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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #50 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling from Wisconsin to West Virginia and Maine!!

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

Escapes Completed


Sleuthing in Stilettos (A Resale Boutique Mystery)
by Debra Sennefelder
Release Date – December 6, 2022
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!


Death Checked Out: A Larkspur Library Mystery
by Leah Dobrinska
Release Date – December 6, 2022
Setting – Wisconsin
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Christmas in Newfoundland — Memories and Mysteries : A Sgt. Windflower Book
by Mike Martin
Release Date – September 25, 2022
Setting – Newfoundland
My Review will be up Thursday!


Dead Even (A Mattie Winston Mystery)
by Annelise Ryan
Release Date – March 30, 2021
Setting – Wisconsin
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


Once Upon a December
by Amy E. Reichert
Release Date – October 4, 2022
Setting – Wisconsin
For Review and for my December Alphabet Soup Mini-Challenge.


Roast Date (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
by Heather Day Gilbert
Release Date – December 20, 2022
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Death by Chocolate Chip Cupcake (A Death by Chocolate Mystery)
by Sarah Graves
Release Date – March 29, 2022
Setting – Maine
For Review

Future Escapes

December 11 – 17, 2022


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A Week in the Life of Dollycas

It was quite a week in the world this week. We lost Kirstie Alley to colon cancer, our former president’s company was found guilty of tax fraud, my favorites Derek and Claire won The Amazing Race, and WNBA star Brittney Griner was released from Russia and is back home in Texas where she belongs.

Around here it was pretty quiet. Just the normal blogging, touring, reading, and watching t.v. I did do some more online Christmas shopping too. We also had a bit of snow on Friday but it didn’t amount to much.

On Saturday we ventured out to Columbus to watch our grandson Remi play basketball. Being one of the tallest boys on the team, he plays Center and loves the tip-offs. This is his and most of his teammate’s first year playing so they are really just learning the fundamentals. Both of his parents played basketball in school so he does have some natural abilities. He is one heck of a rebounder! His mom is going to volunteer to help at practices when she can because their coach does have his hands full with all the newbies. Sitting with her today, she was trying so hard not to coach from the sidelines, and only encourage Remi. I think her experiences would be put to good use by volunteering at the practices. She probably would have volunteered to coach if her work schedule wasn’t so crazy. Their next game/tournament isn’t until January.

Something upsetting happened this week. As you know I am a huge fan of the Backstreet Boys. This week one of them was accused of a crime that is said to have happened over 20 years ago in 2001. The person has changed her story several times and fact-checkers have found several discrepancies in every version. But ABC, in their infinite wisdom, has canceled their Christmas Special set to air on December 14.  This is after the same member lost his younger brother just a few weeks ago and has been working hard to set up a benefit/memorial in his brother’s honor with a focus on mental illness. I believe he is innocent and I support him and all the Boys 100%. I am also boycotting ABC because of its actions.

Since you won’t see this on television I am sharing this here.

Weekly Rewind – December 5 – 10, 2022

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #49 – 2022

Tuesday – Death by Gondola: A Springtime Murder in Venice (Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series) by Jennifer S. Alderson #Review

Plus – Special Guest – Winnie Archer Author of Bread Over Troubled Water (A Bread Shop Mystery) #Author Interview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Death by Puffin: A Bachelorette Party Murder in Reykjavik (Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery) by Jennifer S. Alderson #Review / #Giveaway

Thursday – Special Guest – S. K. Golden – Author of The Socialite’s Guide to Murder (A Pinnacle Hotel Mystery) #GuestPost / #Giveaway

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Death by Chocolate Snickerdoodle (A Death by Chocolate Mystery) by Sarah Graves #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks @SarahGraves2011

Saturday – Special Guest – Michelle Bennington – Author of Dumpster Dying: A Hazardous Hoarder Mystery #GuestPost / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

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Special Guest – Michelle Bennington – Author of Dumpster Dying: A Hazardous Hoarder Mystery #GuestPost / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Dumpster Dying: A Hazardous Hoarder Mystery
by Michelle Bennington

I am delighted to welcome Michelle Bennington to
Escape With Dollycas today!

How Do You Come Up with These Things?
by Michelle Bennington

How do you come up with these things? Was a question my mother had asked me when I told her about my latest book, Dumpster Dying. She liked the idea, but she laughed and shook her head as I told her about Birdie Harper, a hoarder who lives with her husband’s ghost and solves mysteries.

The idea for Dumpster Dying, like many of my ideas, came from something in my life. In this instance, a television show. I had been binge-watching a show called Hoarders. It’s a show I love, though at times it can be quite unsettling because sometimes people collect disturbing items or because of the deep emotional trauma, disorders, and dysfunctional homes that often trigger and accompany hoarding.

Yet, Hoarders is one of those programs that no matter how unsettling the subject, I find it hard to look away. There’s something about the psychology behind hoarding, the inability of the hoarder to stop their behavior, and the fact that hoarding is both comforting and destructive that I find compelling and intriguing. I was inspired by an amalgamation of the people on that show. The hoarders I found most interesting were the ones who were charming and fun to be around–until someone messed with their treasures. In an instant, their dark side leapt up and took over, turning a pleasant person into a scary one; it was like seeing Jekly and Hyde come to life.

On the show, inevitably, clean up begins and the hoarder becomes distressed. Though a psychologist tries to reason with them, the emotional and mental obstacles are initially insurmmountable. Each hoarder has his or her unique way of dealing with the stress of clean up: some cry, some break down, some withdraw and dig the items out of the trash when no one is watching or run away, some get angry, and some get downright mean. But at the core of it all is not only a fear of loss, but an actual lifetime of loss, pain, grief, suffering, and trauma. Hoarders often have no other coping mechanisms in place, so when faced with a traumatic event, they spend years or a lifetime, clinging to material possessions and building a literal wall of defense around themselves to protect themselves from onslaughts of the world.

Once I had unpacked that complex psychological makeup, I knew I needed a character who was a hoarder. It was a mind and spirit I wanted to work with, wanted to understand. And I recall there was one lady on Hoarders who flitted around, fidgeted and blinked a lot. She reminded me of someone I knew and both women reminded me of little birds, chittery and chipper and fluttery. So that’s where Birdie’s name came from because she, too, is chittery and fluttery.

However, one thing I didn’t want to do was make the reader pity Birdie and feel sorry for her because that’s a position of weakness. Granted, I wanted readers to sympathize with her, understand the losses and grief that underlie her hoarding condition, but I wanted them to see that she was also a woman of strength, determination, resilience, and backbone. I wanted readers to come away thinking that there was hope for Birdie’s recovery. I wanted people to understand that though Birdie is flawed in many ways, and struggling with something that has the potential to completely destroy her, she has the strength and power to reclaim her life when the time comes. Ultimately, and I hope this comes through in the story, despite her struggles, she is a character of fortitude, resilience, and hope.

So, I hope you’ll stop by to visit with Birdie. She’s a bit quirky, but a lot of fun and has a heart of gold. If you read Dumpster Dying, don’t forget to stop by www.michellebennington.com, say “Hi!” and follow me on the links there so you can stay informed of the next Hazardous Hoarder Mystery release and releases for my other series!

Thank you Michelle for visiting today.


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About Dumpster Dying 


Dumpster Dying: A Hazardous Hoarder Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Kentucky
Independently Published (September 7, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 270 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8986775203
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BD2PWW61

Birdie Harper is a widowed hoarder who lives with her husband’s ghost. The only thing she enjoys more than a good yard sale is a good dumpster dive. When she finds her latest treasure—a ceramic angel— she knows just who to bring it to.

Jenna Lawson is a cashier at the Blue Market convenience store where Birdie often shops. The two women have formed a strong bond to assuage the losses in their lives, and Birdie thinks of Jenna like the daughter she lost long ago. So, when Jenna goes missing, Birdie is determined to find out what happened to her.

As she works to unravel the mystery, a man at church, Neville Miller, shows interest in Birdie, leading her to wonder if the lonely days are finally coming to an end. But her ghostly husband, Walter, sure isn’t going to like it.

Birdie is on a hunt that may claim the ultimate price—her own life.

Great Escapes Praise for Dumpster Dying: A Hazardous Hoarder Mystery
by Michelle Bennington

A fun yet thought-provoking cozy mystery that tackles some serious life issues, such as the loss of a spouse, loneliness, and hoarding. I recommend DUMPSTER DYING to cozy mystery readers who enjoy yard sales and more mature sleuths.
~Guatemala Paula Loves to Read

If you like cozy mysteries with a ghost to boot, Dumpster Dying could be the start of a new series you may enjoy. I definitely can’t wait to be back to see what Birdie and Oda Dean are up to next.
~Novels Alive

About Michelle Bennington

Born and raised in the beautiful Bluegrass state of Kentucky, Michelle Bennington developed a passion for books early on that has progressed into a mild hoarding situation and an ever-growing to-read pile. She delights in spinning mysteries and histories. Find out more on her website: www.michellebennington.com

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#FlashbackFriday – Death by Chocolate Snickerdoodle (A Death by Chocolate Mystery) by Sarah Graves #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks @SarahGraves2011

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.


Death by Chocolate Snickerdoodle (A Death by Chocolate Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Maine
Kensington Cozies (February 23, 2021)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1496729196
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1496729194
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B089N4S1WF

Jake Tiptree and Ellie White are fired up for Eastport, Maine’s Maine’s annual cookie-baking contest, but when a cunning killer and a devastating fire threaten to ravage the quaint island town, Jake and Ellie must dip into another homemade homicide investigation before all they love goes up in smoke . . .

As co-owners of Eastport’s beloved waterfront bakery, the Chocolate Moose, Jake and Ellie know their customers expect them to cream the competition. But they’re really just in it for fun, hoping to get Jake’s daughter-in-law baking again. Those plans collapse when fearsome local curmudgeon Alvin Carter is murdered, and every crumb of evidence points to Tiptree family friend—and all-around sweet guy—Billy Breyer.

Billy’s sisters beg Jake and Ellie to prove his innocence. After all, lots of folks had gone sour on Alvin, whose popularity ranked somewhere between a toothache and the plague. But just as the ladies begin sifting through the suspects, a series of grass fires blaze across the island, threatening catastrophe. Could someone be trying to hide the truth about Alvin’s murder?

Now, Jake and Ellie will need all their courage—and an extra dash of that downeast Maine stubbornness—to sniff out the real killer before anyone else gets burned . . .

Includes a Recipe!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Jake and Ellie really have their hands full in this Death by Chocolate Mystery. The town’s annual cookie-baking contest is right around the corner and they are hoping that putting Mika in charge of the entry will cure her baby blues. Her husband Sam has some blues of his own. His employee Billy Breyer found one of their client’s dead body when he arrived for work and sadly all the evidence points to him as the killer. The victim was not a nice man and had made his share of enemies. So with a long suspect list, Jake and Ellie agree to do their best to get Billy out of jail and the real guilty party there in his place.


Wildfires, wild wills, and wild rides! Sarah Graves takes us readers on a wild trip to find out who killed cranky old Alvin Carter and why.

Jake and Ellie are great characters with their fingers in everything that happens in Eastport, Maine. They are smart and creative but have a real tendency to leap into action without thinking through all the consequences that can occur as they try to get to the truth and a killer.

I really enjoyed that Sam and Mika had a bigger part in this story. So many women deal with baby blues, postpartum depression, baby brain, etc. following the birth of a baby. I appreciated the way Ellie and Jake helped her see her way through a tough time.

Jake’s stepmother is also having issues and the whole family knows it but it is hard to get through to a woman as independent as Bella. The author did an excellent job with this situation.

I also like meeting Billy’s sisters, Anna and Helen. These are young women with hopes and dreams with plans to make them come true. Their Aunt Prunia, such an appropriate name, has totally different ideas for their future. The girls and their brother Billy have had tragedy in their lives and I was thrilled to see such positive attitudes from all of them.

Pinning down a killer this time was really tough especially with grass fires popping up everywhere. Ellie and Jake took some crazy risks. I wanted to jump into the book and reel them in but that being impossible I scooched up to the edge of my seat a few times as the pages flew. I was 82% into the book when a bird hit a window and from there I was sitting up straight and everything in the room around me disappeared. I was caught spellbound by what was happening on the pages. Things settled down by 93% and things were explained and cookie-baking winners were revealed but it took me a couple of minutes to catch my breath.

Death by Chocolate Snickerdoodle was a blast to read. I think Ms. Graves hit it out of the park with this story. I loved it!

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About the Author

Sarah Graves lives in Eastport, Maine, in a 200-year-old house much like Jake Tiptree’s. After 20 years of home repair – and yes, it really does make you think about murder! – she has handed in her toolbox and returned to her first love: chocolate. When she’s not cooking or baking something delectable, or writing about it, she tends a huge garden or shovels snow, depending upon the season.

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Special Guest – S. K. Golden – Author of The Socialite’s Guide to Murder (A Pinnacle Hotel Mystery) #GuestPost / #Giveaway


The Socialite’s Guide to Murder (A Pinnacle Hotel Mystery)
by S. K. Golden


It is my pleasure to welcome S.K. Golden to Escape With Dollycas today!

How I (and my sleuth) Deal with Anxiety

By SK Golden

 

TW: Panic attacks

Hello, my name is Sarah, and I’ve struggled with panic attacks since childhood. I’d be lying in my bed, trying to go to sleep, and convince myself the end of the world was going to happen any second. Or, that my heart would stop beating, and then I’d be uncomfortably aware of my beating heart. Also, that prayer that we use to have children say? “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, and if I die before I wake, I hope the Lord my soul will take,” is just a terrible thing to have kids say before they go to sleep. Or ever! My goodness. I was convinced me dying at night was a very real possibility.

As I’ve gotten older and had therapy and consulted with doctors, I’ve found several things that have helped me deal with my anxiety so that it rarely spikes into a full-blown panic attack. The last, bad panic attack I can remember was after my twins were born and I got the stomach flu. The pain of the illness messed with the part of me that was recovering from the trauma of labor (because it was traumatic, even if was worth it) and I was convinced I was dying. Appendicitis or something bad. It was the middle of the night and I was lying on the bathroom floor crying to my husband to call an ambulance. Instead, he sat down next to me and started talking. What he’d done at work that day, what his plans were for tomorrow, funny stories he remembered from his teenage years.

I thought, is this man trying to kill me? But I let myself get distracted and the pain subsided because it had been my panic that was making my heart race like that, that had made it hard to breathe. I still had the stomach flu, unfortunately. But we had some medicine that helped and he put me to bed and spent the rest of the night taking care of our little infant twins whenever they’d need a feeding or a diaper change even though he had to go to work early the next morning.

Since that panic attack, I’ve learned that what helps me the most is giving my anxiety a name. Calling it for what it is. I’m anxious. This stirring in my gut, this racing in my chest, this buzzing in my ears: its anxiety. Giving it a name takes its power away, as silly as that sounds. It’s the biggest thing that has helped me. I don’t have to be scared of the unknown, of what’s happening to me, because I know what’s happening.

Evelyn, the main character and the sleuth in my debut historical cozy mystery, THE SOCIALITE’S GUIDE TO MURDER, learns how to do this during the book. She is different from me in a lot of ways, but one way that my main character and I are similar is in our struggles with panic. Evelyn, too, has dealt with anxiety for most of her life. It’s set in the 1950s, so their label for what she’s going through is a bit different. Evelyn gets diagnosed with agoraphobia and shell shock. She has attacks of anxiety that leave her breathless. Fortunately for me, I’m not agoraphobic. Just because I prefer to be home doesn’t mean that I have to be home, you know what I mean?

The first thing she learns in the book is a breathing exercise. Deep breath in, hold, release. Three times, four times, five times in a row. Get that oxygen in your body. The next thing Evelyn is taught to do is close her eyes and focuses inward. What is going on inside her body? Her stomach is in knots. Okay. Give that sensation a name. Fear. Good. Good job.

This last part is the important part for her, and maybe for you, too, if this is something you struggle with. Picture yourself as a child, in a moment where you were experiencing the same feeling. What would you say to that fearful, anxious child? It’s okay. You are not alone. You will get through this. You are okay. You are safe. You are loved. 

Now, tell that to yourself.

Other things I’ve found to help me with my anxiety are doodling, bullet journaling, zoning out to a podcast, and taking colored pencils to a grown-up coloring book. Isn’t it wonderful they have those now? Snuggling with my dog helps. I have a Corgi named Goku and I adore him. Evelyn has a dog she snuggles with for support, too. He’s a Pomeranian mix named Presley and he spends a lot of time in her purse, ala Elle Woods and Bruiser. My cats – two black cats we adopted from the shelter at the same time so they’re a bonded pair now, Lady and Lion – are great comforts when they choose to be, too.

There’s always journaling your feelings (especially if it’s nighttime and you can’t sleep, I find that writing down the anxious thoughts gets them out of my head) or calling up someone you trust who will listen with sympathy. The sympathy part is key. My mom is great at that. My dad is good for calling when I need more of a kick in the butt. He’s someone who will tell me, “Walk it off.” Lovingly, of course! And, I can always count on my husband to regale me with fishing stories to help me focus on something other than the panicky feelings inside of my body.

Another trick Evelyn uses is focusing on solving murders in her father’s hotel. I have less chance to do this. But, I can focus on writing the fake ones for my sleuth to puzzle out.

Thank you Sarah for visiting today with such a great topic! 


Now keep reading for more info about Sarah and her book! Be sure to enter the giveaway! 

 

About The Socialite’s Guide to Murder


The Socialite’s Guide to Murder (A Pinnacle Hotel Mystery)
Historical Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – New York City, 1958
Crooked Lane Books (October 11, 2022)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1639101764
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1639101764
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09Q7XM28Y

The hotel was her refuge, but scandal is afoot—and a killer stalks the halls in this charming series debut perfect for fans of Rhys Bowen and Ashley Weaver.

It’s 1958 and Evelyn Elizabeth Grace Murphy has not left the Pinnacle Hotel in fourteen months. She suffers from agoraphobia, and what’s more, it’s her father’s hotel, and everything she needs is there. Evelyn’s always been good at finding things, she discovered her mother dead in a Manhattan alleyway fifteen years earlier. Now she’s finding trouble inside her sanctuary. At a party for artist Billie Bell, his newest work is stolen, and Evelyn’s fake boyfriend (and real best friend), movie star Henry Fox, is accused of the theft. But just as Evelyn sets out to prove Henry’s innocence, she finds Billie Bell dead.

The murder weapon links the crime to the hotel’s chief of security. But why would he use a knife with his initials on the handle? With her beloved home in disarray, Evelyn joins up with hotel employee (and her secret crush) Mac Cooper to get to the bottom of the case.

As Mac picks locks and Evelyn snoops around the hotel, they discover the walls around them contain more secrets than they previously knew. Now, Evelyn must force herself to leave the hotel to follow the clues—but when she and Mac set off to chase a lead, their car crashes and they barely escape with their lives. Someone snipped Evelyn’s brake lines, and now the stakes have become dangerously high.

Evelyn’s knack for sleuthing—and her playful imagination—are always hard at work, and she throws an elaborate party at the hotel where every guest is a suspect. But will the killer emerge from the glamorous lineup? If not, Evelyn just might find herself…next in line for murder.

About S. K. Golden

Sarah K Golden is the author of the cozy mystery Murder at the Pinnacle Hotel. Born and raised in the Florida Keys, she married a commercial fisherman. The two of them still live on the islands with their five kids (one boy, four girls — including identical twins!), two cats, and a corgi named Goku. She graduated from Saint Leo University with a bachelor’s degree in Human Services and Administration and has put it to good use approximately zero times. She’s worked as a bank teller, a pharmacy technician, and an executive assistant at her father’s church. Sarah is delighted to be doing none of those things now. She is currently working on book two in the Evelyn Murphy series.

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Cozy Wednesday featuring Death by Puffin: A Bachelorette Party Murder in Reykjavik (Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery) by Jennifer S. Alderson #Review / #Giveaway


Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am pleased to feature Death by Puffin: A Bachelorette Party Murder in Reykjavik
(Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery)
by Jennifer S. Alderson today!

About Death By Puffin


Death by Puffin: A Bachelorette Party Murder in Reykjavik (Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
9th in Series
Setting – Iceland
Traveling Life Press (November 24, 2022)
Number of Pages: 180
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09WX2D57V

Iceland—land of fire, ice … and murder?

After a nasty fight with her boyfriend, tour guide Lana Hansen takes a week off work to get her head straight. Fate brings her to Iceland and the Hotel Puffin where she hopes the magnificent natural surroundings will help heal her heart and point the way forward.

Instead of the rest and relaxation she wishes to find, Lana ends up neighbors with a group of rowdy Americans in town for a bachelorette party and wedding. Their joyous frivolity is a painful reminder of her own relationship problems, and Lana does her best to steer clear of the group.

Yet when someone in the wedding party dies under mysterious circumstances, she gets pulled into the investigation. Can Lana help unmask the killer before they strike again—or will this trip be her last?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Tour guide Lana Hansen’s entire life is in flux and it was just too much to handle so she grabbed the first flight going anywhere out of Venice. That is how she ended up in Iceland at the Hotel Puffin all by herself. Hoping to sort through her feelings and find direction she tucks herself away in her room but instead of direction, she finds herself even more miserable as a bunch of Americans in the room next door are partying day and night in a week-long bachelorette party.

A special person comes to visit and actually gets Lana to leave her room but she still can’t get away from the bridesmaids as they show up for the same excursion.

Later when one of the bachelorettes dies just a day before the wedding without a clear cause Lana finds herself drawn into yet another murder investigation. Putting her own needs aside she is determined to find the killer. Then she will hopefully be able to sort out her own life. That is unless she is the killer’s next victim.


When I finished Death by Gondola my heart was breaking for Lana. Death by Puffin takes place immediately where that previous book left off. She was not in good shape. She had such a heavy weight on her shoulders. Was her relationship with Alex over? Was Dotty going to let her keep doing the job she loved? Was she a murder magnet? The author did such an excellent job with Lana’s situation. Her actions and reactions were true to real life, especially for Lana. She also had the perfect person come to her rescue. They both needed each other and the time away.

The bachelorettes were deliciously catty. Most felt entitled to everything and acted like spoiled brats. They are a pretty shallow group. One didn’t really fit in with the group and that was refreshing.

There was a slow build to the murder so we did get to know all the new characters well by the time it happened. The entire bridal party was suspect. Who had the motive and opportunity to set up such a crime? There were plenty of twists and turns. I always enjoy the way Lana puts clues together and she was able to do it again even with all she was going through.

I loved that the story was set in Iceland. It feels like the appropriate place to try to get your life together while climbing a glacier or two and freezing your butt off. I was thrilled that right after finishing this book I was watching the latest episode of The Amazing Race and it took place in Iceland and one of the events was climbing a glacier. Ms. Alderson’s detailed descriptions always make the places Lana visits easy to imagine but this time it was great to see actual pictures of the wonderful scenery and it also showed me how accurate her descriptions are. She really knows how to set a scene.

Death by Puffin kept me engaged and entertained. Every virtual vacay I have taken with Lana has been a Perfect Escape, but the last two books are my favorites. I loved the journey Ms. Alderson took Lana through. Things may be changing a bit for this fun protagonist but I know her new adventures are some that I will be very excited to read.

I happily recommend this entire series. Read them from the start and enjoy every tour.

P.S. Puffins are too cute to eat!

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About Jennifer S. Alderson

Jennifer S. Alderson was born in San Francisco, raised in Seattle, and currently lives in Amsterdam. After traveling extensively around Asia, Oceania, and Central America, she moved to Darwin, Australia, before settling in the Netherlands. Her background in journalism, multimedia development, and art history enriches her novels. When not writing, she can be found in a museum, biking around Amsterdam, or enjoying a coffee along the canal while planning her next research trip.

Author Links

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The Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mysteries are heartwarming stories about making friends, traveling, and celebrating new experiences. Join tour guide, Lana Hansen, as she leads tourists and readers to fascinating cities around the globe on intriguing adventures that often turn deadly.

Books in the Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery series:
Book 1 – Death on the Danube: A New Year’s Murder in Budapest
Book 2 – Death by Baguette: A Valentine’s Day Murder in Paris
Book 3 – Death by Windmill: A Mother’s Day Murder in Amsterdam
Book 4 – Death by Bagpipes: A Summer Murder in Edinburgh
Book 5 – Death by Fountain: A Christmas Murder in Rome
Book 6 – Death by Leprechaun: A Saint Patrick’s Day Murder in Dublin
Book 7 – Death by Flamenco: An Easter Murder in Seville
Book 8 – Death by Gondola: A Springtime Murder in Venice
Book 9 – Death by Puffin: A Bachelorette Party Murder in Reykjavik
Books 10-12 – More adventures are coming soon!!

Great Escapes Praise for Death by Puffin: A Bachelorette Party Murder in Reykjavik
(Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery)
by Jennifer S. Alderson

With exceedingly likable amateur sleuths and equally heinous suspects who you’ll love to hate, I recommend DEATH BY PUFFIN to cozy mystery readers who enjoy stories where the characters travel to exciting and exotic locations.
~Guatamala Paula Loves to Read

Death by Puffin is entertaining from start to finish, and the murder will keep you engaged in the investigation. Honestly, I could read this series indefinitely – as long as she keeps writing them, I’ll keep reading them!
~Reading is my Superpower

Ms. Alderson tells a beautiful tale. I love reading her books. They flow nicely, and occasionally I figure the culprit out before the sleuth. I highly recommend the book Death by Puffin by Jennifer S. Alderson!
~Baroness’ Book Trove

Mysteries located in places I have visited or hope to visit someday are always fun to read, especially if I can picture the locale. Amateur sleuths often add a layer of fun even when solving a crime.
~Novels Alive

I am an avid fan of the series, and truly look forward to every adventure and destination to come.
~Book Club Librarian

TOUR PARTICIPANTS
November 28 – I’m Into Books – SPOTLIGHT
November 28 – Lady Hawkeye – SPOTLIGHT  
November 29 – Cozy Up WIth Kathy – CHARACTER GUEST POST
November 29 – Guatemala Paula Loves to Read – REVIEW
November 30 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
November 30 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT
December 1 – Ruff Drafts – AUTHOR GUEST POST
December 1 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT
December 2 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT
December 2 – Bootsie’s Book Nook – SPOTLIGHT
December 3 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW
December 3 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog – SPOTLIGHT
December 4 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
December 4 – Baroness Book Trove – REVIEW  
December 5 – Novels Alive – REVIEW – SPOTLIGHT
December 5 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT
December 6 – Book Club Librarian – REVIEW  
December 6 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
December 7 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW  
December 7 – eBook Addicts – REVIEW

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Special Guest – Winnie Archer Author of Bread Over Troubled Water (A Bread Shop Mystery) #Author Interview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Bread Over Troubled Water (A Bread Shop Mystery)
by Winnie Archer

I am thrilled to welcome Winnie Archer to Escape With Dollycas today!

Hi Winnie, 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m the mother of five. My oldest turns 30 this month, and my youngest just turned 20. It is sometimes so hard to believe that my kids are getting so old!

Bread Over Troubled Water is my 29th novel! That is also hard to believe. It has been quite an amazing career.

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

  1. Most people in my personal life know me as Misa. The nickname came from the Taiwanese cooks at a restaurant where I worked in college. They couldn’t say my name well, so it always came out closer to Misa. That is how my husband met me, and the name stuck.
  2. I have lived in four states: California, Texas, Colorado, and North Carolina.
  3. A day is not complete unless I read before bed. It’s essential!

What books/authors have most inspired you?

As a mystery writer, I have to say Agatha Christie. I grew up loving them and I have read all of her books. Her longevity and skill as a writer has always been inspiring.

East of Eden, by John Steinbeck, Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card, are two of my favorites. Different elements in each have been inspiring. More recently, Lessons in Chemistry, by Bonnie Garmus, is inspiring. Garmus created a compelling character in Elizabeth Zatt with deftness and skill.

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

The amount of research I do differs from book to book. It is completely dependent upon elements of the story. My Book Magic series has a ton of Irish history about the Tuatha dé Danann, the ancient Irish deities. That series required a lot of research. Most happened during the writing process, and I had a lot of aha! moments along the way.

Bread Over Troubled Water required less research.

Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?

Not usually. I write my novels out of order, so if I am stuck in some way, first, I know I’ve gone off track somewhere along the way, which means I need to give myself time to work through it. And second, I take that opportunity to dive into a different scene.

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

I am very much a pay it forward kind of person. Because of that, I created WriterSpark Academy (http://writersparkacademy.com), a blog, podcast, and online learning platform where I offer content to help aspiring and all authors. I want to provide for aspiring authors, in particular, what I didn’t have access to when I was first starting out. My advice, then, is to keep learning and keep growing as a writer, whether it is through courses, craft articles, community, or in some other way.

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

WriterSpark Academy is a labor of love. It takes a lot of time! When I’m not writing, I work on craft articles, I interview authors for the podcast, I create content for the online course I offer. A better question might be: What do you do when you’re not working on WriterSpark Academy? I write!

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

Wow, that is a tough question. I haven’t had the opportunity to travel very much in my life (yet!), so there are many places I’d love to go. If I have to choose one place right now, I think I’d choose Europe as a whole, so I could really dig into the history and culture of all the countries that make up the EU.

What is next on the horizon for you?

I have a brand new project that is a blend of women’s fiction/magical realism with some mystery elements. I’m very excited about it! I’m also continuing my Magical Dressmaking Mystery series, and have new installments coming out in 2023 of that series, along with the Trouble in Tumbleweed, Book Magic, and Foxy Ladies series.

Thank you Misa/Winnie for visiting today!


Keep reading for info about Winnie’s new book!

About Bread Over Troubled Water 

Bread Over Troubled Water (A Bread Shop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Setting – California
Kensington Cozies (November 29, 2022)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1496733568
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1496733566
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09TX2QMZY

Rising cozy mystery author Winnie Archer cooks up her latest installment in her delightful and delicious Bread Shop Mystery series.

Photographer Ivy Culpepper is soon to make a home with her husband-to-be in the California beach town of Santa Sofia—but the Yeast of Eden bakery remains her second home. It’s not just a place to work, but a community. And now one member of the community has been murdered . . .

A regular who used Yeast of Eden as a workspace, Josh Prentiss always turned heads with his startlingly good looks and thousand-watt smile. But Ivy can’t help noticing one morning that he seems distracted and off his game. Later, during a visit to the park where she and Miguel plan to hold their engagement party—with plenty of baked goods on the menu—her rescue pug, Agatha, sniffs out Josh lying in a bed of poppies…scone cold dead.

There’s no reason for Ivy to get involved. She’s busy enough holding down the fort as the shop’s owner, Olaya, cares for her recently orphaned niece, not to mention the stress when a new employee is fired and storms out in a rage. Then a band of rabble-rousers starts picketing the bakery, claiming that Olaya’s sourdough roll is what killed Josh—and Ivy hears some salacious gossip about her beloved boss. She doesn’t think there’s a grain of truth to the seedy rumors—but to prove it, she’ll have to start sleuthing . . .

More About Winnie Archer

Winnie Archer is the nationally bestselling author of the Bread Shop Mystery series, as well as the Lola Cruz Mysteries and the Magical Dressmaking Mystery series written as Melissa Bourbon. A former middle school English teacher, lives in North Carolina with her educator husband, Carlos, and the youngest of their five children. Visit Winnie Archer online at www.MelissaBourbon.com!

Author Links

Purchase Links: KensingtonAmazonB&NKoboIndieBound


Written as Melissa Bourbon


Great Escapes Praise for Bread Over Troubled Water (A Bread Shop Mystery)
by Winnie Archer

BREAD OVER TROUBLED WATER skillfully blends misdirection, red herrings, and surprising twists into a cleverly written character-driven mystery.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

If you are looking for an interesting cozy mystery, with a great story and characters, I recommend you pick up Bread Over Troubled Water, or better yet, start with Kneaded With Death, the first book in this great series.
~Carla Loves To Read

This series just keeps getting better and better with each new installment we get. Makes for a satisfying read that is sure to delight cozy fans. I really liked it so I give it 4/5 stars.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

 

TOUR PARTICIPANTS
November 29 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – AUTHOR GUEST POST
November 29 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT
November 30 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT WITH EXCERPT
November 30 – Mythical Books – AUTHOR GUEST POST
December 1 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT
December 1 – Lady Hawkeye – SPOTLIGHT
December 2 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, RECIPE
December 2 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog – SPOTLIGHT
December 3 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE
December 3 – Carla Loves To Read – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST
December 4 – Ascroft, eh? – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
December 5 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT WITH EXCERPT
December 5 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
December 6 – Guatemala Paula Loves to Read – CHARACTER GUEST POST
December 6 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
December 7 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW
December 8 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE
December 8 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT

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Death by Gondola: A Springtime Murder in Venice (Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series) by Jennifer S. Alderson #Review


Death by Gondola: A Springtime Murder in Venice (Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Setting – Italy
Traveling Life Press (April 8, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 208 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8444524107
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09WYZGW8X

Venice — the city of canals, masks … and murder?

Tour guide Lana Hansen is having the time of her life leading a Carnevale-themed trip in Venice, Italy. Her merry group loves exploring the city’s rich artistic and cultural heritage together, as well as sampling the sumptuous cuisine the island city is famous for.

Their invitation to a masquerade ball, complete with historical costumes and fancy masks, should be the culmination of a perfect week. Yet when the guest of honor is bludgeoned to death, all eyes are on the partygoers—including Lana and her group! Was it an environmental protester, a corporate rival, or a disgruntled business associate that did him in? Or could someone have another reason to want the cruise ship executive dead?

Things go from bad to worse when Lana’s boyfriend, Alex, unexpectedly knocks on her hotel room door and shares a shocking secret—one that gets him arrested for murder! Can Lana sleuth out the real killer’s identity before her partner’s visit to the Floating City becomes permanent?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Lana Hansen is back and leading a tour around Venice, Italy complete with an invite to a masquerade ball. Her group is excited to pick up their costumes and masks as well as seeing all the sights in the Floating City.

When they arrive at the ball the entrance is surrounded by protestors but Lana is not going to allow that the hinder her enjoyment or the enjoyment of her group. She spends the evening dancing and partaking in the delicious food and drink but the whole event takes a turn when the host, a cruise ship executive, makes an unexpected announcement. Then he causes another disturbance that involves a member of her group. A short time later the man is found dead. Everyone who attended the ball is now a suspect including Lana and her tour group. This isn’t good  – another murder connected to Lana. Her boss is going to flip!

As if Lana doesn’t have enough to worry about, a knock on her hotel room door reveals her boyfriend Alex and he has a huge secret! A secret that has the police trying to track him down for murder. The murder Lana is already trying to solve! Can she find the killer? or will Alex spend the rest of his life in an Italian prison?


All of Ms. Alderson’s characters are unique and develop well over the course of the story/series. Lana again is a fabulous tour host. This time without Randy by her side. Instead, she is training a new guide. Tom has had a lot of experience with groups in South and Central America and he has a very hands-off approach which just doesn’t work for Lana or Wanderlust Tours. She hopes to whip him into shape by the end of the tour. Lana’s boyfriend, Alex also makes a surprise appearance in Italy to shake things up.

The tour guests are an interesting group. Carmen Winters is traveling with her best friend Rhonda Davis. Carmen is extremely observant of everything happening around her while Rhonda is just delighted to be there and is completely taken in by what she sees and hears. George and Christy Fretwell are two lovebirds. She is beautiful and more reserved. George is more boisterous and tries to fulfill all of Christy’s whims. David and Kathy Windsor have a “little” shipbuilding business and they have brought two of their employees along on the trip. Brothers, Harry and Joe’s excursion is to reward them for their hard work and long hours on an order for an Italian company.

The author also gives the readers rich details of every place the tour group visits. Whether it be tourists coming under a bridge in a gondola or the wonderment of the masquerade ball at Sail Away Cruises to just walking the streets of Venice I was able to clearly visualize everything. She described the costumes at the ball fantastically too. I loved the moment a member of the group reveals his wonderful talent. It felt like an amazing moment.

While this book has all the delightful details of an awesome trip to Venice and eclectic characters, the murder mystery hits too close to home for Lana and it truly turns her life inside out. I really felt bad for her and was mad that she was thrown into such an awful situation. This story had a very different ending than the previous books. It was very emotional and tugged at my heartstrings, and that’s not a bad thing. In fact, it was a very good thing because we see a different side of Lana and it made her even more genuine and real.

Believable characters wrapped up a top-notch mystery make Death by Gondola a sensational addition to this series.



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About Jennifer S. Alderson

Jennifer S. Alderson was born in San Francisco, raised in Seattle, and currently lives in Amsterdam. After traveling extensively around Asia, Oceania, and Central America, she moved to Darwin, Australia, before settling in the Netherlands. Her background in journalism, multimedia development, and art history enriches her novels. When not writing, she can be found in a museum, biking around Amsterdam, or enjoying a coffee along the canal while planning her next research trip.

Author Links

Website     Facebook     Twitter     Instagram     BookBub    Goodreads 

Purchase Links

The Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mysteries are heartwarming stories about making friends, traveling, and celebrating new experiences. Join tour guide Lana Hansen as she leads tourists and readers to fascinating cities around the globe on intriguing adventures that often turn deadly.

Books in the Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery series:
Book 1 – Death on the Danube: A New Year’s Murder in Budapest
Book 2 – Death by Baguette: A Valentine’s Day Murder in Paris
Book 3 – Death by Windmill: A Mother’s Day Murder in Amsterdam
Book 4 – Death by Bagpipes: A Summer Murder in Edinburgh
Book 5 – Death by Fountain: A Christmas Murder in Rome
Book 6 – Death by Leprechaun: A Saint Patrick’s Day Murder in Dublin
Book 7 – Death by Flamenco: An Easter Murder in Seville
Book 8 – Death by Gondola: A Springtime Murder in Venice
Book 9 – Death by Puffin: A Bachelorette Party Murder in Reykjavik
Books 10-12 – More adventures are coming soon!!

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

Posted in My Reading Itinerary Monday

My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #49 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to New York, Newfoundland, and Wisconsin!!

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

Escapes Completed


Death by Gondola: A Springtime Murder in Venice (Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series)
by Jennifer S. Alderson
Release Date – April 8, 2022
Setting – Italy
My Review will be up tomorrow!


Death by Puffin: A Bachelorette Party Murder in Reykjavik (Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery)
by Jennifer S. Alderson
Release Date – November 24, 2022
Setting – Iceland
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Death by Chocolate Snickerdoodle (A Death by Chocolate Mystery)
by Sarah Graves
Release Date – February 23, 2021
Setting – Maine
My Flashback Friday Read


Miss Zukas and the Stroke of Death
by Jo Dereske
Release Date – January 1, 1999
Setting – Washington State
I read this for my A-Z Alphabet Soup Challenge.

Scheduled Escapes


Sleuthing in Stilettos (A Resale Boutique Mystery)
by Debra Sennefelder
Release Date – December 6, 2022
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!


Death Checked Out: A Larkspur Library Mystery
by Leah Dobrinska
Release Date – December 6, 2022
Setting – Wisconsin
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Christmas in Newfoundland — Memories and Mysteries : A Sgt. Windflower Book
by Mike Martin
Release Date – September 25, 2022
Setting – Newfoundland
For Review


Dead Even (A Mattie Winston Mystery)
by Annelise Ryan
Release Date – March 30, 2021
Setting – Wisconsin
My Flashback Friday Read

Future Escapes

December 4 – 10, 2022


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Happy Reading!!

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

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It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.
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A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received, and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!


A Week in the Life of Dollycas

On Monday and Tuesday Charlotte’s daycare provider was ill so Nana and Papa filled in. Monday she was the best little girl but Tuesday she was a little stinker. Papa kept working both days but Nana was pretty happily distracted by the little girl in the house. Daisy was thrilled to have a playmate. In the picture below we thought they were down for a nap but within seconds they were both up and running around again. I wish I had their energy.

On Wednesday Daughter #2 had the afternoon off so since I had finally been cleared by all the doctors to get the latest COVID booster she took me to Walgreens to get my shot. After that, we went to the hospital so I could have blood drawn for some follow-up lab work. The only side effect I had from the vaccine was a very sore arm. The lab guy was great, couldn’t even tell he drew blood.

On Saturday Daughter #2 and I got out of the house again and did a little Christmas shopping. I can’t remember the last time I was in a store. She usually picks up anything we need or since COVID I have ordered everything online. It was a little chilly and windy but we sure had fun. We also took a quick trip to Columbus to pick up our State Champion Cardinal wear.

How was your week?

 

Weekly Rewind – November 28 – December 3, 2022

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #48 – 2022

Plus – The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses by K.N. Smith #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Tuesday – Beauty and the Deceased (A Resale Boutique Mystery) by Debra Sennefelder #Review

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Through the Liquor Glass (A Literary Pub Mystery) by Sarah Fox #Review @TheWriteFox @KensingtonBooks

Thursday – Special Guest – Elizabeth Pantley – Author of Cowboys and Chaos: Magical Mystery Book Club #Interview / #Giveaway

Plus – KENSINGTON COZIES ARC GIVEAWAY @KensingtonBooks

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Death by Flamenco: An Easter Murder in Seville (Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series) by Jennifer S. Alderson #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – Special Guest – Barbara Pronin – Author of The Miner’s Canary #Interview / #Giveaway

I hope you have a wonderful week and are able to
Escape Into A Good Book or two!

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