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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #36 2019

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be visiting Maryland, California, and Connecticut!

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

Escapes Completed


Silent Night, Deadly Night (A Year-Round Christmas Mystery)
by Vicki Delany
Release Date – August 27, 2019
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here tomorrow!


Fiddling with Fate (A Chloe Ellefson Mystery)
by Kathleen Ernst
Release Date – September 8, 2019
Setting – Norway
Kathleen will be my guest this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Bark If It’s Murder (A Dog Club Mystery)
by V.M. Burns
Release Date – August 27, 2019
Setting – Tennessee
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Thursday!


The Final Arrangement (The Flower Shop Mystery Series)
by Annie Adams
Release Date – January 30, 2013
Setting – Utah
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


A Curio Killing (A Keepsake Cove Mystery)
by Mary Ellen Hughes
Release Date – September 8m 2019
Setting – Maryland
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!


The House on Hallowed Ground (A Misty Dawn Mystery)
by Nancy Cole Silverman
Release Date – September 10, 2019
Setting – California
I will feature this book next week on Cozy Wednesday when the Great Escapes Tour stops here.


Buried in the Stacks: A Haunted Library Mystery
by Allison Brook
Release Date – September 10, 2019
Setting – Connecticut
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

Future Escapes

September 2 – 8, 2019


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Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – Back to School – Weekly Rewind – Mail Call

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It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.
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HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the path of Hurricane Dorian. The forecasts keep changing and it appears to be slow-moving and getting stronger. Please plan ahead and stay safe. 

For those of you further East I hope you are having some fun this holiday weekend. We are having a quiet weekend here. 

Back to School

Back to School means back to school shopping and haircuts. Daughter #1 got me away from this computer Friday to tag along and Nana got a new Back to School do too! 

She took me to a new salon where she goes and all 4 of us were beautified. Then we did a little shopping before she brought me home to two dogs that acted like I had been gone for days. 😀 

Friday night was Youth Football Night. The Varsity Team won 35 – 0. Kaden got together with his 6th-grade team on the field. Kaden is #87 and has the nickname of Diesel.

Remi was shy about going on the field with his 1st-grade team but
his dad got this great picture of him in his brother’s jersey. 

Natalie and her mom went to the zoo this week too. They went to see the new sloth exhibit. I can see a whole family trip there to see it soon too. 


The kids all head back to school on Tuesday!

~Lori


Weekly Rewind – August 26 – 31, 2019

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #35 2019

Tuesday – Jealousy Filled Donuts (A Deputy Donut Mystery) by Ginger Bolton #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring – Apples and Alibis (A Down South Cafe Mystery Book) by Gayle Leeson #Review / #Giveaway @GayleTrent

Thursday – Crypt Suzette (A Five-Ingredient Mystery) by Maya Corrigan – #Spotlight with Recipe / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour

Plus – Singapore Sapphire (A Harriet Gordon Mystery) by A. M. Stuart – #Review / #Giveaway @BerkleyMystery

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Meet Your Baker: A Bakeshop Mystery by Ellie Alexander #Review / #Giveaway @BakeShopMystery

Saturday – Christmas Trifle (A  Snow Lake Romantic Suspense Mystery) by Heather Haven #Spotlight / #Giveaway @HeatherHaven



Both books were on sale this week!

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Escape Into A Good Book this week!

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Christmas Trifle (A  Snow Lake Romantic Suspense Mystery) by Heather Haven #Spotlight / #Giveaway @HeatherHaven

Christmas Trifle
(A  Snow Lake Romantic Suspense Mystery)
by Heather Haven

I am so happy to shine the spotlight on Christmas Trifle today!

About the Book 


Christmas Trifle (A  Snow Lake Romantic Suspense Mystery)
Romantic Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Wives of Bath Press (September 1, 2019)
• Number of Pages – 322
ASIN: B07THD2XT2

 

When chefs Charly and Cliff Harding divorce, she gets custody of their upscale restaurant and its namesake, Felix, the cat.  He gets custody of their dog, Oscar.  What they both still have custody of is each other’s heart. But they seem to be the only two people in the small ski resort town of Snow Lake, Nevada, that don’t know it.

When Cliff opens his own restaurant in direct competition with Charly, bad things start to happen. Death threats, accidents, and murder are now on the menu. Their ‘if-you-can’t-take-the-heat-then-get-out-of-the-kitchen’ battles are backfiring, and regrets consume the two of them. But can they find their way back to each other?  Or is it too late? Because they just might spend the rest of their lives in prison unjustly accused of killing someone. Or can love triumph over even murder?

Praise for Christmas Trifle
(A  Snow Lake Romantic Suspense Mystery)
by Heather Haven

Christmas Trifle by Heather Haven has complex characters, suspense-filled situations, jealousy, and is a thoroughly entertaining book.
~Baroness’ Book Trove

First of all, I would like to dub this book as a definite pick for the next Hallmark mystery film . . . Cozy mystery readers will fall in love with the pacing, the characters, and the mystery.
~My Devotional Thoughts

About Heather Haven

Heather Haven, in the midst of writing her fourteenth novel, has also written short stories, comedy acts, television treatments, ad copy, commercials, and plays. She has won numerous awards for her Silicon Valley-based Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries; Manhattan-based WWII Persephone Cole Vintage Mysteries; Ringling Brothers’ Circus mystery noir, Death of a Clown; and Corliss and Other Award-Winning Stories. She has two romantic suspense series: Love Can be Murder Mystery Novellas with Lee Alvarez and Gurn Hanson, the Nick and Nora Charles of Silicon Valley, and the new Snow Lake Romantic Suspense Novels, of which Christmas Trifle is Book One.

She and her husband of thirty-four years are allowed to live with their two cats, Ellie and Yulie, in the foothills of San Jose, California.

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#FlashbackFriday – Meet Your Baker: A Bakeshop Mystery by Ellie Alexander #Review / #Giveaway @BakeShopMystery


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.

I have really enjoyed the books by this author written at Kate Dyer-Seeley
but I am late to the party with this series, but I hope to rectify that soon.


Meet Your Baker: A Bakeshop Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Oregon
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (December 30, 2014)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1250054230
ISBN-13: 978-1250054234
Kindle ASIN: B00JI0RSFS

Welcome to Torte-a friendly, small-town family bake shop where the treats are so good that, sometimes, it’s criminal…

After graduating from culinary school, Juliet Capshaw returns to her quaint hometown of Ashland, Oregon, to heal a broken heart and help her mom at the family bakery. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is bringing in lots of tourists looking for some crumpets to go with their heroic couplets. But when one of Torte’s customers turns up dead, there’s much ado about murder…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Juliet Capshaw has been working on a cruise ship for years, but when she finds her Chef husband kept a huge secret from her she flees home to Ashland, Oregon, and her family’s bakery, Torte. Working beside her mother they find their rhythm and Jules knows she made the right decision even though she is not sure how long she will stay.

She arrives for her second day at Torte to find one of their customers dead. A woman that was very involved with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival who has accumulated her fair share of enemies. When one of the bakery’s employees is pegged for the crime, She decides to “Go wisely and slowly,” because “Those who rush stumble and fall” and do her best find the real killer.

Typical of the first book in a series that author has jam-packed these pages. Jules is a likable character with a lot going on. Her mother is a wonderful woman and excellent baker but she is hiding something. Jules is not sure what to make of her mother’s young employees but one can sure make a great cup of coffee or any derivative of the caffeine drink. The other seems to have her own issues. All these characters develop well within these pages, but I feel we have much to learn about our protagonist, Juliet Montague Capshaw.

Torte seems to be a popular gathering place especially because of its connection with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival which made it the perfect place for a murder. It was easy to come up with a list of suspects and the secondary characters really came alive. Secrets, falsehoods, and just their general demeanor made it hard to eliminate anyone outright. I followed right along and didn’t put all the clues together until shortly before the villain reveal.

I did enjoy reading about the day to day life of running a bakery and the delectable descriptions of the treats had my stomach growling. There is more than one recipe at the end of the story I can’t wait to try. I have a weakness for anything wrapped in puff pastry 🙂

I have some catching up to do on this series, but with a debut like this, I am looking forward to the next book, A Batter of Life and Death and more!

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About the Author

Ellie Alexander (aka Kate Dyer-Seeley), author of the Bakeshop Mystery Series (St. Martin’s Press), is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she’s not coated in flour, you’ll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research.

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Singapore Sapphire (A Harriet Gordon Mystery) by A. M. Stuart – #Review / #Giveaway @BerkleyMystery

Singapore Sapphire (A Harriet Gordon Mystery)
Historial Mystery/ Amateur Sleuth
1st in Series
Setting – Singapore
Berkley (August 6, 2019)
Paperback: 384 pages
ISBN-10: 198480264X
ISBN-13: 978-1984802644
Kindle ASIN: B07KDW7YKS

Early twentieth-century Singapore is a place where a person can disappear, and Harriet Gordon hopes to make a new life for herself there, leaving her tragic memories behind her–but murder gets in the way.

Singapore, 1910–Desperate for a fresh start, Harriet Gordon finds herself living with her brother, a reverend and headmaster of a school for boys, in Singapore at the height of colonial rule. Hoping to gain some financial independence, she advertises her services as a personal secretary. It is unfortunate that she should discover her first client, Sir Oswald Newbold–explorer, mine magnate and president of the exclusive Explorers and Geographers Club–dead with a knife in his throat.

When Inspector Robert Curran is put on the case, he realizes that he has an unusual witness in Harriet. Harriet’s keen eye for detail and strong sense of duty interests him, as does her distrust of the police and her traumatic past, which she is at pains to keep secret from the gossips of Singapore society.

When another body is dragged from the canal, Harriet feels compelled to help with the case. She and Curran are soon drawn into a murderous web of treachery and deceit and find themselves face-to-face with a ruthless cabal that has no qualms about killing again to protect its secrets.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I was a little hesitant when I opened the book to a glossary and a cast of characters. I was afraid the different dialects were going to mess with the flow and I like to get to know the characters myself as I read the story, especially for the first book of a series. So I skimmed the glossary and ignored the cast list and jumped right in. What I found was a unique mystery with very interesting characters in a fascinating setting.

Harriet Gordon lost both her husband and child to Typhus in India. She returned to England and became involved in the Suffragette Movement and got into a bit of trouble. She then decided to join her brother, a minister, and headmaster of a school in Singapore. There was work there for her to do but with no pay. To earn money she placed an ad to be a personal secretary. Her first client was Sir Oswald Newbold, a man well known for his exploration and a mining magnate. He was also president of the exclusive Explorers and Geographers Club. He had hired Harriet to transcribe his memoirs to get them ready for publication. Her employment ends abruptly when she finds the man dead in his home.

Inspector Robert Curran arrives on the scene and sees Harriet is a formidable woman with a keen sense of observation. He also feels she is hiding something. Something not pertaining to the death but something that is holding her back. Inspector Curran is holding something personal back from her as well, but beyond that, he believes she can help him with his case.

These characters are very well-developed for the first book in a series, but the author has left them plenty of room to grow. I enjoyed the way a friendship was built between them. The author also surrounds these characters with a diverse cast. Young students from the school, the staff, her brother to everyone we meet as we follow along with the investigation. All the characters are strong even those with minor parts to play. There are a lot of characters but I had no trouble keeping them straight.

The descriptions of Singapore, 1910, are vivid and I could tell the author was familiar with the setting and had researched it greatly.  It was no surprise when her biography stated she had lived there. Her words definitely transported this reader back in time to a place I knew very little about. She even captured the weather and makes her readers feel it. I was sweating in sympathy for the characters.

The mystery was an imaginative jewel. Precisely plotted, with culture and time are clearly portrayed. The pace had a slow build but really picked up about halfway in. The story was complex with twist after twist. The ending was suspenseful and kept me on my toes until everything was revealed.

Singapore Sapphire was an extraordinary read and I am looking forward to my next adventure with Harri and the good inspector. This series is off to an excellent start.

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About A.M. Stuart 

Australian author, A.M. Stuart, learned her passion for history from her father and began her writing career halfway up a tree in the school playground where she wrote her first (unpublished) historical romance.

There have been many published, and multi award-nominated, historical romances (writing as Alison Stuart) since then but her first love has always been historical mystery.

Born in Kenya, her family came to Australia when she was ten years old. As an adult, she lived in Singapore for a number of years, where the idea for the Harriet Gordon Mysteries first crystallized.

In her life outside writing, she enjoyed a varied career as a lawyer in a wide number of fields including the military (where she held the rank of Major) and as a senior executive in the fire services.

The first of The Harriet Gordon Mysteries, SINGAPORE SAPPHIRE, was published by Berkley in August 2019.

Readers can connect with A.M. Stuart at her Facebook page, Twitter or subscribe to her newsletter.


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Crypt Suzette (A Five-Ingredient Mystery) by Maya Corrigan – #Spotlight with Recipe / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour

Crypt Suzette
(A Five-Ingredient Mystery)
by Maya Corrigan

About Crypt Suzette


Crypt Suzette (A Five-Ingredient Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Kensington (August 27, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496722426
ISBN-13: 978-1496722423
Digital ASIN: B07L2GDD8H

Val Deniston is catering the debut of Bayport’s newest bookstore—but the death of a customer is about to draw her into a real-life murder mystery …

Suzette Cripps has been occupying a spare bedroom at Val’s granddad’s house while she takes classes in this Maryland Eastern Shore town—but she’s always seemed a little secretive and fearful, and any talk about her past is a closed book.

After winning the costume contest at the Halloween-themed bookstore party, Suzette is mowed down by a hit-and-run driver—and Val and her grandfather start to wonder whether it was really an accident or if someone was after Suzette. Granddad is a little distracted by his new enterprise as a ghost-buster, but as Val talks to Suzette’s coworkers and fellow creative writing students, she grows more convinced that the dead woman’s demons weren’t imaginary—and that she needs to rip the mask off a killer …

Includes delicious five-ingredient recipes!

 From The Codger Cook’s Recipes

CRÊPES

You can’t make crêpes Suzette with just five ingredients, but you can use two recipes with five ingredients each. The first step is to make the crêpes. You can serve them as is with sweet or savory fillings or toppings, or you can proceed to the next recipe to make the orange sauce for crêpes Suzette.

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 11⁄2 cups milk
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon oil for the pan plus additional oil as needed

Whisk the eggs, milk, and salt until well mixed.

Slowly whisk in the flour.

Note: You can cook the crêpes immediately, but refrigerating the batter for 20 minutes will smooth out any lumps or bubbles. Letting the batter rest makes it less likely the crêpe will tear in the pan. The batter can keep for a day or two.

Heat a 10-inch skillet or crêpe pan at a medium setting. To keep crêpes from sticking, do not put the oil or batter in until a few drops of water sizzle in the pan and disappear in 2 seconds.

Add enough oil to cover the bottom of the heated pan. Pour a scant 1⁄4 cup of batter into the pan and tilt it so the batter spreads into a thin circle coating the bottom. Cook at medium heat until the edges turn light brown and the center of the crêpe has hardened past a liquid stage. Gently loosen the crêpe with a spatula and flip it. Cook for another minute and transfer it to a large plate or platter, where the crêpe can lie flat.

Repeat the preceding step, stacking the cooked crêpes on the plate, until the batter is gone. Add a small amount of additional oil after every other crêpe to keep the batter from sticking.

Yield: 10–12 eight-inch crêpes

ORANGE BUTTER SAUCE FOR CRÊPES SUZETTE

  • 10–12 crêpes
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1⁄4 cup sugar
  • 1 orange for 1 tablespoon grated orange zest and 1⁄3 cup orange juice
  • 1⁄4 cup Grand Marnier, Cointreau, or other orange liqueur [optional]

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat until it foams. Stir in the sugar, orange juice, and liqueur. Simmer on low heat until the sauce thickens a little and looks syrupy. Remove the skillet from the heat.

With tongs, add a crêpe to the pan, coat both sides in the syrup, and fold it into quarters or roll it into a flattened cylinder. Put it on a warm plate.

Repeat the previous step for each crêpe.

Serve crêpes as is or with ice cream for dessert.

Yield: 10–12 eight-inch crêpes

 

About Maya Corrigan

Maya Corrigan blends her love of food and detective stories in her Five-Ingredient Mystery series set in a fictional historic town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The first book in the series, By Cook or by Crook, was published in 2014. 

Before taking up a life of crime (on the page), she taught university courses in writing, detective fiction, American literature, and drama. She won the 2013 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Unpublished Mainstream Mystery / Suspense. Her short stories, written under the name of Mary Ann Corrigan, have been published in anthologies.

When not reading and writing, she enjoys theater, tennis, trivia, cooking, and crosswords. Her website features trivia about food and mysteries.

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Cozy Wednesday featuring – Apples and Alibis (A Down South Cafe Mystery Book) by Gayle Leeson #Review / #Giveaway @GayleTrent

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am delighted to feature Gayle Leeson’s latest Down South Cafe Mystery Today!

Apples and Alibis (A Down South Cafe Mystery Book)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Virginia
Grace Abraham Publishing (August 13, 2019)
Print Length: 188 pages
ASIN: B07V1X8SW3

That’s the last time Amy agrees to do a favor for a stranger…

Down South Cafe owner, Amy Flowers is in over her head. Operating a cafe while hosting the first Farmers’ Market in Winter Garden has her swimming in apples. And when an elderly woman calls the cafe, pleading for a delivery for her upcoming party, Amy relents, feeling compelled to help the desperate customer.

But when she arrives, the woman is slumped over her kitchen table, and Amy is catapulted into the middle of a small town crime. Guilt-ridden for not arriving earlier to save the woman, she sets out to unravel the mystery surrounding the woman. Now, between running the cafe and dealing with the chaos of the farmers’ market, Amy is squeezing in a murder investigation, a run-in with her boyfriend’s mom, and her own mother’s quirky life decisions. Life can’t get any worse…or can it? This cafe owner needs a break–in the case.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Amy Flowers has an amazing idea for the community of Winter Garden and to bring more business to her Down South Cafe – A Farmer’s Market. She just didn’t realize how much added work it would be for her.

Then she receives a phone call for a food delivery, something the cafe doesn’t have enough staff to offer. The woman sounded desperate so Amy agrees to this one-time delivery. She also persuades her cousin Jackie to come along. But when they arrive they find the woman unconscious at the kitchen table.  The police arrive but Amy can’t leave the investigation to them. She feels responsible, in that she hadn’t arrived in time to save Gladys Pridemore.

So she has the Farmer’s Market on her plate where a special vendor gets her nose out of joint, plus a murder case. Add to that a new man in town she thinks is perfect for her mom, an AWOL employee, her Aunt Bess trying to add more pictures to her Crime Board on Pinterest, and dinner with her boyfriend’s parents.

A girl can only juggle so many things . . . good thing Amy is becoming an expert juggler.

Amy Flowers is just so darn nice which is important when you own a customer-driven business. This time her kindness lands her right in the middle of a murder case. She is surrounded by great friends and a few off-the-wall patrons and family members. They are all wonderfully developed and it is easy to get invested in their lives. Homer’s Heroes of the day always make me smile and most times I learn something too.  He is a quirky character that has shined in every book in this series.

The mystery had quite a few suspects, twists and complex clues. Like Amy, I try to see the best in people and I think that muddled my thinking. Thankfully, it didn’t muddle Amy’s. I was totally surprised when all was revealed. The author plotted this one out so well.

Oh, I can’t forget to mention the food, so deliciously described, it always leads to at least one dish in an upcoming meal at our house.

I zoomed right through this book. It had a fantastic flow and was totally entertained beginning to end!

This series is a must-read for culinary cozy lovers.

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You can read my reviews of The Calamity Cafe here, of Silence of the Jams here,
and of Honey Baked Homicide here.

About Gayle Leeson

About the Author

Gayle Leeson is a pseudonym for Gayle Trent. I also write as Amanda Lee. As Gayle Trent, I write the Daphne Martin Cake Mystery series and the Myrtle Crumb Mystery series. As Amanda Lee, I write the Embroidery Mystery series.

The Cake Decorating series features a heroine who is starting her life over in Southwest Virginia after a nasty divorce. The heroine, Daphne, has returned to her hometown of Brea Ridge to open a cake baking and decorating business and is wrestling with the question of whether or not one can go home again. She enjoys spending time with her sister, nephew, and niece, but she and her mother have a complicated relationship that isn’t always pleasant. Daphne has also reconnected with her high school sweetheart and is pursuing a rekindled romance while desperately trying to put her past behind her.

Kerry Vincent, Hall of Fame Sugar Artist, Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show Director, and Television Personality says the series is “a must read for cake bakers and anyone who has ever spent creative time in the kitchen!”

Says Dean Koontz, #1 New York Times bestselling author, “One day I found myself happily reading . . . mysteries by Gayle Trent. If she can win me over . . . she’s got a great future.”

The Embroidery Mystery series features a heroine who recently moved to the Oregon coast to open an embroidery specialty shop. Marcy Singer left her home in San Francisco, along with the humiliation of being left at the altar, in order to move to Tallulah Falls and realize her dream of owning her own shop. She takes along her faithful companion, a one-year-old Irish wolfhound named Angus O’Ruff. She makes many new friends in Tallulah Falls, but she also makes a few enemies. Thankfully, her best friend Sadie MacKenzie and her husband Blake run the coffeehouse right down the street from Marcy’s shop, the Seven-Year Stitch; and Detective Ted Nash always has her back.

Publishers Weekly says, “Fans of the genre will take kindly to Marcy, her Irish wolfhound, Angus O’Ruff, and Tallulah Falls. This is a fast, pleasant read with prose full of pop culture references and, of course, sharp needlework puns.”

Pat Cooper of RT Book Reviews says, “If her debut here is any indication, Lee’s new series is going to be fun, spunky and educational. She smoothly interweaves plot with her character’s personality and charm, while dropping tantalizing hints of stitching projects and their history. Marcy Singer is young, fun, sharp and likable. Readers will be looking forward to her future adventures.” (RT Book Reviews nominated The Quick and the Thread for a 2010 Book Reviewers’ Choice Award in the Amateur Sleuth category)

I live in Virginia with my family, which includes her own “Angus” who is not an Irish wolfhound but a Great Pyrenees who provides plenty of inspiration for the character of Mr. O’Ruff. I’m having a blast writing this new series!

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Jealousy Filled Donuts (A Deputy Donut Mystery) by Ginger Bolton #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks


Jealousy Filled Donuts (A Deputy Donut Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Wisconsin
Kensington (August 27, 2019)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-10: 1496711912
ISBN-13: 978-1496711915
Kindle ASIN: B07L2FNKSJ

When a firecracker becomes a murder weapon, Emily Westhill pursues a killer with a short fuse …

It is a truth universally acknowledged—cops and donuts go together. Exhibit A: Deputy Donut Café, owned and operated by detective’s widow Emily Westhill and her father-in-law, the retired police chief of Fallingbrook, Wisconsin. Named after Emily’s adored and adorable tabby, the donut shop is a favorite among cops, firemen, and EMTs, as well as tourists and townspeople. So when Fallingbrook needs donuts for their Fourth of July picnic, Emily’s shop gets deputized.

But a twisted killer has found another use for Emily’s treats. At the picnic, a firecracker is hidden in a stack of raspberry-filled donuts and aimed at the unwitting queen of the festivities. When it explodes, she is killed. Having her jelly donuts involved puts Emily in a sticky situation, and when a shady shutterbug tries to frame her with incriminating photos, she finds herself in quite a jam. To preserve her freedom and her shop’s reputation, Emily needs to solve this case—before the fuse-lighting felon goes off again …

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Independence Day means, parades, carnivals, fireworks, and food! In Fallingbrook, Wisconsin, the food means donuts from the Deputy Donut Café owned by Emily Westhill and her father-in-law and retired police chief Tom. Emily also drove the Deputy Donut Café’s delivery vehicle, a vintage police car with a donut on top in the parade carrying part of the day’s Royal Court.

After they close the café for the day Emily bakes up a batch of donuts to share with her friends while they watch the fireworks. Her friends are on duty as EMTs, firefighters, or police, but they throw out a blanket by their vehicles to relax and enjoy the show.

Then Emily notices a flame by a nearby couple, she rushes forward but it too late. The flame was on a fuse of a firecracker hidden inside of tower of Deputy Donut donuts. The firecracker goes off and was aimed right at the queen of the festivities and she is killed.

Chaos breaks out but Emily’s friends are immediately on the scene. Things get sticky when a photographer tells Emily he has pictures of her lighting the fuse. She knows that is impossible but knows she needs to be proactive and solve the crime to clear her name. Fireworks are really going to fly when she catches that killer!

I devoured this book! Seriously it is impossible to have too many donuts and with these fabulous characters and excellent mystery, I just couldn’t get enough.

Former 911 dispatcher Emily lost her police officer husband when he was killed while out on a call. She had to quit her job and opening Deputy Donut Café was just what she needed. Her father-in-law is a perfect business partner and best of all her cat Dep can go to work with her every day because the shop office is a place set up just for him. Dep is a special cat and he has completely stolen my heart.

Emily is surrounded by a great group of friends and loyal customers. Emily has hired a new employee and Jocelyn has fitted right in. All the characters are engaging and have a purpose. They also continue to evolve nicely as the series continues. Emily’s family added a few pins and needles throughout the story too.

A death that takes place with a park full of people is a tough solve. Seriously there could be hundreds of suspects. Someone with a score to settle with the victim or someone who just wanted to cause trouble. Thankfully, it was soon clear the queen was targeted by someone she knew which brought the suspects down to a reasonable number. The author has filled this story with some great twists and turns and Brent was open to Emily’s help. I was happy to follow their lead.

The ending of this story was so exciting and fantastically written. Ms. Bolton’s words takes readers right there, on the scene, like a fly on Emily’s shoulder. Living in Wisconsin I knew immediately the kind of place the series of events was playing out. It was totally realistic and riveting to read. Like in Goodbye Cruller World, I was on the edge of my seat as the drama played out.

This was an excellent story! A marvelous addition to this series! So much so it will have a place on my Best Reads of 2019. I am craving the next book in this series already!

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Read my review of Survival of the Fritters here and  Goodbye Cruller World here.

About the Author

Ginger Bolton writes the Deputy Donut mystery series–cops, crime, coffee, donuts, and one curious cat. When Ginger isn’t writing or reading, she’s crocheting, knitting, sewing, walking her two rescue dogs and generally causing trouble. She’s also fond of donuts, coffee, and cafes where folks gather to enjoy those tasty treats and one another’s company.

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #35 2019

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be visiting New York, Norway, and Tennessee!

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

Escapes Completed


Jealousy Filled Donuts (A Deputy Donut Mystery)
by Ginger Bolton
Release Date – August 27, 2019
Setting – Wisconsin
My Review will be up tomorrow! 


Apples and Alibis (A Down South Cafe Mystery Book)
by Gayle Leeson
Release Date – August 13, 2019
Setting – Virginia
I will be featuring this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Singapore Sapphire (A Harriet Gordon Mystery)
by A. M. Stuart
Release Date – August 6, 2019
Setting – Singapore
My Review will be up on Thursday! 


Meet Your Baker: A Bakeshop Mystery
by Ellie Alexander
Release Date – December 30, 2014
Setting – Oregon
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


Silent Night, Deadly Night (A Year-Round Christmas Mystery)
by Vicki Delany
Release Date – August 27, 2019
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Tuesday!


Fiddling with Fate (A Chloe Ellefson Mystery)
by Kathleen Ernst
Release Date – September 8, 2019
Setting – Norway


Bark If It’s Murder (A Dog Club Mystery)
by V.M. Burns
Release Date – August 27, 2019
Setting – Tennessee
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

Future Escapes

Books Being Released – August 26 – September 1, 2019


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Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – Why does Summer zip by so fast? – Weekly Rewind – Mail Call

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The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now a Facebook group that has become an
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HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!


Why does Summer zip by so fast?

It is a sad time in our house when summer comes to an end. I love summer and getting out and having fun with my family. Our fun was curtailed this year as Mr. Dollycas is still recovering from back surgery but we had some fun times close to home. Hopefully, we will make up for it next year.

School doesn’t start until after Labor Day but yesterday we traveled to our first Youth Football game of the season, Football and Fall just go together. Our grandson Kaden is now in 6th grade and football now includes tackling and 4 quarters of football. Kaden played offensive tackle the whole game and did a great job. His team has a fast little running back and his team won 24 – 0. It felt great to get out of the house and the weather was perfect.

No game this week due to the holiday but the following week we will be on the road again. We may have 2 games to watch each week because Kaden’s brother Remington starts flag football soon too!

I can take the heat and hate the cold so I am praying for a long Indian Summer. 😎

~Lori


Weekly Rewind – August 19 – 24, 2019

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #34 2019

Plus – BOOK BLAST – Two Bites Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery) by Debra H. Goldstein

Tuesday – Charity’s Burden (A Quaker Midwife Mystery) by Edith Maxwell #Review / #Giveaway @midnightinkbook @edithmaxwell

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli – Author of And Then They Were Doomed: A Little Library Mystery – #GuestPost / #Review / #Giveaway

Thursday – Dreamed It (Dreamwalker Mystery) by Maggie Toussaint #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @MaggieToussaint

Plus – One Potato, Two Potato, Dead (A Farm-to-Fork Mystery) by Lynn Cahoon – #Review @LynnCahoon @lyricalpress

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – A Very Merry Murder (A Professor Prather Mystery) by Mary Angela #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – #GuestPost – Halloween is Murder (McKinley Mysteries: Short & Sweet Cozies) by Carolyn Arnold – Great Escapes Book Tour @Carolyn_Arnold

Plus – #SpecialGuest – Paula Darnell – Author of Death by Design: A DIY Diva Mystery – Great Escapes Book Tour @PaulaJDarnell

I wish you much happiness this week! 

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