and attending local auctions as I furnished our house, so the series begins at an auction house, with the strange and eccentric characters that are found in the antiques world.

I’m also developing my Shoestring Publishing brand with advice and resources for new writers and those who are published but can’t afford to keep going unless they find a method to publish on a budget.

I’ll continue marketing my Kenya Kanga Mystery series, targeting readers interested in Africa and wildlife.

What a wonderful interview! Thank you, Victoria for spending some time with us today! 


Keep reading for my thoughts about Wild Dog Revenge.

About Wild Dog Revenge 


Wild Dog Revenge: A Page-Turning Cozy Murder Mystery (A Kenya Kanga Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Setting – Kenya
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Kanga Press (November 12, 2021)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 237 pages
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09B66WXJ4

A high-stakes match. An inexplicable death. As the players take their positions, can an amateur sleuth solve the mystery before the final whistle blows?

Mama Rose just wants to enjoy a local polo tournament and care for any injured horses. But when a polo player is found dead in a stable, there’s all to play for if our silver-haired investigator is to discover the deadly truth.

Intrigued by tales from a late-night party, Rose unearths multiple suspects all with motives to harm the victim. But when her enquires lead to dead ends, she begins to doubt her intuition that there’s been foul play.

With the tournament drawing to a close, and the dead man’s influential father demanding answers, the police are on the losing side.

Can Rose unravel the clues before the umpire calls full time?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I couldn’t wait to get back to Kenya and Mama Rose. In this final book of this series, Mama Rose takes us to a local polo match where she will tend to any injured horses and find herself in the middle of another murder investigation. One of the prominent polo players is found dead in the stable. With all the people attending the matches there is a vast number of suspects. This is a tough case for Mama Rose and she even second-guesses herself but she doesn’t give up.


I have enjoyed this series so much. Ms. Tait has created such diverse characters. Mama Rose is a unique character. She is such a strong woman, very intuitive, will do anything to help an animal or person in need. She is also an awesome amateur sleuth. Her husband Craig was a great character too. Everyone that Rose meets is vividly described. The core characters we have met over the course of the series developed naturally and the characters introduced are given plenty of background. This book had a large cast with all the polo players and those attending the matches. Each was easy to keep straight and all had a purpose within the story.

I also enjoy the setting of the series. I will never travel to Kenya so these little virtual trips excite me. She describes each place so well, I picture everything so clearly. I feel like I am right there on the scene witnessing all the happenings.  I also learn about the animals of the region. Ms. Tait piques my interest and I always find myself doing just a little more research.

On top of the great characters and the amazing setting, she gives her readers a fantastic mystery to really escape into.  So many suspects and situations that tug on your heartstrings grab your attention and hold on tight.

Again, I am amazed how the author packs this all into less than 250 pages.

I am sad this series is ending because I have grown to be very interested in the lives of these characters. That being said I am thrilled Victoria Tait is working on a new series. Her travels must give her a font of ideas. I am looking forward to reading anything and everything she writes.

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More About Victoria Tait

Victoria Tait is the author of the enchanting Kenya Kanga Mystery series.  She’s drawn on 8 years’ experience of living in rural Kenya, with her family, to write vivid and evocative books.  Her readers feel the heat, taste the dryness and smell the dust of Africa.  Her silver-haired sleuth, “Mama Rose” Hardie, is Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple reincarnated and living in Kenya.

Like all good military wives, Victoria follows the beat of the drum and currently lives in Sarajevo, in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  She has two fast-growing teenage boys and enjoys horse riding and mountain biking.

You can find Victoria at VictoriaTait.com, on Bookbub and in her readers’ Facebook group, Victoria’s Voracious Readers (with her cat Izzy)

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Styled for Murder (Bad Hair Day Mysteries) by Nancy J. Cohen #AuthorInterview / #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @nancyjcohen


Styled for Murder (Bad Hair Day Mysteries)
by Nancy J. Cohen

I am excited to welcome Nancy J. Cohen to Escape With Dollycas today!

Hi Nancy,

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

I wrote my first novel when I was attending grad school to become a Clinical Nurse Specialist. I retired from nursing to write full-time when our kids were born and haven’t looked back since. My professional writing career started with sci-fi romance published by Dorchester and Wild Rose Press. Then I switched to mysteries when Kensington signed me on for the Bad Hair Day mystery series featuring hairstylist and salon owner Marla Vail.

Besides tending to her clients, Marla has a knack for teasing the truth from suspects. Styled for Murder is book #17 in this series. In total, I’ve published 25 full-length novels, a novella, a short story, a cookbook, and a writing guide. My latest works have been published independently as I wanted to take control of the book production process.

I write full-time in a dedicated home office in Central Florida where I live with my retired husband. We moved here fairly recently to be near our children and grandson. I like to explore the area and write about it on my blog. As for what I like to read, I enjoy genre fiction – historical romance, cozy and historical mystery, and sci-fi/fantasy. I look for stories with humor and romance, which are the elements I try to include in my books. My aim is to entertain. As reading is my escape, I hope to bring the same experience to you.

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

I enjoy researching a new book. I’ll start by doing whatever preliminary research I need to do online to formulate the background setting and get started on the plot. Then I’ll look for interesting items that catch my eye so I can learn about them and incorporate these factoids into my stories. For Styled for Murder, this included such eclectic topics as edible gold, propane gas, copper thefts, home remodel scams, origins of bone china, and health benefits of garlic. I love learning something new with each book. This gives me the spark of inspiration to write the story and makes it exciting for me.

Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?

I’ve been stuck when I feel I’ll finish the book too early. That’s when I go back and reread what I’ve written to see what threads could be expanded. I’ll also discuss the possibilities with my critique group who are always helpful. Otherwise, I write a synopsis before I begin the story, so I have a definite direction to follow. Outside distractions are the biggest cause of writer’s block. When we moved last December, I didn’t write for about six months.

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

Join the professional writing community. Take webinars and online classes, attend meetings when available, participate in a critique group. Set daily and weekly writing goals and stick to them. Give yourself permission to write a draft that will need work but at least get it done. Then don’t give up through the submission process. Learn all you can about the business aspects of writing from other authors and keep learning. Follow the 3 P’s – Persistence, Practice, and Professionalism.

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

I like to read, dine out, explore the area, cruise to the Caribbean, and visit Disney World. I love Florida living and enjoy the varied ecosystems, attractions and cultures in this diverse state. And I’m a fan of the Hallmark channel movies and mysteries. That’s what I watch on TV, along with some superhero shows.

How has the COVID pandemic affected you and your writing?

All my in-person events have been cancelled. I’ve been doing a lot of online workshops and the good thing is that this brings in more attendees. People can come from anywhere. I really miss seeing my writer friends, though. As for staying home, I would be doing that anyway. So the pandemic hasn’t affected my writing routine.

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

I’ve never been to Greece, so that would be my first choice. I’ve traveled to Europe, the British Isles, the South Pacific, and the Orient. I’d also like to see St. Petersburg in Russia. These days, I’m content to plan my next Caribbean cruise.

What is next on the horizon for you?

I have another Bad Hair Day mystery I’d like to do and then we’ll see. I also have a fully written whodunit set in Central Florida. It needs more work and I’ve been dabbling with it in my spare time. Plus, I hope to do another audiobook. So far, the first four titles in my series are in audiobook format and I need to do more. As for pub dates, Box Set 5 in my series will come out in early 2022.

Thank you Nancy so much for visiting today.


Keep reading for my thoughts about Styled for Murder.

About Styled for Murder


Styled for Murder (Bad Hair Day Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
17th in Series
Setting – Florida
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Orange Grove Press (November 16, 2021)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 286 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1952886228
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1952886225
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09DYN9YG6

Hairstylist Marla Vail flushes out a killer when murder disrupts her mother’s home renovation plans in this stylish cozy mystery.

When hairstylist and savvy sleuth, Marla Vail, gets a frantic call from her mother that there’s a dead body in her shower, Marla realizes this wasn’t part of the home renovation plans. The victim turns out to be the project manager, who had an untrustworthy reputation in town. Disgruntled customers, unpaid suppliers, and the design company’s staff are among the suspects. Which one of them wanted the foreman to pipe down about their shady dealings?

Meanwhile, the lead investigator sets his sights on Marla’s stepfather, Reed, who’s keeping secrets from his family. Reed has a past connection to the victim and won’t come clean about what he knows. As Marla drills deeper, she’s showered with suspicions, but nobody’s willing to leak any information. She needs to hammer down the prospects, or time will drain away and the murderer will strike again.

To flush out the culprit, Marla taps into her pipeline of resources. Can she assemble the clues and demolish the alibis to nail a killer? Or has someone designed the perfect murder?

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Dollycas’s Thoughts

Home renovations are murder in this latest installment of the Bad Hair Day Mystery Series. Marla Vail’s mother has a hair-raising experience when she finds a dead contractor in her remodeled shower. It turns out the man had built quite a reputation for himself, a bad one. The police have added Marla’s stepfather to the long list that may want to remove the unscrupulous individual from the earth – perm-antly. Sadly, the murder is out of Marla’s detective husband Dalton’s jurisdiction but that is not going to stop her from showering her sleuthing talents on the case, mainly because her mother won’t let her but also her stepdad Reed is hiding something. He may not have killed the man but maybe he knows who did.


Marla and Dalton are settling into their lives with the addition of a new baby to their family but both have full-time jobs and Ms. Cohen has portrayed their lives so realistically. Brianna is old enough to be of help but a baby takes over your life. Then grandma calls and throws a monkey wrench into their lives with a dead body. I knew Marla would have a hard time saying no to another murder investigation, even with her best intentions to stop getting involved but this one hits family and there is no way to say no to family. I really liked this as it really makes sense for Marla to get involved. I really had sympathy for her as she truly was burning the candle at both ends throughout the story. It is hard to find balance with a new baby in the house without the addition of a dead body.

Ms. Cohen finds a nice balance herself in Styled for Murder. She blends the daily life of her characters with a challenging mystery to solve.  I did like that there was a plethora of suspects and the way Marla worked her way through them. She wasn’t able to figure things out though before more deaths occurred. Those deaths depleted her suspect list but WOW! that final twist was absolutely killer. The guilty party was a total surprise. I know I probably missed an important clue somewhere but I love when a book ends with a shocking twist.

I have read this series from the start. Marla has evolved so wonderfully over the course of those books. She was a great stepmom to Brianna after marrying Dalton but I am so happy that they now have this little bundle of joy. She made some adjustments to her sleuthing with her son Ryder in mind. Dalton also made changes. I am excited to see how this continues in future stories especially after the final chapter in this book.

Styled for Murder is filled with complex characters, has a great family feel, and a captivating mystery. Don’t let the depth of this series hold you back. This book can be read all on its own but to really get to know Marla I encourage you to read the entire series.

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More About Nancy J. Cohen

Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have been named Best Cozy Mystery by Suspense Magazine, won a Readers’ Favorite gold medal and a RONE Award, placed first in the Chanticleer International Book Awards and third in the Arizona Literary Awards. Her nonfiction titles, Writing the Cozy Mystery and A Bad Hair Day Cookbook, have also garnered numerous awards, including the FAPA President’s Book Award and the Royal Palm Literary Award. Active in the writing community, Nancy is a past president of Florida Romance Writers and Mystery Writers of America, Florida Chapter. When not busy writing, she enjoys reading, fine dining, cruising, and visiting Disney World.



 

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #46 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Idaho, Wisconsin, and back to Mississippi!

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

Escapes Completed


Last Call (Mack’s Bar Mysteries)
by Allyson K. Abbott
Release Date – July 31, 2018
Setting – Wisconsin
My Flashback Friday Read! My Review/Giveaway


Styled for Murder (Bad Hair Day Mysteries)
by Nancy J. Cohen
Release Date – November 16, 2021
Setting – Florida
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here tomorrow!


Wild Dog Revenge: A Page-Turning Cozy Murder Mystery
(A Kenya Kanga Mystery)

by Victoria Tait
Release Date – November 12, 2021
Setting – Kenya
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Nightmare On The Bike Trail (A Southwest Exposure Mystery)
by Jodi Linton
Release Date – November 6, 2021
Setting – New Mexico
The Great Escape Tour stops here Thursday!

Scheduled Escapes


Killer Comfort Food (A Farm-to-Fork Mystery)
by Lynn Cahoon
Release Date – January 5, 2021
Setting – Idaho
My Flashback Friday Read
plus my Alphabet Soup Mini Reading Challenge!


Mystery in the Hill
by Aaron Qualio
Release Date – March 13, 2021
Setting – Wisconsin
For Review


A Murder Like No Author: A Book Shop Cozy Mystery (Main Street Book Club Mysteries)
by Amy Lillard
Release Date – November 30, 2021
Setting – Mississippi
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!

Future Escapes

November 14 – 20, 2021 


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Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – A Week in the Life of Dollycas – Weekly Rewind – New Arrivals

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The Sunday Salon is a Facebook group that has become an
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It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.
You can also link up weekly on Readerbuzz.

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HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!

A Week in the Life of Dollycas

Brrrrrr! The cold weather has arrived to this part of the country. We also had a sprinkling of snow mixed with rain that is clearing the trees of their beautiful colorful leaves. At our old house, we had just pine trees. Here we have a growing maple tree but the neighbors have 2 giant ones that have filled our lawn and driveway with leaves so this Nana may be enlisting some rakers when the ground dries out a bit. We can probably use a snow shovel to clear the ones from the paved part of the driveaway before then though. And I may have the perfect person here for that job here this weekend.

Mr. Dollycas, Daughter #2, and I joined Kaden’s parents and Remi Friday night at Applebee’s to celebrate his 14th birthday. How can that be possible? 14 years! I remember that day like it was yesterday.

He has grown into a wonderful young man that I have had the pleasure to brag to you about for almost his whole life. He came home with us last night, you know because, we have the Xbox, tee hee. He really is a big help when he is here with things like shoveling leaves and helping Mr. Dollycas move furniture that was placed over heat vents during our quick move into this place.

Mr. Dollycas has been doing well at his promotion duties for the Great Escapes Tours and now he wants a title. LOL So yesterday, we came up with the Vice President of Promotions and Social Media Engagement. Quite a fancy title for a volunteer. Wait until I introduce him to setting up Rafflecopter Giveaways, he will probably want a raise.

How was your week?

Weekly Rewind – November 8 – 13, 2021 

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #45 – 2021

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

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

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Death at the Salon (A Daisy Thorne Mystery) by Louise R. Innes #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks @LouiseRoseInnes

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

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Last Call (Mack’s Bar Mysteries) by Allyson K. Abbott #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks

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

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



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Do something unexpected!

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

I apologize for my delay in posting this review.

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

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

This murder will have to be solved by the book…

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

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

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

Dollycas’s Thoughts

We return to Arlo and Chloe’s Books & More in this second book in the Main Street Book Club Mysteries where the Friday Night Book Club, which meets each day at noon are discussing Missing Girl by the now-deceased Wally Harrison. (Can’t Judge A Book by Its Murder) The elderly members of the group, Fern, Camille, and Helen, are sure the book was derived from a 50-year-old-case when piano teacher Mary Kennedy went missing after giving a lesson to the son of a wealthy family.

When the ladies travel to the very manor where the disappearance occurred to pick up a book donation they witness another murder. They are convinced the two murders are connected and no matter how hard Arlo tries to direct their attention elsewhere they are intent on investigating both murders come hill or high water.


I will confess when I started this book I stopped to be sure I hadn’t already read it because the young woman’s death was very similar to something I had remembered reading before. I had not read this book and as I got further into it the similarity faded away.

Arlo is a terrific character. Her book club plan did not come together as planned but she rolled with it and accepted that she ended up with Fern, Camille, and Helen. It sure turned out to be a lot more work especially now that the ladies see themselves as amateur sleuths instead of book club members. It tests Arlo’s patience but I enjoyed tagging along to see what kind of mischief they were going to get into much to Arlo’s dismay. Arlo also has man trouble, personally and tangentially. With both Sam and Mads back in her life, she is dealing with old feelings and new. Plus Camille is dating a very interesting man that no one knows anything about. Ms. Lillard has created a wonderful group of characters. They make me laugh and a bit nervous at times but all are characters I want to follow through their adventures.

As I said the new mystery felt familiar but the way the author twisted it to encompass the old cold case caught my interest. While nosing around a certain event got the ladies all twitterpated. They were all in on solving both mysteries. I was nicely entertained by the way the drama all played out. Ms. Lillard threw in some wonderful twists and turns that really muddied my thinking. I really enjoyed the subplot about Chole and her son too.

There is plenty of humor sprinkled through this story including the antics of some spry octogenarians but also from a certain parrot named Faulkner. His quips and one-liners had me in stitches.

A Murder Between the Pages was a delightful trip back to Sugar Springs, Mississippi. I am excited to know I will be returning in just a couple of weeks when I read and review A Murder Like No Author.

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About Amy Lillard

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

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


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

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About Death on the Shelf


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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

About Allison Brook 

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

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

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

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#FlashbackFriday – Last Call (Mack’s Bar Mysteries) by Allyson K. Abbott #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks

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.

Last Call (Mack’s Bar Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Setting – Wisconsin
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Kensington (July 31, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 368 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1496701747
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1496701749
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0776GL23W

A bar owner taps into her special sleuthing talents when a businessman is shot in this top-shelf mystery with drink recipes included.

Fresh off solving a murder that hit too close to home, Mack’s trust is shattered. But when Milwaukee police detective Duncan Albright asks for her help with a shooting, she can’t resist using her extra-perceptive senses to benefit others. It turns out the victim was the ruthless businessman their friend Mal was investigating undercover. And now Mal is missing—and his fingerprints are on the gun. Was his cover blown, forcing him into hiding? Or could he be a straight-up killer on the run? Mack doesn’t know what to believe anymore—except her own gut, which leads her to secret rooms, shocking revelations . . . and the fear that this could be her final round.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Bar owner Mackenzie “Mack” Dalton is brought into her first authorized case as a consultant for the Milwaukee Police. With Detective Duncan Albright by her side, they arrive at the scene of a shooting. The victim is a man undercover cop Mal O’Reilly has been investigating. Now Mal isn’t answering his phone and they have no idea where he is but his fingerprints are on the murder weapon. Mack and Duncan know they need to find their friend fast because his cover could be blown. Also, his family is in town to install an elevator in Mack’s Bar and they are going to want answers. Duncan and Mack can’t believe Mal killed a man and fled the scene.  But then Mack’s special talents lead her to something very surprising in the house where the shooting occurred that could blow the case wide open.


I have really enjoyed this series. Ms. Abbott’s characters are so realistic. Mack’s Synesthesia may be a little bit out there but it is a real condition which she has really fined tuned to give her the ability to help the police. Her romantic relationship with Duncan is heating up, but darn, I was team Mal, especially after we met his family in A Toast to Murder. I loved that their visit continued into this book. The bartenders, servers, and customers are all like Mack’s family and I know that feeling because my parents bought a bar when I was in Junior High and we lived in the apartment upstairs. Like Mack, I spent a lot of time downstairs helping in any way I could and got to know the regulars pretty darn well. We didn’t have a Capone Club but we did have some epic Euchre tournaments. Sadly, Mack had to deal with a lot of tragic events over the course of the series, and each helped to shape her into the fantastic person she is now.

The mystery in this book was marvelous. I am not going into a lot of details because I do not want to spoil anything. I will say Mack uses her gentle soul, her synesthesia, and her own history to get a witness to open up to help solve the case. I really liked that Mack really played a key role in her first case as a consultant and that she changes a lot of minds. I had thought Mack would take an incredible step, but she didn’t. She did take another step that I thought was a bit too soon, but there was a reason for that.

Sadly Last Call is truly the last call. This is the final book in this series that took place over a very traumatic year in Mack’s life.  It was a pleasure to meet her and everyone connected to her life, great people, and even the unsavory ones. I was late to the party on this series but I am so happy I found it and was able to read all six books and was able to share my reviews with you.

The author gave plenty of background in this book so new readers can read this book as a stand-alone, but I really encourage you to read the series from the start so you can get to know the people in Mack’s world from the start.

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Allyson K. Abbott is a pseudonym used by suspense writer Beth Amos. Beth has enjoyed a varied writing career that included a stint as a book reviewer and several years of nonfiction freelancing. Now she writes only fiction, and in stark contrast to her “day job” as an ER nurse, where she gets to save lives, the one common factor in her fiction, no matter what name it’s written under, is that someone always dies. Allyson K. Abbott is my little insider joke at having to pick yet another pseudonym. It’s not a coincidence the initials are what they are.  Check out her webpage here and on Facebook here. Allyson also writes as Annelise Ryan.

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


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

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

Hi Sally,

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

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

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

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

Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?

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

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

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

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

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

How has the COVID pandemic affected you and your writing?

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

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

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

What is next on the horizon for you?

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

Thank you so much for visiting today! 

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

About The Notorious Noel Caper 

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

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

About Sally Carpenter

Sally Carpenter is a native Hoosier living in Southern California.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cozy Wednesday featuring Death at the Salon (A Daisy Thorne Mystery) by Louise R. Innes #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks @LouiseRoseInnes

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I am delighted to feature Death at the Salon by Louise R. Innes today!


Death at the Salon (A Daisy Thorne Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Surrey, England
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Kensington (March 30, 2021)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 149672982X
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1496729828
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08CBM34BZ

After hairdresser Daisy Thorne finds her missing scissors in a customer’s back, she becomes the prime suspect in a murder . . .

When Ooh La La regular Mel Haverstock left the hair salon that morning, no one expected it would be her final parting. But when Daisy closes shop Saturday night, she finds her client dead as the mullet cut. Homicide is back in style in the quiet village of Edgemead in Surrey, England. But who would want to harm a hair on poor Mel’s head?

Suspicions higher than a beehive pile on Daisy when it’s revealed that she and Mel had tangled back in high school, and DNA evidence seems to color her guilty. Handsome DCI Paul McGuinness gives the hairstylist new accessories—a lovely pair of silver handcuffs. To clear her name, Daisy must highlight the real backstabber, or she’ll end up shaving heads in the prison barbershop.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Finding a dead client is harrowing. Finding a dead client with YOUR scissors in their back is murder! And you become the prime suspect! That is exactly what happened to hairdresser Daisy Thorne. The victim, Mel Haverstock, and Daisy have some old history that some people think gives her motive. That and some questionable DNA findings earn her a pair of shiny new bracelets. But Daisy is determined to wash DCI McGuinness right out of her hair and style the real killer off to prison herself or dye trying!


Daisy Thorne is an admirable protagonist. She is intelligent and can think on her feet. She took clearing her name seriously and she came up with a list of suspects and worked her way through them. Ms. Innes also surrounds her with a nice supporting cast. Her friends/employees all have their own little quirks and histories. The banter between them is fun and true to life. What I loved was the way they pulled together and followed Daisy’s lead. The bit of romantic tension between Daisy and Detective McGuiness is interesting and entertaining especially when he has to do his job. All the characters are cleverly written with plenty of room for growth.

The mystery was well-plotted, filled with twists, and set a very comfortable pace. The murder happens early in the story giving plenty of time for a thorough inquiry. I love the way it came to an end. Daisy came up with a great idea to flush out a killer and the good detective was on board and present as her plan played out.

The salon setting really works. It is something relatable to everyone here or across the pond. My son’s girlfriend is working to complete her cosmetology degree and I recently went to the salon attached to the school. My first haircut since the pandemic and my cancer treatments. It was almost exactly what Ms. Innes describes in this book, as were other salons I have visited over the years.

This second Daisy Thore Mystery was very entertaining. I am excited that the third, Death at Holly Lodge has been released. With its Christmas theme, it is perfect reading for this time of year. I hope to read and review it soon.

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About the Author

Louise R. Innis writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and cozy mysteries. She lives in leafy Surrey in the United Kingdom with her family, and when she’s not writing, she can be found traipsing through the countryside or kayaking on the River Thames. Visit her on Facebook or Twitter or at louiseroseinnes.com.

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


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

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

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


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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

About Kelly Brady Channick

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

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

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

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

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

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

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November 2 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
November 3 – Nellie’s Book Nook – REVIEW, GUEST POST
November 4 – StoreyBook Reviews – CHARACTER GUEST POST
November 5 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT
November 6 – Reading Is My SuperPower – GUEST POST
November 7 – Baroness’ Book Trove – REVIEW
November 8 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – CHARACTER GUEST POST
November 9 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT
November 10 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT
November 11 – Carla Loves To Read – CHARACTER GUEST POST 
November 12 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT
November 13 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT WITH RECIPE
November 14 – BookishKelly2020 – SPOTLIGHT  

 

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