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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #37 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Georgia, Oregon, and Connecticut!

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

Escapes Completed


No Grater Crime (A Country Store Mystery)
by Maddie Day
Release Date – August 24, 2021
Setting – Indiana
Review will be up tomorrow!


Swimming with the Fishes: An Ozarks Lake Mystery
by Marc Jedel
Release Day – August 27, 2021
Setting – Arkansas
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday.


Cat’s Meow (The 2 Sisters Pet Valet Mysteries)
by Dane McCaslin
Release Date – March 23, 2021
Setting – Oregon
Review will be up Thursday!

Current Escape


Ukulele Murder: A Nani Johnson Aloha Lagoon Mystery (Aloha Lagoon Mysteries)
by Leslie Langtry
Release Date – June 30, 2016
Setting – Hawaii
My Flashback Friday Read and for the Alphabet Soup and
Literary Escapes Challenges.

Scheduled Escapes


Mocha, She Wrote: A Bakeshop Mystery
by Ellie Alexander
Release Date – June 29, 2021
Setting – Oregon
For Review


Burden of Poof (Bonnie & Clyde Mysteries)
by Julie Anne Lindsey
Release Date – September 15, 2021
Setting – Georgia
I will feature this book next week on Cozy Wednesday!


The Corpse in the Gazebo (A Food Blogger Mystery)
by Debra Sennefelder
Release Date – September 28, 2021
Setting- Connecticut

Future Escapes

September 12 – 18, 2021 


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

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A Week in the Life of Dollycas

This past week, especially yesterday we remember and reflect on the tragedies that happened on September 11, 2001. Everyone was remembering where they were when the towers fell. My accident was on March 14, 2001, and I was released from the hospital on June 1 with still a long way to go in my recovery of what the new me would become. So on September 11 I had just sent the kids off to school and was sitting in my wheelchair waiting for the home health nurse to come and get me ready for my day and head out to physical therapy. I turned on the television and just froze.  The horrific pictures on the screen just brought me to tears. The nurse arrived and we cried together while getting me dressed. Shortly after I received a phone call that my therapy was canceled.  I stayed glued to the television screen all day and those images are ingrained in my memory forever. I watched day after day as the first responders put their lives on the line to find survivors. Our country suffered unthinkable loss and everyone pulled together. We continue to hear the stories and the names of those lost. The bravery of so many and the grief of all those families. I know I will never forget. I will always remember.

Where were you when tragedy struck our country?


Weekly Rewind – September 6 – 11, 2021

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #36 – 2021

Tuesday  – Murder with Orange Pekoe Tea (A Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery) by Karen Rose Smith #Review @karenrosemith @KensingtonBooks

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Death of a Red-Hot Rancher (A Love Is Murder Mystery) by Mimi Granger #Review / #Giveaway @BerkleyMystery

Thursday – What the Cat Dragged In (Cat in the Stacks Mystery) by Miranda James #Review @BerkleyMystery

Friday – An Untidy Affair: A David Blaise Mystery by MB Dabney #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @mbdabney27

Saturday – Ghost Cat of Ocean Cove (A Tenth Life Cozy Mystery) by Mollie Hunt #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @MollieHuntCats



Due to COVID-19, no print books have been sent by publishers.
Books shown were received through NetGalley or
books I purchased from Amazon.

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Ghost Cat of Ocean Cove (A Tenth Life Cozy Mystery) by Mollie Hunt #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @MollieHuntCats

Ghost Cat of Ocean Cove (A Tenth Life Cozy Mystery)
by Mollie Hunt

It is my pleasure to shine my spotlights
on Ghost Cat of Ocean Cove today!

About Ghost Cat of Ocean Cove

Ghost Cat of Ocean Cove (A Tenth Life Cozy Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Independently published (August 3, 2021)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 249 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8519309813
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0992WH2CL
Publication date ‏ : ‎ August 17, 2021

A new feline cozy from the author of the award-winning Crazy Cat Lady Mysteries.

 

Septuagenarian Camelia Collins and her cat Blaze move to the Oregon Coast to fulfill a lifelong dream, but that dream becomes a nightmare when Camelia learns she has purchased a murder house. The former resident, reclusive businessman Jonathan Chamber, was brutally killed on the stoop, and the killer is still at large.

 

What’s more, Camelia discovers an ancient gravestone at the back of her garden belonging to a cat named Soji. Dead long ago, this seventh black kitten of a seventh black kitten now returns incorporeal form. Will Soji’s haunting help Camelia solve the murder mystery or send her screaming back to Portland?

 

About Mollie Hunt

Native Oregonian Mollie Hunt has always had an affinity for cats, so it was a short step for her to become a cat writer. Mollie Hunt writes the award-winning Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series featuring Lynley Cannon, a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer who finds more trouble than a cat in catnip, and the Cat Seasons sci-fantasy tetralogy where cats save the world. She also pens a bit of cat poetry.

Mollie is a member of the Oregon Writers’ Colony, Sisters in Crime, the Cat Writers’ Association, and Northwest Independent Writers Association (NIWA). She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and a varying number of cats. Like Lynley, she is a grateful shelter volunteer.

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An Untidy Affair: A David Blaise Mystery by MB Dabney #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @mbdabney27


An Untidy Affair: A David Blaise Mystery
by MB Dabney

I am so happy to welcome MB Dabney
to Escapes With Dollycas today!

Hi MB, 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a native Hoosier, born, raised and educated in Indiana, and a retired journalist. During a 20-year portion of my career, I worked in Philadelphia, where, among other things, I covered the 1985 police bombing of the MOVE compound in West Philly. Because of my background as a reporter, I’m most comfortable writing in third-person, although I have won professional awards for editorial writing, which are in first-person, plural.

I wrote the first draft of a Star Trek novel in the mid-80s – I really love Star Trek – and throughout the 90s and early 2000s dabbled with writing a thriller. But I didn’t really focus on writing fiction until about 15 years ago and it was because I wanted a new writing challenge. The first major challenge of An Untidy Affair is that it’s in first-person. That was considerably out of my comfort zone. The next major challenge I faced with Affair was that I completed the first draft in 18 days during National Novel Writing Month. So, as it turns out, my years of deadline writing for United Press International and later for the Associated Press, in addition to two daily newspapers, came in handy.

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

I tend to generally follow some advice I read by Stephen King, and that is in fiction, if you don’t know something, make it up. Research is very important but if you stay close to your main interests, there are fewer things you have to research. I read lots of murder and crime fiction and thrillers, so that’s mainly what I write. I also rarely write the major portion of a novel in a location I haven’t lived in or visited extensively.

Through attending conferences and networking, I know lots of people who, for example, specialize in areas I am unfamiliar with, such as poisons or strangulation. So, when needed, I can consult with them on those areas. And lastly, there is the Internet. With what you can learn from the Internet, you can write a credible novel set in contemporary Indianapolis, or in the Old West, or 1760s London, or on Mars.

For a variety of health reasons that caused me to delay research for the novel I intended to write, I didn’t decide to write Affair until a week before I started writing it. So, I didn’t have time for much research before I started. It’s why it’s set in Philadelphia in the mid-1980s and involved MOVE. I was there at the time and covered it. What little research I did do was during the writing to confirm things I wasn’t sure I remembered correctly.

 Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?

Sometimes, if I don’t know enough about the story before I start writing it, or don’t understand how to get to the end. But with a novel that’s only happened once. Generally, when I get to a stumbling block and struggle with it for a while, I realize I’m boring the reader – me. And if I’m boring me, I will bore other readers. So, I simplify whatever I’m writing to one or two sentences and move on.

But another handy trick I use is to stir things up. There was a point in one of my upcoming novels when I didn’t know what to do next with my protag. So, one night as he was about to enter this apartment, I had him attacked by someone who jumped out of the bushes, and was wearing a clown mask and carrying a knife. Scary, right? Being attacked by a clown. But it opened up lots of possibilities.

Or, when I feel a block coming on, I might write a scene in which someone walks into a room holding a loaded gun. Nothing shakes things up in fiction, or in real life, more than someone walking in with a gun. Whether the person is there with good intentions or not – and the people in the scene won’t exactly know that when the person walks in – the gun changes the dynamic.

If you suffer from a writer’s block, write something surprising and dramatic. It will help get you off your butt. And you can always delete it later.

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

Don’t give up once you start writing, continue to develop your craft and learn about the industry. Network with published writers and learn from them. Chatting with other authors over cocktails at a conference is a major source of knowledge and inspiration, as much so as merely attending the conference. Join a critique group and take the advice that is the most useful for you and disregard the rest. And never, ever give up hope.

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

I like to read. I enjoy walking and playing tennis, though I haven’t found much time for tennis lately. I still have – but don’t use, of course – the wooden racket I first learned tennis with nearly 60 years ago. I love watching Star Trek, and I love auto racing, especially Formula 1 and Indycar. I attend the Indianapolis 500 every year, and other races when possible. And lastly, I love to travel.

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

The greatest impact is in not meeting with other writers in person. My critique group meets over Zoom but it’s not the same as in person. And just last week while I was on vacation, the organizer of a regional crime writers conference called me to say that the conference scheduled for October is postponed until April. And I hope I can still attend. (Read below.)

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

I came up with an answer to this question but before I wrote it down I asked my wife what she thought.  She said Fiji, which, amazingly enough, was exactly what I was thinking. Years before we retired, we started socking away money in a travel account, so we have funds for traveling once the country and the world are more open to it. But due to the distance and the expense, I doubt we will ever visit Fiji, though I’d love to. The sandy beaches and clear blue water seem so attractive and beckoning.

We had a trip to China planned for October/November 2020 that was postponed and then planned to go to Rome in March 2021. I would have arrived in Rome on my 70th birthday. But that trip was postponed until next March/April. And I hope it doesn’t conflict with the conference I mentioned above.

What is next on the horizon for you?

I am working on a prequel to Affair and plan to deliver it to my editor by the end of the year. If I’ve made sufficient progress on the prequel by late-October, I will write a novel in November during National Novel Writing Month. And, most likely, it will be the racing story I intended to write just before I wrote Affair.

Thank you, MB for stopping by today. 

Please keep reading to learn about MB’s book.

About An Untidy Affair

An Untidy Affair: A David Blaise Mystery
Suspense/Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Per Bastet Publications LLC (June 25, 2021)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 280 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1942166761
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1942166764
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B097YPJYWN

Struggling Philadelphia private eye David Blaise gets two routine but unrelated cases on the same day in May 1985 – the day city police firebombed the MOVE house, which killed 11 people and destroyed an entire neighborhood. When Blaise starts following a cheating husband and searching for a missing person who may not actually be missing, he also discovers his cases may be related, and that he is being followed. When his tail is murdered, implicating the P-I, Blaise must find the true killer before he is literally buried alive.

About MB Dabney

MB Dabney is an award-winning journalist whose writing has appeared in numerous local and national publications, such as Indianapolis Monthly, NUVO, Ebony magazine, Black Enterprise.com, the Indianapolis Recorder, and the Indianapolis Business Journal. A native of Indianapolis, Michael spent decades as a reporter working at Business Week magazine, United Press International and the Associated Press, the Indianapolis Star, and The Philadelphia Tribune, the nation’s oldest continuously published Black newspaper, where he won awards for editorial writing. He has co-edited two anthologies — Decades of Dirt: Murder, Mystery and Mayhem from the Crossroads of Crime; and MURDER 20/20 — and has published numerous short mystery stories, including Miss Hattie Mae’s Secret (Decades of Dirt) , Callipygian (The Fine Art of Murder), and Killing Santa Claus (Homicide for the Holidays). An Untidy Affair is his first novel.·         The father of two adult daughters, Michael lives in Indianapolis with his wife, Angela.

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Blaise is streetwise with an innate understanding of human nature yet he is socially awkward, single-minded to a fault, and beautifully damaged. The book is peopled with wonderfully vivid archetype characters that could, but definitely do not come across as cliche.
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What the Cat Dragged In (Cat in the Stacks Mystery) by Miranda James #Review @BerkleyMystery


What the Cat Dragged In (Cat in the Stacks Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
14th in Series
Setting – Mississippi
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Berkley (August 31, 2021)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593199464
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593199466
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08CTFV6VW

Librarian Charlie Harris and his faithful feline companion, Diesel, have inherited Charlie’s grandfather’s house, along with a deadly legacy: a decades-old crime scene, in this all-new mystery in the New York Times bestselling Cat in the Stacks series.

Charlie has always believed that his grandfather had sold his house to his longtime tenant, Martin Hale. So when Martin dies, Charlie is surprised to discover the house was not left to Martin but instead belongs to Charlie. As he and Diesel check out the house he remembers fondly from his childhood, he is pleasantly surprised that it is in better condition than expected. That is, until they find a literal skeleton in a closet.

While the sheriff’s department investigates the mysterious remains, Charlie digs deeper into the past for clues to the identity of the bones and why they are there. But the cold case heats up quickly when Martin’s grandson is found dead on the farm.

As Charlie delves into his own family history, he encounters many people who might have been motivated to take a life. But Charlie and Diesel know that things are not always what they seem and that secrets seemingly lost to time have a way of finding their way back to haunt the present.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

In this latest Cats in the Stacks Mystery Charlie gets a big surprise. He inherits the family farmhouse outside of town. He had always thought his grandfather had sold the property but instead he gave the tenant Martin Hale, a lifelong lease. When Mr. Hale passed away the property reverted back to the Harris family, Charlie. His son Sean, a lawyer, is helping him wade through all the paperwork and necessary actions. Not having been in the house in years Charlie is anxious to take a tour of the place with Diesel by his side. The place will need a little work but is in better shape than he expected. While checking out the attic, Diesel makes a scary discovery  . . . a human skeleton in an old wardrobe. This puts any plans for the place on hold.

Charlie reports Diesel’s find to the sheriff’s office who calls in a specialist to try to identify the skeleton. Charlie realizes he doesn’t know or remember much about his family history so he takes the opportunity to investigate his family tree. He may even be able to identify the remains before the sheriff.

A huge storm moves through the area leaving downed trees at the family homestead and a body is found under a downed limb. It is quickly identified to be Hale’s grandson who thought he would be inheriting the property. When the limb is removed evidence shows the man was killed before the storm and it wasn’t any accident. The investigation into the skeleton turns into a current murder investigation and Charlie uncovers many reasons for the death and many other secrets as well.


I loved this story. Charlie’s deep dive into his family’s history drew my interest. I have a niece that has been researching our family history, something I have wanted to do for years but haven’t been able to do. I realized too late that I should have sat down with my mother who had vast knowledge of our family on both her and my father’s sides and his was very complicated. She would always know how everyone fit together and had wonderful stories that I should have listened to more carefully. When she passed away much of that knowledge passed away with her, knowledge I would have loved to pass on to my children and grandchildren. So you see, I was very excited to see Charlie take on this project. Keeping track of a family’s history is so important.

The mysteries Charlie was entangled in, the murder, and the skeleton were just a jumping-off point. There was another case the Athena Sheriff’s Office had been trying to solve that was really unknown to Charlie that he was able to solve as part of a terrifying incident at the end of the story. It was totally off his radar as he struggled with decisions about his family homestead and the deaths that had occurred.

I really enjoyed the author’s description of the Harris Family Homestead. I know the layout of Charlie’s current home, Helen Louise’s Bistro, (she on a girls getaway with her friends during this story), the college, his office, and the layout of the small town of Athena quite well after the 13 previous books in this series. She gives good concise details of this new to us property and I was able to follow along through each room and even into the neighboring woods.

Ms. James plotted such an excellent story with intrigue, secrets, drama, and action while allowing us to catch up on the regular daily news with Charlie, his family, his tenants, Melba, Kanesha, Azalea, plus Ramses and Diesel too. All of these characters are charming in their own ways and while I know there is going to be a stellar mystery or two in each book it is those characters that bring me back for each new installment of this wonderful series.

What the Cat Dragged In is now my favorite book in this series. It has everything I look for in a  cozy mystery and more.

You will find What the Cat Dragged In on my Best Reads of 2021 list because in my opinion it deserves more than 5 stars and receives my Paradise Rating.

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About the Author

Miranda James is the New York Times bestselling author of the Cat in the Stacks Mysteries, including The Pawful Truth, Six Cats a Slayin’, and Claws for Concern, as well as the Southern Ladies Mysteries, including Fixing to Die, Digging Up the Dirt, and Dead with the Wind. James lives in Mississippi.

Find out more about Miranda James and her books on her webpage here.

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Cozy Wednesday featuring Death of a Red-Hot Rancher (A Love Is Murder Mystery) by Mimi Granger #Review / #Giveaway @BerkleyMystery

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Death of a Red-Hot Rancher today!


Death of a Red-Hot Rancher (A Love Is Murder Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Ohio
Berkley (September 14, 2021)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593201566
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593201565
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08PYKMCJW

Love meets murder in this new cozy mystery series set in a quirky romance bookstore, with a heroine to die for.

Lizzie Hale may be the lucky owner of a successful romance bookshop, Love Under the Covers, but she’s decidedly un-lucky in love. Though she’s read almost every famous romance novelist, from Jane Austen to Nora Roberts, none have helped her figure out how to get—and keep—a man.

But Lizzie has bigger problems to worry about. Like murder.

When Brody Pierce, swoon-worthy ranch owner and resident bachelor, is found stabbed through the chest, hearts were heard breaking all over idyllic Tinker’s Creek. But when Lizzie’s aunt is implicated in the murder, she’s determined to clear her name. Lizzie quickly realizes that Brody was a hunk with many hidden secrets, and she’s soon leafing through a stack of suspects longer than Brody’s list of lovers.

With the killer still on the loose, Lizzie will have to find the truth before this act of passion ignites a fire she can’t put out.

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

In this new series by Mimi Granger, we meet Lizzie Hale. Lizzie owns Love Under the Covers, a well-known romance bookshop in Tinker’s Creek Ohio. Lizzie may excel at recommending romance novels but she definitely does not excel in her own romantic relationships, And there is a handsome hunk in town that has all the ladies swooning. Even Lizzie thinks he is pretty easy on the eyes. Brody Pierce is a tall drink of water who gained his fame and fortune in Hollywood starring in a truck commercial and now owns a bison ranch just outside of town. Brodie stopped by Love Under The Covers for a special purchase and was surrounded by women the entire time he was in the store. Distracted he left his credit card behind when he exited the store.

Since Brodie hadn’t returned for his card a few days later Lizzie makes the trek to his home to return it and oh! my! what a magnificent home it is. The barn is spectacular too. When Brody didn’t answer the door she wandered over to the barn and found Brody . . . dead on the floor . . . stabbed in the chest . . . with his loyal dog Violet howling by his side.

But Brody was a man with many secrets and a good lineup of suspects that could have wanted the man dead. Even Lizzie’s Aunt Charmaine is on the list. Lizzie can’t stand for that so she starts her own quest to clear her aunt and find the real killer knowing she could be their next victim.


Lizzie was such a fun new protagonist and I was really taken with her bookshop, an old home she has set up with different sub-genres of romance novels each having its own room. Each is unique in its furnishings with places for people to relax and escape right into a new story. She is a smart savvy businesswoman who has definitely found her niche. She has a great sense of humor which is handy when working with her aunt Charmaine. Ms. Granger has surrounded these ladies with a great supporting cast including “a large dog of questionable parentage”, and a delightful park ranger that is assisting in the murder investigation.

I knew from the title that the red-hot rancher was going to die, but when Brody was killed I was sad. He was an interesting character that I would have liked to have gotten to know better. We did learn a lot of things about him while trying to catch his killer. He was clearly a man with a checkered past.

Because Lizzie read more into one incident she was scared her aunt had something to do with the man’s death. That was my only drawback in this book. An honest conversation would have cleared that matter up quickly and Lizzie could have still been caught up in the case. Other than that I really enjoyed following along as clues came together to create a very exciting ending.

Death of a Red-Hot Rancher has set this series off to a wonderful start. I love the small-town atmosphere and Lizzie’s place in the community. Mimi Granger is a seasoned author that has written under many pen names so she knows her stuff. I am excited for this series to continue so I can visit Tinker’s Creek and its residents again soon.

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About the Author

Mimi Granger began her publishing career writing historical romance. Many years later, there’s still nothing she likes better than a happily-ever-after…as long as there’s a little murder and mayhem thrown in. Her Love is Murder mystery series provides the perfect opportunity to salute the two genres she loves most—romance and mystery—and to play out every reader’s dream of owning a fabulous bookstore. Mimi lives outside of Cleveland with her own personal romance hero and two dogs: Eliot, an enthusiastic Airedale, and Lucy, who provides the inspiration for Violet in her stories (including the incredible amount of shed fur).

Mimi Granger is a pseudonym for Connie Laux and writes as Kylie Logan. Lucy Ness, and Casey Daniels too. She is the author of the League of Literary Ladies Mystery series, the Button Box Mystery series, and the Haunted Mansion Mystery series. Learn more online at www.mystery-book-series.com.

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Murder with Orange Pekoe Tea (A Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery) by Karen Rose Smith #Review @karenrosemith @KensingtonBooks


Murder with Orange Pekoe Tea (A Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Setting – Pennsylvania
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Kensington (September 7, 2021)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1496733975
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1496733979
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08P82JPHP

In Pennsylvania’s Amish country, Daisy Swanson is serving hot tea at a fundraiser for a homeless shelter—but tempers are getting heated too . . .

Daisy’s orange pekoe is flowing at a fundraiser—and she’s also made a new friend, Piper, a young woman whose hopes for motherhood were dashed by a foul-up at a fertility clinic. But before they can settle into a long conversation, the event is disrupted by masked protestors who object to building a shelter in Willow Creek. Among the angry crowd is Eli—who left his Amish community some time ago, with help from a lawyer named Hiram.

It just so happens that Hiram is also representing the fertility clinic in a class-action suit—and soon afterward, he turns up dead, felled by an insulin injection. Daisy can’t help but get drawn in, especially since Piper’s husband had been pretty steamed at the victim and didn’t hide it. She’d love to spend some time with the dog she and her boyfriend have just adopted—but first, she’ll be straining to find a killer . . .

Includes delicious recipes!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

In this 7th Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery, Willow Creek is planning for a homeless shelter and is trying to raise the needed funds now that the land has been donated. Daisy Swanson is doing her part by providing tea (Orange Pekoe) and some delicious sweets. But everyone is not in favor of the shelter and a bunch of masked protestors try to shut the event down by overturning the tables and causing a ruckus. Daisy notices that one of the protesters is a young man, Eli Lapp, who left the Amish community. She is surprised he would be involved in such an altercation. He did take a moment to confront his friend and local lawyer, Hiram Hershberger.

Hiram is a busy man because he is also representing a local fertility clinic that through an employee error several embryos were lost. The affected individuals are bringing a class-action suit against the facility. Daisy met Piper a young woman who lost her embryos in the tragic event and her husband, Emory who is blaming everyone connected to the event, even Hiram.  When Hiram is killed Daisy fears Emory may be responsible.  Because of her budding friendship with Piper Daisy decides to do a little investigating of her own.


The author continues to put Daisy in some hot-topic situations. A fertility clinic that killed a batch of embryos and a homeless shelter that could bring some unsavory people to the neighborhood. Daisy has a good head on her shoulders that allows her to see both sides of a situation. It is to the author’s credit to create such a well-developed protagonist for this series and it is not just this main character that is well-developed. All of the core characters have grown over the course of the series but she has left plenty of room for future growth. Family is always a clear focus in any story in this series. I did enjoy that Daisy’s daughters were more involved in aspects of this story. I am also very happy with the way Daisy’s relationship with Jonas is proceeding and that they have added a wonderful canine to the mix. The author does blend the Englisch and Amish communities that are close in Willow Creek with a balanced hand. I always seem to learn something new about the Amish way of life in each book.

I do love the tea shop setting where many of the suspects could drop in at any time. Daisy just needs to keep her ears and eyes open. The foods described always make my tummy rumble. I am not a big tea drinker but Daisy could convert me quite quickly.

Ms. Smith has penned a perfectly plotted mystery with plenty of suspects. The method of murder was unique and the clues were well placed throughout the story. I was very wrapped up in all that was happening and I didn’t hone in on anyone decisively. The ending was very exciting and surprising. I do enjoy it when that happens because that means the author did an excellent job of diverting my thinking.

Murder with Orange Pekoe Tea is a marvelous cozy mystery with interesting subplots too. The pace was quick and the characters drew me deeply into the story. I am so looking forward to my next visit to Daisy’s Tea Garden and Willow Creek.

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Karen Rose Smith About the Author

Karen Rose Smith is the author of the Daisy’s Tea Garden Mysteries and the Caprice De Luca home-staging mysteries. Married to her college sweetheart, Karen has convinced her husband that felines can make purr-fect housemates. They share their home in the Susquehanna Valley of Pennsylvania with their three rescued cats. You can find her on Facebook at KarenRoseSmithBooks and on Twitter @karenrosemith.  Find out more about her mysteries at https://www.karenrosesmithmysteries.com.


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #36 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Indiana, Arkansas, and Oregon!

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

Escapes Completed


Murder with Orange Pekoe Tea (A Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery)
by Karen Rose Smith
Release Date – September 7, 2021
Setting – Pennsylvania
Review will be up tomorrow!


Death of a Red-Hot Rancher (A Love Is Murder Mystery)
by Mimi Granger
Release Date – September 14, 2021
Setting – Ohio
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


What the Cat Dragged In (Cat in the Stacks Mystery)
by Miranda James
Release Date – August 31, 2021
Setting – Mississippi
Review will be up Thursday!

Scheduled Escapes


No Grater Crime (A Country Store Mystery)
by Maddie Day
Release Date – August 24, 2021
Setting – Indiana
For Review


Swimming with the Fishes: An Ozarks Lake Mystery
by Marc Jedel
Release Day – August 27, 2021
Setting – Arkansas
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday.


Cat’s Meow (The 2 Sisters Pet Valet Mysteries)
by Dane McCaslin
Release Date – March 23, 2021
Setting – Oregon
For Review

Future Escapes

September 5 – 11, 2021


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

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A Week in the Life of Dollycas

The highlight of our week was Charlotte’s 2nd Birthday Party. Sadly the weather was chilly which moved the party indoors and COVID reared its ugly head in both school systems the other grands attend and several other extended were dealing with the same so it ended up a smaller event than planned and that means we will be eating cake for several days. It was wonderful that G.G. (Great Grandma Wendy) was able to join us.

I did make a couple of trips to wound care and to the cancer center for my monthly labs. I may be a bit anemic but am waiting to hear from the doctor to see if there are any med changes. But for the most part, I am feeling pretty good.

Other than that my week was filled with blogging, book tours, and reading. There was always something popping to keep me going.

How was your week?

 


Weekly Rewind – August 30 – September 4, 2021

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #35 – 2021

Tuesday – X Marks the Murder: A Wendy Grace Mystery by Pam Stucky #Review @pamstuckyauthor

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Partners in Lime: A Beachfront Cozy Mystery (Seaside Café Mysteries) by Bree Baker #Review / #Giveaway @PPPress @BreeBakerBooks

Thursday – Cover Reveal – The Friday Night Mystery Club by Joanna Campbell Slan

Plus – Deadly Summer Nights (A Catskill Summer Resort Mystery) by Vicki Delany #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @vickidelany

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Doggone Dead (The 2 Sisters Pet Valet Mysteries) by Dane McCaslin #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – Malice in Miami: A Jamie Quinn Mystery by Barbara Venkataraman #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

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Books shown were received through NetGalley or
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Have a great week! I hope you are able to enjoy the long weekend!

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Malice in Miami: A Jamie Quinn Mystery by Barbara Venkataraman #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


It is my pleasure to shine my spotlights on Malice in Miami today!


Malice in Miami: A Jamie Quinn Mystery
by Barbara Venkataraman

About Malice in Miami

Malice in Miami: A Jamie Quinn Mystery
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Independently Published (June 9, 2021)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 318 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8518046757
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08P27FRL6

Reluctant family law attorney Jamie Quinn is loving life–and why wouldn’t she? Her boyfriend Kip is back from Australia, her long-lost dad finally has his visa and she’s about to start her dream job at an art foundation. But it all falls apart when Jamie is accused of stealing priceless art from a rare book collection. If she can’t find out who framed her, she can kiss her dream job good-bye–and her law license too. Meanwhile, Kip has problems of his own. Now an environmental activist, he uncovers a deadly secret–one that just might get him killed. Jamie’s in trouble, Kip’s in danger, and Duke Broussard has gone AWOL. How could Jamie’s favorite P.I. abandon her at a time like this?

About Barbara Venkataraman 

Barbara Venkataraman is an attorney and author of the award-winning Jamie Quinn Cozy Mystery series, as well as Teatime with Mrs. Grammar Person, Quirky Essays for Quirky People, and A Year of Shorts: Flash Fiction. Her books have won numerous awards including Indie Book of the Day, First Place in the 2016 Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Mystery Writing Competition, Gold Medal in the Readers’ Favorite Contest for Memoir, and Two-time Finalist in the Kindle Book Awards. She also co-authored Accidental Activist: Justice for the Groveland Four with her son Josh about his four-year quest to obtain posthumous pardons for The Groveland Four.

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