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A Week in the Life of Dollycas

Tuesday I received a message from Son #2 that he was at the hospital with a fever of 102, massive back pain, and feeling like someone was stepping on his chest. Of course, I wanted to go right there but the hospital is still under COVID protocols so I waited by my phone. He was soon admitted with a diagnosis of pneumonia and hooked up to oxygen, given IV fluids and antibiotics. Hard to keep this young man down, he was released late the next day and rested at his apartment on Thursday and returned to work on Friday. I am always amazed by the way he pushes through illnesses that would knock me on my butt for a week or more.

On Wednesday we did go to the hospital. Me for a mammogram and Mr. Dollycas to visit Son #2. My mammogram went well and then I visited with my Breast Cancer Advocate. She was so happy that I seemed more like myself now that I have been taken off the Verzenio. It was great to catch up with her and wonderful that didn’t include me breaking down in tears. The radiologist said as expected to have another scan in 6 months as expected.

Later that day I received a message that I had a new health report to read on the hospital’s patient system. I signed in expecting to see the same message as the previous scans and what totally taken by surprise to see “No suspicious findings” and the word I have been waiting to see “BENIGN“. The next day I received a letter which states –

Dear Ms. Caswell,

We are pleased to inform you that your recent study MAMMO BILAT DIAGNOSTIC performed on 3/9/22 shows no evidence of cancer.

I was over the moon happy. Something good in the month of March! I can now say I am a breast cancer survivor! Almost exactly two years to the day that was informed I had breast cancer. I still am at a high rate for reoccurrence so will continue to have mammograms as ordered and continue to take the Anastrozole. Knowing the next few days are going to be hard for my family I decided my news was something to celebrate with a family dinner and game night. (Since I am typing this on Saturday before the celebration I will share more next week about our celebration.) Please keep my family in your thoughts as Tuesday marks 7 years since we lost Son #1 to suicide.

How was your week?


Weekly Rewind – March 7 – March 12, 2022

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #10 – 2022

Tuesday – Deadly Director’s Cut (A Catskill Summer Resort Mystery) by Vicki Delany #Review / #Giveaway @BerkleyMystery @vickidelany

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Hippie Wagon Homicide (Twister Sisters Mysteries) by Mildred Abbott #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Thursday – Body and Soul Food (A Books & Biscuits Mystery) by Abby Collette #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @AbbyVandiver

Friday – Dead Amid the Dogwoods (Adina Donati, Accidental Sleuth) by Cassidy Salem #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Saturday – Special Guest – Kate Parker – Author of Deadly Broadcast: A World War II Mystery (Deadly Series) #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway @Author.Kate.Parker

Have a super week everyone filled with plenty of time to escape into a good book!

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Special Guest – Kate Parker – Author of Deadly Broadcast: A World War II Mystery (Deadly Series) #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway @Author.Kate.Parker


Deadly Broadcast: A World War II Mystery
(Deadly Series)
by Kate Parker

It is my pleasure to welcome Kate Parker to Escape With Dollycas today!

Hi Kate, 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m Kate Parker and I have the best job in the world. I love writing mysteries and entertaining readers. I’m a mother, a grandmother, and a dog owner (although I think the dog owns me). I’ve lived most of my life in Virginia and the Carolinas, and while it’s lovely here, I love to travel. I get the best story ideas when I travel.

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

To research, I like to go to the “scene” to visit museums and city streets. I like to read books written in and about that time period, and I have a subscription to the British Newspaper Archives which is great source material. I do more research while I’m writing than before I start a book, because I never know what I’ll need to know when I start writing.

Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?

No Writer’s Block, but I do have to stop and rethink when I realize I’ve put things in the wrong order in a story.

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

If you want to become a published writer, you need to love to read in your chosen genre and you have to love the solitude of actually writing the story.

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

When I’m not writing, I like to read, eat (someone else’s cooking. Trust me, never eat my cooking), and travel.

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

Covid has affected my travel, but it hasn’t affected my writing. I’m naturally solitary when I write, so a lockdown is the perfect condition for my writing.

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

It’s more a question of where do I want to travel next. I have two trips planned, one to the Netherlands and Belgium, and the other across the route of the Shetland Bus from WWII and then around the British Isles. I plan to get good research from both of these trips. I’d like to go to Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Israel, Jordan, Turkey…the list goes on and on. I’m naturally curious.

What is next on the horizon for you?

Next is the ninth book in the Deadly Series, Deadly Rescue. I have a Regency mystery in a magical realism village for an anthology that should come out soon. I hope to write some stories for my Victorian/Edwardian mystery series. I hope to get a lot done between here and the horizon.

Deadly Broadcast is the eighth book in The Deadly Series of World War II mysteries by Kate Parker.

Thank you Kate for visiting today!

Now, keep reading to learn about Kate’s latest, Deadly Broadcast!

About Deadly Broadcast

Deadly Broadcast: A World War II Mystery (Deadly Series)
Historical Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Setting – London, from just after Christmas, 1939 until mid-January, 1940
JDP Press (March 8, 2022)
Number of Pages ~320
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09PWNXQW7

The phony war has dragged out past Christmas into a dark and dreary New Year, 1940.

In the blackout, someone murdered BBC engineer Frank Kennedy, making him more popular dead than alive. A blackmailer and bully, he sold out his friends, assaulted his Broadcasting House colleagues, and sabotaged his employer.

Kennedy was also a government informant against the IRA. Despite arrests of members, the IRA is still planning more attacks against British civilians. Attacks Frank Kennedy might have been involved in.

Britain’s counterintelligence spymaster orders newspaper reporter Olivia Redmond to find Kennedy’s killer and learn which of the many motives led to his murder. Olivia quickly learns how vicious Frank Kennedy was and halfway hopes his killer escapes hanging.

Until his killer strikes again…

A clean read. No blatant sex, violence, or bad language.

More About Kate Parker

 

Since she was unable to build a time machine in her backyard, Kate Parker immerses herself in research and then creates the world that lives inside each book that she writes. Her favorite place is London and her time travel destination is anywhere from the late Victorian era through World War II. Since she lives in the Carolinas with her daughter and a 95-pound puppy, the practical side of her is thankful for air conditioning and all the modern comforts of life. Comforts she will take with her if she ever figures out how to build her time machine.

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Dead Amid the Dogwoods (Adina Donati, Accidental Sleuth) by Cassidy Salem #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Dead Amid the Dogwoods (Adina Donati, Accidental Sleuth)
by Cassidy Salem

About Dead Amid the Dogwoods


Dead Amid the Dogwoods (Adina Donati, Accidental Sleuth)
Cozy Mystery Novella
5th in Series
Characters travel to Pennsylvania
Independently Published (December 1, 2021)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 119 pages
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09M48GL21

Nothing disrupts a celebration quite like an uninvited corpse.

Adina already knows the city can be a dangerous place. That’s why she’s looking forward to a stress-free weekend in rural Pennsylvania with her favorite detective. Maybe not all that stress-free. They are attending an engagement party and Adina will be meeting Jonathan’s family for the first time.

Except the holiday weekend takes a deadly turn when leading industrialists, a hard-core environmentalist, and a bevy of wealthy partygoers converge on the Riverfront Lodge, and the couple stumbles upon yet another dead body. Drawn into the ensuing investigation, making a good impression on Jonathan’s parents is the least of her worries.

A standalone novella, Dead amid the Dogwoods is the fifth mystery in the Adina Donati, Accidental Sleuth Series.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Adina and Jonathan leave the fast pace of D.C. behind for an engagement party for his brother and bride to be in rural Pennsylvania. But even with a trip to Hershey Park and the party they still have time to find a body and get mixed up in the investigation.


I am so happy that Adina and Jonathan finally got some alone time and that she was able to meet his family and that they welcomed her with open arms. They could quickly see that she was a strong, smart woman and the perfect partner for their son/brother. Again, the main characters were surrounded by unique characters that developed quickly before our eyes.

The mystery was so interesting because there were two big events at the venue where the murder occurred and people at both events had a variety of connections, misdeeds, and secrets. Jonathan was reluctantly asked to assist on the case because of his background in solving homicides which allowed him to sit in on some of the interviews with suspects. He did not sit on the one with his brother’s future father-in-law though. Adina found herself in the right places at the right time to do a little sleuthing too. But it would be one key piece of evidence that would reveal the killer.

I loved that the family took a little side trip to Hershey. We had a family vacation run through there several years ago so it was very easy for me to understand the variety and plentiful purchases made at the gift shop. It truly is a great place to visit for all ages. I would love to take my grandchildren there someday. I will pass on the bit of trouble these characters ran into there, but it did allow for another trip to the gift shop.

Dead Amid the Dogwoods has a wonderful balance between mystery and family. A quick read, I enjoyed every page. I am looking forward to the next book in this series to see what Ms. Salem has in store for her characters next.

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About Cassidy Salem

Cassidy Salem has always been an avid reader. She is especially fond of mysteries (both cozy and traditional) and police procedurals.  Cassidy also enjoys reading historical fiction focused on American and world history, as well as the classics.  When she’s not reading, she enjoys music and spending time with family and friends, and travels with her husband and son whenever possible. Her travels have taken her to destinations throughout the United States, Europe, and Scandinavia.

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Body and Soul Food (A Books & Biscuits Mystery) by Abby Collette #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @AbbyVandiver


Body and Soul Food (A Books & Biscuits Mystery)
by Abby Collette

About Body and Soul Food


Body and Soul Food (A Books & Biscuits Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Timber Lake, Washington (Near Seattle)
Berkley (November 9, 2021)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593336178
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593336175
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08YWW1DCH

In this page-turning new mystery series, fraternal twins Keaton and Koby will pull double duty when they take down a killer while preparing to open their new bookstore and soul-food café, Books & Biscuits.

When Koby Hill and Keaton Rutledge were orphaned at age two, they were separated, but their unbreakable connection lingered. Years later, they reunite and decide to make up for lost time and capitalize on their shared interests by opening up a well-stocked bookstore and cozy soul-food café in the quaint Pacific Northwest town of Timber Lake. But this new chapter of their lives could end on a cliffhanger after Koby’s foster brother is found murdered.

The murder, which occurred in public between light-rail stops, seems impossible for the police to solve. But as Keaton and Koby know, two heads are always better than one, especially when it comes to mysteries. With just a week to go before the grand opening of their new café, the twins will use their revitalized connection with each other to make sure this is the killer’s final page.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Separated at the age of two Koby Hill and Keaton Rutledge come back together to realize their dreams. For Koby, that means a soul food restaurant. For Keaton, it means a bookstore.  They find the perfect place in Timber Lake not far from Seattle. Keaton had been adopted and Koby lived his life in foster homes. Because of that Koby has an eclectic group he calls family. His “family” and Keaton’s “mom” are very supportive of their new venture.

Working long days to prepare for their grand opening Koby is concerned about Keaton taking public transportation home until his foster brother Reef offers to meet Keaton and see that she gets home safely. But when Keaton boards the train to meet Reef she finds that the man has been murdered. Someone on that train had to see something . . . or is one of them the killer? Koby and Keaton intend to find out, putting their lives in danger right before they are set to have their dreams come true.


What a fun theme for this new series!

Twins Koby and Keaton are wonderful characters, each with their own strengths. Strengths that seem a little backward to me but they seem to make it work. Koby is very detailed oriented and observant. Things I would usually associate with a well-read librarian like Keaton. Her strength is that she has a keen sense of smell. Something you would expect a chef to have. They both do love mysteries so they willingly become amateur sleuths to find a killer.

My favorite character though is Mama Jola. She raised both Reef and Koby and many others. She is also the one who taught Koby how to cook soul food. A stylish black woman who speaks her mind and cooks like a dream. She steps right in and almost takes over the chef position at the cafe. I think I gained weight just reading about the food she was cooking and baking. She doesn’t hit it off immediately with Keaton’s adoptive mom but soon they are fast friends encouraging their kids and helping in any way they can. While being brought up in totally different ways, these moms raised remarkable children.

The mystery was complicated because of the way the author twisted all the different characters together. A random event was not as random as originally thought. Also, people are not exactly as they seem. That all adds up to a good number of suspects. I did hone in on one individual immediately just because of their general attitude about everything but couldn’t figure out their motive so I was following all the clues right up to the end. That ending was very exciting and ended up being pretty heartwarming too.

Koby and Keaton are growing closer every day and they both would like to find their biological mom so that subplot is left open to continue into future books in the series.

Body and Soul Food has given this series a marvelous start and I am looking forward to October when Soul of a Killer is released to the masses.

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About Abby Collette

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Abby Collette loves a good mystery. She was born and raised in Cleveland, and it’s a mystery even to her why she hasn’t yet moved to a warmer place. As Abby Collette, she is the author of the Ice Cream Parlor mystery series, about a millennial MBA-holding granddaughter running a family-owned ice cream shop in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and the  Books & Biscuits mystery series, starring a set of fraternal twins who reunite and open a bookstore and soul food café. Writing as Abby L. Vandiver, she is the author of the Logan Dickerson Mysteries, featuring a second-generation archaeologist and a nonagenarian, as well as the Romaine Wilder Mysteries, pairing an East Texas medical examiner and her feisty, funeral-home-owning auntie as sleuths. Abby spends her time writing, facilitating writing workshops at local libraries and hanging out with her grandchildren, each of whom are her favorite.

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Cozy Wednesday featuring Hippie Wagon Homicide (Twister Sisters Mysteries) by Mildred Abbott #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am happy to share my thoughts today about Hippie Wagon Homicide (Twister Sisters Mysteries)
by Mildred Abbott!

About Hippie Wagon Homicide


Hippie Wagon Homicide (Twister Sisters Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Small farming/tourist town in the Missouri Ozarks
Wings of Ink Publications, LLC (February 1, 2022)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 474 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8408091980
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 626 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8795278049
Digital Print length ‏ : ‎ 476 pages
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09K4ZPZ93

Cordelia Davis lives with no regrets, despite her life-changing drastically a half-century ago when a tornado altered the destiny of the little Ozark town of Willow Lane. The town grew back stronger and more beautiful, and Cordelia, her sister, Pamela, and her best friend, Wanda, built a life to treasure.

As Willow Lane honors the memory of those lost and celebrates all that has been achieved, tragedy refuses to remain in the past. News of murder rocks the pastoral countryside when Cordelia discovers a body on her farm, beneath her beloved willow tree. And while the police make an immediate arrest, Cordelia finds herself untangling a web of lies and long-ago secrets.

With suspects in every nook of her cozy town—and an old flame knocking on her door—it will take all Cordelia’s tenacity to face the past and to weather the mysteries of Willow Lane.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Willow Lane has handled a lot of drama in its past. A tornado 50 years ago not only changed the town but its residents as well. They rebuilt the town and tried to leave the past in the past but now the mayor wants to celebrate and memorialize the event that took 22 lives. Cordelia Davis allows her wonderful farm to be the site to kick off the event.

The party seemed to have gone off without a hitch but the next morning Cordelia finds a dead body against her very special willow tree. The police quickly wrap up their case with an arrest but Cordelia feels they have made a huge mistake. She decides to investigate the murder herself and she opens up a huge can of worms that opens up new wounds and old before everything is revealed.


I was a little leary about reading a cozy mystery that was almost 500 pages long but I have wanted to read books by this author for quite a while and this new series was my opportunity.  After I started reading I quickly understood the length of the story. The author introduces a huge cast of characters, including 2 dogs and a goat named Breakfast. Every chapter brings a new face or two and the greatest thing is that each chapter starts with a picture of the character featured in the chapter. No imagination is necessary the characters are there in living color or black and white depending on which device or format you are reading.

Cordelia Davis is the main character and together with her sister Pamela and their friend Wanda, they are the TWISTER SISTERS. They cater events and deliver meals to the elderly and shut-ins of Willow Lane in their tricked-out Hippie Wagons. Each old Volkswagen van is personalized especially for its owner. Cordelia’s has flowers, Pamela’s has hearts, and Wanda’s has stars. Each woman is as unique as their van.

I think we meet almost every other resident of Willow Lane. Keeping all their connections and their histories straight was a little tough at first but I broke out my little notebook until I made my way further into the story. It is a diverse cast that comes alive within these pages. They are each unique, realistic, and well-developed for the first book in the series, hence the extra pages.

The mystery flowed at a slower pace than I am used to but that pace soon felt very comfortable amidst everything else taking place within these pages. There was the perfect balance between mystery and everyday life. The story is very well-plotted with some terrific twists. I loved the tie-in to the Wizard of Oz. I was also happy to see that the town really learned from its past when rebuilding. I wonder if more towns are doing the same thing.

Hippie Wagon Homicide was a great start for this series and a very entertaining read and I am looking forward to returning to Willow Lane again soon!

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About Mildred Abbott

Preoccupied with everything found in cozy mysteries: Puppies, Books, Cozy Mountain Towns, and Baked Goods.  Although not obsessed with murder, however. At least not in real life (No contract killing here). But since childhood, starting with Nancy Drew, trying to figure out who-dun-it has played a formative role in everyday life.  Author of the Cozy Corgi series and the Twister Sister series.

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Deadly Director’s Cut (A Catskill Summer Resort Mystery) by Vicki Delany #Review / #Giveaway @BerkleyMystery @vickidelany


Deadly Director’s Cut (A Catskill Summer Resort Mystery)
Historical Cozy Mystery
2nd In Series
Setting – New York
Berkley (March 1, 2022)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593334396
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593334393
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B096DNQGXP

Daring resort manager Elizabeth Grady will need to think fast to bring a killer into the limelight in this charming 1950s set cozy mystery series.

Famous director Elias Theropodous has chosen Haggerman’s Catskills Resort as a shooting location for his next film. It sounds glamorous to much of the staff, but resort manager Elizabeth Grady is less satisfied. Dealing with the ridiculous demands of the antagonistic director is bad enough, and his attempts to walk all over Elizabeth are making her feel like her position at the resort has been changed into a bit part.

But when Elias is poisoned during a dinner at the resort, the future of the film and the resort itself are on the line. Between an aging movie star, a harried producer, and former victims of the deceased director’s wrath, Elizabeth has a full cast of suspects to examine, and she’ll need to investigate every lead to catch a killer.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Hollywood has come to the Catskills to shoot a movie directed by the famous Elias Theropodus using Haggerman’s Resort as a backdrop. The staff and guests are enamored by the stars in the presence but resort manager Elizabeth Grady has her hands full handling the resort’s regular guests while being treated like the director’s lackey and his over-the-top needs and requests. She just needs to remember the much-needed fee the production company is paying for this major inconvenience.

Elias has scheduled a dinner in one of the private dining rooms and then he and his guests will join the rest of the resort’s guests for dancing and dessert. As the event wraps up Elias collapses on the way to his car and he is rushed to the hospital. He dies shortly thereafter and it is determined that he was poisoned.

At first, it doesn’t look good for Elizabeth and her resort but none of the other guests becomes ill. It seems the director’s death was an isolated event and had to be premeditated. The man was a tyrant to work for, demanding absolute perfection, so he has the actors and his crew on edge most of the time. Would one of them kill him to get a new director? A rumored womanizer . . . did he scorn the wrong woman? Or could one of the resort’s many guests have reason to want the man dead?

Elizabeth finds herself with a myriad of suspects. Can she wrap up the case before the movie wraps and the guilty party jets back to Hollywood? Or will here own days in the Catskills be numbered?


“There’s nothing a man can do, that I can’t do better and in heels”
― Ginger Rogers

“I did everything Fred did, only backward and in high heels.”
― Ginger Rogers

When I read about Elizabeth Grady these Ginger Rodgers quotes come to mind. She is working in a job normally held by a man and probably does it better than any man especially when you add a murder investigation to her list of duties. In this second book in the series, she is on even firmer footing. This is good because director Elias Theropodus’ fame has truly gone to his head and treats everyone including Elizabeth horribly. I loved the way Elizabeth held her ground not only with Elias but others as she investigated his death. I was delighted to see her and Rishard getting closer. He is the type of man she deserves although there is that reporter still hanging around.

I am so glad that Ms. Delany filled in more of Elizabeth’s backstory. Being the child of a movie star isn’t easy and she and her mother were kind of thrown together when her mother inherited the resort. They are getting closer and still learning about each other as well. The way the author is developing these characters is perfect, believable, and comfortable.  After reading many of her books I can tell you she excels at character development, making each character unique and engaging. This particular book had a rather large cast when you add in the Hollywood people but they are each well thought out and presented in a way to make them memorable.

Ms. Delaney has given readers a complicated mystery to enjoy. Set in the 1950s it comes down to legwork, observations, and listening carefully or eavesdropping to work through the variety of suspects. There is tons of drama with the movie cast in life and in the movie and each could have motive to have killed off the director. I was doing my best to stay one step ahead of Elizabeth but soon I found myself so caught up in the story I wasn’t even concentrating on any theories of my own. I felt transported right to the beautiful Catskill resort, hiking around the trails with Elizabeth, going into town for an egg cream, worrying about Velvet getting her heart broken, and more. For me, that truly makes A Perfect Escape.

Deadly Director’s Cut is a wonderfully written cozy mystery with fabulous characters set in the ideal place for a 1950s vacation. Of course, murders may not be good for business but my bags are already packed for my next trip to Haggerman’s Catskills Resort. I hope I don’t have to wait too long.

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About the Author

Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than forty books: clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. She is currently writing four cozy mystery series: the Tea by the Sea mysteries for Kensington, the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series for Crooked Lane Books, the Catskill Resort mysteries for Penguin Random House, and the Lighthouse Library series (as Eva Gates) for Crooked Lane.

Vicki is a past president of the Crime Writers of Canada and co-founder and organizer of the Women Killing It Crime Writing Festival. Her work has been nominated for the Derringer, the Bony Blithe, the Ontario Library Association Golden Oak, and the Arthur Ellis Awards. Vicki is the recipient of the 2019 Derrick Murdoch Award for contributions to Canadian crime writing. She lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario.

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #10 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and California!

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

Escapes Completed


Deadly Director’s Cut (A Catskill Summer Resort Mystery)
by Vicki Delany
Release Date – March 1, 2022
Setting – New York
My Review with a print giveaway will be up tomorrow!


Hippie Wagon Homicide (Twister Sisters Mysteries)
by Mildred Abbott
Release Date – February 1, 2022
Setting – Missouri Ozarks
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Body and Soul Food (A Books & Biscuits Mystery)
by Abby Collette
Release Date – November 9, 2021
Setting – Washington State
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here this Thursday!


Dead amid the Dogwoods (Adina Donati, Accidental Sleuth)
by Cassidy Salem
Release Date – December 1, 2021
Setting – The characters travel to Pennsylvania.
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Friday!

Scheduled Escapes


The Match
by Harlan Coben
Release Date – March 15, 2022
Setting – New Jersey
For Review


Front Page Murder (A Homefront News Mystery)
by Joyce St. Anthony
Release Date – March 8, 2022
Setting – Pennsylvania
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Casino Queen (Night Hawk Casino Series)
by Cara Bertoia
Release Date – March 16, 2022
Setting – California
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

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March 6 – 12, 2022


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A Week in the Life of Dollycas

If you follow me and this blog you know March is a hard month for me and my family. The accident that left my right side paralyzed happened on March 14, 2001. In March 2013 we lost our Fall River house. I lost my son, Kristopher to suicide on March 15, 2015. I received my breast cancer diagnosis on March 13, 2020. Kris’s birthday is March 29. Last year at this time our landlords sold our house without telling us and gave us less than a month to find a new place and we had days filled with stress and drama as we feared we may be homeless just like we almost were in 2013. Thankfully we did find a place in the nick of time. I enter this month with dread wondering what I am going to be hit with next.

This past week I have just felt off, you know left of center, a little achy and depressed. I know it’s just this time of year and the weather changes add to the mix but I have a little trepidation too as on Wednesday I will go to have another follow-up mammogram. Hoping the cancer has not returned and not traveled. Trying to prepare for the radiologist not to confirm anything. Just saying come back in 6 months like he did the last time.

The past few years I have really lost my faith but I strive to keep moving forward when the dark days come. I find strength from my friends and family. I am so thankful for each encouraging message, each heartfelt hug, ears that listen, and sometimes my grandchildren’s smiles can turn my whole day around. I know I am going to need all of these things as the month continues, Have I mentioned . . . I HATE MARCH!

I know I have not the only one struggling. We all have days that get us down. Tough mountains to climb. And let’s face it COVID has just added to the pressures and the war with Ukraine isn’t helping either as we worry about its people and how the conflict affects the world as a whole.

If you are struggling please reach out for help. Schedule some time to spend with family and friends doing something fun. If you don’t want to talk to friends or family, talk to your doctor, find a support group, or if you are at a crisis point now please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. Or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.

Just know you are not alone. Reach out. There are people that love you that want to help.

~Lori


Weekly Rewind – February 28 – March 5, 2022

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #9 – 2022

Tuesday – Murder Faux Paws: A Nick and Nora Mystery by T. C. LoTempio #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @RoccoBlogger

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Batter Off Dead (A Country Store Mystery) by Maddie Day #Review / #Giveaway @maddiedayauthor @KensingtonBooks

Thursday – Evil Under the Tuscan Sun (A Tuscan Cooking School Mystery) by Stephanie Cole #Review @BerkleyMystery

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – The Murder Before Christmas (Charlie Kingsley Mysteries) by Michele Pariza Wacek #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – Weed Lake: A Fuchsia/Brilliant, MN Crossover by Julie Seedorf #GuestPost / #Giveaway


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Weed Lake: A Fuchsia/Brilliant, MN Crossover by Julie Seedorf #GuestPost / #Giveaway


Weed Lake: A Fuchsia/Brilliant, MN Crossover
by Julie Seedorf


I am delighted to welcome Julie Seedorf to
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Quirky Characters
by Julie Seedorf

I love quirky characters. I also like to read quirky plots that are paired with those quirky characters. Perhaps that’s why two of my series, the Fuchsia, Minnesota series and the Brilliant, Minnesota series have both.

I’ve been trying to analyze why unique traits in characters in books draw me in, and especially why I can’t help but automatically write characters that seem too over-the-top to be true. It isn’t something I plan when I begin my books, the characters seem to become these wild out of control people that even I can’t control with my writing.

I didn’t see when I created Hermiony Vidalia Criony Fiddlestadt that she had traits of my mother. I thought she was someone I wanted to be in my old age, although it’s a fantasy that I could ever be like that.

The more I got deeper into my books I could see my mom who at the age of 90 was on her roof patching it. My mother, who after having her driver’s license taken away tried to rent a car. It just so happened I was at the garage getting my car repaired when she called to secure a rental. Then there’s the memory of visiting her in the nursing home at the age of 93 (the roof thing scared me, so it was the wrinkle farm) and cleaning out her pockets and drawers and finding them full of pills. Thinking she hadn’t been taking her pills I marched out to the nurse’s desk. They weren’t her pills. She had been helping other residents who didn’t want to take their pills by hiding them for them.

My mother who at the age of 93 declared to the waitress in a restaurant that it was her 100th birthday. The waitress believed her and brought her a cake. After our meal she thanked us for celebrating the last year of her life with her. I asked her, “Why do you think this is the last year of your life?” She answered, “I’m 100 years old, how much longer do you expect me to live?” Yes, there was a lot of my mother in Granny.

Jezabelle Jingle is the opposite of Granny. She has her quirky moments, but she is milder, calmer and uses an entirely different way to solve crimes. I can’t tell you how she came about because I honestly don’t know. I just started writing and there she was.

Both women are surrounded with wild characters. Granny’s neighbors and friends support her zany ideas and embrace who she is, although her family doesn’t appreciate her uniqueness. It took Granny a long time to recover from others’ expectations, breaking out of the mold that people put her in. That’s why she enjoys the quirks of her friends and holds at length those that want her to go back to being the responsible person she had to be during her midlife. How many of us were changed by the perils of our lives and those that surround us?

Jezabelle has her neighbors to help her solve the puzzles of Brilliant. They are a mixture of sensible and quiet personalities with weird side traits and many secrets.  Jezabelle and her neighbors have each other’s backs. They help each other but always find trouble.

Granny and Jezabelle are opposites and in this case opposites don’t attract. That’s why I put them together in a setting outside their communities. We live in an era where there is dissension between opposite views, and I felt it was the perfect time to bring them together to see if they could put their feelings for one another aside to solve a crime.

All in all, in my life, it’s the quirky friends over the years that I remember and that hold my heart. Perhaps it’s the reason I write the quirky characters. I would like to have more friends like Granny and Jezabelle’s friends. Or perhaps I live my life vicariously through them. As adults we tend to stay away from those that are different. The unique, unusual personalities enrich Granny and Jezabelle’s lives, maybe they would ours too. Should we take the risk?

Thank you Julie for visiting today!

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About Weed Lake 


Weed Lake: A Fuchsia/Brilliant, MN Crossover
GrannyEdith Press (March 1, 2022)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 228 pages
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09QJ74MMD

Hermiony Vidalia Criony Fiddlestadt, aka Granny, and Jezabelle Jingle are supersleuths in their own communities, Granny from Fuchsia and Jezabelle from Brilliant. Because they live only twenty miles apart in rural Minnesota, they are careful not to encroach on each other’s territory. Granny and Jezabelle both believe a rivalry exists on who is the better crime solver.

 

When Delight Delure, Granny’s friend and Jezabelle’s niece, sends them on vacation with the women’s two best friends, Mavis and Lizzy, they don’t know they will be actual cabin neighbors at Weed Lake in Northern Minnesota. During a skirmish with each other and an accidental plop in the lake, they find a dead body. Adding to the mystery are clues and puzzles left on their doorstep that may warn of danger and others that show friendship and caring. Which one should they believe? Are their lives in peril, or are they being pranked, and to what end?

 

The two cunning amateur sleuths work together to solve a murder that Sheriff Phil Puxatawny doesn’t take seriously. But mayhem breaks out, having all four women wondering if they’ll leave Weed Lake alive.

About Julie Seedorf

Julie Seedorf grew up in Southern Minnesota, attending grade school and high school in a small community. She learned the value of small-town life and small-town relationships. Still living in rural Minnesota, she cherishes the beauty of the changing seasons and the various landscapes the state offers.

Through the years, she has worn many hats. Her favorite was activity director in a nursing home and finally computer repair and sales, eventually earning her own business before retiring to write and enjoy life.

She is a wife and proud mother of two boys and one daughter, along with four grandchildren. Being a mom and grandmother is her favorite career. Julie feels no other job can hold a candle to raising up a child in the way they should go. Remember the poem? Watching the world through a child’s eyes and seeing them light up with wonder takes us to the beauty of simple things we sometimes lose as an adult.

Julie has four-book series. Granny’s In Trouble, Fuchsia, MN, Brilliant, MN, and the Whistle Stop Series. She likes to write light mysteries occasionally bordering on silly and fantasy because she believes we need to take ourselves out of the real world for a space of time to laugh and relax.

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#FlashbackFriday – The Murder Before Christmas (Charlie Kingsley Mysteries) by Michele Pariza Wacek #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
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The Murder Before Christmas (Charlie Kingsley Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Wisconsin
Love-Based Publishing (November 2, 2021)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 205 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1945363320
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1945363320
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 205 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1945363304
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1945363306
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09H22K7LJ

If you’ve got a problem, Charlie Kingsley probably has a tea that’ll help make it right.

EXCEPT when it comes to love. She does NOT do love potions.

Not even for Courtney, her pregnant new client who showed up three weeks before Christmas seeking a love potion because her husband was cheating on her.

So, Courtney asked about poison, instead.

She said she was joking. That’s what happens between wives and husbands. They get angry and talk about killing each other. They don’t really mean it.

It seems to make sense … until Courtney’s husband turns up dead on Christmas Eve.

He was poisoned, of course.

And who is the number one suspect? Courtney. Of course.

But did she actually do it? Or is she being set up?

It’s up to Charlie to sort through all the twists and turns in a case that gets more complicated the deeper she digs.

Meet Charlie. Better known as “Aunt Charlie” from the award-winning Secrets of Redemption series. She’s back, making teas and solving cases in this funny, twisty, cozy mystery series set in the 1990s in Redemption, Wisconsin.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I read the second book in this series as part of a Great Escapes Book Tour and enjoyed it but felt like I needed to get to know Charlie better. So I purchased this book to read before the third book in the series is released in April. Now I know Charlie a little bit better. She is a very smart woman with many talents. When she starts something she doesn’t give up.

Reading Ice Cold Murder I thought Charlie ran a tea shop in this series, I learned that is not the case, she runs a tea and tincture business out of her home. This is where a very pregnant Courtney comes and asks Charlie to create a love potion to make her husband fall back in love with her. After Charlie explains that she doesn’t make love potions Courtney turns the conversation sideways when she asks about poisons. But then quickly tells Charlie she was kidding. Charlie shakes it off until she learns that Courtney’s husband died on Christmas Eve and that he was poisoned. Courtney swears up and down she didn’t do it but can Charlie believe her? It would be quite a fluke if someone else did the deed but Charlie decides to investigate the crime herself. Either Courtney will end up behind bars or the real killer will. Charlie just needs to be careful or she could be the killer’s next victim.


Pat is the perfect sidekick for Charlie. She tries to reel her in if necessary but it is just as happy to jump in the car and tag along as Charlie visits her suspects. They work well bouncing ideas off each other too. I also liked the way Charlie bantered with Officer Wyle and the fact that he didn’t really tell her to butt out of his investigation and welcomed her input.

We also meet all the people in Courtney’s world. They developed satisfactorily over the course of the book. Some made really nice suspects.

The author has plotted out quite a mystery for Charlie. Courtney wants her help but doesn’t tell her the whole story. Courtney’s mother is happy Charlie is looking into the case but holds back important information. And that continues with almost everyone Charlie talks to, no one tells the full story and in many cases the truth or their observations are faulty. I felt for Charlie as she truly was running in circles and doing aerobics to get to the truth. It sure was fun to read though. I enjoyed all the twists and turns as everything was revealed and that the real culprit was a surprise.

Set in the 1990s it is great to harken back to the time when phones were hooked to the wall or on a desk and not in everyone’s pockets and to get somewhere you need actual directions.

The Murder Before Christmas is a fine holiday mystery that you can read at any time of the year. Charlie is a determined amateur sleuth and I am looking forward to seeing what kind of twisty mystery she gets wrapped up in next.

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About the Author

When Michele was 3 years old, she taught herself to read because she wanted to write stories so badly. It took some time (and some detours) but she does spend much of her time writing stories now. Mystery stories to be exact, ranging from psychological thrillers to cozies, with a dash of romance and supernatural thrown into the mix. If that wasn’t enough, she also hosts a virtual book club you can check out and join (for free!) at MPWNovels.com.

Michele holds a double major in English and Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently, she lives in the mountains of Prescott, Arizona with her husband Paul and southern squirrel hunter Cassie.

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